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Stiperstones & Corndon partnership update
The winter newsletter for the Stiperstones and Corndon partnership is now available. It can be downloaded here: Stiperstones & Corndon
The Burgwin's at Pulverbatch
Someone recently contacted the webmaster regarding one of their ancestors by the name of Charles Burgwin. He gives Churton as his place of birth, though he was baptised at Westbury in April 1830. He was later apprenticed to a blacksmith, whose father Humphrey Roberts is recorded as Blacksmith at Castle Pulverbatch in the 1841 census. They are interested in any feedback regarding the Burgwin surname, and anyone with any information can contact the webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org
A big thank you to all of those who met up for the 2nd Community Litter Pick on November 9th, organised by The White Horse Inn. Another half a dozen bin bags full of rubbish from the paths and roadsides around the village were collected and have helped to make the area more pleasant for everyone.
VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR YOUTH CLUB
The Parish Plan identified a need for improved facilities for young people . The Parish Council is therefore keen to see if there is interest in setting up a youth club. The Parish Council will not be running the youth club but David Fairclough, LJC Community Action Officer, has kindly offered to help any interested persons to set a club up. Please contact David at email@example.com or on 01743 252483 if you are interested in either joining a potential youth club or helping to set it up and run it.
CONNECTING SHROPSHIRE - FASTER BROADBAND PROJECT
The Parish Council are keen for residents who are interested in the Connecting Shropshire Broadband project to sign an online petition being hosted by Shropshire Council. If you are interested in increasing broadband speeds in our parish please sign the petition by following this link http://petitions.shropshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/system/viewPetition?petitionid=7530 (closing date end of September).
MIDSUMMER FAIR - Photos wanted
The midsummer fair on 22 June was a great success, if you have any photographs of the event let the webmaster know! (contact details on the about page)
DOG FOULING ON THE KNAPP
The Parish Council have been made aware of recent problems with dog fouling on The Knapp, the Council successfully campaigned for a dog waste bin to be placed in the area but some irresponsible owners are not using this facility.
Local residents are encouraged to be vigilant and report any problems of dog fouling to the local police on 01743 264788 or firstname.lastname@example.org
STIPERSTONES & CORNDON HILL PARTNERSHIP
The Stiperstones & Corndon Hill Country Landscape Partnership Scheme includes a Ground-nesting Bird Recovery Project, which will promote the monitoring and conservation of Curlew, Lapwing and Snipe, and celebrate their contribution to the local landscape, wherever they occur in the Scheme area. Two new Community Wildlife Groups, to complement the existing Upper Onny Wildlife group will also be formed and will support this project.
The project will start in earnest later this year but initially we would like to start recording where these species might be breeding. You can help get these projects off to a flying start by providing us with local information.
If you see a Lapwing or Curlew between now and the end of July 2013, or know of a recent breeding site, please tell Leo Smith on 01694 720296 email@example.com (Leo is a local ornithologist and has taken a lead role in setting up the existing local Community Wildlife Groups).
RURAL BROADBAND IMPROVEMENTS
Shropshire Council have announced that the contract to deliver improved broadband speeds has now been signed between Shropshire Council and BT. This is a three-year project, completing in March 2016, which will ensure that all premises in Shropshire will have access to at least 2mbps download speeds, and for many, access to superfast broadband.
If you’d like more information, please check out the website at www.connectingshropshire.co.uk
WRENTNALL NOTICE BOARD
Wrentnall has a new notice board, commissioned by Sir Michael Holcroft for the village, to celebrate the Queens Jubilee.
PULVERBATCH PARISH PLAN 2012
The Parish Council approved the Parish Plan 2012 at their meeting on 25 November 2012. The parish plan is a statement of how the community perceives itself evolving over the next few years, and was produced using the responses to the questionnaire sent out to gather the views of community.
The Plan can now be downloaded in pdf format Here (4.4mb file size, 14 pages). A printed version is also available from the parish clerk for a fee of £7 to cover printing and admin costs.
A big thank you to Andrew Wood, the outgoing webmaster who set up and has maintained the site since 2005. Andrew is moving on to pastures new, and we wish him all the best.
Details of the new webmaster can be found on the About page.
* HIGH SPEED BROADBAND NOW AVAILABLE IN PULVERBATCH *
A company called Unitron are now offering a microwave system giving up to 50Mbps download speeds with up to 5Mbps upload speeds. And it works; there is at least one intallation in the village meeting the advertised speeds. Currently there is a promotional install price for Pulverbatch of £99, it does need line of sight to the transmitter but if you do need or want dramatically improved internet performance, it is here now. They also offer a 5Mb service for customers who might not need the current minimum 10Mb package, they will be doing this in the Pulverbatch area only at the moment for £15+vat per month. Call John Shaw on 0845 5191873 or see their website that gives you the ability to select your exact location on a map to register interest so they can conduct a free software wireless survey.
