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Here's to 2020

The Scene team would like to wish our customers & readers,

old & new, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Contents

What’s on, pubs, restaurants &

entertainment this Christmas 4 - 13

Men’s Fashion 20

Gnocchi & Wild Mushroom Gratin 22

Education 23 - 25

Did You Know 26

Christmas Puzzles 28

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

Health, Beauty & Well-being 50 - 57

Win Tickets to

BBC Good Food Show 62 & 63

Paws for Thought with Margaret 68

Bags & Boots 70

Midland Hi-Fi Studio 72 & 73

Women’s Party Dresses 74

Rattan Vibes 80

Your

Scene

Team

Sarah Williams

Director

Debbie Prosser

Sales Director

Verna Jones

Designer

Rachel Rock

Social Media

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Please note all artwork that has been produced by us within this publication belongs to us and can not be used elsewhere without

our consent or charges will be incurred Sarah Williams

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Scene magazine is published by Scene Local Media Ltd,

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contributors:

Jane DeWeijer

Rachel Rock

Sue Cooke

Charlotte Tranter

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What’s on -West Midlands

Firework Festival at

West Midlands Safari Park

Saturday, 9th November

West Midland Safari Park

Bewdley DY12 1LF

Circus Of Horrors

Official 25th Anniversary Show

Sunday 17th November

Brierley Hill Civic

Bank St, Brierley Hill DY5 3DH

Winter Psychic, Holistic &

Gift Fair

Saturday, 23rd November, 11:00

Sunday, 24 November, 16:00

A great local day out for all the family

with the best Spiritualist Readers,

Therapists & Healers from around

Staffordshire, the West Midlands and

beyond. We will also have Handmade

Crafts & Gift Stalls for any early

Christmas shopping.

The National Brewery Centre

Burton-on-Trent DE14 1NG

Call 07557404793

A Christmas Carol

Tuesday, 26 November –

Saturday, 30th November, 19:30

Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous

curmudgeon who believes personal

wealth is far more valuable than the

happiness and comfort of others.

With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!"

Scrooge summates his feelings of

Christmas tidings and charitable ...

Christmas Vintage,

Craft & Gift Fair

Sunday, 1st December

You are invited to the Big Christmas

Vintage, Craft & Gift Fayre at The

Arden Hotel - FREE ENTRY!!

Live music & entertainment all afternoon!

Old time dancing with our vintage

singer – no partner required!

Arden Hotel & Leisure Club

Coventry Rd, Solihull

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Tuesday, 3rd December,

Saturday, 7th December, 19:30

The Grinch discovers there’s more to

Christmas than he bargained for in

this heart-warming and hilarious

musical, based on Dr. Seuss’ hugely

popular best-selling books made

famous by the film adaptions.

The Alexandra, Birmingham

Suffolk Queensway, B5 4DS

Christmas at the Castle

Saturday, 7th December

11:00 – 16:00

Join us for a traditional Christmas

celebration including Father

Christmas in a winter wonderland

grotto, carriage rides, seasonal gifts,

craft demonstrations, childrens

activities and performances by local

choirs and musical groups.

Worcestershire County Museum

Hartlebury Castle, Kidderminster

DY11 7XZ

Santa in the Woods

Sunday, 8th December, 16:00 – 19:00

This is our sister event to Simply

Santa. Santa will ride through the

Woods in a special horse drawn

carriage.

He leaves the fountain at 4pm and

travels to The Pavilion where there

are food and craft stalls, including

mulled wine and mince pies.

101 Lightwoods Hill, Smethwick

The Gin Chronicles

Christmas Show

27th December 2019, 19:30

5th January 2020, 14:30

The Misfits of London come to the

Old Joint Stock Theatre for the

premiere of their Gin Chronicles

Christmas show.

Join John Jobling and Doris Golightly

as they get taken on a journey to a

place far, far away from... well... reality.

There's laughter, derring-do and

derring-don't. Come and celebrate

the end of 2019 with some crackling,

fast-paced, vintage comedy.

Did somebody say gin? Hooray!

