SYone Magazine Christmas 2021


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

Shrewsbury & Surrounds





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We review The Beefy Boys, Fashion, Motoring, Cycling, Town Centre Feature,

Motoring, Health & Wellbeing, House & Home, Horoscopes, Puzzles and much more...






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When we heard the Beefy Boys had arrived in

Shrewsbury, we were more than eager to book

a table and sample the burgers for ourselves.

Just looking through their Facebook page is

enough to get your mouth watering!

Booking our table for a busy Friday evening, we

arrived to be greeted by the super friendly staff and

shown to our table, the kitchen is an open kitchen,

so you can see the magic happening and the

atmosphere was buzzing with laughter and chatter.

As we were seated our waiter Oliver explained the

options of burgers to us, this was new and

interesting, you can choose one of four style

burgers, the Thick Patty – one big burger, the

Smashed Patty – the big one split into two, the

Oklahoma style – the Smashed Patty with onions

cooked in the burger or the Animal Style – a mustard

fried patty. You can also add as many patties as you

want for only £3 more per patty.

(extra cost) and the sides, fries and wings to choose

from was also amazing, if this isn’t burger heaven

then I don’t know what is!

So, menu explained, it was onto the drink’s menu, a

great and unusual list of cocktails, all your beers,

ciders and spirits, free re-fill soft drinks and there is

even a milkshake menu (including a boozy milkshake).

Wow, can this place get any better?

As my partner Mike was the driver for the evening,

he ordered the diet coke and I eventually chose the

‘Titty Twister’ cocktail, a zesty and tart mixture of

tequila Reposado, grapefruit juice, cinnamon syrup,

lime juice and toped with IPA. I wont lie, I was a bit

apprehensive about ordering this cocktail, but I made

the best choice, it was so refreshing and tasty, I

loved it!

Onto the food, I was quick to choose the smashed

patties and the ‘Bacon Boy’ from the speciality list

and Mike the Oklahoma patties with the ‘Rude Boy’,

Once you have chosen your style, its onto whats

going in the sesame seeded brioche bun with it. A

choice of classic burgers, dirty burgers, speciality

burgers or you can even ditch the beef for a chicken

burger or a choice of veggie options too. You can

add as many extras as you want from the list

again of the speciality menu. We couldn’t resist the

salt & pepper corn from the sides list, we did opt for

chilli cheese fries to share, with me very quickly

adding the millionaire fries on too, as I just couldn’t

resist – and we were both glad I did.

All arriving together in a very American Diner style,

everything looked incredible. My ‘Bacon Boy’ was

stuffed with baconaise, double bacon, American

cheese, Swiss cheese, tomato, lettuce, red onion and

gherkin. The combination of flavours and textures

was amazing, I have to say the beef burgers

themselves have to be some of the best beef burgers

I have ever tasted, they were so meaty and juicy, The

Beefy Boys certainly live up to their name.

after tasting the spectacular burgers. The Beefy Boys

lived up to all our expectations, and I already know

my next burger – the PBJ Boy from the dirty burgers

list – American cheese, Swiss cheese, bacon, bacon

jam and chipotle peanut butter, my taste buds are

tingling already!

I highly recommend The Beefy boys, it really is the

ultimate burger house, thanks for coming to

Shrewsbury Beefy Boys!

The restaurant is open Wednesday – Sunday from

midday till 9.30pm.

Mike’s ‘Rude Boy’ was again stuffed with fire roasted

green chilli salsa, jack cheese, bacon, lettuce, onion

and tomato, served with a jalapeno popper on the

top. Again, looking equally as impressive, Mike got

stuck in and enjoyed every mouthful, he did feel

choosing the Oklahoma burger style was a bit too

much onion for him, as there is a fair amount already

on the burger, but still enjoyed the kick from the salsa

and again the combination of all the ingredients that

created this masterpiece.

The corn on the cobs were everything we thought

they would be and more, a full corn, chargrilled and

smothered in butter with cracked salt and pepper.

The corn was succulent and full of flavour and I highly

recommend this as a side.

Moving onto the fries. We had agreed to share the

chilli cheese fries, and there really is plenty to share.

A plate full of fries topped with beef chilli, HPA nacho

cheese sauce, sour cream, Ball Park mustard and

pickled jalapenos. Flavours bursting from every

direction, every mouthful was different and a fantastic

combination with a kick of spice. However, the

millionaire fries, these were something else,

absolutely incredible! Crunchy fries topped with local

truffle oil, parmesan, chives and chipotle mayo dip.

We agreed on our next visit that we will have a

portion each of these as we fought over the last few.

Plain, bacon and pastrami fries are also available and

after tasting everything we had so far, I’m sure you

won’t be disappointed with any choice of fries. (But

choose the millionaire ones first haha)

We were impressed, burgers faultless, corn cooked to

perfection and fries that ticked every box! The

burgers are made and cooked fresh daily from 100%

21 day age Herefordshire beef and this is evident


5th November

Shrewsbury Square, Shrewsbury

Farmers Market


6th November

St. Mary's Church, Shrewsbury

Winter Fair (10am - 4pm)


7th November

Theatre Severn, Jenny Eclair

(Walker Theatre)


9th November

Theatre Severn, Odyssey



Theatre Severn, Mister

Shakespeare (Walker Theatre)


10th November

Theatre Severn, MARVELus

(Walker Theatre)


Theatre Severn, Sarah Millican



11th November

Theatre Severn, Ocean film

Festival World (Auditorium)


Theatre Severn, Hats off To Led

Zeppelin (Walker Theatre)


12th November

Theatre Severn, The Drifters



Theatre Severn, The Jam'd

(Walker Theatre)


13th November

Theatre Severn, Ukulele Orchestra

of Great Britain (Auditorium)


Theatre Severn, Robin Nolan Trio

(Walker Theatre)

14th November

Theatre Severn, Severn Jesters

Comedy Club (Walker Theatre)


17th - 20th November

Theatre Severn, Elf The Musical



19th November

The Lion Hotel, Carducci String

Quartet "Vienna to Moscow 2"


19th - 20th November

Theatre Severn, Thinking Drinkers

(Walker Theatre)


20th November

Shrewsbury Square, Shropshire

Produce Market Winter Fair (9am -



20th - 21st November

St. Mary's Church, Shrewsbury

Chocolate Festival


21st November

Theatre Severn, Calling Planet

Earth (Auditorium)


