South Staffs and Wolverhampton Scene magazine

Welcome to your Spring edition of the Scene magazine for Wolverhampton and South Staffs Villages 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 especially the 90's revival and RAF Cosford for the jubilee Air show

Welcome to your Spring edition of the Scene magazine for Wolverhampton and South Staffs Villages
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 especially the 90's revival and RAF Cosford for the jubilee Air show


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Wolverhampton City & Villages






& Lifestyle



What’s on, recipes, education, fashion, health and wellbeing, local events,

house and home, motoring, horoscopes and much more...


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Weight Control at Spire

New dishes at Eurasia

What’s On

Bike4Life Fest

20% OFF Forbidden


Health, Beauty, fashion &


Theatre on the Steps

RAF Cosford

Jubilee Air Show

Discovering Podcasts


What’s in a name

Men’s Spring Fashion

Spring Recipes

SCENE Sports


Fancy ‘Glampaca’?

Did you know?

Lamb Recipes

House, Home & Garden

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Codsall, Bilbrook, Perton, Fordhouses, Brewood, Coven, Stafford Road, Compton, Finchfield,

Penkridge, Bantock Park, Penn Road, Tettenhall, Bridgnorth, Shipley & Wombourne.


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Weight loss could starts with

‘balloon pill’ and a glass of water

A slimming ‘balloon pill’ that can be taken with

a glass of water is the non-invasive weight loss

treatment of choice at Spire Little Aston

Hospital in Sutton Coldfield.

The Allurion ‘balloon pill’ works by filling the stomach

and making the patient feel full more quickly and so

enables them to cut back on the amount they eat.

But, unlike other slimming aids available – such as the

gastric band, sleeve or bypass - there is no need for

surgery, a general anaesthetic or an overnight stay in


Instead, a small capsule that contains the balloon is

attached to a thin tube and swallowed. Once it reaches

the stomach an X-ray is taken to check it is in the

correct position before the balloon is released and

filled with up to 550ml of saline.

Designed to deflate after 16 weeks and pass naturally

through the body, the Allurion balloon is aimed at

people with a BMI of 27 or above in order to help them

‘kick-start’ their dieting regime.

The procedure is overseen by Consultant General

Surgeon Mr Amir Khan who explained: “It isn’t a

‘miracle pill’ it still needs the patient to eat less and

choose their foods more wisely but it is a great aid to

those who are serious about weight loss.

“The balloon will reduce the hunger pangs but the

patient still has to show willpower and determination

in order to get the very best results from the process. It

may be that the patient is advised to stick to a liquid

diet for a couple of days after the procedure but they

will then be able to move onto solid foods.

“What is really important is that they use the feeling of

fullness provided by the balloon to help them change

their eating habits. Smaller portions and healthier

options really are the key to success.”

Lose an average of 10 to 15kgs (1.57 to 2.36 stone) in

16 weeks thanks to the balloon.

Kick start your weight loss with the Allurion

Gastric Balloon.

How to go private

• Pay for treatment directly – You can

simply pay for your treatment as and when you need it

with our fixed price package which covers all your

treatment costs

• Pay for treatment with a loan – Our

finance partner offers a range of repayment plans,

including interest-free finance, to help you spread the


Mr Khan is offering free virtual mini

consultations on:

Thursday 17th March from 6.30pm,

call 0121 756 8800 for more

information or to make an


Self-pay, fixed price packages are subject to our Spire Patient

Terms and Conditions (spirehealthcare.com/legal/termsand-conditions/).

Credit is subject to status. Spire Healthcare

Limited is acting as a credit broker, Omni Capital Retail

Finance Ltd is the lender. All named parties are authorised

and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Spire

Healthcare’s registered address is 3 Dorset Rise, London,


T ake control

of your weight


t Spire Little Aston Ho

spital we know that losing

weight for good can seem impossible. If you have

a high BMI and have already tried to maintain a

healthy weight throug gh lifestyle changes, surgery

could be the solution.

