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12 Anyone for Tennis?

14 Summer Berry Sponge



18 Is this Green the New Black?

20 Botanical Beauty


22 Why Doctors are Prescribing


24 Staying Safe in the Sun

26 Back Pain


28 Full steam ahead at Blists Hill

Victorian Town

32 My Partner's Lost in the Past

34 Woodstock: The Iconic

Festival Turns 50

38 The Lindos Acropolis Rhodes




40 Budget Friendly Family Fun

44 Safe in the Sun


48 Add Some Vertical Interest

50 The Roaming Empire

51 Secret Garden Taking Shape

at Station

52 Prolific Pests


54 Problem Solvers

56 Belle of the Beach


60 New Graduate? Manage your

Finances like a pro!

64 Quick and Easy Ways to Save

on Your Summer Holidays


66 Holiday Reads - Books

68 How to Get Online on Holiday

70 Jack Dee returns to The

Place, Telford

71 Healthy Summer Rabbits

72 The History of the Package



78 Deal Agreed? Make sure it

stays that way…

82 Make Your Home Office Work

Harder for You

83 Telford Footbridge Project

Cleans up at Annual Awards


84 UK Drive: Honda CR-V Hybrid

86 But What if it Goes Wrong

86 I'd Miss My Home Comforts


92 Movies - Coming Soon


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Telford Hotel and Golf Resort is set in a beautiful part of the

Shropshire countryside, just a few minutes’ drive away from

Ironbridge. Breath-taking panoramic views of Ironbridge and

surrounding areas can be seen from the hotel and the golf course.

The hotel is set within 170 acres of stunning grounds and includes an 18-hole

golf course, a spa with seven treatment rooms, a 24 hour gym, 8 conference/

function rooms, 114 bedrooms, 2 dining areas (1779 Restaurant/Gorge Bar &

Lounge), acres of landscaped gardens and a free car park.

1779 Restaurant is the main dining area in the hotel and is open for dinner

between 6:30pm to 9pm every day and if you are lucky enough to book

when the sun is out, you can enjoy your meal on the large terrace overlooking

Ironbridge. The restaurant has a modern vibrant feel, it is very light and airy

with large windows running along the one side of the restaurant, highlighting

the fantastic views.

As the new summer menu launches on the 18th July, we were allowed to

order from this new menu to try out the new dishes that will be available.

The menu offers a wide range of dishes, including a grill section and there are

vegetarian options for all courses.

For starters I chose the Pulled Duck Leg and Truffle Arancini and Nik decided

on the Seared Scallops.

My starter consisted of two arancini balls which had a lovely breadcrumb

coating that was golden and crisp on the outside and the filling was

deliciously soft and moist with a vivid strong flavour from the duck. There

was a prune puree which was rich and fruity and thin slices of radish and

roasted wedges of fig completed my dish.

Nik dish was served with crab fritter, cauliflower and mango, he said, “The

delicate scallops had a wonderful golden sear and were really juicy and

sweet, delicious when combined with the light crab fritter and some of the

zesty Thai green sauce. Even usually boring cauliflower had been served with

a twist with a lovely golden crispness. This fabulous dish was finished off with

cubes of sweet mango and a gorgeous mango coulis, fabulous!!”




After our starters were cleared away, we

were brought a palate cleanser which was

a tomato and basil sorbet. This was indeed

very refreshing to the palate; the soft cool

sorbet had a lovely hint of basil and a light

sweetness of tomato.

For mains I ordered the Rolled Minted

Lamb Breast and Nik opted for the Pan-

Fried Breast of Guinea Fowl.

My lamb had a wonderful crispy skin

and was beautifully cooked, it fell apart

as I unravelled it and it had a lovely hint

of mint. There were pieces of green

courgette, chunks of yellow courgette

which were chargrilled on top, pea puree,

peas, chunks of goats’ cheese that were

starting to melt, a rich jus and sprinkled with crisp olive crumbs.

A really great dish that not only looked incredible but tasted


Nik’s guinea fowl had been pan fried to perfection, the meat was

succulent and the skin perfectly crisp. Rolled ribbons of sweet

yellow carrots, cubed beetroot, dauphinois potatoes, tangy raisin

and tamarind puree, a super smooth corn sauce and a scattering

of roasted corn kernels completed this outstanding dish.

For desserts I was tempted by the Cherry Baked Alaska and Nik

selected the Praline Mousse.

I have to say my Alaska was an absolutely amazing dessert and

is now my all-time favourite. The Alaska was layered with a soft

sponge base, brandied cherries, ice cream and topped with a

perfectly cooked meringue. Also on the dish were a couple of

small chunks of rich chocolate brownie, brandied cherries in a

syrup and chocolate crumbs.

Nik’s praline mousse was accompanied with an almond sponge,

walnut brittle and coconut ice cream. The praline mousse was

velvety smooth and rich, perfect with the chunks of light almond


sponge. The walnut brittle had a

satisfying crunch and a fabulous smoky

flavour from the caramelised sugar, a

scoop of light and creamy coconut ice

cream finished the dish perfectly.

The presentation of the food was

exceptional - a lot of thought has gone

into the texture and flavours of each

dish with lots of colour and variety on

every plate.

Head Chef, Gareth Rowlands popped

out to see us and said he has been at

the hotel for just over two years and

his aim is to bring the restaurant up to

Rosette standard. Team effort plays a

very important part of achieving this

goal and they are all working very hard towards accomplishing

this and hopefully it won’t be long before the hotel gets their first


As well as the main restaurant there is also the Gorge Bar &

Lounge where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or lighter bite meals

throughout the day.

If you are looking for a venue for a larger party such as anniversaries

or birthday parties, the hotel are able to provide tailor made menus

ranging from summer barbecues to formal dinners and they can

cater for any special requests or dietary requirements.

Weddings are very popular here as they have so much to offer,

with a choice of function rooms, mouth-watering food, plenty of

hotel rooms, and stunning grounds for amazing wedding photos.

A hotel isn’t usually somewhere you think to go out for a meal,

but we would highly recommend you give them a try, the food is

exceptional and if you haven’t visited Telford Hotel before you will

be surprised at what it has to offer. I have already booked a return

trip with friends to try out the spa with afternoon tea – I can’t wait!

Reviewed by Fleur & Nik Abel



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Summer Menu

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Thursday 18th

July 2019

Festive Party Nights from £30pp

Spa & Party Night Sleepover from £135pp

Festive Lunches £18.95pp

Christmas Day Lunch £65pp (5-12 yr olds £32.50, under 4 free)

Boxing Day £23.50pp (5-12 yr olds £10.95, under 4 free)

New Year's Eve Gala Dinner £66.50pp

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It’s Your Special Day

The Telford Hotel

& Golf Resort

is the perfect

setting for a

dream wedding

Telford Hotel

& Golf Resort

Telford, Shropshire

Set in 170 acres of landscaped

grounds, our hotel and golf

resort is sat perched over a

UNESCO world heritage site,

making it an ideal location for

unique celebrations.

Our Team are on hand to

take care of your day and

make sure your wedding is

everything you dreamed of…

At the Telford Hotel & Golf

Resort we are licensed to

host your Civil Marriage of

Civil Partnership. Our versatile

Suites can cater for up to 300

guests for both the ceremony

and the reception.

Our 2020 all-inclusive

wedding packages start

from just £3,200 or why

not work with us to create

your very own bespoke


For more details or to request a brochure please contact our Wedding Co-ordinator on or telephone 01952 422992

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The Perfect


At Patshull Park, we are very experienced in

helping couples organise their perfect Wedding

Day. We are conveniently located in the stunning

Shropshire countryside between Telford and

Wolverhampton and our beautiful grounds offer

many opportunities for those perfect wedding




Patshull Park prides itself on its unique mix of hospitality and

service which can be tailored to suit your individual needs. So

whatever your objectives for holding your wedding at Patshull

Park, we are confident you will be impressed with our venue

and service.

Call our Wedding Coordinator Rebecca Thomas on 01902

700100 to book your show round.

As an independent Hotel, Patshull Park has an excellent

reputation for hosting Wedding receptions. From your initial

enquiry, all planning and finer details of your wedding day are

handled by our professional and dedicated team, ensuring your

special day is a memorable one. With breathtaking scenery,

fantastic food and experienced professional staff, you are sure

to make the right choice when booking at Patshull Park.

The Dartmouth and Lewisham Suite which is situated at the

front of the hotel, has spectacular views over the Great Lake.

The flexibility of the Suite means that it is suitable for Wedding

Breakfasts up to 120 and is also licensed to hold civil ceremonies

and civil partnerships. The Dartmouth and Lewisham Suite can

also accommodate up to 180 guests for your evening buffet.

Patshull Park is renowned as one of the most professional and scenic

wedding venues in Shropshire located in 200 acres of Shropshire countryside.

Our beautiful grounds and romantic setting offer many opportunities for those perfect wedding photographs.

‘PATSHULL PACKAGE’ Selected 2019 & 2020 dates From £4500.00

Based on 50 day guests

and 100 evening guests

• Reception drink & canapés

• Three course meal with two

glasses of wine and toast drink

• Finger Buffet • Disco until 1.00am

Also included

• Red carpet on arrival or for the civil ceremony

• Wedding cake by ‘Cake Inspirations’ (t&c’s apply)

• White chair covers with a coloured sash of choice

• Complimentary bedroom for the Bride & Groom

• 3 month Leisure Membership for the Bride & Groom

*£325.00 Function

Room Hire will apply if

having a Civil Ceremony

Additional day and evening

guests can be added at

an additional charge

For more details call us on 01902 700100

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Great location, convenient

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Wedding Packages



It would be hard to find a more perfect wedding venue

in Shropshire than Hadley Park House Hotel – one of the

county’s best wedding venues. Located in Telford, Hadley

Park House offers a convenient venue for guests travelling

far-and wide and is especially handy for those searching

for a wedding venue near to the Black Country and West

Midlands. Whatever the time of year, our hotel offers a

gorgeous backdrop to capture picture-perfect photographs

and video. In the Spring our landscaped grounds are a riot

of colour with daffodils and bluebells. The sunken lake is a

shaded haven in the Summer whilst the Autumnal leaves

offer a contrast of colour. As for Winter, if the weather is

inclement, our Georgian house with sweeping staircases

and oak-lined lounges provide a luxurious backdrop for

photographs. With that in mind, our inclusive wedding

packages are seasonally themed and draw inspiration on

the time of year that your wedding will take place. Hadley

Park’s all-inclusive packages have been tailor-made to

make planning your wedding a little less daunting too and

have been cleverly devised to suit differing budgets and

sized party.

Whatever the time of year, we have a wedding package

for you!

Hadley Park House Hotel is an award-winning

four-star luxury hotel and wedding venue in

Shropshire which incorporates the awardwinning

AA Rosette Conservatory Restaurant.

As an independently owned Shropshire hotel,

we strive to provide a welcoming, comfortable

and relaxing stay, guests are more than just a

number, to us individuality matters.

The accommodation at Hadley Park House is a luxurious

experience. We have 12 rooms in the original house which

are maintained to the exact same high standard as the 10

rooms within the West Wing. House Rooms are individually

designed and decorated, and many have original, special

features. These characterful rooms boast luxury furnishings

and are well-equipped to ensure absolute comfort. Our

feature rooms have an extra-special something. Some

house a traditional four poster bed or perhaps you would

prefer a room with a classic sleigh bed with double Jacuzzi




Winter Wedding


Wedding Package £3595

50 Day Guests & 80 Evening Guests

Available: December, January, February & March

(subject to availability)

All inclusive - to include Civil Ceremony/Room Hire,

Services of our dedicated Wedding Planner, Chair

covers & coloured sash, White table linen and napkins,

Winter table decorations, Cake stand & bridal knife,

Twinkling white backdrop, Red carpet aisle runner,

Drinks reception of hot chocolate with a shot of Baileys,

Chef’s selection of homemade canapés (3 per person),

2 Course wedding breakfast *(set menu), Glass of wine

with your meal, Glass of sparkling wine to toast,

Dedicated master of ceremonies for your day, Evening

disco with our resident DJ, Evening buffet of fish &

chips - or sausage baps with wedges, Bridal suite on the

night of the wedding.


Wedding Fayre

on Sunday 15th



Additional Day Adult guest £60.00pp

Additional Day Child guest £30.00pp

Additional Evening Guests £13.00pp

*Set menu available from our occasions bronze menu

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Anyone For Tennis?

With Wimbledon Fortnight upon us, taking

place from 1st-14th July, here are some

fascinating facts about the prestigious tennis

tournament, starting with its history.

The first Wimbledon Championship: “The All England Croquet

and Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, propose to hold a lawn

tennis meeting, open to all amateurs, on Monday July 9th and

following days,” said the advertisement in The Field on 9th

June 1877. What it really meant, of course, was “open to all

male amateurs.”

22 men paid a £1 1 shilling entrance free and turned up, as

required, with their own rackets and “shoes without heels.” A

temporary three-plank stand seated 30 people, but the final

was watched by a 200-strong crowd, who saw Spencer Gore

become the first Wimbledon Champion, winning a silver cup

and 12 guineas.

Ironically, Gore only entered to raise money to buy a horsedrawn

roller, believing “that anyone who has really played well

at cricket, [real] tennis, or even rackets, will ever seriously give

his attention to lawn tennis, beyond showing himself to be a

promising player, is extremely doubtful; for in all probability

the monotony of the game would choke him off before he had

time to excel in it.”

The first Ladies’ Championship: The Ladies’ Singles

Championship was introduced in 1884, along with Men’s

Doubles. 13 entrants paid half the entrance fee of the men and

competed for a silver flower basket (no guineas for them).

Maud Watson beat her sister Lilian to become the first female

Champion, and went on to win in 1885 too.

The man who held a 111 year record: William Renshaw won

the Men’s Singles title seven times in the 1880s – six of them

in consecutive years. He didn’t defend his title in 1887 and

was beaten in the last eight in 1888, but came back to win his

seventh title the following year; a record unbroken until Pete

Sampras won a seventh Championship in 2000.

He also competed with his twin brother Ernest in the Doubles.

They dominated the game and inspired a massive public

interest in tennis and the Championship.


BBGs (Ball Boys and Girls): Approximately 250 BBGs, with

an average age of fifteen, take to the court every year, having

trained since February. Girls weren’t allowed until 1977, and it

took another three years for mixed teams to appear.

The balls: Slazenger has been the Official Supplier of tennis

balls to the Championships since 1902. Yellow balls were used

for first time in 1986. 53,000 are used during the Championships

and used balls are sold, at £2.50 per can of three, in aid of the

Wimbledon Foundation.

Anyone for tea?: During the Championships, spectators eat

their way through 166,055 portions of strawberries and cream

and 76,603 ice creams, while quaffing 303,277 glasses of

Pimm’s, 21,917 bottles of champagne, 117,507 pints of draught

beer and lager, and 307,277 cups of tea and coffee.

Watch the birdie: Rufus, a Harris Hawk, provides a year-round

deterrent to local pigeons and flies the grounds for an hour each

morning, before the gates open, during the Championships.

by Allison Runham



62 High Street

Newport TF10 7AQ

Food served 10-3pm

T: 01952 820 810

Ideal venue for Birthdays,

Parties, Christenings,

Wakes, etc..

Free Wi-fi • Disabled Access

Baby Changing Facilities • Pool Table

All day breakfast served

from 10am

NEW Menu

Now Available

All homemade and locally

sourced where possible

Special Offer

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our new menu

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ordering off the main menu, excludes

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with hot/soft drink

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Two main meals for £13.50

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Food Served:


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Choose 1, 2 or 3 courses

Served in the bar or restaurant

between 5pm & 9:30pm

every Monday night. Please

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Summer Berry

Sponge Puddings

Smothered with warm berry compote, these delicious lemony sponge puddings will

go down a treat after a Sunday roast. Serve with a dollop of crème fraiche or a scoop

of vanilla ice cream.

Ready in: 1 hour 10 minutes | Makes 4


115g unsalted butter, softened,

plus extra for greasing

225g caster sugar

Zest of 1 lemon

2 medium eggs, beaten

125g self-raising flour, sifted

1 tbsp milk

300g mixed summer

berries such as redcurrants,

blackberries, raspberries and


2 tsp arrowroot blended with 1

tbsp cold water

1. Thoroughly grease four 175ml pudding basins with butter. Preheat

the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas mark 5.

2. Place the butter and 115g of the sugar in a bowl and beat together

until pale and creamy. Beat in the lemon zest then gradually

beat in the eggs, adding 1 tbsp of the flour if the mixture starts

to curdle. Fold in the rest of the flour with the milk to give a soft

dropping consistency.

3. Divide the mixture between the pudding basins and cover each

with a square of pleated buttered foil, scrunching it tightly around

the sides of each basin. Transfer to a large roasting tin and pour in

enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the basins.

Bake for 35-45 minutes or until risen and firm to the touch.

4. Meanwhile, place the berries in a pan with the remaining sugar

and 2tbsp water. Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until the sugar

has dissolved. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer

for 5-6 minutes until the fruit has softened. Stir in the blended

arrowroot and simmer, stirring all the time, for another 4-5 minutes

until thickened.

5. Turn the hot puddings out onto serving plates and spoon over the

warm fruit compote. Serve immediately.


You can replace the fresh berries with the same amount of frozen mixed berries, if liked.



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Find the Perfect

Window Dressing



At Love Your Blinds, they understand that everyone

has their own vision – and they also understand the

realities of your styling budget. That’s why they only

offer you products that fit your specifications, from

the fabric to the mechanism to the colour and finish.

What’s more, their extensive collection of shutters

from their sister company Love Your Shutters means

their showroom is a one-stop shop for your home’s

window and conservatory treatments.

Every member of their team has a history of working with

window dressings and a genuine passion for blinds and

shutters. Lisa and Pene welcome customers to the showroom

and get to know them personally, while Paul and Simon are the

business partners with the technical know-how, they’ll be the

ones who help you find your perfect blinds. As well as personal

consultation from the outset and a quote from their friendly

expert Paul that covers everything you need, they offer a full

installation service and personalised aftercare. Simon thrives on

a challenge, so whatever your dimensions, he’ll make sure your

blinds fit like a glove. Their installation service is second to none

and their local base means you know exactly where to find us

if you have any questions.

The company started with Paul, whose family history within

the industry dates back to 1943, when his grandfather set

up the family trade in Kingswinford. Paul moved away from

manufacturing side of the trade when he saw a niche in the

market for a company that wasn’t an agent, but who genuinely

provided the entirety of products on the market.

Love Your Blinds really do offer every possible product you can

buy – and they love finding the right blinds for your project. It’s

this passion for finding the perfect blinds for each and every

customer that sets Love Your Blinds apart from ‘off the shelf’


They are based in the historic Shropshire town of Bridgnorth

and cover the surrounding areas and include Telford, Shifnal and

Newport areas – and their local focus means they really take the

time to connect with their customers and listen to your needs.

From easy-care Venetian blinds to fit any window to softly

draping Roman blinds; from stunning awnings to protect your

family from the sun’s glare to custom-fit conservatory, Love

Your Blinds have the perfect window dressing for your home.

Make the very most of your conservatory with elegant shade sails

from Love Your Blinds. Whether your conservatory is traditional

or contemporary, our shades are an excellent alternative to

fitted blinds for lanterns, roof lights and conservatory roofs.

They’re crafted from an advanced stretch fabric and are easy to

install and remove – and they’re supremely convenient to clean;

you just pop them in your washing machine to remove dust and

ensure they always looks pristine.

Our beautiful InShade sails have curved edges to tension the

fabric and keep it smooth. These curves create a distinctive,

sculptural aesthetic and help maintain an open aspect when

significant shading is required. They can also be used to great

effect when providing only partial coverage; for example, to

shade just the south facing aspect. Multiple overlapping sails

generate combinations of direct and diffuse light and on sunny

days this creates wonderful pools of light and shadow that move

throughout the day to create a natural feel and bring the outside

in – see them in their fully glory in our Bridgnorth showroom.

And our conservatory sails don’t cost the earth – in fact they’re

more cost-effective than traditional solutions.

All awnings are custom-fit, not off-the-shelf, and they can add

these stunning treatments to any outside space, whatever the

size, shape or angle.

Today’s state-of-the-art awnings are automated almost as

standard, though non-motorised options are available, and

being able to control the amount of shade in your outside space

is a joy in the middle of summer – and throughout the year.

Awnings are the most efficient shade provider around – they

stop the sun before it even gets to the window, as well as giving

you an additional ‘outside room’ that’s almost an extension in

its own right. Whether it’s for entertaining, to provide a place

for children to play, or just to give you a shady spot to enjoy a

Pimms and lemonade in the heat of the August sun, awnings

transform your garden – and your home.

Luxaflex is one of the leading names in window treatments,

offering truly state-of-the-art solutions for every room in your

house, and Love Your Blinds is proud to be a Luxaflex stockist.

From their stunning Facette Shades, which combine two layers

of fabric woven together for a unique effect, to elegant Venetian

blinds with their optimised control over light and privacy, to

fabulously decorative Plissé and Duette Shades with their

beautiful pleat patterns, Luxaflex offer an impressive range of

high quality products.

And with Luxaflex PowerView motorisation, these beautiful

window coverings are now the most intelligent. PowerView

gives you wireless control over every blind in your home – you

can even control them via your smart phone or tablet while

you’re away from home.

Beautiful, elegant shutters are a big part of what we do – and we

can offer you every product available in the UK. Come along to

our showroom or visit out dedicated Love Your Shutters website


These days, we’re used to being able to control things with the

flick of a switch – or the swipe of a screen. And your blinds are

no different – almost all of Love Your Blinds’ products come with

the option of motorisation.

Whatever your vision, whether you’ve seen it in a French chateau,

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the team at Love Your Blinds will help you achieve the look

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Is this Green the new Black?

‘Neo mint’ is set to take over the worlds of fashion and interiors in 2020, say trend forecasters, aligning

the world of nature and technology at the dawn of a new decade.

The slender arms are space saving, but there’s enough depth in

the seat to snuggle comfortably. Slim Jim love seat in Powder

Green Clever Linen, from £1,045, Loaf.

Soft colours and simple lines

make this tea set a pretty

addition to a kitchen shelf.

