Wolverhampton City and Villages Scene Magazine - October 2021

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World title is the target after

sight-saving eye surgery

Mr Calladine explained: “Mr Jenkin has undergone lens

replacement surgery at another centre to help correct his

distance vision and also reduce his astigmatism.

“Technically the surgery had gone well but, unfortunately, he

was left with residual astigmatism. This is not uncommon

following refractive type lens surgery and can mean patients

often have to go back to wearing glasses.

“We were able to correct the astigmatism using an excimer

laser which we brought into the centre as part of a £200,000

investment package. It meant we were able to reduce the

astigmatism to practically zero while also altering the focus of

his eye to improve his long distance vision.

On target: Donovan with his shooting coach

Marcus Iddon.

He started shooting at the age of ten and went on to

win a number of international awards but, when he

virtually lost the sight in his left eye, Donovan feared

he might have ‘taken aim’ for the last time.

But following laser surgery carried out by Consultant

Ophthalmologist Mr Daniel Calladine, Donovan is back in

action and back taking part in Championships.

Donovan competes in Helice shooting – an offshoot of clay

pigeon shooting – where targets with propellers are released

from a series of ‘traps’. But where clays travel in a predictable

direction, a Helice target has an unpredictable flight path.

He was runner up in the 1990 English Open and won the Le

Touquet Grand Prix in France in 1992 and won the Grand

Prix de France in 1993 when he decided to take a break from

the sport to concentrate on his ever-expanding landscaping

business.

When he decided to retire in 2016 he began competing again

and was soon back to winning ways – adding another Le

Touquet Grand Prix in 2017 to his honours list.

But within weeks of that victory he began having problems

with vision in his left eye and was advised to wear

prescription glasses. However, the problem continued and it

wasn’t long before he had lost virtually all sight from that eye.

“I am delighted to say it was an excellent outcome and really

gives him the eagle-eye vision he needs to take part in Helice

shooting.”

Six weeks after the operation Donovan was back in Le

Touquet to win his third Grand Prix and then came second in

the British Helice Grand Prix.

He said: “It is remarkable. I thought my shooting days were

over and here I am competing at International level again.

Now I’m really looking forward to the World Championships.

Spire Eye Centre

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– Conditions commonly associated with age such as

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On October 7th consultant ophthalmologist Mr Thomas

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“I shoot from the left shoulder so I am left eye dominant – it

looked like my shooting days were well and truly over,” he

explained.

It was discovered he had astigmatism and had surgery to fit a

replacement lens that should have solved the problem. But

the blurred vision quickly returned and he was advised to

meet with Ophthalmic Consultant Mr Calladine at Spire Little

Aston Hospital in Sutton Coldfield.

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DYSLEXIA AND VISION

Olha Lac BSc (Hons) Dip ScV M.ASvP.

(Director Optometrist at Taylor Biddle Opticians) Award winning Schoolvision practitioner

Q. What is Visual Stress?

A. Simply explained, Visual Stress (

also known as Visual Dyslexia or Irlen

Syndrome) is a sensitivity to visual

patterns, particularly stripes.

It can occur when a white background

appears to interfere with lines of black

print and causes difficulties with visual

processing of the reading content.

Q. Is Visual Stress the same as

Dyslexia?

A.Visual stress is not the same as

Dyslexia, but is more common in those

who are dyslexic and can occur despite

normal vision. It is thought that it affects

12% of the population and 65% of

dyslexics. Many dyslexic people are

sensitive to the glare of white

backgrounds on a page, white board or

computer screen. This can make the

reading of text much more difficult.

Q. What are the symptoms of Visual

Stress?

A. Sufferers may report movement and

blurring of the text. Letters can appear

to reverse or change shape. Halos,

colours or patterns, sometimes

described as “ rivers” or “worms”. Red,

sore eyes and headaches are also

frequent complaints. These individuals

often have poor comprehension of the

reading content and are observed to

fidget, move book around, skip words

and lines and often rub their eyes and

blink frequently.

Frustration and low self esteem can

occur in children who are

underachieving at school due to visual

stress, therefore early diagnosis is

essential. The longer it takes to identify

and remedy visual stress, the greater

the loss of confidence that can result.

Q. My child has difficulty reading but

I was told that his vision is normal?

A. It is important to remember that

normal sight may not necessarily be

synonymous with normal vision.

Reading is a complex task and involves

many aspects. Most recent studies

found that people with reading

difficulties, are more likely to have

unstable binocular vision at near

distance, which means that their eyes

have to work harder than usual to

maintain alignment and tracking whilst

reading and writing. Some of the

conventional tests used in routine eye

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years with great success as its battery

of tests are very accurate and are

specifically designed for testing

children. The results are confirmed with

Clinical Eye Tracker which shows the

stability of eye movement with and

without the tint.

Q. Is there a cure for visual stress?

A. There is no “ cure”, but visual stress

can be reduced or eliminated by the

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spectacles. These are prescribed

following Colorimetry assessment when

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practice is around 80% . Degree of

improvement differs- some individuals

reach up to 150% increase in speed of

reading, some about 20% due to other

non visual learning difficulties. Very

often children move up a several

reading levels within few weeks.

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Over recent decades, Julian and Diana

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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

stills.

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

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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!

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A fatal dose of caffeine is 112 cups of

coffee! However, you'd die of

water poisoning first!

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When Winston Churchill

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Prohibition he got a

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The Russian Leader

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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

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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

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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.

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never forgotten.’

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Top 10 tips for the perfect Spooky Pumpkin

1. Choose your pumpkin wisely

The lines on the skin could form a witch’s wrinkles, while a misshapen

squash could provide a devilishly different canvas.

