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Welcome

Local news......................................... 4

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Author Richard Carpenter................. 9 Out and about................................. 13 Culture.............................................. 16 New community theatre.................. 17 Property............................................ 20

In true October tradition, we’re featuring a few seasonal favourites this month, including pumpkin recipes (p51) and Halloween inspired interiors (p26). Fashion leads with outfits inspired by the autumn sunrise and cosy knitwear essentials (p46). We take a look back in time at Whittington’s Three Trees (p58) and Graham Mitchell takes a walk spotting toadstools at Ifton Meadows (p59). Ellesmere is the destination for our motoring journalist as he test drives the Citroen C4 Cactus (p64). It’s also the hometown of author Richard Carpenter who has published his debut book this year (p9). I hope you enjoy the read.

Charlotte Ruscoe EDITOR

Interiors............................................. 26 Gardening........................................ 36 Education......................................... 39 Fashion............................................. 46 Six of the best - beauty essentials.... 49 Food and Drink................................ 50 Business............................................ 53 Health............................................... 56 Nostalgia.......................................... 58 Local walks...................................... 59 Motoring........................................... 64 Balloon carnival in pictures............. 65 Competitions.................................... 65 Last word.......................................... 66

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Local news

Sign language course starts

North Shropshire College is offering level one and two qualifications in British Sign Language, with the opportunity for those on a low-income or Universal Credit to take part free of charge.

Salon raises over £1500 for charity

A kind-hearted beauty salon owner and her team have raised over £1500 for Lingen Davies Cancer fund after being touched by friends and family fighting the disease. Katie O’Hara, owner of Butterfly Beautique on Old Chapel Court organised a charity ‘wax-a-thon’ at the Townhouse which saw local businessmen Tom Jones from Liar Liar, Ben Knowles from the British Ironwork Centre, Ollie Jackson from the Townhouse, Nic Davies from Nicholas Llewelyn barbers and Jimmy Hayns from Evolution gym brave the pain to raise money. Keen to put herself through a physical challenge, Katie and colleague Abbie Williams took part in a tandem skydive. Katie comments: “We’d like to say a massive thank you to all our clients and other businesses in the town who have supported our mission. Lingen Davies are a wonderful local charity who help so many, we’re delighted we can give something back.” From top: Butterfly Beautique salon owner Katie O’Hara on a tandem skydive; British Ironwork Centre’s Ben Knowles having his chest waxed by the Butterfly Beautique team; Katie O’Hara and Abbie Williams from Butterfly Beautique prepare for their skydive.

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Rosemarie Sellers, programme leader for community education commented: “On recent enrolment evenings we held in college, it was heart-warming to hear the reasons why learners were enrolling. Many were wishing to help family members who are profoundly deaf or who are becoming deaf. I myself intend to gain this skill so that I can communicate with my tutor who is deaf.” Classes begin on 24 September 6pm to 9pm for beginners and Tuesday evening 6pm to 9pm for intermediate level. Call 01691 688000 to find out more.

New store opening A new clothes shop has opened its doors on Beatrice Street. The Blue Hanger Clothing Co. is run by business partners Amy Cullen and Louise Ridgers. The pair have many years of retail experience between them after running a successful clothes stall at the town’s market. “We’ll be providing good quality used and new clothing side-byside, catering for men, women and teenagers in the new store. We also have a variety of children’s clothes on our market stall.” Below: Amy Cullen at The Blue Hanger Clothing Co. market stall on Bailey Street


Championship medal winners

Students from Oswestry Tae Kwon Do competed at the North Midlands Area Championships in Derby Arena, coming home with five medals. The competition featured over 400 participants from across the midlands and north west.

Rory Tinsley secured gold in the boys strike pad power test, Dan Valentine got bronze in the men’s blue belt patterns and men’s heavy weight blue belt sparring and Lily Ryder won gold in the girls’ green belt tag team sparring and bronze in the girl’s green belt sparring. Also taking part were Matt Hanks and Rebecca Manford. The martial arts group led by fifth black belt instructor Carl Rudolf meets every Tuesday and Friday at The Marches School. Visit www.tagbtaekwondo.co.uk to find out more. Pictured: Front, from left Rebecca Manford, Rory Tinsley, Sam Fielding, back from left, Dan Valentine, Carl Rudolf and Chris Southan

‘Life-saving’ nurse named Health Hero A ‘life-saving’ staff nurse at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital has been named the latest Health Hero.

Mel McMahon, who works on Powys Ward at the Oswestry-based hospital, won the award after receiving 12 nominations from her colleagues who described her as ‘passionate, professional and caring’. Her nominations came from Powys Ward Manager Deb Povall, Sister Heather Owen, Acute Pain Sister Nicki Williams, Ward Clerk Angela Roberts, Student Nurse Charlotte Rigg, Staff Nurses Sarah Holgate and Ellie Smith, and Healthcare Assistants Jeremy Chavez, Jen Richardson, Hazel Arnold, Ruth Llewellyn and Julie Beardmore. Deb Povall, a ward manager who nominated Mel, said: “Mel provides leadership beyond her years; this was demonstrated in a recent emergency when she stayed calm and led the team which saved a life. Every manager would be lucky to have a Mel.” Healthcare assistant Ruth Llewellyn said: “She is a brilliant staff nurse who is always happy and smiley. I always enjoy and look forward to working with her.” The award was presented to Mel by Chief Executive Mark Brandreth. Mel said: “I’m completely in shock. I work with an amazing team and I couldn’t ask for better colleagues. “I want to thank them all for the nominations and the lovely things they said about me.” Mark said: “It’s clear by her colleagues’ words that Mel is a highly-valued member of staff and her devotion to her patients is an inspiration to everyone. “For 12 of her colleagues to take time out of their busy working day to nominate her really speaks volumes, she is a very worthy winner and we are fortunate to have her as part of our team.”

