Parish Councillor Vacancy


Councillor Vacancy

A vacancy exists for a Parish Councillor on Selattyn and Gobowen Parish Council

Any person who would like to express an interest in being elected onto the Council by co-option should contact the Parish Clerk for an application form.  Completed applications to be received before

5pm on Tuesday 5th October 2021

Co-option will take place at the Meeting of the Full Council on

Wednesday 13th October 2021 at 7:00pm.

You must be qualified by virtue of being a British or Commonwealth Citizen, citizen of the Republic of Ireland or European Union citizen, have attained the age of 18 years and are either

(a)  registered as a local government elector for the parish; and/or have

  • during the whole of the twelve months preceding the appointment occupied as owner or tenant land or other premises in the parish; and/or your
  • principal or only place of work during those twelve months has been in the parish; and/or have
  • during those twelve months resided in the parish or within 4.8 kilometres of it; and are not disqualified from holding office by reason of any disqualification set out in Section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972.

If you wish to be considered for co-option onto the Parish Council please request an application form.

By email:

By phone: 01691 886502 / 07947 652978

 By post:  The Parish Clerk, Selattyn & Gobowen Parish Council,

19 Rhewl Lane, Gobowen, Shropshire, SY10 7XA

Airband Presentation at Parish Council meeting

Airband’s Community Liaison Executive, Clive Leworthy, gave a presentation to Councillors and members of the public concerning the forthcoming roll out of ultra fast broadband to the rural areas of the parish as part of the Connecting Shropshire programme.

Please note that the Parish Council does not endorse Airband. The presentation is being shared in the interest of keeping the public informed about developments in the parish.

Healthwatch Shropshire finds people across the county are struggling to get treatment from a local NHS dentist.

Press release: 9 September 2021

Healthwatch Shropshire logo

Healthwatch Shropshire has just published a report into the experience of people trying to get routine NHS dentist appointments in Shropshire. The local health champion asked people to tell them where they had found good access to NHS dental services and where they had found poor access: 93% of people reported poor experiences of accessing services.

The main findings were that:

  • There is poor access to routine NHS dental services across Shropshire but this appears to be worse in some areas, particularly Oswestry and Market Drayton.
  • There is a lack of accurate information about whether there are dentists taking on NHS patients.
  • There is confusion caused by the current approach to the issue of “registration”. There appears to be a widely held misconception that patients are registered with an NHS dental service in the same way that a patient registers with a GP practice.

Healthwatch Shropshire have shared their findings with the NHS and have been told that ‘NHS England and NHS Improvement – Midlands will continue to finalise its procurement plans to secure a new NHS dental practice in Oswestry and review access in other areas of Shropshire.’

Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Shropshire, said: “We found that the problems of finding a dentist willing to treat patients under the NHS has impacted on all ages from toddlers through to the over 80s. People are reporting that the NHS service to help people find a dentist is very out of date and often it indicated that a practice was taking on NHS patients but when people rang the practice they found out it was not correct. In fact, when we last looked at an independent source of information it appears that there is only one practice taking on NHS patients in the Shropshire Local Authority area.”

“Some people were also telling us that their dentist is no longer willing to treat them as NHS patients while offering them private treatment.  It is clear that having been treated as an NHS patient does not mean guaranteed access to NHS dental appointments in future.”

The report and its recommendations can be found here:

Healthwatch Shropshire is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in Shropshire. It gathers the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services.  It also has statutory powers that it can use to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.

In the business of transforming lives – a press release from Derwen College

Shropshire businesses are being asked to play their part by offering just a couple of hours a week to help change a young person’s future.

An award-winning specialist college for young adults with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is asking the local business community to help provide valuable work experience for its students

Derwen College, which has campuses near Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Telford is asking employers to consider providing weekly work placements to help students in their training.

Retail students pictured.

The college is keen to work with charity shops, designers and printers, theatres, garden nurseries, cafes, restaurants and housekeeping businesses in Shropshire, preferably in or near Oswestry or Telford.

The work experience team are also looking for some specific placements local to Shrewsbury, for students at the college’s Walford-based site. They are particularly keen to hear from Shrewsbury-based florists, gyms, leisure centres and horticulture enterprises.

Just a few hours a week in a work environment provides vital experience for students, which helps them towards employment and a more independent future. Students are supported at all times during their placements by a Derwen College job coach and can be a real asset to a business.

Horticulture students at Derwen College

Work experience co-ordinator Abi Baker said:

‘Only 6% of young people with learning difficulties go into work, which is an incredibly disappointing statistic. Derwen College’s mission is to create opportunities for young people who may have special educational needs, but have proved they are able and willing to work. This enables them to enjoy job satisfaction and also to live more independent lives.

“Our external work placement programme offers life changing opportunities for our students to undertake meaningful, real work experience which is relevant to their learning and future career hopes.

“Businesses that we work with also find it a rewarding thing to do. Offering work placements to a person with a learning difficulty promotes diversity and boosts a company’s reputation for being community-minded and inclusive.”

