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Because it’s educational, potentially life-saving and really good fun!

Swimming is one of the few things your baby can do from birth and it’s one of the healthiest activities for you too.

In water, little ones are able to exercise every muscle in their body – including some they wouldn’t yet find on land. Whilst the emphasis in our sessions is on strengthening the bond between parent and child, swimming from birth is also excellent for their development.

A weekly swim session will help them develop physically, emotionally and mentally. From the word go they’ll be learning to respond to voice commands, which is fantastic stimulation for a newborn baby’s brain.

Babies who swim on a regular basis develop a respect for water and can be taught potentially lifesaving skills. And these skills kick in from remarkably early on, proven by the fact that Water Babies pupils as young as two years old have saved themselves from drowning.

Choosing a swim school

Some classes will simply get your child used to the pool while others are more structured, with a distinct course progression designed to help them hit key milestones. The Water Babies programme is endorsed by the national governing body for swimming, Swim England, and gives young swimmers the chance to progress into mainstream swimming lessons earlier, enabling them to continue their aquatic adventure as they grow.

Water Babies classes are available in Shrewsbury & Telford. For more information, please phone Heidi and her friendly team on 01694731407, email [email protected] or visit



During pregnancy, chiropractic adjustments are one of the best things a mum can do to optimise her health and her baby’s development, as well as creating conditions favouring a positive birth outcome.

The Webster Technique is especially useful during pregnancy because it addresses subluxations (misalignments) in the pelvis and sacrum. During pregnancy, the hormone relaxin, causes joints to loosen, which coupled with weight gain and changes in posture, make pregnant women more susceptible to subluxations in this area. The Webster Technique aims to decrease the effects of subluxations in the sacrum and pelvis through a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment, in order to improve neuro-biochemical functioning to the sacral/pelvic region.

This restoration of normal function may affect the baby’s spinal and nervous system development, improve the baby’s positioning and birth outcome, prevent dystocia (difficult labour) and relieve general aches and pains in the sacrum and pelvis.

Pregnancy is a critical period for both the mother and the baby. It prepares the baby for the external world that they will enter and it lays the framework for their future health. During pregnancy, a baby needs optimum physical, chemical and emotional conditions to develop to its fullest potential. Through chiropractic and the Webster Technique, a mother can achieve optimal functioning of her nervous system, which in turn improves her health and creates conditions for her child to be born with the greatest possible potential.

Dr Fredericksen is a registered doctor of chiropractic. He is committed to helping pregnant women, their children and their entire family reach and enjoy optimal health. He practises in Shrewsbury at Shrewsbury Family Chiropractic  Tel: 01743 588190



We are looking for local families who have recently used the maternity services in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin and local maternity staff to join the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Maternity Voices Partnership, share their views and experiences, and help us co-produce our local services.

What is the Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP)?
A Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is an independent team made up of
• Women and their families;
• Commissioners (who plan, buy and monitor services including the Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups);
• Providers (who deliver services such as midwives and doctors);
A Maternity Voices Partnership provides a way for this team of people to design and improve maternity care together. All these different people working together to share ideas and identify solutions for the design and improvement of maternity care is called co-production. The function of the MVP is more than simply to listen, it is a way of discussing challenges and ways of overcoming them, across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin to provide co-produced solutions.
How to get involved?
There are many different ways to be involved in the Maternity Voices Partnership.
• You can send in feedback on your experiences of the services which will be used to help shape future projects
• Participate in specific discussions through our facebook page and keep updated on projects that are going on
• Attend engagement activities and focus groups to discuss specific topics and help co-produce ideas
• Attend quarterly Maternity Voice Partnership meetings to help feedback local opinions and ideas.

If you would like to get involved in the tranformation of local maternity services or would like to see what is going on with the MVP then please follow us on Facebook @MaternityVoicesShropTW, on Twitter @MVP_Shrop_TW or if you would like to be added to our mailing list or have any feedback to send then please email [email protected]



Anyone with children from a former relationship should ensure all necessary legal consents are in place before taking a child abroad – or risk being refused permission to leave the country.

