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21Dec

2019 marks a significant time for Woodhead Sales and Lettings as they celebrate 15 years of business and over 12 years operating as Oswestry’s first and only chosen representative of the Guild of Property Professionals.

Kimberley Morris, on behalf of Woodheads, explains:

“Buying or selling a house is one of the biggest events in your life and we are so proud and happy to have been supporting our customers for the last 15 years. With Woodheads you really do get the best of both worlds – a proven, independent, market-leading agent on the high street and the national backing of the Guild of Property Professionals. Over the last 15 years we have built an award-winning business that has an unrivalled passion and knowledge of Oswestry, its borders and surrounding areas.

As we enter 2019, there is no doubt that we are in amidst changing times and with this comes changing advice. My job is to be proactive and positive in this changing market and as the recommended agent in the area, Woodheads want to lead from the front to continue to deliver the very best service to our customers. Shropshire and the Welsh Borders are extremely desirable areas to live and at the last exhibition in London we were being asked for every kind of property - renovations, family homes, country and town houses, investments, building land and auctions. We need the stock to meet this growing, varied demand for all types of property as our area continues to grow and NOT follow the national trend.”

Come onto the market with Woodheads from 7th January and benefit from their Spring offer:

·         £500 off fees*

·         EPC, Floor Plans and Professional Photography Pack – all for £199*

* Subject to terms

Contact Woodheads on 01691 680044 to arrange a free, no obligation valuation. 

04Dec

Kate and Jill, valuers at Woodheads, recently spent the day at the the NEGOTIATOR EXPO at Grosvenor House on Park Lane. The event is a major date on the calendar for the estate and letting agency industry.

They listened to presentations from experts in the industry and politicians. Kate Howell, owner of Woodheads, comments: “In changing times, there is changing advice and as the recommended family agent in our area, Woodheads want to lead from the front and deliver the very best service to our customer”.


12Nov

Woodheads Sales and Lettings were delighted to be able to offer their support to Oswestry Boys and Girls Club, by sponsoring their Under 8 Blue Devil’s football tops.

Dean Pritchard from Oswestry Boys and Girls Club, commented:

“We are so grateful for the generosity shown by Kate from Woodheads. The boys were made up when we were able to hand out the tops. It's great that a local company like Woodheads are willing to support local clubs like Oswestry Boys and Girls Club. With their support, our boys are able to turn up to matches and training looking smart and professional, which can sometimes give us an edge before a ball is even kicked. From everyone associated with the Under 8 Blue Devils, we'd like to thank Kate and the team for their support and generosity”.

Kate Howell, Owner of Woodheads, commented: “Woodheads is a family run business and we are proud supporters of a number of local organisations. It’s great to see pictures of the team in their new tops, they look great! Good luck for the season from all at Woodheads!”




15Oct

Buying a home for the first time can be an emotionally driven experience, especially when you consider the various elements that need to be taken into account. While there are several new and exciting things that go into buying a home, it can be a complicated process to negotiate. Often, it’s easy to focus on the smaller details and lose sight of the larger picture while possibly making mistakes.

Here what you need to avoid along the way:

Not getting a mortgage in principle

Once you have made the decision to buy a property, the temptation to jump into the search with both feet will be overwhelming. However, rushing in before speaking to your bank about the mortgage they are prepared to offer you could lead to disappointment. Imagine you find a house you love, only to learn it is not within your price range when applying for the mortgage. While not a requirement or guarantee, getting a Mortgage in Principle will provide you with a written estimate from a lender, giving an indication of what you can borrow. 

It’s possible to apply for a Mortgage in Principle through a mortgage adviser such as L&C or directly with a lender. They will provide you with the reassurance that you are looking at properties within your price range and they will let the seller know you are serious and qualify to buy the property.  

Not working out what you can afford

There might be a difference between the mortgage you qualify for and what you can comfortably afford in real terms. It is always advisable that you leave some cushioning in the budget. Look at your finances and make a list of your expenses before determining a budget for a property to gain a clear idea of what you can afford. Don’t stretch your finances too thin, as this will make you vulnerable if unforeseen circumstances rear their head.

Focusing on the flaws

You shouldn’t compromise on your ‘must-haves’ but placing too much focus on the home’s flaws might have you miss the things that really matter. Fixtures can be replaced, rooms can be made open-plan or walls can be added to create your dream home with a property that meets your essential criteria.   

Falling in love blindly

On the other end of the spectrum, you shouldn’t overlook a home because of its flaws, but don’t completely ignore them either. The look of a home is one thing, but more serious issues such as structural damage are quite another. Often, once a buyer sees a home that they think is the one, their decisions will be based on the emotional connection rather than the facts. Be fully aware of all the property’s issues before you put in an offer. Ask your Guild agent to explain all a property’s past and current major or structural issues, or seek advice from a surveyor.

Waiting too long

It is crucial to make an informed decision when choosing the right home, but don’t take too long, otherwise, you could lose out to a faster buyer. Once you have found the right home, be decisive and take action to avoid disappointment. 

Not thinking about the future

Consider aspects such as the home’s resale potential as well as your future plans. It might seem strange to think about selling the home before you have bought it but much of the home’s potential return on investment is based on decisions you make when buying, not selling. 

Factors that will affect the home’s resale value include:

Location

Condition

Type of property 

Number of bedrooms  

Garage or off-street parking. 

Investments in infrastructure, like HS2

Also, consider whether the home will meet your needs in the future. For example, you may not have children now but plan to shortly - this means needing an extra bedroom or ensuring that you purchase near a school with the desired Ofsted rating. Think about whether the home meets your situation now, but also if it can meet your evolving needs.

25Jul

Before selling your home, most people try to spruce up their property by decluttering and doing a thorough clean. But many people forget the area that gives a first impression is the garden. We all like to get outside and enjoy a sunny summer afternoon, so make sure your garden looks appealing for a potential buyer. Here are some easy tips to follow to make your garden add value to your property. 


1. Spruce up the space 

Just like inside your home, some decluttering and garden maintenance can add value to your property. Always start with tidying and key maintenance. 

“Depending on their situation, buyers could see the garden as entertaining space, a hobby, the place where their children will play, space for their pets, a source of food or a combination of any or all of these, so it is crucial that sellers place as much importance on the presentation of the garden as they would on the presentation of the house,” says Steve Thompson from Thomas Morris in Cambridgeshire. “Good gardens can add value to a home and poorly kept gardens can detract from it.”

Susie Davies from Debbie Fortune Estate Agents in Somerset recommends maintaining the lawns. “A manicured lawn always enhances the appearance of a garden and makes it look bigger,” she says. 

Lee Hussell from Webbers in Devon has some practical advice. “The first place to start is to give your garden a good tidy up. Winters are never kind to our gardens and damage may have been caused to fences and trellis or maybe the larger shrubs and trees. Any dead growth can be cut back and fallen leaves and other debris can be removed and cleared away.”


2. Add some seasonal colour  

Once your garden is tidy, it is time to make it into a key selling point that potential buyers will love. 

“When showing your home, you want the buyers to visualise living there, so have pot plants filled with flowers to give it some colour and the lawn mowed to make it look tidy,” suggests Celeste Hannah from Hamilton Parkers in Hampshire. “First impressions count, and in the spring and summer months, you want to show your garden off to its full potential. This will definitely add perceived value and gives you a better chance to maximise the selling price.”


Pretty Garden with trees


3. Focus on what is seen first 

Struggling for time or budget? Start where your potential buyer will start and focus on this area. 

“Never forget kerb appeal, and, more relevant in the online age, photo appeal. The first impression really does count, so always start with the front garden,” says Martin Moore from Morris Marshall & Poole in Wales. 


4. Add a key selling point 

A well-maintained garden will make sure a buyer is not put off your property, but something more can make them want to buy your property above any others they have seen. 

