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New Year Edition Telford Scene magazine 2022

Happy New Year! Here's to a better year ahead filled with happiness, love and laughter, as we continue to support local! Your New Year edition is packed with local businesses, recipes, education, motoring, horoscopes, self-care, fashion and so much more! Enjoy x

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Telford & Newport

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Entertainment, Leisure

& Lifestyle Magazine

Inside...

new year editions 2022

Fashion, Motoring, Horoscopes, What’s on, Recipes, House & Home,

Puzzles, Health & Wellbeing, Vegan Hub & much more...


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WELCOME... TO YOUR NEW YEAR EDITION

OF THE TELFORD SCENE MAGAZINE

Leah Holloway

Shropshire Area manager

To be included with our

next edition, covering

March and April 2022!

Contents:

Page 4

What’s on

Page 11

Kids Parties at Caseys

Pages 12 & 13

Love Wellington

Pages 16 & 17 Shropshire Kids Festival

Page 18

Did You Know?

Page 20

Burns Night

Page 26

It’s a Man Thing

Page 30

Sir Frank Williams

Pages 38 & 39 New Year Agreements

Pages 40 & 41

Horoscopes

Pages 42 - 47

Winter Fashion

Page 52

Scene Sports Quiz

Page 54 Pick your Peak 2022

Pages 56 & 58

Motoring Reviews

Pages 60 & 61 Making time for ‘Me Time’

Pages 62 & 63

Vegan Feature

Pages 70, 71, 88 & 90 Winter Warming Recipes

Puzzles

Dealing with SAD

Tips For a Good Sleep

House, Home & Garden

contact Leah on

Pages 72 & 74

01952 780058 Opt. 2.

Page 78

Or email:

Page 80

sales@scenelocal.co.uk Pages 81 - 100

All advertising is supported digitally across our sites:

@scene.telford

Scene & SYone magazines

@scenemagazines

We’ve got you covered: 16,000 copies distributed throughout Local businesses & selected

homes in St Georges, Muxton, Priorslee, The Rock. Newport, Shifnal, Horsehay, Lawley,

Wellington, Apley, Shawbirch, Horton, Madeley & Dawley.

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Telford Scene magazine is published by:

The publisher shall not be held liable for any

Scene Local Media Ltd,

loss occasioned by failure of an

Telford, TF2 9TQ

advertisement to appear, or any damage or

Tel: 01952 780058

inconvenience caused by errors, omissions

Email: Sarah@scenelocal.co.uk

and misprints. All information correct at time

Director: Sarah Gruchala-Williams

of going to press.

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JANUARY

8th January

Guns 2 Roses (Guns & Roses

Tribute)

The Robin 2, Bilston

13th January

Definitely Mightbe (Oasis Tribute)

The Robin 2, Bilston

14th January

Russell Watson

The Grand Theatre,

Wolverhampton

15th January

Jean Genie - A tribute to Bowie

The Robin 2, Bilston

16th January

Toyah

The Robin 2, Bilston

22nd January

The Upbeat Beatles

The Place, Telford

22nd January

Omid Djalili

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

24th - 29th January

The Play What I Wrote,

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

26th - 29th January

Bring It On, the musical

The Grand Theatre,

Wolverhampton

30th January

Lionel - The Music of Lionel

Richie

The Grand Theatre,

Wolverhampton

30th January

Circus Spectacular

The Place, Telford

30th January

Ed Byrne

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

FEBRUARY

1st - 5th February

Six - The Musical

The Grand Theatre,

Wolverhampton

2nd February

An Evening with Steve Bull

The Robin 2, Bilston

3rd - 6th February

Calendar Girls

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

4th February

All Star Superslam Wrestling

The Place, Telford

5th & 6th February

Tattoo Freeze

The International Centre, Telford

6th February

Camper Mart, for all things

Camper

The International Centre, Telford

6th February

Josh Widdecombe

The Grand Theatre,

Wolverhampton

6th February

An Evening Shared with Jasper

Carrot & Alistair McGowan

The Place, Telford

9th February

The Roy Orbison Story

The Grand Theatre,

Wolverhampton

13th February

The Sound of Springsteen

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

15th February

An Evening with Aggers & Tuffers

The Grand Theatre,

Wolverhampton

18th February

An Audience with Harry

Redknapp

The Grand Theatre,

Wolverhampton

18th February

Hits of Motown

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

19th February

The Dreamboys

The Grand Theatre,

Wolverhampton

19th February

Nish Kumar

The Place, Telford

20th February

Sir Geoff Hurst

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

23rd - 26th February

David Walliams - Gangsta

Granny

The Grand Theatre,

Wolverhampton

24th February

Someone Like you (The Adele

Songbook)

The Place, Telford


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Your local private hospital,

Spire Little Aston

Where our patients are at the

heart of everything we do

At Spire Little Aston Hospital, we provide

comprehensive treatments and care from our

comfortable private hospital just to the north of Sutton

Coldfield, in the rural area between the villages of Mere

Green and Aldridge. Caring for the communities of

Staffordshire, Birmingham and Wolverhampton since

1985.

We offer specialised and personalised healthcare with fast access to our World Class specialists in a wide range of

treatments, supported by advanced imaging and diagnostic technology.

Did you know that we are the only private facility in the Midlands to introduce Mako, a pioneering robotic technology that

has transformed the way hip and knee replacements are carried out?

“The whole experience at Spire Little Aston was exceptional”

Mike Harris, Spire Little Aston patient

Why go private?

