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Contents

What’s on, pubs, restaurants &

entertainment this Christmas 4 - 13

Did You Know 14

Gnocchi & Wild Mushroom Gratin 16

Bradley’s Butchers this Christmas 17

Food review - The Steam Wagon 18 & 19

What’s On in Oswestry 24

Women’s Party Dresses 26

Christmas Puzzles 30

Films 36 & 37

It’s a Man Thing 40

25% Discount at Hoo Farm 43

Open Days at Wolverhampton

Grammar School 45

Well-being & Parenting 46 & 47

It’s Christmas - Gifts 48 & 49

Shropshire Floats 50 & 51

Health, Beauty & Well-being 52- 57

Win Tickets to

BBC Good Food Show 62 & 63

Dealing with stress at Christmas 68

Coverage Care 70 & 71

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What’s on - November

Shrewsbury Bonfire and

Fireworks Spectacular

Saturday, 2nd November

Not one, but TWO fireworks

displays, along with one of

Shropshire's largest bonfires.

West Mid Showground

Berwick Road, Shrewsbury, SY1 2PF

Rave Kidz - Shrewsbury

Sunday, 10th November

Howard St, Shrewsbury SY1 2LF

01743 281751

Market Drayton Winter Fair

Sunday, 10th November

Market Drayton Winter Fair is our

very popular annual festive event,

showcasing a fabulous range of gifts,

home wear, crafts, food and more.

We will have over 40 stalls on offer

for you to peruse. A fantastic award

winning coffee shop for you to enjoy

too. Entry is free and we will be open

from 10am until 4pm.

Festival Drayton Centre

Market Drayton, TF9 3AX

Shrewsbury Chocolate Festival

Saturday 16th -

Sunday 17th November

Join us for our 6th Festival in the

wonderful St Mary's Church. We will

be joined by a wonderful array of

award winning chocolate makers,

bean to bar producers, and

chocolatiers. Our demo stage will

have a range of talks, tastings and

demos and our children's lolly pop

workshop running over the 2 days.

St Mary's Church

Shrewsbury Town Centre

An Evening with Jimmy White

Monday 18th November

Jimmy White is one of the most

colourful characters, not just in

snooker, but in the whole of sport -

Jimmy "The Whirlwind" White.

Oakengates Theatre @ The Place

Limes Walk, Oakengates

Telford, TF2 6EP

01952 382382

Ludlow Medieval

Christmas Fayre

Saturday 23rd November

The best medieval show in the land

over 100 stalls selling seasonal gifts

with a medieval flavour.

Ludlow Castle, Castle Square

Ludlow SY8 1AY

www.ludlowmedievalchristmas.co.uk

Shropshire Handmade and

Creative Christmas Fair

Saturday, 23rd &

Sunday, 24th November

Over 60 pop-up shops, gifts, crafts,

Food, Entertainment, Food Hal,

workshops, Santa's Grotto, real

christmas trees

Salop Leisure, Emstrey, Shrewsbury

Winter Festival - Ellesmere

Friday 29th November

Come and join us for a fabulous,

festive evening. The people of

Ellesmere open their shops for the

evening and the streets are full of

people enjoying the entertainment.

This is a great Late Night Shopping

event with selected shops saying

‘thank you’ to their customers with

food and drink treats.

Ellesmere, Shropshire

Shrewsbury Prison Ghost Hunt

"The Dana"

Saturday 30th November 2019

Do we have a location for you – a

place that is only for the very brave!

Enter the doors of this vast old

Victorian Prison in Shrewsbury – also

well known as the Dana for a terrifying

night of ghost hunting!

www.dusktilldawnevents.co.uk

The New Inn

Winter Warmer Festival

Saturday, 30th November

15:00 – 23:00

Following on from a fun first Winter

Warmer fest in 2018 we thought we

would put it on again. Come and join

us to get into the festive spirit!

Newinnevents.co.uk

Market Drayton

Winter Fair

10th November

Ludlow Medieval

Christmas Fayre

23rd November

Winter Festival

Ellesmere

29th November


BUON

NATALE

CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS

AT CARLUCCIO’S

2 Courses from £23.50

3 Courses from £28.00


What’s on - December

Santa Safari

Throught December until 23rd

A magical adventure by Land Rover through the

illuminated woodland to see Santa in his real hillside

Grotto. Hawkstone Park Follies

Ravens Shelf, SY4

Hmp Shrewsbury Ghost Hunt

Saturday, 7th December

The Dana, Shrewsbury SY1 2HP

01743 343100

Christmas Ceilidh

Saturday 7th December

The famous annual Shrewsbury Morris Dancer's

Christmas Ceilidh

The Shrewsbury Morris annual Christmas Ceilidh this

year moves to a fantastic new venue. Dancing to

Pump Action with Bev Langton calling, the ceilidh will

be a great start to the festive season. Wattlesborough

Village Hall, Shrewsbury, SY5 9DX

07799 408297

Santa Specials

Saturday 7th December 20 all-day

A family favourite; come and meet Santa whilst

travelling by steam train alongside the River Banwy.

Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway - The Station,

Llanfair Caereinion, Welshpool SY21 0SF, UK

Fight the Bear

Christmas Special

Friday 13th December

Fight the Bear is a four-piece band

Albert's Shed, Shrewsbury SY1 1QJ

Shrewsbury Fair in the Square

Saturday 14th December

Christmas is nearly here and Shrewsbury Square will

be lit up with twinkling lights, delightfully decorated

stalls, hot food and beautiful locally made gifts.

On the second Saturday of each month local craft and

food producers gather in the squareto showcase their

unique products.

High Street, Shrewsbury

Christmas Carols & Lunch

Sunday 15th December

The “Castle Belles” return to Weston with their

entertaining twist on carols and festive songs to get

you in the festive spirit. Following the performance in

St Andrews Church a four-course lunch will be served

in the House.

Weston Park, Telford, TF11 8LE

01952 852100

Santa’s Sunday Lunch

Sunday, 15th December

Join us for our Santa’s Sunday Lunch, which will be a

truly magical experience for all the family.

Upon arrival you will visit Santa and the children will

be presented with a gift, after your Santa visit you will

then enjoy a delicious 3 course festive lunch, in our

very own wintery wonderland.

Hadley Park East, Telford TF1 6QJ

01952 677269

Peaky Blinders Party Night

Friday 20th December

Step back in time through the secret doors of the

Garrison Tavern and into the world of the Peaky

Blinders gambling den.

The Wroxeter Hotel Wroxeter, Shrewsbury SY5 6PH

Shropshire Mud Run

Saturday, 28th December

Take on the challenge of Shropshire’s toughest terrain

and raw obstacles. www.fitnessexperience.co.uk/

mud-run/

New Years Eve

Gala Dinner

ECEC

Champagne and Canapé Reception

Served from 7:00pm in the Adam Ballroom Bar

4 Course Meal

Resident DJ

Casion Tables (Blackjack & Roulette)

£79pp

Dress Code: Smart Dress Only

T: 01743 353107

E: enquiry@thelionhotelshrewsbury.com

www.thelionhotelshrewsbury.com


Warm and fragrant

Mulled Wine

Nothing gets people in the festive spirit more than the wonderful fragrant smell and taste of a

warming glass of Mulled Wine. This recipe is very simple and there is no need to splash out on an

expensive bottle of red wine. Any red wine will do due to the beautiful spices that are added.

This recipe can easily be doubled or trebled depending on the quantity you desire.

INGREDIENTS

Serves: 4

1 litre dry red wine

2 (5cm) cinnamon sticks

1 dessertspoon whole cloves

1 dessertspoon whole allspice

1 large piece orange rind (avoid the pith)

1 large piece lemon rind (avoid the pith)

4 tablespoons sugar, or to taste

METHOD

1. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine the red

wine, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, lemon rind and orange rind.

Heat gently, but don't bring to the boil.* Stir in 2 tablespoons

of the sugar, and once dissolved, taste to see if you'd like to

add more.

2. Keep hot on medium to low heat for 20 minutes to let the

flavours infuse the wine. Serve your mulled wine hot in

glasses or mugs.

*If you allow the wine to boil you will burn off any alcohol, so be

sure to keep the heat low enough*

If you don’t drink alcohol or would like to make a virgin mulled

wine for your children you can use the same recipe but swap the

wine with cranberry juice. Children will love helping you make

this festive drink and are sure to enjoy tasting the finished

product.


christmas menus

Available from

13th November

Enjoy one complimentary bottle of Cr rémant de Bourgogne for

every ery four guests

in your party, when dining from

our Christmas menu in November

Côte Brasserr

ie Shrewsbur

ry

14 -16 THE SQUAR

ARE, SHREWSBURY, RY

SY1 1JZ

01743 296 314

|

www.cote.co.uk/cremant

Offer fer valid for parties dining from 13/11/19 until 30/11/19.

One complimentary bottle of Crémant de Bourgogne

for every four guests dining from our Christmas Menu (£29.95).. Cannot be used in conjunction

with any other offer. fer

Offf

er must be booked in advance.


