SYone magazine Winter edition 2020

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Welcome to your Winter edition of the SYone magazine for Shrewsbury & Surrounds covering Oswestry & Wem. We review the amazing Netley hall's Clock Tower Restaurant and highly recommend it! Fashion, House & Home, puzzles, horoscopes, local businesses, and so much more! Enjoy and please continue to support our advertisers by using their services where possible!
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NOV/DEC 2020 EDITION


Contents

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CHRISTMAS

HAMPERS

36

NEW SPORTS FEATURE

Sarah Williams

Design & Editorial

55

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PET FOOD

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JANUARY &

FEBRUARY 2021

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Netley Hall Restaurant Review 4 - 7

Did You Know 10

Christmas Cocktails 12

Crossword 18

It’s A Man Thing Christmas 24

Christmas Recipes 26 & 27

Womens Fashion 30 - 33

Hope & Mindfulness 34 & 35

NEW Sports feature 36 & 37

Mens Fashion 38 - 41

Gifts - Fortnite Christmas 42

Seat Ateca Car Review 44

Gifts - Paw Patrol Christmas 46

Skoda Superb Review 50

Community - Coverage Care 52

Pets - Raw Pet Food 55

House, Home & Garden 56 - 67

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Food & Hotel Review

The

Clock Tower

at Netley Hall, Dorrington, Shrewsbury SY5 7JZ

We were

presented

canapé s to

our surprise

“ Shrewsbury!

Fine dining in


2020 has certainly been a strange and

challenging year, weddings, holidays,

birthdays all cancelled, lots of uncertainty in

every direction, however I truly believe some

good has come from it all, and for many that

is discovering the beauty that lays on our very

own doorstep.

Being a massive holiday goer, I have struggled

to be at home looking at the same four walls

without that ‘holiday escape’. On an attempt

to perk me up and break routine, my partner

Mike has recently suggested a few local get

aways offering a change of scenery. The other

week we went to Chester, and just that one

night away was priceless as a stress release,

so we were keen to make it a monthly treat

and this time opted for even more local and

booked a nights stay at Netley Hall Hotel in

Dorrington.

www.clocktoweratnetley.com

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Arriving on the hotel grounds we were simply amazed at

this truly stunning mansion house, as we entered there was

two large grand wooden chairs with carved lions for the

arms and further inside was the largest chandelier I’ve ever

seen, just totally mesmerising. The entire place just burst

with character and delight. We checked in to our room

which was equally as grand with all amenities including

superior toiletries, a Sky box and a Google Play speaker for

music. There was an information booklet in the room

detailing the history of the Hall which made a really good

read. I was amazed the hall was originally built in 1855 and

gifted as a wedding gift to the Hope & Edwards family. The

fireplaces in the dining room also have there faces carved

into them.

We had booked into Netley Hall’s Clock Tower Restaurant

for our evening meal and headed downstairs for a premeal

drink. I was delighted to see a comprehensive cocktail

menu, there was plenty of gins on offer too along with

Peroni on tap. The Mixologist clearly knew his stuff as the

cocktails were presented very professionally and tasted

equally as good.

The Front of House Manager Cat, came over to introduce

himself and offered us the menus to peruse. The Clock

Tower offers a superior á La Carte menu Wednesday

through to Saturday from 5.30pm and based on the quality

of the hotel and atmosphere so far I was quite shocked at

how reasonably priced such a menu was, one course

£29.50, two courses £34.50 or three courses at £39.50.

There was plenty on offer for all tastes with meats, fish and

veg options all being available for starters and mains, Mike

had opted for the slow cooked ox cheek for starters and I

toyed between the salt baked beetroot, horseradish yogurt

and candy beetroot or the pea velouté, eventually choosing

the beetroot.

Cat had taken our orders and soon after to our surprise we

were presented with a canapé each; Chicken liver parfait,

wow, what a start and utterly delicious, creamy pâté on

crispy bread and delicate caramelised onion to top. Shortly

after we were shown to our table and again presented with

another appetiser. This time a spiced sweet potato velouté

with seeded crack bread and finely sliced chilli, a little

miniature soup with big attitude bursting with flavour, we

really did feel spoilt and it certainly set the standard for

what was to follow.

Next to appear was freshly baked bread rolls and our

starters. First class presentation, especially my beetroot, it

looked to good to eat. Mike’s slow cooked ox cheek was

presented within a fried potato nest and topped with

sautéed leek. The moist ox cheek was shredded and so

succulent and meaty, the crispy nest complimented the

dish perfectly. My starter looked incredible, slices and

chunks of salt baked beetroot, dollops of creamy

horseradish yoghurt all topped with sweet candy beetroot

strings. The contrast of flavours was fabulous, sweet, sour

and spice all in one, a real taste explosion. It really was

amazing how much flavour you can get from just simple

beetroot and horseradish, the freshly baked bread

complimented this dish well. Two very satisfying and

faultless starters.

Whist we awaited our mains we decided to choose a bottle

of wine to complement our meal. They have a great choice

of wines on offer coupled with a very knowledgeable Cat

to give his recommendations, we chose a Sauvignon Blanc

from New Zealand, perfect!

We had had a debate over mains as we both wanted the

fillet of steak however I suggested it would be great to try

two different dishes and share so we could explore and

experience more flavours. Mike eventually agreed and

went for the herb crusted rack of lamb.