“A nice summer house is a garden goal for many people,” says Phil Pritchard from Williams & Goodwin in North Wales. “It often feels like an extra room away from the main property and can be utilised as anything from a place to relax, an office, a man cave or a playroom for the children.” 

There are ways to maximise the impact of an existing summer house, too. “If you have a summer house, it is worth making sure the wood has been treated so that it is weather proof and you can easily give it a face lift by adding a touch of colour,” suggests Andrew Lodge from Andrew Lodge Estate Agents in Surrey. “There are so many good quality garden paints available in neutral tones.”

Don’t forget the impact that a child’s opinion may have on the decision makers, advises John Newhouse from Roseberry Newhouse in North Yorkshire. “Buyers may love the idea of a summerhouse or man cave, and of course children will be drawn to tree houses or play areas.” 

Simon Miller at Holroyd Miller suggests caution, though. “The truth is that some people like hot tubs or summer houses and some don’t. Additions of this kind shouldn’t be thought of in terms of re-sale, however, well looked-after and presented in the right way, they will certainly present something unique and a lifestyle image that potential buyers can see the value in.”


5. Add some shed-quarters 

Sheds are not only practical, but they are coming back into fashion. They can be used from anything as a useful place to store bikes and lawnmowers to a garden retreat. 

“By putting up a good-sized shed, you are adding a useful storage space for gardeners and families with outdoor furniture and even toys,” says Andrew Lodge. 

Many people choose to work from home, and an insulated shed could provide the perfect home office. John Newhouse says: “Additional space in the shape of pods, studios or cabins provide potential work space options for house hunters.” 


Painting a garden fence


6. A little paint goes a long way 

If you’re looking to spend less to add value to your property, don’t underestimate the impact of a good coat of paint on fences, sheds and other wood in the garden. 

“Adding value to your home through the garden doesn’t have to break the bank. If you have decking or a perimeter fence, you could freshen it up with a coat of paint. If the garden is presentable it will be more attractive to viewers and could increase the price a potential buyer is willing to pay for your home,” suggests Jared Thomas from Emsleys Estate Agents in West Yorkshire. 


7. Think about the patio 

“We recommend investing in good quality patio, paving or decking,” says Andrew Lodge. “Having a professional job done will enhance the overall appearance of your outside space. Decent sized patio and decking areas add value as they are great for entertaining and alfresco dining. Adding some good lighting outside will also enable people to make the most of the garden on those long summer nights.”


8. Style your garden with furniture 

You wouldn’t show a room to a potential buyer without any furniture in it, so why show a garden without a table and chairs? 

“Depending on the size of the garden and who it will appeal to, ensure that the lawns are cut or the terrace is swept and ideally have the garden furniture set up so buyers can imagine themselves sitting out enjoying an al fresco evening,” said John Newhouse. 


small dog in garden


9. Secure the garden 

If the people viewing the house have pets, they will want to see a garden that is fully secured to avoid an escaped dog. 

“It is important that you invest in secure fencing, walls or gates,” advises Andrew Lodge. “People like to feel secure in their gardens so that they can relax. It also makes the garden more appealing to those with young children and pets.”


10. Make it private 

If your home is overlooked by other homes or gardens, it’s a good idea to give the idea of privacy to the garden. If it isn’t too expensive, add hedges or trees in key spots. It will make the potential buyers be able to imagine themselves enjoying a peaceful afternoon outside in the summer. 

Susie Davies advises that ornamental trees have a pleasing, aesthetic effect in a garden. 



23May

***JOB OPPORTUNITY*** ***FULL TIME OR JOB SHARE***

Are you a Sales or Lettings negotiator or someone with a proven track record in sales that is looking for a new challenge to work in the exciting world of Estate Agency?

Please share with people you know who may be interested in this position.

01May

Woodhead Sales & Letting wins ‘Best in County’ title at The ESTAS, the most prestigious estate & letting agent awards in the UK sponsored by Zoopla

The Oswestry based agency received the ‘Best in County’ title for Shropshire at the prestigious ESTAS 2018. The award was announced by Phil Spencer, the TV property expert at a lavish luncheon & ceremony at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane London attended by 1,000 of the UK’s top property professionals.

 

The awards, celebrating their 15th year determine the best estate and letting agents in the UK based purely on feedback from customers who are asked a series of questions about the service they have received from their agent, over 36,000 surveys were completed by customers during the competition. 

 

Phil Spencer, who has hosted the ESTAS every year since their inception in 2003 said “The ESTAS are special because shortlisted and winning firms are selected purely on the service you deliver to your clients. Real feedback from real customers experiencing real service, I don’t think there can be a greater honour in the industry than to receive an award based on that mantra.”

 

Estate and letting agents were recognised in counties around the UK.  Regional and national Grand Prix Awards were also announced for the Best Single Agent Office in sales and lettings.

Simon Brown Founder of The ESTAS said “At The ESTAS we’re proud to say we believe in old fashioned values like customer service. We know how hard it is to deliver it and that’s why we put the spotlight on property firms who are committed to providing excellent service. The ESTAS brand helps generate consumer trust for all property professionals involved in the home moving process.”

Charlie Bryant, the new Managing Director ZPG’s Property division addressed the audience “ZPG's objectives are precisely aligned with those of The ESTAS because we know how demanding consumers are, The ESTAS awards are based on the public votes you receive, so your recognition today is much deserved. Many congratulations to all of this year's winners and runners up who have been recognised for the excellent standard of customer service they delivered throughout the year." 

 

Kate Howell, Manager of Woodhead Sales & Lettings said “We are absolutely thrilled to be recognised at this year’s ESTAS. It means so much to us as we know it’s our customers who have judged our performance.  We take our levels of customer service very seriously because we know clients have a choice.  We have always been very proud of the personal service and this proves we are delivering what we promise.”

 

 

The Awards are organised by The ESTAS Group Ltd.  www.theestas.com

For more information contact The ESTAS Group on 01892 610245/610398.

27Sep


29 September

ARTISAN MARKET

Bailey Street and Bailey Head 

A collection of quality local craft and food producers held in Bailey Street and the Bailey Head.  

9am-3pm

01691 680222


Mon-Sat until 4 November

AUTUMN OPEN EXHIBITION

Willow Gallery, Oswestry

The exhibition showcases a variety of media and styles, including paintings by acclaimed portrait artist Daniel James Yeomans; Free admission; 9.30am-5pm

01691 657575; willowgalleryoswestry@gmail.com 


Until 1 October

WREXHAM ART GROUP EXHIBITION 

Whittington Castle, Whittington Near Oswestry

For more information visit:

www.whittingtoncastle.co.uk or call 01691 662500


1 October 

GREEN FAIR

Whittington Castle, Whittington, near Oswestry

Free entrance just £1 to park.  For more information visit:

www.whittingtoncastle.co.uk or call 01691 662500


2 October

NLP FOR BUSINESS

Qube, Oswald Road, Oswestry

Introduction to NLP techniques for improving sales, marketing and management skills.

Tutor: Bridgette Handley

10am-4pm, £75

For further details contact 01691 656882


2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 October 

LEARN TO LINDY HOP!