There are lots of reasons for choosing private healthcare. You might want to get private medical treatment when:

• A private healthcare provider offers the treatment • You want a second opinion on treatment you've

....you want

...already had

• You want fast access to treatment

• You want to be treated by a consultant or specialist of

....your choice

How to go private

Private healthcare doesn’t have to be complicated. Whether you have health insurance or want to pay for treatment yourself,

we’ll guide you through the process.

Pay for treatment directly, self­funding

– You can simply pay for your treatment as and when you need it with our fixed price packages, which cover all your

treatment costs. Call us on 0121 756 8800

Use your health insurance

– We work with all leading health insurance providers, so if you have a policy your treatment could be covered. Call

us on 0121 580 7151

Pay for treatment with a loan, financing treatment

– Our finance partner, Omni Finance, offers a range of repayment plans including interest free finance –

0% representative, to help you spread the cost of treatment. Call us on 0121 756 8800

Self­pay, fixed price packages are subject to the Spire Patient Terms and Conditions available at

https://www.spirehealthcare.com/legal/terms­and­conditions

We have private treatment advisors on hand to help you every step of the way.

Search ‘Spire Little Aston Hospital’

Call 0121 756 8800

• Sometimes the option to have treatment(s) may

...not be available on the NHS


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A stunning countryside wedding location

We are a wedding / celebration venue set in

beautiful woodlands between Newport, Telford

and Shrewsbury.

We have two celebration sites, one is our gorgeous

marque barn set in a idyllic, tree lined, lawned area,

recapture that festival feel. This area features log seating,

a gazebo and an additional marquee which means we

can offer a great outdoor setting on a beautiful sunny day

but can cater for all weathers, so if it rains, we have you

covered!

Our second site is a brand new field and is a fabulous

place to pitch your own marquee or tepee. It is set in a

tree lined area, surrounded by fruit and willow trees with a

lovely garden set perfect as your photo backdrop. We

opened this site for the first time this year and conducted

an outdoor wedding for 250 people. A four peak large

tepee was raised on the site along with catering vans and

there was more than enough space to accommodate the

guests, many of whom made use of our campsite which

meant they could party into the early hours.

When you hire either or both of these venues you have

bespoke use of the bridal tent and camp site.

You also have use of the forest school site that adjoins

the site and is a particular favourite of our guests from

young to old and which offers pursuits such as archery,

air-rifle shooting, a zip line, woodcraft, creative art,

obstacle courses, marshmallow roasting, pizza baking

Wrekin

Forest

Events

Camping, Glamping, Weddings

and Events

New for 2022

Celebration field!

Tel: Judie 07888 851813

E: Info@wrekinforestevents.co.uk

Location: Crudgington Moor Lane,

Nr Kynnersley,

(nearest postcode TF6 6EE)

SHROPSHIRE CAMPING, GLAMPING, CELEBRATIONS,

WEDDINGS AND EVENTS

AT WREKIN FOREST EVENTS & CAMPING

Whether you’re looking to escape for a weekend with our

semi-off grid & beautifully simple back to basics camping or

glamping or celebrate a wedding or special occasion in our

peaceful Shropshire woodland surroundings, our tranquil

forest on the outskirts of Wellington, Telford, Shropshire has

everything you need a more.

Based on the same site as Wrekin Forest School we can

combine celebrating and camping with Forest School

activities where everyone can explore, play and learn from

the wonders of the woodland.

www.wrekinforestevents.co.uk

and so much more all monitored by our highly trained

staff.

Food can be provided at any of our events from hot dogs,

pizzas, baked potatoes to more elaborate meals and

these can include gluten and dairy free options as well as

a good vegetarian selection.

We have a package to suit every pocket and every taste,

from the bohemian to the chic, from the casual to the

outlandish! You are welcome to contact us to arrange a

visit to the site and allow us to work with you to make that

special day truly memorable.

See our website for more details:

https://wrekinforestevents.co.uk/


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DRINKS: IT’S A GIN THING!

Juniper berries form the base flavour

for gins and productions of these

alcoholic beverages dates back

centuries. Today, many different

botanicals can be and are used, to great

advantage, to produce gins that are a

clear liquid through to a great number

of coloured variations, which are

appreciated and loved by numerous gin

connoisseurs. Gin cocktails are hugely

popular too and have devotees, globally.

For some gin lovers a simple gin &

tonic is satisfying and welcoming. I

searched for a company producing a

good range of handcrafted gins, that

utilises botanicals to create outstanding

gins, which appeal to many.

The Ruddy Fine Distillery is very proud

of their productions, which have been

developed over recent years, by Cheryl

Stretton and Rory Thorpe. Their

LONDON DRY GIN (42% ABV) is

infused with 11 botanicals, all carefully

selected to provide an excellent,

balanced product. The sweetness of

orange zest is complemented by

fragrant spices and botanicals, to

produce this smooth, extremely popular

gin. Botanicals used for the production

of this gin include the exotic

lemongrass.

SUMMER BERRIES GIN (42% ABV)

has, as the name suggests, juicy

berries, evoking thoughts of summer in

England. Red fruits are in abundance,

for the bouquet. Again, excellent on the

mouthfeel and palate’s sensation.

Cardamom combines with the other

botanicals, to provide this ‘pink

favourite’, that pink gin lovers fully

enjoy.

