Wolverhampton City and Villages May and June 2021

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Welcome to your early summer edition of the Scene magazine for Wolverhampton City & Villages, packed full of so many wonderful small businesses and health, beauty and well-being. As we come out of lock down and the sun begins to shine please support local where possible. Enjoy the read!
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WELCOME... TO YOUR EARLY SUMMER EDITION

OF THE SCENE MAGAZINE

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Spire Little Aston

Food & drink

Michelle Lawley Hair & Beauty

Check for cash in your attic!

New range for Flint & Partners

Local Novelist - Nancy Carson

Family fun & education

Golfing fun for the family

Shrewsbury canoe hire

BBQ Recipes

The Two Vegans feature

Pets clothing & accessories

Men & Women’s fashion

Take time to be mindful

Scene Sports – Murray Walker

Freedom Vehicle Leasing

Puzzles

House, home & garden

VW ID 3 Electric car review

Horoscopes

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Derek’s Ringing Endorsement

For Robot-Assisted Knee Op

Bell ringer Derek Giddins is

ringing out the praises of his

surgeon following a knee

replacement operation that

saw him walking without

crutches in less than three

weeks.

Seventy-four-year-old Derek, who

lives near Lichfield with his wife

Gilly, had the operation at Spire

Little Aston Hospital where he was

offered the option of Mako robotassisted

surgery.

“My surgeon explained the

benefits of the new system and

how it could speed up my

recovery time. I am a very active

person and I wanted to get back

in action as soon as possible so it

seemed perfect for me,” he said.

The procedure was carried out by

Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Jamie

Arbuthnot, one of our specialist

consultants trained in using the

robot, he stated: “It allows me to

consistently optimise implant

placement which gives the

patient a more natural-feeling

knee and usually means a

quicker recovery time and

reduced post-operative pain.

“The best type of joint

replacement is one that lets you

forget you actually have one and

I really think Mako enables

surgeons to meet that goal.”

Derek, who has been bell-ringing

since the 1960s, was once a

regular ring at Guilford Cathedral.

Since his move to the West

Midlands, he has been ringing at

the Church of St Nicholas at

Mavesyn Ridware and Holy Angels

at Hoar Cross.

This week he

climbed the 58

steps at Holy Angels

Church to toll the

28cwt tenor bell for

the first time since

his operation. “Bell

ringing hasn’t taken

place during the

lockdown but it was

great to have the

chance of a short

practice to get the

feel of it again after

such a long lay-off,”

he said.

Derek is also back

on track with his

other hobby –

cycling.

Having enjoyed

cycling holidays

around the world

with his wife Gilly he

is now doing 45-

minute sessions on

his static cycle as well as

completing a five-mile trip on the

road.

“I have two friends who have had

knee replacements at the same

time as me and, even though I

am the oldest among us – one is

20 years younger! I seem to be

making much quicker progress on

my road to recovery.

“I really do think it was the skill of

Mr Arbuthnot combined with the

technology of the Mako system

that has allowed me to get back

on my feet so quickly.

“I would say it’s the only way to go

and would have no hesitation in

recommending it to others. If I

need my other knee replaced

then choosing the Mako surgery

would be a no-brainer,” he said.

If you are interested in

understanding more about

hip or knee replacements or

you are struggling with hip

or knee pain and want to

discuss it further, we are

offering free mini virtual

appointments on Tuesday

25th May with Consultant

Orthopaedic Surgeons, Mr

Shiv Jain and Mr Amit

Kotecha. Please feel free to

call our Private Treatment

Advisors on 0121 756 8800

who are ready to help you.


Walk away

from hip and

knee pain

At Spire Little Aston, we understand how frustrating

it is when joint pain holds you back. That’s why we

provide fast access to expert care, when you need it.

We use the latest technology and techniques

wherever possible to get the best outcome for you.

From replacement surgery to joint injections, you

can be sure that you’ll be treated by an expert –

every step of the way.

Our private treatments are often more affordable


0% representative APR available on treatment.

Meet the experts

If you suffer from hip or knee pain, we are offering a

free mini consultation* with one of our Orthopaedic

Consultants. During your Zoom appointment, you

will have the opportunity to discuss your symptoms

and get free expert advice on hip or knee pain/

injuries, how to manage them and the treatment

options available.

25

May

Hip or knee problems, from 4pm with

Mr Shiv Jain or Mr Amit Kotecha

You will be offered a free 10-minute mini virtual

consultation between 4pm and 6pm on Tuesday

25 May.

Book to see an expert today

Search ‘Spire Little Aston Events’

Call 0121 756 8800

*Mini consultations are an opportunity to ask any questions you have about surgery and are not a formal

outpatient consultation. If you wish to proceed to surgery or your consultant suggests that further treatment

may be necessary, a full outpatient appointment will be required to assess your suitability for surgery/treatment.


Protect your child’s

future vision with

MYOPIA CONTROL

Experts warn that by 2050 , half of worlds population ( a

staggering 5 billion people ) are expected to be short

sighted. More intense education and a lack of time spent

outdoors is leading to an explosion in the condition. There

is, as yet, no cure for myopia. The physical change of the

elongated eyeball cannot be reversed (even laser-eye

surgery can’t do this). People with myopia have an

increased chance of developing serious eye conditions,

such as glaucoma and retinal detachment in later life. The

higher the myopia the greater the risk.

How can special lenses for children help

to preserve their vision?

Thankfully, you can do more than correct their vision with

glasses or contacts now - you can actually slow the

progression of their myopia!

HOYA MiYOSMART lenses use cutting edge technology to

help manage the development of short- sightedness . They

are clinically proven to be an effective solution to slow down

the progression of myopia and are as easy to wear as any

pair of glasses.

How does MiYOSMART work?

Firstly, MiYOSMART lenses are a single vision lens that will

enable clear vision in the same way as a normal spectacle

lens. However, these lenses use a cutting edge technology

which means that on the lens surface there is a “treatment

zone” that consists of hundreds of small lensletsthat provide

additional correction. It is this additional correction that aims

to impact on the progression level of myopia.

Whilst the lenses are being worn your child will see clearly

but also the level of their myopia will be controlled.

There are also other options: EyeDream Ortho K lenses or

MiSight contact lenses, both of which are available at Taylor

Biddle Opticians

MiSight soft contact lenses are worn during the day. They

will correct your child’s vision in the same way as normal

contacts do, but also signal to the eye to stop growing

longer — as elongation of the eye is what results in myopia.

You may be concerned about how your child will cope with

wearing them but in our experience, we find children quickly

adapt to wearing them as they are easy to use and provide

a high level of comfort.

EyeDream Ortho K contacts are rigid lenses which are worn

overnight while your child sleeps. They imperceptibly flatten

the surface of the cornea, which is what results in crystal

clear vision the very next morning. Your child can then go

about their day seeing clearly without wearing contacts or

glasses. They are safe to use, as they are only worn in the

home at night, under parental supervision and are arguably

as comfortable as wearing normal soft contact lenses

These revolutionary Myopia Control lenses offer more than

vision correction – they ensure that your child’s eye health

and vision is being protected as much as possible by

reducing the risks associated with advanced myopia.

Simply book an appointment for your

child at our Compton or Wombourne

branch and our experienced optometrists

will also be happy to answer all of your

questions.


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DRINKS

IT’S ALL IN THE SPIRIT

Gin is extremely popular and gains more and more interest with each passing year. New brands become

available very regularly. Gin’s basic flavour is from juniper berries and the making of gins dates from the

Middle Ages. Many different styles of gins are available today, including very aromatic and flavoured

productions. Gin cocktails also prove to be increasing in popularity and Gin & Tonic (long-standing

favourite), Singapore Sling, plus Tom Collins and many others, are further, favourite concoctions,

regularly enjoyed.

The award-winning LAVA Spirits Co offers signature productions to an excellent standard. COFFEE GIN,

plus COFFEE ORANGE GIN are both produced utilising South American Arabica coffee beans to great

advantage. Laura Bridge, the company’s founder became inspired, then dedicated and committed to

create flavoured gins of an exceptional quality.

COFFEE GIN (37.5% vol) is a premium London Dry Gin that is complemented with the finest South

American Arabica coffee. A splendid aroma greets the nasal senses and then the mouth’s pleasures

enjoy the rich, balanced flavours of coffee and gin.

COFFEE ORANGE GIN (37.5% vol) World Gin Awards – 2021 – Best English Flavoured Gin, again, is a

premium London Dry Gin, which pairs with the finest South American Arabica coffee, perfectly.