24th November

Shrewsbury City Centre,

Shrewsbury Christmas Lights

Switch On

4.30pm - 8pm

(Lights switch on at 6.30pm)


26th - 28th November

Various locations around

Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury Festival

of Literature


27th November

The Buttermarket, Blancmange


27th - 28th November

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery,

Drawn in Winter Christmas Market

& Fair


1st December - 3rd January

Theatre Severn, THE PANTO




3rd December

The Buttermarket, Sweet with

special guest Limehouse Lizzy


Shrewsbury Square, Shrewsbury

Farmers Market,


4th December

The Buttermarket, Bongo's Bingo

Christmas Special


Shrewsbury Market Hall, Festive

Night Market 4pm - 9pm


10th December

The Buttermarket, Half Man Half



11th December

The Buttermarket, Bongo's Bingo

Christmas Special


15th December

The Square, Carols in the Square,

5pm onwards


17th-18th December

The Square, Chronicle Christmas



17th - 24th December

Theatre Severn, A Christmas Hug

(Walker Theatre)


18th December

The Buttermarket, Bongo's Bingo

Christmas Special

Happy Christmas


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Bakes in Bloom

Bespoke bouquets of handmade cupcakes

Julia Parry took lockdown as an opportunity to

allow her creative side come to life, and in April

2021 starting Bakes in Bloom. Working from

home Julia makes bouquets of flowers with a twist

– you can eat them! Individually hand piping

buttercream flowers onto cupcakes, and they look


Each order is bespoke to that customer. The colour

scheme is chosen by the customer, Julia then designs

the bouquet putting in the flowers she thinks will be

most suitable depending on the colours chosen. If

there are one or two particular flowers a customer

wants included this is not a problem and can be


The bouquets can range in size from as small as 3 and

up to 30 cupcakes. The feedback she has received so

far is amazing and you just have to see the pictures to

be mesmerised at how

incredible they look.


Julia offers various sized bouquets along with boxes of

individual cupcakes. Now taking orders for Christmas.

She will be offering two options of Christmas bouquets

in sizes 7 or 12 cupcakes. One traditional in red, green

and white, and one in blue, silver and white. The

cupcakes can also be ordered in boxes.

They make a beautiful alternative to sending a bouquet

of real flowers with the added bonus of being edible.

They are perfect for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries,

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For Christmas festivities wines always find general favour.

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

selected some popular choices, that satisfy many situations

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

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

sherry is always welcome!

For Christmas morning Bucks Fizz has become a regular,

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

and one part champagne, can incorporate your favourite

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

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


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

option. Chilean Merlot is wonderful and Clos Apalta Casa

Lapostolle is excellent. This dark-coloured production is bold

and voluptuous. A great recommendation for a wine to enjoy

around the Christmas table.

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

fruity Christmas punch, as well as being a fabulous pairing

with Christmas pudding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

his grown-up helpers! Fernando de Castilla Classic Pedro

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

flavour and sweetness, this is very good and elegant.

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

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

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

Goose has a stronger flavour than turkey and Pinot Noir

makes a splendid accompaniment. Villa Maria Reserve

Marlborough, from New Zealand, pairs well with the rich

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

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

Cherry Brandy Liqueur, having grand notes of maraschino

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

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

As always, Enjoy!

Trevor Langley

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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 we formed 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 check, alongside our regular standard

service options.

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

check & repair. Likewise our free Bike Buddy rides

offering safety and guidance from a qualified

instructor, have been successful in helping those less

confident to get back on a bike. Funded by Cycling UK,

both will be running again over various dates in

November. Why not pop in & join us?!

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. Look out

for us during the Christmas period, when we plan to

run festive rickshaw rides during Wednesday late

night shopping!

To further reduce carbon emissions and support

sustainability within our town, Shropshire Cycle Hub

are hoping to raise funds to purchase a cargo bike for

the benefit our local community. We will be launching

our Crowdfunder campaign on Friday 19th November

and WE NEED YOUR HELP! Cargo bikes can benefit

both local businesses and individuals such as the

elderly or those with mobility issues, so please

support us if you can. If you are a local business

owner and are interested in getting involved please


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

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

at; or via phone

07485 212320. We are also on FB & Twitter

In addition to our charitable arm, we expanded with

the introduction of free rides on our electrically

powered Triobike rickshaws! Launched in August


Isobel and Roger Hilliard





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Watches, Collectables, Coins, Medal

and other interesting items

Located just off The Square

29a Princess Street, Shrewsbury

Tel: 07875 678 587

Open: Tues & Thurs: 10am - 2pm

Weds, Fri & Sat: 10am - 4pm

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58 Stalls of High Quality

Food, Drink & Crafts

Friday 17th and Saturday

18th December

The Square, Shrewsbury

9am to 6pm each day

Organised by

Asterley Events 07789 114253

Shrewsbury's Farmers' Market

First Friday of each Month

Friday 17th and Saturday 18th December sees the return of

the very popular Shrewsbury Christmas Market in the

Square, Shrewsbury running 9am to 6pm.

The market is a celebration of artisan local food, drink and

crafts that are exhibited at the 2 monthly markets held in

the Square throughout the year.

We aim to showcase the very best of quality products that

this area provides. We only invite local producers to sustain

the local economy and these producers brave all the

elements thrown at them during the year.

The food producers are packed full of gold award winning

producers like Tootsweets confectionary, Heathers Harvest

chutneys and preserves, Stokes of Ellesmere pork pies,

Shropshire Salumi, Berwick Organic Longhorn beef,

Muckleton Meats, Paradise Bites Mediterranean food, Lalita

Kumari with her delicious Indian Street Food and much,

much more.

Novel gifts are aplenty including the Little Flower Company,

Catherine Jones laser cut pop up cards, Garfield Davies

woodturner, Liz Bowden glass beads, Pots and Dots pottery,

Kinki Glass from Jackfield who supply the Dorchester Hotel

with their unique glass wares, Wingers silversmiths,

Lindsey Bucknor photography and Julian Road country


Hot food and drink will be available all day with

Castlemoors hog roast, Mukaase Foods African inspired

curry dishes, Wood Fired Calzones, Little Blue Elephants

delightful quiches and Appletemes mulled apple juice.