Maxwell & Williams Tint

teacup and saucer in

Mint, £9.95, Creative


Elegant yet playful, the design

of this lamp was inspired by

illustrations and characters from

Norwegian children’s literature.

Muuto Mhy pendant in Mint by

Norway Says, £155, Rume.

With sleek, straight lines,

this spacious bath is

made from Lucite, which

has a luxurious warm feel

and is extremely hard

wearing. Strait back-towall

bath, £1,595, Waters

Baths of Ashbourne.

These highly decorative

ceramic tiles are

inspired by ancient

pottery, rugs and

tapestries. Winchester

Residence Chateaux

in Ormeaux Blue on

Mint, £280.25 per sq m,

Original Style.

Inspired by the

iconic 746 British phone,

this contemporary model

maintains the bold curves of

the original in a striking range

of colours. Swedish Green

telephone, £50, Wild & Wolf.

Made from 100%

polypropylene, these

carpets combine luxury and

practicality, and come with

a lifetime stain warranty.

Soft Touch Saxony carpet

In Mint, £44.99 per sq m,


A durable, luxurious and

silky fibre, alpaca wool is

known for its warmth and

hypoallergenic qualities.

Pure alpaca throw in

soft mint green, £149.95,

Annabel James.

The thoughtful design of

Rollo is complemented by

a durable, powder-coated

stainless steel finish. Rollo

Push Bin 50L, in Mint,

£59, MADE.COM.

How To Decorate

With Neo Mint

• Pale shades of green work

beautifully with soft pink

or dove grey – a great

combination for a restful

bedroom, for example. If, on

the other hand, you prefer

more drama, add a jolt of

colour in the form of fuchsia,

orange or acidic yellow.

• Keep things calm and fresh

by using mint as a backdrop

on walls or floors, whether

painted or papered. On

wooden floors, why not add

a feelgood, fresh green rug

or two?

Include some natural textures

for a delightful contrast. Pale

wood goes beautifully, as do

stone, marble and rattan.

• This green works particularly

nicely on glossy wall tiles. Bear

it in mind when renovating a

bathroom or a kitchen.


Fitted Wardrobes

Lots of storage space at a fantastic price!

Lots of designs for beautiful

floor to ceiling fitted wardrobes

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Botanical Beauty

Whether you prefer small succulents or a giant monstera, use plants and foliage to add a natural touch

to your home.

Group lots of small plants together,

contrasting their shapes, colours and

textures, to create an impact. Potted

plants, from £6, Ikea.

These hand-blown glass

mini-greenhouses will

nurture nature’s smallest

plants through their first

stages of life. Small

£28.50, large £38,

Abode Living.

Incredibly realistic,

these faux Silver

Saltmarsh stems look

beautiful simply placed

in bottles or grouped

together in a vase. £9,


Surround yourself

with seasonal British

foraged grasses and seeded

foliage. Nostalgia botanical

wallpaper, £75 per roll,

Woodchip and Magnolia.

Printed on high-quality

white paper with a

slender black frame, this

set of two anatomical

plant prints will add a

touch of botanical

style. £175, Cox & Cox.

Bring Nature Indoors

This faded

image of flowers

and leaves is

printed on paper

with a linen

backing to give

it a crumpled

vintage look.

Kyoto wall

hanging, £130,

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Add a touch of

nature to

your home

with a lifelike

faux plant – no

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Lene Bjerre

Flora artificial

succulent, £65,

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Let the plants provide

the decorative accents

in your living room. Isla

two-seat sofa In Oat

Smart Linen, £1,790,

These patterned ceramic

pots are modelled on the

outer leaves of an artichoke

and finished with an aqua

glaze. Artichoke pots, £8 and

£15, Garden Trading.

• Shades of green are very on-trend and

provide a lovely background for displays

of plants. They are easy to live with and

combine wonderfully with whites and offwhites,

as well as natural materials such as

timber, stone and linen.

• Botanical-themed wallpaper and fabrics

can be beautiful but quite overwhelming.

If you prefer to keep the look relatively

subtle, choose small-scale or delicate

prints in shades of green and neutrals for

background interest.

• To make an impact with a display of

real botanicals, choose large plants and

position in strategic places, as you would a

sculpture. Alternatively, place collections of

smaller plants together in rows or groups,

allowing for contrasts in shapes, colour and

texture. Don’t forget to pop trailing plants

on a high shelf to create a ‘living wall’ effect.

Coordinate pots or planters for a sense of

overall cohesion.

• Enhance your walls with botanical works

of art. Traditional school-style posters are

very on trend right now, as are anatomical

botanical drawings, eighteenth centurystyle

paintings (used as bold, whole-wall

murals) and graphic modern prints.


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that contains over 150 bottles per roll, keeping them out of our oceans.

Committed to supporting marine conservation, this recycled underlay

contains no harmful VOC content, unlike the modern PU underlays.

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Mindfulness is increasingly recommended by

doctors for mental health Mindfulness has gone

from buzzword to a therapy increasingly prescribed

by doctors. So what exactly is it – and who and how

can it help?

Mindfulness is…

Increasing your awareness of what’s going on inside and

outside yourself in a particular moment.

• Stopping to really notice what you’re thinking and feeling,

considering what events sparked these thoughts and feelings,

and how they might change your behaviour.

• Paying attention to all the physical and emotional sensations

you’re experiencing.

How can mindfulness help, and who will benefit

from it?

Today, many of us lead very busy lives and rush through our days,

reacting ‘off the cuff’ to things and often missing opportunities

to take a breath and appreciate what’s around us.

Mindfulness means taking a step back to examine what’s going

on rather than just reacting, and separating yourself, even if just

momentarily, from past regrets and future worries by focusing

on the present. It can help you gain a greater awareness of the

drivers of your behaviours and anxieties, and so help you get

better control of them.

“It’s about allowing ourselves to see the present moment clearly.

When we do that, it can positively change the way we see

ourselves and our lives,” says Professor Mark Williams, former

director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

Mindfulness can help you appreciate things that you previously

took for granted, like the taste of your favourite sandwich or the

birdsong as you leave for work. And by becoming more aware of

your thoughts and feelings, you can begin to see patterns and

recognise those that aren’t helpful, and recognise signs of stress

and anxiety earlier.

By recognising negative thought patterns, we can help ourselves

learn to not let them overwhelm us or lead us into a spiral of

negative, dominating thoughts or negative actions that make

the situation worse (one of the main principles of Cognitive

Behaviour Therapy (CBT)).

Mindfulness is something we can all benefit from. However,

from a medical point of view, mindfulness is now officially

recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care

Excellence (NICE) as a way to prevent depression in people who

have had three or more bouts of depression in the past.

It’s also increasingly recommended by doctors for those suffering

chronic conditions or pain (which can be the cause of ongoing

stress), and for those suffering from stress, anxiety or depression.

There’s emerging evidence that it can help with insomnia, too.

Practising Mindfulness

So how do you practise mindfulness?

You can practise it anytime, anywhere, but it seems to work

best if you make the effort to do it regularly, and try to choose a

time each day to practise it, in addition to occasions when you

practise it ‘on the go’. It could be: on the way to or from work;

at lunchtime; first thing in the morning or last thing at night.

Experiment to find the time most convenient and useful for you.

Reminding yourself to take notice of your thoughts, feelings,

body sensations and the world around you is the first step to


The NHS recommends:



Noticing the everyday: focusing on the details of what’s going

on around you.

Trying something new: sitting in a different seat in meetings or

on the bus, or going somewhere new for lunch, can also help you

notice the world in a new way.

Watching and naming your thoughts and feelings: trying to

view them dispassionately.

“It might be useful to remember that mindfulness isn’t about

making these thoughts go away, but rather about seeing them

as mental events,” says Dr Williams.

“Imagine standing at a bus station and seeing ‘thought buses’

coming and going without having to get on them and be taken

away. This can be very hard at first, but with gentle persistence

it is possible.”

Identify them as they come and label them. “I’m worried about

my Dad’s health.” “This is stress; I’ve got a busy week and I’m

worried I won’t fit everything in.” “I’m anxious about my exam.”

You’ve probably heard the adage that often our fear of something

is worse than the thing itself. By being aware of your fears and

concerns, you may be able to recognise when you’re letting them

grow disproportionately to the problem on which they’re based.

Freeing yourself from the past and future

An important facet of mindfulness is the realisation that worries

about the past or the future can dominate your thoughts and

blight your present, stopping you from enjoying the time you

have now. If you realise that you’ve been reliving negative past

experiences or are caught up in worries about the future for

several minutes, try taking a few moments to focus yourself back

in the now, and appreciate the day, hour and minute you’re in.

Taking time out: ideally having more formal, longer mindfulness

sessions, where you focus on your breathing and your body,

bringing your attention back whenever your mind wanders.

The NHS recommends the Mental Health Foundation’s online

mindfulness course which can be found at www.bemindfulonline.

com, or you can find a local teacher:

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Staying Safe and Well



The last thing you want when you’re

enjoying a week or two of relaxation or

adventure is an injury or illness. Here

are tips for a safe, healthy holiday (and

information about what’s happening with

EHIC cards and Brexit).

Take a first aid kit and your prescription

The NHS recommends this should contain antiseptic,

painkillers, wound-cleaning gauze, sterile dressings,

bandage tape, plasters, tweezers, scissors,

thermometer, antihistamines, sunburn treatment,

insect repellent, insect bite treatment and your usual

medications, plus condoms and any contraceptives

you may need.

A copy of your prescription may be necessary in emergencies or

in countries with differing regulations.

Beware heatstroke

Heatstroke starts with heat exhaustion and symptoms include

headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, appetite loss, excessive

sweating, pale clammy skin, cramps in the arms, legs and

stomach, fast breathing or pulse, a temperature of 37C or above

and intense thirst.

If you think someone is suffering from heatstroke, lay them down

in the shade and raise their feet. Remove unnecessary clothing

and give them cold drinks. If they’re no better after 30 minutes or

they feel hot and dry, have a temperature of 40°C or above, are

breathless/ breathing rapidly, are confused, lose consciousness

or have a seizure, call the emergency services.

To avoid heatstroke, stay hydrated, keep your head covered and

rest in the shade when the sun’s hottest.

Beware sunburn and prolonged sun exposure

By now, we should all be aware of their link to skin cancer,

even years later. If children are repeatedly exposed, they could

develop skin cancer in later life.

•Seek shade when the sun is strongest.

•Cover your skin (remember fabrics allow UV light through to

varying extents).

•Choose sunscreen with a UVA rating of at least 4 stars and a

UVB rating (indicated by the SPF or Sun Protection Factor) of at

least 30 (50+ for children).

•Apply sunscreen liberally and frequently. Apply at least two

teaspoons of sunscreen to cover your head, arms and neck

and two tablespoons to cover your entire body while wearing

a swimming costume, 30 minutes before going out and just

before going out. ”More is better,” says the British Association

of Dermatologists (BAD), who recommend applying it at least

every two hours afterwards.

•Water can make you feel artificially cool, and the BAD warns

that water and sand can increase the sun’s radiation. Apply

sunscreen straight after you leave the water, even if it’s ‘waterresistant’.

It will have been compromised by sweating, towel

drying and friction.

•.. Don’t use expired sunscreen (or in-date sunscreen that’s been

allowed to get hot or sit in direct sunlight).

•Keep children under 6 months out of strong sunlight completely.

•Take extra care if you have pale skin, freckles, red or fair hair,

many moles (look out for new moles, growths or lumps, and

size, shape or colour changes to existing moles, freckles or skin

patches), skin problems relating to a medical condition, a family

history of skin cancer or a tendency to burn rather than tan, and

if you’re are in a hot country with intense sun, or only exposed to

intense sun occasionally (e.g. on holiday).

Sunburnt? Apply plenty of cold water as soon as possible, then

a soothing product like aftersun or calamine lotion. An antiseptic

cream that contains local anaesthetic, plus painkillers such as

ibuprofen, can help. if you feel unwell or your skin swells badly

or blisters, seek medical help. Avoid the sun until all redness has


Protect your eyes

UV light damages eyes too. As soon as they’re old enough, teach

children never to look at the sun. Even on cooler sunny days,

adults and children should always wear sunglasses that protect

against both UVA and UVB, and have the CE Mark and European

Standard EN 1836:2005. Choose sunglasses with wraparound

lenses or wide arms.

Going to Europe? Apply for an EHIC card

An EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) gives you the right

to medically necessary healthcare during a temporary stay in

another European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland.

Treatment is often free of charge, and if not, at reduced cost.

Re. Brexit: The Government advises that in-date UK-issued EHIC

cards will be valid until 31st October. Then what?

“If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31st October 2019,

your access to healthcare when visiting an EU country is likely

to change,” they warn. “If you are planning to visit on or after

31st October 2019, you should continue to buy travel insurance

so you can get the healthcare treatment you need, just as you

would if visiting a non-EU country.”

Going off the beaten track?

Check the weather forecast first. Wear and/or take appropriate

clothing and footwear and a charged mobile phone. Let someone

know where you’re going and remember you’ll be slower over

rough terrain. Check beaches are safe for swimming.

Going abroad?

Visit at least 8 weeks before departure for

specific precautions for your destination, including vaccination

and malaria information. Check the local tap water is safe to


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The most frequent pain problem we treat as

physiotherapists is back pain whether it be acute or

chronic, just in the spine or referred down the leg and

presenting as sciatica. Back pain can be present for a

number of reasons be it a muscular problem, disc, facet

joint or postural. All can be a significant problem.

There are a number of myths about back pain which

often can change the way we work with the pain, how we

obtain diagnoses and how we should manage and treat

our back pain. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

have published a number of myths associated with back


Myth #1 - Moving will make my back pain worse

Fact: People fear twisting and bending but it’s

essential to keep moving gradually increase how

much you are doing, and stay on the go. Often

reduced mobility can cause more restriction and


Myth #2 - I should avoid exercises, especially

weight training

Fact: Back pain shouldn’t stop you enjoying

exercises or regular activities. In fact, studies found

that continuing with these can help you get better

sooner – including using weights where appropriate.

Your guideline should always be pain and try not to

work through it


Myth #3 - A scan will show me exactly what is wrong

Fact: Sometimes it will, but most often it won’t. Also even people

without back pain have changes in their spine so scans can cause

fear that influences behaviour, making the problem worse.

Myth #4 - Pain equals damage

Fact: This was the established view but more recent research has

changed our thinking. Modern physio takes a holistic approach

that helps people understand why they are in pain.

All the above are examples of myths surrounding back pain the

evidence tells us that mobility is better than rest, that gentle

exercise is better than no exercise and that pain is often not

a measure of how severe a problem is. It is important to

understand back pain and to work with it.

If you do suffer with back pain and are struggling

to manage the pain and find yourself wondering

what is a good pain and what is a bad pain,

can I do a certain activity or not or are just not

sure if you’re doing the right or wrong things

then all our 6 physiotherapists can help. Each

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So if the above rings any bells then please

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Full Steam


Discover how the Victorians harnessed steam

to power their engines and other machines on

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August, when Blists

Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge,

Shropshire will be ‘in steam’. The weekend

will provide a rare chance to get up close

and personal with an eclectic collection of

Victorian steam powered machines, all of

which will be in their full working splendour.

The Town’s replica of Trevithick’s 1802 Coalbrookdale

locomotive will be running; the original is believed to

be the world’s first steam locomotive. Other museum

engines in steam will include ‘Billy’, a fantastic 1903

Wallis & Steevens road roller as well as a variety of

special guest machines including rare ploughing




For further information, call the Ironbridge Tourist Information

Centre on 01952 433 424 or visit

The Gorge is easily reached via the M54 motorway exiting at

Telford junction 4 or 6.

One of the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Blists Hill

Victorian Town is open from 10am until 4.30pm;

entrance is £18.50 adults, £13.50 60 plus and £11.50

children 5-16, under 5s free.

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My Partner’s Lost



Sixties nostalgia began when she started

buying and selling vintage clothes and

jewellery online, and for a while it turned

into a bit of an obsession,” Jamie explains.

But Jamie became concerned when Mimi

gradually lost interest in her hobby and

found nothing new to replace it.

“These days she just watches reruns of

1960s films and TV shows on YouTube,

while I prefer to get out of the house and

see something new. Mimi often talks about

her childhood as being a happy time, so

perhaps that’s why she wants to escape

into the past. I just wish I could persuade

her to take more interest in the present.”

The nature of nostalgia

Do you listen to Spotify while your partner

still enjoys scratchy cassette recordings? Do

you bristle each time he or she switches on the

Yesterday channel, or counts out loose change

instead of using a contactless card?

Age affects people in different ways and if you’re a forwardlooking

person who is willing to embrace change, it can be

frustrating when your partner seems happier living in the past.

If you can both laugh off your differences and set them aside,

there’s no problem, but if your partner’s behaviour starts to

affect your lifestyle as a couple, it could be a red flag for your


Not going out

Mary Adebusi-Jones, aged 58, used to work in the fashion

industry and still likes to keep up to date with current trends.

Now semi-retired, she enjoys spending time with younger

people as a member of a local rock choir.

Although Mary’s husband Stephen is actually two years

younger, she feels his behaviour and outlook is typical of

someone much older.

In his younger days, Steve always wanted to hear the latest

band, try different foods and travel to new places, but all that

stopped when he reached the age of 45. These days he prefers

to stay in, listening to the same music he played when he was

young. He even moans when I suggest something different, like

trying out a new recipe.”

Mary admits she finds Steve’s lack of interest in the world of

today hard to take. “He seems stuck in a rut of his own making.

There are moments when I look at him and think ‘why can’t I

have the old Steve back?’”

A victim of vintage?

That’s a familiar story for Jamie Barber, who has lived with his

partner Mimi for the past twenty-five years. “Mimi’s interest in

It’s difficult to watch a partner who was

once positive, optimistic and adventurous

lose those qualities as they age: clinging

on to a familiar past instead of enjoying

the present. For those people nostalgia

becomes a kind of safety blanket: a protective space where

they can hide from the stresses and strains of today’s fastpaced

world. While it’s easy to accuse them of being ‘stuck in

a rut’, a psychiatrist may take a different view. If your partner

is displaying symptoms such as low energy and general loss

of pleasure in everyday life, it’s possible they are suffering

from a condition called dysthymia. Also known as ‘Persistent

Depressive Disorder’ and closely related to depression, this

condition can last for years and, thanks to its undramatic

symptoms, often goes undiagnosed.

A person with dysthymia might suffer from low self-esteem,

show little interest in daily activities and seem irritable and

‘down’ much of the time. Avoiding social activities, not getting

minor tasks done and losing concentration are also signs of

this condition. The good news is that it can be relieved by a

combination of talking therapy and medication.

Learning to enjoy the present

So what can you do if you suspect that your partner is suffering

from low-level depression? Giving them an opportunity to

talk to you freely about any concerns or worries may be all

that’s needed to kick-start the change and help them enjoy life

again. But if you genuinely believe that your partner’s mental

health is at risk, you should encourage them to contact a GP.

Alternatively you could find help at Age UK, which runs a free

counselling service throughout the UK. Call Age UK’s helpline

on 0800 678 1602 to locate a counsellor near you, or visit their

website at

Whoever came up with the wise old adage “Yesterday is history,

tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift; that’s why they call it the

present!” seems to have understood the importance of looking

forward, rather than living in the past. While most people enjoy

looking back at their past experiences, the trouble starts when

reminiscence becomes a substitute for real life. If you can

communicate that message to your partner, there’s a chance it

could transform both your lives for the better.

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The Woodstock Festival was recognised as

an iconic event even as it was taking place. 50

years on, we look at its beginnings and legacy.

A plan turned into chaos

Woodstock was the brainchild of four young men looking for

an investment opportunity: John Roberts, Joel Rosenman,

Artie Kornfeld (youngest vice president at Capitol Records)

and Michael Lang (organiser of the 1968 Miami Music Festival).

They planned to build a recording studio and retreat for

musicians in Woodstock, New York (where Bob Dylan and

other musicians lived), and decided to fund it via a rock concert

for 50,000 people in Wallkill, New York, on 15th-18th August

1969. Tickets were distributed and bands signed up, including

Creedence Clearwater Revival, whose fame encouraged other

big names to become involved. It was on!

Or was it? Wallkill’s citizens, not keen on being overrun by

hippies, passed a law banning the concert from their vicinity

on 2nd July. Stores stopped selling tickets and bands started

to reconsider their involvement.

Luckily, Max Yasgur offered up his dairy farm in Bethel, New

York, but preparations had been massively delayed, including

the construction of tickets booths and gates. By August 13th,

50,000 people had walked through the gaps in the fence and

camped near the stage. With no way to get them to leave

or pay, the organisers declared the concert free – and the

audience swelled to over 400,000 people.

A triumph for counter-culture

Despite delays, the Woodstock Festival (aka An Aquarian

Exposition: Three Days of Peace and Music) was opened, nearly

on time, by spiritual teacher and yogi, Swami Satchidananda.

Richie Havens followed him on to the stage because the

original opening act, Sweetwater, were stuck in traffic caused

by thousands of people still flocking to the event. During his

enforced three-hour set, Richie’s improvised jam, Freedom,

was a signature moment.

Bands and artists including Joan Baez, Santana, Janis Joplin,

Grateful Dead, Sly and the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane

and The Who (who played their rock opera, Tommy) followed.

With the whole show running late, on Sunday, the Festival

began to wind down. Only 25,000 remained to hear Jimi

Hendrix bring the festival to a close early on Monday morning,

with an epic set that included his unique take on The Star

Spangled Banner.

Various anniversary concerts have taken place, including

Woodstock ’94, which featured Bob Dylan (who declined to

perform in ’69). ‘Woodstock 50’ will be held at New York’s

Watkins Glen on 16th-18th August and will feature The Killers,

Dead & Company, Jay Z, Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons and

Santana (performers at the original festival).

Woodstock was muddy; there was a lot of sex, drugs and

rock and roll and not nearly enough water, food or toilets;

two people died; and the organisers were left massively in

debt. Yet the festival, which would become known simply

as ‘Woodstock’, was largely peaceful, becoming a landmark

musical event and an iconic snapshot of ‘60s counter-culture

and societal change. Appropriately, a 1960s museum and

the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which hosts outdoor

concerts, now sit on the site.

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Medieval Shopping

Shopping in medieval times would certainly

have been an assault on the senses.

