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Holiday scheme has a jam-packed schedule

Wondering what to do during the summer holidays? Well, we can help by telling you about a jam-packed schedule of events that have been lined up for Craven Arms, Church Stretton and Ludlow.

There will be plenty going on at these venues starting at the end of this month and running through August.

Craven Arms Community Centre (CasCa) events are being funded or part funded by money raised through the amazing efforts of Craig Nicholson and his five marathons in five days.
All events are free to young people living in Craven Arms and/or with a 67 phone code.
Other children can attend but will be charged £3. First priority will be given to children living in Craven Arms.

What’ happening:
Tuesday, August 1, 15, 22 and 29 – Tennis coaching with Lucy Taylor:
10am-11am – under 8s – maximum limit 10 children.
11am-noon – 8 to 10-year-olds – maximum limit 12 children.
1pm-2pm – beginners over 10 years.
2pm-3pm – improvers any age.

Thursday August 3, 10, 17 and 24 – Craft workshops
Held between 10.30am and 12.30pm, run by Scrappies and Lesley Mcnight in Church Stretton.
Thursday, August 3 – activities will focus on bug hotels
Thursday, August 10 – it’s all about kites and windsocks, with the chance to make and fly your own kite.
Thursday, August 17 – Robo Wars event and the chance to make your own robot.
Thursday, August 24 – Puppet making.
The workshops are aimed at children aged 7+ and the maximum number for each workshop is 10 to 12.

Monday, August 7 – Play Day, featuring the climbing wall.

Saturday, August 12 – Storytime and crafts at the Charity Bookshop
5 Drovers House – next to Lunts Pharmacy – 11am, noon and 1pm.
Booking for this is essential as there are only nine places available for youngsters up to eight years of age.
Each session lasts 40 minutes.
A terrific story will be read first of all and then the children get to try their hand at crafts.
Books and reading area are available for older children.
Please book your place at CasCa by telephoning 01588 672847.

Wednesday, August 23 – Manor Adventure.
There are 12 places available for this event aimed at children between 9 and 13 and involves high ropes and caving.

Thursday, August 31 – Go Kart Party.

For more information about CasCa events, contact 01588 672847, or email casca@furniturescheme.co.uk
For more about events at Scrappies, contact 01694 328508, email info@scrappies.org


Meanwhile, over at Rockspring, Ludlow there are a number of activities planned to keep youngsters occupied over the summer holidays.

What’s happening:
Rockspring, in Sandford Road, has linked up with the town’s Assembly Rooms to offer special film and workshop deals.
Anyone booking at Rockspring can get both the film and workshop for £3 and parents go free.
Tuesday, July 25 – Over and Out workshop runs between 11am and 1pm and will be followed by the film screening of Cats and Dogs (U) at 2pm.
Tuesday, August 1 – Who’s Around the Corner? From 11am to 1pm and the film from 2pm will be Basil the Great Mouse Detective (U).
Tuesday, August 15 – Build a Beast from 11am to 1pm and Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit will be shown from 2pm.
Tuesday, August 22 – Be the Detective workshop, 11am to 1pm, with Zootropolis (PG) screening at 2pm.
Tuesday, August 29 – Live Dinosaur Discovery Day, 11am to 1pm and Live Dinosaur Detectives screened at 2pm.

Tuesday 25th July – Children’s Craft Afternoon
In a link up with Youth Partnership there will be craft events at the Roman Catholic Church Community Hall in Henley Road, Ludlow, between 1pm and 3pm.
This is for children of all ages, but those under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is 50p per child and activities will include making a pinecone animal, painting, monster bookmarks, sugarcraft and fingerprinting with the police, tile decorating and biscuit decoration.
Biscuits and drinks will be free to youngsters. There will also be a child-friendly tombola to raise funds for this year’s community fireworks display in October.

Tuesday, August 29 – Sports on Gallows Bank
In partnership with Shrewsbury Town in the Community, this is aimed at children aged between four and 14.
Registration takes place at 12.30pm at the Rockspring Community Centre and will finish at 3pm.
All children must be registered by an adult at the start and signed out by an adult at the end of the session.
This free event will conclude with a burger or hotdog.

For more information on any of these events, telephone the Rockspring on 01584 874922.

Small Garden Festival 2017 a great success

One of the 18 small gardens open to the public

One of the 18 small gardens open on Sunday 2nd July


Hundreds of pounds has been raised for a south Shropshire charity and potential new regular donors found, thanks to an annual garden event.

