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Welcome to our February issue of Oswestry Life. It’s that time of the year when we show our loved ones how much we cherish them. 14 February is Valentine’s Day and we have some sweet treats you can make as a gift or maybe surprise Mum with a lovely meal for Mother’s Day on 22 March, all in our recipes pages. We’ve seen some great news coming in from the area so make sure you catch up with the community news pages. If you have time for a coffee break, don’t forget the puzzle page at the back for a bit of down time.
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Age UK’s Barry Church, left, with Anthony Hitchen and Dan Norman
Urgent appeal for volunteer van drivers Volunteer van drivers are needed by Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin. The local charity offers a free furniture collection service in Oswestry. But there aren’t enough volunteer drivers to go round. Volunteering for Age UK is rewarding and fun as Barry Church, 68, can conﬁrm. He worked as a shift foreman for GKN Sankey and other local ﬁrms before retiring three years ago. “My retirement plan is to keep active, and as a driver or a porter you are kept very busy. The work is varied, and it’s not just about delivering and collecting furniture. For some of the older people we visit, we are the only people they’ll see all week, so we try to make time for a chat.” The Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin furniture shop raises vital funds for information and advice services for older people – unlocking millions in beneﬁts and making sure the vulnerable receive the right advice. Shop manager Paula Hinks says: “We are looking for people who are local to Oswestry and can make a commitment to volunteering some time each week.” If you want to ﬁnd out more about volunteering with Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin please contact Janice Williams or Becky Kelly on 01743 588 570. For general volunteering enquiries, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ageukshropshireandtelford. org.uk.
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The Wizards of Os The Wizards of Os are a social support group for people living with dementia. For many people living with dementia it can be a rare and wonderful thing to meet people “in the same boat”, people who really understand, people who “get it”. Which is where groups like this come in. The Wizards of Os is one of hundreds of such groups across the country and part of a network called DEEP – the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project. Many of these groups meet informally in a local coffee shop, others will meet in a pub or a community centre or someone’s house. Some discover they have quite
Some discover they have quite a lot in common and will organise days out – a trip to the cinema, an afternoon at a museum... a lot in common and will organise days out – a trip to the cinema, an afternoon at a museum...or they might go ﬁshing together. It doesn’t matter what they do. The important thing is meeting up for a chat – and perhaps a few laughs. George Rook, a campaigner for these groups across Shropshire, says: “It’s just a great opportunity for people to get together and talk about stuff that’s important to us. The Wizards of Os meet at ‘Carriages’ on the Gobowen Road, every second Wednesday of the month. Please just pop along – or, for further details, email George at email@example.com or telephone 07976 189641. For an overview of the local groups and when and where they meet, visit the DEEP groups in Shropshire Facebook page at @ shropshiredeep.
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Hope House are looking for energetic people to sign up to their sporting fundraising events as part of Team Hope House in 2020. The children’s charity is backing a range of events from half marathons to triathlons as well as organising their popular annual Cycle Challenge and their brand new Snowdon Sunrise Trek. Challenges are subject to registration fees and minimum sponsorship for each event entered. In return supporters will receive their free Hope House running vest, fundraising pack and support up to and on the day. If supporters have already registered for these events or wish to register for an event not listed, they can still become part of Team Hope House by committing to raise minimum sponsorship. Every week three local families face their biggest fear and their child dies, tragically Hope House can only afford to help one. With your support Hope House can be there for every mum, dad, brother and sister who needs them, so please challenge yourself in 2020 and help them ensure no family faces the death of a child alone. If you would like to sign up for any of the events visit www.hopehouse.org. uk/events or call the Fundraising Office on 01691 671671.
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On Saturday 7 March at the Park Hall Pavilion, join friends and come to the black tie Alice In Wonderland Ball being held in aid of raising funds to set up a new crisis café in Oswestry. Tickets are £45 and include a fizz reception, three course dinner and a fabulous disco. A raffle and auction will be held on the night. Tables of 10 or 12 or single tickets are available. For information or to reserve a table, contact Sally on 07890 713334 or firstname.lastname@example.org
GHP Legal has strengthened its expertise with the appointment of a paralegal advocate with a long time interest in human rights. Rhona Scullion joined the multi-disciplinary practice in November 2019. After graduating from the University of St Andrews in English and Modern History, Rhona was based in Hong Kong, Peru and the US for a number of years, working variously as an English teacher, journalist and copywriter before deciding to make a career change into law. She studied the Graduate Diploma in Law at Nottingham Law School, graduating top of her class with a distinction grade in 2016. The following year she passed her Bar Professional Training Course, also at Nottingham Law School. Rhona’s interest and expertise in human rights began after she completed the Bar Course and was awarded the Peter Duffy Human Rights Scholarship that enabled her to go and work at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, for three months. After returning to the UK in 2017 Rhona worked as a prison law adviser with a specialist Nottingham law firm where she gained a thorough grounding in all aspects of prison law and represented clients across England and Wales.
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Carer’s drop in sessions A drop-in service has been launched at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) to help ensure that family carers receive the emotional and practical support they need. The Let’s Talk Local drop-in support sessions take place every Thursday afternoon, between 1pm and 3pm, in the Main Entrance at RJAH. Carers who attend one of the drop-ins will be able to ﬁnd out about the resources available to them, and identify ways they can be supported within the community. Information and resources will be available on a variety of topics, including emergency respite, practical support, befriending, peer support and much more. Paula Jones, Social Care Practitioner from Shropshire Council, will be on hand at the weekly sessions. Paula said: “Many people do not identify themselves as being a carer, they see it simply as being part of being a family member, spouse, partner, friend or neighbour. “It’s important that people recognise that helping to look after someone who could not manage otherwise, is caring, and by identifying themselves as a carer earlier, gives them the opportunity to ﬁnd out about the support available to them. “Many informal carers are not aware of what sort
▲ Paula Jones, Social Care Practitioner from Shropshire Council, who runs the sessions at RJAH
of help is there for them and what a huge difference it could make to their lives.” The drop-in runs alongside the outreach support sessions, also held at the hospital every Thursday, for military personnel, veterans and their families. For details about the drop-in sessions for carers, contact Paula on email@example.com. For more information about how the Let’s Talk Local service can support people to maintain their independence and wellbeing in the community, please visit www.shropshire.gov.uk/lets-talk-local or call First Point of Contact on 0345 678 9044.
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Happiness is the key Happiness is spreading across Oswestry and Shropshire in 2020, thanks to local woman Katie Millard. Katie who trained with Jo Howarth, founder of The Happiness Club, is a Happiness Trainer, specialising in delivering mindfulness-based Happiness Training to children in schools and groups. Katie delivers the training sessions one day per week for a period of four weeks in schools, followed by a teacher training session, then a follow-up parents session if required. So far local schools such as Morda CE Primary School, The Meadows Primary School, Woodside Primary School, West Felton CE Primary School, Bellan House (sponsored by Woodhead Oswestry Sales and Lettings) and Our Lady & Saint Oswald’s Catholic Primary School have all hosted the training for their pupils. Katie is also now branching out into Powys and Herefordshire.
