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Season’s greetings to all our readers Welcome to the winter edition of It’s Beautiful magazine. Turn up the heating and indulge in some seasonal pieces for your wardrobe for the family. Or take a look at our six of the best Christmas jumpers. Guaranteed to keep everyone smiling around the table. We hope you enjoy our coverage of news from the Shropshire Ice Cream Company, it’s never too cold for ice cream. To all of our loyal readers, advertisers and contributors, from all of us here at It’s Beautiful magazine, we hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

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Contents Objects of desire................................. 5 Food and drink - recipes.................. 16 Food news........................................ 19 Shropshire ice cream company....... 22 A poet goes upholstering................. 25 Interiors - Blue and gold................... 27 Newgate Clocks............................... 37 Architect - Camilla Monk................ 46 Winter weddings.............................. 51 Quirky wedding gifts....................... 54 Fashion for him and her................... 60 Six of the best - Christmas jumpers.. 64 Business............................................ 66 Surgeon - Karen Shepherd............... 70 Care - news...................................... 74 Age concern.................................... 75 Competitions.................................... 82

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Boxing Day Four courses only £29.99 Receive a £10 voucher when booking and paying a deposit for your festive meal. Deposit is £5 per head and is valid on table bookings of four or more.

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Mussels in smoked bacon, leek & garlic cream sauce with sourdough bread £6.00 Panko Breaded Chicken Skewers with satay sauce & warm flatbread £5.50 Breaded Brie Wedges (V) with sticky blueberry jam, sugared walnuts & red chard salad £5.50 Thai Style Crab Cakes infused with ginger, garlic, chilli, spring onions & lemongrass with sweet chilli salsa £6.00

Pasta dishes

Meet the team The Lamb Inn at Edgmond is now under new management, so come and meet the team at this family and dog friendly pub. Lance and Debbie and their family have moved in to the Lamb Inn and are breathing love into the food and cosy surroundings. You will find Debbie in the kitchen where she is head chef and has a wealth of experience having worked both as a food lecturer and in some of the most prestigious hotels and pubs in Shropshire. Lance on the other hand has a background in hotel operations management so you will meet him as front of house manager. Together they make a very dynamic team. Along with the couple, Debbie’s brother James and their three dogs are also resident at the Inn. The couple are bringing their values to the pub by using locally sourced produce including meats, cheeses and vegetables. Daily (Monday to Saturday) you can get your hands on an afternoon tea for two and every Sunday they deliver a traditional roast lunch. They also have a range of special offers on the go, so be sure to

check the website and get a date in your diary. If you are vegetarian, vegan or have any allergies, the team will cater for your needs. Since moving in, Lance and Debbie have held a number of successful events including a fundraising auction and even a beer festival. And they are continuing with some party nights across the 13, 14, 20 and 21 December to celebrate their first upcoming Christmas at the pub. Bring the kids because Santa will be there with some presents! As with so many communities, it is increasingly important to have a defibrillator available as it can take time in rural areas for help to arrive in an emergency. Lance and Debbie are fundraising to have a defibrillator installed outside the pub as the onus falls on the community to come together to finance one. Christmas Day is now sold out, but the Christmas fayre menu is available throughout December and if you hurry you and your family can celebrate New Years Eve at the ticket only party with gourmet buffet and live music to see in 2020. Contact the team at The Lamb Inn, they are keen to welcome you into the homely atmosphere and give you the best experience possible. Contact: The Lamb Inn, 29 Shrewsbury Road, Edgmond, Newport, TF10 8HU. Tel: 01952 879828.

Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese Steak mince meat in a red wine, garlic, basil & tomato ragu £10.00 Penne Pasta With Chargrilled Halloumi (V) Tomato, red chilli, garlic & red pepper sauce £10.00 Seafood Medley King prawns, mussels and crab with conchiglioni pasta in a parsley & white wine sauce £14.00

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Slow Cooked Crispy Pork Belly with sage mash potato, apple puree, spring greens and cider sauce £14.00 Grilled Fillet Of Seabass with King Prawn and crab risotto, Parmesan & rocket salad £16.00 Wild Mushroom Risotto (V) with Parmesan and rocket salad £12.00 Fish & Chips. Premium fresh beer battered cod fillet, triple cooked chips homemade tartare sauce & mushy peas £12.00