The medieval town was a very different place to our

shopping centres today. Although the problem of litter

is a current (and valid) environmental concern thanks

to our overuse of packaging, crowded medieval streets

would have habitually run with sewage, blood from

slaughtered animals, rats and loose livestock. Couple

this with the fact most people didn’t wash very often,

and one can only imagine the smell and noise (or hue

and cry) of which you would have run the gauntlet, by

popping out for a loaf of bread!

There were two types of shop owner in medieval England:

merchants and craftsmen, and both were commonly

governed by guilds.

Merchant or craft guilds consisted of members who

traded in a certain commodity such as wool, or who were

specifically skilled artisans, respectively. By grouping

together as a guild, they were able to set standards and prices

for their trade. Paying for membership of the guild also provided

traders with protection.

Craft guilds would offer apprenticeships with the opportunity

of learning a skill through a master craftsman and earning the

resulting qualifications or papers.

An apprenticeship was unwaged; sometimes families would

even pay for their son to learn a respected trade. This payment

would include food and lodging although it usually meant

sleeping on the shop floor.

Once a young man had completed his apprenticeship, he

became a journeyman and would be paid for his services. A

journeyman would have to produce his ‘masterwork’ to be given

the title of master craftsman.

There were punishments for those who broke the rules of the

guild, often favouring the medieval penchant for humiliation

(think of the popularity of the town and village stocks).

For example, in those days bread was unleavened and sold by

weight. A baker caught adding weights to his dough to make a

heavier loaf would be made to walk through the town with the

loaves tied around his neck. Likewise, a brewer who produced

bad or adulterated beer would be forced to publicly drink it and

then have the rest poured over his head.

Banishment from a guild meant the merchant or artisan was

unlikely to work in the town again.

Most medieval trade premises were workshops as well, with the

merchant or craftsman living above. Wealthier merchants would

have larger houses built on the outskirts of the town.

The shop front would generally have no glass windows but

instead would be open to the street, with wooden shutters put

up when it was closed.

It was common for tradespeople to group their shops together,

possibly because it was easier for the guilds to oversee, so

streets became dedicated to one commodity or craft, for

example, a street of bakeries or a lane of cobblers. We can still

see this reflected in some old street names today.

Because most people couldn’t read, medieval shop signs were

symbols made of painted wood or wrought iron, sometimes

partially gilded. These large signs were hung on brackets and

chains attached to the building and were made obvious to the

medieval customer. The sign for an apothecary was a pestle and

mortar. A blacksmith had an anvil and hammer, while a farrier,

who looked after horses’ hooves, might have had a simple


In those days, barbers were also surgeons and dentists hence

their sign: a red and white striped pole signified blood and


It is thought that the ‘three balls’ sign for a pawnbroker (who

lent money in exchange for the collateral of valuable goods)

may have evolved from the symbol for three gold coins.

A butcher’s sign was usually a bull’s head coupled with butchery

tools. Most butchers would have a barn and slaughterhouse

attached to the back of their shop and animals were killed on

the premises. Carcasses would be hung outside on hooks, and

meat laid out on slabs or special sills attached to the building

known as ‘shammels’. These were a common feature of medieval

shop fronts.

The typical overhangs of medieval buildings would have served

to protect the goods on display below, both from the weather

and things being thrown out of the windows above.

As with the shop signs, instead of written notices shop owners

would hang symbolic objects outside their premises to keep

customers informed of what was going on. For example, if a

brewer’s beer was ready, he would hang a green branch outside.

Other examples of craftsmen or ‘mongers’ (tradespeople selling

a certain type of goods) who might have a shop in a medieval

town were: stonemason; draper (who sold cloth); tailor;

carpenter; cobbler (who repaired old shoes) and cordwainer

(who made new ones); grocer; furrier; fishmonger; baker;

weaver; cheesemonger; cooper (barrel maker); cartwright;

ironmonger; bowyer (who made archer’s bows); fletcher (who

made the arrows); and chandler (who originally made candles).

Many of these skills were passed down through families to

become common surnames.

As well as blacksmiths who forged iron, there were other

metalsmiths including goldsmiths and silversmiths. Not only

did goldsmiths make jewellery and other objects from gold but

they also produced gold leaf to adorn the beautiful handwritten

medieval manuscripts of the day.

Most shops closed around 3pm, having been open as early as

6am. A curfew bell would be rung between 8pm and 9pm and

everyone was then expected to vacate the streets or else have a

very good excuse for being there. We could probably learn a lot

from our medieval ancestors.

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The Lindos Acropolis



According to legend, the Acropolis was founded

by Lindos, the grandson of Helios the Sun god,

and up on its rocky headland above the Aegean

Sea, it just takes your breath away. Climb up the

hill, on a donkey or up 300 steps, and the past

lingers all around, glowing in the luminous light

as the scent of wild flowers and herbs drifts along

the steep winding path. The panorama is superb

from the village, a sprinkling of white houses

along the base of the rock, to the meandering

coast, the blue sea and mountains beyond. But

up on the top the medieval fortress bars the way

with its long crenelated wall silhouetted against

the sky.

It was built in the early fourteenth century by the Knights of

St John, a safe haven inaccessible from the sea and equally

challenging from the land, enclosed by ramparts and towers. It

isn’t much easier today but when you finally reach the tiny gate,

you are greeted by a lonely olive tree and a jumble of stones

and rocks hiding a few inscriptions from ancient Greece. The

next level leads up to the Knights’ headquarters with remains

of the governor’s palace, including a coat of arms, and the

Byzantine church of St John from the thirteenth century.

But Lindos existed long before the Knights arrived. Tools from

the New Stone Age were discovered at this spot and it was

Homer who first mentioned the city, built by the Dorians in the

twelfth century BC. Perched on an invincible rock guarding

two beautifully sheltered harbours, Lindos reached its golden

age in the sixth century BC under Cleovoulos, one of the seven

sages of Ancient Greece. Trade flourished, great buildings

enhanced the city, and on a former sacred site a new temple

was dedicated to the goddess Athena. It still dominates the

Acropolis, 116 metres above the sea, the highest point, and as

you stand on the very edge of the rock, gazing at the sturdy

remaining columns, you can imagine ancient worshippers

struggling up the hill, laden with bountiful offerings as, filled

with awe, they approached a divine presence between heaven

and earth.

Equally stunning is the Hellenistic stoa (200 BC), a

passageway, originally covered, 87 metres long and 9 metres

wide. Shaped like the Greek letter π, said to symbolise energy

rising to the sky, it has retained 20 of its 42 Doric columns.

It’s a great favourite for photographs with its lofty golden

colonnade framed by blue sky and sea. There are also vestiges

of a Roman stoa and temple, ancient stairways and several

semi-circular platforms, one with the prow of a ship hewn

into the rock, where offerings were laid. Three thousand years

of history are no mean achievement, and with the wonderful

views all around you feel on top of the world. I mused for a

while among these amazing ruins, hardly noticing the first

drops of rain – but within minutes the Sun god was back in

all his glory.

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Robin Hood




Find the names of Disney characters in the grid and the remaining

letters will spell out a related phrase


Budget Friendly Family Fun

Have fun with the kids this summer, without

breaking the bank.

Kids Pass

Kids Pass gives you 40% off cinema tickets and money

off a range of restaurants and days out. You can even get

discounts on holidays with Haven, Butlins, Eurocamp and other

companies. The pass costs around £40 a year, but a month’s

trial costs just £1.

Think small

Check whether your local amateur dramatics society is

performing any plays suitable for families. Smaller venues are

a lot cheaper than well-known theatres and young children

really won’t care if an actor is an award-winning thespian or

Mark from the corner shop. Older kids could even join the

drama youth group. Don’t discount larger theatres altogether,

however, as some offer discounts during the summer holidays.

Children can attend a host of London shows for free during

August’s Kids Week, as long as they’re accompanied by a

paying adult – see

Party time

Clubbing together with other parents can help to keep costs

down. Having a kids’ party at a soft-play centre, theme park,

pottery barn or other activity centre often costs less per head

than buying the activity and food separately for each child.

Use PayPal’s Money Pools to collect the money from everyone.


A trip to a pottery workshop usually costs upwards of £10 a

child, but if you buy the paints and pots online you can get that

down to around £3 or £4 per child. Likewise, a home tie dye

kit costs less than £15, which gives you enough dye for around

ten children’s T-shirts. Fabric pens are even cheaper (and less

messy). Try eBay for kits, T-shirts and other items to dye, such

as cotton bags or pillow cases. Bulk buy with other parents to

save money.

Cheap days out

Keep an eye on social media and for

cheap days out. Libraries and councils sometimes organise

holiday activities, such as storytelling and crafts. Country

fairs often have lots on for kids and entrance is often free for

under-16s as long as they’re accompanied by a paying adult.

(Tickets are usually cheaper if they’re bought in advance.) For

less than £15 for one adult and four children, you could enjoy

a day out with aerobatics displays, ferret racing, motocross

displays, puppet shows and more. Just remember to pack a

cool bag with a picnic and ice pops, otherwise you’ll spend a

small fortune on hotdogs, chips and ice-cream.


Cashback sites such as Quidco and Topcashback give you

money back every time you buy something online from one

of their retail partners. They also offer discounts. When we

checked, Quidco was advertising a fourteen-day Walt Disney

pass for the price of seven days, and money off various flights.

If you register your credit and debit cards with Quidco, you can

also earn money when you shop on the high street, whether

you’re buying kids’ clothes or treating the family to lunch out.

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Shakespeare Quotes

Can you name the 10 plays

by William Shakespeare

that feature these lines?

1 If music be the food of love, play on

2 We few, we happy few, we band of brothers

3 Is this a dagger which I see before me, the

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4 But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve

5 Beware the ides of March

6 The course of true love never did run smooth

7 A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!

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9 To be, or not to be: that is the question

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Safe in the Sun

Our top tips for keeping children safe on


Stop slips

There are few things more pleasant than relaxing with a cool

drink on a hot day beside a swimming pool. Bliss. Unfortunately,

however much you tell your children not to run by the pool,

they never seem to learn. While non-slip shoes won’t make

your child any less likely to ignore your warnings, they could

help to prevent a nasty fall. Slipfree® shoes can be used in and

out of the water, and are also handy for protecting feet from

hot pebbles on the beach. They’re quick-drying, breathable and

comfortable. (My son would wear his 24/7 given the chance.)

Available in a range of designs and sizes, Slipfree® shoes are

priced at £14.95 at

Sun safety

If your child hates having sunscreen re-applied, you might

want to invest in a long-sleeved, long-legged sun suit like this

one by Frugi, which has a UPF of 50+. You’ll still need to use

sunscreen on exposed areas. M&S Kids Sun Smart Sun Spray is

SPF50, suitable for sensitive skin and helps to moisturise skin

while it protects. Let your child choose their own sun hat, as

they’re more likely to wear it without protesting. It may not be

quite as tasteful as the one you’d have chosen, but hey, you’re

on holiday.

Holiday homes

Planning to rent a holiday home this summer? Set a reminder

on your phone to check the fire alarm when you get there.

According to new research by VeriSmart, up to 40% of rental

properties don’t have a working smoke alarm, despite it being

a legal requirement. If the property has a gas fire, gas cooker,

coal fire or wood burning stove, it should also have a carbon

monoxide detector. Depending on the age of your child, you

may need to check whether there’s a stair gate and safety

latches before you go. If there isn’t, consider investing in a

travel stair gate such as the Lindam Flexiguard, which folds up

small and is easy to attach without screws.

Stranger danger

See for advice on talking to your child about

strangers and hazards. The site also has advice on online safety,

what to check if your child is taking part in a club, and more.

A child identity wristband is a good idea for younger children.

Write your name and phone number on the wristband in case

your child gets lost. (Search Amazon for ‘ID wristband’.)

Stay hydrated

You’ll need to make sure your child stays hydrated while you’re

out and about. If you don’t want to spend a small fortune on

bottled drinks (or waste all that plastic), a reusable water bottle

is essential. The ones at Getting Personal can be personalised

with your child’s name. Who knows, it might even encourage

them not to lose it. One can hope.

by Kate Duggan



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Short Breaks

“Right from the beginning, staff were lovely and friendly, ensuring

they had plenty of information regarding Amy’s needs. I would

certainly recommend Short Breaks @Derwen to other families.”

These are the words of a parent whose daughter has now accessed

Short Breaks at Derwen College, near Oswestry in Shropshire, on

three separate occasions; enjoying the over-night experience of

being away from home and spending time with peers of her own

age in a fun environment with plenty of activities organised on

and off site.

Short Breaks @Derwen offers young adults with special

educational needs and disabilities a holiday experience away

from home, where they can enjoy activities with other likeminded

young people Guests have the opportunity to take part

in activities, sports, trips and develop independence skills, all with

the specialist support of trained care staff.

Short breaks offer guests a change from their daily routine

and give parents and carers a break from the demands of their

role; caring - even for someone you love - can be an exhausting

experience, which can leave you little time for yourself or other

members of your family.

Short Breaks respite are suitable for young adults aged 18 and

over who have a range of learning difficulties and disabilities.

Guests will be supported by specialist care staff, and will be

assessed to ensure the correct level of support is given. Derwen

is aware that it can be hard to entrust the care of a loved one to

others, and every effort is made to make the process as simple as

possible. Derwen College has a ‘Good’ CQC rating which reflects

the high standards of care and good practice offered. Families are




invited to view the house and to meet with staff. Specially trained

care and independence support workers, take time to find out

about each guest, their interests and needs; each stay can then be

tailored to include the best plan of activities for individual guests.

Short Breaks is open for 50 weeks of the year, closing for only two

weeks each Christmas. There is no limit to how often, or for how

long you may wish to stay with short breaks.

The Short Breaks House is modern and spacious, with six

individual, en-suite bedrooms. Hoists are available for those who

require them. There is a fully equipped kitchen and dining area,

and meals are bespoke to guests’ preferences and needs. Laundry

facilities are available for those who wish to use them. There is

also full use of a communal lounge area with TV and WiFi, and a

garden for guests to enjoy.

Guests can take part in a range of activities and trips to local

attractions. Daily activities may include; swimming, basketball,

use of the gym and football. Day trips are organised to the beach,

theme parks, shopping, bowling and cinema.

Parent and guest feedback for the short breaks facility has been

overwhelmingly positive indicating a clear need for quality respite

for young adults in the Midlands.

Parent of Guest A said, “For us, the primary reason for accessing

short breaks is for A as she has very limited time away from us. We

want her to develop more independence with the aim of eventually

moving into supported living. She has a lot of fun with people of

her age and is kept busy. She seemed to develop confidence and

was a lot more willing to do things herself on returning.”





Whether your garden is large or small, long, wide

or a completely uneven shape, you can guarantee

that it will benefit from having some height added

to it – and what better way to do this than by

erecting an arch or arbour? The great thing is that,

of course, any vertical structure you install in your

garden makes for a new planting opportunity


So what are the advantages of a bit of vertical structural

interest (aside from the plants it can support) and how can

you make the very best of them in your garden?

Position an arbour it so that it overlooks a good view or

particularly attractive part of the garden and you instantly

create a fabulous place to sit and relax. You can also use an

arch or even an arbour as a means of dividing your garden

into one or more rooms. This age-old designer’s trick can make

your garden seem a lot larger and more interesting.

Chosen carefully, arches and arbours themselves are good

looking and can be a feature in their own right, so don’t

necessarily go for the first one you see; shop around and

remember that if you clothe them with climbers, you are

adding to their appeal.

Some plants look great but others have another secret

ingredient: scented climbers, like some of the rambling or

climbing roses, or honeysuckle or jasmine, can totally transform

the whole garden as their perfume wafts out for you to enjoy.

If an arbour is situated in a sunny spot and you have fairly freedraining

soil, why not plant an area around it with lavenders?

Then you can enjoy both the way it looks and the perfume and

aromatic leaves as you sit and relax after a stressful day.

In sunny positions, thymes or camomile can be used to great

effect on the approach to your archway or arbour – when your

feet gently crush the thyme or camomile lawn, a fantastic

aroma will be released.

Arches and arbours are available in a wide range of materials,

but by far the most popular are those made from wood or

metal. To a large extent it is a case of shopping around to find

something that suits your garden style, the purpose you have

in mind for it and, of course, your budget. I am a great fan of

wood or metal because I find that they both fit in well with the

sort of gardening style I like and, of course, you can always

use one of the numerous and readily available wood stains or

paints to transform it from its natural subtly coloured state to a

bright blue, rich red or pretty well any colour you fancy!

Although it is possible to construct an arch or an arbour from

scratch yourself, you will be amazed at the range of readymade

arbours and kits for both arches and arbours that are now

available. If you choose wood, do ensure that it is a wood which

is either naturally going to resist decay – western red cedar or a

hardwood such as oak would be my first choice, with Douglas

fir or larch a close second. Alternatively you can choose a

softwood which has been tanalised or pressure-treated with

a wood preservative, which will usually be somewhat cheaper.

By choosing a wooden arch, perhaps with a rounded top and

trellis up the sides, you ensure a really good planting space, and

this somewhat more rustic look fits in well with a particularly

informal garden. Many of these are also relatively inexpensive

and easy to install.

To find out just what’s available, it is well worth paying a visit

to several local garden centres or taking a look at mail-order

products from the numerous arch and arbour websites, which

make window shopping even easier!

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Technology for wherever the path may take you

One of the great things about technology is that

it can help you when you’re far from civilisation.

It can track your hike, provide the tools you need

when you’re far from home or just give your

phone a boost so you can listen to music while

you explore the great outdoors.

Smartwatches aren’t just for runners and cyclists: there

are hiking-specific ones too. Look for features such as a

barometer (for pressure, to help predict weather changes),

altimeter (for altitude) and compass (for directions). Some

even have thermometers you can use to help plan what

you’re going to wear.

As with all technology, hiking-ready smartwatches differ

wildly in price and can be expensive: Garmin’s Fenix 5 is

packed with features but it’ll also set you back £449.99. If

you’re a serious hiker that’s a worthwhile investment, but

if you’re more of a weekend stroller a more modest, more

affordable watch that uses your phone for GPS might be a

better idea. TomTom’s useful Spark 3, which can track your

vitals and record your travels, is currently £110.

For extreme outdoor enthusiasts who think nothing of

clambering up the odd terrifying tower, an action camera

is a must: it’ll record what you do for those all-important

YouTube or Facebook shares later. The GoPro Hero range

is the favourite here, but the cameras can be pricey; for

example the Hero7 Waterproof model is currently £329.

If you’d rather start with something a lot more basic, you

can pick up a no-name action camera for as little as £25.

Of course you get what you pay for, so you won’t get the

features, add-ons or ruggedness of a more expensive device,

but they’re a cheap and cheerful way to get surprisingly

good video when you’re out and about.

Don’t forget about lower-tech gadgets too, such as the

legendary Victorinox Huntsman Swiss Army Knife (£24);

with corkscrew, scissors, saw and bottle opener as well as

knife blades it’s a perfect multi-tool for all kinds of travel. If

you need even more bits, Leatherman’s range of multi-tools

has you covered: the £149 Surge may seem expensive but it

manages to cram an entire tool chest – screwdrivers, pliers

and multiple blades – into an incredibly small space. Simpler

and cheaper models are available too.

If you’re using electronic gadgets, sooner or later you’ll

encounter the same old problem: battery life. You can’t

exactly plug in your phone charger when you’re halfway up

a mountain, but what you can do is plug it into a portable

battery pack and charge it from that. Battery packs have

become much more powerful, portable and affordable in

recent years, and it’s possible to get a really good one for

very little money. For example, Anker’s PowerCore II Slim

can charge a high-end smartphone two or three times from

a single charge, and it’s small enough for even the most

basic backpack. It’s cheap, too: £25.99. If you need even

more power for a longer trip, the 20100 version has double

the battery power and currently costs £33 – although it’s

a bit heavier at 349g compared to the cheaper unit’s 213g.

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Garmin Fenix 5 smartwatch

Leatherman surge multi-tool

Anker Powercore II Slim battery pack

GoPro Hero 7 action camera


Secret Garden

An exciting plan to create a ‘secret garden’ at a

Shropshire station has taken a big step forward.

The ‘Friends of Wellington Station’ group has just started work

on the innovative project, which will be a haven for wildlife as

well as providing a ‘green sanctuary for visitors and travellers.

“This is a big day for us as we have been planning this special

garden for a long time,” said Councillor Julie Pierce, one of

20 volunteers who began clearing the 40-metre long area on

platform three of the station this week.

The area to be cultivated was previously an abandoned

swathe of land which had been neglected for several years,

encouraging anti social behaviour.

“We have now started to shape the garden, which will include

bee and bird-friendly wildflowers and plants, a bug hotel,

butterfly feeding station and bat boxes, as well as seats and

educational information about environmental issues and

walking routes around Wellington.

“The WI has donated trees and hopefully other groups will get

on board when they see the potential of the project which will

create a new woodland space in an urban setting,” Julie added.

The voluntary Friends of Wellington Station group was

launched two years ago and works with West Midlands Railway

and Network Rail, who provided a team of volunteers to help

clear the land.

Members have already planted a lavender terrace on one of the

platforms and installed timber planters and a Victorian style

flower and herb cart.




Fay Easton, head of stakeholder and community for West

Midlands Railway, said: "This station work party is the first in a

series of joint 'action days' planned with Network Rail.

In a community venture partnership that provides win/win for

us as the train operating company, the Friends of the Stations

and Network Rail, we will be operating these events across the

region throughout the year.

In Wellington, the secret garden vision is finally coming to life

after 18 months in the planning and we look forward to the

launch of this innovative town centre nature reserve."

Pictured from left, volunteers Gerald Sanders, Katie Garvey and

Councillor Julie Pierce












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Some caterpillars – in particular the

tortrix moth caterpillars – produce

quantities of fine webbing that they

use to bind leaves or other plant parts

together to create safe shelters. They

are difficult to control as it is hard to

get a pesticide or nematodes mix to

reach them, so for these hand-picking

or squashing is often best.

Bugs and beasties really thrive in warmer weather,

so how should you deal with the most common

problems you are likely to encounter at this time

of year?


Aphids such as greenfly and blackfly can be a real menace as

they suck sap from your plants, and can even transmit viruses –

sometimes with disastrous consequences. Their sticky excreta

or honeydew is produced in copious quantities and can leave

plants and garden surfaces sticky.

