Cleobury Methodist Church went solar in December 2011, a plan that was speeded up to fit in with the government’s policy change on Feed in Tariffs. They are the first in the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury Methodist District to take this initiative. In a fully electric building the benefits of the 20 photo voltaic panels are clear offering energy security against rising costs, this will allow them to provide the recently refurbished hall to community groups at a basic rent for the foreseeable future. The panels were paid for by a combination of loans from church members and a low cost loan from Methodist Chapel Aid, which is hoped will be paid off during the next 4 years through fundraising and the income from exporting surplus electricity. The church members are grateful for the support of Circuit and District as well as local councillors and planning officers in assisting them in responding to the changed government deadlines and therefore making the project viable.
Preparations are in hand for the 2012 Age UK Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin (previously Age Concern Shropshire T and W!) holiday. The holiday is 14th to 21st July, with pick-up points for holidaymakers all over the County. The group stay at the Queens Hotel in Llandudno on a Half Board basis, and the holiday is suitable for older folk who might otherwise find it difficult to have a holiday.
If as a holidaymaker you need a carer you are required to find, and bring, your own. The hotel and the volunteers make every effort to support individual needs, for example a bathroom with a shower rather than a bath, a frame around a toilet etc., really the things that you need when you are living at home. Volunteers are available at the hotel during the day, and in an emergency at night, and we all try our very best to ensure everyone has a good time.
If you are interested in coming on the holiday, please ring the Age UK office in Shrewsbury on 01743 233123 and ask to be sent an application form. All requested application forms are sent out at the same time in early March and it is strongly advised that you complete and return the form by return of post if possible. There are only 11 single rooms in the hotel and these are always filled very quickly. We hope to see you in Llandudno!
Once a month on the 3rd Sunday 3-5pm the Methodist Hall at Tenbury becomes the Family Story Cafe. It does what it says on the tin – a space for families, a story time, all with coffee and cake.
It is a joint project by the Methodists and St Mary’s, the parish church using skills from both congregations .
You can relax with a drink and chat, or get involved in the activities provided – no age limits on the creative tables! The story time presents Bible stories in an interactive way using Godly Play material which we loan from the Diocesan Resource Centre in Ludlow.
The vision was for the churches to support families in the area offering a low cost but stimulating environment for adults and children alike. We don’t charge but invite donations to cover expenses, which are fairly low with lovely homemade cakes donated by church members.
Although it is still very new (starting July 2011) we are getting to know new families. If anyone wants to find out more contact Rev Helen Roberts helen_goolwa@ hotmail.com or via the circuit office.
Welcome to the Shropshire & Marches Methodist Circuit website.
With the help of Jason Curtis a member at one of our churches, the Circuit has been able to put together this brilliant site which will guide you through our very large Circuit. By using the tabs accross the top you can navigate your way through and find out how we are and how we came to be.
We hope you enjoy finding out about our Ministers, churches and exploring what we have to offer.