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Various dates throughout September Open Doors offer the public free access to places and buildings of historic and architectural interest. A day out anywhere is always a special treat, but when that day is free of charge, eveyone is on to a winner! Make sure you take full advantage of these one-off events. Chirk Castle Heritage Open Day is on Saturday 8th September and invites you to meet the medieval guards and explore the Adam tower and dungeons. See the beautifully furnished state rooms, take time to wander the award-winning gardens and browse the shops at Home Farm. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brynkinalt Hall â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the private family home of the Trevor family, which was built in 1612. The tour will cover the formal rooms of the house and the history of the family on Tuesday 11th September 2012, prebooking essential. How about a tour of Erlas Victorian walled gardens? Over the past 10 years, the walled garden at Erlas 7KHÂśHTXDOVVLJQ¡ has been transformed into a productive XVHGLQPDWKHPDWLFV and therapeutic garden. There will be ZDVLQYHQWHGE\ a talk about the history of Erlas, with photographs of the gardens in their D:HOVKPDQ5REHUW heyday, followed by a tour of the gardens 5HFRUGHLQ+H and the surrounding area, 15th September 2012, must pre-book. Celebrating the DOVRJDYHXVWKH Stiwt â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1950s Style will be a real hoot! The SOXVVLJQ   flagship Jubilee Year event is a celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Traditional 1950s events include arts and crafts, a crown-making competition and a daily tea dance, all held on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September 2012. For more info on these and the many other â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Open Doorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; events, visit: www.wrexham.gov.uk

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Situated right in the middle of Wales, Theatr Hafren has an autumn line-up that appeals to both seasoned theatre-goers and casual entertainment-seekers alike. Al Murray on 21st September is one highlight of the Hafrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s autumn schedule, but a consistently wonderful line-up means that visitors are spoiled for choice: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Madnessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; frontman Suggs will be regaling the audience with his doubtlessly hilarious Life Story in Words and Music on 29th September, while October 6th offers a chance to hear home-grown rising star Jodie Marie, whose song I Got You was Radio 2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Record of the Week earlier this year. The on-site gallery at Hafren showcases artwork and photography from local painters, artists and photographers, and is almost always open around the time of performances â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a quintessentially Welsh theatre! Visit www.thehafren.co.uk for more information.

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Tatton’s Autumn Antlers! As well as the spectacular Deer Walks, at this time of year there are a host of events at Tatton Park – from bats to planes to harvest festival

Chester Literature Festival 2012

14th – 28th October Autumn… season of mists, mellow fruitfulness and internationally renowned writers meeting up in Chester. October’s Essar Oil Chester Literature Festival will work its cultural magic, warming up every day and night for a fortnight. Listen or question, quietly absorb the atmosphere or pick up the mighty pen yourself; whatever you want to do, you can do it in a festival that is proud of its roots and proud of its ability to attract the best. With Booker winning novelists, TV and radio stars (like good old Hugh Fearnley-­Whittingstall), stand up poets, historians with attitude and a host of workshops, this year’s festival comes with added medieval bits as they team up with the Chester Mystery Plays. It’s most GHÀQLWHO\WKHKRPHIRUERRNZRUPVWKLVDXWXPQ Visit: www.chesterfestivals.co.uk

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If you’re new to wildlife watching, there’s no better place to start than the magnificent Tatton Park. With over 1,000 acres of deer park, 50 acres of landscaped gardens, a rare-breed farm and an abundance of natural wonders, it’s no wonder it’s at the top of the nature lover’s guide throughout the seasons. Also home to a Tudor Old Hall, a Neo-Classical Mansion and it plays host to over 100 events throughout the year. In store for your autumnal schedule is: Bat Bonanza, on the 13th September sees visitors embark on a night walk around the grounds with a ranger to see and hear the furry fliers as they hunt for their evening meal. Why not sample the Invention and Adventure Talk on the 20th September? Jim Rait, aero-engine designer and expert in aviation history has been researching the life and aviation exploits of Maurice Egerton. Tatton Park’s photographic collection and Maurice Egerton’s flight log provides a fascinating insight into Egerton’s first attempts as a pilot and relations with the aviator Orville Wright. Then there’s the Harvest Festival at the Farm, from 22nd to 23rd September – see the steam engine running, have a go at scarecrow making, creating your own corn doll and duck racing, woodturning and clog-making demos. Harvest Blessing is at 2pm with the resident brass band. Or how about the Autumn Deer Walk, on the 3rd October. Triggered by shortening daylight hours and cooler weather, the rut marks the time of year when male deer compete to mate with females resulting in much posturing, bellowing and wallowing – a real spectacle to behold! For more information on these events and the many others on offer throughout the Autumn months, visit: www.tattonpark.org.uk

Chester Zoo – Run for the wild!

Chester Zoo’s annual 5k fun run is back on 29th September 2012 to help raise funds towards their Black Rhino Conservation Programme. The annual family run starts before the zoo is open to the public at 9am, and takes runners and walkers around the zoo covering approximately 5km. Registration is £10 for adults and £5 for children. Under twos come free. Adults who raise over £20 in their sponsorship receive a free ticket to Chester Zoo and children collecting over £10 receive a free rhino toy to help raise awareness. Visit: www.chesterzoo.org for more information.


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Cheshireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very own 19th Century fairytale setting hoists the colours this Autumn â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the sumptious array of shrubs and perennials undergo a magical transformation and every visitor is promised a fine performance from Mother Nature. Cholmondeley Castle and its picturesque gardens are regarded by many as some of the most beautiful in the UK. There is also a temple water garden, rose garden, and a variety of mixed borders which burst into bloom throughout the year to optimise enjoyment any season (Autumn being a particular favourite among guests). The little ones will find llamas, African pygmy goats and an aviary on the castle farm, where they can enjoy a play and a seasonal picnic too! Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on throughout Autumn. OCarfest. Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September. Chris Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Carfest comes to Cholmondeley Castle. Pageant of Power director James Hall said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;When Chris mentioned plans for CarFest North on his breakfast show, I knew we had to show him what Cholmondeley had to offer.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chris Evans added: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We checked out a number of amazing venues in the North West but feel that Cholmondeley ticks all the right boxes. Not only is it a well known venue for petrol heads but the setting is just beautiful and provides the ideal backdrop.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; OAutumn Tints â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 14th, 21st and 28th October. With the changing of the season why not take the opportunity to enjoy the array of wonderful autumn colours presented by the gardens at this time of the year. The tea room and gift shop will be open as normal. OTough Mudder, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November. A 12-mile obstacle course designed by special forces to test the competitors all round stamina, mental grit and ability. For more details, applications etc please visit www. toughmudder.co.uk. In supporter of Help for Heroes.

Get in shape for The Destination Marathon 2012!

7th October 2012 Fancy a run on a fast course through the historic City of Chester and the stunning Cheshire and North Wales villages and countryside? Of course you do, and you can do it for charity too! The Chester Destination Marathon is a friendly race organised by runners who are dedicated to delivering a world class event which is already well on target to become the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite regional marathon. Whether you are an athlete with prize-­winning ambitions, chasing a new personal best time, a serial marathon runner, or one of the many unsung heroes for whom a marathon is the ultimate challenge, The Destination Marathon promise you a race that is tailored VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\IRU\RX7KHUDFHZLOOVWDUWDQGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKDW&KHVWHU5DFHFRXUVHZKLFKZLOOSURYLGHD spectacular backdrop and outstanding facilities for both runners and spectators. 7KHIDVW DQGPDLQO\Ă DW URXWHLVRQFORVHGURDGVFRYHULQJPLOHVLQ England and seven miles in Wales. You will run past all Chesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iconic landmarks before heading out to the stunning Cheshire and North :DOHVFRXQWU\VLGHDQGYLOODJHVUHWXUQLQJDORQJWKHEDQNVRIWKH5LYHU 'HHIRUDXQIRUJHWWDEOHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKDWWKH5DFHFRXUVH7KHVXSSRUWLQ the villages and communities along the course is one of the many highlights of the race. Drinks stations will be at every 2.5 to 3 miles, ZLWKERWWOHGZDWHUDWHYHU\VWDWLRQDQGLVRWRQLFVSRUWVGULQNDW DQGPLOHV7KHUHLVFKLSWLPLQJZLWKNDQGKDOIZD\VSOLWV$OO Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHUVZLOOUHFHLYHDJRRG\EDJDVZHOODVDORQJVOHHYHGWHFKQLFDO T-­shirt and a bespoke medal and winners are in for big cash prizes, but the biggest prize any marathon runner hopes to win is simply the completion of the raceâ&#x20AC;Ś such an achievement! The race will be limited WRUXQQHUVVRHQWHUQRZWRVHFXUH\RXUSODFHDWWKH0%1$&KHVWHU Marathon. Visit: www.activeleisureevents.co.uk

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National Waterways Museum â&#x20AC;&#x201C; time to wet your whistle! October 12th, 13th and 14th 2012

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WHATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S  ON  IN  CHESHIRE

Autumn Film Premiers Can you honestly say that home viewing beats the excitement and occasion that comes with a weekly trip to the big screen? Samsara, directed by Ron Fricke Filmed over a period of Ă&#x20AC;YH\HDUVLQWZHQW\Ă&#x20AC;YH countries, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders. It is described as a sequel or continuation of the highly DFFODLPHGĂ&#x20AC;OP%DUDNDZKLFK was also directed by Ron Fricke and produced by Mark Magidson. The cinematography is epic and certainly worth a viewing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; make up your own mind 3.9/5 The Words, directed by Brian Klugman, starring Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons Layered romantic drama The Words follows young writer 5RU\-DQVHQZKRĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\ achieves long sought-­ after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There's only one catch â&#x20AC;&#x201C; he didn't write it! As the past comes back to haunt him, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work, and for placing ambition and success above life's most fundamental three words. 4/5 Taken 2, directed by Oliver Megaton, starring Liam Neeson. Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, a retired CIA operative who decimated an Albanian slave-­trading ring to rescue his daughter. A year later, on a trip to Istanbul, Mills gets a surprise visit from his daughter, Kim, and his ex-­wife, Lenore. The happy reunion turns sour when Lenore is taken by gangsters serving one of the fallen Albanian criminals, Marko from Tropoja. Mills must once again use his lethal skills to track down his ex-­wife and eliminate all who stand in his way. 4/5 Cloud Atlas, directed by Tom Tykwer, starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugo Weaving Tipped as one of the \HDUV¡EHVWĂ&#x20AC;OPVDQG adapted from the best-­selling book by Chris Mitchell. 5/5

Leigh Lambert visits Watergate Street Gallery

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On in Brief

13th October from 12pm A personal favourite of the gallery, self-­taught Leigh Lambert is a rising star with his original interpretation of nostalgic memories from childhood. Born and bred a Geordie, Leighâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work often focuses on the QRLUFRPHGLFFRQĂ LFWEHWZHHQZRUNLQJFODVVXUEDQJULPHDQG the colourful innocence of youth and it is the North of England that retains a special place in Leigh Lambertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart. Leigh Lambert will be joining the gallery on 13th October 2012 for a special preview exhibition to launch his amazing new works, exclusively to customers of the Watergate Street Gallery. This is a great opportunity to meet the artist and view his rare original paintings, all of which are for sale and have never been seen before. The incredible paintings that Leigh KDVEHHQZRUNLQJRQVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\IRUWKLVVSHFLDORFFDVLRQ are barely dry! Please contact Alex Sharp on 01244 345698 or alex@watergatestreetgallery.co.uk for more information on meeting the artist or purchasing Leighâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work.

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Saturday 27th October Calling all budding Astronettes, Star-lettes and Cosmic Girls! For one night only Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is hosting a ladies night. Banish your fear of geekery and go along for:

Port Sunlight Museum and Garden Village OFounders Day on Sunday 23rd September â&#x20AC;&#x201C; free entry! There will be a classic car display, model boats on the water and a second-­hand book sale along with refreshments available from 'Tea' at Port Sunlight Museum. This celebration of the birthday of Port Sunlight Village's founder, William Hesketh Lever, is a splendid way to spend an afternoon. Taking place outside Port Sunlight Museum, King George's Drive, and the surrounding area.

OHalf Term Craft Activities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Titanic and The Big Draw, 23rd and 25th October, ÂŁ1.50 per child. Call in to the Lyceum Building to take part in this October's craft activities. Themed on the Titanic and Big Draw, this is a creative afternoon for children to enjoy and learn from. A good one for mothers with bored children during half term!

OHaunted Sunlight Ghost Walks, Saturday 27th October Back by popular demand, this haunting event takes place once again within Port Sunlight Village. Visitors are in for a spooky ride as they tread carefully around the groundsâ&#x20AC;Ś torches and a strong heart at the ready! Tel: 0151 644 6466 for more info on all these events.

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O Sandbach Day of Dance Dancers take over Sandbach town centre on 8th September between 11am and 3:30pm as all kinds of traditional dancing troupes take to the streets to celebrate. Drop by to admire the festivities! Call 01270 765376 if you want to know more. ONantwich Food and Drink Festival A wide variety of food and drink related activities and events taking place over three days between Friday 14th and Sunday 16th September. Free Entry. Visit www. nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk for a full list of events. OHalloween Murder Mystery Weekend at Manor House Hotel From 26th to 28th October, solve a creepy mystery at the Best Western Manor House Hotel, $OVDJDU5DFHWRĂ&#x20AC;JXUHRXWZKR the killer is before the unmasking on Sunday morning. Check out www.compasshotels.co.uk/stoke for more information. OYouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re It! The Legacy of Childhood Games at Weaver Hall Museum Head down to this Northwich museum from 28th September to 31st October to learn more about the games everyone played in their youth. This stroll into nostalgia will stir up wonderful memories! Visit www. weaverhallmuseum.org.uk.

O An introduction to our nearest star, the Sun, from Jodrell Bank research scientist Professor Philippa Browning O A telescope master class OHeritage Antiquarian Book )DLUDW0DFFOHVĂ&#x20AC;HOG+HULWDJH (apparently if you can drive a car Centre If the smell of old books you can drive a telescope!) makes you dizzy with delight, O Cupcakes and cocktails KHDGGRZQWR0DFFOHVĂ&#x20AC;HOG (Galaxy frosting, star Heritage Centre tarts and Cosmicbetween 10am-­4pm on 29th September. politans!) Beautiful and rare O Learn more The next solar eclipse publications will about the be available weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to see universe from to admire and in the UK will occur our (female!) purchase; go on 20th March 2015. to the Heritage researchers It will result in a large Centre and O Fun hands check out partial eclipse across on activities books that the UK, greater than (do some real would never be 80% everywhere science!) available on the O Competitions high street. For more information, call 01625 and games 613210.

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OCheshire Food Festival On the 29th and 30th of September, Walton Hall and Gardens, near Warrington, plays host to this celebration of local food. With a wide variety of events from cooking demos to wine tasting, this is ideal for any food lovers. See www.cheshirefoodfestival. com for more information. OGobbleDEEbook This childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival takes place between the 20th and 28th of October. With dozens of events across WKHKDOIWHUPZHHN\RX¡OOĂ&#x20AC;QG many ways to keep the family entertained. Search online at www.chesterfestivals.co.uk


  

                 

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Ludlow Castle Forthcoming Events 14 October 2012

Tony Vine looks forward to meeting visitors and friends at both Autumn Craft Fairs organised by the Gwynedd & Clwyd Association of Craftworkers, where he will be joined by over thirty fellow artists and crafters from throughout North Wales.

Wedding Fayre at Ludlow Castle 11 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 pm

Planning a wedding? Why not come along to view the venue,meet wedding suppliers and have an enjoyable day at the Castle.

Wednesday 31 October 2012

Castle Green Day

Looking for something to do during Half Term? Have a Go Archery, Living History, Guided Tours, & Birds of Prey flying display. Adults ÂŁ6.50, Children ÂŁ3.00 Seniors ÂŁ6.00 Family Ticket ÂŁ17.50

Snowdonia Arts Festival

Cae Llan, Betws-y-Coed 5th to 7th October Free Admission

Autumn Craft Festival

Grosvenor Garden Centre, Belgrave, Chester 26th to 28th October Free Admission

For further details visit www.gcac.me.uk

Medieval Christmas Fayre

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 November 2012 Also try the Castle Tea Rooms they are well worth a visit for a classic British Tea.

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Take a look at our website and face-book for updates on our authentic Medieval Christmas Dinners and Murder Mystery Evening dates

Tonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work can also be seen seven days each week 10am - 5pm at Blakemere Craft Centre, Sandiway, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 2EB

Tel 01244 570048 www.stonetones.co.uk

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What the Dickens! At Shifnal Festival 2012

Severn Valley Spook-­tacular!

October 24th, 26th, 27th, 31st If you go down to the woods today, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be sure of a big steam-­prise! Take one of the evening â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ghost Trainsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; if you dare for a thrilling ride out into the countryside from Kidderminster to Highley and back again. The famous Severn Valley ghost trains depart from Kidderminster station at 7.00 pm for a 90 minute ride out into the night and, hopefully back at 8.30 pm (thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s if the ghosts and ghoulies havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t KDG\RXĂ&#x20AC;UVW :KRNQRZVZKDW will happen next as you pass through the long dark tunnel and on through the deserted stations in the dead of night. Children are welcome to participate in spooky fancy dress and take part in the ghostly parade at Kidderminster before the train departs. Entertainment for the kids at Kidderminster and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;spooky goody bagsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; come as standard.

