The Village Pump
February - March 2020
Edition: No. 146
A newsletter for Atcham, Berrington, Betton,
Brompton, Cantlop, Cross Houses and Eaton Mascott
Published by Berrington Parish Council on behalf of the parishes of Atcham & Berrington
PARISH COUNCIL INFORMATION
Berrington Parish Council
Berrington Parish Council meets at 7pm on the 1st Thursday of every month (except
August and sometimes December) at the Chapel Community Centre.
Berrington Parish Council consists of nine elected or co-opted Parish Councillors:
Claire Wild (Chair); Richard Purslow (Vice-Chair); Claire Bonsey; Eric Brayne; Julia Brayne; Geoff
Jones; Sue Mason; Lezley Picton and Sue Shedden. More detailed information can be found on
our website www.berringtonpc.org.uk Why not come along to one of our meetings. Guests are
always welcome. If there is a local issue that concerns you then feel free to ask one of the
Councillors for help in representing you in this matter.
Berrington Parish Council Website www.berringtonparishcouncil.org.uk
Berrington Parish Clerk
Mrs Lorna Pardoe,
Home, Back Lane, Longnor, Nr Shrewsbury SY5 7PP
Tel: 07379 213308 mail: email@example.com
Atcham Parish Council
Atcham Parish Council meet bi-monthly (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sep & Nov) on a Wednesday
evening at the Malthouse, Atcham at 7.30pm.
Atcham Parish Council consists of seven elected or co-opted Parish Councillors: Colin Wildblood
(Chairman), Colin Morris (Vice-Chairman), Jayne Caswell, Alastair Home-Roberts, Sue Shedden
and Rob Trow. Parish Councillors can be contacted as follows:
Jayne Caswell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Colin Morris - email@example.com
Colin Wildblood - firstname.lastname@example.org
Alastair Home-Roberts - email@example.com
Sue Shedden - firstname.lastname@example.org
Atcham Parish Council Website www.atchamparishcouncil.org.uk
Atcham Parish Clerk
Mrs Lorna Pardoe,
Home, Back Lane, Longnor, Nr Shrewsbury SY5 7PP
Tel: 07379 213308 email: email@example.com
Deadline for the APRIL - MAY 2020 issue is
Friday 20th March 2020
News from your Shropshire Councillor
HAVE YOU GOT YOUR SMART WATER?
During the summer of 2019 Atcham & Berrington Parish Councils received a
presentation giving details of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s initiative to offer subsidised
SmartWater © property marking kits to parish councils.
The scheme offered the kits to parish councils at a substantially reduced cost. Additionally if the council took
up the scheme and offered the kits to all residents free of charge and over 70% of residents registered to
take part in the scheme then a package of additional measures would be provided. The additional measures
included the erection of signs at key locations which indicate that the scheme is in place. Criminals entering
the parish will then know that the vast majority of households in the area have been supplied with these kits
and therefore may consider going elsewhere rather than stealing valuables which are easily traced.
There was unanimous support for this project from councillors and residents and, if you haven’t already
done so, you can now collect and register YOUR FREE SMARTWATER © PROPERTY MARKING KIT. If you would
like more information on SmartWater © please visit www.smartwater.com
Many communities within Shropshire and elsewhere have already taken up this scheme and are reporting
reductions in the number of burglaries, some as much as by 80%. There have already been a number of
successes locally with property being returned following a burglary thanks to the valuables being marked
with SmartWater © . I do hope you will join the scheme and make it a success in our parishes, we have almost
reached the 70% figure in both parishes and the parish councils and I are keen that as many residents as
possible take up the free offer.
To get your SmartWater © kit please call 01743 718695 or email the parish clerk at
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and arrange collection or drop
off. The collection of the kit and registering it against your address will take a
maximum of 10 minutes.
t:: 01743 255 884 m: 07582 002 100 E-mail:
POLICE CONTACT INFORMATION
Our Local Police Team: Tel: 0300 333 3000 ext. 69008. There is also a team e-mail address:
Website: www.westmerciapolice.uk Facebook/Twitter @ShrewsburyCops
You can always contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.
