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Shrewsbury and Oswestry SYone magazine Summer 2024

Your Summer edition is finally here! Packed with fantastic local businesses across Shropshire and The Midlands, whats on and where to go this Summer plus so much more! Enjoy the read and support local! Next edition is September and October Autumn edition. To promote your business or event contact Sarah or Sam on 01952 780058 or email sarah@scenelocal.co.uk

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SUMMER EDITION <strong>2024</strong><br />

Inside... All the latest what’s on & summer festivals, health, beauty & fashion, motoring, BBQ<br />

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Meet the team:<br />

WELCOME TO YOUR MAIN<br />

SUMMER EDITION FOR <strong>2024</strong><br />

Contents:<br />

Sir Frank William<br />

Sarah Williams<br />

Owner & founder<br />

Sam Gater<br />

Sales Manager<br />

Katie Wilson<br />

Editorial<br />

We’ve got you covered: 30,000 copies distributed throughout Local businesses,<br />

supermarkets & selected homes, right across Shropshire & the Midl<strong>and</strong>s<br />

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This <strong>magazine</strong> is published by:<br />

Scene Local Media Ltd,<br />

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To be included within our Autumn<br />

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Cousins <strong>Summer</strong> Sale<br />

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Local News<br />

Whats on <strong>and</strong> where to go this <strong>Summer</strong>!<br />

BBQ Marinade Recipes<br />

What’s on Wellington<br />

Fashion, Health, Beauty & Well-being<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> Smoothies<br />

Winter Sun<br />

Finances <strong>and</strong> Savings<br />

Health <strong>and</strong> Care in the Community<br />

Motoring Reviews by Sue Cooke<br />

Pets<br />

Fundraising Mission at WGS<br />

Men’s Mental Health by Dribbz<br />

House, Home & Garden<br />

Puzzles<br />

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Local News<br />

Demolition due to start on Riverside Shopping<br />

Centre in <strong>Shrewsbury</strong><br />

Demolition is due to begin on the former medical practice <strong>and</strong><br />

Riverside Shopping Centre in <strong>Shrewsbury</strong> town centre.<br />

Part of the Smithfield Riverside scheme, the plans intend to redevelop<br />

the area of <strong>Shrewsbury</strong> with a park, play equipment <strong>and</strong><br />

events <strong>and</strong> performance area.<br />

Shropshire Council have said they hope to minimise the disruption<br />

to the town centre as much as possible during the demolition.<br />

Four Eurasian Lynx move into a new enclosure<br />

at Hoo Zoo <strong>and</strong> Dinosaur World in Telford<br />

Shropshire residents stunned by Northern<br />

Lights display in June<br />

Residents across Shropshire were stunned as the Northern Lights<br />

put on a gorgeous show back in June.<br />

Taking full advantage of the early warnings of the potential<br />

appearance, residents made the most of the appearance of the aurora<br />

borealis by heading outdoors to top viewing points <strong>and</strong> even their<br />

ardens to catch a glimpse.<br />

The stunning display of lights first were visible in Shropshire at<br />

around 10.30pm on Friday 10th May as just a faint sight of purple<br />

<strong>and</strong> green in the sky though by 11.30pm spectators were reporting<br />

seeing them across the county.<br />

Prior to May’s scenes, the last time an extreme geomagnetic storm<br />

hit Earth was in 2003 making the viewing very rare across the West<br />

Midl<strong>and</strong>s.<br />

Gymnast Alice Kinsella in Telford to compete<br />

in Paris<br />

Alice Kinsella, aged 23, has been selected to represent Team GB at<br />

the <strong>Summer</strong> Olympics in Paris this year.<br />

This will be Kinsella’s second successive Olympics after assisting<br />

Team GB to win the bronze medal in the final during the debut<br />

games in Tokyo back in 2021.<br />

The 23-year-old gymnast will<br />

be joined by Becky Downie<br />

<strong>and</strong> Olympic debutants,<br />

Ruby Evans, Georgia-Mae<br />

Fenton <strong>and</strong> Abi Martin<br />

Kinsella has discussed the<br />

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“it’s an absolute honour to be<br />

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Four brother Eurasian Lynx, Cain, Lucifer, Amenadiel <strong>and</strong> Zadkiel<br />

have moved to a new woodl<strong>and</strong> enclosure at local zoo in Telford.<br />

The brothers were born at Hoo Zoo <strong>and</strong> Dinosaur World two years<br />

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extinct around 1,300 years ago, the Zoo said, due to a decline of<br />

their prey, habitat loss <strong>and</strong> human persecution.<br />

The Zoo owner, Will Dorrell said ““our four lynx brothers are<br />

ambassadors for their species <strong>and</strong> are a stark reminder that if we<br />

don’t take conservation seriously, then we will lose some of the<br />

world’s most amazing creatures.”<br />

New Principal announced at City of<br />

Wolverhampton College<br />

A college in Wolverhampton, recently freed from government<br />

intervention is soon set to change Principal.<br />

The City of Wolverhampton College’s Deputy Principal, Louise Fall, is<br />

due to take over from organisation leader, Mall Cowgill this summer.<br />

The announcement has come shortly after the college left the<br />

longest-running intervention in the sector after a long twelve years.<br />

Louise Fall has worked at the college since 2014 <strong>and</strong> has said she is<br />

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COCKTAIL (17.5% vol<br />

I found to be most tastefully sweet<br />

<strong>and</strong> also bitter. Absolutely,<br />

Tanqueray is a classic London Dry<br />

Gin. This is mixed with herbal <strong>and</strong><br />

fruity vermouth flavourings, plus a<br />

hint of tangy bitter, to create a<br />

highly popular cocktail mix. Great to<br />

pour over ice <strong>and</strong> then garnish with<br />

a slice of fresh orange (my choice).<br />

bottled cocktails at Waitrose, in<br />

their attractively labelled ‘Cocktail<br />

Collection’ range. Waitrose stores<br />

always have most excellent in-store<br />

advice, I have found on many<br />

occasions. Their shelves, of all types<br />

of beverages, are a ‘treat to behold’<br />

<strong>and</strong> will take some time (<strong>and</strong><br />

enjoyment) to ‘explore’. Take time<br />

<strong>and</strong> a lot of pleasure to locate your<br />

favourite choices of drinks. The<br />

excellent website has all details <strong>and</strong><br />

information <strong>and</strong> is most worthy of<br />

viewing. Ordering online is easy too.<br />

www.waitrose.com<br />

JOHNNIE WALKER OLD<br />

FASHIONED COCKTAIL<br />

(20.5% vol)<br />

Is a very firm favourite amongst<br />

numerous devotees of cocktails. This<br />

delectation is sweet <strong>and</strong> nicely<br />

warming. Utilising the wellrenowned<br />

Johnnie Walker Blended<br />

Scotch Whisky, which is expertly<br />

mixed with orange notes, plus bitter<br />

CIROC COSMOPOLITAN<br />

COCKTAIL (17.5% vol)<br />

If I may suggest, could satisfy the<br />

vodka enthusiasts, totally. This<br />

elegant cocktail is mixed with<br />

bittersweet cranberry juice <strong>and</strong> then<br />

very well ‘balanced’ with orange <strong>and</strong><br />

lime flavours Very much appreciated<br />

<strong>and</strong> loved amongst connoisseurs of<br />

this type of beverage, I found it ideal<br />

when served in a martini-style glass,<br />

with a twist of lemon to garnish, if<br />

you wish.<br />

I located these expertly-blended,<br />

premium pre-mixed, ready to serve<br />

As always, Enjoy!<br />

Trevor Langley


Christmas Day<br />

£85pp<br />

£42.50 under 12's<br />

Boxing Day<br />

2 Courses £25<br />

3 Courses £30


WHAT’S ON<br />

Dragon Boat Festival <strong>2024</strong><br />

Saturday 20th July <strong>2024</strong> - Sunday 21st<br />

July <strong>2024</strong><br />

River Severn, <strong>Shrewsbury</strong> (from<br />

Kingsl<strong>and</strong> Bridge to Pengwern Boat Club)<br />

Featuring 40ft dragon boats with teams of up to 20<br />

rowers, the Dragon Boat Festival is definitely one to put<br />

in your diaries for this summer!<br />

If you’re a lover of competition, fundraising or just<br />

looking for a great day out with plenty of fun <strong>and</strong><br />

excitement, you definitely won’t be disappointed.<br />

To enter a team in the <strong>2024</strong> Dragon Boat Festival, go to<br />

https://bit.ly/DragonBoats<strong>2024</strong><br />

With a great selection of real cask ales, cider <strong>and</strong> perry<br />

<strong>and</strong> entertainment both Friday <strong>and</strong> Saturday evening,<br />

there’s plenty to enjoy this summer!<br />

Under 18s are welcome Saturday afternoon until 8pm<br />

with games including arts <strong>and</strong> crafts available to enjoy<br />

in the marquee. Card payments are welcome throughout<br />

the venue.<br />

CAMRA members also receive one free 1/2-pint token<br />

on entry if they show their valid CAMRA membership<br />

card (up to 4.5 ABV beer or cider). Pay on the door is<br />

available but if they are at capacity you may have to wait<br />

<strong>and</strong> queue. Tickets guarantee entry.<br />

<strong>Shrewsbury</strong> Flower Show <strong>2024</strong><br />

Friday 9th August <strong>2024</strong> - Saturday 10th<br />

August <strong>2024</strong><br />

The Quarry, <strong>Shrewsbury</strong><br />

Victorian Seaside Experience<br />

20 July <strong>2024</strong> - 3 September <strong>2024</strong><br />

Blists Hill Victorian Town, Madeley, Telford<br />

Join Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire as they<br />

welcome back the seaside for the second year!<br />

Take a trip back in time to a Victorian trip to the seaside<br />

with a day at the beach complete with donkeys, a stage<br />

show <strong>and</strong> live entertainment.<br />

An ideal day out for the whole family, it’s fun,<br />

educational <strong>and</strong> perfect for the summer season!<br />

Wolverhampton CAMRA <strong>Summer</strong> Festival of<br />

Beer & Cider<br />

25 July <strong>2024</strong> - 27 July <strong>2024</strong><br />

Newhampton Arts Centre<br />

Wolverhampton CAMRA <strong>Summer</strong> Festival of Beer &<br />

Cider is returning for <strong>2024</strong>!<br />

<strong>Shrewsbury</strong> Flower Show is back for its 188th year <strong>and</strong><br />

is an event you definitely don’t want to miss out on this<br />

summer!<br />

One of the country’s premier flower show events, it<br />

attracts exhibitors from all over the country with a small<br />

permanent staff <strong>and</strong> over 100 volunteers to manage <strong>and</strong><br />

organise the yearly event.<br />

With a vast range of stalls featuring not only flowers but<br />

clothing, jewellery, delicious food, drink <strong>and</strong> plenty<br />

more there’s something for every visitor to enjoy this<br />

season! And of course, it’s popular firework display in<br />

the evening will surely bring it’s usual bustling<br />

audience.<br />

WV1Fest Tribute Festival<br />

Saturday 10th August <strong>2024</strong> – Sunday 11th<br />

August <strong>2024</strong><br />

West Park, Wolverhampton<br />

Experience something new this summer with WV1 Fest,<br />

the ultimate tribute concert experience in<br />

Wolverhampton at WestPark.<br />

WV1FEST is a great experience for music enthusiasts<br />

looking for an affordable <strong>and</strong> family-friendly tribute<br />

festival in the sunshine. With two stages, over 20 live<br />

acts across the weekend <strong>and</strong> a line-up featuring the best<br />

tribute acts in the business, WV1Fest promises an<br />

electrifying experience for rock lovers.<br />

Join them for the celebration of all things rock <strong>and</strong> fun<br />

<strong>and</strong> make the most of the warm weather, delicious<br />

festival food <strong>and</strong> drink this season!<br />

By Katie Wilson


SUMMER/AUTUMN <strong>2024</strong><br />

t: 01746 766477<br />

BOOK ON LINE at www.theatreonthesteps.co.uk<br />

MOUNTAIN SONG<br />

FRIDAY 12th JULY <strong>2024</strong> 7:30 pm<br />

oThis is the beginning of a Traditional American Music journey that started during lockdown in the<br />

unlikely location of <strong>Shrewsbury</strong>!<br />

Mountain Song are an acoustic-guitar duo (James Hickman <strong>and</strong> Will Greenway) that perform music<br />

from the golden era of Bluegrass & the Appalachian mountains. Tickets from £15<br />

KILLER RHAPSODY -A NIGHT OF QUEEN<br />

FRIDAY 26th JULY 8:00 pm & SATURDAY 27th JULY 8:00 pm<br />

The hottest <strong>and</strong> most riveting tribute to Freddie Mercury <strong>and</strong> Queen. Publicly endorsed <strong>and</strong> featured<br />

on none other then Dr Brian Mays Guitars - www.brianmayguitars.co.uk<br />

Performing a spectacular show, running for over 2 hours long; featuring both the mega hits <strong>and</strong><br />

deeper cuts such as: Last Horizon, I'm In Love With My Car, Brighton Rock <strong>and</strong> more. Tickets £18<br />

PAUL DRAKELEY ALLSTAR BIG BAND<br />

THURSDAY 5th SEPTEMBER <strong>2024</strong> 8:00 pm<br />

The Paul Drakeley Allstar Big B<strong>and</strong> will transport you back in time to the Golden Era of music paying<br />

tribute to the music <strong>and</strong> Songs of Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Matt Monro,<br />

Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garl<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong> many, many more…The b<strong>and</strong> comprises of top musicians <strong>and</strong><br />

vocalists from around the UK <strong>and</strong> is renowned for its sell out shows, with silky Saxes, bouncing brass,<br />

raunchy guitars <strong>and</strong> superb Vocals this show will make your evening. Tickets £20<br />

BEATLES COMPLETE<br />

SATURDAY 7th SEPTEMBER <strong>2024</strong> 8:00 pm<br />

Beatles Complete present a night of Beatlemania packed with massive hits from the most influential<br />

b<strong>and</strong> of all time.This Liverpool based ‘beat combo’ are the youngest ever Beatles b<strong>and</strong> to gain a<br />

residency at the Cavern Club in Liverpool where they still perform every Thursday <strong>and</strong> Saturday,<br />

packing the club out <strong>and</strong> creating a unique Beatles vibe. All four members are accomplished multiinstrumentalists<br />

allowing them to span right across The Beatles’ recording history, from Please Please<br />

Me right through to Let It Be.Having performed at International Beatle Week for the last 3 years<br />

running, the lads have been invited to return again for <strong>2024</strong> <strong>and</strong> are also taking their extended show<br />

to theatres across the UK. The b<strong>and</strong> has also appeared on the BBC <strong>and</strong> on TV in Japan <strong>and</strong> The<br />

Netherl<strong>and</strong>s.Tickets £20<br />

TOWN HALL, HIGH STREET, BRIDGNORTH<br />

www.theatreonthesteps.co.uk


WHAT’S ON<br />

Camp Bestival Shropshire<br />

Thursday 15 August <strong>2024</strong> – Sunday 18<br />

August <strong>2024</strong><br />

Weston Park, Staffordshire<br />

Make the most of the summer season this year with the<br />

fantastic Camp Bestival at Weston Park.<br />

After a massively successful 14-year history, the festival<br />

returns to entertain families again this season. With a<br />

vast array of green spaces, parkl<strong>and</strong>, woodl<strong>and</strong>s <strong>and</strong><br />

more, festivalgoers have a world of fun <strong>and</strong><br />

entertainment at their fingertips with this extraordinary<br />

festival.<br />

Curated by Josie <strong>and</strong> Rob da Bank, Camp Bestival aims<br />

to offer a weekend of fun for all the family. So, whether<br />

you’re looking for live music <strong>and</strong> sunshine, a weekend of<br />

fun <strong>and</strong> excitement for the kids or just something new<br />

<strong>and</strong> entertaining, Weston Park is definitely the place to<br />

be this August.<br />

WaBiaZo Fest - Largest African Cultural<br />

Festival<br />

Friday 23rd August <strong>2024</strong> – Sunday 25th<br />

August <strong>2024</strong><br />

East Park, Wolverhampton<br />

www.wabiazo.co.uk<br />

Experience the amazing talents of over 50 Afrobeat<br />

artists showcasing a range of music, dance, food, arts<br />

<strong>and</strong> fashion this summer!<br />

This celebration is a vibrant weekend showing African<br />

culture <strong>and</strong> captivating entertainment to keep all guests<br />

entertained. Immerse in the amazing African heritage<br />

<strong>and</strong> get taken to a new place of energy, rhythm, <strong>and</strong><br />

excitement this summer.<br />

“Join as they pay homage to the diverse <strong>and</strong> dynamic<br />

traditions of Africa <strong>and</strong> celebrate the beauty <strong>and</strong><br />

resilience of its people.”<br />

Jurassic Park Cinema<br />

Saturday 24th August <strong>2024</strong><br />

Hoo Zoo <strong>and</strong> Dinosaur World, Telford<br />

<strong>Shrewsbury</strong> Folk Festival<br />

Friday 23rd August <strong>2024</strong> - Monday, 26th<br />

August <strong>2024</strong><br />

West Mid Showground, <strong>Shrewsbury</strong><br />

<strong>Shrewsbury</strong> Folk Festival is a popular event for the<br />

August Bank Holiday weekend, combining a great line<br />

up of folk, world music <strong>and</strong> Americana.<br />

With an international reputation for its line-up, the<br />

festival is set in a great accessible location <strong>and</strong> is well<br />

known for its friendly <strong>and</strong> inviting atmosphere.<br />

With four open air <strong>and</strong> covered stages, a dance tent,<br />

shows, workshops <strong>and</strong> more there’s plenty to keep all of<br />

its guests entertained over the long weekend!<br />

All included in the ticket price, make the most of the<br />

summer festival scene <strong>and</strong> enjoy some sunshine, great<br />

music <strong>and</strong> entertainment this August!<br />

Back by popular dem<strong>and</strong>, Hoo Zoo <strong>and</strong> Dinosaur World<br />

