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PROPERTY

8 Is Early Repayment Right for

Your Mortgage?

10 No Place Like It

FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

16 Why Doctors are Prescribing

Mindfulness

18 Book Reviews

20 Recipe: Cinnamon Apple Slice

BEAUTY & FASHION

22 Belle of the Beach

MOTORS & LEISURE

26 UK Drive: Honda CR-V Hybrid

HOME INTERIORS

28 Choosing a Window Treatment

30 Get Fresh with Blue & White

BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL

32 Make Your Home Office Work

Harder for You

34 Things that go Bump in the

Night

38 Pick a Retirement Hobby

While you are Still Working

HEALTH & FITNESS

40 National Eye Health Week

43 Back Pain

44 Here's to a Dementia-Friendly

Future

46 Everything Everyone Needs to

Know about the Menopause

CHILDREN, EDUCATION &

ACTIVITIES

48 Managing Your Money at

University

52 Small Steps to Make a Big

Impact

54 Vulnerable Families Need

Charity Cash Boost from

Telford Businesses

56 Tech for Tweens

GARDENS & OUTDOORS

60 Add Some Vertical Interest

64 Going Green

65 Expecting a Glut in the

Garden Soon?

HOME IMPROVEMENTS &

SERVICES

66 Botanical Beauty

70 Technology for the New Term

72 Free Home Energy Checks

for Older People

76 10 Best Electric Cars

80 Sao Miguel, Top Hot Spot in

the Azores

82 My Partner's Lost in the Past

COMMUNITY & WHAT’S ON

92 Movies - Coming Soon

94 Ceilidh - Charity Night

95 Abbey Road: A Musical Icon

Turns 50

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5 bedroom detached house • Price £650,000

This superbly presented family home situated within this exclusive development offers spacious

family living accommodation briefly comprising reception hall, living room, dining room, re fitted

open plan dining kitchen with integrated appliances, study/sitting room, utility, guest cloakroom and

conservatory.

On the first floor there are 5 bedrooms (4 of which are double), 2 with en-suite shower rooms and

the large family bathroom with corner bath.

Outside to the front there is a brick pavioured driveway providing parking and access to the double

detached garage with light and power.

The well proportioned rear gardens are enclosed by close board fencing and mature trees providing

privacy. There is gated side access.

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PROPERTY

The Mount & Pear Tree Cottage, Eaton Constantine, Shrewsbury

3 bedroom detached house • Price £499,950

The Mount & Pear Tree Cottage really does offer a number of possibilities and a great deal of

potential to a wide range of buyers.

The main three bedroom house is spacious with a breakfast kitchen to the rear, living room, dining

room and study/office which could also serve as a downstairs 4th bedroom. Upstairs, there are

three double bedrooms of similar sizes. These are serviced by the family bathroom which has a

separate shower.

Outside, the extensively stocked gardens consist of a variety of trees, fruit trees, shrubs and plants

as well as a lawn area. To the rear is a paddock with a range of outbuildings (one with inspection

pit), a detached former cottage project (subject to planning). There are more formal gardens behind

the house which are impressively private.

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Is Early Repayment Right?

FOR YOUR MORTGAGE?

If you have money left over at the end of each

month, or have received an unexpected lump

sum, you may be thinking about paying off your

mortgage early. You can save large amounts in

interest and potentially cut your mortgage term

by years but, depending on your circumstances, it

might not be the best option.

So what factors do you need to consider before deciding

whether to clear your mortgage early? Here are a few questions

to get you thinking.

Does your mortgage allow for overpayments?

Not all mortgage products let you overpay and some will charge

you for doing so, but many allow borrowers to overpay up to

10% of the outstanding mortgage with no penalties. If you’re

not sure about the terms and conditions of your mortgage, get

in touch with your lender or check the original documentation.

Are you enrolled in any pension schemes?

If you’re currently paying into a pension scheme it could be

more beneficial in the long run to increase your contributions

because of the tax relief offered by the government. If not,

consider using the extra money to start saving tax-efficiently

for your retirement – the earlier you start a pension the better

your chances of a financially comfortable older age.

What are the current savings rates?

Although savings rates have been extremely low in recent

years, there may be a fixed rate or longer term savings account

that offers a higher rate of interest than that charged by your

mortgage lender. Even if it’s only fixed at a higher rate for two

or three years, as long as the interest rate after tax is higher

than your mortgage rate it would make financial sense to earn

this additional interest on your money.

Do you have significant unsecured debt?

Paying off more expensive debt such as credit card and store

card balances, and unsecured loans, is always a good idea

if you have residual income, and should be prioritised over

paying extra sums to your mortgage. Once this type of debt is

paid off you’ll automatically increase the amount of money you

have available each month and can then consider overpaying

your mortgage, which is a lower cost debt.

Do you need extra life insurance?

You probably had to take out a life insurance

policy to cover your mortgage loan, but it might

only cover death rather than illness or disability.

It’s a good idea to review your insurance needs

from time to time to ensure various possibilities

are covered. You may want to increase the

amount on a particular policy, for example, or

change from a fixed period that covers your

mortgage term to a ‘whole-of-life’ policy where

the timing of a payout isn’t restricted.

Do you have an emergency fund?

If you lost your job, could you pay the bills for at

least six months? If not, it would be worthwhile

building an emergency fund with your residual

income rather than paying down the mortgage.

An emergency fund provides a financial ‘buffer’

in the event of job loss or other unexpected life event, such as

having to reduce your hours due to long-term illness. It takes

away some of the pressure when you’re already in a stressful

situation.

These are just some of the factors that might influence your

decision to repay your mortgage early, but what are the

potential advantages and disadvantages if you decide to go

ahead?

Advantages of paying off your mortgage early

• You may be able to reduce your mortgage term by many

years depending on the amount outstanding, and enjoy greater

financial freedom in retirement.

• You’re likely to pay considerably less interest.

• You’ll enjoy greater flexibility in your monthly budget once

the mortgage is repaid.

• Property is considered a safe investment on the whole, but

even if the market became unstable you’d be protected from

financial uncertainty.

• You can achieve peace of mind and a greater feeling of

security knowing your home is paid for.

Potential disadvantages of early repayment

• Property is an ‘illiquid’ asset, which means it could take a

long time to access the cash invested in it. Unless you also

have liquid assets such as stocks and shares or cash in an

emergency fund, you may struggle financially in the event of a

personal emergency or economic downturn.

• If you’re channelling all your residual income to your mortgage

there may not be money left to save for other large purchases,

such as a car, wedding, or holiday, which could force you to

take out more expensive unsecured borrowing.

A mortgage is typically the largest debt that people take on. It

represents a huge financial commitment whatever your stage

of life and paying it off early always seems a very attractive

option at first glance.

Before you do, though, consider some of the other areas where

the money could be put to better use, at least for a while – then

you can go ahead with confidence and potentially shave years

off your mortgage term.

www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/should-you-payoff-your-mortgage-early

by Ann Haldon

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PROPERTY

Smooth Move this autumn

at Haygate Fields, Wellington

Our new community looks out over the famous landmark

Wrekin and our homes offer some superb views.

Choose from a range of

3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes

that also include an

upgraded specification

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This autumn we’re offering

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you can get moving.

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The Life List

NO PLACE LIKE IT

Leaving home to share a house or flat is one of

life’s milestones – even for those boomerang

children. It’s a yearning for independence and

the reason why so much bedding and towelling

disappears on their way out. Give them a notepad

too, because there’s a lot to learn…

Writing your name on your food doesn’t magically protect it.

But it does let housemates know whose food they’re eating.

Nothing can stop you getting that terrible tattoo now, except

your better judgement!

You’ll understand why friends always like to hold wild parties

at someone else’s house. Naturally, you’ll appreciate this the

morning afterwards.

It’s not like Friends at all, unless there’s an episode where

everyone is broke and depressed with only tomato paste and

dry crackers for breakfast.

Carpets and upholstery can be very unforgiving.

Agreeing the cleaning rota, when no one has any intention of

sticking to it after the first week, is a form of secondary karma.

Enjoy your pigsty!

It’s okay to be embarrassed about where you live, but not how

you live.

Unlike in your parents’ home, the washing-up doesn’t do itself.

Your neighbours are worse than you for noise and hygiene, and

that’s what they think about you too.

Communal toilet paper is a myth.

It’s hard to believe but parents don’t feel valued when you pop

round to see them with a massive bag of washing.

The back garden is not an ashtray. Not at first, anyway.

Privacy is a thing of the past – and you thought your parents

were bad!

By Derek Thompson

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Restaurant

Review

FINDING THE BEST

PLACES TO EAT IN AND

AROUND SHROPSHIRE

TASTE OF

PARADISE

rear of 2-4 High St,

Newport TF10 7BH

T: 01952 875505

This month we visited Taste

of Paradise, a national award

winning Indian restaurant

in Newport; the building

is tucked away beyond an

Indian styled archway just

off the main high street.

Chef Alam Hussain was named the

region's Best Chef in the annual

Curry Life Awards last year, which

is a huge achievement for the

restaurant.

The restaurant has been established

in Newport for 18 years, which is

a testament to its popularity and

success in the area. The restaurant is

large and airy with a fresh modern

décor, the addition of some clever

mood lighting gives the room

a relaxed ambience. Parking is

available either on the high street or

there is a large car park just behind

the building which is accessed off

Avenue Road.

As the Taste of Paradise is unlicensed,

you are welcome to bring your own

alcoholic drinks to enjoy with your

meal, there is of course a wide

selection of soft drinks, teas and

coffee available on the drinks menu.

On arrival at the restaurant we

were welcomed by owner Raza and

shown to a table at the rear of the

restaurant. We had brought our own

bottles of beer, so Raza fetched us

some glasses and a bottle opener.

We ordered a couple of poppadoms

to enjoy while we looked through

the menu.

The poppadoms were really fresh

and crisp and the accompanying

condiments were delicious, they

included fresh onion salad, mango

chutney, a hot and spicy tamarind

sauce and a refreshing mango

yoghurt raita.

To start Nik ordered the Chicken

Chat Puree (£3.50) and I chose the

Stir Fry Chilli Chicken (£3.95).

Nik’s starter was a soft warm

pancake which was bursting with

tender chunks of tasty tandoori

chicken and was served with fresh

salad and a slice of lemon.

My chilli chicken was served with

slices of peppers, onions and a

lovely fresh salad. The tender strips

of chicken had a lovely kick of chilli

spice, this was a great dish which I

would definitely order again. It was

a great change from the usual onion

bhaji that I would normally have as

a starter.

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FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

For mains Nik decided on the King

Prawn Karahi (£8.95) and I opted for

the Tandoori Delight (£10.95) which

was recommended to me by owner

Raza. We also ordered pilau rice

(£2.20) and a keema naan bread

(£2.50) to accompany our meals.

After a short break our main meals

were personally delivered, hot and

fresh from the kitchen to the table

by head chef Alam – it was a lovely

gesture for him to present us with

our food, especially as the restaurant

was so busy. The presentation of all

of the dishes was exceptional.

The Tandoori Delight was indeed

a great recommendation, the dish

consisted of tandoori chicken with

spinach, minced meat and tandoori

spices, this is a medium spiced

dish. This was a generous size meal

bursting with lots of flavours and

a delicious combination with the

tasty chunks of chicken, tender

minced beef and decorative green

peppers.

Nik’s gigantic succulent prawns

were coated in a sweet spicy tomato

sauce, with cinnamon and bay

leaves for added flavour to the dish.

Nik mopped up the remaining sauce

with the soft light and buttery nan,

which had just the right amount of

keema meat.

For dessert we decided to share

as we were both rather full, we

decided to try a banana fritter

(£2.50), with a scoop of vanilla ice

cream (£1.00). The fritter was warm

and soft and the ice cream started

to melt quickly – a lovely finish to

our meal. Tea and coffee are also

available from just £1.50.

On Tuesday nights you can enjoy a

four course meal for just £9.95 per

person, which is exceptional value

for money. If you prefer to have a

takeaway then you can benefit from

a 15% discount on collections or a

10% discount if you have it delivered

to your home – delivery is free

within a 6 mile radius. You can place

your order online at their website:

www.thetasteofparadise.co.uk

If you have a big event coming up

and are looking for caterers – the

restaurant can provide a full Indian

dining menu for up to 250 guests

within a 10-mile radius of Telford.

The Taste of Paradise has a warm and

friendly atmosphere, the food was

well presented and full of flavour,

so next time you are contemplating

a curry, try this award winning

restaurant and experience a taste of

paradise for yourself.

Reviewed by Fleur & Nik Abel

Quality Balti Restaurant & Take Away

rear of 2-4 High Street,

Newport TF10 7AN

01952 825505

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Look us up on

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Great location, convenient

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FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

P I E A N D S M O K E HOU S E

LAUNCHING SEPTEMBER 2019

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Mindfulness?

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

mindfulness.

The NHS recommends:

WHY ARE DOCTORS

PRESCRIBING IT

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: bemindful.co.uk/learnmindfulness.

by Alison Runham

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FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

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White table linen and napkins, Winter table decorations, Cake

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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.

Additional Day Adult guest £60.00pp

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*Set menu available from our occasions bronze menu

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Book Reviews

Tin Can Cook: 75 Simple Store-Cupboard Recipes – Jack Monroe

Simple, wallet-friendly dishes that are delicious and nutritious? It seems too good to be true, but Jack Monroe seems to

have succeeded. Her latest book puts canned food at the heart of every dish. Recipes include Rhubarb & Custard Pancakes,

Sunshine Soup, Red Lentil and Mandarin Curry, and Creamy Crabby Pasta. Most only contain a handful of ingredients and only

take a few minutes to prepare, using ingredients you can pick up from the local shop.

Diary of a Somebody – Brian Bilston

It’s difficult to describe this book. It’s part poetry, part diary, part love story, part crime novel. Somehow, it all adds up to a

very funny take on suburban life. If you struggle to find time to read, this could be the book for you, as it’s written as a series

of short diary entries – perfect for dipping into each day when you have a few minutes to spare.

Vox – Christina Dalcher

In this dystopian tale, women are only allowed to speak 100 words a day. They’re also not allowed to read, have a job or, in

fact, do very much at all other than look after their husband and children. But Dr Jean McClellan is given the chance to resume

her research job and have the word limit lifted for both herself and her daughter, if she collaborates with the government. A

real page-turner of a book that will appeal to fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Power.

Somebody I Used to Know: A Memoir – Wendy Mitchell

Wendy Mitchell was diagnosed with early-onset dementia at the age of 58. In her memoir, she talks about the reasons she

sought a diagnosis, how she came to terms with it and the changes she’s made to her life. Somebody I Used to Know gives

us an eye-opening insight into an illness that’s all too often whispered about behind closed doors. Perhaps surprisingly, the

memoir is also brimming with optimism, hope and humour.

Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

The TV series has proven a hit, but it would be criminal to watch it without also reading the book. Crowley is a demon.

Aziraphale is an angel. They’ve been good friends for a few thousand years. When they find out the apocalypse is coming and

neither of the sides they represent want to stop it, the duo take it upon themselves to intervene. Hugely original, incredibly

funny and, most of all, a truly entertaining story.

There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years – Mike Berners-Lee

Want to play your part in protecting the planet? This book can help you decide which actions to take to make the most

impact. (The answers may surprise you.)Topics range from food, energy and travel to wealth distribution. It’s presented in

bite-sized chunks and written in plain English.