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CLUB DATES - WEDNESDAYS
@ Cross Houses
22nd January, 5th February,
4th & 18th March and 1st April
Our youth club caters for young people aged 9 - 14. Every
other Wednesday evening, 6.30pm - 8.00pm at the Chapel
Community Centre, The Chestnuts, Cross Houses SY5 6JH.
The Youth Club is open to young people from all the
surrounding parishes and is run by a fully trained Youth
Worker from Shropshire Youth Association along with (fully
checked and trained) volunteers. The cost per child, per week is £1. This money will go towards
paying for the cost of trips that will be run throughout the year. Please note parent/guardian
permission will be required.
MORE VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED
Our Youth Club is going from strength to strength and we are having to turn children away as to
increase numbers we need more volunteers. If you could spare a couple of hours every now and
again to enable more children to benefit please get in touch with Richard (contact details below)
or Lorna Pardoe, our Parish Clerk. If you want to find out more about what’s involved please give
Julia or Eric a call on 01743 761366. Full training will be given. The Youth Club runs every other
week during term time so the more volunteers we have the frequency of attendance can reduce.
Thanks in anticipation of your help.
For more information regarding the Youth Club please contact
Richard Parkes on 01743 730005 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Shropshire Youth Association is a Safer Recruitment Organisation
THE BELL PUBLIC HOUSE CROSS HOUSES
PENSIONERS LUNCHEON CLUB
WEDNESDAYS 12th FEB & 11th MAR
Please telephone 01743 761264 to book your place and
select your meal choice.
Please call now to
• Windows Cleaned
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• Fascia Cleaning
• Lawns Mowed
• General Maintenance and Repairs
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Window Cleaning Rates from:
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DOMESTIC SERVICES - LOCAL TO YOUR AREA
Cleaning, Shopping, Ironing,
Gardening, Dog Walking etc
Tel no. 07377 629596
Netley Boarding Kennels
New fully heated and insulated kennels now open
Full inspection and bookings
Phone Den or Barb on 01743 718264 / 07803 240207
Collection and delivery service available
Enquire for discounts
Monday to Friday 9am-10am and 4pm-5pm
Sat & Sun 9am-10am only
The Chestnuts, Cross Houses
Contact Vicky on:
Come and join us,
a very warm welcome awaits
FOR THE LOVE OF ANIMALS
Dog walking and
Tel: 07805 727 697
References available upon request
DJ'S Building Services
. Extensions . Brickwork
. Plastering . Kitchen Fitting
. Carpentry . Bathroom Suites
. Electrical Professional & Reliable
For a FREE QUOTE CALL
Dave on 01743 709 362
07828 148 593
The Malthouse, Atcham, Shrewsbury, SY5 6QE
Anne Whysall (Pontesbury)
“Round in Circles”
Wednesday 18th March,
Carron White (Anglesey)
“A Healthy Lifestyle”
New Members and Guests very welcome. For further information please contact Mrs Lewis on 01743 860342
Will be in
Every other Friday morning by the phone box
10.15am - 10.40am
Atcham & Cross Houses
Will be in
Every other Friday afternoon by “The Glebe”
1.30pm - 1.55pm
7th & 21st February and 6th & 20th March
Copies of the agendas and full minutes for both Atcham and Berrington Parish
Councils can be found on the Parish Council Websites:
www.atchamparishcouncil.org.uk OR www.berringtonparishcouncil.org.uk
Planning Applications can be found by visiting the links below:
SHROPSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY
Tuesday 18th February 2020, 7.15pm
Tuesday 17th March 2020, 7.15pm
Guest Speaker - Alan Fallows
“Shrewsbury’ Freeman & Guilds
Chapel Community Centre, Cross Houses, Shrewsbury SY5 6JH
Why not visit our website www.sfhs.org.uk
12 - 3pm MON - SAT
To book a table or for more information please call 01743 761264
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CHIPS & GARDEN PEAS
CHILLI CON CARNE WITH RICE OR
SAUSAGES, FREE RANGE EGG,
CHIPS & PEAS
SWEET & SOUR VEGETABLES (V)
(GF) With rice or chips
Served with chips and peas
MIXED VEGETABLE CURRY (V) (GF)
With rice or chips
CHICKEN & VEGETABLE CURRY
(GF) Served with rice or chips
SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN (GF)
Served with rice or chips
BRAISED BEEF & MUSHROOMS
With rice or mashed potato
1/4 LB ABERDEEN ANGUS CHEESE
Served with chips
MINI BATTERED COD & CHIPS
ALL DAY BRUNCH
Sausage, bacon, egg, chips and baked
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The Bell Inn, an 18th century traditional country Inn, 4 miles south of Shrewsbury
town centre on the A458 Bridgnorth road. Offering local, seasonal freshly prepared
food, Bed & Breakfast - all ensuite rooms & of course a very warm welcome.
