All Stretton, Smethcott and Woolstaston Parish Council serve the people living within the parish boundaries as shown on the parish boundaries map, which can be found under PC documents on this web site.
Most of the area covered by All Stretton, Smethcott and Woolstaston Parish Council lies within the AONB and also within a conservation area.
The Parish Council area is largely a farming community with a few local businesses.
The area is served by rural buses, Dial a Ride and Ring and Ride and the Shropshire Hills Shuttle Bus.
After consultation with the electorate it was agreed that All Stretton, Smethcott and Woolstaston Parish Council wished to be designated as open countryside under the Shropshire Council SAMdev process.
Both Smethcott and Woolstaston have a Church, there is a public house in Picklescott and there are no shops within the Parish Council boundaries.
Children from the Parish attend either Longnor or Church Stretton Primary Schools and the area is served by Church Stretton Secondary School.
The Parish Council meet bi-monthly. Members of the public are welcome to attend all Parish Council meetings. The meetings commence at 7.30pm and are held in the Village Hall in Picklescott. Every meeting has a familiar agenda covering planning applications, highway matters, finance, Local Joint Committee reports and of course parish matters in general. Parishioners tend to come to a Parish Council meeting when there is a planning application in which they have an interest. However, the Parish Council would like more parishioners to participate in the meetings. At the start of every meeting there is an Agenda item “Public Comments” which give members of the public the chance to speak and raise any issue they wish. The dates of all Parish Council meetings can be seen under Meeting Dates on this web site.
The rural parish of Smethcott is situated in the northern foothills of the Long Mynd and is within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Parish includes the villages of Picklescott, Woolstaston and Smethcott and the small hamlet of Betchcott. The village of Picklescott lies over 1000ft above sea level with stunning views of Lawley Hill, Caer Caradoc and the Wrekin. The area has an abundance of public footpaths and bridleways and spectacular scenery. Picklescott boasts a refurbished Village Hall in which the Parish Council holds its bi-monthly meetings. The village of Smethcott lies on the road leading from Leebotwood travelling towards Picklescott. The name Smethcott has an Old English origin, and means "cottage(s) of the smiths A 13th century motte-and-bailey castle existed at Smethcott, of which now only the earthworks remain in a field near the church.
Woolstaston is a small peaceful hamlet with a very small parish population, with the Betchcott Brook forming the parish boundary. Woolstaston Church is mentioned in the Domesday Book. This is the church and rectory of the well-known Victorian clergyman the Reverend Donald Carr who became hopelessly lost in sub-zero temperatures and 20 foot snowdrifts while returning home across the Long Mynd after conducting a service at Ratlinghope. His grave is outside the West window. The Parish Council maintains the Village Green in Woolstaston.
As can be seen on the parish boundary map, the Parish of All Stretton does not include the village of All Stretton, as this lies within the Church Stretton Town Council area.
The Parish Council are keen to form a Parish Footpaths Group and need local volunteers to work with officers from Shropshire Council Countryside Access Team to monitor and improve the rights of way and repair stiles to make footpaths in the parish more accessible for all users. If you are interested in volunteering details are shown on the Parish Footpaths document under PC documents on this web site.
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