2. Use a template to perfect your spooky design

Create your own or find inspiration from the many websites dedicated to

pumpkin carving. Secure your chosen template to the front of your

pumpkin, then carefully trace the image by poking holes along the lines.

Once finished, remove the template and carve. Voilà!

http://www.pumpkinpile.com - Has lots to choose from

3. Create some eerie shadows by carving another

pattern into the back of your pumpkin

Place next to a wall, light from the inside and watch your design come to

life.

4. Put flame-retardant coloured tissue paper just

behind the front face of your pumpkin to create a

coloured filter

Make sure you’re lighting your pumpkin with a torch rather than a naked

flame though!

5. Try shaving parts of your pumpkin rather than

cutting all the way through

This will give your design a two-tone effect and add depth.

6. Use everyday items from around the house to bring

your pumpkin to life

Create a face from nuts and bolts, use white reflective tape as bandages

or simply chop off the top and add some colourful flowers for your own

spooky vase!

7. Painting your pumpkin can work wonderfully,

especially if you want to keep little hands away from

sharp objects

They’ll also look great in the daytime. Either paint a design over the whole

pumpkin, or use paint to add accents to an already carved squash.

8. Shun the traditional orange pumpkin for a ghoulish

green variety… or try your hand at transforming a

watermelon

The process is the same, but it will certainly make your neighbours look

twice!

9. Make your pumpkin shine from the inside out

Use multicoloured Christmas lights to add a new dimension to simple

styles, or try using a red bicycle light, set to flash, for a really sinister

touch.

10. Funny faces and ghoulish grins not your thing?

Try making simple shapes like stars or spooky creatures with cookie

cutters, or use an apple corer or drill bits to add polka dots for a more

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SCENE SP

RTS

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!

SIMPLE!

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

ourselves).

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

offside!!

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

1635

So about 150 years ago we Brits

decided to change this and come up

with the modern game with a pitch,

players, goals etc..etc...so 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


Rare Queen Elizabeth I coin sells

for a stately sum…

A gold coin dating to the reign of

Queen Elizabeth I was among

precious lots that went under the

hammer at Cuttlestones’ recent

Specialist Gold & Jewellery Sale.

When several items of gold came

into Staffordshire’s Cuttlestones

Auctioneers recently for valuation,

gold & jewellery specialist Dave

Eglington found himself coming

face‐to‐face with one of the most

fascinating women in history.

Amid a selection of interesting coins,

one particular example stood out –

bearing the unmistakable profile of

Queen Elizabeth I. The hammerstruck

gold coin would not have

been in everyday circulation, but

used for high value transactions,

diplomatic gifts and wealth transfer,

its image of Elizabeth in her full

splendour as a great Protestant

monarch ‐ the equal to any of her

Catholic rivals ‐ a political statement.

Dating back to 1594‐96, the gold

pound drew interest from bidders

online from around the world ‐ going

on to sell for an impressive £8,500.

Dave says:

“We knew when this coin came in that

it was something special – and this

was reaffirmed by our coin specialist

Adrian Simmons, who uncovered

more of the lot’s history. It just goes to

show how important it is to get gold

and jewellery items professionally

valued rather than rely on ‘cash for

gold weight’ services – the value of

this coin in terms of its weight would

have been just £480!”

Lots performed exceptionally well

across the catalogue, with other

highlights including a George VI

1937 gold sovereign which went for

£2,400; a diamond and seed pearl

antique necklace which fetched

£3,000; a hallmarked 9ct gold

limited edition Winston Churchill

chalice, which achieved £2,500 and

an 18ct gold graduated diamond

bangle, which saw the hammer fall

at £2,600.

Cuttlestones is now taking

consignments for its next

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auction – to arrange a free, no

obligation appointment,

all 01785 714 905 or email

valuations@cuttlestones.co.uk.

Full sale results can be found at

www.cuttlestones.co.uk

Unlock its true value…

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Sold for £3,000

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At Cuttlestones, we reach out to audiences that will ensure your items achieve their

true intrinsic value, not just their ‘weight in gold’ worth.

Now taking consignments for our next sale: Specialist Gold & Jewellery Auction

Email: valuations@cuttlestones.co.uk Call: 01785 714 905 or WhatsApp: 07949 603872 to arrange a free, no obligation valuation.

Penkridge:

01785 714905

www.cuttlestones.co.uk

Selection of lots from gold sale / achieved prices. Please visit website for latest catalogues.

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Wentworth Community Care was

established in 2018 as a family run

business.

We have over 15 years of

experience in the provision of

care combined with a portfolio of

qualifications.

Wentworth Community Care

Office 14 Bizspace,

Planetary Road,

Willenhall,

WV13 3SW

Telephone: 01902 683359

Email: wentworthcommunitycare@gmail.com

Facebook: Wentworth Community Care

Website: www.wentworthcommunitycare.co.uk

We are based in Wolverhampton and

work within the community to ensure

our service users are receiving the

care packages they need to safely

remain in the environment of their own

home. We produce a person-centred

care and support package that is

implemented and delivered by our

qualified community carers. Within our

family we have a residential care home

which allows us to offer a smooth

transition of care should a residential

care home be needed in the future.

We can provide up to 24-hour services locally covering the following range of requirements;

• Personal care requirements based upon individual needs.

• Preparation of meals and snacks including assistance with nutritional supplements

to assist in ensuring a well-balanced and nutritious diet is maintained.

• Supervised medication visits.

• Companionship and interaction time.

• Respite care provision.

• Temporary care packages.

• Housekeeping and laundry services.

• Shopping visits.

• Night sitting and sleep-in services.

• Mini cleans, whole house cleans, tailored cleans available upon request.

• Chaperone and escort services to medical appointments and social arrangements.