is giving it’s visitors the opportunity to enjoy the 1993<br />

smash hit in a way you never have before.<br />

Brought to you on its outdoor cinema screen whilst sat<br />

amongst the dinosaurs of Hoo Zoo, the event is<br />

something for any young reptile lover to get excited<br />

about this summer!<br />

Starting at 8:30pm, walk through Hoo-Rassic World<br />

before watching the movie on the big screen whilst the<br />

dinosaurs move around you. The event will happen in<br />

whatever the<br />

weather <strong>and</strong><br />

don’t forget<br />

to pick up a<br />

souvenir<br />

photo from<br />

the Green<br />

Screen<br />

photographer<br />

for an<br />

additional<br />

cost.<br />

By Katie Wilson


a free family trail<br />

that will put you<br />

through your paces!<br />

On your<br />

marks<br />

& Get set...<br />

prizes<br />

to be<br />

won...<br />

games<br />

<strong>and</strong><br />

shows<br />

huge<br />

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Beach<br />

23 th -25 th August<br />

it’s all going on this summer<br />

www.enjoywolverhampton.com


<strong>Summer</strong> days out<br />

Places To Visit Locally This<br />

<strong>Summer</strong><br />

Hawkstone Park Follies - Weston-under-<br />

Redcastle<br />

Over weekends <strong>and</strong> school holidays they are also now<br />

providing a new Dinosaur Show to keep the reptile<br />

lovers entertained!<br />

The Quarry Park - <strong>Shrewsbury</strong><br />

If you’re not local to <strong>Shrewsbury</strong> or new to the area, the<br />

Quarry Park is definitely a hot spot for the summer<br />

season!<br />

With a swimming centre, a children’s play park <strong>and</strong><br />

splash zone <strong>and</strong> the Dingle filled with gorgeous seasonal<br />

flowers <strong>and</strong> displays, it’s not only the large stretch of<br />

greenery you’ll have to enjoy!<br />

Enjoy a picnic in the park, a walk along the river or take<br />

the whole family <strong>and</strong> let the kids make the most of the<br />

areas to play <strong>and</strong> let loose! Only a stone’s throw away<br />

from <strong>Shrewsbury</strong> town’s centre, you also have a<br />

multitude of restaurants, shops <strong>and</strong> cafes to make it a<br />

full day out in the gorgeous Shropshire town!<br />

Surrounded by the gorgeous Shropshire countryside,<br />

Hawkstone Park Follies should definitely be on your list<br />

of places to visit this summer!<br />

Less than an hour away from Stoke-on-Trent,<br />

Wolverhampton, Welshpool <strong>and</strong> Chester, Hawkstone<br />

Park is just north of <strong>Shrewsbury</strong> <strong>and</strong> is definitely worth<br />

the trip!<br />

One of Britain’s original theme parks, Hawkstone offers<br />

over 100 acres of gorgeous scenery with a fantastical<br />

l<strong>and</strong>scape of caves, bridges, woodl<strong>and</strong>s <strong>and</strong> more to<br />

discover!<br />

Get some shade from the sun this season <strong>and</strong> enjoy<br />

exploring the stunning scenes it has to offer, it’s also the<br />

ideal adventure for children so perfect for a family day<br />

out!<br />

The Ironbridge <strong>and</strong> Toll House - Ironbridge,<br />

Telford<br />

Add some history to your summer by visiting (<strong>and</strong><br />

walking across!) the first ever case-iron bridge first<br />

build in 1779 across the River Severn.<br />

Both strong <strong>and</strong> beautiful, the Iron Bridge st<strong>and</strong>s as one<br />

of the best symbols of where the<br />

Industrial Resolution first started<br />

out. Continuing to stun tourists<br />

<strong>and</strong> guests, the structure is a<br />

fantastic sight to behold <strong>and</strong><br />

what gave the town its name.<br />

Make a day of it this summer <strong>and</strong><br />

enjoy the sunshine taking a stroll<br />

through the quaint <strong>and</strong> beautiful town with its range of<br />

cafes, restaurants <strong>and</strong> spots to enjoy.<br />

Wild Zoological Park - Bobbington,<br />

Wolverhampton<br />

Wild Zoological Park is located at Halfpenny Green<br />

Vineyards in Bobbington <strong>and</strong> is the perfect local day out<br />

for the family this summer!<br />

With the aim to educate visitors all about their animals,<br />

the Park features five themed l<strong>and</strong>s; Reptiles Unleashed,<br />

Wild Australia, Amazon, Asia <strong>and</strong> Africa.<br />

H<strong>and</strong>s-on experiences <strong>and</strong> demonstrations are also<br />

available each day for animal lovers to get up close <strong>and</strong><br />

personal with their favourite creatures.<br />

The Wrekin - East Shropshire<br />

One of the most iconic hills in Shropshire, the Wrekin is<br />

a great option for history lovers this summer.<br />

Housing a 20-acre Iron Age hill fort once home to the<br />

Cornovii tribe, the Wrekin offers gorgeous views of up to<br />

17 counties from its summit.<br />

Make the most of the natural surroundings this summer<br />

<strong>and</strong> enjoy a walk in the sunshine, whether it’s some time<br />

alone with nature, a romantic walk for two or take the<br />

whole family <strong>and</strong> blow off some steam this season!<br />

By Katie Wilson


Visit Shropshire Petal Fields!<br />

Shropshire’s stunning<br />

flower field experience<br />

returns in Newport this<br />

summer for 10 days.<br />

The field has been meticulously<br />

planted by a robot <strong>and</strong> will be<br />

weeded by the same robot, which<br />

means no one will step foot on the<br />

field until the flower field opens<br />

to visitors. Petal confetti business,<br />

Shropshire Petals, is providing<br />

exclusive access to the flower field<br />

which is usually reserved for<br />

petal confetti production.<br />

Shropshire Festivals will turn it<br />

into a visitor attraction for a<br />

limited time while the flowers are<br />

in bloom.<br />

capture some special memories<br />

amongst the magic.”<br />

As well as being immersed in the<br />

flowers, families can follow the<br />

wildflower pathway <strong>and</strong> explore<br />

the woodl<strong>and</strong>.<br />

on-site café. The Shropshire Ice<br />

Cream Company will be serving<br />

locally made ice cream from their<br />

vintage caravan so you can cool<br />

down on a summer’s day.<br />

“There will be parking, seating<br />

under tipis, <strong>and</strong> toilets on site, <strong>and</strong><br />

you are welcome to bring a picnic<br />

<strong>and</strong> make the most of the view.<br />

We also plan to have another dogfriendly<br />

day. Tickets will be<br />

limited on each of the 10 days<br />

we’re open.”<br />

Professional photographers will<br />

be able to purchase a<br />

photography pass so they can take<br />

commercial images, <strong>and</strong> if you are<br />

interested in holding a corporate<br />

sunset event, get in<br />

touch with Shropshire Festivals.<br />

Beth Heath from Shropshire<br />

Festivals adds, “Once you’ve<br />

strolled around the field <strong>and</strong><br />

taken in each layer of colour, you<br />

can let the little ones explore<br />

nature in the Wild Woodl<strong>and</strong><br />

Walk, buy your own freshly cut<br />

flower bouquets, pose for photos<br />

at the focal points, <strong>and</strong> enjoy<br />

drinks <strong>and</strong> refreshments at the<br />

“Surround yourself with<br />

beautiful blooms in our field of<br />

delphiniums, cornflowers,<br />

sunflowers, <strong>and</strong> wildflowers <strong>and</strong><br />

follow the paths through the pink,<br />

blue, purple, yellow <strong>and</strong> white<br />

flowers,” said Ashley Evers-<br />

Swindell, marketing manager at<br />

Shropshire Petals. “Photo<br />

opportunities don’t get more<br />

spectacular than this, so come<br />

along with friends <strong>and</strong> family <strong>and</strong><br />

The opening dates will be<br />

revealed on July 1st once the<br />

organisers can determine when<br />

the blooms will be at their best,<br />

which is likely to be towards the<br />

end of July <strong>and</strong> the start of<br />

August.<br />

To be the first to know when<br />

tickets go live, sign up for their<br />

newsletter at<br />

www.shropshirepetalfields.co.uk.


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BBQ Marinades<br />

Krystal's Perfect Marinade<br />

for BBQ or Grilled Chicken<br />

Ingredients<br />

• ½ cup brown sugar<br />

• ½ cup balsamic vinegar<br />

• ½ cup soy sauce<br />

• ¼ cup olive oil<br />

• 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce<br />

• 2 tablespoons sesame oil<br />

• 4 cloves garlic, chopped<br />

• ½ teaspoon ground black pepper<br />

Directions<br />

Whisk brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, olive oil,<br />

Worcestershire sauce, sesame oil, garlic, <strong>and</strong> pepper<br />

together in a large bowl until sugar has dissolved.<br />

To Use<br />

Pierce up to 4 pounds chicken pieces all over with a fork.<br />

Place chicken in a bowl with marinade <strong>and</strong> toss evenly to<br />

coat.<br />

Cover with plastic wrap <strong>and</strong> marinate in the refrigerator<br />

for at least 2 hours or overnight, then cook as desired.<br />

Smoky BBQ Marinade<br />

Ingredients<br />

• 2 tbsp barbecue or Worcestershire sauce<br />

• 1 tbsp oil<br />

• 1 tbsp white wine vinegar<br />

• 2 tbsp sugar<br />

• 1 tbsp smoked paprika<br />

• 3 garlic cloves crushed<br />

Directions<br />

Whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl until well<br />

combined.<br />

Place the meat <strong>and</strong> the marinade in a resealable plastic<br />

bag, then shake until the meat is evenly coated. Let it sit<br />

in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (ideally overnight<br />

for a more intense flavour).<br />

Remove from the bag <strong>and</strong> cook the meat as desired.<br />

Korean BBQ Marinade<br />

Ingredients<br />

• 1/4 cup soy sauce<br />

• 1/4 cup fresh Asian pear juice or puree<br />

(optional)*<br />

• 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil<br />

• 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed<br />

• 1-2 scallions, chopped<br />

• 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger<br />

• 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar<br />

• 1 teaspoon toasted seasame seeds<br />

• Pinch freshly ground black pepper<br />

Directions<br />

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Taste <strong>and</strong><br />

adjust quantities, if desired.<br />

Use sauce to marinate beef short ribs or slabs of extra<br />

firm tofu (drained <strong>and</strong> pressed) or tempeh.<br />

Place the protein in a shallow dish or zip-top bag <strong>and</strong><br />

coat evenly with marinade. Marinate for at least 2 hours<br />

<strong>and</strong> up to a day, turning at least once.<br />

BBQ Marinades<br />

Asian chilli Marinade<br />

Mix 4 tbsp sriracha, a chopped stalk of lemongrass, a<br />

grated chunk of ginger, 1 tbsp palm sugar <strong>and</strong> the juice<br />

of 2 limes in a bowl.<br />

Use to marinate salmon fillets or chicken before grilling.<br />

Chermoula Marinade<br />

Put the juice of a lemon, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp<br />

smoked paprika, a small bunch of cori<strong>and</strong>er, 1 chopped<br />

red chilli <strong>and</strong> 2 chopped garlic cloves in a food processor<br />

<strong>and</strong> whizz, adding enough olive oil to make a marinade<br />

(about 4-6 tbsp).<br />

Use to marinate firm fish like tuna or salmon, or veg,<br />

before grilling.<br />

Wholegrain Mustard Marinade<br />

Mix 3 tbsp grain mustard, juice of 1 lemon, 2 tbsp olive<br />

oil, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp white wine vinegar <strong>and</strong> 1 tsp<br />

thyme leaves.<br />

Use to marinate steaks or veg.<br />

Jerk Marinade<br />

Put 4 chopped spring onions in a food processor with 2<br />

chopped scotch bonnet chillies, 3 crushed garlic cloves,<br />

a small, grated chunk of ginger, leaves from 6 thyme<br />

sprigs, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 3 ground cloves, 2 tsp<br />

ground allspice berries, 3 tbsp dark brown sugar, 4 tbsp<br />

groundnut oil <strong>and</strong> half a cup of water.<br />

Whizz to a marinade. Use to marinate racks of ribs or<br />

whole bone-in chicken pieces.<br />

Spiced Yogurt Marinade<br />

Put 250ml natural yogurt, a large bunch of cori<strong>and</strong>er, 2<br />

chopped garlic cloves, 4 green chillies, a small chunk of<br />

ginger, 2 tsp ground cumin <strong>and</strong> 1 tsp ground cori<strong>and</strong>er<br />

in a food processor <strong>and</strong> whizz until smooth.<br />

Stir in 1 tsp ground turmeric <strong>and</strong> 1 tsp salt. Use to<br />

marinate lamb leg steaks or chicken fillets before<br />

grilling.<br />

By Katie Wilson


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Men <strong>and</strong> the BBQ!<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> Sizzling: Top Tips<br />

For The Perfect BBQ This<br />

<strong>Summer</strong><br />

There's something delightful about<br />

a well-executed barbeque during<br />

the summer.<br />

The aroma of sizzling meats, the<br />

laughter of friends <strong>and</strong> family, <strong>and</strong><br />

the joy of dining outdoors create<br />

an experience that is both<br />

comforting <strong>and</strong> exhilarating.<br />

If you’re looking to elevate your<br />

next BBQ <strong>and</strong> make sure its<br />

memorable for all the right<br />

reasons, have a read of our BBQ<br />

top tips!<br />

Choose the Right BBQ For You<br />

The foundation of a great BBQ starts with the right grill.<br />

Whether you prefer gas, charcoal, or electric, each type<br />

offers unique advantages.<br />

Charcoal grills are favoured for their authentic smoky<br />

flavour, while gas grills offer convenience <strong>and</strong> control<br />

over the temperature. Electric grills are ideal for small<br />

spaces <strong>and</strong> are easy to use.<br />

Whatever option you decide, always make sure your grill<br />

is clean <strong>and</strong> in good working order before you start.<br />

or citrus juice), oil, <strong>and</strong> seasonings. Marinate your<br />

meats for at least a few hours, or overnight for the best<br />

results.<br />

Dry rubs, on the other h<strong>and</strong>, are a mix of herbs <strong>and</strong><br />

spices that you rub directly onto the meat. Experiment<br />

with different combinations to find your signature<br />

flavour that will leave your guests stunned.<br />

Temperature Control<br />

Cooking meat to the perfect temperature is crucial.<br />

Invest in a good meat thermometer to avoid<br />

undercooking or overcooking.<br />

For steak, aim for 54°C for medium-rare or 60°C for<br />

medium. Chicken should reach an internal temperature<br />

of 74°C, <strong>and</strong> pork is best at 63°C.<br />

Remember to let your meat rest for a few minutes before<br />

serving to retain its juices.<br />

Prep Your Ingredients In Advance<br />

Preparation is vital to a smooth BBQ experience.<br />

Chop vegetables, mix sauces, <strong>and</strong> marinate meats ahead<br />

of time. This not only reduces stress but also allows you<br />

to spend more time with your guests.<br />

Also be sure to organise your grilling area with all the<br />

tools <strong>and</strong> ingredients you’ll need within arm’s reach.<br />

Don’t Forget The Veggies<br />

Grilled vegetables can be just as delightful as meats.<br />

Popular choices include bell peppers, zucchini,<br />

mushrooms, <strong>and</strong> corn on the cob. Lightly coat your<br />

veggies in olive oil <strong>and</strong> season them with salt <strong>and</strong> pepper<br />

before grilling.<br />

For a creative twist, try grilling fruit like pineapple or<br />

peaches for a sweet addition to your BBQ experience.<br />

Safety First<br />

Safety is paramount when you’re hosting a BBQ.<br />

Keep a spray bottle of water nearby to manage flare-ups<br />

<strong>and</strong> a fire extinguisher on h<strong>and</strong> just in case. Ensure your<br />

grill is positioned away from any flammable objects <strong>and</strong><br />

never leave it unattended.<br />

Create a Comfortable Atmosphere<br />

The right atmosphere can really make your BBQ so<br />

much more enjoyable.<br />

Comfortable seating, adequate lighting, <strong>and</strong> some<br />

background music can set the perfect mood. Consider<br />

string lights or lanterns for evening gatherings <strong>and</strong> have<br />

blankets available for if it gets chilly.<br />

Finish with a Sweet Treat<br />

End your BBQ on a high note with a sweet treat.<br />

Perfect Your Marinades <strong>and</strong> Rubs<br />

Marinades <strong>and</strong> rubs are essential for adding flavour to<br />

your meats.<br />

A good marinade typically contains an acid (like vinegar<br />

Grilled desserts like s'mores, grilled peaches with ice<br />

cream, or even a simple fruit platter can provide a<br />

delightful conclusion to your meal.<br />

Happy grilling!<br />

By Katie Wilson


Health & Beauty<br />

Stay Healthy This <strong>Summer</strong>:<br />

Top Health <strong>and</strong> Wellness<br />

Home Remedies<br />

As the summer sun beckons, many<br />

of us look forward to beach days,<br />

barbeques, <strong>and</strong> outdoor<br />

adventures.<br />

However, with the rising<br />

temperatures come various health<br />

<strong>and</strong> wellness challenges for us all<br />

to face.<br />

Fortunately, nature provides an<br />

array of remedies that can keep us<br />

cool, refreshed, <strong>and</strong> in optimal<br />

health over the summer months.<br />

Here are some of the best home<br />

remedies to embrace for a<br />

healthier <strong>and</strong> more enjoyable<br />

summer.<br />

Infused Water<br />

Staying hydrated is vital during the summer season.<br />

Plain water is excellent, but infused water can make<br />

hydration more enticing. Add slices of cucumber, lemon,<br />

<strong>and</strong> mint to your water jug to not only provide a<br />

refreshing flavour but also for additional benefits.<br />

Cucumber is both hydrating <strong>and</strong> anti-inflammatory,<br />

lemon detoxifies, <strong>and</strong> mint aids digestion. Be sure to<br />

drink throughout the day to stay cool <strong>and</strong> hydrated.<br />

Aloe Vera<br />

Despite the best sun cream efforts, sunburns can happen<br />

especially for those exposed during peak times of the<br />

day.<br />

Aloe vera is a natural <strong>and</strong> effective remedy for aiding the<br />

effects. The gel from an aloe vera plant has cooling<br />

properties <strong>and</strong> is known for its healing benefits. Apply<br />

the gel directly to the sunburnt area to reduce redness<br />

<strong>and</strong> pain. Aloe vera also helps in moisturising the skin,<br />

preventing peeling, <strong>and</strong> speeding up the healing process.<br />

Peppermint Tea<br />

Peppermint tea can be a versatile ally against summer<br />

heat.<br />

Brew a pot of peppermint tea, let it cool, <strong>and</strong> then soak a<br />

cloth in the tea, apply this compress to your forehead or<br />

the back of your neck. Peppermint contains menthol,<br />

which has a natural cooling effect, providing immediate<br />

relief from heat <strong>and</strong> helping to reduce headaches caused<br />

by sun exposure.<br />

Essential Oils<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> evenings often bring out those pesky insects<br />

that tend to leave us with lumps <strong>and</strong> bites over the<br />

summer.<br />

Instead of using chemical-laden repellents, opt for<br />

natural essential oils. Oils like citronella, eucalyptus,<br />

<strong>and</strong> lavender are effective at keeping bugs at bay.<br />

Mix a few drops of these oils with a carrier oil, such as<br />

coconut oil, <strong>and</strong> apply to your skin. Alternatively, you<br />

can diffuse these oils in your home or outdoor spaces to<br />

create a bug-free zone.<br />

Ginger <strong>and</strong> Lemon Tea<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> indulgences can sometimes lead to digestive<br />

discomfort.<br />

Ginger <strong>and</strong> lemon tea is a fantastic remedy for this.<br />

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties <strong>and</strong> can soothe<br />

the digestive system, while lemon is detoxifying <strong>and</strong><br />

provides a burst of vitamin C.<br />

Boil a few slices of fresh ginger in water, add a squeeze<br />

of lemon, <strong>and</strong> drink this tea to ease bloating <strong>and</strong><br />

promote healthy digestion.<br />

Epsom Salt Soak<br />

Long days of summer activities can leave your feet tired<br />

<strong>and</strong> sore.<br />

An Epsom salt soak can provide much-needed relief. Fill<br />

a bath with warm water, add a cup of Epsom salt, <strong>and</strong><br />

soak your feet for 15-20 minutes.<br />

Epsom salt contains magnesium, which can help reduce<br />

inflammation <strong>and</strong> ease muscle pain. This soak also helps<br />

to soften the skin, making it easier to remove any<br />

calluses.<br />

Rose Water<br />

Keep your skin hydrated <strong>and</strong> refreshed with a<br />

homemade rose water mist.<br />

Rose water has anti-inflammatory <strong>and</strong> antioxidant<br />

properties, making it an excellent choice for summer<br />

skin care.<br />

Fill a spray bottle with rose water <strong>and</strong> carry it with you.<br />

