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During my lifetime Market only to Tuesday, Thursday, Apart from the market the

Street has been through a Friday and Saturday, so it’s big business was brewing

lot of changes, though its much bigger and on four Wrekin Ales. If you want to

underlying character hasn’t days instead of just one. know more about the Wrekin

changed much. In Granddad The stalls have changed of Brewery, read one or more of

Evans’ time the most important

places there were the buy green groceries at Roger steal his thunder. Just one

course, though you can still Allan Frost’s books. I won’t

Horse Repository, Smithfield Maddocks, cheese at Lesley’s

Larder and what Grand-

a booze up in that brewery.

little tale; I once organised

and the market. Where the

market car park is now was dad called ironmongery at Most of the land where the or mineral water works would express if 12 year insurance was settled and a

previously a builders’ yard Aladdin’s Cave.

brewery was is now Wilkinson’s

shop, originally built came the place where we sheath knives nowadays? was constructed. This is now

across the road. That be-

olds went around carrying quite different sort of building

for Pearce’s; before that it Around where the Post

was the place where farmers Office is now, was Turners, as a supermarket. The new went to pay the gas bill or Yet we thought nothing of the office of an estate agent.

left their horses and traps who sold seed for wheat, brewery across the road at to buy any sort of gas appliance,

like a stove or a wash-

for fighting in gangs or mugcupied

by Wellington News.

it. The idea of using knives The upstairs was once oc-

while they went to the livestock

market on Mondays. a wonderful window display addition to Wellington. Three ing machine (yes, there were ging people never crossed Then, when they moved, it

barley and oats. They had the Pheasant is a welcome

Now it’s the modern equivalent

of Granddad’s horse re-

seeds. Behind them was the family went there this year ago) or perhaps we would we just didn’t do that sort of church that later moved to

made from different coloured generations of fathers in my gas washing machines long our minds. We were Scouts; was taken over by a Christian

pository, a car park.

auction room of Patersons, on Fathers’ Day and enjoyed just want some gas mantels thing. This is Wellington, not the old Town Hall, where the

The Market itself has where you could buy antique the brew. It’s a very welcome for the lights. Before the war Georgia, USA where carrying cinema and later night club

changed a lot but remains furniture and household addition to the town and we our streets were lit by gas assault rifles is acceptable. used to be. It later advertised

a wonderful market. It’s goods. I remember buying a must hope it prospers. produced locally from baked At the bottom of the road ‘Airport Tan’ whatever that

been enlarged with the outside

market and the annexe quid around 1951 when we there was once a pop works ander Road. The Gas shop farmers came to buy their Across the road was Turn-

china cabinet there for a few As well as the brewery coal at the bottom of Alex-

was Bromley’s shop, where means, I’ve never asked.

is still there; it was in recent tools, machines and equipment.

It had been a rather all sorts of extremely clever

er’s who sold guns and did

times some sort of gambling

place but today I noticed it larger business, with another things after the style of the

had been emptied and was place in Bridge Road but old blacksmiths. There’s a

for sale. I’ve never been things were changing in story in Wellingtonia, Wellington

History Group’s mag-

in any of our local gaming the agricultural implements

shops because it’s not something

I do - for mathemati-

firms like Bromley’s made well worth reading. The Er-

trade. In Granddad’s day azine, about that business,

cal reasons rather than religious

ones. There was also a premises - binders, cutters, Company’s offices. Next was

all their machinery on the call Hotel is now the Market

school of dance somewhere threshing machines as well Percy Pierce’s Ercall Garage

on the upper floors.

as spades, forks and ‘brumhooks’

for trimming hedges. home of the Pleasant Sun-

with showrooms once the

One very special shop

when I was young was Roberts

the Sadler. It had been a firms in Birmingham and also ganised ‘smoking concerts’.

As time went on the big city day Afternoon (PSA) who or-

leatherworker’s shop, handy the USA were able to mass Percy had started across

for the horse repository but produce the machines and the road making bicycles.

had moved with the times. sell them cheaper. This left GW Harvey was a jeweller

Mrs Drake kept it and sold local firms to deal with repairs,

sales of other firms’ Pierce, Ronald and Graham

and optician, also, like Percy

outdoor clothes, especially

Scout uniforms. One thing I equipment and anything that Murphy, a councillor.

remember buying there was could be hammered out by a Market Street declined

a sheath knife to fit on my good blacksmith.

some years ago but now

belt. It came in very handy Several years ago there seems back in action. I’ve

when we were camping but was a huge fire at Bromley’s, missed out lots of shops and

would now be highly illegal destroying the shop and businesses, past and present

but there’s no room. Go

to carry around. Can you workshops behind. It stayed

imagine the horror everyone empty for some time until the and look for yourself.

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Telford & Wrekin Council’s

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The new Southwater Library,

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KEN Francis Butchers,

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16 Wellington’s firms entered

the competition, co-ordinated

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competition involving over 80

towns. It was run on Facebook,

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local favourite trader.

“We’re thrilled to have

won”, said Ken, who has run

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Street for 35 years. “We participated

as it seemed like a

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but we had no expectation

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to know people like what we

do, and a great testament to

the quality of our local suppliers

and the hard work and skill

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Wellington Town Council

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LILLESHALL

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simple way for us to give our

small businesses a platform

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special, plus a chance for

their customers to show their

appreciation,” said Andrew

Roberts, deputy town clerk.

“Retaining and attracting quality

independent businesses is

crucial to our town, and the

contest is a reminder we have

some real gems here.”

“I’m not sure how an old

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TELFORD

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on Kynnersley Drive in Lilleshall.

The incident occurred on Tuesday 15th July at 4.10pm,

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driver of the white van failed to stop. It is believed the van will

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Anyone who witnessed the collision, or knows who the

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number 439 of July 15th.

Pride in your

community

As part of the borough’s

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programme, there’s

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their community.

will stand up to competition

from across the country,” Ken

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whole town behind us and do

as well as we can.

To vote in the national final

visit www.facebook.com/independentoftheyear.

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During my lifetime Market

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changed much. In Granddad

Evans’ time the most important

places there were the

Horse Repository, Smithfield

and the market. Where the

market car park is now was

previously a builders’ yard

for Pearce’s; before that it

was the place where farmers

left their horses and traps

while they went to the livestock

market on Mondays.

Now it’s the modern equivalent

of Granddad’s horse repository,

a car park.

The Market itself has

changed a lot but remains

a wonderful market. It’s

been enlarged with the outside

market and the annexe

MARKET STREET, WELLINGTON

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off Walker Street and also

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Friday and Saturday, so it’s

much bigger and on four

days instead of just one.

The stalls have changed of

course, though you can still

buy green groceries at Roger

Maddocks, cheese at Lesley’s

Larder and what Granddad

called ironmongery at

Aladdin’s Cave.

Around where the Post

Office is now, was Turners,

who sold seed for wheat,

barley and oats. They had

a wonderful window display

made from different coloured

seeds. Behind them was the

auction room of Patersons,

where you could buy antique

furniture and household

goods. I remember buying a

china cabinet there for a few

quid around 1951 when we

set up home in a flat in New

Street; I still have it.

Apart from the market the

big business was brewing

Wrekin Ales. If you want to

know more about the Wrekin

Brewery, read one or more of

Allan Frost’s books. I won’t

steal his thunder. Just one

little tale; I once organised

a booze up in that brewery.

Most of the land where the

brewery was is now Wilkinson’s

shop, originally built

as a supermarket. The new

brewery across the road at

the Pheasant is a welcome

addition to Wellington. Three

generations of fathers in my

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across the road. That became

the place where we

went to pay the gas bill or

to buy any sort of gas appliance,

like a stove or a washing

machine (yes, there were

gas washing machines long

ago) or perhaps we would

just want some gas mantels

for the lights. Before the war

our streets were lit by gas

produced locally from baked

coal at the bottom of Alexander

Road. The Gas shop

is still there; it was in recent

times some sort of gambling

place but today I noticed it

had been emptied and was

for sale. I’ve never been

in any of our local gaming

shops because it’s not something

I do - for mathematical

reasons rather than religious

ones. There was also a

school of dance somewhere

on the upper floors.

One very special shop

when I was young was Roberts

the Sadler. It had been a

leatherworker’s shop, handy

for the horse repository but

had moved with the times.

Mrs Drake kept it and sold

outdoor clothes, especially

Scout uniforms. One thing I

remember buying there was

a sheath knife to fit on my

belt. It came in very handy

when we were camping but

would now be highly illegal

to carry around. Can you

imagine the horror everyone

would express if 12 year

olds went around carrying

sheath knives nowadays?

Yet we thought nothing of

it. The idea of using knives

for fighting in gangs or mugging

people never crossed

our minds. We were Scouts;

we just didn’t do that sort of

thing. This is Wellington, not

Georgia, USA where carrying

assault rifles is acceptable.

At the bottom of the road

was Bromley’s shop, where

farmers came to buy their

tools, machines and equipment.

It had been a rather

larger business, with another

place in Bridge Road but

things were changing in

the agricultural implements

trade. In Granddad’s day

firms like Bromley’s made

all their machinery on the

premises - binders, cutters,

threshing machines as well

as spades, forks and ‘brumhooks’

for trimming hedges.

As time went on the big city

firms in Birmingham and also

the USA were able to mass

produce the machines and

sell them cheaper. This left

local firms to deal with repairs,

sales of other firms’

equipment and anything that

could be hammered out by a

good blacksmith.

Several years ago there

was a huge fire at Bromley’s,

destroying the shop and

workshops behind. It stayed

empty for some time until the

insurance was settled and a

quite different sort of building

was constructed. This is now

the office of an estate agent.

The upstairs was once occupied

by Wellington News.

Then, when they moved, it

was taken over by a Christian

church that later moved to

the old Town Hall, where the

cinema and later night club

used to be. It later advertised

‘Airport Tan’ whatever that

means, I’ve never asked.

Across the road was Turner’s

who sold guns and did

all sorts of extremely clever

things after the style of the

old blacksmiths. There’s a

story in Wellingtonia, Wellington

History Group’s magazine,

about that business,

well worth reading. The Ercall

Hotel is now the Market

Company’s offices. Next was

Percy Pierce’s Ercall Garage

with showrooms once the

home of the Pleasant Sunday

Afternoon (PSA) who organised

‘smoking concerts’.

Percy had started across

the road making bicycles.

GW Harvey was a jeweller

and optician, also, like Percy

Pierce, Ronald and Graham

Murphy, a councillor.

Market Street declined

some years ago but now

seems back in action. I’ve

missed out lots of shops and

businesses, past and present

but there’s no room. Go

and look for yourself.

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In ten or twenty years’ time, when this is part

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Doctor Nick Richards, an independent consultant

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Alan hopes that the clinical audit study will prove

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“MY DOCTOR SUGGESTED I TRY IT.

I’M SO GRATEFUL SHE DID”

“5 YEARS OF SUFFERING WITH

ME, I’M FEELING 100% BETTER”

FOR bubbly ski instructor and former county

table tennis star Wendy Payton, the Miruji chair

has been a passport back to normal life after

living for almost half a decade with debilitating

M.E.

She has even been able to go back to work again,

as a nursery assistant in Shrewsbury.

Wendy’s problems started when her 18-year

marriage failed in 2008 and she was left to

struggle on alone with four children.

“I was at work one day in Telford and I found I

couldn’t walk up the ski slope,” she said.

“I became a recluse for four years and stayed

indoors. I lived on benefits and shut myself away.

I did things on auto-pilot, like a robot. I didn’t

like looking in the mirror. I thought: ‘who’s that

person?’ If I had to do anything I was exhausted.

After doing the housework I would have to spend

the rest of the day in bed.”