We provide a free initial assessment prior to commencement of your care package

Office Hours:

Mon 09.00 – 17.00

Tue 09.00 – 17.00

Wed 09.00 – 17.00

Thu 09.00 – 17.00

Fri 09.00 – 17.00

Sat Closed

Sun Closed

Emergency Number available 24/7


Wentworth Lodge is a mainly purpose built home, owned and operated by the same

proprietors since 1997. We were one of the first residential care homes in Bushbury

and are proud of our reputation for providing quality care for older people and

clients with dementia.

At Wentworth Lodge we like to operate as a ‘home away from home”. Our aim is to

provide a person centred, caring and comfortable environment, in which our

residents may live as normally as possible. We provide assistance with physical tasks

and administration of medication, whilst respecting the independence, privacy &

dignity of each individual.

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Wentworth Road,

Wolverhampton.

WV10 8EH

Phone: 01902 570208

Email: info@wentworthlodge.co.uk


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Autumn is the time to rejuvenate and repair your skin and hair, correcting any

summer damage and preparing your complexion for the season ahead.

It’s not just the leaves that change with the welcoming of

autumn, your skin and hair does too. With a sharp drop in

temperature making us switch on the heating, the autumn

weather can wreak havoc on your skin and hair. Here are

Michelle Lawley’s top 5 tips to help you update your skincare

routine for autumn, transforming your hair and skin from drab

to fab!

1. Get your glow on

Save your skin from becoming dull, lacklustre, and dehydrated

during the autumn months by exfoliating regularly. By removing

dead skin cells your skin is encouraged to regenerate and your

moisturiser or serum will absorb better meaning you’ll waste less

and get much better results.

Michelle recommends A Dermaplane facial to deeply exfoliate and

take away 3-4 weeks of dead skin cells revealing new, glowing skin

underneath. Using a blade, the therapist also removes your ‘peach

fuzz’ the short, soft hairs on your face. Regular Dermaplaning will

smooth fine wrinkles, sun damage and deep acne scarring too.

2. Treat Yourself

Now that the summers ended, it’s time to change up your haircare

routine. The cooler autumn weather brings dry, cold air, which can

make your tresses frizzy, brittle, and totally unmanageable. If you’re

not already using a shampoo and conditioner for dry hair, you might

want to switch to one this season. The cooler weather can even

cause static and frizz.

Michelle recommends Australian brand Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me

Shampoo & Rinse to use at home and to give your hair a head start

come in for a Kevin Murphy Treat Me salon only hair treatment on

your next visit as it gives the hair a shot of either moisture, strength

or thickness that deeply penetrates the hair and lasts longer than

your home care will.

3. Look after your hands

This time of year, we often experience dry, sore hands. This isn’t

surprising as our hands are often exposed to the elements, whether

it’s fumbling for keys or tapping away on our phones, we often

neglect them when it comes to autumn skin care.

Because the skin on your hands don’t produce as much natural oil

as the rest of your body, they are much more prone to dryness,

especially in colder weather. It’s time to give back to one of your

hardest working body parts!

Michelle recommends Coming in for an OPI Pro Spa Manicure to

exfoliate and soak the hands in moisture as well as a nail and cuticle

tidy and your favourite autumn coloured polish.

4. Get a trim

Being outside so much during the summer, the effects of the sun &

pool water on your hair can make it more prone to damage and split

ends. With autumn fashions being more tailored and clothes having

higher necklines and plusher fabrics it’s never been a better time to

get a trim and maybe, if you’re feeling those post summer blues, the

new season deserves a brand-new look!

Michelle recommends Getting rid or those frayed ends which will

instantly give you a lift and rejuvenate your hair.

5. Warm up

As the evenings get darker and cooler, and summer tans fade, so will

your sun-kissed highlights. Don’t feel washed out by pale hair and

skin, warm it up. Do you long for shiny, lustrous hair? Autumn is the

ideal time for a colour change by toning your hair colour down a

shade or two you’ll feel your hair looks healthier, shinier and thicker.

Michelle recommends Introducing warm caramel blondes, rich

chocolate and autumnal chestnut browns and vibrant copper tones

in your hair which will reflect light onto your skin adding a natural

warm glow. Come and see us in salon for a complimentary hair

consultation and see what we recommend for you to give you the

hair you desire this season.

Michelle x


How to get the most

for your Vinyl...

Vinyl albums are soaring in popularity at auction, but

how can you tell what is collectable?

Here are some top tips as to what to look for.

Condition is paramount

Who is the Artist? Artists who are no longer recording or

those who have passed away are particularly

collectable such as Elvis Presley, Pink Floyd and The

Beatles. 50 years since their last album, prices for The

Beatles remain steady. We sold an autographed LP "Let

It Be" (1970) for £1,900 recently.

Date of the release – Releases from early in an artist’s

career can have more value especially if they did not

become famous immediately. Sales figures for Elvis

Presley’s first five records for the Memphis-based Sun

label were miniscule compared his later releases on

RCA, making the Sun versions more valuable.

Quantity - In the 1950s, it was rare for a popular album

to sell more than a million copies and thirty years later

most albums were selling over five million copies.

Not only can the rarity of a record be based on the

number sold, but also the very opposite! A valuable

record by a particular artist may not be their bestknown

title, but rather one that was disregarded by the

public and/or critics when it was originally released and

production was stopped, making it relatively scarce

today.

Promotional copies were produced with coloured

labels. For example, we sold an original UK First Pressing

of a 1969 Led Zeppelin LP in excellent condition for

£3,000. Promotional copies were sent to radio stations

prior to the commercial release of the record and were

pressed in relatively small quantities. While an album

may have sold in the millions, only a few hundred

promotional copies were made, making them

collector’s items. Or in the case of The Beatles’ promo

single “Penny Lane” it had a different ending therefore

adding to its appeal.

