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.

We are recruiting…

Vacancy for Facilities and Services Officer

Salary: NJC scale point LC1 15 (£17,072 pro-rata)

Hours of work: 8 hours per week flexible – overtime as agreed.

Applications are invited for the position of Facilities and Services Officer. This is an exciting and varied post and would suit someone looking for a part-time flexible role. The post-holder will be based at Gobowen Pavilion but the role will require some travel throughout the parish. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone wanting to work for a proactive and vibrant council.

Main duties include:

  • Managing the parish council facilities and services on a day to day basis.
  • Completing Health and Safety Checks and Risk Assessments to ensure the overall safety of the facilities.

The successful candidate will have good computer skills, be practical and willing to work alone. All training will be provided.

Closing date for applications: Monday 15th January 2018

Interviews: Friday 26th January 2018

Facilities and Services Officer – Job Description

Application Form – Facilities and Services Officer (pdf version)

Application Form – Facilities and Services Officer (word version)

Applications can be submitted either by email:

 Or in Writing to :

The Parish Clerk

Hawthorn Cottage




SY10 8LX

Telephone: 01691 829571



Parish Grants – Apply Now!

At the March meeting the Parish Council considers applications for grant assistance from local organisations. If you would like an hard copy of the application form or to find out more information, please contact the parish clerk – 01691 829 571 /

Deadline for applications is Friday 16th February 2018.

Please click the link below to download the Grant Awarding Policy and Application Form:

Grant Awarding Policy and Application Form

Defibrillators in the Parish

Thanks to the dedication of parish based community groups who have fundraised and applied for various grants, we will shortly have two new defibrillators in the Parish. Selattyn’s has now been installed in the Red Telephone Kiosk in Selattyn and the one in Gobowen will be installed in December, on the Post Office Wall. Both Defibrillators will belong to the Parish Council and are their ongoing responsibility, in regards to maintenance. Please report any issues to the Parish Clerk.

Thank you to the following organisations who have kindly funded the Gobowen Defibrillator and Cabinet:

  • British Heart Foundation
  • Three Parishes Big Local
  • STAR Housing
  • Co-Op (Gobowen)

Once the Defibrillator has been installed in Gobowen, the Parish Council will run a number of training sessions in the Pavilion to demonstrate how to use the AED in an emergency. Details of these sessions will be shared in the Spring edition and posted on the Parish Council website, Facebook and Twitter.

Report from Selattyn Community Defibrillator Group

On Wednesday 21st June this year, a public meeting was held at the local school to discuss the possibility of raising funds to purchase a defibrillator for Selattyn. From a very well attended meeting, a committee of eight people was formed.

Donations from local people started to be received immediately, and we were overwhelmed by the support. Our first fundraiser was a coffee morning held in St Mary’s church, where a great variety of stalls raised the grand sum of £280.

On the same day, Selattyn C of E School PTA presented us with £154-10 raised by buying squares on a big red heart – great idea! Also David and Judy Lloyd raised £120 from organising an evening visit to the Stonehouse Brewery at Weston.

The Promises Auction was held in the Cross Keys on 10th September (thank you David and Judy). The room was packed; our auctioneer, Dyfed, was brilliant. Bidding was quite frenzied at times, some items so sought after, they were bought by proxy. It was great fun and raised a staggering £1375. Our treasurer was certainly kept busy that night. We are very grateful to everyone who donated and purchased the 38 lots.

Our fundraising efforts, together with generous donations from the community, have given us sufficient funds to pay for the defibrillator and cabinet which are now installed in the telephone kiosk in Selattyn village. Defibrillator signs will be put in place and the kiosk given a fresh coat of red paint. A number of local tradesmen have generously given their time to help with these jobs and we are again very grateful. In addition, we want to thank the Selattyn and Gobowen Parish Council who have taken over responsibility for future maintenance and insurance of the defibrillator.

