Wolverhampton Christmas Edition 2021


Welcome to the wonderful Christmas edition of your Wolverhampton Scene magazine. Packed with so many wonderful businesses and features, fashion and so much more.
Enjoy and thank you for supporting local!
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Artist Amanda Whittome

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2021 - A year in review

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Top tips for hip and knee health from

experts at Spire Little Aston Hospital

As you get older, you may find that your

hips and knees ache or feel stiff more

often. This may be down to natural

wear and tear, however, injuries,

osteoarthritis and accidents can also

affect your joints and cause mobility


Building and maintaining hip and knee

strength is essential to help your joints

work well so you can get on with

everyday tasks without discomfort and

enjoy a full and active lifestyle.

While some wear and tear to your

knees and hips may need medical

attention, there are things you can do to

protect and strengthen your joints and

therefore reduce your risk of problems.

Here are some easy ways to take care

of your knees and hips, ensure they

stay strong for as long as possible and

reduce your risk of osteoarthritis.

1. Maintain a healthy weight

Your weight can have a huge effect on

your joints, especially your knees and

hips as these are load-bearing, which

means they carry your body weight.

Extra weight puts extra pressure on

them, which can cause them to wear

out much faster.

2. Stay active

Inactivity can cause your joints to

become stiff and weak, reducing your

range of motion. To keep your knees

and hips working properly, you need to

keep moving.

This doesn’t necessarily mean you

need to head to the gym every day.

There are plenty of gentle exercises

you can do on a daily basis that will

help, including walking and other lowimpact

activities such as cycling and


Swimming or exercising in water

reduces the pressure on your joints,

while still allowing you to build their


3. Improve your posture

Good posture isn’t just vital for a

healthy spine, it can affect every part of

your body, including your knees and

hips. If you don’t pay attention to your

posture, it’s easy to start slouching,

especially if you work at a desk during

the day. Your posture can also worsen

as you get older, causing you to

become stooped.

4. Strengthen your knee muscles

When it comes to reducing knee pain

and improving overall knee health, it

isn’t just about the joints. You also need

to strengthen the muscles that support

your knee joints.

Doing exercises that build up your

hamstrings, abductors and quadriceps

will help to protect the cartilage in your

knee joints and therefore maintain your

joint health

5. Watch your diet

What you eat affects your hip and knee

health. Eat a diet rich in omega–3 fatty

acids as they help reduce stiffness in

your joints and reduce inflammation

that can lead to joint pain. You can

either take omega–3 supplements or

eat oily fish, such as salmon and

mackerel, several times a week.

Vitamin E is also important for joint

health as it too can reduce

inflammation. Maintaining good vitamin

E levels has been found to lower the

risk of joint damage. Good sources of

dietary vitamin E include nuts,

sunflower seeds and avocado.

A diet rich in antioxidants is also great

for your joint health as they reduce

inflammation, which often occurs in

arthritis and causes joint pain.

Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries,

spinach, kale and beetroots are all

good sources of antioxidants.

6. Wear supportive shoes

The shoes you wear can have a big

impact on the health of your knees and

hips. Hard-soled shoes allow the impact

of your foot hitting the floor to be felt

right up through your legs and into your

knees and hips. Meanwhile, wearing

heels can affect your centre of gravity,

putting extra pressure on your knees

and hips.

Wearing comfortable shoes that provide

the right support will improve the

alignment of your joints and reduce the

pressure on them. Your shoes should

have a soft, shock-absorbing sole to

reduce the impact of your feet hitting

the floor with each step and should also

be fitted correctly to stop your feet

rolling inward or outward.

7. Listen to your body

While regular stretching and exercising

are important to keep your knees and

hips healthy, you need to make sure

you’re not overdoing it. Carrying on with

your routine if your joints are painful,

swollen or stiffer than usual can cause

further damage.

Take stock of any discomfort or pain

you’re experiencing and if you notice

your symptoms getting worse during a

particular activity, take a break and look

after your joints.

You can reduce any pain or swelling in

your knees or hips by applying an ice

pack to help reduce inflammation. Don’t

put the ice pack directly on your skin,

instead wrap it in a tea towel or flannel,

and don’t leave it on for longer than 20

minutes. For stiffness, heat packs or

soaking in a warm bath can help relax

your muscles and ease any tension

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As the colder days of winter creep in, there’s still

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For Christmas festivities wines always find general favour.

Which wines, what with and when, need not be so complex. I

selected some popular choices, that satisfy many situations

and also pair with food, admirably. Not forgetting Santa (and

his grown-up helpers!), when he does his rounds, a joyful

sherry is always welcome!

For Christmas morning Bucks Fizz has become a regular,

traditional, option, for many. A mix of two parts orange juice

and one part champagne, can incorporate your favourite

champagne. I like a champagne that is powerful, elegant and

crisp. Bucks Fizz can also be purchased ready mixed, in


To accompany turkey, Merlot can be classed as a lighter wine

option. Chilean Merlot is wonderful and Clos Apalta Casa

Lapostolle is excellent. This dark-coloured production is bold

and voluptuous. A great recommendation for a wine to enjoy

around the Christmas table.

informed), makes a brilliant tasting addition to a rich and

fruity Christmas punch, as well as being a fabulous pairing

with Christmas pudding.

Port is a trusted favourite, for ending a meal, particularly with

cheeses. A favourite of mine is Graham’s. The deep ruby-red

colour entices to the dark, fruity bouquet, which furthers the

enjoyment for the mouthfeel and palate, with a long finish.

We cannot forget Santa, of course! A good idea (in my

opinion) is to leave a very acceptable sherry for Santa – and

his grown-up helpers! Fernando de Castilla Classic Pedro

Ximenez I find to be a sherry that goes on pleasing. Big on

flavour and sweetness, this is very good and elegant.

I know, I know, it’s that time of year again. But, if it works, it

works! I hope you have a wonderful time and enjoy the drinks

(if you wish to) that suit you. Merry Christmas!

Goose has a stronger flavour than turkey and Pinot Noir

makes a splendid accompaniment. Villa Maria Reserve

Marlborough, from New Zealand, pairs well with the rich

flavours of goose. The complex palate is well-balanced for

this wine, which is regularly chosen as a pairing for this dish.

Cherry Brandy Liqueur, having grand notes of maraschino

cherries and fresh morella, is also splendid by itself. The

Grant’s production (a favourite tipple of Queen Victoria, I am

As always, Enjoy!

Trevor Langley


Christmas Day

Special Lunch


Zuppa Della Casa (v)

Soup of the day

Avocado Bernardo

Finely sliced avocado with fresh water prawns

dressed with marie rose sauce

Salmone Affumicato

Smoked Salmon with thinly chopped white


and capers

Verdure Grigliate Marinate (v)

Grilled peppers, aubergines, carrots,

courgettes and fennel, drizzled with honey

and mustard vinaigrette, rocket salad, topped

with parmesan shavings

Main Course

Tacchino Con ripeno Di Castagne

Turkey with chestnut stuffing, chipolatas

wrapped in pancetta, served with Italian gravy


£44.95 per person

Manzo Con rosmarino

Pan fried sirloin, with olive oil, shallots, demi

glaze, rosemary, red wine reduction

Seabass Signor Sassi

Pan fried seabass fillets, white wine and

garlic, seasonal winter mushroom

Rack of Lamb

Served with red wine and mint sauce

Pollo Alla Cacciatore

Chicken breast served with mushrooms,

shallots, peppers, basil in a tomato and red

wine sauce


Selection of desserts

AlaCarte menu

Available on request

Christmas Lunch &

Dinner Party Menu

Lunch - 2 Course £14.95 / 3 Course £17.95

Dinner - £23.95 per person (From 18th Nov - 24th Dec)


Zuppa Della Casa

Homemade Soup of the day

Insalata Di Gamberetti

North atlantic prawns, onabedofcrisp

lettuce, topped with caper and lemon

dressing, served with brown bread

Insalata Caprice

Buffalo Mozarella, Sweet plum tomatoes,

avocado, drizzled with a balsamic and olive

oil vinaigrette, red chard salad

Calamari Fritti

Baby squid coated in a tempura batter,

deep fried, served with a touch of caper

mayonnaise, on a bed of rocket salad

Main Course

Tacchino Con Ripeno Di Castagne

Turkey with chestnut stuffing, chipolatas

wrapped inpancetta,servedwithItalian gravy

Now taking



New Year’s


Fettucine Vegetiriano

Flat pasta, with baby spinach, baby plum

tomatoes, shallot, white wine, creamy

parmesan sauce

Pollo Alla Crema

Pan fried chicken breast cooked in white

wine, mushroom and cream sauce

Salmone Cardinale

Salmon supreme in a cream, tomato and

white wine sauce


Selection of desserts

All main course are served with potatoes and

vegetables. Vegetarian dishes are available

(please ask your waiter). There will be a £10


non-transferable deposit required per person

to reserve your table





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7th November

Grand Theatre, Rob Beckett,



Bantock House Museum, Antiques

Fair 9am - 3.30pm


13th November

Wolverhampton Racecourse, Race

Meeting (First Race 4.30pm)


Bantock House Museum Christmas

Shopping Market (13th &

14th)11am - 4pm


15th November

Grand Theatre, The Upbeat



16th November

Grand Theatre, Rush - A Joyous

Jamaican journey


17th November

Grand Theatre, You Win Again -

Bee Gees


18th November

Grand Theatre, The Gary

Powndland Show


19th November

Grand Theatre, Supreme Queen


20th November

Molineux, Wolves v West Ham

3pm Kick off


Wolverhampton Racecourse, Race

Meeting (First Race 4.30pm)


Bantock House Museum,

Christmas Shopping Market (20th

& 21st) 11am - 4pm


Christmas Light

Switch on's!