Wendy, 47, who used to play table tennis

for Shropshire, was diagnosed with chronic

fatigue syndrome, also known as myalgic

encephalomyelitis (ME) three years ago.

“I was told not to try to do everything all at

once,” she said. Slowing down and feeling awful

made Wendy reach for food, to take her mind

off things.

“I went from a size 14 to a size 18,” she said.

“I comfort ate chocolate most days. I ate lots of

takeaways as I didn’t fancy cooking. I always made

sure the kids ate properly. I looked after them but

neglected myself.” Wendy contacted Miruji after

seeing an advertisement for the Sit and Slim trial.

“I was quite sceptical at first. I thought it was all

brain-washing. I came in and did the sessions in

the chair but I wasn’t paying full attention. Then

I noticed there were little triggers that made me

cry as I was listening. Something kick-started me.

I was in floods of tears. You are just taking in

things a little bit at a time and then you realise

you are beginning to see results. I also enjoy the

fact that it is a bit of me time. For a stressed mum,

it is time where I can just switch off and it helps

things go in.”

Wendy was particularly moved by a section of the

audio that talks about a branch in the road – you

can either choose one path, a fitter, healthier you,

or keep getting bigger over the years until you

lose all sense of self-worth and take up two seats

on an aeroplane.

“I thought at the end of the day, you can do

anything if you really put your mind to it,” she

said. “It motivated me to sort my life out.”

Wendy committed to doing 90 minutes a week

in the chair. “I suddenly saw the things that I had

let take over my life and how that affected the

people around me,” she said.

Now Wendy’s children, aged 18, 16, 13 and 11

cannot believe the change in their mum. She has

slimmed down to a size 14 and is brimming with

energy and enthusiasm. She even took all of her

children away on holiday to Tunisia by herself.

“I was absolutely chuffed,” she said. “I would

never have thought I could cope before. We hadn’t

been on holiday for years. They all absolutely

loved it. I came back with loads of confidence,

energy and a suntan, having spent quality time

with my kids. Before, I tended to push them away.

They love the new me. They’re really proud.”

The icing on the cake was being offered a job,

having previously been knocked back many times

at interviews.

“I have a different attitude now,” she said. “I’m

much more positive about life. I wake up early in

the morning. Before I would wake up and want to

crawl back under the bedclothes. I’ve got loads of

energy, I’m up late at night. I can walk miles with

the dogs.” Wendy also feels her experience at

Miruji has helped her protect her daughter from

knocks in life: “I felt worthless and I never want

her to feel like that. Miruji has taught me that you

have to learn to like the person you are.”

“MIRUJI HAS HELPED ME

LOSE 3 STONE AND FEEL

BETTER IN EVERY WAY”

ANN, 69, has lost three stone, ditched her

painkillers and “got her life in order” since

beginning therapy at Miruji.

The former fraud investigator from Shrewsbury,

was forced to retire with agonising back pain and

said she was taking eight strong painkillers just to

get through each day.

She began using the Miruji chair and has not

looked back. “I noticed the benefit right away,” she

said. “I’ve had a terribly bad back for most of my

life. I’ve tried massage and various other interventions

but the pain still prevailed.”

She said that the Miruji winning formula of

massage and powerful, motivational messages

succeeded where all else had failed.

“I think it is the deep massage which really does

relax the muscles and takes away stress; but it is

also the audio, which is an impartial voice that

reaffirms what you can do for yourself and gives

you that extra bit of a push to keep going and reap

the benefits,” she added.

Ann said she lost three stones “very quickly”, taking

herself in hand after the audio encouraged her

to “get her life in order”.

“I have done just that,” she said. “I have sorted my

paperwork, cleaned out wardrobes and cupboards

and done the garden. Every aspect of my life has

changed. I am fortunate to have married a very

tolerant man who put up with my pain but he is so

much happier now that we can do things together.

“We’re going out and enjoying life more. We’ve

been on holiday to Spain and France and we go to

exhibitions and events in Quarry Park. I do still

take some painkillers but I am in no way dependent

on them as I used to be. I know Miruji may

not be the ultimate solution to my back pain but it

is very, very effective and extremely helpful.

“I am hooked for life. I am convinced that it

should be offered on the NHS as an alternative

to medical interventions, surgery and group

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“MBT IS REVOLUTIONARY” DR SALTER

“EVERYONE SAID IT WOULDN’T

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“MIRUJI GIVES ME A

SENSE OF PEACE”

GAIL from south Shropshire was spending

more and more time away from work because

of stress and anxiety. She said: “I had been off

sick for what seemed like ages. I simply wasn’t

functioning and I just felt that I could not get

myself together.

“When a friend recommended Miruji I was really

sceptical. Professional medicine had not made

any difference so how could sitting in a chair

help?

“I knew my friend was trying to help so I thought

I would try it and I haven’t looked back since.

“The whole experience has left me feeling so

much better. Sitting on the Miruji beach just

lifted my spirits especially when it was so cold and

miserable outside. I went home feeling so much

more relaxed – all my friends commented on the

change in me generally and even my partner

noticed the difference.

SUSAN Childs thought Miruji sounded ‘too good

to be true’ until she tried it for herself – and lost

two stone.

“I was curious about it and thought I’d give it a try,”

she said.

That was 12 months ago. Now she is singing Miruji’s

praises from the rooftops.

“Everyone I talk to said it couldn’t possibly work,

but I don’t think they fully understand it.”

She has proved them wrong, by losing two stone,

going from 14st 4lb to 12st 4lb and dropping several

dress sizes.

“I’ve tried to lose weight before. I used to be a binge

eater. I’d eat when I didn’t need to. If there were

ever sweets in the house I would always go and eat

them.”

Susan, from Shrewsbury, had her doubts about

Miruji, initially, and it took three or four sessions

before she understood that it could work for her.

“You have to be ready to make that commitment

to go regularly,” she said. “I never in a million years

thought I could do this. It’s absolutely brilliant. I’m

pulling jeans out from my wardrobe that I haven’t

been anywhere near for four years. I used to hide it

all under the baggiest of tops. I am so much more

confident, my husband is really, really impressed

with me.”

Susan eats smaller meals, but nothing in between

and she still has a pudding every day.

“I still eat quite a lot really but it’s only what I need

and it works for me. I’ve also joined a walking

group. I’m really only going to Miruji for maintenance

now, as I’ve got to where I want to be.

“Sometimes I sit in the chair and think about other

things and I get to the end of the session and think,

well, I didn’t really listen but I think your subconscious

takes in the messages from the audio the

whole time you are sitting there. All I can say is

that it works for me.”

“I HAVEN’T FELT THIS GOOD

IN THE LAST 10 YEARS”

CAROL has been off work for three years due

to health issues. She suffers from depression,

anxiety, and fibromyalgia.

Over the last 12 weeks she has started to feel

good about herself.

Her quality of sleep has improved and it’s

helping to reduce pain. Carol has changed her

behaviour around food and walks more, she

feels less stressed, more relaxed and has more

energy.

Carol says: “I haven’t felt this good in the last 10

years. I feel more confident and positive about

myself.

“Before I started the programme most days

were black days, now I feel great most days. I

have tried all sorts of diets and slimming clubs

but I still craved chocolate and crisps, now I

don’t have any cravings at all. It’s amazing. It

should be available on the NHS. Carol has lost

12lb in the last 12 weeks and is on target to lose

four stone this year.”

“That night I slept better and generally had a

better outlook. I found myself in such a good

frame of mind and that has impacted on all

aspects of my life.

“After the first visit I just felt so much more

positive, I was in a great mood and I am so much

happier now.

“I would definitely go and have regular sessions

– what a wonderful way to have some me time,

relax and make myself feel better?”

“WHENEVER I GET OUT OF

HERE I FEEL AS THOUGH I

COULD RUN UP A HILL”

“I find it so revitalising,” says 81-year-old Cynthia

Davies, from Shrewsbury.

She began coming to Miruji after seeing an advert

in the newspaper, hoping it might give her

some relief from arthritis. The pain in her hip and

back has lessened but, she says, it is the feeling of

overall wellbeing that is most remarkable:

“It’s lifted my whole outlook,” she said. “I was

a bit despondent and gloomy over the winter. I

didn’t feel like doing much. I was lifeless, really.

“This has put a bit of energy in me. I generally

feel so much better. I’m trying to lose a bit of

weight too and I’ve already managed to drop a

couple of pounds in just over a month.”

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“I’VE GIVEN MY

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AT the age of 86, Geoff Unitt thought he

was stuck with his mobility scooter for the

rest of his life.

But since finding his way into a Miruji chair and

losing two stone in eight months, he has recovered

his mobility and has found he can get by

without it.

He even managed a holiday on the Isle of Wight

where he was able to enjoy a mile-long ramble

along Sandown beach to the zoo.

He said: “I signed up for 12 months finishing in

April this year. I can move around a little bit more

now, going up and down to the shops and that,

using a stick. I did have a mobility scooter but I

found I didn’t need it any more so I gave it to my

son who is crippled with arthritis.

“After losing the weight, I can also tie my own

shoe laces again for the first time in years.”

Geoff has a damaged leg and a knee replacement

so finds it difficult to do regular exercise but, he

says, the Miruji audios have rewired his thinking,

changing the way he behaves around food.

“I’ve been using the chairs for 45 minutes once a

week,” he explained.

“The massage is good and the hypnotherapy puts

you off your food. I don’t eat anywhere near the

amount I used to. I’ve been through all the hypnotherapy

audio programmes several times.”

Since finishing in the chair, Geoff has had a fall

and was immobilised for 14 weeks but is delighted

that he managed to keep the weight

off. “I couldn’t do anything except sit in a chair,”

he said. “But still I didn’t want to eat like I used

to. It is as though the hypnotherapy has reprogrammed

my brain.”

NHS MANAGER SAYS: ”I FEEL SO MUCH

BETTER, MORE RELAXED & POSITIVE”

NHS MANAGER Sonia began coming to Miruji,

attracted by the idea of having some time to

herself, for relaxation and with a view to losing

some weight.

She has a very busy job, with competing demands

upon her time and is mum to an eight-year-old

daughter.

“What was remarkable was not so much the

weight-loss, although I did lose half a stone,”

she said, “but it was what I would call the ‘wellness

factor’. I felt so much better – more centred,

relaxed and positive. There was a whole range

of benefits to it that I hadn’t considered when I

started out.”

Sonia, 44, from Shrewsbury, says it was when she

couldn’t go for three weeks that she realised what

MBT was doing for her.

“It was only then that I fully appreciated all the

benefits,” she said. “It leaves me feeling so much

“I’VE DITCHED MY STICKS

& GOT MY SPARKLE BACK”

CHRONIC, widespread pain and fatigue had

ruined Julia Collett’s life and left her facing a

bleak, joyless future.

Fibromyalgia and flu-like symptoms of ME kept

her from holding down a job, or enjoying her

children for nearly 13 years.

“I got to the stage where I really couldn’t do

anything,” she said. “I thought, is this really it

for the rest of my life? The thought was unbearable.”

She discovered the Miruji chair in January and

she has been able to abandon her walking sticks

and can climb stairs again for the first time in

years.

Former ICT teacher Julia, 56, from Telford,

has lost almost a stone so far and her BMI has

dropped from 48 to 42.8.

“I’m absolutely flabbergasted,” she said. “They

would have to lock me up to stop me coming

now.

“I’m so upbeat. I’ve got my sparkle back. People

ask me, how are you like this now? I was like a

little old lady before. Now I can practically run up

and down the stairs. I have so much more energy.

I exercise with dumbbells at home and do Wii Fit

step aerobics.

“I can do more now than I have been able to do

for years. I’m such a convert. The transformation

in me is amazing. I was on anti-depressants

calmer. I used to wake up a lot through the night.

