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Juniper berries form the base flavour
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Lighting Up Wellington
Christmas preparations in Wellington
couldn’t have gone better, with the
successful return of the light switch on
event in November which attracted
hundreds of people to a lantern making
workshop, Santa’s grotto and parade
led by the Wellington Brass Band as
well as BBC Radio Shropshire’s Paul
Shuttleworth broadcasting from the
Market Square on the day. The event,
which was organised by Wellington
Town Council, saw the lights switched
on by the Mayor of Wellington Cllr Paul
The event was complimented by
another well attended late night
opening event in Wellington Market
which saw traders dressed up on a
Christmas theme and many of the stalls
and shops throughout the town staying
Wellington Market in
running for top award
Wellington Market has been nominated
for a place in the Great British Market
Awards 2021 – a national competition
organised by the National Association
of British Market Authorities – and as
this magazine goes to print voting is
taking place by the residents and
visitors who value Wellington Market
and the strides it has made over the
last year or so to improve the offer and
bring it bang up to date. Initiatives have
included a complete re-wiring of the
market, investment in and creation of
the highly popular food court and of
course, the late night openings which
see an emergence of Wellington as a
‘foodie destination’ as visitors flock to
the many ‘street food’ stalls whilst
enjoying live music and entertainment.
Telford & Wrekin Council have played
their part with grants for new
businesses as part of the ‘Pride in Our
High Streets’ initiative and overall
Wellington Market has a real buzz
about it and is attracting more and
Special Award for
The Mayor of Wellington, Cllr Paul
Davis, presented a special plaque to
Parade Marshal Eddie Fanneran for his
long term outstanding contribution to
Wellington. The traditional
Remembrance Parade and service in
Wellington was well attended as usual
this year with police cadets, RAF
cadets, veterans, cubs and brownies all
in attendance. Pictured with Deputy
Lieutenant of Shropshire Sir Edward
Tate Bt DL are Cllr Paul Davis Mayor of
Wellington, Police Capt Teresa Spanton
and Sqn Ldr Garf Parker as Eddie
receives his award.
Elms donated to nature
Wellington resident Colin Evans, whose
walks around a nature reserve proved a
‘lifesaver’ during the pandemic,
donated four mature trees during
National Tree Week to enhance the
area even further. Colin Evans said he
was very happy to be ‘giving something
back’ to the Dothill Local Nature
Reserve which has become a haven for
The elms are an iconic tree that the UK
almost lost - and these specimens are
resistant to Dutch elm disease. “With
the horrendous 20 months we have
endured it is nice to see the
reintroduction of the species into the
nature reserve as a memorial to all
those who are no longer with us,” said
Jerry Williams, chair of the Friends of
Dothill Local Nature Reserve, said it
had become a place of respite
particularly during the pandemic and
they were very grateful for the donation.
The group consulted with Telford and
Wrekin Council’s specialists to
determine the best place for the trees,
which have been named as ‘Colin’s
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path east of Dothill School and will in
time form a beautiful avenue of
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2022 in Wellington will be
just as busy with many
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Wellington Festival will take place
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Wellington in Bloom – a gardening
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Sounds in the Square will be held
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Shropshire Kids Festival Telford Returns
Shropshire Festivals are searching for new activities to entertain youngsters
Shropshire Kids Festival returns to
the International Centre in Telford
on February 26 and 27 2022, to
finish off half term with some
family fun. This will be the first
time the festival has been held in
Telford since 2018.
Shropshire Kids Festival brings
together lots of activities in one place,
for a jam-packed day of enjoyment. All
activities are included in the cost of
Shropshire Festivals are asking kids’
activity and experience providers to
come forward to secure a place at the
event to help provide as much variety as
The festival lays on a selection of
activities for children aged 0-14. This
normally includes an obstacle course,
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hoppers, have-a-go music tent, go karts,
STEM activities, trampolining, arts,
crafts, baking sessions, circus skills,
nerf wars, martial arts, football arena,
hockey shoot out, golf skills, mini ice
rink and a dedicated under 5 zone.
Director of Fun, Beth Heath, said,
“Being indoors has never been so much
fun! We are very excited to bring back
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“As a parent I appreciate finding
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“Kids Festival isn’t just about bouncy
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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has towns
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Chewbacca's voice was created by combining the
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In 2013, nine babies born in the UK
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Two-thirds of the bagged salad sold by
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Dolly Parton once lost a Dolly Parton
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The phrase "Sweating like a pig" has nothing to
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Nachos were invented
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More wine is drunk per head in Vatican City than any
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The current Pope, Pope Francis I used
to work as a bouncer in a Buenos
20% of the world's CCTV is in Britain.
In 1915, the lock millionaire Cecil Chubb bought his
wife Stonehenge. She didn't like it, so in 1918 he
gave it to the nation.
Former US President,
Jimmy Carter once
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cleaner's with the
codes still in the
Barry Manilow's No. 1 hit ‘I Write the Songs’
wasn't written by Barry Manilow.
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year, you're one of the
world's richest 1%.
Only a fifth of the Sahara
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The second man to go over Niagara Falls in
a barrel, Bobby Leach, survived the fall but
later died as a result of slipping on a
piece of orange peel.
The Boy Scouts’ motto ‘Be
prepared’ was originally followed
by ‘to die for your country’.
Just like humans, British cows moo
in regional accents.
Since obtaining my Dance and Drama Degree I have used my qualification to then study a
masters in Contemporary Theatre and Performance where I received an award for gaining the
highest results across the Masters of the Arts faculty. I have also taught in a secondary school
for four years where I completed my professional teachers qualification before receiving an
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I have recently moved to Shropshire and have not long opened a brand new Performing Arts
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To anybody in England, the 25th January, Burns
Night is a date in the calendar that we've all
heard of but do not really take that much notice
of, however, if you are from North of the Border,
Burns Night is a celebration of Scotland's
Cultural contribution to the World. It is also an
excuse for feasting, dancing and music (as if the
Scots needed an excuse!).
January January 25th 26th 2022 2022
throughout the meal. Also, if you have them, as the
Haggis is brought to the table, you should get the
bagpipes out and then "pipe" it through. After it is
"Piped in" the "Burns Address to a Haggis" is read out
with the speaker cutting the Haggis, as it is mentioned
in the Poem. The slicing open is followed by a toast to
the Haggis, with whisky, (Any excuse!).
But let's have a look at "The Haggis" and the
ingredients that make up this Scottish delicacy. Well
they consist of Sheep's Heart, Liver and lungs minced
with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, then mixed
with stock and cooked while traditionally encased in
the animal's stomach!! (mmm lovely)!!
The First Burns Night was celebrated over 200 years
ago, but its popularity has grown over the years, with
traditions passed down from generation to generation
and is now considered to be Scotland's other
"National" Day alongside St.Andrews Day in
The night gives a nod to the life and work of Robert
Burns. Rabbie Burns lived between 1759 & 1796 and is
widely regarded to be the National Bard of Scotland,
thanks to his famous works which were either penned
in Scots or the Scots dialect.
But what do the Scots really think of Haggis? well,
catching up with the excellent Scottish comedy, Two
doors down on Iplayer recently they had an episode
that celebrates Burns night, with all the traditions that
go with the event, but when it came to dishing out this
"Treat" the proud scots decided they would just have a
small portion and at the end of day there is only so
much Sheep's Heart, Liver and Lungs you can eat!
But on Tuesday 25th January why don't you join forces
with our Scottish Cousins and celebrate the life and
works of this national Scottish treasure, but maybe
only have a small portion of Haggis, (But maybe a
large portion of whisky!)
Traditionally the night consists of a Burns Supper
which is "The Haggis" and readings of Poetry
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Local charity, Climbing Out, is
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benefit from attending their
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During tougher Covid restrictions, when
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success, so they have continued. In 2022
they will hold one a month in Shropshire
and are eager to hear from people who
might benefit from signing up.
Charity founder, Kelda Wood, leads a
small group on a 4hour walk, at a pace
to keep things achievable for everyone.
The walks are open to anyone aged 18
years and over, who has been through a
mental or physical trauma.
Kelda Wood said, “We’ve found that
combining fresh air, exercise and the
conversation of people with relatable
experiences, is a really good starting
place to build the confidence to move
forward with more purpose and
“It’s a simple concept that has already
had a big effect on our attendees. After
our walk we usually finish at a café for a
brew, some cake and a chat. The social
side reminds us how important it is to
connect with other people.
“Next year the Walk and Talks will be
based in Shropshire, and we’ll be
at least one a month throughout the
year. The days out are fully funded, you
just need to provide your own transport
to the meeting point, food for lunch and
come wearing suitable gear for walking.”
The dates that have been released so far
are Thursday 13th January, Saturday
26th February, Thursday 31st March,
Saturday 30th April, and Thursday 26th
May. More dates will be announced in
A previous attendee of a walk and talk
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energised and realising there is so much
that I can do if I just push myself.” Sam
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one of the Walk and Talk days,
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on the ‘Walk and Talk Days’ page
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The Shropshire Distillery have launched two products
under their new range of ‘After Noon’ liqueurs. Their
cold brewed coffee liqueur and citrus grey tea liqueur
are the first they have released, which are being sold
alongside their award-winning handcrafted gins.
The launch of the liqueurs has coincided with a major rebrand
for the distillery, who have moved away from being
called Shire Gin, to reflect their Shropshire home. The
Shropshire Distillery have updated their branding, labels, and
bottles, which all have a premium, sleek new look.
Emma Glynn, one of the UK’s few female Distillers, called on
the expertise of Aroma Tea & Coffee Merchants, based in
Shrewsbury, to find suitable blends to use in the liqueurs.
