Telford & Newport Scene Christmas 2021


Welcome to the wonderful Christmas edition of your Telford Scene magazine. Packed with so many wonderful businesses and features, fashion and so much more.
Enjoy and thank you for supporting local!
Sarah, Chris & Leah xx

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2021 - A year in review

Fashion at Christmas

Health & Well-being

Winter Fashion

Jimmy Greaves Tribute

1920’s - A Century Ago

It’s a Man Thing

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11th November

The Place, Rock for Heroes


Casey’s - Psychic Supper


12th November

The Place, Country Superstars -

the Dolly Parton Experience


15th November

The Place, Neil Sands Christmas



19th November

Casey’s - Motown & Soul Party



20th November

The Place, A Rock and Roll



Telford Christmas Market

2021 (20th November - 24th



Telford International Centre, Wales

Comic Con (20th & 21st



23rd November

The Place, Michael Portillo - A

Game of Two Halves


24th November

The Place, King Pleasure and the

Biscuit Boys


25th November

The Place, Gordon Hendricks is


27th November

The Place, Soul and Motown Club

night with Sarah Collins


28th November

Weston Park, 5k & 10k Run


30th November

The Place, Christmas with The Rat

Pack & Marilyn Monroe

Christmas Light

Switch on's!

13th November

Southwater, Telford 5pm

20th November

Wellington Town Centre

from 5pm

20th November

Ironbridge Light

Switch on event

26th November


26th - Dawley Christmas

Lights Switch On plus

Family Disco at Dawley

Town Hall!

27th November


3rd December

St Georges & Priorslee

Opening by the st

George's primary school

choir, then steel band and

salvation army during the


Selection boxes been

given out by Santa and a

free raffle for many gifts

Lights on at 6:30 by

special guests


1st & 2nd December

Casey’s -Afternoon Christmas

Show from the vintage sweethearts

12noon - 3pm

4th December

Much Wenlock Christmas

Christmas Fayre, 10am - 5pm


8th December 2021 - 2nd

January 2022

The Place, ALADDIN


4th & 5th December

Weston Park,Craft Fayre


20th December

Casey’s - Family Christmas Party

Night from 6pm


26th December - 2nd January

Weston Park, Christmas Park &

Gardens Opening


29th December

Weston Park, Twixmas Lunch


31st December

Casey’s - New York New Years

Eve Party for the whole family!

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Welcome to

All of my working life I have had

community based jobs working

with people. Young homeless,

Children in care, Domestic Abuse

survivors etc. So have always

found it easy to have a rapport

with the people I have helped and


I was made redundant from my role as

a Stop Smoking Practitioner that I had

done for 8 years in 2019 and of

course, then Covid came along, which

gave me time to think about what my

next career move would/could be.

I also had a milestone birthday and

became the ripe old age of 50 during

lockdown and theres nothing like an

important birthday to also get you

thinking that life is too short etc!!

My children are all but grown, so, I was

no longer restricted by school runs,

Sports Day, packed lunches etc.

I have always had an interest in the

beauty industry, having had treatments

such as lip filler and botox myself, so

looked into training in this field and

here I am!!

It has taken off so quickly!! and I am

combining my love for all things

beauty with my knowledge and

understanding of working with people

together and its working well.

As I am a home based salon, I can be

flexible with hours to suit you on

evenings and weekends.



Gift Vouchers available for

Christmas present ideas.

Jackie Simcox

Tel: 07956 943557

F: Jaxx Aesthetics

Insta: @jaxxaesthetics

Based in Horsehay


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

The Lamb Inn, Edgmond

Fine Dining in a

beautiful countryside setting.

Daily specials Mon - Thu 2 courses £15

Fri & Sat Evenings - Steak and wine nights -

2 handcut Sirloin steaks and a bottle of wine £35.

Stunning fresh Sunday Roasts.

Christmas menus now available online,

on Facebook or pick up a copy in the pub.

Bookings are now being taken for

Christmas fayre, Christmas day,

Boxing day and our

Special New years eve gala dinner party

Regular live music & open mic nights.

See Facebook for whats on!



The staff at Hadley Park House can’t wait to

welcome you back after a very difficult 18

months for everyone. To make the most of the

festive season, the Christmas Elves have been

busy organising a range of fun events for all

the family.

But, if you are not ready for a full-on Christmas

Party there are plenty of opportunities for some

more intimate socialising like a Winter Afternoon

Tea in one of our cosy lounges, perfect after

Christmas shopping or to catch up with family or

friends. You can also enjoy a quieter, traditional

Christmas 3-course dinner with all the trimmings

on Sunday to Thursday evenings or any lunchtime

up to 23rd December.

For those looking for a fun night out, our Great

Gatsby 1920’s Themed Christmas Party Nights are

ideal for groups. Dress to impress and celebrate

this fantastic, iconic era in style. Our function

rooms will be dressed in classical 1920’s glitz and

glam décor and after a delicious 3-course dinner,

you can dance the night away!

