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Over 25 delightfully individual shops & craft workshops set around charming Edwardian buildings, surrounded by panoramic views of the Dee Valley. Have lunch in our Coffee Shop, Tea Garden & Restaurant or take a stroll along our 2 miles of nature trail walks.

FESTIVE FOOD & GIFT FAIR Saturday 8th & 9th December - 10.30am to 4.30pm  Meet Mrs and Mrs Claus  Magical Wizard  Kids Festive Crafts  Traditional Fairground Rides  Christmas Crazy Golf

 Horse and Carriage Rides  Festive and unusual Food Stalls  Christmas Trees and Wreaths  Unique Gift and Craft Stalls  Mulled Wine and much more!

Meet TV celebrity Chef Brian Mellor along with other local Chefs who will be providing cookery demonstrations & competitions in our event marquee. For more details see Website or email

PLASSEY RETAIL AND CRAFT WORKSHOPS Temptations T: 07754 381 216 Lemon & Lime Lingerie T: 01978 780002 Home & Gifts T: 07754 381 216 Kerry Anne Dodd (Contemporary Jeweller) T: 01978 780314 Accessories T: 01978 780779 Eyton Framers T: 01978 780411 (closed Wed) The Plassey Hair Studio T: 01978 780389 or 01978 781187 The Plassey Beauty Studio T: 01978 781153 Positive Leap T: 07544 485 333

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Phil Rees Photography T: 07969 390 369 Karan Foxley Floral Design T: 07795 167382 Positive Hypnotherapy T: 01978 357202 Plassey Personal Trainer T: 07900 985 625 The Plassey Brewery T: 07769 155 874 George the Smithy T: 01978 720840 or 07710 943 832 The Barn Boutique T: 01978 780601 Whizz Bang Cakes T: 07708 936 979 Derwen Computers T: 01978 780957

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Acre House Equestrian T: 01978 781242 Cameo Brides T: 01978 781160 Plassey Garden Centre T: 07795 167 382 Plassey Stores T: 01978 780700 Country Chic T: 07986 285 004 Bronze Barn Gallery T: 01978 781600

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your life, your home, your community. Well doesn’t the Buck House look smart! I love its new look, and the adventurous use of green is very fitting for an old property, and also very fashionable as associated with being ‘environmentally friendly’ etc. Not just a new paint job, without a doubt it has a positive impact on the village as a whole. Worthenbury will be feeling even more like the poor relation now, especially as it was only last month when it was expressed that neighbouring Bangor on Dee had more time and attention spent on it by the local authority to keep it well maintained. Don’t forget beautiful Worthenbury have to suffer the eyesore of their boarded up and deteriorating old local pub as well, and I’m sure I’m not on my own in wishing something could be done about that! I spoke too soon last month hoping for an Indian summer and now I’m just wondering whether to get my arm bands out for delivering this month. More importantly I hope you’re all dry and safe and have escaped flooding this time round. Lots haven’t around Wrexham I know, and I can’t imagine how awful it must be coping with that. Thank you for your letters this month, all received electronically so no soggy pen ink to struggle with. It seems Worthenbury isn’t on its own for feeling a little neglected and untidy, or the Wrexham business, that we featured last month, alone in worrying about Wrexham Town Centres future as a thriving shopping venue.

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Mind you shopping habits have changed over the years with the ease of the internet, and people haven’t as much spare money to shop around with aside essential purchases these days. But aside from these obvious factors Wrexham seems to have extra difficulties to cope with as well, as one lady tells us she prefers to go to Oswestry. It makes me wonder how many of us prefer to shop not so locally for one reason or another? I’m sure we all realise it would be helpful to shop within our local community and help our local independent businesses survive where possible, but is the supermarket just too convenient? I’m consciously trying to use local independent businesses for more of my shopping where possible, and it would be great if more of us could do the same; e.g. green grocers and butchers instead of the supermarket to start with! In the meantime I’ve just had a peak outside and the sun seems to be out, but it can’t fool me. Now where did I put my wellies, which I bought from a local independent retailer? Seriously, joking aside, I did! Keep dry and I’ll see you next month.

