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Contents

Welcome

Local news......................................... 5

to Oswestry Life

Foster mother – Mavis Humby........... 9 Oswestry – a future vision................ 13 Local walks...................................... 15 Nostalgia.......................................... 16

The warm weather is finally upon us and what better way to celebrate than enjoy the great outdoors looking for seasonal bluebells with our resident rambler, Graham Mitchell on page 15. Sticking with the outdoor theme, Interiors on pages 26-27 is a celebration of everything plant-based, bringing the outdoors in. On page 13 we take a look at the bigger picture of the town with Oswestry Civic Society’s recommendations for an eco-future. Don’t miss page 9 where we meet ‘mum in a million’ Mavis who has just published a book of her life and time as a foster carer. Enjoy the read

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Motoring........................................... 17 Out and about................................. 19 Property............................................ 23 Interiors............................................. 26 Gardening........................................ 41 Picture perfect prom........................ 46 Fashion............................................. 50 Health............................................... 53 Food and Drink................................ 54 Business............................................ 56 Culture.............................................. 59 Kids fun............................................ 64 Competitions.................................... 65 Last word.......................................... 66

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Charity cycle challenge Calling cyclists of all abilities! A brand-new cycle challenge is being launched this summer which takes in the beauty of all of North Shropshire while raising money for the county’s children’s hospice. Clive Knowles with celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh

Colourful donation to project A television project to create a garden for poorly children has been supported by The British Ironworks. The ITV show Love your Garden hosted by Alan Titchmarsh has created a wonderful new garden for the children at Manchester Children’s Hospital to enjoy and use. The British Ironworks, representing Shropshire, took on the responsibility of creating larger than life bright colourful flowers. Chairman Clive Knowles said: “The ITV show producers gave us a call, we’ve actually been working with them for some years now. “This project was immediately of interest and we hope to have injected some bright summer colour, to really make a splash outside the hospital. “Alan was delighted, and we hope to be working in collaboration with the Love your Garden team again soon.”

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The North Shropshire Cycle Challenge takes place on 10 June and offers an 85-mile sportive route through Newport, Wem, Hope House in Oswestry, Ellesmere and Whitchurch, plus a 35-mile fun route suitable for all. The event is being organised by the Shropshire Gentleman’s Club which has raised £300,000 for Hope House Children’s hospice over the past decade through annual balls and the Gents themselves undertaking challenges such as cycling to Paris. Standard entry fees are £25 for the sportive and £20 for the fun ride, but a £5 Early Bird discount is currently available. All of the entry fees, and any optional sponsorship raised, will go directly to Hope House.

Wynnstay Bowling Club’s indoor bowling season is over - and the new outdoor crown green grass bowling season is now underway.

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All the indoor scores, of the 37 participants, were added up to see whose name was to be engraved on the ‘Indoor Bowls’ trophy.

below: Launching the Cycle Challenge at Hope House are from left; Shropshire Gents Mark Charman, Ken McGillivray and Richard Kolbe with the Hope House Care Team Liz Norton, Shirley Gregory, Lyn Piatczanyn and Gwyneth Morgan.

This year the honours went to club member and former banker Steve Theobald with 166 points from the nine-session season, with Brian Cowley the runner-up, 26 behind with 143 points. If you fancy joining the Wynnstay Bowling Club, with the gentle and fun exercise it provides, turn up at the crown green directly behind the Wynnstay Hotel, any Monday or Thursday at 2pm and ask for a committee member. You will be made most welcome with membership costs just over £1 for the two-weekly session, at £33 for the full season that runs until the first week of October. This is Steve’s first entry on the trophy, which was won last year by Brian Cowley. Pictured: This year’s winner Steve Theobold (left) with runner-up Brian Cowley

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The Oswestry Round Challenge (ORC) is now in its third year will be held on Saturday 9 June. A 33-mile charity walk combining parts of Offa’s Dyke Path and the Montgomery and Llangollen Canals, it forms a complete circuit around Oswestry. The route starts and finishes at the Lion Quays.

Right royal cake competition Bakers from three local charities created cakes fit for a royal wedding when they battled it out over the mixing bowls in a BakeOff style competition held at Derwen College, near Oswestry. Charities Hope House and Empathy for Special Children joined hosts Derwen College for the competition which was supported by Oswestry Sainsbury’s. Two bakers from each charity competed in the blind baking technical challenge to whip up an Elderflower and Lemon Drizzle cake with a Royal Wedding theme, on Wednesday, 4th April. The event was overseen by Sainsbury’s Tammy Williams and the tricky process of judging the tantalising creations was carried out by Oswestry councillor and Derwen College governor Paul Milner and Sainsbury’s Richard Kirby and Hayleigh Ellis. The winner was Hope House Lottery Manager Gill Beckwith who created a stylish three-tier cake decorated with red roses. ABOVE: Cllr Paul Milner, Sainsbury’s Richard Kirby and Hayleigh Ellis, Derwen College bakers Amy Snow and Caroline Morris, Sainsbury’s Tammy Williams, Hope House bakers Gill Beckwith and Simi Epstein, and Empathy for Special Children’s Ethan Goddard-Cockaday and Samuel Williams.

During its first two years the ORC and the book together have raised over £29,000 for Cancer Research UK and Lingen Davies Cancer Fund at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. The organisers’ aim this year is to raise a further £25,000. Dave was treated in the Lingen Davies Centre in 2014 and he sees the book and the annual Challenge as ways of saying thank you for the care he received. The organisers are keen to hear from anyone who would like to be a marshal or help in some other way contact Annie at lizzy.kerr@sky.com For more information about the ORC or to register visit www.oswestryround.co.uk

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The festival programme includes sensational artists, including the celebrated Elias Quartet, just returned from another major tour of the US; others are Principals of major orchestras. They look forward to the Whittington residency as a welcome retreat from their pressured lives on tour between big cities.

The Gavin & Stacey star, best known for her outstanding and award-winning television writing, talked about her debut novel, Never Greener, a heart-rending, provocative and astutely written love story about getting what you want and losing everything you need.

Whittington’s sixth international music festival will run from 15 - 20 May and features 15 world-class musicians playing six concerts of British music. Tickets cost £15 or free of charge for ages 8 – 25-yearolds. To apply for free tickets, call 01691 657986.

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“The Oswestry Round is a delightful route,” explains Dave Andrews, who wrote the book it’s based on. “The Challenge is a great way to meet people, get some exercise and raise money for two cancer charities at the same time. It’s always a fun day, even when it rains!”

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Mavis was tagged ‘Mum in a Million’ by the Hospital Saving Association private health fund, where 34,000 mums were nominated nationwide. It resulted in her, plus husband and her foster children at the time Tanzy and John, winning a week’s family holiday in Tunisia. Foster child Emma Peace, one of three daughters she fostered and now a Shropshire health specialist with a son Richard, nominated her. Emma’s nomination letter appears in the book. Mavis’ prizes for winning included a mini cruise to Spain, where the shortlisted mums heard she was overall winner - appropriately on Mother’s Day, back in 1996. It also included a week in Tunisia, a weekend in a Jarvis hotel, a meal for four at The Sweeney Hotel plus a week in a log cabin in Silloth.

