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CONGRATULATIONS! Another year of outstanding A Level results. Yet another year sees Ruthin School students gain entry to top ranking universities, due to their outstanding performance in the A Level examinations. This year saw the biggest cohort of students in Upper Sixth with 53 students receiving their A Level results. Many applied to universities ranked in the top 20, all of which demanded high grades. Ruthin School focuses its attention on high academic outcomes, and is delighted with the continued success. Top Ranking University places include: Cambridge Cardiff Durham Exeter Hong Kong Imperial College King’s College Lancaster Loughborough Nottingham Sheffield St Andrews UCL Warwick York

I Economics I Engineering I Natural Sciences I I Chemistry I Education I I Economics I Philosophy I I Marketing with Management I Computer Science I Business and Management I I Dentistry I I Chemical Engineering I Biomedical Science I Mechanical Engineering I I Materials Science and Engineering I I Nutrition I Computer Science with Management I Law I I Economics I I Financial Mathematics I I Civil Engineering I I Computer Science I I International Relations I I Electronic and Electrical Engineering I I Philosophy, Politics and Economics I Electronic Engineering I I Mathematics I Business and Marketing I

Ruthin School was ranked 34 in The Times A Level League Tables, with 60.8% grades at A* or A. Top student, Sophia, achieved 4 A*, 1 A and will go to Cambridge to study Engineering. Frank, who is going to Imperial College, London to study Chemical Engineering achieved 3 A*, 2 A.

Congratulations to all students who received their A/AS Level results this year.

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■ Co-educational 11-19 years ■ Average class size is 10 ■ Pupils are taught by specialist staff. Several have PhDs and a number were educated at Oxbridge ■ Sport, music, drama, volunteering and a range of activities contribute to the non-academic life of all pupils


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Christmas is approaching quickly and will be here before we know it. There is so much to do and see before the big day arrives so we’ve provided you with 38 pages of What’s On information on the best events to give you that festive feeling this year - you’ll be spoilt for choice! Thank you to all the readers who’ve contacted us, we now average 80 letters a day! We make sure every letter is read and are all greatly appreciated. Go to page 133 to read some of the readers’ letters we received while working on this issue, and we’ve introduced new features based on ideas sent in by readers so please, keep them coming. Congratulations to our competition winners whose details appear on page 131, and remember, you have to be in to win, so post your entries now. Following my hip replacement last year, I’m returning to Spire Yale Hospital where Tony Smith will operate on both my knees - I’ll be sprinting around again in no time. I have been back to Russia regarding my contribution to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Sochi has a subtropical climate adjacent to The Black Sea (known as ‘Russia’s Riviera’) and even in winter it stays just above freezing. The games will be held along the coastline and the ng lli a C outside skiing in the nearby mountains meaning the maximum s! all writer distance between any venue is six km. y If you have anuld This is our biggest issue ever, it’s jam-packed with stories, advice, wo stories you ished, pictures, events and that all important festive cheer! I wish you all bl like to see pu h by a fantastic Christmas and a happy and get in touc l@ ria stephanie anne LLoYD email: edito healthy 2014. Best wishes, r.c tta yattarya Proud Editor

Contents NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013 4 What’s on – 38 pages! All the best events in Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire this festive season 32 Yattar revieWs Find out what we thought of the latest shows and concerts 36 aLL things ChristMas Winter Fair’s, festive songs, Christmas movies and much more holiday cheer! 46 ChristMas giFt gUiDe Check out our selection of gift ideas to help you choose the perfect present 53 Yattar hoLiDaYs The best spots to take a winter break in Wales and the Borders 57 Yattar aCtive Don’t let the weather put you off - embrace these fantastic activity ideas. 60 Yattar esCapes Great hotel offers over Christmas and new year 63 restaUrant revieW We went to Rossett Hall, near Wrexham, for dinner 64 FooD tasters The best of local festive foods

71 LoCaL Beers Roll out the barrel for Christmas with these great local ales and ciders 75 LUDLoW revieW Read about the new restaurant at Ludlow Food Centre 76 arts Corner Get inspired by our art events, craft ideas and local artists 80 hoMes & garDens Tips and advice on keeping your home warm and your garden healthy this winter 88 vets anD WiLDLiFe With lots of shiny decorations to eat and loud fireworks, read the best ways to protect your pet this season 93 Yattar CeLeBrities Yattar Yattar readers sent some great pictures when they met celebs, including Labyrinth and John Bishop! 96 Fashion & aCCessories Now bigger and better with advice and must buy items 101 sChooLs neWs News from the best local schools and colleges!

106 voLUnteering page 51 Think of those in need this Christmas and get involved with volunteering 108 KiDs Corner Keep the little ones happy over the holidays 111 BooK CLUB Our pick of the best reads for the holidays 116 CrossWorD See if you can complete our Christmas themed crossword 118 heaLth & BeaUtY Make sure you’re healthy and happy for the party season 123 heaLth aDviCe We speak to consultants about a range of health issues 131 CoMpetitions Enter now to win great prizes! 133 reaDers’ Letters Our readers have their say on a range of issues! 136 YoUr stars Find out what’s in store for your star sign this Christmas!

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WHAT’S ON NORTH WALES Mellow Cello The BBC National Orchestra of Wales will be touring mid and north Wales this November, joined by British conductor, Michael Francis. Michael returns to Wales for this tour, where he studied music at Cardiff University. For these three concerts he conducts the orchestra as they perform music by Dvorák and Tchaikovsky. The concert will feature the cellist Daniel Muller-Schott, who will perform Dvorák’s Cello Concerto No 1. The last concerto Dvorák wrote, its beautifully lyrical melodies and exciting climaxes are sure to impress and entertain audiences. Afterwards the audience will be treated to Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 6 – his Pathétique – which is one of his most passionate and romantic symphonies. After three rousing and energetic movements, the piece concludes with a sorrowful ending, written just days before the Russian composer died. Tickets are available through the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s audience line, by calling 0800 052 1812. For more information about the concerts, visit the orchestra’s website at

See the BBC National Orchestra of Wales perform at the following venues: Aberystwyth Arts Centre Friday 8th November Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor University Saturday 9th November Venue Cymru, Llandudno Sunday 10th November

Discover historic Wrexham! Wrexham Heritage has more fantastic events this winter to help you to learn about and enjoy local history

Winter Wonderland

l Until 3rd November Made in Wrexham Bersham Heritage Centre Wrexham helped build modern Britain and the manufacturing industry helped create modern Wrexham. Found out how in this exhibition which showcases examples of local manufacturing genius and endeavour including the unique Powell motorbike and the detailed designs of Dennis Ruabon and J. C. Edwards.

Wrap up warm and head out to Loggerheads Country Park near Mold for a Wonderful Welsh Winter. Celebrations include festive l Until 3rd November tree decorating and the chance to make your Post Haste! Bersham Heritage Centre own natural and colourful bird feeder in A touring exhibition by the Northop the craft room. Make sure to take a winter Heritage Group on the perils of stroll through the park to enjoy the great posting a letter in the age of mail coaches and highwaymen. outdoors in the frosty weather. Afterwards, you can warm up with l Until 3rd November a drink or a snack at Caffi Florence. You Signed, Sealed and Secret Caffi Florence at can also take the opportunity to browse Bersham Heritage Centre and be inspired by the Christmas gifts Loggerheads Park! Drop-in activities for families. This café has a wonderful Learn how to write with a quill, in the shop, which will be open late seal a letter and write secret selection of freshly homemade (until 7pm) especially for the occasion. messages like a spy! food and a variety of cooking Celebrate a Wonderful Welsh and craft workshops for you to Winter at Loggerheads Country Park l 2nd November get involved in this winter. on 6th December from 2pm to 6pm. Boarder Brawls Go to Wrexham Museum Find out more or book your space by to find out more. Wrexham was a frontier town in calling the park on 01352 810614. the Middle Ages. Find out what life

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was like in those troubled centuries with help from Medieval re-enactors, Les Miles de Marche. l Until 11th January Discover the Medieval City: Places, Voices, Journeys, Wrexham Museum This touring exhibition explores life in the medieval city of Chester and how its role as a place of pilgrimage and trade, and its location on the border with Wales, shaped the lives of its inhabitants. In association with the Grosvenor Museum, Chester. l Until 11th January Famous Faces, Wrexham Museum How many faces will you recognise among the oil paintings, photographs and busts on display? In association with the National Library of Wales.

What’s On in Brief

l 1st – 3rd nOvember any dream Will dO: spirituality Of the musicals at GladstOne’s library Arguing that the musical is the most ubiquitous and dominant cultural icon of our age, scholar Ian Bradley unpacks their theological significance.

llangollen railway l 2nd november, murder mystery: pirates of carrogdean – the dead man’s case Captain Jim Pigeon and arch rival Captain Elizabeth Goose sail the River Dee once more in search of ‘The Dead Man’s Case’. However trouble is in store as events take an even more sinister turn than usual with death, betrayal and a secret third Captain. Will they have to work together or is it all double and triple bluff in this deadly game? Tickets include refreshments, a return journey, fireworks and murder! Dress to impress for your chance to win a prize. l 3rd november, ride the rocket firework train Hop aboard for an evening train ride to Carrog, with an onboard bar selling soft drinks and alcohol. On the way

l 1st nOvember lantern WOrkshOp Cast some light in the darkening evenings! Drop into Penrhyn Castle from 12pm to 4pm and make your own paper lantern.

back to Llangollen, you’ll stop at Glyndyfrdwy Station for a firework spectacular! Soup and hotdogs will be available to buy during the display. l 30th novemebr, 1st, 7th – 8th, 14th – 15th and 20th – 24th december, santa special All aboard for Santa’s Christmas Specials! A decorated steam train will transport you in style from Llangollen Station to Carrog (renamed Lapland for the occasion). Children will receive a special gift, while adults can enjoy mulled wine and a mince pie from Santa’s little helpers. Prebooking is sessential due to popularity. Visit for more information.

l 2nd nOvember autumn leaves Make an autumnal work of art with Ty Mawr’s colourful leaves. Priced at £2 per person. l 16th nOvember, explOrinG the llanGOllen circular Explore the stunning Dee Valley and discover why this landscape has been included into the recently extended Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Meet at Plas Newydd at 10am. l 9th nOvember, betWs-ycOed trail challenGe A new 10km trail event bringing the popular pursuit of trail running to the beautiful wooded hillsides around Betws-y-Coed.

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Barking up the right tree! It’s official – Bodnant Garden, one of the UK’s most famous and beautiful gardens – is opening its stately, wrought iron gates to dogs. To celebrate, the scheme is being launched with a two-day special event when the Dogs Trust will be in the garden doing free microchipping and promoting ‘The Big Scoop’ campaign. There will be also displays from a dog rescue and agility teams and fun dog contests for visitors. ‘We held a series of trial dog days earlier this year,’ says property manager William Greenwood. ‘After some ‘paws for thought’ the comments have been analysed, the numbers have been crunched and we’ve decided to make it a regular feature. The only rules are that owners are asked to

Regular walks ensures your dog receives vital mental stimulation and helps prevent boredom and frustration in your four-legged friend!

keep dogs on short leads, stick to the paths and to use the dog bins provided. Otherwise, enjoy!’ Bodnant Garden is welcoming four-legged friends from the 1st November. The garden will now welcome dog walkers three days a week during winter on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (November to February), and on Wednesday evenings in summer (May to August). The special launch event will be held on the 1st and 2nd November. For more details you can telephone 01492 650460.

l 17th nOvember cOnWy half marathOn Starting and finishing in front of Conwy Castle, the route goes to Llandudno, around the Great Orme and back to Conwy. The Conwy half marathon is considered the most scenic race in the UK. l 14th nOvember pOWis

hall music at banGOr Bangor University’s own Early Music Ensemble explores music of the Italian Baroque period. l 14th december – 5th January the Welsh mOuntain ZOO is continuing its Christmas tradition of providing a special offer for everyone who is looking to escape all those frantic Christmas preparations – tickets to the zoo will be half price! l 17th december festive cheer Celebrate the run up to Christmas with Alyn Waters Country Park. Head to the park for an afternoon of mince pies and mulled wine.

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^ hwyl yr wyl Christmas joy Castell y Waun

Nadolig yn y castell – 7 i 22 Rhagfyr (rhwng 11am a 4pm) am ddim i aelodau'r Ymddiriedolaeth Genedlaethol, oedolion £5.25 yr un, plant £2.63 yr un, ymweld â'r groto - £3 y plentyn. Cyngerdd Nadolig (gyda Chôr Meibion Dyffryn Ceiriog) - 11 Rhagfyr (yn dechrau am 7pm) Tocynnau'n £10 yr un (rhaid archebu ymlaen llaw). Cyngerdd Nadolig (gyda Chester Bach Singers) -18 Rhagfyr (yn dechrau am 7pm) Tocynnau'n £10 yr un (rhaid archebu ymlaen llaw). Cinio gala gyda siampên - 19 Rhagfyr 2013 Tocynnau £50 yr un (rhaid archebu ymlaen llaw).

Chirk Castle

Christmas at the castle - 7 to 22 December (11am to 4pm) National Trust members free, adults £5.25, children £2.63, grotto visit - £3 per child. Christmas concert (with Cor Meibion Dyffryn Ceiriog) 11 December (starts 7pm) Tickets £10 (must be pre – booked). Christmas concert (with Chester Bach Singers) 18 December (starts 7pm) Tickets £10 (must be pre – booked). Champagne gala dinner - 19 December 2013 Tickets - £50 (must be pre – booked).

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Christmas Weekends at Erddig 23, 24 and 30 November, 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 December 10am to 4pm Free park and ride service

Come and experience a traditional Victorian Christmas!

Gladstone’s Library 01244 532350

Gladstone’s Library is one of a kind a residential library and meeting place dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals and groups. Gladstone’s also offers accommodation to visitors, whether using the Library’s amazing collections, attending a course or a book launch, or just visiting.

Christmas lunches at Food for Thought throughout December Gladstone’s Craft Fair Sunday 1st December


Enjoy live music and performances throughout the day Be tempted with tasty wares and mulled wine Explore the house decorated for the Christmas festivities

Mark the start of the festive season with our Christmas fair! Take the chance to come in, have lunch or afternoon tea (booking advisable), browse the stalls, get ahead with the Christmas shopping and see what we’re about.

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Santa will wave to the crowds in the Midden Yard at 12 noon each day

Start your New Year with a BANG! Santas Grotto

23, 24 and 30 November, 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 December

Open 10am to 4pm Due to the over-whelming popularity of the Erddig grotto, we are operating a pre-booked only system for 2013. Tickets are £5 per child and can be booked online at events or by calling 0844 246 1895 Call 01978 355314 for details

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All aboard the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway this Christmas for the Santa trains departing from both the Porthmadog and Caernarfon stations. Kids will be entertained by Santa and his elves during the journey, who will be handing out presents, with plenty of jokes and laughs along the way! Once you’ve reached your destination, there’ll be a chance for you to stretch your legs and to grab a picture opportunity with Santa. On the ride back, adults will be treated to a glass of sherry and a mince pie, so it certainly isn’t just the kids that’ll enjoy the ride! Departing from Porthmadog at 11am and 2:15pm on the 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd December and from Caernarfon at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm on the 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd December. Booking is essential due to popularity. Find out more at or call 01766 516000

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l mansfieLd park 12th – 16th nOV Catch this spellbinding adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel as it returns to tour. l the daVid neWtOn/dOn Weller Quintet,19th nOVember David Newton, voted Best Jazz Pianist at the British Jazz Awards, gets together with renowned tenor saxophonist Don Weller.

This winter, Highfield Hall Hotel in Mold will be hosting a Christmas Extravaganza to help you stay fashionable for the festive season. The craft and fashion room will have a wide selection of knitwear, bespoke clothing, couture outfits, fur coats and handmade gloves. Two 30-minute fashion shows, one by Adore Boutique in Wrexham and the other by various stall holders with knitwear, fur coats and millinary, to give you plenty of ideas. Afterwards, you can pick up some tasty treats at the food stalls, or head to the bar. If it all gets a bit much for you, then head to the pamper room, where there will be massages, including Indian head massages, reiki, makeovers and nails. During the event, there’ll be a raffle in aid of Special Olympics Wrexham and all the money raised from tickets will go to KIM, a voluntary organisation that provides positive support to women through group work. The Highfield Hall Extravaganza is on 22nd november at 7:30pm. tickets £3.50. for more information, call 01352 840221.

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l eriC and LittLe Ben 5th – 8th nOVember An affectionate, moving and fantastically funny homage to the greatest comedy double act that Britain has ever seen, recreatin some of the finest moments of Eric and Ernie’s performances.

l tasmin LittLe and John Lenehan, 10th nOVember An artist with a worldwide renown for the quality of her playing, Tasmin Little is an intense performer with a enthralling sound. With pianist John Lenehan, one of the leading accompanists and chamber musicians of today.

What do you buy a train driver for Christmas? Platform shoes. Ha ha!

Returning to Llanberis Lake Railway this Christmas, Santa is back for his annual visit. Take a short trip on the little steam train to the station by the lake, where he will be visiting from the North Pole. Children will be able to meet Santa in his grotto and good boys and girls will receive a special present. It isn’t just kids that will get a treat, though – adults will receive a mince pie and a seasonal drink to keep the winter chills at bay. For an extra-special visit, you can take one of the twilight trains to see Santa’s grotto lit up against the dark night sky. santa trains will be departing on the 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th and 21st december. make sure to book your ticket in advance at or by calling 01286 870549.

l Copenhagen 21st OCtOber – 23rd nOV A tense thriller based on real events at the height of the Second World War. The German physicist, Werner Heisenberg, is now working for the Nazi government, so why should Niels Bohr, his close friend and colleague, trust him anymore?

l partiCLe VeLoCity 9th nOVember Following the success of 2012’s Crossing Points, Phoenix Dance Theatre return with a bill that is vibrant with music and sound.

Celebrate the festive season in a unique way at Chirk Castle this December. This magnificent castle will have its halls well and truly decked and the kids will be able to visit Father Christmas’s grotto and receive a special gift. There’s also a chance to take a look behind the scenes of Christmas with a visit to the elves’ workshop. Meanwhile, adults can visit the National Trust shop to browse for unusual gifts and there’ll be plenty of delicious festive fare to sample in the tearoom. Christmas at Chirk Castle will take place daily from 7th to 22nd Decmber from 11am to 4pm. Gates open at 10am and last admission time is 3:30pm. Admission for adults is £5.25 and £2.63 for children. Entrance to the grotto is £3 including a gift. For more information, you can call 01691 777701.

Santa’s Back!

What’s On at Theatr Clwyd

l in doggerLand 28th – 30th nOVember A brother and sister arrive looking for answers. But when they find Simon and daughter Kelly, reeling in the wake of tragedy, all four lives are to become inextricably linked by the past. l Beauty and the Beast, 29th nOV – 25th Jan The Rock ‘n’ Roll panto is seasonal entertainment with all the trimmings – jokes, slapstick and lashings of audience participation – spiced with classic hit songs, all played by a multi-talented cast of actors and musicians. to book tickets for any of the shows listed, visit or telephone the box office on 0845 330 3565.

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What’s On at Venue Cymru l 2nd nOvember The KilliNG FloWer 400 years after his death in 1613, this is the story of Gesualdo, composer and murderer. Sciarrino’s extraordinary, whispered opera has been a hit across Europe. l 4th – 9th nOvember Go BaCK For MurDer Now in its eighth thrilling year, the Agatha Christie Theatre Company presents a brand new production of the queen of crime’s classic time piece. l 8th nOvember Wynne evans Welsh tenor Wynne Evans is best known for his TV appearances as Gio Compario in his suite of adverts. Wynne also boasts over 50 major roles with the Welsh National Opera over 15 years. l 11th nOvember russian state ballet and Opera hOuse: The NuTCraCKer An unforgettable journey in the run-up to Christmas. This family classic will be performed to a large, live, 30-piece orchestra.

On your marks… For your chance Racing fans get ready for Wales Rally GB, the final round of the FIA to win family World Rally Championship. For the UK’s concluding round, the Championship will be moving to a new headquarters and service park tickets to Wales in Deeside, from where intrepid crews will tackle 22 competitive stages rally Gb, turn to in the forests of north Wales. In total, the four-day Wales Rally route page 131! includes 196 miles of competitive racing. Among the designated special RallyFest stages are Kimnel Park, Sweet Lamb and Chirk Castle, all of which will also be providing family entertainment on the day of the stage. Wales Rally GB will be taking place from 14th to 17th November. Passes for the entire event are available for £99 and give access to all stages of the race. Day passes are available for £33. All passes include a copy of the official programme (worth £7.50). Individual forest stage tickets can be bought on the day for £15. Visit to find out more information or to book your tickets.

What’s On at the Stiwt

l 12th nOvember eSSeNCe oF irelaND A story of love, joy, happiness and heartache endured by Cora and Sean as they are separated by emigration from each other and their beloved Ireland. l 20th nOvember, vienna Festival ballet: SNoW WhiTe World premiere choreography propels this timeless fairy tale and answers the question, who is the fairest one of all? l 25th nOvember 51 ShaDeS oF MaGGie This is the number one bestselling comedy send-up of 50 Shades of Grey. Maggie meets the handsome and hunky Mr Big! Not recommended for under 16s. 28th nOvember l Jane mcdOnald in cOncert Singer and TV star Jane McDonald, one of the nation’s favourite entertainers. l 7th – 29th december SleepiNG BeauTy It’s panto time at Venue Cymru! Turn over to the next page for more details about this fabulous Christmas pantomime! To see more at Venue Cymru throughout the year, visit www. Book your tickets online or by calling the box office on 01492 872000.

l mid Wales Opera presents alBerT herriNG, 4th nOvember Following last year’s visually stimulating production of Don Giovanni, Mid Wales Opera returns to celebrate the centenary of one of the country’s greatest composers, Benjamin Britten.

An Erddig Christmas Get in the Christmas mood with a visit to Erddig as they hold their Christmas Weekends throughout the festive season. The house will be adorned for a traditional Christmas and there’ll be plenty of fantastic decorations for you to see. As you look around the house, you might even discover the elves’ bedroom! In the grounds, there will be a market with various stalls for you to browse as you enjoy some mulled wine and soak up the festive atmosphere. During the Christmas Weekends, Santa will make a welcome return to Erddig, where he will be residing in his festive grotto. Families can come along to visit him and children will receive a present.

l simOn and GarFunkel tribute: ThrouGh The yearS, 30th nOv Watch Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel give their personal accounts of their rise to fame, and listen to wonderful live performances by Bookends.

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Christmas Weekends take place on weekends from 23rd November to 15th December. Santa’s Grotto will also be open on these weekends.

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l GhOst hunt, 16th nOvember Join the Spooks Nights team for a night of investigation and experiments. Séances, spirit boards and calling out sessions are among the many activities that you’ll be able to take part in. Don’t forget to bring a torch!

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BeaNSTalK 12th – 29th december ‘Queen of Liverpool’ and national treasure Margi Clarke from Coronation Street plus X Factor heart-throb and resident Welshman Lloyd Daniels star in this year’s gigantic panto production. For more information or to book tickets, visit or call the box office on 01978 841300.

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FESTIVE FOOD & GIFT FAIR Sat 7th & Sun 8th December 2013, 10.30am - 4.30pm     


Meet Mr and Mrs Claus Magical Wizard Kids Festive Crafts & Activities Traditional Fairground Rides Horse and Carriage Rides


Festive Food Stalls Christmas Trees and Wreaths Unique Gift and Craft Stalls Mulled Wine and much more!



ENTRY PARKING Meet award winning masterchef of Great Britain Brian Mellor and owner of Harthill Cookery School along with other local chefs who will be demonstrating and offering advice and tips during the weekend. For more details on Harthill Cookery School visit

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Have an Inside Out Christmas! Just because the weather has turned colder doesn’t mean that the kids can’t have an amazing day out at GreenWood Forest Park! The Enchanted WoodBarn, GreenWood’s amazing indoor play centre, is the perfect place for hours of indoor fun on those cold winter days. As the Christmas approaches, GreenWood will be making sure that visitors have an enchanted time. During the festive season, Santa will be paying a visit and staying in his grotto, where children can visit him and receive a gift. Whilst the children play, parents can enjoy the GreenOak Café, which serves a wide variety of hot meals and snacks. Take a seat next to the cosy log burner and enjoy a freshly made barista style coffee. Santa will be at GreenWood Forest Park on 30th November, 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st or 22nd December. Children can visit him for just £7.50 including a gift and a ticket to the Enchanted WoodBarn. Booking is available by calling 01248 671493. The Enchanted WoodBarn will be open from 4th November until February half term (closed on 24th, 25th and 26th December and 1st January). The did you know? park is situated between Bangor and Caernarfon, just off the B4366. The word ‘pantomime’ For more information call the 24 comes from the Greek hour info line 01248 670076 or visit words ‘Pan’ meaning

What’s On at William Aston Hall l FrOn Male VOice chOir

8th nOVeMber The Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir is renowned as one of the finest welsh male voice choirs. It has had many competition successes over its 66 years including both the National Eisteddfod of Wales and the Llangollen Eisteddfod. l rOy chubby brOWn 9th nOVeMber Laugh till it hurts as Chubby rips into his live audiences with a non-stop battering ram of laugh-out-loud comedy guaranteed! Be warned – if easily offended please stay away!

l bellOWhead 15th nOVeMber Winners of Best Album at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and described by some as the best live act in Britain, come to town… l circus OF hOrrOrs 19th nOVeMber The Circus of Horrors presents what is undoubtedly its greatest show to date, London after Midnight. The show that stormed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent is back with an awe-inspiring rock n roller coaster of show that flies like a bat out of hell to celebrate an astounding 18 years at

the top of shock ’n’ roll. l alan daVies: Life is Pain 26th nOVeMber Following the phenomenal success in 2012 of his critically acclaimed show, Life Is Pain, Alan Davies – the much-loved star of iconic television series such as Jonathan Creek and QI is on tour again.

l sLeePing Beauty 7th – 28th deceMber Everyone knows that teenagers love a good lie-in, but Princess Beauty takes beauty sleep to a whole new level. Cursed by the evil fairy Carabosse, she is doomed to slumber forever more unless she can be woken by true love’s kiss.

to book your tickets to any of the shows at William aston Hall, visit or call the box office on 01978 293293.

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Sleeping Beauty

Christmas is coming, which means that panto season is almost here! Venue Cymru’s show for this year is family favourite, Sleeping Beauty. The cast of this year’s spellbinding Venue Cymru family pantomime will be led by soap actress and West End star Vicky Entwistle, who will be playing the wicked queen Carabosse. Joining Vicky and the cast is everyone’s favourite tour guide and personality Brendan Sheerin (from Channel 4’s Coach Trip). Also returning for his seventh consecutive pantomime at Venue Cymru is the hilarious John Evans. John’s quick-wittedness and energetic enthusiasm along with his slapstick humour ensures he is very popular with pantomime audiences young and old. Sleeping Beauty is produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s largest pantomime producer and staged by the same team behind the venue’s recent record-breaking pantomimes of Aladdin and Peter Pan. Packed with laughout-loud comedy and music numbers with spectacular sets and costumes – Sleeping Beauty promises to be an unmissable show that the whole family will enjoy. You can see Sleeping Beauty at Venue Cymru from 7th to 29th December. Tickets start at £16. Visit www.venuecymru. to find out more or to book your Win tickets to tickets. You can also see sleeping beauty! book by calling the For your chance to win tickets to see box office on 01492 Sleeping Beauty at Venue Cymru, just 872000. email your name, address and phone number to

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What’s On at Pontio l 1st NOvember

maiN arts Lecture theatre The PhanTom of The oPera The original silent version, with live piano accompaniment by Costa Fotopoulos. l 2Nd NOvember POWis haLL the PhOeNix PiaNO triO Violinist Jonathan Stone, cellist Marie Macleod and pianist Shotto Kynoch perform Beethoven’s Ghost Trio op. 70/1, Mendelssohn’s Trio No.2 in C minor and the rarely-heard Third Piano Trio by John Ireland. l 7th NOvember POWis haLL elecTroacousTic An extraordinary 32-loudspeaker surround-sound system to present ‘acousmatic’ sonic art. l 15th NOvember Prichard-JONes haLL, catriN FiNch aNd seckOu keita A stunning shared musical journey between two world-class virtusos: Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and West African kora player Seckou Keita. l 22Nd NOvember POWis haLL steFFaN mOrris Since he began playing the cello at the age of eight, Steffan has won the Texaco Young Musician of Wales in 2009. l 23rd NOvember, PrichardJONes haLL, baNgOr uNiversity symPhONy Orchestra A full-size symphony orchestra presents a kaleidoscopic programme of music. l 28th NOvember POWis haLL emiLy daNkWOrth, huW WarreN aNd maNON LLWyd Emily, Huw and Manon bring you jazz at its most eclectic. l 1st december POWis haLL sue: The second coming Cabaret drama with the pianoplaying Sue and her alternative Christmas. English language show only suitable for those aged 12 and over. l 7th december. baNgOr cathedraL, angel An aerial dance piece down Bangor Cathedral, preceded by a lantern procession along Bangor High Street. l 14th december, POWis haLL, christmas chOraL cONcert Four fine choirs from across the region join forces for a unique evening of seasonal music.

Tickets can be purchased at, the box office at 01248 382828 or at the Pontio shop on Bangor high street.

North Wales Snippets Cold Shoulder A village in Anglesey is set to give unwelcome visitors the cold shoulder when it becomes the first in Wales to banish the annoying scourge of the ‘cold caller’. Prompted by fears that the vulnerable and elderly could become targets of doorstep crime, the residents of Llandegfan are expected to give their backing to the scheme which will see deterrent signs installed and residents provided with door stickers, crime prevention advice and information alerting them to the dangers of rogue traders. TruST WorThy North Wales is well known for its ‘hidden’ gems, and the Cae Dai Trust Museum (pictured above), located on the outskirts of Denbigh, is truly deserving of this title. Forget the dusty and staid museums of your youth, this collection of 1950s memorabilia captures perfectly the spirit of this exciting decade with a multitude of pieces including a car which belonged to the

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infamous Christine Keeler, the lorry used in the Great Train Robbery, a wonderful fire engine and a whole host of other nostalgia-inducing artefacts. The best part is that it is all ‘hands on’, with no tiresome, roped off enclosures or alarms. Cae Dai relies solely on donations, not just to keep the museum running but also to aid disadvantaged adults in the community. Visit the Cae Dai Trust Museum at Lawnt, every day from 9am until 4pm. run WiTh The PaCk The Conwy half marathon, now in its fifth year, is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 24 November, taking runners on a scenic route along the Conwy River towards Deganwy beach, around the Great Orme and back to Conwy and the finish line. This event, which has steadily grown in popularity over the years, is expected to attract in excess of 2000 runners and has a separate event for children. For more information, visit

‘Theatr Bryn Terfel’ proposed for Pontio

A hidden gem With the opening of the Pontio in the heart of arts and innovation centre in Hawarden village, Bangor scheduled for early Gladstone’s Library autumn 2014, the University will is Britain’s only Prime be naming parts of the building. Ministerial library Bangor’s Vice-Chancellor, and the national memorial to William E. Gladstone. It Professor John G. Hughes said: is home to a unique collection of more than 250,000 books ‘Although no final decision and printed items, and is open to the public all year round has yet been made, and is free to use. One of its best kept secrets is the Food the university Council for Thought café, which offers locally sourced, delicious is proposing that homemade food. Teas can also be enjoyed in the the theatre Gladstone Room – a gorgeous sitting room with an be named open fire, newspapers and more books than you Theatr Bryn could read in a lifetime. Sink into a sofa and relax. did you know? Terfel,’ says This December, Christmas lunch will be served Bangor’s Bryn Terfel was in Food for Thought and to mark the start of the viceborn in Pant Glas, festive season, there will be a craft fair with free chancellor, Caernarfonshire, and was entry. christmas lunch will be served from 1st to Professor a leading petitioner in the 18th december. The craft fair will be held on 1st John G. creation of Bontnewydd december. for more information, take a look at Hughes. Station on the Welsh the website ( ‘The opera Highland Railway star from Gwynedd, who is an Honorary Graduate of Bangor For a great festive day University, has an international out, head to the Welsh reputation in the arts, and highland heritage he has already expressed his railway on 14th and strong support for Pontio. He is 15th december. Trains delighted with this proposal.’ will depart from the ‘The university also station on Tremadog recognises that there are other road in Porthmadog individuals who have played a major part in the arts and at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. innovation in Wales including Book now by calling Wilbert Lloyd Roberts,’ adds 01766 513402 or visit Professor Huges. ‘The university to find is considering ways in which out more! those contributions can be recognised as well as that of our funders and sponsors.’

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Llangollen Railway

Santa Specials 2013 Santa makes a special visit each Christmas to the Llangollen Railway. Your decorated steam train will transport you in style from Llangollen Station to Carrog (renamed Lapland for Santa’s visit). Santa will give each good boy and girl a special gift on the journey & the adults onboard receive a Mince Pie & a mulled wine from Santa’s Little Helpers. th


Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December. th th Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 December. th th Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 December. th And every day from Friday 20 th until Monday 24 December. Trains departing at 11.00, 11.55, 13.35 & 14.30

Tickets are £15 per person, under 1s FREE

£1 Pre Booking Essential or telephone - 01978 860979 £2.50 booking fee applies to telephone or office bookings only – no booking fee for online sales.


Marchnad Nadolig

Church Street and St Giles’ Church

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Christmas Market


Thursday 12 December, 12 noon – 8pm

Dydd Iau 12 Rhagfyr, 12 y pnawn – 8pm

70 stalls selling

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and lots, lots more

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Santa’s Grotto

Groto Siôn Corn

toys, candles, jewellery, books, cards, crafts, Christmas decorations, plants, pottery, local produce, freshly cooked Welshcakes, mulled wine, hot chestnuts

Visit Father Christmas in the People’s Market, Chester Street, Wrexham Saturday 7 December Monday – Friday Saturday Christmas Eve

12 - 4.30pm 11am – 4pm 10.30am – 4.30pm 10.30 – 12 noon.

