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The clocks have sprung forward so we can finally say goodbye to winter blues and hello to spring sunshine. It was this time last year that It’s Beautiful magazine launched its first issue. Since then we’ve been working hard to bring you the best of women’s fashion, beauty, events and stories from across the county. This edition is no different, it includes the story of a brave mum from Shrewsbury who set up a charity after she lost her son to cancer. Read the interview to find out how you can help support her. If you’re getting hitched this year, skip straight to the bridal section for the most beautiful bridesmaid dresses in town. Enjoy the read!
Contents Objects of desire................................. 5 Fashion - Sparkly Spring.................... 6 Fashion - label launch..................... 11 Beauty.............................................. 12 Property - gardens........................... 19 Interiors - Marrs green...................... 20 Property - news................................ 27 Interiors - Ultra violet........................ 29 Property - on the market.................. 34 Gardening........................................ 37 Food and drink................................. 42 Profile - fundraiser Ryan Yard.......... 48 Bridal pages..................................... 51 Education......................................... 62 In the spotlight................................. 69 Six of the best timepieces................. 79
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Objects of Desire RIGHT AS RAIN
April showers bring May ﬂowers. Protect yourself from mother nature with our pick of the best ways to weather-proof your wardrobe this spring.
Quilted welly, from Deichmann www.deichmann.com
Transparent raincoat, from Topshop www.topshop.com
Miracle waterproof mascara, by Rituals www.rituals.com
£16 Puppy chow umbrella, from Paperchase www.paperchase.co.uk
£29.99 £39 £110
Mint raincoat, from Miss Selfridge www.missselfridge.com
Hunter x National Trust – Norris Field Boot, from www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Aloha basket bag £25.99, glitter heels (due SS18), New Look www.newlook.com
y l k r a p S pring S Glitzy parties may be a distant memory but sequins refuse to go quietly. Spring fashion promises an unlikely opulent feel with bold embellishments on sporty items and shiny daytime options. A mirror of casual garments alongside overthe-top pieces makes for an exciting and wearable mixture. This is a strong trend so wearing a plain sweatshirt with a fancy sequined skirt is no longer too much for a coffee with Mum. Colour isn’t a problem and the brighter the better.
Ciao T-shirt £12.99, New Look www.newlook.com
Shoes, £34.99, H&M www.hm.com
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Striped suit jacket £69, Topshop www.topshop.com Sequin Jacket £35.00, Primark www.primark.com Sequined top BIBA, £90, House of Fraser www.houseoffraser.co.uk
Pink Tie Waist Crop Trousers £19.99, New Look www.newlook.com
Sunglasses £16, River Island www.riverisland.com
MOTO crystal seam denim skirt £55, Topshop www.topshop.com
Suede embellished tote bag £75, River Island www.riverisland.com
MOTO Dazze fringe jacket £150, Topshop www.topshop.com Red tie front shirt dress £35, Dorothy Perkins www.dorothyperkins.com
Cream raffia diamante choker £12, River Island www.riverisland.com
Embellished jeans £39.99, H&M www.hm.com
Earrings £9.99, H&M, www.hm.com
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Bryleigh £150, Dune, www.dunelondon.com
Our Fashion and Beauty Editor Victoria Jane McKenna is a clothing designer, blogger and has her own fashion brand. www.victoriajanemckenna.com
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Traders riding on a high after Shrewsbury Market Hall crowned ‘Britain’s Favourite Market 2018’ Traders at Shrewsbury Market Hall have had a lot to celebrate recently after it beat off competition from markets across the UK to be crowned ‘Britain’s Favourite Market 2018’ in The Great British Market Awards. “Exciting and inspirational” was how judges described the market, which has “reinvigorated itself” in the last few years. “Ten years ago, stalls were vacant, many town residents didn’t know the market existed and it was considered to be dull and uninspiring,” said judges. “Today it is full of exceptionally creative, vibrant and diverse businesses.” The Market Hall, which is jointly run by Shropshire Council and Shrewsbury Town Council, was one of six UK finalists short-listed 8 | It’s beautiful
for the coveted title after an initial public voting campaign. The second round of the competition involved visits to each market by both judges and a mystery shopper. Shrewsbury Market Hall was announced the winner at the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) One Day conference in Birmingham, along with other categories in The Great British Market Awards. NABMA Chief Executive, Hilary Paxman, who was one of the judging panel members, said: “Over the last ten years Shrewsbury Market has reinvented itself, adapted and changed its offer, turning the business around using a distinctive food offer to build a local reputation. “In the last three years footfall has risen by 40% and it has put
on some fantastic events which have attracted a new audience of shoppers and is making the market hall the go-to place in this market town.” The market now boasts various ward-winning eateries and street food offerings, a gin parlour and a diverse mix of contemporary and traditional stalls, ranging from fresh produce to gift and homeware boutiques and designer-makers. Shrewsbury Market Hall is home to nearly 70 small businesses and has more than 400 people on a waiting list for a stall. Its popularity was given a boost last year when it began opening for regular Saturday night events. Shrewsbury Market Hall, Claremont Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1HQ www.markethallshrewsbury.co.uk
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Label launch Shropshire based fashion designer Victoria McKenna recently launched her range of silk blouses after a two-year journey to see the business come to life. The first collection launched online mid January.
there are particular issues she had encountered that she wanted to tackle head on with the collection. However, we are all different shapes and sizes, so to allow for this the blouses are a seemingly relaxed fit to flatter all sizes.