Promotional-only records produced to stimulate airplay

e.g. live recordings or compilation albums are also rare.

Sealed Records – Records that have never been

played/opened can sell for as much as ten times the

price of an opened example.

Withdrawn records - If a record company withdrew a

record or dropped an artist as happened to The Sex

Pistols, this adds to the price. In 2019 we sold the Sex

Pistols album God Save the Queen for £7,500.

Most people have a selection of popular records at

home that are not worth huge amounts, however if you

do discover a rare one you never know what price it

may fetch!

We hold free Valuation Days every week, so by all

means pop along with your collection to find out more

from us.

If you would like to discuss

the value of your vinyl

please contact 01384 931001

or email:

dudley@specialauctionservices.com


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Wolverhampton

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T: 01902 422 096

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Flint Optometry - Excellence in eyecare since 1937

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With purpose built rooms and weekly GP visits from neighbouring

surgery, we guarantee that our residents have the best of care from

our experienced team of dedicated long serving sta.

Long and short term respite care/emergency placements.

To suit all budgets and circumstances

Single rooms all with en-suite, some with wet rooms

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Your eyesight is precious, and you deserve the best range of vision that modern science can offer.

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EYE FLOATERS - ARE YOU TROUBLED BY EYE FLOATERS?

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

by sudden separation of the vitreous jelly from the back surface of the eye (posterior vitreous detachment), which is a

natural part of ageing). Most people find floaters minimally troublesome, but for some they can be a significant

source of irritation and may interfere with your quality of vision and life. Modern surgical techniques have made the

permanent treatment of eye floaters safer than ever. Mr Balaggan specialises in the permanent removal of

symptomatic troublesome eye floaters using the very latest micro-incision techniques, with the procedure being

performed in around 25 minutes as a day case patient. If you are over 45 years old and have suffered with eye floaters

for over 6 months then get in touch to arrange an assessment by Mr Balaggan. Do read the reviews from his former

floater patients on Trustpilot.

"LET ME HELP YOU TO REGAIN YOUR VISION”

For more information contact his secretary on: 07950 684778

Email: secretary@kambalaggan.com I www.kambalaggan.com


T: 01952 245420

Goose on the Loose

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W: www.thegooseontheloose.co.uk

E: hello@thegooseontheloose.co.uk

“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

house is yours exclusively.


MONEY FOR NOTHING

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

ALADDINSANE

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.

AUTUMN 2021

t: 01746 766477

BOOK ON LINE at www.theatreonthesteps.co.uk

Tickets: £13

DESPERADO

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

CALIFORNIA DREAMERS

FRIDAY 8th October

We invite you to

dance under a

diamond sky as we

pay tribute to the

greatest counter

culture of the 20th

Century.

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

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?

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,

Rhodes as well as

appearing at venues in

Holland, Germany and

Sweden. Tickets: £17

ROXY MAGIC

FRIDAY 29th &

SATURDAY 30th

October

Roxy Magic are the UK's best

and longest-running tribute to

Roxy Music & Bryan Ferry.

The band recreates entirely

live material that spans four decades.

Tickets £14 & £16

TOWN HALL, HIGH STREET, BRIDGNORTH

www.theatreonthesteps.co.uk


More than just a wedding venue

Opening in April 2022, Stockton House is a

brand new, exclusive wedding venue nestled in

8,500 acres of Shropshire countryside on the

breathtaking Apley Estate near Bridgnorth.

Built in 1702, the beautiful, historic Stockton House is

currently undergoing a total renovation with big

plans to transform what once was a beautiful family

home into a bespoke wedding venue like no other.

The historic house will be brought back to life with

seven luxurious en-suite double bedrooms and a

unique one hundred seater secret walled garden

dining room - the perfect location to exchange your

vows or host your wedding breakfast.

A truly bespoke experience

This luxurious, boutique wedding venue is the exciting

project of award-winning wedding caterers Caviar &

Chips, who provide a bespoke catering experience

for guests. The co-founders of Caviar & Chips,

Jonathan Carter-Morris and Marc Hornby, wanted to

create that same amazing, bespoke guest

experience at Stockton House.

The choice doesn’t stop there...

At Stockton House you get the opportunity to craft

your very own bespoke wedding menu, just the way

you like it.

Planning your food and drink journey at Stockton

begins with a blank piece of paper and our amazing

chefs work with you to craft a unique, delicious

wedding menu - designed just for you. This personal,

bespoke process gives you the opportunity to be

playful and experimental with your menu. You can

incorporate your favourite flavours and ingredients -

creating incredible, memorable moments that guests

will remember for years to come.

We still have availability for 2022 and

2023 weddings. Discover more about our

incredible plans for Stockton House by

visiting stocktonhouseweddings.co.uk

and book your private viewing today.

Stockton House is full of beautiful, unique places to

get married including a Victorian turning house,

secret walled garden dining room, any of the

luxurious rooms on the ground floor, and the 11th

century St Chad’s church just one hundred yards

down the tree-lined country lane on the estate.

With so much choice, you can make all the decisions

and plan your perfect wedding day. And of course

we’ll be there to help you every step of the way!


A WEDDING VENUE LIKE NO OTHER

With renovation plans well underway, Stockton House will be brought

back to life with seven luxurious en-suite bedrooms. We're building a

unique 100-seater secret walled garden dining room, all expertly

designed to take in the incredible views and scenery of Shropshire.

Our diary is now open for weddings from April 2022.

stocktonhouseweddings.co.uk | 01952 730 270


HOW STRESS IS POISONING YOUR BODY AND WHY

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

heart rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels and it

increases the secretion of cortisol, a powerful natural steroid

hormone.

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”.

YOU NEED TO LET IT GO!

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…..