20th November

City Centre 3pm - 7pm

Lights Switch on 6pm

25th November

Wednesfield 4.30pm- 7pm

Lights Switch on 6.30pm

26th November

Bilston 4.30pm- 7pm

Lights Switch on 6.30pm

27th November

Tettenhall 4.30pm- 7pm

Lights Switch on 6.30pm

28th November

Bantock Park 4.30pm- 7pm

Lights Switch on 6.30pm

21st November

Grand Theatre, Romesh

Ranganathan - The Cynics Mixtape


23rd November

Wolverhampton Racecourse, Race

Meeting (First Race 4.00pm)


25th November

Wolverhampton Racecourse, Race

Meeting (First Race 12.33pm)


27th November

Wolverhampton Racecourse, Race

Meeting (First Race 4.00pm)


29th November

Wolverhampton Racecourse, Race

Meeting (First Race 4.00pm)


30th November

Molineux, Wolves v Burnley

7.45pm kick off


Friday 3rd


Christmas fair

Codsall Village Centre

4pm - 8pm

FREE entry

2 hours of fun, food,

music & shopping.

Santa bearing gifts

Carols around the

Christmas tree 7pm


4th December

Molineux, Wolves v Liverpool 3pm

Kick off

Grand Theatre, CINDERELLA

(4th December - 9th January)


5th December

Bantock House Museum, Antiques

Fair 9am - 3.30pm


11th December

Bantock House Museum,

Christmas Shopping Market (11th

& 12th) 11am - 4pm


18th December

Molineux, Wolves v Chelsea 3pm

Kick off


26th December

Molineux, Wolves v Watford 3pm

Kick off

Happy Christmas



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It’s Christmas

Tis the Christmas Season of party, party,

party and after the last 12 months we are all

ready to let our hair down and enjoy

ourselves like never before, but remember to

make sure that if you are going to "Party like

it's 1999" make sure you don't regret anything

the next day!!

going to use a taxi service, remember to prebook

one as in these times it is not just HGV

drivers that are in short supply, it will bring

you that peace of mind rather, than

standing around for half an hour, freezing

and being told that your cab "Is just round

the corner"

It's hard not to get carried away with

Christmas parties, catching up with friends

and then the family festivities themselves! So

here are a few tips to make sure you have a

brilliant and safe time!

(1) When going out remember to have a

good meal to soak up that alcohol and also

snacks in between drinks, that then slows up

that absorption of alcohol, which means you

are more in control.

(2) Avoid drinking before you go out, or preloading

as it's called, again you want to

enjoy your evening, instead of not being

able to remember anything about it!

(3) Pace yourself while drinking, maybe even

have a couple of soft drinks or water in


(4) If you are heading out to a Christmas

Party or anything over the festivities and are

(5) And talking of "Freezing" remember to

take a coat with you, you might not want it

at the beginning of the evening, but you'll

be sure to be glad of it at the end of the


Wherever you are going out and about this

Christmas and by the way have a look at

some of the pages in our magazines for

some absolutely brilliant nights out over the

Festivities!! Have a Great, Enjoyable and

most importantly Safe time from everybody

at The Scene and SY1 magazines and bring

on 2022!!

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Bringing the Taste of Bangladesh to Bridgnorth...

Eurasia tandoori restaurant has

been open since 1975. The team at

Eurasia are always maintaining

high standard services and

providing quality food to its

customers. Eurasia’s team is

always keen to introduce new

dishes in its menu.

Chef Ali has recently added more

fish and vegetarian dishes to the

menu. The team at Eurasia believe

vegetable and fish dishes can seem

less of a priority in most other

Indian restaurants and they

concentrate more on lamb and

chicken dishes, where at Eurasia we

like to have a good balance and

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options, thereby giving you the true

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Over the years Eurasia has

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Chef Award and most recently

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perfection with every dish, he

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kitchen, carefully selecting

ingredients to create authentic

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Eurasia would like to appreciate our

local community for supporting us to

during this difficult and it

unprecedented times. We extended



our gratitude to the NHS staff who

have been thriving in keeping

everyone safe in the future we hope

we can continue providing

exceptional hospitality and service to

the people of Bridgnorth and



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2020 with every dish he creates!

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The Season So far...

probably a 7th spot again is a much more realistic

position, (I hope).

Aston Villa have had a similar start to the season as

Wolves, again in that mid table position and again on

there day are capable of beating any team in the

Premiership, well apart from the big three of Liverpool,

Man City & Chelsea and over the last couple of transfer

windows they have bought really well, with the likes of

Emiliano Martinez, Danny Ings, Tyrone Mings and Ollie

Watkins coming to the club. But will the sale of Jack

Grealish have a detrimental effect on the team? I don't

think so and like Wolves, I can see them competing for

those European slots.

Will Molineux be seeing European Football next season?

Well it has been an interesting start of the season as far

as our football clubs are concerned and at the Scene,

we look at how they have performed, especially the

guys at the Golden Palace.

Wolves swapped Nuno for Bruno and with that, the new

manager Bruno Lage had promised a more attacking

emphasis and for the first three games his side definitely

didn't disappoint as they were on the front foot and had

more shots towards goal then any other Premier League

team, unfortunately they didn't score and were picked off

1-0 each time by Leicester, Tottenham and Man Utd

respectively, so after that, a more conservative approach

has resulted in more victories and more clean sheets

which, thankfully moved the club from close to the

relegation zone to a more mid table position and

hopefully they can move onwards and upwards towards

that 7th spot again and a bit more European Football

back at Molineux for 2022.

With signings such as Hwang Hee-Chan whose

nickname is Bull, (Rather appropriate for Wolves), who

at the time of going to print has had 4 shots at goal and

scored 4 goals, not a bad return! The Gold and Black

side of the region is not looking too bad at the moment.

But in general, looking at the Premier League this

season there are three clubs who are by far, better than

the rest, Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea and to be

honest the rest of the clubs (Norwich apart) are very

similar, all capable of beating each other, so who is to

say Wolves couldn't finish 4th and play Champions

League next season, (We can but dream), however,

Will the Albion boing boing bounce back up this season??

What of Wolves' Black country neighbours West

Bromwich? Well, after relegation from the Premier

League last season they are fighting back and with a

new manager like Valerien Ismael who did wonders with

Barnsley, he definitely has the hunger and ability to

bounce them back this season (Boing Boing! See what I

did there!). The way they have started is showing they

can be planning Black Country Derbies again next


And finally we look at the other team in the Second City,

Birmingham. Well their results so far this season have

not been too great, however, with a good manager like

Lee Boyer and astute signings like boyhood Birmingham

fan Troy Deeney they shouldn't be looking over their

shoulder for too long.

But one thing for sure it is so great having fans back in

football grounds as they have been massively missed.

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They say that diamonds are

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Our jewellery auctions are frequented by dealers, private

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Christmas gift! Often at our jewellery views we have

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Jewellery is often something that people hand down

from generation to generation and it is quite common to

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Brooches are not necessarily items that people

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something available to those who could afford it; and

these days at auction they can be purchased for a

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and depending on size they can range from £50 to


Necklaces and earrings are also really sought after.

Again, diamonds feature heavily in the popularity stakes

right now, with diamond studs and diamond and pearl

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260g plain flour

170g soft butter

80g caster sugar


150g shop-bought or homemade mincemeat

Crumble topping

225g self-raising flour

80g butter

80g caster sugar

Ring the changes with the mince pies

this festive season by topping with

crumble instead of pastry.



100g caster sugar

2 tsps ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 tsp ground ginger

3/4 tsp ground allspice

1/2 tsp salt

425g plain flour

225g butter, softened


1. Preheat the oven to 220℃.

2. Make the pastry cases by mixing flour and sugar in a bowl, then

rubbing in the butter. Knead well to form a smooth paste.

3. Roll out thinly and cut into circles using a large cutter to line about

24 pie tins. Fill with mincemeat.

4. For the crumble topping, rub butter into flour until it resembles

breadcrumbs. Add sugar and mix thoroughly. Top the mincemeat with

the crumble mix.

5. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the bases are golden.

6. Cool on a wire rack and serve warm.


1. Preheat the oven to 180 C.

2. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, cinnamon, cardamom,

ginger, allspice and salt. Divide into two equal parts, and set one


3. Add the flour and butter to the other half, and stir until blended. It

should be slightly grainy.

4. Press the dough evenly into a 20cm square tin. Cut into 2.5x5cm

pieces using a knife, and prick with the tines of a fork.

5. Sprinkle the reserved sugar and spice liberally over the top then

bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and

golden at the edges. Do not brown.

6. Cool completely in the tin, and break into pieces along the lines to


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A 20m x 10m ice rink will be installed at the Luna Springs

site on Lower Trinity Street.

Festive entertainment schedule will take in a Santa Jazz Band, The Nutcracker on

Ice, Bavarian Bands, The Bad Santa Christmas Show – and real life reindeer!

