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Vacancy – Town Clerk

Posted Monday February 12th, 2018, 11:23 am

A vacancy has arisen for the position of Town Clerk to Bridgnorth Town Council.

Salary Scale SCP 48-51
(£42,899 - £46,036)

The ancient market town of Bridgnorth, dating back over 1000 years, lies in South Shropshire astride the River Severn and is a delightful place to live and work with a real community spirit. We currently have 17 FTE staff and a current budget of circa £900k.

The Council are currently reviewing all aspects of its Constitution. This is an exciting opportunity to lead on developing a mid-long term strategy involving residents, businesses, organisations and groups to create a new, more cohesive and positive future.

We are seeking a skilled and dynamic Clerk, preferably CILCA qualified or working towards this with significant experience in this role.  Excellent communication skills are essential.

For further information and an application form please contact Bridgnorth Town Council at College House, St Leonard’s Close, Bridgnorth WV16 4EJ, Tel 01746 762231 or email the Acting Town Clerk: barry.ince@bridgnorthtowncouncil.gov.uk

Closing date for applications - Friday 16th March 2018

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Severn Valley Railway Station Footbridge Closure

Posted Friday February 2nd, 2018, 2:52 pm

Shropshire Council's term maintenance contractor, Ringway, have now completed the temporary works at Bridgnorth Severn Valley Railway Footbridge and it will be reopened this afternoon.

Engineers will continue to monitor the footbridge on a regular frequency to ensure it remains structurally safe in the intervening period until the permanent repairs are carried out.

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Vacancy for a Councillor

Posted Thursday February 1st, 2018, 4:59 pm

Bridgnorth Town Council has a vacancy for a Councillor in the Morfe Ward.

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Town Clerk leaves Bridgnorth Town Council

Posted Monday January 29th, 2018, 11:18 am

The Town Council wishes to confirm that the Town Clerk, Mrs Anne Wilson has left the employment of Bridgnorth Town Council. The Council is now in the process of actively recruiting for the position of Town Clerk.

In the interim period Mr. Barry Ince will be Acting Town Clerk (Proper Officer) and Mrs Roslyn Williams is Acting Responsible Finance Officer, (RFO)

To contact the Acting Town Clerk, please email townclerk@bridgnorthtowncouncil.gov.uk 

Anne Wilson – Statement on leaving Bridgnorth

Following some personal reflection I have made a decision to leave Bridgnorth Town Council in order to be able to spend more time caring for my family. I would like to take this opportunity to say that I have enjoyed representing Bridgnorth as a Town Clerk and the work, projects and events that I have undertaken at the Town Council, working alongside Councillors, community organisations and the residents of Bridgnorth and I wish all the best for the future the Town and the new Town Clerk.

I would also like to clarify that contrary to postings in the local press and on social media to the best of my knowledge all employment policies and procedures have been correctly followed during the course of my employment with Bridgnorth Town Council

Statement by Ron Whittle and Bridgnorth Town Council on Anne Wilson leaving Bridgnorth

On behalf of the Council I wish to make a statement on behalf of Anne Wilson, Bridgnorth Town Clerk. Circumstances have meant that Anne has been absent from work for the last few months.  Following reflection during this time she has decided to step down from her role as Town Clerk to enable her to spend more time caring for her family.

Anne has worked for the Council for nearly 8 years and she has been a Town Clerk for more than 26 years. She has been a valued member of staff during her tenure at Bridgnorth.  My fellow Councillors and I would like to wish Anne the best of luck in her future endeavours.

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Bridgnorth Town Council Community Grants

Posted Tuesday January 23rd, 2018, 12:47 pm

Bridgnorth Town Council Community Grants are made for the benefit of people and projects local to the Town of Bridgnorth.

Who is eligible?

Applications will be considered for financial assistance towards a specific project or activity from voluntary organisations and community groups, which are non-commercial and whose membership and field of activity is centred in the Town and benefits the community.

How should an organization or person apply for a grant?

If you feel you, your group or organisation may qualify for a grant you must

  • complete an application form and provide a copy of your audited accounts for the past two years
  • produce evidence of proposed expenditure and how any grant benefits the Parish of Bridgnorth.

