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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 annual 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 14, from 5pm until 7.30pm.

Shrewsbury Scoops Gold in Floral Competition

Despite this summer’s heatwave, 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 Burton upon Trent on Thursday.

Shrewsbury achieved Gold in the Small City category in the competition, awarded to ‘exceptional achievers who have demonstrated a consistently high standard in all areas of the judging criteria.’

Town Council's Quarry Splash Park Winter Closure

With the fantastic weather this summer, the Splash Park in Shrewsbury Town Council’s Quarry has been a massive hit with children of all ages.

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

As we head towards autumn, Shrewsbury Town Council will be closing the Splash Park for the winter months from Thursday 27 September. The play area will remain open.

Battle of Britain Sunday

This Sunday sees Shrewsbury’s civic leaders marking the 78th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

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, 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.

Freedom Parade to Celebrate Centenary of the Royal Air Force

Members of the public are invited to show their support for the Royal Air Force when Royal Air Force personnel based at RAF Shawbury will parade through the town centre this weekend exercising the Freedom of Shrewsbury first granted on 28th March 1968.

The Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Peter Nutting, will welcome the staff from RAF Shawbury on Sunday [SEPT 2] at Shrewsbury Castle before the parade starts at 9.25am and makes its way through the town towards St Chad’s Church, where a service will be held at 10.00am.

Person Caught Damaging Floral Planters in Town Centre

Earlier this month, a female was caught damaging plants in Shrewsbury town centre in the early hours of the morning.

The incident occurred at a number of locations along Castle Street and was spotted by CCTV operators.

West Mercia Police have now identified and spoken to the female, who has apologised for her behaviour and admitted that she had been under the influence of alcohol at the time. Feeling extremely ashamed of her actions, she has reimbursed Shrewsbury Town Council for the damage to the plants, which amounted to £250.

Shrewsbury Caterpillar Staff Help Local Youth Community Project

Staff from Shrewsbury firm Caterpillar Defense spent last Friday helping the local community as part of their annual community project.

Working alongside staff from Shrewsbury Town Council’s Youth Services, they helped to refurbish the facilities at The Grange Youth Centre on Mount Pleasant Road.

Adam Purnell, youth and community development worker for Shrewsbury Town Council, said: “The building at The Grange has been in need of redecorating for some time and it is great that so many people can work together to improve the condition of the building for our young people.

Tickets on Sale for Mayor's Charity Summer Lunch

The Mayor of Shrewsbury would like members of the public to join him at his charity Summer Lunch in the Quarry park.

The post-Flower Show luncheon will take place on August 12 in the Members’ Marquee in the Quarry, by kind permission of the Shropshire Horticultural Society and Danco, with Barry Hamer providing the electrical services for the occasion.

Last Chance to Submit Your Nominations to Find Shrewsbury's Best Front Garden

The Shrewsbury in Bloom Committee is looking for the best front garden in Shrewsbury and is urging members of the public to nominate their green-fingered neighbours for this year’s Town of Flowers competition.

The Committee is looking for entries in the best residential front garden category.  The closing date for receipt of nominations is midday August 3.

The annual competition is open to residents’ front gardens only and must be located within Shrewsbury Town Council’s 17 wards.

Final Preparations to Ensure Town Looks its Blooming Best

Shrewsbury welcomes the Britain in Bloom judges today [TUES] when they will be judging the town’s floral excellence in the Small City category of the national Royal Horticultural Society’s [RHS] annual Bloom competition.

Shrewsbury Town Council is spearheading the town’s floral push, with the support of members of the Shrewsbury in Bloom committee which includes a number of community volunteers and council officers from both the town and unitary authorities.