All the best, Jill

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With Halloween and Bonfire night approaching, our thoughts turn to animals that have or may be developing a fear of fireworks. If measures are not taken to reassure animals during these experiences they may get worse with each encounter and lead to a phobia of loud noises of any kind. Symptoms of fear shown often shown include trembling, shaking, cowering behind furniture, soiling in the house, pacing, panting, barking excessively and refusal to eat. Provide your animal with a “den” where they feel safe .Walk your dog during daylight hours in the run up to the firework period. Close windows and doors to reduce noise level and prevent escape, draw curtains and


turn on the TV. Provide extra litter trays for cats. Ignore fearful behaviour and do not punish your pet for such behaviour. The den can be enhanced by the use of a plug in diffuser releasing cat or dog appeasing pheromones. There are also collars for dogs to wear that are impregnated with pheromones. “Thunder Jackets “when worn enable the animal to feel safe and secure. Nutritional supplements can help to reduce anxiety and are available in both tablet and liquid form. There are CDs available to help to desensitize your pet to loud noises. As a last resort there are prescription drugs that tranquillize your animal. For advice about any of these issues consult Maelor Veterinary Centre, 01978 711975.

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This letter has been sent out via the school, to all parents concerned. We are working with the Headmaster, Mr Walker at the School, the School Governors and the Community Council to address this problem. Notice to all parents It has been brought to my attention once again, that some parents picking their children up in vehicles from Ysgol Deiniol on The Ridgeway are parking / leaving vehicles in dangerous and unsuitable places, ie. too near to junctions, double parked, on pavements and corners etc. Could I ask all parents to be more vigilant with regard to this issue and think of the safety of, not only the children, but also themselves, other pedestrians and road users, before leaving their vehicles wherever they see fit. Whilst I appreciate this is a busy time and parking is sometimes limited, these problems could be avoided if we just think before we act. There is also an issue with vehicles parking across driveways of residents on The Ridgeway. So if parents could be mindful of this, and give some consideration to these residents allowing them access to and fro without any problems, this would be greatly appreciated. This request is supported by Ysgol Deiniol, The School Governors and the Community Council. Thank you for your assistance. Back to my monthly policing - Also I would, once again like to bring to the attention of all residents in Marchwiel (and other areas) of the issues of Dog Fouling. I have recently been informed that there are still some of you who walk your dogs on the football playing field at the bottom of Station Road. It is an offence to allow your dog onto the playing areas, ie: the skate park, children’s play park and football pitch. There is a sign with all 8

this information at the bottom of Station Road as you enter the track down to the old railway line. I did have another sign put up on the fence by the children’s play park as I know a few of you walk down that way also, but unfortunately this has been removed, by whatever means. I will try to get a replacement for this so there are no excuses. These areas need to be kept clean and tidy for the children to play safely. Anyone seen on the football pitch with a dog or allowing their dog to run onto the pitch will be issued with the appropriate fixed penalty ticket. The Council Enforcement Officers and myself will be monitoring this situation on a very regular basis so don’t be the one to get caught. Dog fouling is a very serious and prominent issue which affects a lot of people. If everyone takes responsibility with their dog then this problem can be wiped out instantly to make the village a nicer place to live. Please be responsible and PICK UP your dog mess. Thank you. Regards, Lynne

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localgold Wrexham's Olympic medal rowers have been honoured in a civic reception outside the town's Guildhall. Double gold winner Tom James and silver medallist Chris Bartley, both 28, were welcomed home in a public event at Llwyn Isaf. Bartley said the event was special as his parents had been unable to attend the huge athletes' parade in London after the Games. Both men said they hoped to compete in the next Olympics in Rio in 2016. Bartley from Farndon became the first Welsh Olympic medallist at London 2012 with silver in the lightweight men's four. He had to be helped from his boat and then onto the medal podium, and later said that while happy with the achievement it had come with extreme pain. While James had an official gold post box painted in honour of his achievements, Bartley's friends covered his village post box in silver foil for fun. James, who grew up in Coedpoeth, is to be granted the freedom of Wrexham borough in recognition of his achievement at the London 2012 and Beijing 2008 Games, where he won gold with his team mates in the men's coxless four. Both had been pupils at King's School in Chester where they rowed. 10

Guard of honour Wrexham's young sporting ambassadors and elite athletes formed a special guard of honour to escort the athletes to the Guildhall during the event. The rowers then received a civic welcome by the mayor before making an appearance on the balcony. Meanwhile, sporting clubs and associations from around the county borough provided demonstrations and tasters to encourage youngsters to take up sport. James and Bartley said they hoped to be fit enough to compete for a place in the next Olympics. "It is a big thing for both myself and Chris to be honoured by our home town and we're both very grateful to the people of Wrexham for all the support they have given us," said James.