The warning comes amid heightened vigilance globally over fears of child trafficking and abduction and centres on Parental Responsibility (PR) where permission of all relevant parties must be obtained before a child can be taken out of the UK.
Sue Hodgson, a family law solicitor with Shropshire law firm Lanyon Bowdler, says: “Immigration officials all over the world are now more aware of the problem of child abduction and trafficking.
“Having the necessary written consent in place could prevent the hassle and heartache of an expensive holiday of a lifetime being delayed or cancelled at the airport.
“It might seem a bit early to be thinking about your summer holidays but in families where parents have separated, or someone other than a parent wishes to take the children away, it is absolutely vital to start planning a few simple steps at this stage to avoid stress and upset further down the line.
“Most parents, married or not, share the legal concept known as Parental Responsibility.
“Certain court orders also give non-parents PR and no child can be removed from the UK without the express permission of every person with PR or the court.
“Therefore, it is important to get that agreement in writing before booking any holiday overseas.
“If it can’t be agreed then it would be necessary to apply for a court order granting permission for the child to be taken out of the country, which can take six to nine months, often longer.
“Taking a child out of the country without the permission of all PR holders or the court is potentially a criminal offence and will have lasting legal and emotional effects for the whole family.”
Sue added: “Situations often arise where someone who is not the child’s parent wishes to take the child abroad, like the grandparents, but permission of all PR holders is still required.
“I advise that the people taking the children away travel with a document drawn up by a solicitor and signed by everyone concerned, stating that they understand the legal position and the necessary consent is given.
“I always encourage separated parents to try to put aside their personal and financial issues and focus on the children, as they are the two most important people in the children’s lives – sometimes the only thing those two parents might have in common.
“Even when they can co-parent openly and amicably it is important to ensure holiday plans are agreed at a sensible time in advance, to ensure everyone has booked the right dates off work and that older children with their own social lives know broadly where they will be.
“A solicitor can advise on who has PR, negotiate and draw up agreements or assist with an application to court.”
Sue Hodgson has a wealth of experience in family law; she is recognised in the 2019 editions of The Legal 500 and Chambers UK. For more advice, call her or the team on either 01952 379065 or 01743 491586, or visit



This is a festival designed for kids with one thing in mind – FUN!

Shropshire Festivals have jumped in to the imaginations of our youngsters and created something beyond their wildest dreams.

New to Kids Fest this year is a gigantic 400-foot obstacle course.  It is one of the biggest in the UK and will satisfy the most adventurous thrill seekers in the land!

There will be inflatables, giant games, zorbing, mini golf, bubble football, go karts, foam parties, water slides, arts, crafts, baking, circus tent, nerf arena, disco dancing, and lots more.

The most awesome aspect of this festival is that once inside, ALL of the activities are absolutely free.

Shropshire Kids Fest will be held on the 11th and 12th May at Shrewsbury Quarry Park.  There is already a huge demand for tickets.  Purchase your tickets now at:




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

Despite the days becoming chillier, swimming provides one of the best forms of exercise for both you and your baby. When taking very young children swimming the water temperature should be at least 32 degrees for babies under 12lbs or 12 weeks. There’s no minimum age to start your baby swimming and they don’t need to have had any immunisations before they go.

“Just 30 minutes swimming provides your baby or toddler with a complete work out,” says Heidi Hunter-Cope, who runs lessons across Shropshire, The Black Country & Mid wales. “Swimming’s great for enhancing their confidence and awareness, as well as helping to improve eating and sleeping patterns.”

When you take your baby swimming, at the end of every session, wrap them in a dry towel and place them somewhere safe whilst you get changed. By the time you’re ready they’ll be warm and dry, so getting them dressed will be a more relaxing process. Make sure their ears are dry, then pop a hat on your little one as you prepare to leave the pool.

Swimming with your baby is fantastic for strengthening the bond between the two of you. It will also introduce them to a lifelong love of staying healthy and fit, whilst having a great time too!

Water Babies classes are available in Shrewsbury & Telford. For more information, please phone Heidi and her friendly team on 01694 731 407, email [email protected] or visit

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