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10 Traditional Christmas Style

12 Cranberry, Orange & Nut Loaf


20 From Open Plan to Broken



24 Brighten Up Your Evenings

26 Add Colour & Interest with a


28 Decorate Your Christmas Tree


32 The Best Beauty Gift Sets


36 Shockwave Therapy

40 Flu and the Flu Vaccine



42 Christmas Eve Boxes

46 Gifted Inspiration for 0 to 8s

48 New Santa Christmas



52 Winter Hanging Baskets

54 Christmas Traditions


56 Too Late to Save for


60 Five Smart Ways to Pay for



62 Here's How to Buy a New Car



64 Your Festive Gadget Survial


66 Keeping Your Pets Calm on

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68 Indian Nurses to Boost Staffing

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70 Roman Site in Morocco

72 Best Seven Seaters

76 Can you bag a bargain on

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82 Fab Floors

86 The Gift of Reading


92 Movies - Coming Soon


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Wellington Road, Lilleshall,

Newport TF10 9EW

01952 739048

The Red House in Lilleshall was taken over earlier this year

by the Parogon Group who already have six other very

successful venues, which include The Seven Stars at Brockton,

The Swan with Two Necks, The Wayfarer, The Orange Tree,

Blockhouse at The Sheet Anchor and The Boars Head. After

having invested £950k on refurbishing The Red House and

creating over 70 new jobs in the area, the restaurant opened

its doors on the 10th September 2019.

We were truly amazed when we entered The Red House, you wouldn’t

recognise it was the same place at all – it has had a total transformation

with an amazing unique décor, giving it a whole new life with a modern

classy look. Every section of the restaurant has its own style and design

and includes cosy booths, feature walls, luxury fabrics, contemporary art

and industrial lighting

The outside area has also been transformed with a new secret garden with

fantastic views and includes a mix of different seating areas, including a

fire pit with chairs around it – perfect to sit around on a summer evening.

It was very busy on the night we arrived and we were shown straight

through to our table where our waiter promptly arrived to introduce

himself and give us some menus.

There is a wide selection of dishes on the menu and they cater for all

tastes. The menu is split into sections with starters, main dishes, steaks,

burgers, skewers, pizzas and salads – so plenty of choice. There is also

a menu with vegan and vegetarian dishes and a menu with non-gluten

dishes. A separate children’s menu has a good choice of meals for them

too. A range of sandwiches are available at lunchtimes.

The pizzas are cooked in an impressive large pizza oven situated inside

the restaurant - so you can watch your pizza being made.



After a few minutes of browsing the

menu we ordered our food, I decided

on one of the vegetarian options which

was the Fried Tortilla Cones (£4.95) and

Nik opted for one of the fish dishes, the

Crispy Whitebait (£6.45).

My slightly crispy tortilla cones were

coated in white and black sesame

seeds and were filled with mixed beans

and peppers in a delicious sauce with

just a nice chilli kick, the crunchy fried

jalapeños that were sprinkled on top of

the cones also added a little heat to the


Nik’s whitebait was served with a wasabi

tartar sauce. The delicate whole fish were full of flavour and

had a wonderful golden crisp shell, dipping them in the wasabi

tartare sauce made the perfect combination.

For mains I chose the Argentinian Style Beef Skewers (£15.95)

and Nik ordered the Beef en Croute (£17.95).

My skewers were delicious, the beef was tender and had a tasty

bbq grill flavour, the chimichanga sauce added lots of flavour,

there were also chunks of onions, peppers and courgette and

the creamy garlic mayonnaise dip worked perfectly with this

dish. It was served with salsa potatoes which were the ideal

accompaniment to this dish, they were mixed with finely

chopped peppers and onions.

Nik’s beef en croute was served with braised red cabbage,

dauphinoise potatoes, baby carrots and a merlot wine sauce.

The beef fillet was perfectly cooked pink, as requested. The

beautifully tender fillet was topped with a delicate layer of

mushroom duxelles and wrapped in a light filo pastry. The

creamy dauphinoise potatoes, sweet red cabbage, baby carrots

and a tasty rich jus completed this

hearty French classic dish – fabulous!

It’s not something we usually do, but

we decided to share a dessert, well it

was a sharing dessert! We ordered the

Chocolate Fondue Sharer (£14.95), as

recommend by our waiter. You can

also make it boozy chocolate for an

extra £3 – choose from Rum, Baileys,

Kirsch, Orange Liqueur or Amaretto –

we added in a shot of orange liqueur.

There was quite a wow factor when

the dish arrived as it was served on

a large platter with dry ice rising

from it. It was served on banana

leaves with honeycomb, marshmallows, meringue, strawberries,

waffles, pineapple and banana. The warm melted chocolate

was in the centre of the dish, the orange liqueur added a lovely

flavour to the chocolate. The large chunks of marshmallows

were the softest most delicious marshmallow I have ever had,

so light and fluffy. The honeycomb was amazing, melt in the

mouth with lovely gooey sticky bits. The chunks of waffle were

light and crispy - a great end to our meal.

The Sunday Lunch menu is available all day on a Sunday

alongside all the other menus with 1 course at £13.95, 2 courses

£18.95 and 3 courses £23.95. Breakfast is also available on

weekends between 9am till 11:30am with a wide selection to

choose from starting from just £1.95.

The only thing that remains from the former restaurant is the

name, the rest is totally transformed – putting themselves well

and truly at the top of the places to go to in Telford – but don’t

just take our word for it – go and try it for yourself, you won’t

be disappointed!

Reviewed by Fleur & Nik Abel

01952 739048


62 High Street

Newport TF10 7AQ

Food served 10-3pm

T: 01952 820 810


Ideal venue for Birthdays,

Parties, Christenings,

Wakes, etc..

Free Wi-fi • Disabled Access

Baby Changing Facilities • Pool Table



Two courses for


Main course &

pudding or main

meal & drink

All day breakfast

(including Gluten Free)

served from


Christmas Menu

Served Monday to Saturday

26th November - 21 December

12 - 3pm

2 courses for £9.95

Roast Turkey

Served with stuffing, pigs in blankets & gravy

Baked Fillet of Fish

Topped with a Marnay sauce

Vegetable Lasagne

All the above served with Roast Potatoes,

Mashed Potato and Seasonal Vegetables


Christmas Pudding

Served with brandy sauce or ice cream

Spotted Dick

Served with custard or ice cream


Topped with ice cream and toffee sauce





Wellington Road, Muxton, Telford TF2 8NG

T: 01952 603603

2 Steaks

and Wine for

ONLY £27.50

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2 Succulent Prime Rump

Steaks with a Bottle

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Food Served:


12pm - 9:30pm


12pm - 8pm




£3.50 Starter • £3.50 Sweet

Choose 1, 2 or 3 courses

Served in the bar or restaurant

between 5pm & 9:30pm

every Monday night. Please

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Christmas than at Hadley Park House.

The menu includes all of the traditional

favourites, some of which have had a

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2 courses £17.50pp

3 courses £21.50pp

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Additional Day Adult guest £75.00pp

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Festive Lunches

Christmas Afternoon Tea

Festive Dinners & Party


Christmas Murder Mystery

Tribute & Cabaret Evenings

Christmas Day Lunch

New Year's Eve

Call for a copy of our

Christmas Brochure

View our menus online

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Traditional Christmas Style

Our top tips for festive decorating to create a warm and welcoming look.

Image: These metallic Christmas stockings feature a Moroccan-inspired

design in gold foil. They are available in white or grey and can be

personalised. Gold metallic Moroccan-print Christmas stockings, £59

each, Penelope Hope: 01481 721 410;

A wreath on the front door

A decorative essential for the Christmas season, a front-door

wreath provides a wonderful festive welcome for visitors.

There is an enormous variety of ready-made wreaths to choose

from: classic or contemporary, heart-shaped or circular, small

or large, utterly simple or lavish and complex… or why not

make your own, using leaves, flowers and seed heads from the


An impressive tree

Britain’s most popular Christmas tree is the Nordmann fir,

which will stay fresh for ages provided it gets enough water.

The Norway spruce is less expensive, but tends

to drop needles unless watered frequently.

When buying a cut tree, ask the seller to saw

half an inch off the bottom of the trunk to

help it absorb water. Before decorating, trim

away any low-down or interior branches that

you don’t need, and position your tree away

from sunny windows and radiators. Wind with

an even distribution of lights and garlands

(use a stepladder if necessary, and stand back

regularly to assess), then add baubles and

other ornaments, making sure to hang some in

the centre of branches as well as at the tips, to

create a sense of depth and interest.

Mantelpieces, balustrades and


Drape generous armfuls of fir, ivy, holly and

lush green foliage along mantelpieces and

wind among balustrades – you could even

add them along the tops of pictures. Where

appropriate, add pine cones, baubles, strings of tiny LED

lights and maybe some small, battery-operated candles for a

gorgeous, glowing display.

Candles, candles everywhere

Nothing says Christmas like warm, flickering candlelight –

even better when the candles are scented. Stay safe and keep

them away from decorations, though, and always remember

to extinguish them before going to bed or leaving the house.

Better still, use battery-operated candles, LED for low energy

usage and very little heat, in the form of tea lights, pillars or

bridge decorations.

Piles of presents

Presents under the tree look so much better when colourcoordinated

and criss-crossed with ribbons and bows.

Inexpensive paper – even brown paper or newsprint – looks

lovely if adorned with a home-made label, and avoiding

metallic papers, which can’t be recycled, is good for the planet,

too. You could even consider wrapping in fabric or employing a

reusable box. For a finishing touch, add a tiny pine cone, small

bauble or home-made iced biscuit.

Setting the table

Image: This beautiful door wreath

weaves red berries with foliage in

greens and silver-grey to welcome

Christmas guests over the threshold.

Foliage and berry wreath, £85, The

Real Flower Company: 01730 818


Laying the table can be a pleasing ritual that results in an eyecatching

display. Start by setting out a special runner and

your best crockery, perhaps with plates that layer in colour or

that include edgings of gold. Carefully position glassware and

cutlery, and finish with greenery, pine cones, candles, baubles

and other small-scale decorations, plus hand-written place


Hang up some stockings

Children especially love to hang a stocking for Santa, but

there’s no reason why adults can’t get in on the act, too –

the effect is so charming, after all. If you don’t have a handy

mantelpiece, try a peg rail, branch, coat hooks, along the

banisters or specially bought stocking hooks.

Arrangements of cards

Don’t Christmas cards seem to arrive earlier each year? Despite

the emergence of digital alternatives, they are

still a lovely way both to keep in touch with

friends and family and to decorate your home.

Give some thought as to how best to display

them, whether it be neat rows on a shelf or

mantelpiece (tall at the back, small at the front),

tucked into mirrors and picture frames, stapled

to ribbons and hung alongside the staircase

(weight the end of the ribbon with a bauble or

pine cone) or perhaps from rows of string using

mini wooden pegs.

Decorative displays

As the festive season gets under way, additional

decorative flourishes will start to signal the

countdown to Christmas. Go to town with

illuminated ornaments or keep it simple with a

few poinsettias in pots, some bowls of clovestudded

oranges and a few baubles or fairy

lights bundled into a glass bowl or vase for a

pretty, sparkly effect.

by Kathrine Sorrell



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A welcome drink on

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our residential pianist and

gifts for the children.

£85.00 per adult,

£40.00 per child

(14 and under)



A welcome drink on

arrival, three course

meal and our

residential pianist.

£35.00 per adult,

£17.50 per child

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A welcome drink

on arrival, gala buffet,

entertainment from

singer Liam Price and

disco until 2.00am

£75.00 person

Book now for the festive season: 01902 700100

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Celebrate the festive season this

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Call us for a

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Festive Party Nights from £30pp

Spa & Party Night Sleepover from £135pp

Festive Lunches £18.95pp

Christmas Day Lunch £65pp (5-12 yr olds £32.50, under 4 free)

Boxing Day £23.50pp (5-12 yr olds £10.95, under 4 free)

New Year's Eve Gala Dinner £66.50pp

For more information please contact our Christmas planner on:

T: 01952 422992 • E:

or visit our website:

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Cranberry, Orange

& Nut Loaf

This simple cake makes a delicious alternative to a classic rich fruit Christmas cake. It will

keep un-iced in an airtight container for a few days. Add the icing and fresh cranberry

topping on the day of serving.

Ready in: 1 hour 45 minutes, plus cooling | Serves 8-10


175g unsalted butter, softened

175g golden caster sugar

225g self-raising flour

2 tsp ground mixed spice

½ tsp baking powder

3 large eggs

75g sweetened dried cranberries

50g walnuts, chopped

50g hazelnuts, chopped

Zest of 1 orange

1 tbsp orange juice


Half of a 400g tub ready-made royal icing

2 tsp snowflake sugar sprinkles

75g fresh cranberries

Fresh mint sprigs, to decorate (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 170C, 150C fan, gas mark 3. Grease a 900g

loaf tin and line the base and up two long sides of the tin with

baking parchment.

2. Place the butter, sugar, flour, spice, baking powder and eggs in

a large bowl and beat with an electric whisk for 2-3 minutes until

thoroughly combined. Fold in the dried cranberries, nuts and

orange zest and juice.

3. Spoon the mixture into the tin and level the surface. Bake for 1hr-1

hr 15 minutes or until risen and golden and a skewer inserted into

the centre of the cake comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin

for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool


4. Spread the royal icing over the top of the cake. Scatter over the

sugar sprinkles and fresh cranberries, plus the fresh mint sprigs if

using. Leave in a cool place until set. Serve sliced.


Instead of the fresh cranberries you could scatter over more festive-themed sugar

sprinkles and add a dusting of edible gold spray for a really sparkly finish.









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Opening Times

Sunday 22nd 9.00am - 5.00pm

Monday 23rd 8.00am - 6.30pm

Christmas Eve 8.00am - 4.30pm

Christmas Day Eating

Boxing Day Sleeping

Friday 27th 10.00am - 5.00pm

(Priorslee Closed)

Saturday 28th 9.00am - 5.30pm

Sunday 29th 10.00am - 5.00pm

Monday 30th 9.00am - 5.30pm

New Years Eve 9.00am - 5.00pm

New Years Day Closed

Thursday 2nd Jan 9.00am - 5.30pm

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Order online at: Green Fields Farm Shop @shopgreenfields

Selection of local real ales,

bottled Belgium beer, craft

beer and 25 gins.

Freshly prepared, home

cooked food, using

local suppliers.

Always a Warm Welcome

Bar Opening Times:

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

Monday and Tuesday 4.30 till closing

The Bridge Inn

Lower Bar, Newport

TF10 7JB

T: 01952 324481


Specials Board

Large selection of

fish dishes & gluten

free dishes

Good Quality Local Food Served:

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


Ironbridge History




A pioneering Shropshire inventor, dubbed “the

Edison of Europe”, is the inspiration behind a

new housing development in Ironbridge.

Parker’s Place in Ironbridge has been named after electrical

pioneer, Thomas Parker, whose inventions paved the way for

electric street lighting, electrically-powered trams and trains,

and electric cars.

The new development of two, three and

four bedroom houses is located on Lincoln

Hill, just a few minutes from the historic

centre of Ironbridge, and close to the site

where Thomas Parker was born in 1843. The

collection of 54 houses are being created

by Shropshire Homes, and each one is

inspired by Ironbridge’s historic past. Phil

Allsobrook, site manager at Parker’s Place

explained: “The development has taken a lot

of inspiration from Thomas Parker’s life.

“All the houses are named after associations

with Parker and are new designs for

Shropshire Homes, as each one has been

inspired by the architecture in Ironbridge

around the time he was born.”

Among the names of the houses at Parker’s

Place is the Weston, which is named after

Philip Weston, a machinist at Coalbrookdale

who worked with Parker on his first major

invention – Parker and Weston’s Patent

Pump. There is also the Elwell, which is

inspired by Paul Bedford Elwell, who Parker

worked with in Wolverhampton.

The Lincoln is taken from his place of birth

at Lincoln Hill, the Tettenhall is named after

where Parker lived in Wolverhampton and

finally the Bushbury, which was the first

house type to be sold at Parker’s Place,

Thomas Parker

Phil Allsobrook (Site Manager)

recalls the new factory that was built in Wolverhampton

after the Elwell-Parker company was bought by the Electric

Construction Corporation.

“The external appearance of the new homes is in keeping

with those already in Ironbridge, which is renowned for its

stunning architecture,” said Phil. “It sits next to its partner

development, The Beeches, and is surrounded by mature

woodland and a nature reserve. There is also a play area and

a small village green. The owners will have the feel of living in

streets similar to those that Thomas Parker

would have walked down when he lived in


Thomas Parker was behind a number of

important developments and inventions

including designing the electrical equipment

for the Blackpool trams – the first large

electrically-powered tramway in the world.

He also designed the high voltage DC

system for distributing electricity in Oxford,

and also Birmingham, Charing Cross,

Chelsea, Sydenham and Shoreditch.

Parker was responsible for the electrification

of the Liverpool Overhead Railway and in

1899 he became the consulting electrical

engineer to the Metropolitan Railway

Company, responsible for the electrification

of much of the London Underground.

In 1907 he bought Severn House in

Ironbridge and retired the following year,

but remained active until the end of his life,

buying an ironworks on the local Madeley

Court estate, and running Court Works Ltd

with his son Charles.

For more information on Parker’s Place

visit the sales centre based at The Beeches,

Lincoln Hill or call 07711 592980.





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Mapletime, Sutton Wood Farm, Shifnal

4 bedroom barn conversion • Price £525,000

Impressive newly converted barn complete with 1.8 acre paddock in a sought after spot on the

fringe of Coalport.

The spacious entrance to this beautiful barn draws you into the large living space with double

height vaulted ceiling, a bank of bi-fold doors, all overlooked by the impressive bridge with glass

balustrades. The kitchen has an island and contrasting units with integrated appliances. Bedroom

Four of this property is on the ground floor with WC (or the flexibility to create an en suite) and has

access directly to the garden.

Upstairs is the master bedroom with en suite bath / shower room, plus two further bedrooms and

a bathroom. Throughout the downstairs living space, there is underfloor heating. Outside there is a

private driveway and parking for two cars and a garage.


Residential Sales & Lettings | Property Management | Land & New Homes | Surveyors

Telford 01952 292 300 Newport 01952 570 222 Ironbridge 01952 432 533




3 Ryton Hall, Ryton Park, Ryton, Shifnal

3 bedroom duplex apartment • Price £372,500

This stunning duplex apartment is the largest within this fantastic period conversion which was carried

out in 2002 and is one of 10 properties within the hall.

The spacious living space (approximately 2000 sq ft) briefly comprises shared (with one other

residence) entrance hall accessed via a security intercom, dining hall, living room, utility room, guest

cloakroom, large breakfast kitchen with sitting area.

On the first floor there are 3 large light and airy double bedrooms, 2 en suite shower rooms and a a

large en suite bathroom.

The property is surrounded by well maintained gardens with views over the countryside.

There are 2 allocated parking spaces to the front of the hall and further visitor parking is available to the



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Telford 01952 292 300 Newport 01952 570 222 Ironbridge 01952 432 533



Wet, windy and a bit


It is very true to say that Autumn has certainly

arrived, and we can already feel the ‘nip’ of Winter

which is clearly not far behind. Deciding what to

wear when we can have all weathers in one day is

not easy and I have got caught out in the rain on

more that one occasion…not a good look when

arriving at a potential customers home!

what you paid for your home and when. They can also begin

to establish what work you may of may not have done to the

property since you purchased it.

• Make sure you understand, realistically, what your property

is likely to achieve, and do your sums based on that rather

than ‘hope’ value.

• Choose an agent who understands the market and who

has done their research – any comparisons made should be

The current state of the

weather seems to also

reflect the perception of the

property market, certainly

if the national press is to be

believed With the uncertainty

that surrounds the ‘B’ word

likely to be rumbling on for a

while yet, it is easy to assume

that the outlook for the

property market is gloomy,

but I don’t necessarily agree.

I think it is true to say that

London and the South East

are feeling the pressure and

have been for a while. House

prices ‘down South’ have

been falling and the market

is proving to be hard going

– I would question whether

this is just the Brexit effect

though, or whether it is, in

fact, a correction happening

as a result of run-away house

price increases following

the ‘crash’ of 2007/2008? I

sold a property in London in

2013, it was sold again two

years later, with no significant

changes, for a whopping

£90,000 more…I nearly fell

off my chair! This type of

growth was always going to

be unsustainable.

