Berrington Village Pump Edition 150 Oct - Nov 2020

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Village Magazine for the Parishes of Atcham and Berrington, Shropshire

The Village Pump

OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2020

Edition: No. 150

Halloween 2020

We might not be able to go Trick or

Treating this year but we can certainly

make a scarecrow! See page 11 for

details of the very first Cross Houses

Scarecrow Competition and mega raffle.

Brompton Playing Fields

A Plea to Dog Owners

Brompton Playing Field is leased by Berrington

Parish Council from the National Trust. Over the

years the Parish Council has spent considerable

funds improving the facility for, although not

exclusively, the young people in our parish.

The problem with dog fouling has got worse year

on year, no sooner is the area cleaned the

problem returns. It is a health hazard for people

using the facility and no one wants to be cleaning

dog mess off shoes and worse.

COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH SCHEME

There has been a number of comments regarding the speed of traffic

through our villages. We do have a Community Speedwatch Team but in

order for it to be effective we need more volunteers for

Cross Houses and Atcham. The more volunteers we have,

the more sessions. See page 8 For further details.

The situation is now so bad that the grounds

maintenance contractors are complaining

about the time it takes to clean the equipment

after they have mown the grass as their

equipment ends up covered in the mess too.

The Parish Council are concerned for the

health and safety of anyone using the playing

field and they are constantly receiving

complaints.

Most dog owners are very responsible, the

small minority are ruining facilities for

everyone. See letter on page 6.

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


PARISH COUNCIL INFORMATION

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 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: berringtonpc@gmail.com

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 - jmjcaswell@gmail.com

Colin Wildblood - c.j.wildblood@btinternet.com

Sue Shedden - sueshedden52@gmail.com

Colin Morris - colinmorris113@googlemail.com

Alastair Home-Roberts - home.farming@btconnect.com

Atcham Parish Council Website www.atchamparishcouncil.org.uk

IMPORTANT

Atcham Parish Clerk

Mrs Lorna Pardoe,

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

Tel: 07379 213308 email: atchampc@gmail.com

Deadline for the DECEMBER 2020- JANUARY 2021 issue is

Friday 13th November 2020

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A message from your Shropshire Councillor

Claire Wild

I hope you are keeping well and staying safe. We, in Shropshire, compared to

other areas, have been fortunate not to have experienced further lock downs and

I sincerely hope this continues. However the virus is still very much with us and

we need remain vigilant. Remember “Hands, Face, Space” to ensure we keep the

infections away.

BERRINGTON MEADOWS JUNCTION ONTO THE A458

I have received a lot of complaints about the visibility to the right when leaving Berrington Meadows.

Shropshire Council’s Highways Development Control officers have been informed and a meeting has been

arranged for the engineers to see the issue first hand and to find a solution.

GREAT BRITISH SEPTEMBER CLEAN

Thanks to those who attended the above litter pick on Saturday 19th September, 8 bags of rubbish was

collected. The Cronkhill Road (Cross Houses to Atcham) is particularly bad and a future litter pick will

concentrate on this road. It seems to be a haven for car drivers chucking cans and plastic bottles onto the

verges. Other litter picks will be arranged and advertised in the Pump.

DOG FOULING

You will have seen the cover item and the letter from a resident regarding dog fouling, specifically on the

playing fields at Brompton. I am at a loss as to how we can resolve this situation. It was suggested that the

Parish Council should ban dogs on the field. This is not only difficult to police but also incredibly unfair on

the vast majority of dog owners. If you are aware of who is allowing their dogs to foul the fields please

contact me, in confidence, and I will contact the dog warden.

Stay safe.

