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23rd February 2021

The census is coming... and it's online

The census is a national survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.

The next one will take place on Sunday 21 March 2021 known as Census Day.

Soon you will receive a letter that will tell you everything you need to know about how to complete #Census2021

The census is coming

Why is census data collected? 

By taking part, you’ll be helping make sure Telford and Wrekin get the services needed now and in the future.

All kinds of organisations, from local authorities to charities, use the information to help provide the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare. Without the census, it would be much more difficult to do this.

The first ever online census

Census 2021 will be online so you can fill it in at any time and on any device. Paper versions will be available for those who need it.

You must complete the census by law

You must complete the census by law. If you do not, or if you supply false information, you could be fined up to £1,000. Some questions will be clearly labelled as optional: it is not an offence if you do not answer these.

We will be keeping you updated along the way.

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22nd February 2021

Coronavirus: Shropshire pharmacies to offer rapid testing for essential workers

Essential workers without Covid-19 symptoms can now book a rapid test at a number of pharmacies in Shropshire – allowing greater access to testing in some of our more rural areas of the county.

These tests are available for people who cannot work from home, who live or work in Shropshire and who do not have any symptoms of Covid-19.  Tests can be booked online using

This is addition to council-run rapid testing centres at the Lantern in Shrewsbury, the Halo Centre in Craven Arms and the Stanier Hall, Thomas Adams Sixth Form in Wem

Walk-in rapid testing sites, without the need for booking, will also be available from 1pm today (Monday 22 February) following sites:

Bridgnorth Community Centre, Severn Street, Low Town, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV14 6BB

Shifnal Cricket Club, Priorslee Road, Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8HD

The Victoria Centre, Victoria Road, Oswestry SY11 2HT

Rapid turnaround tests are supplied by NHS Test and Trace and will help identify people who are positive for Covid-19 but have no symptoms. Around one in three people who are infected with Covid-19 have no symptoms. Broadening testing to include those with no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly, and help to break the chains of transmission.

The speedy tests can rapidly turn around results within an hour without the need for processing the swabs in a lab.

The tests are taken using nose and throat swabs and the results are much faster than the standard test which goes to a lab. There are no costs but anyone getting a test will need to follow social distancing and wear a face covering.

If you have symptoms, you should not book a rapid test. Anyone with one or more of these symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste, should continue to book a test at  or by calling 119.

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire’s director of public health said:

“This is another important way for us to support our residents to stay healthy and well.

We know that people are concerned about unwittingly spreading the virus. These tests offer a way for people to have that peace of mind, and if they do test positive, act quickly to self-isolate and reduce the risk to others.

“These rapid tests will help our frontline workers to get tested regularly. Those testing positive can take immediate action and self-isolate – reducing the impact on the wider community.”

“We have expanded our offer following the success and demand at the our centres at The Lantern in Shrewsbury and Craven Arms Community Centre to offer greater availability andaccess.”

The local pharmacies offering pre-booked appointments are:

Bishop’s Castle

Bishops Castle Pharmacy (Dudley Taylor), Church Street, Bishops Castle, SY9 5AE

Cleobury Mortimer

Cleobury Mortimer Pharmacy (Dudley Taylor), Vaughan Road, Cleobury Mortimer, Kidderminster, DY14 8DB

Craven Arms

Lunts Pharmacy, Drovers House (MSN), The Auction Yard, Craven Arms, SY7 9BZ


Ellesmere Pharmacy (Day Night), 5 Cross Street, Ellesmere, SY12 0AW


Highley Pharmacy (MSN), High Street, Highley, WV16 6LP


St Martins Pharmacy, Stans Superstore, St Martins, Oswestry, SY11 3AY

Old Chapel Pharmacy (Day Lewis), 14 English Walls, Oswestry, SY11 2PA


Pontesbury Pharmacy (MSN), Main Road, Pontesbury, Shropshire, SY5 0RR


Radbrook Green Pharmacy (Dudley Taylor), Bank Farm Lane, Radbrook, ST3 6DU

Rhodes Pharmacy (MSN),28 Claremont Hill, Shrewsbury, SY1 1RD

Lunts Pharmacy, The Tannery (MSN), Barker Street, Shrewsbury SY1 1QJ

Lunts Pharmacy (MSN)  1 Hereford Road, Shrewsbury SY3 7QT

Conway Pharmacy 238 Monkmoor Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 5SR

Bicton Heath Pharmacy (Dudley Taylor), Bicton Heath Shopping Centre, Welshpool Road, Bicton Heath, Shrewsbury, SY3 5AD

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating or shielding), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (or visit our website at

19th February 2021

Have you ever considered becoming a Councillor/Member of Bayston Hill Parish Council ?

Please see and hear some real life stories on what a rewarding role it can be.


The contribution by Dan of Much Wenlock Town Council is engaging. 

Also if you have an hour  - Dan and Jackie Weaver share a platform - see Make A Change — free public event (

19th February 2021

Cllr Caroline Clode who Chairs the Planning Committee requests that Bayston Hill residents see our comments recently submitted on an outline planning application.

Follow the link below.

17th February 2021

Night time closure of A49 South of Dobbies Island to Lyth Hill Road turn off. Diversion via Pully Lane. February 15th to 19th 2021 - 8:00pm to 6:00am.



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