Berrington Village Pump Edition 149 August-September 2020


Village Magazine for the parishes of Atcham and Berrington, Shropshire

The Village Pump

August - September 2020

Edition: No. 149

We’re Back!

Perhaps we should

call this the comeback

edition? After

not printing the

March/April edition, making it an on-line version

only and as there was so little going on for the May /

June edition it’s nice to be back in print. As always

we are keen to hear what you would like to see in

this magazine. In the next edition there will be more

information on all things recycling and fear not the

puzzles are back in this issue. Covid-19 hasn’t gone

away so please take care and stay safe. Ed

Berrington Litter Pick


There will no collections on Monday 31st August

as it is a Bank Holiday. If your collection is

usually on a Friday it will be one day later and

be collected on Saturday 5th September.

The Local Plan Review

Shropshire Council is undertaking a partial

review of the Local Plan for the period 2016

to 2038.

The review includes consideration of housing

requirements (including objectively assessed

need), employment land requirements, the

distribution of development, and a review of

green belt boundaries, as part of the

consideration of strategic options to deliver

new development

The purpose of the review is to update certain

elements of the plan, and to ensure that we

can respond flexibly to changing

circumstances in line with the National

Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Strategic sites are large sites of more than

25ha in size, which are not associated with

meeting the growth needs of any particular

settlement but which will contribute to

achieving the aspirations of the Economic

Growth Strategy for Shropshire.

More info on the litter pick turn to page 11

For what this means for the parishes of

Atcham and Cross Houses turn to page 4.

The Village Pump, 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


Berrington Parish Council Covid-19 Arrangements.

Berrington Parish Council usually meets at 7pm on the 1st Thursday of every month (except August and

sometimes December) at the Chapel Community Centre.

Until the Parish Council is able to meet in person, meetings will be held via the online platform Zoom. Details

of each meeting can be found on the Parish Council’s Website. To take part in these meetings you need to

contact the Parish Clerk no later than 36 hours before the meeting to request access.

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

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

Berrington Parish Clerk

Mrs Lorna Pardoe,

Home, Back Lane, Longnor, Nr Shrewsbury SY5 7PP

Tel: 07379 213308 mail:

Atcham Parish Council

Atcham Parish Council usually meet bi-monthly (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sep & Nov) on a Wednesday evening at

the Malthouse, Atcham at 7.30pm.

Until the Parish Council is able to meet in person, meetings will be held via the online platform Zoom. Details

of each meeting can be found on the Parish Council’s Website. To take part in these meetings you need to

contact the Parish Clerk no later than 36 hours before the meeting to request access.

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 -

Colin Wildblood -

Sue Shedden -

Colin Morris -

Alastair Home-Roberts -

Atcham Parish Council Website


Atcham Parish Clerk

Mrs Lorna Pardoe,

Home, Back Lane, Longnor, Nr Shrewsbury SY5 7PP

Tel: 07379 213308 email:

Deadline for the OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2020 issue is

Friday 18th September 2020


A message from your Shropshire Councillor

Claire Wild

It has been some months since I last wrote an article for The Pump. I hope that you

and yours are safe and well. It is important that whilst being sensible and staying

alert we try and to support our local businesses.

Many have found the Shropshire Council website very useful, especially the Covid-

19 information page which can be found at


As the council re-opens some of its facilities such as libraries, leisure centres, museums etc the opening days

and times can also be found on the website. Please do not assume that the opening times were as before,

many have changed, as we get used to our “new normal”.


I have included as much information as possible regarding the Local Plan and its implications for the Parishes

of Atcham and Berrington.

Since the start of the Local Plan process in 2016 Cross Houses has had planning permission given for 81

dwellings, this was due to Shropshire Council not having a 5 year land supply (when an authority does not

have a 5 year land supply government guidance allows sustainable development in any location). I am

pleased to say that Shropshire Council now has a 7 year land supply and Cross Houses has a designated

development boundary. This means that the only development that can take place in the parish of

Berrington has to be within this boundary.

Over the past few years we have had several public meetings and are also in the process of completing a

Community Led Plan. It is fair to say that the majority of residents were concerned about the rapid increase

in the size of Cross Houses and the community’s cohesion. Following these meetings the Parish Council are

pleased that Shropshire Council has listened to our concerns and took into account the level of development

that took place when we did not have a 5 year land supply. Cross Houses, remains a Hub in planning terms,

but has no site allocations against it. Cross Houses has been allocated 9 windfall properties but if the sites do

not become available then they may well not get built.

