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HOME INTERIORS

7 The Colour of the Year

8 Cosy up Your Home

HEALTH & FITNESS

12 The History of Dentistry

16 Six Tips for a Healthy Winter

18 Piriformis Syndrome

MOTORS & LEISURE

20 Here's How to Buy a New Car

FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

26 The Healthy Way to do

Veganuary

30 Cranberry, Orange & Nut Loaf

BEAUTY & FASHION

36 The Best Beauty Gift Sets

PROPERTY

38 Decorate Your Christmas Tree

42 Your Festive Gadget Survial

Guide

BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL

44 Five Smart Ways to Pay for

Christmas

48 Funeral Costs: does it pay to

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50 Five Tasks for an Organised

Financial Life in 2020

CHILDREN, EDUCATION &

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52 Gifted Inspiration for 0 to 8s

54 Making Family Life That Little

Bit Easier

57 New Santa Christmas

Weekends

58 Christmas Eve Boxes

GARDENS & OUTDOORS

60 Pruning Perfection

62 The Fall of the Berlin Wall - 30

Years On

HOME IMPROVEMENTS &

SERVICES

66 Christmas Traditions

70 Community Buildings -

Improvements Award Scheme

70 Start a New Year's Revolution

74 Camargue - Provence on the

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78 The Gift of Reading

82 Traditional Christmas Style

86 Healthwatch visit Dementia

Care Homes across the County

COMMUNITY & WHAT’S ON

92 Movies - Coming Soon

95 Small Change with a Big

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The Colour of The Year

Tranquil Dawn, a soft shade of greyish-green, is paint company Dulux’s colour of the year. It’s a calm,

restful colour that’s very easy to introduce into your interior.

This laid-back living space

employs the gentle green of

Dulux’s Tranquil Dawn as a

backdrop, complemented by

other shades from its ‘Meaning’

colour palette. Dulux Easycare

Tranquil Dawn matt emulsion,

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The gently curving

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Ambit pendant

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Impressions

Brushstrokes side

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Streamlined elegance

characterises this sofa by

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sofa, £2,195; Outline

Studio chair, £1,495; both

Chaplins.

Drawing inspiration from the

iconic New York subway, these

high-gloss tiles have a cool, urban

aesthetic. Village Mint wall tiles,

£29.99 per square metre, Tile

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Made from 100%

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rug is soft

and cushiony

underfoot. Ardelle

rug in Mineral

Green, £199,

Swoon.

One of four colour palettes

based around Dulux’s Tranquil

Dawn colour, ‘Meaning’ includes

simple, serene colours that are

moodily beautiful.

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Using Tranquil Dawn At Home

• This pale grey-green is inspired by the dawn

horizon. It’s a soft and easy-going natural

and, as such, could be employed to paint all

your walls, providing you with a delightfully

calming and contemplative space. It also looks

good added in the form of window treatments,

upholstery, rugs or smaller accessories.

• Dulux has produced four colour palettes, each

consisting of ten colours, to demonstrate how

to combine Tranquil Dawn in different ways

and create a variety of effects. The ‘Care’

palette includes pale pinks and blues, and is

soft and airy for a soothing atmosphere; the

‘Play’ palette uses bolder colours such as

citrus and crimson to create a sense of energy

and vibrancy; the ‘Meaning’ palette employs

subtle greys for a still, quiet space; and the

‘Creativity’ palette, with sapphire, garnet and

chocolate, is more moody and intense. Take

your pick according to your home style.

• Although this delicate shade looks gorgeous

with natural materials such as wood, leather,

linen, stone and wicker, it can also be teamed

with sleek, shiny metallics and plastics for a

more chic, contemporary look, while adding

rich textures such as velvet or sheepskin will

give a sense of natural luxury.

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Cosy Up Your Home

Spring may still be a while off, but there are ways to make your interior more inviting,

even in the midst of winter.

Long, dark nights and chilly mornings

can be made more bearable by some

clever thinking in your home.

To start, make sure your lighting is up to scratch.

A well-designed lighting scheme reinforces

a sense of security, comfort and vitality, and

making dramatic improvements could be

as simple as adding a floor lamp in a dark

corner or a reading lamp next to a favourite

armchair. For the best effect, layer lighting in

the same way that an interior designer layers

fabrics and textiles, ensuring that light comes

from a variety of sources and directions. For a

quick upgrade on a budget, replace main light

switches with dimmers, and plug in a selection

of table or floor lamps at strategic points. Check

that your bulbs give off the correct amount of

illumination for the task at hand, and also that,

where appropriate, they are a ‘warm’ white

in colour rather than ‘cool’. Add the leaping

flames of a log burner or a few pretty tea lights

or candles (safely positioned, of course) for an

atmospheric evening in.

Colour can make all the difference to the feel

of a room, and a quick paint job – perhaps just

on one wall – can be transformative. Earthy or

spicy colours such as claret, mustard, ochre or

chocolate are great choices, while navy or dark

grey are more neutral and perhaps easier to

live with all year round. Don’t be afraid of trying out darker

shades – not only are they very on-trend, but they are really

effective at creating a feeling of cocooning comfort. Think

about the other main colours and textures in each room. For

warmth underfoot, throw down a deep pile rug or two to add

extra softness, while at the windows it may be possible to

swap sheer, pale, lightweight curtains or blinds for something

heavier and in a bolder shade – think wool, tweed, velvet, even

felt, denim or mohair.

In the bedroom, replace pale linens with sheets or a duvet

cover in a deeper shade, piling on quilts, eiderdowns,

bedcovers, throws and blankets, combining colours, patterns

and fabrics for a glorious mixture that feels truly sumptuous.

And in the living room, pile up cushions on sofas and armchairs

for a sense of cosy luxury, then add some generously sized

throws over the back: great for snuggling under. You could use

a length of tweed edged with velvet ribbon, chunky knitting or

crochet, fake fur or soft fleece. Draw the curtains, light the fire,

pull on some fluffy socks, make a mug of hot chocolate and

settle down with a good book or a favourite box set – baby it

may be cold outside, but inside it’s warm, cosy and welcoming.

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• Insulate your loft. Use 300mm of quilt insulation, but retain

some ventilation so as to avoid condensation.

• Deal with draughts. At windows, fit rebated seals, secondary

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glazing or well-fitting shutters (which can be as effective as

double glazing). Or use the old-fashioned method: heavy,

floor-to-ceiling curtains with a thermal lining. Venetian

blinds can come treated with a special coating to add more

insulation, or you can invest in made-to-measure blinds that

feature a cellular structure to retain warm air.

• Doors will also benefit from seals or a curtain – a rising door

curtain rod (aka a portiere rod) will hold the curtain out of the

way when the door is opened.

• If the suspended timber floor is draughty, seal any gaps at the

bottom of skirting boards with foam strips, silicon mastic or

slivers of timber. For gaps between floorboards you could use

fillets of wood, pack the gaps with string or cord and finish

with wood filler, or try a special gap filler that comes on a roll

with its own applicator.

• When fitting carpet, look for underlay with the highest

possible tog rating.

• Bear in mind that wood-burning stoves are far more energyefficient

than open fires.

• Help prevent heat loss from radiators – especially when fitted

on an outside wall – by fitting tin foil (or special radiator

reflectors) behind them to reflect the heat back in.

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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

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History of Dentistry

Although most of us hate visiting the

dentist, twenty-first century dental

practices are a walk in the park compared

to what our ancestors endured.

Common perception is that our ancestors must

have suffered from terrible teeth. In fact, the

ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans probably

had better teeth than we do today due to the lack

of refined sugar in their diet.

Like us, they cleaned their teeth with abrasive

and breath-sweetening concoctions. Made from

eggshells, soot, bones, pumice, myrrh or mint, they

were usually applied with a cloth or the fingers.

The ancient Chinese had invented toothbrushes

using pigs’ bristles but although toothpicks and

even dental floss were around, they weren’t in

common use in Europe until 1780, when William

Addis manufactured the first toothbrush.

Toothache has long been a human scourge and

there have been many outlandish remedies.

Scribonius Largus, (his real name, not a Monty

Python invention!) was physician to the Roman Emperor

Claudius. To treat toothache, he would fumigate the mouth

with smoke produced by burning henbane seeds followed by

an oral rinse with hot water. This was supposed to evict the tiny

‘tooth worms’ that for hundreds of years were believed to be

the cause of cavities and toothache.

False teeth were also around in ancient times, usually made

of animal bone, ivory or wood. The Etruscans, a pre-Roman

civilization, were apparently particularly skilled at dentures

using ox bone fixed in place by gold wire.

Traditionally, physicians would treat tooth problems but the

medieval era saw the arrival of specialist ‘tooth drawers’, the

best being retained by royalty (King Henry VIII was said to

have one). Travelling fairs and markets often featured a tooth

drawer, usually identified by jester’s clothing and a string of

teeth hanging around their neck. Blacksmiths, jewellers and

apothecaries would also pull teeth as a sideline using whatever

instruments they had at their disposal.

In 1540, the Company of Barbers was merged with that of

surgeons to create The United Barber-Surgeons Company.

Subsequently, high-street barbers were able to carry out

rudimentary surgery that included dental work (hence the

striped ‘blood and bandages’ barbers’ pole).

The first English book on dentistry was The Operator for the

Teeth by Charles Allen, published in 1685. ‘Operators for the

teeth’ were in fact the earliest dentists, as they were not only

skilled enough to extract teeth but could also replace them with

dentures or false teeth made from materials like gold, silver

and ivory (from walrus, elephant or hippo). But by far the best

material for false teeth was other human teeth! Consequently

a market quickly sprang up where teeth were either robbed

from corpses or bought by extraction from the mouths of the

destitute (as in when young Fantine sells her teeth in Victor

Hugo’s Les Miserables).

Allen also invented a recipe for whitening toothpaste made

from powdered coral, rose water and a tree resin called

‘dragon’s blood’.

During the seventeenth century, French physician and dental

pioneer Pierre Fauchard was one of the first practitioners to

explain how sugar in the mouth forms acids that decay enamel

and cause cavities. He also wrote about methods to straighten

Medieval dentist

removing tooth

teeth using orthodontics in his book The Surgeon Dentist,

published in 1728. Alongside other French dentists, Fauchard

used dental fillings made from mercury heated together with

other metals. This was later refined by an English dentist

named Bell to produce amalgam.

The earliest dentistry lectures were by James Rae in 1764 at

The Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. By the nineteenth

century, dentistry had become a recognised apprenticeship,

so in 1858 The Dental Hospital and National Dental Hospital

Schools opened in London.

There were still many rogue dentists around so in the 1870s

the newly founded Dental Reform Committee decreed that

practicing dentists had to complete a License in Dental Surgery

in order to be officially registered. Unfortunately, the licence

was only open to men so Lilian Murray, the first official female

dentist in the UK, managed to qualify in Scotland where the

barrier didn’t exist.

Many dental innovations were made during the Victorian era. By

1840 it was possible to have ether as a general anaesthetic and

four years later nitrous oxide or laughing gas was introduced,

whereas previous painkillers had been whisky or cocaine.

The invention of the foot-operated dental drill made filling

teeth much easier, although with its slow cord-driven, skullshaking

vibrations, one can only imagine how unpleasant it still

was. Following in the footsteps of an American company, in

1896 Colgate mass-produced the first commercially available

toothpaste in a collapsible tube in the UK.

Despite this, tooth health among the general population was

far from ideal. In 1942 the Beveridge Report highlighted the

need for regular dental check-ups for everyone, and in 1948

the formation of the NHS gave people free access to dental

treatment for the first time. So many opted for dentures that

the NHS was forced to charge for them from 1951.

These days, dentures have largely been replaced by dental

implants, many children now have braces to straighten their

teeth and most of us have a healthy smile. But who knows? Our

descendants may look back at dentistry today and consider it

as crude as a blacksmith yanking out a rotten molar.

by Catherine Rose

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Alpha Athletics

Alpha Athletic have become

renowned for transforming

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However more recently they have become known for

breathing new life into the community of Newport by

creating a non intimidating training environment for

people to exercise, no matter their age, sex or fitness

background.

The gym already took on a transformation when they

renovated the facilities back in 2018 and now work is

well under way for a dramatic transformation as they

continue their growth into 2020 and beyond with the

addition of two large extensions to their existing gym.

The increase in size will see the addition of a large

class studio, two treatments rooms, shower and

changing room facilities and an even larger amount

of gym floor space to house all their new bespoke

world leading Watson gym equipment.

Owner Maurice had this to say: “I cant wait to be able

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By extending our already impressive facilities it will

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With the addition of our new exercise studio we can

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We are especially excited to introduce some new

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elderly to help them move and socialise more & some

fun fitness classes for children to help create healthy

habits early on!

In 2020 and beyond we are making it our mission

to help educate the local community and our gym

members by sharing the most upto date knowledge

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It really is exciting times ahead for this local business!

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Six Tips for a Healthy Winter

The shorter, darker, colder, wetter days of

winter can leave even the fittest and chirpiest

of us feeling mentally and physically rundown.

