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New Winter Support Service Launched – from 1st November

Shropshire Council, in partnership with its health colleagues has commissioned a Winter Support Service to help residents across Shropshire who are vulnerable, and potentially vulnerable during the coming months.

The service can offer:

assessment and ongoing support to people identified as needing help, including:

  • Transport returning home from hospital
  • Settling people in at home following discharge from hospital
  • Fitting of low-level equipment e.g. key safes and pendant alarms
  • Collecting and delivering medications
  • Shopping and delivery
  • Wellbeing home visits
  • Hot meal delivery
  • Companionship for isolated or lonely people

The service cannot offer:

a crisis response or personal care, but it will work as part of the health and care system to ensure that people get the support that they need through appropriate referrals and signposting.

From the 1st of November Shropshire residents and those who support people in the community will be able to call the Winter Wellness helpline on 0345 678 9012 in order to find out more and be referred where appropriate.

Thank you to all who attended the public Zoom meeting last night. The Airband slides and superfast broadband coverage maps can now be found on our Useful Information page under the Broadband heading, as well as contact details for the Community Liaison Officer if you have any questions.

Public meeting 26.10.2021 re. Airband rollout in the parish

A public meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 26th Oct 2021 at 7.00 pm to receive info on the Airband Full Fibre Broadband rollout in Ruyton XI Towns Parish.

Ruyton XI Towns parish is earmarked for Airband’s rollout of Full Fibre Broadband infrastructure. There will be a presentation from Airband’s Community Liaison Officer with an overview of the project, the technology, processes, and how residents/businesses can register their interest, followed by Q&A.


As well as properties in Ruyton village, Airband coverage is expected in the following parish areas:

Weirbrook, Olden Lane, and Park Bank.

Please see the attached map for more info, which shows locations (purple dots) where superfast broadband coverage is planned through Airband’s state-aided contracts by the end of 2021.

How to join the public Zoom meeting:

The Zoom meeting ID and phone dial-in numbers are below, but participants must contact the clerk beforehand to receive the meeting passcode, without which they will not be able to join the meeting.

Topic: Airband rollout Public Zoom Meeting
Time: Oct 26, 2021 07:00 PM London

Click to join the Airband rollout public Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 834 0521 4490       Contact the clerk to request the passcode.

Dial by your location

You can also join this meeting by phone, but please inform the clerk when requesting the meeting passcode if you intend to dial in. Simply dial one of the numbers below from your mobile or landline and input the meeting ID and passcode when prompted (if asked to input a participant ID, just press #). Please note your telephone provider may charge you for the call.

0208 080 6591 United Kingdom
0208 080 6592 United Kingdom
0330 088 5830 United Kingdom
0131 460 1196 United Kingdom
0203 481 5237 United Kingdom
0203 481 5240 United Kingdom
0203 901 7895 United Kingdom

Meeting ID: 834 0521 4490     Contact the clerk to request the passcode.

Welcome to our new councillors

After the May elections, there were two vacant spots on the Council. We are pleased to announce that we have now filled both vacant seats with the co-option of Robert Hamlett, and Luke Penton on to the Council. Robert officially took up his seat at the October meeting, and Luke will be taking up his seat at the November meeting. We are looking forward to working with both Robert and Luke to help improve life for everyone in the local community.

Info and contact details for our new councillors will be added to the Your Parish Councillors webpage shortly, but you can always email the clerk (or phone 01691 674742 during office hours) if you would like to raise any matters with the Parish Council in the meantime.

Are you passionate about your community? Do you want to help make a long-lasting change? Do you have innovative ideas for the council? Do you have concerns about a specific issue and want to do something about it? If this is you, then we need you.

Two vacancies on Parish Council

After the May elections there were two seats left on the Parish Council that can be filled by co-option. We need people from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect their community, and who are interested in making a difference. Make a change and become a Parish Councillor.

What do Parish Councils and Parish Councillors do?

Parish Councils and Councillors make a massive difference to local people’s quality of life. They are passionate about their communities and seek to make a change to help improve their residents’ lives.

Councillors are elected/co-opted to represent the local community, so you must either live or work in the council area. Becoming a councillor is a rewarding experience as you will be able to make a change in your community to help improve residents’ lives. A councillor’s role can include developing strategies and plans for the area, helping with problems and ideas, representing the community, working with other local community groups, decision making and reviewing decisions and talking to the community about their needs and what the council is doing.

If you want to know more about what it is like to be a councillor, you can get in touch with the clerk or your existing councillors (councillor contact details are here). You can also watch the YouTube recording from NALC’s #MakeAChange event, hosted by Times Radio presenter Matt Chorley, with a panel of councillors from across the country, as well as viral sensation Jackie Weaver (Chief Officer at Cheshire Association of Local Councils, and acting clerk for that Parish Council meeting).