Here in Telford and the surrounds the market has seen a slow,

steady recovery. House prices have increased year on year by

about 5% pa since around 2014 – although this slow going has

been frustrating for some, especially those who purchased at

the top of the market c2007 and those who purchased new

builds, it may be that the prices having remained fairly ‘realistic’

will save us from any significant down turn.

So what do you need to bear in mind if you want to sell in this


• Buyers have access to a lot more information than before

and are becoming much more savvy about how to find out

like for like properties in similar areas, review the evidence

provided, think through the advice you have been given

and ask yourself does it make sense? I have encountered

instances recently where a number of agents have been to

the same property and the range of prices is enough to make

my toes curl.

July, August and the first half of September are invariably

quieter than some other times of year, a lot has been made of

this in the press and whether this is an indicator of a turn in the

market, but as I write this we are half way through a rather wet

and windy October, the sales are coming in and the immediate

outlook is sunny!

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From Open Plan


Despite the allure of large, bright spaces, it is not necessarily convenient to live in an

open-plan home all the time. Hence the development of ‘broken plan’ design.

Everyone loves open-plan living. Light, bright,

spacious and airy, an open-plan home is always

desirable. Or is it? Sometimes, let’s face it, we all need

a quiet space, somewhere to feel separate in one’s own

small world. Huge open spaces can be difficult to heat,

too, and there can be times when noise is an issue.

Enter ‘broken plan’, a practical evolution of open plan,

that retains all the great elements of open plan that we

love, particularly good light and a feeling of openness,

but introduces subtle elements that divide large spaces

into more manageable ones, with different zones that

can be used for different activities. Spaces may even

(depending on the design) be opened up or closed off

whenever you wish. Broken plan is flexible, dynamic

and interesting, and offers sociability combined with

privacy – truly the best of both worlds.

When renovation or building work is being carried out, one

way to achieve the broken-plan effect is to create differences

in floor levels. A step up or down from, say, the sitting room

into the dining room can give a great sense of two discrete

areas. It may also be possible to lower the ceiling in one area

of a large, open room in order to enhance a sense of intimacy.

And in homes with very high ceilings – a barn or industrial

conversion, for example – there is the opportunity to introduce

a mezzanine level, perhaps as an office, snug or guest bedroom,

which combines the feeling of open plan with the practicality

of a separate space. Other structural solutions include building

internal glass walls or floor-to-ceiling steel-framed windows

(the best-known trade name is Crittall) in order to subdivide

a space. Stylish and luxurious, these suit both modern and

traditional homes.

More typically, especially in a period home where two groundfloor

reception rooms have been knocked through to bring in

more space and light, a great way to add flexibility to what is

often a long, thin, hard-to-use room is to add glazed or timber

double doors. If made from timber they could be panelled to

match the architectural features of the house; ideally the doors

would slide and fold away, or else be hinged so that they fit

seamlessly back against the walls when open. An alternative

way of connecting/separating two rooms is to build pocket

doors, which slide into the slim walls on each side – great for,

say, a dressing room off a bedroom.

Often, of course, it is far more convenient (and less expensive)

to employ temporary ways of dividing a large room: a screen,

for example, a large floor-standing bookcase, or even simply a

slender console table – which could be the base for a pair of

lamps, some vases of flowers or a sculpture. These have the

advantage of being relatively easily moved around or removed

if you feel like a change.

An open-plan space can be divided visually, using simple tricks

such as changes in paint colour or floor finish – from carpet in a

seating area to floorboards in a dining space, for example – and

it is easily possible to create mini ‘rooms’ by grounding furniture

arrangements on a rug

or on an area of contrast

flooring. Finally, employ

lighting as a powerful

tool to delineate space.

Think of forming ‘zones’

by using different

types of lighting in the

different areas, including

pendants (perhaps over

a dining table or kitchen

counter), wall lights, and

careful positioning of

floor and table lamps. If

possible, install different

circuits (controlled by

switches or dimmers)

that will allow you to

break down the spaces

and illuminate different

parts to suit your needs,

whether it be a living

area or bedroom, a

kitchen or a dining area.

by Kathrine Sorrell

Image: Red Baron bookcase by Piero Lissoni for Knoll, poa, Chaplins Furniture: 020 8421 1779;




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Brighten Up Your Evenings

Adding some good-looking illumination is a great way to introduce both a decorative focal point and

increase atmosphere in any room.

A decorative lamp can come in all shapes, sizes, materials and

colours. This is a selection from Woods Furniture.

A simple outline

and modern shape

gives this concrete

and brass lamp a

stylish edge. Skasen

table lamp tall, £69,


Bring on some


glamour with a

gold and feather

lamp (the feathers

are ethically

sourced, by the

way). Mini feather

lamp by A Modern

Grand Tour,

£1,900, Sweetpea

& Willow.

An on-trend, metallic

cage-like base is teamed

with a pretty cotton

shade, making this

distinctive lamp ideal for

classic, contemporary

and industrial-inspired

interiors. Maui LED table

lamp, £79, Atkin and


This sturdy

modern lantern

would be great

inside or out.

Autumn wooden




Image: Simon


A minimal table lamp from Lene

Bjerre would make the perfect accent

for a contemporary home. Metta table

lamp, £90, Sweetpea & Willow.

This textural, informal lantern would add fashionable

interest in an understated, modern space. Antique

brass knitted lantern, large, £48, Rose & Grey.

Lined with a navy cotton interior,

this lampshade uses nautical

imagery from a series of

eighteenth century hand-coloured

prints, depicting a series of ships

in dramatic ocean conditions.

Shipwreck lighthouse lampshade,

£58, Cream Cornwall.

Sleek and sophisticated, this large

glass and metal lamp would add

a touch of modern classic style to

any room. Cranmer table lamp,

£369, Pepper Sq.

Let There Be Light

• When you are seeking an inexpensive update,

simply remove any dull, old, less-than-stylish table

lamps and plug in your new, on-trend, up-to-theminute

choices and voila! an instant change of look.

• Use a table lamp to create a welcoming reading

corner in a living room, or simply to introduce a

cosy pool of light in a dark area. They look great on

a hall console or a small table on a landing, and are,

of course, both practical and beautiful either side

of a bed.

• Lanterns are even easier than lamps, as they don’t

need a nearby plug. If you are wary of using candles

for safety reasons, substitute battery-operated LED

candles instead.

• Buying more than one lamp for a room? Identical

pairs look smart and traditional, but you don’t

have to buy them all the same. A range of styles

can create interest and work in different areas. It is,

however, worth choosing styles that have colour,

pattern, material or shape in common, in order to

give the room a sense of overall cohesion.




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Add Colour & Interest with a Rug

A great starting point for a decorative scheme, rugs come in an infinite variety of shapes and sizes,

textures and colours, patterns and prices.

This striking blue marl woollen beauty, with a subtle diamond

pattern, comes from Afghanistan. Habib rug in blue, £475, Loaf.

Crafted in Sweden on

traditional looms, these

rugs are reversible

and fade-resistant,

and can be machinewashed,

too. Pappelina

Carl woven-plastic,

washable rugs, £68

each, Hurn & Hurn.

Combining architectural

minimalism with Berber

style, this woollen rug

features geometric

patterns plus handmade

tassels for an

energetic effect. Zuma

large hand-woven rug,

£380, Perch & Parrow.

In natural jute, this hand-braided

grey rug channels the macramé look

for your floor, adding an instant focal

point. Karna rug, £199, The Taylor.

An on-trend palm print

pattern is ideal for

getting the boho-chic

look in modern and

contemporary interiors

and can be used

outdoors, too. Juno

polypropylene palm

print floor rug, £169,

Cult Furniture.

This stunning, handtufted

wool loop rug

is designed with a

Persian medallion

motif. Bronte rug,

£109, Shimu.

Available from late

November, this handtufted

cotton rug is soft as

can be, and comes in five

dreamy colours, perfect

for a child’s nursery or

bedroom. Pearl pink cloud

rug, £49, Bobby Rabbit.

Adding Bohemian style to any room,

this hand-tufted rug with braided

tassels is perfect for beneath a circular

dining table. Dutchbone round Pix rug

with tassels, £349, Cuckooland.

Crafted from luxurious viscose

in soft slate blue and warm white, this

hand-made rug has a sumptuous pile

and a watercolour-effect finish that

changes with the light. Minerva rug,

£950, Cox & Cox.

Rugs For Every Room

• Rugs can take you on a journey around the world,

adding a touch of global glamour to a room. Look for

Indian dhurries, Greek flokatis, Middle Eastern kelims

and French aubussons, among others, each adding

their own style, colour, pattern and texture.

• A common mistake is to buy a rug that is too small

for a room, making the space look and feel disjointed.

In general, it is best to go as big as possible, so that

all the furniture (or at least its front legs) can sit on

the rug.

• As with carpet, ensure your choice of rug is

appropriate to the room. In an entrance hall, for

example, a tough and durable rug will be best –

perhaps sisal or seagrass or, alternatively, a darkcoloured

cotton flatweave that can be put through

the washing machine. Wool rugs can be used more or

less anywhere, while delicate fabrics such as silk are

best left for seldom-used rooms.

• Got a pattern that you would like to see on a rug? Why

not commission one to be made to your own design?

Alternatively, you can often take a standard range

and request different sizes, borders and colourways.

Search ‘custom rug’ for ideas and retailers.



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Decorate Your Christmas Tree

Who doesn’t love hanging the baubles on their festive tree? Choose an array of the most glamorous and

eye-catching ones around and the scene will be set for festive sparkles and joy.

This acorn made

from sequins and

pearls is both cute

and glamorous.

Acorn Bauble, £4.95,

Annabel James.

Go for gold

with this 80mm

clear bauble

with gold ball

garland filling,

£2, B&Q.

This decorative glass

bauble is also illuminated.

It costs £11.99 from

Photograph: Oliver Perrott

Stick to a simple colour

scheme and add variety

in the form of shape, size

and intriguing decoration,

as demonstrated by this

selection of Lene Bjerre

ornaments, from The Taylor.

A three-in-one

treat, this 19cm

glass bauble

offers elegant

impact. Genielle

ornament, £18.75,

The Taylor.

Chic and

sophisticated, this

etched glass bauble

gives an iridescent

rainbow of colours.

Hanging iridescent feather

glass bauble, £4.50, The


Traditional with a glitzy twist.

Set of four nutcracker tree

decorations in gold, £25,

Marquis & Dawe.

A bit more than a bauble, this pineapple

decoration is made from hand-blown glass.

Pineapple bauble, £16, The Shop Floor Project.

You can’t get more

decadent than a glass

chandelier bauble, £6.99

each, Dobbies Garden


• Tempting though it is to throw everything at the

tree, an elegant, unified look is best achieved

by limiting your colour palette to just a few

different, but co-ordinating, shades. The rest

can go back in the box for use in future years.

• Hang your nicest baubles around the middle

of the tree where they can be seen most

easily. If you need to pad them out with

cheaper or less interesting ones, hide these at

the bottom or at the sides.

Beautiful Baubles

• Larger baubles are best placed at the centre

of branches, where they will add depth, and

lower down on the tree. Smaller baubles can

go on the ends of branches and at the top.

• While you are hanging, stand back regularly

and assess how the tree as a whole is

looking. The aim is to spread your baubles

evenly around, from top to bottom, with a

pleasing variety of shapes and sizes.



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Time to Party!

The countdown to Christmas has begun so it’s

time to find the looks that’ll guarantee you’re the

best dressed guest at every festive get-together

this December.

Anything goes this party season, so why not

turn-heads in a show-stopping sequin look, make

a statement in a bold hue or opt for chic style

in this season’s take on the classic little black


Remember, there are only two rules to follow

when it comes to Christmas party style: turn-up

the glamour and dress-to-impress.

Lace Black

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Midi Skirt - see

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Bag £35.



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Dorothy Perkins.

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Sandals -

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Bardot Dress

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Black Glitter

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Red and

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Black Glitter

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The Best Beauty Gift Sets

Beauty gift sets are not all created equal.

There are the ones you buy in a panic on

Christmas Eve – guaranteed to either

end up in a charity shop or forgotten in a

cupboard somewhere – and then there’s

this little lot…

Chocolate lovers will rejoice with this Nature’s Kitchen

Double Indulgence Chocolate Gift Box (£24.99, www. It features the Dark Chocolate Cleansing

Butter Fudge

Mask and Chocolate Mocha Polishing Scrub, both of which

are packed with nourishing natural ingredients, such as raw

organic cacao, organic Italian roasted coffee beans and

organic avocado, and smell delicious.

Fragrance fans will enjoy creating their own perfumed body

oil with this Neal’s Yard Remedies Aromatherapy Bespoke

Blending Kit (£32, There

are three organic essential oils to choose from – orange,

lavender and palmarosa, along with a base oil, mixing bottle

and the Little Book of Essential Oils.

Know someone who could do with a bit of a break over

Christmas? Treat them to the Fearne Cotton Calming

Collection (£18, Boots). They’ll get a body wash, body mist,

bath bomb, body lotion and candle – all with a fragrance

designed to calm the mind and soothe the senses. And, as

a bonus, there’s a rather pretty gift bag, so you don’t even

need to wrap your gift up if you don’t want to.

It can be tricky to choose skincare or make-up for someone.

If in doubt, stick to a pretty new cosmetics bag or a new

brush set. The No7 Ultimate Brush Collection (£27, Boots)

is a good bet. There’s an uber-soft brush for every makeup

requirement, and a pot to keep them all in.

Lip gloss fans will love Bobbi Brown’s Glossy Lip Duo (£16, Choose from Rosy and Pastel

shades, or Bellini and Buff. Or buy both sets to get all four

shades, and keep three for yourself. We won’t tell.

Frequent travellers will welcome Green People’s Skin

Retreat – Comfort & Clarity Collection. There’s a 30ml

Neutral Scent-Free Cleanser & Make-up Remover, a 30ml

Neutral Scent-Free Light Day Moisturiser and a 10ml Neutral

Scent-Free Anti-Ageing 24 Hour Cream. All for the bargain

price of £15 ( The products are

aimed at people with sensitive skin, but they’re great allrounders

that will suit most skin types. The 50ml version

of the moisturiser is usually £19.50, so you’re pretty much

getting the cleanser and 24-hour cream for free.

Need some small gifts for teachers, colleagues or friends?

The Champneys Bubble Heaven Gift Set (from £16 at

Boots) contains three of its bestselling bath soaks. As a set,

it makes a great present, but it’s also ideal for splitting up

into three smaller gifts.

Looking for a male grooming gift set? The Mr Festive Gift

Set at White Stuff features a Christmas-themed body wash

and soap for just £12.50…

by Kate Duggan



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Smile Simulations



Station House Dental Practice based in Telford,

have propelled themselves into the future of

Digital dentistry by becoming proud owners

of an iTero Digital Scanner. The 3D iTero

Scanner is part of a new breed of technology

that is revolutionising dentistry. These types of

advanced scanners work by capturing thousands

of pictures of the inside of your mouth, and then

assembling them into an incredibly accurate 3D

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Smile Simulation appointments

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Traditional dental impressions are a messy unpleasant thing

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taken more comfortable than ever before. The technology of

the iTero scanner doesn’t end there however. iTero have paired

with Invisalign – The worlds most advanced clear aligner

system. This aligner system allows teeth straightening to be

comfortable, effective and almost completely invisible! With

this incredible combination of technology, the team at Station

House Dental Practice are able to show you exactly what your

teeth could look like at the end of Invisalign treatment…before

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Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a relatively new treatment

modality that has been demonstrated to be invaluable

tool in the treatment of tendon and soft tissue injuries.

First used in the 70’s for its use in breaking down Kidney stones

and calcification deposits in the body it became more common

place in the 80s and in the 90’s more research appeared into

the treatment for soft tissue injuries, so in this form it is a

relatively new technology.

It is a modality which uses pressure disturbance to stimulate

the recovery of chronic and sub-acute soft tissue injuries. It

works by applying rapid repeated pneumatic pressures through

a device applied directly to the painful tissues. Often it is used

after conventional treatments have failed to stimulate recovery

such as hands on manual techniques, ultrasound and exercise

therapy although it can be used as a front-line treatment.

The effects on the soft tissues are:

• Mechanical Stimulation

Increased local blood flow

Increase in cellular activity

• Pain relieving effects on local nerves

• Breaking down of calcific deposits

There are several research articles demonstrating the benefits

of the treatment and a rising number of articles supporting its

use. A lot of the evidence centres around particularly tendon

pain in conditions such as Jumpers’ knee (the exacerbation

of the patella tendon), Achilles tendon problems and plantar

fasciitis (pain from the sole of the feet). It has also been

demonstrated to benefit Tennis elbow, Golfers’ elbow and

shoulder pain so it does have a broad spectrum of uses.

In terms of treatment its self, most of the research suggests

between 3-6 treatments will achieve good improvements

although in can take more in more chronic conditions.

In all this modality will be of huge benefit to patients with

tendon/soft tissue injuries especially if more conventional

treatments have failed. It is regularly seen as the go to treatment

prior to more invasive treatments.

If you are experiencing tendon pain that has been on going,

then please feel free to call for free advice as to whether this

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Quality of Life




Home Instead Senior Care, the first homecare

organisation in Shropshire to be recognised

as Outstanding by CQC, strives to change the

face of ageing in our community. We enable

your loved ones to continue to live in their own

home safely, while promoting and encouraging

independence and choice, but

without compromising on quality.

Our clients are introduced to their Caregivers

before care starts, they see the same Caregivers,

week in week out, for a minimum of an hour, so

that they quickly build a strong, trusting bond.

Quality care isn’t about completing the task

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individual with compassion, patience, friendship

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We are all unique and we all have unique

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It’s what we want – Our home is a familiar environment where

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and what makes Home Instead unique.

Maintains independence –It may be little things that create

barriers to our independence, hoovering, preparing meals,

help with medication or support with bathing and dressing.

Responsive – from a few hours a week to 24

hours a day, Home Instead adapts to changing

needs, for example more care may be needed

following a hospital visit, or for when family

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Trust - The emotional cost for both the

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being cared for by kind, compassionate

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Maintaining a quality of life as we get older is

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Local Gym

Alpha Athletic, Newport's

premier gym facility is set to get

a whole lot BIGGER!

Alpha Athletic are excited to announce

that they recently had their planning

application approved to extend their

facilities and work shall be commencing on

the project in a matter of weeks.

There will be more details on this soon, but

they can confirm that with the extension

they will have a brand new changing room

with shower facilities, a brand new class

studio where they will deliver classes

totally unique to Alpha Athletic and their

training ethos, not to mention a HUGE

amount of brand new training equipment

for you all to use.

Their aim as a business has always been to

help transform the lives of as many people

as possible in the local community and by

growing their facility and introducing even



more equipment and now classes,

they will be better equipped than ever

to deliver on that promise.

As they will be able to cater for more

members, they recently decided

to adjust their pricing on ALL their

membership packages, in the hope to

make it more affordable than ever for

local people.

If you haven’t been to see them before,

then now is the time to pay them a

visit, as for a limited time only they are

offering a 3 day free pass.

Owner Maurice commented, "You

will find upon entering the gym that

it is a far cry from the overcrowded

commercial gyms, the moment you

walk in you will see instantly that it

looks and feels different, everything in

here is bespoke, we have chosen only

the best equipment for you to train

with. We hope to welcome you into

our training community soon."

To claim your FREE 3 day trial please email: or call us on 01952 820931






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Flu and the Flu Vaccine



Flu isn’t new and neither is the flu vaccine – yet

every year, come flu season, there’s confusion

about them. Let’s set things straight…

The flu or a cold?

Myth: Colds can’t make you feel really ill, give you a temperature

or make your muscles ache. That’s flu.

While colds generally don’t confine you to the couch, a heavy,

streaming cold can make you feel very poorly – and colds can

cause muscle aches and a raised temperature.

To distinguish more accurately between a cold and the flu:

• Consider how quickly it’s come on. A cold usually starts

gradually, whereas flu symptoms come on rapidly.

• Consider all your symptoms. A cold mainly affects your nose

and throat, whereas flu can cause diarrhoea, stomach pain,

nausea and vomiting alongside nose and throat symptoms.

It also causes fatigue, lack of appetite and difficulty sleeping.

Children with flu are prone to ear pain too.

In healthy adults, flu doesn’t usually pose a serious health risk

and they recover in a week or two, although some strains (such

as some swine and avian flus) are more dangerous. However,

for certain groups, flu can pose a more serious risk.

