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The Village Pump

February—March 2021

Edition: No. 152


Pick and Walk

It’s not gone unnoticed the number of

people who, when taking their daily exercise,

are picking up litter as they go. Firstly, a

massive thank you to you from everyone in

the community for doing this. If you are

undertaking litter picking on a regular basis

(and as it is unlikely, we will be able to hold a

community litter pick anytime soon) if you

would like to borrow a “picker” and bin liner

holder please get in touch with the Parish

Clerk (details on page 2) and we can arrange

for you to have some equipment. Please also

remember to undertake this activity safely,

wear bright or light colours, make sure you

wear gloves and if you come across needles

or any drug paraphernalia please make a

note of where it is and

alert the Parish Clerk so

the relevant authorities

can be notified. Once

again, thanks for doing

this, wouldn’t it be nice

if we didn’t have too!

The Easter Bunnies are

arranging an Easter Egg Hunt

to take place over the Easter

School Holidays. More

information on page 17.

Online version only

Were really sorry that this edition of the Village

Pump is an on-line version only. With the current

Covid-19 restrictions it would not be fair or right to

ask our deliverers to deliver the magazines so it

has been decided that this version will be an online

version only. It is hoped that we can revert back to

printed and online versions for the April/May

edition. #staysafe

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 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 Covid-19 Arrangements.

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


Atcham Parish Clerk

Mrs Lorna Pardoe,

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

Tel: 07379 213308 email: atchampc@gmail.com

Deadline for the APRIL—MAY 2021 issue is

Friday 19th March 2021

A message from your Shropshire Councillor

Claire Wild


The public consultation into the latest (and last) – pre-submission – version of

our Local Plan has been extended by three weeks and will now close at 5pm

on Friday 26 February 2021. The consultation which is available

at www.shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved began on 18 December and is

specifically asking for comments on the ‘soundness’ of the draft Plan.

The extension to the consultation has been agreed as a response to the

ongoing ‘lockdown’ restrictions which came into force on 4 January and limited access to Shropshire’s

libraries – where paper copies of the Plan had been made available to view. The council has therefore

agreed that – on request and where residents do not have access to the Internet – paper copies of the

Local Plan can be provided. To support this, it has also been agreed that the consultation will be extended

by three weeks.

The proposals for the parishes of Atcham and Berrington are exactly the same as were printed in the

August/September edition of the Village Pump and the Paris Councils’ websites also contains the details

and plans. There are NO allocated development sites within either parish. There is a development

boundary around Cross Houses and everything else outside this development boundary will remain (in

planning terms) Open Countryside. Shropshire Council Planners have suggested a maximum of nine

“windfall” properties which must be within the Development Boundary. An example of Windfall are the

two new properties by the roundabout opposite the shop.


Shropshire Council’s Public Health Team have asked that you be made aware of yet another COVID-19

scam email. People in the area have received a scam email offering them a dose of one of the new

vaccines. The scam email is entitled ‘This is a public health message from NHS’. This email claims that the

recipient has been selected for a coronavirus vaccination based upon their family genetics and medical

history. The emails contain a link that will take you to a website that asks for financial details to pay for

the vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is available free of charge, and the NHS will only invite you for your

vaccination with a letter.

Stay safe,


t:: 01743 255 884

m: 07582 002 100

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


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.


Precautionary tests for COVID-19 now available in Shropshire

People across

Shropshire who

have symptoms

such as shortness

of breath, headaches,

fatigue or

sore throats are

being urged to

book a COVID-19


Book a Test here


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.

For more information please call Sue on 01743

761355 or email sueshedden52@gmail.com

2021 Reading List

February 2021

“Saving Missy” - Beth Morrey

March 2021

“The Dove Keepers” - Alice Hoffman

April 2021

“The Crossing Places” - Ellie Griffiths

May 2021

“The Mirror and the Light” - Hilary Mantel


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:

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

Planning Applications can be found by visiting the links below:




* 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

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



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: andybithell@yahoo.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




Following Government regulations St.Eata's is closed now

with no way of knowing when lockdown will end and

people can worship again.