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FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

THE

WHITE HOUSE HOTEL

MUXTON

Wellington Road, Muxton, Telford TF2 8NG

T: 01952 603603

2 Steaks

and Wine for

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(available everyday)

2 Succulent Prime Rump

Steaks with a Bottle

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Food Served:

Mon-Sat

12pm - 9:30pm

Sun

12pm - 8pm

MONDAY

NIGHT MANIA

£8 MAIN COURSE

£3.50 Starter • £3.50 Sweet

Choose 1, 2 or 3 courses

Served in the bar or restaurant

between 5pm & 9:30pm

every Monday night. Please

book to avoid any

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Visit our website to view our latest menu

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62 High Street

Newport TF10 7AQ

Food served 10-3pm

Coffee and a

slice of homemade

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for this offer - Valid Mon-Sat

10am-12

All day breakfast

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ordering off the main menu, excludes

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Valid until 31st October 2019 -

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T: 01952 820 810

Ideal venue for Birthdays,

Parties, Christenings,

Wakes, etc..

Free Wi-fi • Disabled Access

Baby Changing Facilities • Pool Table

Fish & Chips Friday £7.50

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Two main meals for £13.50

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Recipe

Cinnamon Apple Slice

A quick and easy tray-bake style cake that can be served warm or cold.

Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Ready in: 1 hour 10 minutes, plus cooling | Makes 10-12 slices

INGREDIENTS

350g cooking apples, peeled,

cored and diced

1 tbsp lemon juice

50g granulated sugar

225g butter, softened

225g caster sugar

250g self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp ground cinnamon

4 medium eggs

Icing sugar, to dust

1. Place the cooking apples, lemon juice and granulated sugar in a

heavy-based pan. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved then

simmer for 3-4 minutes until the apple has just softened. Leave to

cool.

2. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4. Grease a 23cm

square shallow cake tin and line the base with baking paper.

3. Place the butter, caster sugar, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and

eggs in a large bowl and, using a handheld electric mixer, beat

together for 2-3 minutes until pale and creamy.

4. Spread half the cake mixture in the base of the lined cake tin. Drain

off any excess liquid from the cooked apples then spoon them

over the cake mixture in an even layer. Gently spread the rest of

the cake mixture over the apple filling.

5. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the cake has shrunk from the sides

of the tin and springs back when pressed in the centre with your

fingertips. Leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes. Serve warm or

cold, cut into slices and dusted with icing sugar.

TIP

If you prefer replace the cooked apples with two peeled, cored and diced eating apples – no need to cook

them, just toss them in the lemon juice and use only 25g granulated sugar, then spoon onto the cake mixture.

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FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

Selection of local real ales,

bottled Belgium beer, craft

beer and 25 gins.

Freshly prepared, home

cooked food, using

local suppliers.

Always a Warm Welcome

Bar Opening Times:

Wednesday to Sunday 12-3pm & 4.30pm-Midnight

Monday and Tuesday 4.30 till closing

The Bridge Inn

Lower Bar, Newport

TF10 7JB

T: 01952 324481

Daily

Specials Board

Large selection of

fish dishes & gluten

free dishes

Good Quality Local Food Served:

Wednesday to Saturday 12-2.30pm & 5-9pm • Sunday 12-6pm

Catering for family parties,

funerals & corporate lunches

BUFFET FOOD, PREPARED IN OUR DELI KITCHEN

Buffets with free delivery within 3 mile radius

including Hortonwood and Stafford Park

3 Menus to choose from - starting at £4 per head

(minimum order 4 persons)

Daily sandwiches also available to

order – please call for a leaflet

Please allow 24hrs notice

for Lunches and 48hrs

notice for Parties

Daily

Fresh Deli

Sandwiches

Available at both

stores

Green Fields Farm Shop

THE HOME OF GREAT LOCAL FOOD

Order online at: www.greenfieldsonline.co.uk

Stockists of:

• Wenlock Edge, Fordhall

Farm, Malcolm Wickstead’s

& Buttercross Meats

• Vegetables, Herbs, Salads,

Fruits & Nuts

• Home Made Cakes &

Goodies

• Fresh Bread, Local Milk, Tea

& Coffee

• Huge Range of Cheese

and Deli Products

• Beers, Wines & Ciders

• Rice, Pasta and Sauces

• Special Dietary Products

& much more...

Fruit & Veg

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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

www.philipkingsley.co.uk.

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.

alfaitaliapro.com.

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 www.boots.com.

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

from www.gorgiaslondon.com.

by Kate Duggan

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BEAUTY & FASHION

Beauty by Jude

ALL IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME

CND Shellac

goes on like a

polish but wears

like a gel.

A 14 day glorious

high gloss shine

with zero dry time,

no nail damage and can

be removed in around

10 minutes.

SHELLAC TREATMENTS

Hands or Feet ........................... £18

Inclusive of Polish Removal

Shellac including Manicure ..... £23

Shellac including Pedicure ...... £25

Removal of Polish ...................... £5

GIFT

VOUCHERS

AVAILABLE

call for details

WAXING

TREATMENTS

• Half Leg £12

• Full Leg £20

• Bikini £10

• Underarm £8

• Lip or Chin £6

• Lip & Chin £10

• Half Arm £10

• Full Arm £15

EYE TREATMENTS

• Eyebrow Wax £7

• Eye Lash Tint £10

• Eye Brow Tint £8

• Lash & Brow Tint £16

Lash Lift & Tint £25

Accentuate your natural lashes

by giving them a tint and a lift.

This 60 minute treatment will

enhance your lashes, making

them look longer & voluminous.

A patch test will be required 48

hrs prior to treatment.

NAIL TREATMENTS

Luxury Manicure £15

Including Nail Shape, Cuticles

Treated, Hand Massage &

Moisturising Mask

Luxury Pedicure £20

Including Foot scrub,

Exfoliation, Nail Shape, Cuticles

Treated, Foot & Leg Massage &

Moisturising Mask

Ladies

Pamper Evenings

Available from

£10 Per Person

Call for details

MASSAGE

TREATMENTS

Swedish Massage £38

Head to toe sheer indulgence.

As well as leaving you feeling

extremely relaxed, massage can

improve lymphatic drainage, helps

to break down cellulite, loosen

arthritic joints, soothe tired &

aching muscles and generally

improve sense of wellbeing.

Back, Shoulder & Neck

Massage £20

A relaxing massage releasing

muscle tension and fatigue on the

back, shoulders and neck - the

main areas of stress & knots.

Indian Head Massage

£18

A non intrusive treatment

based around the head, neck &

shoulders. It can give relief from

headaches, eye strain, tension and

improve hair & scalp condition.

BODY TREATMENTS

Exfoliating Body Polish

£35

A full body cleanse using

peppermint exfoliating body polish

after an invigorating skin brush.

Purifying Back

Treatment £30

The back is deep cleansed, body

brushed and exfoliated to help

stimulate circulation and cell

renewal, then calmed and relaxed

with a luxurious massage. A final

application of a light moisturiser

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Model wears Joe Browns - see in store or online for prices.Model wears Wallis - see in store or online for prices.

Fall in Love:

Amazing Autumn

Looks

If you love fashion, then the autumn/winter season

will undoubtedly be your favourite time of year

thanks to the array of beautiful clothes, shoes and

accessories it brings.

As the nights get shorter and summer holiday

season fades to memory, shopping for beautiful

new season buys is the perfect pastime. And,

because there are just so many fabulous buys, you

can choose a new look for every occasion.

Here are our favourite fall fashion finds:

Pleated

Marmalade

Scarf £22.

Laura Ashley

Striped Jumper

£39. J by

Jaspper Conran

at Debenhams

Crocodile

Natural Curve

Top Grab Bag

£40.. Laura

Ashley

‘Lulu’ Skinny

Jean £16. Red

Herring at

Debenhams

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Cream Knit

Jumper £28.

Dorothy Perkins

Metallic Zig

Zag Boyfriend

Cardigan

£49. Nine by

Savannah Miller

at Debenhams

Model wears Wallis - see in store or online for prices.

Tweed

Houndstooth

Skirt - see in

store or online

for prices.

Wallis

Suede Knee

Boots £49.

Dorothy

Perkins

Black Patterned

Asymmetric

Hem Dress £48.

Dorothy Perkins

Wool Cocoon

Coat £140. J by

Jasper Conran

at Debenhams

Model wears Lipsy - see in store or online for prices.

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UK Drive

HONDA CR-V HYBRID

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

presence.

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.

Verdict

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

models.

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.

by James Baggot

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MOTORS & LEISURE

The new Mercedes-Benz

GLC has arrived.

Experience it for yourself. Take a test drive today at

Mercedes-Benz of Shrewsbury.

Call us to find out more 01743 537233.

Mercedes-Benz of Shrewsbury

Battlefield Enterprise Park,

Shrewsbury, SY1 3TG

01743 537233

Lookers.co.uk/Mercedes-Benz

Official government fuel consumption figures in mpg (litres per 100km) for the Mercedes-Benz range: urban 14.2(19.9)-62.8(4.5), extra urban 25.9(10.9)-72.4(3.9), combined

19.9(14.2)-68.9(4.1). CO2 emissions 325-108 g/km. The indicated values were determined according to the prescribed measurement method. These are the “NEDC CO2

values” according to Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). For more information on these values and how they have been calculated please see http://

www.mercedesbenz.co.uk/WLTP Official EU-regulated test data are provided for comparison purposes and actual performance will depend on driving style, road conditions,

chosen optional extras and other non-technical. Please contact or visit Lookers Mercedes Benz for current pricing and specifications. All vehicle orders are subject to the

standard terms and conditions of sale.

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Choosing a Window Treatment

Curtains, blinds or even shutters – the right window treatment can make or break a

room. We look at how to choose the best option for your home.

While maintaining privacy and blocking earlymorning

light may be their primary functions,

window treatments are also a key part of an

interior design scheme, adding colour, pattern,

texture and an essential element of sophistication.

They can also correct a badly proportioned

window, disguise an unattractive view, filter bright

light and provide a visual link between inside and

out. But where should one start?

While aesthetics are important, practicality should

come first. Is the window overlooked? What does

it look onto? Is it an unusual size or shape? Is

there room for curtains to ‘stack back’ on each

side? What is below the window? Is complete

blackout in the room necessary? Does the window

treatment need to be splash-proof? Once you

have considered all the basics, think about the

overall style of your home and what else is in the

room, and start to narrow down the options.

Curtains

When choosing curtains, the colour, pattern and

weight of the fabric are the important factors, as

is the style of hanging. Generally, grander curtains

tend to suit larger, period rooms (pelmets, swags

and tails may also be an option in this case), while simple curtains

are more suited to modern properties. Check the heading, as

this determines the way the curtain will hang: usually, a tape

sewn to the top of the fabric is pulled to form either loose

gathers or more formal pleats, and is hooked onto curtain rings.

Other styles include tab, tie, eyelet or hemmed tops, which look

decorative but can sometimes be harder to draw.

Curtain poles are designed to be on show and come in a variety

of materials, with finials at each end that are either simple

or ornamental. Sometimes, however, a curtain track is more

suitable than a pole: they can be mounted either on the wall or

the ceiling, can be bent around bays, and need less clearance

above a window.

To gain maximum natural light, fit a pole or track that hangs far

enough from each side of the window to allow the curtains to

be drawn right away from it. Floor-length curtains are generally

better than sill-length, though shorter curtains may be more

appropriate when radiators, window seats or furnishings are

in the way. Linings are essential on all but sheers; they help

curtains hang neatly and protect them from fading, dirt and

condensation. Blackout linings are ideal in a bedroom, while

thermal linings can be as effective an insulator as double glazing.

Blinds

Perfect for smaller rooms, blinds are also great for modern

homes and in bathrooms and kitchens – and they tend to be a

lot cheaper than curtains. Roller blinds are the most basic style,

while roll-up versions, tied with tape or ribbon, have a pretty yet

still simple look. Roman blinds are smart and versatile, suiting

almost every room. Choose fabric that is mid-weight and not too

textured, as blinds need to roll or fold easily against themselves.

Image: Faux Wood Impressions Urban Grey venetian blind with Anthracite tapes, fully

made to measure, Blinds 2go: 0800 862 0464; www.blinds-2go.co.uk.

There is nothing to stop you combining more than one colour or

pattern, in the form of smart, contrast borders down the sides or

along the bottom of the blind. And sometimes it is a good idea

to combine a plain and a sheer fabric, to allow light through at

the top of the window while giving privacy beneath. Plain blinds

can be boosted with a good-looking pull (think leather, glass,

raffia, stone or rope) or trim (such as ribbon, pom poms, ric rac,

stitching, fringing, shells or buttons). If you want a dressier look,

add curtains as well.

Shutters

Good-looking in an unfussy way, shutters suit both old and

new properties. They are expensive but are good at blocking

out sound and light, and can even provide extra security. The

plainest shutters feature a timber frame and solid centre panel (a

local joiner should be able to make them for you), while louvred

versions (from specialist shutter companies) offer privacy while

also controlling light. Both types can be left as natural wood or

painted whatever colour you like. They can be made as a pair,

bi-fold, tri-fold or more, either full-height, half-height or one set

above another, and fitted within a reveal or to fold back against

the walls.

Budget options

One of the least expensive options is frosted window film,

which you can cut to any size and shape as you wish and stick

on yourself. It’s easy – provided you follow the instructions

carefully. Alternatively, a muslin panel hung from hooks or a

slender pole will provide instant privacy, as will a simple roller

blind or unlined, ready-made curtains.

by Kathrine Sorrell

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Get Fresh With Blue & White

A combination of blue and white is bright and breezy for summer, and timelessly appealing all year round.

A blue-painted wall in

an otherwise mainly white

room creates a note of

smart sophistication. Minnie

two-and-a-half seat sofa

in Frost Highland tweed,

£1,250; Colorado medium

rug in Indigo, £149; Paper

Leaf scatter 45x45cm

cushion by Zoe Glencross

in Anchor, £70; House

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in Navy pure Belgian linen

£55; all Sofa.com.

Depicting

an ocean setting

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abstract waves,

this striking

canvas combines

cool blue and

crisp white tones,

framed in elegant

silver. Waves

abstract canvas,

£195, Cox & Cox.

This handy jute bag is perfect for

laundry and storage, featuring soft

rope handles, metal eyelets and

stiffened base. Nautical storage

bag, £12.95, Live Laugh Love.

A simple blind

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Coir mat, £19, Red

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Blue and white tiles

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classic, and these

hand-decorated

Spanish examples

are appealingly

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tiles, £4.49 each,

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How To Use Blue & White

• Nautical but nice – blue and white stripes

have that classic look that never goes out of

style. Use in small doses to provide a dash of

interest without becoming overwhelming.

• A wall (or even a whole room) painted in

deep blue is very on-trend. Interesting,

cosy and sophisticated, it looks handsome

combined with white woodwork – like a

tailored suit with a smart white shirt.

Hand-painted spots and circles create an upgrade

on traditional blue and white dinnerware. Sigur

12-piece earthenware dinner set, £39, MADE.COM.

This soft Turkish

cotton towel, with

its geometric pattern,

is super-absorbent,

quick drying, lightweight

and easy to pack. Inca

Hammam towel in blue,

£36, Bohemia Design.

A statement throw will bring a pop of

Santorini-inspired colour to a living space. Blue

and grey striped throw, £45, Cox & Cox.

• Balance the crisp feel of blue and white

by adding soft and rustic textures, such as

wool throws, wicker baskets and jute rugs.

Alternatively, opt for a more industrial vibe

with exposed brickwork and copper piping.

• Classic blue and white decorating might

include Chinese ginger jars, Wedgwood

plates, toile de Jouy fabric and Cornishware

crockery. There are, however, plenty of

more modern interpretations, too. Look for

chevrons, triangles and other geometric

patterns as well as bold, contemporary

florals to liven up the look.

