The Claverley Net

Claverley --- A Very Special Shropshire Village


Welcome to the Claverley Parish website, which is expanding all the time, and needs local people to participate in it's improvement, or to contribute articles or ideas, please e-mail the webmaster@claverley.net This site is for all the residents and businesses of Claverley, to spread news and views, to entertain and enjoy. It is for all ages, for all shapes and sizes , all faiths and creeds.

We are in the NEWS --- read the article by Winston Brown in the Bridgnorth Journal

See the new Claverley Calendar of Events HERE

See the latest version of the Parish Magazine

( This is in format --- to obtain a copy of the reader click )

See the latest minutes of Parish Council Meetings




Monday, 28th April 2008

at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall

Speaker: Carolyn Downs – Chief Executive,

Shropshire County Council -

Shropshire becoming a unitary authority

County Councillor Mrs. Margaret Winckler

Agenda items include: Reports on the Parish Plan, Wolverhampton Airport, ‘Claverley in Bloom’, Rights of Way, Joint Use Facility

All Parish electors are invited to attend. Please come and make your views known.


Village aiming for Golden debut

Latest details of the Claverley in Bloom entry - including minutes of meetings, photographs, and future events -

Council rejects building scheme

Tennis club “NO” to venue switch

& other news(See Bridgnorth Journal articles HERE )


CLAVERLEY NEWS by Melvyn Morgan

Council supports housing proposal

NEW proposals for 'affordable' homes in Claverley have won backing from the parish council.

Local architect Geoff Collins gave an outline of his ideas for six cottagestyle homes on waste land at "The Triangle' at the bottom of Church Street, between Hopstone and Cotton's Holloway.

Parish council chairman Peter Collings said that Mr Collins, who lives near the site, had spoken to Paul Sutton from the South Shropshire Housing Association about the proposed development.

"We have given our support in principle," said Councillor Collings. "Mr Collins will now be working up the proposals in a bit more detail and discussing them with the housing association."

"The dwellings would have two or three bedrooms, but there may be a couple of one-bedroom units and there would be parking for each dwelling.


"Mr Collins gave some illustrations of the internal designs and explained that the proposed new development would be in keeping with and fit in with the village and would be cottage-style.

"He has done a lot of work on this and has spoken with Bridgnorth District Council and the Environment Agency because the Claverley brook is on one of the boundaries of the site.

"The district council has indicated there is a need for seven affordable homes in Claverley, but have no problem with six," he explained.

Councillor Collings said he understood that the housing association had become interested in the scheme, following recent development ideas for Aston Lane which were rejected at a special parish council meeting attended by about 50 residents last month.

These had been drawn up by local landowners the Ham family and included affordable homes and a doctors' surgery.

"We have heard no more about that site at this time," said Councillor Collings.

Does anyone remember Robin Checketts -- at Claverley school from 1927 to 1936 --- now living in Tucson, Arizona --- read his E-mail under Correspondence and I am sure he would be delighted to hear from old friends


Water Water Everywhere, but not a drop to drink

The Flower Festival suffered it’s wettest day in recent memory on Sunday, yet Colin still has to draw water for the Tea Urn.

There is no time to join us for last years village event, but put these dates in your diary for this year ---

The 32nd Annual Claverley Flower Festival from 12th to 15th July 2008.

The festival is featured in detail elsewhere on this Claverley website: Flower Festival


14th – 17th July 2007 has now gone by

The theme of the 31st annual flower festival was “The Days of our Lives” celebrating those events and special moments we share with family and friends from birthdays to anniversaries, confirmation to Palm Sunday.

The gardens at Ludstone Hall were open on Flower Festival Sunday, courtesy of Keith and Maureen Smith. But we had the wettest day in Flower Festival history according to some of our older Parishioners.

If you missed the festival, or want another look at some of the displays, an initial photo Gallery for 2007 is here.


The Bel Canto singing group performing at the Flower Festival Preview Evening




New local planning guidelines for Claverley

New local planning guidelines relating to new housing and tourism in Claverley have been adopted by Bridgnorth District Council. The Westgate authority adopted the new Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on June 20.

The SPD incorporates guidelines that were identified in the Claverley Parish Plan for adoption and will be a material consideration in the determination of future planning applications in Claverley.

It provides background information about the village and details about the type of development that would be supported locally that are consistent with the Local Plan.

