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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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
examination may not show this
instability in children. I have used
SCHOOLVISION method for over 10
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
use of coloured lenses worn in
spectacles. These are prescribed
following Colorimetry assessment when
the precise tint is selected with the aid
of INTUITIVE COLORIMETER, which
produces thousands of colour
combinations. The success rate in my
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
Temperley have been reviving the
productions of Cider Brandy. This ancient art
has gained much recognition and the
resulting, exceptional productions, can be
found in many restaurants and venues. The
West Country can be justifiably proud of
their fruits and cider productions – now
appreciated around the world. The familyrun
farm grows over 40 different varieties.
Vintage cider apples include Dabinett,
Kingston Black and Stoke Red, with the
juices being fermented in 150 year old oak
vats. The cider is then distilled in copper
Somerset Apple Eau de Vie (40% vol) is a pure
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Cider Brandy. Somerset Pear Eau de Vie (40%
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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),
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Still and sparkling ciders are extremely popular
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walk in the orchards and visit the Cider House, to
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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!
A fatal dose of caffeine is 112 cups of
coffee! However, you'd die of
water poisoning first!
When Winston Churchill
visited the US during
Prohibition he got a
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an unlimited supply of
The Russian Leader
Lenin spoke English
with an Irish accent.??
All Jack Russell dogs are descended
from a dog called Trump who
famously became the first President
in over 168 years NOT to have a pet in
the White House
The dialling code from
Britain to Russia is 007.
The First Real Murder on the Orient Express took place a
year after Agatha Christie's Novel came out!
Scottish football referees are
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made of wood.
Originally the distance of running a Marathon was
25 miles (40 Kilometres), however, in 1908 to the
insistence of The British Royal Family, i.e. Queen
Alexandra, the race was started on the lawns of
Windsor Castle, so the littlest royals could watch it
from their Nursery and it finished in front of the
Royal Box at the Olympic Stadium, some 26.2 miles
later!! and that distance is still used today!
The mysterious green code that begins all the
Matrix movies is in fact recipes for sushi.
The lost property
office at Dublin
airport has an
with the words: ‘You will
always be remembered,
Not only do we all have unique
fingerprints but we all have unique
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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
4. Put flame-retardant coloured tissue paper just
behind the front face of your pumpkin to create a
Make sure you’re lighting your pumpkin with a torch rather than a naked
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
7. Painting your pumpkin can work wonderfully,
especially if you want to keep little hands away from
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
The process is the same, but it will certainly make your neighbours look
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
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Welcome to the Autumn issue of
Scene's Sports and looking ahead we
have the previously postponed London
Marathon, which will be taking place in
the Capital on Sunday 3rd October, (All
being well), and another sign of a bit of
normality in these crazy times.
Virgin Money London Marathon
But with so many sporting events that
are planned and then at the last minute
either postponed or cancelled at the
last minute, we at scene thought we
would look back at the previous football
season and look ahead at to this
season's frolics, but in particular the
rule changes that have occured in our
magnificent game. In the old days,
(About a thousand years ago) football
consisted of two villages that would
battle it out between them by kicking a
"football" towards their neighbours and
if they got into the opposing villages
``Goal" then that would be that, you
win! In fact today some local villages
still perform this ancient battle (And
that's what it is really). It can take many
days and most of the "Players"
normally end up in A&E as there are no
rules to it.
because it was our game, we were the
best in the world at it, but ever so
slowly all the other countries caught up
to us and now we're not!! But as the
song goes eventually Football will come
home and we may win one of these
footie tournaments, as we nearly did
Football is a simple game but
unfortunately we do try to complicate it,
which then confuses everyone!
Originally the Peoples game, it
consisted of one football pitch, eleven
players, two goals, oh and yes one
football! All you had to do was kick the
ball to the opponents goal, get it over
the line and then that was a goal!
No, that was too easy and to
complicate matters we decided to come
up with RULES, one in particular can
confuse one half of the nation. Now first
and foremost I completely apologise if I
sound sexist, but Gents, look at your
good lady and explain the offside law
so that she can understand. No, I didn't
"So as the ball is kicked, you cannot be
in front of their last man! Last man,
what are you on about??" and then try
to explain that those defenders will try
and catch the forwards offside by
running out of their penalty area!!?