Spritz your face throughout the day to cool down <strong>and</strong><br />

revitalise your skin.<br />

Elderberry Syrup<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> colds can be quite bothersome.<br />

Boost your immunity with elderberry syrup, known for<br />

its antiviral <strong>and</strong> immune-boosting properties. You can<br />

make your own syrup by simmering elderberries with<br />

water, honey, <strong>and</strong> a touch of cinnamon.<br />

Take a spoonful daily to keep your immune system<br />

strong <strong>and</strong> ward off any summer illnesses.<br />

By Katie Wilson


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Just a short walk from<br />

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A variety of interesting CRYSTALS,<br />

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Special D-Day<br />

veteran at<br />

Midsummer<br />

Fayre<br />

Bill Humphries from Wellington, who aged<br />

just 19 found himself in the midst of the<br />

Norm<strong>and</strong>y L<strong>and</strong>ings, was a special guest of<br />

honour at the Midsummer Fayre in June.<br />

Representatives of our French twin town,<br />

Châtenay-Malabry, joined with many<br />

members of the Wellington community in a<br />

public show of thanks to Bill <strong>and</strong> all those<br />

from our corner of Shropshire who were<br />

asked to risk their lives in the liberation of<br />

France eight decades ago.<br />

spaces for the community ranging from<br />

dance studios, meeting rooms, art<br />

exhibitions <strong>and</strong> more. The Orbit is hosting a<br />

number of events over the summer, as part<br />

of Saturdays in the Square including Orbit<br />

Rocks, ‘Music From the Movies’ on 10<br />

August, with local b<strong>and</strong>s, dance groups <strong>and</strong><br />

acts performing; a Family Fun Day (Part of<br />

High Street Celebrations) on 17 August -<br />

with live music, local dance groups,<br />

Victorian show <strong>and</strong> outdoor games from<br />

Boardroom Gaming Café; <strong>and</strong> a return of the<br />

popular ‘Reels & Wheels’ car display on 24<br />

August, with a collection of sports & classic<br />

cars, classic <strong>and</strong> modern motorbikes in the<br />

Square <strong>and</strong> all Saints Church, coinciding<br />

with a cinema screening.<br />

Please visit wellingtonorbit.co.uk<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> Sounds <strong>and</strong> Fun<br />

Wellington will be full of entertainment over<br />

the summer with ‘Saturdays in the Square’<br />

which include Wellington’s first Green<br />

Festival, plus a number of events run by<br />

Wellington Town Council in conjunction with<br />

The Wellington Orbit. There really is<br />

‘something for everyone’ to enjoy.<br />

Italian Scooters in the Square<br />

Back for the third year the hugely successful<br />

Italian Scooter Day returns on Saturday 20<br />

July. Wellington market square will be<br />

packed with scooters of all types <strong>and</strong><br />

vintages with riders coming from far <strong>and</strong><br />

wide. Organised by David Morris of the<br />

'Italian Auto Moto Club' together with Love<br />

Wellington, the event is fast becoming wellknown<br />

as the only UK event purely for<br />

scooters on its central streets. Thank you to<br />

Wellington Rotary who help so much on the<br />

day.<br />

Orbit Reaches 5-year Milestone<br />

The Wellington Orbit marked its 5th Birthday<br />

with a special open weekend which saw<br />

members of the community visit for a tour<br />

<strong>and</strong> hear about the plans for the upcoming<br />

‘Phase 2’ renovations which will see the<br />

upper floors transformed into multi-purpose<br />

Late Nights in Market return<br />

The ever-popular Wellington Late Night<br />

Markets have made a welcome return this<br />

summer with the first one held on the last<br />

Saturday of June. There will be three more<br />

evenings throughout the summer with<br />

entertainment, delicious street food, <strong>and</strong> an<br />

all-round good vibe - the perfect night out<br />

with family <strong>and</strong> friends.<br />

5-10pm, £2 entry <strong>and</strong> children go free.<br />

Future dates:<br />

Saturday 27 July<br />

Saturday 31 August<br />

Saturday 28 September<br />

Sustainable Sundays in Wellington<br />

Climate Action Hub Telford (CAHT) is a local<br />

charity focused on reducing carbon<br />

emissions <strong>and</strong> l<strong>and</strong>fill through promoting<br />

reduce, reuse, repair, share <strong>and</strong> recycling<br />

initiatives. CAHT holds monthly ‘Sustainable<br />

Sunday’ events at Belmont Hall in<br />

Wellington. The events are free <strong>and</strong> have<br />

been made possible thanks to Telford &<br />

Wrekin Council’s Climate Change Fund<br />

Grant. Upcoming events are on Sunday 14<br />

July– Sustainable food ideas <strong>and</strong> Sunday 11<br />

August – Eco activities for kids <strong>and</strong> school<br />

uniform swap.


New Businesses open their doors…<br />

By Danielle – Beauty salon on Duke Street<br />

CLA Barbers on King Street<br />

Quackers R Us – Market Annex (second h<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong> new clothes <strong>and</strong><br />

homewares)<br />

The Hungry Dogs – Wellington Market Yard<br />

The Old Orleton – re-opened with new owners<br />

Repair Xperts Pro have opened a second shop in New Street<br />

And some moves….<br />

Welford CBD moved to Bell Street<br />

Chill Out Skate Shop is moving to Market<br />

‘Paint the Town’ this <strong>Summer</strong><br />

Love Wellington ran a <strong>Summer</strong> Window Painting Competition –<br />

‘Paint the Town’ - inviting local shops <strong>and</strong> businesses to join in to get<br />

some summer vibes <strong>and</strong> colour around the streets. Wellington<br />

businesses unleashed their creativity to transform their windows to<br />

capture the essence of summer, brightening the town for passers-by<br />

at the same time,” said Sally Themans of Love Wellington.<br />

Sat 3 August<br />

10am – 3pm<br />

Saturdays in the Square, Wellington (Telford) Brass B<strong>and</strong><br />

Wednesday 7 August<br />

11am - 1pm<br />

Wellington Family Fun Days with Flip <strong>and</strong> Dippy at Bowring Park<br />

Saturday 10 August<br />

10am – 3pm<br />

Saturdays in the Square, Wellington – Orbit Rocks<br />

Thursday 15 – Monday 19 August<br />

Jollies Inflatables at Bowring Park<br />

Saturday 17 August<br />

11am – 1pm<br />

Saturdays in the Square, High Street Celebration Day Wellington<br />

Wednesday 21 August<br />

11am - 1pm<br />

Wellington Family Fun Days with Kev’s Community Circus at Bowring<br />

Park<br />

Saturday 24 August<br />

11am – 1pm<br />

Saturdays in the Square, Wellington ‘Wheels & Reels’<br />

Wednesday 28 August<br />

11am - 1pm<br />

Wellington Family Fun Days with Flip <strong>and</strong> Dippy at Bowring Park<br />

Saturday 31 August<br />

11am – 1pm<br />

Sounds in the Square, Wellington<br />

Saturday 31 August<br />

5 – 10pm<br />

Late Night Opening Wellington Market with street food, pop up bars,<br />

live music - entry £2<br />

ITALIAN<br />

SCOOTER<br />

DAY<br />

Wellington<br />

will host a<br />

unique ‘Italian<br />

Scooter Day’<br />

What’s going on in Wellington…<br />

Friday 19 <strong>and</strong> Saturday 20 July<br />

10am - 3pm<br />

Art Exhibition at Methodist Church<br />

Wednesday 24 July<br />

11am - 1pm<br />

Wellington Family Fun Days with Tori Arts at Bowring Park<br />

Saturday 27 July<br />

10am - 4pm<br />

Green Festival, All Saints Wellington<br />

Friday 2 August<br />

11am - 1pm<br />

Wellington Family Fun Days – Blast Off Rockets at Bowring Park<br />

SATURDAY<br />

20TH JULY<br />

<strong>2024</strong><br />

WELLINGTON TOWN<br />

CENTRE, TF1 1DB<br />

9.30AM - 3.30PM<br />

The towns streets will be packed with scooters of<br />

all types <strong>and</strong> vintage, with riders <strong>and</strong> enthusiasts<br />

coming in from as far as Cheshire & Staffordshire.<br />

Any enquiries regarding the event should<br />

contact David Morris on 07773 537564 -<br />

or email: djmfastforward@hotmail.co.uk


<strong>Summer</strong> Fashion<br />

Be Bold: Fashion Patterns<br />

for Men This <strong>Summer</strong><br />

As the sun appears <strong>and</strong> temperatures<br />

rise, men's fashion evolves to reflect<br />

the vibrant energy of the summer<br />

season.<br />

This season, patterns take centre<br />

stage, offering a dynamic range of<br />

options that cater to every style<br />

preference.<br />

From classic motifs to contemporary<br />

designs, men's summer fashion is all<br />

about embracing boldness,<br />

brightness, <strong>and</strong> individuality.<br />

to summer fashion. These designs range from simple<br />

shapes, like squares <strong>and</strong> triangles, to more complex<br />

arrangements such as abstract forms.<br />

Geometric prints are versatile, suitable for both casual<br />

<strong>and</strong> semi-formal occasions. A geometric print buttondown<br />

shirt can be paired with chinos for a smart-casual<br />

look or worn with denim shorts for a more laid-back<br />

vibe.<br />

The clean lines <strong>and</strong> structured nature of these patterns<br />

provide a modern edge that is both stylish <strong>and</strong><br />

sophisticated.<br />

Stripes<br />

Stripes are a common<br />

favourite that never go<br />

out of style. This<br />

summer, stripes are<br />

making a comeback in<br />

bold <strong>and</strong><br />

unconventional ways.<br />

Wide, horizontal stripes<br />

in bright colours are<br />

particularly popular,<br />

offering a fresh twist on<br />

the classic nautical<br />

theme.<br />

Vertical stripes, on the other h<strong>and</strong>, can create a<br />

slimming effect <strong>and</strong> add eight to the wearer's silhouette.<br />

Striped shirts, trousers, <strong>and</strong> even blazers are all<br />

excellent choices. For a cohesive look, pair striped<br />

pieces with solidcolours, ensuring that the stripes<br />

remain the focal point of the outfit.<br />

Floral Patterns<br />

Floral patterns, once considered solely feminine, have<br />

firmly established their place in men's fashion. This<br />

summer, florals are more diverse than ever, featuring<br />

everything from delicate, intricate designs to bold,<br />

oversized blooms.<br />

Floral prints work well for both casual <strong>and</strong> formal<br />

settings, depending on the scale <strong>and</strong> colour scheme of<br />

the pattern. A muted floral shirt can be worn under a<br />

blazer for a sophisticated evening look, while a brightly<br />

coloured floral tee is perfect for a day out. The<br />

versatility of floral patterns makes them a must-have for<br />

any fashion-forward man this summer.<br />

Tropical Prints<br />

Tropical prints are a popular summer staple, bringing a<br />

touch of the exotic to everyday wear. Think lush palm<br />

leaves, vibrant hibiscus flowers, <strong>and</strong> playful pineapples.<br />

These patterns are perfect for casual settings, such as<br />

beach outings or poolside gatherings. A tropical print<br />

shirt, paired with solid-coloured shorts, creates a<br />

balanced yet eye-catching look.<br />

For those willing to take the risk, a full tropical print<br />

ensemble can make a bold statement, but the key is to<br />

keep accessories minimal <strong>and</strong> let the pattern speak for<br />

itself.<br />

Geometric Designs<br />

Geometric patterns offer a sleek <strong>and</strong> contemporary twist<br />

Camouflage<br />

Camouflage patterns are traditionally associated with<br />

military attire, but they have been reimagined for<br />

summer fashion with a fresh <strong>and</strong> stylish twist.<br />

Modern camouflage prints come in various colour<br />

schemes, from classic greens <strong>and</strong> browns to<br />

unconventional tones like blues <strong>and</strong> greys. Camouflage<br />

shorts, shirts, <strong>and</strong> jackets can add a rugged touch to a<br />

summer wardrobe.<br />

When styling camo, it's best to balance the pattern with<br />

neutral pieces to avoid overwhelming the outfit. A camo<br />

jacket paired with a white tee <strong>and</strong> denim jeans is a<br />

timeless combination that just exudes effortless cool.<br />

By Katie Wilson


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Health & Beauty<br />

Holiday In Style: 6<br />

Gorgeous Hairstyles for<br />

your <strong>Summer</strong> Break<br />

With the summer months fast<br />

approaching, now is the perfect<br />

time to refresh your hairstyle <strong>and</strong><br />

embrace those looks that are fun,<br />

practical, <strong>and</strong> chic.<br />

From beach waves to stylish<br />

updos, here are 6 fantastic<br />

hairstyle ideas to keep you looking<br />

fabulous on your summer holiday!<br />

Beach Waves<br />

Nothing says summer like<br />

those effortless beach<br />

waves!<br />

This timeless style is<br />

perfect for those lazy days<br />

by the sea or the pool. To<br />

achieve this look, you can<br />

use a sea salt spray on<br />

damp hair <strong>and</strong> let it air dry<br />

for a natural wave or for<br />

more defined waves, use<br />

curlers on r<strong>and</strong>om sections<br />

of your hair <strong>and</strong> run your<br />

fingers through the curls to<br />

loosen them up.<br />

Not only is it a gorgeous<br />

look but beach waves also<br />

give off a relaxed vibe <strong>and</strong> are incredibly easy to<br />

maintain.<br />

Messy Bun<br />

The messy bun is the<br />

ultimate go-to style for hot summer<br />

holidays. It’s quick, stylish, <strong>and</strong><br />

keeps your hair off your neck,<br />

making it ideal for when you’re<br />

trying to stay cool.<br />

Start by gathering your hair into<br />

a high ponytail, twist the ponytail<br />

around its base to form a bun, <strong>and</strong><br />

secure it with bobby pins. Pull out a few<br />

str<strong>and</strong>s around your face for a softer, more casual look.<br />

Wearable both day <strong>and</strong> evening, the messy bun is perfect<br />

for everything from beach trips to evening dinners.<br />

Braided Crown<br />

If you’re opting for a more intricate <strong>and</strong> romantic style,<br />

try a braided crown.<br />

This look is not only beautiful but<br />

also practical for keeping your<br />

hair in place during outdoor<br />

activities. Begin by parting<br />

your hair down the middle <strong>and</strong><br />

creating two braids on either<br />

side of your head. Wrap each<br />

braid across the top of your head<br />

<strong>and</strong> pin them in place to form a<br />

crown.<br />

This hairstyle is ideal for special occasions or when you<br />

simply want to feel like a summer goddess.<br />

Sleek Ponytail<br />

The sleek ponytail is a<br />

versatile option that<br />

can be dressed up or<br />

down depending on<br />

your holiday plans.<br />

To achieve this look,<br />

smooth your hair back<br />

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hair gel or smoothing<br />

serum. Gather it into a<br />

high or low ponytail<br />

<strong>and</strong> secure it with a<br />

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around the hair tie <strong>and</strong><br />

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This style is perfect for staying cool while looking<br />

sophisticated <strong>and</strong> put-together.<br />

Half-Up, Half-Down<br />

Combining the best of both worlds, the half-up, halfdown<br />

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their hair out of their face but still show off some length.<br />

Simply take the top section of your hair <strong>and</strong> secure it<br />

with a clip or hair tie, leaving the rest to flow freely. You<br />

can add a braid or twist to the upper section for a more<br />

intricate look.<br />

This style is both youthful <strong>and</strong> sophisticated, making it<br />

ideal for any holiday occasion.<br />

Add Floral Accessories<br />

No summer hairstyle is complete<br />

without the addition of floral<br />

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adding a flower crown, a<br />