Knit and Natter
We are a small group of very friendly ladies who
meet on the third Monday of the month, 10am -
12 noon at the Community Room, Noel Hill Road
for a chat and to make items for charity events
which we run twice a year for local causes -
everyone is welcome and you don't have to
worry about ability - we are all different and
learn from each other whilst having a laugh.
We welcome new members, please come along
and join us.
For more information please contact Sue on
01743 761355 / 07773 161635 or email
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COUND & DISTRICT
Meetings are held on
the first Monday of
each month at
10am - 12 noon. £5
per session, different crafts each
Everyone is most welcome - new
ideas can be incorporated and tried
so please come along and join us.
Please contact Sue on 01743 761355
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
CHURCH SERVICES and NEWS from ST.EATA'S, ATCHAM
There will be a Eucharist [BCP] every Sunday at 11 a.m. apart
from those listed below:
Ash Wednesday - February 26th - a Communion Service at
11am with the imposition of Ashes.
Mothering Sunday 22nd March - This will be a Family Service at
11.15am No Communion. Posies of Spring Flowers will be
presented to all Mums and candles will be lit for those no longer
Palm Sunday - April 5th - Communion at 11am with the distribution of Palm Crosses.
Sunday 29th March - British Summer Time begins - Clocks go FORWARD one hour.
Baptism - Sunday 24th November - Oliver Max Dixon was welcomed into the Church family.
Congratulations to Jane & Paul Caswell on the arrival of a new grand-daughter Ella Rosie born
on January 3rd. A sister for Millie.
On Sunday 12th January we welcomed Bishop Sarah - the new Bishop of Shrewsbury who
conducted our morning Eucharist.
Atcham Flower Club meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month. New members would be very
THE CHAPEL COMMUNITY CENTRE, CROSS HOUSES
Monday to Thursday
Members of the
Morning £35 £45
Afternoon £35 £45
Evening £35 £45
Friday to Sunday
Morning £35 £45
Afternoon £35 £45
Evening £50 £75
ROOM HIRE RATES
A refundable deposit
equal to the rate of hire
whichever is lower, is to
be paid at the time of
If paying the deposit by
cheque, it must be valid
for at least one month
after the date booked.
The deposit will be
returned to you
providing the room/
venue is left as per our
terms and conditions.
To make a booking please call Sue Mason on 01743 761423 or 07964 120 998
Crown Podiatry Ltd
NEW chiropody/podiatry service now open in CRESSAGE
Modern, newly furbished clinic providing full range of services including:
• nail cutting/nail deformities
• corns/callus and verruca’s
• ingrowing toenails
• biomechanical assessments
• customised insoles
• neurovascular assessments
• diabetic foot care
Fully qualified (3 years training) & fully insured
HCPC Registration No: CH33162 (health insurance claims)
Member of The Society Of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
Mr Pius Karena (BSc MChS)
Tel: 01952 510865 Mobile 07790038367
Email: email@example.com www.crownpodiatry.co.uk
Prop. Brenda Graham
Heated Chalets with outside
covered runs overlooking fields .
Personal attention at all times.
Inspection very welcome
Formerly Period Houses in Miniature
Military Model Kits,
Scenics & Tools
Metcalfe Card Kits, Dapol Kits
Deluxe Materials, Javis Scenics
Adhesives & Raw Materials
Humbrol & Hataka Paint
Amera Plastic Mouldings
Wood & Styrene Mouldings
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St Mary’s Place, Shrewsbury SY1 1DL
Keep up to date with Police and Crime Information in
our area with Community Messaging
• It’s Free
• You get real time updates on activity and crime
• You’re in control - choose what you receive and
how you receive it.