• Include some extra colours for interest. A

touch of black is strong and sophisticated,

while orange, lime and fuchsia will really

pop against deep blue. For a paler scheme,

add soft greens, yellows and pinks for a

pretty, country-garden effect.

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Your Home Office

MAKE IT WORK

HARDER FOR YOU

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.

BE COLOUR CONFIDENT

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.

ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?

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.

SEE THE LIGHT

Image: Batik desk by Cattelan Italia, £1,902, Chaplins: 020 8421 1779;

chaplins.co.uk.

SORT OUT YOUR STORAGE

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.

THE BEST DESK

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.

ON THE WALLS

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

adjustable.

DETAILS MATTER

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.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO GET PERSONAL

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.

by Kathrine Sorrell

Image: Olly adjustable table

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Things That Go

Bump in the Night

How to protect your

tech from disaster

Ghosts aren’t the only thing we need to worry about

over Halloween: there’s also the ever-present risk of

dropping or damaging your device. Whether it’s lumps,

bumps or ending up underwater, all kinds of horrors can

affect our phones, tablets and laptops.

One way to prevent problems is to look for hardy

hardware in the first place. For example, many

smartphones (e.g. a recent Samsung Galaxy or iPhone)

now boast what’s called IP68 certification, which means

they’re water and dust resistant. If you have an older

phone, you can buy protective cases that promise IP68

protection for around £15.

It’s important to understand what IP68 and its sister

rating, IP67, actually mean – and remember, water

resistance is not the same as waterproofing. IP67 and

IP68 tell you that a phone can be immersed in a specific

depth of water for a specific amount of time: one metre

deep and half an hour for IP67, rising to one and a half

metres for IP68. This means that when new, your phone

can be dropped in pure water and survive for a short

time.

Pure is important, because chlorine in swimming pools

or salt in the sea is very corrosive. Repeated exposure to

either will eventually wear away the seals and damage

your phone’s water resistance.

One of the biggest dangers for devices is being dropped

or scratched. Solve the former with a protective case,

and the latter with a screen protector. Plastic screen

protectors are harder to fit properly because of air

bubbles, but glass ones can crack and can be hard to

remove when they’ve been scuffed.

Protective cases come in a variety of flavours, styles and

prices. The trick is to think about what kind of protection

you want, so for example if you’ve got kids it’s worth

looking for a relatively thick case with very large lips,

so when – and it’s a case of when, not if – the device

gets dropped, the case keeps the screen well away from

the floor. Some kids’ cases include carrying handles that

make them less likely to be dropped in the first place.

For grown-ups, it’s about striking a balance between

substance and style: you want protection, but not so

much protection you can’t fit it in your bag or pocket.

Slim cases can still do a very good job of protecting your

phone’s back and sides, but they do leave the screen

relatively exposed: it’s a good idea to look for one that

still has a bit of a lip around the screen and to put a good

screen protector on too.

No matter what protection you use, it’s designed for

relatively minor things – so for example most protective

cases are designed to protect from drops of a few feet,

not from the top of a ladder. If the worst happens and

your phone is seriously and expensively damaged, check

your home insurance: it may well cover the damage

to your phone. If you have a bank account that offers

various rewards for a monthly fee, you may have phone

insurance in there too.

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Private Family Law

BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL

Llewelyn Stott recently joined the Family team

at Terry Jones Solicitors having relocated from

Birmingham to the quieter surrounds of Shropshire.

Llewelyn comments: “I have long enjoyed spending time in the

area round Church Stretton and Shrewsbury and this was a

perfect opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds, in addition

to providing great walking opportunities for my two energetic

dogs which is somewhat of a necessity given my enjoyment of

cooking.

“The welcome I have received, both from my colleagues and

neighbours, confirms that this is a great environment to live and

work in and I am looking forward to extending my client network

and getting involved in my local community.”

Llewelyn’s main areas of work are in private family law and

include representation in disputes over children and matrimonial

finance matters. He is particularly interested in assisting clients

who are in the process of separating and who purchased a

property together. This area of law is of increasing importance

these days as greater numbers of couples choose to live

together without the formalities of marriage.

Llewelyn’s added “It seems as though the ongoing myth of the

“common law spouse” still remains despite this concept having

no legal standing and neither party having any rights over the

other, their property or assets. This is a situation I have come

across all too often and it comes as a bit of a shock to the person

who has assumed that he or she may have the same rights as

married couples only to be told that they do not and in fact their

options are quite limited.

“When there are disputes over property, the costs (and the risk

of costs) involved in going to court mean that many of these

cases will never make their way through to a trial. There is too

much at stake on either side. Alternative Dispute Resolution

or further negotiations are regularly relied upon as a means of

settling matters before they get into court.

“However, in order to avoid costly litigation and bring matters

to a speedier conclusion, there is a significant amount of initial

work which must be undertaken to properly understand a

client’s case. It is vital that professional advice and assistance is

sought at the earliest opportunity in order to reduce the stresses

and costs that are often associated with this type of situation.”

“Once this work has been

undertaken, more intuitive,

soft skills and negotiation can

return to the fore, in order to

(hopefully) bring about an early

resolution.”

If you are involved in a situation

involving any aspects of these

areas of law and wish to find out

more about your options, please

feel free to contact Llewelyn

at Terry Jones for further

information at no obligation on:

01743 285 888.

Llewelyn Stott

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A Good Death

Death and dying can be a very difficult topic to

talk about. Whether the person is in hospital or

being supported to die at home, there is only one

chance for the providers of care to get it right.

Healthwatch Shropshire is asking if people would be willing to

share their experiences of End of Life Care in the county. For

example, did they feel that the care their loved one received

was what they wanted and expected? Were they treated with

dignity and did they feel listened to and their wishes respected?

It is really important that those providing the care are open

and honest with both the patient and relatives. Being better

informed can reduce stress and anxiety and help people

understand what to expect. Healthwatch Shropshire would

like to know whether the language used by those giving the

care was appropriate and did it prepare people for what was

to happen? Were other ways of communicating found if the

person’s preferences couldn’t be expressed verbally, either

because of dementia or brain injury, for example?

know about their experiences by phone 01743 237884, by

email enquiries@healthwatchshropshire.co.uk or online www.

healthwatchshropshire.co.uk. The more comments received

the more influence Healthwatch Shropshire has to improve

services for local people.”

Healthwatch Shropshire is the independent consumer

champion for health and social care in Shropshire. It gathers

the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers,

and the general public about services including hospitals,

GPs, mental health services, community health services,

pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services.

It also has statutory powers that it can use to influence service

provision by encouraging improvements.

Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Shropshire, said:

“We are keen to build up a picture of how well End of Life Care

is working across Shropshire and whether people feel that they

received the right support for them.”

“We want to find out whether care for the dying is equitable

across the county and if there is a joined up approach

between different services to End of Life Care including out

of hours services. People can let Healthwatch Shropshire

LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY

What are they used for?

We all hope to remain healthy and independent for as long as possible.

However, there can come a time when we are no longer physically or

mentally capable to make decisions for ourselves.

While a person still has full mental capacity and can make their own

decisions, that person can appoint an Attorney (or several Attorneys), who

will manage their affairs and make decisions on their behalf when they can no longer do that for themselves.

There are two types of Powers:

1. Financial Decisions

A Financial Decisions

Power covers decisions

regarding how your money

is managed and how your

property and other financial

matters are dealt with.

2. Health Care Decisions

A Health Care Decisions Power

covers medical treatment and

welfare to include residence and

medical decisions. It can give

your Attorneys power to refuse or

consent to treatment on your behalf.

Our Office in Newport offers a warm and approachable service to all clients. Appointments can

be offered to suit you or you can just pop into the office for a chat. We are also happy to meet

clients at home, if preferred.

Rachel Davenport is our friendly, local Solicitor with family ties in Newport. She has

vast experience in dealing with elderly clients in the area and is proud to be part of the

Dementia Friendly Scheme within Newport.

Rachel can be contacted on: T: 01952 281060 • E: Rachel.Davenport@Clarkeslaw.co.uk

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BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL

Help to Buy

Equity Loan

WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS

WHEN INTEREST

PAYMENTS START?

The government launched its Help to Buy equity

loan in April 2013 and since then 210,964

properties have been bought under the scheme.

First-time buyers and people moving to a new-build home

worth up to £600,000 have benefited from the scheme, which

provides an equity loan of up to 20% of the cost of the property

interest free for the first five years.

But what happens when you come to the end of the interestfree

period?

Continue paying

If you haven’t paid your equity loan off by the end of the fiveyears,

you’ll be charged 1.75% interest on the outstanding loan

amount and this will increase by the Retail Prices Index (RPI)

plus 1% each year.

Sell the property

If you choose to sell your home, you’ll need to repay the equity

loan in full. If the value of your property has stayed the same

and your loan was 20% then your repayment will be 20% of the

value of your home.

If the value of your home has increased or decreased the amount

you pay will change by the same percentage. So, if your home

is now worth 5% more than when you originally bought it you’ll

owe an extra 5% of original loan value.

Remortgage and keep the loan

If you want to remortgage and keep your equity loan, the new

mortgage must not exceed the current mortgage and cannot

be longer than the entire term of the existing mortgage. For

example, if you remortgage five years after taking a 25-year

Help to Buy equity loan, your current mortgage must not be

longer than 20 years. You will of course have to start paying

interest on your equity loan.

Remortgage and pay the loan

If you choose to increase your borrowing to remortgage to pay

the equity loan off in full, you’ll need to be aware of any changes

in the size of your equity loan just as if you were selling.

There are a number of options when it comes to the end of your

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Still Working?

ITS THE TIME TO PICK A RETIREMENT HOBBY

Sociable hobbies

Joining a choir can be one of the most rewarding

ways to spend your leisure time. It’s estimated

that a staggering 2.8 million Britons now belong

to a choir, and recent research has shown that

group singing is a particularly fast way to create

social bonds – in other words, it’s a speedy short

cut to making new friends.

Retirement beckons, and with it the opportunity

to do the things you’ve always wanted to do

but haven’t had time for. However, research by

the Skipton Building Society has shown that

we don’t always follow up on our dreams of an

active retirement: apparently many of us start

to feel bored and undervalued within just ten

months of stopping work.

More than half of the retirees surveyed said they missed the

camaraderie they enjoyed at work, while four in ten felt that

staying at home didn’t provide enough mental stimulation.

But instead of feeling motivated to do something with our

precious time, it seems that we simply remain at home and

allow ourselves to become more and more discontented.

According to the Age UK Index of Wellbeing in Later Life, the

rate of our general wellbeing can increase by 20% if we simply

engage with the world around us, whether that’s through

social activities in the community, physical activities or creative

pastimes.

Finding the right hobby can help you make new friends and

give you a sense of purpose, which ultimately benefits both

your physical and mental health. But how do you decide which

hobby is the right one for you? There are so many choices, it’s

often hard to know where to begin.

Sometimes it helps if you start your search from another

perspective: for example, by looking at the social aspects of

a particular hobby. If you are a naturally friendly person, you

may prefer a pastime that puts you in touch with a large group

of people, but if you enjoy your own company it may suit you

better to take up an activity that you can pursue alone, in your

own time.

You should also think about where you’d like to spend your

leisure time. Would you prefer to be outside, enjoying nature, or

indoors, where you can fit your hobby around other activities?

Other ways to meet people include volunteering

at an animal shelter, joining a group such as a book

or film club, helping at a charity shop, signing up

to your local amateur dramatic society or starting

a social media group such as a neighbourhood

watch.

Home alone

If you’re looking for the kind of hobby you can

enjoy at home, then creative hobbies such as upcycling

furniture, card-making or jewellery-making might be just what

you need to fill your time. Get inspired by the speedy arts and

crafts videos available on YouTube or scour charity shops and

second-hand bookstores for cheap ‘how to’ books that can

teach you a new skill.

Buy vintage jigsaws and share the completed pictures with

friends online, write poetry or short stories, take up knitting or

baking or learn to fix up an old car. Alternatively, find a pen pal

at home or overseas with the help of clever phone apps that

make it easy for you to chat to people all over the world.

A surprising number of people of retirement age are also

getting into video gaming. You can start slowly with online

games such as chess.com, thejigsawpuzzles.com and progress

to games such as the puzzle game Portal or the haunting

adventure game Journey.

The great outdoors

Exercise is important for health, so if you are relatively mobile

you might enjoy an outdoor hobby. Whether you choose

something like metal detecting (which you can do on your

own) or Nordic walking (which you would normally do as part

of a group), there are many hobbies that encourage you to

explore the great outdoors and get fit in the process.

While you would need a certain amount of money to buy

equipment to go fishing or metal detecting, there are other

outdoor hobbies, such as foraging, where you can actually

make money without buying expensive kit (but do check on the

location as foraging is not allowed in some areas). Trainspotting,

birdwatching and amateur astronomy are also popular hobbies

that will encourage you to get out and about in the open air.

Although you may be tempted to put off choosing a hobby

until you’ve finally finished work, the evidence suggests that it’s

a good idea to have a plan in place that you can put into action

as soon as you retire. With a little forethought and preparation

you should be able to walk out of work and straight into a life

that’s filled with exciting new possibilities.

by Kate McLelland

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HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY

Wow, what a year!! This last year has most certainly flown by since

I took the plunge and launched the firm. As with any new business

the road has not been completely smooth, but I can honestly say

that I have enjoyed every moment of it.

As I contemplate the year, a huge amount of thought and thanks

must go to the local businesses who have supported me since day

one, and of course, my lovely clients. Without you I really could not

have done it. THANK YOU!

Being able to offer round the clock appointments, coupled with

knowledge and experience ranging some twenty plus years, has

enabled me to offer an exemplary service to every client. Whilst I

offer the same legal services also provided by other professionals,

Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Administrations of Estates,

as a small firm each and every client receives the highest level of

service and attention, when they want it and at a cost that won’t

break the bank.

SPECIAL OFFER

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Seven Steps to Healthy Eyes

According to the Royal National Institute for

the Blind, around half of all sight loss in the

UK is avoidable. National Eye Health Week

(NEHW) is running from the 23rd to the

29th of September this year, reminding us of

the importance of eye health and the vital role

regular eye tests play. So how can you look after

your eyes?

1. Keep alcohol consumption low

Heavy alcohol consumption increases the risk of developing

cataracts and early age-related macular degeneration

(AMD). By causing deficiency of Vitamins B1 and A, it can also

cause weakness or paralysis in the eye muscles, night blindness,

corneal thinning or perforation, dryness, and even blindness.

Heavy drinkers (especially those who smoke) also run the risk of

tobacco-alcohol amblyopia, a progressive optic neuropathy that

typically causes bilateral, painless, visual impairment with loss of

colour vision and a central visual field defect.

Excessive alcohol intake during pregnancy can cause foetal

alcohol syndrome, resulting in ocular abnormalities in the baby

(optic nerve development issues, eye coordination difficulties

and drooping eyelids).

Both men and women should keep alcohol consumption under

fourteen units a week. If you regularly drink this many units,

ensure they’re spread out over at least three days.

2. Don’t smoke

Aside from aging, smoking is the biggest risk factor for

developing AMD, and smokers are far more likely to develop

it than non-smokers. Smoking also increases your risk of

developing cataracts.

3. Eat an eye-friendly diet

Diet plays a highly significant role in eye health, particularly in

the prevention of cataracts and AMD. Research indicates that

eating just one portion of fish a week may reduce your AMD risk

by up to 40%.

