Memory Corner January 17th 2019

Friday January 17th, 1794

IT IS NOW EVIDENT to the whole world that France is at present in a most shocking situation, being without laws, liberty or religion.  Famine must soon stare the inhabitants in the face, and it may justly be said that the present rulers there are the most cruel and barbarous tyrants that were ever known on the face of the earth.

THE PRISONERS of the County Gaol return their thanks to a gentleman in this town for two guineas, to be laid out in animal food for them.


Friday January 15th, 1819

THIRTY GUINEAS REWARD – whereas some evil-disposed person or persons did, last Friday night, wilfully and maliciously INJURE and DEFACE the STONE WORK of the NEW BRIDGE now erecting near Cound Hall, to a great extent.  Whoever will give information of the offender or offenders to the Clerk of the Peace of the County of Salop, shall, on the conviction of the offender or offenders, receive THIRTY GUINEAS reward.  If any person concerned in the commission of the offence will give such information, such person shall, on the conviction of the offenders, be handsomely rewarded, and every means taken to obtain a free pardon.


Friday January 15th, 1869

ON THE 9thlast, Thos Baker, under-keeper at Apley Hall, Bridgnorth, found a starling’s nest with young ones in it.

THE OTHER DAY a fireman, who was standing on the tender of a moving train, was caught by a bridge between Crewe and Sandbach, knocked off, and so seriously injured that an arm and a leg had to be amputated.

A TROUPE of Tyrolese singers, styled “royal” from the fact that their concerts have been given at Windsor Castle, in the presence of the Queen, are announced to appear at the Music Hall next week.


Friday January 17th, 1919

1919 THE GOLDEN YEAR! Peace – and plenty of GOLDEN SHRED marmalade.  Increased supplies anticipated shortly.  Robertson – only supplier.

1919 – THE YEAR OF PEACE and Mackintosh’s Toffee de Luxe – what else can it be but a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

DEMOBILISATION AND VENEREAL DISEASE – the war has brought more than one baleful influence to bear on those who have won through the hardships and among the most insidious comes the widespread dissemination of venereal disease


Friday January 19th, 1979

MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS on the Shrewsbury Chronicle, who have been on strike in pursuit of a pay rise for over six weeks, returned to work yesterday after accepting a 14½percent increase.

A NEW UNIT which will enable mothers of sick children to stay with them in hospital has been opened at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.  The £14,000 project, an extension of Ward 14, has been financed by the hospital’s League of Friends.  The purpose of the mother-baby unit is to enable normal family relationships to be sustained while a child is in hospital, and the unit’s accommodation – designed for two such cases – consists of two single bedrooms, rest room, breakfast bar and a shower room.


Thursday January 20th, 1994

LOVE IN A PANTO CAMEL – look out, she’s behind you… The front end of Roger, Bomere Heath’s pantomime camel, has proposed marriage to its back end – and she has accepted.  So Roger’s rear half will become his better half on March 3rd.  Don Woolfenden and Barbara Wigley teamed up to play Daisy the cow in last year’s pantomime and got together again after Don had proposed on New Year’s Eve.  Barbara, Roger the camel’s back end, said their partnership was working well.  Don and Barbara are in the middle of rehearsals for Aladdin and his Magic Lamp.

SHREWSBURY’S crucial north west relief road has been set back by at least a year under Government spending restrictions.  County Council highways chiefs yesterday agreed a programme which means the £30 million road will not be started until at least 1997.  The delay is the result of the drastic reduction in the transport supplementary grant from the Government.


Thursday January 22nd, 2009

A SIX-YEAR-OLD girl who designed a fantasy car powered by banana skins is the toast of her classmates – after her competition-winning entry helped pay for a new adventure playground at her school.  Alisha Wills, a pupil at Sundorne Infant School in Corndon Crescent, Shrewsbury, beat off competition from 650 town pupils to win Budgen Motors’ ‘design a dream car’ competition.  And after her eco-friendly design won a £1,000 prize, her teachers have revealed they now have enough cash to replace their play area, which has been out of action since March.  The existing wooden playground had been condemned as unsafe after the slide split and other sections went rotten.  Alan Derry, school headmaster, said, “The play equipment will all be removed, and a new climbing frame will be brought in.  The cash from the ‘design a car’ competition will make all the difference.”