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Installation of Freemen

The second installation of Freemen ceremony to be carried out by Shrewsbury Town Council, and to welcome women into the Gild, is being held next week.

The Mayor of Shrewsbury will hear the claim of those to be sworn a Burgess of the Town at the Guildhall on April 15 at 12.30pm.

Final Call for Mayor's Awards

A final call is being made for nominations for the 2011 Mayor of Shrewsbury Awards.

Applications are invited in a variety of categories and are open to anyone whose achievements have benefitted the town of Shrewsbury. This is the last chance to get nominations in before the closing date on March 31.

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

Categories include;

Shrewsbury Market Hall has a Nose for Fundraising

Traders at Shrewsbury's indoor Market Hall are set to prove they have a nose for fundraising as they do their bit for Comic Relief.

This year's Red Nose Day takes place on Friday March 18.

There will be fun and laughter all day long at the Market Hall where traders will be 'doing something funny for money.'

A whole host of fundraising activities will be taking place, including the sale of specially made Red Nose Day gingerbread men from bakers TO Williams and a market-wide 'round up to a pound' campaign.

Anyone for Tennis?

Shrewsbury Town Council's Key Play Scheme kicks off for the summer season next month.

The scheme allows Shrewsbury residents access to sporting facilities not normally available during the day, via rental of a gate key.

From April 4, access to all of Shrewsbury Town Council's tennis courts and bowling greens will be available to key holders, and up to three guests, up until the end of September.

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.