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  • BBC Shropshire: Shrews board plan detailed review
    Shrewsbury Town are to carry out a "root and branch" review now relegation to League Two is all but confirmed.
  • BBC Shropshire: Solar farm recommended for approval
    Plans to build a £6m solar farm on land in Shropshire are recommended for approval by council planning officers.
  • Shropshire Council: Successful Easter weekend for new Museum

    An estimated 3,000 visitors passed through the doors of the new Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery over the Easter weekend.

    Only a few weeks into its opening the museum is already attracting visitors from around the world, including from Sweden, Germany, Israel, the USA, Chile and Australia.

    The estimated figure includes visitors attending the Museum & Art Gallery including the Frank Cohen exhibition, as well as the many other facilities at the museum, such as the café, visitor information centre, Roman Gallery and Pre-historic Gallery.

    Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, owned and managed by Shropshire Council, opened on 1 April 2014, following extensive and ground-breaking restoration work.   The restoration project has seen two buildings – Shrewsbury’s Victorian Music Hall and the 13th century Vaughan’s Mansion – renovated and restored to create a vast new museum and spectacular gallery space, together with function rooms suitable for meetings, conferences and even weddings.

    The new museum houses a vast collection of exhibitions, exploring subjects from geology to natural history via art, archaeology and costume.

    Louise Cross, Shropshire Council’s visitor economy service manager, said:-

    “We’ve had some really positive feedback from visitors.  One visitor said ‘the museum is a wonderful addition to Shrewsbury and would recommend it to friends, relations and any visitor to the town’.”

    Tina Woodward, Shropshire Council’s deputy Cabinet member for visitor economy, added:-

    “Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery has enjoyed a fantastic Easter weekend, with numbers looking very promising.  There has been a constant flow of visitors and the reaction has been excellent.  This is great news for the museum, and a credit for all the hard work and dedication so many people have given to this remarkable project.  The renovation of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery has been an extremely important project for Shrewsbury and for Shropshire, and we look forward to continuing to welcome visitors to this new and exciting landmark attraction.”

    The Easter Trail, which runs all week, has been really popular and a big hit with young children.  There are six chicks hiding in the museum; young visitors can collect their free trail on entry, and return to collect their chocolate prize after they have completed the trail.

    Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery is also offering free children’s drop-in cartoon drawing sessions on Wednesday 23 April and Thursday 24 April to coincide with Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival.

    Further information

    Visitors to the new Museum & Art Gallery will go on a journey of discovery starting in the time when mammoths roamed, unlocking stories from across the entire county of Shropshire; stories of discovery and engineering creativity that influenced the world.  The entire collection has been reimagined for a modern audience, with exhibitions exploring subjects from geology to natural history via art, archaeology and costume.

    The Museum holds some of the nation’s most treasured Roman artefacts, including an ornate silver mirror discovered at nearby Wroxeter, one of only a handful still existing from the period.  The Medieval galleries explore the development of castles, abbeys and towns in Shropshire.  The Civil War period gallery highlights visits by King Charles I to the county with a grim reminder of his execution.

    In the Shropshire Gallery there are many special exhibits including an area about scientist Charles Darwin, who was born and educated in Shrewsbury, as well as his contemporaries such as Henry Blunt, who mapped the moon.

    The links between the special geology of Shropshire and its famed ceramics industry see wonderful fossils displayed close to a collection of richly illustrated examples from the Caughley porcelain factory, which was once located near Broseley.

    An exhibition from Frank Cohen’s internationally acclaimed collection of contemporary art, specially curated for the launch, is also on show.

  • BBC Shropshire: Olympic medallist Williamson retires
    Shropshire archer Alison Williamson will not bid for a record-breaking seventh Olympic appearance in Rio after retiring from the sport.
  • BBC Shropshire: Shrews survival hindered by 'issues'
    Shrewsbury Town boss Mike Jackson says a number of issues off the field have not helped in the fight against relegation.
  • Shropshire Council: Family events to celebrate Shrewsbury Cycle Grand Prix

    A host of family events have been announced to celebrate the Shrewsbury Cycle Grand Prix, including the chance to sample the course the racers will be using later in the day.