Again, arriving like culinary masterpieces, everything just

made you feel incredibly special, from the outstanding

quality and presentation of the food and the astounding

service and knowledge all staff offered. Mike’s lamb was

served pink on the bone with a herb crust laying on a bed

of pearl barley and broad beans and accompanied with

charcoal onion and herb oil. The pearl barley and broad

beans was a great alternative to risotto and seasoned to

perfection, soft but not too creamy, I could have just eaten

a bowl of this. The lamb was very tender and mouthwatering

with the flavours from the crust complimenting

the lamb perfectly. All ingredients of this dish created an

exemplary main.

I was surprised my dinner knife hadn’t been replaced with

a steak knife, however it soon became very obviously one

was not needed, the fillet steak literally fell apart and just

melted in your mouth, sitting on a bed of sauteed kale and

topped with an crispy onion and garlic dusting, it was


seasoned perfectly. The creamy celeriac fondant was just

divine and went superbly with the steak. Sitting on top of a

glazed shallot was a bone marrow bom bom just an

incredible crispy ball of perfection, just delicious! To top it

all off everything was drizzled with a truffle jus. Another

flawless main that was thoroughly enjoyed.

We were so pleased with our choice of venue and food and

was already discussing our return as I wanted to try the pea

Velouté for a starter and Mike the sea bass fillets for main,

although I’d imagine we will both chose the fillet of steak as

it was so good.

For dessert there was a definite choice with the Valrhona

Manjari 64% chocolate cremeux, crispy sponge and passion

fruit sorbet, we did debate another dessert as again we

both wanted the chocolate cremeux, but decided we would

try the cheese board for a change.

The chocolate cremeux was just a pure indulgent delight

covered with passion fruit seeds crisped sponge and

passion fruit sorbet sitting on a bed of granola. A fantastic

combination offering a chocolate kick and a zesty refresher

a superb dessert. Our cheese board consisted of slices of a

strong black bomber cheddar, Newport 1666, a Wrekin blue

and an Italian brie accompanied by artisan crackers and

honeycomb and a dollop of apple chutney, the different

flavours from all the cheeses and the sweet honeycomb and

chutney was fantastic along with the crisp crackers, an

excellent end to our meal.

Shortly after our plates were cleared, we were offered a tea,

coffee or hot chocolate to end our meal, I couldn’t resist a

hot chocolate with a dash of dark rum, simply splendid.

We retired back to our room and enjoyed some Sky TV and

relaxed, who thought you could be 20 minutes from home

and just so relaxed and tasting top quality food. The comfy

bed and toiletries in the morning made the stay a delight.

Waking for breakfast, we had pre-ordered the night before,

a full English and eggs benedict so we were looking forward

to heading down to the restaurant, plenty of juices and teas

and coffees available along with cereals and a fruit bowl.

Shortly after seating our breakfasts were delivered and lived

up to every expectation, we did have to request toast, but

everything was spot on and a great start to the day.

Leaving shortly after to return home, it was lovely to have

just a short journey and be back. The overall stay was

fantastic with the á la carte meal being the real icing on the

cake that I would highly recommend to all. 100% fresh,

quality food cooked with passion and a service to match.

Not at any point did we feel rushed and soon there is to be

live music every Saturday to make it even more of an

experience. I would confidently say that Netley Hall is one

of the top dining experiences within Shropshire and would

not be surprised if it is soon award winning.

After the year we have all had, Netley Hall’s Clock Tower

restaurant truly would give any foodie a delight or a

romantic gesture for anyone wanting to treat their loved

one.


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Dorrington, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 7JZ

01743 718339

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situated on the grounds of Netley.

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Christmas facts:

Boxing Day gets

its name from all

the money

collected in

church

alms-boxes for

the poor.

Ebenezer

Scrooge’s famous

line “Bah Humbug”

almost never existed.

Charles Dickens’ initial

choice was “Bah Christmas”.

The abbreviation Xmas isn’t

irreligious. The letter X is a

Greek abbreviation for

Christ.

A large part of Sweden’s

population watches Donald Duck

cartoons every Christmas Eve –

a tradition that started in 1960.

Reindeers

like bananas

In Britain, the best-selling festive single

is Band Aid’s 1984 track,

Do They Know It’s Christmas?, which

sold 3.5million copies. Wham! is next in

the same year with Last Christmas,

selling 1.4million

The Christmas

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symbol of love

and eternal life

The bestselling Christmas single

ever is Bing Crosby’s White

Christmas, shifting over

50 million copies worldwide

since 1942.

The tradition of putting

tangerines in stockings comes

from 12th-century French nuns

who left socks full of fruit, nuts

and tangerines at the houses of

the poor.

Santa gets a

lot of work

done with the

help of elves!

Santa Claus

did not always

dress up in

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The character of Santa

Claus is based on

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Robins on

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as a joke 150

years ago

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tunics and

were named

after them.

Many parts of the Christmas tree can

actually be eaten, with the needles being a

good source of Vitamin C.

Christmas trees usually grow for about

15 years before they’re sold.

On average, three Christmas trees are

planted to replace each one harvested.

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What kind of motorbike does Santa ride? A Holly Davidson!

What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?

A Christmas Quacker!