Preventing flu

Proper hygiene is very important in preventing the spread of

flu (and many other infections), so flu sufferers should wash

their hands thoroughly and regularly, and bin their used tissues

straight away.

Some people need the protection of the flu vaccine. The

NHS recommends the flu vaccine and offers it free to people

at higher risk of catching flu and/or developing serious

complications. This includes anyone who:

• Is 65 or over (you’re eligible for the flu vaccine

this year, 2019/20, if you were born on or

before 31 March 1955).

• Is pregnant (flu can cause serious

complications such as pneumonia,

particularly in the later stages, and may also

result in premature birth or low birthweight).

The flu vaccine also protects the baby in its

first few months of life.

• Has certain medical conditions,

including: chronic (long-term)

respiratory diseases, such as asthma

(which requires an inhaled or tablet

steroid treatment or has led to

hospital admission in the past);

chronic obstructive pulmonary

disease (COPD), emphysema

or bronchitis; chronic heart

disease, such as heart failure;

chronic kidney disease; chronic

liver disease, such as hepatitis;

chronic neurological conditions,

such as Parkinson’s disease, motor

neurone disease, multiple sclerosis

(MS), learning disability or

cerebral palsy; diabetes; spleen

issues (e.g. sickle cell disease or

if you’ve had your spleen removed); a weakened immune

system (due to HIV, AIDS, or medication such as steroids or

chemotherapy); severe obesity (BMI of 40 or above).

• Is living in a long-stay residential care home or facility.

• Receives a carer’s allowance or is the main carer for an

elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if

they fall ill.

• Is a child: healthy children under the age of five are more

likely to be admitted to hospital with flu than any other

age group. Children aged two and three years on 31 August

2019 should be offered a vaccination and the nasal spray

vaccine is offered yearly in primary school. Children over six

months old with a long-term health condition should also be


The flu vaccine is also recommended for front-line health

and social care workers, whose employers should pay for the


About the flu vaccine

Fact: You may still catch the flu if you’re vaccinated.

Flu vaccines are produced in advance, so experts have to

predict the three or four flu strains that will be prevalent during

the next winter. This means there’s a slim chance you may

catch an unexpected or rarer flu strain. However, the vaccine

will protect you from most strains you’ll encounter, and by

reducing the risk of catching flu, it also helps to prevent flu


The best time to be vaccinated is before the start of the flu

season, which runs from December to March. Adults and

children aged between six months and two years who are

eligible for the vaccine will usually receive the injectable version,

while children between two and seventeen are normally given

the nasal spray.

Myth: The flu vaccine can give you flu.

This is impossible, as the vaccine doesn’t contain active

viruses, but it may cause a temperature and muscle

aches for a while, and the injection site can be sore.

Flu-like symptoms may be from another virus – or

it may be that you’d caught the flu before your

vaccination, or before it’s taken effect. It takes 10-

14 days for immunity to kick in.

Treating the flu

Flu is caused by a virus, not bacteria, so

antibiotics won’t help. If you do catch

flu, get plenty of rest and stay warm and

hydrated. Paracetamol or ibuprofen

will help to lower your temperature

and ease aching. Remember that

flu medications may also contain

these as ingredients, so read

medication leaflets carefully to

avoid overdosing.

See your doctor if symptoms

don’t improve after a week, or

immediately if you’re vulnerable

due to a medical condition,

pregnancy or age.

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Christmas .Eve Boxes

Planning a Christmas Eve box this year,

but can’t decide what to put in it? Maybe

we can help…


Many of us give out the Christmas PJs right at the start of

the month – to get as much wear out of them as possible.

If you haven’t, then you may well be able to pick up a

bargain in the days leading up to the 25th, as retailers

often reduce their Christmas stock.


Cosy slippers will prove popular long after Boxing Day.

If you’re splashing out, Moccis are a good choice. These

hand-sewn moccasin slippers are ethically made in

Sweden and available for babies right up to adults.

A Christmas Day outfit

If you’re planning a special Christmas Day outfit for your

child, add it to their Christmas Eve box. Again, you might

be able to grab a bargain on Christmas Eve, but if you’d

rather not face the queues, try supermarkets, as they’ve

really upped their game in recent years.

A sweet treat

Whether you go for a packet of sweets, a gingerbread

figure or a sachet of hot chocolate, a sweet treat is likely

to prove the most popular gift in the box. And let’s face it,

your child isn’t going to get to sleep early anyway, so a bit

of sugar isn’t likely to make too much difference.

A book

There are numerous Christmas tales to choose from. ‘The

Jolly Christmas Postman’ is usually a winner with children

under six, as it comes complete with extra mini-gifts,

including a game and jigsaw. Then there’s ‘The Girl Who

Saved Christmas’ and ‘A Boy Called Christmas’ for older


A small toy, game or activity

Choose a game you can all play together as a family,

such as Dobble, or an activity to keep them quiet for five

minutes while you finish preparing for the big day.

A memento

Why not add a Christmas-themed memento to be

brought out again year after year? This could be a small

decoration for your child to hang on the tree, a mug to

drink that hot chocolate from, or a plate for Santa’s mince


Other little gifts

If your Christmas Eve box is still looking a bit empty, you

could pop in some trinkets, stationery or accessories. We

love the notebooks and badges from The Kindness Coop.

by Kate Duggan

Moccis, from £25, www.

F&F cardigan, Sainsbury’s

George at ASDA Christmas

Eve box, £2


man, £9.95, www.

The Jolly


Postman, £12.99


£4, www.

Badge, £2, www.





£5, www.


Santa dress up mug,

£8, River Island



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Small Class Sizes

Birchfield School is a fully co-educational school for

pupils aged 4 to 13. It is set in twenty acres of beautiful

Shropshire countryside, enjoying views of the Wrekin

and the Clee Hills. It is located just off the A41, close to

Junction 3 of the M54; just 30 minutes from Birmingham,

Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth and Market Drayton.

One of the great strengths of Birchfield is that it is a completely

independent school, allowing parents freedom to select the

best fit senior school depending on their child’s needs and

strengths, be it at age 11 or 13. Many preparatory schools are

tied to a senior school partner and therefore pupils are ‘fed’

into their next school, sometimes spending up to fifteen years

on one site. We believe, given the variety of schools available

either at age 11 or 13 that one size does not fit all, and hence we

work with you to make sure you find the right school for your

child. With a reputation for academic excellence, in the year

2018 to 2019 100% of our Year 8 pupils were offered places at

their first school of choice which included Ellesmere College,

Malvern College, Moreton Hall, Repton School and Shrewsbury


One of Birchfield’s unique benefits is our small class sizes

(maximum 20), with specialist subject teachers working with

children starting with PE in Reception and throughout their

life at Birchfield to ensure that our subject teaching is of the

highest standard and that pupils are exposed to different

teaching styles and personalities from a young age. In Years




6, 7 and 8, pupils are assigned their own academic tutor who

works with them on a one to one basis to help prepare them

for their senior school exams.

We place considerable emphasis upon securing a strong

foundation in basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics

which will give pupils the very best opportunities for academic


We value and ensure our pupils make the best use of open

spaces such as our extensive playing fields, including three

cricket squares and practice nets, a large outdoor multi-purpose

astro-turf sports arena and an outdoor heated swimming

pool. Sport forms an important part of our curriculum with all

children offered the opportunity to play for our many sports

teams, through our extensive programme of fixtures with many

schools in the area, plus the famous Birchfield match tea being

one of our parents’ highlights each week!

Music and drama play an important role in the School with

all children encouraged to take part in the school’s drama

productions, as well as learning a musical instrument, with an

extensive variety of instruments and music clubs available.

At Birchfield we embrace traditional values whilst keeping

pace with technology. Pupils in Reception to 8 benefit from

tablets to support their learning experience and these form a

valuable and dynamic role in our pupils’ academic experience.

We are very fortunate in that we have a dedicated, separate

nursery on the site for children from 6 months to 4 years where

the pupils then move into the Preparatory School.

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Gift Inspiration for 0 to 8s

Are you planning

to welcome a

mischievous elf to your

home this year? How

about this crocheted

version from Best

Years? It’s handmade,

Fairtrade and rather cuter than the plastic

mass-produced versions. It’s £18.99 from

New, uber-soft PJs are a must for

Christmas, but ones bedecked with

snowmen and snowflakes can feel

out of place by New Year. We

like these organic, Fairtrade

pyjamas by OceanBluu.

They’re kind to skin, kind to the

people who make them, and kind to the

planet. The brand is plastic-free and

donates a pair of PJs and underwear

to a child in need for every purchase.

They’re £25 from

Ice cream and

lollies may not

be the most appealing of

treats to adults in winter,

but kids love them all

year around. And GLTC’s

wooden Lolly and Scoop

Ice Cream Shop (£65, will last a lot

longer than the edible variety.

There are ice lollies, cones, wafers, tubs and ice cream balls

ready to scoop up and serve. Perfect for imaginative play.

The White Stuff Christmas

Veg Box Set is a bargain

at £9.95. Why not split the

decorations up to use as

stocking fillers? See www.

Ewan the Dream Sheep (£39.99) is sure to prove popular with

newborns and new parents alike. This award-winning modern

classic has been helping babies (and parents) to get some

shuteye for 10 years now. It mimics the environment a baby has

grown comfortable with in the womb, by glowing softly and

playing soothing sounds. Rather than jangling nursery rhymes

(which parents will grow to hate rather quickly), Ewan’s main

sound is a recording of a heartbeat, which is then combined

with other gentle sounds, such as white noise or rainfall. The

deluxe version even turns on automatically when a

baby cries. Anything that babies and toddlers come

into contact with is likely to get grubby rather

quickly, particularly when they’re as soft

and cuddly as Ewan. Luckily, you

can take the electronic pod out

to give him a good wash.

Looking for a new Christmas

duvet for your child? We love the

Christmas Jumper Bedding Set from George

at Home. And the cuddly Yeti Stocking from

Sainsbury’s (£4) is sure to be loved long

past Boxing Day.

Speaking of stocking

fillers, the chunky

woodland creature

range from National

Trust is perfect for toddlers.

Each one is

priced at £2.75,

ToolBox (£30) to keep

your child entertained

for hours. See www.

Planning to really push the boat out this

Christmas? The Flexa Play Work Bench

(£161) is made from birch wood and comes

with a vice. Add the Toolset (£21) and

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Thomas Telford


Thomas Telford Sixth Form offers an exciting

opportunity for students to continue their

studies post 16, combining structured learning

with increased independence. There is a

culture of success where students are highly

motivated to succeed. The caring environment

provides small class sizes, daily tutor meetings,

regular reporting and careers advice. Staff are

experts in, and passionate about, their subject

areas and this fosters a fantastic student staff


Thomas Telford School is rated outstanding by Ofsted and it

continues to enjoy exceptional results with students gaining

places at their first choice university, stage school, high

quality apprenticeship or employment.

There is something for everyone at Thomas Telford School.

Alongside the traditional academic subjects, Thomas Telford

School offers a range of vocational subjects including triple

awards in Business, Performing Arts and Sport.

The Business Academy provides a comprehensive experience

for students wishing to study Business and Finance. The

course is work related and enhances students’ employability

skills. Students who study in the Business Academy will also

study the AAT qualification.

The Performing Arts Academy aims to be as practical

as possible with students visiting West End Shows and

participating in workshops by West End performers both in

and outside of School. Many students have been successful

in securing places in top stage schools and have gone on to

work in film and in the West End.

The Sports Academy is an ideal route for students who want

to go onto university, apprenticeship or employment in areas

related to sports. Thomas Telford School has exceptional

facilities including a 3G astro, a state of the art fitness and

conditioning centre and a swimming pool. Sports Academy

students gain other external qualifications alongside the

BTEC and have the opportunity to play high level sporting


Thomas Telford ensures that students are not only equipped

with an excellent academic profile but are also well rounded

resilient and confident young people who have a wide range

of experiences.




Admission to Sixth Form September 2020

There is a culture of success

students wishing to continue their studies in a structured school environment with a culture of success.

We offer a traditional Sixth Form or Academies in Business, Performing Arts and Sports:

The Business Academy

consistently high.

outcomes have been

offers an experience of real life business skills. Students gain a BTEC level

3 extended Diploma equivalent to 3 A Levels plus the AAT accountancy qualification.

The Performing Arts Academy

drama and singing. Students gain a nationally recognised Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

h a comprehensive sports programme.

Please complete and return an application form,

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New Santa Christmas




Meet Santa at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums new

Christmas experience in Coalbrookdale every

weekend from 30 November to 22 December


Explore the twinkling wonderful winter woodland until you find

Santa in his grotto where he will have a gift for every child. He’s

going to be super-busy this year so while you’re waiting to

meet him, enjoy cool children’s fun activities.

Book your Christmas at Coalbrookdale tickets online and

receive a voucher to use on the day of your visit to Santa’s

grotto. Tickets are £8 per child up to 12 years with timed entry.

An unlimited number of adults can visit the Grotto with their

children/grandchildren; tickets are for the Grotto only, and do

not include admission into any of the Museums.

The Grotto ticket also allows you to save 25% off entry into

Enginuity where you can see the gigantic 34metre bridge

made from interlocking plastic bricks – the museum’s attempt

at breaking the Guinness Book of World records for the

longest span bridge in partnership with the Institution of Civil


While in Coalbrookdale, pop into the Furnace Kitchen and

enjoy some Christmas fayre including mince pies and mulled


Enginuity will be open 10am-4pm and the Museum of Iron

11am-5pm over the Christmas weekends and Annual Passport

tickets are valid for entry.

For further information, call the Ironbridge Tourist Information

Centre on 01952 433 424 or visit

The Gorge is easily reached via the M54 motorway exiting at

Telford junction 4 or 6.

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1. In a well known children’s story, who does Cindy-Lou Who catch

stealing Christmas presents?

2. Launched in the run-up to Christmas in 1983, which toys were

said to have been born at Babyland General Hospital?

3. In the 2013 TV advert for John Lewis, what did the hare get the

bear as a Christmas present?

4. At the end of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, what does

Scrooge arrange to be sent anonymously to the Cratchit family?

5. In the film Gremlins, what name does

Billy give to the Mogwai he receives as a

Christmas present?

6. On the TV show South Park, who brings

presents to children whose diets have been

high in fibre?

7. “I don’t care about the presents

underneath the Christmas tree” is a line

from which well known Christmas song?

8. In the 1996 film Jingle All the Way,

what is the name of the toy that

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character

is desperately trying to get for his

son as a Christmas present?

9. Which 1997 novel by Terry

Pratchett features a Santa

Claus-like title character

who gives presents to

children on December


10. What is the final

item that the singer asks

Santa for in the song

Santa Baby?



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New Year’s Eve Party - 31st Dec, 5-7pm - includes 2hr bounce,

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I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for hanging

baskets – they are a great way to create your own

miniature gardening space, do exactly what you

want by the way of colours clashing or subtle, and

once they’ve started to grow away and establish

they’re a perfect way to make even the gloomiest

back yard look more cheerful, or the prettiest patio

look even more gorgeous. Making a hanging basket

is not difficult, and within a few weeks of planting

one up you’ll wish you had made more. Although

traditionally a summer planting feature, hanging

baskets work just as well for the winter months, so

why not create a few seasonal splashes of colour to

keep your spirits up over the coming months?

Plenty of plants make for a good colourful basket, so start with

a visit to your local garden centre or nursery to see what is


There are lots of plants you might use, including winter-flowering

pansies (I am fond of the purple and yellow varieties) and

heathers, Gaultheria with its waxy red berries, dianthus for late

autumn into early winter and assorted miniature shrubs, including

variegated Pieris, Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ and variegated

euonymus that will help give structure and colour. The shrubs

have the potential to grow to full size eventually but meanwhile

look great in a container for a year or two before being planted

in the garden.

You will also need a liner and I recommend a thicker, almost feltlike

one as this helps to provide plenty of insulation for when

temperatures drop, as well as keeping the compost and plants

in place. In addition you’ll need a basket (you can always reuse

a summer one, no need to spend more than necessary), and I

suggest a 35cm (14”) diameter one as it can take more plants

and, because it is larger, resists cold better. You’ll also need some


There is nothing worse than trying to plant up a basket that keeps

rolling about, so stand it in a large flower pot before you start.

Once the liner is firmly in place, remove the chain at one anchor

point or else it will get in the way as you try to plant. You can

reattach it later. The liner will protrude above the edges of the

basket at this stage but a little rim helps to keep the compost in

place. Use good quality multi-purpose compost, firming it gently,

and fill the basket about half full.

Mesh baskets are great because you can plant through the sides

with ease. Cut holes in the liner then insert small plants such

as pansies at regular intervals around the sides of the basket.

It usually damages the plants less if you insert them from the

outside inwards – that way they may suffer a little root damage

but the foliage and any flowers remain undamaged. Nestle the

roots into the compost and make sure that the liner is back in

position after the last plant is in place.

Now add more compost to cover the roots of the winter-flowering

pansies or other side plantings and firm again gently. Next get

the central plant in place and add three more upright plants such

as miniature shrubs, equally spaced around the edges.

For extra colour, add more winter bedding around the very

outermost edge of the basket. Pinch out any faded flowers as

you go then add more compost, carefully filling in any gaps

before you water it in thoroughly.

Your hanging basket will soon fill out and become even more

colourful. Give the roots a chance to establish by standing the

basket in a sheltered spot for a week or two before hanging it in

position, just watering it if necessary. Regular deadheading and

removal of faded flowers plus a feed with a high potash fertiliser

after about a month will keep it looking great, well into the spring.

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Christmas Traditions

The first tinsel was made from real silver,

stretched into very thin strips. Paper

decorations, including paper chains, were also

popular. Woolworths is said to have been the

first shop to sell commercial Christmas tree

ornaments in 1880, and the earliest electric

Christmas tree lights were invented by Thomas

Edison. By the 1930s, the first artificial trees

and tinsel were available.

Many of our Christmas customs originated in

Europe. Gingerbread baked with honey, and

Christmas decorations made from beeswax or

glass, were available in markets across Europe

400 years ago. The advent calendar, with its

little doors hiding biblical pictures, originated

in Germany.

Christmas seems to come around sooner

each year, with decorations in the shops

from September onwards. However, at one

time, people would decorate their homes on

Christmas Eve as it was considered unlucky to

do so any earlier.

The Bible does not mention an actual date for the birth

of Jesus, so in 300AD Pope Julius I decided that Christ’s

birthday (Christmas Day) should be on 25th December. The

Midwinter Solstice on 21st December was already a traditional

pagan celebration, so by doing this Pope Julius effectively

combined both.

During the Midwinter Solstice homes would be decorated

with evergreens, and a Yule Log – the first log of winter –

would be ceremonially burnt to ward off evil on the night of

the shortest day. This is the reason the word ‘yule’ relates to

Christmas (only the real log has been turned into a chocolate


Christians took holly as a symbol of Christ’s crown, the

berries representing his blood. Mistletoe, which the Druids

regarded as sacred because it effectively grows ‘in the air’,

was also adopted by Christianity, the white berries reflecting

the purity of the Virgin.

The Victorians set many of our modern Christmas traditions,

such as cards and tinsel. During the festive season, mistletoe

was hung in the entrance to the house as a sign of peace and

goodwill. Because it is usual to greet people with a hug and

a kiss when they arrive, ‘kissing under the mistletoe’ evolved

into a custom by Victorian times.

Christmas trees came over from Germany towards the end

of the 1700s and were popularised by Queen Victoria and

Prince Albert. Trees would be decorated with real candles,

strings of glass beads, candies and handmade ornaments of

paper, wax, silver wire and blown glass. Just as today, the

tree was topped with an angel, usually made of tin with a

wax face, or with a star to symbolise the foretelling of the

birth of Jesus.

Mince pies were invented in medieval times.

They were originally made with minced lamb

in homage to the shepherds of the Nativity. As

was popular then, fat, dried fruit, peel and spices were added

to the meat. There were 13 ingredients in total, representing

the apostles. Although we no longer use minced lamb

alongside the dried fruit, peel, suet and spices, the term

‘mincemeat’ to describe the filling has endured.

Turkeys were brought to Britain in 1526 and it is said that King

Henry VIII was the first to eat a turkey for Christmas dinner.

However, goose, being large enough to feed an extended

family over the festive season, remained the most popular

choice until the 1950s when turkey took over.