They provided their Charles Darwin inspired Evolution blend
for the coffee liqueur. The full-bodied blend represents the
evolution of coffee production by including coffee grown from
across the globe. For the tea liqueur, they provided their
Citrus Earl Grey which is a blend of black teas from China,
with added dried orange and lemon peel, and natural Italian
bergamot fruit oil.
Emma Glynn said she is very proud of all their recent
changes. She said, “This is an exciting, and very busy time
for us. We are over the moon to see our new branding in loca
local shops and bars. There can be no mistaking where our
spirits are made now!
“The launch of the liqueurs is another historic moment for the
distillery, and we believe the After Noon range is a great
addition to our offering.
“The cold brewed coffee liqueur has rich maple syrup, dark
chocolate, and hazelnut notes. It is perfect for lovers of
Espresso Martinis - there's no need to add coffee or vodka,
all you need to do is add water and ice to the liqueur.
“The tea liqueur has a refreshing, citrus taste. You can enjoy it
near over ice or make an Iced Tea Spritz with lemonade and
sliced oranges. We have already received glowing reviews,
with customers enjoying a well-deserved grown-up tea or
coffee break in the PM!”
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It’s all about MEN...
New year new you is always the phrase that is mentioned here, there and everywhere.
But men, this is the time of year when we look ahead and want to change our
lifestyle horizons for the better. And how do we do that? Changing our appearance
for the better is a great way to start and here are some products that can definitely
give you a fresher and more modern look.
Invigorate, cleanse and
uplift yourself with the Acqua
di parma Colonia Essenza
Hair and Shower gel, 200ml,
Just £40 from John Lewis
Why not invest in the Remington Beard
Trimmer Kit from Boots, on special
offer at the moment at £37.49 and keep
your look in perfect shape.
Give your skin that clean
shaven look with the Bull Dog
Original Bamboo Razor, just
£12 from mankind.co.uk
Rather then just soap
and water, get Clarins
Active Face Wash for
just £20 for a fresher
feel and purifying.
Smell lovely with Hugo
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Unlimited from just £46 for
200ml at Superdrug
Or go the whole hog with the Man Cave
Essentials wash bag set for just £30
Whatever you decide to do for the
New Year, you go for it because you
know you're worth it!!
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LEADING THE WAY
Tattooists Rob, Garth and Jayde all offer a full
range and styles of tattooing with over 40 years’
experience between them. From portraits, floral
and mandala style tattoos to your more traditional
and gothic, black and white to full colour. The team
are great at giving advice and free handing where
necessary, along with cover up ideas.
Along with the tattoo team, piercing specialist Char offers
a fantastic selection of piercings all over the body (except
mouth currently due to Covid). Having been pierced by
Char myself I can honestly say she is very professional
and quick to keep any pain or discomfort to a minimum
with great aftercare advice. Char has recently purchased
an equipment that allows jewellery to be anodised to any
colour from gold to purple so you can really personalise
items to your personality and style.
Custom pieces can be ordered, and a great range of
jewellery is always in stock.
The team at Some’ink Different are always on top of
hygiene and your safety, they opperate a very
professional Studio along with high quality tattoos and
piercings so you can rest assured you will be in a safe
environment with the best service.
Contact the team on 01952 619370 or via messanger
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“V is for Veganuary”
Every January the charity
Veganuary runs a month dedicated
to being “Vegan”
Veganuary is all about inspiring
people to adopt a more planetfriendly
diet with participants
planning to at least halve their
intake of animal products
permanently including many who
will plan to stay fully vegan!
BUT…..If you thought Veganism was
just about food then think again! It’s
now making its way into our homes
in other ways & particularly our
bedrooms. There is therefore the
opportunity to participate in
“Veganuary” in other ways by
thinking about other areas of your
More & more people are becoming
‘Environmentally Conscious’ &
vegan mattresses are a rising niche
within the Bed market place. These
mattresses are made differently,
using fillings only sourced from nonanimal
derivatives & plant-based
materials with a ‘conscious
‘Vegan Mattresses by Vogue Beds’
are approved & registered with The
Vegan Society Trademark therefore
holding a vital credibility in the
Vegan world, as it ensures the
validity that no animal origins are in
the mattresses & no testing on
animals has taken place either
deeming them cruelty free also.
If this is something you are
passionate about then January is
the perfect time to be thinking
about being more ‘Vegan
To do this then do stop by to ‘lie &
try’ on the 2 mattresses we have in
our Newport Beds showroom. You
will be pleasantly surprised where
‘conscious meets comfort’ &
‘environmentalism meets veganism’
Our mattress sales will continue
through January only until display
models are sold. However new items
may appear on sale too so be sure
to pay us a visit during the month!
“J is for January sales”
We have slowly been upgrading our
showroom beds & mattresses & now
have some display models on offer
in our January Sale. These are
showroom models only so once they
are gone, they are gone!
These include some of our luxury
Hypnos Orthos Elite range. With a
firmer feel the Orthos Elite mattresses
are carefully constructed to provide
just the right amount of cushioning
for your body in repose. Hypnos has
designed the range to take into
account every aspect of the
sleeping experience for support &
comfort as you sleep & awaken. We
have floor models that are in the
sale & in limited numbers so best be
quick if you would like to bag
yourself a luxury bed at a
Alongside these matresses we also
have some of the Vogue Bed
Company complete Divan sets with
headboards & differeing drawer
storage options. The mattresses are
from the Hampton range & feature
the Bespoke Hampton Pocket
Collection which incorporates
individual pocket springs with Active
Each mattress is meticulously made
with superior fillings providing
maximum comfort for an amazing
night’s sleep. The beds are
upholstered in the highest quality
viscose damask so as to maximize
the feel of these natural fillings.
We would like to wish all our
customers old & new a very Happy
New Year for 2022.
79 High Street
Tel: 01952 820820
The Farmstead has a philosophy that our
time living at The Farmstead. Our
philosophy is that no one should come
into our home unless we are going to
make their lives better, make their days
easier and support them to lead the life
they want to lead
At The Farmstead we have unique facilities where residents can
enjoy their hobbies and interests. Our own cinema where
residents and their families can enjoy a film together or
celebrate a special anniversary or event. Our cosy coffee shop
where residents can meet with their friends and visitors. Our
hair salon where a pamper with a glass of
wine or bubbles will
enrich their day. An activity room where residents can explore
old and new interests and hobbies
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Short term or respite support is offered. This can be
beneficial to residents and their families when continuous
care and support
is provided post hospital admission or post
any short-term illness. The aim being to provide care and
support for residents to be able to transition back into their
own home when able. Respite care is available to support
who need a break or go away on holiday.
Palliative and End of Life
Palliative and End of Life Care is a privilege to deliver in the
and their families have the compassion of care
at this time,
ensuring our residents are pain free, supported
spiritual beliefs as they live out their lives with
dignity and in respect of their wishes.
Residential Care is a very good option for people who would
benefit from added support with everyday day tasks such as
reduced mobility, general frailty, anxiety, and
isolation of living and coping on their own. This enables
residents to retain their independence with the reassurance
that high quality wellbeing support is available 24 hours
when they need it.
time to understand the residents we support.
ir life stories and meet their fa
amily and fr
so that we
can understand and support their wellbeing on
st to meet their
their quality of life. Residents living with Dementia may
ind it diff
ficult to communicate what they need. Our
al approach and support of qualified staff
ul at this time. The priority is to give the
best possible support and care, liaising with loved ones
whilst helping our residents
enjoy special moments together. Quality time together is
important as especially as their care needs start to change.
or those residents who require medical
attention or require specific care to be delivered by a
Registered Nurse. Our residents are cared for by a team
registered nurses and a team of qualified
with a passion to nurse and support
individual needs and wellbeing. Supporting
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We at The Scene and SYone mourn the loss of
Motor Racing Legend Sir Frank Williams.
Frank Williams was born in South Shields, South
Tyneside in 1942. His dad was an RAF officer and
his mom was a school teacher. Unfortunately
though, his aunt and uncle brought him up after the
breakdown of his parents' marriage.
Frank's supposed love affair with motor racing began
when a friend gave him a lift in a Jaguar XK150 and
after a brief career as a driver and mechanic, Sir Frank
founded Frank Williams Racing Cars in 1966.
Frank purchased a Brabham Formula One Chassis and
the racing driver Piers Courage drove for him during
the 1969 formula one season achieving two second
The late 60's and early 70's were hard on Frank,
spending a lot of time conducting team business from a
telephone box after being disconnected for unpaid bills!
But he battled through to the point when in 1979 with
the support of engineer Patrick Head, his Cosworth
Powered Williams car driven by Clay Regazzoni won
the British Grand Prix!
But in 1980 Sir Frank's Williams Formula One cars
really hit the big time with both his cars and driver,
Alan Jones winning both the constructors titles and
From 1981 to 1997 Williams were the best, with the
best drivers, with the likes of Keke Rosberg, Nigel
Mansell, Nelson Piquet, Alain Prost, Damon Hill,
David Coulthard and the late great Ayrton Senna all
driving for him.
During that golden period Williams won Eight F1
World Constructors championships and his drivers won
the World F1 title Six times with his team winning a
total of 114 Grand Prix's
Unfortunately during this golden period of Motor
racing, the car nearly killed him as in 1986 when
traveling back home from the south of France he was
involved in a car accident that broke his back and
parylised him from the waist down which rendered him
in to a wheelchair!
Also during this golden period he lost his greatest
driver when in 1994 Ayrton Senna was killed in the
Imola grand prix driving for Williams, in fact for a time
Frank Williams was charged with Manslaughter, but
was acquitted later.
