Gaskell Recreation Ground Drainage

We are pleased to report that drainage work on the Gaskell Recreation Ground is scheduled to begin on 19thAugust. Following heavy rain parts of the ground are currently often waterlogged and unusable.  This particularly affects the children’s play area.  The drainage work will improve the play area, the sports pitches and the informal areas of the park and will allow the community to enjoy the Gaskell Recreation Ground all year round, without the need for waders.


The project is expected to take three to four weeks, depending on the weather.  The Gaskell Ground will remain open to the public during the work but different areas will need to be fenced off as the project progresses.  Please take care during the works and respect the temporary boundaries, which are there for your safety.


Ironbridge Power Station

Shropshire Council commenced formal consultation on its Strategic Sites on 1stJuly and the consultation period will run until 9thSeptember.  This consultation includes the Ironbridge Power Station site and responses will be used to inform the next stages of the Local Plan review.  A copy of the consultation documents is available to view in Much Wenlock Library or on the Shropshire Council website:


The Town Council will be holding an extraordinary council meeting on Thursday, 15thAugust at 7.00pm at the Guildhall to consider the consultation documents.  During the first part of the meeting members of the public will have the opportunity to express their views.  On this occasion, members of the public will not need to submit a request to speak in advance.


We would urge all members of the community to consider the consultation documents and make their views known to Shropshire Council. The planned development will undoubtedly have an impact on Much Wenlock, particularly the highways.

On 18thJune Town Councillors attended a meeting with Harworth and representatives from the surrounding parishes to consider the highways implications of the development and subsequently submitted a written response.



The Town Council has a budget of £2,000 to promote and/or improve the environmental, social and economic well-being of Much Wenlock and its community.  Applications for grant awards from this budget are considered each year in October.   If your group or organisation would like to apply for a grant, please complete and submit an application by 30thSeptember.   Application forms are available to download from the Council’s on request from the Council office.


Anti-Social Behaviour

Recently there have been several instances of anti-social behaviour around the Corn Exchange and High Street.  If you observe any anti-social behaviour in the town we would urge you to report the matter to the police on 101.


Town Council Surgeries

Forthcoming Town Council surgeries will be held on Saturday, 3rdAugust 2019, Saturday, 7thSeptember and Saturday, 5thOctober between 10.30 am and 12.00 noon in Much Wenlock Library.  Town Councillors will be available for members of the community to raise local matters of concern.  No appointment is necessary.


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Town Clerk

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Thank you to the 20 people who supported the orchid count on 28 June and achieved a great result, this year 3574 Pyramidal orchids were recorded(864 last year), 129 Common Spotted orchids(0 last year) and 15 Bee orchids which have not been seen on the Hill since 2014.

The hay cutting followed by baling and harrowing in late last year will have helped create micro sites of bare ground to assist colonisation and germination.

It is planned to cut, bale and harrow again this year with the bales going to the Cavalier Riding for the Disabled Centre just outside of Much Wenlock.

Please see photographs taken on the day of the 3 orchids recorded.   The first is the bee orchid, common spotted and at the bottom the pyramidal.

We will publish the date of the orchid count for 2020 and do please come along and support us.

Flood Awareness Event

Wednesday, 10th July 2019 at the Priory Hall 

Drop in from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.  Presentation at 7.30pm.

Come along to find out how you can prepare and what to do in the event of a flood.

New Fence for Corn Exchange Car Park

Town Councillors would like to express their thanks to Grange Fencing Ltd, who have generously sponsored the new fencing for the car park at the rear of the Corn Exchange.  The old fence had become quite dilapidated and Councillors were very pleased that Grange Fencing agreed to supply and install the new fencing.  The appearance of the car park is now much improved and the pressure treated fencing is expected to last for up to 20 years.

Mayor Making 2019

The Annual Mayor Making ceremony was held on Thursday, 2nd May at The Guildhall.  Councillor Graham Edgcumbe-Venning’s term of office as Mayor came to an end and Councillor Bert Harper was elected Mayor for the civic year 2019/20.  Councillor Daniel Thomas was elected Deputy Mayor.  The meeting was attended by over 50 members of the community including present and past Councillors.  The ceremony was followed by a reception at the Priory Hall.

The procession to The Guildhall: Mr Eric Humphries (Mace Bearer), Revd John Cumberland, Cllr Graham Edgcumbe Venning (outgoing Mayor), Mrs Christine Edgcumbe Venning (outgoing Mayoress), Mrs Trudi Barrett (Town Clerk), Cllr Bert Harper (Mayor Elect)

Photo above courtesy of Linda West

Cllr Bert Harper receives the Mayor’s chain

Photo courtesy of Suzanne Boulos

Mayor Bert Harper addresses the meeting

Photo courtesy of Suzanne Boulos

Cllr Daniel Thomas, having been elected Deputy Mayor and received the Deputy Mayor’s badge from the Clerk

Photo courtesy of Suzanne Boulos

The Mayoral party after the ceremony (left to right): Mrs Sara Thomas, Cllr Daniel Thomas (Deputy Mayor), Mr Eric Humphries (Mace Bearer), Cllr Bert Harper (Mayor), Mrs Trudi Barrett (Town Clerk), Cllr Graham Edgcumbe Venning, Mrs Christine Edgcumbe Venning

Photo courtesy of Suzanne Boulos

New Trees at Cemetery

Two new trees have recently been planted at Much Wenlock Cemetery. These have replaced the cherry trees with rotten limbs which were next to the highway. The new trees are a purple flowering crab apple, and a bee-bee tree, which is a rare tree known for attracting bees, butterflies, etc. The cherry trees had to be removed in the interest of safety as they had little in the way of healthy growth and were overhanging the road. The replacement trees were donated by Joffrey Watson, who carried out the work with his team.

Pictures show work on a cherry tree and one of the replacement trees, with Joffrey’s son, Troy, who helped to plant them.

Work in progress

Annual Town Meeting

The Annual Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 12 March at 7.30pm until 9.00pm at The Priory Hall, Much Wenlock. This is a meeting of the electors of the parish.

The agenda includes reports from Town Council Committees and a presentation on local flooding issues from a representative of the Environment Agency.

There will also be an open forum when electors of the parish will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer their views.

The agenda for the meeting can be viewed below.