Wolverhampton and South Staffs Scene magazine Jubilee edition

Welcome to your amazing Jubilee edition of the Scene magazine, packed with royal facts and info along with local news and all your local advertisers with plenty on offer! With the summer finally arriving, get out and enjoy as much of it as you can - whilst supporting local! Love The Scene Team :)

Welcome to your amazing Jubilee edition of the Scene magazine, packed with royal facts and info along with local news and all your local advertisers with plenty on offer! With the summer finally arriving, get out and enjoy as much of it as you can - whilst supporting local!
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Look after you with Spire

What’s On this Summer

FREE Coffee @ The Hub

Brewood Cycle Challenge

Out & About

Wine review

Health & Well-being

Queens Platinum Jubilee

Enjoying the Outdoors


Tettenhall Food & Drink


WIN tickets to see

Ed byrne + Interview

Summer Recipes

Did you know?

- A Royal Special

Self Care - Essential!


Hear Sounds of Summer


Molineux - The History

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Set yourself up for biking success - Expert advice from

Spire Little Aston’s specialist hip and knee consultant

With the evenings becoming lighter, we

talk to specialist hip and knee surgeon,

Mr Sabur Malek about setting yourself

up for success if you are wanting to

begin biking this year!

When hip or knee problems strike, it’s

easy to exercise less for fear of doing

more damage than good. However,

cycling offers a great way to exercise and

lose weight, which will actually do your

joints some good rather than causing

any damage. Not to mention the chance

to enjoy the outdoors and an endorphin


Simply put, cycling is great for your joints

because it is a non-impact form of

exercise. This means there is no jolting of

your joints, in contrast to running, which

is a high-impact activity and puts greater

strain on your joints. Football also has a

higher risk of joint injury due to the

amount of twisting and turning


The only way cycling can damage your

joints is if your seat is set too low. If you

buy your bike from a specialist shop,

they’ll adjust the seat for you to make

sure it’s the correct height.

Getting the right frame size is also

important to help get the right fit.

Online calculators are available on many

bike manufacturer websites. Simply

enter your height, inner leg length and

arm length in order to determine the

right frame size to order.

Cycling isn’t just a great way to exercise

because it protects your joints, it’s also

cost effective, flexible and social.

If you have a disability, there are

specialist bike shops that offer bikes

tailored to your mobility needs. This

includes tricycles if you have balance

issues, electric bikes (ebikes) if you have

muscle weaknesses or are elderly, and

hand bikes if you have lower body


Road biking is ideal and will give your

legs a good workout. With an increasing

number of cycling lanes, the risk of

dealing with motor traffic is much

reduced. Look locally for trails that are

marked by the National Cycling Network.

These may be on road, on designated

cycle paths or a combination of the two.

If you have joint problems, exercise is

recommended at least two to three

times a week for around 30–45 minutes.

Cycling is one of the best types of

exercise for joint degeneration because it

will tone your muscles, which help

support your joints and therefore take

some of the stress off them.

However, it is important not to overdo it

with your exercise as this can wear your

joints out. You don’t need to push

yourself extremely hard. Although it is

good to get your heart pumping from a

heart-health point of view, when it

comes to your joints and lower body

workouts, steady exercise is all that is


Remember, always make sure that you

stretch your hamstrings before and after

cycling, as cycling has a tendency to

cause short hamstrings. With your

stretches complete, you can then enjoy

the health benefits and fun of cycling.

In May, Mr Malek is hosting free

mini virtual appointments to talk

about your various hip or knee

problems, if you think you may

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Floristry Workshops

Flower arranging for beginners

17th May – 21st June 7pm - 9pm £65

Flower Arranging for Improvers

25th May – 29th June 7pm – 9pm £65

Floristry - Summer Wreath Workshop

11th June 10am – 3pm £50

Floristry - Bridal Workshop

7th May 10am – 3pm £50

Business Courses

Computing – How to Use Excel

11th May 2022 7-9 pm FREE

18th May – 22nd May

7pm - 9pm £60

Start your own business

9th May 7-9pm FREE

16th May – June 20th

7pm – 9pm £72

Please visit our website for

further details

Email: aeadmin@dormston.dudley.sch.uk

or Telephone 01384 816389

to enrol

Arts & Crafts


Art – Paint a summer landscape

19th May – 23rd June 7pm – 9pm £60

Dressmaking & fashion sewing for improvers

18th May – 22nd June 7pm - 9pm £60

Dressmaking & Fashion Sewing for Beginners

19th May – 23rd June 7pm – 9pm £60

Introduction to Sewing/How to use

a sewing machine

11th June 10am – 12pm FREE

Soft Furnishings for improvers

16th May – 20th June 7pm – 9pm £85

Health and


Mindful mental health awareness

12th May 7pm – 9pm FREE

19th May -23 June 7pm – 9pm £60

Deaf Awareness

11th June 9.30 am -12.30pm


Music &


Music – Guitar for beginners

28th April – 7th July

6pm – 7pm £50

Keep fit for all

27th April – 20th July

11.30am – 12.30pm £57

Whats on



Tettenhall Food & Drink

Festival, Upper Green

21st & 22nd May From 10am

both days.

Super traders with fabulous &

good quality products. A range

of international sizzling street

food, including mac n cheese,

slow cooked meats, crispy

chicken, dirty fries, Caribbean

food, burgers, hot dogs, Greek,

Mexican, pizza, warm desserts,

ice cream & waffles, plus a

generous range of vegan


Delicious hot and cold drinks

include artisan coffee,

prosecco and wine tuk tuks,

craft ales & cider, Pimms

cocktails, garnished gins, gin

fizz, quirky cocktails, mocktails &

soft drinks, frappes, milkshakes,

hot chocolate, smoothies &

Jamaican rum punch.

Shropshire Party at the

Quarry Park

Friday 20th & Sunday 21st May

The Quarry, Shrewsbury

From the people who brought

you Shropshire Oktoberfest and

Shrewsbury Food Festival, we

know how to party, and that’s

exactly what we’re doing to do!

No festival of ours is complete

without live music and a bit of

entertainment, so while you’re

sitting on the green grass on

Quarry Hill, you can be singing

along to some incredible local

bands and musicians who will

knock your socks off



WWII Weekend

28Th & 29th May

Dale End Park, Ironbridge

A fun packed weekend with

WWII Displays, Battles,

Entertainers, Vintage/Military

stalls, Food Drink and much,

much more. All funds raised will

go to Combat Stress.



Shropshire County Show 2022

Saturday 28th May

West Midlands Showground,


The Shropshire County

Agricultural Show is a successful

and popular family event,

attracting thousands of people





Jubilee Country Garden

Door Wreath Creation

1st June

Weston Park

Kerry Goodyear will teach a

range of floristry techniques

using a range of British flowers to

create a living wreath for your

door or table to celebrate the

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.

Included in the workshop is an

indulgent Afternoon Tea in the

Granary Brasserie.

£90.00 per person

12 noon – 2pm / 2pm – 4pm

To book your place please call

Alison Poole on 01952 852130 or

email alison.poole@westonpark.com

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Weekend - Telford

2nd – 5th June

Join in the fun with an actionpacked

four days of events to

celebrate the Queen’s Platinum


Activities include:

Lighting of the beacon - 2 June

Community events – 3 June

Big screen coverage and big

lunch at Telford Town Park – 4


Concert in the park and

community picnic – 5 June

More info @


The Queen’s Platinum

Jubilee @ Severn Valley

Railway (All Stations)

Thursday 2nd June – Sunday 5th


Join the Severn Valley Railway

for this historic event and

celebrate Her Majesty’s seven

decades on the throne with a

four-day Queen’s Platinum

Jubilee celebration across all of

our stations.

We’ve got so much planned for

all ages for you to relax, unwind,

adventure, sing, celebrate and

much more across the bank

holiday weekend – plus, you’ll

have an opportunity for a

journey behind Taw Valley in its

new guise and new purple


Tickets: www.svr.co.uk/whatson/queens-platinum-jubilee



Pizza, Pasta Risotto,

Grills Fresh fish, Gillto and fine wine

Join us for the Jubilee Weekend

We are open all weekend to celebrate the Queen

Our great value lunchtime set menus

will be available throughout


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





(Opposite Fold Street Car Park)

01902 546262



Camper Site – Jubilee Edition

2nd – 5th June

Weston Park

Camper Site is returning this

year to celebrate Her Majesty

The Queen becoming the first

British Monarch to celebrate a

Platinum Jubilee after 70 years.

Tickets: www.campersite.co.uk

The Elms hosts Queens

Jubilee 4 Day Extravaganza

2nd – 5th June

The Elms at Shareshill, Church

Road, Shareshill. WV10 7JR

www.Theelmspub.co.uk/ Tel:

01922 415380

THURSDAY, 12pm-4pm (Pre

booking only) and then finishing

off the day with a live singer

6pm-9pm. FRIDAY - Our ever

famous themed disco is back!

To celebrate the Platinum

Jubilee we will be hosting a King

& Queens themed disco.

We will be choosing the bested

dressed King and the best

dressed Queen, so pull out all

the stops if you would like to be

in a chance of winning a meal

for 2. SATURDAY -

12pm-4pm (Pre booking only)

and then finishing off the night

off with a live singer 9pm- 12am.


