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Our Exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to view some aspects of the work and expansive research of a pioneering dancer named Ruby Ginner.  

In the early 20th century, through numerous visits to the British museum, and her many journeys to Greece, Miss Ginner researched dance and movement in Ancient Greece, its roots, and the Greek way of life, thus launching her inspirational work which is now recognised and loved as the Classical Greek Dance technique.

A number of Ruby Ginner’s handwritten books will be exhibited, as well as a selection of beautiful costumes and photographs.

Visitors are encouraged to spare a few minutes viewing some aspects of this pioneer’s work and inspiration.


Church Stretton Library

Exhibition Dates:

Tuesday February 26th – Friday March 8th 2019

Library Opening Times:

Tuesday: 9.00am – 7.30pm

Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 9.00am – 5.00pm

An established Shropshire sports coaching company and a popular county trampoline park have teamed up to form a new community partnership.

Crossbar Coaching Education in Sport will be working closely with Jump In Shrewsbury to give youngsters from around Shropshire the chance to have fun and be active.

They plan to join forces to promote a host of new initiatives, with Gavin Cowan, the managing director of Crossbar, excited to be linking up with Jump In, which is based at Arlington Way, Shrewsbury.

“Jump In is a phenomenal facility,” he said. “What we do is all about physical literacy, health and wellbeing, and if you can combine that with fun then the definition is Jump In.

“We’re really fortunate to be able to form a partnership and address health and social issues with the children – but it’s also about them having lots of funs, so this is a great link for us and we’re really excited.”

Duncan Kemp, the general manager of Jump In Shrewsbury, added: “I’ve had some great conversations with Gavin about the many areas that Crossbar are involved in the local community and we really want to be part of that.

“Our main aim is to get young people active and to make sure they’ve got a space where they can have a lot of fun. That ties in very well with what Crossbar are all about, so it’s a perfect partnership for us.”

Crossbar, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary year, deliver sport across the curriculum in many Shropshire primary schools and are renowned for running popular school holiday clubs.

Gavin said some of the children which attended the company’s summer holiday clubs in the Shrewsbury area were offered the chance to visit Jump In as a reward for how they conducted themselves.

He’s keen that youngsters from elsewhere in Shropshire now have the opportunity to do the same.

He added: “Jump In is a fantastic place for families to visit and they can have great fun trampolining together in an excellent environment.

“We’ll be inviting some of the schools we work with to Jump In to take part in our Crossbar Primary Sports Festivals. They are competitions we hold throughout the year for children perhaps not as active as others.

“They will have the chance to come along and do some alternative sports like boccia, new age kurling, archery and trampoline dodgeball, which will be very popular.”

Duncan stressed he’s equally excited about the partnership with Crossbar as Jump In prepare to celebrate its first birthday in Shrewsbury on October 1.

“It’s been a really successful first year,” he said. “It’s great to be part of the Shrewsbury community and we’re just looking at how we can continue to build on that.

“We welcome lots of families and it’s a great environment for all ages. It’s a very inclusive activity.”



Shrewsbury Food Hub would love to hear from any community groups who could use food over the summer holidays.    During this time,  quite a few of our regular groups don’t run, so we know we’ll have spare bread, fruit, veg and store cupboard food to share.

We also have a few free slots for food on a regular basis, as we’re starting up with more stores.

Please get in touch using our contact page, letting us know a bit about your group and the kind of food you could use and we’ll get back to you within a few days.     We can donate food to any not for profit group and we’re especially keen to hear from groups who will be supporting children and families over the holidays.




The British Dragonfly Society is challenging the nation this July with the biggest ever Dragonfly hunt. Join the team at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre on Saturday 21st July to become a Dragonfly Hunter!

Dragonflies are one of the UK’s most charismatic group of insects, but for many people, their lives and behaviour is a complete mystery. Unfortunately, due the continued destruction and pollution of wetlands in the UK, many species of Dragonfly are under threat. For example, a scientific report published by Buglife earlier this year revealed that many of England’s major rivers suffer from chronic pesticide pollution. This is bad news for species like the rare Common Clubtail Dragonfly, whose aquatic larvae are highly sensitive to water quality.

In order to bring Dragonflies into the lime light, the British Dragonfly Society (BDS) is launching the 2018 Dragonfly Challenge, a nationwide Dragonfly hunt that will run throughout July. Participating ‘Dragon Hunters’ will have to use their natural instincts to track down as many of the Challenge’s 6 special species as possible within one month. Along the way participants will learn to identify different species, how to find them, and the important role Dragonflies play in UK wetland ecosystems.

“The aim of this project is to give members of the public the opportunity to discover the fascinating world of Dragonflies, and the chance to enjoy these beautiful insects, which are so often over looked”, explains BDS Conservation Officer Eleanor Colver. “As a result, we hope to engage a new audience in biological recording, which is a vital part of wildlife conservation. Recording wildlife can also be great for your physical and mental wellbeing, as it encourages you to spend more time outdoors exercising and having fun with your friends and family.”

In addition, participants in the challenge will have a direct impact on Dragonfly conservation. All the Dragonfly sightings reported through the project will feed into the British Dragonfly Society’s database, which allows them to identify important sites for Dragonflies that need protecting.