Oswestry Makes 2018 – dates for your diary

Oswestry Makes festival will be running throughout October, celebrating the many opportunities there are in and around the town to learn new ‘making skills’, buy locally made art and showcase the amazing talent that exists locally.   This year’s theme will be Flowers of Peace and Remembrance and organisers are encouraging anyone that wants to be involved to make flowers to help decorate the town from mid-October. There will be two free fabric flower workshops on 29 September and 6 October from 10am to 12 midday at Lewis & Holmes on Castle Street. On 13 October, there will be a flower craft session at Oswestry Library from 11am to 3pm which is free to attend and open to all ages. The organisers are inviting local businesses and schools to decorate their premises from 15 October. For more information, visit www. oswestrymakes.wordpress.com.

Choral workshop

Cantiones Chamber Choir are inviting local singers to come along and join them for a choral workshop ‘Antonin Dvorak: Mass in D’ on 6 October between 9.30am and 5pm. The event will be held at Christ Church on Arthur Street. Directed by Gerry Howe and with musical accompaniment from Christopher Symons, the cost is £12 to include music hire and refreshments. Students 16+ are welcome free of charge. A performance being held at 4pm is free to attend for the public. Contact pam.parish@talktalk.net or call 01691 655358 to find out more.

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International appearance for young footballers

Crafty Knitters donation to care home Oswestry knitting group, The Crafty Knitters recently presented a selection of handmade ‘twiddle muffs’ to the New Fairholme at the Senior Citizens Hall. The cosy gifts are for the dementia patients at the town’s care home.

Three Oswestry School footballers have made a name for themselves internationally after taking part in some of the world’s biggest footballing competitions. Ben Clark travelled to Macedonia to play KF Shkëndija in the first qualifying round of Champions League for Welsh team The New Saints. Ben then travelled to Gibraltar to play Lincoln Red Imps in the Europa League, where the team secured a win, and then played FC Midtjylland of Denmark, who are currently second in the Danish league. A 5-1 loss saw the end of the TNS European adventure but gave Ben the opportunity to travel the length and breadth of Europe. Meanwhile Year 11 pupils Chun and Yat Wong, twin brothers, played for Hong Kong U16’s against Manchester United in the JC Youth

L-R: Chun Wong and Yat Wong

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Twiddle muffs are a double-thick knitted muff with items attached so that a patient with dementia can twiddle in their hands. They are effective in minimising agitation in people with Alzheimer’s and dementia and can even reduce the need for medication. The next meeting of The Crafty Knitters will be on 8 October 1.30pm until 3pm at the Senior Citizens Hall on Lorne Street. Members of The Crafty Knitters group


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including a game called Prontoball – a brand new exciting fast flowing sport between two teams which involves scoring points by getting a small ball into an unusual goal made up of a rugby H frame inside two goalposts. Richard said: “It was such a fantastic day and so many children and parents enjoyed trying out the new games.

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Ellesmere author set for book ‘double’ Not content with writing and publishing just one book this year, sport-mad father-of-two Richard Carpenter is going for the ‘double’. The 41-year-old from Tetchill in Ellesmere, released his debut book ‘Sportonova - The Games Begin’ on Amazon in June and already it has become a firm favourite with many children and parents alike. The story is set in outer space in a galaxy full of sports-ball shaped planets and Sportonova is the planet which shines the brightest. The plot follows the adventures of its inhabitants who gather in the fictional village of Clapuwood to create the ultimate sports tournament.

“It was very exciting to bring the games and book to life especially Prontoball. This is our favourite and I play regularly with Joshua and Thomas in the garden. It was fabulous to see other people having so much fun playing it too.” By showcasing some of the new sports it’s hoped others will be inspired to play the games more regularly and eventually Richard hopes to create a sports league in Shropshire involving the games featured in the book. He said: “Not everyone is into football, cricket or rugby so these games offer something a little bit different. It would be great to have a Sportonova league for all ages to encourage children and their parents to lead more active lives.” Published with the support of Team Author UK, ‘Sportonova - Let the Games Begin’, is just the beginning of Richard’s journey as a new children’s author.

He said: “I’m just on a roll. At the moment when I sit down to write, the words just flow so I’m getting on with it before I lose momentum. “I’ve always enjoyed writing but never really thought it would be possible to publish my own book let alone two in the same year. “I still have some way to go but I’m confident it will be ready for publication by December.” Richard’s second book ‘Sportonova - Winter Games’ will be set in Clapuwood and the nearby mountain village of Skilake. This time the teams compete in a winter tournament playing games such as ice hockey. Prontoball also makes a return to the plot and Richard says there will be some more brand new games for readers to look forward to including a game suggested by Thomas which mixes moguls and dodgeball. For more information on Richard’s latest books and projects, visit the website www.sportonova.com or email games@sportonova.com.

Richard Carpenter signs copies of his book and, top, with sons Joshua (left) and Thomas (right)

In fact, the busy dad, who works in IT by day, is already busy working on a sequel to Sportonova and is planning for its release later this year.