12PM-4PM. Join us for an action

packed day with something for


12pm-4pm will see donkey rides,

face paints, hook a duck,

bouncy castles and much


4pm-7pm we will have a

children's disco with a prize for

best fancy dress. Games, prizes

and more

Celebrate the Jubilee

The Mander Centre

Friday 3rd June

Join in the Jubilee celebrations

with us! The Queen (lookalike)

will be popping in with her

Beefeaters from 11-1pm, arriving

in style in a 1950's Lanchester,

with a classic 1950's police

escort. Join in the free bunting

making workshop and treat

yourself to a cake or two from

our lovely bakers!

Queens Platinum Jubilee

Community Event

Bilbrook Village Green, Codsall


The 90’s Revival Festival

3rd & 4th June, 2022

West Midlands Showground,


Bringing back the best of the

90's with the ultimate 90's

Revival Festival - featuring 18

Acts in total including your

favourite 90s artists, tribute acts,

and local bands!


Word of Mouth The River

Sunset Cruise

The River King, Stourport on


11th June

Set sail with us as we cruise up

and down the River Severn

taking in the stunning sights and

sunset. Accompanied by a

Club Classics Soundtrack.



Wellbeing Festival 2022

11th & 12th June

The Quarry Park, Shrewsbury

Wellbeing Festival has selected

Shropshire as the 2022 location

of our brand new West Midlands

fitness and Wellbeing event!

Some of the U.K’s biggest fitness

and Wellbeing stars will be

coming to Shropshire to share

their secrets of a healthy and

happy lifestyle in four distinct


Wellbeing, Fitness, Nutrition as

well as a fourth Kids area will

make up the event. These four

are designed to Excite, Inspire,

and Engage. There will be

something for everyone to enjoy

and embrace.

Adults 16 and over £12.50

Children 15 and under Free.

(With a paying adult)



Great British Food Festival @

Trentham Estate

17th – 19th June, 2022

This Fathers Day weekend,

Great British Food Festival is

heading to Trentham Gardens

for three days of fabulous,

foodie fun!

Be sure to come and join us and

enjoy our unique Chef Demos |

light hearted challenge stage

competitions | Professional

Bake Stage Demos | Kids

Cookery Workshops | Kids

Circus Skills & Workshops | Top

Artisan Producers and of course

hot food and drinks

accompanied by some

amazing local music!

Come and Join Team GBFF at

Trentham for the perfect foodie

day out



Weston Park Firework and

Aerial Pyro Spectacular

Saturday 18th June

The Aerial Pyro Spectacular will

light up the night sky and

feature the Aerosparx Display

Team who combine formation

aerobatics with night time

pyrotechnics. Joining them to

fill the sky with action will be the

GliderFX display team aided by

wingtip smoke and fireworks all

set in the stunning Parkland at


The finale will feature a

spectacular display set to music

by the world champions Fire

Monkey Pyro Fireworks Team.

There will be a family fun fair,

food stalls and licensed bar.

Gates open at 7pm

Show starts at 9pm – 10pm


Summer Solstice 2022

The Hanger Events Venue

Friday 24th June from 9pm

To celebrate one of the longest

days of 2022, HIVE DNB presents


Enjoy the Sunshine then get

yourselves down to The Hangar

from 9pm where the best of

D&B, Jungle, Dub, drinks, and

our personal favourite food

vendors, all in the most fantastic

venue will make your summer

weekend one to remember!!

Two arenas of wicked music

await all who join us to

celebrate and want nothing but

great vibes from start to end.



FOLK at New Horizons


Newhampton Arts Centre,


Saturday 25th June, 2022, from


Featuring: Eddie Reader,

Midnight Skyracer, Tom

McConville, David Newey, plus

special guests. There will be Real

Ale, Hot Food and a party


The new horizons stage tent is

based at Newhampton Arts

Centre in our outdoor, covered




Livewire the AC/DC Show

Robin 2, Bilston

Saturday 25th June

With over 20 years of touring

under their belt, Live/Wire put

the audience right in the middle

of a live experience

comparable to that only

AC/DC themselves produce.

We invite AC/DC fans to join us,

sing with us and relive some of

those classic AC/DC concerts of

the past on our very own

Highway to Hell.


Newport Show 2022

Chetwynd Deer Park

09th July, 2022

Shropshire's best one day show

for all the family is back this year

on Saturday 9th July.

A festival fun day out for all the

family at the beautiful

Chetwynd Deer Park venue,

you will be treated to a large

variety of entertainment,

displays, activities, music, food,

competitions and much more.

Be sure to get your early bird

tickets today at



We are Telford Carnival

Sunday 17th July 11am – 5pm

Telford Town park

A carnival of colour and

celebration with groups from

across Telford coming together

to shout “We Are Telford”,

celebrating Telford’s people

and places, heritage and

future. Including a Carnival

parade through Telford, with

dancers, costumes and giants

arriving at Telford Town Park,

where there will be stalls, stories,

a performance stage, music

and entertainment

Shrewsbury Food Festival

25th & 26th June

The Quarry, Shrewsbury

We have exhibitors, as well as

cookery demonstrations, chef

schools, a dedicated field to

fork area, gin school, kids

entertainment, live music, and

so much more!



Open Air Cinema / Picnic in

the Park, Shrewsbury College

Bohemian Rhapsody - Friday 5th


Harry Potter & Mamma Mia -

Saturday 6th August

Pretty Women - Sunday 7th


Tel: 07790665935


Alpaca Walks, Alpaca your Picnics,

alpacas at your wedding,

school visits, walk and Talk,

Easter Events and much more...

Fancy Glampaca?

Alpaca glamping coming soon at

Wildwood Alpacas

(dates will be available on web soon).

Come and spend some extra time

with our

alpacas in our wildwood alpaca

retreat glamping tent!

See all our forthcoming events on


and Facebook: @wildwoodalpacasuk

or call: 07779 667798





Get on your bike!

Saturday 25th June 2022 sees the return of the

very popular Brewood Cycle Challenge.

With so many of our favourite events postponed

or cancelled since 2020, the Brewood Cycle

Challenge Committee are delighted to offer their

riders the opportunity to get back on their bikes in


An established ‘must-do’ event in the area,

cyclists leave from St Dominic’s Grammar School

for either the 100k or 50k route. The challenge

takes in the beautiful scenery of Staffordshire and

Shropshire on a circular course through leafy

country lanes taking in some challenging but

short hills and wonderful scenery. There is always

a friendly atmosphere as cyclists return to St

Dominic’s for refreshments, music and medals!

For the last 10 years the BCC have been

fundraising for the 2nd Brewood Scout Group and

in 2019 the Group completed the purchase of the

existing Scout Hut, the land and the other

buildings from the County Council.

For 2022 the Brewood Cycle Challenge

committee have nominated St Giles Hospice in

Whittington. St Giles Hospice is a registered

charity founded in 1983 by the Reverend Paul

Brothwell, originally to improve the care of local

people dying with cancer. They now support

people in the community whose illnesses may not

be curable such as cancer, motor neurone

disease, heart failure, MS and respiratory disease.

They also offer support for families and helpers.

Riders of previous cycle challenges will know that

Whittington forms part of one of our routes with

cyclists passing this remarkable hospice. We are

proud to support this outstanding local charity for


As always – places are in demand! For more

information and to view the routes visit the

website www.brewoodcyclechallenge.com,

email info@brewoodcysclechallenge.com or

check out our Facebook page.

During lockdown, the first building was renovated

and the new Community Hub officially opened in

June 2021. This site has safeguarded the future of

the Scouts whilst providing a fantastic community

asset for all the residents of Brewood.

Fundraising continues to raise funds for the

ongoing renovation of the other building on the

site and for Scouting equipment however the

committee are now supporting other charities.


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the year award 2020, an incredible achievement,

along with celebrating an amazing 47 years for

the restaurant itself.

During the evening there was a raffle and henna

from members of the family raising money for

Bangladesh to help recover from Covid-19 along

with money for the Bridgnorth Mayor’s charity

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pakoras being a real treat, so crispy and

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Swap Croatia for Montenegro

Holidays to Croatia have become increasingly

popular over the past few years, which is why you

should peek over its border into Montenegro.

Scattered with mountains, unspoilt national parks,

lakes and sandy beaches to drool over,

Montenegro should be the focus of your

wanderlust. Summer temperatures typically hang

between 25-30-degree Celsius, making it a

dreamy holiday location.

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Pick your sunbathing spot on Velika Plaža. This

12km stretch of sand is Montenegro’s longest

beach, situated southeast of the town of Ulcinj.

The shallow waters here are perfect for paddling

and several beach bars dotted along the resort

will satisfy those cocktail and food cravings.

For those looking for a mountainous backdrop,

the Bay of Kotor is not to be missed. Tucked

between picturesque mountains and home to

stunning medieval towns, a walk along the Boka

(that’s the localism for ‘bay’) will keep you

mesmerised for hours. Boat trips around the bay

are popular, and the waterfront has plenty of

fresh seafood restaurants to indulge in both food

and scenery.

Swap Santorini For Samos

Crowned at the top of the list for the most popular

Greek island is the glamorous Santorini.

Unsurprisingly, what with its stunning landscape,

traditional villages and pristine beaches. But

popularity comes with a price, and sometimes it’s

best to browse for a quieter Greek delight.

