Telford & Newport Scene magazine Spring edition 2022

Welcome to your Spring edition of the Scene magazine for Telford & Newport. As the nights get lighter and the flowers start to bloom, please get out and support your lovely local businesses! And don't forget to book up those Summer events!

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Telford & Newport




Entertainment, Leisure

& Lifestyle Magazine


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What’s on, Fashion, Local events, Recipes, House, Home & Garden,

Health and Well-being, Motoring & much more...

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Leah Holloway

Shropshire Area manager

To be included with our

next edition, covering

May & June 2022!


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Pages 52 & 53

Pages 56 & 57

What’s on

NEW - Boulton’s Artisan


Lamb Recipes

Did You Know?

Bike4Life Fest

The Most Iconic Cars

Fashion, Health, Beauty

& Well-being

Theatre on the Steps

RAF Cosford

Jubilee Air Show

Discovering Podcasts


What’s in a name

Men’s Spring Fashion

Spring Recipes

SCENE Sports


Paving Traders Shrewsbury

Growing Houseplants

contact Leah on

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


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11th March

A Tribute to Meatloaf with No1

Tribute Band Maetlive

The Buttermarket, Shrewsbury

12th March

Made In Shropshire

Fair in the Square


13th March

The Carpenters Story

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

15th March

Menopause The Musical

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

17th March

Gary Delaney

The Place, Telford

17th - 20th March

Gangsta Granny

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

18th March

Bongo's Bingo

The Buttermarket, Shrewsbury

19th March

The Beachboys Tribute Show

Ludlow Assembly Room,


19th March

Shrewsbury Farmers Market

Town Square

24th March

The Diana Ross Story

The Place, Telford

25th March

Northern Echoes

Albert Shed, Southwater,


26th March

Dom Joly's Holiday Snaps

Festival Drayton Centre,

Market Drayton

27th March

Wedding Fayre

Shropshire Gold Course,


31st March

Nish Kumar

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury


1st April

Chris Ramsey

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

1st April

Shrewsbury Farmers Market

Town Square

2nd April

Hodrod 55

Albert Shed, Southwater,


2nd - 3rd April

Wales Comic Con: Telford


The International Centre,


6th April

Kate Humble

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

7th April

Friends The Musical

The Place, Telford

9th April

Made In Shropshire

Fair in the Square


10th April

Barbara Dickson

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

14th April

Fireman Sam

The Place, Telford

14th - 16th April

Joseph and the Amazing

Technicolour Dreamcoat

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

15th April

Queen Night Live Tribute

The Buttermarket, Shrewsbury

16th April

The Endings + others

Albert Shed, Southwater,


21st April

Julian Clary

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

23rd April

Forever Elton

The Place, Telford

29th April

Matt Forde

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

Welcome to The Red Lion at Great Chatwell, just outside Newport.

A stunning country pub ran by an award winning team serving

real ales, local gins & vodka and homemade food

Dog Friendly I Beer Garden I Real Log Fires

Food served: Thursday - Saturday from 4 pm & Sunday’s from 12pm

Mother’s Day

FREE glass of Prosecco

for mum when booked.

Easter Sunday

Easter funday

kids free!

Tel: 01952 691779

Email: redliongc@hotmail.com

Bun Lane, Great Chatwell, South Staffs TF10 9BJ


Blue Monkey Handcrafted LONDON

DRY Gin (40.5% vol) is a traditional gin

which utilises 11 botanicals, to great

advantage, that are sourced from

worldwide origins. I found this

(extremely) popular production to be

smooth and very pleasing on the

mouthfeel and palate. If flavoured gins

are to your liking, then the range

available, from Blue Monkey Brewery

(Founded 2008), will certainly not

disappoint. RHUBARB & CUSTARD

Handcrafted Gin (37.5% vol) has the

traditional Handcrafted London Dry Gin

infused with fresh, handpicked

Yorkshire rhubarb, plus rich vanilla. A

great gin, with spot-on flavour.

Several other Blue Monkey gin

productions are very popular, too. Many

people like to see the changing colour

of the BLUE to VIOLET Handcrafted Gin

(37.5% vol), as it seems to have ‘magic’

as an added ingredient. The natural

extract, from the Indian Pea flower,

creates a gin of blue colour, which

changes (before your very eyes) to a

violet colour, when tonic is added –

amazing! The bouquet has overtones of

lavender and Parma violet, that lead,

enticingly, to the mouth’s pleasures and

palate’s sensation.

Other gins, from Blue Monkey Brewery,


Handcrafted Gin (37.5% vol), which

evokes thoughts of summer – to be

enjoyed at any time of the year, plus


Gin (37.5% vol) and SALTED CARAMEL

Handcrafted Gin (37.5% vol), which all

have ‘devotees’ amongst flavoured gin


Other beverages, from Blue Monkey

Brewery, offer an impressive range of

beers, many of which are awardwinning.


vol) is well-recognised as an excellent

session ale. This amber-coloured

production is smooth and very popular.

BG SIPS (4.0% vol) is a further, often

selected beer. I found this pale ale to be

easy-drinking and to possess a most

pleasurable (extra) hoppy aroma, with

tropical fruit notes and a great taste.

INFINITY IPA (4.6% vol) is (I found) a

golden ale of some repute. This past

Champion Golden Ale of Great Britain is

produced using an abundance of Citra

hops, to ‘encourage’ the distinctive


For further details, including other

productions and stockists,

please contact:

Blue Monkey Brewing Ltd, 10

Pentrich Road, Giltbrook

Industrial Park, Giltbrook,

Nottinghamshire NG16 2UZ.

Tel: 0115 938 5899. E-mail:



As always, Enjoy!

Trevor Langley

New Artisan Butchers


in Madeley’s Anstice Square

Nikola and Martin Boulton have

brought new life to Madeley with

their new Artisan Butchers and

deli. This is there second shop

originally opening in little Dawley

in 2019. Going from strength to

strength they have been able to

expand to Anstice Square,


Selling the finest quality meats,

steaks, burgers, bacon, mince,

joints, chops, lamb, BBQ packs and

everything you would expect from

a quality butcher. They also have a

deli counter for cheese, pork pies,

pies, quiches, Cornish pasties and

much more, including hams and

sandwich fillers.

They stock local eggs, potatoes,

sauces and seasonings plus a large

range of freshly made ready meals

and special dishes, there really is

something for everyone. So, pop

along meat the team and see what

takes your fancy, I think I’m going

to start with the delicious pork


Friendly and traditional locally

based Butcher with a wealth

of knowledge and over 35

years experience!

Providing quality meats and farm shop products, with a modern gourmet twist.

We are proud to serve Telford and the surrounding areas.

Established in 2019 with our first shop in Little Dawley.

We have grown purely from reputation!

Anstice Square, Madeley, Telford TF7 5BD I Tel: 01952 583232



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.

Because of my huge passion for performing arts I decided to open

a studio in Wellington offering classes from infant ballet, aerial

hoop, musical theatre, contemporary, commercial, adult heels,

flexibility, acrobatics, playgroup, over 60s dance and many more!

Our team is forever growing and our staff are just as passionate,

qualified and excited about teaching our new classes aerial silks

and pole sport.

At ToriArts Studios we pride ourselves in educating students in a

hard-working, passionate and fun environment. We cater for all

ages in various classes teaching pupils how to sing, act, dance and

perform! We take a professional approach towards practice,

confidence building and teaching of new skills and knowledge. But

most of all, we dedicate ourselves to do all of the above with a

professional, positive and fun environment.

Victoria - ToriArts Studios




Melt-in-the-mouth lamb,

these shanks flavoured

with wine and rosemary

are full of flavour and

fabulous for a family meal

or special occasion.


4 lamb shanks

250ml dry white wine

1 small onion, chopped

5 cloves garlic, sliced

3 tbsps olive oil

1 dessertspoon chopped fresh rosemary,

plus sprigs for garnish

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


1. Heat the oil over a medium-high heat in a

large frying pan.

2. Add shanks to the hot pan, brown all sides and

set aside.

3. Reduce heat to medium and add garlic to the

pan; cooking for 30 to 40 seconds before stirring

in the onion, and continue cooking until


4. Return shanks to the pan, and season with

chopped fresh rosemary and salt and pepper to


5. Add the wine and bring to a low simmer.

6. Cover the pan tightly and cook for between

two and two and a half hours – turning

occasionally - until the lamb is tender and comes

off the bone easily.

7. Serve garnished with rosemary sprigs.


This delicious curry is both spicy and mild and

works well with either coconut rice or a piece of

naan bread. Marinating the lamb overnight will

allow all the flavours to soak into the meat. Adjust

the chilli seasoning if you prefer a hotter dish.


1kg lamb, cut into cubes

1 large onion, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, crushed and finely chopped

5 sprigs thyme

1 tsp ground allspice

4 tbsp curry powder

4 bay leaves

3 tbsp olive oil

4 tbsp butter

875ml lamb stock

1 tsp dried chilli flakes

A handful of fresh coriander

1. In a large bowl, combine the lamb, onion, garlic,

thyme, allspice, curry powder and bay leaves. Mix

thoroughly until the lamb is well covered with the

spices and leave in the fridge to marinate


2. Remove the marinated mixture from the fridge.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter until just

sizzling, then add the lamb mixture and fry, stirring

frequently, over a medium heat for 10 minutes.

3. Add the stock and chilli flakes, stir, and bring to

a boil.

