News & Updates

Keeping safe and well this summer

The Shropshire Carers Support Team has put together a summer wellness guide (attached) so you have information at your fingertips. Download and / or print off the guide for advice on how to keep safe and well during the summer – includes handy links to various...

A Climate Conversation on Saturday 15th June 2024 – The Great Big Green Week

The Great Big Green week is the UK’s biggest ever celebration of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature and communities are invited to take part. Wem Rural Parish Council in partnership with Wem Town Council and Wem Area Climate Action are...

The Importance of Applying for Planning Applications on the Shropshire Council Planning Portal

In Wem Rural Parish, ensuring that all building and development work complies with planning regulations is essential for maintaining the safety, character, and sustainability of our community. Applying for planning on the  Shropshire Council Planning Portal to submit...
Keeping safe and well this summer

Keeping safe and well this summer

The Shropshire Carers Support Team has put together a summer wellness guide (attached) so you have information at your fingertips. Download and / or print off the guide for advice on how to keep safe and well during the summer – includes handy links to various...

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Planned Works on the B5476 – Wem to Tilstock

Planned Works on the B5476 – Wem to Tilstock

We would like to make you aware of upcoming / planned surface dressing works on the B5476 This site has been identified via a combination of local engineering judgment and asset management data as needing essential maintenance. The site forms part of a countywide...

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WhatsApp group chats are targeted by fraudsters

WhatsApp group chats are targeted by fraudsters

WhatsApp group chat members are being warned they could be targeted by criminals, as Action Fraud reveals it has received 636 reports from victims of the messaging app this year. The fraud often begins when a member of the group receives a WhatsApp audio call from the...

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Dogs Die in Hot Cars

Dogs Die in Hot Cars

West Mercia Police are sadly beginning to receive calls of dogs left locked in vehicles.  With the weather getting warmer please think about leaving your beloved pet at home. Many people think it's ok to leave their dog in the car if they're parked in the shade or the...

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NS Wheelers Community Bus

NS Wheelers Community Bus

Wem Rural Parish Council presented a cheque to the North Salop Wheelers Community Bus at their Volunteers Event in order to help deliver much-needed transport in and around the parish. The event was at the Grocutt Heritage Centre in Prees where refreshments were...

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Working with Young People in Wem

Working with Young People in Wem

Several Parish Councillors attended Wem Youth Club this evening to present a cheque to talk to young people about their priorities for the parish. The council agreed to donate money to help them buy new sports equipment. We then spent the evening talking about their...

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Walks Around Wem

Many thanks to everyone that responded to the fundraising campaign on Spacehive to fund the printing of walking guides and waymarkers. The £1,634  needed was raised by local residents, Shrophshire Council and Wem Rural Parish Council. Wem Rural Parish Council are...

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The Climate Conversation

The Climate Conversation

Wem Rural Parish Council in partnership with Wem Area Climate Action (WACA) Forum, Wem Town Council and Save our Shropshire, are hosting a Climate Conversation. The event will take place at Jubiliee Square in Wem on Saturday 15th June from 10am-12noon. There will be a...

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Let’s start talking about Climate Change

Let’s start talking about Climate Change

As part of the Great Big Green Week Wem Rural Parish Council are working with Wem Climate Action Forum and Wem Town Council to host a Conversation Event on Saturday 15th June. This event will take place on Jubilee Square and there will be a range of activities, games...

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Let your Garden Grow

Let your Garden Grow

At Wem Rural Parish Council we are actively looking at ways to preserve biodiversity and one of the things we can all do is to let our gardens grow. By letting the grass grow a bit longer it allows wild flowers to bloom, which in turn provides a vital source of nectar...

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Wem and Prees Medical Practice News

We have a few exciting updates at the Practice. We recently welcomed Dr Ruth Oldroyd as our Senior Partner following the retirement of Dr Beresford after 27 years as a GP. Dr Oldroyd is not far behind having joined us here in 2001 and is about to celebrate her 23rd...

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18th Annual Toy Service

18th Annual Toy Service

Northwood Methodist Chapel are hosting their 18th Annual Toy Service, 19th May 2024 at 11am in aid of Hope House Children's Hospice (Reg Charity Number1003859) Do please support by donating Toys and Books to this worthwhile cause For those who would like to donate...

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Northwood Methodist Chapel

Northwood Methodist Chapel

Councillors John Britten and Julia Goode, with the kind assistance of Louise Paton, have been seeking to aid the members of Northwood Methodist Chapel to be able to maintain and retain their beloved Chapel as a place of worship. The building has some fairly difficult...

