Things perhaps you didn’t know about Shropshire

  • Rednal Go-Karting… a superb event-based go karting track built on Rednal Airfield. I visited there recently for my nephew’s 18th birthday, and had a fabulous time. Brilliant track, excellent karts and a great service. Computer timing and more! A real must-do for anyone in the area. More fun with more people!
    Rednal Ind Est West Felton Oswestry Shropshire SY11 4HS
    07989 471307
  • The Golden Cross… the oldest hotel in Shrewsbury! I was lucky enough to have a fantastic meal here recently. A superb menu for lunch or dinner, and an absolutely fabulous setting. If you are into dining out, this is an absolute must.
  • Check back here periodically for more mini-reviews.
    Chris Jones

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When electricity fails…

Having lived in Shropshire all my life, I’ve made many observational descriptions for family and friends outside the area which are rooted in happiness… the tranquility, the fantastic views, the quaint towns and villages. Living in remote areas is bliss, I say.

Because of our modern lifestyle, we rely far too much upon electricity. And with a huge proportion of business now conducted over the internet from homes using computers, us ‘rural folk’ soon realise that there is nothing more frustrating or potentially damning than a power failure.

Yes… power failures are one of the uglier sides of rural living in Shropshire. Electricity can be off for 2 minutes, 2 hours or even days in remote locations. And if you’re running computer equipment this means lost work, downtime and general misery.

But there’s a solution which is cheap, efficient and has saved me from frustration many times. Uninterruptible Power Supplies, or UPS for short.

UPS systems can come in many shapes, sizes and ratings. Mine is literally the size of a shoebox, and sits neatly beside my Apple Mac, totally unobtrusive. So, how do they work?

Simple! The UPS is basically a backup battery which runs at mains voltage (240v). My own UPS is powerful enough to keep my computer, 2 monitors, backup hard drive and table lamp running should the power go out. The UPS recognises that the mains has failed, and continues to supply power. Mine lasts for about 5 minutes, ample time enough to save all my work and shut down the computer safely.

Most consumer UPS units work like a glorified extension socket: one plug goes from the UPS to the wall socket, and the UPS unit (in my instance) has four sockets in it, 3 protected and one ‘straight through’. When mains power exists, the unit charges up the internal battery, ready for the day of power failure.

It’s all very simple really. But very critical in the way I work. These consumer units can power anything within reason, so long as you don’t exceed the rated output of the UPS.

So… the five minutes are up, and there’s still no power. I’ve shut down safely and saved my work, but now what?

From experience, the power can be off from anywhere between 1 minute and a day. So, having a small portable backup generator really is essential.

Costing around ¨£100, my generator runs off an unleaded/2-stroke oil mixture, and a single tankful can give about 4 or 5 hours of operation. It’s relatively quiet, comes on castors, and is about the size of two stacked washing up bowls.

Again, the generator is more than adequate for my computer, monitors and backup drive. Plus a table lamp, should the darkness come!

So, you see, there is nothing which should stand in your way when the power goes down. For the cost of a trip to the theatre, you’re covered.

Useful contacts for information and supplies in the Shropshire area are abundant. UPS systems and generators can be found at Staples, DIY stores or even Argos.

Labels for wine and champagne, from your own photographs.

Birthday or wedding party? Something unique? Extra touch?

PartyBottles allows you to design custom labels for your champagne, wine or beer (or anything else) which not only are unique and bespoke, but actually LOOK like genuine labels!

With a huge choice of ready-to-use gummed label designs available, the rest is up to your imagination. We can even print pictures or photographs on the labels for you!

And with our custom greeting card service, we can take your digital camera files and produce professional birthday or Christmas cards!


  • Wedding Champagne, name of bride and groom with the marriage date
  • Birthday Beer, name and photo on bottle
  • Corporate Wine, a unique corporate gift – your own company logo and details on a wine label!

Every label order comes with a guide on how to safely remove the existing labels from your bottles.

We also can offer a ‘labels-on-bottle’ service, supplying the label AND the beverage, all ready to use!

Rowton Castle Hotel

Shropshire’s premier wedding venue, Rowton Castle.

A castle has stood in the grounds at Rowton for nearly 800 years.

A medieval castle stood on this site until Prince Llewellyn and the marauding Welsh destroyed it in 1463.The present castle was built for the pricey sum of £ 1000 in 1669 and was once the home of Baron Rowton who was Prime Minister Disraeli’s secretary in late 19th Century. In 1941 it became the home of the Royal School for the blind, the most famous of it’s students being David Blunkett, Minister of Education, but unfortunately after the college moved in 1978 the Castle fell into ruins. The present day castle has been totally refurbished and transformed into a prestigious hotel, which has the warmth, charm and ambiance of a Country House.

The castle boasts nineteen individually designed bedrooms, many with antique four poster beds. Each room has a fully equipped bathroom with a bath and shower and such thoughtful extras as trouser press, mineral water and excellent beverage making facilities.

Personal service and attention to detail are hallmarks of Rowton Castle’s excellent reputation and this is ably demonstrated in the hotel’s award-winning Cedar Restaurant. Oak panelling, velvet armchairs and intimate lighting are a perfect backdrop to this fine dining experience.

The hotel provides excellent conference facilities for both day and residential courses. There are three meeting rooms and for a special event the Castle can be booked in its entirety.

Where better to celebrate your marriage than in the romantic atmosphere of a fairytale castle set in picturesque gardens. Rowton is the ideal venue for your most important day. Please telephone the hotel to arrange a visit to discuss your exact requirements.

01743 884044