Chronicle

Christmas

Market

58 Stalls of High Quality

Food, Drink & Crafts

Saturday 21st December

The Square, Shrewsbury

9am to 6pm

Organised by

Asterley Events 07789 114253

Shrewsbury's Farmers' Market

First Friday of each Month

www.shrewsburyfarmersmarket.com

Saturday 21st December sees the return of the very

popular Chronicle Christmas Market in the Square

Shrewsbury running 9am to 6pm.

The market is a celebration of artisan local food, drink and

craft that is exhibited at the 2 monthly markets held in the

Square throughout the year.

Organiser Stuart Jones 'Shrewsbury Farmers Market on the

1st Friday of the month and Made In Shropshire on the 2nd

Saturday of the month showcase the very best of quality

products that this area provides. We only invite local

producers to sustain the local economy and these producers

brave all the elements thrown at them during the year.

The food producers are packed full of gold award winning

producers like Maynards pork and bacon, Heathers Harvest

chutneys and preserves, Bonbonniere hand made

chocolates, Stokes of Ellesmere Pork Pies, Chilton Liquers

Damson Gin and Raspberry Vodka, Butterbelle nut butters,

Berwick Organic Longhorn beef, Shropshire Salumi

charcuterie, and much, much more.

These producers are found in Harrods, Selfridges and

Fortnum and Mason which gives an indication of the quality

on offer. Novel gifts are aplenty including Catherine Jones

laser cut pop up cards with carousels, rocking boats and

other amazing ideas inside. Garfield Davies woodturner,

Wingers silversmiths, Sarah Hill who melts gin bottles to

make cheese boards and Kinki Glass from Jackfield who

supply the Dorchester Hotel with their unique glass ware.

Hot food and drink will be available with Castlemoors hog

roast, Mukaase Foods African inspired curries, Indian Street

Food and Appleteme mulled apple juice.

We have a passionate dedicated group of producers who

combine to make an amazing experience in the heart of our

county town and we are grateful for the support we receive

from both local and visiting shoppers This market has

become one of the very best events in the region and gives

the town centre a real boost.

We look forward to meeting you on

Saturday 21st December.

Shrewsbury Farmers Market


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Restaurant & Lounge Bar on the bank of River Severn with stunning views over

the river and the Quarry Park

LUNCH

MENU

Served Daily

from 12pm

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COCKTAIL BAR

Shaken, merged, muddled and stirred

just for you!

Open 7 Days A Week

Served Daily

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UNDER NEW MANAGMENT

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OFFER A VERY WARM

WELCOME TO ALL!

NEW MENU now available consisting of new

seasonal dishes and regulars favourites

THE

RED BARN

108 Longdon Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 7HS

Tel: 01743 362237

Large range of Gins, European & English Lagers

Good range of low and non alcoholic drinks also available

SUPPER CLUB MENU

Monday - Thursday 5pm - 8pm

2 courses £10.95 or 3 courses £13.95

LUNCHTIME MENU

Monday - Thursday 12 noon - 2:30pm

2 courses £9.95 or 3 courses £12.95

Christmas

Party

Bookings

Now Being

Taken

Christmas Fayre

from December 1st

3 courses, lunch and evenings £17.99

Bookings only

Christmas Day

4 Courses for £49.99

SENIORS MENU

Smaller portions perfect for a smaller appetite

1 course £5.99, 2 courses £7.99 or 3 courses £8.99

LIVE MUSIC

Friday 15th November JIM KIRKPATRICK

Friday 13th December WHAT’S THE CRACK

KIDS MENU

Monday - Thursday 12 noon - 2:30pm

2 courses £9.95 or 3 courses £12.95

BIG BITES - UNDER 12’S

2 courses for £5.95

Available at all times

POOL TABLE -

LARGE REAR BEER GARDEN

Funerals catered for from £6.95 per head

Open: 12noon - Midnight Mon - Sat & 11pm Sunday

Follow us on Facebook and keep up to date with

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The Specialist Whisky Shop

What do you buy the person

who has everything? ...

That appears to be the eternal question mooted at this

time of year. Electronic devices seem to be replaced by

a new model within what feels like a matter of weeks.

Fashion changes by the season and unless you are

playing the long game (flares and mullets will be back!),

what is en vogue today may be disastrously passé

tomorrow. If only there was a gift option that would stay

pertinent for more than five minutes?

Here at Wrekin Whiskies, we believe that George

Bernard Shaw was entirely correct when he stated that

“Whisky is liquid sunshine” and that a stunning Single

Malt Whisky, crafted from the humblest ingredients -

malted barley, water and yeast – with the magic

ingredient of time factored into the mix, is the perfect

gift at this time of year. Whether a whisky is to be shared

with friends, consumed as a personal ritual at the end

of the day or put away and jealously guarded, only

appearing for special occasions, it is a truly versatile gift.

The choice of whisky for an individual is a personal

thing. There is an old saying that the definition of a good

whisky is “what’s in your glass”, in other words we each

have a favourite, be that a specific distillery of broader

style. To help with that choice is where we come in.

Although we specialise in

Single Malt Scotch

Whisky, we have whisky

from other countries as

well as lots and lots of gin,

some rum, beers, vodka

etc. Regardless of your

tipple, we take enormous

pride in working closely

with our customers to

ensure that they get

sound advice. Where possible, we utilise our range of

tasting stock to ensure our customers leave us with

exactly the right purchase. In the event that we don’t

have the perfect match in stock, we can order it

specially, often within 24 hours. We even host Whisky

tasting evenings all year round and Gin tastings through

spring and summer - both a popular gift choice. We try

to cater for all tastes and budgets with gift packs,

miniatures and gift vouchers also available.

So, when you are stuck thinking of what that perfect gift

for a loved one might be, we invite you to take

inspiration from Mr Shaw and come and see us.

Purveyors of fine

Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Stockists of select

Artisan Gins & Other Tipples

OPENING TIMES

MON-SAT 9:30-17:30

SUNDAY 11:00-16:00

Wrekin

Whiskies

78 Wyle Cop

Shrewsbury

SY1 1UT

T: 01743 369429

E: enquiries@

wrekinwhiskies.com

Shop online at

www.wrekinwhiskies.com

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Come and party with us for

CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR at

The Old Hand and Diamond

SUNDAY CARVERY OFFERING GREAT VALUE AT

£15.95 FOR 3 COURSES

SERVING FOOD 7 DAYS A WEEK - ALL DAY FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY

LUNCH TIME AND A LA CARTE MENU AVAILABLE

DIAMOND EARLY BIRD OFFER

Monday to Thursday 6pm until 7:30pm excluding bank holidays

Christmas Fayre lunch and dinner bookings now being taken

Accomodation and complimentary transport available

Treat your loved ones to one of our fabulous

CHRISTMAS GIFT VOUCHERS

Available for Food/Drink/Accommodation. (Can be emailed or posted)

For more information or to make a booking call:

01743 884379

Coedway, Shrewsbury, SY5 9AR

MORGAN DRIVING EXPERIENCE

GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE

½ day, full day and overnight breaks

MORGAN CAR AVAILABLE FOR WEDDING HIRE

A real treat for the Groom and Best Man or the

Father of the Bride

www.morgandrivingexperience.co.uk

www.oldhandanddiamond.co.uk


Useless facts and handy hints you

never knew you needed - until now...

The First

Christmas

The first

Christmas

celebrated in

Britain is

thought to

have been in

York in

521AD.

Tangerines

The tradition of

putting tangerines in

stockings comes from

12th-century French nuns

who left socks full of fruit,

nuts and tangerines at

the houses of the

poor.

A Merry

Greek

Christmas

The Greeks celebrate Christmas on

January 7, according to the old

Julian calendar, while Xmas

presents are opened on

New Year's Day.

World's Biggest

Snowman

In 1999, residents

of the state of Maine

in America built the

world's biggest ever

snowman. He stood

at 113ft tall

Speedy Santa

US scientists calculated

that Santa visits 822

homes a second to deliver

all the world's presents on

Christmas Eve, travelling

at 650 miles a second.

Recycle

Christmas

Trees

If you are really into recycling, you

can eat your Christmas tree. The

needles provide vitamin C. You can

also eat pine nuts, if your tree comes

with pinecones!

Some Christmas trees

become food for zoo

animals.

Christmas Trees

Nearly 60 million Christmas trees are

grown each year in Europe. Christmas trees usually

grow for about 15 years before they are sold

The traditional three colors of

Christmas are green, red, and gold

Green has long been a symbol of life and

rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ,

gold represents light as well as

wealth and royalty.

The Many Names of Santa

Santa has different names around the

world - Kriss Kringle in

Germany, Le Befana in Italy, Pere Noel

in France and Deushka Moroz

(Grandfather Frost) in Russia.

Chocolate Coins

Gold chocolate coins

commemorate St Nicholas

who gave bags of gold

coins to the poor.

All the gifts in the Twelve Days of

Christmas would equal 364 gifts

Most of Santa’s reindeer have male-sounding names,

such as Blitzen, Comet, and Cupid.

However, male reindeers shed their antlers around

Christmas, so the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh are

likely not male, but female or castrated

Twenty-eight sets of LEGOS are sold every

second during the Christmas season.

Christmas Jokes:

Q: What happened to the man who stole an Advent Calendar?