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Armed Forces Outreach

The Armed Forces Outreach is designed to provide help and support to all military personnel, veterans and their families. Working with the service charities and organisations, the outreach assists and facilitates for the purpose of ensuring that current and former...

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Free Smart Water Kits Availalbe

Free Smart Water Kits Availalbe

Smart water is a form of liquid which SNT register specifically to the person. The liquid can be applied to anything using a small brush located in the container. All it needs it a small dot. Police have torches which come with UV lights which can look for the dots on...

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Crime Prevention

West Mercia Police are promoting the use of early intruder alert systems and trail cameras for rural victims of crime or those wanting to protect their property/field sites which is traditionally hard to do. Trail cameras must be well hidden from view as criminals...

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Rural Watch

Being a member of Rural Watch can help to protect you from crime as you can access security advice and information, which will help you to keep your property safe. As a member you will receive information on farm, rural or equine related incidents and incidents from...

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Reporting Incidents and Crime

It's really important to report matters of rural crime or suspicious incidents to the police - here's why: Suspicious incidents are included and are really useful for police work. Often seeing a suspicious vehicle enter a lane, a yard or cold call can be an early...

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Litter Picking Kits from Freedom Fibre

Litter Picking Kits from Freedom Fibre

Many thanks to Freedom Fibre for providing much needed litter picking kits to help pick up litter. These kits are available for groups to use to help clean up the parish and along with Parish councillors the Parish Paths Partnership who have been helping as they are...

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Shropshire Choices Support Finder

Shropshire Choices Support Finder

If you think you need help with social care in Shropshire, The Shropshire Choices Support Finder can give you an overview of how the adult care system works. The directory can provide you with insights into: Finding a care facility Paying for care Carer Services...

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Walking and running safety

Walking and running safety

Concerns have been raised about the safety of people walking and Running whilst out in the countryside, specifically along country roads. Please look at the below information from West Mercia Police on how to keep yourself safe. The Highway Code for walkers: The...

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Ticket Fraud – Spot the Signs

Action Fraud, the national fraud and cybercrime reporting service, has launched a ticket fraud awareness campaign, warning people to be alert to fraudsters trying to catch out people planning for popular and sold-out events. Last year more than 8,700 people reported...

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Are you ready to vote?

Residents in the Shropshire Council area will need to show photo ID to vote in the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election on Thursday 2 May. This will also be the case for the next general election, for the local elections in May 2025, and for any...

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Defibrillator Awareness Training

Defibrillator Awareness Training

Wem Rural Parish Council have arranged for The Community Heartbeat Trust, to demonstrate the use of defibrillators and explain how the equipment works. Residents are invited to join in as the more people that know how use the portable defibrillator, the more chance...

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Goodie Bags are Ready

Goodie Bags are Ready

Many thanks to Anthony Gilmore from Anthony.Photography who is kindly providing Goodie Bags to hand-out to business at the FREE Business Networking Event taking place on Monday 22nd April 2024, between 6-8pm at Wem Town Hall. This event is being hosted by Wem Town...

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Celebrating 100 Years – Can you help?

The Wem Branch of the Royal British Legion are celebrating 100 years of the service with a parade and they are looking for  a few more volunteers to help marshall the road closures. Please get in touch if you're able to help with their parade on Saturday 27th April....

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Garden Waste Consultation

Garden Waste Consultation

Shropshire Council is seeking your views on proposals to introduce charges to garden waste collection and changes to Household Recycling Centres. This survey should take approximately 18 minutes to complete and you can either scan in the code on the poster or go...

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Are you lonely? Let’s Talk

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) recently launched the next phase of their loneliness campaign activity, as part of the Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign. This follows the success of last year’s national campaign which encouraged young...

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The Annual Parish Meeting

Wem Rural Parish Council would like to invite you to attend the Annual Parish Meeting. This is your opportunity to meet other parishioners and local councillors and to raise questions, matters of current concern or future ambitions for the Parish. The theme for this...

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Over 22,000 email and social media account hacked

Data from Action Fraud, the national fraud and cybercrime reporting service, shows that 22,530 people reported that their online accounts had been hacked in 2023, with victims losing a total of £1.3 million. How are accounts hacked? On-platform chain hacking This is...

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Telephone Fraud

The number of “Nuisance” calls has risen in recent years from 21% to 40%, and according to OFGEN, nearly 40% of Scams start with a phone call. These scams involve fraudsters trying to gain your personal and financial information, and are often referred to as...

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What can you do for the Great Big Green Week?

With February breaking records as one of the UK’s warmest and wettest, it’s clear that now is not the time to slow the pace of action. The Great Big Green Week, taking place in just three months’ time, will be a chance for communities across the country to come...