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<strong>Summer</strong> Skin Care: Top<br />

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Having already had the enjoyment<br />

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of us are eager for the next couple<br />

of months when we can really<br />

make the most of it.<br />

However, with the summer sun<br />

also comes the risk of sunburn.<br />

Sunburn isn't just a temporary<br />

discomfort, <strong>and</strong> it can lead to<br />

long-term skin damage, premature<br />

aging, <strong>and</strong> an increased risk of<br />

skin cancer.<br />

Protecting your skin when the sun<br />

is out is so important so here are<br />

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sunburn while still enjoying the<br />

sunshine.<br />

Use Sun Cream<br />

Properly<br />

One of the most<br />

effective ways to<br />

prevent sunburn is to<br />

use sun cream. Choose<br />

a broad-spectrum<br />

lotion with an SPF of<br />

30 or higher. Apply it<br />

generously on every<br />

area of exposed skin at<br />

least 15 minutes before<br />

going outside.<br />

Reapply cream every<br />

two hours, or more<br />

often if you're swimming or sweating. Don't forget areas<br />

like the ears, back of the neck, <strong>and</strong> tops of feet, which<br />

are often forgotten about!<br />

Go In The Shade At Peak Times<br />

The sun's rays are strongest between 10 am. <strong>and</strong> 4 pm.<br />

During these hours, try to limit your exposure to the sun<br />

<strong>and</strong> if you need to be outside find a shady spot under a<br />

tree, umbrella, or a tent.<br />

Just this one simple step can significantly reduce your<br />

risk of sunburn <strong>and</strong> save you days of redness <strong>and</strong><br />

soreness as well as limiting your chances of further<br />

issues down the line.<br />

Wear Protective Clothing<br />

Clothing can be your first line of defence against the<br />

sun.<br />

Opt for sleeved tops, long flowy trousers, <strong>and</strong> widebrimmed<br />

hats. Look for clothes made from tightly woven<br />

fabric or those specifically designed for sun protection,<br />

often labelled with an ultraviolet protection factor<br />

(UPF).<br />

Sunglasses that block UV rays can also protect your eyes<br />

as well as the sensitive skin around them.<br />

Avoid Tanning Beds<br />

Tanning beds, while popular emit UV radiation that can<br />

cause skin damage similar to the sun. They can increase<br />

the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, the<br />

deadliest form of skin cancer.<br />

If you’re looking to create a sun kissed glow, opt for<br />

safer alternatives like self-tanning lotions or sprays.<br />

Stay Hydrated<br />

Hydration is vital for maintaining healthy skin.<br />

Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help your<br />

skin stay resilient against the sun’s harsh rays.<br />

Dehydration can make your skin more susceptible to<br />

sunburn <strong>and</strong> other damage.<br />

Apply Lip Balm with SPF<br />

Your lips are susceptible to<br />

sunburn, too. Use a lip<br />

balm with an SPF of 15 or<br />

higher to protect them. Be<br />

sure to reapply frequently,<br />

especially after eating or<br />

drinking.<br />

Know Your Medications<br />

Some medications can increase your skin’s sensitivity to<br />

the sun, including certain antibiotics, antiinflammatories,<br />

<strong>and</strong> acne treatments.<br />

Check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if your<br />

medications might have this side effect <strong>and</strong> take extra<br />

precautions if they do.<br />

Educate <strong>and</strong> Set an Example<br />

Teaching children about sun<br />

safety is essential.<br />

Lead by example <strong>and</strong> make sun<br />

protection a routine part of<br />

your family’s outdoor activities.<br />

Ensure kids underst<strong>and</strong> the<br />

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<strong>Summer</strong> Fashion<br />

The In Colours this Season:<br />

Women’s Fashion Tips for<br />

the <strong>Summer</strong><br />

As the summer sun graces us with its<br />

presence, the world of fashion also<br />

blooms in a wave of gorgeous colours<br />

<strong>and</strong> patterns.<br />

This season, designers have drawn<br />

inspiration from nature, culture, <strong>and</strong><br />

the spirit of renewal, offering a<br />

palette that is both refreshing <strong>and</strong><br />

timeless.<br />

From bold brights to calm pastels,<br />

the summer of <strong>2024</strong> promises a<br />

colour spectrum that caters to every<br />

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Tropical Brights<br />

One of the most striking trends this summer is the<br />

dominance of tropical colours.<br />

Think of the vivid colours of a sunset over the ocean or<br />

the lush, rich tones of a tropical forest. Leading the<br />

charge is flamingo pink, a colour that just exudes<br />

confidence <strong>and</strong> charm. This intense pink is perfect for<br />

making a bold statement, whether in a flowy maxi dress<br />

or a chic pair of tailored shorts.<br />

Citrus orange <strong>and</strong> lemon yellow are also making waves,<br />

capturing the zest <strong>and</strong> energy of the summer. These eyecatching<br />

colours are ideal for sundresses, swimwear, <strong>and</strong><br />

accessories. They bring a sense of warmth <strong>and</strong><br />

enthusiasm, perfect for beach outings <strong>and</strong> those allimportant<br />

summer parties.<br />

Blues <strong>and</strong> Greens<br />

On the opposite end of the spectrum, serene blues <strong>and</strong><br />

greens offer a calming balance to the season's vibrant<br />

brights.<br />

Aqua blue <strong>and</strong> seafoam green evoke the tranquillity of<br />

the ocean <strong>and</strong> the coolness of a shaded beach. These<br />

tones are perfect for relaxed summer attire, such as<br />

breezy tops, flowing skirts, <strong>and</strong> lightweight trousers.<br />

For a deeper, more sophisticated take on these colours,<br />

teal <strong>and</strong> forest green provide a richer, more luxurious<br />

feel. These shades work beautifully in evening wear <strong>and</strong><br />

more formal summer occasions, offering a touch of<br />

elegance while still reflecting the season's natural<br />

inspiration.<br />

Pastels<br />

Pastels remain a popular favourite for summer, <strong>and</strong> this<br />

year is no exception.<br />

Lavender <strong>and</strong> mint green are at the forefront, bringing a<br />

soft, romantic touch to summer wardrobes. These gentle<br />

colours are perfect for delicate blouses, airy dresses, <strong>and</strong><br />

elegant evening gowns. They also pair beautifully with<br />

neutral tones, creating a balanced <strong>and</strong> harmonious look.<br />

Duck egg blue <strong>and</strong> blush pink continue to enchant with<br />

their understated<br />

elegance. These colours<br />

are versatile <strong>and</strong><br />

timeless, ideal for both<br />

casual wear <strong>and</strong> more<br />

refined looks. They add<br />

a touch of<br />

sophistication without<br />

overwhelming the<br />

senses, making them<br />

perfect for summer<br />

weddings <strong>and</strong> garden<br />

parties.<br />

Earthy Neutrals<br />

In addition to vibrant<br />

<strong>and</strong> soft hues, earthy<br />

neutrals are making a significant impact this summer.<br />

S<strong>and</strong>stone beige, terracotta <strong>and</strong> olive all bring a<br />

grounded, natural feel to the season’s colour palette.<br />

These colours are perfect for safari-inspired looks,<br />

utility wear as well as the more casual chic outfits.<br />

Off white <strong>and</strong> light taupe offer a fresh, clean look that is<br />

ideal for hot summer days. These shades are perfect for<br />

minimalist styles, providing a blank canvas that allows<br />

accessories <strong>and</strong> personal<br />

style to shine through.<br />

Metallic Touches<br />

To add a hint of glamour<br />

this season, metallic accents<br />

in gold, silver <strong>and</strong> bronze<br />

are being incorporated into<br />

summer fashion.<br />

These shimmery hues can<br />

be found in evening wear,<br />

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casual pieces, providing a<br />

dazzling contrast to the<br />

season's natural tones.<br />

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Smoothie Recipes<br />

Tropical <strong>Summer</strong> Fruit<br />

Smoothie<br />

Ingredients<br />

• 1 ½ cups frozen mango chunks<br />

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• 1 cup frozen sweet pineapple<br />

• 2 cups orange juice<br />

• 1 cup vanilla yogurt<br />

Method<br />

Pour the orange<br />

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may need to stop<br />

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up the fruit a bit.<br />

Add yogurt <strong>and</strong><br />

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completely<br />

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Strawberry Green Goddess<br />

Smoothie<br />

Ingredients<br />

• 160g ripe strawberries, hulled<br />

• 160g baby spinach<br />

• 1 small avocado, halved & the flesh scooped out<br />

• 150ml pot bio yogurt<br />

• 2 small oranges, juiced, plus ½ tsp finely<br />

grated zest<br />

Simple<br />

<strong>Summer</strong><br />

Smoothie<br />

Ingredients<br />

• 1 banana<br />

• 1 cup frozen<br />

strawberries<br />

• 1 cup frozen blueberries<br />

• 1 cup frozen cherries<br />

• 4 ice cubes<br />

• ½ cup orange juice<br />

• ¾ cup vanilla yogurt<br />

• ½ teaspoon honey (Optional)<br />

Method<br />

Place the banana, strawberries, blueberries, cherries,<br />

<strong>and</strong> ice cubes into a blender.<br />

Pour in the orange juice, vanilla yogurt, <strong>and</strong> honey.<br />

Puree until smooth.<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> Berry Smoothie<br />

Ingredients<br />

• 100 g blueberries<br />

• 100 g blackberries<br />

• 100 g strawberries<br />

• 100 g raspberries<br />

• 200-300+ ml apple juice<br />

Method<br />

Prepare your berries by washing them thoroughly <strong>and</strong><br />

patting them dry. Chop the tops of your strawberries off<br />

<strong>and</strong> halve them if they're large to make things easier.<br />

Add the berries to a blender <strong>and</strong> add your apple juice.<br />

Add 200ml <strong>and</strong> then blitz <strong>and</strong> add more as you go to get<br />

your desired thickness.<br />

Once blitzed <strong>and</strong> smooth, pass through a sieve if you<br />

don't want lumps, but I just pour it into my Kilner Jars<br />

<strong>and</strong> drank it!<br />

Method<br />

Put all the<br />

ingredients in a<br />

blender <strong>and</strong> whizz<br />

until completely<br />

smooth. If it’s a<br />

little thick, add a<br />

drop of chilled<br />

water then blitz<br />

again.<br />

Pour into glasses<br />

<strong>and</strong> drink straight<br />

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Travel - Winter<br />

Travel Planning: Best<br />

Holiday Destinations for<br />

Winter Sun<br />

Are you planning for a holiday<br />

later in the year?<br />

Whether you’re looking for<br />

something more to look forward to<br />

in the last quarter of <strong>2024</strong> or<br />

pre-empting the disappointment<br />

of summer being over, here are<br />

some of the best budget-friendly<br />

options for your sunny winter<br />

retreat.<br />

Algarve, Portugal<br />

The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region, offers an<br />

inviting mix of gorgeous beaches, charming cultural<br />

towns, <strong>and</strong> mild winter temperatures averaging around<br />

17°C.<br />

Known for its affordability, the Algarve boasts numerous<br />

budget-friendly accommodations <strong>and</strong> dining options.<br />

Towns like Albufeira <strong>and</strong> Lagos provide a welcome mix<br />

of lively atmospheres <strong>and</strong> picturesque settings.<br />

Whether visitors are looking to explore the dramatic<br />

cliffs, enjoy fresh seafood or experience the local<br />

culture, they can do so without having to stretch their<br />

wallets.<br />

Canary Isl<strong>and</strong>s, Spain<br />

The Canary Isl<strong>and</strong>s, located off the northwest coast of<br />

Africa, are known for their year-round pleasant climate<br />

<strong>and</strong> their affordable prices.<br />

Tenerife <strong>and</strong> Gran Canaria in particular offer a wide<br />

range of budge-friendly hotels <strong>and</strong> restaurants. Winter<br />

temperatures hover around 20°C perfect for beach days,<br />

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Public transport is also both cheap <strong>and</strong> efficient, making<br />

it easy to navigate the isl<strong>and</strong>s without spending too<br />

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Crete, Greece<br />

Crete, the largest of the Greek isl<strong>and</strong>s, offers a great mix<br />

of mild winter temperatures averaging 16°C <strong>and</strong><br />

affordable prices.<br />

Winter is the off-season, resulting in lower hotel prices<br />

<strong>and</strong> fewer crowds. Visitors can explore charming towns<br />

like Chania <strong>and</strong> Rethymno, enjoy the isl<strong>and</strong>’s stunning<br />

l<strong>and</strong>scapes, <strong>and</strong> savour delicious Greek cuisine at local<br />

tavernas.<br />

Crete is also rich in history <strong>and</strong> natural beauty making it<br />

a perfect budget-friendly winter sun destination.<br />

Marrakech,<br />

Morocco<br />

Marrakech, with its<br />

exotic charm <strong>and</strong><br />

pleasant winter<br />

temperatures around<br />

20°C), is an<br />

affordable winter sun<br />

destination that<br />

promises a rich<br />

cultural experience.<br />

The city’s bustling<br />

souks, historic<br />

palaces, <strong>and</strong> vibrant<br />

gardens offer endless<br />

exploration<br />

opportunities for<br />

those looking for a<br />

cultutral break.<br />

Budget-friendly riads (traditional Moroccan houses) <strong>and</strong><br />

inexpensive street food also make Marrakech an<br />

economical choice. The lively Djemaa el-Fna square,<br />

with its street performers <strong>and</strong> food stalls, epitomizes the<br />

city’s vibrant spirit <strong>and</strong> is perfect for those looking for<br />

the excitement of a winter trip.<br />

Chiang Mai, Thail<strong>and</strong><br />

Chiang Mai, nestled in the mountains of northern<br />

Thail<strong>and</strong>, offers a cooler but still warm winter retreat<br />

with temperatures around 25°C.<br />

Known for its affordability, Chiang Mai provides<br />

numerous budget accommodations as well as<br />

inexpensive street food.<br />

The city’s rich cultural heritage with its ancient temples<br />

<strong>and</strong> bustling night markets, offers plenty for holidaygoers<br />

to explore. Outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy<br />

hiking <strong>and</strong> visiting nearby national parks without<br />

breaking the bank.<br />

Bali, Indonesia<br />

Bali, with its tropical climate <strong>and</strong> temperatures around<br />

30°C in winter, is an affordable paradise. Known for its<br />

budget-friendly<br />

accommodations, from<br />

hostels to homestays,<br />

Bali offers a diverse<br />

range of experiences for<br />

its visitors.<br />

Guests can explore<br />

stunning beaches, lush<br />

rice terraces, <strong>and</strong><br />

vibrant markets.<br />

Inexpensive local food<br />

<strong>and</strong> cheap transport<br />

options further<br />

enhance Bali’s appeal<br />

as a budget-friendly<br />

winter sun destination..<br />

By Katie Wilson


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Well-being...<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> Soulful Well-Being<br />

Whilst <strong>Summer</strong> maybe the same<br />

length as the other 3 seasons it<br />

often feels the shortest! So putting<br />

time to good use & seizing the day<br />

is everything during this time of<br />

year! Most people save up much of<br />

their holiday entitlements to<br />

spend more time with family &<br />

take that much needed time away<br />

from work, often travelling to<br />

sunny destinations just to relax &<br />

feel the benefit of warmer<br />

climates. But are we actually<br />

taking time out & connecting<br />

soulfully with ourselves? Is our<br />

mind & body benefitting from the<br />

rest during this season? Here’s a<br />

few things to help you connect<br />

soulfully this summer & feel more<br />

in tune with your well-being<br />

Re-Connect with You<br />

Take time out to really get in tune<br />

with how your body is feeling.<br />

Holidays & short breaks are great<br />

as long as you are taking the time<br />

to reconnect with yourself<br />

especially if you have a high<br />

pressured job, race around<br />

balancing work & life or are full<br />

on caring for others. Tuning into<br />

your own well-being will truly<br />

help you to switch off & relax.<br />

Walking & grounding in nature is<br />

a perfect way to reconnect. So<br />

beach walking, hill walking,<br />

strolling & playing some light<br />

sports will help to do this<br />

Practicing mindfulness whilst<br />

walking helps to be present in the<br />

moment so ‘notice what you<br />

notice’ when you are out in nature<br />

Cook & Eat Plant Based Foods<br />

In addition to being out in nature<br />

& reconnecting, it’s a great time to<br />

put some nature in you, Where<br />

possible, purchase vegetables,<br />

fruits & beans from your local<br />

farmers market. Even if you only<br />

have access to local grocery stores,<br />

summer is the perfect time to<br />

explore new produce or cook it in<br />

a new way. Plant-based foods have<br />

been shown to improve your<br />

mood, energise you, & reduce your<br />

risk of cardiovascular diseases &<br />

diabetes. They also give you new<br />

ways to stay hydrated in summer.<br />

Just add plant-based foods like<br />

mint or blueberries to your water<br />

to make it more interesting. It’s<br />

far healthier than sugary fizzy<br />

drinks<br />

We spend lots of time dining<br />

outside, weather permitting, so<br />

enjoying plant based foods really<br />

does help us to align more with<br />

nature<br />

Less is More<br />

Rather than looking to a fortnight<br />

away to satisfy your summer<br />

holiday cravings, create a bucket<br />

list of little simple things you can<br />

dip in & out of & that you know<br />

you’ll enjoy. If you are someone<br />

that struggles with<br />

disappointment or comparison,<br />

moderate your expectations & do<br />

things for yourself that are 100%<br />

available to you. This could look<br />

like visiting a restaurant you’ve<br />

always wanted to go to, booking a<br />

massage or overnight retreat or<br />

going on a day trip to a place<br />

you’ve always wanted to go to but<br />

never had the time to get there.<br />

Booking in small activities you<br />

enjoy will give you things to look<br />

forward to that are a lot more<br />

sustainable & still fill you with<br />

moments of pleasure. We often<br />

put all our energies into big<br />

holidays & then get the holiday<br />

blues after when all that time is<br />

used up! Spreading it over less<br />

time will actually give you more!<br />

Be Creative<br />

The summer is a great time to<br />

express yourself & let your<br />

creativity run free by participating<br />

in artistic activities. Any type of<br />

art, whether it be painting,<br />

drawing or sculpting can provide a<br />

therapeutic outlet for feelings &<br />

thoughts. Making art can be a<br />

peaceful practice that promotes<br />

mindfulness enables you to reconnect<br />

with your deepest<br />

aspirations<br />

Whatever you decide to do make it<br />

Soulful for your Mind, Body &<br />

Spirit<br />

Allison Timmins is a Holistic<br />

Wellbeing Practitioner, Colour<br />

Therapist & ‘Your Sleep Matters’<br />

enthusiast<br />

For more information on her<br />

Wellbeing Therapies contact her<br />

on 07950 993380


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Financies<br />

Saving money is a priority<br />

for many people today,<br />

especially given the rising<br />

costs of living <strong>and</strong> economic<br />

uncertainties.<br />

Fortunately, there are numerous<br />

strategies to help you keep more of<br />

your hard-earned money, even if<br />

your budget is tight. Here are<br />

some of the most effective ways to<br />

save money.<br />

Budgeting<br />

Creating a budget is the first step to underst<strong>and</strong>ing<br />

where your money goes. Use available apps or even<br />

simple spreadsheets to track your income <strong>and</strong> expenses.<br />

By categorising your spending, you can identify areas<br />

where you can cut back <strong>and</strong> start to make a difference to<br />

your financial situation quickly.<br />

Reduce Utilities<br />

Energy bills are a significant expense for many<br />

households. Take the time to compare suppliers using<br />

websites to find better deals for your utilities.<br />

Additionally, simple actions like using energy-efficient<br />

bulbs, insulating your home, <strong>and</strong> turning off appliances<br />

when not in use can reduce your electricity <strong>and</strong> gas bills.<br />