Important foods to include in your diet are:

• Cod, sardines, tuna, mackerel and salmon

• Green, leafy vegetables like spinach or kale, and broccoli

• Brightly-coloured fruit and vegetables such as corn, carrots,

orange sweet peppers, oranges, blueberries, grapes and papaya

• Eggs

• Whole grains and avocados

• Garlic, onions, shallots and capers

• Soy

4. Take regular exercise

Lack of exercise contributes significantly to several eye

conditions, particularly amongst the over-60s. Exercise may

reduce the risk of sight loss caused by narrowing or hardening of

the arteries, high blood pressure and diabetes, and it’s linked to

a reduced risk of glaucoma, cataracts and AMD.

5. Maintain a healthy weight and do everything possible

to avoid Type 2 Diabetes

Maintaining a healthy weight helps preserve macular pigment

density, which in turn can prevent AMD onset. Excess body

weight has also been linked to glaucoma. Diabetes can cause

diabetic retinopathy and (potentially) blindness. Exercising and

eating healthily can help you reduce your Type 2 Diabetes risk

and maintain a healthy weight.

6. Protect your eyes from UV light

UV light can damage your eyes just as it can damage your skin

and it’s a risk factor for cataracts. Never look at the sun directly

and on bright days always wear sunglasses bearing the CE mark

or the British Standard BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013, which indicates

they offer adequate ultraviolet protection.

7. Have regular eye tests – even if you think your think

your eyesight and health are fine

Sight tests are about more than checking if you need glasses.

They can detect eye conditions you may be unaware of as yet,

catching them at an early stage when treatment may be easier

and sight loss potentially avoidable. Sight tests can also detect

other health conditions, including high blood pressure and

diabetes.

Everyone should have a sight test every two years, but you may

need one more frequently if you’re over 40, of Afro-Caribbean or

Asian descent, or have a family history of eye conditions.

NHS eye tests are free for everyone in Scotland. If you’re in

England, Northern Ireland or Wales you qualify for a free NHS

sight test if you are:

• Aged under 16, aged 18 or under and in full-time education, or

aged over 60.

• Claiming benefit (i.e. Income Support, Income-based

Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and

Support Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit). If you

are receiving Tax Credits or Universal Credit, you may also be

entitled.

• On a low income with a valid HC2 or HC3 certificate.

• Registered as partially sighted or blind.

• Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma.

• 40 or over with a mother, father, sibling or child diagnosed with

glaucoma.

• Advised by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) that you’re at risk

of glaucoma.

• A prisoner on leave from prison.

• Eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher (your optician will

explain your entitlement).

If you’re eligible for a free NHS sight test but unable to leave

home unaccompanied because of physical or mental illness or

disability, you may be entitled to an NHS-funded sight test at

home (‘a domiciliary sight test’).

by Alison Runham

40


HEALTH & FITNESS

Local Opticians

CELEBRATES 30

YEARS IN BUSINESS

During October, Tim Vanes Opticians in

Shifnal will be celebrating thirty years of

being in business.

Throughout the month they will be having 24 hour special offers

announced on social media and a weekend of special events

and prices on the 18th and 19th October. For the weekend they

will be showing the entire UK ranges (including sunglasses) of

Tom Ford, Guess and Swarovski with £30 off any lenses when

bought with a new frame as well as other offers. There will

be prosecco and nibbles throughout the day and Tim will be

negotiating tailor made offers for patients which may prove

interesting after he’s had a glass or two!

The practice opened in 1989 in Church Street. It was originally

part time with Tim also working at the Contact Lens Centre in

central Birmingham, but soon the business grew becoming full

time and then moved to much larger premises in Park Street.

Tim’s business has always been based on clinical

excellence, personal service and competitive prices,

so surviving through recessions and with intense

competition shows that the public agree. He is now

stocking high fashion exclusive brands, many not

available on the High Street but still sticking to his core

beliefs as the business continues to grow.

Tim commented, “It’s important to have time for people,

give an individual service and still have competitive

prices. We need to stay up to date with knowledge,

equipment and trends and try to make people enthuse

about their eyewear. The glasses you wear say so much

about you, we never forget that.”

Tim, Moira, Carla, Jude, Tom, Rob and Nick look forward

to seeing you soon!

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The Life List

Some say matrimony isn’t what

it used to be, so maybe modern

marriages deserve an updated

anniversary list. Remember, it’s

the thought that counts!

YEAR

TRADITIONAL

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1st Paper Blank divorce papers. (Always have a Plan B.)

2nd Cotton Cotton wool (perfect as earplugs).

3rd Leather A skin peel or a pair of vegan shoes.

4th

Fruit / Flowers Books by Mary Berry or Rose Tremain.

5th Wood Another golf club – possibly a putter or an

iron.

10th Tin Half of one of Hergé’s Adventures or a trip to

Cornwall.

15th Crystal A crystal ball to see how the next 15 years

pan out.

20th China Pretty much anything ordered online these

days.

25th Silver Table service at home.

30th Pearl An antique sewing machine.

35th Coral Gunfight at the OK Corral on BluRay.

40th Ruby An Indian takeaway from London’s East End.

45th Sapphire Samphire (which can be almost as expensive

in a restaurant).

50th Gold A classic Spandau Ballet album.

55th Emerald A trip to the emerald isle (not by sea if you

have a weak constitution).

60th Blue Sapphire Another brand of gin – that’s the spirit.

65th Diamond Two cans of beer from the 1970s (Double

Diamond!).

70th Platinum 1,000,000 vinyl albums.

80th Oak A casket.

90th Stone A headstone.

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HEALTH & FITNESS

Back Pain

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

pain.

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

pain.

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 BUSTERS

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

physiotherapist has over 15 years experience in

treating musculoskeletal problems.

So if the above rings any bells then please

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Here’s to Dementia

A FREINDLY FUTURE

might become difficult, keeping in touch can bring feelings of

happiness and comfort, especially as the ‘emotional memory’

remains with them long after the memory of the visit may have

gone.”

While getting support from health and care services is vitally

important to a person with dementia, it’s not the whole picture.

Those affected by this challenging condition will only be able

to live well if people and organisations from right across

society come together to help.

What is a ‘dementia-friendly community’?

“We want to make Knaresborough a town where

people living with dementia feel understood,

respected, supported and confident, so that they

can contribute to life in the community.” So

says Alison Wrigglesworth, Services Manager

for Harrogate and Knaresborough Alzheimer’s

Society.

The Yorkshire town of Knaresborough is one of the latest in

a long line of UK towns to declare themselves a ‘dementiafriendly

Community’ (DFC). Dementia is not, as many people

believe, a natural consequence of old age (although the

older you are, the more likely you are to be affected) and it

is predicted that the number of UK residents with dementia

will increase to over one million by 2025. That figure is set to

double by 2051.

Given these statistics, it’s seems likely that in future our public

health and social care services could struggle to care for people

who develop the condition. Dementia-friendly initiatives

therefore serve a dual purpose: helping people stay at home

for as long as possible and relieving some of the burden that

would otherwise be placed on our public care providers.

What are the issues?

Things we all take for granted, such as using technology,

getting served in shops and banks, going on holiday, spending

time with friends and family or enjoying hobbies, are difficult

when you have dementia, but they can become even harder

when the individuals around you don’t know how to respond

appropriately.

For this reason it’s not uncommon for people to shut

themselves away as their condition progresses, even though

this can make them feel isolated and depressed. According to

the Alzheimer’s Society, over two-thirds of those polled have

reported feeling lonely.

Alison Wrigglesworth admits that public anxieties about

dementia can often make the situation worse. “Many people

are worried about ‘saying the wrong thing’ to someone with

dementia, yet a friendly face or listening ear can make the

world of difference,” she told radio station Stray FM at the

launch of the Knaresborough initiative earlier this year. “Even

in the later stages of dementia when having a conversation

A dementia-friendly community is a place where people with

dementia are understood, respected and supported. It can be

a street, village, town, city or region, an organisation, a group

or even a virtual community. A DFC can be as small or as large

as the group of people it serves, but its impact is obviously

much greater when a town or city becomes involved.

The concept was first was developed during the 1990s in

Japan, a country where the proportion of citizens aged 65 or

older has quadrupled over four decades. Rather than exclude

a significant proportion of its population from society, the

Japanese began to develop programmes designed to make it

easier for those living with dementia to continue to enjoy some

independence.

What does ‘dementia-friendly’ look like?

There are no hard and fast rules to follow when setting up a

DFC of your own. Instead, local communities are encouraged

to decide what works best for them, turning to grassroots

organisations with relevant experience to show the way.

While flexibility is encouraged, there are certain measures that

are regularly adopted by towns and cities who want to become

DFCs. Businesses that regularly come into contact with older

people, such as banks and taxi firms, are asked to provide extra

support for customers with dementia, while museums and art

galleries are encouraged to offer dementia-friendly activities.

Other initiatives include ‘dementia cafes’ and drop-in centres.

Doctors’ surgeries, shops and offices use special signs,

combining easy-to-read text with an image, to help people

with dementia navigate their way around a building. Many

dementia-friendly towns have extended this idea to their

public realm planning, using clear signage and creating welldefined

open spaces with public toilets, seats, shelters and

good lighting.

Most DFCs are keen to engage local people as ‘Dementia

Friends’. These are individuals willing to promote the aims of

the DFC, from spreading awareness about the condition to

volunteering to spend time with a person who has dementia.

Currently almost three million have signed up to this initiative

on the Dementia Friends website (dementiafriends.org.uk).

The Alzheimer’s Society has estimated that one in six people

aged over 80 in the United Kingdom currently has dementia,

and a further 225,000 people will be diagnosed this year.

There’s clearly no time to lose, so it’s reassuring to see that

new dementia-friendly communities, just like the one in

Knaresborough, are appearing every day.

by Kate McLelland

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patients is paramount and we want you to be as comfortable as

possible when you visit us for anything from simple dentistry

to the most complex treatments. We pride ourselves on

continuity of care and believe that this is of prime importance

to everyone.

We have a particular interest in implants and we are able to offer

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We are also able to offer a range of facial aesthetic treatments

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Menopause

Since menopause affects roughly half the population,

it’s important for men to understand it as well as

women, because it will affect their mothers, sisters,

daughters, partners and colleagues.

What is the menopause?

When a woman’s ovaries begin to produce less oestrogen and no

longer release an egg every month, her periods stop. Menopause

is marked by a year without periods. In the UK, the average age

of menopause is 51, with the vast majority of women reaching

menopause between 45 and 55.

However, perimenopause – the pre-menopause phase where

oestrogen levels are dropping – can last for months or years, as

can symptoms (which may persist for years after periods have

stopped). While some women pass through perimenopause and

menopause without any problems, most have symptoms of some

sort. For an unlucky minority these can be severe and/or longlasting,

with profound effects on their physical and mental health.

Symptoms and side-effects

Hot flashes/flushes – Women may experience sudden sweating or

flushing, or just feel uncomfortably hot, usually for just a short

time (hence, hot ‘flash’). The flushing and heat are typically felt in

the face, neck and chest. Some women suffer more at night and

have ‘night sweats’.

Breast tenderness and changes – during perimenopause, it’s

quite common for women to experience tenderness, sensitivity,

lumpiness, aching and throbbing pain as fluctuating hormones

affect the ducts and fluid retention in their breasts. They may also

sag more and/or become less full. Women should always see a

doctor urgently if there is nipple discharge, a hard lump which

can’t be moved around, a marked change in the shape of the

breast, dimpling on the breast surface, a rash around the nipple or

sinking of the nipple into the breast.

Worsened premenstrual syndrome – breast tenderness, irritability,

mood swings, irritability, fatigue, bloating, appetite and libido

changes.

Decreased libido – some women also find sex less pleasurable,

and physical discomfort caused by vaginal dryness can make this

worse.

Sleep issues – difficulty getting to sleep and/or staying asleep.

Urine leakage and urinary urgency – such as leaking urine when

coughing or sneezing and needing to urinate more urgently and/

or frequently.

Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Memory or concentration issues – these symptoms can make

women lose confidence in their abilities and feel frustrated,

damaging their self-esteem and

potentially leading anxiety and

depression.

Palpitations - (heartbeats that

suddenly feel more forceful or

noticeable) or a racing heartbeat.

Irregular or unusually light or heavy

periods – some women experience

‘flooding’ (excessive and/or sudden

blood loss) during perimenopause,

and should always see their doctor if

this continues.

Vaginal dryness – this can cause

itching and discomfort, and make

intercourse uncomfortable.

Skin issues – dryness, itchiness or ‘crawling’ sensations.

Increased hair growth in unwanted areas

Joint stiffness, aches and pains

Reduced muscle mass

Dry mouth and dry eyes

Hair thinning

Anxiety, depression or mood swings

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Increased risk of osteoporosis, stroke and heart disease

Reducing symptoms and side-effects

Lifestyle changes: regular exercise, stopping smoking and reducing

alcohol intake will help, along with a healthy diet containing plenty

of fruit, vegetables and calcium-rich foods. Caffeine, smoking and

alcohol can make hot flushes worse, and spicy foods may be a

trigger too. Exercise and a good diet can help women maintain a

healthy weight and prevent loss of muscle mass.

Keeping the bedroom cool: this can make sleeping easier and

reduce night sweat discomfort.

Get enough calcium and Vitamin D: getting adequate sunlight

(essential for producing the Vitamin D necessary for healthy

bones) is important. A Vitamin D and/or calcium supplement may

be helpful.

Wearing layers of light clothes made from natural fibres: This can

keep women more comfortable and help them to cool off quickly.

CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy): this therapy can help to

reduce anxiety and depression and also increase confidence and

self-esteem.

Reducing stress: stress can aggravate menopausal symptoms,

so reducing stress can make the menopause easier to cope with.

Women who have a difficult perimenopause or menopause may

need to lessen their workload and responsibilities, both in and

outside the home.

Low dose contraceptive pills: these pills can reduce menopause

symptoms, regulate periods and make periods lighter. They also

help to prevent bone loss (which can lead to osteoporosis) and

reduce ovarian and uterine cancer risk.

HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy): available as tablets,

patches, gels and implants, these treatments replace dwindling

hormones and so reduce the symptoms and risks of menopause,

such as heart disease and osteoporosis.

Testosterone supplements: These can restore libido.

Vaginal oestrogen treatments: Available in the form of a cream,

pessary or ring, they can improve vaginal dryness and discomfort.

Non-hormonal vaginal lubricants:

Helpful if vaginal dryness is causing

discomfort, particularly during

intercourse.

Lubricating eye drops and oral sprays:

To relieve a dry mouth and dry eyes.

While there are many natural remedies

claiming to relieve menopause

symptoms, there’s not always reliable

evidence on their safety or efficacy,

and they can interfere with other

medications. Women should always

check with their doctor before taking

them.

by Alison Runham

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HEALTH & FITNESS

Bullying

Trauma/Abuse

Depression

Change of Career/Life Direction

Phobias

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Anger

Stress Attachment Issues

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Physical Injuries or Health-related Issues

Lack of Confidence/Low Self-esteem

Road-traffic or Industrial Accidents

Emotional Instability

Anxiety

Performance Issues at Work or in Sport

Self-harm

Grief

Telford Psychology Service

has experienced, registered

Psychologists offering private

assessments and psychological

therapy for a range of mental

health conditions in adults and

adolescents over 16 years.

Please contact us to see how

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Managing Your Money

AT UNIVERSITY

Newfound independence can be exhilarating

when you go away to university for the first time,

but starting life in a new city also has its challenges.

Concerns about studying and making new friends

can creep in as the new term nears, but managing

money is also a significant issue.

The good news is that it’s not difficult to control your finances

and live within your means at university, so where do you start

as a new student?

Make a budget every month

Once you’re set up, budgeting only takes a few minutes every

month, and is a fundamental part of managing money. Initially,

you need to establish how much money is coming in and the

amount you’re likely to spend.

