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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
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
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
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
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
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.
Shrewsbury Prison Ghost Hunt
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!
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!
2 Courses from £23.50
3 Courses from £28.00
What’s on - December
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
Saturday 7th December
The famous annual Shrewsbury Morris Dancer's
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
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
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
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
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
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/
New Years Eve
Champagne and Canapé Reception
Served from 7:00pm in the Adam Ballroom Bar
4 Course Meal
Casion Tables (Blackjack & Roulette)
Dress Code: Smart Dress Only
T: 01743 353107
Warm and fragrant
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.
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
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
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
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
14 -16 THE SQUAR
ARE, SHREWSBURY, RY
01743 296 314
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
er must be booked in advance.
58 Stalls of High Quality
Food, Drink & Crafts
Saturday 21st December
The Square, Shrewsbury
9am to 6pm
Asterley Events 07789 114253
Shrewsbury's Farmers' Market
First Friday of each Month
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
Restaurant & Lounge Bar on the bank of River Severn with stunning views over
the river and the Quarry Park
Shaken, merged, muddled and stirred
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Open 7 Days A Week
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
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
Monday - Thursday 12 noon - 2:30pm
2 courses £9.95 or 3 courses £12.95
from December 1st
3 courses, lunch and evenings £17.99
4 Courses for £49.99
Smaller portions perfect for a smaller appetite
1 course £5.99, 2 courses £7.99 or 3 courses £8.99
Friday 15th November JIM KIRKPATRICK
Friday 13th December WHAT’S THE CRACK
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
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whats happening at the Red Barn!
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
78 Wyle Cop
T: 01743 369429
Shop online at
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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:
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
Useless facts and handy hints you
never knew you needed - until now...
have been in
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
The Greeks celebrate Christmas on
January 7, according to the old
Julian calendar, while Xmas
presents are opened on
New Year's Day.
In 1999, residents
of the state of Maine
in America built the
world's biggest ever
snowman. He stood
at 113ft tall
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.
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
Some Christmas trees
become food for zoo
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.
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.
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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9 Claremont Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1QG
Open 7 days a week 10am-8pm
Refreshing smoothies &
Exciting diverse menu
Food made fresh to order
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.
1 pinch salt
1 pinch white pepper, ground
1 teaspoon dry cep powder
125g plain flour, sifted
3 free-range eggs
30g plain flour
Salt, pepper, nutmeg
1 spring thyme
1 bay leaf
FILLING AND TOPPING
360g mixed wild mushrooms
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
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
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
Recipe is from Michel Roux Jr.’s ‘A life in the Kitchen’
(Weidenfeld & Nicolson), photo credit Cristian Barnett
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Tel: 01743 622989
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
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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
a fantastic combination of ingredients, a meaty burger topped
with delicious bacon, melted cheese and BBQ sauce all
presented in a soft ciabatta. She had opted for sweet potato
fries over chips and a fresh salad accompanied it. A faultless
Id opted for the 8oz sirloin steak with chunky chips, grilled
tomatoes, hand coated onion rings and garden peas. I was
delighted to see they had stilton sauce to come with the steak
and was quick to add that to my main. Cooked well done to
my request the steak it was fantastic dipped in the creamy
stilton sauce; the chips were delicious, and all its
accompaniments just made a great main. This really is good
pub grub and great prices in a lovely atmosphere.
Both full up we still decided we could manage a dessert,
especially as Deb noticed the ultimate brownie fudge cake
and I opted for the trio of mini desserts – Kir Royale
cheesecake, homemade fruit crumble and salted caramel
profiteroles. Debbie’s warm fudge cake was huge with layers
of salted caramel and chocolate fudge with chunks of brownie
in the cake itself, Deb smothered it in custard and enjoyed
every single mouthful!
My trio of desserts was superb, a delicious prosecco
flavoured cheesecake with a hidden layer od blackcurrant,
two fluffy profiteroles topped and filled with salted caramel
and a fantastic apple and mixed fruit crumble that had a
flapjack topping, I had asked for cream rather than custard
with accompanied it perfectly. The desserts really were 10/10!
With full bellies we were ready to leave and had enjoyed our
time at the Steam Wagon.
Entertainment is on every Saturday night, join them on
Facebook for updates of what’s on and more offers and
Steam Wagon is a great place for seniors to go for great
priced lunches during the day, taking the kids for tea after
school or early evening and then the place comes more to life
on an evening and weekend.
Food is served daily
12noon – 9pm Mon to Sat
12noon – 7pm Sundays
The Steam Wagon Inn
Mount Pleasant Road, Shrewsbury, SY1 3EP
Tel: 01743 600692
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How much money should you set aside to pay your personal tax bill?
Once you’ve been working for yourself for a while and have
started to make a bit of money, you should consider money
should you should set aside to pay your personal tax bill.
One of the most manageable ways to handle your tax bill is to
put some money aside each month, so that you end up with a
pot for this very purpose when that tax bill comes in.
Being self-employed is often feast or famine. You’re run off
your feet, then the next minute you’re drumming your fingers
on the table while you watch tumbleweed.