• Messages are sent direct by West Mercia Police
and follow the links to community messaging.
Happy New Year to you all!
A message was sent to me on New Years Day that read:
'I've learned a lot this year..
I learned things don't always turn out the way you planned, or the way you think they should.
And I've learned that there are things that go wrong that don't always get fixed or get put
back together the way they were before.
I've learned that some broken things stay broken, and I've learned that you can get through
bad times and keep looking for better ones,
as long as you have people who love you.' Jennifer Weiner
The Christian faith teaches us afresh this new year that God promised to be with us in good times
and in bad and has never made a person he does not love.
SERVICES IN FEBRUARY
Sunday 2nd February - Candlemas 9.45am Holy Communion at St Margaret's - The Revd Philip
Sunday 9th February - The Third Sunday before Lent Holy Communion at All Saints, Berrington-
The Revd Philip Bytheway
I am more than conscious of the anxiety and distress that has been caused by the suspension of
burials at All Saints Berrington. As already reported The Chancellor of the Diocese of Hereford is
preparing to hold a Hearing at All Saints, Berrington concerning the churchyard. The Chancellor and
Diocese wish to offer a pastoral response to the situation for the sake of Parishioners.
You can express your concerns directly to The Registry by contacting Sarah Girling, Pastoral
Secretary, Hereford Diocese, Telephone: 01432 373315 (direct line) Fax: 01432 352952
The date of the Hearing is yet to be announced, but will be made publicly known as widely as
possible as soon as I am notified by The Chancellors Office.
For any pastoral concerns please contact me directly:
The Revd Matthew Stafford
The Rectory, New Road, Much Wenlock, Shropshire TF13 6EQ
Tel: 01952 727396 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MESSY CHURCH in the Wenlock Team of Parishes.
For the last two and a half years, Messy Church has been meeting for
fun, food and fellowship (usually on the third Sunday of the month) in
Christ Church Primary School’s hall.
In that time, we’ve constructed countless junk models, concocted a feast
of sweet treats, and got creative with glue, paint and glitter. We’re not called Messy Church
Whilst the crafts may be designed with children in mind, Messy Church is an ALL-AGE event.
We aim to create a strong sense of family and so we’d welcome everyone to join in.
Our messy, crafting time is followed by a Bible story (often a good opportunity for some drama)
and then a shared Sunday tea.
Do come along. Our families come from villages across the team and the children from a variety
of schools. It’s a lovely opportunity to meet, chat and share.
If you’ve got any questions, do contact us.
Looking forward to seeing you soon,
The Messy Church team
Please note: Whilst leaders are DBS checked, all children must be accompanied by a responsible
adult at all times.
Christ Church C of E Primary School, Cressage.
Sunday 16 th February 2020 at 4pm
Sunday 15 th March 2020 at 4pm
For further information, please contact Jude Walker
or 01952 510145
Berrington Church Lottery Winners
1st £15, 2nd Prize £10, 3rd Prize £5
1st L Crofts, 2nd J Jones, 3rd C King
1st N Gough, 2nd J Rowney, 3rd J Mott
Take a steady and consistent approach to fitness training, says Love2Live
The new year is the perfect time to launch a fitness routine and start as you mean to go on in 2020,
says the joint general manager of a Shrewsbury fitness and wellness centre. Chris Skitt, from the
Love2Live gym and fitness studio at Salop Leisure’s multi-million-pound Love2Stay glamping and
caravanning resort, advises a steady and consistent approach to fitness training, rather than doing
too much, too soon. “Our instructors are here to advise and help people who want to improve their
fitness,” he said. For those looking to shed the pounds gained over the festive season by eating and
drinking more than normal, he advised: “Having treats over the Christmas period is fine, but don’t
necessarily overindulge. Go for a brisk walk or run and find ways of elevating your heart rate to burn
Love2Live has more than 200 members aged from 16 to 87 years, with an almost equal split of
sexes. There are more than 40 classes a week and the open gym space is accessible 15 hours a
During January, Love2Live is waving its £20 joining fee for new members. Membership costs £45
per month, with concessions available for NHS employees and members of the Armed Forces.