    As well as watching high-speed, action-packed races during the event on Sunday 25 May 2014, spectators will be able to enjoy a festival atmosphere with family-centered events and stallholders selling food and drink.

    Shropshire-based race organisers Paramount Cycling Racing Team have teamed up with Cycle Shrewsbury to deliver the entertainment.

    Organised rides will be led out from various points around Shrewsbury to convene for refreshments in The Quarry before cycling into the town centre to try out the race route.

    Race organiser Ben Lawrence, managing director of Beaumont Lawrence, which is sponsoring the event along with Shrewsbury’s Stan’s Cycles, Cooper Green Pooks and Pure Communications, said it was a great opportunity for budding cyclists.

    He said:

    “People can cycle around Shrewsbury while the roads are closed to traffic and they can see just how tight the crit racing will be when the professionals take to the course later.

    “We wanted the event to attract as many people as possible to Shrewsbury and with it being a Bank Holiday weekend, we wanted to provide lots of entertainment for families to have a great day out.”

    Other activities include Danny Butler’s Extreme Mountain Bike Show, with three displays at Bellstone at 3.15pm, 4.15pm and 5.15pm.

    There will also be balloon modelling and face painting in The Square from 2.30pm to 5pm as well as bicycle powered art work.

    Sustrans Bike It Officer, Jess Holohan, will be running a slalom skills competition with pre-selected pupils from local primary schools from 3pm-3.30pm at Bellstone.

    The race action will kick off at 4 pm from The Square with a 45-minute ladies only race.

    5pm will see a 50-minute amateur race with competitors drawn from local racing clubs, while the 60-minute National B race with cyclists from across the country will start at 6.30pm.

    The route will take riders from The Square along High Street, Shoplatch, St John’s Hill, Cross Hill, Swan Hill, College Hill, Princess Street, Milk Street and then back onto High Street.

    Ben Lawrence said:

    “It’s going to be an action-packed day.  It will be a real boost for Shrewsbury’s economy and a fantastic family day.

    “Cycling is something the whole family can get involved in, and hopefully the races later on will inspire Shropshire’s rising sports stars.”

    Claire Wild, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said the council is very excited to see cycle racing return to Shrewsbury town centre.

    She said:

    “As well as encouraging people to visit Shrewsbury to watch the race, we hope that the Grand Prix will highlight what a great place Shrewsbury is for everyday cycling.

    “The council has teamed up with the Grand Prix team to open the race route to the public before the racing starts to give them the unique opportunity to cycle in the town centre in a completely traffic-free environment.”

    ClaireWild said the rides into the town centre from points around Shrewsbury will help local people to experience bits of the cycle network of which they may not already be aware.

    She said:

    “In addition, we’ve organised lots of fun cycling entertainment for families in the town centre during the afternoon of race day to inspire local children to become enthusiastic about cycling from an early age.”

    For more information, see the Travel Shropshire website at http://www.travelshropshire.co.uk/grand-prix or visit the Shrewsbury Grand Prix website at http://www.shrewsburygrandprix.co.uk.

  • Shropshire Council: Applications going to South planning committee on 29 April 2014

    The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 29 April 2014 at 2pm.

    The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To see the full agenda and reports, click here.

    Manor Farm, Wistanstow, Craven Arms, SY7 8DG (13/04877/EIA) 

    Construction of two poultry sheds and feed bins, ancillary works, amendments to existing vehicular access, erection of biomass building and associated landscaping.

    Davro Iron & Steel Co Ltd, Ridgewell Works, Stourbridge Road, Wootton, Bridgnorth, WV15 6ED (14/00030/OUT) 

    Outline application (access for approval) for erection of up to 16 dwellings and garages; installation of bio-disc treatment plant following demolition of existing buildings.