MEDITATION (AND GOOD SLEEP)

SO HOW DO WE ALLEVIATE THE STRESS?

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.

“BUT I DONT HAVE ENOUGH TIME”

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!

EXERCISE

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

breathing.

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!

GETTING HELP TO RELAX AND

ALLEVIATE STRESS

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.

BREATHE… IT'S ALL OK!

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

Tel: 07944 501998

Charmed Healing Therapies

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Autumn Recipes to warm the soul...

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.

Ingredients

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

Usmani

This is gorgeous served simply with rice but

also tastes great as a side dish for meat and

fish.

Ingredients

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

grated

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

chopped

1.5 litres/2½ pints vegetable stock

salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

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

Method

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.

Ingredients

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

Method

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

To make the crumble topping, put the butter in a

large

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

cream.

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.

Ingredients

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

Method

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

pieces.

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

cheese.

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

county!”

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

visit www.theshropshiredistillery.co.uk/events.

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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

us.

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

mirrors.

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

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which provided me with a very

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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

journeys.

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

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ROAST BEEF WITH HERB CRUST

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

vegetables melds flavours for a rich and satisfying meal.

Ingredients

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

Method

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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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

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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.

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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

Education.

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

September.

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

determination.”

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

Discover...

01902 751 119

admissions@tettcoll.co.uk

Private tours available upon request

NURSERY PREPARATORY SENIOR SIXTH FORM


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

immeasurable”.

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

pandemic.

“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

Stott.

“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

skills.

“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

223117, email

admissions@oldhall.co.uk or visit our

website at www.oldhall.co.uk. You can

visit Old Hall School (and Wrekin, part

of the same Trust for children aged 11-

18) at our joint Open Day which will be

held on Saturday 2nd October between

10am and 1pm. If you can’t make our

Open Day you are welcome to book an

appointment at another time.


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Indepen ndent co-educational

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Award winning education is

closer than you think

Wolverhampton Grammar School is an

extraordinary school. Founded in

1512, it's one of the oldest schools in

the country, within easy access of the

wider West Midlands, Staffordshire and

Shropshire thanks to flexible school bus

links.

The independent day school has

expanded its provision to incorporate

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

Wolverhampton Grammar School is a

fully all-through school, providing the

opportunity for children of all school

ages (4-18) to join a truly unique

community and experience its awardwinning

approach to education.

Means-tested bursaries and

scholarships are available for

exceptional and deserving applicants

to the Senior and Sixth Form.

If you’ve never visited the stunning 25

acre campus, you can register at any

time for an open event or personal

tour. Simply visit

www.wgs.org.uk/openday to register

for events that are taking place across

the coming months.

First priority is the happiness of

your child.

Children at Wolverhampton Grammar

School receive pastoral care like

nowhere else – that’s because happy

children do well, thrive, and leave the

school with excellent exam results and

the confidence to embrace whatever

opportunities come their way in their

young adult lives.

Your child will never feel alone at

Wolverhampton Grammar School.

Assistant Head in charge of Pastoral

Care, Claudine Jones, leads a team

of staff to support and work with

families. Support includes a

dedicated, expert pastoral team,

school counsellor and annual

adolescent mental health tracking

using the latest digital tools.

Academic excellence

The staff are totally committed to

providing the best teaching and

learning experience for your child –

something that continued in

lockdown, thanks to high expertise in

online delivery. Wolverhampton

Grammar School offers a very wide

range of subjects, from sciences to

humanities, creative arts to

languages. The timetable is built

around the academic choices that

the students make. They grow up to be

confident, curious and independentminded,

and their academic

achievements speak for themselves.

Despite the pressures of the

pandemic, students were awarded

stellar results at GCSE and A Level.

Sixth Form students are also able to

study towards Cambridge Technical

and BTEC awards in a range of

subjects. Sixth Form students achieved

the highest number of A*- A grades for

over 10 years, with 66% of entries

receiving nothing but the top two

grades. Alongside, 165 A* – B grades

awarded (85% of all students). At

GCSE, 641 Grade 9, 8 or 7 awards

(equivalent to A* and A) – 79% of all

grades were awarded. Students in

Years 11 and 13 enjoyed another

exceptional year with 100% pass rate.

The School offers a tailored and

individual approach to UCAS and

Careers support and students can

expect the very best preparation

possible when it comes to life after

school.

Interested to learn more?

Simply visit the website to register for

an open event or to book an

individual school tour,

www.wgs.org.uk/openday,

alternatively please contact the

Admissions team at Wolverhampton

Grammar School telephone

01902 422939 email

admissions@wgs-sch.net.


Independent Day School for Boys

and Girls

Junior School ages 4-11 Senior School ages 11-16 Sixth Form ages 16-18

25 TES Independent

d acre site

School Award Winners

Judged ‘Excellent’ in all

areas by the Independent

Schools Inspectorate

School

Open Day

Extra and

S mall

co-curricular clubs

class sizes

Saturday 9 th October,

11am - 3pm

Register now to join our Open Day at

www.wgs.org.uk/openday or alternatively,

for more information about joining our School,

please contact our Admissions team telephone:

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

Flexible and convenient

school bus services

across 3 counties

Wrap around care

from 7.30am - 6.15pm

Dedicated,

expert

pastoral team

Places still

available for

September


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• Alpaca Educational and Therapy

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Alpaca your

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Come and join the Alpacas for a picnic

For more information and up coming events

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Wedding

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Whatever place you’re into

Wolverhampton Swimming

and Fitness Centre

Premium

Memberships from

£26.00

per month

Join us on a Premium

Membership you can add

up to 4 juniors for free!

Your membership also means

you get a wide range of benefits

including: a variety of group exercise

classes, swimming, gym-use, the

Places Locker app and more!

Junior memberships are a great

way to get kids active!