I have included more information about the Local Plan over the page. The consultation starts on 3rd August

and runs until the end of September. There is a lot more to the Local Plan than simply site allocations and

some of the new and/or updated policies are worth reading.

Have a good summer and stay safe.

Claire t:: 01743 255 884 m: 07582 002 100 E-mail:


Our Local Police Team: Tel: 0300 333 3000 ext. 69008. There is also a team e-mail address:

Website: Facebook/Twitter @ShrewsburyCops

You can always contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.


Local Plan Update

On the 20th July, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet agreed to a Section 18 Consultation on the pre submission

draft local plan. There are no allocations for Atcham or Cross Houses. Atcham remain Open Countryside and

Cross Houses a hub. The Cabinet paper made no reference to Atcham but included the following paragraph

on Cross Houses.

Cross Houses is a modest sized settlement, formerly part of the Countryside to the south-east of Shrewsbury.

Despite its former status, Cross Houses continued to accommodate significant housing development due to

past housing supply issues in the County. Cross Houses is a serviced village comprising a series of residential

roads off the main A458 from Shrewsbury to Much Wenlock where there are opportunities for infilling and

redevelopment within the existing built form of the settlement.

Cross Houses appears in Appendix 5 of the Cabinet Report

Total Residential Commitments


Place Plan


Total Residential

Sites with Planning

Saved SAMDev

Local Plan







Permission or Prior

Approval (as at 31st

Plan Allocations

without Planning



2017/18 and


March 2019)

Permission (as at

31st March


Cross Houses Shrewsbury 90 18 63 0 0 9

It is important to note that within the residential development guidelines figures are expressed as gross

figures, as they describe the total figure for the plan period. This plan period is from 2016 until 2038. Since

2016 Cross Houses has had 81 planning permissions granted. These are 70 on Berrington Meadows, 6 in Bell

View, 3 at the Cressage end of the village and two in the centre. Therefore there is no allocated sites within

this plan. As Cross Houses is a Hub it has a Development Boundary and any windfall development has to be

within this boundary. Windfall is a term used to describe infill within the current Development Boundary.

Cross Houses has been allocated a total of 9 windfall homes. If the opportunities do not arise then we may

well not get 9 houses.

The draft Local Plan will be subject to consultation for a period of 8-weeks under Regulation 18, commencing

on 3rd August and closing on 30th September. This is an opportunity for everyone to have their say on the

contents of the Plan.

A full range of supporting material and evidence will also be available to view as part of this consultation.

This includes the Site Assessment process the Council has undertaken, and therefore includes all the

development site options the Council has considered.

The overall timetable is expected to be:

- August /September 2020 – Consultation on Draft Local Plan at ‘Regulation 18’

- November / December 2020 – Cabinet consideration and consultation on Pre- Submission ‘Regulation 19’

version of the Local Plan

- February/March 2020 – Submission of draft Local Plan to Government for Examination (subject to Council




Consistent with previous stages of consultation on the Local Plan, the primary way to view the ‘Regulation

18’ Pre-Submission Draft of the Shropshire Local Plan and its supporting documents is via the Shropshire

Council Website.

Specifically, a consultation page will be created under the ‘Get Involved’ element of the Council website.


Due to the ongoing necessary restrictions due to the Covid 19, physical copies of the draft Local Plan will be

available to view, by appointment, at the Shirehall in Shrewsbury and at the following libraries: Shrewsbury,

Ludlow, Oswestry, Bishops Castle, Bridgnorth, Broseley, Church Stretton, Cleobury Mortimer, Ellesmere,

Market Drayton Shifnal and Whitchurch. Other supporting information can, by appointment, be viewed via

computers within these libraries.

Where it is feasible to do so, the Council will seek to place a physical copy of the draft Local Plan at other

libraries in the County.

More information on this, including how to make an appointment to view the Plan, can be found by visiting

Shropshire Council’s website.

Cross Houses Development Boundary


Local Plan Update Continued

Local Plan Policies

There are a range of policies within the pre-submission Draft Local Plan. A number of the policies

address issues which are likely to be of significant interest, including (this list is not intended to be


Policies SP3. Climate Change and DP12. Minimising Carbon Emissions: Together these policies will

support the transition to a zero-carbon economy.