Peel away from the bustle of Santorini and head

to Samos instead. Neighbouring the Turkish coast,

this Aegean gem has a lively capital, Vathy, offthe-beaten-track

sandy beaches and distinctive

forested mountains begging to be explored.

What to do here:

Aside from the stunning beaches, Samos is

famous for its sweet local wine, so one should

take a tour around the Museum of Samos Wine in

Malagari. Housed in an impressive 19th-century

stone building, this former private winery evolved

into a museum in 2005. Visitors can explore the

unique artefacts displayed here: old photographs

and production records, barrel-making tools,

historic wine-making machinery and more.

Complete your visit with a wine tasting session

and pick up your favourite bottle at the retail

counter before you leave.

Swap Barcelona For Llafranc

Whilst the capital of Spain is a beautiful city with

amazing beaches, Barcelona is fast becoming

overcrowded. Head up along the coast to the

Costa Brava to find the tranquil Llafranc.

A favourite destination of painter Salvador Dalí,

the small aquamarine cove of Llafranc is a dream

compared to the usual busy beach resorts of

Spain. Although popular in July and August, visit

any other month and you’re likely to have this

cliffed-fringed beach to yourself.

What to do here:

Llafranc is the perfect spot for leisurely walks with

stunning coastal views. Take a mile-long stroll

around the wooded headland to find the

animated resort of Calella de Palafrugell. It’s an

ideal town for drinks and dinner with views of the

lapping sea, and also home to incredible

botanical gardens: Cap Roig.


Certainly, there are many retailers,

independents, supermarkets and

other outlets, that offer numerous

wines. A good number of which are

of excellent and superb quality.

Whether a preference is for red,

white or something ‘pink’, there are

beverages to choose from. For this

quest I searched for a range of

wines, that are widely available and

decided to go for the red and white

options. Of course, sparkling wines

are available – perhaps for a later



from Portugal, is a most acceptable

white wine production. I found this wine

to be fresh, fruity and, although great

on its own, to pair with white fish

dishes, plus salads, perfectly.

ALBARINO ADELANTE (12.5% vol) is

from Spain. This white wine is

extremely popular. Grapes are

handpicked, from the Galacia region.

Fruits, on the nose, are then enticed to

the mouth’s pleasures and sensation on

the palate. Great with seafood dishes,


For red wines I chose TOSCANA (13%

vol) from Italy. This wine has many

‘devotees’, being handcrafted, in

collaboration with one of the oldest and

most highly-regarded wine estates, in

Tuscany. This very impressive, aged

production, has dark fruit flavours in

abundance, which follow from the nasal

pleasures. Wonderful to pair with red

meats and casseroles. Another ‘famous’

red wine is BAROLO (14% vol). This

‘King of Wines’ and ‘Wine of Kings’ is

renowned for its distinctive high-quality,

being produced by utilising Nebbiolo

grapes, to great advantage. Again, from

Italy, this wine, which is also aged, has

connoisseurs who regularly enjoy the

bouquet, pronounced flavours and long

finish. Perfect to accompany steak, beef

and red meat dishes.

I located these wines (just some of their

range) at a Morrisons store. Trading

from 1899, Morrisons now has a range

of wines and drinks, that are very

acceptable, indeed. The wines

described are within the ‘the Best’

range. This range of wines, from

Morrisons, comes from their wine

experts, who constantly search for

exceptional quality wines, from around

the world, which are produced by some

of the very best wine producers,

globally. Take time and pleasure, to

locate some favourites.


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Her Majesty The Queen has become the first British Monarch

to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service

to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary there will be a

number of events nationally taking place over the bank

holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June.

The four days of celebrations will include public events and

community activities, as well as national moments of

reflection on The Queen’s 70 years.

Nationally the plan is as follows:

Thursday 2nd June

The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour): Over 1,400 parading

soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come together in the

traditional Parade to mark The Queen's official birthday, usually held on

the second Saturday in June. Beginning at Buckingham Palace, the

Parade will move down The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, joined by

Members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages. The Parade

will close with the traditional RAF fly-past, watched by The Queen and

Members of the Royal Family from the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Platinum Jubilee Beacons: The United Kingdom’s long tradition of

celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting

of beacons will continue for the Platinum Jubilee. A beacon chain, once

used as a tool for communication, has now become a symbol of unity

across towns, borders, countries and continents and is often the central

point of focus for any outdoor gathering or celebration. In 1897,

beacons were lit to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. In 1977,

2002 and 2012, beacons commemorated the Silver, Golden and

Diamond Jubilees of The Queen, and in 2016 Her Majesty’s 90th

birthday. Over 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom,

Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.

Friday 3rd June

A Service of Thanksgiving: A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s

reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral

Saturday 4th June

The Derby at Epsom Downs: Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by

Members of the Royal Family, will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs.

Platinum Party at the Palace: The BBC will stage and broadcast a special

live concert from Buckingham Palace that will bring together some of the

world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most significant and

joyous moments from The Queen’s seven decade reign.

Sunday 5th June

The Big Jubilee Lunch: Every year since the idea began in 2009 The Big

Lunch has encouraged communities to celebrate their connections and

get to know each other a little bit better, coming together in a spirit of

fun and friendship. In 2022 The Big Lunch will bring the Jubilee

celebrations into the heart of every community. People are invited to

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The Platinum Jubilee Pageant: Artistic performers, dancers, musicians,

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of The Queen’s 70 year reign in an awe-inspiring festival of creativity.

The London based Pageant will combine pomp and ceremony, street

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and across the Commonwealth.

Forming an important part of the Platinum Pageant, the ‘River of Hope’

section will comprise of two hundred silk flags which will process down

The Mall, appearing like a moving river. Primary and secondary school

children will create a picture of their hopes and aspirations for the planet

over the next 70 years. A selection of these creations will be transferred

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The Commonwealth

By Chris Dawson

This year the Queen celebrates

her Platinum Jubilee, the 70th

anniversary of her accession to

the throne which happened way

back on 6th February 1952. In

those 70 years Her Majesty has

also been the Head of The

Commonwealth. A position she

has always cherished as she has

always been devoted and loved

the Commonwealth of Nations.

But what is the Commonwealth

and why is it so important and

relevant in today's modern age?

Well we need to go back to the

British Empire and as the Empire

"Where the Sun never sets" it

actually covered a Quarter of the

population of the Planet as well

as a Quarter of the Planet's land


However, we then came into the

20th Century, which would result

in the declonisation of the Empire

and the breaking up of its

territories through increased self

governance and in 1926 at the

Imperial Conference in London

The Commonwealth of Nations

was born, through the Balfour


The Commonwealth nations take up a Quarter of the Planet!!

Nowadays, The Commonwealth

consists of 54 member states

which covers 11.5 million square

miles and a combined population

of 2.5 Billion People. Countries

such as Australia, Canada, The

West Indies islands, New Zealand,

India, Pakistan, Kenya & Tanzania

to name but a few are all

members, all pulling together with

Her Majesty as the Head and

leader of this wonderful


Member states have no actual

legal obligations to one another

but are connected through their

use of the English language and

historical ties. The Commonwealth

Charter defines their shared

values of democracy, human

rights and the rule of law. In a

nutshell they are linked in their

belief in supporting their fellow


This union with each other though

manifests itself every four years

with one of the biggest sporting

events on the planet, The

Commonwealth Games. This is an

opportunity to bring together

these nations, competing

together as one! Known as the

"Friendly Games" they first started

in 1930 as The British Empire

Games, largely copying the

familiar format of the Olympics,

being held in different countries

every time, however though the

commonwealth Games does not

have exactly the same events, for

example sports such as Lawn

Bowls, Netball, Cricket and

Squash are played here but not

at the Olympics.

By 1978 The Title of the event

changed to what it is today, The

Commonwealth Games and the

Next one is actually being held

this year during July & August in

our own backyard in Birmingham.

In fact some of the Cycling will be

held at the West Park in

Wolverhampton. Overall over

5,000 athletes will compete

together under the idea of one

Commonwealth celebrating

shared values of Democracy,

human rights and the Rule of Law

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Well the Summer is here and we

look forward to some of the

exciting sporting events that will

be taking place over the next

couple of months:

On Saturday 14th May we have the FA

Cup Final, historically the showpiece of

the Football Season. As a young man

growing up, this was virtually the only

game you would see live and boy did

we watch it, from the build up at

8.30am, the cameras used to go into

the players hotel rooms, watching

them wake up and then we would

have programmes like FA Cup Final

Question of Sport hosted by Ron

Coleman and ex­players of either

competing sides!!

After that we would follow the players

on their coaches to Wembley!! The

build up was brilliant and because it

was virtually the only game shown live

during the season all football fans

would not miss a minute of it. Who

would ever forget the "Five Minute

Cup Final" when Arsenal were 2­0 up

against Man Utd with just 5 minutes to

go, then The Red Devils clawed 2 goals

back to make it level, only for Alan

Sunderland to get the winner for

Arsenal with virtually the last kick of

the game.

Alan Sunderland winning the

Cup final for Arsenal

Nowadays, what with wall to wall live

football The Cup Final doesnt have the

same prestige as it used to, in fact the

the kick off time has moved from 3pm

to a likely 4.30pm, the reason being

that some marketing person thinks

that more people will watch the game

at that time as they will coming home

from the shopping etc..etc...However,

what's wrong with 3pm on a


Across the Channel we have the

French Open from 16th May ­ 5th June

at the Roland Garros Arena in Paris and

after winning the Australian Open

earlier in the year, who is going to stop

Rafael Nadal winning his 14th Title

after a record 13 wins on Clay!