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4th â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7th October 2012 The ever-­growing Shifnal Festival prepares itself for yet another show-­stopping weekend of artistic endeavors! 2011 was also the year that the festival grew a lot bigger, and attracted some of the biggest name acts that Shifnal has ever had. But what can visitors expect in 2012? What the Dickens! :LOOEHDSDUWLFXODUKLJKOLJKW Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure as it is well documented that Charles Dickens had close connections with Shifnal. So what better way to celebrate the 200th anniversary of our greatest authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth than by having his great grandson, Gerald Dickens, perform some of the novelistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work here? Gerald will perform some of his ancestorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funniest and most moving works just yards from where the great man drew inspiration. Also on the agenda are: Taiko drumming workshops, a Victorian parade and fun day extravaganza, craft fair and childrensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; workshops, STARS perform... All this, and more, with a traditional bill of fare for food. Visit: www.shifnalfestival.com for more details.

23rd September 2012 The Dorothy Clive Garden is well-renowned for its outstanding contribution to horticulture. A popular haunt for garden-goers all year round, with this year having the added bonus of The Dorothy Clive Garden Chilli Festival! Visitors will be able to browse, sample and purchase a wide range of chilli produce; chilli oils, seeds, jams, chutneys, sauces, plants and a wide selection of chilli inspired meals are all on hand to spice-up your lives. You will also be able to Pot â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Go, giving you the chance to plant your own chillis (experts on hand) and then take home with all the knowledge needed for them to flourish in your care. There will be chill crafts and colouring for the children. Need hotting up? Fire eaters and salsa music will be dazzling the crowds and for the brave amongst you â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the infamous chilli eating competition! The gardens will also be open, so you can walk-off the heat and learn about the history of the enchanting gardens as you go â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the setting is exquisite and home to many different species of wildlife such as bees, birds and various butterflies. Highlights of the garden include an alpine scree, laburnum arch, woodland waterfall, rose walk and cottage garden. There are also spectacular flower borders and a wide selection of plants and unusual species. There is a quintessential English tearoom, a newly designed childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play area with rubber mulch flooring and a gift shop selling local crafts, jewellery and jams, chutneys and pickles (non-chilli varieties too!) There are various workshops and events taking place throughout the open season. Please visit www.dorothyclivegarden. co.uk for further information.

Get in the Mood for Christmas with Oswestry Town Market!

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What’s On in Brief O The Willow Gallery, Oswestry, presents Transient Nature Until the 15th September, The Willow Gallery is home to the RSPCA’s touring expedition that celebrates the diversity of the British Environment. Take a look at www.willowartgallery.co.uk WRÀQGRXWPRUHDERXWWKLV exhibition and the others hosted by this popular gallery over the season.

Sponsor a brick at Cambrian Heritage Railways!

Cambrian Heritage Railways are on a mission to restore the line between Gobowen and Llanyblodwel. Plans are now well under way, but for the people to reclaim their railway. Cambrian Heritage Railway needs your help! The 1860 platform by Oswestry Station Building is now being completely rebuilt with the help of the Future Jobs Fund workforce. The next step, and the most costly, due to recommendations by the County &RQVHUYDWLRQ2IÀFHULVUHVWRULQJ the old platform. The surface will also be returned to its original EULFNÀQLVK0DOFROP'DYLGVRQ of CHR says: ‘We’re now giving you the chance to sponsor one, two, three or any number of the bricks required to get this job completed. Each brick will be individually numbered and will be added to your sponsorship FHUWLÀFDWH²ZH·OO also provide you with a map to show you which bricks are yours when you visit us here in Oswestry!’ For as little as £5 per brick you are carved into the history books forever. www.cambrianrailways.com

War Horse and more at Theatre Severn!

Shrewsbury is a hustling, bustling hive of entertainment and heartwrenching story telling. With shows such as Spirit of the Dance on the 18th and 19th September, one of the most successful shows ever to come out of Ireland, and seen by more than twenty five million people in fifteen countries around the world, takes to the stage! This award-winning spectacular has brilliant lighting, dazzling costumes and breathtaking choreography. How about the Bon Jovi Experience on Friday the 21st September? Some might say you’ll be ‘Living on a Prayer’ as you enjoy this fabulous tribute to one of the world’s finest stars, they are in fact the only tribute band in the world to have actually played and shared a stage with Jon Bon Jovi himself! On Wednesday the 3rd October there is the Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular – it’s fun all the way as the ‘Purveyors of Cool’ swing into Shrewsbury with a sensational show featuring the greatest music of the 20th century. Another show you must see and one that the theatre is very excited about is the stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling book, War Horse on Saturday the 3rd November. War Horse The Concert is a reading by its author, and former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, interspersed with songs to cradle the story from BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners, John Tams and Barry Coope. For more information on these and a vast array of many other events to blast away those blustery blues visit: www.theatresevern.co.uk

Did you know? The famous 19th century clown, Joe Grimaldi, still stalks the corridors of the Theatre Royal in London

Shrewsbury Fields Forever Festival

14th – 16th September 2012 Strawberry Fields Forever, ring any bells? Well imagine a music festival which sparks up the nostalgia of such a well orchestrated and cherished tune, amplify it by ten and you’ll have yourself sitting merrily upon the sweet smelling grass at The Shrewsbury Fields Forever Festival. Only in its second year, the popular music and arts festival returns to the heart of Shrewsbury and promises to be an even bigger hit than last year’s ground-­breaking event. Set at the West Mid Showground in Shrewsbury, this two-­day music event (with camping) is sure to draw in the crowds from far and wide. Headline acts this year include music from The Wombats, Ms Dynamite, Simon and Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene, Sunshine Underground, Utah Saints and many more. With Comedy from Andrew Maxwell and Lucy Porter, not to mention the many other talents, festival goers are sure to be strutting their Hippy, Hippy Shake! And for those of you who like nothing better than a good bop, the two dance arenas will be on hand all night long – looks like you’re in for A Hard Day’s Night! All the usual amenities and entertainments associated with a well-­planned festival will be on site too. %RRNHDUO\WRDYRLGGLVDSSRLQWPHQW9LVLWZZZVKUHZVEXU\ÀHOGVIRUHYHUFRP

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OAmulet Antique Fair at Oswestry Showground Check out the vintage, antique and collectables fair on 8th -­ 9th September WRÀQGEHDXWLIXODQGTXLUN\ products. The Amulet Antiques Fair has been featured on Bargain Hunt\RX·OOEHVXUHWRÀQG something brilliant! Visit www.amuletfairs.co.uk for more information. OThe Bandstand Marathon at the Telford Town Park Band Stand Pop by between 1pm-­5pm on 9th September to watch some brilliant band music at Telford’s contribution to the Bandstand Marathon. To learn more, check out www. bandstandmarathon.org.uk. OThe Ghostly Gaslight at Blists Hill Victorian Town On Saturday 27th October, those who enjoy a spooky atmosphere should head to Blists Hill Victorian Town. The exciting night out cost £9.50 for adults, £6.25 for children, or £29 for a family ticket. Tickets must be bought in advance, and can be purchased from Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre or Blists Hill Victorian Town Visitor Centre. You can also book by calling 01952 433424. OHalloween Murder Mystery Dinner at Longmynd Hotel – On 2nd November, enjoy a three-­course meal at the beautiful Longmynd Hotel before solving a spooky and suspicious death! The action starts at 7pm. If you fancy a scare, visit www.longmynd. co.uk for more details. OCharity Line Dance at Allbrighton Hall Hotel – Raise money for Lingen Davies Cancer Relief by heading out to a charity dance between 7pm-­11pm on 4th November. Expect to see Paul Bailey and DJ Steve Rutter in attendance. To learn more about Lingen Davies, take a look at www. lingendavies.org.uk.

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WHAT’S  ON  IN  SHROPSHIRE

Country Celebration at Weston Park

The UK’s most popular country sports event has rolled around again, in the shape of the glorious Midland Game Fair in Weston Park, Shropshire. With 19 arenas showcasing expert demonstrations and sporting competitions, 500 trade stands to browse, and children’s activities that include magic shows, a funfair and falconry, Weston Park provides such a cornucopia of entertainment between 15th-16th September you’ll be spoilt for choice. Traditional crafts are pushed to the fore, giving you a chance to try out rope-working, basket-weaving and antler craft, while ferrets race through special courses, providing quite a spectacle. Mark Gilchrist, Director of Game, runs cooking demonstrations (rabbit pie, anyone?), giving you an insider’s knowledge on how best to prepare local game. If you like the sound of the Midland Game Fair, make a weekend of it by booking camping tickets for £70. Or, if you fancy staying in the swanky Weston Park itself, where you’ll be treated to four-course meals and five-star service, you can buy a Party Package at £570 per couple. www.countrymanfairs.co.uk

Oswestry Museum – History Alive!

Looking for something to do with the kids (which doesn’t involve leaping about!) this Autumn? Something educational yet interesting which won’t break the bank? We’ve found just the place! Oswestry Museum opened in March 2012 and since then has gone from strength to strength. Mark Hignett, director at the museum says: ‘Come along and have a wander around the local exhibits and perhaps, if you have an interest in local history, you may even wish to volunteer to help with the museum’s on-­going development yourself!’ The group can be contacted via e-­mail on: info@ oswestrymuseum.org.uk

Halloween Happenings!

Trick or treat? Most of us grown-ups would obviously opt for the latter, which is why Yattar Yattar has gone to the trouble of relieving you of any unwanted surprises this Halloween. Sit back, relax and pinpoint the Halloween event for you and your little terrors – and let the haunting begin…

O Halloween Dinner and Ghost Search, Gregynog Hall, Newtown 31st October 2012. Enjoy a three-course dinner followed by a Where should guided tour of the Haunted Hall, looking for the \RXJRRQ%RQÀUH infamous ghosts and spooks. £45 per head. Call: 01686 650224 for more information. Night this year?

It's Ladies' Night at The Venue!

The Venue in Park Hall is well-­ known for being a fantastic place to go to in Oswestry. If you haven't already visited, now is the prime time to do so, because on Saturday 22nd September is one of the raciest Ladies' Nights the area has seen. All money raised goes directly to Evie's Dream, so you FDQEHFRQÀGHQWWKDWEX\LQJD ticket will give you not just a fun and crazy night out, but also EHQHÀWDZRUWKZKLOHFDXVH With tickets costing £15 (£20 if you want to go the whole hog and get the VIP treatment, with front-­row seats reserved for you), this Ladies' Night is sure to be a riot. The Full Monty-­esque entertainment will have you and your friends in stitches as you watch the specially-­ curated stripping performance. But be warned – it's over-­18s only!

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OEnd of Season ‘Horrific’ Halloween Extravaganza, Hawkstone Park Follies, 24th – 31st October 2012. Spooky goings on all around the park, feel free to dress as your favourite ghost or ghoulie. Are you brave enough to take on the Fright Night?! Call: 01948 841700 for more information.

OHalloween Spooktacular! at Dearnford Lake 27th – 31st October Spooky Halloween trail around the lake… dare you follow it? Followed by a Children's Halloween Party and Fancy Dress Competition. Call: 01948 665914 for more information.

Charlotte Hartey Ball

This annual ball is great fun and aims to raise money for the Charlotte Hartey Foundation, which was set up in memory of the teenager who died in 2009 after contracting VZLQHÁX7KHIRXQGDWLRQ donates to local charities and community projects. Entertainment this year includes magician Laura London and rock band Bad Hair Day. There’ll also be a charity auction, featuring a signed photograph of Elvis and Muhammad Ali, and a Liverpool FC shirt signed by Kenny Dalglish. Plus there’s a three-­course meal, a Charlie’s Vodka Shot Bar and loads more fun and games! www.charlottehartey.com

OGhost Walk, Bodelwyddan, Rhyl, October 6th and 24th 2012 A guided ghost walk through the grounds of Bodelwyddan at night, running from 6-8pm. £10 adult, £6 child. Strange things undoubtedly go on here… Call: 01745 584060 for more information. OHalloween spooktacular, Park Hall, 20th – 31st October A new haunted house awaits… it’s dark… it’s spooky, but it’s hilarious! Suitable for kids of all ages. Call 01691 671123 for more info. OHalf-term Halloween fun and haunted woodland trail, Chirk Castle, 31st October. Follow the trail through the Haunted Woods and hunt the spooks through the many castle rooms, see the spooky goings on and take part in the live ghost trail – and dare yourself to go down the dungeons. Call: 01691 777701 for more information. OBig draw and Halloween, Beaumaris Castle, 31st October Beaumaris Castle is coming alive on Halloween with ghouls, ghosts and all things that go bump in the night in aid of the RNLI in Beaumaris. Please call 01248 810361 for more information on this event. …AND A HALLOWEEN PARTY IDEA! Test your friends creativity when you ask them to come not as their favorite super hero, but as one they have created themselves. Ask them to come up with an original costume, their own power, and their own background story. Shazam!

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WHATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S  ON  IN  SHROPSHIRE

Top Five Firework Festivities

Yattar Yattar have done their research and come up trumps yet again â&#x20AC;&#x201C; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found the biggest and best â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bang-tasticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; events across Wales and the Borders this November. And remember, remember â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if you wish to stay local, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll put ten bob on your town having one, but if you wish to play with the big guns â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s these top five for you!

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O Fireworks Display, Llandudno â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5th November Why not make a weekend of your visit to Llandudno by staying the Friday night as well? The evening attracts an audience from far and wide involving a renowned fireworks display that lights up the bay. Residents and visitors alike get in to the atmosphere with restaurants offering seasonal menus to suit. What better way to start your weekend experience in the lovely Victorian town? The display begins at 7:30pm on Friday on Llandudno Pier. To find out more about the fireworks display please contact Llandudno Town Council on 01492 879130 ODenbigh Castle Firework Display â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5th November 7.00pm An amazing firework display by Uproar Fireworks from the Castle Walls courtesy of Denbigh Town Council. Free for all! Call into town before the display for hot-dogs, burgers, drinks and more in the towns local cafes. OWeston Park, Shifnal â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4th November Come along to one of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest and most spectacular bonfire celebrations with entertainment for all the family. The evening starts with the Free Radio Roadshow with fun and games with the Breakfast Show DJs. The giant bonfire is lit at 5.30pm with two fantastic firework displays rocketing into action at 6pm and 7.30pm. There is plenty on offer with a fun fair, food stalls and licensed bar all set in 1,000 acres of Capability Brown Parkland.

This means war!

You are in for a treat this season: the Shropshire Wildlife Trust has organised a huge leaf war in Apley Woods, Telford. You can jump in the massive heaps of beautiful golden leaves, mould them into great shapes, or just gather a bunch of them in your arms and throw them at your nearest competitor. There will be refreshments available in case your battle tactics tire you out. The event is on 27th October, just a few days before Halloween, falling within half term â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good opportunity to get your kids outdoors in the holidays and let them work off some steam! Wear warm clothes and sensible shoes.

Remember, remember Make sure you keep your pets in-­ Get creative with Oswestryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Qube! GRRUVRQĂ&#x20AC;UHZRUNV Serving the local community is night â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they really what Qube does best, whether it be with transport, community donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like loud facilities, or volunteering. Now you can get inspired by visiting their bangs! gallery, featuring pieces of work from

OFireworks Night â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Blaenau Ffestiniog, 5th November Everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite event of the year as the fabulous Blaenau Bendigedig team launch fireworks from the viewpoint in the centre of the site. Tickets available on the door.

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artists across the nation. This year's theme is 'celebration', with each contribution to the exhibition interpreting that theme in its own unique way. Starting September 14th, Qube's Open Exhibition will welcome in anyone who wishes to appreciate the great art on display. It's totally free, and you get to vote for your favourite pieces!