Why does Santa have three gardens? So he can ‘ho ho ho’!

What is the best Christmas present in the world?

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What do snowmen wear on their heads? Ice caps!

What did Adam say the day before Christmas?

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What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?

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Why is it getting harder to buy Advent calendars?

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What does Santa do when his elves misbehave?

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Classic Eggnog

INGREDIENTS

1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped out

4 eggs, separated

100ml sugar syrup

100ml double cream

500ml whole milk

100-150ml brandy

ice

INGREDIENTS

80ml brandy

50ml crème de cacao

50ml double cream

ice

TO GARNISH

1 tsp golden caster sugar

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp ground cinnamon

METHOD

STEP 1

To make the garnish, mix the sugar, nutmeg

and cinnamon together and set aside.

STEP 2

Pour the brandy, crème de cacao and double

cream into a cocktail shaker (or see tip,

below), then add a generous handful of ice.

Shake until the outside of the shaker is very

cold, then strain into two small coupe or cocktail

glasses.

STEP 3

Garnish with a sprinkle of the spiced sugar,

then serve.

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STEP 1

Put the vanilla seeds in a large bowl. Add the egg

yolks and sugar syrup, and beat with an electric

whisk until pale, about 2-3 mins. Add the cream,

milk and brandy, and beat again until just combined.

Strain into a punch bowl.

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egg whites into the milk and cream mixture in the

punch bowl, then add the remaining whipped egg

whites. Gently fold these in until the eggnog is fluffy

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Celebrate with classic

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All recipes can be found on the

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Visiting Baddesley

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If you're needing to step away from it all and reach a sense of

calm, we've got the perfect gardens for you to explore as we

head into the winter months. Admire the beauty of the golden

tones of the trees and take a moment to notice how the water

on a lake is still and peaceful. Listen out for the wildlife in the

trees or take a stroll surrounded by autumn colour and frosty

foliage. Jumping in crunchy leaves, discovering shiny conkers

and enjoying invigorating fresh air with all the family – the

season of morning mists and woollen layers is here for us all to

embrace.

At Baddesley the parkland, garden and house (Mon-Sat, limited

access) are now open, along with our car park, kiosk (for

takeaway drinks and snacks), shop and toilet facilities. Over at

Packwood the parkland, garden (excluding the kitchen and yew

garden) and the house (Fri-Tue, limited access), are now open,

along with the car park, café, shop and toilets.

We've introduced advance booking to keep everyone safe and

maintain social distancing. To avoid disappointment please

book in advance, at busier times such as weekends and bank

holidays. However, where space is available on weekdays, prebooking

may not always be necessary, however if you do not

book, we cannot guarantee admission.

Please remember that dogs on leads welcome in the car park

and on public footpaths across the estate, only assistance dogs

are allowed in the garden.

On arrival please have your tickets, membership card and

booking reference close to hand. We've set up a welcome point

with our friendly team to check your booking and welcome you

onto site. Please arrive within your half-hour timeslot, to help

maintain social distancing and once your onsite your welcome

to stay as long as you like until closing time at 5pm.

We’re open from 9am so grab your wellies and woolly hat and

enjoy a misty morning walk with a cup of coffee or a hot

chocolate. Avoid the busy weekends and pop over and see us

on weekday afternoons too where you can watch the seasons

change in a beautiful setting.

We hope you enjoy your visit and can’t wait to welcome you

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Try roast duck as an easy alternative to

the usual turkey dinner on Christmas Day.

A sticky Seville orange and marmalade

glaze makes it even more festive

INGREDIENTS:

1 oven-ready duck ,

about 2 kg

2 oranges , halved

60g Seville orange

marmalade

METHOD

STEP 1: Expose and cut out the wishbone. This makes the duck

easier to carve once cooked. A butcher can do this for you.

STEP 2: Heat oven to 240C/220C fan/gas 9. Lightly score the

skin on the duck all over, and make a deep cut from inside the

body into each leg.

STEP 3: Season the duck well. Heat an ovenproof frying pan

over a low heat. Place the duck on its side with the thigh touching

the pan for 15 mins. Turn and cook on the other side for 15 mins

more.

STEP 4: Turn the duck breast-side down, then transfer the pan

to the oven and cook for 5 mins. Drain the fat from the pan, turn

the duck onto its back and continue to cook for 15 minutes.

MARMALADE

GLAZED

ROAST DUCK

By Raymond Blanc

STEP 5: Meanwhile, cut both oranges in half, then cut 4 wedges

from half an orange. Heat a small frying pan over a medium heat,

then cook the orange wedges in the dry pan for 1 min on each

side to lightly caramelise.

STEP 6: Remove the orange wedges from the pan and set

aside. Squeeze the juice from the remaining orange halves into

the hot pan and reduce by half. Add the marmalade, take off the

heat, add 1 tbsp water and stir together.

STEP 7: After 15 mins of roasting, brush the marmalade glaze

over and continue to roast for a final 10 mins. Rest for 20 mins.

STEP 8: Carve by cutting the leg and thigh away, then

separating the leg from the thigh. Carve slices of breast and serve

with the orange wedges to squeeze over.