Fresh orange zest is the addition for this production. Enticingly appealing on the nose, the mouthfeel and

palate sensation are duly rewarded with the effect that follows. I understand this to be a UK first, with

the combination of flavours, for this gin, working extremely well indeed. The fresh flavour of roasted

coffee beans, complemented with a sweet citrus addition from the orange zest, makes a very

impressive creation.

The LAVA Spirits Co sources and blends the finest ingredients to produce these

outstanding, flavoured gins, which can be enjoyed neat, with ice and/or mixer,

as well as in the creation of fabulous cocktails.

Free UK delivery, plus offers and discounts are available to ‘LAVA Lovers’.

Orders are processed and dispatched quickly and efficiently.

For all details and information, please contact

E-mail: info@lavaspirits.co.uk and visit www.lavaspirits.co.uk

As always, enjoy!

Trevor Langley


22 Finchfield Rd. West WV3 8AZ

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Kuckin is the easy, affordable way to feed you and

your family with fantastic tasting, nutritious and healthy

food when you can’t.

Whether it's a couple of grazing pots to keep in the

fridge or a 3 course dinner party, we can help.

Simply reheat at home in the oven or the microwave.

All our meals are cooked in small batches, from

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Do your

legs let

you down?

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Varicose veins affect up to a third of women and men. They can cause aching, discomfort, itching, skin

changes and concern about the appearance of the legs.

Premier Veins offers private patients a one-stop appointment and duplex ultrasound scan with one of

our experienced consultant vascular surgeons at a number of private hospitals in the Midlands.

Supported by a vascular nurse specialist, we will perform a careful examination and recommend the

most appropriate treatment for you.

Our approach is non-surgical, performing keyhole treatments as an out-patient on a walk-in, walk-out

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GOING FOR GOLD: WHY NOW’S A GREAT TIME TO CASH IN AND SELL YOUR GOLD AT AUCTION

A combination of strong gold prices and bidders actively looking

for alternative investments in uncertain economic times means

now could be a great time to sell gold items at auction. Dave

Eglington, of Cuttlestones Auctioneers & Valuers, explains…

ENDURING APPEAL: For thousands of years, gold has been a

symbol of wealth and power – today its appeal remains;

symbolic as the top prize in sporting events and literally as the

foundation of international trade in bullion form. It is perhaps

for this reason that, during times of economic uncertainty,

investors look to gold as a sound bet that will retain its intrinsic

value in the long term, regardless of what happens on the stock

market.

During the international turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic,

gold prices rocketed as mining and extraction shut down, with

prices reaching a giddy $2,000 an ounce last August. While

things are slowing down as vaccines and easing of lockdowns

promise some return to normality and the stock market is

starting to look elsewhere (gold had dipped just below $1,700

an ounce at the time of writing this article) from the results seen

in our sale rooms, now is still a great time to cash in on your

gold.

WHY SELL AT AUCTION? Most gold dealers and pawn brokers

will only pay for gold items based on their scrap value – literally

the price of their weight in gold. Auction houses, however, have

a vested interest in achieving the best possibly price on behalf

of their vendors, and will take into account an item’s intrinsic

value. For example, a gold sovereign we recently sold would be

valued at around £285 scrap - however, due to it being an 1854

shield back example which is sought-after by collectors, it sold

for £400 plus commission

Back in 2016, we sold two gold broads of twenty shillings in the

same auction – one, dated 1656 and hailing from the

Cromwellian period, sold for £22,000

while the second, a Charles II 1662

example, fetched £11,000. In scrap weight

terms, both of these coins would unlikely

have been worth more than £500. There

are countless other examples of gold

items that have sold for way above their

‘scrap’ value; the most famous of which

sold early last year in the form of an ultrarare

Edward VIII coin with his head

famously facing the ‘other way’ which he

preferred. There are only six known

examples and this one achieved a massive

£1 million in a privately brokered sale.

By selling through a reputable auctioneer, your items will be

assessed based on their value as an item and marketed as such

– you can even set reserves to ensure they don’t sell for any less

than you wish to achieve.

SO, WHAT’S YOUR GOLD WORTH? With now being such a

great time to sell gold items, we’re planning a special gold, coin

and jewellery auction in summer 2021 and are now offering

vendors the chance to sell their items through us for free –

basically waiving the vendors’ commission we normally charge.

Whether you are looking to sell gold bars, sovereigns, other

coinage or in jewellery form you can take advantage of this

great offer – simply make an appointment to bring your items

along to one of our gold valuation days at our Penkridge

saleroom on Thursday 17th or 24th June.

To make your appointment call 01785 714905 or

emailvaluations@cuttlestones.co.uk with ‘GOLD’ in the

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my backlist but preferred that I use a female

pseudonym. Together we agreed on the name Nancy Carson.

The first novel Avon issued, both as an ebook and a paperback

was Poppy’s Dilemma, an earthy love story set largely in a

railway navvies’ encampment in Dudley in the early 1850s

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Riches.

A Family Affair is set in a family-run brewery in Dudley in the

early 1900s; The Railway Girl is a romantic comedy, although it

has its sorrowful parts, written around a historical and tragic

railway accident that occurred in Brierley Hill in 1858. Daisy’s

Betrayal set in the 1890s is a potent tale of passion and

relentless vindictiveness that draws attention to the Dudley

underworld. Then came A Country Girl, a story of one young

man and five entirely different women who influence his life,

and its sequel A Fallen Woman, abounding in scandal. Both

are set in Brierley Hill in the 1890’s.

Since then, I have complete two more novels, but decided to

self-publish rather than rely on the rollercoaster of traditional

publishing. Many established authors have successfully taken

this route.

The first is Missing You, set during World War II in Dudley,

Enville, and Eire. The heroine is Libby Shakespeare. It features

a steelworks in Peartree Lane, and an actual internment camp

called K-Lines in The Curragh (which was more like a holiday

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ideas to get you started, using

things you’ll hopefully already have

around the house:

Have An ‘Upside Down' Day

No, we don’t mean walk around on your

head all day! We mean start the day

with bedtime stories and supper and

finish with breakfast! And make

everything in between an upside-down

day. This could mean having pudding

before your main meal, or wearing

pyjamas all day and dressing up for

bed. Try doing some upside-down

drawings and paintings or see if you

can read a book upside down (yes it’s

tricky!).

Make An Indoor Fort

If you can’t get out camping, do it

inside. You’ll need chairs, sheets and

cosy cushions. Fix sheets between two

chairs to make a den, and fill the fort

with pillows and blankets for a camping

feel. You can have a campsite lunch,

too: beans and sausages in little tin

bowls are perfect. Tell camp stories in

the evening by the light of a torch, sing

camp songs and enjoy hot chocolate

together. There are lots of apps like

naturesounds.org that feature nature

sounds to make you feel like you’re in

the middle of a forest. It will be a

‘wilderness’ adventure without going

anywhere!

Have A Dress-Up Day

If you’re happy to let the kids wear your

clothes, give them free rein on your

wardrobe and see what outfits they can

come up with. Or, why not let them

choose your outfit for you? You can do

a catwalk show, take photos and

generally enjoy having some all-out silly

fun with some mad looks. If you have

jewellery you’re happy to share and

multiple hats to finish the looks off, so

much the better.

Enjoy A 'Cinema Trip'

Watching a film at home can be like a

proper movie experience if you want it

to be. Decide on a flick you’re all happy

to watch, make sure you have snacks

in, and then work out what time the

‘screening’ will be. Get the kids to make

tickets with all the details on (movie,

time, location and ‘admit one’) and

ensure you’ve got blankets, popcorn

and drinks at the ready. Turn the lights

off if you’re watching in the evening,

make sure the grown-ups put the

phones away or turn them off, to make

sure you’re all immersed in the event,

and enjoy.

Have A Theme Day

Choose a theme and set up a few

activities to do throughout the day

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spotty outfits, make ‘spotty’ blueberry

muffins or spot paintings and watch 101

Dalmatians to finish off with. Or,

perhaps you like the idea of a ‘green’

day instead. This could mean wearing

green, only eating green things (hello

fruit and veg!) doing some activities in

the garden or having a go at painting a

lovely ‘green’ scene. The world’s your

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Take a stroll in the sunshine and see

what butterflies you glimpse as you go

Peacock

This common butterfly can use the dramatic eye

spot patterns on its wings to scare off predators

such as birds.

Red admiral

This widespread butterfly usually migrates to the

UK each summer from central Europe.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN THE GARDEN:

Orange-tip

The male butterfly is

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orange tips to its wings.

