Festive fun at Derwen College Charity Christmas Fayre

13 October 2021

Derwen college students displaying Christmas hampers.

Staff and students at Derwen College, near Oswestry, in Shropshire, are pulling out all the stops to put on their first ever three-day Christmas Fayre.

The specialist college, in Gobowen, is hosting Derwen College Charity Christmas Fayre ­– a weekend of jolly, festive cheer. The extravaganza offers something for everyone, including a guest appearance from Father Christmas himself.

The Christmas Fayre – from Friday, 26 November to Sunday 28 November – will see some of Shropshire’s top artisan producers selling seasonal food, gifts, crafts and decorations. The market stalls will be offering unique hand-crafted present ideas alongside Derwen College’s own Garden Centre and Gift Shop merchandise. There will be late night shopping on Friday until 8pm, followed by Saturday opening (10am-4pm) and Sunday opening (10am-3pm).

Father Christmas will be meeting and greeting youngsters in his grotto, and the Christmas cheer will be alive and well with sparkly lights, festive tunes and Christmassy treats in the Walled Garden Café.

For shoppers looking to support local this Christmas, the College’s range of jams and chutneys – made by students in the College’s commercial Food Centre – make delicious gifts. Buy them individually or in a beautifully presented hamper. Perennial favourites include raspberry jam, piccalilli, and red onion chutney, whilst new flavours for Christmas 2021 including a Grape & Apple chutney, Damson & Gin jam and Cherry & Amaretto jam.

A range of Derwen College designed cards will be for sale, at just £6.00 for a pack of 12 – perfect for sending to friends and relatives, whilst supporting Derwen College Charity.

The specialist further education college has its own Garden Centre and Gift Shop, which will be selling Christmas trees, seasonal plants, wreaths, decorations, unique gifts and hampers.

Nordmann Christmas trees will be available from £27, with potted Norway Spruce trees at £35. Poinsettias and hand-made wreaths are also for sale.

The College’s Vintage Advantage charity shop will be showcasing its winter and Christmas fashions, gifts and homeware, as well as hosting a raffle and tombola.

Derwen College Charity fundraiser Anna Evans, said that the College was over the moon to put on such a wonderful community event, and to be able to invite local producers to join the festive extravaganza.

“We are excited to put on a three-day Christmas Fayre which brings together a diverse range of local food, gifts and craft producers, alongside the College’s own selection of handmade food and gifts.

She said: “Shopping at Derwen College gives the opportunity to buy festive garden and home décor and truly unique gifts. It also supports students with special educational needs and disabilities in their learning and work experience.”

Any traders interested in being part of Derwen’s inaugural Christmas Fayre, can contact anna.evans@derwen.ac.uk.

For Christmas 2021, Derwen has also produced its first Christmas catalogue, showcasing Derwen’s festive produce in an easy-to-browse flyer offering delivery and collection options.

For more information visit the website at www.derwen.ac.uk or telephone 01691 661234.

Fraud update from West Mercia Police economic Crime Unit

                                                  JOBSEEKERS WARNED OVER ONLINE SCAMS

Jobseekers are frequently turning to the internet to find job opportunities, however some fall prey to fraudulent advertisements, learn what to look out for.

There are various advance fee frauds which can happen when jobseekers are looking for employment. They can be duped into paying an upfront fee believing this is part of the application process when applying for a particular job.

One preferred method adopted by fraudsters is posting jobs online with companies offering this facility, and allowing the fraudster a legitimate platform of advertisement. This also provides a means of distancing themselves from law enforcement.

Jobseekers who respond to these advertisements are requested to pay up-front fees for administration services that include Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks. The fees vary and can range from as little as £16.00 or run into hundreds of pounds.

Preferred method of payment

A preferred payment request for these fees is by prepaid ‘e-money’ products such as Ukash, 3V, paysafecard vouchers.

The application forms are completed by a job seeker and as part of the process the        ‘e-money’ is requested.

The application form is then sent to the e-mail address provided. In some instances, jobseekers are advised that the payment was invalid or void and a payment processed again, therefore scamming the victim twice.

Generally jobseekers should not be expected to pay any fee to a perspective employer and if for any reason a request is made, jobseekers should be extremely cautious, regardless of the sum or payment method.

How to avoid being a victim of this type of fraud:

1. Check that the advertisement is genuine. – Search for the website of the Company using tools such as Google. Do not rely upon links provided in e-mails received from employers.

Carry out checks on telephone numbers on-line. The internet is a useful tool for identifying scams. Consider making telephone checks with potential employers using numbers identified from your own searches rather than any provided in the advertisement or subsequent e-mails e.g. Check telephone directories with respected providers.

2. Be aware of advertisements with e-mail addresses provided free (e.g. Hotmail, Gmail etc.) Whilst some smaller businesses may use e-mail facilities from these sources, this is much less common with larger businesses.