So what is so luxurious about these items? The range of six blouses are made using silk georgette for the body and silk chiffon for the sleeves. They are a combination of glamorous and casual designs that can be both dressed up for the evening and relaxed for daytime. Victoria is working with a team of UK-based suppliers to produce this collection and the next, which is due Autumn 2018.
The brand is committed to producing clothes for women that make them feel beautiful with the silk against the skin and confident with the wow factor in the details.
Backing British is important for the brand with the silks coming from a Manchester silk factory, the buttons are hand covered by a London tailor and the garments are manufactured in London. Adding some more glamour to the blouses, the highest shine zips have been sought from a manufacturer in Milan, Italy. Victoria has made a concerted effort to design for women based on her own shopping experiences and having carried out extensive market research. The base shape and sizing has been based on Victoria herself. As a curvy woman,
“Entering the fashion industry without having studied fashion and with most of my working life having been in a corporate telecoms environment, the last two years has been a huge learning curve. I left a very logic, methodical based career as a project manager and getting back to my natural roots of being artistic and creative has been liberating. Although I absolutely loved my previous career, life had other ideas for me. It brought me back to what makes my soul happy and back to Shropshire! If I could give any advice about setting up a business on your own, it would be; don’t be put off by what others say. Take your idea, research it, develop it, get first hand advice from people doing it and if you see the green light, have absolute faith in yourself that you can make it happen.”
Clockwise from left, Victoria McKenna in the STRATO pussy bow blouse £250, CIRRUS Ruffle Blouse £400 and NIMBUS cutaway blouse £250
Although in it’s infancy, building ethics in to the business is a priority for Victoria. Getting involved with charity-based projects has been high on the agenda and is something she is working towards starting in the next 12 months. Commenting, Victoria says: “Although the business has been a dream of mine for a very long time, it’s not just about paying the bills. I feel it’s really important that I give back to the community as best I can by getting the brand involved with fundraising. How this starts to unfold with come clear in the next year or so but there are a couple of potential projects already in the pipeline.” So, if you are looking for a special item for your wardrobe that will look great with skinny jeans, for a special meeting or an occasion, one of these blouses is a real treat. If you wish to contact Victoria to discuss the collection or potential charitable projects, please contact her at vicky@victoriajanemckenna. com or on 0844 884 9266. The signature collection is available to purchase exclusively online at www.victoriajanemckenna.com
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Beauty trend: microblading
Charlotte Ruscoe tries out microblading at The Parlour in Shrewsbury
grow hugely in that time. So much so, she’s even started teaching the treatment to other practitioners.
Every era has its beauty fad and the twenty-teens seem to be all about the eyebrow. With no indication of the trend fading away any time soon, the race is on to get them looking thicker, darker and more pronounced. Beauty insiders are obsessed with this eyebrow treatment which can deliver Cara Delevingne-esque eyebrows. When Katie Mason, microblading specialist at The Parlour on Hills Lane, Shrewsbury asked me to come and try it for myself I jumped at the chance. Katie qualiﬁed as a licensed practitioner of microblading three years ago and has seen demand for the treatment
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Microblading is an ancient method that originates from Asia. While it might appear similar to eyebrow tattooing, it is not. Sometimes called eyebrow embroidery or 3D brows, microblading uses the ﬁnest blades to deposit pigment – creating natural looking hair strokes mimicking your natural eyebrow hair and giving realistic looking eyebrows. It can be used to create a really full brow, ﬁll in sparse brows or even create eyebrows where there aren’t any. My usual eyebrow routine involves threading and tinting every fortnight, using an eyebrow pencil in between visits. As any mum knows, time in the morning is precious and anything that knocks time off my morning make-up routine is deﬁnitely worth a try.
I was nervous about how painful this treatment might be and so I was delighted to walk in the salon and be offered numbing cream straight away. This was followed by a consultation involving measuring and designing my new eyebrows with a pencil and choosing a colour. I chose the darkest colour ‘mocha’ knowing that it would fade over time. Katie got to work. As I lay back on the bed, I can honestly say I couldn’t feel a thing. The only reason I knew it was happening was the noise. I’m not sure if you can imagine the noise of someone making tiny cuts with a blade on your face, it’s a bit unnerving at ﬁrst, but you soon get used to it and the relief of not feeling any pain meant I soon relaxed. The whole procedure took about an hour and throughout the process I was shown a mirror periodically to make sure I liked the results and if I wanted another hair or two here and there, she made it happen. Katie informed me that the results usually last about two years and that after an initial touch-up in 4-6 weeks’ time, the next top up is usually a colour boost at 12-18 months. One point to mention: You CANNOT get your eyebrows wet for about a week afterwards, so I highly recommend washing your hair before you go and make sure you are stocked up on dry shampoo.
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Spring is here and there’s never been a better time to update your style with an amazing new cut and colour look. Whether you’ve got a style in mind or are unsure of where to start, Royston Blythe shares his rules for the best hair ever!
Tailor trends to suit you
Every trend and fashion-focused look should be completely tailored to suit you. Your hairdresser should always adapt your look to reflect a seasonal trend but it is most important to remember that you should wear a look that is completely suited to enhancing your personal features and complementing your own sense of style. You need professional advice from specialists who are trained to help you look the best version of yourself.