Inspired to write by his two sons Joshua (6) and Thomas (9), Richard recently brought the fictional games to life when he created his very own Sportonova tournament at St Mary’s Primary School summer fair in Overton. The event was held to officially launch the book and involved Richard showcasing several of the fun and unusual sports which feature in the book. Children and parents got to try out several of the new activities Oswestry life | 9


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12 & 26 October

AUTUMN OPEN EXHIBITION Willow Gallery, Oswestry Featuring Outline Art Group from the borders of Cheshire and Staffordshire; Free admission; 9.30am-5pm

28 September

BRONWEN LECTURE SERIES Community Theatre, Moreton Hall School ‘NHS at 70: The Story of Our Lives’; is a nationwide project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to celebrate 70 years of the NHS through the voices of the patients and medical professionals from across the decades. Join us at the Musgrave Centre at Moreton Hall to hear about this landmark project celebrating a national treasure. 6.30pm – 9pm Contact James Manford to register: manfordj@ moretonhall.com

29 September & 1 -6 October

THE ACTRESS BY PETER QUILTER The Attfield Theatre, The Guildhall, Bailey Head, Oswestry Box office at The Guildhall. 7.45pm 01691 680222 www.attfieldtheatre.co.uk

COME AND SING! with Cantiones Chamber Choir Christ Church, Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN. Dvorak’s Mass in D. Musical Director: Gerry Howe. Accompanist: Christopher Symons Cost: £12 to include music hire and light refreshments, Students 16+ free of charge. 9.30am to 5pm The 4pm performance is free to the public. For information and application form:Tel: 01691 655358 or Email pam.parish@ talktalk.net PANT AUTUMN BAZAAR Pant Memorial Hall (on the main road, SY10 9QG). Crafts, cakes, gifts, plants, books, complementary therapies, refreshments, hot snacks, tombola, bric-a-brac and much more. A village get-together and a pop up shopping centre with something for everyone! 2pm – 4pm, free entry and free parking. www.pantmemorialhall.org.uk

2 October

SANCTUARY (15) Kinokulture Cinema, Oswestry Sophie and Larry – one has epilepsy and the other Down’s syndrome - met in Sophie’s care home and have fallen in love. Care worker Tom has arranged to let them have an afternoon together in a local hotel in town, sneaking them away from a group trip to the cinema, all does not go to plan in this charming and untraditional award winning comedy from 2016. 7.30pm www.oswestryfilmsociety.com

3 October

ORTHOPAEDIC MALE VOICE CHOIR AND THE AUSTRALIAN WELSH MALE VOICE CHOIR CONCERT Wonderful evening of music with special guest star, soprano Ayșe Göknur Shanal. Tickets £10, available from the League of Friends Cafe at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital. There will be no admission on the door so tickets must be bought in advance. In aid of Hope House and the RJAH League of Friends.

4 and 18 October

OSWESTRY RECORDED MUSIC SOCIETY Qube, Oswald Road, Oswestry. Listen to presentations of classical music played on high quality equipment. Learn about the music from our members’ research. A great way to relax in convivial company, with a break for tea. This month the committee will introduce our 60th season on the 4th, and on the 18th Paul Astell will present a programme entitled “Looking Back” tracing the history of the society in music. Annual subscription £20. Further information 01691 682485. www.oswestryrms.co.uk

GRAVEYARD GRAFFITI IN NORTH EAST WALES Oswestry Methodist Church Hall, Castle Street. Organised by Oswestry & Border History & Archaeology Group. The graves in churchyards in and around old Montgomeryshire are especially rich in graffiti dating from 150250 years ago. Tom Lerwill suggests possible explanations for their occurrence.  Members £1, non-members £3. 7.30pm - 9pm. Contact Derek Williams on 01691 661793 or email hanes@obhag.org.uk “WOW” WORDS ‘N’ PICS OPEN WRITERS Creative writing – beginners and all abilities welcome. Meeting fortnightly 1 – 3 pm. Interactive workshops and full support. Contact Jan on 07702 165717 or e mail janhedger7@googlemail.com

13 October

APPLE DAY Bailey Head, Oswestry This established annual event celebrates the apple and healthy eating with lots of interesting varieties of apples and advice on growing by the local orchard group CROP. 9am-2pm 01691 680222

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Lizabett Russo Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Chapel St, Oswestry Scotland-based singer-songwriter Lizabett Russo merges her native traditions with elements of contemporary jazz, avant garde folk and world music, a range of influence effortlessly spanned by her powerfully versatile voice. “This is simply world-class work, by any standard” Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 “Wonderfully haunting” Late Night Junction, BBC Radio 3 8:30pm - 10:30pm Box Office: 01691 662196 www.hermonchapel.com

11 October

THE WAR MEMORIALS OF SHROPSHIRE Oswestry Library, Arthur St Local historian Peter Francis’s latest book is issued to mark the centenary of the Great War. As part of Oswestry’s Wilfred Owen Festival he will be giving an illustrated talk at the library on some of the county’s many fascinating memorials and the people listed on them. 12.30-1.30pm £3. Please book with library staff. Call: 01743 250351.

SPACEHEADS, BLACAKAT AND RUCKSACK CINEMA Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Chapel St, Oswestry Fancy a trip to the moon as a space rebel? Or maybe you’d like to join the revolution sashaying up the mall or go for a short ride on the arrow of time? 8.30pm-11pm Box Office: 01691 662196 www.hermonchapel.com

13 October

CRAFT FAIR Willow Gallery, Oswestry Good array of unusual gifts; also meet local artists and artisans; 10am-5pm; Free entry

16 October

THE BREADWINNER (12) Kinokulture Cinema, Oswestry 11 year old Parvana is growing up under Taliban rule in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, she cuts off her hair and dresses as a boy in order to support her family. Award winning animated drama. 7.30pm www.oswestryfilmsociety.com

18 October

ONE MAN BOND: EVERY BOND MOVIE IN 60 MINUTES Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Chapel St, Oswestry The show has recently been staged at the world famous Pinewood Studios (home of the Bond movies), and at the 2018 Starburst Media City Festival in Salford. 8.30pm-10.30pm Box Office: 01691 662196 www.hermonchapel.com

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13th October – 9am until 2pm Held in Bailey Street and the Bailey Head This established annual event celebrates the apple and healthy eating with lots of interesting varieties of apples and advice on growing by the local orchard group CROP.