Dunbabin Room, Willow Gallery, Oswestry

Monday classes: 7-7.45pm for Beginners; 8-8.45pm for Improvers; Contact Adie on 07980 291311; Facebook: Oswestry Swing Shack


2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 & 30 October

SLIMMING WORD

The Whole Life Centre, Cabin Lane, Oswestry

Monday Group: 9.30am, 11.30am, 5.30pm & 7.30pm

Saturday Group: 8.30am & 10am

For more information call Claire on 07882 174539

www.slimmingworld.co.uk


2, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24 & 27 October

FAMILY AND LOCAL HISTORY GROUP 

Oswestry Library, Arthur St, Oswestry

Family and Local History Group drop- in sessions for help with your family and local history enquiries

Mondays 10am-12pm and Fridays 1.30pm -4pm

01743 250351


3, 10, 17, 24, 31 October

OS ROCKS

Christ Church, Oswestry

Alternative mixed voice choir

7.30pm – 9pm

Jan Ellis 07830 783783


Starting 3 October

Course: BATIK FOR COLLAGE with JENNY O’LEARY

Dunbabin Room, Willow Gallery, Oswestry

Learn the art of batik on paper and tissue paper; 4 sessions over 4 weeks

10am-1pm, £80

01691 657575; willowgalleryoswestry@gmail.com 


3 October

TABLE 19 (12A)

Kinokulture Cinema,Oswestry

Anna Kendrick, Stephen Merchant and Lisa Kudrow star in a comedy about a group of unwanted guests relegated to the ‘random’ table at a wedding reception. However, stuck with the misfits of Table 19, Kendrick begins to find some solace amongst her fellow tablemates.

Tickets & information www.oswestryfilmsociety.com


3 October

PANT LUNCH 

Cross Guns Inn, Pant 

Main course and a cup of tea or coffee for £5.

An informal way to meet up with other people, without having to join or become a member of a formal club. Everyone is invited to come along. 12.30pm – 3pm.


3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 October

JOYFUL NOISE CHOIR

Whole Life Christian Centre, Cabin Lane Church, Oswestry

Weekly Tuesday evening practice session for the Oswestry Community Gospel Choir – Joyful Noise.

7pm-8.30pm.   For details contact 01691 680222


3,10,17,24 & 31 October

BEGINNERS' PAINTING AND DRAWING 

Qube, Oswald Road, Oswestry

A fun, weekly drop-in class to try out new techniques and build your confidence

Tuesdays, 10am-12pm

£8 per week. For further details contact 01691 656882


4, 11, 18 & 25 October 

SLIMMING WORD

Memorial Hall, Oswestry

Wednesday  group: 9am, 11am, 1pm, 5pm & 7pm

For more information call Emma on 07581 458656

www.slimmingworld.co.uk


4 October

HEARING AID CLINIC RUN BY NHS VOLUNTEERS

Oswestry Library, Arthur St

Free drop-in event. 10am – 12pm.  01743 250351


4 October to 21st November

THE OSWESTRY AND SHROPSHIRE ART COMPETITION

Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition Centre

Entries are on show from now until the end of November, vist and vote for your favourite piece in your own public ballot. Then take morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea in our richly characterful coffee shop

Live piano playing at Saturday lunch.

Free entry, open Monday to Saturday 10am - 4.40pm

01691 662753


5, 12, 19 & 26 October 

TAP DANCE WITH MICHELLE DELIEU

Dunbabin Room, Willow Gallery, Oswestry 

Enquiries: 07590 632050; love2daneclasses@hotmail.co.uk 


5 October

CAMEO – OVER 60’S GROUP

Whole Life Christian Centre, Cabin Lane Church, Oswestry

Join Cameo for tea, coffee, cakes and conversation on the first Thursday of every month at 2pm. 

01691 671167 for details


6 October

Drop into Shakespeare – Coriolanus

Oswestry Library

Talk by Pam Johnson in time for a live screening on 11 October at Kinoculture.

£3. Book with library staff. 01743 250351


6 October 

MATISSE LINO PRINTING WORKSHOP

Qube, Oswald Road, Oswestry

Learn how to make your own Matisse-inspired linocut prints.

Tutor: Charlotte Jackson. 9.30am-12.30pm, £20

For further details contact 01691 656882


6, 13, 20 & 27 October 

YOGA WITH BETTY

Dunbabin Room, Willow Gallery, Oswestry

Mixed ability. Newcomers always welcome; 10-11.30am

Contact Betty for more information: 01938 554894


6, 13, 20, 27 October

COFFEE AND CHAOS

Whole Life Christian Centre, Cabin Lane Church, Oswestry

Under 5s and their carers meet every Friday from 9am-11.15am for play and chat.

01691 671167


7 October 

Workshop: FREE MACHINE EMBROIDERY with SUZETTE SMART

Dunbabin Room, Willow Gallery, Oswestry

Create a bowl or cup & saucer with free machine embroidery

10am-4pm; £40

01691 657575; willowgalleryoswestry@gmail.com 


7 October

Bilingual Concert

The Marches, School, Morda Road, Oswestry

North Wales Music Choir

Rhodri Jones and Gaynor Ellis, soprano 

7.30pm. Tickets £12

Monies raised to go to Severn Hospice and Hospice at Home

Please call 01691 654838


7 October

PANT AUTUMN BAZAAR

Pant Memorial Hall, Pant, Near Oswestry

The Bazaar is being held between 2pm and 5pm for locals and visitors alike and will feature stalls from a number of local organisations and businesses as well as refreshments and an opportunity to see the facilities offered in the Hall. 2pm-5pm. Free Entry

For more information visit: https://pant.today/pant-autumn-bazaar-2017


9 October

An interview with author Joanna Cannon (‘The trouble with goats and sheep’)

Oswestry Library

3-5pm. Free event. Book with library staff. 01743 250351


Starting 9 October 

Course: BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION with TERESKA SHEPHERD

Dunbabin Room, Willow Gallery, Oswestry 

Capture in watercolour the forms and textures of a variety of seasonal plants; 4 sessions over 7 weeks

10am-3.30pm; £110; 01970 621580; learning@aber.ac.uk 


10 October

MATISSE TEXTILE BOOKS 

Qube, Oswald Road, Oswestry

Create a beautiful, stitched, mixed-media textile book.

Tutor: Suzette Smart

10am-4pm, £40

For further details contact 01691 656882


Starting 11 October 

Course: CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING with DONAGHY

Enjoy this ancient art, capturing the feel of nature in its simplest forms; 4 sessions over 4 weeks

9.30am-1.30pm; £85

01691 657575; willowgalleryoswestry@gmail.com 


Starting 12 October

Course: LOOSE OIL PAINTING with LEO DONAGHY

Explore colour, form and design on a big scale; 4 sessions over 4 weeks; 

9.30am-1.30pm, £85

01691 657575; willowgalleryoswestry@gmail.com 


12 October

STOMA OPEN DAY

The Memorial Hall, Oswestry

Organised by Shropshire BOTS. A talk by Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies on his experience of life with a stoma. Plus advice from other experts. Free refreshments. 

10.30am and 3pm.

01691 238357, ireneconstable @phonecoop.coop


13 October

A WOMAN’S VOICE

Oswestry Library

Talk by author PJ Roscoe (Diary of Margery Blake) about women’s lives in the 19th century. A learning at lunchtime event. 

12.30-1.30pm

£3. Please book with library staff. 01743 250351


13 & 27 October

‘WOW’ WORDS ‘N’ PICS OPEN WRITERS 

Creative writing – beginners and all abilities welcome.  

Interactive workshops and full support, 

New venue - Community Room, Llwyn Fields, (off Llwyn Rd) Oswestry, SY11 1HG - with flat access, disabled facilities and kitchen available. Come along and have fun with writing!

Meeting fortnightly 1.30 – 3.30pm.

For more information contact Jan on 07702 165717 or email janhedger7@googlemail.com


14 & 15 October

Workshop: PORTRAIT PAINTING USING ACRYLICS WITH DAVID BANNISTER

Develop a process for working on a portrait; 2-day workshop; 

10am-4pm; £80; 01691 657575; willowgalleryoswestry@gmail.com


14 October

APPLE DAY

Bailey Head

This established annual event celebrates the apple and healthy eating with lots of interesting varieties of apples and advice on growing by the local orchard group CROP.  9am-2pm.