Luna Springs will bring a Christmas

spectacular to Digbeth this winter

with a series of festive activities

and daily entertainment. A 20m x

10m ice rink will be installed at the

Luna Springs site from 21st

October whilst a 500-cover

marquee, Camp Luna, will provide

respite from the winter weather and

a venue for Christmas parties with

a twist.

The Digbeth Ice Rink

Where Luna Springs’ al fresco

stage once sat will be transformed

into a 20m x 10m ice rink with a

line-up of exciting ice-related

shenanigans. Part of the stage will

remain in situ against the ice rink,

whereas the rest will be placed

within Camp Luna.

to curling, as well as ice skating


The Digbeth Ice Rink will open from


Camp Luna

From 16th October Luna Springs will

be home to a giant 500 covers-strong

festive marquee. Camp Luna will

provide guests respite from the great

British weather and an extravagant

location for festive parties. The winter

season of entertainment will take in

the Ultimate Battle of the Bavarian

bans, a Santa Jazz Band, Voice of

London Gospel Carols, a Christmas

gift-off/ swap shop and The Bad


Christmas Show as well as Bongo’s

Bingo and the Untold Orchestra.

Under the Luna Springs arches will

be host to a multitude of festival

treats and outlandish activities.

Tom Kidd, Adventure Bar Group

founder, said, “In line with our aim of

making Lunar Springs the best

venue in the midlands, we really

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written in French

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McDonald's symbol than the

Christian cross.


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D-Day landings.

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transmission stopped for an hour to encourage them to go to

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There are more libraries in Britain's prisons

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Goose offers a different opportunity for the Christmas table and this

recipe is particularly decadent.



1 whole (5 to 6kg) goose

250g uncooked wild rice, cooked

75g chopped toasted hazelnuts

2 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored

and chopped

1 small onion, chopped

2 tsps ground savoury or thyme

3 tbsps chopped fresh parsley

1½ tbsps plain flour

1 litre of water

salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC.

2. Mix together the cooked rice, nuts, apples, onion and

herbs. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Remove the neck, heart and gizzard from the goose.

Wash and dry the bird inside and out. Fill the cavity of

the goose with the stuffing, skewer closed and lace

string around the skewers. Truss the bird.

4. Roast for 1½ hours. Turn and roast for another 1½

hours, draining off any excess fat.

5. While the goose is roasting, place the neck, heart and

gizzard in a saucepan with water. Let simmer gently,

partially covered, for several hours, until reduced by


6. Pour off all but 1 tbsp of the fat from the roasting tin

and sprinkle in the flour. Set the tin over low heat and

stir for a minute, scraping up all the browned bits.

7. Add the stock from the giblets to the pan, and whisk

until smooth to make the gravy.








Wolverhampton takes full advantage of having a full week of Christmas

shopping markets in Dudley Street, stalls located right in the heart of the city

centre, in the main pedestrianised shopping area.

Amidst famous name stores and fabulous restaurants, bars, and eateries, our

festive stalls radiate a real sense of a traditional Christmas, reaching out and

appealing to shoppers from near & far, with a diverse mix of local &

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As we come to the end of 2021 we

look back at the last 12 months,

the positives and also the

negatives, though you may argue

there have been more negatives

than positives!!

When we look back in a decade, at

this period of time I'm sure we will be

thankful at the very least for surviving,

but hopefully we all now, have a new

perspective for the future, to treat our

fellow man with more respect, love

and freedom that maybe we didn't do


2021 has been a year when most of us

have been "Doubled Jabbed" (if we

wanted to) and now we can finally plan

for the future, our holidays, our

career's and most importantly our

wellbeing!But what was 2021 all about,

what will we remember, who will we


Well the year started with the end of

Donald Trump and the beginning of

Joe Biden's tenure in office as the

46th President of The United States,

what will his presidency bring to the

world? Well we shall see, but at the

very least he will bring a calming

quality to the role that his predecessor

certainly didn't have. I doubt he will

have any impeachment trials like Mr

Trump, but we shall see.

2021 was the year that should have

been 2020. With the postponements

last year of the Olympics, the

Paralympics and the European

Football Championships, they were all

still called 2020 events even though

they all took place this year!! Mainly

because re-branding these events

would have cost an absolute fortune!!

2021 was also a sad year for the

people we lost. The Duke of

Edinburgh being first and foremost the

Queen's rock during her time on the

throne. Born 10th June 1921 Prince

Phillip met Princess Elizabeth in 1934

and married her after the war in 1947.

When she came to the throne in 1952

The Duke of Edinburgh sacrificed his

military career to be her Consort and

for an ambitious go-getting person this

must have been such a tough position

to be in, but as he loved his Queen so

much there was no argument. Prince

Phillip, though, re-invented himself as

one of the most hard-working

members of the Royal Family. He was

either a President, Patron or Member

of over 780 organisations including

The World Wildlife Fund for Nature, he

also virtually invented a sport, the

Equestrian event of Carriage Driving

which his rules are still used today and

this love of sport rubbed off on both

his daughter, Princess Anne and

granddaughter, Zara Tindell who have

both competed in Equestrian events at

the Olympics. Prince Phillip passed

away on 9th April, just two months shy

of his 100th Birthday!

We also said goodbye to Sir Tom

Moore who famously raised Millions for

the NHS with those legendary laps

around his garden, actor Christopher

Plumber, the voice of racing Murray

Walker, Peaky Blinder actress Helen

McCrory, Legendary German

footballer, Gerd Muller, Rolling stones

drummer Charlie Watts and the man

who invented the famous ZX Spectrum

and the Infamous C5, (Ask your dad!)

Clive Sinclair. To all you great people

we salute you! We also mourn the loss

of Sarah Harding who sadly passed

away from breast cancer at just 29. A

member of the hugely successful Girls

Aloud, as we are now getting back to

some sort of normality, if there is ever

a reason ladies to get yourselves

checked out then please do it, at least

for your own peace of mind.

2021 also brought us Politicians that

were thrust into the public limelight

because of the Pandemic that quite

frankly shouldn't have been. You can

argue where would we be without the

guffawing of Boris or the idiocy of his

special advisor Dominic Cummins,

however, my favourite "Idiot" has to

be Matt Hancock, (No not Nick

Hancock, the TV Presenter of they

think it's all over and room 101, if only

he was that funny), no Matt Hancock

was the cringeworthy Health Minister,

that every time he appeared on TV

you didn't know whether to laugh or

cry with his medical answers that quite

frankly he hadn't got a clue about.

Eventually he got his comeuppance,

while continuously advising us to

distance ourselves to avoid the spread

of Coronavirus he was photographed

by The Sun snogging his "advisor"

Gina Coladangelo. Which was worse,

having an affair or breaching social

distance restrictions? You make up

your mind! Anyway, he soon resigned

as Health Minister. But it was fun while

he was in charge, especially those

three word captions that the tories

were obsessed with on those lecterns.

2021 was another weird year, a year

when we were all trying to get back to

normal, a year when we eventually all

came off Furlough, (Who had heard of

that word before the pandemic), a year

when we can slowly look to the future

and get on properly with our lives, so

let's look forward to a terrific

Christmas and a brilliant 2022 When

we might even win The World Cup!

Now there's a thought!

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Love it or hate it, it’s nearly time for the C

word again!! I personally love this time of

year but I sometimes think we have

completely lost sight of the meaning of

Christmas. No matter your religion or culture

the concept of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE is

universal and surely if Christmas

sends us any message it is the philosophy of

peace on earth and goodwill to all men.

This past 18 months has been very difficult for so

many of us and if we have learnt anything from

this experience it is the true value of what is really

important. During lockdown we were not missing

shopping trips as much as we missed our family,

we didn’t miss the material stuff we missed the

connections, the experiences, the love! Last

Christmas many of us had a quieter time than

usual, we weren’t able to have our big family get

togethers but hopefully this year we will be able to

do that!!! And maybe we will appreciate it all the

more. That's how gratitude works often, it's only

when we lose something that we see its true

meaning to us!

afford. We become stressed and frazzled by the

endless ‘to do’ list and everything we feel we must

buy. This turns one of the most magical times of

year into a nightmare for so many and instead of

enjoying the time and making memories with loved

ones we feel inadequate and miserable. I am

hoping the reflections of the

past year help people to let go a little, to not worry

about making the perfect dinner, buying the

perfect gift, keeping everyone happy and start

enjoying the time you are living through right now.

The present!! Very apt for Christmas!

A few years ago myself and my family realised we

were falling into that trap and changed the rules.

We were only allowed to buy gifts that were either

second hand or homemade and for the first time in

ages we all spent Christmas Eve and Christmas

Day together. We all cooked

something or contributed something to the dinner

and we did not buy an excessive amount of

anything. It changed Christmas! It was less

Maybe Christmas this year will be a different,

more meaningful experience for many of us,

where we won't focus so much on what is given but

what is ‘experienced’.

All too often the focus of Christmas falls on

expensive material gifts, ‘keeping up’ with our

friends and family and spending money we can not

stressful for everyone and because of that we all

relaxed and enjoyed our time together. We watched

old christmas movies, we played games, we laughed

and talked. It was basic and simple but it was also


So if you are already starting to worry or stress

about Christmas then take a step back. Think

about what is REALLY important...think about the

people you love and the people you care about…

Stuff doesn’t really matter!! HAving the people we

love healthy and happy matters! That's what is

important! Stuff does NOT define us! We can’t take

it with us and the things that make a life truly

happy can't be bought!

