Telford Jubilee Edition 2022

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

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

next edition, covering

July & August 2022!


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What’s on & Eating Out

NEW - Boardroom Cafe

Wellington Jubilee Events

A Bed Fit For a Queen

The Cockshutt


House , Home & Garden

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!


Keeping Dogs Cool

Car Reviews

contact Leah on

Pages 58 - 59

01952 780058 Opt. 2. Pages 62 - 65

Or email:

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sales@scenelocal.co.uk Pages 90 & 92

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


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Telford, TF2 9TQ

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and misprints. All information correct at time

Director: Sarah Gruchala-Williams

of going to press.


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 Lion Inn Priorslee

Shifnal Road, Priorslee, TF2 9NN. Tel: 01952 210023


A warm, friendly welcome awaits you...

New Menu now available A traditional menu with

filled Yorkshire puddings a speciality

Food available Lunchtimes & evenings

& Sunday Roast

Barista coffee machine - drink in or take away

A choice of regular changing Cask Ales

Fully stocked bar and a good wine selection

Large beer Garden is now back open and ready for the

summer with our outdoor bar!

Join us over the Jubilee Weekend - Afternoon teas available

Thursday June 2nd- Sunday June 5th.

Add us on Facebook to keep up to date with

what’s on and events @The-Lion-Pub-Inn-Priorslee

Wellington Midsummer Fayre

for the Queen’s Jubilee

All Saints Church, Wellington TF1


Saturday 4th June

The Midsummer Fayre is a fireeating,

foot-tapping, feel-good

spectacular that fills the historic

heart of the town with colour

and music for one day a year.

This year’s event is extra special

as it marks the Queen’s

Platinum Jubilee.

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)



Newport Carnival

11 June, 2022

Day and evening event, enjoy

the carnival, parade, shows and

activities and stalls.

Ed Byrne: If I’m Honest

Wednesday 15th June

The Place, Telford

01952 382382

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


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

Father’s Day at The Buckatree Hall Hotel

Let him take the wait of his feet, pull

up a chair and tell him to step away

from the man cave! As well as a

traditional roast we will be serving up

some of his favourites to include fish

& chips and homemade pie.

3 Courses:

Adults £19.95 per person,

children under 12 £8.95 per child.


June 19th


Fathers Day Afternoon Tea

Our Hobsons Best

afternoon tea includes

everything you would expect

along with a sample board of

Hobsons beer (3 x third pints)

and free entry into our

‘toolbox hamper’ raffle.

£16.95 per person.

Friday May 13th


Tribute Dinner

3 courses £25pp

For more details of events or to book:

Call 01952 641821

Or visit our website:


Join us for a very Royal Jubilee weekend at

The Lamb Inn, Edgmond

Thursday 2nd June - Sunday 5th June

Special afternoon teas available

to eat in or take out

Live music and entertainment

throughout the weekend

Join us on the green

at Edgmond where we

will be supplying the beer tent!

Tel: 01952 879829

29 Shrewsbury Road, Edgmond, Newport TF10 8HU


Join us on

Facebook to

keep upto date

with events

& timings



Board gaming cafe bringing fun

and community to Wellington

A new and unique establishment

has opened in Wellington,

Telford. The Boardroom Gaming

café opened their doors to the

public at start of March 2022.

“During lockdown, we

discovered how much we missed

interacting with people in

person,” Says Jenni Drew, one of

the Managing Directors. “We

love playing board games

with family and friends and

not being able to gather

around a table and enjoy

these experiences

together was saddening.

When COVID hit it

created changes in

several of our working

situations and after some

restrictions were lifted we were

finally able to socialise again.

Talking to my husband and both

brothers in law we decided now

was the time to create our


Boardroom Gaming Café is a

real family business with Jenni,

her husband Jon and his two

brothers Luke and Jacob helping

the company. “We aim to

create a truly inclusive

community where everyone

feels welcome no matter ages,

genders, orientations or abilities.

Visitors can come and grab a

coffee, read a magazine or

comic from our Book Nook, or

hire a game to play at one of our

tables for a few hours with

friends.” Jenni says “There is a

huge variety of games available

that people can play as well as

hiring tables and spaces for D&D

games, Trading card events as

well as so much more.”

Boardroom gaming is open 7

days a week from 10am until

late. Monday meetups allow

those who wish to play but lack

opportunity or community

around them to gather, make

new friends and learn different

games. Picnic and play takes

place every weekday afternoon

for when the kids finish school,

they can come and enjoy tasty

treats and play games for only

£5. Sunday 10-12 we have our

sensory mornings (bookings

only) for those who may find

the bustle of a cafe a little


Boardroom Gaming Café is

extremely thankful to Telford

and Wrekin Council as they have

been included in their Revive

and Thrive Scheme.

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Cigarettes: Cuban & Dominican Cigars

Loose Tobacco. Shisa Tobacco and Pipes

Specialist for Flavoured Tobacco:

peach, black cherry, Menthol, vanilla and

many more

Zippo Lighters, Pipes and Cigars at

competitive prices. Snuff also available

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73-75 Market Street, Oakengates TF2 6EG

Tel: 01952 612444



Community Building for Hire for-

Childrens Birthday Parties

Christening's Parties

Meeting's, Groups & Course's

The Silver Threads Hall is a clean and modern

community building which has a beauiful play room full

of toys which can be hired for your party.