A: He got 25 days!

Q: What did Santa do when he went speed dating?

A: He pulled a cracker!

Q: Why was the turkey in the pop group?

A: Because he was the only one with drumsticks!

Q: Why was the snowman looking through the carrots?

A: He was picking his nose!

Q: What did the stamp say to the Christmas card?

A: Stick with me and we'll go places!

Q: Why did no one bid for Rudolph and Blitzen on eBay?

A: Because they were two deer!

Q: Why did Santa's helper see the doctor?

A: Because he had a low "elf" esteem!

Q: How will Christmas dinner be different after Brexit?

A: No Brussels!


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original burger

Enjoy every moment!

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all day breakfasts

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Open 7 days a week 10am-8pm

Refreshing smoothies &

milkshakes

Exciting diverse menu

Table service

Food made fresh to order

Vegetarian friendly

Healthy salads

Decadent desserts


Gnocchi, Mushroom & Gratin Lovers

Michel Roux Jr.’s - Gnocchi and wild mushroom gratin

This particular type of gnocchi is made with choux pastry and is called ‘à la Parisienne’.

I used to make a dish similar to this when I worked as an apprentice in Paris. It is now a

favourite in the Roux household as it’s easy and fun to make.

Serves 4-6

CHOUX PASTRY

250ml water

100g butter

1 pinch salt

1 pinch white pepper, ground

1 teaspoon dry cep powder

(optional)

125g plain flour, sifted

3 free-range eggs

BÉCHAMEL SAUCE

30g butter

30g plain flour

350ml milk

Salt, pepper, nutmeg

1 spring thyme

1 bay leaf

FILLING AND TOPPING

360g mixed wild mushrooms

Olive oil

2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

60g Cheddar, grated

40g Parmesan, grated

Start by making the choux pastry. Bring the water and butter

to the boil with the seasoning. As soon as it boils, take the

pan off the heat and stir in the sifted flour with a wooden

spatula. When this is well mixed and smooth, return the pan

to the heat. Cook the choux pastry over a medium flame, stirring

vigorously all the time. Continue to cook for 2-3 minutes;

the bottom should be starting to catch. Take the pan off the

heat and beat in the eggs one at a time. This takes a long

time and a lot of beating.

Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Take an ovenproof dish,

measuring about 20 x 28cm and about 5cm deep, or some

individual dishes.

Scatter in the gnocchi and wild mushrooms, pour over the

béchamel sauce and sprinkle with the cheese. Bake in the

hot oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.

Put the choux paste in a piping bag with an 8mm hole. Gently

squeeze the bag over a pan of salted, boiling water, using a

small, sharp knife to cut the paste into roughly 1cm lengths

as it comes out. Simmer the gnocchi for about 5 minutes,

then gently lift them out with a slotted spoon. Put them

straight into iced water to halt the cooking, then drain in a

colander.

Next make the béchamel. Melt the butter in a saucepan, add

the flour and cook until foaming, but do not allow to colour.

Slowly whisk in the milk over high heat and add the seasoning

and herbs. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and

simmer the sauce for 10 minutes. Take off the heat, pour

through a fine sieve, cover and set aside.

Clean and trim the mushrooms. Pan fry in a little olive oil, allowing

them to colour a little. Add the garlic at the end, season

with salt and a little pepper.

Michel is cooking live at the BBC Good Food Show Winter at

NEC Birmingham, November 28th – December 1st.

For information and tickets visit

www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com

Recipe is from Michel Roux Jr.’s ‘A life in the Kitchen’

(Weidenfeld & Nicolson), photo credit Cristian Barnett


Your

traditional

high quality

Butchers &

Delicatessen with

a vibrant,

contemporary,

forward thinking

twist

Bradleys really is your

ONE STOP SHOP FOR ALL

YOUR CHRISTMAS NEEDS

Bookings now being taken,

just pop in to discuss

your needs.

Local produce,

meat and fish of

the highest

quality -

Trusted Butcher with over 33 years experience and expertise

Pubs and restaurants supplied - Hot counter service with fresh Shropshire coffee and cakes

Selection of fresh homemade ready meals to take out

Inviting indoor and outdoor seating areas with car parking at read

Bradley's Butcher

& Delicatessen

Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm I Saturday 8am - 5pm

1 London Road, Shrewsbury (On the Column roundabout)

Tel: 01743 622989

www.bradleysbutchers.com

@Bradleysbutchers


Food Review

The Steam Wagon

Mount Pleasant Road, Shrewsbury

The Steam Wagon Inn, located on Mount Pleasant

Road in Shrewsbury really will light up your eyes as

you enter, a superb refurb took place in August this

year and completely transformed the pub giving it a

complete new retro / steam punk kind of feel to it.

Spacious and well decorated there is plenty of seating

options, a well-stocked bar and a partitioned room to

the back with pool tables and many TV screens

offering Sky Sports, BT Sports and the Races.

Taking a seat in a lovely booth, myself and friend

Debbie started looking through the menus. There really

was a choice of menus to suit all sized appetites and

budgets. A light lunch menu is available daily till 5pm

with a supper club after that, there is a main menu,

senior’s menu, kids menu and along with this many

offers that include Burger and a drink £11.95 every

Thursday, Pie and a Pint deal every day for £10.95, fish

Friday - buy fish and chips from the menu and get wine

at the discounted price of just £2.25 per glass.

However, the best offer has to be two dine with a bottle

of wine for £25 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday –

great value, especially at weekends!

Opting for the main menu and both feeling very hungry

we decided to try three courses, both very quick to

decide on our starters Debbie opted for the cheesy

nachos whilst I chose the halloumi sticks. Presented

beautifully, Debs nachos were proper homemade

nachos smothered in melted cheese, salsa, sour

cream and guacamole, a good-sized portion and

deliciously seasoned. I couldn’t help but pinch a few

they were so delicious, always a lovely surprise when

they are proper home-made nachos and not just

Doritos out of a bag!

My halloumi sticks had a seasoned crumb to them

which complimented the salty cheese and the sweet

chilli dip just added even more flavour. Two beautiful

starters that we thoroughly enjoyed. Whilst waiting for

our mains we noticed a drinks menu too that

contained premium gins, rums and vodkas and

cocktails for just £4 including long island iced tea, my

favourite!


Make the

Steam Wagon

your home

this Christmas


@steamwagon1

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After a short wait and a good natter our mains arrived. Deb

had opted for the cheese and bacon BBQ burger, which was

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Christmas

Puzzles

MISSING LINK

Each pair of words has a missing word between them that acts

as a link to both (e.g. FRONT – DOOR – MAT). The initial letters

of the six answers (reading downwards) will spell out a tree.

STERLING – – – – – – LINING

SALMON – – – – GIN

TRUNK – – – – RAGE

TURN – – START

WEDDING – – – – WALK

DEAF – – – TRUMPET

WORD PYRAMID

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phrase by moving from one

chamber to another within

the pyramid. You may

only enter each of the

chambers once and

may only proceed

through openings in

the walls. The first

letter may appear

in any of the

chambers.

PATHWORDS

S

P

E

E S E

E N T C

U Q E H H

Starting from the central shaded letter, move one letter at a

time (up, down, right or left, but not diagonally) to find 17

typical Christmas gifts.

E R R O H S R E T A E

A B T R S D P E N S W

D B P E D V H O C O L

O O P A R S C A I T A

K L I D N O C K T E B

F S S E E

C P S T O O

R A C N L A O S E K T

E D W I O P I N E K O

L R A I U T O P N T E

L Y S D R R I E A F R

U M E V O L G V A H S

There is just

one simple

rule in Sudoku.

Each row and

each column

must contain

the numbers

1 to 9, and so

must each

3 x 3 box.

This is a logic

puzzle, and

you should not

have to guess.

BOX CLEVER

SUDOKU

Fill the 6 x 6 grid with as many boxes

as there are numbers printed in the

grid. Each box must be either square

or rectangular and must contain just

one of the numbers. The numbers

show how many squares there should

be in each box.

4

2

4

9

5 3

7 3 6 8 4

5 8 1 2

9 5 3 7

3 7 4

5 1 9

7 6 8 9 2

2 9 5 1 8

4 6

6

3

6

TRANSFORMER

2

Add the given letter or letters to the

first word to make a new word.

_ _ _ _ + B

= B _ _ _ _

Clue: Alcohol made out of slimy mud.

TRAIN OF THOUGHT

What words link the following

definitions?

_ _ _ T _

1. a side;

2. a group of people;

3. a social gathering;

4. those involved in something.

NONAGRAM

W O N

F S T

R I D

How many words of four letters or

more can you make from this

Nonagram? Each word must use the

central letter, and each letter may be

used only once. At least one word

using all nine letters can be found.

Guidelines: 15 Good; 18 Very Good;

21 Excellent.

Any word found in the Concise Oxford

Dictionary (Tenth Edition) is eligible with the

following exceptions: proper nouns; plural

nouns, pronouns and possessives; third

person singular verbs; hyphenated words;

contractions and abbreviations; vulgar slang

words; variant spellings of the same word

(where another variant is also eligible).

