Ellesmere Shropshire

Ellesmere Shropshire
Beautiful Market Town

Monday, 26 December 2011

The Black Lion Hotel Ellesmere Shropshire

The Black Lion Hotel is located in the centre of Ellesmere, Shropshire opposite the entrance to Wharf Rd, and offers a fantastic restaurant, hotel, and function room for every occasion. Run by brothers Matthew and Isaac you can expect the highest of service.

Isaac has been a head chef for nine years in a number of quality hotels and restaurants. He has been at the Black Lion Hotel in Ellesmere for the past five years delivering quality food at affordable prices. Matthew has been in the trade for eleven years working in a number of different places, from country pubs to 4* hotels.

The Black Lion Hotel, Scotland Street, Ellesmere, Shropshire SY12 0EG.

Telephone: (01691) 622418

Website http://www.theblacklionhotel.co.uk/

The Meres of Ellesmere Shropshire

The Meres of Ellesmere Shropshire

Ellesmere is located by the side of 'The Mere', one of the largest natural meres in England outside the Lake District and one of nine glacial meres in the area. An artificial island in the Mere was constructed in 1812 from soil dug out during the making of the gardens at Ellesmere House. This was later named Moscow Island, as Napoleon was forced to retreat from Moscow that year. The Mere has a visitors' centre and is popular with birdwatchers, many of whom visit to see Grey Herons nesting. There are eight other meres nearby: Blakemere, Colemere, Crosemere, Kettlemere, Newtonmere, Whitemere, Sweatmere and Hanmer Mere.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Petes - Cafe and Snack Bar Ellesmere Shropshire

Petes Cafe and Snack Bar
Telephone 01691 623414

8, Cross Street

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Website design for your business in 2012

Christmas is here and the new year is around the corner, If you are starting a new venture or wanting to improve your existing business online why not give Shropshire web design a call, we are here to advise and assist you in getting a website to meet your needs. Shropshire web design prides itself on getting websites to a high position on search engines such as Google Yahoo and others making sure your business has as good a chance as possible on the internet. We explain things in easy to understand terms and don't try to oversell products to you that you don't need. Shropshire web design makes things easy with our managed hosting package taking away all the stress from you and leaving you to get on with running your business and not have the worry of your online strategy.

Call Shropshire Web Design for details

Manager David K Ellis

Tel 01691 623897

Kenyan Schools Project recieves footballs

Billy Morris has confirmed that the Kenyan Schools project has recieved the footballs donated by The Ellesmere New and Used Centre based in Ellesmere and they are delighted with them. Husband and wife team (Bill & Lynn Morris) who travel to Kenya twice a year to help young children and babies in schools and orphanages in Kenya. Since 2004 we have raised over £11,000, donated everything from desks and scholastic equipment to electricity and new classrooms!