PIGS-IN-BLANKETS CHRISTMAS STUFFING BALLS

METHOD

INGREDIENTS:

85g pack sage &

onion stuffing mix

300g sausagemeat

90g cooked chestnuts

, chopped

50g dried

cranberries

12 rashers smoked

streaky bacon or

pancetta

By Barney Desmazery

STEP 1: Put the stuffing mix in a bowl and pour over

150ml boiling water. Leave the mix to absorb. When cool,

add the sausagemeat, chestnuts and cranberries and

bring everything together with your hands. Cut each

rasher of bacon in half lengthways so you get 24 long

strips of bacon.

STEP 2: Cross two bacon strips, then roll a

walnut-sized ball of the stuffing mix and sit it on the

cross. Wrap the stuffing in the bacon and sit on a lightly

oiled baking tray, cross-side up. Repeat to make 12

stuffing balls. Can be made up to two days ahead and

chilled. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and roast the

stuffing balls for 25-30 mins until the bacon is crisp and

the stuffing is cooked.


SHERRIED SPROUT &

SAVOY GRATIN

By Sophie Godwin – Cookery writer

Take Brussels sprouts and cabbage to a new level with this festive

gratin containing cream, cheese and a slug of sherry.

Ideal for Christmas or Boxing Day

METHOD

STEP 1: Heat oven to 200C/180C

fan/gas 6. Toss the cabbage wedges and

sprouts with the oil, garlic and thyme in a

large gratin dish. Season well, then roast for

25 mins.

STEP 2: Meanwhile, melt the butter in a

saucepan. Stir in the flour and cook for a

couple of mins until it begins to turn golden.

Remove from the heat then, whisking

constantly, gradually pour in the sherry,

followed by the milk and cream. Put the

sauce back on the heat and cook for 3-4

mins, whisking constantly, until you have a

thick sauce. Grate in a generous amount of

nutmeg, season well and set aside. Mix the

breadcrumbs with the cheese.

STEP 3: Take the sprouts and cabbage out

of the oven, pour over the sauce and top

with the cheesy breadcrumbs. Can be made

a day ahead, and then reheated. Heat grill to

200C and grill the gratin for 15 mins until

the top is golden and crisp. Leave to stand

for 5 mins before serving.

SLOW COOKER

MULLED WINE

1 large Savoy cabbage,

cut into 10 wedges

400g Brussels sprouts , trimmed

3 tbsp olive oil

2 fat garlic cloves , chopped

4 thyme sprigs , leaves picked

75g butter

75g plain flour

By

Cassie

Best

LEMON

MERINGUE

FRIDGE

CAKE

INGREDIENTS:

150ml fino sherry

600ml whole milk

300ml double cream

nutmeg , grated

60g dried breadcrumbs

60g hard cheese , grated

(parmesan, comté or pecorino

all work well)

This tangy dessert looks impressive but takes very little

effort – most of the ingredients are ready-made, so it is

simply a matter of construction

INGREDIENTS:

2 x 750ml

bottles red wine

100ml Cointreau

peeled zest and

juice of 2 large

oranges

pared zest of 1

lemon

120g golden

caster sugar

2 cinnamon

sticks

3 star anise

4 cloves

slices of orange

METHOD

Put all the ingredients (except the slices of

orange) in a slow cooker on low for 1 1/2 - 2hrs

until hot. Ladle into heatproof glasses and serve

with slices of orange. Using the 'keep warm'

setting (if your cooker has one) will ensure the

mulled wine stays hot during the party.

INGREDIENTS:

Drizzle of sunflower oil for

greasing

1 ½ packs (about 300g) buttery

biscuits (we used Fox's Crinkle

Crunch Butter)

METHOD

STEP 1: Grease and line a 900g loaf

tin with baking parchment. Line the

base with a row of biscuits. In a bowl,

whisk the lemon zest and juice,

mascarpone, cream, sugar and 50g

lemon curd until thick and holding its

shape. Transfer roughly 1 /4 of the

mixture to a bowl and chill in the fridge

for later.

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biscuits into the tin, and add the

remaining lemon curd in spoonfuls

between the layers. Break some biscuits

to fill any gaps. You should have about

2 lemons , 1 zested and juiced,

1 sliced to serve

400g mascarpone

400ml double cream

25g icing sugar

100g lemon curd

10 mini meringue

four layers of biscuits, finishing with a

layer of cream. Wrap the tin in cling film

and chill for at least 8 hrs, or up to

48 hrs.

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out onto a platter or board. Peel off the

parchment. Crush 4 of the mini

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through the reserved mascarpone mix.

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and amidst the presence of adversity, we

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belief that things will change, improve and

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THE

HOPE

OF

As we approach the end of an incredibly challenging year, we thought we would

offer a message of hope to you all, we have all chartered these waters in our own

way but now is a time of great reflection and hibernation, a time to recharge the

batteries and take great care of ourselves and process what we have been living

through and the lessons we have therefore learnt.

Imagine for a second a person

in your life who you enjoy

spending time with, someone

who lifts you, who embraces

life and no-matter what has the

internal belief that we will all

collectively get through.

Call this person ‘Hope’,

visualise her. Maybe she

embodies or represents

someone you lean towards

when you have lost some

hope? Notice how she makes a

choice to gracefully accept a

situation, she chooses to take

courageous steps to change

anything about a situation that

she can, but she also knows

when she cannot make

changes. This kind of

personality type accepts that

you cannot control life, but

hope can give strength to keep

going. As Steven Hawkins once

said; “Where there is life there

is hope”.

