Title - Cardington

Welcome to the website for people living in and around Cardington, Shropshire

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Last updated
24 April 2017

Parish Council election information - see below

Church services updated.

Diary updated - Flicks in the Sticks until May

Click this link for the Public Rights of Way Guide from Shropshire Council.

A link to Shropshire Choices put on the Notice Board

Weather Station - monthly weather records from other sources updated - now includes a link to the Met Office Weather Observations Website.



I understand (but I may be wrong) that the Parish Council election uses the Multiple Candidates/First Past the Post Voting System, meaning that you can vote for up to 9 of the 10 candidates, each vote having equal weight, but can vote for less if you want. As this and its consequences could easily be misunderstood, particularly if the first time you hear about it is as you are standing in the polling booth, I approached Shropshire Council suggesting that it would be in the interest of democracy if it could be explained in advance here. They were unwilling to help except to point me to the Electoral Commission who in turn ignored my enquiry, all of which I find distinctly odd. So in case I've got it wrong, let's just say make sure you understand it at the time and think what you are doing.

Here are some links for more information:

The Electoral Commission - parish elections

Shropshire Council - how to become a councillor

and some key dates:

Monday 13 March - Notice of Election published
Tuesday 4 April 4pm - nomination papers must be in
Thursday 4 May - Election Day

Title - Cardington


NB - quite a large e-mail list has been set up to let people know when there is a significant change to the website. If you do not get these e-mails but would like to, let us know by sending an e-mail to admin1@cardington.org.uk.

The purpose of the website

...... is to provide an open means of communication for any group in the parish who wishes to make use of it. Those who have been sounded out so far, including the Parish Council, the Church, and the Village Hall, are very positive about the idea.

It will have as many sections or pages as there is demand for, including a diary of events which will be updated whenever necessary. There will be a home page with a few “headlines” and links to the rest of the site and other relevant local sites.

Any group, formal or otherwise, can have its own page with sub-pages if they wish, to explain what they do, when and where they meet, who to contact, extra information about a particular event, or anything else they may wish to let people know about. Someone with an idea for a local organisation that doesn’t yet exist (eg a local history society?) could float it here and see what support emerges.

A block e-mail system will be set up for whoever wishes to join it, to alert people if, for instance, there is a last minute change affecting an advertised event.

The costs of setting up the website are not great. We paid about £18 for the domain name cardington.org.uk for two years and the Parish Council has agreed to fund this initial outlay. Hiring some space on a server out on the internet will cost £12 per year, but free for the first year. If the site got very big or if there was a lot of activity that might go up to £25 per year in which case we might be looking for some small contributions but certainly not at the moment.

To get information onto the website

Initially it is suggested you ring David Elliott on 01694 771282 to discuss your ideas, or e-mail admin1@cardington.org.uk. The way it is thought things will work is outlined below.

It is envisaged that each group will appoint a representative to provide, and be responsible for, the content of their pages. This can include text, diagrams, photos, etc though it should be born in mind that graphics tend to slow down the delivery of information over the internet. Another consideration is that the internet is a very public place and anything that is placed there can be copied by any of the millions of people with access to it, so if you want to include a photo of someone get their permission.

The arrangement of pages, pictures etc is up to you, but maybe a current page with details of, say, the next meeting, who to contact, etc, and then a sub-page with background information about the organisation, might be one way to do it. The current page can be updated whenever necessary, the sub-page would probably rarely need it.

Items should preferably be provided in a computer file on a disk or in the body of an e-mail or attached to it, though some things could be in a physical form (eg photographs or a typed sheet) and they can then be scanned in. Those of us actually putting the material on-line are unable to offer a typing service, and verbal messages can only be accepted in a real emergency.

If you want to include a contact's e-mail address one can be provided as part of this web-site, of the form yourname@cardington.org.uk. It is better not to put your private e-mail address on a web-site - if you do junk mail can become a nuisance.

How to contact us

Enquiries to David Elliott on 01694 771282 or e-mail admin1@cardington.org.uk.

Local links

Walking in Shropshire - More than 110 FREE Shropshire walks to download, details of all the books, maps and walking groups in the county

Church Stretton website Hope Bowdler website Rushbury website Eaton-under-Heywood website