SYone Jubilee Edition 2022

Welcome to your amazing Jubilee edition of the SYone 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 :)

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Shrewsbury & Surrounds






& Lifestyle



What’s On This Summer, Fashion, Motoring, Health & Wellbeing, Jubilee,

Recipes, Vegan Hub, House & Home, A Chat with Ed Byrne and much more...




Leah Holloway

Shropshire Sales Manager

To be included with our

next edition, covering

July & August

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Editorial Contributors: Chris Dawson & Katie Wilson


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What’s on this Summer

New - Shrewsbury News

Doughnut Workshops


Oswestry Food & Drink


Unusual Phobias

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!


Vegan Hub

Motoring Reviews

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Summer events


P!nk in Concert – with Vicky

Jackson and her live band

Friday 13th May

The Buttermarket, Shrewsbury

Soul & Motown club night

with the Rumble Band

Saturday 14th May

The Place, Oakengates, Telford



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

June 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

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 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!


The perfe

ect place fo


‘non-gym’ people!

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Bryngwyn Summer Fayre


Saturday June 4th & Sunday 5th

June - 10.30am – 5pm

Bryngwyn hall and Estate

The best of regional food and

drink, unusual plants and trees,


woodcarving, crafts, live

demonstrations including

cookery, jewellery, casting

lessons, children’s entertainment

and fun dog show. Delicious

refreshments and bar.

The gardens and poison

Garden are open throughout

the event, garden tours with

Head Gardener.

Dogs on leads welcome

Entry £5 per person, children

under 12 free

Bryngwyn Hall, Llanfyllin, SY22


enquiries@bryngwyn.com /


01691 648647 / 07967 821191

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


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!



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

Join Vicky at The Garden

Room, Shrewsbury

for Terrarium Workshops:

Saturday 14th May at 11am

Thursday 19th May at 6pm

Thursday 16th June at 6pm

Saturday 18th June at 11am

Contact: 07831 537871



Shrewsbury’s brand-new drinks festival

Excitement is building for the debut of

Shrewsbury’s new festival this May.

The team at Shropshire Festivals are bringing

together local brewers, drinks producers, tasty

street food, the best bands in the region and a

host of fun for their new festival.

The live music stage will feature local favourites

such as Good 2 Go, The Vertigo Band, Five

o'clock Hero, Untamed Shrews, Lost The Plot,

Groove Dynamite, Dirty Rockin Scoundrels,

Chasing August, Microbaby and S4TW. After

bringing down the house at Shropshire

Oktoberfest, The Old Time Sailors have been

booked to play their 19th century style upbeat

bluegrass and folk, which transports the audience

to another world with their eclectic mix of

instruments and sounds.

There will be a silent disco tent, letting you choose

your own tracks to dance to, plus lots of fun

antics, including a bungee run, axe throwing,

human table football, volley ball and a rodeo


On Saturday 21st, festival goers can enjoy a

selection of top comics from the circuit, including

Barbara Nice, Michael Fabbri and Andy Field. The

Studio will also be open with dazzling belly

dancing, amazing hula hooping, line dancing

and performances from Get Your Wigle On.

The best local brewers, distilleries and drinks

on 20th & 21st May 2022

producers will be there including Hobsons

Brewery, Three Tuns Brewery, Joules Brewery, Fairy

Glen Brewery, Gillow Cider, Gwatkin Cider, The

Special Cider Company, Barbourne Cider, The

Shropshire Distillery, Kerry Vale Vineyard,

Monkhide Wines and Gindifferent.

CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) will be running a

bar with all their favourite cask ales and top


Street food will be on offer from Bob’s Curry Hut,

Fabulous Food Guys, Fordhall Farm, Le Chariot,

Mukaase Afro Caribbean Cuisine, Oh My

Sausage, Olitory, Severn Valley Roasts, Wild Street

Kitchen and more.

Shropshire Festival’s charity of the year is Lingen

Davies Cancer Fund. Representatives from the

charity will be at the event providing a flower

crown making workshop to raise funds.

Beth Heath, Director of Fun at Shropshire Festivals,

said, “This event will mix all the most loved

elements of Shropshire Oktoberfest with sunshine

and outdoor fun, having a great time with friends

in the beautiful parkland of the Quarry, and

partying until the sun goes down. Ticket sales

have been going crazy – make sure you snap up

yours! Early bird tickets are on sale now.”