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10Oz Gammon Steak with honey glazed pineapple £12.00 8oz Ribeye Steak bursting with flavour with marbling £18.00 Served with triple cooked chips, roasted flat mushroom, tomato and rocket salad

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Black & Blue Beef Burger 8oz beef burger with smoked bacon & melted blue cheese, lettuce & tomato with mustard mayonnaise gherkins £11.00 Cajun Chicken Burger. Chargrilled chicken breast with smoked bacon & melted brie, lettuce, tomato and garlic mayonnaise £10.00 Vegetable Burger (V) Panko breaded vegetable burger, with grilled halloumi, lettuce and tomato with red pepper hummus £10.00 All served in a brioche bun with triple cooked chips and coleslaw

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Chicken, Leek and Chorizo Pie Recipe courtesy of Rukmini Iyer at The Happy Foodie

This quick recipe will feed your family midweek and give them a nice warm feeling with a delicious chicken and chorizo combination

Ingredients

2 leeks, very finely sliced 4 small chicken breasts, cut into large chunks 120g chorizo, diced 300g crème fraîche Half a lemon, zest and juice

1 teaspoon sea salt flakes (optional) Freshly ground black pepper 1 egg, beaten 1 320g ready-rolled puff pastry sheet

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180°C fan/200°C/gas 6. Tip the leeks into a bowl, pour over a kettleful of boiling water, and leave to steep for 2 minutes while you get on with prepping the other ingredients. Drain the leeks well in a colander, then tip into a roasting tin along with the chopped chicken, chorizo, crème fraiche, lemon zest and juice, salt (if using) and a good grind of black pepper. Give everything a good mix, then brush the edges of the roasting tin with a little beaten egg and lay the pastry on top. Use your thumbs or a fork to press the edges of the pastry against the edges of the tin – don’t worry about any overhang. Brush with the beaten egg, then cut a cross in the middle for steam to escape. You can add cut shapes from the excess pastry and stick them on top with a little beaten egg, if you’re feeling artistic. Transfer to the oven and bake for 25–30 minutes, until the pastry is crisp and golden brown. Let the pie sit for 5 minutes before serving hot.

Festive cheers! With Christmas just around the corner festive drinks are in full swing. As well as mulling gallons of wine and cider this year we have also been playing around with hot toddies to keep the cold out, and my personal favourite, is a Rum Toddy.  Your spiced rum of choice, maple syrup, a squeeze of lemon, a cinnamon stick and hot water make a warming and soothing drink perfect to fend off winter snuffles whilst getting in the Christmas spirit.  Depending on my mood I either use Barthi Ddhu Welsh Seaweed Spiced Rum or Blue Monkey Banana Rum. Now we are in winter, stronger and darker beers are becoming more popular by the hour.  This year Belgian classics such as Chimay, Kwak and Delirium Tremens seem to be immensely popular, probably due to their unsurpassed depth of flavour and the extra boozy kick they have. The other craze we are seeing is cocktails of course and on Saturday nights our signature craft cocktails are flying out.  I can’t give away our secret recipes, especially for our legendary Bailey Head Espresso Martini, but if you are hosting a Christmas or New Years party this year and want some great cocktails, do check out Difford’s Guide online for inspiration and a range of drinks varying in complexity from beginner to advanced. We have already taken some Christmas spirits orders for people wanting special bottles of craft spirits and artisan beers for Christmas. Please come and see us as soon as possible if there is something special you are looking for this year!  Cheers, and a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!!  Xx

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The Oakley Arms BREWOOD

Our Christmas menu runs alongside our usual menu at our welcoming country pub Available from Friday 29th November until Tuesday 24th December 2019.

Parsnip and apple soup (v) Stilton, mulled pear and candied walnut salad (v) (gt) Chicken Caesar croquettes with Parmesan and anchovy salad (gt) Pressed ham hock and pea terrine with apricot and carrot chutney Mezze - marinated aubergine and courgette, blush tomatoes, red pepper hummus and flat bread toasts (vg) Smoked haddock, leek and spinach tart (gt) -~Roast turkey and traditional accompaniments (gt) Grilled seabass fillets with potato and shallot terrine, chervil and lemon cream sauce (gt) Braised feather of beef bourguignon, horseradish mash and buttered kale (gt) Cider and apple braised pork with colcannon cake and crackling (gt) 8oz sirloin steak with peppercorn sauce, roasted mushrooms, tomatoes, and chips (£5 supp) (gt) Celeriac, wild mushroom and tarragon suet pudding with maple-roasted carrots and cranberry gravy (vg) -~Christmas pudding with brandy sauce (v) (gt) Ginger syrup sponge with rum and raisin ice cream (v) (gt) Dark chocolate, cranberry and orange roulade with orange sorbet (v) Apple tarte tatin with toffee and calvados sauce and salted caramel ice cream (v) Coconut and pineapple posset with chocolate granola (v) (gt) Local cheese with grapes, chutney and biscuits (v) Please note there may be slight alterations to some dishes.