Shropshire Produce Market

20th October - 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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26th October – 9am until 3pm A collection of quality local craft and food producers held in Bailey Street and the Bailey Head

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18 October

AN AUDIENCE WITH JOAN SHIRLEY-DAVIES Oswestry Library, Arthur St Local author, Joan Shirley-Davies, trod the boards and wrote plays for over twenty years, but her true ambition was to write novels. At the age of sixty five Joan went back to school to learn her craft, and was rewarded with a long awaited publishing deal. 12.30-1.30pm. £3.00. Book with library staff. Call: 01743 250351.

20 October

PRODUCE MARKET Handpicked Shropshire based food and craft producers selling the best the county has to offer in the town centre. 9am -3pm. 01691 680222

20 October

LIVE MUSIC WITH REMI HARRIS TRIO Willow Gallery, Oswestry Contemporary gypsy jazz; 8pm (doors open 7pm); licensed bar; £12 (children £6); 01691 657575

21 October

FLAMENCO PURO - SAMUEL MOORE, FLAMENCO GUITAR Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Chapel St, Oswestry The flamenco tradition born in Andalucía is a unique and highly compelling artistic phenomenon built on themes of oppression, anguish and suffering. Moving and dazzling when performed well, it resonates with

global audiences regardless of their cultural background. 6.30pm – 9.30pm Box Office: 01691 662196 www.hermonchapel.com

23 October

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP Oswestry Library, Arthur St Creative writing workshop with Dave Andrews, reader and writer in residence. A session for new and experienced writers who work in either English or Welsh. Bring pen and paper and be prepared to use your imagination and to express yourself! There will be opportunities to reflect on your work and to discuss it with Dave. 2-4pm £10. Please book with library staff. Call: 01743 250351

24 October

DISABILITY OSWESTRY MEETING Hope Church, Laburnum Drive, Oswestry, SY11 2QR. 10.30am - 12.00pm Claire Norris, Independent Living Advisor for Transhouse talks about their work in providing short term transitional accommodation and advocacy support for people with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities. Coffee and cake, and a networking opportunity for everybody supporting people with any kind of disability. E-mail: disabilityoswestry161@gmail. com Tel: 01691 680382

26 October

ARTISAN MARKET A collection of quality local craft and food producers held in Bailey Street and the Bailey Head. 9am-3pm. 01691 680222

27 October

HALLOWEEN MARKET Scary goings on on the Bailey Head. Family fun, prizes, scary hunts, children’s rides 01691 680222

27 October

‘WILFRED & SUSAN: WAR & LOVE’ Willow Gallery, Oswestry Inspired by the war poetry of Wilfred Owen and his mother Susan’s perspective of her son at war; Poetry, song & string trio; 8pm (doors open 7pm); licensed bar; £10; 01691 657575

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Poetry corner

Culture

Book review

Wilfred Owen

Origin by Dan Brown As I have enjoyed previous Dan Brown books, with their fast pace and code breaking mystery, I thought I would try Origin. With Robert Langdon once again at the heart of the book I anticipated a journey of symbolism and a complex quest, however, this is not what the book is about.

In Cae Glas Park the cannon stands triumphant,

Billionaire Edmond Kirsch, who is known to Langdon, hosts an incredibly lavish evening in which he plans to announce a world changing scientific breakthrough. How will Spain, the King and the Catholic Church react?

Their deeds will be remembered and their strife,

Reminds us proudly of the war we won,

Imposing columns guard the gates, defiant, With names of every husband, every son

Who fell but did not die in vain, we’re told,

And flowers grow, their colours bright and bold, Proclaiming with their blossom hope and life. But silent by the church along the way

Langdon and his female companion, Ambra Vidal who is the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Director plan to find out, but find themselves in danger from an unknown enemy of Kirsch.

In stillness and in shade, against a wall, The lonely poet warns us in dismay

I didn’t find this book as fast paced as previous Dan Brown thrillers, and I did expect more symbolism. The code breaking is much more subtle and the scientific description is much more to the fore. Perhaps think Darwin meets Professor Stephen Hawking.

To wake up to the pity of it all.

For Wilfred, in his verses sad and dark,

Speaks out for all the young men in the Park.

Dan Brown has certainly done his research and if you are a fan, you will not be disappointed.

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by Dave Andrews, author of Wilfred Owen: Poet of Oswestry

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In the spotlight

Stage is set for new £1.4 million theatre A new £1.4million theatre at Moreton Hall promises to be a new heart for the creative community of Oswestry. The Holroyd Community Theatre will provide a state-of-the-art performance space with a 240seat auditorium designed to accommodate the very best that the performing arts can provide. Over £1.2 million has already been spent as construction is well under way at the independent girls’ school. Named after its patrons, Bill and Julie Holroyd, investments in the best lighting and sound equipment, flooring and seats, as well as bespoke architectural design are being made so that audiences can benefit from some the greatest theatrical performances touring the country. A substantially sized foyer area with a bar, café and seating area has been included in the plans for smaller and more abstract performances. Alongside professional touring theatre companies and music ensembles, the theatre will be used by local community and charity

groups, arts organisations, choirs, orchestras and the surrounding primary and secondary schools. The theatre will be a hub for young talent to grow and its benefits are already in force with many community initiatives taking shape. The Face2Face Performance Academy offers expert tuition in singing, dancing and acting for all aspiring performers between the ages of nine and 18. It provides superb opportunities to showcase skills learnt through performances such as Elf The Musical at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn. The Academy regularly welcomes workshops from current industry professionals such as Kane Oliver Parry, who is currently on tour with Beautiful: the Carole King Musical and CiCi Howells, professional choreographer and actor. The Academy runs over three 10 week terms and holds workshops throughout the Easter and Summer