Now I’m sleeping so much deeper and I wake up

refreshed and revitalised.

“My job is very hectic and it is hard to balance

work and home life. I go to lots of meetings and

travel a lot. There’s quite a bit of day-to-day stress.

“My husband has noticed that since going to

Miruji I’m a bit less snappy, more reasonable and

content in myself.

“I would say that above all, I have gained a sense

of peace. I think it is having that little bit of me

time, twice a week. You sit in that chair, relaxing

and listening to the audio knowing it is doing

weird and wonderful things for you.”

She has also changed her eating habits and

ditched diet sodas. “It teaches you look after

yourself and your body. It restores your selfrespect.

I definitely believe it should be available

on the NHS, but that’s just my view. I wish I had a

chair in my office.”

morning and night, now I’ve cut right down to

one in the morning.

“The massage is lovely but I think the important

thing is the way the audio filters into your subconscious.

The voice takes you deeper and deeper;

you are so relaxed it’s going straight in.”

Now Julia is hoping to return to the Greek islands,

where she enjoyed a honeymoon with

husband Clive, for a sailing holiday.

“My outlook is so positive now,” she said. “My

confidence has soared. Six months ago I was just

a shadow. I wouldn’t say boo to a goose. Now I

won’t be walked over. I answer back.

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YOUR

LETTERS

Concerns

raised

over

church

state

Mr A. Hayward

writes with

concerns

over Prioslee

cemetery.

I recently had cause to call

at the Priorslee Church, as

I was married there in 1960

and my first wife is buried

there. I was appalled at the

state of it, and after some

searching found the people

responsible for it. After several

attempts I found a councillor

who passed me on

to the church warden from

whom I have yet to receive

a reply.

I would have thought with

all the new houses and business

that have appeared

over the recent years, there

would be no need for it to be

in that uncared for state, and

it would look even worse if it

wasn’t for efforts of individuals

caring for their own.

I understand others have

complained but nothing appears

to be done to improve

things, perhaps this may

start if off.

Ron Munt visited our offices

a couple of months

ago and gave us evidence

of the tragic accident when

two US aircraft crashed over

Lawley Bank in 1944. It was

a touching and informative

piece. Ron writes again.

The Lawley Bank and

Friends War Memorial

Group would like to express

our thanks for the excellent

coverage your newspaper

gave to the work of

our group.

The coverage resulted in

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Trip abroad beckons for Ken

BACK AT Cosford I

received orders to

proceed to Buckenberg

in Germany

to join the Regional Band

attached to BAFO (British Air

Force of Occupation).

Knowing that I would

have to get on the troop ship

in Harwich and cross the

dreaded North Sea to the

Hook of Holland, I went to

the Medical Officer and told

him about my sea sickness.

He gave me a letter to pin

on my uniform allowing me

to stay in my bunk until the

anchor dropped.

On my very first crossing

the Orderly Warrant Officer

came round in the morning

shouting every body out, but

of course I lay in my bunk.

He was soon at my side,

face flushed with anger. I

pointed to the letter pinned

on my tunic, when he read

it he exploded saying: “And

they called you Nelson!

Trade musician – that’s not

a trade you’ve got, it’s a

disease!”

After that comical episode

the rest of the trip was lovely.

The Dutch people gave

us a great breakfast then

we boarded the troop train

for Germany. The journey

through Holland was very

clean and pretty. There was

a marked difference when

we went over the border into

Germany, though at this time

there were no children begging

for food, but it still had

the scars of war but not as

bad as the last time I was

there.

My next shock was meeting

the bandmaster, none

other than the veritable Lambourne

but now promoted

to flight-lieutenant. Luckily

there was a band flight

sergeant called Ted Walford

between us, and I knew Ted

from earlier days and we got

on well.

Obviously Ted being my

senior and also a better classical

and military band clarinet

player, he took the solo

chair and I was joint solo.

Lambourne would never

have considered me as the

solo. Ted was a keen sportsman

and formed the band

football and cricket teams,

which I excelled at. I played

in goal and we always lost

by double scores because

most musicians are useless

at sport. However the station

sports officer asked me to

Thank you from Ron

quite a few people contacting

us to say they supported

the work of the Group including

some who have lost

relatives in the wars.

The memorial bench we

installed is well used and is

an asset for the Lawley Bank

area. We have had many

requests for copies of the

Wrekin News.

Our Group is non-political

although we have three

proud members of the local

Labour party in our group,

politics in never discussed

Ken Nelson continues his story of

his early life, he is stationed at RAF

Cosford but a trip abroad beckons.

in meetings.

The man who formed

the group, Ivor Jones, is

well-known for raising funds

for good causes over many

years and this Group is an

extension of his good work.

We received only one

criticism but we won’t dwell

on that because as is usual

the critic did not reveal his

name.

Again thank you to

Wrekin News, may your excellent

newspaper continue

to flourish.

play for the RAF team against

the army at Hanover.

I said: “What about all

those goals I let in?” but he

said there would have been

many more but for me. On

the day of the match I had

quite a shock to see George

Younger, the Scotland and

Glasgow Rangers player in

the opposite goal. We lost 1-0

but due to the heavy leather

ball and having to take dead

ball goal-kicks, the medical

officer told me to stop playing

due to getting fluid on

the knee.

The band work in Germany

was very different to

the work in the UK. We did

no civilian work and very little

dance band work but we

were doing plenty of NATO

work. It was interesting to

play so many different national

anthems for the top

officers from other countries.

We were once on an airfield

waiting for General Norsted,

a Norwegian who was

currently in charge of the

NATO forces when a Vampire

twin fuselage jet crash

landed and came to rest

about twenty yards in front of

the band. The pilot jumped

out of the cockpit and ran for

dear life. Luckily the aircraft

didn’t explode and the band

just carried on playing as

normal!

The other thing we did

every week was go to

Hamburg to broadcast for

BFM. The announcer was

Cliff Michelmore. We would

mostly do the recording the

day before the broadcast

day as the actual broadcast

went out early mornings.

Sometimes we would be lying

in bed and Cliff would

say: “The RAF Bandsmen

have just arrived brushing

the snow off their uniforms!”

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EVACUATION: ERNIE’S LIFE WOULD

NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN

ON THURSDAY 31

August 1939 I was

living at home in

Highams Park,

a small place sandwiched

between Chingford and

Walthamstow in East London.

On Friday 1 September

I was evacuated with my

school to a lovely little village

named Hartington in

Bedfordshire.

On Sunday 3 September

our country and France

declared war on Germany

because of the German invasion

of Poland and the Second

World War had begun!

Life would never be the

same again.

I was just 15 years of age

and starting my last year

at school. The school had

been split into two or three

parts and the part at Harlington

was accompanied

by three teachers and we

took over the old church hall

which, I feel, had not been

used for some time.

However, it served its

purpose well but the three

teachers could not cover all

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We have received a letter from Ernie Dady

about his life in the war years in Telford. Ernie

has written the letter in beautiful copper script

and it starts with his family having to leave

London to escape the bombing because of his

father’s job at working in Woolwich Arsenal.

Here are Ernie’s words and because of the

length of his letter, it will probably run into two

or three issues.

subjects and some received

scant attention if not completely

dropped from the syllabus.

We the pupils didn’t

mind that but it meant the

end of school exams were

considerably curtailed and

did not have the same importance

as before the war.

I had a very happy year at

Harlington. I was fostered by

a farm labourer and his wife

who had a son John aged

six. I spent quite a lot of time

helping on the farm, feeding

pigs and chickens, sowing

potatoes, learning to drive a

horse and cart, helping with

the harvest and thoroughly

enjoying country life.

As far as Britain was concerned

the war didn’t really

start until May 1940 when

the Germans invaded Holland,

Belgium and Luxemburg.

The invasion was so

swift that the three countries

were occupied in a matter

of days. It was then the turn

of France to be invaded

and the British army was

trapped in northern France

and made the famous and

incredible escape through

Dunkirk back to England.

They had of course to leave

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mother’s uncle John

Peggy Wilson of Stourbridge writes

about George Evans’ piece in the last

issue.

I read with much interest George

Evans’ piece on Wellington’s event to

mark the centenary of the Great War. I

was given a copy of the Wrekin News by

my mother who keeps it for me to read

as I now live in Stourbridge in the West

Midlands.

My mother’s uncle, John Wesley Lloyd

is commemorated on the Lych Gate War

memorial in Wellington. He served in the

10th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment

and was killed in action on June 6 1917.

all their equipment and Britain

was at an all-time low.

Germany went on to occupy

France by the end of

June 1940 and Hitler turned

his attention to Britain with

the intention of invading before

the winter!

I left school in July 1940

and stayed on in Harlington

to help with the harvest,

returning home to London

on August 10. Two weeks

later Germany launched an

air attack on southern England

and the Battle of Britain

started.

At first air raids were concentrated

on air fields and

coastal targets but they soon

changed their tactics and

started to bomb London.

My father worked at the

Woolwich Arsenal which was

heavily bombed on September

7 1940 with severe damage

to the Arsenal which

was virtually destroyed. My

father survived but many

employees were killed or

badly injured.

Towards the end of September

he was posted to

Donnington in Shropshire

with many other ex-Arsenal

employees. It was certainly

a journey into the unknown!

As Shropshire had just

been a place on the map

to us and Donnington completely

unheard of, they

arrived as strangers in a

strange land.

Donnington had been

chosen as a site for a new

Ordnance Depot and had

not been long open for business.

In fact building was still

in its early stages with only

three store sheds and two

clerical buildings completed.

The local inhabitants of

Wellington, Hadley and Oagengates

and St George’s

had been asked if they would

be willing to help accommodate

the influx of Londoners.

Many brave people, for they

too were taking on the unknown,

volunteered to take

on lodgers on a temporary

basis. My father was billeted

with a Mr and Mrs Phipps, a

middle-aged couple living at

76 King Street, Wellington.

My mother and I stayed

on in London until we could

find somewhere to store our

furniture and await the call to

move to Shropshire to re-join

my father.

We moved to Wellington

at the beginning of November,

having slept every night

since September in the Anderson

Air Raid Shelter at

the bottom of our garden.

With the coming of winter

it was becoming increasingly

cold and wet in that homemade

construction. We were

quite relieved to leave these

conditions but felt very sorry

for those having to stay on

in London. But it was with

mixed feelings that we left for

we were left with the feeling

that we were walking out on

our friends and neighbours.

Part of me wanted to stay

and see it through, no matter

what was in store for the

population of London who

were showing they had an

unconquerable spirit.

It was not to be and we

arrived at Wellington Railway

Station to be greeted by my

father in the pouring rain. It

actually rained every day for

the next three weeks. Welcome

to Shropshire!

Next month Ernie gets

used to life in Wellington,

discovers the Wrekin and

thoughts turn to earning a

living.

He is buried in Souvenir Cemetery, Longeunese,

St Omer. His parents Thomas

Wesley and Mary Elizabeth Blanche

Lloyd lived in King Street, Wellington.

My sister and I will be attending with

our mother, Mrs Kathleen Swindle who

will be 91 in August when the rededication

of the brass plaques takes place. We

are hoping to join at the Peace Garden

where we also have planted a small

shrub for our father who passed away

in 2012 and who was a veteran of North

Africa and the Normandy Landings.

We are all looking forward very much

to the day.


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Not only that but within

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cottages; two being let as

long term lets and one as a

holiday cottage. They also

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homes and also three double

bedrooms, all en-suite.

Quite a change round for

anyone who hasn’t visited in

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work was done!

The large dining room

has a massive inglenook

fireplace as a feature and

seats around 56 covers.

There is also room in the bar

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seating outside which on the

night of my visit was very

popular.

John Duncan is the manager

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He has brought a high degree

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menu, wonderful ambience

and friendly staff.