History of KSP

It all started with a dream holiday to Kenya. We had booked a safari for the first week on the Masai Mara and then the following week, we stayed at the Diani Sea Resort in Ukunda, near. Mombasa, where we relaxed on the Indian Ocean beaches of East Kenya. During the second week, we went on an organised school visit, not knowing that this visit would go on to change our lives forever. The school was called 'The Mkwakwani School' and when we saw what the children had to put up with just to go and learn, we were so shocked. The children were sitting on concrete floors, barefoot and having to share pencils, paper and books. After seeing the school, which, at that time had 1,500 pupils aged between 3 and 13 years, we then met the headmaster, Mr Pofu and his deputy, Mr Bilashaka, to whom we promised we would try and raise some funds for them upon our return to the UK. The trip to the school really got to both of us, and we could not stop thinking about the children. We were going to keep our promise!
2005 saw us keeping our promise to Mr Pofu. We held our first function to raise some much-needed cash! It was a family party called 'Tropical Night', held on March 20th. We raised approximately £500. With this money we went out and bought pens, pencils, rulers and other scholastic supplies. We boxed it all up and sent it over to Kenya.
With our four boxes on there way, we decided to go over to Kenya ourselves. That way we were able to hand out the books, pencils, etc. to the children. It was so moving! The children even sang us a song - 'if you're happy and you know it'.
The headmaster told us of a lady that had been helping the school and had made it into a charity called 'Mkwakwani School Project' - Reg No 1089275. So, when we got back home, we decided to contact her to see how we could help. She told us of her plans to buy desks for the children and also to try and raise some money to build a library for the Mkwakwani school.
During the summer we were approached by Radio Shropshire to see if we wanted to do a walk for Kenya, as they had heard about us trying to help the children in Kenya. So the '5K for Kenya' was set for the 25th September along the river Severn in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. We raised £2,600 which we sent off to the charity to go towards building the library.
We also raised money for desks during the year - 350 in total.We also bought lots of books, pens and were also given lots of reading books from a couple of local schools which we boxed up. We asked DHL of Flint if they could help us in any way. They said they could. They sent the boxes over for us free of charge (28 boxes in all). So, with the boxes gone, we decided to make another trip to Kenya in October.
At the school, it was amazing to see all the boxes there. We spent ages handing out books, pens, etc. During our stay we went to see some of desks we had paid for. They were being made at a disabled college at Likoni. Our next function was a Christmas party, held on the 23rd Dec and we raised approx £1,000 for the Mkwakwani school.
2006 saw us raise more money by holding a beach party in our local village. We raised another £1,000 for the Mkwakwani school. Cadbury Schweppes sponsored us to go back in October, which was fantastic.
During the year, apart from collecting money for school desks, we were also buying more books, pencils, etc. with the money raised. In total, we had 28 boxes to be sent over. We approached DHL in Flint, North Wales to see if they could help us again and they said they would once more send over all the boxes free of any charge.
So with the boxes sent, we set off for Kenya going to Nairobi first to see Cadbury as they had been so generous in sponsoring us. There, we met the MD Jane Karuku and her PA Carol Githinji and had a tour of the factory. Carol took us to an orphanage called Huruma which is helped by Cadbury. It was decided that Carol would come to Ukunda to see what we did. The three of us went to the Mkwakwani school to hand out books, pens, etc. While on this visit, we went to two more schools with Carol. They were Peace Village and Heman. We handed out school books and pens to them as well. Our greatest moment was seeing some of our desks (211 of them) at the school. Back home we held a Christmas party which raised £1,000.
On February 8th we made a big decision to take our fundraising to the next level - we started our own charity 'Kenyan Schools Project' - Reg No 1117886.
It was great going to visit Kenya in March as a proper charity. While we were there we found that we could buy school books and pens actually in Kenya - not only are they cheaper than in the UK but also it helps their economy. We visited the Mkwakwani school as always, but we also found some more schools that needed help - Shamu, Peace Village, Heman and Yeje schools were now on our help list as well as Mkwakwani school and the orphanage at Huruma.
Back in the UK, just before our next party, we had a visit by Phil Brown (a Silver Olympic Medal winner). He brought us loads of sports gear that schools and colleges had donated to hand out to charities that needed the equipment.
The next party was 'Motown Night' with a special guest motown singer called Marvin Ruffin. We raised approx £1,000. To add to our growing pot of funds before our next trip in october Bill and Lynn were awarded £5,000 out of the Cadbury Schweppes Foundation charity. The money was to be spent on school equipment, including 300 desks for whichever schools needed them (a great boost to our charity)! So we went back to Kenya. We visited Nairobi first to visit the Huruma Orphanage, taking food and school equipment with us. We also visited two more orphanages before heading to Ukunda to visit the schools. Once again, we picked up more schools to help!
Back home we had our next Christmas party. Then, to keep us extra busy the week after, we held a New Years Eve party called Oscar night. What a year!
On our first trip of the year we visited Nairobi where the NewLife Home and Huruma Orphange received boxes from the Kenyan Schools Project sent via Cadbury UK (thanks to Bill working for Cadbury in Chirk, North Wales). A local pub in our town donated a full football kit, which was gladly received by the Huruma football team.
Ladies from Shropshire and surrounding districts, including members of our local W.I. and gardening clubs, had knitted jumpers and teddies, plus donated cuddly toys for the children at the orphanages, which were gratefully received by the children.
We delivered 140 desks to the Shamu School, bringing our desk total for that particular school to 250! What a huge achievement! We also purchased 3,000 exercise books, pens and pencils from local supermarkets and delivered them to 5 of the 8 schools that we are helping - Mkwakwani, Southern Stars, Yeje, Mvendeni and Shamu.
In October of the same year, we visited the Ushirika School in Nairobi to see the windows finished. It was a real joy to see the project finally realised and to make a great difference to the lives of the children.
As normal we visited the two orphanages and two schools in Nairobi plus one orphanage and six schools in Mombasa with supplies in tow.
Back at home, we held three fundraising parties - one for Halloween, one at Christmas which even Santa came to, and a final one to celebrate the New Year - all of which raised over £2,000.
Our first trip was in May - we had to visit a couple of projects that we were hoping were finished. We started in Nairobi at the Ushirika School. The kitchen and toilet refurbishment and also a water tank that holds 10,000 gallons of water were all completed - it was great to see the work finished and to see the children drinking the clean fresh water.
The other schools and orphanages all had a visit from us with our usual donations of books, clothes, footballs and football kits, much needed food and sanitary pads - all of which were kindly given local people back at home.
We then headed to Mombassa to check on our projects there. First stop was the Yeje School. The electricity had finally been installed at the School and we are now just waiting for Kenya Power to link it all together for the electricity to flow. Next we travelled to the Mvindeni School. We had previously delivered 200 desks here, so we had to take photos of all of them for the people back home who had donated £20.00 for each desk. After talking to the Head master at Mvindeni, we decided upon a new project - to refloor 6 classrooms, have the kindergarden classroom rebuilt and build 30 small desks for the infants.