Check plants regularly and then decide what to do. You can use

a strong jet of water (perhaps by putting your thumb over the

end of the hosepipe) to blast the aphids off plants, but unless

you do a thorough job they will soon be back and causing

damage! Alternatively, spray with a suitable insecticide or, if

you prefer not to use this type of chemical, use a soap-based

insecticide. I’m also a great fan of using biological controls to

sort out greenfly and blackfly – options available include native

two-spot ladybirds and their larvae, which you can introduce

to help existing ladybirds get on top of the problem – see www. for more

information on these brilliant and very safe controls.

Aphids breed incredibly rapidly, so regular control is necessary.

They don’t need males in order to reproduce and often have

numerous generations all ready within the single aphid you see

on your plant!


Caterpillars can do a lot of damage as they munch their way

through your plants or the hearts of your vegetables such as


One of the best things to do is pick the pests off where possible

and either squash them or place them on the bird table. Many

caterpillars feed in the evening, so are easiesr to spot at dusk –

or very early in the morning.

You can buy a mixture of nematodes to spray onto your plants

and kill the caterpillars without harming humans or pets.

For vegetables that are particularly

caterpillar-susceptible, such as

calabrese, broccoli and other

brassicas, stop the adults laying their

eggs with horticultural fleece, netting

or very fine Micromesh, either as pullout

tunnels or sheets of material you

cut to shape and peg down. This will

help to keep a wide range of pests,

including caterpillars, away from the



These little creatures are rarely

responsible for doing that much damage in their own right as

they simply do not have adequately strong mouthparts. They

can cause damage to soft new growth or occasionally to softfleshed

fruits such as strawberries, but can’t tackle tougher

plant growth. They are rather like vultures, in that they clean

up the debris created by other creatures after they have fed

and damaged your plants. I say leave them be.


Earwigs cause quite a bit of damage, particularly on the

flowers of plants such as clematis and dahlias, where they

can nibble out large quantities of petal or occasionally leaf.

They can be controlled with contact insecticides but a lot of

gardeners prefer to trap the earwigs. The advantage of this

is that no pesticide is needed, which can be difficult to spray

onto open blooms without risk of damage. One of the best

ways of trapping earwigs is the traditional method using an

inverted flowerpot – stuffed loosely with hay, straw or similar

material – on top of a bamboo cane, and positioned amongst

susceptible plants. The earwigs climb in there to hide and the

pots can be emptied out regularly.


Powdery mildew is also a problem at this time of year, coating

plant leaves, stems, buds and sometimes even petals with a

white flowery deposit. Sometimes the mildew can prevent

fruits from swelling normally and cause the leaves to become

distorted and in some instances even to fall early. Prompt

action is essential and, if you are happy to use chemicals and

have not managed to get the problem under control by picking

off infected leaves and using other cultural controls, there are

suitable fungicides available.

Keep the damage to a minimum in the first instance by ensuring

that the plants are kept well-watered – plants which are dry

around the roots seem particularly prone to mildew attack. In

addition, try to ensure a good flow of air around the plants, as

stagnant, moist air seems to have a similar effect and can make

matters worse very quickly. Careful pruning or weeding often

solves the problem.

by Pippa Greenwood




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Problem Solvers

This month, we’re focusing on tried and tested

problem solvers to see you through the summer, from

frizz-fighting serums to space-saving multi-taskers.

When luggage space is at a premium, multi-tasking products

are a godsend, particularly when they don’t count towards your

paltry hand luggage liquid allowance. I’m a big fan of PÜR’s 4

in 1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation (£29). As well

as giving great, lightweight coverage and a shine-free finish, it

helps to nourish skin with ingredients such as lactic acid and shea

butter. It also has an SPF of 15. While that’s not enough for warmer

weather, it’s handy for cooler days. Choose from 11 shades at /

Hair looking a bit ‘meh’? Try treating it to Alteya Organics’

Rose Otto Invigorating Shampoo and Conditioner (£14.20

each). They’re formulated to help strengthen hair, reduce frizz and

increase shine. You can forget ingredients lists of unpronounceable

chemical compounds, these products are packed with natural

ingredients such as aloe vera, seabuckthorn extract, hazelnut

extract, ylang-ylang and, of course, roses grown on Alteya’s farm.

(The family-run Bulgarian company has been growing organic

roses for over a century.) See

If, like me, your hair turns into a frizzy mess at the merest hint

of humidity, try Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum (www. Apply it after conditioning, while your hair is

still wet. It speeds up drying time and helps to lock out moisture,

so your hair stays smooth, shiny and frizz-free all day. It works

wonders on straight, wavy or curly hair and does its job whether

you blow dry your hair or leave it to dry naturally. The full size

bottle is £21.95, but you only need a small amount, so the 25ml

travel sized version (£6.70) should last for at least a couple of


According to The Sleep Council, 74 percent of people in the UK

don’t get enough sleep. If you’re struggling to drop off at night, try

Tisserand’s new Sleep Better Bath Salts (£13.95), Bath Oil

(£12.95) or Bath & Shower Wash (£11.95). They’re fragranced

with jasmine, sandalwood and lavender essential oils to help

promote a feeling of relaxation. While subtle, the scent is lovely

and calming. The bath oil is my personal favourite, as it leaves skin

feeling softer. (Did I mention that I love a multi-tasker?) Available

from Boots and

If you’re constantly reapplying hand lotion because your hands feel

dry, it may be time to swap to a gentler, more natural handwash.

Personally, I have to avoid any with sodium lauryl sulphate, as it

makes my hands so dry and cracked they end up bleeding. I tend

to use bars of soap instead, but also like vegetable oil-based liquid

soaps, such as those by The Castilian Soap Company. They’re

available in a range of fragrances, including peppermint, lavender

and rose geranium. If your hands are super-sensitive, try the

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Belle of the Beach

Whether you’re planning a week in a luxury

Caribbean villa or going camping in Cornwall,

this little lot deserve a spot in your suitcase.

I’m a big fan of dry shampoos,

particularly for camping, festivals

and lazy weekends. Philip Kingsley’s

One More Day Dry Shampoo is

a good choice. It absorbs excess

sebum, boosts volume and helps to

prevent an itchy, irritated scalp. It’s a

spray rather than a powder, so won’t

leave you looking like you’ve been

dusted with talc (unlike some other

dry shampoos). The travel-sized

50ml bottle is perfect for holidays,

although the 200ml is a lot better

value for money. It’s £9-£19.50, see

I’m very tempted by the new Como

Viaggio Travel Styling Kits by Alfa

Italia. Each kit comprises a travel hairdryer, mini ceramic styling

iron, two sectioning clips and a bag for just £44.95. Travel hairstyling

products tend to be a bit ‘meh’ when it comes to power,

but this hairdryer is 1200w and the straighteners heat up to

190°C. Choose from dusky pink with a matching suede-effect

case, or light blue or stone with a leather-look case, see www.

I know I’m not the only one of my

friendship group who slathers on face

cream but rarely uses body lotion. If

you’re also guilty of neglecting 80%

of your skin, AL!VE’s Hydrating Spray

Lotion could be the answer. It takes

seconds to spray on and absorbs

super-fast. It also feels lovely and

cool, so is perfect for freshening up

on a hot day. Best of all, you can pick

it up for just £5 from Sainsbury’s.

If, like me, your legs are less smooth

alabaster and more pale mottled

mess, fake tan can be your friend. Had

a bad experience with bright orange

streaks? Modern formulas are a huge

improvement on their predecessors.

Just exfoliate and moisturise well

before you start. Bondi Sands’

Protect & Tan is a

great introduction

to self-tanning. As the name implies, it

helps to protect your skin from the sun and

builds a gradual, natural-looking tan

over a few days of use. It’s SPF 15 so

not strong enough for sunbathing but

perfect if you’re popping to the shops.

It’s an oil, but not greasy, and it leaves

skin feeling softer for hours afterwards.

It’s £12.99 at

A facial oil can help to tackle dry patches, boost hydration and

soften skin. Personally, I prefer a 100% natural oil like Gorgias

London’s Age Renewal Facial Oil, which I’ve been using at

nighttime for a few weeks now. It’s a 100% natural blend of

seed and plant oils, including avocado, prickly pear, olive and

argan. The blend is packed with nutrients, vitamins, fatty acids,

omega 9 and antioxidants. My skin drinks it up and always feels

softer and ‘happier’ the morning after using it. It costs £44.95


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As well as leaving you feeling

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A relaxing massage releasing

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A non intrusive treatment

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after an invigorating skin brush.

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Obtaining a university degree is a fantastic

achievement, and not only in academic terms.

It’s also a huge challenge to deal with money as a

student, so if you’ve emerged relatively unscathed

financially, again, many congratulations.

Entering the world of work, however, means you’ll now need

to change financial focus and think about such exciting

matters as income tax, pension contributions and student loan


So with this in mind here are a few aspects of graduate finance

you might want to consider, along with some ideas to help you

manage your money effectively as you transition into the world

of work.

Graduate bank accounts

Graduate bank accounts typically reflect your changing

circumstances, offering a range of benefits to help you deal

with residual overdraft debt from your student days. If you stay

with the same bank they’re likely to just upgrade your existing

student account to a graduate account, but you may want to

shop around to see what else is on offer.

Don’t feel obliged to remain with the same bank if you’re not

happy with their service or they don’t offer what you need.

New customers can sometimes access better deals, and since

the Current Account Switch Service was introduced, it’s a very

easy process.

Graduate bank accounts and student overdrafts

Graduate bank accounts allow you to pay off your student

overdraft over a period of time. Typically, you’ll be offered a

0% interest overdraft facility that reduces each year for up to

three years from the date you graduate, although individual

offerings may vary.

Additional benefits of graduate bank accounts commonly


• Potential access to a low interest rate graduate loan

depending on your circumstances.

• Cash back on regular bills or general spending.

Interest on credit balances.

• Cash incentives if you change banks.

Considerations when choosing a graduate bank account

Credit rating

Your credit rating and general financial position will be checked

prior to opening or changing your account. It’s worth knowing

that it can be as detrimental to have no credit rating as a bad

rating – this is because the bank has no knowledge of any

previous financial behaviours.

Overdraft terms

It’s important to be aware of the terms and conditions

of your overdraft facility. Make sure you understand

the rate by which the overdraft amount they offer will

reduce each year so you can budget, plan ahead, and

avoid having to pay off costly debt.

When the graduate term ends

When the two or three year graduate term comes to

an end, you’re likely to be switched to a ‘standard’

current account with its associated interest and fees. If

you haven’t been able to pay off your student overdraft

during this time, the additional monthly interest can

significantly impact your finances.

Your work situation

If you’ve not yet secured work, a graduate account that

offers the longest interest-free period is likely to be

the best option. Your personal circumstances will dictate this,


Which graduate account?

Here are just a few of the graduate accounts currently available,

to give you an idea of what might be on offer:

•Barclays Higher Education Account: up to £3,000 interestfree

overdraft in the first year following graduation; cash back


•NatWest Graduate Account (existing customers): up to

£2,000 interest-free overdraft in the first year after graduation;

Tastecard 2 for 1 meal offer.

•HSBC Graduate Account: up to £1,500 interest-free overdraft

in the first year following graduation and up to £1,000 in the

second year.

Long-term financial habits

Whether you’ve secured employment or not, now is a good

time to set yourself up for the future by adopting healthy

financial habits. Here’s what you can do to help your current

and future self:

• Budget

Getting an overall picture of your financial situation is a great

way to stay in control, and it doesn’t take long. To start, you’ll

need to write down all your income and outgoings.

• Avoid unarranged overdraft debt

If you exceed your pre-arranged overdraft limit you’ll be

charged high rates of interest as well as transaction fees

and potentially a daily charge. Budgeting and planning your

spending helps you avoid unnecessary charges and remain in

financial control.

• Live within your means

Living within your means is fundamental for good money

management at any stage of life and can open up a number of

specific benefits, including access to lower cost borrowing and

a wider choice of financial products such as mortgages and

personal loans.

• Establish an emergency fund

If you’re able to save for an emergency fund you immediately

reduce the chances of having to go into debt should the car

break down, or any other unexpected and expensive repair be


Paying off a student overdraft and managing your money well

as a university graduate can set you up for life. Whether it feels

like a steep learning curve or you’ve already adopted some

good financial habits, your future self will definitely thank you.

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Summer holidays provide much-needed rest and

relaxation in the middle of our often-busy year

and may even be considered essential to our health

and wellbeing. They don’t need to cost the earth,

but how can you save money without detracting

from the enjoyment of this precious time away?

Here are a few tips to free up some extra spending money, or

cash to put towards next year’s getaway.

Negotiate on price

It’s possible to negotiate down your holiday price, particularly

if it’s last minute. Tour and hotel operators are likely to be open

to negotiation if it means they can fill the last few places on a

tour, or the remaining empty airline seats.

Also be aware that tour operators sell package holidays to

many different travel agents, so it’s a good idea to find out

the prices from two or three. You may be able to offer your

favoured travel agent the ‘opportunity’ to match the lower

price of a competitor.

Choose your travel times carefully

The times you travel can directly influence price so if you’re

able to fly during the night, for example, you may be able to

save some money. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are said to be

less popular for travelling when compared with Fridays and

over the weekend, so if you can go midweek it might be worth


You can set up price alerts with a number of airlines or compare

prices across the board on websites such as Skyscanner,

Kayak, and Travel Supermarket. If you’re building your own

holiday, you might even find that buying two one-way tickets

is cheaper than a return.

Do you need to fly direct?

If you don’t need to fly directly to your ultimate destination,

taking an indirect flight can save you money, particularly in

the case of long-haul journeys. It does cost you more in time,

however, so this may not appeal to everyone.

If time isn’t an issue you could view the extra stop-off as a

holiday bonus, seeing a place you wouldn’t

normally have visited. Even if you’re only there

for a few hours you might be able to head into

the city for a while to enjoy a nice meal or take

in the sights.

Avoid the added flight extras

Flight extras such as extra legroom, on-board

meals and additional luggage allowances add

a considerable sum to your ‘cheap’ flight if

you’re not careful. Some airlines include these

elements in the advertised price, but beware

if you’re using a budget operator as they may

be added extras.

Streamlining your flight costs is an easy way

to save money, and if it’s a relatively short

journey it may not matter if you can’t choose

your own seats. You just need to be clear

about what you’re paying for when you book

so there are no nasty surprises when you

board the plane.

Combine airport hotel and parking

If you’re travelling early in the morning or

from an airport a long way from home, you may need to stay in

an airport hotel the night before. If so, you can save money by

combining the accommodation costs with car parking for the

duration of your holiday.

The hotel may arrange your parking, in which case it will often

be on-site, and there’s typically a free shuttle bus service to the

airport terminal. You may even get a breakfast included in the

deal so you can also save money on food at the airport.

Travel while you sleep

Travelling while you sleep is a great way to make savings on

the cost of your holiday. Whether you’re starting your journey

by train, coach or cross-channel ferry, overnight travel using

these methods can be considerably cheaper than booking a

hotel for the night.

Just be aware that a cabin on a cross-channel ferry might be

expensive when compared with sleeping on a reclining seat

or booking a budget hotel room. Coaches in particular are a

cheap method of travel, and if you’re in no rush you can see

lots of places in Europe for a fraction of the flight cost between


Independent excursions

The cost of excursions can be eye-watering, especially for a

family, so try organising your own days out to save money. You

may be able to buy admission tickets to attractions and events

before you go on holiday, and by booking transport locally

you’ll have a truly authentic experience.

If you’re unsure about making your own travel arrangements

when you’re there, you can always ask the hotel rep for

information about the trains and buses that run in your area.

The rep is there to help and should literally point you in the

right direction. You can then use the money you’ve saved for a

lovely meal out.

Going to different places and enjoying new experiences are

life-affirming, and can be more affordable than you think. Save

money on your summer holiday by driving down prices across

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Little Darlings – Melanie Golding

Lauren is convinced someone is planning to abduct her newborn twins, so when they go missing it seems her fears were

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Vegan One Pound Meals – Miguel Barclay

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris

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Going online is a necessity for many travellers. It enables

us to get accurate weather predictions, to check flight

statuses and to find out about local tourist attractions. So

how do you get connected when you’re far from home?

Many hotels, resorts and attractions promise free Wi-Fi,

but in some cases the Wi-Fi is limited to a single device,

and you’ll often find that the service is too slow to stream

TV programmes. In some cases the Wi-Fi will block specific

servers and websites.

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smartphone with a Personal Hotspot feature. This creates

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all the data runs through the phone. It won’t change any

blocks on streaming – if you’re determined, you can get

around them using Virtual Private Networking software –

or speed up very slow internet connections, but it does

mean the kids can connect their Kindle Fires or other

devices when the weather isn’t brilliant.

Sometimes, the best way to go online is to use your

phone’s data connection – 4G coverage in most big

holiday destinations is very good. The main concern is

the potential cost, with some tourists running up massive

mobile phone bills during their holiday.

But mobile data needn’t be expensive. It might even be

free. Each major operator has a list of countries where you

don’t need to worry about big data bills, so for example

Vodafone offers free roaming across 48 different countries

on Pay As You Go and 77 countries on contracts that

include Global Roaming Plus. Always check before you go:

if your phone contract doesn’t include roaming you can

usually buy a roaming add-on, such as a certain amount

of data for a fixed fee. It’s usually much cheaper to buy

a data bundle than to incur charges when you’re abroad,

and if you need more you can buy another one via your

provider’s app or website. But check coverage – you can’t

use your phone if your destination has no signal.

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phone doesn’t have the virtual hotspot feature, another

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data access, or it can be a dedicated device that creates a

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Healthy Summer Rabbits

Fly strike

Fly strike is a serious condition that affects rabbits in the warmer

months. Flies lay their eggs close to your rabbit’s back end, and within

a couple of hours the eggs hatch into maggots that feed on the rabbit.

Although rabbits are generally viewed as

lower-profile pets when compared with

cats and dogs, they have specific needs

and require lots of care and attention

to make sure they thrive. With this in

mind, the heat of summer introduces

the risk of your rabbit suffering two

particularly nasty and potentially fatal


The sheer speed of fly strike means you need to be alert, and check

twice a day that your rabbit is clean. It’s also advisable to disinfect the

hutch at least weekly, and not to overfeed them. If your rabbit lives

outside, you can also protect them from fly strike to some extent by

fixing mosquito netting around their hutch.


Myxomatosis is usually fatal for rabbits, and is caused by fly, flea, tick,

or mosquito bites. It can also be carried between rabbits on infected

bedding and straw. Myxomatosis is a highly infectious virus that causes

the mucous membranes around the eyes to swell, but there is a vaccine

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The History

Today, we take the ease of

global travel for granted

but it was the birth and rise

of the package holiday that

paved the way for world

citizenship and changed the

concept of the travel we now

take for granted.

During the first half of the 19th

century only the wealthy could

afford to travel, and beach holidays

were unheard of. People would

usually go abroad for their health or

to learn about foreign culture. Travel

wasn’t easy, but with the coming of

the railway it became affordable.

In 1841, a man named Thomas Cook

organised a train excursion from

Leicester to Loughborough and in

1855 he began to offer rail tours

of the continent. He eventually

launched his first round-the-world

tour in 1872, covering the USA,

Japan, China, Singapore and India.

It was a 25,000-mile journey that

cost £210 and the start of a company that would become a

major player in the package holiday industry.

Commercial travel largely stopped during the First World

War but, with the advent of passenger planes, Thomas Cook

launched holidays by air in the 1930s although they were very

expensive and out of the reach of most people.

Following the Second World War, a demand for travelling

abroad increased. Ex-serviceman wanted to re-visit places they

had been stationed at and the general public wished to escape

the aftermath of war and its ongoing rationing. Such was

the demand that, in a bid to make holidays more affordable,

Thomas Cook was nationalised as part of British Rail in 1948.

A year or so later, a Russian immigrant named Vladimir Raitz

set up a travel company called Horizon Holidays that chartered

weekly flights to a beach resort in Corsica. As a result, many

consider him to be the inventor of the modern package holiday.

Possibly as a result of Horizon, in 1954 amendments were

made to the Convention on International Civil Aviation that

allowed for an increase in charter planes. However, there were

still restrictions on pricing, making it hard for companies to

be either cheap or competitive. There was also a shortage of


That all changed in 1957 when British European Airways (BEA)

launched a route to Valencia in Spain, coining the marketing

phrase ‘Costa Blanca’. With the creation of beach resorts came

a surge in hotel construction, particularly in Italy and Spain

where small fishing villages were turned into large resorts

dominated by hotels and bars. At the same time, larger and

faster aircraft that cut flight times were becoming available

and there were fewer restrictions on taking foreign currency


Travel was easier, opening the door to a host of tour operators.

Big corporations began to see the financial benefits of

diversifying into the travel industry.



Thomson Organisation was a

Canadian media-based corporation

that in 1965 bought out several of

the UK’s tour operators and airlines,

including Universal Sky Tours’

charter airline, Britannia. Thomson

– now branded as TUI – remains a

market leader today.

The 1970s and 1980s were boom

decades for the package holiday. In

1970, the Boeing 737 was launched.

The very latest in air travel, the

plane could carry more than 400

passengers and revolutionised

commercial flight.

In those days package holidays

weren’t without risk, however.

There was little protection for the

consumer if their travel company

went bust while they were abroad,

often leaving holidaymakers

stranded, and frequent strikes by

airport staff meant misery for many

passengers – something I remember


The package holiday has become

synonymous with sun, sea and

sangria but there were other choices

available. City breaks were rising in

popularity and ski holiday destinations expanded. Adventure

and long-distance tour operators like Kuoni began to market

travel to exotic locations, appealing to those who wanted

to indulge in their adventurous side while staying within the

safety of an organised tour.

Advances in aviation made faraway places increasingly

accessible and holidays anywhere in the world affordable.

With the abolition of price regulations, travel companies could

compete for the cheapest discounts. New technology also

made reservations easier and travel agents began to pop up

on every high street.

By 1994, more than half of the holidays booked by the British

public were package holidays, around 27 million; compare this

with the one million holidays that were taken by Brits during

the entire 1950s.