Other Ruddy Fine gin productions

include NAVY STRENGTH GIN,

CHRISTMAS GIN (Limited Edition) and

LOCKDOWN GIN (Limited Edition). Gift

vouchers are available too, plus other

merchandise to complement the range.

The Ruddy Fine Distillery, created by

Cheryl Stretton and Rory Thorpe, is

located in the pretty, rural village of

Ruddington, Nottinghamshire.

The Ruddy Fine Gin Club is very

popular, with memberships steadily

increasing. For a ‘something different’

type of gift the Ruddy Fine Minis Gift

Boxes are very attractively presented

and could be the answer. As Cheryl and

Rory say, “Our passion and desire to

create the finest small batch craft gins

comes through in every refreshing sip”.

For all details and information please

contact or visit their website.

The Ruddy Fine Distillery Ltd,

39 Nottingham South & Wilford

Industrial Estate, Ruddington

Lane, Nottingham NG11 7EP.

Tel: 07540 096 234

E-mail: info@ruddyfine.co.uk

www.ruddyfine.co.uk

As always, Enjoy!

Trevor Langley


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

Davis.

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

open.

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

more visitors.

Special Award for

Remembrance

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

reserve

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

wildlife.

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

Colin.

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

elms’ and have been planted along the

path east of Dothill School and will in

time form a beautiful avenue of

specimen trees, enhancing the

biodiversity of the area.

The Friends of Dothill meet every

Tuesday to carry out voluntary work in

the area are always keen to welcome

volunteers. Please contact membership

secretary Fiona Dean on

07966 283911.

2022 in Wellington will be

just as busy with many

great events planned….

Wellington Festival will take place

from 6th to 8th May.

Wellington in Bloom – a gardening

competition that will take place in

June.

Sounds in the Square will be held

throughout the summer – and of

course the Platinum Jubilee

celebrations plans are in the pipeline

for Saturday 4th June.

‘Wellington Open Gardens’ – 2nd

and 3rd July - featuring Sunnycroft

and beautiful gardens of Wellington.

Please follow Love Wellington on

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

for all the latest events and news


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‘Join the Beaumaris family’

Beaumaris Home Care are hiring

– Community Care Assistants!

At Beaumaris Home Care, based in the heart of Newport, we offer bespoke care

packages to clients in Newport and surrounding areas. We’re committed to ensuring

people receive tailored help and support, whilst promoting independence.

We have exciting opportunities to join our dedicated team, providing personalised

care to people with varying needs. As a Community Care Assistant,

your support will enable clients to live more comfortably in their own home

and provide peace of mind for their loved ones.

From providing companionship and assisting with personal care, to helping with

household duties and overseeing medication, the role is varied and fulfilling.

Have you previously cared for a loved one, seen first-hand the difference a care giver

can make, or are you interested in making a positive impact in your local community?

IF SO, CONSIDER A CAREER IN CARE.

Previous experience is not essential as full training is provided, with support

to complete nationally recognised qualifications.

4 Flexible hours, full and part time shifts available.

4 Access to own car preferred.

4 If you’re a team player, compassionate and committed to

delivering the best possible service, we’d love to hear from you!

For more information or to apply contact: 01952 820698

or email: recruitment@beaumarisgroup.co.uk.


New for 2022!

Do you have a desire to help people and are

interested in upskilling?

Consider a career in Counselling.

From January 2022 we will be offering the

following professional training courses:

4Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills

– one year, part time.

4Level 4 Diploma (CBT) in Therapeutic

Counselling – two years, part time.

Find out more:

visit: www.beaumarisgroup.co.uk

Beaumaris Health and Wellbeing Group have a mission to improve people’s lives and

mental wellbeing. Our aim is to help individuals, groups and organisations manage

mental health in a positive way.

Situated in the heart of Newport in Shropshire, Beaumaris Wellbeing Centre has a

dedicated and supportive team, offering a range of therapies both face-to-face and

remotely. With specialists to support children from age 4, adolescents and adults as well

as couples and families.

We provide many types of Psychological Services; including but not exhaustive of

Counselling, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye

Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Additionally, we hold a variety of training courses including Mental Health First Aid and

Anxiety management, available to individuals, groups and organisations.

If you or someone you know are going through a difficult time, we are here to offer help

and support. Call us on: 0330 123 3359 or email: info@beaumarisgroup.co.uk.

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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

admission.

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

possible.

The festival lays on a selection of

activities for children aged 0-14. This

normally includes an obstacle course,

inflatables, giant games, dancing, space

hoppers, 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

Shropshire Kids Festival to Telford. We

are planning the best Shropshire Kids

Festival to date.

“As a parent I appreciate finding

engaging activities to keep the kids

entertained during half term is a

challenge. No matter rain or shine, we

guarantee your family will have the best

time at our indoor festival!

“Kids Festival isn’t just about bouncy

castles, we have lots of activities on

offer designed to broaden kids’

horizons with new experiences –

whether that’s learning about astrology,

doing a science experiment, riding

bikes, learning about the arts, or trying

a musical instrument for the first time.

“To help make this our best kids festival

we are looking for new experiences and

activities to offer kids – so if you want

to put your business or act forward,

drop us an email on

fun@shropshirefestivals.co.uk.

“It will be 3 years since our last

Shropshire Kids Festival Telford, so we

hope everyone from across the region

will join us for a brilliant day out!”

For more information and to save

money by purchasing tickets in

advance online, visit

www.shropshirekidsfest.co.uk.