Open Cockpits Evening, 22nd September Fancy yourself a captain of the skies? A selection of aircraft and cockpits will be available for close viewing, allowing rare inside access to some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most historic aircraft never seen before. The evening event opens from 6.00pm to 8.30pm and admission price is ÂŁ10.00 per person â&#x20AC;&#x201C; tickets are only available to purchase in advance so book soon! Severn Hospice Charity Zip Line, 30th September Severn Hospice have just announced a new event for the thrill seekers! The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford and Severn Hospice are joining together to host a 500-­foot zip line spectacular! There are only 170 places available, tickets will EHDOORFDWHGRQDĂ&#x20AC;UVWFRPHĂ&#x20AC;UVW serve basis. Zippy! 1940s Hangar Dance, 13th Oct The annual 1940s Hangar Dance is back this year by popular demand in the Warplanes Hangar, where you will be able to dance the night away to all your old musical favourites (courtesy of Paul Drakeley.) 1940â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attire is encouraged so that everyone looks the part. There will be a fully licensed bar and a hog roast too. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event raised a phenomenal amount for the cause â&#x20AC;&#x201C; selling RXWWLFNHWVZLWKLQĂ&#x20AC;YHKRXUV0DNH sure you get in there quickly and enjoy the days of yore once more...money raised will go to Waveney Hospice Care. For more information on all these events visit: www.rafmuseum.org.uk


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House of the Black Star at Whittington Castle

23rd September 2012 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Welcome to all Lords and Ladies, Free Men and Serfs. We are the house of the Black Star, based at Whittington Castle on the Border of England and Wales. We serve under the banner of the Black Star, House of Fitzwarine, protectors to the Fitzwarine family. It is our duty to protect the sacred English ground against the accursed Welsh who have regularly mauraded, stealing sheep and women of equal value.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The House of the Black Star are a medieval re-enactment society covering the historical period of 1240 to 1350 and it is their primary goal to provide accurate combat displays as well as a glimpse into the life of a medieval household. Whittington Castle is steeped in myth and legend and is believed to be the only castle in the UK that is community run. The House of the Black Star regularly give demonstrations of life and death at Whittington Castle throughout the year and are also available for hire be it a wedding, fĂŞte, fair or school. For your chance to witness the way is was, head to Whittington Castle on the 23rd September and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the big Halloween celebrations on the 28th October too â&#x20AC;&#x201C; castle goer beware, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in for a scare! Visit: www.whittingtoncastle.co.uk

Oswestry Walking Festival

Join other walkers on a series of strolls through the stunning countryside of Oswestry at the Ă&#x20AC;UVWHYHU2VZHVWU\:DONLQJ Festival. Five walks, graded from 'leisurely' to 'moderate', will take place between September 7th-­9th, taking you on tours of the area that include a beautiful view of St Michael's Cathedral, a trip around Oswestry Old Hill Fort, and a journey up Offa's NEC, BIRMINGHAM: 20-21 OCTOBER 2012 Dyke. Whether you are a regular The UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest event for discovering a world of voyages â&#x20AC;&#x201C; be sure not rambler or want to catch the to miss this â&#x20AC;&#x201C; perfect for those new to cruising and needing tail end of the summer sun while help to plan their first voyage, or seasoned cruisers socialising with a fun group looking for inspiration for their next holiday of people, the Oswestry at sea. This is the only place where you will Walking Festival is a find all the major and specialist cruise lines perfect opportunity to We are also offering Yattar under one roof, hear directly from the make new friends. Yattar readers reduced price cruise experts about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new for 2013 Visitors can also advance tickets to the show! and save thousands of pounds with the take in Oswestry Get your tickets for only ÂŁ5 exclusive show only offers! So whether Museum, which (thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s saving ÂŁ5 off the door you enjoy sailing in six-star comfort, opened in the Spring. price!) by quoting â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;YATTARâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; visiting remote destinations, have a Exhibitions detail the when booking tickets online spirit for adventure or prefer relaxing in history of the town at www.cruisingshow.com or the most modern resort style ships perfect in an intimate and when calling 0871 620 4024. for the whole family, then The Telegraph accessible way, and CRUISE Show is the place to be. provide a jumping-­off We are giving five lucky readers the chance point for your own ventures to win a pair of tickets to the show! Just answer through Oswestry. The museum this simple question below and email your answer to is open Wednesday, Friday and editorial@yattaryattar.co.uk: Where is The Birmingham Telegraph Saturday, coinciding with the CRUISE Show taking place? town's market days. Check out O ExCel ONEC OThe local village hall www.oswestrywalkers.co.uk and www.oswestrymuseum.co.uk

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Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On at Oakengates Theatre? For a fabulous evening surrounded by luvvies and lookers, pop yourselves in the car and head to Oakengates Theatre, Telfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier hotspot! Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what the Autumn months have in store for youâ&#x20AC;Ś Cinderella comes to Town A pumpkin magically transformed into a sparkling coach, mice into white horses and a girl goes from rags to a stunning ballgown all with the wave of a good fairyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wand. With a pair of glass slippers and a spell that breaks when the clock chimes midnight, it can only mean one thing! The classic Cinderella rags to riches fairy tale will be brought bang up to date with a couple of dastardly divas dishing out moody meanness as Ugly Sisters. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry, to make sure Cinderella gets to the ball, in steps the Fairy Godmother with everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friend Buttons on hand. 3HUKDSV&LQGHUVZLOOĂ&#x20AC;QGWUXHORYH and happiness in the arms of a handsome, charming Prince! Join in the fun this festive season with a fantastic new production of the pantomime Cinderella at Oakengates Theatre @The Place, with a plenty of belly laughs to be had along the way and fun for the whole family. The show starts on 7 December and will run until 31 December 2012. Tickets are on sale now ERRN\RXUVYLDRXUER[RIĂ&#x20AC;FH www.theplacetelford.com in person or call us on 01952 382382. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out get your tickets booked today! Also showing this Autumn: Thursday 27th September, John Challis: An Evening With Boycie Enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie in BBC1â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Only Fools and Horses. Fri 2nd November, A Whole Lotta Led. After twelve years with the same members Whole Lotta Led have changed line-­up. On drums is Chris Scrivens, and the new vocalist is Lee Pryor, who effortlessly reproduces Robert Plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stunning vocals. Founder members Nick Ferris and Geoff Hunt are still there ensuring the standard of performance is as high as it can be. Wed 7th November, Nick Baker: Weird Creatures. Join Nick as he tells his favourite stories about GLVFRYHULQJPHHWLQJDQGĂ&#x20AC;OPLQJ some Weird Creatures. As well as some candid and revealing â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;behind the scenesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; trials and tribulations Sat 24th November, Gordon Hendricks is Elvis. In 2011 Gordon Hendricks was crowned European Elvis Champion 2011 by Elvis Presley Enterprises. In 2005 he was Grand Final Winner of Stars In Their Eyes on ITV. Now he returns to Telford with his sell-­out show. www.theplacetelford.com

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AUTUMN  WATCH

Autumn Watch Now is a great time of year to, quite literally, sample Nature at its best â&#x20AC;&#x201C; get out there and see whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on around you this Autumn!

Wild about Nature! Here in Britain, with so many woods and IRUHVWVDQGUXUDODUHDVZHRIWHQĂ&#x20AC;QG creatures of the wild lurking in our gardens. While some people (rarely) consider these frequent visits from woodland creatures a QXLVDQFHPRVWRIXVĂ&#x20AC;QGLWIDVFLQDWLQJDQG actively encourage such activity. One of the most common animals we WHQGWRĂ&#x20AC;QGOLQJHULQJGXULQJWKH$XWXPQ months are our feathered friends! Birds love coming into our gardens and you VKRXOGH[SHFWWRVHHPDQ\Ă RRGLQJLQ from Europe in search of food, water and shelter. You can encourage these visitations by making sure there is a handy supply of seeds for them. Most people tend to have a general tidy-­up in their gardens in Autumn but, by doing this, they destroy and remove many

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safe havens for wildlife. Hedgehogs, regular visitors to established gardens, hibernate in the winter which means that during the Autumn months they are keen to collect grass, leaves, straw and other soft materials to build their nests. You can give a helping hand to these creatures by providing suitable shelter to keep them cosy and warm during the harsh winter months â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to spend a fortune and hedgehogs arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that fussy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a wooden box in a sheltered area of you garden will be perfect!

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Free food for foragers! Ah, Autumn! Such a beautiful season for us and an industrious one for Mother Nature as VKHIUDQWLFDOO\SXWVRQKHUĂ&#x20AC;QDOVSHFWDFXODU show before the Winter arrives. Now is when the days begin to get shorter and the sun hangs lower in the sky. Colours take on a new vibrancy, birds gorge on berry-­laden bushes and the chill in the air reminds us that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just us whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be seeking warmth and shelter shortly. $WWKLVWLPHRI\HDUWKHHDUWK¡VĂ RRU offers up a bounty of delectable delights. Through an agreeable combination of Summer warmth and Autumnal damp, September sees an eruption of fungi â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Shaggy Ink Caps, Puffballs and Chanterelle are amongst the most popular but there are hundreds of different species out there â&#x20AC;&#x201C; some of which are edible and others which are most certainly not! Mushrooms have been used in cooking and medicines for thousands of years

Ah, Autumn: colours take on a new vibrancy, birds gorge on berries, and squirrels are busy getting ready for Winter

and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;mushroomingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a popular pastime for many because certain types are delicious, low in calories and a rich source of potassium and iron. However, when on the hunt for these tasty treats it is vital you follow these simple rules: O Only consume mushrooms you have SLFNHGDQGLGHQWLĂ&#x20AC;HG\RXUVHOI O Double-­check mushroom types, especially before cooking. O Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t combine different types. O Discard mushrooms that are particularly GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWWRLGHQWLI\ O2QĂ&#x20AC;UVWWU\LQJDFHUWDLQ mushroom type, consume a small amount; we all react differently to different types of fungi. O Do not eat raw wild IXQJL²DOZD\VFRRNĂ&#x20AC;UVW Mushrooms are not the only food to be found and foraged, however. Autumn is perfect for raiding natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s larder and wild food are often the most nutritious. Other delicacies to be on the look out for include beech nuts, elderberries, raspberries, blackberries, rose-­ hip, hazelnuts, dandelion roots, bilberries, and sweet chestnutsâ&#x20AC;Ś who says thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no such thing as a free lunch!

Walk on the wild side!

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Autumn is the perfect time to don your walking boots and head out into the great wild yonder before Winter makes it a less attractive proposition altogether! The recently completed Wales Coast Path, an 870-­mile trail which begins at the mouth of the River Dee on the outskirts


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Animal fair Autumn is a very busy time for the good folk at animal charities. As temperatures drop and the nights get dark earlier, they are contacted by many members of the public concerned about the welfare of pets and wildlife during this time of seasonal change. Lots of young animals are handed in to them at this time of year by people believing them to be orphaned but, quite often, this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the case â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the parents are actually hunting for food or shelter and have not abandoned them. A VSRNHVSHUVRQIRUWKH563&$RIIHUVXV this advice: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re worried about a baby animal that seems to be alone, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rush to pick it up straight away. Observe it from a distance, LGHDOO\IRUKRXUVEXWDWOHDVW overnight to see if the parents return. If after that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sure the animal has been abandoned then call XVRQRU contact your nearest wildlife rehabilitator.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; y

Donations: Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;DPRQWK can help re-­home abandoned and abused animals. Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;DPRQWKFDQKHOSIXQGWKHLU563&$ inspectors and their important work Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;DPRQWKFDQSURYLGHYHWHULQDU\ treatment for sick animals. Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;FDQKHOSUHVFXHDQLPDOVLQDQ HQYLURQPHQWDOGLVDVWHUDQGÂ&#x2026;FDQKHOS provide emergency equipment for an inspectorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s van. Other ways to help include fund-­raising, volunteering, campaigning on their behalf and re-­homing.

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Plas Maenan Country House…

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Traditional à la carte Sunday lunch in the Music Room is accompanied by a harpist – our roast beef is superb and our sweet trolley is irresistible! 3 courses £20.85, 2 courses £15.90. Booking is advisable

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The Wedding

Planner Congratulations, you’re Dress to impress Finding the perfect dress for your perfect day engaged! Whilst you can be almost as stressful as the rest of the think you may have preparations combined. Your gown should be comfortable and flattering but, above all, it should plenty of time before make you feel absolutely fabulous. It doesn’t have the big day, you’ll be to be an elaborate Vera Wang extravaganza but it should make you feel as if it is! surprised at just how A ringing success fast the date comes The most enduring and physical memento of round. Fret not! From your wedding are your rings. With so many different styles, shapes and designs to choose venues to rings Yattar from, shopping for it can be a bewildering Yattar has thought of experience. The most popular options are: everything you’ll need Yellow gold This is the traditional choice. 24ct is the purest gold but it is also the softest to plan your perfect so not recommended for wedding rings. 18ct and 14ct are more practical as they are hard2013 wedding... wearing and robust. White gold White gold wedding rings look beautiful and timeless and have been popular with newlyweds. However, when such a ring is made, it is coated in another white metal called rhodium which makes the metal look whiter but can wear off after time. Platinum Another very popular choice, platinum wedding rings are gorgeous, classy… and expensive! However, they are extremely hard-wearing and naturally white. Titanium this is a more modern choice but popular with couples on a budget. Titanium rings are very light and have a unique gun metal grey colouring which is great if you are looking for something a little (please turn to page 50…)

Dolserau Hall

This is a beautiful and imposing country house in Snowdonia National Park which offers the elegance of a Victorian residence with great service. There are three stunning locations to choose from: the elegant Redwood Meeting Room which hosts small, intimate weddings, the Cocktail Lounge which is a roomy, light venue and the Winter Garden Res-­ taurant. Hotel manager and wedding SODQQHU/RX2DNOH\LVMXVWLÀDEO\SURXGRI the hotel and her team. ‘We only hold a handful of weddings here,’ she smiles. ‘That way the service never becomes routine and the couple’s special day becomes one for us too! Our kitchen team is led by a Savoy-­trained chef and they have an unbelievable passion for food, they are so creative and imagina-­ tive.’ Lou continues: ‘Our clients have a vision which we endeavour to make a reality for them. The personal service we all provide is the difference between a great day and a perfect day.’ For more information, call Lou on (01341) 422 522.


Lord of the Rings!

Seiont Manor country house hotel: a great venue to consider

The Venue

EXCHANGING RINGS AS A TOKEN OF LOVE AND COMMITMENT IS AN AGE-­OLD PRACTICE. BEYOND THE OTHER ACCOUTREMENTS OF YOUR WEDDING, THE WEDDING RING IS THE SMALLEST, BUT MOST SIGNIFICANT, ITEM AND ITS CHOICE DESERVES SOME CAREFUL CONSIDERATIONâ&#x20AC;Ś

Established in 1997, The Ring Workshop in Oswestry has established a well-­deserved reputation for designing and creating the Ă&#x20AC;QHVWEHVSRNHZHGGLQJULQJV0DUN-RQHV the man behind the company, shares with us his thoughts and advice to make purchasing the perfect rings that little bit easier. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;When choosing your wedding ring there are a number of factors which should be considered,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; he says. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Firstly, you should focus on the engagement band. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably stone-­set, but what type of ring is it? Does it have one, two or more stones? Are the stones set in claws or does the ring have a rub-­over setting? Is it gold or platinum? Perhaps itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a combination of the two metals. Is the piece of a traditional design or does it have a more contemporary feel? â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The wedding band should complement the engagement ring as they will usually be worn together. You must also consider the shape of \RXUKDQGDQGWKHOHQJWKDQGVL]HRI\RXUĂ&#x20AC;QJHUV â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the width and weight of the wedding ring must be sympathetic to these proportions. Consider also the practicality of the piece. Unlike the engagement ring, the wedding band will always be worn. It should be a practical design that can withstand the rigours of modern life. Finally, You must also consider the piece must be timeless â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I see the shape of your hand and hundreds of horror stories; elaborate the length and size of your bands which must have been Ă&#x20AC;QJHUV super-­cool in the early seventies, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look very contemporary now!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mark explains that most brides visiting The Ring Workshop are looking for something a little different â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a unique piece designed to an H[DFWLQJVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQÂś:HVSHFLDOLVHLQKDQGPDGH wedding rings and have considerable experience in turning an idea into a workable design,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; he WHOOVXVDGGLQJÂś+HUH\RX¡OOĂ&#x20AC;QGRQHRIWKHODUJHVW selections of wedding rings in the country. We have a comprehensive range of over 500 handmade designs. You will be given expert, impartial advice with none of the pressures or distractions of a retail environment.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; To arrange an appointment at The Ring Workshop (whether buying, or just looking for guidance), call (01691) 238297.

Some couples plan their entire day around their dream wed-­ ding venue while others start with a blank page. Either way, where to hold your wedding is one of the most important decisions youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll make. Since April, 1995, it has been possible to get mar-­ ried at licensed venues such as hotels, castles and stately homes. This allows for your big day to be more romantic and adds a certain fairytale dimension if a traditional church service is not your thing. Fancy a midnight marriage? Ceremonies will soon be allowed around the clock, according to a new rule which comes in to effect from October 2012 in Eng-­ land and Wales.

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Such a Perfect Day...