The female has grey-black

wingtips not orange. They can be

found feeding on nectar in a wide

variety of habitats.

Small tortoiseshell

Look out for the yellow and blue

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More than just a Theatre School!

How the Performing Arts can help your child

It is no secret that the pandemic has had a

heavy toll on children's mental health; a study

by the NHS in 2020 shows that shockingly up

to 1 in 6 children may now suffer from mental

health issues.

As a young dancer I learned and experienced first

hand the positive benefits that the performing arts

could have on young people's mental health and

confidence. My love of dance and performance helped

grow my confidence in myself and shape the person I

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and a sense of belonging.

This is why despite being in the midst of a pandemic I

pushed forward with my plans to open our new

Razzamataz Theatre School in Wolverhampton last

year. Albeit not the ideal time to start a new business I

just knew that if there was ever a time the children of

Wolverhampton needed the benefits of being able to

learn the Performing Arts it was then.

In each of the three disciplines we teach at Razzamataz

Wolverhampton, students learn new techniques and

skills in a safe environment which can have a positive

impact on their mental health and well-being.

For example, singing releases endorphins which help

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learning to sing, students also learn breathing

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Dance, being physically active releases positive

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Drama classes offer students a safe place to explore

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Children's Parties are catered for

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Take the time this summer to see Shrewsbury and Attingham Park from a watery

new perspective in one of our cool blue canoes.

Whether you’re a Salopian or a visitor, canoeing the River Severn from

The Quarry Park is the must do activity in the sunshine. Join us for this

breath-taking experience of the local environment and have oodles

of fun with all the family. Take the time to see Shrewsbury from a

different direction. Here life moves a little slower. You’ll be paddling

under the Welsh Bridge, travelling through the local countryside

upstream – where you can take in the sights of the town river banks

and county show ground, and feel connected to Charles Darwin as

you pass by his childhood garden and Doctor’s Field where he had his

introductions to nature.

Down at river level you can often spot kingfishers, otters, sand martins

and other river flora and fauna. Have your own close encounter with

the incredible countryside and share a unique view of our historic

town away from the hustle and bustle. Exploring our big river is a

brilliant way to inspire young minds, get active and to make memories

that last.

We’re also very proud to be able to invite you to discover another of

our local rivers, The Tern at the National Trust’s Attingham Park. There

the hour long paddle takes you back in time and newly experience

the history of Attingham Park. Views from the river were originally

intended only for the landowners and their guests, which is very

reminiscent of a scene from Wind in the Willows.

It is a gentle meandering river, perfect for beginners. You’ll paddle

through the landscape, and wind your way through some enchanting

woodland. You may even catch the plop sound of a water vole as it

goes about its day. It is a wonderful place to spot all kinds of river

wildlife normally hidden from view, especailly the enormous

dragonflies that dance around the rivers edge. A great experience

that melts away the stresses of every day life.

Shrewsbury Canoe Hire - We are based in The Quarry Park, March

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the National Trust’s Attingham Park is open from July – September

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One hour hire – All season long we offer canoe hire for 60 minutes

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this fun and exciting activity for all the family. You can turn up and

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Half day hire from The Quarry you can choose between the

Shrewsbury town loop, or heading into the country upstream and

having a blissful riverside picnic. Book now via our website.

Who can canoe? The great news is open boat canoeing is

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Education

AWARD WINNING EDUCATION IS

CLOSER THAN YOU THINK

Wolverhampton Grammar School is an extraordinary

school. Founded in 1512, it's one of the oldest schools in

the country, within easy access of the wider West

Midlands, Staffordshire and Shropshire thanks to flexible

school bus links. The independent day school educates

children from Year 3 to Upper Sixth. Means-tested

bursaries and scholarships are available for exceptional

and deserving applicants.

If you’ve never visited the stunning 25 acre campus, you

can register at any time for a virtual open event or

personal tour. Simply visit www.wgs.org.uk/openday to

register for events that are taking place across the

Summer term.

First priority is the happiness of your child

Children at Wolverhampton Grammar School receive

pastoral care like nowhere else – that’s because happy

children do well, thrive, and leave the school with

excellent exam results and the confidence to embrace

whatever opportunities come their way in their young

adult lives.

Your child will never feel alone at Wolverhampton

Grammar School. Assistant Head in charge of Pastoral

Care, Claudine Jones, leads a team of staff to support and

work with families. Support includes a dedicated, expert

pastoral team, school counsellor and annual adolescent

mental health tracking using the latest digital tools.

Academic excellence

The staff are totally committed to providing the best

teaching and learning experience for your child –

something that has continued unabated in lockdown,

thanks to high expertise in online delivery. WGS offers a

very wide range of subjects, from sciences to humanities,

creative arts to languages. The timetable is built around

the academic choices that the students make. They grow

up to be confident, curious and independent-minded,

and their academic achievements speak for themselves.

Despite the pressures of the pandemic, 2020 was no

exception with stellar results at GCSE and A Level.

Including a 100% pass rate at A Level and a full house of

Cambridge Technical Distinction grades. Sixth Form

students achieved the highest number of A*- A grades for

over 10 years, with 56% of entries receiving nothing but

the top two grades.

The School offers a tailored and individual approach to

UCAS and Careers support and students can expect the

very best preparation possible when it comes to life after

school. The Class of 2020 have gone on to study at

Cambridge, Oxford and a wide range of prestigious

universities.

Interested to learn more?

Simply visit the website to register

www.wgs.org.uk/openday for a virtual open event or

to book a school tour, alternatively please contact

the Admissions team at Wolverhampton Grammar

School telephone 01902 422939

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Independent Day School for Boys

and Girls

Junior School ages 7-11 Senior School ages 11-16 Sixth Form ages 16-18

25

TES Independent

acre site

School Award Winners

Book a

School tour

with ih us

Monday - Friday,

9.30am - 1pm

To book your school tour with our Admissions team,

please complete our online form: www.wgs.org.uk/schooltour

Alternatively, for more information about joining our School,

please contact Julie Roberts, Admissions Assistant

telephone: 01902 422939 or email: admissions@wgs-sch.net

Judged ‘Excellent’ in all

areas by the Independent

Schools Inspectorate

Extra and

S mall

co-curricular clubs

class sizes

Flexible and convenient

school bus services

across 3 counties

Wrap around care

from 7.30am - 6.15pm

Dedicated,

expert

pastoral team

Places still

available for

September


Education

LEARNING ADVENTURES AT TETTENHALL

COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Successful learning is a happy adventure, full of

challenge, excitement, endeavour and reward. The

Preparatory School at Tettenhall College knows how

important it is to create adventures every day for their

youngest learners and offers a wonderful programme

designed to stimulate and stretch young minds.

Nestled within the beautiful woodland grounds of

Tettenhall College, the Preparatory School is very much

a part of the whole school, a place of learning for children

from the ages of 2 to 18. Whilst the Prep School itself has

fantastic facilities including Art and Computer Suites,

Forest School and multiple outdoor play areas, being

part of the overall College allows Prep pupils access to all

the facilities on site. These include a heated indoor

swimming pool, the beautiful College library, a

magnificent Victorian theatre, outstanding boarding

facilities, a fully equipped sports hall and squash courts

and acres of high grade sports pitches. Being integrated

with a high achieving and vibrant Senior School, allows

the younger pupils the chance to participate in

experiences that they would not otherwise have.

The academic programme combines a traditional

approach to nurturing a strong and solid knowledge of

the fundamental building blocks, with a forward thinking

range of learning opportunities. Through the innovative

Enrichment Programme, pupils have the opportunity to

study areas often reserved for their much older

counterparts, trying philosophy, engineering, Mandarin

or debating for example.

Most fundamentally, being part of the wider school

allows the Prep pupils to have teaching time with our

subject specialist senior teachers in French, Spanish,

Music and Science. This integrated approach to teaching

and learning ensures the very highest standards of

academic focus.

Prep children know they are part of a very special school.

A school steeped in heritage and fundamental values, yet

a place where technology and innovation has allowed a

full programme of learning to be delivered without

interruption, despite the recent challenges. Being a

registered charity also ensures that the focus at

Tettenhall is all about education. A commitment to

making the school accessible to as many deserving

children as possible is underpinned by a generous and

ongoing bursary scheme.

A limited number of places remain for entry in

September 2021. You are warmly encouraged to contact

the College Admissions Office for an informal first

conversation and to arrange your personal tour of the

school.

Contact admissions@tettcoll.co.uk

or call 01902 751 119.