We have a passionate, dedicated group of producers who

combine to make an amazing experience in the heart of our

county town and we are so grateful for the support we

receive from both local and visiting shoppers. Shrewsbury

has responded so well after the Covid lockdown and this

market has become one of the very best events in the region

giving our beautiful town centre a real boost.

We look forward to meeting you on

the 17th and 18th December

Shrewsbury Farmers Market

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Christmas in Shrewsbury, time to support Local!

After the last 18 months of lockdowns

and Covid affecting everyone, now

more than ever is the time to support

your local businesses. Shrewsbury

holds so many fantastic small,

independent businesses from stunning

pieces of jewellery at Wooding’s and

co. located on the square, to unique

and quirky items at Vinterior at the top

of the cop.

pieces made with a loved one’s ashes

or transforming an old piece of jewellery

into something new, whatever you

desire, Snooty Fox is simply the best.

A new addition to the town centre is

Beefy Boys, you can read our review on

pages 4 & 5, and I highly recommend

you try them out! For French cuisine

Cote Brasserie serves mouth watering

dishes and superb puddings!

Over at Vanguard Way you will discover

more independent businesses, home

appliances at Capital, a huge range of

rugs from Frith Rugs you can even

order all your meat requirements from

Steak House Meats that offer local

deliveries and collections and supply

many restaurants in town.

Frith Rugs

Shrewsbury Town Centre also holds

regular Farmers Markets on the square

where you can find great gifts from

small local suppliers, including

incredible pictures by Lindsey B, funky

clothing from Candy Designs, beautiful

handmade jewellery by Sue Chadwick

plus so much more. Dates for these

events include November Saturday

20th – the Winter Fair, Friday

December 3rd, and a special Christmas

market on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th


Beefy Boys

When shopping in the Town Centre why

not look for more gift ideas or treats for

yourself from relaxing and pampering

items at Lavender Hampers & Gifts,

antiques and collectables from Gem

Time Curious or Vegan items from the

Vegan hub in the Parade Shopping



The town has two great taxi firms to

help you get around this winter and get

you home safely on those Christmas

nights out, download the apps and book

yours with Shrewsbury Taxis or Castle

Cars. If its more of a night in you fancy,

Shrewsbury Eats can bring whatever

cuisine you fancy directly to your door!

La Di Da are a local home-based

supplier of home décor and gifts with

many special Christmas items now

available and make your front door

magical with a handmade wreath from

Gail at Flowers, Ribbons and Bows,

both can be contacted via Facebook.

Another stunning local business is

Bakes in Bloom, a bouquet of cakes

that look like flowers, again a great

unique gift idea.

Lindsey B

Teestar, on Wyle Cop is over 45 years

old now and sells superb designer

shoes and boots, Jenny and her team

will make you feel more than welcome

and across the road is the towns latest

celebrity – David from Snooty Fox.

David is currently on ITV’s Gok Wan’s

Bling as a jewellery expert. David

creates the most amazing pieces of

handmade jewellery including individual

Moving slightly out of town to London

Road we have the fabulous Bradley’s

Butchers and Deli. Serving amazing

meats, pies, ready meals and even

Christmas hampers, Bradleys really is a

fantastic shop to visit and indulge in!

They also serve freshly cooked

breakfast and lunch. Don’t forget to get

your Christmas orders in early!

La Di Da

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A new addition to the town is The

Market Town Vets on Sutton Way,

keeping your pets in good health. I

have recently had to use Market

Town Vets for my puppy’s broken

foot and I can honestly say the

service is fantastic, the staff are

amazing and prices very

competitive, I wouldn’t use another

vets after this experience, they

really are great! For more pet

supplies Raw Pet Food has

everything you need to keep your

dog in good shape and lots of

treats and toys too!

hands serving delicious Sunday

roasts at great prices and regular

live music and some Christmas

events coming up, join them on

Facebook to keep up to date with

whats going on!

For a luxury gift why not treat

yourself and partner or friend to a

weekend break at Riverside

Cabins, for the ultimate indulgence

check out the incredible hot tubs

available from Baltic Hot tubs!

Baltic Hot Tubs

Over at Meole Brace The

Brooklands pub is now in great

We are so fortunate to have

so many incredible local

businesses in Shrewsbury,

so let’s make the most of

them this Christmas and

support local!

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Snooty Fox celebrates 20 years in business

the ‘BLING’ way with Gok Wan

Bespoke Jeweller David

Thomas celebrates his

business turning 20 in style,

Gok Wan Style! A new ITV

daytime television

programme, called Bling,

hosted by Gok Wan is

currently airing daily on ITV

at 2pm and available on

catch up if you missed any!

Hosted by Gok Wan, the 20 x

60’ series delves into the

dazzling world of jewellery and

beyond; from buying and selling

to making and fixing eyecatching

pieces, figurines and

more. David appears

throughout the show as one of

the experts, and with all his

experience and years of

creating bespoke jewelery, he

certainly knows what he is

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In the show’s very own

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

then use your knowledge of words to work out which letters

should go in the missing squares.

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

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

letters as you identify them.



Using all 16 letters of the phrase above, form

four words each of four letters which will fit in the

grid to form a magic square in which the words

can be read both horizontally and vertically.

Quiz Challenge

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members of which profession?

2. Dolly Parton’s theme park

Dollywood is in which US


3. TV’s Inspector Morse drove

which make of car?

4. What A is a small cloth placed

over the backs or arms of

chairs to protect the fabric


5. In the hit film Titanic, what was

the name of the character

played by Leonardo DiCaprio ?





How many words of four

letters or more can you

make from this

Nonagram? Each word

must use the central letter,

and each letter may be

used only once. At least

one word using all nine

letters can be found.


22 Good; 26 Very Good;

30 Excellent.

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is also eligible).


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phrase by moving from one

chamber to another within

the pyramid. You may

only enter each of the

chambers once and

may only proceed

through openings

in the walls. The

first letter may

appear in any



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the word dice when used in

board games?

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an army field marshal?

8. In cycling’s Tour de France,

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of the green jersey denote?

9. Where do troglodytes live?

10. The 1940s ‘Windrush

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one in each circle so that

the total of each across

and down line is the same.