On to the food and a

choice of starter was narrowed

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I had the delicious crab and

chilli fishcake with sweet

chilli jam and crème fraiche.

Lynne had the chicken and

wild mushroom pate with

onion chutney and toasted

ciabatta, both delicious. I

forgot to mention that we

had a complimentary bowl

of home-made parsnip

crisps on entry – a nice

touch.

The other starters were

soup of the day, lime and dill

potted prawns with granary

bread, poached pear, walnut

and Shropshire Blue salad

or pan fried scallops with

crispy pancetta, asparagus

and orange glaze.

At this stage the diner

has the option of opting

for a choice of six lighter

dishes in preference to the

main course and reasonably

priced but we forged

ahead with the main course

and pan fried corn fed

chicken breast with mozzarella

cheese and garlic filling,

supported by delicious

chorizo, crushed new potatoes,

green beans and red

wine jus.

The eight ounce Shropshire

Sirloin Steak served

with tomato, sautéed onion

and mushroom with hand

cut chips was done to the

liking and went down very

well with the pepper sauce.

The other options were

Roasted Lamb Rump with

minted new potatoes, The

Huntsman Burger, Roast

Vegetable and Five Bean

Chilli, Gammon and Double

Egg and Chips, Roasted

Red Pepper Goat’s Cheese

Risotto, Grilled Hake Fillet

with Shellfish Risotto, Pan

Fried Duck Breast, or Pork

Three Ways (Belly Pork,

Sausage and Pork Medallion),

or finally, ham served

cold with egg and chips.

For dessert a Lemon Posset

with sugar wafers and for

me the Warm Belgian Waffle

with vanilla ice cream – an

unusual mixture but absolutely

superb if you have

room for it.

Other options would have

been the Vanilla and Honey

Panacotta, Chocolate Fudge

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or Cheese and Biscuits.

As you can see from the

menu, there is something

there for every taste and

our table host told us that

the menu changes subtlety

daily. Prices for the various

courses range from a fiver

upwards for the starter and

for the mains once again

they average from £9 to up

to £17.50 for a Sirloin Steak.

Desserts are around the £6

mark.

What a delight for locals

to have the Huntsman back

on the itinerary for a special

night out. Well done to the

whole team at the Huntsman

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dining experience once

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NEWS AND VIEWS — AUGUST 2014

INDEPENDENT TRADER OF THE YEAR 2014

July saw the launch

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Independent Trader of

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ended at midnight

on Tuesday 15th July.

The nominees were as

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Meats Direct, Chelsea

Flowers and Gifts, Hair

Art, Coffee Den, JC

Design, Vintage Geek, The Camera Shop, Karen Boulton Opticians,

David Lloyd Jewellers, Baker’s Schoolwear, Allums Jewellers, Tin

House Restaurant and Shelly’s Florists

1st place, with the most votes received, was Ken Francis’s

Butchers. 2nd Place was Spiceland restaurant and 3rd place was

Hills Butchers

The local winner will now go forward to the National

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Wellington Town Council would like to take this opportunity to

thank everyone who entered the competition and for the voters

without them, this competition would of been impossible to run.

WELLINGTON’S 18TH ANNUAL LITERARY

FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE

3RD –25TH OCTOBER 2014.

Wellington Town Council, through its Literary

Festival Committee, is delighted to bring to you

another 3 week programme of events for October.

This year sees the poet laureate Carol Ann

Duffy appearing on Saturday 11th October. The

celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday sees a

trio bring his work to life with his best sonnets and

speeches on Friday 17th .

Welsh poet Dylan Thomas is the subject of the ‘big

read’ and his work is also celebrated by a dramatic

performance by Colin Pinney on Thursday 23rd.

Whether you’re a keen reader, budding poet or

novelist, come along and pick up a brochure from

Wellington Town Council for a full breakdown of the

three week festival.

NEW MAJOR AND

DEPUTY

In May, the Town Council appointed

a new Mayor and a new

Deputy Mayor. Cllr Karen Tomlinson

is the new Town Mayor with Cllr Phil

Morris-Jones serving as her Deputy

As ever, the Council are grateful

for the commitment shown by each

Councillor.

COMMEMORATION OF

THE COMMENCEMENT

OF WORLD WAR 1

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

10.00am Welcome

by the Mayor of

Wellington – Peace

Garden

10.00am –

10.45am Multicultural

prayers /

poems of peace

– Peace Garden,

outside Wellington Leisure Centre

10.30am Workshop for children to

make Wooden Crosses – All Saints

Church

11.00am Service held at the Lych

Gate at All Saints Church.

11.50am Walk around Wellington’s

War memorials

Please pick up a programme for

full details, available from Wellington

Town Council.

WELLINGTON TOWN COUNCIL

Arleston Ward:- Cllr Angela McClements Cllr Joan Gorse Cllr Ralph Perkins

College Ward:- Cllr Pat McCarthy Cllr Graham Riley Cllr Lee Carter

Dothill Ward:- Cllr Chris Lewis Cllr Karen Tomlinson Cllr Denis Allen

Ercall Ward:- Cllr Roger Aveley Cllr Miles Hosken Cllr Dorothy Roberts

Haygate Ward:- Cllr Frank Burns Cllr Graham Cook Cllr Robert Sloan

Park Ward:- Cllr Chris Brittain Cllr Adrian Forster Cllr Phil Morris- Jones

Shawbirch Ward:- Cllr Stephen DeLauney Cllr Pat Fairclough Cllr Barry Tillotson

Mayor of Wellington :- Cllr Karen Tomlinson Deputy Town Clerk: Andrew Roberts

Officers:- Town Clerk Howard Perkins Assistant to the Town Clerk Caroline Mulvihill

Street Wardens:- Mick Talbot Bernard Greatbatch Leslie Morris

Wellington Town Council. Civic Offices, Larkin Way, Wellington TF1 1LX

Tel: 01952 567696 · Email: wellingtontowncouncil@telford.gov.uk

Website: www.wellington-shropshire.gov.uk · Wellington portal link: www.wellington-shropshire.co.uk


Our editor, Dave Gregory

visits a young rugby

player who’s certainly

going places in order to

achieve his dream

Chance

of a

lifetime

A young man from Newport has been

offered the chance of a lifetime to

become a professional sportsman.

Fourteen year old Charlie Gamble has

been playing rugby since he was six

years old and thinks of nothing else.

St Helens Rugby League Club spotted

Charlie playing for Burton Borough School

in the Carnegie Cup and offered him a trial.

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CHARLIE HAS

grasped the opportunity

and after

making the twice

weekly trips to St Helens has

landed a Scholarship with

the famous rugby league

club.

“We’re overjoyed,” said a

very proud mum, Maxine.

“Charlie is the youngest of

five and he loves nothing

better than being on a rugby

pitch. He has always played

for his local team, Newport

Rugby Club but that is rugby

union, St Helens play the

rugby league format.

“He’s won the scholarship

despite fierce competition

for places. More than

150 boys were trying their

best to get accepted and

More than 150 boys were

trying their best to get accepted

and Charlie, who plays on

the wing, came through –

we couldn’t be prouder!

Charlie, who plays on the

wing, came through – we

couldn’t be prouder!”

But behind this tale of

success is a deeply concerning

parallel story of

Charlie’s dad, Mark, who

was diagnosed with cancer

whilst all this was going on.

“Yes,” continued Maxine.

“On the one side we

driving to St Helens twice a

week and Mark was making

> Charlie was offered the trial while

playing for Burton Borough School.

regular hospital visits having

treatment for his cancer.

“Mark was determined

that his illness wasn’t going

to stand in the way of

Charlie’s dream; he even redecorated

his bedroom as a

statement to his son.”

The good news is that

Charlie has won his scholarship

and Mark, although it

is very early days, is showing

signs of beating cancer.

Charlie and Mark have

bonded through their experiences

and Maxine couldn’t

be happier.

“We’re so happy for

Charlie,” she told me. “He’s

a lovely boy and being a

winger he has to be fast. He

has run 100 metres in 11.75

seconds and a friend managed

to get a message to

the great Kiwi ruby international,

Jonah Lumo. The big

man talks and encourages

Charlie through social media

and that is a great inspiration

for him.

The future looks bright for

young Charlie but he now

has to travel to St Helens

four times a week and will

play competitive matches

on the elite ground Langtree

Park. It is a long journey but

he has the opportunity and

he will be doing his very best

to make it as a professional

in a few years time.

> 14 year old Charlie Gamble and proud mum Maxine.

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Now, George is enjoying

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FRANK DAVIES, THE

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FRANK Davies is a local

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Whenever Frank goes out

on a job he brings something

unique. His over 30

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knowledge.

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As well as working for local

families, Frank is equally

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commercial concerns, too.

Such recent work included

helping HW Price by laying

500m of turf. He also

has considerable experience

with installing ponds.

He recently installed a pond

in Wellington’s Herbert Avenue.

If you want a job quoted

for, Frank will provide you

with a free estimate and also

likes to help out pensioners

by giving them a special discount.

Why? Because that’s

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LIONS DAY ON

WHEELS - A FIRM

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Where would you find a tank,

a boat, a fire engine and

a vintage tractor together?

They were all at Telford Lions

Day on Wheels, recently.

Classic vehicles of all

types, covering 90 years of

motoring, were displayed

by their owners, some in

original condition and some

customised. Old police and

AA vehicles brought back

memories.

Local dealers brought the

latest models, too.

Kids were taken with the

chance to mingle with police,

fire, ambulance, and refuse

vehicles. They also enjoyed

the circus skills workshop

and the funfair.

There were arena events

all day and stalls to browse,

community groups offered

information on a range of

topics.

Lion President Steve

Beech said “The event’s aim

> Melvin the Lion

tries Zumba dancing.

> Lion President Steve Beech presents a certificate to the

Mayor.

> Picnic in style.

is to create a fun day for Wellington

people, while raising

vital funds for local charities,

with a growing number of

voluntary groups using the

day to promote themselves

and their causes. £6,000 was

raised, which will be of great

benefit to many worthwhile

causes.”

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Back to school -

think about your

child’s eyes

WITH THOUGHTS

turning to ‘Back

to School’ it’s

the perfect time

to think about children’s eye

health, says Think About

Your Eyes Optician, Andy

Hepworth.

Whilst the latest bag and

uniform are part of the ‘Back

to School’ routine, Andy says

parents should incorporate

regular eye tests.

“Routine eye tests are

about more than checking

sight,” says Andy. “Sadly,

one in three parents don’t

have their children’s eyes examined.”

“Eye tests can offer vital

early warnings of problems,

which, if undetected, can

have serious consequences,

and are vital in identifying

damage caused by UV rays.”

UV damage to young eyes

is part of this years’ Think

About Your Eyes campaign.

Andy is one of hundreds of

independent opticians (Like

Wellington’s Blink) backing

it.

“Children are vulnerable

to UV light because their pupils

are larger than adults,

they spend more time outdoors,

especially during the

Smiley Faces hit ten

In September 2004 Joy

Francis and her dedicated

team of childcare leaders

and practitioners opened the

doors of Smiley Faces Day

Nursery Ltd to children aged

three months to five years.

A purpose-built neighbourhood

nursery, set within its

own grounds on the outskirts

of Wellington, Smiley

Faces has, for the past 10

holidays, their lenses are

clearer, so less effective as

natural filters.

“We’re good at putting

sunscreen on, 93% of parents

of under-16s told us

they’d insist their child wore

SPF. But only 60% of parents

insist they wear sunglasses

to protect their eyes.

“What many don’t realise

is, unless sunglasses

and prescription lenses with

effective UV protection are

worn, the surface of the eye

can suffer sunburn, with cataracts

and even blindness

possible.