To me Christmas is a time to take stock, count

our blessings and be grateful for all we have

in our lives. It is also a time to reach out to

others and show kindness and compassion….

Let’s stop making it all about money and start

making it all about LOVE x

Let us also remember that Christmas is such a

hard and lonely time for so many people. Often the

dread can start as soon as they see the Christmas

goods filling the shelves (which these days seems to

be around August!). The almost enforced joy of this

time of year can trigger so much pain and grief. It

can highlight all sorts of emotions that we often

keep buried. If you are lonely then Christmas

makes you feel more alone, if you are letting go of

grief then Christmas is often a time that you feel

this far more acutely. And let's not forget the

wonderful emotional triggers of spending time with

our birth families, of being around those people

that push our buttons and poke our insecurities.

So while Christmas can be magical, it can also be


Lets add a little more LOVE to the season, more

love for ourselves (make sure you do some of things

you want to do while you are off), more kindness for

others and more gratitude for the things we DO

have right now.

Let's make Christmas about LOVE and

MEMORIES and CHARITY…. Give gifts that money

can't buy like…




Make a handmade present, Invite a lonely

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Interestingly, ‘essential’ in the essential

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essence’ of the odour and flavour of the

plant that they’re derived from, not that

they are ‘essential’ to one’s body or its

functions. But even without being

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Chamomile Oil

Chamomile oil is an extract directly

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when diluted, can help relieve pain

through application to the skin.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint is a common extract for

fresh breath, as its flavouring is used in

mints, chewing gum and mouthwash

frequently. Due to its fresh taste, it is

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lavender or chamomile, it can naturally

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Lemon Oil

Citrus is known for cleansing the

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eliminating dead cells from the surface

of the face and body. Similar to

peppermint, the lemon oil scent can

cause moods to lift and the person to


Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon oil is commonly associated

with winter due to its comforting and

spicy smell. It is one of the stronger

scented oils and needs to be well

diluted before use. It can be used to

fight bacteria and acts as an antifungal

agent, as well as contributing to the

mood-enhancing area of aromatherapy.

It is a widely used ingredient in cooking,

especially around the holiday season

due to its subtle spice and sharp taste.

These oils, plus many more, have

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For many people, the change of

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• A persistent low mood

• A loss of pleasure or interest in normal

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• Irritability

• Feelings of despair, guilt and


• Feeling lethargic and sleepy during the day

• Sleeping for longer than normal and

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The full cause of Seasonal Affective Disorder

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• Reduced serotonin production which can

increase feelings of depression

• Increased melatonin production which can

increase sleepiness levels

• A disrupted circadian rhythm which in turn

affects sleep and sleep quality

For some sufferers, the symptoms are

managed fairly easily, however others will be

more severe, impacting severely on day-today

life. If the symptoms above sound

familiar to you, you may want to consider

seeing your GP to discuss ways to help you


How Can You Deal With S.A.D?

Tara Best, qualified mindset and Neuro-

Linguistic Programming practitioner has

shared her recommendations of things you

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1. Gratitudes

Start each day by telling yourself at least 5

things that you are grateful for. This will train

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2. Create light

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3. Spend time outdoors

Even if it’s raining. Getting some natural light

has enormous benefits, as does fresh air

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more if you are able!) to step outside,

breathe deeply and just be still will help to

de-stress you and regroup when you are

feeling low.

4. Get it on paper

Journal your thoughts and feelings to help

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What makes you happy? Plan an activity that

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for yourself. If you tell yourself “I’m

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every day, then that’s the tone you’re going

to set for yourself. The power of a positive

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Capricorn - (22nd Dec - 20th January)

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Aquarius - (21st Jan - 18th Feb)

Aquarius the Moon in its First Quarter November 11th so

we may have a few hurdles to work hard to overcome,

the impulse might be to give up on a certain situation or

person, but sometimes the creases are worth being ironed

out, sticking with and working hard is really worth the

effort, we don't fall at the first hurdle Aquarius!

Confidence is something to be gained from looking at

how you learn and react right now. Promotions in the

workplace often take a bit to get used to. Grasp the

Christmas break to rest and let the mind rest...

Pisces - (19th Feb - 20th March)

Pisces sees the Moon on December the 10th in its First

Quarter stage so we may be putting the hours in or

engaging in physical graft, getting the sleeves rolled up

and stuck into tasks. Jupiter arrives December 29th and

we feel rather chilled generous and ready to plan a party

or arrange a get together. It is around now that we

choose to ignore the advice of others, they seem to be

coming with an old-fashioned perspective, where we

know the value of living in the moment, just smile and nod

and disregard...

Aries - (21st March - 20th April)

Aries enjoy the indulgence and showing off your lovely

things as you treat yourself during the onset of winter but

don't forget responsibilities... Hang in there as final stages

concerning family matters as the Waxing Gibbous Moon

on December 12th sees us working towards those last

stages of completion, the end is in sight.

Career and work wise we see your gifts of imagination


Taurus - (21st April -21st May)

Taurus sees the Full Moon of November 19th along with

the influence of a lunar eclipse which bring both gifts of

clarity as well as the disruptive but exciting rock n roll

energy of the eclipse! Yet instead of bringing a change to

your ways it in fact helps you see that the old way, that

your tried and tested ways are right, stubbornly hold on to

stability, this lunar eclipse will show you that your way is

the right way!

Gemini - (22nd May - 21st June)

Gemini the effects of the Waning Gibbous Moon

November 20th bring an urge declutter the home and

workplace, have a clear out it will clear the mind of

debris... This leaves us with a real sense of gratitude, after

all it’s the greatest way to manifest ambition... Be aware

of the Full Moon influence on December 19th which can

sometimes cause extreme behaviours, be careful with

being too blunt with your words.

Cancer - (22nd June - 22nd July)

The December Full Moon on the 19th ramps up our

emotions as we see people try and take you on or

oppose you Cancer, wherever we can go our own

individual way this serves us better, we may prefer more of

a hermit approach this Christmas time, a quiet one where

we can be ourselves, no false fronts or biting ones lip, the

simple things in life matter, a cosy home and nearest and

dearest and less fuss the better.....

Leo - (23rd July - 23rd August)

Leo the Waning Gibbous Moon on December 22nd sees

us feeling really grateful for our friendships, a general

feeling of goodwill this yuletide sees maybe an

unexpected visitor, or an unexpected announcement!

Remember our friends are there for support, it’s a two-way

thing, support them as they support you. Catching up,

moving forward in any disagreements, and wiping slates

clean are all recommended for feelings of peace and


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

November 27th sees the Moons Last Quarter stage and it

is a time where Virgo may seek balance in life, and be

possibly be plagued by thoughts of a time where we

didn't get justice, yet rather than 'putting right the past' it is

time to look to the future, an exciting new life path is

about to open up, let go of what was and grab with both

hands that which is new. Exciting creative times are

ahead, like a musician it is time to create your own tune,

as love blooms in many ways...

Libra - (23rd Sept - 23rd October)

Libra this may be an interesting holiday period as the

Moons last quarter December 22nd focusses upon

forgiveness... see where around you there is a sense of

letting go moving on, which makes life so much easier.

Also, you have been working so hard of late, work family

and love, all endeavours have required so much energy

from you. Please take time to take a 'few irons out of the

fire' recharging the batteries is essential so make sure you

delegate, let someone else peel the spuds.

Scorpio - (24th Oct - 22nd November)

Scorpio grasp the opportunity to bring in endings as the

influence of November 4th's New Moon needs you to

make new starts, the things you may have cosmic

ordered can be conceived! For new beginnings there

needs to be the 'death of the old ways'... the very next

day on November 5th Mercury step in promoting your

mental dexterity, which can help with communicating

your ideas and also letting go of old negative thinking


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

The Waxing Crescent Moon arrives November the 6th

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We Remember Jimmy Greaves

We at The Scene mourn the passing of probably England's

most natural goalscorer Jimmy Greaves, who left this mortal

coil on 19th September. Another member of that famous

1966 England Squad Jimmy was such a great player, one of

the greatest attackers of all time, he scored 357 goals in 516

games in the English First Division.

The son of a London Tube Driver James Greaves and his wife

Mary, Jimmy Greaves was born on 20th February 1940 in

London's East End in an area called Manor Park and was

brought up in Dagenham, so you would think he would have

started his footballing career at West Ham, however, Chelsea

at the time had an active scouting system, so he started for

the west end club instead.

But the writing was on the wall and he only played 10 times

in Italy (Scoring 9 goals!) and came back to England to Spurs

for a then record £99,999 transfer fee, Tottenham didn't want

to put the milestone round his neck of being the first 100k

player, my, how times change as a lot of Premier League

players earn that in a week! Jimmy played for the rest of the

60's for Tottenham, playing 321 times and scoring 220 goals

and effectively, finishing his football career back in the East

End for West Ham in 1970/71.

Probably his biggest disappointment (and many fans) would

have been Jimmy Greaves not playing in the 1966 World

Cup Final. Jimmy Greaves played in all three Group games in

the tournament, but unfortunately in the win against France

he was injured and replaced by Geoff Hurst who went on to

create immortality by scoring that Hat-trick in the Final and

the rest they say is history. He wasn't picked for the 1970

squad in Mexico but his record of 44 goals in only 57 games

for his Country was and is awesome!