The Old Joint Stock Pub &

Theatre Venue

4 Temple Row W, Birmingham

Winter Psychic, Holistic &

Gift Fair

23rd and 24th November

Christmas Vintage Craft &

Gift Fair

Sunday 1st December

Santa in the Woods

8th December


Rocco

Christmas Day

Special Lunch

Starters

Zuppa Della Casa (v)

Soup of the day

Avocado Bernardo

Finely sliced avocado with fresh water prawns

dressed with marie rose sauce

Salmone Affumicato

Smoked Salmon with thinly chopped white

shallots

and capers

Verdure Grigliate Marinate (v)

Grilled peppers, aubergines, carrots,

courgettes and fennel, drizzled with honey

and mustard vinaigrette, rocket salad, topped

with parmesan shavings

Main Course

Tacchino Con ripeno Di Castagne

Turkey with chestnut stuffing, chipolatas

wrapped in pancetta, served with Italian gravy

AUTHENTIC ITALIAN CUISINE

£44.95 per person

Manzo Con rosmarino

Pan fried sirloin, with olive oil, shallots, demi

glaze, rosemary, red wine reduction

Seabass Signor Sassi

Pan fried seabass fillets, white wine and

garlic, seasonal winter mushroom

Rack of Lamb

Served with red wine and mint sauce

Pollo Alla Cacciatore

Chicken breast served with mushrooms,

shallots, peppers, basil in a tomato and red

wine sauce

Desserts

Selection of desserts

AlaCarte menu

Available on request

Christmas Lunch &

Dinner Party Menu

Lunch - 2 Course £14.95 / 3 Course £17.95

Dinner - £23.95 per person (From 18th Nov - 24th Dec)

Starters

Zuppa Della Casa

Homemade Soup of the day

Insalata Di Gamberetti

North atlantic prawns, onabedofcrisp

lettuce, topped with caper and lemon

dressing, served with brown bread

Insalata Caprice

Buffalo Mozarella, Sweet plum tomatoes,

avocado, drizzled with a balsamic and olive

oil vinaigrette, red chard salad

Calamari Fritti

Baby squid coated in a tempura batter,

deep fried, served with a touch of caper

mayonnaise, on a bed of rocket salad

Main Course

Tacchino Con Ripeno Di Castagne

Turkey with chestnut stuffing, chipolatas

wrapped inpancetta,servedwithItalian gravy

Now taking

bookings

for

New Year’s

Eve

Fettucine Vegetiriano

Flat pasta, with baby spinach, baby plum

tomatoes, shallot, white wine, creamy

parmesan sauce

Pollo Alla Crema

Pan fried chicken breast cooked in white

wine, mushroom and cream sauce

Salmone Cardinale

Salmon supreme in a cream, tomato and

white wine sauce

Dessert

Selection of desserts

All main course are served with potatoes and

vegetables. Vegetarian dishes are available

(please ask your waiter). There will be a £10

non-refundable/

non-transferable deposit required per person

to reserve your table

ALL MUST BE PRE-ORDERED

Rocco

AUTHENTIC

ITALIAN CUISINE

72-73 Darlington St,

Wolverhampton WV1 4LY

(Opposite fold

street car park)

T: 01902 546262

E: info@roccoitalian.co.uk

www.roccoitalian.co.uk

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Festive meal(s) you are interested in:

Christmas Day Special Lunch

Christmas Lunch & Dinner Party

Please fill out the above and make sure you indicate quantity required of

each item in the boxes next to each item on menu.

PLEASE NOTE: this enquiry is not proof of any booking(s). We will be contacting you

once we receive this reservation form to arrange dates and times of your booking.


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Special Set Menu

Every Tuesday

2 Course @ £10.95

3 Course @ £13.95

(Dine in only)

2 for 1 EVERY

WEDNESDAY

Buy 2 main dishes and get the

cheapest free (dine in only)

Sunday Buffet

Eat as much as you like 4.00pm–10.30pm

£12.95 Adult

£6.50 Child (under 10)

NOW

TAKING

BOOKINGS FOR

CHRISTMAS &

NEW YEAR’S

EVE

10% OFF

TAKEAWAY ORDERS

Call 01746 764 895

21 West Castle Street, Bridgnorth, WV16 4AB

info@eurasiatandoori.co.uk www.eurasiatandoori.co.uk

Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 6pm- 11pm | Sunday 4pm-10.30pm

Chef of

the Year

2015/16

Curry Life Magazine

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.

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The festive season at Ramada Resort Park Hall

Wolverhampton is a magical time for everyone.

FESTIVE AFTERNOON TEA

Enjoy a festive themed Afternoon Tea

with a glass of sparkling Prosecco with

family and friends during December.

£15 pp

Gift Vouchers available.

