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The Parish Council has been notified by Shropshire Council Street Works Team of the following Road Closure –

Road Closure:  B4397 Church Street, Ruyton XI Towns

Start Date: 22nd July 2024

End Date: 26th July 2024

Purpose: excavate carriageway to collapsed culvert and repair. Please note that this will be a 24hr closure with working times 09:30-16:00.

Works Promoter:   Shropshire Council

You can view the closure and diversion route by clicking here:

Should you have any queries regarding this closure, please call SC Customer Services on 0345 6789006, or eMail the Street Works Team on

Applications are invited for the post of Clerk to Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council. The post is part-time 14 hours per week to be worked flexibly. Council meetings take place monthly in the evening (usually 1st Tuesday of the month). The post- holder will be required to work mainly from home.

The Clerk is responsible for preparing agendas, taking minutes, dealing with correspondence, liaising with the public, contractors and local government officials.

The post-holder will also be the Council’s Responsible Financial Officer and should have experience of preparing accounts, bank reconciliations, budgets, VAT returns, and PAYE.

The successful applicant should be computer literate, ideally have previous local government experience and hold or be prepared to obtain the Certificate in Local Council Administration or the Certificate of Higher Education in Community Governance. The Council currently holds the NALC Foundation Award.   First class communication and interpersonal skills are a necessity; whilst the ability to work as part of a team is essential.

The conditions of employment and remuneration are based upon the National Association of Local Council’s salary recommendations. The salary range is LC2, SCP 19 rising to SCP 23 (£29,777 – £32,076 pro-rata) depending upon qualifications and experience.

An application form, job description and further details can be obtained by contacting the Locum Parish Clerk on 01743 719012 or send a message on link below

Contact – Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council

Closing date: 12 noon on 29th March 2024

It is expected interviews will take place in April 2024.

The Parish Council is an equal opportunities employer.

Make a change. Become a councillor.

Do you have, or could you make a bit of regular time to help residents by being a Councillor on our Parish Council? We meet once a month to discuss what’s happening, what we can do, and then go and do what we can.

We currently have one vacant seat on the Council, and need a range of councillors of all ages and experience to join our friendly team – all you need is a desire to make a positive difference in Ruyton parish.

Application forms are available on the Council website and should be sent direct to the Clerk of the Council. These will be considered at the next available Council Meeting.

For an informal chat about what being a councillor involves, please contact the Chairman, Vice Chairman, or the Clerk to the Council.

 Chairman: Cllr Kerry Coldwell                   07821291034

Vice Chairman: Cllr Mervyn Eyles            07748143626

Locum Clerk:

The second round of consultation on Smithfield Riverside in Shrewsbury is now open until 5 March!

Go along to the Shropshire Local Unit on the top floor of The Darwin Centre to see the plans and have your say, or visit

On 14th January we said goodbye to our Parish Clerk, Mrs Lydia Bardsley. The Parish Council would like to thank Lydia for her hard work and diligence, especially with the difficulties imposed by Lockdown. We wish her all the very best for the future.

We are currently seeking a replacement for Lydia but in the meantime we have secured the services of a Locum Parish Clerk, Ian Cruise-Taylor, to assist with the administration. He will be handling eMails addressed to the Parish Clerk (should he not be available the Chairman and Vice-Chairman will be monitoring the mailbox). As before, please use the Parish Council website if you wish to contact the Chairman or Vice-Chairman directly.

Following the resignation of Cllr Scott Denyer there is a casual vacancy on the Parish Council. No by-election has been requested by the Ruyton electors so the Parish Council is now able to co-opt a person to fill the vacant seat.

The guidance states that the seat should be filled as soon as reasonably practicable. The Council has set the application deadline to 27th January 2024. Please send completed applications to the Parish Council Chairman before the deadline of 9pm on Saturday 27th January

You can download the application form below and may wish to check out the Good Councillors Guide as an introduction to what being a Councillor involves. You are also very welcome to have an informal chat with the Chairman, Vice-Chairman or any of your existing councillors. If you have any questions about the eligibility criteria please eMail the Locum Clerk.

Download the Councillor application form

View the Good Councillors Guide

In the coming financial year, the Shropshire Council faces difficult decisions ahead in order to balance its budget and continue to deliver vital services to all residents, building on the significant progress already made this year.  The consultation is designed to help Shropshire Council understand the priorities of all communities and this will help shape the next steps.

The Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council would like to encourage as many people as possible to take part in the online survey, which should take less than 20 minutes to complete.  It is important that local priorities are voiced. The survey closes on 28th January 2024. Please click on the link below to participate.

Shropshire Council is pleased to announce the return of the Winter Support Service for a fourth year. During the coming months the service will assist residents (18+) who may need a little additional support to maintain their independence and remain well at home or following a hospital discharge.

The Winter Support Service, running until 31 March 2024, has been reinstated to support people to avoid a health and care crisis over the winter period. For more information follow link below or phone helpline on 0345 678 9012 open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday

There is a vacant seat on Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council following the resignation of Cllr Scott Denyer on 2nd December. This means that local electors have until 5th January to request a by-election to fill this seat. The notice below explains how a request for a by-election can be made to Shropshire Council.

View Casual Vacancy notice

If no request for a by-election is made, then the Parish Council will be able to co-opt to fill the seat.

Scott has been a parish councillor for many years and we wish to thank him for all his contributions to the Council’s operation.


The Parish Clerk is unavailable at the moment and there may be a delay in responding to any correspondence.

If you have any urgent business please contact the Chairman or Vice-Chairman