Policy SP3 identifies high-level principles and requirements, whilst Policy DP12 identifies specific

design requirements for development. It is important to note that these are complemented by other

policies in the Local, including those relating to flood risk, infrastructure and green infrastructure.

Policy SP5. High-Quality Design: Provides a framework and detailed design requirements to

achieve the high-quality design of new development.

Policies SP7. Managing Development in Community Hubs, SP8. Managing Development in Community

Clusters and SP9. Managing Development in the Countryside: Provide the starting point for

managing development within the countryside and rural settlements.

Policies SP10. Shropshire Economic Growth Strategy, SP11. Delivering Sustainable Economic

Growth and Enterprise and DP9. Strategic Corridors: Together these policies provide the starting

point for promoting and managing employment development.

SP12. Whole Estate Plans: Provides support for Whole Estate Plans, a method by which Estates

can articulate their long-term vision for their land and premises, where they are consistent with the

policies and objectives of the Local Plan.

Policy DP1. Residential Mix: Introduces requirements for residential development to include an appropriate

mix of dwellings sizes, types and tenures.

Policies DP3. Affordable Housing Provision, DP4. Affordable Exception Sites, DP5. Entry Level Exception

sites and DP6 Single Plot Exception Sites and DP7. Cross-subsidy Exception Sites: Together

provide a range of mechanisms to deliver affordable housing.

Policy DP26. Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty AONB: To manage development

within the AONB.

Policy DP30. Health and Wellbeing: Requires new development to contribute to the health and wellbeing

of individuals, communities and places.

We miss club as much as you do. Hopefully we

can re-start really soon. Until then, stay safe.

Julia and Eric

@ Cross Houses

For more information regarding the Youth Club please contact

Richard Parkes on 01743 730005

or by email

Shropshire Youth Association is a

Safer Recruitment Organisation


Cancellation of Events

Due to Covid-19 the following events/groups are

postponed until further notice:

• Cross Houses Youth Club • Atcham Flower Club

• The Bell Pensioners Lunch


• Shropshire Family History

Society Meetings

• Slimming World Group - See


• Knit & Natter

• Book Club - Virtual - see


• Cound Crafters - See advert

• Cressage Messy Church

• Little Conkers Group



Dog walking and

pet services

Tel: 07805 727 697

References available upon request

DJ'S Building Services

. Extensions . Brickwork

. Plastering . Kitchen Fitting

. Carpentry . Bathroom Suites

. Electrical Professional & Reliable


Dave on 01743 709 362

07828 148 593

Copies of the agendas and full minutes for both Atcham and Berrington Parish

Councils can be found on the Parish Council Websites: OR

Planning Applications can be found by visiting the links below:

CRESSAGE Gardening Club

Our July meeting (the first since lockdown in March) was a visit to Mynd Hardy Plants in Diddlebury. Twenty

eight members (socially distancing of course) enjoyed an afternoon of sunshine and friendship in the 2 acre

walled garden in the grounds of Delbury Hall. Our Hosts, Richard and Jill, made us feel very welcome and

updated us on the changes they have made since taking over the Walled garden a few years ago. After a

guided tour of the garden, followed by a walk around the parkland surrounding the Hall, everyone was more

than ready for the delicious cakes and refreshments that awaited our return to the Walled Garden. Many a

gardener also went home with a new plant(s) tucked under their arm!

September 17 th Meeting

The Committee is hopeful this meeting will go ahead. Nick Martin, a local photographer, has been invited to

give an illustrated talk on ‘Secrets of the Wildlife Garden’. However, it is likely to be the beginning of

September before this can be confirmed by the Committee due to current Covid restrictions. Members will

be informed nearer the time.

(NB: With Covid 19 restrictions still very much amongst us the meetings planned for September onwards are

still in the balance awaiting Government to give village communities such as ours the green light! This

obviously includes the opening of our village halls albeit that certain restrictions may still apply. However, to

meet possible printing and circulation deadlines for your local village magazine this update is being written in

mid July!)

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.




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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.


Please call now to

• Windows Cleaned

• Gutters Emptied and Cleaned

• Fascia Cleaning

• Lawns Mowed

• General Maintenance and Repairs

book in or for a free quote.

Handyman Home Services

t: 07800 537789 (Condover) e:

Window Cleaning Rates from:

Small House / Bungalow £7.50

Medium House/Bungalow £10.00

Large House / Bungalow £12.50

Why not try?

