The NEXT generation of Wem residents are already showing their civic spirit after heading out on a tidy-up around the town.

Members of the 1st Wem Cubs donned their hi-vis bibs and picked up litter left in the town around the main shopping area near the Co-op shop and up the High Street.

Leader Katy Williams was delighted with the enthusiasm shown by her young charges and thanked all those who helped them with their mini-mission.

She said: “[The] 1st Wem Cubs took to the town on Wednesday, September 26 and Thursday, September 27 to help tidy up the area for their Environmental Conservation activity badge and as part of their World Challenge and Community Impact badges.

“The cubs were tasked with tidying up a couple of the areas around Wem, specifically Drawell Walk – the walkway from the High Street down to Pyms Road – and the recycling area and town square by the Co-Op car park.

“Each group managed to collect five bin bags full of litter, ranging from sweet papers and tin cans to odd gloves and even an old slipper.

The cubs would like to thank Shropshire Council, particularly Pauline Dee and the Environmental Maintenance Department for the loan of the litter pickers, gloves, hi viz jackets and bin bags.

“The children and leaders are glad that they could do something for the community.”

n Meanwhile, residents in Wem are being made aware of works taking place at the end of the month around Barnard Street.

There will be water main renewal works by Severn Trent which will start on October 29 and is expected to last for around 12 days and completed by November 11.

Work is also underway to prepare the main renewal, and the whole project has last around six weeks.

Severn Trent say the work is being completed because the pipes that serve that area of Wem are now starting to show signs of ageing and decay.

For more, head to as well as information on works on the A49 Whitchurch Road outside Wem, or call Samantha Pedley, customer service manager at Amey, on 07725 073188.