Claire

t:: 01743 255 884

m: 07582 002 100

E-mail: claire.wild@shropshire.gov.uk

POLICE CONTACT INFORMATION

Our Local Police Team: Tel: 0300 333 3000

ext. 69008. There is also a team e-mail

address:

shrewsburyre.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk

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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LATEST COVID GUIDANCE (AT 16TH SEPTEMBER 2020)

Please make sure you follow the latest government guidance, Covid-19 is still very present and

government guidance may change. The current information is below.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

To reduce the risk of catching or spreading coronavirus, try to keep at least 2 metres away from people you

do not live with. Where you cannot stay 2 metres apart you should stay more than 1 metre apart, as well as

taking extra steps to stay safe. For example:

• wear a face covering: on public transport and in many indoor spaces, you must wear a face covering

by law, unless you are exempt

• move outdoors, where it is safer and there is more space

• if indoors, make sure rooms are well ventilated by keeping windows and doors open

You do not need to socially distance from anyone in your household, meaning the people you live with. You

also do not need to socially distance from someone you’re in an established relationship with, or anyone in

your legally-permitted support bubble if you are in one.

SEEING FRIENDS AND FAMILY

When seeing friends and family you do not live with you should:

• meet in groups of 6 or less

• follow social distancing rules

• limit how many different people you see socially over a short period of time

• meet people outdoors where practical: meeting people outdoors is safer than meeting people

indoors because fresh air provides better ventilation

There are exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people. For a list of these exceptions please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

RULES IN OTHER VENUES AND ACTIVITIES

As well as the exemptions, venues following COVID-19 secure guidelines will be able to continue to host

more people in total - such as religious services in places of worship - but no one should mix in a group of

greater than 6. This includes places like a pub, shop, leisure venue, restaurant or place of worship. When

you visit one of these places you should:

• follow the limits on the number of other people you should meet with as a group - no more than

six people unless you all live together

(or are in the same support

bubble)

• avoid social interaction with anyone

outside the group you are

with, even if you see other people

you know

• provide your contact details to

the organiser so that you can be

contacted if needed by the NHS

Test and Trace programme

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The Malthouse, Atcham

Due to the government guidelines the Malthouse

Committee have

decided not to reopen

the venue at

present. They will

make a further

decision after

Christmas.

Want to start

YOGA?

Start by bending over and picking up your

DOG POO

Known as the downward

dog position

THEN PUT IT IN THE

BIN

FOR THE LOVE OF ANIMALS

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

For a FREE QUOTE CALL

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:

www.atchamparishcouncil.org.uk OR www.berringtonparishcouncil.org.uk

Planning Applications can be found by visiting the links below:

https://www.atchamparishcouncil.org.uk/community/atcham-parish-council-15085/planning-tracker/

http://www.berringtonparishcouncil.org.uk/community/berrington-parish-council-12525/planning-tracker/

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Cancellation of Events

Due to Covid-19 the following events/groups remain postponed until further notice:

• Cross Houses Youth Club

• The Bell Pensioners Lunch Club

• Shropshire Family History Society

Meetings

• Atcham Flower Club

• Knit & Natter

• Book Club - Virtual - see advert

• Cound Crafters

• Cressage Messy Church

• Little Conkers Group

We received the message below from a lady who lives in Cross Houses, she asked that we didn’t identify her

or her address. It was explained that this situation has been going on a long time and despite visits from the

dog warden etc it continues. Ed.

Why are some people so selfish?

I’ve recently moved to Cross Houses from North Shropshire and absolutely love the place. We moved just

before lockdown so we really appreciated the surrounding countryside on our daily exercise walk.

As lockdown was lifted we explored further and my two (football mad) sons found the playing fields down

the lane by Lower Cross. Well, I hardly saw them at the start of the “real” school holiday period as they

played down there a lot but they were constantly coming back from playing football with dog pooh on their

trainers or worse on their clothes and skin.

My husband went down with the boys to pick up the waste from the football pitch area each time they went

but eventually we stopped them from going.

Why, oh why are some people so selfish. We have a dog, and have met others in the village who also have

dogs, and we all carry bags and all pick up after our dogs.

How difficult is it to keep an eye on your dog and pick up after it and place the waste in a bin?

We miss club as much as you do. Hopefully we

can re-start early in 2021. 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 richard@sya.org.uk

Shropshire Youth Association is a

Safer Recruitment Organisation

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Volunteers sought for Community Speedwatch

What is Community Speed Watch?