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line first and ignore the mathematical

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Hertfordshire? (7,3)

7. Girl, one with nine others (5)

8. Wreckage floats about at 6

Down (7)

10. One might admit having

heard it (8)

11. Friend holds snobbish

boy (4)

13. Some run back to place an

order inside (6)

15. Box at home for milk

protein (6)

17. Girl returns during the

ballet (4)

18. Being legally qualified, is fit

to be chosen (8)

21. Indicated that nothing got

knocked on the outside (7)

22. Type of tent used on hill? (5)

23. Model deems upset

intrusive (10)


1. Peter to appear in brief show

at Christmas time (5)

2. Bet led Mr Strange to be

shaken (8)

3. Wrap up in French pleat (6)

4. Strung up most of noose

shortly (4)

5. Variety of sausage used to

soften (7)

6. Principal leading lady in

Berkshire (10)

9. Large miner about to be

become a skiver (10)

12. Jumper that has a pocket (8)

14. Mixture produced by poor

enamel coating for key (7)

16. Promise as security (6)

19. Move slightly to cut back on

plan for expenditure (5)

20. Read endlessly at the horse

breeding establishment (4)


1. Satanic

ceremony (5,4)

9. Monarch’s

seat (6)

10. Russian

emperor (4)

11. Woody plant (4)

12. Spectre (6)

13. Augur (7)

16. North American

lake (4)

17. Withered (4)

18. Lair (3)

20. Foot digit (3)

21. Correct text (4)

23. Statutes (4)

25. Asphalt (7)

26. Linked series (6)

29. Skin condition (4)

30. Wheel

covering (4)

31. Reddish brown (6)

32. Interchange (9)


2. Lease giver (6)

3. Clergyman (6)

4. Morning

prayer (6)

5. Hotpot (4)

6. Fizzy powder (7)

7. Asian desert (4)

8. Device (9)

13. Monetary

fund (5,4)

14. Cereal food (4)

15. Jeans fabric (5)

18. Lifeless (4)

19. Tapering flag (7)

22. Assimilate (4,2)

23. Portable

computer (6)

24. Sea mammal (6)

27. Cain’s brother (4)

28. Blemish (4)


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2 8 9 1 6 7 5 3 4

5 3 2 6 7 1 9 4 8

4 9 7 5 3 8 2 1 6

6 1 8 4 2 9 3 5 7

3 2 1 7 8 6 4 9 5

9 7 4 2 1 5 6 8 3

8 6 5 9 4 3 7 2 1

3 2 6 9 7 5 4 1 8

8 5 9 4 3 1 2 7 6

1 4 7 6 8 2 3 9 5

9 8 3 2 1 6 5 4 7

7 6 2 5 4 3 1 8 9

5 1 4 8 9 7 6 3 2

4 7 5 3 2 8 9 6 1

6 3 8 1 5 9 7 2 4

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Military attaché.


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left – add; subtract;

multiply; divide.

Total: 9.


Across – 1 Potters Bar; 7 Annie; 8 Flotsam; 10 Doorbell; 11 Paul;

13 Number; 15 Casein; 17 Ella; 18 Eligible; 21 Denoted; 22

Ridge; 23 Meddlesome.

Down – 1 Panto; 2 Trembled; 3 Enfold; 4 Soon; 5 Assuage; 6

Maidenhead; 9 Malingerer; 12 Kangaroo; 14 Melange; 16 Pledge;

19 Budge; 20 Stud.


Across – 1 Black mass; 9 Throne; 10 Tsar; 11 Tree; 12 Wraith; 13

Portend; 16 Erie; 17 Sere; 18 Den; 20 Toe; 21 Edit; 23 Laws; 25

Macadam; 26 Chains; 29 Acne; 30 Tyre; 31 Sienna; 32 Transpose.

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8 Mechanism; 13 Petty cash; 14 Rice; 15 Denim; 18 Dead; 19

Pennant; 22 Take in; 23 Laptop; 24 Walrus; 27 Abel; 28 Scar.




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Down – Pitta; Tango; Handy.

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incest; incus; incuse; inquest; insect;

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260g plain flour

170g soft butter

80g caster sugar


150g shop-bought or homemade mincemeat

Crumble topping

225g self-raising flour

80g butter

80g caster sugar

Ring the changes with the mince pies

this festive season by topping with

crumble instead of pastry.



100g caster sugar

2 tsps ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 tsp ground ginger

3/4 tsp ground allspice

1/2 tsp salt

425g plain flour

225g butter, softened


1. Preheat the oven to 220℃.

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

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

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

24 pie tins. Fill with mincemeat.

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

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

the crumble mix.

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

6. Cool on a wire rack and serve warm.


1. Preheat the oven to 180 C.

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

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


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

should be slightly grainy.

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

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

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

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

golden at the edges. Do not brown.

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


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

site on Lower Trinity Street.

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

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

Luna Springs will bring a Christmas

spectacular to Digbeth this winter

with a series of festive activities

and daily entertainment. A 20m x

10m ice rink will be installed at the

Luna Springs site from 21st

October whilst a 500-cover

marquee, Camp Luna, will provide

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The Digbeth Ice Rink

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stage once sat will be transformed

into a 20m x 10m ice rink with a

line-up of exciting ice-related

shenanigans. Part of the stage will

remain in situ against the ice rink,

whereas the rest will be placed

within Camp Luna.

to curling, as well as ice skating


The Digbeth Ice Rink will open from


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From 16th October Luna Springs will

be home to a giant 500 covers-strong

festive marquee. Camp Luna will

provide guests respite from the great

British weather and an extravagant

location for festive parties. The winter

season of entertainment will take in

the Ultimate Battle of the Bavarian

bans, a Santa Jazz Band, Voice of

London Gospel Carols, a Christmas

gift-off/ swap shop and The Bad


Christmas Show as well as Bongo’s

Bingo and the Untold Orchestra.

Under the Luna Springs arches will

be host to a multitude of festival

treats and outlandish activities.