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Katie says, “‘Children who are more emotionally resilient and happy are better equipped to deal with the stresses and strains of school, exams and the pressure of achieving good academic grades. “The techniques I teach the children can be used at any age, and are a real life skill. Another thing I really love about the training is that it is for every child who attends the school; it’s a whole-school approach, which makes it so special. “I’m really lucky to do what I do, I definitely never get that dreaded ‘Monday morning feeling’ when the new working week begins. I just love every minute of it, especially knowing the techniques make such a difference. My real mission is
to make Shropshire the happiest county in the UK!” Head teacher Karen Morris from The Meadows Primary School wrote of Katie’s visit to the school, “Katie is an amazingly positive person, who radiated happiness from the moment she walked into our school. Her energy and enthusiasm were inspiring and the children had great fun whilst learning some really useful techniques that will be beneficial to them now and in the longer term. The staff session that followed the children’s sessions, really helped to make sense of the theory behind the tips and techniques that Katie had shared over the preceding four weeks.” To find out more, email: Katie@ thehappinessclub.co.uk or visit the happinessclub.co.uk
980 mile bike challenge In August 2020, Seymour Roberts and friend Ben are cycling 980 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats across 10 days. They are raising money for the Shooting Star cancer unit at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital and Chirk Hospital in memory of Seymour’s wife. Sally was a patient at both hospitals before sadly passing away on 12 October 2017. Sally’s battle began in 2013 when she was diagnosed with cancer and her chemotherapy sessions were given at the Shooting Star Unit. Sally is described as having never complained during the years of pain and as a hero by her family. However, they were left desolate when after years of fighting through treatments and operations, she lost the battle. 8 | Oswestry life
During 2018 and in honour of Sally’s memory, Seymour and Ben were able to raise over £6,000 for the charities when they cycled from London to Cologne covering 352 miles. This time, they are set to cover an incredible 980 miles and with the support of Sally’s two daughters along the way, Fizz and Sally, they will work their way through this challenge. Read the family’s story and help support this tough challenge on their Just Giving page: www.justgiving. com/fundraising/seymourroberts
▲ From left: Seymour Roberts, Fizz Scarratt, Sally Roberts, Ben Fretwell
Is this your first time? Being a first time buyer (FTB) is tough. Did you know that according to the Financial Times the ‘Bank of Mum & Dad’ is now one of UK’s top 10 mortgage lenders? Gone are the days when FTBs were all spring chickens in their 20s; today we see people of all ages and circumstances applying for a mortgage on their first home. If this is your first time, here are a few tips: The deposit: you will need to supply at least 5% of the purchase price; but a 10% deposit will get you a more competitive interest rate. However, have you considered other additional costs such as solicitors? LISA can help: if you are aged 18-39, you can take out a ‘Lifetime ISA’ savings account for your deposit. You can save up to £4,000 (and receive up to £1,000 bonus from the government!) each year. Worth considering.
Work it out: lenders usually require at least one year of employment history; or two years tax returns if you are selfemployed. Are you credit worthy? Most lenders will want to see your most recent 3 months bank statements. Make sure that your bank account is in good order; if you’re always breaching your overdraft limit, a lender may consider you to be living beyond your means. Having a well-managed credit card can be good for your credit record, but having a large balance, or missed/late payments can drag down your credit score, and make getting a mortgage trickier. Off the grid? Make sure that all of your documents (driver’s licence, bank statements etc.) are registered
at your current address. Also, get on the voter’s role. If a lender can’t trace you this can delay your application. Unsure? Your local ‘whole of market’ mortgage adviser can guide you through the whole process. Give us a call so we can help you prepare for your first time!
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This year, find a thoughtful gift locally in town for your loved one. Here are some fantastic goodies we spotted in Oswestry...
▼ Scented soy handmade candles (made in Oswestry), from £6, Gatcombe Candle Co., gatcombecandleco.co.uk
▼ The Little Book of Us by Alison Davies, £6.99, Booka Bookshop, Oswestry ▲ Crumble & Core Sending Love Heart Earrings (Sterling Silver) £12.50, Pickles Gift Shop, Oswestry
▼ Denison Boston v-eight crystal cufflinks £59.95, Majors, Oswestry
▼ Gentlemen’s Hardware Gold Lunch Tin, £16.99, Booka Bookshop, Oswestry
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Look after your joints Nuffield Health has 31 awardwinning hospitals across the country and strives to build a healthier nation. One of these hospitals is on your doorstep, the Nuffield Health Shrewsbury Hospital. At the Nuffield Health Shrewsbury Hospital, our regular free open events are held to provide you, the patient with enough information for you to make an informed decision. Come and meet our expert consultants who will take you through your options for procedures and under what circumstances you may need them. Held at the hospital and open to everyone, we invite you to come along but make sure you book on to the events, as spaces are limited. Visit the hip and knee surgery event the Nuffield Health Shrewsbury Hospital on 23 April at 7pm. Consultants Mr Wilhelm Wagner and Mr Richard Roach will be with you to answer your questions. Here we provide you with some simple indicators, which may provide you with an insight in to your concerns around pain you, might be experiencing.
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Hip or groin pain – Soreness during or after exercise or pain that interferes with your daily activities could be a sign of hip arthritis. The pain is usually localised between your hip and knee. If the pain is lower down towards the ankle the problem might be caused by back problems. Some people find themselves relying on a walking stick or compensating with a limp. Others regularly take painkillers to deal with the pain. You don’t have to put up with it. If hip pain makes it hard to fall asleep or you wake up because of pain caused by your movements at night – talk to someone about it. There are a number of hip or joint-related issues that could be affecting your sleep. Stiffness - Difficulty putting your shoes or socks on is a common sign of stiffness in your hip, especially if one foot is more difficult than the other. If this is an on going problem, you should speak with a specialist. Hip pain when walking - If hip or groin pain is preventing you from walking normal distances for you, then speak to a specialist. For some, being able to walk comfortably to the postbox is sufficient. For others, not being able to complete a five-mile walk is unthinkable. It all depends on your lifestyle. The one leg test - If you can’t stand on your problem leg for longer than a minute – even with the support of a doorframe or table top for balance, then you might have a problem with your hip.
Pain with activity - Pain that comes on with activity and limits what you can do is a clear signal to seek help. Delayed pain - Pain doesn’t have to stop you in your tracks to be serious. Pain that comes on after activity, also known as ‘payback pain’, can be a warning that your knee isn’t performing as it should. Pain that interrupts sleep - If you find knee pain prevents you from falling asleep or you wake up because of pain caused by your movements during sleep – talk to someone about it. Visual changes - The way your knee looks can be just as important as the way it feels. Changes in the appearance of your knee can be a sign of inflammation. If your leg swells, or looks markedly different from the other then it may be time to speak with a specialist. Limited movement - Difficulty sitting down in a low seat such as in a car or cinema because your knee refuses to bend is a common sign of osteoarthritis. Seizing or catching of the joint during movement can also indicate advanced deterioration or that a loose bone fragment has become lodged in the joint.
Throughout March and April we also have events on Cosmetic Surgery, Cataract Surgery and Oral problems. For further advice or to book onto one of our events contact the Nuffield Health Shrewsbury Hospital’s Customer Service team on 01743 817603.
Come and meet our experts Come and join us at our FREE hospital open events Premium lenses for cataract surgery – choosing the best option for your eyes 23 March 2020 Commencing at 7pm Mr Ewan Craig
Cosmetic surgery – mini consultations 23 March 2020 Appointments available from 5:30pm until 7:30pm Mr Amir Ismail
Hip and knee surgery 23 April 2020 Commencing at 7pm Mr Wilhelm Wagner and Mr Richard Roach
Understanding cosmetic surgery – Your questions answered – A lecture by Mr A Ismail 30 April 2020 Commencing at 7pm Mr Amir Ismail
Oral problems understood 2 April 2020 Commencing at 7pm Mr Sunil Bhatia
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We caught up with Oswestry BID this month to ﬁnd out exactly what it is they do in Oswestry and how our community is beneﬁtting. BID Manager Adele Nightingale, talks us through everything we need to know.
What is BID?
Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are created by businesses and organisations. They come together to collaborate on initiatives that improve the location where they trade or do business. BIDs are driven by participating businesses, which work together to draw up a business plan, which is voted on and if agreed, is then funded through a levy based on business rateable values. They also try to lever in additional funding for investment into the delivery of projects for the beneﬁt of businesses. This is a not for proﬁt company which has been set up by business representatives and is accountable to the businesses in the area to manage the delivery of the BID Business Plan.
shops, places to eat and drink, a business directory, up-coming events. Social media to reach a wider audience to attract new visitors. Free Wiﬁ in the town centre. The installation for this system is imminent and will give useful data as to how the town is used, what the highs and lows on footfall are, what initiatives to attract visitors work. The data can then be used for planning, to seek funding and grants, and to give possible investors real data about the town. LoyalFree app: This is a great
Who are the BID team?
Oswestry BID can have up to 12 directors on the board. These are voluntary positions and are made up of a cross section of people that represent different sectors of businesses in Oswestry with the addition of two directors with a special skill set. Day to day running of BID is down to its two employees, BID manager Adele Nightingale and BID administrator Lindsey Pierce.
What is BID doing for Oswestry?
Raising the town proﬁle: Marketing Oswestry; the Oswestry Christmas video had a reach of over 100,000! We launched the One Oswestry website which gives information about what Oswestry has to offer;
place for our businesses to show any offers they have running and for their customers, to ensure they make savings and collect stamps for rewards. We encourage all readers to download the free app to take advantage of any offers that are currently available in Oswestry. Businesses can join to advertise their offers. Maintenance: Working with Oswestry Town Council and Shropshire Council to ensure all infrastructures are maintained e.g.
streetlights are working, signs are clear and cleaned, that road lines are repainted. Business Support: Free training courses for BID members. Training such as Mental Health First Aid, Social Media for small businesses, Basic Life Support and safe use of AED, have all been well attended. Accessible and Safe – Orders have been placed to enhance the current CCTV system. There will be additional cameras in the town centre and we will now have cameras covering our industrial areas. There will be an upgrade to the infrastructure at the police station to accommodate the additional cameras. Pubwatch: We are now an active part of the Pubwatch Team. Working with the team, we are looking at ways to improve any safety elements for our night time economy and are helping to promote events. We underwrote the Christmas Night Bus with Arriva to ensure that people had a safe way to get in and out of town and employed two Taxi Marshalls on busy nights in December to organise the taxi rank, assisting taxi drivers and the general public. Voluntary Membership: The BID has a number of voluntary members and this is increasing monthly. If your business is under £12,000.00 rateable value you can join the BID. Voluntary membership entitles you to all the other beneﬁts that mandated levy payers receive. For further information about any of these topics and more, visit the website oneoswestry.co.uk or contact the BID team on 01691 700365. Oswestry life
How to keep your divorce out of court Caroline Yorke, family law specialist at Lanyon Bowdler With the stress of Christmas taking its toll, the start of a new year is statistically the busiest month of the year for divorce lawyers. But did you know you can greatly reduce legal fees by taking a different approach? Oswestry-based law firm, Lanyon Bowdler, has lawyers who are specially trained in the field of collaborative law, which means they are experts at helping couples work towards a separation by agreement rather than going to court. Caroline Yorke, a family law specialist at Lanyon Bowdler, says collaborative law is an increasingly popular way for couples to work through a divorce, and explains how her collaboratively trained colleagues may be able to help. Caroline said: “We have all heard stories from friends, or watched the scenes on television dramas, when a once loving couple end up arguing in court over everything they used to share. “Arguments over property and possessions are difficult but it gets really heartbreaking when children are involved.
“Ending a relationship is never easy, but there is another way of dealing with the legal aspects of things which aims to make the process less stressful and more constructive. “Collaborative law is a civilised, non-adversarial and empowering process which helps couples to resolve family and financial issues by agreement rather than going to court. “Mutual respect and consideration are maintained, which gives major benefits to children especially, through co-operative joint parenting, and court proceedings are avoided altogether. “Instead of going to court, one of my colleagues would sit down with both parties in a series of four-way meetings and encourage constructive dialogue within a clear set of legal guidelines. “The pain of resolving family breakdown is minimised and costs are about half that of formal financial proceedings.” Contact the team at Lanyon Bowdler by calling 0800 652 3371 or visit the website at www.lblaw.co.uk
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Aico In The Community Aico, the Oswestry-based market leader in domestic Fire and Carbon Monoxide protection, aims to help schools, colleges, charities and community organisations to achieve their goals and help build sustainable futures through the Aico in the Community initiative.
local area. Staff also joined in with a Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save the Children, raising £100, and volunteered with Oswestry and Borders Foodbank on Friday 13th December to pack 197 Christmas food hampers for those in need in the local community.
There has been a full year of fundraising by Aico, with team members taking part in a range of events and activities, all in aid of their charity of the year, Macmillan Cancer Support. From a coastal hike to a fancy-dress Coracle Race and a variety of 10k challenges, the team have raised a total of £20,100 in 2019.
Education is a core area of the Aico in the Community initiative and throughout 2019, the team have supported local schools and colleges to help inform and inspire students. Aico attended events held by schools in the local area, such as the Hadley Learning Community careers fair in Telford and Sir John Talbot’s School STEMfest event in Whitchurch, to support students in making informed choices about their future career paths. Aico representatives offered students guidance and information about the apprenticeship programmes within the various departments at Aico and looked to inspire students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths.
Macmillan Cancer Support is a fantastic charity that offers support to those affected by and living with cancer and campaigns for better cancer care. Kate Thomas, Macmillan Regional Fundraising Manager comments “On behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Aico for everything that they have done to achieve their amazing fundraising total of £20,100 in 2019. It has been a pleasure being involved and supporting the team in their various activities with everyone working together to achieve this fantastic total.” In addition to taking part in activities and challenges for their charity of the year, Aico has also supported other charitable events throughout the year. In November, staff demonstrated their baking prowess by holding a bake sale in aid of BBC Children in Need. This, along with joining in with the annual Children in Need duck race, streamed live in the Auditorium at their new, bespoke HQ, the team raised £231. The Aico staff then got into the Christmas spirit in December and joined Santa on his sleigh visiting residents of Oswestry, organised by the Oswestry Cambrian Rotary Club, helping to raise £7,300 for affiliated organisations in the
Knowledge and understanding of mental health and wellbeing is vital across all industries, including the Fire and Electrical Industries. Aico have partnered with the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) to raise awareness around mental health through informative sessions held in their Mobile Training and Demonstration Units. These sessions will continue into 2020 and will be held in conjunction with Aico’s award-winning Expert Installer Training Scheme to provide understanding of mental health and educate in how to support and promote wellbeing. Aico have selected a variety of charities to support throughout 2020, however they encourage any charities or organisations looking for support, volunteering or the use of Aico’s facilities to get in touch with Community Liaison Jane Pritchard by emailing, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01691 664100.
Nexus Electrics adds spark to DragonADC Nexus Electrics a local, family run electrical contractor have signed up to support local Football Academy & Development Centre, DragonADC. Dragon ADC are a football development centre based out of Oswestry School, where they provide professional coaching to kids from 6-16. Nexus offer the public and businesses of Oswestry and the surrounding area a first class electrical service for all their needs whether that’s electrical installations, planned maintenance, testing and inspection, security cameras and systems or fire alarms. They also specialise in electric vehicle charging solutions and are approved by the office for low vehicle emissions (OLEV) which means they can help their customers secure grants for EV charging installations of up to £500. Ian Hodgkiss, Director at Nexus Electrics says “I’m delighted to be able to support Dragon Advanced Development Centre. I particularly admire the #playthedragonway ethos. Nick and the team are committed to player and personal development that promotes partnership between centre, player and parents. It’s this partnership approach that aligns so well with our business outlook.” Head of Centre Nick Popyk says ‘As a not-for-profit centre, we are always on the lookout for support. However what is important to us is finding companies who have similar values to ourselves. We pride
▲ Ian Hodgkiss and Nick Popyk with some of the youngsters
ourselves on the family, community feeling around the centre and with Ian and the Nexus team we know we have a partner with the same principles.’ Nick goes on to say ‘We’d like to thank Nexus Electrics for their support and look forward to them playing a part in the future development of the centre’ Interested in seeing how can we help you? Nexus Electrics can be contacted on 01691 581 581 or via their website nexuselectrics.co.uk If you’d like your child to get involved and learn to Play The Dragon Way, check out their Facebook page @dragonadc0 or contact Nick on email@example.com
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This month looks to the East for inspiration. Focus on a colour palette of watery pastel shades so you can create a look that evokes calm and tranquility and enhances peace in your home environment. Choosing elements from all over the orient will avoid a scheme that’s too restrictive. Think about mixing lotus flowers, calligraphy art, bamboo pieces, and temple shapes with creatures such as koi carp, temple lions, tigers, cranes, and dragons to complete a Far East vibe.