4. Reduce the heat to a

simmer, then cover and cook

for 1.5 hours or until the

lamb is tender.

5. Serve immediately with

coconut rice or a naan bread.

Sprinkle the coriander over

to garnish.


on this Spring / Summer at The Buckatree Hall Hotel

For mor

e details of events or to book :


29th April

Call 01952 641821

Or visit our website:





Treat your mom this

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with our

Special p


ay y Lunch

March 27th, 2022

£21.95pp Child £9.95.



ribute Dinner

£25pp Includes a 3 course

dinner, tribute act and disco.



30th April

Join us for

Easter Sunday Lunch

17th April 2022

£19.99pp / £9.95 children

All Children get an Easter Egg


Upcoming events:

Friday May 13th

ABBA Sole Tribute Dinner

Sunday June 19th

Father’s Day

3 course lunch or

afternoon tea avaialble

A dele -Tribute Dinner

£25pp Includes a 3 course

dinner, tribute act amd disco.




e: heidi@flamingobakes.co.uk

Freshly Baked Goodies & Desserts for

Birthdays, Weddings, Christenings & Special Events.

Vegan & Gluten free products available including Vegan Fudge!

NEW to Flamingo Bakes – Treat Boxes, for collection or post!

A selection of Brownies, Rocky Roads, Flapjacks etc. made especially for your friends and loved ones!

Mother’s Day and Easter treat boxes now available or why not send one to just brighten someone’s day!

Logo cupcakes available for businesses to celebrate an event or anniversary





Easter means one thing to most people across

the country – chocolate! However, chocolate isn’t

for everyone and for some of us, including mums

with young kids or anyone who simply isn’t a big

fan of stuffing themselves with the sweet stuff,

Easter can be enjoyed in a wide range of

different egg-inspired ways. Consider these fun

activities which still feel super Easter-y without

being entirely chocolate covered.

Easter Activities for all The Family

1. Easter Bonnet Parade

A staple in the English primary school, an Easter

bonnet parade is a lovely craft activity to carry out at

home. Creating Easter bonnets is easy and there are

kits online if you’re not particularly crafty. The kids will

love the chance to stick and glue and model their own

creations and there’s not a chocolate egg in sight.

2. Egg Decorating

Painting eggshells is another fun craft that the whole

family can get involved in. Make sure you boil the

eggs so they’re hard and the shells won’t crack and

then you can let your imagination run wild. Paints,

pens and a range of different materials can be used to

create fun decorative eggs – you can even stick things

to your eggs such as googly eyes and fun fur hair.

3. Easter Story Time

Everyone loves a good story and there are plenty of

books which are perfect. A cuddly Easter story could

be anything from the endlessly popular Tale of Peter

Rabbit by Beatrix Potter or the fun and quirky Green

Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss. There are hundreds of

egg-themed books out there and many with an Easter

or spring theme too.

4. Garden Treasure Hunt

The traditional easter egg hunt doesn’t have to be all

about chocolate. Traditionally hard-boiled eggs were

painted and hidden around the garden and you could

do the same but throw in some modern treats and

Easter trinkets like fluffy chicks, cuddly rabbit toys and

other sweet Easter-themed treats.

5. Classic Egg and Spoon Race

Not just for the school sports day, an egg and spoon

race is an Easter activity too. Line up in the garden

with your hard-boiled eggs and spoons at the ready.

Practice the art of getting that egg balanced just right

and you’re off! You could team the race with other fun

activities such as sack races and three-legged

competitions, making the day even more fun and keep

everyone active and engaged throughout the day. You

could make your own trophies or have little prizes for

the winners, ensuring there’s something for

participants too to avoid any upset!

6. Bake up a Storm

Just because you don’t fancy a chocolatey treat

doesn’t mean you can’t have some tasty snacks on

the big day. Bake some Easter cookies or cakes or for

a true health kick consider a fresh carrot soup or

carrot muffins, something the Easter Bunny would love

to munch on. The classic Easter roast dinner is also

something you can enjoy and spend the day lovingly


Fun Celebrations

Easter can be a great day of family and fun

without overindulging in chocolate treats. There’s

nothing wrong with going chocolate crazy of

course, but these alternatives might be a fun way

to celebrate things too









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Massage techniques for a happier baby and mum,

strengthen your bond with your little one while

strengthening their health

With more than 30 years of working as a registered nurse

and having an International Association of Infant massage

qualication, I provide message classes to parents and

carers that want to strengthen their bond with their babies.

Massaging not only nurtures your relationship with your

baby but it also brings many health benets and soothes

your little one’s growing pains.

Areas covered:

Telford Shropshire

South Staffordshire

Mid Wales

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Community Building for Hire for-

Childrens Birthday Parties

Christening's Parties

Meeting's, Groups & Course's

The Silver Threads Hall is a clean and modern

community building which has a beauiful play room full

of toys which can be hired for your party.

We also have a fully modern fitted kitchen, disabled

toilets & access, carparking and baby changing.

We also run a huge range of groups and under 5's

groups including Sensory on a Wednesday morning

and Messy Fridays on a Friday morning

for details please check out

www.thesilverthreadshall.org.uk or email us


Reiki Healing for Health & Mental Wellbeing

Benefits of Reiki Healing Sessions include:

Reducing high blood pressure

Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Depression.

Deep spiritual healing and counselling

Help to reduce pain and chronic pain

Healing for chronic pain

Healing emotional traumas and blockages

Covid lock-down fatigue.

Increase wellbeing and confidence

Online counselling, and distant healing also

available and much more...

All treatments are given with great

care and confidentiality.

Take a look at my website, and

book with confidence! To book

a life changing session email:



Mobile: 07507 486532


Woodpeckers bang their heads into

trees at 15mph, 12,000 times a day.


During the Second World War,

fish-and-chip-shop managers were exempt

from military service.

In 2017, a Japanese rail company apologised after one of

its trains departed 20 seconds early!!

(Wouldn't happen in the UK!)

The US uses more electricity for airconditioning

than the whole of Africa

uses for everything.


The hands of a human foetus touching the

walls of the womb causes the fingerprints

to form.


In the 10 seasons of TV's Friends, the six

main characters drink 1,154 cups of coffee

The documentary Where in the World Is Osama

bin Laden? was found on Osama bin Laden's


According to her last wishes, Elizabeth Taylor

arrived late for her own funeral.

A smartphone contains

more computing

power than the whole

of NASA had in 1969.

The first advert on

Channel 5 was for

Chanel No.5.


George V had a dragon

tattoo on his arm.

Dogs see in blue and


Iceland imports ice cubes.

It's Impossible to Hum While You Hold

Your Nose

Traffic lights existed before cars.


The London Underground has made more money

from its famous map than it has from running


Bees can fly higher than Mount Everest.

In 1940s Britain,

children's TV was

shown from 5 to 6

pm, then


stopped for an hour

to encourage them

to go to bed

Tanks are exempt from London's Congestion



Names of Greek ocean

gods included Poseidon,

Triton, Oceanus and Doris.

The Irish get through 50

beer mats per person per



Boyfriends Do More Housework Than

Husbands!! A survey 17,000 people across

28 countries found that after marriage, the

amount of time a man spends doing chores

on a weekly basis decreases significantly.

English women didn't wear

underpants until the 19th




Olympic Gold Medals are Predominantly

Made from Sterling Silver

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Rev Up and Ride Out for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

Since 2010, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s

event, Bike4Life Ride Out and Festival, has

attracted the attention of thousands of supportive

bikers, including famed motorcycle enthusiasts,

such as World Superbike Champion Carl Fogarty,

and Steve Parrish. And now the wait is over, as

tickets are on sale for the 2022 event, taking place

on Sunday 24th April.

After two years of virtual ride outs, due to Government

restrictions, bikers who have been patiently waiting for

the much-anticipated Bike4Life Ride Out are

encouraged to book now as there are only limited

places available. The Ride Out, which starts at Meole

Brace in Shrewsbury, takes in 23-miles of the M54 and

finishes at RAF Cosford, the home of the Bike4Life


Tickets for the Ride Out are still just £10 for bikers,

and £10 for pillions and further tickets are available for

the Festival at RAF Cosford, where visitors of all ages

can enjoy the arrival of the Ride Out, bike shows and

demonstrations, live music, entertainment, children’s

zone and street food.

Emma Gray, chief operating officer for Midlands Air

Ambulance Charity, says: “We are so excited to start

planning our Bike4Life Ride Out and Festival event,

and thank the biking community for their continued

support through virtual ride outs and donations during

the last 18-months.

“Sadly, on average, we undertake a mission involving

a motorcyclist every four days. Our Bike4Life event is

therefore not just a great day out for the biker

community, but also carries a serious message of the

importance of biker safety.

“There is a limit to 3,500 spaces on the Ride Out and

we are expecting to attract more bikers, this year, as

it’s the first time we have revved up for this event since

before the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Thanks to the support from participants during the last

in-person Bike4Life, 2019’s Bike4Life event enabled

the service to undertake 22 air ambulance missions

and a further 112 via its two critical care cars.

Visit www.bike4lifefest.com to book your place at the

Bike4Life 2022 Ride Out and Festival and keep up to

date on social media by following Bike4LifeFest on

Facebook and Twitter.

To find out more information about Midlands Air

Ambulance Charity’s vital, lifesaving work in your local

area, visit midlandsairambulance.com and for more

information on West Mercia Police Road Safety team,

visit www.westmercia.police.uk/advice/advice-andinformation/rs/road-safety/

To find out more about event sponsor, RAC, visit:


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for the spring!