We also have a fully modern fitted kitchen, disabled

toilets & access, carparking and baby changing.

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

groups including Sensory on a Wednesday morning

and Messy Fridays on a Friday morning

for details please check out

www.thesilverthreadshall.org.uk or email us


Soul Promotions present...

Soul & Motown Party Night

Saturday May 14th









PLUS a top soul DJ.

@ The Place,

Oakengates Theatre

Dance night/Limited seats - Strictly 18+ Tickets £16

Book on-line @ www.theplacetelford.com Tel: 01952 382382


Finale of the

Beethoven Violin

Sonata Series

If you are a music lover please note this date in your

diary - Saturday 14th May 2022 at 7.30pm Cosy Hall,

Water Lane, Newport. Newport Music Club is

delighted to welcome back the award winning

musical duo Mary Hofman and Richard Ormrod to

play the final pair of Violin Sonatas from the

‘Beethoven in Wales’ series.

Beethoven’s 9th and 10th Sonatas were written in

1803 and 1812 respectively, and are known for their

beauty and complexity. Known as a challenge to

musicians, we are sure that Richard and Mary will

deliver an accomplished and memorable

performance (see richardormrod.co.uk)

There will also be a new piece of music specially

commissioned for this series from noted Welsh born

composer Hilary Tann. ‘First Light: A Meditation on

Beethoven Op.96’for more information about the

composer see (https://hilarytann.com/)

If you have never been to a Newport Music Club

before please do come along to enjoy the concert.

You will be warmly welcomed. There is much more

information about Newport Music on our website

wwwnewportmusicclub.org for you to discover.

Tickets for this concert are £13 adult, Students £5 and

will be available from Deli 45 and Hey Jude in

Newport, or at Cosy Hall on the night, but patrons

are requested to contact the Music Club on

newportmusicclubtickets@gmail.com or phone

01952 812920 to confirm the number of adults and

children coming along.

Are you in knead of a massage?

Selfcare is important ~ regular massages have many

benets to help alleviate tension and stress in our

bodies. This includes our mind and emotions too.

If you're looking for a relaxing Swedish Massage

please contact Julie on 07730884550.


Full Body

£45 for 60 mins

Back, Neck & Shoulders £30 for 30 mins

Calming Facial

£20 for 30 mins

Microdermabrasion (with above facial included)

£40 for 60mins / £30 intro offer

Quote this ad for 10% discount off your rst visit.

Visit my Facebook business page ~ ForgetMeKnots

for more info, reviews and recommendations.

Home based in Telford ~ fully certied & insured in

body massage and facial skincare

Jessi Carrera-Maybury

Reiki Master-Teacher

Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner

Reiki Treatments

Reiki Training & Attunments

Chakra Balancing & Energy Healing

Theta Healing & Belief reprogramming

Spiritual Coaching & Guidance

Spiritual, Oracle and Tarot Readings

Over 10 years experience

Tel: 07944 501998

3 Salters Court, Lower Bar,

Newport, Shropshire, TF10 7BE

Soul Promotions present...

80’s Party Night

Saturday June 18th










PLUS top DJ.

@ The Place,

Oakengates Theatre

Dance night/Limited seats - Strictly 18+ Tickets £16

Book on-line @ www.theplacetelford.com Tel: 01952 382382


Have you visited Madeley’s

NEW Artisan Butchers yet?

Nikola and Martin Boulton have

brought new life to Madeley

with their new Artisan Butchers

and deli. This is there second

shop originally opening in little

Dawley in 2019. Going from

strength to strength they have

been able to expand to Anstice

Square, Madeley, purely upon

their well earnt reputation and

quality products.

Selling only the finest quality

meats, steaks, burgers, bacon,

mince, joints, chops, lamb, BBQ

packs and everything you

would expect from a quality

butcher. They also have a

delicious deli counter for

cheese’s, pork pies, pies,

quiches, Cornish pasties and

much more, including hams

and sandwich fillers.

They stock local eggs, potatoes,

sauces and seasonings plus a

large range of freshly made

ready meals and special dishes,

there really is something for

everyone, and at competitive


Where possible all products are

sourced locally and ethically

and are farm shop quality. So,

pop along meet the friendly

and knowledgeable team and

see what takes your fancy

Friendly and traditional locally

based Butcher with a wealth

of knowledge and over 35

years experience!

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

We are proud to serve Telford and the surrounding areas.

Established in 2019 with our first shop in Little Dawley.

We have grown purely from reputation!

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



Day gifts

in store!

The Foresters Arms

Freshly produced Traditional Home-cooked

food from local suppliers & proper chips!

Sports shown across many screens BT Sports & Sky Sports

t Families Welcome t Large Beer Garden

t Open fires t Buffets available

t Wifi t Dog friendly t


Regular Live Music

Sunday Roasts

Join us the Jubilee Weekend, enjoy our beer garden, live music,

afternoon teas and a great family atmosphere!

For all events join us on Facebook for dates and time!