For further information visit Wrexham Tourist Information Centre in Queens Square or see the What’s On Guide at

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Royal Welsh Winter Fair 2nd & 3rd December 2013 Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells Two great days with cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, hounds, poultry and Wales YFC activities. Tradestands, the Food Hall, cookery, produce and handicrafts, floral art, antiques and Christmas shopping. Come to the Winter Fair, the National Primestock Show for Wales. Special discounts for groups by buying your tickets in advance online at or for further information: 0844 545 0524.

Christmas at Powis Castle Visit Powis Castle this festive season to see the lower state rooms decked out in all the splendour of an Edwardian Christmas. Among the decorations on display will be some previously unseen items of the collection, and visitors will be able to experience areas of the castle that are usually closed to the public specially for the occasion. To make the Christmas celebrations perfect for the whole family, there’ll be a festive trail to keep kids entertained. Christmas at Powis Castle will be open from 30th November to 22nd December, 12:30pm to 3:30pm. Gates open at 11am and last entry is at 3pm. Normal admission charges apply. For more information, visit powis-castle or call 01938 551929.

Fair’s Fair!

The Royal Welsh Winter Fair is known throughout Wales as the best primestock event in the UK. While the main attraction may be the tremendous display of livestock , with an average of 1400 entries in both the livestock and equine competitions each year, there is something at the fair for everyone. If you’re looking for an out of the ordinary gift, then a visit to the shopping pavilion is a must. The trade stands offer a huge variety of unique gifts, including leather handbags, wooden puzzles and toys, knitwear, china and natural skincare. Last year’s fair saw an attendance of 25,636 people over the two days, the fourth highest number since the event was established in 1990, despite the flooded roads. This year’s fair promises to be bigger and better than ever! The Royal Welsh Winter Fair will be held at the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd near Builth Wells on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd December. Single day tickets are £13 for adults on the gate (£11 if ordered online) and £5 for children under 16, while children under four go free. Find out more at www.rwas. or call 01982 554425 with any enquiries. You can buy your tickets online or by calling the box office on 0844 545 0517.

Win a pair of day passes to the Royal Welsh Winter Fair! In association with the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, one lucky Yattar Yattar reader will win two day passes! Just send your name, address and phone number to along with your answer to the following question: Where is the 2013 Royal Welsh Winter Fair being held?

WHAT’S ON MID WALES Mid Wales Snippets Welsh Dragon-Fly An unexpected visitor to mid Wales recently was a rare dragonfly, identified as the brown hawker (Aeshna grandis). This beautiful creature arrived at RSPB Ynys-hir, near Machynlleth, where the BBC filmed Springwatch earlier this year. Hawkers are the largest and fastest flying dragonflies and are amazingly acrobatic – they catch their insect-prey mid-air and can hover or fly backwards. Although the brown hawker is common in England, it rarely travels this far west so caused quite a stir amongst spectators and RSPB officials who were transfixed by its distinctive golden-brown wings and yellow-striped abdomen Park anD riDe A new, two-and-a-half acre country park, hoped to provide a vital focal point for the community has opened in Welshpool. Created by the town council, the modern park utilises a field behind the Flash Leisure Centre, and includes a children’s adventure playground, picnic facilities, a dog walking area and open spaces to encourage the whole family to be more active. grey area The inhabitants of a small mid Wales town must have thought they were dreaming when some unusual visitors appeared on their doorsteps. Citta and Sandra, two African elephants, arrived in Tregaron to appear in a new film, scheduled to be shown on S4C over Christmas. Y Syrcas (The Circus), ), is a 19th century tale, loosely based on local folklore which tells of a Victorian travelling circus and one of its elephants whose body is thought to be buried in the beer garden of the local pub, Facebook updates! the Talbot Arms. Producers If you’d like to receive of the film, which is directed posts on Facebook for by Kevin Allen, famous for upcoming events and writing and directing the dark comedy film, Twin Town, say the offers, go to our Facebook perky pachyderms have been well page ‘Yattar Yattar looked after with plenty of shelter Magazine’ and and space to roam outside.

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Festivities at Gregynog Hall l Christmas Concert by Gregynog Young Musicians Winner 2013 1st December, 3pm An afternoon concert of seasonal music with a return performance of the winner of the 2013 Gregynog Young Musician competition. Make sure to enjoy the hall’s festive decorations during your visit! Tickets cost £10 on the door including tea and mince pies. l Festive Food and Flowers Day 2nd December, 10am – 4pm A fun and festive day including a practical wreath making session with Annette Dowling and a cookery demonstration with head chef, Heiko Simmchen. £30 per person including refreshments and a two course lunch. Advance booking is essential.

l Santa’s Grotto 8th, 14th and 15th December, 11am – 3pm Wander through the woods to Santa’s magical grotto where he and his elves are busy preparing for Christmas. Tickets cost £4.50 per child including a gift and hot chocolate. l Cinderella 15th December, 3pm and 6:30pm Fame Factory return to Gregynog Hall with their performance of Cinderella. Plenty of family fun to be had by all! £10 for adults and £7 for children. To find out more about these events and to book tickets, call Gregynog Hall on 01686 650224.

A Christmas Feast

How do you fancy a fantastic Christmas dinner without having to go through the hassle of actually cooking it? Whether there’s just the two of you or a group of up to fifty, Broneirion will be more than happy to accommodate you. You can enjoy a three-course Christmas lunch or festive evening meal with your pick from a delicious festive menu that includes smoked mackerel paté to start, traditional turkey and of course a Christmas pudding to finish among a wide variety of other choices. You can enjoy Christmas dinner at Broneirion on 9th to 12th and 16th to 22nd December. Only £22.50 per person for a three course meal including coffee and mince pies. Book early to avoid disappointment. Head to to find out more and to see the full Christmas menu. To book call 01686 688204.

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What’s On at Theatre Hafren

l 1st November, Teechers a biting, witty modern comedy from the writer of Bouncers, Perfect Pitch and The Debt Collectors. Join gail, hobby and Salty, three fifth form students who, through their end of term play, tell the hilarious story of an idealistic new teacher in his perilous first days inside a local comprehensive school. l 2nd November Andy Parsons star of Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo.

DID YOU KNOW? the bauble, one of the world’s most popular Christmas decorations, has been in production since 1847

l 6th – 9th November James and the Giant Peach the Birmingham stage Company proudly presents roald Dahl’s amazing story, following its acclaimed productions of George’s Marvellous Medicine, Horrible Histories and The Jungle Book. If you’re looking for fruitfilled fun and wizzpopping wonders, then this isn’t one to miss!

Carols in the Carriages l 15th November A Night of Dirty Dancing Come and experience the brand-new spectacular featuring all the hits from everyone’s favourite dance movie tribute show. l 29th November The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular Show it’s fun all the way as the ‘Purveyors of Cool’ swing into town with a sensational show with a live orchestra. l 6th December Ballet Cymru: Romeo and Juliet Critics Circle award winning company, Ballet Cymru (formerly independent Ballet Wales), present an extraordinary adaptation of shakespeare’s masterpiece romeo and Juliet. To find out more or to book your tickets, go online and visit or call 01686 614555.

Board the train at tywyn Wharf to join talyllyn railways for an evening of festivities. the journey to abergynolwyn is the perfect opportunity to relax and take a break from the Christmas preparations. once you’ve arrived at the station, there’ll be music and carols for you to enjoy – it’s the perfect way to get in the festive mood or to add to your excitement! The Carol Train will leave Tywyn Wharf at 5pm on 21st December. Tickets are £7 for adults and £2 for children. Visit or call 01654 710472 to find out more or to book your tickets in advance.

Deck the Hall

This Christmas, be ready to be amazed by the unique Christmas decorations at the remarkable Abbey Cwn Hir Hall near Llandrindod Wells. Each year the owners all 52 rooms of the Gothic Revival mansion for the festive season with many unique themes on show. This year will be the eighth year that Abbey Cwm Hir Hall has allowed visitors at Christmas and hall is expected to attract visitors from all over, including individuals, couples, families and even large groups. Daily tours of The Hall at Christmas are available from Nov 1st to January 6th inclusive (except Christmas Day). To book phone 01597 851727 or email See www. for more information.

Festive Fun

Join santa and his helpers for some festive

fun at the vale of Rheidol Railway. santa special services will be departing from Aberystwyth station and taking passengers for a magical steam train journey to Capel Bangor, before returning to Aberystwyth. During the journey, santa and the elves will pass through the carriages, stopping to meet families, hand out presents and of course to find out what everyone wants for Christmas! tickets include return travel, a present for each child and seasonal refreshments – it’s the perfect start to the Christmas season! Santa Special services will be running on 14th – 15th and 21st – 23rd September. Make sure to book your ticket early to avoid disappointment! Find out more or book your seat at www.rheidolrailway. or call 01970 625819 with any queries.

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Events at Gregynog

Christmas Flowers & Food 2 December, 10-4pm Practical flower arranging & cookery demonstration. Price inc: 2 course lunch & refreshments. £30/person. Santa’s Grotto 8, 14 & 15 December, 11am-3pm Wander through woods to Santa’s grotto. £4.50/child inc: a gift & a hot chocolate. Cinderella 15 December at 3pm & 6.30pm Family pantomime. Adults £10 Children £7 Families £29.

Powis Castle and Garden At weekends between 30 November and 22 December our lower state rooms will be decked out in all the splendour of an Edwardian Christmas, 12.30 – 3.30pm. Santa will be in his magical grotto between 1 - 3pm, £3 per child including a gift.

Gregynog, Nr Newtown Powys SY16 3PW 01686 650224

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On 14 December, 7pm, Chester St Cecilia Singers join us for a traditional Carol Concert in our glorious ballroom. Booking essential £14 adults, £7 children.

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Highlights from Pontio’s festive season! Music, drama, film, panto and more in Bangor

Uchel bwyntiau tymor ’Dolig Pontio! Cerddoriaeth, drama, ffilm, panto a mwy ym Mangor 14.12.13, 7.30pm Prichard Jones Hall, Bangor Neuadd Prichard Jones, Bangor

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What’s On at the National Library of Wales

l The Welsh Political Archive Annual Lecture, 1st nov, 5:30 – 6:30pm Lord Morris of Aberavon, one of Wales’ most prominent politicians discusses his illustrious political career. A Welsh language event with simultaneous translation. l R.S. Thomas – Our Contemporary? 2nd november, 2pm – 3:30pm Discover the poet and work of R.S. Thomas as viewed through the eyes of Wales’ present day writers, in the company of M. Wynn Thomas. l A Drawing of Pembroke Castle by Richard Wilson (1713 – 1782) 6th november, 1:15pm – 2:15pm With Dr Paul Joyner Richard Wilson was a draughtsman of ingenuity and intelligence. This presentation focuses on his drawing style and work, and discusses the National Library’s pencil drawings. l William Parry o Laneurgain, Ysbiwr Elisabeth y 1af, 9th november, 2pm The story of William Parry from Llaneurgain, spy to Elizabeth I. A Welsh language event.

Robert Owen: A Socialist from Newtown By Gill ChetCuti

Robert Owen was born in 1771, the son of an ironmonger and saddler, in the small market town of Newtown, Montgomeryshire. A highly intelligent and astute child, Owen was sent to London at the age of 10, to find work whilst staying with l 10th november the Ghost his eldest brother, hunter at aberystwyth arts Centre A gripping one-man William. After serving show that takes you into the as an apprentice in mind of a lonely ghost tour a drapery company, Owen guide. Showing as part of the relocated to Manchester where, due to his entrepreneurial Abertoir Horror Festival. spirit, enthusiasm and management skills he was promoted to mill’s manager. In 1793, at the age of only 22, he was invited to become a member of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, where the ideas of reformers and philosophers of the Enlightenment were discussed. He also became a committee member of the Manchester Board of Health, a body designed to promote the health and working conditions of factory workers. Later, he instituted a system of co-partnership in industry and was a pioneer in improving industrial relations. He was also heavily involved in education and was instrumental in bringing about the Factory Act of 1819, becoming l 16th – 17th november Real ale Wobble at one of the foremost figures in the early Llanwrtyd Wells The development of British Socialism. Owen Real Ale Wobble DID YOU KnOW ? returned to Newtown at the end of returns for 2013. Enjoy The Robert Owen his life, dying there in 1858, but his cycling through the Museum can be found vision for fairness and social progress Cambrian mountains with plenty of real in industry remains a source of on the ground floor ale from the Heart of inspiration today. of the Town Council

building, in the centre of Newtown opposite the town clock

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Wales Brewery.

l 1st December Llanfyllin Workhouse Christmas Market Head to Llanfyllin Workhouse between 1pm and 6pm for this special festive market. Visit for more information.

l Chapters Event: Cartrin of Berain 20th november, 11am – 2pm A rare opportunity to take a closer look at the life of one of the most famous and successful women in sixteenth century Wales, Catrin of Berain. A bilingual event. l the Gododdin 27th november, 1:15pm – 2:15pm Gwyn Thomas muses on the earliest old Welsh poetry and the work to translate the text. Event held in Welsh with simultaneous translation.

What’s On... in Brief

l 8th December aberystwyth

Join Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway for a family favourite – the santa specials where kids and grownups alike can meet santa while travelling steam train along the river Banwy. Every child will receive a special present and there’ll be seasonal refreshments for everyone!

10K Fundraising Run A race following the roads and paths around the town. Enter on the day from 10:30am at Plas Crug Leisure Centre. The race starts from Plascrug Avenue.

l 8th December Drop in Christmas Craft Head to Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre to learn how to make Christmas decorations from materials found in the forest.

Story time in Aberystwyth

This winter, chase away the cold weather blues with a weekend of fairy tales, music, film and visual arts in the Aberystwyth Story Telling Festival. Presented in association with the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, the festival is a celebration of storytelling and traditional music from Wales and from the world over. As well as a variety of events being held in the theatre foyer, there will be shows in the theatre itself throughout the weekend.

l 14th December Christmas Wreaths Join this crafty Christmas group to create a wreath as a gift or to decorate your front door. Bring along any odd bits and pieces you could use to make a Christmas decoration.

The Aberystwyth Story Telling Festival will be held at Aberystwyth Arts Centre from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th December. Tickets are £35 for a weekend pass, £12 for Friday evening, £20 for Saturday and £15 for Sunday. Tickets for individual shows may be available from the box office on the day of the show for £6 if there are seats available. Book online or see more events at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre at www. or call the box office on 01970 623232.

l 26th December tackle that turkey Walk Meet at Tregaron Square, Tregaron at 10am for an annual community walk to help you work off all that turkey! The walk is 3.5 miles long and is suitable for families.

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WHAT’S ON CHESHIRE The Only Way Is Pemberley

When Lyme Park featured as Pemberley in the 1995 BBC television adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, little did anyone know that nearly two decades later it would still be fondly remembered as the backdrop to that memorable scene when a soaking wet Mr Darcy, played by Colin Firth, emerges from his swim in the lake only to surprise a very startled Elizabeth Bennett, played by Jennifer Ehle. ‘We still get hundreds of people asking about Darcy and Lyme’s part in the TV series – which is remarkable considering it was first broadcast nearly 20 years ago,’ says Anthony Willder, Lyme’s visitor experience manager. ‘In fact a recent poll put this scene at the top of the most memorable TV drama moments of all time, despite several other film versions of the book since.’ In homage to Pride and Prejudice in the 200th anniversary year of its publication, Lyme has embraced all things Austen with its 2013 winter exhibition. The Only Way Is Pemberley will take a light-hearted look at the regency world inhabited by Jane Austen and her characters. At the heart of the event will be a display of eight of the original costumes from the BBC TV production of Pride and Prejudice, including Elizabeth Bennett’s wedding dress. The Only Way is Pemberley will be open on weekends from 2nd November to 16th February and also on 26th and 27th December, 1st January and 14th February from 11am to 3pm. For further details go to www. lymepark

The Snow Queen

Following their hugely successful production of A Christmas Carol at the Town Hall last year, Theatre in the Quarter is making an eagerly anticipated return to Chester with a magical production of The Snow Queen. Adapted from the story by Hans Christian Andersen, the show features original music by Matt Baker, wonderful storytelling along with digital media. The show will be at Chester’s ‘hidden gem’ – St Mary’s on the Hill. Make sure you don’t miss this magical journey to the Snow Queen’s palace. You’ll meet wild robbers, penguins, reindeer, princes, princesses, ravens and even a polar bear along the way! You can see The Snow Queen at St Mary’s on the Hill from 5th December to 11th January. Visit www.chestercathedral. com to find out more and book tickets or call 01244 500959.

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Christmas by the Canal of Course! Celebrate the Christmas season with the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port and enjoy some great festive events by the side of the canal!

l Christmas Concert 6th December, 7:30pm to 9pm A mix of Christmas music and carols performed by the Wirral Singers and Ringers in the museum’s Waterside Café. Tickets are £7 each and include refreshments of tea, coffee and delicious mince pies. l Santa Cruises 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th and 21st to 24th December, departing 11am, 12:45pm and 2:30pm The National Waterways Museum’s ever popular Santa Cruises will give families the chance to take a boat trip on the canal with Santa before following him to his workshop to be told a

tale and every child gets a present! l A Christmas Canal 21st and 22nd December, The Boaty Theatre Company’s own take on the traditional Dickens tale, A Christmas Carol. A miserly old dock manager is visited by strange spirits and given the opportunity to change his ways and redeem his soul, but will he change? Can he change? Find out more about the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port at

The eaTon esTaTe home of the victorian super-rich Cheshire’s eaton estate, state, including the pretty villages of saighton, ecclestone and aldford, has been in the Grosvenor family’s possession since the early 15th century. at its hearts lies the Victorian Gothic eaton hall, originally designed for the 1st Duke of Westminster (1825 – 1899) and completed in 1881. set in 50 acres of stunning formal gardens, and an additional 1,000 acres of parkland, this impressive house typified the enormous wealth afforded to the Victorian super-rich. eaton hall has been through numerous incarnations since the Grosvenors first settled at Eaton in the 1400s – the medieval hall was, reportedly, a two-storey building complete with ornamental moat. When Robert Grosvenor inherited the hall in 1802, he instructed the versatile and reputable architect, William Porden to undertake a comprehensive restoration of the property at a cost of £100,000, a fortune in those days. In 1869, Hugh, the first Duke, commissioned Alfred Waterhouse to renovate the property again in a project described as the ‘most ambitious instance of gothic revival domestic architecture anywhere in the country’. Having constructed the National History Museum in Kensington and Manchester Town Hall, Waterhouse rose to the occasion, creating over 150 bedrooms, a chapel and a 180ft bell-tower. During the Second World War, the hall was utilised as a hospital and a new building was erected in 1967. Then, in the 1990s, the hall was modified again, becoming the principle home of the 6th Duke of Chester Zoo Westminster and his family.

Lighting the way

Reasons to Visit Cheshire

What’s on... in Brief

Shopping When it comes to gift hunting, Chester always delivers – especially at Christmas. get into the festive spirit from 21st november to 15th December with the annual Christmas lights switch on, taking place in the city centre, and then head to northgate Street to catch the opening of the vibrant and varied Chester Christmas Market. From november, many of Chester’s regular shops will remain open until 9pm every Thursday and the grosvenor Shopping Centre will follow suit from December.

l until 20th December, Motherhood an exhibition at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester that explores the role of ‘motherhood’ between 1860 and 1960 and examines the themes of baby and child-care, homemaking and ‘time out’.

CheSTer CaTheDral no visit to Cheshire is complete without a visit to Chester Cathedral, an atmospheric grade 1 listed building used for Christian Did you know…? worship since roman times. looks Visitors can after an impressive take an audio 11,000 animals, and tour, visit the 13th century around half of their refectory Café species are on the and browse the endangered list modern gift shop. Upcoming events in this beautiful location includes a truly magical evening on Friday 6th December, when Matthew Kelly will be hosting The neuromuscular Centre’s Spirit of Christmas – the annual concert of festive readings and music. The doors open at 7pm and there will be a Champagne reception to follow. Visit for more information.

enjoy a magical night time journey through chester Zoo this christmas. Last year many visiting families fell in love with Lantern magic, and this year’s event will be even more fun! Described by last year’s visitors as ‘a magical experience’ and ‘something different from the usual christmas grotto’, Lantern magic is a great festive event for the whole family. During Lantern magic, you’ll be able to try your hand at lantern making, meet some friendly festive characters, sample some deliciously tasty treats and you can add your christmas wish to the Giant Wishing Tree. Outside the zoo’s magnificent manor house you can see beautiful animal lanterns made by Lantern company, including some new arrivals made especially for this year. With the nocturnal sounds of the zoo, plenty of christmas cheer and a visit from santa, it’s not a christmas event that you’ll forget anytime soon! Lantern Magic will be taking place on 12th to 15th and 19th to 23rd December. Tickets are £9.99 for adults and £8.99 for children aged three to 15. Visit to find out more or to book your tickets.

hiSTory The market town of Sandbach is home to two imposing Saxon stone crosses, elaborately carved with animals and Biblical scenes including the nativity of Christ and the Crucifixion. Believed to be dating from the 9th Century, and originally painted as well as carved, they are among the finest surviving examples of anglo-Saxon high crosses and are a popular destination for people anxious to glimpse an unusual piece of history in the middle of a bustling modern world.

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l 2nd november, middlewich Town Bonfire and Fireworks a traditional family bonfire and firework display hosted by Middlewich Cricket Club. Gates open at 6pm.

l 7th november, Level Brothers in the First World War a special Remembrance Day evening lecture at Port Sunlight where you can find out about the role of the Lever brothers in the First World War. l 11th and 12th December, Chester Operatic Society Christmas Concert head to Chester Town Hall at 7:45pm for a musical Christmas delight! Tickets are £10 including refreshments. Call 01244 409533 for tickets. l 13th December Chester Winter Watch Parade Jesters, unicorns and dragons join the shoppers on the streets of PerforChester. Perfor mances include dance, fire breathing and sword fights in e eastgate street and the Town hall square. l 8th – 20th December, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Tip Top return to the Forum Theatre in Chester for their annual pantomime with firm family favourite, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. l 21st – 22nd December, Yuletide celebrations at Little moreton hall, Get a taste of a Tudor Christmas with decorations, music and storytelling for all ages.

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Looks like Rein, deer! Tatton Park Festivities!

h Christmas Spectacular 18th – 26th November Be wowed by a cast of singers, dancers and speciality acts from stage, screen TV and the West End in a magical Christmas extravaganza of song and dance from around the world. h White Christmas Mansion 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th and 30th November – 15th December Step into a wintery world of frosted decorations, the smell of pine forests, and live music!

Get ready for Christmas with a visit to Cheshire Reindeer Lodge and Christmas Tree Farm! Not only can you get a real Christmas tree and wreaths ready to decorate your home, but you can also visit all the animals, including donkeys and, of course, a herd of reindeer. The whole family can meet and feed the reindeer, who live at Cheshire Reindeer Lodge all year round (when they’re not out helping Santa!). For a special Christmas treat, children can visit Santa in one of the area’s best indoor grottos. Visits take around 30 to 45 minutes on quiet days, and can take 90 minutes or more during busy periods, and any children who visit Santa’s grotto will receive a special gift. The Cheshire Reindeer Lodge and Christmas Tree Farm is right next to Cheshire Oaks, so it’s the perfect place to go after a long day of shopping. Cheshire Reindeer Lodge and Christmas Tree Farm will be open from 30th November to 24th December. Find out more at or by calling 01244 646045.

h Christmas Lantern Parade 29th November, 6pm Welcome Father Christmas to Tatton Park with this beautiful lantern parade. Make sure that the kids bring along their Christmas wish list to put into the special post box.

h Christmas Concerts at Tatton Park, 12th, 13th and 14th Dec, 7pm Three concerts with something for all tastes. Join the Northern Chamber Orchestra on the 12th, the City of Chester Male Voice Choir on the 13th and Roberts Bakery Band on the 14th. h Family Christmas Carols 22nd December, 3pm Come along and join in outdoor stable yard carols with The King Edward Musical Society and choir. For more events at Tatton Park visit

l The Nutcracker 2nd November After last year’s success, the Russian Ballet and Opera House return with this classic festive ballet.

l Beyond the Barricade 9th November Back by overwhelming demand, Beyond the Barricade returns with a selection of great songs from Miss Saigon, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera and many more musical favourites. l An Evening of Burlesque 15th November It’s all tease, no sleaze as burlesque from the West End comes to the Crewe Lyceum. l Rocky Horror Murder

Did You Know…?

Our word ‘reindeer’ comes from the from Old Norse name ‘hreindýri’, meaning ‘horned animal’

h Father Christmas at the Farm Every weekend from 30th November to 22nd December A chance for children to meet Father Christmas and his two reindeer at the farm. There’ll also be live music and children’s rides. h Gift Fair, Shopping and Eating 29th November – 1st December Features over 40 Christmas gift stalls filed with great gift ideas

What’s On at the Crewe Lyceum

Up to Speed

Racing returns to Oulton Park for winter as the Neil Howard Memorial Stages Rally comes to the circuit. The rally is organised by the Bolton Le-Moors Car Club and attracts competitors from all over the country. Circuits that have previously hosted the rally include Haydock Park, Aintree Race Circuit, Anglesey, Park Hall and more recently at Melbourne Airfield near York. The rally is held in memory of former Secretary Neil Howard, and features cars ranging from classic Metro 6R4s and Ford Escorts up to more modern Subarus and Mitsubishis. Oulton Park celebrated its 60th anniversary this year. The circuit is one of the best-loved by spectators and competitors alike, and crowds of up to 35,000 regularly attend larger events. The Neil Howard Memorial Stages Rally will be held at Oulton Park on Saturday 23rd November. Race day admission on the gate is £13, but if you book ahead of time, you can save £3. Go online and visit or call 01829 760301 to find out more or to book your tickets.

Cheshire Snippets FiShy Story Freshwater aquarists at Cheshire oaks’ Blue Planet Aquarium have made a splash recently by managing to breed the only fish in the world that lays its eggs out of the water. the splash tetra, normally found in Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and Brazil, is notable both for its beauty and this remarkable breeding behaviour, and a shoal have now gone on public display. touCh And Go A collection of WWW i images, showing the impact of the Great War on the people of Cheshire, has begun its local tour to rave reviews.

the Great War project shows fascinating scenes from Cheshire with themes including ‘on the home Front’, ‘Serving your Country’ and ‘We Will remember them’, and explores the impact of war on those who went to fight and those left behind. ChriStmAS PreSenCe northwich traders and customers alike were celebrating recently at the news that their award-winning artisan market has been granted an extension by Cheshire West and Chester Council and northwich town Council. originally operating on a three-month trial, the vibrant market has proved itself a huge success and is expecting a brisk trade over the next few weeks, building up to a ‘Christmas Spectacular’ in december. For more information on market days, visit

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Show, 20th November Dammit Janet! There’s a killer loose over at the Frankenstein Place. Sing and dance your way through this science fiction, double feature, murder show!

l Ken Dodd: Happiness Show, 30th November Come and enjoy his famous Happiness Show and you’ll be absolutely discumknockerated (that’s Knotty Ash for ‘over the moon’). l Fawlty Towers: The Dinner Show, 6th – 7th December Join grumpy Basil, long suffering Sybil and terminally inept waiter Manuel for a riotous evening of entertainment as you enjoy a delicious three-course dinner. l Bublé Christmas Party 12th December Enjoy a festive three-course meal whilst listening to one of the country’s top vocalists Mikey Powell as he brings back some of the greatest singers of our time, including Michael Bublé, Matt Monro, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

Peter Pan,14th Dec – 5th Jan Hook your seats for Cheshire’s biggest pantomime, with TV soap-star Adam Woodyatt as Captain Hook and The Grumbleweeds as Smee and Starkey, with everything you’d want from a family pantomime. Visit or call 01270 368242


OF OUR WATERWAYS Flotillas of boats, historic canal docks and fascinating collections and displays. PLUS waterside cafĂŠ, boat trips and loads for all the family to do.

Call. 0151 355 5017 South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 4FW 2 mins from M53, Jnct 9. Chester 15 mins & Liverpool 25 mins

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Take the 30 minute cruise beneath the historic Suspension Bridge, past spectacular houses and tranquil meadows, whilst listening to informative commentary. Sailing every 30 minutes 11.00am till 5.00pm. A relaxing two hour cruise explores the magical riverscape teeming with wildlife and breathtaking views. Sailing 12.00 noon & 2.30pm Whit week, weekends June & September and daily July & August. Chester by Boat and Bus See all of the famous sights, buy a joint saver ticket onboard for a 30 minute Guided River Cruise and an Open Top Bus Tour. Make the most of your visit to Chester. MASSIVE SAVINGS if you buy your combined ticket on the boat. Themed cruises every Saturday night with disco & BBQ supper onboard. Choose from Mamma Mia, Saturday Night Fever or 60's, 70's & 80's rewind. Booking is essential. Celebration charter cruise, a unique nautical venue for your special occasion, with entertainment and food.

All cruises sail from the boating station on The Groves, Chester.

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WHAT’S ON SHROPSHIRE Festive trains on the Severn Valley Railway l ChriSTmaS CarOl TraiNS 7Th, 14Th aND 21ST DECEmbEr Join the New Dimensional Experience Choir aboard a Christmas carol train to get the festive season off to a traditional start. Trains depart from Kidderminster for a return journey to Highley, with a stop on the way at Arley, where carols will be sung. Once at Highley, you can enjoy a warming glass of punch and a mince pie with more carolling at the visitor centre! l SaNTa hEralDS 20Th, 23rD aND 24Th DECEmbEr Journey by steam train from Kidderminster to Highley in the company of Father Christmas, who will visit everyone in their seats and hand presents out to fare-paying children. Don’t forget to bring your camera for a photo opportunity with the man himself! Trains depart at 10:15am,12:25pm and 3:20pm.

Find out more about special events at Severn Valley Railway or book your tickets by visiting or call 01299 403816.

your own grim monster or gallant hero in a range of fairytale colours using the tube lining tile decorating technique. l Fireworks

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Profiles: Re-Profiled Coalbrookdale Gallery Ongoing until Tuesday 31st December An absorbing and thought-provoking exhibition of miners’ portraits and their personal stories made up of evocative contemporary photographs of colliery workers taken by Anton Want along with a selection of paintings of pit workers by Andrew Freeth, originally published in the 1940s and 50s. l Wicked

Wings, Enginuity Saturday 26th Oct – Sun 3rd November Design and build your very own spooky creature to flap and frighten your friends and family. Using straws and craft materials you might create a dangerous

dragon or a beautiful butterfly – the sky is the limit for your winged designs. l The

Big Draw blists hill Victorian Town monday 28th October – Fri 1st November Take part in the national Big Draw initiative to help create a large scale, mixed media artwork focusing on the theme ‘What will the future look like?’ Drop-in sessions use historic printing blocks to design unique patterns and images, which will be incorporated into the single large scale artwork.

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Tile Decorating Workshops Jackfield Tile Museum Saturday 28th Oct – Friday 1st November Let your creativity run wild at these spooky, Halloween themed drop-in workshops and produce a tile featuring

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Night blists hill Victorian Town, Sat 2nd November Spectacular family fireworks extravaganza with music will light up the night sky; the town’s shops, cottages and workshops will be open for visitors to enter and talk to the resident Victorians, dressed in the costume of the day, who will answer questions about life in the late 1800s. See molten iron being poured into moulds during the dramatic iron casting demonstration in the foundry. l Victorian

Christmas blists hill Victorian Town Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th and Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th December Experience the atmosphere of a bygone era and be treated to an array of traditional celebrations from the 1800s, you can listen to stories of life more than 100 years ago and have a chance to do some Christmas present shopping. Find out more about the Ironbridge Gorge at www.

Shropshire Snippets Coming Up Roses RHS Britain in Bloom, one of Europe’s largest horticultural campaigns sees around 1,100 cities, towns and villages vying to highlight their achievements in environmental responsibility, community participation and horticultural achievement. This year, the beautiful Shropshire town of Bridgnorth has received a prestigious gold award and the title of best town, guaranteeing its place in the 2014 Britain in the UK finals. The town proved immensely popular with judges, beating off stiff competition from six other entrants, despite concerns that flower troughs adorning the town’s bridge could pose health and safety issues.

Christmas live ive in Oswestry

The streets of Oswestry will once again be packed with people and festive cheer as the town market once again holds its Christmas live ive event. The well-known local tradition that’s incredibly popular, it will be returning in early December and is a great way to get in the festive spirit! As with previous years, not only will the indoor market be open for anyone wishing to get some Christmas shopping done, but there will also be special outdoor Christmas stalls where you can find plenty of food, drink and gifts to see you through until New Year. It isn’t just shopping, though. Oswestry will also play host to live bands and choirs, all performing plenty of Christmas music, naturally. Children can pay a visit to Santa in his grotto, and for both the young and the young at heart, there’ll be fairground rides throughout the town centre and an ice rink to keep them entertained. This year’s Oswestry Christmas Live will be held on Friday 6th December. For more information about this and other events, visit

Best Foot Forward

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ellesmere bONfire Night Join both residents and visitors of Ellesmere for their fantastic annual bonfire night celebrations. l 9th NOvember

CaptaiN’s ChalleNge Get a team of six together and head to the Dudmaston Estate to join the challenge to complete the tough course around the park while carrying a stretcher! l 17th

On The Tiles A private collector stunned and delighted members of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust when he donated his private collection of over one thousand tiles and three hundred panels of international significance to the heritage organisation. The generous benefactor, John Scott, has been a keen collector for over 50 years, amassing what many experts regard to be the finest private collection of its kind. This remarkable donation has been placed into the stores at Jackfield Tile Museum whilst a new gallery is built to display them. Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust now houses one of the most comprehensive holdings of mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century British decorative tiles anywhere in the world.