Where can I find further information and an application form?

Contact Rachel Follette at Bridgnorth Town Council by phone, post or e-mail: -

Grant Application
Bridgnorth Town Council
College House, 4 St Leonard’s Close
Bridgnorth
Shropshire
WV16 4EJ
Tel : 01746 762231
E-mail : rachel.follette@bridgnorthtowncouncil.gov.uk

How does the process work?

The Town Council considers grant applications at their April meeting each year and your application, once returned, will be considered at the April 2018 Town Council meeting.

All organisations or individuals will be asked for evidence of how the grant has been spent for the benefit of Bridgnorth residents in early 2019.

BRIDGNORTH GRANT APPLICATIONS TO BE RECEIVED BY NOON ON FRIDAY 29 MARCH 2018

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Community Litter Picks

Posted Tuesday January 16th, 2018, 4:52 pm

Continuing on from the very successful community litter picks organised by  Shropshire Council in October and November 2017 the first for 2018 took place on the 10th of January at Sainsbury’s car park. Approximately 20 people took part including members of the public, Town Council staff, Councillors and Shropshire Council and collected over 30 sacks of rubbish covering a large area of the town both commercial and residential.

 The numbers attending the community litter picks continues to grow and display greater cooperation between the residents and local authority in our endeavours to keep Bridgnorth clean and tidy. New volunteers are always welcome to attend and all the equipment is provided.

 The next event is planned for 14th February, meeting at the Sainsbury’s car park on Smithfield Road. It is the last event that will be organised by Shropshire Council as local residents, Christine and Phil Webster have volunteered to organise all future events and supported by the local authorities.

 Please telephone 0345 6789006 for more information, or in case the event is cancelled for any reason.

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Mayor’s Civic Ball – 3rd March 2018

Posted Wednesday January 3rd, 2018, 4:07 pm

The Mayor and Mayoress cordially invite you to attend their Civic Ball taking place on Saturday 3rd March 2018, 7pm for 7.30pm at Ye Olde Punchbowl, Ludlow Road, Bridgnorth.

Tickets are available from the Town Council offices and are priced at £30.00.

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Photography Tender

Posted Tuesday January 2nd, 2018, 12:18 pm

The Town Council is inviting professional photographers to submit quotes to provide photographic services at Town Council and civic events for 2018/2019.

We hold two civic events each year:

Annual Meeting/Mayor Making – This is held on the evening of the Thursday before the third Tuesday in May each year from 7pm at the Town Hall and afterwards at the Castle Hall until approx. 10pm.

Civic Sunday – This is held on the Sunday before the third Tuesday in May each year for about three hours.

The Town Council is also involved with Remembrance Sunday. It involves meeting in the Castle Grounds for a short service, followed by a procession which travels back to St Leonard’s Church.

In 2018 we are holding the following events:

Bridgnorth Town Carnival – To be held on Saturday 23rd June
Heart of England in Bloom - July
Teddy Bear’s Picnic – To be held in the Castle Grounds on Wednesday 25th July from 11am – 2pm
Christmas lights event – Held mid/late November each year from 4pm – 9pm

Other events may be added during the year, with dates of the above events confirmed in due course.

The quote could be based on a yearly charge or charges per event.

Should you wish to quote, may we ask that your quote is sent to this office in an envelope marked ‘PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL – PHOTOGRAPHY TENDER, to arrive by Friday 23rd February 2018

Address: College House, St Leonards Close, Bridgnorth, WV16 4EJ

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Bridgnorth Town Council Christmas Closures

Posted Friday December 22nd, 2017, 10:25 am

Bridgnorth Town Council offices close at 12 noon on Friday 22nd December and re-open at 9 a.m. on Tuesday 2nd January 2018. There are staff working some hours next week to check the open spaces and play areas and liaise with the Undertakers. There is also a team on call in the case of an emergency.

If you need to contact the Town Council in an emergency please call 01746 762231.

May we take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Information on GP Appointments and Pharmacy Opening Times over Christmas and the New Year

Posted Tuesday December 19th, 2017, 1:00 pm

Local people are being urged to give their medicine cabinet an early Christmas present and stock it up with some festive essentials by Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
It is also reminding people to check they have enough medication on their prescriptions to last them over the festive season.