Thanks to price deregulation, the 1990s heralded the arrival

of small budget airlines that began offering package holiday

routes with the added ease of online booking. In 2005 Ryanair

carried more than 31 million passengers, an explosion from its

two million of 1995.

Today the package holiday is having to work hard to hold

its place in the market. With online booking easier than ever,

people are either finding the best deals direct for themselves

or having a bespoke tour put together by a personal travel

consultant. Baby boomers with more time and money to spend

are also favouring the more leisurely pace of luxury cruises.

Thanks to the humble package holiday, our world is more

accessible than ever before but the future isn’t all bright.

Studies suggest that with global warming, by 2030 many of

our favourite holiday destinations will simply be too hot to


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Over The Moon?

back into the cooking pot. However it’s more likely we owe

the saying to the practice of iron smelting, where damaged

tools or weapons would be melted down in a crucible.

Gets my goat

Welcome to the cutthroat world of nineteenth century

horse racing, when owners often used dirty tricks to knock

back their rivals. It was believed that nervous horses would

become calm if a goat was placed in the stall beside them, so

it was common for racing rivals to remove or ‘get’ the goat

assigned to a potential winner, in order to unsettle the horse.

Talking nineteen to the dozen



“He was yakking nineteen to the dozen, acting

like he was the bee’s knees, but when I said he

was talking a load of tosh he got the hump.”

Foreign visitors overhearing this conversation in a British

pub could be forgiven for thinking they’d landed in a parallel

universe, but if you’re a native Brit, you’ll have understood it

as: “He was talking very quickly, behaving as though he was

somebody special, but when I criticised what he was saying

he became angry.”

Here in the UK we love our idioms: in fact English is probably

the most idiom-friendly language in the world. The Oxford

Dictionary defines an idiom as “a group of words established

by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those

of the individual words.” In plain English that means when

we say we’re “over the moon” it doesn’t mean we’ve joined

NASA’s space programme. This expression, meaning “elated

and excited”, is particular to our culture and we expect the

listener to know the words are being used in a non-literal


Here are some more great examples of English language

idioms, together with their origins:

A load of tosh

Although this is now taken to mean “a lot of nonsense”, a

load of tosh would originally have indicated success for

London’s ‘toshers’, individuals who used to scour the city’s

sewers searching for anything of value. ‘Tosh’ was actually the

treasure the searchers found, but the word became a negative

term to describe the unfortunate toshers themselves.

Bob’s your uncle

Believed to date from the Victorian era, “Bob’s your uncle”

refers to something that is easily and smoothly achieved. It

is thought that the saying was a sarcastic response to the

appointment of Arthur Balfour to a prominent position in

government by his uncle, Robert Gascoyne-Cecil. ‘Bob’ was

Prime Minister at the time.

All gone to pot

In olden times when food was scarce, leftover bones would

be used to make soup, so it’s possible that the expression

grew from the habit of putting discarded pieces from a meal

This expression comes from the Cornish tin and copper mines,

which were often affected by flooding. In the eighteenth

century steam pumps were installed to clear the floodwater

and, when working to their maximum capacity, these pumps

were able to clear nineteen thousand gallons of water for

every twelve bushels of coal used to fuel them. It must

have been easy for the miners to make the imaginative leap

between the rattling of the pumps at full steam and someone

speaking rapidly.

Raining cats and dogs

There are conflicting explanations for this expression, which

describes heavy rainfall. Witches were supposed to ride out

during storms in the shape of cats, while the Norse storm god

Odin was attended by dogs, so there could be a pagan origin

for this unlikely saying. A less fanciful explanation emerges

from the filthy streets of seventeenth century Britain, when

a heavy rainstorm might occasionally cause dead animals to

wash out of the drains.

Why are we so attached to these odd (and often illogical)

sayings? Maybe it’s because the English language has been

influenced by the presence of so many foreign invaders. The

Romans, the Anglo-Saxons, the Vikings and the Norman

French have all left their mark on our language, so it’s

possible that our ancestors reinforced their sense of identity

by using expressions that were unique to their communities.

Another use for idioms is to succinctly express an idea when

no single word exists to do the job. When someone is accused

of being “in the doghouse” we know in just three words that

the person is not just in disgrace: they have behaved so badly

that they deserve the lowest possible status in the household

– banished to sleep in a drafty kennel with the dog.

Some of today’s most commonly-used idioms hark back to

working practices that are now obsolete. Someone working

on a sailing ship might literally “show someone the ropes” so

they would know which sail to hoist, but that useful phrase

gradually spilled out into wider society and “showing the

ropes” became the shorthand for introducing someone to a

specific job, task or activity.

Given that most of these terms are archaic, outdated and

obscure, it’s surprising that we continue to use them so

enthusiastically today. Idioms may continue to baffle students

of English, but there’s no doubt they help to give our speech

its unique character and vitality.

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Deal Agreed?

Make sure

it stays that


written by

Ross D’Aniello

Ross D’Aniello, Head of Nock Deighton Country Homes

Selling and buying a house can be a stressful business,

with many a pitfall. All too often we have sales agreed

with large chains that risk collapse at the 11th hour due

to an inability to agree on a completion date. This is very

often beyond the control of your agent, but it is best to

ensure that they have done everything you can to secure

your position.

The negotiations shouldn’t solely be about price; it is

possible for everything to be agreed and put in place but

to have sales collapsing solely as a result of a completion

date not being agreed. Very often it is an issue that can

cause great tension, especially when there is a long chain

with several other properties associated.

The hard work can sometimes begin after a sale is

agreed. Your agent should have a good dialogue with

your solicitor, working together towards a satisfactory


Speak with your agent, get them to liaise with the other

parties in the chain, agree on a target date with their

buyer and the rest of the chain, and lock it in. A lot

happens over the following weeks, but by ensuring that

this date is reviewed throughout the chain every couple

of weeks you maintain everyone’s focus and reduce the

risk of a problem at the point of exchange.

If you would like to have a certain amount of time

between exchange and completion then state this clearly

from the outset. Perhaps you have a great deal to move

or you are moving into a rental property, these require

time and as such a simultaneous exchange & completion

on the same day can cause avoidable pressure on you.

If you need time between exchange & completion make

sure you state this from the outset.

In order to exchange the completion date needs to be

confirmed, all paperwork needs to be finalised, contracts

need to be signed and deposit funds need to be lodged

with your solicitor. You may also need to authorise them

to exchange on your behalf if you are negotiating at a

distance or can’t be present on that date due to holidays


There are inevitably, complications and very often almost

everyone involved in a chain can be frustrated, feeling

that they have “lost out” in some way. The best way to

minimise this is to ensure that there is plenty of time

between exchange and completion to allow flexibility, be

prepared as early as possible and do everything you can

to be flexible - this will be of benefit to you, and your


Don’t be tempted to leave anything to the last minute,

the last minute is where danger lurks!

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Family Friendly Features

With most parents psyching themselves up

for the impending 6 week school summer

holiday, frantically trying to arrange childcare,

budgeting for the many expensive days out

and keeping everything crossed that the sun

makes an appearance at least three times a

week to prevent the inevitable groans of “Im

booooorrrreed!!”, when the kids are stuck

indoors and rain stops play, it got me thinking

about what attracts families to want to live in a

particular town or city.

As everyone knows, the schools in Newport have long-since

kept prices here slightly higher than in neighbouring areas

and a recent survey carried out by MoneySupermarket found

that Bath was the most desirable U.K. city for families to reside

in, followed by Newcastle upon Tyne and then our nearby

Wolverhampton! London, surprisingly, came bottom of the

list due to a high crime rate, extensive competition for school

places and extortionate house prices. Had Wolverhampton

had more parks and green areas, it would have snuck into

second place but the results showed that a variety of things

motivate people to move to a particular area and it is

important to maintain a good balance of factors in order for

a town to thrive. Things such as healthcare availability, job

prospects, reasonable house prices, amenities, a low crime

rate and, as already mentioned, good schools and parks are

all vitally important to prospective purchasers/tenants.

I happen to be a massive fan of Shropshire and indeed, the

midlands as a whole. In my humble opinion it offers all of

the above and I couldn’t think of anywhere I would rather

live! I think it is extremely overlooked and understated as

whenever there is a tv programme on picturesque counties,

it rarely features. I have spent years of going on holidays

abroad where people would ask where I was from, only to

look bemused when I told them…I nearly always had to follow

it up with “in-between Stoke and Birmingham” to which they

would nod in recognition of the approximate geographical

location. But, to be honest, its fine that way. It almost feels a

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gardens to the front and rear.

Eglantine Close is a small cul-de-sac within the

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Your Home Office



Make working from home less of a chore with our top tips for designing a room that’s

both functional and attractive.

Remove as much as possible from the surface of your desk, and

make the most of the height of your room, by introducing wallmounted

storage. Pin boards, peg board, magnetic boards and

hanging racks are all useful and good-looking. You might even

consider wiring one or two adjustable lamps into the wall above

your desk – another way to save a bit of work space.


Neutral offices are the norm, but at home you’re not at risk of

offending anyone else, so why not paint the room in a bold

colour that makes you happy? Alternatively, there’s nothing to

stop you covering a feature wall, or even the whole room, with

patterned wallpaper.


A comfortable chair is an essential for any working area, and if

you are likely to spend hours in it then an adjustable office chair

on castors is the best choice. If yours is boring or ugly, it might

be possible to re-cover and/or paint it; at worst, you could hang

a length of fabric over the back and add an attractive cushion.


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The old adage that you can never have too much storage is

especially true in an office, where efficient organisation is key.

While a combination of shelving, files and boxes works well for

most people, why not seek out unique pieces to introduce a

sense of character? Although chain stores and specialist shops

sell office furniture at a range of prices, consider hunting around

junk shops, second-hand furniture stores and salvage yards for

interesting alternatives, such as old school lockers, distressed

wall cupboards, huge wicker baskets or old factory trolleys.

Bear in mind that some stored items will need to be within easy

reach, while those that are used less frequently can be stored

on high shelves or in deep cupboards, and not necessarily in the

same room. If your office is an awkward shape, a converted loft

or under the stairs, for example, consider built-in storage in

order to maximise the space.


Size does matter when it comes to choosing a desk.

Even in a small room, desk area will probably be

more useful than floor space, so choose the biggest

one possible – you will never regret having plenty of

room on which to spread out. A desk with drawers

or cubby holes is doubly practical, though lovers of

a minimal look may wish to consider a glass desk: perfect

if you can keep it clear and tidy most of the time. If you are

running out of room, you could consider adding a small worktop

to one side of your existing desk, as an L-shaped workspace is

particularly ergonomic.


Good lighting is vital to avoid eye strain when working at home.

Lots of natural light is ideal, but glare from direct sunshine is not

– experiment with the position of your desk and, if necessary,

use a blind for shading. For working on dim days and in the

evenings, fit overhead lighting that doesn’t cast any shadows

over your working area – track lighting, inset ceiling spots

and wall lamps are all options. Desk lamps should, ideally, be



Do you have enough plug sockets in the right places? If

necessary, ask an electrician to add to what’s there in order to

minimise messy and inconvenient cabling. About three inches

above the work surface is good, plus some hidden lower down

and out of sight. Sort the rest of the cables out with ties and

clips (running them up table legs is a good idea, where possible)

and, while you’re at it, consider labelling plugs so you know

exactly which is which.


There’s no need to be bland. It’s your office, so

make it personal. Add a pretty rug, a cushion,

interesting desk accessories, a selection of

plants, some colourful prints on the wall or

a selection of framed photographs. Scent

is important, as well – make the whole

room fragrant with a vase of flowers,

scented candle or reed diffuser, and

this will be a room where you’ll enjoy

spending time.

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Telford Footbridge




The Telford Footbridge Project cleaned up at the

West Midlands’ Institution of Civil Engineers

Awards, scooping three of the top accolades.

The new footbridge, linking Telford Central railway station with

Telford Shopping Centre, opened to pedestrians in November

2018 and in time for Telford's 50th birthday celebrations.

Awards included the ‘Medium Project Award’ for a civil

engineering project responsible for making a positive

difference to society.

The ‘Team Achievement Award’ was given to the team which

included Telford & Wrekin Council, project contractor Balfour

Beatty and Jacobs as the project designers.

Thirdly, as an ‘outstanding example of a civil engineering

project completed in the Midlands’ the footbridge won the

‘Overall Award’.

David Wright, Cabinet Member for housing, transport and

infrastructure said: “We are so proud of winning these awards

and I feel they are just reward for the teams involved.

“They have worked incredibly hard to achieve this project and

it clearly demonstrates how Telford & Wrekin Council strives to

work collaboratively in every aspect.

Above: Angela McClements council ward member for Arleston,

Councillor David Wright, cabinet member for housing, transport and

infrastructure, Councillor Hilda Rhodes, cabinet member for parks,

green spaces and the natural environment.

“Thanks and congratulations to everyone involved with

bringing such positive improvements to our town.”

The new modern structure with its distinctive ‘swallows tail’

lightweight roof is now a far more inviting entrance to the

town and its glass panels give far reaching views. It has proved

popular with residents since it first opened.

ICE West Midlands organises these awards to celebrate the

achievements of civil engineers and recognise outstanding

work in the region.



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What is it?

Honda’s CR-V SUV has become one of the best-selling SUVs

around the globe, as it’s reliable, practical and well-priced. The

latest CR-V has also upped the ante when it comes to style,

and has adopted a bolder, US-inspired look.

An increased wheelbase also results in a far more practical

cabin, which has a more premium feel, and there is the option

of a seven-seat version on the petrol-powered model.

What’s new?

Honda has done away with its diesel-powered cars, and instead

chosen to offer the CR-V with a 1.5-litre petrol engine – and

this, the Hybrid.

Honda aims for two-thirds of its sales by 2025 to be electrified

in some way, and this CR-V Hybrid is the only electrified new

Honda you can buy today, although the firm has produced

electrified models in the past.

The CR-V is, however, Honda’s first electrified SUV, and aims to

offer a good mix of efficiency and performance.

What’s under the bonnet?

It has a 2.0-litre VTEC petrol engine, which is paired to an

electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack to produce a

total output of 181bhp and 315Nm of torque.

There’s a choice of front- or four-wheel-drive, with both

featuring an e-CVT automatic transmission. However, the

gearbox prohibits maximum power delivery when accelerating

harshly, although it remains smooth. It can accelerate from

0-60mph in 9.0 seconds and offers a top speed of 112mph, but

it never feels as quick as those figures suggest.

The claimed 53.3mpg fuel economy figure also feels a touch

ambitious. Around town, it will easily match and exceed that,

but on motorways and at higher speeds for longer stints, fuel

economy drops below 40mpg, which is disappointing for a

model that claims to be so efficient.

What’s it like to drive?

The CR-V Hybrid firmly sits on

the comfort end of the spectrum,

rather than the sporty.

Supportive seats and a wellcomposed

suspension setup result

in a comfortable ride on long

distances, while even the large 19-

inch alloy wheels fitted to our test

car didn’t seem to upset the ride

too much.

It’s also refined at speed, with a

limited amount of road and wind

noise. In the corners there’s some roll, but that’s a worthy

payoff for a comfortable family SUV – providing buyers aren’t

expecting thrills.

How does it look?

The latest CR-V has adopted an evolutionary look to its styling.

The striking front nose and overuse of chrome undoubtedly

helps make it look more American, but it’s hard to deny that it’s

resulted in a bold-looking SUV.

The new car is also wider and more muscular than past CR-Vs

and it adopts a similar front end to the latest Civic as part of

Honda’s ‘family face’. The CR-V’s angular front end makes it

one of the most aerodynamically efficient cars in its class.

All models also benefit from a full suite of LED lights at the

front and rear, which certainly help to give the CR-V plenty of


What’s it like inside?

The CR-V’s interior quality is certainly a big improvement. There

are plenty of soft-touch materials, as well as a clean, clutterfree

layout, and wood trim. The absence of a transmission

tunnel also results in a hugely spacious centre console, while a

traditional gearstick is replaced by buttons.

The seven-inch touchscreen is infuriating to use, and though

loaded with features can be difficult to operate.

As for practicality, the CR-V excels, even in slightly more

impractical Hybrid guise. The standard 1.5-litre CR-V has the

option of seven seats, but with the room taken up by the

batteries, it’s not an option here. There’s 491 litres of load

space to play with, while the rear seats offer plenty of legroom

and headroom for adults. You also don’t have a transmission

tunnel eating into legroom.

What’s the spec like?

Go with the entry-level ‘S’ specification and you might feel

rather short-changed, with satellite navigation and parking

sensors both missing. However, our high-spec SR grade car

came with leather upholstery, keyless start and entry, heated

front seats and ambient interior lighting all included.

The Hybrid costs over £2,000 more compared to the standard

petrol model, which is quite a chunk of money to absorb –

particularly when the running costs aren’t exactly revolutionary.

Prices start from £30,130 for the Hybrid, with our test car

coming in at £34,470. This puts it in a similar ballpark to the

Toyota RAV4 – the only direct hybrid rival to the CR-V.


The CR-V Hybrid’s punchy, relaxed and refined powertrain

makes it the pick of Honda SUV’s line-up, and it’s ideal for town

driving where the quietness and efficiency of a hybrid come

into their own.

As with Toyota, Honda should

be admired for pushing ahead

with its electrification aims and

abandoning diesel in its CR-V –

especially as the SUV sector is

still dominated by diesel-powered


But is it a few years too early?

Perhaps. For long-distance

efficiency, diesels still make the

most sense, but for urban drivers

wanting a stylish and practical SUV,

the CR-V Hybrid could be ideal.

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I’d Miss My Home


Summer’s here, meaning more caravans and

camper vans are on our roads.

To give the manufacturers their due, I have noticed that each

season’s new models get more luxurious, some probably

better appointed than their owner’s home. Air conditioning

is common, entertainment systems rival the best in homecinema,

Wi-Fi and all mod-con kitchens are included. Given

an arm twist I could, possibly, ‘rough it’ in a modern caravan.

Well, for a night at most.

and specification than when it came off the production line.

But surely that appeal has to evaporate when you are caught

short and trudging to the campsite facilities on a rainy British

summer’s night?

I guess the cool-hipster campers will say I am missing


I know, I am: air conditioning, Wi-Fi, a mod-con kitchen, a loo…

But the VW T2 Combi-van sub-culture leaves me baffled.

This love of a minimalist vintage motor-’home’, last made in

Europe in 1979, with its push-up roof, twee curtains and no

loo, just leaves me completely cold (probably literally if I had

the misfortune to spend a night in one).

It’s the vehicular equivalent of a 1960s seaside B & B. You

know the type? Run by a dragon of a landlady.

“Boiler goes off at eight. The bathroom’s down the corridor.

The front door is locked at ten and no overnight guests either.”

Admittedly, they do have certain cool, hipster charm. Some

are beautifully restored, I grant you, and to a higher standard

By Ian Betison

But What if it Goes


Broadly, I am in favour of driver-assisting

safety aids, such as collision avoidance


I don’t hold with diehards who say it takes away some of the

skill of driving, promotes an over-reliance on technology and

thus responsibility for a driver’s actions. After all, if you take

this argument to its conclusion, a brake light is a driver aid,

is it not?

But my caution in the reliance of these systems comes from

the question of how well they will continue to perform on

second-hand and third-hand cars.

Anecdotal evidence, from a garage-owning colleague, shows

that many second-owner luxury cars that come in for an

electrical fault are often exhibiting serious issues with the

other electronic systems. Faulty AC is one thing, faulty ABS

quite another.

It’s accepted that parts will wear-out on any mechanicalelectronic

device. However, should brake pads wear and

lose their effectiveness, a driver will still apply them. But, for

example, a faulty collision avoidance system may not apply

the brakes at all, whilst the driver makes no attempt to brake


Aviation technology has reached a point where aircraft

electronic systems could well do a better job than the pilot,

but airlines still have a couple up front, just in case.

Car safety technology is great and makes a big contribution

to accident avoidance, but just like the airline pilot, a driver

still needs to be there, just in case.

By Ian Betison



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at Admaston House Comm. Centre:

Mon: Yoga; 6.30-8pm

Tue: Pushchair people 9.30am-12pm, Guitar

lessons 4.30-7pm, Brownies 5.30-6.45pm,

Guides 7-8.30pm, Rangers 7-8.30pm

Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Tuesday

(term time) 4.15-5.30pm (Ages 2-12), Email:

Wed: WI 2-4pm (1st Wed of mth), Weight

Watchers 5:30&7pm, Bollywood Dancing


Thu: Scouts 7-9pm, Explorers (age14-18)

7.30-9.30pm, Ladies alpha 7.30-9.30pm.

Fri: Youth club 7.30-9pm.

If you would like further info. on above visit or contact

Moira Hoath on 07722 213264.

Wrekin & Telford Singers meet every Fri

7:30pm at Admaston House. We are a mixed

voice choir - no audition just come along

and enjoy singing with a friendly group of

people. Contact Judi 01952 411801 or visit

our Facebook @wrekin&telford singers or

Church Aston

Pitchcroft & Church Aston WI - Meetings

held 3rd Wed of month in Church Hall,

Church Aston at 7.30 pm. Variety of speakers

& demonstrations. Guests admission is £4.

Contact Doreen 01952 813267 or Ann 01952

812547 for further details.

Church Aston Gardening Club meets the

3rd Mon monthly 8pm, Church Aston Church

Hall. New Members welcome. Sylvia 01952


Crafty Sew and Sews - we meet for sewing,

knitting and other crafts at the Church Hall,

Church Aston on Tuesdays from 2-4pm. New

members welcome.

Church Aston Thursday Club meet

fortnightly Thu afternoon 2pm till 4pm,

speakers, outings. Contact Sylvia 01952

402744 or 812092

at Church Aston Village Hall:

Mon: 10-11am Zumba, 11.30-12.30 Beg.