We visited all our friends at the other schools in Mombasa and took reading books, pens, pencils, etc. Although a lot of the donations are from back home, we do also try to buy some of the exercise books and pens at the local shops here in Mombasa and Nairobi, as we feel it helps the economy in Kenya which is vitally important.
Our next trip was in October and the first stop place we visited was Nairobi. We had arranged to visit a new scool\/orphanage (thanks to our Friends at Feed the Children) called Oxsic. It is run by a lady called Elizabeth and has approximately 110 children. Oxsic is right next to a rubbish tip with no electricity or beds and not enough desks so once we dropped off some goodies - food, clothing, books, pens etc. - we decided we needed to help them urgently and would sort a plan out once we got back home.
Next stop was the Yeje School where we were in for a real treat - the electricity was on and working! WOW! It was great to see lights on in the school buildings. We have another possible project on the go at Yeje - to rebuild a classroom that has collapsed due to a tree falling on it - we just need to check costs before the final go ahead.
Over at the Mvindeni school the floors were all completed. They looked really good with our new desks in the classroom. The kindergarten classroom was also finished - it looked fantastic and is the talk of the Ukunda town - the Headmaster is so proud! The new classroom has also been filled with 30 small desks much to the delight and amazement of the children.
Again we visited the other schools to take the books and other donations. For one school in particular - Maendaleo Academy - we bought a lot of educational books that are greatly needed which was paid for my a wonderful donation of £500 from Nick Goulder.

We are proud to have donated to this project and even a small donation can make a difference.

Please donate to the KSP

Visit Website http://www.kenyanschoolsproject.co.uk/index.html

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Fred Roberts Closes after nearly 140 years of service

Fred Roberts Shop closes after nearly 140 years

The oldest shop in Ellesmere closes today after serving the community of Ellesmere for over a century.