Mid-length is the new long For Spring/Summer 2018 mid-length styles are a must. A classic bob never goes too far from the radar and this season we love the longer length bob that is super versatile,
multi-functional and can be adapted to suit every occasion. Personalise your look by adding soft layers that will frame your face. You could consider adding a modern twist to a classic cut by introducing colour, ask your colour specialist to tailor tones to ensure you achieve a unique look. This season’s ‘Lob’ calls for tousled texture. The end result will be determined by the colour you choose. For those who like their hair to make a statement, consider icy platinum tones – think Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the Tom Ford Show – or strong global colours. If you wish for a more subtle look, speak with your colourist about how they can incorporate soft tones using babylights or a root stretch technique – Alexa Chung’s a fan.
Opt for a crop
Whatever your age, your face shape and your style, there is a short elfin-like crop to suit you. Katie Holmes has very recently revolutionised her look for spring and hit the front page headlines after ditching her classic bob for a quirky, super-short pixie crop. We know that the power of an awesome hair transformation can be incredible and a hairdresser’s role is to delight you with expert colouring and face-shaping techniques to ensure that your new short hairstyle will enhance your best features. Remember, YOUR HAIR IS OUR REPUTATION ! At Royston Blythe, we love to keep hairstyles ultra-feminine and flattering by introducing texture, sweeping fringes and soft, face-framing layers. High impact blondes and statement reds are a perfect match with an iconic pixie crop, and this season there is an abundance of beautiful and striking blonde tones to choose from.
Turn up the volume
Hair extensions don’t just add length, they can be used to create a voluminous look and, they offer colour without chemicals too.
Make an investment
Don’t underestimate the importance of using the correct products to enhance your colour, ease your styling and maintain the integrity of your hair. When you visit your hairdresser for a beautiful colour, we strongly believe that you should be educated on the very best products to keep your hair looking amazing until your next visit. The advice of specialists at Royston Blythe would always be that you should invest in prescribed home care products that will ensure your hair colour is protected and prolonged whilst keeping your locks well-nourished and moisturised. It’s beautiful | 13
Park Street Clinic This March Park Street Clinic in Shifnal is celebrating its first year in business. The clinic, located on Park Street, is a doctor-led non-surgical cosmetic clinic providing advanced aesthetic treatments. Their on-site doctor and registered nurse aim to provide you with honest advice so that together you can achieve the best possible result with minimal risk. From lip fillers to anti-wrinkle injections,
Don’t dread the summer, dare to bare more! What is Lipocontrast? Lipocontrast is a new body contouring treatment, based on advanced cryothermal technology. Lipocontrast delivers rapid results by heating, cooling and reheating the fat cells, reducing body fat without damage or invasive methods. 33% of the treated fat tissue will be
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undergone rigorous clinical trials with proven results. Park Street Clinic are one of the few clinics in the UK to offer the Lipocontrast treatment. Unlike many other body contouring treatments that offer long-term results, Lipocontrast results are permanent, meaning that a maintenance regime is not necessary. Once the fat is gone, it’s gone!
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The magic of maples Japanese maples are the perfect choice of tree for any small, compact or courtyard garden. Their character and appeal makes them ideal for creating a focal point in your garden, brightening a shaded corner, or elegantly overhanging a pool or water feature. Many acers are commonly called Japanese maples, but their parents could be derived from several different species including Acer japonicum, Acer palmatum, Acer shirasawanum or others. Among them are some extremely slowgrowing forms, with trees remaining a small, manageable size without the need for regular pruning. With their Eastern origins in Japan, Korea and China, these small trees are suitable for developing gardens with Oriental themes and designs, choosing other suitable planting partners for them, like ferns, hostas, bamboo, azaleas, camellias, and more. Their natural shape and growing habit of branches make Japanese maples an ideal choice of small tree for gardens or growing in large patio pots. Their leaf shapes, sizes and colours vary immensely. Many have a broad palm shape, but these are often divided and dissected into the most delicate and intricate forms. Add to this their wide range of colours, from deep greens to yellow, gold, purple or even variegated patterns and you have immense variety to choose from. While some green or purple-leaved varieties will tolerate an open position in full sun, this can scorch the more delicate foliage of golden, variegated or dissected forms. A sheltered site is more suitable, and particularly one that provides shade during the hottest part of the day and protection from drying winds. Japanese maples put on a show right through the year, starting as
Japanese Maple (Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’) ©Adam Pasco Media
soon as foliage unfurls in spring and continuing until their autumn transformation into shades of gold and bronze before they eventually fall. With dozens of marvellous Japanese maples available from nurseries and garden centres you’ll be spoilt for choice when picking one to add a little maple magic to your garden.
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Spread a deep mulch of leaf-mould, compost or shredded bark over the soil around maples to retain moisture and reduce annual weed growth. For growing in containers choose large and stable terracotta pots with several drainage holes in their base. Line pots with a sheet of plastic before filling with compost to reduce water loss through the sides.
To help you choose the best varieties with outstanding garden performance always look for ones that have received an Award of Garden Merit (AGM) from the Royal Horticultural Society. Here are some of the most widely available AGM varieties:
As trees can remain in pots for several years it’s best to plant them using a loam-based John Innes No.3 compost with extra grit added to ensure good drainage. Do remember that established trees will need repotting into larger pots every few years.
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Keep the top of the compost a few inches below the pot rim to make watering from above easier, covering the surface with a mulch of pebbles or ornamental gravel.
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Water regularly with collected rainwater, and stand pots in saucers of water to provide a reservoir for trees to take up each day during hot, dry periods.
Choose a sheltered site where trees are protected from late spring frosts, cold winds and scorching summer sun.
Maples prefer well-drained soil containing plenty of compost to lock in moisture and ensure the ground never dries out.