Pilates, 2-4pm U3A Sewing/Craft Grp (alt.

wks), 7-10pm Whist

Tue: 10-12 Tai Chi, 6.30-9.30pm Line Dancing

Wed: 9.30-10.25 Easy Tone, 10.30-11.15 Kettle

Bell Class, 4.30-4.30 Kids Dance Classes,

7-10pm Whist

Thu: 2-4pm Whist, 6-8pm Cubs

Fri: 2-4pm Tea dance, 4.15-6 Twinkle toe

dance, 6-7 Beavers, 7-8 Scouts

Sun: From 7pm Ballroom Dance Lessons


Telford Hot Trax Radio Controlled Car Club

- Meets every Wednesday at Dawley Social

Club, King St, Telford TF4 2AG @ 7.30pm to

10pm. Contact: 07834 808943

Dawley Traditional Market - Every Friday,

Meadow Rd car park. Contact 01952 380934

Telford Christian Fellowship, Christian

Worship & Prayer for Healing, Sun 10:30am-

12pm at the Dawley Hse, 2 Burton St, Dawley

TF4 2ES. Contact Giles Higgins 01952 272961

Dawley Christian Centre:

Mon: 5-8pm Brownies & Rainbows,

Tue: 9.30-11.30 - Stay & play groups for

under 5’s

Fri: 2-4pm - Computer Club

(3rd Fri each mth) 9-12 Table Top Sale


Players wanted - Tickled Pink Ukulele Band

Practice nights Weds @ Asda Donnington.

Uke players needed. Contact us at: or call 07939 021162

Oakengates Rangers Colts U11’s Football

Club - are looking to recruit male and female

players for the 2014/2015 season - if you

are currently aged 10-11 please feel free to

come along.Training every Thursday, 6pm to

7:30pm at Donnington football pitches (near

Little Theatre). Contact Nik: 07506 722488

or Saul: 07411 467341.

Telford Sea Cadets – Tue & Thu nights 6.45-

9pm, Cadets is for ages 12-18, Juniors 10-11.

See website for details or contact us by


Thu - The Creation Station ‘Little Explorer’

pre-schooler arts & crafts sessions.

Cordingley Hall, Wellington Road. 10.15 to

11.05 (term-time) Call to book your place

0844 854 9128.

at Donnington Methodist Church:

2nd Sunday of every month - Messy Church

(3-4.30pm). Everyone invited. If you are a

child you will need to bring an adult with

you! An hour of fun, games & craft activities,

don’t wear your best clothes. Donations

welcomed. We don’t expect you to belong

to a church.


at Edgmond Village Hall:

Toddler group 10.00-11.30 (term time only)

- Contact Chloe 07498 282055

Mon (term time only): Painting - drawing

classes 1.00-3.30pm. More details - Cynthia

James 07722 624 210.

Every Tue Afternoon: Lunch - Afternoon

tea - soup - sandwiches - cakes - tea -

coffee - wine - prosecco & lots more,

1pm-5pm - more info Janis 01952 820572 /

07739 634703.

Every 3rd Wed of Month - Edgmond W.I

7.30-10pm. Visitors welcome: £3.50, incl.

refreshments. Contact Dianne: 01952


Every 1st Sat of Month - Table Top Sale

9.30am-12.30. Bacon sandwiches, tea/coffee

& cakes. £6 table, free entry contact Janis

07739 634703

16th Jun (Sun) - Craft Fair - at Edgmond

Village Hall 11-3pm, Lots of stalls free entry.,

Newport Severn hospice volunteers are

doing the catering.

Antoaneta's Writers' Edgmond meet on

1st Wed of month at 5.30pm in members

own homes. New members are welcomed.

We are a small and friendly group keen to

advance our writing. Contact Mark Pearce

on 01952 550557 or email markpearce17@ for more info.


Telford Slings - babywearing socials

and sling hire, every 2nd Monday and

4th Tuesday of the month at EPIC TF4

3EE, home consultations also available

- for details or email

Hadley Five O Club - for over 50s meets

most Mondays 9-45am to 12-noon at

Hadley United Services clubroom. Talks,

entertainers, trips out, refreshments etc Call

in, or ring Keith on 01952-244804.

Hadley Traditional Market - Wed every week,

Hadley Local Centre. Contact 01952 380934

Telford Wine Making & Home Brewing

Club - at Hadley Rest Rooms, (by the Sikh

Temple) on the 1st Thu of month 7.45 to 8pm.

For info contact Chris Hall on 01384 345408

or Annette Jones on annette.jones234@

Parkinson’s Telford & Wrekin Support Group

- We offer support and friendship to people

living with Parkinson’s, their families and

carers. Come along to our friendly group,

meet other people affected by Parkinson’s

and get involved in a range of events and

activities. Castle Farm Community Centre

in Hadley, 1-3pm on the last Tue of every

month. T: 01952 253877


Horsehay and District Townswomen’s Guild

meet on the 3rd Mon of each month at

Horsehay Village Hall at 7.30pm. Call 01952

503535 for more info.

Horsehay Methodist Church - coffee

morning on Wed 10.30-noon. Parents &

toddlers on Fri mornings 10-11.30am. Youth

group Fri 7-8.30pm (10 to 14 yr olds)


Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Saturday

(term time) 9.30-11.00am at Ketley

Community Centre (Ages 2-12), Email:

Telford Stamp and Card Club meets on the

second Monday of each month (except July

and August) at 7.30pm at Ketley Community

Centre, Telford, TF1 5AN. Visitors welcome.


Learn to Play Bridge - at Lawley Community

Centre. For further information contact

Peter Seager on 01952 419999

Lawley & District WI meet on the 1st Tue

of every month at 7.30pm StJohn’s Church

Hall at Lawley. For more info. call Denise

Edwards 01952 405756.


Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Thursday

(term time) 4.30-5.45pm at Leegomery

Community Centre (Ages 2-12), Email:


Lilleshall Women’s Institute - Open to all

age groups - speakers, demonstrations,

refreshments and raffle. At Lilleshall

Memorial Hall 3rd Tue of month 7.30pm.

Guests £3 per session. Contact Fran Taylor

01952 604718.

Pop In Coffee held on the 3rd Thursday

of each month at St Michael's Church.

Everyone welcome.


Madeley Art Club - meets every Mon (exc.

Bank Hols), 9:30am-12 noon @ Jubilee Hall,

Madeley - all over 55’s welcome. For more

info call Tamara on 01952 680030.

Madeley Traditional Market - Tue & Sat –

every week, Russell Square. Contact 01952


Life Drawing - every Tuesday 7pm - 9pm

at Jubilee House, Madeley. Excellent tutor.

For more info. call the WEA 01952 614451 or


1st Wed each month - Madeley Townswomen

Guild meets 7.30pm at the Common Room,

Bridle Court, Bridle Rd. Madeley, TF7 5SG

Contact 01952 878069.


Muxton Movers walking group - meet on a

Tue & Thu evening, 7.15pm at Muxton School

for an hour of fairly flat walking. Sundays, at

6.30pm, cover approx. 7 miles, in 1.5hrs. New

members are welcome!

at St John’s Church Muxton:

Mon: 12:30-2:15pm NCT Bumps and Babes

group - for parents and carers with children

under 2, £1.50 donation Painting Club 2-4pm

(term time).

Tue: Tiny Tots (10am, term time), Rainbows

- followed by Brownies & Guides

Wed: In Stitches 2pm (1st & 3rd Wed)

Embroiderers Guild 8pm (every 4th Wed)

Muxton Ladies 7.45pm (1st Wed each mth)

Thu: Forget Me Not Films 9.30am Monthly,

Afternoon Fellowship 2.30-4pm monthly &

Beacon 7.45pm

Fri: Join us 4 a Cuppa! 11am Monthly plus

litter pick, Lunch Club Over 50’s (1st Fri of


Sub:Zero – Youth Cafe, yrs7+ 4-6pm

Sat: Prayer Breakfast (bi-monthly)

Available for hire for parties etc..

Sun: Church Services 11am

Available for hire for parties etc..

If you would like further info. on the above

activities - contact the church on 01952



Sustainable Newport - local people working

to make Newport more sustainable. Find us

on Facebook Twitter & Instagram or email

The Probus Club of Newport meet on the

first Monday of each month at 1pm for lunch

at The Swan at Forton. If you are a retired

gentleman, then feel free to check that we

are a friendly bunch! Phone Gwyn Jones on

01952 813433 for more details.

U3A Newport - meet the 3rd Tue of each

month at The Royal British Legion Club,

Audley Road, Newport at 2pm. £1 entry

to include refreshments, Members and

visitors are most welcome to come along.

Please visit our website to find out more.

Evening Stitchers - Wed fortnightly 7.30

- 9.30pm Newort Cricket Club, Audley

Avenue. Friendly, bring your own Emb. Knit,

patchwork etc. Alison 01952 324084

Beaumaris Singers - New members

welcome. We are a chamber choir of around

20 voices. We meet every Tuesday at 7.15pm

during term time at Cosy Hall, Newport. For

more information call David 07710 005050

or visit our website www.beaumarissingers.


Newport Rotary Lite - We’re an active,

informal and mixed club focused on doing

things to help the community in Newport

and beyond. Message us through Facebook

- Newport Shrops Rotary Lite.

Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Monday

(term time) 4.15-5.30pm at Newport Cricket

Club (Ages 2-12), Email: natalie@cookstars.

Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Monday

(term time) 6.30-8.15pm at Burton Borough

Home Ec Room (Ages 10-17), Email: natalie@

Gnosall, Newport & District Lions Club. 1st

Mon monthly at 8pm - Community Room,

Gnosall Fire Station, Wharf Road ST20

0DB. For people interested in helping in the

community. Contacts: Pat 01785 780032 or

John 01952 273919.

Newport Writers' Circle meet on 2nd Wed

of month (except Aug), 10.30am in the

library. New members welcomed. A friendly

group who share their stories in a warm

and welcoming way. Contact Mark Pearce

on 01952 550557 or email markpearce17@ for more info.

Newport (SALOP) and District Male Voice

Choir - seeking new members for well

established friendly choir, meet 7.30pm on

Mondays at Trinity Church Wellington Rd

Newport. Novices are welcome, come along

for a taster session. You do not to be a Tom

Jones, just someone who can hold a note

and fit in to the choir. For more infor visit our

website, or call 01952 813267.

Newport Afternoon Guild meet on the 1st

Wed 2-4pm at the Cosy Hall in Newport. Call

01952 825 287 for further infomation.

Newport Bridge Academy - Meet Mondays

7pm at Royal Naval Association, Bellmans

Yard, Newport. All standards welcome

- very friendly club. Expert tuition every

week from EBU Grand master & qualified

teacher, followed by duplicate bridge. Easy

parking and tea/coffee included. Please

call Grahame on 07541 048785 or Bob on

07907 887010 or email newport.bridge.

Newport Bridge Club meet Tue & Thu 7pm

at The Hub St Mary Street Newport. We

welcome duplicate bridge players of all

standards. Interested? Come and join us.

Call 01952 814474 for more details or e-mail

The Dalen Singers is a small, friendly,

mixed voice choir founded 30 years ago in

Newport. Rehearsals on Tue evenings, 7pm

at Trinity Church, Wellington Road, Newport.

If you would like to meet us just come to

rehearsals, you will be very welcome, or ring

secretary 01952 811741 for more information.

Cygnus Book Club – Come along and join a

friendly group as we discuss a spiritual book

or theme of the month – all whilst enjoying

drinks and cake! Contact Romella 07894


Used Toner Cartridges - Shrewsbury Music

Therapy Unit are collecting and recycling

used printer ink cartridges to raise funds to

subsidise Music Therapy for children with

learning difficulties. Please drop off at Boots

or Ace Computers, High St, Newport.

Dressmaking Classes at Cosy Hall, Newport

on Thu’s - 10am-12.30pm and 7.30-9.30pm

‘Saturday Sewing Bee’ 2-5pm, monthly.

Details and booking contact Catherine on

01952 276061. catherine@lovedressmaking.

Toy Library in Cottage Care Centre,

Newport, every Friday 9.45-11.30, pre-school

age. Contact Steve Ravenscroft 01952

811935 or just call in.

Newport RNA Club - Excellent venue with

warm friendly atmosphere. Function room

for hire. Mon - bridge club, Tue - open mic,

Wed - pool, Thu - bingo, Fri - dominoes/

quiz nights/live entertainment, Sat - live

entertainment. Pay on door. Non-Members

£3. 07772 611540

Friends Singles Club, 45+, established

in Shropshire, now meeting in Newport.

Full details from 07955 851256 or email:

Newport Scouts, Longford Road HQ.

Beavers, Thu’s at 6pm; Cubs, Wed’s at 6pm;

Scouts, Wed’s 7.30 pm. Contact: Liz on

07780 611260

The Guild of Silk Painters - meetings are

held from 7-9.30pm on the third Monday

of each month atCosy Hall, Water Lane

Newport. Contact - Margaret 01785 254803,

Diana 01785 223339 or Anethia 01952 813101.

Female 77 - Meetings held every Wednesday

during term time at Newport Cottage

Hospital 8pm. Speakers,demonstrations and

outings. New members welcome. Contact

Chris 01952 811533

Newport Wine Appreciation Group meet

from 7pm-9pm on Tue’s at Cosy Hall,

Newport. Beginners and more experienced

enthusiasts welcome. Contact Geoff on

01743 884658

Newport Life Drawing and Figure Sculpting

Workshops – Saturday mornings at Adams’

Grammar School. For further information

please call Michael on 07528489320 or


Newport Farmers’ Market – 3rd Thu of every

month, The Square and The Buttercross,

Newport – Contact Tel 01952 380934

Newport Trefoil Guild meets monthly

on a Thursday at Cosy Hall, Water Lane.

All members/ex members of Girl Guiding

welcome. Contact Cris 01952 253960 for

further details.

Newport Photographic Club - meet 7.45pm

on Tues (Sep-Jun) in the Baptist Church

Hall in Water Lane, Newport. See www. for details.


Maddocks Chess Club - Monday nights from

7:30pm at Maddocks Sports & Social Club,

Church St, Oakengates, Telford. TF2 6BU.

FREE Art and Craft Sessions - at The

Wakes, Oakengates - every Thursday 10-

2pm no need to book just turn up, everyone




Table top sale - first Saturday of each month,

10am -12pm at the Holy Trinity Church in

Wrockwardine wood and Oakengates.

Contact Tanya May 07990 767855 (visit

our facebook page for events: Holy Trinity

Church Wrockwardine Wood)

Oakengates Traditional Market - Saturday

– every week, Limes Walk. Contact 01952


The Telford & District branch of the

Multiple Sclerosis Society hold a Monthly

Social on the 2nd Thursday of each month

from 12.30pm to 2.30pm at the Salvation

Army Hall in Oakengates. There is a short

chair based exercise session followed by

refreshments & a chance to chat - open to

anyone affected by MS. Branch Helpline

number: 07866 628593.

Boys’ Brigade - Tue at Oakengates United

Church - 6pm Anchor Boys, 7pm Junior Boys

Section. Friday - 7pm Company Section

(boys and girls school year 7+). Contact

Dave on 07548 574901.

Oakengates Townswomen’s Guild meet on

the 4th Thu of each month at the United

Reform Church at 7pm. Call 01952 261 207

for more info.


Sewing For Pleasure - Sewing Machine

Classes every Tuesday 7pm - 9pm, University

Campus Telford, Conference Centre,

Priorslee. TF2 9NN All abilities welcome.

Call Nicky on 01952 201502 for more details

or see our Facebook page


Tea & Natter at St. Peter’s Church, Church

Rd, Priorslee, 2pm-3pm, bring & buy with a

draw. Every 4th Thu of the month. Come and

join us for a chat with drinks & refreshments

50p – all are welcome.

AgeUk over 60’s Pub Lunch Club at the The

Lion Inn, Priorslee, meet 2nd Monday of each

month. Please contact Pauline Comley for

further details 01952 200359

Family Praise at St Peters Church, Church

Rd, Priorslee: All-Age Worship, 2nd Sunday

of each month, 1/2hour service, 10-10:30am,

ideal for children! Contact Chris Harris

07941 961461 or email stpeterspriorslee@

Carers` Group meets every last Tue of

month, 2.30-4.30pm at the Old Fire Station,

Shifnal. Contact Ivy 01952 750228 (day only)

for more details.


Shawbirch Community Centre:

Mon-Fri: Little Chicks Pre-School 9am - 3pm

Mon: Youth Club 10-15 yrs (6–8pm)

Wed: Bridge Club (7pm – 10pm)

Fri: Telford Stage School - 5.45pm

The community centre is available

to hire evenings & weekends.

For further info. call 01952 248538.


Sheriffhales W.I. - Meet every 4th Thursday,

7.30pm at Sheriffhales village hall. For

further info contact Janet 07964 370679.


Royal British Legion Shifnal Branch. Meets

every third Monday at 2000 hrs at the War

Memorial Club 5 Ways Roundabout Shifnal.

Serving and ex_serving personal most


‘Live at Home’ in Shifnal, Albrighton and

surrounding villages - Reduces isolation,

and encourages independence and a better

quality of life for over 60’s. Now recruiting

volunteers with varying tasks, from driving,

to serving tea. 10 minutes here and there, or

a regular 5 hours. Please make contact to

join us as a member or volunteer on 01952

879873 or

Shifnal Chorale mixed choir - Monday

evenings 7.30-9.30pm Trinity Church,

Victoria Road, Shifnal. New members

welcome with no auditions. Please contact

Angela on 07916 870 839 or visit our


Shifnal in Stitches - Informal knitting and

crochet group meeting at Odfellows every

3rd Tue of the month, 7-9pm. All ages

and all skill levels welcome. Find us on or email

Shifnal Senior Citizens meet every Friday

afternoon in the Social Club in Curriers Lane,

Shifnal at 2-4pm Membership £6 per year.

All Senior Citizens are welcome.

Shifnal Tots and Toddlers meet every

Thursday 9:15am til 11am in term time at the

Youth Club, Bridgnorth Road. Children 4

years and under with their carers welcome.

Shifnal Tennis Club - Social play every

Mon & Wed 6.30 onwards. New members

always welcome including beginners or

‘back to tennis’ , junior coaching available

throughout the week. Contact Merill Holt

07762 15270 or Head Coach Ian Gillespie

07761 970759 for juniors.

LIVE AT HOME - Support for older people

offering friendship and company, activities

and entertainment, outings and visits,

theatre trips and exercise. Contact Rachel

on 01952 879873

Shifnal ART Group - Fri’s 10am-12. £5. Senior

Citizens Hall, Curriers Ln. T&C. contact Jim

01952 463211.

Get Shifnal On Line - Free computer

lessons are on offer from local volunteers in

Shifnal library. If you have no knowledge of

computers, but would like to learn at your

own pace, call 01952 461018 during Library

open hours..

Carers` Group meets every last Tue of

month, 2.30-4.30pm at the Old Fire Station,

Shifnal. Contact Ivy 01952 750228 (daytimes

only) for more details.

Shifnal Men’s Link - Meet 3 times a year

(Feb, Jun & Oct) at Park House, Shifnal

for a meal with a guest speaker. Contact

Chris Blake on 01952 463171 or email: info@

Shifnal Ladies Link - Meet 3 times a year

(Feb, Jun & Oct) at Park House, Shifnal

for a meal with a guest speaker. Contact

Sue Blake on 01952 463171 or email: info@

Stagekids of Shifnal - for 6–16s meet every

Thu during term time at The Youth Club,

Bridgnorth Rd, Shifnal, 6–11 yr olds meet

at 6.45pm-8pm, 12–16 yr olds meet 8pm-

9.45pm. Contact Sandra on 01952 462759

Shifnal Millennium Sensory Garden - The

working party meets each month from

March through to the end of Nov. on the

1st and 3rd Sats and the 2nd and 4th Thurs

9.30am - noon. Enthusiastic helpers most

welcome. Contact Angela - 01952 462627

for more details or just turn up on the day.

Shifnal Flower Club meet 4th Tue of every

month at Shifnal Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Professional Floral Art Demonstrations,

Garden Visits & Outings, if you love flowers,

come & join us. Call Sue Munslow on 01952


Shifnal Flower Club Workshop is 3rd Tue

of every month at Curriers Lane Room,

Shifnal - 7.30pm. Learn how to produce

your own floral arrangement. Members £2,

non members £4. Call Chris Finlan on 01952


Shifnal & District Male Voice Choir meet on

Thu at 7.30pm at Idsall School (6th form

common room). New recruits welcome.

Contact Ged Heyes on 01952 586968, for

further details.

St Andrews Church, Shifnal - Every Tue 10am

– 12 noon Coffee and a listening ear in the

Brooke Room.

Trinity Methodist Church, Shifnal - Every

Wednesday 10am - 12 noon all welcome to

drop in for a drink & a chat.

Ladybirds tots and toddlers meet every

Friday from 10-11.30am at Trinity Methodist

Church, Shifnal. All children under 5 and

their carers are welcome.

St Mary’s Church Presbytery, Victoria Road,

Shifnal - Coffee Morning every Thu. All

welcome for a drink and a chat.

St Georges

Telford & Wrekin Arthritis Support Group,

meet monthly at St. George’s Sports & Social

Club, Church St. 7.30–9.30pm. Also organize

trips with side lift coaches and a 5 days

holiday once a year with disabled access.

Hydrotherapy sessions Thu 5–7pm, by appt

only. For further details contact Mrs. Pat

Watkins on 01952 618381.

at St Georges Methodist Church:

Mon - 4pm Rainbows / 5.45pm Brownies

(Contact: 01952 293944)

Wed - Snedshill & District Over 60’s Club -

meet 1pm (T: 618221 - Lois Bull)

1st Wed of every month - St Georges WI

meet in the Church Hall at 7pm - contact A.

Chetwood 01952 618353 for further details.

Thu - 6pm Guides / 7.45pm Morningside

Ladies Choir (Contact 01952 619347)

Thu - 9:30-11:30am - Little Fishes under 5’s

group. For all pre-school children and their

carers. Meets in the St Georges Methodist

Church Hall. £1.50 per family to include

snacks and drinks. Contact Kate on 07976


Telford - Town Centre

Monthly Craft Fair (2nd Sat of each mth),

9.30am-3.30pm at Meeting Point House,

Southwater, Telford. Free entry to over 25

stalls of local crafters and artists. Onsite café

serving breakfasts, lunch and afternoon teas.

Afternoon Tea at Meeting Point House,

Southwater - available Mon to Sat 12-3pm

in the vintage inspired tea room. £8 for two,

includes a pot of tea. The room is also great

for birthdays and celebrations as well as

local community groups. Call 01952 292268,

visit or email

Tuesday Group lively discussions in a good

humoured atmosphere. Women meeting

10:30 to 12:30 on 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the

month. Venue subject to change. Contact

Brenda on 01952 610939.


