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What’s on, pubs, restaurants &
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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
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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 &
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
The National Brewery Centre
Burton-on-Trent DE14 1NG
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 ...
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
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
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
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
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 &
4 Temple Row W, Birmingham
Winter Psychic, Holistic &
23rd and 24th November
Christmas Vintage Craft &
Sunday 1st December
Santa in the Woods
Zuppa Della Casa (v)
Soup of the day
Finely sliced avocado with fresh water prawns
dressed with marie rose sauce
Smoked Salmon with thinly chopped white
Verdure Grigliate Marinate (v)
Grilled peppers, aubergines, carrots,
courgettes and fennel, drizzled with honey
and mustard vinaigrette, rocket salad, topped
with parmesan shavings
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
Selection of desserts
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)
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
Buffalo Mozarella, Sweet plum tomatoes,
avocado, drizzled with a balsamic and olive
oil vinaigrette, red chard salad
Baby squid coated in a tempura batter,
deep fried, served with a touch of caper
mayonnaise, on a bed of rocket salad
Tacchino Con Ripeno Di Castagne
Turkey with chestnut stuffing, chipolatas
wrapped inpancetta,servedwithItalian gravy
Flat pasta, with baby spinach, baby plum
tomatoes, shallot, white wine, creamy
Pollo Alla Crema
Pan fried chicken breast cooked in white
wine, mushroom and cream sauce
Salmon supreme in a cream, tomato and
white wine sauce
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-transferable deposit required per person
to reserve your table
ALL MUST BE PRE-ORDERED
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Wolverhampton WV1 4LY
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T: 01902 546262
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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.
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
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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menu (excludes fixed price lunch, curry and steak nights)
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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.
2 for £20
Bottle of wine £5
The Danery, Quatford, Bridgnorth WV15 6Qj
Freshly prepared locally sourced
1 Course £12.95 | 2 Courses £16.95 | 3 Courses £19.95
Every Sunday 12-6pm
2 COURSES £12
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 email@example.com
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
Packwood on 01564 782024,
Scene Local Media 01952 780058
B OX OFFICE 01527 65
FORT HCOMING ATTRACT
Tickets will include a booking fee of £1
ALPACA WALKING EXPERIENCES
AROUND OUR 10 ACRE GROUNDS
Set on the Shropshire/ Staffordshire Border
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
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.
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
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
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
FrithRugs CANNOCK CLOSING DOWN SALE
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.
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
Open Morning - Wednesday 15th January
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
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
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.
Scene Local Media 01952 780058
‘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...
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!
have to stop
You can help families
keep their Christmas
in Quid for
up a Life
Support us at ComptonCare.org.uk
Registered Charity: 512387
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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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
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
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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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
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THURSDAY 21st NOVEMBER to
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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
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THURSDAY 28th NOVEMBER to
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Fizzog are back with their latest production...
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Where were you in 1965?
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Snow White, The Wicked Queen
Avarice, Edna Bucket, Chuckles,
The handsome Prince Ferdinand,
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The story of the Battle of Midway, told by
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Kate is a young woman subscribed
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American car designer Carroll
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Less is MORE...
Christmas - it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But for many, it also ends up feeling like the
most stressful time of the year, too. We’re material girls (and boys) living in a material world, and
the act of gift-giving has always been the focus of the festive period.
With lots to pay for - food and drink, presents and outings, it’s not uncommon for families to
feel a huge financial strain. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With just a touch of focus, a
pinch of imagination and a sprinkling of organisation, this one day of the year doesn’t need
to cause such a headache.
Contrary to popular belief, ‘minimalism’ is not the act of owning nothing - it’s a mindset
that allows you to spend sensibly, only on items that you really believe are bringing
value into your life. Taking a step back from mindless traditions and re-assessing what
works for you as an individual or family can transform how you see this precious time
of year, a time that is intended to bring people together.
By embracing a more minimalist festive period, the traditional act of racing around
the shops on Christmas Eve can be a thing of the past. You might even enter the
next year with a whole load of new memories to look back on, too (none of which
rely on wrapping paper and sellotape).
ONE GOOD THING
We all know that the ‘to-buy-for’ list can get pretty humongous, and seizing a
‘quality over quantity’ mindset can completely transform how you experience
Christmas. Why not consider a one-gift-each policy as a household? Especially for
children, the volume of stuff that passes hands during December is incredible
(and we all know that some of it is forgotten in seconds). Allowing kids to
concentrate on opening one or a small handful of toys (rather than a mountain)
lets them actually absorb the receiving of each item - they can cherish it and
learn about it, rather than throwing it down and moving onto the next best thing.
HAVE A SYSTEM
If your family (and extended family) is a large one, ‘Secret Santa’ is a fantastic
method. Allocating each person just one other to buy for, avoids everyone having
to buy for everyone. We do it with our colleagues to lighten the load so why not
with our loved ones? Setting a spending limit can be a useful tactic too.