Fred Roberts started out as a printers before developing into a stationary, gifts and newsagents, I think all the people who grew up in Ellesmere will greatly miss all the things that Fred Roberts had to offer, I remember as a child looking forward to my mother taking me into Fred Roberts where going into the back room waas like entering a new world full of toys and gifts. I even had a paper round there as a youngster growing up.

The business has been run by five generations of the same family since it opened in 1872 and the shop has become known as an institution in the town of Ellesmere.
The shop is full of gifts, cards, toys, stationery, china and glass including famous name brands such as Corgi, Wedgwood, and Royal Worcester.
But now owner Debbie Hayward, who runs the shop with her mother Beryl Hewitt, has decided itstime to call it a day, which is in its 139th year of trading.
Mrs Hayward, whose daughter Sarah has also helped out in the shop, said she would miss running the store but thanked customers for their support throughout the years.

She has said the decision to shut the shop was taken for health reasons.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Ellesmere Local Joint Committee Meeting

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Remote controlled planes, Helicopters, Cars, Boats and more

If you are interested in RC Airplanes Helicopters Cars Boats or anything remote controlled as a hobby or pastime why not join the brand new Flying RC Forum, It is a great place to build a local community of flyers racers sailing or speed boating why not follow the link below and join today you can read interesting topics or create some great posts of your own, add photos, link to YouTube videos or even advertise you RC business or club.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Duck Racing at The Boat Erbistock Charity event

Friday, 30 September 2011

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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

KSP Kenyan Schools Project helping children in Kenya

The Ellesmere New and Used Centre has donated a net full of footballs to the Kenyan Schools project.

Bill Morris the chairman of KSP will be packaging and sending the footballs to help Kenyan children enjoy sports with our help.

If you have any football equipment and would like to support The Kenyan schools project

Tel 01691 623229

email info@kenyanschoolsproject.co.uk

visit website http://www.kenyanschoolsproject.co.uk/

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Speed Network - Promote your business to other likeminded business people

Promote your business to other likeminded business people and book a space at the next Speed Network Meeting on the 13th October.  Information on the attachment, please print and promote the event.

Meet at the Boathouse Restaurant Ellesmere Shropshire 13th October 2011

Monday, 19 September 2011

Ellesmere Carnival 2011 video of parade - Backing Track Adele set fire to the rain

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Do you need PC repair help near/in Penley, Wrexham?

If you don't know the answer to some of the following questions, then I suggest you give me a call:

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• Can I upgrade my computer?

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• Where can I find PC repair in Ellesmere

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Thursday, 8 September 2011

Ellesmere Carnival 2011 You Tube Video

Ellesmere Carnival 2011 You Tube Video

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Shropshire Door Canopies


Shropshire Door Canopies is a family run business specializing in traditional handmade door canopies, crafted from the finest materials.
We offer a “buy on line” range at prices starting from just £142.

We specialize in our Bespoke Canopies and can offer any size or shape of canopy from Green Oak porches to lean-too canopies all with our unique “any size, any canopy, anywhere in the uk in just 5 working days”

The standard shipping of our canopies costs just £24.00 but we welcome visitors to our lakeside workshops in the beautiful location of Ellesmere, Shropshire to view or collect a canopy.

Visit Website http://www.shropshiredoorcanopies.co.uk/index.html

Telephone 01691 623737

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Stonehill Donkeys - Donkey Hire for events entertainment and more ....

Stonehill Donkeys

Donkeys available for any event...
We have donkeys available for ridden and driven derby's, rides or appearances. For corporate or private functions, beach parties/promotions, store/centre openings, children's parties, fetes, carnivals, fun days, school visits etc.

Our donkeys are also available for theatre, film and TV work and are fully insured for public liability. Any distance, and event - advanced bookings taken.

(All donkeys at any event are supervised by our own staff).
We always have donkeys for sale, including a selection of young home bred donkeys, as well as equipment, tack and donkey carriages. If you don't see what you are looking for after visiting our link below, give us a ring - we may well have what you are after.