Frank was one of life's fighters whether it be near
bankruptcy and working from a phone box or personal
tragedy, with him being wheelchair bound. But thank
you Frank for some of the greatest Formula One
memories of the eighties and nineties. (I can just see in
my mind Nigel Mansell winning the British Grand Prix
in that legendary Williams Formula one car!)
Frank Williams Born 16th April 1942,
Died 28th November 2021
RIP Sir Frank
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Watercolour painting is often
overlooked, despite the benefits it offers
beyond the ability to create a picture.
Before you get the brush in your hand,
here are some pointers.
Watercolour painting is a very popular
hobby, and a useful one besides. It can
encourage you to get out to the
countryside, if you wish to paint nature.
To see things you hadn’t looked at
before and, probably most importantly,
spend some time doing something you
Compared with many other media, the
process is relatively simple. This
journey of discovery and creation can
offer some frustrations, but can also be
a real pleasure if carried out in a
structured and fun way, gradually
building up the skills and confidence
necessary to create personal
To begin painting in watercolour all you
need is a few tubes or pans of paint, a
brush and a sheet of watercolour paper.
You can use normal paper too, but then
you have to be careful with the amount
of water you add to the paint – so that
the paper doesn’t become too soggy,
since it’s less absorbent. Because of
this, it it better and easier to start with
with watercolour paper or watercolour
paper sketchbooks, which might be a
better return for your money.
Be frugal with brushes, even once you
get into the hobby a bit more. The first
three brushes you should have are:
rounds numbers 6 and 12, which come
to a fine point, and a
rigger, which comes to a
needle point. The best
quality for watercolour is
Kolinsky sable. Next
best is sable, then sable
and synthetic mix then
Before you get the brush
in your hand, here are
Don’t expect instant results. Remember
learning to ride a bicycle? You probably
fell off a few times. Remember learning
to swim? You probably sank towards the
bottom a few times. Here’s the good
news for watercolour painting though –
the potential for physical injury when
learning it is less than either of these.
The more you practise the better you
will get. Gradually build up confidence
by doing lots and lots of doodles rather
than attempting full-scale paintings.
Your progress will be faster.
Just start with a few colours. Buy a few
tubes of colour to start with – student
quality from good manufacturers are
fine for practice. If using the liquid form
of watercolour paints, when you
squeeze it out it will be fresh and clean
and ready to go. Remember the unique
properties of each of the colours for
At any stage in your painting, if it’s not
fun, stop painting. Think about all those
jobs you would be doing if you weren’t
painting. Smile and start painting again.
Watercolour paints are generally
transparent. This means it’s not easy to
hide mistakes by covering with more
paint. When you apply paint on top of
dry paint, the effect will be similar to
laying coloured sheets of glass on top
of each other.
Watercolour paint is not impervious
when dry. It can and will be loosened
with subsequent attacks of the brush
and has a wonderful ability to produce
mud in direct proportion to the amount
of agitation it is given.
Respect your tools. Paint, paper and
brushes have all been designed to help
the painting process. Watercolour
papers have surface texture, the paints
give more than colour, the brush has
more painting zones than the pointed
Use a white palette with flat mixing
wells. This will enable you to see the
approximate strength of colour as it will
be on the paper and will help your
observation of some of the chemical
properties of the paint.
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If you’ve thought about joining your local theatre
group but were put off by scary costumes and
luvvies, think again; these days, am-dram is a laidback,
fun way to meet people.
Men in tights, strange costumes and even stranger folk
pretending to be trees, maybe you didn’t think such
things could be fun, but perhaps its time to think again.
Amateur theatre is a great way to meet lots of different
people of all ages and backgrounds, improve your self
confidence and basically just have a bit of a laugh.
If you think this sounds like fun then your first step on the
way to local stardom is to find the nearest amateur theatre
group to you. This should be relatively easy. Online there are
often Facebook groups or websites such as
www.amdram.co.uk, advertising what kind of groups are
available nearby and their contact details. In the real world
just take a look through your local paper or even check out
ads on supermarket notice boards.
Don’t be haunted by the memories of humiliating drama
lessons when you were a child. Most groups are welcoming
and want to make you feel right at home. They won’t ask you
to sing an aria or perform a soliloquy from Hamlet, in front of
the rest of the group on your first day.
Most groups will want you to help out backstage before
allowing you on the stage. Other groups will let you audition
immediately and, if you’re any good, give you a part.
Whatever the group’s policy is, helping out backstage is
always a good way to start. You get to know the people
involved with the group and backstage crew are always
If you’ve never acted before then a small part or a part in a
panto is the best place to start. Panto is great for newcomers,
as mistakes don’t matter as much as in serious plays or
Take note that different directors work in different ways. Some
will give you a script a couple of weeks in advance and
audition you for particular parts, either in front of everyone
else or in a separate room. Some groups will hand out the
scripts on the night and have a read-through, giving different
people chances at reading different parts. However a director
works, you must remember that they know what they’re
doing. If you don’t get a part, it’s probably not that you were
terrible, just that someone else was better or you just weren’t
suited to that role.
Don’t be disheartened though: ask what else needs doing
backstage and wait for the next opportunity to come up. You
will also learn a lot from helping out backstage and if you
have only just joined this is also a great way to get to know
your fellow actors and learn how things work.
So whether you picture yourself walking up the red carpet
one day or you simply want an opportunity to meet new
people and have a bit of a laugh then give it a go – you never
know where it could lead.
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SAT 8th JANUARY - SAT 29th JANUARY 2022, 2:00 pm, 7:00 pm
A sparkling and fun filled version of the traditional tale of Dick
Whittington delightfully brought to life by the Theatre on the Steps
Company All the favourite characters are here - Tommy the Cat, Alice
Fitzwarren, Sarah the Cook, King Rat, the Fairy of the Bells, and of
course, Dick Whittington himself. 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. As always
our production of Dick Whittington is packed full of hilarious comedy,
great music, great scenery and a great show for children of all ages.
Tickets from £10
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
FRI 4th & SAT 5TH FEBRUARY 2022 7:30 pm
The year is 1872. The
Nightingale has struck
again! the famous art
thief has stolen three
paintings from museums
around London and is
now attempting to flee the
country for the safely of
Tickest from £8
SATURDAY 12th FEBRUARY 2022 8:00 pm
Multi award winning
comedian and Edinburgh
Fringe favourite Patrick
with another brand new
Tickest £12 /15
A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
SATURDAY 19th FEBRUARY 2022 8:00 pm
What better way to listen
to the beautiful
soundtracks than to
experience the live
intimate performances up
close by the 5-piece
ensemble (piano, cello,
violin, viola, oboe) l.
Tickest £13 / 15
THE PINK FLOYD SHOW
4th, 5th, 11th & 12th MARCH 2022
Darkside, The Pink Floyd
Show, performing the
music of Britain’s greatest
progressive rock band,
makes a welcome return
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Oooooo We do love a li!
In this country we have an obsession with lists,
and pick up any national newspaper on any day,
there will be a top ten of this or that, whether it
be top 10 UK destinations or top ten Soap
Baddies for example, we have to read them to
see if we agree or not.
My own first encounter with this obsession of lists was
reading the Nick Hornby Novel, High Fidelity which
was set mainly in a record shop in London (The film
has it set in Chicago, but that's another story), about a
record shop owner obsessed with lists, eg, top 5
tracks to listen to after a break up, his top 5 favourite
films, his top 5 favourite jobs etc..etc.. you get the
Well after that it seemed there were lists everywhere,
even TV programmes have 2 hour programmes,
dedicated to 50 best Christmas movies or top twenty
Film mistakes, but where did this all begin? I think the
answer to this is The Guinness book of Records and
the way that book is put together.
The top 10 unusual words:
Why make life difficult when it could be easy? One could say
“to mortgage” or “to hypothecate”, but not “to impignorate”.
This word certainly has all the charm of another era that truly
makes you want to pawn something…
When you are getting out of bed in the morning, if you are
offered a “jentacular” cup of tea, don’t be offended: it means
just about anything (in this case, tea) related to breakfast.
To make it simple, the word nudiustertian refers to two days
ago (that is to say the day before yesterday). Unfortunately, it
has fallen into disuse, although it is far more melodious than
the day before yesterday.
You surely must have, at one time or another, wanted to
order in English 24 or 25 sheets of paper without having to
say “I would like 24 or 25 sheets of paper, please”. Right?
Problem solved: Ask for a quire.
Another particularly useful term for daily life, especially if you
play bridge, in which case you may already be familiar with it.
At all events, you probably know that unpleasant feeling of
having a hand where no card is higher than 9. That’s a
Let us be precise: the scattering of crumbs left on one side of
the plate, the few grains of rice sitting at the bottom of the
bowl, the few drops remaining in the glass, are not mere
leftovers and dregs. They are tittynopes.
If someday you ever manage to prepare mollusc skewers
using pointy shoes, this will illustrate perfectly the sense of a
winklepicker. Not clear about this yet? Winklepickers are
shoes with such a sharp point that they evoke the utensils
used to prise winkles from their shells.
In the same way we British love trivia and this
obsession with lists feeds that trivia especially on a
sporting front, top 10 appearances in the Premier
League, top 10 goalscorers in the Premier League, (by
the way there was football before the inception of the
Premier League in 1992)
Whether it be TV, Newspapers or Magazines we all
love a good top 10 and then go on to tell our friends
about it, by the way my favourite top 5 movies of all
time are (1) 12 Angry Men, (2) The Good, The Bad
and the Ugly, (3) Goodfellows, (4) The Shawshank
Redemption, (5) Forrest Gump. There now I've done
my top 5 you go and do the same!!