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Let’s Celebrate Village Hall Week

It's Village Hall Week this week and is a great opportunity to share the vital role that village halls play in local communities. Edstaston Village Hall has some major developments over the last few years - with more exciting projects to come and to help celebrate...

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FREE Business Networking Event

Wem Town Council and Wem Rural Parish Council are keen to support local businesses and will be hosting another FREE Business Networking Event. Following feedback at previous events this meeting will focus on Recruitment with speakers providing advice and information...

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PCC Notice of Election

Election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Mercia Police Area Latest Time for Submission of the Election Addresses of Candidates to the Police Area Returning Officer 12 noon on Friday 5 April 2024. Candidates in the Police and Crime Commissioner...

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The Great British Spring Clean

Several Parish Councillors and local residents met on Saturday 16th March for the Big Spring Clean Event. They picked up litter from Edstaston, The Lowe, Horton, Ryebank, Lowe Hill and Ossage Lane and a BIG thank you goes out to everyone that helped to clean up our...

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Calling all young wildlife photographers and artists

Young wildlife photographers and artists are urged to showcase their skills in a popular University Centre Shrewsbury competition for the chance to win top titles and prizes presented by an award-winning naturalist, TV producer and author. Entries are now open for the...

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News from Newtown and Northwood

Wem Rural Parish Councillors have been out and about meeting lots of the parishioners to hand deliver the previous edition of the Rural Review in order to save costs on postage. Apologies if your home was missed due to the bad weather. This was a great opportunity to...

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WACA Update

Readers of previous editions of Rural Review will have seen reports of WACA activities before. The main aim of Wem Area Climate Action is to is to work with individuals and groups to develop local knowledge and awareness on practical steps to reduce our contribution...

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The Horse and Jockey, back in the saddle!

After being closed for over 14 months, The Horse and Jockey pub at Northwood finally re-opened its doors in its new incarnation as a Community Pub just in time for Christmas.    Upon hearing the pub was to be put up for sale in October 2022, a community...

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THANK YOU TO Wem Rural Parish Council

If you’ve been to Edstaston Village Hall you will have seen our lovely extension (completed in June 2022) with its accessible automatic entrance door leading to a lobby and through into the bright extension to the main hall. Bifold doors open out onto the new patio...

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Update from the Chair Walking in the Parish

As promised in the Autumn Rural Review I donned my walking boots and warm clothes and have completed 4 of the walks around Wem that the Parish Paths Partnership have both repaired and documented. All of the walks I did start and finish at the Co-op car park and apart...

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Community Grants are now open

Wem Rural Parish Council is committed to supporting local community groups and each year it runs a Community Grants Scheme and is inviting voluntary organisations and community groups to apply. Application forms can be downloaded from the Wem Rural Parish Council...

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The Great British Spring Clean

Every year Parish Councillors and Volunteers meet up to pick up litter from areas within the parish. This year they will be meeting at The Lowe Noticeboard on Saturday 16th March at 10am. Bin bags and litter pickers will be provided. Please wear high-viz clothing if...

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Rural Review now available

The Winter edition of the Parish Newsletter, Rural Review is ready and being delivered to households in the parish. The latest issue contains stories of the Chair's walks in the parish, the litter-picking event (The Great British Spring Clean), information about the...

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BBC Radio Shropshire Make A Difference Awards

Would you like to nominate someone for the 2025 BBC Radio Shropshire Make A Difference Awards? The deadline for nominations is Sunday 10 March 2024. It’s very simple and quick to fill in the form and say why you are nominating this person or group of people. All the...

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Free Energy Efficiency Improvements

Shropshire Council’s Affordable Warmth & Energy Efficiency team have seen an alarming rise in cold calling and canvassing by companies offering free energy efficiency improvements. If you or someone you know is in doubt about a letter or a call you or they have...

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The Horse and Jockey, back in the saddle!

After being closed for over 14 months, The Horse and Jockey pub at Northwood finally re-opened its doors in its new incarnation as a Community Pub just in time for Christmas.    Upon hearing the pub was to be put up for sale in October 2022, a community...

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Your Annual Parish Meeting

Wem Rural Parish Council would like to invite you to attend the Annual Parish Meeting. This is your opportunity to meet other parishioners and local councillors and to raise questions, matters of current concern or future ambitions for the Parish. The theme for this...

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Barkers Green Noticeboard

It's been brought to our attention that the noticeboard in Barkers Green has been damaged and is now need of a replacement. Wem Rural Parish Council are currently considering whether this may be an opportunity to relocate the noticeboard or whether to keep it in it's...