Book a free

out more*.

Weight loss surgery information, 6.30pm

Mr Amir Khan, Consultant General Surgeon



Book your free appointment today

Search spirelittleaston.com/events

Call 0121 756 8800

The event is hosted virtually via Zoom. You will be sent an event link to access your free mini

consultation after you register to attend.

*Mini consultations are an opportunity to ask any questions or concerns you may have and

are not a formal outpatient consultation. If you wish to proceed to surgery, a full outpatient

consultation will be required.


As we look forward to regaining some normality post

pandemic, there are exciting new developments planned at

Taylor Biddle Opticians. We are introducing new innovative

brands to our eyewear collections as well as new clinical

care services such as myopia control and a glaucoma

referral scheme.


Simple yet beautiful Götti glasses are designed to express

the wearers individual character. Frames can be custom

designed to fit beautifully and accommodate individual

features. The company was founded in 1993 by designer

Sven Götti, who strives to combine innovation with quality

craftsmanship. Designed in Switzerland and made in

Germany, Austria and Japan, the frames have a timeless

feel with carefully considered details. Precision and care go

into every aspect of design and manufacture, resulting in

glasses that not only look great, but also feel great and fit

perfectly. They are valuable and enduring objects that

make the wearer look and feel great.


Research shows that more and more young people are

unfortunately developing myopia (short­sightedness) and

the younger a child becomes myopic the faster it will

progress. While genetics imply that myopia is often handed

down from generation to generation, lifestyle, increased

time indoors and on screen are now making it increasingly

prevalent. Our Optometrists are accredited to give advice

on vision correction lenses­ spectacles or contact lenses,

that have been shown to significantly reduce the

progression of myopia in children and to ensure that eye

health and vision are being protected as much as possible

by reducing the risks associated with advanced myopia.

FINALLY… we would like to congratulate our

Optometrist Hasan Akhtar on joining Tracey and

Olha as a Taylor Biddle director. Whilst studying as

an independent prescriber to manage conditions

such as glaucoma in store rather than at hospital, he

has fully immersed himself into the day to day

running of Taylor Biddle. Hasan’s enthusiasm and

drive for clinical excellence will ensure that our

business will continue to grow and provide the

highest quality eyecare.

Götti Frames

Gucci represents the quintessence of luxury. Modern and

sexy, it is an exclusive brand that reflects an elegant

lifestyle. The collection blends retro allure and modern

sophistication in perfect harmony.

Montblanc eyewear collection features unique style frames

for the modern man. Quality and comfort with a versatile

elegant design, blends timeless and contemporary for a

unique iconic look.

Photo: Tracey, Hasan & Olha

We look forward to seeing you soon in

our Compton or Wombourne store!



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34 Windmill Bank, Wombourne WV5 9JD I 01902 895909



No word in the dictionary rhymes

with the word orange.

Number four is the only one with the

same amount of letters.

A bolt of lightning is five times

hotter than the sun.

The opposite sides of the dice always

add up to seven.

Slugs have four noses.

Caterpillars have 12 eyes!

Horses and cows sleep standing up

Pigs can’t look up into the sky – it’s

physically impossible.

Kangaroos can’t walk backwards.

Dogs can smell 100,000 times better

than humans.

It is impossible to lick your own


Every step you take uses 200

different muscles in the body.

Water covers 70% of Earth.

French fries originated in Belgium, not


The sunset on Mars appears blue.

Chef of

the Year

Curry Life


Exciting new dishes and offers from

award winning Eurasia Tandoori

The team of Eurasia restaurant in Bridgnorth

is always dedicated to serving the best food,

offering a fantastic menu with plenty of

variety along with a relaxed and friendly

atmosphere. Lots of new delicious dishes

have recently been added to the menu,

including some exciting new dishes for their

vegetarian customers allowing choice for

everyone to explore the new and excellent

taste of the superb vegetarian and meat



The newly added dish you must try:








Chef Ali is a very creative chef, his passion

cooking is incredible, Ali states ‘There is

nothing more exciting than getting creative

in the kitchen’.