01691 680222


14 October

PROMS COMES TO ELLESMERE IN SUPPORT OF AGE UK

St. Mary's Church, Ellesmere

Featuring The Shrewsbury Light Orchestra & Ellesmere College Choral Society

7.30pm

Price per ticket to include welcome drink. Tickets from £10—£12.50, Under-16s £7.50

Tickets on sale from: Helen Hearn—01691 622242, Hazel Wakefield—07974 150250, Anne Wignall—alwignall@gmail.com or from Ismay’s, 16 High Street, Ellesmere


14 & 28 October 

LIFE DRAWING 

Qube, Oswald Road, Oswestry

Work at your own pace in this untutored class.

10am-12pm. £6

For further details contact 01691 656882


17 October

SEX IN THE NOVELS OF THOMAS HARDY

Oswestry Library

Dave Andrews discusses the role of women in a number of Hardy’s novels, including Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure. A learning at lunchtime event.

12.30-1pm

£3. Book with library staff. 01743 250351


17 October

CITY OF TINY LIGHTS (15)

Kinokulture Cinema,Oswestry

Riz Ahmed (Star Wars) plays private eye Tommy Akhtar, whose latest case finds him attempting to track down a missing person. As his search begins he starts to unearth some troubling secrets about his own past loves, friendships and family in this modern London set noir.

Tickets & information www.oswestryfilmsociety.com


21 October 

ADELE (KATIE MARKHAM) WORLD NO.1 ADELE TRIBUTE

Lion Quays Hotel and Spa, near Oswestry

Tickets £40 which includes a 3-course meal and disco 

Tables of 10 available

Raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support 

Contact Nicola Barkley on 07871 761096


21 October

SHROPSHIRE PRODUCE MARKET

Handpicked Shropshire-based food and craft producers selling the best the county has to offer in the town centre 9am-3pm

01691 680222


21 - 31 October

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR

Park Hall Farm, Burma Rd, Park Hall near Oswestry

The thrills and excitement of Halloween return again so join us in a quest to scare and be scared!

Venture through Haunted House and Halloween Maze   squeeze through the Claustrophobia Wall – don’t get stuck!

There’s pumpkin carving every day and lots of wacky  Halloween games

We can’t wait, can you?  whooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

Tel: 01691 671123 www.parkhallfarm.co.uk


21 October 

AUTUMN CRAFT FAIR

Willow Gallery, Oswestry

Wide range of quality arts & crafts – start your Christmas shopping; Free admission; 10am-5pm

01691 657575; willowgalleryoswestry@gmail.com


22 October 

FENCING WITH THE FOIL EXPERIENCE

Dunbabin Room, Willow Gallery, Oswestry

Taster sessions led by Bridie Lloyd; 2½ hours - £30 per person; 07773 454157


24-28 October 

WHITTINGTON CASTLE GHOST TOURS 

Whittington Castle, Whittington Near Oswestry

Join your spirit guide as she leads you around the castle and grounds. On the tour you will be joined by several spirits/ghosts of the castle. Hear their stories and be prepared for a few scares along the way. 6.30pm each night tickets are £4 per adult and £3 per child. Bring a torch and coat as some of the tour is outside. Not suitable for very young children as some characters jump out at you and also some dark rooms. Ring to reserve a ticket as these usually sell out fast.

For more information visit:

www.whittingtoncastle.co.uk or call 01691 662500


25 October

KNIT FOR LIFE

Oswestry Library, Arthur St

Come along and knit with this local charity that support direct-aid distributions to many countries around the world.  Free drop-in event.  1.30pm-3pm.

More information available about the charity at www.knitforllife.co.uk



25 October

DISABILITY OSWESTRY MEETING

DO - as in 'We can do'.

Hope Church, Laburnum Drive, Oswestry, SY11 2QR. 10.30am - midday.

Margarete Davies from People 2 People’s Local Support Swap is talking to us this month. This project aims to identify flexible ways of supporting unpaid carers in their localities and to facilitate and support initiatives that communities and carers wish to develop to do this. This may be building on something that already exists or creating something new.  There will also be coffee and cake, and a networking opportunity for everybody supporting people with any kind of disability. Absolutely everybody is welcome.

E-mail: disabilityoswestry161@gmail.com

Tel: 01691 680382


Starting 25 October 

Course: MINDFULNESS with ALAN BUTTERWORTH

Dunbabin Room, Willow Gallery, Oswestry

8 sessions over 8 weeks; £159 (£144 before Sept 21), including a copy of The Little Mindfulness Workbook, practice book, 4 CDs; 07816 988124; newmindfulness@gmail.com


27 October 

AN EVENING OF SUPERNATURAL ENTERTAINMENT AT WHITTINGTON CASTLE 

Whittington Castle, Whittington Near Oswestry

Join us for a glass of wine or refreshments in our tearoom before the re-launch of P. J. Roscoe’s first award-winning novel, Echoes and as it's a supernatural, historical thriller one of the main settings of the book is a ruined castle.  She will tell you all about her books, answer questions and also tell you what she has picked up on at Whittington Castle via her spirit guide. 

Please book tickets for these events. Tickets are available £7.50 adults and £2.50 children. 

For more information visit:

www.whittingtoncastle.co.uk or call 01691 662500


27 October 

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR

British Ironwork Centre, Near Oswestry

Bring your little monsters along to experience our Halloween Spooktacular!

Fancy dress is encouraged for the kids and adults, we want to see your best fancy-dress costumes as there are some special prizes to be won! Plenty of spooky activities for all the family.

Devilish doughnut tree, apple bobbing, the FEAR challenge, face painting, fire breathing, stilt walkers

01691 610952


27 October 

ARTISAN MARKET

Bailey Street and Bailey Head 

A collection of quality local craft and food producers held in Bailey Street and the Bailey Head.  9am-3pm. 

01691 680222


28 October 

BEAGLE MEET

Brynhafod Playing Field, Oswestry

(All breeds welcome)

Drinks and treats will be brought for the hounds and flasks of coffee for the rest of us!

To find out more search ‘Oswestry Beagle Gatherings’ on Facebook


28 October 

REMI HARRIS PROJECT

Willow Gallery, Oswestry

Led by exciting young guitarist and drawing inspiration from gypsy swing jazz, blues, rock and more; 8pm (doors open 7pm); licensed bar; £12 (children £6); 01691 657575; willowgalleryoswestry@gmail.com


28 & 29 October

Workshop: INTRODUCTION TO HAND BUILDING IN CERAMICS with GEORGINA WRIGHT

Suitable for beginners, or those wishing to refresh their skills; 2-day workshop

10am-4pm; £130 (including firing & clay); 01691 657575; willowgalleryoswestry@gmail.com


29 October 

HALLOWEEN DAYTIME EVENT 

Whittington Castle, Whittington Near Oswestry

Come dressed up and play some Halloween games for prizes, join the spooky trail and visit the witch. 

Enter the carved pumpkin competition for a prize. 

1pm – 4pm. £1 per person.

For more information visit: www.whittingtoncastle.co.uk or call 01691 662500


31 October

HALLOWEEN EVENING PROCESSION

Whittington Castle, Whittington Near Oswestry

Visit the witch and games. £1 per person. 6pm-8pm.

For more information visit: www.whittingtoncastle.co.uk or call 01691 662500


27Sep

The young winner of a drawing competition run this summer by Woodhead Oswestry Sales and Lettings and the Principality Oswestry Agency has been announced.

 

The competition, launched at The Marches School Family Fun Day was aimed at children aged up to 12 years old and invited them to draw and colour a picture of Dylan the Dragon – the building society’s fiery mascot – on his summer holidays.

 

The lucky winner was seven-year-old Megan from Ellesmere for her picture of Dylan on a beach. Megan won a family day pass to Park Hall Farm.

 

Agency owner Kate Howell said: “We received a lot of excellent entries and it was very hard to pick just one. Megan’s really stood out though and the rest of the office agreed it was the clear winner.