Wellington Road, Horsehay, Telford TF34 3BS. Tel: 01952 630107

Festival Returns

Wellington Festival, in its 26th year

where 26 events will take place,

returns from 6-8 May. The free

festival kicks off with a community

Art Exhibition at Creative Training

Spaces on Duke Street and will

include events such as a Human

Library, a Festival Fancy Dress Walk

up The Wrekin, An Evening with The

Wrekin Rowers, An Afternoon at The

Belfrey, Calligraphy workshops,

Meet the Authors, free entry to

Sunnycroft, a community

production of Godspell, A Night at

The Opera and much more. Please

visit the Festival Page on the

Wellington Town Council website for

a full schedule wellingtonshropshire.gov.uk/wellington-festival


Lesley Smith at the

Wellington Festival

Wellington celebrates Jubilee

in style

This year’s Midsummer Fayre on

Saturday 4 June will have a special

royal flavour as Wellington marks the

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Visitors

can expect to see food and craft

stalls, fire-eating jesters, choirs,

bands, dancers and more as

Wellington fills with music and

colour. Children will be invited to

make their own colourful crowns

and join the costumed procession

at 1pm, there will be face painting

and Loco Leo’s street

entertainment. Visitors will also be

able to hear singer Kerry Young, as

well as Rick Cosco and Telford Steel

Band perform in the Market Square.

Also joining in the fun will be visitors

from our twin town of Châtenay-

Malabry, France, who are joining

the celebrations. Please visit

wellingtonsoup.org for details of

timings of this free event which runs

from 10am-3pm.

Leo Loco at The Midsummer

Jubilee Fayre

Jubilee Film Festival at Orbit

Wellington Orbit Community

Cinema is delighted to have been

successful with an application to

Telford & Wrekin Council's Platinum

Jubilee Celebration Grant Fund,

and will stage a number of films

over the Jubilee weekend to

celebrate 'the best of British' with

film classics such as Chariots of Fire,

Saturday Night and Sunday

Morning, The Entertainer, Bend it Like

Beckham, the King's Speech, Kes

and Elizabeth. Trustee of the Orbit

Ray Hughes said, "We are really

looking forward to welcoming local

residents and visitors to Wellington

for our film festival to help make this

special weekend truly memorable."

Wellington Open Gardens


Over the weekend of 2 and 3 July,

residents of Wellington will open

their beautiful private gardens in aid

of local Shropshire charity,

Community Resource. With more

than 14 gardens across Wellington

and Little Wenlock to explore, plus

access to the stunning grounds of

Sunnycroft included in the ticket

price, it should be a fantastic

weekend. Please visit


o.uk for more details of this event

which is proudly sponsored by

Greenthumb, Gymophobics and

Love Wellington.

New businesses opened their


We welcome even more new

businesses to Wellington…and wish

them luck!

Zoe Trends

Rosie in the Garden

Annette’s Home Fragrances

The Boardroom Gaming Café

Rachel Wyn Artistry

Garden Room Bistro

The Cock Hotel

Pure Hands on Therapies

Save it Discount Store


Workplace Telford

Casper Stores

The Manga Crate


Wellington Station works press


Work has begun at Wellington

Station as part of the ‘Wellington

Ways’ project with the Friends of

Wellington Station. The group

received a £42,000 grant from West

Midlands Trains’ Community Fund to

develop a secret garden at the

station, improve access between

the bus and train station, install

enhanced signage and display

boards signposting visitors to the

many walking routes, as well as

getting water onto the platforms to

help volunteers water plants.

The project has been supported by

Telford & Wrekin Council and

Wellington Town Council. Sally

Themans of Love Wellington and

chair of the Friends of Wellington

Station said, “We very much hope

that the people of Wellington, and

all train users, enjoy the new

developments at this important

gateway to the town.”

Volunteer Jon Aston will be running

the T50 route around Telford – raising

funds to help buy flowers and plants

for the new garden and planters

due to be installed. Anyone

interested in sponsoring Jon on his

epic 50km run and helping enhance

Wellington station can do so at


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A Bed Fit for A Queen...

This year Her Majesty, Queen

Elizabeth II will become the first

British Monarch to celebrate a

momentous milestone of a

Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years

of service & is the longest serving

British Monarchy in history.

To mark this precedented

anniversary, Hypnos beds have

released a limited-edition luxury

bed as part of their celebrations

as a Royal warrant holder.

The Hypnos Jubilee Bed* is

available until the end of October

& is made from the finest pure

British wool with ReActive Pro

Spring system & has triple edge

protection with rows of hand

stitching. The Platinum Jubilee

mattress is topped off with its own

bespoke label dedicated to Her

Majesty’s glorious reign. Housed

on a coil sprung divan base with

an option to add the Elizabeth

headboard shown here in a

fabulous purple colour, makes this

bed fit for a Queen!

Hypnos have a heritage of their

own being a British family-run

mattress and bed manufacturer.

Managed by the 4th & 5th

generations of the originating

Keen family, making it still a family

run business to this day

Hypnos has been practising and

perfecting the art of making

luxury pocket spring mattresses

and beds by hand since

Edwardian days.

With over 100 years of bedmaking

experience and insight

into a great night’s sleep, their

philosophy and commitment

focuses on sustainable designs,

the pursuit of perfection and the

delivery of a deep, energising

night’s rest, helping to fulfil dreams

of a healthy and enjoyable life

The Royal Warrant from Her

Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

reinforces Hypnos' reputation for

service excellence and the very

best of British quality

Their master craftsmen continue to

use traditional and time-honoured

skills that have been passed down

from generation to generation &

they create authentic pieces of

Great British Furniture & they are

reputed for their sublime expression

of extraordinary and lasting British


Hypnos is renowned

internationally as the expert in

making handcrafted deep

pocket spring mattresses,

supplying beautiful bespoke beds

to homes and hotels & also to the

world’s royalty, VIPs and

celebrities. Combining traditional

skills with constant innovation, and

using the finest natural materials,

sustainable and low carbon

materials, Hypnos has a

reputation for making “the most

comfortable beds in the world”

Here at Newport Beds, we are

proud to be a leading

independent bed retailer for

Hypnos beds. Find us & you will

find some models from their

fabulous luxurious collections.