What’s On in brief

ENJOY A SPECIAl CHRISTMAS AT WESTON PARK l BOnFiRe and FiRewORkS, 3Rd nOvemBeR Head to Weston Park for one of the region’s largest and most spectacular bonfire and fireworks celebrations! There’ll be plenty of entertainment for the whole family including a fun fair, food stalls and licenced bar. The giant bonfire will be lit at 5:30pm and there’ll be two fantastic firework displays at 6pm and 7:30pm. Not to be missed l aUTUmn FlavOURS, 9Th – 10Th nOvemBeR

Enjoy a fine dining experience with a difference and explore nature’s larder at Weston. Autumn flavours are the inspiration for a weekend of foraging and feasting over the weekend.

NOvember (date tbC) WhittiNgtON Castle viCtOriaN Christmas Head to Whittington Castle to get into the mood for Christmas with their Victorian Christmas craft event. Check www. to confirm the 17th November. l 23rd – 24th NOvember

viNtage aNd hOmemade Craft fairs A fabulous fair at Hodnet Hall Gardens. Perfect for your Christmas shopping! l 29th NOvember

ellesemere WiNter festival Kicking off at 6pm in Ellesmere town centre, you’ll have the chance to see carol singers, Santa and of course the Christmas light switch-on. l 1st deCember

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12Th – 14Th nOvemBeR Head chef Guy Day gets into the festive spirit demonstrating dishes to give you inspiration! Guy will offer refreshing ideas and a few handy shortcuts to create delicious and hassle-free Christmas food. l pRe-ChRiSTmaS RamBle, 1ST deCemBeR Join head gardener Martin Gee for a walk through the wintery parkland as he takes you on routes not normally accessible to the visiting public.

The National Trust has revealed the top ten ‘secret’ trails that can l ChRiSTmaS FOOd and CRaFT FayRe only be accessed by foot, with our 7Th – 8Th deCemBeR very own Attingham Park, near With over 60 indoor and outdoor stalls, the Christmas Shrewsbury, making the grade. Food and Craft Fayre is the ideal place to pick up The path, opened specially gifts and festive food and drink. to celebrate The Great l CaROl SeRviCe and SUnday British Walk Festival, To receive a lUnCh, 22nd deCemBeR allows walkers to enjoy Head to St Andrew’s Parish Church for a personal copy of a rare view of the front carol service with the Bridgnorth Carol of Attingham House, Yattar Yattar direct to Singers followed by Sunday lunch in the previously only reserved newly restored Victorian orangery. your door, turn to for privileged guests of Find out more about events at Weston Park page 94 for our great the owners, the Berwick by visiting family. Although subscription offer! the trail will close on November 3rd, the park itself, and the Berwick’s mansion is open to the public and is well worth a visit at Christmas.

festive breads WOrkshOp at fOrdhall OrgaNiC farm A chance to learn all about the ingredients and techniques used to make festive flavours and decoration in bread. l 7th deCember muCh

WeNlOCk Christmas fayre Festive fayre with over 100 eclectic stalls complementing the variety of shops in Much Wenlock. There’ll also be festive entertainment for children and the young at heart and performances throughout the day.

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viCtOriaN Craft fair Get in the Christmas spirit with a Victorian Christmas Craft Fair at the beautiful St Leonard’s Church in Bridgenorth.

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What’s On at Theatre Severn l Talon 10th NOvember Now in their sixteenth year together, Talon are recognised throughout the industry as the world’s definitive Eagles tribute show. Their latest live show will feature all the classic Eagles hits from the timeless back catalogue. l The Vagina Monologues 11th NOvember Eve Ensler’s hilarious Broadway and West End smash hit is back with an all new all-star cast! featuring the feisty Hollie JayBowes (Hollyoaks), TV favourite Terri Dwyer (Hollyoaks, Grange Hill, Loose Women) and national treasure Diane Keen (Doctors, Ruth Rendell Mysteries). The perfect girls’ night out! l The TwisT, 14th NOvember A show packed with incredible tributes to the greatest stars of the 50s and 60s, Elvis, Dusty, Buddy, Petula and more. An acclaimed live band and plenty of fun and laughter makes this the ultimate feelgood show.

SHREWSBURY PRISON by gill chetcuti In March of this year, HMP Shrewsbury, known locally as ‘The Dana’, closed its doors for the last time. Although there had been a prison on the site since 1705, it was condemned in 1785 due to poor conditions, regular escapes and outbreaks of disease, most notably typhus or ‘gaol fever’. A new site was selected and, in 1787, Thomas Telford was appointed County Surveyor and set about constructing the new institution. The building is now Grade II Listed and a significant part of Shrewsbury’s rich history. Prison reformer John Howard was instrumental in persuading local magistrates of the need for a new facility, and the improved prison opened in 1793 at a cost of £30,000 – money raised from the auction of the old building helped to fund the construction – to great acclaim. The new gaol adhered to ‘classified association’, which meant that all inmates were divided according to gender or offence and held in separate

areas at all times. On admission, the prisoners were examined by the prison surgeon then thoroughly cleansed to prevent disease. They were then given a striped woollen jacket, (blue and yellow before conviction), waistcoat, and a cap, and allocated their cells. The overriding principle became to reform rather than to punish, according to officials ‘to prevent future, more than to revenge past, outrages in society.’ In September, the heavy doors opened again, in association with Heritage Open Days, for a series of tours to raise money did you Know? to help support victims During the 1700s, of crime.

l The nuTcracker 16th NOvember Tchaikovsky’s most loved and unforgettable musical score combines with magical choreography, exquisite costumes and breath-taking scenery in this production by Ballet Theatre UK.

Britain’s prisons were so overcrowded with prsioners of war from France that boats in the Thames were used as floating jails

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18th – 23rd NOvember Set in a Norfolk vicarage on Christmas Eve 1947, the vicar’s family gather for the festive season. With the arrival of two irritable aunts and an errant daughter the emotional veneer is skilfully peeled away. l SleepiNg beauty 5th december – 12th JaNuary Brad Fitt returns to direct and star alongside BBC Radio’s Eric Smith, comedian Adam Moss, Rachael Barrington and Josh James in this year’s spectacular Christmas pantomime!

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Hawkstone Park Santa Safari

Embark on a magical adventure this Christmas as you venture out from Hawkstone Park Hotel for a Santa Safari through the woodland to see Santa in his hillside grotto. After arriving at the hotel, you’ll be treated to a warming festive drink before being whisked off in one of the hotel’s Land Rovers and taken across the park, under the Wishing Arch and up the steep hill to Santa’s network of caves. Elves will keep you entertained and guide you through the specially decorated caverns until you finally reach your destination and get to meet the man himself. Every child will get to tell Santa what they want for Christmas and will receive a special gift. Santa Safaris will be taking place on 30th November, 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th and 17th to 23rd December. Tickets cost £16.50 for children and £15.50 for adults during the day, or £19.50 for children and £17.50 for adults for a twilight visit. If you want to make a night of your festive visit, bed and breakfast at Hawkstone Park Hotel is available from just £49 a night. See more Christmas events at Hawkstone Park Hotel at Booking is essential. To find out more or to make a booking, call the Santa desk on 01948 841700 or email

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Meet Father Christmas’ Reindeer and enjoy Mr. Morton’s Christmas Party with festive songs, a mini-Pantomime, cooking demonstrations, Punch & Judy Show, Brass Bands, Carol Singers & Father Christmas in his grotto. TICKETS Adult £15.95 Child £10.50 60 Plus £12.50. Save with a GREAT VALUE FAMILY TICKET (2+2) £46.50. Visit Father Christmas with gift £3.50 (plus admission). Annual Passport Tickets not valid for these events.

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If you liked ‘DREAMBOATS & PETTICOATS’... you’ll Love THE TWIST. Set in an American Diner, Chris Madin, (Strictly Come Dancing) joined by superb cast of singers and backed by a rocking live band will perform the greatest hits of the 50’s and 60’s.

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What’s On at the Theatre on the steps l 2nd nOveMber MOney FOR nOThinG Europe’s number one Dire Straits tribute comes to the Theatre on the Steps. The abundant energy and the excellence and musicality of their performance makes Money For Nothing a must see for any rock enthusiast or Dire Straits fan. l 8tH nOveMber, ROxy MaGiC Without doubt the UK’s No.1 Roxy Music tribute band. All the hits are flawlessly performed in this authentic tribute show. l 14tH nOveMber, WhO’S WhO Who’s Who is a gem of a farce from the pens of Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, authors of Billy Liar and Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell. l 30tH nOveMber, STRiCTly abba Following a fantastic show on the 1st June and in response to public demand Strictly Abba return again to delight audiences with one of the most authentic and accurate tributes to the most popular pop band in the world. l 6tH deceMber GORdOn hendRiCk – The UlTiMaTe elviS TRibUTe All the power, authenticity and charisma of Elvis with powerful vocals, a fantastic band and singers that have the audience believing they are seeing the King himself perform. l 13tH deceMber bee GeeS FeveR The UK’s number one Bee Gees tribute show wowed the audience last year with their stunning live tribute to the music of the brothers Gibb. Their name is firmly on the map as one of the most celebrated tribute bands in the business. l 4tH – 25tH JAnuAry CindeRella The rags to riches story brought to life by Alan Frayn with the Theatre on the Steps maintaining the great tradition of very best of traditional pantomime. The usual hilarious comedy combined with toe tapping music, lively dances and colourful scenery once again provides a great show for children of all ages.

For tickets or to find out more, visit www.theatreonthesteps. or call the box office on 01746 763257.

A Steam Ride to Santa

All aboard for Telford Steam Railway’s Santa Specials! The whole family can get into the Christmas spirit with an exciting train ride to see Santa in his grotto. Once at the grotto, kids will receive a special gift and there’ll be the chance to take pictures. Adults, meanwhile, will be treated to refreshments. Santa Specials at Telford Steam Railway will be held on 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd December with trains departing at 10:15am, 11am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3pm and 3:45pm. For more information or to order tickets, visit or call 01952 503880.

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What’s On at Oakengates Theatre

l MOney fOr nOtHing 8tH nOveMber Formed in 2000 as a tribute to one of the world’s premier rock bands – Dire Straits. l ReMeMbeR When aT ChRiSTMaS 13tH nOveMber Neil Sands and his wonderful West End cast are back with the brand new production of their very popular Christmas matinee nostalgia show. l POP UP bOWie 14tH nOveMber Paul Antony (known as Pop Up Bowie) performs the greatest hits of David Bowie from every era of his career, from the 70s through the 90s and beyond. Paul’s vocal and visual likeness to Bowie is unbelievable.

Santa will be returning to make his annual visit to Cambrian Heritage Railways, and you can pay him a visit as part of the railways’ Santa specials! With plenty of festive food on offer and of course a special gift for children, it’s the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. Santa special trains will be running from the Oswestry and Llynclys stations In 1827 tickets to a during December. Santa Trains will depart pantomime staged from both Oswestry and Llynclys Station on Saturday 8th, 15th and 22nd December. Visit at London’s Covent to find out more. Garden and Drury Bookings can be made by calling 07527 107592 – Lane cost up to make sure to book early to avoid disappointment!

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Happy Anniversary

Markets have long been a major part of trading in Oswestry, existing for many centuries – the town’s weekly market was given its charter in 1190 and is now celebrating 50 years at its current location. The Powis Hall Indoor Market Hall was originally maintained by the Lord of the Manor, and was the Town Hall or Guildhall until premises adjacent were built in 1782. From this date until 1960 the building was used as a corn exchange, then as a butter and cheese market, and during the Second World War for emergency storage and for auxiliary fire service purposes. Recently the market undertook an ambitious refurbishment and was awarded Best Local Council Market 2013. In September, the market celebrated its 50th birthday at the hall – the mayor, the Earl of Powys and the chairman of markets all helped celebrate the occasion with both the traders and customers of the market. Oswestry Town Market is open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout the year. Go online and visit the website at to find out more.

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ROadShOW 15tH nOveMber A show not to be missed by avid fans or the casual listener. Also the only show to be endorsed by the Cash family!

l tHe LAdy bOys Of bAngkOk: GlaMOROUS aMOROUS 29tH nOveMber Sixteen of the world’s most entrancing beauties take you on their carnival parade. Feel the heart breaking beats, sense the mystery and live the intensity of the Lady Boys of Bangkok.

l MOTOWn SOUl SPeCTaCUlaR WiTh The lOve SUPReMeS 7tH deceMber Put on your dancing shoes for this popular party night featuring a top soul DJ and classy live act The Love Supremes performing all your favourite classic Motown hits. l ALAddin, 12tH dec – 5tH JAn Jump on board the magical carpet to Oakengates Theatre where Widow Twankey, Wishee Washee, the Genie of the Lamp and the Slave of the Ring will be joining forces with our handsome hero Aladdin to tackle the gruesome Abanazar.

To find out more or to book tickets online, visit www. you can call the box office on 01952 382382.

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Bone Cancer Centre Appeal Concert at RJAH

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital was the setting for a fabulous celebration of borders music and poetry one evening in September, in aid of the Bone Cancer Centre Appeal which will help to fund a new £2 million bone cancer centre at the hospital. Over the course of the evening, some of the staff of the hospital proved that their talents lie in more than just medicine as they treated the audience to some wonderful musical performances and poetry readings. The concert also featured performances from local volunteers. A particular highlight was the Moeran Prelude for Cello and Piano featuring Dr Mark Garton (pictured), consultant physician and rheumatologist at the hospital. If you would like to donate to the Bone Cancer Centre Appeal visit EJA H H H

It’s a kind of magic

There was certainly magic in the air at Venue Cyrmu as Queen tribute act, The Bohemians played an electric show raising the audience to their feet. From their costumes and staging to lighting and pyrotechnics, The Bohemians successfully captured the essence of Queen. Even Brian May himself has praised them as ‘brilliant’. The band’s talent is mesmerising and takes you back to the glory days of Queen. Visit their website to find out when they are touring – You’d be gaga not to! ES H H H

Live from Jodrell Bank: Transmission

Returning for a third year, and following on from earlier Transmission concerts – Australian Pink Floyd’s tribute to The Dark Side of the Moon and New Order in July, expectations were high for the culmination of the summer 2013 series of live concerts at Jodrell Bank, in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. Led by the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, the enormous 76-metre Lovell radio telescope that looms behind the stage couldn’t be a more fitting backdrop to the otherworldly soundscapes this band creates. At showtime the telescope dish rotated towards the stage, forming a giant projection canvas. The band came on stage to the sound of space: meteors burning up in the atmosphere, the radio crackle of Jupiter, the rhythmic beating of the first ever detected pulsar. Accompanied by a small string and brass section, Sigur Rós entertained us with a galaxy of sound. As we listened we were treated to abstract visual displays behind the band on the Lovell telescope. A particular highlight was when the stage lighting was lowered and the telescope was transformed into a huge 76-metre diameter moon. Sigur Rós are most definitely out of this world. Who could possibly step in and top this next year? DB H H H H

Bestival Music Festival

Who better to close Bestival’s 10th year anniversary party than recently crowned Brit icon, Sir Elton John. Joining in with the festival’s fun and fancy dress sailing theme, Elton dazzled in a navy sequined jacket labeling him ‘Madman Across The Water’. Last performing at a UK festival in 1969, Elton opened his Bestival set with The Bitch is Back and continued to play hit after hit, even his latest track Home Again had the crowd singing along. As the huge closing ceremony fireworks lit up the night’s sky over the Isle of Wight, it was clear Elton John is ‘still standing after all this time’. ES H H H H

Reviews An Evening of Burlesque

We joined a glamourous crowd to enjoy an evening for adults only at Theatre Severn. A cast of six ladies and one magician put together two hours of cabaret entertainment which was funny, sexy, touching and altogether unashamedly good fun. It truly was a night of guilty pleasures. Led by their compere ‘Amber Topaz’, the burlesque troupe took to the stage with a succession of acts featuring great songs from the forties and fifties as well as modern hits, slapstick, circus tricks – and stripping with great style while staying in time to the music! The magician’s turn showed great skill and hilarious interplay with an audience volunteer, and Amber’s singing performances was at turns touching and passionate. A really fun cast that stayed behind in the theatre bar to meet their fans. A little bit of Las Vegas (and Paris) came to Shrewsbury that night… DB H H H

Aristocrats at Clwyd Theatr Cymru

This September Clwyd Theatr Cymru invited their audience to learn about the troubles in Northern Ireland, in the 1970s, in terms of religion. Brian Friel’s Aristocrats brings history to life as you watch a Catholic family loosing their fortune with each generation. However, with a steady flow of humour Aristocrats is anything but a history play. Educational purposes aside, the acting was astounding, especially the drunken scenes of Alice (Catrin Aaron) and Eamon, (Simon Holland Roberts), that were filled with emotion yet had the audience in stitches. The intimate theatre setting made it a joyful night out that I would certainly recommend. KB H H H

Blood Brothers at Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Willy Russell’s hugely successful musical, Blood Brothers, tells the poignant tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up unaware of the other’s existence until their paths cross again... with tragic consequences. The entire cast delivered emotionally charged performances, particularly Maureen Nolan as Mrs Johnstone, but it was the sublime Warwick Evans who stole the show with a brooding stage presence, powerful voice and somewhat menacing portrayal of the Narrator. With seamless scene changes, ingenious use of props and a memorable score, Blood Brothers is a mustsee tragicomedy whose conclusion has the audience frantically attempting to dry their eyes before the house lights come on and catch them silently sobbing! GC H H H H

Cyrano de Bergerac at the Grosvenor Park Theatre

The pen (and nose) was every bit as mighty as the sword in Glyn Maxwell’s adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac. Edward Bergerac Harrison brings plenty of comic bravado to the role of Cyrano, a big-nosed, big-hearted swashbuckler, matched by the poignancy of Sarah Scott’s superb performance as Roxane. And Owen Findley is blissfully sweet as the heavily in love but overwhelmingly inarticulate Christian, the comedy and pathos created as he begs the poetic Cyrano to help him woo Roxane – not realising Cyrano himself is in love with her. The Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre becomes more popular with every summer; the first three years of the project has seen comedy, usually Shakespearean, filling seats. Writer Glyn Maxwell has returned for his third Chester assignment, successful thanks to a witty script and great performances from the actors. This production also features creative and intelligent direction from Lucy Pittman-Wallace, making for a great evening of wonderful live acting. We hope this will help the Grosvenor Open Air Theatre continue to grow from strength to strength, and look forward very much to see what next year will bring. DB H H H H


If you thought you knew the story of the Wizard of Oz, think again! Wicked explores the story from the witches point of view, offering a different side to the tale that changes your opinion completely – you are guaranteed to be left spellbound. The play has been around for years now and, for good reason, is one of the most popular shows on stage. Elements of the film are brought in, such as the Tin Man and Scarecrow, which are enlightening although not too invasive as to make you feel you are re-living the film. The sets, costume, prosthetic make-up and masks are all spectacular, bringing a great story with powerful songs to life. There is a slight comedic edge also, creating an overall fantastic atmosphere. For those of you considering going to see it, do. Wicked is a hit musical that has heart, brains and courage. LF H H H H

Food, Glorious Food!

With so many food festivals it’s hard to choose which one to attend! This year I chose to visit Mold, an excellent choice as the sun shone! My nieces were both very excited when I told them about the treats and activities they’d find at Mold Festival, and they weren’t disappointed when we got there. They loved every minute, from buying delicious cakes, to holding an owl, to making cinder toffee to playing arts and crafts. Don’t worry, us adults weren’t left out either as we indulged in a giant hog-roast bap and a good old pint of real ale! I will definitely be returning next year to see more of what our local producers have to offer. ES H H H

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Winter Film Releases ThE hoBBiT: TT: Th ThE E DEsolATion ATion of AT smAug The second instalment of Tolkien’s masterpiece, The Hobbit continues the adventure Bilbo Baggins with Thorin and company on a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Be ready for the unique and spectacular world created by director, Peter Jackson. H H H H AnChormAn 2: ThE lEgEnD ConTinuEs After a long wait, the highly anticipated sequel to Anchorman is here! Top-rated newsman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) returns to New York’s news desk. With the rest of the news team including weather man, Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) returning, staying classy isn’t made easy but nevertheless they take the 24 hour news channel by storm. H H H H sAving mr. BAnks When Walt Disney’s daughter begs him to make a movie of their favourite book, P.L Travers’ Mary Poppins, his quest to turn this promise into reality is jeopardised when Travers refuses Disney the rights to the cinematic adaptation. Walt reaches into his own past and discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers. A biographical Walt Disney production with a difference which stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. H H H frozEn When the kingdom of Arendelle is trapped in an eternal winter, courageous Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey where they encounter Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a comical snowman. Anna and Kristoff face the harsh elements in order to save the kingdom. This heart-warming Disney animation is sure to entertain the whole family. H H H hEr Set in the slight future, Spike Jonze’s love story follows the character Theodore Twombly, a complex and lonely writer who makes his living by writing personal letters for others. When he begins using a new advanced operating system designed to meet his every need, he finds himself in an unlikely relationship. Stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson. H H H H

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A light-hearted, look at the most wonderful time of the year!

It’s Beginning to Look a

Lot Like Christmas A

is for Angel An iconic Christmas image, it was usually found adorning the tree until the Christmas star, deemed by the fashion-conscious as easier to colour co-ordinate, usurped its popularity!


is for Batteries After all your hard work choosing the perfect gift, reading the dreaded ‘Batteries not Included” on Christmas morning is likely to reduce both you and your child to tears! Check before you wrap and have a few in reserve just in case!


is for Craze Remember the Cabbage Patch Doll? The Gameboy? Womblemania? This Christmas, for the second year running, it’s the turn of the Furby – the interactive rodent which can

now be connected to smartphones or tablets. You have been warned!


is for Decorations Yes, they look pretty but Christmas tree lights left on for 10 hours a day over the 12 days of Christmas produce enough CO2 to inflate a dozen hot air balloons, so turn them off when not needed.


is for Eve Christmas Eve – the magical night when churches across the country, illuminated by flickering candles and echoing to familiar carols celebrate midnight Mass.


is for Films The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Oliver Twist, ET... it just wouldn’t be Christmas without them!


is for Grotto The origins of persuading children to sit on Santa’s knee to tell him what they’d like for Christmas, then receive a gaudily wrapped gift, go back as far as 1879 when the world’s first grotto appeared in Lewis’ Department Store right here in the UK, in Liverpool.

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and I is for Holly and Ivy! Like Ant and Dec, you can’t have one without the other! Holly, with its striking silhouette and cheerful red berries is synonymous with Yuletide, but did you know that the wood is used to make white chess pieces and inlays for furniture?


is for Jingle Bells Surprisingly, this children’s favourite wasn’t originally a Christmas song but a Thanksgiving one called One Horse Open Sleigh. On December 16, 1965, the Gemini 6 astronauts, Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra, sang it making it the first song to be broadcast from space!


is for Kissing Literally meaning ‘dung-on-a-twig’, mistletoe is so named because of the rather unfestive way it propagates! Birds eat the berries, making their droppings very sticky and causing them to adhere to tree branches. The mistletoe seeds then germinate and penetrate the host plant. Not so romantic now, eh?


is for Lapland The official home of Santa Claus. At Christmas, the big man receives more

Christmas All Over the World! IN THE UK, wHEN wE THINK OF CHrISTMAS, wE THINK OF TINSEl AND TUrKEY, SANTA AND SlADE AND THE QUEEN’S SpEECH. HOwEvEr, THIS SpECIAl TIME OF YEAr IS CElEBrATED IN MANY DIFFErENT wAYS THrOUGHOUT THE wOrlD, AND YattaR YattaR HAS TAKEN A FESTIvE pEEK AT JUST A FEw... child with angelic wings who visits each house leaving gifts for deserving children.

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As Christmas falls during the Australian summer, many people spend Christmas in the great outdoors, going to the beach for the day, or heading to camping grounds for a longer break over the holiday period. It has become traditional for international visitors who are in Sydney during the festivities to descend on the famous Bondi Beach where up to 40,000 people visit on Christmas Day.


In China, Sheng Dan Jieh Jieh, meaning Holy Birth Festival is a colourful and vibrant affair. Homes are decorated with a ‘tree of light’, which is adorned with beautiful lanterns, flowers, and red paper chains symbolising happiness and good fortune. Christian families cut out red pagodas to paste on the windows and walls, and children eagerly await the arrival of Dun Che Lao Ren (the Christmas Old Man) who rewards their excitement (and good behaviour) with gifts and tasty treats.


than half a million letters from around 200 countries. The main correspondents come from the UK, Italy and Poland.


is for Mince Pie So called because mince pies were originally filled with meat and made in an oval shape to represent Jesus’ crib.


is for Nativity Upon returning from Israel in 1223, St. Francis of Assisi was inspired to re-create the birth of Jesus with live animals and actors. During that first display, the manger was also used as an altar for Christmas Mass.


A month before Christmas, German families make an Advent wreath of fir or pine branches with four red candles as its centrepiece. Each Sunday a candle is lit, with the last one being on Christmas Eve. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, homes are filled with the mouth-watering smells of baking bread, cakes filled with candied fruits, and spicy cookies called lebkuchen. In Germany, the traditional yuletide visitor is the Christkindl, Jesus’ messenger. She is a beautiful sprite-like


is for Office Party The combination of mistletoe, free alcohol and your employers and colleagues in the same room is a bad one. Enough said.


is for Pantomime Oh yes it is! We love Christmas pantos!


During the Christmas season families shop for gifts, ornaments, and local delicacies in market stalls, called puestos. They decorate their homes with lilies and evergreens. Family members cut intricate designs in brown paper bags to make lanterns, or farolitos. They place a candle inside and then set the lanterns along pavements, on windowsills, and on rooftops and outdoor walls to illuminate the neighbourhood with the spirit of Christmas.


As in the UK, homes in Malta are decorated with fairy lights, garlands and Christmas trees. A crib called a presepju, complete with small statues depicting Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the Magi and attending cattle is displayed in churches, in the streets and even in the centre of traffic roundabouts, and the island becomes alive with the sound of traditional carols. Midnight Mass is very important to the majority of Maltese people and is the climax of the religious activities.


The most important day on the Swedish calendar is Christmas Eve (Dopparedagen). The family sit down to a special meal consisting of pork, herring and brown beans before exchanging gifts – containing rhyming clues to their contents – with their loved ones. Christmas (Jul) ends on the 13th January with Knut’s Day; the day when the Christmas tree is taken down. In families with children, it’s traditional to have a ‘plundering of the tree party’ where the youngsters eat the sugary tree decorations.


The Ethiopian celebration of Christmas, known as Ganna is celebrated on January 7th with a Mass, which can last up to three hours, followed by a special feast. During the church service, everyone receives a candle which is carried around the church three times. Men and women stand apart and the service lasts up to three hours. Afterwards, the traditional Christmas meal is served with doro wat, a spicy stew, and a sourdough pancake bread. The rest of the day is spent singing, dancing, playing games and feasting with family and friends. Although gifts are not usually exchanged, children sometimes receive very simple presents such as clothing or a small toy.


is for Queen’s Speech This traditional Christmas Day message

On Christmas Eve, children in France leave their shoes by the fireplace to be filled with gifts from Père Noël (Father Christmas). In the morning, they also find sweets, fruit, nuts and small toys hanging from the lower branches of the Christmas tree. A grand feast called le reveillon – held after midnight mass on Christmas Eve – is enjoyed by young and old alike, not least because of the traditional Yule log-shaped cake called the buche de Nol, which is served for dessert.

Children in the Netherlands, eagerly await the arrival of Sinterklaas on December 6th, St. Nicholas Day. Adorned in red robes, this amiable and kindly bishop travels by ship from Spain to Amsterdam’s harbour, bringing with him his beautiful white horse and a huge sack of gifts for well-behaved children. Families celebrate St. Nicholas Eve at home with lots of tasty food, hot chocolate, and a letterbanket – a ‘letter cake’ made in the shape of the first letter of the family’s surname.

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Get a Movie On! Lights up!

As the festive season draws near, Yattar Yattar highlights timeless Christmas movie classics... White Christmas (1954) This festive favourite starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye was the top grossing motion picture of 1954. Crosby and Kaye play soldiers, who put on a show at their commanding officer’s inn and romance a couple of sisters at the same time. Cue singing, romantic entanglements and one of the most memorable Christmas songs ever! it’s a Wonderful life (1946) Faced with bankruptcy and uncertainty about his future, George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) laments the day he was born. However, when his guardian angel, Clarence, makes an appearance and reveals how life would have been had George not existed, he re-evaluates his self-worth and concludes that it is, indeed, a wonderful life! miraCle on 34th street (1947) This poignant and sweet Oscar-winning film is an American fable of a seemingly crazy old man who believes he’s Santa Claus. When he lands a job as a Santa for Macy’s, he forms an unlikely friendship with the daughter of his boss (Natalie Wood), who doesn’t believe in Father Christmas... to begin with anyway!

the santa Clause (1994) Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) accidently causes Santa Claus to fall to

his death on Christmas Eve and, because of a legal technicality known as ‘the Santa clause,’ has no choice but to take on the job. Silly, cheesy and extremely funny, this film thoroughly deserves its place on the list. sCrooge (1951) Considered the greatest adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge (played superbly by Alastair Sim) finds the road to redemption through some spectral Yuletide visitors. The convincing dialogue and atmospheric scenes make this Scrooge one of the best-loved Christmas films of all time. elf (2003) Chaos and confusion ensues when a lovable, but misguided, elf (Will Ferrell) tracks down his cranky father (James Caan) in New York and discovers his true destiny. the nightmare before Christmas (1993) Tim Burton’s animated fantasy sees Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king, bored with celebrating Halloween every year. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so impressed that he tries to get the resident ghouls of Halloween Town to help him deliver his own variation on the festive season. the snoWman (1982) A wordless (save for the song Walking in the Air and a rather odd introduction by David Bowie) animated adventure about a young boy who makes a snowman which comes to life and takes him on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.

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is also known as Her Majesty’s Most Gracious Speech or the Gracious Address.


is for Rudolph The red-nosed reindeer was created by an American retailer for a children’s Christmas book in 1939 and is nothing to do with his supposed ‘siblings’ Dasher, Prancer, and erm, Scamper!


is for Scrooge Not Dickens but Cadburys, who have been criticised for scrapping the annual Christmas gift boxes they formerly sent to thousands of retired staff, in order to cut costs. Cadbury previously sent out 14,000 parcels each Christmas, containing chocolate and sweets but this year the parcels have been replaced with £15 vouchers. From next year, the retired workers will receive no gift… not even a humbug! Bah!


is for Turkey The traditional Christmas dinner! Did you know that cranberries are sometimes known in the US as ‘bounceberries’ because they bounce when ripe?


is for Upsidedown Christmas trees Originally only used in department stores to increase

floor space, customers decided they like the idea and took it home with them. It’s not the first time in history that people have decorated with inverted Christmas Trees, however. As early as the 12th century, Europeans hung trees from the ceiling to represent the Trinity.


is for Val Doonican ... and his reindeer jumpers! (V’s a hard one!)


is for White Christmas The Met Office defines a White Christmas as a single snowflake falling in the 24 hours of December 25.


is for Xmas This is a popular abbreviation for Christmas, the X represents the Greek letter Chi, or the first letter of the word ‘Christ’. During the 16th Century, European Christians began using the Chi as a symbolic abbreviation for Christmas.


is for Yule Log It is traditional to light a special ‘Yule log’ on Christmas Eve and keep it burning through the until Twelfth Night


is for Zoo If you have children around, you’ll know what we mean!


the Polar exPress (2004) Based on a beloved children’s book, this enchanting computeranimated film follows the adventures of a young boy as he heads to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. Voiced by a host of A-list celebrities including Tom Hanks, the film has been accused of being a little sentimental but it’s still a great Christmassy story.

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We’ve rounded up some of the best nearby Christmas markets this year, so get your diary and get ready to mark the dates!


hristmas shopping may not always be the most pleasurable of experiences, as anyone who’s experienced the last-minute panic of realising you’ve forgotten something on Christmas Eve can tell you! It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Christmas markets are some of the best places to do your festive shopping – you will you be able to find plenty of unusual gifts and food fit for the season.

FrankFurt Christmas market, Birmingham 14th nov – 22nd deC

The Frankfurt Christmas Market has been part of Birmingham’s Christmas celebrations for 12 years, and is now the largest Christmas market in all of the UK. During the market, around 190 stalls will offer everything you could ever need for your own Christmas celebrations, including decorations, handmade toys, craft goods and plenty more.

gorgeous Christmas Contemporary CraFt Fair, 16th – 17th novemBer

This annual event at Enginuity near Ironbridge provides a wealth of Christmas present ideas and, with a range of new and returning artisans exhibiting this year, there will be items to suit all pockets, from magnificent designer-made pieces, to affordable handmade goods and locally produced food. In the festively decorated main hall, designermakers will exhibit exquisite pieces of fine furniture, ceramics, glassware, textiles, jewellery and metal work while talking to visitors about their craft. For further details, visit www.ironbridge. or call 01952 433424.

penkridge Fine Food and CraFt market, 16th nov and 21st deCemBer

LLandudno Christmas Fayre, 21st – 24th nov

As in previous years, this year’s Christmas Fayre (formerly known as the Celtic Winter Fayre) will be held in Madoc Street, which runs parallel to Mostyn Street, Llandudno’s main retail area. Last year, the fayre attracted around 30,000 visitors to the Victorian seaside town, and this year’s event promises to be even bigger and better than ever with even more stalls offering everything you need for some festive cheer! visit www. to find out more.

