Restrictions on concessionary bus travel lifted

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Shropshire Council has extended its concessionary bus travel for the elderly and vulnerable, to enable them to take advantage of the exclusive early morning shopping times being offered by some supermarkets and shops.

Until today concessionary bus passes couldn’t be used before 9.30am.

Under the new arrangement the passes can be used before 9.30am, with immediate effect and until further notice.

The change applies to all bus services operating in the Shropshire Council area.

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Restrictions on concessionary bus travel lifted due to coronavirus

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

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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.