We have now entered a period of National Mourning and therefore Union Flags are lowered to half-mast. We remain in a period of mourning until 8am on the day following the funeral.
Due to the current restrictions, we are advised that books of condolence will not be opened, but we are expecting further information next week regarding online books of condolence.
Pets and fireworks advice from the RSPCA
Many animals find fireworks scary. It’s estimated that 45 percent of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. It doesn’t have to be that way though, so don’t ignore the problem.
There are lots of simple things you can do to help your pet deal with fireworks. By preparing in advance before fireworks start your pet will be better able to cope with the noises.
To download the RSPCA leaflet click this link Fireworks frighten animals – Help them feel safe (PDF 608KB)
How to calm dogs during fireworks
- Walk them during daylight hours to avoid times when fireworks are likely to be set off
- Close windows and curtains to muffle the sound of fireworks
- Put on some music or tv to mask the firework sounds
- Create a quiet space where your dog can feel in control
- Create some hiding places around your home
Sound Therapy 4 Pets is a therapy pack available to teach your dogs to be less scared of loud noises.
- Provide hiding places in your home
- Cats can become more stressed if they’re outside during fireworks
- Microchip your cats in case they’re startled and escape outside
- Partly cover outside cages and pens with blankets so an area is soundproofed and hidden, but allow another area for the animals to look out
- Provide bedding small animals can burrow in
- Consider bringing them indoors – this will need to be done gradually so plan ahead
Keeping horses safe during fireworks
It’s not just animals in the home that can be scared of fireworks – horses can be too.
- Check locally to see if there are going to be any firework displays in your area
- Where possible – tell the organisers of firework displays that horses are nearby and ask them to set off their fireworks in the opposite direction
- For top tips on keeping your horse safe and secure during the firework season – please follow the advice from the British Horse Society
A new service has been launched to support people who are experiencing and suffering from bereavement and loss. The offer is open to any Shropshire resident who has been bereaved by either a recent death or previous loss. The Bereavement Support Service is operated by Shropshire Council and community voluntary partners Samaritans, CRUSE, Severn Hospice and Crane Quality Counselling. The service can be accessed through self-referral by calling 0345 678 9028.
The Bereavement Support Service is accompanied by the launch of a grief and bereavement during COVID19 booklet which provides a compassionate overview of coping with loss, feelings that may be experienced, supporting others who are grieving and links to help and information. A secondary booklet provides a practical guide for the process following a death and what has changed due to the pandemic. Digital versions of these resources are available from the Shropshire Council website bereavement page at: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/bereavement-services/support-and-resources-for-those-recently-bereaved/
Completion of the Town Play Park 2020
The new adult gym equipment installed and in use:
Here are the plans for the new Play Area:
The dog training and exercise area in Cleobury Park is now open. Please note that the bin will be installed shortly.
The new wildflower area in Cleobury Park
Healthwatch Shropshire is the county’s independent health and care champion. Through ‘What would you do?’ we will seek to reach as many people, groups, and communities as possible to get feedback on how local NHS services should change.
The Government is investing £20 billion a year in the NHS as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Local organisations have now been asked to work together to develop their own plans, which will set out how the national plan will work across local areas.The public are being asked for their views about how services for cancer, mental health conditions, heart and lung diseases, long-term conditions, such as diabetes and arthritis, learning disabilities, autism, and dementia could be improved. They will also be asked to share their ideas on how people can live healthier lives and what improvements they think could be made to help people access services quickly.
These two surveys can be found here: http://www.
The Royal British Legion’s Shropshire Poppy Appeal and St Chad’s Church have been working with two local artists, Lyn Evans and Nik Burns to mark the centenary of the First World War. The collaboration also included Martin Phillips of Heritage Schools and children from 81 primary schools in Shropshire, and Telford & Wrekin.
Torn paper artist Lyn Evans and metal work artist Nik Burns were tasked with finding a way to mark the Centenary in a way which reflects Shropshire. Primary schools in the County were called upon to write the names of the fallen from their local parish. The names were gathered from the Shropshire Roll of Honour, which was compiled by two local amateur military historians, Neil Evans and Phil Morris. Lyn and Nik wanted to make the next generation truly part of this project and connect them to their past and Shropshire’s history.
This one-off sculpture will stand as a lasting legacy to the 5,286 lives lost from Shropshire during the First World War. The sculpture is free to view, and will be on tour throughout the county before returning back to St Chad’s in June 2019.
We need our community to be aware of the issues around domestic abuse and sexual violence – knowing the signs and how to get help.
The Crime Group, a voluntary community group supported by the Town Council are looking for new members who are prepared to help us combat this serious issue. Free training is available. Contact the Town Clerk on 01299 271154.
Domestic Abuse briefing – Shropshire Joint Training – October, 9th,10th,15th October – to apply – http://shropshire.gov.uk/joint-training/courses-and-accredited-qualifications/
Shropshire local transport plan survey … click HERE
Shropshire Council Housing Needs Survey … click HERE
Presentation of certificates to young Police cadets at the Primary School