26th & 27th Feb ‘22

TELFORD INTERNATIONAL CENTRE

Creating fun

for kids aged

0-14 years old!

Obstacle courses,

inflatables, space hoppers,

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musical theatre,

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and loads more!

The BEST undercover day out for families this half term!

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The most common sentence in the

Harry Potter books is

‘Nothing happened.’

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has towns

called Intercourse and Paradise. It takes six

minutes to get from one to the other!

Chewbacca's voice was created by combining the

sounds of a bear, a walrus, a lion and a badger.

In 2013, nine babies born in the UK

were named Cheese.

??

Two-thirds of the bagged salad sold by

Tesco never gets eaten.

???

Dolly Parton once lost a Dolly Parton

lookalike competition to a drag artist.

The phrase "Sweating like a pig" has nothing to

do with pigs, as pigs can't sweat as they have

no sweat glands! No it is more to do with the

"Pig Iron" process when water is poured on to

pig iron to cool it down, hence the phrase

``sweating" like a pig!

A newborn blue

whale puts on 14

stone every day.

Nachos were invented

by a man named

Nacho.

??

The soil in your back

garden is two million

years old.

More wine is drunk per head in Vatican City than any

other country on Earth.

The current Pope, Pope Francis I used

to work as a bouncer in a Buenos

Aires nightclub.

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

sent a jacket to the

cleaner's with the

nuclear detonation

codes still in the

pocket.

Barry Manilow's No. 1 hit ‘I Write the Songs’

wasn't written by Barry Manilow.

If you earn £20,250 a

year, you're one of the

world's richest 1%.

Only a fifth of the Sahara

desert is sand.

?

???

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.


Hello!

ToriArts Studios

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

‘outstanding’ review from Ofsted. Numerous other certificates I have received are level 2 fitness

instructing, level 3 personal training, level 2 exercise to music, and beginner aerial instructing.

I’m also first aid trained and I am DBS checked.

I have recently moved to Shropshire and have not long opened a brand new Performing Arts

Studio in Wellington offering classes from baby ballet, aerial hoop, musical theatre,

contemporary, commercial, adult heels, flexibility, acrobatics, fitness, playgroup, over 60s dance

and many more! I can’t wait to teach and share my passion with pupils of all ages and abilities.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or queries regarding classes.

Look forward to seeing you!

Victoria - ToriArts Studios

My name is Victoria and I am the owner of ToriArts Studios. I have spent my life

singing, acting, dancing and performing for countless productions and events.

Such as, musical theatre productions, showgirl corporate events, performing with

The Birmingham Royal Ballet, touring with a Michael Jackson tribute act,

entertaining at Alton Towers Scarefest, playing the role of various characters for

children’s parties and many more. I have a huge passion for performing, being

on stage and anything that I can sink my theatre loving self into.


BURNS Night!

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

November.

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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Sign Up To Walk and Talk with Shropshire Charity

Local charity, Climbing Out, is

looking for people who would

benefit from attending their

monthly walk and talk days, which

aim to help people rebuild their

motivation following a physical or

mental trauma.

The charity has found the pandemic has

increased the need for their work. In

2021 alone they helped over 100

individuals with their mix of outdoor

activities, mental resilience coaching,

teamwork, camaraderie, fresh air, fun

and one­to­one support.

During tougher Covid restrictions, when

Climbing Out couldn’t hold their

residential programmes, they launched

‘Walk and Talk Days’ to get people

active, reduce social isolation and build

mental resilience. The days were a

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

direction.

“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

running

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

the spring.

A previous attendee of a walk and talk

day, Emma, said, “I left the day feeling

energised and realising there is so much

that I can do if I just push myself.” Sam

adds, “I started the day nervous, scared,

head racing about everything that might

go wrong and finished the day feeling

fantastic, proud and smiling, determined

that I can achieve things that I never

thought I could.”

Kelda adds, “2021 has been an exciting,

busy, and amazing year! Despite all the

challenges everyone has faced, we’ve

still been able to support people to find

a new sense of purpose, motivation and

direction, to move forward beyond their

trauma with hope and a sense of

control. As well as our walk and talk

days, we have eight 5­day programmes

lined up throughout 2022, and we’d love

to hear from anyone who needs help

post mental or physical trauma.”

If you are interested in attending

one of the Walk and Talk days,

contact Jo on

admin@climbingout.org.uk

or complete a referral form found

on the ‘Walk and Talk Days’ page

on the website at

climbingout.org.uk.


MSD Law

is a modern and forward thinking

law firm. Since 1999, we have helped

thousands of people with an array

of legal issues.

Although we have been in operation

for over two decades under the name

of Donn & Co, we are new to Telford

and are excited to be able to assist

those in the local community and

further afield.

Looking to move home? We really do

appreciate just how stressful this can be.

That is why we do everything that we can

to smooth the process so you can focus

on ensuring that you 昀 nd the right place

to live. We do what we can to simplify some

of the more complex legal terms, and we will

communicate with your lender, estate agent

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With 24/7 live updates via our easy-to-use

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The Shropshire

Distillery Launch

Liqueurs

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

l

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!”

To purchase the liqueurs and the new look spirits

visit www.theshropshiredistillery.co.uk.


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

Boss, Boss Bottled

Unlimited from just £46 for

200ml at Superdrug

Or go the whole hog with the Man Cave

Essentials wash bag set for just £30

from Amazon

Whatever you decide to do for the

New Year, you go for it because you

know you're worth it!!