Tree roots can be susceptible to frost damage in winter, so either move pots to sheltered sites or wrap with bubble polythene insulation.
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Life is serene with
Marrs Green has been voted the World’s Favourite Colour after a survey by Hull - UK City of Culture 2017 - and paper merchant GF Smith. 30,000 people around the world voted and the most popular shade was closest to the one chosen by student Annie Marrs and so it was named after her! Annie said the colour was inspired by the blue, green and greys from the River Tay in Scotland. Annie said: “I had heard about G. F Smith’s ‘World’s Favourite Colour’ competition earlier in the year but just hadn’t got around to submitting my colour. It wasn’t until the end of April when I went out on the Pirate Boat trip on the River Tay in Dundee that I was inspired to pick my colour.
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so many different and beautiful deep hues of green, blue and grey from the water and the sky. As soon as I got home I made a cup of tea and settled down to pick the colour. Turns out that the World’s Favourite Colour is a reﬂection of the landscape that surrounds us. It’s a colour that I’ve always loved and so, to me its no surprise that it’s was the favourite – turns out it’s everyone’s favourite! It’s an absolute privilege to have a colour named after me – time to redecorate!” This vibrant shade of teal is a continuation of the jungle trend which was big in 2017. The colour can be seen in everything from kitchens to cushions and matches nicely with metallics, especially coppers, golds, and leafy prints which remain popular. In these uncertain political times, it seems we all crave this tranquil colour and its reﬂection of nature’s serenity and beauty.
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Bosses at Oswestry’s architectural design studio Ke-design are celebrating after scooping yet another award for a new build house designed and built in the town. Leafy Nook in Cherry Tree Drive was first commended by Oswestry Civic Society and has now received a special mention at Shropshire Council planning department’s Design & Conservation Awards 2017. Along with the council awards, the three-bedroomed detached house has also been featured in Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine. Craig Marston, director of Kedesign said: “This was the first
design awards hosted by Shropshire Council so it was a real honour to receive the recognition.” Ian Kilby, head of Shropshire Council’s planning department, praised the Ke-design team for giving careful consideration to the context and the environment of the site. Mr Marston added: “It was built speculatively which allowed us to then host our first open day which saw more than 100 people view the property. “Much of the feedback from viewers included the question as to why builders and developers do not embark on projects like Leafy Nook more often. “With all of the TV shows like Grand Designs and Building the Dream Home, people are wanting
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Ultra violet Pantone recently announced their colour of the year for 2018 is “ultra violet” a vivid purple.
Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute says: “A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us towards the future. “The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reﬂection of what’s needed in our world today.” The rich hue is inspired by galaxies and exploration. In the home we will see it in rich velvet throughout the winter and then more vibrant accessories and ﬂoral prints going into the summer. It also complements bright pinks and the jungle greens of recent years.
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Village location Enjoying a delightful situation in the highly soughtafter village of Ryton, between Shrewsbury and Church Stretton, The Square is a spacious sixbedroom family residence on the market with Oswestry agent Richmond Harvey. Downstairs the property features: living room, family room, dining room, luxury Kenton Jones kitchen, shower/ sauna, study and bedroom. Upstairs is a spacious master bedroom ensuite with dressing room, four further bedrooms and family bathroom. Outside the property boasts automatic gated driveway, double garage and car port alongside extensive mature gardens. To book a viewing at The Square, call the agent on 01691 654222.
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Warm the oven up to 180°C.
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Boozy lemon drizzle cake with crystalised papaya by Linda Clark of Fat Rabbit, Bailey Street, Oswestry
Ingredients: 275g Self-raising flour 200g Caster sugar 1 tsp Baking powder 170ml Cold water 100ml Sunflower oil Zest of a lemon 2 tbsp Cointreau or Limoncello 1 tbsp Poppy seeds Icing sugar 150gms juice of a lemon 2 tbsp Crystallised papaya roughly chopped
Heat oven to 180C Mix the first three dry ingredients. Mix next two wet ingredients. Mix wet into dry. Add poppy seeds and lemon zest. Mix. Pour into a lined loaf tin. Bake for 30 minutes. Cook until lightly brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven. Allow to cool for ten minutes then remove from loaf tin. Poke holes all over the top of the loaf. Pour chosen booze over the top and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Icing: Mix icing sugar with lemon juice. Pour over cake and sprinkle with Papaya.
Zesty Lemon & Mirabelle Plum Minis These lemon and plum minis are the perfect size for a gift. Cover the cases with pretty wrapping paper and simply add some ribbon and tags.
Ingredients: (Makes 10) 225g unsalted butter, softened 225g golden caster sugar 275g self-raising flour 2 tsp baking powder 4 medium eggs 4 tbsp milk Finely grated zest and juice of 2 lemons Few sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped 5 tbsp Bonne Maman Mirabelle Plum Conserve 150g granulated sugar 1 tbsp sugar nibs, optional
Vegan cake making rules: Mix quickly and let the ingredients do their thing in the oven. Have a hot oven at the right temperature.
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Heat the oven to 180C, fan oven 160C, gas mark 4. Put the first 6 ingredients into a large bowl and beat with an electric hand whisk for 3-4 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in the lemon zest and fresh thyme.
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Talented musician produces album to raise funds for pancreatic cancer Ryan Yard, a composer from Newport, is producing his own album of melodic contemporary classical music to raise money for a charity close to his heart Pancreatic Cancer Action. Ryan has been motivated to create the album as his mum, Christine, from Somerset, was sadly diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in September 2017. Shortly after her first chemotherapy session, Christine’s husband, Chester, suddenly died. Ryan says “He was heartbroken for my mum and literally died of a broken heart. It has put a great strain on us as a family and although I live 150 miles away I have made frequent trips home to help my mum.