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What is the cost of Private Care? Whilst for many of us an increase in life expectancy may seem like good news, it has to be recognised that there are financial implications for those who live longer. Few people take the time to plan for how they would meet the cost of paying for care should the need arise. This is despite the fact that if you have assets of more than £23,250 in England and £22,000 in Wales you would not be entitled to financial assistance from the local authority. In 2010 the average fees for care home residents in Wales was £28,184 p.a. for nursing care and £22,160 p.a. for residential care. In the North West the comparable figures were £27,352 and £19,682 and in the UK £29,075 and £22,160- * Source: Laing & Buisson UK Market Survey 2010. If fees increase at the rate of 5% per annum, in ten years that average figure of £29,075 will become £47,360 per annum. This could well be far in excess of what people are spending when they are fit and healthy and in their own homes. Many people only come into contact with the care system at the time they or their relatives are due to enter care

and getting to grips with everything can be difficult at an already stressful time. It is essential to know about state benefits, the role of the local authority and the NHS, and most importantly the choices you have in relation to paying for care. In addition you need to be aware of the implications for the family home and if a spouse or relative still lives at home. A specialist financial adviser in the long term care market would be able to help at this time; amongst other things explaining the care and benefits system, advice in relation to the care contract and the options available for paying for care. This could include paying from capital, investing to provide an income, a tailored care fee plan or a combination of all of these. An even better option would be to take advice in good time to ensure that your assets are held as efficiently as possible to minimise the impact of care costs. If you would like to know more about long term care please contact us for a copy of our brochure ‘Paying for Care’ which expands on the points discussed above.

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Cruising with Mazda Long, stylish, roomy, versatile, economical! Sounds like the ideal family holdall, doesn’t it, but it is, actually, the description of the Mazda5 MPV. I had the 1.6 litre diesel Sport Nav model on test, and it fits that description perfectlyand more! The interior certainly IS roomy, being a seven-seater or massive load carrier to choice, with rear seats folded. The twin sliding side doors give easy access to those comfortable leather seats. Rear compartment privacy is provided by the tinted glass, and the raised seating of this M.P.V. affords very good all-round vision. The passengers will revel in the head and leg room available, and also the smooth ride and multi-speakered infotainment system. Automatic air conditioning and heated front seats take care of the colder weather, making long journeys such a fatigue-free experience, 14

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At the ‘business end’, sitting in the driving seat, the excellent vision and twin cowled, large circular instrument dials are appreciated, as are the steering wheel control buttons. The six-speed gear lever falls easily to hand, and its intelligent use enables the 113 b.h.p. available from the 1.6 litre, four cylinder diesel engine to accelerate the Mazda to 62 m.p.h. in 12.5 seconds, and on to a maximum speed of 111 m.p.h. The touring fuel consumption is 40 m.p.g., and the CO2 emissions are 138g/ km. With its sophisticated Sat. Nav. and ease of driving, this Clear Water Blue metallic ‘land-cruiser’ with a long range between fuel stops, gives you the impression that you could ‘cruise’ anywhere in comfort and safety, and actually enjoy the journey! In 1.6d Sport Nav. spec., the Mazda5 costs £22,440.



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Spiced autumn lamb with butternut squash purée Makes 4. Ingredients: ½ tbsp cumin seeds ½ tbsp coriander seeds 1 garlic clove, crushed olive oil rack of lamb, 2 racks, each six bone, French trimmed 500g butternut squash or pumpkin, peeled and chopped butter a small handful coriander, chopped How it’s done: 1.Crush the spices in a pestle and mortar. Mix together with the garlic and a large slug of olive oil and some seasoning then rub all over the lamb. Leave to sit for half an hour. 2. H  eat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Cook the lamb for 20 minutes for pink then leave to rest for 10 minutes. 3. M  eanwhile steam the squash until tender then whizz in a food processor with a knob of butter and seasoning. Stir in the coriander. Serve 3 cutlets each with some purée.

