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It’s nearly Christmas and can you believe it! This month, we’ve had the pleasure of capturing some seasonal cheer from members of the community. We had the low down on the local Jiu Jitsu club (p.33) and the Christmas pantomime (p. 36). If you’re considering getting ﬁt in the new year, visit page 16 and we have lots of festive inspiration throughout to get you in the party mood. We would like to thank all our contributors, advertisers and readers for their support throughout 2023. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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Santa steams in for Christmas treat Santa will once again make Christmas magic on Cambrian Heritage Railways, taking time away from his busy schedule to board the much loved ‘Santa Express’. ‘Santa Specials’ will depart Oswestry station for Weston Wharf on speciﬁc dates in December when passengers of all ages can enjoy a vintage train ride and visit Santa and friends in his grotto. A present for every child from the great man himself will be the perfect seasonal highlight. Festive refreshments and entertainment will also be on offer as the railway eases everyone into the spirit of Christmas. Gearing up for the festivities, Cambrian Heritage Railways General Manager, Andy Green said, “This is a magical time of year and everyone at Cambrian Heritage Railways is delighted that Santa has chosen to make several appearances throughout December.
CHR Volunteer Harrison Gillham alongside Santa Helper David Roberts gearing up for the Cambrian Santa Specials.
“We all know how busy Santa is at this time of year, so having him visit us before the big day is going to be an enjoyable experience for new customers and those who have made it an annual Christmas celebration.” Due to a high-level of demand for tickets, customers are being asked to book early to avoid disappointment. To join Santa and his friends on a traditional festive railway journey with Cambrian Heritage Railways, see our website for details: www.cambrianrailways.com.
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First Responder Efﬁe wins national award
Angel caregiver Lani praised with award
A long-serving community ﬁrst responder who regularly deals with life-threatening medical emergencies along the WrexhamShropshire border, has been honoured with the highest award to an individual volunteer by the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Grandmother Eﬃe Cadwallader, from St Martins near Oswestry, has attended more than a thousand 999 incidents since she began volunteering with the service ﬁve years ago. Previously, she turned out to more than 3,000 emergencies during 15 years with a neighbouring ambulance service. Now she has been named ‘Community First Responder of the Year’ from a shortlist drawn up by the Welsh service’s awards committee, which considered hundreds of nominations put forward by the public on behalf of many of the 460 CFRs across Wales. At an awards ceremony in South Wales, Dr Brendan Lloyd, WAST’s executive medical director, commended Eﬃe for her “excellence in the pre-hospital ﬁeld where she has demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to her locality”. Eﬃe was unable to attend the ceremony and received the news of the prestigious accolade while celebrating a ’big birthday’ on holiday abroad with her family, including her seven-month-old grandson. “Hearing about it on my birthday was such a lovely surprise,” she said. “It really was the icing on the cake to complete a wonderful day with my family.” As a member of the Wrexham Rural Community First Responders group, Eﬃe covers a wide area of north-east Wales, stretching from Tregeiriog and Glynceiriog in the west, north as far as Penycae, Marchwiel and Overton and east to Broningon and Fenns Bank, occasionally crossing the border to the outskirts of Ellesmere.
Visiting Angels North Shropshire, based in Oswestry, has awarded its annual Angel Caregiver of the Year to staff member Lani MacDonald for her work during 2023. Nicky Goodall, Director of Visiting Angels North Shropshire, was delighted to have awarded the title to Lani and said she has become indispensable to the company. Nicky said, “Lani has been with us just over a year and was brand new to care when she found us. Lani originates from South Africa and lives in Oswestry with her husband. “Lani supports us in a full-time role, providing care to many clients with early starts, some late nights and weekends which are part of her weekly schedule. She works single and double handed care visits and goes above and beyond in everything that she does, often providing cover
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Mark and Nicky Goodall (left and right) with Lani MacDonald (centre)
with visits at short notice, adding to her already heavy schedule. “Lani also volunteers in the community at the local Hope House Hospice Shop. She continues to amaze us and blows us away with her care, dedication, kindness, enthusiasm, and compassion. An ambassador for VANS, she lives our mission every day.”
Visit a warm space at Qube Oswestry-based charity, Qube are working with Oswestry Town Council to initiate a ‘Warm Space’ project, which aims to support both the ﬁnancial and mental burdens of the cost of living, especially during the cold, winter months. Qube has been working on creating a warm and inviting area within their gallery space that people can visit to enjoy a warm, social setting and access a hot drink. They are providing starter packs to visitors, which offers them the means to create a piece of warmth that they can take home. These will include yarn and either a crochet hook or knitting needles so people can create anything from a blanket or scarf to a bobble hat or some mittens. The Qube team also plan to provide support with the cost of living, by creating informative noticeboards full of pamphlets, helpline advice, and other useful documents such as weekly shops for £20 which will all be useful to those who need guidance. Plans are also in place to seek the assistance of a trained mental health nurse who can provide advice on why socialising and ﬁnding a craft, such as knitting or crochet, is great for mental health and well-being. Gemma Manning-Bentley, Arts & Creativity Oﬃcer at Qube says about the project, “It’s a place where we hope the most vulnerable can make use of and feel comfortable during what we know are these tough times. We would be hugely grateful to anyone who can support us with donations of items such as yarn, crochet or knitting needles and pattern books.”
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Money raised for Gamekeepers Welfare Trust Last season, Yareal’s Llanforda Sporting Agency and their clients raised £1,415 for The Gamekeepers Welfare Trust, one of Yareal’s chosen charities. Steve Stringer came along from the Trust to receive the donation. “We are very grateful for the donation to the charity, which helps us continue our work in supporting the gamekeepers and their dependents. Thank you on behalf of the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust.” The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust supports people who are or were a gamekeeper, stalker, ghillie or in an associated occupation when they or a family member is diagnosed with a disease or condition.
Our very own talking news helps so many in the community – the ones who can’t read. Every week, the volunteers at OTN produce an audible version of local news. If you are thinking of ﬁnding a voluntary role, look no further than Oswestry Talking News – a local charity. There are lots of roles, with varying hours needed for each one. If you have skills in admin, IT, ﬁnance, marketing or management and want to help a local charity, this is for you. If you have a marketing, public speaking or sales background, would you enjoy promoting OTN to volunteers and clients who would beneﬁt from the weekly productions? The type of work involves all the behind-thescenes activity that keeps the project going and getting the weekly news out to people who need it. It’s a varied, exciting and rewarding charity to work for and contributes to the happiness and mental health of its listeners. If you would like to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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MAYOR’S MINUTES Councillor Olly Rose Christmas time is here again and Oswestry celebrates the season so well with events galore and a ﬁne layer of twinkling lights. Of course it was only recently that we celebrated winning the large town category at the Britain in Bloom National ﬁnals. Not only did we receive gold standard for the wonderful ﬂower displays but also for more sustainable planting and for the involvement of the many community groups and volunteers who helped to make our town look its best. It was heartwarming to see people of all ages take part. I also had the honour of collecting a national markets achievement award for small market for continued improvement and impressive occupancy rates. Our market has recently had quite a face lift and more improvements are to come. In my year so far I‘ve met so many wonderful people giving their time to improve things for people in very creative ways. I‘m really grateful to have been welcomed and it‘s been hugely interesting to have a window into so many organisations large and small. It‘s hard for busy groups to get their message out and to network with other groups that they could work alongside. The Town Council held an event recently to help voluntary and statutary groups network together and hopefully more of these can continue. If you feel your group could be better connected there is a local organisation aimed at helping with just that, contact community connectors at s.lanyon@ qube-oca.org.uk The many independant shops and market stalls in town help to give Oswestry its unique character and looking around the streets and snickle ways I’m pretty sure our christmas shopping can all be done locally supporting the traders to help our town continue to thrive. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a great New Year and I am sure all our thoughts are with those who are struggling locally, and of course for those facing the devastating conﬂicts going on in the world at present.
