Condover Parish Council
Condover, Dorrington, Ryton and Stapleton
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We are holding a fun morning down in the wood, anyone who's interested please come along and help your local community enhance Condover Woodland Park. On the fun filled day we will be:

Planting Snowdrops, Bluebells and Primrose.

Litter Picking and Cleaning the Play Equipment.

General Maintenance of the Footpaths and Fences.

Please come along on Saturday 11th April 2015 to help give the Park a Spring makeover. Refreshments will be provided for all helpers so come along for a relaxed and fun morning, starting from 10am we can make a positive difference to our community space.

The poster for this event can be found here:
pdfCondover Woodland Park Spring 2015 Poster (215.38KB)



Start Date: 5th - 7th May 2015 (3days)

Road to be closed: Church Street, Condover to Junction at Great Ryton

Purpose:  Bridge Maintenance to take down and rebuild parapet corner

It is important to note that during this period the 435 bus service will go into Condover as normal before being redirected along the A49 and carry on its route to Dorrington. During this time the bus will NOT be going through Ryton.

If you have any queries regarding this closure please contact:



To be held at Dorrington Village Hall on Tuesday 21st April 2015 at 7.30 pm

Residents of the parish are invited to attend the Annual Parish Meeting which features:

Feedback on the Parish Plan results

The meeting represents an opportunity for your Parish Plan Committee to describe the results of their work to date and to seek your endorsement. Thus far we have identified a number of issues dealing with housing options, car parking, speeding traffic and the development of Broadband. Additionally, there is a growing feeling that we need to make better use of our village halls, manage the increasing amounts of litter and to improve our leisure and sports facilities. We have also received a number of volunteer applications including the use of defibrillators, assistance with youth services and the development of a community speed watch scheme.  

Please come along to the meeting to hear for yourselves what we hope to achieve with your Parish Plan.


There will also be presentations by:

?        Andy Davies (Community First Responder); which will be vital in helping to launch the defibrillator project. The Parish Councils intentions are to introduce defibrillators in Ryton & Dorrington villages first. If you volunteered to help please come along and find out more first hand about what is involved.

?        David Lane Chairman of the Parish Council will give his Annual Report.

?        Village Community Groups & Schools will provide reports.

?        Tim Barker your Shropshire Councillor & your Local Police Team will also be present.


A detailed agenda of the meeting can be found here:



The Latest edition of our Parish Newsletter has been compiled. Recently councillors have been finding it increasingly difficult to deliver your edition of the Newsletter to your door. To be sure to receive it electronically, please send an email to the editor: from the address you wish it to be sent to stating that you would like an electronic copy of the newsletter. Paper copies will also be made available in Condover & Dorrington Post Offices. Alternatively you can simply download the .PDF version of it from this website:

pdfCPC Parish Newsletter - Spring 2015 (736.64KB)

Also available online for anyone in the Parish, although it will be more appealing to residents of Ryton, is the April 2015 Ryton Village Newsletter. In this newsletter there are details about entering this years Little Ryton Bake Off competition and if you are interested in entering you should download the entry form given below:

pdfRyton Newsletter Edition #70 (1821.02KB)

pdf2015 Bake Off Entry Form (76.37KB)



Available for viewing and may be of interest to residents in the Parish is the PCC's quarterly update - including updates on the policing budget, rural crime and the new deal on services for victims of crime. It can be accessed by visiting the following website:

For more information on Police Matters in our parish please visit the Police page of this website here.



The village fete will take place at Dorrington village hall on Saturday 13 June 2015.

The fete opens at 2.00 pm with side shows, gift products and food stalls plus lots of games to play.

From 7.00 pm there will be a party including live music and a hog roast.

Please come along and support your village!



Start Date: 15th June 2015 (for a period of up to 5 days)

Times of closure: 8am - 4pm.

Purpose: Repair works.

Further Detail: The work is planned to commence Monday 15th June 2015 for a period of up to five days between the hours of 8am and 4pm. The bridge will remain open to pedestrians and dismounted cyclists throughout the work.

When the road is closed, it is proposed to divert traffic locally.  As this takes traffic through the ford, this will be monitored and if the water level rises to a point where it is not possible for vehicles to cross then the road closure will be removed until water subsides. 

If you have any queries regarding this closure please contact:



The latest edition of the Shropshire Rural Hub Newsletter is available to view online here. The Shropshire Rural Hub is an informal producer-led network of rural businesses which aims to work with partners to stimulate and support innovative and dynamic rural enterprise and achieve a sustainable rural economy for Shropshire.

 pdfShropshire Rural Hub Newsletter - March 2015 (316.44KB)________________________________________________________


There is a lot of interesting and importance information in the Shropshire Rural Hub Newsletter; the following is an extract from the February Edition of their newsletter but is very important for anyone who uses the internet, whether on a daily basis or only sporadically:

On December 1st 2014, Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police launched the #Be Cyber Smart campaign to raise awareness of internet-related crime and to give people the knowledge they need to protect themselves. The first phase focuses on online shopping; Here are a few simple tips and safety checks:

Don't Transfer Money
Always pay for items you buy online by card on a secure payment page, by cheque or by cash, in person. However desperate you are to secure an item, never transfer money into the seller's account, as you may never see the goods or your money ever again.