Exactly, it is a game which we men love
to confuse our good ladies, (And really
The best defence at triggering the
offside rule were the Arsenal back four
who would always come out in a
straight line, now if I've again confused
you, watch the film The Full Monty
again because it will explain the way
Arsenal played better then any football
the Full Monty), we have decided to
complicate matters even more by
bringing in VAR. Imagine an alien crash
landed onto the planet and they
watched their first game of football, now
in the old days if a footballer was
offside, the linesman, (Sorry second
official), would put up their flag so the
referee could blow his whistle and stop
the game to confirm the player being
Nah, that's too easy, we decided to
complicate matters further, so when the
aforementioned player is offside, this
time the linesman, (Shoot me I'm gonna
call him a linesman!), DOESN'T put his
flag up, (I'll say that again he DOESN'T
put up his flag), lets them play on for a
bit, knocks the ball around and
eventually the ball might make its way
to a goal. Then and only then do they
decide to REVIEW the goal, now this is
the fun bit, they get in touch with
someone probably about 100 miles and
ask him for his opinion of the goal, he
then gets his electronic marker pens
out and draws all sorts of lines over his
telly screen to try and decide whether a
players armpit or big toe was in an
offside position.After what seems a
lifetime, the players have gone off to
make a cuppa, iron there shirts, had a
look at what's on telly that night and
then comes back to the referee
(shouldn't he be called first official now)
and says it is probably offside so don't
give the goal Aghhh!!
Match of the Day Shrove Tuesday
So about 150 years ago we Brits
decided to change this and come up
with the modern game with a pitch,
players, goals 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
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
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.
“We knew when this coin came in that
it was something special – and this
was reaffirmed by our coin specialist
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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
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this coin in terms of its weight would
have been just £480!”
Lots performed exceptionally well
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Chose fixtures, fittings and colour schemes that suit you –
and add a whole new layer to your outdoor living space.
WHAT CAN BE INCLUDED IN A GARDEN ROOM?
Our garden rooms have many possible functions – from an
extra bedroom, playroom, office space or gym – we offer a
totally bespoke service. When you order a garden room or
building through us, we let you take control of the design.
We will bring ideas to life, but you get to choose interior and
exterior materials, finishes, lighting, flooring and decorations.
Garden rooms are, on average, 50% cheaper than a home extension, and because
so much of the work is done in the factory before being delivered for installation,
there is less disruption to your family life too. Planning permission is often not required, but
we can advise you at the consultation stage of all the requirements and apply to
your local authority on your behalf, if needed, for a fixed fee.
The cost of a single storey extension is a min of £1850.00 PSM. The cost of a loft conversion is a min of £1320.00
PSM. The cost of a conservatory is a min of £1120.00 PSM Imperial Garden Structures Start at £924.00 PSM
All timber used within your garden structure build is FSC certified & is sourced and supplied from sustainable
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Finance can be arranged with our finance partner Kandoo, please visit this link to see how getting an instant decision
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To arrange a free design consultation with one of our experts at your home,
where we can advise & discuss your unique requirements in finer details.
Imperial Garden Structures
Unit 20 Wulfrun Trading Estate, Stafford Road,
Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV10 6HH
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Wentworth Community Care was
established in 2018 as a family run
We have over 15 years of
experience in the provision of
care combined with a portfolio of
Wentworth Community Care
Office 14 Bizspace,
Telephone: 01902 683359
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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
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
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.
Wentworth Lodge Residential Care Ltd
Phone: 01902 570208
Keyhole Varicose Vein Treatment
Varicose veins can cause aching, swelling, itching and skin changes as well as affecting the
appearance of your legs. Premier Veins offers a one-stop appointment where a highly experienced
consultant vascular surgeon, supported by a vascular nurse specialist, will perform a careful
examination and duplex ultrasound scan of your legs and recommend the most appropriate
treatment for you. Our approach is non-surgical, performing keyhole treatments under local
anaesthesia on a walk-in, walk-out basis with minimal recovery time so that you can return to work
and most other activities soon afterwards.
Treatments offered include:
=Endothermal ablation using radiofrequency ablation (RFA).
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Free Mini Consultations available at all our clinics in the West Midlands
We are recognised by all major insurance providers. We offer fixed price packages for all
procedures, so you know where you stand. All endothermal ablation and foam
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To find out more or book an
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Taking in babies and children
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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
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.