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A wonderful array of bespoke and locally produced gift items Derwen College-made jams and chutneys Derwen College-made Christmas cakes (pre-orders necessary) Bespoke, hand-picked hampers Beautiful Christmas cards that support our charity, only £3.50 for a pack of 10. • Fresh Christmas trees. We’ll even deliver if you live within a 5-mile radius! Prices start at £27. Our charming Orangery Restaurant will be serving Christmas lunches on Mondays to Fridays from 27 November to 15 December. And don’t forget our award-winning charity shop – The Vintage Advantage – for a selection of high quality clothing and more at a fraction of high street prices.
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Oswestry is the Blooming “Best Large Town” in Britain The annual RHS Best of Britain In Bloom awards took place in London on the 23 October. The town impressed the Heart of England judges so much last year that they put Oswestry through to the national finals, and Oswestry has won gold and category winner in the large town category. The result was announced to the public on the BBC’s One Show, which is watched by an estimated 3 million people. With the amazing support of Oswestry Town Council, many organisations and the work of all the volunteers, Oswestry really wowed the judges. The awards are organised by the RHS, The Royal Horticultural Society, which is the UK’s leading gardening charity. RHS Britain in Bloom inspires community groups in towns, cities, and villages to make positive changes to their local environment through horticultural, environmental and community action. The full list of nominees in the large town category were: Bonnie Blantyre, South Lanarkshire Coleraine, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Faversham in Bloom, Kent Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire Kendal, Cumbria Market Harborough, Leicestershire Oswestry, Shropshire Rawtenstall Civic Pride, Lancashire Truro in Bloom, Cornwall Wokingham, Berkshire
organisations, all working for the benefit of the town. The variety and number of these group, often volunteers, really impressed the judges as was the involvement of so many young people. In recent years the focus of In Bloom has shifted from “mainly horticultural” to “mainly community”, and that is something Oswestry does so well. Oswestry in Bloom also received a ‘Certificate of Achievement for Children and Young People’s Participation’. This is a priority for the group with various projects including the planting of 1500 sunflowers taking place this year. Chair of the Oswestry In Bloom volunteer committee, Natalie Bainbridge said, “It was beyond our wildest dreams to win. The award recognises all the hard work, dedication, and cooperation of so many people. From individual hanging baskets to big community projects, everything is part of Oswestry In Bloom. It is Oswestry as a town that has won, and we need to build on this success to continue to grow, involving more people.” Natalie added, “Oswestry In Bloom is now an established tradition in the town, and this year saw it win Gold (for the 16th year running) and Best Large Town (for the 2nd year running) in the “Heart of England In Bloom” competition. Britain In Bloom rules say we can’t go through to the national final for another 2 years, but we’ll be ready.” The more people who are involved, the better the results. Oswestry In Bloom is looking for more volunteers and participants, so have a look at their website to see how you can join: oswestryinbloom.wordpress.com The overall winner of Britain in Bloom was Newcastleunder-Lyme from the small city category, also from the Heart of England region.
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Kay Clark, RHS Community Development Manager said, “Across the UK, groups are enjoying the benefits gardening brings both to their local communities and their own wellbeing. These groups are also trailblazers, trialling innovative ways to tackle environmental issues and engage their wider communities in the most pressing challenges.” The RHS judges visited Oswestry in August and were given a whistlestop tour. As well as looking at the wonderful floral displays they met members of various Oswestry life
Health & Wellbeing
New Studio For Movement & Mental Health In Oswestry Two Oswestry health practitioners have launched The Soma Space, an innovative new studio for movement and mental health, located in the town’s Memorial Hall. Aiming to open this new space as a pop-up, the founders – Level 3 personal trainer Jo Hazell-Watkins and psychotherapist and author Kevin Braddock, will offer group and individual workshops combining exercise and mental health learning to benefit the community. This project builds on the work the duo have been doing in the town since January 2023 with their Soma Dynamic: Movement For Mental Health project, running weekly sessions and so far making over 150 combined physical and mental health interventions. Their project is now also registered as a CIC (Community Interest Company) and has received backing from Santander Bank and been supported by start-up consultancy Be A Better Fish and Martin & Jones Marketing. “The benefits of exercise on mental health are widely known
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today and promoted by the NHS but would-be participants may struggle to find ways to bring more movement into their lives, often finding typical gym experiences anxiety-inducing,” Jo and Kevin said. “In our workshops and sessions, we programme a range of exercises, tailored to individual abilities and include learning and group reflection to add to the experience. Participants tell us the space we create is welcoming and inclusive, and they leave feeling that they have worked on both their physical and mental health simultaneously.” The Soma Space is now based in its central Oswestry location and is the next phase in the project’s development. Personal Trainer Jo is one of only three trauma-informed weightlifting practitioners in the UK – a field in its infancy but one that is attracting serious academic interest today. Kevin, who grew up in Oswestry, returned to the town in January this year after
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Participants tell us the space we create is welcoming and inclusive, and they leave feeling that they have worked on both their physical and mental health simultaneously. qualifying as a psychotherapist during 2022 and being accepted on the BACP’s national register of counsellors. Kevin is also author of the book “Everything Begins With Asking For Help: An Honest Guide To Depression & Anxiety”, which won standout reviews and was featured in the national press. “We both know from personal experience the value of exercise of all forms on mental health and opening The Soma Space with the generous backing of friends, colleagues and local supporters is enabling us to serve the community at a time when physical and mental health have never been so important,” said Jo and Kevin. Follow the project on Instagram: @thesoma.space For more information visit www.thesoma.spacek and
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Oswestry BID, Oswestry Police & Street Rangers
Oswestry BID Update 2023 Oswestry BID, Oswestry Police and Street Rangers November saw the launch of Oswestry BID’s Street Rangers initiative, fully funded by Oswestry BID, and in partnership with West Mercia Police and Valley Security. This town centre service comes in response to a signiﬁcant increase in shoplifting and incidents of antisocial behaviour which has become a national issue, impacting towns across the country. The Street Ranger model has been successfully applied in many towns and cities. Oswestry BID are using best practice to guide the design of the service, and adding bespoke aspects tailored speciﬁcally to Oswestry town centre’s needs. Our shops and businesses in the town centre need practical support to handle these challenges with measures to strengthen and enhance the safety of staff and customers. BID Manager, Adele Nightingale, is looking forward to seeing the Street Rangers making a difference in the town centre, and believes the partnership with Oswestry police is vital in the endeavour. Adele said, “We’d like to thank Inspector Greenaway for partnering with BID in this initiative, to build strong operational relationships between the Street Rangers and West Mercia Police. This is a key foundation for the service to work well on the ground, and we really appreciate the insight and experience Inspector Greenaway brings to the project.” Inspector Greenaway of West Mercia Police said, “In recent months I have been invited to work with Oswestry BID on their Street Rangers project. Their drive and enthusiasm to bring this project to the town is extremely 22
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Street Rangers in training with Oswestry Police.
encouraging and the project will very much work with, and complement, the Local Policing Charter that guides the work my Safer Neighbourhood Team in Oswestry do. “Community Guardianship is to be encouraged and it is clear that the BID have those who live and work within the town at the forefront of their mind. I will ensure that my Safer Neighbourhood Team works closely with the Street Rangers in their continued efforts to safeguard their community from harm.” Oswestry’s Street Rangers will be a visible presence around the town, providing community engagement and playing a key role in the town’s security network. Focussed on reducing anti-social behaviour and crime in the town centre, the Street Rangers will work closely with Oswestry BID, West Mercia Police, Oswestry Town Council, Shropshire Council, and other partners, to bring a much-needed resource to town, keeping clear lines of communication with businesses, and contributing to the pro-active management of the town centre.