The team of Eurasia are also now serving

every Sunday a Buffet, set priced at £14.95

per person 4.30pm – 10pm. There are many

excellent dishes on the Buffet menu, a nice

selection of starters, mains, sides and salads. If

you love to try a variety of dishes you must try

Eurasia’s new Sunday's buffet!

Eurasia is currently running a fantastic offer -

every Tuesday and Wednesday 2 for 1 eating

in only. (Buy 2 main dishes and get the

cheapest free) They expect this to be very

popular, so booking is highly recommended.

Chef Ali strives on creating perfection with

every dish, he continually works his magic in

the kitchen, carefully selecting ingredients to

create authentic Indian cuisine with his

dedicated team of chefs. You won’t be


Award Winning Indian & Bangladeshi Cuisine

TUE & WED 2 for 1

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Call 01746 764895

OPEN: Monday - Saturday 6 -11pm, Sunday’s 4.30pm - 10pm

10% OFF


21 West Castle Street, Bridgnorth, WV16 4AB

info@eurasiatandoori.co.uk www.eurasiatandoori.co.uk


The British Art Show

Wolverhampton Art gallery

Ongoing - 10th April

5th March (3pm)

Wolves v Crystal Palace

Wolves FC (Molineux)

8th - 12th March

The DaVinci Code

The Grand Theatre

11th March


The Robin 2, Bilston

12th March

Ian Stirling (Voice of Love


Bilston Town Hall

12th March

Bongo's Bingo

The Hangar, Wolverhampton

13th March

Ultimate Dubs UK 2022

Telford International Centre

17th March

A Flock of Seagulls

The Robin 2, Bilston

18th March (8pm)

Wolves v Leeds

Wolves FC (Molineux)

19th March

The Little Childrens Market

Royal British Legion, Vicarage

Road, Wednesfield


20th March

The Blow Monkeys

The Robin 2, Bilston

20th March

Alan Carr

The Grand Theatre

23rd March

Bilston Comedy Club

The Robin 2, Bilston

23rd - 26th March

Calendar Girls The Musical

The Grand Theatre

27th March

The Upbeat Beatles

The Robin 2, Bilston


2nd April (3pm)

Wolves v Aston Villa

Wolves FC (Molineux)

2nd April

Bongo's Bingo

The Hangar, Wolverhampton

4th April

Wolves v Sheffield

Wolverhampton Speedway

Monmore Green

5th - 9th April

Bedknobs & Broomsticks

The Grand Theatre

7th April

Frankie Allen

(The UK's most feared


The Hangar, Wolverhampton

15th April


The Robin 2, Bilston

April 16th, 2pm

Elvis the Songbook

Bantock Park

16th April

Paul Chowdray

The Grand Theatre

16th April

Wolves v Man City

Wolves FC (Molineux) (3pm)

17th April

Jimmy Carr

The Grand Theatre

18th April

Wolves v Belle Vue

Wolverhampton Speedway

Monmore Green

18th April

Easter Extravaganza Family

Fun Raceday

Wolverhampton Racecourse

29th April

Altered Images

The Robin 2, Bilston


21st - 22nd May

Tettenhall Food & Drink Festival

& Artisan Market

Upper Green, Tettenhall

28th - 29th May

Utilita Creation Day Festival

West Park


Pizza, Pasta Risotto,

Grills Fresh fish, Gillto and fine wine

Now taking bookings for

Mothers Day Sunday 27th March!

Normal A La Carte Menu available

Open 12noon - 3.30pm closed

Bookings essential


Through Just Eat or Deliveroo or collection


Set Menu available Lunchtimes:

Tues - Sat 12noon - 2.30pm

A La Carte menu in the evenings: Tues - Sat 5pm - Late





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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:


With support from


Sunday 24th April 2022

Raising lifesaving funds for

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

Book your tickets now at: bike4lifefest.com


Middle Hattons Hounds is a large purpose built,

safe and secure dog field facility in Coven


We have two large paddocks available for

private individual hire. The paddocks can be

hired for either a single dog or a small group.