Over the Christmas season the usual Services were held,

Carol Service, Eucharist on Christmas Eve and Christmas

morning. The Church was decorated with a tree, the crib

and greenery in keeping with the season. Michael, our

Organist played hymns, and a CD was used for carols.

It was decided to have a collection for the Food Bank for

Christmas. There was a massive response and grateful thanks to everyone who contributed. The

Food Bank distributed in total, 245 food parcels to people in need over the Christmas period.

When lockdown ends and services can go ahead again, information will appear on Notice Boards

around the village.

Sad news :- Catherine Ennis died on Christmas Eve at the Severn Hospice. She was married to

John Higham Q.C. they had a home in the Parish and were long- time members of our

congregation. Catherine was an International Organist and President of the Royal College of

Organists - a rare position for a woman in a man's world.

In alternate years, at Christmas time, she organised a Concert in our small village Church,

bringing with her from London, Ex Choral Scholars, BBC Singers, professionals - some world


Catherine is survived by her husband John, her mother, brother, three daughters, three sons and

grandchildren. Her late father was Seamus Ennis an Irish Folk Music Historian.

Our deepest sympathy goes to all her family at this saddest of time

Rest eternal grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.

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.





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


To make a booking please call Sue Mason on 01743 761423 or 07964 120 998

Free transport to help Shropshire residents get vaccinations

Shropshire residents who are without access to transport are now able to get FREE transport

to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

In order to get help, you must have had a letter inviting you for vaccination in Shropshire, and

you must be unable to get there any other way. Subject to availability, Shropshire Council will

be able to provide transport to help you get to your appointment and back.

All vehicles will have appropriate ventilation, with strict infection control measures in place to

ensure they are operated with the highest levels of public health safeguards.

Transport can be booked by calling the council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (option

0) or via your local GP practice.

Plans are also in place to extend the transport offer to

cover Shropshire’s larger local vaccination centres in

Shrewsbury and Ludlow which are due to open in early

February. More details will be published on the Shropshire

Council website shortly when the opening dates have been







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



As we continue to exercise closer to home some of us

walk at night or early in the morning when the light isn’t

so good, especially when walking our dogs. Our rural

area does not have lots of streetlights so many of the

routes we walk are in darkness. There has been a few

people mention about the importance of making sure

you can be seen when walking, either by yourself or with

your dog. Make sure you can be seen and stay safe.

When heading out at dawn, dusk or night, it's important to

remember a few simple things that can help to keep both you and

your dog safe.

• Consider wearing high visibility clothing so

you can be easily seen by motorists.

• Carry a torch as it will help you to be seen.

• If there's no pavement, walk against the flow

of the traffic and keep your dog on the side

furthest from the road.

• A reflective collar and lead or a high visibility

coat/flashing collar will also increase your

dog's visibility in the dark.

• Take your mobile phone with you and let

someone know where you're headed.


We still don’t know when we will be able to

meet up for Youth Club. However, we do want

to say a massive thank you to the Bell Pub for

giving us a donation of £311.75 following their

last “Fish & Chip Night” in the previous

Lockdown and Veronica and Richard Pryce who

have donated laptops and an ipad

to the SYA for our Youth Club to

use. Until then, stay safe.

@ Cross Houses Julia and Eric


Cross Houses & Berrington

Friday 2nd to Sunday 19th April 2021

Our intrepid Elves have now transformed into Easter Bunnies!

The Easter Bunnies are in the planning stage for an Easter Egg hunt around the village. It will be free

entry and there will be prizes to be won. Stephy Durkan, on behalf of the Eater Bunnies, will have

packs of Easter Egg cut outs for you to colour in and decorate either by yourself or with your family. All

they ask is that you place these decorated eggs in your window so they can be easily seen by The Egg

Hunters. These eggs need to be in position over the whole 2 weeks of the school holidays (2nd to 18th

April) so all families can join in when they want.

More information will be advertised on the Community Facebook Page and in the next edition of The


At the moment they just need to know the houses that would like to participate so they can get a map

drawn up. If you/ your family would like to participate please get in touch with Stephy via the Community

Facebook Page or Messenger and let her know your house address and an Easter Egg Hunt Pack

will be popped through your letter box when we they get it all prepped in the next few weeks.