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Oswestry BID receiving Coach Friendly award from CPT
Oswestry opens new chapter on Coach Tourism A thriving visitor economy is vital to Oswestry’s overall town economy, and coaches play an essential role. Whilst Oswestry has long enjoyed seasonal coach visits, BID have set out to increase the frequency and regularity of coach visits to boost the footfall and income of local shops, cafes, businesses and organisations. To that end, Oswestry BID, with the assistance of Oswestry Town Council, have been working to achieve the recognised Coach Friendly Accreditation Status for the town, and on 9th November 2023, were awarded this accolade by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT). BID Manager, Adele Nightingale, is thrilled by the prize, and expects signiﬁcant economic beneﬁts over the coming years. “We’re so pleased to get this over the line. Oswestry is a wonderful town to visit and given the nearby towns and cities, we can expect to welcome many new visitors to enjoy everything we have to offer. A strong and sustainable local economy is the heartbeat of a town, and we see Coach Friendly Accreditation Status as a really positive step in support of that strategy.” Lee Lucks, Chairman of local tourism group, Oswestry Borderland Tourism, is pleased to hear of the award, and looking forward to welcoming more visitors to the town. “We are delighted that the town of Oswestry has been awarded Coach Friendly status,” said Lee. “We are always looking for ways to bring more visitors to our lovely town, and being known as a Coach Friendly Town will give us even more opportunities to showcase all the best of our friendly market town. With the Tourist Information Centre right next to where most coach parties are dropped off, we are looking forward to meeting visitors as soon as they arrive and being able to point them to all the great places to see in town.” The CPT sees the scheme as a way for a town’s businesses to increase their earning potential, improve air quality and reduce road traﬃc congestion very effectively. Having achieved Coach Friendly Status, the CPT will be informing their roster of Coach companies to put Oswestry ﬁrmly on their map for seasonal trips and day excursions.
A series of planned improvements to Church Street following issues during Covid of providing adequate space for pedestrians are reaching completion In summary, enhancements include extensions to pavements, street furniture with garden planters, seating, and a deﬁned one way system to signiﬁcantly improve safety. The extended walking areas have been coloured to blend with existing pavements. Our preference was to have red brick and York Stone to match what is already there, but this was not ﬁnancially viable and there were concerns about drainage too. One key upgrade has seen a clariﬁed marking of Disabled Bays and Loading Bays. This makes it clearer to drivers where parking is, and is not, permissible. In this regard, it is vitally important that drivers avoid parking in Loading Bays, unless actually loading or unloading, as this causes major issues for businesses receiving deliveries. We all need to support our High Street, and keeping Loading Bays clear for deliveries is a priority for our local businesses. We do hope the changes will make for a safer and even more attractive place to shop and dwell in town, and easier for businesses to operate.
Prospect of new Railway Connection beckons! BID were thrilled to see the announcement of the re-opening of the Oswestry to Gobowen line with connection to the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital and RJAH Veterans Orthopaedic Centre, serving veterans nationally. Our huge congratulations to Cambrian Heritage Railways and a host of dedicated volunteers who have worked for decades to keep the dream alive of reinstating the line. We’re also pleased as Oswestry BID to have played a supporting and lobbying role on the Working Group and Steering Committee, providing technical support when required, and engaging local MP’s. BID sees the reactivation of Oswestry’s railway as a catalyst for a new chapter of transport provision and economic growth in the town. Our thanks to every organisation and individual that has helped to support Cambrian Heritage Railways in bringing this about. Full steam ahead!
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Do not leave pets unsupervised around visitors or excited children because your pet may react unpredictably or aggressively. Provide your pet with a quiet, safe space to escape to. Offer a bowl of cold CHAMOMILE TEA or Bach Rescue Remedy in their water bowl to promote calmness and relaxation. Things to avoid • Leftovers and cooked bones: NEVER feed dogs cooked bones which can splinter and cause serious internal injuries. Also, do not feed leftovers e.g., stuﬃng, gravy and pigs in blankets because they are high in salt. Fatty foods can trigger Pancreatitis. • Foods containing Fruit and Nuts: Raisins, sultanas, currants and grapes are toxic. Seeds and nuts can pose a risk of choking, and macadamia nuts are a serious health hazard. • Alcohol • Rotting food: Keep food waste and any leftovers out of reach of a pet. Blue cheese and salt dough ornaments contain compounds that may cause a pet signiﬁcant illness. • Onions, garlic, potatoes: Diﬃcult to digest. • Sweet treats: Chocolate can be dangerous for pets but so can artiﬁcial sweeteners, including xylitol, which is found in chewing gum. • Food additives: Avoid food products containing edible glitter. This is often found in festive food and treats for reindeer, rabbits and dogs. • Wrappers, Tinsel and Decorations: If ingested, these can pose a serious risk and may lead to emergency surgery if eaten. • Plants: Be aware that the needles can penetrate a pet’s paw and cause infection or pain. Holly berries, mistletoe and poinsettia are toxic to pets. Lilies are also dangerous for cats. If you believe that your pet has been exposed to/has eaten something that could cause them serious health issues, SEE YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY! Wishing you and your pets a peaceful and healthy festive time. Rebecca Evans of Knowing Noses Botanical Self-healing for Animals firstname.lastname@example.org
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Party perfection Foolproof, stress-free and budgetfriendly make-up ideas to turn heads this Christmas… A ﬂawless base is as much about skincare as it is about cosmetics. Use a gentle exfoliator and face mask the night before your Christmas party. Before the party, prep your skin with a hydrating serum. Beauty Pie’s Japanfusion Genius Lift Elixir (from £14 at www.beautypie.com) is ideal. Follow with your usual moisturiser.
Take your foundation up a notch by blending it with e.l.f.’s Halo Glow Liquid Filter (www.elfcosmetics. co.uk). This adds a soft, naturallooking radiance to your skin. Choose from 12 shades to match your skin tone, or pick a lighter shade to use as a highlighter. Dewy skin is expected to be a key trend for 2024, so this is £14 well spent.
Next up, eyes. If you can’t have a bit of fun with your make-up at Christmas, when can you? In other words, go bold or go glittery. Is statement eyeshadow tricky to apply? Try KIKO Milano’s Create Your Balance Gaze Deﬁning Eyeshadow Duo (£13.99, www.kikocosmetics.co.uk). Sweep the matte shade across your lids, then follow with the glitter shade in the crease of your eye, along the lash line or above your eye (the choice is yours).
Not a fan of glitter? Bobbi Brown has you covered. Its Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow Sticks are a breeze to apply and will stay put for the whole evening. Even better, you can get two mini Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks (in Golden Pink and Dusty Mauve) plus a mini Smokey Eye Mascara as a set for £29.50 at the moment. Each shade works well on its own, or you can blend them for extra deﬁnition. The set is supposed to be for gifting, but it’s also the perfect size for popping in a handbag if you plan to get ready at the oﬃce.
When it comes to brows, there are a multitude of trends this winter, from rainbow to bleached and skinny to textured. So, our advice is to go with what suits you. You can’t go wrong by lightly accentuating your eyebrows with a pencil one shade darker than your natural brows.
If the winter chill has left your lips feeling dry, mix half a teaspoon of sugar with a dash of olive oil to make a homemade lip scrub. Follow with a hydrating lipstick. 3INA’s Longwear Lipstick goes on like a gloss, containing hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump lips. But, unlike a lip gloss, this one dries to an on-trend matte ﬁnish and lasts for several hours, even when you’re eating, drinking or puckering up under the mistletoe.
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Party in S t yl e This Christmas, the fashion scene has taken a more stylish turn. With a touch of gold or silver hardware added to accessories, you can turn up the glam. Adding a faux fur coat or one with a twist will really get your friend’s attention when you walk into the party! Try these for inspiration.
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LJ AESTHETICS is an advanced practioner led aesthetics clinic based in the beautiful Salon XV in Oswestry run by Lucy Jones. Although LJ AESTHETICS is new to the XV Beauty team Lucy has over 20 years’ experience in the beauty industry. Lucy offers an array of aesthetic and well-being treatments including non-surgical facial injectables including dermal ﬁllers, laser hair removal, Million Dollar facials and the newest Lemon Bottle fat dissolving injections.
