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  1. Castle excavation 'rewrites history'

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    The two-week archaeological dig at Shrewsbury Castle has made "hugely important" discoveries, historians have said.

    Archaeologists around the excavation

    The excavation started on 22 July in a project involving Shropshire Council and University Centre Shrewsbury.

    They said they made two key finds, the first being an enormous, 12m (39ft) wide defensive ditch around the 11th Century motte.

    Two arrows heads were also discovered which could pierce armour and which the archaeologists said were the first military finds from the castle showing its "bloody past".

    The arrow heads
  2. Huge steam engine set for public debut

    BBC Shropshire

    A type of steam engine in use about 100 years ago will go on show for the first time this weekend after being recreated from scratch.

    One of the huge wheels being refurbished for the Talisman

    The huge Talisman machines once carried loads in excess of 100 tonnes, including parts for the Titanic, although just five were made - and only one remains.

    After a six-year project, sponsored by Shrewsbury-based Morris Lubricants, a Talisman has built from the ground up in Cumbria.

    The public will get to see it from this weekend when it gets its first unveiling at Shrewsbury Steam Rally.

  3. 'Come and see what we do' hospital urges on food review

    Victoria Derbyshire

    Hospitals across the country are being invited to Shropshire to find out how one hospital manages to make its food award-winning.

    Caterers at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital

    It comes as Bake Off judge Prue Leith has been recruited by the government in its quest to improve the food patients eat.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said better food would aid patients' recovery and "fuel" carers and family.

    Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry prepares food on-site and says its internal caterers have come top of the Care Quality Commission’s patient survey for 13 of the last 14 years.

    Quote Message: We believe that for hospitals our size and, to varying degrees, larger and smaller, there's a lot they can learn from what we've done and we're very happy to invite people to site because I think the NHS is happy to learn from each other right now." from Phil Davies Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital
    Phil DaviesRobert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital
  4. Your photos: Fields of gold

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Who wants to see a field? Our local BBC Weather Watchers appear to have hit on the theme today for many of their photos.

    These three are from users Suttonwalker in Sutton Coldfield, Step Counter in Bodenham, Herefordshire and Peter Steggles in Rushbury, Shropshire:

    Sutton Coldfield
  5. Former cancer patient gifts hospital new waiting area

    BBC Shropshire

    A new waiting area for patients being treated for cancer has been opened at hospital in memory of a former patient who helped create it.

    Bernadette Roberts

    The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust says Bernadette Roberts from Shifnal was diagnosed with cancer in 2008.

    The 69-year-old was so grateful for the treatment she received until her death almost four years ago, she left over £235,000 to the haematology unit at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

    A plaque in her memory was unveiled as the area was officially opened.

  6. Shrewsbury Folk Festival ready to open

    The four-day Shrewsbury Folk Festival starts today with the first musicians taking to the stage at 17:00.

    Kate Rusby and Martyn Joseph are headliners and there's also appearances from Oysterband and Daphne’s Flight.

    Former Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre will be appearing with former band members Dee Palmer and Clive Bunker.

    Here's the calm before the storm, captured by the Virtual Shropshire Drone Rangers.

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    Video caption: A drone has captured the stage being set for the four-day Shrewsbury Folk Festival
  7. Sun cream Friday?

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    Dry and cloudy this morning, here's the full forecast:

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    Video caption: Rich Davis

    You can stay up-to-date with the latest forecast for your area by heading to the BBC Weather website.

  8. Weather forecast: Turning dry tonight

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    We're in for a mainly dry night with more clear spells, here's the full forecast for the West Midlands for the next 24 hours:

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    Video caption: Rich Davis

    You can stay up-to-date with your local weather by heading to the BBC Weather website.

  9. Pub officially among best in Britain

    The Prince of Wales pub in Shrewsbury could be named pub of the year after being listed among 16 finalists.

    The Prince of Wales, Shrewsbury

    The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) said each of the 16 establishments highlighted something unique about Britain's pub scene.

    "The top 16 contenders boast the perfect mix of the essential characteristics which make a great pub - great service, a welcoming atmosphere, fantastic decor, great value for money, and, most importantly, quality real ale," Ben Wilkinson, Camra's national director, said.

    The Prince of Wales has previously come out on top three times: In 2015, 2016 and 2017.

    The winner will be named in the new year.

  10. Your photos: Geese, sheep and a nosy horse

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Let's have some photos of the wildlife spotted by our BBC Weather Watchers today across the West Midlands.