To find out more, visit the Dragonfly Challenge 2018 project page on the BDS website: or follow the project on Facebook @challengedragonfly and twitter #DragonflyChallenge2018

The Severn Teaching School Alliance offers local Primary or Early Years School Direct teacher training programmes. Our programmes have a duration of one academic year and on completion all successful trainees are awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and either a Primary or Early Years PGCE. Applicants need to hold a University Degree or recognised equivalent qualification and also have GCSE grade C and above in English, Maths and Science or equivalent qualification.
What is School Direct?
School Direct is the national teacher training programme that leads to Qualified Teacher Status and the award of a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. The programme offers an exciting opportunity to train alongside outstanding practitioners, gaining valuable knowledge, skills and professional aptitudes. School Direct placements will be offered in one of the many schools in our Alliance. On our School Direct programme you will spend the majority of your time training in the classroom, helping to build your confidence in a school environment whilst receiving mentoring support. Academic and curriculum training sessions are all held at our Telford training base.
The School Direct Programme is funded by the tuition fees paid by trainees who will be eligible for a student loan. Details of bursaries and other financial assistance you may qualify for are available on the Dfe and UCAS websites.

For more information visit our website,, email us on [email protected] or telephone us on 01952 387237.



After a gap of one year, the well established ‘Dance Expressions’ has returned to Dorrington Village Hall on Monday mornings, and teacher Cathy Griffiths is delighted to see so many familiar (and new) faces back with their parents and carers.
The group meets regularly on Monday mornings during the term time, and welcomes girls and boys (under 5) to half an hour of music movement and make believe.
Cathy is now considering starting an extra ‘Dance Expressions’ session on Wednesday mornings after Easter.
If you are interested please get in touch with her on 07570 966006.



Jump In Shrewsbury is the best and most popular trampoline park for the Shropshire area. Making way for fun, thrills, and fitness.
Our purpose-built arena has been designed to provide the ultimate trampolining experience. Alongside the 100 interconnected trampolines, thrill seekers and explorers will also be entertained by our Warped Wall, Dodgeball Court, Battle Beam, Giant Air Bag, Twist Ladder, Tumble Track and more!
We welcome jumpers of all ages, plus we have an area dedicated to under 5’s which includes a soft play, a warped wall and amazing musical trampolines.
Our on site facilities include baby change area, disabled access and free parking, to make your visit as easy as possible.
Plus, we have an on site Tuck In café serving a brand new food and drinks menu throughout the day so you can bounce, refuel and bounce some more!
Jump In was founded by three fun loving parents who bought the idea over from the U.S.A. Their passion for providing a healthy, active lifestyle for their children lead them to open Jump In’s first park in September 2015, in Slough. Jump In now have 9 venues across the country, with more planned for 2018. Their success is due to a mixture of extreme passion for customer service and to the excellent teams at each location who take care of all customer needs.
So what are you waiting for?? Book now online


diddi dance is a funky pre-school dance class giving toddlers an early introduction to dance in a fun and relaxed way. As well as being lots of fun, classes have hidden educational element such as counting, colours, left and right and taking turns. At diddi dance, we aim to improve rhythm, confidence and co-ordination and we are told that our classes are enjoyable for grown-ups as well as children! Each half term we focus on a different funky dance theme in a simple way with everything from hip hop and disco to bollywood and cowboy!

Classes run locally across Shrewsbury, Telford, Broseley and Newport with a free trial session available and following this, classes are booked a half term at a time lasting 45 minutes per week and costing £5.50 – £6 depending on venue.

For more information or to book a free trial contact [email protected] 07792500981 or see the diddi dance website



Whilst the common wisdom would be “No”, that it is not necessarily the case. Ian Yates, Family Solicitor with over 20 years’ experience recently joined Terry Jones Solicitors
at their Telford Office.
Ian comments “If you receive child maintenance under an assessment made by the Child Maintenance Service, then it is true that those payments would normally cease, either upon that child’s 16th birthday, or at any point up to the age of 20, so long as they remain in full time secondary (that is, “A level” equivalent) education.
It is however possible, in some circumstances, to apply to the court to extend child support payments, either to the end of a University Degree, or to cover a vocational training course.
A court would treat each application upon its own merits and would look at the child’s financial needs and also at the relevant parent’s ability to pay, but it would make such an order in appropriate circumstances.
Whilst the legal costs involved in pursuing such an application may deter many people, the substantial costs of annual University tuition fees may now make this a more attractive option than had previously been the case.”
For more information please contact a member of the Family Department at Terry Jones Solicitors on either 01743 285888 or 01952 297979



Two Shropshire children’s attractions have joined forces to launch new and exciting Nerf Wars parties for youngsters.

The Little Rascals Indoor Play Centre and X-Strike Arena have teamed up for a new venture, which they believe will prove a big hit with county children keen to take aim.

The parties will be held at the Shrewsbury headquarters of Little Rascals, with X-Strike providing the nerf guns and inflatables.

Ben Wootton, the co-owner of Little Rascals with Wales international footballer Dave Edwards, said: “We are going to host parties and run other events together on a regular basis. A big space will be created for the X-Strike inflatables in the middle of what is usually our seating area for guests.

“Our play structure will also come into play to make it a really fun experience for children as they run around using their nerf guns.

“We’ve been open for a little over two years now and we’re always keen to introduce new ideas, so it makes sense to link up with X-Strike and offer something a little different. We think this is really going to take off and be popular with children.”

Ellen Eagles and Mark Williams, the X-Strike owners, are equally excited about the venture.

“We recently held a rehearsal and that was a big success,” said Ellen. “We had around 15 children taking part at Little Rascals and some adults were keen to join in as well!

“The children loved the fact they could incorporate the nerf games with going down slides at the same time. It gives another dimension.”

Mark added: “Little Rascals is a great location and it’s fantastic to have all the little hiding places for the children to enhance the fun they have with the nerf games. It works really well together. The Nerf Wars parties can start from the age of four and can cater for children up to the age of 11 or 12, so it’s something new and exciting for slightly older age groups as well.”

The Little Rascals Indoor Soft play Centre will be offered exclusively for Nerf Wars parties from 4.30pm onwards.

For more details, call (01743) 240258 or email [email protected]