Chester viCtorian Christmas market 21st novemBer –21th deCemBer Chester Christmas Market has a whole new look and feel for 2013, with bespoke wooden chalet style stalls, setting the scene for some fantastic Christmas shopping both at the market itself and in Chester’s many shops. Call 01244 405631 to find out more about the market in Chester.

Winter WonderLand at Chester raCeCourse 21st novemBer – 31st deCemBer

This festive season, Chester Racecourse will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with an ice rink and a traditional Christmas market selling loads of fab goodies. Other attractions include fairground rides, festive food and the chance for children to meet Santa and one of his reindeer. Adults, meanwhile, can visit the Alpine-style chalet bar or the vodka ice bar sculpted from real ice. Head to to find out more.

CeLtiC Christmas Fayre at Broughton shopping Centre 27th novemBer – 1st deCemBer The Celtic Christmas Fayre returns to Broughton Shopping Centre near Chester. Local traders and artisans will be selling their wares – perfect if you’re on the lookout for a unique gift. Of course, all the shops at Broughton Shopping Centre will be open should you need to get in some other Christmas supplies.

LudLoW medievaL Christmas Fayre, 23rd – 24th novemBer

Head to Ludlow Castle this winter for the best medieval show in the land as the Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre returns for 2013! Visitors will join medieval knights, maidens, entertainers and stall holders as the sun sets across south Shropshire and the castle comes alive for an evening of fiery Medieval Revelry. With over 100 stalls selling seasonal wares, food and drink, crafts, historical goods and more, it’s the ideal chance to find the perfect, original gift or indulge in a unique treat. Find out more or buy tickets online at

the magiCaL Christmas Fair, manChester, 29th nov – 1st deCemBer

For three days, central Manchester will be home to hundreds of stalls full of products that you wouldn’t usually find on the high street. You’ll find everything from stocking fillers to topend designer gifts to specialty festive foods. Visit to find out more.

Beaumaris viCtorian Christmas 30th novemBer

Beaumaris’ ever-popular Christmas event returns for 2013. With carols and festive entertainment, stalls throughout the town and plenty of gift shops to browse, it’s everything you need to get into the spirit of the season. Call 01248 810 093 for further information.

LLangoLLen Christmas FestivaL 30th novemBer

The festivities in Llangollen begin with a parade through town followed by a day of Christmas events and entertainment. During the festival you may notice that Father Christmas (often known as Siôn Corn in Wales) is wearing a green outfit rather than his more commonly seen red one – sometime he likes to wear his more traditional green outfit, especially when he visits historic places like Llangollen.


Penkridge Market near Stafford will be holding two fabulous Fine Food and Craft Markets! If it’s your turn to cook the Christmas lunch, then there couldn’t be a better place to buy all of your ingredients for a fantastic roast! Local farms will be selling meat, poultry and game fresh from the

farm, as well as the traditional fruit and veg stalls and craft stalls selling a variety of gifts. For further information on the event, call 01785 714221 or log onto the website www.

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Betws-y-Coed will be coming alive to celebrate Christmas in style! Highlights of the festivities include a candlelit lantern procession, fireworks and a Santa dash to entertain the whole family. Betws-y-Coed’s unique collection of independent shops and galleries will all be open late for you to browse and pick up one or two (or twenty) things.


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In addition to the usual shops at the Plassey, for this festive weekend the Christmas Events Marquee will be home to a fantastic selection of food, drink and craft stalls with plenty of goodies to keep you sustained over the Christmas period. If you want some tips ready for when it’s time to cook Christmas dinner, then make sure you stick around for the cookery demonstrations held throughout the weekend by award-winning Masterchef of Great Britain, Brian Mellor, as well as other local chefs. Over the weekend you can also see local craftsmen showing just how they make their unique crafts. Visit or call 01978 780277.


The festive season is fast approaching and plans are underway in Wrexham for the annual Christmas Market, one of the town’s most eagerly awaited events. Over 70 stalls will be selling toys, candles, jewellery, handbags, cards, crafts, seasonal plants and hand-made Christmas decorations. Local producers will be on hand to take orders for Christmas turkeys or geese or to sell everything from pies, sausages, cakes, brownies, chocolates and fresh-from-the griddle Welshcakes, to local cheese, beers, cider and preserves. For anyone feeling in need of immediate sustenance, there will be mince pies, mulled wine and hot chestnuts. For more information, visit the tourist information centre in Queens Square, Wrexham or visit


Following on from the success of the Abergavenny Food Festival earlier in the year, this fair will be full of fantastic seasonal food and drink offerings from both local suppliers and those from further afield. Whether you’re looking for a special gift for a foodie friend or just want to stock up your cupboards with plenty of treats ready for Christmas, this winter festival has plenty to offer. Visit www.abergavenny

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas What’s your favourite Christmas tune? Is it a cheesy 80s sing-along from those handsome Wham! boys or do you enjoy rockin’ around the Christmas tree to Brenda Lee? Whatever your favourite, it’s definitely beginning to sound a lot like Christmas! Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy by David Bowie and Bing Crosby makes our list simply because its strange, ‘oil and water’ combination actually works extremely well, despite the 43-year age gap between the crooners! The odd couple teamed up in 1977 for a television Christmas special, although Crosby admitted to not knowing who Bowie actually was, whilst the Starman himself claims to remember nothing of the recording! Bing Crosby makes our list again with the timeless White Christmas Christmas. This ultimate festive ballad remains one of the world’s biggest selling singles of all time, and many consider it the quintessential Christmas song. Its composer, the legendary Irving Berlin, thought it was rather special too, boasting, ‘Not only is it the best song I ever wrote, it’s the best song anybody ever wrote!’ Somebody who might just disagree with that statement is Sir Bob Geldof – after all, he did cowrite Do They Know It’s Christmas in order to raise money for famine-hit Ethiopia. Sting, George Michael, Boy George, Bono and a whole host of pop royalty joined forces under the name Band Aid, and its success led to the release of the American charity single We Are the World a few months later… although that particular tune failed to impress our panel! Yule just isn’t the same without the eccentric Noddy Holder screeching ‘It’s Chrrissstmaaas’

from every pub jukebox, car stereo and shopping precinct from the end of September onwards. Slade’s ubiquitous festive anthem, Merry Xmas Everybody, occupied the number one slot in December 1973, beating another Christmassy song, Wizzard’s, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day. Although Jona Lewie’s Stop the Calvary was conceived as a protest song about the futility of war, the line, ‘Wish I was at home for Christmas,’ as well as its festive oompah beat and sleigh bells sealed its fate as a Christmas favourite. Another song that failed to conform to the tried and tested formula of jolly offerings is the gritty Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and the late Kirsty MacColl. This antidote to the festive norm tells of a warring couple breaking up over Christmas and features the unforgettable line, ‘You´re a bum, you´re a punk’ and others which we can’t possibly mention in the pages of Yattar Yattar! Did your favourite Yuletide tune fail to make our list? Just email editorial@yattaryattar and let us know!

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hen you do your Christmas shopping locally, you’re not just supporting local businesses. Buying local is the best way to make sure that your gift is treasured and remembered for a long time to come. Hidden away in local shops you’ll find a massive selection of unique and memorable gifts – you can be certain that you won’t find the same thing sitting under the tree! You might be surprised at just how much of a bargain you can find as well.

Shop in the Clouds

Situated at the summit of the famous Horseshoe Pass in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Shop in the Clouds is a treat for shoppers. The Gift Shop and the Ponderosa Café next door have been run by the same family for 30 years and offers a warm welcome to tourists, travellers, cyclists, walkers and sightseers from all over the world. The Gift Shop stocks a huge range of gifts suitable for any proud Welshman (or woman) in the form of Welsh premier Clothing, Welsh Crafts and Lovespoons. The shop is also a stockist for Clogau Gold, Sea Gems silver jewellery, St Justin, collectable Suki and Dean Bears.

There are plenty of gift ideas for the biker in your life and much more. If you can’t take your finds with you on the day, the shop can arrange delivery for anything you may have seen in the shop. Shop in the Clouds is open daily, including Sundays. Visit www. or call 01978 790445

Harthill Cookery School

Do you know a wannabe chef or just someone who wants to brush up on their cookery skills? Sending them on a course at the Harthill Cookery School could be the ideal Christmas gift. The school hosts a wide variety of half

and full-day courses on everything from baking to cooking exotic global cuisine. Half day courses are great for learning a particular new skill, while full day courses are more varied and teach participants a wider range of skills to hone their culinary expertise. If you’re not entirely sure what course the

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lucky gift recipient would like to go on (or simply can’t choose!), then don’t fret – you can just buy a gift voucher for a full or half day course and let them choose which course they would prefer at a later date. Get a Harthill Cookery School gift voucher from www. or by calling 01829 782097.

Cathryn Cariad Chocolates

You’d be hard pushed to find anyone that doesn’t like chocolate, and that’s doubly true when the chocolate in question is the beautifully handmade goodies of Cathryn Cariad Chocolates. All of the luxury chocolates are made completely by hand in Snowdonia by owner Cathy, using only the finest Belgian chocolate and, wherever possible, ingredients from local Welsh producers. ‘I offer a wide range of unique, beautiful designs, all handmade to order using delicious, top quality Belgian chocolate,’ says Cathy. ‘These fully-personalised gifts are extremely popular so it’s best to order as far in advance as possible!’ There are so many different types of

chocolates available from Cathryn Cariad (our favourites are the handmade truffles!) and they’re all to die for! As well as chocolate bars and truffles, Cathy also makes chocolate stiletto shoes and chocolate dolls (also known as dollipops). Many of the products have won awards, and Cathy now has 11 Gold Great Taste Awards to her name. See everything that Cathryn Cariad Chocolates has to offer at or give Cathy a call on 01766 762796.

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area, but also one of the best in the entire UK, with an unmatched selection of fine and everyday pens. They stock pens from a wide variety of manufacturers, including Visconti, Conway Stewart, Lamy and their most recent addition, Sailor Pens from Japan. Visit Write Here on Shrewsbury High Street from 9:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Saturday or take a look at some of their products at

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This year, why not leave the festive stress behind and enjoy your Christmas shopping at Snowdonia Nurseries and Garden Centre? Take an inspirational stroll through the vast array of quality plants; award-winning Christmas display and on to the highly acclaimed Olive Tree Coffee Shop. Explore the wide and colourful collection of designled giftware including candles, cosmetics, crockery and Christmas cards to find the perfect gifts for family and friends. With products ranging from high-end rarities to ideal stocking-fillers, there really is something for everyone. Snowdonia Nurseries is located in Glan Conwy and is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and from 10:30am until 4:30pm on Sundays. Visit or call 01492 580703 to find out more.

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If you want to give a unique gift while supporting a local, talented craftsmen or artist, then take a look at the many gifts available from Make The Most Of. ‘Moving away from seeing the same gifts everywhere you look is a big part of what we promote, says Louise Barlow, founder of Make The Most Of. ‘Why have a mass produced picture on the wall when you can have a limited edition from a remarkably talented artist? Why would we not choose something original and exciting that has a story to tell about the maker, artist or the item itself?’ At Make the Most of, you’ll find a huge variety of gifts, homeware, jewellery and

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If you want to get something more personal than the usual mass-produced toys for the youngsters in your life, then a handmade personalised traditional wooden toy from Tawny Owl could be the perfect gift. The range includes door nameplates, cars, trains, tractors, dragons, stools, chairs, toy boxes, skipping ropes, pencil boxes, jigsaws and much more. All the toys and gifts are carefully made by hand using locally, commercially grown and re-planted can’t decide, you can also buy vouchers for hardwoods. Most £25, £50 or £100 to be spent on courses, shop things are made items or even just bacon baps and coffee in the completely in-house and are tailor made for café. If you have something specific planned, your child so are truly unique. then you can always contact One ‘My husband John and I set up Planet Adventure who can create this business in 1978 after he a bespoke gift voucher for your was made redundant for a exact requirements. second time,’ says Maureen One Planet Adventure at Did you know? Curry at Tawny Owl. Coed Llandegla Forest in There are 364 gifts ‘When we had children north Wales has some of mentioned in ‘The Twelve he made wooden toys for the best mountain biking Days of Christmas’. And them, then for friends and right on their doorstep artificial Christmas trees neighbours. We moved to with over 44km of purposehave outsold real ones the Corris Craft Centre built mountain bike trails in 1984 but when he died since 1991, which we in the area. Whether you’re in 1989, I kept the business after a new bike, a tune-up think is a shame. going. We’re now seeing lots for a bike that you already have of the first children who enjoyed or want to go on a skills course, Tawny Owl toys returning to buy toys the award-winning centre will be able for their children!’ to help. Gift vouchers can be bought online at You can visit Maureen and see her wooden or by calling creations in person at the Corris Craft 01978 751656. Centre near Machynlleth or give her a call on 01654 761234. Visit tawnyowltoys to find out more. Why not give someone the chance to see things as they’ve never seen them before with a pleasure flight from Whizzard Helicopters! If you want to give a gift that will be used ‘Pleasure flights take off from Welshpool, frequently, then what better than a pen? A Manchester or Snowdonia and allow good quality pen can make the ideal present passengers a unique view of the spectacular for writers, students, business people or even mountains of mid Wales and Snowdonia, the someone who just likes to do the crossword. dramatic Brontë country or the industrial Whatever the lucky person might use it for heart of Manchester,’ says Pat Agnew at and whatever style would best suit, Write Here Whizzard Helicopters. Flights are available in Shrewsbury will have something perfect. for 10, 15 or 30 minutes (depending on the Write Here has built a reputation as not location) and fly on weekends throughout the only one of the best pen shops in the local year. Pleasure flights are usually shared with other people, but if you’re feeling particularly generous this Christmas, you can book the entire helicopter for the lucky gift recipient and a few of their nearest and dearest. If you want to treat someone to a flight or

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clothing – everything from woven baskets and woodwork to original prints, embroidery and fashion, all designed and made by one of Make The Most Of’s creative sellers. You can see everything that Make The Most Of has to offer on their website. The first franchised shop has now opened in Denbigh and you can visit from 10:30am to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday inclusive. You can call the shop on 01745 797647. Visit www.makethemostof. to find out more or call 01244 345954.

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At Christmas, jewellery can be the perfect gift for that special someone and County Goldsmiths can help you to find something really special for your loved one. Both the Shrewsbury shop and the newly opened Ludlow shop have a wide variety of antique jewellery for you to peruse. ‘Antique and A beautiful antique ring, typical of what’s available at County Goldsmiths


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vintage jewellery is now massively popular thanks to the recent vintage revival and people are now appreciating antiques more,’ says Stuart, owner of County Goldsmiths. ‘Antique jewellery is of higher quality and is better made than its modern counterpart, most of which is machine-made. Antique jewellery has been handmade by a true craftsmen. ‘At the moment, tanzanite is popular, as are pearls but it depends on what’s in fashion,’ says Stuart. ‘Diamonds are always popular and are a good investment as well – in the last three years, the value of diamonds has gone up by around 60%.’ County Goldsmiths has two shops – one in Shrewsbury and one that was opened recently in Ludlow. ‘We’re Rose gold Victorian very happy with the new shop,’ locket bracelet, £595, County Goldsmiths says Stuart. ‘We desperately Did You Know? wanted to get into Ludlow as Robins on Christmas it’s a great area. Over the next cards were actually couple of months we will also be launching our new website a joke 150 years ago where customers will be able when postmen wore to see our stock. We have the red tunics and were most complete stock of antique named after them jewellery in Shropshire and can still offer a personalised service. We’re really going from strength to strength and Necklace £30 would like to Next thank everyone who has supported us. You can visit County Goldsmiths on Butcher Row in Pigeon blood red ruby and diamond cluster £2,995, Shrewsbury or County Goldsmiths High Street in Ludlow. Call the Shrewsbury shop on 01743 588751, the Ludlow shop on 01584 878986 or visit to find out more. s

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All of us know an animal lover, and this Christmas you can give yours the experience of a lifetime as they can get up close and personal with some stunning birds of prey. With Cheshire Falconry, they can spend anything from an hour to a full day flying up to six species of birds such as hawks, owls, falcons, eagles, buzzards and vultures. They’ll be able to meet the birds then will be given a gauntlet and taught how to fly a bird to their glove, all under the watchful eye of an experienced handler, of course. Gift vouchers for any of Cheshire Falconry’s bird flying experiences are available as a carded voucher or an e-voucher. You don’t need to specify a date when getting the voucher – the recipient just has to call and arrange a time that suits them any time within 12 months of the voucher being purchased. Find out more or buy a gift voucher online at www.cheshirefalconry. com or call 01606 882223.

The Ring Workshop

Gifts for Him Come on ladies, who’s the special man in your life? Doesn’t he deserve a treat?

With good cheer in the air and beautiful decorations everywhere you look, it’s no wonder that Christmas is one of the most popular times to propose. Creative romantics have found countless ways to make a Christmas proposal truly magical, having hidden engagement rings in Christmas tree decorations, crackers or even getting the family pets involved (for better or worse!) Of course, if you’re planning a spectacular proposal, then you need a spectacular ring to go with it. The Ring Workshop in Oswestry offers a comprehensive collection of both traditional and contemporary engagement rings to suit every taste and budget. If you want something Did You Know? completely unique, then they can even Santa would have make a completely bespoke ring. ‘We to visit 822 homes a understand that the purchase of an second to deliver all engagement ring is a significant event,’ the world’s presents on says Mark Francis-Jones, the man behind the company. ‘We understand Christmas Eve, travelling that most couples will require a little at 650 miles a guidance and assistance in choosing the second perfect product.’ To help couples find just what they’re looking for, the Ring Workshop offers engagement ring consultations where customers can discuss their requirements. Once you’re ready to tie the knot, the Ring Workshop can also help you to find or create the perfect wedding rings, including shaped rings to match any engagement ring. Visit or call 01691 238297 to find out more.

Braces £12, Next

ProMech Racing Themed cufflinks £14.99 available from

Dapper mug gift Set £9.50, M&S

Leather dry fly case made from leather recovered from the wreck of the Metta Catharina, £166.50 from Make The Most Of, 01244 345954

Snowman jumper! £25, Next

Thinking of popping the question at Christmas? Get 10% off all engagement rings from the Ring Workshop between 1st November and 24th December 2013! Just present this voucher when you make your purchase. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, discount or promotion.

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Gwesty Seiont Manor Hotel

Hill Side Gypsy Caravan ‘The ultimate gypsy caravan holiday’

Unwrap Christmas at Seiont Manor Hotel Festive Sunday Lunch at Llwyn y Brain Restaurant The perfect get-together with friends and family, and who knows maybe Father Christmas will drop-off some early Christmas presents. £14.50 per person for two-courses £16.50 per person for three-courses New Years Eve Celebrations Celebrations begin with a Champagne and Canapé Reception followed by a sumptuous six course dinner with wine included, served in the Llywelyn Suite. Then dance the night away until 1.30am. Residential packages available. £80.00 per person For further details contact the Christmas Team on 01286 673366 Gwesty Seiont Manor Hotel Llanrug, Caernarfon Gwynedd LL55 2AQ

Hidden away in the peaceful hills of South Shropshire, set below the summit of the dramatic Titterstone Clee, lies our beautiful original bow top gypsy caravan and luxury wooden cabin set in its own encampment. Available to book for short breaks, long weekends and weekly holiday bookings.

Personalised gift vouchers available for that extra special gift

01584 891165

HolidaySuperDeals We have 75 years’ experience in travel, ensuring that your holiday is booked with a well-respected and reliable travel company. ATOL, ABTA and IATA bonded. Book a holiday with HolidaySuperDeals safe in the knowledge that we have you completely covered. At HolidaySuperDeals we take extra care so that all our holiday offers are checked to provide a super deal!

Book online at or call the travel experts on 01978 291291

Clwyd Caravans




The Green, Ruabon, Wrexham. LL14 6DP Tel: 01978 810091 For more details visit our website

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Buying a Touring Caravan A touring caravan can be a great option for anyone who wants the best of both freedom and comfort. They have the advantage that they can be moved easily from site to site, and even taken abroad. While the same flexibility can be had from camping in a tent, a touring caravan lets you hold on to your creature comforts – you can still have a fully functioning kitchen, and a bathroom with a shower! So, how can you make sure that you get the caravan that’s right for you? We spoke to Alun Hughes of Clwyd Caravans. Choose for your Car. If you passed your driving test before 1st January 1997, there’s no legal weight ratio limit for what you can tow, but you should still consider how big and how powerful your car is. Most touring caravan dealers will be able to advise you about how large a caravan your car will be able to tow safely. sleeping. The first question to answer is how many berths are needed – how many people are likely to be staying in the caravan. There’s a huge variety of sleeping arrangements to choose from, such as whether you want a fixed or fold-away bed. toilet and Bathroom. While many campsites will have onsite toilet and shower facilities, if you want a bit more privacy, you can get a caravan with these on board. Many caravans have a built in chemical toilet. Cooking. One of the biggest advantages of a touring caravan is that you can have a fully working kitchen. You can have either a built-in or freestanding LPG (liquid petroleum gas) cooker. Any electrical kitchen appliances can be used when you are hooked up to the mains power. When you are away from mains power, you can still use appliances that are designed to work with the 12V leisure battery that most caravans have. gadgets. tVs and dVd players can be used in a caravan when you are hooked up to mains power. As with electrical kitchen appliances, try not to use too many at the same time. Laptops can also be charged, and many campsites provide WiFi access. If you would like advice about owning your own caravan, visit Clwyd Caravans in Ruabon near Wrexham from 2nd to 10th November for the Clwyd Caravans and Leisure North Wales Caravan Show. Find out more at or call 01978 810091.


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Hidden away in the peaceful hills of south Shropshire is Hillside Gypsy Caravan Holidays, with a beautiful original bow top gypsy caravan and luxury wooden lodge set in their own encampment. The quiet surroundings and beautiful scenery make it the ideal setting for a relaxing short break, weekend away, or even a longer holiday. The caravan is an original Romany caravan dating from the 1920s. It has been Do you know lovingly restored someone who would to give the inside a love a Hillside Gypsy cosy and romantic Caravan holiday? Gift atmosphere, with a vouchers are available pull out double bed for a friend or loved one. It’s the perfect Christmas and seats for you to sit present for someone who and relax with a good wants time to get away book or admire the from it all! view. An electric heater, feather duvet and even two hot water bottles to make sure that you’ll stay toasty on even the coldest of nights. Outside the caravan is a Romany cooking tripod with pots and pans so you can cook a meal or just build a campfire to enjoy during the evening. All the living facilities you could ever need are in the luxury self-catering cabin next to the caravan, complete with veranda for you to sit out and enjoy the sunset. The cabin has everything you could need during your stay, including a fully equipped kitchen and a wood burning stove for those cold winter nights. You can find out more about Hillside Gypsy Caravans online via their website at or give them a call on 01584 891165.


As the offical ‘Gateway to Snowdonia’, Betws-y-Coed and the surrounding area offer the same beauty and tranquillity of the national park. Of particular interest nearby is Swallow Falls, which is considered by many to be one of the loveliest spots in all of Wales. Betws-y-Coed is north Wales’ most popular inland resort and it’s the ideal base from which to explore north Wales and the many attractions that can be found there throughout the year, including the outdoor activities both in the mountains and on the surrounding rivers. The town attracts many visitors, especially during the summer months. Food lovers will be glad to learn that Betws-y-Coed has a variety of restaurants, some serving Welsh classics such as Welsh rarebit – a traditional dish consisting of cheese sauce with a mustard tang poured over buttered toast.

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Lloyds Caravans: Essential Advice on Buying a Caravan Martyn Jones, Dire DireCtor for LLoyDs Caravans gives us aDviCe on purChasing your own ‘hoMe froM hoMe’ in beautifuL north waLes anD Cheshire

Christmas is fast approaching and while holiday home with an innovative design. it’s not a time that you would usually think At Lloyds Caravans, we can help you find a new holiday of staying in your own static caravan or home that is suitable for winter use, or can offer advice about holiday home, there’s no reason that you upgrading one that you already own. We can also help you can’t! Some holiday parks will still be open, find a park that suits you – we work with hundreds of static with some open all year round. Some time caravan parks in North Wales and Cheshire, including some away in your own holiday home could be that are open all year round. You can visit Lloyds Caravans’ the perfect way for you to escape from website at or call 01745 832050 or the stresses of the festive season. 01745 560224, or come along to the sales grounds in Pensarn There’s no reason that you can’t enjoy time in your static or Talacre. You can also visit our sister company Roy Kellett caravan during the winter, but it’s best to be prepared for Caravans in Towyn, North Wales or call 01745 350043. We look the cold weather. A new solution to stop water pipes freezing forward to helping you find your dream second home. during cold conditions is trace heating – ask us for more information about this system. When buying a new holiday home with the intention of using it during colder weather, it’s best to choose the option to have central heating and double glazing which helps to keep you warm. This time of year can be great for those of you looking to get a bargain on a new caravan, as many older models are discounted to make room for the new models for 2014. The new year will bring several new and exciting Don’t forget! models, including the Swift Bordeaux To receive a Escape, which has built-in decking personal copy of and is great for parks that don’t Yattar Yattar direct allow decking. Also new for 2014 is to your door, turn to the Willerby Skyline, an ultra-modern

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Vale of Clwyd if you’d like to spend your festive season in the midst of peace

and tranquillity, then Lyons eryl hall Caravan park and Country Club could be the perfect place for you to have your own holiday home. the park is open for 10 and a half months of the year, including Christmas and new year. the park is located in the vale of Clwyd surrounded by beautiful welsh countryside. from its elevated position, the park overlooks the historic city of st asaph. the park itself is set in the picturesque grounds of the 18th century eryl hall. Lyons eryl hall Caravan park and Country Club is an owners only retreat, so it is the perfect place to relax and get away from it all. On the park, you’ll find a swimming pool and a gym as well as a cafe and snooker room. to keep younger visitors entertained, there’s a children’s play room and an adventure outdoor play area. at the heart of the park is the country club, which is set in eryl hall itself. with plenty of old world charm, the country club is the ideal place to spend a night relaxing in front of the log fire. Find out more about Lyons Eryl Hall Caravan Park and Country Club at or call 01745 582255 to find out more.


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A relaxing winter break...

If you want to get away from it all in beautiful Snowdonia this winter but don’t fancy facing camping during the cold weather then a break in one of two cottages owned by Snowdonia Mountain Cottages could be the perfect solution. Snowdonia is one of the most popular holiday destinations in north Wales, and for good reason. The national park and its surrounding area is home to some great scenery, plenty of walking trains and a wide selection of activities. The two barn conversions offer somewhere comfortable to stay while enjoying the breath-taking scenery of the surrounding. Both Red Kites Retreat and Buzzards View Cottage are finished to a high standard with attractive décor and a real luxury feel, complete with original artwork on the walls that was designed especially to suit each room by a local artist. Between the two properties, there’s room for up to 12 people to stay in comfort, with all the necessary amenities, including underfloor heating and a woodburner for those cold nights. Visit or call 01492 650094 to find out more.

The historic city of Chester is most famous for its city walls, which were first built by the Romans when they established the fortress of Deva Victrix between 70 and 80 AD. At the point that was originally the entrance to the fortress is Eastgate, which is situated on one of Chester’s busiest streets. The original gate was guarded by a wooden tower which was replaced by a stone one in the second century AD, however, the current archway dates back to 1768. In 1899 a clock was added to the tower to celebrate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee. The clock is one of Chester’s most recognisable landmarks and is said to be the most photographed clock in the UK after Big Ben. The walls aren’t the only Roman structure in the city – Chester is also home to the largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain, which was once used by the 20th Legion for military training and entertainment. Visitors to Chester have plenty more to do than just look at historic landmarks, though. The city also has one of the best and largest selections of shops in the local area and boasts a variety of cafes and restaurants.

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A truly unique country house hotel in Llandegla. There are 9 en suite bedrooms within Bodidris, there is also a breakfast room, bar and dining room.You could enjoy Bodidris’ relaxing atmosphere whilst dining or enjoying Welsh afternoon tea infront of a roaring log fire during the day, or by feasting on the finest locally sourced food, at the bar or in the dining room in the evenings.

01978 790434 Bodidris, Llandegla, Wrexham, LL11 3AL

01654 781238

Exclusive 5 star luxury boutique accommodation with breathtaking coastal views - Wales at it’s best! Glandyfi Castle is a building of romance and imagination, both stately yet intimate, but above all quirky. With its towers and turrets, ramparts and octagonal rooms, there is nothing about the castle which is predictable. It is a true folly - designed to bring pleasure to the eye as well as to the heart.

Where dreams are realised


Special Christmas Offer for Yattar Yattar Readers! Enjoy a two-course meal at Bodidris Hall for just £17.95 throughout November, December and January.

Room prices range from £90 - £250 for B&B, 3 course dinner is priced at £35.00 pp SPECIAL OFFER

Just mention Yattar Yattar when booking.

Lloyds Caravans

Pensarn, Abergele LL22 7PW - 01745 832050 AND: Main Coast Road, Talacre, CH8 9JY - 01745 560224

Exclusive use of all 8 bedrooms & public rooms on a B&B basis

£1,100 per night (£68.75 - per person, per night)

Roy Kellett Caravans

Towyn Rd, Towyn, North Wales LL22 9NW 01745 350043

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Equipment, clothing and gifts for the outdoors

Christmas Offers...

Gransfors Axes

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Tentipi Kata


Swedish Tipi Tents Perfect with an Eldfell Stove

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With over 40km’s of graded mountain bike trails, Coed Llandegla Forest is designed for anyone who loves mountain biking. Oneplanet Adventure run the facilities there, and offer a large selection of hire bikes to enjoy the fantastic trails, a specialist bike shop, award winning cafe and tuition to suit all abilities.

A perfect gift for the mountain biker in your life!


From beginner to expert, take your riding to the next level with one of our skills courses.

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Coed Llandegla Forest, Ruthin Rd, Llandegla LL11 3AA UK Tel: 01978 751656

Yattar ACTIVE! Where can you go this winter to try some of the best outdoor activities? Yattar Yattar goes on a mission to find out… Horsing around

With magnificent views overlooking Mawddach Estuary, the beautiful coastline of North Wales and Snowdonia National Park, Bwlch Gwyn Farm between Fairbourne and Arthog is perfectly situated to let you enjoy some fantastic surroundings while you embark on a horse ride or pony trek. The farm was established in 1957 and is still a family run business where you can experience horse riding whatever your level of skill or experience is. As well as estuary and beach treks, the farm offers horse riding lessons and is a Coleg Cambria Equestrian Outreach Learning Centre. Bwlch Gwyn Farm also has holiday cottages, a camp site and a caravan park should you wish to stay nearby to enjoy both the farm and the surrounding area. Find out more about Bwlch Gwyn Farm at or call 01341 250107.

Always ready for an Adventure!

If you or someone you know loves

Cheshire Segway

How do you fancy exploring the countryside in a new way? Thanks to Cheshire Segway, you can jump on board a segway and experience travelling around in a whole new way. From their base in Blakemere Craft Centre in Sandiway, Northwich, Cheshire Segway are offering visitors the chance to learn how to ride a segway and experience all the fun that goes along with it! Available sessions vary from 10 minute tasters right up to full fun days and everything in between, including team building sessions and events. When you go for a session at Cheshire Segway, you’ll start off with a quick lesson on how to be safe and how to handle your segway and then you’ll be off for a packed experience of pure fun as you whizz around the Cheshire countryside. Do you want to have a go at riding a segway? Contact Cheshire Segway on 01606 888090 to book a session or visit to find out more.

Up, up and away!

There’s nothing quite like enjoying the sights from the air, and this winter you can treat yourself and a loved one to a fantastic hot air balloon flight with Virgin Balloon Flights, who are offering a special reader offer – up to 50% off balloon rides! This limited-time offer includes the Christmas Gift Package at £135 for one (RRP £159) or £245 for two (RRP £289) - saving 15% - including: l A balloon flight of around an hour & Champagne toast (or soft drink). l Choice of 100+ UK launch sites including Wrexham, Nantwich, Shrewsbury and Whitchurch l Flight certificate endorsed by Sir Richard Branson l Merry Christmas balloon & Champagne truffles l Luxury flight voucher with recorded delivery l 12 months to book a flight, weekday or weekend

the great outdoors, then you’ll know that it always pays to have the right equipment when venturing out into the wilds. Pro Adventure, based in Llangollen, have everything that you could ever need for an outdoor adventure, including tents, outdoor clothing and bushcraft equipment. ‘We are an outdoor shop with the expertise that comes from a lifetime of playing and teaching in the outdoors,’ says managing director of Pro Adventure, Pete Carol. ‘Our aim is to supply kit that we trust to serve you well. So get shopping, and more importantly start using your kit. To enjoy the outdoors even more come on one our fantastic courses and holidays.’ Pro Adventure offer adventure experiences as well as canoeing and kayaking training. Find out more at To contact them about adventure experiences and courses call 01978 861912 or call 01978 860605. You can also visit the shop on Castle Street in Llangollen.

You can also save 29% on Weekday Anytime flight vouchers at £99pp (RRP £139pp) or 50% on Adventure Gift Package for Two at £249 (RRP £499). Be quick, this offer ends on 20th December! Call 0844 844 8070 and quote ‘Yattar Yattar’ or visit TErMs & COndiTiOns Reader offer valid until December 20, 2013. Subject to availability. Price is for one person including VAT at applicable rate. Includes standard delivery unless stated otherwise. Cannot be used with any other offer. Flying season is March to October with regional variations. Ballooning is weather dependent. Passengers must be aged 7 or over and at least 4’6” tall. Passengers who are pregnant or have recently undergone major surgery are unable to fly. Virgin Balloon Flights reserves the right to withdraw the offers or amend these conditions at any time. Customers must be aged 18 or over. Full conditions at VIRGIN


Tel: 01745 832014 Fax: 01745 832284

Christmas and New Year 2013

The Antelope Hotel, Denbigh Road, Rhydymwyn Flintshire CH7 5HE 01352 741 247

Christmas Party Nights

4 Course Christmas Fayre Menu 1st – 24th December £16.95 per person 5 Course Christmas Day Menu £44.95 per person

7th, 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st December Delicious festive 3 course meal, festive party hats, Christmas crackers, party games and disco with dancing until late.