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2020 Vision Award winning architectural designer Craig Marston of Shropshire-based Ke-design looks to the year ahead after marking yet another record-breaking year. Mr Marston, Ke-design founder said 2019 saw more jobs for his team than in any year in the 8-year history of the firm and sees 2020 maintaining the growth. “2020 has already been a busy start to the year with inquiries from the homeowners as well as developers. “For 2020 we expect to see more and more people wanting exciting designs, whether its new build or remodelling their existing home. “People are exposed to good design with the many house design TV programmes therefore the homeowner wants to live in a well planned house that suits their needs, as well as considering the external appearance or kerb appeal.” Due to cost and lack of building plots not everyone is
in a fortunate position to self-build and the feedback we get from inquires is that there is little choice, with the majority of volume house builders not investing in good design. Mr Marston said a recent survey he carried out at a design exhibition proved people wanted modern and contemporary homes. The results showed 98% of people would rather buy the modern/contemporary design of a home than the design of a property that is offered by many national developers. “We hope in 2020 that the developers will invest in good design and look into what the homebuyer’s wants. “Along with design, 2020 will see an increase in clients thinking about the impact the construction of their project will have on climate change. “The build technologies to minimise the construction project’s impact on the environment are there as well as being more energy efficient. As designers we promote alternative construction methods, but due to cost clients haven’t been able to embrace it. With people more conscious of their contribution to environmental change, their impact will be nearer the top of their agenda.” Ke-design are exhibiting at Manchester’s Built It Live (22nd/23rd February) and the National Home Building & Renovating Show (Birmingham 26-29th March). For complimentary ticket information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Plas Pentre, Craigllwyn On the market with Woodhead, is this impressive barn conversion with approximately one acre of gardens situated in a rural location with countryside views. The property has a spacious entrance hall, large sitting room with log burner, bedroom/study with en suite, newly ﬁtted kitchen/dining room, utility room and cloakroom. On the ﬁrst ﬂoor there is a galleried landing, master bedroom suite, three further bedrooms and a family bathroom. Externally there is a garage, workshop and well maintained gardens. Plas Pentre is on the market with no onward chain and a guide price of £600,000. To arrange a viewing contact Woodhead Oswestry Sales & Lettings on 01691 680044.
GREYSTONES, TREFONEN, OSWESTRY, SY10 9DP Are you looking for a spacious family home with annexe/separate holiday let accommodation? If so, look no further than ‘Greystones’, which is set-in approximately 0.68 acres (0.27 hectares) and enjoys a most delightful semi-rural location on the edge of the sought after village of Trefonen with far reaching views over the Shropshire and Welsh hills. EPC rating D. Viewing Fully Recommended.
GUIDE PRICE - £565,000 PLOTS ADJACENT TO KILNSIDE , PORTH-Y-WAEN, SY10 8LY An exciting self-build opportunity to purchase one of three superb building plots (Plot 1 835sqm, Plot 2 -845sqm, Plot 3 - 950 sqm including the access and parking areas) with outline planning permission granted (19/01012/OUT) for the erection of a dormer bungalow - 10th September 2019. The plot enjoys a most delightful elevated position with lovely countryside views to the rear.
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LAST REMAINING PLOT in a brand new select development of just two bespoke luxury detached family houses in a delightful edge of village location with ﬁne countryside views. Anticipated completion Summer 2020. Brieﬂy comprising of: Entrance Hall, Living Room, Kitchen/Dining Room, Utility, Study, First Floor Landing, Master Bedroom Ensuite,Three further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Oil Fired Central Heating, Double Glazing, Driveway, Attached Garage and Gardens. AWAITING EPC
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From the ground up with Graham Mitchell If you’re a garden lover, you will know that preparation can make all the difference to the end results across the summer months. If you’re a beginner, now is the time to start planning and gaining some knowledge too. Either way there’s no time like the present to get to grips with your garden. If you are lucky you may have an expert gardener in the family, or a neighbour to help you. Window boxes, hanging baskets or container gardening are so much fun, even if you don’t have a back garden. So, here’s a look at what needs doing in your garden or allotment in February.
The days are lengthening and there are some welcome signs of spring. Bulbs are appearing and thoughts turn to this year’s displays and crops. February is all about preparation and time spent now will reap rewards later in the season. Tidying the beds, removing debris and digging out perennial weeds like dandelions, will give you a good head start. It is a good time for transplanting shrubs and trees, whilst they are dormant, but avoid doing so if the ground is frozen or waterlogged. When it comes to pruning it’s worth having a good gardening book or checking online, as different plants have different requirements. Unfortunately, one method doesn’t fit all and you might end up spoiling this year’s growth. If the weather is a bit inclement, there is still plenty to do inside. Now is the time to clean and repair garden tools, and one of my favourite tasks is sorting out my seed packets. It’s a good time to 36 | Oswestry life
make sure you have all you need (and a few extra). Another handy tip is to sort the seeds in to sowing months. It will make sure you don’t miss the date and help get you organised. Don’t be tempted to sow too early though as the tender seedlings won’t be able to go out until after the last frost which will be later in May. I do make a few exceptions with early sowings. My sweet peas were sown in October and are now getting lovely and bushy on the windowsill, and I will get nice and early flowers when I plant those out. On the allotment, my broad beans were sown in the autumn. They survive the winter fine if you choose the right variety and will provide welcome fresh veg in the early summer. I also sow tomatoes in January and February, so I have good size plants to move to the greenhouse in May. If they get a bit “leggy” I just plant them deeply in pots, those
Sort the seeds in to sowing months. It will make sure you don’t miss the date and help get you organised. hairs on the stem form into a good root structure. If you grow potatoes, now is the time to chit the “earlies”. Egg boxes make great stands and make it easy to keep an eye on them. With all seedlings, make sure you don’t over-water. An electric incubator is great, but an airing cupboard works just as well. As you look at the seed packets on the shelf, it is worth deciding how much space and how many plants you want. If you only want a few then buying plants or “plugs” later on in the season may make economical sense, as well as being less work. If you are a beginner watch out for plants that are biannual, that means they won’t flower the year they are sown, but the following year. Finally, it’s worthwhile making a plan for the planting. We all learned about crop rotation at school, and it is worth doing. It ensures that nutrients aren’t depleted and that diseases aren’t passed on year after year. In the garden, planning will ensure a good spread of colour across the summer and will mean that your prize display won’t be hidden behind taller vigorous plants at the front of the bed.