CHRISTMAS PUNCH & LUNCH

• Glass of Mulled Wine

• 3 Delicious Courses

• Coffee & Mince Pies

Adults: £16.50 pp / Children: £10 pp

(12 and under)

To book these Festive Treats please call 01902 349549

Terms and Conditions: Festive Afternoon Tea and Christmas Punch & Lunch are only valid from

Monday to Friday from 2 nd December to Friday 20 th December. Full payment required in advance.

Ramada Resort Park Hall Wolverhampton

Park Drive, Goldthorn Park, Wolverhampton WV4 5AJ

Tel: 01902 349549 Email: sales@ramadawolverhampton.com

www.ramadaparkhall.co.uk


Christmas Fayre

Menu 2019

Festive

Lunch

Menu

Festive Evening

ng

Menu

SPECIAL OFFER





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20% OFF






FOOD BILL

Mains

Valid until 30th November

Mains

Not valid against festive menu or tribute nights

To validate this offer please complete the

details below:

When you each purchase a main meal from our Bistro

menu (excludes fixed price lunch, curry and steak nights)

Puddings

Puddings

Valid 1 voucher per party, maximum discount of

£50 applies.

Voucher can only be used once, subject to availability.

Name: ...............................................................

Email:................................................................

Date of birth:.....................................................

BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES

£5 off when you spend £20 on food

3 Hammers Golf Complex

Old Stafford Road • Coven • Wolverhampton • WV10 7PP

T: 01902 791917

E: info@3hammersbistro.co.uk

www.3hammersbistro.co.uk


Please tick this box if your would like to

receive offers from us

To validate this offer please complete the details below:

When you each purchase a main meal from our Bistro menu (excludes fixed price lunch, curry and steak nights)

Valid 1 voucher per party, maximum discount of £50 applies.Voucher can only be used once, subject to availability.

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Please tick this box if your would like to receive offers from us


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DANERY

Bridgnorth Good Food, Real Ales, Functions & Weddings At The Danery

Join us for delicious Christmas Fayre this December

The Danery Bridgnorth is renowned for its

Good Food and traditional Sunday Lunches,

all freshly made from local produce.

Sunday

Lunch

£10.50

Fabulous

Friday Steak

Night

2 for £20

Bottle of wine £5

The Danery, Quatford, Bridgnorth WV15 6Qj

01746 762255


NEW MENU

OUT NOW

Freshly prepared locally sourced

British Food.

SUMPTUOUS SUNDAY

LUNCH

1 Course £12.95 | 2 Courses £16.95 | 3 Courses £19.95

Every Sunday 12-6pm

2 COURSES £12

LUNCH MENU

Available Monday to Friday.

FESTIVITIES AT THE FALCON

Christmas Fayre - Throughout December | Boxing day - Traditional roasts 12-5pm

New Years Eve - Serving food all day | New Years Day - Brunch served until 12 midday.

St John's Street, Bridgnorth, WV15 6AQ I 01746 763134

www.falconhotelbridgnorth.co.uk I hello@falconhotelbridgnorth.co.uk


Out & About

Get into the festive spirit this winter with a visit to one

of your local National Trust places. The nights are

drawing in and the fires are being lit which can mean

only one thing: the festive season is upon us. Join us

at Packwood and Baddesley Clinton for a Christmas

you’re sure to remember, with warming seasonal

food, beautiful decorations, great gift ideas and

festive events for the whole family to enjoy.

This festive season come and experience the magical

world of the Nutcracker at Packwood Saturday 30

November – Monday 6 January. This festive season

we invite you to undertake a magical journey which

brings to life the story of The Nutcracker. Experience

the anticipation of Christmas as Clara is transported

to the enchanting world of the Kingdom of Sweets.

Nutcracker inspired decorations will transform the

House into scenes from the ballet – from the

sumptuous Christmas party through to the battle

between the mice and toy soldiers.

Kicking off our winter events, join our Head Gardener

on Wed 6 November for a relaxed evening in the café

with a two-course meal and a lecture on how the

beautiful gardens at Packwood have evolved into

what you can see today. Get into the festive spirit on

one of our popular Christmas evening tours with a

delicious two course supper in the Garden Kitchen

Café followed by a candlelit tour of the house

dressed for Christmas. For early risers why not join us

on a Christmas breakfast tour where you’ll join us for

a delicious breakfast in the Garden Kitchen Café

followed by an early tour of the house beautifully

dressed for Christmas.