How to become a councillor

Please complete and return the Councillor application form by the deadline of 5pm on Tues 31st August 2021. There are some legal criteria (and disqualifications) for becoming a councillor which will be set out in the application form, so you’ll be asked to confirm you meet these as part of the application. If you have any queries at all, please don’t hesitate to contact the clerk by email or phone (01691 674742 – office hours only please).

Return of face-to-face meetings

Residents may or may not be aware that legislation permitting Local Councils to hold meetings remotely will expire on May 7th 2021, and after this point all Council meetings must be “face-to-face”. Despite valiant efforts from Hertfordshire County Council, Lawyers in Local Government, and the Association of Democratic Services Officers, a recent High Court ruling has dismissed claims that other legislation already permits council meetings to be held remotely. As it is an election year, local councils in Shropshire (including Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council) are therefore legally obliged to hold an “in-person” Annual Council meeting within a set number of days after the election on Thurs 6th May 2021.

Annual Council Meeting arrangements in Ruyton XI Towns

In order to meet the legal obligation to hold an annual council meeting in-person, the Parish Council has decided to hold a very short in-person Annual Council Meeting in the Village Hall (not the Victoria Room) on Tues 18th May 2021 at 6.30pm. To keep the meeting short to minimise the risk of transmission, the agenda will only include items that must legally be considered at the annual meeting, or that are otherwise urgent, and there will be no Parish Matters agenda items. If you have any questions or matters you wish to raise with the Parish Council prior to the Annual Council meeting, please telephone (01691 674742) or email the clerk asap. We will note any such matters raised, and will send a response after the meeting. If urgent action is required, the Parish Council does have a Scheme of Delegation in place.

Can members of the public attend the Annual Council meeting?

Whilst all Council meetings must be held face-to-face from 7th May, there will still be limits on how members of the public can gather and mix indoors. As the safety of residents, councillors, and staff is of the utmost importance, we are working closely with the Village Hall committee to prepare the risk assessments and covid secure measures for the face-to-face meeting, but there will be necessary capacity limits in the Village Hall to allow for social distancing between councillors, staff, and any attendees (max 20 people, including councillors and clerk). To further minimise the risk of transmission, and to avoid having to turn people away at the door, we would urge residents to carefully consider whether they need to attend this meeting in person. If you still feel you need to attend the meeting in person, please telephone (01691 674742) or email the clerk asap, so we can discuss how we can accommodate you safely. Those who do attend meetings must either:

  • sign in using the NHS Covid-19 QR code on their smartphone, or
  • provide contact details for NHS Test and Trace.

View the Parish Council’s Test and Trace Privacy notice.  

Government call for evidence for remote meetings – share your views.

The Parish Council was very disappointed that Central Government decided not to extend legislation permitting remote meetings, as we feel we have been able to achieve a huge amount over the last 12+ months, whilst avoiding unnecessary risks to councillors, residents, and staff.

The Government has launched a consultation regarding remote meetings, in order to decide whether or not to change to legislation to allow local councils the permanent option of holding remote meetings in future. The Parish Council will respond in favour of keeping remote meetings as an option, and we would urge members of the public to send their own responses as well. You can access more information on the Government’s Call for evidence here. Responses can be submitted via the Citizen Space online survey. The deadline for submitting responses is 17.06.2021.


Parish Council – uncontested election

At the close of nominations on 8th April, there were fewer nominations than available seats on the Parish Council, and therefore the candidates shown in the attached notice of uncontested election have been duly elected unopposed. They will take up office on 10th May 2021. This means that there will be two vacancies, which the Parish Council has the right to fill by co-option within 35 days of the date of the election. More information about being a councillor can be found on the Local Election page of our website. Please feel free to contact the clerk if you are interested in joining the Council or if you have any queries (NB. new phone number: 01691 674742).

Shropshire Council Unitary Election – Ruyton & Baschurch division

Elections went ahead for the Shropshire Council Ruyton & Baschurch division. Shropshire Councillor Nick Bardsley was re-elected for the Ruyton and Baschurch ward. Please see notices below for more information.

Shropshire Council Unitary Election Result – Ruyton and Baschurch

Shropshire Council Unitary Election Statement of Persons Nominated

Shropshire Council Unitary Election Notice of poll

Police and Crime Commissioner

Elections also went ahead for the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, and John Campion was re-elected. Please see notices below for more information.

PCC Declaration of Election Result

PCC Statement of Persons Nominated

PCC Notice of Election Agents

PCC Notice of poll.


Town and Parish Councils across Shropshire are gearing up for local and county council elections on 6th May 2021, and this is a fantastic opportunity for local electors in Ruyton XI Towns to help shape the future of the parish, as well as Shropshire Council. See the notices of elections below:

Ruyton XI Towns Notice of elections

Shropshire Council Notice of Unitary elections

Police and Crime Commissioner Notice of elections

What is Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council, and what does it do? 