Your income could consist of a maintenance loan, a grant or

scholarship, wages from a job or financial contributions from

parents, and outgoings can be divided into essential living

costs and variable expenses.

Essential living costs typically include food, rent, heating,

council tax, contents insurance, mobile phone, broadband

and TV licence, with variable expenses including items such

as clothes, entertainment, course materials, travel and savings.

It’s worth remembering that you might need to spend more

money on books in the first couple of months, and you may

not know how much food is going to cost initially, but you’ll

soon be able to reliably predict your spending and plan ahead.

Choose the best student bank account

A student bank account should offer easily accessible support

and services specifically designed for undergraduates. An

interest-free overdraft is commonly offered when you open a

student bank account, but a credit card may also be available

subject to eligibility.

Banks often advertise free gifts to entice students to open an

account, but don’t be swayed unless the gift is of particular use

to you. A student rail card can be extremely helpful if you’re

living a long distance from home, for example, as it saves onethird

on the cost of rail travel in the UK

Nationwide FlexStudent

•Fee-free overdraft facility of £1,000 in the first year, £2,000 in

the second, and £3,000 in the third year if you pay in at least

£500 per term, subject to status.

•UK-only call centres.

Santander 123 Student

•Interest-free arranged overdraft of up to £1,500 per year

subject to status.

•A free four-year 16-25 Railcard that saves

you one-third on the price of rail travel in the

UK.

•Cash back of up to 15% at major retailers.

HSBC Student Bank Account

•Interest-free overdraft facility of at least

£1,000 on opening the account.

•Student insurance tailored to your needs.

•.Student credit card with a credit limit of up

to £500 subject to status.

Take advantage of all student discounts

The National Union of Students (NUS) offers a TOTUM card

for one, two or three years, with over 200 discounts available

in the UK and more than 42,000 discounts worldwide. Cards

cost £12, £22, and £32 for one year, two years and three years

respectively, and at the time of writing discounts include:

•10% at Co-op

•25% at Odeon cinemas

•30% at Lonely Planet

What is ‘good debt?’

Credit card debt can be considered ‘good debt’ under certain

conditions, if:

•It’s controlled using the interest-free borrowing periods.

•The balance is paid off in full at the end of each month.

•It allows you to build up a positive credit record.

The same applies to the interest-free overdrafts often offered

to undergraduate students by banks, but if credit cards and

overdrafts are mismanaged it can quickly lead you into serious

debt.

Building up a good credit score at university by paying off your

credit card at the end of each month is important as it shows

you can manage your money. If you apply for a loan after

university you may be able to access better deals, as lenders

base their decisions on your credit history.

Extra money-management tips for university

Here are a few more tips and tricks to make moneymanagement

easier at university:

•Setting up direct debit payments or standing orders for

essential outgoings, such as gas, electricity, council tax and

broadband, ensures you don’t forget to pay.

•As your maintenance loan is paid in a lump sum each semester,

it’s a good idea to divide the money into three and only retain

one month’s money at a time in your current account. You

can pay the remainder into a connected savings account and

transfer another third each month of the term.

•Taking cash out of your account to pay for weekly expenditure,

rather than using a debit or credit card, helps to prevent

overspending.

Managing your money at university doesn’t need to be difficult

– you just have to be aware of how much is coming into your

account and the amount you’re spending. Budgeting is the

best way to stay in control and it’s well worth the extra time to

keep an eye on your finances.

by Ann Haldon

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Another Year

OF EXCELLENT

A LEVEL RESULTS

A-Level students from The Royal School achieve

their first-choice universities by shining in the

most rigorous, facilitating subjects, seen to be of

greatest value to universities and major employers.

Thirty one percent of A Level grades attained are at A*/A/B with

particularly excellent results in a number of subjects. 67% of our

students in German attained A*- A, 56% at A*/B in chemistry,

while 22% in Business Studies attained A*-A. Pupils studying

Computing performed well with 17% attaining A*/A grades and

in Geography 60% attaining A*/B grades. As a non-selective

school, we are very proud of our students and their results.

Worth mentioning are some of our star students. Davids

Savruckis will be studying Computer Science at Manchester as

a result of his A’s in computing, maths and physics and A* in

Russian. Safa Mahboob achieved three A’s in biology, chemistry

and maths and will be pursuing medicine. Weronika Witos

achieved a very impressive set of A Level results with two A’s

in biology and chemistry, and a B in maths and in these times

of high competition for the best university places, it is pleasing

to note the great success that The Royal students have in

securing their first-choice places for competitive courses such

as medicine, law, economics and the sciences. Even more

impressive, however, is the fact that that their achievements

are in the most rigorous academic subjects that the universities

demand.

“This is excellent news for the pupils, particularly at the

highest end. We are extremely proud of our students, who

have together with a talented and committed staff achieved

excellent examination results and leave us as truly well-rounded

individuals. At The Royal our focus continues to be on the

development of the whole person as all pupils engage in a

range of enrichment activities as part of life in the Sixth Form,

take significant leadership roles and develop teamwork skills

which will take them beyond outcomes in examinations into

a productive and successful career in their chosen discipline.”

said Principal Mr Mark Heywood.

The Royal School was founded in 1850 originally as an

orphanage and is now a fully co-educational day and boarding

Free School.

Sixth Form

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Wolverhampton

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Award Winning

Education

Wolverhampton Grammar School is

an extraordinary school. Founded in

1512, it's one of the oldest schools in

the country, within easy access of the

wider West Midlands, Staffordshire and

Shropshire thanks to flexible school bus

links.

National award winning and ranked top of the league tables

for grades 9-7 at GCSE, the school is rated "excellent" by

school inspectors. The school also ranks top 25 nationally

for GCSE results across all independent schools.

First priority is the happiness of your child

Children at Wolverhampton Grammar School receive

pastoral care like nowhere else – that’s because happy

children do well, thrive, and leave the school with excellent

exam results and the confidence to embrace whatever

opportunities come their way.

Your child will never feel alone at Wolverhampton Grammar

School. Assistant Head of Pastoral Care, Claudine Jones

leads a team of staff to support and work with families to

ensure every child gets the care and individual attention

that they need. Support includes a dedicated, expert

pastoral team, School Counsellor and annual adolescent

mental health tracking using the latest digital tools.

Academic excellence

IS CLOSER THAN

YOU THINK

The academic achievements of the students speak for

themselves. All teachers are experts in their own academic

disciplines, trained and experienced professionals who love their

subjects as much as they enjoy teaching students.

Small class sizes and space for individual tuition enables the

teachers to get to know each and every child. Wolverhampton

Grammar School also offers a tailored and individual approach

to UCAS and Careers support and students can expect the very

best preparation possible when it comes to life after school.

Our examinations and Sixth Form team ensure every student

is supported with the very best support possible to ensure

students make the right choice for their next step.

Life outside the classroom

The school offers over 100 extra-curricular clubs – the largest

range available from any school in the area. Everything from

Political Forums, Technology clubs, Debating, Warhammer to

Climbing, Cooking and Gardening. Residential trips begin as

early as Year 3 and from Year 7, all children have the opportunity

to travel to Europe, culminating in a choice of worldwide

expeditions for older students.

Interested to learn more?

The school hosts open events throughout the year. The next

Open Day is Saturday 5th October, 11am to 3pm. Alternatively,

contact Jane Morris, Admissions Registrar at Wolverhampton

Grammar School telephone 01902 422939, email jam@wgs-sch.

net or register visit the website www.wgs.org.uk

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Independent Day School for Boys and Girls

Junior School ages 7-11 Senior School ages 11-16 Sixth Form ages 16-18

25

acre site

School

Open Day

Saturday 5 th October 2019,

11am-3pm

For more information about the open day or

joining our School, please contact Jane Morris,

Admissions Registrar.

T: 01902 422939

E: jam@wgs-sch.net

or register online www.wgs.org.uk

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areas by the Independent

Schools Inspectorate

Dedicated, Expert

Pastoral Team

Wrap around care

from 7.30am - 6.15pm

Flexible and convenient

School Bus Services

across 3 counties

Securing places at the

most prestigious

universities including

Oxford and Cambridge

Pass rate

at A Level

TES Independent School

Award Winners 2018

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Small Steps Big Impact

It’s not always easy to be eco-friendly, but

there are ways you can work together as a

family to lead a greener life.

Discuss the issues

Talk to your family about what you want to achieve and why.

You might be surprised at what they come up with. After

watching ‘War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita’, my children

announced they were giving up jelly pots and other plasticwrapped

snacks. Can you commit to walking or cycling to

school rather than going in the car? Can you all agree to use

reusable water bottles rather than buying drinks while you’re

out?

Recycle

Make recycling easier by labelling your bins so it’s clear what

goes in each one. Print pictures to stick on the lids if you

have young children. Short on space? Ikea sell space-saving

stackable storage bins.

Crisp packets, biscuit wrappers, toothbrushes, contact lens

packaging and baby food pouches usually aren’t collected

by the council, but they can be recycled by TerraCycle.

Alternatively, Ellie’s Fund has recycling collection points across

the UK to raise money for brain tumour research, see www.

elliesfund.com/recycling.

Get crafty

Most children love crafts, so why not look at a few eco-projects?

You could make beeswax wraps together (an alternative to

cling film) or soy candles to give as gifts. My children decorated

some organic tote bags (£1 each on eBay) to donate to the

local shop for customers to borrow.

Go wild

Cut down on the weeding and do your bit for insects by letting

an area of your garden go wild. Encourage birds by hanging up

some bird feeders and bird boxes, or planting large shrubs or

a hedge for them to nest in. Don’t have a garden? Search the

RHS website for pollinator-friendly plants for pots and window

boxes.

Reuse

Try to reuse before buying new. You could melt wax crayons

down in silicone cake moulds to make new chunky crayons for

example. Kids desperate for plastic toys? Buy them secondhand

on eBay or Facebook Marketplace.

Take action

Get your kids involved in campaigning! You could encourage

them to write to your MP or send letters to ask favourite brands

to reduce plastic waste. You could even take part in familyfriendly

climate marches together.

Make the switch

Some of the things that make the most difference actually

take the least amount of work. Switching to a renewable

energy supplier such as Bulb, Ecotricity or Octopus only takes

a few minutes. Most green energy companies have excellent

customer service ratings and sometimes work out cheaper

than the larger companies.

Move your money

Banks often use your savings and loan repayments to invest

in companies you may not want to support. It’s easy to move

your family’s money to a more ethical provider. Charity Bank,

Triodos and Ecology Building Society all offer a range of ethical

investment opportunities and savings accounts. Want to stick

to a high street bank? The Co-operative Bank has a strict

ethical policy that sets out what it won’t invest your money in.

by Kate Duggan

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CHILDREN, EDUCATION & ACTIVITIES

Tettenhall

College

CELEBRATES A LEVEL

SUCCESS

Tettenhall College would like to

congratulate their Year 13 pupils

on their A Level results.

Headmaster, David Williams commented:

“With 25% of pupils achieving A*, A or B in

all of their subjects and with the majority of

our pupils gaining places at their first choice

of university including some of the top

institutions in the country, we are delighted

with the results. They are testament to the

hard work and dedication of pupils and staff

alike.

Tettenhall College has come a long way in

recent years and we pride ourselves on our

academic success, but also on knowing that

our pupils gain a truly all-round education,

which enables them to enter university

and the world of work with confidence and

optimism. As well as achieving outstanding grades at A Level,

these Sixth Formers have also played a significant part in

wider school life; taking lead roles in plays, captaining teams,

mentoring younger pupils, participating in bands and choirs

and competing in national art, science, business, law and maths

competitions.”

Open Day

Saturday 28 th September 10am to 12.30pm

Nursery – Preparatory – Senior – Sixth Form

Contact: admissions@tettcoll.co.uk • 01902 751119

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Vulnerable

Families

More money must be raised to help vulnerable

families across Telford and Wrekin.

That’s the message from a charity calling on businesses to help

them reach their fund-raising target for the year.

Staff and volunteers at Home-Start Telford & Wrekin need to raise

a further £50,000 by the end of 2019 to ensure they can continue

providing one-to-one help for children in need, and their parents.

The charity trains volunteers to provide practical and emotional

support to those affected by physical or mental health conditions,

isolated, domestic violence, multiple birth and many more

difficult situations.

They hope to support 150 families in 2019 with the help of 40

volunteers and five part-time staff.

Manager Caia Bryant-Griffiths explains: “It costs £95,000 to

keep the charity running each year and the sector as a whole is

experiencing an annual reduction in the amount available in grant

funding. We don’t receive any financial support from the

national Home-Start group or the Government, so all

of our fund-raising is done within the area or through

grants from charitable trusts.

“We are hopeful businesses who recognise the

importance of the work we do may step forward to help

us meet these costs – either through donations, or

by organising fund-raising events on our behalf.

NEED CHARITY CASH

BOOST FROM TELFORD

BUSINESSES

“Home-Start helps families in a broad range of situations, and our

input helps 94 per cent of parents feel less isolated, 100 per cent

see an improvement in their children’s wellbeing, and 94 per cent

an improvement in their children’s behaviour and development.

These are just some of benefits, for the families themselves, for

the parents’ employers, and for the Telford and Wrekin community

as a whole.”

The charity is also seeking a new treasurer to join

the trustees in ensuring the charity’s effectiveness,

providing overall direction and maintaining sound

management of funds.

For more information, call 01952 872280 or email

homestarttelfordandwrekin1@gmail.com.

OPEN DAY

Thursday

10th OCTOBER

10am - 4pm

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Ellesmere College

A PLATFORM FOR

ACADEMIC AND

PERSONAL SUCCESS

Music is a key element of Ellesmere life and there is something

for everyone - from the Chapel Choir to National Finalists in the

Barnardo’s Choir of the Year Competition and Songs of Praise

Young Choir of the Year 2018. The standard of drama is also

very high and Ellesmere is the only UK independent school to

hold the Arts Council’s Arts Mark Platinum Award.

For sports enthusiasts, Ellesmere is one of only nine schools

in the world to be an accredited Athlete Friendly Education

Centre (AFEC) by the World Academy of Sport (WAoS), which

provides greater flexibility to students allowing them to balance

their studies with heavy training and competition schedules.

With the internationally renowned Titans Swimming team, 7

sporting academies, and incredible state of the art facilities,

pupils can train in every Olympic discipline.

Founded in 1884, Ellesmere is a co-educational

boarding and day school which offers students

between the ages of seven and 18 a platform for

academic success and personal development.

A wide ranging academic curriculum and extensive activities

programme allows each student the opportunity to advance in

a range of disciplines, whether in the Arts, Music, Drama, Sport,

or to develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Ellesmere

College treats every pupil as an individual and where success

is ‘doing the very best you can’; a philosophy that all parents,

pupils and staff recognise and support wholeheartedly.

Following GCSEs, students have a choice of A-levels, BTEC

or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The College

takes the preparation of students for Oxbridge and the USA

very seriously and the academic enrichment programme

offers extension activities in all subjects. With 82 per cent of

applications gaining offers from the top 50 Universities in the

world and an exclusive careers partnership programme which

finds opportunities for sixth form pupils to experience the real

world; preparation for life is central to the development of the

individual.