Just £34.95 per person

Advanced bookings only –


Christmas Day

Take the stress out of Christmas day and join the festivities at Kinmel Manor.

5 course festive menu

£59.95 per adult £29.95 per child

Special ar offer for Yatt s er d a re Yattar

New Year’s Eve

S Welcome in the new year with champagne CHRISTMAST cocktails, canapés and a 4 course meal. U J S PARTIE £55.00 per adult ! £29.95 each Tables of 10 for just £495.00 St. George’s Road, Abergele, Conwy LL22 9AS

New owners Eleanor & Neil would like to invite you to The Antelope Hotel, Bar & Restaurant. Located in the historic village of Rhydymwyn, near Mold, the Antelope Hotel will always give you a warm welcome. Just 2 minutes from Mold, or only a 20-minute drive from Chester railway station, The Antelope is within easy travelling distance of the many spectacular castles, beaches and other attractions of North Wales. The AntelopeHotel is ideal - whatever your reason for a break

Licensed Public Bar

A well stocked public house, with a great selection of Real Ales on Tap, pool table and darts board.

52 Seat restaurant

Our new Chefs offer formal or pub dining with lunchtime lightbites, afternoon teas and Sunday Roasts.

10 en-suite rooms.

All with a television, and tea/coffee facilities.

Rooms from £30.00 per night, including a continental breakfast, or just £35.00 a night with a full Welsh cooked breakfast. The hotel also has a beer garden and ample parking.

They are all life-savers.

Are you? Tuesday December 24 Barnton, Memorial Hall 10.00am to 1.00pm

Tuesday December 24 Gresford, Memorial Hall 10.00am to 1.00pm

Tuesday December 24 Holyhead, Football Club 10.00am to 1.00pm

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Certificate of excellence May 2011


e are a popular, family run, pub and restaurant based in the heart of Llandudno, in fabulous North Wales... Real Ales • Home-made food • World Cuisine • Fine wines • Quiz night • Cask Beers • Cater for groups and large parties • Functions •

Book early to avoid disappointment. The Albert, 56 Madoc Street, Llandudno, Conwy LL30 2TW Telephone: 01492 877188 email: Twitter: @albertllandudno Facebook: Search ‘The Albert’ Web:

Celebrate in Style New Year’s Eve Black Tie & Diamonds Ball

The evening starts with Champagne cocktails on arrival at 7.30pm - then enjoy a sumptuous dinner before dancing the night away with our resident DJ and the soulful voice of

Mikey Powell,

£59.50 per person

Festive Entertainment

For something a little different why not join us for one of our festive tribute nights. As well as the delicious Festive Time menu and resident DJ providing dancing until 12.30am, we have introduced an amazing musical floorshow with one of our fabulous tribute acts.

Tribute Party Nights £26.95 per person Friday 6th December – ABBA NIGHT*

performing his tribute to

Michael Bublé and the Rat Pack.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve 2013 Celebrate with us…

*includes half a bottle of wine per person

Mikey Powel

Glass of Champagne at midnight. Carriages at 1:30am. Dress code: Black Tie and cocktail dresses - Ladies don’t forget your diamonds


Friday 13th December – TINA TURNER NIGHT Saturday 14th December – KYLIE NIGHT Thursday 19th December – CHERYL COLE NIGHT Saturday 21st December – ROD STEWART NIGHT

Disco Party Nights

£21.95 per person

including three course meal and coffee. Available Thursday 12th or Wednesday 18th December. Dancing with music from our resident DJ until 12:30am Tel: 01244 571000 Chester Road, Rossett, Wrexham LL12 0DE


Rossett Hall

We drop in to picturesque Rossett to visit a hotel and brasserie with an old family history, but with new owners and direction…


hen arriving at Rossett Hall, you are struck by the imposing Georgian facade of two octagonal towers, which take up the oldest part of the hotel and its premium suites. Reception is located in the more recent extension, which has taken this hotel, ideally placed for Chester, Wrexham and north Wales over 80 rooms, but given the Grade II listed architecture, and tasteful interior design, it just doesn’t feel that big. Restaurant manager Paul Wilson shows us into Oscars Brasserie for a quick tour before going up to view the Bridal Suite. ‘Our new owners, the people behind Convival who bought Rossett Hall for themselves, have just finished the refurbishment of Oscars restaurant and bar, so here you can see the results,’ says Paul. They have created an interesting space with great use of lighting, including a hanging pink canopy below a central skylight, feature wallpaper and plants.

Massive bridal suite Heading up stairs into the original part of the Hall, the Bridal Suite is absolutely enormous, encompassing its own sitting room on a split level, a pedestal bath in the main bedroom, and a full wetroom, all furnished to a very high standard. Paul says, ‘This was one of the first rooms to be redecorated under our new owners, and they really wanted to go to town with the suites. I think everyone here is really impressed with the results, and people who stay here, including newly weds, just love the room.’ And it really is impressive. So we head down for a glass of something sweet and bubbly while looking through the menu. Whilst we’re doing so, Simon Williams the junior sous chef comes out for a chat so we can drill him on what’s best this evening. My dining partner, who has the upper hand as she knows Simon

from his days as chef de partie in the Pant Yr Ochain, opts for a classic goats cheese tart – which was terrific. Just the right buttery, crumbly pastry, with the sharp and fragrant melting cheese complemented perfectly by the sweet onion condiment. A real classic, done excellently well. My poached white fish was a large piece, unusually served with Welsh rarebit which actually worked. This secret was the delicate treatment of the fish, leaving it moist with a quite light rarebit as a sauce.

spectacular laMb The lamb main course, again chosen by my dining partner with her inside knowledge, was spectacular. Presented beautifully, with thick pieces of just pink lamb arranged around the stack of paper thin dauphinoise potato, the lamb meat was (I’m told) delicious. I wasn’t allowed to try any, so I think the praise must be justified. My steak was cooked perfectly medium rare, a lovely piece of beef served with classic sides all done with great care and ten out of ten for the peppercorn sauce which was to die for. My colleague, a self-confessed chocaholic, thought serving vanilla ice cream with the brownie was an opportunity wasted to have more chocolate, but surely it would have been

just too much otherwise!? Perhaps not. Still, replete as we were and entirely satisfied it was a lovely evening, the staff treated us like old friends (which one of us was), the service was immaculate, and chef even joined us after dinner to wholeheartedly recommend the Sunday roasts, which by all accounts are ‘legendary’. SImon says, ‘Be sure to drop by in November, there’s going to be a whole new winter menu, with loads of traditional favourites and hearty food.’ y

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A History of Rossett Hall

rossett Hall has not always been a hotel. it was originally the grand country seat of John boydell and his family. the son of a land surveyor, John boydell made his fortune in engraving and publishing in london and used his wealth to build rossett Hall in 1750 as a Welsh retreat for his family. the beautiful Georgian manor house remained in the Boydell family until the 1970s when it first became a hotel. As a building of historic and architectural interest rossett Hall is now Grade ii listed. a small footnote of local fable is that lord Nelson courted emma Hamilton at rossett Hall when visiting Harwarden, but perhaps not unsurprisingly, this is not documented anywhere. today, rossett Hall survives as part of the independently owned rossett Hall Hotel but much of the original interior remains, including the stone cantilevered staircase, grand chandelier, classical fireplace and the lounge rooms. rossett Hall is now a thriving independent hotel owned and managed by convivial Hotels ltd. convivial is committed to preserving the history of the Grade ii listed part of the hotel as well as providing a warm and relaxing environment for our guests. Contact Rossett Hall on 01244 57100.

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Magic Dragon!

Wales is packed with South Caernarfon Creameries is celebrating! Its Dragon Salted Welsh Butter delicious edibles, but has been awarded a prestigious gold two star award from the Great Taste you might not have ever Awards, the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme. realised just how much It is a phenomenal achievement for the farmer-owned dairy cothere is to drink from the operative as there were almost 10,000 entries into this year’s awards. All nation as well. The Guide products are blind tasted by a panel of industry experts including food writers and food buyers from premium stores such as Harrods, Fortnum to Welsh Perry and Cider and Mason and Selfridges. It is a strict judging process and only the very by Pete Brown and Bill best attain an award. Bradshaw ‘The Great Taste Awards provide the ideal benchmark for food will soon producers as their focus is on taste and quality rather than the brand put an end to that! The guide book is filled will or elaborate packaging. Only 6% of products that were entered everything you could ever want to know about received two stars so we are obviously extremely pleased to be Like a cider? these delicious drinks, including just what they amongst the very best,’ explains Are you a lover of are, how they’re made and how to find the best Alan Wyn-Jones, managing perry and cider? The director at South Caernarfon locally produced perry and cider. The book is Guide to Welsh Perry Creameries. ‘Receiving described as ‘an exploration of cider and perry a prestigious award with and Cider is available in Wales’ and is perfect for any cider or perry national recognition will help from most good lover looking to quench their thirst for both raise the profile of both our knowledge and the drink itself. bookshops including butter and the Dragon brand. The Guide to Welsh Perry and Cider is published Amazon for £10.99! This will undoubtedly help our by the Welsh Perry and Cider Society, a not-forefforts to promote Dragon outside profit organisation that aims to promote Welsh cider the principality.’ Find out more about South Caernarfon and perry – made in Wales, ideally from Welsh fruit. Creameries at Find out more about the Welsh Perry and Cider Society

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Scrumptious Party Food!

What’s in a name? Well, in the case of Scrumptious Party Food, ‘scrumptious’ is a perfect description! When we received our own box of party food for children, we had the enviable task of tasting everything on offer. The savoury delights were perfect finger food and would be great as part of a buffet for either adults or children. The sausage twists were a fun and eye-catching alternative to the usually dull party food, while the veg wand of cucumber, tomato and cheese looked attractive and would be a great way to get kids to try something healthy. Our particular favourites though were the sausage rolls, which had a hint of sweet chilli sauce to add a little extra something to this party classic. Another favourite were the mini cheese, tomato and ham pizzas. The ham on the pizza was described as ‘delicious’ by more than one taster. For afters, we had a variety of sweet goodies, including Smarties cookies, fruit kebab and two cakes – the chewy brownie and the peach melba cake. Both were delicious. The star of the show, however, were the cake pops (pictured left). Inside the attractive shell was delicious, moist chocolate cake, all cleverly put together in lollipop form. What makes the cake pops even better is that they’re available in many designs and you can have them custom-made to match a colour scheme or even have them made in the image of your favourite TV character or theme. Find out more about Scrumptious Party Food at or get in touch on 01829 759287 or 07785 393094. 64 yattaryattar magazine November/December 2013

Cooking the perfect goose

Head to Bunners in Montgomery, Powys on Saturday 9th november, 2pm to 3.30pm, to see a cooking demo using Stanley Cookers

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Season’s Eatings!

Christmas wrapped up! Bodnant Welsh Food has your perfect Christmas feast wrapped up. As the countdown to the big day ticks down, you can pick up a special parcel featuring everything you need for the perfect Christmas dinner. Packed with locally sourced meat, cooking utensils and all the trimmings, Bodnant has conveniently supplied everything needed for a sumptuous Welsh feast on December 25th. The butchery team is now taking orders ahead of the big day, ensuring you can receive the finest Welsh meat sources from trusted local producers. To make an order, email, or call 01492 651100. Over December Bodnant Welsh Food will be celebrating Christmas with a packed schedule filled with festive fun and the finest Welsh fare. Throughout the month, Bodnant will be hosting everything from the opportunity to sample delicious Christmas gifts to step-by-step demonstrations on how to rustle up a festive feast. New wine shop manager Tim Watson will be on hand to advise on the perfect wines and spirits to adorn your dinner table, and Bodnant’s award-winning Aberwen Cheese will also be on sale – the ideal addition to any festive cheese board. On December 7th and 8th, the team behind the fine food centre will be celebrating the very best Welsh produce perfect for sharing with friends and family over the holidays with a Christmas fair, hosting a number of unique local producers and craftsmen. Then on December 14th and 15th, a children’s festival will bring plenty of seasonal smiles to Bodnant visitors. Father Christmas and his reindeer will be visiting the centre, and there will be plenty of food-themed fun and games for all the family to enjoy. Find out more at

When it comes to the much-anticipated Christmas dinner, many people think of the meat as the hero of the day and the vegetables as the humble sidekick. However, at this time of year, there is an array of wonderful veggies around to give your turkey a real run for its money! The much-maligned Brussels sprout is a great little winter vegetable, packed with earthy flavour and goodness… Another veggie, which sometimes gets a raw deal, is the humble carrot. Not only is it a tasty snack for Rudolph, it is also a wonderfully versatile yuletide staple. Steamed, boiled, roasted, stirfried or braised, carrots are brimming with beta-carotene, high in fibre, low in calories and available all year round. Characterised by its crisp texture and renowned for its healthy qualities, white cabbage is perfect for making coleslaw, or as an accompaniment to hearty winter meals and roast dinners. Winter is not just the perfect season for sublime vegetables though. Chestnuts are a low-fat snack which taste delicious yes, you guessed it, after roasting on an open fire, or used in stuffing and sweet desserts. Don’t forget that farmers’ markets are often great places to stock up with tasty, local produce fresh from the fields, and at bargain prices.

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Should you choose to celebrate Christmas at Maenan Abbey in Llanrwst, you can enjoy a magical festive time in spectacular surroundings. During the Christmas period, Maenan Abbey will be offering pre-Christmas luncheon or dinner to hungry merrymakers, while those who want to enjoy a special evening can attend one of the Christmas party nights. Whenever you choose to dine, you’ll have a great selection to choose from, with three fantastic menus that include everything from the old favourites (traditional roast turkey and Christmas pudding) to something a little more unusual, such as a selection of smoked duck, chicken and pheasant with fruit and savoury chutneys or a baked macaroni cheese tart. As an added bonus, if you’re part of group of 15 to 90 people, then you can arrange to dine in a private dining room for no extra cost, subject to availability. Those lucky enough to be staying in one of the country house’s 14 bedrooms will be treated to pre-dinner drinks and appetisers at the residents’ lounge before each evening meal. The festivities at Maenan Abbey begin on 25th November. Go online and visit their website at to see a full list of dates. Other dates may be available on request. Call 01492 660247 for availability.

Now in their eighth successful year of cider production, Rosie’s Cider, with Steve and Nicola Hughes at the helm, is based in Llandegla. A regular visitor to food festivals and country shows, their name is synonymous with quality, so we were delighted to take delivery of a couple of bottles… Rosie’s Wicked Wasp is an aromatic and refreshing cider, fully rounded and lightly sparkling – not too gassy, just a slight refreshing spritz. With a 7.2% ABV, this intensely appley and smooth cider had a definite kick and we loved its rich colour and fresh aroma, which would combine well with cheese, especially Camembert or Cheddar. Wicked Wasp deservedly won the Welsh Championships in 2010. Rosie’s Triple D Medium won second prize in the Open Medium Cider competition at this year’s Royal Bath and West show, and it’s easy to see why! Matured in stainless steel vessels, this slightly hazy yet dangerously moreish drink strikes a perfect balance between fruity flavour and a satisfying aftertaste that would be the perfect accompaniment to spicy dishes or oily fish. Give your greens a bit of crunch with John Torode’s speedy side. This is perfect to liven up your Sunday lunch. IngredIents: 1 sliced onion 50g butter 1 savoy cabbage 150ml boiling water 200g smoked lardons or diced bacon Method: 1 Fry the onion in butter for two minutes, then add the bacon and cook for a few minutes more until golden. 2 Stir in the cabbage and boiling water. Cook for two minutes over a medium heat until wilted, then cover, turn the heat to low and cook for another five minutes. 3 Uncover and stir well; the cabbage should have a little colour. If not, increase the heat and cook for a few moments more. Season to taste.

Creamed Sprouts

Add a touch of crème fraîche and some juicy bacon to your sprouts and give them a wicked edge – it is Christmas! IngredIents: 750g Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved if large 8 rashers smoked streaky bacon, cut into small chunks 200g chestnut halves, roughly chopped 6 tbsp half-fat crème fraîche Method: 1 Cook the Brussels sprouts in a saucepan of boiling salted water for 8-10 minutes until tender, then drain and cool in iced water or under the cold tap. Drain well. 2 Fry bacon gently in a large frying pan for 4 minutes until starting to crisp, then throw in the chestnut pieces and cook until toasted. Add the sprouts and crème fraîche, season, then heat through and serve.

Marmalade Carrots

Sticky, buttery and sweet – a simple yet glorious side dish. IngredIents: 1kg carrots, cut into batons 25g butter 50g fine-cut marmalade 25g caster sugar Curly-leaf parsley chopped, to serve Method: 1 Put everything except the parsley in a pan with 250ml water. 2 Simmer over a low heat for 20 mins until the liquid has evaporated and the carrots are tender and coated in a sticky glaze. If they are still a little raw, add a splash of water and cook for a few mins more. 3 Serve sprinkled with parsley. Delicious!

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Let them eat cake!

Benjamin Lee, who designs and creates handmade, award-winning cakes and chocolates, has now opened a new shop in Menai Bridge, Anglesey. Customers will be able to browse the wedding cake designs, sample handmade chocolates, meet Ben and the team, and of course find some chocolate goodies to take home! Ben has 20 years of baking experience and has worked for many prestigious clients over the years and even made a congratulations cake for Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2010 to celebrate their engagement! If you find yourself inspired, you can try your hand at making your own – in the New Year, there’ll be a series of chocolate based courses. Visit Benjamin Lee’s newly opened shop on Dale Street in Menai Bridge, Anglesey. Visit or call 01248 712778. You can also find the shop on Facebook.

NORTH WALES Anglesey: Ysgol David Hughes. 3rd Saturday of every month. www. 01248 490 213 Celyn Farmer’s Market, Mold: The Church Hall, King Street. First and third Saturday of every month. www. 07810 637233 Colwyn Bay: Bay View Shopping Centre. Every Thursday. 01492 680209 Conwy: Conwy RSPB Reserve. Last Wednesday of every month. 01492 584091 Denbigh: Town Hall. Every Friday, 9:15am12:15pm. Llangollen: Town Hall. Every Friday, 9:45am12:30pm. Porthmadog: Y Ganolfan, near the harbour. Last Saturday of every month. Rhos on Sea: Methodist Church Hall. Every Friday, 10-12pm. Ruthin: Market Hall. Every Friday, 8:30am12pm. Rossett: Village Hall. Every Friday, 10am12pm. People’s Market, Wrexham: Every Friday, 9am-2pm.

MiD WALES Aberystwyth: North Parade. First and third Saturday of every month. 01970 633066 Brecon: Market Hall. Second Saturday of every month. 01982 560240 Welshpool: Coed-y-Dinas. First Saturday of each month

CHESHiRE Celyn Farmer’s Market, Chester: Grosvenor Garden Centre. Second Friday of every month., 07810 637233 Chester: Town Hall Square. Fourth Saturday of every month. 01244 402340 Wirral: New Ferry Village Hall. Second Saturday of every month. 0151 643 1393 Farndon: Chapel House, Church Street. Every Wednesday, 9am-11:30am Frodsham: The Bear’s Paw, Main Street. Every Thursday, 9am-12pm Nantwich: Market Hall, Churchyardside. Every Thursday, 8am-12pm Tattenhall: Barbour Institute. Every Friday, 9:15am-11:15am

SHROPSHiRE Oswestry: The Bailey Head. Last Friday of every month. 01691 680222 Bishop’s Castle: Town Hall and Market Square. Third Saturday of every month. 01588 638141 Ludlow: Castle Square. Second and fourth Thursday of every month. 01584 872043 Shrewsbury: The Square. First Friday of every month. 01743 792547 Whitchurch: Outside the Civic Centre. First Saturday of every month. 01948 665761

Christmas Cheer!

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Bellis Brothers

This November, a new butchery will be opening at Bellis Brothers in Holt Village, near Wrexham – Jamie Ward’s Traditional Family Butchers. ‘We’ll be stocking standard and free range chickens and turkeys as well as venison, game and traditional meats,’ say Jamie. ‘We can even source exotic meats like crocodile. We’re a specialist pork butcher and we already have a reputation for sausages and smoke our own bacon. We will also have a fresh cheese counter and plan to make our own pies and black pudding.’ ‘People are more aware of what they eat now and what they want, and they want to know where their food came from,’ says Jamie. ‘We have a fantastic choice of food locally, and we want to tap into that. As a farmer myself, I want to support other local farmers. It’s all about partnerships and relationships.’ The new butchery at Bellis Brothers will be opening in mid-November. You can order at Bellis Brothers or by calling 07875 851043.

Y X-MOOSe taSte teSt: Merr It’s that special time of year again, and for the real ale lovers out there, that means the return of Merry X-Moose! Christmas came early at the Yattar Yattar office when we received a couple of bottles to try. This festive ale is made using a selection of darker malts and aromatic hops, so has a rich, malty taste. It has a rich ruby colour and is perfect for a winter’s night. Get your hands on some at

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StarterS ‘for most starters such as paté or seafood, a La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet from the Languedoc or a esk valley verdelho from hawkes Bay New Zealand is a great accompaniment.’ Main COUrSe ‘While you’re enjoying your Christmas dinner, you can also enjoy a single vineyard Carmenère from Chile, an old vine Grenache from La Mancha, spain, or a Californian Pinot Noir from the russian river area.’ DeSSert for cheese and biscuits, try Churchill’s finest reserve Port while for sweet pudding, try either a red Muscadel from south Africa or a Botrytis semillon from Australia. If you’re settling down for a traditional Christmas pudding an Australian 10 year old tawny Port (also known as ‘Christmas pudding in a bottle’) is a great accompaniment.’ SpeCial OCCaSiOnS ‘english sparkling wine is just as good as Champagne – furleigh estate N.v dorset, made from the classic grape varieties used in Champagne region is a great alternative and won a Gold Award at the International Wine Challenge 2013 and the english sparkling Wine trophy 2013.’ all the wines mentioned can be found at Clear Black Wine on Chester road in Gresford. the shop is open 2pm to 7pm Mondays to Wednesdays, 2pm to 8pm on thursdays Did you know? and 10am to Mulled wine, the 8pm on Fridays perennial Christmas and Saturdays. favourite, is known in Visit www. Germany as Glühwein, in italy as vin brulé or call 01978 852237 and in France as vin to find out more. chaud.

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Paul and Debbie wish you a warm welcome to the Three Pigeons Inn. Our Pub and Restaurant is situated on the B5429 about 3 miles from the Ancient market town of Ruthin, in the picturesque village of Graigfechan.The Three Pigeons Inn is an ancient drovers tavern and retains many original features – log fires, oak beams and a warm traditional ambience.

• Real Ales And Local Ciders • Fresh Local Food • Panoramic Views Over The Vale Of Clwyd • Functions •Regular Events • Camping & self-catering accommodation available Three Pigeons Inn Graigfechan, Ruthin, Denbighshire LL15 2EU Tel - 01824 703178

LEWIS’S FARM SHOP The home of real food - Eyton, Wrexham An independent family business trading since 1878. We offera unique shopping experience and pride ourselves on our team of friendly staff. Order you r Ch r is tm tu rkey fr a s om Lew is’s Fa rm Sh op – order s b ein g taken no w!

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The West Arms, Llanarmon Dyffryn-Ceiriog The West Arms has offered hospitality since 1570 when it was a drover’s inn and it still has slate flagged floors and inglenook fireplaces from those days. If you’re a tea fan, then you might enjoy the traditional afternoon teas that the pub hosts, which feature delicious Maahis Indian Restaurant homemade scones and bara brith. There’s an extensive wine list available with wines A483 Bypass, Ruabon supplied by Tanners of Shrewsbury and plenty of popular real ales who would have ever thought of opening featuring Oswestry’s Stonehouse an restaurant on a dual carriageway Beer and guest ales. It’s the food Wassailing has bypass road next to a petrol station? that really shines at the West been associated with well that is just where one of our best Arms. The bar menu offers a Christmas since the indian venues is hidden away. selection of fantastically done 1400s, and ‘wassail’ is there is a large car park and well pub favourites, while if you want something a little more maintained gardens and hanging baskets. we went on a sunday at an ale-based drink, formal, you can visit the AA 5pm for their ‘all you can eat’ buffet at £9.95 having pre-booked. we seasoned with spices Rosette awarded restaurant. The found the restaurant spotlessly clean with friendly helpful staff. the range and honey food is so good that the West Arms of dishes was impressive and having positioned ourselves where we could received entries in both the 2012 see the buffet table, we could see that each dish was replenished before and 2013 it ran out. as you cleared your plate (the food was delicious!), it was whisked Good Food away leaving you free to take a clean one for each return visit to the buffet. the Guide. only negative that we noticed was that you are expected to keep the same cutlery, Last year, the West though when requested they did provide clean cutlery. waitress service for drinks was Arms also excellent. the buffet included dessert, but we think ice cream should be offered as featured an alternative to the chocolate cake dessert. their normal menu is good and priced on BBC2’s very competitively and they are family friendly, plus there is a 20% discount offered on Our Food, takeaways. For bookings, call 01978-824440. Visit to find out more. in which head chef, Grant Williams, produced a typical drover’s meal for host of the show, Giles Coren and local drovers expert, Idris Evans.

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AppleBy’s Cheese appleby’s, one of the last traditional farming and cheese making families, are celebrating after winning a clutch of awards at the 2013 international cheese awards at the nantwich show. established in 1952, appleby’s are famous for their traditional unpasteurised cheshire cheese, they also make appleby’s smoked and appleby’s double gloucester. appleby’s cheshire is available to buy nationwide and from local retailers including hawkstone abbey farm. Visit BodnAnt Welsh Food CentRe the creamy aberwen cheese is the first to be produced in the new dairy at the bodnant welsh food centre in the conwy valley. it’s a creamy flavoured cheese with slight citrus notes. in keeping with the centre’s mission to promote local producers and minimise food miles, the milk that makes aberwen comes from a herd of cows milked at a farm just one mile away! aberwen is available at bodnant welsh food centre. Visit to find out more.

Stonehouse is a family-run microbrewery, located on the Cambrian railway line in Oswestry. Their awardwinning beers use only the finest natural ingredients and we were fortunate enough to sample the sublime Wheeltappers. At a respectable 4.5% ABV, this light, golden wheat beer, with hints of coriander and lemon zest was sweet, but not overpoweringly so and bold enough to team with strong-flavoured savoury dishes. The after palate was pleasantly bitter-sweet and refreshing, leaving us wanting more! A word of warning; the label reads, ‘This beer is alive’, and it’s not joking – open with care! For more information, visit their website at

pick up some festive goodies at the hawarden estate Farm shop’s food fete! you’ll be able to get your hands on plenty of Christmassy treats, including hawarden estate’s own range of gifts and food. the food fete will be held at the hawarden estate Farm shop on saturday 30th november and sunday 1st december. Visit to find out more.

The Albert, Llandudno Found in the heart of Llandudno, the Albert has long been a popular watering hole for both locals and visitors alike. With a wide selection beers, lagers and spirits, plus a specially chosen wine list that’s designed to compliment the great range of food, it’s little wonder that the pub has proven so popular. Among the real ales that are on rotation at the Albert, you’ll find gems from the best local and national breweries, including ales from Purple Moose Brewery, Conwy Brewery and Theakston’s Brewery. The selection is so impressive that the Albert won pub of the season from the Good Beer Guide for it’s range and quality of cask ales.You can also grab a bite to eat from the extensive menu. Food is served from 12pm to 9pm, seven days a week. Booking is advisable though as the pub gets busy on weekends and evenings during the holiday seasons. Good news if you want to visit the Albert over the festive season – the pub will be open on Christmas day and you can book to enjoy Christmas lunch in the warm and welcoming surroundings of the Albert. If you want to celebrate Christmas a little early, then you can book for one of the Albert’s Christmas party events in December. Call 01492 877188 for more information. Three Pigeons Inn, Graigfechan, Ruthin With picturesque surroundings and a great choice of both food and drink, the Three Pigeons Inn is certainly a welcome stop. There are usually four real ales available which are rotated regularly and many of which are brewed locally by small breweries. You can enjoy a hearty meal in the restaurant which has a variety of delicious food made from fresh, locally produced ingredients. You can celebrate Christmas at the Three Pigeons Inn with a delicious festive meal from one of two special Christmas menus or the pub can provide a festive buffet for up to 100 people. You can also spend Christmas Day in the Three Pigeons Inn restaurant, but make sure you book early as tables are filling fast! Call 01824 703178 to book.

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Rosie’s Award Winning Ciders.

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Rosie’s Oak Matured Dry ScrumpyOnly available in Draught

Rosie’s Black Bart Sweet Cider

Rosie’s Wicked Wasp - Medium Sweetness Cider

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Rosie’s Perfect Pear Perry Medium Sweet Perry Bottled or Draughtt 6.0% abv

Rosie’s Triple D Cider Rosie’s DM4 Cider (not Cidre) Available lightly carbonated in 500ml bottles, medium or sweet. 6.0% abv

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l Purple Moose

The festive offering from Purple Moose Brewery (or Bragdy Mws Piws as they’re known in Welsh) is the brilliantly named Merry X-Moose. The 5.0% ABV bottled version is available from late October, while the 4.4% ABV cask version is available from late November. www.

l Stonehouse Brewery

There’s five fantastic beers available from Stonehouse – Station Bitter, Sunlander, Wheeltappers, Off the Rails, KPA and Cambrian Gold. If you want to have a go of all five over the Christmas season, then you can grab a mixed case of 12 for £28.25. www.

l Ludlow Brewing Company

It’s one thing to enjoy a pint, but with the Ludlow Brewing Company, you can pop along and see just how it’s made. The brewery has five different beers, all of which are made at the environmentally friendly site. www.theludlowbrewingcompany.

l Red Willow

At the core of their range, Red Willow have six beers in a range of styles and strengths, but if you’d rather have something to match the season, then try either Sleepless, an American amber ale, or Heartless, a chocolate stout made with 85% cacao Columbian chocolate.

l Sandstone Brewery

Warm yourself this winter with the dark fruit and caramel tastes of Sandstone Brewery’s winter ale, Onyx. Regular outlets include the Bridge End

Inn in Ruabon, the Bridge Inn in Pontblyddyn, the Brewery Tap in Chester, Peal O’Bells in Holt, the Farndon in Farndon, Peter Kavanagh’s in Liverpool and the Raven Inn in Llanarmon-yn-Ial.

l Tatton Brewery

Stomp out the chill with Tatton Brewery’s Yeti, a rich fireside copper-coloured winter ale. The warming flavour makes this one perfect for cold days. Yeti is available from November until February, so make sure you catch this rare beast before it disappears! www.

l Conwy Brewery

Hoppy Christmas, Conwy Brewery’s festive ale, is something a little bit different – a golden, refreshing ale with herbal and lemony notes. Hoppy Christmas, along with Conwy Brewery’s other beers are available from the brewery shop where you can buy bottles or polypins (draught beer).

l Great Orme Brewery

With five great ales to choose from, it’s no wonder that Great Orme Brewery has a growing reputation for producing quality real ale. Their beer has been adopted as a permanent fixture in some of the finest pubs, restaurants and hotels in north Wales. Cases of 12 are available should you want to take some home with you.

l Three Tuns Brewery

There’s nothing to get you in the mood for Christmas like the taste of liquorice and ginger, and Old Scrooge from Three Tuns. You can buy bottles of Old Scrooge in cases of 12. Go online and visit www. threetunsbrewery.


l The Waen Brewery

The most well known beer from the Waen Brewery is their Blackberry Stout, which has not only appeared on BBC2, but also has a page to itself in Melissa Cole’s recent book, Let Me Tell You about Beer. It’s by no mean the only beer available though, and with plenty of SIBA and CAMRA awards under their belt, any of the beers from the Waen Brewery are certainly worth a try – it’s a good job they do a mixed crate! Visit online at www.

l Wood’s Shropshire Beers

There’s no doubting the strong, dark and rich quality of Christmas Cracker, the seasonal offering from Wood’s Shropshire Beers which is described by some as having a port wine-like flavour. Christmas Cracker is available from October until December. If you prefer something a little lighter, then grab a glass of Saturnalia, a sweet honeyed brew. Saturnalia is available in January and February in celebration of the Roman festival with which the beer shares its name.

malty ale. The Globe and the Barbridge Inn, both in Nantwich, serve Woodland ale. Redwood and New Leaf are also available in bottles direct from the brewery.

l Frodsham Brewery

Wintafest is Frodsham Brewery’s winter ale, and it’s a great warmer on a cold day, with citrus fruit, raisin and spice flavours. The brewery also offers a variety of great gifts for the beer lover in your life (or for yourself!) including mixed crates, glasses and even personalised bottles of beer.

l Ralph’s Cider and Perry

If traditional cider is to your tastes, then Ralph’s Cider and Perry will be a treat for your taste buds. All of the ciders and perries are made using traditional methods from fruit grown on the brewery’s own farm. Go online to www.

l Rosie’s Cider

With eight years of cidermaking experience and plenty of awards under their belts, Rosie’s Cider produce five great ciders that are a must-try for anyone who counts themselves a fan! Ciders are available in bottles or oak barrels that are a great idea for parties. www.

l Woodlands Brewing Company

Beer lovers are spoilt for choice with three winter ales from Woodlands Brewing Company. Redwood is a dark red bitter with a sharp, crisp after taste, New Leaf is a deep, rich malty favoured beer, while the brewery’s festive brew, Holly Days is a full bodied dark

l Welsh Mountain Cider

Bill Bleasdale and Chava Richman make their cider at their smallholiding near Llanidloes in mid Wales. Welsh Mountain Cider is available at Aberystwyth farmers’ market and from Great Oak Foods in Llanidloes.