 

“We’re grateful to Park Hall Farm for supporting the competition. We intend to work with them in the future on some exciting projects that bring together the family-focus on business that we both have.”

 

Principality Oswestry Agency, established four years ago on Leg Street in Oswestry is part of Wales’ largest building society, offering savings and mortgages. 

01Sep

There's lots happening in Oswestry this month. See just a few of the events taking place around the town. 

1 & 2 September

CONTINENTAL MARKET

Annual visit to Oswestry with stalls selling a wide variety of interesting produce and crafts within the town centre.

9am-4pm

01691 680222

 

1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 September

BEGINNERS’ DRAWING

Qube, Oswald Road, Oswestry

Learn basic skills for techniques in pencil drawing in this weekly drop-in session

Fridays, 11am-12:30pm

£8 per week

For further details contact 01691 656882

 

1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 September

COFFEE AND CHAOS

Whole Life Christian Centre, Cabin Lane Church, Oswestry

Under-5s and their carers meet every Friday for play and chat.

9am-11.15am

01691 671167

 

1, 4, 8,11,15,18, 22, 25 & 29 September

FAMILY AND LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

Oswestry Library, Arthur St, Oswestry

Family and Local History Group drop-in sessions for help with your family and local history enquiries

Mondays 10am-12pm and Fridays 1.30pm -4pm

01691 677388

 

 

1 September

‘MEDGEL – PORTRAIT OF A WITCH’

Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition Centre, Church Terrace, SY11 2TE

Anne Marie Lagram makes her living from her two passions- art and folklore, her subtle work in oils and ceramics call on historical allegories and present day life as a means of learning about keeping safe, living good lives and exploring explanations for things beyond our control.

Open Mon-Sat 10am-4.30pm, free entry

01691 662753

 

3 September

OPEN DAY – CAMBRIAN EMPORIUM & COLLECTABLES

Cambrian Works, Gobowen Road, Oswestry

10am – 4pm

Vintage Vocalist Sarah Raymond and local singer Kirsty Bright.

Raising funds for RAF Benevolent fund and Hope House Hospice

Free wine, Outdoor stalls.

To book a stall call 01691 652257/ 07837 245769

 

3 September

CAR BOOT SALE

Whittington Castle, Whittington, Near Oswestry

For more information visit:

www.whittingtoncastle.co.uk or call 01691 662500

 

 

1 September

 

'Medgel - portrait of a witch'

 

Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition Centre, Church Terrace, SY11 2TE

Anne Marie Lagram makes her living from her two passions- art and folklore, her subtle work in oils and ceramics call on historical allegories and present day life as a means of learning about keeping safe, living good lives and exploring explanations for things beyond our control.

open Mon-Sat 10am till 4.30pm, Free entry

01691 662753

Tuesday Sept 5th, 7.30pm - The Hippopotamus (15)



This hilarious adaptation of Stephen Fry's acclaimed novel, stars Roger Allam as a washed-up poet retreating to an old friend’s country estate to investigate a series of 'miracles'.

Kinokulture Cinema, Oswestry. www.oswestryfilmsociety.com for info.

 

5, 12, 19, 26 September

JOYFUL NOISE CHOIR

Whole Life Christian Centre, Cabin Lane Church, Oswestry

Weekly Tuesday evening practice session for the Oswestry Community Gospel Choir – Joyful Noise.

7pm-8.30pm.   For details contact 01691 680222

 

 

5 September

THE HIPPOPOTAMUS (15)

Kinokulture Cinema,Oswestry

This hilarious adaptation of Stephen Fry's acclaimed novel, stars Roger Allam as a washed-up poet retreating to an old friend’s country estate to investigate a series of 'miracles'.

7.30PM

Tickets & information www.oswestryfilmsociety.com

 

5 September

3 June–1 July

BORDERLAND VISUAL ARTS

Willow Gallery, Oswestry

Exhibition highlighting the work and skills of a group of artists who live locally. A diversity of works includes abstracts, florals, landscapes, still life, graphics, sculpture, photography…

Free admission Mon-Sat 9.30am–5pm; (MEET THE ARTISTS Sat 3 June between 2 & 4pm); For more information: 01691 657575 or email info@willowgalleryoswestry.org

PANT LUNCH

Cross Guns Inn, Pant

Main course and a cup of tea or coffee for £5.

An informal way to meet up with other people, without having to join or become a member of a formal club. Everyone is invited to come along.

12.30pm – 3pm.

 

 

6 September

HEARING AID CLINIC RUN BY NHS VOLUNTEERS

Oswestry Library, Arthur St

Free drop-in event.

10am–12pm.

01691 677388

 

 

7 September

CAMEO – OVER 60’S GROUP

Whole Life Christian Centre, Cabin Lane Church, Oswestry

Join Cameo for tea, coffee, cakes and conversation on the first Thursday of every month.

2pm

01691 671167

 

8 September

CHARITY MARKET

Working closely with community supporters The Qube, Oswestry Markets’ hosts a charity market on the Bailey Head aimed at raising important funds and awareness for a wide number of local charities. 

9am-3pm

01691 680222

 

 

8 September

AMSER I WRANDO

Dewch I wrando ar hanesion difyr ‘Telynores Maldwyn’ Nansi Richards. 

Time to Listen in Welsh. Free drop-in event

Oswestry Library, Arthur St

Free drop-in event.

2pm – 3pm

01691 677388

 

9 & 10 September

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS

National initiative to open as many historical places as possible to the public for free. Oswestry has a wide number of interesting activities including archaeological digs, St Oswald’s tower, market activities, the Town Museum and the Park Hall trenches. Go to www.oswestrytownmusuem.co.uk for further details

 

9 September

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS WEEKEND - Hand in date for Big Summer Read.

Oswestry Library, Arthur St

01691 677388

 

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10 September

HERITAGE OPEN DAY TOURS & LIVING HISTORY DAY WITH WHITTINGTON GUILD

Whittington Castle, Whittington Near Oswestry

For more information visit:

www.whittingtoncastle.co.uk or call 01691 662500

 

 

10 September

MIDLANDS BREAKFAST CLUB

British Ironwork Centre, Near Oswestry

The Midland's breakfast club is a wonderful event. Drivers from all over the midlands will arrive in dramatic style at the British Ironwork Centre. This is a free entry event and everyone is welcome to join, but don’t forget your camera!

9am

01691 610952

 

 

12 September

ADVERTIZING NATURE - talk by local author and one time nature correspondent for the Oswestry Advertizer, Vicky Turrell.  A Learning at Lunchtime event.  £3 please book with library staff.

Oswestry Library, Arthur St

01691 677388

 

15 September (start of 6-week course)

TAI CHI

Qube, Oswald Road, Oswestry

Combines deep breathing and relaxation with gentle flowing movements.

10.30am-11.30am or 11.45am-12.45pm

£55

For further details contact 01691 656882

 

 

15 & 29 September

‘WOW’ WORDS ‘N’ PICS OPEN WRITERS

Creative writing – beginners and all abilities welcome.  Meeting fortnightly.

Interactive workshops and full support,

New venue - Community Room, Llwyn Fields, (off Llwyn Rd) Oswestry, SY11 1HG - with flat access, disabled facilities and kitchen available. Come along and have fun with writing!

1.30pm– 3.30pm

For more information contact Jan on 07702 165717 or email janhedger7@googlemail.com

 

 

15, 22, 29 September & 6 October

DISCOVER THE ART OF EMBROIDERY

A four-week course for beginners and improvers. £40.

Please book with library staff

Oswestry Library, Arthur St

10am -12.30pm

01691 677388

 

 

 

17 September

THE HOUSE OF THE BLACKSTAR – LIVING HISTORY DAY

Whittington Castle, Whittington Near Oswestry

For more information visit:

www.whittingtoncastle.co.uk or call 01691 662500

 

 

 

19 September

THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE (12A)

Kinokulture Cinema,Oswestry. – 7;30PM

This true story of Warsaw zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski will amaze and inspire. Putting themselves at great danger, the couple used their zoo to hide hundreds of Jews during 1939. Starring Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl.

