Shropshire Community Leisure Trust seeks volunteer trustees

Recent events have shown the critical importance of exercise and activity to a community’s health and wellbeing. The leisure facilities in Shropshire are a vital component in providing activities that contribute to improved health and wellbeing.

Shropshire Community Leisure Trust (SCLT) is an Industrial and Provident Society, which manages the leisure facilities in Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Whitchurch and Market Drayton on behalf of Shropshire Council. The trust appointed Serco Leisure Limited to deliver operational management on its behalf in August 2012.

The organisation’s vision is ‘the creation and maintenance of a first-class range of healthy leisure and recreational activities and facilities to serve all parts of the communities in the areas we serve.’

SCLT is seeking trustees to join its board to develop the organisation through the post COVID recovery process and secure future sustainability into the next phase of development by working closely with the Managing agent (SERCO) and the contractor (Shropshire Council).

The managing agent currently manage the Quarry Swimming Centre and Sports Village in Shrewsbury, Oswestry Leisure Centre, Market Drayton Leisure Centre and Whitchurch Swimming Centre.

Whilst we are seeking a number of general trustees, those with the following experience or skill sets would be especially welcomed; Finance, Company Secretary, Health, Facility Management, Health and Safety, Marketing, Operations.

Time Commitment:         Approximately 2-3 days per month

Remuneration:                 Voluntary (With Expenses)

Location:                              Shropshire based

The deadline for applications is 31st July 2021 and interviews will take place shortly after. Please submit a CV with supporting covering letter which demonstrates your suitability for the role. Applications should be sent to

More details on the vacancy, including Job Description and Person Specification are available on the website

SCLT is committed to recruiting a diverse, skills-based board, and encourages applications from people from under-represented populations.

If you would like to discuss the role before applying, please contact Ian Brett,

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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 27/8/21,

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

Wednesday 8th September 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

(b) 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

(c) principal or only place of work during those twelve months has been in the parish; and/or have

(d) 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

Notice dated: 26th July 2021

Health chiefs call for community’s views on new health hub pilot

Shropshire Telford and Wrekin integrated care system logo.

Shropshire has been selected as one of the first places in the country to launch a pioneering community diagnostic health hub.

Health experts are now calling on local people to share their views on the new diagnostic health centre that will offer multiple tests at the same time, making it much easier for people to get tested and provide faster results meaning interventions can happen sooner and lives can be saved.

Led by Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin (STW) Integrated Care System, the Community Diagnostic Hub (CDH) is set to transform how services such as MRI scans, ultrasounds, X-rays and blood tests are carried out to local people.

Around £6 million of national funding has been allocated to set up the first hub in Telford – with a site in Hadley or Hortonwood being considered in order to serve communities where the greatest need for improved health access has been identified. It is planned that this will be opened by next April, with a further three sites set to be rolled out later in Shrewsbury, North Shropshire and South Shropshire, subject to public consultation.

As part of the scheme, the STW Integrated Care System is calling on local people to have their say about what they would like to be provided at the hubs.

It is hoped that the project will pave the way for an enhanced patient experience, by delivering services separately from urgent diagnostic scans, which take place at acute hospital sites, and therefore reducing the risk of last-minute cancellations for patients.

Patricia Davies, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust CEO, said: “We’re incredibly honoured to have been chosen to pilot such an innovative scheme, giving our patients access to a brand new type of diagnostic service.

“The introduction of Community Diagnostic Hubs will, ultimately, enable patients to access a higher quality, more efficient service.

“The pilot project being run in Telford will be the first to be trialled in our area and will allow us to offer planned diagnostic services away from acute hospital sites and completely separate to urgent diagnostic scans. This will reduce waiting times and means that patients will not risk having their appointments for procedures cancelled to make way for emergency cases.

“The first hub will be in the Hadley or Hortonwood area, but it will support people living right across the wider area, with further sites expected over the next five years.”

Councillor Andy Burford, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “This is a fantastic initiative which has the potential to transform access to diagnostic services for all of our communities. The hub will provide faster access to life-saving tests, helping to improve patient experience and enhance quality of care.

“I am delighted that Telford has been chosen as the location for the first site and we look forward to working with our partners across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin to make sure this service is a success.”

Councillor Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibilities for Adult Social Care and Public Health, added: “This is an exciting opportunity to improve diagnostic services right across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

“We are in the early stages of implementation so, it’s important that we hear from local communities about what they would like to see – they are community hubs and we are relying on the views of local people to inform how we can offer the very best service.

“This first hub in the Telford area will offer an enhanced service for our communities in Shropshire too, and we look forward to seeing further hubs rolled out in the county over the next few years.”

The Hadley/Hortonwood hub, which is expected to launch by April 2022, will include services across: imaging, including CT, MRI, Ultrasound and Plain X-ray; physiological measurement, including ECGs, blood pressure monitoring and lung function tests; and pathology, such as phlebotomy, simple biopsies and urine testing.

And, as part of the wider scheme, a standalone unit will also be created at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital to provide elective diagnostics only, such as CT and MRI scans.

Running 12 hours a day, the imaging pod – set to open in August this year – will allow the hospital to increase its capacity by up to 336 patients a week.