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The day of the week your recycling and waste is collected will change over the festive period.
Revised collection day
Usual collection day Monday
25 December 2023
23 December 2023
26 December 2023
27 December 2023
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28 December 2023
28 December 2023
29 December 2023
29 December 2023
30 December 2023
Red = earlier collection Blue = later collection These changes start Saturday 23rd December 2023 and end on Saturday 6th Jan 2024. Collections will return to normal from Monday 8th January 2024. Household Recycling Centres are open 9am-5pm daily, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day when they are closed.
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Martial Art for All Feeling your same weekly routine at the gym isn’t challenging anymore and you’re not progressing the way you want to? Or maybe, as a woman you don’t feel as confident walking home from work now the clocks have gone back and it’s dark earlier? Well, Oswestry has its very own Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy. A martial art that is both great for fitness (mind and body) and is also taught to women for self-defence. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport based on grappling, ground fighting and submission holds. The history of the combat art suggests it was the fighting art of the Samurai and developed because their armour was heavy and restricting. The subsequent throws, locks and chokes made it possible for the Samurai to fight and defend themselves. Based on the Radford Fields Industrial Estate, the Oswestry academy was opened back in 2019 by black belt Karl Franks. Karl is a black belt under Jason Tan of the MMA Academy Liverpool. Karl explained how the academy came about. “I started the club at Activ8 gym with seven students on the mat, now we have over 100 members ages ranging from 4 - 64 years old. “We recently opened our brand-new facility and expanded the team to kids, woman’s self-defence, free style, Graeco-Roman wrestling and kickboxing. We teach freestyle wrestling, taken by coach Al Taylor who has close ties to Wolverhampton wrestling club, one of the most successful clubs in uk. We also work with local sports teams like the TNS foundation for troubled teens and put on team grappling classes. We have people joining from all walks of life and professions. This is what makes jiu-jitsu great because everybody is treated equally on the mat.” The goal at OJJA is to help people live a healthy lifestyle and be involved with a strong community. “Most of the participants bring kids and other family members to train and have a great time in a fun and safe environment,” Karl explained. Jiu-Jitsu has the power to transform, not only your body, but also your mindset. It can help you develop a resilient mindset, that never gives up, faces challenges with determination and courage, control your fears and overcomes obstacles both on and off the mats. Here’s somewhere you can gain confidence in your abilities and surpass your own expectations. The academy has had students with cancer using Jiu-Jitsu as a tool to stay strong during treatment. Karl is very focused on the kids team and feels that by building a strong programme for them, the academy will help the area by giving children positive active role models and fight against sedentary lifestyles, drugs and crime. Whether you are an experienced practitioner or beginner, Jiu-Jitsu has the power to transform your mindset and lead to new achievements and success. Karl welcomes you to train with him at Oswestry Jiu-Jitsu Academy! Find more information on Instagram @oswjja or follow on Facebook @OswestryJiu-JitsuAcademy Oswestry life
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Affordable Theatre for Everyone Visiting the theatre in one of our surrounding towns or cities, can be an expensive day out. Especially if you have a family – ticket prices have soared in recent years and add to that the cost of travel, food and other expenses for a day out. High costs were one of the major reasons why the not-for-profit Borderland Theatre group was created. Some families just don’t have access to theatre simply because of the expense. One of the group’s Directors, Danielle Edwards, explained how the message behind the club was brought about. “We realised that alongside soaring costs for theatre tickets and travel, there wasn’t actually any musical theatre in the area with community outreach. By that I mean, making theatre accessible for everyone – children and adults. “We work within the community by attending events like the Oswestry Christmas lights switch on. We also have workshops in schools planned, which opens up the concept of theatre to young people should they have not experienced it. We have found that quite a few members
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of the group are parents and grandparents, so the drive is very much about family and community.” The excitement is certainly building for the Christmas period and Borderland Theatre have created their Christmas pantomime – Aladdin, which runs Saturday 2 December and Sunday 3 December. Danielle said, “The pantomime has all the classical bits you would expect and it’s a full-length experience with songs and dancing. We also decided to include some traditional elements like the song “If I were not in pantomime”. Borderland Theatre currently holds free rehearsals in Welshpool with all events being held in Oswestry. Although a distance from town, finding a free location to practice has been tricky and a compromise. The Christmas pantomime is coinciding with other town Christmas events, and Danielle is thankful how supportive Oswestry Town Council have been. “The other director and I are young mums and we both understand the pressures of family life. We have been able to connect with local businesses to source local products we need. So far we have been supported through our own fundraising events and through grants from Oswestry Town Council and The Rotary Club, and we are so grateful,” Danielle explained. I think you’ll agree, this is a valuable initiative for Oswestry, with the benefits covering the whole community. A Christmas pantomime on your doorstep – what better way to start the Christmas celebrations! If you want to get involved in the theatre group, find them on Facebook @ BorderlandTheatre
Culture BOOK REVIEW – EDITOR’S CHOICE
FILM OF THE MONTH
A Golden Summer in Llanfyllin By Richard Kretchmer
AVAILABLE TO RENT OR BUY If you want to watch a Christmas ﬁlm where the yuletide season brings out the best in everyone and people learn lessons, in the process becoming better people, there are plenty available. If you want to watch a razor-sharp comedy drama set over the festive season where no one learns any lessons and everyone stays as venal and selﬁsh as they started, this is the one for you. 1999’s ‘Go’ sees a cast of vaguely familiar faces (including a young Katie Holmes) getting in over their heads, doubling down, making bad decisions at every opportunity and just about making it through Christmas in one piece, in most cases anyway. It’s a fun pulsating ﬁlm that never stands still, constantly moving from scene to scene and character to character. Focused on a seemingly disparate group of people whose lives connect in surprising ways, it’s clearly inﬂuenced by the likes of ‘Pulp Fiction’, though escapes its debts with a great sense of style and momentum. The ﬁlm ﬂopped on release but has deservedly earned a reputation as an overlooked Tarantinoesque crime caper. Supermarket clerk Ronna arranges to buy some drugs to head off her impending eviction, setting off a chain of events that takes in talking cats, car crashes, cops making multi-level marketing pitches to TV stars, stag do’s gone awry and much much more. The joy with ﬁlms like this is the way they bring together every strand of the story by the end, and ‘Go’ does it joyously. It’s a little dated at times, and a little rough around the edges, but as an antidote to Xmas excess it’s a blast. Director Doug Liman went on to great success with the ﬁrst Jason Bourne ﬁlm and the Tom Cruise collaborations ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ and ‘American Made’, but this early work holds its own among them, and that’s saying something. By Michael Hudson 38
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What do a house clearance, a set of lantern slides and a Llanfyllin shopkeeper have in common? The skilfully hand-tinted slides were found in Llanfyllin, providing the ﬁrst colour photographs of the town, long before colour ﬁlm existed. The shopkeeper, John Ellis Jones, son of a ‘Bootmaker & Dealer’ in Leg Street in Oswestry, was a commercial traveller working in London. He met Laura Buckley, a dressmaker from Birmingham, they married and moved to Llanfyllin. There they sold boots and shoes at Globe House on the High Street. This book will be a wonderful present for anyone who wants to read an extraordinary story and see the world as it looked over a century ago. Available, priced £16.95, from ‘Daisy Blue’ on Llanfyllin’s town square, Llanfyllin Library or from Pauline Page-Jones, email pauline@page-jones. com or call 07989 766220.
Christmas Eve By Dave Andrews All’s quiet now, the family’s asleep this Christmas Eve. By our tree the gifts Gold, Frankincense and Merlot! One more drink, one more chunk of Toblerone, then I slowly rise to put the house to bed. On the mantelpiece I spot my optimistic auntie’s card, the same she sends each year, Madonna and Child, proclaiming ‘Peace on Earth,’ ‘Hosanna’ no one hears, Tonight the Holy Land’s awash with tears.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol was ﬁrst published in 1843 and was an overnight success. It follows the fortune of miserly, penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge who views Christmas as ‘humbug’.
Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien
Every December, an envelope from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in strange spidery handwriting, and a beautifully coloured drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas…
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding – Poirot
Agatha Christie’s seasonal Poirot and Marple short story collection. First, a sinister warning to Poirot not to eat any plum pudding… ending with the puzzle of the victim who dreamt his own suicide. What links this series of baﬄing cases? Poirot, of course!
The Haunting Season – featuring eight best-selling authors
From a bustling Covent Garden Christmas market and the frosty moors of Yorkshire to a London mansion where a beautiful girl lies frozen in death, eight best-selling authors bring you a spine-chilling wintry collection of ghostly and Gothic tales.
We Wish You A Merry Christmas and Other Festive Poems by Chris Riddell The perfect stocking ﬁller for poetry lovers of all ages. It includes The Night Before Christmas, The Twelve Days of Christmas, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and new seasonal verse.
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Join us for our Christmas Services at the Parish Church of St. Oswald,Oswestry Sunday 3rd December at 6.30pm
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all your favourite carols sung by our fine cathedral quality choir. if you can’t get to King’s College Cambridge then Oswestry is the place to be Christmas eve Sunday 24th December 10.30am PariSh euChariSt 4.00pm nativity ServiCe a service especially designed for young children 11.30pm MiDnight MaSS Monday 25th December at 10.30am
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The Rotary Club of Oswestry’s Tree of Light Appeal 2023 The Oswestry Rotary Club Tree of Light Appeal once again seeks to raise much needed funds for local groups and charities this Christmas time. On Friday 17 November, everyone was invited to join in the Switch On of the Christmas lights on Festival Square by Oswestry Town Mayor Cllr Olly Rose with the help of The Marches School Choir With the effects of the cost-ofliving crisis, for smaller charities, a Tree of Light donation can form a significant part of their annual income. This year’s headline group is Oswestry’s own OsNosh, supporting and growing the community through food while funds will also be raised for SYA, Severn Hospice, Lingen Davies and the Marches Riding for the Disabled. Santa and his elf helper, bearing some small gifts for the children, was mingling with the crowds to have photos taken with the onlookers! But how can you make a donation? You can make a donation by texting TREEOFLIGHT to 70085. Each text costs £5 plus one standard rate message and donors are able to add 25% Gift Aid to their donation during the process, or via the JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/campaign/ oswestrytreeoflight2023 Traditional giving by cheque is also possible by completing the sponsor form printed here, where a dedication to remember a significant event can be made, returning it to the address shown. A Book of Remembrance will be kept for all dedications which will be displayed in Oswestry Library. The appeal closes on Twelfth Night.
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Potted Smoked Salmon
This is the perfect starter for the lunch on the big day – you can make it the night before and the recipe will easily double up if you are feeding a crowd at Christmas! Serves 6 Ready in 30 minutes plus chilling time Ingredients • 275g honey roast salmon ﬂakes • 250g smoked salmon slices, chopped • 100g unsalted butter, softened • 125g full-fat soft cheese • 2 tsp creamed horseradish • 1 tbsp lemon juice • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • Fresh dill sprigs and green peppercorns, to garnish • Slices of toasted brown or granary bread, to serve
Method 1. Reserve about 25g of the salmon ﬂakes for garnish (cover and chill in the fridge until required). 2. Place the rest of the salmon ﬂakes in a food processor with the smoked salmon, butter, soft cheese, horseradish and lemon juice. Process until smooth and creamy. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper and process for a further few seconds. 3. Divide the mixture between 6 small ramekin dishes and level the surface. Cover and chill in the fridge until required. Garnish with the rest of the salmon ﬂakes, dill sprigs and green peppercorns. Serve with toasted brown or granary bread. 4. Most supermarkets sell packs of ready-ﬂaked honey roast salmon but if unavailable just buy ready-cooked smoked salmon ﬁllets and roughly ﬂake the ﬁsh, discarding any skin and ﬁne bones.
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It’s only relatively recently that we have had year-round availability of fresh produce. But more than any other time of year, Christmas is when we love tradition and these are some of our favourites.
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CHESTNUTS Although you probably won’t be roasting your chestnuts on an open ﬁre as the song goes, they make a regular appearance at Christmas. They bring a caramelised nutty ﬂavour to sprouts, Christmas puddings, turkey stuﬃng, desserts and more. Unlike other nuts, chestnuts have a high starch and water content but low protein and fat levels.
BRUSSEL SPROUTS Some love them, others think they are a form of punishment! But Brussel sprouts peak in popularity in December. Part of the problem for the haters is the perception that sprouts are very bitter, but British farmers have modiﬁed their crops to ensure most varieties they grow now are sweeter and milder – maybe this year it’s time to give them a second chance.
CRANBERRIES Turkey without cranberry sauce? Unheard of! Most people buy the ready-made sauce in jars for their meal, but you could try making your own. Otherwise cranberries can be swapped for raisins, used in bread pudding, or the feature ingredient in sweet baked breads and cakes.
SATSUMAS AND TANGERINES Bright citrus fruits bring fresh colour to the table in winter and satsumas and tangerines are at their seasonal peak in early winter, albeit we don’t typically grow them in the UK.
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Slow-cooked Golden Turkey Legs Making use of leftover turkey can be quite a challenge. This dish is perfect for feeding a crowd – and the slow cooking takes the rich, dark meat of the turkey legs to another level. Serves 8 Preparation time 25-30 minutes Cooking time 2.5-3 hours Ingredients • 50g butter • 3 tbsp rapeseed oil • Sea salt and black pepper • 8 small (around 600g each) Golden Turkey drumsticks • 2 large onions, peeled and diced • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed • 8 sprigs fresh thyme • 2 bay leaves • 500ml Madeira wine • 1.5 litres chicken or turkey stock • 150g smoked bacon lardons • 250g wild mushrooms, wiped • 150ml double cream • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard • 1-2 tbsp white truﬄe paste • 250g Chantenay carrots, roasted
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Method 1. Preheat the oven to 130°C / fan 110°C / gas mark ½. 2. Place 40g of the butter and 2 tbsp of the oil into a large, lidded, ovenproof pan and heat gently. Season the turkey drumsticks and, in batches, place them skin-side down in the pan. Cook slowly until the skin starts to crisp and turn golden brown. Turn the turkey drumsticks over and repeat on the other side. Remove from the pan and set aside. 3. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook slowly over low heat until they start to go slightly brown. Remove any excess fat from the pan and return the drumsticks to the pan, together with the thyme and bay leaves. Add the Madeira wine, bring to the boil and reduce until it starts to glaze the meat. Add 1 litre of stock to the pan and bring to the boil again. 4. Place a tight-ﬁtting lid on the pan and cook in the preheated oven for around 2½-3 hours until the meat starts to come away from the bone. 5. Meanwhile, fry the lardons in the remaining oil. Remove from the pan and then fry the mushrooms in the same pan until lightly coloured. Return the lardons to the pan and remove from the heat. 6. Now, make the sauce: place the remaining stock in a pan and boil until it reduces to approximately 200ml. Add the double cream and bring to the boil again. Stir in the mustard and remove from the heat. 7. When cooked, remove the turkey from the oven. Take the legs out of the pan and set aside. Pass the braising liquid from the turkey legs through a ﬁne sieve. Place the liquid in a pan with the remaining butter and reduce the liquid down to a light glaze. Add the truﬄe paste and set aside. 8. To serve, place the turkey legs on a serving dish, cover in the truﬄe liquid, and top with the mushrooms, lardons and roasted Chantenay carrots. Serve with the mustard sauce separately. Oswestry life
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Vegan Christmas cake
Whether you’re reducing your meat intake or catering for plant-based friends and family over the festive holiday, this classic-turned-vegan is the perfect centrepiece. Serves 10-12 Preparation time about an hour Cooking time 1-1.5 hours Ingredients • 250g vegan butter or coconut oil, plus extra for greasing • 175g soft light brown sugar • Finely grated zest of 2 oranges and juice of 1 • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon (reserve 1 tbsp juice for the icing) • 150ml rum or brandy, plus extra (optional) for feeding • 875g mixed dried fruit of your choice, such as sultanas, raisins, currants, cranberries and chopped figs and apricots • 100g chopped candied peel • 175 g plain flour • 125g ground almonds • 1 tsp baking powder • ¼ tsp salt • 2 tsp ground cinnamon • ¾ tsp ground ginger • ½ tsp ground mace • ¼ tsp ground cloves • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg • 225g apple purée For the icing • 625g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting • 75ml aquafaba • 1 tbsp lemon juice • 4 tbsp apricot jam • 500g vegan marzipan Recipe extracted from A Very Vegan Christmas by Sam Dixon, published by Hamlyn, priced £16.99, with photography by Charlotte Nott-Macaire.