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
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
We hold free Valuation Days every week, so by all
means pop along with your collection to find out more
If you would like to discuss
the value of your vinyl
please contact 01384 931001
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Enhanced examinations & OCT
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UNLOCK YOUR POTENTIAL WITH PRIVATE CATARACT SURGERY
If, like many patients, you view the possibility of never having to wear glasses again as truly liberating, then you
should consider private cataract surgery. Privately, I can provide state-of-the-art premium multifocal, extended
depth of vision (EDoF), toric astigmatism–correcting and enhanced monofocal IOLs designed to give you much more
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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
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T: 01952 245420
Goose on the Loose
“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
SATURDAY 18th September
Hear the sound and
experience the vision
through the performance
of Paul Henderson and
acclaimed as the best
Bowie tribute in the UK.
t: 01746 766477
BOOK ON LINE at www.theatreonthesteps.co.uk
Friday 24th & Saturday 25th Sept
The band pride
themselves on their
authentic vocal sound,
first class musicianship,
and highly entertaining
show. From the corner in
Wilmslow Arizona to the
Long Road out of Eden,
as more than one fan
has said “if you close
your eyes you will
believe the Eagles
themselves are on stage”. Tickets: £18
FRIDAY 8th October
We invite you to
dance under a
diamond sky as we
pay tribute to the
culture of the 20th
Born on the West
Coast of America,
the Hippy movement quickly spread around the
globe, taking with it a powerful social and musical
message and a unique new sound. Tickets: £20
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
festivals in Brazil, Barbados,
Rhodes as well as
appearing at venues in
Holland, Germany and
Sweden. Tickets: £17
FRIDAY 29th &
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
Regular exercise is not only essential for wellbeing but has
also been medicallyproven to reduce stress related disorders. I
personally love YOGA and have seen continuous positive
changes in my mind and body since starting the practice 20
years ago, but everyone is different and the key is doing
something you enjoy! Exercise doesn’t have to be hours in
the gym (that would be my worst nightmare anyway) a
gentle walk in nature, a stroll along the seafront or a hike in
the mountains is good for your body and your soul. Even just
10 minutes of gentle stretching will help your body more than
no exercise at all. It doesnt have to be hard graft. Your body
needs to move, even lazy cats stretch out their muscles, so
moving your body in a gentle way is very helpful. I
personally coundn’t survive without nature so I spend time
walking in forests and fields. Im not focusing on how many
calories I am burning I am just moving my body and
Getting active and out in nature is the best stress relief known
to man! Its free, its easy and everyone can do this no matter
what their level of fitness.I highly recommend that you go for
a walk outside today!
GETTING HELP TO RELAX AND
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.
Tel: 07944 501998
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and Spiritual Coach
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Autumn Recipes to warm the soul...
Mary Berry's butternut
This easy butternut squash soup recipe is
completely dairy-free! It has added red pepper
and ginger, and is deliciously smooth.
For this recipe you will need a 3.5–4 litre/6–7
pint deep-sided saucepan.
1.5kg/3lb 5oz peeled and deseeded butternut
squash, cut into 3cm/1¼in cubes (see tip)
1 large onion, roughly chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
Pakistani spicy potatoes
(aloo bhujia) By Sumayya
This is gorgeous served simply with rice but
also tastes great as a side dish for meat and
500g/1lb 2oz potatoes, cubed
5 tbsp sunflower oil
1½ tbsp ghee
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp nigella seeds
2 tsp coriander seeds
2cm/1in fresh root ginger, peeled and finely
4 garlic cloves, crushed
6 tomatoes, roughly chopped
4 tbsp tomato purée
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp chilli powder, or to taste
2 tbsp dried methi (fenugreek leaves)
1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into cubes
4 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp clear honey (optional)
5cm/2in piece fresh root ginger, peeled and
1.5 litres/2½ pints vegetable stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.
Tip the prepared squash into a large, resealable
freezer bag with the onion, carrots and red
pepper. Add half the oil and salt and pepper and
toss everything together until the vegetables are
evenly coated. Tip into a large roasting tin and
salt, to taste
handful fresh dill, roughly chopped
1 green chilli, thinly sliced
½ lemon, cut into wedges
Parboil the potatoes for a few minutes, then
Heat the oil and ghee in a
saucepan with a lid, until hot.
Add the cumin, nigella and
coriander seeds and allow to
splutter. Turn the heat to low and
add the ginger and garlic. Stir,
ensuring they don’t burn or stick
to the bottom of the pan.
Add the tomatoes, tomato purée,
turmeric, chilli powder and salt to
taste and stir-fry for 6–8 minutes,
or until the oil rises to the top
and the tomatoes are soft. Add
the dried methi and stir.
spread out to form a single layer.
Roast in the oven for 40–45 minutes, or until
tender and tinged brown. Drizzle over the honey,
if using, 5 minutes before the end of cooking.
Place the large, deep-sided saucepan over a
medium heat, add the remaining oil and, when it
is hot, add the ginger and fry for a minute. Pour
in the stock and bring to the boil, then stir in the
roasted vegetables and add salt and pepper.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and, using a
hand blender, blend the mixture until smooth.