We also have Themed nights on Thursdays

including Bonkers Bingo, an 80’s Themed Disco or

Christmas Race Night’s along with lots of other fun

events so you can get into the party spirit!

For many, Christmas is all about making memories

for our children and grandchildren. Rest assured,

there are plenty of opportunities at Hadley Park

with our truly magical Polar Express inspired

Afternoon Tea or our Family Santa’s Winter

Wonderland Lunches where every child receives a

gift from Santa.

After Christmas, join us for one of the best New

Year’s Eve Parties in Shropshire, it’s the perfect

excuse to don your glad rags. Start the night with a

Champagne Reception before indulging in a

delicious gourmet five-course dinner followed by a

tremendous fireworks display to see in 2022!

Fancy a drink? If you are attending one of our

events you can stay over in one of our luxury

rooms for just £80/single or £90/double including a

full Shropshire Breakfast.

Let’s hope that 2022 is better for everyone. If you

have any events or celebrations coming up, do

come and take a look at Hadley Park House Hotel.

We are an independent Grade II listed building

nestled in the heart of Telford, minutes from the

M54 with a beautiful garden and on-site parking.

To book any of events, contact the Christmas Elves

on 01952 677269, or see

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Wellington is an Outstanding

Community – it’s official!

Wellington has claimed the top spot in

the town category of the ‘Shropshire’s

Outstanding Community’ awards –run

by the Shropshire Community

Foundation. Wellington shares the first

prize with Church Stretton having put in

a strong application highlighting the

progressive regeneration work taking

place in the town, the strong sense of

community and the many voluntary

organisations which improve the local

environment such as the Peace

Gardeners, the Friends of Wellington

Station and Friends of the Bowring


Part of the entry was the physical

improvement in the town centre such

as the new look market with popular

late night openings, as well as

improvements in shop facades,

cleanliness, planters and hanging

baskets and the fun hanging wellies.

Judges complimented the good

communication with residents as well

as the many activities and events going

on which promote a strong sense of

community – the most recent of which

was the recent sell out ‘Bond Weekend’

organised and hosted by Wellington

Orbit community-run cinema which saw

a red carpet and cocktail reception and

an Aston Martin on show, with The

Wellington (Telford) Brass Band playing

as guests arrived.

Judges saw how businesses work well

together in Wellington, with many

putting on themed events and

supporting activities going on the town,

such as the recent visit of the Wrekin

Rowers, and a Pumpkin Trail over

October Half Term.

The awards will be presented at a

reception hosted by the Shropshire

Community Foundation at the Engine

House in Ironbridge in late October.

Red Carpet event at Wellington Orbit

Christmas in Wellington

Lights Switch on and Late Night Market

Christmas lights will go on in Wellington

on Saturday 20 November. There will

be a lantern making workshop 2-4pm at

All Saints Church with special visitors

present including the ‘Elf on the Shelf’.

In Market Square street entertainment

and festive music with the BBC’s Paul

Shuttleworth starts from 2.30pm, with

the Lantern Parade at 4.45pm. The

Light Switch On will take place at 5pm

and the festive feel will be enhanced by

Christmas films showing in The Orbit,

and Wellington Market’s highly

successful late night opening as well as

many shops staying open to soak up

the atmosphere.

Lights go on but no fireworks this year

Shoppers rewarded for

supporting local retailers…

Be rewarded for being ‘loyal to local’

this Christmas - send a picture making

a Wellington purchase to enter into a

draw to win £25 to spend locally. Each

entry features on the Love Wellington

page –great publicity for all the local

shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants toonot

to mention happy winners!

Please email

to enter.

#loyaltolocal #lovewellington


‘Wellington Evening of Light’ will be

held on Friday 17 December – when

residents share with each other their

fabulous festive efforts. Locations will

be published on Love Wellington.

Regeneration news

Wellington will benefit from the

Government Town’s Fund which will

see £3 million coming to support the

town's regeneration which will focus on

the historic centre of Wellington.

Over 20 new businesses have opened

in Wellington in 2021 some as part of

the Pride in Our High Street

programme from Telford & Wrekin


Have your say!

Local residents opinions are being

sought in a consultation about future

plans - please visit

ey/ or for a paper copy collect, please

collect from Wellington Town Council


Next year..

‘Wellington Open Gardens’

weekend in July working with


Wellington Festival will take place

from 6-8 May.

Wellington in Bloom gardening

competition will take place in June

Sounds in the Square throughout the

summer – and of course Platinum

Jubilee celebrations plans are in the

pipeline for Saturday 4th June


New Music Centre opens in Telford

Are you looking to learn a musical instrument?

Maybe your child is keen to explore the world of performing arts?