Tickets & information www.oswestryfilmsociety.com

 

20 September - 1 October

WREXHAM ART GROUP EXHIBITION

Whittington Castle, Whittington Near Oswestry

For more information visit:

www.whittingtoncastle.co.uk or call 01691 662500

 

20 September

PIMP YOUR PITCH!

Qube, Oswald Road, Oswestry

Improve business networking skills and presentation confidence in this inspirational, interactive session.

10am-1pm

£40

For further details contact 01691 656882

 

 

24 September

OSWESTRY COMMUNITY GAMES

Large annual event held in Cae Glas Park giving everyone the chance to try a number of sports for free including tennis, football, archery, martial arts, hockey, rugby

10am-3pm

01691 680222

 

24 September

CAR BOOT SALE

Whittington Castle, Whittington Near Oswestry

No caterers

For more information visit:

www.whittingtoncastle.co.uk or call 01691 662500

 

 

26 September

‘FLOCKS OF WORDS’

Oswestry Library, Arthur St

A blend of music and poetry by award-winning acoustic trio Whalebone and poet and author Kate Innes.   A Learning at Lunchtime event. £3. please book with library staff.

01691 677388

 

 

 

27 September
DISABILITY OSWESTRY MEETING

DO - as in 'We can do'.

Hope Church, Laburnum Drive, Oswestry, SY11 2QR
Sylvia Jones from Leonard Cheshire Disability will be talking about their work. This year is the centenary of Leonard Cheshire’s birth, so Sylvia will be talking about the foundation and growth of this organisation, and how they support people to live independent lives. There will also be coffee and cake, and a networking opportunity for everybody supporting people with any kind of disability. Absolutely everybody is welcome.

10.30am-12pm
E-mail:
disabilityoswestry161@gmail.com
Tel: 01691 680382

 27th September
DISABILITY OSWESTRY MEETING

DO - as in 'We can do'.

Hope Church, Laburnum Drive, Oswestry, SY11 2QR. 10.30 - 12.00 am.
Sylvia Jones from Leonard Cheshire Disability will be talking about their work. This year is the centenary of Leonard Cheshire’s birth, so Sylvia will be talking about the foundation and growth of this organisation, and how they support people to live independent lives. There will also be coffee and cake, and a networking opportunity for everybody supporting people with any kind of disability. Absolutely everybody is welcome.
E-mail:
disabilityoswestry161@gmail.com
Tel: 01691 680382

 

 

27 September

KNIT FOR LIFE

Oswestry Library, Arthur St

Come along and knit with this local charity that support direct-aid distributions to many countries around the world.  Free drop-in event.

1.30pm-3pm

More information available about the charity at www.knitforllife.co.uk

01691 677388

 

 

29 September

ARTISAN MARKET

Bailey Street and Bailey Head

A collection of quality local craft and food producers held in Bailey Street and the Bailey Head.  9am-3pm.

01691 680222

 

 Courtesty of Oswestry Life


31Aug

Woodhead Oswestry Sales and Lettings are celebrating an exceptional achievement after all nine members of staff succeeded in gaining an advanced professional qualification.

The team achieved the title of Advanced Associate Members of The Guild of Property Professionals – the UK’s most prestigious network of independent estate agents of which Woodhead is the appointed member in Oswestry. The network of 800 independent agents are selected and maintained as part of the Guild based on their professionalism, high standards, levels of service and sales results. They must also adhere to a strict code of conduct.

To pass the examination, the staff were required to demonstrate thorough knowledge and understanding of crucial industry skills in 40 modules, including: valuing, property appraisal, marketing and promotion in both sales and lettings. The qualification is renewed annually to ensure staff maintain the highest levels of knowledge in line with Guild requirements.

Congratulating the staff on their achievement, owner Kate Howell said: “We are very proud to belong to The Guild, it ensures our standards are the highest they can be. The efforts of the staff in successfully gaining their Guild Associate status simply provides proof that I have the best-trained team of sales and lettings agents in Oswestry.” 

10Aug

Woodhead Oswestry Sales and Lettings are pleased to announce they will be offering a traditional method property auction service beginning this summer.

The agent will be partnering with All Wales Auction – an award-winning auctioneering house supported by over 230 staff and 30 offices across Wales and borders. Senior auctioneer and partner Melfyn Williams is well known and highly experienced in his field and boasts a rate of selling four out of every five properties entered.

The auction house has previously been the recipient of the Sunday Times Best UK Auctioneers titles in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

Kate Howell, owner of Woodhead on Leg Street in Oswestry, said: “I’ve been looking for a way to offer auctions to our clients and this seemed like the perfect fit. Not only is Melfyn a top auctioneer and friend, he’s part of the Guild of Property Professionals as we are, so I know the standards of his work will be as high as ours and it’s a great match for us.”

Woodhead will be auctioning their first property – a four-bedroom house for renovation on Oakhurst Road in Oswestry on 10 August. The property, which has a guide price of £160,000 is likely to get a lot of interest from families looking for a project to investors and developers.

“Auctions are definitely something we would like to grow,” said Kate, “some properties are just suited to this method of sale and it’s important I can offer my clients all of the options they might need to sell their property.”

The estate agent has just agreed another three, exclusive exhibition dates this year to present properties for sale in the prestigious Park Lane office in London, which they have access to as part of their membership with The Guild. The dates will be 7 September, 6 October and 11 November.

To arrange a free, no obligation property valuation with one of the three dedicated valuers, call 01691 680044.

10Aug

August is traditionally the time when the property industry takes a breather, the schools are out, families go away on holiday and we brace ourselves for the autumn rush. This year will be no different. The team are full of excitement, enthusiasm and dedication for the season. I’ve just taken on my apprentice Kasey as a permanent member of staff to further strengthen our team, who have all completed their annual training, passing with flying colours.

There’s an extra two members of the Woodhead team on the way, with the happy news that Kim, Principality manager is expecting twins.

The weather is holding for the moment – a bit like the property market. We have just had some of the best sales and lettings results in years. In addition, our first traditional auction is set to take place on 10 August and is already bursting with interest.

All this positivity is set against a national backdrop of Brexit, the tragedy of Grenfell Tower and the devastation of terrorist attacks. Though we are living in uncertain times, we must reflect and then continue to look towards the positive.

I have taken on two new responsible building sites of 10 bungalows on the edge of Oswestry and 46 family homes in the Whittington catchment area, which are nearing the release or build stage. With low interest rates continuing to buoy the housing market, I expect growth to continue in our area.

01Aug

 

1 August

SEARCHING FOR THE SUGAR MAN (12a)

Kinokulture Cinema,Oswestry. – 7;30PM

The award winning documentary about 1970s Detroit singer/songwriter Sixto Roderiguez and his apparent fall into obscurity. Years later some dedicated fans track him down with heartwarming results.

Tickets & information www.oswestryfilmsociety.com

Tuesday 1st August 2017 7.30pm at Kinokulture Cinema, Oswestry.

Searching for Sugar Man (12A)

The award winning documentary about 1970s Detroit singer/songwriter Sixto Roderiguez and his apparent fall into obscurity. Years later some dedicated fans track him down with heartwarming results.

Tickets & information

 

1st August

ETHNIC AND SURREAL PAINTINGS & TEXTILES

Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition Centre, Oswestry

Annette Butterworth comes from a family of celebrated artists, her Indian heritage shows in the colour, shapes and textures she incorporates into to her eclectic body of work.

01691 662753

 

 

1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 August

JOYFUL NOISE CHOIR

Whole Life Christian Centre, Cabin Lane Church, Oswestry

Weekly Tuesday evening practice session for the Oswestry Community Gospel Choir – Joyful Noise.