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For a good selection of

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*Perennials* *Shrubs*

Personal Service

Weekdays 9am - 6pm

Sundays 10am - 5pm

Cross Houses 761212

Do you need a Helping Hand?


Cleaning, Shopping, Ironing,

Gardening, Dog Walking etc

Excellent references

Contact: Sandra

(Cross Houses)

Tel no. 07377 629596

Netley Boarding Kennels

& Cattery

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

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 9am-10am and 4pm-5pm

Sat & Sun 9am-10am only

It is hoped that groups will

resume in September but due

to Covid-18 the arrangements

for the groups will be very

different so for more

information please contact

Vicky on:

07758 987345


Why is the Great British

September Clean


There are lots of reasons why it’s important to get involved. More

than 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped in the UK every day,

with litter blighting our streets, parks and beaches and costing us

nearly £1 billion a year to clear up – yet it’s entirely preventable.

Litter can also harm wildlife. The RSPCA received 7,400 calls to report

incidents of animals injured by litter in 2018 in England and Wales.

Around 80% of the plastic in our oceans comes from litter dropped

inland – you can be part of the solution and help ensure the plastic

doesn’t reach the sea!

Berrington Parish Council are taking part in

the Great British September Clean

Saturday 19th September, 10.30am

Join us on a litter pick around our villages. Equipment will be

provided. Meet at the Community Centre at 10:15am to collect

equipment. This will be a Covid-19 Socially Distanced Litter Pick so

please only come along in family groups.



Our Church has been closed since mid March to

comply with guidance from the Church of England

regarding the Covid 19 pandemic. Since Saturday

4th July the Church has been open twice a week

for private prayer only. Services will commence

again from Sunday 2nd August, they will be short

with no hymn singing or music, communion with

bread only and no socialising afterwards. The

usual precautions to keep everyone safe while

inside the building including a one way system will

remain in place for the foreseeable future.

Rev. Stuart Howes :- Rev. Stuart has been licensed into the Parishes of Christchurch,

Wellington with Holy Spirit, Hadley. The service was held on Saturday 11th July 2020 by

Zoom. We are all delighted that Rev. Stuart has his own Parish but he will be very much

missed and it is hoped that he will return sometime in the near future for a farewell

party. Rev. Stuart has been with us as a Curate since summer 2017 and was ordained in June


There has been no fund-raising this year but it is hoped that we can make a cautious start in

October with The Bridge Afternoon [ more details next issue]

Weddings :- There were 11 weddings due to take place during 2020, all have been postponed

until 2121 apart from a few couples who are going ahead complying with Church of England


Sad news :- Sylvia May Milburn died on 15th February aged 90 and her funeral was held at

St.Eata's on 10th March. She had lived in the village since 1971 with her husband

Kenneth and family. Sylvia took great pride in her Village, loved flowers and was a friend to

all. She cleaned the Malthouse and the Bus Shelter and worked at the Mytton & Mermaid for

a time. Our deepest sympathy to all her family.

During the lockdown, several parishioners have passed away [none from the virus] , Richard

Adney, from Chilton Farm, Atcham, died on 9th June. Other members of the congregation

who have been bereaved :- John & Val Malam lost Daughter Sandra and Ken Tyrrell sadly lost

his daughter Celia. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all those grieving at this time.

Our thanks go to Rev. Andrew and Rev. Stuart for supporting us all over the last 4 months with

a Zoom Service every Sunday and lots of other information about worship via radio and TV.

Covid 19 :- to those complaining about social distancing, having to wear masks in shops, and

frequent hand-washing, just remember that your grand-parents were called to war, you are

being called to sit on the settee and watch Netflix.





Monday to Thursday

Members of the


Outside of

the Parish

Rate Payable

Morning £35 £45

Afternoon £35 £45

Evening £35 £45

Friday to Sunday

Morning £35 £45

Afternoon £35 £45

Evening £50 £75



A refundable deposit

equal to the rate of hire

or £50

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

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Personal attention at all times.

Inspection very welcome

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Gaugemaster Lighting

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Dear Friends,

We have had something of a traumatic week at the

Rectory as our eldest dog Charlie passed away very

suddenly on Friday 3 rd July and we are all devastated,

as she was massive part of our family these past 11.5

years. Our Vet in Telford was amazing and apologised

for not being very professional on the phone, as we

both cried when the decision had to be made to put

her to sleep. I complimented the Vet on his compassion and his tears were a demonstration

of his attachment to Charlie whilst under his care, that gave us greater confidence that she

was well cared for to the very end.