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Hope is a way of thinking based on a deeply held belief

system. It is not suggesting that there cannot be feelings of

sadness, despair or loneliness, it is not suggesting that we

deceive ourselves into accepting an unhealthy lifestyle or

partnerships either. Hope binds together our deepest human

motivations and triumphs and lights a fire within ourselves

that drives us through adversity, hope is both fierce in nature

but also mindful and graceful.

In Occupational Therapy we work with a person to assist

them to accomplish their goals. Hope related cognitions are

important, they drive us to make goals and to work towards

future change. For us to get through a tough situation and

remain hopeful we need to adapt our thinking styles and

improve some of our coping behavious… here are some tips

on living a hopeful life;

• Adjust your EXPECTATIONS

• Recognise that YOU have the power to change

things in your life

• Always remind yourself that there is GOODNESS IN

HUMANITY

• Look carefully at the things you are afraid of

• Trust that everything will inevitably change

• Don’t worry too much !

• You are enough – be kind to yourself !

• Surround yourself with POSITIVE PEOPLE

• Do things that inspire kindness in others

• Try to limit social media and the news

• Listen to music

• Do something creative

• SMILE….often

• Move your body … however, just move it!

Above all, always anticipate positive outcomes, acknowledge

that through perseverance good things will come and this

attitude will help you get through uncertainty.

My eleven year old son wrote a poem for

The Children’s Society website in April to inspire other

children and young people, he called it ‘Hope’ his

words have echoed in my mind ever since I read it

and I would like to share it with you – he wrote;

“Hope was lost, hope is found, hope is

everywhere around.

Hope blossoms like on trees, hope flies

around with the bees.

Hope is just around the bend, if you find

hope, you’re sure to mend.

Look for hope where ever you are, look for

hope while in the car.

And with this final verse I say, look for hope

EVERYDAY.“ By Noah Thompson

Charlotte Tranter

Therapist

Member of

The Royal College of

Occupational

Therapy

(HCPC registered)

email: editorial@

scenelocal.co.uk


SCENE SPORTS review

Welcome to the first of our regular Scene's

Sports reviews and looking back at 2020 it

has been the most weird, surreal, sad year that

the sport community have ever had. This time last

year if you had said that most sports would have

been decimated by a virus I would have laughed

at you, unfortunately I'm not laughing now.

Tokyo Olympics 2021

Looking forward to 2021, with all the events that

have been cancelled due to Coronavirus, now

looks to be the most exciting sporting year for a

long time with the highlight of the year, the

Olympics in Tokyo, hopefully bringing us a bit of

normality in this crazy, sureall period in all our

lives.

On Friday 23rd July The Tokyo Olympics are due

to begin and the whole planet will watch the

greatest sporting event on their TV, but

unfortunately I cannot see any people being

encouraged to fly there to watch them! But who

from a British point of view should we be

watching out for to bring those Gold Medals

home to Blighty!

Ed Clancy will be chasing a fourth Gold medal in

Cycling which would put him equal to Sir Ben

Ainslie, Sir Mo Farah and Sir Matthew Pinsent, no

pressure then Ed! And by the way does that

guarantee you a knighthood!

There will be many more British Olympians that

will taste the ultimate prize of Gold Medal Glory!

and personally I can't wait for it to begin!

COVID19 has changed the way we watch and enjoy our

favourite sports, from Football to Cricket, from Rugby to

Horse Racing, From March as you know all sports stopped!

Personally I was one of those people that went to one of the

last sports events that allowed people to watch, the

Cheltenham Festival. If I had known that at the time I would

have taken it all in much more.

Now that we are coming to the end of the year sporting

events are slowly coming back, but unfortunately without the

most important ingredient, the FANS! Watching football

matches at the moment without the atmosphere of the fans

cheering on their favourite teams just isn't the same. Sports

MUST get their supporters back into their Stadia and as

soon as possible.

Adam Peaty will

surely get Gold.

The current 100m

Olympic Breaststroke

Champion, he is also

the current World

record holder in both

50m and 100m

Breaststroke events.

In fact he has broken

the world record an

incredible 11 times,

this man is the Usain

Bolt of Swimming!

Talking of cycling

what of the golden

couple Jason Kenny

& Laura Trott, already

between them they

have currently won

FIVE Olympic Gold

Medals, there is talk

that they want to

increase that to

TEN!! We shall see.

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The European

Championship 2021

Looking ahead to next year which other sports

shall we look forward to, well Football for one,

The European Championship, postponed from

this year will begin in earnest in June and

hopefully England can finally win a major

tournament since 1966 (How many years of hurt

are we up to now)!!

Also can anyone explain to me how England

actually qualified for this tournament, because

I can't, but heyhoe we are there and at the time

of going to print our Welsh cousins have

qualified and Northern Ireland and Scotland have

a chance to qualify via the play-offs.

Domestically the Premiership again looks like a

two horse race between Liverpool and Man City

and hopefully the fans will be back soon, even if

there are a small percentage of supporters

allowed back that will give us atmosphere again!

Talking of Football, what about the lower

leagues? with no fans allowed into stadiums the

Premier league will be okay as they have got

there TV money to fall back on but in the EFL

(English Football League) they are desperate to

get the fans back as they massively rely on there

"Gate" money, already in the last 12 months two

clubs have gone bust, in. Bury & Macclesfield.

