Telford Scene October Edition 2021


Welcome to the October edition of your Scene magazine for Telford, packed with superb local businesses, features, fashion, recipes, car reviews, education, home garden ideas and so much more. Please enjoy and support local when possible! Happy Halloweeeen xx

Telford & Surrounds






& Lifestyle



OctOber editiOn 2021

Fashion, Motoring, Horoscopes, Sports, Recipes, House & Home, Puzzles,

Health & Wellbeing, The Modern Man, What’s On & much more...

#beltup #fatalfour

Do the right thing for

you and your passengers.

Belt up.

Not wearing a seat belt could be a fatal decision,

even on short familiar journeys and at low speed.

It is a legal requirement to ensure you and

your passengers are wearing a seatbelt.

westmerciapolice @WMerciaPolice

@westmerciapolice @WMerciaRoads



Leah Ratcliffe

Shropshire Area manager

To be included with our

next edition, covering

November & December


Pages 4 - 15

Page 12

Pages 16 & 17

Pages 20 & 21

Pages 24 & 25

Page 32

Page 37

Pages 38 & 39

Pages 40 & 41

Pages 42 -49

Pages 50 & 51

Page 52

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Pages 54 & 58

Pages 60 - 66

Pages 68 & 70

Food, Christmas, Music

& Entertainment


Wellington Businesses

Shrewsbury’s eBike Hire

Hair & Beauty

Scene Sports

Theatre on the Steps

Stockton House Wedding

Letting go of Stress

Autumn Fashion

Autumn Recipes

Shropshire Distillery

Lindsey B Photography

Car Reviews

Family & Education

Success - Telford College


Local Author, Ross Hitchin

Its a Man Thing!

House, Home & Garden

contact Leah on

Pages 74 & 76

01952 780058 Opt. 2.

Page 80

Or email:

Page 82 Pages 83 - 100

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Director: Sarah Williams

of going to press.


“Welcome Back”, one of my

favourite John Sebastian songs

written way back in 1976. Here I

am, 45 years later saying the

same thing as we emerge from a

pandemic which has changed

our lives in so many ways and we

enter the “new normal”. Whatever

that is!!

I am delighted to welcome back

customers old and new to Hey Jude’s,

still here after months of uncertainty

with plenty to whet your musical taste

buds. Guitars, ukuleles, cables, strings,

straps, picks, thousands of vinyl

records, both second hand and new,

music merchandise from t-shirts to

keyrings and patches and much

much more. Hey Jude’s also offers a

repair, restring and set up service for

guitars and most other stringed


With new 180gm vinyl also now in

stock Hey Jude's offers a good range

of hard to find classics which can

invariably be prohibitively expensive

on the second hand market. Artists

such as Bowie, Budgie, Iron Maiden,

Nick Drake, Pink Floyd, Queen, Led

Zeppelin, Nirvana, Oasis, Stone Roses

– from folk to jazz to SKA, Northern

Soul, rock, pop and Indie, there's

plenty to choose from, all at

competitive prices. Upstairs at Hey

Jude’s there are thousands of 7” and

12” singles as well as CDs and even

cassette tapes.

Going forward, Hey Jude’s is now

open on Wednesdays, Thursdays,

Fridays and Saturday from 9.15am till

5pm. Owner, Jude Paton, also offers

an appointment service outside the

usual trading hours. “9 till 5 may not

suit everyone” she says, “especially as

many people are now returning to a

more normal work pattern.” You can

now make an appointment to suit

especially as there are around 25,000

records to browse through or guitars to

try out…….you will certainly need

more than just 5 minutes to have a

look. Just ring or text Jude on


“Welcome Back!” Here’s to 22 years

trading and many more to come. Visit

Hey Jude’s, 3 Stafford Street, Newport,

TF10 7LU – your one stop music shop.

You won’t be disappointed!

Jude Paton



Independent Music Shop

Specialising in new and

second hand vinyl records,

guitars, ukuleles, strings,

accessories and

music merchandise

Open: Wednesday -


9:15am - 5pm plus other

times by appointment

3 Stafford Street, NEWPORT

Shropshire, TF10 7LU

Call: 07949 793 738




Est: 1999

The Lamb Inn




2 Sirloin steaks + a

bottle of wine £35

n New Autumn Menu

n Regular Live Music

n Function Room for hire for all


n Christmas Menu out soon

n Special Occasion Packages

n Large Beer Garden

n Friday Fish & Fizz


Start the week off

right with daily

specials Mon -Wed

2 Courses £15 / 3 Courses £18

The Lamb Inn,

Shrewsbury Road,

Edgmond TF10 8HU

t: 01952 879829

f: @thelambedgmond


Over recent decades, Julian and Diana

Temperley have been reviving the

productions of Cider Brandy. This ancient art

has gained much recognition and the

resulting, exceptional productions, can be

found in many restaurants and venues. The

West Country can be justifiably proud of

their fruits and cider productions – now

appreciated around the world. The familyrun

farm grows over 40 different varieties.

Vintage cider apples include Dabinett,

Kingston Black and Stoke Red, with the

juices being fermented in 150 year old oak

vats. The cider is then distilled in copper


Somerset Apple Eau de Vie (40% vol) is a pure

apple spirit and the raw material for Somerset

Cider Brandy. Somerset Pear Eau de Vie (40%

vol) is produced utilising 100% traditional perry

pear varieties, to great advantage. Somerset Cider

Brandy has several ‘options’ available, from 3 year

old, 5 year old, 10 year old, through Alchemy, to

the 20 year old. Smooth and rich in texture to the

mouthfeel, this (as with every production) leads to

the palate’s continuing enjoyment and sensation.

All are 42%vol. The Cider Brandy range also

includes XO (42% vol) and Shipwreck (43% vol),

with its oaky, smoky elegance, following through.

Still and sparkling ciders are extremely popular

too, with their popularity growing yearly. The

Burrow Hill productions certainly do not

disappoint, in any way. Additionally, bottle

fermented ciders have many ‘devotees’. Burrow

Hill Bottle Fermented Dry Kingston Black (8.0%

vol) and their Bottle Fermented Medium Kingston

Black (8.0% vol) are very much loved, with the

latter being slightly sweetened with Kingston

Black Ice Cider. Bottle Fermented Stoke Red

(8.0% vol) is, again, full-bodied, with great

flavour. Multi award-winning and very much

appreciated by cider connoisseurs.

Other productions include Ice Cider (11.5% vol),

plus Apple Cider Vinegar and Liqueurs, such as

Blackcurrant (16.6% vol) and Morello Cherry

(17.5% vol). Liqueurs are great on their own and

in cocktails. Tours and tastings are available or

walk in the orchards and visit the Cider House, to

sample drinks, amongst the nearly 200 year old

vats. All products are available by mail order, too.

Pass Vale Farm, Burrow Hill, Kingsbury

Episcopi, Martock, Somerset, TA12 6BU.

Tel: 01460 240782


As always, Enjoy!

Trevor Langley

The Lion Priorslee


Come and enjoy some fantastic food off our new

menu a great range of drinks and

superb atmosphere.

Weather permitting, we will have

LIVE MUSIC IN THE GARDEN on our stage and

you can be served from our new outdoor bar!


The Lion, Shifnal Road

Priorslee, TF2 9NN

Tel: 01952 290797

The Lion Priorslee

For its size, Britain has more

Tornadoes than any other country

in the World

Concrete is stronger if carrots

are added to it

Before David Attenborough became the World Famous

Naturalist, he was the first controller of BBC 2 which at

the time was also the First Colour TV Channel in Europe

and it was his idea to make tennis Balls Yellow, because

they looked better on TV

Candyfloss was invented by a dentist!


A fatal dose of caffeine is 112 cups of

coffee! However, you'd die of

water poisoning first!


When Winston Churchill

visited the US during

Prohibition he got a

Doctors Prescription for

an unlimited supply of



The Russian Leader

Lenin spoke English

with an Irish accent.??

All Jack Russell dogs are descended

from a dog called Trump who

famously became the first President

in over 168 years NOT to have a pet in

the White House


The dialling code from

Britain to Russia is 007.

The First Real Murder on the Orient Express took place a

year after Agatha Christie's Novel came out!

Scottish football referees are

sponsored by Specsavers!

The first


mouse was

made of wood.

Originally the distance of running a Marathon was

25 miles (40 Kilometres), however, in 1908 to the

insistence of The British Royal Family, i.e. Queen

Alexandra, the race was started on the lawns of

Windsor Castle, so the littlest royals could watch it

from their Nursery and it finished in front of the

Royal Box at the Olympic Stadium, some 26.2 miles

later!! and that distance is still used today!

The mysterious green code that begins all the

Matrix movies is in fact recipes for sushi.

The lost property

office at Dublin

airport has an

unclaimed tombstone

with the words: ‘You will

always be remembered,

never forgotten.’



Not only do we all have unique

fingerprints but we all have unique

Tongue prints.

The London Underground has made

more money from its famous map

than it has from running trains.



Google searches for 'How to put on a

condom' peak at 10.28pm.

The Foresters Arms

Freshly produced Traditional Home-cooked food

from local suppliers & proper chips!

Sports shown across many screens BT Sports & Sky Sports

t Families Welcome t Large Beer Garden t Car Park

t Buffets available t Wifi t Dog friendly t Sunday Roasts

Wellington Road, Horsehay, Telford TF34 3BS. Tel: 01952 630107

What’s On...

Live music

September 11th, 4pm - 7pm ( In garden)

Black Heart Angels

Live music - October 29th, from 8pm

Kev Thursfield

Annual Halloween Disco

October 30th

Scene Recommends!

‘The smells from the candles

are superb, the wrekin really

does make you feel you are in

nature, stunning candles! ‘


Ella’s Lockdown Story

During lockdown when the shops

were closed, I was hit with a

dilemma when a friends’ birthday

was approaching, and I hadn't got

her a gift! I knew she loved candles,

so I decided to make some for her in

my kitchen. I bought some local

fragrances and some soy wax online

and began the candle making

process. After finally finding the

perfect recipe, I gave the candles out

to family members to try. My friends

and family loved them so much that

they encouraged me to start my own

business. As a university student

training to become a teacher, I knew

that owning a business would be

ideal as I could work it around my

studies. So, I decided to give it a go.