7pm-8.30pm. For details contact 01691 680222

Tuesday July 4th - All The President's Men (15)

Classic true life story starring Robert Redford & Dustin Hoffman. Showing at Kinokulture Cinema, Oswestry. Tickets and info at


2 August

HEARING AID CLINIC RUN BY NHS VOLUNTEERS

Oswestry Library, Arthur St

Free drop-in event. 10am – 12pm.  01691 677388

 

3 August

CAMEO – OVER 60’S GROUP

Whole Life Christian Centre, Cabin Lane Church, Oswestry

Join Cameo for tea, coffee, cakes and conversation on the first Thursday of every month at 2pm. 01691 671167 for details

 

4, 11, 18 and 25 August

"BE A PRO" FOOTBALL CAMP DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS

The Venue, Park Hall - £10 - 9am – 4pm

Opportunity to train, learn and play like a professional footballer for the day. Open to all abilities for 8 to 12 year olds.

Days are run by a UEFA B Licensed coach

For more information or to register please contact Kieran.Lee-Birch@tnsfc.co.uk.  01691 684840

 

4,7,11,14,18,21 & 25 August

FAMILY AND LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

Oswestry Library, Arthur St, Oswestry

Family and Local History Group drop- in sessions for help with your family and local history enquiries

Mondays 10am-12pm  and Fridays 1.30pm -4pm

01691 677388

 

4 August

GUIDE DOG EVENT

Bailey Head, Oswestry

9am until 3pm

New for 2017 this event promotes the essential work of the local guide dogs giving everyone the chance meet guide dog puppies and guide dogs in training.  Experience a blindfold run all on the Bailey Head

01691 680222

 

4, 11,18 & 25 August

COFFEE AND CHAOS

Whole Life Christian Centre, Cabin Lane Church, Oswestry

Under 5s and their carers meet every Friday from 9am-11.15am for play and chat.

01691 671167

 

5 August

OSWESTRY SHOW

Park Hall Showground, SY11 4AB

Company of Horsemen Display Jousting.

South Africa Challenge Flat Run Display.

Village Green.  Livestocks.  Sheep Shearing.  Horticultural Marquee, Vintage Machinery, Model Railway, Funfair, and so much more…

Admission prices on the gate: Family £36.  Adult £12.  Child £6.  Senior Citizen £8. 
www.oswestryshow.co.uk
  01691 654875

 

6 August

OSWESTRY STREET BAND

Free family music in the award winning Cae Glas Park.

2pm – 4pm

01691 680222

 

6 August

HOPE HOUSE CYCLE CHALLENGE

Hope House , Morda Near Oswestry

The popular annual Hope House Cycle Challenge is back and this year it promises to be the toughest ride yet!!  The challenge will be starting and finishing at Hope House.    It costs just £25 to register for the challenge.  

Spaces on the day will be available at £35.

For the first time ever Hope House also have cycling jerseys that cyclists can purchase for the cost of £40.    Cyclists can sign up and purchase their jerseys via the online link above or call the Fundraising Office on 01691 671671.

 

 

6 August

CAR BOOT SALE

Whittington Castle, Whittington Near Oswestry

No caterers

For more information visit:

www.whittingtoncastle.co.uk or call 01691 662500

 

11 August

ANTIQUE MARKET

Bailey Head, Oswestry – 9am – 3:30pm

Run by Amulet Fairs a large collection of antiques and collectable retailers on the Bailey Head.

01691 680222

 

11 & 12 August

SHREWSBURY FLOWER SHOW

Floral Displays.  Celebrity Demonstrations.  Premier Show jumping.  Stunning Show Gardens.  Live Music.  Choirs.  Arena Entertainment.  Massed Bands.  Spectacular Fireworks. 

Tickets: Adults avance £25.  Over 60’s advance £23

Children aged 15 and under Free admission (when accompanied by an adult)

www.shrewsburyflowershow.org.uk  01743 234050

 

12 August

FAMILY FUN DAY

Great family day out.  Bouncy Castle.  Face painting.  Stalls.  Bungee Trampoline. Donkey Rides, Go-Carts, Games and Live Music all in the award winning Cae Glas Park – 10am – 4pm .  All profits donated to Oswestry Musical Theatre company.  Free Entry

01691 680222

 

4,7,11,14,18,21 & 25 August

FAMILY AND LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

Oswestry Library, Arthur St, Oswestry

Family and Local History Group drop- in sessions for help with your family and local history enquiries

Mondays 10am-12pm  and Fridays 1.30pm -4pm

01691 677388

 

15 August

DENIAL (12a)

Kinokulture Cinema, Oswestry.- 7:30pm

Recent courtroom drama starring Rachel Weisz & Timothy Spall, based on the famous libel trial against holocaust denier, David Irving.

Tickets & information www.oswestryfilmsociety.com

 

 

18 August

FAMILY EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP

Oswestry Library, Arthur St.  10am – 12pm

Create an animal design using simple embroidery stitches for children 6 years and over. 

Adults £4, Children £3. Please book with library staff.  01691 677388

 

19 August

LOCAL AUTHORS EVENT

Oswestry Library, Arthur St.  11am – 2pm

A chance to come and meet local authors and talk about their books, writing and getting published. 

This event is part of Oswestry CultureFest.

Free drop-in event.  01691 677388

 

19 August

SHROPSHIRE PRODUCE MARKET

Bailey St and the Bailey Head. Oswestry – 9am-3pm.

Handpicked Shropshire based food and craft producers selling the best the county has to offer in the town centre.

01691 680222

 

20 August

PAWS FOR TEA

Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition Centre, Oswestry

Bring your dog to a fun doggie tea party at the Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition Centre, there will be piano playing, and a choir singing as well as tea and homemade cakes all for £5, the funds are being raised for the Blue Cross for Pets

01691 662753

 

25 August

ARTISAN AND VINTAGE MARKET

Bailey Street and Bailey Head

A collection of quality local craft and food producers held in Bailey Street and the Bailey Head.  9am-3pm. In addition there will be a vintage theme on the Bailey Head with vintage style music, stalls and entertainement

01691 680222

 

27 August

CAR BOOT SALE

Whittington Castle, Whittington Near Oswestry

No caterers

For more information visit:

www.whittingtoncastle.co.uk or call 01691 662500

 

27 & 28 August

SHREWSBURY STEAM RALLY

Onslow Park, SY3 5EE

Over 70 steam engines.  Portsmouth Field Gun Display Team.  Trevithick Locomotive.  Over 1,000 exhibits and something for everyone

Adults: £13.  Senior Citizens: £12.  Children: £1.  Under 5’s Free

www.shrewsburysteamrally.co.uk  01938 570874

 

 

26, 27 & 28 August

OSWESTRY BALLOON FESTIVAL

British Ironwork Centre, Near Oswestry

Hot air ballooning coming home to Shropshire

In support of Nightingale House Hospice

For more information visit: www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk or call 01691 610952

 

28 August

FAMILY FUN DAY

Fantastic Funhouse, Gobowen Rd, Oswestry

A Family Fun day guaranteed to bring excitement, magic and laughter for all ages at the Fantastic Funhouse!
The little ones can join in with wand battles, potion classes, quidditch matches and the live entertainment whilst parents can enjoy refreshments and butter beer at the Leaky cauldron. 
Run through the wall to the Hogwarts express and board our train awaiting on platform 9 3/4.

Tickets £7.50 Children

01691 655515.



28 August

WHITTINGTON VINTAGE VILLAGE FETE

Whittington Castle, Whittington Near Oswestry

Organised by Whittington Together.

