Wem's Annual Town Meeting will take place next week with a variety of important issues on the agenda.

The meeting, which will take place a week tomorrow, Thursday May 17 at Edinburgh House from 7pm, has a theme of 'Where Everyone Matters'.

The meeting will address and discuss in detail a number of projects around Wem which have been set up to support those in need and will show people how they can get involved.

There will be presentation from a number of groups, opening with Paul Cronin, who is chief executive of Severn Hospice.

Mr Cronin will be there to give a talk called 'Compassionate Communities in Rural Shropshire' while there are also presentations from Wem Macular Society, Wem Good Neighbours Project and Wem Carers Group.

There will also be a section for attendees to consider any parish matters

Meanwhile, the eligibility criteria for the vacant councillor position has been published ion the town council's website.

The vacancy, triggered by Clive Shingler's resignation in the West Ward, will be filled through co-option, with applications accepted in writing by May 23.

Potential councillors must be able to meet at least one of four qualifications to put themselves forward.

Firstly, they must already, and continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish and community they wish to stand in.

They also must have owned or been a tenant in the premises, or other premises, within the parish area they wish to stand in for the 12 months prior to the co-option.

Thirdly, anyone wishing to stand for the co-option must have had their main source of work in the town or parish they wish to join, which would support applicants from outside of Wem.

Finally, you have lived in the parish or community or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of the co-option/.

Also, applicants are also being asked to familiarise themselves with anything that could potentially disqualify them from becoming a councillor.

See wem.gov.uk for more details.