Check that Payment Pages are Secure
Before you enter your card details on a payment page, make sure it is secure by checking that the address starts with "https‟ (the "s‟ stands for "secure‟) and there's a padlock or unbroken key symbol in the browser window.

Use a Credit Card
Remember that you have more chance of getting your money back in the event of problems if you pay by credit card rather than debit card. Some sellers may charge a premium, but it could well be worth the extra for your peace of mind.

Use Auction Sites Safely
Many of us buy from online auction sites. Always use trusted and well-known payment methods instead of paying sellers directly. Read the site and seller's conditions. For your personal safety, if you're collecting in person, take someone with you or let people know where you're going.

Check Out Bargains with Care
If you find, or are emailed about an item that seems just too much of a bargain, it could be a scam, fake goods or it doesn't match the description. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Use Social Networks Safely
Social networks are a popular medium for scams and are becoming increasingly so. If you see a post promising something free of charge, free entry to a competition with a fantastic prize or perhaps an offer that seems just too good to be true, consider very carefully before following it up.

Use Email Safely
An email urging you to click on a link to reveal a special offer, to open an attachment containing some great news, or to "confirm details" or "reset your account", could well be a scam, even if it appears to come from a reputable source. If in doubt, delete the email and don't respond to or forward it.

Look After That Smartphone or Tablet
Protect your smartphone or tablet by downloading a reputable internet security app and make sure it's safeguarded with a PIN. Install parental control software on kids' mobile devices and chat to them about how to use the internet safely.

Remember to Log Out
When you've finished your online shopping or banking session, always log out of the website or app... it only takes a second. Sometimes, just closing the window doesn't mean you've logged out, and someone else could gain access to your account and personal details. Don't forget to check and save purchase confirmation emails.

Make Sure Wi-Fi is Secure
Wherever you are, make sure the Wi-Fi is secured. When you're out and about, in the caf?, the pub or a hotel for example, you can't guarantee it's secured even if you have to enter a code. When you're shopping, banking or making other online payments, it's better to connect with 3G or 4G, even if it's slower.

Beware of Scam Phone Calls
If someone posing as a retailer calls you to confirm an online purchase, it could well be a scam. The idea is that you won't remember the purchase, and call your bank. However, the fraudster stays on the line, and tricks you into revealing your financial details. If this happens, hang up, don't call back, but report it to Action Fraud.

Check Bank Statements
Check your bank and credit card accounts regularly for irregular or unauthorised transactions. If you spot any entries you don‟t recognise, contact your bank without delay. Make sure your bank has your up-to-date contact details so they can alert you if they spot anything unusual.

For more information about staying safe online and the scams to look out for, go to and 
If you think you have been a victim of fraud report it to Action Fraud, the UK's national fraud reporting centre, by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by visiting:


Shaping Your Outdoors Newsletter

The latest edition of Shaping your outdoors, the newsletter of Shropshire Council's Outdoor Partnerships Service, is now available to view online. The newsletter highlights the work they do to improve Shropshire's public rights of way network, countryside parks and sites, green spaces and play areas

Spring 2015 Edition of Shaping your Outdoors  can be accessed here 

Also available is a volunteer supplement to the Shaping Your Outdoors newsletter which has some information on what volunteers are up to and can be viewed by anyone here



The National Plant Monitoring Scheme was launched at the beginning of this month. The scheme is the first of its kind and asks for volunteers across the United Kingdom to visit a kilometre square local to them and record the plants they find there in several different plots. The scheme will enable us to explore how plants in different habitats are responding to changes in the environment.

This is done through the examination of the plant species in the square plot, volunteers receive training and are expected to survey their plot 2 times a year. Volunteers for the scheme may be individuals or small groups.

If anyone in the Parish is interested in becoming a volunteer of the scheme you can find out more by reading the following document: pdfEvery Flower Counts NPMS (208.16KB)

or visiting the National Plant Monitoring Scheme Website: 



Local residents Mike and Sylvi have recently been organising local walks for anyone to come along to and have gotten off to an excellent start. Almost 30 people turned up for the January Dorrington walk before being rained off in February. Our latest walk was held on 29th March around Condover paths with volunteer Kim exploring Old and New Technology.
The next one we will be looking forward to is the circular Stapleton/Chatford/Lythhill/Exfords Green walk on Sunday 26th April with Jenny and Ron, please do come along!