There will be prizes (1st, 2nd & 3rd) for the best decorated A4 sized eggs and prizes (1st, 2nd & 3rd)

for best window display.


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 &


Buy local, use local services and tradesman and support

the local economy


From The Rectory,

Matthew is taking an extended sabbatical to recharge his batteries so

we are delighted that the Rev Alison Walker is writing for us.

Dear Friends,

We find ourselves again in another national lockdown, uncertain of

what the next few weeks and months entail. For the time being we’ve

decided to suspend Sunday worship in the Wenlock Team of Parishes as

we seek to keep one another safe, trusting that in time we can meet to

worship together again. For now we shall worship in our homes, never alone of course as Christ promises to

be present with us through the Holy Spirit that comforts and guides us in our daily life.

February also brings the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday falling on the 17 th . Lent is often a time of self

-discipline, to rediscover those spiritual disciplines we may have lost as we prepare to walk through the

events of our Lord’s passion; his crucifixion and raising from dead. Lent is also a hopeful time as our walk

towards the cross coincides with the days growing longer and the first signs of spring. We also have the hope

of the Covid-19 vaccines and that this will bring the easing of restrictions as people are vaccinated.

During Advent I shared in Church the poem on the next page written by Jan Richardson. I felt it was

appropriate to share it again as it encapsulates our waiting for the light to break through in our broken

world. It encourages us to search out the light that may come in ways we did not expect or foresee. I hope it

brings you hope in these challenging times as we wait for the blessed light that comes.

My prayerful good wishes, Revd Alison Walker. (01952 728322)


Although library buildings are closed, Shropshire Libraries are still running the popular Ready

Reads ‘click & collect’ service offering tailored book choices for you to read or listen to. There are

also a range of online resources and events available bringing libraries to your home at a time when

buildings are closed. Meet authors, join live Rhyme Time events and virtual story time sessions in

what are just some of the online events being offered by Shropshire Libraries to support you

through lockdown.

Through ‘Libraries at Home’ you can also entertain your children with fun activities, feed your

curiosity with the free online learning package include TED Talks, Ancestry and Shropshire Archives

or improve your digital skills and much more.

Shropshire Libraries also offers an extensive E-Library and with more titles being added regularly,

there is sure to be something to indulge your love of reading.

For more information about libraries and the services you can

access, visit the Shropshire Council website.


I cannot tell you

how the light comes.

What I know

is that it is more ancient

than imagining.

That it travels

across an astounding expanse

to reach us.

That it loves

searching out what is hidden,

what is lost,

what is forgotten

or in peril

or in pain.

That it has a fondness

for the body,

for finding its way

toward flesh,

for tracing the edges

of form,

for shining forth

through the eye,

the hand,

the heart.

How the Light Comes By Jan Richardson

I cannot tell you

how the light comes,

but that it does.

That it will.

That it works its way

into the deepest dark

that enfolds you,

though it may seem

long ages in coming

or arrive in a shape you did not foresee.

And so

may we this day

turn ourselves toward it.

May we lift our faces

to let it find us.

May we bend our bodies

to follow the arc it makes.

May we open

and open more

and open still

to the blessed light

that comes.


As museums across the county have closed their doors for lockdown, they remain very much open online bringing

collections and their stories alive in your home.

Mindful Museums

The museums team have produced a series of short videos offering you a mindful exploration of artworks and

objects held in the collection of Shropshire Museums. The videos are accompanied by a restful audio track by artist

& educator Lindsey Kennedy, which encourages you ‘to look, to breathe and to be curious’. You can listen to the

videos on the Shropshire Museums website.

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery for schools

Join historian and educator, Anna Kavanagh, as she talks about some of her favourite objects from the handling

collections at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery (SM&AG) and explores how they can help

us to imagine the everyday life of people from Shropshire’s past. You can explore the

collections with Anna on the Shropshire Museums website.

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery at home

Get creative with the family with some simple, make at home art and craft ideas inspired

by the SM&AG collections. Artist and educator Sasha Morris-Bhatia, who brings you

HeyDay Arts, takes you through some craft sessions with the commendable help of her

children. Explore your creative side by visiting the Shropshire Museums website.