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Community Grant Scheme opens 1st February 2024

The Council is committed to supporting local community groups and where possible, financially.  The Council invites applications on an annual basis with deadlines published in the Rural Review. It was agreed at the January Parish Meeting to open the 2024...

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International Women’s Day Planning Meeting

We have enjoyed an inspirational afternoon at the Horse & Jockey planning our International Woman's Day event on Friday 8th March in Wem.   We spent the time talking to solicitors, councillors, artists and business women about their experiences whilst...

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Stay Safe in the Cold Weather

  The UK is now in the grip of a cold plunge of Arctic air which has moved in from the north across the whole of the country. The northerly airflow is also bringing very cold conditions for all, with snow showers for some areas at times. A number of National...

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Do you know an Exceptional Young Person?

The High Sheriff’s Outstanding Young Citizen Awards, which this year is being organised on behalf of The High Sheriff by Shrewsbury Colleges Group is now open for nomination. Now in its eighteenth year, the awards are a great way to showcase and celebrate the many...

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Preventing Rural Crime

Around your farm yard, in your barns and outbuildings there is valuable equipment that will appeal to thieves and West Mercia Police have provided some literature on ways that crime can be prevented in rural areas this includes ways to protect your buildings, securing...

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International Women’s Day

Wem Rural Parish Council, along with other partners, are hosting an International Women's Day on Friday 8th March 2024 at Wem Town Hall. This global event happens very year and is about raising awareness of gender equality. There is also a theme for every year and in...

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Get Involved in International Women’s Day

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can...

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Suicide Prevention and support over festive period 2023

Shropshire Suicide Prevention Action Group are asking organisations and partners to help promote the support available throughout the Christmas and New Year period, for those who are struggling to cope or know someone who is. The festive season can be a difficult time...

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How to have an eco-Christmas

Whether you celebrate a big family Christmas, or you just give out a few cards to your friends and neighbours to wish them a happy time, here are some quick tips for a greener Christmas! Buying gifts can be a challenge at the best of times, but don’t panic! Making...

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NHS 111 Stickers Available

This winter, the NHS is encouraging people to get to the help they need by using NHS 111, and we want to remind you of the window stickers that are available to order. This is part of the partnership with the NHS to encourage people to use 111 online or call 111 when...

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Reach out to your neighbours this Christmas

During December, a month when people often celebrate festivities with their family, friends, loved ones, and community, we want to encourage our supporters and members to reach out to their neighbours and say hello. For some, December’s colder weather and longer...

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Street Watch: Join the scheme today!

Would you like to help keep your community safe, get some exercise, and meet new people? West Mercia Police aree looking for more volunteers to join the Street Watch scheme!   As a Street Watch volunteer, you will walk your local streets in groups and provide...

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Crucial Reports for Northwood Chapel

Opened in 1860 and now standing derelict due to dry/wet rot the managing trustees of Northwood Chapel are reaching out to their local community for assistance in making crucial repairs. Without these repairs to their little chapel, they face the possibility of losing...

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Is Wem a healthy and happy place to live?

Together, we want to keep Shropshire a healthy and happy place to live. We want you and your loved ones to feel good and have everything you need to stay healthy. In Rural Wem and your community, we care about what you value and what makes you feel healthy and well....

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Crime and Community survey

The annual Crime and Community survey is now available. The survey is in its fourth year, and you can share  your views on crime, community, and your experience of Neighbourhood Watch. The survey is open to everyone across England and Wales, regardless of whether...

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Love your High Street Week

Love your Hight Street Week is from 13th-19th November and is about encouraging people to use their high streets. Why is it important to shop locally? These businesses are the lifeblood of our communities, they create jobs and instil a unique character into our towns...

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Wem Winter Festival

Friday December 1st, 2023 - 5pmSaturday December 2nd, 2023 - 9am -1pm Get in the festive spirit and shop local this December at our Winter Festival Craft and Food Market . Featuring a range of tasty treats and local and handmade products made by crafters from the...

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A Christmas Carol in Concert

GreenMatthews bring you a brand-new retelling of the best-loved Yuletide adventure of them all – Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. In  Concert. At Wem Town Hall on Saturday 2nd December. You can buy your tickets here.    

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Festive Print Offer

Based in Wem and Shrewsbury. NS Print provide Digital and Litho Printing services including design and different finishing techniques to suit any order. They are a family run business and has been providing quality print in Shropshire for over 50 years and during this...

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Loppington Christmas Fair

The Loppington Christmas Fair is on 25th November 3-5pm and includes Craft Stalls, Tombola, Christmas Gifts and Produce, The Whisky Wheel, Water into Wine, BBQ, Mulled Wine and Mince Pies, Christmas Hamper, a Grand Draw AND a special visit from SANTA!!  

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