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Lots of opportunities to meet up with fellow visitor-economy folks coming up soon following on from the AGM, where you can find out all that went on here.
Tuesday 17th May Ludlow have their Upload event at Ludlow Castle from 5:30
Wednesday May 25th is Shrewsbury Museum at 11am and Castle at noon. Who's been to both recently (if ever)? - it seems not many of us! 
Friday 24 June we have an opportunity with Shropshire Gold to visit Stokesay Court, thanks to Caroline Magnus.  Come and see where Atonement was made, look at the restored gardens and have a chat with colleagues.
All these trips and meetings are designed so you can meet up with fellow tourism people, have a chat and pick up tips on promoting your businesses - plus telling us what you want us to do.
I look forward to meeting more of you on these occassions
Last minute reminder - Ludlow Upload Event 17 May 5:30pm
Beacon Room, Ludlow Castle
-         Welcome & Annual Review – Chair Muff Murfin
-     New Look -  Buttercross Museum –Mayor Paul Draper
-         Launch - Destination Ludlow Partnership
-         Meet Ludlow Food Festival’s Lindsay  Rollings
-         3WL! Explained – 3 festivals in one
-         Ludlow Assembly Rooms – future plans
-         Walkers are Welcome – Alison Caffyn
Followed by Ludlow Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 AGM
Weds 25 May Shrewsbury Museum & Castle 
We have arranged a free Orientation tour of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery along with Shrewsbury Castle/Shropshire Regimental Museum on Wednesday 25 May starting at the Museum at 11 and the Castle at Noon.  The Council currently subsidise these services and increasing visitor numbers is one way to help retain these assets. As with all our general activities this is a great way to find out information and network with like-minded people. Plus you can inform the Board what you want them to spend your money on in the coming year. If you think you may attend but haven't yet told us please email
 2016 AGM was on Tuesday 10 May
 at The Discovery Centre Craven Arms.  
Draft Minutes plus copies of the Powerpoint presentations  are all online at  I was told by a number of people that for once an AGM  actually contained presentations which made it interesting!  I think a flick through the slides will give most some new ideas. Welcome to Caroline and Louise to the Board, and many thanks to Marie Kreft who made a special trip to talk about her new book.
Friday 24 June Visit to Stokesay Court 11am
Caroline Magnus has very kindly offered to run an informal  tour of the lovely Stokesay Court followed by a cuppa, for SHT in conjunction with Shropshire Gold. Stokesay Court is a magnificent example of late Victorian architecture with its high, galleried carved oak central hall and dramatic views over Ludlow and the nearby Clee Hills. The house was used as a convalescent hospital in WW1 and by Lancing School in WW2. In 2007 it was the setting for the film Atonement. The gardens were laid out by H E Milner and have had a lot of restoration  work recently. If anyone is interested in a particular aspect of the house or gardens, it would be helpful to let Caroline know so she can ensure it is covered. Please email so we have an idea of numbers.
SHT Photographic Competition 
The Photography Competition was officially launched at the AGM, and further prizes were donated so it's even more worthwhile to enter!
The categories and full details are on the website at Prizes include:

A  weekend break for 2 people at The White Horse Inn, Clun; and a 4 night midweek break for two self-catering at Lower Farm Holidays, Shelve

Afternoon tea for two at The Castle Hotel, Bishops Castle; Sunday lunch at The Crown, Munslow; A Kerry Vale Vineyard tour and tasting, Pack of Hobson's lovely beer.

£50 voucher to spend at Ludlow Food Centre, £40 voucher to spend on Ralph Jandrell Pottery, a day on bikes with Wheely Wonderful Cycling and signed first edition of Marie Kreft's "Slow travel in Shropshire" book.

More prizes coming -  2 nights B&B, 2 nights Glamping.  Plus £20 cash prize for the best photograph taken by someone under 18 .

We have Flyers so you can promote this to your visitors and these can also be printed off from the same website.
Not a Shropshire Hills Tourism Member?
Contact any of the Board, come along to one of our networking meetings or see the minutes of the AGM to find out what we do.  As a member-run and member-led organisation we aim to give great value for your membership money.
Coming soon to The Shropshire Hills
30 May.  Aston-on-Clun Arbor Day - World renowned 'tree dressing' of the famous black poplar.  Village parade, morris dancing and singing.
4-12 June Shropshire Hills Art Week
9 June-3 July Ludlow 3L festivals
22 June 2pm Shropshire Hills Tourism Board Meeting, AONB offices, Drovers House, Craven Arms

23rd-26th June Church Stretton Walking Festival 
24 June Visit to Stokesay Court 11am. Booking advised
25-26 June  -Clun Gardens Open, Bishops Castle rejoicing

Board Meeting
The minutes of the Shropshire Hills Tourism board meeting on 22 March are now available to all at this link
Shropshire Hills Tourism Board Meeting 
The date of the next Board Meeting is on 22 June at 2pm . All members are welcome to join us at these meetings. Please email if you plan to attend so we know numbers (we have cake!).  Please feel free to contact any of the committee about any issue you may like to raise. 

Paul Davis – Chairman -Lower Farm Holidays, Shelve 01743 891117
David Palliser – Director -Church Stretton 01694 722108
Kay Dartnell - Wheely Wonderful Cycling   01568 770755
Jack Limond  - White Horse Inn, Clun 01588 418149
Cynthia Prior - Mocktree Barns,  Leintwardine 01547 540441
Catherine Evans - Broome Park Farm, Cleobury Mortimer
Nigel McDonald - Shropshire Hills AONB
Lee Chapman  - Treasurer
Louise Welsby - Buy-FromShropshire
Caroline Magnus - Stokesay Court
Bob Welch - Church Stretton Town Council tourism group
Michael Turner - Ludlow Assembly Rooms & VIC


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