Come and experience this unique environment for yourself by

booking a visit, or visit one of our Open Days throughout the

year; visit our website for more details: www.ellesmere.com

Full School Open Day

Saturday 12th October 2019

1pm - 4pm

Entrance Exams Years 6-9

Saturday 1st February 2020

9am - 12pm

Lower School Open Day

Saturday 7th March 2020

10am - 12pm

| Excellent GCSE, A-Level, BTEC and

International Baccalaureate Results

| Superb Pastoral Care

| Award-Winning Arts Provision

and Co-Curricular Education

| Extensive Bus Routes

| Excellent Sporting Traditions with

7 World Class Sports Academies

| Generous Scholarships

| Innovative Careers

Partnership Programme

01691 626 510

www.ellesmere.com

Ellesmere College, Ellesmere,

Shropshire, SY12 9AB

@ellesmerecoll /EllesmereColl ellesmere_college

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Tech For Tweens

Kid-friendly technology that keeps you in control

Child-friendly tablets

With Amazon’s Kindle Fire, you can activate parental controls to

limit how much screen time your child has, when they can use

their tablet and what they can do on it. It’s also worth adding

the YouTube Kids app, which filters out unsuitable content and

allows you to cherry-pick the channels you’re happy for your

child to watch.

Have an accident-prone child or just want extra peace of mind?

It might be worth paying extra for the Amazon Fire Kids Edition

tablet. It’s priced around £100 to £200 depending on the screen

size and memory, but comes with a robust case and a two year

quibble-free warranty. You also get a year’s subscription to Fire

for Kids Unlimited (normally £3.99 a month), which gives your

child access to thousands of age-appropriate apps, game, videos

and books – see www.amazon.co.uk.

Smart watches

Most children’s smart watches allow kids to take photos and play

games. The Moochies watch also allows children to text and call

people, but only those who’ve been approved by the parent.

So, your child can call you to ask if they can go to a friend’s

house after school, send a text message to their cousin and video

call their granny, but they can’t call or text anyone you haven’t

approved.

The Moochies watch is ideal for children who are old enough for

a bit more independence, but not quite old enough for their own

phone. (It’s proven an absolute hit with my seven and ten year

old.)

The watch itself costs £69.99 and you’ll need to choose a rolling

network plan, which costs from £10 a month. You can also

customise the watch with different straps, which cost £7.50 each.

See www.moochies.com.

Pocket money apps

If your child is old enough to go shopping on their own, you might

want to look at getting them a prepaid debit card. There are

several pocket money apps and cards on the market, including

Go Henry, which allows you to transfer money to the card, decide

how much your child can spend, and keep an eye on what they’re

spending their money on.

You can also set them chores to earn extra money. So, for

instance, you might set them the task of hoovering once a week

to earn £2. Once they complete the task, you mark it as done on

the parent app and the money is transferred from your account

to theirs. You can also set up savings goals and kids can choose

to give a percentage of their pocket money to charity.

Go Henry costs £2.99 per child, per month at www.gohenry.com/

uk. Similar schemes include Nimbl (£2.49 a month) and Osper

(£2.50 a month).

by Kate Duggan

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TOGETHER WE ALL ADD UP TO

GREAT OPEN DAY

Joint Open Day for

Old Hall School and Wrekin

Saturday 5th October 10am - 1pm

Wrekin Sixth Form Open Evening

Thursday 26th September, 6pm

Co-educational

day school 4-11

01952 223117

admissions@oldhall.co.uk

Wellington, Shropshire TF1 3LB

Co-educational day and

boarding school 11-18

01952 265603

admissions@wrekincollege.com

Wellington, Shropshire TF1 3BH

REGISTER ONLINE OR FIND OUT MORE:

www.wrekincollege.com • www.oldhall.co.uk

Registered Charity No. 528417

Registered Wellington, Charity Shropshire, No. 528417 TF1 3BH

BirchfieldSchool

Co-educational

4-13 Years

Inspiring young minds and creating a lifelong passion for learning

Reception Class 2020 Open Evening

Wednesday, 25 September 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Open Mornings

Friday, 11 October 10.00am - 12.30pm

Saturday, 12 October 10.00am to 12.30pm

Telephone: 01902 372534

Email: dfrost@birchfieldschool.co.uk

Website: www.birchfieldschool.co.uk

Birchfield Preparatory School

Harriot's Hayes Lane, Albrighton,

Near Wolverhampton, WV7 3AF

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For more information or to book a visit please call 01952 672 506 • Email: bears.den8@gmail.com

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Gardening

ADD SOME

VERTICAL INTEREST

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

too…

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!

by Pippa Greenwood

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FOR A HAPPY AND

HEALTHY DOG

Seeing your dog grow and thrive is one of life’s

great rewards, but which are the most important

areas when it comes to canine health? Here are

five of the essentials:

1. Vaccinations

Vaccinating your dog against life-threatening diseases such as

distemper, parvo virus and leptospirosis prevents or reduces

their potentially devastating effects. Your vet will let you know

which vaccinations are required and whether any boosters are

needed in the future.

2. Diet

Dietary needs change during a dog’s lifetime, so the calciumrich

foods you fed your puppy won’t be as suitable when they’re

fully grown. By the time they reach old age fewer calories will

be needed, and probably additional help to maintain bones and

joints.

3. Exercise

Exercise benefits body and mind and is one of the most

important activities for your dog. Although the level of exercise

depends on various factors, such as breed and age, the mental

stimulation that exercise provides adds greatly to your dog’s

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5. Dental

It’s advisable to start checking your dog’s teeth in puppyhood so

they become used to the practice. You can buy dog toothpaste

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Gardening

With the ground still warm from the summer

sun and moisture levels in the soil increasing,

September is the perfect time to create a new lawn.

Using grass seed is far cheaper than using reasonable quality

turf, plus you can choose a suitable grass mixture for the site and

it is easy to shape the lawn without having to cut pieces of turf.

So how do you ensure a great green surface with your newly

sown lawn? Examine the site first and calculate the total area to

be seeded, then study the grass seed packs in your local garden

centre. Many different types are available, but broadly speaking

you will find yourself choosing from various grades of utility lawn

(which usually contains a fair amount of rye grass to provide

toughness), finer lawns that look more elegant but need more

care, and mixtures suitable for lawns in partial shade.

It will be about three weeks before the seedlings emerge and

then about ten weeks before the lawn can be cut, so bear this in

mind when choosing your time to start.

Clear the area you wish to sow by removing all weeds (including

their roots), any old grass and any debris. Dig out or kill off any

perennial weeds before you sow the lawn, either by hand or with

a suitable weedkiller. One containing glyphosate will be carried

down to the plant’s roots or rhizomes but will be deactivated on

contact with the soil, meaning grass seed can be sown straight

away.

Dig the area over completely and consider the texture. Ideally

you want a light, free-draining loam that does not become too

dry in summer, nor waterlogged or compacted in winter. Improve

drainage in heavy soil by adding horticultural sand and some

bulky organic matter, whereas light soil will retain moisture

better if plenty of well-rotted organic matter is dug in.

Next, rake over the soil repeatedly to achieve a good level surface

that is free from large stones, any plant remains and other debris.

Gauging the level by eye is normally adequate, but if necessary

use a system of pegs and a spirit level.

Incorporate some granular general fertilizer, raking it in or

spreading it evenly over the prepared area. To prevent pockets

of subsidence forming, firm the area by treading it over evenly in

flat-soled shoes or boots, keeping your feet level as they hit the

soil, paying particular attention to the edges.

GOING GREEN

If you think the site is not level, drive in pegs along each side of

the patch. Mark each peg at the same distance from the top and

tap them in to the same height, using the mark as your guide.

Use a spirit level and (if necessary) string attached between the

pegs to check the levels, then re-rake the soil using the markers

on the pegs as a guide.

For lawn seed to germinate quickly you need warm, moist

conditions so avoid hot, dry weather and wait until just before

rain is forecast.

Using the directions on the pack, weigh out the quantity of grass

seed needed for one square metre. Use four upturned flowerpots

to mark the corners of a one metre square plot and distribute the

seed evenly over the plot, thus showing you how the lawn seed

should look when sown correctly. Obviously there is no need to

mark out each square metre, but with this as a guide you should

do perfectly well.

Never sow too thinly as this encourages weeds to invade and

makes a thin and moth-eaten looking lawn initially. You should

also avoid sowing too thickly as this will create poor-quality

seedlings that are more inclined to die off because of the damp,

muggy and overcrowded conditions.

If you have a large lawn it may be worth considering borrowing

or hiring a machine to sow the seed, but for most gardens hand

sowing is perfect. Sow the entire area with the lawn seed and

then lightly rake a thin layer of soil over the seed, so that much of

it is at least partially incorporated into the soil.

Water the surface regularly with a fine sprinkler or watering can

so that the seed can germinate and the young grass seedlings

start to grow. If birds are likely to be a problem, use a system

of twigs or canes with taut cotton tied between them to keep

the birds off the area. Alternatively, use garden netting but make

sure whatever you use is taut, or birds may get tangled up in it.

Visit Pippa’s website www.pippagreenwood.com and you’ll find Pippa’s Septemberdispatch

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by Pippa Greenwood

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There’ll be the chance to swap your surplus with vegetables

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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

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Surround yourself

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foliage. Nostalgia botanical

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Printed on high-quality

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slender black frame, this

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Let the plants provide

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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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Technology for The New Term

You don’t need to pay full price for your child’s computing

If your child needs a computer for schoolwork, don’t get

downhearted by the high prices you’ll see in your local

Apple Store or electronics emporium. You don’t need to

spend a lot to get a good computer.

There are three main types of computer. Windows

ones, which run Windows 10 (don’t get ones with older

versions; that usually means the hardware’s really old

too); Chromebooks, which run Google’s Chrome operating

system; and Apple ones. For most places the choice is

entirely up to you, but some specialist courses at college

or university may require specialist software.

If you’re looking for a Windows or Chromebook laptop,

there’s good news: those kinds of laptops are almost always

on sale, so you can expect a wide range of bargains. Sites

such as Techradar.com have monthly round-ups of the best

deals, organised into price bands: at the time of writing

there’s a really nice Asus laptop for just £159, while more

expensive laptops are available with discounts ranging

from £175 to over £400. Sites often provide reviews of the

products, so you can be sure you’re not buying something

that won’t be up to the job.

Another way to save cash is to buy a refurbished computer.

This means it’s been used by somebody else and then

returned to as-new condition. A number of firms specialise

in such computers and the discounts can be enormous: for

example, Laptops Direct currently has a perfectly decent

Windows 10 laptop for just £109.

If your child wants Apple kit, you’ll know it’s often very

expensive. Shopping around doesn’t usually uncover much

in the way of discounts but you can still save money if you

know where to look. Apple has a refurbished Mac store

on Apple.com. and at the time of writing it’s offering Mac

minis with a typical saving of £140, alongside MacBooks,

MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros and iMacs with £160 to

£190 off. Third party refurbished sellers can offer even

bigger discounts but check the age of the product: may

third-party computers are a few years old, which isn’t

necessarily a problem but does affect how big a bargain

you’re getting: don’t compare the price of a three-year-old

Mac with what Apple’s charging for a new one.

End of line stock can be good too. Every time Apple

updates its product range, the previous models are often

sold at a discount. Keep an eye on eBay and you can save

stacks – we’re writing this on an iMac we got brand new for

two-thirds of the list price by looking for end of line stock

– but make sure you stick to business sellers with solid,

positive feedback going back years.

Last but not least, there are second-hand computers.

Many ‘power users’ replace their computers regularly, and

those computers are still more than powerful enough for

the rest of us. eBay and classified advertising sites such

as Gumtree can be great sources of good second-hand

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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

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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

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“He was yakking nineteen to the dozen, acting

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Foreign visitors overhearing this conversation in a British

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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

sense.

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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The rise of the electric car can’t be underestimated.

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Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai has changed the game with its new Kona Electric.

Capable of travelling up to 279 miles on a single charge, it’s

got one of the most impressive ranges of any new electric car

available. And as a result of being based on the regular Kona, it

brings funky styling and plenty of in-car technology too.

It’s all put together in a compact package, which means that

it’s just as well suited to urban driving as it is to longer distance

motoring.

Jaguar I-Pace

The British firm has struggled in recent years as the diesel crisis

hit shortly after it invested heavily in the fuel. Fortunately, its

bet on an all-electric SUV has paid off, with customers queuing

up to buy one.

It’s easy to see why – the I-Pace is fast when you want it to be

but a comfortable cruiser when you want to relax. It’s far from

cheap at £64,495, but that’s good value compared with the

Tesla Model X, its biggest rival, and with almost 300 miles of

range recharging should be a rare occurrence.

Nissan Leaf

Nissan’s Leaf is often one of the first cars that springs to mind

when you think of electric vehicles. It was, after all, one of the

very first all-electric cars to become popular, and has gone on

to retain a lot of this popularity as the years have gone by.

These days the Leaf can still hold its own. It’ll crack 239 miles

on a single charge, and is spacious and comfortable too.

BMW i3s

BMW has taken time to refine its i3 all-electric city car, ditching

its petrol range extender thanks to better range. The firm has

also added this – the i3s – which gives the car a little added

performance.

It comes with a tuned stability system and a slightly

more dynamic look – but still encapsulates all the

good qualities of the regular i3 too.

Kia e-Niro

Ever since journalists first got behind the wheel of

the e-Niro, they’ve praised the crossover for being

good to drive and offering a battery capacity that

can consign range anxiety to the past.

However, unfortunately the e-Niro has been a

victim of its own success. Kia hasn’t been able to

source batteries quickly enough to meet demand

for the car, so wait times are now up to about

twelve months.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Do you want the good news or the bad news? The

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appealing electric car. It’s practical, good to drive

and surprisingly quick, too. The interior feels a little

on the cheap side, but it’s far from disappointing.

The bad news, though, is that Hyundai is hit by the same

battery shortage as Kia, so wait times can be up to a year. So if

you want one, you’re going to have to wait.

Audi E-tron

Audi may be one of the largest carmakers around, but it’s

actually been relatively late when it comes to an all-electric

model. However, this – the E-Tron – is its first model, bringing a

premium look and feel as well as impressive electric technology.

Audi claims that it’ll do 248 miles on a single charge, but also

provide plenty of space and practicality while it does so.

Renault Zoe

The Renault Zoe offers one of the cheapest entry points to EV

ownership, but don’t mistake that for meaning it’s a cheap and

cheerful offering that should be avoided – the Zoe is a great

little supermini.

Opt for the big battery version and you get 186 miles of range,

so most inner-city commuters will only have to charge it once

or twice a week. Prices start at just over £17,000 with the plugin

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Tesla Model 3

Tesla could be classed as one of the founding fathers of the

electric car. The Model S, its saloon car, has arguably been one

of its most successful. But for many, it was just a touch too

expensive and a little out of reach.

That’s where the new Model 3 chimes in. It’s designed to be

a bit more affordable, but still capable of delivering plenty of

range and high technology levels too.

Volkswagen e-Golf

If you’re looking for a safe bet when it comes to your electric

vehicle purchase, you really can’t go wrong with the Volkswagen

e-Golf. It brings the build quality and dependability you’d

expect from one of the UK’s best-selling models, and simply

adds an electric powertrain.

It can travel up to 144 miles before the batteries need topping

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perfectly acceptable for the typical commuter. With plug-in

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Out in the Atlantic Ocean, this is the largest

island in the Azores, a colourful place blooming

year round but set precariously at the meeting

point of three tectonic plates: Eurasian, African

and North American. Bristling with dormant

craters and cones, laced in waterfalls, hot springs

and lakes, it’s truly awesome but these volcanic

wonders hold every visitor spellbound.

North-west of Ponta Delgada, the capital, a road winds up into

the hills fringed in wild gladioli, hydrangea and agapanthus.

The coastal scenery is delightful but turning inland you soon

reach the ‘Royal Belvedere’, where in 1901 Dom Carlos looked

down on the twin lakes of Sete Cidades. Framed by verdant

slopes, connected by a narrow strait, they spread across the

crater of a dormant volcano, their lovely colours reflecting

the ever-changing light, one lake as blue as the sky, the other

turquoise and green. Meadows shimmer along the shore and

beyond the slender bridge, the pretty town greets you with

cottage gardens, bandstand and church. According to legend,

the lakes were created by rivers of tears when a shepherd and

his beloved princess parted on the hilltop.