To keep you feeling better through the

winter:

1: Reduce your infection risk

Colds and flu are rife at this time of year, and while being cold

cannot give you a cold (only a virus can do that) it can stress

your body and lower your immunity. Take extra care with

hygiene and take antibacterial hand gel with you when you go

out. Sadly, not everyone who touches shop door handles and

uses public transport practises good hygiene.

If you’re eligible for a free flu vaccine, or are in an at-risk group

for whom the vaccine’s recommended, make sure you get it

early, before flu season gets underway. Ignore those who claim

the vaccine gives you flu; it can’t, as it contains no live viruses.

People who get flu after the vaccine may have a rarer flu strain

not covered by the vaccine or may have already had a flu virus

before their vaccination became fully active (10-14 days after

vaccination).

2: Keep exercising

Exercise can boost your immune system, release endorphins

that make you feel better and warm you up, too. If you’re

normally an outdoor exerciser, cold, wet weather might put you

off. If it doesn’t, bundle up and stay safe by avoiding exercising

when its icy and wearing bright, reflective clothes if you’re out

in the dark.

If the winter weather does put you off, consider indoor

alternatives: swimming, indoor climbing, exercise classes,

short-term passes for a local gym, a new exercise DVD or even

some home gym equipment like an exercise bike or weights.

The NHS has some great free exercise routines. Check out

www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise and click on ‘fitness guides’ for

a range of ten-minute workouts and exercises, or www.nhs.

uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio for online exercise videos.

The range covers yoga, Pilates, strength exercises, aerobic

workouts and more, so there’s something for everyone.

3: Get enough daylight, fresh air

and vitamin D supplements!

Tempting as it might be, hibernating indoors

isn’t great for your health. Your body uses

sunlight to regulate your body clock and create

vitamin D, an essential vitamin for building

strong teeth, muscle and bone. However, while

daylight helps, between October and early

March in the UK there’s not enough of it for

you to make sufficient vitamin D, even if you

regularly spend time outdoors; nor can you

make up the deficit by eating vitamin D-rich

foods like oily fish (e.g. salmon, sardines,

herring and mackerel), red meat, liver, egg

yolks and fortified foods like fat spreads and

breakfast cereals. So while getting some

winter sun and eating vitamin D-rich foods

can help, the NHS recommends that everyone

should top-up with a daily 10mcg vitamin D

supplement during the autumn and winter.

4: Stay warm

Being too cold puts stress on your body. When the temperature

drops below 8°C, some people are at increased risk of mental

or physical illness, especially if they’re over 65, disabled,

pregnant, have young children (under school age), have a

mental health condition or have a long-term health condition.

Low temperatures increase vulnerability to heart attacks,

stroke, flu, pneumonia, hypothermia, falls and injuries, and can

worsen mental health conditions like depression and dementia.

It also increases the symptoms of Raynaud’s Disease, a

relatively common condition that interrupts blood supply to

the extremities, causing symptoms such as pain, numbness,

stiffness and pins and needles. It most commonly affects the

fingers, and you may notice them go white or even blue and

then turn red as blood flow returns.

Keep your home heated to at least 18°C and use hot water

bottles, heat packs or electric blankets if you need them. Try

a hot bath rather than a shower, have hot drinks and eat for

warmth (hot cereals, soups and stews are good options). Prewarm

clothes on a radiator or in your airing cupboard, and

once you’re outdoors try to breathe through your nose, as

this warms air before it reaches your lungs. Wear layers, warm

gloves and a hat. If you have Raynaud’s Disease, use hand

dryers for a warmth top-up while you’re out, wear an extra pair

of gloves and socks, and avoid heavy carrier bags that restrict

blood flow to your fingers.

5: Eat healthy comfort food

Comfort food doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Stews and soups

are great winter foods, but watch your fat and salt intake and

include plenty of vegetables. Homemade soups are easily

made with a cheap, simple blender, and cooked fruit with lowfat

custard makes a great winter pudding. The NHS website

has some healthy, warming recipes for dishes like fish pie,

lemon chicken and vegetable soup. Just visit www.nhs.uk/livewell/eat-well

and click on recipes.

6: Finally… look after your mental health

Stay active, warm and sociable: exercise, time spent outdoors

and the company of others can all help stave off winter blues.

However, if you think you may have full-blown SAD (Seasonal

Affective Disorder), see your GP for help. Don’t suffer in silence.

by Alison Runham

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Piriformis Syndrome

I though in this month’s article I would talk about

a very common problem we see in the clinic called

piriformis syndrome.

The piriformis is a small muscle located in the buttock, it runs

from the top of the femur to the sacrum at the base of the

spine. The significance of its anatomy is that it sits near the

sciatic nerve which is the main nerve that supply’s the back of

the leg and into the foot. It also assists in the stabilisation of

the pelvic region as well as helping to lift and rotate the thigh.

will be given self-massage techniques, a home stretching

programme as well as heat treatments to help ease the pain.

In all Piriformis is a particularly painful condition that typically

can impact on your day to day activities and hobbies and can

significantly affect your quality of life. If you feel this is an all

to familiar scenario and would like to arrange an appointment

please do not hesitate to contact us on 01952 462 330 or email

enquiries@shropshirephyios.co.uk. You can also visit the web

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Piriformis syndrome is basically a spasm of the piriformis

muscle which can then aggravate the sciatic nerve

through compression. There can be several causes

including overloading the muscle doing day to

day activities, often when in spasm the symptoms

present as pain in the buttock and leg with pins

and needles and often numbness in the same

distribution. Once exacerbated, patients often

experience significant pain particularly in the

sitting position due to its position in the buttock.

Often misdiagnosed as sciatica, piriformis is very

treatable with a simple home stretching programme.

If the condition persists then physiotherapy can

help resolve the issue. Techniques used by your

physiotherapist to treat piriformis syndrome range

from hands on manual techniques to an acupuncture technique

called dry needling to help release the spasm. Often the patient

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Maintaining

Quality of Life

THE BENEFITS OF

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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

as fast as possible, it is about supporting the

individual with compassion, patience, friendship

and empathy.

We are all unique and we all have unique

needs, but from my experience, the benefits of

Outstanding Home Instead Senior Care can be

summarised as follows:

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

we feel happy and settled. You may have seen the recent

television adverts talking about Stanley and The Third Stair,

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

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Trust - The emotional cost for both the

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that your loved one is safe, respected and

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Maintaining a quality of life as we get older is

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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!

Haggle

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!

by James Baggot

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Travel tailored to you!

When it comes to taking a journey, whether it’s a

sojourn at the seaside, an indulgent ‘retail therapy’

day, an competitive fixture with your sports club,

or a cultural foray to the theatre, the mode by

which you travel really sets the tone for the day.

A new coach hire company run by Broseley resident Chris

Borland has arrived in the local travel sector with the intention

of providing a highly personalised, bespoke travel service

that’s flexible, responsive, and reliable.

Chris, who moved to Shropshire from Derbyshire, explains,

“I’ve worked in the travel industry

for over five years, both on service

buses and as a coach driver

conducting national tours. I thrive

on making my customers’ journey

a thoroughly enjoyable part of the

trip, whether it’s a regular event

such as sports fixtures, a Cub Scout

day out to Drayton Manor, or a WI

outing to Wonderwool.”

Chris’s new venture, Borland

RoadLiner, covers the whole of

Shropshire and beyond – and

his encyclopaedic knowledge of the Midlands and North,

cultivated over his years of travel experience, means he’s an

expert on selecting the most scenic and traffic-free routes.

And, as a one-man operation, Chris guarantees clients a

smooth and stress-free experience from booking to the final

farewell.

What’s more, Chris’s sleek operation means Telford-based

Borland RoadLiner is able to offer extremely competitive

rates – “and my local connections mean I can transport any

group size with ease.”

And it’s possible you may have already seen Chris’s renovated

Volvo Coach decked in multi-coloured lights at Broseley’s

Christmas Lights Switch-On. As well

as ‘standard’ daytrips, the vehicle is

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Restaurant

Review

FINDING THE BEST

PLACES TO DINE IN AND

AROUND SHROPSHIRE

THE SHAKESPERE

INN

66 Upper Bar,

Newport TF10 7AW

01952 810984

The Shakespere Inn is located on Upper Bar at the

end of the High Street in Newport. It was recently

taken over at the end of October and is now run by a

local family business who have been in Newport for

over 50 years.

Owner Raja Singh decided it was time for something different

at The Shakespere and has relaunched with a new Bar & Grill

venue. He is looking forward to welcoming back local residents

and offering a warm welcome to new customers.

We visited The Shakespere Inn on a Friday evening and the bar

was already very busy when we arrived, we were shown to our

table and given a menu to browse through. Our drinks order

promptly arrived with a bottle of Sauvignon and a pint of Amstel.

I was amazed at the prices on the wine menu, with bottles

available from just £8.95, you can of course order by the glass

too if you prefer. There is also a wide range of great cask ales,

plus gins and premium spirits.

The menu offers a range of Indian dishes and they specialise

in grill food, it has been well thought out and kept fairly simple

– some menus can have so many pages it takes ages to read

through it all. There are a variety of starters, mains including

chicken, lamb, prawn or vegetable dishes, chefs specials and

mixed grill sizzlers, as well as sides.

There were so many dishes we both wanted to try we decided to

order dishes we could share.

For starter we shared Tarka Lamb Chops (£9) which were served

on a sizzling hot plate. The lamb chops were so delicious, they

had an amazing rich deep tandoori spicy coating and a great

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flame grilled flavour. The chops were served on a bed of sliced

onions, peppers and tomatoes and sprinkled with coriander.

We really wanted to try one of the mixed grill sizzlers as we had

seen a few coming out to other tables and they looked superb.

We decided on the Boneless Sizzler (£17.50) which has a mix of

Tikka, Kebab, Fish and Prawns – we asked to have extra prawns

rather fish which they were happy to accommodate. This is

a very generous size platter and again is served on a sizzling

hot plate which keeps the food nice and hot. On the bed of

sliced onions were large chunks of tender juicy chicken tikka,

portions of lamb shish kebab and large battered prawns.

For our final dish we decided to try something different that

we hadn’t had before, Raja recommended the Butter Chicken

(£8.50) which we had with a plain rice (£2.00) and plain naan

bread (£2.00). We also added a bowl of Nepalese chips (£2.75).

I have to say the Butter Chicken is one of the best curries

we have ever had, the taste was incredible. A beautifully

creamy dish and so full of flavour, we practically licked the

bowl clean. There were large pieces of tender chicken in a

delicious golden sauce, what a revelation – this is a dish we

would definitely choose again! The Nepalese chips had a

spicy chilli sauce coating on them and were a real change

from just plain chips, they were a little on the warm side with

the kick of chilli but I couldn’t stop eating them, they were

very moorish.

Food is served everyday between 5pm to 10pm. There are

plenty of vegetarian options on the menu and special dietary

needs can be catered for where possible.

Children are most welcome here, there isn’t a separate

children’s menu but the sharing platters are great for families

to share and gives children the chance to try something new.

There is a car park at the rear but if this gets full there is parking

in the main high street or on the old Co-op car park behind the

restaurant.

The pub will be undergoing a refurbishment in the early part of

next year. The planned refurbishment will tastefully combine

modern finishes with period features and will reposition The

Shakespeare Inn as a standout pub, catering to the whole

community. There will be some exciting new additions

after the refurb so be sure to come back and check out the

changes. Food and drinks will be served as normal until the

refurbishment, so pop in and discover Newport's only grill

restaurant, serving great quality delicious food!

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The Healthy Way

TO DO VEGANUARY

Over the last few years, growing concerns about the

environmental cost of eating meat and dairy products

have transformed veganism from a fringe dietary

choice to an everyday concept embraced by more

and more people. Unsurprisingly, then, Veganuary

– founded in 2014 to encourage people to go vegan

throughout January – is more popular than ever.

However, if you’re going vegan for a whole month or more,

it’s important to understand how to get the vital nutrients you

usually might get predominantly from meat or dairy.

Protein

One of the most often voiced concerns about veganism is that a

plant-based diet makes it hard to meet your protein requirements.

But with knowledge and planning, it’s perfectly possible to get

all the protein you need from a vegan diet.

Proteins are made up of amino acids, which fall into three

categories:

• Non-essential amino acids: this misleading name doesn’t

mean they’re non-essential to our health, but that they’re nonessential

to our diet, as our bodies can produce them.

• Conditional amino acids: only normally required in our diet if

we’re ill or under stress, when the body may not be able to

make enough to cope with increased demand.

• Essential amino acids: amino acids our bodies can’t make, so

they are ‘essential’ elements of a healthy diet.

Essential Amino Acids

There are nine essential amino acids and between them, they

perform functions such as: hormone, energy, neurotransmitter,

protein, haemoglobin and enzyme production; mineral

absorption; muscle growth; detoxification; blood sugar regulation

and wound healing. You do not need to eat essential amino acids

at every meal, but you do need to include them all in your meals

over the day.

There are a few foods that provide all nine essential amino

acids in good quantity, including soy, quinoa and buckwheat, so

incorporating at least one of these into your meals every day is an

easy way to ensure you’re getting all your essential amino acids.