MAGIC SQUARE

GREETING

CARD IDEA

From the 16

letters of the

phrase above,

find four

words which

fit the grid so

that they can

be read both

horizontally

and vertically.

8 9 6 7 4 5 2 3 1

2 7 1 3 9 6 8 4 5

5 3 4 8 1 2 9 6 7

9 5 2 1 3 4 6 7 8

1 8 3 9 6 7 5 2 4

4 6 7 2 5 8 3 1 9

7 4 5 6 8 3 1 9 2

6 2 9 5 7 1 4 8 3

3 1 8 4 2 9 7 5 6

SODUKU: Left

MISSING LINK:

silver; pink; road; up; cake; ear.

Tree: spruce.

WORD PYRAMID:

The Queen’s Speech.

PATHWORDS:

calendar; socks; poinsettia;

chocolate; book token;

aftershave; potpourri; gloves;

diary; mulled wine; scarf;

slippers; DVD; pen; sweater;

shortbread; book.

TRANSFORMER:

Ooze + B = Booze.

TRAIN OF THOUGHT

Party.

NONAGRAM:

disown; dost; first; fist; foist;

fortis; frons; frost; frowst; rosin;

sift; snit; snort; snot; snow;

SNOWDRIFT; soft; sort; sown;

stir; stow; strow; strown; swift;

sword; sworn; swot; wist; worst;

wrist.

MAGIC SQUARE:

tare; acid; ring; edge.

BOX CLEVER

2

4

4

9

6

3

6

2


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Paws for Thought

WHAT TO AVOID:

• Splinters of poultry bones are

dangerous to dogs and cats, as they

can become stuck in their throats or

even pierce their intestinal tract.

• Grapes, raisins and sultanas contain

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• Stuffing contains onions and garlic

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• Seeds and stones from apples,

apricots, cherries, peaches and

plums contain a cyanide compound

which can be poisonous

• Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and

peppers – contains toxins which

could be deadly for horses

Happy Christmas Hoomans and

all our fellow furry friends!

So, Christmas is nearly here and us dogs

love a roast as much as you Hoomans,

however its really important over the

festive season to watch out for certain

foods as they can be dangerous to us

animals, so here’s a list of what to avoid

and why!.

Yours truly

Margaret

Office Dog,

Scene & SYone Magazine

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• Nutmeg, high levels can result in

seizures, tremors, central nervous

system problems and even death.

Gravy containing high levels of salt

can cause kidney problems if give in

excess.

• Alcohol can cause deadly poisoning.

Cats can be particularly attracted to

cocktails containing cream such as

White Russians and eggnog.

• Macadamia nuts can cause lethargy,

increased body temperature, tremor,

lameness and stiffness in dogs.

• Mouldy leftovers, including yoghurt,

bread and cheese can contain toxins

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INSPECTOR DRAKE &

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THURSDAY 21st NOVEMBER to

SATURDAY 23rd NOVEMBER 2019 7:30 pm

A rare treat for comedy lovers as DOREEN writer David

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on stage for an epic and relentless assault on the funny bone.

Gill ‘Doreen’ Jordan joins Alan Birch and Steve Witney in a

comedy whodunit like you’ve never seen before.

Some adult humour. Suitable for 15+

Tickets £18.00

THE GREATEST SHOWENCH

THURSDAY 28th NOVEMBER to

SATURDAY 30th NOVEMBER 2019 7:30 pm

Fizzog are back with their latest production...

Hollywood has The Greatest Showman, The Black Country

has The Greatest Showench!

Lizzie Cotterill is back with her latest play. After bumping into

Mr Barnum in the hall of mirrors on the fair she has never

been able to forget him.

He told her he had this great idea about a circus full of

strange folk, outcasts of society, women with beards and so

much more.

Tickets £18.00

TOWN HALL, HIGH STREET, BRIDGNORTH

SURF'S UP

FRIDAY 6th DECEMBER to SATURDAY 7th

DECEMBER 2019 8:00 pm

Where were you in 1965?

Relive the magic of this golden year, with a trip back to the

Beach Boys' heyday! For the first time ever, their first set will

feature exclusively an amazing selection of songs, all from the

same year: 1965!

Tickets £16 (£14.50 concessions)

THE STONES

FRIDAY 13th DECEMBER to

SUNDAY 15th DECEMBER 2019 7:00 pm

FOLLOWING THEIR SENSATIONAL PERFORMANCES AT THE

THEATRE ON THE STEPS THE STONES RETURN

Tickets £17.00

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SATURDAY 4th JANUARY to SATURDAY 25th

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SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN

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Mirror Mirror on the wall -

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Snow White, The Wicked Queen

Avarice, Edna Bucket, Chuckles,

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Merlin, Slurp and Scribbles and the rest of the Theatre

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The Theatre on the Steps continues its long history of

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A young woman decides to

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Kate is a young woman subscribed

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FORD V

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American car designer Carroll

Shelby and driver Ken Miles

battle corporate interference,

the laws of physics and their

own personal demons to build

a revolutionary race car for Ford

and challenge Ferrari at the 24

Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

Action, Biography, Drama


Films

November/December

Star Wars:

The Rise of Skywalker

The surviving

Resistance faces the

First Order once more

in the final chapter of

the Skywalker saga.

FROZEN II

Action, Adventure,

Fantasy

Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave

Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound

forest of an enchanted land. They set out to

find the origin of Elsa's powers in order to save

their kingdom

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

jumanji THE NEXT LEVEL

A team of friends return to Jumanji to rescue

one of their own but discover that nothing is

as they expect. The players need to brave

parts unknown, from arid deserts to snowy

mountains, in order to escape the world's

most dangerous game.

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PLAYING

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rambunctious kids.

Comedy

spies in

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his nerdy tech officer to

save the world.

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Less is MORE...

Christmas - it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But for many, it also ends up feeling like the

most stressful time of the year, too. We’re material girls (and boys) living in a material world, and

the act of gift-giving has always been the focus of the festive period.

With lots to pay for - food and drink, presents and outings, it’s not uncommon for families to

feel a huge financial strain. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With just a touch of focus, a

pinch of imagination and a sprinkling of organisation, this one day of the year doesn’t need

to cause such a headache.

Contrary to popular belief, ‘minimalism’ is not the act of owning nothing - it’s a mindset

that allows you to spend sensibly, only on items that you really believe are bringing

value into your life. Taking a step back from mindless traditions and re-assessing what

works for you as an individual or family can transform how you see this precious time

of year, a time that is intended to bring people together.

By embracing a more minimalist festive period, the traditional act of racing around

the shops on Christmas Eve can be a thing of the past. You might even enter the

next year with a whole load of new memories to look back on, too (none of which

rely on wrapping paper and sellotape).

ONE GOOD THING

We all know that the ‘to-buy-for’ list can get pretty humongous, and seizing a

‘quality over quantity’ mindset can completely transform how you experience

Christmas. Why not consider a one-gift-each policy as a household? Especially for

children, the volume of stuff that passes hands during December is incredible

(and we all know that some of it is forgotten in seconds). Allowing kids to

concentrate on opening one or a small handful of toys (rather than a mountain)

lets them actually absorb the receiving of each item - they can cherish it and

learn about it, rather than throwing it down and moving onto the next best thing.

HAVE A SYSTEM

If your family (and extended family) is a large one, ‘Secret Santa’ is a fantastic

method. Allocating each person just one other to buy for, avoids everyone having

to buy for everyone. We do it with our colleagues to lighten the load so why not

with our loved ones? Setting a spending limit can be a useful tactic too.

INVISIBLE ITEMS

Affordable experiences always make fantastic gifts, especially if you can enjoy

them together. Why opt for things when you can opt for memories? One lasts

longer than the other. Also, if there’s nothing you really need for Christmas you

can always be honest with those around you - let them know that you’d like them

to spend their money mindfully on something else, maybe go and see a film

together or make a small donation to a charity that’s close to both of your hearts.

DESIGN YOUR LIFE

Create new traditions, write your own rules. If you’re not sure how to break the

morning mindless wrapping-paper wrestle, then pencil in some new things that can

become part of the Christmas routine. Enjoy fresh family walks, try free activities

like baking and crafts, watch favourite movies, catch a carol service, take time out to

be together to make new memories in interesting places

(places other than shopping centres).

GET OTHERS ON BOARD

If this has inspired you to change up the way you do Christmas, good for you!

Your bank balance feels better already, right?

It might feel like the hardest part is to come, communicating these ideas to the rest of your

family and friends. Just be confident, suggest ideas and don’t be afraid to be honest,

especially if the pennies are tight. Those close to you will understand and when they’re also

on board, you can all clear the clutter and focus on the right things.

Minimalism isn’t throwing everything out of your house, it’s just a different way of thinking

before you shop, a lifestyle that encourages you to talk intimately with the people you love about

what brings you the most joy. You’ll be surprised to see how many around you agree, how many are

keen to cherish the important thing in life - each other.