NESTLING MAJESTICALLY IN FIVE ACRES OF BEAUTIFUL GARDENS ON THE NORTH WALES COAST, BRON EIFION COUNTRY HOUSE IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE PERFECT CHOICE FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY. This luxury hotel, situated on the Llyn Peninsular, near Criccieth in North Wales, was built around 1883 and was originally a Victorian manor house. In January 2006, under the watchful and loving eye of its new owners, it underwent extensive renovations, increasing its rating to four stars in DQGĂ&#x20AC;UPO\HVWDEOLVKLQJLWVHOIDV1RUWK:DOHV¡ most exclusive and desirable of weddings venue. Mary Heenan, Wedding Planner at Bron (LĂ&#x20AC;RQEHOLHYHVWKDWWKHVXFFHVVDQGSRSXODULW\ of this Grade II Listed building is down to the personal touch. She explains, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We make it our mission to ensure that, from the minute the bridal party arrive until the time they leave, we live up to, and exceed, their every expectation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we are very keen to ensure that every aspect of their experience here is spot on as we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a second chance at perfection.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; From stunning backdrops to professional service, entertainment to table decorations, phenomenal food to those all-­important photographsâ&#x20AC;Ś nothing is left to chance. Want WRDUULYHLQVW\OH"1RSUREOHPDV%URQ(LĂ&#x20AC;RQHYHQ boasts a helipad for the adventurous! The only WKLQJWKHDIĂ&#x20AC;DQFHGFRXSOHQHHGWRRUJDQLVHLV the registrar; after that they may relax, knowing that their wedding day is in safe hands. Typically, the prospective bride and groom will have two or three meetings with Mary Heenan and her team to discuss their needs and to ask any questions they may have. Mary says, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We appreciate that every wedding is unique and we do our utmost to ensure that the day is unforgettable. We cater for all diets and the food is prepared and made from scratch by our talented, award-­winning chefs. We have 18 beautifully appointed rooms for guests (sometimes the couple will book the hotel as an exclusive venue or the bridal party may book separately at discounted prices.) We have just been granted the license to conduct outdoor FLYLOFHUHPRQLHVVRQRZZHDUHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWDQGRQO\ hotel in Gwynedd to have this facility. We are really excited about this prospect as it means we can offer something unique and extra special. If \RXZDQWDVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FGDWHWKHQZHUHFRPPHQG you book at least 12 months in advance. No matter how far in advance you book, however, the price quoted will be honoured.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Any tips for couples planning on tying the knot in the future? â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The best advice I can offer to couples is to be realistic about their guest list,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says Mary. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s human nature to want to share it with everybody but you simply canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t invite everyone! Quality, not quantity is important.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Contact Mary on 01766 522 385 or go to www. EURQHLĂ&#x20AC;RQFRXN

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WEDDING  SPECIAL The Peak of Chic!

In Tudor England, brides carried marigolds dipped in rosewater, and ate them after the ceremony as an aphrodisiac!

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Bloominâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lovely

Flowers are an integral feature â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a wedding just wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be the same without them. There are no right or wrong choices when deciding on your floral arrangements â&#x20AC;&#x201C; your preference, your taste, and your budget should be the contributing factors. Speak to your florist about inexpensive foliage which helps create the illusion that you have more flowers than you actually do. Colour is an important factor too choose those which complement your dress and overall themes of the day.

Snap happy

Never leave the taking of your wedding photographs to chance â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they are a lasting record of the happiest day of your life so choosing the right person to produce them is of utmost importance. There are many, many to choose from so shop around until you find a photographer who can offer you exactly the right package. Ask lots of questions, request a look at their portfolio and, if possible, speak to some of their previous clients.

Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainment

No matter how beautiful your wedding venue or how delicious your food, even the bestplanned events can fall a little flat. Music is a

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice...

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One of the most memorable moments of your wedding day will be when you get to cut your wedding cake in front of all of your friends and family. Choices for these edible centrepieces are wide and varied â&#x20AC;&#x201C; do you want a traditional tiered and iced fruit cake or do you fancy a sage green and pink creation to match your colour scheme? How about a towering display of individual cupcakes which are easily distibuted to your guests? Increasingly popular is a traditional French dessert, the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;croquemboucheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (meaning â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;crunch in mouthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;) which comes with a tiny hammer for the newlyweds to break into!

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How toâ&#x20AC;Ś make a compost heap Compost is the cornerstone of organic gardening. If you want to grow your own, create beautiful blooms or even attract a wealth of wildlife to your garden, then compost! Once finished, your compost will be rich, dark and sweet-smelling. Made completely of decomposed, organic waste, it is the plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equivalent of dinner at the Ritz! Most of the finished product will be organic matter from your garden; weeds, grass trimmings etc, however a small percentage will be kitchen waste and even paper. You can spread it anywhere you like to improve growth, condition and nutrition, simply superb for vegetable patches and seasonal blooms. Around 40 per cent of the average dustbin contents are suitable for home-composting so it helps cut down on landfill too. BINS, BOXES AND HEAPS! You need a home for your rotting waste â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a patch at the bottom of the garden will do, just cover with polythene or cardboard and Bobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your uncle! However a bin or box does look better and makes it much easier to transfer and manage. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find a wide variety on the market, you can build your own or get one cheaply from your local council. Position in a sunny or semi-shaded area, directly on the soil or turf and you must place away from water-courses. 50% GREEN, 50% BROWN â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Greensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or nitrogen rich ingredients recommended are: urine (diluted with water 20:1) leaves, nettles and grass cuttings. Other (less nitrogen rich) green materials you can use are: raw vegetable peelings from your kitchen, tea bags and leaves, coffee grounds,

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HOMES  &  GARDENS

The success of the Olympics has created a warm glow across the nation…

The Sahara desert receives enough solar energy in a few hours to potentially provide the world’s power needs for a year!

New Showroom for Abbey Kitchens Shrewsbury-based Abbey Kitchens have just moved to new premises, expanding their range Abbey Kitchens’ new showroom is now open and includes some exclusive ranges not shown before! The company is now an authorised AGA showroom as well as a Neff Master partner, which all ensure the showroom will be the new kitchen centre of excellence in Shropshire. Abbey Kitchens use only the best materials, whether that be in the cabinetry they manufacture themselves, which offer Blum soft close doors as standard, or in the Crown Imperial and Mereway Kitchens cabinets they now stock. Both of the new additions are well known in the industry for their quality, and are made entirely in England. Their worktop range also has some new additions, with Silestone now on display as well as other composites, and natural granites. There is something to suit everyone, in fact there is so much choice you may have trouble deciding, from hand made solid wood in-frame kitchens to sleek high gloss acrylics, there is plenty to choose from. Abbey Kitchens is a local family business. They have been trading for 19 years with four members of the Hayes family working at the company. They value their British heritage, and source most products from the UK. The company is also a member of Fairtrades, which insures your deposit for peace of mind in today’s economic climate. The new showroom has plenty of free parking and they offer free quotations in the comfort of your own home, daytime or evening. With the opening of the new showroom, for one month only there are incredible opening offers to be had including 25% off over thirty different designs!

Going for Green!

The success of the Olympic Games has created a warm glow across the nation. The games didn’t just celebrate the nation’s sporting prowess, but also showcased Britain’s sustainable construction expertise, being the greenest games ever hosted – it’s just a shame the warmth generated by the games couldn’t be harnessed to heat our homes!

BE SUSTAINABLE TO SAVE MONEY At a time of austerity, it is easy for green measures to be dismissed as an expensive gimmick, that somehow the environment is less important than other concerns. Yet this is a fallacy. It is true that sustainable energy systems cost money to install, but the whole point of them is to save money (and the environment) in the longer term. This makes them even more important at a time of cutbacks. SUCCESS OF SOLAR PV – STILL A GOOD INVESTMENT As with all new technologies, however, the initial costs are high as companies recoup their research and development costs. Renewable energy is no exception to this rule. The Government recognised this by introducing the Feed-in-Tariff for Solar PV, to help households recover the costs. Yet as costs have fallen dramatically, the Feed-in-Tariff has been cut accordingly, yet still gives the same rate of return, approximately 10% per annum. The fact that the tariff was cut shows how successful it was in lowering the costs, and Solar PV still remains an excellent investment. Households are right to be wary of unrealistic claims but, as an example, a high quality 16-panel 3.92kW system from Ecoliving could cost £7,945 (inc. VAT). This may earn £538 in feed-in-tariffs, £76 from exporting electricity to the grid, whilst saving £193 on electricity bills, giving a total annual benefit of £807. Reputable MCS-accredited installation companies will provide realistic estimates in their quotes. For households worried about finding the money to pay for the systems, low-cost loan funding is also available, the repayments being met from the annual savings with virtually no risk to the homeowner. Once the loan is repaid, the householder benefits from the income. The forthcoming Renewable Heat Incentive and Green Deal are set to revolutionise this market, allowing households to bask in the warmth of saving money and helping the environment. Further information can be found on the Energy Saving Trust and Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) websites. Local experts Ecoliving (www.ecolivinguk.com) offer free, no obligation energy surveys and advice for a range of renewable technologies. Contact Peter Hardy or Alison Nolan on 0845 301 3121 or visit www.ecolivinguk.com

Jonathan Guppy is an experienced self-builder who has

also previously owned a successful renewable energy business, Jonathan is a freelance writer specialising in renewable energy, self-building, technology, small business and public policy. For further information, call 01785 280721.

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Erddig Gardens

Head Gardener at Erddig House, Glyn Smith, tells us whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been going on in the gardens this year.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What a year it has been in our gardens. All the rain that we had in June and July made visiting and enjoying gardens a trial. Working in them has been even harder. Every time we take out a lawnmower it has been almost certain to rain again. Of course when we have found a window of opportunity to get out into the garden, it has meant that we have been mowing lawns. The grass has never stopped growing, even now it seems to be growing two inches each week. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;An excellent spring display of bulbs and flowers just managed to give us colour and interest through the Jubilee, but this holiday and the start of the wet weather afterwards delayed us in planting out our summer bedding. Mind you, everything was watered in well in the next few weeks and is now starting to look quite good. This year we are celebrating one of the founders of the National Trust, Octavia Hill, by designing our summer display around a deep red flowered Pelargonium named in her honour. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Our herbaceous borders have looked extremely colourful and interesting all year. From the earliest Pulmonarias to Crocosmias, sweet peas and Dahlias now just starting to flower, there has been plenty for our visitors to admire. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Preparation for supporting our herbaceous plants, climbers and sweet peas actually started last January. On frosty mornings we coppiced hazel bushes growing in the car park, to give enough brushwood for the whole year. We also raked up all the leaves around the garden last autumn, they are now composting nicely. Once rotted down, they will return to the garden to be dug into beds to improve the fertility, or as mulch to keep weed germination down and trap â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;All the rain we moisture in our borders. had in June and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Over the next few weeks the gardeners July this year made will be busy shearing hedges. We are always shearing or pruning something in the garden, working in the our â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pleachedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lime tree avenues take us JDUGHQVGLIÃ&#x20AC;FXOW² several weeks to prune in the springtime. The fruit trees also need regular pruning to keep and the grass never them in shape and to fruit well, our aim is to stopped growing!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; have a good display for our very popular Apple Festival in October.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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Homes& Gardens Heat Your House, Not the Neighbourhood!

Keep your home warm and your bills down for free with Wall-Lagâ&#x20AC;Ś Established in 1974, Wall-Lag are a family run business, specialising in cavity wall and loft insulation based in Mold. For cavity wall insulation, they use the latest polystyrene bead technology, which is applied through a hole on the outside of the wall with a waterbased adhesive and fills 100% of the cavity. For loft insulation, they use a non-itch, non-scratch product, which is ideal if you still wish to use the loft after installation. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Everyone is entitled to free cavity wall insulation,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says Lee Jones from Wall-Lag, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t age or benefit dependent.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; This is part of a government grant scheme to improve the efficiency of UK homes, so as long as you are having over 60% of the house treated, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to pay! He goes on to tell us that many people are also entitled to free loft insulation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it depends on the depth of insulation you already have. Wall-Lag can do a free survey and quote to let you know exactly what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;e eligible for. Installation is quick and easy, and usually takes place within two to three weeks of your survey taking place. Preparation is a simple enough job. For loft insulation, all they ask is that you move any particularly large items from the loft, and for wall cavity insulation, they simply advise that you remove any small items, such as pictures, from the wall to save the vibration from the drilling outside causing them to fall off. A typical threebedroom semi will take no more than 1.5 hours for cavity wall insulation, while loft insulation takes around an hour. The effort seems minimal compared to the benefits, though. Not only does a properly insulated home reduce fuel bills by around 35%, but it dramatically decreases the size of your carbon footprint, which is of huge significance to all our futures. To arrange your free survey and get a no obligation quote, contact Wall-Lag on 01352 758812 (Mold) or 01244 879818 (Chester). More information can also be found online at www.wall-lag.co.uk

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Bob Ruler Talks Kitchens, Quality and Bkoncepts Big purchases understandably make consumers nervous nowadays. Budgets are smaller, demands for quality are higher, and the whole process is fraught with worry. Bob Ruler, managing director of Bkoncepts in Wrexham, knows this all too well. His company designs, sells DQGĂ&#x20AC;WVNLWFKHQVIRUERWKFRQVXPHUV and contractors. Yattar Yattar caught up with Bob Ruler to see precisely how Bkoncepts smooths the process of making a large purchase in 2012. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I started Bkoncepts in 2000, after thirty years in the kitchen business,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bob tells us. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It was mainly for the contract market, but now we cater to both consumers and contractors.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Companies such as Barratt Homes and Morris Homes have hired Bkoncepts to design and fit kitchens on a large scale. However, their showroom is generally populated by customers who want something high-­ quality as opposed to a product that will need replacing after a few years. Bkoncepts has no illusions about being a cheap and cheerful organisation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; their selling point is their exceedingly high standards. Which brings us on to Nolte Kitchens, the German-­made kitchens that Bkoncepts takes extreme pride in. Bob Ruler is proud of the fact his company has the most extensive showroom of Nolte products in Britain. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nolte are one of the top German brands,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; he explains. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the Mercedes of kitchens â&#x20AC;&#x201C; almost over-­engineered.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Counters, desktops and cabinets all specially made for your room. Bob Ruler says that his team all help to include you in every step of the design process, so your kitchen is tailored exactly for you. But what if your budget is slightly smaller? â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We also have our own Bkoncept Prestige range, made in Germany, which is high-­value and high-­ quality at the same time,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says Bob. In this range, more traditional materials are used, but the Prestige kitchens still look pleasingly modern.

Has Bob noticed any trends in kitchen design in the last IHZ\HDUV"Âś+LJKJORVVĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHVXVHG to be popular with kitchens,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bob tells us, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;but now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re noticing a shift towards soft sheens and pale woods.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Nolte Kitchens offer both, and bright colours paired with high shine are an impressive look for the home. However, we can see why people would choose gentler schemes, with kitchens being more of an investment buy now. Bkoncepts offer a ten-­year guarantee on the kitchens they install, a sign of FRPPLWPHQWWKDWGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\VHWVDIDLU few customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nerves at ease. The Bkoncepts showroom is large enough to wander around for a considerable amount of time. In the past, chef Nick Crosley has visited to put on a cookery demonstration in one of the Nolte kitchens. Despite Bkonceptsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; computer designing skills, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good idea to check out the showroom to physically see products you are interested in. Rushing into a big decision would be a mistake. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You can make an appointment with Mark on 0845 270 2007 to look at our VKRZURRP¡%REVD\VÂś)URP\RXUĂ&#x20AC;UVWYLVLW we can help you design a kitchen catered precisely to your needs. We measure up your kitchen and use computer design to ensure everything is perfect.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bob Ruler, with his decades of experience, believes his company is the go-­to place for new kitchens. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about inside information, and, as Bob himself says: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Choosing Bkoncepts is a good idea because we really know our products. We know what will work and what wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t thanks to our knowledge and experience.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Find information at www.bkoncept.co.uk.


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WRITE HERE IN SHREWSBURY IS PROVING THAT THERE IS STILL A STRONG MARKET FOR QUALITY FOUNTAIN PENS... AND IS EVEN OFFERING A â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;TAILOR MADEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; SERVICE TO MATCH CUSTOMERS TO THEIR IDEAL WRITING INSTRUMENT. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve doubled our sales of pens over the past year,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says John Hall, owner of Write Here. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Shop sales are strong and we have customers throughout the country and increasingly abroad thanks to our website,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; he explains. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pens are an essential tool â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you can take notes anywhere, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to wait for them to boot up â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and using a good pen is a pleasure in itself. Also, people recognise that their choice of pen says far more about them than an iPad ever will! â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fountain pens are increasingly popular with students â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they certainly help handwriting, and are very easy on the hand. There are good practical reasons for using a fountain pen â&#x20AC;&#x201C; apart from the fact that they are really enjoyable to use! â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We have a huge range of fountain pens from ÂŁ7.99 to ÂŁ1,400 and encourage customers to try their pen to ensure that it is a perfect match for weight, balance and nib type, as well as how the pen looks.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Despite its setting in the picturesque Welsh countryside, complete with a nearby stream, Afonwen is just a few minutes of junction 31 off the A55 in Flintshire, near Mold. With a massive variety of stock spread throughout the antiques centre and gift and craft shop, there is bound to be something for collectors, or those looking for a unique gift. The antique centre specialises in the arts and crafts of the Welsh culture, including everything from jewellery and clothing to silk flowers, so is perfect for anyone looking for an addition to their antique collection, or just an interesting vintage trinket. Meanwhile, the gift and craft shop is home to many well-stocked display cases, and sells more jewellery, ornaments, cards, gifts, outdoor clothing and wallets â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a bit of everything, really! The centre also often has crafts people visiting to display and demonstrate their work. Should you get peckish during your visit, Edenshine Restaurant is on hand to supply home-made, The end-­of-­term exhibition freshly cooked meals and treats. at Westhope Craft College, Whether you fancy a full lunch, Shropshire, shows the sheer or just some tea and a slice of breadth of the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cake, Edenshine is sure to have creativity. The members of something to your tastes. The the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s City & Guilds restaurant also does catering, and courses put on a display can supply buffet food, to show the pieces or even elaborate of art they cakes, for your have created celebrations. rtist? a l a over the last c Both lo a u Are yo ur academic Afonwen yo ith w h uc Get in to Craft and year. The f o s ture news and pic Antique students this nt a ew Centre, and year have your work. W out it! Edenshine been high to hear all ab Restaurant l@ achievers, Email editoria are open k with all of the .u o r.c tta a ry yatta Tuesday to Embroidery, Sunday and Jewellery and Bank Holiday Glasswork students Mondays, from 9:30am gaining distinctions. The until 5:30pm. To find out City & Guild courses offer a more about Afonwen, and even foundation in the skill of your browse their stock, visit www. choice; for more information, afonwen.co.uk, while for more the Westhope Craft College information on Edenshine website can be found at Restaurant, go to www. www.westhope.org.uk. edenshinerestaurant.co.uk.