breaks. For more information on how to get involved and learn about their yearly scholarships visit, www. moretonhall.org/face2face. North Shropshire Music is a hub for musical excellence in the region and has opened musicianship opportunities for local students of all ages and abilities with sessions within term time. Young instrumentalist are encouraged to get in touch. Visit www.moretonhall. org/north-shropshire-music to find session details and how to register. North Shropshire’s Big Sing – a new initiative for 2018, will deliver weekly sessions of vocal workshops to Year five and six children in the area. Run over a six-week period, one of Moreton Hall’s highly trained choral directors will deliver the sessions.  Children will be able to hone their breathing and vocal technique as well as learn a range of new and fun songs.  The six-week programme will culminate with the different schools singing together in the first ever ‘North Shropshire Sings’ event on 20 November.  Any primary schools who would like to take part should email raynerh@moretonhall.com. Visit www.theholroydtheatre. co.uk to follow the progress of the new theatre build. To find out more about any of the community programmes, email info@ theholroydtheatre.co.uk.

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Enjoying a pleasant cul-de-sac location within **For Sale with No Onward Chain** - A newly a popular residential area convenient for local renovated spacious 4-bedroom mature village amenities. 4-bedroom detached family town house which has been sympathetically house briefly comprising: Entrance Hall, Cloaks/ modernised to provide excellent family WC, Lounge, Dining Room, Kitchen, Utility, First living and benefitting from enclosed offPART EXCHANGE CONSIDERED Floor Landing, Master Bedroom Ensuite, 3 Further road parking provision and garden to rear. Road, Much Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Double Glazing, Oil The propertyA charming isSheinton well placed for Wenlock local town and unusual detached stone built cottage, offering a rare combination Sychtyn, Llansilin Belle Vue, Shrewsbury Fired Central Heating. Ample off-street parking, amenities. EPC Rating E. of a period property with parking and garden, within walking distance of the town An individual and substantial detached property built in the late 1920’s, occupying an outstanding This highly desirable ground floor garden apartment situated in a period Grade II listed building offering centre. Porch, dining room, cloakroom, utility room, landing elevated position in the hamlet of Sychtyn situated approximately miles west of Oswestry. Oil CH, spacious C. character accommodation briefly comprising: oak panelled entrance hall, large open plan living DoublesixGarage and Gardens. EPC rating area leading to sitting room with stone fireplace and access ample parking. Porch, hall, large inner hallway, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, study/bedroom 6, room incorporating luxury kitchen, contemporary fire with original surround, french doors leading out to gardens, three good size bedrooms, family bathroom. large kitchen breakfast room, three ground floor bedrooms, bathroom, upstairs there are master bedroom to enclosed gardens. There are 2 double bedrooms 1 with en-suite cloakroom and luxury large family GUIDE £239,000 OIRO Wood framed DG, gas CH, off-street parking with small with en-suitePRICE bathroom and walk-in wardrobes, two further bedrooms. Set in lovely gardens enjoying bathroom. With gas fired CH, many period£220,000 features and 2 allocated private parking spaces. The property

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

Open Day - Saturday 29th September, 10am Independent Boarding and Day School - Girls 3-18, Boys 3-11 Moreton Hall, Weston Rhyn, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 3EW www.moretonhall.org/Open-Day | 01691 773671

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Find out more at the sixth Form Open Evening Join the Marches School for an open evening event this month and find out exactly what makes the school so popular with pupils and parents alike. The Sixth Form will be open to all prospective pupils in year 10 and 11 and their parents and carers. Visitors will be able to tour the facilities and meet the staff. The event is taking place on Wednesday 24 October between 6pm and 8pm at the Morda Road campus. The Sixth Form Centre provides independence and autonomy away from the lower school and students have full access to top-class ICT facilities. Forward-thinking and innovative, the school strives to ensure that young people make the very most of their learning adventure and are equipped with the skills required to prosper in the 21st century.

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WREXHAM GLYNDWR UNIVERSITY october OPEN DAY Wrexham Glyndwr University is holding an Open Day on October 13. The day is designed to give prospective 2019 entry students a taste of what it’s like to study at the University and a chance to learn much more about the wide variety of degree programmes available, what the campus has to offer as well as being able to meet with course staff and current students. The university has a wide range of courses available at foundation, undergraduate and post graduate level, many of which can also be studied part-time. More than half of current Wrexham Glyndwr students study part-time and includes a widevariety of age groups. Ebony Banks is a Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management student about to enter her final year at Wrexham Glyndwr after joining at Foundation level. She said: “I came to an open day to find out more after reading about the course I was interested in online. I fell in love with the university. “The lecturers are an amazing support and my course is really good because you also get to do the practical elements such as going to the venues you’ve chosen to use. “I’ve become a much more confident person since joining Wrexham Glyndwr; there’s such a diverse range of people here that it was really easy to make lots of new friends and my grades have improved too.” A number of talks are taking 40 | Oswestry life

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place at the Open Day plus the opportunity to tour the Regent Street campus which houses many of Wrexham Glyndwr’s Creative Arts courses.

“It’s about taking that leap of faith – and coming to university gave me that confidence.” Ben Edwards

A student on Wrexham Glyndwr’s BA (Hons) Illustration, Graphic Novels and Children’s Publishing course, Ben Edwards said: “It has been fantastic coming to Wrexham Glyndŵr. I wasn’t always an illustrator – I used to work full time. When I left school, I didn’t think I was good enough to do art. I worked in customer service jobs, cleaning jobs and things like that – I was happy enough, but I felt like something was missing.