We truly underestimate what an impact pets have on people’s lives and in our case what

impact pets have on people with special needs; and when I think how Charlie contributed to

the development and self-confidence of our two children with their Autism I will be forever in

her debt. The boys are particularly devastated by her passing that has meant their autism has

manifested itself in such a moving way over these past weeks, as they have articulated to us

just how much Charlie meant to them.

Conall are youngest didn't speak until after Charlie arrived with us and his teacher one day

said, 'was there anything different going on at home as Conall was now speaking in class? We

said, 'well we have just acquired a pet dog and have noticed that he continues to struggle to

speak to us but is speaking to Charlie the dog.'

Oran always went to Charlie for reassurance and whenever he was feeling stressed Charlie

instantly knew and would lay her paw on his lap as if to say, 'Don't worry Oran, everything is

going to be ok.'

I know for a fact that Charlie contributed to my ministry in more ways than I will ever know,

but one thing is for certain I know that many people would not have spoken to the Parson if it

wasn't for the fact he was out walking his dog! My study feels empty as Charlie always laid in

the doorway between the study and the hall and she always joined me for Morning Prayer.

My most moving of pastoral situations was when in my previous Parish there was a sudden

death of a parishioner and I called at the house with Charlie. Charlie instantly picked up the

mood of the house and gently went round to every member to console them, where I

experienced first-hand the words of, 'Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be

comforted.' A pastoral encounter I will never forget and meant so much to the family.

When we came to Much Wenlock I would like to think that Charlie was a Prophet, barking


down the street and perhaps saying to folk, 'Jesus might love you but I want a bone from

Vicky at AJ’s!'

Continuing on a lighter note we will never forget when Charlie secretly prised open a sealed

container of 24 Hot Cross Buns from my Study one Good Friday, consuming the lot, that

meant a very expensive trip to the Out of Hours Vet! The details of which I will not disclose,

but It was like being in a labour ward......................and she had not even chewed them! At

least Charlie contributed to the sermon on Easter Day and I cannot look at Hot Cross Buns in

quite in the same way!

The loss of faithful animal should never be dismissed, because animals can often be more

faithful and unconditional in their love than humans and the reason why I often say God

wasn't stupid when you write his name backwards.....................................DOG-GOD!

With my prayerful good wishes,

Matthew Stafford (Revd) - Rector of The Wenlock Group of Parishes

The Rectory, New Road, Much Wenlock, Shropshire TF13 6EQ

Tel: 01952 727396 Email:


MESSY CHURCH in the Wenlock Team of Parishes.

Sadly Messy Church has been cancelled until

further notice

For further information, please contact Jude


or 01952 510145

Atcham & Cross Houses

Mobile Library

Will be in


Every other Friday morning by the phone box

10.15am - 10.40am

Will be in


Every other Friday afternoon by “The Glebe”

1.30pm - 1.55pm

The mobile Library Service has been postponed until further notice.


X Berrington with Betton Strange X Church Preen X Cound X Cressage X Easthope X Harley X

The Wenlock Team of Parishes

X Hughley X Kenley X Sheinton X Shipton X Stanton Long X Much Wenlock with Bourton X

JULY 2020

We are delighted to announce that, in line with latest Government policy, we will be able to welcome congregations

to public worship in Holy Trinity Much Wenlock from Sunday 9 th August.

Following directives from the Government and The Church of England and in common with all places of worship,

the Team suspended all public worship over three months ago.

Since that time there have been no public services in any of our Parish Churches, and the daily pattern of

worship has been maintained by individual members of the Wenlock Team from their homes and on occasion

in church privately. However, following the Prime Minister’s announcements in June allowing Churches to

reopen for Private Prayer, followed by Public Worship in July, all our churches during this period have been

open partially or fully for Private Prayer.

Initially only two worship centres will be open. Namely Much Wenlock from Sunday 9 th August and Cound

from Sunday 16 th August. In order to keep everyone as safe as we can, this will be rather different from our

normal pattern of worship before lockdown. The service will be said, rather than sung, with a short sermon,

and communion will be in one kind (i.e. bread only).

There will be organ music during some of our services, but unfortunately, current guidance does not allow

congregational or choral singing.