And then at the end of May we have

the most romantic Grand Prix,

Monaco, historically through the

streets of the Principality it is always a

great race and after the start they have

had this season will the Ferrari's be

crossing the chequered flag before

anyone else?

On Sunday 29th May we have the

world's richest football match, Not the

European Cup Final, not the World Cup

Final, but the Football League

Championship Play­Off Final at

Wembley, a game between two sides

in the "Second Division" of English

Football. So Why is it such a rich game

I hear you ask? Well the team that

wins and gets promoted, even if they

were to finish bottom of the Premier

League the following season, they

would receive a guaranteed £100

Million, then when they do get

relegated they then receive a cool £70

Million over the next two seasons in

"Parachute" money to cover players

wages!! £170 Million just for a game of

Football. You would think that with

that amount of money the Club would

be set for life, unfortunately most of

that money is taken up in Transfers and

Players wages, so sometimes getting

promoted this way can be a bit of a

poisoned chalice as if the club does get

relegated they can quickly drop down

the divisions and get into a financial

mess by gambling to get promoted

again as Derby County have found to

there cost, but we shall see.

One of the highlights of the Queen's

Platinum Jubilee is The Royal Epsom

Derby Festival on 3rd & 4th June. This

will be a meeting of Splendour and

Colour, oh and we will have two of

Horse racing's Classics, The Oaks and

The Derby and wouldn't it be poetice if

the Queens horse, Reach for the

moon, were to win it, but at the time

of going to print there are a lot of

horses put forward for the race.

Could the Queen's horse win the

derby? We shall see...

Then we have the highlight of the

Royal Jubilee Summer, Wimbledon!

The All England Lawn Tennis

Championships take place from 27th

June ­ 10th July, unfortunately I don't

think we are going to have any

homegrown success this year, but

Virginia Wade did win the women's

title in the Silver Jubilee year way back

in 1977, so you never know

And finally over this period we have

the British Grand Prix (3rd July) from

Silverstone. As mentioned previously

The Ferrari's have started the season

brilliantly but we all know how good

Lewis Hamilton is on his "Home" track,

winning it Eight Times, so let's all cheer

him on to win number 9!

Lewis Hamilton Winning the British Grand

Prix, Could he do it again?

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An Interview with... ED BYRNE

A household name teetering on the brink of

national treasure status, award-winning

comedian Ed Byrne enjoys worldwide acclaim

for his stand-up. With 25 years under his belt, Ed

has parlayed his on-stage success into a variety

of notable television appearances. A regular on

Mock The Week and The Graham Norton Show,

Ed has recently co-presented Dara & Ed’s Big

Adventure and its follow-up Dara & Ed’s Road To

Mandalay, and managed not to disgrace

himself on Top Gear or whilst tackling one of The

World’s Most Dangerous Roads. As a semiprofessional

hill-walker himself and fully paid-up

humanist, he also brought a refreshing warmth

and honesty to BBC2’s recent hit The Pilgrimage.

But the Irishman is still best-known and best

appreciated for his stand-up performances. A

quarter of a century at the comedic coal-face

has equipped Ed with a highly evolved storytelling

ability and a silky mastery of his craft. Yet

his wit, charm and self-deprecatory

observational humour is often underpinned by a

consistently hilarious vitriol and sense of injustice

at a world that seems to be spinning ever more

rapidly out of control.

Having recently hit a new peak with shows such

as the sublime Spoiler Alert and reflective

Outside, Looking In, which explored the

minefield that is modern parenting and a

generational sense of entitlement, Ed’s new

show If I’m Honest digs ever deeper into a

father’s sense of responsibility, what it means to

be a man in 2019, and whether he possesses any

qualities whatsoever worth passing on to his two

sons. Occasionally accused of whimsy, If I’m

Honest is a show with a seriously steely core.

Gender politics, for example, is something Ed

readily engages with – deploying his customary

comedic zeal. ‘I’ll admit that there are things

where men get a raw deal,’ he says. ‘We have

higher suicide rates, and we tend not to do well

in divorces, but representation in action movies is

not something we have an issue with. It was Mad

Max: Fury Road that kicked it all off, even though

nobody complained about Ripley in Alien or

Sarah Connor in Terminator 2. Of course, social

media means this stuff gets broadcast far and

wide in an instant, which emboldens people.

By Jason Barlow

‘The problem with men’s rights activists is that it’s

not about speaking up for men’s rights, it’s about

hating women. If you’re a men’s rights activist,

you’re not going to care about the fact that

there’s an all-female Ghostbusters remake.

That’s nothing to do with men’s rights or female

entitlement. That’s everything to do with being,

well, a whiny baby.’

As ever, Ed manages to provoke without being

overly polemical, a balancing act that only

someone of his huge experience can really pull


‘I did stuff about Trump and the Pizzagate right

wing conspiracy,’ he says, ‘and a couple of the

reviewers said, “Oh, I would have liked to have

watched a whole show of this”. And I think, ‘well

you might have, but the average person who

comes to see me would not like to see that’. I

like to make a point or get something off my

chest, or perhaps I’m talking about something

that’s been on my mind, but the majority of stuff

is just to get laughs.

‘People who come to see me are not political

activists necessarily, they’re regular folk. If you

can make a point to them, in between talking

about your struggles with aging, or discussing

your hernia operation or whatever it is, you can

toss in something that does give people pause

as regards to how men should share the

household chores.’

He continues, ‘It’s not that I feel a responsibility, I

think it just feels more satisfying when you’re

doing it, and it feels more satisfying when people

hear it. When a joke makes a good point, I think

people enjoy it. It’s the difference between

having a steak and eating a chocolate bar.’

Ed, who broke through in the mid-1990s when

the New Lad became a genuine cultural

phenomenon, doesn’t want to submit to any

unnecessary revisionism, but admits that if the

times have changed, he has changed with

them. He reflects a little ruefully on one of his

most famous jokes. ‘There’s an attitude towards

Alanis Morrisette in the opening of that routine

that I’m no longer comfortable with, where I call

her a moaning cow and a whiny bint… slagging

off the lyrics of the song is fine, but there’s a tone

in the preamble that I wouldn’t write today.’

The new show also takes his natural tendency

towards self-deprecation to unexpected

extremes. ‘I do genuinely annoy myself,’ Ed

concedes. ‘But the thing of your children being a

reflection of you, gives you an opportunity to build

something out of the best of yourself only for you

to then see flashes of the worst of yourself in them.

It’s a wake-up call about your own behaviour.’

When I challenge him over the degree of selfloathing

he displays, he disagrees.

‘Self-aggrandising humour is a lot harder to pull off

than self-deprecating humour,’ he insists. ‘A lot of

people get really annoyed when Ricky Gervais is

self-congratulatory. I always find it very funny

when he accepts awards and does so in the most

big-headed way possible. I think it’s a trickier type

of humour to pull off, talking yourself up in that


‘So no, I don’t think I’m being massively hard on

myself. The fact is when you’re the bloke who is

standing on the stage with the microphone,

commanding an audience’s attention, you’re in a

very elevated position anyway.’

That said, If I’m Honest brilliantly elucidates the

frustration that arrives in middle age – and lives up

to its title. ‘I’m bored looking for things, I’m bored

of trying to find stuff, because I can never find it,

and it is entirely my fault,’ Ed says. ‘Nobody’s

hiding my stuff from me. Although my wife did

actually move my passport on one occasion’.

He insists that, while the show might have mordant

and occasionally morbid aspects, it’s also not

without its quietly triumphant moments. ‘I thought I

was being quite upbeat talking about the small

victories,’ he says. ‘You know, finding positivity in

being able to spot when a cramp was about to

happen in your leg and dealing with it before it

does. I was very happy with myself about that.’

Age, it seems, has not withered him. Especially

now that he’s figured out how to head off

ailments before they become a problem. ‘You

see comics who are my age and older but are still

retaining a level of “cool” and drawing a young

crowd. I can’t deny that I’m quite envious of that.

But there’s also something very satisfying about

your audience growing old with you.’

Since the pandemic hit and live comedy as we

know it temporarily ceased to be, Ed has done a

few socially-distanced gigs as well as some on

Zoom and he cannot wait to get back on the

road properly. It will have been 18 months since

he last performed a tour date. “I’ll have to see

what still works and what doesn’t. I’ve missed

doing stand-up the most during this lockdown. Noone

told me ‘you’re not going to be touring for 18

months’ or I would have planned it better”.

Ed Byrne is touring nationwide. For more

information, please visit http://edbyrne.com/



At The Place, Oakengates on

June 15th 2022

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Lamb makes a change from beef in these

delicious home-made burgers which can

be cooked on the BBQ or under the grill.

Adjust the amount of chillies to suit.


Sizzling good recipes to

liven up your BBQ!

450g minced lamb

2 tbsps chopped fresh mint leaves or 1

tablespoon dried mint

2 tbsps chopped fresh coriander

2 tbsps chopped fresh oregano or 1

tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1 tsp sherry

1 tsp white wine vinegar

1 tsp black treacle

1 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp ground allspice

1/2 tsp crushed chillies

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

4 pitta breads

115g feta cheese, crumbled

‘These burgers can be served with pitta

bread or burger buns according to

personal choice’.