Smart Shopping<br />

Food shopping can also take up a large chunk of your<br />

budget. To save money, consider switching to<br />

supermarket own br<strong>and</strong>s, which often offer the same<br />

quality at a lower price.<br />

Plan your meals, make a shopping list, <strong>and</strong> stick to it to<br />

avoid impulse buys.<br />

FAIRshare Saving Accounts<br />

Saving regularly can help prepare for those unexpected<br />

events or occasions that can feel financially<br />

overwhelming, such as Christmas or the family holiday.<br />

This year, FAIRshare Credit Union will have been<br />

supporting people in its local communities for 30 years<br />

with safe money management. A key part of its ethical<br />

community banking is encouraging members to save<br />

regularly. Saving just small amounts of money each<br />

week or month can soon add up <strong>and</strong> helps as a safety net<br />

for life’s emergencies or indeed life’s pleasures.<br />

Even when a member chooses to borrow from<br />

FAIRshare, they build up a savings pot whilst repaying<br />

their loan. They call this ‘Save As You Borrow’ <strong>and</strong><br />

applications are always based on affordability. To learn<br />

more about FAIRshare Credit Union <strong>and</strong> how to make<br />

regular savings: Phone: 01952 200200 or visit<br />

www.fairshare.uk.com<br />

Cutting Down on Subscriptions<br />

Review your monthly subscriptions <strong>and</strong> cancel those<br />

that you no longer use. This could include <strong>magazine</strong><br />

subscriptions, gym memberships, or streaming services.<br />

Many people are surprised to find they pay for multiple<br />

services that provide similar content. Consolidate your<br />

entertainment subscriptions <strong>and</strong> look for free or cheaper<br />

alternatives.<br />

Set Up A Regular St<strong>and</strong>ing Order<br />

Some of the difficulty when it comes to saving is actually<br />

letting some of your money go <strong>and</strong> physically moving it<br />

from your current account.<br />

With FAIRshare savings you can set up a regular<br />

st<strong>and</strong>ing order to make sure money is going straight into<br />

your savings account without having to actually part<br />

with it.<br />

Save on Transport<br />

Transport can be a major expense for many people, but<br />

there are ways to reduce costs. If you use public<br />

transport, consider getting a railcard or a bus pass to<br />

save on fares.<br />

Car sharing can also cut down on travel expenses <strong>and</strong> for<br />

those who drive, using fuel comparison apps to find the<br />

cheapest petrol stations <strong>and</strong> keeping your car wellmaintained<br />

can also improve fuel efficiency.<br />

Use an Engage Pre-paid Visa Card<br />

FAIRshare members can apply for an optional Engage<br />

Debit Card to “load” or transfer money from their<br />

FAIRshare account onto their Engage Card.<br />

Your Engage card can then be used to buy goods or<br />

services in shops, online or over the phone – just like a<br />

debit card. You can earn cashback rewards every time<br />

you use your Engage Pre-Paid Visa Card to pay for goods<br />

at any one of their participating retailers, including<br />

Asda, B&Q <strong>and</strong> Sainsbury’s.<br />

Not only that but you can also withdraw money from<br />

cash machines or via cash back at major supermarkets.<br />

It’s a great way of separating funds you need to use for<br />

things like essential shopping to money that can be<br />

saved <strong>and</strong> stored elsewhere. (There is a monthly fee of<br />

£2 per month. Terms <strong>and</strong> conditions apply.)<br />

By Katie Wilson


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The team at SHO recently embarked on an inspiring ‘retreat’ to the<br />

stunning isl<strong>and</strong> of Majorca.<br />

Amidst breathtaking l<strong>and</strong>scapes <strong>and</strong> serene beaches, they<br />

rejuvenated their passion for eye care exploring sunglasses, frames<br />

<strong>and</strong> all things optical in the beautiful city of Palma.<br />

This unforgettable experience allowed the team to strengthen bonds,<br />

innovate, <strong>and</strong> bring fresh perspectives back to practice reinforcing<br />

their commitment to providing the very best in eyewear design. Along<br />

with exceptional service you can be sure that every visit to<br />

Samantha Hague Optometry is a vision of excellence.<br />

Stay tuned for exciting new eyewear inspired<br />

by Team SHO’s Majorcan adventure.


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Health<br />

GIVE YOUR HEARING<br />

A ‘SPORTING CHANCE’<br />

With a great range of spectator<br />

sports happening this summer it<br />

could just be the right time to<br />

get your ears ‘sport ready’ for<br />

<strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Sporting events are exhilarating, full of<br />

dynamic sounds that contribute to the overall<br />

experience—the roar of the crowd, the<br />

commentary, <strong>and</strong> the game's action. For<br />

those with hearing loss, these sounds might be<br />

challenging to appreciate fully. Here are<br />

some tips to help you enjoy sporting events<br />

with better hearing<br />

Prepare in advance<br />

Before attending sporting events, have your<br />

hearing checked by a professional. This<br />

ensures you know your hearing levels <strong>and</strong> can<br />

get appropriate recommendations for<br />

hearing aids or other devices.<br />

If attending a major sporting event choose<br />

your seats wisely if possible. Keep away from<br />

loudspeakers as this can help minimize<br />

background noise<br />

Ensure your hearing aids are fully charged or<br />

have fresh batteries before heading to the<br />

event. Modern hearing aids have features like<br />

noise reduction <strong>and</strong> directional microphones<br />

that can help focus on specific sounds.<br />

If you’re watching your favourite sport on tv<br />

then an assisted listening device such as a tv<br />

streamer will really help. Alternatively, if you<br />

are using an ipad the sound can be streamed<br />

directly to your hearing aids providing a<br />

clearer audio experience!<br />

Let your friends or family know about your<br />

hearing needs. They can help relay important<br />

information or commentary that you might<br />

miss.<br />

Post-Event Care<br />

After the event, give your ears a break to<br />

recover from the loud environment. This is<br />

especially important if you are experiencing<br />

temporary hearing fatigue.<br />

Check <strong>and</strong> clean your hearing aids or ALDs<br />

after the event to ensure they remain in good<br />

working condition.<br />

If you missed key moments during the live<br />

event, watch replays at home with subtitles or<br />

closed captioning enabled.<br />

Follow the event on social media or<br />

dedicated sports apps that provide live<br />

updates, commentary, <strong>and</strong> detailed analyses.<br />

By preparing in advance <strong>and</strong> utilizing the<br />

available resources <strong>and</strong> technologies, you<br />

can enhance your experience <strong>and</strong> fully<br />

immerse yourself in the excitement of sporting<br />

events, regardless of hearing challenges.<br />

Enjoying the game is about more than just<br />

seeing it—it's about feeling the energy <strong>and</strong><br />

hearing the sounds that make the experience<br />

complete.<br />

If you need your ears to be ‘sport ready’ then<br />

why not call us for your free consultation at<br />

any if our 3 ‘Hear In’ clinics<br />

HAGLEY/RUBERY CLINIC<br />

01562 884400<br />

WOMBOURNE CLINIC<br />

01902 302266<br />

www.lifestylehearingsolutions.co.uk<br />

Pay attention to the scoreboard, video<br />

screens, <strong>and</strong> other visual displays that provide<br />

information about the game.


Eyecare Suncare at Flint Optometry<br />

Whether it’s for driving, sitting on the beach or active sports,<br />

Flint Optometry has the sunglasses that you need.<br />

Giving full UV absorption, protection against foreign bodies<br />

<strong>and</strong> great vision, you can choose from our stylish ranges<br />

starting at £125 including prescription lenses or our designer<br />

styles from Gucci, Tom Ford, Rayban <strong>and</strong> Guess. Polarised<br />

options <strong>and</strong> specialist lenses are available for extra protection.<br />

Flint Optometry also has a strong reputation in sports eyecare<br />

<strong>and</strong> we stock a wide range of options including the Oakley<br />

casual <strong>and</strong> sports ranges. Oakley offer special solutions for<br />

individual sports, including wraparound lenses in your<br />

prescription. Look out for our Oakley special offer<br />

arriving in practice in June!<br />

Call us, email or just drop in <strong>and</strong><br />

we will be only too happy to help!<br />

59 Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton, WV3 9NB<br />

01902 422096 | info@flint<strong>and</strong>partners.co.uk<br />

11 Church Street, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, WV11 1SR<br />

01902 719850 | wednesfield@flint<strong>and</strong>partners.co.uk<br />

15 The Square, Codsall, Wolverhampton, WV8 1PT<br />

01902 719855 | codsall@flint<strong>and</strong>partners.co.uk<br />

Book your Eye<br />

Exam here<br />

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colours are perfect in the summer<br />

months. Greens, limes & yellows are<br />

favourites for this trend. Combine<br />

with scatter cushions too. Animal<br />

prints continue to be popular with<br />

the long time favourite of flamingos<br />

being joined by more wildlife such<br />

as peacocks & wild animals. Mix<br />

these with bold colours & you have<br />

lots of colours to chose from to<br />

accessorise<br />

available in bedding too! The<br />

Regency Damask range is beautiful<br />

pastel blues & pinks with a touch of<br />

true Bridgerton with bees & crowns<br />

on it too. Its<br />

elegant, boutique, palatial all rolled<br />

into one. With bright vibrant colours<br />

these prints add a touch of luxury as<br />

well as style! Visit the Newport Beds<br />

showroom to see which ones you<br />

like!<br />

A Guide to <strong>Summer</strong>time<br />

Bedding<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> is finally here! The sun<br />

arrived with the <strong>Summer</strong> Solstice this<br />

year & let’s face it we all wondered<br />

if it was ever going to make an<br />

appearance! Having a little<br />

bedroom makeover in <strong>Summer</strong> is<br />

great as the light is here for longer<br />

as we look for feel good factors in<br />

the house as well as outside in the<br />

garden<br />

Here’s a guide on how you can<br />

bring <strong>Summer</strong> inside whatever the<br />

weather with bright colours, cool<br />

fabrics & bedding ideas<br />

Bedding to remind you of<br />

holidays<br />

Escape to your summer sanctuary<br />

with a pattern that is a riot of colour<br />

<strong>and</strong> reveals a specific trend.<br />

Choose duvet covers or bed sheets<br />

featuring tropical blooms & patterns<br />

or go for a kaleidoscope of inspired<br />

watercolours.<br />

Bold colours printed on duvet covers<br />

that are full of colour usually also<br />

have a complemented pattern on<br />

the reverse too so going for a<br />

reversible gives you 2 different<br />

colour ways & styles & you can<br />

accessorise with cushions & soft<br />

furnishings too!<br />

Bring Nature Indoors<br />

The botanical trend continues to be<br />

strong when it comes to bedding.<br />

Bigger & bolder designs in saturated<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> Stripes<br />

If you want to get the feeling that<br />

you have escaped to the coast,<br />

then use stripes on your bedding<br />

with a nautical theme.<br />

Classic blue stripes give interiors a<br />

fresh, yet relaxed coastal look. Add<br />

bright red accents & bold blue<br />

textiles, or keep it calm by<br />

incorporating<br />

neutral tones<br />

with classic<br />

wooden<br />

furniture <strong>and</strong><br />

a rattan<br />

weave rug. A<br />

boho look<br />

would also<br />

work well<br />

with this with<br />

a rattan style bed & matching<br />

accessories<br />

Go Bridgerton!<br />

We are loving Bridgerton right now!<br />

With the romantic floral<br />

contemporary colours & styles in the<br />

dresses & furnishings, it’s now<br />

Keeping it Cool & Lightweight<br />

If you are looking for the ultimate<br />

light weight duvet that has no cover<br />

Night Lark® coverless duvet is a<br />

winner!<br />

Make your laundry day a breeze<br />

with Night Lark®, the duvet that<br />

sings to a different tune. Thoughtfully<br />

crafted, its in-built cover means<br />

you’ll never need to struggle with<br />

duvet covers again. Simply pop it in<br />

the washing machine when it’s time<br />

for a refresh & it'll be quick to line or<br />

tumble dry in a matter of hours.<br />

These are a popular range<br />

especially for <strong>Summer</strong> & there is a<br />

good choice of patterns & plain<br />

that will suit your bedroom.<br />

Matching pillowcases are also<br />

available<br />

Whatever your bedding needs pop<br />

along to the Newport beds<br />

showroom to browse at our<br />

extensive range of pillows, duvets &<br />

bedding this <strong>Summer</strong>, we have a<br />

sale running throughout <strong>Summer</strong> -<br />

10% of all our lines<br />

Unit 1 Springfield Ind. Est.<br />

Newport, TF10 7NB<br />

01952 820401<br />

(Option 2 for Newport Beds)<br />

www.newportbeds.co.uk


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Bridging Generations: A Joyful Reunion at Roden Hall Care Home<br />

Roden Hall Care Home in Telford<br />

recently enjoyed a wonderful visit<br />

from the children of High Ercall<br />

Day Nursery. Amidst laughter,<br />

songs, <strong>and</strong> tales of The Gruffalo,<br />

connections between young <strong>and</strong><br />

old blossomed, creating shared<br />

moments of joy.<br />

camaraderie <strong>and</strong> warmth.<br />

Residents like Doreen, S<strong>and</strong>y, <strong>and</strong><br />

Ann especially enjoyed chatting<br />

with their young visitors, their<br />

faces lighting up with every<br />

exchange.<br />

the local community. Regular<br />

visits from the staff <strong>and</strong> children of<br />

High Ercall Day Nursery enrich the<br />

lives of residents, bringing<br />

moments of joy <strong>and</strong> a sense of<br />

connection.<br />

Roden Hall Care Home looks<br />

forward to welcoming back the<br />

staff <strong>and</strong> children of High Ercall<br />

Day Nursery, knowing their return<br />

will bring more joy, laughter, <strong>and</strong><br />

cherished memories.<br />

Located in beautiful rural<br />

Shropshire between <strong>Shrewsbury</strong><br />

<strong>and</strong> Telford, Roden Hall offers<br />

residential <strong>and</strong> nursing care to the<br />

older generation.<br />

Residents <strong>and</strong> children<br />

participated in activities designed<br />

to bridge the generation gap.<br />

From animated storytelling<br />

sessions to lively games with a<br />

colourful parachute, each<br />

interaction was filled with<br />

This reunion highlights the sense of<br />

community <strong>and</strong> belonging at<br />

Roden Hall. Such visits help both<br />

the elderly <strong>and</strong> the young to<br />

nurture confidence, develop<br />

social skills, <strong>and</strong> cultivate<br />

empathy.<br />

Rotherwood Healthcare is<br />

committed to fostering links with<br />

To find out more, visit<br />

www.rodenhall.care or call<br />

01952 743159.<br />

Need care for<br />

yourself<br />

or a loved one?<br />

Need care for<br />

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Health & Beauty<br />

Make The Most Of The<br />

<strong>Summer</strong>: 6 Healthy Ways<br />

To Relax Without<br />

Technology<br />

As summer arrives with it’s warm,<br />

golden embrace, it's the perfect<br />

time to disconnect from the digital<br />

world <strong>and</strong> explore healthier, techfree<br />

ways to unwind <strong>and</strong><br />

rejuvenate.<br />

Whether you're looking to spend<br />

time outdoors, engage in more<br />

creative pursuits, or simply find<br />

peace in stillness, here are 6<br />

invigorating <strong>and</strong> wholesome<br />

activities to enjoy.<br />

Digging in the dirt, planting seeds, <strong>and</strong> watching them<br />

grow can provide a deep sense of accomplishment <strong>and</strong><br />

peace.<br />

Whether you have a spacious backyard or a small<br />

balcony, creating <strong>and</strong> sowing a garden can be a<br />

rewarding way to spend your summer. It also offers the<br />

added benefit of producing fresh herbs, vegetables, or<br />

flowers that you can enjoy.<br />

Reading <strong>and</strong> Writing<br />

Rediscover the joy of getting lost in a good book.<br />

Find a cosy spot in your home or in the sunshine <strong>and</strong> get<br />

lost in a captivating story. Reading can transport you to<br />

different worlds, provide a mental escape, <strong>and</strong> stimulate<br />

your imagination.<br />

Alternatively, try your h<strong>and</strong> at writing. Whether it’s<br />

journaling your thoughts, writing poetry, or short<br />

stories, putting pen to paper can be a profound way to<br />

express yourself <strong>and</strong> process your emotions.<br />

Physical Activity<br />

Engaging in physical activities is an excellent way to<br />

relax <strong>and</strong> stay healthy this summer.<br />

Swimming is a fantastic summer activity that provides a<br />

full-body workout while keeping you cool. Yoga <strong>and</strong><br />

meditation can help you centre yourself <strong>and</strong> find inner<br />

peace, offering benefits for both mind <strong>and</strong> body.<br />

Additionally, try activities like biking, paddle boarding,<br />

or simply playing a sport you enjoy. The physical<br />

exertion combined with the joy of movement can leave<br />

you feeling both refreshed <strong>and</strong> invigorated.<br />

Cooking <strong>and</strong> Baking<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> is an ideal time to experiment in the kitchen.<br />

