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…