It’s always the same story: men and women who are
ulotrichous don’t want it this way while those who are not,
would like it to be this way. Of course! Ulotrichous refers to
people with curly hair.
If you suffer from this, then you would very much rather not
have this word appear in a spelling bee, since it describes the
fear of failure.
Who would have imagined it? This is not the name of the
villain in a bad science fiction movie, but the act of gulping
something down in haste. Another word that you may not find
in a dictionary.
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New Year, New Agreements!
Happy New Year!
It’s that time of year again when we all start
talking about New Year's resolutions, new
beginnings, and the year ahead. We make
promises to ourselves about what we want to
change this year and what we want to achieve.
We have all been through some very difficult
times over these last few years and I wanted this
New Year advice to be something we could
actually implement that might make real changes
to how we feel! I think many people are feeling
powerless and not in control of their own lives
during this time, and that leads to more stress
In the run up to Christmas I started to really think
about this, I too have struggled through the
uncertainty of these current times and I wanted
to make additional positive changes for the New
Year that would further reduce my stress and
bring me even more happiness and peace!
Taking control of our emotions, our actions and
the things we CAN control really helps us to feel
more empowered. There is so much we have no
control over that it can be overwhelming. But the
reality is life is unpredictable and we only truly
have control of ourselves, our reactions, our
As I opened my presents I found the most
amazing book waiting for me… It was called The
Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.
BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean.
Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or
to gossip about others. Use the power of your
word in the direction of truth and love.
DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY
Nothing others do is because of you. What others
say and do is a projection of their own reality,
there own dream. When you are immune to the
opinions and actions of others, you won't be the
victim of needless suffering.
DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS
Find the courage to ask questions and to express
what you really want. Communicate with others
as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings,
sadness and drama. With just this one agreement
you can completely transform your life.
ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST
Your best is going to change from moment to
moment, it will be different when you are healthy
as opposed to sick. Under any circumstances,
simply do your best, and you will avoid selfjudgement,
self‐abuse and regret.
These Four Agreements ask us to take control of
the actions that often bring us the most stress
and anxiety. The things we CAN control!
The back cover promised that I would find ‘An
inspiring book with many great lessons’....it
I was not disappointed, this wonderful little book
did indeed offer great insights, wisdom and
The almost childlike simplicity of these four
teachings totally mirrored my work with clients
and left me feeling more positive and excited
about the year ahead and I wanted to share them
In my practice I often hear people that are so
stressed and rung out over situations, often
these situations could be, at least partly
resolved, by clear communication, by asking
questions and understanding the other person
but this is not easy to do! We are often taught
from a young age not to speak up, maybe
speaking up was dangerous for us as a child.
Maybe we were told children should be seen and
So we bitch and moan about the situation (often
to anyone who will listen), we feel bad about it,
we relive it, we take it all so personally and we
make continuous assumptions about how the
other person will act, what they will say... what
could happen! All this anxiety is caused by the
Now implementing the teaching of these
agreements takes practice and continuous
awareness at first, we are often so deeply
programmed by our thoughts and beliefs that it
takes effort to make these changes. A bit like any
commitment to change there are times when
you fail, when you revert back to the old
patterns... but that’s ok.
Be gentle with yourself and just try again. It
takes time. But remembering these teachings
can really help to free you from some pretty big
and heavy commitments that were probably
never yours in the first place.
I have been practising these four agreements for
some time and I can honestly say it has been life
changing. Its early days but so far I feel much
more positive about every area of my life.
I have failed a few times and slipped back into
my old ways but because I am DOING MY BEST I
am not judging myself. I am learning to speak
more positively, to not take things so personally,
to communicate more clearly, and to be kinder to
I would highly recommend this book and the
principles it contains to everyone, regardless of
religious or spiritual beliefs. Being kind to
yourself and others and doing your best are
maybe the best New Years Resolution I have ever
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Aries (21st March - 20th April)
The January 9th First Quarter Moon phase is
worth noting as it comes with a feeling of having
to work harder, face tough decisions,
experience difficulties and delays, Aries may just
want to escape so hang on in there... Look
forward to February the 5th and 6th as the
Waxing Crescent Moon brings excitement and
your enthusiasm is renewed, it awakes that
'quest to rise to the top' That what makes you
unique is what you need to remember!
Taurus (21st April - 21st May)
Taurus, January the 11th and 12th see the
Moon's Waxing Gibbous stage as an important
time to put right mistakes, both to do with
relationships within the home and also
concerning matters that are 'building related' or
to do with property or moving...The Moons First
Quarter on February the 8th brings a little
warning about manipulation, make sure to see
the full picture and not that which like the Moon
during its First Quarter is only 'half illuminated'
Gemini (22nd May-21st June)
Gemini the start to the new year sees a total refocus
especially around the time of the Moons
Waxing Gibbous phase January 13th 14th and
15th. The course of life needs redirection, any
area of life where there are 'Second Thoughts'
need addressing. By the time of the next Waxing
Moon February 9th 10th 11th Feb, we may find
we have a mix of recklessness behaviour and
spontaneous brilliance! Sudden decisions lead to
Cancer (22nd June - 22nd July)
17th January brings the Full Moon in Cancer, and
this is a time where were looking at love,
recognising the qualities our partners have,
appreciating their roles, there is an awareness of
faithfulness and its importance. Being honest is
key. Single Cancerians are looking at what they
want with honesty and fresh eyes. By the 12th
and 13th of February around the Waxing
Gibbous Moon phase were making plans for
both May and August...
Leo (23rd July - 22nd August)
Leo career wise it’s time to reap the rewards of
your hard work, January the 18th 19th 20th are in
particular times where we feel gratitude, being
happy and generous as we reflect upon our
journey as there is a sense of 'finish' Don't get too
comfortable though Leo as the Full Moon on
February the 16th sees new doors opening, we
may feel emotional about endings and new
beginnings... Do we push new doors that open?
Go on.... take a peek....
Virgo (23rd August - 22nd September)
Virgo the start of the year sees us being very
reflective, be aware of yourself or of people
asking you to keep secrets, anything involving
cover ups, being sly or being tricky make us
wonder what we're getting involved in....The
Waning Gibbous Moon phase in Virgo from the
21st to 24th of January sees us looking at where
we are glad of with a sense of letting go of the
past. September is important for future plans....
you will choose your words with kindness...
Libra (23rd September - 23rd October
Libra likes a bit of balance and craves this during
the beginning of the new year so enjoy the
uneventful start to the month by the end of
January, around the 23rd 24th we see a turning
point and we do have to speak up, we do have
to take on opposition, we do have to use our
instincts and we do have to choose a side, it’s
time to come off the fence on an issue Libra.
Also, in friendships someone needs your advice
and wisdom, and you will choose your words with
Scorpio (24th October - 22nd November)
Scorpio you can sometimes be stubborn with a
sting in your tail, yet the January 25th last quarter
stage sees you really 'letting go' of anger, letting
bygones be bygones, putting grudges to bed,
forgiveness sets us free. It seems we are sticking to
new resolutions especially about health and
wellbeing as we take a little more exercise and
generally work on ourselves, calm confidence
exudes from you....
(November 22nd - December 21st)
January 1st sees the Moon in Sagittarius in its
Waning Crescent phase, as we decide to 'let fate
take the wheel' especially around the areas of
love and relationships, we start the year with a
new attitude of 'what will be will be' partnerships
and pairings seem well starred with a sense of
passion and fulfilment, The single Sag may decide
to go on dates which come out the blue, a real
sense of going with the flow and adventure
2022 and The Super Moons
During 2022 we will have two Super Moons in June and July.
So, what is a Super Moon?
A Super Moon is when the Moon is at its fullest stage, that full disc we
have each and every month, but when it orbits physically closer to the
Earth it appears bigger and brighter! This is a Super Moon!
Even though the Full Moon is generally regarded as having effects on us
emotionally this is said to be even stronger when we have a Super Moon
present, also if we take into account what astrological sign the Moon is
in at this time it can give us further understanding of its potential
The first Super Moon the Strawberry Moon is
expected on June 14th
Named after that warm time of year when the wild Strawberries bare fruit
this Moon is also known as the Rose Moon or Mead Moon. This Super
Moon will be in the sign of Sagittarius this year so will bring expansive,
curious and enthusiastic energy. Positivity equals power for those of this
sign, and it's hard to knock or keep them down.
So, if were using this Super Moon energy to manifest it’s a good time to
invest that doing ‘action energy’ of Sagittarius and the warmth of this
Strawberry Moon to manifest loving new starts and to throw positive
Capricorn (December 22nd - January 19th)
The New Moon on January 2nd advises Capricorn
to 'make a wish' as we seek brand new starts, we
start the new year willing to take a gamble. We
are also not listening to others and playing our
cards close to our chest as we know that our
current wants, and needs would cause a bit of
talk and scandal. Expect to be a part of gossip,
With Mars arriving in Capricorn on January 24th
we care little anyway as there is a surge in our
sense of energy action and sexual feelings to!
Aquarius (21st January - 18th February)
Mercury enters Aquarius on January the 2nd and
leaves again January 26th meaning this is a time
for communication! Negotiation and being
adaptable to challenges help the back-and-forth
exchanges especially concerning areas of power
and wealth. Career and ownership are key at this
time... even in friendships, families and with
partners, it’s time to discuss and have open
communication...The sunshine arrives in Aquarius
as on January the 20th the Sun enters bringing a
lightness and sense of celebration....