ABOVE: Fundraiser Ryan BELOW: Ryan’s late mum Christine with partner Chester
“Pancreatic Cancer is a hidden cancer. It burrows deep within and does everything in its power to spread. My
“My fundraiser target is the money required to pay the musicians and studio and all additional money would go to your charity. I must stress this is a non-profit album for me and I will get no money for it.” mum has been hit by this very cancer and the impact to her life and those around her are beyond words. “We can’t beat pancreatic cancer fully...yet, but we can raise awareness and make sure that people know just how bad it can be. “My new album is dedicated to everybody affected by this cruel and merciless disease. One of the reasons I compose music is for the power it can have over our emotions and feelings. I hope that this album will touch, inspire and raise the spirits of all those that hear it and bring peace to those who desperately need it.
Pancreatic Cancer Action is committed to working towards earlier diagnosis of the disease so that surgery, currently the only cure, is made available to the sufferer. The charity fund research into early diagnosis, provide medical education programmes, and launch awareness campaigns. Ali Stunt, founder of the charity, said: “We are delighted that Ryan is giving his time to support Pancreatic Cancer Action in such an incredible creation. We are very sorry to hear about Ryan’s mum, it is lovely that he is helping to raise awareness and funds for this disease.
“My fundraiser target is the money required to pay the musicians and studio and all additional money would go to your charity. I must stress this is a non-profit album for me and I will get no money for it.
“We rely solely on donations from the public and thanks to people like Ryan that we can continue our vital work. Please back him in his fundraising efforts so that we can continue research into early diagnosis and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.”
“Everyone that donates gets a download of the album and those that donate £10 or more will receive a CD and other goodies.”
You can donate to Ryan by visiting www.fundrazr.com and searching for ‘classical album in aid of pancreatic cancer’
Pancreatic cancer is the UK’s fifth biggest cancer killer. The survival rate is just 5% which is the lowest of any cancer.
Or find out more about Ryan’s work here: www. ryanyardmusic.com/pancreatic-cancer-research-album
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Top tips for perfect wedding photos Shropshire photographer Jane Langton-Evans gives us her top tips for creating picture perfect memories of your big day.
Do your homework – early! Look at different photography websites and note the styles as everyone does things differently. The two main styles tend to be: 1. Documentary, which is completely undirected except for a few simple group shots 2. Traditional wedding photography which is staged Meet up with photographers. It’s really important to feel comfortable with the person you choose to photograph your wedding as they are going to be there all day, so you need to feel like you can trust them. Reading testimonials and finding out more about how they work will help you determine whether they are for you. Give yourself time to do plenty of research, as wedding photographers are typically booked one to two years in advance. The cost of wedding photography Determining how important your photographs will be to you will give you a better idea of how much you could spend. After all, once the dress has been worn, you have walked down the aisle in those shoes, you have cut the cake, eaten the food and danced the night away, what do you have left to remember other than the memories of what you managed to take away and maybe some half decent phone snaps from friends? After the day has come and gone and you have a stunning collection of images from your day, you can relive the day over and over. 52 | It’s beautiful
Expect to pay anything from £1000 - £3000 and even more for the high end of wedding photography. Friends with a camera Are any of your guests wedding photographers? If so, perhaps they might agree to shoot your day for you. Beware of just asking friends with a ‘big camera’ to photograph your day. You could be disappointed if they don’t get the shots you want or the quality you had hoped for. The camera is not the professional, it’s the person behind the camera who is doing all the work. Photographers understand light, composition and flattering angles to capture your day in their authentic style. Bridal prep and light Choose a room for your photographs that has a beautiful window with natural light. Photographs are going to look and feel much better than having been
taken in a dark, dimly lit room. If you are hiring a make-up artist, they will recommend a good place to do it for great light anyway. Plan your photographs I believe that photography is a really important part of your day - but it shouldn’t take over your day. It’s well worth finding out how much time your photographer needs at certain times of the day, especially if you have a lot of travelling involved. If you want big group shots, ask the best man to be the one who gathers the family and friends needed. Give him a list before the wedding so he can be prepared. Group shots can be done in 15- 20 minutes if things are well organised, leaving you to enjoy your day. Time together I generally spend 15 minutes with the couple to get some lovely shots of them together. My couples love this part because it’s usually the only
It’s well worth finding out how much time your photographer needs at certain times of the day, especially if you have a lot of travelling involved
time they have on the day together. One thing that my couples like about the way I work is that I take minimal time from their day and no one’s waiting around for ages, so this is something to think about when hiring a photographer - what do you want from your day? Do you want to spend hours having ‘photographs taken’ or do you want them to be taken as the day is just happening rather than staging most parts? Leave extra time If you have a timing plan in place, remember: things always take longer than you think. People can get stuck in traffic, run late, things sometimes go wrong. Even the ceremony can often run over and then there are all the people that
must exit the church, try to factor this in to your wedding timetable. Photographing accessories If you want accessories like shoes, dresses and jewellery photographed, then it’s a good idea to make sure these things are unwrapped and placed out, so the photographer doesn’t have to spend time doing this and potentially missing really good shots. Being organised ahead of the arrival means that the time can then be used to capture the flow of what’s happening around the place. It’s all about the lighting Light is really important for photography and looking at photographers’ websites you will be able to see how they use light in the way they present their photographs. If you’re getting married in winter months and your church ceremony is at 3pm, by the time you leave the church it is going to be getting dark, so I would suggest having an earlier ceremony so that there is time to get really lovely shots with plenty of natural light.