Much Wenlock & Cressage Medical Practice

February 2021

A belated Happy New Year to you all, although given the lockdown situation as I type this, I would forgive

you for perhaps not feeling this was the start to 2021 that we had hoped for. Things are certainly

difficult and challenging at best, and as a surgery we appreciate this and are here to help and support

in any way we can.

COVID19 Vaccinations

Our practice is one of a group of 9 medical practices working together to give COVID19 vaccinations

based at a central hub of Bridgnorth Medical Centre. At present we are vaccinating patients over 80

years of age, care home residents, care home staff and healthcare workers. Once these groups have

been vaccinated we will start to vaccinate the next group, which will be those over 75 years of age. We

are contacting patients directly to book these appointments and kindly ask that you DO NOT contact

us, as this takes our team away from clinical calls and from booking others. You may have also received

a letter from the NHS inviting you to book a vaccination in a central hub, our nearest being Birmingham.

You are not obliged to book a vaccination in one of these hubs and if you would rather have a local

appointment you do not need to take any further action or follow the link in the letter. If you would

prefer to book an appointment with the central hub then please use the contact details in the letter to

make this appointment. We are not able to make appointments directly in the large hub clinics for our


We appreciate that this is an anxious time and that many of you will be keen to have the vaccination as

soon as possible. We want you all to know, we are working incredibly hard to deliver as many vaccinations

as quickly and safely as we can. It is important to remember that once you have received your

vaccine you will still need to continue following government guidelines which at present are to only

leave the house for limited specific reasons, wear a face covering where appropriate, maintain physical

distancing and practicing frequent hand hygiene.

You may have questions regarding the COVID19 vaccination and it is important to ensure that you use

reputable sources of information. If you have access to the internet, please visit

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 for more information and guidance.

As a local GP and someone who genuinely cares, I’m reaching out to everyone reading this, to help us

to help you. We really need you to continue to wait for us to contact you for an appointment, follow the

government guidelines, and remember that we are still here to help.

Take care and best wishes,

Dr Jess Harvey

On behalf of all at Much Wenlock and Cressage Medical Practice



To protect patients and staff we have adapted to a different way of delivering services.

We would like to thank each and every one you for your continued understanding and

support during these challenging and difficult times.

Accessing GP Services

We are still providing general medical services to our patients as we always have but the way to

access these has changed a little:

On line Consultations - eConsult

eConsult is an online platform that enables patients to request medical advice from their GP by

simply undergoing an online consultation. During the online consultation patients may be

provided with advice for self-help or information on other services to receive the care that

aligns with their symptoms. If the GP feels that a patient needs a face-to-face appointment then

they will contact the patient within 48 hours and invite them in for an appointment. For many

medical queries the GP will contact the patient directly or instruct a member of the Practice

team to contact the patient with GP advice. We may respond to your e-consultation via

telephone, email or text message if you have given consent to receive text messages from the

Practice. In order to ensure we meet the increasing demand and needs of our patients whilst

ensuring our services are utilised appropriately, we encourage patients to utilise this service

and to find further information visit the practice website:


If you are unable to utilise the eConsult method of contacting the surgery and wish to seek

advice from a GP you can book a telephone consultation with a doctor for a morning or

afternoon call back. The GP will discuss your issue with you and if necessary arrange an

appointment to see you face to face in the Practice. Please ensure you are available to receive

a call at any time during the 4 hour window as we cannot give you a definite call back time. If

you have an urgent on the day issue we are continuing to operate a duty doctor service and are

also providing home visits where necessary for housebound patients or patients who are too ill

to get to the Practice.

Nurse appointments and Health Care Assistant appointments

Appointments for essential treatments and tests are booked as previously by contacting the

Practice by phone to book in. Please note that there is a reduction in the number of available

appointments to allow for cleaning of areas in between appointments and to ensure social

distancing between patients coming in to and leaving the Practice.

Chronic disease reviews are continuing though some of these are taking place via the telephone

or video link rather than face to face. Patients are being invited for these appointments. Please

bear with us if your review is overdue as we are catching up from the first lockdown period

when all chronic disease reviews were suspended. If you are struggling to manage your chronic

disease then please let us know. Please note we are currently unable to offer online bookable



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.


