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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 offers confirmed today (15th August) include: Cambridge Cardiff Durham Exeter Hong Kong Imperial College Kings College Lancaster Loughborough Nottingham Reading Sheffield St Andrews UCL Warwick
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contents SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013 4 What’s on Make the most of your days off with our pick of the best attractions in Wales, Shropshire and Cheshire 28 Yattar revieWs Find out what we thought of the latest shows 36 haunted castles Get spooked for Halloween with the stories behind haunted houses and castles! 42 Yattar holidaYs Find the best spots for a ‘home away from home’ with our guide to holiday parks 48 lYons revieW Read about our visit to Lyons Woodlands Park and Hotel 50 Yattar active Fun and exciting activities outdoors this autumn 57 Yattar escaPes The best hotels and their current best offers on short breaks 59 hotel revieW We head to Llandudno to stay at St George’s Hotel 60 Food tasters Food is great, local food is
better! Find out where and what local foods you should taste this season 64 Food Festivals Spend a day tasting, learning and purchasing at a food festival near you 66 arts corner Whether you like to admire other peoples art or create your own, you’ll love these arts and craft pages 70 homes and Gardens Use our tips and advice to turn your house into a stylish home. 74 reliGht mY Fire Hear from the experts about the best ways to keep your home cosy and heated this winter 79 vets and WildliFe Animal lovers head here for the latest on our furry friends 80 WeddinG Belles Planning a wedding is meant to be fun, so kick stress aside with our simple guide to planning the big day. 89 Yattar celeBrities Follow the celebrities that were born in a town near you!
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WHAT’S ON NORTH WALES Visit the birthplace of the Grammatica Britannica Dolbelydr is considered to be one of Wales’ ‘lost houses’. It is treasured not only as a fine example of a 16th century, stone-built manor house, which has survived remarkably unaltered, but also because it was where Henry Salesbury (1561–c1605), a distinguished physician, humanist scholar and a cousin of the Salusburies, one of the most powerful families of Tudor Wales, wrote his Grammatica Britannica. The Grammatica, published in 1593, was one of the first attempts to impose formal grammar on the Welsh language. This autumn, one of Britain’s largest building conservation charities is opening Dolbelydr, in association with Heritage Open Days. These free open days will give people an opportunity to see inside this important local landmark and learn more about its history and restoration. The restoration received European recognition and a European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award in 2007.
When Doldbelydr was acquired by the Landmark Trust in 1999, the house was floorless and roofless, though unaltered primary features remained, including some fine timber mullioned windows and most of the original beams that made up the massive open truss roof in the main room. Craftsmen using traditional techniques enabled much of the original fabric to be repaired and reinstated. This restoration was supported by many donors and by grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and CADW. Dolbeldyr will be open to the public from 10am until 4pm from 12th to 15th September, and 10am until 1pm on 16th September. All are welcome to attend the open days and there is no need to book. A free information leaflet will be available which explains the building’s history and restoration. For more information please contact the landmark trust on 01628 825925 or email bookings@ landmarktrust.org.uk
Join Wrexham Heritage to make history come alive this autumn
This September, Wales’ most iconic buildings and unusual sites will open their doors to visitors free of charge as part of the annual Open Doors programme. Among the buildings and sites taking part are some that are usually closed Wrexham County borough to the public. Last year’s museum and archives participants included ‘Hafoty’, a beautiful medieval hall-house cared l From 30th September for by Cadw near Llansadwrn in Discover the MeDieval city: Anglesey (see above), and a Grade Places, voices, Journeys II listed farm complex restored Wrexham muSeum This touring by Village Alive Trust in exhibition explores life in the Monmouthshire, while medieval city of Chester and how its role as a place of this year Dolbelydr, pilgrimage and trade, where Henry and its location on the Salesbury border with Wales wrote his did you know? shaped the lives of Grammatica its inhabitants and In medieval Europe, Britannica, their neighbours. owls were thought to l until 3rd will be november be witches in disguise, among the Post haste! many unseen gems open to the public. and if you heard one berSham Open Doors is organised by the Civic heritage Centre hoot it meant the death Trust for Wales and supported by Cadw, the A touring exhibition of someone close by the Northop Welsh Government’s historic environment Heritage Group on the to you service. The programme is part of European perils of posting a letter Heritage Days which take place throughout in the age of mail coaches September across 50 countries in a celebration of and highwaymen. architecture and heritage. Visit www.opendoorsdays.org.uk l until 3rd november MaDe in WrexhaM for more information and for a full programme of events. berSham heritage Centre Wrexham helped build modern
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Britain and manufacturing helped create modern Wrexham. Find 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. l 6th September the caPeD custoDians Wrexham muSeum An activity packed evening for younger children inspired by the Mold gold cape. Suitable for families with children aged five to seven. l 21St September llay Brass BanD triBute to our Mining heritage WrexhaM muSeum On the eve of the Gresford colliery disaster commemorate the history of coal mining in Wrexham. Listen to Llay Welfare brass band evoke the memories of an industry that has declined but will never be forgotten. l 25th oCtober haunteD heritage centre berSham heritage Centre A Museums at Night adventure in one of the spookiest places in Wrexham, with special activities laid on for family groups. Suitable for families with children aged seven to 11. l 26th oCtober – 3rd november signeD, sealeD anD secret berSham heritage Centre Drop-in activities for families; learn how to write with a quill, seal a letter and write secret messages.
What’s On in Brief
autumn events on the Ffestiniog and Welsh highland railway
l 5th – 8th septemBer VaynOl COuntry musiC FestiVal Four days of great country music at the beautiful Faenol Estate in Bangor.
this year the Ffestiniog and Welsh highland railway’s heritage Weekend will take on the title Steam 150: 1863 and All That. during the event, the entire railway will go back in time 150 years, with authentic original stock in use for visitors to see. the weekend will also feature costumes, technology, food, customs and even beer and wine from that heady period in history where anything seemed possible and Wales was at the forefront of global industrial development. For Halloween, the railway will be providing plenty of fiendish family frolics with their Halloween trains. From porthmadog you can catch the ghostly train to tan-y-Bwlch, the little station in the big dark woods, or you can instead catch the train from Caernarfon. either way, once you arrive at your destination, expect an evening of fun, fireworks and, of course, things that go bump in the night! steam 150: 1863 and all that will be held from 11th to 13th October. Halloween trains will be running from Porthmadog from 29th to 31st October and from Caernarfon on 31st October. Further details are available at www.festrail.co.uk. Enquiries about any events can be made by calling 01766 516000.
l 8th septemBer Banger raCing and Class Car OVal raCing Coastal Raceway (formerly Prestatyn Circuit) at Pydew Farm near Prestatyn, north Wales hosts racing in a friendly atmosphere both drivers and spectators can enjoy. l 13th – 15th septemBer anglesey COuntry and Western FestiVal A two-day festival in Cemaes Bay featuring country and western bands from all over the UK.
l 13th – 15th septemBer FestiVal nO. 6 Head to Portmerion for a festival unlike any other, featuring headline performances from My Bloody Valentine and the Manic Street Preachers (pictured above), as well as a huge variety of other acts and activities throughout the weekend.
North Wales Jazz By Brian White
If you believe Britney Spears bestrides the musical landscape like a colossus, I’m afraid there’s nothing to interest you here – please move along. But if you prefer that which swings and surprises with every crotchet, then grab a seat, coffee’s on the way. And if you happen to know that the great Mr Armstrong’s name was pronounced ‘Lewis’, not ‘Loo-ey’, we might even uncork a bottle of something therapeutic. You’re among friends. The good people at North Wales Jazz have been promoting live music for 23 years and regularly stage concerts all across our region. With internationally acclaimed and award winning guitarist Martin Taylor MBE as president, NWJ has brought numerous stellar names to the area. A recent triumph was singing star Clare Teal, whose BBC Radio 2 show is a must for big band lovers. And imagine seeing the great US guitarist Mundell Lowe, accompanist to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett,
giving an intimate performance did you know? in a hotel near When asked for his Mold. Fardefinition of jazz fetched? It music, Louis Armstrong happened, replied: ‘If you’ve got thanks to NWJ. to ask, you’ll never The trumpetknow’ led Enrico Tomasso Quartet is due at the Royal British Legion, Llay in late September while a busy October sees Bill Basey’s Gramophone Five Plus Four at the Farmer’s Arms in St Asaph, celebrated saxophonist Dave O’Higgins at Menai Bridge’s Victoria Hotel and New York guitarist Jack Wilkins at the Catrin Finch Centre in Wrexham. November means an all-star line-up with pianist David Newton’s Trio, featuring the great Don Weller on sax and trumpeter Martin Shaw, at Clwyd Theatre Cymru in Mold. You don’t need to ‘understand’ jazz to enjoy the sound it makes. If it’s true that music appeals either to the head, the heart or the feet, jazz is the ultimate triple whammy. Put a swing in your step! Details at www.northwalesjazz.org.uk
l 14th – 15th septemBer Welsh autOFest A two-day Welsh autofest in the Anglesey County Showground. This spectacular festival of motoring nostalgia will also feature the first North Wales Classic Truck n’ Country Music Festival. l 22nd septemBer COmBat sOldier A 6km obstacle run including mud, water and plenty more starting in Wepre Park, Connah’s Quay. l 27th – 29th septemBer aBersOCh Jazz FestiVal Returning for 2013, the Abersoch Jazz Festival (pictured right) is back with an all new format. Check www. abersochjazzfestival.com to see a full line-up. l 4th – 6th OCtOBer llyn aCOustiC guitar FestiVal Three days of workshops and concerts with performers and tutors, Gordon Giltrap, Stuart Ryan and Gary Ryan. l 19th OCtOBer CamBrian rally A major motor rally, the GON Cambrian Rally is the final round of the British Trials and Rally Drivers Championship attracting top drivers from throughout the UK.
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EXPLORE NORTH WALES IN COMFORT - BY TRAIN ! Our two narrow-gauge railways run through the very heart of the Snowdonia National Park and provide the perfect way to relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery - during a car-free, care-free journey in comfortable carriages complete with an ‘at-your-seat’ buffet service and on-train toilets. Trains run throughout the year with a daily service from late March to the end of October. There is always plenty to entertain the whole family, both on and around the railways - you can ride the trains all day, take a shorter trip to one of our many stations and explore local villages and countryside at your leisure before returning on a later train or visit us for one of our popular, ‘family-friendly’ special events. Train times and further information available on our website.
Life Below Stairs 14th and 15th September
Experience life below stairs in a country house.
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Book Fair 28th and 29th September
Erddig second hand book sale.
Apple Festival 5th and 6th October
23rd annual apple festival, with the apple display, cider press, crafts stalls and much more.
Autumn Extravaganza 13th October – 3rd November
Starts with the Erddig 10k, 5k and 2k fun run or ramble! Visit www.expeditionwise.com for more info. Seasonal activities from Autumn ambles, suitable for all ages and abilities, story telling, bushcraft in Wolf’s Den play area and environmental art. See website for a full programme.
Halloween Hootings 27th October
There are spooky goings on at Erddig today, lots to see and do. Why not come along in fancy dress and see if you can scare the staff and volunteers.
Christmas Weekends 23rd November – 15th December (weekends only)
Experience a traditional Victorian Christmas with reindeer, craft stalls, choirs, mulled wine and see Santa in his grotto.
Tickets to see Santa available through the website. Pre-booking essential. Call 01978 355314 for details nationaltrust.org.uk/erddig
Enjoy a ride on our Vintage Train
Have fun in the Engine Sheds
Ride the Miniature Railway
Pay once stay all day! Our Railway Shop has something for everyone, from its selection of railway books, videos and models to gifts, confectionary and souvenirs.
Why not visit The Russell Tea Room We offer a wide selection of teas, coffees, tasty home cooked treats, snacks and meals.
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Life Below Stairs 14th – 15th September 11am – 3:30pm Take a look what life was like for the servants of Erddig, and experience life below stairs in a country house. Apple Festival 5th – 6th October, 11am – 5pm Celebrate the amazing apple at Erddig’s 23rd Apple Festival. Enjoy a full day of apple-related activities and take a look at the apple display, cider press, craft stalls and plenty more. Autumn Extravaganza 13th October – 3rd November, 11am – 4pm Get out and about this autumn with Erddig’s Autumn Extravaganza! Athletes among us can take part in races of a variety of distances through
For more information about Erddig and events throughout the year, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/erddig
THe FIRsT ResORT
The team behind one of the UK’s favourite National Trust properties, Erddig Hall, have been working with award-winning social enterprise, Atsixtyseven, to develop a new choir for their staff and volunteers. At the choir’s first performance during the ‘I Love Erddig’ weekend in July, members shared their first memory of Erddig to launch the House of Memories project. Atsixtyseven are no strangers to the benefits of group singing – the organisation’s Director Wendy Paintsil founded the hugely successful Wrexham Community Choir, which has been running for a year and a half and already has over 120 singing members!
Ramble with the Warden
the grounds, including a 10k, 5k and 2k. Those of us who are more familiar with our sofa than our running shoes might find the ramble more fitting. Throughout the extravaganza, there’ll also be plenty of family friendly activities such as story telling and bushcraft in Wolf’s Den play area and environmental art. Halloween Hootings 27th October, 11am – 4pm There are some spooky goings on at Erddig! There’ll be plenty of scary things to see and lots of Halloweenthemed activities to take part in. Come along in fancy dress and see if you can give the staff a fright!
This September, LLAWN01, a brand new, free, arts festival, will re-introduce an iconic Victorian structure to the shoreline of Llandudno; the bathing machine, which was a necessary component of seaside etiquette in the 19th century. Six bespoke Victorian-style bathing machines will form the heart of the festival. Each bathing machine will be the inspiration and the venue for a series of specially commissioned events by artists that will litter the prom, the seashore and town centre. These fascinating replicas will be brought to life as beautifully customised, mobile mini-theatres/ galleries to house a series of did you know?
Founded in 1895, the dear old National Trust now has over four million members!
Join the estate team at Chirk Castle for a walk to explore Chirk’s historic landscape and beautiful surrounding countryside. Walks of various lengths and difficulties will be departing from the castle’s car park and you will be guided through the castle grounds to make sure that you get to see all the best bits. Rambles with the Warden will take place on Wednesday 25th September and Wednesday 30th October. For more information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ chirk-castle or call 01691 777701.
performances and installations that connects with the town’s history. Small audiences enter a darkened room to experience a unique combination of a camera obscura and live performance. There will also be numerous parallel activities and events throughout Llandudno, created in collaboration with the festival’s key partners; Mostyn, Helfa Gelf, Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy County Council, and Venue Cymru to name but a few. LLAWN01 will be held from 20th to 22nd September along Llandudno promenade and throughout the town.
Ride the ghostly train through Witches Woods to seek out the spirits and spooks of Llanberis Lake Railway, if you dare! Take the kids along for a spooky treasure hunt treat to celebrate Halloween. If you manage to spot all the treasures, take your completed list back to the station and kids will receive a well-earned reward for helping the railway to track down all their ghosts. The Halloween Hunt runs from 27th October to 2nd November. Visit www.lake-railway. co.uk or call 01286 870549 for more information and for more events throughout the year.