You’ll also find as Hypnos stockists,

we give expert advice and

service & will help you choose

and specify the perfect bed,

mattress, storage features and

design accents, for you & your


We would like to wish her Majesty

Queen Elizabeth II a very Happy

Platinum Jubilee Celebration from

all at Carpet Loom (Newport) LTD

79 High Street



TF10 7AU

Tel: 01952 820820



Independent Music Shop

Specialising in new and

second hand vinyl records,

guitars, ukuleles, strings,

accessories and

music merchandise

Open: Wednesday -


9:15am - 5pm plus other

times by appointment



3 Stafford Street, NEWPORT

Shropshire, TF10 7LU

Call: 07949 793 738


Est: 1999

Hey Jude's

Spring into summer for all your musical needs, guitar restringing and

repairs, something for Father's Day or just a friendly chat.

You will always be made most welcome.


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!

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The Cockshutt

- A hidden Gem...

To anyone who doesn't live in Telford, they

wouldn't know of the Cockshutt but to anyone

from here, it is one of the town's Hidden Gems.

Officially The Cockshutt is a nature

conservation area which is regularly enjoyed

by residents from the Wrockwardine Wood,

Trench, St. Georges and Priorslee Parish areas.

but it's more than that, as This iconic wooded

ridge in north east Telford rises majestically

above Oakengates, Wrockwardine Wood and

St Georges. Extensive footpaths lead visitors

though the woodlands and grasslands that are

alive with bird song in the summer months.

The area itself comprises a large area of

heathland scrub surrounded by woodland and

amenity grassland which provides a natural

environment for a variety of wildlife, including

birds and bats. The site was designated as a

Green Network site by Telford & Wrekin Council

in 1990 and has a good network of paths ideal

for dog walkers, casual walkers, horse riders

and school children.

Historically, the name Cockshutt or Cockshoote

is synonymous with woodland. It would be hard

to imagine a treeless Cockshutt, yet the mining

efforts of the 17th and 18th Century left parts of

the area appearing derelict. A survey of trees

in 1837 found only 252 trees remaining. The

Lilleshall Company was responsible for the reafforestation

of the area in 1865 to what we

have today.

Early morning walks between late April and

early June will find the woodland and gorse

alive with bird song. Whilst evening strolls will

reward visitors with views of bats foraging along

the woodland rides and glades. In summer the

meadows and gorse heath are home to a

number of locally important butterflies

including both Dingy Skipper and the Green

Hairstreak. The site was previously at the

forefront of the industrial revolution in Telford

and relics of the site's past life can still be found

along the woodland walks.

The Cockshutt has a number of footpath routes

suitable for a variety of ages and abilities and

part of the Telford 50 mile trail runs through it.

The site is cared for by Telford & Wrekin Council

and The Friends of the Cockshutt, part of the

Telford Green Space Partnership.

So this Summer if you are looking to get out

there and enjoy the countryside and what it

has to offer why not pop along to the

Cockshutt as it is right on your doorstep.

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Tattooists Rob, Garth and Jayde all offer a full

range and styles of tattooing with over 40 years’

experience between them. From portraits, floral

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

are great at giving advice and free handing where

necessary, along with cover up ideas.

Along with the tattoo team, piercing specialist Char offers

a fantastic selection of piercings all over the body (except

mouth currently due to Covid). Having been pierced by

Char myself I can honestly say she is very professional

and quick to keep any pain or discomfort to a minimum

with great aftercare advice. Char has recently purchased

an equipment that allows jewellery to be anodised to any

colour from gold to purple so you can really personalise

items to your personality and style.

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Moon Year Forecast - May/June 2022

Combining planetary influence, Astrology and Clairvoyance,

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Libra - (23rd Sept - 23rd October)

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

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

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

change. There will be two particular challenging periods,

the Moons Waxing Gibbous stages between May 12th

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

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

should then enjoy the rewards for our hard work and

patience, a holiday or impromptu break would be

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


Scorpio - (24th Oct - 22nd November)

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

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

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

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

care and count to 10! We can soon release emotion

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

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

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

process and take comfort in the thought that your only

human and this shall soon pass...

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

Sagittarius sees us holding our loved ones close during

April 19th and 20th during the Waning Gibbous Moon

phase, feeling blessed around areas of children and

concentrating upon those matters of family. We are also

'siding with the underdog', representing others and

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

is this type of characteristic that can lead to promotion

or growth in business, working from the heart...

Capricorn - (22nd Dec - 20th January)

Capricorn we may be evaluating matters on March 25th

as the Moon hits its Last Quarter phase, often centering

around forgiveness we may feel like we can see both

sides of an argument or why someone has acted the

way they have. We cannot change the principles of

others, but we can forgive to set ourselves free, free from

being tied to that issue, and the feelings around it.... let it

go. It’s all a learning process and has strengthened your

own ethics morals and sense of right and wrong...