Father Christmas also has his beginnings in Europe. St

Nicholas or ‘Sinterklaas’ (from which we derive Santa Claus)

was a second-century saint known for giving gifts to the

poor. His spirit was said to visit children on the night of the

5th December. In Holland, wooden shoes or clogs would be

left next to the hearth filled with an edible treat and straw for

St Nicholas’ horse (from where we get the custom of putting

out a mince pie for Santa and a carrot for his reindeer). In

return, St Nicholas would leave a small gift. As the custom

spread across Europe, stockings began to be used instead

of shoes.

It is believed that an English baker, Tom Smith, invented

the Christmas cracker by taking a sweet and a love motto

and wrapping them in a strip of paper impregnated with a

compound that ‘cracked’ when opened. In time, the wrapper

was lengthened and small novelty gifts replaced the sweet.

The first Christmas crackers went on sale in London in 1847

and Walter Smith, Tom’s son, started including paper hats.

The first known Christmas card was made by Sir Henry Cole

of The British Postal Service in 1843. Although it is often

claimed that Coca Cola was responsible for putting Santa

in red as part of a 1930s marketing campaign, it was the

Victorians who first depicted Father Christmas in a red suit.

Previously, the traditional colour for Saint Nicholas was green

and you can still find some early Victorian Christmas cards

where Father Christmas is wearing a green suit as well as

those where he is wearing a red one.

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Too Late to Save


What about the state pension?

Under current legislation the full new state pension is £168.60

per week. If you’re eligible, the amount you’ll receive depends

on the number of ‘qualifying years’ of National Insurance

contributions you’ve built up.

Currently, you need 35 qualifying years to receive the full

payment of £168.60 per week, but state pension regulations

may change again over the coming years – when new

governments are elected, for example.

Politics has an impact on pension arrangements in general,

and it’s possible that the current rules regarding tax-free lump

sums and the age when you can access your pension pot may

also change in the future.

We’re often told by financial experts that it’s never

too late to start saving for retirement, and that

even in our 50s building a substantial retirement

pot is possible. Clearly this depends on individual

circumstances and it’s always going to be better

to start saving early, but it’s heartening to know

you may still be able to fund a decent retirement


Growth levels and the state of the world economy also have

an impact, for better or worse, but unfortunately you have no

control over these issues. So where should you start saving for

your retirement, and is there anything you can do to improve

your financial situation when you do retire?

Workplace pensions

If you’re in employment, a workplace pension can often be the

best way to save for your retirement. Your contributions are

matched by your employer; they’re typically deducted from

your gross pay automatically, and attract tax relief.

Pension auto-enrolment, a government initiative intended

to help people save for their retirement, means that if you’re

aged over 22 and earn more than £10,000 per year you should

automatically be enrolled in a workplace pension scheme.

Earning less than this amount doesn’t necessarily mean you’re

not eligible to join – you may still have the right to opt in and

benefit from additional pension contributions made by your


If you’re close to retiring and also in debt, however, it might

be better to prioritise paying off your debts rather than

contributing to a pension, but you need to speak to an

authorised financial adviser who can assess your individual


Personal pensions

If you’re self-employed or not working you can benefit from

tax relief on pension contributions by paying into a personal

pension. Unlike a workplace pension scheme, a personal

pension is an individual contract between yourself and the

pension provider, which is often an insurance company.

The pension provider invests your contributions, but in the

same way as a workplace pension you’re not able to access your

money until you’re 55 years of age under current legislation.

Different types of personal pensions are available, including

stakeholder pensions and self-invested personal pensions

(SIPPs), but again it’s crucial to obtain independent professional

advice before going ahead.

Stocks and shares ISAs

Investment ISAs are another way to build up retirement savings,

and the current maximum limit for saving into a stocks and

shares ISA is £20,000 (2019/20 tax year). You need to make

sure your money is growing above the inflation rate, however,

otherwise you’re effectively losing money.

Stocks and shares ISAs offer more flexibility than pensions as

you can access your money more readily, whereas workplace

and private pensions aren’t usually accessible until you reach

the age of 55.

You can also choose from a wide range of investment products

according to your preferred risk level, including ready-made

funds. If you already have some knowledge and experience,

however, you might want to select them yourself.

Investment ISA providers typically allow you to pay in a lump

sum, ‘drip-feed’ in a monthly amount, or both. You may also

be able to invest lump sums in the future should you have the

money available.

Don’t forget your old pensions

If you’ve worked for other employers in the past you may

have pensions that you’ve forgotten, but don’t worry as the

government run a Pension Tracing Service that you can use to

find lost pensions.

You can use the service online, or phone the Pension Tracing

Service to find workplace or personal pensions – even the

smallest pension could make a big difference to your overall

pension pot when you retire.

What can you do to boost your income in


•Some people choose to work for themselves in retirement,

making money with online ventures, or take up work part-time

as an employee.

•You can delay your official retirement date and allow the value

of your pensions and investments to accumulate.

•Equity release and downsizing are both popular ways

to increase income in retirement, and you can generate a

significant amount of capital using your property.

Some people choose to save into an investment ISA as well

as a pension scheme, so they spread the investment risk and

don’t tie up all of their money up in one place. As with most

important financial matters, it’s important to seek guidance

from an authorised adviser who can analyse your financial

situation and present the best options.

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It’s all about the Children!

From September until the end of year it

always feels like this period is all about

our children. September is back to school,

October is dressing up fun for Halloween,

November brings bangs and sparkles with

Bonfire Night and then December sees the

excitement and expectation of Christmas

and hopefully a visit from the man in red.

Whilst this can be a very expensive time

for us parents each of these events gives

us memories in return, memories to

treasure a lifetime. But who would make

these memories with your children if you

were no longer here?

When asking young parents if they have

Wills, I am often told they don’t. A recent

survey found that nearly 40% believe they

do not have sufficient assets to write a Will.

Whilst many young parents may not

appear to have much in the way of

valuable assets, they do have something

far more valuable to leave……CHILDREN.

Without a Will what happens to your

children when you die? There are several

things that could happen including:

• A step-parent may be appointed and

take the child into their care if they took

on formal parental responsibility for the

children while married to one parent.

• The Courts could appoint a guardian.

They could do this from elsewhere in

your family or wider social network e.g.,

godparents or family friends.

• The Courts could make an Order stating

that your child should be placed into

foster care or for adoption.

If you have children under the age of 18

then you need to appoint a guardian in

your Will. This is the case whether you

are a single parent or if you are a couple

with children. If you are a couple, then

although on the death of one of you, the

other will usually continue to care for the

children, if you both die then a guardian

would need to step in to care for and

make decisions for your children.

Leaving this decision to family or friends

after you’ve gone can mean that your

wishes aren’t followed. It also increases

the likelihood of disputes if those left

behind don’t know what your wishes are.

This can be an extremely difficult and

emotional decision, but EKM Legal

Services are here to help with the

essential points you need to consider.

For further information or help call us on

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Whether you are looking to make your first Will

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properly plan your financial affairs to ensure your

loved ones are looked after.

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Does the state pension age dictate

when you will retire?

For many of us the state pension will form the

core of our retirement income, but when you

receive your state pension is changing and it

now depends on when you were born.

The changes in State Pension age will mean that for men

and women retiring now the new state pension age will

reach 66 by October 2020, 67 by 2028 and 68 by 2046.

The full rate of the new State Pension is £168.60 per

week (2019/20) but what you will get could be more or

less, depending on your National Insurance (NI) record.

However the state pension does not dictate when you

can retire, your own provisions and planning are what

will determine when you can retire.

Following the introduction of Autoenrolment, which

took effect in 2012, making it compulsory for employers

to provide and enrol staff into a workplace pension,

more UK employees than ever are now saving for their

retirement, with figures suggesting just over nine million

individuals are now saving for retirement through a

workplace pension.

However, research from the Office for National Statistics

(ONS) has revealed that many people contributing to

their workplace scheme don’t even realise they’re saving

for retirement.

According to the ONS;

27% don't think they can afford to save for retirement

13% are put off because they think they don’t know enough about pensions

7% think it’s too early to start saving for retirement and

3% think it’s too late

It’s great that so many people are now saving, but for the self-employed

it is not compulsory to join a pension and it is estimated that 60% of self

employed people are not saving for their retirement. According to the

Office for National Statistics, by the end of 2018 there were just under 5

million self employed people in the UK, which equates to £3 million self

employed people not making any provision for retirement.

When thinking about retirement, it is helpful to ask yourself:

• When do you want to retire?

• What do you want from your retirement?

• How will your spending habits change?

• Would you move, or stay in your current home?

• Will you continue doing some form of paid work after retirement?

• What pensions and savings do I already have?

• Will you be entitled to the full State Pension?

The simple fact is that the more you save and the earlier you start saving the

better position you are likely to be in, subject to investment performance

of course.

The first thing to do if you’re concerned about your pension planning or just

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

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

mentally capable to make decisions for ourselves.

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

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

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Five Ways to Pay for Christmas

The cost of Christmas can take away some of the

magic of the festive season if you’re not careful,

as well as causing serious financial problems well

into the New Year. Saving in advance is obviously

the ideal, but if you’ve not been able to do so for

this Christmas, there may still be an option that

can reduce your credit card bill a little.

Protection for your Christmas savings

Supermarket savings schemes and Christmas clubs are a

straightforward way to put money aside for Christmas, but

there’s always a risk that the operating company or retailer

could go out of business.

The money held in Christmas clubs isn’t protected by the

Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) as these

clubs aren’t savings accounts – they’re a method of paying for

goods and vouchers in advance.

So whether you want to quickly pay for Christmas 2019, or take

your time and save up for next Christmas, here are five ways to

relieve some of the stress of financing what many regard as the

most wonderful time of the year.

1. 0% purchase credit cards

If your credit rating is good you may be able to obtain a credit

card with 0% interest to pay for your Christmas purchases this

year. You need to be careful not to miss a payment on the card,

however, as you’ll lose the interest-free deal and will have to

pay a high rate of interest on the remaining balance.

Interest-free deals are also time-limited, but if you don’t miss

a repayment and can pay off your spending in total before the

deadline, you won’t pay any interest, which is essentially the

same as having an interest-free loan.

Some providers even offer credit cards with 0% interest in

addition to a 0% balance transfer, so you can move an existing

balance over to a new card and benefit from no interest. Again,

you’ll need to be certain that you can pay off the entire balance

before the deal ends or you’ll be hit with a high interest rate.

2. Regular savings accounts

Regular savings accounts allow you to save a little money each

month, and are a tried-and-trusted way to ease the pressure

on your finances. They also offer a higher rate of interest than

‘standard’ savings accounts.

Typically, you’ll need to hold a current account alongside

the regular saver so it may be worthwhile switching banks if

necessary, or finding out if your current bank offers this type of

savings account. At the time of writing, 5% interest is available

on some regular savings accounts, including First Direct and

M&S Bank.

Local building societies also tend to offer good rates to regular

savers, so you could investigate whether there’s one near you.

Potential downsides of regular savings accounts include the

fact that you won’t be able to access your money early if you

need it, and you must save a minimum sum each month.

3. Instant-access savings accounts

Saving for Christmas in an instant-access savings account

means your money isn’t tied up if you need it during the year.

This can be both a blessing and a curse, however, particularly if

you think you might spend the money on non-essentials.

Although savings interest rates are currently very low, an

instant-access savings account does offer more flexibility,

whilst also providing a safe place for your money that’s

separate from the everyday funds in your current account.

4. Credit unions

Credit unions are non-profit financial organisations that

sometimes offer Christmas savings clubs to their members.

Similar to ‘traditional’ Christmas clubs, access to your savings

is restricted until a few weeks before Christmas, and you can

save in a number of ways.

Some credit unions allow you to save directly from your wages,

but you could also set up a direct debit or pay in over the

counter. Crucially, credit union savings accounts are protected

by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the

same way as bank and building society accounts.

One potential downside of using a credit union to save for

Christmas is that you don’t earn interest on your money.

Credit unions offer annual dividends to their members, and the

amount of these is reliant on how well the credit union has

performed during the year.

5. Piggy bank or money jar

If you’re disciplined with money and know you won’t be tempted

to spend it during the year, a piggy bank could provide the

answer to Christmas saving. Regularly emptying your pockets

or purse of change adds up to a surprising amount if you start

in January and save throughout the year.

With so many beautifully decorated coin jars and money pots

now available, it can be fun to save in this way. You could even

buy novelty piggy banks for the children so they learn the habit

of saving, or help them decorate their own mason jar.

If you start in the New Year and save regularly you’ll easily save

for some or all of next Christmas’s expenses, breathing a sigh

of relief when you’re debt-free in January.

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Here’s How to Buy a Car

Buying a new car. It’s often referred to as one of

the biggest purchases of your life, after a house.

It’s why getting your hands on a new motor can

be riddled with stress and anxiety, but it doesn’t

have to be that way.

We’ve picked out some of the crucial ways in which the buying

process can be made easier, and what to look out for.

Research the car

It may seem trivial, but you need to research everything you

can about the car you’re looking at. Knowledge is power when

it comes to buying from a dealer, and making sure you know

everything about a certain model can make all the difference

when it comes to picking one up.

Don’t be afraid to be choosy, either. Pick a colour, specification

and engine and stick with that.

Choosing a dealer – franchise or independent

This is an important decision to make. Franchised dealers get

first access to the latest cars and technology, and are therefore

potentially better equipped at answering any questions you

may have. In terms of aftersales and repairs, they have the

manufacturer’s support too. They’ll also have a good selection

of used vehicles that will have been well maintained in the main

dealer servicing department.

There is, of course, the option to buy from an independent

dealer too. They might not have the ability to offer you different

options of the model you’re looking at, but they will be keen

to do a deal and will offer the backup of a well-established

business should things go wrong.

Check them out online

Once you’ve picked the dealer you fancy, look through their

online reviews thoroughly. You’ll be able to easily see how

well they treat their customers and also how good they are at

dealing with aftersales issues.

You can’t beat good old-fashioned word of mouth either –

asking friends, neighbours and relatives about a potential

dealership can be useful too.

Pick your purchase time

Believe it or not, you can get a better deal depending on

when you buy. Dealers are often pressed to reach quarterly

targets, which means the end of March, June, September and

December could result in a better deal.

It’s a small tip, but one that could potentially see you saving

thousands of pounds if the purchase is timed correctly.

Test drive

Once you’ve seen a car you like then it’s time to get behind the

wheel. The likelihood is that the salesperson will accompany

you in the car, but don’t let that stop you from pressing all of

the buttons and getting a real feel for the vehicle in general.

Ensure that your test route features a range of different corners,

roundabouts and road surfaces – and most importantly, check

the car works for you.

Cash or finance

There’s a variety of ways to pay at a dealer. They can offer hire

purchase, which sees you paying a deposit and repaying the

remaining balance in monthly instalments. At the end of the

payment term, you’ll own the vehicle outright.

Then there’s personal contract purchase, or PCP. Here, you’ll

pay a deposit followed by monthly payments, but at the end

you’ll be offered a ‘balloon’ when you can pay off the remainder

of the car’s value or return it to the dealer. And then there’s

personal leasing.

This is a good option if you’re planning on frequently changing

your car, although you do have to usually stump up three

months’ rental in advance, and there’s no option to buy it at

the end of the deal. Or you could pay cash!


It’s an age-old process, but haggling remains just as crucial

today as it’s always been. Even with used cars there’s always

going to be a certain amount of wiggle room. You shouldn’t

ever have to pay the full price for a car, and dealers are

prepared for this. Go in strong and stick to your guns – it’s only

the same as they’ll be doing.

Remember, if you don’t ask you don’t get, so don’t be afraid

to ask for free additions and discounts on servicing plans. The

worst they can do is say no!

Don’t be scared of walking away

Remember, there are thousands of cars available on the market

and hundreds of dealerships too. There is always another car,

so don’t be scared to walk away if things don’t feel right. Don’t

be pressured into any deal either – the final decision is entirely

yours, and if you don’t like the way things are heading, walk

straight out of those doors!

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Your Festive Guide

to Survival

For many households, Christmas means lots of new

gadgets under the tree – and if you’re not prepared, that

could mean a distinct lack of Christmas cheer if people

can’t play with their new toys on Christmas morning.

Make sure your

technology is happy

this Christmas

It’s still wise to have batteries of all sizes (ideally

rechargeable ones) in common sizes such as AA, AAA

and CR2032 for things like talking toys, games console

controllers, radio car controllers and so on, but it might

be wise to consider a few other things too.

First of all, make sure you have a multi-tool or small

toolkit to hand. Many toys now come either in hardto-open

transparent plastic, or with lots of cable ties

and screws to stop people stealing them from their

packaging. Some sharp scissors and a small cross-head

screwdriver will be a big help here.

Think about chargers, too. Not all gadgets such as

phones and tablets arrive charged, and the ones that do

are going to need charging after a morning of intensive

use. Check the devices that Santa’s bringing either come

with charging cables or that you have the appropriate

ones already. We’ve also found portable chargers (power

banks) to be really useful for long trips to visit the family;

if your car has a power/cigar lighter socket, investing in

a USB adapter and a very long phone charging cable

could be worthwhile.

One of the biggest Christmas technology traumas is

when games controllers are involved. Now that most

games require an internet connection, consoles need to

be running the most up-to-date system software before

use, and downloading and installing that software can

take hours. It’ll take longer still on Christmas morning

if half of your street or block is doing that or streaming

Christmas films on Netflix, so if at all possible try to

connect the console and download the updates before

Santa gets in his sleigh.

Last but definitely not least, expect the unexpected.

Make sure your home insurance covers the additional

technology items that you’ve got in your home –

some insurers, but not all, automatically increase your

contents cover over the festive period – and make

sure you keep receipts for any expensive items such as

computers or smartphones. If any gadgets are easily

broken or smashed – tablets are particularly prone to

accidental injuries – then it’s a very good idea to invest

in a protective case and/or screen protector.

Dedicated gadget insurance

is worth considering

It’s also worth considering a dedicated gadget insurance

policy if your home is now full of expensive and easily

broken devices. Such policies tend to have reasonably

low excesses – for example, having to pay £50 to replace

the screen on an Apple Watch sounds like a lot, but

Apple charges nearly £300 – and cover loss and theft

as well as damage.

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work is guaranteed. They have been trading for over 30 years

and have built their business up with a team of hard working,

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As well as interior and exterior decorating, they also offer

plastering, tiling, kitchens and bathrooms refits, along with

small building projects. They will also organise electrical work,

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service for small building projects, so you have a hassle-free

experience. They will project manage it for you from estimate

stage to completion. They always ensure all work is carried

out in a clean and tidy manor to the highest level.

They do not take money up front and will invoice only when

you are completely happy with the finished product. As

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The noise and flashes of light on Bonfire Night are

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if your pet feels anxious and stressed. So is there

anything you can do to help them stay calm, both

beforehand and on Bonfire Night itself ?

On Bonfire Night

• Close windows and curtains before it gets dark.

• Switch on the television or radio to mask the sounds.

• Speak to your vet about pheromone diffusers or calming


• Provide a ‘safe’ place in the house – maybe a den under a

table, for instance, with their favourite comfort blanket, some

toys, or an item of your clothing to cuddle.

• Bring outdoor hutches into the house, shed, or garage, and

add some extra straw or hay for soundproofing and an extra

feeling of security.

Before Bonfire Night

Noises CDs are sometimes used as therapy for pets that become

upset or anxious by loud noises. If you play them fairly softly

during the weeks before Bonfire Night, they may become more

used to the sounds of fireworks and be able to stay calmer.

Collars and name tags

Hopefully your pet won’t need to go outside during the evening

but if they do, you need to make sure they’re wearing their

collar and name tag. If you have a dog you’ll be able to take

them out on a lead, but cats may become startled once they’re

outside and run away to hide.

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Rising above the fertile plain near Meknes,

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superb views all around. There are oleanders

morning glory and olive groves, and beyond the

gently rolling land you can see Mount Zerhoun

and the holy town of Moulay Idriss. But Volubilis

stands in a class of its own, listed by UNESCO for

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Roman Empire”.

First settled by local tribes, the ancient capital of Mauretania

flourished from the third century BC, trading with Carthage

until the Romans annexed it in AD 40. The Berbers took it back

around 285 and in the late eighth century, Volubilis became

the capital of Idriss the First, founder of the Moroccan State.

Yet by the end of the fourteenth century it was abandoned

and later destroyed by the Lisbon earthquake.

The 1920s excavations revealed a 42-hectare site once

enclosed by a massive wall dotted with bastions and gates.

Much remains to be unearthed but as soon as you reach the

entrance, the House of Orpheus takes your breath away with

its hammam – hot, warm and cold rooms – and its fabulous

mosaics of dolphins and local fauna charmed by Orpheus

playing the lute.