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Wellbeing & Parenting

Screen time and the impact

on Health and Wellbeing

This edition will focus on

digital health and the issues

young people and their parents/carers

can face with screen time and finding the

balance to stay fit, active, healthy and

interactive. We are trying to manage very

busy lives these days, we work longer

hours and we have busy calendars. The

invention of the smart phone/tablet has

brought about an unprecedented level of

screen time into most people’s lives. Trying

to find the balance is something we all

strive to achieve – it is a new challenge to

parents and carers so have taken a look at

the current guidance and attempted to

make sense of it and highlight some of the

main recommendations.

Parents and carers are becoming

increasingly concerned about how

long we should allow children to stay

on their screens and how we make

sure screen time does not influence

family time or normal play,

development and physical movement

for our children and young people.

Many studies have been conducted in

this area, they have mostly been

observational studies that have

considered the views of parents and

children and young people. The World

Health Organisation laid out some

very strong recommendations

recently; you may have read the

headlines back in April of this year.


The World Health Organisation

recommendations

The recommendations were as follows;

• Children less than two years to avoid screen time if

possible

• Children 2-5 to have no more than one hour of screen

time per day

• Children to be encouraged to be physically active rather

than sedentary to avoid issues with weight, cognitive

ability and fitness levels

However, the NHS recently published a report that argued

that some of the evidence to support this research and

guidance was not robust enough and the Royal college of

Paediatrics and Child Health have stated that due to a lack

of robust evidence they cannot totally support these

recommendations, suggest parents approach the issue with

a case by case basis, keeping in mind that every child is

different. Instead they suggest families start to negotiate

with children screen time limits, based on need, the way in

which it is used and the degree to which it is used.

The clear message is to maintain a balance with sleep and

other positive physical activities. The report that was written

by The Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health in

January of this year asks this of parents and carers:

• Is Screen time in your household controlled?

• Does screen time use interfere with what your family want

to do?

• Does screen use interfere with sleep?

• Are you able to control snacking during screen time?

Balance:

In occupational therapy we always favour a balance of

occupations (the things we do). To improve overall health

and wellbeing, we need to consider balance and routine

and how best we manage this in ever increasingly busy and

sedentary lives. So how can we all do this?

• Put limits on the time we spend on screens

• Have a screen free evening once a week

• Encourage getting out and walking/moving when it is

possible

• Encourage standing up at work and stretching during

screen time

• Encourage children to close screens down and move

around the house

• Play! Children learn through play – so encourage ball

games / card games / board games / sports

What do children and young people say?

The RCPCH consulted with 109 children and young people

to gain more insight into how they felt screen time was

impacting their lives and these were the findings:

• 88% said screen time had a negative impact on sleep

• 41% said it had affected play / fun

• 18% said screen time had a negative impact on family

time

www.rcph.ac.uk/resources/health-impacts-screentime-guide-clinicians-parents

Education:

Charlotte Tranter

Therapist

Member of The Royal College of

Occupational Therapy

(HCPC registered)

email: saboya30@talktalk.net.

• Children and young people are capable of negotiating with

you what they feel would help them keep the balance

however, they do need some boundaries put in place by

their parents and carers too

• Sleep and screen free time before bedtime is very

important in supporting rest and a good night’s sleep

(recommendation to switch screens off an hour before

bedtime)

• Ensure screen time does not impact too

greatly on family time

• Physical movement is important for

normal healthy child and adolescent

development – so do your best to

encourage this


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Health & Wellbeing

Floatation therapy is also known as Restricted

Environmental Stimulation Therapy, or REST, as it

creates an almost sensory-free environment in which

the effects of gravity, temperature, light and sound

sensations are removed. This frees your brain from

interpreting incoming messages so it can focus on

resetting the body’s physiology back to normal levels –

including a high blood pressure

Physical

Floatation therapy is the most

powerful stress relief technique

known. Floating has been shown

many times (and in controlled

studies) compared to bed rest is the

most relaxing experience on earth. It

has been said that just one hour of

floating can have the restorative

effect of four hours of deep sleep.

Floatation involves lying in a lightproof,

sound-insulated tank

containing a shallow, ten-inch deep

pool of warm water in which around

700 lbs of Epsom Salts (magnesium

sulphate) are dissolved. This forms a

super-saturated solution of saline

which is kept at a constant skin

temperature of 93.5 oF (34.5 oC).

The float solution is more buoyant

than the Dead Sea and you remain

suspended on top rather like a

Champagne cork bobbing on the

ocean, to neutralise many of the

effects of gravity.

It’s estimated that 90% of all brain

activity is concerned with the effects

of gravitational pull on the body, such

as correcting posture, maintaining

balance and constricting arteries to

prevent blood pressure from

dropping when you are standing.

The floatation water is kept at a

constant skin temperature and the

tank screens out all light and sound.

This frees your brain from most of its

usual sensory distractions and allows

it to more easily generate theTheta

waves associated with profound

relaxation, meditation, creative

thought and feelings of serenity.

Still unsure?

Here are four of the most commonly asked questions and answers:

What if I am Claustrophobic?

You have complete control of your

environment. You can leave the light

on or get out anytime. You can start

by leaving the float tank door slightly

open until you feel settled and

relaxed. Being in the tanks is more

like floating in outer space than being

shut in a box. You’re always in

control of your environment, and

even people with extreme

claustrophobia have reported having

no problems with their time in the

tank.

What do I wear and is the room

private?

Your room is completely private, so

most people choose to float in the

nude. Our float rooms are equipped

with its own shower and is for your

exclusive use.

What is Epsom Salt?

Epsom Salts are naturally occurring

pure mineral compounds of

magnesium and sulphate.

Magnesium plays an important role in

regulating over 325 enzymes,

reducing inflammation and muscle

tension. Sulphates enhance the

absorption of nutrients, flush toxins

and ease migraine headaches.

How do you clean the tanks?

The water is fully filtered 4 times

between each float. A powerful pump

and the very latest in filtration

technology are incorporated in the

design. Existing floatation tanks filter

at around 30 microns whereas the

i-sopod filters are fully effective to

one micron which is an incredible

100 times smaller than a human hair!

Also the Epsom Salts are a natural

disinfectant and are in abundance in

the water – please do not worry you

will not smell like you just came out

of a public swimming pool or a hot

tub.

Decreases the production of

cortisol, ACTH, lactic acid and

adrenaline

Increases production of

endorphins, speeds up

rehabilitation and recovery.

Relieves pain (arthritis, migraines,

injuries and so on)

Boosts immune function. Improves

circulation and distribution of

oxygen and nutrients. Reduces

blood pressure, pulse, heart rate

and oxygen consumption.

Improves athletic performance,

helps prevent sports injuries,

speeds healing process.

Mental

Stimulates left/right brain

synchronization, shifts brain waves

from beta to lower frequency alpha,

theta and delta. Creates mental

clarity, alertness, increases

creativity, problem solving,

heightens visualisation

Deepens meditation, expands

awareness, intensifies acuteness of

all the senses, accelerates learning,

enhances hypnotherapy and selfhypnosis.

General Well-being

Promotes total calm and peaceful

relaxation, eliminates fatigue and

jet lag, Improves sleep. Alleviates

stress (mental and physical),

energizes, rejuvenates and

revitalizes, increases motivation,

diminishes depression, anxiety and

fear, facilitates freedom from

habits, phobias and addictions.

Allows total 'me time', helps during

pregnancy, most effective way to

absorb magnesium.

‘The more you float the more

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Floatation is a treatment that allows you to float effortlessly,

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letting your anxieties slip away.

Floatation is known to have PHYSICAL BENEFITS

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l Relieving stress on joints and muscles

l Relief from muscle and joint strain

l Encouraging easier and deeper sleep

l Supporting your body to release

endorphins, which relieves pain and may

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l The Epsom salts in the flotation tanks which

can reduce inflammation and muscle tension

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Health & Wellbeing

Looking after ourselves is

often overlooked

Remember if you are struggling physically, this can

impact our physical and mental well being. If you

need help in staying strong and active, don't let injury

hold you back.

Many people are affected by foot pain, the cause of

foot pain is typically Mechanical or less often Medical.

Quite often these conditions can be painful and make

everyday tasks more difficult or equally prevent us

from participating in the sports and activities that are

so important!

A proficient diagnosis by a Health-Care professional

is the only realistic start point. Mr Steven Dowdeswell

is an experienced clinical Musculo-Skeletal/Sports

Podiatrist with 15 years experience and a full BSc

(Hons) in Podiatric Medicine (HCPC Registered). As a

Telford and Shropshire based Podiatry and Orthotic

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Using the very best and latest technology and a

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Get Your Glam On!

Christmas time is almost here and with

all the wonderful festivities drawing

near let’s take a look at some make-up

designs to make you stand out at any

party. Whether you’re attending a

work’s Christmas shindig, going out out

or if you’re attending a New Year’s Eve

party, Natalie has got it covered!

Natalie is a professional make-up artist with a real

flair for creating a super glam look. She draws her

inspiration from a range of sources including the

ever-changing seasons. So let’s take a look at the

party season!

Natalie has given us a selection of

different looks here. They range

from full-on glam to a more subtle

look. Each make-up design will

give ultimate impact. I can really

see the green eye being a firm

favourite for the Christmas Party

and, paired with the right dress,

it will definitely be the stand-outfrom-the-crowd

look.

Natalie has given us a

selection of different looks

here. They range from full-on

glam to a more subtle look.