1. Preheat barbecue or the grill to a medium


2. Place the lamb in a large bowl and mix

with the mint, coriander, oregano, garlic,

sherry, vinegar and black treacle. Season

with cumin, allspice, crushed chillies, salt and

black pepper; mix well.

3. Shape into 4 burgers.

4. Cook burgers 5 minutes on each side or

until well done, either under the grill or on the


5. Heat the pitta breads briefly and serve the

burgers wrapped in pittas with feta cheese

on top.



A family favourite and easy to prepare, the

pork can be served with mash and veg or

with crusty rolls and coleslaw


1 joint of pork

2 tsps onion powder

2 tsps garlic powder

2 tsps English mustard

3 tbsps dark muscovado sugar

30ml dark soy sauce

300ml tomato ketchup

500ml water


1. Preheat the oven to 220

2. Remove fat from pork before mixing it with

all the ingredients into a lidded casserole


3. Place in the preheated oven for 30

minutes. Baste the pork with the juice in the

dish, then reduce temperature to 180 C for

the remainder of cooking time, basting every

30 minutes.

4. After 3 hours, or once pork is tender,

remove pork from the juices and pull apart

with 2 forks.

5. Transfer pork back into the dish along with

the juice, and cook for 30 minutes more.




This dish is substantial enough

to serve on its own for lunch

or as a side dish to

accompany grilled meat or

fish from the BBQ.


2 courgettes, thickly sliced

1 aubergine, cut into chunks

1 large red pepper,

quartered and seeded

4 large ripe tomatoes,


2 red onions, cut into wedges

2 carrots, peeled and cut

into chunks

4 large garlic cloves

2 tbsp olive oil

300g cous-cous

500ml boiling water

25g butter

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

or coriander

salt and freshly ground black


To Serve

Harissa or Chilli Sauce


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C

. Place all the vegetables in

a large shallow roasting tin,

leaving the garlic cloves

whole but peeled. Drizzle

over the olive oil and season

with black pepper.

2. Roast the vegetables for

45–50 minutes, turning them

occasionally, until tender.

3. Meanwhile, put the couscous

in a deep ovenproof

dish, pour over 500ml boiling

water, cover, and leave for 5

minutes to allow the grains to

soak up the water. Cover

tightly with foil and put in the

oven with the vegetables for

their final 15 minutes, to keep


4. Fluff up the cooked

couscous with a fork, stir in

the butter and herbs and

season to taste. Serve the

roasted vegetables piled on

top of the couscous. Sprinkle

with harissa or chilli sauce, to


Did you know???

Everyone knows the Queen has

two birthdays, but do you know

why? The good old British weather

In 1748, King George II (who was

born in October) decided to

combine the annual summer

military march with his own

birthday celebrations. Since then,

every monarch has followed suit.

You’re Not Supposed to Touch


It’s long been a rule that nobody

but a royal should physically

touch a member of the royal

family, especially the Monarch.

That rule, though, is often ignored

nowadays. Michelle Obama

famously hugged the Queen at

Buckingham Palace in 2009.

That’s supposed to be a big ‘nono’,

but the Queen seemingly

embraced it – some even say she

initiated it.

You Can’t Get to the Throne by

Marrying One. There’s no point in

planning to marry a royal hoping

you can mastermind a plot to

take the throne. Nobody who

marries into royalty can ever

ascend to the top. If you married

a monarch, your title would be

either queen- or king-consort.

The Queen Sets the Tone at


Eating with The Queen can seem

like a bit of a race to guests, only

because as soon as the monarch

stops eating, everybody must put

down their knives and forks. Of

course, royal dinners are pretty

lavish, but if you don’t want

anything going to waste, you’d

better keep up.

The Queen Doesn’t Need a

Passport. Despite being a littleknown

fact, it makes sense when

you think about it: all UK passports

are issued in Her Majesty’s name.

Why would Her Majesty need

permission from herself to go

abroad? The Queen is one of the

only people in the world that

requires no passport for

international travel.

They Can’t Play Monopoly.

It may sound bizarre, but royal

family members aren’t supposed

to play Monopoly. It seems that,

like the rest of us, not even royalty

is immune from the inevitable rifts

and infighting. Back in 2008, the

Duke of York revealed that,

apparently, the traditional

Christmas game gets a bit too

vicious in the Mountbatten-

Windsor household.

The Queen Invented a Breed of

Dog. The Queen famously loves

corgis, and when one of her’s

mated with a Dachshund, she

created the new mixed-breed

Dorgi species of dog. Thanks to

their loyalty, intelligence and

friendliness, almost all Dorgis are

said to be as adorable and loving

as they are cute.

The Queen Owns a LOT of


The holdings of the Crown Estate

are worth an estimated £14 billion

and extend all over the UK into all

sorts of niches including:

Royal palaces

Farming and agriculture

Forestry and parkland

Commercial and residential

Minerals including gold & silver

Plus much, much more.

She also holds the rights to

racecourses such as Royal Ascot

and even shopping centres.

She was the first monarch to be

crowned in a televised coronation

ceremony. Queen Elizabeth II

succeeded to the throne on 6

February 1952 upon the death of

her father, King George VI. On 2

June 1953, her coronation took

place in Westminster Abbey. She

was also the first monarch to be

crowned Queen of Canada.

She was born in a London

townhouse. The future Queen

Elizabeth II was born on 21 April

1926. Although she was the first

child of the Duke and Duchess of

York — the future King George VI

and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen

Mother) — and the eldest

granddaughter of King George V,

she was not born in a palace.

Instead, she was born at 17 Bruton

Street in the Mayfair

neighbourhood of London, in a

townhouse that belonged to her

Scottish maternal grandparents,

the Earl and Countess of

Strathmore. The house was

demolished in 1937. There is now

an office building and a Chinese

restaurant on the site.

17 Bruton Street in 1926

17 Bruton Street today

A Royal Special!

The Queen was the first female

member of the royal family to

become a full-time active

member of the British Armed


Previous princesses, such as

Princess Patricia of Connaught,

had served as the honorary

colonel-in-chief of a military

regiment, but the future Queen

Elizabeth II assumed a more

active role during the Second

World War. In 1945, she joined the

Auxiliary Territorial Service as a

second subaltern and learned to

drive and service vehicles. Five

months later, she was promoted

to junior commander. On Victory

in Europe Day, she joined the

street parties in London,

inconspicuous in her military

uniform. As the monarch, the

Queen is head of the British

Armed Forces.

She promised to devote her life to

public service on her 21st


In 1947, the future Queen

Elizabeth II participated in her first

overseas tour, travelling to South

Africa and what is now Zimbabwe

with her parents and younger

sister, Princess Margaret. Princess

Elizabeth celebrated her 21st

birthday during the tour. In a

radio broadcast from Cape Town,

she committed herself to a

lifetime of public service devoted

to the Commonwealth, stating, “I

declare before you all that my

whole life whether it be long or

short shall be devoted to your

service and the service of our

great imperial family to which we

all belong.”

She received more than 2,500

wedding gifts when she married

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,

in 1947.

After the engagement of Princess

Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip

Mountbatten (Prince Philip of

Greece and Denmark) was

announced on 9 July 1947, invited

wedding guests and members of

the public sent gifts to celebrate

the occasion. Canadian prime

minister William Lyon Mackenzie

King sent antique silverware and

a mink coat as the official

wedding gifts from Canada.

Since food and clothing rationing

was still in force in the United

Kingdom after the Second World

War, members of the public

around the world sent tinned

food (which was redistributed to

people in need) and nylon

stockings. Elizabeth and Philip

were married at Westminster

Abbey in London on 20

November 1947. The Queen and

Prince Philip were married for 73

years, until Philip’s death on 9

April 2021. They have four

children, eight grandchildren and

12 great-grandchildren.

She has owned more than 30

corgis over the course of her


The Queen’s hobbies include

spending time in the countryside,

horseback riding and walking her

dogs. Her preferred breed of dog

is the Pembroke Welsh corgi. She

brought her corgi Susan on her

honeymoon in 1947 and received

a corgi puppy as a gift from

members of her family in the

spring of 2021. The royal corgis

have become part of the

Queen’s public image. A British

coin commemorating Elizabeth

II’s Golden Jubilee in 2002

depicted the monarch with a

corgi. A Vanity Fair magazine

cover marking her 90th birthday

showed the Queen with four of

her dogs. At the opening

ceremony of the 2012 Olympic

Summer Games in London, the

Queen and her corgis appeared

in a video with actor Daniel Craig

as James Bond.

She is the most well travelled

monarch in history.

The Queen’s parents and

grandparents travelled

extensively in the British Empire

and then the Commonwealth,

but the Queen holds the record

for the most countries visited by

an individual monarch: more than

120 countries on six continents.

The Queen has visited Canada

more than any other country

outside the United Kingdom,

having undertaken 23 official

Canadian royal tours between

1951 and 2010.

She is the longest reigning

monarch in British and

Commonwealth history.

On 9 September 2015, Elizabeth II

became the longest reigning

monarch in British and

Commonwealth history when she

surpassed the record set by the

nearly 64-year reign of her greatgreat-grandmother


Victoria. Although separated by

more than a century, Elizabeth

and Victoria celebrated the

milestone the same way: a quiet

dinner at Balmoral Castle in

Scotland with visiting

grandchildren. If Elizabeth II reigns

for another two years, she will

exceed the 72-year record set by

King Louis XIV of France for the

longest reign in European history.

