CHURCH STRETTON - SERIES OF EVENTS: "A SPIRIT OF PLACE FOR RECTORY WOOD AND FIELD"
A new project in Church Stretton is giving people the opportunity to discover fascinating secrets about Rectory Wood & Field from local experts as well as playing a part in the future of the site. The project involved a series of free events to attend from guided tours of the area with botanists, invertebrates experts and specialists in fungus; wildlife Discovery Days; creative writing workshops and much more. The events run from July through to mid-October so there's lots to choose from and attend for all interests.
For full details please view the following document: Church Stretton - Series of events (181.9KB)
ROAD CLOSURE: STATIOND RD; DORRINGTON TO THE GRASS TRIANGLE NORTH OF RYTON
Start Date: 28th July 2015
Details of closure: will be in effect from 09:30 - 16:00 for 3 days from commencement date.
During this time, a diversionary route will be in place and the 435 Bus Service will not be running through Ryton. For further details about the bus route residents are requested to contact the bus company directly.
ATTENTION LOCAL BUSINESSES
Boost your bottom line with a £3,000 grant to get superfast broadband for your business
To apply for a broadband grant you must be a small or medium sized business, or a registered charity, social enterprise or sole trader. For more information, read the following document:
Broadband Vouchers from the Department of Culture, Media & Sport (618.17KB)
To apply and for full details please view the broadband connection vouchers website, here:
SHROPSHIRE RURAL HUB NEWSLETTER
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.
Stapleton Village Hall Presents:
An evening with Martin Wood.
On Friday 9th October, commencing at 7.30pm.
Tickets will be £4 on the door.
There will be Tea/coffee and cake provided along with the chance to enter into a Raffle.
Do come along!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
CONECTION SHROPSHIRE UPDATE
For a update on the program with more information about where has now been connected, if your area cabinet has been linked up to fibre and if so, how you can get access to Fibre please open the following document:
Connecting Shropshire Monthly Update - July 2015 (815.31KB)
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.
CONSERVING OUR CONDOVER WALLS
Jean Jackson your local Condover Parish Councillor and Tim Barker met recently with members of the Shropshire Council Conservation Team and walked and inspected the walls in the Condover Conservation area it was agreed that following this inspection Shropshire Council would contact owners to bring to their attention the need to repair certain areas of the walls.
Issues arising from heavy HGV and agricultural traffic were identified and Shropshire Council Highways are actively seeking solutions to mitigate further damage arising from such traffic.
Below is an email sent from Andy Wigley from Shropshire Council sent to the Clerk immediately after this meeting regarding the state of the walls:
Further to our recent email correspondence regarding the historic stone walls in the Condover Conservation Area, I am writing to thank Cllr Jean Jackson for attending the meeting with Cllr Tim Barker, Karen Rolfe and myself. We had a very productive meeting and viewed the various sections of walling about which concerns have been expressed.
As a consequence of the meeting, and whilst the Historic Environment Team does not have any powers under planning legislation to require owners to undertake repairs, we agreed with Cllr Jackson that we would write to the owners of Condover Hall to request that they address the issue. We will emphasise that we are willing to advise them in the preparation of a more co-ordinated approach to the management of the walls.
During the site visit we were also fortunate enough to meet one of our Highways Engineers, who was dealing with another matter in the area. We therefore sought his view on a section of the wall immediately adjacent to the highway between the church and the entrance to the hall which looks particularly problematic. His opinion was that it did not present any immediate risk but that he would ask the relevant highways officer to monitor the situation.
POLICE COMMISSIONER REPORT
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: www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk
ADVICE ABOUT STAYING SAFE ONLINE
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 www.getsafeonline.org and www.cyberstreetwise.com
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: www.actionfraud.police.uk.
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
Summer 2015 Edition of Shaping your Outdoors can be accessed here
NATIONAL PLANT MONITORING SCHEME
The National Plant Monitoring Scheme was launched this year and 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: Every Flower Counts NPMS (208.16KB)
or visiting the National Plant Monitoring Scheme Website: www.npms.org.uk
NEW WAY TO BOOK NON-EMERGENCY PATIENT TRANSPORT IN SHROPSHIRE, TELFORD AND WREKIN
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,
SHROPSHIRE COMMUNITY HEALTH NEWS
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.
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.
NEW USE FOR DEFUNCT TAX DISC HOLDERS
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.
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.
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...