Juniors can enjoy free access to the

swimming pool, free junior gym-use

and free entry to Adventure Play!

Search online for ‘Wolverhampton

Swimming and Fitness Centre’ to find

out about the latest offers

For a tour around the centre

with our Placemaking team,

call us on 01902 384777

Find out more at placesleisure.org

Built and operated by Places for People

Leisure Ltd. in partnership with City of

Wolverhampton Council


Education

Senior School Investment and

Affordable Fee Structure

Birchfield School near Albrighton is looking forward to an

exciting 2021 academic year as the development of their

already impressive facilities is well underway, following a

massive investment programme that will extend their

senior school provision up to age 16.

The school recently joined the St Philips Education

Group, a move that led to the expansion of the senior

school up to the age of 16 at Birchfield as part of a

£500,000 investment. Birchfield is currently recruiting for

Year 7 2022 up to 2025 and will be welcoming its first

Year 9 cohort in September 2023.

Headmistress, Sarah Morris, said the school was also

seeing a considerable increase in interest from parents

from across the region, helped by a restructuring of fees

to ensure a Birchfield education is affordable for more

families. With fees for Year 7 starting at £8,000 per year,

Birchfield is a natural choice for aspirational families.

“It’s a very exciting year for Birchfield School and we look

forward to welcoming even more pupils in September

who will be able to enjoy a first-class private education

with our amazing new facilities,” Mrs Morris added.

“The senior school planning and developments are well

underway and senior pupils can look forward to a smart

new uniform and a state-of-the-art learning and sporting

environment across the school, with special focus on

science and sport.

“Birchfield’s location just off the A41 near Albrighton

ensures that it is a convenient and easily accessible

location for families from Wolverhampton, Telford and

Newport. We will be supporting pupils from all these

areas with the introduction of a minibus service in

September to ease the travel process for families.’

We are seeing greater numbers of parents from across

the region who are viewing the school as the ideal option

for their children’s education, encouraged by our policy

of small class sizes to allow personalised learning for all

pupils. This is backed up by Birchfield’s long tradition of

academic, sporting and artistic success with pupils who

are positive, confident, well-mannered and intellectually

curious’

“Enquiries from parents extend across all years

throughout the school although it is worth mentioning

that we only have a few places available in specific year

groups. We have personal tours available at all times and

an Open Morning planned for Saturday 16th October. Do

come and see why Birchfield is such a special place to

educate your children.’

For more information and to enquire about places

and Open Morning, visit

www.birchfieldschool.co.uk or

email admissions@birchfieldschool.co.uk

Scene Local Media 01952 780058


A TRADITION OF

EXCELLENCE

IN EDUCATION

APPLY NOW FOR YEAR 7 2022

With impressive new facilities and a reputation for academic success, Birchfield School

offers a premium all-round education at an affordable price. Now is the time to join

our welcoming and aspirational learning community.

OPEN MORNING:

Saturday 16th October

10:00am to 12:30pm

Year 7 Entrance Assessments

Saturday 6th November

WE RUN PERSONAL TOURS

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

CALL TO BOOK YOURS NOW:

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More than just a

Theatre School!

Local Principal

and Students

celebrate

first year of

Razzamataz

Wolverhampton

A local theatre school that opened

its doors last year in the midst of

the pandemic is celebrating it’s

first year of being open whilst

tackling mental health issues and

building children’s confidence

through the performing arts at a

time most needed.

It is no secret that the pandemic has

had a heavy toll on children's mental

health; a study by the NHS in 2020

shows that shockingly up to 1 in 6

children may now suffer from mental

health issues.

As a young dancer and lover of the

arts I have experienced first hand the

positive benefits that the performing

arts can have on a young person's

mental health and confidence. My

love of dance and performance

helped grow my confidence in myself

and shape the person I am today.

Taking part in the performing arts

can really help children deal with life

challenges such as exam stress or

bereavement. They can also have a

positive effect in reducing stress and

anxiety. Boosting confidence and

making children feel more engaged

and resilient. It also offers children a

social connection and a sense of

belonging.

This is why despite being in the midst

of a pandemic I pushed forward with

my plans to open our new

Razzamataz Theatre School in

Wolverhampton last year. Albeit not

the ideal time to start a new business

I just knew that if there was ever a

time the children of Wolverhampton

needed the benefits of being able to

learn the Performing Arts it was

then. We have honestly had such an

incredible and emotional year and

are so proud of our students and the

journey they have been on.

In each of the three disciplines we

teach at Razzamataz

Wolverhampton, students learn new

techniques and skills in a safe

environment which can have a

positive impact on their mental

health and well-being.

For example, singing releases

endorphins which help reduce stress

and anxiety allowing children to

switch off from the modern world

and just have fun. When learning to

sing, students also learn breathing

techniques; understanding these can

help those who suffer from anxiety

and panic attacks.

Dance, being physically active

releases positive endorphins which

make children feel more relaxed and

happier. It is also great exercise and

improves balance and coordination.

Drama classes offer students a safe

place to explore issues within their

lives and encourages conversation.

Performing as a group also provides

young people with a feeling of

belonging whilst making new friends.

I truly believe all children can get

positive benefits from taking part in

the performing arts and that is why

we offer a Free Taster Session to any

child that would like to give it a try.

We would be delighted to

invite you to join us for a

FREE Taster Session at our

relaunch on

Saturday 18th September

at the

GTG Training Academy,

WV11 3SZ.

Enquiries can be made to

wolverhampton@razzamataz.co.uk,

visit

www.wolverhampton.razzamataz.co.uk

check out our social media pages

@RazzamatazWolverhampton,

or call

Danielle on 07821 965200

Danielle x

Principal & Franchisee at Razzamataz

Theatre Schools Wolverhampton


how to make some simple lifestyle choices to reduce

their risk of developing AMD during their lifetime.