If the situation continues to improve, we hope to be able to offer more services across the Team as we move

further into the Autumn. However, we are also committed to keeping online worship in place for those who

need it.

‘Please do not put yourself at risk by coming to either churches if it is safer for you to stay at home,’ says

Church of England Guidance.

Although we are putting as many measures as we can in place to make it as safe as possible, we cannot eliminate

all risks. We hope that those who cannot come safely to Much Wenlock or Cound will continue to join

our online worship and Zoom chats.

Churchwardens and Sides Persons will be on hand to guide worshippers through these changes and make

things as easy as possible. People are asked to be patient as they may have to queue to enter Church on occasions

and are directed to colour coded pew- Red or Green.

Please bear with us as services resume and we find our way.

What Church looks like has changed a great deal over the last few months, and whilst we are incredibly excited

to be able to welcome people physically into the building, this is just one step on the journey back to normality.

Things will continue to change over the next few weeks and months, as guidance is revised and as we discover

more of what the new normal means for us. We will keep you updated with any changes and hope you will

be understanding as we adapt to a new rhythm of worship.

With my prayerful good wishes.

Matthew Stafford (Revd), TEAM RECTOR-WENLOCK


* Lawn mowing

* Hedge cutting

* Pruning

* Weeding

* Planting

* Brushcutting / strimming

Tel: 01743 761418

Mobile: 07580536112


C. S. Gardiner

Garden services


Much Wenlock & Cressage Medical Practice


A Covid Poem To Our Patients

We know that things are difficult,

Challenging in so many ways.

From us at the Medical Practice,

There’s a few things we’d just like to say.

Thank you for understanding,

For being patient as so much has changed,

For helping with scrubs and deliveries,

Too many people for all to be named.

We know that it must feel quite strange,

Seeing us in scrubs and faces covered with masks,

But I promise underneath we’re still smiling

And here to help with anything you ask.

The way you access us may be different,

Using the internet, video and phone,

But no matter your circumstances or problems,

We promise you won’t be alone.

Our staff are all still here working,

Making sure you get the best care.

So remember no matter what happens

Your surgery is always still there.

Keeping You Safe

Our priority as always is the health and well-being of our patients, and we are maintaining measures

to ensure we keep you as safe as possible.

Face Coverings – we are continuing to ask that you wear face coverings when attending the practice

to minimise the risk of any transmission of the virus to other patients or our staff.

Staggering Appointments – we are carefully arranging appointments to avoid having people waiting

in the building or elsewhere, however we ask that you are prepared that you may need to wait in

your car or outside if the room is not ready for you to come straight into, as it may be

occupied or being cleaned.

Access – we ask that you continue to access us as you have continued to do so during COVID-19 via

eConsult and the phone system. This is to ensure that you only attend the surgery for a planned reason

and to reduce the numbers of people attending in the waiting room areas for your safety.



As we say every month these are challenging times, but we all faced challenges before COVID-19 as

well. We are conscious that some of our patients would benefit from having some extra support in

health, well-being and care. We have a dedicated Social Prescriber and Community & Care

Coordination services which may be of help.

Community and Care Coordinator

Jeremy Roberts is our Community and Care Coordinator and can help you find your way around

systems which can often seem complicated and confusing. Patients and carers across all age groups

in need of help and support can benefit from this service, signposting people to save time and access

local services.

Jeremy can help with information on things such as

• Local activities, interests and day centres

• Help for people living alone and staying independent

• Transport for appointments or other activities

• Support for you or someone you care about

• Finding a carer or Care Home

Organisations that can help with aids and adaptations in the home

Social Prescribing Advisor

Becky Jennings is our Social Prescribing Advisor and works with clients over a period of 3 to 6 months

which is currently provided by telephone but in the future, it will be by face to face appointments at

the surgery. Becky helps people to understand their health and wellbeing needs and supports them

in setting realistic goals and developing an action plan to achieve these. She will also enable them to

access support and services in their own community and monitors their progress.

Many people can benefit from Social Prescribing, this includes those who may be:

Feeling worried or anxious

Feeling lonely or socially isolated

Living with a long-term condition

Wanting to make changes to their lifestyle

Caring for someone

The service is also keen to support those who would benefit from support to cope with their stress,

concerns or anxieties caused by social isolation and Covid-19 or who may require support from Becky

to plan and action how their practical needs will be met during social distancing.