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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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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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
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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
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absorption of nutrients, flush toxins
and ease migraine headaches.
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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
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Looking after ourselves is
Remember if you are struggling physically, this can
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Many people are affected by foot pain, the cause of
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Using the very best and latest technology and a
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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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Which alcohol is traditionally used in a classic
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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
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
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will be 4 winners
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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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Citroen C4 Cactus Hatch
By Sue Cooke
I pulled the office door shut, glad to be leaving the chaotic
day behind closed doors and sloshed through a heavy
downpour to the car park. It was easy to spot the Citroen
C4 Cactus Hatch I had on road test because there was
nothing else like it among the boring boxes waiting for their
Owners have a choice of four Colour Packs and can add
individual touches to front fog light trims and Airbump®
panels. There are 31 exterior combinations for this highly
distinctive car which received a series of updates in
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.
Far from being a ‘prickly’ hatch, the C4 Cactus has
outstanding comfort and was very welcome after driving a
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Advanced ComfortR seats.
As the top of the range ‘Flair’ trim has accounted for 80%
of orders, Citroen has dropped the entry level and has
introduced a new well specified ‘Origins’ Collector’s edition.
Customers can choose Polar white or optional Cumulus
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colour pack adds bronze fog lamps and AirbumpR panel
surrounds complemented by ‘Origins’ decals. The 17 inch
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as part of the brand’s centenary celebrations.
As standard, the ‘Origins’ trim includes MirrorScreen® with
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automatic air-conditioning; automatic lights and
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pack with bronze coloured design details. The huge rear
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is a large boot. Quirky features include a glovebox which
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also reminiscent of luggage straps.
The current best-selling ‘Flair’ trim continues with a wide
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manual or EAT6 automatic gearbox. My road test car was
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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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So why not treat your
precious pooch to a new
bed, toy or a personalised
gift, here’s a few of our
recommendations we have
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Ps: Don’t forget to protect
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My mum recommends the
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at your vets. They help keep
us calm during the festive
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changes to routine!
If there are little Hoomans about,
a personalised story book from
would be fantastic and we can
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Matalan are selling this Toy
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have our own turkey this
could treat us
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As you hoomans tend to
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Our vision is a world where every cat is treated
with kindness and an understanding of it’s needs!
Our ultimate aim is to give each cat and kitten a new
loving home, however new homes have to be chosen
to ensure it suits the cats needs. Kittens, of course,
have an immediate appeal, whereas adult cats, even
young ones, may be overlooked. Some cats need to
be rehomed on their own, away from dogs and other
cats, some need to be rehomed with a brother or
sister and some need more attention than others.
What ever the situation we always try to ensure you
and your new pet is perfect for both of your needs.
We have a number of cats who, through no fault of
their own, cannot be found a new home. This may be
because they are semi-feral, old or infirm, but they still
need somewhere warm and dry to live, food,
veterinary care and affection. Any help, however
small, that you can give to them would be very much
It costs approximately £5 a week to feed a cat and
provide cat litter. In addition there is the cost of any
veterinary treatment they may need. Monthly
sponsorship can be made by cheque or direct debit
and the amount is left up to you, as much or as little
as you wish to give, every penny helps. If you wanted
to sponsor a particular cat, you would receive a
photograph, together with an update on the cats
progress each year.
Our funds are raised by many means; donations and
sponsorship, jumble sales, coffee mornings, fayres,
bric-a-brac and nearly new sales. All donations of your
unwanted goods would be gratefully received.
HOW CAN YOU HELP...?
Being completely voluntary, all monies raised are spent
solely on the welfare of the cats, with their greatest expense
being veterinary treatments.
All the cats that come into the rescue are given a full health
check, blood tested for feline aids and leukaemia, and
spayed/ neutered as necessary.
Prospective owners can be assured that Stour Valley Cat
Rescue have done all that they can to ensure you have a
healthy cat/kitten, which will give you both years of love
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Midland Hi-Fi Studios was formed in
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Due to remarkable strides in digital replay formats over the past
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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
includes a 15 minute stay with the customer where we can encourage them
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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
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
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
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
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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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.
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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We stock one of the most comprehensive ranges of raw brands all in one place which
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We also stock a huge range of complete feeds for dogs and cats, horse feeds and layers
pellets, farm animals and a complete range of small animal feeds for reptiles, turtles, fish,
rabbit, birds, guinea pig, chickens and goats.
We also provide a FREE weighing service for dogs.
A good range of accessories and toys also available.
Visit our onsite shop and our online store.
Now supplying our own complete and ready meals. Also stocking Holistic & Natural
products and chews. Homeopathic remedies for your cats and dogs.
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