ATC meet at TA Centre, Territorial House,

Trench, Telford between 18.45 - 21.30 every

Tue & Thu night. Contact number for Sqn

01952 670720


5th Oct (Sat) - Annual Exhibition - Telford

Railway Modellers Group at Sports Hall,

Charlton Academy, Apley Ave, Wellington,

TF1 3FA, 10am to 4pm. Adults £4; Child £2;

Family (2+2)£10. 20+ layouts; traders and

demonstration stands. Free parking; easy

access for wheelchairs; refreshments. See

website: for more details.

Enquiries: John on 01952 820376 or 07974


The Telford Railway Modellers Group meets

every Wednesday, 7-9pm at the Old Church

Hall, Severn Drive, Dothill TF1 3JP. We run

all gauges N to O. All ages and skill levels are

welcome. Contact John on 01952 820376,

or Doug on 01952 810461

Telford Stamp and Card Club Meetings

- Stamp Club meetings are on the 2nd

Monday of each month, 7.30pm to 9.30pm,

in the Belmont Hall, Wellington. For more

info call Richard Camp on 01952-405458.

SPACES available at Wellington Brownies

- for girls aged 7-10, Mon 6:30-7:45pm,

Wellington Methodist Church - contact

Joanne Martin on 01952 254555

Severn Harmony Ladies Barbershop Chorus

meets every Monday from 7.30-9.30pm at

Wellington Methodist Church,New Street,TF1

1LU for singing and fun. For more info.

contact Membership Secretary, Carol Shore

on 01952 597851 or 07792 862826.

Wellington, the home of The Telfordaires

Barbershop Harmony Chorus. For the

MALE voice. If you can or can’t sing, just like

to try, or need some entertainment for an

event. Contact us on 0845 463 1618

Art and Craft fun for toddlers - every Friday

at 11am at Wellington Methodist Church.

Contact Kirsty on 07741 066858 or kirsty@ or visit for

further details.

Art for Enjoyment - at Wellington Methodist

Church - Tue mornings or afternoons,

and now on Thu afternoons as well, 1.30 -

3.30pm. Call Liz Doody, the course tutor for

more info. or to book your place on 07970


SUNNYCROFT - 200 Holyhead Road,

Wellington. House, Gardens and Tearoom

open 10am-5pm until 3rd Nov19, Fri-Tue

each week, last admission to house 4pm.

Telford Lions Club - Meet on 2nd &

4th Monday each month at 8pm, at

the Whitehouse Hotel, Watling Street,

Wellington. To find out more about us, our

activities and how to join us, t: 0845 833

9585 or email

Car boot sale – Every Sunday, Victoria Road

and Nailors Row car parks – Contact Tel

01952 380934

U3A Wellington - 2nd Thu of each Month

meeting at Belmont Community Hall,

Wellington - 2pm. Just come along and see

what’s on offer, or visit our website.

S.T.A.G.s (Strategic Tactical Adventure

Gaming Society) one of the biggest

wargaming clubs in the country. Historical as

well as Sci/Fanasty wargaming. We meet at

Belmont Hall in Wellington - see website for

more details: or call

01952 417747 .

Wellington Jade Singers ladies choir, meet

weekly on Thu evenings 7.30-9.30pm

Union Free Church Hall, Constitution Hill,

Wellington, TF1 3BA, contact Chris Harris

07941 961461 or email jadesingers@

Wrekin Arts Photographic Club meets

every Friday at 8pm at the Belfrey Arts

Centre Wellington (Sep to Jun). Details from

Sheila Thomas on 01952 617170 or www.

Eyton & Wellington WI meet 2nd Wed of

every month, 7.30pm at Belmont Hall.

Belmont Community Hall in Wellington -

meet every Fri 11.45am-4pm - Over 50’s, tea,

raffle, speakers, bingo etc.. £1.50 entry, also

lunch available at £3.50 at 12pm - cooked

on the premises. All welcome. For further

details contact Margaret Atkinson on 01952


The Wellington Girls’ Brigade meet every

Tue in term time from 6-8pm at Wellington

Methodist Church. All girls welcome from

5yrs+. For more info. call Tracey on 01952


Wellington Evening Townswomen’s Guild

meet on the 1st Tue of each month at 7.30pm

at Belmont Community Hall, Wellington.

Visitors welcome. Call 01952 276615 for

more info.

Wellington Central Townswomen’s Guild

meet on the 2nd Tue of each month at

2.15pm at the Carvers Close Community

Room, Holyhead Rd, Wellington. For more

info call 01952 251 364.

Eyton & Wellington WI - Meet every 2nd

Wed of the month at 7:30pm in the Belmont

Hall, Wellington for speakers, friendship and

tea & biscuits. Visitors welcome. Call Judi on

01952 411801 for more details.

Grace Church Wellington - meets Sundays

at 11am in the Wellington Library. An

independent local fellowship. Visit www.

Other Areas

Apley Arena - Outdoor equestrian arena

50x30m with jumps to hire all year round

£10, 07714 743369

Ironbridge Rotary – A friendly group of

men and women doing good and having

fun. Members from all over the Telford area.

Join us and make a difference. For more info: or find us on

Facebook or the internet.

Garden Club - Kynnersley Village Hall,

Telford, TF6 6DX. Meet monthly, 2nd

Friday of each month at 7pm, we welcome

members from all around the Telford area

Contact Hannah

01743 341949.

The Wolverhampton Phoenix Club for the

widowed - a club for both men and women

who are widowed and are ready to restart

their social life in a friendly supportive

atmosphere. We meet the 2nd Sunday of

the month at Codsall Village Hall at 7pm

in the summer afternoons and 2.30pm in

the winter. We have a varied program of

entertainment and we also organise monthly

lunches at local pubs, day trips and holidays.

For more information phone Jim 01902


Age UK Lunch Clubs - are held every

month at 10 different locations. Ring

Age uk Telford (01952 201803) for more

details or check out the website: www.

IT Class (for older people) run every

Wednesday 3-5pm at Brookside Community

Centre. Contact Diane Douglas 01952

201803 ext 001 or diane.douglas@ageukstw.

Whist Drive - Every Fri, at Buildwas Village

Hall, 7pm prompt - everyone welcome, Call

01952 242009 for details.

Telford Sign Cafe - want to practice your

signing or are you a Deaf Sign Language

user who would enjoy helping us! Enjoy

a coffee and a chat. All abilities welcome.

Meet 3rd Fri of month from 7pm, at The

Home Organisation Coffee Shop, Lightmoor.

Contact Nikki: nikkibackhouse@googlemail.

com, 07791 724827

Wrockwardine and District Garden

Club - Meet on 1st Thu of each month at

Wrockwardine Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Little Wenlock WI - meet 1st Wed of every

month - in the Village Hall at 2pm, new

members welcome - contact Diana on 01952

244136 for further details.

Severn Sisters WI - Meet every 3rd

Wednesday, 7pm at Longdon On Tern

Village Hall. For further info contact Paula

Pierce 07841 528543

Volunteer and Make a Difference - if

you could help Guide Dogs locally with

fundraising, sighted guiding or other

volunteer roles, please contact Valerie

Jobes on 01189 838 756 or valerie.jobes@ Further info can be found


The Wrekin Decorative and Fine Arts

Society meets at the Cold War exhibition

hall at RAF Cosford Air Museum on the 3rd

Mon of the mth at 2pm. Visitors £5. Contact:

Louise Nixon 01746 783517 -

Telford and Wrekin Ladies Circle is all

about fun and friendship – trying something

new, relaxing with friends, fundraising &

great days out. If you are between 18-

45 and want to know more contact us at: - 07961

961475 or find us on Facebook.

Wrekin Writers meet 3rd Sat of month 9

till noon. Large friendly group that’ll help to

motivate you with your writing. Visit www. or call Darren on 01952


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Local Health, Sport


at Admaston House Community Centre (for further info.

contact Moira Hoath on 07722 213264):

Mon: Yoga (evenings) Contact Janet Evans on 01952


Wed: Weight Watchers 5.30pm & 7pm

Thu: Gentle seated and standing exercises for older

people. 10.30-11.30am. Qualified tutor £2.50, call Diane

Douglas on 01952 201803 for details.

Thu: Slimming World - 9.30am, 5.30pm & 7.30pm Contact

Sharon on 07775 512563


Apley Arena, Outdoor equestrian arena 50x30m with

jumps to hire all year round £10, 07714 743369

Church Aston

at Church Aston Village Hall:

Wed 9.30-10.25am Easy tone - over 50s & beginners

Wed 10.30am-11.15 - Kettlebells Class - all over body

workout using kettle shaped weight. Contact Kim on

07795 225017

Thu 11am Medau Movement & Dance exercise with

Rosemary 01785 822442.


Have fun – keep fit. Short Tennis Prime Time Club (over

55’s). Tue and Fri 5-6pm at Phoenix Sport & Leisure

Centre, Dawley. First taster is free, membership £5 and

each sesssion is £2. Please contact Peter on 01952

274657 Margaret on 019852 274535 or Keith on 506616.

Touch Rugby - Telford RFC, Hinkshay Road, Telford TF3

3BZ. Wed 7pm ages 14 to adult Men and Women no

previous experience required. £free. Just fun and fitness

to be had!

Ballroom Social Dance Class - Dawley Town Hall, Sun 7.30-

10.30pm. Call Donna on 01952 567920

Dawley Badminton Club meets on Tues 7:30-9:30pm at

Holy Trinity Academy, Teece Dr, Priorslee, Telford TF2

9SF. We support a good club standard of play using

feather shuttles. New members and visitors are welcome.

Please come along on Club Night or contact the Club

Secretary on: / www.

Slimming World (Tue 9:15am & 11:15am) at Dawley Bank -

Call Paula on 07791 743509

Pilates Mon 7-8pm at the Pheonix Sports Centre, Telford

Langley School. £33 block of 6 classes or £6.50 pay-asyou-go.

Contact Beryl on 01952 462896 or 07971 875372,


Mons’ - 8-10pm - The Ironmen & Severn Gilders Morris

dance team – great fun, all welcome, men and ladies,

at The Telford Langley School, Duce Drive, Dawley, TF4

3JS. Contact us through our website or


Dawley Christian Centre:

Mon - GKR Karate 6.30-8pm

Tue - Keep Fit 10-11am, Badminton Grp 7-9pm

Wed - Zumba 8-9pm

Thu 9am-12pm Help 2 Quit Smoking


Bums n Tums fitness class - at Silver Threads Hall,

Donnington 6.30-7.30pm. It would suit all fitness levels

and is great fun! Contact Cheryl on 07714 610591 or


Yoga, Pilates & Yogalates Classes - in the new studio

at Edgmond Village Hall, Shrewsbury Road, Edgmond,

Newport, TF10 8HU. Mon: Pilates at 6pm; Wed: Pilates at

5.30pm and Yoga at 6.30pm. Cost: £6 PAYG or £30 (£5)

for 6 classes paid in advance. Call or text Denise on 07875

661045 or email to book.


Gentle Exercise (for older people) - at the Methodist

Church (Hadley) 2-3pm Mondays. £2.50 per session, all

abilities welcome.

Exercise Class at Hadley Community Centre (Hadley) Tue

1:00-1:45pm (for older people, but a little more physical).

£2.50 per session, all abilities welcome.

Slimming World - at HLC, Hadley - 5.30pm & 7.30pm

Contact Sharon on 07775 512563

Daisy Birthing classes: Active Antenatal classes on

Sat 10-11:30am at HLC. Suitable for all pregnant

mums. Email: janette-davey@ or phone

07808 066786.

Thu mornings at Telford Thai

Boxing, Hadley - 10-11am Yoga and

11:15-12:15pm Pilates. All ages and fitness

levels welcome, including complete beginners. Contact -

07852 144119 or email

Indoor Bowls - Mon & Tue 2-4pm, at Hadley Restrooms.

New members VERY welcome, free trial available. For

more details contact Roger on 07955 852 534.

Gymnastics Classes - Monday to Saturday, for beginners

- advanced gymnasts. Contact: 07905 956644 or email

Piloxing (Boxing, Pilates & Dance) - Mon 6.30-7.30pm.

Zumba - Thu 6.30-7.30pm. Hadley Methodist Church,

£3.50. All abilities welcome! Debbie 07891 686812


‘Tap into Health’ - EFT tapping workshops. Relief from

stress, pain and more. Wednesdays 10.30 - 11.30 at The

Gorge Therapy & Training Centre. £5 or whatever you

can manage on the day. Caroline 01952 881151 www.

Mindful Meditation - Sooth mind, body and spirit. £5.

At The GorgeTherapy & Training Centre. For more info

contact: Diane 01952 881151


Yoga - Wednesdays 7-8pm at Ketley Community Centre,

Holyhead Road, Ketley, TF1 5AN. Friendly class, suitable

for all abilities and beginners are especially welcome. £5

per class, no need to book. Contact Debbie on 07790

006815, email or see my


Over 50’s Class @ Ketley Methodist church, Waterloo

Road, Ketley. Thursday 10-11am. Suits all fitness levels

and is a great place to meet new people. £3 per session.

Contact Cheryl on 01952 371325 or email cheryljauncey@

Slimming World - Ketley Methodist Church on Tue at 5.30

& 7.30pm.


Clubbercise and Legs, Bums & Tums (Special deal for

BOTH classes) - Tuesdays Lawley Primary School Arleston

Lane TF4 2PR. All fitness levels welcome age 16+. Contact

Kim - 07724 087516. Or find us on Facebook 'Clubbercise

Telford with Kim'

Baby Yoga at St. Johns Church Hall, Lawley – Mon 1-2pm,

Adult Yoga Mon 8.15 to 9.15pm. Contact Michele on 07970

731174 or email www.mitchytitch.

Mummy Movers - St Johns Church Hall, Wed: 7.30-8.30pm

& Thu: 10.15-11.00am. Call: Laura 07929 154 536 / laura@ Website: www.mummymovers.



CJ's Dance Fit - Mon & Wed 6.30pm and Thu 9.45am &

11am at Leegomery Methodist Church, Hadley Park Road,

TF1 6QG. Also an Age UK class on Thu at 1:30pm. Call

07793 777659 or email: for

more details.

Lightmoor Village

at Oak Tree Centre, Lightmoor Village:

Wed: Help to Quit Smoking 5.30-6.30pm - for app’s call

Rachel 07979 540496

Sat: Dance Classes 9-10.15am (7yrs+), 10.15-11am (3-6yrs)


Friendly flat green bowling, based at The National

Sports Centre. Come along to club afternoon sessions

on Thursdays 2:30pm to 4:30 during the summer and try

your hand at a new sport. Further information on the

club website or contact Rod

on 01952 590963 or Liz on 01952 814671.

Lilleshall Trampoline Club - Tuesdays at Lilleshall National

Sports Centre: (8-14 year olds) excluding school holidays

- Trampoline Foundation: 6 - 7:30pm & Trampoline

Development: 7:30 - 9pm. £5 a session. Contact us on

01952 603003

Lilleshall Quick Sticks Hockey - Sundays 10-10:45am (7-9

year olds) at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. £30 for 7

weeks. Contact us on 01952 603003

Adult Yoga class, Mon 10-11am at the Memorial Hall in

Lilleshall. Contact Michele on 07970 731174 or email info@

Lilleshall Village Tennis Club - Welcomes new members,

Tues, Thurs evenings & Sunday mornings. Junior & Adult

Coaching – Saturday afternoons. Complete beginners

course for Adults - Tues pm. For further details contact

Pauline Coffey on 01952 604757

Lilleshall National Sports Centre - Sutherland Badminton

Club - Tue evenings 8.30 - 10.30pm New members

welcome. Contact: Amanda Haselock - 01952 677590

Premier Badminton Club are seeking new members. Tue

evenings from 7:30pm at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

Contact Anthony 01952 526520 or Rob 01952 840453


Lilleshall Hall Table Tennis Club - meet Mondays during

term time, 6.30-7.30pm for Juniors, 7.30-9.30pm for

Adults, in Jubilee/Ford Hall at Lilleshall National Sports

Centre. Adults £5, Juniors £3 per week. Coaching available

for all abilities. Call Louise 813924 or Don 416048.


Bootcamp/Interval training classes at Bridal Road, Bridal

Court, Madeley. Every Tue & Thu 7-8pm. Suits all fitness

levels and great fun. Contact Cheryl on 01952 371325

Slimming World- Jubilee House, Madeley High St, Wed at

3.30,5.30 & 7.30 and Sat 8.30 & 10.30am.


at St John’s Church Muxton:

Bumps n Babes (NCT) 12.30-2:15pm (fortnightly), sessions


Slimming World - Mon (9.30, 5.30pm & 7.30pm) contact

Celia Powell 07575 123666

Wed: Over 50’s Aerobics (10am)

If you would like further info. on the above activities -

contact the church on 01952 670033


Various Fitness classes at The Body Barn in Newport,

Shropshire's biggest outdoor fitness facility - see website

for full details at: or call Danny on

07894 569571.

Slimming World (Thu 9:30am, 5:30pm & 7:30pm) at

Newport Cricket Club - Call Debbie on 07472 282975

Tai Chi - Gentle exercise to improve flexibility and balance,

relieve stress and aid relaxation. Suitable for adults of all

ages and abilities. Cosy Hall Tuesday am. Contact Dilys

01952 588838 /

Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Clubbercise, Box-Fit, Circuits,

Kettlebells, Body Pump, Fit-Steps, Yummy-Mummy’s,

Relaxation, Tone & Sculpt ALL available at Pulse Fitness

The Ballroom High Street Newport. Pay As You Go Classes

Available Plus Pre-Paid Class Cards. Call Nikki 07967

343728 or email

Forton Cricket Club - Fancy playing cricket, we have two

senior teams, ladies team and junior teams - for more info

contact Clive 01952 825447 or

Nova Utd FC based in Newport, looking for new players for

2017/18,Training Saturday mornings 9-10.30 Shuker Fields,

Ages 7 to 16yrs, all abilities welcome, for more details visit

our website

Martial Arts Club (Aikido) - Aikido at Burton Borough Sch,

Newport. Mondays 7-9pm - Adult classes. Contact sensei@ website T: 0845 678


Junior Badminton Club - we have places available for U11’s

who want to learn how to play badminton. It’s £4 per week

and includes coaching by a Badminton England accredited

Level 2 coach. Saturday (10-11am under 11’s and 11-12 under

15’s) in term time at Burton Borough School, Newport.

Contact Des Machin on 07949 192038, E: desmachin@

Farmhouse Shotokan Karate Club, Moreton Millennium

Community Centre and Burton Borough School, Newport

- Tues, Fri & Sun. For all ages and abilities. Fully qualified

and insured Instructors. First Lesson Free. Contact 07890

349451, email or visit www.

Yoga Classes at Trinity Church, Wellington Rd, Newport:

Mummy & Baby Yoga - Thu 1.30 – 2.30pm. Dru Yoga

classes - Fridays 7 - 8.30pm. Contact Kate on 07989



Salopian Skimmers Frisbee Club are looking for new Male &

Female players of all abilities. Wed night at Adams Grammar

Sports Hall. 18.30 to 20.00. First 3 sessions Free. For more

info email or join us on Facebook.

A small friendly group of people meet every Friday

evening from 6-7pm in Burton Borough School to play

social badminton and volleyball. If you're interested

please contact Mark Pearce on 01952 550557 or email for more information.

Women’s Circle for Spiritual Development – are you

looking to connect to like-minded spiritually awake women

& deepen your connection - then this group is for you. 1st

Fri of month in Newport – Contact Romella 07894 812440

Meditation for Calm Classes – held every Tuesday 2-2.50pm

@ Tina’s Wellness Studio, New Street, Newport, drop in for

£10 or prebook 4 weeks @ £9 a class (£36) - Book Romella

07894 812440


& Fitness Classes

Free essential oil classes – every Mon (& other days)

Learn how essential oils can support your wellbeing goals,

families health needs, emotions, sleep and even be used for

cleaning. Contact Romella 07894 812440


Have fun – keep fit. Short Tennis Prime Time Club (over

55’s). Wed 7-8pm at Oakengates Leisure Centre. First

taster is free, membership £5 and each sesssion is £2.

Please contact Peter on 01952 274657 Margaret on

019852 274535 or Keith on 506616.

Telford Fight Factory - Muay Thai, Boxing, Strength

& Conditioning. At The Ice Lounge, Eden Complex,

Cannongate Road, Oakengates. Fun, family friendly

class, age 7-70yrs, Mon 6-7, Wed 7-8. Contact Stuart

Whiston 07786 115899 or fb

Clubbercise - Excercise in disguise. Easy to follow

routines to Banging Club tunes from the 90s with

L.E.D Glow Sticks. At The Ice Lounge, Eden Complex,

Cannongate Road, Oakengates. Tue 7-8, Thu 7-8.

Contact Amanda Whiston 07780 515350 or fb

Telford & Wrekin Lawn Green Bowling Club - Est 1982 at

Hartshill Park - Oakengates. Club nights Thurs - starting

6pm. Competitive and social bowling against other

Midlands clubs. New members welcome. Contact Roger

Rowley on 01952 612574.

Slimming World (Sat - 8am & 10am) at Oakengates Rest

Rooms, Charlton Street, Oakengates, Telford TF2 6BD -

Call Paula on 07791 743509

Martial Arts Club ( Aikido ) at Oakengates Leisure Centre.

Mon & Fri 7.45 / 8.45pm Juniors ( 7yrs+ ). Mon & Fri 7.45

/ 10.00pm Adults. New members always welcome. First

lesson is free. If you would like more info contact us on:

07929761302. Email us on


Shawbirch Community Centre:

Tue - Antenatal Yoga (5:30-6:30pm), Yoga (7-9pm)

For further info. contact us on 01952 248538.


Swimming Lessons - Duck N Dive Limited - Baby,

preschool, afterschool & adult swimming lessons across

various locations in Telford & Shifnal. T: 01952 301012,,

Line Dancing Classes at Shifnal Memorial Club on Tue

at 7.30pm.

Meditation followed by group activity every Thu 7.30-

9.30pm at Citizen’s Hall, Curriers Lane, Shifnal. £8pp.

Contact Norma on 01952 463876 or email Jehandra@ or Facebook -Jehandra Holistic Healing for

more details.