After the wedding I always feel like in bridal advice the emphasis is on the preparing for the big day, but what about after the wedding? Popularly now you’ll find that most photography wedding collections include the final images as digital files and the amount of people that say to me; ‘they’re in a drawer somewhere,’ or ‘we haven’t really looked at them since we got married,’ is disappointing. I recommend having hard copies of your wedding photographs - digital copies are great to have but if you’re not doing anything with them then it’s such a waste. Why invest thousands of pounds on something nobody will see? Have a beautiful wedding album made of your favourites, have some special frames made for the wall. Remember once you have invested in the photographs you need to make the most out of them, enjoy them, display and love them! Visit www.jadelangtonevans.co.uk to see more of Jade’s wedding photographs.
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pring/Summer 2018 bridesmaids are bringing a host of new trends to wedding wear. Darker colours with pretty adornments are popular but traditional rufﬂes and frills still remain strong, although this year they are tiered. The 2018 colour of the year is showing through in bridesmaid trends with ultra-violet hues. If your girl gang don’t want to be in the same dress, try some bridesmaid separates and if they aren’t really into dresses, try them in a beautifully sleek jumpsuit – one of the newest trends for bridesmaids this year. The cold shoulder from last summer is still going strong and comes in lots of colours and styles. Florals are a powerful spring statement and look adorable on younger bridesmaids or as hair accessories as a nod to the season.
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Dancers take to the stage Dancers from Shrewsbury High School took their production of Winter Dance to the Walker Theatre at Theatre Severn and performed to a full house for two nights running. The show was put together by head of dance Michelle Reece with Alexandra Scully. Dance Academy pupils performed alongside SHS pupils with tap, ballet and contemporary pieces amongst the many highlights.
Festival to celebrate food from Field to Fork A food festival with a difference is coming to the West Midlands in 2018 – thanks to a partnership between Shropshire Festivals and Harper Adams University. The Field to Fork Festival will be open to everyone, free of charge, at the University’s campus in Edgmond, near Newport on April 28, 2018. “The Field to Fork Festival will celebrate the story of our food from where and how it is grown, all the way
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to our plates,” explained University Marketing Director, Simon Pride. “We all know what food is and why we love to eat it and to share it. How it can comfort us and fuel our lives. “But how much though do we actually give to where our food comes from, and how it is produced? Harper Adams is well-placed to share the story of food, given our expertise in delivering education for every point of the food chain – from ﬁeld to fork.
“With that as our theme, and supported by the regional Higher Horizons outreach team, we’re setting out to lay on a fantastic one-day festival that promises fun for all the family, plenty of opportunities to explore and buy food products and a whole day of entertainment as well as education.” Learn more at FieldtoForkFestival.com Shropshire Festivals Director Beth Heath and business students Joe Grundy and Sian Williamson
Leadership award for grammar school Wolverhampton Grammar School has won ‘senior leadership team of the year’ at the prestigious TES Independent School Awards. Kathy Crewe-Read, head of Wolverhampton Grammar School comments: “The work of a great School has been recognised by TES. To be selected as the best of the best by our peers and industry experts is a great testament to the hard work and commitment of every member of our community.” Philip Sims, chairman of the board of directors at Wolverhampton Grammar School added “For me, there is an undoubted link between being judged “excellent” in all categories of the School’s activities by the Independent Schools Inspectorate last year and our Senior Management Team being recognised as the best team nationally by the Times Educational Supplement this year. Our head and her team illustrate outstanding leadership every day, ensuring that we provide the very best education for all our students.” Winners attended a black-tie event at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, hosted by author, broadcaster, actor and entertainer Gyles Brandreth, where more than 400 attendees celebrated all that is outstanding in independent schools.
Mathematicians celebrate success Twenty-six senior school girls from Moreton Hall have been awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold certiﬁcates in recognition of their achievement in the UKMT Maths Challenges. Tested by lively, intriguing multiple-choice questions, they pitted their wits against the country’s highest performers. Awards go to the top-scoring 40% of participants in the ratio of 3:2:1. Lower 5 students, Daisy, Lyra and Cici achieved the Gold award and Olympiad. This places them in a select group comprising of the top 500 mathematicians, nationally, for their year group. Mr Quantrell commented: “The Maths department is so proud of the girls. This is a prestigious competition, entered by few pupils owing to the level of difﬁculty. We are thrilled that so many Moreton students have achieved success.”
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discover and develop new skills and interests. Of course, not all will excel in all areas but the very process of striving for success engenders in the children those crucial character traits of grit and determination that will be invaluable to them in the future.
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The ethos at Packwood is to educate the whole child through a rigorous and stimulating curriculum as well as a far-reaching range of extra-curricular options - the school develops pupils’ talents wherever they may lie.
“The current academic year is a special one in Packwood’s history marking the school’s 125th anniversary and the children’s achievements so far give us all the more reason to celebrate. I am enormously proud of their efforts in all areas of school life and am conﬁdent that more success will follow.