How many more will go under?? Surely the

Premier league has to support these historic

teams.

Tennis

The Tennis Grand slams are

back and congratulations to

Rafael Nadal in winning the

French Open and matching

Roger Federer's 20 Grand

Slam Men's Titles, I'm sure

there will be many more to

come from the Spaniard!

Well the 2020 sporting year is nearly at

an end but let's look forward to 2021

because it will be jam packed with

events to get us on the edge of our

seats and we'll review each momentous

event in The Scene!

Rugby Union

In Rugby Union they still have to finish off this years

six nations before they can look forward to next year's

tournament , so let's see how that turns out but on

the whole these sports are slowly coming back to

some sort of normality.

The Ryder Cup

And what of Golf, like the Olympics and European

Championships, The Ryder Cup has been postponed

from this year and will now take place at Whistling

Straits, Wisconsin in September next year and being at

home the Americans, they will be favourites against the

Europeans, but with "The Postman" Ian Poulter, we will

always have a chance (He always delivers).

Talking of golf one player to look

out for next year will be "One of

our own" Aaron Rai, the

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Wolverhampton Grammar School

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SEAT ATECA

By Sue Cooke

The compact SUV market is a popular

segment when you need a car for all

reasons and all seasons. The SEAT

Ateca which I drove this week was the

perfect companion to take me very

efficiently along narrow tracks and

country lanes and comfortably over speed bumps in town.

This SUV is the ideal match for urban and country life.

For 2020 the Ateca has grown in length due to the new

design of the front and rear bumpers. A new front grille,

bumper and full LED headlamp refreshes the front. Entry to

the impressive 510 litres load space is flanked by full LED

rear lamps with dynamic, sweeping indicators and on the

Black Edition model I drove, twin exhaust pipes. The electric

parking brake which easily flips up or down, includes

Autohold and Hill hold function. On the entry level, there are

front and rear parking sensors. There is even a tiredness

recognition system as standard.

In keeping with authentic Latin flavour, character and

personality, the Ateca derives its name from the Spanish

village of the same name which lies to the west of Zaragoza.

I may live in a less sunny climate, but the new exterior

paintwork of velvet red metallic certainly cheered me up

every morning.

The Ateca has become one of the brand’s more successful

vehicles, selling more than 300,000 units since its

introduction in 2016.

For 2020, the ever-increasing needs of our connected world

are catered for. I was impressed with the range of

connectivity powered by the latest infotainment technology

with Full Link – wireless access to both Android Auto and

Apple’s CarPlay – wireless (compatible) smartphone

charging and online-based functions and services, with incar

apps. Great, if you are a little more confident than I am

with new technology.

The Ateca now integrates some of the most advanced driver

assistance systems available, including Predictive Adaptive

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Cruise Control, Side and Exit Assist and

Front Assist with Pre-Crash braking. I

would hope that I would never have to

use them, but knowing a car has this

technology gives a feeling of instant

safety.

There is a choice of five petrol or five diesel engines which

have been updated. I was lucky enough to drive the most

powerful petrol option - a 190PS 2.0 TSI which is linked to a

DSG dual-clutch transmission. When navigating on roads I

didn’t know it was great that I didn’t have to think about

changing gear. The 4Drive all-wheel drive system offers a

dynamic off-road driving experience which unfortunately I

didn’t have the chance to experience.

Expected to be the most popular model, the 1.5-litre TSI

150PS SE Technology, costs less than the outgoing model,

now £26,355, as well as benefitting from more technology as

standard, including connected navigation and wireless

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Visibility is good all round as there are no small windows front

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way of vision.

Whether you are a city or a country driver, the 2020 SEAT

Ateca offers a spacious, practical and versatile SUV with a

unique style, added advanced technology, safety features

and greater comfort.

FACTS AT A GLANCE

Model:

SEAT ATECA FR BLACK EDITION

Price: £36,245 OTR

Engine: 2 litre TSi 190 PS DSG transmission 4 Drive

Performance: 0-62mph in 7.1 seconds and on to a top

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CO2 emissions: 181g/km (WLTP)

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Tettenhall College

My invitation to you.

Tettenhall College has a proud and illustrious history. You may

have often driven past our gates, perhaps you have visited our

beautiful campus, and you may even have enjoyed your own

school days here, being an Old Tettenhallian.

We celebrate our history; we cherish all that has come before.

Yet the focus of today is our pupils, from our youngest learners

starting their educational journey in our nursery from the age

of 2, to our Senior School pupils, preparing to follow in the

footsteps of this year’s A level cohort who are now starting their

degree courses at some of the finest universities in the UK.

Tettenhall College today is a school that is firmly focused on

preparing our wonderful young people for the world that they

will form. The challenges the world presents are many and

varied. It is our responsibility as a place of learning and growth,

to ensure that all Tettenhall College pupils are prepared in the

very best, fundamental ways, to meet these. Academically,

culturally, personally and spiritually. The Tettenhall College that

I am proud to lead is today a school that place the pursuit of

excellence in all that we do, at the very heart of our mission.