Quorn products contain all nine too, but check you’re buying

the vegan rather than vegetarian options that often include

egg. Spirulina is blue or green algae that’s high in protein, iron,

manganese and B vitamins (although not B12). It’s available as a

supplement or as a powder that can be added to meals or drinks.

Some other dietary sources:

Phenylalanine: lentils, beans, nuts (particularly peanuts,

pistachios and almonds), seeds (pumpkin, squash, watermelon

and chia), and vegetables (kale, broccoli and baked potatoes).

Valine: tofu, lentils, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, mushrooms, whole

grains, figs, apricots, kidney beans and vegetables (broccoli and

baked potatoes).

Threonine: lentils, watercress, spinach, sesame seeds, kidney

beans, almonds, walnuts, asparagus and wheat germ.

Tryptophan: sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, chickpeas and

almonds.

Methionine: grains, peanuts, tempeh and seeds.

Leucine: tofu, tempeh, lentils, figs, apples, beans, legumes, seeds

(hemp, pumpkin and sunflower).

Isoleucine: lentils, beans (black, pinto), nuts, seeds, apples,

blueberries.

Lysine: black beans, lentils, pumpkin seeds.

Histidine: tofu, lentils, beans, oat bran, pumpkin seeds and whole

grains.

Minerals and vitamins

Iron:

Men aged 18 and over need about 8.7mg of iron a day, while

women (aged 19 to 50 years) need about 14.8mg a day, and

women over 50 just 8.7mg of iron a day. Sources: pulses (beans,

lentils and peas), nuts, dried fruit such as raisins, dark-green

vegetables (watercress, broccoli and spring greens), cereals

fortified with iron, wholegrains such as brown rice and brown

bread (two slices of wholemeal bread (80g) contain around

1.9mg of iron).

Calcium:

Adults need about 700mg of calcium a day. Sources: fortified

unsweetened soya, rice and oat milk, leafy green vegetables,

almonds, sesame seeds and tahini, dried fruit, pulses, brown

(wholemeal) and white bread (two slices of wholemeal bread

(80g) contain around 85mg of calcium).

Don’t forget that your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium.

Vitamin D:

While we can make Vitamin D when exposed to sunshine, in the

UK, we don’t get enough sunshine to do so between October

and March; the NHS recommends that everyone should take a

Vitamin D supplement during this time. Sources: Spinach, kale,

fortified margarine, fortified fat spreads and fortified breakfast

cereals.

Vitamin B12:

Adults need about 1.5 micrograms of vitamin B12 a day and

vegan sources are limited.

Sources: Products fortified with B12, e.g. yeast extract spreads

such as Marmite, breakfast cereals and soya products.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

There’s currently no recommended daily intake. Sources: flaxseed

oil, rapeseed oil, mangoes, walnuts, butternut squash and soyabased

foods (such as tofu).

Health veganism in pregnancy and childhood

Pregnant women may find it hard to get enough iron, vitamin D

and vitamin B12 on a vegan diet, so seek advice from your doctor

or midwife. Breastfeeding mothers may need extra B12 too.

Vegan food tends to be bulky and high in fibre, so children may

be full before they’ve eaten enough calories and nutrients. They

may require extra supplements. Talk to a a dietitian or doctor

before you start introducing your baby to solids or moving your

older child onto a vegan diet.

This information should help you plan your meals to ensure you

have a healthy Veganuary. Enjoy!

by Alison Runham

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FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

A great

day out for all the

family, all undercover

and plenty of free

parking and no

entrance fee!

JOIN US

Our biggest ever festival

with over fifty of the

region’s finest producers

sampling and selling

their products!

Food & Craft Festival

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December

10am - 4pm (Donnington Store)

Support

LOCAL

Businesses

Hundreds

of unique

Christmas gift

ideas!

Our nominated charity is

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Blood Bikes

ALL DAY

FREE ENTRY

10am - 4pm

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‘patShull package’ Selected 2020 dates

£5000.00 April - October £3750.00 January - March and November

• Reception drink served with canapés • Wedding breakfast and drinks package for 50 guests

• Finger buffet for 100 evening guests • Disco until 1.00am • Chair covers with a coloured sash of choice

• Red carpet for arrival or ceremony • Complimentary Suite for the Bridal couple • Complimentary pre-menu tasting for the Bridal couple

• Complimentary overnight stay with dinner to celebrate one year anniversary

Additional day time and evening guests can be added at an additional charge

*a £325.00 civil ceremony room hire charge will apply if required

Wedding Open day - Sunday 5th January from 11:00am - 3:00pm

You are invited to view our Lakeside Suite as it would look on your special day. Entry is free of charge

and our experienced Wedding team will be on hand to discuss any questions you have.

For more details call us on 01902 700100

Look us up on

Trip Advisor

Great location, convenient

to J3 M54 and only 20

minutes from the centre of

Wolverhampton and Telford.

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THE

WHITE HOUSE HOTEL

MUXTON

Wellington Road, Muxton, Telford TF2 8NG

T: 01952 603603

2 Steaks

and Wine for

ONLY £27.50

(available everyday)

2 Succulent Prime Rump

Steaks with a Bottle

of House Wine

Food Served:

Mon-Sat

12pm - 9:30pm

Sun

12pm - 8pm

MONDAY

NIGHT MANIA

£8 MAIN COURSE

£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

book to avoid any

disappointment

Visit our website to view our latest menu

www.whhotel.co.uk

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FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

Summer Wedding

CHRISTMAS

AFTERNOON TEA

Served throughout December

from 12-4pm daily (excluding Christmas

Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day)

Looking for a relaxing, cosy venue to

enjoy a festive-inpired afternoon tea?

£16.95pp

TWO

Afternoon

Teas for £26

During Jan &

Feb20

Wedding

OPEN DAY

on Saturday 4th

January 2020

12-4pm

FESTIVE LUNCH

Served throughout December

There's no better place to celebrate

Christmas than at Hadley Park House.

The menu includes all of the traditional

favourites, some of which have had a

'Hadley Park twist'

2 courses £17.50pp

3 courses £21.50pp

July & August 2020

Special Offer £2,599

50 Day Guests & 80 Evening Guests

(subject to availability - limited dates remaining)

All inclusive - to include Civil Ceremony room hire,

Service of our dedicated Wedding planner,

White table linen & napkins, Cake stand & bridal knife,

Drinks reception of Bucks Fizz, 3 Course set wedding

breakfast, Dedicated master of ceremonies for your day,

Evening disco with our resident DJ and Evening

buffet of fish & chip or sausage baps & wedges.

All this for just £2,599

Additional Day Adult guest £75.00pp

Additional Day Child guest £35.00pp

Additional Evening Guests £13.95pp

Christmas

2019

Festive Lunches

Christmas Afternoon Tea

Festive Dinners & Party

Nights

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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Recipe

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

INGREDIENTS

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

FROSTING

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

completely.

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.

TIP

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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FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

62 High Street

Newport TF10 7AQ

Food served 10-3pm

T: 01952 820 810

BarleyNewport

Ideal venue for Birthdays,

Parties, Christenings,

Wakes, etc..

Free Wi-fi • Disabled Access

Baby Changing Facilities • Pool Table

TUESDAY

DEALS

Two courses for

£6.50

Main course &

pudding or main

meal & drink

All day breakfast

(including Gluten Free)

served from

10am

Christmas Menu

Served Monday to Saturday

26th Nov - 21 Dec (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

Desserts

Christmas Pudding

Served with brandy sauce or ice cream

Spotted Dick

Served with custard or ice cream

Waffle

Topped with ice cream and toffee sauce

BOOKINGS ONLY

Christmas/New Year Opening Hours

Mon 23rd to Sat 28th Dec: 10-late

(excluding Christmas day - CLOSED)

Sun 29th Dec: 12-5pm

Mon 30th & Tue 31st Dec: 10-late

Wed 1st Jan & Thu 2nd Jan: CLOSED

www.thebarleynewport.co.uk

MASALA

INDIAN RESTAURANT & TAKEAWAY

FEEL FREE TO BRING YOUR OWN ALCOHOLIC DRINKS

15% OFF

Collection - only

on orders over £15

after 9pm

*

20% OFF

*Dining in after 9pm - off main course. Only for bookings.

Please present advert. Not to be used with any other offers.

Maximum 6 people. Valid until 16-12-19

T: 01952 820085

Adams House, 7 High Street, Newport TF10 7AR

Quality Balti Restaurant & Take Away

TUESDAYS

4 Course Meal

£10.95pp

Includes: Popadom, Any

Starter, Any Main, Rice or Nan

(excludes Fish/King Prawn & New Dishes)

*Not to be used with any other offer.

ONLINE ORDERS NOW AVAILABLE AT:

www.thetasteofparadise.co.uk

Open: Sun - Thu: 5pm - 11.30pm Fri & Sat: 5pm - Midnight

Online orders: 15% Discount on Collections or 10% Discount on Delivery

TAKEAWAY - 10% Discount on Collections

FREE Home Delivery within a 4 mile radius (minimum order of £12)

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH

5 Course Meal

Choice of 3 Set Menus

£24.95 (children under 10 £14.95)

rear of 2-4 High St, Newport TF10 7AN

01952 825505

We are not licensed bring your own alcohol

Book NOW

Limited Places

available

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DEBORAH MITCHELL

FALL IN LOVE

WITH YOURSELF

THIS CHRISTMAS

Whether you want great skin, discover the latest high-tech semi-permanent makeup,

tighten those tell-tale ageing signs or are simply looking for the perfect gift, Heaven’s

luxury spa and salon in Shifnal offers everything you need for the most beautiful

Christmas.

THE SECRET TO TURNING

HEADS THIS FESTIVE SEASON

With the party season fast

approaching, it’s that time of year

when you want to be looking your

most stunning. You want to wow

in your favourite LBD, turn heads

as you enter the room and hear

that gasp of “wow, what’s her

secret”. Heaven Skincare offers

a range of treatments designed

to give Mother Nature a helping

not only look great but feel great

too.

SEMI-PERMANENT MAKEUP

AND MICROBLADING:

With a comprehensive menu

of the latest semi-permanent

treatments you can leave it to the

talented team to create a look

that perfectly suits you. Heaven

Founder Deborah Mitchell was

to introduce semi-permanent

appearing on television 30 years

ago to show her expertise. She

is also renowned for her expert

eyebrow microblading.

“The key to successful semipermanent

is to ensure it looks as

natural as possible,” she explains.

“We are not here to offer someone

a false look – it’s about enhancing

your already beautiful features.

You can have natural looking eyeliner

and lip liner that will make

you look younger and feel more

even leave the odd eye brow hair

slightly out of place so even I can’t

tell that they’ve been done.”

One of the most innovative

treatments offered is the Heaven

Skin Blush which allows colour

to be applied under the skin

– this can be done with either

foundation or blusher to create

natural-looking highlights, remove

pigmentation and camouflage

defects.

“We are able to match the skin

tone so it looks as natural as

possible, and it means you don’t

need to wear heavy makeup,”

Deborah explains. “We use a

device with tiny needles to apply

the colour and over time it can

actually help to improve skin

texture and tone.”

AFTER

BEFORE

“One of the things I love most about what I do is helping my clients to feel better

about themselves – not only on the outside but on the inside too,” adds Deborah.

themselves. I like to think of it as my special brand of Heaven.”

Heaven Skincare & Heaven Salon & Medi Spa

13a Market Place | Shifnal | Shropshire TF11 9AU

www.heavenskincare.com

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BEAUTY & FASHION

Xmas In & Around Heaven Salon Advert.indd 1 19/11/2019 10:51

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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

dress?

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

Top £35.

M&Co

Metallic

Midi Skirt - see

in store or online

for prices.

Wallis

Bag £35.

River

Island

Models wears

Dorothy Perkins.

See in store or

online for prices.

Sandals -

see in store

or online for

prices. River

Island

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Bardot Dress

£35. Lipsy

Black Glitter

and Velvet

Dress £65.

M&Co

Red and

Black Lace

Dress £60. Joe

Browns

Sequin

Dress £45.

Next

Lace Dress

£48. Roman

Originals

Black Glitter

Jumpsuit £49.

M&Co

Models wears

Dorothy

Perkins. See in

store or online

for prices.

Earrings £3.

Primark

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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.

lovelula.com). 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, www.nealsyardremedies.com). 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,

www.bobbibrown.co.uk). 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 (www.greenpeople.co.uk). 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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BEAUTY & FASHION

Beauty by Jude

ALL IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME

Ladies

Pamper Evenings

Available from

£10 Per Person

Call for details

GIFT

VOUCHERS

AVAILABLE

call for details

SHELLAC

Hands or Feet £18

Inclusive of Polish Removal

Shellac inc. Manicure £23

Shellac inc. Pedicure £25

Removal of Polish £5

EYE TREATMENTS

• Eyebrow Wax £7

• Eye Lash Tint £10

• Eye Brow Tint £8

• Lash & Brow Tint £16

Lash Lift & Tint £25

This 60 minute treatment will

enhance your lashes, making

them look longer & voluminous.