In fact one of his first major games for the Blues as a young

17 year old had an effect in these parts, as it was against

Wolves in the FA Youth Cup Final. A two legged affair,

Jimmy scored one of Chelsea's goals in the first leg giving

them a supposed unassailable 5-1 lead, however, Wolves

unbelievably came back in the second leg to win 6-1 and

win 7-6 on aggregate. Jimmy again scored in that second leg.

The first time he would suffer disappointment in Football

and unfortunately, for such a great player not the last!

Unfortunately, with his footballing career coming to an end,

Jimmy Greaves lost his motivation and began to drink

heavily and in his own words, "I was drunk from 1972 to

1977", "I lost the 1970's completely!". But after several dark

years he emerged from his Alcoholism, starting in 1979 by

writing a column in the Sun newspaper and in 1985 came

the Football Programme The Saint and Greavsie Show,

alongside Ian St.John, a Football Punditry Show that many

people of my Generation grew up with and was the

forerunner of all today's modern football show's.

Jimmy Greaves also made his first appearance for Chelsea's

first team that season scoring on his debut against Tottenham

in the first game of the season, which actually set up a

remarkable sequence of him scoring on his debut for all his

major clubs!

His first appearance for England came in 1959 against Peru

where unfortunately England lost 4-1, however, again, he

scored on his debut! With his prolific goal scoring coming to

the attention of all the major clubs in World football (in the

1960/61 season Jimmy scored 13 goals in 8 matches alone

for England!) Chelsea accepted an offer of £80,000 from

Milan for him.

Unfortunately Chelsea (and Greaves) realised the mistake

they had made by selling their greatest asset and before he

had even kicked a ball in anger for the Italian club, Chelsea

tried to buy him back for £95,000!! Milan were having

none of it and off to the Italian Giants he had to go!

Attracting a regular audience of 5 million people on a

Saturday afternoon it was the staple diet of a lot of footie fans

going to there game at the weekend and was that popular it

also attracted catchphrases from Jimmy, such as "It's a funny

old game" and they even had their own Spitting Image


Jimmy Greaves Born 20th February 1940 Died 19th

September 2021 Rest in Peace mate!!

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After the last couple of years of struggle and

heartache it's hard to imagine that a century ago we

had one of the most Flamboyant decades in history.

Rising from the flames of The Great War, the world

experienced an economic boom that contributed to the

prosperity of many countries like the UK, France,

Germany, but in particular The United States.

black!! During the twenties the number of automobiles had

passed the 10 million mark in the United states which then

meant a further $75 million had to be spent just to improve

the roads. The decade also brought a revolution in Flight with

Charles Lindbergh being the first person to fly solo across the

Atlantic from New York to Paris in 1927.

The Roaring 20's brought about the emergence of Jazz, Art

Deco and for Women after the Suffragette movement a

revolutionary freedom to express themselves as with the

fashion for Knee length skirts, bobbed haircuts and of course

The Charleston dresses and dances!! (These women were

known as Flappers.)

With Alexander Fleming discovering Penicillin and Howard

Carter finding King Tutankhamun's tomb, the twenties

brought in a decade of wonder and fascination, however, The

Twenties also brought in Prohibition, the time when America

poured millions of gallons of alcohol literally down the drain

and "Liquor" was banned. Can you imagine that happening


The Charleston was a dance named after the American City,

Charleston, South Carolina, and was a tune in the Broadway

show Runnin Wild in 1923, (Now if that's not a million pound

question in "who wants to be a millionaire" I don't know what

is!) it's a dance that I think we would all have a good go at

attempting and if any dance epitomises this decade then this

the one!

But why Ban alcohol? Well in the United States, Americans

were beset with a number of health and social issues that

alcohol was blamed for. The temperance and religious

groups in the US were a powerful society, funny enough like

the Gun groups in the US are today! and with their political

power, successfully lobbied Politicians to ban the booze! So

from 1920 to 1933 Alcohol was banned in the US!

New York, Chicago, Paris, London and Berlin were the

centres of this revolution of taste and well being, with Jazz

emerging as the force of great music, (I wonder what they

would have thought of the Rap and Hip Hop of today?) and

later in the decade, Blues was not far behind it,

Art Deco was the style of the twenties, it had a uniqueness

especially in the buildings and skyscrapers of that era, The

Chrysler Building and Empire State Building in New York to

name but a few, (Yes I know they were opened in 1930, but

were both designed and built during the 20's). You then look

at the buildings of today, say the Shard or the Gherkin and

which do you think look the better?

Films evolved during the Twenties with the first "Talkies", The

Jazz Singer coming out in 1927 putting a voice to a face, So

Bond and co, you have to thank them for that! and with John

Logie Baird inventing the first TV's during this period, Im sure

the first repeat wasn't that far behind!!

Transport massively evolved during this decade, especially

with the emergence of the Motor Car and Henry Ford's Model

T, remember you could have it in any colour as long as it was

As the Roaring 20's came to the end, unfortunately the

decade of decadence also came to an end with both the

Stock Markets of London and New York crashing in

September and October 1929 respectively which then led to

the great depression of the thirties, so like everything in life

nothing ever lasts forever, but wow what a decade it was.

In a hundred years time I wonder what people will say

about this decade of the 2020's ?

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David Domoney says don't give up on your garden because of colder weather

With continuing concern about

restrictions and the onset of winter,

Broadcaster and Chartered

Horticulturist, David Domoney,

says the garden is essential in

helping us with our physical and

mental wellbeing.

Gardening helped many to live through

the social isolation that impacted many

people through lockdown, and David

advises that we #DontStopGardening

and says that it’s ‘a hobby that keeps

giving, for 12 months of the year’. As

we move from summer into autumn

there’s no need to stop gardening,

instead there’s plenty of plants, fun

tasks, and activities to get you right

through to Christmas and beyond.

David is the gardening champion for

mental health charity SANE and said

that engaging with and getting closer to

nature is one the best things we as

humans can do for our health and

wellbeing, and gardening enables us to

do that regularly.

Keeping Busy

There are many plants, jobs, and

activities will keep families busy over

autumn and winter.

Planting colourful bulbs

As gardeners we love looking ahead

and planning for the flowers and fruits

of the following year. If you’ve ever

looked at other people’s borders in

springtime, bursting with blooms and

wanted the same, yours can be like that

too. So, plant some hope for spring and

get the kids involved too as flower bulbs

are really easy to handle and plant and

they can then have the joy of watching

their own flowers bloom next spring and

know they helped to make it happen.

1.) Daffodils

2.) Tulips

3.) Crocus

4.) Snowdrops

5.) Hyacinths

6.) Alliums

Shrubs to Add Interest

Keep your garden looking glorious in

the autumn and winter months with

these shrubs that provide colourful

flowers, foliage and fruit and different

times of the year. With plenty of

evergreens in the mix, your garden will

have constant structure and plenty of

greenery and colour.

1.) Skimmia japonica (Japanese


2.) Gaultheria procumbens


3.) Viburnum tinus (laurustinus)

4.) Winter jasmine

5.) Winter flowering pansies

6.) Winter flowering heather

7.) Daphne

Growing Your Own

Growing your own food to add flavour

and nutrition to your dishes doesn’t

mean you need a huge veg patch.

In fact, you can grow produce all year

round, both indoors and outdoors. Your

windowsill can be used to grow

sprouting mung beans in jars by

soaking them in water, draining them

and leaving them to sprout in a dry jar,

and you can also grow cress, basil,

chillies and many more inside your

home. In your garden you can still grow

winter crops like kale, perennial

spinach, as well as planting onion and


Watching Wildlife

Autumn is a great time for getting out

and seeing which creatures you can

spot. Get comfy and see which birds

are paying your garden a visit. In the

UK, you’ll likely see robins which are

considered an icon of the winter.

Starlings, blue tits, and sparrows may

be spotted too.

Children's Activities

The season may be a little less sunny,

but there’s plenty that can keep the kids

busy. These activities are fun, creative,

and educational too, so their minds will

be working.

Making fat-balls as food for birds is a

great activity for the kids to get hands

on and make something whilst learning

about wildlife in the garden. You’ll only

need a few things to get started: lard,

bird seed, mixing bowl and an old,

clean yoghurt pot. Mix the lard and

seeds together to bind them and use

the pot as a container to fill with the

mixture. Use string to tie the pot to a

branch and hang it on its side. In

addition, putting up nesting boxes will

encourage different species of birds

into your garden too, depending on the

type of box you choose.

Get the kids a magnifying glass and

play animal detective or do a mini-beast

hunt. They can make a tally of the

beasts that they see from millipedes to

beetles. Once they’ve spotted them,

they can draw pictures of what they’ve

found and keep notes on where they

found each creature.

Let the kids get crafty and create

animals using plant pots. Make a spider

by painting the pot black, using pipecleaners

for the legs, and sticking or

painting plenty of googly eyes.

“The shorter days of

wintertime can be difficult for

many us, particularly for

anyone suffering from Seasonal

Affective Disorder (SAD).

Broadcaster and gardener,

David Domoney

Gathering twigs and leaves together

and placing them in your border can

provide a safe and cosy space for small

mammals and invertebrates.