A traditional village fete with something for all the family.
We have: Vintage cars, stalls, arena games, rides, bouncy castle, food, bar and much more.
For more information visit: www.whittingtoncastle.co.uk or call 01691 662500

 

 Events listings courtesy of www.oswestry.life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

30Jun

Woodhead Oswestry Sales and Lettings is once again heading to the bright lights of London to showcase the best property the area has to offer.

The estate agent is inviting people to get in touch if they would like their property featured at the exhibition because there is a growing demand for more homes in the area.

Kate Howell, owner of Woodhead Oswestry Sales and Lettings based on Leg street, has been taking Oswestry properties to market in London for the past nine years to reach the most lucrative of the UK’s property market investors.

Being a part of the prestigious Guild of Property Professionals means the agent has access to their Park Lane office, which displays properties via touchscreens 24/7.

“We have secured dates for our sought-after, exclusive exhibitions in the capital for 7 September, 6 October and 11 November this year and I’ll be there myself to meet and talk to London buyers, to promote and sell the best property that Oswestry has to offer,” said Kate.

“I always look forward to these visits – not just for the change in scenery – but to catch up with my Guild colleagues from all over the country. Being able to share insights with my contemporaries is important to keep my knowledge fresh and find out what’s happening in the rest of the country.”

London has the highest house prices in the country, with the average house in Kensington and Chelsea costing £1,342,600 - six times higher than the national average of £223,766. Meanwhile Oswestry, according to Rightmove, has an average selling price of £178,338.

“When you see the figures next to each other, it doesn’t take long to realise that for Londoners and investors alike, Oswestry is a very attractive offering. Especially considering our fantastic scenery, road networks, hospitals, schools and proximity to big cities and steady house prices that don’t fluctuate with the rest of the country.

“Spreading our wings and arranging exhibitions like this is just one of the ways we go the extra mile for our clients.”

If you have a property you’d like to be valued, Woodhead is offering free, no obligation valuations to all prospective vendors this month with a view to taking on new properties for the first of the London events this August. Call 01691 680044 to arrange.

08Jun

We're proud sponsors of the eco-dome project at The Marches School, so we're delighted to be able to update you on its progress.

Work has begun on building the first eco-dome, outdoor classroom, at The Marches School as part of a conservation project, much to the students delight.

The Eden Project-style eco-domes funded by the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ initiative and sponsored by Tesni Homes, Woodhead Oswestry Sales and Lettings, Carbon Zero and Gemma’s Premier convenience store has begun to take shape in the grounds of the school.

The project is seeing a disused piece of land on the school grounds converted into a landscaped area occupied by three dome shaped classrooms to enhance the students’ learning and understanding of conservation, the environment and wildlife habitats.

To complete the project with the additional two eco-domes further funding is required. Students working on the eco-dome conservation project met with the Oswestry Lions last week to deliver their vision for the project. Oswestry Lions are kindly offering their support for the next phase.

Miss Richards, teacher and leader of the Eco-Committee, at The Marches School, commented ‘It’s great to see that the Eco-Committee’s hard work and fundraising efforts are starting to take shape. We visited the eco-dome site this week to take the opportunity to see what we have been working towards, they were all excited to explore the development and get planning for the future.’


08Jun

If you’re planning on buying or selling a house this year, you may wonder how the general election might affect the property market. Are we facing a close-down as movers wait to find out what happens after the 2017 general election on 8 June?

In previous times, it might. But Mrs May’s surprise election announcement seems unlikely to do any damage. If anything, the snap decision has avoided the long build up which could have created anxiety. The short period between May’s announcement and the election means there is barely time for a dip in sales and any impact would be concentrated into a single month. The widely-held belief that there is likely to be a Tory landslide has limited any uncertainty and the likelihood of five more years under the Conservatives might be seen by many as a positive prospect.

A decisive result will build a better sense of security in predicting future fluctuations in the property market, further increasing buyer confidence. Following previous trends the we expect the number of property transactions to increase for around six months following a general election.

Despite high profile elections in each of the last two summers, the property market has remained resilient, which indicates the majority of buyers will not be put off by uncertainty and I believe Oswestry - despite being in its own ‘property microclimate’ resilient to the highs and lows of the national market – will continue in its pattern of steady growth.

Local developers are certainly not put off and anticipate a period of growth following the election. We’re poised to release details of a 44-home development in Park Hall. We’ve been eagerly awaiting this responsible development - due to start this summer - because it’s a mix of family homes, all of which are in demand in our area.

To speak with a sales or lettings manger, call Woodhead on 01691 680044.

18May

Staff from Woodhead get pedalling for charity

Funds will go to Cancer Research

 

Four staff from Woodhead Oswestry Sales and Lettings are getting ready to pedal for charity by taking part in an eight-hour static cycle ride on Friday 26 May.

The challenge will take place at the estate agent’s Leg Street office, where the team are aiming to cycle 49 miles (the distance to Liverpool) in just a day to raise funds for Cancer Research.

The staff collectively agreed to put the funds towards this charity as they all know someone who has been affected by the disease.

The staff taking part will take it in turns throughout the day on 20 minute shifts on the bike.

The team have set themselves a target of raising £200.

The challenge has been organised by the youngest and newest member of the Woodhead team, apprentice Kasey Bright (pictured), age 17.

Owner Kate Howell commented: “I’m proud of Kasey for taking the initiative to come up with this fundraiser and I’m sure the team will all rise to the occasion. Everyone is throwing themselves into this challenge, they’re a great team and I’ve no doubt they will succeed in raising money for this very worthy cause.

“I know the ladies taking part would welcome any encouragement people can give them on the day and I’d encourage members of the public to call in and cheer them on or donate."

If you would like to make a donation, visit the JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kasey-Bright

04May

Woodhead Oswestry Sales and Lettings have today announced a new sponsorship deal with Oswestry Cricket Club.

The deal, which includes prime pitch-side advertising is a boost for the Cricket Club and contributes to the financial security of the popular organisation.

This is the first sports sponsorship deal to be entered into by estate agent Woodhead, who are based on Leg Street in the town.

Under the deal, the Woodhead branding will appear around the ground and inside the club house and be supported by the club’s social media.

Announcing the agreement, Woodhead senior sales consultant Kimberley Morris said: “We’re delighted to be involved with the Cricket Club. It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to work together with the club and its supporters.”

Hugh Roberts, events organiser at Oswestry Cricket Club added: “I think we’ll work really well together. They are a superb company who hold very similar values to us as a business by taking great pride in what they do as well as being professional and good fun.”

 

09Apr

As the first shoots of spring come through the surface, it signals a new beginning and a fresh start. Nowhere is that more evident than in the UK right now with the triggering of Article 50 signalling the start of a new era. At last some confidence that the decision has been made and the Government provides certainty that we will be leaving the EU.

We expect this confidence to carry into the property market, encouraging people to move on with their lives. Last month we agreed to take on our first new development of the year – which is cleared for foundations to start in June. This assurance by developers is always a key signal that there is growth in the market.

The expectation, pre-referendum that house prices would drop couldn’t be further from the truth, as they continue to rise steadily. Demand for homes remains strong and outweighs the effects of any uncertainty in the market.

Times of uncertainty and reduced transactions are almost always followed by periods of increased transactions. Oswestry is ready to boom. It may not be London, but at times like this, London may well wish it was us. With affordable house prices and years of steady growth – we’re resilient to the national economic booms and busts experienced by the cities.

The last few years have been a challenge with all the uncertainty, but – comparing Oswestry’s property market to a lawn roller (slow and steady) – it’s rolling and we don’t expect it to stop. Lending rates are low, making it an ideal time for first-timers, up-sizers and investors to buy.

Our greatest challenge over the coming quarter is getting enough housing stock to fulfil the demand of our growing waiting list. With sensible pricing, attractive interiors, the best marketing and photography and an experienced, dedicated sales team – we are seeing properties selling within a week of coming on the market with us.

To arrange a free, no obligation valuation of your property, call us on 01691 680044.

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