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.

Government Flood Funding Available

If your property or business is affected by flooding frequently you can now apply for government funding towards protecting against the affects of flooding.

This funding has been made available by the Government, and is to be distributed by Shropshire Council.

The scheme provides up to £5,000 towards making a property or business more resistant or resilient to future flood events, though the installation of Property Flood Resilience (PFR) measures.

These measures can include flood-resistant door barriers and air brick covers to manage the amount of flood water entering the property, or the raising of electrics above the flood level and the replacement of carpets with tiling to make it easier to return a property to normal after a flood.

Other resistance and resilience measures are available, depending on the type of property and source of flooding.

Read more on the Shropshire Council Website

Rod and Viv to reopen fruit and veg market

Some good news for the folk of Much Wenlock – Rod and Viv plan to reopen their fruit and veg stall under the Guildhall this Fri 24th April.

They will continue to hold a stall every Friday and Saturday, 8am till 1pm

We are thrilled that they are able resume business and hope you take advantage of the fresh fruit and veg they have to offer. All staff manning the stall will be wearing masks, gloves and visors and request that all customers adhere to guidelines when queueing and keep a 2 metre gap from anyone else, for your protection and theirs.

May we also take the opportunity to remind you that any taped off bench areas of the town including under the Corn Exchange, the Square and the play area on the Gaskell ground are not to be used, please do not ignore the taping and notices. Covid-19 is easily spread on hard surfaces and these communal areas are restricted for your health and well being.

 

Gaskell Recreation Ground – Creation of New Path

Gaskell Recreation Ground

Creation of New Path

Work is currently under way to create a new path on the Gaskell Recreation Ground.  The work is expected to take around two weeks.  The path will connect with the Linden Walk, forming a rectangular route around the perimeter of the Gaskell Ground.

The top surface of the path will be made of porous tarmac, allowing water to drain through, and it will provide a dry route around the edge of the Gaskell Ground in all weathers. The path will be wide enough to accommodate mobility scooters as well as pedestrians and those with pushchairs or wheelchairs.

Please take care during the works and respect the temporary boundaries, which are there for your safety.

Please continue to follow government advice regarding the coronavirus outbreak and maintain a distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet) from other visitors to the Gaskell Ground.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Trudi Barrett

Town Clerk

Much Wenlock Town Council

15thApril 2020