Community Speed Watch (CSW) schemes are coordinated by the police but managed and run by volunteers

in the community. The scheme enables local people to take an active role in road safety and make

their community safer. The aim of CSW is NOT to catch as many speeding drivers as possible. It aims to

encourage motorists to drive at a safe and appropriate speed, reduce speed in areas of concern, reeducate

drivers about the dangers of speeding and address concerns from local residents about cars

speeding through their neighbourhood. Our scheme covers Atcham and Cross Houses.

How does CSW work?

At specified safe locations, volunteers monitor the speed of passing vehicles with a hand-held speed detection

device. Offending vehicles’ details are recorded on a log sheet, including the names and signatures

of the volunteers witnessing the offence, the make / model and registration number of the vehicle

and the speed recorded by the hand-held device. Log sheets should be submitted to safer neighbourhood

teams within seven days, who will arrange for warning letters to be sent to the registered keepers

with advice on safer driving. Schemes will be evaluated to ensure they are having a positive impact on

vehicle speed, driver behaviour and community reassurance. There must be at least six volunteers in

each CSW scheme. Speed checks must be conducted by at least three volunteers. The area must have a

30 or 40 mph speed restriction.

Can anyone become a volunteer?

Schemes are open to anyone aged 18 or over.

Volunteers will only be accepted onto a scheme

once appropriate checks have been carried out.

Volunteers must be able to make a regular commitment

to carry out activity and must adhere to

the scheme’s safety rules at all times. Although

reasonable adjustments can be made, volunteers

should be mindful of the physical nature of the

role. Training will be provided covering areas such

as health and safety, legislation and how to use

the speed detection equipment.

Want to get involved?

For more information on Community Speed

Watch and an informal chat about our local

scheme please contact Sue on 01743 761355.

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TWO COURSE

SPECIAL

12 - 3pm MON - SAT

£6.95

CROSS HOUSES

To book a table or for more information please

call 01743 761264

P PCHOOSE FROM P P

GAMMON, EGG & CHIPS (GF)

BREADED SCAMPI, CHIPS & PEAS

SAUSAGE, FREE RANGE EGG & CHIPS

SWEET & SOUR VEGETABLES (V) (GF) With rice or

chips

TRADITIONAL

SUNDAY LUNCH

Served every Sunday

Available from 12 noon.

1 Course - £7.95

2 Courses - £9.95

3 Courses = £11.95

CHICKEN CURRY (GF) Served with rice or chips

BRAISED BEEF, ONION & ALE

With rice or mashed potato

SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN (GF)

Served with rice or chips

VEGETABLE CURRY (V) (GF)

With rice or chips

BREADED PLAICE

Served with chips and peas

ABERDEEN ANGUS CHEESE BURGER

Served with chips

PANINIS

Served with Chips

CHEESE & ONION

CHEESE & TOMATO

HAM & CHEESE

CHEESE & BEAN

BBQ CHICKEN & CHEESE

ALL

£5.95

FOLLOWED BY ANY SWEET

FROM THE “TODAY” BOARD

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 & of course a very warm welcome.

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• Windows Cleaned

• Gutters Emptied and Cleaned

• Fascia Cleaning

• Lawns Mowed

• General Maintenance and Repairs

Please call now to

book in or for a free quote.

Handyman Home Services

t: 07800 537789 (Condover) e: andybithell@yahoo.co.uk

www.handymanhomeservices.co.uk

Window Cleaning Rates from:

Small House / Bungalow £7.50

Medium House/Bungalow £10.00

Large House / Bungalow £12.50

Why not try?

Severndale Nurseries

For a good selection of

*Quality bedding plants* *Pot Plants*

*Perennials* *Shrubs*

Personal Service

Weekdays 9am - 6pm

Sundays 10am - 5pm

Cross Houses 761212

Do you need a Helping Hand?

DOMESTIC SERVICES - LOCAL TO YOUR AREA

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

Slimming World

Cross Houses

is now open.