BODY TREATMENTS

Exfoliating Body Polish £35

Full body cleanse using exfoliating body

polish after nvigorating skin brush.

Purifying Back Treatment £30

Back is deep cleansed, body brushed and

exfoliated, then calmed and relaxed with

a luxurious massage.

NAIL TREATMENTS

Luxury Manicure £15

Including Nail Shape, Cuticles

Treated, Hand Massage &

Moisturising Mask

Luxury Pedicure £20

Including Foot scrub, Exfoliation,

Nail Shape, Cuticles Treated,

Foot & Leg Massage &

Moisturising Mask

MASSAGE

TREATMENTS

Swedish Massage £38

Back, Shoulder & Neck

Massage £20

Indian Head Massage £18

WAXING

• Half Leg £12

• Full Leg £20

• Bikini £10

• Underarm £8

• Lip or Chin £6

• Lip & Chin £10

• Half Arm £10

• Full Arm £15

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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

Lights4fun.co.uk.

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

Farthing.

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

Centres.

• 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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PROPERTY

Moooooving...?

Choose Barker Healey Property to sell your home and

make sure your property stands out from the crowd!

WANTED

PROPERTIES

TO SELL

1%

COMMISSION

10 High Street, Newport TF10 7AN

01952 813625

www.barkerhealey.co.uk

The Vineyard, Tibberton, Newport.

Being a most attractive 5 Bedroom, detached, family home, this

mature property sits within an excellent sized plot within the

much sought-after village of Tibberton. Having been updated

over the years, it is both well presented and spacious with

established gardens and a cosy multi-fuel burner to the Lounge.

Offering no less than 4 reception rooms, a Kitchen/Diner, Utility

Room, Downstairs W.C., 5 DOUBLE Bedrooms, Master En-suite,

Bathroom and large Integral Garage, there is more than ample

built-in storage space and plenty of driveway parking too. Gas

C.H. & uPVC D.G.

To the front is a sweeping gravel driveway with turning area,

lawned gardens and mature borders to either side containing

a wide variety of plants, shrubs and trees. To the rear is a large

enclosed garden which is mostly laid to lawn with borders

edging the perimeter. Two paved patio areas lie closest to the

house.

Guide Price £559,995

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Shray Hill Cottage, Shray Hill, Telford

4 bedroom detached house • Price £650,000

Set within approxi mately 1.5 acres, this charming detached family home offers spacious family

living space over 2 floors with the addition of a detached double garage/workshop. Shray Hill

Cottage is situated conveniently between Crudgington and Newport.

This elegant country home has been owned by the same family for the last 27 years. Over this time

the house has been altered and extended to create spacious flexible living accommodation briefly

comprising entrance hall, guest cloakroom, large sitting room with wood burning stove, snug, walk

in store, dining room, breakfast kitchen with bespoke Oak fronted units and a traditional pantry.

Situated near the rear door and just off the breakfast kitchen is a utility room.

On the first floor there are 4 double bedrooms, shower room, large study landing, family bathroom,

separate WC.

FOR SALE

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

www.nockdeighton.co.uk

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

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PROPERTY

The Dingle, Pave Lane, Newport

5 bedroom dormer bungalow • Price £490,000

This family home has a gated driveway and has wrap around private landscaped gardens with

countryside views. The accommodation throughout is well proportioned and flexible ideally suiting

contemporary family and multigenerational living.

The detached garage with light and power is currently used as a workshop/office creating a separate

space for anyone wishing to work from home.

The kitchen and reception rooms all have access to/and views across the gardens bringing the outside

in. The raised deck and large patio provide perfect entertaining areas.

The bedrooms to the ground floor are all double and there is a family bathroom. To the first floor are

two bedrooms, one double and one single having Velux windows. There is a landing in between with a

wash hand basin.

FOR SALE

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

www.nockdeighton.co.uk

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

TELFORD | IRONBRIDGE | NEWPORT | BRIDGNORTH | LUDLOW | CLEOBURY MORTIMER | KIDDERMINSTER | COUNTRY HOMES

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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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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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by Ann Haldon

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We advise many clients when it

comes to planning for the future. One

recurring theme concerns care home

costs and how these might be met.

Many people worry about having to

sell their home to pay for care. There

are measures that can be taken to

safeguard part of your loved ones’

inheritance, and to prevent the whole

of your property from being taken into

account should you require care in the

future.

How? By having a specific trust within

your Will. This trust ring-fences capital

and prevents it from being used for

care home fees. On the first death,

half of the main home passes into a

trust to eventually pass to children,

grandchildren or other beneficiaries,

but allowing the surviving partner to

live there for the rest of their life.

This action prevents the whole

of the value of the property from

being taken into account, should the

surviving partner require means tested

residential care in their later years.

If the surviving partner goes into a

care home, although their own half

share of the house may be used to pay

for care, any additional fees required

could not be taken from the other half

of the house, as it belongs to the Trust

and not to them.

Such a trust is a flexible arrangement

and still allows the surviving partner to

sell the property and downsize in the

future, if needed.

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LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY

What are they used for?

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

will manage their affairs and make decisions on their behalf when they can no longer do that for themselves.

There are two types of Powers:

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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.

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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:

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Funeral Costs

DOES IT PAY TO

PLAN AHEAD

Sign up to a prepaid funeral plan

With a prepaid plan, you will choose the

type of funeral you want (so long as it’s

in the UK) then pay the funeral director

or plan provider either in a lump sum, or

in weekly instalments. The costs will be

frozen at today’s prices from the moment

the plan takes effect, which means the

costs won’t be subject to inflation, but

you should be aware that your plan

may not provide everything you want –

for instance, it may not cover the cost

of a burial plot, flowers or catering. It’s

advisable to check the details of your

plan carefully before you agree to buy it.

Over 50s plans

What image does the word ‘funeral’ conjure

up for you? A fleet of sleek, black limousines, a

horse-drawn carriage and mourners grouped

around a marble headstone? Or do you simply

see friends and relatives gathered together in a

woodland spot, scattering ashes from an urn?

While it’s easy to focus on the emotional and ceremonial

aspects of a funeral, we don’t always think about the costs.

According to the Money Advice Service (moneyadviceservice.

org.uk) the average price of a funeral, even without optional

items such as flowers and catering, is around £4,300.

That’s not exactly small change for most people, and it’s an

unfortunate fact that if you don’t make some kind of financial

provision for your funeral, your children or close relatives may

have to foot the bill when you die. Not only does this put

financial pressure on your nearest and dearest at a difficult

time, it can also mean that the final send-off you receive

doesn’t match up to the one you had envisaged.

You can leave instructions in your will as to the type of funeral

you would like, but if there isn’t enough in your estate to fund

your wishes, those left in charge of the arrangements are under

no legal obligation to carry them out, or even arrange a funeral

at all.

If you choose a church burial you could pay anything from

£800 (as a resident of a small, rural community) to £8,000

if you are a non-resident asking to be buried in a city area.

Your relatives will also need to pay ongoing maintenance fees

for the grave. A woodland burial is a more natural option, but

that also costs between a few hundred to several thousands

of pounds, depending upon location. Cremation is cheaper,

costing from £1,400 without a ceremony and approximately

£3,750 when a funeral is arranged.

If you don’t believe there will be enough money in your estate

to pay for a funeral when you die, and your relatives can’t

afford to chip in, there are several options open to you.

Although this is a form of insurance,

there’s no requirement for medical

underwriting. That means if you are in

poor health at the time of drawing up the

plan it won’t affect the pay-out, provided you survive beyond

the first two years of the plan’s start date. On the down side,

once you’ve paid the money in, you won’t get it back and you

risk losing all your money – including any costs towards your

funeral – if you don’t keep up to date with payments.

Life Insurance

According to the consumer association Which?, life insurance

could potentially pay out 40% more than an Over 50s plan.

However the lump sum provided by life insurance can take

several weeks to come through. The Association of British

Insurers says that payments generally take about a month to

arrive after a death, but they can take longer if the death needs

investigation.

Government-funded funeral payments

If the person responsible for arranging your funeral is receiving

certain benefits, they can apply to the government for a Funeral

Expenses Payment. The money offered will cover things such

as cremation fees or the cost of a particular burial plot, death

certificates and other documents, but it is unlikely to cover the

full cost of a funeral.

Save up with a bank account

You can always set up a separate bank account to pay for your

funeral, paying in gradually to build up the amount you need.

However that’s not risk free, as there’s a chance you might die

before you have accumulated your target sum. At your death,

the money you’ve saved will be considered part of your estate,

which means it won’t be released immediately to pay for your

funeral costs.

If you’ve been concerned about how you will pay for your

funeral, the five options listed above should provide some

comfort. Fortunately there’s lots more advice available from

organisations such as the Money Advice Service and Citizens

Advice. Finally, it always helps to discuss your plans with your

family or close friends, as any arrangements made now could

save them a lot of worry in future.

by Kate McLelland

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Whether you are looking to make your first Will

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Five Tasks for an Organised

Financial Life in 2020

January is the perfect time to organise your

financial life and carry out those onerous or boring

tasks you’ve been putting off for so long. Making

a will, setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney

(LPA) and checking your credit file are just three

important ‘bigger picture’ jobs that can set you

up for a secure future, and offer a little protection

from life’s uncertainties.

So here are the five tasks in more detail – tackle them in any

order, and get your financial life organised in 2020.

1. Check your state pension forecast

Checking how much state pension you might receive provides

a clearer picture of how your financial situation could look in

retirement. It also allows you to see if there are any gaps in

your National Insurance (NI) record.

.This is important, as you may be able to pay voluntary National

Insurance contributions to fill those gaps and complete your

NI record before you retire. At the time of writing you need to

make full contributions for 35 years to be eligible for the new

full state pension, so it’s definitely worth investigating.

As far as budgeting for retirement is concerned, you should

factor in the figure from your state pension forecast with any

occupational pensions, savings, or investments you hold. You’ll

discover whether you’re on track for the lifestyle you want, or

if you need to put a little more money away prior to retirement.

2. Make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

A Lasting Power of Attorney is an official document whereby

you appoint one or more attorneys to help you make financial

or health-related decisions, or to make them on your behalf if

you lose mental capacity in the future.

You need to be over the age of 18 to make an LPA, and have

the mental capacity at the time to make your own decisions.

Drawing up an LPA is often regarded as unnecessary until later

life, but it’s well worth considering at any time.

It’s possible to make a Lasting Power of Attorney without

professional assistance via the gov.uk website. Citizens Advice

may also be able to help, but if you’re unsure of your wishes

or the process in general it’s advisable to seek help from a

solicitor.

3. Write a will

Making a will ensures your assets are passed down according

to your wishes when you die, and with today’s complex family

structures it can prevent a great deal of stress for those left

behind.

It’s advisable to seek professional assistance when making a will,

particularly if you have a young family or your circumstances

aren’t straightforward. You might need to consider who would

care for your children if you weren’t around, for example, or

think about how you’d incorporate children from a previous

marriage into your will.

It’s worth knowing that March is free wills month, so you might

be able to save on legal costs if you make a will during March.

This is usually only applicable for simple wills, however, where

the instructions are relatively straightforward.

4. Take out ‘life event’ insurance

Adverse life events such as chronic illness or serious accident

can derail your plans for the future. You may not be able to

work or function in the way you used to, for instance, but if

you’ve taken out appropriate insurance it can reduce some of

the devastating financial impact for yourself and your family.

Critical illness and life insurance cover provides a financial buffer

that can help you cope with unexpected life circumstances,

and help your loved ones adjust to a new situation without the

fear of financial difficulty.

Buying insurance is something many of us consider at various

points in our lives, but taking the time to find out more about

the policies available and choosing the best one for your needs

is crucial.

5. Check your credit report

The state of your credit report affects your ability to borrow

and obtain credit, and is a fundamental part of your overall

financial situation. Lenders and credit card companies assess

your creditworthiness by checking your credit file, and decide

whether or not to sanction loans or grant credit based on its

contents.

You can view your credit report online – some credit reference

agencies provide a free report. Others offer only monthly

subscriptions, which can be useful given the

rise in identity theft, as you receive warnings

when changes are made to your credit file.

If you find mistakes, it’s possible to rectify

them either by contacting the lender

concerned or the credit reference agency. A

note can then be added that the entry has

been challenged and is under investigation.

Understanding how fraudsters operate

can also protect you from financial loss, so

researching this could be another task to

undertake as and when you’re able this year.

If you blitz these jobs in January, you can

relax for the rest of 2020 knowing that some

of the mundane but very important financial

issues that can affect your life so seriously

are all under control.

by Ann Haldon

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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

www.bestyears.co.uk.

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 www.oceanbluu.com.

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,

www.gltc.co.uk) 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.

whitestuff.com.

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, www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

ToolBox (£30) to keep

your child entertained

for hours. See www.

nubie.co.uk.

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

by Kate Duggan

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PRE-SCHOOL, RECEPTION

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Saturday

25th January 2020

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Especially for families with

younger children.

Come and join in the fun!

Register online

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Making Family Life Easier

Ever feel like you’re

trying to juggle too

many balls, half of

which are on fire?