In a busy year, you might be tempted to pay yourself a bit more
or take a lump of money from the business to reward yourself
for all your hard work.
But if you haven’t put any of that money aside for tax, you
might find that that BIG old tax bill from your feast year hits in a
quiet spell. Trying to pay off that high tax bill when you’re
bringing in even less than usual can put a massive strain on
your cashflow, on your business, and on you.
So how much should you put aside for tax?
You’ll hear a lot of people saying you need to keep 30% of your
earnings aside for tax. And if you break it down, this makes
Basic rate tax is charged at 20%, and National Insurance at
9%. That means, if you’re saving 30% of your earnings, you’re
reserving just a little over basic rate tax plus
National Insurance. And when you factor in adjustments for
your personal allowance and your expenses, you should come
out just about right.
But…saving 30% for tax doesn’t make sense for every
• When your income isn’t all that high
• If you have additional income
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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
Spell out a 15-letter word or
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
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
rule in Sudoku.
Each row and
1 to 9, and so
3 x 3 box.
This is a logic
you should not
have to guess.
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.
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
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
_ _ _ T _
1. a side;
2. a group of people;
3. a social gathering;
4. those involved in something.
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;
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).
From the 16
letters of the
fit the grid so
that they can
be read both
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
silver; pink; road; up; cake; ear.
The Queen’s Speech.
calendar; socks; poinsettia;
chocolate; book token;
aftershave; potpourri; gloves;
diary; mulled wine; scarf;
slippers; DVD; pen; sweater;
Ooze + B = Booze.
TRAIN OF THOUGHT
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;
tare; acid; ring; edge.
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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
a toxin which can cause kidney
failure – So no mince pies!
• Chocolate, the darker the more
dangerous as it contains
theobromine which can cause
seizures, coma and heart failure.
• Stuffing contains onions and garlic
which can destroy red blood cells
causing life-threatening anaemia
• 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
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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
• 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
produced by the mould that cause
rapid onset convulsions in dogs.
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FRIDAY 15th NOVEMBER to
SATURDAY 16th NOVEMBER 2019 8:00 pm
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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
Tristram reunites the original cast of his cult Drake movies live
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+
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
TOWN HALL, HIGH STREET, BRIDGNORTH
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)
FRIDAY 13th DECEMBER to
SUNDAY 15th DECEMBER 2019 7:00 pm
FOLLOWING THEIR SENSATIONAL PERFORMANCES AT THE
THEATRE ON THE STEPS THE STONES RETURN
SNOW WHITE AND
THE SEVEN DWARFS
SATURDAY 4th JANUARY to SATURDAY 25th
JANUARY 2020 2:00pm, 7:00pm
EARLY BOOKING ESSENTIAL
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN
DWARFS by Alan P. Frayn
Mirror Mirror on the wall -
who is the fairest of them all.
Snow White, The Wicked Queen
Avarice, Edna Bucket, Chuckles,
The handsome Prince Ferdinand,
Merlin, Slurp and Scribbles and the rest of the Theatre
on the Steps cast with another fabulous panto - full of
fun, music, dance and of course a lot of laughter,
The Theatre on the Steps continues its long history of
producing a traditional fun filled pantomime full of songs,
dancing and hilarity from start to finish and suitable for all
Tickets from £10 - £13
Pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones)
and scientist James Glaisher
(Eddie Redmayne) find
themselves in an epic fight for
survival while attempting to
make discoveries in a hot air
The story of the Battle of Midway, told by
the leaders and the sailors who fought it.
Action, Drama, History
A young woman decides to
make positive changes in her
life by training for the New York
Kate is a young woman subscribed
to bad decisions. Her last date with
disaster? That of having accepted to
work as Santa's elf for a department
store. However, she meets Tom
there. Her life takes a new turn. For
Kate, it seems too good to be true.
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
The Rise of Skywalker
Resistance faces the
First Order once more
in the final chapter of
the Skywalker saga.
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
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.
Action, Adventure, Comedy
A crew of rugged firefighters
meet their match when
attempting to rescue three
When the world's best
spy is turned into a
pigeon, he must rely on
his nerdy tech officer to
save the world.
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.
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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Men can be so hard to buy for, so why not swap
those Christmas socks for something a bit more
unusual and quirky this year..
HERE'S OUR TOP TEN PICKS!
Festive Beard Baubles £6.99
With beards well in fashion,
these are the perfect
accessory for Christmas
parties and dinners!
Polaroid Onestep+ I-Type
Camera – Black £150
Let’s get retro with the amazing new
camera from Polaroid that can connect
to your phone via an app!
Brown paper Bag Insulated
Lunch Bag £8.99
Quirky lunch bag – better than Tupperware!
It’s a man
Bonsai Tree £10.99
For that unusual gift, what
person isn’t going to love this!
Grow your own bonsai!
Punny Jokes £7.99
Again, the perfect addition to
bring fun and laughter to your
festive period, got to be better
than the Christmas Crackers
Golf Ball Stamper £8.99
Personalise your golf balls with the
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a self-inking stamper allowing you to
place a two or three letter
monogram on your golf balls
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matching glasses, a
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for the special man in
Bluetooth Beanie Hat £25
Another perfect stocking filler and great for the
colder days from son, husband to grandfather this
stylish beanie will keep them warm and in tune!