We seem to have fallen into walking on the last Sunday of each month and during summer will meet at 2.15 for a 2.30 start.  So you can pop these dates in your diary in the hope that you'll manage one or two of them: May 31st (Ryton); June 28th (Dorrington); July 26th (Condover); August 30th (Stapleton).

Wouldn't it be nice though to add in the occasional evening walk once the days are longer and warmer; perhaps a picnic walk (mmm fruit cake and lemonade); how about a walk or two for our children and grandchildren?  Phone or email to tell me your ideas.  I won't twist your arm, promise, but my dream is that each walk will be led by a different person. If you'd like to start by back-marking (being the last in the group) or sharing the leading do have a chat with me.

Our aim is to walk our local footpaths, to trample the weeds with our many feet; to socialise with our neighbours in Condover, Dorrington, Ryton and Stapleton - all are welcome, including those from further afield; to get to know nice local routes to share with visitors, dogs, family; trying to rotate around the villages of Condover, Dorrington, Ryton and Stapleton.

If possible we'll offer a shorter, easier walk and a longer one.  If you think we might walk too fast bring a friend knowing you can turn back together at any time and retrace your steps - you'll probably find the pace is fine for you.  And if we're walking too slowly, just zip off (but make sure the leader knows you're 'doing your own thing').

To get in touch with Sylvi and Mike telephone: 01743 718 511 or 07859 049 349.



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Telephone: 01743 252203      Twitter: @ConnectingShrop

Connecting Shropshire is a £26m programme to bring fibre broadband to the more rural parts of the Shropshire Council area, where private companies are not going to provide it as part of their commercial plans. The programme has already started to provide people with access to fibre broadband with download speeds of up to 80mbps, about 10x faster than the average for the county as a whole. More than 30,000 homes and businesses across a range of exchange areas, from Albrighton to Alberbury and St. Martins to Clee Hill, are now within reach of the new fibre broadband network that we're building.

UPDATE: Condover village is now connected to fibre optics.

Part of Dorrington village has also been connected.

 The good news for the parish is that two cabinets, serving about 400 premises, are now live and accepting orders for fibre broadband. These cabinets are located in Condover and Dorrington villages and are known as Bayston Hill 1 and Dorrington 4, respectively.

To see whether you have access to fibre broadband, use the checker at:

Many of the other premises in the parish are connected to Cabinet 1 or 3 in the Dorrington exchange: Cabinet 1 in Stapleton serves about 70 premises in the parish and work to provide fibre broadband to this area will begin sometime in 2016.  Cabinet 3 serves about 140 premises in Condover Park and the Ryton area is being worked on at the moment and will be providing a fibre to the premise solution, with availability expected from this autumn. A number of premises in Dorrington are connected directly to the exchange on 'exchange only' lines and some of these will be rearranged into a new Cabinet 5, with fibre broadband availability likely to start from this summer.

REMEMBER: To connect to fibre broadband, people need to contact their chosen internet service provider to upgrade their broadband package, the broadband speeds won't increase automatically. Not all premises in an exchange area will get access to fibre broadband and not all premises served by a fibre cabinet will necessarily get access to faster broadband. We are continuing to explore opportunities to provide access to improved broadband in all parts of the Shropshire Council area. It's a huge engineering challenge and we can't do everywhere at the same time so if you're not yet within reach of the new network, please bear with us. 



November 1st 2014 saw a new telephone number being made available to book non-emergency patient transport for eligible patients in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

The number can be used by clinics, hospitals and eligible patients themselves.
The number for this is:
01743 762650,



Please find below the latest edition of Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust's stakeholder newsletter - Community Health News. This edition features news about the expansion of Integrated Community Services, the new Family Nurse Partnership service, as well as looking at the work being carried out to strengthen patient and carer engagement.

pdfShropshire Comm Health News Issue 5 (601.92KB)

This newsletter is also available to download from the Newsletter section of the Trust website, where you can find out the latest news and updates from Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust.



The Emergency information holders are the brainchild of a West Mercia Police officer looking at a way of utilising the now defunct tax disk holders. The idea is that the disk is easily identifiable by emergency services as it only makes the information available after access to the vehicle is gained, thus keeping your personal data out of sight.

pdfEmergency Contact Disc (125.36KB)

 Above is a poster detailing how the emergency contact details can be put into the tax disc holder and is available for you to print-out, cut-out and place in your car.


future fit logo
As you will hopefully be aware there is a lot going on to explore and decide upon changes intended to improve the delivery of Health Care locally. A number of public meetings have been held recently which were advertised in the parish. their outcomes are currently being deliberated and the best way to keep in touch with this is to follow it through their website.

The Programme is called "Future Fit" and more detail can be found on the web site:-

These are very important considerations and will have real effects on how (and where) Heath Care is delivered locally.  Please have a good read and then hopefully get involved in having your say - these things are sometimes not very well advertised and communicated - it's hard reaching out to people in such Rural Communities. But your input will help direct decisions currently being made.

After all we all use the NHS at some point in our lives...