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Stable Star Portraits with John Minoprio

Cheshire photographer John Minoprio has photographed horses all his life, but wanted to go further. In 1989 he took a workshop with the highly respected advertising photographer Nancy Brown in New York, then set up his studio near Malpas specialising in equestrian fashion, country clothing, product brochure and advertising photography. Stable Star Portraits is a new initiative that captures a timeless image for those who want a lasting memory of a winning show horse or eventer, a stallion at stud, or a favoured friend. And it need not be a horseâ&#x20AC;Ś there are champion cattle, pigs, sheep, and even chickens whose proud owners wish to immortalise them in a beautiful picture. The aim is to show the animal in a formal portrait, stood up properly and looking its best. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Of course, animals donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live as long as we do, and a photograph of them in their prime is a precious reminder for the years aheadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, explains John. Photography has taken John Minoprio to some unusual places. His favourite location is Newmarket where, for the Llandrindod Wells based company Horse :HLJKKHSKRWRJUDSKHGWKHĂ&#x20AC;QHVWWKRURXJKEUHGVEHLQJZHLJKHGÂś:KHQ\RXORRNWKURXJKWKHOHQVDWWKH winner of one of the English Classics, you know you are in the presence of greatnessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. John has also written and illustrated three books, including Horses & Heroes (Quiller), and the Allen Photographic Guide on riding dress Show Ring Style (J. A. Allen). Visit the website at www.minophoto.co.uk.

Animal Art Exhibition

Cheshire artists Janet Anne Carden and June Lesley Fox are working hard to make the 4th Annual Exhibition of Animal EARTh the best yet! They are showcasing new artists and returning favourites, and an even more varied selection of animal art. Janet, who has a strong reputation nationally for her wildlife paintings, especially of British birds, has extended her portfolio to include gundogs. June exhibits her equestrian and feline paintings in London, and will bring many of them to the exhibition. She enjoys painting the interaction of man and horse, and will show paintings of the Cheshire and other hunts. Whether your taste is for British wildlife, farmyard animals, working dogs, H[RWLFFDWVRUĂ&#x20AC;HOGVSRUWV²$QLPDO($57KKDVLWDOODQGPRUH7KHH[KLELWLRQ is in Willington Hall, Tarporley from November 10th until the 18th, open daily from 10:30am to 4:30pm. Visit www.animalearth.co.uk for more information.

Heads and Tails!

IF YOU WANT A UNIQUE REMINDER OF YOUR OWN â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;FAITHFUL FRIENDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; THEN LOOK NO FURTHER THAN TALENTED ARTIST, ANGELA J SIMPSON. Working in a mixture of pastels, charcoal, pencil and acrylic, the north Wales-­based animal artist creates beautiful pet portraits to treasure forever. Angela says: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I love to paint animals and have been commissioned to do a range of pets including dogs, cats, horses, goats, sheep, rabbits and even parrots! I am often asked to paint a beloved pet who is no longer with us and, in these cases, it is a real delight for me to see the emotion in my clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; faces when they see the UHVXOW,WFRQĂ&#x20AC;UPVWKDW,KDYHUHDOO\ captured the unique character of their pet and, in some special way, reunited them.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; All you need for your own exquisite masterpiece is a good quality photo of your pet. Prices start at ÂŁ185, go to www. angelajsimpson.com

Oriel Davies Gallery hosts â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Alieni Lurisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Oriel Davies Gallery in Newtown, Powys, has long prided itself on its collection of contemporary art and many interesting and thought-­provoking exhibitions. Of course, its current fare proves to be no exception. From September 15th until November 7th, the gallery is host to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Alieni Lurisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (meaning â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a multimedia exhibition by London-­based artist, Doug Jones. On opening day, there will also be a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Artist and Curator in Conversationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; session between 5pm and 6pm, where Doug Jones and curator, Indra Khanna, will discuss the exhibitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s technical approach and key themes. As always, entry to the gallery is free. To find out more about the Oriel Davies Gallery, or to see current and future exhibitions, go to www.orieldavies.org.

Honeypots

Owned and run by twin sisters, Sarah and Catherine, Honeypots has two stores â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one in Llangollen, and a new one in Oswestry. Both VWRUHVDUHRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOVWRFNLVWV of Charlie Bears, Gorjuss, Pip Studio, Choc on Choc, Country Candle Company, Santoro, Pilgrim Jewellery, James Ellis Stevens, to name but a few, and also carry a designer range of original hand-­painted ceramics created by the sisters. If you want something truly unique, at both the Llangollen and Oswestry store you can paint your own pottery. Pieces of pottery cost as little as ÂŁ5 each, then for just ÂŁ3.50 each (to cover the cost of materials), you can paint whatever design you like! Honeypots will then glaze DQGĂ&#x20AC;UH\RXUPDVWHUSLHFH for you, ready to be picked up within a week. Visit www. honey-­pots.com.

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We asked local artist and tutor Judy Gough, for some tips for beginners. Judy says: O You need something to draw on â&#x20AC;&#x201C; decent quality (minimum 110gms weight) cartridge paper is lovely to use and will take a fair bit of punishment. OAnd something to draw with! A pencil will do to start with, you can experiment with other things later. But, nothing with an H in the grade! Use B grades â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2B is the hardest, but try 4B, 6B or even 9B â&#x20AC;&#x201C; lovely. OAn eraser is useful too, though not essential, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need a pencil sharpener . After that, just think of your own comfort, then get out there and sketch! The world out there is huge and never-­ending. How do you choose what to draw? O<RXQHHGDYLHZĂ&#x20AC;QGHU Take a sheet of stiff card the same size as your sketch paper. Cut a hole in it the same shape, but smaller. When you hold it up, you can zoom in and out by holding it closer to you or further away. It will help you choose a part of the view which will make a good composition. ORemember that you can draw mountains, or you can draw pebbles. Everything and anything! Now go and have fun! If you feel like taking things further and want WRUHĂ&#x20AC;QH\RXUVNLOOV\RXFRXOG attend any of the following: OLIFE DRAWING AND PAINTING, 1.30-­4pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; starts Wednesday 26th September. This is a class for people who are new to drawing the human Ă&#x20AC;JXUHRUZKRZLVKWREUXVKXS on skills and approaches to life drawing and painting. Held at Hoole Community Centre, Westminster Road, Chester. Call 0151 243 5340 or 01691 679 039 for more details. OLIFE DRAWING SESSIONS, 6:45-­8:45pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; every Thursday throughout the year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not taught, just an opportunity for anyone to have a go, and to practice on a regular basis. All welcome, experienced or not. Held at Bobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Studio, Cambrian Buildings, Coney Green, Oswestry. Only ÂŁ3.50 a session, no need to book, Bring your own materials. Phone 01691 679 039 for more details.


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For six years, Mold has hosted a wonderful celebration of local cuisine with its Food and Drink Festival. This year, however, is getting ready to be the most varied festival yet! Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d think this would be GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWIRUDQHYHQWWKDWDWWUDFWHGDQDVWRQLVKLQJYLVLWRUVODVW year, but Mold is pulling out all the stops: the pre-­festival Trail, which takes place from 1st September onwards, will take guests on a tour through all of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best refreshment spots, allowing them to sample food from participating independent cafes and restaurants. This brand-­new event will put you in the mood for the main festival itself, with outdoor events taking place in the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s venue in New Street Car Park. Over 100 exhibitors will be at the festival, adding tons of variety to the event, as well as top chefs like Graham Tinsley and Aldo Zilli, who will be giving masterful cookery demonstrations. The Best of Welsh Bake-­Off Competition is a chance to give your competitive streak free reign â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if you think your cakes are the very best, prove it by bringing one down to be judged by special guest judges. At ÂŁ8.00 for the whole familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s admission, and the main HYHQWVWDNLQJSODFHEHWZHHQQGUG6HSWHPEHU0ROG)RRG and Drink Festival is a fun day out thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sure to leave you absolutely stuffed. Check out www.moldfoodfestival.co.uk for more details.

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Pumpkin Paradise

]Pumpkins and squash are about as autumnal as they come. Whether it be Halloween Jack-­oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;-­lanterns, or baked squash and soups as the colder months draw near. Whatever you need a pumpkin or squash for, Llynclys Hall Farm Shop are sure to be able to provide it. As the largest pumpkin growers in the area, they offer every variety of squash you could ever need. The choice runs the gauntlet from gourds and summer squash to the huge pumpkins needed for spectacular Halloween creations. Llynclys Hall Farm Shop is located just three miles South of Oswestry, on the A483. First opened in 1995, the shop is now a member of the Heart of England Fine Food partnership, which aims to reduce food miles while maintaining choice. As well as its vast selection of squash, the shop also offers a wide range of other local produce, including locally reared Kelly Bronze turkeys for Christmas, which can be pre-­ordered from November onwards, so it is certainly worth a visit!

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The butchery team at the Ludlow Food Centre have acquired a surprisingly healthy smoking habit by developing a range of smoked meat products. The ever expanding range includes local, free range chicken and duck, estate reared venison, Gloucester Old Spot pork and even locally sourced trout. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We started by smoking our own bacon and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grown from there,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says John Brereton, head of the butchery team, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We are now working on more unique smoked meat such as spiced turkey breast, pastrami and even smoked garlic.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; When the Food Centre invested a small amount of money in a hot smoker to increase the product range that their butchery offered, they could have had little idea of how great the demand would be. Due to popular demand, John has designed and built a new smoke house behind the Food Centre, and is smoking meat throughout the week. The team use oak chippings and meat from the estate where possible but, as John says, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the attention to detail that makes the difference.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The technique used varies depending on the type of meat, and even changes in the weather, such as heat or humidity, and it is this care that helps to keep moisture in the PHDWZKLOHVWLOOJLYLQJLWDULFKVPRN\Ă DYRXU$OOWKHFDUHIXOZRUN has obviously paid off, with John having already won two major awards for his Gloucester Old Spot Smoked Middle Bacon, winning the title of Best Smoked Butcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bacon in Britain in April, and being named amongst the top 50 products in the UK at the Great Taste Awards. By Tom Hunt.


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The LQIRUPHGWKDWWKH\KDYHDJROGVWDULQWKH*UHDW7DVWH Bodnant Events on-site manufacturers often use traditional Welsh $ZDUGVIRUWKHLU$OEULJKWRQ(VWDWHORLQRIODPE Go online to www.bod-­ recipes, including a 300-year-old cheese recipe that :HDVNHG6WHYHZKDWKLVIDYRXULWHFXWRIPHDWZDV nant-­welshfood.co.uk to originated in the Conwy valley. All the products see details on the great Âś%HOO\SRUN¡KHDQVZHUHGÂś2UDERQHOHVVEHHIEULVNHW are of course available in the on-site farm shop, weekly events held at VORZFRRNHGDWÂ&#x192;IRUIRXUWRĂ&#x20AC;YHKRXUV²LW¡VUHDOO\ the Bodnant Welsh Food restaurant and tea-room. XQGHUUDWHGDQGDEVROXWHO\GHOLFLRXV¡ Centre â&#x20AC;&#x201C; there are just too It is obvious that Bodnant Welsh Food Centre many to list here! â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or call places a lot of value on getting their food and WRĂ&#x20AC;QG ingredients locally, and delights in sharing it with out more visitors, but just what is so important about sourcing food close to home? According to Chris, there are many Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, The reasons: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We want to support our neighbours, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also about Market Hall in Shrewsbury bursts into life. The market, which improved taste, and following the seasons.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; He also points out that sourcing began over forty years ago, is home to dozens of independently-­ food locally helps the environment â&#x20AC;&#x201C; fewer food miles means fewer trucks owned stalls that provide the freshest and most delicious high-­ on the road and less fuel used. To sum it up, in Chrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s words: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good quality food â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as well as books, records, textiles and comics, environmentally, good economically and good ethically â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the right to name a few of the other items available in the market's thing to do.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; eclectic mix. Anyone seeking to add a new quality to their cooking could do worse than to drop by the hall, which is open In the future, Bodnant Welsh Food Centre hope to develop 9.30am-­4pm. As well as garnering some great food, customers new products to add to their repertoire, and further develop their will be buoyed by the knowledge that they are supporting relationship with local food suppliers and producers. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We also want to local people by purchasing directly from them â&#x20AC;&#x201C; what more do get more people to see and understand great local produce,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chris adds. you need? This is the perfect place to get ingredients for your â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This is an area that produces fantastic food.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; RZQFRRNLQJRUVLPSO\SLFNXSDVZHHWWUHDW<RXFDQĂ&#x20AC;QGWKH You can find out more about Bodnant Welsh Food Centre and Shrewsbury Market Hall on Claremont Street, Shrewsbury, or visit their products, their Cookery School, or even reserve a table at their its informative website at www.markethallshrewsbury.co.uk restaurant, at www.bodnant-welshfood.co.uk.

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LEWIS’S FARM SHOP The home of real food - Eyton, Wrexham

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Preserving, pickling and potting! In the cold chill of winter, one can enjoy summer strawberries, picked by your own hands, made all the better by the feeling of pride you get when creating your own pantry full of pickles and jams. Nothing beats the feeling of reaping the fruits of your labour â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we used to do before fridge freezers! lies in small batches as large quanti-­ ties of fruit and sugar will take a long time to reach setting point causing the fruit to beak up and eventually dissolve in the jam. O How do you know when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set? A good tip is to pop a plate in the freezer for ten minutes then pour a teaspoonful of the mixture onto the SODWHDQGUHWXUQWRWKHIULGJHIRUĂ&#x20AC;YH minutes. If, when you nudge the jam ZLWK\RXUĂ&#x20AC;QJHULWJRHVZULQNO\WKHQ the jam is ready, leave it to settle for 15 minutes and then decant into jars. Never overcook â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a looser undercooked jam is preferable to burning.

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his is going to be year you become a preservation cham-­ pion! Jams, jellies, pickles and chutneys will very soon become a part of your cooking repertoire. The basic idea behind all forms of food preservation is to slow down the activity of disease-­causing bacteria or to kill the bacteria altogether.

Jams and jellies

The easiest, and arguably the most enjoyable preserved food is jam; spread over a slice of freshly baked bread, with lashings of butter is one of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s little pleasures. You can use any fruit you like, just make sure you follow these handy hints. O Slightly under ripe fruit is best, due to its high pectin levels. O Pectin is the natural setting agent, which gives jam its consistency. Citrus fruit, black-­ berries, apples and redcur-­ rants have high pectin

Best Blackberry Jelly

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levels. Soft fruits have a lower pectin level, so need a few squeezes of lemon juice (or you can add any of the above) to set properly. O The best sugar to use is granulated or preserving sugar. Remember to check that the sugar has completely dissolved before you bring to the boil, other wise youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have crunchy jam! O Bacteria lives everywhere â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if you want perfect jam all year round you must sterilise everything used in the process. This includes: utensils, jelly bag or tea towel, jars, lids, pans and anything else that will come into contact with the mixture. Boil wash-­ ing will achieve this for you. O Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best to make your jams and jel-­

Ingredients: 3 lbs/1.3kg blackberries (washed), 2 Bramley apples or cooking apples, washed, cored and diced, 1 pint/450ml water, juice of 1 lemon, sugar. Preparation: place the blackberries, apple, water and lemon juice in a large, heavy based saucepan. Bring the fruit to a boil and simmer for 20 mins or until the fruit is soft. Gently place the fruit and juice into the jelly bag or tea towel and leave to drip overnight. Do not be tempted to squeeze the bag, at any time, this will make the jelly cloudy. Measure the juice; for every 600ml of juice weigh 450g of sugar. Place the juice and sugar into a preserving pan and stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil and simmer until setting point is reached (see note above). Clear away any scum from time to time. Fill clean, sterilised jars with the hot liquid, cover, seal and store in a cool, dark, place. Then every time you want delicious jam itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just waiting!

Bottle your food!