Chris is now keen to double the size of the gym to add another class to further boost membership
during 2020. However, he stresses that Love2Live will be careful to maintain the excellent
community atmosphere that has been developed in the past year. “Our members are at the forefront
of the community wellness approach and without them, it wouldn’t be the facility that it is today,” he
added. “I would like to expand to give more people the opportunity to experience the community that
we have developed.”
Love2Live celebrates its first anniversary on February 1 and Chris is delighted that members are
engaging with events organised by the company away from the gym. To date, members have
enjoyed a day at Chester Races, a quiz night and a meal and a drink in Shrewsbury.
“Love2Live is in nice position which gives us a solid platform to launch the expansion going into the
new year,” he added. “We are developing a community that we are really proud of and we want
more people to come and participate.
In addition to the 250
square metre gymnasium
and studio, facilities and
activities at Love2Stay
include a natural Biotop
swimming pool, outdoor hot
tubs, restaurant, treatment
rooms, a bootcamp and
large children's adventure
For more details about
call (01743) 583124.
THE PUMP - ADVERTISING RATES
Advertising rates are:
Full Page: £25 per edition or £110 per annum
1/2 Page (Landscape): £12.50 per edition or £55 per annum
1/4 Page (Portrait): £10 per edition or £45 per annum
1/4 Page (Landscape): £10 per edition or £45 per annum
1/8 Page (Landscape): £7.50 per edition or £30 per annum
The Village Pump is a bi-monthly publication of 700 copies. Advertisements need to be paid for in
advance. If you would like to place an advert in the Village Pump then please contact the Editor:
Lezley Picton, Newmans Hall, Eaton Mascott, Shrewsbury SY5 6HE
e: email@example.com t: 01743 761619
Cheques should be made payable to Berrington Parish Council and sent to Berrington Parish Clerk,
Home, Back Lane, Longnor, Nr Shrewsbury SY5 7PP. Alternatively you can pay by Bank Transfer.
The Village Pump is delivered on a bi-monthly basis to houses throughout the Parishes of Berrington and
Atcham. If you feel you could help your community by delivering the Pump in your area please contact
Lezley Picton on 01743 761619. The more volunteer deliverers we have the smaller the area to deliver.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Please note ACCEPTANCE OF ADVERTISEMENTS DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT. THE EDITOR
RESERVES THE RIGHT TO EDIT ARTICLES IF SPACE IS LIMITED.
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Tel: 01743 761418
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Certified Chimney Sweeper £40
Services we provide:
Multi Fuel Appliances
Free Smoke Tests
Shropshire and West
Tel: 07805 643 422
Much Wenlock & Cressage Medical Practice
Care Quality Commission (CQC) Inspection
A comprehensive inspection was carried out at Much Wenlock and Cressage Medical Practice on
Monday 25 November 2019.
The CQC inspection looked in detail at the follow areas of service provided at the Practice:
Are the services safe?
Are the services effective?
Are the services caring?
Are the services responsive?
Are the services well-led?
The inspection rating for all of the above services provided by Much Wenlock and Cressage Medical
Practice was GOOD.
Many thanks to those patients and to the Patients’ Voice representatives who gave their time to
speak to the CQC inspectors on the day or completed comment cards.
The CQC report will be published on the Practice website:
www.muchwenlockandcressagemp.co.uk or alternatively it can be found on the CQC
Reflecting on the Flu Clinics of 2019
We are aware that there were a few issues surrounding the organisation of the 2019 Flu Campaign, and
acknowledge that the clinics did not run as smoothly as in previous years. We have listened to patients
comments and feedback, investigated the issues raised and will be working on resolving these for our 2020
Do you Love Reading?
Be part of a bigger story and join our Shared Reading Group.
Shared Reading Groups are a place to relax, make new friends and share stories. Just drop in and
enjoy listening to a great story or poem – no pressure to talk or read.
Come along to our next Shared Reading Group on:
Saturday 15th February 2020 From 10.30 am to 12 Noon
At: Cressage Medical Practice (refreshments will be provided)
Places are free and everyone is welcome but there are limited
places so do book ahead by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 01952 726011 and speak to
5 9 1
8 1 9
5 4 6 1
8 3 4
2 4 6 9
3 8 4
7 6 2
Fill in all the squares in the grid so that each row, column and
each of the 3 x 3 squares contains all the digits from 1-9.