Method 1. Preheat the oven to 160°C / fan 140°C / gas mark 3. Grease a deep 20cm round cake tin and line with non-stick baking paper. 2. Melt the vegan butter or coconut oil in a saucepan along with the brown sugar, citrus zest and juice, and rum or brandy (if using). Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat. 3. Add the dried fruit and candied peel to a large bowl, pour over the vegan butter/coconut oil mixture, and stir well. 4. Whisk together the flour, ground almonds, baking powder, salt and spices in a separate bowl. Mix the apple purée into the dried fruit mixture, then fold in the flour mixture until just combined. 5. Pour the cake batter into the lined tin, smooth the surface with a spatula and bake for 1½ hours. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool completely in the tin. Once cooled, pierce holes all over the top of the cake with a skewer, drizzle over 2 tbsp rum or brandy, and let it soak in. Make sure the surface is fully dry before decorating. 6. When you are ready to decorate, whisk together the icing sugar, aquafaba and lemon juice in a large bowl until you have a stiff and glossy icing. Cover with clingfilm until needed. 7. Heat the apricot jam in a small pan, then brush over the top and sides of the cake. 8. Roll out the marzipan into a rough circle about 2.5mm thick on a work surface lightly dusted with icing sugar. Lay it over the cake and gently smooth it onto the top and down around the sides, so that there is no air trapped inside. Neaten by smoothing over with the flat of your palm or the rolling pin and trim away any excess. 9. Spread over the icing in swoops and flicks to look like snow using a spatula or the back of a spoon. Let the icing set completely for a few hours before cutting. Decorate with frosted redcurrants and rosemary sprigs (if liked). Oswestry life
thetap Nightclub Returns Exciting news for all the partygoers and nightlife enthusiasts in Oswestry! The Gibsons nightclub is undergoing a transformation and will soon be reborn as RO-LOz, a vibrant bar and nightclub. Get ready to experience a whole new level of entertainment and dining options right in the heart of town. Starting from the crack of dawn, RO-LOz will be opening its doors every morning to serve you delicious breakfasts. Whether you’re looking for a hearty full English or a lighter continental option, we’ve got you covered. But the excitement doesn’t end there. We will also be offering a range of mouth-watering lunches and pub classics for those looking for a midday treat. From juicy burgers to comforting fish and chips, the menu will cater to all tastes and preferences. And now, drumroll please, we are thrilled to announce the return of draught lager! There’s nothing quite like sipping on a cold, refreshing pint of lager, and we’re bringing it back to RO-LOz. So gather your friends, raise your glasses, and let the good times flow. As the sun sets, RO-LOz will transform into a pulsating nightclub on Friday and Saturday nights. Get ready to dance the night away to the beats of some of the best local and national DJs. With a stateof-the-art sound system and a vibrant atmosphere, we guarantee an unforgettable night out. From tribute evenings that celebrate your favourite artists, to lively line dancing sessions that will get your boots tapping, there’s something for everyone. If you’re feeling lucky, join us for a thrilling game of bingo and see if you can shout “house!” before anyone else. So, keep your eyes peeled and your calendars ready because RO-LOz is about to become the hottest spot in town. We can’t wait to welcome you to our new bar and nightclub, where great food, fantastic drinks, and unforgettable experiences await.
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Christmas Spirit Emma Glynn, one of the UK’s few female distillers and director of The Shropshire Distillery, is urging people to buy locally this Christmas. She said, “It’s been a really bumpy few years for small businesses with Covid-19, energy hikes, soaring interest rates, and inﬂation. Most recently, spirit producers like us have been hit with alcohol duty hikes. So this Christmas, please support local Shropshire businesses like ours to keep them thriving.” The Shropshire Distillery has an online shop and will be introducing a click-and-collect option in time for Christmas gift buying. “We are bringing back our two limited edition Christmas gins - Cranberry and Clementine, and Frankincense and Myrrh – which are available to buy online along with our award-winning gins, liqueurs, and new vodka. You can also purchase gift vouchers for our distillery experiences – the gin tasting, tour and talk package, the gin school experience, and our new cocktail masterclass.” Ellesmere’s small batch distillery has received a lot of recognition this year, having been named as aa ﬁnalist for Brewery/Distillery of the Year at the Midlands Food Drink & Hospitality Awards 2023, scooping the award for ‘Best Small Business’ at the Shropshire Chamber Business Awards in June, and receiving a Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award this year. The Shropshire Distillery has recently been announced as one of three ﬁnalists for ‘Experience of the Year’ at the West Midlands Tourism Awards 2024. The winner will be announced early next year. To purchase their products, gift vouchers or experiences visit www.theshropshiredistillery.co.uk. Oswestry life
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Be Winter-ready with Herbal Remedies With the nights drawing in and the change in the weather, we are all familiar with the approach of winter. For some it could mean the familiar winter cold, an increase in aches and pains due to cold and damp or a slump in mood for many. The harvest season brings us a cornucopia of wonderful things for us to preserve and use throughout the winter months. Just a few simple remedies out of the kitchen cupboard can be simple and helpful. Even our spice racks can hold some untapped secrets. In days gone by, every household made and used their own remedies from the garden ad hedgerow, but everyone is so busy now, we are out of the habit and losing the knowledge.
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Sing yourself well! Research confirms singing can bring improvements in breathing, speech and posture, circulation, reduced pain levels and increased sense of well-being. There are also benefits from social connections and a greater sense of community, cognitive stimulation and mental health improvements! singing for memory sessions take place at Oswestry Library once a month on Wednesdays – contact to book. There are also Singing for the Brain, Choir for the Mind and Community singing sessions around the county so check out www.alzheimers.org. uk/find-support-near-you for more details. If you fancy belting out a few songs, try the Shrewsbury based Rock Choir. Call 01252 714276 or visit www.rockchoir.com. OsRocks choir singing alternative music, rock and pop at www.hermon-arts.org.uk on a Tuesday 7.30pm - 9.00pm, email email@example.com . Oswestry in Harmony meets Tuesday mornings, 10.30am - 12.15pm. Oswestry Cricket Club for mostly al fresco sessions! Contact Roxane Smith, email Roxane@ roxis.co.uk or call 01743 368362 for more information (sessions in Shrewsbury and Welshpool too). Even listening to music can have a host of health boosting benefits such as: improvements in blood flow and a reduction in heart rate which will lower blood pressure. It decreases stress hormones and increases serotonin, dopamine and endorphin levels in the blood that elevate your mood and act as natural painkillers. So, whether you enjoy singing in the shower, with a choir or listening to heavy metal in the car, music can literally heal your body mind and soul! There is a plethora of music venues in and around Oswestry and with Christmas coming up there are plenty of carol singing opportunities too: Choirs Connect Together, 10 Dec at 5pm - Os Rocks, Orthopaedic Ladies Choir and Orthopaedic Male Voice Choir come together for one special night in aid of Connect for Life and The Rheumatology Association. Tickets can be purchased from choir members, Rowanthorns or at the door. Carols with Cantiones, 9 Dec at 3.30pm, Christ Church. Visit www.cantiones.org.uk Voices from the Valley Fron Male Voice Choir, 9 Dec at 7.00pm, St Oswalds Church. Visit www.wegottickets.com/event/597741 Have a happy healthy month Claire arnold The Meadows osTeopaTh CliniC
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Aico to celebrate exceptional Apprentices across the British Electrical Industry Aico is delighted to launch the Apprentice of the Year Award for 2024. The award has been established to honour the brightest talents within the electrical industry. Education is a fundamental principle for Aico; we firmly believe that providing future installers with industry knowledge and expertise is vital to creating safer communities. Aico has introduced this new award to applaud the remarkable accomplishments made by future professionals within our industry. In his statement, Aico’s National Sales Manager, Tony Boyle, emphasised the purpose of the Apprentice of the Year award. “Our Apprentice of the Year award aims to recognise outstanding apprentices who not only have excellent technical skills but are role models for others in our industry. The electrical professionals of tomorrow are so important to our industry, and we aim to highlight and celebrate their success.”