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WHaT’s ON at Theatr Clwyd l DaytOna 16TH – 21sT sepTembeR Happy in their shared passion for ballroom dancing, Joe and Elli plan to win the next big competition. But the unexpected arrival of a figure from their past threatens to throw everything off balance. What can this man want of them on this cold winter’s night? What can possibly be gained from this uneasy reunion? l amY Wadge aNd peTe RILeY IN CONCeRT 19TH sepTembeR Amy Wadge is widely regarded as one of the country’s most successful female singer/songwriters. Over the course of five solo albums and live performances all over the globe, she has established an outstanding body of work. Pete Riley recently returned to his native Liverpool after spending some ten years touring the US with the iconic American artist Edwin McCain and with his own band Treehouse. l FReddY KempF 22Nd sepTembeR One of today’s most successful pianists, performing to sellout audiences everywhere. Exceptionally gifted, he has built a unique reputation as an explosive and physical performer who is not afraid to take risks, as well as a serious and sensitive musical artist. l RICHaRd duRRaNT 12TH OCTObeR Known widely as the Guitar Whisperer, Richard Durrant is a world-class virtuoso with an imaginative flair for presentation that has endeared him to audiences in the UK, Europe and South America. l alice in WOnDeRlanD 17TH – 19TH OCTObeR Step into an upside-down world where familiar things are made strange, with enchanting and horrifying results. Alice in Wonderland is about crossing the threshold between childhood and adulthood… l eRic anD little eRn 5TH – 8TH NOV This affectionate, moving and fantastically funny homage to the greatest comedy double act that Britain has ever seen vividly brings back warm memories of a bygone era. Visit www.clwyd-theatrcymru.co.uk or call 0845 330 3565.
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What’s On at Venue Cymru l The BOhemians 13Th sepT Re-enacting the glory days of Queen including the craziness of the 70s and the magic of the 80s, The Bohemians are proving themselves to be the most dynamic and exciting Queen tribute band currently touring. l Blood Brothers 16Th – 21sT sepTemBer Written by Willy Russell, Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. l the ButterFly lion 23rd – 28Th sepTemBer From the acclaimed writer of War Horse comes this award winning tale of enduring friendship. From the African veld to the rolling Cotswolds and the battlefields of First World War France, follow the adventures of Bertie and the White Lion as they strive to find sanctuary. l ed Byrne: roarinG Forties 2nd OcTOBer A self-confessed miserable old git since the age of 23, Ed Byrne is now in his forties. While for others this might result in a crisis that prompts the purchase of a sports car, Ed embraces middle age with open arms: ‘I am in my forties. Hear me roar!’ l The reduced shakespeare cOmpany in the Complete Works oF shakespeare (aBridGed) 3rd OcTOBer All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine years in London’s West End at the Criterion Theatre! Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. l a midsummer niGht’s dream 12Th OcTOBer Critics Circle Award winning company, Ballet Cymru (formerly Independent Ballet Wales), present an extraordinary adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece. l JasOn manFOrd: First World proBlems 14Th – 15Th OcTOBer Everybody’s favourite northern comedian has announced a brand new tour for 2013, delivered with Jason’s likeable charm and wit. Back TO BrOadWay 19Th OcTOBer Ashow that is a celebration of all that is best about Musical Theatre, from Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, to Summer Nights and Footloose. Visit www.venuecymru.co.uk. Book your tickets online or by calling the box office on 01492 872000.
Denbigh, I presume? By Carmen Diaz-Gutierrez, historian
Ujiji, West Tanzania, 10th November 1871. Two men meet for the very first time. One, Henry Morton Stanley, explorer, journalist and adventurer. The other, David Livingstone a stubborn medical missionary and explorer. From that moment on, a famous greeting, ‘Dr. Livingston, I presume?’ would circulate and make them both known worldwide. It was a catchphrase, short and effective, however reportedly untrue and that would plague Stanley forever. What was not presumed is that John Rowlands, also known as Sir Henry Morton Stanley, was born in Denbigh, on 28 January 1841. He was the illegitimate son of Elizabeth Parry and John Rowlands, though some authors dispute this. After a painful childhood and teenage years, he reinvented himself when he left Britain for New Orleans, USA in 1858. There, after befriending a businessman, Henry Hope Stanley, who became fond of him, John adopted his name and made it his own. Henry Stanley was born. An American name, Morton, was added later. As a soldier in the American Civil War, seaman and later as a journalist, travelling extensively as a newspaper correspondent, he acquired a sharp eye and knowledge which would result in a fruitful career and reputation. His services were required by the British Government and the King of Belgium amongst others (King Leopold II of Belgium hired him to explore the territory of Congo), but it was The New York Herald newspaper that commissioned him to find Dr. Livingstone at whatever cost and catapulted him to fame. After some intense years exploring, tracing maps, writing books and lecturing, he returned to Britain. The homeland started to pay tribute to his achievements and honoured him together with foreign countries: Honorary Member of the Royal Geographic Society, LL.D. (Cambridge and Edinburgh), Star of Service of the Congo, amongst others. He married Dorothy Tennant, a Victorian painter, on the 12 July 1890, at Westminster Abbey. Later they adopted a child, Denzil. Although a naturalized US citizen, Stanley again became a British subject in 1892, sat in Parliament (1895–1900), and was knighted (1899). He died on 10 May 1904, at his residence in Furze Hill, Surrey.
Flushed with success! The roses are out at Bodnant Garden and giving their best display in living memory – crowning seven years of dedicated work to create one of the finest rose gardens in Wales. Two rose terraces at the National Trust garden near Conwy have Hang on to your broomsticks been completely redesigned and – GreenWood Forest Park has the hard work is paying off this some spooktacular treats in year with a spectacular display of around store this October half term! 1,500 plants – that’s around 30,000 flowers! Get creative with creepy crafts ‘Developing the rose beds has been a top priority in recent years and has taken a lot of – make lanterns, ghosts and time, skill and dedication by our gardeners,’ monstrous masks, create your says acting head gardener, Adam Salvin. own Harry Potter broomstick ‘It’s finally paying off this year and I’m and bring a witch’s pet to proud to say we now have one of the finest life. Keep your eyes peeled rose gardens in Wales. None of for witches and other spooky the gardeners here can creatures in the trees, or remember the roses ever become one yourself with looking this good!’ The rose terraces freaky face painting. of Bodnant Garden During the week, a did you know? were originally created in the early 1900s special visit from the The rose family also and over the years had become tired and in North Wales Bird need of rejuvenation. The top rose terrace includes apples, pears, Trust and their owls was renovated in 2006 and the lower rose apricots, cherries, plums, will be a delight not terrace last year. Gardeners had to dig out to be missed as you and replace around 500 tonnes of soil from peaches, apricots and accompany them on a both terraces. Paths were re-laid and pergolas even almonds! repainted. The English roses planted at Bodnant walk through the woods. Gardens provide flushes in July and August, but halloween events will be there is a continuous display until October, with taking place during october some even flowering until November. Make sure you half term, from Saturday 26th grab your chance to see them before they’re gone! october, with a special show Find out more about what’s going on at Bodnant Gardens by visiting on Thursday 31st October. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden
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Llangollen Steam Gala and Haloween Llangollen Railway has been a popular tourist attraction since 1975 when it was started by a group of enthusiasts who saw the potential for a scenic heritage railway line through the Dee Valley. The line starts at Llangollen Station, located beside the Dee River Bridge in Llangollen Town and continues for seven and a half miles upstream to the village of Carrog. The line, located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, passes through one of the most scenic and historically interesting valleys in Britain with the Berwyn Mountains towering above on either side as it follows the course of the River Dee. The Railway offers service trains everyday from Easter to September. Llangollen Railway’s famous Steam Gala is taking place on 30th, 31st August and 1st September where the guest engine will be Erlstoke Manor 7812 and will be running on intensive timetable along with the railways home fleet. One, two or three day rover tickets are available. Llangollen Railway are also offering a night of murder, mystery and intrigue on 14th September as their ever-popular murder mystery trains return for ‘Miss Maple gets in a Jam’. Travel back to 1932 when it is once again time for the annual Bumble Hollow village fête, where Miss Maple makes her return and meets up with all her old friends and foes. Come dressed to impress in a period costume – there’s a prize for the best dressed. The first attraction Booking is essential for this popular event. to use the name Test your nerve when you visit Llangollen ‘Ghost Train’ was a Railway for their Halloween event, Fright Night on the Ghost Train which, of course, will be held on scary attraction at 31st October. Visit www.llangollen-railway.co.uk Blackpool Pleasure for more information.
What’s On at William Aston Hall l The DriFTers, 14Th sepTember
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See The Drifters in concert as part of their 60th anniversary ‘Diamond Dynasty’ tour. Including songs such as Under The Boardwalk, Saturday Night At The Movies, Up On The Roof, Kissin’ In The Back Row, Come On Over To My Place, More Than A Number In My Little Red Book and many more from The Drifters vast back catalogue. l The WOrlD’s GreaTesT michael JacksOn TribuTe cOncerT 6Th OcTOber Fronted by one of the USA’s leading Michael Jackson tribute artists, along with an incredible live band and dance troupe, this production will leave you in no doubt as to why Michael will always be remembered as the King of Pop. l Jimmy carr: GaGGinG Order, 12Th OcTOber Brand new show, brand new jokes, same old Jimmy. The show will be packed with one-liners, stories and jokes. Some clever, some rude and a few totally unacceptable. Everybody’s welcome. Just leave your conscience, sense of common decency and moral compass at home and come on out for a laugh! l JimeOin: What?! 14Th OcTOber Hilarious world-class stand-up from internationally acclaimed star of Live at the Apollo, The Royal Variety Performance, Channel 4’s Comedy Gala 2012, Best of Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Jason Manford’s Comedy Rocks and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.
White, 15Th OcTOber Join Vienna Festival Ballet on a magical journey with their brand new production of Snow White. World premiere choreography propels this timeless fairytale and answers the question, ‘who is the fairest one of all?’ l rhOs male VOice chOir 19Th OcTOber National Eisteddfod winners in 2011 and 2012, and finalists in S4C’s Côr Cymru 2013, Côr Meibion Rhosllannerchrugog perform their 2013 annual concert. l JeThrO, 23rD OcTOber Always slightly on the edge, Jethro’s fruity Cornish humour is the perfect remedy to cheer us all. Turning everyday events into farcical stories, embellished into hilarity with his trademark west country dialect. Tales told with such effortless rhythm, timing and charm that it just melts all seriousness into pure laughter. The perfect anecdote to everyone’s day. Contains adult humour. Age guide 15+. l aDam hill: happyiSm 26Th OcTOber Fresh from his triumph as host of Channel 4’s critically acclaimed entertainment show The Last Leg, Australian funny man Adam Hills returns to the UK with his long overdue and highly anticipated new show Happyism. to book your tickets to any of the shows at William aston hall, visit www.glyndwr.ticketsolve.com or call the box office on 01978 293293.
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Local Hero: Fighting to breathe… By Lauren Forbes
Despite suffering from cystic fibrosis, Aaron Aby from Wrexham has fought both mentally and physically against the disease, coming out the other side a remarkable role model. Aaron has suffered with cystic fibrosis from birth, although he was not diagnosed until the age of two. The disease, commonly known as CF, is a life-shortening inherited disease, affecting almost 10,000 people in the UK. CF is caused by a faulty gene; this gene controls the movement of salt and water in and out of your cells, so the lungs and digestive system become clogged with mucus, making it hard to breathe and digest food. After Aaron was diagnosed, his parents were always told that he would not be able to exercise or play sports, but Aaron was quick to prove doctors wrong. He first jumped into football, playing for a professional club and his country until he was seventeen, when he was unfortunately released due to the club not being willing to take a chance on him because of his CF. Aaron then delved into MMA (mixed martial arts) thanks to his uncle, Julian Aby, who started coaching one class a week. Aaron now has a seven to zero winning streak as a semi-professional fighter and last June, he made his debut as a professional fighter. Aaron also donates part of his purse and a lot of sponsorship money from each of his fights to the CF Trust. Aaron inspires those around him and has even been involved in opening a gym in Wrexham, called IPC, where he helps others train and achieve their goals. He has rebelled against the disease, accomplishing things that he was told was beyond his reach and proven himself to be an inspirational and generous man. Watch this space – you haven’t seen the last of him yet! If you want to find out more or would like to donate to Aaron’s cause, visit www.cftrust.org
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WHAT’S ON NORTH WALES
What’s On at Pontio
l 1st sept, Reach the StaRS West End and Broadway star John Owen Jones joins Côr Ysgol Glanaethwy for a night of musical classics. l 18th – 19th september cyfaill a te yn y GRuG Two moving dramatisations about the life and work of Welsh author Kate Roberts. l 20th september, BaRBwR Sefil A Welsh language adaptation of Gioachino Rossini’s operatic masterpiece. l 28th – 29th september i’m with the Band Two performances about a rock group called ‘The Union’ who fall out and break up. Two local bands will perform over the two nights as warm-up: Addicted To Fish (Saturday show) and Gethin Griffiths. l 4th – 5th OctOber BodieS in uRBan SpaceS A travelling dance performance visiting unseen and re-discovered urban spaces in Bangor. l 4th Oct, caBaRet: the maGic
tomBolinoS A performance by The Magic Tombolinos (pictured above), a funky salsa and gypsy band with a jazz influence. l 5th Oct, toy piano and otheR inStRumentS A musical hour featuring unusual music on the toy piano, French horn and flute. l 12th OctOber, aR y RêlS An evening with Wales’ finest pop/folk rising stars. l 19th Oct, max bOyce The unforgettable Max in concert with special guests. l 22nd Oct, Jim causley, Julie murphy & ceri OWenJOnes Trio celebrating work of Devon poet Charles Causley. l 26th Oct, SuStainaBle Science: fun with RoB wix A hands-on fun science session
Go online to www.pontio.co.uk for more information.
North Wales Snippets Pint Sized! A humble waterside pub in north Wales was recently voted the third best beach bar in the world! Brushing off stiff competition from Australia, America and South Africa, the Ty Coch Inn (picture top right), located in beautiful Porthdinllaen was narrowly pipped to the top spot by the Pelican Bar in Negril, Jamaica, and Badeschiff, in Berlin in a survey conducted by the holiday company, Cheapflights, who rated establishments on ‘vibe, location and individuality’. The unassuming bar started life as a vicarage in 1823 before opening as an inn in 1842 to feed shipbuilders from the nearby harbour. HaPPy BirtHday This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Royal Air Force’s mountain rescue service, with north Wales firmly in the centre of the celebrations; not only does the volunteer service currently have its headquarters at RAF Valley on Anglesey, but it was in the
mountains of Snowdonia that the concept was born, initially to rescue downed airmen during World War II. Nowadays, this wonderful service offers crucial assistance to stranded mountaineers and people in distress 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Celebrations of this impressive milestone began in July and are scheduled to run throughout the year. HigH and dry The remains of over 30 shipwrecks languish in Llandudno Bay – one of the oldest being the Phoenix, a warship wrecked in 1642 off the Great Orme. Probably the best-known wreck is that of the 280-ton brig Hornby that hit a cliff on New Year’s Day in 1824. Today, the site of the disaster is known as Hornby Cave, and the surrounding cliffs as Hornby Crags. Of the 15 passengers on board, only one survived – a man named John Williams who, after being thrown into the sea on impact with the rocks, managed to scramble up the cliff to safety.
