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New pick up points set-up for free Covid test kits-Shropshire

Everyone across Shropshire will now be able to pick up free lateral flow Covid-19 home testing kits from sites across the county. 

The new collection points for the lateral flow tests will be available at libraries and leisure centres across the Shropshire from Monday 12th April. 


  • Shrewsbury Library 
  • Oswestry Library 
  • Whitchurch Library 
  • Bridgnorth Library 
  • Church Stretton Library 
  • Market Drayton Library  
  • Bishop’s Castle Library 
  • Ludlow Library 

Leisure Centres 

  • Church Stretton Leisure Centre, Shrewsbury Road, Church Stretton SY6 6ER
  • SpArC Bishops Castle Leisure Centre, Brampton Road, Bishops Castle SY9 5AY
  • Much Wenlock Leisure Centre, Farley Road, Much Wenlock TF13 6NB
  • Roman Road Sports Centre, Longden Road, Shrewsbury SY3 9DW
  • Idsall Sports Centre, Coppice Green Lane, Shifnal TF11 8PD

Opening times for the above can be by clicking on this link found here 

Other collection points include: 

PCR Testing Centres: 

  • Shrewsbury COVID-19 Testing Centre at Shirehall overflow car park (opposite the White Horse Pub), London Road, Shrewsbury SY2 6NS 
  • Oswestry Covid-19 Testing Centre at Beatrice Street car park, Oswestry SY11 1QW 
  • Ludlow Smithfield Car Park at 25 Lower Galdeford, Ludlow SY8 1RN 

Walk in, symptom-free testing centres 

Shropshire Council are also encouraging anyone who collects a home testing kit to complete a test on site to gain an understanding of what you need to do. 

  • Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, Frankwell, Shrewsbury SY3 8FT
  • The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive, Harlescott, Shrewsbury SY1 4NG
  • Halo, Craven Arms Community Centre, Newington Way, Craven Arms SY7 9PS
  • Stage Door Theatre, Aston Street, Wem, SY4 5AY  (From Saturday 10 April)
  • Bridgnorth Community Centre, Severn Street, Low Town, Bridgnorth WV15 6BB
  • Raven House, 129 Cheshire Street, Market Drayton TF9 3AH 
  • The Victoria Centre, Victoria Road, Oswestry SY11 2HT 

 Pharmacies –Several Shropshire pharmacies also offering in person testing, as well as collection. Several Tests can be booked online using  www.1centralhealth.co.uk/shropshirelft  

The lateral flow kits can provide results in around 30 minutes. 

If you are unable to collect testing kit in person, you canorder them for home delivery.  

Adults over 18 years of age can pick up a maximum of two kits each per visit for their own use. 

Instructions on how to use the tests and record results are included with the kits. 

People with symptoms of COVID-19 should NOT take a rapid test. Instead, please stay at home and book a PCR test onlineor by calling 119.      

Anyone who tests positive with an LFD at home must self-isolate immediately and arrange to have a further PCR test.  To book a test visitgov.uk/get-coronavirus-testor call 119. 

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open throughout the week 9am-5pm, and on the weekend on Saturdays from 9am-4pm and Sundays 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

The above information is courtesy of Shropshire Council

A Fabulously Inclusive Festival

The 5th LGBT+ History Festival is now taking place in venues around Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin from 26th January to 5th March.

The festival is entirely volunteer run and offers an exciting programme of events open to all. The idea is to increase knowledge and understanding of LGBT+ lives and have fun!

There is something for everyone: from teenagers who fancy a go at clowning, spoken word enthusiasts in Church Stretton, film buffs in Oswestry, to bird watchers in Shrewsbury. All events are open to LGBT+ people, friends, allies, family and colleagues.

Events include: an afternoon singing workshop with some joyful and rousing LGBT+ anthems; the Head of Special Collections at the University of London talks about a particularly unique book collection which puts Shropshire on the map; award-winning film Directors take part in post-film Q & A sessions; young people celebrate inclusive practice in local schools and Clare Summerskill returns to the county for a celebratory evening of songs and comedy.

This year’s festival has been helped by funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.   