Over at Baddesley Clinton, from Saturday 30

November – Monday 6 January we invite you to take

time away from the hustle and bustle to reflect on

Christmases past and your own Christmas

experiences. Reflect on Baddesley's centuries of

history as a refuge and a haven. Reflect on what

nature has to offer at this seasonal time of year with

the wonderful reflections provided by water and ice,

and the wealth of materials nature can provide to

make the house so festive and joyful. Reflect on the

now and the memories we make at Christmas.

Over in the restaurant enjoy a delicious Christmas

lunch with all the trimmings or a festive afternoon tea

and join us on various evenings throughout

December for a Christmas candlelight evening tour of

the manor house with our knowledgeable guides

followed by a delicious three course festive supper in

the Barn Restaurant.

For more details call Baddesley Clinton on

01564 783294

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/baddesleyclinton or

Packwood on 01564 782024,

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/packwood











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WILDWOOD ALPACAS

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ALPACA WALKING EXPERIENCES

AROUND OUR 10 ACRE GROUNDS

Set on the Shropshire/ Staffordshire Border

Near Wolverhampton

LEARN ALL

ABOUT

ALPACAS

WEDDING

PACKAGES

BIRTHDAY

PACKAGES

n Alpaca Educational and therapy courses for

schools, groups & organisations

n Residential & nursing home visits

n All courses can be tailored to the individual

Just us for the festive season

HOT CHOCOLATE MULLED WINE AND MINCE PIES,

CANDY CANE AND CHOCOLATE SANTA HUNT!

On weekends and various days throughout November and

December - Bookings essential see website for details

For more information and up coming events

Tel: Sarah 07779 667798

www.wildwoodalpacass.co.uk

wildwoodalpacasuk

@wildwoodalpacasuk


RSM Stage Academy

WINNERS OF PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL OF THE YEAR!

RSM Stage Academy is a performing arts school

based in Wolverhampton and is run by

professional performer, teacher and director

Richard S. Meredith. The academy has been open

for nine years and continues to give students

exceptional training within the performing arts.

One to one clients in sessions at RSM Stage Academy.

ENROLLING

NOW

FOR

JANUARY

2020!

A selection of students working with regular

guest teacher Matthew Stevens direct from

London’s West End.

Some of RSM Stage Academy performers and

students after a recent sell-out showcase.

RSM have a highly skilled and experienced team at their state-of-the-art

premises, training students aged three and above – including adult performers

to the highest level in singing, dance and acting. RSM also offer several

additional classes throughout the week, including musical theatre, ballet, tap,

contemporary, actors’ workshop for stage & screen, amongst others. Private

lessons are also available in singing, dance and acting. Furthermore, they

recently launched their adult performing arts company, for ages 18 and above,

offering a range of in-house training and performance opportunities across the

UK.

RSM organise at least two showcases per year, along with a touring show or

another live performance. They have performed as a performing arts school in

several iconic London venues (Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Royal Albert Hall, Her

Majesty’s Theatre, West End, and indigo at The 02). Their upcoming shows

include performing at the Liverpool Empire Theatre and the prestigious

Benidorm Palace in Spain.

RSM Stage Academy is a CDMT (Council for Dance, Drama & Musical Theatre)

recognised school, where they are required to hold and implement professional

policies and procedures, including safeguarding, health & safety and more.

All staff and guest teachers hold an enhanced DBS check, along with

having the appropriate level of relevant teaching qualifications

and/or professional experience.

RSM is also an Arts Award Supporter, and a registered exam centre

with Trinity College London, offering graded and diploma

examinations in musical theatre and acting. RSM Stage Academy is

now an official learning provider and a CU School for the Children's

University.

The teachers promote hard work, along with structure and

discipline, whilst keeping the element of fun alive. They create a

vibrant atmosphere where students can fully grow as a performer

and express themselves.

Don’t miss out on the many opportunities available, for all ages.

For more information call: 01902 725100 / 07583 849316

Unit 6D, Wednesfield Business Park, Waddens Brook Lane,

Wolverhampton, WV11 3SF

www.rsmstageacademy.co.uk


FrithRugs CANNOCK CLOSING DOWN SALE

EVERY

RUG

SALE

NOW ON!

HALF

PRICE!

Over 20,000 rugs in stock, Rectangle, Circle,

Hall runner, All shapes and sizes all Half Price.

FrithRugs.co.uk Tel: 01543 468383

Ridings Park, Eastern Way, Hawks Green, Cannock, Staffordshire WS11 7FJ

Open: Mon-Sat: 10-5 & Sun: 10-4

FrithRugs is a trademark of GH Frith (Cannock) Ltd.