Tom Kidd, Adventure Bar Group

founder, said, “In line with our aim of

making Lunar Springs the best

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Forever Elton and band

return in 2021 with their

Homage to the music of

Sir Elton John & Bernie


The most enduringly


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Tickest £17


FRI 12th & SAT 13th NOVEMBER

Strictly Abba is one of the

most authentic and

accurate tributes to Abbaa

show enjoyed time end

time again. This Abba

Tribute surpasses all others

with the motto “ The

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Tickets: £13





8:00 pm

T“Unplugged” is an

emotional journey which

will go straight to your

heart. As with every Elvis

record, Gordon’s

“Unplugged” will leave

you singing along and

wanting more. Tickets: £23


FRI 26th & SAT 27th NOVEMBER

Spectacular Beach

Boys tribute band

Surf's Up return to

Theatre on the Steps

for an unbelievable

show where they will

play EVERY HIT this

wonderful band has

ever had. If you love

the surfing or hot rod hits, the sun, sand and sexy

classics, or the beautiful love songs, there'll be lots

here for you. . Tickets: £16



‘The Stones’ are the UK’s

No.1 and most authentic

tribute act to The Rolling

Stones. Performing hits such

as 'Satisfaction', Start Me Up',

Honky Tonk Woman' and

Jumpin' Jack Flash' the

Greatest Tribute Band in the

World pays tribute to the

World’s Greatest Rock and

Roll Band.

Tickets: £18





The very best of traditional

pantomime as the Theatre

on the Steps company

portray Dick's progress as

he goes to London to seek fame and fortune.

Tickets start from £10


Neil Armstrong's boots are still

floating around in space.


The wingspan of a Boeing 747 is longer than the

distance travelled during the Wright brothers’

first flight.

Breathing the air in New Delhi is

equivalent to smoking 45 cigarettes

a day.

Until 1858, all British passports were

written in French

More people in the world recognise the

McDonald's symbol than the

Christian cross.


On the set of Jaws, the shark was nicknamed

Bruce, after Steven Spielberg's lawyer.

4% of the sand on Normandy beaches is made

up of tiny metal particles from the

D-Day landings.

Pope Francis I used to work as a bouncer in a

Buenos Aires nightclub.

Humans spend 13%

of their lives not

focusing on anything

in particular.

(Editor: Well, Men)


Blowing out the candles

on a cake increases the

bacteria on it by up to


In 1940s Britain, children's TV was shown from 5 to 6 pm, then

transmission stopped for an hour to encourage them to go to

bed. (Editor: Can't we do that today?)

Retired characters from the Beano

include Little Dead-Eye Dick,

Cocky Dick, Sticky Willie,

Wandering Willie, and Polly Wolly

Doodle and her Great Big Poodle.


Smartphone users touch their phone

2,617 times a day.

Elephants can

hear better with

one foot off the


Every year, around 3,000 people get

bubonic plague.

In 2013, nine babies born

in the UK were named


A newborn blue whale

puts on 14 stone every




Emperor Hirohito's final speech to the

Japanese nation was the first time his

subjects had ever heard his voice.

All the ants in the world weigh

about the same as all the people in

the world.



There are more libraries in Britain's prisons

than there are in its schools.


Goose offers a different opportunity for the Christmas table and this

recipe is particularly decadent.



1 whole (5 to 6kg) goose

250g uncooked wild rice, cooked

75g chopped toasted hazelnuts

2 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored

and chopped

1 small onion, chopped

2 tsps ground savoury or thyme

3 tbsps chopped fresh parsley

1½ tbsps plain flour

1 litre of water

salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC.

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

herbs. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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

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

the goose with the stuffing, skewer closed and lace

string around the skewers. Truss the bird.

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

hours, draining off any excess fat.

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

gizzard in a saucepan with water. Let simmer gently,

partially covered, for several hours, until reduced by


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

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

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

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

until smooth to make the gravy.








Wolverhampton takes full advantage of having a full week of Christmas

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

centre, in the main pedestrianised shopping area.

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

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

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

international products.

Christmas gifts, festive treats, essential items and lots of unique Artisan,

handmade, novelties, inexpensive stocking fillers, toys, children's wear, street

food, mulled wine, cider, & cocktails, take-away craft spirits & ales, beautiful

buttons & crystals. German sausages, traditional Black Country pork

crackling, jewellery, olives, nuts.

At weekends we look forward to the sounds of seasonal music, adding to the

winter warming atmosphere, with all the festive sights, sounds and spicy

fragrances of a bustling Christmas market. Making it the traditional jewel in

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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

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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…




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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

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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

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• Increased melatonin production which can

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• A disrupted circadian rhythm which in turn

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For some sufferers, the symptoms are

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Tara Best, qualified mindset and Neuro-

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Aquarius - (21st Jan - 18th Feb)

Aquarius the Moon in its First Quarter November 11th so

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person, but sometimes the creases are worth being ironed

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Confidence is something to be gained from looking at

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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

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

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

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Scorpio - (24th Oct - 22nd November)

Scorpio grasp the opportunity to bring in endings as the

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ordered can be conceived! For new beginnings there

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

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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

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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

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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

By Chris Dawson

Unit 9 Walton Works Industrial Estate

Macrome Road, Claregate, Wolverhampton WV6 9HD

Car Review:

CUPRA Leon Hatchback

By Sue Cooke

Nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of

drivers say they now feel more

nervous about driving than they did

before the COVID-19 pandemic

started. A survey by Spanish car

manufacturer, SEAT reveals that

almost half of the drivers surveyed

said it’s the lack of driving over the

last year that has made them more

nervous. 42% put the blame on the

return of the high volume of traffic.

So it really helps to be able to drive a

car like the CUPRA Leon Hatchback

which is packed with the technology

which almost drives the car for you.

CUPRA is the sporty brand of the

Spanish manufacturer, SEAT and

stands for cup racing.

Come across a tight parking space and

this Leon will park the vehicle for

you. An action that 26 per cent of

drivers in the survey worried about. I

like the 360 degree top view camera

and the front and rear parking sensors

which helped me with reversing and


When motorway driving on

unfamiliar roads, I like the Adaptive

Predictive Cruise Control which

maintains a driver-selected speed and

automatically reduces speed

depending on traffic, change of speed

zone and road layout. In the survey,

one in five respondents said the

Dynamic Road Sign Display would

help make them feel less nervous.

