We are the second highest village in Shropshire – the main settlement in a rural parish of some 550 people stretching from the western fringe of Telford to The Wrekin hill and the northern rim of the Ironbridge Gorge.
As well as being voted Shropshire Village of the Year in 2005, we went on to win the Western England Environmental Award in the national competition.
With just under 130 houses and a population of around 350, our village is small by local standards. Even though we no longer have a school, post office or village shop, we enjoy a wonderful community based around numerous groups, activities and events involving the vast majority of residents of all ages.
Our thriving community life is built around five main pillars:
An innovative Parish Council – one of the first in the county to earn Quality Status, working to a comprehensive 10-year Parish Plan developed through community-wide consultation to provide a growing range of facilities and services;
An active Village Hall & Playing Field Committee – involving all our many community groups, organising regular and occasional social activities, and responsible for funding and building a new village hall and children’s play area in the past five years.
An outward-looking Church Community – organising many social activities, supporting a children’s ward in a Ugandan hospital, raising funds for a number of charities, and responsible for a major recent church renovation.
A thriving Local Inn – providing a convivial meeting place, excellent evening and lunchtime food and a low-cost weekly locals’ night menu while hosting regular quiz nights and dominoes contests; and
A vast individual Volunteer Network – undertaking a huge variety of largely unseen activities and supporting everyone who needs it.
The great joy of our village is tremendous sense of community and belonging we enjoy, with everyone working together with and for each other. It’s something you can’t escape in Little Wenlock, and it remains our single greatest source of pride.