Here are a few ideas that

might help…

Plan like a pro

If you have school-age children,

you no doubt find yourself wishing

they had their own personal

assistant at times. (And a cook,

cleaner and driver.) Between them,

my two have drama, yoga, maths

club, choir, piano, Taekwondo,

dance, computer club, youth club

and swimming lessons. And that’s

before you factor in play dates,

homework and school projects.

I find the easiest way to remember who needs what, where and on what day, is through a Google calendar that I share with my

partner. It means we constantly have notifications pinging at us, but we can remind the kids to grab their piano book or swim stuff

in the morning.

A wall planner is also handy, particularly a wipe-clean weekly planner hung next to the front door or on the fridge. Use it to keep

track of clubs, play dates, homework deadlines, whether they’re on school dinners or packed lunches and so on. I bought ours from

Amazon for £5. Now I just need to get my kids to remember to check it…

Encouraging children to put things away

Fed up of the kids dumping their bags and coats on the floor

when they walk through the door? Make it as easy as possible

for them to hang things up by installing extra hooks in your

hallway. If the hooks are low enough to reach easily, and only

for your kids’ coats and bags, it’s more likely they’ll get used.

Once you’ve reminded your children to go back and hang

their things up a dozen or so times, it becomes habit.

Help babies to sleep outside your home

When you’re a parenting journalist, you get sent a lot of press

releases. The one new product that’s really stood out from

the crowd for me recently is the POD Travel Crib. In short,

it’s a travel cot that folds up to become a changing bag. The

bag can be used to carry nappies, wipes and spare clothes,

and the cot mattress doubles up as a changing mat. Genius,

right? It takes less than a minute to turn it from bag into cot

(and we all know that every second counts when it comes

to sleeping babies). And, unlike a lot of baby products, this

one looks rather stylish. Think designer laptop bag, but on a

larger scale.

I ordered one for my sister the day I received the press

release, and it now goes with her pretty much everywhere.

My niece sleeps better in it than the car seat and it means my

sister doesn’t have to lug the pram around. It’s£65 from www.

bizzigrowin.com.

by Kate Duggan

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CHILDREN, EDUCATION & ACTIVITIES

New Santa Christmas

Weekends

AT

COALBROOKDALE

Meet Santa at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums new

Christmas experience in Coalbrookdale every

weekend from 30 November to 22 December

(10am-3.45pm).

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

Engineers.

While in Coalbrookdale, pop into the Furnace Kitchen and

enjoy some Christmas fayre including mince pies and mulled

wine.

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 www.ironbridge.org.uk.

The Gorge is easily reached via the M54 motorway exiting at

Telford junction 4 or 6.

QUIZ - Christmas Presents

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

32nd?

10. What is the final

item that the singer asks

Santa for in the song

Santa Baby?

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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…

Pyjamas

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.

Slippers

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

children.

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

pie.

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.

moccis.co.uk

F&F cardigan, Sainsbury’s

George at ASDA Christmas

Eve box, £2

Gingerbread

man, £9.95, www.

biscuiteers.com

The Jolly

Christmas

Postman, £12.99

Notebook,

£4, www.

thekindnesscoop.com

Badge, £2, www.

thekindnesscoop.com

Pyjamas,

www.welovefrugi.com

Father

Christmas

decoration,

£5, www.

nationaltrust.

org.uk

Santa dress up mug,

£8, River Island

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Gardening

PRUNING PERFECTION

Winter is perfect for pruning and cutting back

woody plants, so take advantage of the fact that

deciduous trees, shrubs, hedges and climbers are

now bare of leaves and get stuck in. It is only in

really icy or frosty weather that you need to hold

back.

Remember that for your pruning to really benefit the plant, you

need the right tools.

For a relatively small expanse of hedge or a shrub that needs

roughly reshaping, a good, sharp pair of well-oiled shears should

do the job. When cutting along a hedge top, a guide line – such

as a taut string – will help you get a neat, level surface. For larger

hedges a powered hedge cutter or hedge trimmer is preferable,

though make sure it is not too heavy and you can use it safely.

For removal of stems at various heights and of varying thicknesses

it is worth using ‘loppers’. These are available with various handle

lengths (some even have telescopic handles), so that you can

reach up higher without having to use a ladder or platform. They

are much better at cutting through relatively thick stems than

shears or secateurs and yet also allow for accurate positioning

of the cut. Wear goggles and ideally protective headgear if you

have to cut back branches above your head.

Everybody with even just a single shrub in their garden needs

a pair of secateurs for pruning of smaller woody stems, and

the better their quality the better the job you can do. Provided

they are good and sharp, you can make a perfectly clean, neat

and accurate cut. Always cut to an outward-facing bud (so

that the new growth produced from that bud grows outwards).

Secateurs are good for removing dead and dying stems as well

as for formative pruning (where you are helping to ensure the

plant grows in the direction you want it to), and for pruning to

encourage flowering. If you are pruning out dead and dying

material, bin it or burn it in case it carries infection.

A proper pruning saw is necessary for pruning out or tidying

up larger branches on trees and shrubs. If you choose one with

one (or better still two) parallel lines of teeth you can create a

very accurate and clean cut with relatively little effort. This is the

perfect tool if you have fruit trees to prune. Use a sawing action

for best results and again, if cutting above your head, wear

goggles to protect your eyes from falling sawdust and debris.

Make the pruning cut a few millimetres or so away from the main

stem from which the branch you are removing is joined. A cut like

this will heal over much more quickly and the wound size will be

smaller and so less prone to fungal rotting.

MORE PRUNING TIPS:

Before you get carried away, check the best pruning time for the

plants you have in mind. Most hedges and many shrubs can be

cut back now, but for a good display of flowers make sure that

you prune at the correct time or else you may end up pruning out

the plant’s flowering potential.

Some trees, mainly those in the Prunus family – such as edible

and ornamental cherries, plums, apricots, damsons, peaches and

nectarines – are very prone to a potentially fatal fungal infection

known as ‘silver leaf’. This is less likely to cause problems if these

trees are pruned in the summer months, so don’t prune them

now unless there is no alternative and you are prepared to take

the risk!

Always make sure that pruning tools are really sharp. If they are

in the slightest bit blunt then the job will not only take more

effort, but you may end up with the plant being damaged as the

cut made will be jagged or stems may be crushed.

Create sloping cuts whenever you can so that rain and moisture

runs off and does not accumulate (wetness encourages wood

rotting), and cut close to but not on top of a bud to allow new

growth without dieback. When you are using shears or large scale

trimmers you cannot do this, but always do so with secateurs,

loppers and saws.

Stand back from time to time when you are pruning to check the

overall appearance of the plant and to help decide where you

should prune next – if you are close up it is harder to see how you

are affecting the overall shape of the plant.

by Pippa Greenwood

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Fall of The Berlin Wall

30 YEARS ON

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

reunified.

by Nadia Houston

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Replacing a kitchen is an exciting time but it can

be daunting knowing where to start. This is a room

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

the smooth, unadorned lines of the

gloss kitchen but in a matte finish

has become desirable. There is a

wide variety of options out there

with something to cater for every

taste, but there are so many other

considerations than just aesthetics.

Dealing with a company that can

talk you through the whole planning

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The Kitchen Depot in Trench is a

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local families since 2003. With over

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“Manufacturing our own bespoke kitchens allows us to offer a

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even more stunning style options without compromising on

quality.”

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

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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

cake!)

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.

by Kate McLelland

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The first Bulldog Products were launched in 1984 now, 35

years on the Bulldog brand is stronger than ever.

We are proud to manufacture from our own premises in rural

Shropshire and we source all of our products here in the UK.

Led by the second generation of the Jordan family, we

understand the importance of security equipment that is

suitable for the busy family, without compromising on quality

and safety. Offering you peace of mind all year round.

Our product range spans all areas including Domestic, Leisure

and Commercial. We have 3 dedicated websites showcasing

our products including wheel clamps, steering wheel locks,

hitch locks, shed/garage/door locks, wireless outdoor lights,

saddle locks, high security chains, personal and vehicle

trackers and much more.

We have recently launched our bespoke pet friendly alarm

system which can detect movement, body heat, smoke and

flooding. You design it, We configure it, You Install it.

All the benefits of a professional installed alarm, without the

high costs and the best part, It can be fitted by homeowners

in under 60 minutes and monitored and controlled using a

simple app.

To find out more about Bulldog products speak to our

dedicated team on 01952 728171 or browse our websites.

General: www.bulldogsecure.com

Trackers: www.bulldogtracking.co.uk

Alarms: www.bdalarm.com

Shed & Workshop Door

Locks

Garage Door Locks

Alarms

Protect Your Property

British Manufactured based in Much Wenlock

View our full range of security products at

www.bulldogsecure.com www.bulldogtracking.co.uk

www.bdalarm.com or call us on 01952 728171

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Community Buildings

Community buildings across Shropshire are being

offered a helping hand through a new improvements

award scheme - with the chance to win a makeover

for their building.

The winning entry will receive a combination of material and

labour worth £1,000 to improve facilities at their community

building. The scheme is open to every community building in

the county, covers internal or external work, and all centres

have to do is send in a story explaining why they need the

work doing.

Applications for the SWG Community Building Improvement

Award are now open and entries must be returned before

December 20, 2019, to qualify. The winner will be announced

on February 11, 2020.

The scheme is being run by SWG Construction, which has

offices in Shrewsbury and Welshpool, in conjunction with the

Shropshire Rural Communities Charity.

Nigel Stephens, of SWG, said the aim

of the award was to help community

buildings reach their full potential.

“Community buildings are an

important part of rural life across

Shropshire, acting as a focal point for

residents and a local hub, which host

so many much-needed activities and

social gatherings,” he said.

“We are asking those involved with

running community buildings to try

IMPROVEMENTS

AWARD SCHEME

and win £1,000 worth of improvements through this new award.

Whether it is external or internal work, SWG will provide the

labour and materials to help the winning centre thrive in the

community. It could include heating, plumbing, bathroom and

kitchen improvements, electrical improvements, testing and

inspection, decoration, flooring groundworks, sports facilities,

disabled access and facilities, new signage or a combination

of works.

“To be considered, we are asking community buildings to

tell us their story about why they need the work doing and

how it would benefit the community. The prize isn’t a cash or

materials donation, but a combination of labour and material

supplied by SWG up to the value of £1,000. The winner will

have the reassurance of knowing that all the work carried out

will be completed to the highest standards by SWG.”

He added: “SWG is delighted to be part of the community and

always pleased to get involved in local projects whenever we

can. I would like to thank the Shropshire Rural Communities

Charity for joining us in this project and look forward to

helping one community building in

Shropshire to carry out some muchneeded

improvements.”

To enter, request an application

form from jacqui.gough@swg.co.uk

or get in touch with your contact at

Shropshire Rural Communities Charity.

A shortlist of five entries will be

drawn up after the closing deadline of

December 20 and those entries must

be available for a site visit in January.

Quality Bespoke Joinery, Wood Machining

and Specialist Moulding Service

• Conservatories

• Entrance Porches

• Patio Doors

• Internal & External

Doors & Frames

• Sash & Traditional

Windows

• Staircases

and much more...

All

Traditionally

Handcrafted

in our

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We Specialise in Bespoke New Solid

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Balustrading. Or revive your existing

Staircase with a makeover in Solid Oak

Cladding at a fraction of the cost.

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New Showroom

Barrett Garage Doors is a local family run company

based at Stafford Park Telford, offering honest,

reliable and trustworthy garage door services for

Shropshire and the neighbouring areas.

They provide top quality Garage Door products from leading

manufacturers such as Garador, Hormann, Somfy and

Alluguard. Their team of fitters have over 12 years’ experience

in the industry and have attended several manufacturer

installation courses to ensure not only are you getting a great

product but a great installation too.

Steve Barrett, the company director has worked in the Garage

Door world for many years and when he is not spending quality

time with his wife, Jemma and the kids, he is hard working on

making sure your garage door installation is the best it can be.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

NOW OPEN AT

STAFFORD PARK

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

the press of a button.

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

a great display of garage doors in a wide range of sizes and

colours to suit all needs. The garage doors range includes

roller doors, sectional doors, side hinged doors and the

traditional up and over doors.

FOR ALL YOUR

GARAGE DOOR

REQUIREMENTS

Roller Garage Doors

Sectional Garage Doors

Side Hinged Garage Doors

Up & Over Garage Doors

No call out charge

Servicing

Repairs & Maintenance

Automation

All Work Guaranteed

Local

Family Run

Business based

in Telford

NEW Showroom: Unit E7, Stafford Park 4, Stafford Park, Telford, TF3 3BA

T: 01952 872552 • M: 07519 923335

E: info@barrettgaragedoors.co.uk • www.barrettgaragedoors.co.uk

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Start a New Year’s Revolution

High-tech ways to keep your New Year’s resolutions

The decorations are down, the gyms are going to be packed

for the next few weeks and many of us have vowed to sort

ourselves out. We’re going to get fitter, happier and more

productive – and technology can help.