Then beyond the Thermal Baths and their communal toilets – a

most sociable place for the Romans – you are in the heart of

town, gazing at the paved square of the Forum once decorated

with statues, the Capitol dedicated to three gods and the

impressive remains of the Basilica where justice was delivered

and, today, storks build their nests on top of the columns.

Then a Triumphal Arch honours Emperor Caracalla near the

House of the Acrobat and that of the Dog, best known for the

giant rock phallus that identified the brothel. Other attractions

include the North Baths and olive press and more houses

famous for mosaics such as the Labours of Hercules, Dionysus

and the Four Seasons, Nymphs Bathing and Wild Beasts. But

best of all perhaps is the romantic House of Venus with erotic

designs sure to entertain its royal resident Juba II, a King of

Mauretania loyal to Rome.

These luxurious dwellings were in the northern district crossed

by the main ‘highway’, the Decumanus Maximus as straight as

an arrow, lined with columns and so well-preserved it sends

shivers down your spine. Few visitors venture this far in the

blazing sun but it’s the most inspiring place to reflect and feel

the past almost within reach. Best time to visit is in the spring

when the grass is lush and green and poppies splash colour

among daisies and asphodels. All you can hear are storks

rattling their beaks or the occasional bleating of sheep in the


Meanwhile, down in the valley, be sure to enjoy the ‘golden

apples’ so loved by the Romans – we call them oranges – and

when you sip a glass of wine, remember they planted the first

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occupants too? You’ll want a seven-seater then.

Fortunately there are plenty of options currently

on the market, offering a choice of body styles

from a variety of brands.

But which are best? That’s what we’ve been investigating – and

here are the results.

Land Rover Discovery

This list was always destined to feature Land Rover’s goanywhere

Discovery. As well as seven comfortable seats, it’s

packed with off-road technology to make it just as capable

at scaling steep inclines as it is making the weekly run to the


Expensive it may be, but the Discovery comes loaded with

equipment and is available with a range of engine choices, too.

Volvo XC90

When the first-generation XC90 was released, it stormed the

market thanks to its rock-solid build quality and efficiency. The

latest edition continues the legacy, albeit with a whole lot more

technology and equipment.

It’s also one of the safest cars on the market thanks to a raft of

assistance systems. For families, there are few better options

than the XC90.

Seat Alhambra

If you’re after the best possible passenger space, then look

no further than the Seat Alhambra. It may be a little outdated

inside, but the Alhambra makes up for it with a huge amount

of interior room. It’s also surprisingly good to drive, and frugal,


As the Alhambra has been around for a little while now, you’re

likely to find good deals at the forecourt – bolstering its appeal.

Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda hit the nail on the seven-seater head when it released

the Kodiaq. Rock-solid build quality and incredible value

for money meant that this Czech SUV enjoyed immediate

popularity and has continued to do so.

It’s available with a range of efficient engines too, while a new

performance-orientated model – the Kodiaq vRS – means

there’s something for those with the need for speed as well.

Audi Q7

Audi’s big Q7 flies the flag for premium manufacturers here,

offering that top-notch driving experience you’d expect from

a car with four rings on the front. A high-quality interior and

silky-smooth petrol and diesel engines seal the deal.

There’s the all-conquering SQ7 available too – which puts

many ‘normal’ performance cars to shame.

Tesla Model X

Representing the electric contingent is Tesla’s Model X.

Spaceship-like in design, it’s a real looker out on the road but,

fortunately for this list, it’s available with seven seats. A realistic

300-mile all-electric range means it’s usable for long-distance

drivers, too.

Though it may be expensive to buy outright, the Model X

justifies its high price tag with minimal running costs and

plenty of performance.

Mercedes GLS

The Mercedes GLS takes the fight to the Audi Q7, and having

recently been updated, packs more technology and features

than ever before. A longer wheelbase than the car it replaces

means there’s more space than before, and improved legroom

for all occupants.

The interior of the car has been vastly overhauled, with a full

widescreen infotainment system helping to give the cabin a

particularly high-tech feel.

Ford S-Max

Though Ford’s S-Max has been around a little while now, it’s

still one of the best-driving seven-seaters around, and offers

genuine practicality as well. A range of frugal engines help to

keep trips to the pump to a minimum, while solid build quality

should mean it holds up to family duties too.

A range-topping Vignale is now available, though even lower

trims get a vast amount of standard equipment.

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that needs to not only function well according to

your individual needs but also look beautiful. A

kitchen will be in place for many years, so making

the right decisions when planning is essential.

As with every room in the home, there are trends. Over the

years, country cottage pine has given way to shaker styles and

for the past few years high gloss has been a popular choice

for the ultra-modern look. Even the sleek lines of gloss are

already being adapted for how we live today. With so many

of us now opting for more openplan

living areas, the option to have

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gloss kitchen but in a matte finish

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Dealing with a company that can

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and German engineering into our products. As well as using

the latest technologies to complement our manufacturing

expertise, we have also formed exclusive relationships with

carefully selected local suppliers, bringing our customers

even more stunning style options without compromising on


The latest news in The Kitchen Depot success story is

the full refurbishment of their popular Telford kitchen

showroom, which celebrated its grand re-opening at the

end of September. Managing Director Mark McCay said, “The

grand opening of our fully refurbished showroom was a huge

success. We always receive such fantastic support from our

customers, friends, family and other local businesses. It is

because we are a part of this special community in Telford

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Can you bag a bargain on Black


Black Friday is the annual sales event that

crossed the Atlantic to become huge in the

UK too. But does that mean you’ll get a good


Black Friday is actually two big days of deals: Black

Friday and Cyber Monday. Black Friday is the start of the

Christmas shopping season in the US, because it’s when

retailers traditionally ran ‘door-buster’ sales on the day

after the Thanksgiving holiday. The following Monday

has been dubbed Cyber Monday because apparently

everybody goes back to work, panics about Christmas

presents and hits the online shops on the same day.

Black Friday gets bigger every year. A long weekend

became a week of deals, until now Black Friday runs for

two weeks or more, with all kinds of deals announced well

in advance as well as flash ‘lightning deals’ on Black Friday

and Cyber Monday. It’s become the most important part

of the retail calendar not just for technology but for many

retailers selling fashion, homeware and jewellery too. It’s a

good time to buy smart home technology, which attracts

massive discounts at this time of year.

Can you really get good deals? The answer is a qualified

yes. There are plenty of deals to be had, but some of them

are illusory: common tactics include listing RRPs that no

sensible person would pay – you’ll see this a lot with TVs,

which promise massive discounts on recommended retail

prices nobody paid – or gently increasing prices in the

run-up to Black Friday so they can be lowered in time

for the big event and labelled with a big ‘Sale!’ sticker.

And like any sale, often the deals are on products that

are being phased out to make room for new products or

because they’re no longer being made.

End-of-line products aren’t necessarily bad buys, but

research anything before you decide whether or not to

spend. Before you hit the ‘Buy Now’ button on a bargain,

search for it in That shows you what other

retailers are selling the product for, and tells you whether

you’re really getting a good deal. It works on everything

from DVDs to dishwashers and it also tells you whether

products are in stock: a deal isn’t much use if you can’t

actually order the product.

If you’re looking at a deal on Amazon, have a look at Simply copy and paste the

address of the Amazon product listing or the exact

product name and it’ll show you the price history – so

for example if we search for the cult favourite Instant Pot

pressure cooker we can see that while its price varies from

£70 to £130, it’s usually sold for around £90.

November is the month of big deals.

Are some too good to be true?

One of the simplest tricks to Black Friday and Cyber

Monday is to make sure you only buy things you

actually need. This time last year we bought some fancy

headphones on Black Friday; this week we’re selling them

on eBay, still in the original sealed packaging. A bargain

isn’t a bargain if you don’t use it.

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The UK’s leading kitchen makeover company

Dream Doors celebrates the opening of a new

showroom in Wellington Town Centre, and

provides an exciting opportunity for customers

living with the Shropshire and Telford areas to

update their kitchens at a fraction of the cost of a

new kitchen.

The Wellington showroom is headed up by Chris Nowell, a local

business man, who was joined by local dignitaries, suppliers,

friends and family for an opening event in September.

kitchen if it is working for you and only needs updating? If the

units are still of a sound, good quality, then it makes sense to

just update the doors, and maybe the work tops or appliances.

They have a wide range of quality kitchen doors and work

tops to choose from, so customers can transform their existing

kitchen without the hassle and disruption of a major refit. All

the doors and drawers, whatever style are made to measure,

which means that almost any kitchen can be refreshed.

Whilst Dream Doors made their name predominantly from

providing high quality replacement doors, worktops and

splash-backs, they also supply kitchen cabinets, high quality

appliances, sinks, taps and cooker hoods. They also can

replace existing units if they need replacing.

Customers can choose and select doors and products from the

Dream Doors brochure and product selector which is available

Although a family owned business, he is one of the latest

franchisees to join the trusted and respected national kitchen

makeover company. Since 1999 Dream Doors has helped tens

of thousands of people throughout the country to design their

ideal kitchen and make it a reality.

He is joined by a skilled team of kitchen fitters, who will

complete the work with minimum hassle, along with show room

staff, Leanne and Emily who are on hand to demonstrate the

array of high quality products that Dream Doors can provide.

Within the showroom customers can see kitchens fitted with

top name suppliers such as Blanco, Franke, Samsung & Neff

and a full range of designs, colours and styles.

Customers can save up to 50 per cent of the cost of a new

quality fitted kitchen when choosing Dream Doors. The

premise is simple: Why change the shape and design of your

online. Visiting the showroom is highly recommended to

look at colours and designs, and when ready a no obligation

home visit can be arranged where Chris can bring samples for

evaluation and provide advice.

No project is too small or too big and Dream Doors, and

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completion of their project.

The Wellington showroom is open from 9:00 to 5:00 Monday

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Barrett Garage Doors is a local family run company

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Shropshire and the neighbouring areas.

They provide top quality Garage Door products from leading

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Steve Barrett, the company director has worked in the Garage

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The company has recently moved forward by opening a new

showroom at Stafford Park in the heart of Telford, where

Jemma and Steve will be on hand to talk and assist customers

with the range of products and services they provide.

Their business thrives on achieving customer satisfaction and

has outstanding testimonials from their clients.

As well as the installation of new garage doors, they also

provide a repair service to existing doors. You can also have

your garage doors automated allowing you to open them at

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Pop in and see the new showroom at Stafford Park which has

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From traditional wooden boards to soft carpet, funky rubber to classic stone, flooring is

fundamental to the look and feel of a room.

What flooring where?

Flooring must be practical. For the hall and probably the

living room, too, the toughest, most durable flooring is best,

while a more delicate type will be fine in a spare bedroom.

For kitchens, bathrooms, utility rooms and conservatories,

consider how well it will withstand spills, splashes and general

humidity. Choose the right flooring for each space and it will

both look good and last.


Beautiful and hard-wearing, timber floorboards are available

in a range of colours and patterns. It is often possible to

recondition an existing wood floor by mending or replacing

damaged boards and sanding carefully, then finishing it with

oil, wax or lacquer. If not, choose new hardwood from an

environmentally friendly source or seek out recycled boards

from an architectural salvage yard – these have the advantage

of years of beautiful patina. Solid-wood engineered boards

are cross-bonded for stability (meaning they won’t warp or

move, which solid timber is prone to), making them a good

choice with underfloor heating, while cheaper, but less longlasting,

are either a multi-layered or veneered wood floor,

where the surface is a thin layer of hardwood attached to a

base of cheaper wood, MDF, cork or plywood, or a wood-effect

laminate floor, in which a photograph of wood is bonded to a

chipboard base and protected with a high-pressure laminate



Soft, warm and quiet underfoot, carpet comes in two main

types: woven, which is harder-wearing and more

expensive, and tufted, the durability of which is

related to its pile height and density. Carpets are

classified for light, moderate, general, heavy and

extra-heavy domestic use. Select a tough carpet

for a hallway: perhaps an 80:20 (wool:nylon) twist

classified for heavy domestic, while for a living

room a combination of a luxury look with a robust

performance, such as a loop or velvet pile, would be

best. A spare bedroom carpet could be more delicate

– a velvet or Saxony classified for light domestic use,

for example. For a seamless look, lay carpet suitable

for general use throughout. Carpets are inadvisable

in kitchens and bathrooms.

Natural fibres

In a wide range of colours and weaves, sisal, coir,

seagrass, rush and jute are warm and soundproof

and, often, good value for money. The rougher the

surface, the more hard-wearing it will be – so sisal

and coir may feel uncomfortable underfoot at first.

Jute has the softest feel, but is the least durable. A

stain inhibitor is advisable.

Hard surfaces

Sandstone, limestone, granite, marble and terrazzo

are expensive floorings that last a lifetime and have

a beautiful, individual grain and patina. In areas that

might become wet and slippery choose a version that is matt

or slightly textured – sanded for a rough finish, or riven for an

attractive, hand-split effect. Ceramic tiles are heat- and waterresistant,

hard-wearing and low maintenance. They vary widely

in price and come in a vast array of shapes, sizes and designs.

Unglazed terracotta tiles (or quarry tiles) are rugged and nonslip.

Sheet flooring

Softer and warmer than stone or timber, sheet floor coverings

– vinyl, linoleum and cork – are relatively inexpensive and very

easy to clean. Lino is a traditional material made from natural

ingredients, while vinyl is a PVC-based man-made material,

which comes in a huge range of textures and patterns. Cork

is hard-wearing, resilient to water and offers an interesting,

natural look. Rubber, good-looking, practical and tactile, is

available in smooth or textured designs, the latter ideal for

bathrooms. Rubber floors should be laid professionally.

What Lies Beneath

The success of any flooring depends on the sub-floor

underneath. It must be level and dry, with no protruding nails.

A good quality underlay will prolong carpet life and add

comfort and insulation, while laying thin sheets of board may

be necessary to prepare for sheet flooring such as vinyl or

lino. Before laying heavy stone tiles, the sub-floor may need

reinforcing – check with your builder or a structural engineer if

in doubt. Tiles are best laid onto a smooth concrete or cementbased

backer board.

by Kathrine Sorrell

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January Scaller finds her first Door when she’s seven years old. It leads to somewhere far from her cosseted life as the foster daughter

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at Admaston House Comm. Centre:

Mon: Yoga; 6.30-8pm

Tue: Pushchair people 9.30am-12pm, Guitar

lessons 4.30-7pm, Brownies 5.30-6.45pm,

Guides 7-8.30pm, Rangers 7-8.30pm

Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Tuesday

(term time) 4.15-5.30pm (Ages 2-12), Email:

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

Watchers 5:30&7pm, Bollywood Dancing


Thu: Scouts 7-9pm, Explorers (age14-18)

7.30-9.30pm, Ladies alpha 7.30-9.30pm.

Fri: Youth club 7.30-9pm.

If you would like further info. on above visit or contact Moira

Hoath on 07722 213264.

Wrekin & Telford Singers meet every Fri

7:30pm at Admaston House. We are a mixed

voice choir - no audition just come along

and enjoy singing with a friendly group of

people. Contact Judi 01952 411801 or visit our

Facebook @wrekin&telford singers or www.

Church Aston

Shropshire Wildlife Trust - Newport branch

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

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

Aston, TF10 9JL. Contact Steve on 01952


Pitchcroft & Church Aston WI - Meetings

held 3rd Wed of month in Church Hall,

Church Aston at 7.30 pm. Variety of speakers

& demonstrations. Guests admission is £4.

Contact Doreen 01952 813267 or Ann 01952

812547 for further details.

Church Aston Gardening Club meets the 3rd

Mon monthly 8pm, Church Aston Church Hall.

New Members welcome. Sylvia 01952 812092

Crafty Sew and Sews - we meet for sewing,

knitting and other crafts at the Church Hall,

Church Aston on Tuesdays from 2-4pm. New

members welcome.

Church Aston Thursday Club meet fortnightly

Thu afternoon 2pm till 4pm, speakers,

outings. Contact Sylvia 01952 402744 or


at Church Aston Village Hall:

Mon: 10-11am Zumba, 11.30-12.30 Beg. Pilates,

2-4pm U3A Sewing/Craft Grp (alt.wks),

7-10pm Whist

Tue: 10-12 Tai Chi, 6.30-9.30pm Line Dancing

Wed: 9.30-10.25 Easy Tone, 10.30-11.15 Kettle

Bell Class, 4.30-4.30 Kids Dance Classes,

7-10pm Whist

Thu: 2-4pm Whist, 6-8pm Cubs

Fri: 2-4pm Tea dance, 4.15-6 Twinkle toe

dance, 6-7 Beavers, 7-8 Scouts

Sun: From 7pm Ballroom Dance Lessons


Telford Hot Trax Radio Controlled Car Club

- Meets every Wednesday at Dawley Social

Club, King St, Telford TF4 2AG @ 7.30pm to

10pm. Contact: 07834 808943

Dawley Traditional Market - Every Friday,

Meadow Rd car park. Contact 01952 380934

Telford Christian Fellowship, Christian

Worship & Prayer for Healing, Sun 10:30am-

12pm at the Dawley Hse, 2 Burton St, Dawley

TF4 2ES. Contact Giles Higgins 01952 272961

Dawley Christian Centre:

Mon: 5-8pm Brownies & Rainbows,

Tue: 9.30-11.30 - Stay & play groups for under


Fri: 2-4pm - Computer Club

(3rd Fri each mth) 9-12 Table Top Sale


Players wanted - Tickled Pink Ukulele Band

Practice nights Weds @ Asda Donnington.

Uke players needed. Contact us at: or call 07939 021162

Oakengates Rangers Colts U11’s Football

Club - are looking to recruit male and female

players for the 2014/2015 season - if you

are currently aged 10-11 please feel free to

come along.Training every Thursday, 6pm to

7:30pm at Donnington football pitches (near

Little Theatre). Contact Nik: 07506 722488 or

Saul: 07411 467341.

Telford Sea Cadets – Tue & Thu nights 6.45-

9pm, Cadets is for ages 12-18, Juniors 10-11.

See website for details or contact us by email:

Thu - The Creation Station ‘Little Explorer’

pre-schooler arts & crafts sessions.

Cordingley Hall, Wellington Road. 10.15 to

11.05 (term-time) Call to book your place

0844 854 9128.

at Donnington Methodist Church:

2nd Sunday of every month - Messy Church

(3-4.30pm). Everyone invited. If you are a

child you will need to bring an adult with you!

An hour of fun, games & craft activities, don’t

wear your best clothes. Donations welcomed.

We don’t expect you to belong to a church.


at Edgmond Village Hall:

Toddler group 10.00-11.30 (term time only) -

Contact Chloe 07498 282055

Mon (term time only): Painting - drawing

classes 1.00-3.30pm. More details - Cynthia

James 07722 624 210.

Every Tue Afternoon: Lunch - Afternoon tea

- soup - sandwiches - cakes - tea - coffee

- wine - prosecco & lots more, 1pm-5pm

- more info Janis 01952 820572 / 07739


Every 3rd Wed of Month - Edgmond W.I

7.30-10pm. Visitors welcome: £3.50, incl.

refreshments. Contact Dianne: 01952 825564.

Every 1st Sat of Month - Table Top Sale

9.30am-12.30. Bacon sandwiches, tea/coffee

& cakes. £6 table, free entry contact Janis

07739 634703

24th Nov (Sun) - Festive Christmas Fair at

Edgmond Village Hall - 11am-3pm, lots of

Christmas craft stalls. selling turkey baps and

mulled wine. Free entry, free parking.

10th Dec (Tue) - Festive Christmas Afternoon

Tea with mulled wine at Edgmond Village

Hall - 2-4pm special guests church Aston

W.I songbirds singing Christmas Carols. Cost

£10 a ticket contact Janis 07739 634703 or

Julie 07902 939706 or pop in the Edgmond

Village Hall on Tuesday’s 1-4pm .

Antoaneta's Writers' Edgmond meet one

evening per month in members own homes.

New members are welcomed. We are a

small and friendly group keen to advance

our writing. Contact Mark Pearce on 01952

550557 or email

for more info.