Of course, as all independent schools should, we offer small,

personal and tailored academic classes, delivered by

outstanding teachers. We have wonderful facilities and a school

site that is extremely conducive to learning. Our academic and

co-curricular programme stretches young minds and presents

opportunities to explore and strive through music, sport,

technology and much more. Pupils’ pastoral care is first-rate and

our boarding community fosters the most superb, cosmopolitan

group of young people whose contribution to our school

cannot be simply measured. You should expect all of this as a

minimum if you are considering independent education.

So, my invitation to you, is to consider visiting us here at

Tettenhall College to learn more about what we offer our young

learners today. Whilst the restrictions imposed upon us by

Covid-19 mean that we have adapted our approach to tours and

open events, we are safely and effectively welcoming visitors.

In particular, I would love to meet you to explain the new

‘Pathways’ Programme that will be offered to our Year 11 and

Sixth Form pupils. I will tell you about our academic offering and

how our Scholarships are designed to secure the very highest

outcomes. I will also be happy to talk to you about the Tettenhall

Bursary Scheme which strives to make this very special

education available to as many young learners as possible.

Yet most importantly, I look forward to listening and learning as

you explain what you are looking to secure for your family. The

pursuit of excellence in all that we do is not a strapline or a

motto. It is a conviction that by learning about every young

person as an individual, whose talents will be many and varied,

we can help them become the very best versions of themselves,

whatever this may be.

Relationships are built on communication. Please accept my

invitation to come and meet with us, so we might start a

conversation and perhaps take the very first steps on the most

important journey your child might take.

Mr Christopher McAllister

Headmaster

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SKODA SUPERB IV HYBRID HATCH

By Sue Cooke

Heavy rain and wintry conditions are my

usual excuse for sitting in front of a cosy

fire. But this week the Skoda Superb I

am road testing is too enticing. The

updated hatchback is superbly

comfortable and superbly quiet. So why

would I want to be anywhere else than

behind the three spoke multifunction,

heated steering wheel, in the heated

driving seat. I actually felt sad when the

man came to collect this Skoda, an

emotion I only display when I’ve been

driving an expensive super car!

But the Superb and I formed firm bonds.

This is Skoda’s first electrified model, the

plug in hybrid (PHEV) iV. Powered by a

1.4 litre petrol engine and an 85kw

electric motor. The cabin is so quiet that

without looking at the information on the

dash, I found it difficult to work out if I was in all electric mode

or combustion engine mode.

On long runs, power is a voiceless note. There is however

an E-noise generator for the electric drive where noise can

be emitted up to a speed of 30mph. So avoiding startled

shoppers who cross the road with their ears, not their eyes.

Exterior design updates include new front and rear bumpers

and I adored the anthracite alloy wheel trims on the top of

the range Laurin & Klement trim. Lighting animations are

very entertaining and as I opened the driver’s door, LED

spotlights projected a halo around the word Skoda onto the

ground.

Style, elegance and sophistication continue in the quality

interior where there are new chrome highlights. Ambient

lighting illuminates the storage compartments below the

armrests as well as the spacious front and rear footwells. I

sank into the full leather seats and accelerated silkily and

smoothly forward. I could have driven forever in this cocoon

of luxury and tranquillity.

The five seater has an advanced range of technology,

including safety and convenience systems which would

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traditionally appear in much more

expensive cars.

In the murky daylight, precise steering

and cornering fog lights highlighted the

curving tarmac as the large hatchback

effortlessly eats up the miles. And they

are definitely value for money miles

when this hybrid power will achieve

weighted combined mpg of 201.8-148.7.

There are many innovative features, but

I would suggest that in the monsoon like

weather, the most useful was the Skoda

umbrella in its water resistant storage

space. There are two umbrella

compartments in the driver and front

passenger doors. Park assist will park

the car in parallel or bay spaces and the

full colour rear camera makes for easy

reversing.

The automatic soft close tailgate encompasses a boot which

is the largest in its class at 625 litres and can be opened with

a kicking motion under the rear bumper. Increasing to 1,760

litres with seats down, it is so capacious that an 8-year-old I

borrowed, quite happily lay down full length in it, from front

to back! I promise I didn’t shut her in it!

Buy this gorgeous Superb and you will join the numerous JD

Power customers who named ŠKODA as the UK’s most

dependable brand and I have to say a brand which produces

some of the most enticing models.

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Model:

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Price: £40,580 otr

Engine: 1.4 TSi and an 85kw electric motor

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Care in the community

Shropshire care staff praised for

‘heroic’ commitment

Care staff across the county have been praised for

their ‘heroic commitment’ during the continued

coronavirus pandemic.

David Coull, the chief executive of Coverage Care

Services, said staff had faced challenges like never before

over recent months and he expressed his gratitude for

their hard work, dedication and compassion

“It is testament to the way in which our staff rose to the

challenge that our homes did not run out of personal

protective equipment and other crucial supplies and

remained safe and caring places to live through the worst

months of the first half of this year.

“Their pride in a job well done should be amplified by the

knowledge that they achieved this in spite of the

challenges arrayed against them, such as an early absence

of testing and the fact we were only just emerging from

the impacts of severe flooding on the county.”

While the county is yet far from clear of the coronavirus

challenge, Mr Coull said staff, residents and families had

successfully transitioned to a new rhythm of operating,

with great care for anti-contamination measures, built

into every interaction, not least with the introduction of

thermal imaging cameras checking the temperature of

every visitor.