We plan to retain a contingency fund in case of unforeseen future expenses, but due to the totally unexpected generosity of local businesses and charities, we have surplus funds available to donate to other heart related organisations. The groups we have chosen to support are:

The British Heart Foundation                                                                    £150

Sudden Adult Death Syndrome UK (SADS)                                           £100

Shropshire Ambulance First Emergency Responders(SAFER)          £300

The Lullaby Trust (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)                             £100

Hengoed Community Defibrillator Fund                                                  £350

The Hengoed donation will be made once their group committee is formed.

Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who has supported the Selattyn Community Group in this project.

With the help of the First Responders who gave us our initial training, we plan to hold another CPR and Defibrillator Training evening in Selattyn C of E School sometime in January. Further information will be made available soon. Everyone interested is welcome.

P3 Install A Kissing Gate In Selattyn


Selattyn & Gobowen P3 team of volunteers carried out its first major public footpath improvement project in Selattyn on 13 October.  Led by Helen Beresford from the Shropshire County Outdoors Department, the team replaced an unsafe wooden stile and fencing with a modern galvanised steel kissing gate.  The work has greatly improved safety on this much-used shortcut.

The P3 team, which meets on the second Friday of each month, will carry out further improvement projects during coming months.  Additional volunteers are most welcome to join the group.  Training will be given when required to develop practical skills towards greater access to our public rights of way.  (Contact Mike McKenna 07565 528821)

Maintenance Contracts

Selattyn and Gobowen Parish Council are currently inviting quotes for the following contracts:

  • Hengoed Cemetery Maintenance
  • Gobowen Playing Field Maintenance
  • General Maintenance

Please contact the Parish Clerk to request a copy of the contract and for more information call 01691 829571.

Deadline for the receipt of quotes is 1st December 2017.

A-Z Guide to Library Services

Find out from the A-Z guide about all of the services available to you through Gobowen Library:

An A-Z of Shropshire Library Services

Access for all
• Talking books and Large Print collections
• Concessionary tickets for free borrowing of talking books and no library fines
• Home Library service volunteers taking books to people in their own homes
• Community Directory listing local support organisations

Archives unique collection of archive material relating to Gobowen and surrounding area.

Bibliotherapy – helping people to find books for different health benefits. Reading reduces stress levels by up to 60%. See also Books on prescription below

Books on prescription (Reading Well collection) – a special collection of self-help books/leaflets that GPs can refer people to. Library staff can help find health information that is reliable and relevant. See also Dementia, Mood-boosting, Long Term Conditions and Shelf-Help (young people) collections below

Book Club – see Reading groups below

Business support – free Wi-fi in the library, meeting room available, business books available for loan

Can’t get into the library?
• Renew and request items online using your library pin no.
• Home library service
• Mobile library service in rural areas
• Visit the library webpages for these and other services online
• E-resources – see below
• Search the library catalogue online to find the books you want

Children’s activities –
• Support/advice for parents, carers and children on book choices and helping children to read
• Regular rhyme and story times and holiday activities for children and young people.
• Visits to schools to run rhyme and story times and Fabreads (box of books left in school to promote contemporary junior fiction).
• Library visits by groups of children from local nurseries, playgroups and schools.
• Regular class visits for pupils from Gobowen Primary
• Library reward scheme to encourage frequent visits to the library by pre-school children
• Summer Reading Challenge – Read six books over the summer holidays and join in library activities
• There is also a Schools Library Service that loan schools books to supplement their school library, project boxes (books and artefacts) for teachers to use and support teachers in providing a school library

Community Directory – listing all local groups, societies, self-help and support groups in Shropshire

Computers – free computer use for up to two hours per day. This can be extended in particular circumstances

Dementia Collection (Reading Well scheme) collection of books for people with dementia or carers/professionals working with people with dementia. Includes a range of picture books to share and spark memories

E- library resources– access daily newspapers, e-magazines/e-books and other reference materials for free online

Free, friendly and fun – visiting your local library is a great way to enjoy reading and learning for pleasure and its free!