Each make-up design will give

ultimate impact. I can really

see the green eye being a firm

favourite for the Christmas

Party and, paired with the

right dress, it will definitely

be the stand-out-from-thecrowd

look.

Natalie has used some glitter

to add that extra bit of

sparkle, perfect for the party

season. We all love a bit of

bling at this time of year!

To get more ideas or find out how to book in with Natalie follow her on

@NatalieMetcalfeMUA

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Do you need Lip Fillers?

Absolutely yes!

Since turning 40 last year and starting to feel like my face is starting to

show signs of aging, I have debated the question – do I need lip fillers and

what if I end up with the dreaded ‘duck look’. With well proportioned and

a decent size to my lips already, I had decided against it, until I walked

into Park Street Clinic in Shifnal and met Helen.

Helen was brilliant at talking me through the procedure and advising if

I would benefit from having lip fillers, she also reassured me that she only

does a natural enhancement look and not the ‘duck look’. She was very

complimentary about my own lips and there was no pressure at all, so I

went for it.

Helen explained the procedure clearly to me, what to expect, the fact that

it was painful, and swelling / bruising can happen over the next 48 hours

and an aftercare sheet was given to me to read before I went ahead.

Before

After

PARKSTCLINIC

Helen Bagnell

(RGN, INP)

Clinical Director

Starting to feel nervous, Helen was very good at reassuring me and

keeping me calm, she was always very professional and gave me complete

confidence. She applied numbing cream to my lips first and left that to

work for 15 or so minutes, then it was time! I’m not going to lie, yes it hurts

for a few seconds each time the filler is injected and it’s not a pleasant

experience, Helen again was very good at keeping me calm and reassured.

The whole procedure of the injections took just over 15 minutes and I had

just under a ml of filler, the instant results were amazing, my lips just

looked fuller I felt fantastic and didn’t feel like a duck at all, it just looked

very natural and younger too.

Over the next 48 hours my lips did swell quite a lot and the pain eased off overnight, this can be quite a

worrying time but thankfully Helen had explained everything to me so well I knew exactly what to expect

and wasn’t too concerned, I also had the back up of two friends that have also had lip fillers to ask, and they

also reassured me it was normal, to keep a cold compress on to ease swelling and just give it 24 hours and

things will calm down.

By day three my lips looked amazing, and the pain and discomfort was totally worth it, I had a whole new

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was if I didn’t tell you I’d had my lips done, you really wouldn’t know as they look so natural, just fuller all

over and much more youthful.

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Waste Not - Want Not!

The Kitchen Table is a small home run business. It produces wonderful, fresh, home-made products in the form

of meals, cakes, party food, desserts, pastries and more. The Kitchen Table is run by a lovely lady called Becky.

Becky has such a bubbly, enthusiastic and up-beat personality that you can’t help but feel happy when you’re

around her. She puts the same energy and enthusiasm in to her cooking. You can really taste the love in her food.

Becky prides herself on using the finest ingredients and does her best to support local businesses. Wherever

possible she will buy local produce to create her meals. Becky is a very conscientious chef and ensures she

produces as little waste as possible. I had the opportunity to interview Becky and gain her thoughts on the

matter of waste. And she has provided us with the perfect recipe for your left over Christmas turkey as well as

another for any leftover cheese.

Here’s what she had to say...

“There is an ever growing concern for the environment and it is at the forefront of everyone’s minds at

present. Are we recycling enough? Are we doing our best to reduce energy usage? We all want to reduce

our carbon footprint but are people doing the same when it comes to food? To produce any kind of food, be

it meat or vegetables, the process creates a carbon footprint. Therefore if that food goes to waste that carbon

footprint will have been made in vain.

So this Christmas lets all be mindful of food waste. Do you really need a whole turkey if you only eat the

breast meat? Do you really need to buy another box of chocolates when Doreen from two doors down will

be gifting you all of her unwanted chocolates on Boxing Day anyway?!”


Here is my very own recipe for any left-over Turkey.

Ingredients

1 tbsp Cooking Oil

1 Cooking Onion diced

1 tbsp Garlic Paste

1 tsp Cumin

½ tsp Chilli Powder

1 tsp fennel Seeds

1 tsp Ground Fenugreek

1 tsp Ground Coriander

1 tsp Paprika

1 tsp Turmeric

1 Tin of Coconut Milk

1 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce

2 tbsp Light Brown Sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

400ml Hot Chicken Stock

1 Bunch Fresh Coriander

4 tbsp Crunchy Peanut Butter

(add more to taste)

Left-over Turkey

Before Becky set up The Kitchen Table

she spent a large chunk of her working life

behind a Deli counter. This is where her

passion for cheese really took off. What

Becky doesn’t know about cheese isn’t

worth knowing. Her fondness of cheese

earned her the nickname “Cheesy Bex”

whilst working at the Deli - a nickname

she still carries with her today.

Turkey Satay

Method

1. In a large frying pan heat the oil and

add the onion. Cook until soft.

2. Add the garlic and all the dry spices.

Cook on a low heat until aromas

released, around 4 minutes.

3. Stir in coconut milk, soy, sugar and

chicken stock. Bring to the boil then

leave to simmer for 5 minutes.

4. Add the peanut butter mixing well.

5. Chop up or shred your cooked

left-over turkey and add to the

mixture.

6. Season to taste with salt and

pepper.

7. Add the chopped fresh coriander

and bring the heat up to just boiling

again.

8. Serve over rice or with Naan bread.

Talking

Cheese with

Becky…

Anyone who knows me, knows that cheese is my absolute

favourite food ever!! Here is what I will be having on my

cheese board this Christmas. It is a mix of local and continental

cheese. Although I like to buy local produce, when it

comes to cheese it’s best to have a mix as some things are

better sourced from their country of origin.

The Perfect Cheeseboard

• Isle of Mull Cheddar

• Délice de Bourgogne

• Croome Cuisine Black Truffle

• Montagnolo

• Époisses

• Moyden’s Smoked Newport

“Left-over cheese? Is that even possible?”

If you do find yourself with any left-over cheese, here is a very simple way to

use it up and create a real comforting meal for those cold winter evenings

Ingredients

350g Macaroni Pasta

Pinch of salt

2 tbsp Butter

3 tbsp Plain Flour

500ml Milk

Left-over Cheese

Method

1. Add the salt to a pan of water,

bring to the boil and cook the

pasta until al dente.

2. Melt the butter in a heavy

bottom pan and add the flour.

Cheesy Pasta Bake

Stir constantly and cook for

3 minutes.

3. Gradually add the milk while

continuously stirring. Bring to

the boil. Reduce heat and when

thickened remove from the heat.

4. Stir in the cheese and allow to

melt, return to heat if necessary.

5. Place the cooked pasta in a

baking dish and stir in the

cheese sauce.

6. Bake in a pre-heated oven on

200°C until golden brown.

All recipes created by

Becky James from

The Kitchen Table.

To see what Becky is up to

and what wonderful food

she is cooking up follow

her on Facebook -

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Festive Stained Glass Biscuits

These very tasty biscuits make beautiful homemade Christmas gifts or keep them for yourself as an

alternative to Christmas tree chocolates. They look fantastic hanging on the Christmas tree with the

lights twinkling through the stained glass windows.

You will need:-

• Pastry cutter (Christmas tree or Star shape

work best for this festive themed biscuit)

• 150g butter, softened

• 100g muscovado sugar

• 1 large free-range egg

• 250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

• 1 tsp baking powder

• Pinch salt

• 1 tbsp mixed spice

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• 1 pack boiled coloured sweets

How to make:-

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

2. Whisk together the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Once light and creamy add the egg and mix

thoroughly.

3. Sift in the flour, baking powder, salt, and mixed spice and then add the vanilla extract

and mix with a wooden spoon until you reach a biscuit dough consistency.

4. Turn the dough onto a floured work surface and roll out to about 1cm/½in thick.

Cut out biscuit shapes (such as stars or Christmas trees) and place

onto the lined baking tray

5. Using a smaller cutter or a knife cut out the centre of each biscuit.

Place a boiled sweet into the hole (use half a sweet if your hole is

smaller than 2.5cm) and place in the preheated oven to cook for

15 minutes, or until golden-brown and crisp.

The sweet should be fully melted.

6. As soon as the biscuits are baked and while they are still warm,

use a straw to poke a hole out of the top of each biscuit.

Be careful not to make this hole too near the edge of the biscuit.

Once the melted sweets have hardened, transfer to a wire

rack to cool then thread a length ribbon through the hole.


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The BBC Good Food Show Winter will be kicking off the most

wonderful time of the year at Birmingham’s NEC with four food

filled days packed with the nation’s favourite chefs, perfect

Christmas gifts and festive fun.

Starting from Thursday 28th November to Sunday 1st

December, culinary legends James Martin, Rick Stein and

Mary Berry will be cooking live in the Big Kitchen, with over 450

independent and artisan producers, visitors will find everything

from sweet treats, and seasonal ingredients to unique stocking

fillers and latest kitchen kit.

