Today we visited the Wilfred Owen School to deliver a very special certificate, an award for successfully completing their first part to become Shrewsbury in Bloom accredited. It was also a special day for both myself and the Mayoress because I used to be a governor at Wilfred Owen School and we both used to help out with the garden club after school before the new Monkmoor Campus was built, so we knew that the school has a long successful history with regards to their green fingers.

‘Get Schools Blooming’ I hear you say What is it all about?

The Shrewsbury in Bloom campaign to ‘Get Schools Blooming’ aims to encourage and support local primary schools to create and actively use a school garden. Whether your school is just starting out, or looking to develop an established garden, our benchmark criteria will point you in the right direction. You will also be able to work through criteria to become a Shrewsbury in Bloom accredited school each year and compete against other schools to win a grand prize.

Please note that only Shrewsbury Primary Schools can apply and only one registration per school is permitted.


  • Free starter pack following registration
  • Rewards and certificates for your progress based on the benchmark criteria
  • Access to useful information and advice that will help you use your school’s garden to greater effect
  • Sense of community pride and involvement by becoming an accredited Shrewsbury in Bloom School

*  Cross-curricular, covers; Literacy (diaries and field notes), Numeracy (handling data), Geography, Healthy Eating (plants as food), Art & Design (drawing, photography), Music (listening to sounds in the environment while on a Learning Trail) Citizenship, PSHE and Caring for the Environment.

We attended their assembly just before lunch, where we were met by the Head Mr Chris Huss who took us through into the hall where all of the school greeted us, although Mr Huss was relaxed in front of the school I was more nervous than anyone there. You should try it sometime, my memory of being that age kept coming back to me and then just how long ago that was.

Once we got started I was ok and felt a real pleasure when these two young students came out to receive the certificate on behalf of their class. Please see the photograph below of me handing over the certificate.

Above the whole class that have taken part in this challenge standing up, with the two who came forward to receive the award in the foreground.

Above the two students receiving their certificate. I was really proud of them coming out in front of the whole school.

I know that it wont be long before they get through the next two stages and receive their accreditation and become an accredited Shrewsbury in Bloom school.  They will be granted the use of the official scheme logo.

To maintain their accreditation all they have to do is sign up for each subsequent year, there will be new criteria and activities added every 12 months.

Please click on the following link to go to the Shrewsbury Town Council Web-Site with more information and links regarding this scheme. Thank you  http://www.shrewsburytowncouncil.gov.uk/2shropnet/AToZOfMini-sites/S/ShrewsburyTownCouncil/ShrewsburyInBloom/GetSchoolsBloomingEducationalResource

Wilfred Owen Shool is the first school to receive this award, but I feel that others will soon be joining them, then the competition will really start. I just feel it in my old bones.

I was then asked to hand out Birthday Books. This is something that The Wilfred Owen School has done for many many years. Every student when it is their birthday gets called out at assembly and handed a book from the school. Today because of the Christmas break there were a lot of students who had books waiting for them, it had been so long for some that they had even forgotten that they had had a birthday, the look on their faces was magic.

Below is a pictorial of that magic event, please enjoy, like we all did.

The young guy above when I handed him his book I realised that I was 12 times his age. Why was I so good at maths? if I had not of beeen I would not have worked that one out for sure.

The visit was really great and on leaving I invited Mr Huss to bring a year group to visit us in the Mayors parlour in the Guildhall and we will also take them to see our Mayors parlour in the castle, so we look forward to that day.

We then had to leave as we had a meeting with our secretary to sort out the pile up of work that the Christmas break had caused and the students went for their dinner.

Our whole afternoon was taken up with working out our schedule for the coming months, as well as my Civic Service at the Abbey Church on the 12th February.



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 theZUTPHEN Holland web-site. Thank you.  http://www.zutphen.nl/


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




Please click on the following link to go to the CARPITERIA CAL USA    web-site. Thank you.






 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/





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