I wanted my candles to be unique

and be based on something that I’m

passionate about. I live in

Shropshire, and I absolutely love

spending my days exploring the

county! Shropshire has some

amazing natural sites as well as lots

of beautiful towns and independent

shops. On a beautiful walk up the

Wrekin to try and brainstorm a

business name and products ideas,

the Shropshire Candle Co. was born!

Once I had decided on the name and

theme for my candles, I created an

Instagram and Facebook page to

showcase my products. People

began messaging me to order some

candles however I wanted to have a

website to enhance the customer

experience. Although I had never

built a website before, we now have

a functioning website which I’m very

proud of! I am also looking at

renting a premise where I can make

more candles in bulk, since space for

stock is a real issue!

The Shropshire Candle Co. first

released three scents: The Long

Mynd, The Wrekin and The Severn.

Each candle is inspired by the scents

of the location to bring back happy

memories for both visitors and

residents of Shropshire. We have

recently released a new scent named

‘Shrewsbury’ which is a floral

candle, with notes of English pear

and freesia flowers. I am always

looking for inspiration for new

candles and products, and I have lots

of exciting ideas to release in the

future. We currently sell two sizes of

candles and offer free gift wrapping

on all orders, so our candles make

perfect gifts.

As we grow as a business, I hope to

release more scents covering the

wider area of Shropshire and maybe

even beyond! Please visit my shop:

Find us on Facebook and Instagram:


Moon Year Forecast

Sept / Oct 2021

Combining planetary influence, Astrology and Clairvoyance,

let these Moon Forecasts guide you in life with love and light....

45-minute readings giving guidance from the past present and

future and information from spirit are available at £20 via video.

Telephone readings also available. contact 07519 584975 or

Facebook page: Katie Anne Reynolds Clairvoyant and Artist

Aquarius - (21st Jan - 18th Feb)

Aquarius, the October 14th Waxing Gibbous Moon stage

sees you using unobtrusive honesty to really see a situation

clearly for someone, someone dear to you is wearing a

mask, and it is starting to slip, and you with your keen

sense of detail and wanting everything to be good, pure

and perfect can smell that something is not right... This is

where you come in with your refined sense of knowing just

what to say, even if you don't realize it, you're helping

someone with a weight on their shoulders and might even

get to hear quite a confession..

Pisces - (19th Feb - 20th March)

September 20th sees the Full Moon open your eyes to any

disillusion you may be under, although this might not be

an easy time it is so much better to be able to see

clearly... Dreams may be taking different paths than we

imagined, this is a test, how much do we want this

situation? Is it still a valid dream? Whether we're talking

ambitions goals or actual people, be malleable,

sometimes a door shuts because it's not the right door!...

may find themselves asking...

Aries - (21st March - 20th April)

The Waning Gibbous Moon stage arrives September 21st

which aids with confidence in your own reputation in both

work and social circles so by October 20th the full moon

fills you with thoughts of escape from redundant

situations, 'get out' Aries, why are you staying where you

no longer want to be? Or no longer feel appreciated? If

it (or they) no longer serve you let them go...

Taurus - (21st April -21st May)

Taurus, the Waning Gibbous Moon arrives October 21st

and image is key, advertising and PR matters, what others

think, public perceptions matter. Even in our relationships,

it seems we are concerned with what others think... A

united front helps be it in work or family, we all need to be

on the same side, come together enjoy the results of joint

labours, commit now, it's time to make the expected


Gemini - (22nd May - 21st June)

Gemini take care around the Last Quarter Moon stage

September 28th as challenge and opposition in family

matters in particular pop up, there are two paths here

under discussion, whichever camp you find yourself in

please take care of 'Mother' and make sure she is both

represented and treated fairly even if she is you... On the

flipside Wedding discussions also arise... again being

inclusive is important to all...

Cancer - (22nd June - 22nd July)

The Waning Cresent of September 1st is all about

surrender for you Cancer, letting go, dropping walls in

relationships, in the love life let it flow, stop digging in the

heels... Also, Cancer, the Last Quarter Moon stage 29th

September sees you challenging work situations, letting

your voice be heard, representing others your

communication skills can bring compromise, trust your

instincts of right and wrong, your own moral compass...

Leo - (23rd July - 23rd August)

Leo this September the 4th the Waning Crescent Moon

stage is all about 'getting rid' this Autumntime, it doesn't

take you long as by September the 10th Waxing Crescent

phase it's all about intentions, new starts, plans, goals,

wiping the slate clean, Fun is what's important, joy, frivolity,

excitement, as the saying goes you only live once! Book

the holiday, buy the new car, go on that date, Go go go!

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

'New moon, you saw me standing alone' as the song

goes, and why the hell not!, Its far better to be alone than

with those who compromise your soul, Virgo you do not

need the crowd, in fact your severing ties as we speak this

Autumn, 'snip snip snip', Do not be afraid to cut ties, just

be watchful around 7th September and be careful with

thoughts of revenge, but keep your sword on standby...

Libra - (23rd Sept - 23rd October)

Libra on September 22nd the Sun shines its way into your

sign, generally warming up this period. Then in enters Mars

on September 15th ramping you up, full of sexual prowess

aggression and instinct and animalistic passion! The new

moon of October 6th sees you starting a new phase in the

love life as you recognize the importance of certain

people, love enters a new period now, a very 'real' honest

future is to be considered as you face reality...

Scorpio - (24th Oct - 22nd November)

September 10th sees the arrival of Venus, and it's all about

solution, so any niggles in the love life area get addressed,

sorted out, if single then we come to healing


By 23rd October the Sun enters bringing with it the warmth

of forgiveness and reconciliation. October 30th sees Mars

bring a renewed sense of self, an acceptance of who we

are, warts and all, on another note, (excuse the pun) look

out for music gigs, live shows, theatre and anything

musical, it's good to indulge...

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

On the 13th of September First Quarter Moon brings a

general sense of peace to Sagittarius. A laid-back cool

approach to life brings in extreme good fortune, 'good

things come to those who wait'... October 7th sees Venus

coming in with a sense of stability, so expect a sense of

calm around the area of relationships, sometimes it's nice

to take a break if single, there's a lot to be said for selflove,

peace and that sense of empowerment when we

do not need anyone....

Capricorn - (22nd Dec - 20th January)

The Waxing Gibbous stage from September 14th brings in

a sense of 'refinement' and finishing touches to areas of

life that are almost complete, home matters, décor,

moving related issues/discussions may be almost

complete, finer details are now underway... Animals and

pets are also being discussed, but not always agreed

upon, also certain people are looking at family and

wanting fulfilment, especially where baby discussions

come in... .

We are back!!

Soul Promotions present...

Soul & Motown Party Night

Saturday October 2nd





PLUS a top soul DJ.

@ The Place, Oakengates Theatre

All time classics from the likes of Sam and Dave, Aretha

Franklin, The Commitments, James Brown, The Blues Brothers,

Wilson Pickett, Stevie Wonder, Willie Mitchell and AL Wilson

ensure an unforgettable evening of live entertainment.

Club Night/Standing Gig - Strictly 18+ Tickets £14

Book on-line @ Tel: 01952 382382

Get in touch


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Welcome to...

Being a mom, I have always

enjoyed cooking and trying

new flavours with the children.

There have been many times

over the years of trying recipes

that we have not taken a liking

to and unfortunately ended up

wasting spices or herbs

sometimes left in the cupboard

until I've realised the date is no

longer good.

I really enjoy that the council began

the household recycling (didn't

have to do weekly trips to the skips)

but there was still the issue of having

to buy more of a particular

ingredient than I needed. In 2019

my husband’s brother got married in

St Austell, just as lock down was

being initiated. We thought "oh no

we need to get a bit of shopping

before we leave as the main shops

will be empty by the time, we get


We took ourselves off to Par Market

and came across a lovely Zero

Waste Refill stall. After having a chat

with the owners, my mind was

made up, I told my husband that

Owner: Joanne Savage

was what we needed here in

Telford. However, this was the year

of covid.

We eventually spoke with Herlander

from Wellington Market with our

idea, and he was all in agreement

for us having a stall at Wellington

Market. Finally, covid began to

subside and a stall perfect for us

became available. My husband

Ken and his work colleagues Alan

and Jane helped to bring my vision

of The Green Cove alive.

We have a wide range of herbs,

spices, pasta, oats, flours, grains,

flavoured coffee beans, loose tea.

We are currently looking into

expanding our range to include,

eco-friendly household and

personal items along with oils,

flavoured oils, vinegars and so much


I believe they there is no point in

wasting a ton of money on items

you only need a small amount of.

Christmas is coming and so that you

don't have to buy multiple different

spices for that great Christmas

Cake, we will be making up a jar

with all of the spices you need.

So pop along and see us soon!

The Green Cove

Wellington Market


F: The Green Cove

Open: Tuesday, Thursday &

Friday 9am - 4pm and

Saturday’s 9am - 4.30pm

Swarovski range for ladies from £149

including single vision lenses.

Duca frames 2 pairs for £150

Including sunglasses

Mammalucia Street Food

Wellington Outdoor Market

“The best wraps you

will have try - freshly

prepared for you”

Roberto brings Street Food

To Wellington Market!

MammaLucia is currently open for breakfast and lunch

on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays with

evenings coming soon. Rob is also offering a stop – call

– delivery to your car service outside the Market gates,

by Wilkinsons, so you can have food on the go, and

more dishes will be added.

Roberto has a passion for cooking with fish and often

ready meals are fish dishes, with also pastas and curries

regularly on offer, he sees what's available on the market

and gets cooking! The burgers are meaty 6oz burgers

with salad and many toppings such as halloumi, chorizo,

bacon, cheese, anything that takes your fancy.

For local delivery please call

07449 082545

Or order from just eat

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& Instagram


We Offer

The Farmstead has a philosophy that our

time living at The Farmstead. Our

philosophy is that no one should come

into our home unless we are going to

make their lives better, make their days

easier and support them to lead the life

they want to lead

At The Farmstead we have unique facilities where residents can

enjoy their hobbies and interests. Our own cinema where

residents and their families can enjoy a film together or

celebrate a special anniversary or event. Our cosy coffee shop

where residents can meet with their friends and visitors. Our

hair salon where a pamper with a glass of

wine or bubbles will

enrich their day. An activity room where residents can explore

old and new interests and hobbies

The Farmstead

Bryce Way, Lawley

Telford. TF4 2SG

(01952) 632890

Short Term

Short term or respite support is offered. This can be

beneficial to residents and their families when continuous

care and support

is provided post hospital admission or post

any short-term illness. The aim being to provide care and

support for residents to be able to transition back into their

own home when able. Respite care is available to support


who need a break or go away on holiday.

