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Search begins for specialist to lead Lord Hill statue fundraising
Shropshire Council has started the search for a specialist to lead a fundraising campaign for restoration work to the statue of Lord Hill. "Sadly, the actual statue of Lord Hill is now deteriorating and requires replacement. Historic England requires that it is replaced using the same techniques as the original." Specialist fundraising services are required to identify potential fundraising streams and income generating opportunities, while also developing a funding strategy to secure grants and donations for the replication of the statue.

Via Shropshire Council

New dispersal order for Shrewsbury town centre as police called to busy Quarry
Police said that they were called to the Quarry in Shrewsbury at about 9.30pm on Wednesday, to reports that a group of around 50 young people were congregating in contravention of lockdown rules. While the majority of people in the Quarry have been in smaller groups, larger groups of youths gathered on Monday and Tuesday drinking and listening to music as temperatures neared 20C. However, West Mercia Police has now once again introduced a dispersal notice and said officers would be increasing patrols.

Via Shrophire Star

Single CCG group in charge of buying NHS healthcare services in Shropshire launches

There were two clinical commissioning groups - one overseeing services in Shropshire and the other in Telford & Wrekin - but from today the new group, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCG, will be in charge of the planning, buying and monitoring of local health services. The two governing bodies for Shropshire CCG and Telford and Wrekin CCG have been working closely together since August, so are in a good position to move forward as a single organisation. The plans to form a single CCG were approved last year by NHS bosses, with an expectation that it will get rid of "duplication and inconsistency".

Via Shropshire Star

Shropshire baby deaths scandal: NHS to spend £95 million improving maternity care following damning report
NHS England has committed to investing £95 million for workforce numbers, training and development programmes to support culture and leadership, and strengthening board assurance and surveillance to identify issues earlier. The inquiry into deaths and allegations of poor care at SaTH was set up in 2017 and is reviewing 1,862 families – making it "the largest number of clinical reviews undertaken relating to a single service, as part of an inquiry, in the history of the NHS". The chief executive of the trust apologised for the "pain and distress" caused to mothers and families due to poor maternity care – after the review found staff had been "flippant", "abrupt" and "dismissive".

Via Shropshire Star

Weekly COVID Stats

Positive tests: 68 (-27)
Rate per 100k resident population: 25.4
Deaths within 28 days of positive test: 0 (-2)
Patients admitted to hospital:
8 (-4)

All stats available at

Data displayed above is for Shropshire as a whole. Latest data at healthcare trust level provided on 21 March 2021, other data is correct as of 25 March 2021.

COVID Vaccination Progress (1st dose)

Vaccinations carried out in Shropshire: 175,100 (+8,398)
Vaccinations carried out in Shrewsbury & Atcham
58,451 (+2,562)

All stats available from NHS

Data correct as of 25/03/2021. All data above is for 1st doses. When 2nd doses start to ramp up we will also report these figures.

Community News

Northampton Town match preview

Shrewsbury Town Football Club
Match report: Shrewsbury Town 1 Portsmouth 2

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