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Mulled Wine Ingredients

2 clementines 1 lemon 1 lime 200g caster sugar 6 whole cloves 1 cinnamon stick 3 fresh bay leaves 1 whole nutmeg , for grating 1 vanilla pod 2 bottles Chianti or other Italian red wine 2 star anise

Method

1. Peel large sections from the clementines, lemon and lime. 2.  Put sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the clementine juice. 3.  Add cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg. Halve the vanilla pod lengthways, add to the pan then stir in enough red wine to cover the sugar.  4.   Let simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine, then bring to the boil. Keep on a rolling boil for 4-5 minutes, or until you’ve got a beautiful thick syrup. 5.  When your syrup is ready, turn the heat down to low and add your star anise and the rest of the wine. Gently heat the wine, when it’s warm, ladle it into heatproof glasses and serve.

Salted Caramel Cheesecake Recipe courtesy of Taming Twins, tamingtwins.com

This no bake, light and creamy dessert is a delight after any meal and a must for salted caramel fans! Alternatively, top with chocolate shavings for a different flavour.

INGREDIENTS

250 g Digestive biscuits 125 g Butter Unsalted, melted 450 ml Double cream whipped until it forms medium soft peaks (like soft serve ice cream) 100 g Icing Sugar sifted

2 280g Tubs of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Full fat Juice of half a lemon 794 g Carnation Caramel (2 x 397g tins) Sea salt flakes

Method

Crush the biscuits until they look like lumpy sand (or use a food processor). Mix with the melted butter and press into your 7 inch tin. Combine the whipped cream, icing sugar, cream cheese, lemon juice and half of one tin of caramel (about 200g). Fold in gently until fully combined. Smooth on top of the biscuit base, dotting the remainder of one of the tins of caramel through it as you go (about 200g) and flatten the top with the back of a spoon or a palette knife if you have one. Pop into the freezer for two hours or into the fridge over night. Remove the cheesecake from the tin. Pour the rest of the caramel over the top. Sprinkle with the sea salt. Alternatively, if you have more of a sweet tooth, shave some of your favourite chocolate over the top.

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Food news

Green Fields gotta lotta bottle!

The vending machine at Green Fields Farm Shop is helping customers make a greener choice

Taylor’s Organic Dairy based in the heart of Shropshire, have installed Telford’s first milk vending machine at Green Fields, Donnington. In a drive to save plastic, customers buy one litre glass bottles to keep as their own and fill them at the machine. Full fat and semi skimmed milk can be dispensed between 6.30am and 6pm on a daily basis and payment is at the machine with a contactless card for convenience. Just when you might have run out of milk, you can pop to the farm shop for a re-fill. The milk is pasteurised (a process used involving heating the milk to kill bacteria) but not homogenised (processing the milk so the cream does not separate), giving it a flavour reminiscent of childhood and the cream even settles at the top of the bottle! It really

is a taste sensation and customers are welcome to sample the milk before they buy. Taylor’s are keen to install machines across Shropshire to diversify the dairy from selling milk in bulk. The return per litre far exceeds sending their milk away in tankers, although they have invested substantially in the equipment needed to carry out the pasteurisation. The farm owns the vending machine and the sales go directly to the farmer, with a small return for Green Fields farm shop, for the running of the machine. So if you miss having the milkman, this is the alternative way to have that fresh milk in the traditional glass bottles. With the added bonus, Taylor’s milk is organic. The vending machine can be found at Green Fields Farm Shop, Station Road, Donnington, Telford, TF2 8JY. Tel 01952 677345

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Pat Parkes, owner of the Shropshire Ice Cream Company with some of the delicious range of both dairy and vegan ice creams