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Battlefield 1403 Harvest and Heritage Food Festival 31st August to 1st September. See website for further details The Farm Shop has an extensive range of food and gifts. Our head butcher Steve and his team can cater for your specific needs at competitive prices. The cafe serves restaurant style meals in a relaxed environment.

Our aim at Battlefield 1403 is to create a happy and relaxed visitor destination where everyone feels welcome. Battlefield 1403, Upper Battlefield, Shrewsbury SY4 3DB Tel: 01939 210905

Festive Planning with Harthill Cookery School Plan ahead for the festive season and enjoy stress-free party hosting with our Autumn courses. Get your gravy right with our half day Kitchen Saucery course or join our Game Seasonal Dinner Party maybe our Christmas Entertaining courses or even The Perfect Menu for Christmas where you can take some food home to freeze ready for the big day.

Thoughtful Christmas Gifts The days at the school are relaxed, well-paced and a great way to expand your culinary repertoire, meet foodie friends or take the first steps in the kitchen with friendly expert advice. The gifts are for all level courses, weekend or week days, hands-on or just dining.

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Cookery Gifts for Him & Her

Let your lady loose in the kitchen happily baking or perfecting her patisserie skills with delicious sweet aromas of macaroons, éclairs, tarts, pastries and bread. You can choose from half days and full days to suit any weekend schedule

What about a journey across the continents with our Introduction to Indian Cuisine, Malaysian, Italian, French, Chinese or Spanish? Or just attend a Dine’n’Dem evening where we’ll do all the work – you just sit down, enjoy cookery demos and hearty food.

Cookery Gifts for Him We’ve tried to make your decision easier with courses for cooking meat or making pies, BBQ coaching and knife skills. All for your loved one to perfect his cooking in the kitchen...or outside!

For details, more courses and online bookings, go on or call 01829 782097

..or Mix and Match With our new Kitchen Shop now open, you can mix and match cookery courses with kitchen utensils and knives for the ultimate Christmas gift.

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Maenan Abbey Country House Hotel and Restaurant

Join Us for a Magical Christmas Standing majestically in the heart of the beautiful Conwy Valley, with the foothills of the Snowdonia range as a dramatic backdrop, a warm welcome awaits you here at Maenan Abbey. Our 14 bedrooms are all individually designed and incorporate Four Poster rooms with jacuzzis, two bedroomed family suites and a flexible mixture of double and twin rooms. After a long day exploring some of the many attractions that the area has to offer you can unwind in our friendly bar or relaxing lounge.

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It’s a truly great pub whatever the weather. Laze by the river on a summer’s afternoon or hazy evening, or kick off your wellies and warm yourself in front of a roaring log fire – there’ll be food and drink waiting to suit every need. From a wake-up morning coffee and a slab of cake to a refreshing pint of ale and home-baked pie, or a crisp fine wine with the catch of the day or a ‘lazy fondue’ with warm torn bread – there’s so much to tempt you, and it’s all fresh and locally sourced wherever possible.


The Boat, famous for its picturesque location and charming character, sits prettily on the idyllic banks of the River Dee, in Erbistock, Wales.

Celebrate the festive season in style at The Nags Head Inn! This beautifully restored Grade II list Inn comes alive with the buzz of the festive season, decked with subtle Christmas decorations and beautiful glowing wood fires it’s an ideal spot for you to enjoy the company of your family, friends and work colleagues. You could even spend the night in one of our luxurious five-star boutique en-suite bedrooms.

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Ludlow Kitchen

We visit a restaurant opened just this year by the Ludlow Food Centre in Shropshire, and find a hive of activity creating the best in local food


he Ludlow Food Centre is a great destination for anyone who wants to experience the best of local food. The food centre itself produces a huge variety of foods using local ingredients, often sourced from the Oakly Park Estate itself. ‘We’re always developing things here at the Food Centre,’ says managing director of the Ludlow Food Centre, Edward Berry. ‘In order for visitors to get closer to the action, we will be developing counters for our producers to serve the public directly so that staff in the dairy and butchery can talk to visitors to explain some of the processes and how they achieve the standards they do. And in terms of the wider estate, the walled garden has come along in leaps and bounds, and is producing a lot more for the Food Centre and the Kitchen - as we like to say, ‘from estate to your plate!’

the lunchtime crowd at Ludlow kitchen

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LUdLow kitchen opens At Easter this year, the Food Centre opened a new restaurant, the Ludlow Kitchen. ‘Since its inception, with the hard work of head chef Damien McNamara and his team, the Ludlow Kitchen has been treating guests to wonderful dishes, all created from the meats, fruits and vegetables raised here on the estate,’ says Edward. And it’s a big operation. ‘Here in the Ludlow Kitchen we have 140 covers, and we’re busy during the lunchtime period. The Food Centre makes 4,500 sales per week – so that’s a lot of products we have to prepare!’ explains Tom Hunt, marketing manager at the food centre. ‘During the winter we run a daytime service only for the Ludlow Kitchen, and we’ve put on special gastro-evening events, like the tapas evening we held here in October. These evenings are planned by our restaurant manager, Ben Crouch – he’s planning a butchery night for people wanting to learn more about the different cuts that are available, especially beef.’

christmas Fair ‘We’ve got a terrific Christmas Fair lined up for visitors this winter,’ says Tom. ‘It’s a great

day for people to come and meet the local producers and suppliers and sample their fantastic produce – and to see live cooking demonstrations. Thousands of people came last year, enjoying mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, meats and cheeses – it really does put you in the mood for Christmas! ‘Our butter seems to be in great demand – it gets specifically requested by several Michelin-starred restaurants in London,’ adds Tom. ‘You can order online or place a mail order by phone, but the best way to shop here by far is to visit and see for yourself. You can browse the shelves with the huge range of the estate’s own products, as well as watch the butter and cheese being made by Dudley and Paul in the dairy –this year they won Britain’s best blue cheese at the British Cheese Awards with their Remembered Hills.’

Find out more about the Ludlow Kitchen online at If you’d like to order from the food centre, visit their website at or call 01584 856000. y

A Festive Fun Day! saturday 7th december

Santa loves visiting Ludlow Food Centre and he will be making a return for this year’s Festive Fun Day! He always brings his reindeer and some elves to help so don’t miss him. There will be food workshops, a producers marquee full of festive food, the Plant Centre will be selling excellent local Christmas trees and you can enjoy a seasonal glass of mulled wine.

t earl of plymouth’s oakly park estate, the home to the Ludlow Food centre

extends to 8000 acres located just north of Ludlow. oakly park is the windsor-clive family estate. the o peerage is the earl of plymouth and the current earl started an in-hand farm on the estate in the 1950s. the farm was built up over the years to the 6000-acre mixed farming enterprise of today which produces milk, beef, lamb, pork and a variety of arable crops. the Ludlow Food centre was conceived by the earl’s son, Lord windsor, who opened its doors in april 2007. half of the food sold in the food centre is produced on the estate including bread, cheese, meat, jams, pickles, chutneys, ready-made meals and deli products.

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Pressing Engagement Bright-eyed and Bushy-tailed!

Cheshire artists Janet Anne Carden and June Lesley Fox are hard at work to make the fifth annual exhibition of Animal Earth the best yet! Once again they are showcasing new artists as well as returning favourites, and an even more varied selection of animal art. Janet has an enviable reputation for her wildlife paintings especially British birds, which together with British wildlife will feature prominently in this year’s exhibition. June exhibits her equestrian and feline paintings in London, and will bring many of them to the exhibition along with new works especially painted for the Animal Earth exhibition. Whether your taste is for British wildlife, farmyard animals, working dogs, exotic cats or sea life, Animal Earth has them all, and more! There will also be affordable prints for sale. The fifth annual Animal Earth will be held at Willington Hall from 16th to 24th November and will be open daily from 10:30am to 4:30pm. For more information, visit www.animalearth. or call 01244 660765.

The Devil’s in the Details, a new exhibition at the Enginuity design and technology centre near Ironbridge, will celebrate the steady hand and eagle eye of the Victorian trade catalogue engraver. From the late medieval period right up until the 20th century, images were painstakingly engraved and then reproduced on the printing press. Even after the invention of photography the skill of the engraver remained very much in demand and yet engravers very rarely gained public recognition for their skills. Particularly overlooked were those who engraved for trade catalogues which were rendered with the same respect and accuracy as any piece of fine art. The exhibition will feature large-scale reproductions of the engravings to help clearly demonstrate the engravers’ skill – it’s only when viewed at this size

The Art of Creation

that you can see that the devil truly is in the details. Alongside the magnified reproductions will be original sized prints produced on the museum’s own Victorian printing press. Tactile materials and reproduction printing blocks will be available for handling. This, along with the large prints and ‘Pen Friends’ devices which were kindly donated by the RNIB and use creative audio description to bring the engravings to life, make the exhibition accessible for visitors who are blind or partially sighted. The Devil’s in the Details will be on display at Enginuity until 30th April 2014. Entry is included the Enginuity admission price. For more information, contact the Ironbridge visitor information centre on 01952 433424 or visit

After the success of last year’s Chester Arts Festival, the event has now been renamed Chester Arts Fair and is making a return for 2013. The fair will showcase a variety of world renowned artists, including Kerry Darlington and sculptor Nick Elphick, who was commissioned to sculpt the Olympians Get 20% off and the Queen for the Diamond Jubilee. your tickets to the Chester Arts Fair is one of Chester Arts Fair! the few fairs to focus exclusively Quote discount on contemporary art and living code CAF04 when artists. The exhibiting galleries purchasing your represent some of the most exciting tickets! contemporary galleries working today. The festival also hosts international contemporary art and on display is visual art, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glasswork and plenty more. Throughout the fair, there will be a curated programme of talks, artists’ commissions and film projects, many of which are interactive and encourage visitors to engage with art and the artists themselves. A number of works will be sold in the fair’s charity art auction. Money raised during the auction will go to Claire House Children’s Hospice and Chester Arts Foundation, which supports art in schools, colleges and universities. The Chester Arts Fair will be held at Chester Racecourse from 15th to 17th November, with a VIP preview evening on the 15th. Tickets to Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November are £10 each per day, or £6 for concessions. To find out more, visit or call the event organisers on 01244 893185.

Crafty Christmas

Learn a new skill or two and let your creativity run wild this winter with these great courses at the Willow Gallery in Oswestry!

l Pinhole Photography Workshop with ben Partridge 26th october, 10:30am to 4pm Discover the intriguing world of pinhole photography, learn how to make your own cameras and create unique photographs. £35 including all materials. l Clay animal Workshop with Willie Carter 1st November, 10:30am to 4pm Experiment with a large variety of clay modelling techniques with expert tuition and guidance from professional potter, Willie Carter. l oil Painting Course with max baccanello 23rd and 24th November, 10:30am to 5pm Internationally renowned artist, Max Baccanello, will be teaching and demonstrating a variety of portrait drawing and painting techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own oil portrait painting on canvas. The cost is £120 for two days (£50 deposit required on booking). For all courses, make sure to book in advance as spaces are limited. Contact Willow Gallery on 01691 657575 to book your place or go online to to find out more.

Alexander Adams: Portraits

Bodelwyddan Castle and Park is rounding off the year of special anniversary exhibitions with ‘Alexander Adams: Portraits’. The exhibition will be the first time that many of the works on show will be seen in public, making this exhibition a great opportunity for people to see something new by an internationally recognised artist. The exhibition includes Martin Bormann’s Skull, a painting that compares a recovered skull thought to be of Bormann, a notorious Nazi official, with a photograph of him while alive. Also included is Girl, a painting based on a picture found in an old Sunday newspaper supplement, as well as Alexander’s first portraits and nudes. Originally based in Denbighshire, Alexander studied at Wrexham Art College and now lives in Berlin. Traditionally working from photographs to make his paintings, Alexander the world’s biggest has begun to paint straight from his observations of life, Santa ice carving improvising more. Alexander says, ‘The exhibition at was created in China, Bodelwyddan Castle is an ideal opportunity to look back at my works which have never been exhibited before.’ At and measured an Bodelwyddan Castle from 23rd November to 30th March. incredible 160 metres For more information, visit

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Nicolas William Hughes, A Landscape of My Own, 2013

l 7th November

See local artist Stuart Davies’ watercolours with very delicate and wonderful style.

l 8th November

Sarah the newspaper lady will be practicing her paper bonding skills with us.

l 9th aNd 10th November

Sparkles Cards visit Afonwen with handmade beautiful cards for all occasions.

l 12th November

Liz from Femme Fatale will be making glamorous day and evening bags and fascinators. 13th aNd 14th November Bright, bold and colourful crafts and jewellery with a vintage feel from Made by Melissa.

l 15th November

Amazing flowers and crafts made from recycled plastic bottles by Flower Botz Girls. Fabulous to see being made.

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Julia Hobbs Arts will be showing stunning semiprecious jewellery, needle work brooches, neck collars, handmade cards and paintings. Go online and visit for more events and information.

At a Crossroads

Oriel Davies Gallery present ‘The Crossing Place of Road and River’, a collection which highlights a contemporary understanding of land, identity and the physical and metaphorical thresholds of place. Nicholas William Hughes and Becca Thomas take land and place as their starting points, through which they walk, encounter, document and perform. Where borders can be subtle, distinct, geographical, linguistic, or metaphorical, this exhibition will explore the sites where two things meet and the process of translation that ensues. Nicholas William Hughes is a video and mixed media artist who was based in Swansea during the early years of his practice. Originally from Methyr Tydfil, Becca Thomas is an artist currently based in Cardiff, having returned to Wales to complete her most recent project, a nine and a half week walk along the newly opened Wales Coast Path last year. At Oriel Davies Gallery in Newtown until 6th November. Visit

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s t r r A orne C Exhibition Diary l Chloe Holt and Gareth Thomas Ffin Y Parc Country House and Gallery, Llanrwst Until 20th November Two contrasting yet exciting artists, showcasing a range of artworks at Ffin Y Parc.

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After a hugely successful 2013 Air Show, the judging panel have announced the winner of this year’s photographic competition as Michael Brazier, a civil servant from Herefordshire. His stunning capture of a Shorts Tucano training aircraft in flight was deemed ‘simply stunning’ by the judging panel. Michael managed to fend off competition from over 300 other entries. His well-deserved prize includes his entry being included as a feature photograph in the 2014 RAF Cosford Air Show Programme, two free tickets for the 2014 Air Show to be held on 8th June 2014 and a camera kindly donated by Nikon.

l Affordable Art Exhibition The Willow Gallery, Oswestry Until 30th November A collection of artworks, perfect for Christmas presents. l ‘The EY Exhibition’: Paul Klee The Tate, Liverpool Until 9th March Paul Klee is of the most creative innovators of twentieth century art, particularly with abstract and modernist design. An exhibition not to be missed! l ‘The Starry Messenger’: Bedwyr Williams, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, until 24th November With references to Venice and Galileo’s observations of the cosmos, Bedwyr Williams’s fascinating whole room installation encourages a sensory experience with sound and film. l ‘Portal’ Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown 16th November – 22nd January Exhibition showcasing the best of new graduate work selected by Llantarnam Grange and Oriel Davies from arts courses across Wales and England. l Lens 2013 Photography Festival: ‘Home and Away’ National Library of Wales Aberystwyth 22nd – 23rd November An essential annual event for everyone interested in photography in Wales. Speakers include William Troughton, Cordelia Weedon, Aled Rhys Hughes, Rhodri Owen and Adam Woolfitt.

The paper hats found inside Christmas crackers were inspired by traditional Twelfth Night celebrations, where a King or Queen looked over the festivities

HAVE A GO... Calling local artists!

Though he is already kept busy as the chairman of the Pen-yCae Art Group, Larrie Beattie has embarked on an ambitious new project – to connect art groups from the Wrexham area so that they can partake in joint ventures such as trips to exhibitions further afield. ‘Everyone that I’ve spoken to so far has been very enthusiastic about the project,’ says Larrie. ‘With this new group we will hopefully go to exhibitions and demonstrations by top artists, such as the art and craft show at the NEC in Birmingham this November. It would be fantastic for likeminded people to get together and make new acquaintances and friends.’ If you would like to find out more about the Pen-yCae Art Group or the Association of Wrexham Artists, call Larrie Beattie on 01978 823306 or email

Make Your Own Wrapping Paper

Making your own wrapping paper can be a great way to personalise a gift and makes sure that your present will stand out under the tree! The designs that you can create are really only limited by your own imagination and creativity – there are many different ways to achieve a unique look. To get started, you’ll need your base material. Rolls of plain white or brown packaging paper are available from most stationery shops. If you want to do your part for helping the environment, you can buy recycled paper, or even disassemble paper shopping bags and use those. You needn’t be limited to paper though, as you can also use scrap fabric. Stamping designs onto your gift wrap is one of the easiest ways to give it a unique look. You can use rubber stamps that can be purchased from most craft shops, or go the DIY route and make your own stamps from a potato. If you’re working with paper, you can use either paint or ink (including ink pads). If you’re using fabric, fabric paint is the best medium to work with, but you can also use acrylic paint. You can also stick things to your gift wrap to give it a 3D look. This works best with paper, and anything adhesive or that you can glue on will work – ribbons, buttons and pressed flowers or leaves are just a few suggestions. The key to getting something truly unique is to play around with a variety of ideas and see what you like the look of. Whatever you do, you know that you certainly won’t find the same gift wrap in any shop!

Through A Glass Brightly!

As is so often the case with successful artisans and crafters, Nikki Blackwood’s journey began as a kitchen table-top hobby that provided celebration gifts for friends and family. Initially starting out at Blakemere in 2012, Nikki has now moved to her sparkling new NikNaks gallery at Lady Heyes Craft Centre, on the l Winter Craft Fair outskirts of Frodsham, where she is in partnership with her fiancé Tony Vine of StoneTones. Her original The Willow Gallery, Oswestry range of personalised glasses and mugs has now been extended to include wall plaques, coasters, jute bags 30th November and a host of fun, affordable, original gifts, all hand-painted. l Elizabeth Cadd The extra space in the new shop has also enabled Nikki to introduce ‘Paint a Pot’ sessions for Bearsteps youngsters, many of whom are staying on the award-winning caravan and camping site at Lady Heyes. Gallery, Working from her garden studio in Middlewich, Shrewsbury as well as at the gallery, Nikki is delighted to 15th – 29th Hallmark, the greetings personalise any item, often to the customer’s own December card company, is A solo design requirements, for a truly bespoke special widely credited with exhibition of gift. In fact, visitors to the centre can often have local artist founding the gift wrap a gift personalised and ready to take home later Sue Cadd that day when Nikki is in the gallery. Visit www. industry, starting whose work or call 01606 883337. is inspired in 1917

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Solid as a rock

When it comes to choosing worktops for your new kitchen, granite is a great option that’s both durable and aesthetically attractive. ‘Granite or quartz is most suitable for kitchen surfaces,’ says Glyn Newell from GON Marble and Granite in Llanrhaedr. ‘Granite is a volcanic rock, so the heat that’s required to damage it is considerable. People are often under the impression that granite worktops are damaged by lemon juice, but a high quality stone won’t be affected. There isn’t too much that you can do to hurt them.’ The granite that GON Marble and Granite use began life approximately 200 million years ago as molten rock made from quartz, feldspar and various igneous materials. It is the quantities, distribution and chemistry of the minerals within the stone which gives it its colour. Stone is imported from all over the world to make sure that only the highest quality materials are used. Glyn has been crafting stone since 1989. In 1999 he began his quest to assemble a team of individuals who shared the same pride and passion for crafting this most wonderful of raw materials and began trading as GON Marble and Granite. Today the team has a combined experience of over 80 years of working with stone. To find out more, visit or call 01745 890888.

With the Rugby League World Cup just around the corner, Ruthin-based Dragon Drilling are working in association with Ysgol Brynhyfred to involve pupils from the school and to sponsor the World Cup. ‘We are delighted to be working in association with Ysgol Brynhyfryd in Ruthin by sponsoring the RLWC and we wish the Welsh team the very best of luck,’ says Andrea Ellison from Dragon Drilling. ‘We believe that being involved in sport is not just about playing as a team member; everyone should be given the opportunity to become involved in whatever capacity they can whether it be playing, supporting or marketing the team.’ Pupils from Ysgol Brynhyfred will be able to be part of the opening ceremony in Wrexham at the Wales v USA game, 3rd November 2pm. ‘Being a part of the opening ceremony will be one such lifetime memory that we are proud to have provided for the pupils involved,’ says Andrea. Dragon Drilling are based in Ruthin and specialise in water boreholes, ground source heating and landfill drilling. Find out more about Dragon Drilling at www. or call 01824 707777. For more information on how to get tickets for the game visit

Homes& Gardens We meet some great companies who can help you create your dream home, and get out in the garden for important winter jobs

Neptune solid wood kitchens

We spoke to WyN Williams at RN Williams aNd soNs about theiR RaNge of kitcheNs aNd a faNtastic NeW offeR if you’Re thiNkiNg of a NeW oNe… ‘We are the north Wales retailer of Neptune solid wood kitchens,’ says Wyn Williams from RN Williams and sons. ‘With traditional charm and classic good looks the attraction of a Neptune kitchen is obvious, but customers will be further impressed by the traditional materials, expert joinery and hand finish that goes into every unit. Whilst it is often easy to say that a product of this quality is built to last a lifetime, Neptune have recently taken the bold step of backing this up with the offer of a lifetime guarantee once registered. in addition to great offers on these kitchens, we have also introduced an interest free credit option to help you spread the cost of this important purchase.’ RN Williams in St Asaph offer a wide range of kitchen units, stoves, fireplaces, range cookers and plenty more, as well as an extensive range of renewable energy technology. With over 50 years’ experience, they know precisely what is what in the world of heating, traditional stoves, and other home appliances that wouldn’t normally be found on the high street! RN Williams and Sons’ showroom can be found on Chester Street in St Asaph. Visit or give them a call on 01745 582254.

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Winter Gardening

ANtHoNy FRom Coed-y-dinas GARDeN, Home AND CoUNtRy CeNtRe GIveS US Some toP tIPS FoR tAkING CARe oF yoUR GARDeN tHRoUGH tHe WINteR moNtHS Now that winter is truly upon us and our eyes turn to seasonal festivities, the garden becomes a windswept and forlorn area if left to its own devices. Luckily, there are some easy steps that can be taken to make sure that your garden looks the best that it can and to make sure that it’s ready for next year’s spring. PrePare Protect your more vulnerable and tender plants by removing them to a greenhouse or simply wrapping them. Bubble wrap Severn Oak Timber Frames have is readily available in transformed Richard and Emma the shops. It is worth lifting pots onto ‘feet’ Morris’ home twice in recent years. if possible as this The first project was three years ago, prevents waterlogging when they built a traditional timber in damp and rainy framed studio apartment. ‘Severn conditions. mulching Oak did such a good job that we now will help protect decided to turn it into a holiday let,’ plants from the worst said Richard and Emma. ‘The apartment has now of the weather, and been available to holiday makers for two years – we mainly have couples visiting and it’s will also nourish over these colder times. great for weekend breaks for walkers.’ November is the last chance that you have to Richard and Emma then had an extension put on their house – a two-story oak frame plant any winter bedding plants you might extension with a porch (pictured above from inside and out). The work included not have. Prepare the ground before planting or, if only the extension, but also a full refurbishment. Richard, Emma and their you have not had a chance to do this already, family moved out during the building work from April to Christmas. plant them into pots of compost. Indoor ‘Will and Nicky were great to work with,’ said Richard and Emma. plants need much less watering now. ‘If there were ever any problems they would sort it out straight Coed-y-Dinas is located in Any tropical houseplants should be away. They really worked to make it all right and worked hard stood in trays of gravel now which Welshpool and is part of to get everything sorted properly because there are always should protect them with the Charlies Stores, which also snags when you’re building. They quoted a price and stuck to indoor heating coming on. has stores in Aberystwyth, it, which is not always our experience with other companies, Newtown, Queensferry, Get ready for 2014 plus they were competitive with their prices – we got several Shrewsbury and Carmarthen. Now is the time to prune your quotes, and they were in the middle.’ Visit the store to get expert roses if you have them. Remove You can find out more about Richard and Emma’s holiday advice about your garden or any dead or diseased parts of the let at Visit Severn Oak at visit to plant. ensure your pruners are or call on 01952 502453. find out more. sharp as the cut you make should be clean and precise. this will keep them healthy for winter and helps the plants produce more flowers next season. When you make a cut, aim to make it around half a cm/ quarter inch above a bud, and slope the cut away to prevent rainwater sitting on Now winter has officially arrived, most of us have turned on our central heating or have the newly formed bud. If you have newly the fire roaring. If you have a wood burning fire or a woodburner, it can be difficult planted roses, prune them hard to encourage to find suitable fuel locally, but Logs R Us Ltd in Pen-y-Cae near Wrexham has the vigorous growth next season.

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Maintain your Garden Continue with the leaf collection. If you are keeping them for mulch, don’t forget to put air holes in your bags before storing them or the leaves inside will turn slimy with the moisture. Regularly check your pond for leaf fall too – leaving debris to sink and rot can cause serious damage to the balance of your pond. If you want to encourage birds to visit your garden, put out energy rich foods such as sunflower seeds and peanuts – colder weather means that food begins to get scarce and our bird friends will need fattening up before the snow comes.

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Homes & Gardens Erddig Gardens

By hEad GardEnEr at ErddiG housE, Glyn smith the autumn and winter months may not appeal as interesting times in gardens, but they are certainly the busiest and, in my opinion the most important. at Erddig, our autumn starts with changing over the bedding schemes. once we have dug The weather might be getting colder, but that doesn’t mean that now isn’t a good time to up the flowers that made our consider getting a conservatory. Conservatories aren’t just for summer, as Geno De Rosa from summer display and taken ADG Alpine tells us. ‘A conservatory is only worth investing in if you’re going to use it all cuttings of plants we want to save, or potted year round,’ he says. ‘If you use the right thermal products such as k/glass, argon up tender plants, the real work starts. gas filled units, and it’s built properly, you can use your conservatory whatever the beds are dug over and lots of the weather.’ Whether your home is new or an older building, a conservatory our home-made garden compost could still be a great addition to your home. ‘We have a wide variety of is incorporated. the beds are styles of conservatory,’ says Geno. ‘Each one is tailor-made to suit the firmed by treading, edged, In 2003, Erddig came a customer’s budget and the style of their home. A conservatory can add raked over and dressed with value to the property as well as adding some extra living space.’ highly commendable a general fertiliser – then ADG Alpine can build your conservatory to a high standard and are we are ready for planting. second in a national members of the Conservatory Association, the GGF, Trust Mark and are Whether you choose winter vote by the Radio Times FENSA registered. ‘We’ve been around since 1975 so have plenty of pansies, violas, double experience,’ says Geno. ‘All of our work and products come with a 10and Channel 5 on daisies, forget-me-nots, year guarantee for complete peace of mind.’ Find out more about ADG primroses, polyanthus or the nation’s favourite Alpine at or call them free on 0800 269 368. wallflowers, all will look stately homes good in the springtime. don’t forget to add spring bulbs too. Just a planter or two on the patio will brighten up any day. a tub, or pot, planted with a child, would make a really special Christmas gift for mum, dad or gran. If you could use a little extra space in your all those leaves blowing about the lawn and home, OAQ Wales can help you create garden now will make the best leaf compost. something spectacular. From their sawmills don’t waste them. We spend weeks at Erddig and workshops in north Wales, OAQ work with gathering up leaves to make our own compost. individuals and architects across the country to Possibly, our next most important job over create timber-framed buildings and structures, winter is to prune our fruit trees, shrubs and including roses. We can spend weeks on this. Winter is a extensions, time for planning and making changes too. one garages, of my favourite pastimes, when the weather is home too bad to get out in the garden, is pouring over offices and seed and plant catalogues. i can’t much more afford to buy everything i would using high like to have, but it is a fun learning quality oak. experience on a freezing day. Whatever Joy, Noel, Hope, Peace, Believe mantle sign available from one plant i can’t resist buying you have Black Country Metal Works, each year is a fruit tree. We have in mind for www.blackcountrymetalworks. plenty of space here at Erddig your home, 0800 975 5717 and grow one hundred and eighty OAQ can work with you on every part of a different types of apples alone. i love project from planning to construction. all the old fashioned and historic OAQ Wales use traditional woodworking varieties. specially trained fruit trees skills to create custom frames and oak beams. can be grown in even the smallest They always strive to be environmentally of gardens these days. you could be friendly and only use ethically sourced, picking your own fruit and making sustainable materials. As well as being an your own jams and pies. attractive material, oak is also one of the Winter gardens have their own most sustainable building materials that atmosphere. there may not be that you can choose and OAQ source from only many flowers to find, but the little gems that do environmentally friendly, sustainable forests. flower, or have brightly coloured twigs or leaves, If you have a project that you would like to really light up the garden. they are little prizes discuss with OAQ, they can offer advice and to be found on a garden walk. Why not come guidance and will provide a quote before you Snowflake stocking holder and meet the gardeners and volunteers at work commit to work. Find out more about OAQ available from Black Country in their garden and perhaps take in a warming Wales at or give them a Metal Works bowl of soup in the restaurant afterwards. call on 01745 584237.

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Winter hedghogs As autumn and winter draw closer most of us start thinking about keeping wrapped up warm or staying inside, but for lots of animals in our countryside and gardens, things can get tough over the winter months. Here at the surgery we often see hedgehogs that have been injured by strimmers or cats and dogs, or that are poorly or underfed for some other reason, and we always try and do our best to feed them up and give them a good chance. Hedgehogs tend to hibernate between November and mid March, and may use piles of leaves or branches in your garden. They like to nest under things like sheds, hedges and brushwood, and need plenty of dry leaves to build their nest, so if you’re having a tidy up or a bonfire for fireworks night then always make sure to move it and check for hedgehogs before lighting it. Hedgehogs can give birth to their hoglets late in the year and these youngsters often don’t have enough time to build up the necessary fat reserves to survive hibernation. The absolute minimum weight they need to be to survive the winter is 450g and they ideally need to be 600g. If they weigh less than this they will need extra help if they are to survive the winter. In the wild they eat a lot of slugs and insects as their natural diet, but you can give them a bit of additional feed in your garden to help them along. White meat based pet food, cooked chicken, minced beef or lamb, or muesli based cereal are all good, and they also like banana, raisins and dry cat biscuits. Never give them cow’s milk or white bread as this can upset their stomachs.

If all else fails… If a hedgehog is found out and about in the daylight, then this is usually a sign that something is wrong. Hedgehogs are nocturnal and don’t tend to come out during the daytime, so with the exception of large adult females in the summer months, even if they appear lively and are rushing around, a hedgehog seen out in daylight hours is probably in need of some help. We are always happy to look at them for you to check for any injuries or signs of illness, or can give you advice over the phone if you are unsure about whether to bring them in or not. Hedgehogs are definitely gardeners’ friends because of all the pests and insects that they gobble up and are really jolly animals to have about, so bear them in mind this winter when you are sweeping up your leaves or lighting your bonfire on November 5th!

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Lucy graduated from Edinburgh University in 2007 and has worked as a vet with Park Issa Vets ever since. She works at both the Oswestry and Johnstown branches and does a mixture of small animal and farm work. Visit for more information about Park Issa Vets, or contact 01691 670067 for the Oswestry branch, or 01978 845472 for the Johnstown branch.


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The last few months have been incredibly busy for Greyhound Rescue Wales as they have recently bought their own property and are hard at work converting it into a sanctuary for greyhounds in need of homes. If you’d like to support this essential charity, then head to one of their fundraising events this winter. Not only will you be able to help raise money, but you’ll also have the chance to meet members and their greyhounds and to find out more about these great dogs as pets. l 16th November, 10am – 4pm Pets at Home, Rhyl l 23rd November Abergavenny street collection l 7th December, 10am – 3pm Welshpool street collection l 7th December, 11am – 3pm Pets at Home, Wrexham l 14th December Abergavenny Christmas street collection l 14th December, 11am onwards Jollyes, Flint l 21st December, 11am – 3pm Pets at Home, Rhyl Find out more about Greyhound Rescue Wales at www. or call 0300 0123

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Since it was formed in 2006, Greyhound Rescue Winter can be a harsh time Shropshire and Borders (GRSB) has helped to rehome for our animal friends living hundreds of dogs, the vast majority of which were outside, but a new product greyhounds that were abandoned once they could no from Ecozorb could make sure longer race. Despite the charity’s hard work, there are that they stay snug through still many dogs in need of homes, and their kennels are full of rescue dogs. If you think you could find room the cold weather. in your life either permenantly or temporarily for a Ecozorb is a social greyhound, the charity is always on the lookout for new enterprise started by foster homes and for new ‘forever homes’ for the dogs. Nightingale House Hospice You can also show your support by going along to one that makes animal bedding of the charities fundraising events. out of reclaimed cardboard. l Meet and Greet, Oswestry, Sat 19th Nov, 10– 2:30pm As well as helping the animals, Drop in for a piece of cake and a cuppa with GRSB. You the product also helps to fund can also take time to browse the stalls and say hello to the hospice’s palliative and some of the dogs who are looking for homes. end of life care. ‘We wanted to l Santa’s Arrival, Sunday 20th November find a helpful way of funding GRSB will be at Dobbies Garden World, Bayston Hill to care at Nightingale House welcome Santa. A full day of festive fun with happy Hospice, so we had to hounds looking for homes. get creative,’ says l Hounds and Carols, Sunday 15th Dec, 12 – 3pm Caroline Siddall, Join GRSB for some traditional festive cheer, stock up director of the on Christmas cards, calendars, gifts and stocking DID YOU KNOW? hospice’s fillers at the Moorlands Kennels, Station Rd, Condover. There will be homemade goodies, The greyhound is the Ecozorb mulled wine and mince pies, a raffle and of venture. only breed of dog to course Santa in his grotto giving out presents ‘Talking be mentioned in the for good boys, girls and hounds! Hounds are to local welcome too, dressed up or dressed down! Bible! (Proverbs 30, farmers, For more information, go online to equestrian Verses 29-31) businesses

and animal lovers, they told us they needed bedding that’s dustfree, highly absorbent, warm and springy, and keeps odour down. So that’s what we made.’ John, a farmer from Bangor, says: ‘My wife used Ecozorb cardboard bedding for her horses and was so pleased with it I thought I would try it whilst my cows were calving. It was great. The calves were born into a cleaner environment and removing the soiled bedding was so much easier and more efficient.’ Find out more about Ecozorb at www.ecozorb. or call 0151 677 4777.

