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13th January 2022

All householders in the Shropshire Council area can now request an additional wheelie bin for recycling cans, glass and plastic after today’s meeting of the full Shropshire Council approved an investment of almost £3m to fund the extra bin.

The bin – which is optional and free for householders- can be requested online at

The first bins are set to be delivered from May this year, starting in the south Shropshire area, and then being rolled out across the county.

The bin will replace the existing black recycling boxes, and help to increase the amount of waste recycled by providing households with a larger container.

It will also reduce the amount of waste lost to the recycling process after being blown out of the boxes on windy days.

It will make the storage of recycling more convenient for residents, and reduce the amount of bending and lifting for residents and waste and recycling crews. 

Some households may not want a bin due to housing layout or the lack of storage space for the bin. These residents would be able to continue to use their existing waste containers, as will those residents who simply prefer to use boxes.

People will also be able to use their new bin as well as their recycling boxes.

Those who longer need their recycling boxes will be encouraged to retain and reuse them for different purposes – or take them to a recycling centre to be recycled.

For more information go to

13th January 2022

Shropshire’s Queen’s Green Canopy campaign has been given a huge boost thanks to a generous legacy from the late Richard Mayall and his wife Anne who lived near Harmer Hill As from January 2022 anyone in the county wishing to plant a tree at home as part of the Queen's Green Canopy can collect a tree for free, together with a stake and tie from Shrewsbury Town Council's Weeping Cross Nursery, SY5 6HT or Prees Heath Nursery, Whitchurch, SY13 2HR.

Please reserve your free tree, while stocks last, by filling in the simple form on Shrewsbury Town Council website. The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a National project that the Shropshire Lieutenancy together with Shropshire County Council and Telford and Wrekin Council are supporting locally. It has been rolled out across Shropshire and the rest of the UK during the planting season from October 2021 to December 2022. This will be a long-lasting and valuable way to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. The Lieutenancy and the Councils are keen to help ensure that as many trees as possible are planted for the Canopy in Shropshire. This initiative will promote the importance of trees for the environment in a sustainable and relevant way and, it is hoped, thousands of trees will be planted across the county as a lasting legacy. Each planting can be commemorated by marking it on the map on the Queen’s Green Canopy website


Richard Mayall’s daughter Ginny said “This is open to anyone and everyone who has space or can find space to plant an appropriate tree. Our mission is to get Shropshire firmly onto the QGC map. My parents loved and valued the natural world and were deeply concerned about the loss of biodiversity in the UK. They would have been delighted to see native trees being planted all over Shropshire. We welcome everyone to get involved.” Put Shropshire on the QGC Map Plant a tree for the Jubilee Reserve your Tree Collect your free tree from Weeping Cross Nursery Plant it in your garden Register your planting on the QGC Map at

7th January 2022

Please follow the link to take part in the consultation which closes on the 16th February 2022.

Budget consultation 2022/2023 | Shropshire Council


2nd November 2021

New service launched to keep people well this winter 

A new service to support people to stay safe and well this winter has been launched. 

Shropshire Council is working alongside the British Red Cross, Age UK Shropshire Telford and Wrekin and the wider Wellbeing and Independence Partnership to ensure that residents have easy access to support where needed.  

The Winter Support Service is part of our ‘5 Ways to Winter Wellness’ campaign which highlights the ways in which people can remain both physically and mentally well. In addition to wellbeing, this campaign will focus on the role and importance of vaccinations and the things we can all do to protect ourselves again winter illnesses. 

What will the Winter Support Service provide? 

The service can offer assessment and ongoing support to people identified as needing help, including: 

  • Transport returning home from hospital 
  • Settling people in at home following discharge from hospital 
  • Fitting of low-level equipment such as key safes and pendant alarms 
  • Collecting and delivering medications 
  • Shopping and delivery 
  • Wellbeing home visits 
  • Companionship for isolated or lonely people 

The service can’t offer a crisis response or personal care, but it will work as part of the health and care system to ensure people get the support they need through appropriate referrals and signposting. 

Simon Jones, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care and public health, said: 

“I’m delighted that our successful wellbeing and independence service has expanded to provide even more support to those who could be at risk during the winter months. Our Winter Support Service will support vulnerable people to maintain their physical and emotional wellbeing through the winter when the effects of the pandemic remain serious and significant.  

“I encourage people who feel they could benefit from support to maintain their independence at home to talk to us about what could be put in place to make a difference.” 

As part of the service, the council will also be making outbound calls to people we have identified as potentially needing extra support. Please be aware that our advisors will never ask for bank account details over the phone.  

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:-  

“Welfare and wellbeing are a key part of ‘5 Ways to Winter Wellness’, along with vaccinations, protecting yourself against coronavirus, looking after your mental health and getting active. Throughout the coming months we will be highlighting the ways you can stay safe, healthy and active when the weather gets colder and the nights draw in.   

“It’s really important that we support people to stay well and independent at home where possible to avoid putting additional pressure on the NHS this winter. We are here to help so if you are worried about anything or need extra support, please speak to us.” 

How do I find out more? 

Local residents and those who support people in the community can call the Winter Support Service helpline on 0345 678 9012 in order to find out more and be referred where appropriate. This phoneline will be open Mondays-Fridays, 9am to 5pm. 

25th August 2021

Pontesbury and Worthen Medical Practice “Next time you need to ask for repeat prescriptions!


The Medical Practice has listened to the concerns of its patients and are changing the way repeat prescriptions are reordered, to increase accuracy, reduce the call volumes, so improve the communication and reducing waste.


From 25th August 2021 when you collect your regular monthly prescription you will be asked to book the repeat 7 days in advance – details are in letter issued with prescription.

If you can, the best way to do this is through the NHS App or if not able the use that then use the repeat prescription form, issued with the last prescription, can be delivered into the special repeat prescriptions box at either Worthen or Pontesbury.  If neither of those work for you then please contact the Practice.

When the prescription is ready, you’ll get a text message to tell you to pick it up. If you can’t receive text messages, then contact the Practice see below.



The Practice’s goal is to make the service the best it can possibly be, and this new system is designed to make that happen. The Practice is asking for you to help them with this change, and by doing so giving community the best service they can.



The NHS App (not the track and trace) can be found at - you then set up the App to be connected to the Medical Practice



More details can be found at



The contact details for Medical Practice are






Telephone:  01743 790325



Postal: Pontesbury & Worthen Medical Practice, Hall Bank, Pontesbury, Shrewsbury, SY5 0RF


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