1 3 9
7 9 4
1 5 6 8
2 5 3 8
Complete the grid so that every row, column, diagonal and 3x3
box contains every digit from 1 - 9 inclusive.
Missed Rubbish or Recycling
If your recycling, rubbish or garden waste is not collected as expected you must report your
missed collection to Shropshire Council within two working days by calling 0345 678 9007.
Before you report a missed collection please wait until 5pm (because the collection crews
may still be out working). Also check:
• that your containers were out on the right day.
• that your containers were out by 7am
• that your containers were out in the correct place
• that your lid was closed and no extra waste was next to your
• that the correct waste was in the containers
Shropshire Council will investigate the incident and if your
collection has genuinely been missed they will come back and
collect it within two working days.
BERRINGTON VILLAGE HALL
The Village Hall in Berrington is
available for hire (at very
competitive rates). Prices available
on application. To make a booking
or an enquiry.
Please contact Penny Walker on
There are lots of little things we can do in our homes
to play our small part in reducing landfill waste,
cleaning the air, and preserving the natural
landscape. But we double our efforts when we get our
kids involved, helping them understand the why to
When they get it, it’ll be second nature when they’re
adults—and that much easier to pass it down
to their children.
Here are some small, easy, green choices we can
make in our homes. Choose three that you’re not already doing, and make them a
habit this year.
ª Buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle, and stop buying plastic disposable
ª Turn off lights when you leave the room.
ª Don’t turn on lights at all for as long as you can — open your curtains and use
ª Research whether you can sign up for local renewable energy from your utility
ª Switch to paperless
ª Cut down on single use
plastic, use string bags or
reusable bags for loose
fruit and veg,
ª Line dry your laundry,
assuming it ever stops
ª Lower the temperature on
your hot water.
ª Unplug unused chargers
ª Collect rainwater, and use
it to water your
houseplants and garden.
CRESSAGE Gardening Club
February 20th 2020 – Welcome return visit by Mark Hall whose topic this time is ‘Growing Vegetables in
March 19 th 2020 – Laura Wilgoss from Wildgoose Nursery ‘Creating Beautiful Borders’
EVENTS 2019 UPDATES
November 2019 - Annual Christmas Flower Arranging Demonstration with a return visit by Anne Whysall
Members and friends came out on a very wet cold evening to welcome Anne Whysall to their annual
flower arranging evening. Anne is a very talented florist and 2019 was an exciting year for her as she was
invited to participate in several RHS events around the country. With Christmas in mind Anne
demonstrated several arrangements, large and small whilst updating members with the various successes
she had gained for her floristry work around the UK. At the end of the evening her gorgeous
arrangements were raffled off to the delight of those lucky enough to have the right colour and number
December 12 – Christmas Meal at The Huntsman, Little Wenlock
Members and guests returned once again to enjoy a special Christmas Meal at The Huntsman. The best
way to begin the countdown to Christmas and what a delight to be waited upon by friendly staff and no
washing up at the end!! Bliss!! Thanks to Annette and other committee members for arranging such a
Cressage Gardening Club normally meets on the 3 rd Thursday monthly (August and December excepted)
at 7.30 p.m. in Cressage Village Hall. Membership £10 p.a. and new members always welcome.
Please Contact: Sally Lucas-Garner (Chairperson) on 01694 771271 for more information.
If you think the Village Pump is only a magazine that circulates to 700+ readers over two parishes,
think again….. This magazine also appears online at
www.berringtonparishcouncil.org.uk & www.atchamparishcouncil.org.uk
Buy local, use local services and tradesman and support the local economy
Trees, Hedges & Woodlands
• Tree Surgery, Small or Large Trees, felling, pruning or planting
• Hedge Management - trimming & shaping - large or small
• Traditional hedge-laying
• Woodland Management - Coppicing, felling, planting
• Orchard Management
£5m Public Liability and £10 Employee Liability
Tel: 01743 891231 Mobile: 07974 300328 Email: email@example.com
Do you enjoy reading and would like to discuss your
ideas and thoughts with like minded people - then
please come and join our small, free, friendly and
local book club.
