UK Recovery Walk 2018  Shrewsbury

The UK Recovery Walk 2018 will be held in Shrewsbury from 11am on Saturday 8 September 2018, when more than 5,000 individuals and families are expected to walk through the centre of the town to celebrate the event. The walk, organised by Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR UK), is held every September as part of International Recovery Month.

The walking route will start at 12pm and finish at The Quarry Park. Thousands of individuals and families will walk through the town centre accompanied by entertainment along the way.

The total route is 1.7 miles and takes around 45 minutes to an hour and half to complete from start to finish.  There will be a host of activities and entertainment in The Quarry, including music, circus acts and performances.  There will also be a marque with a range of organisations offering advice and information.

To find out more about FAVOR UK Recovery Walk 2018, including car parking information visit these websites:


Selattyn and Gobowen Footpaths

Shropshire has nearly 3½ thousand miles of footpaths.  With dwindling resources, the County Council is unable to maintain all of these.  They have invited volunteers to help and Selattyn and Gobowen is the latest parish group in the Oswestry area helping to look after a large network of rights of way.

This P3 group (Parish Paths Partnership), was set up a year ago and has already carried out works such as clearing undergrowth, replacing parts of stiles, way-marking and discovering a backlog of problems including blocked rights of way.  It is a small, friendly gathering that meets in the morning of the second Friday of the month.  No special skills are required.  Tools are supplied and the County provide insurance and offer expert support for larger jobs such as installation of kiss-gates.

It is a good way, and a healthy way, to get to know the local area which is more extensive than one might imagine.  At the same time there is the satisfaction of ensuring that footpaths which have existed for hundreds of years continue to serve the community.

Anyone interested in joining the group should contact the coordinator :- Michael McKenna on 07565 528821.

Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership

The AONB Management Plan in under review and they would like to hear your views on

  • What do you most value about the Shropshire Hills?
  • What is changing, for better or worse?
  • What needs to be done, and how can we work together to do it?

The new AONB Management Plan will set out priorities to build support for the landscape over the next five years.  The more people they involve, the more successful the Plan will be.  Please follow the link to fill in our online survey – it should take no more than 10 minutes.

Saving Parks In North Shropshire

Our parks and green spaces are where we go to play, relax and escape – but right now they’re in crisis. Cash strapped councils have been forced to slash the funding used to keep these public spaces alive. [1] And now, one of the last pots of money our parks could rely on has been axed. [2]

Heritage Lottery Fund’s parks programme invested millions of pounds in our parks and green spaces. [3] But they’ve just scrapped the fund, putting the future of our parks at risk. Now they’re asking the public how they should spend their money next year. [4] If thousands of us speak up for our parks now, we could secure the money they desperately need.

The Parks Alliance have started a 38 Degrees campaign to make sure parks get this vital funding back. [5] If hundreds and thousands of us add our names, it’ll show the Heritage Lottery Fund how much the public love their parks – and convince them to once again give them the cash they need.


From children playing sports with friends to families enjoying a sunday afternoon stroll, parks are for everyone. Unless they get the money they need, we could could see our much loved parks sold off to the highest bidder, or fall into disrepair. [6] It’s not about replacing council funding for our parks. But with councils struggling under the weight of huge government cuts, we can’t let this vital funding pot disappear.

Time and time again, 38 Degrees members have come together to celebrate and protect our beautiful open spaces. When the government planned to sell off our beloved national forests – we came together in our hundreds of thousands to stop them. [7] And just last year hundreds of us descended on parks up and down the country with our friends and family to celebrate our parks and show politicians that our green spaces are valued by everyone. [8]

[1] The Guardian: The end of parklife as we know it? The battle for Britain’s green spaces:
[2] Heritage lottery fund: Changes to our grant making:
Horticulture week: HLF ending of Parks for People programme “a black day”:
[3] See note 2
[4] Heritage Lottery Funds: We want to hear from you on HLF’s future direction and funding:
[5] 38 Degrees: Protect Heritage Lottery Funding for Parks:
[6] Council agrees to sell off 10% of its parks:
[7] 38 Degrees: Victory! Government to scrap plans to sell our forests:
[8] 38 Degrees: Have a Field Day:

Defibrillator Training

Thanks to the dedication of parish based community groups who have fundraised and applied for various grants, the Parish Council now has two new defibrillators in the Parish. The Gobowen Cabinet and Defibrillator was installed in January and was kindly funded by:

  • The British Heart Foundation
  • Three Parishes Big Local
  • STAR Housing
  • The Co-op and its members and customers

 The defibrillator is owned by the Parish Council and is for the benefit of the local community and anyone who may be visiting the village. The defibrillator is in an UNLOCKED cabinet so can be accessed 24/7.

Lucy Crane, Area Manager for the Co-op, said: “As a community retailer the Co-op is committed to making a difference locally and is delighted to have been able to support this appeal – we would like to thank our colleagues, Members and customers locally for helping to raise vital funds and contributing towards the cost of installing this life saving equipment in our community.”

Amy Jones, Parish Clerk, commented, “As well as it being a condition of the British Heart Foundation Grant, it is very important to train as many people as possible to use the Defibrillator, should a situation arise where it is required to help save someone’s life”.

The Parish Council has, therefore, arranged a training session (Defibrillator Awareness Course) which is organised in conjunction with the Oswestry Cambrian Rotary Club and will be delivered by a Heart Start Tutor and Community First Responder. The Course will take place on:

Saturday 14th April at 11am in Gobowen Pavilion

The session will last approximately 2 hours and there is no charge to attend. The trainers just ask for donations to support the life-saving work they do.

Mike Lade of Oswestry Cambrian Rotary Club, commented, “This training is part of a community project that has been running around 3 years now to train as many people as possible, from Oswestry and surrounding areas, in CPR and using a Defibrillator. To date, in excess of 200 people have been trained. The biggest fear that people have is that they are going to hurt somebody by using the defibrillator. This is not the case. You can do no harm but you can save a life”.

If you would like to book a place on the course, please email / call the Parish Clerk:


T: 01691 829571

Attendees are asked to wear suitable, comfortable clothing to the training.

Highways England Consultation

Highways England’s Strategic Road Network Initial Report: consultation closes on 7 February 2018:

Highways England published its first Strategic Road Network Initial Report on 13 December last year. This sets out their advice to government about where they believe priorities should be focused for the second road period, which runs between 2020 and 2025.

The SRN Initial Report forms part of the Department for Transport’s public consultation on future funding on the SRN. This focuses on how best to invest the new National Roads Fund – ring-fenced money collected from vehicle excise duty – to ensure roads are fit for the future and to give people better access to jobs, schools and their community.

This is your chance to tell them what you think so we urge you to take part. It closes on Wednesday 7 February.