Palliative and End of Life


Palliative and End of Life Care is a privilege to deliver in the

our residents

and their families have the compassion of care

at this time,

ensuring our residents are pain free, supported

in their

spiritual beliefs as they live out their lives with

dignity and in respect of their wishes.

Residential Care

Residential Care is a very good option for people who would

benefit from added support with everyday day tasks such as

personal care,

reduced mobility, general frailty, anxiety, and

isolation of living and coping on their own. This enables

residents to retain their independence with the reassurance

that high quality wellbeing support is available 24 hours

when they need it.

Dementia Care

We take

time to understand the residents we support.

Learn the

ir life stories and meet their fa

amily and fr


so that we

can understand and support their wellbeing on

how be

st to meet their




and improve

their quality of life. Residents living with Dementia may


ind it diff

ficult to communicate what they need. Our


al approach and support of qualified staff

f are

particularly helpfu

ul at this time. The priority is to give the

best possible support and care, liaising with loved ones

whilst helping our residents

enjoy special moments together. Quality time together is

important as especially as their care needs start to change.

Nursing Care


Care fo

or those residents who require medical

attention or require specific care to be delivered by a

Registered Nurse. Our residents are cared for by a team

of specialist

registered nurses and a team of qualified

Care Assistants

with a passion to nurse and support

individual needs and wellbeing. Supporting

Chronic conditions, MS.

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Start your two wheeled scenic

Shrewsbury adventure, the electric way

with Shrewsbury Canoe & eBike Hire.

Visitors to Shrewsbury can now enjoy getting around

with more than just pedal power. Discover historic

Shrewsbury and the beautiful surrounding

countryside with the ease & pleasure of an electric

bike tour. Take in all the sights and you’ll be sure to

fall in love with our beautiful county.

Electric bikes make visiting Shrewsbury and the

surrounding area literally a breeze. Imagine getting out

and about, seeing the sights without hardly breaking a

sweat, well that's what eBiking is all about. Recapture the

freedom and excitement of cycling ­ without all the hard

work. They are loads of fun, accessible for many people

who may think cycling is now beyond them, and a really

flexible and very green, clean way of getting to see so

much more of the area.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer this new activity in the

town for visitors and locals alike. Hiring an eBike makes

going to see all the local places of interest and exploring

the wonderful countryside around here much so more

relaxing. It benefits the town as people get to see and

experience so much more than riding in a car could ever

give you. When they see all that Shrewsbury offers and so

are bound to spend more time here. The feeling on the

eBike is exhilarating and so much fun. We’ve now opened

a booking office where the eBikes will be based. Pop in

and take one out for a half or full day hire and we know

you will be hooked.”

We can recommend a number of thrilling routes to really

get out and explore. You’ll feel pure exhilaration and the

wind in your hair as you breeze through the beautiful

streets exploring Shrewsbury and its unique character.

Touring around will be fun and easy with an electric bike

as all the hard work & effort is taken out, and the

excitement of the journey is poured right in.

Maggie Love from Shrewsbury Ambassadors gave it a go


“I’ve never been able to share a simple countryside ride

with my partner because I have a damaged knee. Many

people had told me that an e­bike would be a good

option, and what a great freedom it gave me. I've really

craved to be in the glorious Shropshire Countryside and

the 10km loop we took filled me with all the summer

smells and sights I’d been missing.”

The eBikes are available for hire from

Shrewsbury Canoe & eBike Hire’s office

6 Claremont Hill. We offer half and full

day hire, with canoe and ebike

packages, luxury picnics and more


for further info and bookings for eBikes

or canoe hire

call 01743 244800 or check out


These are five classic books for kids that you’ll love reading too.

Reading with your child is possibly one of

the most bonding things you can do.

Enjoying the words and brilliant images of

some of the greatest kids’ books together

are moments you and your child will cherish

as the years go by. And there’s no doubt that

some children’s books have become

“classics” of their time, for the characters,

the rhymes, or the pure storytelling joy they


We’ve picked out a few of those books for

different ages which we reckon will find a place

on the shelves of many a nursery library for years

to come, not least because the parents, as well as

the kids, love them too. Have a look and see if

you agree...

The Gruffalo

“A mouse took a stroll in the

deep dark wood…”

This utterly classic tale, now a stage play and

television animation, tells the story of a mouse

strolling through a wood, avoiding the peril of

being eaten by other animals as he talks to them

about a fantastical and scary creature with

“terrible tusks and terrible claws”. Little does he

know … there is such a thing as a Gruffalo! It’s

very hard to pick out a favourite book by writing

legend Julia Donaldson, but we chose this one in

particular for its lovely illustrations and the

wonderful way the story pans out. We do like the

repetitive nature of it too, which means children

can join in oh-so easily. Memorable for many


That’s Not My Monkey

“That’s not my bat, its ears

are too hairy.”

Usborne’s touchy-feely books have been going

strong since 1997, and each is an absolute musthave

board book for little hands that love

exploring different textures. These editions are

designed for really young children (from three

months plus) and feature all sorts of creatures;

unicorn, donkey, llama, wombat, dinosaur to

name a few. The formula of each is generally the

same: “That’s not my bat, its ears are too hairy”...

and on each page, your child will be able to rub

the book and feel different textures from soft fur

to felt, textured card and more. Once your child

has their first, they’re bound to be very happy to

see the collection grow.

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

“We’re going on a bear hunt….we’re

going to catch a big one!”

Another great writer of children’s books and

poems is Michael Rosen, whose “bear hunt” story

is one families can read animatedly together.

Watch your kids enjoy each refrain: “We’re going

on a bear hunt….we’re going to catch a big one!”

The sense of adventure that comes with reading

this book is probably even more compelling if you

live absolutely nowhere near where you might see

a bear! For inspiration on how to act the tale

aloud with the littles, see Rosen himself recite it

on YouTube. Total genius.

The Cat In The Hat

“Too wet to go out and too cold to

play ball.

So we sat in the house.

We did nothing at all….

And then something went BUMP!

How that bump made us jump!

We looked! Then we saw him step in on

the mat!

We looked! And we saw him! The cat in

the hat!”

For the wackiest rhymes, only Dr Seuss will do!

The Cat In The Hat is probably the most famous

in his collection and is a winning story for any

kids who find themselves inside with nothing to

do all day. If your child (and you!) love these

rhymes, be sure to check out the others: The Fox

In Socks is great fun, and There’s A Wocket In My

Pocket is pure nonsense that will have you all in

stitches,100% guaranteed.

The Twits

"A person who has good thoughts

cannot ever be ugly. You can have a

wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a

double chin and stick-out teeth, but if

you have good thoughts they will shine

out of your face like sunbeams and you

will always look lovely."

No rundown of kids’ books would be complete

without a mention of Roald Dahl, and we’ve

plumped for the tale of a decidedly dysfunctional

couple to feature here. Even years after reading it

ourselves, we simply can’t forget the wormy

spaghetti Mr Twit makes for his unsuspecting wife

or the way he lengthens her walking stick bit by

bit, day by day, so she thinks she’s shrinking.

Gruesome, brilliant stuff kids will love - and

perhaps a nostalgia trip for you as story time rolls



Choosing the right hair colour can make you look

healthier, younger and more beautiful. But how do

you pick the right shade for your skin tone?

Every year hair colour fashions change, just as clothes

fashions do. But unless you have a top hair dresser on

call 24/7, the chances are ever changing hair tones are

neither suitable or doable. Instead choose the right

hair colour to suit you and you can not only look great

whatever the season but look healthier, younger and

more beautiful than ever before.

The first thing to consider is your skin tone and

whether it is cool or warm. As a general rule, warm

skin tones are redheads or have honey blonde or deep

brown natural hair and freckled or golden skin tones.

Cool tones are found on ice blondes or those with

black, dark brown or ash toned hair and the skin tends

to have a pink undertone or none at all. Olive skins

also tend to be cool.

A good rule of thumb is that if the veins in your arm

appear green you have a warm skin tone, blue and

you’re probably cool.

The Rules of Colour

Cool skin tones tend to suit intense shades such as a

dark brown shot through with honey or golden

highlights which warm up skin while warmer tones

can wear rich golden colours such as auburn or

chestnut with streaks in reds and coppers. Those with

ruddy, red­cheeked complexions should beware

colour, using the most subtle of tones in coffees and

beiges, avoiding bright reds or too­blonde bleaching.

An almost fool proof way to know is to think about

which colour clothes best suit you. If you wear red,

orange and yellow well, go for autumnal colours such

as auburn or golden blonde.

If red, purple and charcoal grey look good you’ll

probably be best with sandy or chocolate colours.

However, if you can pull off black, red and bright pink

try ash, platinum or even jet black or burgundy.

Also consider your lifestyle and how your hair colour

will fit in to it. If you’re a wallflower a bright burgundy

may draw too much attention so stick to a natural

colour. Loud, proud personalities who don’t need to

worry about a sombre professional appearance can

always get away with wackier tones.

Likewise the upkeep of a hair colour might affect your

choice. A red hair colour changes constantly and fades

fast so requires time­consuming regular top­ups. If

you have a busy or unpredictable schedule you might

wish to avoid root touch ups by choosing a colour

close to your own or simple highlights which blend in

as they grow out.

Once a hair colour is on, you can soon tell if you have

made the wrong decision. A good colour will make

you glow so if you need more make­up to make it

work or if your skin looks sallow or flushed the colour

probably isn't right for you.

To help you to avoid mistakes see a professional

colourist who can advise you on what tones will best

suit you.





T: 07384-424434




“Our aim is to improve mental health”

Beaumaris Health and Wellbeing Group

have a mission to improve people’s lives and

mental wellbeing. Our aim is to help

individuals, groups and organisations

manage mental health in a positive way

and receive the care they deserve to retain

their independence.