Aquarius - (21st Jan - 18th Feb)

Aquarius sees the Last Quarter Moon stage during May

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

work and career, house moves, family matters, health

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

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

Take the rewards and the accolade! A sense of selfrespect

and pride is deserved. We may even be given

awards, payments and financial gain.

Pisces - (19th Feb - 20th March)

Pisces have patience during the month of May, we may

feel that things are getting stagnant or indeed be feeling

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

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

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

risks bring change, change brings excitement, change

brings unpredictability but change also brings fun, we

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

Aries - (21st March - 20th April)

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

Venus enter bringing a spark to the love life and our

feelings around relationships. Then we have Mars arriving

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

love, ambition and passion projects. Jupiter will also join

the party arriving on May 10th promoting calming and

soothing energy therefore balancing us out perfectly so

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

sensitive touch.

Taurus - (21st April -21st May)

Taurus, enjoy the feeling of warmth in the area of

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

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

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

Waning Crescent Moon of June 23rd are a perfect time

to start new relationships pairings or even friendships. For

those already paired, new starts or chapters involving

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

Gemini - (22nd May - 21st June)

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

optimism and a feeling of general wellbeing. Interestingly

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

again June 13th, Mercury has a bearing upon

communications, so we may just feel that things go on

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

those important emails or letters, have faith that things

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

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

Venus has Gemini focusing upon love and feeling cosy.

Cancer - (22nd June - 22nd July)

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

warming up family get togethers and celebrations and

happy announcements! Cancer should also utilize the

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

a perfect time to use those new thoughts and plans.

What with the suns warmth and the new moons

enlightenment this is a great time to bring in new career

moves or even look at where were living or starting those

new projects around the house.

Leo - (23rd July - 23rd August)

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

stage comes into influence. We may feel like we have

been going nonstop, upon a treadmill almost, working

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

First Quarter Moon stage just needs to be pushed through

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

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

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

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

sense of renewed enthusiasm as well as reward.

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

Virgo will feel influenced by the Moon's Waxing Gibbous

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

redirection adjustment and flexibility, this is not a time to

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

stage doesn't make us overemotional and say things

uncalled for or act controversially! Smile sweetly and

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

stage marks important endings, deadlines, and a feeling

of 'There its finished!'

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The Queens Platinum Jubilee

By Chris Dawson

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

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human rights and the Rule of Law

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Well the Summer is here and we

look forward to some of the

exciting sporting events that will

be taking place over the next

couple of months:

On Saturday 14th May we have the FA

Cup Final, historically the showpiece of

the Football Season. As a young man

growing up, this was virtually the only

game you would see live and boy did

we watch it, from the build up at

8.30am, the cameras used to go into

the players hotel rooms, watching

them wake up and then we would

have programmes like FA Cup Final

Question of Sport hosted by Ron

Coleman and ex­players of either

competing sides!!

After that we would follow the players

on their coaches to Wembley!! The

build up was brilliant and because it

was virtually the only game shown live

during the season all football fans

would not miss a minute of it. Who

would ever forget the "Five Minute

Cup Final" when Arsenal were 2­0 up

against Man Utd with just 5 minutes to

go, then The Red Devils clawed 2 goals

back to make it level, only for Alan

Sunderland to get the winner for

Arsenal with virtually the last kick of

the game.

Alan Sunderland winning the

Cup final for Arsenal

Nowadays, what with wall to wall live

football The Cup Final doesnt have the

same prestige as it used to, in fact the

the kick off time has moved from 3pm

to a likely 4.30pm, the reason being

that some marketing person thinks

that more people will watch the game

at that time as they will coming home

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

what's wrong with 3pm on a


Across the Channel we have the

French Open from 16th May ­ 5th June

at the Roland Garros Arena in Paris and

after winning the Australian Open

earlier in the year, who is going to stop

Rafael Nadal winning his 14th Title

after a record 13 wins on Clay!

And then at the end of May we have

the most romantic Grand Prix,

Monaco, historically through the

streets of the Principality it is always a

great race and after the start they have

had this season will the Ferrari's be

crossing the chequered flag before

anyone else?

On Sunday 29th May we have the

world's richest football match, Not the

European Cup Final, not the World Cup

Final, but the Football League

Championship Play­Off Final at

Wembley, a game between two sides

in the "Second Division" of English

Football. So Why is it such a rich game

I hear you ask? Well the team that

wins and gets promoted, even if they

were to finish bottom of the Premier

League the following season, they

would receive a guaranteed £100

Million, then when they do get

relegated they then receive a cool £70

Million over the next two seasons in

"Parachute" money to cover players

wages!! £170 Million just for a game of

Football. You would think that with

that amount of money the Club would

be set for life, unfortunately most of

that money is taken up in Transfers and

Players wages, so sometimes getting

promoted this way can be a bit of a

poisoned chalice as if the club does get

relegated they can quickly drop down

the divisions and get into a financial

mess by gambling to get promoted

again as Derby County have found to

there cost, but we shall see.

One of the highlights of the Queen's

Platinum Jubilee is The Royal Epsom

Derby Festival on 3rd & 4th June. This

will be a meeting of Splendour and

Colour, oh and we will have two of

Horse racing's Classics, The Oaks and

The Derby and wouldn't it be poetice if

the Queens horse, Reach for the

moon, were to win it, but at the time

of going to print there are a lot of

horses put forward for the race.

Could the Queen's horse win the

derby? We shall see...