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How to keep your Dogs happy

when you return to work!

Although for most of us the lockdown period has

been a bit of a struggle, our furry friends have

simply loved having us around! With all the extra

walks and attention lavished on them, they really

have been living in the lap of luxury!

But as we begin to return to work, what can we do

to ensure our dogs cope with the change? Dogs

often experience separation anxiety when away

from their owners and with all the time they have

spent with us, they are bound to find our absence

especially difficult.

Gradually start getting back into a routine

Giving your dog time to cope with short periods on

their own is key to building up the amount of time

you leave them. Popping to the supermarket, taking

your rubbish out, going for a 5 minute walk on your

own are all short activities you can do to help your

dog cope with the prospect that you leave, but you

always come back.

Meet the needs of your dog

‘A tired dog is a happy dog’ as the saying goes, and

well, some of that is still true. Physical exercise is

important to dogs, but make sure it’s good quality

exercise, or you can end up leaving your dog high

and dry and completely over-aroused so that

they’re unable to relax.

Dogs LOVE to sniff, so by encouraging them to have

a snoop around on their walks will help to stimulate

their brain and keep excitement levels down; so that

when they return home they can sleep.

Enrichment and mental stimulation

There are a zillion enrichment and puzzle toys on the

market available for dogs these days. It’s an easy

way to provide stimulation and get their problem

solving skills going. Try feeding them some of their

meals out of puzzle feeders, but make it easy at first

so as not to increase frustration.

Provide plenty of safe chew toys, too – chewing

releases feel good chemicals in the brain, and many

dogs don’t have enough access to things they can

chew on. If it’s safe to do so, leave chews and

puzzle toys with your dog when you leave, they can

really help to occupy them and reduce boredom!

Monitor your dog

One of the most important things to pay attention to

when trying to figure out if your dog has separation

anxiety (or at least struggles when being left alone) is

what they do when you leave.

Are they having a fun party while you’re away?

Dragging out the recycling and racing around the

house, or destructively chewing everything in sight to

make themselves feel better? Are they quiet,

howling or crying?

Without knowing what they get up to, it’s impossible

to say whether they are struggling when left alone.

Most smartphones and tablets have apps to be able

to watch your dog live on your phone, so pop up

the road and see what they do when you’re gone.

How soon does their behaviour change?

The good news is that dogs with Separation

Anxiety can be helped and the sooner you start

to help your dog the easier your return to work

will be

Counselling courses now available at www.Beaumarisgroup.co.uk

with different payment options available to spread the cost of

the courses on discussion with the centre.

‘Free and reduced cost sessions available

with our trainee counsellor Sam’

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.

0330 123 3359 I info@beaumarisgroup.co.uk

5, Abbey Court High Street, Newport, TF10 7BW



This list of the most iconic cars of all time proves

that they don’t have to be expensive or flashy to

be admired.

There are certain cars – not necessarily expensive

sports cars or even the best, most reliable or useful

cars – which we all admire. Here we count down a few

of the most familiar, well loved and longed for cars


Mini Cooper

Ever since Michael Caine uttered the immortal line

“you’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off”,

we’ve longed for our own super-sweet, utterly cool

Mini Cooper.

No other car is so recognisable or so adored by drivers

here and all over the world.

Jaguar E-Type

Sensuous lines and the ability to go like no other, the

Jaguar E-Type is the car most men would sell their

souls for. Sports Car International magazine named it

the best car of the 1960s but many would argue it’s the

best of all time.

VW Beetle

The re-launch of the Volkswagen Beetle in the late

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which was produced from 1938 to 2003.

Uncomfortable seats, a lack of speed and roaringly

noisy engine are among the problems which has seen

the Beetle named among the worst cars of all time.

But, still, we love them.

Porsche 911

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adapted the design to appeal to everyone from curveloving

60s swingers to 1980s city boys.

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Just packing up a bag, strapping your surfboard to the

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Only less recognisable than a Mini or a Beetle, the

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Once the preserve of countryside vicars and greying

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Whatever it is that makes us long for tweed and

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Whilst modern Ford Escorts might be frowned upon by

some, the MK1 and MK2 models of the late sixties and

seventies were everyman car perfection and remain a

triumph of car design as far as retro-lovers and rally

drivers are concerned.


If there’s one car which sums up the original boy racer

it’s the MK2 GTIs, which rolled off the production line

from 1984.

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Just because you are struggling,

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An Interview with local

author Kevin Horak

Our editor at large Sarah

Gruchala-Williams caught

up with Shrewsbury based

author Kevin Horak.

The former Bodyguard and

businessman spoke about his

authorship and why he quit his

former career to become a

fulltime author.

Q: It was quite a decision to

retire from business. I

understand you are a former

Director of the Shropshire

Chamber Of Commerce

amongst other things?

A: Yes, that’s true, although it

was some time ago. Over the

years I ran companies for 17

years, varying between the

specialist security business and

the music business. There were

some other add on’s along the

way including a clothing

brand; but security and music

was the core part of my work

and where my passion lay.

Q: I could see online that you

worked at Parliament and I’ve

seen pictures of Royalty and

some famous faces. Did you

enjoy working in the

bodyguarding business?

A: It was my career for many

years, I guess I worked in 20

countries or so over the years.

But after 20 years in the

business, I decided to call it a

day, it had gone as far as it

could. I still consult for a couple

of high-end VIP protection

companies when they need

help. I closed my VIP protection

business, sold my record label,

and passed the clothing brand

on for others to run.

Q: Did you have

some close

calls along the

way in the



A: Quite a few, I

guess, I’ve learnt

how to duck over

the years! I’m still not

keen on returning to


Q: Why is that?

A: I’ve forgotten.

He obviously didn’t want to

discuss that former part of his

life; but I was intrigued why

someone would want to pursue

a writing career – a tough

vocation in anyone’s book.

Q: Why become a fulltime

author, its always struck me as

a difficult way of making a


A: It certainly can be. The

process of setting off with an

idea and then finally seeing

your results in print is

exhilarating, but very time

consuming from start to finish.

At some point you must make

the decision to go for it! Having

the opportunity of writing for

just a couple of hours in the

evening just wouldn’t work for

me, so it’s a brave choice as

you are not earning as you are

writing. But I would have rather

tried than procrastinate on it for

years. From my passion for

music, I also work as a DJ,

so that keeps me out of trouble

for the most part.

Q: You’ve written 5 books to

date; can you tell me more

about them?

A: I written 2 books on the

executive protection business,

2 adult comedy books and my

latest one is a young adult to

adult fantasy fiction story. The

executive protection books

served their purpose

when released, as they

supported my former company

and my former trade. The

comedy books titles you

wouldn’t be able to print here!

However, one of them based

around gym culture did peak in

the Amazon top 500 best sellers

at one point. The comedian

Russell Kane loved the book

and gave it a plug, so I’m very

grateful to him for doing that.

Q: What is the background of

the new book?

A: Technically it’s not new; but

then it is as well! My new book

is called Mildred The Crazy Cat

Lady. It was released just

before the lockdown; as such,

and with us all being locked in

our homes, all promotions,

events and the suchlike were

cancelled. However, during this

time a lady contacted me

who is a screenwriter for the

BBC, and she read and

loved the book and

suggested we work together.

It was something that I

wasn’t going to turn down,

so over the last year the

book has been completely

rewritten, characters

removed/added and there

are some new chapter

additions. The book has been

completely rebranded as

well. Now that we have

obtained some freedom

again, it feels like a fresh start

so this year will, or should

be, a busy one.

Q: What is the new book


A: The story is set in

Shrewsbury, Shropshire and

North Wales with our central

character, ‘Mildred’ living just

outside of our town centre.

The premise starts with a

strange and unusual lady

arriving at Mildred’s door

and she presents her with a

cat. The condition of her

keeping the cat is that she

must join the local ‘cat club.’

But it’s no ordinary club as it’s

a cover organisation for this

incredible league of women

who have met behind

closed doors for thousands of

years. Mildred gets dragged

into this incredible world of

mistrust culminating in a

battle scene, suffice to say,

not all the characters make

it! There are hidden

meanings and references

throughout, and I’ve taken

aspects from my fascination

of ancient Egypt and

brought it to life in modern

day times. Truth be told it

was hundreds of hours of

study and a few thousand

writing hours I would think, all

in all.

Q: Was it a very lengthy

writing process?

A: In this case yes.

Considering my comedy

books were written in a

matter of a few days with a

few bottles of wine along the

way! This has now been a

three-year process between

the first edition and

the new second edition. It’s

been very much a labour of

love. Its quite a heavyweight

title at 448 pages and

around 150,000 words, so on

this occasion it’s been quite

slow as usually I’m a quick


Q: Is it usual to have a first

edition and then a second


A: No, and for aspiring writers

I wouldn’t recommend it, it

was just a matter of

circumstance due to

the pandemic. However, I

must concede that this new

second edition is a much

better story than the first, its

far more fluid and pacy. Its

quite a dark story and

although there is humour

throughout, the reading age

is young adult upwards due

to some of the dark themes.

Q: Is Mildred The Crazy Cat

Lady readily available and

where can readers find out

more about it?