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Charlotte Edwards CBE opens Oswestry School’s new £800K sports hall Oswestry School welcomed Charlotte Edwards CBE to open their new £800K sports facility, The Momentum Hall and presented Headmaster Julian Noad with the England shirt she wore for her World Twenty20 game in India in 2016. Charlotte is arguably England’s most recognisable female cricketer who was captain of the England women’s team from 2006. When she made her International debut in 1996 Charlotte became the youngest woman ever to play for England at just 16. It can house two netball courts, two tennis courts, court spaces for badminton, volleyball and basketball, plus there are three indoor cricket nets and can cater for functions of up to 800 people. Headmaster, Julian Noad, commented: “We are delighted that Charlotte has taken the time from her busy schedule to come and open the Momentum Hall. The school introduced girls’ cricket to the curriculum over a year ago and the teams, though

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young, are going from strength to strength. Charlotte’s inspirational speech will encourage these young sportswomen to believe they too can become a leader in their chosen fields. This sports facility is twice the size of a standard sports hall and provides the school with exactly the sporting provision it has needed. Oswestry School now offers a wealth of first-class facilities to rival any school. We are also looking forward to hosting a netball masterclass by England netball head coach Tracey Neville MBE in October.” There is an opportunity to view the new developments and investment at Oswestry School at the Open Morning on Saturday 6 October. To book a place or for further information email enquiries@oswestryschool.org.uk


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COMPETITION RULES: Closing date for competitions is 19/10/18. 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 AUGUST WINNERS: Midland Game Fair Roberta Nurse, Llanymynech; Heather Phillips, Gobowen; Carol Foulkes, Llansilin; Elain Williams, Oswestry; Therese Jones; Morton Summer Spectacular Yvie Bernett, Froncysyllte Park Hall Farm Kim Owen, Oswestry; Gemma McGivern, Whittington

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Wine and Spirit Trade Association figures show rum sales topped one billion recently and the Mojito is often cited as a favourite cocktail. Even the Pina Colada is seeing a resurgence - personally, I think the song is better than the drink. I find it hard to imagine that rum could overtake gin (which is still growing), but I’m often wrong. White, dark or spiced, rum certainly has the versatility to suit a wide range of tastes. Anecdotes aren’t evidence, but I’ve heard it said that rum and coke is once again becoming the drink of choice among a growing number of university students. Making rum is arguably more complicated than other spirits. Distilled from cane sugar molasses, it can be difficult to ferment and even harder to clean from your brewing and distilling equipment. And if you are making a darker rum, you have the added complication of cask aging. Rum has a great story. From Admiral Nelsons body being stored in a barrel of rum to preserve it, through to the 1808 Australian Rum Rebellion, where Governor Bligh was overthrown in a military coup because of his attempts to control rum consumption. Not exactly a true story, because although the military were involved in the transportation of rum, the coup was more to do with power in the new colony. But it all adds to the mystique of rum. And that’s without even mentioning pirates!

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NFU re-appoints Lanyon Bowdler

One of the region’s leading agricultural law firms has been reappointed to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) legal panel for a third time in succession. The move strengthens Lanyon Bowdler’s position as agricultural law specialists and means the firm will continue to provide highly knowledgeable legal services for NFU members across Shropshire and the Marches. The legal panel is reviewed every three years and focuses on the quality of legal services, fee structures and commitment to the NFU as well as its members. It also takes into account feedback from NFU members and staff. Robert Newbery, NFU West Midlands regional director, said Lanyon Bowdler offers a sound and professional service to farmer and grower members. He said: “Our members are facing an ever-increasing regulatory burden so it’s essential we have the right firms in place on our legal panel, with strong agricultural and rural teams, to provide the support they need. “Lanyon Bowdler has strength and depth of expertise in both farming and non-agricultural issues and it’s excellent that they are on hand to offer such a service.”

Dreams come true for Jay

It was a dream come true for 20-year-old Jay Steele when he was offered a trainee sales consultant role at awardwinning Vauxhall dealer Arthurs of Oswestry. For the Vauxhall fanatic the opportunity to further his career in the motor trade couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Jay always wanted a role with a Vauxhall dealership and when Arthurs of Oswestry Sales Manager William Edwards offered him a position he couldn’t wait to accept. Jay says: “I am now working with a great team and can understand why they are an award-winning dealership in Oswestry which is my home town. “When William offered me the position I jumped at the opportunity and couldn’t be happier than to be in this role. Not only do I like cars and the Vauxhall brand in particular, but I am comfortable talking to people.” Above: Jay (left) is congratulated by William on joining Arthurs Vauxhall

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I’ve just helped a rather large spider back outside as it tried to find some home comfort on a cold evening. One in 20 of us would have found this a bit more challenging – they have arachnophobia: a fear of spiders. Phobias are interesting and affect about 10% of the population. The most common are fear of open spaces (agoraphobia), social phobia where meeting people is a challenge and then specific phobias (spiders, snakes and heights being the most common). They all seem to have acquired Greek names: fear of snakes is ophidiophobia and fear of heights is acrophobia. The anxiety response these sufferers experience is extreme and often completely irrational. Our spiders are harmless generally so are we programmed to avoid what were once poisonous creatures or have we just passed on a cultural

Social phobia is much more common in the US (7%) than in the rest of the world (0.5-2.5%) so it appears these are learned behaviours. value? Phobias vary across the globe with some cultures even eating spiders as part of their normal diet. Social phobia is much more common in the US (7%) than in the rest of the world (0.5-2.5%) so it appears these are learned behaviours. This reminds me of a story from my RAF days. Aircraft technicians need to put their hands in all sorts of nooks and crannies. This particular one had arachnophobia: a spider could be hiding anywhere. He couldn’t do his job! I never actually met him but I did see a letter from his psychiatrist that closed the case. It said “I was delighted to see this young man again today and do not think I need to see him again. He brought his pet tarantula with him to clinic and I feel he is cured.” This man had undergone one of the common treatments for phobia involving a gradually increasing exposure to the source of the fear until the response was eliminated. In his case it might have worked too well!