Situated in the heart of Newport in Shropshire, the

Beaumaris Wellbeing Centre offers a warm and

welcoming atmosphere within modern and wellequipped


Our dedicated and supportive team of highly

qualified counsellors, psychotherapists and

psychologists offer a range of therapies both

face-to-face and remotely, to meet the needs of

all individuals. With specialist to support children

from age 4, adolescents and adults as well as

couples and families. Able to support and treat

many areas providing many types of

Psychological Services; including but not

exhaustive of Counselling, Hypnotherapy,

Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

and Eye Movement Desensitisation and

Reprocessing (EMDR).

We also offer many training courses for a variety

of solutions to mental health problems including

Mental Health First Aid courses and Anxiety

management courses available to individuals,

groups and companies.

Beaumaris Wellbeing Centre also provides

wellbeing support through their exclusive small

group Wellbeing classes such as Mindful Yoga,

Relax Kid’s, Chair Yoga and Meditation classes.

There is something for everyone!

If you want to take some YOU time which is

beneficial to support both physical and mental

wellness, why not try one of our classes or book in

for a massage with one of our complimentary


Beaumaris Wellbeing Centre,

5 Abbey Court,

Off high street,

Newport, Shropshire,

TF10 7BW

If you or someone you know are going through a

tough time, we are here to offer help and


Call us on 0330 123 3359 or email


Our mission is to help people

understand, improve, and

sustain the mental health of

themselves and others.

Our vision is for a world with good

mental health provision for all.


3 Counselling therapies

3 Psychological therapies

3 Anxiety management

3 Mental health first aid

3 Company, Education or care setting

Mental Health support

3 Other training courses


Situated in the heart of

Newport in Shropshire, the Beaumaris

Wellbeing Centre offers a warm and

welcoming atmosphere within modern

and well-equipped facilities that

benefit from a peaceful

location that provides anonymity.


To make an appointment with one of

our team, please get in touch. Please

note, we are providing remote and

telephone therapy during the current

Covid-19 pandemic, and slowly

bringing in face to face appointments.

0330 123 3359 I

5, Abbey Court High Street, Newport, TF10 7BW

“V is for Vegan”

If you thought Veganism was

just about food then think

again! It’s now making its way

into our homes in other ways,

particularly our bedrooms!

More & more people are becoming

Vegan & some mattress

manufacturers are seeing the rising

niche within the market place to

add vegan mattresses in their

portfolio of natural fibres & foambased

materials by now including

fillings made from Vegan & Plantbased

materials too.

One such company ‘Vegan

Mattresses by Vogue Beds’ are now

approved & registered with The

Vegan Society Trademark to ensure

validity that no animal origins are in

the mattresses & no testing on

animals has taken place either

Why has Veganism hit the mattress

world & why now?

The % of Brits, according to new

polls, who are following a vegan

diet has skyrocketed by 40% in 2020.

The research by shopping

comparison site,,

proports an increase in the number

of Brits changing their diet in 2020.

They either went Vegetarian,

Pescatarian or Vegan & the group

that saw the most increase was

Veganism. 1.1 million people

followed a plant-based diet at the

beginning of 2020 & now that is

closer to 1.5 million, currently at 3%

of the population & rising fast!

What’s your bed got to do with it?

Your bed can also have an impact

on the environment. Many mattress

companies already ensure that

recycling at end of life is taken care

of including reducing the carbon

footprint when manufacturing &

disposing of them. The Vegan

mattresses have a great

environmental benefit too in that

there is no foam & they are 100%

recyclable so once they are end of

life, they can go into the making of

car seats, carpet underlay & many

more items produced using

recyclable materials.

Furthermore, the Vegan mattress

fillings don’t have a need to be

tested on animals so are deemed

cruelty free as they use fillings made

from recycled plastic bottles, which

also stops these bottles ending up in

landfill too! For the environmentalist

in us, the culmination of these

benefits is a win-win!

Plant Based Fillings

Hypo-allergenic fillings are

constructed within the mattress to

allow maximum airflow which

regulates body temperature &

provides a comfortable luxurious

sleeping experience. With a range

of pocket springs, Intelligent Helix

pocket spring units, open coil springs

which offer a firmer feel, they really

do sit side by side classic made

mattresses but have the added

bonus of being registered Vegan.

To top it off the mattresses are

wrapped in a plant-based cover

which allows it to breathe & makes it

unique in its construction

Here at Newport Beds, we are

excited to be the new stockist of

‘Vegan mattresses by Vogue Beds’

serving the local area for those

wishing to have this as an option to


The mattresses will be in our

Newport Beds showroom from

September onwards for those of you

curious & wanting to come in & ‘try

& lie’

Please visit our Newport Beds

showroom for help choosing a

Vegan mattress.

79 High Street



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Tattooists Rob, Garth and Jayde all offer a full

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experience between them. From portraits, floral

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and gothic, black and white to full colour. The team

are great at giving advice and free handing where

necessary, along with cover up ideas.

Along with the tattoo team, piercing specialist Char offers

a fantastic selection of piercings all over the body (except

mouth currently due to Covid). Having been pierced by

Char myself I can honestly say she is very professional

and quick to keep any pain or discomfort to a minimum

with great aftercare advice. Char has recently purchased

an equipment that allows jewellery to be anodised to any

colour from gold to purple so you can really personalise

items to your personality and style.

Custom pieces can be ordered, and a great range of

jewellery is always in stock.

The team at Some’ink Different are always on top of

hygiene and your safety, they opperate a very

professional Studio along with high quality tattoos and

piercings so you can rest assured you will be in a safe

environment with the best service.

Contact the team on 01952 619370 or via messanger

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Welcome to the Autumn issue of

Scene's Sports and looking ahead we

have the previously postponed London

Marathon, which will be taking place in

the Capital on Sunday 3rd October, (All

being well), and another sign of a bit of

normality in these crazy times.

Virgin Money London Marathon

But with so many sporting events that

are planned and then at the last minute

either postponed or cancelled at the

last minute, we at scene thought we

would look back at the previous football

season and look ahead at to this

season's frolics, but in particular the

rule changes that have occured in our

magnificent game. In the old days,

(About a thousand years ago) football

consisted of two villages that would

battle it out between them by kicking a

"football" towards their neighbours and

if they got into the opposing villages

``Goal" then that would be that, you

win! In fact today some local villages

still perform this ancient battle (And

that's what it is really). It can take many

days and most of the "Players"

normally end up in A&E as there are no

rules to it.

because it was our game, we were the

best in the world at it, but ever so

slowly all the other countries caught up

to us and now we're not!! But as the

song goes eventually Football will come

home and we may win one of these

footie tournaments, as we nearly did

last summer!

Football is a simple game but

unfortunately we do try to complicate it,

which then confuses everyone!

Originally the Peoples game, it

consisted of one football pitch, eleven

players, two goals, oh and yes one

football! All you had to do was kick the

ball to the opponents goal, get it over

the line and then that was a goal!


No, that was too easy and to

complicate matters we decided to come

up with RULES, one in particular can

confuse one half of the nation. Now first

and foremost I completely apologise if I

sound sexist, but Gents, look at your

good lady and explain the offside law

so that she can understand. No, I didn't

think so.

"So as the ball is kicked, you cannot be

in front of their last man! Last man,

what are you on about??" and then try

to explain that those defenders will try

and catch the forwards offside by

running out of their penalty area!!?

Exactly, it is a game which we men love

to confuse our good ladies, (And really


The best defence at triggering the

offside rule were the Arsenal back four

who would always come out in a

straight line, now if I've again confused

you, watch the film The Full Monty

again because it will explain the way

Arsenal played better then any football

video would.

the Full Monty), we have decided to

complicate matters even more by

bringing in VAR. Imagine an alien crash

landed onto the planet and they

watched their first game of football, now

in the old days if a footballer was

offside, the linesman, (Sorry second

official), would put up their flag so the

referee could blow his whistle and stop

the game to confirm the player being


Nah, that's too easy, we decided to

complicate matters further, so when the

aforementioned player is offside, this

time the linesman, (Shoot me I'm gonna

call him a linesman!), DOESN'T put his

flag up, (I'll say that again he DOESN'T

put up his flag), lets them play on for a

bit, knocks the ball around and

eventually the ball might make its way

to a goal. Then and only then do they

decide to REVIEW the goal, now this is

the fun bit, they get in touch with

someone probably about 100 miles and

ask him for his opinion of the goal, he

then gets his electronic marker pens

out and draws all sorts of lines over his

telly screen to try and decide whether a

players armpit or big toe was in an

offside position.After what seems a

lifetime, the players have gone off to

make a cuppa, iron there shirts, had a

look at what's on telly that night and

then comes back to the referee

(shouldn't he be called first official now)

and says it is probably offside so don't

give the goal Aghhh!!

Match of the Day Shrove Tuesday


So about 150 years ago we Brits

decided to change this and come up

with the modern game with a pitch,

players, goals everybody

could play to the same rules.

Association Football was born. At first

The Arsenal Offside trap explained,

Easy when you know how

Now as more and more people are

grasping the idea, (Thanks to films like

Armpit or Big Toe you decide what is

more offside!!

This season to combat all the problems

of VAR they are going to use thicker

marker pens!! (And you think I'm

making this up!) So that's that sorted

then. Whatever happens this season

shouldn't we just make football as

simple as possible so everyone can

enjoy it. Now where did I put my Jumbo

Marker Pen!!