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essential gardening This month brings a fantastic display for those gardens that have plants that give Autumn foliage. It usually brings a multitude of different hues. This month you really notice the change in temperature and the sudden shortness in daylight ( How depressing) but the days when sunny bring a sharp freshness. Maintenance: It is a great time to visit gardens that have Autumn colour such as Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire and Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent. Rake up fallen leaves and either place them on the compost or pile them up to make leaf mould. If you have not started clearing up its time you did, burn or bin any perennial weeds or debris that shows signs of fungal infection. Dig over empty beds. Finish planting evergreen shrubs. This is the best time of the year to take hardwood cuttings and collect any berries from trees and shrubs for seed sowing. Give conifer hedges a last trim for the winter sets in. Plants new climbers and perennials.Protect alpines from winter wet. Lift and store dahlias, glodioli and summer flowering bulbs. Tidy ponds and remove pumps for the winter. Make new lawns from turf. Cut down the dying tops of perennial vegetables. 18

Lift and divide rhubarb. If you have any fruit trees fix grease bands to there trunks to catch pest as they crawl up. Insulate the greenhouse and if you have whitewashed remove it and if you don’t have a heater get one if you do have check that its in working order. It is probably your last chance to sow grass seed. Finish off planting spring bedding for next year. Pick up the last of your apples and pears before they get damaged. Lift and store the reminder of your tender perennials. Lift and store potatoes and carrots in a dry and darkish cool place. You should start to prepare the ground for planting bare rooted stock for next month. Sow sweet peas for next year under cover. It is best to do all the jobs in the garden sooner rather than later as with the shortening days you will only have the weekend to do things. If you have heavy soils like clay make sure you dig them so the frosts, rain, wind and snow can break it down. Incorporate as much organic matter as possible to improve the structure of the soil. Plant trees at this time of the year while the soil is warm for the roots to take hold. All this should keep you busy!

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This article is for those of you who want to take control of your pension, are disillusioned with the traditional markets and the so called “management” of your investments and looking for a positive alternative that can be managed by you personally. I am a local business man who, after reading my personal pension statement 10 years ago, simply realised it was not going to be anywhere near enough to take care of my retirement unless I took immediate action. By the time I had calculated my annual pension charges and also taken annual inflation into consideration, my pension was actually going backwards – there just had to be another way. As there were no real alternative options available 10 years ago, I turned to property, froze my pension and decided that tangible assets were safer than anything linked to the stock market. Neither was I going to be hit with additional hidden costs that I had absolutely no control over. It was the best decision I have ever made as I now have personal control of my future & retirement. Today the world is an even more uncertain place and we all feel let down by the financial institutions, politicians and the so called “respected establishment”. No longer do we assume they know better, nor can we take comfort in feeling our money is being invested wisely. Many of us have already taken action believing there is a better way to than the traditional pension schemes and many more will follow. Today we have a real alternative called a SIPP

M POOR PENSION PERFORMANCE? (a Self-Invested Personal Pension) a Pension made for the 21st Century. This is a plan into which you can invest in an array of alternative approved products including farmland, hotel rooms, student accommodation green oil, overseas property, gold, car parks and much more. The benefit to you is that the majority of these products give fixed market beating returns. SIPPS were introduced in 1989 and since then we have seen over £75 Billion transferred from traditional pension funds by over 600,000 investors to this modern approach. A SIPP offers you many of the same benefits offered by a traditional pension and regulated in a similar way. However, additional benefits include: – • Freedom and flexibility to take control personally • Improved cash flow – you can contribute what you want when you want • Inheritance – it is easier to pass your inheritance to your heirs • Value – Reduced annual costs to traditional pension schemes How many of us know exactly what is in our pension or where it is invested? How much will you have when you retire and can retirement actually be afforded? Many of the schemes offered by IPS Ltd will give you a fixed return and all offer a simple way of tracking your pension’s performance. Do you really see any sense in having your retirement plans invested in funds linked to the stock markets or managed by a fund manager you do not even know?