Tickets can be purchased from



at the


20th & 21st May ‘22


Local brewers and producers serving real ales, ciders, gin, wine,

prosecco, and cocktails, the TASTIEST street food, the BEST bands in the region

performing on our live music stage AND the EPIC silent




Returns to

Shrewsbury Quarry on

25th & 26th June 2022

Shropshire’s thriving food scene is

celebrated annually in the 29 acres of

parkland of Shrewsbury Quarry. In the

festival’s 10-year history, it has been

voted Best Food Festival in the

Midlands multiple times.

The Shropshire Festivals team will once

again be providing a weekend of foodie,

family entertainment, celebrating lots of

amazing independent businesses from the

region and beyond.

Organisers are lining up 200 food, drink,

home and garden stalls, tasty street food,

plus beer, wine, gin, and fizz bars.

Talented chefs from the region such as

Stuart Collins, James Sherwin, Chris Burt,

Rob Gibson, Jimmy Worrel and Gareth

Howard, will be leading talks,

demonstrations and cookalongs, and they

will be joined for the weekend by multi-

Michelin star and 5 out of 5 AA Rosette

winning chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli.

For the first time, the food festival will be

dropping all mainstream alcohol brands so

only our local, independent breweries,

vineyards and distilleries are enjoyed and


The Shropshire Distillery will be running a

gin and cocktail bar at the festival,

“We’re looking forward to being a big part of

the Shrewsbury Food Festival again this year

and serving up our locally produced

handcrafted spirits,” says Emma Glynn from

the distillery. “It has become the premier

event for celebrating independent food and

drink businesses from the region. We’re

proud to be sponsoring the Chef Talks and

Demonstrations Stage for the second year

running, where the biggest chef names will

be all weekend.”

Shropshire Festivals are offering bursary

places to fledgling food and drink

businesses in need of a leg up in to the lime

light. They are also in search of more home

and garden stalls for the Monk’s home and

garden zone.

This event is more of a mammoth day out

for all, than a run-of-the-mill food festival,

with a live music stage hosting top local

bands all weekend (including Dirty Rockin

Scoundrels, Chasing August and Lost The

Plot), a huge free kids’ zone featuring a

circus big top, a BBQ competition, Fire

Stage, and educational Field and Fork area

with piglets, alpacas and ducklings. They

promise the biggest STEM offering to date.

There will also be a family entertainment

stage, with performances from ‘Get Your

Wigle On’ delighting audiences again.

Beth Heath, Director of Fun for the event,

said, “Join us again for a beautiful, sunny

weekend of amazing food, drink and

entertainment. You will get so much more

out of the festival than you will ever expect -

try a glider simulation, visit the Marmite

stand, enter a prison van, try axe throwing

or challenge yourself to try every single

food product in the festival! This is a must

visit event this summer – there is something

for everyone!”

For more information and

to buy tickets visit


200+ Food, Drink & Craft Exhibitors, Home & Garden Area,

Chef School, Chef Demo’s, Kid’s Activities, Field to Fork Area,

Street Food, Live Music & loads more!

25th & 26th June ‘22

Shrewsbury News

by Katie Wilson

River Severn Incidents –

Horror as three men are

found in river

A local 21-year-old has been found

dead in the River Severn in

Shrewsbury. Nathan Fleetwood was

reported missing on 27th March after

not returning home nor contacting his

family or friends after a night in the


Nathan had left Albert’s Shed, a bar in

the centre of Shrewsbury and was last

seen in the early hours of the Sunday

morning on Kingsland Bridge before

walking back towards the town centre.

On Sunday 3rd April, hundreds turned

out at Hickory’s Restaurant in

Shrewsbury to aid in a search for the

young man; a search that had also

gathered over 10,000 followers on

social media.

Nathan’s body was found in the River

Severn by divers on the afternoon of

the 15th April. West Mercia Police

Search and Rescue had been deployed

on nine separate occasions since his


Toby Jones, another local man from

Shrewsbury was pulled out of the river

on the evening of 1st April.

