Climate, Sustainability & Biodiversity
Wednesday 2nd November 2022
Thank you to all those who braved the elements and attended our Public Hall event on 2 November 2022.
Our speakers were warmly received. A representative from Marches Energy dealt with how to use less energy and where to turn to for those who are struggling. Di Hill, local resident who served as Vice Chair of Shropshire Federation of Women’s Institutes Climate Change Group dealt with what we can do to help the planet whether on an individual level, community level or at a national level. Her approach was practical and helpful. She has experience of extreme weather events having lived in rural Canada for many years. We then heard from Janet Cobb representing RSVP (Restoring Shropshire Verges Project). Janet spoke about loss of habitat for important species and how by turning our verges and other grassed areas into wild flower meadows these corridors can assist small mammals and insects and thereby biodiversity. Finally we heard from Martin Withington, Parish Councillor about his 30 years of creating a garden that is kind to small mammals and insects. With wild flower planting he and his wife have created a beautiful garden with biodiversity at the forefront.
Several parishioners have now indicated an interest in becoming part of our Working Group. If you were unable to attend on 2 November but would wish to join our Group please do contact our Clerk. We will now agree a way forward and this may involve splitting into various sub groups.
We also propose taking under our umbrella the footpaths in and around Welshampton. We are conscious of the fact that some small amendments need to be made to the directions contained within Welshampton Walks and further, that some of the footpaths are overgrown and need brambles etc cutting back to make for easier walking.
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The Parish of Welshampton and Lyneal is located in the northern part of North Shropshire countryside between the historic
market towns of Whitchurch and Ellesmere. Over the years, like many others, the parish has seen its fair share of change; from a thriving homestead for the farming community to a much more diverse population. Yet despite these changes it still manages to retain the pleasant nature of a typical Shropshire parish.
The Parish Council serves the communities of Welshampton, Colemere, Lyneal, Breadon Heath, Balmer Heath and Newton and is represented by nine councillors.
The parish countryside has spectacular scenery, diverse wildlife and a unique landscape of rolling sandstone hills, meres and mosses. The nine meres in and close to the parish were carved out by glaciers during the last ice age over 15,000 years ago.
The parish has two buildings of architectural importance. St John the Evangelist Church in Colemere was designed by GE Street, is typical of the Oxford Movement and has a Grade II* listing. St Michael and All Angels Church in Welshampton was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott who was one of the most famous Victorian architects. His restorations include Westminster Abbey and Ely Cathedral. Some of his best work is The Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens, the Midland Terminus Hotel at St Pancras and the Foreign Office in Whitehall.
There is one school is the parish, Welshampton CofE Primary. It is a vibrant school where its size is an asset. The teaching staff is dynamic, enthusiastic and committed to providing the full National Curriculum for all the children. Their teaching is of the highest standards as reported by Ofsted. The children are also praised by Ofsted, particularly for their positive attitudes to learning and good behaviour. Please take a look at the school’s website.
The parish also has a pre-school, Caterpillars Montessori. Caterpillars Montessori adhere to the Early Years Foundation Stage and regularly complete audits and reflective practice tasks to ensure that it maintains a good quality and safe provision for each child. The Montessori curriculum operates comprehensively and effectively across the statutory areas of learning and development highlighted in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. These areas work towards the foundation stage profile which is completed at the end of the Reception year (the first year at ‘big’ school). Please take a look at the Caterpillar Montessori’s website.
The Parish Hall is managed by a Committee made up of local residents who freely give their time to ensure the Hall is maintained for all to use. The Parish Council are Custodian Trustees, which ensures, the facility will be available for future generations. For more information and details of upcoming events go the Hall’s website.
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The Parish Council is a branch of the Tree Charter.
If you need to contact the Parish Council email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01948 710672
You can also write to the Council at: Orchard Cottage, Rowe Lane, Welshampton, Ellesmere, SY12 0QB.