If people do need medical help this Christmas there will be GP services available 24/7 across Shropshire this Christmas and New Year through the Urgent Care Centre and Out of Hours Service.
The Urgent Care Centre, based alongside the A&E at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, has already drafted in extra staff for the public holidays and Shropdoc has finalised its rota for GP out of hours calls over the Christmas and New Year break.

These will provide cover for the CCG’s 43 GP practices which will be closed this year on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day.

This festive season the Urgent Care Centre is open every day from 8am to 8pm for anyone who needs urgent medical attention if they cannot get an appointment with their own doctor or are not registered with a GP practice. No appointment is necessary.

The Urgent Care Centre can help with a whole range of symptoms including children with high temperatures, anyone with breathing problems, severe headaches, abdominal pain and painful infections through to mild injuries and burns.

For GP out of hours care, Shropdoc has confirmed that it has cover right through the festive season for anyone who needs urgent medical attention that cannot wait until their own surgery is next open.

Shropdoc can be contacted on 0333 222 6655.

Local pharmacists are covering the festive season on a rota and they can offer professional advice without an appointment.

The Shropshire Pharmacy Opening Times for Christmas 2017 and the New Year 2018 Bank Holidays are:

  Monday 25 Dec Tuesday 26 Dec Monday 1 Jan
BRIDGNORTH
Bridgnorth Pharmacy, Mill Street, WV15 5AL 11am – 12noon CLOSED CLOSED
Boots, 30-31 High Street, WV16 4DB CLOSED 10am – 4pm 10am – 4pm
LUDLOW
Lloyds Pharmacy, 116-119 lower Galdeford, SY8 1RU 11am – 12noon CLOSED CLOSED
Boots, 34 Bull Ring, SY8 1AB CLOSED 11am – 3pm 11am – 12noon
MARKET DRAYTON
Boots, 48-50 Cheshire Street, TF9 1PR 11am – 12noon 10am – 4pm 10am – 4pm
OSWESTRY
Station Pharmacy, The Old Station Building, SY11 1RB 12noon – 1pm CLOSED CLOSED
Boots, 5-7 Church Hill,SY11 2SU CLOSED 10am – 4pm 10am – 4pm
SHREWSBURY
Rhodes Pharmacy, 28 Claremont Road,SY1 1RD 12noon – 1pm CLOSED CLOSED
Jhoots Pharmacy, 53 Riverside Shopping Centre, SY1 1PH 7pm – 8pm CLOSED CLOSED
Asda, Old Potts Way, SY3 7ET CLOSED 9am – 6pm 10am – 6pm
Boots, Pride Hill CLOSED 8.30am– 5.30pm CLOSED
Boots, Meole Brace Retail Park, SY3 9NB CLOSED 9am - 1.30pm

2.30pm – 6pm

9am - 1.30pm

2.30pm – 6pm

Lloyds Pharmacy, Sainsbury’s, Meole Brace Retail Park, SY3 9NB CLOSED 9am – 7pm 9am – 5pm
WHITCHURCH
Rowlands, 11 High Street, SY13 1AX 11am – 12noon CLOSED CLOSED
Boots, 10-12 Watergate Street, SY13 1DW CLOSED CLOSED 11am – 12noon
Green End Pharmacy, 11-13 Green End, SY13 1AD CLOSED 11am – 12noon CLOSED

Help is also on hand at the touch of a button from NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk, which has a useful Health A-Z guide listing conditions and their treatments. NHS111 is also free to call from any landline or mobile and is open 24/7.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Through Christmas and the New Year 100% of the Shropshire population has access to GP services via the GP out of hours service or the Urgent Care Centre. We are also asking people to check their prescription medicines and make sure they have enough for the Christmas break. When people are out and about Christmas shopping it’s also a good idea to make sure they have the essentials in their medicine cabinet including some paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin, as well as remedies for upset stomachs which should be purchased over the counter. If you do fall ill at Christmas don’t leave it to get worse. There are plenty of places to get advice including your local pharmacist and information right at your fingertips from the NHS.”

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