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LOOK BEYOND Co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, the ‘Look Beyond’ themed week will celebrate the diversity and value that apprenticeships bring to employers, apprentices and communities across England today. From highlighting the breadth of industries and roles available to the talent and energy apprentices bring into the workplace. National Apprenticeship Week is a ﬂagship moment in the calendar year for supporters and ambassadors of apprenticeships, uniting them and delivering consistent messages with strong collective impact. ‘Look Beyond’ will serve as a
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County Training has strong business links to kick-start careers As the new year starts, many young people are looking ahead to the summer and what they will do after school or college. County Training are urging young people to consider all options open to them in order to make an informed choice. Business Development Officer Nikki said “With the average graduate debt now standing at £50,000, according to the IFS, we are finding that many young people are starting to question if college or university is the right path. On an apprenticeship, young people can earn a wage while gaining the skills and knowledge they need to do their job. They will also gain a nationally recognised qualification, which is highly respected by employers.” Apprenticeships also work very well for businesses and the government will fund 95% of the qualification in most cases with some apprenticeships fully funded*. One business that has made full use of apprenticeships is Fix Auto in Oswestry, who over the years have taken on four apprentices with County Training. Managing Director, Lee Hitch said “Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right individual for the job, but County Training have made the process so much easier… all four individuals have proven
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to be a success…and I think these four are capable of progressing even further into heads of department and manager positions in the future.” It has also been a positive experience for all four apprentices. Tyler Jones, their most recent apprentice recruit working in the Parts Department on an IT apprenticeship, said “I’m enjoying the apprenticeship scheme, and I have found it is a great stepping stone into full-time employment. I would recommend an apprenticeship to all those thinking of doing it.” Any employer that is thinking of recruiting an apprentice is urged to visit www.ctapprenticeships.co.uk/employers or call 0345 6789023 for further information/funding details* and to email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment. Learners are encouraged to visit www.ctapprenticeships.co.uk/apprenticeships where all County Training apprenticeship vacancies are advertised, or to email email@example.com to set up a 1-1 appointment.
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SPECIALISING IN ALL ASPECTS OF ROOFING INCLUDING SITEWORK, HERITAGE WORK, INSURANCE AND LEADWORK. Pinnacle Slating & Tiling started trading back in July 1997, and has continually grown into being one of the leading rooﬁng contractors in Shropshire and the surrounding areas. Along with a wealth of experience our staff are trained in Working at Heights, Ladder Work and Abrasive Wheels. All our site operatives
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National Apprenticeship Week 2020 - Look beyond Surveys indicate that those who have followed an apprenticeship are three times more likely to be happy in their jobs and more than a quarter of graduates are paid less than those who have completed work based training (Shaw Trust 2018). Therefore it’s not surprising that more young people are considering an apprenticeship. SBC Training, as the largest independent training provider in Shropshire with more than 35 years’ experience has supported thousands of apprentices in to successful careers. Whether you are leaving education this year or looking for a career change, apprenticeships are a great way to start forging your career whilst gaining experience as well as a qualiﬁcation. As part of National Apprenticeship Week, ﬁnd out about
the vast array of apprenticeship and career opportunities available to you locally at the “All About Apprenticeships (Shropshire)” event, which takes place from 3pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday 5 February at the Montgomery Waters Football Stadium, Otley Road, Shrewsbury. The event will showcase the tremendous apprenticeship opportunities available in Shropshire. More than 30 employers, colleges, universities and training providers will have stands at the event illustrating advanced manufacturing, engineering, construction, motor vehicle, digital, administration, banking, hospitality, hair and beauty, agriculture, health and social care and many others. Careers advisors will be on hand to give a wide range of advice including what you should do to
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prepare for an apprenticeship including CV writing and entry qualiﬁcations and how to register and apply for apprenticeships. Help will also be on hand for employers wanting to ﬁnd out how to become involved in offering an apprenticeship. Want to talk to us more about your career options? Visit us at the All About Apprenticeships (Shropshire) event on Wednesday 5 February at Shrewsbury Town Football Club. We look forward to seeing you there! You can also call our centre on 01743 454810 or email email@example.com
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WREXHAM GLYNDWR UNIVERSITY TO HOST EUROPEAN DELEGATION Architectural Design Technology students from Wrexham Glyndwr University will host a European delegation later this year to examine the future of the growing eSports industry. The appetite globally for eSports – essentially, competitive computer gaming which is viewed by spectators – has grown hugely in recent decades and Glyndwr’s students have taken part in a Europewide Erasmus + project examining the kind of buildings the new industry will need – alongside students from France, Spain and Finland. Dr Colin Stuhlfelder, Programme Leader for Architectural Design Technology, said: “With the Spanish University of Murcia’s sports expertise, the University of Caen in France’s specialism in inclusivity, the University of Kajaani in Finland’s eSports lead, and WGU student’s design skills, the Erasmus+ project seeks to examine how eSports can be understood, expanded to a broad audience regardless of ability, and be regulated through a Europe-wide Ethical Charter - as well as a host of other considerations linked to engagement. “Our students at Glyndwr have been examining the design implications of housing gaming tournaments, as well as the associated requirements of eSports, such as training spaces, analytics facilities - and ensuring a public 44 | Oswestry life
Our students will continue to get the chance to take their studies, share them with colleagues across Europe – and to visit partner universities in different countries to exchange ideas! facing space is also created.” Last autumn, students from Glyndwr joined their European counterparts in a trip to the University of Murcia’s Faculty of Sport Science in San Javier. The visit was the third of a series of Erasmus+ study trips which Architectural Design Technology students have taken part in as part of the pan-European electronic gaming industry project, and later this year, students from across Europe will be hosted at Glyndwr for the Welsh section of the project. In the past two years, the current final year Architectural Design Technology students visited Caen and Kajaani, and designed theoretical proposals for an eSports Centre for a site in Wrexham.
Colin added: “Their research and project development has now been handed over to the university’s current first year students, who will develop a new set of designs for the site, taking into consideration the lessons learnt by their predecessors. “These projects will be completed in May 2020, when the European partners will be visiting Wrexham for the next study trip. “We’ll continue working with colleagues across Europe on this project for the next year, with the current first year Architectural Design Technology students taking on the specific project – while I’ll be helping ensure that the project helps future students understand key real-world issues architectural design technologists face when optimising the layouts of eSports centres. We’ll also use the information the project produces to create an academic data bank on eSports for higher education. “And, of course, our students will continue to get the chance to take their studies, share them with colleagues across Europe – and to visit partner universities in different countries to exchange ideas!” Find out more about Wrexham Glyndwr University’s BSc (Hons) in Architectural Design Technology at www.glyndwr. ac.uk/en/Undergraduatecourses/ ArchitecturalDesignTechnology/
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FILM OF THE MONTH
Memoirs of a Soldier in the Household Cavalry BY JACK SHORTMAN
KINOKULTURE CINEMA, OSWESTRY TUESDAY 18 FEBRUARY AT 7.30PM www.kinokulture.org.uk for tickets and info. Back in 2013 you may have been lucky enough to catch the delights of The Lunchbox, from Indian ﬁlmmaker Ritesh Batra. A gentle, romantic tale of mistaken identity set against the bustling backdrop of contemporary Mumbai. Director Batra has ﬁnally returned with his follow-up, Photograph, another romance inﬂected story, setting out to prove that tales of love are not exclusive to Hollywood rom-coms or the pen of Richard Curtis. Photograph tells the story of Raﬁ, a struggling, small time photographer making ends meet by snapping visiting tourists at Mumbai’s Gateway to India. Raﬁ’s grandmother is desperate for him to ﬁnd a wife and has been looking for a bride for him. Wanting to fulﬁl his grandmother’s ﬁnal wish, he convinces Miloni, a shy woman he’s just met, to pose as his ﬁancé. The pair then develops a connection that is unexpected and transformative. There are lots of movies about fake ﬁancés and partners than you can shake a stick at; think of Just Go With It starring Jennifer Aniston, or The Proposal with Sandra Bullock. There is indeed even a ﬁlm called My Fake Fiancé! But the majority of these ﬁlms are light, throwaway affairs at best. Photograph is a much quieter ﬁlm that eschews any potential comedy of the set up for a gently transporting journey, bolstered by ﬁne performances by its lead cast. So, a familiar tale transported to the streets of India and refreshed by great cast and thoughtful direction for all of us old romantics.