Pisces (19th February - 20th March)
January the 6th sees the Moon in its Waxing
phase helping you to look at your heart’s true
desires, examining what you want, planting your
seeds for the future... Also, areas of life where you
are helping others are important, actively
assisting those in need, whether we're offering a
helping hand to friends are family or are working
in a caring profession or role, this suits your
energy... Make it about you though as the Sun
enters your sign February 18th, indulge in your
creative side, in the arts theatre or film...
energy upon our goals ‘With love and light, I please ask you Moon to
bring loving energy, warmth, positivity and power with the highest good
to all of my endeavours’
The Second Super Moon known as The Buck Moon is
expected July 22nd
This Super Moon is named the Buck Moon as it comes at the time when
the Bucks Antlers are in the best of shape! They lock horns, compete for
females and generally show off their prowess. Ego is a plenty!
Confidence is often the key yet so is the rutting of horns and the drama!
This Buck Moon arrives in the sign of Capricorn however, renowned for
its grounded earthiness people born of this sign are often very
responsible and practical.
A useful way to use this energy would be to set intentions that address
the balance of ego and confidence and to take practical steps and maybe
not get so caught up in the look of things or in competing with others,
and instead getting things done!
‘With love and Light please Moon, help me to put ego aside and to
channel my energies practically without comparison to others, help me
take responsible action that brings grounding and goodness in all I do’
Have a wonderful year, Love Katie xx
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Challenge yours and your mates sports
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(10) Who was the First player to achieve a 9 darts
finish on TV?
(1) Which Country won the first Fifa World Cup in
(2) Who was the Mens 1,500m Olympic champion in
both 1980 & 1984?
(3) Who rode Aldaniti to win the 1981 Grand
(4) Which county cricket side did Ian Botham,
Viv Richards & Joel Garner play for?
(5) Which three England captains played for
Scunthorpe United FC in the 1960's & 70's?
(6) In what year did England win the Rugby World
(11) Who was the first player to achieve a maximum
147 break in snooker on TV?
(12) In Which Country is the next Ryder Cup being
held in 2023?
(13) What is the length of an Olympic Swimming
(14) In What year did Virginia Wade win the
Wimbledon Ladies singles Title?
(15) Which Club has Won the FA Cup the most?
(16) Which two drivers have won the formula 1 World
title the most
(17) The Movie "Raging Bull" is based on which
(7) Which boxer was nicknamed the Louisville Lip?
(8) Which event took place at Lords Cricket ground
during the 2012 Olympics?
(9) Who was the first Englishmen to win the Tour De
(18) Who won the BBC 2021 Sports Personality of the
(19) Who is the leading run scorer ever in the Ashes?
(and a bit of fun)
(20) Who missed the first penalty in the 1994 Fifa
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2003, (7) Muhammed Ali, (8) Archery, (9) Bradley Wiggins, (10) John Lowe, (11) Steve Davis, (12) Italy, (13) 50 metres,
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(19) Sir Don Bradman, (20) Diana Ross, (In the opening ceremony)
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Pick your Peak for 2022
Maybe you've put on a few pounds over Christmas or are
looking to do something different for 2021. So how about
combining exercise with fresh air and setting yourself the
challenge of climbing some of the highest peaks in this
The top Ten highest mountains in England, Scotland,
Wales and Ireland are as follows:
1st Ben Nevis, Scotland, 4413 feet high
2nd Carn Eige, Scotland, 3785 feet high
3rd Snowdon, Wales, 3560 feet high
4th Carrauntoohil, Ireland, 3427 feet high
5th Sgurr Alasdair, Scotland, 3274 feet high
6th Ben More, Scotland, 3254 feet high
7th Liathach, Scotland, 3158 feet high
8th Ben Macdui, Scotland, 3135 feet high
9th Brandon Mountain, Ireland, 3059 feet high
10th Ben Lawers, Scotland, 3020 feet high
Ben Nevis, Britain's Highest Mountain
The most popular climbing challenge in this country is the
National Three Peaks Challenge which consists of
climbing the three Highest Mountains in England,
Scotland and Wales, Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben
Nevis, but doing them in the same day!! Why not try it
and better still get yourself sponsored and raise a bit of
money for your local charity! the total walking distance is
23 miles and the total ascent is just over 10,000 ft
As a precursor to that you could try the Yorkshire Three
Peaks, Pen‐y‐ghent, Whernside and ingleborough. Which
consists of a 24 mile walk and just a measly 5,200ft climb.
But before you start out on your trek remember to have
the right kit beforehand, the right shoes, clothing
etc..etc.. Trainers and tee shirts would not really work
By Chris Dawson
Hyundai Bayon Mild
By Sue Cooke
Every new car I road test feels a little
different but sliding behind the wheel of
the Hyundai Bayon I was road testing
this week felt really different. Partly
because this crossover has a manual
gearbox and a manual handbrake. When
I fire the ignition and accelerate, the
hearty engine growl brings back all the
fun memories of what driving used to
The other difference which is not noticeable
is that the Bayon is powered by a 1 litre
turbocharged GDi engine which combines
with a 48 Volt battery. Energy, generated by
braking, is stored in the battery. This energy
is then used to boost the combustion
engine during start up and take off. There is
a choice of 100PS or 120PS power outputs.
On a long drive combining motorway and
urban roads the car informed me I had
achieved a reasonable 48.3mpg. There is
the option of a 7-speed dual clutch
The name BAYON was inspired by the
beautiful and charming city of Bayonne in
the south-west of France and the exterior
design is quite chic. The long coupe style
body incorporates side windows with a
distinctive chrome trim and black top and a
steeply raked windscreen. The broad front
grille opens at the bottom. The halogen
headlamps have static cornering function
and the same at the rear with arrow shaped
brake lights connected by a thin red line.
This B segment SUV has a very long and
comprehensive specification which includes
roof rails, spoiler, LED daytime running
lamps, interior mood lighting, cruise control,
drive mode select, rear parking sensors and
a clear full colour rear view camera. The 8”
display audio includes DAB, smart device
integration and Bluetooth with voice
The top of the range Ultimate model I road
tested adds keyless entry, so as I approach
the car, with the key in my pocket, the door
unlocks, and I press a button on the handle
to gain entry and to relock.
For safety, the all-new BAYON is equipped
with a number of Hyundai SmartSense
systems as standard, some of which are
very useful. I found Lane Keep Assist with
Lane Departure Warning irritating as I had to
wrestle with the twitching steering wheel to
remain on the direction I had chosen, not
steered to where the Bayon thought I should
be. I felt quite exhausted at journey’s end.
Not all systems recognise when white lines
merge or fade out.
The luggage area of 334 litres is quite
adequate for day to day shopping and
expands to 1205 litres for a journey to the
skip. There are many storage spaces in the
cabin. The wide space in the doors will
hold a small bag, there is a deep covered
space between the seats which is useful for
placing keys and there are two different
sized drink bottle spaces.
Road testing the Hyundai Bayon brought
back some great driving memories which I
was sad to give up at the end of the week.
All Bayon models come with Hyundai’s
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Warranty, 5 Year Annual Health Check,
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Facts at a Glance
Model: Hyundai Bayon Mild Hybrid Ultimate
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Performance: 0-62mph in 10.4 seconds and on
to a top speed of 115 mph
CO2 emissions: 121g/km (WLTP)
Combined fuel consumption: 52.3mpg (WLTP)
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Toyota Corolla Touring Sport Excel
self charging hybrid
By Sue Cooke
Many of the cars I road test now
are all electric or hybrid. But there
are different hybrids too. A plug in
hybrid does what it says, plug in to
recharge the battery. The mild
hybrid uses energy stored in a 48-
volt battery that is generated by
braking. This energy is then used to
boost the combustion engine
during start-up and take-off.
The Toyota Corolla I road tested this
week is a self-charging hybrid. The
battery is recharged by running the
combustion engine and by
regenerative braking, i.e. coasting
People want their cars for all sorts of
reasons and I found the 12th
generation Corolla offers the best of
both worlds being nimble for city
driving and comfortable for longdistance
journeys. Buy a Corolla and
you are also supporting UK jobs as
the Touring Sports model is built by
Toyota’s Burnaston factory in
The Corolla has a great heritage with
more than 50 million sales worldwide
and for 2022 has had a refresh and
adopted a dual hybrid strategy.
Customers can choose the improved
1.8 litre engine with 120bhp and
those requiring a bit more power and
sportiness can choose the new 2 litre
engine with 181bhp. There is a sixspeed
transmission with steering wheelmounted
The exterior of the Touring Sport
Excel I road tested, shares front styling
and a 25mm height reduction with
the hatchback. Every panel rear of
the centre pillar is exclusive. The
result is an estate car with a sweeping
roofline and an elegant yet robust
look. At the rear are muscular
shoulders and wide-set, full-LED light
clusters. The rear screen is raked 12
degrees more steeply. On the 2.0-
litre hybrid version there are twin
exhaust tailpipes. New paint colours
include Platinum White Pearl and
Once in the quality interior, there are
new trims and colours and a new
front seat design which I found really
comfortable, with no fatigue at the
end of a long journey. My rear seat
passenger commented on the
increased legroom. An 8 inch, high
definition central touchscreen gives
instant access to the fast and intuitive
Toyota Smart Connect+ multimedia
system. I could talk
to this Corolla and it
me. The new system
requests to operate
the multimedia and
those with a
For anyone requiring
a larger boot this
compact car has a huge load space of
598 litres. A remote lever will fold
rear seats down and the load surface
is reversible with carpet on one side
and a resin finish on the other. There
is an upper and lower deck for hiding
items or keeping bags secure.