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Oswestry ‘Mum in a Million’ releases book of her life ‘Mum in a Million’ Mavis Humby has just released a book about her life and time as a foster carer – bringing up 180 foster children in Oswestry over 40 years, plus two of her own called Nicholas and Lisa. And, with a family of three sisters, it meant for a decade she was caring for seven children together. Commitments included numerous newborn emergency placements - before they moved on to adoptive parents. Mavis is particularly proud of the three sisters plus Adam, who lived with her and husband Patrick until their late teens, as the girls all went on to be successful mums and Adam a leading Oswestry painter and decorator.

Mavis was tagged ‘Mum in a Million’ by the Hospital Saving Association private health fund, where 34,000 mums were nominated nationwide The Middleton Road couple are most proud that, without exception, all their foster children have gone on to be excellent parents. “We hope that however short a time they spent with us. It helped give them stability,” Mavis said. As a tribute to all the children that passed through their Middleton Road home, Mavis has published a book detailing her incredible life. She’s called it ‘Other People’s Children - My Life and Family’.

On the Spanish cruise prize they were invited up to the bridge to meet the captain. In addition, the Chairman of Severn Trent, where Pat worked nominated them to attend a Buckingham Palace garden party!

Mavis has dedicated her book to ‘my wonderful husband Patrick, for all the happy memories he’s given me’ Mavis has dedicated her book to ‘my wonderful husband Patrick, for all the happy memories he’s given me’. And in its early pages pays tribute to her dad Ted ParryJones, who was Editor of Oswestry’s Advertizer for 20 years until the 1970s and her mum Winifred ParryJones who met him on the promenade holidaying in Aberystwyth. She recalls in her book seeing an advert by Shropshire County Council seeking part-time ‘family support workers’ which opened up a whole new world to her and Pat of being foster parents. She blames ‘all my lovely’ friends, for goading her into committing a full year getting the book together. “They encouraged me to write it, after me relating funny stories to them at our monthly gatherings over the last 40 years,” she writes in the foreword. Mavis and Pat made the decision to retire from fostering when both were in their 70s after Social Services gave them a 12-month sabbatical. “We finished with the perfect placement and the time had come to call it a day. She kicks off her autobiography: “It all began in Aberystwyth, where my parents met for the first time.” And dozens of family holidays there later, it obviously left a lasting impression on her and her journalist brother David, as both chose the nearby Dyfi Estuary for holiday homes.   Mavis’ book ‘Other People’s Children – My Life and Family’ is available on Amazon for £6.99 in paperback. Oswestry life | 9


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the town. The centre would again thrive. “If plans were to work on the longer term growth we could avoid the battles which occur when short term plans spring a proposal on the public such as the development around the hillfort, which was proposed only to meet short term number problems, rather than being part of any overall plan - no one looked at the big picture. By growing Oswestry in two new villages, and some southward growth of Gobowen we can foster communities rather than faceless estates. “The first village would be Park Hall,

capitalising on its existing sports, social and employment. The second would be at Middleton, capitalising on its position between the main employment sites proposed by Shropshire Council. We could make them ‘eco’ villages, based on solar power, clever drainage, cycling and electric cars. “Oswestry, Gobowen, the two villages, the employment sites, the hospital and the main railway would all be linked by a reserved public transport route. “Modern technology could allow driverless electric pods to do the job. The Heritage Railway already plans a novel connection between Gobowen and the hospital using the Parry People Mover.” In the group’s plans the hillfort becomes the centre of a country park, removing further threats to its future. Oswestry life

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Left: East side of the fort Top to bottom: The base of the ramparts Typical English bluebell Everybody enjoys bluebells A robin takes a break A jigsaw of blue

Rambles with a camera Walker, photographer and artist Graham ‘Grum’ Mitchell focuses on some of the region’s best walks.

The Bluebells of Shropshire

At this time of year, the most common question I get asked is “Where’s the best place to see bluebells?”, and the second question that follows is usually “How do I know if they are British bluebells rather than Spanish?” In Shropshire we are blessed with lots of places to see bluebells. Although they are usually found in woodland, they can also be found in open grassland as long as it’s not too dry. Over half the world’s bluebells are found in the UK, and some consider it to be the national flower. Confusingly the Scottish bluebell refers to the flower that we call a harebell. Favourite places to see bluebells in a woodland setting are at the Old Racecourse (especially the south side), Ifton Meadows (near St Martins), and even the Coppy (Llwyn Coppice). For the total bluebell experience, however, you must visit the hillfort. As we move into May, the fort suddenly takes on a blue tint. At this time of year, don’t take the route around the top. Drop down into the rampart ditches where you will be immersed in the blue and surrounded by the humming of bees. Due

to the differing amounts of light on each part of the fort, the bluebells flower at a slightly different time, extending the experience. The protected south facing banks flower first, with more exposed areas following on slightly later. On the East slopes the bluebell growth produces strange jigsaw-like patterns. Up to the second world war, the hillfort was fairly wooded, so this may explain the presence of so many bluebells. Bluebells are considered under threat from loss of habitat, as well as competition from the Spanish bluebell, a garden escapee. So how can you tell the difference between a British and a Spanish bluebell? Firstly the British version has narrow leaves, up to 1.5cm wide, its competitor’s leaves are wider at about 3cm. The native type has the petal tips curled back with flowers on one side of the stem giving a drooping effect, whereas the Spanish flowers are flared, and appear all around the stem which is more upright. The final indicator is the colour of the anthers carrying the pollen. These are usually yellow for native and blue for Spanish. There are hybrids of the two which can confuse matters. So keep an eye on the hillfort as you pass by, and keep watching the Oswestry Life Facebook page because as soon as I see them, I’ll be posting pictures. Oswestry life | 15


Nostalgia

Down memory lane

Historian David Owen takes us back in time to discover the fascinating history of The Cross and Salop Road.