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Tragic death of baby girl was avoidable, rules coroner The ﬁnding from a coroner that the death of a baby girl just hours after being born in a Shropshire hospital was entirely avoidable has shaken the conﬁdence of the community once more. That’s the view of Laura Weir, the clinical negligence expert who represented the family of Poppy Russell following her death in April 2021 due to a midwife at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, failing to properly monitor her heart during labour. Laura Weir, associate solicitor at Oswestry-based law ﬁrm Lanyon Bowdler, said the ﬁnding from Shropshire coroner John Ellery that Poppy’s death was preventable was incredibly diﬃcult for her parents to hear. She said, “A ﬁnding of neglect such as this is always bittersweet. Whilst I am pleased that we are one step closer to gaining justice for Poppy and her family, the painful fact remains that another baby died unnecessarily at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. “Here we have seen a failing in the most fundamental
element of midwifery care - monitoring the baby’s heartbeat during labour. “Poppy’s death will inevitably shake our community again. The way the Trust responds to Mr Ellery’s ﬁndings will dictate public opinion and whether we can ever feel safe with our local maternity provision. “We wish to add our voice to the call for a national inquiry into the safety of maternity care in the UK and implore Steve Barclay, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, to take this much needed step.” Poppy’s parents, Neil and Katie Russell, said, “We are heartened that Mr Ellery has reached the conclusion that we have long known. Despite the draft Ockenden Report being published 6 months prior to our daughter Poppy’s birth, her death was utterly avoidable had the report’s recommendations been implemented. “Throughout the process, the Trust has blamed us. This is unforgivable and we hope the coroner’s ﬁnding of neglect makes them reﬂect on the way the trust tried to hold us accountable for Poppy’s death. “We have witnessed ﬁrst-hand the cultural shortcomings found by the Ockenden review and we will continue to campaign for change.”
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Get your Self-Assessment Tax Return ticked off your Christmas list The deadline for online submission of selfassessment tax returns for tax year 2022/23 is 31 January 2024. This applies to individuals who are selfemployed, partnerships, shareholders in receipt of dividends in excess of £2,000, directors and those with rental income to name Emma Williams B.A. (Hons). F.C.C.A - Client Manager a few. HMRC issue penalties for late submission of self-assessment tax returns, even where there is no tax liability or the tax due was paid on time. Penalties increase further if a tax return becomes more than 3 months overdue with daily penalties increasing to a maximum of £1,300 plus the potential for tax-geared penalties ranging from 5% to 100% of the tax liability in more serious cases. If you require any assistance with the preparation
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Fireworks through the lens of Graham Mitchell
4 November saw a first this year. Not only was the event held in Cae Glas park for the first time but the fireworks were also low noise. The type of display is different, as the choice of firework moves away from rockets and mines to the less noisy. You don’t get the big flower bursts, so this presents the photographer with new challenges too.
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Place a small treat inside each of the differently sized eco-cotton bags for a little bit of magic every December morning. Ferm Living Christmas Countdown – 24 bags, £95, roseandgrey.co.uk.
ADVENT CALENDAR Add a personal touch to your Christmas countdown with a reﬁllable Advent calendar. Fill the drawers of this cute decoration with gifts of your choosing. Wooden Advent calendar, £32, shop.nationaltrust.org.uk.
Create a festive family tradition – in your own style • Everlasting Advent calendars can be reused (or remade) year after year, and their appearance on 1 December is bound to become a muchloved event. • Because you can choose your own little gifts to pop inside, they can be completely personalised to your children, and change with their tastes as they grow older. • Make Christmas more sustainable by choosing a reﬁllable calendar that can be used for years to come. Less plastic, less landﬁll – and less cheap chocolate, too. • Choose (or make) a reﬁllable calendar that suits your style, and display it proudly in the run-up to the big day as part of your ensemble of decorations. • What to put inside? The choice is yours! Sweet treats, beauty products, tiny toys – you name it. If it will ﬁt, pop it in.
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An heirloom piece to be enjoyed year after year, this king-sized Advent calendar can be personalised with a name or two of your choice. Limitededition luxury cotton Advent calendar, £120, nancyandbetty.com.
Create your own traditions with this hand-crafted Advent calendar with 25 brass-framed treat compartments, made to stand the test of time. Alu Advent calendar, £125, nkuku.com.
Countdown to Christmas with this light-up Advent calendar, which you can ﬁll with your favourite treats. Wooden light-up Christmas Advent calendar, £24.99, gingerray.co.uk.
This bespoke embroidered Advent calendar is a luxurious Christmas keepsake your family will love for years to come (and can be ﬁlled, as here, with hand-iced Christmas biscuits). Limited edition Biscuiteers Advent calendar by Emma Bridgewater, £65; 24 vanilla biscuits in a keepsake tin, £60; both biscuiteers.com.
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Here are some quick and easy ways to make your home look and feel warm and welcoming. 1 - Pile on the cushions and throws Add cushions on your sofas and armchairs for a sense of cosy luxury, and place large throws over the back and arms. Think thick, soft and textural – knit, crochet, fake fur, soft ﬂeece or simple wool. Weavey Check scatter cushion in terracotta, £39, loaf.com. 2 - Light a scented candle Enjoy the ﬂickering ﬂame of a candle or two with a scent that ﬁlls you with contentment for wintry wellbeing. Notes of November hand-poured, plant-based candle with a scent of woodsmoke, cedarwood and sloe, £40, Loriest & Co.
3 - Transform a room with paint Choose an earthy or spicy shade such as claret, mustard, ochre or chocolate for impact, and don’t be afraid of using deep colours in small rooms – they will feel more cocooning. Piranesi Pink wall paint, £55.95 for 2.5l; Coolabah Green and Paprika Red Chalk Paints, £26.95 for 1l; all anniesloan.com.
4 - Swap your curtains Consider replacing lightweight, pale curtains with heavier versions until the weather warms up. Deeper, stronger colours will add to the sense of cosiness. Adding a second layer to your window treatments, such a ﬁtted thermal blinds, will help keep the room feeling warmer. The honeycomb structure of Duette® blinds by Thomas Sanderson can help prevent heat loss, thomas-sanderson.co.uk.
5 - Upgrade your lighting A well thought-out lighting scheme is essential, inside and out. An exterior light by your gate or front door is really helpful. In living areas, try to ‘layer’ light so it comes from a variety of sources and heights, covering dark corners (add a ﬂoor lamp if necessary) and introducing ﬂexibility with dimmers. Sahar mango wood ﬂoor lamp, £275, nkuku. com.