Rod Parr, Chairman of Claverley Parish Council, said he was delighted with the result.

“When we first published the Parish Plan, we submitted sections to the district council with the aim of having them adopted. During the lengthy consultation period since, we have had a working group committed to this and the end result is a testament to their efforts,” he added

“We now have a statutory document which supports the results of the Parish Plan survey and lends considerable weight to the expressed wishes of our parishioners.“

The local guidelines contained in the SPD aim to limit future residential development in Claverley, endorse a desire to protect the rural character of the parish and reflect the Parish Plan survey, which showed limited support for anything other than small-scale development.

Dave Harris, Head of the working group, said: “We have worked hard to cooperate with planning officers at the district council to ensure that the wording of the Supplementary Planning Document reflects the sentiments of parishioners - without potentially conflicting with Local Plan policies. It has been a very worthwhile exercise and a significant achievement for the parish.”

Copies of the Supplementary Planning Document can be viewed on Bridgnorth District Council’s website www.bridgnorth-dc.gov.uk and the Claverley Parish website at www.claverley.net.

Eleanor Harris Tel: (01746) 713230

Bridgnorth District Council Fax: (01746) 764414

Westgate Web: www.bridgnorth-dc.gov.uk

Bridgnorth, Shropshire WV16 5AA Email: news@bridgnorth-dc.gov.uk

The Sustainable Energy & Recycling Pack

is now published by the Parish Plan Implementation Group

Affordable homes for Claverley click on link for more details

SSHA hope to present their latest proposals to the Parish Council at their August meeting.

Preliminary plans --- by Q I Developments & the Bromford Housing Group --- for 12 Affordable homes on the Plough Car Park were unveiled to the Parish Council at their meeting on 9th July. The plans comprise 4 bungalows for the elderly & 8 two & three bedroomed houses. Parish Clerk Gill Price stressed these are preliminary plans --- the eventual decision will be made once the full results of the latest Housing Needs Survey have been collated by Bridgnorth District Council. The main concern of councillors at the meeting was that the new homes would cut down the number of car parking spaces at the pub. They were worried this would increase on-street parking in the village.

The Parish & District Council plans only allow for 10 Affordable homes, but Bridgnorth District Council is taking soundings in a New Housing Needs Survey in the Parish --- 202 parishioners have returned forms, but some had not included sufficient information.



The Parish Housing Needs Survey recently carried out in the parish is now being analysed to establish how many households are in housing need and eligible for social housing.

It is essential that Bridgnorth District Council is able to contact everyone who stated that they, or a member of their household, are in housing need to establish further details about their circumstances and ensure that they are registered on the Council’s waiting list.

Any new social housing in Claverley will be developed by a Registered Social Landlord (Housing Association). Therefore, if you wish to be considered for a property you will need to register with the Council so that you can be nominated.

Unfortunately, several forms were returned with no contact details provided.

Fiona Stewart, Housing Strategy & Enabling Officer at the Council would therefore like to ask anyone who completed a form saying that they need affordable housing but who did not give their contact details to get in touch with her as soon as possible by calling 01746 713258, email fstewart@bridgnorth-dc.gov.uk.

It is also essential that if you receive a Council application form, you complete it and return it to Fiona or to the Lettings section at the Council. Unfortunately, without going through this process we will be unable to help you with your housing needs.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Fiona Stewart

Bridgnorth District Council

Why not use the BLOG to make further or first comments --- this debate has only just begun !!!


Mary Whitehouse (YES that Mary Whitehouse)

The BBC are making a drama based on her life and would like any information we can give them of her time in Claverley --- in the early 60’s when she was teaching at Madeley School. Anyone wishing to contribute please contact the webmaster@claverley.net

It has now been confirmed that Black Country actress JULIE WALTERS is to star as Mary in the drama “Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story” which will dramatise the campaigners battle with the BBC director general Sir Hugh Greene will be shown on BBC2 later this year. Executive producer Leanne Klein said the film would be based on first-hand accounts of the “surprising and often very funny” story of Mrs Whitehouse’s rise to fame.

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Let us know your thoughts on the BIG issues affecting us all right now

  • · * the Structure of Local Government in Shropshire
  • · * & the Potential closure of Rural Post Offices
  • · Or the Plans for Affordable homes & new Parish Amenities
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