The Cross

This view of the Cross shows several of the longestablished businesses which occupied premises here, often for several generations. Also, in evidence is the Police Station which had been relocated from the Horsemarket to The Cross at the end of the 19th century. It occupied one wing of the Cross Market hall which had been considerably extended during the 1800s with the creation of New Street and the building of the second market hall which linked Willow Street and Bailey Street. The clock above the main entrance to the market (not shown in this image) still exists and was installed in 1854, paid for by public subscription. The Latin phrase that surrounds it translates to, ‘Time and Money, Space and Weight. By one fixed standard calculate.’ The property on the immediate right of the image was known as the Maypole Buildings (occupied by the Maypole Dairy Company) but had, prior to the 1870s, been a large dwelling house occupied by the Poole (butchers) family and known as the Mansion House. It’s first commercial usage was when Jane and Eliza Poole converted the front parlour into a Bonnet shop. The property, which boasted ‘an oak staircase with beautifully turned balusters and wall panels made with

above: The Cross circa 1908 right: The Cross now. Image courtesy of Graham Mitchell

twigs’ was demolished in the 1870s and the commercial units constructed on the site. Edward Thomas & Co. was a well-known ironmongery firm for many years even though Edward Thomas himself had died in 1887. Further along, Cash & Co. the bootmakers had occupied several different premises within the area of The Cross whilst the Francis and Beckitt building opposite was a wonderful example of a halftimbered building prior to being refronted in the latter part of the 19th century. In 1845 original building housed the North & Central Wales Banking Company but this soon ceased trading and it became a grocer’s shop with the upper floor given over to a library and reading room in connection with the Young Men’s Institute. building we now know as the Black Gate (set back from the road) which was, at that time, a public house known as the Smithfield Inn. At this time much of the area where the new cinema was constructed (the old Kine Palace having been located down Coney Green) was occupied by the Dorsett Owen & Co. brewery and many pictures of the old Smithfield cattle market show a large, smoking chimney on the site.

Salop Road

One of the most common trades within the town at that time was that of boot and shoemakers and yet another one is in evidence on the left-hand side of the picture.

This view of Leg Street and Salop Road shows the area prior to the 1920s redevelopment, when the cinema building was erected. The Bear Inn (prop. Richard Waring) should not be confused with the Bears Paw which was a much later construction, and both existed for a time in the early part of the 20th century. The Baptist Chapel was only erected in 1891 and replaced the Black Gate school which had previously occupied the site next door to the

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TOP LEFT: Salop Road circa 1910 LEFT: Salop Road now. Image courtesy of Graham Mitchell


Motoring

Clocking up the smiles Journalist, car enthusiast and new dad Richard Jones test drives the Subaru XV in Melverley, taking baby Isabelle along for the ride If you were in Melverley over the Easter weekend and saw a man driving a car in the immediate direction of his step-father please rest assured no grandparent was injured in the making of this column. For this month’s daddy-daughter adventure, Isabelle and I needed a willing guinea pig to assist with the testing of some of the new safety equipment fitted to all Subaru XVs as standard. So I invited the folks along for a ‘day out’. The scene was set. The village’s beautiful black and white timberframed 12th century church formed the perfect backdrop, Belle’s granddad was happy to play his part, as long as I promised not to drive too quickly, and to top it all off ‘EyeSight’ - stereo cameras that scan the road ahead and can apply full braking force in emergency situations - worked perfectly. Just as it said it would in the brochure, the Subaru grinded to a halt all by itself and granddad Charlie was spared. Personally I was just relieved I didn’t have to send the car back with a shin shaped dent in the front bumper! Isabelle found the whole event very funny but joking aside the introduction of such technologies is nothing short of amazing. For a second imagine my stunt had been a real life situation and rather than planting a pre-warned pensioner in the middle of the road it was a young child who’d escaped the clutches of his mother and ran out in front of your vehicle.

EyeSight is just one of many tools fitted to the XV – a rugged SUV that is equally at home on snow covered forest tracks as it is on the school run – that makes it officially the safest family car in its class. The same system powers the vehicle’s adaptive cruise control, lane sway and rear collision detection, giving the car control over steering, throttle and braking in case of emergency.

EyeSight is just one of many tools fitted to the XV – that makes it officially the safest family car in its class And what better place to test the credentials of the 2.0-lite XV I had on test than Melverley? The picturesque village on the outskirts of Oswestry sits on the banks of the River Vyrnwy. It is a beautiful spot for a picnic and after the failed assassination attempt - sorry, I mean testing of the car’s safety equipment - a strong coffee, a sandwich and a slice of cake was greatly appreciated by all. It was while in this rural community that I began to fall in love with the small crossover. With prices starting from £25,000 it is expensive but as a person who adores the great outdoors and the lifestyle that comes with it, I really welcomed its large boot and off-roading capabilities.  It looks good too; fractionally wider and longer than

the previous version with a sleeker grille and LED headlights. Isabelle has just turned one and over the past 12 months my attitudes towards many things in life have changed – and cars are no different. Ask any parent and they will tell you the same; whatever the situation the safety of our children is paramount. Driving is no different. No longer am I judging a car by how fast it can go but by how practical it is and what safety features are included. Yes, the XV does 0-60mph in 10.1 seconds but what I want to know is: how many miles to the gallon does it do (41.1 for the record)? Should something unexpected happen how will the car respond? And does the vehicle have a boot large enough for Isabelle’s buggy, muddy wellies and shopping bags? The Subaru XV ticks all the boxes, if a little pricey and a tad thirsty!

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Out&about

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5 May

SPRING CRAFT FAIR Willow Gallery, Oswestry Support local artists and craftmakers – beautiful range of handmade items; free admission; 10am-5pm Tel: 01691 657575; willowgalleryoswestry@gmail.com

5 - 6 May

Napoleonic Riflemen Weekend Whittington Castle, Castle Street, Whittington. Open 10-4pm. Over 100 Napoleonic Troops will be on show at this large event at the castle. Drills, weapon displays, Battles with firing canons. £3 per adult and £1 per child. Contact castle on 01691 662500 or e-mail info@whittingtoncastle.co.uk

15 – 20 May

WHITTINGTON MUSIC FESTIVAL Fantasia on a British theme; six concerts; 16 British composers; 15 international muscians including the Elias Quartet. Book online or ring 01691 657986; www.whittingtonmusicfestival.org.uk

7 and 27 May Until 26 May

SPRING OPEN EXHIBITION Willow Gallery, Oswestry Including special feature, ‘The Stones’; Free admission; 9.30am-5pm

1 May

WRITING SURGERY WITH READER/WRITER IN RESIDENCE DAVE ANDREWS Oswestry Library, Arthur St The surgery is an opportunity for anyone interested in writing, to talk informally with Dave about their own work or ideas. Dave is also happy to talk to readers about his particular interests – literature and language. Free drop-in event 11am-12pm. Call to book 01743 250351

1 May

THE GLASS CASTLE (12A) Kinokulture Cinema, Oswestry Oscar winner Brie Larson stars alongside Woody Harrelson in this US drama based on the bestselling memoir. Larson plays Jeanette, coming of age in a dysfunctional family with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would inspire their children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. 7.30pm www.oswestryfilmsociety.com

The Mercians & Whittington Medieval Guild Whittington Castle, Castle Street, Whittington. Medieval encampment with living history, battle displays, cooking. Open 10-4pm each day. Free entrance just £1 to park. Contact castle on 01691 662500 or e-mail info@whittingtoncastle.co.uk

7-12 May

OFF THE HOOK The Guildhall, Bailey Head, Oswestry. The Attfield Theatre present ‘Off The Hook’ by Derek Benfield. Performances start 7.45pm; tickets £8; Box Office: The Guildhall, Oswestry Monday – Thursday 9am-5pm; Friday 9am4pm; www.attfieldtheatre.co.uk