Star Wars Millennium Falcon
Posable Desk Light £49.99
The new release of this
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for any Star Wars fan in your life,
or why not just treat yourself!
(Batman one also available)
Bottle Opener £8
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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
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
The recommendations were as follows;
• Children less than two years to avoid screen time if
• 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
• Does screen use interfere with sleep?
• Are you able to control snacking during screen time?
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
• Encourage standing up at work and stretching during
• 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
Member of The Royal College of
• 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
• 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
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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
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,
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.
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
What do I wear and is the room
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
What is Epsom Salt?
Epsom Salts are naturally occurring
pure mineral compounds of
magnesium and sulphate.
Magnesium plays an important role in
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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
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Also the Epsom Salts are a natural
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Decreases the production of
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Relieves pain (arthritis, migraines,
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Stimulates left/right brain
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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
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l The Epsom salts in the flotation tanks which
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Looking after ourselves is
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
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Many people are affected by foot pain, the cause of
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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
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is the only realistic start point. Mr Steven Dowdeswell
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Using the very best and latest technology and a
caring attitude to help get you pain free and
rehabilitated as soon as possible. Sports
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in addition to my more medical based treatment
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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
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
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
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
Do you need Lip Fillers?
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.
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
level of confidence and kept looking at myself in the mirror all the time, something I never do. The best thing
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.
From someone who said they would never have lip fillers I would now highly recommend to anyone needing
that boost of confidence, but I would also be very careful where you go to just achieve a natural look and
Park Street Clinic is highly recommended, this can be backed up with them recently winning The Midlands
Beauty Industry Awards for the Highly Commended status in their category.
Would I recommend lip fillers? Well I will definitely be returning for more once these have worn off in about
6 months. If you don’t like needles and pain, this procedure isn’t for you, but for a beauty and confidence
lift, 100% recommend!
Park St. Clinic would advise you only see a registered nurse, doctor or dentist for these treatments due to
the associated risks.
Written by Sarah Williams
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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.
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)
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.
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
6. Season to taste with salt and
7. Add the chopped fresh coriander
and bring the heat up to just boiling
8. Serve over rice or with Naan bread.
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
• 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
350g Macaroni Pasta
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp Butter
3 tbsp Plain Flour
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. 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
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 -
@ The Kitchen Table
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
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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BBC Good Food
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
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2. Prize only valid on Thursday, Friday or Sunday; no Saturday
3. Prize includes 2x general admission tickets – no travel,
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4. General admission tickets do not include a seat in the Big
Kitchen, Big Kitchen seats are available to purchase on the
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Friday, 22nd November
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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
2 tablespoons double cream
2 tablespoons finely chopped
16 rashers of smoked streaky
bacon, rind cut off
4 sausages, the best quality you
Vegetable oil, for cooking
FOR THE CUMBERLAND
2 banana shallots, finely diced
300ml ruby port
200g redcurrant jelly
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons English mustard
Juice and finely grated zest of
Juice and finely grated zest of
2 tablespoons green
peppercorns in brine, drained
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
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
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
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
Absolute, £26). Photography by Cristian Barnett.
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panels. There are 31 exterior combinations for this highly
distinctive car which received a series of updates in
October this year.
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
alien word in the world of new cars where the sentence
usually includes sports suspension or run flat tyres.
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Grey, Platinum Grey or Obsidian Black body colours. The
colour pack adds bronze fog lamps and AirbumpR panel
surrounds complemented by ‘Origins’ decals. The 17 inch
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Christmas time is often associated with joy
and happiness. A time of plenty, where we
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know that the suicide rate actually rises
around Christmas and the New Year.
There are many factors that lead to the rise
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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
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Christmas can be very lonely for some
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their lost relationships. Christmas will
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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
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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
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willing to be there and to listen. There is
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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
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The home was recently rated as “Good” by the Care Quality
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This latest rating puts the home alongside the other 13 care
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Inspectors praised Montgomery House for being safe, caring,
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Montgomery House offer good rates of pay, flexible working,
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An orangery offers communal space, overlooking the private
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their hobby or simply enjoy time outdoors.
The home was designed from the ground up to be the ideal
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Should a resident's needs change and nursing care becomes a
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need to leave familiar surroundings and friendly faces.
For more information about Montgomery House,
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Combining planetary influence, Astrology and
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Aries - (21st March - 20th April)
Aries has felt a little vulnerable withdrawn and sheltered,
'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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look for the positive and beware of playing the victim! it’s
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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peoples masks, and are direct enough to ask for the truth!
The empathetic side to you will wonder why the truth has
been hidden? On the positive side September 2020 may
seem far off but make plans for that month as it will prove
fruitful, especially for commitment or travel!
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
ruthless, and why should you compromise? In fact, escape is
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
Scorpio - (24th October - 22nd November)
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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
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
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
the norm December, but by then you won’t mind so much!
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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
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
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
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
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,
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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
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worth up to £5,000
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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