A: Yes, it can be found in the

usual places such as

Waterstones along with

independent retailers and

most online platforms,

including Amazon. It’s worth

mentioning the new book is

authored under the

name K S Horak to separate

from other books I’ve written

before. I’m quite active on

social media and there is a

great community on the

Mildred book page on

Facebook. There are a few

thousand people who follow

the page and events along

with other bits and pieces

are advertised on there.

Please join in!






The RAF Red Arrows

are always a highlight at Cosford

An RAF Chinook at the Cosford Air Show

RAF Cosford opened in July 1938

as part of the pre-war RAF

expansion plan. It was built

primarily to store, repair and

maintain large numbers of aircraft,

and then supply them to front line

squadrons all over the world

throughout WWII. Cosford is

synonymous with building the

Supermarine Spitfire - 2,700 Spitfires

came though Cosford during the

aircraft’s service – more than 10%

of all built. To get the aircraft to the

front line, the station was home to

a unit of the Air Transport Auxiliary

and one of only two all-female

Ferry Pilot Pools. These men and

women flew many thousands of

aircraft of different types to all

points in the UK and, towards the

end of the war, to mainland

Europe too. As the need for more

aircraft engineers grew, thousands

of young men were also trained to

work on aircraft at Cosford. The

station was home to a large

hospital from 1941 and it played a

role in the pioneering plastic

surgery given to aircrew who were

badly burned on missions. The

hospital and a good local

transport network were behind the

decision for Cosford to be the hub

for returning RAF POWs liberated

from camps across Europe and the

Far East as the war drew to a close.

Many thousands of POWs returned

to ‘Blighty’ through Cosford.

Following the war, Cosford’s part in

aircraft production and

maintenance eventually slowed

and then stopped; the Air

Transport Auxiliary was disbanded.

The hospital remained open until

1977. What never changed was

Cosford’s part in the training of

aircraft engineers. That continued

throughout the Cold War and the

station saw young men and

women coming through its gates

during the fifties, sixties and

seventies. Cosford became home

to the RAF School of Physical

Training and the Defence School

of Photography. In the early

nineties No 1 School of Technical

Training at RAF Halton moved to

Cosford meaning that all basic RAF

aircraft engineering training now

took place in Shropshire. Later in

the nineties, upon the closure of

RAF Locking, the training of ICT

Technicians moved to Cosford and

in 2013 the final piece of the jigsaw

was put in place when

engineering officer training moved

to the station from Cranwell.

Today, Cosford is home to No 1

School of Technical Training, No 1

Radio School, the Aerosystems

Engineering & Management

Training School, the Defence

School of Photography and the

RAF School of Physical Training. It is

also home to No 605 (County of

Warwick) Reserve Squadron, the

University of Birmingham Air

Squadron and No 8 Air Experience


Most people will know Cosford

because the RAF Museum has one

of its two sites there and the

Cosford Air Show takes place on

the station’s airfield each June. The

station has hosted some kind of

Open Day, RAF at Home Day or

Flying Day since 1939. The Air Show

has grown into a truly international

event that is attended by 50,000

members of the public. Six hours of

flying displays and dynamic

activities on the ground ensure

that the Air Show is as relevant for

families and people who want an

exciting day out as it is for the

serious aircraft enthusiast.

Following a two-year covidenforced

break, the Air Show is

back on Sunday 12 June 2022 with

what promises to be another

breath-taking day.

The Show will celebrate HM The

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the 80th

Anniversary of the RAF Regiment,

the 70th Anniversary of the first

rescue by an RAF Search and

Rescue helicopter and the 40th

Anniversary of the Falklands

Conflict. The first aircraft display

announcement – a Hungarian Air

Force Gripen fast jet – has been

madeand more exciting display

announcements will follow in the

coming weeks.

Tickets are selling very fast and we

would advise anyone who has not

yet booked to do so soon to avoid


The Show is advance ticket

only; no tickets are available on

the day.

Discovering podcasts –

Happy Place by Fearne Cotton

I’ve often heard people talk

about podcasts but never

really delved into it myself,

until I recently took on the

challenge of walking 10,000

steps a day during February,

to raise money for

Birmingham’s Childrens


With February not being the

best months to be out

walking I knew I had to listen

to something to keep me

entertained, the first few

days I listened to music, but

as I listen to that all day at

work, it didn’t seem to

occupy my mind enough. I

considered audio books

then remembered podcasts,

so thought I would give them

a try.


up by


With SAD kicking in as we

come to the end of winter I

searched mindfullness

podcasts and discovered

Fearne Cotton’s Happy

Place, so gave it a try. After

one walk listening to these

sessions I was hooked! It

made the 80 minute walk so

much more meaningful,

listening to others and

relating to there states of

mind and how they over

come mental health and

problems in their lives. Each

session Fearne would talk to

someone new, I was so

intrigued to know what I

would learn each day and it

really helped change my

mindset on so many things

and my approach to life and

dealing with situations.

I shared my experience with

the charity group on the

Facebook page and many

others said they would give it

a try or recommended other

podcasts, Rob Brydon being


Not only did I feel so much

benefit from walking the

10,000 steps a day, I rasied

£250 for Birmingham

Children’s Hospital and

discovered podcasts, a

great way to escape the

world and get some head

space and time out for you!

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Moon Year Forecast - March/April 2022

Combining planetary influence, Astrology and Clairvoyance,

let these Moon Forecasts guide you in life with love and light....

45-minute readings giving guidance from the past present and future and information

from spirit are available at £20 via video. Telephone readings also available. contact

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Aquarius - (21st Jan - 18th Feb)

Aquarius sees March 1st in a Waning Crescent Moon

phase allowing us to 'surrender' Then with planets

Venus and Mars both entering March 6th it seems

change is afoot. Venus means we surrender to love,

relationships we stop holding out, we let go, we give

in....and with Mars it gets rather passionate and fiery!

Last Quarter Moon phase on April 23rd sees us

reflecting more kindly upon the past and what has


Pisces - (19th Feb - 20th March)

Pisces it’s all happening....seize the New Moon arriving

in your sign on 2nd march with a sense of the 'brand

new'... Then we have the Waning Crescent Moon for a

full four nights April 25th to 29th where we let lose all

our energies, no holding back! Mercury enters Pisces

March 10th, so communication and messaging is in full

flow... In pops Venus April 5th spicing up the love life

and were on fire with the influence of Mars April 15th....

Wow Pisces, its full throttle time....

Aries - (21st March - 20th April)

Aries use the Waxing Crescent Moon phase from the

4th to the of 5th March to take control and set your

intentions, It is time to make it all about you, a perfect

time for a cosmic order or two! Later on, by March 20th

your exuberance and ego is restored as the Sun enters

your sign. Also use Mercury vibes March 27th to make

any sales pitches or persuasive arguments go your


Taurus - (21st April -21st May)

Taurus sees the New Moon phase on April 30th, this is

perfect for absolutely new ideas, (We may want to

quietly weigh up the pros and cons before we

announce these new plans...) With the Sun entering

your sign on March 20th all feels optimistic with lots to

look forward to. Mercury's influence arrives April 11th

where we can negotiate in the world of work and

career with passion.

Gemini - (22nd May - 21st June)

Gemini it really is 'make your mind up time' by the

Moons First Quarter stage on March 10th, especially

regarding matters of your loved ones, stability is

important right now...Mercury arrives April 29th bringing

with it news that helps to fight your corner! So carefully

check emails, letters or phone calls as the news you

have been awaiting may now well arise... especially to

do with our home, finances and feelings of security...

Cancer - (22nd June - 22nd July)

Cancer carefully use the Waxing Gibbous Moon phase

from the 11th 12th and the 13th of March to 'refine'

your circle, this may sound like 'being picky' but those

we have 'in the know' can greatly affect our opinions

and outlook. With the planet Lileth entering your sign

April 14th, 'woe betide' anyone who comes in with

stereotypical views or seeks to use prejudice to judge

or belittle, not with Lileth about! it simply will not be


Leo - (23rd July - 23rd August)

Leo use the influence of the Moon's Waxing Gibbous

phase March 14th and 15th to maybe 'flow and adjust'

and be a bit more giving, not digging in the heels. We

have taken someone 'in the wrong light lately' we can

make a bridge with that person if we 'tweak' our own

views.... Wonderful relationships are about to happen,

excellent for both work and in love.... Go with the flow

Leo... we don't always have to be in charge...

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

Virgo you may feel the Waxing Gibbous moons pull

upon April 13th and 14th as we have thoughts of

righting a situation where you feel wronged, beware of

thoughts of revenge or getting someone back for their

behaviours, their words or whatever it is that has

bothered you... If this is 'tit for tat' then let it go as it’s

not worth the bother but if this is quite a real situation

of consequence, then take the correct advise

professional advice from those in the know....

Libra - (23rd Sept - 23rd October)

Libra as much as you like to try and balance

everything and weigh everything up fairly you simply

cannot stay in situations that make you feel trapped,

no one likes to feel like a victim, and this intensifies with

the Full Moon phase on March 18th. You do have

instincts and you do have ideas, maybe getting free is

easier than you think... Yes.... change can often feel

scary, but wow it can also feel amazing to....

Scorpio - (24th Oct - 22nd November)

Scorpio may feel grateful during the Moon's Waning

gibbous phase come April 17th and 18th. It is always

good to express in terms of gratitude, a key part of

manifestation is recognizing and cherishing that what

we have got and to appreciate. It may also be a

good time to try and take a little rest and to recharge,

to look at how far you have come, and to look at the

people in your life and be glad.