One way technology can help is by making fitness more

fun. For example, instead of a pricey gym subscription,

why not buy yourself an e-bike? While some electric bikes

are incredibly expensive, prices are falling fast: for example,

Halfords sells a number of electric bikes for less than £600

and one is just £479. By comparison, a year’s membership of

a very well-known gym chain is £672.

Whether you’re cycling down the streets, pounding the

pavements or hitting the gym, it’s useful to track your

progress to help with your motivation. There are tons of apps

for everything, from recording the calories you consume

to giving you challenging workouts. Some are incredibly

focused, such as Seven: it gives you workouts you can do in

just seven minutes.

Phones can track your movements through the day but if

you really want to track your progress, a fitness tracker or a

smartwatch can give you all kinds of information about what

your body’s doing.

The big daddy of the fitness tracking world is the Apple

Watch, which comes in two flavours: the Series 3, which starts

at £199, and the Series 5, which starts at £399. The series 4

was discontinued last year. If you have an iPhone, they’re the

best smart watches you can buy.

If you don’t have an iPhone or just don’t need a £400 Apple

Watch, there are plenty of other options. Samsung makes a

range of Galaxy Active watches from around £200 up that

work really well with Android phones, and it also makes a

simple fitness tracker called the Galaxy Fit. That’s currently

£89.

Fitbit has the £199 Versa 2 smartwatch and a range of fitness

trackers including the £119 Charge 3 and the £69 Ace 2 for

children. Garmin has fitness-focused smartwatches at all price

points plus the cute and sub-£100 Vivosmart 4 trackers, and

firms such as Huawei offer budget bargains such as the £59

Band 3 Pro.

Every device is different, of course, but the main difference

between a smartwatch and a fitness tracker is apps.

Smartwatches generally have them and fitness trackers

generally don’t.

Not all fitness technology goes on your wrist. Smart scales

have become even smarter recently and many of them now

connect to the health app on your phone, so you can see

changes to your body composition and your weight over time.

If you don’t feel like dropping £130-plus on a Nokia / Withings

smart scale, the budget technology brand Eufy makes some

really nice smart ones for much less: its Bluetooth-connected

smart scales are currently £39.99 and work brilliantly.

Images: top left clockwise - Assist electric bike from

Halfords, Samsung Galaxy Fit tracker, Garmin Vivoactive

tracker, Apple Watch Series 5.

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HOME IMPROVEMENTS

A LUXURY KITCHEN

OR BATHROOM

Whether its a new kitchen or bathroom you are looking for

we offer a complete package for our customers including any

building work, plasterers, tilers, electricians and plumbers

Call Sal T: 01952 610999 M: 07976 467 830

www.kitchensbyrandr.co.uk

R&R Kitchens & Bathrooms

R&R Services Ltd, Unit B4, Stafford Park 15, Telford TF3 3BB

Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm

Sat 9am - 4pm

Shropshire’s First Choice for A+ Rated

Replacement Windows, Conservatories & Doors

01952 433149

Sundays & Evenings 01952 510595

E: sales@trotfieldwindows.co.uk

www.trotfieldwindows.co.uk

Est 1982

• Quality uPVC windows, doors

and bespoke conservatories

• No obligation free quotations

• 15 year insurance backed

guarantee

• NVQ trained fitting engineers

Full security features

Impressive Showroom at: 1 Madeley Road, Ironbridge, Telford TF8 7PP

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New Kitchen

Showroom

OPENED IN

WELLINGTON

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

customers can be assured that they will get a personal and

high quality service from first contact right through to the

completion of their project.

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

to Friday and 10:00 to 16:00 on Saturdays. Visit the showroom

at: 8-10 Church Street, Wellington, Telford TF1 1DG.

More details can be found online at: www.dreamdoors.co.uk/

kitchen-showrooms/telford

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Camargue

PROVENCE ON THE

WILD SIDE

As the river Rhône approaches the Mediterranean,

it splits into the Grand Rhône and the Petit Rhône

to form one of the largest deltas in Europe. This is

the ‘Camargue’, an enticing place unlike anywhere

else in France, where marshlands and lagoons

glisten in the sun, fringed by broad windswept

sands to the south while paddies, orchards and

wheat spread on the fertile plain.

But the deeper you head into the delta, the wilder the land

strung with lakes and dunes, deserted beaches, sand bars,

meadows and ponds festooned in tamarisks and yellow irises

and at the heart of it all, the saltwater lagoon of Vaccarès,

which looks almost like a sea. Orchids and forget-me-nots

splash colour here and there and along the coast delicate

sand lilies, golden immortelles and sea lavender flutter in the

breeze. With just ten inhabitants per square kilometre, these

vast open spaces almost feel like the end of the earth, and

although there are a few roads around the more isolated areas

are easier to reach on horseback, as the locals do. There are

guesthouses and stables where anyone can learn to ride or

join a guided trek to enjoy a landscape with no boundaries.

Scenery aside, the Camargue has a character all of its own,

steeped in age-old culture and traditions. There may be few

humans about but you’re sure to come across a paddock where

white Camargue horses gallop semi-wild, manes flying in the

wind, or you might find a whitewashed traditional cottage

thatched with reeds and shaped like a prow to withstand

storms, a saltpan, a stretch of barren land or a ranch called

‘manade’ where black bulls are bred for the game of ‘cocarde’.

The protected wetlands and coast attract around 350 bird

species, from raptors and waterfowls to song and sea birds.

Magpies and jackdaws are common but it’s always a treat

to spot a colourful bee-eater, a crested hoopoe or a roller

pirouetting in the air on a spectacular courtship dance. Yet,

above all others, pink flamingos are the icon of the Camargue,

wading in shallow lagoons, amazingly peaceful until something

disturbs the peace and the whole colony takes flight, shrieking

through a magnificent cloud of flaming colours. In the spring,

thousands of chicks are born in the Regional Park, all fluffy

and white, for it will take several years for them to turn pink.

Some will stay in the Camargue throughout the winter; others

take off across the sea in search of warmer climes.

But when you reach the coast don’t expect glittering resorts,

for this is still the wild ‘cowboy land’. Just look out for the

lonely walled village of Aigues-Mortes, once a sea port, now

inland, and Les-Saintes-Maries de la Mer, 8,000 residents and

capital of the Camargue where gypsies from far and wide

honour their patron saint on an annual pilgrimage. As visitors

like to say, wherever you come from, ‘there is no place like the

Camargue’.

by Solange Hando

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HOME IMPROVEMENTS

Quality Internal &

External Timber Doors

SPECIAL OFFER

6 x Quality Oak Engineered Doors

(Standard Imperial Sizes Only)

Supplied and Professionally Fitted

Including a Choice of Selected Handles & Hinges

ALL FOR ONLY £1199

(inc. of VAT)

Glazed and Metric versions available at extra cost

Written Quotations available on request

T: 01952 610795 or 01952 620003

E: thedoor.store@hotmail.co.uk

OPEN:

Mon to Fri: 8am - 5pm & Sat: 10am – 3pm

A CHOICE

OF 12

DIFFERENT

DESIGNS

AVAILABLE

The Door Store @ Classic Fasteners (Est. 1991)

Units 6&7, Redland Industrial Estate, Off Station Hill, Oakengates, Telford TF2 9JX

Fitted

Bedrooms

and

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Safely Access Your Loft!

for only £425

Fully Fitted

This price is for a standard height ceiling

with an 8ft drop, width 22-30”

Manufactured to ISO 9002 Standard

♦ We provide a

convenient and safe

way to access your loft.

♦ Each ladder has a 10

year parts guarantee

and can be installed in

approx. 2-3 hours.

♦ We offer a loft boarding

service if required at an

additional cost.

"Quality workmanship

with a high end finish and

Louka Fine Finish Ltd

t: 07383 011901 • e: info@loukafinefinish.co.uk

View our latest projects on our instagram page @loukafinefinish

great value for money."

Bespoke

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Visit our website for more details www.loukafinefinish.co.uk

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THE COMPLETE HOME IMPROVEMENT COMPANY

Create that extra living space that you

and your family deserve with one of our

fabulous orangeries designed to suit you

and your growing family's needs

• Orangeries

• Garage Conversions

• High Quality Secure Windows

• Beautiful Composite Doors

• Bring the Outdoors Inside with

our Gorgeous Bi-fold Doors

• Extensions

R&R Services Home Improvement

BEDROOMS

& FITTED FURNITURE

R&R Services now introducing Reece Anthony

www.reeceanthony.co.uk

Call Rob T: 01952 610999 M: 07703 270177

www.randrserv.co.uk

R&R Services Ltd, Unit B4, Stafford Park 15, Telford TF3 3BB

Reece Anthony

Bespoke Fitted Furniture

Offering a reliable,

friendly and professional

service by a fully insured

Part P registered Installer

Plumbing

& Electrical

Services

Bathrooms

Supply and Installation

HIDATO

Starting at 1 and finishing at 49,

track your way from one square to

another, either horizontally, vertically or

diagonally, placing consecutive numbers

into the empty squares as you go.

Some numbers are already given.

For a Free estimate call Neil on 07976 097598 or 01952 605996

Email: neil@aquasparkservices.com

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HOME IMPROVEMENTS

REGENT HOUSE DESIGN & DEVELOPMENTS

KITCHEN, BEDROOM & BATHROOM SPECIALISTS

www.regenthousedesign.com

• 32 St Marys Street, Newport, TF10 7AB • 01952 820892 •

• 42 High Street, Gnosall, ST20 0EX • 01785 822292•

A.P.H Windows

Family Run

Business

Est 1981

01952 680441 • www.aphwindows.co.uk

Registered

Company 16299

Manufacturers & Installers of High Quality:

• Fully Welded uPVC Windows, Doors

& Conservatories

• Internally Glazed with high Security

Locks

• Composite Doors

• Garage Doors

• Fascias, Soffits & Guttering

• Building Extensions

Why Choose A.P.H Windows?

All uPVC products are made in our own factory

Deal direct with the owner • No pressure Salesmen

Directly employed craftsmen • Full after sales service

No deposit required

Our showroom is full of ideas to help you decide on the style

& design of your windows, doors and dream conservatory

Open 9-5.30pm Mon-Fri & 10-3pm Sat

Unit H1, Halesfield 19, Telford TF7 4QT

NEW SHOWROOM

upstairs with Orangery,

Conservatory with

solid tiled effect roof &

Composite doors display

aphwindowsltd

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Books

THE GIFT OF READING

Banksy You Are an Acceptable Level of Threat – Gary Shove & Patrick Potter

This is so much more than just a coffee-table-worthy photography collection. For a start, it’s snort-out-loud funny. It’s been updated

for 2019 and now spans Banky’s career, from the early 90s to 2018. There are anecdotes, irreverent biographical references and a few

hundred photos to pore over.

The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

The Testaments picks up a few years after The Handmaid’s Tale ended. It weaves together the stories of three women – Daisy, born in

Gilead but raised in Canada; Agnes Jemima, who’s desperate to escape the life set out for her by her step-parents; and the infamous

Aunt Lydia. We won’t spoil it by giving away too much of the storyline, but it’s fair to say that it’s everything you hoped for and more.

Perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale (book or TV series).

The Corset – Laura Purcell

Ruth Butterham is on trial for murdering her mistress. She confessed to the crime, but is she guilty or delusional? The more that

wealthy prison visitor Dorothea Truelove hears of the beaten and broken Ruth’s tale, the less sure she is of who the real villain is in the

story. Is Ruth the killer, is there another murderer at large or, as Ruth seems to believe, is the real culprit something far more unlikely?

Gripping historical crime fiction sure to appeal to fans of Sarah Waters.

Burn After Writing (Teen Edition) – Rhiannon Shove

A journal with a difference, Burn after Writing invites teens to answer a series of questions to paint a picture of who they are, from

‘The song that makes me want to dance’ to ‘If I had a brainwashing machine, I would use it to’ and ‘Something I do that makes me

feel proud of myself’. Perfect for 11 to 14 year olds. (The adult’s version is worth a look too.)

Little Robin Red Vest – Jan Fearnley

This classic picture book is now 20 years old. It tells the story of how the robin got his red vest. (Spoiler: Father Christmas gave it to

him as a reward for the robin giving away his own woolly vests.) A great story, beautiful illustrations and a feel-good message to top

it all off. What more could a young child want from a book on Christmas morning?

Veg – Jamie Oliver

Buying for a vegetarian? Or just someone who enjoys healthy food that tastes great and doesn’t take hours to prepare? This book

is for them. There are twists on new classics, such as Veggie Moussaka and Vegan Lasagne, and plenty of more inspired dishes that

could soon become old favourites, like Masala Stuffed Peppers, Pulled Mushroom Sandwich and Crispy Cauliflower Katsu. Some take

a few minutes to make from scratch, while others are more suitable for chilled-out Sunday brunches or dinners with friends.

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HOME IMPROVEMENTS

SPECIAL

OFFER - FREE

DISHWASHER

(on any orders over

£3500 + vat - T&C's

apply)

NEW Kitchen & Bathroom Showroom NOW OPEN

DESIGN • QUALITY • INNOVATION

For your free kitchen or bathroom design please call in at:

Stafford Park 4, Telford TF3 3DL

T: 01952 200220 www.emerysltd.co.uk

SteveHolloway

Kitchens & Bathrooms

DESIGN • SUPPLY • INSTALL

or

Just Fit

Only

BATHROOMS

KITCHENS

CARPENTRY

Also...