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Good Food BBQ Recipes

Sizzling

BARBECUE RECIPES

Pineapple & Pork Skewers

INGREDIENTS

400g pork fillet

4 tbsp light muscovado sugar

60ml cider vinegar

1 tsp fish sauce

½ small pineapple, peeled,

cored and cut into chunks (or

use ready prepped fresh

pineapple, drained well)

1 green pepper, deseeded and

cut into squares (optional)

4 spring onions , trimmed and

cut into 4 equal lengths

small bunch coriander,

chopped (optional)

cooked rice or pitta, to serve

METHODS

STEP 1

Cut the pork into cubes. Heat

the sugar and vinegar in a pan

over a low heat until the sugar

melts. Add the fish sauce and

cool. Tip in the pork and mix well

so that all the cubes are covered

in sauce.

STEP 2

Heat the barbecue. If you are

using coals, wait until they turn

white. If you are indoors, heat a

griddle pan. Thread the pork and

pineapple onto skewers,

alternating pieces with the

pepper and spring onion.

STEP 3

Barbecue or griddle the

skewers for 3-4 mins each side

(you may need to cook them for

longer if griddling). Sprinkle with

coriander, if you like, then serve

with rice or slide into pitta

breads.

Prep: 20 mins

Cook: 5 mins - 10 mins

Plus marinating

By Lulu Grimes

Korean Chilli,

Sesame & Honey

Chicken

Prep:15 mins

Cook: 20 mins

By Good Food Team

INGREDIENTS

12 chicken thighs , boneless

and skinless

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp sesame oil

thumb-sized piece ginger,

grated

4 spring onions , sliced

FOR THE GLAZE

4 tbsp Korean chilli paste

(gochujang) or use a mixture of

3 tbsp ketchup and 1 tbsp

sriracha chilli sauce

2 tbsp honey

juice ½ lime

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

2 tbsp sesame seeds

METHODS

STEP 1

Toss the chicken in the soy

sauce, sesame oil and ginger.

Thread each thigh on two long

metal skewers, so that each

skewer pierces one side of the

thigh. Keep threading the

chicken, making sure it’s packed

onto the skewers tightly. Chill

until you’re ready to cook. Mix

the ingredients for the glaze.

STEP 2

Heat the BBQ. If using a coal

BBQ, wait for the coals to turn

ashen before you start cooking.

Cook the kebab for 5-8 mins on

each side (depending on the

heat). Once nicely charred but

not fully cooked through, start

painting on the glaze. The honey

will catch if cooked for too long –

the key to nice sticky chicken is

applying the glaze in layers,

turning the kebab often.

STEP 3

Once the glaze has been used

up and the chicken is cooked

through (it’ll take about 20 mins

in total), transfer to a plate and

leave to cool for 5 mins before

serving scattered with spring

onions.


Barbecue Baked

Sweet Potatoes

INGREDIENTS

8 medium sweet potatoes

4 tsp olive oil

4 tbsp Greek yogurt

1 spring onion , sliced

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 30 mins

By Sarah Cook

METHOD

STEP 1

Rub each potato with a little oil and salt, then wrap in a double

layer of foil.

STEP 2

As soon as the barbecue coals are glowing red, put the potatoes

directly on them. Cook for 15 mins, turn with tongs, then cook for

15 mins more. Remove one, unwrap and check it is cooked through.

STEP 3

Peel back the top of the foil from each potato, split open and top

with a spoonful of yogurt and a few spring onion slices.

Traffic Light Chicken

Shish Kebabs

INGREDIENTS

6 chicken breasts, chopped into large chunks

2 each red, orange and green peppers , deseeded and

chopped into large chunks

warmed flatbreads , chopped

tomato and lemon wedges, to serve

FOR THE MARINADE AND SAUCE

2 garlic cloves , finely grated

300g natural or Greek yogurt

1 tbsp paprika

3 tbsp ketchup

METHOD

STEP 1

Make the marinade by mixing all of the ingredients together

in a large bowl. Spoon a third of the mixture into a smaller

bowl, then cover and chill until needed. Stir the chicken into

the marinade and set aside for 20 mins. Can be chilled for up

to two days, covered.

STEP 2

If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 1 hr before

using. Alternately thread the peppers and chicken onto the

skewers until you have 6-8 kebabs. You can do this in advance

if you like, and chill the kebabs until needed.

STEP 3

Heat a barbecue to medium, or until a thin layer of coals has

turned grey. Cook the kebabs for 10 mins, turning occasionally,

until the chicken is charred and cooked through. Serve the

kebabs with the reserved yogurt sauce, warmed flatbreads,

chopped tomatoes and lemon wedges on the side.

Prep: 20 mins

Cook: 10 mins

Plus marinating

By Barney Desmazery

For more foodie inspiration

please see our website

www.bbcgoodfood.com


Spring has sprung,

lockdown is easing and

here at The Vegan Hub

we are open again.

We are situated in The Parade

Shops, at the back of St Mary’s

Church, which is a stone’s throw

from the town centre and full of

fabulous independent

businesses. If you haven’t visited

yet, come and have a look at

the great products on offer.

Say Vegan Cheese!

The Parade, Shrewsbury

THE VEGAN BUZZ

What are we buzzing about this

month? One Planet Pizza’s

collaboration with Meatless Farm to

bring you The Cheeseburger pizza.

Handcrafted pizza with their family

recipe tomato sauce, caramelised

red onion, sliced gherkins, chunks of

meatless farm burgers, smoky

applewood,

finished with a

drizzle of burger

sauce. This perfect

pizza is a party in

your mouth!

If you tried vegan cheese in the past, you

may not have enjoyed it. Yes, it is safe to say

that if you go back even five years…how

can we say this diplomatically?... vegan

cheese had an ‘unusual’ taste. Thank

goodness things have changed! Now there

is so much choice for every budget and

palate. Big brands like Violife are popular in

a sandwich or grated over pasta and Bute

Island sell many different varieties of cheese

from blue to cranberry. If you want

something special for a cheese board, then

there are lots of artisan vegan cheese

makers who produce delicious, fermented,

nut-based cheeses. So, if you are vegan

cheese curious but a bit overwhelmed by

choice, talk to us at The Vegan Hub and we

can take you through the tasty options.

Hail Seitan!

Seitan (pronounced say-tan) is a versatile vegan meat substitute which is high

in protein, absorbs flavour well and is exceptionally versatile. But what is it? Seitan

is made from gluten, which is the main protein in wheat. It is made by washing

the starch away from the wheat flour, which leaves strands of gluten. Once

you have chosen the seasoning for the gluten and it is cooked, the firm and

chewy “meaty” texture will be a hit with your omni friends, and it is also great

for those that want to transition to vegan but miss the taste of meat. There are

lots of readymade seitan products, such as sausages, burgers, and seitan

pieces which you can add to your meal, or you can make your own seitan

meat substitute with a bag of wheat gluten and a good recipe.


Mediterranean Parcels

The weather is warming up and so we decided to create a rustic

Mediterranean parcel recipe that tastes amazing and is simple to make.

It is ideal for picnics and would also be great for a lunchtime snack.

1 pack vegan ready rolled puff pastry (life’s too short to make puff pastry!)

½ tbsp olive oil

½ red onion, diced

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 small courgette, quartered lengthways and sliced

1 red pepper, diced

3 cherry tomatoes, quartered

A sprinkling of mixed herbs

Salt and pepper, to your taste

50g vegan feta cheese, cut into small pieces (we used Green Vie

Greek Style)

Plant milk to glaze and seal the parcels

Poppy seeds for sprinkling on top (optional)

METHOD

• Take the pastry out of the fridge about 10 minutes

before starting the recipe. This makes it easier to

work with.

• Preheat oven to 220°C (200°C for fan)

• Fry the onion and garlic in the oil for 5 minutes.

Then add the courgette and pepper and cook for

a further 7 minutes. Set aside to cool.

• Unroll the pastry, cut into four rectangles.

• Stir the feta, tomatoes, mixed herbs, salt and

pepper into the cooled vegetables.

• Cut the pastry into 4 equal rectangles. Add the

filling to one side of each of the rectangles making

sure you leave a 1cm border.

• Brush pastry edges lightly with vegan milk and fold

pastry over the filling, pressing around the edges

firmly to seal. Trim the sealed parcels with a sharp

knife to make them look neat. Make a small hole

with a knife in the top of each. Brush them with

plant milk and lightly dust them with poppy seeds if

using.

• Bake for 15 minutes until pastry is risen and golden.

Serve hot or cold.

Old Skool Cookbooks Rule!