This Closing Down sale is our Cannock store only. All other stores are not closing down and

prices in the other stores will be the usual prices and not those offered in the Sale at Cannock.


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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

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

(Weidenfeld & Nicolson), photo credit Cristian Barnett


Open Morning - Wednesday 15th January


Education

Career opportunities at

Brewood CE Middle Academy...

On 1 October, Brewood CE Middle School became

Brewood CE Middle Academy.

Executive Principal, David Swift said “We are delighted

to finally join the St Chad’s Multi-Academy Trust. We

are already working with other schools in the Trust and

the Principals and teachers meet regularly to share best

practice and ideas. As a group of schools, linked to

the Lichfield Diocese, we also have a shared vision and

distinct Christian ethos”.

In July 2019 the school was assessed for all its careers

work and as a result gained the ‘Careers Standards

Award’ from Staffordshire County Council. David Swift

said ‘we are delighted to receive this award as it

recognises the hard work of staff in providing career

opportunities for our pupils and hopefully will inspire

pupils to raise their aspirations further.

In the OFSTED Inspection of April 2018 Brewood CE

Middle school was graded as ‘Good’ overall with

pupils’ personal development and welfare being graded

as ‘Outstanding’ – the highest possible grading.

Inspectors noted that ‘Teaching is consistently good’;

and the pupils ‘make strong progress from the

beginning of Year 5 to the end of Year 8.’

The report notes that ‘the Headteacher provides strong

leadership and that staff value the support and

guidance they receive from him’ and that since the last

Inspection, he has led and driven significant

improvements across school.

The Inspectors were particularly impressed with the

school’s strong safeguarding culture stating that

‘Safeguarding procedures at Brewood are of the

highest quality and are the first priority of every member

of staff’. It also states that ‘pupils say they feel very safe

in school and learn how to keep themselves safe

outside school in different situations’.

In October the school was awarded the Gold School

Games Award and the Basic Skills Quality Mark Award

for the fourth time. The school also holds the

International School’s status for its links with partner

European schools and pupils have visited France,

Germany and Italy as part of a special project funded

by the British Council. Last year, Year 7 and 8 pupils

visited Auschwitz as part of the school’s Holocaust

studies.

Pupils can choose from a wide range of instrumental

lessons led by experienced peripatetic teachers who

work in the school’s ‘Major Minor’ Music School. There

is a thriving choir, which performs in school and at

community events.

For more information please contact us

on 01902 850266

It also acknowledges the work of governors who it said

‘have a detailed understanding of school performance

and hold leaders to account for it’.

Brewood has 420 pupils and is a popular school choice

for parents locally and further afield.

Parents tell the school that the aspects which they like

most about the school are its Christian ethos, the ‘Be

the Best you can Be! Merit awards scheme, the extracurricular

activities and residentials and the free

after-school homework club.

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Brewood CE

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‘The Headteacher provides strong leadership’.

‘Teaching is consistently good’.

The school’s work to promote personal

development is outstanding’.

‘Pupils’ behaviour is impeccable’.

OFSTED April 2018

EVERY DAY IS AN

OPEN DAY AT BREWOOD




Brewood CE Middle Academy


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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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

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

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


Horoscopes 2019

Moon Forecasts for Nov/Dec

Combining planetary influence, Astrology and

Clairvoyance, let these Moon Forecasts guide

you in life with love and light....

45-minute readings giving guidance from the past present and future

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

Telephone readings also available. contact 07519 584975 or

Facebook page Katie Anne Reynolds Clairvoyant and Artist for details

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

instead to seize the moment!, your tired of 'old ways', and

care little for rules which actually leads to sparks of genius!

Glad your back - rebel Aries!

Taurus - (21st April -21st May)

Taurus, this is a steamy time for passion! November 12th's

Full Moon indicates facing harsh realities to reach a solution.

Ask the question 'Who is it taking advantage? yourself or

someone else? important relationship choices are afoot. Single

Taureans maybe think about what it is you’re really looking

for? Good Luck!

Gemini - (22nd May - 21st June)

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

November 13th's Waning Moon sees 'dissolution'... Please

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)

Cancer you’re an intuitive sort, so you can see behind

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

Christmas!

Scorpio - (24th October - 22nd November)

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

confidence in your own abilities, shine in that workplace or

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

the norm December, but by then you won’t mind so much!


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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

talking difficult. REMEMBER YOU ARE

NEVER ALONE.