The Queen faces right on her

coins which is part of a tradition

which has lasted for over 300

years. Each King or Queen faces

in the opposite direction to the

one before. The Queen's father

George VI faced left on his coins

so Elizabeth II faces right, however

same does not apply to stamps -

the monarch always faces left.

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Self care is not a thing….

Self-care is not a thing.

It is a way of life.

More than a way of life.

It is every decision that you make.

Every thought you think.

It is every person, circumstance and energy

that you allow into your life.

Self-care is what you CHOOSE for yourself.

In every minute of your life.

It is what you eat, what you drink, what you

watch, what you read, what you invest your time

in, what you think about, what you dream about,

what you plan, what you allow yourself to desire.

It is every person you interact with, every

agreement you make, everything you say YES to!

Or don’t say NO to!

Every minute of every day we are making choices

for ourselves, choices that will affect how we see

and perceive life. Choices based on our internal

beliefs and programs. On what we have learned

about our self and others.

And based on this internal knowledge we decide

what is good and what is bad?

We decide between self-care OR selfpunishment.

That is how you know if it’s ‘good’ for you or not.

If it’s good it feels GOOD! (that is what

Alignment is).

If it’s not ‘good’ you can feel that too!!! In your

nervous system. And it feels ‘bad’.

Now I’m not talking about the things that give

you nerves or your natural, human fear of the

‘unknown’… I embrace that! That is what carries

us forward. Feel the fear and do it anyway!

I’m talking about letting go of the things that

‘churn you up’, that bring you genuine anxiety,

the friends that criticise you or make you feel

crap about yourself instead of lifting you up and

being a cheerleader, the people that abuse you or

don’t allow you to honour your own needs

without guilt tripping you. The stuff that makes

you feel ‘bad’, the things that affect your health…

your emotional, physical and energetic health.

Your body knows! And as you start to listen to

your body to start to feel it. You start to learn to

differentiate between that natural, nervous

feeling of doubt we ALL sometimes have when

we are pushing ourselves out of our comfort

zone and the things that are genuinely not good

for us, our mental health or our nervous system!

Self-care is also so hard because it is often so

unpopular with others. Self-care is cancelling

Between self-love OR self-judgment.

Between Self-serving OR self-sacrificing.

Self-care is putting yourself first, it is truly loving

yourself with reverence and compassion and

letting go of anything that affects your nervous

system…or in other words feels ‘bad’. You know

that feeling in the pit of your stomach when you

really feel you don’t want to do something or

something or someone feels ‘off’? That’s what I’m

talking about.

plans, ‘letting other people down’, or saying NO

and meaning it! It’s maybe being ‘selfish’ or

making yourself a priority. It is considering your

needs as well as the needs of others. Considering

your needs first!

Which is hard!!!

Especially if you have learnt to be a people

pleaser (Which we very often do to keep

ourselves feeling safe). We don’t want people to

be angry or disappointed with us. We don’t want

to feel their rejection when we don’t do what

they want. We don’t want them to think we

don’t care. And very often we fear their reactions.

Probably because we learnt it was NOT ok to

take care of ourselves. Or set boundaries with


Maybe our Mum or Dad or our Grandparents

never did, maybe they thought it was indulgent,

lazy, wasting the day…. Maybe it was selfish, selfcentred

and attention seeking? Maybe they had

been raised to just ‘get on with it’ and ‘make the

best of it’ and ‘do their duty’ maybe they always

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you feel you don’t deserve to take care of

yourself, your experiences of life have been such

that you don’t feel worthy of this care, or you feel

so guilty every time you do anything for you….

yourself. One little decision at a time. One choice

at a time…. you start to choose you.

And the goal is to CHOOSE you EVERYTIME.

You can still be a kind, loving and caring person

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Start to listen to that voice in your head, start to

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to guide you by following what feels GOOD!

What nourishes you!

And releasing, letting go of, and not giving your

energy to what doesn’t!

It may take a lot of practice, it may take some

real courage to speak up, it may take some

changes in how you communicate, it may take

getting some help to understand where the

thoughts, feelings or beliefs are coming from… it

could take time to change it… it will certainly

take effort…

Just make a decision every day to CHOOSE YOU a

little more.

And you are on your way to true Self-care.

Whatever the reason, if you find it difficult to

make time for yourself and take care of yourself

then you likely learned that somewhere! You

learnt your worth too and how much you could

love yourself, you learnt what you think you

deserve or what you have to put up with! All

reflected back at you via the eyes of your family

and the people around you.

And it would really help you to unlearn it. To

change it. Because it is NOT the truth!!! It is their

own programming reflected back at you. You are

actually a divine and magical being! With

infinite potential! You are made of the same

energy as the universe! YOU have so much

power inside you! You have the power to change

everything!!! You learned it all once and you can

unlearn it all now! You can choose what you

believe now! How you treat yourself! How

worthy you are!

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Never mind the school bell as hot air balloon launches

the day in special surprise for Shropshire pupils

Pupils at a Shropshire school were left wowed after

arriving for class to find a Hot Air Balloon in their

playing fields.

The youngsters at the Old Hall School in Wellington

then gathered outside to see the red balloon inflate

to create a stunning sight on the grounds early on

Friday morning.

Organised by Virgin Balloon Flights the colourful

spectacle was greeted with cheers of delight as the

pilot guided the balloon on a few short trips up and

down, with the tether attached, so they see it in the


Headteacher Martin Stott said the balloon certainly

caused a great deal of excitement with pupils

surprised by the early morning visitor.

“It was lovely to see such delight on their faces as

they spotted the balloon in the playing fields,” added

Mr Stott,

“I think they could not quite believe what they were

seeing. It’s not every day a hot air balloon ends up in

your school playground.

“We are also so grateful to pilot Steve for talking to

the children and answering questions so they could

find out more about hot air balloons and what a

fascinating job it is to fly in them.

“It is always worthwhile to encourage situations

where young children get to meet real people in

unusual jobs so they can see for themselves how

many opportunities there are out there in terms of

careers and even just trying new things.”

Matt Jones, Managing Director of Virgin Balloon

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both kids and grown-ups alike.

“We’ve been doing this for almost 28 years now and

we never tire of seeing the expressions of wonder

and happiness when our big red balloons drop in.”

The balloon was at the school for just over an hour

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There are plenty of mysteries

about the human body, and

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We typically think of yawning as

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person yawning to yawn,

yourself. Sometimes, all it takes is

just hearing a yawn or thinking

about one. You may even be

yawning right now.

So how much of yawning is

mystery and how much can

science actually tell us about


Why do we yawn?

Experts classify yawns into two

types: A yawn that occurs on its

own, which experts call

spontaneous yawning, and a

yawn that occurs after seeing

someone else do it, which

experts call contagious yawning.

(Yep, secret's out of the bag,

yawning is indeed contagious.)

But, whether spontaneous or

contagious, why do we even do

it in the first place?

As it turns out, we don't really

know why we yawn.

Some theories, however, are that

yawning helps:

* Regulate your brain


* Wake your body up

* Bring more oxygen into your


* Keep your lung tissue


While some of these theories

have been largely debunked,

one of the more recent and

prominent theories that still holds

some weight is that yawning

may be a way to regulate brain


So Why are yawns contagious?

Similar to the mystery surrounding

why we yawn, experts also aren't

really sure why yawns are so


What is known is that

spontaneous yawning — for

whatever reason it may occur —

is an ancient, evolutionarily

conserved behavior shared

among many vertebrate


Contagious yawning, however,

seems to be isolated to just a

few animals, including people,

non-human primates and

domesticated dogs. What's

more is that contagious yawning

doesn't really appear in human

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Taken together, experts believe

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bored or neither, as well as

whether you're yawning on your

own or you're yawning because

it's on your mind. You may even

try to decide for yourself which

theory of yawning you believe




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Libra - (23rd Sept - 23rd October)

Libra it may seem that the Universe is testing you over the

coming weeks, well it is, but it’s the Moon mostly... the

key thing here is to adapt and flow, and to accept

change. There will be two particular challenging periods,

the Moons Waxing Gibbous stages between May 12th

and 13th and then again June 9th and 10th. Good news

is life feels more rewarding mid-June onwards, as we

should then enjoy the rewards for our hard work and

patience, a holiday or impromptu break would be

perfect now, or even just a good day out and a treat for


Scorpio - (24th Oct - 22nd November)

Scorpio, it’s an emotional time with the Moons pesky

Waxing Gibbous stage during May 14th and 15th, We

may be a little snappy, children, partners, families &

colleagues might be able to irritate right now, so just take

care and count to 10! We can soon release emotion

during the Full Moon stage May 16th, sometimes we just

have to let our feelings out, we can revisit sadness or

feelings of loss as we move forward, it is not a linear

process and take comfort in the thought that your only

human and this shall soon pass...

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 heart...

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...

Aquarius - (21st Jan - 18th Feb)

Aquarius sees the Last Quarter Moon stage during May

22nd, and this is a time of results and rewards! Projects,

work and career, house moves, family matters, health

etc. This is the time to reflect upon results, look at how far

you have come, this is your own personal harvest time.