Patricia added: “We are committed to improving patient outcomes and patient experience across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and the creation of CDHs will certainly put us on this path.

“The diagnostic services provided in these hubs are a vital way to spot any problems early and give patients access to the right guidance or treatment as soon as possible.

“We’re looking forward to hearing from local people and would encourage everyone to have their say.”

For more information on how to take part in the public engagement programme, visit:

Graham Edwards Memorial Trophy – back for 2021.


We’re back – yes the Graham Edwards memorial trophy starts just after the Euros on July 11th. After having to cancel the 2020 tournament due to Covid, the committee are busy working hard in organising this year’s tournament. 

For the benefit of the many new residents of Gobowen, the Graham Edwards Memorial Trophy was set up in 1975 after Graham, a promising young footballer, sadly lost his life to leukaemia. Local teams compete for the trophy every year raising much needed funds for leukaemia research.  We have  now raised over £150,000 to date – a great effort for a small village.

So for the new residents, welcome to the village. We hope you will come down to the playing fields, grab yourself a tea or coffee and take in a game or two. Raffle tickets are sold during the game – this is how we raise our funds. Even if football isn’t your thing we urge old and new supporters to show their support. 

Many people think their money won’t make a difference,  and their attendance won’t be missed , how wrong that is.

Every single donation goes to helping to fight leukaemia and over the years we have seen amazing success rates of people winning their battles.

The village over the years has lost many community events due to lack of support but the Graham Edwards memorial trophy has managed to keep going for over 40 years. Please keep a look out on the trophy facebook page for updates.

We would in advance like to thank everyone for supporting the Graham Edwards memorial trophy this year and the Parish Council who have been very helpful this year and many previous years in supporting the tournament.

We will of course be following any government guidelines on Covid .

Wayn Martayn

Graham Edwards Memorial Trophy

Age UK – recruiting Home Support Workers

Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin have older people who need some help in their own homes and are therefore recruiting casual, part-time home support workers to reduce their waiting list. No personal care is involved and will be mainly practical tasks such as cleaning, shopping and collecting prescriptions, laundry and gardening. A driving licence and own transport is preferred and the post is subject to a disclosure and baring service check. Please call 01743 233 788 to request an application form and for more information on their Help at Home service visit the website:

Derwen College is a safe haven for all

Derwen College’s Walled Garden Café is proud to be officially recognised as a Safe Place for vulnerable people.

The café, based at the further education college in Gobowen, near Oswestry, is part of an initiative that supports vulnerable people by providing a short-term haven if they feel anxious or threatened.

Safe Places is a scheme in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin that offers safe places to anyone who is feeling scared, anxious or at risk whilst out and about in the community. Any person with a Safe Places ‘Need Help’ card will be looked after, while a staff member contacts a named family member or carer who can pick them up.

Staff and students from Derwen College pointing to the new Safe Places sticker at the Walled Garden cafe.

Students at the further education college for young adults with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have Safe Places cards to use as part of their Independence, Health and Wellbeing sessions. They take the contact cards with them when they are shopping, on trips or at external work placements. The college is also proud to support anyone who feels vulnerable in the community.

Safe Places was started by Mencap in Worcester to provide short-term safe havens for people with learning disabilities. In 2013 Shropshire started a scheme supported by West Mercia Police. When the scheme was rolled out in Shropshire, it was decided that the scheme would be open to everyone as we can all be vulnerable at any time. Shropshire now has over 500 Safe Places.

The locations offered as ‘Safe Places’ have trained staff in place who can give a vulnerable person the support they need.

The scheme is invaluable for parent/carers, especially when young people with disabilities start to gain independence to go out without support. Knowing that a person can recognise the Safe Place logo should they feel frightened, threatened or overwhelmed is a great comfort.

Ruby Hartshorn, Chair of Safe Place Shropshire said: “Safe Place Shropshire has grown faster than we ever envisaged. While Covid-19 has prevented us from signing up the usual number of new Safe Places and carrying out revisits, it has been a pleasure to reconnect with Derwen College via Zoom and to have both the college’s Walled Garden Cafe and Station Cafe at Gobowen Railway station as Safe Places. We look forward to visiting Derwen College to meet the students and staff soon.”

Independence, Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator Tabetha Crinson said that Derwen College was proud to promote itself as a Safe Place.

She said:” As an expert specialist education provider with strong community links, Derwen College is a natural choice as a safe haven for anyone who feels at risk or needs some support.

“We know how important it is for people to feel safe, and make sure that our students are aware of Safe Places when they are in the community for work experience or independence learning.

“We have been members of the Safe Places scheme since 2014. After chatting to the Safe Places team over lockdown, we decided to direct people to our re-opened Walled Garden Café, where a person can sit down, enjoy a drink and relax in the knowledge that they will be looked after.

“We are thrilled to have now received our new stickers to place proudly in the window, and hope that everyone in the community thinks of us as a safe and welcoming place to visit.”

Find out more about Safe Places in Shropshire at

Find out more about learning and work experience at Derwen College at

For information about Derwen College’s commercial areas, including Walled Garden Cafe, Garden Centre & Gift Shop, Print Shop and new The Vintage Advantage charity shop go to