• Wall and floor tiling

• Wooden/Laminate

floor laying

• Internal doors

• General carpentry

• Plastering

• Property maintenance

30 YEARS EXPERIENCE • CITY & GUILDS QUALIFIED

CONTACT STEVE ON: 07790 878043

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There’s no job too small so just call 07973 612 222

CCTV

PACKAGE FROM

£495

Inclusive of

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We provide a reliable & friendly service

at a competitive price

Fully Qualified Electrician

Registered 17th edition NAPIT installer

Domestic & Commercial Work

All our work is fully insured and guaranteed

Established for over 30 Years

• All Property Maintenance

• Fitted Bathrooms & Kitchens

• Electrical Work (NAPIT)

• Slabbing & Paving

• Plumbing

• Carpentry

• UPVC Decking

• Painting

• Ground Works

• Roofing

• Brick & Block Work

• Plastering & Insurance Work

• Home Audio Visual Solutions

• HD & 4K CCTV Systems

Visit our

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photos of some

of our latest

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www.telfordmaintenance.co.uk

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T: 01952 201180 M: 07973 612 222

info@telfordmaintenance.co.uk

PLUMBER

A Watson (ACIPHE)

For a no obligation quotation

Andy on

01952 529765

68 Barn Road, Shifnal

Email: mwats@blueyonder.co.uk

Registered Plumber

Home Improvements

& Maintenance

Full Installation of Kitchens

& Bathrooms - Including all

Plumbing, Tiling (floor & wall),

Electrics & Gas as required

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• CARPETS • STONE

• UPHOLSTERY • TILE & GROUT

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• RUGS

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• CURTAINS • PATIOS

• MATTRESSES • DECKING

• STAIN REMOVAL & PROTECTION

FREE advice, quotes and fully insured.

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home furnishing retailers since 1997.

www.shawclean.co.uk

07976 559 072

TELFORD & Surrounding Areas

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HOME SERVICES

Professional & Friendly

OVEN CLEANING SERVICE

Local businessman David Johnson has a background in

customer service and when he started his business he

wanted to offer his customers a professional and friendly

oven cleaning service in Shropshire. He wanted a brand to be

proud of and trusted by the local community.

‘ProOven Clean’ is the only oven cleaning business on

‘Checkatrade’ in Shropshire, so all of their reviews will show

honest, good, bad or indifferent reviews and potential

customers can make a truly informed decision as to whether

to use their service.

They use a unique range of eco-friendly and fume free

chemicals. Their dedicated team of DBS Checked and fully

trained oven cleaning specialists are on hand to tackle

any oven cleaning task, including Aga, Rayburn and range

cookers. They can even handle a large variety of additional

jobs including hobs, extractor hood, microwave and BBQ

cleaning.

All of their oven cleaning technicians will arrive equipped

with a whole host of common replacement parts including

bulbs, filters and door seals. They can give you a bespoke,

free and no obligation quote via their website, by email or

over the phone. This is a professional oven cleaning service

and a single oven will take in the region of an hour and a half

and a full range can take up to approximately three hours

to clean and the oven is ready to use as soon as they are

finished.

DEEP OVEN CLEANING

EXTENSIVE HOB CLEAN

MICROWAVE CLEAN

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INTENSIVE BBQ CLEAN

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Your First

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We are a local company covering Shropshire,

with fully trained & DBS checked technicians.

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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; www.penelopehope.com.

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

garden?

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

pictures

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

300; www.realflowers.co.uk.

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

settings.

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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Admaston

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:

natalie@cookstars.co.uk

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

Watchers 5:30&7pm, Bollywood Dancing

6.45-8.30pm

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

www.admastonhouse.org.uk 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.

wtsingers.org.uk

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

550862

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

812092

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

Dawley

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

www.tcfonline.org.uk

Dawley Christian Centre:

Mon: 5-8pm Brownies & Rainbows,

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

5’s

Fri: 2-4pm - Computer Club

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

Donnington

Players wanted - Tickled Pink Ukulele Band

Practice nights Weds @ Asda Donnington.

Uke players needed. Contact us at:

tpinkukes@gmail.com 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:

Telford.seacadets@yahoo.com

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.

Edgmond

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

634703.

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 markpearce17@hotmail.com

for more info.

Hadley

Telford Slings - babywearing socials and sling

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

month at EPIC TF4 3EE, home consultations

also available - fb.me/telfordslings for details

or email telfordslings@outlook.com

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

01952-244804.

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.

com

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

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)

Ketley

Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Saturday

(term time) 9.30-11.00am at Ketley

Community Centre (Ages 2-12), Email:

natalie@cookstars.co.uk

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.

Lawley

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.

Leegomery

Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Thursday

(term time) 4.30-5.45pm at Leegomery

Community Centre (Ages 2-12), Email:

natalie@cookstars.co.uk

Lilleshall

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

welcome.

Madeley

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

380934

Life Drawing - every Tuesday 7pm - 9pm at

Jubilee House, Madeley. Excellent tutor. For

more info. call the WEA 01952 614451 or email

telfordcentre@wea.org.uk.

1st Wed each month - Madeley Townswomen

Guild meets 7.30pm at the Common Room,

Bridle Court, Bridle Rd. Madeley, TF7 5SG

Contact 01952 878069.

Muxton

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@

donningtonmuxtonpc.org

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

mth)

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

670033

Newport

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

320 russianclasses1@gmail.com

Sustainable Newport - local people working

to make Newport more sustainable. Find us

on Facebook Twitter & Instagram or email

info@sustainablenewportshropshire.org.

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 www.beaumarissingers.org

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.

co.uk

Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Monday

(term time) 6.30-8.15pm at Burton Borough

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

cookstars.co.uk

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@

blueyonder.co.uk 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@

newport-bridge-club.co.uk

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

812440

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.

co.uk www.facebook.com/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:

singlesfriends18@gmail.com

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

michaeljamespotter@hotmail.co.uk

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.

newportphotoclub.com for details.

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COMMUNITY & WHATS ON

Oakengates

Maddocks Chess Club - Monday nights from

7:30pm at Maddocks Sports & Social Club,

Church St, Oakengates, Telford. TF2 6BU.

www.maddockschess.co.uk

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

380934.

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.

Priorslee

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 facebook.com/

MaudeandRose.

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.

com

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

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

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

7.30pm at Sheriffhales village hall. For further

info contact Janet 07964 370679.

Shifnal

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

welcome.

‘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 Rachel.powell@mha.org.uk

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.

org.uk/

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 facebook.com/shifnalinstitches or email

shifnalinstitches@gmail.com

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

juniors.

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

879873

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: info@shifnal-menslink.co.uk

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: info@shifnal-ladieslink.co.uk

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

461076

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

750312.

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

618381.

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

details.

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

460777.

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 www.meetingpointhouse.co.uk or email

reception@meetingpointhouse.co.uk

Trench

ATC meet at TA Centre, Territorial House,

Trench, Telford between 18.45 - 21.30 every

Tue & Thu night. Contact number for Sqn

01952 670720

Wellington

16th Jan - Wellington History Group,

meet 7:30pm at at Wellington

Library. A talk by Lou Hall (Sunnycroft

Property Operations Manager)

'People In Glasshouses'. Entrance

free, but donations appreciated. www.

wellingtonhistorygroup.wordpress.com

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@

art4tots.com or visit www.Art4Tots.com 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.

com

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: www.stagstelford.co.uk 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

email jadesingers@btinternet.com

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.

wrekinartspc.com

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

405178.

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

info.

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.

gcwellington.com.

Other Areas

Telford Slings - trained babywearing

consultant offering sling hire, retail and

expert advice and fitting, in 4 locations

around Telford - see www.telfordslings.com

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:

ironbridgerotary@gmail.com 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

talksherlock@gmail.com 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.

org.uk

IT Class (for older people) run every

Wednesday 3-5pm at Brookside Community

Centre. Contact Diane Douglas 01952 201803

ext 001 or diane.douglas@ageukstw.org.uk

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: severnsisterswi@gmail.com, 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 valerie.jobes@guidedogs.org.uk.

Further info can be found at www.guidedogs.

org.uk.

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 - www.nadfas-wm.org.

uk/wrekin.html

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@

hotmail.com - 07961 961475 or find us on

Facebook.

Wrekin Writers meet 3rd Sat of month 9

till noon. Large friendly group that’ll help to

motivate you with your writing. Visit www.

wrekinwriters.co.uk or call Darren on 01952

405178.

To submit an entry to this feature please

email your details to:

fleur@inandaroundmagazine.co.uk -

please put subject as WHATS ON on the

email.

(Space is VERY limited, so brief details ONLY)

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Local Health, Sport

Admaston

at Admaston House Community Centre (for further info.

contact Moira Hoath on 07722 213264):

Mon: Yoga (evenings) Contact Janet Evans on 01952

245983

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

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.

Dawley

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: info@dawleybadmintonclub.co.uk / www.

dawleybadmintonclub.co.uk.

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 beryl.feely@gmail.com.

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 www.imsg.org.uk or

e-mail secretary@imsg.org.uk

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

Donnington

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

cheryljauncey2@gmail.com

Edgmond

Yoga, Pilates and a New Exercise Class for people with

mobility issues 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. New exercise class for people with mild to

moderate mobility issues from Monday January 13th at

1.45pm. Cost: £6 PAYG or £30 (£5) for 6 classes paid in

advance. Call or text Denise on 07875 661045 or email

denisepheasant@hotmail.com to book.

Hadley

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: janettedavey@thedaisyfoundation.com

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 iandglittleford@btinternet.com.

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

shootingstarsonline07@yahoo.com

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

Horsehay

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.

Jackfield

Mindful Meditation - Sooth mind, body and spirit. £5.

At The GorgeTherapy & Training Centre. For more info

contact: Diane 01952 881151 www.you-in-mind.co.uk

Ketley

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 debbieyogaone@gmail.com or see my

website: www.yogaone.co.uk

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@

yahoo.co.uk

Slimming World - Ketley Methodist Church on Tue at 5.30

& 7.30pm.

Lawley

Clubbercise and Legs, Bums & Tums - Tuesday evenings

Lawley Primary School Arleston Lane TF4 2PR. All fitness

levels welcome age 16+. Contact Kim - 07724 087516. Or

find us on Facebook 'Kimmy J Fitness – Fitness The Fun

Way'

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 info@mitchytitch.co.uk. www.mitchytitch.

co.uk

Mummy Movers - St Johns Church Hall, Wed: 7.30-8.30pm

& Thu: 10.15-11.00am. Call: Laura 07929 154 536 / laura@

mummymovers.com Website: www.mummymovers.

com

Leegomery

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: claire.jervis74@gmail.com 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

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

Yoga at Lilleshall National Sports Centre Monday 5.30pm,

Wednesday 5.30pm & 6.45pm, Friday 10.30am. Pilates

Monday 6.45pm and Friday 9.30am. Call: 01952 603003

to book. www.allgenerationsyoga.co.uk for details

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

www.premier badminton.co.uk

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.

Madeley

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

Yoga at The Anstice 10am to 11am on Wednesdays. Call

Jemma on 07483 370257. www.allgenerationsyoga.co.uk

for details.

Slimming World- Jubilee House, Madeley High St, Wed at

3.30,5.30 & 7.30 and Sat 8.30 & 10.30am.

Muxton

at St John’s Church Muxton:

Bumps n Babes (NCT) 12.30-2:15pm (fortnightly), sessions

£1.50

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

Newport

Various Fitness classes at The Body Barn in Newport,

Shropshire's biggest outdoor fitness facility - see website

for full details at: www.thebodybarn.co.uk or call Danny on

07894 569571.

Slimming World (Thu 9:30am, 5:30pm & 7:30pm) at

Newport Cricket Club - Call Debbie on 07472 282975

Tai Chi - Gentle exercise to improve flexibility and balance,

relieve stress and aid relaxation. Suitable for adults of all

ages and abilities. Cosy Hall Tuesday am. Contact Dilys

01952 588838 / dilysd407@gmail.com

Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Clubbercise, Box-Fit, Circuits,

Kettlebells, Body Pump, Fit-Steps, Yummy-Mummy’s,

Relaxation, Tone & Sculpt ALL available at Pulse Fitness

The Ballroom High Street Newport. Pay As You Go Classes

Available Plus Pre-Paid Class Cards. Call Nikki 07967

343728 or email nikkiwitty@ymail.com

Forton Cricket Club - Fancy playing cricket, we have two

senior teams, ladies team and junior teams - for more info

contact Clive 01952 825447 or cliverjones1958@gmail.com

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 www.novaunitedfc.co.uk

Martial Arts Club (Aikido) - Aikido at Burton Borough Sch,

Newport. Mondays 7-9pm - Adult classes. Contact sensei@

meijyukan.co.uk website www.meijyukan.co.uk T: 0845 678

0091

Badminton Newport - We’re a friendly, mixed aged

badminton club and enter league teams too. We meet on

Thursdays 7.15pm-9.15pm at the Burton Borough Sports

Hall, Newport, TF10 7DS. Please contact Sue: 07813 677 347

bbbadminton.com

sue_rutter@btinternet.com 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: desmachin@hotmail.co.uk

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 shropshirekarate@gmail.com or visit www.

shropshirekarate.com

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

514317, yogamebaby@yahoo.co.uk www.facebook.com/

yogame4families

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 drew.barlow@live.co.uk or join us on Facebook.

