Parish Council Elections @ Pontesbury Public Hall
May 4 all-day
‘A Trek through the Arabian Desert’: FoPL event @ Mary Webb School & Science College
May 5 @ 7:00 pm

We are looking forward to our talk by local lad Mark Evans entitled ‘Crossing the Empty Quarter’. The illustrated talk will recount his (the) first crossing of the Arabian Desert since Bertram Thomas in 1930. Mark has already presented his talk to a packed Hall at the Royal Geographical Society and a similar audience in New York, and is now setting out on a UK tour including Pontesbury! Mark has written an excellent book of the same title and will have copies available for a book signing during the evening.
The talk will take place at the Mary Webb School Hall at 7:00 on Friday, 5 May with a bar and light refreshments. We expect the event to be a sell-out so tickets will shortly be available from Pontesbury Library, Shrewsbury Library, the usual local Pontesbury outlets or from Friends of Pontesbury Library. They will cost £10 and £8 for concessions with the proceeds to be split evenly between the Friends of Pontesbury Library and the Friends of Pontesford Hill to contribute to the community work which both are doing.

Habberley Village Hall Event ‘Gone Cuckoo’ @ Habberley Village Hall
May 5 @ 7:30 pm

Stories and songs of a secret messenger by Joshua and Malcom Green
Friday 5 May, 7.30pm
Tickets £10/£5 children/£25 family
01743 790179 or

It’s shortly after dawn at RAF Fylingdales on the North York Moors and a male cuckoo, soon to be named Vigilamus, is having a 4.5gm transmitter strapped to his back. A few weeks later he will have flown thousands of miles south, 5 kms up in the sky through Libya, and Chad to Congo.
For thousands of years the cuckoo’s call has been present in songs, poems and stories. Did he bring the spring? Good luck? Bad luck? Was he the trickster that turned into the hawk? He certainly fooled the reed warblers and the meadow pipits who fed him as a changeling baby, whilst playing his ventriloquist tricks. But now this bird is disappearing from our land. We may stop hearing the iconic ‘Cuck-oo’.
Father and son duo, Malcolm Green (storyteller) and Joshua Green (musician) are collaborating to tell the cuckoo’s tale… And with a wry trickster smile will take you on a compelling journey, weaving together the rhythms, stories and songs of this extraordinary
creature and the lands over which it travels.
Join us to discover the secrets of his voyage to bring us the spring. If you like stories, you’ll love this.
Siobhan Reedy

Bishop’s Castle Round & About Walks
May 6 all-day

Registration for the spectacular Bishop’s Castle Round and About Walks has started. There are three versions of the walk you can choose from:
Ramble – a beautiful 22.5 mile circular walk;
Scramble – 13 miles from Bishop’s Castle to Clun;
Amble –a 9.5 mile undulating stroll from Clun to Bishop’s Castle.
The route crosses remote and beautiful countryside, some of which is not normally open to the public. We provide clear signage, written instructions and helpful marshals. The entrance fee for ALL walkers is £18 on line and £19 by post, which includes a hot lunch, instructions, refreshments, transport as needed, and a certificate. All proceeds go to Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research)
For details, and to apply electronically or request an application form, please sign up at:
The closing date for application is 1 May.
Emma Jones

Stiperstones Bird Walk @ Stiperstones Reserve Car Park
May 7 @ 9:30 am

Meet at Reserve car park, 9:30.

Blakemoorgate Cottages open
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Pontesbury WI @ Pontesbury Public Hall
May 8 @ 2:00 pm
Lea Cross WI @ Cruckton Village Hall
May 8 @ 7:15 pm

Visitors welcome.

Rea Valley Probus Club @ The White Horse Inn, Pulverbatch
May 10 @ 12:30 pm
Library Book Club @ Pontesbury Library
May 11 @ 6:30 pm

This is an informal and friendly group, meeting on the second Thursday of the month.