9 May

15 May

THE ODD COUPLE (PG) Kinokulture Cinema, Oswestry Neil Simon’s classic flat share comedy is 50 years old this year and Oswestry Film Society are celebrating with a rare big screen showing. Walther Matthau and Jack Lemmon star as the mis-matched friends who have to learn to live with each other’s quirks and foibles. 7.30pm; www.oswestryfilmsociety.com

16 May

SHROPSHIRE RCC MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID STAND with Lisa Darkin Oswestry Library, Arthur St Part of the Oswestry Rotary Club - Health & Wellbeing Awareness Programme 9.30 – 12.00; call: 01743 250351

FINDING YOUR OWN POWER Oswestry Library, Arthur St Finding your true self in a world full of negativity can be difficult – but you are worth it. Award winning author/ counsellor, therapist, P J Roscoe leads the talk. A Year of Wellbeing event £3. Please book with library staff. 12.30-1.30pm. Call: 01743 250351

16 May

11 & 25 May

HUMANISM Oswestry Library, Arthur St Simon Nightingale introduces the subject of humanism. Over 50% of the UK population (and over 70% of young people) say they live without religion. Most of them have humanist beliefs, even if they do not call themselves humanists. Come and find out more. A Learning at Lunchtime event £3. 12.30-1.30pm. Call to book: 01743 250351

‘WOW’ WORDS ‘N’ PICS OPEN WRITERS Community Room, Llwyn Fields, (off Llwyn Rd) Oswestry, SY11 1HG - with flat access, disabled facilities and kitchen available Creative writing – beginners and all abilities welcome. Meeting fortnightly 1-3pm. Interactive workshops and full support. For more information contact Jan on 07702 165717 or email janhedger7@googlemail.com

11 May

PENNANT MELANGELL CHURCH AND SHRINE Organised by Oswestry & Border History & Archaeology Group; guided tour. Meet at the Church at 7pm. No charge. Contact Derek Williams on 01691 661793 or email obhag@histarch.uk

Oswestry Stroke Club Stand with Charlotte Parry Oswestry Library, Arthur St Part of the Oswestry Rotary Club - Health & Wellbeing Awareness Programme 1pm-5pm; call: 01743 250351

18 May

19 May

BOARD GAME CAFÉ Oswestry Library, Arthur St Save the world from a deadly disease, build a mighty kingdom - all this and more in a board game! Come along and try a new game, or bring a favourite from home. Café with cakes, hot and cold drinks run by Oswestry Guide Dogs Fundraising Group. Come and say hello to the dogs. Free event no booking required. 12-3.30pm

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will be bringing different creatures each day ranging from mini beasts to scorpions and snakes, and lots more. The experienced animal handler will share lots of interesting facts which surround these exotic animals and make sure that you have great fun in the process. 01691 671123 info@parkhallfarm.co.uk

19 May

STORYTELLING: STONE CIRCLES & MORE Willow Gallery, Oswestry Performance by members of Llangollen Storytelling Café; free admission; 2pm 01691 657575; willowgalleryoswestry@gmail. com

27 May

20 May

PLANT HUNTERS’ FAIR British Ironwork Centre, Oswestry Plant fair with a great line-up of top specialist nurseries from across the country who will bring a great range of perennials, shrubs, trees, rare species and old heritage varieties. The nursery folk are on hand to give honest, straightforward advice on choosing and growing the right plants for your garden. Entry to the Plant Fair and all other attractions is £1 in aid of Hope House Hospices. Free parking. 10am-4pm 0800 6888 386 www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk

LIVE MUSIC WITH DAN WALSH TRIO Willow Gallery, Oswestry Banjo maestro Dan teams up with fiddler Ciaran Algar and mandolin player Nic Zuppardi; 8pm (doors open 7pm); licensed bar; £12 (children £6); 01691 657575; willowgalleryoswestry@gmail.com

25 May

THE HOUSE OF THE BLACKSTAR Whittington Castle, Castle Street, Whittington. Medieval encampment, sword displays. Open 11-4pm. Entrance is free just £1 to park. Contact Castle on 01691 662500 or e-mail info@whittingtoncastle.co.uk

BANJO MASTERCLASS WITH DAN WALSH Dunbabin Room, Willow Gallery, Oswestry Receive advice and guidance from one of the leading players in the banjo world; contact Gallery for full details: 01691 657575; willowgalleryoswestry@gmail.com

22 May

25 May

20 May

DEMENTIA AWARENESS Oswestry Library, Arthur St George Rook, chair of local Dementia Engagement & Empowerment Project, will be speaking about how he is living with dementia, how it was diagnosed, and how he deals with it on a day-to-day basis. A Year of Wellbeing event. £3. 12.30-1.30pm. Call to book 01743 250351

23 May

DISABILITY OSWESTRY MEETING Hope Church, Laburnum Drive, Oswestry, SY11 2QR. 10.30-12.00 Adelle Wilkinson, Engagement Officer will talk about the role of Healthwatch Shropshire and the importance of the patient and service user voice being heard, especially in times of service change. There will also be coffee and cake, and a networking opportunity for everybody supporting people with any kind of disability. disabilityoswestry161@gmail.com    Tel: 01691 680382

23 May

YOUTH MARKET Bailey Head To celebrate National Love Your Local Market campaign Oswestry Markets will be supporting local schools and colleges to hold their very own market; 9.30am-2pm Tel: 01691 680222

24 May

FELT FLOWER WORKSHOP Oswestry Library, Arthur St Learn how to make felted flowers using wet felting technique. All materials provided - £5. Part of OsMakes 2018 “Flowers of Peace and Remembrance”. 10am-1pm. Call to book your place: 01743 250351 20

25 May

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CAR BOOT SALE Whittington Castle, Castle Street, Whittington £5 per car. Cars from 8.30am. Sorry no trade stands, open 9-1ish. No need to book just turn up. Contact Castle on 01691 662500 or e-mail info@whittingtoncastle.co.uk

THE OSWESTRY HERITAGE COMICS Oswestry Library, Arthur St Join local artist and archaeologist John Swogger as he talks about his year-long series of newspaper comic strips, how he researches and creates the comics which are helping to bring history to life. A Learning at Lunchtime event £3. Please book with library staff. 12.30-1.30pm. Call: 01743 250351

25 May

ARTISAN AND GARDENING MARKET Bailey Head, Oswestry A collection of quality local craft and food producers. In addition gardening will be an important theme with a number of plant stalls, gardening advice and how to support wildlife and healthy eating. 9am-3pm; tel: 01691 680222

26 May

WORKSHOP: POTTERY FOR ALL WITH GEORGINA WRIGHT Dunbabin Room, Willow Gallery, Oswestry An introduction to hand-building pots and vessels with clay: you will produce three pots in various styles; 10am-4pm; £60; 01691 657575; willowgalleryoswestry@gmail.com