Vegan ice-cream scoops up top awards The Shropshire Ice Cream Company are having an exciting year. Their new range of vegan ice cream has had a far from icy reception. At the 2019 Great Taste Awards, out of 12,772 products sent in from over 100 different countries and only around half of entries obtaining stars, The Shropshire Ice Cream Company received awards for both its vegan chocolate ice cream and vegan salted caramel ice cream in the ‘dairy-free, ready to serve’ category. This means judges dubbed it as a food that delivers fantastic flavour. The Telford based company also produce real dairy ice creams and sorbets without the addition of additives and hydrogenated fats. Great news for ice cream lovers! The local ice cream connoisseurs served up ice cream in a virtual reality session at Shropshire BizFest and have attended local food events across the region, whilst expanding their range and offering. Following further investment in machinery and equipment, the artisan food producer is now in a position to expand the number of restaurants, ice cream parlours, farm shops and delis that it supplies to in the county. 22 | It’s beautiful

with less air than that found in cheaper alternatives.”

Our aim is to source ingredients as responsibly as possible, whether that is local, in season fruit, or products from further afield that use ethical practices.

Owner, Pat Parkes, explains why ice cream is always in season: “Ice creams and sorbets have become a year-round staple, whether it is for a night-in treat on the sofa or as a perfect dessert at a dinner party or on a restaurant menu. It is adored by all no matter what age, weather or occasion!” Pat also said, “Our aim is to source ingredients as responsibly as possible, whether that is local, in season fruit, or products from further afield that use ethical practices. We are very proud of the ice cream we make. We use quality ingredients and traditional methods to produce our ice creams, which results in a creamier more luxurious taste,

“We would love to see our ice cream stocked in more places, whose priority is to buy products from the surrounding area. Nationally, restaurants have noticed a surge in demand for high quality dessert choices that match the care and consideration of their main courses, and with consumers becoming increasingly conscious about the provenance of their food, the local dessert menu can now extend to Shropshire made ice cream and sorbets! We also love working with imaginative chefs in our development kitchen where we create interesting flavours for their customers.” If you are a restaurant, bar, shop or otherwise in the food industry and interested in providing locally made, delicious ice creams to your customers, please contact Pat to discuss your opportunity.

For further information on The Shropshire Ice Cream Company, visit shropshireicecream. co.uk or email enquiries@ shropshireicecream.co.uk.


Traditional high quality Butchers & Delicatessen with a bright, vibrant contemporary twist

Christmas orders now being taken Trusted butcher with 35 years experience and expertise The highest quality locally sourced meat, fish and produce Pubs and restaurants supplied Hot counter serving Shropshire coffee, fresh cakes, breakfasts and a selection of hot rolls Indoor and outdoor seating areas Free car parking at rear of premises

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As an experienced Furniture Restorer and Maker, working with both private and commercial clients, Tony has the knowledge and a comprehensive skill set and, as an experienced Furniture Lecturer, he is able to impart this knowledge to our keen and enthusiastic students.

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07709 342351 / 01743 891404 MY STUDIO GALLERY IS OPEN BY APPOINTMENT Penny Timmis SWA, The Church, Rowley, Westbury, Shropshire SY5 9RY

A painting day with Penelope would make a thoughtful and original gift

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Spend a day painting with Penelope at her studio situated on the Welsh Border. Penelope’s Painting Days are limited to 5 people. Cost is £95 per person including a light lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Paper and frames are available to purchase.

Tuesday 17thwith March flowers 26th landscape Monday 6thPainting April fruit Spend a day painting Penelope at herThursday studio situated on the Welsh Border. Penelope’s Days Friday 17th Tuesday 5thincluding May landscape Wednesday 27th May seascape are limited to 5 April people.flowers Cost is £75 per person a light lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Paper and frames are available to purchase. Wednesday 3rd flowers Thursday 25th June landscape 29th August-5th September... A WEEK IN FRANCE !

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Blue and gold

Christmas gold is a given, and gold against blue has a rich and regal feel to it that can work beautifully in any home without having to break the bank. You can choose anything from navy and brass, indigo and a yellow based gold or royal blue with antique gold. It really doesn’t matter which tones you go for. Bold colours work particularly well when paired with other bold colours so gold is perfect as it gives you the metallic element, the neutral element and bold all in one. It’s a dramatic and daring look but will feel welcoming and warm at the same time. Velvet complements this scheme perfectly and adds an air of winter sophistication. And adding in some animal decorations in both colours with lighting in unexpected shapes will keep it looking modern. Here are some glorious golden ideas that work perfectly with blue interiors. If you bear Goldilocks in mind when choosing all that gold; ‘not too little and not too much’ you should be just fine.