“By getting children’s

eyes tested damage can

be identified early. Find

your local optician and tips

and advice at www.thinkaboutyoureyes.co.uk”.

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years, striven to “impart high

quality childcare which enhances

a learning adventure

from birth to school and beyond.”

“We’re very proud of what

we’ve achieved” says Joy.

“We know quality childcare

and development is a priority

to parents. We pride

ourselves on providing a

safe, nurturing environment

Blink Opticians

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Ask in store for details.

01952 223144

where children can grow and

learn”.

Donna Bessant, childcare

and business manager added:

“Our success is knowing

we’ve helped develop

unique, confident little people

who enjoy learning and

are ready for the next adventure

in their lives. We’ve

only been able to achieve

this with the commitment,

hard work and abilities of

our talented childcare practitioners.”

To celebrate 10 years of

caring for and developing

children, Smiley Faces Day

Nursery is hosting an Alice in

Wonderland garden party in

September.

Invitations are extended

to current and past children

and their families.

For more information

please contact Smiley Faces.

FREE

glasses

Opening hours:

Monday- Friday 9am- 1pm & 2pm- 5.30pm · Saturday 9am - 12 noon · Sunday - Closed

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Looking after vision

Children’s vision continues

to develop until around the

age of eight and during

these early years, it’s vital

to ensure it is progressing

normally.

It cost nothing to be reassured

about the health of

your children’s eyes, as examinations

are free up to

the age of 18 if in full time

education and help is given

toward the cost of any spectacles

that are required.

Signs to look out for include:

Frequent eye-rubbing,

poor co-ordination,

holding books very close

and poor handwriting.

Karen J. Boulton offers a

wide selection of children’s

frames and the practice and

staff are very experienced in

children’s eyecare. So why

Karen J Boulton Opticians

Offering a wide range of optician services to patients

suffering from vision problems

Free eye examinations

up to the age of 18 and in full time education!

Help available towards the cost

of any required spectacles

not book a free appointment

to have your child’s vision

tested soon? To find out

more call Karen J. Boulton

on 01952 249500.

Wide range of children’s frames available in the practice.

Experienced staff in children’s eye care.

35 New Street, Wellington, Telford, TF1 1LU

Tel: 01952 249500

Email: opticianstelford@hotmail.co.uk · www.opticianstelford.com

Smiley

Faces

DAY NURSERY

“We pride ourselves

on providing a safe

and nurturing

environment

in which our

children can

grow and

learn”.

To celebrate 10 wonderful years of caring for and developing children...

Smiley Faces Day Nursery is hosting an

Alice in Wonderland garden party on Saturday 27th September 2014

between 11.00am - 4.00pm.

Invitations are extended to current and past children and their families. It would, also, be great to see any previous

members of staff. For more information or to confirm your attendance please contact Donna on the details below...

Smiley Faces Day Nursery, Limekiln Lane, Wellington, Telford, TF1 2JA

Tel: 01952 250438 Email: smileyfacesltd@aol.com

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RESTAURANT AND PUB REVIEW

✬✬✬✬✬ The White Hart ✬✬✬✬✬

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THE WHITE HART

- AMBIENCE OF A

RIVERSIDE EATERY

This month we have been asked to review two

local restaurants with the first one being the

White Hart in Ironbridge.

Editor Dave

Gregory

SITUATED ON the

Wharfage the

well-established

restaurant offers

the ambience of a riverside

eatery. I first visited some

twenty years ago for a family

celebration but the pub/

restaurant has gone through

a recent refurbishment and

is very spacious.

It also offers five en-suite

bedrooms so, as you would

expect from an Ironbridge

restaurant, especially on a

very warm evening, the restaurant

was quite busy.

Having said that, with

temperatures on the night

climbing above 80 degrees

Farenheight, many of the

drinkers and diners chose

to sit outside.

Gareth, the manager for

the day, told me they cater

for around 48 covers but

most nights run at around

a third of that figure. The

menu was a little limited but

Gareth was quick to point

out that it changes every two

days, allowing regulars the

opportunity of trying something

different.

They also have a Hart

Dining Club which allows

members to attend special

events and take advantage

of special offers, if you are

interested in signing up the

website is: www.whitehartironbridge.com

In common with most

bar/restaurants they have a

vibrant coffee bar which is

open daily and a Bistro that

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also opens every evening

from 6pm (Sundays 5pm).

To further expand its versatility

the White Hart also

offers private dining for special

events, catering for up to

40 guests.

At our table and all the

other tables were fresh tulips,

out of season, but a

lovely touch.

Gareth was at great pains

to explain that all courses

are cooked using fresh local

produce and cooked to

order to expect a wait of

around fifteen minutes for

the first course to arrive. It is

very nice when the manager

keeps his diners informed.

It arrived on time; a Spice

Plum Tomato and Chilly

Soup with Sour Cream and

Coriander for my wife whilst I

opted for the Heritage Tomato

and Goats Cheese Salad,

Toasted Pine Nuts and Basil.

Both were delicious, I preferred

to soup with the Chilli

offering a normal sedate tomato

soup an after taste that

was daringly different!

We could have gone for

the Crispy Pigs Cheek Terrine,

Pan Seared Scallops or

the Salmon Gravalax.

Seven choices on the

main courses with Wild

Mushroom and Baby Spinach

Risotto, Parmesan and

White Truffle Oil coming my

way and the Pan Seared

Bass, Crab Crushed Jersey

Royals, Samphire, Shelfish

Sauce going across the table

to the wife.

Not usually a Risotto fan

but in the interests of balance

I chose it. It was very

tasty with plenty to keep

you interested in the supplements

of the ingredients.

Lynne is a Sea Bass fan and

it certainly didn’t disappoint.

I must say the food was very

fresh and piping hot!

Slow Cooked Belly Pork,

Rib Eye Steak, Free Range

Chicken Breast, Roast Loin

of Cod or Roast Duck Breast

were other options but the

real delight was the choice

of ingredients and spices.

For instance the chicken

was served with a Dill and

Mussel Chowder and the

Belly Pork with Black Pudding,

Peas and Baby Onions.

On to the final course

and I went for the Passion

Fruit Chiboust with Coconut

Cake, Yoghurt Espuma. This

is a form of ice cream for

The White Hart

those who aren’t sure but it

had a real kick and complimented

the Risotto very well.

Similarly the Orange and

Almond Cake, Raspberry

Compote and Lemon Cream

was very light and a nice

way to finish the meal.

Couldn’t find room for the

Sticky Toffee Pudding or the

Citrus Panacotta but I think

the pudding is very personal

and should reflect the two

courses already devoured.

Diners can order one, two

10 Wharfage, Ironbridge, Telford

TF8 7AW

Tel: 01952 432901

Web: www.whitehartironbridge.com

or three courses and prices

are around £6 for the starters,

averaging around £15

for the mains and £6 for the

puddings.

I thoroughly enjoyed the

meal but a word of warning.

Parking in Ironbridge of

an evening is at a bit of a

premium. We sat down at

7.30pm and the car parks

were heaving. I suppose the

weather was drawing diners

and drinkers to the riverside

location like a magnet!


Lightening, Derek and the great

A scheme to offer 96% of the

borough superfast broadband

is a step nearer.

Telford and Wrekin Council’s

cabinet recently gave

the all clear for a £2m funding

request to be submitted

to national body BDUK.

The rollout of superfast

orange theft

Derek Gambie has just got

over a day in the country

picking damsons, this month

he is involved in a ‘crime’.

ON A mild winter’s

afternoon in 1952,

I was loitering at

the Bush Corner

in Hadley with a few

mates when news arrived

that there was a shop down

‘The Trench’ that had a crate

full of oranges on display.

Although we did not have

the price of a single orange

between us, oranges were

almost as rare as a Mars

Bar, so we scurried off to

have a look.

Down under the Coalport

bridge, past Sankeys cricket

pitch and Castle View houses

to a short row of cottages

on our left that came right

up to the kerb. Sure enough

there was a whole crate full

of oranges displayed on the

kerb outside the tiny shop

shining brightly from amidst

the rather dull potatoes, cabbages

and swedes.

By now it was dark and

we found that one or two of

the older boys had decided

that I should be the next candidate

to attempt to pinch an

orange.

I was still in the fledgling

stage of my life being only

ten years old and yet to develop

my image of the teenage

thug in football boots

so was not best pleased

with this unilateral decision.

Perhaps they had already

detected the devil in me but

I can actually say that in all

honesty I was absolutely terrified

by the prospect of having

to pinch an orange but

to be dubbed a wimp for the

rest of my life was an even

more terrifying prospect so I

agreed with great reluctance

to have a go.

The area was cleared

and I raced up to the crate,

grabbed an orange and legged

it back to Hadley. The

prize was shared out and

consumed and we disappeared

into the inky darkness

of the night.

Next morning in the

school playground one of

Superfast broadband is

‘another step nearer’

The late Eddie Waring

knew all about the “Up

and Under” Rugby tactic,

but the company with the

expertise in the “up and

over” is Garage Doors Direct.

In fact, not only are they

experts in up and over, the

50/50, the side opening,

the electrically operated

or manual, Garage Doors

Direct know all there is to

the less likeable older boys

from Tommy Brothwood’s

class decided that he was

going to gather up all us orange

pinchers and report us

for punishment to the headmaster

and a total of about

a dozen (not counting all

those guilty of aiding a abetting)

were rounded up and

herded into a corner.

Just as the whistle

was about to be blown

by teacher Sid Owen, the

older schoolboy decided he

couldn’t be bothered and let

us all off. It was a frightening

moment probably for all of

us as in those days authority

was respected and none of

us wanted our collar felt by

PC McDonald.

I resolved immediately

never to break the law again.

Well . . . except from putting

broadband infrastructure

across the UK will see

speeds of over 24 megabits

a second to business and

residential premises.

Superfast broadband is

seen as a key driver for

enterprise and growth, offering

benefits for business

productivity via the development

of new, more efficient

business models.

The £2m funding allocation

must be match funded

with public sector money.

TWC has identified £1.4m

of this via a proactive approach

to budget management.

The total costs of delivery

is estimated at £200,000 so

the borough’s total contribution,

if successful, would be

£2.2m.

TWC will submit a bid

for the balance of funding

to the Marches Local Enterprise

Partnership, although

a decision isn’t expected for

several months.

If the bid fails, TWC could

ask for the amount it can

match fund or borrow the

rest. Cabinet is being asked

to approve that borrowing if

required.

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They offer most colours

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They offer a friendly visit

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stones on the railway line,

and yes, scrumping apples,

and setting fire to a telegraph

pole, shooting a girl in

the eye with an arrow (fortunately

a very blunt one that

left no permanent damage)

and, yes, throwing a golf ball

through Miss Morris’s closed

classroom, and . . .

For just a small village

there were a remarkable

number of businesses along

the High Street, in fact according

to the late Mrs Baldwin,

formerly of Mafeking

Road, there were 33 when

I was just a young jockey

growing up in Hadley.

I am always reminded

of Hadley whenever I see

an episode of Dad’s Army

showing the streets of

Warmington-on-Sea. We

didn’t have a bank in my

early years and we didn’t

Mystery

moth

A reader who lives in

Trench Lock, Telford,

wants to know if any

reader can identify

the moth that she

photographed on

her garden fence, recently.

Any readers who

can help, please email

editor@ppmedia.

co.uk or write to the

editor at the address

on page 2.

Garage door experts

Garage Doors Direct fit

replacement garage doors

to many privately let properties

in the area.

Incidentally don’t worry

if you have a damaged

panelled door of the type

where each slat is individual

and fully insulated.

If you’ve accidentally damage

a slat, Garage Doors

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have an undertakers shop.

Before anyone corrects me I

will accept that an undertaker

did in fact live in Hadley

for a while but his business

was located in Wellington.