6 - Create a bedroom boudoir Replace pale, summery bedlinens with sheets or a duvet cover in a deeper shade. Add quilts, eiderdowns, bedcovers, throws and blankets, combining colours, patterns and fabrics for a sumptuous and welcoming mix. Gilbert brushed cotton bed linen in Conker, secretlinenstore.com
7 - Add a rug For warmth underfoot, throw down a deep-pile rug or two to add extra softness, as well as colour and pattern. Arvid hand-tufted wool Rug in orange, £169, cultfurniture.com.
Ample Accommodation Babbinswood, Whittington Situated in the hamlet of Babbinswood and neighbouring the village of Whittington, this spacious two storey property affords ample family sized accommodation all set within its’ own enclosed garden grounds. Having been well maintained and presented, this property is ready for immediate occupation. An attractive garden room (9.32m x 3.66m) on the rear which in tern connects to the living and dining rooms and offers views out into the rear gardens. A well-fitted kitchen/ breakfast room with built-in appliances and serviced void for dishwasher and overlooks the fore and the adjoining utility. Asking Price £580,000. For viewings call Morris Marshall & Poole on 01691 679595 or email oswestry@ morrismarshall.co.uk
5 Bedroom Home Glentworth View, Morda This attractive double fronted 5-bedroom detached home offers excellent versatility of living over three floors and must be viewed to be fully appreciated. The accommodation briefly comprises reception hall with cloakroom, impressive through lounge, family room/ home office, attractive family dining kitchen and utility room. On the first floor is the principal bedroom with ensuite, 2 further double bedrooms and bathroom and on the second floor and additional 2 double bedrooms and shower room. Viewing highly recommended. OIRO £515,000. For viewings call Monks on 01691 674567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Detached Spacious Family Home Treflach, Oswestry A wonderful opportunity to purchase an individually designed detached spacious family home situated in a semi-rural village of Treflach. The accommodation comprises, reception hall, kitchen, dining room, lounge, utility room, bathroom, bedroom, landing, principal bedroom with ensuite, two further double bedrooms, double garage, gardens and parking. Only viewing this property, will it be truly appreciated. Asking Price £495,000. For viewings call 01691 670320 or email email@example.com 76
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Town and Country Oswestry offer this truly delightful character property set within a sought-after rural location yet within easy reach of all amenities and good road networks. The pretty home has been well maintained by the current owners and offers versatile, spacious accommodation with plenty of parking and views over open countryside. There are three bedrooms, cosy lounge, spacious living room/ study, kitchen, utility, bathroom and a fantastic family room running along the rear of the property. Full of character yet offering modern living this property is one not to be missed. OIRO £285,000. For viewings call Town & Country on 01691 679631 or email sales@townandcountryoswestry. com
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Stylish Home Croeswylan Lane, Oswestry Town and Country are excited to offer to the market this stunning individual three-bedroom modern detached home in a popular location on the outskirts of Oswestry with stunning views. Finished to a very high specification and offering all the latest modern technology including heat recovery systems and underfloor heating, the contemporary open plan interior flows beautifully. Located in a highly desirable position on the edge of the town, this is a mustsee property! OIRO £550,000. For viewings call Town & Country on 01691 679631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Vine, Arddleen, SY22 6RU
The Vine is a beautiful detached family home dating back to the 18th Century retaining character features and boasting ample potential. Situated opposite the beautiful Montgomeryshire canal with countryside views yet good road connections to Shrewsbury, Welshpool, Oswestry and beyond. Inclusive in the sale of The Vine is an additional detached bungalow, annexe, stables, just over 6 acres of land including 5 serviced hard standing caravan pitches. This truly is not to be missed. EPC Rating The Vine: G EPC Rating The Shippon: D Tenure: Freehold Council Tax Banding: F
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Immaculately presented semi detached family home. Being modernised and upgraded by the current owners, this property really must be viewed. Benefitting from no onward chain, boasting a village location with good road connections and rear vehicular parking, plus garage. EPC: D Tenure: Freehold Council Tax Band: D
The Swallows is the last to be released in a small development of only 5 luxury detached homes. Offering spacious living accommodation and to the first floor are four bedrooms, one being ensuite along with a family bathroom. Externally there is a good sized garden, parking and garage. EPC: TBC Tenure: Freehold Council Tax Band: TBC
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Create the setting for a memorable Christmas dinner with a beautifully styled table. Keeping it simple and classic will mean decorating the table will be an easy stress-free endeavour, because let’s face it, there’s enough Christmas planning to do as it is. However, it really does set the scene, and shows another level of thoughtfulness to such a special occasion. If you have centrepieces, place settings, ﬂoral arrangements, and table runners that all cohesively go together then this makes setting
it all out quick and easy. Sticking to a traditional colour palette of red and green with pine foliage in your ﬂoral arrangements and classic motifs such as berries, deer, stars or Christmas trees will mean every year you can pull together a familiar table setting. Of course, over the years adding to the collection means you can always switch things out and inject something fresh in. Here are some classic table decor items for a beautifully styled Christmas table.
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Set of 4 Olivia Scalloped Dinner Plates, Raspberry Filet £134 from Rebecca Udall www.rebeccaudall.com
Christmas Candle Pinecone Table Decoration £55 from Marquis & Dawe www.marquianddawe.co.uk
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JYSK Rutilkvarts Candle Holder £6.50 from JYSK www.jysk.co.uk
Christmas Dinner Candles £14 from talking Tables www.talkingtables.co.uk
Spode Christmas Tree Side Plate 6 inch set of 4 £46 from Spode www.portmeirion.co.uk
Tablecloth Jasmine Sage £120 from Curated Living Limited www.curatedliving.co.uk
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Nancy & Betty Christmas Crackers, 6 Regency Partridge in a Pear Tree Portrait £37 from Nancy & Betty Studio www.nancyandbetty.com
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Create space for Christmas Guests With the festive season approaching, we look at ways to make space in your home for visitors and ensure a warm welcome for all. Start by making enough room in your kitchen to store festive extras. Clear space in your cupboards, fridge and freezer, adding racks, shelves, boxes and baskets to keep things neat if necessary. Use clear plastic so you can see everything, or write labels. Prepare simple storage solutions for visitors’ arrival, such as a freestanding coat stand, a few extra hooks mounted on the wall or a stacking shoe rack. Over-door racks, hooks and shoe organisers can be added anywhere. Declutter and clean the bathroom, and provide a space for visitors to store their toiletries. Consider bath and shower caddies that attach by hook or suction. Provide towels on a
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separate hook or rail – a clothes airer that hooks over a radiator is ideal – and some soap or a shower gel. An extendable table comes into its own at mealtimes, or add an extra, folding table and seating, whether it’s stools, folding chairs or camping chairs. A coffee table with cushions on the floor around it is suitable for children. Lay the table with a large cloth or a runner, add pretty decorations and, if necessary, place cards. Pick up extra crockery at car boot sales, charity shops or vintage shops. Choose a colour theme, and mix it with some plain white dinnerware, making a virtue of the fact that they don’t exactly match. The same goes for glasses and cutlery. If all else fails, have a stack of paper plates to hand. When you’ve cleared the table, pile into the living room to relax. Bring in beanbags for the kids and pop cushions on top of coffee tables and benches to create extra seating. The Cloud Sundae footstool sofa bed in warm grey, One of the trickiest £879, Snug; snugsofa.com. issues is where
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An extendable table comes into its own at mealtimes, or add an extra, folding table and seating, whether it’s stools, folding chairs or camping chairs.
overnight guests will sleep. If you’re fortunate enough to have a guest room, it’s a case of airing it out (if it hasn’t been used for a while) and making the bed with fresh linens, adding an extra blanket in case your guests feel the cold. Clear space for a suitcase or bag, and add a hanger or two if there’s a hook on the back of the door. Pop a small lamp and a water glass onto the bedside table, and provide a free socket for charging phones and other electricals. If your living room is acting as a temporary bedroom, clear space around the sofa, sofa bed or airbed and plug in a lamp as a bedside light. A large box, bag or basket to stow bedding will keep things tidy during the day.
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