Summer may have passed us by and the sun is

not shining quite so brightly anymore but it’s still

important to think about protecting the health of

our eyes against the harmful UV radiation that is

all around us in daylight, even during Autumn

and Winter months, as well as from the effects of

visible blue light too.

Have you ever wondered how well protected your

own eyes are or what steps you might need to be

taking to maintain your personal eye health? Local,

independent opticians Samantha Hague Optometry in

Tettenhall might be able to give you just the advice

you need.

SHO has just invested in brand new device that can

measure how much natural protection your eyes have

against damaging light­rays – The MP­eye. The MP­eye

is a quick and easy test that can determine if you have

low levels of macular pigments which are only

obtained from our food and that can protect the eye

from damage like a pair of internal sunglasses.

The MP­eye test is now available at Samantha Hague

Optometry, the only practice in the area to currently

have this innovative technology. Principal optometrist

and practice owner Samantha Hague told us: “We are

really pleased to have this new equipment because it

lets us measure another dimension of our patients’

eyes that we just couldn’t access before. Its painless,

quick and easy and helps us identify those people that

most need to do a little bit extra to protect their

eyes.”

The MP­eye has been invented and developed by Dr

Shelby Temple, Co­Founder of Azul Optics. Dr Temple

said: “With the MP­eye, we can now start a

conversation with patients about the importance of

macular pigments and what people can do to protect

themselves if we find out they are low. We will all get

AMD if we live long enough, but we can prevent it by

delaying onset beyond a patient’s living years. The

more eye care professionals we can get using the MPeye,

the more people we know we’re affecting and

the possibility that we can reduce the rates of AMD,

possibly globally, is very exciting.”

For further information on this service please

contact Samantha Hague Optometry

The European Eye Study (EUREYE) found that people

who had low levels of macular pigments had an

increased risk of developing Age Related Macular

Degeneration in later life, a condition recognised as a

common cause of blindness in those aged 60 and

over. When the MP­eye test detects a patient with low

levels of macular pigments they can be advised on


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Local opticians celebrates 2nd anniversary

Samantha Hague Optometry located on Tettenhall High Street hosted a fizz and canapés party

Saturday 21st August 2021, welcoming guests from the village and further afield. The event marked two

years since the well-established practice re-opened its doors following the successful takeover from

Sheward Opticians in June 2019.

Owner Samantha Hague BSc(Hons) MCOptom, who has thirty years of clinical experience has made

huge improvements to the practice since it’s re-brand.

Beautifully modern in its interior design, the premises is fully-equipped with the very best, leading edge

technology. The independent ‘boutique’ practice offers clinical excellence, outstanding customer

service and an extensive product range to suit all budgets with a specialism in luxury eyewear.

As the local authorised retailer for Cartier, Tom Ford, Dita, Gucci, Mulberry, Tom Davies, Paul Smith,

Lindberg, Tiffany, Maui Jim and Ray Ban, Hague has possibly the best range of eyewear in the area,

some of which are locally exclusive to the practice.

Guests at the anniversary, organised by Shropshire Events, enjoyed a glass of fizz from the

‘Champagne Hedge’ on arrival followed by a look around the practice whilst helping themselves to

canapés.

“We we’re overwhelmed with the amount of familiar and new faces who joined us for our special day.

With the first anniversary of the practice having to be delayed due to Covid the team and I have been

so looking forward to this day and we couldn’t have been more thrilled with the support and the

comments we received from our guests”.

Congratulations to Samantha Hague & team from

us all at the SCENE magazine


prior a committal at the crematorium or the whole service and

committal at the crematorium. The local Crematoria which serve

our community are Bushbury, Telford and Gornal Wood. Following

a cremation, there are various options on a final resting place for

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

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

cemetery or churchyard. Permission will need to be obtained from

the grave owner or you can purchase a new grave in your local

cemetery or at a Natural Burial Site. You can choose to have the

service in a church or chapel or even at the graveside.

Arranging a funeral for a family member or a loved one can

be a confusing and daunting task, especially as you will also

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

guide you through every step of the funeral arrangements

and inform you of only the relevant options. We will help

and also guide you if you wish, so you and your family are

easily able to decide on the most important decisions,

making the process as easy as it can possibly be.

Funeral arrangements can be made at our office in Springhill Lane

at a time to suit you and your schedule, there is plenty of parking

and our advice is free without obligation, or if you prefer we are

more than happy to visit you in your own home to go through your

options.

McGinn & Sons have been independently voted in the top three

funeral directors in 2020 for Wolverhampton, this is now the 4th

year we have achieved this

Please see

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Early on one of your first most important decisions is who to

choose to take care of your loved one and guide you through and

make the funeral arrangements on your behalf, Diane & Thomas

McGinn have over 40 years’ experience between them, helping

and guiding families with these important and unique choices,

Diane listens to your personal wishes and then with this

information she advises you as to your options.

Soon after a bereavement, you will be very busy with both practical

and official matters, there will be official paperwork and documents

to attend to such as Registering the death, Finances, informing

organisations etc, McGinn & Sons will help you with all of this and

give you all the necessary information in order to complete this

paperwork.

Your family, in the best

of hands. That’s a

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You will also need to consider what type of funeral you would like,

this is a very personal decision so we recommend you take your

time to decide, don’t be rushed. Each funeral is a unique

celebration of that loved one’s life. You may want a traditional

funeral or add unique additions like a Horse drawn Carriage,

Motorcycle Hearse, a Wicker or a personal picture coffin, a special

piece of music, unique prayers or poetry, a musical soloist or

release some Doves.

After that choice is made your next decision is whether the funeral

is to be a burial or cremation and where and when you would like it

to be held.