Take the rewards and the accolade! A sense of selfrespect

and pride is deserved. We may even be given

awards, payments and financial gain.

Pisces - (19th Feb - 20th March)

Pisces have patience during the month of May, we may

feel that things are getting stagnant or indeed be feeling

a little bored. Are we ready for something new Pisces?

Use the Moon's Waning crescent stage 23rd and 24th

June as a catalyst to bring enthusiasm, take a gamble,

risks bring change, change brings excitement, change

brings unpredictability but change also brings fun, we

are ready now Pisces to take the leap of faith, Do it!

Aries - (21st March - 20th April)

Aries this is your time of year now! On May 2nd we see

Venus enter bringing a spark to the love life and our

feelings around relationships. Then we have Mars arriving

May 24th which fuels us full of drive to follow our desires in

love, ambition and passion projects. Jupiter will also join

the party arriving on May 10th promoting calming and

soothing energy therefore balancing us out perfectly so

we can both 'Go get em' but also have the required

sensitive touch.

Taurus - (21st April -21st May)

Taurus, enjoy the feeling of warmth in the area of

relationships as May 28th sees Venus arrive. We may feel

happy and settled if single, which is in fact perfect timing

to open the door to new love. First dates around the

Waning Crescent Moon of June 23rd are a perfect time

to start new relationships pairings or even friendships. For

those already paired, new starts or chapters involving

you both around this Moon stage are good for you to..

Gemini - (22nd May - 21st June)

Gemini sees the Sun enter on May 21st, bringing joy and

optimism and a feeling of general wellbeing. Interestingly

on May 23rd the planet Mercury leaves but then is back

again June 13th, Mercury has a bearing upon

communications, so we may just feel that things go on

hold or come to a standstill especially if we're waiting for

those important emails or letters, have faith that things

are meant to delay, so as they can happen at the right

time mid-June. By the last week in June, from the 23rd

Venus has Gemini focusing upon love and feeling cosy.

Cancer - (22nd June - 22nd July)

Cancer enjoy June 21st as the Sun enters your sign,

warming up family get togethers and celebrations and

happy announcements! Cancer should also utilize the

New Moon as it arrives June 29th boosting new ideas it’s

a perfect time to use those new thoughts and plans.

What with the suns warmth and the new moons

enlightenment this is a great time to bring in new career

moves or even look at where were living or starting those

new projects around the house.

Leo - (23rd July - 23rd August)

Leo, from May 8th and the 9th the First Quarter Moon

stage comes into influence. We may feel like we have

been going nonstop, upon a treadmill almost, working

hard, keeping our head down and getting on with it. This

First Quarter Moon stage just needs to be pushed through

now, it may feel challenging and tiring but all this work is

paying off its just a hard slog, this may be a theme in all

areas of life not just work. Hang on in there as by June

the 4th and 5th the Waxing Crescent stage brings in a

sense of renewed enthusiasm as well as reward.

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

Virgo will feel influenced by the Moon's Waxing Gibbous

stage on May 10th and the 11th as it’s a time to use

redirection adjustment and flexibility, this is not a time to

dig the heels in, adjusting now so that close Full Moon

stage doesn't make us overemotional and say things

uncalled for or act controversially! Smile sweetly and

rethink our moves... The June 7th First Quarter Moon

stage marks important endings, deadlines, and a feeling

of 'There its finished!'

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We have all heard about phobias such as

Arachnophobia (Fear of spiders) or Acrophobia

(Fear of heights) but we thought we would have a

look at the unusual phobias out there and

highlight them for you. Lets see how many you

have heard of and we promise we haven't made

them up.

Arachibutyrophobia (Fear of peanut butter sticking

to the roof of your mouth)

For someone who can't stand Peanut Butter this is

one phobia I will never get!!

Nomophobia (Fear of being without your mobile


For all the teenagers out there, Recent research has

shown that almost 77% checked their mobile phones

more than 35 times a day.

Arithmophobia (Fear of numbers)

If you were rubbish at Maths at school, you can now

tell people you were suffering from Arithmophobia at

the time and this is the reason you failed your exam!

Plutophobia (Fear of money)

plutophobia, No it's not a fear of Donald duck

cartoons or planets in the solar system, but it is a fear

of money or wealth. Now I know why I'm always skint

just after payday, it's not the wife's fault!

Ablutophobia (Fear of bathing)

For all those smelly people out there now you know


Octophobia (Fear of the number eight)

If you suffer from Octophobia and Arithmophobia I

would even bother sitting down to do a maths Exam,

but just think if you lived in China and suffered from

this Phobia, as the number 8 is their Luckiest number

as it is associated with Wealth.

Globophobia (Fear of balloons)

Just Don't watch the film Up then!

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (Fear of

long words)

Now I'm sorry, Imagine if you have to fill in a form to

explain why you have a fear of Long words and have

to write that down and then imagine if you were

Dyslexic too...............Forget it!

Omphalophobia (Fear of belly buttons)

I don't think it's the fear of the belly button that's the

problem but the belly itself, you should see mine!

Pogonophobia (Fear of beards)

These people will not be watching any ZZ Top videos

in the near future!

Chaetophobia (Fear of hair)

These people will definitely not be making a visit to

their local barbers or hairdressers soon.

Vestiphobia (Fear of clothing)

Next time you speak to a naturist you can ask them if

they suffer from this phobia!

Ergophobia (Fear of work)

Especially popular with certain council workers,

where you have four people around a job, one

person doing the work and the other 3 "Supervising"!!

You know what I mean!

Decidophobia (Fear of making decisions)

Have you ever been out with a group of friends, got

in the car, got to the junction and then spent half an

hour deciding whether to turn left to one pub or right

to another one, well that's the reason why!

Eisoptrophobia (Fear of mirrors)

Not for the vain people out there!!

And finally...

Phobophobia (Fear of phobias)

So if you suffer from any of the other phobias above

does that mean you can't suffer from Phobophobia?

Very confusing

At the very least we hope we have enlightened

you on a few of the phobias out there that you

might not have heard of before and are now

thinking, "I suffer from that" this is a bit like a

medical dictionary.

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Using all 16 letters of the phrase above, form

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about Ugandan dictator Idi


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5. Which fictional character was

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How many words of four

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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

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24 Good; 28 Very Good;

33 Excellent.

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The History of

The Molineux Stadium...

Widow agreed to sell the property and 8 acres of

land to clear the debt.

The Molineux family then extended the house

(which was better known as The Molineux Hotel),

and added a fine rear extension, which looked

even better than the main façade. It is certain

that by 1750 work had finished on the house, and

the rear formal garden, because they appear on

an Isaac Taylor map, which was drawn during

that year.

The Molineux family finally severed its connection

with the house in the late 1850s. By then the

surrounding area had completely changed. The

lovely view across to St. Peter’s Church and the

town centre had filled-up with terraced streets

and factories, and even the views to the north

were not what they used to be.

Molineux House and grounds in 1750. From

Isaac Taylor's map

Molineux - The Golden Palace (or Custard

Bowl as some people from Sandwell like to

call it), is the Mecca to most Wolves Fans,

the place where there dreams come true, a

place where at least 30,000 fans descend on

at least once a fortnight every fortnight

during the football season to watch there

beloved Wolves play. But how did

Wolverhampton Wanderers choose Molineux

as their home for over 100 years? Well we

look back at the history of Molineux and how

it has developed.

In the 18th century, a number of prosperous

businessmen built fine, substantial houses near

their place of work in Wolverhampton. As a result

large Georgian houses appeared in Dudley

Street, Victoria Street, Berry Street, and Bilston

Street, Wolverhampton.

The largest of all was Molineux House, later known

as the Molineux Hotel, which became home to

one of the town’s most successful families.

Benjamin Molineux took ownership of the Land in

1744 when the then owner John Rotton died and

because he owed Benjamin £700, John Rotton's

Charles Edward Molineux, who was born at Ryton

Rectory, became the last family member to own

the house. In 1856 he moved to Kilsall, near

Cosford, and put the house and gardens up for


In the late 1850s when the house and grounds

were still on the market, the ornamental terraced

gardens continued to be well tended. A number

of fetes were held in the grounds, which in effect

became Wolverhampton’s first public park.

During the time that the building and grounds

were up for sale, a large number of events were

held in the grounds, which became more

frequent as time passed.

Local promoters would organise entertainments

of almost every kind, to attract a large number of

visitors. The festivities were mainly held in the

summer months between early May and late

September, and became increasingly popular,

until they came to a temporary end when the

house and grounds were sold.

In 1860 Molineux House and grounds were

purchased by Oliver Edgar McGregor, a tobacco

importer who decided to capitalise on the

successful summer events. In the mid 1800s parks

and recreation grounds were seen as an

important amenity for the working classes in the

large towns and cities.

Mr. McGregor must have realised the significance

of the gardens, known locally as Molineux’s

Grounds. Such events could be extremely

profitable, and so he began to organise grander

and more varied events than ever before. There

were highland games, tightrope walkers, and

firework displays galore.

In 1869 Mr. McGregor also decided to capitalise

on the large number of industries that had

brought wealth and prosperity to the region, by

hosting the South Staffordshire Industrial and Fine

Arts Exhibition.

The event opened on 11th May and ran until 30th

October, during which time over 222,000 people

visited the house and grounds. .