Return to the heat to warm through and serve
hot with crusty bread.
Add the parboiled potatoes and 120ml/4fl oz
water, stir and increase the heat to medium.
Cover the pan with the lid and cook for 10–12
minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked and
the liquid has evaporated (you might need to
top up the water). You want a thick sauce and
tender potatoes. Serve sprinkled with the dill,
chilli and a squeeze of lemon.
Apple and pear crumble
By Hattie Ellis
In this crumble, the cooking apples collapse to a
purée that is a nice contrast to chunks of cooked
pear. Use any kind of pear; windfalls and firm ones
are fine. Demerara sugar adds a good crunch to the
topping, as well as flavour.
For the crumble topping
100g/3½oz cold butter, cut into small pieces
125g/4½oz plain flour
75g/2½oz demerara sugar
75g/2½oz roughly chopped nuts (optional)
For the filling
500g/1lb 2oz cooking apples (2 medium–large)
400g/14oz pears (2 medium–large)
½ tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp runny honey
yoghurt, custard or cream, to serve
Preheat the oven to 190C/170C Fan/Gas 5.
To make the crumble topping, put the butter in a
mixing bowl and add the flour. Use the tips of
your fngers to rub the butter into the flour until
you have a texture like large breadcrumbs. Stir in
the sugar and the chopped nuts, if using.
To make the filling, peel, quarter and core the apples
and cut into 1cm/½in pieces. Quarter and
core the pears and cut into 3cm/1¼in chunks
crosswise (no need to peel). Spread the fruit in a
shallow ovenproof dish about 30x20cm/12x8in
and about 5cm/2in deep. Sprinkle over the cinnamon,
drizzle over the honey (dip the spoon in
just-boiled water first and the honey will slide
off), pour over 120ml/4fl oz of water and mix together.
Cover the fruit with the crumble topping,
but do not press it down.
Bake the crumble for 45–55 minutes, or until the
top is lightly brown and the liquid in the bottom
is oozing up around the outside. Serve warm or
hot with yoghurt, custard or, best of all, cold
Baked potato with bacon,
taleggio and leek
- James Martin
Taleggio melts wonderfully and makes a delicious
topping for baked potato, combined here with
bacon and a creamy white wine sauce.
4 large baking potatoes
1 tbsp olive oil
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely sliced
2 leeks, sliced lengthways then across into slices
75ml/2½fl oz white wine
300ml/10½fl oz double cream
150g/5½oz taleggio cheese, roughly chopped
8 slices streaky bacon
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.
Rub the potatoes with the olive oil, prick all over
with a fork and place onto a little pile of sea salt
on a baking tray.
Place the potatoes on the top shelf of the oven
and bake until tender and the skin is crisp, about
an hour. Remove from the oven and set aside until
cool enough to handle.
Meanwhile, heat a frying pan until medium hot.
Add the butter, shallot and garlic and cook for 2-3
minutes, then add the leeks and cook for another
Add the white wine and cook until the volume of
liquid has reduced by half. Add the cream and
cook for 3-4 minutes, or until thickened. Season,
to taste, with salt and black pepper.
When the potatoes are cool enough, cut them into
quarters and place into an ovenproof dish. Pour
the leek sauce over the top then add the taleggio
Heat a frying pan until hot, add the bacon and
cook until golden-brown and crisp. Roughly chop
the bacon and scatter it over the top of the
Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until
golden-brown and bubbling.
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The Shropshire Distillery
Launch Gin School
A gin distillery based in Ellesmere has launched a new gin
school and tour experience for gin lovers. The tours will be
led by Emma Glynn, one of the UK's few female Distillers.
The Shropshire Distillery was launched in 2018 by husband and wife
team, Emma and Gareth Glynn. The distillery released their first
spirit, Shire Gin, in July 2018 followed by their Spiced Gin later that
year. In 2019 they were awarded two prestigious awards at the
International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).
The in-person experiences are expected to be popular, with their
award-winning sprits attracting a loyal following beyond the county
borders. The distillery tours and gin school currently run every
Emma describes the tour and school as the perfect gift for gin
lovers, “It’s great to be showing people how we expertly handcraft
our classic, honest spirits. Our behind-the-scenes tours give gin
lovers an exclusive look at the hard work that goes in to producing
small batches of quality gin and the gin school provides a novel
hands-on experience. There will be plenty of opportunities to sample
our delicious gins as well!”
Owners Emma and Gareth Glynn at the new Gin School
There are two options available to book. The distillery tours include a
welcome drink, a meet and greet with the distiller, the history of gin
and The Shropshire Distillery, a tour of the distillery and the chance
to try four different G&T’s.