    These three are from Littleacorns in Southam, Warwickshire, Suttonwalker in Sutton Coldfield and Shropshire Lass in Ludlow:

    Sutton Coldfield
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    Video caption: Shrewsbury nurse describes tasting sewage in river swim

    Melissa Compton, who swam along the River Severn for charity, contracted a stomach bug.

  12. In pictures: Smiles and tears on GCSE results day

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    We're starting to see a flood of messages from schools across the West Midlands understandably celebrating their students' GCSE results.

    So, to share the joy, here are some of the photos from around the region of happy pupils:

    Pupils at Lichfield Cathedral School
    Image caption: Pupils at Lichfield Cathedral School
    Celebrations at The Grove School, Market Drayton
    Image caption: Celebrations at The Grove School, Market Drayton
    Happy faces at The Chase School, Malvern
    Image caption: Happy faces at The Chase School, Malvern
  13. 'Very happy' teens open GCSE results live on TV

    BBC News Channel

    For many teenagers in the West Midlands, it's been a stressful start to the day as envelopes were ripped open to reveal GCSE results.

    For two students in Shropshire, that stress was probably bumped up even higher as they opened them live on the BBC News Channel.


    BBC News Education correspondent Frankie McCamley went back to her old school, Lakelands Academy, Ellesmere, to speak to two pupils, Alden and Callum.

    Both revealed better grades than they'd expected with Alden saying he was "very happy, surprised" as he didn't think he'd done well in English.


    While Callum (above), who admitted he was "always struggling" with English, was overjoyed to pass in the subject and it all meant he could go on to do the A Levels he wanted.

    Nationally, there has been a slight increase in the GCSE pass rate and the percentage of top grades this year, despite numerous concerns about the difficulty of exams.

    We'd love to hear from you about GCSE results today in your family by email or you can tweet to the BBC Midlands account @bbcmtd.

  14. 'Sewage swallowing' swimmer wants River Severn improvement

    BBC Midlands Today

    A nurse who was hospitalised after "swallowing raw sewage" when swimming the River Severn says more needs to be done to clean up the waterway.

    Melissa Compton by the river in swim cap

    Melissa Compton, who works in Shrewsbury, had to postpone her 220-mile charity swim challenge earlier this summer after being taken ill in Gloucester, before completing two weeks later.

    In the latest data from the Environment Agency, the River Severn was rated as the second dirtiest in England with just 5% of it in good health in the last reported check.

    Quote Message: It was grey, it was very murky, there was a lot of debris in the water and then you could see evidence on the side of what looked like toilet roll. You could just taste it and see the debris on the service." from Melissa Compton Swimmer
    Melissa ComptonSwimmer
  15. Praise as ambulance service rated 'outstanding'

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    West Midlands Ambulance Service has been praised for bringing in new treatments and its training of staff as it was rated "outstanding" by the Care Quality Commission watchdog for the second year running.

    It is the only ambulance service in the country to get the highest rating, following the inspections in April and June.

    A row of ambulances

    The trust looks after 5.6 million people in the region and the CQC praised it for its innovations, patient transport services and its work with universities to train paramedics.

    It also commended the ambulance service for training staff to deal with childbirth emergencies

    The trust was however told to make improvements in 15 areas including the temperature at which medicines are stored at and making sure vehicles are consistently kept clean.

  16. Identical twins with autism plough a career in farming

    Rebecca Woods

    BBC News

    Identical twins Laura and Anna Callwood have told the BBC how they've overcome several hurdles connected to their autism to land dream jobs in dairy farming.

    Laura and Anna Callwood

    Diagnosed at 10 years old, they have faced a string of educational challenges but became obsessed with agriculture when they were little girls growing up in Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire.

    The Callwood twins were told 'there's more to life than farming' when they told their school they wanted to be farmers.

    Read more of their story here on the BBC website.

  17. River Severn 'one of dirtiest in England'

    BBC News England

    The River Severn is one of the dirtiest in England, the Environment Agency's revealed.

    The River Severn in Worcester earlier this year

    Just 5% of the Severn area, which runs through Shropshire and Worcestershire, was in good health at the last reported check.

    It comes as the World Wide Fund for Nature says rivers in England are "used as open sewers" and warns targets to get 75% of them to be healthy by 2027 are "very unlikely" to be met.

    The Environment Agency is planning an autumn consultation on the challenges of cleaning them and said it would review the target based on "what can realistically be achieved".

  18. Why you might want to take an umbrella today

    Rich Davis

    BBC Weather presenter

    We could be in for a spot of rain this morning with a cloudy start, here's the full forecast:

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    Video caption: Rich Davis

    You can get a latest forecast for your area at any other time by going to the BBC Weather website.