Benjamin Molineux took ownership of the Land in

1744 when the then owner John Rotton died and

because he owed Benjamin £700, John Rotton's

Widow agreed to sell the property and 8 acres of

land to clear the debt.

During 1886 though Oliver McGregor sold the

Hotel and grounds to Mr. Edwin Steer, the first of

many new owners.

But, unfortunately the popularity of the grounds

diminished, and in 1889 the gardens were

removed, and the Molineux football ground was

built over the site of the trees, bandstand, and

ornamental boating lake. Wolves were now at

their Golden Palace!

In 1901 the Molineux hotel was acquired by local

brewer William Butler & Company. The football

club purchased their ground at the back of the

house, from the brewery in 1923.

And that in a nutshell is how Wolves ended up at

Molineux, their spiritual Home.

Molineux Hotel

Visitors enjoying the gardens during the

exhibition. The main hall is in the background.

(Now the South Bank!)

The pleasure grounds became extremely popular,

admission from 9 a.m. until dusk cost two pence.

On Tuesdays and Fridays, admission until 4 p.m.

was sixpence.Visitors could promenade around

the flower garden, go boating on the lake, or

play games such as football, cricket, croquet,

and quoits.

Mr. McGregor, was keen to attract sporting clubs,

schools, and parties, to visit the grounds, in fact

he built a cycle track and actively promoted

race meetings, which were also a great success.

Wolverhampton’s West Park opened in the

summer of 1881, and so in order to continue to

attract people to the Molineux grounds,

McGregor decided to concentrate on sporting


Molineux today, over 200 years later when

Benjamin Molineux bought the land in 1744

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Car Review:

Toyota CH-R self charging

hybrid SUV

By Sue Cooke

I have always loved the exterior

looks of Toyota’s compact crossover

and as far as style goes there have

been few cars on the market since

its launch in 2016 that have been

able to divert my attention. The C-

HR (Coupe High Rider) for 2022 has

subtle design changes to the front

with a lower lip spoiler and there is a

sleek glossy spoiler now linking the

LED technology in the headlamp

and rear light clusters. Disguised rear

door handles are uniquely

integrated into the rear pillars at the

top of the door. Why change a

good thing.

Keyless entry gives access to a very

quiet cabin. Engineers have

improved noise and vibration levels

in 11 different locations. Seat

upholstery is a new synthetic leather

trimmed in a cool gun metal colour.

There is a new exterior colour option

of Deep Amethyst.

The SUV offers three equipment

grades: Icon, Design and Excel and

the GR Sport grade for a sportier


The interior is airy and spacious. I

found it easy to see the display on

the central 8 inch multi-media

touchscreen, which stands proud of

the dash with switches and dials all

angled towards the driver. I found

air conditioning, sat nav and audio

are simple to operate while on the


Smart connected services, include

cloud-based navigation with

continuous, “always on” traffic

information, 3D city mapping,

highway signage and fixed traffic

camera locations. No phone

pairing is required and no additional

data costs are incurred. A new onboard

voice agent recognises

natural, conversational requests. A

four-year Toyota Smart Connect

package, includes local parking

and road event information and

over-the-air updates in the vehicle’s

purchase price.

I pressed the stop start button,

pushed back into the supportive

comfortable seats and relaxed,

making the most of the concert hall

quality sound from the JBL premium

audio system that has an eight

channel 800W stereo amplifier and

nine speakers. An option on my

road test car.

There is a long list of safety

equipment but the ones that

owners might find the most useful

include a Pre-Collision system with

pedestrian warning, adaptive cruise

control, lane departure alert with

steering control, automatic high

beam and road sign assist. Drivers

can ask for an analysis of their

driving style and how to save fuel.

The top hinged tailgate gives

access to a large boot, coping with

377 litres. I found some very useful

hooks for keeping shopping bags


The hybrid electric range offers a

choice of power from two selfcharging

hybrids. The original

120bhp 1.8 litre hybrid engine

system has been upgraded with a

lithium-ion high voltage battery. The

car I road tested was powered by a

2-litre hybrid engine system that

produces 182bhp and there is no

need to think about recharging.

When driving around town, the CH-

R has the potential to achieve up to

80 per cent zero emissions.

The suspension has been uprated

and is now quite firm, but this

maximises performance and

handling potential.

Toyota’s CH-R offers a gorgeous

distinctive exterior design which

definitely turns heads and with the

choice of a self-charging hybrid

there will be fewer turns into the

garage forecourt!

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Model: Toyota C-HR Excel hybrid

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Performance: 0-62mph in 8.2seconds and on

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The ever-fluctuating cost of fuel is

something all motorists would have

noticed over the past year and IAM

RoadSmart has driving hints and tips

to help to lower your fuel

consumption. But one of the most

dramatic ways to save on fuel is to

drive a hybrid. Mazda launches the

Mazda2 self-charging full hybrid that

combines a 1.5 litre 3 cylinder petrol

engine with a 59kkw electric motor

and arrives in the UK in May.

At start-up the Mazda2 Hybrid

automatically runs in all electric

mode, which is ideal for stop start

journeys in an urban environment

producing zero emissions. During

normal driving, power is adjusted

between the petrol engine and

electric motor to get the best

performance and fuel efficiency. On

braking or going downhill, energy is

recovered and stored in the battery.

The full hybrid will be sold alongside

the rest of the 2022 supermini range

which went on sale in October last

year and has a choice of seven

colours, new trim levels and is

powered by the 1.5 litre Skyactiv-G

petrol engine. A 115ps power output

has been reintroduced alongside the

75ps and 90ps outputs. In all, there

are seven models to choose from

starting with the £16,475 75ps SE-L

and topped with the new £20,845

115ps GT Sport Tech model.

The Mazda2 Hybrid has three trim

grades: Pure, Agile and Select with

prices ranging from £20,300 and

there are generous standard

specifications across the entire range.

The £21,150 Agile grade adds 15-inch

alloy wheels, reversing camera,8-inch

colour touch-screen centre display

and smart keyless entry. There’s also

the option to add the £980 Comfort

Pack which brings stylish additions

like gloss black bumper mouldings

and a gloss black front grille with

lower satin chrome surround. There

are LED headlights and front fog

lights, plus the Comfort Pack sports

style front seats with black fabric and

synthetic leather trim, and dual-zone

climate control.

At the top of the three-model hybrid

range, ‘Select’ features an extensive

range of additional equipment which

includes privacy glass, 16-inch alloys,

power-fold mirrors, Qi Wireless

smartphone charging and Blind Spot

Monitoring with Parking Support

Function to name just a few.

The long 2,560 mm wheelbase offers


accommodation for

up to four adults, as

well as 286 litres of

boot space.

With a combined

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Mazda’s new hybrid

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WLTP combined cycle fuel economy

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CO2 emissions of just 93-87g/km

depending on the specification of 16”

or 15” wheels. The battery power

level is constantly managed via an

engine-driven generator to remove

any need to recharge the system from

an external source.

Fitting into the B segment, the

Mazda2 may be the smallest car

produced by Mazda, but it has at its

heart the same values of style, driver

involvement and quality. The

addition of a hybrid gives customers

the opportunity to save on fuel and

CO2 emissions while keeping


If you are not lucky enough to get to

drive the new Mazda2 hybrid but still

need to save money on fuel, IAM

RoadSmart suggests - drive smoothly,

offload unnecessary weight, avoid

busy periods, keep your tyres well

maintained and avoid short journeys.

Facts at a Glance

Model: Mazda 2 Hybrid Supermini

Price: From £20,300 otr

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and 59kW electric motor

Performance: 0-62mph in 9.7 seconds

CO2 emissions: 93-87g/km (16” or 15” wheels)

Combined fuel consumption:

(WLTP) 70.6 to 74.3mpg


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In light of the Queen’s historic original family name, Saxe-coburg and Gotha, originating

from Germany, we at the Scene & SYone magazines thought a good traditional

German recipe would be the perfect dessert to serve at your Jubilee party!

This is an old recipe from Germany.

The cake improves with aging, so bake several days ahead.


3 tsps instant coffee granules

225m (8 fl oz) hot water

4 eggs, separated

150g (5 oz) caster sugar

5 tbsps vegetable oil

225g (8 oz) honey

375g (13 oz) plain flour

2½ tbsps of baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ tsp salt

½ tsp ground cloves

½ tsp ground allspice


1. Mix coffee in hot water and then cool.

2. In a large bowl, beat the yolks with the sugar until creamy.

Add the oil and then the honey, beating after each

addition. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

3. Sift the flour. Combine with salt, baking powder,

bicarbonate of soda and spices. Add these dry ingredients

alternately with the coffee to the honey mixture, stirring only

until blended. Do not overmix.

4. Whip egg whites until stiff. Fold in three additions into the

batter. Pour into 2 greased 20cm (8 in) square pans.

5. Bake at 160ºC / Gas mark 3 for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a

skewer inserted into the centre of cake comes out clean.

Tea Loaf - With no oil or butter in the ingredients, there

is room to indulge with a topping of choice once this loaf

comes out of the oven.


340g self-raising flour

300ml strong hot tea

280g raisins

110g sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp ground allspice


1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

2. Steep the raisins in the hot tea

for half an hour.

3. Mix dry ingredients together.

Add the raisin-tea mixture and the

beaten egg. Gently combine

using a rubber spatula, but don't


4. Scoop ingredients into an oiled

loaf tin.

5. Bake for 1 hour.

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