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

Sagittarius sees us holding our loved ones close during

April 19th and 20th during the Waning Gibbous Moon

phase, feeling blessed around areas of children and

concentrating upon those matters of family. We are

also 'siding with the underdog', representing others

and fighting their corners, if we are in a caring role at

work, it is this type of characteristic that can lead to

promotion or growth in business, working from the


Capricorn - (22nd Dec - 20th January)

Capricorn we may be evaluating matters on March

25th as the Moon hits its Last Quarter phase, often

centering around forgiveness we may feel like we can

see both sides of an argument or why someone has

acted the way they have. We cannot change the

principles of others, but we can forgive to set ourselves

free, free from being tied to that issue, and the feelings

around it.... let it go. It’s all a learning process and has

strengthened your own ethics morals and sense of right

and wrong...


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to highlight a battle that the

World famous brand was having

with a little known Welsh

Brewery, which was called Boss

Brewing. Hugo Boss objected to

the names of two of its Beers,

Boss Boss and Boss Black.

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Brewery £10,000 in legal fees to

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end it was forced to change there

Beer names anyway to Boss

Bossy and Boss Brewing Black

respectively (Hugo Boss was it

worth it?) and then Joe changed

his name back and released a

statement saying "Hugo Boss has

a smelly Bum Bum!!"

Joe Lycett or is it Hugo Boss

Over the years other well known

celebrities have also changed

their names for various reasons.

Film star John Wayne was

originally called Marion

Morrison! Not exactly the image

of a Rugged Western Cowboy

and his nickname was The Duke.

I think if he had stayed as Marion

his nickname would have been

the Duchess!!

Anybody who grew up in the

70's watching Dickie Davies on

World of Sport on a Saturday

afternoon would have loved their

Wrestling. Usually from exotic

places such as Halifax Town Hall,

the highlight would have been

watching Giant Haystacks

against the legend Big Daddy.

Haystacks was the baddie and

Big Daddy was the good guy, the

man we were all rooting for.

However, if he had fought under

his real name of Shirlee Crabtree,

I don't think he would have got

the support he was looking for!!

Shirley Crabtree at his finest!

Would one of the greatest Rock

Stars this country has ever

produced, Elton John, who has

had a career spanning six

decades in which he has

achieved nine No1's in the UK

and Nine No1's in the US, Five

Grammy awards, Five Brit

awards, Two Oscars ,Two Golden

Globes and a Tony award, oh and

a Knighthood! have achieved the

same success if he had gone by

his real name of Reginald

Dwight!! I don't think you would

have heard old Reg singing

Candle in the Wind at Princess

Diana's Funeral, do you??

Old Reg banging out some


Looking at today's modern

names, parents like to use

unusual names to distinguish

their offspring, for today's

competitive arena, however,

some of the names that are

chosen may not have the desired

effect they would have

envisaged. In 2020, maybe

because of the pandemic and

some parents having too much

time on their hands, some boys

in this country were called Yuvi,

Tyde and Gruff!! and some girls

were called Bloom, Loveday and

Pebbles!! Well I envisage in

about 20 years the deed poll

system will be used again for


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Salmon is a fabulous staple for the

family diet and when eaten

regularly it is good to serve in

different ways. This simple addition

of cheese makes a piece of plain

fish into something special.

Spring recipes

(Serves 4)


4 salmon fillets

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 tsp dried dill

salt and pepper to taste

120g grated Cheddar cheese

6 spring onions, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 230 C.


2 sachets of straight-to-wok noodles

500g lean pork, finely sliced

100g cashew nuts

100g baby corn

100g mange touts

1 crushed garlic clove

1 lime

1 tbsp groundnut oil

2-3 tsps Szechuan spices

1 bunch of spring onions

2. Place the salmon on a large piece of

kitchen foil and season with garlic, dill, salt

and pepper.

3. Seal the foil around the salmon before

placing on a baking tray.

4. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated


5. Unwrap the salmon and top with

Cheddar cheese and spring onions, and

continue baking for 5 minutes, or until

cheese is melted and fish is easily flaked

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noodles, cashews, mange-touts and

baby corn that’s ready in 20


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2. Heat groundnut oil in wok and stir-fry pork

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3. Stir in garlic clove and spices. Add spring

onions and stir-fry for 1 minute, then add

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1 litre vegetable stock

100g asparagus tips

100g baby carrots, halved lengthways

200g fresh young peas, shelled

500g baby broad beans, shelled

2 tbsp olive oil

2 baby leeks, thinly sliced

300g risotto rice

1 tbsp pesto sauce

25g pine nuts, toasted


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saucepan, then reduce the heat, add the

asparagus tips, carrots, peas and broad

beans and simmer for 4–5 minutes until tender.

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spoon and set aside. Keep the stock simmering

over a gentle heat while heating oil in a

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leeks. Stir-fry for 2 minutes until they are bright

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The World Cup - In the winter ??

With Summer just around the corner and this

being a World Cup Year, we should have all been

looking forward to trips to beer gardens up and

down the land to cheer on Harry Kane and the

boys and there triumphant winning of The World

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Germans in the final)

cool them down for the players and spectators

alike, however, when they got the award this was

not followed through, to the extent it needed to

be and now the tournament will take place

between November & December in 20-30 degree

heat instead. The "Air-conditioning" will still be

there, but not to the degree they promised.

Because the World Cup is now not being played

in the summer months this will have a major

effect on all Football leagues around the world at

what is normally their busiest time of the year for

them. It will also mean that most football seasons

will either start earlier or finish later, (or Both!)

Sepp Blatter has a lot to answer for, (Allegedly).

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Qatar and I must say in very dubious

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allegations of Bribery which have officially been

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not being able to come together in Beer Gardens

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pints of beer in the air when Harry Kane has

scored for England and then realising you've

wasted it because the goal has been ruled out

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Wrekin Express-o – a brew for success!

A group of Shropshire sixth form students are

steaming ahead with a brew for success as they launch

their own school coffee shop - in a renovated

horsebox! The Wrekin Entrepreneurs’ Club at Wrekin

College recently launched the venture which will see

them sell hot drinks and, over time, other

refreshments. Called Express-o, the new business will

be a legacy project at the school which will give pupils

a chance to run a real business.

Current pupils have been appointed to key

management positions to help steer the coffee shop to


There are also a group of younger students who will

support the running of the operation once it is open.

When the incumbent managers leave, the younger

pupils will step in to take on the reins of running it with

the school’s support.

Jonathan Longfellow, teacher of economics and

business at Wrekin College, said he was really

impressed by how well the pupils had approached the

project so far and the commitment and enthusiasm

they had shown to get it to this stage. “The team had to

pitch their idea to a Dragon’s Den style panel at the

school and were then awarded funding to help launch

the scheme,” he added. “They have carried out

extensive research to see what might work well and be

in demand here at school events and also provide

other opportunities to make it a success. Then they

have put in the extra hours and the sometimes

physically challenging work of getting it ready to


Mr Longfellow said they meet regularly working on not

only renovating the horsebox but creating menus with

must-have appeal, social media platforms for the

coffee shop, and developing other marketing

campaigns, staff rotas, and stock and supply chains.

He said there were also plans in the pipeline to look at

how they can extend their offering including theming

menus according to events. “They are all really excited

about getting out there and running the coffee shop

and getting feedback on ways in which they can

improve it still further and continue to grow the

business. My hope is that each year a new cohort of

student business leaders take the operation to a new


Wrekin College launched its new Business School in

2017 in a bid to encourage more employability and

real-life skills to be taught at school. The centre, which

boasts a board room and lecture theatre, has hosted a

number of prestigious business events and regularly

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(85% of all students). At GCSE, 641

Grade 9, 8 or 7 awards (equivalent to

A* and A) – 79% of all grades were

awarded. Students in Years 11 and 13

enjoyed another exceptional year with

100% pass rate.

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Come this summer, we will be

celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 70

years on the throne – the first British

monarch to celebrate his or her

Platinum Jubilee. The first British

monarch to reach 50 years on the

throne, and celebrate his Golden

Jubilee, was King George III, followed

by Queen Victoria. But then Queen

Elizabeth overtook them both as the

longest­reigning British monarch, first

with her 60th anniversary and

Diamond Jubilee in 2012, and now

with her Platinum Jubilee this June,

2022. But where did the idea of

jubilees come from?

‘And the word was …’

The word ‘jubilee’ is much older than

people may realise and much more

biblical than royal.

Its modern definition is ‘a special

anniversary or an event, especially one

celebrating twenty­five or fifty years of

a reign or marriage’. However,

originally it was the old Hebrew word

‘yobel’, meaning ‘ram’s horn’s

trumpet’. The horn used to be blown

to indicate the celebration of the

Jewish Year of Jubilee; the year that, in

the Book of Leviticus (third book of the

Torah, and of the Old Testament),

people were supposed to be freed

from slavery and debts. The year came

at the end of seven sabbath cycles –

the 49th year. Though some people

and rabbis argued that it was actually

celebrated the following year – the

50th year. And so, you get the idea of

celebrating at the 50th year mark. And

from an event that was primarily

related to trade – whether of people

or money, rather than marriage or a

royal’s reign.

In the Royal Catholic Church, jubilees

began to be celebrated formally in

1300 AD, as years of forgiveness of sins

and reconciliation, every 25 years. A

tradition added and transformed from

the Jewish faith into the Christian.