top left to right: Fiesta Dome Teal and Brass Pendant Light £69 from Danetti, danetti.com Texture Circle Art Print Framed Poster in Blue & Brass £30 from Cult furniture, cultfurniture.com above left to right: Laurel Gold Wreath £38 from Hudson Home, hudsonhome.co.uk Blue Marble Cushion £29.95 from Mint & May, mintandmay.co.uk Burnished Gold Candle Holder £28 from The Farthing www.thefarthing.co.uk Newgate Mr Edwards Clock Brass £100 from Red Candy www.redcandy.co.uk RIGHT: Porter Armchair Navy £279.99 from My Furniture www.my-furniture.com Matt White Glass Bauble with Blue & Gold Flowers £5.55 from Gisela Graham, giselagraham.co.uk Sapphire Blue & Gold Photo Frame £26.95 from Audenza www.audenza.com

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clockwise from above: Shibden Metal Candle Lanterns in Gold £229 from Artisanti www.artisanti.com Starkey Wall Light Teal £59 from MADE.COM   www.made.com Louis de Poortere Antiquarian Amir Gold Rug £386 from Modish Livingwww.modishliving.co.uk Eichholtz Margot Bench - Large £760 from Sweetpea and Willow www.sweetpeaandwillow.com Old Gold Resin Snake Bookend Set £57 from Gisela Graham www.giselagraham.co.uk Blue & Black Shimmer Resin Beetle on Plinth Ornament £15 from Gisela Graham, giselagraham.co.uk Locano Touch Kitchen Range in Navy Blue, starting from £5000, 8 other colour choices from Lifestyle Kitchens, lifestylekitchens.com Alveare Bar Stool Copper - Royal Blue £299.99 from My Furniture, my-furniture.com Macula Gold Mesh Magazine File £18 from Habitat, habitat.co.uk

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Embrace vibrant village living at Brook Meadow A village location with local amenities and a great sense of community Enjoying a village location, with easy access to Market Drayton, Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent and Telford, a move to Brook Meadow could help achieve that allimportant work/life balance. Situated on Mucklestone Road, it’s the first new homes development in Loggerheads for over a decade. Elan Homes is offering a good choice of three, four and fivebedroom homes. The properties are showcased by a pair of show homes – professionally styled and fully furnished examples of the Stratford and Brandon house types. Marie Morris, sales director for Elan Homes in the North, said: “People love the idea of moving to a village but perhaps think that they’ll miss the amenities of a larger town or city. Relocating to Loggerheads offers the best of both worlds. The homes we’re building are close to open fields and woodlands. The village has a shop, post office, school and a great sense of community. Market Drayton is only four miles away, while Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent and Telford are all within a 30-minute drive.” Current prices at Brook Meadow start from £209,995. 30 | It’s beautiful

All of the homes feature Elan’s high specification as standard, with opportunities for purchasers to choose the finish of the kitchen, bathroom and other features of their home, subject to build stage.

Government, which is interest free for five years.

Elan has a range of moving-making incentives available that can be tailored to buyers’ needs.

Those with a house to sell could find that Elan can help them secure a buyer using EasyMove. Alternatively, they may even be able to trade in their current property towards the cost of a brand new home with part exchange.

With Help to Buy, there’s the option to secure a brand new home with a 5% deposit and 75% mortgage. The remaining 20% is covered by an equity loan from the

To discover more about the area, the homes and the incentives available at Brook Meadow, visit the development, open Thursday to Monday from 10am to 5pm.

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BROOK MEADOW LOGGERHEADS 3, 4 & 5 BEDROOM HOMES AVAILABLE Nestled in the charming village of Loggerheads, close to the Shropshire and Cheshire borders, Brook Meadow offers a superb choice. Set in a truly stunning location with open fields and woodland stretching out in all directions. We lavish attention on the beautifully crafted, traditionally styled exterior so that you don’t just end up with any new home, but one of outstanding style and real character.

Prices from £209,995 to £439,995 To find out more visit elan-homes.co.uk/brookmeadow *Terms and conditions apply, please speak to the Sales Advisor.

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Discover our stunning new homes across Shropshire.

With an outstanding reputation for quality, Galliers is a family-run, long-established house builder dedicated to creating the finest homes in the best locations. With an exceptional specification, every Galliers home is created with you in mind, using impeccable design and the best British craftmanship. With homes in High Ercall, Hinstock, Shrewsbury and Newport, each one of our collections is set in the heart of Shropshire, offering fantastic locations and fabulous local communities.