Parish Councils are the first tier of local government, and they can make a real difference to local communities at the grassroots level. Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council usually meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month, (except August), and is comprised of 11 elected members who serve a four–year term.

The Council can:

  • play a vital part in representing the interests of your community
  • work together to improve the quality of life and local environment
  • influence other decision-makers
  • where applicable, deliver services to meet local needs

 This is YOUR Council, and it represents YOUR community. If you want the Council to do more, or do things differently, make sure you are registered to vote and that you participate in the May election.

What can YOU do? 

As a local elector you can 

  • nominate candidates to stand for election
  • stand for election yourself (deadline for hand delivering nomination forms: 4pm 8th April 2021)
  • make sure you are registered to vote by 19th April 2021
  • if needed, apply for a postal vote (by 20th April 2021) or proxy vote (by 27th April 2021)
  • in May, cast your vote in person, by post, or by proxy to elect councillors to represent the interests of Ruyton XI Towns parish

Who can be a Parish councillor? 

Anyone can be elected as councillor as long as:

  • they are at least 18 years old on the day of the election, AND 
  • they are a UK/EU/Commonwealth citizen, AND EITHER
  • they are a local elector, OR
  • they live or work within 3 miles of Ruyton XI Towns parish, OR
  • they occupy premises (as a tenant or owner) in the Council’s area,

and as long as they are not disqualified from being elected.

More information on standing for election is available on the dedicated Local Elections Page of the Parish Council website. If your question is not answered by the website, please email the Parish Council Clerk or phone (01691 238267 – office hours only please). NB. The clerk can provide the polling and district numbers for proposers and seconders (which are needed for the nomination form), but ultimately it is the responsibility of candidates to complete and deliver their own nomination forms.

Shaping the future of Ruyton XI Towns Parish 

Parish Councils serves their communities best when they are made up of capable, committed, and passionate councillors who want to make a positive impact, and who work together as a team to make a difference in their local community. By playing your part in the upcoming Parish Elections, YOU can help shape the future of Ruyton XI Towns Parish.

Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council has formed a Climate Emergency Working Group, whose aim is to research, propose, and coordinate activities designed to tackle the climate emergency, and we are looking for enthusiastic members of the community to get involved.

What we’ve already achieved:

There are things we have already achieved as a Parish Council, prior to the formation of this working group, which fit the aims:

  • upgraded all Parish Council-owned streetlights with LEDs in 2019 – the significant energy efficiency and long lifespan helps reduce carbon emissions
  • started adding solar panels to our vehicle activated speed (VAS) signs  – solar is more sustainable than recharging batteries with mains electricity
  • a tree planting initiative in the Queen Elizabeth II field and on ‘the Spinney’ – trees store or ‘sequester’ carbon emissions, improve air quality,  as well as create new habitats for local wildlife

Next project: Recycling the non-recyclable

We’re all used to separating tin cans, glass bottles, cardboard etc. for kerbside collection, but did you know there is a way to recycle certain items that Shropshire Council can’t accept?

The Climate Emergency Working Group are particularly keen to gain support from the community for an exciting recycling initiative. We are looking into working with TerraCycle (an organisation that specialises in “recycling the non-recyclable”) to establish “public drop-of locations” in the parish for hard to recycle waste. Residents would be able to drop off certain types of post-consumer waste: examples could include bread bags, cheese packaging, dental products, pet food pouches, coffee capsules, health and beauty packaging, medicine blister packs, biros, crisp packets BUT there are limitations especially if other sites locally already deal with these recyclable categories. So the first job is to work out what is possible.

Collected waste = cash for charities

If we can get a recycling point established then once we’ve collected a certain volume of waste this will be sent off to TerraCycle for cleaning, reusing, recycling, and upcycling. They also give the community the chance to raise money for local charities and schools, as each qualifying item of waste earns points which can be redeemed as cash by the nominated charity or school.  You can check out stories from other collectors on TerraCycle’s Collector Highlight blog page. In the past there have even been contests to win new school playgrounds made from upcycled waste.

How can you get involved?

The Climate Emergency Working Group is very keen to involve the community in all aspects of its activities. You could get involved by:

  • volunteering on some of our initial projects (like many of you did with the tree planting initiative!)
  • joining the Climate Emergency Working Group
  • becoming a Community Champion for a specific project – we aim to have at least one council rep and one member of the community on each project
  • suggesting ideas for other climate and environment related projects

If you would like to know more about getting involved in the Climate Emergency Working Group and/or you have a suggestion for a potential project, please contact Cllr David Shearan, or the Parish Council Clerk.

The road between Baschurch and Shotatton will be closed between Wednesday 3 February and Friday 5 February (09:30-16:00] to allow for pothole repairs. See current status