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‘EqualiTeas’ events

On behalf of Sue Marston, Skills Service Delivery Manager Telford & Wrekin Borough Council 

The Skills Delivery Team [T&WC] have organised a series of ‘EqualiTeas’ events as part of the UK wide celebration marking 90 years since the Representation of the People Act 1928.  As 2018 also coincides with 100 years since some women gained the vote, this will also be a part of our events.

There will be five events in local communities and one larger event taking place at the Wakes:

  • Brookside Central (Wednesday 20 June) 9:30am – 11:30am
  • Dawley Town Hall (Friday 22 June) 9:30am – 11:30am
  • Arleston Community Centre (Monday 25 June) 9:30am – 11:30am
  • Park Lane Centre (Wednesday 27 June) 9:30am – 11:30am
  • Donnington Community Hub (Wednesday 27 June) 12:30pm – 2:30pm
  • The Wakes, Oakengates (Saturday 30 June) 10am – 2pm

The five smaller-scale events will involve art and craft activities (relevant to EqualiTeas), health and wellbeing, information on voter registration, information on Local Policing and Safer Neighbourhood Teams and a vintage tea party.  We will also have the use of a ballot box from the Elections Office and visitors will be encouraged to take part in a ‘mock ballot’ (not relating to mainstream politics).  From a Skills Delivery perspective, we will be promoting Learn Telford courses and all Job Box services.

The larger event at The Wakes will consist of a range of activities including arts and craft (relevant to EqualiTeas and Vote 100), information on courses/learning around voting and the UK Parliament, information on ‘Your Vote Matters’ and voter registration, a display on the Youth Parliament staffed by local representatives, free tea and refreshments, the library service, information on Local Policing and Safer Neighbourhood Teams, food and displays from different faith communities & community groups as well as activities relating to health and wellbeing.  The My Options Roving Reporters will also be attending to interview people who attend and we are hoping to encourage as many visitors as possible to take an ‘#IVote’ selfie and upload it to social media.  There will be a free entrance draw and Blists Hill Museum have kindly donated free family tickets as a contribution to this.

The event will be well-publicised and we are hoping to reach as many people as possible, especially those who may not ordinarily be engaged in voting.

Further details on EqualiTeas is available on the UK Parliament website and also on the designated website

Mandy Jenkins

Community Learning and Employment Co-ordinator

Adult & Community Learning

Development, Business and Employment

Skills Delivery Area

Telford & Wrekin Council

Brookside Central



Telford,  TF3 1NE

Telephone: +44 (0)1952 382 181


Works to the B5063 from Shawbirch to the Borough boundary

The Borough Council will shortly be working in our Parish as part of our ‘Pride in Our community’ investment programme.

The work is to improve signing and lining as part of a review undertaken on the length of the B5063 from Shawbirch to the Borough boundary. The project will be delivered using a combination of stop and go boards and 3-way temporary signals in order to keep disruption to a minimum.

Work will commence on site on 16th April 2018 and will last for approximately 4 weeks.

Grounds Maintenance Tender Invitation

Wrockwardine Parish Council invites contractors to tender for grounds maintenance.

The tender is for cutting grass for 8 sites in the parish of Wrockwardine. The sites are of varying sizes, contour and
nature and the cutting requirements different for each site.
Details and specification are available either by post or email application to the Clerk to the Council or can be downloaded from the parish council web site at:‐doc‐2016.pdf
Tenders must reach the Clerk to the Council before 13th January 2017.
Martin Goldstraw
Clerk to the Council
Wrockwardine Parish Council
Regent Villa
London Road
St. Georges
01952 458006

Completion of audit.

Notice of completion of audit.conclusion-audit-16-sml

The Audit has been concluded and the Statement of Accounts has been published (Annual Return or the audit summary report) for the year ended 31 March 2016.

There is a right of inspection conferred on Local Government Electors by Section 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. Documents can be inspected at the address of the Clerk during working hours by appointment or can be found online.

The Parish Council felt that the report of the internal auditor was unfounded and provided a response to the external auditor which was accepted.