Telford Slings - babywearing socials and sling

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

month at EPIC TF4 3EE, home consultations

also available - for details

or email

Hadley Five O Club - for over 50s meets most

Mondays 9-45am to 12-noon at Hadley United

Services clubroom. Talks, entertainers, trips

out, refreshments etc Call in, or ring Keith on


Hadley Traditional Market - Wed every week,

Hadley Local Centre. Contact 01952 380934

Telford Wine Making & Home Brewing Club -

at Hadley Rest Rooms, (by the Sikh Temple)

on the 1st Thu of month 7.45 to 8pm. For

info contact Chris Hall on 01384 345408 or

Annette Jones on annette.jones234@yahoo.


Parkinson’s Telford & Wrekin Support Group

- We offer support and friendship to people

living with Parkinson’s, their families and

carers. Come along to our friendly group,

meet other people affected by Parkinson’s

and get involved in a range of events and

activities. Castle Farm Community Centre in

Hadley, 1-3pm on the last Tue of every month.

T: 01952 253877


Horsehay and District Townswomen’s Guild

meet on the 3rd Mon of each month at

Horsehay Village Hall at 7.30pm. Call 01952

503535 for more info.

Horsehay Methodist Church - coffee morning

on Wed 10.30-noon. Parents & toddlers on

Fri mornings 10-11.30am. Youth group Fri

7-8.30pm (10 to 14 yr olds)


Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Saturday

(term time) 9.30-11.00am at Ketley

Community Centre (Ages 2-12), Email:

Telford Stamp and Card Club meets on the

second Monday of each month (except July

and August) at 7.30pm at Ketley Community

Centre, Telford, TF1 5AN. Visitors welcome.


Learn to Play Bridge - at Lawley Community

Centre. For further information contact Peter

Seager on 01952 419999

Lawley & District WI meet on the 1st Tue of

every month at 7.30pm StJohn’s Church Hall

at Lawley. For more info. call Denise Edwards

01952 405756.


Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Thursday

(term time) 4.30-5.45pm at Leegomery

Community Centre (Ages 2-12), Email:


Lilleshall Women’s Institute - Open to all

age groups - speakers, demonstrations,

refreshments and raffle. At Lilleshall Memorial

Hall 3rd Tue of month 7.30pm. Guests £3 per

session. Contact Fran Taylor 01952 604718.

Pop In Coffee held on the 3rd Thursday of

each month at St Michael's Church. Everyone



Madeley Art Club - meets every Mon (exc.

Bank Hols), 9:30am-12 noon @ Jubilee Hall,

Madeley - all over 55’s welcome. For more

info call Tamara on 01952 680030.

Madeley Traditional Market - Tue & Sat –

every week, Russell Square. Contact 01952


Life Drawing - every Tuesday 7pm - 9pm at

Jubilee House, Madeley. Excellent tutor. For

more info. call the WEA 01952 614451 or email

1st Wed each month - Madeley Townswomen

Guild meets 7.30pm at the Common Room,

Bridle Court, Bridle Rd. Madeley, TF7 5SG

Contact 01952 878069.


24th Nov (Sun) - Donnington and Muxton

Parish Council annual Christmas Festival and

Lights Switch - lots to do and see including

stalls, face painting, music & singing, a

bucking reindeer, a bouncy castle and plenty

more. Stalls currently available - if you

are interested contact them on Facebook,

T: 01952 608001 or e-mail events@

Muxton Movers walking group - meet on a

Tue & Thu evening, 7.15pm at Muxton School

for an hour of fairly flat walking. Sundays, at

6.30pm, cover approx. 7 miles, in 1.5hrs. New

members are welcome!

at St John’s Church Muxton:

Mon: 12:30-2:15pm NCT Bumps and Babes

group - for parents and carers with children

under 2, £1.50 donation Painting Club 2-4pm

(term time).

Tue: Tiny Tots (10am, term time), Rainbows -

followed by Brownies & Guides

Wed: In Stitches 2pm (1st & 3rd Wed)

Embroiderers Guild 8pm (every 4th Wed)

Muxton Ladies 7.45pm (1st Wed each mth)

Thu: Forget Me Not Films 9.30am Monthly,

Afternoon Fellowship 2.30-4pm monthly &

Beacon 7.45pm

Fri: Join us 4 a Cuppa! 11am Monthly plus

litter pick, Lunch Club Over 50’s (1st Fri of


Sub:Zero – Youth Cafe, yrs7+ 4-6pm

Sat: Prayer Breakfast (bi-monthly)

Available for hire for parties etc..

Sun: Church Services 11am

Available for hire for parties etc..

If you would like further info. on the above

activities - contact the church on 01952



10th Jan (Fri) - Newport Inner Wheel Club

- 4 C's Morning (Coffee, Cuppa, Cake and Hot

Chocolate). All monies raised are for Inner

Wheel Charities locally and overseas. 10am-

12pm, at St Peter & St Paul’s Catholic Church,

1 Salters Lane, Newport TF10 7LB (Next door

to Fire Station)NOTE: Plenty of parking and

disabled accessin Church grounds - only £5

per person

Russian Language Classes - Fun and

insightful with native Russian speaker

Aleksandra. Suitable for complete beginners

to advanced. 6.30pm Tue & Fri evenings at

Cosy Hall, Newport. For more info 07528 489


Sustainable Newport - local people working

to make Newport more sustainable. Find us

on Facebook Twitter & Instagram or email

The Probus Club of Newport meet on the

first Monday of each month at 1pm for lunch

at The Swan at Forton. If you are a retired

gentleman, then feel free to check that we

are a friendly bunch! Phone Gwyn Jones on

01952 813433 for more details.

U3A Newport - meet the 3rd Tue of each

month at The Royal British Legion Club,

Audley Road, Newport at 2pm. £1 entry to

include refreshments, Members and visitors

are most welcome to come along. Please visit

our website to find out more.

Evening Stitchers - Wed fortnightly 7.30

- 9.30pm Newort Cricket Club, Audley

Avenue. Friendly, bring your own Emb. Knit,

patchwork etc. Alison 01952 324084

Beaumaris Singers - New members welcome.

We are a chamber choir of around 20 voices.

We meet every Tuesday at 7.15pm during

term time at Cosy Hall, Newport. For more

information call David 07710 005050 or visit

our website

Newport Rotary Lite - We’re an active,

informal and mixed club focused on doing

things to help the community in Newport

and beyond. Message us through Facebook

- Newport Shrops Rotary Lite.

Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Monday

(term time) 4.15-5.30pm at Newport Cricket

Club (Ages 2-12), Email: natalie@cookstars.

Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Monday

(term time) 6.30-8.15pm at Burton Borough

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

Gnosall, Newport & District Lions Club. 1st

Mon monthly at 8pm - Community Room,

Gnosall Fire Station, Wharf Road ST20

0DB. For people interested in helping in the

community. Contacts: Pat 01785 780032 or

John 01952 273919.

Newport Writers' Circle meet on 2nd Wed

of month (except Aug), 10.30am in the

library. New members welcomed. A friendly

group who share their stories in a warm and

welcoming way. Contact mailto:hinchy@ for more info.

Newport (SALOP) and District Male Voice

Choir - seeking new members for well

established friendly choir, meet 7.30pm on

Mondays at Trinity Church Wellington Rd

Newport. Novices are welcome, come along

for a taster session. You do not to be a Tom

Jones, just someone who can hold a note

and fit in to the choir. For more infor visit our

website, or call 01952 813267.

Newport Afternoon Guild meet on the 1st

Wed 2-4pm at the Cosy Hall in Newport. Call

01952 825 287 for further infomation.

Newport ‘No Fear’ Bridge Group on

Monday’s at 7 pm at The Royal Naval

Association, Bellman’s Yard, Newport TF10

7AJ. Friendly Club all welcome. For more

information go to our website at Newport ‘No

Fear’ Bridge.

Newport Bridge Club meet Tue & Thu 7pm

at The Hub St Mary Street Newport. We

welcome duplicate bridge players of all

standards. Interested? Come and join us. Call

01952 814474 for more details or e-mail info@

The Dalen Singers is a small, friendly, mixed

voice choir founded 30 years ago in Newport.

Rehearsals on Tue evenings, 7pm at Trinity

Church, Wellington Road, Newport. If you

would like to meet us just come to rehearsals,

you will be very welcome, or ring secretary

01952 811741 for more information.

Cygnus Book Club – Come along and join a

friendly group as we discuss a spiritual book

or theme of the month – all whilst enjoying

drinks and cake! Contact Romella 07894


Used Toner Cartridges - Shrewsbury Music

Therapy Unit are collecting and recycling

used printer ink cartridges to raise funds to

subsidise Music Therapy for children with

learning difficulties. Please drop off at Boots

or Ace Computers, High St, Newport.

Dressmaking Classes at Cosy Hall, Newport

on Thu’s - 10am-12.30pm and 7.30-9.30pm

‘Saturday Sewing Bee’ 2-5pm, monthly.

Details and booking contact Catherine on

01952 276061. catherine@lovedressmaking.

Toy Library in Cottage Care Centre, Newport,

every Friday 9.45-11.30, pre-school age.

Contact Steve Ravenscroft 01952 811935 or

just call in.

Newport RNA Club - Excellent venue with

warm friendly atmosphere. Function room for

hire. Mon - bridge club, Tue - open mic, Wed -

pool, Thu - bingo, Fri - dominoes/quiz nights/

live entertainment, Sat - live entertainment.

Pay on door. Non-Members £3. 07772 611540

Friends Singles Club, 45+, established

in Shropshire, now meeting in Newport.

Full details from 07955 851256 or email:

Newport Scouts, Longford Road HQ.

Beavers, Thu’s at 6pm; Cubs, Wed’s at 6pm;

Scouts, Wed’s 7.30 pm. Contact: Liz on

07780 611260

The Guild of Silk Painters - meetings are held

from 7-9.30pm on the third Monday of each

month atCosy Hall, Water Lane Newport.

Contact - Margaret 01785 254803, Diana

01785 223339 or Anethia 01952 813101.

Female 77 - Meetings held every Wednesday

during term time at Newport Cottage

Hospital 8pm. Speakers,demonstrations and

outings. New members welcome. Contact

Chris 01952 811533

Newport Wine Appreciation Group meet

from 7pm-9pm on Tue’s at Cosy Hall,

Newport. Beginners and more experienced

enthusiasts welcome. Contact Geoff on

01743 884658

Newport Life Drawing and Figure Sculpting

Workshops – Saturday mornings at Adams’

Grammar School. For further information

please call Michael on 07528489320 or email

Newport Farmers’ Market – 3rd Thu of every

month, The Square and The Buttercross,

Newport – Contact Tel 01952 380934

Newport Trefoil Guild meets monthly

on a Thursday at Cosy Hall, Water Lane.

All members/ex members of Girl Guiding

welcome. Contact Cris 01952 253960 for

further details.

Newport Photographic Club - meet 7.45pm

on Tues (Sep-Jun) in the Baptist Church

Hall in Water Lane, Newport. See www. for details.




Maddocks Chess Club - Monday nights from

7:30pm at Maddocks Sports & Social Club,

Church St, Oakengates, Telford. TF2 6BU.

FREE Art and Craft Sessions - at The Wakes,

Oakengates - every Thursday 10-2pm no

need to book just turn up, everyone welcome.

Table top sale - first Saturday of each month,

10am -12pm at the Holy Trinity Church in

Wrockwardine wood and Oakengates.

Contact Tanya May 07990 767855 (visit our

facebook page for events: Holy Trinity Church

Wrockwardine Wood)

Oakengates Traditional Market - Saturday

– every week, Limes Walk. Contact 01952


The Telford & District branch of the Multiple

Sclerosis Society hold a Monthly Social

on the 2nd Thursday of each month from

12.30pm to 2.30pm at the Salvation Army Hall

in Oakengates. There is a short chair based

exercise session followed by refreshments & a

chance to chat - open to anyone affected by

MS. Branch Helpline number: 07866 628593.

Boys’ Brigade - Tue at Oakengates United

Church - 6pm Anchor Boys, 7pm Junior Boys

Section. Friday - 7pm Company Section

(boys and girls school year 7+). Contact Dave

on 07548 574901.

Oakengates Townswomen’s Guild meet on

the 4th Thu of each month at the United

Reform Church at 7pm. Call 01952 261 207

for more info.


Sewing For Pleasure - Sewing Machine

Classes every Tuesday 7pm - 9pm, University

Campus Telford, Conference Centre,

Priorslee. TF2 9NN All abilities welcome.

Call Nicky on 01952 201502 for more details

or see our Facebook page


Tea & Natter at St. Peter’s Church, Church Rd,

Priorslee, 2pm-3pm, bring & buy with a draw.

Every 4th Thu of the month. Come and join us

for a chat with drinks & refreshments 50p – all

are welcome.

Family Praise at St Peters Church, Church

Rd, Priorslee: All-Age Worship, 2nd Sunday

of each month, 1/2hour service, 10-10:30am,

ideal for children! Contact Chris Harris 07941

961461 or email stpeterspriorslee@btinternet.


Carers` Group meets every last Tue of month,

2.30-4.30pm at the Old Fire Station, Shifnal.

Contact Ivy 01952 750228 (day only) for

more details.


Shawbirch Community Centre:

Mon-Fri: Little Chicks Pre-School 9am - 3pm

Mon: Youth Club 10-15 yrs (6–8pm)

Wed: Bridge Club (7pm – 10pm)

Fri: Telford Stage School - 5.45pm

The community centre is available

to hire evenings & weekends.

For further info. call 01952 248538.


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

7.30pm at Sheriffhales village hall. For further

info contact Janet 07964 370679.


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

Choir With guest musicians, 7:30pm at St

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

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

advance or on the gate), Includes Tea, Coffee

and Biscuits, excellent Raffle Prizes. Contact:

Joe Mascarenhas 07732 538962

Royal British Legion Shifnal Branch. Meets

every third Monday at 2000 hrs at the War

Memorial Club 5 Ways Roundabout Shifnal.

Serving and ex_serving personal most


‘Live at Home’ in Shifnal, Albrighton and

surrounding villages - Reduces isolation,

and encourages independence and a better

quality of life for over 60’s. Now recruiting

volunteers with varying tasks, from driving,

to serving tea. 10 minutes here and there,

or a regular 5 hours. Please make contact to

join us as a member or volunteer on 01952

879873 or

Shifnal Chorale mixed choir - Monday

evenings 7.30-9.30pm Trinity Church, Victoria

Road, Shifnal. New members welcome with

no auditions. Please contact Angela on 07916

870 839 or visit our website shifnalchorale.

Shifnal in Stitches - Informal knitting and

crochet group meeting at the White Hart pub

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

All ages and all skill levels welcome. Find us

on or email

Shifnal Senior Citizens meet every Friday

afternoon in the Social Club in Curriers Lane,

Shifnal at 2-4pm Membership £6 per year. All

Senior Citizens are welcome.

Shifnal Tots and Toddlers meet every

Thursday 9:15am til 11am in term time at the

Youth Club, Bridgnorth Road. Children 4

years and under with their carers welcome.

Shifnal Tennis Club - Social play every Mon

& Wed 6.30 onwards. New members always

welcome including beginners or ‘back to

tennis’ , junior coaching available throughout

the week. Contact Merill Holt 07762 15270 or

Head Coach Ian Gillespie 07761 970759 for


LIVE AT HOME - Support for older people

offering friendship and company, activities

and entertainment, outings and visits, theatre

trips and exercise. Contact Rachel on 01952


Shifnal ART Group - Fri’s 10am-12. £5. Senior

Citizens Hall, Curriers Ln. T&C. contact Jim

01952 463211.

Get Shifnal On Line - Free computer

lessons are on offer from local volunteers in

Shifnal library. If you have no knowledge of

computers, but would like to learn at your

own pace, call 01952 461018 during Library

open hours..

Carers` Group meets every last Tue of month,

2.30-4.30pm at the Old Fire Station, Shifnal.

Contact Ivy 01952 750228 (daytimes only) for

more details.

Shifnal Men’s Link - Meet 3 times a year (Feb,

Jun & Oct) at Park House, Shifnal for a meal

with a guest speaker. Contact Chris Blake on

01952 463171 or email:

Shifnal Ladies Link - Meet 3 times a year (Feb,

Jun & Oct) at Park House, Shifnal for a meal

with a guest speaker. Contact Sue Blake on

01952 463171 or email:

Stagekids of Shifnal - for 6–16s meet every

Thu during term time at The Youth Club,

Bridgnorth Rd, Shifnal, 6–11 yr olds meet

at 6.45pm-8pm, 12–16 yr olds meet 8pm-

9.45pm. Contact Sandra on 01952 462759

Shifnal Millennium Sensory Garden - The

working party meets each month from March

through to the end of Nov. on the 1st and

3rd Sats and the 2nd and 4th Thurs 9.30am

- noon. Enthusiastic helpers most welcome.

Contact Angela - 01952 462627 for more

details or just turn up on the day.

Shifnal Flower Club meet 4th Tue of every

month at Shifnal Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Professional Floral Art Demonstrations,

Garden Visits & Outings, if you love flowers,

come & join us. Call Sue Munslow on 01952


Shifnal Flower Club Workshop is 3rd Tue

of every month at Curriers Lane Room,

Shifnal - 7.30pm. Learn how to produce

your own floral arrangement. Members £2,

non members £4. Call Chris Finlan on 01952


Shifnal & District Male Voice Choir meet on

Thu at 7.30pm at Idsall School (6th form

common room). New recruits welcome.

Contact Ged Heyes on 01952 586968, for

further details.

St Andrews Church, Shifnal - Every Tue 10am

– 12 noon Coffee and a listening ear in the

Brooke Room.

Trinity Methodist Church, Shifnal - Every

Wednesday 10am - 12 noon all welcome to

drop in for a drink & a chat.

Ladybirds tots and toddlers meet every

Friday from 10-11.30am at Trinity Methodist

Church, Shifnal. All children under 5 and their

carers are welcome.

St Mary’s Church Presbytery, Victoria Road,

Shifnal - Coffee Morning every Thu. All

welcome for a drink and a chat.

St Georges

Telford & Wrekin Arthritis Support Group,

meet bi-monthly at St. George’s Sports &

Social Club, Church St. 7.30–9.30pm. Also

organize trips with side lift coaches and a

5 days holiday once a year with disabled

access. Hydrotherapy sessions at the PRH

Thu 5–7pm, for members only. For further

details contact Mrs. Pat Watkins on 01952


at St Georges Methodist Church:

Mon - 4pm Rainbows / 5.45pm Brownies

(Contact: 01952 293944)

Wed - Snedshill & District Over 60’s Club -

meet 1pm (T: 618221 - Lois Bull)

1st Wed of every month - St Georges WI

meet in the Church Hall at 7pm - contact A.

Chetwood 01952 618353 for further details.

Thu - 6pm Guides / 7.45pm Morningside

Ladies Choir - Are seeking new members.

We sing a variety of music for enjoyment. You

are welcome to come and join us. Parking is

available. Contact 01952 613007 for further


Thu - 9:30-11:30am - Little Fishes under 5’s

group. For all pre-school children and their

carers. Meets in the St Georges Methodist

Church Hall. £1.50 per family to include

snacks and drinks. Contact Kate on 07976


Telford - Town Centre

Monthly Craft Fair (2nd Sat of each mth),

9.30am-3.30pm at Meeting Point House,

Southwater, Telford. Free entry to over 25

stalls of local crafters and artists. Onsite café

serving breakfasts, lunch and afternoon teas.

Afternoon Tea at Meeting Point House,

Southwater - available Mon to Sat 12-3pm

in the vintage inspired tea room. £8 for two,

includes a pot of tea. The room is also great

for birthdays and celebrations as well as

local community groups. Call 01952 292268,

visit or email


ATC meet at TA Centre, Territorial House,

Trench, Telford between 18.45 - 21.30 every

Tue & Thu night. Contact number for Sqn

01952 670720


21st Nov - Wellington History Group,

meet 7:30pm at at Wellington Library. A

talk by Allan Frost 'Hiatt Ladies’ College'.

Entrance free, but donations appreciated.

SUNNYCROFT - 200 Holyhead Road,

Wellington. CHRISTMAS - Festive

Decorations and Carol Singers. House,

tearoom and gardens open 10.30am -4pm

Fri-Tue 30th Nov to 23rd Dec. Normal

admission charges apply, N.T. members free.

The Telford Railway Modellers Group meets

every Wednesday, 7-9pm at the Old Church

Hall, Severn Drive, Dothill TF1 3JP. We run

all gauges N to O. All ages and skill levels are

welcome. Contact John on 01952 820376, or

Doug on 01952 810461

Telford Stamp and Card Club Meetings -

Stamp Club meetings are on the 2nd Monday

of each month, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, in the

Belmont Hall, Wellington. For more info call

Richard Camp on 01952-405458.