Try new recipes using seasonal ingredients <strong>and</strong> enjoy the<br />

process of cooking or baking your own delicious<br />

creations.<br />

Embrace Nature<br />

One of the most enriching ways to relax is by immersing<br />

yourself in nature.<br />

Hiking through scenic trails, taking leisurely walks<br />

through the local park or exploring beautiful gardens<br />

can do wonders for both your mental <strong>and</strong> physical wellbeing.<br />

The natural sounds of birds, leaves rustling, <strong>and</strong> water<br />

flowing can have a calming effect, reducing stress <strong>and</strong><br />

anxiety. Consider planning a camping trip where you<br />

can disconnect from technology entirely <strong>and</strong> re-connect<br />

with nature.<br />

Gardening<br />

Gardening is not only a productive hobby but also a<br />

therapeutic one.<br />

It’s a great way to relax, <strong>and</strong> you get to enjoy delicious,<br />

healthy meals as a result. Consider making it a social<br />

activity by cooking with family or friends to enhance the<br />

experience <strong>and</strong> make it a social hobby for you to enjoy.<br />

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Practicing mindfulness <strong>and</strong> meditation can be one of the<br />

most effective ways to relax.<br />

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focus on your breathing. Meditation can help clear your<br />

mind, reduce stress, <strong>and</strong> promote a sense of calm <strong>and</strong><br />

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The rise of the empowered woman…<br />

live your life. How much responsibility you take for<br />

your own beliefs <strong>and</strong> behaviours.<br />

It’s not easy to be empowered!<br />

It takes an immense amount of courage to fight for<br />

what is right, to forge our way in this world or to look<br />

ourselves square in the face.<br />

And that’s what is required to become truly<br />

empowered!<br />

We need to really see ourselves. Our ‘good <strong>and</strong><br />

‘bad’, our shadow <strong>and</strong> light, our failures <strong>and</strong><br />

successes, our weakness <strong>and</strong> our strength, our<br />

victim <strong>and</strong> perpetrator.<br />

And that’s not easy!<br />

We were told stories by our mothers <strong>and</strong><br />

gr<strong>and</strong>mothers about how women should be, how we<br />

should behave, how we should portray ourselves,<br />

what we needed to do to survive or be loved… as a<br />

woman!<br />

It’s happening right now!<br />

The rise of the empowered woman.<br />

In towns <strong>and</strong> cities all over the world women<br />

are starting to gather in circles, like in<br />

ancient times! Like our ancestors.<br />

Supporting each other, seeing <strong>and</strong> hearing<br />

each other..<br />

We learnt what it meant to be a woman from the<br />

women who raised us. And very often what we learnt<br />

wasn’t conducive to us being an empowered woman.<br />

We were maybe taught to be quiet, be silent, to not<br />

speak up, not make a fuss, we may of been taught<br />

that women were weak, or stupid, we may of been<br />

told we were too emotional or sensitive, too loud or<br />

brash, we may of learnt how to make ourselves<br />

small, or go unnoticed. We may of learnt ways of<br />

getting our needs met <strong>and</strong> staying safe that don’t<br />

really help us in our adult lives! That prevent us<br />

becoming ‘empowered’.<br />

Women empowering other women…<br />

Being empowered means you're strong <strong>and</strong> capable<br />

enough to go after your own goals <strong>and</strong> achieve them<br />

in your own way. It's being the voice that people<br />

need, especially when they can't speak up for<br />

themselves or find the right words.<br />

Empowered women are courageous. They don't let<br />

their fears <strong>and</strong> doubts about themselves get in the<br />

way of achieving their goals.<br />

They pour their energy <strong>and</strong> passion into the things<br />

they believe in <strong>and</strong> the things they perceive as worthy<br />

of st<strong>and</strong>ing up for, such as their beliefs, principles,<br />

<strong>and</strong> morals.<br />

They know who they are. They know themselves.<br />

They are happy living in their own skin. Their own<br />

way.<br />

But being an empowered woman isn’t a destination<br />

we get too… it’s not a 6 week course, it’s not a book<br />

you read. It’s our life’s journey <strong>and</strong> we are always<br />

learning.<br />

It’s in the decisions you make everyday, the way you


But these beliefs are just that. Thoughts, ideas <strong>and</strong><br />

opinions. Formed by others <strong>and</strong> our own experiences.<br />

They CAN be changed!<br />

It’s your birthright to be an Empowered Woman!!!<br />

Women are magnificent!<br />

We are the feminine creative force!!!<br />

This uprising of the empowered woman is happening to<br />

so many of us because the feminine energy of the<br />

planet is rising!<br />

It’s time to embrace your own power! <br />

If you want to know what you really believe so you can<br />

learn to underst<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong> empower yourself then please<br />

try this simple exercise…<br />

Get a pen <strong>and</strong> a piece of paper… <strong>and</strong> find a quiet space<br />

where you won’t be disturbed…<br />

This is a little like word association.<br />

Don’t think about your answers… you want the first<br />

thing that’s pop into your head… that’s what you are<br />

looking for!<br />

That comes from your subconscious, before your<br />

conscious mind censors if it ok to say that out loud or<br />

not! So first answers… !<br />

And be really honest.<br />

This doesn’t work is you censor yourself…<br />

You want the truth. So you can underst<strong>and</strong> yourself<br />

better!<br />

Ok so take 3 slow, deep breaths…<br />

just let yourself breathe <strong>and</strong> relax…<br />

Let your body relax as you breathe…<br />

Now open your eyes <strong>and</strong> right down a list that starts<br />

with the following…<br />

WOMEN ARE…<br />

List all the things you believe women are… for example:<br />

Women are weak<br />

Women are shy<br />

Women are manipulative<br />

Woman are spiteful<br />

Women are nurturing<br />

You get the idea… write as many as you can positive <strong>and</strong><br />

negative. Although really it’s all positive as you are<br />

learning how you think!<br />

And that’s the first step to changing it! Or giving it an<br />

upgrade!!<br />

It will give you some really good insights into your<br />

thoughts <strong>and</strong> feelings about women. How they should<br />

be in the world.<br />

The Empowered Feminine is<br />

not the Woman who has<br />

finally, painstakingly fixed<br />

her flaws.<br />

She is the Woman who has<br />

stopped apologising for<br />

them.<br />

The Empowered Feminine is<br />

not the Woman who has<br />

conquered fear.<br />

She is the Woman who<br />

knows well there is no<br />

courage without fear.<br />

The Empowered Feminine is not the Woman who<br />

has it all figured out.<br />

She is the Woman who steps in to uncertainty <strong>and</strong><br />

dances with the Mystery.<br />

The Empowered Feminine is not the Woman<br />

who has never fallen or failed.<br />

She is the Woman with scars on her h<strong>and</strong>s <strong>and</strong> knees,<br />

some of which may still be bleeding.<br />

The Empowered Feminine is not the Woman<br />

who never cries.<br />

She is the Woman who dares to feel vulnerably<br />

<strong>and</strong> care deeply.<br />

The Empowered Feminine is not in competition<br />

with other Women.<br />

She is a diamond in a sky full of stars.<br />

The Empowered Feminine is not the Woman<br />

playing the blame game.<br />

She is the one whose divine assignment is the solution.<br />

The Empowered Feminine is not the Woman<br />

waiting for the approval of others.<br />

She gives her own permission.<br />

She has heard the call.<br />

And she’s not waiting any more.<br />

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words from Dana in her ode to the Empowered<br />

Feminine!!


Car Review<br />

Skoda Enyaq SUV 60 all<br />

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By Sue Cooke<br />

been redesigned <strong>and</strong> deliver clearer <strong>and</strong> easier to follow,<br />

mapping <strong>and</strong> directions.<br />

I like the gesture control which operates the central<br />

infotainment system when I wave my h<strong>and</strong> in front of it.<br />

Skoda says that the Laura digital voice assistant can<br />

underst<strong>and</strong> 15 languages! There is a wi-fi hotspot for up<br />

to 8 devices <strong>and</strong> wireless charging. The Intelligent Park<br />

Assist will store frequently accessed parking spaces <strong>and</strong><br />

once learnt, the Enyaq will automatically park in these<br />

spaces on dem<strong>and</strong><br />

There are many luxury <strong>and</strong> practical features that I<br />

enjoyed during my week of road testing. Doors open<br />

easily from the inside, as there is a grip, centre door <strong>and</strong><br />

the position makes it simple to set the door where it is<br />

opened. I will really miss this on my future road test<br />

cars.<br />

The boot has a generous capacity of 570 litres, with wide<br />

hooks that pull out each side to attach carrier bags.<br />

There is a wide hook centre back of the rear seats for<br />

hanging a wide item <strong>and</strong> keeping it secure while<br />

travelling. The electrically operated tailgate can be<br />

opened by making a kicking motion under the rear<br />

bumper. The Enyaq is available with 3-Zone air<br />

conditioning that allows the driver to set a different<br />

temperature zone for rear seat passengers.<br />

I always look with heightened<br />

anticipation for the colour of my<br />

next road test car. Just lately I am<br />

disappointed in the delivered grey<br />

exterior paintwork which doesn’t<br />

create the type of lift needed on a<br />

July election day morning. However<br />

grey was ranked the nation’s top<br />

choice with UK buyers for the sixth<br />

year in a row, according to data<br />

released by the Society of Motor<br />

Manufacturers <strong>and</strong> Traders (SMMT)<br />

Skoda Enyaq buyers are the biggest ‘blue’ fans <strong>and</strong> red is<br />

also a popular choice for Skoda customers. One in three<br />

cars sold by Škoda in the UK was non-monochrome –<br />

with vivid options including Hyper Green <strong>and</strong> Phoenix<br />

Orange – a bit adventurous for my taste. The <strong>2024</strong><br />

Skoda Enyaq pulled up <strong>and</strong> posed on my drive, sun<br />

glittering on the gorgeous blue exterior paintwork. I<br />

was instantly charmed but I found that there are many<br />

other benefits to the all electric SUV. Skoda says for<br />

<strong>2024</strong>, the Enyaq has increased power, improved<br />

performance <strong>and</strong> increased rapid charging speed.<br />

In the airy <strong>and</strong> spacious cabin, seats are extremely<br />

comfortable <strong>and</strong> the infotainment system has revised<br />

graphics which I found simple to use. New icons deliver<br />

a smoother navigation through the various screens while<br />

both the charging <strong>and</strong> climate displays have been<br />

reworked to be clearer <strong>and</strong> simpler to operate on the<br />

move. The navigation <strong>and</strong> assistance graphics have also<br />

The Skoda Enyaq <strong>2024</strong> model year includes a significant<br />

improvement in engineering design <strong>and</strong> specification<br />

representing an 82 PS increase over the previous 80<br />

model <strong>and</strong> a 21 PS increase over the previous Enyaq 80x.<br />

The updated vRS model delivers 340 PS <strong>and</strong> a faster 0-<br />

62 mph time of 5.5 seconds<br />

Forget the election result, the future to look forward to<br />

is the <strong>2024</strong>Skoda Enyaq with a choice of 19 different<br />

exterior paintwork colours!!<br />

Facts at a Glance<br />

Model: Škoda Enyaq SUV model year <strong>2024</strong><br />

Price: from £38,970 otr<br />

Power: 60kWh 179PS all electric<br />

Performance: 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds <strong>and</strong> on to a<br />

top speed of 99mph<br />

CO2 emissions: Zero<br />

EV Range: 249 miles (WLTP combined)


Car Review<br />

Mercedes Benz EQS 580<br />

SUV..by Sue Cooke<br />

A state of great comfort or elegance,<br />

especially when involving great<br />

expense is the dictionary description<br />

of the word ‘luxury’ which is how<br />

Mercedes Benz describes the <strong>2024</strong><br />

four-wheel drive EQS 580 which has<br />

received an extensive update.<br />

Perhaps I might also look forward to a prosperous<br />

future as the July elections take place, but I may<br />

have to wait a while until I can afford Mercedes all<br />

electric SUV.<br />

Which is a pity because this all electric vehicle has<br />

the best driving range yet of 400 miles. Exterior<br />

changes include a new radiator cover with chrome<br />

applications <strong>and</strong> even more comfort in the rear.<br />

multimedia system which has three displays merging<br />

almost seamlessly into one another across the front<br />

of the cabin. This creates a screen strip that is over<br />

141 centimetres wide.<br />

The luxurious padded seats in Nappa leather, a<br />

Burmester 3D surround sound system <strong>and</strong> a<br />

panoramic sliding roof create a very comfortable<br />

interior that definitely encouraged me to spend more<br />

time behind the wheel.<br />

The innovative ‘Hey Mercedes’ virtual assistant <strong>and</strong> I<br />

got on very well. She expertly calculated the fastest<br />

route I needed to take, with the shortest charging<br />

time <strong>and</strong> even told me where the nearest charging<br />

points were. The new intelligent voice control<br />

allowed me to easily access many of the infotainment<br />

functions, including destination input, phone calls or<br />

music selection. MBUX is able to underst<strong>and</strong><br />

different accents <strong>and</strong> will adjust to the driver’s voice<br />

over time.<br />

The large boot has a double floor layer for usefully<br />

hiding any items. The tailgate automatically opens<br />

<strong>and</strong> closes by pressing a button on the key fob.<br />

Storage in the interior is also sizeable with a wide<br />

area inside each door <strong>and</strong> there is a very deep<br />

covered storage area between the front seats.<br />

The new EQS SUV is a competent off roader <strong>and</strong> even<br />

has a digital compass in the heads-up display.<br />

Ground-breaking innovations in safety, comfort <strong>and</strong><br />

driving functions, help driver <strong>and</strong> passengers stay<br />

safe on the road.<br />

The all electric EQC has dynamic performance which<br />

is generated by a lithium ion high voltage battery <strong>and</strong><br />

electric motor. Range is up to 400 miles (WLTP) for<br />

<strong>2024</strong> <strong>and</strong> power will regenerate when coasting.<br />

Charging time takes 31 minutes with a fast charger<br />

<strong>and</strong> 5 hours 30 mins with a 22kW AC.<br />

The combination of power, beauty, luxury <strong>and</strong><br />

extreme quiet will make the new Mercedes Benz EQC<br />

580 very difficult for me to forget. Unlike the<br />

elections!<br />

It’s looks that turn my head though <strong>and</strong> the Mercedes<br />

badge never lets me down. The non colourful<br />

Obsidian black metallic exterior paintwork, window<br />

<strong>and</strong> front trim <strong>and</strong> chrome plated additions<br />

engenders the head turner for me. There are two<br />

huge rear exhausts <strong>and</strong> running boards which gave<br />

me easier access to the cabin.<br />

Cutting-edge technology added to the pinnacle of<br />

luxury as I set out on a journey at dusk. The new<br />

innovative digital headlamps soared into life with the<br />

most entertaining light show that I have ever seen.<br />

The headlamps work like a projector with more than<br />

one million pixels per headlamp that responds with<br />

brilliant light to changing traffic, road or weather<br />

conditions. The ultra range high beam made me<br />

think I was driving in daylight. On switching off the<br />

ignition, a multitude of lights dance into view,<br />

flutter, then rise to a majestic static encore.<br />

In the extremely quiet interior, lies the MBUX<br />

Facts at a Glance<br />

Model: Mercedes Benz EQS580 4Matic SUV<br />

Price: £153,795 otr<br />

Battery: Lithium ion high voltage with electric motor<br />

Electric range: up to 400 miles for <strong>2024</strong> WLTP<br />

Charging Time: from 31 minutes to 5 hours 30 minutes.<br />

Performance: 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds <strong>and</strong> on to a top<br />