The opinion of the external auditor is that “On the basis of our review of the annual return, in our opinion the information in the annual return is in accordance with proper practices and no matters have come to our attention giving cause for concern that relevant legislation and regulatory requirements have not been met.”

New 105 Phone Number for Powercuts

On 6th September a new national phone number “105” will be launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area. This a nationwide service that may well be of benefit to everyone.

Key points to note about this service are:
· Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.

· 105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. Customers can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too.

· 105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.
· Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from.

· Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.

A consumer awareness campaign will run from September through to next spring and will include PR, media advertising, social media and coordinated messaging through partner channels.

Details can be downloaded from the link below:

An introduction to 105_final

Rural Pharmacies

Posted on behalf of Lynne Deavin
Chair of Shropshire Local Pharmaceutical Committee

Government Plans for Community Pharmacy in 2016/17 and beyond
You may be aware that on 17th December the Department of Health announced plans for community pharmacy. The proposals included a £170m reduction in funding for community pharmacy in 2016/17. Since then it has become clear that as many as 3000 pharmacies may close.

Rural communities such as Shropshire are especially in danger of losing services as the funding cuts target small pharmacies in particular. The loss of the community pharmacy in such areas will increase the isolation of the most vulnerable in our society.

I am sure that you would agree that pharmacies are a valuable resource and that the plans will threaten patient access to pharmacies and pharmacy services at a time when we should be focusing on pharmacist and pharmacy provision in to alleviate pressure on GPs, A& E and other hospital services as well as to fill gaps created by cuts in local authority funding.
Pharmacies are placed firmly at the centre of the community; I have summarised below a number of key points and included a copy of a recent Press Release:
· People in England make 1.6 million visits to community pharmacies every day.
· Pharmacies are easily accessible and form part of their local community.
· As well as dispensing medicines community pharmacy teams provide advice to help people get the most benefit from their medicines and to live healthily.
· Community Pharmacies help people to stay well and prevent unnecessary and costly visits to GP surgeries and A & E by supporting the frail and elderly, many with long term conditions, treating minor ailments and illnesses, prevent admissions and supporting discharge from hospital.
· Prevention of ill health by such services as Smoking Cessation, Needle Exchange, Emergency Hormonal Contraception, Substance Misuse and Lifestyle advice to name but a few.
· Provision of free collection and delivery services for prescriptions to ensure patients get the medicines they need when they need them.
The Shropshire Local Pharmaceutical Committee would value your support in keeping local pharmacies open. We therefore ask that you raise awareness and make representation to the Department of Health, Minister Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP.
Sign the online petition open until June 29th to show your support for the services and sign here:….
If you require any further information please contact either Lindsey Fairbrother on 07740582482 or Lynne Deavin on 01889 271707

Borough Consultation on Taxi Ranks

Here is a link to the consultation document on the proposed Appointment of Hackney Carriage Stands in the Borough.

The Borough Council would be pleased to receive any comments you might wish to make in writing to the address below or email by 14th April 2016 at the latest.

If you have any queries, please contact me directly or email Public Protection Manager

Suzanne Fisher Cert HE (Licensing Law) Birmingham (Merit)
Principal Licensing Officer
Public Protection (Environmental Health, Licensing & Trading Standards)
Customer and Neighbourhood Services
Telford & Wrekin Council
Darby House

Wrockwardine Cottage, Wrockwardine

The Parish Council has been notified of the following planning application:


Wrockwardine Cottage, Wrockwardine, Telford, Shropshire, TF6 5DG

Listed building application for the erection of 1no. porch, repositioning of roof lights, installation of flue and repair existing boundary wall


Please Note

Wrockwardine Parish Council is NOT the Planning Authority; this is the function of The Borough Council. The view of the Parish Council does not carry any extra weight (over and above any other resident) nor is it guaranteed to be taken into account when any decision is made by the Borough Council. The Parish Council is simply invited, by the Borough Council, to give its views on planning applications. If a planning application affects you, or you have a view which you wish to be taken into consideration by the Planning Officers of the Borough Council then it is important that you convey that opinion directly to the relevant authority (which is Telford and Wrekin Council). The Parish Council is unable to “pass on” the views of others to the Planning Authority but it may take into account the views of residents of the Parish when deciding upon its own position on any particular application.