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Taken in the early and mid-20th century, these images show just how much, but also how little, Whittington has changed over the years. The main thing that strikes you on the first image of the ‘Three Trees’ is that the three trees themselves no longer exist! They sadly fell victim to Dutch Elm Disease in the 1970s and the area was remodelled which makes it impossible to get a meaningful ‘after’ view from the same angle. The road layout changed in the 1970s to make the road that passed the shop a cul-de-sac as well as removing the accident hotspot known as the Donnet Corner where the A5 met the Oswestry to Ellesmere road. The black and white building in the image was, for many years, a general store and post office but has since become a private dwelling. The post office actually moved to the bungalow next door in the 1960s when it was run by Mrs Peel, but the shop remained open. The unusual view taken from behind the castle moat is from the 1950s and shows the village garage, then run by Albert Peel, (whose wife ran the post office) and one of at least four grocery stores that the village boasted back then. This was run by the Wilkes’ and later became the Castle Gallery Antique Shop. The garage was bought by my father, Fred Owen, in 1966 and ran as a traditional village garage for many years before being redeveloped in the early part of this century. The grocery store and attached house were demolished in recent years following a vehicle accident which resulted in severe damage to the structure. One other interesting difference is 58

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ABOVE: Early 20th century view of the Three Trees area of Whittington LEFT: As it is today © Graham Mitchell

the amount of weed on the castle pool in the earlier picture. Back in those days much of the waste water from the old Express Dairy found its way into the pools and made them a very fertile environment for water cress and other aquatic plants. They had to be regularly ‘dragged’ to clear, what was often, a solid green layer of algae and plant life covering almost the entire surface.

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Spotting Toadstools at Ifton Meadows Summer is over, and we are well into autumn. The flowers and butterflies are few and far between, and the migratory birds have left us. We can now concentrate on autumn leaf colours and the beautiful array of toadstools and fungus. Now is the perfect time to make the trip over to Ifton Meadows, which must be one of the best places for fungi in the area. Going through St Martins from the A483, pass by Stan’s and go straight at the mini-roundabout then taking the first left. Carry on out of the village and take the next left. The reserve is signposted. Drop to the bottom of the hill and take the next right. 100 metres on there is a small parking area. This is the “Colliery Entrance”. Check the handy map on the notice board and make sure you go left after the little stream and take in Price’s Dingle. There are around 15,000 types of toadstools or mushrooms in the UK and I am not an expert. The only mushrooms I eat are those I find on the supermarket shelves. I can name a few of the more common ones, but it’s spotting them and marvelling at their structures that appeals to me. There is not a clear distinction between the terms toadstool and mushroom, they are the fruiting body of a fungus which spreads through the ground or rotting matter and helps to decompose dead plant material. Some of the toadstools can be hard to miss being the size of dinner plates, or bright colours like the classic spotted Fly Agaric. Others can be tiny and camouflaged. My favourites are the clumps of small toadstools, usually on tree stumps, that resemble fairytale castles. There are plenty of other places to see wonderful toadstools. Favourite locations are the base of the Hillfort, Llynclys Common, the Racecourse and Candy Woods, but wherever there is rotting plant material you’ll find toadstools at this time of year. You just need to look carefully. Oswestry life | 59


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Matt Owen of Matt Owen Electrical Services Ltd

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What is a periodic inspection? A periodic inspection is an inspection and testing to check whether an electrical installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued service. On completion of the necessary inspection and testing, an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) will be issued detailing any defects, dangerous conditions and non-compliances with the present-day safety standard which might give rise to danger. A report will always determine if an installation is either satisfactory or unsatisfactory for continued use. I’m a landlord, how often should I have an inspection carried out in my property?  If you own an HMO (House in Multiple Occupation), you have a legal obligation to have a periodic inspection carried out on your property every five years. If your property is not an HMO, then you are not legally obliged to get your installation tested on a periodic basis. However, I recommend that you

have an EICR carried out every five years or on change of tenancy – whichever comes first. An EICR should be carried out more frequently on the places such as caravans (3 years) and swimming pools (1 year). When will I need a rewire? There are no set guidelines as to when a property should be rewired. Just because your wiring’s old, it doesn’t mean it’s unsafe. Many factors affect the wear and tear of an electrical installation. I would advise that an EICR is carried out on owner-occupied properties at least every 10 years and every five years in rented accommodation. The test will certify whether the electrics in a property are safe and tell you if anything needs upgrading. An EICR can take as little as half a day on a domestic property. For further information, contact Matt Owen Electrical Services Ltd on 07837 839698 or email matt@ mattowenelectricalservices.co.uk Oswestry life | 63


Motoring

Clocking up the smiles Journalist, car enthusiast and new dad Richard Jones takes the C4 Cactus for a test drive with baby Isabelle Parents will be well versed with the nursery rhyme ‘Row Row Row Your Boat’. It is fast becoming Isabelle’s favourite so last weekend we took her to Ellesmere so she could have a go on the water for real. The Mere in Ellesmere provides the perfect setting to explore wildlife, and with rowing boats available to hire it lends itself perfectly to a fabulous family day out. However we don’t live in Ellesmere so, as with all of our ‘daddydaughter’ days, the adventure starts with the car journey and this week we had the pleasure of testing the Citroen C4 Cactus. The Cactus brings a breath of fresh air and originality to the hatch segment. Its mid-life facelift has seen the side air-bumps removed and it now boasts a far more elegant and dynamic appeal. I am sure Belle would have loved pressing up against the ridiculous air-bumps of the 2014 launch model but I personally hated them from day one and am much more in favour of the toned-down side sills. Unlike its name, which suggest the Cactus’ ride might be a little prickly; the car is one of the most comfortable on the market. It takes a bit of time to get used to as the seats are really big and I found myself getting lost in them, but the added width you get made our journey to Ellesmere most pleasant. As Belle gets older she doesn’t tend to fall asleep as quickly as she used to on a car journey – she now wants to tell us what animals she can see out of the windows - but whether 64

