MY HEART goes out to Paula Clark, for her courage in joining the troubled Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust on Monday as stand-in chief executive.

She succeeds Simon Wright ,who quit unexpectedly, not to stay with the NHS as he said but to spend more time with his family. She’s the former chief executive of University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust, who we really wish well, but warn her she’s entering a cauldron of fire!

When questioned about our Trust, PM hopeful and ex-health secretary Jeremy Hunt interestingly stressed: “There has been a £300 million investment in Shropshire hospitals - that is not happening anywhere else in the country.”

Then later last week it was announced a further 300 births at Telford’s maternity unit,were now under investigation.

‘Oyez’! Call on our Phil

WITH Oswestry Town Crier Phil Brown’s ‘Oyez’ season bursting to start, he’s going to make himself more widely available. He can now bring excitement and glamour, in his full crier’s kit, to YOUR event!

But what few folks know is Phil donates his cash to the Oswestry and Ellesmere branches of ‘Hector’s Greyhound Rescue’ to rehouse no longer wanted greyhounds.

Hector’s organise dog shows on the Bailey Head, with the next one from 10am until 1pm this Saturday. Phil’s site is and you can either ring him on 07580-204761 or email him on

Join Wynnstay bowlers

THOUGHTFUL Oswestry crown green bowlers have added a more handy weekend Open Day this Saturday, especially for working Oswestrians who couldn’t make its recent Wednesday date.

Just pop along to Wynnstay Bowling Club, in the walled garden behind the Wynnstay Hotel, from 10am to 4pm, where you’ll get free lessons and can give crown green bowling a free try – to learn just what fun it is!

Call for action on road

ALL power to Nicole Evans for initiating a petition backing our plea begging Highways England to put traffic lights at dangerous Llynclys crossroads.

It was blocked again for three hours last Tuesday because of another injury crash. I was the 137th to sign the petition, where the target is 200 – but let’s make that top 1,000 and beyond to stem more carnage and heartache.

The chairman of Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council Dilys Gaskell has even given the petition her backing!

Your chance to moan

IF YOU live in the Oswestry area and are ‘troubled by inconsiderate drivers’, take your moan to The Qube next Wednesday, July 10, between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. You can meet representatives from Crime Commissioner John Campion’s office, as well as Think Safer Roads experts and representatives from Shropshire Council.