SAMARITANS HAVE A 24 HOUR HELPLINE

NUMBER YOU CAN CALL: 116 123

They also offer an email service if you prefer

not to talk: jo@samaritans.org

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BOOK ON LINE at www.theatreonthesteps.co.uk

STRICTLY ABBA

FRIDAY 15th NOVEMBER to

SATURDAY 16th NOVEMBER 2019 8:00 pm

"What a fantastic night!" - "Absolutely brilliant"

"Can't wait to see the show again

Just some of the comments made after the previous sold out

shows.

THIS SHOW ALWAYS SELLS OUT SO BOOK EARLY AND

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Tickets: £13.00 No concessions

INSPECTOR DRAKE &

THE BLACK WIDOW

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+

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

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 -

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Snow White, The Wicked Queen

Avarice, Edna Bucket, Chuckles,

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Films

The

Aeronauts

November/December

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

balloon

Action, Adventure,

Biography

Midway

The story of the Battle of Midway, told by

the leaders and the sailors who fought it.

Action, Drama, History

BRITTANY RUNS

A MARATHON

A young woman decides to

make positive changes in her

life by training for the New York

City Marathon.

Comedy, Drama

LAST

CHRISTMAS

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.

Comedy, Romance

FORD V

Ferrari

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.

Action, Adventure, Comedy

PLAYING

WITH FIRE

A crew of rugged firefighters

meet their match when

attempting to rescue three

rambunctious kids.

Comedy

spies in

disguise

When the world's best

spy is turned into a

pigeon, he must rely on

his nerdy tech officer to

save the world.

Animation, Action,

Adventure


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.

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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

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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

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creativity, problem solving,

heightens visualisation

Deepens meditation, expands

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all the senses, accelerates learning,

enhances hypnotherapy and selfhypnosis.

General Well-being

Promotes total calm and peaceful

relaxation, eliminates fatigue and

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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

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‘The more you float the more

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Floatation is known to have PHYSICAL BENEFITS

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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

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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

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sparkle, perfect for the party

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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

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PARKSTCLINIC

Helen Bagnell

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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

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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www.parkstreetclinic.co.uk


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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 -

@ 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

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

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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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SIMPLY ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION

Which alcohol is traditionally used in a classic

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A. Brandy B. Gin C. Tequila

Please email your answer by Thursday 21st November

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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

Absolute, £26). Photography by Cristian Barnett.


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Citroen C4 Cactus Hatch

By Sue Cooke

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

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

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

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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

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

and why!.

Yours truly

Margaret

Office Dog,

Scene & SYone Magazine

Woof

• 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

produced by the mould that cause

rapid onset convulsions in dogs.

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Ps: Don’t forget to protect

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My mum recommends the

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Our funds are raised by many means; donations and

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We can provide an introductory complimentary meal and sweet, to either

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ICare are able to offer a delivery service of lunch time Hot Meals or a weekly

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Also if required we are also able to provide an ICare Premium Service which

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Our Community Assistants are helpful, polite and punctual and undergo a

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HOT LUNCHTIME MEAL SERVICE, WHERE THE MEAL CAN

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Our Peace of Mind Service which is a 15 minute stay, where we encourage

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Homes

Home hunters in Lichfield visit

new-build location by housebuilder

with environmental focus

Home hunters keen on a move to Lichfield can visit a newbuild

location by a housebuilder that is focused on its

environmental impact.

Bovis Homes, which has homes available at Roman Heights,

on Burton Road, has been built with families in mind and is a

short walk from the local primary school.

Roman Heights features a lot of character with a new range

of homes now available with innovative, fresh designs and

nearby open parkland, public footpaths and plenty of public

space.

Elaine Cartwright, regional sales and marketing director, said:

“Roman Heights is a stunning location with a new range of

homes now available with fresh designs; with open parkland

nearby and a primary school for the youngsters.

“We are proud of the energy-efficient homes we have here

and 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 Roman Heights 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

a five per cent deposit match or 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

Roman Heights,” 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 Roman Heights include the three-bedroom

Durham, Horton and Sheringham, four-bedroom Oxford,

Canterbury and Montpellier and five-bedroom Truro.

All have a 10-year NHBC Buildmark warranty and prices at

the location start from £329,995.

Purchasing schemes include the Government’s Help to Buy

Equity Loan initiative, Smooth Move, 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.

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 Roman

Heights, 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.

Roman Heights

Lichfield

The Steadings

Essington

Interior design

package

worth up to £5,000

with one-to-one

consultation

5% deposit

match

on selected

homes

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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