Liked this? Try While You Were Sleeping (1995) Perhaps the grandfather (or should that be grandmother) of fake ﬁancé movies, in which Sandra Bullock ﬁnds herself in a romantic entanglement after saving a man from being hit by a train. A timeless rom-com classic.
If you enjoy reading about real people and their life experiences, Memoirs of a Soldier in the Household Cavalry may be one for you as it captures the history of a military career of a local man. The author writes of his life in the Household Cavalry Regiment and focuses particularly on his National Service. This book gives an insight of how the regiment provided not only a guard to the monarch on ceremonial occasions but also how they defended a way of life. Jack Shortman originally wrote the book for his family but soon found a need to publish. Jack was born in 1937 in Shrewsbury and was raised by his aunt and uncle until he was 18 years old. He was just 18 when he had to sign up as a National Serviceman. Upon demobilisation, he settled in Oswestry, met his wife and after they were married he re-joined the Army in 1960.
Llanymynech Quarry Starkness of grey-black blasted rock face rears up towards leaden sky. In a narrow band of separation, a clattering of jackdaws noisily circle; ﬂy, swoop and brieﬂy settle on stunted trees; unquestioning just being. The ground on which we walk, is held in a skeletal state and stretches in silence. Jan Hedger
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Oswestry Produce Market Handpicked Shropshire based food and craft producers selling the best the county has to offer in the town centre. 9am until 3pm. 01691 680222
Beginner level Spanish classes Eastern Oswestry Community Centre, Oswestry 6pm-7pm. Teacher with 10yrs experience All materials provided. Possibly running on Thursdays also - Contact via firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook Oswestry Languages
LET’S TALK LOCAL The Centre, Oak Street, Oswestry, SY11 1LW Weekly drop-in provided by Shropshire Council to access information and support relating to social care needs and priorities. 12.30pm – 2.30pm. www.shropshire.gov.uk/lets-talk-local for more information.
HENLEY WOOD PARKRUN Henley Wood, Cabin Lane, Oswestry A free weekly 5km timed run event for joggers, walkers runners or volunteers which takes place every Saturday at 9am whether for fun or as part of a training plan. www.parkrun.org.uk/henleywood/
Until 7 March
OPEN EXHIBITION Willow Gallery, Oswestry Providing a platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their work; Free admission; 9.30am-5pm
Songs from the Movies Big School, Ellesmere College 7:30pm. featuring the choirs and soloists of Ellesmere College and the Porthywaen Silver Band. In aid of Age UK North Shropshire Supporters and St Mary’s Church, Ellesmere. Tickets £7.50 (includes a glass of wine) From Ismay’s Fashions, 16 High Street, Ellesmere 01691 623931 or Blakemere Veterinary Centre 01691 622201 Free transport is available courtesy of Lakeside Coaches with various pick-up points in Ellesmere. Call 01691 622201 to book a place.
2 & 3 February
Be a Choristor for a Day St. Oswald’s Church, Church Street, Oswestry, 10.30am until 4pm (morning only 3 February) Young people between ages of 8 and 13 are invited to try out the choir’s voice training scheme for themselves. A day of fun for all young people who enjoy singing and want to learn more. As well as singing, participants will also be given a demonstration of the organ and a trip up the bell tower. Experience the training first hand and sing with the current choristers To enrol, pick up a form at the back of St. Oswald’s Church or call Mike Donkin (Director of Music) on 01691 649933 or e-mail email@example.com. 48 | Oswestry life
ONLY YOU (15) Kinokulture Cinema, Oswestry, 7:30pm Laila Costa and Josh O’Connor (The Crown) lead this moving British drama. Elena and Jake start a relationship after a chance meeting on New Year’s Eve, things develop quickly and they soon move in together. When they consider starting a family, unforeseen problems come to the surface, as reality catches up with them they are forced to reconsider their relationship and just how strong it really is. Brilliantly capturing emotional intimacy, this highly acclaimed film was one of 2019’s hidden gems. www.oswestryfilmsociety.com
4 & 18 February
“WOW” WORDS ‘N’ PICS OPEN WRITERS creative writing Llwyn Fields Community Room Beginners and all abilities welcome. Meeting fortnightly Tuesdays 1 – 3 pm. Workshops and full support. Just £1 Contact Jan on 07702 165717 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
‘The Wizards of Os’ Carriages, Gobowen Road, Oswestry. An informal friendly social group for people living with dementia. Enjoy a coffee and a chat. 11am (second Wednesday of every month) All ages welcome For further information please contact: email@example.com 07976 189641
1 & 25 February
ART & CRAFT SESSIONS Llwyn Fields Community Room. Hosted by Words ‘n’ Pics open writers. Meeting fortnightly Tuesday 1 – 3 pm. Good selection of materials available or bring along your own project. Just £3. Light refreshments & guest tuition. All welcome. Contact Jan on 07702 165717 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
13 February THE SHROPSHIRE B.O.TS The Memorial Hall, Oswestry Support group for people with a stoma. The Shropshire B.O.Ts (Bums on Tums) meet on the second Thursday of each month at 2pm For more details call: Irene Constable 01691 238357 email@example.com
15 – 23 February
LAMBING LIVE Park Hall Countryside Experience, Burma Road, Park Hall, Oswestry SY11 4AS See the new seasons’ lambs and have a go at bottle feeding them. You may even get to witness a live birth. With all the fun of numerous farm attractions it’s a great place to visit this half term. 01691 671123 www.parkhallfarm.co.uk
15 February until mid May
HERONWATCH 2020 The Boathouse, Mereside, Ellesmere Now in its 30th year. Using state of the art video cameras, you can see right into the lives of the nesting herons. Find out how this year’s chicks are doing, with all the excitement and drama of a real life struggle for survival. Volunteers explain what is happening, so it’s easy bird watching, suitable for beginners and experts. All age, all ability, all weather, and free entry 10.30am – 3.30pm. New volunteers are always welcome. For more information, contact Edward 01691 622838. www.facebook.com/ellesmere. heronwatch www.heronwatch.org.uk
PHOTOGRAPH (15) Kinokulture Cinema, Oswestry 7.30pm Director Ritesh Batra’s previous film The Lunchbox was hugely popular and loved by many, his latest looks set to repeat that. A charming tale of unlikely romance set against the vibrant and colourful backdrop of Mumbai where a struggling street photographer, pressured to marry by his grandmother, convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. Photograph is a love letter to unexpected opportunities and the amazing city of Mumbai. www.oswestryfilmsociety.com
26 February to 1 March
Youth Music Festival Various local venues Over 300 talented young performers compete in this respected competition aimed at encouraging musical development. There are a huge number of classes using various
instruments. The performances are free to watch and are held in local venues concluding with the Sunday ﬁnal at Christchurch. 01691 680222
ARTISAN MARKET A collection of quality local craft and food producers held in Bailey Street and the Bailey Head 9am until 3pm 01691 680222
ST DAVID’S CELEBRATION CONCERT Oswestry Golf Club, Queen’s Head, SY11 4JJ A choral celebration of St David with the Fron Male Voice Choir and Lleisiau’r Afon (Ladies Choir) Concert starts at 7.30pm Tickets £12.50 Available online www.wegottickets.com/ event/491796 or from Rowanthorn, Old Chapel Court, 01691 283227 and Oswestry Golf Club 01691 610535
TALK: HELPING CURLEWS & LAPWINGS Morda Social Club, Weston Road, Morda Perry Community Wildlife Group’s meeting about the declining fortunes of Shropshire’s curlews and lapwings and how you can help their recovery. 7.30pm. All welcome; free entry (donation appreciated). Call 01691 830691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to know more but can’t make the meeting.