If you think this is something you would be interested speaking with our Community and Care

Coordinator or Social Prescribing Advisor then please contact us at the surgery so we can arrange an

initial appointment.






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Buy local, use local services and tradesman and support

the local economy


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

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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

01743 761522



Cross Houses

Knit and Natterers

We are a small group of very friendly ladies who

usually 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 are hoping to meet in

September. Call Sue for more information on

01743 761355 / 07773 161635 or email



Book Club

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 are currently meeting virtually but hope to

resume meeting up in person as soon as it is safe to

do so.

2020 Reading List


“Outlander” - Diana Gabaldon

“I love the Bones of You” - Christopher Ecclestone


“Daughters of the Dragon” - William Andrews



Meetings are usually

held on the first

Monday of each

month at Cound

Guildhall 10am - 12 noon. £5 per

session, different crafts each meeting.

Meetings are currently suspended due

to Covid-19.

Please contact Sue on 01743 761355

or email

for more information.


“Circe” - Madeline Miller


“The Mystery of Three Quarters” - Sophie Hannah


“By the Light of my Father’s Smile” - Alice Walker

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6 4 2


1 4 7

8 1 5 9

4 2

3 5

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7 6

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.


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advance. If you would like to place an advert in the Village Pump then please contact the Editor:

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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.





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News from Christ Church C.E. Primary School

Preparing for a new school year and a “new normal”

It has been a school year like no other and we are sure that parents around the country are glad to no longer

be “home learning” and instead are enjoying the summer holidays too! At Christ Church we ended the

school year with two thirds of the school attending some learning in school – whether full days for our Key

Worker and youngest children, transition support for our Y6s and sessions of PE and PSHE which were

offered to Years 2-5s.

September will see the start of “new normal” when we will be back to full-time schooling for all. There will

be some changes – children will remain in their classes or “bubbles” and try not to mix with other classes.

Sadly, at the moment this means no whole school events like assemblies, or out of school events like school

discos. Our playground will be segregated so classes will stay in their own area and each class will have their

own lunch table. As a village school, we love the fact we normally operate as a big family and all ages mix

together. But safety first … and hopefully those times will return.

In September we are excited to welcome 20 children and their families into Acorns our Reception class with

Mrs Martin. We also have a new teacher, Miss Rachael Fortune starting, who will be teaching Year 1 and 2 in

Maple Class. Mr Kennedy teaches Holly Class, Year 3, alongside me. Mrs Douch teaches Year 4 and 5 in

Willow Class and Mrs Clarke teaches Oak Class, our Year 6s.

For the first half term we are focusing on mental and physical well-being. We know that children are

tremendously resilient but the Covid crisis has caused a lot of disruption to their routines and learning. They

need to feel secure, happy and safe at school so that they are ready to learn. Parents have done an amazing

job – thank you so much for all your support with home learning but home isn’t school and we know there

will be gaps in some curriculum areas – we will also be addressing those with “catch-up” programmes. But

amidst all the changes, some things will remain much the same. Watching the children play cricket at the

end of the summer term (in the hall as it was raining – we are in England after all!), I loved their

competitiveness, sense of fun and desire to improve their skills! Children are children – and I am sure school

will be ringing with the sound of fun and friendship once they are all back through the doors!

Tracey Cansdale, Headteacher


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Samaritans 01743 369696

Crime Stoppers 0800 555 111

Furniture Scheme 01743 246668

Shrewsbury Police Station 0300 333 3000

Bromford Housing Association 0330 1234 034

Severnside Housing 01743 285000

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Councillor Claire Wild 01743 255 884 / 07582 002 100

Shropshire Council Covid-19 Helpline 0345 678 9028

Citizens Advice Bureau (Shrewsbury) 0344 499 1100

Age Concern 01743 233123

Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247

Cruse Bereavement Care Helpline 0808 808 1677

Atcham & Berrington Parish Council’s - Clerk 07379 213308

Gas Emergency Services 0800 111 999

National Rail Enquiries 03457 48 49 50

Shrewsbury Dial-a-Ride 01743 45350

NHS Direct 111

NHS Direct Text Phone (for deaf/hard of hearing) 18001 111

Shropshire Council 0345 678 9000

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Bins & Recycling (Missed Collections) 0345 678 9007.

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MANWEB Emergency 0845 272 7999

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Floodline 0345 988 1188

Dog Fouling (Reporting) - Longden Road Depot 0345 678 9006

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