Packwood Headmaster, Clive SmithLangridge, elaborates: “Packwood is a preparatory school and ultimately, that means our raison d’être is to prepare our pupils for life at senior school and beyond. A Packwood education provides a myriad of opportunities to
“Packwood’s top year pupils who will move on to senior school at the end of this year have already amassed a range of scholarship awards in music, sports, art and drama. The Under 13 girls’ cricket team is enjoying success in the Lady Taverners Indoor Cricket
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Shrewsbury super-mum fundraising for Harry Day When Sally Johnson’s son Harry died at the age of seven after a short fight with an aggressive cancer, she was determined to use her experience to help other families and children going through the same experience... Three years on, The Harry Johnson Trust has raised almost £250,000 to support children and teenagers in Shropshire who have been diagnosed with cancer. This spring Harry’s mum is urging local schools and businesses to raise money by supporting Harry Day on Friday 15 June. Sally explains why it is held on that particular date: “We were told Harry was going to die on 16th June 2014 and he died just four weeks later. Rather than this date be full of sadness, we wanted to turn it into something positive and purposeful. Harry never felt sorry for himself, and he laughed and remained joyful and positive during his nine-month illness, and so Harry Day was created. We ask schools and businesses to do something fun and joyful on a day in June, as near to 16th June as they can, so that their pupils and staff can join in with fundraising for us in the spirit that Harry showed each day.” The website, www.harryday.org.uk is full of simple fundraising ideas for Harry Day, including dress in orange (Harry’s favourite colour) and dino sweepstake (Harry loved dinosaurs). Sally said: “We would like people to have a little fun and to do something different to a normal day, even if it’s just for an hour. Harry loved life so much, he took every opportunity to enjoy himself and loved to be with his family, friends and teachers. We would like people to do something that would bring this to their school or workplace - something
fun, something enjoyable and something memorable, just like Harry! In return, we’d welcome a small donation for taking part.” The charity need around £60k a year in order to grant every request for support, and to be able to contribute to the future sustainability of the children’s oncology ward in Telford; maintaining the home from home provision they strive to offer and the renewal and resourcing of the play and IT equipment they need for children to use on the ward during stays, which can be for weeks at a time. “A donation of £3 buys a fleece pillowcase,” adds Sally, “which is priceless to a child with a bare head trying to get a comfortable night’s sleep. We appreciate every £1 donated and no donation is too small!” The Harry Johnson Trust aim to be there for local families who have a child with cancer, whatever that need may be. “We hope we are there for them from diagnosis to recovery, and also should the
Above: Harry and mum Sallly Below left: Harry laughed and remained joyful and positive during his nine-month illness
worst happen. We have helped pay for children’s funerals and I go to meet parents who want to chat to someone who has been there too. I don’t offer advice, and don’t claim to be an expert, but I’m a good listener, always have tissues, and can signpost people to possible sources of support.” Sally ends: “There are so many wonderful national charities who support these children, but during Harry’s treatment we noticed a gap in support locally and so we wanted to try and help fill this gap a little bit, and just be there if we could be to make things a little easier. The staff at our local hospitals are nothing short of angels, and they do all they can and more to get these brave children the support they need, but it isn’t always easy when the charity doesn’t have representation at the hospital. As we are so local, the ward staff can make referrals quickly, easily and it makes personalising our help much easier.” To find out more about The Harry Johnson Trust or to donate, visit www.theharryjohnsontrust.co.uk.
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Struggling to schedule a visit to your GP? At Nuffield Health Shrewsbury Hospital, there is no waiting for appointments, prescriptions, or referrals. If you have a busy schedule, a private GP is the perfect way to make sure your health doesn’t get side-lined. Appointments are available at short notice and offered to anybody aged over 18. There is also no need to be registered with an NHS GP. Services available but not limited to: • • •
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New private GP service launches at Nuffield Health Shrewsbury A new private GP service that can refer patients to specialist consultants the same day in emergency cases has launched in Shrewsbury With increased demand on GP surgeries for appointments and longer waiting times for patients, a new private GP service at Nuffield Health Shrewsbury Hospital promises to offer patients fast access to private healthcare, including tests, consultations and diagnosis. Appointments are available at short notice, with a variety of clinics held Monday to Friday between 8am – 8pm and weekend appointments also available to fit around patients’ busy lives. Appointments at Nuffield Health Shrewsbury are between 20 – 30 minutes long, providing patients plenty of time to discuss their healthcare needs.
“They can book an appointment time quickly that’s convenient to them and gain fast access to a medical professional.” Facilities are modern, spacious and wellequipped. There’s no need to register and the service welcomes visitors from abroad. As a part of Nuffield Health, the GP service provides an easy referral system to specialist consultants, giving patients fast access to the best medical expertise. Local GP Dr Kate Jones is part of the six-strong team of GPs at the new practice. She has been a GP for 12 years and has an interest in contraception and diabetes. She said: “The new private GP service at Nuffield Health Shrewsbury is perfect for patients who have health concerns or just want to discuss a medical issue privately. They can book an appointment time
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Feeling Ticked Firework Phobia in pets
With the weatherseason getting warmer, leadcorner to anaemia in young With firework just aroundcanthe it’s timeor small (finally!), we are more than likely going animals. for to those us with pets on toour consider how to help them see an of increase of parasites The most serious concern with ticks is that pets, such as ticks. cope. However much we all love fireworks, they can spreadit’s infectious diseases. When a tick an infected animal, it picks up estimated that around 45% of our pets’ exhibit signs ofbites fear, stress and What are Ticks? infected cells that contain a disease causing anxiety when they hear those bangs and screeches. So dog what shouldinfected Many of youloud pet owners (or even agent. Your can become those of you that enjoy walking in the when these agents are inoculated into you do to help them cope? countryside) will have heard of ticks – or even come across them once or twice.... butawhat are they?! They are small, Firstly create a refuge, safe blood sucking arachnids that attach place your dog can go to escape to your pet using specially adapted mouthparts. These pierce the skin so and get away from these noises. that the tick can feed on blood, taking This can be any quiet room with appearance seen on the engorged above. They can also attach to and drink few windows that yourfrom doghumans! is They lie in wait in the long grassnot and vegetation, until a meal in the always able to get to but get form of a pet (or pet owner!) walks past. trapped in. You could consider At Tern Vets we are seeing lots of dogs ticks attached the use of pheromone with diffusers
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‘Man Engine’ at Blists Hill
Whittington International Chamber Music Festival
The largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain, the Man Engine, is coming to Blists Hill Victorian Town on Saturday 14 April when it will be the ‘star’ of spectacular daytime and evening events. Weighing nearly 40 tonnes, the Man Engine crawls at 4.5m high and ‘transforms’ to stand at nearly 12m. Engineered in Cornwall to mark the 10th anniversary of the county’s World Heritage status, the Man Engine is touring venues across the UK to celebrate Britain’s rich industrial heritage. The Man Engine will be centre stage at the amazing and spectacular hour-long ceremony at 2pm and 8.30pm when the audience will be asked to help wake the puppet from its slumber. Bring along your enthusiasm, energy and loudest voice to help the Man Engine Team raise the sleeping giant to its full height with songs and chants.