Then we have the highlight of the

Royal Jubilee Summer, Wimbledon!

The All England Lawn Tennis

Championships take place from 27th

June ­ 10th July, unfortunately I don't

think we are going to have any

homegrown success this year, but

Virginia Wade did win the women's

title in the Silver Jubilee year way back

in 1977, so you never know

And finally over this period we have

the British Grand Prix (3rd July) from

Silverstone. As mentioned previously

The Ferrari's have started the season

brilliantly but we all know how good

Lewis Hamilton is on his "Home" track,

winning it Eight Times, so let's all cheer

him on to win number 9!

Lewis Hamilton Winning the British Grand

Prix, Could he do it again?

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

delicious home-made burgers which can

be cooked on the BBQ or under the grill.

Adjust the amount of chillies to suit.


Sizzling good recipes to

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450g minced lamb

2 tbsps chopped fresh mint leaves or 1

tablespoon dried mint

2 tbsps chopped fresh coriander

2 tbsps chopped fresh oregano or 1

tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1 tsp sherry

1 tsp white wine vinegar

1 tsp black treacle

1 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp ground allspice

1/2 tsp crushed chillies

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

4 pitta breads

115g feta cheese, crumbled

‘These burgers can be served with pitta

bread or burger buns according to

personal choice’.


1. Preheat barbecue or the grill to a medium


2. Place the lamb in a large bowl and mix

with the mint, coriander, oregano, garlic,

sherry, vinegar and black treacle. Season

with cumin, allspice, crushed chillies, salt and

black pepper; mix well.

3. Shape into 4 burgers.

4. Cook burgers 5 minutes on each side or

until well done, either under the grill or on the


5. Heat the pitta breads briefly and serve the

burgers wrapped in pittas with feta cheese

on top.



A family favourite and easy to prepare, the

pork can be served with mash and veg or

with crusty rolls and coleslaw


1 joint of pork

2 tsps onion powder

2 tsps garlic powder

2 tsps English mustard

3 tbsps dark muscovado sugar

30ml dark soy sauce

300ml tomato ketchup

500ml water


1. Preheat the oven to 220

2. Remove fat from pork before mixing it with

all the ingredients into a lidded casserole


3. Place in the preheated oven for 30

minutes. Baste the pork with the juice in the

dish, then reduce temperature to 180 C for

the remainder of cooking time, basting every

30 minutes.

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

remove pork from the juices and pull apart

with 2 forks.

5. Transfer pork back into the dish along with

the juice, and cook for 30 minutes more.




This dish is substantial enough

to serve on its own for lunch

or as a side dish to

accompany grilled meat or

fish from the BBQ.


2 courgettes, thickly sliced

1 aubergine, cut into chunks

1 large red pepper,

quartered and seeded

4 large ripe tomatoes,


2 red onions, cut into wedges

2 carrots, peeled and cut

into chunks

4 large garlic cloves

2 tbsp olive oil

300g cous-cous

500ml boiling water

25g butter

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

or coriander

salt and freshly ground black


To Serve

Harissa or Chilli Sauce


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C

. Place all the vegetables in

a large shallow roasting tin,

leaving the garlic cloves

whole but peeled. Drizzle

over the olive oil and season

with black pepper.

2. Roast the vegetables for

45–50 minutes, turning them

occasionally, until tender.

3. Meanwhile, put the couscous

in a deep ovenproof

dish, pour over 500ml boiling

water, cover, and leave for 5

minutes to allow the grains to

soak up the water. Cover

tightly with foil and put in the

oven with the vegetables for

their final 15 minutes, to keep


4. Fluff up the cooked

couscous with a fork, stir in

the butter and herbs and

season to taste. Serve the

roasted vegetables piled on

top of the couscous. Sprinkle

with harissa or chilli sauce, to


Did you know???

Everyone knows the Queen has

two birthdays, but do you know

why? The good old British weather

In 1748, King George II (who was

born in October) decided to

combine the annual summer

military march with his own

birthday celebrations. Since then,

every monarch has followed suit.

You’re Not Supposed to Touch


It’s long been a rule that nobody

but a royal should physically

touch a member of the royal

family, especially the Monarch.

That rule, though, is often ignored

nowadays. Michelle Obama

famously hugged the Queen at

Buckingham Palace in 2009.

That’s supposed to be a big ‘nono’,

but the Queen seemingly

embraced it – some even say she

initiated it.

You Can’t Get to the Throne by

Marrying One. There’s no point in

planning to marry a royal hoping

you can mastermind a plot to

take the throne. Nobody who

marries into royalty can ever

ascend to the top. If you married

a monarch, your title would be

either queen- or king-consort.

The Queen Sets the Tone at


Eating with The Queen can seem

like a bit of a race to guests, only

because as soon as the monarch

stops eating, everybody must put

down their knives and forks. Of

course, royal dinners are pretty

lavish, but if you don’t want

anything going to waste, you’d

better keep up.

The Queen Doesn’t Need a

Passport. Despite being a littleknown

fact, it makes sense when

you think about it: all UK passports

are issued in Her Majesty’s name.

Why would Her Majesty need

permission from herself to go

abroad? The Queen is one of the

only people in the world that

requires no passport for

international travel.

They Can’t Play Monopoly.

It may sound bizarre, but royal

family members aren’t supposed

to play Monopoly. It seems that,

like the rest of us, not even royalty

is immune from the inevitable rifts

and infighting. Back in 2008, the

Duke of York revealed that,

apparently, the traditional

Christmas game gets a bit too

vicious in the Mountbatten-

Windsor household.