There are lots of fabulous vegan recipes available from a variety of places. If you

type vegan recipes into any search engine you will be overwhelmed by the

number of recipes available. There are videos on YouTube, vegan cookery

programmes and dedicated vegan food magazines. However, many people still

love a good old-fashioned cookbook. They look great on a bookshelf, contain

pictures to make your mouth water, they are easy to flick through and can inspire

you to try new recipes. They also make amazing gifts. There are a vast range of

vegan cookbooks available, which vary from cooking on a budget to vegan

dinner party dishes. If you are looking to find something new and exciting, then

browse through a few vegan cookbooks and give the delicious recipes a go!

Chocs away!

Do you want to go vegan but think you will miss chocolate too much? Well, the real game

changer for vegan chocolate is Vego, an organic, hazelnut chocolate bar that tastes sensational

(fair trade gluten & palm oil free). Since the first Vego bar was made the company has come on

leaps and bounds, adding a white chocolate bar, a fruit and nut bar, chocolate pralines, hazelnut

spread and now Vego melts that can be dropped into your favourite vegan milk to make a

delicious hot chocolate. Go on, why not give this cruelty free treat a veGO?!

The Two Vegans are Michelle D’Arcy Jewell and Kyah Phoenix Russell.

They organise vegan events in Shropshire and run The Vegan Hub in

The Parade Shops, Shrewsbury.

You can go to their online shop at https://theveganhub.square.site


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Health & Wellbeing

MINDFUL

OR

MIND

FULL

Have you ever reached a destination and then

realised you couldn't recall the journey there?

The feeling of being a million miles away or daydreaming perhaps.

This is what happens to us frequently when we are not totally

engaged in what we are doing. Some people call this being on

autopilot. I recall one summer, approaching a driveway and looking

up from my steering wheel, only to realise that I had somehow

driven to an old address. Maybe this has happened to you? Perhaps

this happens to you more often than not?

So how do we ensure we are mindfully engaging

in our daily activities and how do we manage the

power of distracting or unhelpful thoughts?

Mindfulness is simply the practiced art of engaging in the here and

now. As I write this I am stood up (I am trying not to sit all day), the

sun is hitting my chest through the window and I can hear the faint

buzz of a glider in the distant sky. Actually, I can also hear my

neighbour tapping on something in his garden. Two students are

walking by and one of them has an ear pod in whilst talking to his

friend. My mind wanders to a thought; Can he totally hear what the

other is saying? My mind then returns some focus on what I am

writing. Who would be reading this eventually ? Would they relate to

what I am saying and to what extent do their minds wonder?

(I wonder!). Such a busy connection of thought, observation,

reflection, judgment. What busy minds we have.

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Have a go right now!

Wherever you are, right now. Engage in this

moment. Follow these steps and it should all feel

a lot more present:

• Where are your feet? If they dangle how do they

feel? If they are on the floor, focus your energy

onto the surface area.

• How is your heart rate?

• What can you see?

• What can you hear?

• Are you having any thoughts emerging?

• Notice your thoughts?

• Are your thoughts helpful or kind?

• Where is your tongue in your mouth? Is it

touching the roof of your mouth? If so… let it

go, slightly open your mouth, release your jaw.

• How do your shoulders feel? Are they close to

your ears? Lower them.

• Take a deep breath through your nose, feel the

air come into your body

• Hold your breath

• Slowly release your breath

• Smile

• Come into the present moment

Unhelpful Thoughts

“Don’t take your thoughts

too seriously”

Eckhart Tolle

The human being has evolved to pay particular

close attention to negative thoughts rather than

positive. I guess that this is largely due to the fact

that it is a survival mechanism. However, as we all

know, we therefore tend to focus far too much on

the negative and have to train our brain to focus

the other way. Obviously, we need to consider risk

and complication. Otherwise, things like crossing

the road would be very dangerous. However, our

more hypothetical concerns can get a little out of

hand if not challenged! What if they don’t like me?

What if I said something to offend them? What if

no one shows up? So how can we acknowledge

unhelpful thoughts and distract ourselves?

I always use my social media account to engage

with others and ask these questions. On this topic

I have received some truly inspiring strategies.

People have beautifully adapted their responses

to the unhelpful thoughts their minds produce.

I have had feedback from people who distract

themselves with an activity. Running and

swimming seemingly the most common. When we

engage in an activity, we distract from our

thoughts and at the same time we help the brain

to release the natural feel good chemicals that can

boost mood. Some people have shared with me

how they challenge their negative thinking. In

essence, they question the thought - take the

thought to court i guess!

A client of mine has given me permission to share

her strategy; she actually verbally challenges her

unhelpful thoughts. Saying things like ‘No’ or ‘Just

stop now’. She has also said that when this

becomes difficult to manage alone, she requires

some help and support to work though the

thoughts.

Having the courage to share these intrusive or

unhelpful thoughts can then allow space to heal. If

you ever feel that you are not coping, then talking

things through with a trained professional can

really help. The Samaritans are available for you

24/7 on : 116 123.

Ways to manage unhelpful

thoughts:

• Engage in a meaningful activity such as walking

or gardening

• Acknowledge the thought and then discard if it

cannot be helpful to you

• Keep a gratitude journal to refocus your mind

• Remind yourself that your thoughts are not to

be taken too seriously

• Distract yourself with mindfulness - connect

with the moment

• Talk to others and share unhelpful thoughts

(we all have them)

• Challenge your thoughts

• Treat them like you would flowers or weeds -

water the flowers!

Charlotte Tranter

Therapist

Member of

The Royal College

of Occupational

Therapy

(HCPC registered)

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VANLIFE TRAVEL IN THE UK

There are plenty of gorgeous holiday locations in the UK,

from national parks, such as the Lake District, to the Welsh

mountains, and from glittering Scottish lochs to numerous

sweeping sandy beaches scattered across England. With

staycations on the rise, what better way to spend a week or

two of summer than holidaying in the UK. But, instead of

opting for a traditional static caravan or holiday cottage

accommodation, why not try something a little different:

renting a campervan.

The Rise Of The Campervan

Homemade campervans are on the rise, with campervan

specialist Quirky Campers at the forefront of the trend. The

company hosts the annual festival Camp Quirky, where

attendees are encouraged to camp in their own self-made van

conversions and engage with a community of happy campers.

Attendees can witness all types of vehicles, from ambulances

to old army trucks, reborn as holiday campervans, and attend

workshops to learn how to construct, insulate, wire and even

plumb a home on wheels. As trendy as it is to build your own

campervan, it can be costly and time-consuming. Renting one

of these mobile homes, however, is ideal for a holiday.

How To Make A Campervan Holiday Work

One of the appeals of having a camper is free overnight

parking, and one of the joys of being a full-time ‘vanlifer’ can be

discovering and sharing safe camping spots. Sure, campervans

are welcome to book into UK campsites, but if you’re looking for

a low-cost holiday teetering on the wild side, then seeking out

free spots is even better. A scan of Google maps for car

parking spaces is a good place to start. Make sure you

physically check out an area to see if a spot is available too,

especially if it is an established campervan hotspot. For

example, if you were to take a stroll down the Bude canal in

Cornwall late afternoon, you are likely to find a line-up of

campers already settled for the night. It’s also vital to

investigate your desired area before you park. Is there a “No

Overnight” Parking sign? Are you in a residential area and likely

to upset the locals? Have you pulled into a car park which is

locked overnight? Always remember to respect the rules and

play it safe. If in doubt, check out apps such as vanlifer

favourite Park4Night, or wild camping website

wildcamping.moonfruit.com to find safe spots to cosy up for the

night. For peace of mind, you can check into a campsite or a

designated campervan car park, which invites campers to park

responsibly overnight (often for a small fee of £10 per night).

The Tricky Bits

The hard truth: not all campers are built with shower and toilet

facilities. We are lucky enough in the UK, however, to have

accessible public facilities. If you’re after a wash, pull up at a

surfing beach to find showers (both indoors and outdoors) plus

toilets, at a price of around 20p per use. If you prefer a bit more

privacy, you can seek out local leisure centres and pay for a

day pass. Not only can you grab a shower, but also a gym

workout or swim if you’re lucky! Of course, if you park at a

campsite, you will likely have these facilities thrown in for free.

If you are “fortunate” enough to have a port-a-potty or

compostable toilet inside your van, it is imperative that you

learn how and where you can safely and responsibly dispose of

your waste. Renting a campervan is a brilliant UK holiday for

friends, couples, or even the whole family. Now the UK is your

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Our tribute to the Motor Racing

commentary legend that is Murray Walker.