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The black rhinos at Chester Zoo may have had a fantastic year, with three new calves born, but not to be outdone, greater horned rhino Asha has welcomed her own new arrival into the world. The new calf, named Komala, came as a bit of a surprise to the rhino keepers as, although they had an inkling that Asha might be expecting, the pregnancy was never confirmed. Asha and proud father Beni are doing well after their baby’s arrival. ‘Komala is a proper little bruiser,’ says curator of mammals, Tim Rowlands. ‘She has that fabulous, slightly wrinkled armoured plating look that comes with Indian rhinos. It’s good news for the Indian rhinos, which are another rhino species being put at risk as they are cruelly and brutally poached for their horn.’ Komala is the first greater horned rhino to be born at the zoo. Visit for more.

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Lynne Allbutt: By the fire in winter


s a professional gardener and avid outdoorist, I find that winter is not without its numerous challenges. There are endless sayings that sum it up beautifully; the aptly named poet and critic Edith Sitwell advised, ‘Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.’ Unfortunately my bank manager doesn’t seem too impressed with this option! And one would think that maybe the novelist and playwright, Sinclair Lewis was also a keen gardener as he lamented, ‘Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.’ I do try to take advantage of the dark nights and indoor environments to learn new things and this winter I am learning to play the didgeridoo – well, it’s the circular breathing that I’m trying to master, the rest I can ‘didgeri-do’! I am also teaching myself to felt and am enjoying whiling away the evenings stabbing wool in front of the woodburner making little felt animals and ‘pets’ for my super, supportive friends who endlessly encourage my various endeavours. It is marvellously meditative.

ThaT personal Touch The great thing about being crafty and learning to make things is that you can create bespoke presents, perfect at Christmas time. As a person who will swerve shopping at the drop of a winter’s hat, I much prefer to make or give presents with as much of a personal touch as possible. I find packets of seeds are perfect as little presents to be included in a card and posted (although actually posting cards seems to be a dying art in itself!) Have some fun and think of pertinent seed varieties like ‘Forget-me-nots’ or write little messages with relevant packets; try ‘Hap-pea Christmas’ with some peas, ‘With Love at Cressmas’ with mustard and cress, maybe ‘Happy New ‘Ear’ with sweet-corn or how about ‘Lettuce get together next year!’, for those you’ve not seen for a while. Other small gifts that’ll bring a smile to people’s faces are a packet of jelly with the greeting, ‘Tis the Season to be Jelly’ or even a packet of seasoning with the message, ‘Seasonings Greetings.’ Be warned though, for the best results, the recipients have to have a sense of humour and not be expecting something like a Kindle or iPhone! And of course for the perfect present, you can order my third Allbutt’s Almanac from my website; it has been beautifully described as a ‘bran-tub book’, packed with lots of top tips, inspirational ideas, fascinating folklore and even a few celebrity secrets. It makes a great gift which is also easy to post! You can order at Have a lovely festive season and see you in the New Year x

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Coats As thoughts turn to cooler days, a coat should be an investment buy. There are many to choose from oversize or cocoon style (beware petites!) to trapeze shapes, belted and wrapped, some with large collars. If you already have a coat in one of the neutral colours of navy, black or brown, you could try something frivolous in winter white or pink! Dresses There are dresses abound this season! Shifts, A line, crossover and asymmetric necklines are just some of the styles you’ll find. If your neck is slim and you have a smallish bust, the polo and high asymetrics will flatter. Those with larger busts or shorter necks should select Vs or scoops for compliments. You will often have wonderful, unlined necks to show off! JaCkets If you want to layer your outfit or are looking for a little extra warmth or a dressier look then you’ll need a good jacket but be careful where you want emphasis. Heavy tweeds do not flatter full busts. Tuxedo jackets and contrasting panels are interesting. You may want to try the padded or metallic finishes. knitwear As an alternative is knitwear, cable knits are back as well as boucle. Try a finer knit(perhaps in layers) if you are curvy – you may like the cotton knits.

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‘I’ve been a handbag and shoeaholic for years but had become disillusioned at paying a lot of money for handbags that didn’t last very long, I needed a bag that could keep up with me!’ says Saffy Allen, founder of Be.Loved. ‘I was inspired to take matters into my own hands when I meet a team of skilled leather craftsmen with over 40 years’ experience.’ All of the handbags, satchels and clutches created by Be.Loved are made from high quality, Pixie Footwear have just released their new durable leather that’s hardwearing and stylish. Autumn/Winter collection, and the new styles ‘The workshops where the bags are produced are already tipped to be a big hit! The are only an hour away from Be.Loved’s collection features several new styles north Wales base which was ideal when alongside some of the bestsellers working through the design stages,’ from the last two years, which Did You know? says Saffy. ‘Designing and producing were spotted on members of The the bags by hand in the UK is really The first fashionable Saturdays and Emma Bunton. important to me and I’m pleased Styles will be available in Pixie’s boot for women was to support traditional British classic colours of camel, chocolate, designed for Queen craftsmen. I’ve tried to offer a little of grey and black, plus three new Victoria in 1840! something for everyone with timeless additions – mink, navy and berry. colour combos and some brights. One All of Pixie’s boots are created of the benefits of still being a boutique from the finest microfibre, using a designer producing in small numbers is faux-fur lining (as Pixie believe that only I can be flexible. I’m always happy to chat to animals should wear their coats). All the styles are customers about individual requirements.’ Find designed with the wearer in mind and are made to out more about Be.Loved at or make women look and feel special. call 01978 660008. See Pixie’s full range at

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trousers Many fashionable trousers are still narrow, tapered or straightlegged. Jeans meanwhile come in every style. Footwear Something for every woman this season, from flat side strapped boots in all lengths to pointed toed flat pumps to medium and higher heels. Why not try some satin shoes for evenings? Colours This season’s colours range widely. If you’d like some advice to make sure that you choose your wardrobe wisely, contact me for a style session.

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Education News From sporting success to academic accolades! All the latest news and achievements from local schools

New School of Thought Current and future pupils of the King’s School in Chester have something to look forward to – by January 2015, the school will have a brand new learning centre, improving the already high standard of facilities. The project, which is expected to cost between £1 million and £1.5 million, will ensure that the school’s facilities are unrivalled in Chester. The new learning centre will include laboratory facilities, an art studio and a computer and design technology workshop. The junior school reception will be relocated to the new building, as will the library, which will also be expanded and improved. The new building will also house new office facilities and a new special educational needs (SEN) classroom. ‘We are very excited about the addition of this new Learning Centre for the Junior School which will see some fantastic new areas for our juniors to explore science, technology and art,’ says headmaster Chris Ramsey. ‘In recent years we have seen unprecedented interest in King’s from parents and we are committed to ensuring that our expanded facilities are the very best for our pupils to enjoy their learning and succeed in the crucial early years.’ The King’s Junior School, for girls and boys aged 7-11, offers an inspiring education within a separate self-contained school. For children 11-18 years, the King’s Senior School has excellent academic results. If you are interested in your child attending the King’s School, call the admissions team on 01244 689553. Find out more about the school at

Good Sport! Since joining Walford and North Shropshire College, Benji Evans has introduced plenty of new sports to the college, including hockey, basketball and tennis. A particular highlight of the college calendar was the Sportsfest event which not only featured many traditional sports, but also bokwa, fencing, lacrosse and spinning to name but a few. Benji wants to build on the success of this year and introduce other new sports and activities such as angling, archery and horse riding. He also plans to focus on disability sport, an area he has a lot of experience in. ‘We will ensure that our programme of activities is inclusive for our students, particularly those with physical, intellectual and learning difficulties,’ says Benji. ‘We will be very proud to be one of very few colleges across the country to have disability sport experts.’ ‘We are delighted with the positive impact this project has made,’ says head of faculty, Andy Holland. ‘It’s been great to see the project inspire so many students to give it a go and take part. We plan to introduce lots of new sports into an inclusive programme of activities, starting in September and we will support all students to participate and volunteer in the sessions.’ Visit the website at or call 01691 688000

‘Our Dreams – Your Future’

In September 2012, Adam’s Grammar School launched an exciting and ambitious campaign named ‘Our Dreams – Your Future’ which aims to develop and improve the school’s sixth form and music facilities. The huge amount of support and generosity from the parents, pupils, local businesses and the combined efforts of many people has turned this ambitious campaign into a reality. The new sixth form and music facilities were opened for the new academic year on the 4th of September. The sixth form which was formerly the Performing Arts Centre is now equipped with new social areas, a bistro café, three new classrooms as well as areas for group work, study space and self-directed study. The new development is also home to a new lecture theatre with a capacity of up to 90 pupils – perfect to get sixth formers ready for that next step up to higher education. Adam’s Grammar has completed the first phase of the plans for the Music and Performing Arts development, creating new practical spaces for students as well as digitally equipped areas to encourage composition creativity. An impressive recording room has also been created to house small groups of students. New plans to create an even greater learning experience are planned to commence in January 2014 with a hope to complete all of the refurbishments by September 2014. Adam’s Grammar continues to rely on fundraising endeavours and generous donations to complete the entirety of the refurbishments and appreciate all of the support so far. Not only is Adam’s Grammar school renowned for its ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report, and academic success, but now for its improved facilities! To help with the ‘Our Dreams – Your Future’ campaign, call 01952 386352 or go online and visit

Well on track at Coleg Cambria! Thanks to children from Deeside Junior Athletics Club, over £580 was donated to Coleg Cambria’s chosen charity of the year, the British Heart Foundation. Last summer, 23 children aged five to nine took part in the sponsored mile run on the athletics track at the college. Despite the warm weather, nearly all of the children managed to complete the entire mile, only stopping to take occasional drink breaks, and even some of the parents took part in the run. With their grand total, the children have successfully doubled what was raised at the same event last year, and one member of the club managed to raise £132 on her own! ‘The children were amazing running the mile in the hot summer temperatures we have endured,’ says athletics development officer, Donna Welsh. ‘Both the parents and children have done extremely well collecting so much money.’ See more of the latest news from Coleg Cambria and find out more about the college at

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Riding high

Ria, a 12-year-old pupil at the Queen’s School in Chester, has qualified not once, but twice for the National Schools Equestrian Association’s National Championships. The first qualification came earlier in the year when she qualified as part of a four-strong school team. However, she wanted to challenge herself further, so entered the association’s dressage event at Beaver Hall Equestrian Centre as an individual at the end of June. Ria and her horse Jade were on top form and not only won the preliminary class, but also achieved the best score of the day to win a magnificent trophy. ‘It was a great feeling to qualify with the school team but I really wanted to prove to myself that I could qualify as an individual,’ says Ria. ‘To have got the top scores is amazing and I’m very grateful to my horse Jade who really did all the hard work!’ Ria will now attend the NSEA National Championships at the end of October. For more information about the Queen’s School and the latest news, go online and visit their website at

All smiles on result day!

With an A Level pass rate of over 99% for the 2012/13 academic year, Abbey Gate College certainly has something to be proud of. Over 70% of grades awarded were A* to C and a special mention goes to head girl Danica Astbury from Chester, who achieved an A* and two Bs and is now going on to read psychology at University College London. ‘I am very proud of the achievements of our sixth formers,’ says headmistress, Lynne Horner. ‘They are a promising group of young people with diverse talents, as well as proven academic ability. I am sure each student will make a great success of their future and I wish them all the best.’ Abbey Gate College also enjoyed another year of success in GCSE exams, with all pupils achieving at least five A* to C grades. 76% of all GCSE and equivalent exams were awarded an A*, A or B grade. ‘These results bode well for the pupils’ success in the sixth form,’ adds Lynne Horner. Visit

Alpine Adventure

Earlier in the year, the chapel choir from Abberley Hall School were invited to the inspiring Worcester Cathedral to sing Evensong which is an honour that the pupils are bound to always remember. The choir were praised by attendees for their moving and expressive performance in the magnificent space. Since then, the chapel choir continue to do themselves and Abberley Hall proud by serenading the school during the festive period. Meanwhile, girls at Abberley Hall took part in the Cheltenham College Hockey Festival which proved to be a great opportunity to get them used to playing in a new team before the competitiv competitive fixture begins. The well organised event umpired by Cheltenham College meant all 10 girls involved had a chance to play in a match The team showed great potential for the competitive season and fingers crossed, will continue to forge ahead in the following events! If you’re considering sending your child to Abberley Hall School, then head to the open morning on Saturday 9th November. The event will start at 10:30am with coffee and a welcome from headmaster, John Walker. You will then be taken on a tour of the school by two top year students. Parents are encouraged to ask any questions and can be sure of a ‘from the horse’s mouth’ reply. After the tour, guests are invited for a glass of wine and to take lunch with their hosts. The whole morning is very relaxed – guests are able to see the school running on a typical day and are able to ask questions of staff as they progress. Mr Walker is available to discuss any queries either over coffee on arrival or at the end of the tour. Go online to find out more about Abberley Hall School at

a day revising crampon fitting, rope work and glacier travel. The six participants split into two rope groups to move up the Aletsch Glacier. The expedition took them to the Konkordia Platz, Finsteraarhorn, Grunneghorn, Grunhorn and Agassizhorn. After several early starts at around 3am and overnight stays in mountain huts throughout their travels, the group climbed from 2700m above sea level up to 4250m, facing melting snow, mountain sickness, abseiling and even falling rock as part of their mountain experience. Despite the challenge, the group of young alpinists kept a positive attitude and successfully completed their journey and were eventually allowed to fly solo with their ropes for part of their descent of the Ewigschneefeld glacier! Find out more about Oswestry School and see more of the latest news at www. or call 01691 655711.

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Scholarships at Wrekin

Wrekin College is an exceptional day and boarding school in the heart of Shropshire that continues to achieve great things. If you feel that you know a candidate who would be eligible for a scholarship award, now is the time to apply! Scholarships are available for academic, art and music as well as sport. A scholarship is offered in recognition of exceptional ability and promise and is usually accompanied by a financial reward of up to 25 percent of fees awarded throughout the duration of the pupil’s education at Wrekin. Wrekin College offers scholarships for pupils hoping to enter the school at 11+, 13+ and 16+. Assessments will be taking place in November and February, so if you are looking to apply for a scholarship at the outstanding Wrekin College, don’t leave it too late! Contact admissions on 01952 265603 or visit


While the rest of us were enjoying the (relatively) warm weather of the British summer, six pupils from the 5th and 6th form of Oswestry School were on a snowy expedition to the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps. Their seven-day trip which included acclimatisation was the culmination of adventure education weekends and a week in Scotland. The determined group started their adventure into the high mountains in the Canton of Wallais with

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Abbotsholme’s new academic year gets off to a flying start!

•Highest intake with 67 new pupils •Norbury and Roston pre-school to become Abbotsholme Nursery in January 2014 •Six new members of staff welcomed, including a new Head of Science •New facilities include dining hall and server, science lab refurbishment (pictured left) and new common rooms Steve Fairclough, headmaster of Abbotsholme School, confirmed that the school has reached its target for numbers, saying: ‘The independent schools market is still tough, and Abbotsholme is in a good position with the highest intake of new pupils within the last five years.’ Steve adds, ‘We are full in a number of our years, and already our enquiries for 2014 are looking strong which is excellent as we head into the school’s 125th anniversary year.’ The school not only welcomes new pupils but staff too including Gareth Pardoe, Head of Science; Racheal Abson, Head of Drama; Jo Mayfield, Head of PSHRE. Finally, Steve made a special welcome for the pre-school staff; as from January 2014 Norbury & Roston Pre-School will become part of Abbotsholme School and become Abbotsholme Nursery. The new Abbotsholme Nursery is being launched in October. Mr Fairclough also confirmed that as Abbotsholme enters its 125th year, it will include a variety of activities and events including special merchandise, a direct mail appeal, tree planting, as well as an array of events in 2014 including OA lectures, concerts and art exhibitions. This will all culminate in a carol service in Lichfield Cathedral. An events page will be launched this December on the school website,

A for Effort at Sedburgh School!

Going against the national pattern, Sedbergh celebrated their excellent GCSE grades, with pupils achieving the highest proportion of A* passes for five years. Whilst at the same time, Sedbergh school is certainly living up to their school moto, ‘Engage. Excite. Educate’ as the school continues to provide a full and varied education alongside rewarding extracurricular activities. THE SOuTHPORT 24-HOuR ENDuRANCE RACE Sedbergh School took part in the Southport 24-hour endurance race which is placed fourth in the list of the top 50 sailing events! The members of the team including Years 9-13 were left exhausted after the event but sailed well, particularly considering the disorientating and disruptive nature of sailing at night. The team was the highest place school entry and even finished in a higher position than last year! THE ‘WOyzECk’ FiLM PROJECT In between the busy schedule of studying and sporting commitments, students were busy getting involved in shooting for an exciting yet ambitious film project based on the 19th century German play, Woyzeck, and have been on-site of some impressive sets. This included the beautiful winter gardens in Morecambe which proved to be an extraordinary building that added that extra something to the shoot. The extensive film project has proved to be an exciting and truly stimulating experience complete with traditional gypsy caravans and authentic costumes. See the latest news from Sedbergh School at

Shortlist celebrations Both teachers and pupils of Shrewsbury High School have recently had reason to celebrate – the school has received one of the highest accolades in independent education after being shortlisted in the UK Independent School of the Year Awards for 2013. The school has been listed for the Outstanding Strategic Initiative Award in recognition of the school’s highly ambitious recent development, which includes a new preparatory school and the building of a new sixth form. ‘We are quite stunned to receive this national accolade,’ comments headmaster Michael Getty on receiving the news. ‘To receive such recognition on a national scale for our recent strategic development of the High School is quite humbling and we are incredibly proud of all those that have contributed to this success’. Mr Getty adds: ‘The most rewarding aspect of this shortlisting is that it recognises our school’s achievements across the board, from the development of our new prep school through to our soon to be opened new sixth form and how the school is moving forward so ambitiously into the future.’ The school now finds itself sitting proudly next to schools such as Wellington College and Brighton College as it waits to discover if it is to be deemed winner at the National Awards Finals held at the Belfry in Nottinghamshire in November. Find out more at or call Sharon Jones on 01743 494038.

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A Level Success!

At the end of the last school year, Ruthin School once again celebrated an impressive collection of outstanding results. The largest ever upper sixth form of 53 students achieved excellent results and have gone onto some of the best universities in the country, including Cambridge, Durham and St Andrews, while one student is heading to Hong Kong University. Top student, Sophia Xu achieved four A* and one A and will be studying engineering in Cambridge. The lower sixth form also did well and achieved the best AS Level results in Ruthin School’s history. It is expected that many of these students will go onto apply for top universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. Due to its increasing popularity, Ruthin School will be buying Ye Olde Anchor, a historic hotel located near the school. The hotel will be completely refurbished over the summer to provide high standard accommodation for 25 upper sixth students. Ruthin School’s increase in popularity is no doubt at least partly thanks to its outstanding academic performance at A Levels. The purchase of Ye Olde Anchor is part of a larger expansion scheme for the school, which also includes the creation of two new physics laboratories and a large investment in ICT. There are also new activities for weekends ensuring that the school experience is truly 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, visit

Great golfing! Nine-year-old Rory McDonald-O’Brien put Prestfelde School on the map during the summer holidays when he won the Junior Jigger Stowe putter trophy for under 11s. Sixty-six players representing 35 prep schools took part in the 46th competition for the Stowe Putter, yet Rory still came out on top and even achieved a better score than some of the 13-year-olds that were taking part. During the tournament, European Tour player Sophie Walker made an appearance. Sophie interrupted preparations for the Scottish Open to come to Stowe to meet the players and play an exhibition round with tournament pro, Steve Hutchinson. Other sporting successes at Presfelde include young sportsman Peter Clark, who triumphed whilst captaining at the Under 11s Country Cricket Festival at Shrewsbury School. Peter opened the batting in all four of the games in the festival and following some very successful results, the scores brought them very close to winning ‘the best batsman award’ for the festival. Find out more about Prestfelde at

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Damp Squib By Gill ChetCuti Ah! The 5th of November – always a time of great excitement when I was a child, although I could never quite work out whether we were celebrating the rebel who attempted to blow up Parliament, or rejoicing because he was caught in the act. Dad would say that it depended on your view of politicians, a statement which confused me even more but which didn’t detract one iota from my intoxication. I have vivid memories from these times – dad cursing and stamping around the garden after spending his hard-earned cash on defective lawn artillery, the whole school being simultaneously terrorised and thrilled by the headmaster whose safety talk consisted of video tapes and posters depicting a young boy whose anorak had been set alight by an errant spark. Even mum’s cautionary tale of her school pal who nearly lost an eye after putting a firework in a milk bottle failed to dampen my enthusiasm. Okay, it wasn’t as wonderful as Christmas but it beat Halloween hands down! Unfortunately, times have changed, in my family anyway. The thrill of what we kids used to call ‘Bombfire’ Night has abated, and promises of toffee apples and fireworks is met with blank looks and mutinous mutterings. I realised the battle was lost when one last suggestion was repelled jokingly by my eight-year-old with, ‘No did You KnoW? mum I don’t want a sparkler – try and find another way to embarrass me!’ So, what went wrong? My kids aren’t scared of bangs and crashes The first recorded (especially as the community firework display keeps everyone at a fireworks in England safe distance from the inferno and explosives) and they love hotdogs and Wales was at the and mud. Maybe it’s because I’m frantically trying to hold on to my wedding of King Henry childhood almost as fiercely as they’re trying to escape theirs. Sigh. VII to Elizabeth of York in January 1486


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Kids’ Reads Yattar Yattar picKs out some of ouR favouRite childRen’s titles Shhh! Don’t Wake BaBY the roYal Yal Ba Y BY Martha MuMforD The Royal family are at their wits end! Why? Well, the new baby just won’t go to sleep and they’ve tried everything, but nothing seems to work. Even the Queen herself is stumped – she was sure that taking her grandchild parachuting would do the trick! The problem is that the palace is such a noisy place, what with the corgis and all! This book is a fun celebration of the new addition to the Royal Family, guaranteed to raise a few giggles and perfect for four to six year olds. H H H DreSS t BoY the BoY in the Dre SS DaviD WalliaMS Dennis loves football but he also loves fashion and flicking through the latest edition of Vogue magazine. Dennis is different. Then Dennis develops a crush on the very hip and trendy Lisa and with her help, he realises that it’s okay to be an individual. This is a thought-provoking and witty read – everything you would expect from the sublime David Walliams – likely to appeal to children and adults alike. H H H H ChriStMaS f father ChriStM t aS tM raYMonD BriggS In this hilariously irreverent take on the man in red, Father Christmas has awoken from a lovely dream of summer sun to discover it’s bloomin’ Christmas Eve – the longest night’s work of the year… no wonder he’s grumpy! There is fun, chaos and laughter as Santa, moaning all the way, travels the globe to bring joy to children everywhere. Published over 40 years ago, this perennial favourite has lost none of its charm for children and the young at heart. H H H H operation eiffel toWer t Wer to W elen CalDeCott From the outside, Lauren, Jack, Ruby and Billy have an idyllic life – they live by the seaside with their mum and dad. However, all is not as it seems as their parents are always arguing, and one day their dad moves out. Lauren and Jack are desperate to get their mum and dad back together, and hatch a plan that they believe cannot possibly fail. Marketed for readers from eight to ten, this is a believable yet unexciting story told in a sympathetic way. H H H

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Buyers Beware at Christmas The season of goodwill has undoubtedly become the season of good retail with a yearly increase in sales across all markets. Legal expert Mark Lampkin has a timely reminder of how consumers can protect themselves when their gifts are a disappointment… By Mark lampkin it’s better to keep your custom and take a return no questions asked. And here’s a way to double your protection when buying anything over the value of £100, and you may not like it. Use your credit card. Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act effectively means that your credit card provider insures these purchases even if the seller company goes bust between purchase and delivery. Don’t be scared of taking action even if the seller is a huge company. You can issue proceedings in the small claims track of the county court and go all the way to a full hearing at little cost – a District Judge will give you a fair hearing however small your gripe is.

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onsumers have had a rough ride through the developing legal system of these fair isles harshly encapsulated in the phrase caveat emptor, Latin for ‘let the buyer beware’. Amazingly this still remains the overarching position of all sales unless changed by case law or statute, and thankfully successive governments have recognised that the power of the retailers needs to be kept in check and have done so with strong laws.

‘satisfactory’ quality The Sale of Goods Act 1979, still a good law today, for the first time made it a condition of every sale in the course of business that the goods sold would be of ‘merchantable’ or recently updated to ‘satisfactory’ quality. The Act goes on to set out how to judge what is satisfactory so if your new-fangled gadget breaks down on the 366th day you can still use this to claim a repair, replacement or money back even if the shop manager tries to play the warranty expired card. Remember though this only applies to commercial sales so when the £300 rust bucket you won on eBay breaks down when you are driving it home you will still be caught by caveat emptor unless the seller described it as mechanically sound or in another over exuberant and false way. Indeed when anything is sold to you and you are drawn in like a moth to a flame by

1 If buying anything over the value of £100 always use your credit card 2 If buying over the internet remember you have seven days from receipt of if you have a legal words like ‘mint’, the goods to cancel question, tune into Dee ‘perfect’ and 3 If buying from a business 106.3 every Monday at ‘as new’ only reject goods and claim money 9pm to catch Ask Lampkin. to be burnt to back if things don’t match your ask your question at cinders when it expectations or the description., turns out to be 4 When buying privately especially and get your answer anything but, on eBay you have very limited ways for free on the air. the seller will be to get your money back. caught and you 5 If a retailer doesn’t deal fairly with you, can claim breach of contact Trading Standards at your local contract. council. They have considerable power Given the inexorable rise in and will apply pressure on rogue traders. internet sales further consumer protection Happy shopping and Merry Christmas! y has been brought in by the Distance Selling Regulations. When a purchase is made online you have the right to Mark lampkin Bio cancel which starts originally from liverpool, Mark grew up in Preston where he later qualified as right away and a solicitor in 1990. initially working for ends seven days a number of large law firms he began after receipt of to specialise in personal injury law and most goods save founded his own firm, Lampkin & Co in 1999. He is the Principal Solicitor at the firm and for CDs or software features on a weekly legal advice show where the seal is called ask lampkin which is broadcast on broken, perishable or chester’s Dee 106.3. tailor-made goods and, in the interests of Mark regularly writes articles on the hygiene, underwear and earrings.

‘For internet sales further consumer protection is provided by the Distance Selling Regulations’

actiNG coNsistENtly The rights to reject goods and claim money back can be lost if you act inconsistent with rejection. So if you do wear that little black dress even though it’s a tighter squeeze probably caused by too many mince pies you can’t then go on to get your money back. But don’t be scared to send or take things back. You’ve worked hard for your money and most savvy retailers will realise

ever changing area of personal injury law, claimant rights and features in editorials giving advice on a range of legal issues. He is an experienced motorcyclist and also an accomplished musician, playing tenor saxophone and has a passion for jazz.

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A new era for income investors With advice and planning you can reduce your inheritance tax By Emyr Evans


t is now five years since the financial crisis swept through our economy and banking system. Its effects are still being felt, particularly by those dependent upon savings for income. If you are one of those people then the historic low base rate set by the Bank of England continues to mean low interest rates from building society and bank deposits and low returns on fixed interest investments, such as government gilts. In addition the new governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has indicated that interest rates are likely to remain low for the immediate future. Finding a competitive level of income has become more challenging but there are a number of choices available to income seeking investors and a brief summary is provided below. Flexibility and versatility For many investors generating income forms the core of their investment approach. Some want a portfolio that will provide a regular income stream for them to spend. For others, income is reinvested to boost their overall investment return., whilst some have an investment strategy focused on capital growth but complemented and diversified by an income generating segment.

Every investor will have their own unique needs, and an income strategy can easily be adapted to meet changing circumstances, as time moves on. A world of choice Whatever your requirement, there are a wide range of asset classes, and sub-asset classes from which to construct an income strategy. These asset classes include: l Fixed Income Bonds and Government Bonds l Corporate Bonds, and Collective Bond Funds l Equity income (shares) l Collective Equity Income Funds l Property – directly through residential or commercial property or via Collective Property Funds, or Real Estate Investment Trusts. Key factors to consider before you invest Before deciding on the right blend of assets to generate an income stream, you should consider the following factors, which might affect the decisions you make: Inflation – If you are aiming to maximise the income from your investments in order to pay for everyday expenses, you should consider the impact of inflation and particularly over the longer term, whether you require a specific form of protection against inflation. Risk – Risk is a very personal thing and before formulating an investment strategy, every investor

needs to be clear about their investment goals, their capacity for loss, and their tolerance to risk. Diversification – Since every source of income carries some form of risk, it always pays to diversify your portfolio across a wide range of different asset classes. There is a world of choice out there for income investors. Whether you are a more cautious person, or someone willing to take on significant levels of risk, in the hope of achieving ultimately higher returns, please do get in touch with myself, or one of the team, so we can help you find a y solution that meets your individual needs.

Emyr Evans is employed by Williams Financial Planning. Visit or call 01978 266501

Seeking financial advice and understanding financial markets can be a daunting experience with so many products and sources of advice now available. For over 35 years we have been advising clients; helping them to make financial decisions easier and ensuring peace of mind over their financial affairs. We provide Independent Financial Advice on: • Pensions • Investments

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Christmas Crossword

Welcome to the Yattar Yattar crossWord With a distinctlY festive feel! its mix of straight and crYptic clues means everYone can test their brainpoWer! ansWers in the next issue. 1







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ACross 1 Jolly festive figure (5) 4 The amount or extent of slipping (8) 8 Ninety actives take part in Christmas displays (8, 6) 10 Deer-like mammal found in Africa, Asia and parts of the Americas (8) 11 Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree with Ms. Lee? (6) 12 Oh yes it is! (9) 15 Combine to find a sum (3, 2) 17 To appeal earnestly (5) 18 Leaves scheme? (5, 4) 19 Barney from The Flintstones? (6) 21 Town in Monmouthshire (8) 24 Rudolph’s is red through drink or fighting! (5, 2, 3, 4) 25 Where to find unpopular Christmas veg? (8) 26 Taster loses letter and gets a shock! (5) Clues Down 1 Weekend reading! (6, 6) 2 Spread out at intervals (3, 2, 4) 3 Dan, villain, works with a blacksmith! (5) 4 Period required to prepare a device or process (5, 4) 5 Internet blog serial number, initially (1, 1, 1, 1) 6 To prepare in advance (3-5) 7 Colour of my valley? (5) 9 Any weepy harp can offer this phrase! (5, 3, 4) 13 Scold and lock ancient timepieces (3, 6) 14 Plants deriving moisture and nutrients from the air and rain, and usually growing on another plant (9) 16 Word removals denies lot (9) 20 ___ Than Blue is the title of a 1978 song by Michael Jackson (5) 22 David ____, English football player turned manager and sports commentator (5) 23 American magazine founded in 1923 (4)

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Christmas stresses, hooplas, skincare and more for you this Christmas…



how to have a merry stress-Free Christmas! By Cat Williams, author of Stay Calm and Content No Matter What Life Throws At You In our imagination Christmas is a blissful time of logfires and families happily singing carols together. In reality it can be one of the most stressful times of the year. What is the secret of those people who have a stress-free and happy Christmas? Be realistiC If we expect a perfect meal, perfect presents, and perfect family time, then there is only one result, disappointment somewhere along the way. What really matters? No-one is going to take care of your happiness this Christmas unless you do first. Let go of things which are not really important and focus your efforts on whatever really matters to you and those closest to you. top tips: Use a diary – write everything in the same place, timings, card list, gift ideas. Tick things off and you will see how well you are doing. l Make a present plan – could all your relatives get vouchers, hampers, or a home-made gift this year? l Ring the changes – perhaps a new tradition might bring new

pleasures this year. Could everyone bring a dish to share, or could you splash out on lunch in a hotel? l Ask for help – fully appreciating an occasion means playing a part in it. Don’t be a martyr, give others a chance to help. l Prioritise – if you love a walk, a quiet bath, or a night out with your partner, then don’t forget these things during the festive period. They are important to you, so find time for them. expeCt ups and doWns Those we care most about have the most powerful influence over our self-esteem. Emotions run high at Christmas. Remember; you decide how you feel about yourself. If someone is unpleasant to you then they will be feeling low about themselves for some reason and are attacking you to try to feel better. Focus on being kind, supportive and full of festive cheer, no matter how others are behaving, and you are more likely to receive the same in return. You can also visit Cat’s blog on and ask her confidentially about your relationship dilemmas. She is @catstaycalm on Twitter and ‘Stay Calm and Content’ on Facebook.