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Pets<br />

Dog Days of <strong>Summer</strong>: Fun<br />

Activities for you <strong>and</strong> Your<br />

Dog this <strong>Summer</strong><br />

As the weather gets warmer <strong>and</strong><br />

the days grow longer, summer is<br />

the perfect time for bonding with<br />

your furry friend.<br />

Whether you're an outdoor<br />

enthusiast or prefer relaxing<br />

activities, there's a huge variety of<br />

ways to ensure your dog enjoys the<br />

season to the fullest.<br />

Here are some fun activities to<br />

consider for a memorable summer<br />

with your canine companion.<br />

Beach Trips<br />

If your dog loves water, a trip to the beach can be a<br />

really exhilarating experience.<br />

Many beaches are dog-friendly <strong>and</strong> offer areas where<br />

your pup can run off-lead. Swimming, fetching balls or<br />

frisbees, <strong>and</strong> simply running along the s<strong>and</strong> are great<br />

ways to keep your dog active <strong>and</strong> happy.<br />

Just don’t forget to pack plenty of water <strong>and</strong> dog-safe<br />

sunscreen to protect your pet from the sun.<br />

Some trails may also require dogs to be on a lead, so<br />

check the rules beforeh<strong>and</strong>.<br />

Camping Trips<br />

For the more adventurous, camping can be a great way<br />

to bond with your dog.<br />

Choose pet-friendly sites <strong>and</strong> bring along all necessary<br />

supplies, including food, water, <strong>and</strong> bedding for your<br />

dog.<br />

Hiking, swimming, <strong>and</strong> relaxing by the campfire are all<br />

activities that both you <strong>and</strong> your dog can enjoy together.<br />

Agility Training<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> is an excellent time to start agility training with<br />

your dog. Many dog parks <strong>and</strong> specialised dog training<br />

facilities offer agility courses where your dog can learn<br />

to navigate various obstacles.<br />

This is a great way to keep your dog mentally stimulated<br />

<strong>and</strong> physically active. Plus, it can strengthen the bond<br />

between you <strong>and</strong> your dog as you work together.<br />

DIY Water Play<br />

If a trip to the beach isn’t feasible, you can still have<br />

water fun at home.<br />

Set up a kiddie pool in your back garden or create a DIY<br />

sprinkler system. Many dogs love to splash around <strong>and</strong><br />

play in the water, providing a fun way to cool off on hot<br />

summer days.<br />

Dog-Friendly Events<br />

Many communities host dog-friendly events such as dog<br />

shows, outdoor concerts, <strong>and</strong> festivals during the<br />

summer.<br />

These events often include activities specifically for<br />

dogs, such as agility demonstrations, pet costume<br />

contests, <strong>and</strong> stalls with pet products.<br />

It's a wonderful opportunity to socialise your dog <strong>and</strong><br />

enjoy the local culture.<br />

Picnics in the Park<br />

Pack a picnic <strong>and</strong> head to a local park with your dog.<br />

Bring along some dog-friendly snacks <strong>and</strong> toys.<br />

This can be a relaxing way to spend the day, enjoying the<br />

outdoors while your dog explores <strong>and</strong> plays.<br />

Training <strong>and</strong> Tricks<br />

Hiking Trails<br />

Exploring nature trails provides excellent exercise for<br />

both you <strong>and</strong> your dog.<br />

Choose dog-friendly hiking trails where your pup can<br />

safely enjoy the sights <strong>and</strong> sounds of nature. Ensure you<br />

have plenty of water, a first-aid kit, <strong>and</strong> a sturdy lead.<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> is also a great time to teach your dog new tricks<br />

or brush up on obedience training.<br />

Training sessions can be held outdoors, making them<br />

more enjoyable <strong>and</strong> less monotonous. Use positive<br />

reinforcement techniques <strong>and</strong> keep sessions short <strong>and</strong><br />

fun.<br />

By Katie Wilson


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Pets<br />

Keeping Your Cat Safe Over<br />

the <strong>Summer</strong>: Essential Tips<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> brings with it glorious<br />

warmth <strong>and</strong> sunshine, but it also<br />

poses unique challenges for<br />

keeping your cat safe <strong>and</strong><br />

comfortable.<br />

From high temperatures to<br />

increased risks of parasites <strong>and</strong><br />

dehydration, summer requires<br />

special care for our feline friends.<br />

Here are some essential tips to<br />

ensure your cat stays healthy <strong>and</strong><br />

happy during the hot months.<br />

Hydration is Key<br />

One of the most critical aspects of summer care for cats<br />

is ensuring they stay hydrated.<br />

Cats are prone to dehydration, especially in hot weather.<br />

Provide multiple water sources around your home <strong>and</strong><br />

consider using a cat water fountain, which can<br />

encourage your cat to drink more.<br />

Wet cat food can also help increase their water intake.<br />

Avoiding Sunburn<br />

Cats with white or light-coloured fur are particularly<br />

susceptible to sunburn, especially on their ears, nose,<br />

<strong>and</strong> other areas with thin fur.<br />

Keep your cat indoors during peak sunlight hours,<br />

typically between 10 AM <strong>and</strong> 4 PM. If your cat loves<br />

basking in the sun, consider using pet-safe sunscreen on<br />

vulnerable areas, but consult your vet first to ensure the<br />

product is safe for cats.<br />

Flea <strong>and</strong> Tick Prevention<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> is prime time for fleas <strong>and</strong> ticks, which can<br />

cause a range of health problems for cats, from skin<br />

irritations to serious diseases.<br />

Use a vet-recommended flea <strong>and</strong> tick preventative <strong>and</strong><br />

check your cat regularly for any signs of these pests.<br />

Keeping your garden trimmed <strong>and</strong> avoiding tall grass<br />

can also reduce the risk of exposure.<br />

Safe Outdoor Time<br />

If your cat enjoys spending time outdoors, take<br />

precautions to ensure their safety.<br />

Supervised outdoor time can be a great way for your cat<br />

to enjoy the summer, but make sure your garden is<br />

secure. A cat harness <strong>and</strong> lead can provide safety while<br />

allowing your cat to explore. Alternatively, consider<br />

creating a catio (cat patio) to give your cat outdoor<br />

experience without the risks.<br />

Avoid Toxic Plants <strong>and</strong> Substances<br />

Many plants <strong>and</strong> substances that are more prevalent in<br />

the summer can be toxic to cats.<br />

Ensure your garden is free of plants like lilies, azaleas,<br />

<strong>and</strong> certain ferns. Be cautious with insecticides,<br />

fertilisers, <strong>and</strong> other chemicals. Store these substances<br />

safely out of reach <strong>and</strong> be mindful of where your cat<br />

roams.<br />

Watch for Signs of Heatstroke<br />

Heatstroke is a serious risk for cats in hot weather.<br />

Signs of heatstroke include excessive panting, drooling,<br />

lethargy, <strong>and</strong> vomiting.<br />

Beat the Heat<br />

Cats can suffer from heatstroke, so it’s crucial to keep<br />

them cool.<br />

Ensure your home has cool, shaded areas where your cat<br />

can retreat from the heat. Fans can help maintain a<br />

comfortable temperature or try placing ice packs<br />

wrapped in towels in your cat’s favourite resting spots.<br />

Grooming is also essential; regular brushing helps to<br />

remove excess fur, which can keep your cat cooler.<br />

If you suspect your<br />

cat is suffering from<br />

heatstroke, move<br />

them to a cool place,<br />

offer water, <strong>and</strong><br />

contact your vet<br />

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<strong>and</strong> determination of its students. This year’s team of Year 10<br />

students – Lily, Isla, Mia, Daniel, Jack, Charlie, Sophia, Krish,<br />

James, Will, <strong>and</strong> Ella – not only conquered the gruelling 170-<br />

mile relay from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay in<br />

North Yorkshire, but also shattered the fundraising record.<br />

experiences <strong>and</strong> feel understood.”<br />

Mr. Anderson, Head of Wolverhampton Grammar School,<br />

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determination, resilience, <strong>and</strong> teamwork have not only seen<br />

them complete one of the toughest challenges but also raise<br />

a record-breaking amount for a cause that is incredibly<br />

important. They are an inspiration to us all.”<br />

During May half term, following an intense 16-week training<br />

programme, the team completed the challenge in an<br />

incredible 26 hours <strong>and</strong> 42 minutes; battling not only the<br />

distance but also the elements, facing some of the wettest<br />

weather the challenge has ever seen. Detours added an<br />

additional 14 miles to their already monumental trek, a<br />

testament to their unwavering spirit.<br />

Over the years, the Coast 2 Coast Challenge has raised over<br />

£100,000 for charitable causes. This year, the team<br />

surpassed all expectations, smashing the fundraising record<br />

with a staggering £8,540 for Beat, the UK's eating disorder<br />

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Primal Instincts<br />

Men's Mental Health<br />

Interview<br />

exercise to release good endorphins <strong>and</strong> emotionally because we<br />

talk in depth about personal issues <strong>and</strong> support each other.<br />

Any advice for men reading this article that may want to<br />

approach your service?<br />

If you are feeling alone, lost or have no one to talk too or if you've<br />

lost your group of friends, Then Primal Instict is for you, Were here<br />

to support you, were here to listen to you without judgement. If you<br />

need someone to talk too, someone to go for a walk with or<br />

someone to go to the gym with. Please reach out, Don't suffer in<br />

silence.<br />

Looking at some of your recent achievements, you've<br />

completed the 24 in 24, Could you explain what this was<br />

<strong>and</strong> how challenging this was?<br />

The 24 in 24 was a challenge set by us to walk up the Wrekin 24<br />

times in 24 hours, so up <strong>and</strong> down The Wrekin once is 3 miles. We<br />

aimed to do the 3 miles within an hour. The 24 times was the<br />

equivalent to walking up Mount Everest. Not an easy task for your<br />

average man, but we faced the challenge <strong>and</strong> we completed it.<br />

Has Primal Instincts reached further than just the men in<br />

Telford?<br />

Yes, we have 20 men who are from Wolverhampton, 6 men from<br />

<strong>Shrewsbury</strong>, 4 lads from Milton Keynes <strong>and</strong> 2 men from Stoke on<br />

Trent. So our reach has definitely stretched further than the men in<br />

Telford.<br />

Yes readers its Dribbz <strong>and</strong> we are back with another ever so<br />

important article highlighting Men's mental health, its nice to<br />

see a group of men that st<strong>and</strong> for everything I believe in, who<br />

live their life's promoting the ever growing saying that's<br />

echoed throughout society that ''Its OK not to be OK''. Primal<br />

Instincts have quickly gained a huge following in Telford <strong>and</strong><br />

are doing great things right now. So i caught up with Cofounder<br />

of Primal Instincts Lee Stevens to find out where the<br />

idea came from <strong>and</strong> where they are looking to take their<br />

group in the future. enjoy but more importantly...I hope you<br />

can relate.<br />

For the readers who may not be aware of Primal Instincts,<br />

Can you please introduce yourself <strong>and</strong> explain what your all<br />

about?<br />

We are a men's mental health group, we are men with lived<br />

experiences that are helping other men who are struggling with<br />

many types of mental health. We're a brother hood, We feel that men<br />

need other strong men in there life's to tell them that they are doing<br />

a good job, that their not weak nor are they vulnerable <strong>and</strong> that they<br />

have other like minded men to support them along the way.<br />

Who first came up with the idea of Primal Instincts?<br />

There was a small group of us that used to get together <strong>and</strong> go<br />

hiking. <strong>Summer</strong> last year a few of us decided to take a dip in a<br />

shallow part of a river, upon getting out they told us of how better<br />

they felt for doing it. So a small group of us started regularly going<br />

down to a shallow part of the same river <strong>and</strong> it escalated from there.<br />

The founders of Primal Instinct are myself Lee Stevens, Cristopher<br />

Booth <strong>and</strong> Ricky Briffa who sadly is no longer with us in this life.<br />

How beneficial has Primal Instincts been to the many men<br />

that accessed your service <strong>and</strong> what areas of support do<br />

you offer?<br />

We have 194 members within Primal Instinct, We are very beneficial<br />

to lots of men, men that are struggling with depression, anxiety,<br />

ADHD <strong>and</strong> many other symptoms. We are a support network<br />

emotionally <strong>and</strong> physically. We walk up the Wrekin together, We<br />

From researching Primal Instincts, I've seen many videos of<br />

the Viking clap. Can you explain what this is <strong>and</strong> how<br />

beneficial this is to the men that access it?<br />

The Viking clap takes place in cold water, when you enter the water<br />

your body releases a chemical called dopamine which gives your<br />

brain a feeling of pleasure, satisfaction <strong>and</strong> motivation. The Viking<br />

clap aims to build up everyone's emotions, so whilst the dopamine<br />

is flowing <strong>and</strong> the emotions are building which can be due to a bad<br />

week, then the Viking clap gets quicker. The aim is to let all that<br />

emotion out <strong>and</strong> strike the water with the negative energy that you<br />

may wish to let out <strong>and</strong> that's where the Viking scream comes in.<br />

This has proven to be really successful <strong>and</strong> we now have a very<br />

large number of men that meet up regularly before their working<br />

days to do this.<br />

Can you give any words of advice to men that are reading<br />

this article that may be struggling?<br />

Don't struggle in silence, there can never be another one of you <strong>and</strong><br />

no one will ever be able to fill your shoes. There's a large amount of<br />

suicide rates in middle aged men <strong>and</strong> our aim is to bring that<br />

number down. We want to stop middle aged men from taking their<br />

life's as its beginning to become an epidemic.<br />

Finally, Where do you see Primal Instincts in ten years<br />

time?<br />

I believe were going to be all over the U.K, In our first year in just<br />

one area we have 194 members, we are doing something in our area<br />

that no one has ever done. We are the fastest growing men's mental<br />

health group. We don't have funding from the NHS or any external<br />

companies, we raise our own money <strong>and</strong> we give back to the men in<br />

the group. Some men in our group struggle to get their weekly food<br />

shopping, we help them. Some men struggle to get counselling, we<br />

help them with this too. Its becoming more difficult for men to<br />

access services within the NHS, We help with all this by trying to<br />

provide an easy access route to support our men the best we<br />

possibly can.<br />

Dribbz (Editor)<br />

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Home & Garden<br />

Enjoying The Outdoor<br />

Space: Top Activities for the<br />

Garden this <strong>Summer</strong><br />

<strong>Summer</strong> is the perfect time to<br />

embrace the great outdoors <strong>and</strong><br />

transform your garden into a vibrant<br />

space of both activity <strong>and</strong> relaxation.<br />

Whether you have a large lawn, a<br />

cosy patio, or just a compact balcony,<br />

there are countless ways to make the<br />

most of your garden space during the<br />

warm season. Here are some top<br />

activities to consider this summer:<br />

Wildlife Watching<br />

Encourage wildlife into your garden by adding bird<br />

feeders, bird baths, <strong>and</strong> planting native flowers that<br />

attract bees <strong>and</strong> butterflies.<br />

Not only will you be helping local wildlife, but you’ll also<br />

get to enjoy watching these creatures up close, especially<br />

during the early mornings <strong>and</strong> late evenings.<br />

Outdoor Games<br />

Your garden can also be a great place for bringing in<br />

outdoor games <strong>and</strong> sports over the summer.<br />

From classic games like badminton, croquet, <strong>and</strong><br />

football to more modern activities, there are plenty of<br />

options to keep both adults <strong>and</strong> children entertained.<br />

Setting up a small football goal or a basketball hoop can<br />

also provide endless fun <strong>and</strong> exercise for all the family.<br />

DIY Projects<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> is a great time to tackle some DIY projects in<br />

the garden. Building a birdhouse, crafting garden<br />

ornaments, or even constructing raised beds for your<br />

plants can be rewarding <strong>and</strong> add a personal touch to<br />

your space.<br />

These projects can often involve the whole family,<br />

making for a fun <strong>and</strong> productive way to spend time<br />

together whilst also savouring that all-important<br />

Vitamin D.<br />

Yoga <strong>and</strong> Exercise<br />

Bring your fitness routine outdoors by practicing yoga or<br />

other exercises in the garden.<br />

The fresh air <strong>and</strong> natural surroundings can enhance<br />

your workout experience while a flat, grassy area or<br />

decking can serve as a perfect outdoor gym.<br />

Stargazing<br />

On clear summer nights, your garden can be the perfect<br />

spot for stargazing particularly if you’re feeling<br />

romantic.<br />

Gardening <strong>and</strong> Planting<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> is prime time for gardening. With longer days<br />

<strong>and</strong> ample sunshine, many plants <strong>and</strong> flowers thrive<br />

during this season.<br />

Lay out a blanket <strong>and</strong> enjoy the beauty of the night sky.<br />

Apps <strong>and</strong> star charts can help you identify constellations<br />

<strong>and</strong> planets, making it a fun <strong>and</strong> educational activity. Or<br />

just lie back <strong>and</strong> enjoy the quiet <strong>and</strong> beautiful evening.<br />

Consider planting a mix of flowers, vegetables, <strong>and</strong><br />

herbs. Sunflowers, zinnias, <strong>and</strong> marigolds add a splash<br />

of colour, while tomatoes, cucumbers, <strong>and</strong> basil are<br />

relatively simple <strong>and</strong> grow in abundance. Gardening not<br />

only beautifies your space but also provides a satisfying,<br />

h<strong>and</strong>s-on activity that can be enjoyed alone or with<br />

family.<br />

Water Activities<br />

If you have the space, consider installing a small water<br />

feature like a fountain or a pond to your garden. The<br />

sound of running water can be incredibly soothing <strong>and</strong><br />

can help create a cool, refreshing atmosphere to enjoy.<br />

For families with children, a paddling pool or a sprinkler<br />

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Home & Garden<br />

Seasonal Home Ideas:<br />

Creating <strong>Summer</strong> Vibes<br />

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Creating a summer vibe in your home<br />

can transform your living space into a<br />

refreshing retreat for the season,<br />

evoking the warmth <strong>and</strong> relaxation of<br />

a perfect summer’s day.<br />

Here’s how to infuse your home with<br />

summer energy using colour,<br />

decoration, scents, <strong>and</strong> textures.<br />

Use light, sheer curtains to allow sunlight to filter<br />

through while still maintaining privacy. Arrange mirrors<br />

to reflect light <strong>and</strong> make your rooms feel larger <strong>and</strong><br />

more open. Keeping windows clean can also make a<br />

significant difference in how much light enters your<br />

home.<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> Scents<br />

Fragrance plays a crucial role in setting the mood of a<br />

living space. Use c<strong>and</strong>les, diffusers, or essential oils with<br />

summer-inspired fragrances like citrus, coconut, <strong>and</strong><br />

ocean breeze.<br />

Lavender <strong>and</strong> eucalyptus can also provide a fresh,<br />

calming scent reminiscent of a beautiful summer<br />

garden. Placing these in commonly used areas <strong>and</strong><br />

bedrooms can enhance the summer atmosphere within<br />

your home.<br />

Lighten Up Your Decor<br />

Swap out darker, winter-themed decor for items that<br />

reflect the vibrancy of the season.<br />

Light <strong>and</strong> Bright Colours<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> is all about bright, airy spaces. Start with your<br />

colour palette by incorporating whites, soft pastels, <strong>and</strong><br />

vibrant hues into your living areas.<br />

White walls can make a room feel larger <strong>and</strong> more open,<br />

reflecting the natural light outdoors. Add pastel blues,<br />

sunny yellows, <strong>and</strong> coral pinks for a cheerful, inviting<br />

atmosphere through throw pillows, rugs, <strong>and</strong> artwork.<br />

Refresh Your Fabrics<br />

Switching out heavy fabrics for lighter materials can<br />

instantly refresh your living space.<br />

Opt for cotton or linen for bedding, curtains, <strong>and</strong><br />

cushion covers which are both breathable <strong>and</strong> light,<br />

perfect for the warmer months. A crisp white bedspread<br />

with a few brightly coloured pillows can also evoke a<br />

breezy, coastal feel to your sleep space.<br />

Make The Most of Natural Light<br />

Maximise the amount of natural light in your home to<br />

create a bright <strong>and</strong> sunny atmosphere while you can.<br />

Think about incorporating nautical elements such as<br />

shells, driftwood, <strong>and</strong> beach-inspired artwork to your<br />

living spaces. Wicker baskets, rattan furniture, <strong>and</strong><br />

bamboo accents can add a natural, rustic charm while a<br />

bowl of fresh fruits, particularly citrus, can serve as both<br />

decor <strong>and</strong> a snack.<br />

Incorporate <strong>Summer</strong>-Themed Art<br />

New artwork can dramatically change the feel of your<br />

living space.<br />

Swap out heavy, dark pieces for artwork that depicts<br />

summer scenes such as beaches, sunsets, <strong>and</strong> tropical<br />

l<strong>and</strong>scapes. Photography prints or paintings with bright,<br />

vibrant colours can really bring a sense of the outdoors<br />

inside.<br />

Declutter <strong>and</strong> Simplify<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> vibes often correlate with a sense of freedom<br />