Explore the rich history of Denbighshire this autumn with these great events from the Denbighshire Heritage Service. l the life and
timeS of the ladieS plaS newydd 31st auGust – 1st september, 11– 4pm Meet Lady Eleanor Butler, join her for a relaxing stroll around Plas Newydd’s grounds and hear the story of her journey to Plas Newydd with her ‘beloved’ companion Sarah Ponsonby. l aS you like it nantclWyd y dre 1st september, 6pm The Lord Chamberlain’s Men is an open air theatre company built upon the same principles that Shakespeare himself followed: to present bold, clear and dynamic productions that excite and engage the audience. Set in the garden of Wales’ oldest timbered town house, the atmosphere and performance, creates a truly thrilling event for the audience. Please bring your own low-backed seating or rugs. Picnics are welcome; however naked flames are not permitted. Sun hats, sun cream, sunglasses, raincoats and rain hats should all be considered. l ladieS in the landScape, plas neWydd, llanGOllen 7th – 8th september, 11am – 4pm Mary Caryll, the faithful and and fearsome Irish servant of the Ladies of Llangollen takes you on a tour of Plas Newydd and its gardens with stories of the 19th century labourers and residents. l oveR the caStle wall
nantclWyd y dre 21st – 22nd september, 11am – 4pm
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A light hearted promenade performance in the house and gardens (weather permitting) of Nantclwyd y Dre. Hear about the relationship between the people of the house, their neighbours in Ruthin Castle and Ruthin town told through story, music and song. l SaintS, SinneRS, heRoineS and heRoeS, ruthin GaOl 28th september, 11am – 4pm Discover Denbighshire’s past, through the myths and legends of its people. Sung and told by a character of the county, Anne Williams, an inmate at the gaol in 1871. l Get me out of heRe! ruthin GaOl 29th september, 11am – 4pm Hear the true stories from the prisoners of life ‘inside’, some terrifying, some tragic and some funny. Hear the songs they sang and the music they heard from the depths of their prison cells (pictured above).
find out more about denbighshire heritage Service online at www. denbighshire.gov.uk
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22nd september Piantel is an established musical duo that has been performing as soloists on harp and piano for years; in 2005 they decided to combine their musical talents. In their time together they have achieved success with a varied and wide range of experiences. Both Dylan and Annette are extremely well-known all over the country for their individual style and performances, accompanying and performing alongside some of our biggest stars: Bryn Terfel, Katherine Jenkins, Hayley Westenra, Rhys Meirion, Shan Cothi, Gwyn Hughes Jones, to name a few! l dOminic KirWan: my ireland 5th OctOber Dominic Kirwan again brings his own inimitable style to the vast and rich musical heritage of his homeland, in his brand new show. l GhOst hunt With spOOKs niGht 16th nOvember Join the Spooks Nights team for a night of investigation and experiments to see who haunts the Stiwt. Séances, spirit boards and calling out sessions are among the many activities that you’ll be able to take part in. Make sure to wear sensible shoes, and don’t forget to bring a torch! to book tickets for shows at the Stiwt, visit www.stiwt.com or call the box office on 01978 841300.
Anglesey Oyster and Welsh Produce Festival Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th October 2013 At the Trearddur Bay Hotel, Anglesey LL65 2UN Saturday: 10am – 5pm Sunday: 10am – 4pm
£1 for adults Under 16s FREE For further details, contact Jayne (festival organiser) on
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SATURDAY / SADWRN 09.11.2013, 7.30pm Prichard-Jones Hall / Neuadd Prichard-Jones, Bangor
SUNDAY / SUL 10.11.2013, 3pm Venue Cymru, Llandudno
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Heritage Attractions in North East Wales Plas Newydd, Llangollen
‘The Ladies of Llangollen’ eloped from Ireland to this unpretentious little cottage in 1778 and transformed it into a gothic fantasy Touch the elaborate oak carvings in every cosy room, read their diaries and stroll about the gardens as its famous visitors once did (Wordsworth, Byron and the Duke of Wellington to name a few) or enjoy afternoon tea in the Old Stable block.
The only Pentonville-style prison now open to visitors in the UK See for yourself what life was like in a Victorian prison. Imagine the hardship of life where prisoners were fed on gruel, worked on treadmills and were forbidden to speak to one another. Step inside the padded cell or the cold, dark condemned cell…if you dare.
Nantclwyd Y Dre
Tree-ring dating shows this is probably the oldest timbered town house in Wales Built in 1435 on a double-width plot for a wealthy merchant, it has been carefully restored to show seven ages of history. Imagine a Victorian needlework class in Miss Price’s schoolroom, working by candlelight in the mediaeval room or sleeping amid the silk drapes of the Georgian bedchamber.
OPEN APRIL – SEPTEMBER 01824 708218 www.denbighshire.gov.uk/heritage Follow us on twitter, ‘like’ us on facebook!
Investing in our heritage
Ten years ago Llanfyllin’s historic workhouse stood derelict: its windows smashed and boarded up, its floors ankle-deep in rubble and its courtyards an impenetrable jungle. But today it houses a diverse community enterprise which is working hard to bring the building back to life. The workhouse, which was built in 1839 to house 250 paupers, stands in glorious countryside at the entrance to Llanfyllin, an ancient market town on the way to Lake Vyrnwy. Today it belongs to a local charity, the Llanfyllin Dolydd Building Preservation Trust, formed specially to take it on and improve the buildings to their current condition. Now the workhouse (known locally as Y Dolydd) can provide a different and attractive venue for weddings, parties, concerts, exhibitions, fairs and festivals. The latest to be planned is the Food and Craft Fair on 21st to 22nd September, where over 30 trade stands are expected as well as cookery demonstrations, music, a bar, history display and other attractions. More about events and facilities can be found online at www.llanfyllinworkhouse.org
WHAT’S ON MID WALES
Celebrate Halloween with a fun spooky evening train ride along the Talyllyn Railway to the haunted woods at Dolgoch. It’s not just a train ride – you can also enjoy a Halloween feast in King’s Licenced Café. Remember to bring along your Jack-o’-lantern masterpieces – prizes will be given for the best ones. Both kids and parents are welcome to come in fancy dress, and kids will receive a Halloween goodie bag at the DON’T FORGET! end of their spooky trip1 To receive a The Halloween Train will depart from Tywyn Wharf Station at 5:15pm on the 30th and 31st October. The evening personal copy of Yattar is expected to last around two and a half hours. Tickets are Yattar direct to your door, £17 for adults and £8 for children and include a two course turn to page 90 for our meal. Booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Visit www.talyllyn.co.uk or call 01654 710472 to find out more. great subscription
The Silver Mountain Experience near Aberystwyth, Wales looks set to reveal the secrets of its deepest mine workings unseen for over a hundred years. Management at the Ceredigion attraction have teamed up with Liverpool based company Underwater Vision to explore the hidden depths using a state-of-the-art Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and to gain a rare snapshot in time from when the mine was finally abandoned in 1910 after over 160 years of operation. The submersible ROV, fitted with lights and a live-feed video camera has seen wide-ranging uses elsewhere including off-shore wind farms, docks, harbours, reservoirs and power stations. The incredibly clear pictures that have been achieved in such locations are providing hope that despite the murk and gloom of the mine shaft and tunnels there will be much to reveal about life down the mine. At its peak of production in the mid-late 1800s the Llywernog silver-lead mine played a prominent role within the mid-Wales lead mining industry and whilst much of the valuable heritage of this important era in Welsh history has all but disappeared, the Llywernog mine lives on as a popular visitor attraction due to the timely rescue and restoration by the Lloyd-Harvey family. Today visitors can safely take a fascinating tour below ground but deep beneath their feet are a further six levels of workings all flooded since the pumps over 400 feet below at the bottom of the main shaft stopped working when their source of power the giant waterwheel finally stopped turning. The Silver Mountain Experience is open seven days a week from 10am until 5:30pm until 3rd November. For more information, visit www.silvermountainexperience.co.uk
What’s On at… Powis Castle
Great British Walks: Behind the Scenes Walks Every Wednesday, 4th September – 30th October Head to Powis Castle this autumn for a special behind the scenes stroll as part of the National Trust’s ‘Great British Walks’ festival. Join the garden staff every Wednesday in September and October to get a sneak peak at work in progress, seasonal plants and items of interest, plus you’ll be lead to the places not normally open to visitors. Normal admission price to the garden applies, but the tour is free. Limited spaces available, so booking is essential. Heritage Open Day, 14th September Powis Castle opens its doors for the national Heritage Open Day. Bring your friends and family along for a day exploring the grounds and collections of the castle. With so many things to do and a wide range of activities, the open day at Powis Castle is sure to be a real hit with everyone, especially as its free entry all day!
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WHAT’S ON MID WALES
Llanwddyn’s acoustic day
Fed up of hearing that there was ‘nothing on’ in their village of Llanwddyn, ruth Powell and her husband Ken have founded the Llanwddyn event team and will be holding the first ‘Day of Folk and acoustic music’ this september. ‘my husband and i were mulling over what we could put on in the village hall to attract tourists, old and new, from all over the uK to visit the area,’ says ruth. ‘our background is in music, as Ken builds musical instruments for both amateur and professional artists from all over the uK and overseas. We play and sing around the country together and do workshops on guitar building, so using our background as a tool, we decided that it would be a good idea to hold a music event in the village.’ acts booked so far for the festival include Chris While and Julie matthews, mike silver and Johnny Coppin, Ken nicol, Les Barker, the Foxglove trio and the Llansilin Choir. During the day of music, won’t just be helping to make sure that the event goes smoothly, they’ll also be taking to the stage. as well as a day of great music, there’ll also be a craft fair open to both ticket holders and the general public. For more information and to keep up with future events, go online and visit www.llanwddynevents.co.uk
DID YOU KNOW? In 1934, the cardiff Board of catholic action urged parishioners to boycott films the board thought were ‘unwholesome’
Autumn days Enjoy breath-taking scenery as you travel
along the Vale of Rheidol Railway, made all the more spectacular by the crisp autumn colours. Trains run regularly from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge and back until the end of October. Special events include Halloween trains from 31st October until 2nd November and Santa Specials on 14th to 15th and 21st to 23rd December. For more details and a full timetable, visit www.rheidolrailway.co.uk
Welsh mum becomes movie scream queen a Welsh actress and mum, Melanie Denholme, has been busy making horror movies in her spare time and now she’s the focus of a lot of media attention. 33-year-old Melanie loves to act and landed a role in a British Hammer style movie. one thing led to another and this year she has three films coming out through US film companies and is busy answering questions in interviews with horror magazines and radio shows across the world! ‘I’ve had to do all kinds of things – strip naked, sit in baths full of blood, lie dead in the freezing sea, kill lots of people, suck blood and yet I’ve had the time of my life and hope it can continue!’ says Melanie.
Llandrindod Wells: the leading spa in mid Wales
By Carmen Diaz-Gutierrez, Historian Llandrindod Wells forms part of the leading mineral springs of healing properties in mid Wales, together with Llangammarch Wells, Builth Wells and Llanwrtyd Wells. it was first fully referenced in a scholarly and encyclopaedic way in 1769, when its mineral waters were described as ‘very remarkable’ and divided in three groups according to their medicinal purposes: saline pump water; the sulphureous water (commonly called ‘black stinking water’); and the ‘chalybeate rock water’. the saline pump water was then advised for all diseases of the skin. ‘Persons troubled with the scurvy must use the water both as a purgative and the patient must bathe frequently,’ as contemporary chronicles observe. the sulphurous water received its name from the strong smell and the blackness of the channel through which it passed. it was considered excellent for nervous disorders, venereal complaints, gout and rheumatism. the rock water was used for the treatment of ‘all chronic distempers proceeding from a laxity of the fibres’, particularly ‘scurvy, weakness of the nerves and in all female disorders’. in 1917 Llandrindod Wells was declared ‘the leading spa of mid Wales’ and at that stage of the century, which together with the excellent accommodation and recreation (golf, trout and fishing) meant that Lloyd George and sir anthony eden and King edward Vii were among the illustrious visitors.
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Coed y Dinas your Garden, Home
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Powis Castle and Garden Welshpool, Powys, SY21 8RF
a relaxing day out
Open daily until 3 November Gardens from 11am Castle and museum from 12:30pm Members and under 5s go free.
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Sustainability into practice 7 acre visitor centre
with restaurant and shop Water powered cliff railway Open daily
Set in the Severn Valley, close to Powis Castle just one mile south of Welshpool. The restored farm buildings offer a unique shopping experience to explore the many departments. With an abundance of departments you will be spoilt for choice!
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Explore and enjoy Scenic mid Wales by train. The Heart of Wales railway takes you to a whole range of beautiful towns, villages, forests, valleys and rivers in the unspoiled heartlands of rural Wales. Four trains a day Mon – Sat (two on Sunday) between Shrewsbury (just one change of train from the Midlands, Crewe and the North), Llandrindod Wells and Swansea. Circular Day Ranger ticket Shrewsbury – Llandrindod – Swansea – Cardiff – Hereford – Shrewsbury in either direction: over 270 miles of stunning scenery for just £32 (less with a Railcard) Award winning Restored station café now open at Llandovery Dylan Thomas statue Swansea
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‘Last of the Summer Wine’ Autumn Food and Craft Fair Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of September 10 am to 6pm Daily
Featuring Over 30 Traders and Exhibitors Cookery Demonstrations Music and Entertainment Plenty for kids to do Evening Barbecue and Bar ‘Come along and enjoy the very best that Mid-Wales and the Marches have to offer’
Admission: Adults £5, Children Free Please Contact Richard 07773 096061 Train times and fares on www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk Visit www.heart-of-wales.co.uk to see where to go and places to stay.
WHAT’S ON MID WALES
On yer bike!
What’s On... in Brief
How big is a penny farthing’s wheel? And just how uncomfortable were those early bikes compared to today’s hi-tech versions? Find out the answers to these questions and more when you journey through the lanes of cycle history at the National Cycle Museum in Llandrindod Wells, which displays around 250 bikes from throughout history. Among the huge collection are bicycles from as far back as 1819, such as the hobby horse, boneshakers and of course penny farthings. During your visit, you can walk along the museum’s historic street complete with country garage including a 1928 Austin 7, early radio and bicycle shops. Lamp collections, photographs, posters and enamel signs are also on show. The exhibition hall contains displays on past racing stars such as Tom Simpson, Bill Bradley winner of the Milk Race in 1959/60, Billie Dovey the keep-fit lady of the 1930s who rode 30,000 miles in one year, Barry Clarke National Mountain Bike Champion of 1996 and George Nightingale who rode 25 miles in under an hour in 1938, to name but a few. Visit www.cyclemuseum.org.uk to find out more.
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Constitution Hill, the impressive elevation known affectionately as ‘the Consti’ in Aberystwyth, provides spectacular views of the surrounding area, including on a clear day, 26 mountain peaks spanning almost the length of Wales. Here, the longest funicular electric cliff railway in Britain, which has been running since 1896, transports visitors to the summit where they’ll find a huge camera obscura, with a 14 inch lens, offering a panoramic view, reflected onto a circular screen in the viewing gallery below. . l WatER FEatuRE
treat yourself! Sometimes we focus on everyone but ourselves, so when you’re feeling a little down, make sure to reward yourself for being so wonderful! Treat yourself to a little retail therapy and buy that lovely jacket you’ve had One of the most spectacular and magical sights in your eye on for weeks. Skip your morning mid Wales is the Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall, 12 miles west of Oswestry. Its 240 ft (80 m) drop makes it coffee and go for a mood-boosting hot the tallest in Britain, and 60 ft taller than the chocolate instead, or simply treat great Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada. yourself to an ice cream. Go One of the seven wonders of Wales, this on, you deserve it, and breathtaking natural phenomenon, sometimes a little of what said to be protected by faeries DID yOu KnOW you fancy is all you need and spirits, nestles in the Berwyn that...? Mountains, in north Powys and is to raise your spirits!
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behind J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the sing your that reading, if only Rings trilogy. heart out! for 10 minutes, can Whether you are l FamILy tIEs listening to the radio in be enough to reduce Very little is known about Saint Non, the car, favourites on your stress levels other than the fact that she was the iPod or golden oldies on mother of Saint David, the patron saint Radio 2, music is a constant in of Wales. Llanon, a town in Ceredigion, our lives which seems to correlate is so named after its association with Non, who, it is said, was brought up here in the late fifth with mostly positive emotions. In fact, century. This story is commemorated by a modern music has been shown to alter brain waves stained-glass window, showing mother and son, in and trigger a relaxation response so if you the parish church of Llansanffraid. Today, Llanon enjoy the occasional sing-along, even if you’re (Llan-non) is a popular little town, which boasts its not particularly good at it, try it when you’re own beach, church, tearooms and a selection of charming shops. feeling down for an instant pick-me-up!
l 3rd september Fairy tales of Cader Idris Hear the fairy tales of Cader Idris (pictured above) vividly retold at Tal-y-Llyn Heritage Centre. l 4th september Ghost stories by Candlelight Head to the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth to listen to spine-chilling stories of the supernatural – enough to raise the hairs on the back of your neck! l 7th september, heart of Wales Vintage Lorry Rally Dozens of colourful, wonderfully kept, classic lorries and vintage commercial vehicles arrive in convoy in Barmouth as part of their 240-mile run. l 14th – 23rd september Barmouth Festival of Walking Barmouth is the perfect location for the festival, as the less welltrodden mountains of southern Snowdonia offer an untamed wilderness. Walking off the beaten track is made much easier by the company of a guide with knowledge of the route, wildlife and landscape. l 14th september, Poets and Princes Head to Strata Florida Abbey for a day celebrating Strata Florida’s long association with poetry and the arts, organised in partnership with the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies at Aberystwyth. l 20th – 21st september Llanbedr Beer Festival A weekend for all lovers of fine real ale and local entertainment at the Ty Mawr, Llanbedr. l 4th – 6th October, Red Dragon Ride Festival of Endurance The three-day Red Dragon Festival of Endurance at Builth Wells in mid Wales is traditionally the last big event of the endurance riding season, with competitors and their horses from all over the country traveling to the Royal Welsh Showground for the unique atmosphere and the wonderful but tough riding through the beautiful Cambrian mountains.