26 May - 3 June

ANIMAL MAGIC Park Hall Countryside Experience, Near Oswestry Animal lovers are in for a unique treat this May half term when Park Hall’s farmyard favourites will be joined by a whole host of exotic animal friends. Not only will you be able to take part in in lots of farm activities but every afternoon from Saturday 26 May to Friday 3 June you will have the chance to get closer than ever before to some truly exotic creatures. The Animal Man

27 May

A WINTER’S TALE Whittington Castle, Castle Street, Whittington Outdoor Shakespeare production performed by The Festival Players. Pre-booked: Adults £14 and concessions £12. On night: Adults £16 and concessions £14. Please bring your own seating. Grounds open for picnics from 6pm onwards Refreshments available on site Contact 01691 662500 or e-mail info@ whittingtoncastle.co.uk

31 May

POETRY JAM: WORDZ AND SOUNDZ OPEN MIC Hermon Chapel Arts Centre A monthly session of performance poetry from all styles from slam to jam in three parts. Come and perform your wordz. The last Thursday of every month, free event and open to all. Doors 7.30pm for an 8pm start 01691 662196 info@hermonchapel.com

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12 Leg Street, Oswestry, SY11 2NL e: sales@woodheadsalesandlettings.com The Marigold, Park House Meadows NEW DEVELOPMENT - As you enter The Marigold through the covered porch you proceed through into the hallway. Leading off the hallway there is plenty of living space throughout this outstanding property including a generous lounge and large open plan kitchen dining area. Upstairs is equally spacious with four good size bedrooms, family bathroom and an airing cupboard. The master bedroom features an en-suite bathroom with walk in shower. The Marigold also offers an attached/integral double garage. Estimated handover date May/June 2018.

OIRO £305,000 West Felton, Oswestry Woodheads are delighted to present this impressive, executive four double bedroom detached house to the sales market. Grove House enjoys a semi rural position and offers generous living space which includes a reception hall, three reception rooms, a modern kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom, utility room, galleried landing, master bedroom with en suite and modern family bathroom. Outside the property boasts a double garage and private rear gardens. EPC rating D

OIRO £400,000 Bentley Drive, Oswestry The property is located behind Oswestry School in a sought after area of Oswestry and has versatile accommodation comprising: five bedrooms, four of which are en-suite, a re-fitted kitchen, living room, cloakroom, three reception rooms, two utility rooms, gas central heating and double glazing. Externally the property enjoys a large private landscaped garden to the rear with a patio entertainment area and a double garage and driveway to the front. EPC rating C

OIRO £415,000 Foel, Welshpool The Old Rectory offers all the comforts of contemporary fixtures and fittings whilst retaining the beauty and charm of a host of original features including original fireplaces, high ceilings, polished floorboards, deep windows with shutters and the original front door. The comfortable and generous living space boasts a sitting room, drawing room, kitchen/ dining room, pantry/ larder, utility/ boot room, downstairs WC, rear porch, two en suite bedrooms, three further bedrooms and spacious family bathroom. Externally, the gardens extend to 0.79 acres with versatile outbuildings. EPC rating F

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BRING THE OUTDOORS IN Invite the calm of nature into your home by introducing some unique planters, leaf prints and a mix of natural finishes. Nothing freshens a space better than a pop of greenery! Leafy prints and shapes have taken a more sophisticated turn over recent years, with a range of paired back and contemporary designs on the market to suit every style. From bold tropical leaves, to more delicate and intricate designs, we’re seeing these leafy details across a huge variety of forms including cushions, wall prints, furniture upholstery, rugs, ceramics and even lighting.

Flora and fauna watering can, £16.95 from www.annabeljames.co.uk

Materials from rattan and bamboo to cotton and wood – if it came from the outside, we’re finding a place for it inside our home.

▼ Palma leaf green and white glass hurricane lamp, £112 from www.artisanti.com

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▼ Falling leaves winter lamp, £249 and, bottom, soft bolster, £65 both by Anna Jacobs, www.annajacobs.london

▲ Botanical-style leaf rug available in range of sizes, a 1.83 x 1.22 m rug is £299, from Frith Rugs, Shrewsbury Tel 01743 463305 or www.frithrugs.co.uk. ▼ Banana forest cushion, £30 by Uma Prabhakar Gokhale from www.artwow.co

▼ Gerbera, Sunflower and Log design pouffes, £24.99 each from Garden Centre @ Derwen, Gobowen. Tel 01691 661234 or www.visitderwen.co.uk

▲ String of pearls artificial hanging pot plant, £34 from The Contemporary Home, www.tch.net

▼ Green rug, size and colour made to order from J&I Carpets, Oswestry, Tel 01691 656843 or www.jandicarpets.co.uk

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15 Trehowell Ln, Weston Rhyn £149,950 3 bed, good location, gardens EPC = D

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Barley Meadows, Llanymynech £349,950 New 4 bed detached house EPC = B

Wootton Fields, Queenshead £425,000 Detached cottage with around 5 acres Outbuildings. Close to A5. EPC = G

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Mature town property A detached family house with easy access to the town centre has come onto the sales market with agents Morris Marshall & Poole. Bryn Awel on Middleton Road is level walking distance to the town centre and downstairs features two reception rooms, a kitchen breakfast room and shower room. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a family bathroom. The property is warmed by gas-fired central heating and includes double glazed windows. Outside there is ample off-road parking and a detached workshop. Bryn Awel is priced at £210,000. Viewings can be made by calling Morris Marshall & Poole on 01691 679595.

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Scenic surroundings Situated in the popular village of Pant, close to local amenities but with the advantage of a cul de sac position this stunning detached family dormer bungalow offers scenic far reaching countryside views. The property has full uPVC double glazing throughout and is warmed by oil fired central heating. The flexible and well presented living accommodation briefly comprises on the ground floor: porch, entrance hallway, spacious lounge, kitchen breakfast room, dining room and study/ bedroom three, family bathroom and superb conservatory with French doors opening onto the immaculately landscaped gardens. On the first floor ther are two further bedrooms, one with en suite and both taking advantage of the surrounding views. Outside there is a large driveway and access to the garage with the rest of the property being enveloped by well maintained and laid out gardens. Gwynt Newydd is on the market wirh Richmond Harvey for £325,000. Call 01691 654222 for further details or to arrange a viewing

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Their colours and flavours vary immensely from powerful peppermint and spearmint to those with an underlying taste of apple, citrus, banana, red berries, and many more. And for chocoholics everywhere there’s even Chocolate Peppermint with a hint of dark chocolate. Irresistible! A wonderful assortment of herb plants are available at garden centres now, so buy your favourites to create your own culinary herb gardens. Many herbs can be raised from seed too, so buy packets of coriander, basil, parsley, chives and many others.

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Marches School still ‘Good’ Following a successful short Ofsted inspection of the Marches School last month, the school has maintained its ‘Good’ rating.