He added: “It is likely to be some time before care settings

can be the relatively open, welcoming places we all want

them to routinely be, but we continue to strive for a close

approximation of normality.

“A huge thank you must go to all our staff for their

continued heroic and unwavering commitment. They

continue to go above and beyond to make sure residents

receive the high-standard of care they so richly deserve.

Their resilience has proven extraordinary and their

planned activities, distractions, entertainment and sheer

humanity has kept so many smiles on so many faces.”

If you are considering your care needs or those of a loved

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We would like to thank all our dedicated staff,

residents' families and support workers for all their

help in keeping everyone at Maesbrook safe and well

throughout these exceptional times.

We wish everyone a safe, happy and enjoyable

Christmas and New Year.

For more information on the services we offer, please contact a member

of our friendly care team or visit our website.

Telephone: 01743 241474

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Make a fun afternoon project and decorate an

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Skip that fabric table

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Place your design onto a piece of stained wood and

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Things you can find in your

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Pisces - (19th February - 20th March)

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At home Christmas plans see you biting your tongue

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Aries - (21st March - 20th April)

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Gemini - (22nd May - 21st June)

The Full moon and Lunar Eclipse on November 30th sees

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eclipse this is a good time to strike out alone on projects...

Motherly issues should be addressed whether it be in role

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recognised for all that they do....

Cancer - (22nd June - 22nd July)

Cancer, November 5th sees the Moon in its Waning

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to have to juggle! By December 30th the Full Moon brings

in feeling of fulfilment with a sense of achievement, you

did it! But let this new year’s resolution be to take a few

irons out of the fire, simplify life to make it more

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Leo - (23rd July - 23rd August)

Leo the Last Quarter Moon of November 8th brings in

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the advice is to stick to your principles, your sense of

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decisions are vital to your long-term plans...

Virgo - (24th August - 22nd September)

December 7th and 8th sees the Moon last quarter

bringing in a sense of 'peacekeeping', at home or at work

you may be the one negotiating, the voice of reason!

Other people’s passions are blinding them and making

them take knee jerk reactions, this sees you 'smoothing

things' behind the scenes, you’re the one who manages

to stay calm and ahead of the game... Deep breathes..

Libra - (23rd September - 23rd October)

What's got into you Libra? The Waning Crescent Moon on

December 9th sees your confidence going through the

roof, ignoring what others tell you, and jumping right in

to situations, BUT 'gambling type situations' actually

bring extreme good fortune, be it bringing money or

splendid opportunities or circumstances....

Scorpio - (24th October - 22nd November)

Wow it is a busy month for Scorpio! Mercury comes

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news! The New Moon November 15th soon after sees

new beginnings! Venus then enters November 21st

bringing a wake up in the love life, and as well as that

there are your birthdays to plan for! All systems go

Scorpio!

Sagittarius - (23rd November - 21st December)

Sagittarius it’s about budgeting this yule tide, that

doesn't sound exciting but it is necessary, Mid December

around the 15th watch yourself at Christmas gatherings,

not everyone needs to know your business! But in

private regarding the relationship front speaking about

feelings helps.... If you’re single maybe it’s about telling

someone how you feel? If in a relationship, get your

cards on the table and chat....!

Capricorn - (22nd Dec - 20th January)

December 20th Mercury comes easing communications

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where as you may want to play it cool and dissociate its

actually better to be a team player... weighing up pros

and cons, discussions may be coming soon of important

house moves for you or someone close....

Aquarius - (21st January - 18th February)

Jupiter enters Aquarius December 19th bringing quite a

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making your deposit under £20,000. In

addition, the stamp duty holiday is still in place

till March 2021 could help you save thousands

on your next move.

For those currently classed as a Keyworker

Bovis Homes now offers a new extended scheme

which includes a 5% deposit option and a £500

John Lewis voucher to spend on your new

home. Selected homes also come with a full

home flooring package.

This is what current residents, Geoff and Vicky,

had to say about their new home; “The house is

very well built and finished, and we are really

pleased with the quality of the fixtures and

fittings. The builders and tradesmen have been

very friendly and helpful”.

Need something a bit smaller? Then why not

register for details on Bovis Homes’ brand-new

development, Oteley Gardens which is coming

to Shrewsbury in spring 2021 and will include

a range of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes.

You can book an appointment to look

around Bowbrook Meadows and speak

to a member of the sales team from

10am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday on

01952 305 051.

Scene Local Media 01952 780058


Final call on spacious and

serene family homes

Coming

soon

Oteley Gardens,

Shrewsbury

Spring 2021!

Make a fresh start this season with a brand new

home at Bowbrook Meadows, Shrewsbury

With a range of 5 bedroom detached homes, this brand new

community offers the best in modern living with spacious

gardens, contemporary features and flexible living spaces.

Our homes are surrounded by open green spaces and within

close proximity of the Shrewsbury town centre.

Family 5 bedroom homes from £389,995*

Bowbrook

Meadows

Shrewsbury

01952 305 051

bovishomes.co.uk

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The Christmas parties may be a bit

different this year but the one thing that

hasn’t changed is the drink drive law.

West Mercia Police will be out

enforcing 24/7 so don’t risk it.

Don’t mix drinking and driving.

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