Eventually, jubilee celebrations got

attached to marriage celebrations too.

The word then transformed with time,

as words tend to do, both in spelling

and pronunciation. It became the root

for the English word jubilee, and

jubilation, and the German jubel,

meaning joyful singing.

Eventually, it transformed into a word

meaning non­religious celebrations


The royals

Royal Jubilees took on the idea of

celebrating 25 or 50 years of marriage

and changed it to celebrating a

monarch’s reign.

And it is certainly an achievement to

reach one’s Silver (25 years of reign) or

Golden Jubilee (50 years of reign). Few

British monarchs have actually done

so, with Golden Royal Jubilees being

quite rare historically.

The first British monarch to mark 50

years on the throne was George III, in

1809. Then his granddaughter, Queen

Victoria, reached hers in 1887. Queen

Elizabeth II was the third monarch to

do it in 2012.

So not only are royal jubilees a much

more recent invention than jubilees in

general, anything more than a Silver

Royal Jubilee is quite a rare event.

Which makes the upcoming long bank

holiday weekend this June, to

celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum

Jubilee and 70 years of reign,

something that should certainly be

taken note of. It will be a once in a

lifetime event for most, if not all


Independence . . .

Independence by the very nature of the

word means to stand alone and be free

from convention. It results in fresh thinking,

innovation and the ability to adapt and

change to circumstance at a moment’s

notice, such as our immediate switch to

online learning during lockdown.

As visitors walk into our school, they are met

by sticky fingers in Nursery; they see

preschool children eating and playing

alongside older peers; music and

performance fill the classrooms; languages

are spoken and whether it’s swimming on a

Friday, visiting Lilleshall on a Monday, or

taking a ‘muddy risk’ in our Forest School,

opportunities abound. Daily, by 8.40am,

pupils have already settled to their ‘core’

lessons of the day in Reading, Maths, Phonics

and Spelling. These cornerstones of

traditional education are an intrinsic part of

our academic success, but not the whole of

it. Through the Student Council and Peer

Mentors, pupils of all ages are given the

opportunity to represent the views of the

school and with over 25 different clubs

running, there is a diversity of choice to

appeal to all interests. Opportunity only ever

serves to expand the children’s confidence

and passions.

Independence for the children of Castle

House School, therefore, means family,

leadership, opportunity, diversity and

tradition set in a unique place where parents

are as much a part of the journey as their

children. Independence results in a wise eye

towards tradition and an eager view

towards their future choice in secondary


To find out more about Castle House, join us

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

then use your knowledge of words to work out which letters

should go in the missing squares.

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

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

letters as you identify them.



Using all 16 letters of the phrase above, form

four words each of four letters which will fit in the

grid to form a magic square in which the words

can be read both horizontally and vertically.

Quiz Challenge

1. Which season ends at the

vernal equinox?

2. Which boy band had No 1 hits

with What Makes You Beautiful

and Story of My Life?

3. Which politician famously said

of his father: “He didn’t riot. He

got on his bike and looked for


4. Which of these capital cities is

not a seaport – Auckland,

Phnom Penh, Ankara?

5. Which group of islands is

situated off Galway Bay,






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.


32 Good; 38 Very Good;

44 Excellent.

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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

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is also eligible).


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phrase by moving from one

chamber to another within

the pyramid. You may

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chambers once and

may only proceed

through openings

in the walls. The

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appear in any



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match in 1990?

7. Which Commonwealth country

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the original penny black?

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goods are protected in the US

by the Lemon Laws?

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It's that time of year again and on Thursday

17th March we will all be downing the

Guiness to celebrate the feast day of

Ireland's Patron saint, Saint Patrick. But who

was Saint Patrick and why do we celebrate

his feast day more then, say England's Patron

saint, Saint George.

St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the late 4th

Century. He was kidnapped at the age of 16 and

taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped and went

back to his family, but returned back to Ireland

and legend has it that he converted the Irish to

Christianity and drove the snakes out of Ireland!

By the time of his death on 17th March 461 he

had established many Monasteries, Churches and

schools in Ireland and that is why his feast day is

on the 17th March.

But why do we celebrate St.Patrick's Day

probably more than any other patron saint, well I

think we have to blame the Americans for that

one, or at least the expat Irish community of the

US. Cities in the United States with large Irish

Immigrants have been celebrating St.Patrick's

Day for Hundreds of years, in fact Boston held its

first St.Patrick's Day Parade way back in 1737,

followed by New York City in 1762 and since 1962

Chicago turns its river "green" to commemorate

the day!

Like Halloween, St.Patrick's Day as a day of

celebration has come from the "other side of the

pond" and supported with clever marketing from

the Guinness company we have been drinking

the "Black Stuff" all the way back since 1759, in

fact on 17th March the world is expected to

consume 13 MILLION Pints of Guinness, just on that

day alone!

So this St.Patrick's Day when you have drunk your

fifth pint of Guinness and sung Danny Boy for the

third time, blame the americans!!

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Finding a new hobby isn’t always easy. Settling

down with a good book, heading to the gym or

joining your local five-a-side team is easy enough

but if you’re looking for something a little more

challenging, unusual or different there are plenty

of other options out there. Many interests and

hobbies which may once have seemed weird

and wonderful, are now much more mainstream

and you can find plenty of ways to get started

with them more easily than in the past. Consider

one of these less-than-usual hobbies if you’re

looking for a challenge, something a little out of

the ordinary or just the chance to relax in a new


Pole Fitness

Pole dancing and fitness classes are much more

popular than they used to be - its popularity has led to

some people calling for it to be considered as an

Olympic sport. Pole fitness combines self-expression

and strength as you learn exercises and dance moves

utilising the pole. It involves the use of core muscle

strength and flexibility and can be a great way of

getting fit, building self-confidence, and enjoying

some me-time.

Ukulele Playing

The ukulele’s small size and portability makes it easy to

keep with you at all times, and when you start playing,

you’ll soon find your new hobby addictive. You can

build your talents by watching one of the many online

ukulele teachers on YouTube, finding a local teacher,

or joining one of the many groups and clubs which

welcome newcomers. It’s a social hobby that can

lead to playing live around your local community or

simply strumming for fun at home.

Rock Climbing

Climbing the peaks of the world’s highest mountains

may not be immediately on the cards, but rock

climbing is a hobby you can enjoy in even the flattest

of spaces, thanks to indoor hangars and arenas being

set up in many cities. Indoor climbing walls are a great

place to start and you can slowly build your skills until

you’re ready to take it outdoors and pit yourself

against the elements.

Home Brewing

A welcome pint of beer or cider after work is always

enjoyable and even more so when you’ve made it

yourself. Handcrafting and brewing your own beers

and ciders has become really popular in recent years,

with some home brewers even setting up their own

microbreweries and seeing their creations stocked in

local pubs and shops. If you want to get started, you

can find many brewing kits available online and in

stores, with beer, cider and wine all possible to make

from home with a little work.

Stone Skimming

Skimming stones may be something you mastered as a

child, but how are your skills now? It’s a fun thing to

teach the kids and a great day out if the sun’s out. The

satisfaction which comes from getting that sweep just

around right is something you never forget, so why not

relive it? If you want to give your skills an even bigger

push then consider competing at the World Stone

Skimming Championships that take place on Easdale

Island in Scotland.

Adult Colouring

Adult colouring has become a bit of a mindfulness

phenomenon. As our lives have become so hectic

and busy, we’ve begun craving a screen-free way to

relax. Colouring in is a great way to combat stress and

relax in your own time, without obsessing over

timelines, scrolling through feeds and spending far too

many hours online.

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By Sue Cooke

Honda says its new sport utility

vehicle, non plug in hybrid, is the

result of listening to how drivers say

their car should support and ‘amplify’

their everyday lives. The result is the

HR-V e:HEV which I road tested this


The modern looking exterior

combines coupe and SUV styling. The

most beautiful pearl white paintwork

changes colour according to how the

sun shines on it. The two-tone roof

adds useful roof rails.

For my family life, I find the interior is

spacious and in the rear foot and

knee space has increased by 35mm. A

wide view rear camera helps me to

find a parking space in a busy

shopping area. Then I’m off to the

shops. On my return, laden with

bags, I access the boot using the

remote key in my pocket, which

automatically opens the tailgate.

When I walk away from the open

tailgate with the key in my pocket,

the tailgate automatically closes.

The boot easily holds my monthly

shopping spree of goodies and

Honda’s versatile ‘Magic Seats’ fold

flat or flip up to give more cargo

space. There are useful side hooks for

securing carrier handles so that the

contents do not end up spilt over the

floor. I also like the rubberised flat

cargo floor which is ideal for placing

dirty boots. Honda says surf boards

can be carried inside this car and two

adult mountain bikes!

The cabin has contemporary design

features with light grey synthetic

leather and fabric upholstery and a

striking orange front console garnish.