Many events are free and others have discounted tickets. For more information and to book, visit www.shrewsburylgbthistory.org.uk 

Note-take a look at the events pages on this website as we have listed some of what is happening during this month: https://shropshire-disability.net/events/

New support group for people living with dementia and their family carers

Shropshire Rural Communities Charity (RCC) is expanding its support groups for people living with dementia or memory loss and the family members who care for them.

Shrewsbury Care and Share Group will launch on Friday 8th November at St. Peter’s Church,  Monkmoor Road, Shrewsbury SY2 5BL, The meet ups offer “mutual support”-partners take turns to have a break while their loved ones are safe and happy in the company of the rest of the group.

At present there are four Care and Share groups in Shropshire. They are at Church Stretton, Market Drayton, Albrighton and Ludlow. Members meet every fortnight and take part in activities including memory games, crafts, gentle exercise, reminiscing, listening to speakers and socialisng with each other.

The groups have been set up by Shropshire RCC as a result of receiving a grant from a fund set up by the Government to help tackle loneliness.

If you or someone you know would be interested in joining a Care and Share group, please contact Project Officer Nickie Long on 01743 237888 or call/text mobile 07816 297795 or email nickie.long@shropshire-rcc.org.uk


Carers Rights Day Local Events

Start Date:
21st November 2019

End Date:
29th November 2029

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Event title: Carers Rights Day Local Events
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Name: Carer Trust 4All
Email: shropshire@carerstrust4all.org.uk
Telephone: 0333 323 1990 Option 1 then Option 6
Event description: This year Carers Rights Day is on Thursday 21st November 2019. The theme for the day is “Helping you find your way” Each year Carers UK holds Carers Rights Day to bring organisations across the UK together to help carers in their local communities know their rights and find out how to get help and support they are entitled to.

Carers Trust 4all will be holding events as followings:

  • Thursday 21st November: 1200-1400 at Oswestry Library SY11 1JN
  • Friday 22nd November: 1030-1200 Shrewsbury Baptist Church, Crowmere Road SY2 5JJ
  • Monday 25th November: Shrewsbury Library SY1 2AS
  • Monday 25th November: Church Stretton Health and Wellbeing Centre SY6 6BL
  • Friday 29th November: Broseley Medical Practice TF12 5EL

For further information about any of the above events please contact Carers Trust 4All by email shropshire@carerstrust4all.org.uk or telephone 0333 323 1990 Option 1 then Option 6

For information on Carers Rights UK click this link: https://www.carersuk.org/home

Book your Free Electric Blanket Test

Stay safe this winter, book one of the FREE appointments by calling 01743 260200 office hours. Testing of your electric blanket will take place on the following dates, times and places.

  • Tuesday 1st October-Shrewsbury Fire Station SY1 2 HJ, 9 am-5 pm
  • Wednesday 2nd October- Wem Fire Station SY4 5DR, 9 am-1 pm
  • Wednesday 2nd October-Oswestry Fire Station SY11 1BB 10 am-12.15
  • Wednesday 2nd October-Market Drayton Fire Station T9 3AL, 2 pm-5 pm
  • Wednesday 3rd October-Church Stretton Fire Station SY6 6AZ, 9 am -1 pm
  • Wednesday 3rd October-Bishops Castle Fire Station SY9 5AF, 2pm-5 pm and
  • Thursday 4th October Leegate Community Centre, Leegomery TF1 6 NA, 9 am -1 pm

Book that appointment now and be ready for colder nights ahead.

Electric Blanket Testing

Start Date:
1st October 2019

End Date:
4th October 2019

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Event title: Electric Blanket Testing
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Weblink: www.shropshirefire.gov.uk
Name: Shropshire Fire and Rescue
Email: N/A
Telephone: 01743 260200 office hours
Event description: Stay safe this winter, book one of our FREE appointments.