The gin school experience combines the distillery tour package with
a botanical talk. Participants will then create their own bespoke gin
using a copper still and botanicals of their choosing. They can take
their own wax sealed bottle home with them.
Emma continues, “Our distillery has a welcoming, rustic feel with
industrial vibes, ensuring a memorable day out. The experiences can
be purchased as a gift voucher or why not treat yourself! We are
limiting numbers to ensure social distancing is still possible, so
book with confidence and join us to enjoy the best gin in the
The tours are priced at £25 per person and take place at 12pm
Saturday afternoons. The Gin School is £90 per person or £120 for
a shared experience for two, and runs at 3pm on Saturdays. To book
The gin experiences can be purchased as gift vouchers - the perfect
Christmas present for gin lovers!
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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
Unfortunately, there are already signs
that pollution levels are returning to
levels closer to those observed prior
to the pandemic. So driving an allelectric
car will benefit every one of
The new Citroen ë-C4 is the fifth
model launched as part of Citroën’s
electrification offensive and is
powered by a 136hp electric motor
and 50kWh battery that can charge at
speeds of up to 100kW through CCS
rapid charging. A single charge gives
up to 217 miles.
This compact hatchback has the
qualities needed to shake up
standards, particularly with the
exterior design which I think is
absolutely gorgeous. New V shaped
LED lighting front and rear have
distinctive front fog lamps with a
cornering function. A black spoiler
across the rear window didn’t
hamper my vision and adds to the
sporty look. There
body colours and
colour packs and
matt black detail.
The interior is just
as good looking, is spacious and full
of gadgets. The large 10 inch high
touchscreen central display controls
the DAB digital radio, six speakers,
Apple car play and android auto
which I discovered can also be
operated by a voice command.
There are simple buttons to change
the air conditioning easily and a flip
lever instead of a handbrake. There is
so much storage space and I like the
sun visors with illuminated vanity
The integrated Smart Pad support to
which I attached my tablet computer
is useful when using the car as an
office. The steering wheel controls
and driver’s instrument cluster let me
know the average mileage I was
achieving. The head up display
showed the mileage I was driving at
and the mileage for the road ahead.
Bumping along potholed urban roads
can be very uncomfortable but this
compact hatchback has enhanced
suspension and supportive seating
which provided me with a very
smooth ride. Citroën’s Progressive
Hydraulic Cushion® technology, has
Progressive Hydraulic cushions with
advanced comfort seats. With broad
cushions and seat backs, they
combine high-density foam at the
heart of each seat, and a thick 15mm
layer of extra textured foam on the
surface. It is so relaxing for long
The ë-C4 has a “Brake” feature to
increase the slowing of the car
without pressing the brake pedal. The
system allows for the recovery of
energy when slowing the car, and the
driver can partially recharge the
battery and increase the range.
Several driving modes are available,
activated by the mode selector on the
centre console: Eco, Normal or Sport.
The system allows the driver to
choose between performance or
So take a deep breath and take
advantage of the environmental
benefits of driving Citroen’s allelectric
e-C4. New owners will find
zero odour and zero noise, zero
vibrations, zero CO2 emissions and
zero congestion charges.
Facts at a Glance
Model: Citroen e-C4 Shine
Power: Lithium-ion battery and
Performance: 0-62mph in 9 seconds and on to a top
speed of 93mph
CO2 emissions: Zero
EV Range: Up to 217 miles (WLTP)
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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.
1.25 kg rolled beef topside, trimmed of excess fat
300g shallots, peeled
4 carrots, peeled and chopped into cubes
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 3.5cm chunks
1 celeriac, peeled and chopped into 3.5cm chunks
150g fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
100ml medium-sweet sherry, Madeira or port
6 large fresh sprigs of thyme
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1. Preheat the oven to 190°C.
2. Mix the breadcrumbs and fennel seeds in a bowl with the leaves from 2
of the thyme sprigs and seasoning to taste. Mix with 2 tbsps of the oil.
3. Place the beef in a roasting tin and spread with the mustard. Press the
crumb mixture on the top of the meat to make a neat, firm crust before
placing in oven.
4. Mix the vegetables in a bowl with remaining oil, then after 1 hour add the
vegetables to the oven, arranged around the meat.
5. Place some foil over the beef and cook for a further 40 minutes, turning
and basting the vegetables occasionally.
6. Once cooked, remove the meat and vegetables to a warmed serving dish
and cover with foil.
7. Pour 300ml water into the roasting tin and bring to a boil on the hob,
scraping up the meat juices from the bottom of the tin.