Your fruits and vegetables must be fresh, Ă&#x20AC;UPDQGIUHH from disease and discolor-­ ation. For your bottled fruits, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best to preserve these in a syrup, for your vegetables a brine solution is best. Wash hard fruits and vegetables in cold water and leave to drain in a colander. For soft fruits and vegetables, soak in cold, salted water to remove any grubs or insects, rinse in fresh cold water and leave to drain. For apples and pears â&#x20AC;&#x201C; halved, quartered or sliced looks best (if you do slice, just pop each slice in a little salted water and then rinse to avoid discolouration) for berries and other small fruits â&#x20AC;&#x201C; keep these whole, they taste and look better this way. And for larger fruits and vegetables, such

as rhubarb, peel and cut the same length as the jar. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best to bottle things raw and cook them when needed as it irradiates the risk of re-­heating. However if you do want to soften the fruits or vegetables for easier packing, blanch in boiling water for two minutes.

For the syrup or brine

For syrup proportions are generally 250g sugar to 1 pint (600ml) water. The sugar for use in syrups may be JUDQXODWHGRUIRUDGLIIHUHQWĂ DYRXU try honey or golden syrup. Dissolve the sugar in half of the water over a moderate heat and, when the sugar is dissolved, boil for one minute. Then add the remainder of the water. If the syrup is cloudy, strain it through muslin as clear syrup gives a better Ă&#x20AC;QLVKWRWKHIUXLW For the brine: a brine solution is best for tomatoes and vegetables. Make it with 1 tablespoon (½ oz) of salt to 1 ž pints (1 litre) of water. A splash of vinegar is an optional rec-­ ommendation to be added to the solution. TIP: if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re feeling adven-­ turous, add some chilies, garlic and Ă DYRULQJVRI\RXUFKRRVLQJWRWKH vegetables or spices to the fruits. $QGĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\XVLQJFROGVWHULOLVHG bottles (or jars) pack the soft fruits as tightly as you can without squashing the little dears, add the syrup solou-­ tion every four layers. For the hard fruits just pack them in side by side as tighly as you can while pouring the syrup or brine solution down the sides of the jars as you go. Make sure you cover everything. TIP: Twist the bottle from side to side as you add the syrup or water to remove any air bubbles.

A history of preserves

Pickling began 4000 years ago using cucumbers native to India. This was used as a way to preserve food for out-of-season use and for long journeys, especially by sea. Salt pork and beef were common staples for sailors before the days of steam engines. Although the process was invented to preserve foods, pickles are also made and eaten because people enjoy the resulting flavors.

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Slow Cooked Welsh Lamb Tangine Ideal served with couscous or rice, this dish could also be made in a slow cooker. Moroccan cuisine uses a lot of lamb and mutton, it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t often that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d associate it with Wales, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve added a twist!

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COLWYN BAY: Bay View Shop-­ ping Centre, Every Thursday Tel: 01492 680209 ANGLESEY: Ysgol David Hughes, Tel: 01248 490 213 CONWY: Conwy RSPB Reserve, last Wednesday of every month, Tel: 01492 584091

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CHESHIRE

CHESTER: Town Hall Square, 4th Saturday of every month, Tel: 01244 402340 WIRRAL: New Ferry Village Hall 2nd Saturday of every month, Tel: 0151 643 1393

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BRECON: Market Hall, 2nd Satur-­ day of every month, Tel: 01982 560240 WELSHPOOL FARMERS MARKET AT COED-­Y-­DINAS: 1st Friday of each month

INGREDIENTS: 450g lean Welsh lamb cubes 1 leek, white part only, cut in two length ways 1 courgette, cut into thick discs 1 large plum, cut into slices The rind of 1 large orange 1 tsp ground cumin ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground coriander ½ tsp ground ginger Salt and pepper to season

Get your quality Welsh lamb from Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm Shop in Eyton, Wrexham. Visit www.lewisfarm-­ shop.co.uk for more info.

METHOD: 1 Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 2, 150ÂşC, 300ÂşF. 2 Put the leek at the bottom of a tangine or a large casserole dish, then pile on the other vegetables, leaving the courgette until last. 3 Mix the spices together, along with a little salt and pepper to taste. Put the now-­mixed spices in a bag with the cubed lamb and shake until the lamb is evenly coated. 4 Pile the lamb on top of the vegetables. 5 Pour in enough water (or lamb stock, if you prefer) to half-­submerge the vegetables â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you can DOZD\VDGGPRUHODWHULI\RXĂ&#x20AC;QG\RXQHHGWR 5 Cover and place in the oven for 2h 45m. Once removed from the oven, allow the dish to sit for around 15 minutes before serving.

RHUBARB & CUSTARD POT REVIEW

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Coed-­y-­ Dinas

Back by popular demand. Coed-­y-­Dinas Christmas Food Festival but this time including some craft. Browse the beautiful stalls of locally produced food and crafts. All undercover. 17th and 18th November.


The largest pumpkin growers in the area! Offering Culinary and Halloween, Pumpkins, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Gourds

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Cooking up a storm at Brompton

As any cook will tell you, seasonal food is the best food. And what better cook to tell you that than Marcus Bean, veteran of This Morning and winner of Channel 4â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Iron Chef. Marcus has been a chef at Bachurchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Inn for five years, and this Autumn he is running a one-day â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Game Made Easyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; course at Brompton Cookery School to help you get the best out of this seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game. On 24th November, learn how to cook a variety of recipes that feature the most delicious fresh meat in Shropshire. For example, you may produce a gorgeous Brompton game terrine, or a venison loin, or even a pigeon pasty. If it sounds intimidating, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have no reason to worry on the day itself, with Marcus Bean guiding you expertly through the creation of several stunning meals. The meat itself is ethically sourced. All game comes from Shropshire, while the venison is from Attingham, where the deer herd is sustainable and healthy. On the day of the course, you will have coffee and biscuits when you arrive at Brompton, with a sumptuous two-course lunch accompanied by a glass of wine. Best of all, the food that you cook but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t consume while at Brompton will be boxed up for you to eat at home! The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Game Made Easyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; course is £125, and more details can be found at www.bromptoncookeryschool.co.uk.

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RESTAURANT  REVIEW

Bron Eifion Country House & Restaurant We visit a county house on the Llyn Peninsula, wonderfully restored to Victorian grandeur By James McKinney

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REVIEW

The Antelope Hotel We discover dining delights in Rhydymwyn, near Mold

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Located in the historic village of Rhydymwyn, near Mold, the Antelope Hotel is always ready to give you a friendly greeting. Just a 20-minute drive from Chester railway station, and within easy travelling distance of the many spectacular castles, beaches and other attractions of North Wales, the Antelope Hotel is ideal - whatever your reason for a break. 10 en suite rooms available. All rooms provide a Freeview television, a hair dryer and an ironing board on request. Every room also comes complete with tea and coffee making facilities. Formal or pub dining and carvery on site, with two meals for ÂŁ10 available. The hotel also has a beer garden and ample parking. Rooms from ÂŁ22.50 per night, including a continental breakfast. The owners would like to extend a very warm welcome to any future guests.

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LEGAL  EAGLE

Compensation Culture or Cultural Compensation? Your legal queries answered by our on-­hand legal expert, Mark Lampkin Personal Injury Solicitor and Deputy District Judge

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;thank youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; letter I have received after helping catastrophically injured people rebuild their lives. Imagine for example being the motorcycle client who tried for two years to put up with his mangled leg before having to elect to have it removed. I helped him over many years and made sure the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;at faultâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; insurer paid enough to last him forever.

6L[Ă&#x20AC;JXUHUHFRYHU\ 2UWKHPDQZKRORVWKLVĂ&#x20AC;QJHUVLQDJURVVO\ dangerous saw mill then had his employer, in an act of vengeance, liquidate the company and tell me personally there was no insurance. I eventually got all the papers from the liquidator, trawled them all and found a direct debit to an insurer leading to DUHFRYHU\RIZHOOLQWRVL[Ă&#x20AC;JXUHV Or the countless children who I have hugged on the courtroom steps knowing that although they will never see their father DJDLQKLVĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOORVV has been restored. Even today I have wonderful deserving clients like my client aged seventy living in blissful retirement in leafy Surrey, running a local classic bike club with her husband who, whilst on her way for a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cuppa with the old duffersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on the back of their beloved Velocette, had her leg removed by a Micra driver. Her claim will continue for years but she already has a replacement leg better than Steve Austinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, a stairlift better than Thora Hirdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and a terraced and landscaped garden better than Titchmarshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amongst a plethora of aids and equipment and disabled adaptations. Sitting now as a part time judge I see similar cases across my bench daily, where good skilful and brave lawyers Ă&#x20AC;JKWKXJHLQVXUDQFHFRUSRUDWLRQVZLWK bottomless chequebooks to pay for city slickers in pinstripes to save their premiums at all cost. Depressingly WKRXJK,DOVRVHHWKHGDUNVLGHRIĂ \

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2012 is a busy year for all things patriotic. The London Olympics have thrown a spotlight onto the UK, while the Queen’s Jubilee sees her celebrating 60 years on the throne. It is the latter that inspired ten Year 11 pupils from The Queen’s School, Chester, to embark on a truly ambitious task in order to raise money for their school. With a goal of £10,000 to be put towards the school’s bursary fund, the girls threw themselves into training to prepare themselves for a six-day cycle – all the way from the front gates of their school to Buckingham Palace. The ten Year 11 pupils had only just finished their exams when they took on the massive challenge of travelling over 200 miles by bicycle. Schools throughout the country supported the Queen’s girls on their quest by setting them up for the night as they made their journey – every day they travelled between 30 and 40 miles. Mrs Sarah Clark, headteacher at the school, accompanied her pupils as they braved wind, rain, broken bikes and the unexpected – one girl fell into a canal! It is a testament to the determination of the whole team that they proceeded with the sponsored cycle despite the dreadful weather that descended on Britain on the week they set off: they had to ride through floods rather than the summery warmth they had been expecting. Their fundraising goal is £10,000, a goal which you can still contribute to reaching at www.q2q.info. All of the money raised goes towards helping those who would not otherwise have had the opportunity to attend The Queen’s School.

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Fourth generation female farmer arrives at Abbotsholme

Abbotsholme School has a long history as a rural school, but also as a forward thinking progressive school. Cecil Reddie the founder felt that a whole-­hearted respect for the environment, modern languages like French and German over Latin and Greek, and classes being suspended during haymaking, was the way forward. A mixture of teacher and farmer, rural and progressive will now join Abbotsholme from September. You can already feel Reddieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval coming down from the hill, as the school welcomes Christina Liddle, brought up on a working fourth-­generation sheep farm in North Yorkshire. She is no ordinary farmer, with a Biology degree from Lancaster with a placement in Australia for her second year, followed by a Masters and PGCE at Leeds. She comes to Abbotsholme with her horse Monty and a wealth of energy, ideas and passion for the school and its ethos, as well as its equestrian centre and working farm. Christina says: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This role at Abbotsholme really interested me because of the mix of teaching and farming, and I love the ethos of the school which is exactly what I believe in, and how I was brought up. To be able to work in a role where I can engage children with important aspects of the process of food to plate, as well as looking at expanding on the current pig stock with a range of rare breeds and potentially developing livestock MXGJLQJDVDQDFWLYLW\IRUWKHSXSLOVVRWKH\FRXOGSDUWLFLSDWHLQORFDOODPEVKRZVDQGJDLQFHUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWHV LVVRH[FLWLQJ¡7RĂ&#x20AC;QGRXWPRUH&RQWDFW-HVVLFD$VKRQRUYLVLWwww.abbotsholme.co.uk

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Abbey Gate College have a great reason to celebrate as all of their pupils have achieved 5 A* â&#x20AC;&#x201C; C grades, with over 72% of all grades being awarded A* â&#x20AC;&#x201C; B. Special mentions go to Molly Barendt, Nathan Davies and Helen Ford who achieved all A*â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, whilst star performers were Nicholas Bradley and Ruth Siddorn who achieved a straight set of A* grades. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We would like to congratulate all of the pupils on their success and these excellent grades will enable them to progress to the next stage of their academic careers,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; said headmistress Lynne Horner. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It demonstrates once again the excellent work ethic and ethos throughout the college, thus enabling the pupils to achieve both their academic and personal potential. We wish all of the pupils well and we look forward to their continued success at A level.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; There were equally impressive results at A level just a week before, where 70% of grades awarded were A*s, As or Bs.

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Ruthin School can proudly say that they have achieved the best A level results in North Wales with 87% of all grades being A*s, As or Bs, compared to an already-­ excellent 83% last year. Just over 34% of JUDGHVZHUH$ VGZDUĂ&#x20AC;QJWKHQDWLRQDO average of 8%! These fantastic results see pupils heading to top universities across the country, including Cambridge, Imperial College, UCL, Durham and Cardiff to read a wide variety of subjects, and sees one student gain a full scholarship to Dartmouth University â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an Ivy League college in America.

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N International Baccalaureate Diploma Results A total of 23 Ellesmere Sixth Form students sat the International Baccalaureate Diploma this year with over 50% achieving the higher level at above 30 points â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the equivalent of 3 A* grades at A level. The average overall score for the International Baccalaureate candidates equated to three A grades at A level, with local girl, Caroline Hayes from Ellesmere, achieving a top score of 41 points, which is an equivalent of 4 A* grades at A level. Caroline was also recently awarded a highly commended in a History essay competition ran by Cambridge University. NShooting for the Top! Two members of the Ellesmere College Shooting Academy, Year 10 pupil, Richard Lay, and James Slater in Year 11 won the Junior Pairs match at the Bromyard Open Meeting. To continue their success, the pair then travelled to Luxembourg with the Welsh Team to compete in the Four Nations Cup. NMusic Scholar to Study at Birmingham Conservatoire Talented pianist, Mondhana Luanghvisu, has left Ellesmere College at the end of her A levels to study at the prestigious Birmingham Conservatoire, where she will continue her piano studies and have the opportunity to develop her musical creativity.

A level results days saw many Wrekin pupils celebrating as the school gathered another impressive crop of results. Over a third of the students received at least two As or A*s. Top of the class was Jack Tsai, with an outstanding 4 A*s and 2 As. Headmaster Richard Pleming, who KDVMXVWFRPSOHWHGKLVĂ&#x20AC;UVW\HDUDVKHDG of the school, said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;These results are the product of sustained hard work by pupils and staff, and I am delighted that so many of our Upper Sixth have done so well. We are tremendously proud of all those who have met or exceeded their expectations, including the academic KLJKĂ LHUVZKRKDYHHDUQHGWKHJUDGHV they need to get into top universities to read medicine, architecture, law and engineering, but also those who KDYHIXOĂ&#x20AC;OOHGWKHLUDPELWLRQVWRJRRQWR vocational degrees such as agriculture and business. At Wrekin we are truly a VFKRROZKHUHHYHU\FKLOGFDQĂ RXULVK and where every leaver carries with them WKHEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVRIWKHDOOURXQGHGXFDWLRQ¡ There is a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sixth Form and Beyondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; open evening on September 25th, between 5:30pm and 8:30pm, and you can contact Mrs. Caroline Williams, DGPLVVLRQVRIĂ&#x20AC;FHURQ


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This autumn, there are two incredible live shows to amuse and enthuse you at Techniquest Glyndwr science discovery centre (a.k.a. TQG)â&#x20AC;Ś Ten of the Best showcases 10 fun, daring and exciting science experiments in TQGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s live science theatre â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not to be missed! Then, prepare for scares in the ghoulish and ghastly Halloween show, Spooky Science â&#x20AC;&#x201C; guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine! Both of these fantastic live shows are included in the price of admission, as well as entry to the four zones of the family-­friendly discovery centre, packed full of hands-­on interactive exhibits and puzzles. The centre is open all year Tuesday to Friday from 10am and weekends from 11am. Also open Bank Holidays and Mondays during school holidays. Last admission is 3.30pm. Ten of the Best is on every weekend from 1st September to 14th October. Spooky Science runs on 20th-­21st and 27th-­31st October. See www.tqg.org.uk for more details.