At the heart of the island, at 575 metres, Fire Lake claims the

purest water. In clear weather, vantage points along the road

reveal some stunning views, but in its pristine nature reserve

the lake can only be reached down a steep trail. The hike along

the shore is challenging at times but gorgeous, with luminous

water, sandy coves, scrubland and forest, cliffs and the crater

rim rising towards the sky.

Meanwhile on the northern slope, the hot springs of Caldeira

Velha nestle among giant ferns and towering trees, nature in

the raw almost like a Jurassic Park draped in red rocks and

steaming water. An iron-rich waterfall tumbles down into the

upper pool, pleasantly warm, but the lower pool reaches a

tingling 360 C. It’s the perfect way to relax after exploring the

nearby trails.

In the luxuriant hills in the south-east, Furnas has its own

geothermal gems. Down by the village, a stream meanders

orangy-red through mud springs and bubbling pools where

you hear the ‘Devil’s Heartbeat’ while mini-geysers pop all

around. Then head for the landscaped gardens of Terra

Nostra with its walking trails and bathing pools of different

temperatures, most amazing the circular lagoon near the

entrance, so large it rarely feels crowded. The orange water is

likely to colour your skin but before you shower, take time to

enjoy its health-giving minerals.

A short drive away, the crater lake boasts a romantic beach

with glistening water and a few pedal boats but you soon

smell the fumaroles puffing relentlessly at the foot of the hill.

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My Partner’s Lost

IN THE

PAST

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

relationship.

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 ageuk.org.uk.

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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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

horseshoe.

In those days, barbers were also surgeons and dentists hence

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

bandages.

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 History of Conkers

With autumn comes the familiar sight of shiny

brown conkers, the fruit of the horse chestnut

tree, revealing themselves as their prickly

green casings ripen and split open. These nuts’

sheen and rich colour make them irresistible

to children and they are still used for playing

the traditional game of Conkers.

The game of Conkers has two players. Each player has a

conker which has had a small hole drilled through the centre

and been threaded onto a piece of string around 25cm long.

The players then take turns to strike the other’s conker until

it breaks, earning a point each time. Scoring is accumulative,

with the victor’s conker additionally taking on the points of

their opponent. A new conker is known as a noner and conkers

can build up points to become sixers, tenners and beyond.

The first recorded game of Conkers took place on the Isle of

Wight in 1848, around 200 years after the horse chestnut tree

was introduced into Britain from eastern Europe. Before this, a

similar game had been played using hazelnuts (also known as

cobnuts) or snail shells.

It is not generally known where the name ‘conker’ – used to

refer to both the game and the horse chestnut fruit – originates

from. Some suggestions are that it comes from the French

verb cogner which means ‘to bump’ or that it is perhaps a

colloquial version of the word conquer (the original cobnut or

snail shell game was referred to as Conquerors). However, in

other regions of the UK, the game of Conkers is also known as

Cheggers, Cobblers and Kingers.

Often found in parks, the horse chestnut tree displays flower

spikes in spring known as candles. Unlike the sweet chestnut,

its starch-rich fruit is extremely bitter and not edible to humans

due to its high saponin content. However, in the Balkans, horse

chestnuts were traditionally fed to horses to make their coats

shiny. They can also be used as food for cattle by soaking them

in lime water, boiling, grinding and adding them to fodder.

As well as being traditionally used as a horse food, the tree’s

name may be due to the appearance of the horseshoe-shaped

leaf scars that occur on its branches.

Conkers become harder with age but there have always been

tricks of the trade to ensure your conker is a champion. I can

recall my father swearing by soaking them overnight in vinegar.

You can also do a test first to eliminate weaker conkers by

placing them in a bowl of water. Those that are less dense (and

so more easily smashed) will float, while the harder, denser

conkers will sink.

The technique of drilling through the conker is vital too: the

hole needs to be perfectly round and smooth with no cracks or

fissures that could weaken the conker’s structure.

Vinegar baths and other such underhand tactics are regarded

as cheating and prevented in the annual World Conker

Championships where all contestants are supplied with readythreaded

conkers.

The World Conker Championships began in Northamptonshire

in 1965. A group of regulars at the pub in Ashton, whose green

had an abundance of horse chestnut trees, decided one rainy

day to have a game of Conkers with a small prize for the winner

and the remaining money going to RNIB Talking Books, as one

of the players had a blind relative.

The game grew to become an annual event with people

coming from all over to take part. Today it is international with

the first overseas title having been won by Mexican Jorge

Ramirez in 1976 and the first ladies’ title being awarded to

Selma Becker from Austria in 2000. In addition, there are now

junior competitions that attract schools with sponsorship and

entertainment. Money is still given to the visually impaired with

hundreds of thousands of pounds raised to date.

Conkers are not only interesting for their history as a playground

game, it was once thought that they could help win us the war.

In the autumn of 1917, the Ministry of Supply offered children

money through their schools and the Scout movement to

collect as many conkers as they could. Under the Official

Secrets Act, they were not told why.

In fact, Lloyd George had asked a scientist called Professor

Weizman to discover a way for Britain to manufacture cordite,

which was needed for ammunition. At that time the country

was experiencing a shortage due a shipping blockade that

prevented its import from America.

To make cordite, a large supply of acetone is required, and to

produce it, the professor needed a good source of starch. This

was readily available in horse chestnuts.

However, thanks to the enthusiasm of

the children, the government ran into

problems when it came to transporting

and storing the huge amounts of conkers

collected, which had to be taken and

kept at secret factory locations. The plan

was consequently abandoned.

Conkers are believed to have medicinal

properties, helping in the treatment

of haemorrhoids, varicose veins and

rheumatism. It was once thought that

carrying one in your pocket was enough

to reap the benefits, although these

days there are tinctures and ointments

available which contain its extracts.

by Alison Runham

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Admaston

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:

natalie@cookstars.co.uk

Wed: WI 2-4pm (1st Wed of mth), Weight

Watchers 5:30&7pm, Bollywood Dancing

6.45-8.30pm

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

www.admastonhouse.org.uk 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 www.

wtsingers.org.uk

Church Aston

Shropshire Wildlife Trust - Newport branch

Indoor talks - 2nd Tue of mth (Sept - Mar

exc. Dec) 7.30pm @ St Andrew's Hall, Church

Aston, TF10 9JL. Contact Steve on 01952

550862

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 812092

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

Dawley

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

www.tcfonline.org.uk

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

Donnington

Players wanted - Tickled Pink Ukulele Band

Practice nights Weds @ Asda Donnington.

Uke players needed. Contact us at:

tpinkukes@gmail.com 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 email:

Telford.seacadets@yahoo.com

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.

Edgmond

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 825564.

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

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@hotmail.com

for more info.

Hadley

Telford Slings - babywearing socials and sling

hire, every 2nd Monday and 4th Tuesday of the

month at EPIC TF4 3EE, home consultations

also available - fb.me/telfordslings for details

or email telfordslings@outlook.com

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@yahoo.

com

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

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)

Ketley

Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Saturday

(term time) 9.30-11.00am at Ketley

Community Centre (Ages 2-12), Email:

natalie@cookstars.co.uk

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.

Lawley

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.

Leegomery

Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Thursday

(term time) 4.30-5.45pm at Leegomery

Community Centre (Ages 2-12), Email:

natalie@cookstars.co.uk

Lilleshall

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

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

380934

Life Drawing - every Tuesday 7pm - 9pm at

Jubilee House, Madeley. Excellent tutor. For

more info. call the WEA 01952 614451 or email

telfordcentre@wea.org.uk.

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

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

mth)

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

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Newport

Russian Language Classes - Fun and

insightful with native Russian speaker

Aleksandra. Suitable for complete beginners

to advanced. 6.30pm Tue & Fri evenings at

Cosy Hall, Newport. For more info 07528 489

320 russianclasses1@gmail.com

Sustainable Newport - local people working

to make Newport more sustainable. Find us

on Facebook Twitter & Instagram or email

info@sustainablenewportshropshire.org.

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.org

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.

co.uk

Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Monday

(term time) 6.30-8.15pm at Burton Borough

Home Ec Room (Ages 10-17), Email: natalie@

cookstars.co.uk

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@

hotmail.com 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.academy@outlook.

com

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 info@

newport-bridge-club.co.uk

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

812440

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.

co.uk www.facebook.com/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:

singlesfriends18@gmail.com

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 email

michaeljamespotter@hotmail.co.uk

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.

newportphotoclub.com for details.

Oakengates

Maddocks Chess Club - Monday nights from

7:30pm at Maddocks Sports & Social Club,

Church St, Oakengates, Telford. TF2 6BU.

www.maddockschess.co.uk

FREE Art and Craft Sessions - at The Wakes,

Oakengates - every Thursday 10-2pm no

need to book just turn up, everyone welcome.

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

380934.

The Telford & District branch of the Multiple

Sclerosis Society hold a Monthly Social

on the 2nd Thursday of each month from

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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.

Priorslee

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 facebook.com/

MaudeandRose.

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@btinternet.

com

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

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

Sheriffhales W.I. - Meet every 4th Thursday,

7.30pm at Sheriffhales village hall. For further

info contact Janet 07964 370679.

Shifnal

15th Nov (Fri) - Shifnal & District Male Voice

Choir With guest musicians, 7:30pm at St

Mary’s & St Joseph’s RC Church, 24, Victoria

Road, Shifnal, TF11 8AE. Tickets £8 (in

advance or on the gate), Includes Tea, Coffee

and Biscuits, excellent Raffle Prizes. Contact:

Joe Mascarenhas 07732 538962

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

welcome.

‘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 Rachel.powell@mha.org.uk

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 website shifnalchorale.

org.uk/

Shifnal in Stitches - Informal knitting and

crochet group meeting at the White Hart pub

every first Tuesday of the month from 7-9pm.

All ages and all skill levels welcome. Find us

on facebook.com/shifnalinstitches or email

shifnalinstitches@gmail.com

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-menslink.co.uk

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@shifnal-ladieslink.co.uk

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

461076

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

750312.

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 - Are seeking new members.

We sing a variety of music for enjoyment. You

are welcome to come and join us. Parking is

available. Contact 01952 613007 for further

details.

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

460777.

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 www.meetingpointhouse.co.uk or email

reception@meetingpointhouse.co.uk

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.

Trench

ATC meet at TA Centre, Territorial House,

Trench, Telford between 18.45 - 21.30 every

Tue & Thu night. Contact number for Sqn

01952 670720

Wellington

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: TRMG.webs.com for more details.

Enquiries: John on 01952 820376 or 07974

749955.

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

Wrekin Flower Club - Meet 3rd Wed of the

month at Belmont Hall Wellington TF1 1LU

at 2pm. Friendly Club who enjoy the skills of

National & International Demonstrators, Sales

Table, and a "cuppa". You will be made very

welcome. Contact Linda Hood 01952 252243.

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@

art4tots.com or visit www.Art4Tots.com 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 709116.

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 telford.lions@yahoo.

com

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: www.stagstelford.co.uk 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@btinternet.com

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.

wrekinartspc.com

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 877409.

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

405178.

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.

gcwellington.com.

Other Areas

20-22nd Sep (Fri-Sun) - Shrewsbury

Beatles Weekend - there will be a whole

range of events including live music, special

guest speakers and Beatles film screenings

Ticket information – www.facebook.com/.

shrewsburybeatles/events

10th Oct (Thu) - Derwen College Open

Day, 10am-4pm. Find out more about the

specialist vocational FE college’s facilities and

provision and curriculum pathways with Q&A

sessions, tours and have-a-go activities. Ideal

for prospective students, families and carers.

Also includes opportunity to visit the Short

Breaks@Derwen facilities which provides

holiday provision for adults with learning

difficulties and disabilities. Email amy.snow@

derwen.ac.uk to register your interest or for

more information.

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:

ironbridgerotary@gmail.com 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

talksherlock@gmail.com 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 846696.

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.ageukshropshireandtelford.

org.uk

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.org.uk

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 Wed,

7-9pm at Longdon On Tern Village Hall.

For further info contact Paula Pierce 07841

528543 E: severnsisterswi@gmail.com, view

facebook page at Severn Sisters WI

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@guidedogs.org.uk.

Further info can be found at www.guidedogs.

org.uk.

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 - www.nadfas-wm.org.

uk/wrekin.html

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: tandwladiescircle@

hotmail.com - 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.

wrekinwriters.co.uk or call Darren on 01952

405178.

To submit an entry to this feature please

email your details to:

fleur@inandaroundmagazine.co.uk -

please put subject as WHATS ON on the

email.

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Local Health, Sport

Admaston

at Admaston House Community Centre (for further info.

contact Moira Hoath on 07722 213264):

Mon: Yoga (evenings) Contact Janet Evans on 01952

245983

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

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.

Dawley

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: info@dawleybadmintonclub.co.uk / www.

dawleybadmintonclub.co.uk.

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. 36 block of 6 consecutive classes or £7

pay-as-you-go. Contact Beryl on 07971 875372 or 01952

462896 or email beryl.feely@gmail.com.

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 www.imsg.org.uk or

e-mail secretary@imsg.org.uk

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

Donnington

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

cheryljauncey2@gmail.com

Edgmond

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 denisepheasant@hotmail.com to book.

Hadley

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@thedaisyfoundation.com 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 iandglittleford@btinternet.com.

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

shootingstarsonline07@yahoo.com

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

Jackfield

‘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.

carolinerolling.com

Mindful Meditation - Sooth mind, body and spirit. £5.

At The GorgeTherapy & Training Centre. For more info

contact: Diane 01952 881151 www.you-in-mind.co.uk

Ketley

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 debbieyogaone@gmail.com or see my

website: www.yogaone.co.uk

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@

yahoo.co.uk

Slimming World - Ketley Methodist Church on Tue at 5.30

& 7.30pm.

Lawley

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 info@mitchytitch.co.uk. www.mitchytitch.

co.uk

Mummy Movers - St Johns Church Hall, Wed: 7.30-8.30pm

& Thu: 10.15-11.00am. Call: Laura 07929 154 536 / laura@

mummymovers.com Website: www.mummymovers.

com

Leegomery

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: claire.jervis74@gmail.com 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)

Lilleshall

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 www.lilleshallbowls.org.uk 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@

mitchytitch.co.uk. www.mitchytitch.co.uk

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

www.premier badminton.co.uk

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.

Madeley

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.

Muxton

at St John’s Church Muxton:

Bumps n Babes (NCT) 12.30-2:15pm (fortnightly), sessions

£1.50

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

Newport

Various Fitness classes at The Body Barn in Newport,

Shropshire's biggest outdoor fitness facility - see website

for full details at: www.thebodybarn.co.uk 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 / dilysd407@gmail.com

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 nikkiwitty@ymail.com

Forton Cricket Club - Fancy playing cricket, we have two

senior teams, ladies team and junior teams - for more info

contact Clive 01952 825447 or cliverjones1958@gmail.com

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 www.novaunitedfc.co.uk

Martial Arts Club (Aikido) - Aikido at Burton Borough Sch,

Newport. Mondays 7-9pm - Adult classes. Contact sensei@

meijyukan.co.uk website www.meijyukan.co.uk T: 0845 678

0091

Badminton Newport - We’re a friendly, mixed aged

badminton club and enter league teams too. We meet on

Thursdays 7.15pm-9.15pm at the Burton Borough Sports

Hall, Newport, TF10 7DS. Please contact Sue: 07813 677 347

bbbadminton.com

sue_rutter@btinternet.com 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@hotmail.co.uk

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 shropshirekarate@gmail.com or visit www.

shropshirekarate.com

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

514317, yogamebaby@yahoo.co.uk www.facebook.com/

yogame4families

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 drew.barlow@live.co.uk 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

markpearce17@hotmail.com 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

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& Fitness Classes

£10 or prebook 4 weeks @ £9 a class (£36) - Book Romella

07894 812440

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

Oakengates

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 suekeithhayward@sky.com

Shawbirch

Shawbirch Community Centre:

Tue - Antenatal Yoga (5:30-6:30pm), Yoga (7-9pm)

For further info. contact us on 01952 248538.