Sam Deakin and his team of fellow musicians have

opened up Deakin Music in Dawley, Telford. Deakin

Music offers professional tuition in all areas of

performing arts.

Lessons are given to people of all ages and abilities

and are delivered to suit the needs of each individual

student. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced

performer, Deakin Music will tailor lessons to suit your


Join Sam and his team on Facebook to see more of

whats on offer or to start your musical journey.

f: @deakinmusic

Lessons can be taken just for pleasure, prepare for auditions

or with the outlook to sit exams. All exams are Ofqual

accredited and can help to earn UCAS points, leading to

university entry sucess.

Singing Lessons

Deakin Music has 3 professional singing teachers, all coming

from different backgrounds bringing a range of experience to

Deakin Music. We offer lessons in all vocal styles. During

lessons, we help to improve your vocal abilities by working on

vocal technique, breath control and performance.

Instrumental Lessons

Thinking about learning an instrument? Already a musician

who wants to improve your skills? Our highly skilled and

experienced teachers can help you do just that! We offer

lessons in Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Brass,

Woodwind and Strings.

We also offer music theory and music technology tuition

Acting Lessons

As well as 1 to 1 lessons, Deakin Music offer different groups

for students to join enabling them to put the skills they learn

in lessons into practise.

For 4 - 8 year olds we offer a beginners musical theatre

group, designed as a pathway into the world of Dance,

Drama and Musical Theatre.

Telford Youth Theatre is for people aged 9 - 18, this is a

musical theatre company who perform concerts and full-scale

musical productions.The above groups are open to everyone

and not just students of Deakin Music.

50a High Street, Great Dawley,

Telford, TF4 2EX

Mammalucia Street Food

Wellington Outdoor Market

“The best wraps you

will ever taste - freshly

prepared for you”

Wellington Market

An eco friendly shop in Wellington

Market (next to Catherine's Bakery).

selling dried cupboard foods, gifts,

eco friendly household and personal

hygiene products.

Everything you need to make

Christmas cakes

Buy just what you need!

Beautiful Gifts & Gift Vouchers Available!

Perfect for Christmas

The Green Cove


Ready meals

to cook

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Now Delivering till 9pm Fridays

For delivery please call

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Independent Music Shop

Specialising in new and

second hand vinyl records,

guitars, ukuleles, strings,

accessories and

music merchandise



Open: Wednesday -


9:15am - 5pm plus other

times by appointment

3 Stafford Street, NEWPORT

Shropshire, TF10 7LU

Call: 07949 793 738


Est: 1999

Albert Einstein said: “One picture is worth a thousand words” so several pictures

from Hey Jude's should tell you a lot about the shop! Why not call in and see for

yourself? Wishing you all a Happy, Safe and Healthy Christmas and New Year.

Jude Paton (Proprietor)

Happy Christmas!

Every customer

during December will

a recieve a raffle

ticket to win a gallon

of beer!

( Drawn

Christmas eve )

The Foresters Arms

Freshly produced Traditional Home-cooked food

from local suppliers & proper chips!

Sports shown across many screens BT Sports & Sky Sports

t Families Welcome t Large Beer Garden t Open fires

t Buffets available t Wifi t Dog friendly t Sunday Roasts

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

Christmas Menu available throughout December

on Thursday & Friday evenings

Booking essentials t Tables of 4 - 18 people t 3 Courses, £21.95pp

t Turkey t


t Prawn cocktail t Pate t Soup


Roast Beef t Broccoli Roast Bake


t Chocolate fudge cake t Homemade Mince Pies and Cream

t Homemade Cinnamon & Apple Crumble

Shropshire Kids Festival Telford Returns

Shropshire Festivals are searching for new activities to entertain youngsters

Shropshire Kids Festival returns to the

International Centre in Telford on February 26

and 27 2022, to finish off half term with some

family fun. This will be the first time the festival

has been held in Telford since 2018.

Shropshire Kids Festival brings together lots of

activities in one place, for a jam-packed day of

enjoyment. All activities are included in the cost of


Shropshire Festivals are asking kids’ activity and

experience providers to come forward to secure a

place at the event to help provide as much variety as


The festival lays on a selection of activities for children

aged 0-14. This normally includes an obstacle course,

inflatables, giant games, dancing, space hoppers, havea-go

music tent, go karts, STEM activities,

trampolining, arts, crafts, baking sessions, circus skills,

nerf wars, martial arts, football arena, hockey shoot

out, golf skills, mini ice rink and a dedicated under 5


Director of Fun, Beth Heath, said, “Being indoors has

never been so much fun! We are very excited to bring

back Shropshire Kids Festival to Telford. We are

planning the best Shropshire Kids Festival to date.

“As a parent I appreciate finding engaging activities to

keep the kids entertained during half term is a

challenge. No matter rain or shine, we guarantee your

family will have the best time at our indoor festival!

