Features

Our ‘Recently in Focus’ features are selected by our Web Editor from previous issues of the Focus to demonstrate and give online viewers an idea of the breadth and depth of topics covered by our contributors in the magazine each month. From articles about our local history, the landscape, nature and village life, the variety of topics covered each month is quite inspiring!

A Second Station for Church Stretton

By the early 1900s, increased passenger traffic needed longer trains and longer platforms. It was not possible to extend the platforms of the original station because to the north the entrance to the goods yard was in the way and to the south the Sandford Avenue bridge. Consequently a second station was built to the south of the Sandford Avenue bridge and officially opened in 1914.

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Footy anyone?

Football is the world’s most popular ball game in numbers of participants and spectators, and is so simple that it can be played almost anywhere, from official football playing fields (pitches) to gymnasiums, streets, school playgrounds, parks or beaches without any equipment other than a ball. In England alone, almost 12 million people play regularly, whether professionally, in the amateur game or for leisure, and an increasing number of those are women and girls. 

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A moment with nature

My name is Terry Moore, and I am an amateur wildlife photographer, living in Church Stretton. As I write this, I am reflecting on my photograph Swallowed Hole being awarded the Judges’ Choice in the 2024 BBC Countryfile Calendar competition.

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Church Stretton Rotary Celebrates its 70th

On Wednesday 1st November Pat Stokes-Smith, our current President, welcomed over fifty of the great and the good including Dr Mukunda Chidrawar, our current District Governor and his wife Ujwala, to Wistanstow Village Hall to enjoy an evening of fun, food and music to celebrate the 70 years that our Club has been supporting local and international communities.

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What is Yarn Bombing?

This title is a mite hazardous as an internet research criteria currently, but the Focus is worth it. Will I be labelled a terrorist? I do so hope not! The villages of Cosby, Leicestershire; Finedon, Northamptonshire and Hopton, Norfolk, among many others in the UK are famous for their yarn-bombing activities. If you can, take a look at the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cosbyyarnbomb/, which is full of pictures and videos of the most extraordinary knitted and crocheted items resembling animals, birds, trees, characters, bunting and more. 

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A Policeman's Lot - Thomas Caswell

A Policeman’s Lot

Thomas Caswell was born at Acton Scott in 1833 and spent his boyhood at Atcham. From the age of 19 to 24 he was a bandsman in the Shropshire Light Infantry. This was re-named the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry as a result of the 1881 Childers Reforms of Army regiments.

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