SPACES available at Wellington Brownies

- for girls aged 7-10, Mon 6:30-7:45pm,

Wellington Methodist Church - contact

Joanne Martin on 01952 254555

Wrekin Flower Club - Meet 3rd Wed of the

month at Belmont Hall Wellington TF1 1LU

at 2pm. Friendly Club who enjoy the skills of

National & International Demonstrators, Sales

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

welcome. Contact Linda Hood 01952 252243.

Severn Harmony Ladies Barbershop Chorus

meets every Monday from 7.30-9.30pm at

Wellington Methodist Church,New Street,TF1

1LU for singing and fun. For more info.

contact Membership Secretary, Carol Shore

on 01952 597851 or 07792 862826.

Wellington, the home of The Telfordaires

Barbershop Harmony Chorus. For the MALE

voice. If you can or can’t sing, just like to try,

or need some entertainment for an event.

Contact us on 0845 463 1618

Art and Craft fun for toddlers - every Friday

at 11am at Wellington Methodist Church.

Contact Kirsty on 07741 066858 or kirsty@ or visit for

further details.

Art for Enjoyment - at Wellington Methodist

Church - Tue mornings or afternoons, and

now on Thu afternoons as well, 1.30 - 3.30pm.

Call Liz Doody, the course tutor for more info.

or to book your place on 07970 709116.

Telford Lions Club - Meet on 2nd & 4th Monday

each month at 8pm, at the Whitehouse Hotel,

Watling Street, Wellington. To find out more

about us, our activities and how to join us, t:

0845 833 9585 or email telford.lions@yahoo.


Car boot sale – Every Sunday, Victoria Road

and Nailors Row car parks – Contact Tel

01952 380934

U3A Wellington - 2nd Thu of each Month

meeting at Belmont Community Hall,

Wellington - 2pm. Just come along and see

what’s on offer, or visit our website.

S.T.A.G.s (Strategic Tactical Adventure

Gaming Society) one of the biggest

wargaming clubs in the country. Historical as

well as Sci/Fanasty wargaming. We meet at

Belmont Hall in Wellington - see website for

more details: or call

01952 417747 .

Wellington Jade Singers ladies choir, meet

weekly on Thu evenings 7.30-9.30pm Union

Free Church Hall, Constitution Hill, Wellington,

TF1 3BA, contact Chris Harris 07941 961461 or


Wrekin Arts Photographic Club meets

every Friday at 8pm at the Belfrey Arts

Centre Wellington (Sep to Jun). Details from

Sheila Thomas on 01952 617170 or www.

Belmont Community Hall in Wellington -

meet every Fri 11.45am-4pm - Over 50’s, tea,

raffle, speakers, bingo etc.. £1.50 entry, also

lunch available at £3.50 at 12pm - cooked on

the premises. All welcome. For further details

contact Margaret Atkinson on 01952 877409.

The Wellington Girls’ Brigade meet every

Tue in term time from 6-8pm at Wellington

Methodist Church. All girls welcome from

5yrs+. For more info. call Tracey on 01952


Wellington Evening Townswomen’s Guild

meet on the 1st Tue of each month at 7.30pm

at Belmont Community Hall, Wellington.

Visitors welcome. Call 01952 276615 for more


Wellington Central Townswomen’s Guild

meet on the 2nd Tue of each month at 2.15pm

at the Carvers Close Community Room,

Holyhead Rd, Wellington. For more info call

01952 251 364.

Eyton & Wellington WI - Meet every 2nd Wed

of the month at 7:30pm in the Belmont Hall,

Wellington for speakers, friendship and tea &

biscuits. Visitors welcome. Call Judi on 01952

411801 for more details.

Grace Church Wellington - meets Sundays

at 11am in the Wellington Library. An

independent local fellowship. Visit www.

Other Areas

Telford Slings - trained babywearing

consultant offering sling hire, retail and

expert advice and fitting, in 4 locations

around Telford - see

Apley Arena - Outdoor equestrian arena

50x30m with jumps to hire all year round £10,

07714 743369

Ironbridge Rotary – A friendly group of

men and women doing good and having

fun. Members from all over the Telford area.

Join us and make a difference. For more info: or find us on

Facebook or the internet.

Garden Club - Kynnersley Village Hall, Telford,

TF6 6DX. Meet monthly, 2nd Friday of each

month at 7pm, we welcome members from

all around the Telford area Contact Hannah 01743 341949.

The Wolverhampton Phoenix Club for the

widowed - a club for both men and women

who are widowed and are ready to restart

their social life in a friendly supportive

atmosphere. We meet the 2nd Sunday of the

month at Codsall Village Hall at 7pm in the

summer afternoons and 2.30pm in the winter.

We have a varied program of entertainment

and we also organise monthly lunches at

local pubs, day trips and holidays. For more

information phone Jim 01902 846696.

Age UK Lunch Clubs - are held every month

at 10 different locations. Ring Age uk Telford

(01952 201803) for more details or check out

the website: www.ageukshropshireandtelford.

IT Class (for older people) run every

Wednesday 3-5pm at Brookside Community

Centre. Contact Diane Douglas 01952 201803

ext 001 or

Whist Drive - Every Fri, at Buildwas Village

Hall, 7pm prompt - everyone welcome, Call

01952 242009 for details.

Telford Sign Cafe - want to practice your

signing or are you a Deaf Sign Language

user who would enjoy helping us! Enjoy

a coffee and a chat. All abilities welcome.

Meet 3rd Fri of month from 7pm, at The

Home Organisation Coffee Shop, Lightmoor.

Contact Nikki: nikkibackhouse@googlemail.

com, 07791 724827

Wrockwardine and District Garden

Club - Meet on 1st Thu of each month at

Wrockwardine Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Little Wenlock WI - meet 1st Wed of every

month - in the Village Hall at 2pm, new

members welcome - contact Diana on 01952

244136 for further details.

Severn Sisters WI - Meet every 3rd Wed,

7-9pm at Longdon On Tern Village Hall.

For further info contact Paula Pierce 07841

528543 E:, view

facebook page at Severn Sisters WI

Volunteer and Make a Difference - if you could

help Guide Dogs locally with fundraising,

sighted guiding or other volunteer roles,

please contact Valerie Jobes on 01189 838

756 or

Further info can be found at www.guidedogs.

The Wrekin Decorative and Fine Arts Society

meets at the Cold War exhibition hall at RAF

Cosford Air Museum on the 3rd Mon of the

mth at 2pm. Visitors £5. Contact: Louise

Nixon 01746 783517 -


Telford and Wrekin Ladies Circle is all about

fun and friendship – trying something new,

relaxing with friends, fundraising & great days

out. If you are between 18-45 and want to

know more contact us at: tandwladiescircle@ - 07961 961475 or find us on


Wrekin Writers meet 3rd Sat of month 9

till noon. Large friendly group that’ll help to

motivate you with your writing. Visit www. or call Darren on 01952


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Local Health, Sport


at Admaston House Community Centre (for further info.

contact Moira Hoath on 07722 213264):

Mon: Yoga (evenings) Contact Janet Evans on 01952


Wed: Weight Watchers 5.30pm & 7pm

Thu: Gentle seated and standing exercises for older

people. 10.30-11.30am. Qualified tutor £2.50, call Diane

Douglas on 01952 201803 for details.

Thu: Slimming World - 9.30am, 5.30pm & 7.30pm Contact

Sharon on 07775 512563


Apley Arena, Outdoor equestrian arena 50x30m with

jumps to hire all year round £10, 07714 743369

Church Aston

at Church Aston Village Hall:

Wed 9.30-10.25am Easy tone - over 50s & beginners

Wed 10.30am-11.15 - Kettlebells Class - all over body

workout using kettle shaped weight. Contact Kim on

07795 225017

Thu 11am Medau Movement & Dance exercise with

Rosemary 01785 822442.


Have fun – keep fit. Short Tennis Prime Time Club (over

55’s). Tue and Fri 5-6pm at Phoenix Sport & Leisure

Centre, Dawley. First taster is free, membership £5 and

each sesssion is £2. Please contact Peter on 01952

274657 Margaret on 019852 274535 or Keith on 506616.

Touch Rugby - Telford RFC, Hinkshay Road, Telford TF3

3BZ. Wed 7pm ages 14 to adult Men and Women no

previous experience required. £free. Just fun and fitness

to be had!

Ballroom Social Dance Class - Dawley Town Hall, Sun 7.30-

10.30pm. Call Donna on 01952 567920

Dawley Badminton Club meets on Tues 7:30-9:30pm at

Holy Trinity Academy, Teece Dr, Priorslee, Telford TF2

9SF. We support a good club standard of play using

feather shuttles. New members and visitors are welcome.

Please come along on Club Night or contact the Club

Secretary on: / www.

Slimming World (Tue 9:15am & 11:15am) at Dawley Bank -

Call Paula on 07791 743509

Pilates Mon 7-8pm at the Pheonix Sports Centre, Telford

Langley School. 36 block of 6 consecutive classes or £7

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

462896 or email

Mons’ - 8-10pm - The Ironmen & Severn Gilders Morris

dance team – great fun, all welcome, men and ladies,

at The Telford Langley School, Duce Drive, Dawley, TF4

3JS. Contact us through our website or


Dawley Christian Centre:

Mon - GKR Karate 6.30-8pm

Tue - Keep Fit 10-11am, Badminton Grp 7-9pm

Wed - Zumba 8-9pm

Thu 9am-12pm Help 2 Quit Smoking


Bums n Tums fitness class - at Silver Threads Hall,

Donnington 6.30-7.30pm. It would suit all fitness levels

and is great fun! Contact Cheryl on 07714 610591 or


Yoga, Pilates & Yogalates Classes - in the new studio

at Edgmond Village Hall, Shrewsbury Road, Edgmond,

Newport, TF10 8HU. Mon: Pilates at 6pm; Wed: Pilates at

5.30pm and Yoga at 6.30pm. Cost: £6 PAYG or £30 (£5)

for 6 classes paid in advance. Call or text Denise on 07875

661045 or email to book.


Gentle Exercise (for older people) - at the Methodist

Church (Hadley) 2-3pm Mondays. £2.50 per session, all

abilities welcome.

Exercise Class at Hadley Community Centre (Hadley) Tue

1:00-1:45pm (for older people, but a little more physical).

£2.50 per session, all abilities welcome.

Slimming World - at HLC, Hadley - 5.30pm & 7.30pm

Contact Sharon on 07775 512563

Daisy Birthing classes: Active Antenatal classes on Sat 10-

11:30am at HLC. Suitable for all pregnant mums. Email: or phone

07808 066786.

Thu mornings at Telford Thai

Boxing, Hadley - 10-11am Yoga

and 11:15-12:15pm Pilates. All

ages and fitness levels welcome,

including complete beginners. Contact

- 07852 144119 or email

Indoor Bowls - Mon & Tue 2-4pm, at Hadley Restrooms.

New members VERY welcome, free trial available. For

more details contact Roger on 07955 852 534.

Gymnastics Classes - Monday to Saturday, for beginners

- advanced gymnasts. Contact: 07905 956644 or email

Piloxing (Boxing, Pilates & Dance) - Mon 6.30-7.30pm.

Zumba - Thu 6.30-7.30pm. Hadley Methodist Church,

£3.50. All abilities welcome! Debbie 07891 686812


Fudoshin karate club - Training Tuesdays and Fridays.

Fully qualified and insured instructors training in the

Shindo Jinen Ryu style of karate. Weapons also taught,

including nunchaku, sai, bo, kama and tonfa. Contact Nick

Mellor 4th Dan on 07815 959368.


‘Tap into Health’ - EFT tapping workshops. Relief from

stress, pain and more. Wednesdays 10.30 - 11.30 at The

Gorge Therapy & Training Centre. £5 or whatever you

can manage on the day. Caroline 01952 881151 www.

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

At The GorgeTherapy & Training Centre. For more info

contact: Diane 01952 881151


Yoga - Wednesdays 7-8pm at Ketley Community Centre,

Holyhead Road, Ketley, TF1 5AN. Friendly class, suitable

for all abilities and beginners are especially welcome. £5

per class, no need to book. Contact Debbie on 07790

006815, email or see my


Over 50’s Class @ Ketley Methodist church, Waterloo

Road, Ketley. Thursday 10-11am. Suits all fitness levels

and is a great place to meet new people. £3 per session.

Contact Cheryl on 01952 371325 or email cheryljauncey@

Slimming World - Ketley Methodist Church on Tue at 5.30

& 7.30pm.


Clubbercise and Legs, Bums & Tums (Special deal for

BOTH classes) - Tuesdays Lawley Primary School Arleston

Lane TF4 2PR. All fitness levels welcome age 16+. Contact

Kim - 07724 087516. Or find us on Facebook 'Clubbercise

Telford with Kim'

Baby Yoga at St. Johns Church Hall, Lawley – Mon 1-2pm,

Adult Yoga Mon 8.15 to 9.15pm. Contact Michele on 07970

731174 or email www.mitchytitch.

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

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



Clubbercise - Fun Fitness with Amanda - Leegate

Community Centre, Leegomery ,Telford. Monday's 7-8pm

£5 Pay as you go. Contact Amanda 07780 515 350

CJ's Dance Fit - Mon & Wed 6.30pm and Thu 9.45am &

11am at Leegomery Methodist Church, Hadley Park Road,

TF1 6QG. Also an Age UK class on Thu at 1:30pm. Call

07793 777659 or email: for

more details.

Lightmoor Village

at Oak Tree Centre, Lightmoor Village:

Wed: Help to Quit Smoking 5.30-6.30pm - for app’s call

Rachel 07979 540496

Sat: Dance Classes 9-10.15am (7yrs+), 10.15-11am (3-6yrs)


Lilleshall Trampoline Club - Tuesdays at Lilleshall National

Sports Centre: (8-14 year olds) excluding school holidays

- Trampoline Foundation: 6 - 7:30pm & Trampoline

Development: 7:30 - 9pm. £5 a session. Contact us on

01952 603003

Lilleshall Quick Sticks Hockey - Sundays 10-10:45am (7-9

year olds) at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. £30 for 7

weeks. Contact us on 01952 603003

Adult Yoga class, Mon 10-11am at the Memorial Hall in

Lilleshall. Contact Michele on 07970 731174 or email info@

Lilleshall Village Tennis Club - Welcomes new members,

Tues, Thurs evenings & Sunday mornings. Junior & Adult

Coaching – Saturday afternoons. Complete beginners

course for Adults - Tues pm. For further details contact

Pauline Coffey on 01952 604757

Lilleshall National Sports Centre - Sutherland Badminton

Club - Tue evenings 8.30 - 10.30pm New members

welcome. Contact: Amanda Haselock - 01952 677590

Premier Badminton Club are seeking new members. Tue

evenings from 7:30pm at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

Contact Anthony 01952 526520 or Rob 01952 840453


Lilleshall Hall Table Tennis Club - meet Mondays during

term time, 6.30-7.30pm for Juniors, 7.30-9.30pm for

Adults, in Jubilee/Ford Hall at Lilleshall National Sports

Centre. Adults £5, Juniors £3 per week. Coaching available

for all abilities. Call Louise 813924 or Don 416048.


Bootcamp/Interval training classes at Bridal Road, Bridal

Court, Madeley. Every Tue & Thu 7-8pm. Suits all fitness

levels and great fun. Contact Cheryl on 01952 371325

Slimming World- Jubilee House, Madeley High St, Wed at

3.30,5.30 & 7.30 and Sat 8.30 & 10.30am.


at St John’s Church Muxton:

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


Slimming World - Mon (9.30, 5.30pm & 7.30pm) contact

Celia Powell 07575 123666

Wed: Over 50’s Aerobics (10am)

If you would like further info. on the above activities -

contact the church on 01952 670033


Various Fitness classes at The Body Barn in Newport,

Shropshire's biggest outdoor fitness facility - see website

for full details at: or call Danny on

07894 569571.

Slimming World (Thu 9:30am, 5:30pm & 7:30pm) at

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relieve stress and aid relaxation. Suitable for adults of all

ages and abilities. Cosy Hall Tuesday am. Contact Dilys

01952 588838 /

Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Clubbercise, Box-Fit, Circuits,

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The Ballroom High Street Newport. Pay As You Go Classes

Available Plus Pre-Paid Class Cards. Call Nikki 07967

343728 or email

Forton Cricket Club - Fancy playing cricket, we have two

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

contact Clive 01952 825447 or

Nova Utd FC based in Newport, looking for new players for

2017/18,Training Saturday mornings 9-10.30 Shuker Fields,

Ages 7 to 16yrs, all abilities welcome, for more details visit

our website

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

Newport. Mondays 7-9pm - Adult classes. Contact sensei@ website T: 0845 678


Badminton Newport - We’re a friendly, mixed aged

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Hall, Newport, TF10 7DS. Please contact Sue: 07813 677 347 Junior Badminton Club - we

have places available for U11’s who want to learn how to

play badminton. It’s £4 per week and includes coaching by a

Badminton England accredited Level 2 coach. Saturday (10-

11am under 11’s and 11-12 under 15’s) in term time at Burton

Borough School, Newport. Contact Des Machin on 07949

192038, E:

Farmhouse Shotokan Karate Club, Moreton Millennium

Community Centre and Burton Borough School, Newport

- Tues, Fri & Sun. For all ages and abilities. Fully qualified

and insured Instructors. First Lesson Free. Contact 07890

349451, email or visit www.

Yoga Classes at Trinity Church, Wellington Rd, Newport:

Mummy & Baby Yoga - Thu 1.30 – 2.30pm. Dru Yoga

classes - Fridays 7 - 8.30pm. Contact Kate on 07989



Salopian Skimmers Frisbee Club are looking for new Male &

Female players of all abilities. Wed night at Adams Grammar

Sports Hall. 18.30 to 20.00. First 3 sessions Free. For more

info email or join us on Facebook.

Women’s Circle for Spiritual Development – are you

looking to connect to like-minded spiritually awake women

& deepen your connection - then this group is for you. 1st

Fri of month in Newport – Contact Romella 07894 812440


& Fitness Classes


Have fun – keep fit. Short Tennis Prime Time Club (over

55’s). Wed 7-8pm at Oakengates Leisure Centre. First

taster is free, membership £5 and each sesssion is £2.

Please contact Peter on 01952 274657 Margaret on

019852 274535 or Keith on 506616.

Telford Fight Factory - Muay Thai, Boxing, Strength

& Conditioning. At The Ice Lounge, Eden Complex,

Cannongate Road, Oakengates. Fun, family friendly

class, age 7-70yrs, Mon 6-7, Wed 7-8. Contact Stuart

Whiston 07786 115899 or fb

Telford & Wrekin Lawn Green Bowling Club - Est 1982 at

Hartshill Park - Oakengates. Club nights Thurs - starting

6pm. Competitive and social bowling against other

Midlands clubs. New members welcome. Contact Roger

Rowley on 01952 612574.

Slimming World (Sat - 8am & 10am) at Oakengates Rest

Rooms, Charlton Street, Oakengates, Telford TF2 6BD -

Call Paula on 07791 743509

Martial Arts Club ( Aikido ) at Oakengates Leisure Centre.

Mon & Fri 7.45 / 8.45pm Juniors ( 7yrs+ ). Mon & Fri 7.45

/ 10.00pm Adults. New members always welcome. First

lesson is free. If you would like more info contact us on:

07929761302. Email us on


Shawbirch Community Centre:

Tue - Antenatal Yoga (5:30-6:30pm), Yoga (7-9pm)

For further info. contact us on 01952 248538.


Slimming World - Shifnal Village Hall, Wednesday’s

5:30pm and 7:30pm . Contact Fay 07729 307 813

Swimming Lessons - Duck N Dive Limited - Baby,

preschool, afterschool & adult swimming lessons across

various locations in Telford & Shifnal. T: 01952 301012,,

Line Dancing Classes at Shifnal Memorial Club on Tue

at 7.30pm.

Meditation followed by group activity every Thu 7.30-

9.30pm at Citizen’s Hall, Curriers Lane, Shifnal. £8pp.

Contact Norma on 01952 463876 or email Jehandra@ or Facebook -Jehandra Holistic Healing for

more details.