“Kids Festival isn’t just about bouncy castles, we have

lots of activities on offer designed to broaden kids’

horizons with new experiences – whether that’s

learning about astrology, doing a science experiment,

riding bikes, learning about the arts, or trying a

musical instrument for the first time.

“To help make this our best kids festival we are

looking for new experiences and activities to offer kids

– so if you want to put your business or act forward,

drop us an email on

“It will be 3 years since our last Shropshire Kids

Festival Telford, so we hope everyone from across the

region will join us for a brilliant day out!”

For more information and to save money by purchasing

tickets in advance online, visit

Edgmond Bowling Club

Winner of the

“Dennis UK SISIS Best Kept Green”2021


The Edgmond Winter Shield

Open Singles Tournament

Qualifying Rounds Tuesday 28th December

and Wednesday 29th December 2021

(weather permitting)

10am and 1.30pm start times

Final Monday 3rd January 2022

(weather permitting)

11am start

Hot & Cold Refreshments will be available

Applications from Club Secretaries,

Edgmond Bowling Club via


or call Sue: 07427 587546

Sarah: 07792 428685

Jessi Carrera-Maybury

Reiki Master-Teacher

Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner

Reiki Treatments

Reiki Training & Attunments

Chakra Balancing & Energy Healing

Theta Healing & Belief reprogramming

Spiritual Coaching & Guidance

Spiritual, Oracle and Tarot Readings

Over 10 years experience

Tel: 07944 501998

3 Salters Court, Lower Bar,

Newport, Shropshire, TF10 7BE



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Gift vouchers available for the perfect Christmas

present and valid for 12 months from date of purchase


powered Triobike rickshaws! Launched in August

thanks to funding from Shrewsbury BID, our fleet have

proven endlessly popular with residents and visitors

alike, offering a sustainable, free and exciting

alternative to travelling in and around town. We hope

to expand this service across further towns within

Shropshire, and are excited to work with other town

councils and funding partners to make this happen.

Many local residents will no doubt be aware of

Shropshire Cycle Hub for several good reasons!

We are a small community charity based in the

Riverside Shopping Centre who since formation in

March 2020, have provided over 500 bicycles to

residents across Shropshire who would not otherwise

have been able to afford one. This has been made

possible thanks to fundraising and the kindness of

local people who have donated bikes they no longer

use, often which are in need of repair. Our two

workshop employees together with a team of over 20

volunteers work tirelessly to ensure we maintain both

a fleet of 2nd hand sale bikes alongside our stock of

free bikes available to those in financial need. All

bicycles are fully serviced, and we offer a 6 week

follow up service, alongside our regular standard

service options.

Residents of Donnington keeping fit & enjoying organised group ride,

thanks to Everyday Cycling Project. Cake & free bike lights were on offer!

Our free Bike Kitchen workshops have proven popular,

and offer the perfect way to learn more about bike

maintenance or to simply drop your bike off for a full

service. Likewise our free Bike Buddy rides providing

safety and guidance from a qualified instructor, have

been successful in helping those less confident to get

back on a bike, by. Funded by Cycling UK, both will be

running again over various dates in November. Why

not pop in & join us?!

In addition to our charitable arm, we expanded with

the introduction of free rides on our electrically

Charlotte & her daughter, enjoying new bike & child seat provided by the

Hub. Charlotte now has transport to get to work, college & nursery,

cheaply & sustainably.

In May 2021 supported by Energize & Telford &

Wrekin council and with funding from the Sports

Council, we launched The Everyday Cycling Project in

Donnington. The aim of the project was to help

people cycle some, or all of their local journeys. With

a designated Community Cycling Advisor, residents in

Donnington are provided with bikes if required,

alongside the skills, knowledge and equipment to

cycle safely. Regular group rides take place, and the

project (which is due to end in January 2022) has

been successful in supporting many people to get

back on a bike, or cycle for the first time.

If you live in Donnington & would like to get involved,

or believe your area could benefit from a similar

scheme, please contact Everyday Cycling Project at or telephone 07379


Let’s get Shropshire Cycling! If you have some spare

time to volunteer or a bike to donate, get in touch


or via phone 07485 212320.

We are also on Facebook & Twitter.

Welcome to the home of great local food!

Green Fields

Fresher l Faster l Friendlier


Now taking orders for

Shropshire meats and poultry.

Order online now for collection

23rd/24th December.


of Kelly Bronze

Turkeys and




TEA FOR 2 - £12pp

A selection of sandwiches, pastries,

scones, jam, clotted cream, a crystals

tray bake and cupcake.

