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Doctors Meadow bridge closed for repairs

The Parish Council raised serious safety concerns with Shropshire Council about the condition of the Doctors Meadow bridge, which crosses the River Perry between Doctors Meadow and The Spinney.

Following an investigation and condition report, Shropshire Council has temporarily closed the bridge for the necessary repairs, which started Monday 30th March and are expected to last 5-6 days. While these repairs are underway, the Parish Council asks all residents please stay away from the bridge, for your own safety and that of the contractors.

Thank you for your patience whilst these important repairs are being completed.

Coronavirus – Latest Advice

There is now a page on the Parish Council website with links to the latest government and NHS advice. The page also contains information about how to get help and how you can help others in the community.

Flooding – staying safe

[Information provided by Shropshire Council]

If you need to report a Highways or Flooding emergency to Shropshire Council please call: 0345 678 9006. 

All other  non-emergency Highways issues can be reported online through the Shropshire Council portal, or by sending an email to: (response times will be slower if reporting issues via email). Reporting issues correctly is important to make sure the problem is logged, monitored, and actioned quickly and effectively.

Information and advice

For information and advice on how to stay safe during the flooding, please visit the Storm Dennis webpage on the Shropshire Council website –

For news and up-to-date information about flooding and flood warnings, visit the Environment Agency website –

More information from the Environment Agency on what to do before, during, and after a flood can be found here:

Additional information on how to manage during times of flooding and afterwards can be found on the website here:

Crumbling wall on Church Bank

Anyone travelling on Church Bank by road or by foot will have noticed the crumbling wall and the fallen rocks and stones. This has been a concern for the Church and for the Parish Council for some time. It has been reported to Shropshire Council on several occasions because it is their responsibility.

It was inspected by a structural engineer in December and assessed as structurally sound. The Parish Council were advised to keep a watching brief and in January there was another significant fall of large and small sandstone pieces. This was reported again and the latest response is that repair work will now be part of the Council’s programme of works which start in April.

The engineer wants to be informed of any further deterioration so please do keep reporting it if you see a problem. Thank you to those members of the community who have sent in photos of the recent damage.

Where to find medical help and advice over Christmas and New Year

What to do when your GP Practice is closed this Christmas and New Year

Local NHS health professionals are advising residents where to go to get medical help and advice when their GP practice is closed this festive period.

Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are reminding people that although GP practices will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, there are other services available.

For anyone who needs urgent medical help or advice they can call NHS 111 for free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or they can access the service online at

A number of pharmacies will be open for limited hours, on a rota on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Your pharmacist will be able to give you free advice on minor conditions and over-the-counter treatments.

You can also download the NHS App to check symptoms, book GP appointments during normal opening hours, and request repeat prescriptions.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Christmas is a busy time of year and that’s why it is really important people think about their healthcare needs.

“If you have a regular prescription, make sure you have enough to cover the festive period and you collect it in advance.

“Remember your local pharmacist can offer you free health advice without the need of an appointment, or if you are feeling unwell and need urgent health advice call NHS 111 or visit”

Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford & Wrekin CCG, said: “We can all help ourselves stay well by making sure we have the essentials to treat minor coughs, colds and sore throats ready, to hand in our medicine cabinets. Please remember, as well as looking after yourself, to pop in and check on your elderly family, friends and neighbours too.”

For more information on what you can do to stay well this winter, please visit:


Reporting speeding commercial vehicles

Our Safer Roads Group would like photographic evidence of commercial vehicles that fail to comply with the speed limits in the village. You can submit photos via a form on the Contacts menu of the Parish Council website.

You will have to create a login – full details of how to do this and what information is required about the incident are on the website.

For each incident reported the Safer Roads Group will write to the commercial organisation giving them the registration number of the vehicle and the details of the speeding incident. Based on past experience we expect this to make a difference, perhaps a warning to the driver or even an instruction not to use the road through our village.

We will NOT share your personal details with the commercial organisation nor with anyone else without your permission.


Thanks to the Talbot

The Parish Council would like to thank Charlotte and Gavin at the Talbot Inn for allowing us to use the Barn for our meetings in October and December.

On both occasions our usual venue at the Victoria Room was booked but the pub saved the day.

Damaged drain in Church Street

Take care when walking or cycling along Church Street on the South side because the masonry around a drain situated between the Talbot and Hall Farm has been damaged and the drain is unstable and unsafe.

If any weight is put on it, it moves around and debris falls into the gully. It feels as if collapse is likely particularly as heavy vehicles continue to roll over it

Shropshire Council Highway Maintenance teams have been informed
and hopefully will be undertaking repairs soon.

Fungi – autumn on the Cliffe

These photos were taken by someone who enjoys the scenic views and the flora and fauna while walking their dog on the Cliffe. Hopefully the work being done by the Cliffe Crew will encourage more fungi to grow.

If you love the Cliffe and its special heathland habitat then you may wish to join the Cliffe Crew Volunteers who help to maintain it. They meet at 9am on the second Sunday of every month and carry out various tasks under the leadership of our Park Ranger.

A word of caution – do NOT pick mushrooms or toadstools unless you have expert knowledge because many are either unpleasant or extremely poisonous.

Welcome to our new Parish Clerk

Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Parish Clerk Lydia Bardsley who officially started her role on 1 November 2019. Lydia will work part time for us while continuing in her part time role as Parish Clerk in Clive. Her first Parish Council Meeting in Ruyton will be on Tuesday 26 November.

You can find out more about Lydia’s background, her accomplishments and her many interests, by clicking on the link below.

Lydia takes over from Sue Hackett who has retired after 10 years of loyal and dedicated service. Many of you will have met Sue and will recognise what a fantastic job she did for us here in Ruyton. We wish her all the very best in her retirement.