Tue mornings at St Andrews Youth Club, - Yoga 9:30

- 10:30am and Pilates 10:45 - 11:45am. £5 per class or

£8 for both classes. Thu mornings at Shifnal Village Hall

- Yoga 10-11am, £5 per class. All ages and fitness levels

welcome, including complete beginners. Contact Gill on

07852 144119 or email

YOGA every Thu at Trinity Methodist Church, Shifnal

Adults - 7.10-8.10pm, Pregnancy 6-7pm, Baby Yoga at

St. Andrews Church, Shifnal every Wed 1-2pm. Contact

Michele on 07970 731174 or email info@mitchytitch.

Laughter Yoga - The fun way to good health. Mon 7-8

pm. Tues 10.30 - 11.30 at Shifnal Seniors Club, Curriers

Lane. All ages, all abilities. All welcome. £6 on the day or

£24 for 6 weeks. Contact Caroline: 07868240605 info@

Adult Fitness Classes at Idsall Sports Centre – METAFIT

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welcome! 1st Class FREE !!! 01952 460499

Shifnal Bowling Club - Social Bowling every Thu morning

10.30am-12.30pm. Junior Coaching Sat morning 11-12. All

are welcome to our club young & old. Contact Graham

McCarthy 01902 372 955 for details.

DANCE class 10.30 Wed at St Andrews Youth Club Hall.

Exercises & routines for fitness & fun, over 50s, £5. More

info Spaces limited so

please contact Sally 01952 461768.

Pilates Mon 10-11am at the Trinity Methodist Church Hall.

Tue 7-8pm at Kemberton Village Hall. £36 block of 6

consecutive classes or £7 pay-as-you-go. Contact Beryl

on 07971 875372 or 01952 462896 or email beryl.feely@

Shifnal Cricket Club - Junior cricket coaching - All Stars

(age 5-8), U9, U10 and U11 boys and girls training on a

Friday 6pm. Monday 6:15pm - U13 and Tue 6:15pm for

U15. Also women's Soft Ball for beginners and Hard

Ball for improvers - Fri 6pm. For details please email

Idsall Badminton Club meet at Idsall Sports Centre,

Shifnal - Tue 7-9pm. All we ask is that you play to a

reasonable standard.

Ceroc Modern Jive and Salsa class nights at Shifnal Village

Hall. Every Monday (exc Bank Hols) 7.45pm - 11pm. New

members always welcomed and no need to bring a partner.

Contact Mike on 07990 554459, email cerocmidlands@ or visit

St Georges

Clubbercise - Fun Fitness with Amanda - Priorslee Scout

Hut , Snedshill, St George's Telford. Wednesday morning

class 10-11am. £5 per class. All levels of Fitness welcome,

ideal beginner's. Contact Amanda 07780 515 350

Clubbercise and Legs, Bums & Tums (Special deal for

BOTH classes) - Wednesdays at St Georges Sports &

Social Club TF2 9LU. All fitness levels welcome

age 16+. Contact Kim - 07724 087516. Or find us

on Facebook 'Clubbercise Telford with Kim'

HIITPad Fitness 4 week Intensive Academy. Morning

and Evening groups. Held at Bailang, St Gower Street

Trading Estate George's, Telford. For more info and next

course dates visit

Karate and Self-Defence at 1st Priorslee & St. Georges

Scout Hall, Snedshill Way, St. Georges on Friday's

7.30pm to 8.30pm. Family-orientated, from beginner

to black belt and beyond. Adults £3 Under 16s £2.50.

Contact Zanshin-do Karate Chief Instructor Steve Lowe

6th Dan Black Belt for further information by emailing

"Koshi Wind-Chime Relaxation and Healing" Come

for Healing and Relax to beautiful sounds. £5 each. St

Georges & Priorslee Parish Centre. London Rd, TF2 9LJ.

Every 4 wks Thu 7.30pm. Booking essential 07974 196

421 Nikki

Slimming World - St Georges Sports & Social Club. Thu

9.30am, 11.30pm, 5pm and 7pm. Contact Celia Powell

on 07575 123666

at St Georges Methodist Church:

Tue 5-7pm Synergy Dance Troop (Contact: 01952


Wed - 10.30am Pilates (Tel: 412924) / 1.30pm


Total Body Tone & Clubbercise (Special deal for BOTH

classes) - Mondays at Grange Park Primary School

Grange Avenue, Stirchley. All fitness levels welcome age

16+. Contact Kim - 07724 087516. Or find us on Facebook

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Telford - Town Centre

AQUABABIES - Swimming lessons for children aged 12

weeks to 3 years. Lessons held at The Park Inn hotel on

Mon, Tue, Thu and Sat from 10am. To book your FREE

trial lesson contact Lisa on 07598 617442 or Stuart on

01543 572855


Yoga - Wednesdays 9.30am - 10.30am at Wrockwardine

Wood and Trench Parish Hall, Church Road, Trench,

TF2 7BQ. Beginners welcome, friendly class, mats are

provided, all abilities catered for. Come along and try it,

first class is free. £5 per class. Contact Colleen on 07860

231668, email or

look on the website

Yoga - Mondays 7-8pm at Our Lady of the Rosary

and St Luke Church Hall, Church Road, Trench, TF2

7HG. Friendly class suitable for all abilities and

beginners are especially welcome. £5 per class, no

need to book. Contact Debbie on 07790 006815, email or see my website: www.

Interval Training class that suits any fitness levels - 6:30

to 7:30pm. At The Labour Club, Gibbons Rd, Trench.

Proven to burn more fat than any other form of exercise.

Also great fun too! Class costs £3.50. Contact Cheryl

07714 610591.


Pilates / Yoga-lates at TCAT Dance Studio, Thursdays

6.15pm. All levels, men & women welcome. Contact

Lesley on

Clubbercise - Fun Fitness with Amanda - Telford Arena

Nighclub, Tan Bank, Wellington TF1 1HD. Tuesday's

7-8pm. New Funky step class - Thursday's 7-8pm

(booking Essential) . £5 pay as you go. All levels of

Fitness welcome . Contact Amanda 07780 515 350

Mindfulness and Relaxation - cultivate mindful presence

and inner stillness. Weekly workshops incorporate

mindful activities, meditation and relaxation, which

will enable you to rejuvenate mind, body and spirit.

Tuesday's 7 - 8pm at Wellington Methodist Church.

Session price £7. Contact Lorraine:

or 07898 823339 for more info or to

reserve a place.

Yoga with Lynne in the Committee Room, via Wellington

Library. Mon - Mixed ability 7- 8.30pm / Wed Beginners 7-

8pm . Contact: or 07506 695443

Wrekin Shotokan Karate Club, at Wrekin College Sports

Hall, Wellington: Wed 6:30pm; Sat 10:30am; and at Sport

TCAT Mondays 7:30 pm. Learn authentic Japanese

Shotokan karate from team of black belts lead by 6th

Dan, Shotokan Karate International Federation, Japan.

Contact: Tony on 07841 839372.

Severn Spokes Cycling Group - We are a small, friendly

and welcoming group of cyclists who run regular, easy

paced rides from Wellington through the quiet lanes of

Shropshire and beyond. Contact severnspokes@gmail.

com or visit and/or

our website

Telford STAGS Walking Football - Normal Football rules

except NO RUNNING! We play on a Monday morning

9.45 at the 4g pitches to the rear of AFC Telford Utd. All

over 55's welcome. Also summer sessions Thu at 18.45.

Contact Roy Vincent 01952 245407 for further details.

KAPAP - Martial Arts Club held at TCAT, Haybridge Rd,

Telford, TF1 2NP on Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm. First

session free trail. Contact Paul - paul@kapaptelford. or 07737 825263.

Immerse School of Diving - we have a training and

club diving session on a Friday evening at 8:30pm at

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us on Facebook

An active and friendly scuba diving club, we cater for

beginners through to professional level divers, and

charge no membership fees or surcharges on your club


Slimming World - Wed & Thu at The Glebe Centre, Glebe

St, Wellington, 5.30 & 7.30. Call Heather on 07737

734347 01952 289386 or just pop along! All welcome.

Piloxing - techniques of boxing and vertical pilates with

some dance moves. Fridays 6-7pm at Charlton School

- £4. For more info contact Annette on 07866 021030.

Wrekin Tennis Club - Social play every Tuesday &

Thursday evening starting at 7-9pm & Sunday 11am-

1pm. Based at Oakengates Leisure Centre New players

welcome, Contact Alan Pritchard at: alanp52@yahoo. or 07596 984442 or visit our website, www.

Telford Community Tennis Club, Junior tennis coaching

lessons at Bowring Park, Wellington on Sun - 10-11am (4-

7yrs), 11-12am (8-10yrs), 12-1pm (11-16yrs). We also have

sessions for adult members of all abilities.


Friendly Badminton group playing 7-9pm every Thu at

TCAT Sports Hall are seeking new players to join them.

Come along and try a few taster sessions at £5 per

night. Contact Jenny Varley (evenings 6-7pm) on 01952


Wellington Badminton Club - Sports Hall at Ercall Wood

Academy, Wellington. Club nights - Tuesday 8 - 10pm. All

welcome. Contact Jerry Seymour (Chairman) on 01952

261008 or email Website:

Other Areas

Taoist Tai Chi Society of GB - All ages and abilities

welcome. See for information and

availability of classes or phone 01952 597685.

Swimming Lessons - Duck N Dive Limited - Baby,

preschool, afterschool & adult swimming lessons across

various locations in Telford & Shifnal. T: 01952 301012,,

Dance Fit at Hollinswood every Friday 2.45pm-3.30pm,

call Diane Douglas on 01952 201803 for details.

Sutton Heights - Music4health singing for all ages and

stages every Sat. Fee £10. 11am-12 and sound healing at

2pm-3pm please book before day. Contact Linda 01952

680232 or visit

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and general well being by getting involved in practical

conservation.The Telford Green Gym offers activities all

over Telford On Tue, Wed and Thu. Contact The healthy

Lifestyles Hub 01952 382582

Arriba Wellness Club - Community Weight Loss

Challenge at Fitness First, Telford. Call Lisa Harris on

07580 434325.

Yoga for Pregnancy in Albrighton - Weekly classes every

Mon 8-9.15pm. Gentle exercise from weeks 15-40 of your

pregnancy. Methodist Church Hall, High St, Albrighton

WV7 3JA. Classes from £7. Call Rebecca Jenks on 07890

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Career con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen) can hardly

believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow

Betty McLeish (Mirren) online.

As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is

surprised to find himself caring about her, turning

what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most

treacherous tightrope walk of his life.

Date: 8th November 2019

Genre: Unknown

Cast Members: Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen


Charlie’s Angels have always provided security

and investigative skills to private clients, and

now the Townsend Agency has expanded

internationally, with the smartest, most fearless,

most highly trained women all over the globe

- multiple teams of Angels guided by multiple

Bosleys taking on the toughest jobs across the


When a young systems engineer blows the

whistle on a dangerous technology, these

Angels are called into action, putting their lives

on the line to protect us all.

Release Date: 29th November 2019

Genre: Action

Cast Members: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott,

Ella Balinska




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.

Date: 22nd November 2019

Genre: Animated

Cast Members: Kristen Bell, Jason Ritter, Jonathan




In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but

the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji

to rescue one of their own, they discover that

nothing is as they expect. The players will have to

brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the

arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to

escape the world’s most dangerous game.

Date: 13th December 2019

Genre: Adventure

Cast Members: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart,

Karen Gillan

Please note that release dates are subject to change and some previews may be shown earlier.


Notes from your local

Muxton Councillor

The closing date to apply for primary school places

is 15th January 2020. I urge parents to apply as

soon as possible as it is easily forgotten during the

run up to Christmas. With most schools being over

subscribed it is important parents have chosen

more than one school suitable for their child as

they may not be allocated a place at their first

choice school. Though there is an appeals process

in place.

Why would anyone shoot at the glass panels on

the pedestrian bridge at Telford station? Hopefully

those responsible will be found and dealt with.

Perhaps they could be replaced with bulletproof

panels; and while they are about it why not put a

roof over the gaps to keep commuters dry in wet


The Ironbridge cooling towers are shortly to be

demolished. Like them or

not, at least the views of the

gorge from the bridge will be

closer to those seen when

the bridge was constructed.

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Across: 3 Red giants, 8

Seer, 9 Stallion, 10 Rattle,

13 Chafe, 14 Besiege, 15

Pus, 16 Species, 17 Aries,

21 Arnica, 22 Taxation, 23

Once, 24 Zeitgeist.

Down: 1 Ostracise, 2

Meltwater, 4 Easel, 5

Glasses, 6 Axle, 7 Thou, 11

Deficient, 12 Newspaper,

14 Bus, 15 Pensive, 18

Banns, 19 Date, 20 Fast.




Here is one

possible solution

(others may exist)










3 Letters












4 Letters












• Cranberry Sauce

• Roast Potatoes

• Stuffing

• Christmas Pudding

• Brussel Sprouts

• Turkey

• The extra word is 'Turnip'.

There are 20 snowmen.

You collect 8 baubles when

travelling down the tree.





5 Letters




6 Letters


1. The Grinch (in How The Grinch Stole Christmas)

2. Cabbage Patch Kids

3. An alarm clock

4. A turkey

5. Gizmo

6. Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo

7. All I Want For Christmas Is You (by Mariah Carey)

8. Turbo-Man

9. The Hogfather

QUIZ - Christmas Presents

10. A ring (“Santa baby, forgot to mention one little

thing, a ring”)


Fall of The Berlin Wall


9th November 2019 marks thirty years

since Berlin became reunified, with the

fall of the Berlin Wall which had kept the

city divided for almost the same amount

of time.

Today Berlin is a bustling city, home to over three million

people offering city breaks to Europeans, an innovative art

scene, museums and a vibrant night life. But it hasn’t always

been this way.

At the end of WWII, Germany was divided in to East and

West zones. Whilst Berlin sat entirely within the Soviet part

of the country, it too was divided into Allied and Soviet

territories. For the first several years, freedom of movement

was permitted, with many citizens living and working in

different areas of Berlin. As time progressed, repressive laws

and regulations, a deteriorating economic climate and poor

living conditions were all motivating factors that encouraged

people to leave East Berlin, with almost 3000 leaving in a

single day at its peak. In a desperate attempt to stop this

flow of migrants and ‘brain drain’ to the West, the Communist

government of East Germany began to build a wall between

the two areas in August 1961.

During the night of 13th August, soldiers and workers set

about tearing up the streets that led to West Berlin in an

attempt to stop anyone fleeing the area. Concrete posts

and barbed wire were put up to further restrict movement

as a temporary measure. In just two weeks, the army, police

force and a swathe of construction workers had erected the

temporary barrier.

Once built, the wall was kept under heavy surveillance by

guards, who were authorised to shoot anyone who attempted

to cross it. Travel was officially permitted through one of

three checkpoints – Checkpoints Alpha, Bravo and Charlie.

Over time the permanent wall was put in place: 12 feet tall

and 4 feet wide, topped with a smooth pipe to ensure scaling

it was almost impossible. In all, more than 100 people died

trying to cross into West Berlin over the thirty years the wall

stood, a stark symbol of the Cold War and Iron Curtain that

separated the Soviet Bloc and the democratic West.

By 1989, after years of resistance to westernised reforms by

the East German leader Erich Honecker, the East German

government was overrun by the democratisation that was

sweeping the rest of Eastern Europe.

Demonstrations were already taking place across much

of Europe until eventually, on 9th November 1989, it was

announced that travel restrictions would be eased in Berlin.

Crowds began to gather at checkpoints on both sides of the

wall in anticipation of the return of freedom of movement.

Passport checks were eventually abandoned, as people

climbed on top of the wall, celebrating with their east and

west counterparts, graffitiing and chipping at the wall in the

process. In one of the greatest demonstrations of ‘people

power’ the world had ever seen, Berlin was informally


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Index of Advertisers


A. Watson Home Improvements..............71



Regent House..................................................81

Telford Maintenance Ltd............................ 69


Beauty by Jude..............................................33


R&R Services...................................................77

Beds & Mattresses


Pineapple Beds..............................................29


Love Your Blinds............................................27

Telford Window Blinds................................29

Bricks & Building Materials




Louka Fine Finish..........................................85


Telford CCTV.................................................. 69

Car Sales (New/Used)

Mercedes Benz of Shrewsbury................63


P M Carpentry............................................... 96

Louka Fine Finish..........................................85

Select Joinery.................................................87

Children’s Parties/Family Activities


Ironbridge Museums................................... 48


Alpine............................................................... 96


Active Cleaning...............................................71

Bright & Beautiful..........................................65

Shaw Clean - Tim Shaw..............................73

Sutherlands Clean Carpets........................73


Local Councillors.......................................... 94


Glenn Ward......................................................65

Neil Rogers..................................................... 69

Simon’s Décor .............................................. 69

WE Dunne....................................................... 68


Station House Dental Practice.................35

Digger Hire

Digger Driver For Hire................................ 96


The Door Store...............................................83

Drum Lessons

Sammy Shaw..................................................97

Dry Cleaning

Chelsea's of Shropshire..............................59


Bears Den Pre-school...................................51

Birchfield......................................................... 45

Derwen College............................................ 43

Royal School.................................................. 44

Tettenhall College........................................ 43

Thomas Telford..............................................47

Wolverhampton Grammar School......... 49



Copelands Electrical................................... 96

Del Corley Electrical Services....................71

Estate Agents & Property

Barker Healey.................................................23



Geoff Hinsley - Buy Your Home...............97

Nock Deighton.......................................... 16-17

Shropshire Homes..........................................15

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

SB Sports Clinic.............................................36

Farm Shop/Markets/Food Fayre

Green Fields Farm Shop..............................13

Financial Services

CD Financial....................................................58

Fireplaces, Fires & Stoves

Alpine............................................................... 96

Grate Ideas..................................................... 99


The Foot Doctor............................................39

Telford Footcare............................................39


Alan Ward........................................................25

Garage Doors

Barrett Garage Doors................................. 80

Garolla Garage Doors................................. 84

Garden, Plants & Building Supplies

Bloomsbury Nursery....................................53




A J Landscapes..............................................53

Gardenhand.................................................... 96

Long Fox Landscapes.................................55

NPB Garden & Ground Maintenance.... 96

Glass & Glazing

Darwin Glass & Glazing.............................. 68

Gutter Cleaning

Gutter PRO......................................................67

Health & Fitness

Alpha Athletics...............................................38

Body Barn.........................................................41

Patshull Park Hotel.........................................11

Telford Hotel & Golf Resort.........................11

Telford Tri-Club............................................. 96

Home Care

Home Instead.................................................37

Kitchens Replacement Doors

Dream Doors...................................................79

Kitchens (Supply & Fit)

Kitchen Depot............................................. 100

R & R Kitchens................................................85

Regent House..................................................81

Legal Services / Will Writing

Clarkes Solicitors...........................................59

EKM Legal Services......................................57

Parry Carver Solicitors................................57

Terry Jones Solicitors...................................61

Loft Ladders/Boarding

Access 4 Lofts.................................................81

Jakes n Ladders............................................ 84

The Loft Stairs Co.........................................87




Log Burner Installation

Alpine............................................................... 96




Evenett & Bishop Opticians......................97

Tim Vanes Opticians.....................................41

Oven Cleaning

Active Cleaning...............................................71

Pet Care (Dog Care, Kennels & Cattery)

Dog Jogs..........................................................97


Physiotherapy & Sports Massage

SB Sports Injury & Physio. Clinics...........36

Plumbing & Heating

A. Watson Home Improvements..............71

Printing & Design

I and A Print...................................................... 3

Property Maintenance

CKN................................................................... 96

Telford Maintenance Ltd............................ 69


Jays Removals................................................22


Hadley Park House.........................................9


Patshull Park Hotel.........................................11

Telford Hotel & Golf Resort.........................11

The Barley.......................................................... 8

The Bridge Inn.................................................13

The Red House............................................. 6-7

White House Hotel......................................... 8

Wolverhampton Racecourse...................... 5


Scarf Shack......................................................33


Clarkes Solicitors...........................................59

Parry Carver Solicitors................................57

Terry Jones Solicitors...................................61


Tile Choice......................................................... 2

Tool Hire


Tree Care

Holts Tree Care...............................................53


Hammonds Furniture Resorations..........97

PJ’s Re-Upholstery Services......................97

Water Softener





Hadley Park House Hotel.............................9

Patshull Park Hotel.........................................11

Telford Hotel & Golf Resort.........................11


APH Windows................................................87

R & R Services................................................77

Trotfield Windows.........................................83

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2 Storey


• Gas and electric fires

• Multi-fuel, log burning and gas stoves

• Large selection of fire surrounds (wood, limestone & marble)

• Wide choice of quality brands to choose from

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