We had a ladies’ outfitters

run by Miss Jennings and

a gentleman’s outfitters run

by Mr Kearton, plus a shoe

shop run by Mr Woodfin.

How a village could sustain

these businesses I will never

know but for many years it

> Derek Gambie

did. Likewise Quinns wool

shop would die a very quick

death today but in those

days with a lot of women at

home raising children, there

were lots of savings to be

made producing your own

pullovers and cardigans.

That’s a taster of the

shops in Hadley back in the

day, in our next issue Derek

gives more information on

the metropolis that was Hadley!

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Care &

Community

A

FIRE safety cam-

dents by Shropshire Fire

and Rescue Service to cut

injuries from accidental fires

that rise during the summer.

Firefighters and community

fire safety officers are

giving advice on fire prevention

at markets, shows,

carnivals and festivals.

“There’s a trend for an

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But it isn’t just house fires when you have friends and

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Throughout the campaign,

firefighters and fire

aTelford Family College of Arts and run

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The campaign will run until

the end of the month. It

was launched with the help

of TCAT catering students

who are lending their voice

to the campaign.

Safety is the key ingredient

to preventing fires, said

Sam, who praised the support

of students on TCAT’s

new catering course.

talking about fire safety.

They will be at Oswestry

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at Community Health

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TOP TELFORD and

Wrekin councillors

and civic

dignitaries will

attend a Community

Health Day at the Whitehouse

Hotel, Wellington,

Sunday 3 August.

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Borough mayor Councillor

Malcolm Smith

and mayoress Christine,

council leader Kuldip

Sahota and deputy leader

Councillor Richard

Overton will be at the

event, which runs from

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Annoying snoring?

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11am-6pm.

It is being staged by

the Telford Seventh Day

Adventist Church of Ketley

Brook. It’s free entry,

with hot and cold drinks

available.

Take advantage of

free health checks like

cholesterol, blood sugar,

blood pressure. Get advice

from doctors and

nurses and free healthy

giveaways, too.

Demonstrations include

healthy juicing,

first aid for kids and

adults.

Several organisations

will attend, including

Shropshire Islamic

Foundation, doctors and

nurses, British Heart

Foundation, Terrence

Higgins Trust and Diabetes

UK.

Councillor Sahota

said: “It’s an excellent

opportunity to have fun

and have some necessary

health checks free

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members of the community

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Life begins at

40 for Heather

Heather has celebrated

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starting a new business.

Some ideas come from

In one a year members. “It’s like a

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for breath to run-

Heather changed

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She saw a photo of

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lives life to the full

herself at a BBQ, and with running and spin

> Heather before and after

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her issues with food rewarding process.

and comfort eating. Heather’s starting

A turning point was

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JOANNE LOST

SEVEN STONE AND

GAINED A BABY!

Joanne dreamt about a

baby. After tests to see

why she wasn’t conceiving,

she was told to lose weight

She tried diets, losing a

few pounds, but regaining

them, plus more.

Joanne never felt unattractive,

her personality

shone through, her friends

and family focused on the

caring, considerate Joanne.

A violent relationship put

losing weight on hold. Verbal

abuse crashed her selfesteem.

After managing to leave

the relationship, she focused

on healing and looking

after herself. A new partner

encouraged a healthy

lifestyle, she lost five stones

and became pregnant, too!

Pregnancy weight hit

after Henry. She joined

Slimming World in 2013.

The group were welcoming.

Donna Shore, group

consultant, put her at ease,

explaining the plan.

She loves that nothing’s

‘banned’. She never went

to bed hungry. She loved

that simple meals could be

made or that she could cook

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Joanne says you can

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The online service for

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Joanne found members

asked how she’d made

recipes like syn free quiche.

She likes trying new recipes.

She runs 5km several

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She’s now confident and

will speak to people, not

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We are open

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Not so wild man Tom raises

money for Air Ambulance

BEFORE

Telford man Tom Milligan

had been growing his hair

and beard for 12 months

and was reportedly starting

to look like the Wild Man

of Borneo, so he decided

to get clean-shaven and

raise money for the Air Ambulance

as they’d rescued

him after his 2012 motorbike

accident.

This is where Madeley’s

Chop Shop came up trumps.

Tom walked in with his

facial fur, and Anna, the talented

stylist got to work and

created a fantastic total of

16 different styles, including

Seth from Emmerdale,

a Mexican, and Lemmy from

Motorhead, finishing with a

snazzy little Charlie Chaplin

before finally taking it all off

and leaving Tom clean-shaven

with a short back and

sides. All the pictures can be

seen at the Chop Shop.

“Her attention to detail

was incredible” said Tom.

He thought she’d just chop

away, but no, every style was

meticulously cut, styled and

trimmed. Tom has no hesitation

in recommending the

Chop shop to all his friends

and will be a returning customer

(unless he misses his

beard and starts to grow a

new one!) Note from Tom’s

mother: Noooooo, not another

beardy pet!

At the time of going to

press, just over £100 has

been raised. Anyone wanting

to donate to this worthy

cause can drop a donation

off at the Chop shop

in Madeley or at the Wrekin

News, Bridge Road, Wellington.

AFTER

Congratulations to fundraiser

Tom Milligan who was beautifully

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In the

Garden

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There are a number of watery jobs for gardeners in

the hot summer weather. You can spot water your

garden pot plants, but during the day, do make

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the leaves as this can cause leaf burn when the

droplets of water act as a magnifying lens for the

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Although an increasingly

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the UK market is slower to

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Theatre

Time

INCLUDING

Four pages of the best theatre reviews, listings and competitions!

Our own

Events Around

the Wrekin

listing

We all want to meet

people from history...

...The trouble is,

everyone’s dead!

SO it’s time to prepare

yourselves for

Horrible Histories

live on stage with

a brand new show BARMY

BRITAIN with all new amazing

3D effects at the Theatre

Severn in Shrewsbury from

Monday 22 - Wednesday 24

September.

Can you beat battling

Boudicca? What if a Viking

moved in next door? Would

you lose your heart or head

to horrible Henry VIII? Can

evil Elizabeth entertain England?

Will Parliament survive

gunpowder Guy? Should

King Charles keep his head?

Dare you stand and deliver

to dastardly Dick Turpin?

Move to the groove with

party Queen Victoria and

prepare to do battle in the

frightful First World War!

It’s the horrible history of

Britain with the nasty bits

left in!

Joe McElderry is coming

to the Theatre Severn

JOE rose to fame

when he won the

sixth series of the ITV

show The X Factor in

2009. Joe’s first single The

Climb reached number one

in the UK and Irish singles

chart and was soon followed

by the release of his debut

album titled “Wide Awake”.

Joe returned to our TV

screens where he was the

triumphant winner of the second

series of ITV show Pop

Friday 5 september

Star to Opera Star in 2011,

where he had received 80%

of the voting throughout the

series.

There is only one Joe

McElderry, and there is

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from Rock to Pop to

Classical.

Win

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Horrible Histories

live in Shrewsbury

Theatre SEVERN, SHREWSBURY

WREKIN News and Theatre Severn are combining to offer a family ticket (four

tickets) to see Horrible Histories on Tuesday 23 September.

This hugely popular production will be a big hit with families. All you have

to do is answer this question: Which King was beheaded during his reign?

The answer is in the wording! Please send your answers to us at Wrekin

News, Bridge Road, Wellington, Telford TF1 1RY or alternatively email us at:

dave.gregory@ppmedia.co.uk and please ensure we have an address and a

day time telephone number. Good luck!

Don’t miss our best of London Theatre guide > Turn over for more chances to win! >

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May 2014 -

July 2014

TELL ME ON A SUNDAY

Duchess Theatre

THE

BEST OF

LONDON

THEATRE

LAND

* NEW LISTING *

Tell Me On a Sunday is a show that charts the course of an

English girl newly arrived in New York. Brimming with optimism,

she sets out to find success, companionship and love. But as she

weaves her way through the maze of the city and her own anxieties,

frustrations and heartaches she begins to wonder whether - in fact

- she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places.

Marti Webb will perform the original production of Andrew Lloyd

Webber and Don Black’s classic, for which she received huge critical

acclaim. Tell Me On a Sunday was originally performed as an

album and then a TV special and later on stage as one half of Song

& Dance. The album Tell Me on a Sunday reached Number One

in the charts and the single Take That Look Off Your Face reached

Number Two. Booking until Mar 8 2014

BILLY ELLIOT - THE MUSICAL

Victoria Palace Theatre

Tale of a motherless boy whose father wants him to take up

boxing. Instead, the boy discovers a love for ballet (from 31 Mar

2005 - Booking to 16 May 2015)

THE BODYGUARD

Adelphi Theatre

A romantic thriller, The Bodyguard

features a multitude of

Whitney Houston’s hits. (from

06 Nov 2012 - Booking to 08

Mar 2014)

THE BOOK OF MORMON

Prince Of Wales Theatre

Follows a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission

to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get.

(from 25 Feb 2013 - Booking to 08 Mar 2014)

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

- THE MUSICAL

Drury Lane, Theatre Royal

The mysterious Willy Wonka is opening his Chocolate Factory

for just one day, and for Charlie Bucket it promises to be a mouthwatering

chance to feast his eyes on sweets beyond his wildest

imagination. (from 22 May 2013 - Booking to 01 Nov 2014)

Join Marcus Collins on

his first UK theatre tour

PREMIER STAGE

Productions and

Paul Holman Associates

are pleased

to present Marcus Collins on

his first UK theatre tour. The

XFactor runner up will be

taking to the stage on Thursday

25 September alongside

his seven piece band with a

collection of Motown classics

and brand new material from

his second album.

Marcus has already

Watch

Marcus

Collins

achieved top ten success

with his first single Seven

Nation Army and self-titled

album Marcus Collins. After

starring as Seaweed Stubbs

in the 2013 UK tour of popular

musical Hairspray, Marcus

has been busy writing

new material and is proud

to bring this exciting show

to The Place in Oakengates.

Win

a pair of tickets

to see Marcus!

Wrekin News have combined with The Place, Oakengates for

one person to win a pair of tickets to see Marcus Collins. All

you have to do to win these tickets is to answer this simple

question: What ITV programme gave Marcus Collins his

big break?

Told you it was easy. Please send your answers to us at

Wrekin News, Bridge Road, Wellington, Telford TF1 1RY or

alternatively email us at: dave.gregory@ppmedia.co.uk and

please ensure we have an address and a day time telephone

number. Good luck.

Jane McDonald is back on tour!

THE COMMITMENTS

Palace Theatre

The Commitments is the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young

working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur

musicians and friends into an amazing live act. (from 21 Sep 2013

- Booking to 12 Apr 2014)

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

Savoy Theatre

Set on the French Riviera

where the decadent

world of sophisticated

conman Lawrence Jameson

comes crashing down

with the arrival of largerthan-life

Freddy Benson –

a conman of an entirely

different order. The two

find themselves going

head to head in the con of

their lives, pulling out all of

the stops in a bid for the

affections of millionaire soap heiress Christine Colgate.

(from 10 Mar 2014 - Booking to 29 Nov 2014

The grand theatre,

wolverhampton wednesday

17 september

SINGER and TV star

Jane McDonald,

one of the nation’s

favourite entertainers

is back on tour, live

in concert with her brand

new show at the Grand

Theatre, Wolverhampton on

Wednesday 17 Septmber.

Jane presents an exciting

and emotionally charged

evening of music and

laughter. Featuring many of

Jane’s best loved songs and

hits from her incredible career,

including some of her

own compositions, amazing

medleys and selections

from her new album “The

Singer of Your Song”.

Together with her fantastic

musicians and backing

singers Jane brings the

audience to their feet night

after night in the ultimate

feel-good show. This is one

night you won’t want to

miss!