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WHAT’S ON CHESHIRE Roman aRound ChesteR Get a taste of Chester as it was nearly 2000 years ago with dewa Roman experience…
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popular destination for visitors of all ages, the dewa Chester’s famous Roman experience provides a unique and fascinating look Roman amphitheatre at Chester’s history and the Roman way of life. the all-weather venue features museum displays and interactive activities. had seats for up to as well as the on-site archaeological remains and a variety of 7,000 spectators artefacts, you can also see a reconstructed Roman street. soldier patrols are the perfect way for visitors who are short on time to explore the city. during the tour, you’ll be taken to important Roman sites such as the amphitheatre and the city walls. You’ll discover just what it was like to be a soldier stationed in what was, at the time, the largest Roman fortress in Britain from your guide – an authentically dressed Roman soldier. tours are available for groups either as part of the dewa Roman e experience or separately. alternatively, you can join one of the public tours. The Dewa Roman Experience is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sundays during the peak season (February to November). Find out more at www.dewaromanexperience.co.uk
Described as probably the ‘toughest event on the planet’, Tough Mudder certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted, but if you’re up for a challenge, then grab your running gear and head to Cholmondeley Castle and Gardens this autumn! The 12-mile obstacle course has been designed by Special Forces to test participants’ strength, stamina, determination and camaraderie. Unlike marathons, triathlons and other mud runs, Tough Mudder events are designed to be fun and to encourage teamwork – you’ll need your teammates to boost morale when the going gets tough! It might be a challenge, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time – ‘Tough Mudders’ don’t take themselves too seriously, and whatever happens, you’ll be met at the finish line with a pint and a live band. Tough Mudder events take part all over the country and have already challenged half a million participants worldwide. Tough Mudder will come to Cholmondeley Castle and Gardens on the 5th and 6th October. Visit www.toughmudder.co.uk to find out more.
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Port sunlight s Village trust t is 125 years young! h head to Port sunlight to enjoy the Port sunlight Festival, celebrating the village’s 125th anniversary. the festival takes place over two glorious days in september and includes plenty for the whole family to enjoy. Food lovers and shopaholics alike will be delighted with the ‘Live and Let Dine’ craft and food fair, where over 100 producers will be showing their wares, and of course giving you the chance to take some goodies home! there’ll be the chance to admire some vintage and classic cars over the course of the festival, enjoy live music and ride on traditional fairground attractions. Plus there’s even more shopping to be done at the festival’s retro fairs. man’s best friend needn’t be left out – bring your pooch along to the ‘every Dog has his Day’ loveable dog show. Takes place on 21st and 22nd September. Visit www. portsunlightvillage. com for more information.
Christian names and surnames in Chester, 1272 – 1509ad By Carmen Diaz-Gutierrez, historian names and surnames are interwoven with a powerful combination of history, religion and economy as part of our identity and cultural heritage. in Chester’s case, how did those evolve from the late Xiii century to the beginning of the tudor era? Welsh names seldom appeared under the rule of edward i (1272-1307), whereas there are references to scottish names, influenced by his fighting against the Scottish King Robert the Bruce: aengus, Bruce, Brian, Cormac. From 1272 till 1377, the most usual women’s names were isolda, Mabilia, Wentliana, Alicia, Margeria, Emma, Katerina, Juliana, Johanna, Elena, Agnes, Anota, Letissa, Lucia, Anabilla and Felicia. up to 1377, when surnames became more frequent, the Christian names John, William, Henry, Richard and Ranulph were the favourites in Chester. names were then accompanied by a trade name, preceded by the norman French “le”: nicholas le Tailliour, Alicia le Baxter. Occasionally, the Norman influence coexisted with the english by including a personal or physical trait to distinguish individuals, e.g. William le Small, John le long, Cecilia le bel (the fair), richard le brun (brown). also, a large amount of surnames used a toponym (place name) to establish the person’s origin, such as thomas de derby, Will de Doncaster, John de Snowdon. after the crushing of Glyndwr’s rebellion, severe measures were enforced by henry iV and henry V against the Welsh. this fact had a deep imprint in Chester, hence Welsh names were hardly found and most of the noted entries in Parish records were about persons bound over to keep the peace. under henry Vi (1422-1461), the place of origin is given without the preposition ‘de’, e.g. John Lyverpull, Edmund Lytherland, John Barton. Names of physicians (John Burgonyon of Chester, Chirurgion) were also recorded in archives. With the arrival of henry Vii (1485-1509) on the throne, Welsh names were used quite often (aled, alwyn, Branwen, Colwyn, Glenda, Gwyn).
P-P-Pick up a penguin!
April was a busy time for the staff at the ever-popular Chester Zoo as they played host to some new arrivals – a clutch of four newborn Humboldt penguins! The new arrivals were named after icons from the hit TV show, Dr Who, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and now, at the ripe old age of six months Doctor, Tardis, Davros and Dalek are happily ensconced with a colony of more than 50 penguins in the zoo’s main pool. Chester Zoo funds conservation initiatives in the penguins’ homeland and plays an important role in European breeding programmes, so why not show your support too? Visit www. chesterzoo.org
l 1st sePtemBer ChanGinG PLaCes a guided walk that uses pictures of Congleton taken over the last 100 years to show how the main streets of the town have changed. l 7th sePtemBer miDDLeWiCh shoW a traditional Cheshire show featuring flowers, food and arts and crafts. something for everyone! l 12th sePtemBer thirsty t thursDays: Dizzy’s Dark siDe head to the robinsons Brewery h Visitors Centre to celebrate the release of their 2013 seasonal ale: dizzy’s dark side. d l 13th sePtemBer, the Dinner CLuB BLaCk B anD White BaLL at a the Grosvenor Pulford hotel, Chester. Put on your glad rags for this sophisticated social event by the dinner Club for the more discerning single person.
Cheshire is the only county in England that runs a Best Kept Station Competition – a popular annual event that sees railway stations vying to win a host of coveted awards celebrating efficiency, tidiness, overall atmosphere and customer care. Last year’s award ceremony saw Chelford Station (near Knutsford) win the top prize, beating off stiff competition from 35 other participants, while Plumley took the title of Cheshire’s Tidiest Station. The awards are now in their 10th year, and nominations are open for Cheshire Best Kept Stations 2013, so if you have a favourite in the area, steam on over to www.bestkeptstations.org.uk and get voting!
l 6th oCtoBer mBna Chester marathon Grab your running shoes for a marathon through the historic city of Chester.
l 23rD oCtoBer – 3rD noVemBer haLLoWtiDe at LittLe moreton haLL anD GarDens Originally, halloween was all about the souls of the dead. discover the origins of trick or treating and listen to some spooky stories (pictured below).
Chester Zoo have welcomed more new arrivals – two sumatran tiger cubs! the cubs were born on 3rd June to mum Kirana and dad Fabi. the birth was captured on the zoo’s CCtV cameras. there are as few as 300 to 400 sumatran tigers left in the wild and they are classed as critically endangered, but the species is being given hope by the population in zoos across the world. Visitors to Chester Zoo can catch a glimpse of the new cubs, who will no doubt still be sticking close to their mum.
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WHAT’S ON CHESHIRE
Tatton Park Whether history, nature or great family events are your thing, Tatton Park will definitely have something for you this autumn! h CANCER RESEARCh UK RACE fOR LIfE 10K, 1ST SEPTEMBER Calling ladies of all ages and abilities! You are invited to walk, jog or run Tatton Park Race for Life 10k course to raise money for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. h WALK 10 fOR MARIE CURIE CANCER CARE, 7Th SEPTEMBER Join hundreds of people for a twilight 10k walk with a celebration to finish. h BAT BONANzA, 12Th SEPTEMBER An atmospheric night walk around Tatton Park with a ranger to see and hear the furry fliers as they hunt for their evening meal. h NATURE’S hARvEST: STORAgE AND PRESERvINg, 14Th SEPTEMBER get expert advice on how to keep and preserve your harvested crops over the winter season, ensuring you don’t waste a thing and have plenty of fresh and preserved produce to enjoy year-round. h ThE MOSCOW STATE CIRCUS , 18Th – 22ND SEPTEMBER The Moscow State Circus returns to the UK with its latest and greatest production to date! h hARvEST fESTIvAL AT ThE fARM, 21ST – 22ND SEPTEMBER See the steam engine running, have-a-go at scarecrow making, spinning, making your own corn doll and duck racing! h AN INvITATION TO DINE, 2ND OCTOBER You are cordially invited to join historian gwyneth Mitchell to explore the history of the etiquette, ceremony and luxury of country house dining… h ThE CRAfTS AND gIfT fAIR, 5Th – 6Th OCTOBER A wide range of exhibitors including traditional crafts as well as gifts, crafts retailers and food producers. h TATTON APPLE DAY, 6Th OCTOBER A scrumptious Sunday at the farm and in the gardens to celebrate the wonderful apple. Join in games and children’s activities, plus there’s the chance to taste some of the delicious varieties of apples from Tatton’s historic orchards. h ghOSTS IN ThE gARDEN, 19RD OCTOBER – 3RD NOvEMBER go ghost hunting in the gardens this half term but be prepared…
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What’s On at the Crewe Lyceum
Are you a fan of real ale? Then you’ll be welcomed with open arms to the National Murder Mystery Dinner: Waterways Museum this Death to the Highest Bidder October as they hold a 7th September three-day beer festival, A death in the family can be organised with Titanic heart-breaking. But heartBrewery. Expect to see a stopping? That’s a different matter. When famous wide variety of real ales Egyptologist Giles Fotheringfrom all over the UK, including plenty with Smythe dies suddenly, the connections to the nation’s canals and waterways. verdict on the cause is Titanic Brewery was founded in 1985 by two brothers, Dave and unanimous: the pharaoh’s Keith Bott. They have the same target as they did when the curse finally came true! brewery began – to brew great beer locally Ha Ha Holmes and the Hound for local people. Many of their ales have of the Baskervilles won awards from CAMRA (Campaign 13th September It’s elementary! for Real Ale), including their Titanic It’s also downright Iceberg, which has won CAMRA’s hilarious as Joe prestigious gold award on four There are 2,500 Pasquale takes occasions in 2002, 2003, 2008 and on the role of different real ales and 2009. Of course, Titanic Iceberg will Sherlock Holmes. be among the ales available during more than 700 real ale With Ben Langley the festival, so make sure you don’t as Doctor Watson brewers in the UK, the miss out on a great day! and Andrew Fettes
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Top Five of the Best Mood Boosters
Have a Banana! Contrary to popular belief, you do not need a chocolate bar to cheer yourself up. Instead, try a piece of fruit – specifically an orange or a banana – both are uplifting and much healthier than sugar-laden junk food. Oranges are high in folate, which helps your brain to create serotonin – a vital chemical that influences your mood. They’re also packed with vitamin C, which can reduce your stress hormones. Bananas boost serotonin and dopamine levels, making you feel energised and ready to face the day ahead.
BuBBle BlIss Run yourself a bath. Gather your exquisite bathroom smellies – the luscious soaps and decadent shower gels you haven’t opened because they’re ‘too good’, switch off your telephone, light some candles, pour yourself a small glass of wine, play some relaxing music… and luxuriate!
leT’s DanCe When was the last time you threw caution to the wind and danced like a dervish? This is a great mood booster and a good burner of calories too! Dig out your favourite tunes – the ones that evoke feel-good memories and mean something special to you. Play loud, sing along, dance on the bed, throw your arms around and relive your youth without an ounce of inhibition!
sPeCIal DelIveRy! Mark Twain said, ‘The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer somebody else up,’ and we think he’s absolutely right! Why not telephone an old pal, just to say, ‘Hi’ or drop them a note or postcard – emails are so impersonal, but a proper letter or greeting card delivered by the postman is guaranteed to brighten up the dullest of days!
MIx IT uP We, as a race, are creatures of habit. Our routines are comfortable and comforting – we tend to resist too much excitement, even though we sometimes yearn for more animated lives. Changing your daily routine, even slightly, can add an extra dimension to your life, and the difference it makes to your state of mind is palpable. Making small tweaks to your habitual schedule can help you to reap some surprising benefits … just give it a go!
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The Bay City Rollers 14th September The Bay City Rollers shot to the number one spot all over the globe. Audiences are promised a fantastic night of fun and nostalgia.
Paul Daniels: The First Farewell Tour – From Legend to Leg End, 4th October
In his brand-new show Paul will perform a selection of his favourite magic and a number of new tricks never seen before. He will be joined by the very lovely Debbie McGee.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 14th – 19th October
Set in Oregon in 1850, this is the story of Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, who goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly to marry him that same day. They return to his backwoods home. Only then does she discover he has six brothers, all living in his cabin. Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own…
Teechers 28th – 30th October
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.
Milton Jones: On the Road
Milton Jones is back on the road with another tour, this time imaginatively entitled On The Road. Clever, surreal but mainly just stupid! He’s won awards you know. Visit www.crewelyceum.co.uk. Book your tickets online, or call 01270 368242.
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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 to 4.00pm. A relaxing two hour cruise explores the magical riverscape teeming with wildlife and breathtaking views. On request during September & October. 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. A truly special venue for your Christmas celebrations.
All cruises sail from the boating station on The Groves, Chester.
Telephone: 01244 325394 • www.chesterboat.co.uk
WHAT’S ON SHROPSHIRE King of the castle
Visit Ludlow Castle this autumn for the Castle Green Games Day, when you can tour the historic castle, as well as see some of its history in action. There will be several tours throughout the day with interpreter, Lady Caroline, who will bring the castle’s history to life. Meanwhile outside, there will be a living history tent where you can have a go at archery and a bird of prey display where you can get up close to some wild birds. The Castle Green Games Day will be held on Wednesday 30th October from 10am until 3:30pm. Entry is £6.50 for adults, £6 for seniors and students, £3 for children and £17.50 for a family of two adults and two children. Go online and visit www.ludlowcastle.com or call 01584 873355 for more information.
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Shropshire is the largest land-locked county in England, and has the smallest population
Join the Chirk Walk!
Put on your hiking boots and take part in a sponsored walk to raise money for the Oswestry Bone Cancer Centre Appeal. The appeal will help fund a £2 million Bone Cancer Centre at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Oswestry (RJAH). The 10km (six mile) morning walk begins and ends at Chirk Castle, courtesy of the National Trust and will follow lanes and footpaths in and around the grounds of the castle. If you are unable to walk, but would still like to help with the appeal, you can volunteer to marshall at the start and finish, as well as along the route. The Chirk Walk will take place on Sunday 6th October, beginning at 10:30am at Chirk Castle. Advance places for the walk are just £6 per adult and £3 per child if you can register before the day (closing date for advance registration is Monday 30th September 2013) and entries on the day will be £10 per adult and £5 per adult. The walk is suitable for all ages, although children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. To sign up to take part in the walk please visit www. rjah.nhs.uk or email email@example.com, or telephone 01691 404 424.