    Development land north east of Stone Drive, Shifnal, Shropshire (14/00062/OUT) 

    Outline application with vehicular access (from Stone Drive and Lloyd Grove) to be determined for mixed residential development, public open space, earthworks, balancing ponds, landscaping, car parking and all ancillary and enabling works; demolition of one dwelling (18 Silvermere Park).

    Proposed residential development land, Worthen, Shropshire, SY5 9HT (14/00398/OUT) 

    Outline application (access and footpath) for phased mixed residential development; formation of vehicular access and new footpath.

    Decisions will be made available after the meeting on our online planning register which you can search by using the appropriate reference number or keyword.

  • Shropshire Council: Hair Academies open evenings

    County Training’s Hair Academies opens their doors on Monday 28 April 2014 to those who are interested in finding out more about a career in hairdressing, barbering or nail services.

    County Training, part of Shropshire Council, has four Hair Academies in the county, where people of all ages attend as part of completing related vocational qualifications.  School and college leavers are invited to the open evenings, where they will gain a fantastic insight into what an apprenticeship, and a career in hair and beauty, involves.

    Tutors and assessors will be present at each event, along with some of our current students who will be showing off their newly-learnt skills.

    The events will run from 5pm-7pm on Monday 28 April 2014 at the hair academy venues, which are:

    • The Gateway, Shrewsbury (SY1 1NB)
    • Victoria Centre, Oswestry (SY11 2HT)
    • Ludlow Learning Centre (SY8 1NW)
    • Hollinswood House, Telford, Stafford Park 1 (TF3 3DD)

    Salon owners are also encouraged to drop in, as well as stylists who are looking to further their career through a vocational qualification in hairdressing, nails, barbering or even management or customer service.  There will also be lots of advice on offer to those who are interested in recruiting a new apprentice to their business.

    Ann Hartley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member children’s services – transformation and safeguarding, said:

    “I recommend all who are considering a hair and beauty career,  pop along to one of the open evenings on Monday 28 April.  All of County Training’s hair academies have new, modern facilities and offer the most up-to-date training; this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who is interested in finding out more.”

    There is no need to book, just simply drop in anytime between 5-7pm on the night where our assessors and tutors will greet you.  If you can’t make it but would like to find out more about apprenticeships please get in touch.

    County Training are the largest training provider in Shropshire, who offer vocational training and apprenticeships in brewing, business and administration, childcare, computer-aided design, customer service, enterprise, employment-related services, equine, hairdressing and barbering, health and social care, hospitality and catering, IT, management and team leading, motor vehicles, nail services, support teaching and learning in schools, and warehousing and storage.

    For more information please contact us on 0345 678 9023 or countytraining@shropshire.gov.uk.

     

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    Shropshire appoint former Derbyshire coach Karl Krikken to take charge of their Minor Counties title bid this summer.
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  • Style.com: Lupita Nyong’o Named World’s Most Beautiful

    2014 MTV Movie Awards - ArrivalsLupita Nyong’o has a growing awards collection (including an Oscar), but she “never dreamed” she would be named People magazine’s Most Beautiful Person. The 12 Years a Slave star and Lancôme spokeswoman appears on this month’s cover with her trademark cropped hair, a sparkly necklace, and her perpetual smile. “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen,” she told People. Growing up, her idea of beauty was “light skin and long, flowing, straight hair…Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.” Now her natural beauty is not only celebrated but further enhanced by her innate elegance, humility, and originality. Nyong’o joins an impressive roster of past winners including Julia Roberts, Beyoncé, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, and Angelina Jolie.