Over the cooler period there’s no need

to stop gardening. With activities to

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engaging with nature over the cooler

months, you won’t be short of things to


So, join David and ‘don’t stop


Car Review:

Nissan Qashqai

By Sue Cooke

Towing a caravan is not for the

faint hearted and I much appreciate

the training I had from the Caravan

and Motorhome Club some years

ago. Reversing has to be the most

tricky manoeuvre. You have to

move the wheel in the opposite

direction to that if you were

reversing the car with no caravan

or trailer.

The rise in popularity of the

staycation means more of us are

towing but it helps with tricky

manoeuvres if you drive the winning

tow car of the year. The third

generation Nissan Qashqai Tekna+

Xtronic I road tested this week was

named overall winner of the Caravan

Weight 1300-1400kg category, just a

few months since the car went on


The large family crossover is packed

with technology and has increased

cabin space for people and luggage.

Three people will sit comfortably

across the rear seat and the longer

wheelbase provides adequate

legroom. The automatic tailgate

opens to reveal increased space in the

boot with several floor levels and a

capacity of 436 litres increasing to

1621 litres with rear seats folded.

I much prefer the new exterior

styling, with its shark fin antenna,

glass roof, roof rails and privacy glass.

The design is a big

improvement on

its predecessor.

The comfortable

practical cabin has

a quality trim

dashboard that

sweeps across the front of the car and

includes a large 12.3 inch touchscreen

displaying radio and satnav

information. Usefully, the volume

button is separate, for easy operation

while on the move. Beneath are the

automatic dual zone climate control

buttons with pollen filter. The

steering wheel has buttons for the

audio and for setting cruise control.

The quilted premium leather seats

have good side supports and a long

seat squab.

Gadgets include keyless entry and

with the key in my pocket I could

press a button on the door handle to

open or lock. Press the stop start

button and a picture of the car whirls

into view behind the steering wheel.

Either side of this display sit two

digital red and grey dials with large

bright numbers. An innovative new

10.8 inch head up display provides

the biggest in segment image size and

is a useful reminder of the speed of

the road and the speed of the car.

Exceed the speed limit and the

numbers will flash continually.

When not towing, the rear view

camera shows a very clear picture

and there is a 360 degree all round

camera which helps when reversing

where there is a limited view.

The Qashqai which continues to be

produced in Nissan’s state of the art

manufacturing facility in Sunderland,

Tyne and Wear, is powered by 1.3-

litre petrol engine, equipped with

mild hybrid technology which

optimises the car’s efficiency. There

are two power outputs – 138hp and

156hp – with either a 6-speed manual

transmission, or new Xtronic gearbox

(156hp only). This automatic

transmission is operated with just one

lever. Touch forward to reverse, press

back to drive and press the P button

to park. Simple.

There will soon be a change to the

rules for towing and all drivers with

full licences will be entitled to tow

trailers up to a combination of

vehicle and trailer mass of 8.25

tonnes. If a staycation and towing a

caravan appeals then there is nothing

better than driving the tow car of the

year, the new Nissan Qashqai.

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Model: Nissan QASHQAI Tekna+

Price: £36,125 on the road

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Running can be a cheap and effective alternative to working out indoors

If you can't get to the gym and have

seen enough of your old DVDs or the

newest YouTube fitness stars, running

could be an ideal alternative to keep fit.

It will add some variety to your exercise

routine and is not nearly as daunting as

it seems.

Many of us don’t want to pay for gym

memberships we'll not be able to enjoy

especially with flare-ups in Covid-19 cases

predicted and social distancing still strongly

recommended for many months to come. Even

in the best of times, a good number of

expensive gym memberships went unused

because many of us often lacked the energy or

willpower to go to the gym. And whether it's old

workout DVDs or following the latest social

media fitness stars, exercising indoors can get

boring very fast.

So, if you're looking for alternatives to going to

the gym or working out at home, running is a

great option that's worth considering. And what's

more, it doesn't cost a penny.

Exercise Anywhere

Say the word 'running' to most people and you'll

probably see a look of horror sweep across their

face, followed by a comment protesting their

complete inability to run even the shortest

distance. But running often includes related but

slightly different exercises like jogging and

sprinting. While most of us would not consider

ourselves sprinters, many of us are less averse

to jogging though there's little distinction

between running and jogging in layperson

terms. The important thing to remember is that

you won't be doing a marathon on day one. The

key to developing a running or jogging routine is

to take a gradual step-by-step approach.

Once mastered, the ability to run or jog is a great

asset and allows you to effectively exercise

anywhere you are. When done correctly, running

increases the density of your bones and can

significantly improve your health and fitness.

However, getting past the initial mental barrier of

starting to run is arguably the most difficult part

of the sport.

Five Steps to Becoming a Jogger

The key is to start off gently, then progress

gradually and before you know it, you'll be

running 10k without thinking. To help you get

started, here is a simple guide aimed at

complete beginners. So, what are you waiting

for? Get those running shoes on and give it a go.

Step One: You have to walk before you can

run. Besides, if you can't walk a circuit of your

local park without getting seriously out of breath,

you're not going to be able to run round it. So,

to get your fitness levels up, start walking for an

amount of time that feels comfortable—

anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes.

Step Two: Once you can walk for 30 minutes

easily, sprinkle one to two-minute running

intervals into your walks. As time goes on, make

the running intervals longer and the time you

spend walking shorter until you are running for

30 minutes straight.

Step Three: The first goal is to set out a

maximum time period or distance to cover. This

should be something you can realistically do a

few times a week— maybe in your lunch hour or

in the time before or after work. Then build

toward achieving that.

Step Four: There’s no need to run or jog with

pain. Instead, take a step back and examine

what’s going wrong. Fitness experts say that

when jogging, the perceived exertion should not

go past 15 out of 20 where 5/20 is easy, 10/20

is comfortable, 15/20 is hard and 20/20 is

collapse. Use this as a guide to know when to

stop pushing yourself. Joggers are among the

most stubborn of all sportsmen for ignoring

aches and pains and causing more significant

damage as a result. Don't let this happen to you.

Step Five: In the beginning, try to aim for at

least a couple of sessions a week and build up

to three or four times as you feel more

comfortable. These goals should be fairly

attainable depending on your current fitness. The

key is to let your body dictate your progress.

Listen to your Body

After a few weeks, you should have an idea if

this is the sport for you. If so, then invest in a

pair of good running shoes, as these will help

soften the impact on your joints and support

your ankles. There are countless magazines and

running websites that where you can find advice

on which shoes to buy. The key to becoming a

good runner is to listen to your body.

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Christmas is the time of the

year when we indulge and feel

good about ourselves and while

we are at it, treat our best

friends, those doggies that give

us all that unconditional love, all

year round, give them the love

that they deserve, but in our

excitement we need to make

sure they enjoy the festivities as

much as we do.

We all know Chocolate is bad for

our furry friends but there are a

number of Christmas foods that we

love but unfortunately our doggies

will definitely not! For example

those lovely Mince pies and

Christmas puddings that contain

currants, sultanas and raisins are

toxic to dogs and can cause severe

kidney damage! Onions, garlic,

leeks and shallots are also

dangerous for dogs as initially they

can cause vomiting which can lead

to anaemia!

Fortunately there are foods that we

can share with our doggie friends

that will be safe, for instance

Turkey meat, (No bones), Lamb

meat, (again no bones), scrambled

Doggies at Christmas

egg, green beans, parsnips,

carrots, Brussels Sprouts, Peas,

Swede and potatoes, so in fact

they can just have as great a

Christmas lunch as there owners!!

and as an added extra if you have

those in-laws that might have

overstayed there welcome then

what a great idea if you have a

frenchie, feed them a couple of

brussel sprouts and as we all know

normally there flatulence can be

overpowering to say the least, but

with a couple of Bussels in the

system, it becomes nuclear!!

Remember even if the food is okay

for them, any change in diet may

cause diarreah or stomach

problems for our poochies as they

may not be used to the richness of


If you are going to get a real

Christmas tree then watch out for

the pine needles because if a

doggie was to eat one of those

sharp needles they may get some

internal damage!

Also remember your house is there

house too and if you are going to

have an invasion of friends and

family you are not the only one who

is going to have to tolerate Auntie

Gladys and her constant jibber

jabber! So try to keep the dogs

routine as normal as possible, i.e.

walks, toilet breaks, eating

etc..etc..Let the doggies meet them

at there own pace and give them

somewhere quiet and peaceful to

retreat to.

If you are spending Christmas day

with friends and taking your doggie

with you, remember to bring with

them something which smells

familiar, like there bed which will

help them feel secure.

Also absoulte worse case scenario,

keep a number handy for an

emegency vet, so if they did eat

something they shouldnt have, you

can quickly call them and also if

your pet is on medication make

sure you are stocked up during the


After all that I'm sure you and your

doggies will have a brilliant

Christmas and if your dogs are

anything like my westie they will

think that all the presents are for

them!! Merry Christmas

By Chris Dawson

Unit 9 Walton Works Industrial Estate

Macrome Road, Claregate, Wolverhampton WV6 9HD


Car Review:

CUPRA Leon Hatchback

By Sue Cooke

Nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of

drivers say they now feel more

nervous about driving than they did

before the COVID-19 pandemic

started. A survey by Spanish car

manufacturer, SEAT reveals that

almost half of the drivers surveyed

said it’s the lack of driving over the

last year that has made them more

nervous. 42% put the blame on the

return of the high volume of traffic.