Booking is essential. Please

contact

Vicky on:

07758 987345

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CROSS HOUSES

SCARECROW COMPETITION

IN AID OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

£2.50 PER ENTRY

ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

THE SCARECROWS WILL BE POSITIONED AROUND THE

3 MAIN TREES IN THE VILLAGE.

CLOSING DATE IS THURSDAY 29TH OF OCTOBER

PRIZES FOR 1ST, 2ND AND 3RD PLACE PLUS RAFFLE PRIZES TO BE WON

WE WILL BE JOINED BY THE HIGH SHERIFF OF SHROPSHIRE WHO WILL BE

JUDGING THE COMPETITION ON OCTOBER THE 31ST AT 11AM

PLEASE SEE STEPH AT CROSS HOUSES SHOP TO

REGISTER YOUR SCARECROW

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CHURCH SERVICES and NEWS from ST.EATA'S, ATCHAM

There will be a Service every Sunday at 11 a.m. This is a said

Service with no hymns and only bread administered at

Communion.

The Organist plays some music but everyone attending these

Services must wear a mask and observe social distancing and

follow the guidance to comply with Church of England advice

until further notice. Everyone is very welcome at all of our

Services

There will be a Service of Remembrance on Sunday 8th

November but in the planning stage at the moment.

All fundraising events have been cancelled until further notice including the Bridge Afternoon in October.

Irish Blessing for the Coronavirus

May the road rise up to meet you but please do not meet up with anyone else.

May the winds be at your back and the coughs be in your elbow.

May the sun shine upon your face, the rain fall upon your fields.

And until we meet again in no less than 14 days, Though potentially up to 4 months,

May God hold you in the palm of his thoroughly washed hand.

Omega is a small charity based in Shrewsbury that supports socially isolated people.

Current projects are:

Chatterbox

This is a telephone befriending scheme. Our volunteer befrienders are matched with clients and are happy

to talk about anything as well as offering emotional support. You can see more information at - https://

www.omega.uk.net/chatterbox-action-against-loneliness-programme-p-173.htm

A Letter from Louise

This is a penpal befriending service. As with Chatterbox our volunteer befrienders are matched with clients

with similar interests so they can share stories and experiences. It is also possible for clients only to receive

letters. All post is directed via our office using a freepost system so clients addresses are confidential. Many

of our befrienders include photos and pictures with their letters. You can see more information at - https://

www.omega.uk.net/a-letter-from-louise-p-214.htm

If you require more information please contact Claire at community@omega.uk.net who will be able to give

you more details. We also collect used postage stamps to raise funds for Omega and would be grateful for

your help with this. We also sell or reuse old mobile phones to support our telephone project, Chatterbox.

You can read more about our recycling schemes at https://www.omega.uk.net/please-donate-yourunwanted-items-p-226.htm.

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THE CHAPEL COMMUNITY CENTRE, CROSS HOUSES

Day/Session

Monday to Thursday

Members of the

Parish

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

ROOM HIRE RATES

2020/2021

A refundable deposit

equal to the rate of hire

or £50

whichever is lower, is to

be paid at the time of

booking.

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: crownpodiatry@gmail.com www.crownpodiatry.co.uk

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The

Station

Cattery

Berrington

Prop. Brenda Graham

Heated Chalets with outside

covered runs overlooking fields .

Personal attention at all times.

Inspection very welcome

01743 761513

Think Tank

Formerly Period Houses in Miniature

Military Model Kits,

Scenics & Tools

Gaugemaster Lighting

Metcalfe Card Kits, Dapol Kits

Deluxe Materials, Javis Scenics

Adhesives & Raw Materials

Humbrol & Hataka Paint

Amera Plastic Mouldings

Wood & Styrene Mouldings

14 Parade Shopping Centre

St Mary’s Place, Shrewsbury SY1 1DL

01743 360298

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,

Dear Friends,

It appears we have come to another crunch point on our Covid Journey

with another sway of Government announcements and the number of

people we can be in the company of at any given time. I don't know

about you, but it is all deeply unsettling and because i'm personally

terrified of compromising my sister and parents, we ourselves as a

family have decided not to go down to Oxford next week, that is hugely

disappointing for them and indeed us, as we are desperate to see one another in person.