(L'Oreal does products for men too!)


LEADING THE WAY

FOR TATTOO’S

& PIERCING’S

IN 2022!

Tattooists Rob, Garth and Jayde all offer a full

range and styles of tattooing with over 40 years’

experience between them. From portraits, floral

and mandala style tattoos to your more traditional

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

are great at giving advice and free handing where

necessary, along with cover up ideas.

Along with the tattoo team, piercing specialist Char offers

a fantastic selection of piercings all over the body (except

mouth currently due to Covid). Having been pierced by

Char myself I can honestly say she is very professional

and quick to keep any pain or discomfort to a minimum

with great aftercare advice. Char has recently purchased

an equipment that allows jewellery to be anodised to any

colour from gold to purple so you can really personalise

items to your personality and style.

Custom pieces can be ordered, and a great range of

jewellery is always in stock.

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

hygiene and your safety, they opperate a very

professional Studio along with high quality tattoos and

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

environment with the best service.

Contact the team on 01952 619370 or via messanger

on Facebook to get your next tattoo or peircing booked

in, and receptionist Devon will help you get booked in

and your design ready!

Tattoos and Piercings

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Jayde

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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

home

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

consideration’ too.

‘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

conscious’.

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

discounted rate!

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

Support Technology®

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

Newport

Shropshire

TF10 7AU

Tel: 01952 820820

www.carpetloomnewportbeds.co.uk


What

We Offer

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

The Farmstead

Bryce Way, Lawley

Telford. TF4 2SG

(01952) 632890

www.thefarmstead.co.uk

Short Term

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

Carers

who need a break or go away on holiday.

Palliative and End of Life

Care

Palliative and End of Life Care is a privilege to deliver in the











our residents

and their families have the compassion of care

at this time,

ensuring our residents are pain free, supported

in their

spiritual beliefs as they live out their lives with

dignity and in respect of their wishes.

Residential Care

Residential Care is a very good option for people who would

benefit from added support with everyday day tasks such as

personal care,

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.

Dementia Care

We take

time to understand the residents we support.

Learn the

ir life stories and meet their fa

amily and fr

riends

so that we

can understand and support their wellbeing on

how be

st to meet their

individual

d

needs

and improve

their quality of life. Residents living with Dementia may

fi

ind it diff

ficult to communicate what they need. Our

individu

al approach and support of qualified staff

f are

particularly helpfu

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.

Nursing Care

Nursing

Care fo

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

of specialist

registered nurses and a team of qualified

Care Assistants

with a passion to nurse and support

individual needs and wellbeing. Supporting









Chronic conditions, MS.


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

place finishes.

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

Drivers Championship.

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

By Chris Dawson


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WATERCOLOUR

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

enjoy.

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

masterpieces.

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

synthetic.

Before you get the brush

in your hand, here are

some pointers:

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

future use.

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

bit.

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

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BOARDS...

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

needed.

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

comedies.

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

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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

picture.

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:

1: IMPIGNORATE

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…

2: JENTACULAR

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.

3: NUDIUSTERTIAN

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.

4: QUIRE

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.

5:. YARBOROUGH

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

yarborough hand.

6: TITTYNOPE

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.

7: WINKLEPICKER

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!!

8:. ULOTRICHOUS

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.

9: KAKORRHAPHIOPHOBIA

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.

15. XERTZ

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

and anxiety!.

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

behaviours.

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

sounded perfect!

I was not disappointed, this wonderful little book

did indeed offer great insights, wisdom and

lessons.

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

with you….


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

not heard.

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

‘what if’s’

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

myself!

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

heard!

Jessi Carrera-Maybury

Tel: 07944 501998

Charmed Healing Therapies

Reiki Master Teacher,

Theta healing Practitioner

and Spiritual Coach


Moon Year Forecast

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Combining planetary influence, Astrology and

Clairvoyance, let these Moon Forecasts guide you in life

with love and light....

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and future and information from spirit are available at £20

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Telephone readings also available.

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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

new opportunities!

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

kindness...

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....

Sagittarius

(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

prevails...

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

effects....

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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(2) Who was the Mens 1,500m Olympic champion in

both 1980 & 1984?

(3) Who rode Aldaniti to win the 1981 Grand

National?

(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

Cup Final?

(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

pool?

(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

Boxer?

(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

france?

(18) Who won the BBC 2021 Sports Personality of the

year award?

(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

World Cup in Italy?

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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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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

country.

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

(10,052)

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

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Car Review:

Hyundai Bayon Mild

Hybrid Ultimate

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

be.

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

transmission.

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

recognition.

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.

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back some great driving memories which I

was sad to give up at the end of the week.

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Toyota Corolla Touring Sport Excel

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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

down hills.

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

Derbyshire.

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

sequential shiftmatic

transmission with steering wheelmounted

paddle shifts.

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

Silver Metallic.

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

actually understood

me. The new system

will recognise

natural,

conversational

requests to operate

the multimedia and

navigation, even

those with a

Brummie accent.

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,

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powertrain to suit your budget.

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self charging hybrid

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Non-Negotiable

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

of others.

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

every day.

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

else.”

“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

Photo Credit: Taisiia Stupak

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

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visit:

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Welcome to our regular column

where we keep you up to date

with the latest vegan news

and views

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

PLENTY OF

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.

Ingredients

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)

Method

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

sandwich.

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

salad!