Trick-or-Treat Parties

Trick-or-treat parties are an excellent way to make sure that trickor-treating is fun for not just the kids, but the adults too! It is very easy to host one of these Halloween get-togethers and it can be much more entertaining than the traditional â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and for some of you, tiring! â&#x20AC;&#x201C; trick-or-treating. Typically, trick-ortreating happens when it starts to get dark, during either weekdays or weekends. Parents have to rush home from work, try to feed their kids, dress them up and then split up the duties of taking the kids trick-or-treating and passing out sweets. Having a trick-or-treat party can help eliminate some of the stress associated with Halloween night; it makes it all a lot easier and more enjoyable. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re worried about preparing food or games, then you shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be because there are many ways you can keep the party simple but fun! Be sure to prepare snacks early so they can be ready to munch on whatever time your guests arrive! Party games could include classical games like Twister or Musical Chairs but with a Halloween twist to make them all the more interesting. So why not give it a go? All you have to do is carve open a pumpkin or two, leave some sweets by the door for trick-or-treaters, prepare the food for guests and then dress yourself up in creepy clothing. You might enjoy it more than you think. If it all goes well then you could make it an annual thing; a trick-or-treat party every year at yours or a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house would be a brilliant way to spend Halloween!  Autumn  2012  yattaryattar  magazine  91


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READ ALL ABOUT IT! YATTAR YATTAR TAKES A LOOK AT OUR FAVOURITE CHILDREN'S TITLES THIS AUTUMN. The Really, Really, Really Big Dinosaur, Richard Byrne Finlay, a young and unassuming dinosaur, is happily counting out jelly beans to share with his friend when he is rudely interrupted by a bully who demands he hands them over. Thinking quickly, Finlay manages to WULFNWKHXQFRXWKUXIÀDQDQGSURYHV that brains will win over brawn every time! Written and illustrated by Richard Byrne, The Really, Really, Really Big Dinosaur is an enchanting book with an important message -­-­ bullies will get their comeuppance and friendship rules! For ages 3 -­ 7. Gangsta Granny, David Walliams Although Ben loves his granny, he can’t help but think she is rather old and boring. However, he’s in for quite a shock as he discovers that his ancient, cabbage-­ eating grandmother is, in fact, an international jewel thief who goes by the name of The Black Cat! There are more surprises in store when she reveals her plans to steal the Crown Jewels... This is a gem of a book written by one of Britain’s funniest comedians, David Walliams. Fast becoming a children’s favourite he is adept at crafting hilarious scenarios out of seemingly mundane subjects and Gangsta Granny is no exception. For children of about 9+ Paddington Goes for Gold Michael Bond Written to coincide with last summer’s Olympic Games, Paddington Goes for Gold is the latest in the series of the perennially popular books by nonagenarian Michael Bond. In this hilarious story, Paddington attends a sports event with the Brown family and is determined to try his paw at every possible activity. However, as is always the way when the bear from ‘deepest, darkest Peru’ is involved, things do not quite go according to plan. This is a must-­read for children of all ages and, I suspect, their parents too! Written with the simplicity and charm we’ve come to expect from Bond the message here is simple -­-­ it’s not the winning but the taking part that counts. Mr Wolf’s Pancake Jan Fearnley Mr Wolf has a yearning for a stack of delicious pancakes but there is a slight problem -­-­ he has no idea how to make them. His neighbours refuse to help but, strangely enough, they’re very eager to assist in the HDWLQJRIWKHPZKHQ0U:ROIÀQDOO\ works out the recipe. There is a surprising twist at the conclusion which may upset the very young reader but, all in all, it is a funny story with great LOOXVWUDWLRQV6XLWDEOHIRUÀYHVDQGRYHU The Queen’s Knickers Nicholas Allan It’s a busy year for the Queen; she has many important events to attend and people to meet. One of these people is a young girl who wonders... what exactly does the Queen wear under her beautiful dresses and smart coats? Does she have different ones for different occasions and which are her favourite? Written in 1993, this gently humorous book has been republished and repackaged to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. With its cheeky storyline and vibrant illustrations, The Queen’s Knickers is a great read for children of all ages.

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Growing up in poverty is a tough life for any child but when that child is six years old and the sole carer of an ill and severely depressed mother with addiction issues, the hardship suffered is almost inconceivable. This is the reality experienced by Blackpool-­based author, Jane Hersey. Breath in The Dark Dark, her harrowing autobiography, is set against the backdrop of a Jewish community in 1960s Manchester. Surviving on National Assistance payments and sporadic handouts from the Jewish welfare agencies, Jane (known as ‘Hikey’) and her mother, Annie, live in the most appalling conditions imaginable, all but ignored by other family members and the community. Breath in The Dark could, so easily, be a depressing chronicle of doom and gloom -­-­ it highlights many serious issues such as poverty, neglect, mental illness and sexual abuse -­-­ but Hersey’s self-­deprecating style, neither contrived nor mawkish, leads the reader through the dark, almost Dickensian, shadows of her childhood. Although the narrative is simplistic, even uncertain in its delivery, it mirrors perfectly the voice of a young child struggling to separate fear from faith and love from duty. This book is powerfully emotive and possesses WKHXQLTXHTXDOLW\RIEHLQJIUHTXHQWO\GLIÀFXOWWR read but, at the same time, almost impossible to put down. Published by Troubador/Matador.

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After experiencing such terrible conditions during her formative years, one would expect Jane Hersey to be harbouring a fair degree of bitterness towards the one person who should have been there for her. Surprisingly this isn’t so. Jane explains: ‘My mother did the best she could under the circumstances; she was seriously unwell, had no support network, no money, no husband and no hope. I recently learned that she actually had quite a large family living nearby who could have helped us but didn’t due to the stigma attached to our poverty. The attitude was that ‘women should cope’ so they stayed away. It took me over twenty years to reach the stage where I could live a reasonable life,’ she admits. ‘Even now, in my sixtieth year, I still don’t have full emotional access to my past; certain times and places are far too painful to visit. I wrote Breath in The Dark after spending six months in psychotherapy. I’d never even read a book before then, let alone constructed a story. Now I’ve reached some degree of acceptance and I’m hoping that my writing will highlight the issues surrounding poverty and neglect and maybe give a voice to those struggling to be heard.’

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The Ebb and Flow

Superbly penned by best-­selling author David Edwards, this is a masterclass in historical storytelling. Set in North Wales in the eighteenth century, the plot revolves around the ruthlessness of the men and the true meaning of loyalty. Owen Tudur, steward DQGFRQÀGDQWHWRZHDOWK\ businessman Sir John Littleton-­Jones, has been coerced into pledging an allegiance which binds him to the Englishman until the day he dies. This pledge causes him inner turmoil as it is his own Welsh countrymen who suffer due to the greed of his employer and the other English overlords vying to control both the slate industry and the people of Wales. When Tudur’s loved ones are murdered, his loyalties are severely tested and he is forced to exact retribution. The Ebb and Flow is gripping and unpredictable -­-­ there is almost a poetry in Edwards’ prose as he effortlessly transports the reader back to Georgian Anglesey. His characters are startlingly realistic and he expertly blends authentic history with LQWULFDWHO\SORWWHGÀFWLRQ7XGXU·VLQWHQVHDQG illicit love for his master’s wife simmers below the main narrative, riven with a palpable feeling of intrigue and menace throughout. Available from Amazon and for Kindle as well as all good bookshops. Published by Indepenpress Publishing Ltd.

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David Edwards, writing under the pseudonym Jack George Edmunson, burst on to the literary scene in 2010 with the publication of his very successful and highly controversial novel, The Sun Sharer Sharer. The book became a best-­seller and the media-­ circus which followed was frenzied – Edwards turned his back on a life of luxury as well as his family in order to write it. ‘I want to be remembered and respected for my writing’ he says, as if reading my mind. ‘I knew from the age of about 13 that I wanted to write. I was inspired by one of my teachers, Jim Charlton, who had written 50 books himself. He was so supportive of me and I have a lot to thank him for. Now, in order to write, I need beautiful places. The Ebb and Flow was written mostly in Valmorel in the French Alps. When I’m working, ,EHFRPHOLNHDÁDQQHO²,SRXUHYHU\WKLQJLQWR the pages until I’m completely wrung out! At the moment I’m working on the sequel to The Ebb and Flow. Its working title is Progress and I’m really excited about it because I’m moving my characters in to the Victorian era. It’s set around Wrexham and the north Wales coast... but that’s all I’m saying for now!’

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God’s Candidate

Known affectionately as ‘the smiling Pope’ because of his unfeigned compassion and benevolence towards all he met, the death of Albino Luciani (Pope John Paul I) after a papacy of only 33 days stunned and saddened the Catholic world. Paul Spackman’s sensitive and meticulously researched account follows the life of the much-­loved Pope from his humble beginnings in 1912 to his untimely death from a heart attack in 1978. We are shown how he supported, without fanfare, the underprivileged, how he touched the hearts of many, including non-­Catholics, and how his legacy still lives on. Little is published, in English, about this gentle man of God which doesn’t dwell on conspiracy theories and outlandish murder claims. His actions and writings have been diluted by a constant stream of suspicion, but Spackman’s book is balanced and factual, written without sensationalism and ZLWKDUHDODIÀQLW\IRULWVVXEMHFW+LVQDUUDWLYH is easy to understand – not dumbed down nor patronising – and the story is fascinating, whatever your religious beliefs. God’s Candidate is published by Gracewing. Paul will be presenting a paper on Albino Luciani and Women’s Issues in the Church at the Pope John Paul I Centenary Conference in New York, 12 -­ 13 October 2012.

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The writing of God’s Candidate has been a labour of love for Paul Spackman. Researching the details has been particularly arduous as, due to the conspiracy theorists desperate to prove that the ‘Smiling Pope’ was murdered, many doors of potential information have been ÀUPO\FORVHGZLWKVRXUFHV reluctant to comment. However, after two decades of frustration and determination, 6SDFNPDQKDVÀQDOO\ prevailed with this biography. 3DXOH[SODLQV¶,UHDOO\GLGQ·WH[SHFWWKLVSURMHFW to take quite so long! I remember watching the papal election on television when I was 18 and something struck a chord with me – I was fascinated by this approachable, humble man.’ So, what’s next for this Corwen-­based ZULWHU"3DXOLVFXUUHQWO\LQWKHÀQDOVWDJHVRI completing his second book, Sarah Palin: With An Alaskan Heart, which details the rise of the former Alaskan Governor who burst onto the world political stage when she was chosen as John McCain’s vice presidential running-­ mate in the 2008 US election. Paul can be contacted at spackmanpaul@yahoo.co.uk

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Shattered Dreams

Vivienne Dockertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book is a gripping, unromanticised tale of loyalty, hardship and hope during the Second World War. But it is also more than that â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a genuine account of one family's journey to Ă&#x20AC;QGKDSSLQHVVLQ . . WKHPLGVWRIH[WUHPHO\GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWWLPHV:ULWWHQ using an actual war diary for reference, Shattered Dreams, the continuing saga of the Dockerty family, hums with authenticity from its vividly painted backdrops of the trenches to its believable and likeable characters. Achingly tender at times, brutal and shocking at others, the mood of The Depression is captured perfectly, the horror RIWKHEDWWOHĂ&#x20AC;HOGEURXJKWYLYLGO\WROLIH and, thanks to the accomplished pen of Ms Dockerty, the story is heartrending and uplifting in equal measures. It is realistic, thought-­provoking and eminently readable. Published by Troubador/Matador. Published 1st June 2012

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6DGO\ZKHQ0XPVHQWKHUĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHG manuscript around to various publishers, she had it sent back with polite notes of rejection, or even worse, just the manuscript and no comment at all. So she turned her talents to painting beautiful pictures, many that took pride of place on my walls. The manuscript was put away in a cardboard box, which she decorated with a cute little GRJDQGSUHWW\Ă RZHUV 'When my Mum died, I was asked by my sister if I wanted any keepsakes. I decided to take the pretty box that my Mum had painstakingly decorated, along with some other little things. Now retired, I had already planned to write my Dockerty sagas and along with A Woman Undefeated, Dreams Can Come True and Innocence Lost,FRXOGĂ&#x20AC;FWLRQDOLVH Mum's manuscript, but stick to the story and the true content of Dad's war. I called it Shattered Dreams, as I could imagine the young couple that my parents were, having their dreams of a happy future together shattered when Dad got conscripted into the army. He was a country boy from the Wirral, who had never been further than Liverpool and loved his simple life. 'I think the publication of Shattered Dreams would have made my mother extremely happy and very proud to see her endeavours in print.'

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OBring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Hot on the heels of her previous best-­seller, Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sequel is no less gripping â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a superbly written and researched novel chronicling the rise of Thomas Cromwell and the fall of the doomed Anne Boleyn in the court of King Henry VIII. Told primarily from the point of view of Cromwell himself, the reader is made to feel physically present at the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason and is swept away with the narrative. Even though the storyline is, on occasion, somewhat complex with its large cast, the Tudor way of life is brought brilliantly to the present with a mixture of beautiful prose, subtle humour and a lively imagination. A real â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;must readâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for fans of the FOHYHUDQGHYRFDWLYHKLVWRULFDOQRYHO7KHĂ&#x20AC;QDOERRNLQWKLVWKRXJKWSURYRNLQJ Cromwell trilogy is soon to hit the shelves so watch this spaceâ&#x20AC;Ś

O11.22.63 by Stephen King

As an ardent fan of the undisputed master of the horror genre, Stephen King, I was more than a little excited at taking receipt of his latest novel, 11.22.63. I loved the premise â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a schoolteacher, Jake Epping, is shown a portal in his friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diner which is a doorway to the past. The restaurateur, Al, now close to death, pleads with Jake to undertake a mission on his behalfâ&#x20AC;Ś he wants Jake to prevent an action which he believes ruined America â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the assassination of John F Kennedy. The plot itself is well thought out and typically dark but certainly not one of Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best. The story begins quickly and the pace rattles along for a while before losing steam. Although it is full of the elements which makes King one of the most-­read authors on the planet, (attention to detail, malevolent characters, tangible suspense and yucky, bloody stuff) it is, sadly, too complicated, too weak and too long.


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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine myself doing anything else,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Carole Honey says when asked about her beauty salon, Body and Soul. After a visit to the spa in Centreparks, Sherwood Forest planted the seed, Carole returned to college at 35 to study for her NVQ level 3 in beauty therapy. From there, she has gone on to open Body and Soul, which now has two sites â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one in Ellesmere, and one in Llangollen. Not happy to rest on her laurels, she has returned to college again and again, amassing quite the collection of qualifications, including ones in Indian head massage, reiki and reflexology. It would seem that Carole has found her passion. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I love the job. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so passionate about it,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; she says. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I wake up with fire in my belly, ready to help people.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; That help comes in the form of a wide selection of treatments available at Body and Soul. Of course, the salon does a lot of beauty treatments â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they specialise in things such as bridal make-up, where Carole and company will go to the brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home or hotel on the day of the ceremony. They also offer pamper days, including dual treatments that are perfect for mother and daughter, couples, or even just close friends. There are also several holistic therapies on offer, such as reflexology. As part of a new treatment, Carole has teamed up with Pauline Bowe of Mind Steam UK to offer one-on-one and group hypnotherapy sessions. These sessions aim to develop clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mental toughness, and help them do anything from lose weight, to better cope with stress in their lives. Body and Soul pride themselves on their quality service and, as part of this, stay open until late in the evening so their busy clients can book treatments in the evening. Whether you simply want your nails done, or want to experience some of the spiritual healing on offer, Body and Soul is sure to be able to help and, as Carole says: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an experience from the time you come in, to the time you leave.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; More information about the treatments available can be found at www.bodyandsoulsalon.co.uk, or by calling 01978 860619.

A Home from Home

:HVSHDNWR(OL]DEHWK-RQHVDW*UHHQĂ&#x20AC;HOGV LQ:KLWFKXUFKDERXWZKDWUHVLGHQWVFDQ expect at a Coverage Care homeâ&#x20AC;Ś Elizabeth Jones says: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Matching their service to the resident is key. We make efforts to Ă&#x20AC;QGRXWHYHU\WKLQJWKH\FDQDERXWWKH client before they arrive. This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t limited to their medical history, but also includes their interests and hobbies, as well as any dietary requirements or preferences. The home can accommodate any specialist diet, whether it be diabetic, gluten-­free or vegetarian. They can also provide suitable diets for any residents with allergies, or those ZLWKVZDOORZLQJGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWLHV6KRXOGDUHVLGHQW need help with feeding themselves, the staff are given plenty of time, so there is no rush. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Depending on the day, and of course what takes their fancy, residents can look forward to anything from shopping on the town, to a quiet day of needlework. Our VWDIIDW*UHHQĂ&#x20AC;HOGVLQFOXGLQJWZRGHGLFDWHG activity coordinators, do their utmost to accommodate any interests or hobbies that residents may have. They are particularly keen to encourage tactile activities, such as arts and crafts. Residents have even hosted their own art exhibition to display their creations. There is also group entertainment held on a regular basis, whether this be in the form of quizzes, or visiting entertainers. Âś*UHHQĂ&#x20AC;HOGVPDNHHYHU\HIIRUWWRKHOS residents retain or even redevelop their independence, and are more than happy to help residents learn the skills and regain WKHFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFHWRUHWXUQWRWKHLURZQKRPHV They also happily support independence ZLWKLQWKHKRPH6KRXOGUHVLGHQWVZDQWWR go into town to do shopping for example, they will allow them to go alone if they are able, or with a member of staff should it be required. As well as helping to rehabilitate residents and reintroduce them into the community, this also helps to make *UHHQĂ&#x20AC;HOGVDVPXFKOLNHKRPHDVSRVVLEOH¡ *UHHQĂ&#x20AC;HOGVZDVRSHQHGWZR\HDUVDJR and has 75 beds, split into four units, which each cater for different needs, and are all staffed by specialist nurses. Each resident has their own en suite room, and the home has some impressive common areas, including a courtyard garden for residents to enjoy. O7RĂ&#x20AC;QGRXWPRUHDERXW*UHHQĂ&#x20AC;HOGVRU any of the Coverage Care homes, visit www.coveragecareservices.co.uk.

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Skydiving with Scoliosis!