Women’s Circle for Spiritual Development – are you

looking to connect to like-minded spiritually awake women

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& Fitness Classes

& deepen your connection - then this group is for you. 1st

Fri of month in Newport – Contact Romella 07894 812440

Oakengates

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 suekeithhayward@sky.com

Shawbirch

Shawbirch Community Centre:

Tue - Antenatal Yoga (5:30-6:30pm), Yoga (7-9pm)

For further info. contact us on 01952 248538.

Shifnal

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,

Email:info@dndswim.co.uk, Web:www.dndswim.co.uk

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@

yahoo.com 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 iandglittleford@btinternet.com.

YOGA every Thu at Trinity Methodist Church, Shifnal

Yoga Mixed Ability 7.10pm, Beginners yoga 8.20pm and

Pregnancy Yoga 6pm to 7pm. Baby yoga on Wednesday's

at St. Andrews Church 1pm to 2pm.. Contact Michele on

07970 731174 or email agyogaandpilates@gmail.com.

www.allgenerationsyoga.co.uk for details

Adult Fitness Classes at Idsall Sports Centre – METAFIT

- Mon 6:30-7.15pm, YOGA - Tue 5.30-6.30pm, CIRCUITS -

Wed 7.30-8.15pm, METAFIT - Thu 6.30-7.15pm. Everyone

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 www.shifnaldance.moonfruit.com 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@

gmail.com

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

shifnalcricketclub@gmail.com

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@

aol.com or visit www.cerocmidlands.co.uk

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

Total Body Tone 6.20pm & Clubbercise 7pm -

Wednesdays at St Georges Sports & Social Club TF2

9LU. All fitness levels welcome age 16+. Contact Kim -

07724 087516. Or find us on Facebook 'Kimmy

J Fitness – Fitness The Fun Way'

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 www.hiitpad.co.uk

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

stevelowe59@blueyonder.co.uk

"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

612776)

Wed - 10.30am Pilates (Tel: 412924) / 1.30pm

Stirchley

Total Body Tone & Clubbercise - Monday evenings at

Grange Park Primary School Grange Avenue, Stirchley

TF3 1FA. All fitness levels welcome age 16+. Contact Kim

- 07724 087516. Or find us on Facebook 'Kimmy J Fitness

– Fitness The Fun Way'

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

Trench

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 nourishholisticwellbeing@gmail.com or

look on the website www.nourishholisticwellbeing.com

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

debbieyogaone@gmail.com or see my website: www.

yogaone.co.uk

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.

Wellington

Pilates / Yoga-lates at TCAT Dance Studio, Thursdays

6.15pm. All levels, men & women welcome. Contact

Lesley on Fitfabnfun@gmail.com

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: Lorraine@affinityand-beyond.co.uk

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: www.yogawithlynne.org 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 www.facebook.com/severnspokes and/or

our website www.severnspokes.com

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.

co.uk or 07737 825263.

Immerse School of Diving - we have a training and

club diving session on a Friday evening at 8:30pm at

Wrekin College pool. Call 0777 377 1619 or email: info@

immersediving.com; visit www.immersediving.com find

us on Facebook www.facebook.com/immersediving.

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

diving.

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.

co.uk or 07596 984442 or visit our website, www.

wrekintennisclub.co.uk

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.

www.telfordcommunitytennisclub.co.uk

E: bob.kerr@telfordcommunitytennisclub.co.uk

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

249277.

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 jeremy.seymour9@gmail.com Website:

www.wellingtonbadminton.co.uk

Other Areas

Taoist Tai Chi Society of GB - All ages and abilities

welcome. See taoist.org.uk 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,

Email:info@dndswim.co.uk, Web:www.dndswim.co.uk

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 www.lindaangelis.com

Telford Green Gym - Want to get and have Fun? Don’t

like the Gym try the Green Gym.Improve your fitness

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

543 508.

To submit an entry to this feature please

email your details to:

fleur@inandaroundmagazine.co.uk - please

put subject as CLASSES on the email.

(Space is limited so brief details please)

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MOVIES

LUCY IN THE SKY

Astronaut Lucy Cola returns to Earth after a

transcendent experience during a mission to space,

and begins to lose touch with reality in a world that

now seems too small.

Date: 6th December 2019

Genre: Drama

Cast Members: Natalie Portman, Zazie Beetz

STAR WARS:

THE RISE OF

SKYWALKER

Charlie’s Angels have always provided security

No one’s ever really gone... Rey’s journey

continues and the Skywalker saga concludes

in ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’, coming

December 2019.

Release Date: 19th December 2019

Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction

Cast Members: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver,

John Boyega

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COMING SOON...

JUMANJI: THE NEXT

LEVEL

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

CATS

Featuring Lloyd Webber’s iconic music and

a world-class cast of dancers under the

guidance of Tony-winning choreographer Andy

Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights), the film

reimagines the musical for a new generation with

spectacular production design, state-of-the-art

technology, and dance styles ranging from ballet

to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street to tap.

Date: 20th December 2019

Genre: Musical

Cast Members: Ian McKellen, James Corden,

Jennifer Hudson

Please note that release dates are subject to change and some previews may be shown earlier.

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Notes from your local

Muxton Councillor

The new and refurbished Christmas lights are

certainly an improvement on last year. This is

the first phase of a three year programme across

Donnington and Muxton which when completed

will ensure that we have a display which residents

can be proud of.

Following a spate of burglaries, car thefts and anti

social behaviour I have asked the Parish Council

to consider the installation of CCTV at strategic

locations in Muxton. Cameras are already installed

in Donnington which have greatly assisted the

police in their investigations.

Increased parking restrictions on roads close to

Muxton School are proposed by Telford and Wrekin

council to ease congestion and improve pedestrian

safety. I will be meeting with Council officers to

ensure that the new restrictions do not adversely

impact on residents.

I wish all residents a very

Merry Christmas and a Happy

and Healthy New Year.

Cllr. Nigel Dugmore (Muxton Ward)

T: 01952 380237 M: 07528 979395

E: nigel.dugmore@telford.gov.uk

Cllr Nigel Dugmore

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Wednesday 18th December 2nd Class & Royal Mail Signed For® 2nd Class

Friday 20th December

Monday 23rd December

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International Standard & International Tracking & Signature Services

Monday 9th December Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central & South America,

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Tuesday 10th December Cyprus, Malta

Wednesday 11th December Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic

& Slovakia)

Thursday 12th December Australia, Greece, Turkey, New Zealand

Saturday 14th December Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland,

Sweden, USA

Monday 16th December Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Norway,

Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

Wednesday 18th December Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

PUZZLE - ANSWERS

SUDUKO (EASY)

CROSSWORD

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.

CODEWORD

SUDUKO (HARD)

WORD LADDER

Here is one

possible solution

(others may exist)

SHOT

shod

shed

sued

sues

suns

GUNS

WORDWHEEL

SPIDER / SPIRED

3 Letters

ACE

ARK

ARE

CAN

CAR

EAR

ERA

PAD

KEN

RAN

TRIAL

4 Letters

ACNE

ACRE

CAKE

CARE

EARN

NARC

NARK

NEAR

NECK

RACE

KIDS PAGE

• 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.

HIDATO

RACK

RAKE

RANK

5 Letters

CRANE

CRANK

CREAK

6 Letters

CANKER

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”)

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Small Change

WITH A BIG IMPACT

If you like to finish off your Christmas

lunch with a traditional pudding, you

might recall the old custom of putting

a sixpence in the mixture. When the

pudding was eaten on Christmas day, it

was said that the lucky recipient – lucky,

that is, provided he or she didn’t break a

tooth on the coin – would enjoy wealth

and good luck throughout the year to

come.

Nowadays the sixpence is no longer in circulation,

having disappeared along with the farthing,

halfpenny and threepence. As recently as May this

year, two more low-value British coins, the 1p and 2p, were also

threatened with extinction.

Currently there are around 10.5 billion 1p coins and 6.3 billion

2p coins in circulation across the UK, but as more of us pay for

goods with cards instead of cash the need for coins reduces

accordingly. When Treasury officials undertook a review of

cash and digital payments in 2018, their research revealed that

around sixty per cent of copper coins are used just once or

twice before being stashed away in jars, piggy banks or bowls,

or simply thrown away. In an attempt to replace these ‘lost’

coins, the Royal Mint is normally forced to issue more than five

hundred million 1p and 2p coins each year, but demand has

slowed so much that this year no copper coins were produced

at all.

Using characteristically dry language, the Treasury review

stated that “from an economic perspective, having large

numbers of denominations that are not in demand, saved by

the public, or in long-term storage at cash processors rather

than used in circulation does not contribute to an efficient or

cost-effective cash cycle.”

In other words, using small change is expensive and impractical.

The idea of scrapping our copper coins may have had some

currency (no pun intended) amongst the top brass at the

Treasury, but when they proposed that we eliminate the 1p

and 2p altogether, the suggestion prompted a huge backlash

from charities, small businesses and groups representing older,

vulnerable people.

The coins were reprieved, and as we celebrate the people

power that saved our small change, maybe it’s time to look

back at some of the low-value coins we’ve loved and lost.

The sixpence

This coin was first minted in the reign of Henry VIII’s son Edward

VI (1537-1553) and was circulated until 1980. Also known as a

‘tanner’ or a ‘sixpenny bit’, the sixpence was worth one-fortieth

of a pound sterling, and when decimalisation was introduced

its value was 2.5 ‘new’ pence.

Sixpence facts:

The name ‘tanner’ is said to have originated in the reign of

George II, when Chief Engraver to the Royal Mint John

Sigismund Tanner redesigned the coin. We often quote the old

rhyme “Something old, something new, something borrowed,

something blue”, listing the tokens a bride should wear to

bring good luck, but the full rhyme is actually “Something old,

something new, something borrowed, something blue and a

silver sixpence in her shoe.” Tradition had it that the father of

the bride should put a sixpence in his daughter’s shoe on her

wedding day to ensure prosperity in her marriage.

The threepenny bit

This coin was also first minted during the reign of King Edward

VI. Known variously as a threepence, thruppence or threepenny

bit, the value of this well-loved little coin was one-eightieth

of a pound sterling. The coin ceased to be legal tender after

31 August 1971, just over five months after decimalisation was

introduced to the UK. At that time it was worth 1.25 ‘new’

pence.

Threepence facts: Commonly called a ‘Joey’, this was the coin

originally used for Christmas puddings but it was eventually

replaced by the sixpence when the threepence was minted in

brass. When the coin was first introduced it was unpopular,

as people preferred the groat (valued at four pence). A rare

threepenny coin created for the reign of Edward VIII in the

1930s sold for £30,000 in 2013.

The farthing

Representing one-quarter of an old penny, the farthing was

first minted in silver in the thirteenth century, but copper

farthings were circulated during the reigns of Victoria, Edward

VII, George V, Edward VIII, George VI and Elizabeth II. After

1956 no more farthings were minted and the coin ceased to be

legal tender on 1st January 1961. It was worth 1/960 of a pound

sterling.

Farthing facts: the word ‘farthing’ is derived from an old

English word, feorthing, meaning ‘a fourth part’. The farthing

is mentioned in the old nursery rhyme ‘Oranges and lemons’:

“You owe me five farthings/Say the bells of St Martins”.

While it’s understandable that the public might feel nostalgic

towards coins that have been around for hundreds of years,

our 1p and 2p coins have been with us for less than half a

century. However, the outrage that followed the recent threat

to remove them from circulation suggests that we’ll have small

change jingling in our pockets for many more years to come.

by Kate McLelland

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Beauty

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Heaven Health & Beauty.............................33

Bedrooms

R&R Services...................................................73

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Blinds

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Telford Window Blinds..................................9

Bricks & Building Materials

Emerys..............................................................79

Jewsons............................................................63

Builder

Louka Fine Finish..........................................75

C C T V

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Carpentry

P M Carpentry............................................... 96

Louka Fine Finish..........................................75

Select Joinery................................................ 68

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Ironbridge Museums....................................57

Chimneys

Alpine................................................................97

Cleaning

Active Cleaning..............................................83

Bright & Beautiful...........................................81

Shaw Clean - Tim Shaw............................. 80

Sutherlands Clean Carpets........................87

Coach Hire

Borland Roadliner Ltd..................................21

Councillors

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Decorating

Glenn Ward......................................................83

Neil Rogers..................................................... 84

Simon’s Décor .............................................. 84

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Dentist

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Digger Hire

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Doors

The Door Store...............................................75

Drum Lessons

Sammy Shaw................................................. 96

Dry Cleaning

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Del Corley Electrical Services...................87

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Fodens.............................................................. 43

Geoff Hinsley - Buy Your Home...............97

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