Join us on Facebook @theveganhubshropshire

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

about Taifun

sausages. These

have been around

for a while, but as

they are only

usually stocked in

Waitrose most

people might have

missed it. These are

really versatile, and

taste amazing!

The Vegan Hub can be found downstairs in The Pa-

rade Shops, Shrewsbury. To

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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

Plymouth.

“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

Rowley commented.

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

the world.

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: info@wgs­sch.net at

Wolverhampton Grammar School or

telephone: 01902 421326.


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What is Reiki?

I am a Reiki Master-Teacher with over 10 years

experience and I am very passionate about the

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

was struggling to cope with physical illness as well as

anxiety and depression. It helped me so much I

decided to become a Reiki Practitioner myself. I then

went on to complete my Masters and Teacher level

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

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

what Reiki actually is or what to expect during a

treatment so I have put together some frequently

asked questions.

What is Reiki?

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

The Reiki practitioner channels energy and transmits this

through their hands to the client. Reiki is a scientifically

proven method of energy healing and is used extensively

throughout the world by many therapists and

healthcare professionals.

What can I expect during a Reiki Session?

After your initial consultation you will get comfortable on the

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

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

music and talk you through a guided relaxation technique to

help you relax your body and mind. I then move

from your head travelling down the body and gently placing

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

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

end of the treatment and we discuss anything that you felt

during the session before you leave feeling

relaxed and recharged.

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

balance.

Is it beneficial to have Reiki even when I feel

good? Would it be helpful to have a regular

treatment?

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

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

equally beneficial if not more so. When you are physically

and emotionally well the energy can move around the body to

balance and recharge your cells and you will feel physically

and mentally refreshed and revitalised

Jessi Carrera-Maybury

Reiki Master-Teacher

Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner

Can I drive or go straight back to work

afterwards?

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

2022.

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

instrument.

“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

to them.

“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 admissions@oldhall.co.uk

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.

Visit www.wrekincollege.com

for more details.


FIND YOUR

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Saturday 26th March 2022

22

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Recipes...

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.

Ingredients:

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

Method:

1. In a large saucepan fry bacon in hot oil until

lightly browned.

2. Add onion and garlic and fry until soft, then add

beans and potatoes and continue to fry for 3

minutes.

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

very tender.

5. Using a hand-held blender, blend soup until

smooth; simmer for another minute.

6. Serve with grated cheese and a drizzle of olive

oil


AVACADO CHOCOLATE

MOUSSE

This recipe makes a deliciously rich

mousse – with few people realising the

secret, and highly nutritious vegetable

ingredient.

BEEF POT ROAST

Now the nights are drawing in there’s

little to beat a comforting pot roast

served with creamy mash and

vegetables.

Ingredients:

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

Method

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.

Ingredients

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

Method

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

dessert glasses.

5. Serve chilled – maybe with a garnish of fruit or

whipped cream.


CROSS CODE

24 13 21 2 2 22 18 6 14 12 18 10

13 21 21 16 25 22

23 22 9 22 2 1 22 16 23 8 21

16 22 5 16 18 2 17 18 12 16

17 7 15 23 9 1 21 13

19 21 18 13 22 2 18 12 6 22 2

21 12 17 25 12 16 12 6 22

8 21 7 22 16 9 11 23 2 7 6

8 23 25 21 6 16 22 12

23 12 9 6 7 12 4 12 11 6

9 1 22 2 20 21 9 23 13 20 23

22 9 23 1 9 26

6 17 23 16 16 2 21 8 3 21 1 22

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

R

S

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14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26

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.

MAGIC SQUARE

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.

Quiz Challenge

1. In May 1997, John Prescott

was appointed to which

Cabinet office?

2. The name of the dinosaur

triceratops literally means

what?

3. What event is celebrated in

France as a national holiday on

July 14?

4. The TV cartoon family The

Simpsons live in which town?

5. Which Asian island is home to

a race of people known as

Dyaks?

NONAGRAM

A I M

C P U

N I L

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.

Guidelines:

15 Good; 18 Very Good;

21 Excellent.

Any word found in the Concise

Oxford Dictionary (Tenth Edition) is

eligible with the following

exceptions: proper nouns; plural

nouns, pronouns and possessives;

third person singular verbs;

hyphenated words; contractions

and abbreviations; vulgar slang

words; variant spellings of the

same word (where another variant

is also eligible).

WORD PYRAMID

Spell out a 15-letter word or

phrase by moving from one

chamber to another within

the pyramid. You may

only enter each of the

chambers once and

may only proceed

through openings

in the walls. The

first letter may

appear in any

chamber.

FIVE ALIVE

6. How often is the Cricket World

Cup held?

7. Which North African country is

the closest in distance to Italy?

8. “When I find myself in times of

trouble” is the opening lyric of

which Beatles song?

9. Actress Charlize Theron was

born in which country?

10. Which style of arched window

takes its name from a surgical

instrument?

O

LH OU UR GS YE

AO NI IN

TR UE FV UT ES

EV EA LU

LA IO DL EG DE

S

T

O R I

D O P U

T U U R S

Here are two

miniature fivesquare

crosswords

using the same

grid – but the

letters have

been mixed up.

You have to

work out which

letters belong

to which

crossword.

SUDOKU

Easy

Each row and each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9, and so must each 3 x 3 box.

