COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Parish Council Meetings

Following emergency legislation and regulations by the Secretary of State, the decision has been taken to cancel Parish Council meetings until further notice.  The next meeting is anticipated to be in August 2020.  However, if Government instructions allow, meetings will re-commence before this date

In accordance with the regulations, any appointments which would usually be made at the Annual Meeting will continue until the next Annual Meeting or until the Council decides otherwise, whichever is the earlier. It is currently anticipated that the next Annual Council Meeting will take place in May 2021.

Community Support Group

The Government has instructed us all to stay at home except for specific circumstances.

It is important to remember you are not alone; there are people who can and want to help you.

If you need help, including with essential food and household supplies, prescription collection or something else,

please contact Welshampton and Lyneal Parish Council on 01948 710672* or at

We will try to help directly where we can and/or point you in the right direction of someone who can help.

Do not struggle alone, please make contact!

Are you prepared to help your neighbours? Please contact the Parish Council as above and offer your help.

Please note the Parish Council will always follow Government advice and, where it can, assist parishioners within that advice.

* The office is not continually staffed so, if phoning, please leave a message and someone will return your call.

More information on the Corvid-19 Coronavirus can be found at:

St John the Evangelist, Lyneal with Colemere and St Michael and All Angels, Welshampton

Following the Government’s instructions issued on 23 March 2020 the churches will not be open as previously planned.

Welshampton Methodist Church

A message from Reverend Julia Skitt BA(Hons)Theol.
Shropshire & Marches Methodist Circuit
“I’m sorry for more instructions, but in this quickly changing situation and following more advice from the Government and today’s (23 March 2020) updated guidance from Methodist Connexion, due to the clear evidence that people are not following the strict guidelines for social distancing and rapid rate of infection, we must not open up any of our buildings at all, for any length of time, however short, I apologise that this contradicts my previous messages.”

Please contact someone from the Chapel, Zena 710281, or Gill 710481 if you have any questions.


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.


Can’t find what you’re looking for?

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Other useful websites

The Lyneal Trust

The Sun Inn

Colemere Residents Association

Shropshire Wildlife Trust

West Mercia Police

Shropshire Fire and Rescue



The Parish Council is a branch of the Tree Charter.

Find out about the Tree Charter through this link.


If you need to contact the Parish Council email: or phone 01948 710672

You can also write to the Council at: Orchard Cottage, Rowe Lane, Welshampton, Ellesmere, SY12 0QB.