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Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, and Lanyon Bowdler, launch The Culture Club

Owners of businesses in Shrewsbury and Shropshire who are interested in heritage are invited to join a new free network The Culture Club - business networking with a difference. The first meeting is on Thursday 24 September at 8am at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. The guest speaker will be Trevor Osborne of The Osborne Group, who will be revealing his plans for the former Shrewsbury prison building, which he now owns. The initiative is part of Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors'...

Shrewsbury named second happiest place to live in Britain

The Guardian newspaper has today announced that Shrewsbury is the second happiest place to live in Britain. Shrewsbury came second only to Harrogate, beating Chester, as one of the happiest places to live in a survey completed by Rightmove. Read the full article here.

The announcement comes just months after Shrewsbury's high street was named the healthiest in the UK .

St Mary's Church commended in the Discover Heritage Awards

The Churches Conservation Trust has been commended in the Association for Heritage Interpretation 2015 Discover Heritage Awards - for excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation in Britain and Ireland. The Visitor Welcome project at St Mary's, St Mary's street, Shrewsbury has been commended in the Museums and Historic Properties/Sites category. St Mary's is a magnificent medieval building. Therefore, the design philosophy for the interpretation was not to detract from the building but to sit lightly using existing furnishings, but...

Unique partnership helping young local people achieve potential

A unique partnership between Shropshire Youth, the Emerging Leaders charity and The Shrewsbury Club has been successfully piloted in Shrewsbury to help disadvantaged young people begin to achieve their potential. The Stride Out project, which began in June 2015, has provided 12 local teenagers, not in education, employment or training with the chance to learn leadership skills and improve employability skills and confidence.

The dozen youngsters are now embarking on a series of fundraising events they have organised to...

University Centre Shrewsbury - from research to action

The Nigerian proverb, 'it takes a whole village to raise a child' seems to sum up at least some of the philosophy behind an exciting new project which puts University Centre Shrewsbury centre-stage in helping people who are out-of-work gain confidence, experience and find employment. Nine organisations across eight European countries, including University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) , are collaborating on the NEET U project which uses the skills and experience of people aged over 50, bringing their insights to bear...

20th anniversary for Shropshire Archives

This month Shropshire Council's Shropshire Archives is celebrating 20 years at Castle Gates in Shrewsbury. The building, then known as the Shropshire Records and Research Centre, was opened by Councillor George Raxster on 24 July 1995. Since then the service has helped many thousands of researchers, and ensured the preservation of Shropshire's fantastic collection of archives, maps, books and photographs which fill nine kilometres (five and a half miles) of shelving. Before 1995, the service was based at Shrewsbury Library...

Visit strengthens links with the Americas

University Centre Shrewsbury welcomed a guest from the United States to discuss the development of partnerships with universities in the Americas. Carlos Kearns, the University of Chester's representative for the continents of North and South America, visited Shrewsbury on Tuesday July 14, 2015. He was given a tour of the town, and spent time with University Centre staff, including Senior Project Officer, Russ Millhouse. University Centre Shrewsbury invites applications from across the world, and Mr Kearns, based in Pennsylvania, is...

Shrewsbury's Flower Power under Scrutiny

Judges will visit Shrewsbury on Tuesday 21st July to meet businesses, event organisers and key representatives from the Residents Association, the University and the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery as part of this year's RHS Heart of England in Bloom competition. Last year the town was crowned RHS Britain in Bloom Champion of Champions. In 2015, Shrewsbury in Bloom is seeking success in the competition with an entry from Shrewsbury BID .

The entry takes in the whole of...