All boxes can be tailored for any

dietary requirments



DONNINGTON T: 01952 677 345

PRIORSLEE T: 01952 200 696



Green Fields Farm Shop @shopgreenfields



Handmade clothing for children aged

newborn to 10 years, I handpick all my

prinks and create garments that are fun,

stylish and practical for your little ones. I like

to offer my prints for a short time. I release

4 seasonal collections and some flash drops

throughout the year, the collections are

made up of leggings, rompers and dresses. I

also make matching accessories like hats,

knot bows, snoods and most recently

waterproof coats. I believe this makes the

items that little more special.


Apleys farm shop Christmas Fayre

27th & 28th November

Please feel free to pop over to my Instagram

and Facebook pages to see more of my

beautiful handmade clothing and


Kirsty x

Im offering

Scene Magazine readers

15% OFF at checkout





Tattooists Rob, Garth and Jayde all offer a full

range and styles of tattooing with over 40 years’

experience between them. From portraits, floral

and mandala style tattoos to your more traditional

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

are great at giving advice and free handing where

necessary, along with cover up ideas.

Along with the tattoo team, piercing specialist Char offers

a fantastic selection of piercings all over the body (except

mouth currently due to Covid). Having been pierced by

Char myself I can honestly say she is very professional

and quick to keep any pain or discomfort to a minimum

with great aftercare advice. Char has recently purchased

an equipment that allows jewellery to be anodised to any

colour from gold to purple so you can really personalise

items to your personality and style.

Custom pieces can be ordered, and a great range of

jewellery is always in stock.

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

hygiene and your safety, they opperate a very

professional Studio along with high quality tattoos and

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

environment with the best service.

Contact the team on 01952 619370 or via messanger

on Facebook to get your next tattoo or peircing booked

in, and receptionist Devon will help you get booked in

and your design ready!

** Christmas Gift Vouchers now available

Tattoos and Piercings





01952 619370



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Amanda Jane Austin

Floral Design

With over 25 years of floral design experience, I have worked with many of

Telford and Shropshire's leading hotels, caterers and event planners. I have designed, managed

and run a broad range of events, including weddings, and have therefore

created an extensive and high-profile portfolio of both commercial and domestic floristry.

I provide bespoke designs with high quality flowers, delivered with exceptional service. Whatever the

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

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

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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.

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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

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A year to remember or forget?

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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There are so many ways you can give without

spending money!

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using natural ingredients in our

cooking, health and skincare

routines. Something that essential

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What Is Essential

Interestingly, ‘essential’ in the essential

oils’ name means that they contain ‘the

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

essential, essential oils have been used

for centuries in practices such as

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such, and also have been proven to

improve our daily lives as they can help

with sleep, anxiety and life’s general

everyday stressful moments.

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is huge within the

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most common essential oils worldwide.

It has been used to assist people who

have difficulty sleeping or suffer from

anxiety due to its calming scent and

relaxing aroma. As well as its stunning

smell, it also has anti-inflammatory

qualities and can help with healing

fungal infections

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil can be used daily for many

different purposes. Originating from

Australia, it is widely used as

treatments for bacterial infections and

fungal conditions as well as viruses.

With the right recipe, it makes an

excellent hand sanitiser and insect

repellent due to its natural essence to

kill E. coli. It is often used as an

ingredient in deodorant and shampoo,

as it can help fight bacteria and act as a

controlling substance against dandruff.

Chamomile Oil

Chamomile oil is an extract directly

from its plant and is most commonly

produced as tea leaves. It is known for

helping to soothe the digestive system

and also possesses a calming essence

that can benefit people who suffer from

depression or anxiety. The essential oil,

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

often used in culinary dishes to add

extra flavouring. Peppermint tea is a

common beverage, and, unlike

lavender or chamomile, it can naturally

boost energy and help with staying alert

throughout the day.

Lemon Oil

Citrus is known for cleansing the

digestive system, and lemon oil is no

exception. It can aid with washing out

the body as part of a detox diet to filter

out any toxins and can also be used as

a natural exfoliator for the skin,

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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healthcare, with more of the public

using natural remedies to aid in treating

various physical and mental issues. As

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seasons can have a dramatic effect,

particularly the darker and colder nights

that draw in during autumn and winter.

This change can often compromise

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have a detrimental effect on mood. This

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type

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colder, darker months. It is especially severe

between December and February. Research

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of UK adults in the winter months.2

The NHS3 lists possible symptoms as:

• A persistent low mood

• A loss of pleasure or interest in normal

everyday activities

• Irritability

• Feelings of despair, guilt and


• Feeling lethargic and sleepy during the day

• Sleeping for longer than normal and

finding it hard to get up in the morning

What causes S.A.D?

The full cause of Seasonal Affective Disorder

is not known, however it has been linked to4

a malfunction of the hypothalamus, caused

by a lack of sunlight. This in turn can cause:

• 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

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can do at home that may help, including:

1. Gratitudes

Start each day by telling yourself at least 5

things that you are grateful for. This will train

your mind to look for the good in each day,

which in turn will help to generate more

good things. Doing this regularly will ‘reset’

your filter so that you subconsciously create

things to be grateful for and focus on the

positives in your day.