The 32-year-old was pulled out by

firefighters after the emergency

services were alerted to a person in

distress in the river.

Jones was taken to the hospital where

he later died. Flowers and memorials

have been placed near Victoria Quay

with hundreds paying their respects on

social media.

A third man, Dan Walker was pulled

out of the river in the early hours of

Monday 4th April.

A local student, Will Mowbray rushed

to his aid, attempting to pull him out of

the river whilst another held on to his

ankles before jumping in and holding

Walker for half an hour whilst his

girlfriend, Molly Marr was on the

phone to the emergency services.

The 31-year-old was taken to hospital

where he was reported to have been

unresponsive. He has since begun his

recovery process though has been told

he may not walk again.

Mowbray and Marr have been called

‘heroes’ and he has since shared on

social media that he has been

recognised by the Lord Lieutenant of

Shropshire and is likely to be invited to

the Queen’s BBC Jubilee Concert at

Buckingham Palace as two of her

‘Platinum Jubilee heroes.’

New openings in Shrewsbury

town centre


National favourite, Wilko has opened

it’s new store in Shrewsbury.

Located on the lower level of the

Darwin Centre, Wilko opened in time

for the Easter weekend and it’s first

100 customers were rewarded with

goody bags and gift cards.

The Pride Hill Centre in Shrewsbury is

now fully vacant in preparation for it’s

future development.

Floro Lounge

Loungers have opened their doors to a

new eatery in Shrewsbury town centre.

Floro Lounge embodies vibrant

colours, vintage interior design and

serves a wide range of food and drink

and specialist gluten-free and vegan


The lounge has been receiving many

positive reviews with customers

describing food as ‘excellent’ and

‘fantastic’ and their staff as ‘friendly’.

Hencote launches new menus

A Shropshire favourite, Hencote has

launched brand new menus in time for

summer, described by Mark Stevens,

their General Manager as offering

“mouth-watering seasonal flavours”

and seasonal produce though also are

priced to reflect the current economic


The View at Hencote is open

Wednesday through to Sunday and

features an outdoor terrace for the

Spring and Summer seasons.

Stevens has said there are fixed price

options on both lunch and dinner

menus, with lunch at £22 for two

courses and £26 for three courses and

dinner at £25 and £30.

Meteorite in Shrewsbury

A fireball was spotted in the skies near

Shrewsbury on Wednesday 13th April.

It is believed to have landed

somewhere near to Shrewsbury and the

UK Fireball Alliance are now

appealing to help locate the rock.

Professor Joy from the Department of

Earth and Environmental Sciences at

Manchester University has described

the rock as “probably a glossy black or

brown colour” and has said “the

largest pieces won’t be bigger than an

Easter egg”, comparing smaller pieces

to the size of a mini-egg.



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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.


As always, Enjoy!

Trevor Langley

Moon Year Forecast - May/June 2022

Combining planetary influence, Astrology and Clairvoyance,

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

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

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

07519 584975 or Facebook page: Katie Anne Reynolds Clairvoyant and Artist

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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The ever-popular Oswestry Food & Drink Festival,

probably the friendliest food festival in Shropshire,

is back for its 15th year – This popular free event

once again takes place right in the heart of

Oswestry town centre on Saturday 9th and

Sunday 10th July from 10am till 4pm each day.

The very best specialist food and drink exhibitors

from the region will be baking and brewing to

bring their delicious wares for your table across

the weekend. The streets will be alive with aromas

of African, Middle-Eastern, Malaysian, Indian, and

Spanish cooking plus we will be showcasing the

pick of local produce from sausages to hog roast,

and crepes to ciders. For the sweet of tooth,

there’s traditional cakes, cupcakes and fancies


There are award-winning ciders and ales from

both sides of the border, not to mention cocktails,

liqueurs and wines from near and far too. We also

have Oswestry’s own gin and real ale producers

attending the festival. As well as the fabulous

food and drink, there’ll be live music and other

family activities throughout the weekend to

entertain, again all for free !.

Whilst exploring the festival look out for the huge

variety of independent coffee shops and retailers

available throughout Oswestry and perhaps take

a festival picnic to Cae Glas Park where you find

the fun packed TNS Fun Day on the 9th whilst on

Sunday, 10th July, there’ll be the ever-popular

Reggae in the Park for those who just want to chill

with their festival goodies to some great music.