I only wish the Government could get on top of the testing system that is now genuinely overwhelmed with

people who need tests and are unable to receive one, with some testing units like someone I know in

London, where they phoned to book a test for their 6 year old son who has a cough and was told that they

are only receiving people over the age of the 18 and to ring back in 4 days! In the meantime life for them is

further complicated as their youngest son now misses out on his first full day at school, as technically the

whole house needs to self-isolate.

Over the past week I have felt for our young people who are being blamed for the recent spike, but it was

inevitable that at this point on our Covid Journey with schools and colleges reopening and with some pubs,

restaurants and bars not adhering to social distancing rules, there would be an increase in Covid

cases. However, it's very easy to point fingers and we pray for our Scientists, Testers, Trackers, NHS Staff and

Public Health who are working so hard at this time and ask that they be given all the resources they need to

get the Virus under control.

Let us also not forget those areas of the country where spikes have been identified are often in deprived

areas where social distancing, especially within families and groups creates greater challenges for a variety of

different reasons and the more fortunate in society are often quick to make judgements about them without

having all the facts in front of them.

All in all it could be fair to say we are still in the 'thick of bit of a pickle' and everything in life at present is a

bit like a juggling act that is fast changing and we are spending our time identifying what balls to keep up in

the air and what balls we have no alternative but to drop for the sake of our sanity, safety and consideration

to others.

For many years now I have always kept the Serenity Prayer in my Prayer Book that reads: 'God grant me the

serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know

the difference.'

The Other Serenity Prayer reads: 'God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the

courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to knows it's me.'

We are all having to make perpetual changes in ways large and small at this time as we continue on our

Covid Journey. Today may we embrace afresh the Serenity Prayer both old and new so that we would greater

honour one another and seek the common good.

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: wenlockrectory@btinternet.com

Website: www.wenlockchurches.co.uk

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The Restoration of the Montgomery Canal

The Restoration of the Montgomery Canal Project

is seeking volunteers for two stages of the

upcoming work, there are two main opportunities.

The Project is to rebuild a canal bridge near

Crickheath, near Oswestry.

The first relates to enabling works starting on Sept

21st and carrying on into October where a need to

build a temporary track for local heavy vehicle

users is required (as they can’t use alternative

routes, as cars can) due to the necessity to close

the lane where the bridge will be . In September

work will begin on fencing off parts of adjacent

fields and putting down a crushed stone trackway.

This work doesn’t call for any special skills and so

would suit anyone interested in working outdoors

with a congenial group in doing something useful.

The second phase relates to the actual bridge work

– due to start in mid-March 2021 (subject to

agreeing paperwork with Highways etc ). This is

where people with special skills would be able to

join in – but there would still be a need for general

purpose helpers. The project does not want to

exhaust people, nor does it expect people to come

every day. So the intention is to build up a group of

say 25 on the basis that we need 5 people each day

and so each person does one day a week – or a

variant on that.

This work is part of restoring the last two miles of

the Canal in Shropshire for the benefit of people,

wildlife and heritage, as well as benefiting local businesses. Here is your chance to work on a long lasting project

which you can show your children and others and say “I did that!”

For more information on the different phases of the project please visit http://restorethemontgomerycanal.uk/

and if you are interested in joining then please email john.dodwell@rolandon.com or call on 07802 961485.

Atcham & Cross Houses

Mobile Library

Will be in

CROSS HOUSES

Every other Friday morning by the phone box

10.15am - 10.40am

Will be in

ATCHAM

Every other Friday afternoon by “The Glebe”

1.30pm - 1.55pm

The mobile Library Service has been postponed until further notice.

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Recycling is currently the best way of turning materials back into something useful and

avoiding our waste ending up in landfill or being burnt.

The UK recycling system isn’t perfect. It’s difficult for us to recycle some types of plastic but

there is a huge amount of work being done to improve UK recycling infrastructure. We need

to continue this momentum for the environment and the economy. Plastic is a valuable

resource that we need to keep in use, and out of our natural world.

If we don’t recycle plastic, it will end up in landfill, be burnt, or, worst case, end up in the

natural environment.

What do you do with your batteries?

Did you know you can recycle all the batteries you use up at home?