Rick Stein is one of several new faces to the Winter Show line

up this year, alongside foodie hero Ainsley Harriott, Masterchef

duo Billy and Jack and 2018 Great British Bake Off winner

Rahul Mandal making their first ever appearances. Michelin

masters Tom Kerridge and Michel Roux Jr, family favourite

Nadiya Hussain and the entertaining Hairy Bikers will also be

cooking live on stage and sharing recipe ideas and tips to make

Christmas extra tasty.

Whether it’s picking up tips in the Festive Kitchen, getting

party-ready with demos at the QVC Kitchen, discovering the

chef’s secrets in live interviews at the BBC Good Food Stage or

getting hands-on in the BBC Good Food Workshops – this

year’s event is set to be the ultimate day out for food lovers.

For more information and to book tickets, please visit

www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com/birmingham-winter

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A PAIR

OF TICKETS TO THIS YEAR’S SHOW

SIMPLY ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION

Which alcohol is traditionally used in a classic

Christmas Pudding recipe?

A. Brandy B. Gin C. Tequila

Please email your answer by Thursday 21st November

to sarah@scenelocal.co.uk

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1. The event runs from 28 November – 1 December, at the

NEC Birmingham

2. Prize only valid on Thursday, Friday or Sunday; no Saturday

admission

3. Prize includes 2x general admission tickets – no travel,

expenses or accommodation is provided

4. General admission tickets do not include a seat in the Big

Kitchen, Big Kitchen seats are available to purchase on the

day, subject to availability

5. Not all celebrities appear on all days

6. Winners will be picked at random and notified via email on

Friday, 22nd November

7. Contact information will be supplied to a third party who will

send your winning tickets electronically via email

8. The prize is for 4 pairs of general admission tickets, so there

will be 4 winners

9. Prize cannot be swapped for cash or sold on

10. Details correct at time of print


Winter warming recipe

Tom Kerridges’s Ultimate pigs in blankets

If you love pork, you’ll love these – black pudding, sausage meat and

bacon all rolled into one. If there’s a better posh breakfast or brunch

dish, I don’t know what it is. Serve the pigs in blankets with fried or

poached eggs and lots of thick, buttered toast.

250g good-quality black

pudding, any casing removed

1 egg

2 tablespoons double cream

2 tablespoons finely chopped

sage leaves

16 rashers of smoked streaky

bacon, rind cut off

4 sausages, the best quality you

can find

Vegetable oil, for cooking

FOR THE CUMBERLAND

SAUCE GLAZE

25g butter

2 banana shallots, finely diced

300ml ruby port

200g redcurrant jelly

2 teaspoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons English mustard

powder

Juice and finely grated zest of

1 orange

Juice and finely grated zest of

1 lemon

2 tablespoons green

peppercorns in brine, drained

and rinsed

TO SERVE

Fried or poached eggs and hot, buttered toast

Whizz the black pudding in a food processor until smooth

then add the egg and cream, and blend to a rich paste.

Scrape into a bowl, stir in the sage, cover and refrigerate for

up to one day.

With a sharp knife, carefully stretch out the bacon rashers

as if you’re going to wrap sausages for pigs in blankets at

Christmas.

Lay a sheet of cling film on your worktop and line up about

four pieces of streaky bacon next to each other to form a

rectangle.

Spoon a quarter of the blended black pudding on to the

bacon at a short end and, with a palette knife, spread it out

to cover half the bacon.

Peel the sausage skin from the sausages but keep them in a

sausage shape. Place one on top of the black pudding then

carefully roll the black pudding and bacon over the top of

the sausage, using the cling film as a guide – a bit like how

you might use a sushi mat to wrap up pieces of sushi. Wrap

the whole thing in the stretched bacon and roll it up tightly

in the cling film. Secure the ends by twisting the cling film

and tying it into a knot. Repeat with the 3 remaining

sausages.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight.

To make the Cumberland sauce glaze, melt the butter in a

saucepan over a medium–low heat, add the shallots and

sweat gently for about 10 minutes until soft, stirring from

time to time.

Add the port and redcurrant jelly, raise the heat and bring to

the boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for 10–

15 minutes until the jelly has dissolved and the liquid has

reduced a little. Add the ginger and mustard. Pour in the

orange and lemon juices and add the zests. Stir, bring back

to the boil and simmer until reduced by half. Stir in the

green peppercorns and remove from the heat.

Preheat the oven to 170°C/Gas Mark 3. Warm a large, nonstick

ovenproof frying pan over a medium heat and pour in

a little oil.

Take the cling film off the black pudding rolls and cook them

gently until the bacon takes on an even colour all over. Put

the pan in the oven and roast for 8–10 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven, gently pour away any

rendered fat and then put it back on the hob over a

medium–high heat. Pour in the Cumberland sauce. Bring to

the boil and reduce the sauce to a glaze, while basting the

sausages to give them a lovely, rich, glossy shine.

Serve as a very hearty breakfast or brunch with some eggs

and hot, buttered toast.

Tom is cooking live at the BBC Good Food Show Winter at

NEC Birmingham, November 28th – December 1st.

For information and tickets visit www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com

Extracted from Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes (Bloomsbury

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By Sue Cooke

I pulled the office door shut, glad to be leaving the chaotic

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C4 Cactus Hatch I had on road test because there was

nothing else like it among the boring boxes waiting for their

owners return.

Owners have a choice of four Colour Packs and can add

individual touches to front fog light trims and Airbump®

panels. There are 31 exterior combinations for this highly

distinctive car which received a series of updates in

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But after a long day at work I just needed to get home.

Keyless entry meant I could walk up to the car and just

open it, without having to search in the bottom of my bag

for a key. I flopped into the gorgeous interior which Citroen

says is inspired by furniture design. But what I needed more

than anything was comfort. I researched the word in my

stack of press releases and came up with nothing. It’s an

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Far from being a ‘prickly’ hatch, the C4 Cactus has

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Making its debut is a pioneering Advanced ComfortR

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As the top of the range ‘Flair’ trim has accounted for 80%

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THE GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS

STRESS, ANXIETY

AND DEPRESSION

Christmas time is often associated with joy

and happiness. A time of plenty, where we

eat and drink in abundance and we spend

time with family and friends. But did you

know that the suicide rate actually rises

around Christmas and the New Year.

There are many factors that lead to the rise

in suicide rates. STRESS is at an all-time

high as people feel the pressure to provide

for their families. They need to buy all the

extras that Christmas demands, not to

mention all those expensive gifts. This stress

can put pressure on relationships and even

cause them to break down which adds

another negative impact to people’s lives.

Christmas can be very lonely for some

people. Those that have lost loved ones or

fallen out of touch with family often mourn

their lost relationships. Christmas will

amplify their loss as they long for company

at a time that is supposed to be festive and

all about family. Christmas can be a

reminder of just how little you have and how

lonely you are.

So with those factors in mind and many

others, you can see how STRESS,

ANXIETY, LONELINESS AND

DEPRESSION can increase drastically.

It is so very important for us to look out for

each other through the year but especially

so around the festive season. If you know of

someone that may be struggling, make sure

you reach out to them. They may not be

able to reach out to you, so be sure to offer

that support that they need. If you know of

someone that is alone over the Christmas

period, be sure to pop in to them. Even if it

is just for a quick cup of tea, that could

make all the difference.

If you battle with any of the issues

mentioned in this article there are helplines

available to offer you support and people

willing to be there and to listen. There is

even a text or email service if you find

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Care in the community

Great place to live, great place to work ...

Montgomery House really is a home away from home!

With its ‘brilliant staff’, it is the care home of choice for older

people and families in Shropshire looking for safe care in a warm

and welcoming environment.

The home was recently rated as “Good” by the Care Quality

Commission following an inspection visit, sparking a rise in

enquiries to the home for the last few places available.

This latest rating puts the home alongside the other 13 care

services operated by Coverage Care Services in the county,

which are all either “Good” or “Outstanding” in the national rating

system.

Inspectors praised Montgomery House for being safe, caring,

effective and responsive to people’s needs and heard from those

living at the home that the staff made sure they treated residents

respectfully as individuals.

In their report they said: “People told us they were happy with

the care received and achieved positive outcomes,” and “people

were treated with kindness and respect. People were involved in

decisions about their care. People's dignity was protected, and

they were supported to maintain their independence.”

Manager Carolyn Fisher said: “Montgomery House has been

open for nearly two years and it has developed its own friendly

family feel where residents are supported to live as independently

as possible and live as they would if they were in their own home.

“Since being awarded its ‘Good’ rating from inspectors we have

received a significant number of new enquiries and as a result

we are also looking to expand our care team to meet the extra

demand.

“Our current team of nurses and carers pride themselves on

being part of the Montgomery House family and the caring nature

of our staff was recognised by inspectors during their visit.

“We strive for the highest standards to care for our residents and

we would love to hear from anyone who might like to join our

passionate and dedicated team.”

“It also goes without saying that we welcome visits from anyone

looking for a care home and if anyone would like to take a look

around Montgomery House to see what it offers, do please get

in touch.”

Montgomery House offer good rates of pay, flexible working,

training and great career progression opportunities.

The home itself is a great place to work and live with 90 en-suite

rooms across five units operating independently, all designed to

be bright and spacious, and cater for any additional or complex

needs which residents may have.