Tue mornings at St Andrews Youth Club, - Yoga 9:30

- 10:30am and Pilates 10:45 - 11:45am. £5 per class or

£8 for both classes. Thu mornings at Shifnal Village Hall

- Yoga 10-11am, £5 per class. All ages and fitness levels

welcome, including complete beginners. Contact Gill on

07852 144119 or email

YOGA every Thu at Trinity Methodist Church, Shifnal

Adults - 7.10-8.10pm, Pregnancy 6-7pm, Baby Yoga at

St. Andrews Church, Shifnal every Wed 1-2pm. Contact

Michele on 07970 731174 or email info@mitchytitch.

Laughter Yoga - The fun way to good health. Mon 7-8

pm. Tues 10.30 - 11.30 at Shifnal Seniors Club, Curriers

Lane. All ages, all abilities. All welcome. £6 on the day or

£24 for 6 weeks. Contact Caroline: 07868240605 info@

Adult Fitness Classes at Idsall Sports Centre – METAFIT

- Mon 6:30-7.15pm, YOGA - Tue 5.30-6.30pm, CIRCUITS -

Wed 7.30-8.15pm, METAFIT - Thu 6.30-7.15pm. Everyone

welcome! 1st Class FREE !!! 01952 460499

Shifnal Bowling Club - Social Bowling every Thu morning

10.30am-12.30pm. Junior Coaching Sat morning 11-12. All

are welcome to our club young & old. Contact Graham

McCarthy 01902 372 955 for details.

DANCE class 10.30 Wed at St Andrews Youth Club Hall.

Exercises & routines for fitness & fun, over 50s, £5. More

info Spaces limited so

please contact Sally 01952 461768.

Pilates Mon 10-11am (starting 5th Sep) at the Trinity

Methodist Church Hall. Tue 7-8pm at Kemberton Village

Hall. £33 block of 6 classes or £6.50 pay-as-you-go.

Contact Beryl on 01952 462896 or 07971 875372, email:

Shifnal Cricket Club - Junior cricket coaching - All Stars

(age 5-8), U9, U10 and U11 boys and girls training on a

Friday 6pm. Monday 6:15pm - U13 and Tue 6:15pm for

U15. Also women's Soft Ball for beginners and Hard

Ball for improvers - Fri 6pm. For details please email

Idsall Badminton Club meet at Idsall Sports Centre,

Shifnal - Tue 7-9pm. All we ask is that you play to a

reasonable standard.

Ceroc Modern Jive and Salsa class nights at Shifnal Village

Hall. Every Monday (exc Bank Hols) 7.45pm - 11pm. New

members always welcomed and no need to bring a partner.

Contact Mike on 07990 554459, email cerocmidlands@ or visit

St Georges

Clubbercise and Legs, Bums & Tums (Special

deal for BOTH classes) - Wednesdays at St Georges

Sports & Social Club TF2 9LU. All fitness levels welcome

age 16+. Contact Kim - 07724 087516. Or find us on

Facebook 'Clubbercise Telford with Kim'

HIITPad Fitness 4 week Intensive Academy. Morning

and Evening groups. Held at Bailang, St Gower Street

Trading Estate George's, Telford. For more info and next

course dates visit

Karate and Self-Defence at 1st Priorslee & St. Georges

Scout Hall, Snedshill Way, St. Georges on Friday's

7.30pm to 8.30pm. Family-orientated, from beginner

to black belt and beyond. Adults £3 Under 16s £2.50.

Contact Zanshin-do Karate Chief Instructor Steve Lowe

6th Dan Black Belt for further information by emailing

"Koshi Wind-Chime Relaxation and Healing" Come

for Healing and Relax to beautiful sounds. £5 each. St

Georges & Priorslee Parish Centre. London Rd, TF2 9LJ.

Every 4 wks Thu 7.30pm. Booking essential 07974 196

421 Nikki

Slimming World - St Georges Sports & Social Club. Thu

9.30am, 11.30pm, 5pm and 7pm. Contact Celia Powell

on 07575 123666

at St Georges Methodist Church:

Tue 5-7pm Synergy Dance Troop (Contact: 01952


Wed - 10.30am Pilates (Tel: 412924) / 1.30pm


Total Body Tone & Clubbercise (Special deal for BOTH

classes) - Mondays at Grange Park Primary School

Grange Avenue, Stirchley. All fitness levels welcome age

16+. Contact Kim - 07724 087516. Or find us on Facebook

'Clubbercise Telford with Kim'

Telford - Town Centre

AQUABABIES - Swimming lessons for children aged 12

weeks to 3 years. Lessons held at The Park Inn hotel on

Mon, Tue, Thu and Sat from 10am. To book your FREE

trial lesson contact Lisa on 07598 617442 or Stuart on

01543 572855


Yoga - Tuesdays 6.15 - 7.15pm at Our Lady of the Rosary

and St Luke's Church Hall, Church Road, Trench, TF2

7HG. Wednesdays 9.30am - 10.30am at Wrockwardine

Wood and Trench Parish Hall, Church Road, Trench,

TF2 7BQ. Beginners welcome, friendly class, mats are

provided, all abilities catered for. Come along and try it,

first class is free. £5 per class. Contact Colleen on 07860

231668, email or

look on the website

Yoga - Mondays 7-8pm at Our Lady of the Rosary

and St Luke Church Hall, Church Road, Trench, TF2

7HG. Friendly class suitable for all abilities and

beginners are especially welcome. £5 per class, no

need to book. Contact Debbie on 07790 006815, email or see my website: www.

Interval Training class that suits any fitness levels - 6:30

to 7:30pm. At The Labour Club, Gibbons Rd, Trench.

Proven to burn more fat than any other form of exercise.

Also great fun too! Class costs £3.50. Contact Cheryl

07714 610591.


Mindfulness and Relaxation - cultivate mindful presence

and inner stillness. Weekly workshops incorporate

mindful activities, meditation and relaxation, which

will enable you to rejuvenate mind, body and spirit.

Tuesday's 7 - 8pm at Wellington Methodist Church.

Session price £7. Contact Lorraine:

or 07898 823339 for more info or to

reserve a place.

Yoga with Lynne in the Committee Room, via Wellington

Library. Mon - Mixed ability 7- 8.30pm / Thu Beginners 7-

8pm . Contact: or 07506 695443

Wrekin Shotokan Karate Club, at Wrekin College Sports

Hall, Wellington: Wed 6:30pm; Sat 10:30am; and at Sport

TCAT Mondays 7:30 pm. Learn authentic Japanese

Shotokan karate from team of black belts lead by 6th

Dan, Shotokan Karate International Federation, Japan.

Contact: Tony on 07841 839372.

Severn Spokes Cycling Group - We are a small, friendly

and welcoming group of cyclists who run regular, easy

paced rides from Wellington through the quiet lanes of

Shropshire and beyond. Contact severnspokes@gmail.

com or visit and/or

our website

Telford STAGS Walking Football - Normal Football rules

except NO RUNNING! We play on a Monday morning

9.45 at the 4g pitches to the rear of AFC Telford Utd. All

over 55's welcome. Also summer sessions Thu at 18.45.

Contact Roy Vincent 01952 245407 for further details.

KAPAP - Martial Arts Club held at TCAT, Haybridge Rd,

Telford, TF1 2NP on Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm. First

session free trail. Contact Paul - paul@kapaptelford. or 07737 825263.

Immerse School of Diving - we have a training and

club diving session on a Friday evening at 8:30pm at

Wrekin College pool. Call 0777 377 1619 or email: info@; visit find

us on Facebook

An active and friendly scuba diving club, we cater for

beginners through to professional level divers, and

charge no membership fees or surcharges on your club


Slimming World - Wed & Thu at The Glebe Centre, Glebe

St, Wellington, 5.30 & 7.30. Call Heather on 07737

734347 01952 289386 or just pop along! All welcome.

Piloxing - techniques of boxing and vertical pilates with

some dance moves. Fridays 6-7pm at Charlton School

- £4. For more info contact Annette on 07866 021030.

Wrekin Tennis Club - Social play every Tuesday &

Thursday evening starting at 7-9pm & Sunday 11am-

1pm. Based at Oakengates Leisure Centre New players

welcome, Contact Alan Pritchard at: alanp52@yahoo. or 07596 984442 or visit our website, www.

Telford Community Tennis Club, Junior tennis coaching

lessons at Bowring Park, Wellington on Sun - 10-11am (4-

7yrs), 11-12am (8-10yrs), 12-1pm (11-16yrs). We also have

sessions for adult members of all abilities.


Friendly Badminton group playing 7-9pm every Thu at

TCAT Sports Hall are seeking new players to join them.

Come along and try a few taster sessions at £5 per

night. Contact Jenny Varley (evenings 6-7pm) on 01952


Wellington Badminton Club - Sports Hall at Ercall Wood

Academy, Wellington. Club nights - Tuesday 8 - 10pm. All

welcome. Contact Jerry Seymour (Chairman) on 01952

261008 or email Website:

Other Areas

Taoist Tai Chi Society of GB - All ages and abilities

welcome. See for information and

availability of classes or phone 01952 597685.

Swimming Lessons - Duck N Dive Limited - Baby,

preschool, afterschool & adult swimming lessons across

various locations in Telford & Shifnal. T: 01952 301012,,

Dance Fit at Hollinswood every Friday 2.45pm-3.30pm,

call Diane Douglas on 01952 201803 for details.

Sutton Heights - Music4health singing for all ages and

stages every Sat. Fee £10. 11am-12 and sound healing at

2pm-3pm please book before day. Contact Linda 01952

680232 or visit

Telford Green Gym - Want to get and have Fun? Don’t

like the Gym try the Green Gym.Improve your fitness

and general well being by getting involved in practical

conservation.The Telford Green Gym offers activities all

over Telford On Tue, Wed and Thu. Contact The healthy

Lifestyles Hub 01952 382582

Arriba Wellness Club - Community Weight Loss

Challenge at Fitness First, Telford. Call Lisa Harris on

07580 434325.

Yoga for Pregnancy in Albrighton - Weekly classes every

Mon 8-9.15pm. Gentle exercise from weeks 15-40 of your

pregnancy. Methodist Church Hall, High St, Albrighton

WV7 3JA. Classes from £7. Call Rebecca Jenks on 07890

543 508.

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email your details to: - please

put subject as CLASSES on the email.

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Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs, a loyal agent of

America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless

outcast Shaw, a former British military elite operative,

first faced off in 2015’s Fast & Furious 7, the duo have

swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried

to take each other down.

But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist

Brixton gains control of an insidious bio-threat that

could alter humanity forever - and bests a brilliant

and fearless rogue MI6 agent, who just happens

to be Shaw’s sister - these two sworn enemies will

have to partner up to bring down the only guy who

might be badder than themselves.

Date: 2nd August 2019

Genre: Action

Cast Members:Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham


When there is an assassination attempt on U.S.

President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), his

trusted confidant, Secret Service Agent Mike

Banning (Gerard Butler), is wrongfully accused

and taken into custody.

After escaping from capture, he becomes

a man on the run and must evade his own

agency and outsmart the FBI in order to find

the real threat to the President. Desperate to

uncover the truth, Banning turns to unlikely

allies to help clear his name, keep his family

from harm and save the country from

imminent danger.

Release Date: 23rd August 2019

Genre: Action

Cast Members: Gerard Butler, Morgan







Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle

with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora

(Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure

ever - high school.

Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself

leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego

(Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant

(Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on

a live-action adventure to save her parents (Eva

Longoria, Michael Pena) and solve the impossible

mystery behind a lost city of gold.

Date: 16th August 2019

Genre: Family

Cast Members: Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Wahlberg


Because every 27 years evil revisits the town

of Derry, Maine, ‘It: Chapter Two’ brings the

characters - who’ve long since gone their separate

ways - back together as adults, nearly three

decades after the events of the first film.

Date: 6th September 2019

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Cast Members: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain

Please note that release dates are subject to change and some previews may be shown earlier.


Notes from your local

Muxton Councillor

The location of the new Christmas lights has been

confirmed with the contractor. There will be an

illuminated tree on the Marshbrook Way roundabout

and new hanging lights on the parade in Donnington,

also the first phase of lights along Donnington Wood

Way have been identified. The street lights need to be

weight tested, hopefully there won’t be a problem!

Speeding on Wellington Road continues to be an issue,

despite speed indicator signs and some speed gun

action. All local councillors continue to engage with the

police and highways department to resolve this ongoing

problem. I personally favour chicanes but will happily

support any solution that work and residents support.

A big thank you and well done to Cllr. Jay Gough

and his team of volunteers for the great work on the

war memorial in Donnington. We are also arranging

community litter picks and tidy ups. If you would like

to take part in any of the activities then please contact

the Parish Clerk on 01952 608001 or visit our Facebook

page ‘ Your Community –

Donnington & Muxton ‘.

Have a good summer.

Cllr. Nigel Dugmore (Muxton Ward)

T: 01952 380237 M: 07528 979395


Cllr Nigel Dugmore

Walk On

Walking for Health - Telford and Wrekin are pleased

to announce sponsorship from local company, DENSO

manufacturing UK Ltd. This support will enable Walking for

Health to continue to provide their programme of weekly

health walks across Telford & Wrekin, benefitting over 300

individuals of all ages and ability. Steve Shaw, Chairman of

Walking for Health Telford & Wrekin, received a cheque from

Martin Booth, a key member of the DENSO Environmental

Committee, to support the administration costs of the group.

“It’s fantastic to have the support of a company so

dedicated to the welfare of their workforce, community and

environment. Another valuable practical initiative by DENSO

is to provide defibrillators for us and other local community

groups across the district They are extremely keen to work

with Walking for Health to promote the physical and mental

benefits walking, to both

their employees and

wider community. “

DENSO celebrated their

achievements at their

Summer family gathering

in the DENSO Eco-garden

located at their technical

site near Hadley. Walking

for Health – Telford &

Wrekin were proud to be

involved, assisting with

short guided walks along

the extensive woodland

trails and gardens.




Across: 1 Jaws, 4

Caduceus, 8 Forelegs, 9

Race, 10 La Paz, 11 Bristle,

14 Condor, 16 Emblem,

18 Bathtub, 20 Cargo, 23

Gear, 24 Hogmanay, 25

Licensee, 26 Oboe

Down: 2 Aloha, 3

Steward, 4 Clef, 5

Deserter, 6 Curds,

7 Sieve, 12 Lye, 13

Draughts, 15 Ova, 17

Bravado, 18 Bagel, 19

Horse, 21 Guano, 22 Ague






3 Letters













4 Letters











Fishing Trip:

Henry - shark, Stanley -

submarine, Jack - octopus,

Johnny - boot.

Crossword Answers:


2. Dee

3. Ouse

6. Exe

7. Wye

8. Tamar

9. Bann

10. Trent


1. Great Ouse

4. Spey

5. Severn

8. Thames

10. Tyne

11. Tweed



5 Letters






6 Letters


QUIZ -Shakespere


WORD LADDER 1. Twelfth Night

Here is one

possible solution

(others may exist)








2. Henry V

3. Macbeth

4. Othello

5. Julius Caesar

6. A Midsummer

Night’s Dream

7. Richard III

8. Romeo And Juliet

9. Hamlet

10. The Merchant Of



Hunting Pigs & Talking Dogs

The British are known as a nation of animal

lovers, so it’s not surprising to find that some

of history’s most colourful characters were

obsessed with their pets. But these eccentric

personalities didn’t always care for their

animals in the most humane or compassionate

way: they were variously used as status

symbols, kept as curiosities or subjected to

strange experiments.

High-profile names famous for their bizarre attitudes towards

animals include the inventor of the telephone, Alexander

Graham Bell (1847-1922), who, as a young man, tried to teach

his dog to talk, and Baron Rothschild (1868-1937), a banker

and politician who drove a carriage drawn by four zebras to

prove that zebras could be tamed.

Here are a few more British eccentrics whose love of animals

brought them either fame or infamy:

John ‘Mad Jack’ Mytton

Born in 1796, John ‘Mad Jack’ Mytton came into a huge family

fortune as a young man and dedicated the rest of his life to

spending every penny of his inheritance, dying in his thirties in

a debtors’ prison. He was fascinated by animals and once rode

a bear into his dining room to terrify his guests. Apparently

the unfortunate bear carried ‘Mad Jack’ quite happily until

he used his spurs on the creature, causing it to bite him and

attack one of his servants.

Jack lived for risk and it was said of him “not only did he

not mind accidents, he positively liked them.” Unfortunately

his horses had no choice but to go along with his daredevil

exploits. In 1826 he won a bet by riding his steed up the

stairs of a Leamington Spa hotel and jumping through the

window into the street, close to a group of alarmed diners.

He also kept over 2,000 dogs, feeding his favourites on steak

and champagne. His beloved horse, Baronet, was allowed to

wander round his stately home and it is said that Baronet and

his master liked nothing better than to lie together in front of

the fire.

Barbara Woodhouse

In the 1980s Barbara Woodhouse burst onto our TV screens

with her trademark style of dog training, complete with

commands such as “Sitttt!” and “Walkies!” which quickly

became national catchphrases.

Barbara didn’t suffer fools gladly and she often talked to dog

owners in the same brisk tone she would use for misbehaving

dogs: “Now, you’re rather fidgety, Mr Chambers: can you calm


Despite her eccentric delivery and no-nonsense approach,

Barbara knew what the public wanted. She became an

unlikely TV star in her seventies, when she sent a letter to BBC

producer Peter Riding pointing out the popularity of animal

programmes and complaining “For the umpteenth time you

are showing sheepdog trials.” As an alternative she proposed

a series of her own, hinting that the BBC would miss out “on

something that would draw an enormous audience” if it didn’t

take her up on her offer.

As she had predicted, ‘Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way’

was an instant hit with audiences, creating the blueprint for

the expert-driven TV shows of today, covering anything from

selling houses to wilderness survival techniques. However

some of Barbara’s training methods – such as jerking the

dog’s lead and issuing harsh commands – have since been

abandoned in favour of positive reinforcement techniques,

where dogs are rewarded for good behaviour.

Jemmy Hirst

Born in Rawcliffe, Yorkshire in 1738, Jemmy was a true

eccentric whose knack for animal training led to an encounter

with royalty.

As a young boy he taught a tame jackdaw and a pet hedgehog

to follow him around at school, but as he grew older he turned

his attention to something a little bigger, namely his beloved

bull, Jupiter.

Jemmy not only wanted to ride Jupiter, he also wanted the

animal to pull his carriage – a strange affair with enormous

wheels, looking like a lampshade made out of wicker. When

the carriage proved hard to drive, Jemmy solved the problem

by fitting it with sails. Unfortunately this solution proved so

successful that both Jupiter and the carriage sailed straight

into a shop window in Pontefract, and Jemmy was banned

from ever visiting the town again.

Possibly the most bizarre incident in Jemmy Hirst’s animal

training career involved him riding Jupiter to a fox hunt, where

he insisted on using pigs instead of hounds to follow the scent.

It wasn’t long before King George III heard of Jemmy’s animal

exploits and invited him down to London. The bull-trainer and

the monarch clearly got on well and Jemmy even invited the

king to visit his Yorkshire home for a “good brandy”. George

politely refused Jemmy’s invitation but reputedly gave him

several choice bottles from the royal cellars for the journey


Whatever your feelings about these notable animal eccentrics,

you can’t deny their obvious affection for their pets. These

days, when one in ten pets has its own social media profile and

when almost a third of owners admit they buy more Christmas

gifts for their pets than for their partners, who is to say we

Brits are not all a little animal crackers?

by Kate Mclelland



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A. Watson Home Improvements............ 69

Emerys............................................................. 30

Regent House.................................................37

Telford Maintenance Ltd.............................75


Beauty by Jude..............................................57

Elite Beauty.....................................................55


Easy Living.......................................................19

Beds & Mattresses


Peter Jones Carpets......................................21


Love Your Blinds....................................... 16-17

Telford Window Blinds.................................21

Bricks & Building Materials

Emerys............................................................. 30



Louka Fine Finish............................................ 3

Morris Building Solutions Ltd.................. 96


Telford CCTV...................................................75

Car Sales (New/Used)

Mercedes Benz of Shrewsbury................85


P M Carpentry................................................97

Louka Fine Finish............................................ 3

Select Joinery.................................................33

Carpet, Rugs & Floor Coverings

AST Floorcoverings Ltd...............................19

Peter Jones Carpets......................................21

Children’s Parties/Family Activities

Ironbridge Museums................................... 43


Alpine............................................................... 96


Active Cleaning...............................................71

Shaw Clean - Tim Shaw............................. 70

Shropshire Shine Services.........................67

Sutherlands Clean Carpets....................... 69


Local Councillors.......................................... 94


Neil Rogers..................................................... 69

Simon’s Décor ...............................................67

WE Dunne........................................................67


The Door Store................................................31

Drum Lessons

Sammy Shaw..................................................97

Dry Cleaning

Chelsea's of Shropshire..............................63


Bears Den Pre-school..................................42


Derwen College.............................................47

Earlyworld....................................................... 45

Royal School.................................................. 45

Tettenhall College..........................................41

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Copelands Electrical................................... 96

Del Corley Electrical Services...................75

Entertainment / Events / Activities

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Estate Agents & Property

Barker Healey..................................................81

Maguires Developments.............................79

Nock Deighton........................................ 76-77

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

SB Sports Clinic.............................................26

Farm Shop/Markets/Food Fayre

Green Fields Farm Shop..............................15

Financial Services

CD Financial....................................................62

Fireplaces, Fires & Stoves

Alpine............................................................... 96

Grate Ideas..................................................... 99


The Foot Doctor............................................25

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Barrett Garage Doors..................................29

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Emerys............................................................. 30


Nobridge Nurseries......................................53

TAFS.................................................................. 49


A J Landscapes..............................................53

Gardenhand.................................................... 96

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NPB Garden & Ground Maintenance.... 96

Primary Tree Care........................................ 96

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Patshull Park Hotel.........................................9

Slimming World.............................................97

Telford Hotel & Golf Resort......................... 8


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R & R Kitchens................................................33

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Dog Jogs..........................................................97


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A. Watson Home Improvements............ 69

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Clarkes Solicitors...........................................65

Parry Carver Solicitors.................................61

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Hammonds Furniture Resorations..........97

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