8. Add the sherry, Madeira or port and boil steadily for 5–7 minutes, stirring
from time to time, until the liquid is reduced by about half. Serve in a jug
with sliced meat and vegetables.
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By Sue Cooke
My daughter was worried about
keeping her pristine hair in place
but with windows up and a small
wind deflector between the backs
of the two front seats, there was
very little wind buffeting although
that is something I usually enjoy.
The Mazda MX-5 is for people who just
like driving and to support its
phenomenal reliability the consumer
organisation ‘Which’ has named the
Mazda MX-5 coupe the most reliable
older car you can buy. Not a single
owner in the survey reported their car
breaking down. The two-seater even
scored the top score for its cars that are
9-14 years old. ‘Which’ says the current
generation convertible is the most
reliable car under three years old.
It is a lot easier than I thought to get in
and out of as seats sit high and doors
are light and stay open when pushed.
In true sports style, seats are bucket
shaped with integrated headrest and I
found them very comfortable. The
interior cabin space is luxurious and the
long list of standard specification items
include new wireless Apple CarPlay
with 7 inch colour touch screen display
and DAB radio.
There are two cup holders between the
seats, a useful covered and lockable
storage space behind the seats and space
in the centre console. Luckily for our
potential plant shopping spree, there is
no compromise to the luggage space
with the roof down, which is 127 litres.
Whenever I road test the MX-5 I think
of a friend, her husband and their
luggage who embarked on a drive
around Europe for three weeks in a
Mark III MX-5.
For 2021, there are 10 versions of the
MX-5 to choose from, four convertibles
and six RFs. Safety features have the
reassurance of 21st century technology.
There is a choice of engines with
Mazda’s award winning Skyactiv-G
technology which delivers improved
levels of performance and economy. I
road tested the 132ps powered 1.5-litre
engine which has a promising roar on
start-up that does not disappoint. The
instant acceleration with quick agile
overtaking is brilliant. There is also a
184ps powered 2 litre engine.
First launched in 1990, the MX-5 has
what the Japanese company calls Jinba
Ittai ‘horse and rider working in
harmony’, providing a precise steering
wheel feel; instant performance and
with rear wheel drive, the handling and
cornering that provokes pure driving
exhilaration, especially on a sunny
Facts at a Glance
Model: Mazda MX-5 R-Sport
Price: £28,250 otr
Engine: 1.5 Skyactiv-G petrol
Performance: 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds
and on to a top speed of 126 mph
CO2 emissions: 142g/km
Combined fuel consumption: 44.8 mpg
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The future is bright following Tettenhall College’s A Level success
Teachers and staff at Tettenhall
College have been celebrating the
fantastic results achieved by their
pupils this week. The resilience,
determination, and perseverance
displayed over this unprecedented
time has been rightly rewarded for all
those who have worked so hard.
A Levels were celebrated with a 100%
pass rate and 85% achieving A* to B
grades. Teachers, students and parents
celebrated the Year 13 results, with a
superb set of academic grades ensuring
every student will be joining their firstchoice
university, with half being
prestigious Russell Group institutions.
All students are to be hugely
congratulated. Some of the stand out
performances being celebrated this year
include an outstanding 5 A* grades for
full boarder Zuzanna Malysz who is
heading to University College London
(UCL) to study Economics and Statistics.
With A*, A*, A* grades in Maths, Biology
and Chemistry, Esa Asghar will be
heading to the University of Manchester
to study Medicine.
Head Prefect David MarrNaylor secured
a superb A*, A, A which will take him to
the University of Exeter for a Combined
Honours Degree, whilst fellow Head
Prefect Jimmy Hague will study
Economics at the University of
Loughborough having earned A, A, B in
Economics, History and Physical
Sofiat Onafuwa is now preparing to start
her time at Kings College London, where
she will study Biomedical Science with
her A, A, A grades now secure. Also, off
to Kings College London is Yi Zhou who
will study Mathematics with Statistics.
GCSE pupils also attained exceptional
results with 97% pupils achieving 5 or
more GCSE’s grade 94 (A*C) and 34%
achieved an impressive grade 97 (A* A).
