Shrewsbury Castle

Shrewsbury Castle is a red sandstone castle in Shrewsbury, England. It stands on a hill in the neck of the meander of the River Severn on which the town developed; the castle, directly above Shrewsbury railway station, is a Grade I listed building. The castle was built by Roger de Montgomery in circa 1070 as a defensive fortification for the town, otherwise protected by the river. Town walls, of which little now remains radiated out from the castle and surrounded the town. In 1138, King Stephen besieged the castle held by William FitzAlan for the Empress Maud during the period known as The Anarchy; the castle was held by Llywelyn the Great, Prince of Wales, in 1215. Little of the original physical structure remains; the castle was extensively repaired in 1643 during the Civil War before being acquired by Sir Francis Newport in 1663. Further repairs were carried out by Thomas Telford on behalf of Sir William Pulteney in 1780; the Shropshire Horticultural Society purchased the castle from a private owner and gave it to the town in 1924.

The castle was internally restructured to become the home of the Shropshire Regimental Museum when it moved from Copthorne Barracks in 1985. The museum was attacked by the IRA on 25 August 1992 and extensive damage to the collection and to some of the Castle resulted; the museum was re-opened by Princess Alexandra on 2 May 1995. The museum combines the collections of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry and the Shropshire Yeomanry. Laura's Tower overlooks the surrounding townscape and countryside and is used as a backdrop for weddings. History of Shrewsbury Listed buildings in Shrewsbury King's Shropshire Light Infantry Ludlow Castle, another English Marches stronghold One Corpse Too Many - historical fiction based on 1138 battle between King Stephen and supporters of the Empress Maud Shrewsbury Castle - official site with visiting information and Shropshire Regimental Museum Shropshire Regimental Museum collections Dig diaries from the 2019 excavations

Seve Ballesteros

Severiano Ballesteros Sota was a Spanish professional golfer, a World No. 1, one of the sport's leading figures from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s. A member of a gifted golfing family, he won 90 international tournaments in his career, including five major championships between 1979 and 1988: the Open Championship three times and the Masters Tournament twice, he gained attention in the golfing world in 1976, when at the age of 19, he finished second at The Open. He played a leading role in the re-emergence of European golf, helping the European Ryder Cup team to five wins both as a player and captain, he is regarded as the greatest Continental European golfer of all time. Ballesteros won a record 50 European Tour titles, he won at least one European Tour title for 17 consecutive years between 1976 and 1992. His final victory was at the 1995 Peugeot Spanish Open; because of back-related injuries, Ballesteros struggled with his form during the late 1990s. Despite this, he continued to be involved in golf, creating the Seve Trophy and running a golf course design business.

Ballesteros retired from competitive professional golf in 2007 because of continued poor form. In 2008 he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. Ballesteros was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for the second time at the BBC Sports Personality Awards 2009, he was presented with the award at his home in Spain by his compatriot and former Ryder Cup teammate José María Olazábal. Ballesteros died of brain cancer on 7 May 2011, aged 54. Severiano Ballesteros Sota was born in the village of Pedreña, Spain, on 9 April 1957, the youngest of five sons of Baldomero Ballesteros Presmanes, a farm laborer, Carmen Sota Ocejo. One died in childhood, all the others became professional golfers, he learned the game while playing on the beaches near his home, at the time while he was supposed to be in school using a 3-iron given to him by his older brother Manuel when he was eight years old. His maternal uncle Ramón Sota was Spanish professional champion four times and finished sixth in the Masters Tournament in 1965.

Ballesteros' older brother Manuel finished in the top 100 on the European Tour Order of Merit every year from 1972 to 1983, became Ballesteros' manager. His brothers Vicente and Baldomero, nephew Raúl are professional golfers. Ballesteros turned professional in March 1974 at the age of 16, he burst onto the international scene with a second-place finish in 1976 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club. Ballesteros led by two shots after the third round, but a final round 74 saw him tie with Jack Nicklaus, six shots behind the winner Johnny Miller, he went on to win the European Tour Order of Merit that year, a title that he would win the next two years, six times total, a record at the time. Ballesteros won his first Open Championship in 1979 with a closing 70, a round in which he famously hit his tee shot into a car park on the 16th hole yet still made a birdie. Ballesteros went on to win five major championships: the Masters Tournament in 1980 and 1983, The Open Championship in 1979, 1984 and 1988.

His 1980 Masters win was the first by a European player, at the time he was the youngest winner of the tournament, at age 23. His 1979 win at The Open Championship made him the youngest winner of the tournament in the 20th century, the first golfer from continental Europe to win a major since Frenchman Arnaud Massy won The Open in 1907. Ballesteros won. Ballesteros described the putt he holed on the 18th green at St Andrews to win the 1984 Open Championship as "the happiest moment of my whole sporting life."On 30 September 1983, Ballesteros joined the PGA Tour. In 1984 he played in 15 tournaments, the minimal amount allowed for a golfer with part-time membership; the following season he only played in 9 tournaments and was subsequently suspended by the PGA Tour for failing to meet his commitment. In 1988, Ballesteros won his fifth and last major title, The Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes; the final round was played on Monday after torrential rain had flooded the course and forced Saturday's play to be abandoned.

Ballesteros described his final round of 65 which beat Nick Price by two shots as "perhaps the best round of my entire career."For much of the 1980s and 1990s, Ballesteros was a mainstay of the European Ryder Cup team. He scored. While Ballesteros was a member of European sides that won the Ryder Cup in 1985, retained the Cup in 1987 and 1989, regained the Cup in 1995, the pinnacle of his career in the competition came in 1997, when he captained the winning European side at Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande, Spain; this was the first Ryder Cup held in continental Europe. Ballesteros led the Official World Golf Ranking for a total of 61 weeks in the period from their inauguration to September 1989, including being world number one at the end of the 1988 season, he led McCormack's World Golf Rankings, published in McCormack's "World Of Professional Golf" annuals in 1983, 1984 and 1985. He was ever-present in the end of season world's top ten according to those rankings for fifteen years, from 1977 to 1991 inclusive.

In 1999, Ballesteros was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He was instrumental in introdu

Oatley Bay

Oatley Bay is a bay located in the Georges River Council, surrounded by the suburbs of Oatley, Hurstville Grove and Connells Point. The bay is part of the Georges River waterway, it is popular for boating, fishing and bush walking, is surrounded by waterfront properties. It has the largest number of plants and animals in the Municipality of Kogarah protected in its reserves/parks, which include: Poulton Park, Redin Place Reserve, Oatley Point Reserve, Oatley Pleasure Grounds and Moore Reserve. Two waterways flow either side of Hurstville Grove into Oatley Bay. One is the Municipality of Kogarah's last remaining natural creek. Oatley Bay has one of the largest areas of mangroves in the Georges River, found on the eastern shore at Poulton Park; the bay has a shallow depth, averaging about 1.5 metres, is the end point for all run-off from the 468-504 hectare Oatley Bay catchment, which has mild to steep slopes, averaging about 3.3%. One way of accessing Oatley Bay by boat is through Oatley Bay Boat Ramp.

The boat ramp is in good quality and has 3 lanes- with the water depth at the ramp able to handle most boats. On one side of the ramp there is a small beach and on the other side there is a jetty. There are toilets near the top of the ramp site and parking facilities for over 35 trailers. Oatley Bay pg10 Oatley Bay Jetty Oatley Bay Boat Ramp Google Maps: Oatley Bay