The Advance Style trim adds premium

audio speakers and a subwoofer and

when my mobile is out of juice, the

wireless charging point is a good


Honda has introduced a new concept

of air conditioning, helping those

who don’t like air flowing directly

onto them. An air diffusion system

creates a curtain of fresh air beside

and above passengers which flows

from L shaped vents positioned in the

top corners of the dashboard. This

system is what drivers have asked for

says Honda. Other wants are

enhanced driver assistance, parking

sensors, a built in sat nav, good

heating, low emissions and a DAB

radio with Bluetooth connectivity,

wireless apple carplay and android


On my trip to my local farm shop

which is very popular, the car park is

full which means parking in a wet

muddy field. It is

good to have the

solid premium SUV


When motorway

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driver’s seat gives me

a good command of

the road ahead. In

Drive mode I drive

economically and

choose Eco mode

when I’m negotiating the Saturday

traffic nightmare around town. Sport

mode is useful when I’m driving on

country lanes and need precise

steering for sharp cornering and a

firmer body. But mostly I engage


Honda says the more rigid body

structure and extensive suspension

changes deliver a more comfortable

driving experience.

The HR-V is only available with a

petrol electric e-HEV powertrain.

There is no need to plug in and

charge. Two compact powerful

electric motors work alongside a 1.5

litre petrol engine and a lithium-ion

battery. The total power output is

131PS which means climbing hills with

ease. And when coasting or braking

down hills, I select B on the

transmission section and energy is


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April Fools Day

The History & the Disasters!

With April Fools Day just round the corner we

look back a the history of 1st April and why we

love to celebrate the Day with a bit of fun and

games. The earliest origins of April Fools Day

seem to come from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

where a vain cock is tricked by a Fox on 1st


In 1980 the BBC World service announced on April 1st

the Big Ben's Iconic Clock face was going Digital and

if people got in touch with the BBC they could win the

hands of the old clock, unfortunately people didnt see

the funny side of this story and the BBC apologised for

weeks after.

Traditionally though April fools pranks are supposed to

cease at at 12 noon on the day and any more tricks

after that time the prankster is considered to be the

fool. One of the earliest pranks to have taken place

dates back from 1857 when tickets were issued to

watch the "Washing of the Lions" at the Tower of

London on April 1st, no event took place!!

April Fools Day is not just a prank in this country

either, as countries around the world celebrate making

fun out of each other, but I think we are the best at it,

for example in 1957 the BBC Broadcast a film showing

Swiss Farmers growing spaghetti from special

spaghetti plants. The BBC was then flooded with

requests to purchase these magical Spaghetti plants.

The next day The BBC admited it was a hoax.

While there at it could they install a

snooze button!!

My favourite story was the discovery of a new animal,

the lesser known Lirpa Loof that had been discovered

on this day, only then to work out what a Lirpa Loof

was....................April Fool Backwards!!

And most years we tend to get a "New" picture of The

Loch Ness Monster and I'm sure this year will no

different even if it has a traffic cone on its head!!

So on Friday 1st April when you are either opening up

your newspaper or watching the News, don't

necessarily believe everything you are seeing, even if

it tells you that Boris is still Prime Minister!

The BBC's Spaghetti harvest fooled

hundreds of people

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With a lick of paint and some soft

furnishings, even the blandest of

sheds can be transformed into an

outdoor retreat. A beautiful

colour complete with a

comfortable chair or two can be

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Add some shelving and hooks for

those gardening essentials and

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your bits and pieces, you can

spend hours relaxing in your own

private room, without the worry

of being disturbed.

Perfect Playhouse

If you have little ones in your life

that would love a garden

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doesn't quite reach a new build,

then why not consider

transforming your old garden

shed into the home of their

dreams? With some elbow

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clever decoration, even the

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refurbishment, and they will have

hours of fun in their very own,

unique piece of garden real


Build Your Own Bar!

If you love to entertain, why not

build (or buy) your very own

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Increasing levels of obesity are adding to the huge

numbers of people across the UK who live with Type 2


Nearly four million people have been diagnosed with

the life-long condition - and there are an estimated

million who have the illness but do not know it.

Guidance to identify and treat people at high risk of

developing Type 2 diabetes is published by the

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

NICE has identified the groups who should be

encouraged to have a risk assessment so that, if

deemed at risk, they can be offered advice to delay or

prevent onset of the condition.

These groupings include people aged 40 and above,

except pregnant women; people aged between 25-39

and of South Asian, Chinese, African-Caribbean or

Black African descent and other high risk black and

minority ethnic groups and adults with conditions that

increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

These people are encouraged to contact their GP for

two blood tests. Once confirmed as high risk, they

should be referred to a local programme for practical

and tailored help to include support and

encouragement to become more physically active and

advice on how to maintain a healthy weight.

High Levels of Glucose

Diabetes happens when the amount of glucose in your

blood is too high because the body cannot use it

properly. This results when the pancreas does not

produce any insulin, or not enough, to help glucose

enter the body’s cells.

Insulin is the hormone produced by the pancreas that

allows glucose to enter the body’s cells where it is

used as fuel for energy so we can work, play, and live

our lives.

If you have diabetes, your body cannot make proper

use of this glucose, so it builds up in the blood and is

not able to be used as fuel.

“This excellent guidance document…gives

strong evidence that identifying people at high

risk of Type 2 diabetes is a vital part of

preventing the condition and can also help

diagnose those who have it earlier so that they

can be helped to avoid serious complications

developing. We are particularly pleased that it

recommends assessments for all those in high

risk groups and we welcome the fact that it

recognises the vital importance of the NHS

Health Check programme for identifying people

at high risk.”

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Support For All

The Diabetes UK website has a wide range of

resources to support people with diabetes and their

families, as well as professionals. This includes an

online Risk Score which can be used to assess your

chances of developing the condition. This can be

accessed at www.diabetes.org.uk/riskscor






Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem

this year yet the shame and silence can be as bad as the

mental health problem itself. Lots of us have felt worried

about the coronavirus pandemic, and everyone will feel

differently about the changes to lockdown restrictions.

Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem

this year yet the shame and silence can be as bad as the

mental health problem itself. Lots of us have felt worried

about the coronavirus pandemic, and everyone will feel

differently about the changes to lockdown restrictions.

Despite vigorous campaigning and growing awareness of

mental health issues, it seems some people just aren’t

getting the message. Cliches such as “pull yourself together”

and “snap out of it” are still being dished out by the less well

informed to those who bravely try to be open about their

mental illness.

Sadly, stigma is still a big hurdle that many people with a

mental health problem must face. Sufferers of mental illness

say stigma is one of the hardest parts of the illness, and often

worse than the symptoms themselves. It can lead to loss of

friendships, feeling isolated, not seeking the help they need

and sadly, a slower recovery process. Ultimately these

common cliches can make it even harder for people to speak


Due to the myths that still surrounding mental health

problems, starting a conversation about it can often feel

awkward. However, talking and being open about mental

health can help to break down the stigma and discrimination

that many people face every day.

To this end and to help show that mental health doesn't have

to be a scary subject, the latest campaign by Time to Change

includes a new film with tips on how to start a conversation

about mental health called ‘Ask Twice’. You can watch the

video at https://youtu.be/HjjMMkgMCaM

Sometimes we say we’re fine when we’re not. But, with 1 in 4

people experiencing a mental health problem this year alone,

if a friend says they are fine, they might not be. The video’s

message is that to really find out, ask twice.

If you feel unsure how best to respond to a person who is

discussing their mental health, then you might be surprised to

know that simply listening can be the best answer. People

with a mental health problem say that listening, being open

minded and non-judgemental about their experiences are the

most important factors for them.

Facing a mental health issue can be challenging and often a

lack of understanding can make some people unsure of what

to say. Time to Change have provided 5 simple steps to

opening up about mental health:

1. Take it seriously - It can feel embarrassing and exposing to

talk about your thoughts and feelings, especially if they’re

disturbing. Don’t laugh or treat it like a joke. However strange

it might seem to you, remember it’s real to them.

2. Listen and reflect - You don’t have to have all the answers

– just listening can make a big difference. Try and show that

you’re taking on board what they’re saying. You can do this

by reflecting – that is, saying something simple like “that

sounds really difficult”. You could also say something like

“thanks for telling me”, to show that you appreciate having

the conversation.

3. Ask questions - We worry about prying when it comes to

others’ mental health, but it’s better to ask questions. It can

help them to get things off their chest, and by keeping the

conversation going it shows that you care.

Some of the questions you might ask:

> “What does it feel like?”

> “What kind of thoughts are you having?”

>“How can I help?"

4. Don’t try and fix it - It’s human nature to want to fix things

but expecting things to change right away isn’t helpful. It’s not

your job to make their mental health problem go away – it’s

often more helpful just to listen, ask open questions and do

things you’d normally do together.

5. Build your knowledge - You might find it helpful to learn a

bit more about what they’re going through. If they mention a

specific diagnosis, you could learn more about it and read

personal stories by people who have experienced similar


For more helpful advice, visit www.time-to-change.org.uk

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At first glance, the subject of wine can seem

overwhelming and frankly rather

intimidating, but we explain why it’s all just a

matter of taste.

At first glance, the subject of wine can seem

overwhelming and frankly rather intimidating, what

with sniffing the bouquet and judging the finish a

novice wine taster could easily be put off. However

there really is no need, as all you need to remember

is that wine is supposed to be enjoyable, so simply

buy the wine you most like the taste of regardless of

current fashions or trends.

To help you get started there are just three simple

steps to remember when choosing a wine: look,

smell and taste. But if you have time and the

inclination, understanding the basics of wine types,

selections, storage and tasting will add new

dimensions to your wine experience. A good way to

get to know more about wine is to start by taking a

grape variety you know, then work your way

through different examples from around the world.