2. Create light

Brighten up your living or workspace. Open

your curtains each day for as long as

possible, spend time near windows if

possible, and you can even buy daylight

light bulbs which are designed to ease SAD


3. Spend time outdoors

Even if it’s raining. Getting some natural light

has enormous benefits, as does fresh air

and space. Taking just ten minutes a day (or

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

get the feelings out of your mind and onto

paper. This could be a diary entry, random

words or a drawing. Conveying how you are

feeling through a different medium can help

you recognise what you do and what you

don’t have control over which can in turn

help your mind see how to move forwards

from a situation or feeling.

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What makes you happy? Plan an activity that

you enjoy and make sure you always have

something to look forward to. It might be a

chat with a friend, it might be reading a new

book, or it could even be a pamper night in.

Whatever that thing is, get it in the diary!

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for yourself. If you tell yourself “I’m

miserable”, “I hate winter” or “life isn’t good”

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

to set for yourself. The power of a positive

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The focus upon the love life illuminates on November 5th

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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

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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

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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

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The Waxing Crescent Moon arrives November the 6th

seeing the start of beneficial partnerships! Be it as starred

lovers, spouses, work partners even teaming with the

neighbours, in some way being part of a pair is the way to

go in getting what you want, join forces! On November

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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

keep the whole family gardening and

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.

Facts at a Glance

Model: Nissan QASHQAI Tekna+

Price: £36,125 on the road

Engine: 1.3 litre DIG-T 158PS petrol

Xtronic transmission

Performance: 0-62mph in 9.2 seconds and on

to a top speed of 124 mph

CO2 emissions: 146 g/km combined

Combined fuel consumption: 43.8mpg









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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

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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

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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.

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Wolverhampton Grammar School is an

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the country, within easy access of the

wider West Midlands, Staffordshire and

Shropshire thanks to flexible school bus


The independent day school has

expanded its provision to incorporate

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

Wolverhampton Grammar School is a

fully all-through school, providing the

opportunity for children of all school

ages (4-18) to join a truly unique

community and experience its awardwinning

approach to education.

Means-tested bursaries and

scholarships are available for

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to the Senior and Sixth Form.

If you’ve never visited the stunning 25

acre campus, you can register at any

time for an open event or personal

tour. Simply visit to register

for events that are taking place across

the coming months.

First priority is the happiness of

your child.

Children at Wolverhampton Grammar

School receive pastoral care like

nowhere else – that’s because happy

children do well, thrive, and leave the

school with excellent exam results and

the confidence to embrace whatever

opportunities come their way in their

young adult lives.

Your child will never feel alone at

Wolverhampton Grammar School.

Assistant Head in charge of Pastoral

Care, Claudine Jones, leads a team

of staff to support and work with

families. Support includes a

dedicated, expert pastoral team,

school counsellor and annual

adolescent mental health tracking

using the latest digital tools.

Academic excellence

The staff are totally committed to

providing the best teaching and

learning experience for your child –

something that continued in

lockdown, thanks to high expertise in

online delivery. Wolverhampton

Grammar School offers a very wide

range of subjects, from sciences to

humanities, creative arts to

languages. The timetable is built

around the academic choices that

the students make. They grow up to be

confident, curious and independentminded,

and their academic

achievements speak for themselves.

Despite the pressures of the

pandemic, students were awarded

stellar results at GCSE and A Level.

Sixth Form students are also able to

study towards Cambridge Technical

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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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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)

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It’s great to be back:

Open event is a big success

Telford College’s first face-to-face open event

since the Covid lockdowns began has been

declared a great success.

Hundreds of potential students visited the Haybridge

campus, with their families, to explore the universitystandard

facilities and find out more about upcoming


In the catering department, there was cake decorating

and sugar crafting in progress, while the business

department set up a test to see if visitors could taste the

difference between a real or own-brand Colin The

Caterpillar cake.

Ross Beighton-Butler was providing one-to-one careers


A survey showed that 95% of those who attended the

event rated it as either good or excellent, with more than

nine out of 10 people saying they would be likely to refer

others to Telford College as a result.

Student ambassadors from the college’s A level centre,

the 7th Form, joined staff to speak about the wide-ranging

curriculum, and there were taster events laid on across all

corners of the campus.

Bricklaying lecturer Gary Pitchford, talking to Madeley

Academy student Jamie-Lee Knight

There were also practical demonstrations in the

construction, automotive, and hair & beauty departments,

while the apprenticeships team was on hand to explain

the range of current opportunities.

Graham Guest, Telford College principal and chief

executive, said: “This was our first in-person open

event on campus for nearly two years, and it was a

great success.

