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Shrewsbury's New Mayor Takes Office

New Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Gwen Burgess

The new Mayor of Shrewsbury has been elected for the remainder of the Civic year until May 2021.

In a change from the usual Civic format, Councillor Gwen Burgess was officially sworn in as Mayor at the Full Council meeting of Shrewsbury Town Council last night. [MON]

With Coronavirus restrictions imposed in March, the annual Mayor Making ceremony had to be postponed in May, with the incumbent Mayor agreeing to continue for a further six months.

Works at Monkmoor Meadows

Work on a major project is nearing completion at Monkmoor Meadows to improve access and habitat to this popular riverside area alongside the River Severn to the east of Shrewsbury.

Shrewsbury Town Council has teamed up with Shropshire Wildlife Trust, and with funding from the European Regional Development Fund, this project will see the construction of several access features, including paths, a bridge and a picnic area in addition to three bankside structures for the public to use.

Christmas Events Cancelled in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury’s annual Christmas lights switch-on and Carols in the Square are the latest events to fall victim to the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown restrictions.

Shrewsbury Town Council holds a lights switch-on event packed with family entertainment every November and the annual Carols in the Square concert in December, but the Council has announced that the two events have been cancelled.

Shrewsbury Remembers

Following the issuing of revised Government Guidelines in light of the November 5 Lockdown, Shrewsbury Town Council will proceed in hosting a revised socially-distanced Act of Remembrance from 10.45am on Sunday November 8 2020 in the Quarry.

Driving for a Blooming Great Business Sponsorship

A new business sponsor has been unveiled at two prime sites in the town in support of Shrewsbury in Bloom.

Star Cars Travel Limited is sponsoring the long bed at Shrewsbury Castle as well as the junction of The Mount and Shelton Road.

Perry Jones, Managing Director of the Company, said: “We are delighted to be able to support making Shrewsbury look as fabulous as it does with the floral displays. With so many other concerns at the moment, the flowers will help to make a difference to our town and to people in what have been difficult circumstances.

Lighting up the Quarry

Victoria Avenue got a whole lot lighter following the installation of 21 solar lights along the 1km stretch of river from Kingsland Bridge to Greyfriars Bridge. 

The footpath and cycle way running through the Quarry has previously been unlit and a cause for local concern given the numbers using it and its proximity to the river.

Battle of Britain Sunday - 80th Anniversary

This Sunday sees Shrewsbury commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

The annual civic event will follow a revised layout this year. In line with current social distancing measures, a reduced number of personnel from RAF Shawbury will form up in the Quarry from 10.30am for a short pre-recorded service. 

Quarry Events Cancelled for 2020

Whilst more places in Shrewsbury are starting to open up, Shrewsbury Town Council has confirmed that all its planned events in the Quarry have been cancelled for the rest of this year.

Councillor Kevin Pardy, Chairman of the Town Council’s Recreation & Leisure Committee, said: “We are slowly starting to see some elements of the town re-opening, but in line with official advice, the Town Council has made the difficult decision that its event programme for the Quarry should be cancelled for the rest of this year.

Bellway's Blooming Business Sponsorship

A new sponsor has been unveiled at a prime site in the town as part of Shrewsbury in Bloom’s scheme to maintain its reputation as the “Town of Flowers”.

Bellway Homes Limited (West Midlands) is the new sponsor of the main flower bed at the entrance to Shrewsbury’s award-winning Quarry park.

Marie Richards, sales director of Bellway Homes Limited (West Midlands), said: “We are proud to be associated with the great floral traditions of Shrewsbury and feel that this is a wonderful way of showing our support to help make the town look its best for its residents and visitors.

Damage Sustained to Town's Floral Features

Shrewsbury Town Council’s summer bedding planting programme around the town was completed last month, with the floral features providing a warm welcome to visitors to the town centre.

The award-winning Dingle gardens are now open to the public each day from 10am until 4pm with social distancing measures in place.

Whilst most people appreciate the added floral colour, the Town Council has reported that damage to flowers has been sustained in planters along Smithfield Road.