Local provider Secure Web Services, who are responsible for the mast on Lawn Hill, are also offering a wireless broadband connection with download speeds of 20Mb+. See their website or call Chris New on 0333 7000 227.
A revised 546 bus timetable was introduced at the beginning of September with an earlier time for the first bus of the day.
MID-SHROPSHIRE PARISH PATHS GROUP
The Mid-Shropshire Ramblers Parish Paths Partnership (P3) Group is looking for local input concerning our footpaths. Click here for more information.
TREE PLANTING AND TEA PARTY
Pulverbatch Village Hall invites you to;
Tree Planting and Tea Party
On Saturday 22nd December 2012
At 3.00pm for planting of an Elizabethan Oak to commemorate the Queen's Jubilee
Followed by tea and sing song
* STIPERSTONES AND CORNDON HILL COUNTRY LANDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP SCHEME *
This is a new scheme which aims to safeguard this special and cherished border landscape. It is funded by an Heritage Lottery grant to conserve and enhance areas of distinct local landscape character. 2012 is the planning year and, if approved, the five year Scheme will run from mid 2013. Please complete the online survey as investment will be concentrated on what local people wish to see. Only part of Pulverbatch is within the scheme boundary.
* BULK OIL BUYING *
Shropshire Rural Community Council has introduced a county-wide bulk oil-buying scheme.
* WOKKON *
Considerable improvements have been made on the Wokkon, particularly the replacement of many of the steps.
* CIRCLE OF FRIENDS *
A new page has been established for the Circle of Friends.
* PARISH PLAN *
There has been an excellent response to the parish plan questionnaire with a return rate of nearly half of the eligible residents. This is considerably higher than most other parishes have experienced and means that the results will give an accurate indication of the hopes and desires of the community. Analysis of the responses and collation of the comments is in hand with a view to the plan being completed this autumn.
Joe Ashley from Cothercott carrying the torch
* PLANNING APPLICATIONS *
Click here for any current planning applications.
* TRAFFIC REPORT *
A new traffic page, accessed from the menu bar, gives a direct link to local traffic information in and around Shropshire. This is updated about every 5 minutes.
* LAWN HILL *
Should you be curious about the structure that has recently appeared atop Lawn Hill, it is a relay station for microwave broadband.
* 546 BUS SERVICE *
The revised, and much reduced, 546 bus service to the village came into operation on Saturday 24th March.
* RENEWING YOUR BUS PASS *
In 2009 Shropshire Council issued thousands of people with new concessionary bus passes. These were issued with a 3 year life span and are therefore, coming up for renewal during the next 12 months. You need to be aware of the need to check the expiry date on your pass and apply for a replacement at the appropriate time if you require one.
* RURAL BROADBAND UPDATE - URGENT DEMONSTRATION OF SUPPORT NEEDED *
A campaign has been launched to encourage residents and businesses to pledge their support for bringing better broadband to Shropshire. The aim is that every household and business will have access to the industry-standard level of broadband, with as many properties as possible having access to a superfast broadband service, by the end of 2015.
The private sector will be expected to invest in the project, and it is really important to demonstrate a high demand from residents and businesses – hopefully leading to a greater investment and faster speeds for more people. Click here BEFORE 21ST MAY to show your support. You are not signing up to anything, just showing you would consider having superfast broadband if it became available.
£16.4m is becoming available to upgrade broadband for us second class citizens who live in the country. See this Rural Broadband Update for details, but don't hold your breath - it will take until at least the end of 2016!
* LOW ENERGY LIGHT BULBS *
Used energy saving light bulbs are classed as “Hazardous Waste” as they contain Mercury. Mercury should not go into landfill, due to the contamination it would cause. As such, when bulbs are recycled, the Mercury element can be safely removed, allowing for correct disposal, or reuse. Used energy saving light bulbs also contain material (rare earth phosphors) that can be removed within the recycling process and used again. These phosphors, are only found in a few places on Earth and cannot be replaced by a man-made substitute.
Shropshire Council would prefer you to recycle these bulbs and they can be taken to the recycling depot at Battlefield; there are also non-council recycling points at Homebase, Sundorne Retail Park and Links Electrical Supplies Ltd., 3, Knight Park, Knights way, Battlefield Enterprise Park.
* FOUR THINGS YOU PROBABLY DID NOT KNOW YOU COULD DO WITH YOUR MOBILE *
Some very useful tips on how to benefit from your mobile phone's hidden abilities in an emergency have been added to the Emergencies page. Everyone should learn these off by heart for when disaster strikes.
* TIPS FOR DEALING WITH UNSOLICITED MAIL OR CALLS *
Learn how to take revenge on telemarketers or those who send junk mail.
You can also register for FREE your address, phone number and fax number with the Mailing Preference Service to stop receiving unsolicited sales mailings or calls.