Both these events are again free to attend and

are a great family day out.

As always, the Food Festival committee are really

looking forward to the weekend, we have our

festival favourites that visitors love to see every

year, to stock up on tasty treats, plus specialist

exhibitors introducing themselves to an Oswestry

audience for the first time.

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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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The 2022 celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-

year reign with the Platinum Jubilee is one of the

UK’s major historic events. But although 70 years

on the throne is certainly an impressive

accomplishment, it has to be said that 95 years

of life are perhaps even more so. Her Majesty is

the world’s oldest monarch, following the death

of His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al

Saud of Saudi Arabia at the age of 90. So, what

have those 95 years been like?

The war and the army

Queen Elizabeth II was born and named Princess

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, on April 21st 1926. That

means that she was 13 years old when WWII

started, 14 when her home in Buckingham

Palace was bombed in 1940, and by the time

the war ended, she had already become a

Junior Commander at the ATS (Auxiliary Territorial

Service) and was training to become a

mechanic. As a member of the ATS, she was also

the first female of the Royal family to be an

active-duty member of the British Armed Forces.

And on May 8th, 1945, dressed in that ATS

uniform, she snuck out of the palace with her

sister Margaret to join the people celebrating the

end of the war in the streets of London. In 1985,

speaking to the BBC about that night, she said, “I

think it was one of the most memorable nights of

my life.”

Today, Queen Elizabeth is the last surviving head

of state to have served during the Second World



Two years after the end of WWII, and six years

before she would become queen, Princess

Elizabeth was betrothed and married to her

distant cousin – Lieutenant Phillip Mountbatten of

the Royal Navy. They were married in 1947. He

was formerly Prince Philip of Greece and

Denmark and, just before they were to be

married, was titled Duke of Edinburgh, earl of

Merioneth and Baron Greenwich by Princess

Elizabeth’s father.

In 1952 she became queen with the passing of

her father, then in 1953 was crowned Queen

Elizabeth II. At this point, she had already given

birth to two of her four children – Prince Charles

and Princess Anne. Ten years later in 1960 Prince

Andrew would be born, and Prince Edward in


Now, in 2022, those four children have given the

Queen eight grandchildren, and twelve greatgrandchildren.

The world around her

Queen Elizabeth II has lived through many

changes in the world around her. Many argue

that this century actually saw the most change

for human civilisation. Especially in terms of


She saw the world go from radio and black and

white televisions to smartphones and royal social

media pages. But, all in all, she has been said to

be quite a progressive and embracing monarch

as the world changed around her. She was early

to email, sending off her first one in 1976, and in

2012 recorded her Christmas message in 3D.

The best way to analyse her approach to

change is her own words. “Change is a

constant,” said the monarch as she addressed

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While most of us look forward to soaking up a few

rays in the summer sun when it comes out, our

four-legged friends are probably thinking

otherwise. Unlike their human counterparts, dogs

cannot enjoy a refreshing iced drink or luxuriate in

the cool of a gentle breeze through light summer


Our hot and hairy hounds need a little extra help

to keep them happy and healthy this summer,

and animal welfare organisations are anxious to

alert owners to the potential perils for their pets.

not be allowed to exercise too much in the heat

of the day. Experts recommend walking dogs

early in the morning or later in the evening, when

it is cooler, and make sure shady spots and water

are available.

Pets can also get sunburnt, especially those with

light coloured noses, or light-coloured fur on their

ears. Human sunscreen can be toxic to our fourlegged

friends so buy a special pet version and

apply to areas most likely to burn - ears, nose, and


Overexposure to the sun presents problems for

animals as they cannot sweat though their skin in

the same way as humans. Dogs cool down by

sweating through glands in their feet and panting

so it is vital owners help their canine companions

to stay cool.

Both the Dogs' Trust and the RSPCA warn that

warm or hot weather can be extremely

uncomfortable for pets and cause distress,

suffering and even lead to death.

It urges owners to avoid leaving animals in cars,

caravans, conservatories or outbuildings - even if

they are in the shade - during sunny spells as

temperatures can quickly rise to a potentially fatal

47 degrees C (117 degrees F).