By Chris Dawson

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Eye floaters are typically small pieces of debris that float in the eye’s vitreous humour. Often, they can also be caused

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“Mrs Goose at Home”

We are based on a farm in picturesque rural Shropshire, and host

small intimate affairs in our stunning dining room & gardens for

up to 30 guests. If you are looking for imaginative catering for a

private feasting affair, fine dining, or a special birthday

experience, we can provide everything you need here where the

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SATURDAY 11th Sept & 9th October

'Money for Nothing' was

formed in 2000 as a

tribute to one of the

world's premier rock

bands - Dire Straits. The

abundant energy and the

excellence and musicality

of their performance

makes Money For Nothing

a "must see" for any rock enthusiast or Dire Straits

fan. Tickest £20


SATURDAY 18th September

Hear the sound and

experience the vision

through the performance

of Paul Henderson and

Aladdinsane, widely

acclaimed as the best

Bowie tribute in the UK.


t: 01746 766477


Tickets: £13


Friday 24th & Saturday 25th Sept

The band pride

themselves on their

authentic vocal sound,

first class musicianship,

and highly entertaining

show. From the corner in

Wilmslow Arizona to the

Long Road out of Eden,

as more than one fan

has said “if you close

your eyes you will

believe the Eagles

themselves are on stage”. Tickets: £18


FRIDAY 8th October

We invite you to

dance under a

diamond sky as we

pay tribute to the

greatest counter

culture of the 20th


Born on the West

Coast of America,

the Hippy movement quickly spread around the

globe, taking with it a powerful social and musical

message and a unique new sound. Tickets: £20


SATURDAY 23rd October

The Jimi Hendrix Tribute. Are

You Experienced? are now

in their 24th. year together,

and in that time have firmly

established themselves as

the premier Hendrix tribute in

Europe,having headlined

festivals in Brazil, Barbados,

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appearing at venues in

Holland, Germany and

Sweden. Tickets: £17


FRIDAY 29th &



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Built in 1702, the beautiful, historic Stockton House is

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This luxurious, boutique wedding venue is the exciting

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The choice doesn’t stop there...

At Stockton House you get the opportunity to craft

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Planning your food and drink journey at Stockton

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It is now widely recognised that mental STRESS (which

includes fear, anger, chronic anxiety and depression) is one of

the leading causes of illness in the world!! The New England

Journal of Medicine published a major article detailing the

multi system damage that chronic stress can inflict on the

human body. This article reports that mental stress causes a

complex system of hormones and other chemicals to be

released. When stress persists and the body continues to

produce these chemicals, many organs in our body are

exposed to harmful consequences. Stress causes changes in

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increases the secretion of cortisol, a powerful natural steroid


Perhaps worst of all, stress has been shown to depress the

natural functioning of our immune system, impairing our

ability to fight infections and chronic illnesses such as cancer.

This article concludes that chronic stress creates damaging

physiological changes, and that among these problems can

be; insulin resistance, heart disease, memory loss, immunesystem

dysfunction and osteoporosis, to name a few!

One of the medical researchers quoted in the article states,

“Physicians and other health care providers can help patients

reduce the risk of such stress-related problems by helping

them to relax and find ways of alleviating the stress”.


favourite excuse too and I got very offended if any one

dared to call it an ‘excuse’ because I genuinely felt so

overwhelmed by life that I believed I really didnt have time.

On further examination this was because I believed that if I

couldn’t do a full hour of something then I couldnt do it at

all. If I couldn’t do it ‘properly’ then what was the point.

The reality is I didnt need a full hour to do yoga or

meditation. Even 5 minutes would be more helpful than

none at all. This was just another form of self sabotage, a

way for me to not do the things I knew would make me feel

better. In reality if you are very stressed then even 30

seconds of deep breathing would help.

Coming out of the ‘stressed’ state allows us to see and feel

everything more clearly. If we take 10 minutes to breathe

deeply, to return to that quiet place we are far more likely to

react better to any stress anyway. So making the time for this

for a few short minutes can actually help that whole

‘stress’ situation.

Making time everyday to do this has an even deeper effect.

Just 10 minutes meditating can make you calmer and more

able to deal with stress. Just 10 minutes stretching your body

can help you feel stronger and more relaxed. Just a 10

minute walk in nature reconnects you to the world as a

whole and helps to reset your nervous systemThese dont

have to be big commitments that take up a lot of time, they

can be a few small minutes of peaceful breathing or a quick

walk in a field. The most important thing isnt how long you

do them for… its simply that you do them.

And you make that commitment to give yourself a few

minutes of your precious time every day, consistently.

Here are some suggestions for better relaxation that you can

start today…..



The most important factor in combatting stress is

RELAXATION! Learning to relax, unwind and let

go are the key to reducing the harmful effects that stress has

on the body, mind and soul. We do not function well when

we are stressed or tired. Finding ways to help you relax is

essential for physical and emotional wellbeing.


Before I make some suggestions of how to do this I wanted

to cover the most common barrier that I hear to this and

that is ‘I just dont have enough time’. This used to be my

Learning to meditate can be the most liberating and life

enriching experience but I think that people often feel

intimidated by the whole concept. The reality is that

meditation is simply ‘switching off your mind’ and there is

no hidden secret or magic involved. You do not have to be

sat cross legged chanting OM to feel the benefits of

meditation. I personally found that when I started I

preferred guided meditations and someone talking me

through it, it really helped to let go. The trick with

meditation is NOT TO TRY! I often think people are lying

there ‘trying’ to relax, trying to clear their mind.. Trying.

And thats the problem.

The best thing you can do is lie down and get comfortable,

just lie there and breath, listen to the voice of the person and

just lie there… listening and breathing. There is nothing else

you need to do.

Other than realx and allow yourself to let go but oftenwhen

we ‘try’ to relax we get more restless. So just lie there with

no demands on yourself, no need to ‘do’ anything. The

internet offers a whole range of guided relaxation and

meditation tracks (just type it in to YOUTUBE) there are

meditations for every emotion and mindset, there are 10

minute ones and 2 hour ones. Just find something that is

right for you. That you enjoy.

As stress often affects sleeping patterns so profoundly this is

also a very good way to go to sleep at night, I often fall

asleep listening to a ‘sleep meditation’ and can honestly say it

really helps me to have a full night of restful sleep and wake

up feeling great! The other advantage is that stress often leads

to poor sleep so this can help you relax AND sleep better. It is

also a great time to fit this into your day as you will be lying

in bed every night to go to sleep. What better time to fit a

little meditation into your day! There are so many to choose

from you are bound to find something that works for you! I

highly recommend you start meditating today!

Breathing deeply and slowly is the key to this and the exhale

is more important than the inhale. So a slow exhale is actually

the physical action that helps to correct your nervous system.

Just spending a few minutes taking some deep breaths and

slowly exhaling that breath will really help.

Definitely keep breathing today and try to take deeper

breaths today!


Regular exercise is not only essential for wellbeing but has

also been medicallyproven to reduce stress related disorders. I

personally love YOGA and have seen continuous positive

changes in my mind and body since starting the practice 20

years ago, but everyone is different and the key is doing

something you enjoy! Exercise doesn’t have to be hours in

the gym (that would be my worst nightmare anyway) a

gentle walk in nature, a stroll along the seafront or a hike in

the mountains is good for your body and your soul. Even just

10 minutes of gentle stretching will help your body more than

no exercise at all. It doesnt have to be hard graft. Your body

needs to move, even lazy cats stretch out their muscles, so

moving your body in a gentle way is very helpful. I

personally coundn’t survive without nature so I spend time

walking in forests and fields. Im not focusing on how many

calories I am burning I am just moving my body and


Getting active and out in nature is the best stress relief known

to man! Its free, its easy and everyone can do this no matter

what their level of fitness.I highly recommend that you go for

a walk outside today!



Sometimes you do all of these things and you still feel

stressed! That’s when you should look for help! When the

body is in a state of stress or anxiety the whole of your

system is working at full capacity, staying in this state for

persistent lengths of time will cause health issues so finding

something that helps you to completely switch off is very

important. Most people do not find relaxation easy and they

often need someone to give them ‘permission’ to rest. This is

where a treatment can really help as the therapist’s main

focus is to help that relaxation process!

There are a vast range of treatments and therapies that help

to alleviate stress, from Reiki to Reflexology the choice is

endless and making time for yourself and making the

commitment to yourself is really the key here. Allowing

yourself a regular appointment of your chosen therapy to

completely relax and unwind will have far reaching benefits

on your physical and mental health.

Sometimes we have genuine reasons to ‘stress’ in our lives but

often it is merely the treadmill of life that causes us to feel this

way. Taking some deep breaths, going for a walk in nature

and getting some help when you need it will allow your

body and mind the much needed rest that it craves.


It may sound a bit crazy telling you to remember to breathe

but many of us actually hold our breath for long periods

when we are stressed. Remembering to breathe and taking a

few minutes to focus on our breath can really help.

Breathwork is very powerful stuff. It took me a few years to

really understand how important the breath can be but we

can literally change our physical chemistry by

altering our breathing. I mentioned this during the Self Care

article as I talked about anxiety breathing, slowly our breath

can literally help to take our body out of its ‘stressed’ state.

Jessi Carrera-Maybury

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Mary Berry's butternut

squash soup

This easy butternut squash soup recipe is

completely dairy-free! It has added red pepper

and ginger, and is deliciously smooth.

For this recipe you will need a 3.5–4 litre/6–7

pint deep-sided saucepan.


1.5kg/3lb 5oz peeled and deseeded butternut

squash, cut into 3cm/1¼in cubes (see tip)

1 large onion, roughly chopped

2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped

Pakistani spicy potatoes

(aloo bhujia) By Sumayya


This is gorgeous served simply with rice but

also tastes great as a side dish for meat and



500g/1lb 2oz potatoes, cubed

5 tbsp sunflower oil

1½ tbsp ghee

2 tsp cumin seeds

2 tsp nigella seeds

2 tsp coriander seeds

2cm/1in fresh root ginger, peeled and finely


4 garlic cloves, crushed

6 tomatoes, roughly chopped

4 tbsp tomato purée

1 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp chilli powder, or to taste

2 tbsp dried methi (fenugreek leaves)

1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into cubes

4 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp clear honey (optional)

5cm/2in piece fresh root ginger, peeled and


1.5 litres/2½ pints vegetable stock

salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.

Tip the prepared squash into a large, resealable

freezer bag with the onion, carrots and red

pepper. Add half the oil and salt and pepper and

toss everything together until the vegetables are

evenly coated. Tip into a large roasting tin and

salt, to taste

To serve

handful fresh dill, roughly chopped

1 green chilli, thinly sliced

½ lemon, cut into wedges


Parboil the potatoes for a few minutes, then

drain well.

Heat the oil and ghee in a

saucepan with a lid, until hot.

Add the cumin, nigella and

coriander seeds and allow to

splutter. Turn the heat to low and

add the ginger and garlic. Stir,

ensuring they don’t burn or stick

to the bottom of the pan.