Larger groups by prior arrangement.

Middle Hattons Hounds has been designed to

offer dog owners a safe, secure and fun space

where you can exercise, play and enjoy spending

quality time with your canine family members.

The paddocks are called, “Meadows” and the

"Furlong" we suggest that smaller dogs use the

Meadows and Larger dogs use the Furlong, but

feel free to book whichever paddock you would


Both paddocks offer fresh drinking water for

your dogs, and obstacles such as jumps and


Can you please remember to bring your poo

bags, as all dog poo will need to be taken home

with you for now as we are waiting on the

correct waste bins.


Sue: 07860381074

Andy: 07792728713

E: middlehattonshounds@gmail.com

W: www.middlehattonshounds.co.uk

Facebook: @MiddleHattonsHounds

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What will YOU

discover at auction?

Now could be the time to consider

looking to the auction room for new

items for your home – as MD and Head

Auctioneer at Staffordshire‐based

Cuttlestones explains…

With the rising cost of inflation affecting

interest rates and pushing up monthly

costs of mortgages, fuel, food and energy

bills many households will be looking for

cost­saving initiatives. Picking up items for

your home at auction can help save cold,

hard cash – but can also be

environmentally friendly and help you put

your own unique stamp on your home.

More than just antiques…

Many people assume that auction houses

only deal with antique or ‘old­fashioned’

furniture. This is far from the case – in

our fortnightly Home & Antiques auctions

you will naturally find a number of lots of

significant age, but they’ll be selling

alongside anything from modern threepiece

suites to trendy vintage furniture

and pre­loved electrical items including

fridges, freezers, cookers, hoovers lawn

mowers – and more.

The treasure trove of styles is ideal for

those who like an eclectic feel to their

interiors, and we’re finding that ‘Midcentury

modern’ furniture – particularly

McIntosh, G­Plan, Ercol and Scandinavian

brands – are performing particularly well.

A quality piece of furniture by similar

brands bought new from a shop could set

you back four figures, while at auction

you stand a chance of picking these items

up at a fraction of their ‘high street’ price.

You can also decide ahead of the auction

what you’re willing to bid to ensure you

don’t spend any more than you can


Buying at auction can also help you do

‘your bit’ and reduce your carbon

footprint. By picking up furniture and

electrical goods second­hand you’re

effectively recycling, and if you’re a

creative type upcycling items to refresh

their style or totally repurpose can be a

fun way of getting a unique piece of

furniture for your home.

No more delays – and online


Many of the ‘big’ furniture chains are

currently seeing significant delays on

delivery – for some, furniture is stuck on

containers at sea having been made to

order abroad, whereas supply chain

issues and HGV delivery shortages in the

UK are causing others massive issues. If

you buy a piece of furniture at auction

you can arrange for collection (or

delivery) as soon as you have paid for it –

meaning it could be in place within days

as opposed to several months.

Most auction houses now run their

auctions online with fully illustrated

catalogues allowing you to inspect lots.

You can also bid live online or submit

commission bids ahead of the sale – so it

doesn’t matter if you can’t attend in


Want to find out more? Check out the

latest catalogues on our website,

where you’ll also find a handy

beginner’s guide to buying at

auction: www.cuttlestones.co.uk

Unlock its TRUE value...

Selling at auction could

realise the full value of

your jewellery.

Now taking consignments

for our Summer Antique

Sale on 30 th June.