Bring along your enthusiasm, energy and loudest voice to help the Man Engine Team raise the sleeping giant to its full height The day time event is perfect for families as young visitors are also invited to join in the Miners’ Parade and have a go at printing, candle dipping and building a mini steam engine, amongst many other hands-on activities. For further information, call the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk. To win a family ticket (two adults, three children) to go along to the Man Engine event, simply answer the following question: How much does the Man Engine weigh?
Whittington’s sixth music festival in the church opposite the village’s moated castle runs from 15-20 May and is an exclusively Brit ‘Fantasia’. Featuring no less than 17 British classical composers, it includes a reminder that many of them got their inspiration from our island’s vibrant folk traditions. If you’re a Shropshire folkie, you’ll love the Friday concert with violinist Donald Grant. For most of the week Donald will be playing music by such classical favourites as Elgar and Vaughan Williams with the Elias Quartet and other world-class artists. Lesser known composers also feature in the programme including suffragette Dame Ethel Smyth and Oswestry’s Sir Henry Walford Davies. In the centenary year of the 1918 Armistice the Sunday concert will feature works composed that year. A ticket costs £15 (free for 8-25 year olds) and is available at Rowanthorn in Oswestry’s Old Chapel Court, Whittington Post Office and online www.whittingtonmusicfestival.org.uk Win a pair of tickets to see one of the six concerts this May by answering this question: How many classical composers does the event feature?
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LAST WORD Strong is the new beautiful If you’ve been watching the TV, listening to the radio or reading the newspapers this month (February) you won’t have failed to be dazzled by the Winter Olympics, held this year in PyeongChang, South Korea. And, on the centenary of voting rights for women, it’s only apt that 2018 should be the year of the female athlete. Not since London 2012, have we seen such a display of female sporting prowess; Lizzie Yarnold and Laura Deas plummeting head-first at up to 80mph down a steep and treacherous ice track on a tiny sledge in the Skeleton racing and Izzy Atkin literally flying down the ski slopes in a gravity-defying slopestyle display. What a rush to see our girls performing so well despite the challenge of athletes having to contend with our obvious climate restrictions. Lizzie Yarnold - Britain’s most decorated Winter Olympian - is the first ever British athlete to successfully defend a Winter Olympics title, after winning gold in Sochi four years ago. She was also the first gold medal winner for Team GB at this year’s Winter Olympics. What makes it even more impressive is that she wasn’t 100% healthy as she fought off the effects of a virus to compete. At the time of writing Britain have now equalled their Winter Games success – collecting four medals in total, and the opportunity to win even more. 82
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Laura Deas became Wales’ first Winter Olympic medallist after winning bronze in Skeleton racing on what has become known as Super Saturday after Britain won three medals in one day – the most successful day in 94 years after Britain took two medals from Chamonix in 1924. British women have won a medal at every Skeleton event since the sport was reintroduced to the Games in 2002. Britain’s first ever skiing medal was won in style by 19-year-old teenage sensation Izzy Atkin. Despite the confusion from viewers over her American accent (she was born in Boston, USA), she comes from a Birminghambred father and Malaysian mother and maintains a dual heritage passport. She’s also the youngest ever Olympic skiing medal winner. Her Bronze medal has made history and no doubt changed the course of her life and inspired many others. Hopes are also high for the women’s curling team, led by Eve Muirhead who led her team to snatch victory against Switzerland to maintain their challenge for a semi-final place. In the book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes
roughly 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a subject. The four years of toil and training since Sochi 2014 require levels of commitment most of us can’t even imagine. Hours of planning, training and finetuning their performances for their one chance to win. Despite the lack of snow for around 364 days of the year in Britain, our athletes will have been training an average of six hours a day, six days a week for 12 months a year. In the days before the Winter Olympics started, temperatures in PyeongChang were reportedly so low that ski equipment had warped with some suggesting it is the coldest games on record. No problem for our female warriors. These are women who work hard for their goals, look healthy and show how a display of female solidarity can bring professional success. These powerful female athletes should stand proud on the podiums, not only winners of their respective sport, but role models for all women – dedicated, passionate, career-driven and successful.
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Published on Mar 8, 2018