    —Emily Farra

    Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage 
  • Style.com: Miranda Kerr Proves Model-Slash-Actress Is So Last Season

    Miranda Kerr

    It would seem that model-slash-singer is overtaking the age-old model-slash-actress label—particularly among Victoria’s Secret supermodels. First, Cara Delevingne proved she’s more than a few goofy faces when she sang “I Want Candy” for a Katie Grand x Hogan video. Then, Gisele Bündchen lent her talents to not one, but two H&M commercials, most recently covering Blondie’s “Heart of Glass.”. And today, Bobby Fox released a cover of Elvis Presley’s “You’re the Boss,” with Miranda Kerr (OK, she’s a former V.S. model, but still…) taking over Ann-Margret’s part. While the song lacks Elvis and Ann-Margret’s palpable chemistry, we have to hand it to Kerr: Her voice does sound supersweet (listen here, below). Turns out, she’s had a little practice. Back in 2012, she sang a tune for a (slightly bizarre) Japanese commercial for Lipton Iced Tea. Maybe The Voice should start filming a models-only segment?

    —Emily Farra

    Photo: Joe Schildhorn /BFAnyc.com 
  • Style.com: Boy George’s Night Out in New York

    After Party for BOY GEORGE Presented by ERICH CONRAD & MISS GUYAround midnight last night, guests gathered at The Top of The Standard for a private reception for Boy George, who had just wrapped a one-night-only performance at Irving Plaza. “It’s like the eighties in here,” Victoria Bartlett told us as she walked in. And perhaps it was the eighties all over again: A rare stateside visit from Boy George means that companions from the glory days of nightlife will come out of the woodwork. Sandra Long wore a signature white fur coat and feathered headpiece, and hosts Miss Guy and Erich Long greeted guests from their banquette near the front.

    “I remember getting dressed up with my sisters as kids and dancing in front of the mirror to Boy George, pretending we were grown women!” Ladyfag told us, her thick eyeliner no doubt a tribute to “Karma Chameleon.” The evening drew in a range of Boy George fans young and old, including the likes of Peter Brant Jr., Julia Restoin Roitfeld, and Rachel Chandler. On the dance floor, husband-wife duo Catherine Martin and Baz Luhrmann danced up a storm until late into the night. You’re welcome in New York whenever you like, Boy George—it seems like your fan base has only grown.

    —Todd Plummer

    Photo: Sam Deitch/BFAnyc.com
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  • Style.com: Catherine Middleton: Duchess of the Decks

    The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand

    More pseudo-news—sartorial and otherwise—unfolds as the Royals continue their Australian tour. Today, Kate Middleton joined the ranks of social butterflies-cum-music mavens like Chelsea Leyland, Hannah Bronfman, Harley Viera-Newton, and Mia Moretti after being taught how to DJ at an Australian youth center. Naturally, this all happened while she was donning a baby pink McQueen suit. Maybe The Misshapes will ring the Palace if they’re looking to turn their trendy trio into a titled quartet. Then again, maybe they won’t.

    —Katharine K. Zarrella

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  • Style.com: Marina’s Must-Haves: Valentino’s Personalized Leather Jacket

    Valentino

    I’m looking for a colorful jacket to wear this spring. By now, I’m exhausted by my dark clothes—even my favorite black motorcycle jacket that I wear every day and night. I’m looking for a colorful leather topper that will remain a classic wardrobe staple for seasons to come. In my opinion, red is a neutral tone that you can wear all year long. And with that in mind, there’s no one in the industry who does the shade better than Valentino—the famous Valentino Red. Part of the Absolute Rouge Signature Collection, this motorcycle jacket can be customized with studs, any of the twenty-six letters of the alphabet, and/or eight symbols offered. So feel free to add stars, little hearts, your own initials, and so on. The same treatment can be given to a selection of rouge shoes, bags, and small leather goods. This is what I call taking personalization to the next level.

    Valentino Red biker jacket, $6,690, available exclusively in Valentino stores or at valentino.com.

    —Marina Larroudé

    Photo: Courtesy of Valentino
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