Power comes from the 2 litre hybrid
system with added boost from an
80kW electric motor which achieves a
fantastic maximum all electric drive
up to 70mph.
Customer deliveries of a special new
version of the Corolla Trek Touring
Sports, commence early this year
(2022). This model is for adventurers
and features a more powerful
exterior look and raised ride height
by 20mm. Whatever your driving
need, the reliable Toyota brand and
the popular Corolla has a saloon,
hatchback or estate model with
powertrain to suit your budget.
Facts at a Glance
Model: Toyota Corolla Touring Sport Excel
self charging hybrid
Price: £32,515 otr
Engine: 2 litre self-charging hybrid and 80kW
Performance: 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds and on
to a top speed of 112mph
Combined fuel consumption: 51.36-52.31
CO2 emissions: 121g/km
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How to Make “Me-Time”
Life is certainly faster and more uncertain
than ever. You might find yourself jumping
from one thing to the next with no time to
breathe. This can be disastrous for mental
health in the long term. We often forget to
put ourselves first, prioritising other
people, work and obligations. There's an old
saying that you can't pour from an empty
cup. Essentially it means that we have to
take care of ourselves in order to take care
Soak yourself in a lovely hot bath and enjoy and
immerse yourself in the present moment. (I love
taking a bath because I always come out feeling
so much more relaxed!)
We’ve spoken to Wellness Coach and Clinical
Hypnotherapist Michelle Watson, from
MindRevive, to get her easy suggestions on how
to take time to boost your mental wellbeing
Michelle states, “Me-Time needs to be a nonnegotiable!
Don’t think this is a selfish act. It’s
far from it! Because without looking after
yourself first, you can’t properly care for anyone
“It’s not all about taking hours out of your day,”
she continues, “to meditate or go to a yoga class
(although these are great) but sometimes you
just don’t have the time. So, instead, recharge
with a few of these quick and simple self-care
tips that are easy to do at home.”
Take a tea break
Sitting with a cup of tea for 10 minutes, with all
the electronics and social media turned off, can
do wonders for your state of mind. Be mindful
of your surroundings and use all five senses to
experience the moment. What can you see,
smell, touch, taste and hear?
Enjoy a bath
Get the himalayan bath salt out from the back of
your cupboards & grab a few scented candles!
Go for a walk outside
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Think small. You don’t need much time for this
one. Little by little is how we eat the elephant, is
how the old saying goes. So, think small! Try not
to overwhelm yourself considering a 5-mile trek.
Just grab a coat, pop your shoes on and take a
10-minute stroll. Breathe deeply and notice
everything around you. Not only will this boost
your overall step count, but you’ll come back
feeling energized and much more refreshed.
Photo Credit: Jordan Bauer
Read a book
This is my favourite de-stressing activity. A
personal favourite of mine recently has been
Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce - a thriller that I
just couldn't put down and left me with a book
hangover for days! If you’ve got a bit more time in
your day, this is great for calming a busy mind.
Immersing yourself in another world can distract
your brain from everyday life. This is a really
important one for some of my clients who’ve
never read a book before. Once they get the
satisfaction from finishing their first story, they
always reach for the next.
Remember each and every one of us can
experience emotional stress or anxiety at some
point in our lives; this is not uncommon 74% of
UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over
the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to
cope. So, adding some intentional “me-time” is a
great tool to help you come back to peace and
cope more mindfully with the regular stresses life
can throw at us.
If you're feeling overwhelmed, remember you’re
not alone and there are thousands of
professionals who can help! Michelle Watson,
alongside Nutritionist & Fitness Instructor
Michelle Cooper, has developed a Fitness &
Wellbeing Retreat to give guests a mindful
weekend experience on how to implement more
“me-time” to boost the mind and body, ready to
launch into Spring.
Photo Credit: Anthony Tran
For more information about
Michelle and her work
Welcome to our regular column
where we keep you up to date
with the latest vegan news
Renew for the New Year
The Parade, Shrewsbury
Many people like to make changes at the start of the year and
The Vegan Hub is no exception. We are going to start by
completing the redesign we started last year. This includes
adding more shelving so that we can increase our range of
stock even further. If you are also making changes and
looking to move towards a vegan diet then what a brilliant
choice you have made. Make sure you fill your meals with lots
of extra vegetables and eat fruit between meals, and just don’t
be tempted by the huge amount of processed foods available
for vegans without checking the ingredients. Plant based food
is brilliant for health, but only if you ensure you have a
balanced diet. However, if you want to indulge there are
loads of amazing treats available too. If you need any advice
or want some free recipes pop into The Vegan Hub where we
will be able to help you.
Other Vegan Treats in The Parade Shops
BOOKS IN STORE!
In The Parade Shops every business is independent and as a
result they can give you a truly personal service. We might be
the only 100% vegan shop in there, but you can find plenty of
other vegan delights too whether it be a nail makeover at The
Beautique Parlour, getting your hair done at one of the salons,
or a vegan lunch at the Riverview cafe. Just be sure to ask the
business first to ensure what you want is suitable for vegans and
they will be more than happy to help you.
Go Vegan In January
You can’t have escaped hearing about Veganuary. This is
when people pledge to go vegan for a month in January. This
can be to help the environment, get healthier or for animal
welfare issues. This is an ideal time to try lots of interesting
vegan foods and we have plenty of choices for you. Lots of
brands bring out new vegan options at this time of year so
there is sure to be something to suit everyone. There are lots
of great books with advice about being vegan as well as lots
of advice online, so there is no excuse not to give it a try!
Pizza style toasted sandwich
If you want a quick and easy meal but something that is still healthy and tasty
then this is the perfect dish for you.
2 Two pieces of bread
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red or yellow pepper cut into quarters
1/2 a courgette sliced
2 mushrooms sliced
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 spring onion finely chopped
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
salt to taste
20g grated Violife mozzarella style vegan
block (non-dairy cheese)
Heat the olive oil gently in a pan and then fry
the mushrooms, courgette and pepper on
both sides until they start to brown, then
remove from the heat.
Toast your bread lightly then layer up your
Spread the tomato puree onto both pieces
and sprinkle with herbs and salt. Put one
piece aside and on the remaining piece
layer up the mushroom, courgette and
peppers. Then add the vegan cheese and
spring onion. Then place the other layer of
bread on the top. Now finish toasting the
sandwich so that the cheese melts and the
bread becomes crispy. Serve with chips or
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Feel Good February
Still in the depths of winter, you need a little treat
now and then to help yourself get through until the
spring. There are plenty of vegan treats that you
can help yourself to, from indulgent luxury
chocolates to warming soups and stews. You can
cook yourself up a treat using a fab new vegan
recipe or veganise a warming pudding and cover
in plant based cream. It is possible to have a
great feast without the cruelty.
THE VEGAN BUZZ
We are buzzing
have been around
for a while, but as
they are only
usually stocked in
people might have
missed it. These are
really versatile, and
The Vegan Hub can be found downstairs in The Pa-
rade Shops, Shrewsbury. To
find out more you can go to their website www.the-vegan-hub.co.uk or email
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot makes waves in Big School
International bestselling writer and
illustrator of the Diary of a Wimpy
Kid series, Jeff Kinney, visited
Wolverhampton Grammar School in
November 2021 as part of the UK leg
of his global tour to celebrate the
release of his new book, Diary of a
Wimpy Kid: Big Shot.
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid DriveThru
Experience on the evening of
Wednesday 17th November saw families
from Wolverhampton and cities across
the UK enjoy a fun and interactive
outdoor experience themed around
Jeff’s new book. The experience enabled
families to drive through sportsthemed
scenery and participate in basketball and
football challenges before reaching the
finish line where Jeff personally
delivered signed books and posed for
photographs with his fans.
The following morning, Wolverhampton
Grammar School, Puffin Books and
Authors Aloud UK organised a virtual
event which was live streamed to over
80,000 school children from 800 schools
across the country. Head Librarian at
Wolverhampton Grammar School, Zoe
Rowley, interviewed Jeff about his new
book and his journey to becoming a
global bestselling sensation.
Students in Years 6 and 7 from
Wolverhampton Grammar School had
the pleasure of being part of the live
audience in Big School, and competition
winners from the Junior and Senior
School were fortunate to be able to ask
Jeff questions about his life and what
inspired him to write the Diary of a
Wimpy Kid series. Intriguing questions
were also posed to Jeff from school
children as far away as Bristol, Cornwall,
Coventry, Nottingham, Swindon and
“The virtual event was a huge success
and we felt extremely honoured to
welcome Jeff to our School as part of his
global tour to celebrate the release of his
new book. Interviewing Jeff in front of
our students and the children who joined
us from their classrooms was one of the
highlights of my career; to be presented
with a unique Team Wimpy top and
welcomed into the team by Jeff was a
personal favourite moment too!” Zoe
Jeff Kinney is the number one New York
Times bestselling author of the Diary of
a Wimpy Kid series and the Awesome
Friendly Kid series. He is a sixtime
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner
for Favourite Book and has been named
one of Time magazine’s 100 Most
Influential People in the World. He spent
his childhood in the Washington, D.C.
area and moved to New England, where
he and his wife own a bookstore named
An Unlikely Story.
In 2007, Jeff published his first Diary of a
Wimpy Kid book, introducing readers to
Greg Heffley and his family, his best
friend Rowley Jefferson, and the
dreaded Cheese Touch. More than 250
million copies later, Diary of a Wimpy Kid
has become a beloved book all around
State schools from across the City of
Wolverhampton and the wider West &
East Midlands were invited to join the
free event as part of the range of
projects the School conducts to help
inspire reading for pleasure. The School
has previously welcomed Claire Balding
and Humza Arshad to its campus,
alongside David Baddiel who launched
his book The Taylor Turbochaser at the
Grand Theatre in November 2019 in
front of 1,200 children who all received
a signed copy of the book as a free gift.