Lovers of Aussie Chardonnay, for instance, might

enjoy barrel-matured white Burgundy. Or if you’ve

already discovered fruit-filled Chilean Cabernet,

then you really need to try the aristocratic reds of


Find out for yourself why the wines of New Zealand

have become so popular, or experience the

everlasting appeal of Burgundy. Just a few rungs up

the price ladder, flavours become more intense,

making it far easier to stick to a single glass. When

exploring, don’t be afraid to ask questions of waiters

or shop staff; if properly trained they will be full of

useful advice. Generally speaking, a good wine

can be purchased for well under £10 these days,

but try to avoid the really cheap offers, as these are

rarely the best value for money. Excise duty, VAT,

transport and packaging are virtually the same

whether it’s a basic vin de table or from a

prestigious estate. By paying a little extra, say £5-7,

you get a big increase in wine quality.

If you find the thought of buying wine in a specialist

wine shop too daunting, then why not buy from the

comfort of your armchair? More people are

ordering their wine online thanks to the

convenience and range of wines on offer. Online

wine merchants invariably provide more information

about their wines than you will find on the label

when perusing the supermarket shelves.

When pairing wine with a specific food or meal

there are just a few things to remember. Like a good

marriage, wine and food were meant for each

other, as each enhances and strengthens the

experience of the whole. So why does it feel so

daunting to try to pair foods with wines? If you are

under the misapprehension that there is a hefty list

of rules and guidelines that state which wine can be

paired with which food then you are in for a


The truth is there are no rules when matching your

favourite wines with your favourite recipes. Yes,

there are popular matches and well-used pairings

of wine and food but ultimately the best match is

what pleases your palate. It is truly a personal

preference, but if you don’ feel confident enough

to trust your own taste you can always ask for some

more experienced advice. With expert wine

merchants available at your fingertips, it has

become a whole lot easier to learn more about

wines and enjoy them at very competitive prices.

The only golden rule would be to avoid cheap

supermarket wine and you’ll discover a little good

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Does your kitchen bear more resemblance to a bomb

site than culinary heaven? No need to fork out on

new units – try this cost-effective lighting solution first.

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of

kitchen design and one of the simplest and most

affordable ways of transforming your kitchen into a

versatile living space with the all-important wow


With kitchens most often forming the heart of the

modern home, well thought out lighting can enhance

the best details and create a warm homely

atmosphere perfect for dining, entertaining and

family fun. Conversely, an otherwise impressive

kitchen can look dreary and unexciting if insufficient

attention has been paid to its lighting.

You don’t have to be a lighting expert to give your

kitchen some added pizzazz, just follow these few top

tips from the Welsh kitchen manufacturer Sigma 3 on

how to use kitchen lighting to maximum effect.

Think function

Lighting requirements vary depending on the size and

layout of the kitchen. While primarily a food

preparation area, it may also be used for dining or as

a gathering place for family and friends. Small

kitchens may require only a central ceiling fixture

while more elaborate kitchens will benefit from a

blend of general, task and accent lighting. However,

even the smallest kitchens can be transformed and

made to look much more spacious, with clever undercabinet

or plinth lighting.

Play it safe

To create a safe kitchen environment, work surfaces

and food preparation areas need to be effectively lit.

Ensure that light shines directly down onto the

worktop by using low-voltage lights recessed into the

underside of wall units or lights fitted centrally over an


Don’t be harsh

The best lighting is unobtrusive, so choose low-voltage

halogen spotlights fitted into the ceiling for the most

subtle effect. This type of ambient illumination can be

combined with any other style of lighting depending

on the look of your kitchen, from chandeliers for a

traditional design to sleek modern fittings for a more

contemporary feel.

Cabinet reshuffle

Accent lighting is used to highlight certain features in

your kitchen and to create a mood. You can install

lighting inside a glass door cabinet for a dramatic

look and to showcase glassware and other prized


Don’t ignore the floor

If you’ve just laid a lovely new floor as part of your

kitchen renovation, make a feature of it by ensuring

it’s not left in the shadows. Plinth lighting creates a

beautiful link between the furniture and the floor,

emitting a soft glow and casting light across the floor.

Blue LEDs work best for grey, slate and white tiles,

while amber LEDs are better for warmer floor colours.

Halogen lamps work well for pretty much any floor

colour, especially wood floors.

Give the green light

LEDs have revolutionised kitchen lighting. They have a

life of between 50,000 and 100,000 hours and

produce very little heat, making them much safer

than standard bulbs for little hands or wandering

paws. As well as looking great they are kind to the


Nice but dim

Consider adding dimmers to the various light sources

in your kitchen. Not only does this allow you to easily

set the mood in the kitchen but it’s also a great way

to save electricity.

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The world’s obsession with houseplants has only grown

in the last twelve months. It seems like everyone has

adopted their very own monstera or two and if you

want to join in it can be hard to know where to start.

Becoming a plant person takes effort and commitment

but once your home is full of lush green foliage it

certainly seems worth it. Houseplants offer tons of health

benefits and look beautiful in any room, making every

space feel more welcoming and warm. However, if

you’ve had struggles in the past with keeping your pot

plants alive then it’s worth taking a step back and

reading this handy guide to growing and caring for

houseplants before you take the plunge.

Start Simple With Succulents

Killing a succulent takes some serious effort. Even the

least green-fingered among us should be able to keep

a succulent or two alive without too much trouble.

They’re great value, easy to care for and there is a

huge range of different colours, sizes and types to

choose from. All they want is bright light and very

occasional watering, every 10 days to two weeks.

Popular start succulents include mini or dwarf aloes,

haworthia and jade plants.

Step It Up With A Low-Maintenance Challenge

If your succulents are getting on OK and you’re

confident you’re ready for the next step, then look at

something which requires a little more attention but

shouldn’t be too overwhelming. Remember, any plant

you add to your collection will need time to adjust and

within a few weeks it will be all settled in and enjoying

the light made available to it. Other tips to remember

include ensuring your pots have a hole to allow for

proper irrigation. Popular choices for beginners that are

moving on from succulents include elegant Rabbit’s

foot fern plants and the classic Rubber tree, which looks

great and doesn’t need too much bright sunlight.

Watch Your Water, Choose your Food

Watering errors are one of the main things which kill off

houseplants. New plant mums often drown their plants

by accident and it’s often the case that your

houseplant really won’t need all that much watering.

When you do water, keep going until it runs out of the

bottom of the pot and then test the pot’s weight. This is

the weight you’re looking for as it shows the soil is

saturated, if the pot feels lighters, it’s time for a top-up.

Plants don’t need watering to schedule and you need

to check each plant individually to cater to its needs.

You may also want to think about the plant food you

choose for your new babies. Many plant owners think

they have to provide specific plant food but this isn’t

always the case. You could try liquid fertilisers or similar if

you want to, but most plants thrive just fine with the right

amount of water and sunlight. Changing and refreshing

their soil every now and then is also recommended too.

Most plants let you know exactly how to care for them

on their labels so make sure you keep hold of them too.

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In the best traditions of Victor Meldrew below are real complaints to local councils that when

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Only in Britain – Complaints to Councils and extracts of letters written to them:

1. It's the dog's mess that I find hard to swallow.

2. I want some repairs done to my cooker as it has backfired and burnt my knob off.

3. I wish to complain that my father twisted his ankle very badly when he put his foot in

the hole in his back passage.

4. Their 18 year old son is continually banging his balls against my fence.

5. I wish to report that tiles are missing from the outside toilet roof. I think it was bad

wind the other day that blew them off.

6. My lavatory seat is cracked, where do I stand?

7. I am writing on behalf of my sink, which is coming away from the wall.

8. Will you please send someone to mend the garden path. My wife tripped and fell on

it yesterday and now she is pregnant.

9. I request permission to remove my drawers in the kitchen.

10. 50% of the walls are damp, 50% have crumbling plaster, and 50% are just

plain filthy.

11. I am still having problems with smoke in my new drawers.

12. The toilet is blocked and we cannot bath the children until it is cleared.

13. Will you please send a man to look at my water, it is a funny colour and not fit

to drink.

14. Our lavatory seat is broken in half and now is in three pieces.

15. I want to complain about the farmer across the road. Every morning at 6am his cock

wakes me up and it's now getting too much for me.

16. The man next door has a large erection in the back garden, which is unsightly

and dangerous.

17. Our kitchen floor is damp. We have two children and would like a third, so please

send someone round to do something about it.

18. I am a single woman living in a downstairs flat and would you please do something

about the noise made by the man on top of me every night.

19. Please send a man with the right tool to finish the job and satisfy my wife.

20. I have had the clerk of works down on the floor six times but I still have

no satisfaction.

21. This is to let you know that our lavatory seat is broken and we can't get BBC2.

22. My bush is really overgrown round the front and my back passage has fungus growing in it.

23. He's got this huge tool that vibrates the whole house and I just can't take it anymore.

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Perfect for growing families, firsttime

buyers, and those looking to

settle down we’ve got homes to suit

everyone. We’ve also included our

Hedgehog Highways on site so we

can make sure we’re taking care of

the local wildlife and the local


This new community offers play

areas for children, including a

running track and playground.

There are many schools located

around the area, as well as day

nurseries for the younger children.

The local primary school St

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schools in the surrounding area

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good Ofsted reports. For senior

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Telford Priory School. Telford

College is just 4 miles away and the

University of Wolverhampton Telford

Campus is 2 miles.

The M54 is just a short drive away

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Birmingham airport is around 50

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With plenty of going on in and

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Along with the Wrekin, the Iron

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