As a teenager watching Formula one

motor racing Murray brought to life

the battles between Ayrton Senna,

Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and the

rest of those great drivers. He made

it exciting and thrilling and most

importantly wanting you to come

back and watch more and more,

quite simply through the Eighties

and Nineties he single handedly

sold Formula 1 to the masses.

Murray started from humble beginnings

commentating for the BBC in the British

Grand Prix in 1949 but this was only

part time, as he did not become a "Full

time " commentator till 1978. What got

him interested in Motor-Racing? Well

we, in this neck of the woods, could

take some responsibility for that

because as a kid his family moved to

Wolverhampton when his Father

Graham Walker was employed by the

World Famous Sunbeam Motor

Company.

Before he became synonymous with F1,

Murray Walker's actual day job would

you believe was in advertising. He was

one of those slogan makers for

advertising agencies. He was part of the

team that came up with the slogan, "a

MARS a Day helps you Work, Rest and

Play!" He says he did not directly come

up with that idea, however he does take

responsibility for "Opal Fruits, Made to

make your mouth water" and "Trill,

Makes your budgies bounce with

health" (No I don't remember that one

either!)

Now after doing occasional

commentaries in the Seventies, he went

Full Time during the 1978 season and

the Legend was born! His first real

partner as co-commentator was another

Legend, the 1976 World Formula 1

Champion James Hunt. At first James

and Murray did not get on because,

quite frankly there "Interests" were

poles apart with Murray's animated

descriptions and James' expert

knowledge they soon bonded over a

friendship that millions would love and

enjoy listening to, however behind the

scenes, as they only had one

microphone between them, grabbing it

was always a problem, can you imagine

that today! They were together for over

a decade but unfortunately James Hunt

passed away in 1993 at the tender age

of 45 from a heart attack, just two days

after the Canadian Grand Prix.

He carried on commentating Full Time

up until 1997 with co-commentators

such as Martin Brundle, Jackie Stewart

and Jonathon Palmer and did the odd

British Grand Prix here and there but

Murray Walker brought Formula 1 to

life, personally I remember his

commentary when his friend Damon

Hill Became World Champion and in his

words "saying he had to stop talking as

had had a lump in his throat"

Murray had his own language or as

they were called Murrayisms, "Unless

I'm Very much mistaken" and in 2009

he was voted the greatest Sports

commentator of all time, by British

sports fans. His Voice during a race

actually sounded like an engine revving

up and down during the laps and that I

believe is what endeared him to the

fans, (Me being one of them).

Thank you murray for the memories and

those great commentaries, Rest in

Peace

Murray Walker Born 1923,

Died (Aged 97) 2021.


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Car Review

HYUNDAI TUCSON HYBRID

By Sue Cooke

According to new research by the Society

of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

(SMMT) there are now 462 individual car

models available in around 4,650

standard specifications augmented by

an almost infinite number of options.

So where do you start when you decide

to buy a new car. My son’s criteria for his next company car

is boot capacity! He has to transport a lot of stuff with his

job. So he was interested in the new Hyundai Tucson which

I road tested this week. The SUV is bigger and wider than the

previous generation.

For me, it has to be good looks and I was really taken with

the exterior styling on the fourth generation model. Hyundai

designers call it ‘Parametric Dynamics’ that uses lines, faces,

angles and shapes to create kinetic jewel like surfaces.

Daytime Running Lights are seamlessly integrated into the

new grille and only revealed when switched on by the driver.

They are gorgeous.

More than seven million Tucsons have been sold since the

first-generation model launched in 2004, making it the

company’s bestselling SUV globally. Customers can choose

from nine exterior colours and each body colour can be

combined with a two-tone roof. It is the first Hyundai model

to apply hidden rear wipers, which sit under the spoiler.

Getting into the all-new Tucson’s spacious interior, or

‘Interspace’ as Hyundai refers to, is like entering a neatly

organised room. The dual cockpit consists of very

comfortable seats, a 10.25-inch open cluster and 10.25-inch

AVN-T screen. Everything is operated by touch, but usefully

a radio volume switch is on the steering wheel.

My son also likes technology. The Tucson has best-in-class

driver-assistance systems and active safety features making

it one of the safest vehicles on the market. The spec sheet

for my road test car is a very long list but slightly quirky

gadgets are the colour schemes which change depending

on which drive mode is selected. Rear Sleeping Mode allows

the driver’s row to listen to their selected audio without the

same audio being transmitted to the rear speakers, so that

passengers who are sleeping will not be disturbed. I found

it irritating when the steering wheel twitched but Lane

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centred within the lane. I also found

irritating, the beep that alerted me to the

fact that the vehicle in front had moved

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car to park itself, taking the pressure off

the driver in tricky parking situations. The Parking Collisionavoidance

Assist, available exclusively on the Tucson Plug-in

Hybrid, helps prevent collisions with obstacles in the rear

while reversing at low speeds. The automatic gear shift is a

little different but so much easier. You just press a button

for reverse, neutral, drive or park, which is located on the

console between the seats.

Rear passengers can enjoy 26mm of additional legroom.

Boot space has been increased by 33 to 107 litres,

depending on the chosen trim and powertrain, offering up

to 620 litres overall for luggage with the seats in place and

up to 1,799 litres with the seats folded. What I really liked

when taking stuff to the tip was the flat loading floor. You

can remotely fold the rear seats and you don’t have to lift

heavy items over a lip, they just slide in. Brilliant.

If climate change is one of your criteria, then the SMMT says

zero emission cars account for one in three available models

now. Hyundai has just announced prices for its plug in

hybrid. The 1.6 litre T-GDi Smartstream engine is paired with

a 66.9kw electric motor and a 13.8 kWh lithium polymer

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Arranging a funeral for a family member or a loved one

can be a confusing and daunting task, especially as you

will also be grieving at this time. At McGinn & Sons we

will help and guide you through every step of the funeral

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like a Horse drawn Carriage, Motorcycle Hearse,

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when you would like it to be held.

If cremation is chosen, decide whether to have a service

in church prior a committal at the crematorium or the

whole service and committal at the crematorium. The

local Crematoria which serve our community are Bushbury,

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cremated remains (ashes) which we can advise you on.

For a burial you can use an existing family grave in a

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ACROSS

1. Blood count (7)

5. Company choose to

add someone to the

committee (2-3)

8. Outburst of anger on

stage (5)

9. Sink a vessel carrying

coal (7)

10. Biblical dirges? (12)

12. Counter work by model (6)

14. Where one might look when

in a reflective mood (6)

17. Decide to co-operate and

join the queue (4,4,4)

21. Enthusiast taking food with

a flourish (7)

22. It is not right in secret to be

envious (5)

23. Lunatic only upset about

nothing (5)

24. Small child accepting friend

completely (7)

DOWN

1. Old Penny unfortunately has

to hurry (4)

2. Strangely near a sphere of

action (5)

3. Vain conservationist’s

plea (7)

4. Property like televisions (6)

5. Sum up the aristocrat (5)

6. Exit in the open air (7)

7. New rate certain to be

considered valuable (8)

11. Powerful waterfall, almost

replete (8)

13. Point me out the pepper (7)

15. 49+51=100. It is not

allowed (7)

16. Give evidence at the

match (6)

18. Youth leader turned tail first

in the country (5)

19. In the main a valley full of

warships! (5)

20. Support scout leader on the

river (4)

ACROSS

1. Dispirited (8)

5. Female child (4)

9. Inert

medication (7)

10. Come in (5)

11. Vase (3)

12. Alcove (6)

15. Furze (5)

17. Just in case (4)

19. Take away (6)

22. Dylan ------,

Welsh poet (6)

24. Notion (4)

26. Echo sounder (5)

27. Farmhouse (6)

30. Rocky hill (3)

32. Farewell (5)

33. Give out (7)

34. Basin (4)

35. Agreed (8)

DOWN

1. Deceive (4)

2. Sea mammal (5)

3. Thin pancake (5)

4. Husband or

wife (6)

6. Time between (7)

7. Generosity (8)

8. Distance (6)

13. Dove’s sound (3)

14. Sleigh (4)

16. Enter

unlawfully (8)

18. Asterisk (4)

20. Brief notice (7)

21. Moral

excellence (6)

23. Possess (3)

25. Departure (6)

28. Astound (5)

29. Join on (5)

31. Unwelcome

plant (4)

SOLUTIONS

QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 Nadia Comaneci; 2 Baby; 3 The Last King of Scotland; 4 The Suez Canal; 5 The Lord of the Rings; 6 Norway;

7 A Very light; 8 A dress fabric; 9 Vivaldi; 10 Liverpool.

CROSS CODE































EASY SUDOKU HARD SUDOKU

2 9 8 6 5 4 1 7 3

4 5 3 7 8 1 9 2 6

7 6 1 2 3 9 8 4 5

5 8 4 9 2 6 7 3 1

6 3 7 5 1 8 4 9 2

9 1 2 3 4 7 6 5 8

1 2 9 8 7 5 3 6 4

8 7 5 4 6 3 2 1 9

3 4 6 1 9 2 5 8 7





7 8 6 9 2 4 1 3 5

9 2 5 3 1 7 4 6 8

4 3 1 5 6 8 2 7 9

5 9 8 1 7 6 3 4 2

2 4 7 8 9 3 6 5 1

1 6 3 4 5 2 9 8 7

8 5 2 6 3 1 7 9 4

6 1 4 7 8 9 5 2 3

3 7 9 2 4 5 8 1 6

















MAGIC SQUARE:

bail; acre; iris; lest.