Just put them out in a clear bag (like a sandwich bag) at the side of

your recycling box.

Don't want to keep batteries in your house for

two weeks? You can recycle batteries at local

supermarkets and shops that sell batteries.

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* Lawn mowing

* Hedge cutting

* Pruning

* Weeding

* Planting

* Brushcutting / strimming

Tel: 01743 761418

Mobile: 07580536112

Email: clive.s.gardiner@gmail.com

C. S. Gardiner

Garden services

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Much Wenlock & Cressage Medical Practice

October 2020

Dear All,

A note from us to you to say thank you yet again for your continued patience and understanding.

We appreciate that things have been difficult and different for a long time now and the

end of COVID-19 remains very much uncertain for all of us. We want you to know that although

the ways in which you access us might be different, we continue to be here and working

to help treat, help and support you all,

From all at Much Wenlock and Cressage Medical Practice

A Bit of Housekeeping….

Prescription Requests

Can we give a polite reminder that the designated prescription telephone line is manned between

10:30 and 12:00 Monday to Friday, and that if you call outside of these hours our reception

staff will be unable to process your request. We appreciate that this may be difficult

to contact the practice during these hours, so medications can also be ordered online via Patient

Access which can be accessed on our practice website

www.muchwenlockandcressagemp.co.uk. Unfortunately we are unable to accept requests for

medications sent directly to our practice email address.

Testing of Urine Samples

We ask that the only urine samples brought to the surgery are those requested by a clinician.

Our reception team can only accept these samples and they must be clearly labelled and with

a completed form. The form can be downloaded and printed from the practice website or

completed in the practice. If you feel that you need a sample to be tested we kindly ask that

you complete an eConsult (link available on the practice website) or book a telephone consultation

with our Nurse Triage team.

Blood Test Results

If calling the practice for blood test results, please telephone after 14:00 Monday to Friday.

We ask that you do this to avoid longer queueing on the telephone system and peak times

during the day.

We hope that you understand that these changes and timings are done to ensure we are able

to provide the best clinical care for all of our patients, whilst ensuring we use our resources

effectively and giving you the best possible experience as patients.

Thank You

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Flu Clinics

This year we will obviously have to do things a little bit differently. What hasn’t changed is our aim to

vaccinate all those eligible in a safe and efficient environment. COVID-19 has posed challenges

throughout the year and flu clinics are no different. We need to find a way to provide mass

vaccinations whilst ensuring social distancing between patients and minimal risk of any viral

transmission between patients and clinicians. A ‘Drive Thru’ clinic would allow just this and is how

we hope to conduct our first two flu clinics.

General Practices have been advised by the Government and Public Health England as to the order of

vaccine administration. The first priority groups to be vaccinated will be:

• Extremely high risk or ‘Shielding’ patients and their household members

• Pregnant Women

• Care home residents

The next groups to be vaccinated are:

• Patients over 65 years of age

• Patients under 65 years of age with long term conditions

The final group to be vaccinated will be:

• Patients aged 50 – 65 years of age with no pre-existing conditions

To find out if you are eligible for a flu vaccination please visit www.nhs.uk

Clinic Dates

26 th September 2020 at 09:30 - 16:30, William Brookes School, Much Wenlock

10 th October 2020 at 09:30 – 16:30, Williams Brookes School, Much Wenlock

Booking

To book a flu vaccination in one of the above clinics please ring the surgery. We ask that you call in

the afternoon Tuesday – Friday to avoid busy times on our phone lines and enable us to process

urgent patient calls outside of these times.

Preparation

If you are unwell or have a temperature please DO NOT ATTEND the clinic. Your appointment can be

rearranged for a time when it is safer for you to be vaccinated.

When attending a Drive Thru Clinic please

• Have your name clearly displayed on the dashboard to enable our administrative team to

identify you quickly within the records

• Ensure that your upper arm is easily accessible to administer the vaccination

• When asked to stop at the vaccination tent please ensure the handbrake has been safely

applied and take care when pulling away from the area

We look forward to seeing you in a Flu Clinic soon!!