The Queen Invented a Breed of

Dog. The Queen famously loves

corgis, and when one of her’s

mated with a Dachshund, she

created the new mixed-breed

Dorgi species of dog. Thanks to

their loyalty, intelligence and

friendliness, almost all Dorgis are

said to be as adorable and loving

as they are cute.

The Queen Owns a LOT of


The holdings of the Crown Estate

are worth an estimated £14 billion

and extend all over the UK into all

sorts of niches including:

Royal palaces

Farming and agriculture

Forestry and parkland

Commercial and residential

Minerals including gold & silver

Plus much, much more.

She also holds the rights to

racecourses such as Royal Ascot

and even shopping centres.

She was the first monarch to be

crowned in a televised coronation

ceremony. Queen Elizabeth II

succeeded to the throne on 6

February 1952 upon the death of

her father, King George VI. On 2

June 1953, her coronation took

place in Westminster Abbey. She

was also the first monarch to be

crowned Queen of Canada.

She was born in a London

townhouse. The future Queen

Elizabeth II was born on 21 April

1926. Although she was the first

child of the Duke and Duchess of

York — the future King George VI

and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen

Mother) — and the eldest

granddaughter of King George V,

she was not born in a palace.

Instead, she was born at 17 Bruton

Street in the Mayfair

neighbourhood of London, in a

townhouse that belonged to her

Scottish maternal grandparents,

the Earl and Countess of

Strathmore. The house was

demolished in 1937. There is now

an office building and a Chinese

restaurant on the site.

17 Bruton Street in 1926

17 Bruton Street today

A Royal Special!

The Queen was the first female

member of the royal family to

become a full-time active

member of the British Armed


Previous princesses, such as

Princess Patricia of Connaught,

had served as the honorary

colonel-in-chief of a military

regiment, but the future Queen

Elizabeth II assumed a more

active role during the Second

World War. In 1945, she joined the

Auxiliary Territorial Service as a

second subaltern and learned to

drive and service vehicles. Five

months later, she was promoted

to junior commander. On Victory

in Europe Day, she joined the

street parties in London,

inconspicuous in her military

uniform. As the monarch, the

Queen is head of the British

Armed Forces.

She promised to devote her life to

public service on her 21st


In 1947, the future Queen

Elizabeth II participated in her first

overseas tour, travelling to South

Africa and what is now Zimbabwe

with her parents and younger

sister, Princess Margaret. Princess

Elizabeth celebrated her 21st

birthday during the tour. In a

radio broadcast from Cape Town,

she committed herself to a

lifetime of public service devoted

to the Commonwealth, stating, “I

declare before you all that my

whole life whether it be long or

short shall be devoted to your

service and the service of our

great imperial family to which we

all belong.”

She received more than 2,500

wedding gifts when she married

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,

in 1947.

After the engagement of Princess

Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip

Mountbatten (Prince Philip of

Greece and Denmark) was

announced on 9 July 1947, invited

wedding guests and members of

the public sent gifts to celebrate

the occasion. Canadian prime

minister William Lyon Mackenzie

King sent antique silverware and

a mink coat as the official

wedding gifts from Canada.

Since food and clothing rationing

was still in force in the United

Kingdom after the Second World

War, members of the public

around the world sent tinned

food (which was redistributed to

people in need) and nylon

stockings. Elizabeth and Philip

were married at Westminster

Abbey in London on 20

November 1947. The Queen and

Prince Philip were married for 73

years, until Philip’s death on 9

April 2021. They have four

children, eight grandchildren and

12 great-grandchildren.

She has owned more than 30

corgis over the course of her


The Queen’s hobbies include

spending time in the countryside,

horseback riding and walking her

dogs. Her preferred breed of dog

is the Pembroke Welsh corgi. She

brought her corgi Susan on her

honeymoon in 1947 and received

a corgi puppy as a gift from

members of her family in the

spring of 2021. The royal corgis

have become part of the

Queen’s public image. A British

coin commemorating Elizabeth

II’s Golden Jubilee in 2002

depicted the monarch with a

corgi. A Vanity Fair magazine

cover marking her 90th birthday

showed the Queen with four of

her dogs. At the opening

ceremony of the 2012 Olympic

Summer Games in London, the

Queen and her corgis appeared

in a video with actor Daniel Craig

as James Bond.

She is the most well travelled

monarch in history.

The Queen’s parents and

grandparents travelled

extensively in the British Empire

and then the Commonwealth,

but the Queen holds the record

for the most countries visited by

an individual monarch: more than

120 countries on six continents.

The Queen has visited Canada

more than any other country

outside the United Kingdom,

having undertaken 23 official

Canadian royal tours between

1951 and 2010.

She is the longest reigning

monarch in British and

Commonwealth history.

On 9 September 2015, Elizabeth II

became the longest reigning

monarch in British and

Commonwealth history when she

surpassed the record set by the

nearly 64-year reign of her greatgreat-grandmother


Victoria. Although separated by

more than a century, Elizabeth

and Victoria celebrated the

milestone the same way: a quiet

dinner at Balmoral Castle in

Scotland with visiting

grandchildren. If Elizabeth II reigns

for another two years, she will

exceed the 72-year record set by

King Louis XIV of France for the

longest reign in European history.

