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Town Council Calls for Review on Pedestrian Crossing

Shrewsbury Town Council is calling for an urgent review into a new central reservation on one of the town's busiest roads.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Peter Nutting, asked members to consider action over the pedestrian crossing on Smithfield Road at a meeting of the full council last night. [MON]

Shrewsbury Town Council Adds its Weight to Fight for Town's Health Services

Shrewsbury Town Council has added its weight to the fight against plans to shake up health services at Shropshire's two main hospitals.

During a full council meeting on March 7, the last before the hospital consultation ends on March 14, members agreed they were against proposals to move women's and children's services from Royal Shrewsbury Hospital to Telford's Princes Royal Hospital.

The proposals would also see the creation of an acute surgery centre at the RSH. Head and neck services would also relocate to the PRH.

Worlds of Fashion and Food Unite at Market Hall

Owners of a Shrewsbury café, located in the town's indoor Market Hall, are hoping they have hit on a recipe for success by uniting the worlds of fashion and food.

Aaron Brown and Victor Deng launched the Bird's Nest Café, which specialises in locally sourced, organic food, last month.

Not content with one new business venture, the ambitious duo also dipped their toes into the fashion world last week by hosting a vintage clothing stall.

The Bird's Nest Gets Vintage made its debut on February 25 and 26.

Shrewsbury Business Supports Books - Day and Night!

A Shrewsbury bookseller at the town's Market Hall is taking part in the most ambitious and far reaching celebration of adult books and reading ever attempted in the UK and Ireland.

Pengwern Books has been designated as one of the collection points for 'givers' taking part in World Book Night.

The event takes place on March 5 and will see 1 million books given away over the course of a weekend by an army of passionate readers to members of the public.

A Slice of South Africa at Market Hall

Shoppers at Shrewsbury's indoor Market Hall can experience a taste of South African food and drink thanks to a new stall which launched last month.

Jabulani African Foods opened on February 1 and is already attracting a steady crowd.

The business is run by Zimbabwe born Shawn Ranby, and family, and offers a wide range of African food and drink including sweets, meats and groceries as well as a host of spices, sauces and cereal.

Songs of Praise Visits Shrewsbury

Viewers of the popular BBC television programme, Songs of Praise, will be treated to the sights and sounds of Shrewsbury next month.

The town will feature in an upcoming episode of the show, due to be aired on BBC1 on March 6.

A number of places within the town are featured including; The Quarry, Bandstand, Town Centre, St Chad's Church and Shrewsbury Catholic Cathedral.

Songs of Praise, which was first broadcast in 1961, and features members of the public joining together in song in churches and chapels across the UK.

Shrewsbury Market Stall Spreads its Wings in New Fashion Venture

A new cafe which recently opened in Shrewsbury's Market Hall is set to hatch another business venture this week.

The Bird's Nest cafe, which specialises in locally sourced, organic food, is spreading its wings and dipping a toe into the fashion world by launching a vintage clothing stall.

The Bird's Nest Gets Vintage debuts on February 25 and 26, and once a month thereafter.

Owners Victor Deng and Aaron Brown have teamed up with Birmingham's Top Banana vintage clothing store to bring a retro treasure trove to the Market Hall.

Nominations Sought for Mayor's Awards

Nominations are being sought for the 2011 Mayor of Shrewsbury's Awards.

The awards are returning following the success of the inaugural 2010 event which celebrated the achievements of organisations, groups, businesses and individuals in the town.

Nominations are open to anyone in Shrewsbury whose achievements have contributed to making the town a fantastic place to work, shop and visit.

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Market Trader Offers Reprieve for Tardy Gift Buyers

A Shrewsbury market trader will be offering forgetful partners a life-line by opening on Valentine's Day for those last minute gifts.

Lin's Flowers will be open for business on Monday 14 February, despite it being a usual closing day for Shrewsbury Market Hall, where the flower stall is based.

Lin Tisdale, who owns the business, said she would have a selection of blooms available, including fresh red roses, right up to, and including, February 14 so even last minute orders could be catered for.

Council's Facebook Page Surpasses Expectations

The number of people logging on to Shrewsbury Town Council's Facebook page - its first foray into the social networking world - has 'surpassed expectations,' say organisation bosses.

The Council launched its Facebook page in November last year and it already has almost 70 loyal followers, with even more people sharing news stories and links on a regular basis.

Members agreed to set up a council page on the site, which has more than 500 million users, in a bid to reach out to a wider audience.