Plenty of Water is Essential

They also require a constant supply of clean, fresh

drinking water to replace water lost through

sweating and panting. Without this, your canine

companion could become dehydrated, so it is

important to check and fill bowls regularly. And

remember to bring a supply of water if you and

your pal are taking a car journey.

Animals still need exercise when it is hot but should

Owners of very hairy hounds should also ensure

their pooches are clipped to ease the weight of

their summer coats.

Most importantly, it is vital to be alert to the

symptoms of heatstroke, which can be fatal. Signs

include excessive panting, heavy salivation, rapid

pulse, very red gums/tongue, lethargy, lack of coordination,

being unable to get up after

collapsing, vomiting, diarrhoea and, in extreme

cases, loss of consciousness.

Extra vigilance is needed with older, short-nosed,

and overweight dogs as they are more prone to


If you suspect that your pet has heatstroke, move

it to a shaded area, wet thoroughly with cool

water (never iced) and use a household fan to

blow cool air over their head and body while

seeking urgent veterinary advice.

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When we think about activity holidays, the same

ideas tend to crop up each time: skiing in winter,

surfing in summer and cycling and hiking at any

other time of the year. If you’re tired of the same

old things, read on to gain some fresh inspiration

with these novel activity holiday ideas:

Lose Weight On a Healthy Holiday in The


Many of us tend to pile on the pounds on

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fitness activities.

For more of a fitness-focused approach, try the

Reshape programme, held at the stunning cliff

top Epic Sana hotel. The holiday includes 18

hours of fitness training as well as fitness

evaluations and workshops, plus you can choose

slimming therapies or body therapies to

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Climb Waterfalls in France With Via Ferrata

If you haven’t heard of Via Ferrata before, it’s a

type of rock climbing where you are secured

into a harness and use a series of steel handles to

climb up a rock face. It’s a great activity for

those who love climbing in cool locations.

Fly to France for an epic waterfall climb in the

picturesque town of Vaujany. You’ll start at the

edge of La Fare waterfall and follow a route of

winding walkways in the company of a

professional guide. The more daring and

experienced climbers can ascend up vertical

passages close to the cascading water, all with

spectacular views.

Visit www.vaujany.com for more information.

Get Behind The (Boat) Wheel in Amsterdam

Cool down your summer on a pleasant self-drive

river cruise through the quirky European city of

Amsterdam, no boating license needed!

Glide down the river from the south of

Amsterdam in Vinkeveen, where you can

escape the summer heat with swimming and

diving. A cultural day out in Amstelveen presents

an inspiring visit to the modern visual art

museum, Museum Jan ven der Togt, or the

Cobra Museum of Modern Art (or both if you

have time!).

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So you want to book a summer holiday, but the

idea of heaving beaches and queues for the

minibar halts you in your wistful search. Fear not,

here are three hot destination swaps to get your

sunny fix minus the crowds.

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.

What to do here:

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

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Diamonds may be a girl’s best

friend, but do they hold their

value? It has long been a widely

held belief that jewellery is a

good investment. Better than

money in the bank. But the

alarming news is that the

majority of it really isn’t.

Most jewellery is sold as under the

heading “luxury goods”. This

means the buyer will expect to be

able to select it in sumptuous

surroundings. Even if you buy it

from a high street chain store it is

likely to be bright and attractively

fitted, furnished, illuminated, and

staffed with smart and helpful


All this costs money and that can

only come from the profits on the

jewellery sold.

Most consumers expect to be

able to pay by credit card or be

offered interest free credit. This

also costs money and retailers

need to recoup the costs from

their customers, even if these

costs are concealed.

For these and other reasons, the

mark-up on jewellery is extremely

high, typically at least 100 per

cent. There is also VAT levied on or

included in the selling price and it

is unlikely to be recovered if you

ever decide to sell the piece on.

Of course, there are some

instances of gold and gemstones

making a great investment. This

happens when they are of the

highest possible quality, made by

a top-flight designer or have

good provenance - i.e. were

once owned by someone

famous, such as the Duchess of


In a 1987 auction, the late

Duchess of Windsor’s jewellery

was sold for £31m - six times the

expected figure.