“Bringing it back was a big decision which we certainly

didn’t take lightly, but the feedback received from potential

students and their parents has been fantastic.

“The atmosphere was welcoming, and the college felt

busy, but safe. Potential new students were buzzing with

excitement to explore the campus and discuss course

options with the staff.

Rhian Williams of Idsall School in Shifnal

exploring the campus

Graphics tablets and student work was on display in the

creative hub, music practice rooms and studios were

opened up for students to show off their work, and the

health and early years team showcased the college’s

hospital and childcare room.

The sport and public uniformed services department also

led tours of the gym and other facilities, and

representatives from the Army were also on site to deliver

careers advice.

“It was great to see us getting back to some kind of

normality; the event has already generated dozens of new

applications. All in all, I’d describe it as a job well done.”

Telford College’s next Open Event is on 17th November

where you can come and explore the campus and talk to

helpful, friendly and experienced staff about your career

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Lucy Allan MP: year in review.

As we emerge from the pandemic, we can start to

look ahead with some optimism. We started 2021 in

a national lockdown and without the benefits of the

vaccine, 12 months on we have moved on and we

have the vaccine programme to thank for that.

This year my priority has been to ensure the NHS and GPs

can resume routine work and to deal with the backlog of

cases. In Telford we have the additional challenge of

ensuring that we retain A&E services in the town. There

are fears that the new critical care centre planned for

Shrewsbury, may divert staff and deplete resources, and at

a time that our local health landscape is in crisis.

As I write, the Trust is seeking even more taxpayer’s cash

money for this unit. Given the level of service patients

currently receive when seeking basic care, now is not the

time to be spending £560m on this hugely controversial

scheme. We need funding instead to tackle the surgery

backlog and making our GP practices accessible and


Many of my constituents have been unable to secure an

appointment by telephone or otherwise with a GP or

clinician. Some have had to shout details of their condition

through the surgery letterbox because they cannot get

through on the phone. Treatable conditions have

deteriorated or been misdiagnosed.

I do not accept that this ‘new way of working’ works for

patients. GP practices are paid for every patient on their

list, regardless of whether they see or speak to them. From

next April people will be paying a new health levy to

improve care. People will only support this levy if they are

able to access care when they need it.

I have also been campaigning in parliament for longer

sentences for serious criminals, following some shocking

examples of early releases. I am encouraged that this

Government has taken proactive steps to increase the time

criminals spend in prison and to review unduly lenient

sentences. There is however far more to be done to tackle

crime in Telford and across the West Midlands. That is why

it is welcome that the Government’s manifesto pledge to

hire 20,000 new police officers is well on its way to being

met, in addition to extra funding to tackle burglary and

robbery – two of the most devastating crimes for


Turning to the economy, there is good news. As it recovers

from the worst of the pandemic it is outperforming

projections and many pessimistic expectations – with

many job vacancies at every level and wages rising quickly.

The Government’s comprehensive packages of support for

businesses and individuals saved our economy.

Livelihoods have been supported by a whole variety of

hardship schemes and more money for those in need in

Telford has just been announced. These schemes are

rightly targeted at those most in need, rather than a

blanket increase in benefits. The jobs market is buoyant,

with more people in employment now than before the

pandemic and more vacancies for new starters. The

Government’s Kickstart scheme has been massively

successful in getting young people into work in Telford and

across the country.

Over the course of the year, I have welcomed several

Ministers to Telford to raise local issues, including

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow and Housing and

Homelessness Minister Eddie Hughes. It is always a

pleasure to showcase Telford to Ministers, and both

Ministers have been supportive of our efforts to encourage

responsible housebuilding and improving flood defences in

Ironbridge Gorge.

Furthermore, it was fantastic news to secure the success of

Telford’s Towns Fund Bid, which will bring millions of

pounds of investment to the station quarter, with a

centrepiece maths and digital skills hub to be built with

support from Telford College.

As ever, I always welcome the views of my constituents

and would encourage Telford residents to contact me

directly with their thoughts and concerns on any issue. I

wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



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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

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most importantly Safe time from everybody

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What is Reiki?

I am a Reiki Master-Teacher with over 10 years

experience and I am very passionate about the

benefits of Reiki. I found Reiki many years ago when I

was struggling to cope with physical illness as well as

anxiety and depression. It helped me so much I

decided to become a Reiki Practitioner myself. I then

went on to complete my Masters and Teacher level

qualification and, as well as being a practitioner, I now

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.

The Reiki practitioner channels energy and transmits this

through their hands to the client. Reiki is a scientifically

proven method of energy healing and is used extensively

throughout the world by many therapists and

healthcare professionals.

What can I expect during a Reiki Session?

After your initial consultation you will get comfortable on the

bed, wrapped up nice and warm in cosy blankets and I will

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

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Most people feel revitalised and recharged.

