September at Cleobury Country

September is always a busy month for us as the return to school seems to encourage everyone to get back to normal somewhat after the summer holidays!  We have been running quite a few courses this month, Emergency First Aid, Food Hygiene, Manual Handling and Sage all fully subscribed!

We welcomed the Public Speakers Association at the beginning of the month for one of their quarterly Boot Camp’s which, as normal, was a noisy affair!

The Food and Ale Trail had a good day weather wise for this bi-annual event and a huge turnout of walkers strolled around the Neen Sollars area, ending up at Hobsons for a final pint and some tunes!

Sue Brown has re-ignited her Back Class, after the summer hols, so those creaky backs are getting used to a bit of a work out!

The Public Consultation plan is under way in the Library to assess the opinion of the public to some changes within our library.  You can submit your views online, if you can’t get to the library yourself, at There are two options:-

Option 1 – the day to day running of Cleobury Mortimer library will transfer to Cleobury Country Ltd, who will run the service under a 3 year Service Level Agreement.  The library will remain in its existing location in the Cleobury Country Centre and Cleobury Country Ltd will run the same range of library services currently available to users of the library.  Some alterations to the Cleobury Country building will be made to give confidential telephone access to Shropshire Council services.

Option 2 – Cleobury Mortimer Library will continue to be run by the Shropshire Council’s library service with the hours that the library is staffed reduced from the current 23.5 hours per week to 19 hours per week.  Self-service access would be available outside these hours when the Centre is open.  There will be no internal changes to the building.

There is more information on-line about opening hours etc. so take time to get your opinion registered.

This month’s Business Networking meeting was low on numbers but we had several “sorry we can’t come” from folk taking advantage of the schools being back and going on holiday!!! However, Nicholas Lee from Financial Life Plans gave us a very interesting talk on Auto Enrolment to pensions and how it will affect our businesses.  Please read his article later in this bulletin!

The Cleobury Country Farmers Market was held in glorious sunshine at St Marys Church as usual this month!  I got quite sunburnt stood in my usual spot in the doorway counting visitors in!  We saw 170 visitors, exactly the same and last September!  We had three new traders to add to our total of 17 for the day:- Serenity Cup Cakes, Magpie Hill Soap and Comfy Cushions!  We hope you all enjoyed the morning and had a successful time!

Mappie Hill Soap Serendipty cup cakes

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