Add the tomatoes, tomato purée,

turmeric, chilli powder and salt to

taste and stir-fry for 6–8 minutes,

or until the oil rises to the top

and the tomatoes are soft. Add

the dried methi and stir.

spread out to form a single layer.

Roast in the oven for 40–45 minutes, or until

tender and tinged brown. Drizzle over the honey,

if using, 5 minutes before the end of cooking.

Place the large, deep-sided saucepan over a

medium heat, add the remaining oil and, when it

is hot, add the ginger and fry for a minute. Pour

in the stock and bring to the boil, then stir in the

roasted vegetables and add salt and pepper.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and, using a

hand blender, blend the mixture until smooth.

Return to the heat to warm through and serve

hot with crusty bread.

Add the parboiled potatoes and 120ml/4fl oz

water, stir and increase the heat to medium.

Cover the pan with the lid and cook for 10–12

minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked and

the liquid has evaporated (you might need to

top up the water). You want a thick sauce and

tender potatoes. Serve sprinkled with the dill,

chilli and a squeeze of lemon.

Apple and pear crumble

By Hattie Ellis

In this crumble, the cooking apples collapse to a

purée that is a nice contrast to chunks of cooked

pear. Use any kind of pear; windfalls and firm ones

are fine. Demerara sugar adds a good crunch to the

topping, as well as flavour.


For the crumble topping

100g/3½oz cold butter, cut into small pieces

125g/4½oz plain flour

75g/2½oz demerara sugar

75g/2½oz roughly chopped nuts (optional)

For the filling

500g/1lb 2oz cooking apples (2 medium–large)

400g/14oz pears (2 medium–large)

½ tsp ground cinnamon

2 tbsp runny honey

yoghurt, custard or cream, to serve


Preheat the oven to 190C/170C Fan/Gas 5.

To make the crumble topping, put the butter in a


mixing bowl and add the flour. Use the tips of

your fngers to rub the butter into the flour until

you have a texture like large breadcrumbs. Stir in

the sugar and the chopped nuts, if using.

To make the filling, peel, quarter and core the apples

and cut into 1cm/½in pieces. Quarter and

core the pears and cut into 3cm/1¼in chunks

crosswise (no need to peel). Spread the fruit in a

shallow ovenproof dish about 30x20cm/12x8in

and about 5cm/2in deep. Sprinkle over the cinnamon,

drizzle over the honey (dip the spoon in

just-boiled water first and the honey will slide

off), pour over 120ml/4fl oz of water and mix together.

Cover the fruit with the crumble topping,

but do not press it down.

Bake the crumble for 45–55 minutes, or until the

top is lightly brown and the liquid in the bottom

is oozing up around the outside. Serve warm or

hot with yoghurt, custard or, best of all, cold


Baked potato with bacon,

taleggio and leek

- James Martin

Taleggio melts wonderfully and makes a delicious

topping for baked potato, combined here with

bacon and a creamy white wine sauce.


4 large baking potatoes

1 tbsp olive oil

sea salt

25g/1oz butter

1 shallot, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, finely sliced

2 leeks, sliced lengthways then across into slices

75ml/2½fl oz white wine

300ml/10½fl oz double cream

150g/5½oz taleggio cheese, roughly chopped

8 slices streaky bacon

salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.

Rub the potatoes with the olive oil, prick all over

with a fork and place onto a little pile of sea salt

on a baking tray.

Place the potatoes on the top shelf of the oven

and bake until tender and the skin is crisp, about

an hour. Remove from the oven and set aside until

cool enough to handle.

Meanwhile, heat a frying pan until medium hot.

Add the butter, shallot and garlic and cook for 2-3

minutes, then add the leeks and cook for another

two minutes.

Add the white wine and cook until the volume of

liquid has reduced by half. Add the cream and

cook for 3-4 minutes, or until thickened. Season,

to taste, with salt and black pepper.

When the potatoes are cool enough, cut them into

quarters and place into an ovenproof dish. Pour

the leek sauce over the top then add the taleggio


Heat a frying pan until hot, add the bacon and

cook until golden-brown and crisp. Roughly chop

the bacon and scatter it over the top of the


Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until

golden-brown and bubbling.

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The Shropshire Distillery

Launch Gin School

A gin distillery based in Ellesmere has launched a new gin

school and tour experience for gin lovers. The tours will be

led by Emma Glynn, one of the UK's few female Distillers.

The Shropshire Distillery was launched in 2018 by husband and wife

team, Emma and Gareth Glynn. The distillery released their first

spirit, Shire Gin, in July 2018 followed by their Spiced Gin later that

year. In 2019 they were awarded two prestigious awards at the

International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).

The in-person experiences are expected to be popular, with their

award-winning sprits attracting a loyal following beyond the county

borders. The distillery tours and gin school currently run every

Saturday afternoon.

Emma describes the tour and school as the perfect gift for gin

lovers, “It’s great to be showing people how we expertly handcraft

our classic, honest spirits. Our behind-the-scenes tours give gin

lovers an exclusive look at the hard work that goes in to producing

small batches of quality gin and the gin school provides a novel

hands-on experience. There will be plenty of opportunities to sample

our delicious gins as well!”

Owners Emma and Gareth Glynn at the new Gin School

There are two options available to book. The distillery tours include a

welcome drink, a meet and greet with the distiller, the history of gin

and The Shropshire Distillery, a tour of the distillery and the chance

to try four different G&T’s.

The gin school experience combines the distillery tour package with

a botanical talk. Participants will then create their own bespoke gin

using a copper still and botanicals of their choosing. They can take

their own wax sealed bottle home with them.

Emma continues, “Our distillery has a welcoming, rustic feel with

industrial vibes, ensuring a memorable day out. The experiences can

be purchased as a gift voucher or why not treat yourself! We are

limiting numbers to ensure social distancing is still possible, so

book with confidence and join us to enjoy the best gin in the


The tours are priced at £25 per person and take place at 12pm

Saturday afternoons. The Gin School is £90 per person or £120 for

a shared experience for two, and runs at 3pm on Saturdays. To book


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Car Review:

Citroen e-C4 Shine

By Sue Cooke

Following 15 months of lockdown

and fewer cars on the road, people

living in the Northern state of Punjab

in India, were able to see the snowcapped

Himalayas, 200 kms away,

for the first time in 30 years. The

reason being, reduced air pollution.

In the UK concentrations of NO2, a

pollutant commonly associated with

road transport were estimated to

have declined by 45 per cent in the

Spring of 2020. (RQ magazine

Summer 2021)

Unfortunately, there are already signs

that pollution levels are returning to

levels closer to those observed prior

to the pandemic. So driving an allelectric

car will benefit every one of


The new Citroen ë-C4 is the fifth

model launched as part of Citroën’s

electrification offensive and is

powered by a 136hp electric motor

and 50kWh battery that can charge at

speeds of up to 100kW through CCS

rapid charging. A single charge gives

up to 217 miles.

This compact hatchback has the

qualities needed to shake up

standards, particularly with the

exterior design which I think is

absolutely gorgeous. New V shaped

LED lighting front and rear have

distinctive front fog lamps with a

cornering function. A black spoiler

across the rear window didn’t

hamper my vision and adds to the

sporty look. There

are 31

combinations of

body colours and

colour packs and

tinted side

windows with

matt black detail.

The interior is just

as good looking, is spacious and full

of gadgets. The large 10 inch high

touchscreen central display controls

the DAB digital radio, six speakers,

Apple car play and android auto

which I discovered can also be

operated by a voice command.

There are simple buttons to change

the air conditioning easily and a flip

lever instead of a handbrake. There is

so much storage space and I like the

sun visors with illuminated vanity


The integrated Smart Pad support to

which I attached my tablet computer

is useful when using the car as an

office. The steering wheel controls

and driver’s instrument cluster let me

know the average mileage I was

achieving. The head up display

showed the mileage I was driving at

and the mileage for the road ahead.

Bumping along potholed urban roads

can be very uncomfortable but this

compact hatchback has enhanced

suspension and supportive seating

which provided me with a very

smooth ride. Citroën’s Progressive

Hydraulic Cushion® technology, has

Progressive Hydraulic cushions with

advanced comfort seats. With broad

cushions and seat backs, they

combine high-density foam at the

heart of each seat, and a thick 15mm

layer of extra textured foam on the

surface. It is so relaxing for long


The ë-C4 has a “Brake” feature to

increase the slowing of the car

without pressing the brake pedal. The

system allows for the recovery of

energy when slowing the car, and the

driver can partially recharge the

battery and increase the range.

Several driving modes are available,

activated by the mode selector on the

centre console: Eco, Normal or Sport.

The system allows the driver to

choose between performance or

optimal eco-driving.

So take a deep breath and take

advantage of the environmental

benefits of driving Citroen’s allelectric

e-C4. New owners will find

zero odour and zero noise, zero

vibrations, zero CO2 emissions and

zero congestion charges.

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Price: £32,390otr

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The herb crust keeps the succulence of the beef while roasting with

vegetables melds flavours for a rich and satisfying meal.


1.25 kg rolled beef topside, trimmed of excess fat

300g shallots, peeled

4 carrots, peeled and chopped into cubes

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 3.5cm chunks

1 celeriac, peeled and chopped into 3.5cm chunks

150g fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs

100ml medium-sweet sherry, Madeira or port

6 large fresh sprigs of thyme

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp semi-skimmed milk

1 tbsp wholegrain mustard

1 tbsp fennel seeds


1. Preheat the oven to 190°C.

2. Mix the breadcrumbs and fennel seeds in a bowl with the leaves from 2

of the thyme sprigs and seasoning to taste. Mix with 2 tbsps of the oil.

3. Place the beef in a roasting tin and spread with the mustard. Press the

crumb mixture on the top of the meat to make a neat, firm crust before

placing in oven.

4. Mix the vegetables in a bowl with remaining oil, then after 1 hour add the

vegetables to the oven, arranged around the meat.



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5. Place some foil over the beef and cook for a further 40 minutes, turning

and basting the vegetables occasionally.

6. Once cooked, remove the meat and vegetables to a warmed serving dish

and cover with foil.

7. Pour 300ml water into the roasting tin and bring to a boil on the hob,

scraping up the meat juices from the bottom of the tin.

8. Add the sherry, Madeira or port and boil steadily for 5–7 minutes, stirring

from time to time, until the liquid is reduced by about half. Serve in a jug

with sliced meat and vegetables.