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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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about the ‘difficult time’ that we’ve had this

year, these last two years in fact. But we’ve

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it’s been difficult, but we’re still going, we’re

still here, and soon it will be Christmas. It

might still be a slightly unorthodox

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nonetheless, and one to look forward to. So,

let’s celebrate with the one thing we all love

to have on that cold December day – good

food. And to help you plan this out, here are

some top tips:

Food buying

Many people are ordering their food ahead

this year. According to the Guardian,

Iceland’s sales of mince pie are up 10% as

people prepare earlier than usual, while

frozen turkey sales are up by 409% year on

year. Meanwhile, the number of people who

have already booked their Christmas grocery

delivery with Waitrose has more than

doubled than this time last year.

The surge may in part be due to the fact

that, like last year, people don’t know what to

expect closer to Christmas time and want to

order while they still have the chance. At the

same time, the fuel crisis and lorry driver

and farm labour shortages mean that supply

concerns have risen even higher.

Now although there is no need to outright

panic, you should take note of all this and

consider also planning ahead.

If you do shop online, October is a good

month to look at the Christmas slots still

available and secure one for yourself.

Making a food plan ahead of time is also a

good idea – have an idea of the menu, how

much will be needed, and where and for

how long it will all be stored.

If you don’t shop online, then perhaps set a

budget that breaks down the Christmas

ingredient shop into weekly trips, rather than

all at once. It will both spread the cost out

and mean that you can check if all the things

you want are available with each trip, rather

than hoping that everything will be there

during the ‘trolley rush’ in the days right

before Christmas. This will be particularly

useful for ingredients that can keep and

won’t go offset aside a place in the

cupboards for them and buy them way

ahead of time.

Food eating

As for what to buy – this is exactly the time

to mix up the traditional dishes with maybe

something a bit new.

If turkey or goose sales, sales get so high

that there simply isn’t one available for your

Christmas table, consider other meat


There are some fantastic recipes on BBC

Good Food, such as several different

versions of roast beef:


But more than that, you can try dishes from

other parts of the world, such as the Italian

Porchetta for pork:


In fact, there is a whole list for alternative

meat options to explore:


You can also choose to forego meat

altogether, or at least mix in some vegetarian

dishes, such as the Nut Roast as an

alternative main dish, or Sauteed Red

Cabbage as an excellent side dish. Similar to

the meat options, there is also a whole list of

vegetarian Christmas main recipes to

consider here:


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A taxidermy menagerie and tribal art

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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

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“We’re honoured that John has chosen

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estate’s history.

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for driving around in his stunning

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On top of the unique specification of a

Bovis home we’re also offering you the

chance to add even more finishing

touches to your property by utilising

the Bovis Homes Select brochure.

From upgrading your bathroom with

stunning ceramics, or adding smooth

sliding wardrobes to your master

bedroom, there’s a wide range of

additional options for you to really

personalise your new home.

We know that moving can be stressful,

whether you’re a first­time buyer or a

growing family. So, we’ve adopted lots

of buying schemes to make sure you

can live in your brand new Bovis home

without breaking the bank.

To find out more head across to


Did you know that The Quarters @

Redhill is designed by wildlife

professionals? Their aim is to bring

together nature, wildlife, and

community all in one place.

For the green­thumbed and good

hearted alike, The Quarters @ Redhill

offers chances to make real

connections with wildlife, whether it’s

taking a relaxing stroll in the

woodlands or getting your hands dirty

in our planting areas. Perfect for the

old and young the enhanced green

spaces will give you a space to relax

and unwind, or to find an adventure of

your own.

So, you’ve found your dream home on

a development that seems perfect for

you… what next? The town of Telford

offers one of the biggest attractions in

the area, the Wrekin.

The walks are great for a rambler’s

retreat or general sunny day out.

Along with the Wrekin, Telford boasts

the Iron Bridge is one of Shropshire’s

most popular symbols, located in

Ironbridge town on the River Severn.

Close by is the Blists Hill Victorian

Village which is an open­air museum

that recreates the sights of the

Victorian era – perfect for a family day


To find out more about The

Quarters @ Redhill give us a call

on 01952 924 347 to chat to one

of our friendly sales advisers.

Please note that all offers, and

schemes are subjected to T&Cs and

may only be available on selected


New Year...New Home!

Start the year off right in one of our new Redhill homes.

The Quarters @ Redhill offers 3, 4, and 5 bedroom homes

for those looking for a more exclusive way of living.

Our flagship development, The Quarters @ Redhill, has been designed to

allow residents to interact with nature, wildlife, and their local environment.

The open spaces will allow you to explore the glades, community orchards,

natural ponds and dedicated wildlife watching zones. Our new community

will appeal to those who are environmentally conscious – and aims to take

outdoor green spaces to the next level.

For more information

please call 01922 263 001 or

search Bovis Homes Mercia

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