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Missed Rubbish or Recycling

Collections

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

bin

• that the correct waste was in the containers

Shropshire Council will investigate the incident and if your

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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

01743 761522

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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 start our

meetings again in the new year. Call Sue for

more information on 01743 761355 / 07773

161635 or email sueshedden52@gmail.com

Cross

Houses

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

October

“Circe” - Madeline Miller

November

COUND & DISTRICT

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Meetings are usually

held on the first

Monday of each

month at Cound

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“The Mystery of Three Quarters” -

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December

“By the Light of my Father’s Smile”

- Alice Walker

For more information please call Sue on

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Meetings are currently suspended due

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SUDOKO (Hard)

8 9 1

2 7

4 8 6 1

1 3 4

3 1

8 5 3

4 9 7 2

6 7

4 5 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.

SUDOKU X

5 9

7

5 2 7

8 2 9 4

2

4 6

3 1

6 1

5 4 2 6 8

Complete the grid so that every row, column, diagonal and 3x3

box contains every digit from 1 - 9 inclusive.

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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: lezley.bpc@gmail.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.

ADVERTISEMENT DISCLAIMER

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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News from Christ Church C.E. Primary School

A Great Start to the New Normal!

Thank you to our parents for such a supportive start to the new school year. It is great to have our

children back, they are enjoying learning and being with their friends again. Our attendance at the

start of term has consistently been about 95% (national average was 88%). We hope that our social

distancing measures for drop off and pick up make it easy for anyone coming along Sheinton Road.

We have a one-way system along the playground – with parents coming in the large silver gate and

leaving by the pedestrian gate by Oak Class and Childrensworld. We have staggered arrivals and

departures, so that parents and grandparents picking up are able to socially distance.

The children are in bubbles (their classes) and have playtimes and lunchtimes with their own class to

minimise contact with other children outside their bubbles. My huge thanks to our team who are all

working hard to make school life as normal as possible whilst thinking all the time about making

routines in the classroom as ‘Covid-safe’ as possible. For example, each child now has their own

skipping rope for playtime, their own pencil case and equipment and each class have their own zone

for playing on the playground and field. Mrs Chatfield and Mrs Toone are very busy at lunchtimes

cleaning all the commonly touched areas around school and Mrs Law and Mrs Thomas do the same

at the end of the day. Thank you to them for their hard work in keeping us all as safe as possible.

Parents have been fantastic – they have been seeking tests for children when symptoms of coughs,

high temperatures or loss of taste and smell appear. However, as anyone who has ever worked in a

school will know, the beginning of term often heralds huge amounts of colds and coughs. Thankfully

at the time of writing all our tests have come back negative. But I would like to reassure everyone in

the village that the parents are taking symptoms seriously and seeking tests, even though we know

the current testing situation means they are not always easy to access.

Tracey Cansdale,

Headteacher

We love our outdoor learning. Mr Bott has been helping us

expand our Forest School area as we now have even more

regular use of this great resource. Maple Class made

skeletons out of twigs in one of their Forest School sessions

as part of their ‘Bones and Bodies’ topic.

More details of our current learning is always on the

website: www.christchurchcressage.co.uk

If you have a child who will be 4 between 1 st September

2020 and 31 st August 2021 and would like to find out more

about our Reception Class, then please do email

admin@christchurch.shropshire.sch.uk or telephone the

school on 01952 510383. We are the catchment school for

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surrounding area.

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USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Cressage Surgery 01952 511166

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

01743 360945 (emergencies)

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

Severn Trent (water and sewerage) 0800783 4444

Shropshire Home Point 0300 303 8595

Chapel Community Centre (Bookings) 01743 761423 / 07964 120 998

Village Pump Editor, Lezley Picton 01743 761619

Shropshire Council (Streets, Roads and Transport)

Bins & Recycling (Missed Collections) 0345 678 9007.

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital 01743 261000

Princess Royal Hospital, Telford 01952 641222

MANWEB Emergency 0845 272 7999

RSPCA (cruelty hotline) 0300 1234 999

Floodline 0345 988 1188

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

0345 678 9006 (inc out of hours)

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