We meet at 7.15pm on the third Thursday of the
month at the Community Room, Noel Hill Road -
please come along and join us.
Everyone is welcome, for more information
please call Sue on 01743 761355
2020 Reading List
“And when did you last see your father”
- Blake Morrison
“Cutting for Stone” - Abraham Verghese
“Small Great Things” - Jodi Picoult
Change a child’s life in 2020:
become a foster carer
Shropshire Fostering, the fostering service of
Shropshire Council, are calling on local people to
think how they could change a child’s life for the
better in 2020 by becoming a foster carer.
At any one time there is an estimated 60,000
children being looked after by foster carers
nationally. There is a need for around 7,220 new
foster carers in England and 550 in Wales this
year. Locally, Shropshire Fostering are looking to
find five new foster carers each month to really
support children and provide a temporary, stable
and loving home at a time when children may not
be able to live with their own birth family.
For more information about fostering in this region
or call 0800 783 8798.
Victory in Europe Day, generally known as VE Day,
the day on which World War II in Europe ended
was the 8th May 1945.
On this day, in the UK, more than one million
people celebrated in the streets to mark the end
of the European part of the war.
VE Day is celebrated and remembered by people
around Britain each year. The 70th anniversary of
VE Day in 2015 was marked with a series of
events across the UK including parades, street
parties, a service of thanksgiving and a concert in
The 8th May 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary
of VE Day, which will be another occasion for
Is there any interest from the Parish to host a
celebration on the 8th May (or on the weekend of
8th/10th). Would you be interested in attending
an event? If so please contact Sue Mason on
01743 761423 or 07964 120 998 or leave a
comment on the Community Facebook Page Post.
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News from Christ Church C.E. Primary School
Preparing, Sowing, Growing
What was your favourite book as a child? Last month we started off the New Year with some staff training on
how to develop ‘reading for pleasure’. The greatest indicator that a child will succeed and fulfil their
potential in GCSEs, A’ levels etc is if they choose to read. It is a more important factor than parental income,
background, teachers etc. How do we encourage children to read more? It is easy to be pessimistic and say
that with gaming – playstations etc. and children watching Youtube, that reading is less likely. However
whilst screen time and how to manage this as a parent can be a challenge, there has also been a real
increase in the quality and breadth of children’s literature. Walk around a local bookshop and you will see
how many new books for children and young adults are being published.
We are really lucky in Shropshire that the Council still
fund a School Library Service and each term we have
hundreds of great quality books, both fiction and
related to our class topics. The children love delving
into the boxes and choosing new books for
themselves. Our Year 6s went on a visit last term and
were amazed – there are tens of thousands of quality
books at the Shire Hall base and they really enjoyed
choosing for themselves.
At our training day we read some research which said
that ‘The most important thing a teacher can do is to
read aloud.’ We could not agree more – and we
have all made a 2020 resolution to read more to our classes.
Acorns: Year R and Year 1 - theme is ‘Space and Transport’ taught by Mrs Martin.
Holly: Year 2 and Year 3- theme is ‘Egyptians’ taught by Mr Kennedy and Mrs Cansdale.
Willow: Year 4 and Year 5 theme is ‘Romans’ taught by Mrs Douch.
Oak: Year 6 theme is ‘Greeks’ taught by Mrs Clarke
Acorns work closely with Childrensworld, the on-site nursery (“Outstanding” – Ofsted). They work together
on a Wednesday morning, during ‘Stay and Play’ and Childrensworld come and use our school hall for dance
and join us for some assemblies and special events. Childrensworld also offer wrap around care for school
children 8am-6pm and in the holidays.
If you would like to know more about the school, or visit for a look around, please phone the School Office
on 01952 510383. Don’t wait for an Open Day – we are always happy to show people around if you have a
younger child, are moving into the area or considering a school change. We are the catchment area school
for Cressage, Cross Houses, Cound, Coundmoor, Harley and Eaton Constantine but also welcome children
attending from other villages. School Transport is available if you live outside of Cressage and within our
catchment area, we have a school bus and taxi bringing in nearly 30 children.
Tracey Cansdale, Headteacher
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