The Queen faces right on her

coins which is part of a tradition

which has lasted for over 300

years. Each King or Queen faces

in the opposite direction to the

one before. The Queen's father

George VI faced left on his coins

so Elizabeth II faces right, however

same does not apply to stamps -

the monarch always faces left.

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Self care is not a thing….

Self-care is not a thing.

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

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

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I’m talking about letting go of the things that

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the friends that criticise you or make you feel

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being a cheerleader, the people that abuse you or

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your emotional, physical and energetic health.

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

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Between self-love OR self-judgment.

Between Self-serving OR self-sacrificing.

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

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Which is hard!!!

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Probably because we learnt it was NOT ok to

take care of ourselves. Or set boundaries with


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and attention seeking? Maybe they had

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you feel you don’t deserve to take care of

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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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Whatever the reason, if you find it difficult to

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Never mind the school bell as hot air balloon launches

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Pupils at a Shropshire school were left wowed after

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The youngsters at the Old Hall School in Wellington

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There are plenty of mysteries

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Arachibutyrophobia (Fear of peanut butter sticking

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For someone who can't stand Peanut Butter this is

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Nomophobia (Fear of being without your mobile


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Arithmophobia (Fear of numbers)

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Plutophobia (Fear of money)

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

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Ablutophobia (Fear of bathing)

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Octophobia (Fear of the number eight)

If you suffer from Octophobia and Arithmophobia I

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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

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

Omphalophobia (Fear of belly buttons)

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Pogonophobia (Fear of beards)

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Chaetophobia (Fear of hair)

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Vestiphobia (Fear of clothing)

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

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Ergophobia (Fear of work)

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Decidophobia (Fear of making decisions)

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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

Parliament during her Golden Jubilee in 2002,

“managing it has become an expanding

discipline. The way we embrace it defines our


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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.

Remember, under the Animal Welfare Act owners

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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

holiday, but if you’re looking to get back on

track then a health-focused holiday is perfect for


Stay on the sunny Algarve coast at Vilalara

Thalassa Resort under an expert ‘Longevity’

team for a week-long tailored weight-loss

holiday. You can benefit from a combination of

detoxifying spa rituals, tuck into tasty but

slimming meals, and of course, join in with various

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

compliment your weight-loss efforts.

Visit www.thehealthyholidaycompany.co.uk for

more information.

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!).

Make sure to keep an eye out for the traditional

windmills, tulips and quaint villages as you

explore the canals, and level up your activity by

hiring a bike to pedal around the vibrant city of


For more information on this short break, visit


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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Car Review:

Toyota CH-R self charging

hybrid SUV

By Sue Cooke

I have always loved the exterior

looks of Toyota’s compact crossover

and as far as style goes there have

been few cars on the market since

its launch in 2016 that have been

able to divert my attention. The C-

HR (Coupe High Rider) for 2022 has

subtle design changes to the front

with a lower lip spoiler and there is a

sleek glossy spoiler now linking the

LED technology in the headlamp

and rear light clusters. Disguised rear

door handles are uniquely

integrated into the rear pillars at the

top of the door. Why change a

good thing.

Keyless entry gives access to a very

quiet cabin. Engineers have

improved noise and vibration levels

in 11 different locations. Seat

upholstery is a new synthetic leather

trimmed in a cool gun metal colour.

There is a new exterior colour option

of Deep Amethyst.

The SUV offers three equipment

grades: Icon, Design and Excel and

the GR Sport grade for a sportier


The interior is airy and spacious. I

found it easy to see the display on

the central 8 inch multi-media

touchscreen, which stands proud of

the dash with switches and dials all

angled towards the driver. I found

air conditioning, sat nav and audio

are simple to operate while on the


Smart connected services, include

cloud-based navigation with

continuous, “always on” traffic

information, 3D city mapping,

highway signage and fixed traffic

camera locations. No phone

pairing is required and no additional

data costs are incurred. A new onboard

voice agent recognises

natural, conversational requests. A

four-year Toyota Smart Connect

package, includes local parking

and road event information and

over-the-air updates in the vehicle’s

purchase price.

I pressed the stop start button,

pushed back into the supportive

comfortable seats and relaxed,

making the most of the concert hall

quality sound from the JBL premium

audio system that has an eight

channel 800W stereo amplifier and

nine speakers. An option on my

road test car.

There is a long list of safety

equipment but the ones that

owners might find the most useful

include a Pre-Collision system with

pedestrian warning, adaptive cruise

control, lane departure alert with

steering control, automatic high

beam and road sign assist. Drivers

can ask for an analysis of their

driving style and how to save fuel.

The top hinged tailgate gives

access to a large boot, coping with

377 litres. I found some very useful

hooks for keeping shopping bags


The hybrid electric range offers a

choice of power from two selfcharging

hybrids. The original

120bhp 1.8 litre hybrid engine

system has been upgraded with a

lithium-ion high voltage battery. The

car I road tested was powered by a

2-litre hybrid engine system that

produces 182bhp and there is no

need to think about recharging.

When driving around town, the CH-

R has the potential to achieve up to

80 per cent zero emissions.

The suspension has been uprated

and is now quite firm, but this

maximises performance and

handling potential.

Toyota’s CH-R offers a gorgeous

distinctive exterior design which

definitely turns heads and with the

choice of a self-charging hybrid

there will be fewer turns into the

garage forecourt!

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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