<strong>and</strong> openness <strong>and</strong> decluttering your home can<br />

contribute to this feeling.<br />

Remove unnecessary items <strong>and</strong> keep surfaces clean <strong>and</strong><br />

simple. This not only makes your home look more<br />

spacious but also helps create a serene, stress-free<br />

environment for the summer season.<br />

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Conservatory<br />

As summer arrives, many<br />

homeowners start contemplating<br />

ways to enhance their living space<br />

<strong>and</strong> maximise their enjoyment of<br />

the warm weather.<br />

One particularly attractive option<br />

is adding a conservatory to your<br />

home. This versatile extension not<br />

only increases the living area but<br />

also brings a host of benefits that<br />

can improve both your lifestyle<br />

<strong>and</strong> the value of your property.<br />

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reasons to consider adding a<br />

conservatory to your home this<br />

summer.<br />

Increased Living Space<br />

A conservatory provides an additional room that can be<br />

used for a variety of purposes. Whether you need a quiet<br />

space for reading, a playroom for children, or a sunny<br />

spot for dining, a conservatory offers the flexibility to<br />

meet your needs.<br />

The extra space can make your home feel more open <strong>and</strong><br />

less cramped, providing a comfortable <strong>and</strong> inviting area<br />

that blends the indoors with the outdoors.<br />

significantly increase the value of your home.<br />

Potential buyers are often attracted to the extra living<br />

space <strong>and</strong> the unique charm that a conservatory offers.<br />

By choosing high-quality materials <strong>and</strong> a design that<br />

complements the existing architecture, you can ensure<br />

that your conservatory adds both aesthetic <strong>and</strong> financial<br />

value to your home.<br />

Versatile Design Options<br />

Conservatories come in a wide range of styles <strong>and</strong><br />

designs, allowing you to create a space that perfectly<br />

suits your home <strong>and</strong> personal taste.<br />

From traditional Victorian <strong>and</strong> Edwardian designs to<br />

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architectural preference. You can also customise the<br />

interior with various flooring, furniture, <strong>and</strong> decor<br />

choices to create a space that feels uniquely yours.<br />

Energy Efficiency<br />

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ensure that the space remains comfortable year-round,<br />

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be enjoyed regardless of the season. Additionally, many<br />

conservatories now include features such as underfloor<br />

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enhancing comfort <strong>and</strong> usability.<br />

A Space for Entertaining<br />

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conservatory provides an ideal space for entertaining<br />

guests.<br />

Whether hosting a dinner party, a casual barbecue, or a<br />

family gathering, a conservatory offers a stylish <strong>and</strong><br />

spacious area that can accommodate your guests<br />

comfortably. The seamless transition from indoor to<br />

outdoor space also makes it easier to entertain, allowing<br />

guests to move freely between the conservatory <strong>and</strong> the<br />

garden.<br />

Natural Light <strong>and</strong> Nature<br />

One of the most significant benefits of a conservatory is<br />

the abundance of natural light it brings into your home.<br />

Large windows <strong>and</strong> glass roofs allow sunlight to flood<br />

the space, creating a bright <strong>and</strong> airy atmosphere.<br />

This connection to nature can have a positive impact on<br />

your mood <strong>and</strong> well-being as natural light is known to<br />

improve mental health <strong>and</strong> increase energy levels.<br />

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your garden, providing a peaceful <strong>and</strong> serene<br />

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Embracing The <strong>Summer</strong>:<br />

Top Garden Gadgets For<br />

The Season<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> is finally upon us <strong>and</strong><br />

with it comes the perfect time to<br />

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Whether you're a seasoned green<br />

thumb or a budding gardener,<br />

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make all the difference to your<br />

gardening experience.<br />

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plant care solutions, here are the<br />

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make the most of the summer<br />

season.<br />

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you create an optimal growing environment.<br />

Outdoor Weather Stations<br />

Weather conditions play a crucial role in your gardening<br />

success. With an outdoor weather station, you can get<br />

local weather data right from your garden.<br />

These devices measure temperature, humidity, pressure,<br />

<strong>and</strong> even CO2 levels. The accompanying app provides<br />

forecasts <strong>and</strong> alerts, helping you make informed<br />

decisions about planting, watering, <strong>and</strong> protecting your<br />

garden from extreme weather.<br />

Solar Garden Lights<br />

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garden lights. Not only do they add beauty to your<br />

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requiring no wiring at all.<br />

These lights charge during the day <strong>and</strong> automatically<br />

illuminate your garden at night, creating a warm,<br />

inviting atmosphere for the summer. They’re also<br />

perfect for highlighting pathways, flower beds, <strong>and</strong><br />

outdoor living spaces.<br />

Smart Watering Systems<br />

One of the biggest challenges in gardening is ensuring<br />

your plants get the right amount of water to help them<br />

thrive.<br />

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Sprinkler Controllers use weather data <strong>and</strong> soil sensors<br />

to optimise watering schedules, conserving water while<br />

keeping your plants healthy.<br />

With smartphone integration, you can monitor <strong>and</strong><br />

adjust settings from anywhere, ensuring your garden is<br />

always looking <strong>and</strong> feeling its best.<br />

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Gone are the days of pushing a heavy mower in the heat;<br />

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the grass to a perfect length <strong>and</strong> more advanced models<br />

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beautifully manicured lawn without lifting a finger.<br />

Garden Monitoring Systems<br />

To truly underst<strong>and</strong> what your garden needs, you need<br />

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Garden monitoring systems provide real-time insights<br />

into soil moisture, temperature, light intensity, <strong>and</strong><br />

fertiliser levels.<br />

Wireless Garden Speakers<br />

Enjoying music while you garden has never been easier<br />

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Home & Garden<br />

Making the Most of Being at<br />

Home: Top Ideas for a<br />

Memorable <strong>Summer</strong><br />

<strong>Summer</strong> is a time for relaxation,<br />

creativity, <strong>and</strong> plenty of<br />

enjoyment. While holidays <strong>and</strong><br />

travel can be thrilling, staying at<br />

home offers a unique opportunity<br />

to create lasting memories in the<br />

comfort of your own space.<br />

Here are some of the best ideas to<br />

help you make the most of summer<br />

at home.<br />

For a touch of nature, plant flowers, shrubs, or even a<br />

small vegetable garden. This not only beautifies your<br />

space but also provides a therapeutic activity to enjoy<br />

over summer.<br />

Create a Space To Relax<br />

Lastly, ensure you have a dedicated relaxation space<br />

where you can unwind <strong>and</strong> soak up the summer vibes.<br />

This could be a hammock under a shady tree, a lounge<br />

chair on the patio, or a cosy spot with a sun umbrella.<br />

Use this space to read, meditate, listen to music, or<br />

simply take in the beauty of your surroundings.<br />

Outdoor Cinema<br />

Bring the cinema experience to your garden with a DIY<br />

outdoor cinema. All you need is a projector, a blank wall<br />

or a portable screen, <strong>and</strong> some comfortable seating.<br />

Lay out blankets, bean bags, or lawn chairs, <strong>and</strong> set up a<br />

snack station with popcorn, sweets, <strong>and</strong> drinks. Choose<br />

a selection of your favourite movies <strong>and</strong> enjoy film<br />

nights under the stars. This is also a great way to spend<br />

quality time with family <strong>and</strong> friends whilst also making<br />

the most of the season.<br />

Host a BBQ<br />

Nothing says summer like a delicious BBQ with family<br />

<strong>and</strong> friends. Experiment with different recipes, from<br />

classic burgers <strong>and</strong> hot dogs to grilled vegetables <strong>and</strong><br />

seafood.<br />

Set up a picnic table with a variety of sides <strong>and</strong> desserts.<br />

To make it more festive, consider a theme for your BBQ<br />

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Decorate accordingly <strong>and</strong> play some lively music to get<br />

everyone in the summer spirit.<br />

Al Fresco Dining<br />

Take advantage of the warm weather by enjoying your<br />

meals outdoors. Set up a table outside <strong>and</strong> enjoy your<br />

food in the fresh air.<br />

Enjoy a delicious breakfast <strong>and</strong> a brew in the morning<br />

sun, have an evening meal surrounded by nature <strong>and</strong><br />

sunshine or for a change of pace, plan a picnic in your<br />

garden. Prepare a variety of finger foods, bring out a<br />

blanket, <strong>and</strong> enjoy a leisurely meal outdoors.<br />

Transform Your Outdoor Space<br />

One of the easiest ways to enjoy summer at home is by<br />

transforming your outdoor space into a haven of<br />

relaxation <strong>and</strong> fun.<br />

Whether you have a spacious garden, a cosy patio, or a<br />

small balcony, there are countless ways to enhance it.<br />

Consider setting up a comfortable seating area with<br />

weather-resistant furniture <strong>and</strong> cushions or add some<br />

fairy lights or lanterns to create a magical ambiance in<br />

the evening.<br />

Outdoor Hobbies<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> is the perfect time to indulge in outdoor<br />

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If you enjoy reading, create a cosy nook outside where<br />

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Back to Cascades with<br />

DJ Korky - Interview<br />

response considering we only advertised by word-of-mouth <strong>and</strong> had<br />

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amazing <strong>and</strong> we'd like to say a huge thanks to everyone who turned<br />

up in their numbers, it really does mean so much.<br />

Your Back To Cascades Facebook page seems to have many<br />

followers, How well has all that gone?<br />

It's gone wild all thanks to a friend of mine <strong>and</strong> local artist Dribbz<br />

who had the initial idea to set the Facebook page up. We now share<br />

the communications which is working really well.<br />

Again, after such a short time of setting up the page we've now hit<br />

over 1000 followers. Its amazing <strong>and</strong> we'd both like to say a huge<br />

thanks to everyone visiting the page <strong>and</strong> sparking memories, it really<br />

means so much.<br />

What's the most positive thing about putting on these Back<br />

To Cascades events?<br />

The feedback we had on the first event, people couldn't have been<br />

happier. I had one couple in particular at the event that reminisced<br />

that they had met at Cascades all those years ago <strong>and</strong> thanked me for<br />

the tunes I was playing saying it had taken them right back to the<br />

night they first met. It really doesn't get better than that does it.<br />

Can you tell the readers about DJ Korky <strong>and</strong> how long you've<br />

been around the music scene <strong>and</strong> spinning vinyl?<br />

I've always loved music, when I was younger, I used to listen to the<br />

charts on a Sunday, Id tape my favorite tracks trying to miss out the<br />

DJ speaking, I would write the lyrics down then go over <strong>and</strong> over<br />

them until I remembered them. One Christmas when I was about 12 I<br />

got a record player <strong>and</strong> from then on spent all my pocket money on<br />

vinyl's.<br />

Fast forward to 86/87 I started going out clubbing <strong>and</strong> was lucky<br />

enough to know Dave Jay (the original DJ in Shimmers) who would<br />

ask me to step in on the decks as <strong>and</strong> when needed.<br />

I brought my first DJ decks about 25 years ago <strong>and</strong> to this day I love<br />

nothing more than spinning vinyl's at the weekend while Claire (my<br />

Wife) watches the usual rubbish on TV. I've DJed various party's <strong>and</strong><br />

also organised my own 80s/90s events in the past.<br />

What inspired you to come up with the idea of Back To<br />

Cascades?<br />

Two things really, firstly a bar called "Be at One" in Birmingham that<br />

me <strong>and</strong> a few mates went to last Christmas. The atmosphere was<br />

amazing, considering this was in the afternoon, it was packed with<br />

people drinking <strong>and</strong> dancing to tunes from back in the day.<br />

Secondly a few weeks later Vicky McClure was on the radio<br />

promoting her husb<strong>and</strong>'s Day Clubbing events.<br />

These two things got me thinking that this could be something I<br />

could offer to the people of Telford.<br />

What's your aim when re-generating a br<strong>and</strong> that was<br />

around so many years ago?<br />

my aim was to give the<br />

people of my generation<br />

(Gen X's) a chance to<br />

re-live there memories<br />

of the great Cascades.<br />

There are lots of people<br />

our age that go out<br />

early-doors to socialise<br />

but there is nowhere<br />

locally<br />

to dance <strong>and</strong> party so<br />

early on in the evening. My events only run until 9pm which gives<br />

opportunities for parents to be back in good time for babysitters etc.<br />

How well received was your first event ?<br />

The first Back To Cascades was a massive success. I cant believe the<br />

How do you think the vibe of your event matches to the vibe<br />

of the original Cascades all them years ago?<br />

Two different eras, two different venues but with the same people <strong>and</strong><br />

the same desire to have a great time.<br />

I don't think they were a million miles apart, the only difference being<br />

the knees from excessive dancing don't last as long as they did in the<br />

original Cascades days.<br />

Where do you see<br />

the br<strong>and</strong> Back To<br />

Cascades in five<br />

years time?<br />

If the attendees still<br />

continue to turn up in<br />

large numbers then we'll<br />

keep doing it, we've got<br />

some great ideas in the<br />

pipe-line for future<br />

events too.<br />

For any of our readers that would like to attend your events,<br />

Where can they find further information about Back To<br />

Cascades?<br />

We are active across all socials, simply type in Back To Cascades,<br />

Our aim with the Facebook <strong>and</strong> Instagram pages is to bring people<br />

together that may have lost touch, to reminisce about songs they<br />

relate memories too, <strong>and</strong> to generally connect with one another. On<br />

these pages you will find all the information about forthcoming dates<br />

<strong>and</strong> vinyl's that will be spinned on the night.<br />

Finally, any comments for the many people that have shown<br />

up to your events <strong>and</strong> supported you on this revival journey?<br />

A massive thanks to each <strong>and</strong> everyone of you for being there, its<br />

you lot that made this a huge success. Thank you to local<br />

DJ/Producer Bass Phaze for the help with all the artwork, Eddie at<br />

club Night fever in Wellington for the use of his fantastic venue <strong>and</strong><br />

to my good friend Dribbz for all his help <strong>and</strong> support throughout this<br />

journey. Finally a huge thank you to all 1000 of you that have<br />

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from days gone by.<br />

DJ Korky<br />

Interview by Dribbz (Editor)


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Alcohol: Staying Healthy<br />

During the <strong>Summer</strong><br />

As the summer months approach,<br />

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social gatherings, holidays, <strong>and</strong><br />

outdoor activities that often<br />

include the consumption of<br />

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While moderate drinking can be a<br />

part of social enjoyment, excessive<br />

alcohol consumption during the<br />

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risks that are often overlooked.<br />

Dehydration <strong>and</strong> Heat Stroke<br />

One of the most immediate dangers of drinking too<br />

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Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it increases the<br />

production of urine, leading to fluid loss. This effect is<br />

exacerbated by the high temperatures <strong>and</strong> increased<br />

sweating during summer activities.<br />

Dehydration can lead to severe health issues, including<br />

heat exhaustion <strong>and</strong> heat stroke; a medical emergency<br />

characterised by a body temperature above 40°C,<br />

confusion, <strong>and</strong> loss of consciousness which can be fatal<br />

if not treated promptly.<br />

Alcohol impairs our judgment, coordination, <strong>and</strong><br />

reaction times, increasing the risk of accidents <strong>and</strong><br />

injuries. Drowning incidents, for instance, are<br />

significantly higher among those who have been<br />

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Long-term Health Effects<br />

Beyond the immediate dangers, excessive alcohol<br />

consumption has long-term health consequences.<br />

Chronic heavy drinking can lead to a range of serious<br />

health problems, including liver disease, cardiovascular<br />

issues, <strong>and</strong> an increased risk of certain cancers. The<br />

liver, which processes alcohol, can become fatty <strong>and</strong><br />

inflamed, leading to conditions such as alcoholic<br />

hepatitis, fibrosis, <strong>and</strong> cirrhosis.<br />

The risk of heart disease also rises with heavy drinking,<br />

as it can lead to high blood pressure, cardiomyopathy,<br />

<strong>and</strong> irregular heartbeats.<br />

Mental Health Implications<br />

The impact of alcohol on mental health is another<br />

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Alcohol can disrupt the balance of neurotransmitters in<br />

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Social <strong>and</strong> Relationship Strains<br />

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behaves inappropriately. This can lead to conflicts,<br />

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the influence (DUI) charges.<br />

The social ramifications can be long-lasting, affecting<br />

one's personal <strong>and</strong> professional life.<br />

Moderation <strong>and</strong> Awareness<br />

The key to enjoying alcohol safely during the summer is<br />

moderation <strong>and</strong> awareness.<br />

Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water, eating<br />

before <strong>and</strong> while drinking, <strong>and</strong> being mindful of the<br />

signs of overconsumption can help prevent many of the<br />

health risks associated with excessive alcohol intake.<br />

Bad Judgment <strong>and</strong> Increased Risk of Accidents<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> is a time for more outdoor activities such as<br />

swimming, boating, <strong>and</strong> hiking, which can become<br />

dangerous when alcohol is involved.<br />

It's also essential to plan ahead, for example if you're<br />

going to an event where alcohol will be served, arrange<br />

for a designated driver or use public transportation. Just<br />

being aware <strong>and</strong> taking steps not to over-indulge will<br />

allow you to have a happy <strong>and</strong> healthy summer to look<br />

back on.<br />

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Join us for<br />

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Oxbow Manor care home,<br />

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Veterans breakfast club<br />

Third Wednesday of each month, from 10.30am<br />

Join us for a delicious breakfast in our café, meet<br />

members of your local community who have served, or<br />

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how the team at Oxbow Manor could support you.<br />

Carers café<br />

Last Wednesday of each month, 2pm - 4pm<br />

Join us at Oxbow Manor for our carers café! Enjoy<br />

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from our friendly team <strong>and</strong> meeting like-minded<br />

members of the community.<br />

We work closely with the Dementia Link Team <strong>and</strong><br />

Admiral Nurses, who are always on-h<strong>and</strong> to offer<br />

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