Gaskell Recreation Ground – Perimeter Path

GASKELL RECREATION GROUND

This project will create a safe and fun environment for the people of Much Wenlock at the Gaskell Recreation Ground.  This project will develop a safe and an appropriate environment for people to celebrate, interact, keep fit, enjoy the great outdoors and come together as a community.

It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

We are delighted that the new path around the Gaskell Recreation Ground has been completed.  The path connects with the Linden Walk and the new gate through from the school site, providing a hard-surfaced route to the Bowling Club and around the perimeter of the ground. This will be a particular benefit in wet weather. The path is 2 metres wide along most of its route and is suitable for use by mobility scooters and wheelchairs, as well as pedestrians. The path is already proving popular with walkers, joggers, those with pushchairs and small children on scooters and bicycles.  An official opening will be arranged later in the year.

The new path, fencing and gate have been funded by contributions from a LEADER grant, provided by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, the Town Council, the Much Wenlock Forester Charitable Trust and William Brookes School.  Thank you to all of the funders and those who have been involved with the project.

 

 

Gaskell Ground Play Area Remains CLOSED

Despite the relaxation in exercise restrictions brought in on May 13th, we still remain vigilant in avoiding the spread of Covid-19. For this reason the play area on the Gaskell Ground must continue to be out of use. Please respect these restrictions to help keep you and your children safe from potential contamination. Please do not remove the tape or allow children to play on the play equipment.

Advice and support on offer to those affected by floods in Shropshire

Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin’s residents and businesses affected by the recent flooding are being given the opportunity to discuss their questions and concerns with local flood recovery experts through a new virtual platform.

In response to the devastating flooding which affected the County in the weeks after Storm Dennis, Shropshire Council have been working with the National Flood Forum to set up a ‘Virtual Information Trailer’ which will offer help, support and advice to those who have been affected by the floods in line with current Covid-19 guidelines. The project is being funded by the Environment Agency and has been extended to cover Telford & Wrekin Council which also experienced devastating flooding particularly in Ironbridge.

Staffed by flood recovery experts, the virtual trailer is a meeting point for anyone who wants to discuss any issues they are facing in the aftermath of being flooded.  From insurance queries to re-instating homes after the flood or quite simply the chance to just talk about what’s happened, as the NFF is available for practical and emotional support.

In addition to the National Flood Forum and Councils Flood Risk Management Teams, representatives from the Environment Agency and Severn Trent will be present to offer advice and answer any questions people may have.

Appointments for the virtual trailer must be booked in advance by calling the National Flood Forum on 01299 403 101.

The NFF has a wealth of experience in flood recovery and flood issues. It is unique in being the only organisation that addresses the subject of flooding alone and has supported many communities across the country to recover from the material and emotional trauma of flooding.

For further help and advice on flooding issues contact the National Flood Forum Helpline on 01299 403055.  You can also visit www.floodforum.org.uk

For all media enquiries please contact Amanda Davies, Operations Coordinator 07734 899708 or amanda.davies@floodforum.org.uk

Much Wenlock Welcomes Cllr Dan Thomas as Mayor

Cllr Daniel Thomas becomes Mayor

We are very pleased to announce that Councillor Daniel Thomas was elected Mayor of Much Wenlock at the Council meeting held on 7thMay 2020.   He was proposed by Cllr Milner Whiteman and seconded by Cllr Natalie Park, with a unanimous vote in favour of his election.  Cllr Thomas has become the youngest ever Much Wenlock Town Councillor to serve as Mayor.

Owing to the current restrictions connected with Coronavirus, the Council was not able to meet in person and, in a first for the town, the election took place remotely, via video conference.  The usual ceremony of Mayor Making was not possible, but the new Mayor was able to don the mayoral chain for the occasion.

A vote of thanks was taken for the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Bert Harper, acknowledging his achievements and hard work during his term of office.

In his acceptance speech, Cllr Thomas thanked his fellow Councillors for placing their trust in him by electing him as Mayor for the coming year.  He thanked his very supportive family and friends and, in particular, his wife, Sara.  Cllr Thomas was born and brought up in Much Wenlock and expressed the pride and honour he felt in being able to serve, as Mayor, the community he loves.

Cllr Thomas observed how the strength of the community had been clearly demonstrated during the difficulties associated with the current pandemic.  It had been heartening to see the way residents and businesses in Much Wenlock had responded to the crisis and the contribution made by the Much Wenlock Mutual Aid Group, in which he and his wife were involved.

It was truly an honour to serve such a wonderful community and the new Mayor was looking forward to the challenge.

At the same meeting, Councillor Mary Hill was unanimously elected as Deputy Mayor, having been proposed by Cllr Duncan White and seconded by Cllr Yvonne Holyoak.  Reference was made to Cllr Hill’s long service as a Town Councillor, her significant experience and her ability to support the new Mayor during his term of office.

Reverend Matthew Stafford was appointed as Mayor’s Chaplain for the year.

 

VE Day Celebrations – Get involved! (social distancing measures applied)

Plans to celebrate VE Day with parties in the street and church green are plainly not possible HOWEVER Much Wenlock is endeavouring to still mark the day, encouraging everyone to enjoy Afternoon Tea at home, on the drive or in the garden – and commemorate this special day.

Fri 8 May (Bank Hol)

If able; Dress your house Red, White & Blue
Observe a 2 minute silence at 11am

Take a picnic out into your garden around 2pm, observing social distancing rules (so, no visitors), hopefully enjoy the sunshine, some food and maybe a drink.

Join the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm from the safety of your own home by standing up, raising a glass of refreshment of their choice and making the following ‘Toast’. “To those who gave so much, we thank you,” using this unique opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today.

There’s also a national sing along to Dame Vera Lynn in the evening but that is organised nationally.