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We’ve bought the Stars!


Newsagent at 68-70 Church Street

Photo courtesy Shropshire Star


We’ve bought the Stars!

Campaign Supporters

The Trust has become the owners of the former Stars Newsagents at 68-70 Church Street, which closed its doors over five years ago in August 2015. The purchase was made possible through the generosity of the late William Bainbridge who left part of his estate to the Trust.
“We are delighted to bring this building into community ownership”, Says the Chairman of the Trust, Jim Gaffney. “Our priority is to get on with the building work to create two flats, which will be let for affordable rent to local people in housing need”.

To fund the work needed on the Stars, the Trust is applying for grants and can take out a small mortgage, but that will leave around £75,000 to be found from other sources
“We got 329 positive responses to our ‘Save the Stars’ webpage last autumn” says the Trust’s secretary Jonathan Brown. “We hope that many of them, as well as those people wanting to see the heart of their town coming back to life, will want to give what they can to help”.


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All monies received go directly towards the cost of the building work.

You can also make a donation online by going to;, or you can send a cheque with your address on the back, in an envelope marked ‘Stars Appeal’ to Enterprise House, Station Street, Bishops Castle SY9 5AQ.

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