  • Tuesday 1st October-Shrewsbury Fire Station SY1 2 HJ, 9 am-5 pm
  • Wednesday 2nd October- Wem Fire Station SY4 5DR, 9 am-1 pm
  • Wednesday 2nd October-Market Drayton Fire Station T9 3AL, 2 pm-5 pm
  • Wednesday 3rd October-Church Stretton Fire Station SY6 6AZ, 9 am -1 pm
  • Wednesday 3rd October-Bishops Castle Fire Station SY9 5AF, 2pm-5 pm and
  • Thursday 4th October Leegate Community Centre, Leegomery TF1 6 NA, 9 am -1 pm

Please book your appointment by calling 01743 260200 office hours

Free Electric Blanket Shropshire Testing

Church Stretton Macular Support Group

Start Date:
18th October 2019

End Date:
18th October 2019

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Event title: Church Stretton Macular Support Group
Venue: The Health & Wellbeing Centre, Easthope Road, Church Stretton SY6 6BL
Name: Church Stretton Macular Support Group
Email: N/A
Telephone: 0300 3030 111
Event description: Today will be joined by Andy Farrell, Community Engagement Officer with Guide Dogs, who will be the speaker.

Our meetings are open to anyone affected by Macular Degeneration or central vision loss. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

There are over 300 Macular local support groups, which exist to provide advice and support to people affected by macular conditions, their relatives and friends across the British Isles.
The Macular Society provides a number of free services and offers a range of information about living with macular disease. You can also telephone their specialist helpline on 0300 3030 111.

Functional Fitness MOT and Falls Prevention -Church Stretton

Start Date:
20th August 2019

End Date:
20th August 2019

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Event title: Functional Fitness MOT and Falls Prevention -Church Stretton
Venue: Sylvester Horne Institute, Church Stretton SY6 6BY
Name: Shropshire RCC Wise and Well Team
Email: info@shropshire-rcc.org.uk
Telephone: 01743 360641
Event description: If you are between 65 and 95, you may be at risk of falling. Are you feeling less steady on your feet? Measure your strength, balance and endurance against “normal” for your age, and find out how to stay upright and active.

Our free Functional Fitness MOTs will test your strength and balance, with a variety of tests to measure your exercise performance.

Each test comes with a set of “normal values” for people of different ages, which will show you whether you are “doing well” compared to your peers, or .whether you could benefit from being more active.

Appointments are for 2 1/2 hours/ Book times between 9.00 am and 4.30 pm.

To book, please contact Shropshire RCC’s Wise and Well Team on 01743 360641.

Curious Shoes-Church Stretton

Start Date:
15th May 2019

End Date:
15th May 2019

Start Time:
1100 and 1400

End Time:
1200 and 1500

Event title: Curious Shoes-Church Stretton
Venue: Mayfair Community Centre Easthope Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6BL
Weblink: http://www.mayfaircentre.org.uk
Name: Mayfair Centre
Email: information@mayfaircentre.org.uk
Telephone: 01694 722077
Event description: Curious Shoes is a collaborative performance specifically developed for people living with dementia, their families and carers. It tells the simple story of four curious characters on a journey from here to there and uses live music, movement and very few words. It is funny, entertaining and beautiful and the audience is invited to simply watch or to participate.

For tickets please call Reception at the Mayfair Centre, on this number 01694 722077

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Effective Hearing Programme-Church Stretton

Start Date:
24th June 2019

End Date:
24th June 2019

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Event title: Effective Hearing Programme
Venue: Mayfair Centre, Church Stretton, SY6 6BL
Name: Sight & Hearing Loss Support
Email: shls@shropshire-rcc.org.uk
Telephone: 01743 342168
Event description: The Effective Hearing Programme will help you make the most of wearing your hearing aids. Everyone in Shropshire who uses a NHS hearing aid is offered a FREE place on this informal and friendly course.  If you have private aids we ask for a small donation of £5.00.

.Places are free to NHS hearing aid users

The workshop covers:

  • how the ear works;
  • demonstrates a variety of useful equipment which as loops and telephones;
  • services available to people with hearing loss;
  • adjusting to your hearing aid;
  • care and maintenance of your hearing aid;
  • tinnitus and coping strategies;
  • communication tips;
  • access to work and
  • useful resources and organisations.

We encourage you to bring along a family member/friend or carer as the course will also be relevant to them. It is advisable to book early as they are very popular.

Click here for poster: EHP 24 June Mayfair Community Centre A4 poster

Click here for Information and Booking Leaflet: EHP info & booking form 2019

For further information, please call 01743 342168 or email shls@shropshire-rcc.org.uk