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Top Hat brings the glamour of

Hollywood to Wolverhampton

May 2014 -

July 2014

THE

BEST OF

LONDON

THEATRE

LAND

THE PAJAMA GAME

Shaftesbury Theatre

In 1950s America, love is in

the air at the Sleep-Tite Pajama

Factory as handsome new Superintendent

Sid Sorokin falls headover-heels

for firebrand Union rep

Babe Williams. Sparks fly when

the employees are refused a seven-and-a-half

cents raise, leaving

Sid and Babe deliciously at odds

as the temperature rises. . . Will

love, eventually, conquer all?

(Booking from 01 May 2014 -

Booking to 13 Sep 2014)

* NEW LISTING *

THE Grand Theatre

is welcoming the

smash West End

hit Top Hat to Wolverhampton

from Tuesday

21 October to Saturday 1

November.

Direct from its tremendous

success in London, winning

three Olivier awards for Best

New Musical, Best Choreography,

Best Costumes and

the Evening Standard Award

for Best Night Out, this spectacular

West End production

brings the glamour of Hollywood’s

golden age and the

glorious, tap-dancing magic

of Fred Astaire and Ginger

Rogers to the stage in one of

Win

tickets to

see Top

Hat

This is

a biggy!

THE BEST West End production for many years and

the Grand Theatre and Wrekin News are offering the

opportunity for two lucky winners to win a pair of

tickets each to see it on Tuesday 21 October.

All you have to do is to name Fred Astaire’s female

dance partner in the 1935 film. It couldn’t be

easier.

Please send your answers to us at Wrekin News,

Bridge Road, Wellington, Telford TF1 1RY or alternatively

email us at: dave.gregory@ppmedia.co.uk and

please ensure we have an address and a day time

telephone number. Good luck.

the greatest dance musicals

of all time.

Packed full of Irving Berlin’s

greatest hits including,

Cheek to Cheek, Top Hat,

White Tie & Tails, Let’s Face

the Music & Dance and Puttin’

on the Ritz, TOP HAT tells the

story of Broadway sensation

Jerry Travers who dances his

way across Europe to win the

heart of society girl Dale Tremont.

An uplifting and hilarious

romantic comedy celebrating

1930s song, style and

romance, TOP HAT dazzles

with over 200 beautiful costumes,

breathtaking dance

and a love story that will set

the pulse racing!

Last month’s

competition

winners…

We received loads of entries again last month and

the lucky winners are:

Roy Orbison – J. E. Calladine, Shifnal.

Des O’Connor – Sandra Upton, email

Regeneration – Kate Chinn, Shawbirch; Ros Whitley,

Wellington; Tania Holt, Prorslee.

Thanks once again to everyone who entered, maybe

you’ll be lucky this month.

I CAN’T SING! THE X FACTOR MUSICAL

London Palladium Theatre

A Musical comedy. A Musical comedy. Goes behind the microphone

and under the judges’ desk to reveal the story of heartache

and laughter. (from 27 Feb 2014 - Booking to 25 Oct 2014)

JERSEY BOYS (A Transfer from Prince Edward

Theatre in March 2014)

Piccadilly Theatre

The story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (from 14 Mar

2014 - 25 Oct 2014)

THRILLER LIVE

The Lyric Theatre

You already know the Michael Jackson story, so this show

doesn’t waste time telling you about the master of the moonwalk.

Instead, Thriller Live gives you what you really came for – the music.

Tune after tune is belted out, from his early days in The Jackson

5 to his exceptional solo career. And the dance sequences are

something else. It’s like seeing one of his music videos brought to

life, complete with MJ’s trademark toe-stand, gravity-defying leans

and, of course, the crotch grab.

You’ll be left in no doubt that he truly was the King of Pop. (from

21 Jan 2014)

LES MISERABLES

Queen’s Theatre

(from 03 Apr 2004 - Booking to 25 Oct 2014)

THE LION KING

Lyceum Theatre

(from 24 Sep 1999 - Booking to 20 Jul 2014)

MAMMA MIA

Novello Theatre

A story of a mother and daughter set on the eve of the daughter’s

wedding. (from 06 Sep 2012 - Booking to 25 Oct 2014)

MATILDA THE MUSICAL

Cambridge Theatre

Story about a girl with extraordinary powers. (from 25 Oct 2011

- Booking to 21 Dec 2014)

MISS SAIGON

Prince Edward Theatre

Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of

Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story (from 03 May 2014 - Booking

to 25 Oct 2014)

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT

Playhouse Theatre

Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights

of the Round Table (from 14 Nov 2012 - Booking to 08 Feb 2014)

ONCE

Phoenix Theatre

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January 2014 -

May 2014

LIST YOUR EVENT

ONLINE AND IN

PRINT FOR FREE!

Contact Martin Scholes

on: 01952 415334

martin.scholes@ppmedia.co.uk

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THE

BEST OF

LONDON

THEATRE

LAND

When an Irish busker and a young Czech mother meet through

a shared love of music, their songwriting sparks a deep connection.

(from 16 Mar 2013 - Booking to 31 May 2014)

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Her Majesty’s Theatre

Tragic love story of a beautiful opera singer and a young composer

shamed by his physical appearance. (from 27 Sep 1986

- Booking to 25 Oct 2014)

STOMP

Ambassadors Theatre

Takes the clutter and junk of everyday life and transforms it into

a theatrical event. (from 27 Sep 2007 - Booking to 21 Dec 2014)

WICKED

Apollo Victoria Theatre

Story of two unlikely friends and how they end up as the Wicked

Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. (from 07 Sep 2006 -

Booking to 01 Nov 2014)

WAR HORSE

New London Theatre

War Horse is a triumph in superbly skilled puppetry as well as

one of the most moving tales told on the West End stage for years.

Children and adults alike revel in this heart-wrenching, war-torn tale

of a young man’s love for his horse.

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

Duchess Theatre

A glorious mashup of Fawlty Towers and Ayckbourn’s Noises

Off, The Play That Goes Wrong is an almost unbearably funny cult

comedy that’s been steadily gathering momentum since its low-key

debut at north London’s Red Lion Islington in 2012.

Having had Edinburgh Festival audiences reaching for the oxygen

last year, the Mischief Theatre Company, which both conceived

and perform the play, now gets the West End transfer it deserves.

* NEW LISTING *

LORD OF THE DANCE

London Palladium Theatre - Coming in September!

Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance is to open at the London

Palladium this September.

The show is described as a “spectacular new staging” and is

called Lord of the Dance – Dangerous Games.

It will feature new costumes and choreography and will also star

Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle.

A Musical comedy. Goes behind the microphone and under the

judges’ desk to reveal the story of heartache and laughter (from 27

Feb 2014 - Booking to 25 Oct 2014).

* NEW LISTING *

EVENTS AROUND THE WREKIN

Sunday 3 August, Linden

Tree, Wickets Inn, Holyhead

Road/Wrekin Road, Wellington,

8.30pm, 01952 246991

Sunday 3 August, Bill Caddick’s

famed ‘Swansongs

Session’ Black Swan, Jackfield,

8.30pm, 01952 882471

www.billcaddick.co.uk

Thursday 7 to Saturday 8

August, ‘Oh What a Lovely

War’ Oakengates Theatre

Youth Summer Project, The

Place, Oakengates Theatre,

Oakengates, 2014 Oakengates

Theatre Youth Summer

Project marks centenary of

the commencement of the

Great War. Originally devised

by Joan Littlewood and her

theatre company, 7.30pm

Price: £9 (£8 concession)

01952 382382, www.theplacetelford.com

Thursday 7 August, Burwarton

Show, Burwarton, Cleobury

North, something for

all! Livestock, equines, tradestands,

stalls, crafts, conservation,

food hall. See The

Devil’s Horsemen and Hawkeye

Falconry Display, 8.15am-

7pm £15 (£14) child £5 / family

£35, 01746 787535, www.

burwartonshow.co.uk

Friday 8 August, Teechers’

Belfrey Players, Belfrey

Theatre, Wellington, John

Godber’s popular classroom

comedy, 7.30pm, 01952

222277 www.belfreytheatre.

com

Friday 8 August and Saturday

9 August, Shrewsbury

Flower Show, The Quarry,

Shrewsbury, one of the UK’s

top flower and produce

shows, in it’s 12th year. See

top chefs Tom Kerridge and

Marcus Bean, gardening

expert Pippa Greenwood

and thrill to the sound of

the Red Hot Chilli Pipers

(Saturday), plus arena attractions,

showjumping,

wonderful food and produce,

lovely blooms, massed military

bands and the stunning

fireworks finale, both

evenings. 10am ‘til late, advance

bookings £23 (£21)

U16 Free / gate £26 (£24)

01743 234050/234058 www.

shrewsburyflowershow.org.

uk

Friday 8 August Northern

Soul Night, The Haygate,

Haygate Road, Wellington,

8pm, 01952 247333, www.

thehaygate.co.uk

Friday August 8 ‘Unicorn

Folk Club’ Unicorn Hosts,

Bradford Arms, Wheaton Aston,

8.45pm, Please call to

book place 01952 810355,

www.unicornfolkclub.co.uk

Saturday 9 August Alternative

Route, The Malthouse,

Ironbridge, 01952 433712,

www.themalthouseironbridge.com.

Saturday 9 August Sounds

in the Square, presents Sam

Newth and friends in Welling-

Buckatree

Hall Hotel

Tel: 01952 641 821

Sunday Lunch

3 course £12.95

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ton’s Market Square, 11am

to 1pm

Saturday 9 August Cella

Fellas (of Westbury fame!)

Stellings Lounge, Whitchurch

Road, Wellington,

01952 259196 www.stellingslounge.co.uk

Saturday 9 August, Ebenezer

Weazel, All Nations, Madeley,

8pm, 01952 585747.

To hear Ebenezer Weazel,

check them out at https://

myspace.com/ebenezerweazel/music/songs

Saturday 9 August Distorted

Tapes presents Hometown

Strategies, with Bad Grammar,

Doppelganger, LF, Wax

Futures, Burning Alms, The

Sunset Limited, Fauxchisels,

New Alaska, IONS, Drain,

WOLFF, Haygate, Haygate

Road, Wellington, 1pm, free

admission, 01952 247333

Sunday 10 August, Classic

Vehicle Rally, Attingham

Park, Atcham, in support

of Severn Hospice, noon-

4pm, 01952 221351 / 01743

354450, www.severnhospice.

org.uk/events/attinghamclassic-vehicle-rally-2012

Tuesday 12 August, Tony

McPhee & Joanna Deacon’s

Open Mic Night, at the NEW

venue, The Oddfellows

Arms, High Street, Wellington

7.30pm, 07974 621223.

Thursday 14 August

‘Through the Looking Glass

(and What Alice Found

There)’ Quantum Theatre,

The Place, Oakengates

Theatre, Oakengates, new

adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s

classic, with live music.

1.30pm / 4.30pm Price: £9

01952 382382 www.theplacetelford.com

Saturday 16 August Paul

Parker & All the Right Friends,

The Haygate, Haygate Road,

Wellington, 9pm, Free admissions,

01952 247333, www.

paulparkerandfriends.co.uk

Saturday 16 August, Paul

Wallis, All Nations, Madeley,

8pm, 01952 585747

Tuesday 19 August Tony

McPhee & Joanna Deacon’s

Open Mic night, Oddfellows

Arms, High Street, Wellington,

7.30pm, 07974 621223

Friday 22 August, Gwyn

Ashton, The Golden Ball,

Ironbridge, part of his successful

European tour, 8pm,

Free admission, 01952

432179, www.goldenballironbridge.co.uk,

www.gwynashton.com.