17-year-old Bethany Ashworth, of Hazel Grove near Stockport, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let scoliosis (curvature of the spine) stop her from taking part in a tandem skydive! Despite being diagnosed with the condition just last year, Bethany, along with her instructor Wez, plummeted 5,000ft at over 120 miles an hour to raise over £500 for the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

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Healing Thyme

Curing the common ailments

Skin: Eczema, psoriasis and acne may respond well to sunshine (in moderation). In my experience such conditions have two factors in common â&#x20AC;&#x201C; stress/anxiety levels and diet/nutrition. I recently saw a gentleman in his early sixties who had suffered all his life but with a notable worsening each year. Once I had the full picture, which included a urine test for acidity, I was able to recommend a diet which, by decreasing the acidity in his tissues relieved the unsightly red blotches. Vitamins C and D and the mineral zinc are essential for healthy skin. Learning to manage stress is also essential â&#x20AC;&#x201C; aim for calm, cool and green rather than angry, hot and red and see it reflected in your skin. Teenage acne responds to the same advice but adolescents often like something to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;put onâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; their skin. Gentle, natural cleansers rather than harsh chemicals are preferable and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t damage young skin. Pregnancy: Each stage of pregnancy can bring a range of related minor ailments. Throughout history women have used herbs such as ginger to gently ease these ailments. As a midwife in the past I often felt powerless to help women without resorting to drugs. Now I happily help with appropriate herbs; a qualified herbalist will give safe guidance. Herbalists have used plant medicine to ease women into labour and maintain healthy contractions since records began. Many women are anxious to avoid a medical induction; plant medicine can offer a gentler approach. I use herbs such as partridge berry and blue cohosh to prepare the uterus and encourage labour to start. Sun: Despite our poor record for sunshine it is still possible to get badly sunburned in the UK, even during early Autumn. The sensible approach is to use a mid range sun block on exposed skin and tan skin gradually i.e. allow babies and infants to lie under shade where they tan by reflection and allow older children gradual exposure without burning. If burning occurs I make up an Aloe vera and lavender gel to cool the skin. The lavender will soothe fretful toddlers. Use the gel also to cool bites and stings. I make up a spray based on marigold and myrrh to apply directly to a bite/sting to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Upset tummyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; risks include strange food, picnic food storage or BBQs. Treat children and adults with regular sips of Chamomile tea â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this will calm the digestion while flushing through the bacteria. Avoid food until symptoms settle but if vomiting persists beyond 24 hours then seek pharmacist or herbalist advice. The tannin content of cold black tea can help to ease profuse diarrhoea in adults. Auto-immune disease: This is the name given to a disparate group of conditions characterised by the body attacking itself. It has been described as a failure of the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tolerance mechanism. It is often associated with high levels of chronic stress/ anxiety. There are no magic cures but the conditions respond well to life style and dietary changes, combined with a number of herbs to help the individual symptoms. Situated in the lovely old market town of Whitchurch in North Shropshire, Healing Thyme is a centre of excellence for integrated health practice. They provide choice in holistic healthcare through qualified practitioners and a high-quality range of health-related supplements and products. Address: 29 High Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 1AZ Tel: 01948 665565 www.healing-thyme.co.uk

Are we on the way to a cure for Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s?

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All in a dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work We met with Dr Sumeeta Conry, consultant anaesthetist, and matron Jo Bidmead, at the Menzies Unit in the Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry (RJAH), WRĂ&#x20AC;QGRXWZK\SDWLHQWVDUHEHLQJRIIHUHGGD\FDVH surgery more often rather than staying overnight

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atron Jo Bidmead says: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The answer is we ask the patients! We survey the patients who come to the RJAH, and in 2011 94% of patients VWDWHGWKH\ZRXOGGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\KDYHWKHLU surgery as a day case in future, which we were obviously really pleased about. I think, when it is appropriate and safe to do so, patients like to go home and be in their own environment to rest after a procedure.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Anaesthetist Sumeeta Conry says: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Department of Health is promoting day surgery, and asking hospitals to perform more procedures this way â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVWKHSDWLHQWDQG alleviates space pressure on the wards for other patients who require an overnight stay. With new imaging equipment we are able to do more and more procedures in a minimally invasive way. We can now perform shoulder decompressions as day cases, as well as bunions, arthroscopies and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery on knees. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just better for the hospital! We can show it is measurably better for patients who recover much more quickly and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to wait around for the doctor doing his rounds to approve their discharge.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jo says: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yes, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big difference. With our new Patient Journey as a day case, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nurse-­led discharge. As long DVDOOFULWHULDDUHVDWLVĂ&#x20AC;HGDQGWKHUHDUH no complications, patients are looked after by a nurse on Menzies who then discharges them without waiting. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really important is that when we assess patients for day surgery, everyone has to satisfy strict criteria, from having support at home to their general health. Age really isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a predominant factor â&#x20AC;&#x201C; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had patients in their eighties as day cases!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sumeeta says: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as well as these factors with the procedures themselves they must be suitable for day surgery â&#x20AC;&#x201C; usually they are operations on limb extremities. So we do not perform procedures where there is a risk of heavy bleeding or where strong analgesics

are used. With new anaesthetics we can use nerve blocks to help pain management after the operation, combined with a light general anaesthetic for the procedure itself. This has changed the services we can RIIHUDWWKH5-$+²Ă&#x20AC;YH\HDUVDJR of operations were day cases and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re QRZRYHU6KRXOGHUGHFRPSUHVVLRQV have seen a big increase in day cases with improved anaesthetics, and in 2011/12, 60% of the RJAH cases were done this way. When patients see their consultant, they will almost always be told at that stage they are suitable for a day case and this expectation helps them recover better. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The physio team visit the patient when they come round from surgery to give them exercises to start from day one and from there they will come in for regular physio appointments as necessary and visit their consultant for a follow up clinic in the normal way. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Furthermoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, says Sumeeta, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the theatres here in the Menzies Unit really are of the highest quality â&#x20AC;&#x201C; using the same national leading standards as the main theatres.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We can show it is measurably better for patients who recover much more quicklyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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APPOINTMENTS Â&#x2021; 1995 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; consultant anaesthetist at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital Â&#x2021; 2008 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; appointed clinical lead for day and short stay surgery Â&#x2021; MBBS (1981), MRCS (1985), FRCA (1991) Special Interests: Â&#x2021; Developing day and short stay surgery Â&#x2021; Anaesthesia for major spinal surgery like Scoliosis and Rhizotomy Â&#x2021;0DQDJHPHQWRIGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWDLUZD\V OTHER INFORMATION Completed all Specialist Anaesthetic training at the Hammersmith Hospital, St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Royal Marsden Hospital, Royal Brompton Hospital, and Northwick Park Hospital. Developed a special interest in Day Surgery, which is rapidly becoming the way forward for future surgeries as they become increasingly minimally invasive for more and more complex surgeries. Sumeeta has been one of the key people to develop and design the newly constructed Modular Day Surgery Unit.

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Âś2QWK'HFHPEHU,H[SHULHQFHGĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDQGWKHZRQGHUIXOWHDP and facilities in the Menzies Short Stay Surgery Unit â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it was just marvellous! Under general anaesthetic, I had the ulnar nerve in my ULJKWHOERZWUDQVSRVHG WRVWRSLWFDXVLQJSDLQLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;QJHUV ZLWK a resulting 12 neat stitches and immediate relief from symptoms. From leaving the waiting area to the point of being told I could go home, I felt that I was in very safe hands in a premier operating and recovery unit. Everything was pristine and ship-­shape whilst being friendly yet professional. After changing into my gown, I was even given a complimentary patient property carrier to store my extra bits and bobs. My consultant, Miss Katrina Lewis, came to see me before I went into the anaesthetic room, as did the anaesthetist. The process was swift but calm and controlled. The whole clinical team, from the healthcare assistant to the consultant, thoroughly reassured me before I â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;went underâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and a nurse was readily on hand when I woke up with my arm elevated. After a cold drink, followed by a hot one, I moved to the sit down recovery area for a choice of sandwiches, more tea and a chat with the other patients.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Just four hours after arriving, I was on my way home, with a supply of painkillers dispensed on Menzies and a list of who to contact if necessary. This short stay experience of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Menziesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marvellous Medicineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is surely the way forward â&#x20AC;&#x201C; after four previous overnight stay operations, I can highly recommend it!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

For more information, contact The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Oswestry on: 01691 404606 (NHS) 01691 404307 (Ludlow Private Unit) www.rjah.nhs.uk  Autumn  2012  yattaryattar  magazine  107

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I heard that people who live together could soon get similar rights on separation as people who are married. Is this right, and if so, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the point of getting married? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an element of truth in that, as some senior lawmakers in recent weeks have been calling for increased ULJKWVIRUFRKDELWLQJFRXSOHVWRUHĂ HFWWKHFRQWULEXWLRQWKH\ have made during a relationship. This follows a judgement under Scottish law where a gentleman was ordered to pay his former partner a sum of almost ÂŁ40,000 after their relationship broke down. But this still did not put the rights of cohabiting couples on the same footing as married couples in Scotland and different law applies in England and Wales anyway. The government has postponed a change in the law for cohabiting couples for the time being but such a review is long overdue. One of the biggest differences between the law for married and cohabiting couples is that for couples living together, the partner who has stayed at home to raise the children would not have that contribution recognised in WKHĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOVHWWOHPHQWZKHUHDVDVSRXVHZRXOG8QPDUULHG couples also have no right to claim maintenance from each other for themselves, only for their children, whereas married couples can claim maintenance for themselves too. There is a logical argument for saying that if couples living WRJHWKHUZDQWDOOWKHEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVRIPDUULDJHWKHQWKH\VKRXOG marry, but current law often leaves one party seriously GLVDGYDQWDJHGĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOO\7KHDUUDQJHPHQWVPXVWPDNH JRRGFRPPHUFLDOVHQVHDQGLIFKLOGUHQDUHERUQUHĂ HFWWKH valuable contribution of caring for the family. Until any change in the law, if you are thinking about living with someone itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sensible to consider three important issues: How the property will be held. This will depend upon intentions and how much you will be paying towards it; $OHJDOGRFXPHQWFDOOHGDÂśGHFODUDWLRQRIWUXVW¡WRFRQĂ&#x20AC;UP the shares you will each have in jointly held property; and A cohabitation agreement. This is the equivalent of a SUHQXSWLDODJUHHPHQWIRUFRXSOHVDERXWWRPDUU\FRQĂ&#x20AC;UPLQJWKH Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDODUUDQJHPHQWVWKDWZLOOEHLQSODFHZKLOVW\RXDUHOLYLQJ WRJHWKHUDQGZKDWZLOOKDSSHQĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOO\VKRXOG\RXVHSDUDWH y Deborah Jeff is the Founding Partner and Head of Family at Seddons Solicitors (www.seddons.co.uk) in London and provides expert advice on divorce, family law and marital issues.

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I have lost a nephew, killed in Afghanistan. His single mother is devastated and I do not know what to do or say to her. (name & Address supplied) I cannot begin to imagine the pain and sense of loss she must be feeling, it is every parent’s very worst nightmare. In my view he should never have been sent there. When will we realise the futility of fighting wars in far-flung places that make us pay such a high price in lives lost. This is the third time we have invaded this country and each time we bring back our dead without solving the problem. How much better if our brave young soldiers could be used in defending our own country from drugs, illegal immigration etc.Your nephew gave his life for his country and there is no greater sacrifice. There is nothing but time that will help her cope with her loss and all you can do is support her throughout. I cried when I read your letter and, for the sake of you both, I have only published a small extract.

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I live in South Wales and only get Yattar when a friend in Chester sends it to me. Will you be distributing in our area anytime soon? SILVIA JARVIS Longer term it is our intention to spread the reach of Yattar Yattar and our pledge is that it will always be free in supermarkets. Please be patient for as a not-for-profit publication we operate on a tight budget so that we can print 45,000 copies but at least do not have any bank loans to worry about! Until we reach your area you can subscribe at a price that just covers the postage – turn to page 114.

I am looking to contact Ms Stephanie Booth – I’m seeking some advice. I’m an animal lover, especially of horses, and am trying WRÀQGDUXQGRZQSURSHUW\WRUHQWYHU\ cheap and open a horse sanctuary but am not very good at tracking people down or asking the right questions, or know what help I would be entitled to. I thought of Ms Booth as I know she is a great lover of animals herself. Please, please could someone reply even if it to say Ms Booth is busy with the abundance of work she has to deal with. Dee Roberts Okay I need every reader’s help with this one, please let me know if you know anywhere that Dee could consider. She has provided her e-mail address so I can forward any suggestions.

BLOWING IN THE WIND RESCUE PUPPIES There is a plan to build more wind turbines in the Corwen/Llandrillo area. We already have a number where farmers are keen to have the £3,000 a year payment but the new proposed ones will be the tallest in Britain and lots of them. I am sure the value of our property will be adversely affected. Which is the best way of opposing them? Mr. J. Williams The more people who protest, the louder their collective voice. Elected politicians will worry if they think it will cost them votes. There is already a local action group called ‘STEMM’ which is mobilising all local residents, so I would suggest that you join them. Onshore wind farms are a blot on our beautiful countryside and an extremely inefficient and costly way of generating electricity and the only reason to build them is to meet our Kyoto pledge. My view, controversial though it may be is to build nuclear power stations in isolated coastal locations and stop relying on the Arabs and Russians for oil and gas which is always going to be at risk of political fallouts. We don’t have major earthquakes or tsunamis and nuclear technology is now much further advanced and safer.

I know from your television programme that you have hundreds of rescue animals so must know a lot about dogs. I am looking to buy a puppy and would be grateful for your advice re which breed is best for a SHQVLRQHUOLYLQJLQDÁDW" Mrs S. Jones My first advice is do not buy a puppy, they need training and could easily trip you up as they tend to bounce around. The second is I would advise you against ‘buying’ any dog from a breeder who make money from what is supposed to be a companion. There are so many lovely dogs sitting in rescue centres just crying out for someone to give them a loving home. I have six dogs all of whom came from rescue centres and all of whom are so appreciative and loving. Jumbo, Saffy, Lexy, Miss Misty Muppet (a Labrador), Sandy and Sheppy. The latter came from the Capricorn Rescue Centre at Hawarden. Why encourage breeders to bring more dogs into the world when there are thousands already available. I can testify they will love you all the more. Always visit a rescue centre and take the dog you choose for a short walk. You would be looking for a small dog with a gentle loving nature. Please send us a photo when you have made your choice.

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YOUR  LETTERS

Autumn Bowls of soup and crusty bread, Woolly hat upon my head. Blustery walks with colours that sparkle, â&#x20AC;Śmust remember to buy the charcoal. Nights draw in, we miss the sun! Snuggled nights at home? Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just as fun. Toasty toes and mittened hands, Pumpkin pie â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it must be granâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Leaf pressing, board games and Buckeroo, Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pie and blackberries too! Food is in abundanceâ&#x20AC;Ś the animals know that, For now is the time to get good and fat. Summer may be gone, but harvest time in here, Drink to good health, get your loved ones near. Autumn is the season for reading books, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry too much, about your looks! By Holly Matthews, aged 11, Shropshire

Wind power

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The wind farm stood atop the height each turbine turning slow, until the wind said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;personally, unlike trees, those alien monstrosities arouse in me a strong dislike; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had enough -­ Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going on strike.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And everywhere became quite still, there blew no wind by day or night; said the wind, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I shall not lift XQWLOWKRVHĂ LSSLQJWXUELQHVVKLIW¡ Calmness, utter calmness stretched as far as any eye could see: propellers languished stiff and stark, cloud was thick and thunder-­dark, the sun obscured, the waves restrained, it rained and rained and rained and rained. And when they showed it on TV the viewers found it too far-­fetched; said the wind, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;no breeze Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll brook till those propellers sling their hook.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; A giant hand came out the sky, plucked up each turbine one by one, and laid them on the grass nearby. Said the wind, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve won, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve won!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and straightaway returned to blowing, the clouds in convoy brought the sun DQGHYHU\ZKHUHZDVJUHHQDQGĂ RZLQJ shops opened up, and everyone returned to work, returned to play: wind power, it seems, had saved the day. Š Gareth Glyn-­Roberts 2012

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Why is it that everyone criticises the NHS and politicians use it as a football? Truth be known we are extremely lucky, and if you do not believe me then go to live in America, where 137,000 people die each year because they cannot afford treatment. The USA spends three times what we do on healthcare and yet their country ranks only 29th down the list of world health. Could the NHS do better? Of course it could, for all humans beings are capable of improvement and with a million employees, running it efficiently is a massive challenge. We could, for instance, learn some lessons from South Korea where their health regulators know day-by-day how much is spent using a patient smart card system. The NHS offer free healthcare to everyone, but not everything to everyone. This is why NICE (The National Centre for Clinical Excellence), which is completely devoid of political interference, assess the success of new drugs and treatments from around the globe. Theirs is an unenviable task as sometimes they have to reject the use of very expensive drugs when it will only postpone death by a few weeks or months, yet some financial governance will always be required. If you are 65 you would have to pay BUPA or other specialist health insurers around ÂŁ5,000 a year for healthcare using the same surgeons working in the NHS but with the advantage of faster accessibility. It is important that private healthcare companies, private hospitals and clinics exist because not only can they give access to more cosmetic conditions but they are in effect subsiding the NHS and your treatment. The National Health Service is a British institution we can feel rightly proud of, unlike other institutions like British banks.

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