With a terrific nine grade 9s and a grade
8, Imogen Wright is today celebrating
and looking forward to commencing her
A levels in September at Tettenhall
College. Eashan Chumber also delivered
a stellar performance with nine grade 9s
and one grade 8. Ella Caffrey did
outstandingly well with 10 A grade
results, levels 9 – 7, six of which were the
top level 9. Coming in with her very
proud mum was Chelsea Wantling who
secured nine level 7s and 8s which will
give her a superb springboard up into
Sixth Form studies at Tettenhall in
Headmaster, Mr McAllister said, “The
fantastic results, awarded to our A Level
and GCSE students, reflect their
commitment and ambition; they deserve
to be congratulated. I have the utmost
admiration for their spirit and
Mr McAllister went on to say, “What is
clear from both our A Level and GCSE
results is that a commitment to teaching
every single timetabled lesson, whether
in person or digitally, an outstanding
pastoral system, small class sizes and an
outstanding Enrichment Programme, all
come together to deliver the highest
outcomes. Excellent independent schools
across the country like ours, are
demonstrating that it is this approach
that is so important and so effective for
our young people, giving them the ability
to choose their future pathways”.
The College looks forward to welcoming
their new Sixth Form cohort in a few
A limited number of places are still
available for September 2021. Further
details are available from the College
An open day with a difference
Saturday 25th September 2021
01902 751 119
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
Martin Stott, the headteacher at Old
Hall School in Wellington, said they had
been fortunate at Old Hall that as soon
as schools were allowed to fully open,
swimming sessions had continued in
strict class bubbles during the
“At Old Hall, every child swims at least
once a week from the moment they
start in reception and many go on to
take part in extra swim squad sessions
as they progress through the school,”
added Mr Stott.
“It’s a part of the weekly timetable that
is so important to us that we will do
everything in our power to ring-fence
it in the school calendar throughout the
year. Those efforts doubled as
swimming came under threat
elsewhere thanks to the series of
“Fortunately, thanks to having a
fabulous swimming pool on-site, which
we share with Wrekin College, we were
able to maintain swimming lessons in
strict class bubbles throughout the
time the school was open,” said Mr
“Our online learning during the
pandemic has also ensured the
children are all relatively on track
academically, meaning we have not
needed to sacrifice our swimming time
to help them catch up on other key
“The benefits to the children are almost
immeasurable - not only in terms of
exercise but also for their mental wellbeing
and the fact this is a skill which
can actively saves lives.”
Most children at the school can swim
25 metres confidently by the age of
seven and will take part in competitive
swimming events and galas where they
earn points for their house from as
early as the age of five.
By the time they are aged seven, some
of them will be swimming
competitively against other schools
and even go on to compete at regional
and national levels.
“Our team is dedicated to putting in
any extra effort needed to get children
in the pool as young and as often as
possible because they know it is such
an important life skill to have.”
Old Hall is an independent school for
children aged 4-11. To find out more
about Old Hall contact Katy in our
Admissions Department on 01952
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website at www.oldhall.co.uk. You can
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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
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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
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
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the coming months.
First priority is the happiness of
Children at Wolverhampton Grammar
School receive pastoral care like
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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.
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
Interested to learn more?
Simply visit the website to register for
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alternatively please contact the
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Grammar School telephone
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Birchfield School near Albrighton is looking forward to an
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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
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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
“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.’
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More than just a
first year of
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
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
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
Saturday 18th September
GTG Training Academy,
Enquiries can be made to
check out our social media pages
Danielle on 07821 965200
Principal & Franchisee at Razzamataz
Theatre Schools Wolverhampton
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Guests at the anniversary, organised by Shropshire Events, enjoyed a glass of fizz from the
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committal at the crematorium. The local Crematoria which serve
our community are Bushbury, Telford and Gornal Wood. Following
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For a burial you can use an existing family grave in a local
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what some the
Early on one of your first most important decisions is who to
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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
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Soon after a bereavement, you will be very busy with both practical
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Each number in our Cross Code grid represents a different letter
of the alphabet. You have three letters in the control grid to start
you off. Enter them in the appropriate squares in the main grid,
then use your knowledge of words to work out which letters
should go in the missing squares.
As you get the letters, fill in other squares with the same number
in the main grid and control grid. Check off the alphabetical list of
letters as you identify them.
Using all 16 letters of the phrase above, form
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.
1. Brian May has played lead guitar
for more than 40 years with
which rock group?
2. At Rio 2016, who cycled their
way into the history books to
become Great Britain’s most
decorated female Paralympian?
3. Which landmark is used as the
high water reference point for all
British tide tables?
4. Which inland sea fills the deepest
depression on the Earth’s
5. What is the title of the US
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How many words of four
letters or more can you
make from this
Nonagram? Each word
must use the central letter,
and each letter may be
used only once. At least
one word using all nine
letters can be found.
18 Good; 22 Very Good;
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).