Today’s investment world is a very volatile place and, following the banking crisis of 2008, positive returns on your pension investments are becoming increasingly difficult to find. Massive changes are being made in Europe which will affect all of us in years to come. Who knows where we will be in 10 or 20 years time? Take action now and call Jon on 0844 800 6661 for an informal chat on how you could boost the performance of your pension. Alternatively register on our website & we shall contact you directly to discuss the options available to you. In addition, IPS Ltd can provide a FREE pension review which will enable you to see the performance of your pension over the past 5 years and how much this will mean to you upon retirement. Jon Ainge • Managing Director • IPS Ltd

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Kick-off for Football Exhibition Fans of Wrexham FC are able to relive some of the club’s historic moments at Wrexham Museum. ‘Wrexham Is The Name’ is the title the new exhibition about the history Wrexham FC that has just opened Wrexham County Borough Museum Archives.

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The title of the exhibition comes from the song written in 1978 by Vic Blackwell at the height of the Robins’ success when they topped the old Division 3. Blackwell recorded ‘Wrexham Is The Name’ with the help of the James-Lambert singers, local musicians and fans of the club. The new exhibition tells the story of Wrexham Football Club from its foundation in 1864 just one year after the rules of association football were first agreed right up to the present day. The highlight of the exhibition is the Welsh Cup trophy, of which Wrexham are the 23-time winners. Wrexham won the first Welsh Cup final in 1878 before the cup even existed. It is a very rare occasion that the original trophy leaves the care of the Football Association of Wales, who have very kindly lent it to Wrexham Museum for the exhibition. Other objects from Wrexham’s football heritage include: 22

• A shower from the old changing rooms at the Racecourse • The Memorandum of Association of the club, from 1912 • The FAW Intermediate Challenge Cup • The Shopshire Reds Shirt Collection • Welsh cup winners tankards, 1970-71 and 1977-78 • Winners plaque from the 1948 tour to Allied occupied Germany The exhibition breaks new ground being the first time that staff at the museum have worked with a group of local students to design all the graphics for the interpretation in the gallery, and for the promotional material for the exhibition around the town centre, the County Borough and online. Four students from Glyndwr University: Gareth ‘Hugo’ Hughes, John Hayward,Arron Williamson and Liam Higgins volunteered their time and skills in computer graphics and design to work on the project. The exhibition is on show at Wrexham County Borough Museum & Archives until 5th January 2013. Admission is free. Opening times: Monday - Friday 10am 5pm, Saturday 10.30am - 3pm. For more information, call 01978 297 460 Taken from

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Expect a Call from Electoral Canvassers Residents in Wrexham are being advised that they will receive a knock on their door from the Council if they haven't completed their Electoral Registration Form. The Council has a legal duty to ensure forms are returned and have no alternative but to send out officers to knock on doors to get people to provide their information. Officers will be door knocking over the coming weeks and are likely to call on a weekend or evening as that's the most likely time to catch people in. If you don't want to be disturbed please ensure your form is returned as soon as possible. Providing the necessary information couldn't be easier if there are no changes to your information you can renew your electoral entry by phone, internet or text. If there are changes to your form, however, you will have to sign it and return it either by hand to Ty Dewi Sant, Rhosddu Road, Wrexham or post in the pre-paid envelope sent to all households with the Registration Form. 26

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Opening up opportunities for Juniors, Seniors... and beyond A visit to The King’s School will open your eyes to a unique learning environment, where children of all ages are able to flourish and develop their personalities as well as their academic abilities. In the Junior school you’ll see why a recent inspection called our 7-11 year old girls and boys ‘happy learners’ – enjoying Drama, Music and Sport and a host of other activities, as well as gaining a firm academic foundation. That foundation is built upon at The King’s Senior school and Sixth Form, where outstanding teaching staff and superb facilities, a diverse and enriching new curriculum and a vibrant atmosphere, inspire young minds and encourage our 11-18 year olds to attain the highest standards. Virtually all go on to universities, and 85% to ‘The Times Top 30’. Financial help is