WORD PYRAMID:

A hard taskmaster.

EQUALISER:

Clockwise from top

left – multiply;

divide; subtract;

add. Total: 5.

CRYPTIC CROSSWORD:

Across – 1 Ardent; 4 Basset; 9 Preston; 10 Giant; 11

Commodore; 12 Duo; 13 Cock-sparrow; 18 Pen; 19 Cartwheel;

21 Gable; 22 Tripoli; 23 Tassel; 24 Revere.

Down – 1 Alpaca; 2 Dream; 3 Network; 5 Angle; 6 So-and-so; 7

Tattoo; 8 Incorporate; 14 Omnibus; 15 Rawhide; 16 Spigot; 17

Alpine; 19 Crete; 20 Evoke.

QUICK CROSSWORD:

Across – 1 Downcast; 5 Girl; 9 Placebo; 10 Enter; 11 Urn; 12

Recess; 15 Gorse; 17 Lest; 19 Remove; 22 Thomas; 24 Idea; 26

Sonar; 27 Grange; 30 Tor; 32 Adieu; 33 Emanate; 34 Sink; 35

Assented.

Down – 1 Dupe; 2 Whale; 3 Crêpe; 4 Spouse; 6 Interim; 7 Largesse;

8 Length; 13 Coo; 14 Sled; 16 Trespass; 18 Star; 20 Mention; 21

Virtue; 23 Own; 25 Egress; 28 Amaze; 29 Graft; 31 Weed.

FIVE ALIVE:

(1)

(2)

Across – Right; Groom; Depot.

Down – Rigid; Group; Tempt.

Across – Allow; Layer; Solid.

Down – Atlas; Loyal; World.

NONAGRAM:

ache; acme; acne; agape; ahem;

amen; apace; apeman; apnea;

cage; came; canapé; cane; cape;

CHAMPAGNE; change; chape; cheap;

each; encamp; game; ganache; gape;

gean; haem; heap; hemp; mace;

mache; mage; manage; mane; mange;

mean; mega; name; nape; neap; pace;

paean; page; panache; pane; peach;

pean; pecan; phage.


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CROSS CODE














ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ







Each number in our Cross Code grid represents a different letter

of the alphabet. You have three letters in the control grid to start

you off. Enter them in the appropriate squares in the main grid,

then use your knowledge of words to work out which letters

should go in the missing squares.

As you get the letters, fill in other squares with the same number

in the main grid and control grid. Check off the alphabetical list of

letters as you identify them.

MAGIC SQUARE

LIST ACE LIBRARIES

Using all 16 letters of the phrase above, form

four words each of four letters which will fit in the

grid to form a magic square in which the words

can be read both horizontally and vertically.



Quiz Challenge

1. Who was the first Olympic

gymnast to achieve the perfect

score of 10?

2. Which word can go before

grand, carriage, minder and sit?

3. Forest Whitaker won an

Academy Award for his

performance in which 2006 film

about Ugandan dictator Idi

Amin?

4. Which major international canal

has no locks?

5. Which fictional character was

called Sauron the Great?

NONAGRAM

C A N

P E G

H A M

How many words of four

letters or more can you

make from this

Nonagram? Each word

must use the central letter,

and each letter may be

used only once. At least

one word using all nine

letters can be found.

Guidelines:

24 Good; 28 Very Good;

33 Excellent.

Any word found in the Concise

Oxford Dictionary (Tenth Edition) is

eligible with the following

exceptions: proper nouns; plural

nouns, pronouns and possessives;

third person singular verbs;

hyphenated words; contractions

and abbreviations; vulgar slang

words; variant spellings of the

same word (where another variant

is also eligible).

WORD PYRAMID

Spell out a 15-letter word or

phrase by moving from one

chamber to another within

the pyramid. You may

only enter each of the

chambers once and

may only proceed

through openings

in the walls. The

first letter may

appear in any

chamber.

FIVE ALIVE

6. Which country gave the

Hebrides to Scotland in

1266?

7. What name is given to a

pistol which fires signal

flares?

8. What is bombazine - a semiprecious

mineral, a dress

fabric or a type of explosive?

9. Who composed The Four

Seasons?

10. The John Moores University

is in which British city?

A

RA LI GL OH TW

IT OR EO

LG RA YO EO RM

AI UA PL

SD EO LP OI DT

M

K

S S T

T A A D

R E H A R

Here are two

miniature fivesquare

crosswords

using the same

grid – but the

letters have

been mixed up.

You have to

work out which

letters belong

to which

crossword.

SUDOKU

Easy

Each row and each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9, and so must each 3 x 3 box.

6 1 7 3

5 8 9

7 2 9 8

5 4 9 6 7 3 1

7 9 2

2 3 7

1 8 7 5 6

3

6 5 8 7

Hard

7 9

9 2 3 6

1 6 7

5 8 1 3

9

6 2

8 4

2

3 7 5 1 6

EQUALISER

2 12

10 2 4

2 2

9 2 6

1 1

Place the four signs (add,

subtract, multiply, divide)

one in each circle so that

the total of each across

and down line is the same.

Perform the first calculation in each

line first and ignore the mathematical

law which says you should always

perform division and multiplication

before addition and subtraction.

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At last, a fully electric car with a decent mileage range hits

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VW ID.3, a family hatchback which after a full charge will

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And the ID.3 has just won a tenth award, gaining best small

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I admit to being slightly envious when I see some of the

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one. Buyers of the new ID.3 have the luxury of having the

same software level as new cars throughout the entire life

cycle of the car. Every three months the ID.3 will receive over

the air updates which VW says will optimise software

performance and may also include new functions and

customisation options. There is already a long list of

technical specifications and safety features.

As there is so much window space, including just in front of

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one of the model’s key strengths and the reasons for its

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The latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers

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May/June 2021

Combining planetary influence, Astrology and Clairvoyance,

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Aries - (21st March - 20th April)

Aries, The Waning Crescent Moon May 7th to May 9th sees you

brimming with self-belief, and it is ok to feel confident, it also

seems your being well liked by the right people! your face fits!

Whether it be work, home or personal projects enjoy any rest as it

will be like 'the calm before the storm', Busy busy busy!

Taurus - (21st April -21st May)

Taurus, The New Moon May 11th is a great time for brand new

starts, it seems your reputation is important as well, admit if you

have been wrong draw a line and move forward. With the onset of

summer, a new partnership is starred, with someone with similar

visions and goals, your like 'two peas in a pod' equal partners,

equal power, and fun to be had.... with shared success.

Gemini - (22nd May - 21st June)

Mercury enters Gemini May 4th bringing in the news you need

this week especially around matters connected to home. Venus

pops in May 9th bringing the focus onto love, plans made now

materialise in August to bring a sense of 'togetherness'. The Sun

enters Gemini May 20th, bringing happiness and good will, not a

bad start to Summer Gemini!

Cancer - (22nd June - 22nd July)

Cancer sees Venus arrive June 2nd this time bringing passion and

excitement, of a purely physical sense... Wow!... Then with the

arrival of the Sun on 21st June were looking at finding solutions.

Two paths in life present like a 'fork in the road'... Which path to

take???? Simple!... take the one that makes you heart sing....

Leo - (23rd July - 23rd August)

Mars arrives June 11th and like the true lion that you are 'woe

betide' those who get in your way, were not taking any silliness off

anyone!... Venus comes in June 27th and softens those harsh

edges, as we go a little soppy, warm and squishy, someone or

something, person or pet even will melt your heart, as we go all

nurturing and have our arms and hearts open in an almost

'broody' like manner... Aww

Virgo - (24th August - 22nd Sept.)