Front Assist (which alerts the driver if

they get too close to the vehicle in

front and automatically applies the

brakes in an emergency to prevent a

collision) and Lane Keeping System

(which helps keep the car in lane

using corrective steering

intervention), also help provide

reassurance, with a respective 24 and

19 per cent of drivers stating these

safety systems provide them with the

feeling of added security behind the


Once I had fiddled with the settings

and moved to comfort there was

absolutely nothing about this Leon

that I could criticise. Our potholed

roads are just not looked after well

enough to remain in sport setting

experiencing the sports suspension!

The cabin is sheer luxury with sports

bucket seats, a CUPRA leather flat

bottomed steering

wheel and CUPRA

sports pedals.

Mirror link and

wireless apple car

play are included

as standard in the

digital cockpit.

I really like the

ambient lighting.

A blue line which

trims the front

dash changes to

red. The chrome

and copper detailing, which comes

with every CUPRA, is distinctive and I

like the wolf’s head logo which lights

up on the tarmac as the driver opens

the door. A red line of light streaks

across the rear end, linking the rear

lights, leaving the car behind in no

doubt that this CUPRA is about to

stop. The front LED headlights have

dynamic turn signals.

Exterior paintwork of the road test

car was in a gorgeous ‘Desire Red’

with dark tinted rear windows and 18

inch sport black and silver alloy

wheels which hinted at its sporty


Acceleration is instant and this Leon

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

version is available. Until we build

up our miles and our driving

experience, it is good to have a little

technological help from the CUPRA

Leon Hatch.

Facts at a Glance

Model: CUPRA Leon Hatchback

Price: £35,125 otr

Engine: 2 litre TSI VZ2 300 PS

7 speed automatic

Performance: 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds and

on to a top speed of 155mph

Combined fuel consumption: 35.8-37.2


CO2 emissions: 171g/km




Welcome to our regular column

where we keep you up to date

with the latest vegan news

and views

The Parade, Shrewsbury


We are buzzing about Playin

Choc. These are boxes

containing two organic vegan

chocolates with a cardboard toy

to assemble, great alternative to

plastic toys and make ideal

stocking fillers.

We hope you all have a very vegan

festive season.

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

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

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

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

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


Christmas Cards

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

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

and animal sanctuaries that sell fundraising cards. You can also

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

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

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

Buying Vegan Gifts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

you could look for a vegan logo on the item.

Roast Dinner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

of other options available such as fake turkey roasts and chestnut

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

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

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

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


This wonderful side dish is easy to make and

can be prepared in advance and just

warmed up ready to eat. The quantities

below can serve 4.

Ingredients (approx)

Brussel Sprouts with Chestnuts

20 whole sprouts, peeled

20 cooked chestnuts

20 small shallots (or 10 large ones halved)

2 crusts wholemeal bread, grated

salt to taste

vegetable oil


Boil the sprouts for 10 minutes or until they are

just soft, then drain and put aside.

Gently heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan.

Add the shallots and cook on a medium heat

for 5 mins. Add in the sprouts and chestnuts

and allow to brown slightly. Add a little more

oil and put in the salt and the breadcrumbs.

Fry until the breadcrumbs are browned and .

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After all that Christmas food, many people want

to get more healthy for January. It is well worth

considering doing Veganuary where you are

given day by day guidance to having a vegan

diet which will help you become more healthy

and lose some of the Christmas pounds as well as

helping animals and the environment. If you want

any advice feel free to pop into the shop where

the staff are always willing to help

Gift Vouchers

If you are really stuck for ideas, The Vegan

Hub offers gift vouchers in a range of different

values so you can allow the recipient to

choose for themselves what they might like for

a gift, with the bonus of being able to take

advantage of our January sale!.

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

to their website or email


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Feel the festive warmth this Christmas

and enjoy a tropical experience without

having to leave the UK!

Whatever the weather you can walk amongst

hundreds of the world’s most beautiful butterflies

in a unique rainforest environment, with

splashing waterfalls, fish-filled pools and

tropical blossoms.

Discover the fascinating link the butterfly farm

has to Belize and the Maya, an ancient rainforest

civilisation. Maya artifacts have been replicated

and are displayed throughout the flight area.

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

will find our resident green iguanas, Prudence

and Bennie, who like to bask in the tropical


Minibeast Metropolis is teeming with life, where

tree frogs and sun beetles live alongside snakes,

reptiles and leafcutter ants.

The Nature Inspired Gift Shop is a treasure trove

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

for stocking fillers and nature inspired gifts.

Gift ticket vouchers are a lovely idea for family

and friends and are available to purchase from

the website.

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm and Gift

Shop is open daily from 10 AM (except

Christmas Day) including Boxing Day and

New Year’s Day. For more information and

to book tickets please refer to the website



• Halloween pottery painting • Slime workshops & spooky teas

• Baby & Toddler Halloween and Christmas messy play

• Adult workshops in glass, felt, pottery and wreath making

• Pots & Prosecco and Clay & Cocktail evenings for adults

• Make your baby keepsakes & Christmas gifts



26th Nov and 10th Dec


Plus much, much more!




Call for info or to book or see our Facebook events


Tel. 01902 842771



The idea of selling up, taking to the

waters and making a new life aboard a

boat appeals to a lot of people.

Narrowboats and canal boats have a

rich and interesting history as well as a

huge community around the country.

Whether you already have a narrowboat

you use on holidays or are thinking of

buying one to live in full-time it is

certainly a great adventure to embark

on. But one you’ll want to think through

carefully before going ahead.

The Positives of the Narrowboat Life

Cruising on your own private boat, which

also doubles up as your home, sounds like

a romantic and fascinating adventure. And

for many people, it has huge positives and

advantages over the regular city or even

village life. These can include:


The chance to escape from the clutches of

society and live your own way is certainly

appealing. Living aboard a boat means you

can essentially live where you want and

move your boat to new locations as you see

fit. Your boat may also mean you can live in

areas that may have been too expensive for

you to consider when living in traditional


Improved Fitness

You may not realise until you get started, but

living on a boat requires a fair amount of

physical exercise as you walk towpaths,

move the locks and fetch and carry supplies

from your boat. It keeps you active and



On the water, you can explore locations and

see amazing sights in a way which isn’t

always possible from land. You can cruise

past beautiful rural countryside, cultural

cities and other locations at your own pace.