So it really helps to be able to drive a

car like the CUPRA Leon Hatchback

which is packed with the technology

which almost drives the car for you.

CUPRA is the sporty brand of the

Spanish manufacturer, SEAT and

stands for cup racing.

Come across a tight parking space and

this Leon will park the vehicle for

you. An action that 26 per cent of

drivers in the survey worried about. I

like the 360 degree top view camera

and the front and rear parking sensors

which helped me with reversing and


When motorway driving on

unfamiliar roads, I like the Adaptive

Predictive Cruise Control which

maintains a driver-selected speed and

automatically reduces speed

depending on traffic, change of speed

zone and road layout. In the survey,

one in five respondents said the

Dynamic Road Sign Display would

help make them feel less nervous.

Front Assist (which alerts the driver if

they get too close to the vehicle in

front and automatically applies the

brakes in an emergency to prevent a

collision) and Lane Keeping System

(which helps keep the car in lane

using corrective steering

intervention), also help provide

reassurance, with a respective 24 and

19 per cent of drivers stating these

safety systems provide them with the

feeling of added security behind the


Once I had fiddled with the settings

and moved to comfort there was

absolutely nothing about this Leon

that I could criticise. Our potholed

roads are just not looked after well

enough to remain in sport setting

experiencing the sports suspension!

The cabin is sheer luxury with sports

bucket seats, a CUPRA leather flat

bottomed steering

wheel and CUPRA

sports pedals.

Mirror link and

wireless apple car

play are included

as standard in the

digital cockpit.

I really like the

ambient lighting.

A blue line which

trims the front

dash changes to

red. The chrome

and copper detailing, which comes

with every CUPRA, is distinctive and I

like the wolf’s head logo which lights

up on the tarmac as the driver opens

the door. A red line of light streaks

across the rear end, linking the rear

lights, leaving the car behind in no

doubt that this CUPRA is about to

stop. The front LED headlights have

dynamic turn signals.

Exterior paintwork of the road test

car was in a gorgeous ‘Desire Red’

with dark tinted rear windows and 18

inch sport black and silver alloy

wheels which hinted at its sporty


Acceleration is instant and this Leon

drives as if it is on rails. An e-Hybrid

version is available. Until we build

up our miles and our driving

experience, it is good to have a little

technological help from the CUPRA

Leon Hatch.

Facts at a Glance

Model: CUPRA Leon Hatchback

Price: £35,125 otr

Engine: 2 litre TSI VZ2 300 PS

7 speed automatic

Performance: 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds and

on to a top speed of 155mph

Combined fuel consumption: 35.8-37.2


CO2 emissions: 171g/km




Welcome to our regular column

where we keep you up to date

with the latest vegan news

and views

The Parade, Shrewsbury


We are buzzing about Playin

Choc. These are boxes

containing two organic vegan

chocolates with a cardboard toy

to assemble, great alternative to

plastic toys and make ideal

stocking fillers.

We hope you all have a very vegan

festive season.

It might seem that Christmas is a time when vegans are going to miss

out on special treats and in the past that was certainly true. However,

every year there are more and more vegan food items on sale and

lots of amazing recipes too. So whether you are a vegan yourself, or

catering for a vegan this year, there are plenty of amazing options


Christmas Cards

It is great to be able to support charities at Christmas by buying cards

that support their cause. There are plenty of animal related charities

and animal sanctuaries that sell fundraising cards. You can also

choose to buy a card from an artist helping a small business survive

in these really difficult times. They often have interesting and original

designs too, so your card will really scard will really stand out.

Buying Vegan Gifts

It can be quite daunting to find a gift for a vegan. Food products that

look like the would be suitable for vegans can contain ingredients like

milk and honey. Toiletries and cosmetics can contain all kinds of nonvegan

chemicals and you can’t always tell what these are simply by

reading the ingredient list on the product. They might also come from

a company that still tests on animals abroad. If you want to buy

clothing you will be looking to avoid wool, feathers and silk as well as

leather and fur. Other gifts could be difficult too, items might contain

glue or paint that contains animal products. The safest way to be sure

is to either buy from a vegan company or a vegan shop. Alternatively

you could look for a vegan logo on the item.

Roast Dinner

The main part of a roast dinner is very easy to make suitable for

vegans. Serve plenty of vegetables and use vegetable oil in your

roast potatoes. If you want a quick and easy option to go with your

roast dinner, then getting a nut roast is a great idea. This works

particularly well if someone is cooking for you, as there are lots of

options that you can just put in the oven, either by mixing with water

like the ones pictured, or some come ready made. There are also lots

of other options available such as fake turkey roasts and chestnut

pies. If you want something more interesting there are lots of vegan

cookbooks with a wide range of interesting recipes. There is no

shortage of ideas for a vegan main course, so you can ensure that

the vegans in the room have the best looking plate at the Christmas


This wonderful side dish is easy to make and

can be prepared in advance and just

warmed up ready to eat. The quantities

below can serve 4.

Ingredients (approx)

Brussel Sprouts with Chestnuts

20 whole sprouts, peeled

20 cooked chestnuts

20 small shallots (or 10 large ones halved)

2 crusts wholemeal bread, grated

salt to taste

vegetable oil


Boil the sprouts for 10 minutes or until they are

just soft, then drain and put aside.

Gently heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan.

Add the shallots and cook on a medium heat

for 5 mins. Add in the sprouts and chestnuts

and allow to brown slightly. Add a little more

oil and put in the salt and the breadcrumbs.

Fry until the breadcrumbs are browned and .

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After all that Christmas food, many people want

to get more healthy for January. It is well worth

considering doing Veganuary where you are

given day by day guidance to having a vegan

diet which will help you become more healthy

and lose some of the Christmas pounds as well as

helping animals and the environment. If you want

any advice feel free to pop into the shop where

the staff are always willing to help

Gift Vouchers

If you are really stuck for ideas, The Vegan

Hub offers gift vouchers in a range of different

values so you can allow the recipient to

choose for themselves what they might like for

a gift, with the bonus of being able to take

advantage of our January sale!.

The Vegan Hub can be found downstairs in The Parade Shops, Shrewsbury. To find out more you can go

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having to leave the UK!

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hundreds of the world’s most beautiful butterflies

in a unique rainforest environment, with

splashing waterfalls, fish-filled pools and

tropical blossoms.

Discover the fascinating link the butterfly farm

has to Belize and the Maya, an ancient rainforest

civilisation. Maya artifacts have been replicated

and are displayed throughout the flight area.

In the flight area it’s not just butterflies, here you

will find our resident green iguanas, Prudence

and Bennie, who like to bask in the tropical


Minibeast Metropolis is teeming with life, where

tree frogs and sun beetles live alongside snakes,

reptiles and leafcutter ants.

The Nature Inspired Gift Shop is a treasure trove

of ideas for all the family, a perfect place to look

for stocking fillers and nature inspired gifts.

Gift ticket vouchers are a lovely idea for family

and friends and are available to purchase from

the website.

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm and Gift

Shop is open daily from 10 AM (except

Christmas Day) including Boxing Day and

New Year’s Day. For more information and

to book tickets please refer to the website




• Halloween pottery painting • Slime workshops & spooky teas

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The idea of selling up, taking to the

waters and making a new life aboard a

boat appeals to a lot of people.

Narrowboats and canal boats have a

rich and interesting history as well as a

huge community around the country.

Whether you already have a narrowboat

you use on holidays or are thinking of

buying one to live in full-time it is

certainly a great adventure to embark

on. But one you’ll want to think through

carefully before going ahead.

The Positives of the Narrowboat Life

Cruising on your own private boat, which

also doubles up as your home, sounds like

a romantic and fascinating adventure. And

for many people, it has huge positives and

advantages over the regular city or even

village life. These can include:


The chance to escape from the clutches of

society and live your own way is certainly

appealing. Living aboard a boat means you

can essentially live where you want and

move your boat to new locations as you see

fit. Your boat may also mean you can live in

areas that may have been too expensive for

you to consider when living in traditional


Improved Fitness

You may not realise until you get started, but

living on a boat requires a fair amount of

physical exercise as you walk towpaths,

move the locks and fetch and carry supplies

from your boat. It keeps you active and



On the water, you can explore locations and

see amazing sights in a way which isn’t

always possible from land. You can cruise

past beautiful rural countryside, cultural

cities and other locations at your own pace.

You can also get closer to nature than ever

before with ducks, swans and geese

becoming your neighbours and travel


Home from Home Travel

There’s nothing as nice as being able to

travel with all your worldly possessions

alongside you. You’ll never have to worry

about forgetting something important or

needing to pick up items you have left at

home but need for your travels. Most

modern narrowboats have all your home

comforts, with washing machines, fridges

and cookers all on board.

Considerations to keep in mind before

cruising off

Switching to life on Britain’s waterways is a

big step, however, and perhaps not for

everyone. There are some considerations

and potential downsides to keep in mind:

Cold and Damp

You need to maintain your boat well to

ensure the cold and dampness are kept

under control. Ensure you have a quality

heating system and while some damp is

inevitable, you can keep it at bay with good

insulation and ventilation.

Limited Privacy

If you’re quite a private person then you may

not enjoy living in close quarters, even with

your closest friends and family. There isn’t

often much private space aboard a

narrowboat so you have to be comfortable

spending all your time with those you’re

living with.

