Today it was the Wakeman Schools turn for Mini Mayor Day. We started off by collecting the two Mini Mayors from the school and proceeded to the Mayors Parlour at the Guildhall, where they were given their mini Mayor Medallions and told about their day.

Our first engagement was a trip to the CCTV Monitoring Centre where they had a real eye opener on how the system worked and how the operators keep the town a safe environment for the residents, by the safe token they saw how clear the cameras are and that anyone who is caught on the Shrewsbury CCTV system will be prosecuted. They alsow saw the images from our new generation cameras and how fantastic they are.

They had an explanation on everything that the centre does from Lone Worker Alam monitoring to Key Holding as well as taking over the Shropshire Council’s out of hours help desk between the hours of darkness.

We had to leave for another engagement but both Mini Mayors thanked the staff for the time that they gave them and for the fact that they now know that they can walk around Shrewsbury feeling safer than they did before.



On our journey to Castlefields all that our Mini Mayors did was spot and notice CCTV cameras as they had not noticed them before. It was just like a game that gets played when you take your children to the seaside, great that they had taken so much in.

When we arrived we were met by Cllr Alan Mosley and we all started to talk to the people there. When it came to the raffle the two Mini Mayors were asked to pull out the winning tickets and to hand the major prizes off the tree. This again was something they really enjoyed.

We listened to the choir from the Martin Wilson School and then Father Christmas arrived with presents for the choir, not to be left out our Mini Mayors received a present also, what a lovely gesture one that they really loved.






This afternoon we were the guests of Salop Leisure where our Mini Mayors were welcomed to the centre with drinks and cakes on offer, they also saw the new Santas Groto and we had a tour around the static displays. One cabin took everyones breath away, even with no heating on and the weather very cold it was as warm as toast inside and what luxury. The complex at Salop Leisure is such that you can take your family and spend a good half day looking around with the kids being entertained and I know you would find a holiday home you would like to buy.

Please click on the following link to go to their Web-Site. Thank you.  http://www.salopleisure.co.uk/ 

On their home page are details of the opening times of Santas Groto, so please take time and have a look, then take your kids there for a treat and you can enjoy their cafe and relax whilst the kids play. Knowing Tony Bywater I know you will not be disapointed with you visit.

We had a great visit and we thank Salop Leisure for thier kindness and giving our Mini Mayors a good time, we did find out that both of our young Mayors had family who have caravans and they said that they would be talking them into going back to look around for a new one. A motor home and a tourer. We have asked them to keep us informed.

It was then time to take each of our Mini Mayors home as it had been a long day for them, I think they enjoyed their time as Mini Mayors as much as we enjoyed their company.



After we dropped our Mini Mayors off home we went on to our last engagement of the day, we went to the annual Move on Club Christmas Party in Albert Road. The Move on Club is part of MenCap and we had a great time last year and was therefore looking forward to tonight.

We had a lovely warm greeting by everyone and we were soon moving around the groups at tables talking and having fun. I found the raffle and a Christmas Cake that was being raffles as an extra raffle, so with my love of food I told everyone who bought tickets that they were not going to win it as I had already bough the winning ticket.

Soon Father Christmas arrived and handed out presents to all of the members and it was just a fantastic feeling within the room, one you just had to be there to feel. Then it was the time for the Raffle.

The Mayoress had luck with the general Raffle winning a prize, but I was keeping my luck for the cake. Well when it came time to pull the one winning ticket for the Christmas Cake everyone was waiting and hoping to win this lovely home made cake, well Big Cake, Massive Big Cake. Then Harry looked at the ticket and said that the winning ticket was 211 the name on the ticket started with a M and ended with a R yep I had won the Cake !!!!!!!!  After a couple of stiff drinks I was able to realise that I had won this fantastic cake. Cant wait to tuck into it.

It was then the end of the night and we had to leave but we will be meeting them all again next Friday night at Theatre Severn for the Panto. Oh Yes We Will. 

 Please click on the following link to find out more about MenCap in Shrewsbury Thank You.  http://www.mencap.org.uk/local-groups/group/shrewsbury-mencap



A feature all about good positive stories, a must read if you want to put a smile on your face and be Proud of Shrewsbury, and become Part of the Team. Make sure you get your copy this week and read the article. Thank You.  Tony




 Click on the following link to go to the Shrewsbury Town Council’s Web-site.   Thank you.


Click on the following link to go to the SHREWSBURY/ ZUTPHEN Twinning Web-site. Thank you.


Please click on the following link to go to the ZUTPHEN Holland web-site. Thank you.



Please click on the following link to go to the KLAGENFURT Austria web-site. Thank you.





Please click on the link below to go to my new on-line survey. You can only vote once per computer. Thank you.


As reported in the Shropshire Star, I am campaigning to have the footbridge from the Frankwell Car Park to the Riverside Shopping Centre called “The Zutphen Bridge”. As many will know that we are twinned with Zutphen a town in Holland and this connection between the two towns goes back further than the official 1977 Twinning ceremony, also further back than the Second World War. In fact our association with Zutphen goes back as far as 1586, when a certain Sir Philip Sidney was killed whilst attempting to push the Spanish out of Zutphen.  In Zutphen they have Shrewsbury a traffic island named after Shrewsbury, as they are Proud in being twinned with Shrewsbury, I feel we should show our pride in a similar way and what better than a bridge.



 Please have a look at the MAYORS CHARITY SPRING BALL page as I have added a preview of what the menu of the evening should look like. Please click on the following link to take you there. Thank you.


 Please click on the following link to take you to the Shropshire Live Web-Site. Thank you.   http://www.shropshirelive.com/


Elaine Hanzak is an inspirational speaker on puerperal psychosis (the most severe form of “postnatal depression”). Through her experiences, Elaine advises and speaks to health professionals, mothers and family support groups plus at corporate events. Elaine delivers keynote presentations on postnatal illness and mental health issues drawing from a raft of informative case studies, personal experiences and anecdotal information passed on to her via this web site and her public speaking engagements.   


Click on the following link to go to Elaine Hanzak-Gott blog about her talk at the Shrewsbury Samaritans  AGM in November   http://elainehanzak.blogspot.com/2011_11_01_archive.html  or click on the following link to go to her Web-Site. Thank you.  http://www.hanzak.com/



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