Wolverhampton Grammar School
supports local schools and organisations
in a variety of ways including access and
use of facilities including a Sports
Centre, all weather AstroTurf to Dance
Studio, Laboratories, Learning Hub and
Music Department. Please contact us if
you would like to discuss opportunities
to support each other in terms of access
to our facilities and equipment.
For more information about this, or
other ways Wolverhampton Grammar
School can support your school or
organisation, please contact the
School email: firstname.lastname@example.org at
Wolverhampton Grammar School or
telephone: 01902 421326.
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Saturday 22 nd January,
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Register now to join our open day at
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contact our Admissions team telephone:
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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
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
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.
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.
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
Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner
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.
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New Year at Old Hall
The newest additions at a Shropshire
school enjoyed a packed first term
including trips, autumn walks, weekly
swimming classes, and special
campaigns inspired by COP26.
Mr Martin Stott, the headmaster at Old
Hall School, said today the 2021
reception class had settled in extremely
well and were looking forward to a busy
He said he was delighted to see a
number of children aged as young as
four years old step up for election to the
school’s eco-committee and join the Ecoclub.
“Looking at ways in which we can
do more to protect our environment is
very important to our pupils and I am
pleased to say that includes our youngest
year group,” he added.
”There was great excitement around
COP26 and I know each of our classes
had their own discussions about what we
can all do. The Eco-committee and Ecoclub
have really embraced their platform
this term in leading the way.”
The two specialist groups at the school
have been responsible for a number of
litter picks and had made bird feeders as
part of a campaign to help the
environment as world leaders met in
Glasgow for the landmark summit on
climate change. The school encourages
all children to try new experiences as
young as possible including competitive
sport and learning a new musical
“One of the greatest privileges you have
as a teacher is watching the reception
class start this new chapter in their
schooling because it is such a wonderful
reminder of how much there is to be
gained by being open to all
opportunities,” added Mr Stott.
“Happy children learn, and they have the
most chance of fulfilling their potential
throughout their school years.
“That is why it is a key priority here to
create a setting where they feel
comfortable and confident to make the
most of all the opportunities now
available to them.
“I have been particularly impressed with
those children starting school in the last
two Autumn terms who have done so
amid a really challenging period of
lockdowns and significant changes in the
school routine. They are a fantastic group
of children who have adapted well and
shown every sign of coping well with
everything. I have been very impressed
at how quickly they are gaining
independence and showing an eagerness
to try lots of new things.
“We have a very strong early years team
here and we provide a bespoke education
which is all about getting to know the
individual child, including their strengths
and the areas where they might feel less
confident. It makes all the difference
especially to ensure we are also looking
out for the children’s overall wellbeing.”
Mr Stott said it helped to ensure children
throughout the school made the most of
all the advantages an all-round education
had to offer.
“I think our children have adapted well
during the pandemic because as a school
we have always looked at ways in which
we build their resilience. Children in Key
Stage One take responsibility for their
own belongings and are expected to
carry them to and from school even in
reception, they take part in events such
as a poetry reading competition and a
competitive whole school cross country.
In Key Stage 2 they move from subject to
subject with different teachers having to
manage their own timetable and organise
a significant amount of kit across a
number of sports so feeling confident
and able to handle things comes naturally
“This all works well because they have
our quiet support to feel good about
doing these things independently such as
members of the teaching staff eating with
them each day in the dining hall to chat
and encourage them.” The school is
hosting a Discovery Morning in the new
year designed for families with younger
children including those joining the
school in September 2022.
The Old Hall Reception Discovery
Morning will take place on Saturday,
22nd January at 10am.
Mr Stott also invited parents of children
of any age considering a move to pay
the school a visit and tours can be
arranged by contacting 01952 223117
or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Wrekin College, for children aged
11-18, is part of the same educational
Trust as Old Hall School and will be
holding its Open Day on March 26th.
for more details.
Saturday 26th March 2022
9.30am and 11.30am
Book your place:
Independent c o-educational
day and boarding school 11 - 18
Registered Charity No. 528417
Wellington, Shropshire TF1 3BH
PRE-SCHOOL, RECEPTION AND KS1
WHAT WILL YOU
DISCOVERY MORNING? I NG?
Saturday 22nd January 10am
Book your place and join the fun!
01952 223117 • www.oldhall.co.uk
Independent c o-educational
day school 4-11
Wellington, Shropshire TF1 3LB
BROAD BEAN POTATO AND BACON SOUP
This fresh and seasonal soup is thickened with potato and flavoured with
bacon – choose smoky bacon for a richer and more distinctive taste or
unsmoked to keep the taste of the broad beans unchecked.
100g bacon, chopped
2 tbsps olive oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
700g broad beans, skins removed
1 large potato, peeled
1 chicken stock cube, dissolved in 1L water
salt and pepper to taste
grated Parmesan cheese to taste
olive oil to drizzle
1. In a large saucepan fry bacon in hot oil until
2. Add onion and garlic and fry until soft, then add
beans and potatoes and continue to fry for 3
3. Add the chicken stock dissolved in water.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
4. Bring to the boil, then turn heat to low and
simmer for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are
5. Using a hand-held blender, blend soup until
smooth; simmer for another minute.
6. Serve with grated cheese and a drizzle of olive
This recipe makes a deliciously rich
mousse – with few people realising the
secret, and highly nutritious vegetable
BEEF POT ROAST
Now the nights are drawing in there’s
little to beat a comforting pot roast
served with creamy mash and
1 dessertspoon olive oil
1 (2kg) silverside roasting joint
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 160 C.
2. Add the oil to a heated casserole pot on the hob
and then sear the meat for 3-4 minutes each side.
3. Remove the meat from the pot while arranging
the onion, garlic, and 1 bay leaf in the bottom of
the pot and seasoning with salt and pepper.
4. Return meat to the pot, place the remaining bay
leaf on top and cover.
5. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes before reducing
the heat to 150 C and cooking for 1.5 hours.
6. Remove the meat to a plate and let it rest for 15
minutes before serving, sliced and topped with
gravy from the pot.
1 ripe avocado
110g cooking chocolate, roughly chopped
4 tbsps thick coconut milk (from the top of the tin)
3 tbsps agave nectar
1 tsp orange zest
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 pinch sea salt
1. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, taking care
not to overheat.
2. When melted, mix the chocolate with coconut
milk until smooth.
3. Put the cooled chocolate mixture in a food
processor with the remaining ingredients.
4. Blend until completely smooth and spoon into
5. Serve chilled – maybe with a garnish of fruit or
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Each number in our Cross Code grid represents a different letter
of the alphabet. You have three letters in the control grid to start
you off. Enter them in the appropriate squares in the main grid,
then use your knowledge of words to work out which letters
should go in the missing squares.
As you get the letters, fill in other squares with the same number
in the main grid and control grid. Check off the alphabetical list of
letters as you identify them.
I KISSED – I’M MARRIED!
Using all 16 letters of the phrase above, form
four words each of four letters which will fit in the
grid to form a magic square in which the words
can be read both horizontally and vertically.
1. In May 1997, John Prescott
was appointed to which
2. The name of the dinosaur
triceratops literally means
3. What event is celebrated in
France as a national holiday on
4. The TV cartoon family The
Simpsons live in which town?
5. Which Asian island is home to
a race of people known as
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C P U
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How many words of four
letters or more can you
make from this
Nonagram? Each word
must use the central letter,
and each letter may be
used only once. At least
one word using all nine
letters can be found.
15 Good; 18 Very Good;
Any word found in the Concise
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KEEPING POSITIVE WHEN FEELING S.A.D.
For many people, the change of seasons can have a dramatic
effect, particularly the darker and colder nights that draw in
during autumn and winter. This change can often compromise
sleep quality and decreases cortisol production, a side effect
of which can have a detrimental effect on mood. This is
known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.
What is S.A.D?
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of Major Depressive
Disorder1 which affects sufferers seasonally, sometimes known
as ‘winter blues’ due to its proliferation in the colder, darker
months. It is especially severe between December and February.
Research has shown that SAD affects as many as 29% of UK
adults in the winter months.2
The NHS3 lists possible symptoms as:
• A persistent low mood
• A loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
• Feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
• Feeling lethargic and sleepy during the day
• Sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in
What causes S.A.D?
The full cause of Seasonal Affective Disorder is not known,
however it has been linked to4 a malfunction of the
hypothalamus, caused by a lack of sunlight. This in turn can
• Reduced serotonin production which can increase feelings of
• Increased melatonin production which can increase sleepiness
• A disrupted circadian rhythm which in turn affects sleep and
For some sufferers, the symptoms are managed fairly easily,
however others will be more severe, impacting severely on dayto-day
life. If the symptoms above sound familiar to you, you
may want to consider seeing your GP to discuss ways to help
How Can You Deal With S.A.D?
Tara Best, qualified mindset and Neuro-Linguistic Programming
practitioner has shared her recommendations of things you can
do at home that may help, including:
Start each day by telling yourself at least 5 things that you are
grateful for. This will train your mind to look for the good in each
day, which in turn will help to generate more good things. Doing
this regularly will ‘reset’ your filter so that you subconsciously
create things to be grateful for and focus on the positives in
2. Create light
Brighten up your living or workspace. Open your curtains each
day for as long as possible, spend time near windows if possible,
and you can even buy daylight light bulbs which are designed to
ease SAD suffering.