46 3 9 1

891 4 7

7 83

9 8 6

87 5

2 478

2 8 4 3 7

3 1

45 61

Hard

2 1

7 5

86 9

3 8 2

5 3 8

2 9

4 9 3

3 9 75 4

3 8

EQUALISER

7 9

10 1 1

1 1

8 1 1

3 1

Place the four signs (add,

subtract, multiply, divide)

one in each circle so that

the total of each across

and down line is the same.

Perform the first calculation in each

line first and ignore the mathematical

law which says you should always

perform division and multiplication

before addition and subtraction.

This puzzle page is supplied by

Sirius Media Services.

To try our new puzzle,

Zygolex, go to

www.zygolex.com

© Sirius Media Services Ltd

PZ1P5174


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CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

QUICK CROSSWORD

1

2

2 3

3

4

5

6

1

2

3

4

5

5

6

7

7

8

8

9

10

9

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10

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12

11

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24

25

28

21

21

26

27

22

28

29

24

23

24

30

31

ACROSS

3. Look out for high tar

content! (5-4)

7. Girl returned the bad ball (5)

8. Praiseworthy double turn by

a politician (9)

9. Old boat upended by

gangster in settlement (5)

10. Footballer, one prepared to

use a brush perhaps (7)

13. Grade for many a girl (5)

14. Colloquially speaking, it

isn’t an infection (5)

16. Such a jewel has not been

reduced in price (5)

17. Cry for donkey kept at

festive occasion (7)

21. Loafer left in dire trouble (5)

22. Weak and unsupported at

the back (9)

23. Before one I had to return

the fool (5)

24. Replace a nice load in

ancient land (9)

DOWN

1. Opener going round in

circles (9)

2. High spots of an Asian tour,

no doubt (9)

3. Musician in small room is

first trumpet (7)

4. Her husband is late (5)

5. Inert compound used in

gunpowder (5)

6. Supply free verse (5)

10. Shed light (5)

11. China April once

smashed (9)

12. About to say again and

again (9)

15. A unit is exchanged in this

country (7)

18. First of a series of letters

from Athens (5)

19. Look around poles in order

to understand (5)

20. White House up north (5)

ACROSS

1. Over-confident (8)

5. Ring (4)

9. Gap filler (7)

10. Panache (5)

11. Protection (5)

13. Pardonable (6)

15. Vertical (5)

17. Recreational

area (4)

19. Raced (3)

20. Overtake (4)

21. Blood

ingredient (5)

23. Shun (6)

24. Drench (5)

28. Throng (5)

29. Oblivious (7)

30. Melody (4)

31. Respectful (8)

DOWN

1. Price (4)

2. Packing case (5)

3. Assist (anag.) (6)

4. Ceremony (4)

6. Wind

instrument (7)

7. Immobilise (8)

8. Propose (5)

12. Mouselike

animal (5)

13. Planet (5)

14. Short-arm

blow (8)

16. Listening

organ (3)

18. American

mammal (7)

21. Sordid (5)

22. Confidence (6)

25. Shovel (5)

26. Solid square (4)

27. Warmth (4)

SOLUTIONS

QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 Deputy Prime Minister; 2 Three-horned face; 3 The storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution; 4 Springfield;

5 Borneo; 6 Every four years; 7 Tunisia; 8 Let it Be; 9 South Africa; 10 Lancet.

CROSS CODE

1 2 3

G

W

14

R

Y

15

K

T

16

4

J

P

17

5

X

L

18

6

S

V

19

7

D

M

20

8

C

A

21

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917648352

5 4 9 8 7 6 1 2 3

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2 8 1 4 6 9 5 3 7

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B

11

Q

24

O

12

H

25

U

13

Z

26

MAGIC SQUARE:

amid; mire; iris;

desk.

WORD PYRAMID:

Outdoor pursuits.

EQUALISER:

Clockwise from top

left – subtract;

multiply; divide;

add. Total: 9.

CRYPTIC CROSSWORD:

Across – 3 Crow’s-nest; 7 Olive; 8 Laudatory; 9 Kraal; 10

Sweeper; 13 Class; 14 Taint; 16 Uncut; 17 Wassail; 21 Idler; 22

Spineless; 23 Idiot; 24 Caledonia.

Down – 1 Corkscrew; 2 Himalayas; 3 Cellist; 4 Widow; 5 Nitre; 6

Serve; 10 Spill; 11 Porcelain; 12 Reiterate; 15 Tunisia; 18 Alpha;

19 Sense; 20 Igloo.

QUICK CROSSWORD:

Across – 1 Cocksure; 5 Hoop; 9 Sealant; 10 Flair; 11 Aegis; 13

Venial; 15 Sheer; 17 Park; 19 Ran; 20 Pass; 21 Serum; 23

Eschew; 24 Souse; 28 Crowd; 29 Unaware; 30 Tune; 31

Reverent.

Down – 1 Cost; 2 Crate; 3 Stasis; 4 Rite; 6 Ocarina; 7 Paralyse; 8

Offer; 12 Shrew; 13 Venus; 14 Uppercut; 16 Ear; 18 Raccoon; 21

Seedy; 22 Morale; 25 Spade; 26 Cube; 27 Heat.

FIVE ALIVE:

(1)

(2)

Across – Lurgy; Revue; Ailed.

Down – Larva; Rival; Yield.

Across – House; Tufts; Lodge.

Down – Hotel; Unfed; Ensue.