Maintenance Costs

Maintaining your boat so it can be lived in

and keep you cruising is a cost you cannot

avoid. Of course, this isn’t anywhere near as

much as you may spend on a traditional

house, but it is a cost you have to incur and

plan for.

Tight Space

The most difficult thing to get used to, if

you’re used to living in a traditional home, is

the minimal storage space you have to live

with. You’ll have to downsize in advance if

you’re making a big change or consider

storage for most of your belongings.

The chance to spend your days on the water

is something that can be a real bucket list

dream. If you’re committed to it, it can be a

fulfilling and enjoyable way of living from

which you may never want to return again.

We Love Reading

at Old Hall!

A Shropshire school has been

given a special gift to encourage

youngsters to read more ­ a

literacy 'shed' for the playground.

The new Reading Shed at the Old

Hall School in Wellington has been

packed with books and forms part of

an outdoor learning area for

youngsters at the school. It was

given to the school by a former

member of staff to encourage

reading for pleasure as much as for


Headteacher Mr Martin Stott said

today that the school had held a

special outdoor assembly to

officially unveil the new shed and it

had caused great excitement among

the pupils.

“All our children go to the school

library at least once a week and this

is an additional vibrant place where

children can choose from an

extensive selection of different

reading material,” he added.

“And the shed has helped to take

some of this enthusiasm outside and

allows the children to share a

passion for books in a more informal


“I think it may even make it less

intimidating for some so they are

more likely to explore books

independently. Outdoor learning is

also very important to us and we are

always looking at ways in which the

children can take their lessons


Mr Stott said it was lovely to see the

children get so excited to find out

what books were inside the shed

and talk about the books they would

love to have in there.

“We are extremely grateful for this

gift to the school. Staff past and

present have always supported our

drive to find imaginative ways to

help the children enjoy learning and

trying something new. This is a

wonderful addition to the


The school will be holding a

Discovery Morning, especially

for younger children on

January 22nd, 2022, when

parents can come along and

see the library and Reading

Shed in action.

For more information visit


or call 01952 223117






10AM - 12.30PM

Register your interest:

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Award winning education is

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Wolverhampton Grammar School is an

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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

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Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

Wolverhampton Grammar School is a

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opportunity for children of all school

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Means-tested bursaries and

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First priority is the happiness of

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Children at Wolverhampton Grammar

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children do well, thrive, and leave the

school with excellent exam results and

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young adult lives.

Your child will never feel alone at

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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

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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


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alternatively please contact the

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Research confirms what we have

long suspected - that lack of

sleep among primary school

children is having a devastating

effect, with nine out of 10

teachers complaining that pupils

are too tired to learn.

The poll conducted on behalf of the

Sleep Council also revealed that more

than half - 55% - of teachers agreed

that the brightest children in the

classroom are the best slept and most

wide awake.

And while many parents with young

children worry about the effect that

computers, gaming and mobile

phones are having on their offspring,

88% of the 250 teachers questioned

felt that distractions in the bedroom,

such as games machines and TVs, are

at the root of the problems, along with

the fact parents are not strict enough

about enforcing bedtimes.

“As part of our project we wanted to

establish just how much of an issue

lack of sleep has become among

young school children. Even we have

been taken aback by the sheer scale

of the problem.”

Jessica Alexander, The Sleep Council

Long Term Problems

The issue has now become so

widespread that nearly a quarter of

teachers admitted they have had had

to resort to letting very tired children

nap in a corner of the classroom.

Nearly two thirds - 65% - say the

problem is so serious they fear for their

pupils’ long-term progress, while

nearly half said lack of sleep made

children unruly and badly behaved.

More than two-thirds of teachers say

that up to a quarter of their pupils

regularly came into school looking

tired, and a further one in five said

between a quarter and half the class

is regularly affected.

Less than four in 10 teachers - 38% -

felt a poor diet was to blame for

sleep-related problems.

When asked how they dealt with the

problem, more than six in 10 said they

contacted the parents but worryingly,

a small minority - six per cent - say

they ignore it as they just don’t have

time to deal with it.

“Schools cannot succeed without

effective partnerships with the home.

A tired and irritable child will not thrive,

particularly in the active and pacey

modern classroom. NAHT is particularly

concerned about the still small but

rising numbers of pupils who stay up

late engaged in online gaming.”

A spokesperson for the National

Association of Headteachers (NAHT)

Free Booklet

The Sleep Council’s free ‘Good-

Night Guide for Children’ booklet

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Compton this Christmas, why not pop to one of

our local shops to get your Christmas cards,

Treecycle with us or buy a SuperDraw ticket and

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If you would like to support the work of

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email fundraising@comptoncare.org.uk

or call

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Antiques & curios from Chillington Hall to

sell at Cuttlestones in December…

A taxidermy menagerie and tribal art

are just some of the treasures hailing

from stately Chillington Hall near

Brewood that will go under the

hammer at local auction house

Cuttlestones’ December Antiques


The lots have been consigned by

owner John Giffard as he and wife

Crescent prepare to hand tenure of

the main hall to the next generation, as

Head Auctioneer & MD at

Cuttlestones, Ben Gamble, explains:

“We’re honoured that John has chosen

Cuttlestones to handle their attic sale

lots – and we’ve made some really

interesting finds. Chillington is a such a

landmark we’re sure the items will

generate significant interest not only

from serious collectors but also from

locals keen to invest in a piece of the

estate’s history.

“This sale is even more special as the

catalogue also features items from the

estate of well-known Penkridge

Antiquarian book and antique dealer

Mr Ray Roberts, who sadly passed

away last year. Locals will no doubt

remember Ray for his dapper style and

for driving around in his stunning

vintage Bentley – which is among the

lots we will be selling in December.”

Lots from Chillington and from Ray

Roberts’ estate – including the 1949

Bentley Mark VI Sports model - will

feature in a diverse catalogue which

will also cover vintage advertising

signs, paintings, furniture, jewellery,

silver, ceramics and other traditional


The two-day online auction will take

place on Wednesday 1st and Thursday

2nd December at Cuttlestones’

Penkridge Sale Room. Live online

bidding, telephone and commission

bidding options will be available



ewing will be strictly by

appointment on Monday 29th &

Tuesday 30th November.

For details visit


or call 01785 714905.

Two-Day Winter Antique Auction

Wednesday 1 st & Thursday 2 nd December 2021

Cuttlestones, Penkridge

Chillington Hall

Catalogue to include lots from the Giffard family’s Chillington Hall and the Estate

of the late Mr Ray Roberts, Penkridge…

Paintings ~ Taxidermy ~ Antiques ~ Vintage Signage ~ Jewellery ~ Vehicles ~ Object D’Art ~ Silver ~ Collectibles ~ and more...

Online sale – live online, telephone & commission bidding options. Viewing strictly by appointment at Cuttlestones’ Penkridge saleroom on 29th & 30th November 2021

For details of how to bid or to arrange a viewing appointment, visit our website,

email: office@cuttlestones.co.uk or call: 01785 714905


The pictures feature lots from Chillington and Ray Roberts estate. Please visit website for latest catalogues.

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


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

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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


Your family, in the best

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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.

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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,

Planetary Road,


WV13 3SW

Telephone: 01902 683359

Email: wentworthcommunitycare@gmail.com

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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

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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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teach Reiki to others. I find a lot of people do not know

what Reiki actually is or what to expect during a

treatment so I have put together some frequently

asked questions.

I had a session of Reiki and felt very tearful.

Is this always going to happen?

NO! Sometimes you can experience a few tears during Reiki,

this happens as you allow yourself to relax and let go.

Sometimes pent up emotions can be released and this is

always something I encourage. An emotional release during a

treatment is very helpful for the client and passes

quickly. Once the emotions have been released you will

quickly return to your normal state and often people feel

energised by the release as they have ‘let go’ of negative

emotions they have been carrying.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a type of energy healing that originates from Japan.

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What can I expect during a Reiki Session?

After your initial consultation you will get comfortable on the

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check the energy centres of your body. I then play gentle

music and talk you through a guided relaxation technique to

help you relax your body and mind. I then move

from your head travelling down the body and gently placing

my hands on areas that need healing. Many clients relax so

deeply that they fall asleep, I would gently wake you at the

end of the treatment and we discuss anything that you felt

during the session before you leave feeling

relaxed and recharged.

Can I drive or go straight back to work


YES! It is completely safe to return to your normal life

immediately after a Reiki Session, if it’s possible to stay in a

relaxed state and go home then that is great but by the time

you leave my company you will ready to return to your day.

Most people feel revitalised and recharged.

How many sessions should I have?

After just one session of Reiki you will feel better as it lifts and

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sessions in close succession. Sometimes if people have very

low energy it may take a few sessions to get things in


Is it beneficial to have Reiki even when I feel

good? Would it be helpful to have a regular


YES! Your energy body, just like your physical body, needs

regular care and attention. Having Reiki when you feel well is

equally beneficial if not more so. When you are physically

and emotionally well the energy can move around the body to

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ingredient, resveratol, slows

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Red Wine

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We’re living in challenging times

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Almost everyone has some sort of debt,

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• Get all your information together on

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As energy prices skyrocket,

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Glass. Keeping the heat in this

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“The price of gas has soared in

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