The communal lounges and dining areas have a high quality

finish and are a lovely place for staff to interact with residents

whilst they relax or enjoy the many activities that go on daily.

Located on Sundorne Road, one of the main routes to the county

town, Montgomery House is ideally positioned. There is a

modern GP surgery next door, sporting facilities and shops

nearby and key transport routes to and from Shrewsbury and

other towns running past the door meaning residents can remain

as independent as possible.

An orangery offers communal space, overlooking the private

gardens that serve as both a pleasant and peaceful space and

an opportunity for the green-fingered to continue indulging in

their hobby or simply enjoy time outdoors.

The home was designed from the ground up to be the ideal

residential and caring environment, which can adapt to the

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Should a resident's needs change and nursing care becomes a

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Care in the community

Could you be due a care fees refund?

Being faced with the prospect of needing long term

care can bestressful and emotional.

People find themselves immersed in a whole new

world of bewildering options, often accepting they

will have to pay hefty care fees for the foreseeable

future without a second thought.

Many people exploring long term care options are

often unaware of the Department of Health’s

responsibility with regards to care fees.

If the reason a person has gone into care is because

of their health needs then the NHS has a duty to pay

their fees, this is regardless of their property, assets

or savings, it is not means tested.

A person can receive free NHS funding in a

residential home, nursing home, or even their own

home, the funding is not based on placement, it is

based on health needs.

In order to determine if a person is eligible for funding

by the NHS, a Continuing Health Care ( CHC )

Assessment is required to take place.

Unfortunately, people are not assessed as a standard

and families don’t realise this funding is available.

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Horoscopes 2019

Moon Forecasts for Nov/Dec

Combining planetary influence, Astrology and

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and information from spirit are available at £18. Based in Dudley,

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Aries - (21st March - 20th April)

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'protecting your reputation', however you bounce back with

November 8th's Waxing Gibbious Moon stage deciding

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Glad your back - rebel Aries!

Taurus - (21st April -21st May)

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Gemini - (22nd May - 21st June)

Gemini it’s been a funny old year in many ways, and

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about living in the present! so forget regret! Luckily January

sees opportunity and escape on its way, bringing extreme

good fortune! Hold in there!

Cancer - (22nd June - 22nd July)

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The empathetic side to you will wonder why the truth has

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Leo - (23rd July - 23rd August)

It’s all about the home as this year ends Leo, making

the home you have great! or a planned house move

becoming a focus for yourself or people close to your

concerns. 'Keywords' this yule tide are extravagance luxury

and overindulgence. Have fun!

Virgo - (24th August - 22nd September)

Watch your temper this December Virgo, but still be

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calling, somewhere 'far out' or 'far away' are desired, slot in

some time to escape the Christmas Hussle and bustle! Your

worth it just like the advert says!

Libra - (23rd September - 23rd October)

Libra good news is coming to you, out of the dark and into

the light! solutions to haunting problems finally solved.

Celebrate in style! Bright lights and big cities are calling you,

with this new sense of freedom and resolve! Merry

Christmas!

Scorpio - (24th October - 22nd November)

On Nov 19th mars enters Scorpio seeing a boost to your

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learning environment! Number 10 is important... you’re

going to be privy to some interesting conversations and

maybe even some confessions, but your own reputation will

be paramount!

Sagittarius - (23rd November - 21st December)

Early November brings Venus's warmth to the love life!,

December 9th Mercury joins to see you being able to charm

any birds out the trees! Plans for February are well starred, if

you are hoping for promotion in some way then you have the

innovative thinking and stability around you to make things

happen!

Capricorn - (22nd Dec - 20th January)

November 26th Venus brings focus onto love and family matters,

there is a fantasy in mind to, and a need to gamble and

throw oneself recklessly into a period of rest, feet up,

recharge, just do it, forget the timing and planning, the time

is now, especially if exotic beaches are calling....

Aquarius - (21st January - 18th February)

The Waxing Crescent Moon on December 1st sees investment

opportunities and money-spinning ideas coming to the fore, life

it seems is going in just the right direction! Expect visitors this

Christmas, in fact expect the most unlikely choices of partners

and friendships or relationships to pop up! and most of all be

'malliable', bend and flow, none of this rigidness Aquarius!

Pisces - (19th February - 20th March)

The Waxing Gibbious Moon stage starting November 6th sees

you wanting to be an individual and do your own thing! your own

way!, Yet it seems that what is expected of you this yuletide is the

traditional and expected ways of being so get your expressive

gregarious self out during November as you need to conform to

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Homes

Home hunters visit new-build location by

housebuilder that spent £1.7m in Shrewsbury

Home hunters keen on a move to Shrewsbury can visit a

new-build location by a housebuilder that has spent more

than £1.7 million in the town.

Bovis Homes, which has homes available at Bowbrook

Meadows, off Mytton Oak Road, is supporting the local

community and working closely with Shropshire Council to

deliver improvements in education and transport.

Bowbrook Meadows has new footpaths and plenty of openspace

landscapes and there are plenty of purchasing options

for home buyers to choose from.

Play areas have been built for children and the housebuilder

has introduced balancing ponds as a temporary water

storage facility that will become a permanent environmental

feature to encourage wildlife.

Elaine Cartwright, regional sales and marketing director, said:

“Bowbrook Meadows is a stunning location within the

historic town of Shrewsbury and Bovis Homes is proud to

have invested heavily in the local community, providing a vital

boost to education and transport.

“We are proud of our contribution to the town and the

outstanding, energy-efficient homes we have here. We

support home buyers and families as best we can, with great

open spaces, facilities and also purchasing schemes to help

people move into their own brand-new property.”

Bovis Homes properties at Bowbrook Meadows are around

65 per cent more energy-efficient, use 30 per cent less water

and are 50 per cent cheaper to run than an equivalent

Victorian house, according to Home Builders Federation

figures, keeping home owners warm in the winter and saving

them money on utility bills.

The housebuilder, which is reducing the size of its carbon

footprint on locations, also offers double-glazed windows

and doors, lower CO2 emissions, water saving systems,

efficient boilers and quality insulation.

Bovis Homes has special offers on selected plots including

stamp duty paid; an interior design package, worth up to

£5,000; flooring; and £1,000 worth of legal fees.

"We have a great range of purchasing assistance options at

Bowbrook Meadows,” Elaine added.

“Our interior designer will help you style your new home the

way you want and we’ll give you up to £5,000 to spend plus

one-to-one consultations.

House types at Bowbrook Meadows include the fourbedroom

Wimborne, Lincoln, Canterbury and Durham and

the five-bedroom Oxford and Arundel.

All have large kitchen spaces, reception rooms, en suites and

a 10-year NHBC Buildmark warranty. Prices start from

£307,995.

Purchasing schemes at the location include the

Government’s Help to Buy Equity Loan initiative, Smooth

Move, Home Exchange, plus the housebuilder’s Key Workers

scheme.

Using the Help to Buy – Equity Loan scheme, home buyers

need just a five per cent cash deposit, with the Government

providing an equity loan of up to 20 per cent of the value of

the property being bought. Purchasers then need to secure

up to a 75 per cent mortgage.

Buyers looking to sell their home can take advantage of Bovis

Homes' Smooth Move scheme, which can save time and

thousands of pounds, with the home builder dealing with the

estate agent on the customer's behalf, as well as paying the

fees.

Bovis Homes’ Home Exchange initiative means the

housebuilder will purchase the customer's current property,

which means they can avoid all those estate agent fees and

time-consuming, stress-building house chains. It also means

that purchasers can stay in their current house until their new

home is ready.

To part-exchange their home, a customer’s current property

must be valued at no more than 75 per cent of the new Bovis

Home they wish to purchase. Bovis Homes will arrange for

the buyer's property to be valued, then make them an offer

based on the valuation.

Meanwhile, the Key Workers initiative offers great discounts

to employees of certain public sector bodies.

To find out more about the house types and

purchasing options available at Bowbrook Meadows,

visit www.bovishomes.co.uk.

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#DiscoverSomethingNew

this autumn with Bovis Homes

Discover something new this season

from our stunning new range.

We don’t just build homes, we create new communities

with cycle paths, walkways, play areas for the children and

stunning views across some of the best countryside.

Don’t just take our word for it, come along and look around one

of our developments and discover for yourself something new.

Bowbrook Meadows,

Shrewsbury

Haygate Fields,

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Iddeshale Gardens,

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Interior design

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bovishomes.co.uk

For reservations taken up until the 30/11/2019. 5% deposit match is available on homes up to a capped value and includes first and second time buyers, but it is not available with the Help to Buy scheme. It is available on

selected plots only – please see a sales adviser for more information. Interior design package is up to the value of £5,000 per home and is on selected plots only. It cannot be changed for a cash equivalent.For full details

of the package please speak to the sales team. Photographs depicts a typical Bovis Home exterior/interior. Elevation may differ to that shown. Internal images may include optional upgrades at an additional cost. Price &

availability correct at time of going to print/broadcast. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON A MORTGAGE OR ANY OTHER DEBT SECURED ON IT. Ask our sales advisor for details.


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