Ironbridge Gorge Museums Known as the birthplace of industry, Ironbridge Gorge is these days home to ten award-winning museums spread along the valley beside the River Severn, which is still spanned by the world’s first iron bridge. This autumn, the Ironbridge Gorge museums have some great events to help you learn more about the area’s history. l Pit
Profiles: Re-Profiled Coalbrook Gallery Ongoing until 31st December An absorbing and thought-provoking exhibition of miners’ portraits and their perper sonal stories made up of evocative contempocontempo rary photographs of colliery workers taken by Anton Want along with a selection of paintings of pit workers by H Andrew Freeth, originally published in the 1940s and 50s.
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Weather Enginuity 1st September Discover more about the science and technology behind our weather. Take part in interactive demonstrations, understand how wind turbines generate electricity, find out how a rainbow is made and watch a hurricane being created, then make some fun weather-inspired creations including kites, rain sticks and windmills at drop-in workshops.
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Blists Hill Victorian Town 29th September Celebrate the annual harvest in a traditional fashion with a display of produce and a thanksgiving service in the Mission Church. Find out more about the Ironbridge Gorge museums and the events held there at www.ironbridge.org.uk
Shropshire Snippets Mammoth Task! The discovery of mammoth bones (belonging to one adult and at least two juveniles) in the Condover quarry in 1986 caused great excitement in the scientific world when radiocarbon dating proved that these magnificent beasts had roamed Britain 6,000 years after they had been thought extinct. The fragile condition of these remains means that they need to be kept in constantly controlled environmental conditions, but you can see a full sized reconstruction at the Secret Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms.
Steely Gaze As part of Shrewsbury’s Connect2 walking and cycling project, a new portrait bench was installed, earlier this year, on the town’s Smithfield Road. Three worthy Salopians, in the form of war poet Wilfred Owen, Shrewsbury’s town crier Martin Wood and Sabrina, goddess of the River Severn, have been immortalised in steel as part of a nationwide art project, which has seen 250 figures of local heroes installed in more than 80 locations around the country.
Cambrian Heritage Railways
This year, Cambrian Heritage Railways will again be part of the English National Heritage Weekend, during which heritage sights all across England will open their doors to the public. At Oswesty and Llynclys stations on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September, both sections of the railway will be open and trains will be running all day. During the weekend many local attractions, including the railway, will be linked by a free bus. For a spooky treat, head to Llynclys Station (postcode SY10 8BX) for the Cambrian Heritage Railways’ Halloween special on Saturday 26th October. Take a ride on the ghost train, but beware the scary things happening all around. Will you survive the night? Don’t forget to check Cambrian Heritage Railways’ website for all the latest news, or to see a full timetable. Go to www.cambrianrailways.com. You can also call for more information or to make a booking for a special event on 01691 688763 or 07527 107592.
What’s On in brief
l 6th September, bridgenOrth CAmrA beer FeStivAl A celebration of real ales at the Severn Valley Railway station. 7th September Beer and Music Festival at Fordhall Organic Farm Fantastic bands, local ale and local food! A family friendly festival in the beautiful north Shropshire countryside. l 22nd September, ludlOW 12k
Starting and finishing in Ludlow Castle, raising money for Severn Hospice. Register online at www.ludlow12k.co.uk
CELEBRATiNg SALOpiAN WOMEN ARTiSTS: Susan Elizabeth gay, Oswestry
BY CARMEN DiAz-guTiERREz, HiSTORiAN
Watercolourist, painter, illustrator, fiction writer, local history chronicler, children’s book author, social activist and spiritualist, Susan Elizabeth gay arguably represents Victorian female accomplishment. She was born on 12 January 1845 in Oswestry, being the second daughter of William gay, a surveyor of the general post Office and Charlotte pedersen, both with deep Cornish links and ancestry. Due to her father’s work commitments, the family led a nomadic and quite itinerant life. Her education was essentially home-based, complemented by occasional school attendance. Since an early age, she showed a strong love for watercolouring, drawing and etching in pen and ink. From the age of four and, during most of her childhood, gay kept a large wooden box filled with caricatures of friends and family, produced on every scrap of paper she got. Her painstaking endeavour to paint was followed by her own Local Haunt exhibitions at the gallery of the Lady Artists, the Crystal palace Shropshire is famous for its and the Royal Cornwall polytechnic (where she received a 1st ghosts and one in particular; Bronze medal in 1876). Her skills were not confined to the Marion de la Bruyere haunts Fine Arts; in 1873 she wrote and illustrated a delightful Ludlow Castle almost children’s book titled Harry’s Big Boots, A fairy tale 900 years after her for Smalle Folke. death. According Subsequently, she ventured into fiction writing to local To receive a (Toxie), History chronicling (Old Falmouth, folklore, late personal copy of 1903), and theosophy and spiritualism (William one evening, Yattar Yattar direct to Fletcher, clairvoyant. A biographical sketch, 1883). Marion agreed An advocate of women’s education and to meet her your door, turn to rights, she produced some books and articles on suitor (an page 90 for our great this matter. She led a tranquil, uneventful life, enemy of the absorbed in artistic, literary and scientific subjects subscription offer! castle’s lord) and of study until she died in 1918. lowered a rope from the high tower for him to climb. Her double-crossing lover left the rope dangling which allowed his soldiers to gain access to the castle. Realising his betrayal, she cut his throat with his own sword and then threw herself from the tower onto the treacherous rocks below – her screams are reportedly still heard, nearly 900 years later!
l 5th OCtOber, intrOduCtiOn tO greenWOOd WOrking This workshop at Fordhall Organic Farm will teach you the basics of Greenwood Working. You will learn how to make a stool using traditional tools and techniques, which you can take home at the end of the day! l 26th OCtOber, hAllOWeen pumpkin FeStivAl Head to Apley Farm Shop, Norton this Halloween for a day of spooky spectacular treats. Competitions for the best carved pumpkin and largest pumpkin are fierce! l 28th OCtOber – 1St nOvember, CerAmiC drOp-in WOrkShOp Drop in to the Coalport China Museum for a ceramic workshop (pictured above). Activities vary from day to day. l 28th OCtOber – 1St nOvember, tile deCOrAting WOrkShOpS Join a drop-in tile decorating workshop at Jackfield Tile Museum and try the tube lining technique to produce a tile featuring your own design and choice of colours. Normal admission charge plus additional cost for each tile.
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WHAT’S ON SHROPSHIRE
What’s on at Theatre Severn l Aliens love UnderpAnts
10th – 11th septemBer Aliens love underpants, In every shape and size, But there are no underpants in space, so here’s a big surprise! This zany, hilarious tale based on the best-selling children’s book is brought to life on stage for the very first time. You’ll laugh your pants off!
Autumn Events at Severn Valley Railway
l sherlock holmes… the
deAth And life 12th – 13th septemBer Arthur Conan Doyle tires of his ‘intolerably arrogant’ Sherlock Holmes, and creates arch villain Moriarty to dispose of him. But Doyle’s dangerous strategy, combined with his passion for spiritualism, has unexpectedly bizarre, comic, and dramatic consequences. l peter pAn the mUsicAl 24th – 27th septemBer Based upon Sir James M. Barrie’s 1904 play about the boy who refuses to grow up, the musical begins in the London nursery of Wendy, John, and Michael Darling, where three children are visited by Peter Pan… l drAcUlA 10th octoBer Stretching from London, through provincial England, to the mountainous wastes of Transylvania, Bram Stoker’s timeless gothic thriller embodies the struggle to break taboos, resist temptation and stop the unknown outside becoming the enemy within. l A WArning to the cUrioUs – tWo ghost stories by m r JAmes 26th octoBer Over a century after they were first published, the ghost stories of M R James retain their power to terrify and amuse. This gripping one man show retells two of the eeriest. l sWan lake 27th octoBer See the ballet which has captured the imagination of audiences for generations. visit www.theatresevern.co.uk
l Bridgenorth Beer Festival 5th – 7th septemBer Sample a jar or two in the company of good friends as the Beer Festival returns to Bridgenorth Station.
l diesel enthusiasts gala, 3rd – 5th octoBer A three-day diesel traction event with a special dieselonly timetable. There will be several visiting ‘guest celebrity’ locomotives running over the three days.
l on the Buses, 8th septemBer This event promises to be a great day out for bus enthusiasts, as iconic bus designs come together at Bewdley Station. Throughout the day, there will be a great display of historic vehicles, trade stands for you to peruse and even the chance to hop aboard a vintage bus for a ride.
l classic vehicle day, 13th octoBer Severn Valley Railway’s Classic Vehicle Day is a great opportunity to enjoy the autumn colours along the line as you get on and off at each of the stations to view the displays of iconic vehicles.
l autumn steam gala, 20th – 22nd septemBer A great chance to see a fantastic collection of steam locomotives in action. Throughout the gala, there will be a very frequent service of trains. A must-see for all railway enthusiasts.
Modelling Gems! Join the group of ellesmere modellers ((gem) in ellesmere town hall for their 15th annual model show. there’ll be plenty for model enthusiasts to see, including British outline, Welsh narrow gauge, continental and american model railway layouts. the club’s own famous n gauge ‘ellesmere’ layout will be on display throughout the show. all proceeds of the show will be donated to the British heart Foundation and the stroke association. during the show, there will be a celebration of 50 years of doctor Who, with daleks, k-9 and other studio props to be seen. there will also be models from the worlds of gerry anderson, hunderbirds, including thunderbirds, stingray, Ufo and space 1999. the gem 2013 show will take place on saturday 14th and sunday 15th september. for further information please contact david saunders at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. groupofellesmeremodellers.weebly.com
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l ghost trains, oct 26th, 30th and 31st Hop aboard an evening ghost train, if you dare, for a thrilling ride out into the countryside from Kidderminster to Highley and return. Make sure you keep a lookout as you ride along – some of the stations are supposedly haunted, not to mention the long, dark tunnel! Children and grown-ups are encouraged to ride in fancy dress!
An Evening of Burlesque
Direct from London’s West End, Britain’s biggest burlesque extravaganza is coming to Theatre Severn for its second sizzling, sell-out spectacular with a fresh cast of burlesque all-stars. Join a riotous romp into the bizarre world of burlesque and cutting-edge variety. It’s the slickest, wickedly wittiest, most delightfully choreographed cabaret extravaganza of the year. Join this all-new show where sashaying Royal Academy-trained burlesque bombshells slip into exotic character as smoothly as they slip out of the most exotic couture costumes ever to grace the stage. It’s certainly a show not to miss, so dress up and head out to the cabaret! An Evening of Burlesque will be in Theatre Severn on 19th September. Suitable for ages 18 and up. Visit a pair of tickets to see www.easytheatres.com An evening of burlesque! For your chance to to find out more about win tickets to see the the show and www. show, email your name, theatresevern.co.uk address and phone to see show times at number to editorial@ Theatre Severn.
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WHAT’S ON SHROPSHIRE
reasons to visit shropshire legend HAs it… At 1,500 feet above sea level, the summit of Shropshire’s most famous natural landmark, the Wrekin, offers wonderful views and is very popular with outdoors enthusiasts. But how did this imposing hill come to be? One version of the legend states that a giant with a grudge against Shrewsbury’s inhabitants decided to kill them by flooding the town. Carrying a huge spade full of earth to dump into the river Severn, he met a cobbler with a sackful of shoes for repair. When the cobbler learned of the giant’s plans, he pretended that Shrewsbury was hundreds of miles away and showed the giant ‘his worn out shoes’ as proof. Abandoning his plans, the giant dumped his soil – this became the Wrekin – then scraped his muddy boots with his spade, creating a smaller mound now known as the Ercall. FOOd glOriOus FOOd Food fans, prepare to rejoice! The famous Food and Drink Festival returns on 13th, 14th and 15th September in Shropshire’s culinary capital, Ludlow – the small town with the large reputation for fabulous food and divine drink! This celebration of local fare, still going strong after 18 years, is the perfect place to pick up some cooking tips, taste a wide array of food and drink and watch demonstrations by well-known TV chefs. Look out for the Ludlow Sausage Trail, Ale Trail and the Festival Loaf Trail. Wild At HeArt Feeling energetic? The Shropshire Wildlife Trust has organised a brilliant day out on September 8th – a three, seven or 14-mile fund-raising walk, linking nature reserves in the Oswestry hills. The entrance fee is £8 per person if booked and paid in advance, or £10 on the day and includes refreshments and homemade cakes! Visit www. shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk
A unique concert will be held in the main foyer of the Oswestry orthopaedic hospital in aid of the Oswestry Bone Cancer Centre Appeal. The concert programme, in both Welsh and English, ranges from classical music to poetry recitals and will be performed by staff volunteers and local artists. The idea for the traditional Borders theme event came from one of the consultant rheumatologists, Dr Mark Garton, who will be playing the cello at the concert. The programme will include music, song and prose, as well as settings of A E Housman’s A Shropshire Lad by George Butterworth and Ralph Vaughan-Williams, traditional Welsh songs, readings from Wilfred Owen and Dylan Thomas, as well as chamber works by Edward Elgar and Ernest Moeran. The concert is being held at 7.30pm on Friday 20th September. Artwork by consultant Mr Steve White will be on display for sale as will Housman and Owen poetry. Appeal director, Gwilym Owen OBE, who will be the MC for the To donate online to evening, says: ‘This is a great idea to this appeal, visit the combine celebrating staff talent and Just Giving web page fundraising for the Oswestry Bone Cancer Centre Appeal. We are most at www.justgiving. grateful to all for their efforts.’ com/oswestry-boneFor tickets, please ring 01691 404424 cancer-centre or email email@example.com.
What’s On at the Festival Drayton Centre 17tH september TurandoT – rOyAl OperA HOuse ‘live’ viA sAtellite The ROH Live Cinema Season gets off to a dramatic start with the return of Puccini’s musically sublime final opera, Turandot.
Enjoy a variety of traditional country pursuits this September in the Midland Game Fair at Weston Park. This year, the show celebrates its 30th birthday with a fantastic two days of displays and activities. The Midland Game Fair will be hosting finals in a large variety of sporting disciplines, including clay shooting, gundogs, and terrier and lurcher events. Fishing’s finest will be demonstrating in the Fishing Village, the UK’s favourite falconers in the Falconry Village and every type of gundog in the Working Dog Village. In the main arena, there’ll be plenty of entertainment, including medieval jousters the Knights of Middle England, the Tigers Free Fall Parachute Display Team, the Mid Wales Axe Team, as well as old favourites Ye Olde Redtail Falconry and Cyril the Squirrel. 14th and 15th September. Visit www.countrymanfairs.co.uk
21st september, rOb beckett Multi award winning comedian Rob Beckett and his trademark grin will be travelling across the country with his highly anticipated debut UK tour. The plan for the show is to laugh a lot and leave happier than when you arrived. 26tH sept oThello – nAtiOnAl tHeAtre ‘live’ viA sAtellite This major new production of William Shakespeare’s celebrated play is about the destructive power of jealousy. 22nd OctOber, hamleT – nAtiOnAl tHeAtre 50tH AnniversAry encOre National Theatre Live’s 2010 broadcast of Hamlet returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
What’s On at Oakengates Theatre l The elephanTT Bridesmaid 21st september Written especially for parents to enjoy with their children The Elephant Bridesmaid is a magical musical about weddings and wombats and the loveliest elephant the world has ever known. l steve HugHes: While iT’s sTill sT legal, 26tH september Direct from sell-out shows at the Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and New Zealand Comedy Festivals, the sublime Australian comic and ex heavy-metal drummer returns to UK shores to embark upon his second solo tour.
l Forever in Blue Jeans 4tH OctOber A perfect feast of entertainment starring Carole Gordon and Bob Newman, this terrific new production begins in the 1950s and 60s with rock ‘n’ roll favourites from Jerry Lee Lewis and Brenda Lee to The Beatles and The Monkees. l andy and mike’s Tick Tock Time machine 20tH OctOber Andy Day, star of Andy’s Wild Adventures (CBeebies) and BAFTA nominated BBC presenter, stars alongside comedy partner Mike James. Their trademark infectious energy and their irrepressible sense of fun, promise to make the show a treat for the whole family. l ArdAl O’HAnlOn 31st OctOber Father Ted star Ardal O’Hanlon is delighted to present his latest stand-up show for 2013. The style is observational, the subject matter is Life Itself, and the default expression is one of utter disbelief!