No vendors’ fees on

lots consigned before

31 st May 2022



SOLD: £300

(Scrap price approx. £90)





SOLD: £380

(Scrap price

approx. £76)





SOLD: £600

(Scrap price

approx. £230)

Book an appointment at one of our gold valuation days:

Monday 16 th & Monday 23 rd May 2022

OR send photos to valuations@cuttlestones.co.uk or WhatsApp: 07949 603873

Penkridge: 01785 714905 | Wolverhampton: 01902 421985



Maggie and the team at The Travelwallet in

Bridgnorth are celebrating 20 years in business this

year, and a combined travel knowledge of 100

years, and despite the last few years of covid and

travel disruptions and uncertainties they have

come out the other side stronger with amazing

deals for you and your family.

Whether its going to see the Grand Prix later this

year, a relaxing luxury beach holiday, family

holiday, skiing in the alps or a romantic city break,

The Travelwallet can tailor make your dream

holiday or next great adventure to any part of

the World, go whale watching , bear spotting,

safari, helicopter flights, train journeys , they can

offer it all.

Prefer to float? Cruises are also a speciality along

with trips to the Northern Lights or Christmas visit to

Santa in Lapland, Gamble the nights away in

Vegas or walk the streets of New York, they can

offer it all!

Being an independant travel agent, it allows

them to use many tour operators to get you the

best deal

If there is a destination on your list this year, pop

into the Travelwallet on Whitburn Street in

Bridgnorth and make sure you like them on

Facebook, so you are up to date with all the

latest special offers! 20 years in business is a

massive achievement and proves they are doing

it right! Well done Travelwallet!

Maggie is

an Elite



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‘Enjoy paradise in the Indian Ocean’

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The Travelwallet team have travelled extensively so have a personal knowledge of many destinations, hotels and cruises so can tailor make your perfect holiday.

Each member of the team specialises in different parts of the World so can make sure we book the holiday that is best for you be it a Round the World trip,

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You can be confident booking for 2022 & 2023 as the selected Tour Operators we work with are offering Flexible Booking Conditions.

We have access to many special offers, a small selection can be found on our

Website www.thetravelwallet.co.uk or follow us on Facebook.

The Travelwallet,

67 Whitburn St, Bridgnorth,

Shropshire WV16 4QP


01746 711999

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since 2002

At Veggie Supreme Pizza our food will certainly make you smile. Our 100% Vegetarian and

Vegan menu with gluten free options promises lots of choice and flavour.

We have made it simple for you to still eat your favourite

foods and eat meat free. We offer great tasting pizzas with

a range of meat free toppings to choose from including

chilli chicken style pieces, jerk style pieces, pepperoni

style, ham & sausage – all vegan and full of flavour.

Soya is a source of protein; its tasty and also good for our

planet too! There’s lots of vegetable toppings too of

course combined with melted vegan or mozzarella cheese.

Our pizza sauce is homemade with lots of love and

patience, our dough is freshly made daily, and our

marinades have been specially created by us promising

flavour that packs a punch!

We also offer a range of meat free burgers, naans &

wraps. We are open for lunch weekdays and

evenings 7 days per week.

So, whether your vegetarian or vegan or simply eating

meat free - it’s time to try us out.

Free Delivery for orders over

£12 within 3-mile radius.

To order call 01902 456565

or order online at


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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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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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In this age of choice and

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change our names at a whim and

it is so easy now, especially doing

it by Deed Poll, Just £18 and you

can call yourself whatever you

like, however if I changed my

name from Chris Dawson to Fifi

Trixibelle I don't think the wife

would be best pleased. But a

number of "Celebrities" have

changed their names for various

reasons and here at Scene and

SY1 we highlight them. Some you

may have heard of, some you

may not.

Comedian Joe Lycett famously

changed his name to Hugo Boss

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.

Unfortunately it cost the

Brewery £10,000 in legal fees to

defend themselves and in the

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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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

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100g baby carrots, halved lengthways

200g fresh young peas, shelled

500g baby broad beans, shelled

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300g risotto rice

1 tbsp pesto sauce

25g pine nuts, toasted


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looking forward to trips to beer gardens up and

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cool them down for the players and spectators

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steaming ahead with a brew for success as they launch

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horsebox! The Wrekin Entrepreneurs’ Club at Wrekin

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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

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When the incumbent managers leave, the younger

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the school’s support.