Donkey Rides...
Donkeys are great fund raisers, or as an attraction at your event. You can choose how you want to hire the donkeys... (Our staff supervise all events).
You pay a fee - we deliver and work the donkeys. You can either give free rides or charge and you keep all monies made
You pay a fee - you collect the donkeys and supervisor. You work the donkeys keeping all monies or give free rides. Then you return the donkeys and supervisor.
You pay a fee - we deliver the donkeys and supervisor - you work the donkeys giving free rides or keeping all monies earned.

Ridden Donkey Derbys...
Donkey derbys are fantastic fundraisers. Collect all your monies in before your function - you cannot loose if properly organised. They also make an ideal fun filled main ring attraction...and are supervised by our own staff..
Children jockeys, who must be riders and have parent's written consent and wear properly fitting riding hat. Weight limit 8 stone

Driven Donkey Derbys...
Adults don't have to miss out on the fun! They can drive donkeys.... supervised by our own staff.
The races can be organised throughout the day and end in a grand final
They can be driven by celebrities (i.e. showjumpers at horse shows - show sponsor T.V. personalities etc.)
Driven derbys can take place indoors or outdoors
They make great interludes at race meetings - where jockeys can drive them!
The make brilliant fund raisers and can be organised the same as the ridden ones

Donkey Roadshows...
Roadshows can either be arranged as static displays in a tent or hall including....
Donkeys - their work and uses throughout the ages.
Various static exhibits including photos, harness, tack, vehicles etc.
Even a 'live' donkey if there's room.
Or mobile displays...
Donkeys pulling various vehicles and commentary.
Shown bottom left is the Victorian Bath Chair (which converts into an invalid carriage), and top left is a tipping cart.
They are suitable as a main ring attraction - duration approx. 20 minutes.
All roadshows supervised by our own staff.

Special Events and Appearances...
Give your child a birthday party with a difference.... Donkeys can be delivered to your door.
Donkeys are great at Christenings or other celebrations.
Donkeys will be available for your guests to ride (8 stone weight limit), drive or pet as required.
Donkeys also available for...
TV, theatre and film work.
Church Events.
Stag and Hen Parties.
Street Parties
Other special appearances.
All special events and appearances supervised by our own staff.

Donkeys can be very educational...
We come along to your school or venue to entertain and educate children
Learn how to groom, care for, tack-up and generally look after your donkey
Children can ride and drive a donkey
Suitable for summer camps, educational days or any organisation wishing to learn about donkeys
Suitable for all age groups - both able bodied or disabled
Suitable for children's nurseries, old folks homes - they can ride in the cart or just stroke the donkeys - very therapeutic
All "educational donkey" bookings are supervised by our own staff

About Stonehill Donkeys...
We have been looking after donkeys for over 20 years and pride ourselves on the quality of care we give to each donkey, with a great qualified team of staff we provide a great environment for our donkeys to live in. At Stonehill donkeys we offer donkey hire and donkeys are available for ridden and driven derby's, rides or appearances. For corporate or private functions, beach parties/promotions, store/centre openings, children's parties, fetes, carnivals, fun days, school visits etc.

Our donkeys are also available for theatre, film and TV work and are fully insured for public liability. Any distance, and event - advanced bookings taken.

(All donkeys at any event are supervised by our own staff).
We hold a full Riding School Licence
We hold a full performing animals licence
We are fully insured for public liability
We always have donkeys for sale, including a selection of young home bred donkeys, as well as equipment, tack and donkey carriages.

Visit Website http://www.donkeyhire.co.uk/

Stonehill Donkeys, Cockshutt, near Ellesmere Shropshire SY12 0JL
Telephone: 01939 270432
Mobile: 07970 695566
Email: enquiries@donkeyhire.co.uk

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Ellesmere Carnival Parade 2011

Images of the carnival parade Ellesmere Shropshire 2011

Ellesmere Carnival Images courtesy of Shropshire Web Design all images subject to copyrights

Additional Photos of the Ellesmere Carnival provided by Lincoln (The Signtists)

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