To see more shows at oakengates theatre, or to book tickets online, visit www.oakengates. ws. You can call the box office on 01952 382382.
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Highlights from Pontio’s Autumn season! Music, drama, film, circus and more in Bangor
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Our pick of the shows, festivals, live music and more, plus movies to look out for this Autumn… Bianco: Turning Savage by No Fit State Circus
Due to funding from Pontio, No Fit State circus, the Cardiff-based contemporary company, have been able to share their talent up and down Wales. And what talent they have! With a women suspended high into the air, entwined in just a single rope, we’re treated to sensual, stunning solo numbers. Yet you are soon on your toes as suddenly a group of trapeze artists are flying high above you in a hypnotic hysteria! Bangor’s new arts and innovation centre Pontio will open its doors in 2014 with the guaranteed return of No Fit State – to be sure you don’t miss out join Pontio’s mailing list online at www. pontio.co.uk ES H H H H
Cheshire’s Oulton Park is one of Britain’s best racing circuits, and on a hot weekend in August it played host to the charity extravaganza CarFest North. This brainchild of BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans was a family-friendly three days of fun, all in aid of Children in Need. Delighting the crowds were the famous Dancing Diggers (a synchronised troupe of JCBs!) stunt motorcyclists, a fairground, aircraft displays, Darth Vader, Pudsey and live music in the evenings. Texas, Jamie Cullum, Reef, Alfie Boe, The Feeling, Deacon Blue, Ocean Colour Scene, The Magic Numbers and the sublime Bellowhead all played excellent sets. And Mr Evans himself appeared every morning at 9.30 (in his stripy pyjamas)! GC H H H H
Llangollen Fringe Friday 17 July, Dub Pistols supported by Tacsi
On a sweltering Friday evening, I rushed from work to the picturesque town of Llangollen only a few miles from the office to see Tacsi. The chilled out gentle Reggae sound from the boys from my beloved Ang Anglesey relaxed me immediately and before I knew it, I was dancing and swaying to their unique style. Tacsi just keep getting better! After the interval, Dub Pistols (a Londonbased dub music, hip-hop and big beat band founded by ex club promoter Barry Ashworth in 1996) exploded onto the stage. They encouraged the crowd with every track over the next 90 minutes and Barry (pictured with me after the gig) defied gravity with his energy especially in the Welsh heat! I hope both bands will return next year, I for one will definitely be there! AH H H H H
The Twist, Venue Cymru
This fun show takes you back to the 50s and 60s and proves to the audience that ‘great songs never die’. The show is set in an American diner, complete with retro booths and milkshakes. The onstage band, The Twisters, did a fantastic job of famous songs, such as Hound Dog and Stupid Cupid. The cast included Chris Madin (BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing lead singer), Paul Malloy, known for his Elvis impersonations and west end sweetheart, Suzi Jary, who blew the audience away with her changing roles as past songstresses. KJB H H H
Access All Eirias
Once again, Access All Eirias was held in Eirias Stadium, Colwyn Bay, and this year, the two-day event fell on the 20th and 21st July – the hottest weekend of the year! The first act was rapper Wiley, who got the crowd immediately to their feet and, much to his fans’ delight, managed to find time between songs to sign autographs! The next act to perform was Conor Maynard, winner of MTV’s fan-voted Brand New Act for 2012. While this might have been Conor’s first gig in Wales, it was a fantastic start to hopefully many more to come, and the crowd loved him!. The last act of the night was headliners, Little Mix. While they first rose to fame as the first group to win X Factor, Little Mix have continued to stay at the top of their game with hit after hit. Their performance of course went well down with the crowd who were on their feet whether it was a ballad or upbeat tune. Here’s hoping for another spectacular line-up next year! EJA H H H
Live from Jodrell Bank: Transmission 004
What better place for a celebration show marking the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon than in the shadow of the Lovell telescope. Headlined by the Australian Pink Floyd Show, widely regarded as the best Pink Floyd tribute act in the world, with support appropriately provided by space rock group, Hawkwind, Transmission_004 was not only a fantastic show, but a great afternoon and evening out as well. On the day of the show, the British weather was kind enough to grace us with a beautiful sunny day. On our arrival, there wasn’t a single bit of grass to be found not covered with picnickers, and this soon turned into a lively crowd once the sunlight faded and the Australian Pink Floyd Show took to the stage. Within just a few short minutes, it was clear to see why they’re considered the best Pink Floyd tribute act in the world. With a spectacular light show, plus films and animations projected not only onto the stage, but onto the face of the Lovell telescope as well, it was certainly an amazing sight to match an amazing show. EJA H H H H
Tapped Up – The Brooklands Tap
SAT 27TH JULY – CHARITY EVENT
We arrived at the Brookland Tap in Sale, Manchester to be greeted by Glenn the landlord. Our purple wristbands showed we were here till the end! Before us was a large stage with people gearing up for the first band and stalls to buy food and drink. The line up included The Frequency, The Hangovers, The Total Stone Roses who were a massive hit with the home crowd, AC/BC, Guns or Roses, and Cheapcuts. At 9pm the enthusiastic crowd waited for the headliners Hats Off to Led Zeppelin whose talent has been recognised this year by The National Tribute Awards as the UKs Number One Led Zeppelin tribute band. No surprise to all who have seen them perform! As if on cue with the first note struck the heavens seemed to also be having some Zep fun and the downpour to follow was torrential befitting a true rock and roll gig. It didn’t dampen the enjoyment or the amazing performance of the boys. AH H H H
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Autumn Film Releases DIAnA A biographical film about Princess Diana covering the last two years of her life: her campaign against land mines and her relationship with surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan. Stars Naomi Watts as Princess Diana and Naveen Andrews (of Lost fame) as Dr Hasnat Khan. H H H H Thor: ThE DArk WorlD A sequel to Thor (2011), Thor: The Dark World follows on from The Avengers Assemble (2012). When Jane Foster is targeted by the denizens of the dark world of Svartalfheim, Thor sets out on a do-or-die hero’s quest against evil to protect her life at all costs! H H H ThE CAll When a veteran 911 operator takes a lifealtering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the poor girl’s life. Stars Halle Berry as the 911 operator, Jordan Turner. H H H ClouDy WITh A ChAnCE of MEATBAllS 2 Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V, but he’s forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids. H H H GrAvITy When their space station is damaged by space debris, leaving it almost destroyed, two astronauts find themselves stranded in space with limited breathable oxygen. With no communication from Earth, they must try to find their way back to Earth. Stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. H H H H
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A Fright to Remember!
Get ready for Halloween 31st October!
The scariest date in the calendar is looming fast and, whether you believe in things that go bump in the night or are a confirmed spectre sceptic, you’re sure to love a good ghost story. So, draw the curtains and join us on a virtual tour of spine-chilling local destinations…
The ‘definitely haunted’ Prince Rupert Hotel in Shrewsbury
hrewsbury has a reputation of being one of the most haunted towns in Great Britain, with over 500 unexplained sightings and suspected poltergeist visitations reported in its history. The Prince Rupert Hotel, located in the appropriately grisly-sounding Butcher Row, is said to be home to two separate entities that haunt rooms six and seven. The first is that of a jilted bride who hanged herself after being deserted by her groom on her wedding night, the second a young man with a similar tale – he killed himself after his lover left him for his best friend. Witnesses to eerie phenomena include a film director working on the film, A Christmas Carol – he saw a figure glide through a wall of
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the hotel but, unfortunately, didn’t manage to catch it on camera! Whittington Castle, near Oswestry, has a wealth of history and, as you would expect from such an atmospheric place, many ghostly happenings. The most famous inhabitants are two children who were heirs to the castle. Their faces are said to appear mournfully at the gatehouse windows, and legend suggests that they suffocated after a cursed Elizabethan chest was opened. Other paranormal activity has been witnessed in the ruins including a horseman in ancient costume, a phantom blacksmith and numerous lights, noises and menacing presences!
Whittington castle: steeped in paranormal history
‘She drowned her baby under the waterfall and then committed suicide…’ It’s a common misconception that spirits only inhabit crumbling castles and mouldering mansions. However, an incident, reported at a supermarket in Much Wenlock, proves that ghosts can manifest absolutely anywhere! The problems started when builders disturbed ancient pottery and old bones underneath a Spar shop in 2002. Soon after, trolleys in the storeroom were seen to move by themselves and one member of staff felt a cold hand on their shoulder… a spooky store detective perhaps?
Ghostly pilots Another unexpected place reporting paranormal activity is the RAF Museum at Cosford where the ghost of a young man is seen to visit an Avro Lincoln long-range heavy bomber. Staff and visitors alike have experienced other strange happenings revolving around the aircraft and in 1991, a BBC team ran an investigation, managing to record some of the unexplained, spooky sounds reported to emanate regularly from the hangar. A number of people have since reported seeing an aviator in the observation dome of the aircraft. Wales’ rich past is filled with tales of the supernatural, guaranteed to give even the most cynical amongst us the jitters! Connah’s Quay’s Wepre Park has long had a reputation for being a haven for ghosts, both animal and human, but the most famous inhabitant has to be ‘Nora the Nun’. Many stories regarding Nora abound, the most popular being that she had an affair with a monk and became pregnant with his child. In order to cover up their illicit relationship, she drowned her baby under the waterfall and then committed suicide. Local legend has it that Nora’s disgraced lover also haunts the park and nearby Ewloe Castle in the form of a headless apparition – he was decapitated for violating his vows!
Rich hauntinG GRounds
Old inns and pubs prove rich ‘haunting’ grounds for ghostly goings-on, and most of the spectral lodgers in these establishments seem to bear their witnesses no harm. However, there are accounts of mischievous spirits like Sylvia who manifests herself at the Llindir Inn in Henllan. Sylvia was married to a sailor who strangled her after finding her in the arms of another whilst on unexpected shore leave. Visitors to this 13th century thatched building have reported having their bed sheets snatched off at night, as if the frisky Sylvia was trying to join them! Anglesey’s Beaumaris Gaol has a short but bloody history dating back to the mid-1800s. This forbidding prison, famed for
‘Ghostly footsteps, rattling keys and banging and creaking doors can still be heard today’
ewloe Castle, haunted by the headless apparition of a nun’s illicit lover
did You KnoW? Apple bobbing originates as a reminder of the way women accused of witchcraft in the Middle Ages were tried – by being ducked into a pond
its brutal methods of keeping criminals in check, sent many inmates to the whipping rooms where one prisoner, Richard Rowlands, was publicly hanged for the murder of his father-in-law. On his way to the gallows, he is said to have put a curse on the clock in the church tower opposite the scaffold, saying that if he were innocent the four faces would never show the same time. Indeed, for a while, they did not and ghostly footsteps, rattling keys, banging and creaking doors that can still be heard today are believed to be the dead man in his futile protestations of innocence. Contrary to popular belief, not all ghosts are frightening entities. A case in point is the cheerful young woman, dressed
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britain’s most haunted Cheshire has more than its fair share of ghosts. Chester is widely regarded as one of Britain’s most haunted cities, boasting visitations from every age of history. One creepy tale stems from the East Glory restaurant (formerly the Blue Bell Inn) in Northgate Street where, in 1645, a young woman named Henrietta and her soldier lover were staying. When he left to fight in the Battle of Rowton Moor, she tearfully waved goodbye to him from an upstairs window. Shortly after, Henrietta learned that he had been killed. Unable to imagine life without him she hanged herself and now, as the light begins to fade, her tear-stained ghost can still be seen at the window, waiting endlessly for her lover’s return. The last public hanging in Chester took place at the beginning of the 19th century on the infamous gallows of Hangman’s Hill in Boughton. As three condemned men climbed the scaffold, a convicted burglar named Price suddenly leapt off, rolled down the riverbank and plunged into the Dee in a daring bid for freedom. Unfortunately, the weight of his chains dragged him into the murky depths
beaumaris Gaol had a brutal regime, and was cursed by a man hanged in the courtyard
in blue, who haunts the hill of Moel Famau, near Mold. Whenever she materialises, she appears to be dancing, and witnesses to this jolly spectre report a feeling of calm and tranquillity radiating from her. An entire welcome party of friendly ghouls awaits visitors to Cambrian House, a B&B in Llangollen and at Maesy-Neuadd hotel near Harlech, a sympathetic nursemaid spirit appears in a mob cap and gown if any guests are unwell or in need of assistance!
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‘Several tour groups have made contact with an aggressive male spirit’ and he was drowned. Legend has it that on a cold, moonlit night a manacled hand reaches above the water, clutches despairingly at the night sky and then slowly disappears beneath the waters of the river until only a ripple remains…
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Although some of us may be a little too old for ‘Trick or Treat’, we can still get into the spirit of the occasion by throwing a Halloween party or, if you’re a particularly brave soul, why not join the experts and take a walk on the vile side!
Plas Teg Paranormal Nights Join the team at this spooky haunted house in Mold as they hunt for ghosts and attempt to make contact with the other side. Visit www.visitplasteg.com
Historic Ludlow Ghost Walk Starting at the Buttercross, outside the Church Inn, on Fridays at 8pm, this regular tour of famous ‘haunts’ is not for the faint hearted! www.shropshireghostwalks.co.uk
Chester Ghost Tour Join a moonlight ghost hunt around the eerie haunts of Chester’s terrifying and murky past and revisit scenes of the unexplained. More information can be found at www.visitchester.com
Bodelwyddan Castle Ghost Hunt Accompany the paranormal team on a tour around the castle’s haunted rooms, if you dare, and try out a variety of traditional and scientific ghost-hunting methods. Go online to find out more at: www.bodelwyddan-castle.co.uk
Halloween Ghost Hunt at Gregynog, Powys Enjoy a gourmet buffet followed by a scary tour of the hall with professional ghost busters looking for extraordinary encounters. Advance booking is essential so visit www.wales.ac.uk
Shrewsbury Ghost Walks These spooky family-friendly walks through one of the most haunted towns in England take place during October and November and are hugely popular. Visit www.shropshiretourism.co.uk
haunted nuclear bunker Hack Green Nuclear Bunker in Nantwich has seen a variety of strange goings on since opening as a museum in 1998. The TV program, Most Haunted, has twice featured the location due to its reported paranormal activity with staff and visitors regularly experiencing unexplained incidents throughout its rooms and corridors. People have witnessed shadowy figures and members of staff have reported feeling a menacing energy in the area, with reports of several people fainting as a result. In room nine – the telecommunications area – the apparition of a young woman, seemingly working at her desk, is sometimes seen, and several tour groups have made contact with an aggressive male spirit. The theatre is believed to be the most paranormally active area in the bunker with people complaining of being touched and pushed by unseen hands. Terrifying moans are frequently heard, and disconnected phones have been known to ring out, only to stop the second before being answered. Yikes!