Shifnal

Swimming Lessons - Duck N Dive Limited - Baby,

preschool, afterschool & adult swimming lessons across

various locations in Telford & Shifnal. T: 01952 301012,

Email:info@dndswim.co.uk, Web:www.dndswim.co.uk

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@

yahoo.com 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 iandglittleford@btinternet.com.

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.

co.uk. www.mitchytitch.co.uk

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@

gorgetherapycentre.co.uk

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 www.shifnaldance.moonfruit.com Spaces limited so

please contact Sally 01952 461768.

Pilates Mon 10-11am at the Trinity Methodist Church Hall.

Tue 7-8pm at Kemberton Village Hall. £36 block of 6

consecutive classes or £7 pay-as-you-go. Contact Beryl

on 07971 875372 or 01952 462896 or email beryl.feely@

gmail.com

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

shifnalcricketclub@gmail.com

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@

aol.com or visit www.cerocmidlands.co.uk

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 www.hiitpad.co.uk

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

stevelowe59@blueyonder.co.uk

"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

612776)

Wed - 10.30am Pilates (Tel: 412924) / 1.30pm

Stirchley

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

Trench

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 nourishholisticwellbeing@gmail.com or

look on the website www.nourishholisticwellbeing.com

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

debbieyogaone@gmail.com or see my website: www.

yogaone.co.uk

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.

Wellington

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: Lorraine@affinityand-beyond.co.uk

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 / Wed Beginners 7-

8pm . Contact: www.yogawithlynne.org 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 www.facebook.com/severnspokes and/or

our website www.severnspokes.com

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.

co.uk 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@

immersediving.com; visit www.immersediving.com find

us on Facebook www.facebook.com/immersediving.

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

diving.

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.

co.uk or 07596 984442 or visit our website, www.

wrekintennisclub.co.uk

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.

www.telfordcommunitytennisclub.co.uk

E: bob.kerr@telfordcommunitytennisclub.co.uk

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

249277.

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 jeremy.seymour9@gmail.com Website:

www.wellingtonbadminton.co.uk

Other Areas

Taoist Tai Chi Society of GB - All ages and abilities

welcome. See taoist.org.uk 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,

Email:info@dndswim.co.uk, Web:www.dndswim.co.uk

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 www.lindaangelis.com

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.

To submit an entry to this feature please

email your details to:

fleur@inandaroundmagazine.co.uk - please

put subject as CLASSES on the email.

(Space is limited so brief details please)

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MOVIES

IT: CHAPTER TWO

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

JOKER

Joker centers around the iconic arch-nemesis

and is an original, standalone story not seen

before on the big screen. The exploration of

Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society,

is not only a gritty character study, but also a

broader cautionary tale.

Release Date: 4th October 2019

Genre: Drama

Cast Members: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De

Niro

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COMING SOON...

RAMBO: LAST

BLOOD

When the daughter of one of his friends is

kidnapped, Rambo - who has been working on

a ranch - crosses the U.S. Mexico border and

quickly finds himself up against the full might

of one of Mexico’s most violent cartels.

Date: 20th Septmeber 2019

Genre: Action

Cast Members: Sylvester Stallone

ZOMBIELAND 2:

DOUBLE TAP

In the sequel, written by Rhett Reese & Paul

Wernick and Dave Callaham, through comic

mayhem that stretches from the White House

and through the heartland, these four slayers

must face off against the many new kinds of

zombies that have evolved since the first movie,

as well as some new human survivors. But most

of all, they have to face the growing pains of

their own snarky, makeshift family.

Date: 11th October 2019

Genre: Comedy

Cast Members: Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson,

Jesse Eisenberg

Please note that release dates are subject to change and some previews may be shown earlier.

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Notes from your local

Muxton Councillor

Telford and Wrekin Council, with unanimous

support, declared a climate emergency at the

last full Council meeting. There is no doubt that

change is occurring, with extreme weather and

erratic seasons we all have a responsibility to do

what we can to help reverse the situation. It is

not just about planting a few trees or paying a bit

extra when booking a flight to offset your carbon

footprint; it is also about walking instead of driving

if possible, reducing plastics in your day to day life,

cutting down on electricity usage etc. etc.

I look forward to seeing how the Council will

respond to the declaration as actions speak louder

than words.

The announcement that Morrison’s has no plans

to implement parking restrictions at their Lawley

store is a great example of the effects of people

power. Well done to residents and Cllr. Jane

Greenaway for all your

efforts, though please remain

vigilant as such restrictions

would be devastating to local

businesses.

Cllr. Nigel Dugmore (Muxton Ward)

T: 01952 380237 M: 07528 979395

E: nigel.dugmore@telford.gov.uk

Cllr Nigel Dugmore

Ceilidh - Charity

Night 27TH OCTOBER - 7:30PM

Come and join us for a fun

filled evening of wild dancing,

good music and great

company at the Cavalier

Centre for our annual Ceilidh.

A Ceilidh is a traditional dance

night where everyone joins in,

regardless of age or ability,

everyone can take part, young

or old, experienced dancers

to beginners and even those

with two left feet!

You will be under the watchful eye of our well known caller

Martin Wood (tallest Town Cryer in the world) who’ll be with

you every step of the way – walking you through the moves

before each dance and continuing to call out helpful hints

throughout the rest of the dances. Our fantastic band are

guaranteed to provide a whirling evening of jigs, reels and

live entertainment.

This event is a fundraiser for the Cavalier Centre which is

home of Perry Riding for the Disabled. The Cavalier Centre

provides life changing, inclusive equestrian activities for

disabled children and adults.

Don’t miss out! £15 food included. Tickets are available from

Penny Farthing (Much Wenlock), Cavalier Centre and at www.

perryrdafundraising.org

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COMMUNITY & WHATS ON

Abbey Road

A MUSICAL ICON

TURNS FIFTY

Amidst a flourishing vinyl revival, in the last few

years, many famous ‘60s albums have turned fifty.

But few are as iconic as the one celebrating its

fiftieth on 26th September 2019: Abbey Road, one

of the best-known albums by George Harrison,

John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr

(otherwise known as the Beatles).

The album was named after the recording studios where

its tracks (and, in total, 190 of the Beatles’ 210 songs) were

recorded. The studios were already famous in their own right

as the world’s first purpose-built recording studios and the

place where EMI engineer Alan Blumlein patented stereo in the

1930s. Sir Edward Elgar himself conducted a performance of

Land of Hope & Glory at the 1931 opening ceremony.

Abbey Road was the Beatles’ eleventh studio album and their

final album to be recorded, although Let it Be, consisting of

earlier recordings, was released later alongside the film of the

same. Its cover has become almost as famous as its songs,

with its iconic and much-duplicated photo of the band walking

across the zebra crossing near the studio entrance in London

NW8. It was the first Beatles album without either their name

or the album title on the front.

Songs on the album included:

Come Together: Banned by the BBC because its mention of

Coca-Cola fell foul of their product placement ban.

Something: Frank Sinatra later recorded this song by Harrison

and performed it live, describing it as “the greatest love song

ever written,” but also, embarrassingly, as his favourite “Lennon

and McCartney composition.”

Maxwell’s Silver Hammer: Only McCartney, who wrote the

song, liked it; he got the word ‘patasphysics’ from writer Alfred

Jarry, who defined pataphysics as the “science of imaginary

solutions”.

Octopus’s Garden: Written by Ringo Starr, after the captain

of Peter Sellers’ yacht told him how octopuses build ‘gardens’

made of stones and shiny objects from the sea bed.

Here Comes the Sun: Written by George Harrison while sitting

in Eric Clapton’s garden.

She Came in Through the Bathroom Window: Inspired by an

incident when a fan climbed in to McCartney’s house via the

bathroom window.

Golden Slumbers: Some of the lyrics were based on ‘Cradle

Song’ from Thomas Dekker’s Patient Grissel, which McCartney

spotted on the piano at his father’s home.

Her Majesty: Mistakenly placed twenty seconds after the track

‘The End’ on the studio tape, it became erroneously known as

the album’s ‘hidden’ track.

Critical reviews were mixed, but Abbey Road entered the

UK chart at number one and remained there for seventeen

weeks, spending eighty one weeks in the UK chart in total.

It was successful in the US too, spending eighty three weeks

in their charts, eleven of those at number one. Sadly, though,

behind the scenes, tensions between the group members

and between the band and their management had grown

insurmountable during its recording. 20th August 1969, when

the band congregated to finalise Abbey Road, was to be the

last time all the Beatles came together in a studio, and none of

them attended the premiere of their documentary, Let it Be, in

May 1970. It was over.

by Alison Runham

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We care for your home!

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• Skirting/architraves/shelving

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• Adjusting/easing doors

• Decking/garden structures

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NO JOB

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now

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Est.

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TEL: 01952 604285

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Index of Advertisers

Bathrooms

A. Watson Home Improvements.............77

Emerys............................................................. 68

Regent House................................................ 69

Telford Maintenance Ltd.............................77

Beauty

Beauty by Jude..............................................23

Bedrooms

R&R Services...................................................75

Beds & Mattresses

Dial-A-Mattress...............................................31

Blinds

Love Your Blinds............................................29

Telford Window Blinds.................................31

Bricks & Building Materials

Emerys............................................................. 68

Jewsons............................................................63

Builder

Louka Fine Finish............................................ 3

C C T V

Telford CCTV...................................................77

Car Sales (New/Used)

Mercedes Benz of Shrewsbury................27

Carpentry

P M Carpentry............................................... 96

Louka Fine Finish............................................ 3

Select Joinery.................................................72

Carpet, Rugs & Floor Coverings

AST Floorcoverings Ltd...............................31

Children’s Parties/Family Activities

Ironbridge Museums....................................59

Chimneys

Alpine............................................................... 96

Cleaning

Active Cleaning..............................................85

Bright & Beautiful..........................................79

Shaw Clean - Tim Shaw..............................77

Shropshire Shine Services..........................81

Sutherlands Clean Carpets........................78

Councillors

Local Councillors.......................................... 94

Decorating

Neil Rogers......................................................87

Simon’s Décor ...............................................87

WE Dunne........................................................87

Dentist

Wycherley's Dental Practice.................... 45

Doors

The Door Store................................................71

Drum Lessons

Sammy Shaw..................................................97

Dry Cleaning

Chelsea's of Shropshire..............................33

Education/Childcare

Bears Den Pre-school..................................59

Birchfield..........................................................57

Derwen College............................................ 54

Ellesmere College.........................................55

Old Hall School..............................................57

Royal School.................................................. 49

Tettenhall College.........................................53

Wrekin College...............................................57

Wolverhampton Grammar School...........51

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Electricians

Copelands Electrical................................... 96

Del Corley Electrical Services...................85

Entertainment / Events / Activities

Hoo Farm.........................................................59

Estate Agents & Property

Barker Healey...................................................11

Bovis.....................................................................9

Nock Deighton............................................. 6-7

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

SB Sports Clinic............................................ 43

Farm Shop/Markets/Food Fayre

Green Fields Farm Shop..............................21

Financial Services

CD Financial....................................................37

Fireplaces, Fires & Stoves

Alpine............................................................... 96

Grate Ideas..................................................... 99

Footcare

The Foot Doctor............................................47

Telford Footcare............................................42

Garage Doors

Barrett Garage Doors................................. 69

Garolla Garage Doors..................................75

Garden, Plants & Building Supplies

Bloomsbury Nursery.....................................61

Emerys............................................................. 68

Jewsons............................................................63

Nobridge Nurseries......................................65

TAFS....................................................................61

Gardening/Landscaping

A J Landscapes..............................................63

Gardenhand.................................................... 96

Long Fox Landscapes..................................61

NPB Garden & Ground Maintenance.... 96

Glass & Glazing

Darwin Glass & Glazing...............................85

Gutter Cleaning

Gutter PRO......................................................83

Health & Fitness

Body Barn....................................................... 45

Patshull Park Hotel....................................... 14

Telford Hotel & Golf Resort........................15

Telford Tri-Club............................................. 96

Holidays

Meadow Holidays..........................................97

Kitchens Replacement Doors

Dream Doors....................................................71

Kitchens (Supply & Fit)

Kitchen Depot............................................. 100

R & R Kitchens................................................67

Regent House................................................ 69

Legal Services / Will Writing

Clarkes Solicitors...........................................36

EKM Legal Services......................................39

Parry Carver Solicitors................................33

Terry Jones Solicitors..................................35

Loft Ladders/Boarding

Access 4 Lofts................................................73

Jakes n Ladders............................................ 68

The Loft Stairs Co.........................................75

YOUR QUICK GUIDE TO

EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING

IN YOUR LOCAL MAGAZINE...

Log Burner Installation

Alpine............................................................... 96

Logs

Holts...................................................................63

Wrekin Logs....................................................65

Optician

Evenett & Bishop Opticians......................97

Tim Vanes Opticians.....................................41

Oven Cleaning

Active Cleaning..............................................85

Pet Care (Dog Care, Kennels & Cattery)

Dog Jogs..........................................................97

Wychwood.......................................................97

Physiotherapy & Sports Massage

SB Sports Injury & Physio. Clinics.......... 43

Plumbing & Heating

A. Watson Home Improvements.............77

Printing & Design

I and A Print...................................................... 5

Property Maintenance

CKN................................................................... 96

Telford Maintenance Ltd.............................77

Psychologist

Telford Psychology Service.......................47

Removals

Jays Removals................................................ 10

Restaurants/Pubs/Cafes

Hadley Park House........................................17

Masala................................................................97

Patshull Park Hotel....................................... 14

Telford Hotel & Golf Resort........................15

Taste of Paradise...................................... 12-13

The Barley.........................................................19

The Bridge Inn.................................................21

The Smokey Cow...........................................15

White House Hotel........................................19

Sewing Classes

SoKaty...............................................................97

Solicitor

Clarkes Solicitors...........................................36

Parry Carver Solicitors................................33

Terry Jones Solicitors..................................35

Tiles

Tile Choice......................................................... 2

Tool Hire

Jewsons............................................................63

Tree Care

Holts Tree Care...............................................63

Upholstery

Hammonds Furniture Resorations..........97

PJ’s Re-Upholstery Services......................97

Websites

Kalidescope.....................................................39

Weddings

Hadley Park House Hotel............................17

Patshull Park Hotel....................................... 14

Telford Hotel & Golf Resort........................15

Windows/Doors/Conservatories

APH Windows................................................73

R & R Services................................................75

Trotfield Windows.........................................67


One of the finest

Showrooms in Shropshire

Full Fitting

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Extensive

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Showroom

• Gas and electric fires

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• Large selection of fire surrounds (wood, limestone & marble)

• Wide choice of quality brands to choose from

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T: 01952 620189 • Email: enquiries@grateideas.co.uk

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Family owned with family values

A friendly, professional service to offer you a wide range

of high quality bespoke kitchens, manufactured

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Call into your local showroom: Global House, Off Trench Road, Telford TF2 6PD.

We also have showrooms in: Hemel Hempstead Shrewsbury Wolverhampton

Visit us online at:

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