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Christmas Lights Switch-on set to be a Cracker of and Event

Shrewsbury’s festive season is set to start with a bang as the town’s Christmas Cracker event returns, bigger and better than ever.

The big lights switch-on is being organised by Shrewsbury Town Council, in partnership with Shrewsbury Shopping Centres, and is sponsored by Shrewsbury Business Improvement District (BID).

Zero Tolerance for Unauthorised Bonfires

People lighting unauthorised bonfires on public land in Shrewsbury are being warned they could face fines, or even court action, if they do not seek prior permission.

Any group or individual planning a bonfire on public land within the town is asked to contact Shrewsbury Town Council with their request, which will be considered on the grounds of health and safety and the risk of disruption to surrounding areas.

Any unauthorised bonfire built on Town Council land will be treated as fly-tipping, which is illegal and may result in prosecution.

Voting is Open for Shrewsbury's Quarry Park

Shrewsbury’s Quarry park has been included in a list of 31 other parks in the West Midlands region to choose the UK’s Best Park for 2017.

The Grade II historic park, which also boasts the award-winning Dingle garden, has been nominated by members of the public as part of the Fields in Trust annual public vote to discover the nation’s favourite green space.

The 29-acre Quarry is the main recreational park in the town and is located within the loop of the River Severn. It is also home to the award-winning Darwin’s World of Adventure Splash park and children’s play area.

Quarry Splash Park Winter Closure

Whilst the weather hasn’t been brilliant this summer, the inclement climate hasn’t stopped people of all ages enjoying the fun at the Quarry Splash park in Shrewsbury.

The “Darwin’s Islands of Adventure” splash and play areas have been a big hit with families from across the region throughout the summer months.

With a dismal summer behind us, Shrewsbury Town Council will be closing the Splash park for the winter months from Monday 2 October. The play area will remain open.

Blooming Great Results for Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury has proved that it is a blooming great place once again after achieving the highest possible accolade in the RHS’s Heart of England in Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood and Parks & Open Spaces Awards.

In the It’s Your Neighbourhood awards, three areas; Bowbrook Allotment Community, Hermitage Garden Group and Severn Hospice in Bicton Heath all achieved Level 5 “Outstanding” Awards from the Royal Horticultural Society as part of its community gardening campaign. This is the highest level achievable.

Shrewsbury Scoops Gold in Floral Competition

Shrewsbury’s floral features have been declared blooming brilliant after being awarded Gold in the RHS Heart of England in Bloom competition.

The results were announced at an awards ceremony in Warwick on Thursday.

Shrewsbury achieved Gold in the Small City category in the competition. The Heart of England in Bloom have also nominated Shrewsbury to represent the region in next year’s Britain in Bloom campaign.

Award for Town Council's Quarry Splash Park

The Splash park in Shrewsbury’s Quarry has been recognised as a world-class aquatic space in the annual showcase for excellence and innovation in aquatic facility design.

The state-of-the art facilities have been honoured by Aquatics International Magazine as one of ten Dream Designs from installations worldwide.

The design of the play area was chosen by Shrewsbury residents and was opened by the Mayor of Shrewsbury last year.

Battle of Britain Sunday

Shrewsbury’s civic leaders will mark the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Britain this Sunday.

A special service will be held at St Chad’s Church at 10.00am followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial in the Quarry park, to commemorate the hundreds of lives lost during the battle.

The annual commemorative service marks the victory by Royal Air Force pilots and aircrew, and the loss of more than 500 lives, during the Battle of Britain in 1940, which was the first major campaign to be fought entirely in the skies.

Music Acts Sought to Help Shrewsbury's Festive Event

Music acts and choirs are being sought to help Shrewsbury celebrate the annual Christmas lights switch-on.

This year’s Christmas Cracker event, which marks the launch of the town’s new Christmas lights and the start of festive late night shopping, is being organised by Shrewsbury Town Council in partnership with Shrewsbury Shopping Centres and is sponsored by Shrewsbury Business Improvement District (BID).

The event will take place on November 15, from 5pm until 7.30pm.

Town Council's Request for Consideration in Shropshire Rocks Craze

Shrewsbury Town Council is asking parents to show some consideration towards other users of the Quarry Park and the Dingle in Shrewsbury.

Staff are aware of the Shropshire Rocks craze that is sweeping the county over the school summer holiday and have noticed numerous painted rocks being placed in and around the Quarry Park and in the Dingle.

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