Councillors’ race to meet Freedom of Information demand

Bishop’s Castle town councillors are facing a daunting task, thanks to a Freedom of Information request from a local landowner. Dr Ross Jones of Star Farm in Colebatch has asked for copies of every response to the questionnaire sent out by the town council last year as part of the consultation for the new Town Plan.…

Book review: His Last Fire by Alix Nathan

By Polly Peters The nineteen short stories that make up local writer Alix Nathan’s His Last Fire are bright embers that illuminate moments from the last years of 18th Century England. It’s a slim volume of 151 pages, but the stories are full of dense flavour. I read it over seven days, transported to a period…

New GP partner set to join medical practice

A new GP is joining Bishop’s Castle Medical Practice in the autumn, the practice’s Patients’ Group has announced. Dr Paul Gardner, 47, is due to join the practice as a full partner with Dr Adrian Penney at the end of September. Currently he is a GP at Mytton Oak Surgery, Shrewsbury. He is also Medical Officer for Shrewsbury School…

Remembering World War 1

Bishop’s Castle shops were invited by the 2014 Carnival Committee to create a display marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. In centre place at the butcher Andrew Pugh’s display is this photograph of his uncle Ernest Pugh, killed age 23 in the last year of the war. The Carnival Committee invited…

Steve Bassam, now Baron Bassam of Brighton, is Labour’s chief whip in the House of Lords. But his first taste of political campaigning was during his many summer trips to Bishop’s Castle. He reminisces here about the town he visited in the 1950s and 1960s, and the impression it made upon him

Bishop’s Castle in the 1950s and 60s holds a special affection for me. As a child I visited the small, unspoiled town most summers. It was always an eagerly awaited holiday. My family’s connection with Bishop’s Castle was one result of the massive impact the war had on peoples’ lives. My mother Enid grew up in Whitby, and during the early part…