In a buying frenzy about 1,000

bidders and 300 members of the

media crowded into a huge tent

erected by Sotheby’s next to Lake

Geneva for the two-day sale. The

buyers desperate to own

something that had once been

worn by the wife of the former

King Edward VIII.

Many items went for up to 10

times their expected price. The

highest price was nearly £2m for a

31-carat diamond ring by a

Japanese jeweller.

A plume-shaped diamond

brooch, designed in 1935 by the

then Prince of Wales for his future

bride, was sold for more than

£400,000 to actress Elizabeth


Ms Taylor, who was a close friend

of the Duke and Duchess of

Windsor, said she had often

admired the brooch when the

duchess wore it and bought it for

sentimental reasons.

“I loved it so much, I had to buy it.

It’s the first important jewel I’ve

ever bought myself,” said the late

actress at the time.

Another item, a sapphire

pendant, was rumoured to have

been bought on behalf of

another British actress, Joan


Before you raid your money bank

for a bauble that catches your

eye, make sure you will be getting

your money’s worth by taking a

few precautions.

Buy only from reputable sources.

When you buy, get a receipt from

the jeweller stating the price,

weight and caratage (purity of

gold). Keep the receipt and ask

for an insurance valuation

certificate in case the item is ever

lost or stolen.

It is still possible to get jewellery

bargains abroad, in some cases

tax free, but there are lots of

confidence-tricksters out there so,

once again, buy only from

reputable suppliers.

And make sure that the piece of

jewellery you have chosen is a

design that will retain its appeal

and which you will love as much

in 50 years’ time as you do today.

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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

share friendship, food and fun with neighbours as part of the Platinum

Jubilee celebrations. A Big Jubilee Lunch can be big or small - street

party or picnic, tea and cake or a garden barbeque.

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

military personnel, key workers and volunteers will unite to tell the story

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

The London based Pageant will combine pomp and ceremony, street

arts, theatre, music, circus, costumes as well as cutting-edge visual

technology, drawing on talent from every part of the United Kingdom

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

on to silk flags, which will be carried by secondary school pupils in the

Pageant.The artwork for the flags will be focused on climate change and

incorporate the children’s messages for the future.

This will be a great weekend of celebration in what has been a wonderful

period of our Royal history and hopefully locally, you will also be

celebrating Her Majesty's 70 Years on the Throne. Why not drop us a

line on our facebook pages and tell us what you are doing.


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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

and long may it continue with The

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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?

Whatever happens I hope you have a

great summer watching brilliant


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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”.

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Lamb makes a change from beef in these

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450g minced lamb

2 tbsps chopped fresh mint leaves or 1

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2 tbsps chopped fresh coriander

2 tbsps chopped fresh oregano or 1

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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making yourself a priority. It is considering your

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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

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and attention seeking? Maybe they had

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yourself. One little decision at a time. One choice

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Just make a decision every day to CHOOSE YOU a

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

Whatever the reason, if you find it difficult to

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then you likely learned that somewhere! You

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Never mind the school bell as hot air balloon launches

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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

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

the children and answering questions so they could

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fascinating job it is to fly in them.

“It is always worthwhile to encourage situations

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careers and even just trying new things.”

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we’re able to say ‘yes’ to an invitation from a local


“Hot air balloons give you the same magical feeling

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both kids and grown-ups alike.

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

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and happiness when our big red balloons drop in.”

The balloon was at the school for just over an hour

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business owner - One year on!

On the first anniversary of

Extra Help Shropshire, owner

Adrian reflects on his first

year of supporting residents

of Shropshire with their home

help needs.

“From day one, it was clear to me there

was a real need for the services we offer

throughout the county. Lockdown had

left many in the community isolated from

loved ones in other parts of the country,

and some of the earliest requests for

help came from family members keen to

arrange support for their elderly parents,

to help them maintain their

independence and therefore keep them

in their own homes for longer.”

Sharing this journey with him is his

dedicated team of home helpers, in

locations all around Shropshire. His

team now numbers fifteen colleagues,

supporting clients from Oswestry to

Whitchurch, Shrewsbury to Bridgnorth,

Ludlow to Bishops Castle, and

everywhere in between.