JACOB & DRINKWATER: ‘THIS OLD RIVER’ TOUR Hermon Chapel. Chapel Street, Oswestry, SY11 1LF 7 pm - 9.30 pm A truly magniﬁcent start to The Hermon’s spring season is granted with the amazing Devon based Indie-Folk-Pop duo Jacob & Drinkwater, hailed by BBC 6’s Chris Hawkins as “Stand out new folk... superb.. excellent.”. Tobias Ben Jacob is an exquisite song writer whose vocals soar above ﬁnger style guitar, underpinned by Lukas Drinkwater’s nimble, percussive double bass and vocal harmonies. Their live show is full of musical brilliance and improvisation combined with wit and charming brotherly camaraderie, bringing to mind comparisons with the virtuosic pairing of John Martyn and Danny Thompson. After many years of touring together and reﬁning their craft Jacob & Drinkwater released their ﬁrst full studio album This Old River in 2019 to much critical acclaim. Touring their dynamic and emotionally charged music to numerous sold-out venues throughout 2019, they are now back on the road. Early Bird tickets £11 (ﬁrst 30 advance ticket sales only), thereafter £14 advance and on the door; 16 & under £5. Book online at hermonchapel.com Tel: 01691 662 196
ST. DAVID’S DAY CELEBRATION Wynnstay Hotel Oswestry. Oswestry Welsh club’s guest speaker Katrina Wyn Davies, winner of Bardic Chair and Crown at recent Powys Eisteddfodau. 7.30pm. Details from Enid Thomas on 01691 654838.
SPONSORED WALK Hope House sponsored 10 mile walk along the Llangollen Canal raising money to support seriously ill local children and families. Starts at 10am. Free registration. Open to all ages and dogs (on a lead) . www.hopehouse.org.uk; 01691 671671
Shropshire Produce Market OSWESTRY’S MULTI-AWARD WINNING FREEHOUSE
15TH FEBRUARY - 9AM UNTIL 3PM
Handpicked Shropshire based food and craft producers selling the best the County has to offer in the town centre
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●Voted Most Dog friendly pub in the West Midlands ●Over 70 Gins ●Boards of Shropshire and Welsh Cheese ●Welsh Antipasti ●Radford’s Pork Pies ●Aunty Mo’s Scotch Eggs baileyhead.co.uk TheBaileyHead @TheBaileyHead TheBaileyHead
Over 300 talented young performers compete in this respected competition aimed at encouraging musical development. There are a huge number of classes using various instruments. The performances are free to watch and are held in local venues concluding with the Sunday ﬁnal at Christchurch. www.oswestry-tc.gov.uk for more information
28TH FEBRUARY - 9AM UNTIL 3PM
A collection of quality local craft and food producers
WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY Parking available adjacent to Powis Hall
WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY @OswestryTC
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Single breasted longline coat £80, riverisland.com
Dress to impress Gearing up for a fresh start this year, by the way of a career move? Well, we have some great advice for you here. Start with your wardrobe because studies have shown that first impressions are made within the first minute. Scary thought? It doesn’t have to be when you arrive brimming with confidence and looking your best. No matter the industry or job you’re interviewing for, being smart is a must. So what’s best to wear? It’s not about breaking the bank to look good it’s about using what you can in your wardrobe to achieve a great result.
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Camel Faux Wool Overcoat £69, Burtons burton.co.uk
Outer shell Invest in a nice coat if you can. It doesn’t have to be expensive. If you respect your garments, they can last a lifetime, even the cheaper ones. Ladies – Inject some colour and a fur collar if it’s the season. Look good, feel good. Gents – Make sure you get the length that suits you. There’s nothing worse than a coat that swamps a person, it can change a whole outfit. Keep it neat and tidy and you’ll find it works for other occasions. Value for money!
Suits for starters Ok, so there’s so much you can do with a suit to bring out your personality without creating a stir. Don’t forget, keep it calm (keep the loud, fun patterns for the weekend) but you can play with colour and keep it classy. Ladies – Options; checks, fabric types, mix and match so you don’t have to go with a traditional pin stripe or classic grey. Keep it interesting with a contrasting top underneath but avoid too sheer fabrics. Smart jumpers are ok when it’s chilly.
Finishing touch As we know, accessories can make or break an outfit. You know what works for you colour-wise and it does pay to wear your best items. You don’t have to match your bag to your shoes. Ladies: I used to wear my nice black shoes to interviews in the past because a) they cleaned up the best, b) they don’t show scuffs/damage so much c) they go with pretty much anything.
Left from top: SS20 workwear campaign, dorothyperkins.com
Gents: Yes I think you should wear a tie to complete your look if you attend a formal interview. However, take a lead from the industry and insider knowledge when you tackle this topic. Brown shoes work as well as black.
Navy blazer £90, navy trousers £40, riverisland.com
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Tu pink short £14, sainsburys.co.uk
Pink tote bag £29, M&Co mandco.com
Purple stretch skinny fit jacket £65, purple stretch skinny fit trousers £35, riverisland.com
Lipsy black mid heel court shoe £49, asos.com
Recipe for success
Kley black point pump £35, debenhams.com
Mix things up for an impact.
Sanctuary in Tan £105, dunelondon.com
Right from top: Lipsy belted mono frill dress £42, asos.com Checked blazer, brown knit, checked pleated skirt, oasis-stores.com Orange Mix & Match Blazer £25, Tapered Trousers £18, jdwilliams.co.uk Blazer £55, Cotton Traders cottontraders.com
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sweet treats Dark Chocolate Truffles Courtesy of Munchy Seeds, munchyseeds.co.uk
These gorgeous dark chocolate truffles dipped in chia seeds are perfect as an indulgent treat and make a wonderful gift for your loved one. Ingredients 100g plain chocolate 40g coconut milk 25g Honey Roasted, Salted Caramel or Warm Cinnamon Munchy Seeds Chia seeds for dipping Method 1. Finely chop the chocolate and place it in a microwaveable bowl. 2. Crush the Munchy Seeds with a rolling pin and add to the chocolate. 3. Heat the coconut milk for about 25 seconds until hot, but not boiling – pour over the chocolate mix, cover and wait for a few minutes. 4. Give the mixture a stir. If some of the chocolate has not yet melted, heat in the microwave for 10 second bursts until you have a smooth mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight. 5. Spoon out small amounts of mixture and shape into balls. Then dip these in the chia seeds to coat. 6. Put back in the fridge for an hour to chill. 52 | Oswestry life
Vegan Millionaire’s Shortbread
Courtesy of Co-op, coop.co.uk Treat your loved one to a vegan alternative. These are just as rich and indulgent as a standard version and may hit the button if you’re trying the meat free road with your partner. Ingredients 150g dairy free spread 125g golden caster sugar 220g plain flour 400g soft pitted dates, chopped 100g cashew nuts 125ml almond drink 100% virgin coconut oil 100g vegan dark chocolate To make the shortbread: 1. Line a 20cm square tin. Beat together spread and sugar with an electric whisk until pale and creamy, then add flour. Beat again until just combined. Spread out evenly over base of the tin, prick all over with a fork. Chill in fridge for 30 mins. 2. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees/ fan 180 degrees/Gas 6. Once shortbread is chilled, bake for 25 mins until firm and golden. Leave to cool. To make the caramel: Place dates, cashew nuts and almond drink in food processor, whizz for 2-3 mins until very smooth. Add coconut oil and
whizz to combine. Spread mixture over cooked base, then transfer to the fridge for 3 hours to set. For the topping: Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water (don’t allow it to touch the water). Pour over the caramel and spread evenly. Return to the fridge for a further 2 hours to firm up. Slice in to 16 squares.