3. Be cautious if you are asked to pay up front fees. Some employers will require CRB checks and may expect job applicants to contribute to some or all of the cost.

Employers who make CRB checks are registered with the CRB. Useful guidelines on CRB checks are contained within the Directgov website within the section on “Starting a new job”. This website also includes details of a helpline and e-mail enquiry facility. These could be useful where doubts exist over the legitimacy of an advertisement. Typically a CRB check will cost £26 for a standard checks (£44 for an advanced check)

4. Be very cautious if you are asked to pay fees by e-money. E-money is equivalent to cash and allows the scammers easy access to the funds but often makes it very difficult to trace their identity.

5. Employers may need identification documents and bank account details. It is recommended that you do not provide these at application stage but wait until you are confident that the job is genuine and have been invited for interview.

Source: Action Fraud

·  STOP: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.

For further information visit: 




More bins??

One of the most frequent topics that local people raise with the Parish Council is litter and dog waste, and the need for more bins in the parish.

If you have a suggestion for a location for an additional bin, please let us know. Any suggestions received by 12th November will be considered for including in the 2022/23 budget.

Please note that all bins have to be placed in a location that is accessible by Veolia so that they can be emptied, and that we cannot place bins on private land.

Picture of a green field and countryside.  Text asking people to get in touch with ideas for new bin locations.

Safer West Mercia Plan – consultation

A message from the Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion:

I have now opened my consultation survey to deliver a safer West Mercia, and want to give you the chance to shape the final version.

As I enter my second term in office I want to build on the vision and promise I set out in 2016 to ensure the community are at the heart of policing. My main aims for the Safer West Mercia Plan are: putting victims and survivors first; building a more secure West Mercia; reforming West Mercia; and reassuring West Mercia’s communities.

As part of a consultation to gather views, you can now have your say on the focus for policing in the coming years and how it will benefit where you live. Whilst feedback from communities has already shaped my plan, I want to make sure everyone has the chance to have their say. I am therefore encouraging you to take this opportunity to influence policing within West Mercia.

I have made clear promises to the community of Shropshire and this plan will help deliver them.

The consultation will close on Monday 1st November and it can be found here https://www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/pcc-launches-new-plan-to-deliver-a-safer-west-mercia/

Be scam aware – an article from West Mercia Police

‘Hello, I’m Police Community Support Officer Pete Roberts of West Mercia Police, I work as part of the Oswestry Rural North Safer Neighbourhood Team. The area coverage of our SNT team covers the villages of (amongst others) Weston Rhyn, Chirk Bank, St Martins, Gobowen & Whittington.

In this edition I’d like to bring your attention to Scams, (noun: a dishonest scheme; a fraud). Scams are very prevalent at the moment and it is good practice to be aware of the scams that exist and what you can do about them. A delivery of the ‘The Little Book of Big Scams’ should be available for delivery with the Parish Roundabout newsletter in the near future. In the meantime…

Ten golden rules to prevent fraud

Remember these ten golden rules to help you prevent fraud and beat the scammers.

  1. Be suspicious of all ‘too good to be true’ offers and deals. There are no guaranteed get-rich-quick schemes.
  2. Don’t agree to offers or deals immediately. Insist on time to get independent or legal advice before making a decision.
  3. Don’t hand over money or sign anything until you’ve checked someone’s credentials and their company’s.
  4. Never send money to anyone you don’t know or trust, whether in the UK or abroad, or use methods of payment you’re not comfortable with.
  5. Never give banking or personal details to anyone you don’t know or trust. This information is valuable so make sure you protect it.
  6. Always log on to a website directly rather than clicking on links in an email.
  7. Don’t just rely on glowing testimonials. Find solid, independent evidence of a company’s success.
  8. Always get independent or legal advice if an offer involves money, time or commitment.
  9. If you spot a scam or have been scammed, report it and get help.
  10. Don’t be embarrassed about reporting a scam. Because the scammers are cunning and clever there’s no shame in being deceived. By reporting it, you’ll make it more difficult for them to deceive others.

Get help or report a scam

If you think you’ve uncovered a scam, been targeted by a scam or fallen victim to fraudsters, contact  Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit


Call us on 101 if you know the suspect or they’re still in the area.

Reporting crime, including fraud, is important. If you don’t tell the authorities, how do they know it’s happened and how can they do anything about it?

Remember that if you’re a victim of a scam or an attempted scam, however minor, there may be hundreds or thousands of others in a similar position. Your information may form part of one big jigsaw and be vital to completing the picture.’

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:  clerk@selattyn-gobowenpc.org.uk

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: https://www.healthwatchshropshire.co.uk/report/2021-09-02/access-nhs-dental-services

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.