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We are looking for more volunteers in the Wrexham area to help us in refusing to ignore people in crisis. From supporting people in their own homes to providing first aid cover at events, British Red Cross volunteers work hard to help people in crisis. If you can spare just a few hours please get in touch: 01745 828330 TEXT: “ESSENTIALLYOURS” followed by your name and address to 07917 755 839

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Musical Evening Concert

Handbells and local Talent followed by supper in the village hall Tickets £10 Saturday 10th November

Quiz Night & Hot Supper in the village hall Tickets £6

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All the staff would like to thank the hard working committee for their support and endless fund raising events, which help to ensure the continued success of the two groups. The Coffee Morning raised £145 and a recent Bags to School collection raised £335. Also a big ‘thank you’ tho those mums who have helped during 2011-2011, it’s greatly appreciated.


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LUNCHEON CLUB Starting October 2012 1st Thursday of the month 12-1pm £5.50 for 2 courses & coffee £10.00 for 2 courses coffee and activities (10.30 – 3pm)

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Saturday 6th October: 10.30am until 4.00pm Archery expert Paul Jones will be on hand in the Plassey Tea Garden to offer tuition and advice in the art of archery. £2.00 for 6 arrows & tuition


Friday 26th October: 2.00pm until 4.00pm Join Karan at The Plassey for a enjoyable floristry workshop, learn how to design a asymmetric arrangement (Halloween Party Theme). £10 per person. For more information and to book a place on this workshop please call Karan on 07795 167382 or email


Saturday 27th October: 10.30am until 4.00pm Bring the kids to our Craft days Workshop to make freaky jewellery, spooky crafts, horrid hair and frightening face painting! Carve a pumpkin for our family competition and view later in our haunted tea garden. Carved pumpkins must be handed in by 3.00pm. Visit our Haunted Tea Garden if you dare between 7pm and 8.30pm, visitors are welcome to dress up in the hope it will scare away the gouls. Free entry & Parking, for more details call

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Do you look after a relative, partner or friend, who, because of a disability, sensory impairment and/or the effect of old age could not manage without your help? If, yes then you are a Carer. And Wrexham Carers Service is here to help you! We provide information, advice and support to unpaid carers living in Wrexham County Borough. We can help you access a befriender, training, counselling, social events, forums, relaxation treatments and other activities; receive quarterly newsletter and discounted leisure card. We can also refer you to other organisations such as: Alzheimer’s Society, British Red Cross, Welfare Rights, Social Services plus many more…

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Whatever you dream of achieving in life, King’s Sixth Form opens the way – this year our students achieved, on average, four offers out of five for university.* In 2011, eleven students went to Oxford or Cambridge and over 86% to ‘The Times Top 30’ universities. 26 A level choices, the AQA Extended Project and Enrichment afternoons, providing a huge choice of academically-stretching or skill-enhancing subjects, combine to give you an impressive range of options. They’re all supported by outstanding teaching and facilities – soon to be even better with the acclaimed Sixth Form Centre adding, this September, new study rooms, a brighter and vibrant common room and cafe, new IT facilities and Sixth Form only teaching rooms.

Shape your future – join us for an informal Sixth Form Evening at King’s, Thursday 4th October. Or come and spend the day with one of our current Sixth Formers and sample the lessons and facilities on offer.

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Sixth Form at King’s is not just about academic achievement, with over 130 clubs and activities, from music groups and student-run MedSoc to chess and some of the country’s most successful sporting teams.

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charitygig Worthenbury Village Hall Saturday October 13th

For the UK charity that raises funds for Kabuki Syndrome The gig has been put together by top UK blues guitarist Tommy Allen and will be dedicated to the great 50s swing blues of the legendary Texan guitarist T-Bone Walker. Tommy has put together a crack 9 piece band especially for the gig with a 4 piece brass section led by Louis Noble of top local soul band, Zoot Serious & The Bellyful of Bop. Also featuring is top UK harmonica player Johnny Hewitt and the precocious young talent of 15 year old drummer Harvey Scott. Kabuki Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that results in mild to moderate learning difficulties and presents many problems for the people affected by this syndrome. The gene for the disorder was only isolated a few years ago and funding is being raised to aid further research into the genetics of the syndrome. Further details can be found on

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