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…

Town hall manager quits

Bishop’s Castle’s refurbished town hall is looking for a new town hall manager after Thomasina Carlyle left yesterday. She had been in the job for six months. The two assistant managers are still in post and will be supported by volunteers until a new town hall manager is appointed. It’s understood Ms Carlyle resigned some time…

Doctor invites NHS rescue team to BC

A health service team supporting “failing” practices is working in Bishop’s Castle at Dr Adrian Penney’s invitation, Dr Penney told a meeting this week. The Bishop’s Castle GP was speaking to an audience of about 70 patients at a meeting called by the Bishop’s Castle Patients Group. He said advisors from NHS England had already been to the practice a couple…