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Caerwys View: ‘stunning’ Near the small town of Caerwys in north Wales, Caerwys View is an idyllic holiday park set in one of the best kept conservation areas in the county. The park is exclusively for owners of static caravans and holiday homes on the site, with no letting, tourers or motor homes, so you’re guaranteed a peaceful getaway. Bryan and Angela Morris have owned a holiday home in Caerwys View for two years. ‘We wanted to spend more quality time together as a couple,’ says Angela. ‘And we wanted to get away from the everyday stresses of work and life at home. We originally wanted somewhere in the Lake District, but an employee who lives in the area said that Caerwys View was stunning and well worth a look. The setting of the park is second to none. The views are breathtaking. The fact the park has no age limit on the holiday homes was a big attraction. We liked that it didn’t have a club and was really well kept and peaceful, but you are so close to anything you could need.’ Since getting their holiday home, Bryan and Angela couldn’t be happier with the park. ‘Honestly, it’s the best thing we’ve ever done, says Angela. ‘We absolutely love it! When we are on the park we really relax. It’s just a place of pure peace and quiet and all of the stresses of everyday life disappear. Off park there is just an endless list of things north Wales has to offer. The seaside is close and there are great things to explore in all the little villages nearby. The restaurants and pubs are wonderful and still now two years later we are discovering hidden gems all over the place to shop, eat and drink. We also like to support Caerwys village too as there is everything you need two minutes from the park and the people are so welcoming and friendly. ‘We would absolutely recommend Caerwys View to others, and we have! A friend of ours recently bought a holiday home on the park and is as happy as we are.’ Find out more about Caerwys View at www.caerwysview.co.uk or call the park on 01352 720748
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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 trails and a wide selection of activities. If camping or caravanning isn’t your thing and you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the area, then look no further than Snowdonia Mountain Cottages. Near Betws-y-Coed, up in the hills, the two barn conversions offer high quality self-catering accommodation for those who want to enjoy everything that north Wales has to offer. Of course, the scenery surrounding the cottages is breath-taking, but the cottages themselves are pretty easy on the eyes as well. 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. The cottages enjoy a quiet, secluded position, but are just two miles from the local shop and pub, so you’re haven’t got too far to go should you need supplies, and under-floor heating and wood burners in both properties keep winter visitors warm! Visit www.snowdoniamountaincottages.co.uk or call 01492 650094 to find out more.
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Llangollen may only be a small town of around 3500 inhabitants, but it’s still a popular tourist destination and has something for every visitor. History buffs visiting the town have plenty of places to visit, including the ruins of Castell Dinas Bran, stronghold of the Princes of Powys, while just as short distance away in Llangwestl is Valle Crucis Abbey, which was established in 1201 by Madog ap Gruffydd Maelor. On the outskirts of Llangollen is Plas Newydd, former home of the Ladies of Llangollen, the honourable Sarah Ponsonby and Lady Eleanor Butler. For those with a taste for adventure, Llangollen and the surrounding area offer a huge variety of outdoor activities, from white water rafting on the River Dee, to climbing high above the valley. For the hungry, there are plenty of restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels to choose from should you need to fill up!
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MARTYN JONES Of LLOYdS CARAvANS HAS SOME ExPERT AdviCE ON PuRCHASiNg YOuR OWN ‘HOME fROM HOME’ iN bEAuTifuL NORTH WALES ANd CHESHiRE. We may all be hoping for an Indian summer, but at this time of year we have to admit that soon temperatures will begin to fall and we will once again find ourselves in winter. However, just because summer is over, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy time in your own holiday home. More and more holiday parks are now open later into the year, and some, even all year round, so there are options even if you want to spend Christmas day in your holiday home! Just like your house has to be prepared for the cold weather, so too does your holiday home; Cold temperatures can cause your water pipes to freeze – a solution for this problem can be ‘Trace Heating’ which many are starting to use for over the freezing period (please contact us for more information on this). And while most holiday homes have some form of heating, you might still need some extra warmth in the bedrooms – so choose the option to have double glazing and central heating when you buy your next holiday home as this helps to keep the heat in, whilst reducing your energy consumption At Lloyds Caravans, we can help you find a new holiday home that is suitable for winter use, or can offer advice about upgrading one that you already own. We can also help you find a park that suits you – we work with hundreds of static caravan parks in north Wales and Cheshire, including some that are open all year round.
If you think that owning your own holiday home could be for you, then come and visit us at the Lawns Show in Hull on 7th and 8th September, where we’ll be previewing our 2014 caravans, or at the NEC Motorhome and Caravan Show from 15th to 20th October. You can go online and visit Lloyds Caravans’ website at www.lloydscaravans.co.uk or call 01745 832050 or 01745 560224, or come along to the sales grounds in Pensarn or Talacre. You can also visit our sister company Roy Kellett Caravans in Towyn, north Wales or call 01745 350043. We look forward to helping you find your dream second home!
views at dyfi In Plas Penteidal, just three miles from Aberdovey, is the fantastic self-catering accommodation the Old Stables. Of the four apartments, one will sleep up to three people, while the remaining three have room for four. All of the apartments feature large south-facing terraces so you can savour the breath-taking view of the Dyfi estuary. For larger groups, the Panteidal farmhouse can sleep up to eight guests. The farmhouse is set in four acres of grounds, with fabulous landscaped gardens and a short woodland walk. As with the apartments, there is a terrace that gives great views over the estuary, plus a trout lake to the west. A twobedroomed detached stone gatehouse which sleeps four can be rented separately or together with the farmhouse. Nearby Aberdovey has plenty for visitors to see and do, including an awardwinning links golf course, sailing, fishing and plenty of other watersports. Visit www. steeplehouse.co.uk or call 0151 342 1061 for more information.
Award-winning Tree Tops
Tree Tops Caravan Park, just five minutes from Prestatyn, north Wales, is a beautifully landscaped park that, thanks to the efforts of the gardening team, currently holds the Wales in Bloom award for best caravan park in Wales, an award which the park has held since 1992. Tree Tops carries the Visit Wales five-star rating for outstanding quality service. The caravan park also holds the Bellamy Gold Five Year Award in what has been described by conservationist, David Bellamy, as the ‘green olympics���. Tree Tops holds this award as is plays host to a variety of wildlife, including many different bird species. With all this going for it, Tree Tops Caravan Park is a fantastic location for your new second home. In the area surrounding the park, there is a wide variety of attractions to keep you entertained. Within easy driving distance of the park are scenic walks, historic castles and plenty of exciting activities such as rafting or gorge walking. Tree Tops Caravan Park has a variety of new and used static caravans for sale on their site, as well as a number of lodges. If you want help or advice about buying a holiday home, the staff at Tree Tops will be happy to help. Visit www.treetopscaravanpark.co.uk or call 01745 560279.
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Yattar s! Holiday Peace and quiet just a stone’s throw from Chester city
Fir Trees Caravan Park has a five-star grading and is just a mile and a half from Chester city centre, but still enjoys tranquil location in the countryside close to the banks of the River Dee. The park is spacious and beautifully laid out, so makes an ideal location for a short or long-term break. The park is open for 11 months of the year (1st March to 31st January), and has a residential warden on call 24/7 and outside security all year round. As the park is for owner-occupiers plus family and friends, the non-letting policy leads to a quiet haven of tranquility. Its location close to Chester means that residents can easily visit the historic city, whether it be to visit the racecourse, to see the historical roman sites or medieval rows or to dine in one of the many boutique restaurants. There is a choice of local golf courses nearby, with a driving range less than three miles away. The site is also within easy travelling distance of north Wales, including the The colourful canal folk wonderful Snowdonia National Park. art used to decorate A truly unique holiday home park in both setting and location! working narrowboats in More information at Fir Trees the nineteenth century Caravan Park can be found at www. is known as ‘Roses and firtreesholidaypark.co.uk or by calling 01244 398365. If you would like to book a short Castles’ break at the park, visit www.hoseasons.co.uk.
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If you’re more at home on the water than dry land, then maybe your own narrowboat could be for you. With a narrowboat, you’re free to explore the canals of Great Britain, taking you through some of the best scenery that the country has to offer. Once you’ve finished exploring, you’ll no doubt want somewhere to settle, and Whixall Marina, Shropshire could be the perfect place. Whixall is home to one of the most rural canal marinas in the UK. To reach the marina, journey down the Prees Branch off the Llangollen Canal into the heart of the Shropshire countryside, surrounded by fields and farms. Despite its quiet location, the marina has everything you could ever want, including water and electric hook-up, diesel sales, pump-out, elsan disposal, Wi-Fi, a slipway, drydock, launderette, toilets, showers and secure parking for your car. Just a few cruising hours away from the marina you’ll find the historic town of Whitchurch. The meres at Ellesmere are also within easy cruising distance. A little further away you’ll find the town of Llangollen, home to the National Eisteddfod, and nearby, the World Heritage Poncysyllte Aqueduct. Visit www.bwml.co.uk to find out more or to see berths available about narrowboats for sale. You can also call 01948 880420 for more information.
The origins of Nantwich go all the way back to Roman times, when the town produced the salt that was used in Roman garrisons at Chester. Nantwich has one of the highest number of historic buildings in the entire county of Cheshire, second only to Chester. The oldest listed building in the town is St Mary’s Church which dates back to the 14th century and is considered to be one of the best examples of a medieval church. During the English Civil War, the town declared itself for parliament and was besieged several times by Royalist forces. The siege was only lifted on 26th January 1644 following the victory of the Parliamentary forces in the Battle of Nantwich. The anniversary of the battle has been marked every year since 1973 by the Holy Holly Day re-enactment by the Sealed Knot re-enactment group. A more recent addition to the town of Nantwich is the Hack Green Secret Bunker. After the end of the Cold War, the bunker was sold in 1992 and is now open to the public. It houses a large collection of Cold War memorabilia, including a collection of decommissioned nuclear weapons.
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Lyons Woodlands Hall
Originally home to a touring opera singer in the 1800s, Yattar Yattar stays at a hall complete with old and new charm
ur approach to Lyons Woodlands Hall was a drive through the Vale of Clwyd to find the park nestled away amongst the wooded hills. Upon our arrival at Woodland Hall Hotel, we met with manager John and his colleague Lisa, who showed us to our room, ‘Wagner’, a comfortable double room with an en-suite shower room, and one of six rooms in the hotel. We immediately went out to explore the hotel and the beautiful grounds.
CHaRmIng THE guEsTs John and Lisa have only been at Woodlands for 10 weeks, but with such a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, you’d think they had been here much longer. As we explored the hotel, it was easy to see that the guests were happy as John and Lisa chatted to them – they’re both great hosts and fit in well with the charm of Woodlands. The hotel itself is the perfect combination of old and new with wooden wall panelling in the cosy bar lounge contrasting with the modern Conservatory Restaurant. ‘Woodlands Hall dates back to the 1800s and was once owned by an opera singer. A lot of the carvings in the hall were given to her as payment for singing aboard ships. The hall is also reputedly home to a friendly ghost,’ says John. The grounds are the perfect venue for a relaxing walk, and the bar hosts live entertainment every Saturday night, while more active visitors and residents can take to the tennis and basketball courts (equipment can be borrowed from the bar) or the gymnasium, with a sauna to relax afterwards. Kids aren’t left out either – there’s a children’s room with games to keep youngsters entertained, while a soft play area gives toddlers somewhere safe to play. As dinner time approached, we made our way to the Conservatory Restaurant. There
was a large menu for us to choose from, all at very reasonable prices. Throughout the week, the restaurant holds special nights (Monday is curry night, Tuesday is pie night, and so on). The day of our visit (Thursday) happened to be steak night, and we jumped at the opportunity! I had the ribeye steak, which came with tomatoes, mushrooms and chips, all cooked to perfection, and I added Diane sauce. My dining partner opted for the full rack of ribs, which Lisa noted was becoming one of the most popular dishes as it’s a challenge to see if it can be finished! Never one to pass up a challenge, my companion got stuck into the frankly huge portion of ribs, cooked in sticky BBQ sauce, served with chips and corn on the cob, and somehow managed to devour it all. We were both very impressed with the quality of the meat, which was fresh and succulent. We were also impressed with how generous the portions were – the meals were certainly well worth the money. For dessert I had Eaton mess and my dining partner, unbelievably, had triple chocolate cheesecake. Both were delicious.
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‘A lot of the carvings in the hall were given to her as payment for singing aboard ships’
a busy kITCHEn After a restful night, Lisa offered us a full English breakfast, which looked very nice as the other hotel guests tucked in, but I was still full from the evening meal so settled for a cup of tea and toast. Woodlands is definitely worth a visit, if only to sample the great food. John explained that the chef was still the same one from before Lyons took over – a local from Abersoch who is single handedly running the kitchen. ‘We’re a lot busier now than before,’ says John. ‘We’ve got 40 covers a night now, while we only had four a night this time last year.’ There is also an impressive selection of lighter meals and y snacks from the bar menu.
Owning a Holiday Home at Lyons Woodlands Hall Caravan Park
Owners at Lyons Woodlands Hall Caravan Park enjoy an 11.5 month season – the park is only closed for two weeks from 14th February to 1st March each year. Owners have access to all of the park’s facilities, including the Conservatory Restaurant, the bar, a fully equipped gymnasium and sauna, a games room, tennis and basketball courts, a children’s outdoor play area and toddler’s soft play area, a library and a laundrette. ‘The park itself has a large variety of trees and numerous rhododendron bushes. The atmosphere of the park is peaceful and relaxing, while the bar is busy and vibrant,’ says John. ‘The park is definitely suitable for children as well as adults, and many owners bring their grandchildren during the school holidays.’ Woodlands is within easy reach of many popular attractions. ‘The area around Woodlands Hall and Ruthin is renowned for its many walks, and books are available at reception. Moel Famau and Loggerheads are only a 10 to 15 minute drive away. The Afonwen Craft Centre is a very popular place to visit and in Ruthin visitors can get a taste of life in the town many years ago with a visit to the gaol.’ For a temporary stay at Lyons Woodlands Hall Park Caravan Park, there are 10 units for hire to the public – one lodge and nine caravans. Of these, one unit is pet-friendly. Guests in the hire units have access to all the park’s facilities. Whether you’re a visitor or an owner, the friendly staff at Lyons Woodlands Hall will make you feel welcome.
Find out more about Lyons Woodlands Hall and see some of the holiday homes for sale at www.lyonswoodlandshall.co.uk or call 01824 702066 for more information.
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Mona Flying Club is located half way between Bangor and Holyhead on the Isle of Anglesey under the shadow of the beautiful Snowdonia mountains.
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Yattar ACTIVE! Where can you go this autumn to try some of the best outdoor activities? Yattar Yattar goes on a mission to find out… Swinging through the trees!
Take to the trees for a Tree Top Adventure in the heart of Snowdonia in Betws Y Coed. This unique high ropes course is open to anyone over four feet three inches. Adventurers are fitted with a full body harness and helmet and given a safety briefing before being strapped to the safety system and embarking out to navigate their way over 30 obstacles, including balancing beams, zip wires, ropes, bridges and a parachute simulator. Those who are a little more daring can plummet from the summit! The 100-foot tall ‘Powerfan Plummet’ is the highest parachute simulator in the world. And how about the Sky Ride? Up to five people at a time can ride Europe’s highest giant swing, so you can leave yourself and four friends breathless! Visit www.ttadventure.co.uk or call 01690 710914 to find out more.
Let’s fly away
Realise you dream of taking to the air with Mona Flying Club, who can help you learn how to fly! If you want to have a go and see if flight is for you, a trial flight could be the perfect day out. You’ll be accompanied by a fully qualified instructor who will help you to fly around some of the best coastline and scenery in the UK. If you’re ready to commit to getting your flying licence, then Mona Flying Club can help you learn when you become a member. The club’s instructors will provide you with all the training you’ll need, and of course you’ll have access to the club’s planes. To find out more go online: www. flymona.com
Are you ready, boots?
Strap on your walking boots and head to the Wales Coastal Path to explore some of the best coastal landscapes that Wales has to offer. The path encompasses 870 miles of Welsh coastal walking and guides visitors to some fantastic destinations. From cliff top walks and secluded beaches to Cardiff city, there’s a wide variety of walking locations to suit every ability – walk lengths vary from just half a mile to nearly 15 miles. If you prefer cycling to walking, then you’ll be pleased to know that several parts of the Wales Coastal Path are designated sections of the National Cycle Network. These routes are mostly flat, traffic-free and suitable for individuals, groups and families. To plan your route, visit www.walescoastpath.gov.uk
A great big adventure!