You can also get closer to nature than ever

before with ducks, swans and geese

becoming your neighbours and travel


Home from Home Travel

There’s nothing as nice as being able to

travel with all your worldly possessions

alongside you. You’ll never have to worry

about forgetting something important or

needing to pick up items you have left at

home but need for your travels. Most

modern narrowboats have all your home

comforts, with washing machines, fridges

and cookers all on board.

Considerations to keep in mind before

cruising off

Switching to life on Britain’s waterways is a

big step, however, and perhaps not for

everyone. There are some considerations

and potential downsides to keep in mind:

Cold and Damp

You need to maintain your boat well to

ensure the cold and dampness are kept

under control. Ensure you have a quality

heating system and while some damp is

inevitable, you can keep it at bay with good

insulation and ventilation.

Limited Privacy

If you’re quite a private person then you may

not enjoy living in close quarters, even with

your closest friends and family. There isn’t

often much private space aboard a

narrowboat so you have to be comfortable

spending all your time with those you’re

living with.

Maintenance Costs

Maintaining your boat so it can be lived in

and keep you cruising is a cost you cannot

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

much as you may spend on a traditional

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

plan for.

Tight Space

The most difficult thing to get used to, if

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

the minimal storage space you have to live

with. You’ll have to downsize in advance if

you’re making a big change or consider

storage for most of your belongings.

The chance to spend your days on the water

is something that can be a real bucket list

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

fulfilling and enjoyable way of living from

which you may never want to return again.

We Love Reading

at Old Hall!

A Shropshire school has been

given a special gift to encourage

youngsters to read more ­ a

literacy 'shed' for the playground.

The new Reading Shed at the Old

Hall School in Wellington has been

packed with books and forms part of

an outdoor learning area for

youngsters at the school. It was

given to the school by a former

member of staff to encourage

reading for pleasure as much as for


Headteacher Mr Martin Stott said

today that the school had held a

special outdoor assembly to

officially unveil the new shed and it

had caused great excitement among

the pupils.

“All our children go to the school

library at least once a week and this

is an additional vibrant place where

children can choose from an

extensive selection of different

reading material,” he added.

“And the shed has helped to take

some of this enthusiasm outside and

allows the children to share a

passion for books in a more informal


“I think it may even make it less

intimidating for some so they are

more likely to explore books

independently. Outdoor learning is

also very important to us and we are

always looking at ways in which the

children can take their lessons


Mr Stott said it was lovely to see the

children get so excited to find out

what books were inside the shed

and talk about the books they would

love to have in there.

“We are extremely grateful for this

gift to the school. Staff past and

present have always supported our

drive to find imaginative ways to

help the children enjoy learning and

trying something new. This is a

wonderful addition to the


The school will be holding a

Discovery Morning, especially

for younger children on

January 22nd, 2022, when

parents can come along and

see the library and Reading

Shed in action.

For more information visit

or call 01952 223117






10AM - 12.30PM

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Especially for

families with

younger children

Independent co-educational

day school 4-11

Wellington, Shropshire TF1 3LB

Registered Charity No. 528417

Award winning education is

closer than you think

Wolverhampton Grammar School is an

extraordinary school. Founded in

1512, it's one of the oldest schools in

the country, within easy access of the

wider West Midlands, Staffordshire and

Shropshire thanks to flexible school bus


The independent day school has

expanded its provision to incorporate

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

Wolverhampton Grammar School is a

fully all-through school, providing the

opportunity for children of all school

ages (4-18) to join a truly unique

community and experience its awardwinning

approach to education.

Means-tested bursaries and

scholarships are available for

exceptional and deserving applicants

to the Senior and Sixth Form.

If you’ve never visited the stunning 25

acre campus, you can register at any

time for an open event or personal

tour. Simply visit to register

for events that are taking place across

the coming months.

First priority is the happiness of

your child.

Children at Wolverhampton Grammar

School receive pastoral care like

nowhere else – that’s because happy

children do well, thrive, and leave the

school with excellent exam results and

the confidence to embrace whatever

opportunities come their way in their

young adult lives.

Your child will never feel alone at

Wolverhampton Grammar School.

Assistant Head in charge of Pastoral

Care, Claudine Jones, leads a team

of staff to support and work with

families. Support includes a

dedicated, expert pastoral team,

school counsellor and annual

adolescent mental health tracking

using the latest digital tools.

Academic excellence

The staff are totally committed to

providing the best teaching and

learning experience for your child –

something that continued in

lockdown, thanks to high expertise in

online delivery. Wolverhampton

Grammar School offers a very wide

range of subjects, from sciences to

humanities, creative arts to

languages. The timetable is built

around the academic choices that

the students make. They grow up to be

confident, curious and independentminded,

and their academic

achievements speak for themselves.

Despite the pressures of the

pandemic, students were awarded

stellar results at GCSE and A Level.

Sixth Form students are also able to

study towards Cambridge Technical

and BTEC awards in a range of

subjects. Sixth Form students achieved

the highest number of A*- A grades for

over 10 years, with 66% of entries

receiving nothing but the top two

grades. Alongside, 165 A* – B grades

awarded (85% of all students). At

GCSE, 641 Grade 9, 8 or 7 awards

(equivalent to A* and A) – 79% of all

grades were awarded. Students in

Years 11 and 13 enjoyed another

exceptional year with 100% pass rate.

The School offers a tailored and

individual approach to UCAS and

Careers support and students can

expect the very best preparation

possible when it comes to life after


Interested to learn more?

Simply visit the website to register

for an open event or to book an

individual school tour,,

alternatively please contact the

Admissions team at

Wolverhampton Grammar School


01902 422939 email

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Research confirms what we have

long suspected - that lack of

sleep among primary school

children is having a devastating

effect, with nine out of 10

teachers complaining that pupils

are too tired to learn.

The poll conducted on behalf of the

Sleep Council also revealed that more

than half - 55% - of teachers agreed

that the brightest children in the

classroom are the best slept and most

wide awake.

And while many parents with young

children worry about the effect that

computers, gaming and mobile

phones are having on their offspring,

88% of the 250 teachers questioned

felt that distractions in the bedroom,

such as games machines and TVs, are

at the root of the problems, along with

the fact parents are not strict enough

about enforcing bedtimes.

“As part of our project we wanted to

establish just how much of an issue

lack of sleep has become among

young school children. Even we have

been taken aback by the sheer scale

of the problem.”