3. Spend time outdoors
Even if it’s raining. Getting some natural light has enormous
benefits, as does fresh air and space. Taking just ten minutes a
day (or more if you are able!) to step outside, breathe deeply and
just be still will help to de-stress you and regroup when you are
4. Get it on paper
Journal your thoughts and feelings to help get the feelings out of
your mind and onto paper. This could be a diary entry, random
words or a drawing. Conveying how you are feeling through a
different medium can help you recognise what you do and what
you don’t have control over which can in turn help your mind see
how to move forwards from a situation or feeling.
5. Plan something positive
What makes you happy? Plan an activity that you enjoy and make
sure you always have something to look forward to. It might be a
chat with a friend, it might be reading a new book, or it could
even be a pamper night in. Whatever that thing is, get it in the
6. Be mindful
Always be aware of the story you are writing for yourself. If you
tell yourself “I’m miserable”, “I hate winter” or “life isn’t good”
every day, then that’s the tone you’re going to set for yourself.
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COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our lives – and
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find going to sleep an ongoing nightly battle.
COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our lives – and many
people who have never previously had problems drifting off at
night have now joined the ranks of those who find going to sleep
an ongoing nightly battle.
Bedtime should be a chance to unwind, forget the stresses of the
day and relax with a good book or a warm drink, before drifting
off into a blissful state of sleep, but with so much on our minds,
it’s no surprise that many of us lie awake wishing we could drift
If you have been struggling to get to sleep, then you may find
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To keep yourself happy and healthy, both in mind and body, there
are several steps that you need to take. Many of us know the
importance of eating a healthy, balanced diet and making time to
exercise and get our cardio levels up, but some people do not
consider the importance of sleep in maintaining the body and
keeping you in tip-top condition.
Getting enough sleep is incredibly important and can make a
huge difference to the quality of your life and your productivity
levels throughout the day. The minimum amount of sleep that is
recommended per night is eight hours; anything under this may
leave you tired and sluggish the following day.
The quest for a good night’s sleep should begin long before you
actually put your head upon your pillow; there are several things
you should be doing throughout the evening to ensure you are
in the optimum condition for sleep.
Top tips for a perfect night’s sleep:
Choose a big enough bed
The most important factor that can help you achieve a great night’s
sleep is the kind of bed you sleep on; everyone has their preference,
but most people prefer sleeping on double beds than on smaller
single-sized beds. Double beds give you the space you need to
move about in your sleep without being disturbed and can often be
far more comfortable.
Say no to caffeine before bed
The first tip is one that many people are aware of and that is to not
consume any caffeinated products before going to bed; this does not
just include coffee but also many soft drinks that can contain high
levels of caffeine.
Take steps to unwind
The next tip is to consciously take steps to unwind your mind
throughout the evening; listening to music or watching a film before
bed can often make it harder to drop off as your brain is continually
being stimulated by noises and images. Many people find that
reading a book can help them become sleepy and spending half an
hour reading in bed before turning out the lights is enough for them
to drift off.
Regulate body temperature
Many people find that they often wake during the night as they are
too warm or too cold and this disturbs them from their sleeping
pattern; regulating your body temperature throughout the night will
help you to enjoy an uninterrupted sleep and wake feeling refreshed
and ready to take on the day. You can achieve the perfect
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keeping a window open slightly to let in a slight breeze; this should
help you moderate your body temperature and not be woken by
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Discipline, quality teaching and happiness are top of the class
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Happiness is Top Priority
The results of a UK-wide survey into parental attitudes revealed the
top five areas mums and dads consider most important when
evaluating their children’s education.
Surprisingly, exam results don’t even figure in the league and rarely
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And while the focus may change as children grow, the core five
essentials remain a constant for parents of both primary and
secondary school pupils.
School discipline, teaching quality and the child’s happiness claim
the top three spots but parents are also focused on control of
bullying and believe caring teachers are essential. However,
empathetic teachers are more important to the parents of girls while
boys’ parents rate potential development higher.
Overall, when parents were asked how satisfied they are with each of
the different areas of their child’s school, they are most satisfied with
The statistics also show that as children progress through their
education, parents’ concerns change.
Parents whose children are preparing for exams obviously place
greater importance on academic issues.
Or, looking at parental views on academic subjects, history invariably
scores well at the vast majority of schools, while religious studies
nearly always rates poorly - apart from at Catholic schools, where it
can outshine the study of the past.
The finds - the results of more than 420,000 parental surveys
conducted by schools across the country – were part of a paper
published by the National Governors’ Association and Kirkland
Rowell Surveys, part of GL Performance.
Governing bodies need to understand
what parents think about their school. Parents’ views can
inform both the evaluation of the school’s current
performance and the strategic plans for the future. The
National Governors’ Association is encouraging all
governing bodies to make sure they are collecting and
thoroughly considering information from parents.
Emma Knights, Chief Executive, National Governors' Association
Our survey results show that parents
want schools to support their children in becoming
well-rounded individuals that are happy, confident and
socially and morally aware. Of course, academic
success is important but developing children as a whole is
rated more highly than exam results. Parental views are an
excellent way of informing school evaluation and strategic
planning and this kind of activity should be considered
good practice by primary and secondary schools alike.
Yet gauging parental opinion is not an easy task and
response rates to online surveys in our experience are
significantly less than paper-based surveys. It may well be
that parents with a child who has excelled or those with an
axe to grind are only too happy to complete and
return a questionnaire. But these views may not be
representative so it’s essential to have a broad spread of
opinion - and also to see how your school results
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Working from home is something many more of us
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Working remotely can be great for a more flexible
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G Suite is from the powerhouse that is Google and
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One of the most popular business tools there is, Zoom
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businesses are seeing how useful it is for creating the
buzz and atmosphere of the conference room, as ideas
can flow freely, and people can receive the feedback
necessary for engaging with remote workers wherever
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Slack is a powerful way of keeping teams motivated
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space to chat and unwind. You can setup a full range of
different channels for different departments and even
have channels dedicated to tea break chat, banter and
the fun and social side of work too. You can also
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tool for quickly checking in on anyone you may be
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Choose Your Technology Carefully
The tools and software your workplace chooses may
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things Apple so opt for officially licensed Apple
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Your home is your place to relax and unwind so turning
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This authentic Thai soup is fresh and spicy with a delicious aroma of coriander,
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2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts - cut
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110g fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
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3 stalks of lemon grass, chopped
2 kaffir lime leaves, (available in jars)
1 bunch of fresh coriander, chopped
1 sprig of fresh basil, chopped
1 tbsp tom yum paste
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp chopped green chilli, fresh
1. Bring the chicken stock to a boil in a large
2. Stir in the tom yum paste and garlic, and
cook for about 2 minutes.
3. Stir in the lemon grass and kaffir lime
leaves. Place the chicken in the saucepan,
and cook for about five minutes, or until
4. Mix in the mushrooms. Add the fish
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Back pain is the bane of many peoples’ lives,
often preventing a good night’s sleep as well as
normal day-to-day functioning. Read on for both
advice and treatments available.
Most people with back pain have trouble sleeping
and keeping mobile. When back pain is ongoing, the
added fatigue and ill-effects of inactivity can
exacerbate the problem, leaving people trapped in a
seemingly never-ending cycle of pain.
Over the years there has been a radical overhaul of
the way back pain is treated. In the past, the
accepted response was bed rest. In most cases now
however, the advice from GPs today is to keep active
as resting can actually make the problem worse.
Light exercise can help break the cycle and enable
normal life to continue while the back recovers and
pain eases. A team of medical experts, including an
osteopath, physiotherapist and GP specialising in
pain management, have agreed that one of the best
ways for a patient to manage their back pain
themselves, if the pain is not severe or long-lasting,
and no other medication has been prescribed, is with
long-lasting ibuprofen available over-the-counter and
by keeping the back joints mobilised through gentle
With back pain easily getting in the way of a good
night’s sleep, nightly ibuprofen is one of the easiest
ways to alleviate the symptoms so you can get some
rest. Ibuprofen works to reduce swelling as well as
the pain associated with it. Long lasting Ibuprofen
can be bought in the shops, and can last up to 12
hours, helping sufferers to sleep soundly right
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drowsiness to help keep sufferers active and mobile.
Do keep in mind however, that it takes 20-30 minutes
to work if taken orally. Another thing to keep in mind
is that Ibuprofen is sometimes called by different
brand names, though they are all the same thing.
This includes Nurofen, Brufen, and Calprofen (syrup).
Ibuprofen gel can be called Fenbid, Ibugel or Ibuleve.
Given the scale of the problem, it’s not surprising that
seeing patients with back pain accounts for a
significant proportion of GPs workloads. According to
the NHS, if your pain,
- Does not start to improve within a few weeks
- Stops you doing your day-to-day activities
- Is very severe or gets worse over time
- Causes you intense worry or makes it hard for you
Then you should talk to your GP. They should ask
about your symptoms, examine your back if it is a
face-to-face appointment, and discuss possible
treatments. Alternatively, you may want to consider
contacting a physiotherapist directly. Some NHS
physiotherapists even accept appointments without a
doctor's referral. Finally, there is also the option of a
private therapist, but you will have to pay for that
People should always check serious problems with
their GP, but there are steps they can take on their
own to avoid falling into the back pain trap. Nonsevere
back pain can be self-managed without the
need to visit the doctor, general pain relief, exercise
and the pharmacist as an alternative source of advice.
But if it the pain sticks around or is truly severe, then
obviously, your GP is the first point of call.
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