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





12 - 3pm MON - SAT



To book a table or for more information please

call 01743 761264









Served every Sunday

Available from 12


1 Course - £7.95

2 Courses - £9.95

CHICKEN CURRY (GF) Served with rice or chips


With rice or mashed potato


Served with rice or chips


With rice or chips


Served with chips and peas


Served with chips


Served with Chips










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.






Lengths cut to suit your needs

m: 07860 419025

t: 01694 731621 (after 7pm)


Professional Reliable Local Service

Tree Work / Hedge Work

* Lopping * Pruning * Tall Trees Reduced / Felled * Hedges shaped and reduced

Garden Work

Fencing erected/repaired * Slabbing * Paving/Paths * Shed Bases * Patios *

Patio Cleaning * Gravelling * Turfing * Stone Walls * Garden Walls * Garden

Clearance / Make over * Registered Waste Carrier * Decking * Storm Damage


All Work Fully Insured

Shropshire, Mid Wales and surrounding areas covered

• Advertise in Yell / Thompson Local * References

For a free quotation Tel: 01743 792924

or 07702 373856 / 07772 294633



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.





Gardening Services



Services Include:

Grass Cutting

(Domestic & Commercial,


Hedge Cutting & Reduction

Tree Pruning

(Topping & Lopping)

Garden Clearance

Contact David on:

Mob: 07813 956998

Tel: 01743 343561

Clean Chimneys are

safe chimneys

Brush and Vacuum – Leakage testing –

Nests removed –Cowls, Bird Guards and

caps supplied and fitted. Open fire, multi

fuel stoves, Aga, domestic and commercial.

Fully Insured with NFU, Certificates given.

For a Fast, Friendly and Clean Service or

just help and advice.

Call: 01939 768319

OR 01743 768319

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News from Christ Church C.E. Primary School

Preparing, Sowing, Growing

Here We Go Again!

I am sure many of us thought “Here, we go again!” when news of the

latest national lockdown was announced. For us as a school, we had spent

the holidays and our first Monday getting ready for a new term with lots of

exciting things planned (Arthog Outreach trips up the Wrekin, walking in

Sheinton for birdwatching and a Virtual Reality headset day enabling a

class to go into space). Things changed very quickly with the

announcement of a prolonged period of school closure until at least

February half term. However, teachers are flexible and resilient and

instead of opening to a whole school, we quickly had 40% registered to

attend as children of key worker parents or vulnerable families and the

remaining 60% learning online.

Our online learning is a mixture of teachers recording videos and activities

which families access via Seesaw app and live teaching. All of KS2 have a

live lesson everyday using Zoom or Microsoft Teams and this enables

important contact with a teacher and their classmates. We have lent

devices to families that need them, to ensure that no one is left behind. We have learnt lessons from the last

lockdown and teachers have become more skilled in delivering lessons remotely – which is very different

from standing in front of a class. The silver lining is the skills children are developing, which will help them

through life – independence, and note taking spring to mind. The photo shows one of our Y3s, at home,

working on a science lesson on food chains, ably taking notes from the teacher speaking – a great skill to

have! We are also enjoying a whole series of lessons throughout the school on the Census (which was due to

take place in March 2021) and working with data that was collected in our local area in 2011.

Teaching assistants are still working with their small groups of children – but sometimes online instead and

our School Office are contacting families weekly to make sure that they have everything they need and are

okay. But we know this latest lockdown is hard – hard on children’s mental well-being and hard on parents

who are trying to juggle their own working lives and children learning at home. We can’t wait until we can

have school fully open to everyone again.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the Key Workers who are keeping things going and ensuring this

lockdown is as short as can be. To all of those who work for the NHS and social care (including many of our

parents) – we are in awe of your resilience as you look after us all again and we are so pleased to hear that

the vaccine programme is rolling out locally and will be our ‘escape route’ out. Thank you to our refuse

collectors and delivery drivers – without you, school could not function. Our final thank you to staff at

Childrensworld Cressage, our onsite nursery and wrap around care provider who are (at time of writing) fully

open enabling parents with small children to work and giving wrap around care to some of our key worker

children. It is a community effort at the moment!

Tracey Cansdale, Headteacher

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