NONAGRAM:

ampul; camp; caplin; clamp; clap; clip;

clump; impi; lamp; limp; lipa; lump;

lupin; MUNICIPAL; nipa; pail; pain;

palm; panic; pica; pilau; plain; plan;

plica; plum; pula; puli; puma; puna;

uncap.


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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

• Irritability

• 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

the morning

What causes S.A.D?

The full cause of Seasonal Affective Disorder is not known,

however it has been linked to4 a malfunction of the

hypothalamus, caused by a lack of sunlight. This in turn can

cause:

• Reduced serotonin production which can increase feelings of

depression

• Increased melatonin production which can increase sleepiness

levels

• A disrupted circadian rhythm which in turn affects sleep and

sleep quality

For some sufferers, the symptoms are managed fairly easily,

however others will be more severe, impacting severely on dayto-day

life. If the symptoms above sound familiar to you, you

may want to consider seeing your GP to discuss ways to help

you cope.

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:

1. Gratitudes

Start each day by telling yourself at least 5 things that you are

grateful for. This will train your mind to look for the good in each

day, which in turn will help to generate more good things. Doing

this regularly will ‘reset’ your filter so that you subconsciously

create things to be grateful for and focus on the positives in

your day.

2. Create light

Brighten up your living or workspace. Open your curtains each

day for as long as possible, spend time near windows if possible,

and you can even buy daylight light bulbs which are designed to

ease SAD 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

feeling low.

4. Get it on paper

Journal your thoughts and feelings to help get the feelings out of

your mind and onto paper. This could be a diary entry, random

words or a drawing. Conveying how you are feeling through a

different medium can help you recognise what you do and what

you don’t have control over which can in turn help your mind see

how to move forwards from a situation or feeling.

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

diary!

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.

The power of a positive mindset is unbelievable and is essential

in setting you up for success.


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TOP TIPS FOR A PERFECT NIGHT’S SLEEP

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.

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

off effortlessly.

If you have been struggling to get to sleep, then you may find

these top tips from online bed retailer www.bedsos.co.uk quite

handy.

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

temperature to sleep in by having a warm duvet over you and

keeping a window open slightly to let in a slight breeze; this should

help you moderate your body temperature and not be woken by

feeling either too warm or cold.

Take the plunge

It can also be advisable to wake a warm bath shortly before going to

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attempting sleep. It seems the more relaxed you are prior to going to

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Discipline, quality teaching and happiness are top of the class

when it comes to parents’ priorities in their children’s schools.

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

even hit the top ten for most schools.

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

their happiness.

Changing Needs

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

compare at least with the national picture.

Spokesperson, GL Performance


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MAKE WORKING FROM HOME A SUCCESS

Working from home is something many more of us

have experienced since the Coronavirus pandemic

hit and transformed the working world. While we

may not be permanently at home, making a

success of it when we do is highly dependent on

the technology, we have access and the software

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Working remotely can be great for a more flexible

lifestyle and managing a better work-home balance but

transitioning to remote work requires the right tools

and here we’re looking at some which will make it

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G Suite

G Suite is from the powerhouse that is Google and

provides a whole arsenal of valuable tools which you

can use for all aspects of work. G Suite incorporates

everything from video conferencing, chat features,

productivity apps to Google Drive storage, docs and

spreadsheets, essential for many computer-based

roles. The tools are all cloud-based and this means

everything loaded up within your G Suite is accessible

wherever you are and shared files can be accessed by

everyone who needs them. This is great if you work

from home and the office on different days.

Asana

Asana and similar SaaS tools exist to help team

collaboration and focus. Features such as virtual to-do

lists help make it clear what task is the responsibility of

what team member and everyone can work

collaboratively with a full understanding of everyone’s

roles and who should be delivering what and when.

Zoom

One of the most popular business tools there is, Zoom

makes video conferencing and even simple team

meetings straightforward and easy. Zoom’s popularity

saw its share prices shoot sky-high and more and more

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

they may be.

Slack

Slack is a powerful way of keeping teams motivated

and on task, whilst also allowing them the occasional

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

contact individual employees privately and it’s a great

tool for quickly checking in on anyone you may be

worried about and would usually be able to pull to one

side in the office.

Choose Your Technology Carefully

The tools and software your workplace chooses may

differ. Many businesses love Microsoft and their Teams

software for example and others are dedicated to all

things Apple so opt for officially licensed Apple

alternatives. Your options will be somewhat governed

by your workplace, but you can always make

suggestions and see if there is a more effective option

worth trying.

Your home is your place to relax and unwind so turning

it into your workspace too can be a little difficult to get

used to. Ensuring you have the right tech in place so

you can work without interruption or difficulty will help

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1 tbsp fish sauce

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3. Stir in the lemon grass and kaffir lime

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Ingredients:

t 1 fresh cauliflower

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t ½ pint milk

t 2 tablespoons cornfloour

t 2-4 oz of bacon

t 2 oz strong grated cheddar cheese

t Salt and pepper

t Horseradish or mustard

t Knob of butter

Method

1. Steam or boil the cauliflower and then drain well.

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3. Place on heat and slowly bring to a simmer, stirring all the time, then lower heat

and add in salt & pepper, and a little horseradish or dried mustard.

4. Fry onions or leeks and chopped bacon in a separate pan.

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6. Place cauliflower piled up in ovenproof dish.

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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

activity.

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

through the night while their back heals. The

painkiller can also be taken during the day without

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

..to cope.

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

yourself.

People should always check serious problems with

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There is lots to discover at The Quarters such as the 2km

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