If cremation is chosen, decide whether to have a service in church

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CROSS CODE














ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ






Each number in our Cross Code grid represents a different letter

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

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

then use your knowledge of words to work out which letters

should go in the missing squares.

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

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

letters as you identify them.

MAGIC SQUARE

AGE-RELATED IDLING

Using all 16 letters of the phrase above, form

four words each of four letters which will fit in the

grid to form a magic square in which the words

can be read both horizontally and vertically.

Quiz Challenge

1. 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

surface?

5. What is the title of the US

national anthem?

NONAGRAM

R I B

A G E

R I D

How many words of four

letters or more can you

make from this

Nonagram? Each word

must use the central letter,

and each letter may be

used only once. At least

one word using all nine

letters can be found.

Guidelines:

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).

WORD PYRAMID

Spell out a 15-letter word or

phrase by moving from one

chamber to another within

the pyramid. You may

only enter each of the

chambers once and

may only proceed

through openings

in the walls. The

first letter may

appear in any

chamber.

FIVE ALIVE

LS MA AR LG EL

OM PE JU

AS CL TA

6. The piccolo belongs to

which group of orchestral

instruments?

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

sport?

9. The Carnatic Wars were

fought in which country?

10. Benbecula is in which British

group of islands?

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R

E

G U E

N S Q N

E S E M S

AL RE

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Here are two

miniature fivesquare

crosswords

using the same

grid – but the

letters have

been mixed up.

You have to

work out which

letters belong

to which

crossword.

SUDOKU

Easy

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

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

Hard

3 9 7

5 7 2

6 1 3 4

7 3 4 9

6

1 2 7

9 6 5 8

8

5 8 6

EQUALISER

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

perform division and multiplication

before addition and subtraction.

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CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

QUICK CROSSWORD

1

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5

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ACROSS

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)

DOWN

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

(4,3)

14. Shorten a game (7)

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)

ACROSS

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)

DOWN

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)

SOLUTIONS

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.

CROSS CODE































EASY SUDOKU HARD SUDOKU

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

















MAGIC SQUARE:

tale; arid; ling; edge.

WORD PYRAMID:

Queen’s Messenger.

EQUALISER:

Clockwise from top

left – divide;

subtract; multiply;

add. Total: 6.

CRYPTIC CROSSWORD:

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.

QUICK CROSSWORD:

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

Crisis.

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.

FIVE ALIVE:

(1)

(2)

Across – Large; Scale; Resat.

Down – Loser; Reads; Eject.

Across – Small; Altar; Toyed.

Down – Smart; Aptly; Lurid.

NONAGRAM:

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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The Eighties were a great decade, where fashion met

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striking and unemployment, it was a revolution of taste

and choices. With the leadership of Margaret Thatcher,

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physically fit young guy who also happened to be captain of

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youngest six weeks. There were no luxuries to soften the

roughness of life. Existence was a battle, money always an

issue and nothing got left on our plates. “If anybody leaves it,

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our father breaks down and puts us into care. It is enjoyed as

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fire and later a campaign to sweep the streets clean. I am

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Empty Corridors: Learning to Fail carrying on into the 80s and

secondary school. Is a darker period, where my growing

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Residents praise community feel at popular new-build location in

Staffordshire following street party

With cause for celebration, a number of

residents at a housebuilder’s popular

Staffordshire location finally had the

opportunity to get together and raise a glass

to their new homes and neighbourhood.

Following the lifting of government restrictions,

the new home owners at Bovis Homes’ The

Steadings development in Essington organised

a street party which began at the sales office,

with bubbly provided by the sales team, and

continued on the development into the night.

Liesel Wright, who moved into her threebedroom

Cypress home at The Steadings with

her husband and two daughters at the end of

last year, said: “The street party was fantastic.

On the morning of the party, my neighbours

and I spent time hanging bunting from our

bedroom windows across to other houses. We

enjoyed drinks and nibbles at the sales office

before inviting everyone back to our house for

sandwiches, drinks and snacks on the drive

where we sat outside getting to know each

other. It was a great night and there were a few

sore heads the next morning!

“Our neighbours are lovely. The whole area has

a great community feel and with the beautiful

surroundings, it feels like we live in the

countryside.”

Lindsey, who is hoping to complete on her

home at the development in September, said:

“This is my third new-build home and this is

the first time I have experienced an event

drawing the community together. It’s so useful

speaking to other residents – inevitably it helps

with a sense of community but also with

recommendations on suppliers and tradesmen.

Originally from Wolverhampton, Lindsey is

moving from Sutton Coldfield to Essington in

order to be closer to family.

“As I haven’t moved in yet, my only interactions

with my neighbours have been when I’ve

visited the development. Everyone has been so

pleasant and welcoming, especially as I’ve

been spotted regularly peering over the fence

to see the progress of my new home.”

Jenny O’Connor, who moved into her brandnew

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Eve, said: “It was so nice to finally meet our

neighbours as we hadn’t had chance to.

Everyone is friendly and it feels like a lovely

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Jenny, who lives with her daughter in a twobedroom

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new-build as I loved the thought of it being

clean and new. I wouldn’t have wanted to come

home after work and start stripping wallpaper,

worry about wiring and we could have carpets

put down before we moved in.”

The pair, who previously lived just four miles

away, have praised the village’s thriving local

community.

“There are lots of community activities going

on in the village,” said Jenny. “There’s a lovely

primary school, scout and guide hut, activities

at the church and community litter picks.

There’s also plenty of countryside, local shops,

a post office and a village pub, plus a doctor’s

surgery and pharmacy.”

Louise Macrae, regional marketing manager,

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“The Steadings development, which is

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travel links to Wolverhampton, Lichfield,

Cannock and it’s within easy reach of the M6.”

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