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Hoola Nation

If you want to feel energised while toning up and losing weight, then the 21-day Hoola Challenge could be for you. Previous participants have lost up to 13lbs and trimmed up to five inches from their waist during the challenge! The programme is suitable for both complete beginners and advanced hoopers. It includes a daily diet plan with recipe suggestions, daily hoola hooping exercises and videos to help you with your hooping practice. You can follow the programme from the comfort of your own home, as you’ll receive all instructions online via email and you’ll be able to join an online community of 30 other women who are on the same programme at the same time. ‘I’ve taken my final measurements, and wow! I can’t believe it!’ says Michelle, a participant in the 21-day Hoola Challenge. ‘I’ve lost 13lbs in weight, four inches off my hips, three inches off my waist and two inches off my bust! Hoola hooping every day certainly does work!’ The 21-day Hoola Challenge is run by Hoola Nation, which was founded by Sasha Kenney, a qualified aerobics and hooping instructor. ‘I always wanted to keep fit,’ says Sasha. ‘I have tried running, gyms, fitness classes and all sorts, but I just couldn’t put up with dull exercises. After my second child I was desperate to sort out my flabby tummy when I came across hooping. I started hooping for fun, but found it so addictive! It was amusing, it felt so good and it was the first kind of exercise that actually produced results.’ Find out more about Hoola Nation at

Fit as a fiddle

Physiotherapy is an important tool that not only makes sure that athletes perform at their best, but also helps people to go about their everyday lives free from pain or discomfort. All the clinicians at Mark Leather Physiotherapy are experienced and fully qualified to deal with injuries and can help to maximise recovery. Founder of the company, Mark Leather has spent most of his career working with professional athletes and has dedicated over 20 years to professional football, heading medical departments at Sunderland FC, Bolton Wanderers FC, Preston North End, Burnley and Brighton before taking up a similar role with Wigan Warriors RLFC and has spent over 10 years in the FA Premier League, including six years as head physiotherapist for Liverpool FC. Mark Leather Physiotherapy have a number practices around the country which treat and rehabilitate musculoskeletal injuries, and one such practice is located on the Plassey Leisure Park. For further information about the Plassey Leisure Park practice, please call 07887 572540 or visit

Gluten Free Goodies

Orgran offer a wide variety of gluten, wheat and dairy free foods that are all suitable for coeliacs, vegetarians and vegans. Best of all, it’s all still tasty! Apart from the darker colour and ever-so-slightly different texture, Orgran’s gluten, wheat and dairy free buckwheat pasta isn’t so different from ordinary pasta, apart from it is easier to digest and assists with nutrition for a well-balanced diet. If you’re looking for a quick snack or just want a delicious side for your dinner while still sticking to a gluten free diet, the spaghetti in tomato sauce is just the ticket. It’s the only gluten free canned spaghetti on the market and is perfect whether you’re on a free-from diet or not! For those with a sweet tooth, the buckwheat pancake mix means that you can enjoy pancakes without any wheat, gluten or dairy. The light, fluffy pancakes are ideal for a delicious breakfast or dessert. Visit to find out more.

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Your skin is your largest living organ and protects you 24 hours a day, so looking after it is vital to feeling as well as looking good.

Here are tHe 10 golden rules: 1 Smoking does significant damage to your skin which worsens as you age so stop now. 2 Hydration is essential so ensure you drink water whenever you feel thirsty, and match any alcohol intake with the same volume of water. 3 Your skin allows water out in the form of perspiration but prevents it from being absorbed (otherwise you would balloon up every time it rained!) and the same applies to all creams A BBC film crew were recently at the however expensive so avoid the sales girls in Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic department stores. to film the hip replacement of patient Paul 4 When you shower or bathe do not dry your skin Eaton from Oswestry. Unlike traditional hip but leave it damp and cover yourself with either replacement operations, where the patient baby oil, or E45 cream to seal in the dampness. is under general anaesthetic, Paul was 5 Get a minimum of eight hours sleep every night awake throughout the procedure. and remember your mum was right ‘an hour of It is thanks to developments in sleep before midnight is worth two after’. anaesthetics that patients are able to stay 6 Avoid stress, deal with situations and don’t let awake during such a major operation. them drag on interminably. This has several benefits and the patient is 7 Drinking herbal teas, especially dandelion and usually back on their feet far sooner than nettle, helps purify your urinary system if they’d had general anaesthetic. Free 8 Consuming freshly crushed garlic and onions WiFi throughout the hospital means that helps purify your blood. patients who stay awake can bring in their 9 Avoid pollutants, especially tablets to watch films or stream live TV those contained in many during the procedure. cleaning products. did You KnoW? Being interviewed by the team 10 Avoid expensive If you use a facial from BBC Midlands, consultant lotions and potions that orthopaedic surgeon, Mr Spencer scrub, try and avoid promise anti-ageing, all Jones said: ‘For me, I can simply get they do is irritate the skin apricot based ones as on with my surgical work as usual but causing slight swelling to their rough edges can for the patient it is hugely beneficial, temporarily hide wrinkles. as they can get going so much more quickly after the operation.’

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Relaxing in the tub...

What better way to relax and get away from the stresses of the run up to Christmas than with a long, relaxing soak in the bath. We’ve gathered up some of the best…

Badedas original BatH gelee £6.19 Indulge yourself with this luxurious, moisturising bath gelee, which contains extracts of horse chestnut to help leave your skin soft, moisturised and delicately fragranced. The bath gelee even has reported healing properties and is popular with new mums who want to relax after giving birth.

dead sea aromatHerapY BatH salts £6.85 Just a handful of these bath salts will transform your bath into your own personal sanctuary. Therapeutic minerals, aromatherapy oils and rose petals with make your stress float away. The bath salts also help to soften your skin and help to soothe tense muscles.

sanctuarY mela amBer and tamarind BatH nectar £6.00 Precious amber is combined with purifying lotus, magnolia and tamarind, a delicious fruit known for its nourishing and demineralising properties, in this luxurious bath nectar. A perfect indulgent treat that will fill your entire bathroom with exotic scents.

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Health Myths Sitting on cold SurfaceS cauSeS pileS. There is no truth to this popular myth, although it may aggravate a pre-existing condition. Haemorrhoids occur when excess pressure on the blood vessels in your bottom causes them to swell. Often this is the result of constipation and a poor diet. Pregnancy, obesity and childbirth can increase your risk, as can prolonged heavy lifting. However, anybody can suffer from this irritating and painful condition so include plenty of fibre in your diet, drink water and exercise regularly.

it takeS yearS to digeSt cHewing guM. Contrary to popular belief, swallowed chewing gum does not sit in your stomach for seven years before your body digests it, nor will it wrap itself around your heart! However, gum cannot be digested so progresses slowly through the digestive system. Large amounts of swallowed gum can cause blockages so swallowing of the sticky stuff should be discouraged, especially in children. put butter on a burn No, no and no! Butter is actually one of the worst things you could smear over a burn injury as it holds in heat. It may also increase the chances of the burn becoming infected as the greasy area provides ideal conditions for bacteria to thrive. Instead, immediately run the burn under cool water then cover with a clean plaster. If blisters form, don’t break them—the fluid inside is sterile, and it creates a natural bandage.

Looking good!

Great news for anyone hoping to lose a few pounds and look their best ready for Christmas! Total Look Beauty Salon in Nesscliffe now offers the exclusive new treatment, Lipofirm Plus. ‘It works using ultrasonic cavitation,’ explains Tammy, an educator from Lipofirm Plus. ‘The ultrasounds form bubbles which then implode and damage the fat cells. The broken down fat cells are passed through the lymphatic system and expelled.’ The second part of the treatment is radiofrequency, Teeth are for more than just chewing – people which uses electrical impulses to stimulate collagen can live their lives covering their smile and production and strengthen the skin structure. hiding behind their hands when laughing ‘Lipofirm Plus is suitable for both men and or talking since they feel embarrassed by women,’ says Jo Suckley, owner. ‘It’s particularly their teeth. Esthetique Dental Practice in popular for brides who want to look their best Shrewsbury offer a variety of treatments for on their wedding day. It’s also suitable to treat patients who are looking to improve the ‘man boobs’ in men and tops of arms for ladies. beauty of their smile, perhaps considering Cellulite, which can be difficult to remove, is not tooth whitening, cosmetic orthodontics, a problem for this treatment. Radiofrequency is dental implants or amalgam removal. a particularly good facial treatment as it tightens Led by Thomas Norlin (DDS, Odont Lic, Dipl) the skin and reduces the signs of aging.’ Lipoand Emily Wright (BDS), Esthetique Dental’s firm Plus is medically accredited and is proven services range from preventative and to work. The general dentistry for all the family through to procedure is cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry, such completely safe, as dental implants. Thomas and Emily have is non-invasive many years’ experience in cosmetic dentistry and involves and will spend time to find the solution that’s no needles or right for you. They understand how some downtime. patients may feel uneasy about their visits Yattar Yattar and they will try to make the experience as went to Total after before relaxed and positive as possible. The practice Look Beauty has also been designed to provide a calm Salon to try and relaxing environment. Lipofirm Plus for ourselves. The procedure Esthetique Dental Practice opened its itself was completely painless – the only slight doors in March 2013 and is located just off discomfort was a ringing in the ears that was easy the main A49, so is easily within reach for to get used to and ignore. The radiofrequency part patients in all areas of Shropshire. There’s of the treatment caused no discomfort – in fact, it plenty of on-site free parking available was quite relaxing! After an hour-long treatment, for patients. For those that wish to budget the results were immediately visible upon looking monthly for their dental care, the in the mirror. The tape measure only practice offers Denplan and confirmed this as it measured a total loss interest free credit. of 8.5 inches across four measurements. To book a new patient did you know? If you would like to discuss a consultation or to find out Paying a visit to the treatment at Total Look Beauty more about the practice Salon, call 01743 741327 or go online dentist every year and the treatments on offer and visit reduces your risk call 01939 211150 or visit to find out more. of tooth decay by .

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Are you feeling sad?

By Alan Wick, Positive Hypnotherapy For most of us Autumn is a wonderfully evocative time of year. We see the leaves turn many glorious shades of gold, yellow and red, the nights draw in. Especially after a summer like we’ve had, it can be a time for truly pleasant reflection. However, for an increasing number of us, autumn is the start of an annual ‘battle’ of which the nights drawing in is all too pertinent a reminder. People who suffer from seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, who experience severe low mood or depression as the shorter days allow them less and less access to the natural

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daylight that keeps them well during summer. Light therapy or phototherapy is a highly successful treatment for SAD consisting of exposure to daylight using full spectrum light lamps and can be of enormous benefit. In the Sleep Clinic we have a range of light lamps which you like to examine or try out. We’ve even got a full spectrum light, dawn simulating alarm clock! If you’d like to make an appointment, you could come along and see the lamps in use, maybe try a treatment yourself – you may not be SAD for much longer!


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Podiatry specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower limb and thus corrects the alignment of the body. We specialise in musculoskeletal podiatry, paediatric complaints and toe nail surgery and have a special interest in Gait analysis and with the aid of a RS pressure platform, we can diagnose and treat musculoskeletal complaints in the lower limb. Treatment might indicate the use of prescribed orthotic devices prefabricated or custom made. With the Investment of the Sidas moulded system we can make custom made orthotics onsite. Orthotics can be made (moulded) for patients with musculoskeletal issues for all sporting activities and also can be used to alleviate various medical conditions which affect the feet.



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Ankle Replacement: An advancing field We spoke to Mr Andrew Bing, consultant surgeon at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, about ankle replacement surgery


n ankle replacement or fusion can be performed to relieve pain from chronic arthritis in the ankle joint. Arthritis generally affects older patients,’ explains Mr Bing. ‘But there are other causes of ankle pain – tendons can rupture, or the joint can be otherwise injured, so you really need an x-ray to know for sure what the cause of pain is. Before ankle fusion or replacement would be offered, conservative measures such as pain management, physiotherapy and shoe implants would be tried.’

Fusion or replacement? ‘Fusion is ‘the gold standard’ treatment for arthritis,’ says Mr Bing. ‘It does restrict movement, but it also effectively relieves pain and does not restrict mobility as much as a fused knee or hip would. ‘Ankle replacement first started 30 years ago with first-generation implants. However, these prostheses did cause some problems, so the procedure fell out of favour. The second-generation of prostheses that were developed in the eighties performed better, but were still not as good as hip or knee replacements. This is largely because the ankle is such a difficult joint – it’s smaller than either the knee or the hip, yet carries the same amount of weight. It is also more complex as the foot and ankle consist of 29 bones altogether, while the hip or knee of just two! Modern third generation prostheses, in use since the nineties in the UK, perform much better as materials and techniques have progressed.’

the change in how the patient walks may mean that arthritis can present in surrounding joints. ‘Currently, ankle replacements have a 19% failure rate after 10 years,’ says Mr Bing. ‘Failure can occur for a number of reasons and this percentage includes older prostheses. The trend generally is that the survival rate is improving with the newer implants, but we generally recommend ankle replacements to older patients who are unlikely to need the prosthesis replacing in the future. This is because revision of problem implants in the ankle is much more difficult than with other joints as access is difficult, there is less bone available and the blood supply isn’t as strong.’ ‘The idea is that the prosthesis should last for as long as it is needed, usually for the rest of the patient’s life. Before performing an ankle replacement, we also check if the joint has any deformities and consider the patient’s weight and lifestyle to decide if they’re a suitable candidate. For younger patients we generally recommend an ankle fusion as these cope better with wear and tear.’ For the operation itself, an ankle replacement usually takes around an hour and a half. After the surgery, the patient will usually be able to go home in two days, but their ankle will be in plaster for a couple of weeks and they will then have to wear a boot for four weeks. They will start physiotherapy after two weeks and will continue for six months.

‘The idea is the prosthesis should last for as long as it is needed, usually for the rest of the patient’s life’

modern ankle replacements A modern prosthesis has three components: two metal pieces with a mobile plastic middle that acts like the cartilage in a natural joint. A new surface on the back of the metal means that as the bone heals after surgery it will grow into the metal and fix it in place. As a replacement allows the ankle to still move, the patient’s other joints are protected. If you fuse an ankle, then

mr andrew Bing

mB chB Bristol 1995, mrcs (eng) 2001, Frcs (tr & orth) 2006 mr Bing is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at rJaH, who specialises in all aspects of ankle and foot problems, including problems associated with rheumatoid arthritis, sporting and traumatic injuries. He has a special interest in total ankle replacement. other procedures undertaken include bunion surgery, surgery for foot and ankle arthritis or deformity and arthroscopic surgery in the foot and ankle. He is a member of the British orthopaedic Foot and ankle society, British orthopaedic association, British limb reconstruction society and the British trauma society.

a specialised Field ‘Ankle replacements are a growing sub speciality of orthopaedic surgery,’ says Mr Bing. ‘To put this into context, there were around 77,000 hip replacements, 85,000 knee replacements and just 540 ankle replacements performed last year in the UK. Of the five consultants in the Foot and Ankle Unit at RJAH, three of us are doing replacements as a sub speciality. We do about 20 to 30 ankle fusions per year and 15 to 20 replacements each, which is a high number for the UK.’ y

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The Cutting Edge for Hips & Knees We spoke to Mr Stephen Phillips at Spire Yale Hospital about the latest advances in hip and knee replacements. Hip Replacements Q What new developments are there in hip replacement surgery? A Most new developments involve new prosthetics or bearing surfaces such as ceramics that are made of stronger materials and so have the potential to last much longer. Current implants encourage the bone to grow into to them, which makes the implant more stable and improves its lifespan. We’re now looking at hopefully a 15 to 20 year lifespan for a prosthetic used by a younger person (the definition of younger is changing, but for me it usually means anyone under 60 years old).

for patients to be up and about as soon as possible. They will be walking the day after the surgery, or even the same day in some cases. Patients will usually have to use crutches for around six weeks after the operation, but often discard them at an earlier stage. Q What if a patient needs revision surgery? A With implants now lasting so long, most older people do not usually need revision surgery, but younger patients can sometimes need it. Revision surgery is more complex than the original surgery and should be undertaken by an experienced surgeon who is familiar with revisions. However, revision surgery is much more successful than it used to be and patients who have it done may have success for ten more years after the surgery.

‘In the end, it’s the surgeon’s experience which is by far the most important factor’

Q Have there been any changes in how the surgery is performed? A There has also been a fairly recent development in how the surgery is performed. There are different ways of approaching the hip – the most common now is the posterior approach, where the incision is towards the rear. Statistically, mortality rates (risk of not surviving the procedure) are much lower with this approach. This may be because of less bleeding. However, a newer approach is the anterior approach, where the incision is made through the front of the hip rather than the back. There is less tissue to go through with this approach without cutting through major muscle groups so rehabilitation may be quicker. There appears to be no difference at three months between the two approaches. We are still in the early stages, though and assessing the results. All incisions can be made smaller. In the end, it’s a surgeon’s skill and experience which are by far the most important factors. Surgeons who perform hundreds of hip replacements a year typically have very low complication rates, no matter what approach they favour.

Q How long does rehabilitation after a hip replacement take? A After the operation, the length of stay in the hospital is around three days. We aim

using TruMatch is around £300 more expensive than a replacement using a standard prosthetic. Q How long does it take to recover from a knee replacement? A At Spire we take a multi-disciplinary approach to knee replacements, with the anaesthesiologist, surgeon and physiotherapist all working together to help minimise recovery times. We try to get patients on their feet on day one. Patients can usually go home after two to three days and can drive as soon as they are able to use their knee enough to control the car (usually about four to six weeks after surgery).

Knee Replacements Q What are the latest developments for knee replacements? A ATTUNE is a new type of prosthetic from DePuy Orthopaedics which aims to replicate the normal mechanics of the knee for patients. Around 11,000 replacements have been performed with the ATTUNE by ‘early adopters’ in the UK and so far, the signs have been encouraging with good results. Outcomes for patients, performance for surgeons, and efficiency for providers. The ATTUNE Knee is an innovative, comprehensive, integrated knee system. Q What options do patients have when choosing prosthetics? A there are many more options so it’s easier to find something that suits the patients. DePuy also offer TruMatch, where a scan is taken of the patient’s knee, a model created and then casts are taken to implant the knee replacement. The custom-made cast optimises the position of the replacement. A knee replacement

Mr Stephen Phillips is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Spire Yale Hospital. His early training was completed at the all Wales programme in Cardif. He works for the NHS at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital and the Wrexham Maelor Hospital. His special interests lie in hip and knee replacements and revisions, especially in younger patients. He has undertaken specialist fellowships at Wrightington Hospital UK and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Australia. Outside work, his interests include Rugby Union, judo and the Welsh language. He is fluent in Welsh and is able to conduct consultations in Welsh if requested.

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Help for painful knees in the private sector Mr Richard Roach, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Nuffield Health Shrewsbury Hospital tells us about the management of knee problems Q. Why do people usually come to see you here at Nuffield Health Shrewsbury? A. The majority of patients who present at Nuffield Health Shrewsbury Hospital have problems with their knees that include painful arthritis, lumps, the knee giving way, deformity, locking or activity-related problems, sometimes caused by sports injuries. Patients are referred to us via their physiotherapist, local general practitioner or the rheumatology service, who offer advice and guidance on managing rheumatological conditions. Q. How can you treat knee problems? A. Our knee service covers most aspects of knee problems, whether it be soft tissue or bony, urgent or elective. The facilities available at Nuffield Health Shrewsbury Hospital cover all aspects of care from consultation and diagnostics to intervention if required. Q. What would patients expect at their first consultation at Nuffield Health? A. Following a referral from their GP, all patients will be asked at reception to confirm all their details prior to a formal consultation. During the consultation itself, the patient and consultant will discuss the patient’s full medical history and there will be an examination and general discussion. There may be a recommendation for further treatment including injections, dedicated physiotherapy, alternative methods of care, appropriate radiological investigations or surgery. Surgery is not always necessary.

tests include blood tests, physiotherapy trials with, for example, taping and draining of any fluid or lumps and injections. Q. Do insurance companies cover all the costs involved? A. It is always best at the time of a problem and prior to your consultation to confirm with your insurance provider whether any restrictions or excesses are in place. In recent years, providers have reduced hospital and consultant rates and also developed new insurance products which may cap the level of cover or impose an excess for either investigations or main treatment. I and Nuffield Health Shrewsbury Hospital are very open in relation to the costs involved in healthcare to enable choices to be made if necessary. Please note that no providers cover orthotic treatment (braces or inserts) even if it forms part of surgical treatment. I can offer advice regarding the most cost-effective solution for this treatment if necessary.

‘There may be a recommendation for further treatment… surgery is not always necessary’

Q. Which tests are usually performed? A. I have the advantage of being able to use a variety of sites for radiological tests to provide a fast diagnostic service. This benefits privately insured and self-paying patients and can be arranged around their work or family commitments. Tests include ultrasound, MRI (good for soft tissues), CT (a specialised x-ray) and bone scans (a radioactive test using a labelled marker for looking for bone activity). Other

Q. Have you seen any recent trends in referrals to your clinic? A. In recent years and in line with the Department of Health’s message to us all to increase daily activity, I have seen an increase in the number of middle aged patients taking up sport only to develop new problems. The treatment of these patients will vary depending on what the problem is and can involve anything from physiotherapy to surgery. Ever increasing memberships of local sports clubs have increased joint injuries, in particular with regards to ladies’ running clubs. Thanks to improved healthcare, people are living to more

extreme ages, when they are more likely to develop problems. There has been an increase in elderly patients requesting joint replacements so that they can maintain their mobility and independence. Thanks to both good anaesthetic techniques which reduce the impact of surgery and skilled staff at Nuffield Health Shrewsbury Hospital, it is possible to provide an excellent orthopaedic service for most patients. y To make an appointment with Mr Roach, please contact the Hospital’s Out-patient Bookings department on 01743 282505 or for queries please contact Mr Roach’s secretary by e-mail at connie.farr@

Mr Richard Roach MBBS, FRCS, BSC Diploma Sports Medicine

Mr Roach qualified in 1994 and trained at the Royal Free Medical School and North London Hospitals before moving to Shropshire. He completed his orthopaedic training with a round the world knee fellowship and he has over 40 publications. He is one of a few surgeons who specialises in all aspects of knee surgery from sports injury through to major complex reconstruction. To this end Mr Roach can follow up patients through their entire life if need be in relation to their knee issues. He is registered with all the insurance providers and has an extensive full time NHS practice serving four local hospitals in Shropshire. In his spare time Mr Roach maintains a good level of fitness as a regular triathlete.

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We have just bought our first computer and at the grand old age of 69 and we want to use it to keep in touch with our children and grandchildren. We don’t want to do anything too fancy but how can we learn the basics without it costing too much as we are both pensioners? Mr & Mrs richards, Mid Wales Have I got good news for you! Which publishes a guide for computer novices and it is completely free of charge. Just give them a call on 01992 822800 and they will post one out to you. Once you’re comfortable with the basics, you can download Skype which will allow you to see and talk to family members wherever they are for free. If you have a smart mobile phone then download Viber and if your family does too, then all calls made using it are also free.

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Me and all my family and friends loved the Commonsense Party Manifesto! Enclosed is my poem on MPs’ expenses. There once was an MP of note Who lived in a pad with a moat ‘I need a loan,’ he declared ‘For my moat is impaired’ Let him live in a boat on his moat. MaurEEn, Plas MadoC

prosthetic help for granddaughter aMputee I have a granddaughter who had her leg amputated below the knee at the age of three. Could you advise on private consultants who could help her get a new leg and the possible costs? Mrs Walker, WrexhaM

The cost ranges between £3,600 and £4,800. The private Ledbrook Clinic based in Birmingham has a good reputation so I suggest you start by contacting them (www.ledbrookclinic. I wish your granddaughter well. If she is determined, there is nothing she cannot do, as demonstrated by the Paralympics.

tiMe is a healer?

one of my daughters is depressed after the breakdown of a four-year relationship. Her doctor just tells her that ‘time is a great healer’ and refuses to prescribe medication. Is he right? Mrs. E PIndEr, osWEstry I am not a doctor, but his advice does make sense. While anti-depressants such as fluoxetine (more commonly known by the brand name, Prozac) can help some patients, they do have side effects. Encourage her to keep busy, join a special interest club and spend time outside. Sunshine and fresh air are nature’s great natural healers and will raise her serotonin levels. Remind her that there are seven billion people on this planet and if there was only one person that anyone could love no-one would find love.

Making the weight

I joined Weight Watchers and steadily lost two stone. now just three months later, I have put it all back on. you said you lost three stone and have kept it off. How did you do it? JEnnIfEr, osWEstry All slimming clubs and diets are a waste of time and money. In a recent Channel 4 exposé, they found that less than 10% of dieters managed to

keep the weight off after stopping. This is great for the slimming industry as customers keep going back or trying an alternative diet. You cannot live constantly on any diet and after years of evolution, as soon as you restrict your intake your body starts preparing for as famine and stores energy as fat. You need to find a natural way to live that is sustainable for the rest of your life. My way is to only eat in an six-hour window everyday. I avoid eating grass (now called cereal) and artificial sugars used in most processed foods. I cook using only olive or coconut oil and for six days a week stick to mainly salads or vegetables (and no chips – they do not qualify as one of your five a day!) along with cheese, nuts, fish seafood, chicken and meat. On the seventh day, you can have a treat! The problem is that because we call being overweight ‘fat’ we think that anything containing fat is bad for you and this is not true. While trans fat, corn oil etc. are bad for you, olive oil, advacado oil and coconut oil are very healthy and absorb vitamin K. Without fat your body cannot function properly.

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I have banned my children from having televisions, games consoles and computers in their bedroom but they constantly complain as seemingly all their friends are allowed to. am I being unreasonable? s. JonEs, Bangor Far from it! I have 14 grandchildren and am dismayed that some of them are allowed these devices in their bedroom. Apart from the stranger danger and pornography on the internet they are not out playing and socialising with their friends. Using backlit screens prevents melatonin production which will adversely affect their sleep patterns. Your children may not thank you for it now but insisting they access these devices downstairs with other family members present will improve their life chances and protect them. They will thank you for it when they grow up and have kids of their own.

works for jo hart?? I have been using Head & shoulders shampoo but still have dandruff despite their claims that it gets rid of it. sally, CHEstEr

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I seem to have very little energy and feel tired all the time although I get eight hours sleep every night. Why? Mr G Jones, North Wales

You need to go to your doctor and ask him to test your blood. Prolonged lethargy is often a low level on iron (mild anaemia), lack of exposure to the sun or an underactive thyroid but there are more serious conditions too. Men are generally less likely to go to the doctor, but you should. You do not state your age or whether you are having any problems in the bedroom department, but you need to be brutally honest to get a definitive diagnosis. The body reaches it’s zenith at 30 yearsof-age, after which we start the slow downhill slide that comes with ageing. Get out in the fresh air and go for a walk, ensure you are eating healthily and make an appointment to see you GP.

‘raving jingoist’

I don’t see myself as a raving jingoist, far from it, but I do tend to agree with pretty well everything that you wrote in the Commonsense Party Manifesto and so I can’t understand why it is described as a ‘light-hearted look’! In fact, I reckon that, along with most people I know, I would be quite happy to vote for any party with produced such a manifesto! JohN M h WIllIaMs, WelshPool We’ve had such a strong response about the Commonsense Party Manifesto and it’s good to hear that it’s struck a chord with so many people. We’ll return to it in the future!

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Thank you very much for sharing you’re dieting tips in the March/april issue of Yattar Yattar. They helped loads in my success of losing two stone. x soPhIe Congratulations on your success, Sophie! You can take a look at this issue’s forum for more tips about eating healthily.


Food Alert: Always Read the Label! By Stephanie Anne Lloyd

Regular readers will remember my comments about the need to avoid processed (manufactured) food and drinks which are full of artificial sugars (corn syrup) which your body cannot metabolise and therefore lays down fat. So now you know that sugar in all it’s hidden identities and artificial sweeteners are bad for your health you need to read the labels very carefully. Obviously vegetables in their original form are all okay, as is fish, seafood and meat providing they are in recognisable form (not in pies and sausages or processed ready meals). Avoid soy products, fried foods and all cereals, even Special K, and I have shopped at Sainsbury’s since restrict your intake of fruit the days of food rationing – back then as many are high in fructose they had gas lighting and marble-topped sugar. Berries, bananas are preferable to apple and oranges. counters… they have to stock everything, so I do not blame the supermarkets Apart from still and carbonated water, all drinks contain sugar or aspartames which are best avoided. It’s sugar, not fat, that piles on the pounds. Food manufacturers have resorted to renaming ingredients to disguise the sugar content either by labelling as E numbers of using different names such as fructose, lactose and corn syrup or even just letters such as HFCS. I do my main shopping at Sainsbury’s so for an example I am using one of their products that I like, yet only have as an occasional treat – mint jelly. How much mint as a percentage would you guess was in it? The label says that the mint jelly is just 1% (one percent in case you think it is a typo!) mint. The highest ingredient is sugar. How much would they sell if it was more accurately labelled ‘sugar jelly’? I do not blame the supermarkets or the manufacturers as they simply supply what we crave for. I have shopped at Sainsbury’s since the days of food rationing – back then they had gas lighting and marble-topped counters. They like all other suppliers have to stock everything we want otherwise they will be crushed by their competitors. Eating doesn’t have to be boring and treating yourself once a week to something on the blacklist is okay as long as you eat healthily the other six. Since our exit from the hotel trade, I have lost three stone by avoiding sugars and carbohydrates. I now have more energy (scary I know) and I sleep and feel better. Give it a go. You have nothing to lose except some weight!

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The power of TV advertising! The phase ‘there are lies, damn lies and marketing’ really illustrates how small the difference between the three is. If you look closely at TV adverts, you will always see in very small type at the bottom of the screen a disclaimer or legal get out of jail jargon. I believe this brand says ‘as seen at a distance of two metres’. Other ads claim something like ‘90% of women saw an improvement after 28 days’ and in very small print it will say ‘out of a sample of 120 surveyed’. The truth is that your hair is dead. Only the roots are alive, which is why it doesn’t hurt when you have your hair cut but does when you pull it out. Nothing can do much. Yes the glup made from remnants of crude oil will coat it and make it look glossy but while I don’t suggest you try this, not washing your hair for a few weeks will give you the same results. If you have dandruff, shampoo using Selsun (available from Boots) which you massage into your scalp and then make the final rinse with clean water with vinegar added.





20th March – 20th April Erich Fromm wrote a book called The Art of Loving, in your case it’s more like loving the art but it’s becoming a bore so increase the volume on romance, Christmas being a perfect time to do it. Magic’s in the air so conjure up a lovely illusion to soften the edges of your desires then make it a reality!


20th April – 21st May Saturn now in the middle of Scorpio indicates you’re half way through a problem and full moon in Taurus on 17th November suggests giving way on an issue that’s become a tug of war between you and someone equally stubborn! When a book and a head collide and there’s a hollow sound it doesn’t always mean it’s the book!


21st May – 21st June Your best quality is optimism and worst fault is inconsistency, you could sell sand to the Arabs but you might not deliver on time. As the festive period draws closer others have to make plans and your input is essential, lip service will not do and charm will be ineffective but adaptability will give good timing a helping hand.


21st June – 23rd July Your sign is generally associated with the Mother and its opposite sign Capricorn, the Father, but of course there are male Cancerians and female Capricorns, this is why so many of you Cancerians are engaged in a struggle with emotions, alpha male energy is coming at you. Confront delicate issues and be more assertive, you have to make a stand.


23rd July – 23rd August You are your own creation and are right to take pride in it but remember you’re still a work in progress. It’s why you mustn’t take notice of criticism being aimed at you – critics feed on other people’s efforts, so stay the lion or lioness you are – regal, proud and not deterred by those who seek to take your crown.


23rd August – 23rd September In ancient times bread was considered a gift from the gods, not the slang term now used for money – heaven won’t provide that, you must. Mars arriving in December in the second zone of your chart representing money and security suggests curbing your spending, it’s the wrong time maybe but remember it was bread that came from heaven not pennies!

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23rd September – 22nd October You’ve dealt with much soul searching and shocks during the past ten months. Just as well you’ve extra energy this December to meet a social whirl because it’s what you like and what you need. Fun can be exhausting but it’s invigorating so pull out the cork and put some fizz into your life in preparation for a new year.


23rd October – 22nd November Scorpios will feel a force field around them this November due to a powerful eclipse on the 3rd and a full moon in Taurus on the 17th. A spectacular storm will clear the air for a fresher feel to your life, you won’t exactly sparkle like the frost underfoot but you will feel the warmth of the home fires.


22nd November – 21st December A celebrity is known for their fame – that may not be you, however you’re famous for having answers to many questions so answer this: Why do people sometimes take umbrage over what you say? You don’t know? Consider the word tactless because it’s something you need to avoid being as Christmas draws near and chaos begins.


21st December – 20th January Life can be frittered away by detail so look at the bigger picture. Solstice sees a lot of activity around the sign of the goat meaning you’ll move around more than usual, untethered from trivia. You’ve a lot to organise this winter so open your eyes to possibilities where before there were impossibilities. That’s what comes from looking rather than thinking!


20th January – 19th February Yule means the yoke of the year, the point of balance across the lowest point of sunlight, now what does this piece of science mean to you? Metaphorically a load is off your shoulders and you will feel lighter in spirit. You’re in the process of unburdening yourself so feel free to follow the dictates of your own heart for a change.


19th February – 20th March Most people don’t see a practical side to you but there is one and it’s needed now to deal with opposition from someone trying to be assertive over a proposed plan. The problem is logistics, it’s all too complex, simplicity is what’s required and you’re good at this so three key words to success here are – trim the sails!

Gloria was trained in the art of astrology at the prestigious Faculty of Astrological Studies in London. This involved astronomy and the study of longitude and latitude of planets and the ‘relations’ they make through what are called ‘angles’. Astrology is also about intuition and understanding. Gloria has worked for many celebrities – Sally Burton, Richard Burton’s widow says: ‘Gloria makes a difference to your life.’ Other clients have included Jerry Hall and David Bailey. Go online to, or you can email

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