Jonathan Longfellow, teacher of economics and

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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

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Come this summer, we will be

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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

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Easter means one thing to most people across

the country – chocolate! However, chocolate isn’t

for everyone and for some of us, including mums

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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


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By Sue Cooke

Honda says its new sport utility

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their everyday lives. The result is the

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For my family life, I find the interior is

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When I walk away from the open

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the tailgate automatically closes.

The boot easily holds my monthly

shopping spree of goodies and

Honda’s versatile ‘Magic Seats’ fold

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floor. I also like the rubberised flat

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adult mountain bikes!

The cabin has contemporary design

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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

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Honda has introduced a new concept

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and above passengers which flows

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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

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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

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

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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

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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.

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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

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Melt-in-the-mouth lamb,

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with wine and rosemary

are full of flavour and

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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.

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As homeowners we don’t

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Housebuilder, Linden Homes, launches

industry-first hedgehog campaign to

protect endangered creatures

Linden Homes has joined

forces with the British

Hedgehog Preservation

Society and launched a

trailblazing campaign to

protect hedgehogs and

other woodland creatures

under threat at locations

across the country.

“As part of our new

sustainability steering group,

protecting hedgehogs and

the environment is at the

forefront of what we want to

achieve, and we are

delighted to join forces with

the British Hedgehog

Preservation Society and

take the lead in the

housebuilding industry.”

escape route in the form of

a ramp or a sloping edge.

Hedgehogs can swim well

but cannot escape steep,

slippery-sided ponds.

In an industry-first initiative,

Linden Homes, part of the

newly-formed Vistry Group,

will install hedgehog

highways to its existing

developments and all future

sites wherever possible, as

part of a campaign that will

also help other small

mammals, birds, frogs, and


The housebuilder has also

donated £5,000 to the British

Hedgehog Preservation

Society (BHPS) and teamed

up with national project

Hedgehog Street to further

support their work.

Linden Homes Marketing

team states, “We are proud

to be the first housebuilder

aiming to roll-out hedgehog

highways as standard across

current locations and our

new developments, to help

one of the nation’s favourite

animals roam freely at night

between gardens.”

Linden Homes has

developed the highways -

holes that are created at

ground level in fencing and

other barriers - which are

designed to allow access

between selected gardens

and wilder areas and

marked with a plaque. It is

also building hedgehog

homes in green spaces.

Hedgehogs walk more than

a mile every night so need to

move around freely

between gardens. Literature

will be provided for

customers to inform them

about the best way to help.

People can encourage

hedgehogs by putting a

hedgehog home in their

garden or a log pile, which

provides natural food and

shelter for hedgehogs. Ponds

are also suitable if there is an

Fay Vass, chief executive of

BHPS, said: “We are

delighted that Linden Homes

is making this important

pledge to help our dwindling

population of hedgehogs.

Creating holes for

hedgehogs in fences and

walls is a simple step but it

could have a huge impact

on the amount of habitat

available for hedgehogs

following the development

of a site.”

Wildlife author and ecologist

Hugh Warwick added that

the “built environment”

could help hedgehogs

recover, if developments

were built with wildlife in

mind, and that Linden

Homes’ hedgehog highways

were a “crucial”


Hedgehog highway

At Linden Homes we’re proud to contribute to the

welfare and future of these declining creatures.

Hedgehogs will walk more than a mile every night

so need to move around freely between gardens.

So, in support of our small neighbours, we have included

hedgehog highways throughout our development, as well

as several hedgehog homes. The highways are marked with

a plaque and included in selected gardens and are designed

to allow access between gardens and wilder areas.

Your highway is also

designed to help:

Frogs, toads and newts

Creepy crawlies

Small mammals


If you are concerned about a hedgehog

please contact The British Hedgehog

Preservation Society for guidance or advice:










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