Jessica Alexander, The Sleep Council

Long Term Problems

The issue has now become so

widespread that nearly a quarter of

teachers admitted they have had had

to resort to letting very tired children

nap in a corner of the classroom.

Nearly two thirds - 65% - say the

problem is so serious they fear for their

pupils’ long-term progress, while

nearly half said lack of sleep made

children unruly and badly behaved.

More than two-thirds of teachers say

that up to a quarter of their pupils

regularly came into school looking

tired, and a further one in five said

between a quarter and half the class

is regularly affected.

Less than four in 10 teachers - 38% -

felt a poor diet was to blame for

sleep-related problems.

When asked how they dealt with the

problem, more than six in 10 said they

contacted the parents but worryingly,

a small minority - six per cent - say

they ignore it as they just don’t have

time to deal with it.

“Schools cannot succeed without

effective partnerships with the home.

A tired and irritable child will not thrive,

particularly in the active and pacey

modern classroom. NAHT is particularly

concerned about the still small but

rising numbers of pupils who stay up

late engaged in online gaming.”

A spokesperson for the National

Association of Headteachers (NAHT)

Free Booklet

The Sleep Council’s free ‘Good-

Night Guide for Children’ booklet

is filled with hints and tips for

parents on how to help their

children get a good night’s sleep.

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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

options. If you’re considering part time courses to

enhance your professional opportunities, consider

university level qualifications in business, computing,

early years, engineering and health and social care. Adult

maths and English courses are also available with

February starts.

Register at

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Open Events 2021/2022

Explore the

campus and meet

our expert tutors

at one of our

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17th November

19th January

19th March

22nd June

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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

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

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

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

Most people feel revitalised and recharged.

How many sessions should I have?

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

boosts your energy. If you are dealing with emotional or

physical pain then I would always recommend at least 3

sessions in close succession. Sometimes if people have very

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


Is it beneficial to have Reiki even when I feel

good? Would it be helpful to have a regular


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

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

equally beneficial if not more so. When you are physically

and emotionally well the energy can move around the body to

balance and recharge your cells and you will feel physically

and mentally refreshed and revitalised

Jessi Carrera-Maybury

Tel: 07944 501998

Charmed Healing Therapies

Reiki Master Teacher,

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Practitioner and Spiritual Coach

* Reiki healing

* Crystal therapist

* Tarot/Oracle

card Readings

* Spiritual readings

* Meditations

Contact Janine on:07530 973684

Or on

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Close to Shrewsbury Town Centre

Jessi Carrera-Maybury

Reiki Master-Teacher

Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner

Reiki Treatments

Reiki Training & Attunments

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Theta Healing & Belief reprogramming

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Over 10 years experience

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Blossom Academy is a beauty training academy

based near Shrewsbury offering accredited

courses for complete beginners and 1:1 nail art

sessions for qualified nail technicians.

Courses available include:

• Gel Polish for Beginners with

Basic Manicure and Pedicure

• Gel Nail Extensions

• Lash Lift & Tint

• Lucy Pastorelli EFile Training

• Bespoke Nail Art Sessions

Courses are run on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis but group

classes are also available upon request.

Blossom Academy is here to help you get started in

the beauty industry and have the beauty business of

your dreams. Our accredited courses, taught by

Becci, include practical demonstrations, a fully

comprehensive manual, theory assessments and you

receive an accredited certificate upon completion

so you can obtain insurance and work on real clients.

When you train with Blossom Academy, you will also

have our support after your course, to give you the

tools and confidence to run your beauty business.

Meet your trainer – Becci

After 7 years running a successful nail and beauty

business, I became an educator so I could pass on

my knowledge and help others who want to do the

same. I absolutely love teaching and meeting new

students – a highlight for me is when I see my students

start their own businesses and work on real clients. I

have poured everything I know into my manuals to

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To book your training course

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‘The Spirit of Christmas

with Wynne Evans

(the GoCompare man)

Shrewsbury Abbey

Saturday 4th December at 7. 30pm.

Acclaimed opera singer Wynne Evans,principal

tenor with Welsh National Opera will be

delighting the audience at Shrewsbury Choral’s

spectacular Christmas Concert in Shrewsbury

Abbey on Saturday 4th December at 7.30pm.

Joining the choir will be Meole Brace School

Choir, Prestfelde School Choir, Meole Brace

Chamber Orchestra, and members of

Shrewsbury Abbey choir.

Thelma Foster, Chairman of Shrewsbury Choral

said: “Everyone is very excited that Wynne Evans

will be singing solos with the orchestra and with

the massed choirs as well as entertaining us with

personal anecdotes. In fact he has agreed to

compere this concert! The programme includes

well-known Christmas music for the orchestra such

as composer Leroy Anderson’s famous Sleigh Ride

and dances from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.

There will be special Christmas songs from school

choirs and adult choirs as well as massed items for

everyone, including the audience! So if you want

to sing some of your favourite Christmas songs,

like The Twelve Days of Christmas, or O Come all

ye faithful, or you just want Christmas music to

flood over you, this a concert not to be missed!”

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Take time to nourish yourself

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Establish a purposeful morning


Set your alarm for the same time each day

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shower and visualise how you want your

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Journal: Simply start by recognising your

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things you are grateful for. This can shift your

perception as well as bring awareness to

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help start your day in a calm and focused


Get out of the house and go for a walk, just

wrap up warmer. It is important to get

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Make your environment inviting

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place that feels good to be in. Declutter and

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- Seated Forward Fold (Paschimottonasna):

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Oteley Gardens offers plenty of

space with serene surroundings and

large, open meadows. Being a short

drive into the town centre and

situated in a quiet, suburban

location means we provide a great

environment for couples and

families alike.

To find out more about Oteley

Gardens give us a

call on 01743 598 242

to chat to one of our friendly sales


Please note that all offers, and schemes are

subjected to T&Cs and may only be

available on selected homes.

Move in time for Christmas at Oteley Gardens

If there’s anything we’ve learned this past year, it’s that our

homes are our sanctuary. Keeping us safe, they’ve helped

us achieve so much...

Our home has become the place that we eat, study, work and

play. It’s been more important than ever in the last year. If

your home doesn’t fit your life anymore and you need a new

sanctuary, then why not consider a brand-new Bovis home.

For more information

please call 01922 263 001 or

search Bovis Homes Mercia

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