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helping people, with many of them

coming from Care work backgrounds,

and it always fills me full of pride when I

get great feedback from clients about the

difference me and my colleagues are

making to their lives.”

As he moves into his second year of

running Extra Help Shropshire, Adrian is

forging strong working relationships with

contacts in the Council, who explain to

him how grateful they are that a service

such as his exists. To have a dedicated

home helper assigned to a client,

particularly those more vulnerable, is

essential for the relationship to develop

and flourish. He and his team are all

DBS checked for extra peace of mind.

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clients with a dedicated colleague, as it

can be a big step letting a stranger into

your house. This way, there is a familiar

face each visit, and the subsequent

development of the relationship

enhances the experience for home

helper and client alike.”

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then use your knowledge of words to work out which letters

should go in the missing squares.

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

letters as you identify them.



Using all 16 letters of the phrase above, form

four words each of four letters which will fit in the

grid to form a magic square in which the words

can be read both horizontally and vertically.

Quiz Challenge

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gymnast to achieve the perfect

score of 10?

2. Which word can go before

grand, carriage, minder and sit?

3. Forest Whitaker won an

Academy Award for his

performance in which 2006 film

about Ugandan dictator Idi


4. Which major international canal

has no locks?

5. Which fictional character was

called Sauron the Great?





How many words of four

letters or more can you

make from this

Nonagram? Each word

must use the central letter,

and each letter may be

used only once. At least

one word using all nine

letters can be found.


24 Good; 28 Very Good;

33 Excellent.

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nouns, pronouns and possessives;

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and abbreviations; vulgar slang

words; variant spellings of the

same word (where another variant

is also eligible).


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phrase by moving from one

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first letter may

appear in any



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Hebrides to Scotland in


7. What name is given to a

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one in each circle so that

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and down line is the same.

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line first and ignore the mathematical

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add someone to the

committee (2-3)

8. Outburst of anger on

stage (5)

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coal (7)

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river (4)


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9. Inert

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8. Distance (6)

13. Dove’s sound (3)

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16. Enter

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21. Moral

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23. Possess (3)

25. Departure (6)

28. Astound (5)

29. Join on (5)

31. Unwelcome

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7 A Very light; 8 A dress fabric; 9 Vivaldi; 10 Liverpool.



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6 3 7 5 1 8 4 9 2

9 1 2 3 4 7 6 5 8

1 2 9 8 7 5 3 6 4

8 7 5 4 6 3 2 1 9

3 4 6 1 9 2 5 8 7

7 8 6 9 2 4 1 3 5

9 2 5 3 1 7 4 6 8

4 3 1 5 6 8 2 7 9

5 9 8 1 7 6 3 4 2

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1 6 3 4 5 2 9 8 7

8 5 2 6 3 1 7 9 4

6 1 4 7 8 9 5 2 3

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A hard taskmaster.


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divide; subtract;

add. Total: 5.


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Commodore; 12 Duo; 13 Cock-sparrow; 18 Pen; 19 Cartwheel;

21 Gable; 22 Tripoli; 23 Tassel; 24 Revere.

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Tattoo; 8 Incorporate; 14 Omnibus; 15 Rawhide; 16 Spigot; 17

Alpine; 19 Crete; 20 Evoke.


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Welcome to our regular column

where we keep you up to date

with the latest vegan news

and views

Affordable Vegan Food

Many people assume that a vegan diet is more expensive.

Certainly if you use expensive meat replacements, artisan

vegan cheese or buy ready meals, it can cost a lot more

than the non-vegan alternatives.

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However, it doesn’t need to be like that. Using beans and

pulses as your protein source not only saves you money, but

is also better for your health than the processed meat

alternatives. You can’t give up fruit and vegetables, but

tinned or frozen alternatives can be cheaper, and it is worth

checking which ones are on offer in supermarkets. This

might mean having to be a bit more inventive with your

cooking, but there are lots of recipes online that can help


If you are really struggling, then have a word with us when

you come into the shop, we often have short dated items

we can let you have at low cost or even for free, and

sometimes free food samples as well.

Raising Money for Cuan

Cuan Wildlife Rescue is Shropshire’s only rescue centre

open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. They rescue,

care for and rehabilitate injured wild animals and birds,

releasing them back into the wild once they are well again.