French Kiss Margarita
Courtesy of Bakers Royale, bakersroyale.com Pamper your partner with a simply romantic cocktail. Ingredients 4 basil leaves 8 ounces blood orange juice 2 ounces lime juice 4 ounces Anejo tequila 2 ounces sweet vermouth Method Muddle the basil in the blood orange juice. Add remaining ingredients, stir and strain in to a glass filled with ice.
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This Mother’s day, look after your mum by giving her a day off cooking. Here are some ideas from breakfast in bed to a heart-warming dinner.
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Tea, crumpets, croissants and fruit Simple, delicious, a good start.
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Courtesy of Jamie Oliver, jamieoliver.com A quick and easy lunch for Mum. Ingredients Vegetable oil 4 large free-range eggs Variations Spinach and ham 20g baby spinach 75g cooked ham Tomato and basil 70g ripe cherry tomatoes 1 sprig of fresh basil Smoked salmon and chives 50g smoked salmon A few fresh chives
Creamy Tomato Lasagne Courtesy of Mary Berry BBC Good Food bbc.co.uk
Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 900g beef mince 2 onions, roughly chopped 4 sticks celery, diced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 level tbsp. plain flour 150ml beef stock 1 tsp caster sugar 3 tbsp tomato purée 1 tbsp chopped thyme 2 x 400g chopped tomatoes 12 sheets lasagne 75g mature chedder, grated White sauce 50g butter 50g plain flour 750ml hot milk 2 tsp Dijon mustard 50g parmesan, finely grated
method Preheat the oven to160C/325F/ Gas 3. Heat a large frying pan until hot, add the oil. Cook the mince until browned. Remove from the heat and transfer to a plate. Add the onion, celery and garlic to the pan and cook until softened. Return the meat to the pan and stir in the flour. Add the stock, bring to the boil. Add the sugar, tomato purée and thyme, then stir well. Stir in the canned tomatoes. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer in the oven for 1½ hours, or until the beef is tender.
Method Preheat the oven to full whack. Lightly grease 2 ovenproof ramekins or small baking dishes with a little oil. Prepare your chosen filling – roughly chop the spinach, quarter the tomatoes, finely chop the chives or slice the mushrooms. Place your chosen filling into the prepared ramekins, crack a couple of eggs on top and season with salt and pepper. Place in the hot oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny, then serve straight away. 2.3 litre/4 pint shallow ovenproof dish. Spoon one third of the white sauce on top. Arrange one layer of lasagne sheets on top. Spoon half of the remaining meat sauce on top and then half of the white sauce. Put another layer of lasagne sheets on top, then the remaining meat sauce and remaining white sauce. Sprinkle over the cheddar cheese. Preheat the oven temperature to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Cook in the middle of the oven for about 45 minutes- or until golden brown on top, bubbling around the edges and the pasta is soft.
For the white sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the flour, cook over the heat for one minute. Gradually whisk in the hot milk until thickened. Add the Dijon mustard and parmesan cheese and season well with salt and pepper. For the lasagne, put one third of the meat sauce in the base of a Oswestry life | 53
Love is on the menu In need of bringing romance to the table for Valentine’s Day? Or maybe it’s time for the family to treat mum with a tasty lunch to show your appreciation. We caught up with Oswestry’s Townhouse Bar & Brasserie to discover some tantalising offers just for you over these two important dates in the calendar. Our very own Townhouse has gone all out this year with a Valentine’s menu offering canapes on arrival followed by a gorgeous four-course menu for £45.00 per person. Or if you fancy a simple romantic meal another night over candlelight, you can always visit the main menu and discover a delicious, traditional steak and chips or chickpea balti. We recommend you start in the Lounge Bar for a cocktail before dinner. The resident head chef has created an outstanding menu showcasing some of their stunning dishes, from Chateaubriand to share, dauphinoise potato, roasted vegetables, madeira sauce to fillet of salmon & lemon sole stuffed with crab and thermidor sauce. On Sunday 22 March it’s Mother’s day. If you’re thinking of taking mum out for a pampering where she doesn’t have to do the cooking, the Townhouse have a special menu. The Mother’s Day menu is priced at £24.95 for three courses (available between 12pm-6pm) and is a delicious traditional Sunday roast. You really can’t beat a beautiful meat served with seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes. Kids are very welcome too and have their own menu. Maybe vouchers for the restaurant would suit for a gift if you have a super busy mum? Choose from £20 up to £75.
Co-owner Carly Woodward told us “We work very closely with our suppliers to provide fresh and locally sourced seasonal produce and cook everything fresh to order. We even grow various herbs and spices seasonally in our walled garden. “We pay very close attention to peoples allergies and preferences and offer a huge range of vegan and vegetarian options. We will always do our best to change a dish to suit our customers’ needs if they need us to.”
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Q: I have been in partnership with a couple of friends for the past four years but we have now got to the point in the business where we are thinking that perhaps we should operate as a limited company. Certainly from everything I have read it would appear to be preferable from a ﬁnancial point of view, since we are doing well and the future looks bright for us. What are the main things we need to consider? A: There are of course always advantages and disadvantages to the way a business operates, in any form. What you need to do is weigh them up to see which way offers the most advantages, based on your and your partners’ needs. Forming a limited company is what is known as ‘incorporation’. A limited company is recognised as a separate legal entity and as such carries with it limited liability. Subject to fraud and /or misrepresentation, you would not be held personally liable for any of the ﬁnancial losses made by the company. One of the most important issues is to ensure that the incorporation is tax effective. As there is clearly going to be more than one shareholder in your case, you will need to have an appropriate shareholders’ Agreement in place. This may involve amending your company’s current articles of association. It is worth bearing in mind that the structure of a limited company is much more complex than the collection of rights and duties which constitute a partnership. You should take advice from a lawyer experienced in company and commercial matters as to whether you have the right corporate structure. For example, it may be more appropriate for you to be operating through a group of companies headed by a holding company.
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Earn money to help your community Innovative social enterprise, Community Catalysts has come to North Shropshire. The group helps people across the UK to set up and run small enterprises, which improve the health and happiness of local people. In North Shropshire, they offer free support to help local people to run their own small enterprises offering care to their neighbours. Local resident Alex has already beneﬁtted from the scheme and is just about to launch his very own small enterprise. He explained what made him decide to offer help at home. “I decided to set up my own care enterprise because I know there is a need for it around the area I live. I don’t get a pension so it would be nice to earn some extra income as well. I’ll offer help with shopping, odd jobs, dog walking, sitting and chatting.
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Left: Over the stubble BELOW FROM TOP: Heavy going in the snow; Not taking the car out today; Intersting patterns; A white out in Cae Glas Park; The old school Welsh Walls
February in focus through the lens of Graham Mitchell
“January brings the snow, Makes our feet and fingers glow. February brings the rain, Thaws the frozen lake again.” I think Sara Coleridge’s weather predictions are as accurate as mine as I sit writing this piece. We have had occasional heavy snowfall in Oswestry over the last few years, but we have no idea when abouts in winter it will come. So this month I thought I’d share some photos from around Oswestry, taken when the white stuff has appeared. Now I am retired I tend not to drive too far in those conditions, but we have plenty of great locations to visit close-by. It is surprising how the snow adds new patterns and perspectives to a well-loved view. Just walking around town provides a lot of subject matter, especially when the sun makes an appearance. The Hill Fort gives great snowy panoramas, as does the Coppie and Shelf Bank. However, for a photographer there are some extra considerations at this time of year. Snow is obviously wet, and it is so easy to get water in to your camera and lens if you are out when it is
It is surprising how the snow adds new patterns and perspectives to a well known view.
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