Join the “Global Strike 4 Future” March in Ludlow 29 November #FridaysForFuture

29 November is Black Friday. The pre-Christmas internet buying binge. It is immediately followed by White Van Man Saturday, Odd Jobber Sunday and Courier Hell Monday.

Ludlow business Isla Bikes is saying enough is enough. It is blacking out its website on the biggest internet sales day of the year. That’s real commitment to the cause of tackling the climate emergency. You can give support by joining the Global Strike 4 Future March or coming to the gathering in Events Square.

The march begins at Isla Bikes at Lower Barns, SY8 4DS at 10.00am. You can also join at the Charlton (no parking in the car park please) at 10.30am. Speeches etc. will be held outside the Castle in Events Square from 11am to 2pm.

It is time to march for the future of our planet. Come waving your banners. Banging your drums. Ringing your bells. Blowing your horns. And, of course, lots of singing and shouting.

Isla Bikes explains why it is taking action on 29 November.


We are facing a global climate emergency. Scientists agree we have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown. Our governments around the world are failing to act with the urgency necessary to prevent the impending catastrophe.

A single child, Greta Thunberg, has catalysed an international movement of Global Strikes 4 Future calling on governments to ACT NOW. They are still not listening.

We believe the scientists and want to add our support to our children’s cries for help.


Islabikes will close for the day and join the Global Strike 4 Future in Ludlow on Friday 29th November.

Our website will be closed for 24hrs on what happens to be Black Friday and our biggest trading day of the year. This is a big statement from us and a measure of just how seriously we take the current situation.

We will march from our Lower Barns location into the centre of Ludlow where we will demonstrate for three hours before returning to Lower Barns.

If you are concerned too – please join us!!!

We understand you may feel a little self-conscious taking action in town but we hope that knowing a large group of us will be there will give you the courage to come out and stand up for what you believe in.

Please circulate this to anyone you know who may be interested – businesses, schools, clubs, churches and friends.

On the day

We plan the “mood” of the action to be family friendly and awareness raising, nothing confrontational. Banners and singing will be the order of the day!

10:00am – Leave Islabikes and march via Ludford Bridge and Broad Street to Castle Square (join us here to march with us, arrive early if you’d like a cuppa first).

10:30am approx – Cross Ludford Bridge (join us here for a shorter walk).

11:00am approx – Arrive Events Square, in Castle Square (join us here to protest with us).

2:00pm – March back to Islabikes premises at Lower Barns.

Essential Ludlow school safety scheme in Sandpits delayed by Severn Trent Water works

“It’s frustrating but there is not much we can do about it.” That’s the message from Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow East after an essential road safety scheme outside Ludlow Primary School on Sandpits Road was been delayed by several months. The delay is likely to last several months but there is some good news.

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Ludlow Aldi is delivering at 7am on Sundays in flagrant breach of its planning permission

At the end of October, I wrote about a planning application from Ludlow Aldi. On Sundays and bank holidays, it is permitted deliveries for six hours from 8am and 4pm. It wants these hours more than doubled to allow deliveries between 7am to 10pm. What the planning application doesn’t say is that Aldi is already receiving deliveries in Ludlow at 7am on Sundays in a flagrant breach of its current permission.

Aldi is a multinational. This is not the first time it has broken planning rules. Clearly it doesn’t care domestic matters such as the law of the United Kingdom. That’s a shame because the Ludlow Aldi is a good store with hard working and cheerful staff. They, and the residents of Ludlow, are being let down by a supermarket giant that clearly only cares about its own convenience and profit margins when it comes to delivery times.

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The weather is not good – please think forward to 12 December and register for a postal vote

It’s election season again. Like bad storms, elections seem to come more frequently than in the past. In the early hours of 12 December two years ago I wrote:

“It’s been a bitterly cold night with temperatures expected to plummet to as low as -12C by 8am. All schools in the area remain closed. Roads and pavements are often hazardous. Buses will try to serve as many areas as they can…”

That’s why I am urging everyone to get a postal vote for this election. All elections are important. We need to vote. I can’t predict the weather for election day, 12 December. Only the Daily Express can do that! But I can encourage you to get a postal vote. It’s easy. Just fill out this form and send it to: Electoral Services, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND. Applications for postal votes must arrive at Shirehall by 5pm, 26 November. More information on voting in this election.

The candidates for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin – Dunne to be challenged by former Telford leader, Heather Kidd and a Green

Philip Dunne has hit the road in his van to defend his ‎19,286 majority in the Ludlow constituency. First elected in 2005, he faces some strong challengers. Heather Kidd is again standing for the Lib Dems. Hilary Wendt is on a repeat performance for the Greens. And former Telford Council leader Kuldip Sahota is being brought in by Labour to replace Julia Buckley, who has gone north to fight against Daniel Kawczynski in Shrewsbury & Atcham.

Nationally and locally, this is going to be an interesting election. There has been a chaotic political choreography underway as candidates have stood aside or were told to stand down to improve the chances of Remain or Leave leaning candidates. Parties are setting out their stalls, not just on Brexit, but also on the many other big issues that have been delegated to second rank in politics for far too long.

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