The inspection pointed out a number of strong improvements across the school, with the level of ambition that the leaders and governors have for the pupils, which is excellently displayed with the whole school ethos of ‘achievement through caring’. Mrs Alison Pearson, associate headteacher of the Marches School, commented: “As a school, we are extremely happy with the result of the recent Ofsted Inspection. The improvements we have made as a school are testament to the hard work and determination of staff, pupils and parents. The support of our wider community helps the school to flourish and grow. We will continue striving to give our young people an excellent education and platform for adult life.”

New forest school at college North Shropshire College is providing a unique opportunity for young explorers and their parents in the form of the new Walford Wood Forest School. The school will offer children and their parents a wealth of activities from playing in the mud kitchen and digging for dinosaurs, to making exciting crafts in the surrounding woodland areas. April Harding, childcare tutor at the college, who is also the lead for the new Forest School comments: “We are very pleased to be offering such a wide range of activities. The Forest School will provide a wonderful opportunity for parents and their children to experience the countryside, and in particular the wonderful settings around our Walford Campus, whilst learning new skills in an enjoyable and relaxed environment.”

Achievement through caring We believe: Successful, creative, lifelong learners participate in a journey of self-discovery. They know how to learn, acquire skills and feel safe to take risks with confidence and courage.

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“Every girl in England should have at least a term in this environment” Good Schools Guide

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National call-up

North Shropshire College (NSC) is delighted with the success of several of its TNS Professional Phase Scholarship Players who were recently called up to represent the Welsh under 18’s Academy team. Lewis Dutton, James Parry, CJ Craven, Callum Jones, Rob Reynolds and Tom Williams were the Scholars who impressed coaches at the training camps to earn their place in the team. Their excellent technical ability, intelligence and leadership qualities led to them being recognised by the Welsh team and considered for two recent fixtures against the Republic of Ireland. Steve Benyon, sport lecturer at NSC comments: “This has been a wonderful experience for our Scholars and has given them the opportunity to excel and develop their skills within an international level setting. I would like to congratulate them on their performance so far and wish them further success as they develop as players in the future.” Welsh U18’s Squad players with TNS NSC Scholar Callum Jones (far right)

Royal Marines put Marches pupils through their paces

Royal Marines visit Marches School Pupils at the Marches School were recently put through their paces by serving Royal Marines. The Marines, who are based at Shawbury, visited the school to give a presentation on life with the Marines, their experiences and the benefits of being in the forces and put the youngsters through a series of challenging drills and exercises. Gareth Jones, assistant head of sixth form at the Marches School, comments: “It was a pleasure to welcome the Royal Marines to the Marches School and the students and pupils enjoyed listening to what they had to say and going through the tough drills. We find it extremely beneficial to have these sort of hands-on activities, to allow the students to think about their career path from current professionals, and we look forward to having these sorts of days again in the future.”

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Picture perfect prom Picking a prom look is no easy task. You want to look beautiful but ontrend and be comfortable enough to dance the night away – but also get plenty of Instagram hearts. With every moment of your prom caught on camera by photographers and smartphones, there’s so much to do to prepare for the big night. Fear not, we’ve gathered together the best local businesses who will help turn you from pupil to prom queen.

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It’s nearly wedding season and this year there are options for the extrovert and those loyal to a black number. A beautifully striking yellow dress will bring the sunshine with you. Any other bright block colour will work a treat… pink, green, blue and it’s okay to mix those colours with accessories. The next trend hitting the shops is flowers, perfectly summery and beautiful. Long length, ruffles and ties will really give an edge to your outfit along with a pretty hair comb. The final trend is black! It’s back yes (yippee for the slimming silhouette), but instead of an LBD try a tailored suit with amazing jewellery and shoes. Here are some we found in the shops.

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Sometimes it takes modern medicine a while to accept some of these compounds... Mother Nature has always been a bit of a pharmacist! leaves of digitalis purpura to treat the condition. Withering investigated and found the foxglove, common in acidic soils, was the source. Keep your eye out this summer for this purple flower growing wild in our hedgerows: it might remind you of William Withering! Let’s fast forward 200 years. Have you had gout and been given colchicine? Thank the genus colchicum. Have you taken apomorphine for Parkinsonism? Thank the poppy. Most of us have taken painkillers. Thank the poppy again. Do you take aspirin? Thank the willow tree. Sometimes it takes modern medicine a while to accept some of these compounds. Black cohosh for perimenopausal symptoms or St John’s Wort for depression are perhaps examples of this. I could go on. Mother Nature has always been a bit of a pharmacist! Many patients see conventional medicines as chemicals or poisons. It is true that they - like many complementary medicines - are potentially dangerous, but a large number of them have their origins in the natural world. Recently there has been reports of a whole new group of antibiotics found in soil. So perhaps your GP is often practising a sort of disguised ‘natural medicine’. Oswestry life

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Spears of goodness Spring into gin Now spring is here and summer is just around the corner, lots of people are turning to gin and tonic as a refreshing summer drink. There is a huge boom in micro distilleries meaning more choice than ever.  Gin is usually defined as a spirit that is principally flavoured with juniper berries, but more and more fruited, spiced and floral gins are on the market, possibly the two most unusual I have had of late being a Sweet Violet Gin and a Turkish Delight Gin. Some traditional gin makers claim that the non-juniper gins are not truly gin, but others have embraced the trend. Whatever your opinion there is now more choice available than ever before.  This spring I will mainly be sipping these: Henstones Gin - made in Oswestry with lashings of citrus in the boil which really comes through in the flavour Aber Falls Rhubarb and Ginger Gin an exciting new Welsh distillery Eccentric Gin Dewi Sant - a traditional gin with a unique twist of fennel. Really refreshing and a nice change from the fruited offerings Shropshire Spirit Company Salopian Gin No1 - made with Shropshire strawberries and raspberries.

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You may not know it, but May is officially asparagus season and British asparagus is hailed by leading chefs as the best in the world. While we might all grumble about the British weather, the UK climate allows asparagus stems to develop slowly producing a full, sweet flavour and a fine, tender texture quite unlike any other crop. And because it’s grown on our doorstep, we can enjoy British asparagus at its most flavoursome and nutritious – that’s no doubt why, during the season, we eat every last British asparagus spear ourselves, not one is exported overseas. Here’s a tasty recipe to try at home.