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“If I was being picky I would describe the steering as a bit too light and not overly responsive, but that said the vast majority of buyers won’t be put off by this “

she was especially tired on this journey or the C4 Cactus’s improved suspension did its job, the desired affect was the same after about 30 minutes. With Belle asleep I could turn my attention from singing Row Row Row Your Boat, while she swayed back and forth in her car seat, to how the C4 Cactus handled. If I was being picky I would describe the steering as a bit too light and not overly responsive, but that said the vast majority of buyers won’t be put off by this as it is still more than pleasant to drive, especially on the larger commuting roads. The Cactus I had on test came fitted with Citroen’s Pure Tech petrol 1199cc engine in 109bhp form. It’s a great engine, with plenty of punch. It would be my engine of choice, but an even greater tip would be to upgrade to the technology-laden range-topping Flair edition as it comes complete with sat-nav, rear parking sensors, reversing camera,

panoramic glass roof, 17-inch alloy, tinted rear windows, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and a reversing camera. Once at Ellesmere we enjoyed a fabulous day out. Belle not only got to spend time on my knee helping to row the boat but we also fed the ducks, went for a lovely walk and enjoyed a drink and snacks in the nearby restaurant. I would recommend the Mere to any family looking for a nice day out, and I would definitely recommend the C4 Cactus. With prices ranging from £18,090 it is one of the most competitive cars in its market.

Book a test drive at: Budgen Shrewsbury Featherbed Lane -Shrewsbury Tel : 01743 445611 Stoneacre Citroën - Wrexham Plas Acton Road, Pandy, Wrexham Tel : 01978 311666


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Balloon carnival lights up Oswestry Lindstrand Technologies, Oswestry Town Council, Nightingale House Hospice and Cloud 9 Balloons all came together to put on a fantastic balloon carnival in the centre of Oswestry on the August bank holiday weekend. Crowds packed into the park from 6am on Saturday to watch 30 balloons launch, before strong winds brought a halt to the proceedings. Fairground rides and stalls kept the crowds entertained and the Owl Man UK brought a selection of his feathered friends for visitors to hold. By night the weather had improved, and the balloons put on an impressive night glow for the crowds. Organisers were forced to call the event off on Sunday as it was plagued with heavy rain.

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LAST WORD

Keeping your cool when they go back to school Whoever it was that invented school and made it compulsory – I’d like to thank them. After nine long weeks juggling childcare with work, getting used to the noise and the company, suddenly it’s time to get back to the old routine. It was only last week I had to drag them along with me to a doctor’s appointment and physically restrain them from having a wrestling match in the consultation room. The week before that I decided to take an important work call in the bathroom at home where I wouldn’t be disturbed. I forgot to lock the door and within minutes Florence (4) bounced in to use the toilet before I could stop her. Trying to go about your normal life with two young children in tow is like running on sand; challenging, uncomfortable, messy, but in the end, it can only make you stronger.

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Don’t fret, to keep your cool now they’re back in school, I’ve got a few ideas to maximise your quality time together while ensuring you still get stuff done.

The school runs As working mums will know, making school drop-offs and pick-ups every day isn’t always possible. Try to do at least one each day, either the drop-off to settle them in to school or the pick-up and see how pleased they are to see you.

Mealtimes Try to have at least one meal with your kids every day, a bowl of cereal together before school or work or an evening meal around the table. It’s a chance to spend some quality time together while fuelling up and asking them about their day.

Read together

Multi-tasking skills are heightened for the duration of the holidays and we mums become like supreme leaders, able to command an army of small people, negotiate business deals and keep the household running like clockwork.

Doing homework together or reading a bed time story is a great opportunity to cuddle up and really engage. I find it’s at this time that they might open up to me about what’s happened in school that day, good and bad.

Now they’re back at school, like many busy mum’s, I’m regretting that I didn’t take enough time to enjoy them over the summer holidays. We’re always so preoccupied with our jobs, housework and life admin that even taking just an hour off to enjoy their company can seem impossible.

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Rather than assume you’ll come up with a great activity to do at the weekend, book something and write it in your planner. Once you’re committed to doing it, you’ll do it. It’s these days out and experiences that help create memories of your time together.

Do the housework

Housework is a necessary evil, so you might as well try and get some help from your little ones. They may seem like a chore to you, but pairing socks, cooking dinner and cleaning the house can all be made a fun activity to a four-year-old, where they also learn useful skills.

Put the phone down

It’s easy to get stuck in an Instagram scroll hole, only glancing up at the kids occasionally. If you’re making a conscious effort to spend quality time together, leave the phone in a different room to avoid getting distracted.

Work later

If you can, save your admin and housework until after the kids are in bed. You can give them your full attention at bed time and then get stuff done more efficiently without the distractions.

Treat yourself

I’ve saved the best until last to make sure it stays freshest in your memory. To be energised and enthusiastic about spending time together, you also need to take time for yourself. Go out somewhere alone, read a book, watch some Netflix, do whatever you need to do to refresh and recharge after the summer holidays. It won’t be long until October half term and you can start the whole process again.

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