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New team to save lives

You may know that we have a defibrillator at the school and also that we have people trained in its use both in the school and in the community. The next major development is to form a team who can respond to local emergencies when contacted by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The Parish Council have paid for training and David Shearan, from the community, has volunteered to lead the formation of the team. More information will follow.

A defibrillator is a life-saving machine that gives the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest. This is called defibrillation and can save lives.


New NHS number for out of hours care

NHS 111 set to take over as the only number patients will need From Tuesday 17 July people across Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire who need urgent out-of-hours medical help or advice will need to call 111.

In Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, the NHS 111 service will replace the current out-of-hours telephone access service provided by Shropdoc in line with national policy to provide a consistent, integrated approach to urgent care; but any patients that need to see a clinician out-of-hours will still be seen by a local GP or other appropriate clinician

BBC Radio Shropshire-Ruyton XI Towns Litter Picking Campaign

Ian Perry from BBC Radio Shropshire visited Ruyton XI Towns to talk live on air to Parish Councillors Ryan Harrison and Andrea Hall about the Parish Council’s wage on litter campaign, with the kind help and assistance of Karen Rooney, proprietor of Cafe Eleven and village resident David Shearan.

The radio station had heard that the Parish Council had recently purchased some litter picking equipment.  In a follow up to a news article broadcasted the previous day, about how the Shropshire Wildlife Trust is cleaning up stretches of the River Severn, the station asked to meet up with representatives from the Parish Council and also Karen from Cafe Eleven and village residents David Shearan and Colin Case.

The interview talked about how the project came about, with a demonstration of the litter pickers from Andrea, listeners were invited to get involved if they fancied taking part in litter picks and the Parish Council is actively encouraging local residents to organise litter picks.  All of the equipment is available to borrow and can be collected from Cafe Eleven.

The interview can be heard by clicking on the attached link (at 2hours, 42 mins and 50 seconds)

Good riddance to bad rubbish

Do you see rubbish lying around and want to pick it up? Well now you can. The Parish Council has bought a litter picking kit which is being stored by Karen at Cafe Eleven. Any time the cafe is open you can pop in, borrow what you need and go litter picking.

There are high vis vests, 10 litter picking grabber tools, sets of gloves and black plastic bags. Karen will give you a sign out sheet so you can check out and check back in what you use. Bring your own gloves if you prefer.

There are no arrangements for Shropshire Council to take away what you collect but if this stays low key with small groups then the suggestion is that you use your own bins/recycle boxes.

Check out this BBC article ‘Rubbish job: why don’t we just pick up litter?

And then there was one

Until recently there were two vacancies on the Parish Council but at the June meeting John Houghton became the newest councillor.

John served in the British Army and now operates in a Health and Safety capacity within the construction industry. He moved to Ruyton XI Towns around 6 years ago and has come to love the place. He wanted to get to know people better and to get involved in the life of the community so decided to volunteer as a Parish Councillor.

How about you? Could you fill that final place?

Join and be an active member of our local community and help us with crime and safety, planning issues, environment, highways and local services.

You must:

  • be 18 or over AND on the electoral register, or a resident of the Parish, or live within three miles of the Parish as the crow flies, or own a business in the Parish
  • be able to attend evening meetings every month
  • have an interest in local issues
  • have a desire to improve the quality of life in the Parish
  • be able to represent the views of local people

The position is unpaid and voluntary, but some expenses such as training are paid for by the Parish Council.

For further details please contact the Parish Clerk using our contact form

Smart Meters Rollout

What is a Smart Meter?

A smart meter is the next generation of a gas and electricity meter. They’re being installed by energy suppliers in every home in England, Scotland, and Wales. Smart meters come with an in-home display screen that shows you exactly how much energy you’re using in pounds and pence, in near real time and will bring an end to estimated bills.

How do I get one?

The UK Government plans to have all homes and businesses installed with smart meters by 2020. You don’t need to wait until then. Follow the link provided here to find out how you can arrange for installation. It is simple and free.


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