Brunch muffins with asparagus, egg and bacon One British asparagus grower’s favourite way of eating his crop is in a bacon sandwich. Here we’ve taken inspiration from that and added a poached egg, because runny yolk and asparagus were made to go together. Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil 12 rashers smoked streaky bacon 4 English muffins, split 25g butter 4 large eggs 200g British asparagus tips salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 120°C. Add half the olive oil to another frying pan and fry bacon until crisp. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper and leave to drain. Spilt the muffins open and toast on both sides, spreading with a little butter if you like. Transfer the muffins and the bacon to the low oven to keep warm. Fill a deep-frying pan with boiling water from the kettle and add a pinch of salt, setting over a high heat to bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a minimum so you just see a few gentle bubbles forming. Crack an egg into a small bowl and slide gently into

the water, lowering the bowl as close to the water surface as you can so the egg doesn’t spread out. Repeat with the other eggs and leave to poach until cooked to your liking, about 5-7 minutes. Bring a pan of water to the boil, add the asparagus and cook for 2-3 minutes until just tender. Drain well, drizzle over the rest of the olive oil and season with a little salt and pepper. Keep warm with the muffins and bacon if the eggs are not quite ready. Use a slotted spoon to lift the eggs from the water to a plate lined with kitchen paper. Allow to drain for a few seconds. To assemble the muffins, start by adding 3 rashers of bacon to each muffin. Divide the seasoned asparagus between each muffin and finish with a poached egg. Top with other half of the muffin and tuck in immediately.

Asparagustips It can help to cure hangovers and protect the liver against toxins It improves digestion. Eating asparagus promotes healthy bacteria in the large intestine and can help reduce bloating It is incredibly low in fat and calories, making it great if you’re on a diet Its anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants will help to reduce your risk of developing certain cancers Asparagus contains vitamin K, essential for healthy blood clotting It’s also a rich source of vitamin C, which boosts your immune system It can improve your libido. Research by International Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Drug Research, showed that when rats consumed asparagus their “mount rate” increased dramatically! Find out more at www.britishasparagus.com


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The broker London & County has created a great scenario to demonstrate this. Say you have a £150,000 25-year mortgage at 3%. Overpaying by £50 a month would mean your loan is paid off two years and three months early, saving you £6,548 in interest.

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Paying interest over the term of you mortgage is unavoidable but there are ways in which you can reduce the amount paid. FIX FOR LONGER Now is the time to fix your mortgage rate. Lenders have already started pulling their best deals as rate hikes loom. Even if your deal has longer to run, it could still work out cost-effective to swallow the early repayment charge and switch to a low rate. ERCs vary according to lender and mortgage size. Check your paperwork for how much you’ll have to pay, and then see whether the savings from your new deal can beat that figure. REDUCE LOAN When interest rates and returns on savings are low, it makes sense to plough money into paying your biggest debt — your mortgage.

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New partner at law firm An Oswestry law firm has taken its number of partners to 27 with the appointment of a personal injury specialist with more than 25 years’ experience. Dawn Humphries is a solicitor at Lanyon Bowdler, specialising in helping people with serious and catastrophic injuries pursue their claims through the courts. Brian Evans, managing partner at Lanyon Bowdler, said: “Dawn has played a major role in the success of Lanyon Bowdler since she joined us 20 years ago and we are delighted she has now become a partner with the firm.”

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An Oswestry businessman and his team are going to extraordinary heights to raise money for a local children’s charity. Jeremy Rose, who runs Ocean Telecom on Mile Oak Industrial Estate in Oswestry will be taking on the ‘Three Peaks Challenge’ in May this year to raise money for charity The Movement Centre, which provides life changing therapy to improve movement control in children who have a disability. Jeremy felt inspired to raise money for The Movement Centre after visiting the charity at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt hospital last year. Jeremy said: “After visiting The Movement Centre and seeing them in action and meeting a young child who goes to the charity to receive Targeted Training therapy, I was so impressed that I wanted to do something to contribute to the fantastic work going on there.” To sponsor Jeremy, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jeremy-rose3

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A Shropshire author has scooped a top county business award for her children’s books.

Do you believe in fairies with flowers in their hair wings as soft as feathers a song as light as air?

Lorna McCann, author of ‘Wendy and the Biscuit Tree’ and ‘Felix - the small boy with the BIG imagination’ won Best Children’s Product at last month’s 2018 Businesses for Children Awards at the Park Inn, Telford

I believe in fairies they live within my mind in my imagination as fantasies unwind

The 37-year-old former journalist from Childs Ercall was recognised at the awards for writing ‘fun’ and ‘enjoyable’ books for children. Lorna said: “I am absolutely delighted to have won this award. To have my work and books recognised in this way is a huge honour especially as there are so many fantastic businesses in Shropshire providing a mixed array of products for children and young people.” Since publishing her first book in 2016, Lorna has visited hundreds of

Author Lorna McCann receives Best Children’s Product Award 2018 from BCA sponsor Trish Parsons, owner of Bellini’s Box

school children across the county and beyond to share her books and passion for reading. She added: “One of the most fun and enjoyable aspects of my job is visiting schools and nurseries to share my books and talk to children about my work as an author.“ For more information on Lorna’s books or to find out more about her visits to schools and nurseries visit www. lornamccannauthor.co.uk or email lorna.mccann@teamauthoruk.co.uk.

I dream among the bluebells and wonder if and when the fairies will appear today in their fairy glen A stream of silver stardust dances before my eyes my head is full of magic of wonder and surprise I smile in satisfaction my work it is complete a painting full of fairies with happy dancing feet Jan Hedger www.janscreativewriting.co.uk

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The clinic offers a spacious, quiet and comfortable ground floor setting situated half a mile from the town centre with easy access and free parking. There is a pleasant and spacious waiting room with separate toilet facilities and the adjacent private treatment room is fully equpped and maintained to the highest standard.

Judith Lea

Registered Foot Health Practitioner and Registered Nurse

Call today for an appointment

07790 009298

Email: oswestryfootclinic@gmail.com

TREATMENTS: NAIL TRIMMING - CORNS - CALLUSES - ATHLETES FOOT - VERRUCA - FUNGAL NAIL - REFLEXOLOGY THICKENED NAIL - INGROWING TOE NAILS - DIABETIC FOOT CARE - PRESSURE RELIEF DRESSINGS - THERAPEUTIC MASSAGES

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Kids fun By Katie Millard of Baby Bird Café

Make:

Nature Crowns

Spring is such a great time to get outdoors - these Nature Crowns are a great idea for sunny days. Collecting daisies, dandelions or garden blooms and leaves is a lovely activity in itself, and older children could even use a Flower Identification Guide to identify which flowers they find.

You will need: • • • •

Sheets of coloured card Scissors Glue dots/ glue stick Collection of flowers and leaves

Method:

• With your scissors cut your lengths of card into a zig-zag shape to form a crown shape. • Secure the ends to form a circle with your glue dots/ glue stick • Create a pattern of leaves and flowers on your crown - and enjoy!

Bake:

Dandelion fritters

This time of year, the fields, woods and hedgerows are exploding with beautiful Spring wildflowers. Apart from harvesting wild garlic for homemade pesto, dandelion flowers can also be made into delicious fritters.