Great range of stock – any book in Shropshire can be reserved for collection from Gobowen Central for a small charge

Health Zone – all our health resources are available from our health zone. From time to time there will be visiting health professionals running drop-in sessions in the health zone

Information – find out what is happening in your local community and all about your local history. Library staff can help you to find the information you need

IT support
• Free computer use for up to two hours per day
• general support from library staff

Learning opportunities through consulting books and using free computers

Local history –collection of books relating to Gobowen.Further information available at Oswestry Library’s Local History Centre, which is the second largest collection of local studies material in the county after Shropshire Archives, and provides help with family and/or local history enquiries provided by library staff and a team of expert volunteers

Local information – find out what is going on locally through posters, displays and online community directory

Looking for work?
• Books on writing CVs
• Free computer use

Long Term Conditions – Reading Well Collection. A new collection of books to support self-management of chronic health conditions. Approved by medical professionals and people with long term conditions

Meeting room for hire

Mobile library – service to villages in rural Shropshire

Mood Boosting books (Reading Well collection) collection of books designed to raise your mood

More than books – you can also borrow ordnance survey maps, DVDs, Talking Books on CD and look at our collections of local historical maps

Music and drama – you can order sheet music and playsets through your local library

Newspapers and magazines – come and browse a selection of local and national papers or access them online from home for free

Opportunities – to learn, look for work, listen to a story, follow your imagination, be creative

Photocopying facilities are available in the library

Professional knowledge – consult library staff for suggestions about what to read, how to set up a reading group, local and family history enquiries, local information, promoting reading and literacy for children and young people, etc

Quiet study spaces – for you to work or study in

Reading groups – You can register your Reading Group with the Library service and receive reading sets of a range of titles. These can be delivered to the library of your choice for collection

Reading help – Don’t know what to read next? Library staff can help with your reading

Reading Well collections – see Books on Prescription

Safe place to be – Shropshire Libraries are all registered Safe Places for vulnerable people as part of the West Mercia police scheme

Schools – lots of class visits and events held in partnership with local schools

Self-help books – find a range of self-help books for different circumstances

Shelf-help (Reading Well collection) collection of self-help books for teenagers/parents to help you understand your emotions as well as cope with difficult situations

Social activities and a friendly face in your library can help combat isolation and loneliness. Monthly tea and chat with the WI, Bridge club, talks and much more

Special collections – specialist collections such as; Crime, Westerns, Romance, Parent & Carers, books for children with dyslexia and Self-help book collection (Books on Prescription)

Study space – to work for your exams or read a book

Teenage Fiction – collection of books for teenagers and young adults

Time to Listen for adults – come and have a story read to you in the comfort of the library

Unlimited scope – for reading and learning something new!

Variety – of activities, knowledge and learning opportunities

Volunteering opportunities – monthly sessions by Qube highlighting volunteering offers

Webpages – lots of information about Shropshire library services and all that is on offer

Wi-fi – bring your own laptop/tablet in and use our wireless connection for study or business use for free

X-citing place to be!

Young people – Study spaces to learn, teenager’s book collection, Self-help books for young people

Zeal of the staff!

Draft Library Strategy Consultation

Shropshire Libraries are consulting on a new draft Library Services Strategy for ten weeks from Wednesday 26th July. Both Gobowen Library and the Selattyn Mobile service are referred to in the draft Strategy.

The strategy sets out the Council’s vision to unlock the huge potential that library services have to impact positively on individuals lives.  It also recognises that this is a challenging time for library services – traditional usage has been declining in recent years, the way that people use library services is shifting, and the financial situation remains difficult.

The strategy sets out a hierarchy of library services provision and describes how the Council can meet its statutory requirements to provide a “comprehensive and efficient library service for all persons” by providing:

  • Static library provision within six Tier 1 locations – Library Hubs – and seven Tier 2 locations Community Libraries.
  • 277 Mobile Library stops, principally responding to challenges of an ageing population and access to services in a rural context.
  • Digital library services including 24-hour access to a range of lending and information resources

The strategy does not set out to close any existing libraries, but it does recognise the need to provide a framework that allows future investment and revenue support to be prioritised.

An online survey is available at (click on the Get Involved page) and paper copies of the survey will be available from your libraries and mobile libraries.