They treat over 6000 animals a year. We have raised

money for them in The Vegan Hub by selling cookies and

will continue to do so regularly through the year. If you want

to know more about this amazing charity then come in and

have a chat to us, or go to their website at


Vegetable filled pancakes


Vegetable Filling:

1 shallot (finely chopped)

2 medium sized mushroom (sliced)

tomatoes (I use cherry tomatoes but any will

work) halved

1 clove garlic (minced)

Gently fry the shallot and onions until the

onions have lost all their liquid then turn up the

heat to brown them and add the garlic.

Once they are brown (this won’t take long)

remove from the heat and mix in the



200g self raising flour

250ml plant milk (I always use unsweetened


.5 tsp mixed herbs

.5 tsp paprika

1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes

salt and black pepper to taste

Put all the ingredients into a jug or bowl and

mix together. I use a hand blender to make

sure there is no lumps and it is fully mixed.

Put a small amount of vegetable oil in the

bottom of a saucepan on a medium heat.

Once it is hot cover the pan with a thin layer

of the pancake mix. Keep gently checking

the underside until it is brown. Then flip over

and cook the other side. This takes about 2-3

mins each side. To make up the meal spread

a thin layer of vegan mayonnaise on your

pancake and then add the filling to one side,

and flip over. Serve with fresh salad leaves.

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One great way to help the

environment is to change cows milk

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fraction of the water and land

compared to drinking cows milk, and

if you buy a barrista version with its

creamy taste, you will barely taste the

difference. There are lots of different

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Sausage & Cheese Pie

There is something about sausage and pastry

together that create a real treat of a meal – or a

centrepiece for a buffet. To bring in some

changes, use different types of sausage for the

meat filling.


368g puff pastry

1 large onion, chopped

225g sausage meat

170g Cheddar cheese, grated

2 tbsp tomato puree

2 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs

1 egg, beaten

salt and pepper to taste

milk to glaze


1. Preheat the oven to 200 C. Line a 25 x 36cm

baking tray with greaseproof paper.

2. Roll out the pastry, make sure it’s large enough to fit the baking tray, and place it on the

prepared tray.

3. Mix the onion, sausage meat, cheese, tomato puree, breadcrumbs, the beaten egg, and

salt and pepper to season together in a bowl with your fingers.

4. Lay the mixture in the centre of the pastry in a long sausage shape.

5. Dampen the edges of the pastry with the milk and seal. Turnover the pastry so that the join

is underneath. Make some diagonal cuts in the top of the pastry all the way along and then

brush with milk to glaze.

6. Bake the pie in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes. 7. Serve immediately.

Coronation Chicken

A traditional party favourite, this spicy chicken salad with cashew nuts and raisins always

seems to be a hit with people of all ages. The quantities can be doubled for larger parties

or buffets.


450g cooked chicken

breast, chopped

2 sticks celery, thinly


110g raisins

110g roasted and salted

whole cashew nuts

225g mayonnaise

1 heaped tbsp curry


1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp lemon juice

salt and pepper, to



1. Combine the chopped chicken

breast, celery, raisins and cashew nuts

in a large bowl.

2. Separately, mix together the

mayonnaise and the curry powder,

adding a little curry powder at a time

according to taste. Add the garlic

and lemon juice and mix well.

3. Add the curried mayonnaise

mixture to the chopped chicken

mixture and combine thoroughly,

making sure that the chicken is well


4. Season to taste and serve on a pile of lettuce, garnished with

the almond slices.


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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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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!

Facts at a Glance

Model: Toyota C-HR Excel hybrid

Price: £34,590 otr

Engine: 2 litre hybrid automatic

Performance: 0-62mph in 8.2seconds and on

to a top speed of 112mph

Combined fuel consumption: 49.6-53.3mpg


CO2 emissions: 119-128g/km (WLTP)









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Mazda 2 hybrid

By Sue Cooke

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

power output and

driven via a CVT



Mazda’s new hybrid

will accelerate from

0-62mph in 9.7 seconds and returns a

WLTP combined cycle fuel economy

of between 70.6 to 74.3mpg and

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

Engine: 1.5 litre 93hp 3 cylinder petrol engine

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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