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Car Review:

Mazda MX-5

By Sue Cooke

My daughter was worried about

keeping her pristine hair in place

but with windows up and a small

wind deflector between the backs

of the two front seats, there was

very little wind buffeting although

that is something I usually enjoy.

The Mazda MX-5 is for people who just

like driving and to support its

phenomenal reliability the consumer

organisation ‘Which’ has named the

Mazda MX-5 coupe the most reliable

older car you can buy. Not a single

owner in the survey reported their car

breaking down. The two-seater even

scored the top score for its cars that are

9-14 years old. ‘Which’ says the current

generation convertible is the most

reliable car under three years old.

It is a lot easier than I thought to get in

and out of as seats sit high and doors

are light and stay open when pushed.

In true sports style, seats are bucket

shaped with integrated headrest and I

found them very comfortable. The

interior cabin space is luxurious and the

long list of standard specification items

include new wireless Apple CarPlay

with 7 inch colour touch screen display

and DAB radio.

There are two cup holders between the

seats, a useful covered and lockable

storage space behind the seats and space

in the centre console. Luckily for our

potential plant shopping spree, there is

no compromise to the luggage space

with the roof down, which is 127 litres.

Whenever I road test the MX-5 I think

of a friend, her husband and their

luggage who embarked on a drive

around Europe for three weeks in a

Mark III MX-5.

For 2021, there are 10 versions of the

MX-5 to choose from, four convertibles

and six RFs. Safety features have the

reassurance of 21st century technology.

There is a choice of engines with

Mazda’s award winning Skyactiv-G

technology which delivers improved

levels of performance and economy. I

road tested the 132ps powered 1.5-litre

engine which has a promising roar on

start-up that does not disappoint. The

instant acceleration with quick agile

overtaking is brilliant. There is also a

184ps powered 2 litre engine.

First launched in 1990, the MX-5 has

what the Japanese company calls Jinba

Ittai ‘horse and rider working in

harmony’, providing a precise steering

wheel feel; instant performance and

with rear wheel drive, the handling and

cornering that provokes pure driving

exhilaration, especially on a sunny

Autumn day.

Facts at a Glance

Model: Mazda MX-5 R-Sport

Price: £28,250 otr

Engine: 1.5 Skyactiv-G petrol

132PS manual

Performance: 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds

and on to a top speed of 126 mph

CO2 emissions: 142g/km

Combined fuel consumption: 44.8 mpg


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The future is bright following Tettenhall College’s A Level success

Teachers and staff at Tettenhall

College have been celebrating the

fantastic results achieved by their

pupils this week. The resilience,

determination, and perseverance

displayed over this unprecedented

time has been rightly rewarded for all

those who have worked so hard.

A Levels were celebrated with a 100%

pass rate and 85% achieving A* to B

grades. Teachers, students and parents

celebrated the Year 13 results, with a

superb set of academic grades ensuring

every student will be joining their firstchoice

university, with half being

prestigious Russell Group institutions.

All students are to be hugely

congratulated. Some of the stand out

performances being celebrated this year

include an outstanding 5 A* grades for

full boarder Zuzanna Malysz who is

heading to University College London

(UCL) to study Economics and Statistics.

With A*, A*, A* grades in Maths, Biology

and Chemistry, Esa Asghar will be

heading to the University of Manchester

to study Medicine.

Head Prefect David Marr­Naylor secured

a superb A*, A, A which will take him to

the University of Exeter for a Combined

Honours Degree, whilst fellow Head

Prefect Jimmy Hague will study

Economics at the University of

Loughborough having earned A, A, B in

Economics, History and Physical


Sofiat Onafuwa is now preparing to start

her time at Kings College London, where

she will study Biomedical Science with

her A, A, A grades now secure. Also, off

to Kings College London is Yi Zhou who

will study Mathematics with Statistics.

GCSE pupils also attained exceptional

results with 97% pupils achieving 5 or

more GCSE’s grade 9­4 (A*­C) and 34%

achieved an impressive grade 9­7 (A*­ A).

With a terrific nine grade 9s and a grade

8, Imogen Wright is today celebrating

and looking forward to commencing her

A levels in September at Tettenhall

College. Eashan Chumber also delivered

a stellar performance with nine grade 9s

and one grade 8. Ella Caffrey did

outstandingly well with 10 A grade

results, levels 9 – 7, six of which were the

top level 9. Coming in with her very

proud mum was Chelsea Wantling who

secured nine level 7s and 8s which will

give her a superb springboard up into

Sixth Form studies at Tettenhall in


Headmaster, Mr McAllister said, “The

fantastic results, awarded to our A Level

and GCSE students, reflect their

commitment and ambition; they deserve

to be congratulated. I have the utmost

admiration for their spirit and


Mr McAllister went on to say, “What is

clear from both our A Level and GCSE

results is that a commitment to teaching

every single timetabled lesson, whether

in person or digitally, an outstanding

pastoral system, small class sizes and an

outstanding Enrichment Programme, all

come together to deliver the highest

outcomes. Excellent independent schools

across the country like ours, are

demonstrating that it is this approach

that is so important and so effective for

our young people, giving them the ability

to choose their future pathways”.

The College looks forward to welcoming

their new Sixth Form cohort in a few

weeks’ time.

A limited number of places are still

available for September 2021. Further

details are available from the College

Admissions Team.

An open day with a difference

Saturday 25th September 2021


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Water Confidence at Old Hall

A Shropshire headteacher has

said he will continue to ensure

swimming lessons remain a

priority this academic year as he

described the benefits of

swimming as “almost


Martin Stott, the headteacher at Old

Hall School in Wellington, said they had

been fortunate at Old Hall that as soon

as schools were allowed to fully open,

swimming sessions had continued in

strict class bubbles during the


“At Old Hall, every child swims at least

once a week from the moment they

start in reception and many go on to

take part in extra swim squad sessions

as they progress through the school,”

added Mr Stott.

“It’s a part of the weekly timetable that

is so important to us that we will do

everything in our power to ring-fence

it in the school calendar throughout the

year. Those efforts doubled as

swimming came under threat

elsewhere thanks to the series of

national lockdowns.”

“Fortunately, thanks to having a

fabulous swimming pool on-site, which

we share with Wrekin College, we were

able to maintain swimming lessons in

strict class bubbles throughout the

time the school was open,” said Mr


“Our online learning during the

pandemic has also ensured the

children are all relatively on track

academically, meaning we have not

needed to sacrifice our swimming time

to help them catch up on other key


“The benefits to the children are almost

immeasurable - not only in terms of

exercise but also for their mental wellbeing

and the fact this is a skill which

can actively saves lives.”

Most children at the school can swim

25 metres confidently by the age of

seven and will take part in competitive

swimming events and galas where they

earn points for their house from as

early as the age of five.

By the time they are aged seven, some

of them will be swimming

competitively against other schools

and even go on to compete at regional

and national levels.

“Our team is dedicated to putting in

any extra effort needed to get children

in the pool as young and as often as

possible because they know it is such

an important life skill to have.”

Old Hall is an independent school for

children aged 4-11. To find out more

about Old Hall contact Katy in our

Admissions Department on 01952

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Children at Wolverhampton Grammar

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Academic excellence

The staff are totally committed to

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Telford College is

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improved set of A Level

results, outperforming

the national average

and including a recordbreaking

percentage of

high grades.

The college’s 7th Form has seen an

overall 11% rise in high grades this

year, with 100% pass rates across

three quarters of its curriculum areas,

including English language and

literature, further maths, physics,

biology, chemistry, geography,

economics, business studies, law,

psychology, and computer science.

Principal and chief executive Graham

Guest said: “We know how hard our

students have worked over the past

year in these challenging times, so it’s

a real pleasure to see their efforts

being rightly rewarded.

“We’ve been determined to ensure

that no Telford College students are

left behind as a result of the

pandemic, and it’s been a real team


“It is satisfying to see overall

achievement for our AS and A levels

continue to rise, once again running

comfortably above the national


Aprille Rose discovers her results

Aprille Rose, 19, from Hadley, got A*,

A and B in her fine art, physics and

maths A levels, and now plans to

study an architecture degree at

Sheffield University.

The former Hadley Learning

Community student said she

appreciated the way Telford College

had given her more independence

than a 6th form.

“Fine art allowed me to become

independent in projects and allowed

me to explore my potential, maths

was challenging, and the practicals in

physics were both educational and


Kaycee Owen, 19, from St Georges,

moved to Telford College from

Madeley Academy after the first year

of her A levels, and achieved two A

grades and a B from her maths,

chemistry and biology studies.

She said: “I really enjoyed my A Levels

at college. My teachers changed my

perspective of learning – thoroughly. I

am incredibly grateful for everything

college has offered me.

“My teachers have supported my

every dream and I’ll be forever

grateful. They made me feel worthy of

good grades with the hard work I put

in – they go above and beyond for

each one of us and we’re all very


Callum Macmillan, 18, from

Albrighton, was previously home

schooled before enrolling at Telford

College. He achieved a hat-trick of A*

grades in his computing, maths and

physics A levels.

He said: “I would definitely

recommend Telford College, as the

experience was great and enjoyable.

The teachers have been so helpful. I

would like to do a degree in electronic

engineering and most likely become

and electronic engineer.

Former Thomas Telford School

student Chloe Ashfield, 18, studied

biology, psychology and sociology A

levels, and achieved one grade A and

two Bs.

She said: “The subject choice at

Telford College was much better,

meaning I could choose courses that

would stand out at university.

Everyone wants you to succeed and

pushes you to do your best.”

Chloe plans to go to Coventry

University to study paramedic science

with the hope eventually becoming a

paramedic in the NHS.

Jessica Terry from Wellington has her

sights set on a teaching career,

enrolling on a childhood studies

course at Aberystwyth University.

The 17-year-old achieved two As and

a B from her criminology, sociology

and English language A levels.

Telford College has given me more

freedom as well as a better support

network between students and staff –

a much more interactive experience.

The support I received with my

course work has been absolutely


Margarita Donkoh Lockner

Margarita Donkoh Lockner, 20, from

Hadley, was previously schooled in

Spain, but thrived on her Telford

College A level courses, achieving A*

grades in both maths and further

maths, plus an A in her extended

project, and B in physics.