You will need:

• Dandelion flowers (harvested from areas free of traffic & away from dog walking routes) • 100g of plain flour • 2 free range eggs • Dash of milk to loosen the mix • Oil • Honey to serve

Method:

• De-stalk your dandelion flowers, and run under running water to wash, then dry off with kitchen paper • Mix your flour and eggs, adding milk until you have the batter consistency you desire • Heat your oil in a pan • Dip your flowers into your batter then place into your pan, browning both sides • Serve warm, drizzled with honey and eat straight away. Baby Bird Cafe hosts bespoke birthday parties, vintage afternoon tea, baby showers and crafting activities throughout the holidays. www.babybirdcafe.co.uk

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Win family tickets

Competitions BBC Gardeners’ World Live, one of the country’s best loved gardening shows, has announced the Show Gardens and an unprecedented number of Beautiful Borders to inspire visitors to the Show, at Birmingham’s NEC from 14 – 17 June.

Food festival at historic castle

This summer the stunning Boddelwyddan Castle in North Wales hosts the Great British Food Festival for the first time. The event, over the weekend of 30 June - 1 July promises to be a foodie feast. The line-up at Bodelwyddan includes over 50 Best of British producers and street food vendors, celebrity chef demos, talks, kids’ cookery lessons, great live music, a ‘Cake Off’ competition and ‘Men v Food’ challenges. The Chef Demo area and Bake Stage hosts a headline name throughout the event, with Beca Lyne-Pirkis taking the main stage and Sandy Doherty on the baking stage (both Great British Bake Off, and Christmas Bake Off 2017). On top of cooking up treats on the demo stages, Beca and Sandy will be judging the popular Great British Cake Off, where amateur bakers compete head to head in two baking categories (see www.greatbritishfoodfestival.com for details and to enter). A popular addition to the programme of events has been the inhouse Forager, who leads small groups around the estate searching for wild foods. There is entertainment for all the family throughout the weekend, including kids’ cookery lessons, free circus skills, as well as some children’s rides. There will be fantastic live music throughout, with a play list packed full of top local bands and artists, so you can do some shopping, grab some food and then have a well-earned relax with a local beer (or two) listening to some great live entertainment. Bring a blanket and sit out for the day enjoying great food and drink, live music and beautiful surroundings. The perfect recipe for a fun, foodie day out for the whole family. To win a family pass, answer the question: What is the name of the competition at the festival where amateur bakers compete head to head?

Visitors will be able to walk through the extensive Wyevale Garden Centres Solutions Garden designed by David Stevens, where each zone illustrates stunning, yet practical, ways to deal with common garden problems from soil types to dry shade and water conservation to weed control. Wyevale Garden Centre experts will be on hand at every point to talk you through the solutions and help you apply them to your own garden. Setting the bar in Show Gardens, Diarmuid Gavin, one of the most well-known names in garden design, has designed two gardens for the show this year. Four of the UKs brightest young sparks in landscaping will have constructed the gardens from scratch, packed with design features, variety of materials, and incredible planting combinations, as part of the inaugural Young Landscapers Competition. With a day out at BBC Gardeners’ World Live, whatever sized plot you’ve got, you’ll find yourself going home with a head full of ideas and expert advice, plus a car full of perfect plants and gardening kit. You won’t need to waste even a minute in getting started when you get home! Find out more by visiting: www. bbcgardenersworldlive.com We’ve joined forces with BBC Gardeners’ World Live to give four lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show. To enter, simply tell us, in which British city is the show held?

COMPETITION RULES: Closing date for competitions is 01/06/18. Send your entries, along with your name, address, email and telephone number on a postcard to Oswestry Life Magazine, Unit 2, Glovers Meadow, Oswestry, SY10 8NH or by email to info@oswestrylife.co.uk or enter on the website: www.oswestry.life. By entering any competition within this publication you consent to Oswestry Life and the promoters contacting you for marketing purposes. Your data will not be shared with any other party. For full terms and conditions please refer to www.oswestry.life MARCH WINNERS: Whittington Music Festival: Louise Whitley, Stottesdon, Kidderminster Spring Lambing Day: Claire Davies, Oswestry; Jo Hornsey, Whittington Man Engine: Katie Stant, Four Crosses

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Last Word

Oswestry School headteacher Julian Noad How old are you? 49 Where do you live? Oswestry School! I am lucky to have never commuted further than twenty minutes in any job, but living on campus does have its downsides. The role of Headmaster of a boarding school is necessarily 24/7 in nature. That’s what my family and I have always been used to. Where did you go to school/ college university and what did you study? The Judd School in Kent, one of the famous and old-fashioned state grammar schools, followed by Southampton and Bristol universities: electrical engineering and teaching. Tell us about your career to date? The idea of moving from university to sitting behind a screen designing electrical circuits did not appeal, so hop-farming and yacht-racing provided a fantastic gap year (or two) before I settled on teaching. My first post in a maintained middle school in Dorset transformed into Head of Science within months. Thence, with marriage planned, Jane and I moved to Bristol and Clifton College, where, over a dozen or so years, I was lucky to be challenged with many roles including Head of Sailing, Director of Studies and Housemaster. Senior leadership took me to North Wales, Rydal Penrhos, for five years as deputy head; a role which provided me with excellent foundations for my appointment to headship at Oswestry. 66 | Oswestry life

What is Oswestry School’s unique selling point? Its community and its care, as well as the opportunities to develop the whole person: ‘not for school, but for life’ is our motto. Describe a typical day in your role? There is no such thing as typical. I write this at the end of the first day of the summer term. The dog had his usual stroll at half six, before I dealt with overnight emails and preparation in a quiet study. After welcoming pupils with an address within our beginning of term service at St Oswald’s, it was discussions about how to make Speech Day work in our lovely new sports hall. A meeting about staffing for next year, a skype interview with a prospective overseas pupil, then teaching science to Year 5 and then Year 6. There are ad hoc conversations with staff, parents and pupils, all wrapped up with the usual battle with emails. A meeting with the boarding team over supper at 6.30pm brought the formal end of the day, but there’s work to do yet to be ready for the morrow. What do you love most about your job? Variety, working with young people, and (hopefully) making a difference to their lives. Any exciting developments planned for 2018? Actually, our estates team are hoping for a development rest next year. In the past three years we have: refurbished our prep school;

developed a suite of six new science labs; extended and refurbished our dining facility; created a superb new cooking teaching room; and, lastly, but not least, are two weeks away from completing a fabulous new sports hall with two indoor netball and tennis courts, indoor cricket nets, basketball and badminton courts. What’s your ultimate ambition for Oswestry School? It is my intent for Oswestry School to be the ‘the family school of choice in Shropshire’. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given? I am not certain that I have ever had direct advice, but I do follow Nelson Mandela’s line: I never lose; I either win or I learn. This fits well with our support of a growth mindset amongst pupils and staff. I do regularly provide careers advice and this usually follows the line of doing what you enjoy, because this is probably also what you are good at. If you weren’t a headteacher, what else do you think you would be doing? My original plan was to design nuclear power stations! Finally, what do you like to do in your spare time? In term time, spare time is a rare commodity. If time is my friend, then I would be on the water, sailing. More often, I will grab the chance to get into the hills for a run with the dog before catching up with the family.


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