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phrase by moving from one
chamber to another within
the pyramid. You may
only enter each of the
chambers once and
may only proceed
in the walls. The
first letter may
appear in any
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6. The piccolo belongs to
which group of orchestral
7. Boy George is the lead
singer of which New
8. While at St Andrew’s
University, Prince William
captained his team in which
9. The Carnatic Wars were
fought in which country?
10. Benbecula is in which British
group of islands?
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been mixed up.
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9 8 4 3
2 8 6
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9 3 7
2 7 3 6
8 1 7 4
3 9 7
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6 1 3 4
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Place the four signs (add,
subtract, multiply, divide)
one in each circle so that
the total of each across
and down line is the same.
Perform the first calculation in each
line first and ignore the mathematical
law which says you should always
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before addition and subtraction.
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Memoirs from the
The Eighties were a great decade, where fashion met
music and after the drab black and white seventies of
striking and unemployment, it was a revolution of taste
and choices. With the leadership of Margaret Thatcher,
Britain changed comprehensively, its flair and
imagination, but also its greed and selfishness. As
Gordon Gekko famously said in the movie Wall Street,
"Greed is Good '' So the rich get richer and the
poor.....(well you know the story), get poorer!!
Thankfully as a country, and as a world I hope we have come
a long way towards a fairer and supportive world, but there is
still a long way to go as the distribution of the Covid Vaccine
will tell us. But way back in 1985 I started my comprehensive
education in the heart of Wolverhampton and being a tall,
physically fit young guy who also happened to be captain of
the Football and Rugby sides I didn't have a bad time during
that period, however, there were other guys in my year at
school that maybe didn't have the same breaks as me, I'm
not saying I was richer than most, in fact with my dad passing
away when I was young, and my mother bringing me up
single handedly we never had the proverbial two pennies to
rub together, but I had the love and support I needed.
One of my fellow pupils in that year, Paul Lovell didn't get
those breaks, but he survived and to his massive credit has
brilliantly chronicled those hard events of growing up in two
terrific books Playing Out: Swings and Roundabouts, and
Empty Corridors: Learning to Fail. In Paul's words: Nestled in
a valley, surrounded by trees in a Teletubby landscape with a
stream meandering through the centre, is a far cry from the
concrete cul-de-sac in Warstones where life began. Yet it is
these streets and areas such as Compton, where I went to
school, that inspires me.
Raised on benefits by a non-conformist father. A lorry driver,
given up at birth and taught by nuns, it would be fair to say,
he never learned how to love. Yet he endeavoured to be both
mother and father to five children, the eldest being six, the
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,
can I have it!” was chanted every meal time. Summer
holidays, pocket money, Easter and birthdays, occasions that
bestowed disappointment. Playing Out: Swings and
Roundabouts set in the 70s, is an optimistic tale about street
games, sewerage tunnels and scrumping. It shares the fun
side to poverty and carries a message of hope. Even when
our father breaks down and puts us into care. It is enjoyed as
a holiday. After obtaining a box of matches there is a garden
fire and later a campaign to sweep the streets clean. I am
fully involved. So in-between the plague of ladybirds, a day
trip to Blackpool and waiting on the wall for my mates to be
allowed to play out, I reveal my quirky existence. In contrast,
Empty Corridors: Learning to Fail carrying on into the 80s and
secondary school. Is a darker period, where my growing
awareness seeks to destroy my fragile standing. Trends,
school trips and tuck shops sweets, a time of want and
resentment. I feel inferior. My sullen attitude develops and I
use naughtiness to disguise my inadequacies. I fight with
teachers and turn to crime. When puberty hits, I suspect I
may be gay and the world has made it clear what it thinks of
queers. l fear rejection, so I dabble in drugs. Things need to
get worse before they can get better.
Good news!!… No longer the outcast. This Black Country Boy
is now a jolly chap living amongst Swiss villagers in
Schwarzbubenland, which translates as black-boys-land and
like our UK region, makes reference to iron ore workers
blackened by coal. So from one Black Country to another!!
Revel in the nostalgia of our youth with these quirky,
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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
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
home at the development on Christmas
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
place to live.”
Jenny, who lives with her daughter in a twobedroom
Holly house type, added: “I wanted a
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
“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,
said: “We were so pleased that everyone was
finally able to meet each other properly and
enjoy celebrating their new homes and
neighbourhood. It sounded like a fantastic day
and hopefully it’s the beginning of many
community-led gatherings and activities.
“The Steadings development, which is
managed by Pride in the Job Quality Award
winner Adam Harrison, offers glorious
countryside on its doorstep and provides the
best of rural living, while still boasting excellent
travel links to Wolverhampton, Lichfield,
Cannock and it’s within easy reach of the M6.”
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