Virgo, the 20th/21st May sees the Moon in your sign in its

Waxing Gibbous phase, we see you making lists, (Virgo you know

how you love a list!) Personal projects are growing and growing

now, like a ripening fruit, now its evaluation time!. Feeling very

altruistic, either in a 'helping profession' or simply helping a friend

move house it seems you’re an asset to others and making a

difference.

Libra - (23rd Sept - 23rd October)

Keep moving forward now Libra despite your fears, as you are too

far in to back out now, your just having 'a wobble'. We may

fantasise of an escape to get our get head together.... Family may

be being unruly, which never helps does it.... keep on Libra, it

shall pass...The First Quarter Moon June 18th is a key point, once

reached it all gets easier...

Scorpio - (24th Oct - 22nd November)

Scorpio, May 24th and 25th sees the Waxing Gibbous Moon

mark you celebrating achievements, work projects or business is

flowing nicely, so indulge in new home décor projects, new clothes

and why not?

Sometimes ritualistic views and strictly traditional ways of doing

things may make you want to scream, but sometimes the tried and

tested works... bare that in mind...

Sagittarius - (23rd Nov - 21st Dec.)

Sagittarius, May 26th Full Moon is a good time to let go of what

is not needed anymore, to stop holding on to emotions, patterns

of behaviour or thinking, discard that which no longer serves...

This may present itself like a volcano, where the build-up finally

unleashes! a hot and fiery accumulation of energy, (well you are a

Fire sign Sagittarius!) Excitement, arousal, and passion are also

key!

Capricorn - (22nd Dec - 20th January)

Capricorn, 24th June sees the Full Moon in your sign and creative

talents flow freely, arts, music, or 'even out the box' thinking are

all streaming out of you! Someone may need reminding that

honesty and integrity are key, a quiet word may need to be had,

especially if they are being economical with the truth or in denial,

sensitivity helps here... help them to see the picture clearly...

Aquarius - (21st Jan - 18th Feb)

Aquarius, the Last quarter Moon May 3rd sees you looking at

'endings', things may be drawing to a close, certain chapters

closing... completion, 'finish'...part of the cycle of death and

rebirth...You face the future armed with your own personal charm

and charisma, with a cheeky wink ;-) But just who is the hotblooded

male who seems to self-sabotage? Remind them that their

reputation matters...

Pisces - (19th Feb - 20th March)

Wow Pisces! Jupiter arrives in your sign May 13th, lucky you!

literally!.... as this 'massive gas giant' boosts luck, growth,

expansion, optimism, abundance and understanding. June 10th

sees the New Moon and a Solar eclipse, perfect timing for taking a

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SUMMER 2021 BEAUTY TRENDS

Summer is just around the corner, and with a new

season comes new trends: from fashion to culture,

from music to beauty, soon summer styles will be

gracing the media everywhere. With the pandemic

and the normalisation of mask-wearing, winter trends

focused heavily on eye makeup and eyebrows. In

contrast, sun-kissed skin and natural glows have been

a hit each and every summer. So what can we expect

this summer for our beauty trends?

The Fresh Faced Feel

Bashful Blush

brands selling products specifically to

plump the eyebrow and add a bushy

texture to the fine hair. Although the

shape of the brow still appears to be

of importance, the fine line brow in

the 2000s is long gone. Think bigger

and bushier, the better.

Luscious Lips

Shades of lip pigmentation are on a

constant rotation, and sometimes it is

hard to keep up with what’s hot and

what’s not. One thing for sure this

summer is that lip gloss is in. With the

revival of Y2K fashion (2020 saw the

reintroduction of low rise jeans and

crop tops), beauty trends have also

followed suit. Lipgloss gives your lips

an extra plump and shine and can be

put over any shade of lipstick, matte

or gloss.

Blusher has been ditched in the past, with the focus instead

on extreme contouring to illuminate cheekbones and jawlines.

This summer, however, rosy cheeks are making a

come back. Lightly blushed cheeks give the make-up-free

look the perfect touch, giving the face a natural warmth and

glow. Paired with dramatic colourful eyeshadow, big brows,

plump lips and flawless skin, the perfect summer look is at

the tips of our fingers.

Summer brings heat, and there is no worse feeling than

heavy makeup mixing with beads of sweat and creating

blotches on the surface of the skin. This summer, try a

lighter foundation that barely looks like it’s there at all. Your

skin will feel light and be able to breathe in the summer air,

all the while looking flawlessly fresh-faced.

Eyes On The Prize

The emphasis of eye makeup from wintertime is being carried

into the summer season. Throughout many lockdowns,

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they became the main focus of the face due to the wearing

of face coverings. Colourful eye shadows, rainbow-hued

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Get yourself booked in and top up that tan!


Carers2u

Help & Advice

to apply for

funding

support

Carers2u offer a wide range of services to help you or your loved one live safe and

comfortable in the secuity of your own home. We match our carer to you, ensuring we

cater for all needs and start to build a friendly professional relationship.

Personal care and medication | Palliative care | Cancer Care |

Care for clients with Dementia /Parkinson’s or who have suffered a stroke | Respite

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All our carers are vaccinated against COVID 19 and wear full PPE

For more information or to book an appointment please contact us

Call

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Visit

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STOUR VALLEY CAT RESCUE

NEEDS YOUR HELP!

We are a completely voluntary run organisation and

every penny goes to the cats.

During this time we are unable to raise any money and would ask if anyone

can donate anything, food donations, anything we would really appreciate the help!

PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH ANITA IF YOU CAN HELP THE CATS!

Thank you - The Stour Valley Cat team!

Anita Ford on 01384 375832

Mobile: 07803 603593

Our vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an

understanding of it’s needs!

Over 30 years of caring for cats and kittens!


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Your home’s perfect link to the outside!

With the Met Office predicting a

potentially scorching summer,

having a seamless link to the

outside will be a must for

homeowners to fully make the

most of the gorgeous weather on

the way.

Patio and bi-fold doors provide the

perfect link from the inside of your

home to the outside, making every

transition from your home into your

garden an enjoyable one.

Wolverhampton Glass has been

installing high quality windows, doors,

and conservatories to homes across

the West Midlands for more than 45

years, including a fantastic range of

sliding patio and bi-fold doors to make

sure your home is ready for the

summer ahead.

With patio doors in three materials –

uPVC, aluminium, and timber – there is

an option to suit any budget and

property and they are energy efficient,

highly secure, and draught-proofed.

Sliding patio doors have a unique

sideways opening mechanism, making

them ideal for smaller spaces. When

installed to the rear of your home,

they’ll let in plenty of natural light

thanks to the large glazing panels,

whilst blending your home and garden

easily thanks to the vast amounts of

glazing included in their specification.

You can also choose from a range of

aluminium or timber thin-framed bi-fold

doors, from a range of colours and

configurations to suit any space or style

requirements.

Not only will they allow you to enjoy

panoramic views of the outdoors, but

both materials excel in their durability,

thermal abilities, and weatherresistance.

‘Lift and slide’ patio doors are hugely

popular. Lift and slide doors raise the

sliding panel onto the rollers so large

and heavy panels lift off the track

allowing big doors to move with ease.

Both panes will slide, freeing up either

side for furniture placement, or they can

be locked off in an open position to

provide better ventilation.

Bi-Folding doors are extremely popular

because their unique concertina

opening mechanism means the door

panels can easily stack up to one side.

With smooth sliding steel rollers, they

open with ease, completely blending

your garden and home for an open-plan

living design.

After being stuck indoors for long

periods for the last 12 months, the

chance to enjoy the sunshine and

entertain family and friends outside will

be one you won’t want to miss. And bifold

and patio doors can play an

integral part in helping you make the

most of the summer.

To help you get your home ready for

the summer, Wolverhampton Glass is

currently offering up to 45% off

windows, doors, and conservatories.

As part of Sustainium Group, a

consortium of world-class home

improvement companies that think

differently, Wolverhampton Glass

believes that homeowners deserve

innovative, quality products and

wonderful customer experience –

and believe these should be provided

in an ethical and sustainable way.

For more information call 01902

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Designs favour open­plan kitchen and

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larger properties, such as the fivebedroom

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islands and double en­suites.

If you want something smaller then

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The Spruce makes a great small family

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Our homes offer great connection to

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countryside, communal play spaces

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Our new range of homes come with

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We’ve launched three buying options

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You can also book an appointment to

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