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Luxury Family Homes Visit the development TIBBERTON FIELDS Tibberton Fields offers a selection of family homes, including two bungalows. Every home is finished to a high-quality specification creating a stylish interior for a modern and comfortable lifestyle. Each home has a garage and a private garden. HOMES FOR SALE AT TIBBERTON FIELDS: 4 BEDROOM HOUSES 3 BEDROOM BUNGALOWS

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Jim has also introduced interchangeable straps for the first time in this range. Each G6 watch comes with one handcrafted black Italian leather strap and one lightweight, colourful striped canvas strap, for two different dress styles. This is a new generation of watch design for Newgate.

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who was a pioneering radio engineer and Morse Code expert for MI5. His call sign was ‘G6US’. Eddie has always had a big influence on Jim’s passion for moving-part design and his fascination with the instrumentation used in the measurement of time. So, Jim knew the G6 range was the one to honour his late grandfather. He’s even included Morse Code inscriptions on the back of the leather strap as a nod to Eddie.

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Designer Fabrics & accessories

The Loft at More Hall Looking for the perfect designer fabric? The Loft at More Hall is here to help. You will find designer fabrics from top fabric houses, including one-off pieces from our clearance and discounted ranges. Our designer brands include Lewis and Wood, Blithfield, Designers Guild, Colefax and Fowler, plus many more. You can purchase your fabric from our online shop or you can come and visit us at The Loft at More Hall in Brockton, Much Wenlock Shropshire. Open Wednesdays or by appointment.

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Delivery of house and baby Standing in her stunning home, looking out to a beautiful view of Rodney’s Pillar and Snowdonia mountains in the distance, Architect Camilla Monk can reflect on a job well done after months of hard work to completely refurbish the building, which was in line to be demolished before she and her husband fell in love with it. The couple took on the project at their home in Myddle, near Shrewsbury, which meant living under a huge scaffold tent for several months - but it was certainly worth the hard work. The house has more than doubled in value, and the family has increased in size as well - Camilla was heavily pregnant while managing the build, which added even more pressure to the project. Camilla, who runs her own company ARCHITECTURE: Ventures, says: “The house, Mount Pleasant, was a total wreck, damp up to shoulder height and the back of the old section of the house, dating back to the 1600s, was collapsing at the corner due to water undermining the sand on clay ground. “It was very much a heart over head decision, but we could see its true potential.” The couple started serious work on the house in 2016, and quickly 46 | It’s beautiful

realised the scale of the task ahead of them - especially with a young family to look after. “It was a huge project and we lived in the house throughout the build with our three young boys, aged three and under,” Camilla says. “The build started in November so we lived under a huge scaffold tent for nine months while the main structural work and re-roofing was completed. “I project managed the build and actually went into labour with our fourth, Tabitha, as the large rear windows were being fitted - it was an exciting day on two counts! “My husband Simon acted as the client and I took on my architect role - this gave me the stability to complete a personal project in a professional way. “The brief was simple, maximise the views and natural light, keep the scale of any extensions in keeping with the delicate proportions of the existing elm-beamed cottage, and include some ‘wow’ features. “Simon says the house exceeds expectations - so I’m pleased! We can’t quite believe how far it has come and are very proud we saved it from possible demolition.” Another project close to Camilla’s heart was for a client in Shrewsbury, who wanted more living space in

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Pictured: Representatives from care providers with Sophie Richards from Shropshire Partners in Care (bottom left) at the recruitment event.


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Friends, supporters and staff of Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin attended the launch of the Platinum Appeal at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Dementia and Loneliness Support Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin needs your help to reach an ambitious fundraising target of £150,000. The charity is focused on helping older people in the community. The Platinum Appeal, launched in November 2019, marks the 70th anniversary of the charity’s work and seeks to raise vital money for services. Ten years ago there were an estimated 110,000 older people in Shropshire, making up 24% of the population. By 2026 this will have risen to 28% and will rise to over a third in the next 10 to 15 years. The fundraising drive, which runs until November 2021, covers three main areas of service: Information & Advice, Dementia Support and Loneliness. Launching the appeal at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Heather Osborne, Chief Executive of Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin, said: “Loneliness is a huge issue in society today and our befriending service has been running since we started in 1950. “People tell us: ‘Many of us would be lost without people like you…’ and describe our services as a ‘life-saver.’ By supporting our Platinum Appeal