Friday 22 August Why

So Serious? The Haygate,

Haygate Road, Wellington,

01952 247333

Saturday 23 August Steel

Monkey The Haygate, Haygate

Road, Wellington 01952

247333, www.steel-monkey.

com

Saturday 23 August The

Endings, All Nations, Madeley,

8pm, 01952 585747.

Ironbridge Coracle Regatta

Monday 25 August, Funday,

Ironbridge Rowing Club,

Dale End Park, Ironbridge,

annual family event organised

by Small Woods and

Ironbridge Lions on behalf of

local charities. Anyone can

take part in the Coracle races.

noon-4pm, free admission,

01952 432769, www.

smallwoods.org.uk

Tuesday 26 August Tony

McPhee & Joanna Deacon’s

Open Night Mic, Oddfellows

Arms, High Street, Wellington,

7.30pm, 07974 621223

Friday 29 August, T-Live,

Town Park Arena, Telford,

Rick Astley, 4pm (gates 3pm)

Price: £35, 11-16 £30, 6-10

£15 under 6, free, family £99

01952 382382, www.t-live.

co.uk, www.rickastley.co.uk,

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Friday 29 August Les Miserables

(12A) Birchmeadow

Centre, Broseley, 7.15pm,

£5, 01952 882210 / 07891

412450, www.birchmeadow.

org.uk

Saturday 30 August Sunnycroft

Produce Festival,

Sunnycroft, Holyhead Road,

Wellington, NT entry prices

apply, 10.30am-4.00pm (And

Sunday 31 August)

Saturday 30 August Sounds

in the Square presents The

Inn Comes Out, The Wrekin

Inn’s open mic night comes

out to play, Wellington’s Market

Square, 11am-1pm

Saturday 30 August ‘T-

Live’ Lawson and Union J,

also support acts, The Kooz,

Melissa Severn, Town Park

Arena, Telford 4pm (gates

3pm). Price: £35 11-16 £30

6-10 £15 Under 6 Free, family

£99, 01952 382382. www.tlive.co.uk

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Tel: 01952 606588

E: info@caseysvenues.co.uk

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Show, meal

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£25pp

Show only

tickets £5

Advance

bookings

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Casey’s is taking Telford’s

entertainment by a storm!

CASEY’S Cordingley

hall is

taking Telford’s

Entertainment

by storm and is

now building stronger links

within the younger element

of its community. Casey’s

Introduced a fabulous Musical

Theatre Camp for the

summer holidays and both

kids and staff are looking

forward to a week of fun.

During this week, the kids

on the camp get to run their

own theatre for the day. The

doors will be open for the

public to join them to see a

fabulous UV Puppet Show

with the opportunity to meet

OLAF from frozen!

Starting in September,

Caseys are launching their

very own stage school

called “Casey’s Mini Stars”

and are looking for kids

from the age of 4-13 to join

their different classes on

Monday nights. The aim of

the new school is to provide

regular shows, a base

with its own stage and get

parents together and create

a real sense of a social

community! So if your child

needs help to build confidence

or is a real superstar,

join Casey’s Mini Stars from

the start! They are even

offering the first term half

price!

Owner of Casey’s, Mrs

Casey, says: “Very often

stage schools etc have

lots of hidden costs, so

we wanted to try to charge

one fee a term that is pretty

much all inclusive. We also

have the added bonus of the

piano bar being available for

tea, coffee, soft drinks & other

drinks as well as snacks

for parents to socialise during

class times.

Developing the social

life of parents within Telford

has been a big ambition

of Casey’s and Friday 5th

September sees one of its

family nights, with a special

“ Hollywood” theme. All kids

and grown ups are invited to

dress up as their favourite

character from film, musical,

tv programme or singer! We

thought this is an easy one

as many kids already have

Disney style outfits to hand!

Whilst raising money for a

worthy children’s charity during

the evening, Krazy Krys

will be entertaining the kids

with games, dances, puppets

and very special guests

Mickey & Minnie.

This month, Casey’s are

offering a discount voucher

to join them at one of their

Cabaret Shows. Watch the

inhouse team perform songs

from musicals and films with

a menu to accompany the

theme. This event is ideal

for a date night, get together

with friends or even for a

family night out for those of

you with kids over 7. Everyone

is always saying there’s

nothing to do.....so with all

these things going on Casey’s

is proving you wrong!

However, if you don’t use it

you will loose it!

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YOU’VE HEARD of it,

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Now you can be,

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steering is the effective

movement of you machine

from one line to another.

How’s it done? Imagine

your right hand operating

Auto

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Motoring matters

with Wrekin News

Call Barry on: 01952 415334 · E: barry.smith@ppmedia.co.uk

with Paul Fowler

the throttle; instead of accelerating,

move the fist to

the right (clockwise) that is

right counter steering. The

bike will move to the right.

Left counter steering is with

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rotating the left fist, left

(anticlockwise). The bike will

move left.

How hard or softly you

make this movement’s relative

to speed, the higher the

speed the less effort’s needed.

This should produce a

graceful, smooth movement.

To stop the movement and

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‘line’ stop twisting.

It’ not necessary to understand

why this works but

in effect the wheel moves

in the opposite direction to

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Why is this useful? When

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Bucks make

progress

IT HAS been back to work

for manager Liam Watson

and his AFC Telford United

side writes Lez Dean.

The Bucks are deep into

their preparations as they

ready themselves for the challenges

ahead as they return

to the Conference Premier

division. Watson has made a

number of additions to his

squad and has signed Kristian

Platt, a defender from Stalybridge

Celtic. The 22-year-old

was captain of the Bower fold

outfit and can also play in

a midfield role. Sam Smith

(pictured right) also joins, the

former Hereford man is a big

strong striker and looks the

type to cope well with the

physical side of the game.

Perhaps the most eye

catching signing of the summer

though is that of Jordan

Deacey. He comes on a one

year deal and Watson is confident

he can be a major influence

in the months ahead ‘He

is young and hungry and can

certainly have a big year here’

he said.

Telford returned to action

with a home fixture against a

strong Blackburn Rovers side

which included the prolific Jordan

Rhodes. Following a goalless

first half, Rovers cruised

to a four goal to nil victory.

Telford then made the trip

to Bala Town and were frustrated

as they played out a 0-0

draw. Chances were few and

far between in an uninspiring

game.

Evo-stick side Witton Albion

posed a few questions for

the Bucks management as the

Wincham Park side exposed

defensive frailty to establish

a three goal lead soon after

half-time. Watson was highly

critical of some of his player’s

performances and took little

comfort from Sean Clancy’s

deflected consolation late on.

A Wolverhampton Wanderers

XI provided the opposition

next at the New Bucks Head.

The Molineux club fielded several

big names including Irish

international Kevin Doyle, who

opened the scoring. Doyle

was substituted at the break

as Wolves made wholesale

changes. And It was then that

Telford began to play their

best football. New boy Godfrey

Poku was looking good

for the Bucks in the middle

of the park and it was his

persistence that was to win

the free-kick on the edge of

the box that was to lead to

an equaliser. Charlie Barnett

fired the kick across the area

to find Steve Akrigg unmarked

and he bundled the ball home.

A less daunting challenge

lay ahead as the Bucks travelled

to face Shawbury United.

Andy Todd (2) and Sean

Cooke scoring as Telford ran

out 3-0 winners.

The Bucks start their Conference

Premier campaign

away to Welling United on

August 9. Their first appearance

at the New Bucks Head

is three days later on the 12,

kick off 7.45 with the visit of

Macclesfield Town.

Players wanted!

Wrekin Juniors FC are seeking footballers for the following

teams this coming season:-

Boys U11 Tigers (Contact Jamie Harris 07866 38194)

Boys U14 Panthers (Contact Steve Clarke 07947 741511)

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Wellington still

have one eye

on promotion

> Neil Edwards in the

runs recently.

WELLINGTON

HAVE hopes of

promotion. As

July draws to a

close Wellington are 5th in

the league just 24 points

away from second place.

Promotion is still possible

but Wellington will have to

work hard to turn it into reality.

Two good wins in July

have just kept Wellington in

the chasing pack.

After a successful June,

Wellington played hosts to

a strong Bromsgrove side.

After winning the toss and

electing to bowl, Wellington

were under the pump

straight away. Trevor Garwe

took an early wicket but

that brought Worcestershire’s

Alexei Kervezee to

the crease, who smashed a

quick fire 50 off just 34 balls.

South African born Jayden

Levitt also put pressure on

the Wellington bowlers with

60 off only 70 balls. Young

Dan Lloyd underlined his

reputation again, producing

figures of 4 for 46 off

17 overs – very impressive.

Bromsgrove set a daunting

241 for victory. Another

Wellington youngster, Sam

Lloyd, scored a very mature

52 off 118 balls but no

one else could really put

pressure on the Bromsgrove

attack. Wellington were left

hanging on, 158 for 9 off

their 55 overs.

Wellington bounced back

away at Harbourne. After

losing the toss and being

asked to bowl first Anthony

O’Connor got Wellington off

to a super start by taking

3 wickets - reducing Harbourne

to 15 for 3. The home

side were pegged back by

some very tight bowling and

even after a century partner-

Fraser Watson

reviews the last

month on the local

cricket season.

ship Harbourne’s 229 for 7

off 55 overs didn’t look like

enough. So it proved, Wellington

simply blasted the

bowling attack away. Gareth

Rees highlighted his quality

with 107 not out off only

83 balls. While Neil Edwards

was equally dismissive,

smashing 80 of 41 balls,

which included 5 sixes. Wellington

romped home after

only 28 overs. The batsman

took the plaudits with Gareth

Rees scoring his second

century, but it was the tight

bowling and fielding performance

that was crucial for

victory.

The game against Ombersley

was abandoned due

to the rain.

Wellington’s next game

was away against Old Hill.

On a beautiful sunny day

Wellington won the toss and

chose to bat first. Neil Edwards

continued where he

left off against Harbourne

and top scored with 77.

Wendell Wagner provided

solid support with a half

century but seeing his side

bowled out for 217 inside

54 overs was a little worrying.

However, Trevor Garwe

hit the stumps early on and

then Anthony O’Connor

and Wendell Wagner ripped

through the batting line up.

Young cricketers runners up

Old Hill were simply blasted

away finishing on 146 all out.

Wendell Wagner was too

much for the middle order

as he had 3 batsmen caught

behind and 2 bowled, finishing

with figures of 5 for 24.

O’ Connor cleaned up and

finished with 4 for 28.

That win keeps Wellington

in the hunt for promotion

but they will be more than

pleased with their league position.

After a poor start they

have recovered well and talk

about promotion maybe a

little premature. Wellington

will be delighted with the

form of their younger players,

especially Dan Lloyd.

He continues to take 3 or 4

wickets regularly and with

Daniel Vaughan impressing

with the bat the future for the

club looks bright.

August is a busy month

with no fewer than six

games. Wellington are at

home to Smethwick on the

2nd August and at home on

the 9th of August to local

rivals Shifnal. Away at struggling

Wombourne on 16th

August, at home against Moseley

on the 23rd, away at

Oswestry on Bank Holiday

Monday and finally away at

Barnards Green on the 30th

August. All games start at

12 noon.

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known as one of the best clubs in

Shropshire, is looking for new team

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This well-known family club has 2 bowling

greens and 3 snooker tables, as well as

function rooms that can cater for

birthdays, Christenings and more, and they

have entertainment on Saturday nights.

Wellington Under 11s came runners-up in the Shropshire Cup final recently, narrowly losing to Bridgnorth. Lining up are:

Back Row: Ed Bushnell, Aditya Manigandan, Akhil Srinivasan, Elliot Byram, Matthew Lamb, Will Lewin. Front Row: Adam

Lloyd, Joe Poole, Vivian John, Sam Jones and Harrison Coalbran.

For more information call Kate between

11am and 4pm on 01952 242950

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