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AGM Thurs 26 April

Reminder for all Civic Society members:-

The Annual General Meeting will take has taken place on Thursday 26 April 2012, at 7.30pm in the Bear Steps Main Hall. As with all AGMs this is was open to paid-up, current members only. There will be has been an election for all places on the Council of […]

Art after Hypnotherapy

A Shrewsbury man who underwent a hypnotherapy session to unleash his creative talent has just gone public with his first art exhibition at the Bear Steps Gallery. Dave Lupine from Harlescott has over 20 gothic cartoon style acrylic paintings on show and he admits he never used to be very good at painting. He said: […]

Huge Jubilee street party bid

A massive street party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is being planned for Shrewsbury.

Local businessman Ian Tay, who runs wine shop 2 Bear Steps, is hoping to put on the event in Fish Street on June 5. He is now on the lookout for other traders and local residents to help him put […]

Bring back zero-rate VAT on alterations to listed churches

We the undersigned urge the Chancellor to reconsider the extension of the standard rate of VAT (currently zero rated) to alternations to listed places of worship. This will have the effect of penalising the Church of England’s 12,500 listed cathedral and church buildings, almost entirely maintained by volunteers and voluntary giving, who are currently altering […]

Shropshire maps

One of the oldest known maps of Shrewsbury created by John Speed and dated 1611

A rare collection of maps of Shropshire – with some dating back to 1607 – is to go on display next month.

Noted map maker Simon Vernon will unveil the exhibition at Aardvark Books in Brampton Bryan, near Bucknell, on […]

Charity Mosaic Raffle


Mosaic under construction. 12 " x 24"

Starting on Sunday 22 April there will be a very special event in the Bear Steps Art Gallery.

Over the following two weeks, a very special mosiac piece will be on display: at the end of the exhibition it will be raffled – this is a […]

Cartoon Festival 2012 – Lecture at Bear Steps

Bags of Gas

Thursday 19th April – 7pm Bear Steps Gallery. No need to book.

The story of lighter-than-air flight lightly told and illustrated by cartoonist and keen airship fan Roger Penwill.

Free to enter (there will be a retiring collection for Civic Society funds)


VAT risk to Shrewsbury’s buildings

Some of Shropshire’s iconic structures in need of repair could fall into terminal decline following a Government decision to charge VAT on alterations to listed buildings, it was claimed today.

Heritage chiefs say Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to charge 20% VAT on alterations to listed buildings could kill off any plans people may have for […]

Telford Students Art Exhibition, Bear Steps

A small group of eleven Foundation Degree Art & Design Students at TCAT have put together an exciting range of experimental pieces of artworks made especially for the Bear Steps Art Gallery in Shrewsbury.

The First Year students have had just 4 weeks to explore and investigate what is unique to the MIDLANDS […]