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and helping us reach our £150,000 target you will be helping the people who really need us.’ All money raised will go to Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin which is an independently funded local charity providing services for older people in the county. Heather Osborne added: “Last year we raised £3.25 million in benefits for older people and we estimate that 7,000 in the county are living with dementia. In addition to our 11 dementia support groups there is also a need for respite and support for carers so it’s crucial we expand those services. We are always looking at ways we can grow and develop and meet those needs.” Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin offers a range of services for older people in the county. These include: Information and Advice, Day Centres, dementia support, the Help at Home Service, volunteer befriending visitors, Home from Hospital services, Pub Clubs, Living Well activities, Benefits Advice, and Advocacy on behalf of older people. Last year over 100,000 volunteer hours were given to support older people. Follow on Twitter @AgeUK_STW - use the hash tags #AGEUKSTW70 and #PlatinumAppeal.


THE SKY’S THE LIMIT It takes a lot of nerve to jump out of a plane at 10,000 feet and skydive for charity, but Sally Raw-Rees did just that to raise money for Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin.

acted as our listening service and helped us find a way through. It was such a relief to have Age UK on board. It meant I had someone to talk to and the family got the help we needed.”

She decided to take the plunge after receiving what she describes as ‘amazing support’ from the charity who supported her family through a difficult time.

Sally believes that the older generation often struggle to ask for help, as self-sufficiency and pride can stop them picking up the phone.

Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin provides vital information and advice, advocacy and benefits guidance for older people and their families. Last year we claimed back £3.25 million in additional benefits - and fundraising activities like Sally’s skydive help us continue this important work. Sally, who works in estate management at an independent school in Cheshire, says, “They

‘There is help out there,’ she says. ‘And I’ve learnt that it’s important to take a deep breath and listen when an older person is telling you their problems. They are of a very different generation, and don’t always like to speak up.” Sally raised more than £900 for Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin when she performed a tandem skydive at Skydive Tilstock Freefall Club in Whitchurch.

If you’d like to learn more about how to fundraise so we can continue the vital work we do supporting older people across the region, call Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin on 01743 233123 or download our fundraising pack from the Age UK website at ageuk.org.uk/shropshireandtelford/

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Win a free cut and blow dry with Ashley Gamble Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Shropshire village of Shifnal, lies Ashley Gamble Hair and Beauty, the ultimate destination for glamour and relaxation. Combining high-end hairstyling with the latest beauty treatments, they offer bespoke solutions to suit your hair, skin and lifestyle. Using cutting edge techniques and exclusive organic brands, you’ll find a warm welcome in opulent surroundings. Ashley and Stephanie have been working together for more than 15 years and understand exactly how to create the perfect salon experience. Over the last three years, their reputation has grown along with their team. Come in, unwind and let them transform you. Making clients look and feel great every day is Ashley’s key motivation and explains why so many travel far and wide for an appointment. He understands that your hair is one of your most important beauty assets and works hard to achieve stunning results. From the perfect blow dry, to a brand new look, every salon experience leaves clients feeling fantastic. It’s no wonder they’ve caught the attention of Vogue’s prestigious salon guide. To be in with a chance of winning, send us the answer to this question: In which village will you find the Ashley Gamble salon?

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Classic Ibiza, in association with San Miguel, is returning to Weston Park on Saturday 18 July 2020 with its heady blend of Balearic beats. Tickets are likely to sell-out long in advance, so it’s advisable to get them now if you don’t want to miss this unforgettable evening. The concert will once again take the crowd on a magical rollercoaster ride of iconic dance tracks, reinvented by an orchestra that have worked with the very best in the industry, including Groove Armada, Nightmares On Wax and Robert Miles. A symphony for your senses, Classic Ibiza is a concert of two halves for all age groups. The atmosphere in the first half is similar to the White Isle’s iconic chill-out bars, with the music reaching a crescendo in the second half as night falls and the grounds of Weston Park turn into an alfresco nightclub with accompanying lasers. Expect tracks from the likes of Massive Attack and Moby, to The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers. Tickets and information: Visit: www.classicibiza.co.uk; Facebook: @ClassicIbiza; Call: 01283 841601 To win a family tickets for two adults and two children ( aged between 5-17), just tell us which Balearic island this concert is inspired by.

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