To find out more about how you could help change a young person’s future prospects, please contact Abi Baker on

Casual Vacancy Notice



that a casual vacancy has occurred in the Office of Councillor for Selattyn and Gobowen Parish Council following the resignation on 4th August 2021 of Councillor Lenny Worthing

Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

The rule allows TEN ELECTORS for the parish in which the casual vacancy has arisen to request the Returning Officer to hold an election to fill the vacancy.* That request must be made within FOURTEEN DAYS, calculated in accordance with the rules,** of the date of this notice.

The fourteen-day period ends on MONDAY 20th SEPTEMBER 2021

What if a request to hold an election is not received during the permitted time?

Rule 5(5) of the above Rules will apply. The Parish Council must, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the fourteen-day period, co-opt a person to fill the vacancy.

The Returning Officer’s address is: Electoral Services, Shropshire Council, The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6ND.

The telephone number for further guidance is 0345 678 9015.

This notice is dated TUESDAY 31st AUGUST 2021

Bridget Laraway

Parish Clerk

19 Rhewl Lane, Gobowen, Shropshire, SY10 7XA


T: 01691 886502 / 07947 652978

* There is no form of words for this request, which might simply be a letter headed with such words as “We the undersigned being electors for the [Ward of] … Parish, call for an election to fill the vacancy arising from the [death][resignation] of …”. A template entitled “Request for an Election” is available to download from Shropshire Council’s website – – under “Current Council Vacancies”. It is helpful if the ten signatures are accompanied by printed names and addresses.

** In calculating the notice period, day one is the day following the date of this notice; a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded, and the period closes at midnight on the fourteenth day after the date of this notice. Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

Where to go if you’re feeling unwell this bank holiday weekend.

Communication from NHS Midlands and Lancashire CSU Media Team 23rd August 2021

Just in case you need medical help this August Bank Holiday weekend, it’s important to know which service is best suited to your needs.

There are a lot of different services to choose from, so health leaders in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are explaining the advice and treatment available for each. They are also urging local people to order any repeat prescriptions ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Your GP practice may be closed on Monday 30 August, but a range of NHS services are available depending on your medical need.

For life-threatening emergencies such as a stroke or heart attack, always contact 999. Check out the NHS website for the signs of a stroke or heart attack.

Worried about COVID-19? If you are showing any symptoms such as a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or loss of taste or smell, please stay at home and use the dedicated service for advice

For non-emergencies, you can contact NHS 111 online or call 111 free from landlines and mobile phones. The service is available 24 hours a day, including Bank Holidays, and after answering a few questions you will be directed to the best place to get the medical help and advice you need.

Pharmacies also offer over-the-counter treatments or signpost you to the relevant care. Pharmacists are trained health professionals who can advise on issues such as colds, tummy troubles, sore eyes and ears, rashes and also sexual health. To check the Bank Holiday opening times of your local pharmacy, please visit the NHS website.

Minor Injuries Units (MIUs) treat minor injuries such as bites, cuts, foreign bodies in the eyes, nose and ears, minor burns and scalds, sprains and bruises, as well as wound infections. Local MIUs are in Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Oswestry and Whitchurch. For opening hours, please visit the Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust website.

Urgent Treatment Centres treat injuries which don’t need emergency treatment. Local UTCs are at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford. For opening hours, please visit the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust website

For patients who need blood tests, the online booking system is open 24/7, including the Bank Holiday. The booking line will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 31 August.

Dr John Pepper, Chair of NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Knowing how and where to access medical help gives you peace of mind. The NHS is here for you this Bank Holiday weekend, so please access the right service for you and your family if needed.

“I hope people in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have a great long weekend. Even though many COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, please remember you must still wear a face covering and follow social distancing measures if you do need to visit a healthcare setting such as a pharmacy, clinic or hospital.”

For more information, please visit:

Volunteers sought to share views about Shropshire’s Highways Service

Shropshire Council newsroom article 19.8.21

Shropshire residents are being asked to help with work to improve Shropshire’s roads, by volunteering to take part in some research.

Shropshire Council and its contractors are working hard to improve the county’s highways and make them safer for all road users. As part of this work volunteers are being sought to suggest and talk about changes they would like to see made to the council’s highways service, and the ways the county’s roads and pavements are maintained.

Steve Charmley, Cabinet member for highways, said:

“We’re working to improve Shropshire’s roads and we want to make sure that those improvements are ones that will make a positive difference to all road users. To do this, we’re looking for some volunteers willing to take part in some research and talk to us about the changes you would like to see.

“Most people use our roads, and most people have an opinion about them. We want people to share their experiences, and share their thoughts about how we could further improve our roads, and our highways maintenance service.

“If you would like to volunteer, please let us know. All comments made and views shared will be considered and we look forward to hearing what people have to say.”

Anyone interested in taking part, or finding out more, is asked to register their name and contact details here.

Oswestry Talking Newspaper seeks volunteers

Press Release August 2021

Oswestry Talking Newspaper logo.

Oswestry Talking Newspaper (OTN) is an audio overview of the local news taken from the Oswestry Advertizer and is prepared by volunteers for free distribution to visually impaired people in the local area.

We are looking for volunteers to help re-build a co-ordination team to improve the current operation following the covid outbreak.   If you have any of the following skills/interests:-

Technical knowledge of computing and use of software

Publicity and website knowledge

Social media

Organizational abilities

And are interested then please contact us for further information at:-


All positions are voluntary.