She is now planning to become a

structural engineer, starting with a

civil engineering course at the

University of Bath.

Margarita said: “When I moved to the

UK I knew I wanted to continue with

some scientific subjects that I did in

Spain. It was never my intention to

choose further mathematics but

when I started I really enjoyed it.

“I recommend Telford College

because it’s easily accessible, and

teachers and tutors are always there

to help you towards your career


Telford College are open for A level

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Jeni Knight always wanted

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but dropped out of school

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ended up going in a

different direction.

Now, thanks to an Access

to Higher Education

science course at Telford

College, her career dreams

are back on track.

“I saw a road sign outside the

college one day advertising the

Access to HE courses, and

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lives in Nantwich.

“I didn’t start the course planning

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Telford College“It was my tutors

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just getting a qualification. They

made me realise my potential,

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attainable path I could follow.”

Before enrolling at Telford

College, Jeni was self-employed,

running a catering business. Now,

a forensic science career is back

in her sights, and she has moved

on to study criminology at Keele


“I dropped out of school with no

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“The access course is worth it just

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“The support from the tutors will

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community, so don’t let age put

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After university, Jeni says she

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prison, support victims of crime,

or be a detective.

Jay Patel, who was one of her

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“Jeni has been amazing and


“The progression from when she

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person she has become, has

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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.



Using all 16 letters of the phrase above, form

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grid to form a magic square in which the words

can be read both horizontally and vertically.

Quiz Challenge

1. Brian May has played lead guitar

for more than 40 years with

which rock group?

2. At Rio 2016, who cycled their

way into the history books to

become Great Britain’s most

decorated female Paralympian?

3. Which landmark is used as the

high water reference point for all

British tide tables?

4. Which inland sea fills the deepest

depression on the Earth’s


5. What is the title of the US

national anthem?





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.


18 Good; 22 Very Good;

25 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).


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






6. The piccolo belongs to

which group of orchestral


7. Boy George is the lead

singer of which New

Romantic band?

8. While at St Andrew’s

University, Prince William

captained his team in which


9. The Carnatic Wars were

fought in which country?

10. Benbecula is in which British

group of islands?










Here are two

miniature fivesquare


using the same

grid – but the

letters have

been mixed up.

You have to

work out which

letters belong

to which




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

1 5 7 9 6

5 2 8

9 8 4 3

3 8

2 8 6

1 6 2 9 4

9 3 7

2 7 3 6

8 1 7 4


3 9 7

5 7 2

6 1 3 4

7 3 4 9


1 2 7

9 6 5 8


5 8 6


4 8

14 2 1

2 2

4 2 1

4 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

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1. Gathering it’s

improving (7,2)

6. Reduce percentage (3)

8. Eccentric members of

society have a crazy

hairdo (7,6)

9. Stop or pass on (5)

10. Trusting Robin

perhaps (7)

11. Cad gets right with the

beast (6)

13. Pecan, a sort of

appetiser (6)

16. Men in line went first and

caused irritation (7)

18. Initially Richard and I

examine the bolt (5)

20. Valley possibly is a rundown

region (9,4)

22. Clutch component! (3)

23. Digging is sheer

drudgery (9)


1. Friend having most of the

stake (3)

2. Many with Alan moving about

on the water (5)

3. Concentrated in the past

maybe (7)

4. Got one vehicle inside

another (2-4)

5. Copper illegally covers up

danger (5)

6. Is able to rubbish a musical

composition (7)

7. Dealing with management (9)

9. Case for an explosive vehicle

on the hill (9)

12. One used by those securing

temporary accommodation


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15. Poems as sent back to Black

Sea port (6)

17. City is in first place, we hear (5)

19. Covers over part of the lefthand

page (5)

21. Request to lie in the sun

topless (3)


1. Even (6)

4. Foolish (6)

8. School

absentee (6)

10. Young cat (6)

11. International

prize (5)

12. Wanderer (6)

14. Tidy (6)

16. Went on

horseback (4)

17. Threesome (4)

19. Finest (4)

22. Haemorrhaged (4)

26. Kidney duct (6)

27. Lasso (6)

28. Bolt (5)

29. In the same

place (6)

30. Breathe

huskily (6)

31. Bicycle for two (6)

32. Emergency (6)


1. Surgical stitch (6)

2. Of the eye (6)

3. Canned (6)

5. Worker (6)

6. Vegetable (6)

7. Eating (6)

9. Ripped (4)

10. Garden of

England (4)

13. Musical work (5)

15. Drying frame (5)

18. Whimsical (6)

19. Harmless (6)

20. Calm (6)

21. Cut back (4)

22. Breathed out (4)

23. Suds (6)

24. Frogmen (6)

25. Strain (6)


QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 Queen; 2 Sarah Storey; 3 London Bridge; 4 The Dead Sea; 5 The Star Spangled Banner; 6 Woodwind; 7 Culture Club;

8 Water polo; 9 India; 10 The Outer Hebrides.



4 8 1 5 7 3 9 6 2

5 3 9 2 4 6 8 1 7

6 7 2 9 1 8 4 5 3

7 9 4 6 5 1 3 2 8

3 2 5 4 8 7 6 9 1

1 6 8 3 2 9 5 7 4

9 4 6 1 3 2 7 8 5

2 5 7 8 9 4 1 3 6

8 1 3 7 6 5 2 4 9

3 2 9 4 8 6 1 5 7

8 5 4 7 9 1 3 2 6

6 7 1 5 2 3 4 9 8

7 6 5 8 3 4 9 1 2

9 3 8 2 1 5 6 7 4

1 4 2 9 6 7 8 3 5

4 9 6 1 5 2 7 8 3

2 8 3 6 7 9 5 4 1

5 1 7 3 4 8 2 6 9


tale; arid; ling; edge.


Queen’s Messenger.


Clockwise from top

left – divide;

subtract; multiply;

add. Total: 6.


Across – 1 Picking up; 6 Cut; 8 Lunatic fringe; 9 Colon; 10

Reliant; 11 Rotter; 13 Canapé; 16 Rankled; 18 Rivet; 20

Depressed area; 22 Egg; 23 Spadework.

Down – 1 Pal; 2 Canal; 3 Intense; 4 Go-cart; 5 Peril; 6 Cantata; 7

Treatment; 9 Cartridge; 12 Tent peg; 14 Abridge; 15 Odessa; 17

Leeds; 19 Verso; 21 Ask.


Across – 1 Smooth; 4 Stupid; 8 Truant; 10 Kitten; 11 Nobel; 12

Roamer; 14 Neaten; 16 Rode; 17 Trio; 19 Best; 22 Bled; 26

Ureter; 27 Lariat; 28 Rivet; 29 Ibidem; 30 Wheeze; 31 Tandem; 32


Down – 1 Suture; 2 Ocular; 3 Tinned; 5 Toiler; 6 Potato; 7 Dining;

9 Tore; 10 Kent; 13 Motet; 15 Airer; 18 Quaint; 19 Benign; 20

Serene; 21 Trim; 22 Blew; 23 Lather; 24 Divers; 25 Stress.




Across – Large; Scale; Resat.

Down – Loser; Reads; Eject.

Across – Small; Altar; Toyed.

Down – Smart; Aptly; Lurid.


abridge; abridger; aged; badge;

badger; barge; barged; begad;

berg; brag; bridge; brig; brigade;

BRIGADIER; debag; dirge; drag; egad;

garb; garbed; gear; gibe; gibed; gird;

girder; grab; grad; grade; grader; grid;

rage; raged; rager; regard; ridge; rigid.



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An interview with

local author

Ross Hitchin

Out now on Amazon!

Shropshire resident, Ross Hitchin,

has recently completed and

released his first novel, The

Inconvenient Deaths of Tom

Last. A fantasy fiction story that

centres around a young man

coming to terms with amnesia,

whilst discovering he is

seemingly the only person able

to see his name is written in a

1000-year-old book.

We decided to ask him a few

questions about his self-publishing


What inspired you to start writing a


I had one idea pop into my head

from out of nowhere, which was

‘What if all magicians really were

magic?’ That inspired me enough to

jot it down, maybe to write a short

story or something. Although that

initial premise doesn’t really make

the final draft, it did lead to all these

other ideas snowballing out… so I

kept on writing them down.

What did you learn from the whole


That seven years is a long time to

write a book (laughs), but definitely

a worthwhile one. I started with zero

experience. Instead of doing any

creative writing courses, I jumped

straight in at the deep end, learning

as I went along. I gained a lot from

Youtube tutorials, blogs, articles,

buying writer’s help books also. I

found the old saying ‘Writing is

rewriting’ to be brutally true! But, I

grabbed advice, learned to accept

criticism – which was probably the

hardest lesson – and just fed it all

into my work.

What was the best advice then?

I once met Tom Baker (4th Doctor

Who and himself a best-selling

author). He laughed, smiled and

said ‘Don’t ask daft old actors like

me for advice.’ I loved that. Also,

Screen-writer Sarah Dollard gave

some great advice about starting

out. She said consider your first draft

as ‘Draft Zero. It doesn’t matter how

awful that one is, as you’re the only

one who’ll see it.’ That allowed me

to let my wild creativity run free. I

then honed it in later drafts.

What surprised you the most about

this experience?

There’s been a few things along the

way, but mainly it’s just how

supportive friends and family have

been. Early in the process, I sent out

sample chapters to mates and

asked if they could answer some

questions. This was so I could get a

sense of what worked and what

didn’t. They were all really keen to

know what happened next.

How does it feel to have completed


I suffer from crippling self-doubt,

which has made the writing process

difficult at times. So when people on

facebook, for example, have told

me they can’t wait to read my

book, the self-doubt made me feel

like they were just ‘being nice’. But,

those who have now read the

finished book are leaving five-star

ratings and reviews, saying how

much they loved it and can’t wait

to read the next one in the series. I

honestly feel that completing this

book has given me a much needed

shot of confidence and positivity.

What would you say to someone

maybe thinking about writing?

Start your journey right now. Grab a

pen, a pad and note that first idea

down. It doesn’t matter what you

write to begin with, or how long it

takes for more ideas to pour out, just

get them down. Oh, and keep a

good supply of caffeine at hand for

when the late night creative flow

comes knocking!







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