The small garden event in Ludlow earlier this month (July 2) collected £600 for The Furniture Scheme and organisers said it helped raise the profile of the charity too – with people interested in joining the Friends scheme.

James Cooper, operations manager for the Furniture Scheme based at Rockspring Community Centre, Sandford Road, said he was very pleased with the event.

“We had 18 people open their gardens to the public and, after expenses, raised £600 for the charity to help people in need in our community.
“There were a few people who expressed an interest in our Friends of the Furniture Scheme too, they took leaflets and the bonus will be if we’ve gained some new Friends through the event.
“This will help us in our efforts to secure the charity for the future as well.”

Organisers said more than 200 people visited on what turned out to be a lovely sunny day.

Last year 12 gardens opened to the public but this year this event was extended
with stalls, a display of local artists’ work at Rockspring and local sculptors’ work displayed in some of the gardens.

There was also a variety of stalls along the route and a party atmosphere with a jazz band and vintage cocktails.

James said the event was a good advert for the charity too.
He said: “A lot of people asked what it was The Furniture Scheme did and we were able to talk to a lot of new faces and explain our aims.

We have a small staff team and hundreds of volunteers who help us offer training and work placements to those seeking to increase their skills and experience.

We receive fantastic support. People help us in all sorts of ways through donating furniture, equipment, books; buying in our shops; volunteering and fundraising.

“In recognition of this we launched the Friends of the Furniture Scheme in December, where people are able to give us an annual donation, and we always use events like the small garden one to appeal for more people to become Friends, because more support would help us meet the increasing needs of our community.

The Furniture Scheme has been supporting people in need in South Shropshire for more than 22 years. The charity was initially formed to address growing concerns about the amount of waste going to landfill.

It recycles or repairs donated furniture and household goods before passing them on to those in need or selling them to raise much needed funds at one of their shops.

The Furniture Scheme runs the Warehouse on Weeping Cross Lane and
Renaissance on Tower Street in Ludlow.

They also work at the Charity Bookshop and CasCA in Craven Arms. For more information on becoming a Friend of the Furniture Scheme contact James
Cooper on 01584 874922 or email: james@furniturescheme.co.uk.


BBC Radio Shropshire interview

Our lovely friends at BBC Radio Shropshire came to interview Gill Pitt our Social Inclusion Manager and the team at CasCA Craven Arms.

You can listen to the interview here:


In the interview Gill talks about the future of the Library what happens at CasCA.

Thank you to BBC Radio Shropshire for sharing this interview with us.

Work to complete new play area at CasCA is completed

Work to create a new play area for children and groups in south Shropshire has now been completed thanks to a £10,000 grant.

The Furniture Scheme, based in Ludlow, has installed the open space at CasCA (Community Arts Sports Craven Arms) Nursery – and they are now looking for more volunteers to help with the extra work.

The improvements to the site in Newington Way have been made after funding from Awards for All and everyone is delighted with the results.

Jean Jarvis, chief executive of The Furniture Scheme, said: “This money has been a huge boost, it has not only benefitted the children at the nursery but all community groups who can book to use it.

“It’s flat to ensure those less able can access it and the new flooring means it can be used throughout the year regardless of the weather.

“Since it opened we’ve seen lots of people come to use it, many for the first time.”

The work was carried out by Clean Cut Services grounds maintenance, a social enterprise which is part of FUSE Enterprise CIC – a development company which sets up its own social enterprises working to help, support and encourage growth.
Veolia also supported the project by offering a skip free of charge.

But Ms Jarvis said the success of the charity and the continuing expansion of services on offer means the charity is in need of more volunteers.

She added: “The Furniture Scheme was launched over 20 years ago as a way to ensure some of the most excluded members of the community could benefit from recycled household items – we now offer computer courses, carpentry workshops and volunteering in the garden, among other things, to help build confidence.

“Many of our volunteers come to us with low self esteem and leave a different person, ready to take on new challenges.

“It is great because people get confidence and leave us to get a job – but it means we need more volunteers.

“We need people for roles like reception and helping us to set up rooms, there are many different things to do here and we will try to suit what volunteers are interested in.
“Also we will always, where we can, put people into training and learn new skills.
“It is a good opportunity to be part of our organisation – our family.”

Anyone who would like more information about The Furniture Scheme or CasCA should call 01588 672847 or email casca@furniturescheme.co.uk or visit http://www.furniturescheme.co.uk.

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