Get two-for-one on inflatable kayaking experiences on Wednesdays and Sundays! Contact ProAdventure on (01978) 861912
ProAdventure is all about the outdoors. Whether you fancy canoeing, kayaking, climbing and abseiling, gorge walking, target sports such as archery or axe throwing or learning the art of bushcraft, there’s an adventure waiting for you! Located in Llangollen, ProAdventure has direct access to some of the best areas in the UK for adventure sports. If you want just a taste of any of the activities on offer, ProAdventure offer taster sessions or half or full-day experiences. If you want to embark on a truly epic adventure, though, how about a five-day holiday packed with all the activity you could want? It’s the perfect way to take on a new and exciting challenge. All the staff at ProAdventure are fully trained to make sure that you have the best time outdoors. Visit www.proadventure.co.uk to find out more, or call 01978 861912
Need for speed!
GYG Karting in Glan Y Gors Park just outside the village of Cerrig Y Drudion has the largest kart circuit in Wales and the north west and is considered one of the best circuits in the UK. Their ‘Arrive and Drive’ days are a great way to get started in the world of motorsports – just arrive and speed off in one of their top-of-the-range karts. Children of nine-years-old and upwards can drive junior karts, while seniors get pro karts. The track has its own computerised timing system, so you’ll get SPECIAL OFFER! to see exactly how fast you can go! Thinking of heading to For larger groups of families, GYG Karting has a variety of packages GYG Karting for a stag available, including a family karting day which lets the whole family or hen do? Just present experience the exciting world of racing fun. GYG Karting also offers their advert (on p.50) birthday party packages for both adults and children. and when you book for There is also a campsite that’s open all year, with toilets, hot showers 16 or more drivers, the and a café, all within easy travelling distance of many other local stag or hen gets to go attractions. Visit www.gygkarting.com or call 01490 420770 to book. completely free!
Yattar ACTIVE! Beach riding
Bridlewood Riding Centre is located in Flintshire, known as the gateway to Wales, surrounded by pleasant rural countryside. The stables’ great location just outside Prestatyn with direct access to the local Gronant, Talacre Beach along a private bridleway makes for superb hacking. If you’re interested in learning to ride, or want to improve your skills, lessons at Bridlewood could be just what you need. They have a carefully selected range of well cared for horses and ponies to provide the size, type and temperament to suit any rider, from complete novices and children as young as four to experienced riders. All the riding instructors are BHS qualified, and all rides are accompanied by experienced leaders to make sure that you can ride in safety. Visit www.bridlewood.co.uk for more information, where you can also shop online in the Bridlewood Tack Shop, or call 01745 888922.
Anglesey Riding Adventures
Tucked away in the wilds of Anglesey, alongside the beautiful Menai Straits, is a great place to ride horses. Whether you’re new to horse riding or are more experienced, the Anglesey Riding Centre Find out more will be able to help you learn something new about Anglesey and find an interesting Riding Centre online challenge. The centre’s five miles of at www.anglesey private bridleways are the perfect way for beginners to get a safe introduction to ridingcentre.co.uk riding. The indoor riding school is a great or give them a call environment in which to hone your skills, on 01248 430377 while more experienced riders can take to Abermenai Sands for a beach gallop. Hacks are available for riders of all abilities, as well as private or group lessons and clubs. Anglesey Riding Centre attracts plenty of regular visitors, including Dave Baxter, who is in his early 70s. ‘I’ve been coming to Anglesey Riding Centre at least once a week for about four years,’ says Dave. ‘I spectate at competitions and dressage and of course ride the horses. I always enjoy my visits and the staff at the riding centre have always been professional but friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend the centre to anyone interested in horse riding.’
In the saddle at Cae Hic
Indoor sports fun this Autumn
Have you perhaps indulged a little too much over the summer? If you want to get fit, healthy and active this autumn but without having to pay for a private gym membership, then a visit to Plas Madoc Leisure and Activity Centre could be the place to go! Whether you want to hit the gym or attend one of the many fitness classes, there’s something for you. Classes available vary from aerobics and boxercise to zumba with plenty in between. There’s even a climbing wall where qualified or experienced climbers can climb alone, or beginners can take part in classes. Sports enthusiasts will be in their element, with two squash courts, a sports hall, indoor and outdoor games areas available for use. Once you’ve successfully worked up a sweat in the gym or taken part in one of the many activities, you can chill out in the relaxation area, which as well as a sauna and eucalyptus-scented steam room also houses a large area where you can sit and socialise. Kids will be huge fans of the leisure swimming pool, which features great waterslide and waves. The shallow ‘tropical lagoon’ is the perfect place for younger children to play. Finally why not round off your visit with a drink and bite to eat at the cafe? Call 01978 821600 to check times and find out more.
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Whether you’re a complete novice or seasoned rider, Cae Hic Livery and Riding Centre in Treuddyn, Mold is a great place to practice your equestrian skills. Cae Hic offers a variety of activities, including the popular Ladies Morning – which involves two hours of horse care and stable management with tea and cake to finish, Tiny Tots Club (three to seven years) and Cae Hic Club (six to 10 years) which introduces children to riding. Visit www.caehiclivery.co.uk or call 01352 771626
The Sound of Music
Grab your guitar and practise your best singing voice ready for Plas Y Brenin’s ‘Big Acoustic Walk’. Whether you’re a musician, a vocalist or just a keen listener, the weekend is a great opportunity to combine your passions for walking, exploring the landscape and acoustic music. You’ll arrive on the Friday night, when you’ll be able to sign up for a variety of walks ranging from ‘very gentle’ to ‘challenging’ so you’ll be able to pick something that suits. The package includes all meals, and on the Saturday evening there will be an open mic night for all to take part in! The Big Acoustic Walk will be held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October. Places are £160 per person, including all meals, accommodation for Friday and Saturday night and two days of guided walks. Visit www.pyb.co.uk to find out more or to book your place.
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The Big Acoustic Walk White Water Kayaking with ProAdventure
12-13 October - Only £160 Join us at The National Mountain Centre for a weekend of guided walking and acoustic open mic sessions. Walk during the day then sing, play, perform or just watch and enjoy in the evening. Two nights accommodation, meals, guided walks and entertainment for just £160.
From beginner to expert we can give you the skills and qualifications to succeed on the river. Year on year we are teaching more people to kayak and canoe on on the rivers and lakes of Wales. Our team of superb and highly qualified coaches will give you a fantastic time and help you learn all the skills you need. • • • • • • •
Canoeing Kayaking Gorge Walking Climbing & Abseiling Bush Craft & Survival Skills White Water Rafting Biking & Walking
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Ffordd y Blaenau, Treuddyn, Mold, CH7 4NS 01352 771626, 07949 280184 • Ladies Morning • Group & Private Lessons • Accompanied Hacks • Beach Rides • Cae Hic Club (6 – 10 years) • Own A Pony • Tiny Tots (3-7 Years) • Gift Certiﬁcates
• Birthday Parties • Coﬀee Shop • Pay for 5 Lessons & Receive a 6th FREE • Credit and Debit Cards Accepted
We are open all year!
Set alongside the beautiful Menai Straits with stunning views of Caernarfon Castle and the Snowdonia mountain range beyond, you won’t ﬁnd horse riding in more involving surroundings.
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Indoor School Lessons with experienced instructors 5 miles of private bridleways Complete beginners welcome Short taster rides for younger children Faster beach rides available for experienced riders
Booking essential, minimum age 4yrs, weight limit applies.
8am – 8pm 7 Days Visit our website for full details www.caehiclivery.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org
Tal-y-foel, Dwyran, Anglesey LL61 6LQ Tel: (01248) 430377 Email: email@example.com
Fitness & Fun for Everyone at the
Plas Madoc Leisure & Activity Centre Come along to Plas Madoc and try out our great range of facilities and activities including: Indoor climbing wall Full instruction, safe & fun… come and hang around with us!
Our fantastic Leisure Pool Complete with flume rides and a wave machine.
And that’s just the start… add a full indoor hall, squash courts, health suite and café... and we’ve got the lot! Many Activities FREE or heavily discounted with a PURE Leisure Card... Costs just £4.00, get yours on today!
Fitness Suite Full range of equipment and friendly, trained staff on hand for advice at all times
For more information & booking please contact us: Plas Madoc Leisure and Activity Centre Llangollen Road, Acrefair, Wxm. LL14 3HL t: e:
01978 821600 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fitness classes From Aqua Aerobics and Circuit Training to Body Pump, Yoga, Spinning & Zumba
Fly with City Wing The quick and easy way to get to Cardiff! Driving to Cardiff from north Wales can easily take four hours or more – not ideal for a day trip! However you can get to Cardiff quickly with a flight from Anglesey Airport with City Wing. Low-fare flights take off twice daily, and just a little over an hour later, you’ll be touching down in Cardiff Airport. From the airport, there are frequent bus and train links to the city centre. Fares start from £19.95 one way, or £39.90 return – that’s cheaper than the price of petrol to drive to Cardiff! For more information, visit www.citywing. com or follow them on Facebook. For reservations on the Anglesey to Cardiff flight, visit Citywing.com to book or call their Reservations Centre on 0871 200 0440. Citywing is based in the Isle of Man, home of the Isle of Man TT Races, and they also fly from Gloucester to the Isle of Man twice a day every day, allowing great short breaks to the wonderful island.
What’s On in Cardiff
k Welsh National Opera: Anne Bolyn Wales Millennium Centre 7th September – 4th October Few figures in British history have dominated the imaginations of writers, painters and film directors quite like Anne Bolyn. Donizetti’s re-imagining of Anne’s final days in the scheming court of Henry VIII is a touching one. It is a portrait of an innocent stranded in a nest of vipers. k Fawlty Towers: The Dining Experience Wales Millennium Centre 14th – 22nd September Featuring all the best gags and a three-course meal, Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience is a loosely-scripted, pitch-perfect ‘13th episode’ of the TV series. k England vs Australia – NatWest Series One Day Cricket International Swalec Stadium 14th September Australia will return to Cardiff for the NatWest Series One-Day International against England. k Stewart Lee, St David’s Hall 17th September Following the sell-out Carpet Remnant World, the acclaimed writer and comedian presents a mixed stew of unrelated ideas in preparation for his 2014 TV series. k Hitchhikers’s Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show Live, St David’s Hall, 19th September Following a smash hit UK Tour in 2012, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is back in this ground-breaking new stage production – a radio show like you’ve never seen before – packed
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with laughter, really wild sound effects and much, much more. k Jesus Christ Superstar, Motorpoint Arena 8th October Jesus Christ Superstar returns to the UK by popular demand, after receiving overwhelming praise during its inaugural UK run from both audiences and critics alike. k Alison Moyet, St David’s Hall, 20th October Singer, songwriter and performer Alison Moyet comes to Cardiff as part of her UK tour. k Rugby League World Cup, Millennium Stadium Begins 26th October Rugby League World Cup 2013 will involve 14 nations. The first games (England vs Australia and Wales vs Italy) and opening ceremony on Saturday 26th October will be hosted in Cardiff. y
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bron eifion country house
if you want luxury, then look no further than bron Eifion Country House, a four-star hotel in Criccieth, north Wales. The hotel has a great location on the Llyn Peninsular and is just a short walk to Criccieth and the beach. The hotel is also close to no fewer than five of north Wales’ best golf courses. l Special offers from October include midweek winter warmers, where if you stay for a minimum of two nights during October, November and December, from Monday to Thursday, you’ll receive a complimentary three-course dinner on one night of your stay. Prices start from £125 per room, per night. If you’d prefer a weekend getaway, lazy weekend winter warmer breaks are also available. During October and November, you can stay any Friday and Saturday, check out late on Sunday and get Sunday lunch for free. www.broneifion.co.uk 01766 522385
cAe Mor hoteL
Cae Mor Hotel is located in the town of Llandudno, opposite the promenade and next to Venue Cymru, so is ideally located for anyone attending any conferences or shows, or for anyone who wants to explore the town or north Wales as a whole. The hotel has 23 en-suite bedrooms, many of which boast sea views. l Until 30th November, when you book a twonight midweek dinner, bed and breakfast break at the Cae Mor Hotel, you get the third night’s accommodation free and only have to pay £25 for dinner and breakfast. Prices start from £125 per person for two nights. Offer is valid from Sunday to Thursday. www.caemorhotel.co.uk 01492 878101
Set in a 1000-acre estate in the Cheshire countryside, Carden Park is a great location for a relaxing and luxurious break. Golf fans are sure to enjoy the hotel’s two stunning championship golf courses, while fans of sitting back and relaxing will be more than happy with the spa, which won the Good Spa Award’s North West Best Spa award 2012. l Booking for Christmas packages at Carden Park have already begun, so make sure to book early to avoid disappointment. Two-night festive stays start at £329 per adult and £79 per child, while three-night stays start at £399 per adults and £99 per child. Visit the Carden Park website or give them a call to find out about all the Christmas packages available, including party packages. www.cardenpark.co.uk 0844 980 9950
hAwkstone pArk hoteL
With six hotels in great locations such as Snowdonia, Blackpool and Chester, Focus Hotels are sure to have a hotel that’s just perfect for your short break. They offer a variety of different style hotels all in locations in the heart of the community, which are ideal for meeting up. All of their hotels are accredited with the AA three-star rating. l Treat yourself to a two-night break to relieve the stresses of everyday life. This fantastic offer includes full breakfast and dinner with half a bottle of wine per person on one night of your stay, complimentary Wifi and free car parking. Prices start from £59 per person. To book, visit www. mynextbreak.com/YM9 or call the reservation line and quote ‘YM9 offer’. www.focushotels.co.uk 0844 482 0535
the Arbour hoteL
During a stay in the Arbour Hotel in Barmouth you can enjoy the sea front views and, of course, you’re just a short way away from the beach. The Arbour Hotel also has an indoor pool, restaurant and bar for you to use while you stay with them. The Arbour Hotel has the perfect location for anyone who wants to explore Barmouth, and is just a short distance from the beach – you can enjoy a view of the sea from the front-facing rooms of the hotel. l If you want a getaway this autumn, then the Arbour Hotel’s Autumn weekend specials could be just what you need. The specials include bed, breakfast and an evening meal for just £99 per person. Tinsel and turkey breaks are also available for the festive season. 01341 280459
Nestled among 400 acres of Shropshire countryside, Hawkstone Park is a great destination for golfing breaks, country walks and visits to the local town of Shrewsbury where you can discover attractions such as the castle and Theatre Severn. The hotel has 66 homely, en-suite bedrooms and a historic woodland with caves and crags and is where The Chronicles of Narnia was filmed in 1988. It is also a popular location for conferences and weddings with a 200 seating suite and another with a private bar and golf course views. l Relax and unwind this festive season with Hawkstone Park Hotel’s Christmas Residental Packages. Prices start at £329 per person and include three night’s dinner, bed and breakfast and a five-course Christmas Day lunch. Book early to avoid disappointment! www.hawkstone.co.uk 01948 841700
seiont MAnor hoteL
Seiont Manor is situated in 150 acres of grounds and boasts three AA red stars and an AA tworosette restaurant. Recently a whole new dining experience has arrived at Seiont Manor Hotel – Sunday brunch at Llwyn y Brain, so you can join them for a lazy day and to enjoy food from a great menu, including the Seiont signature grills. l Enjoy a little Seiont magic this autumn with a fantastic special offer. From just £165, relax with an overnight stay at Seiont Manor, complete with Champagne on arrival, a three-course dinner and a traditional Welsh breakfast in the morning. Until the end of September, midweek breaks are £185 and weekend breaks are £199. From 1st October until December, all stays are £165. www.handpickedhotels.co.uk 0845 072 7550
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ruthin cAstLe hoteL
Set within acres of woods and parkland, Ruthin Castle Hotel is a magical Welsh hotel with royal heritage stretching back over 700 years. Guests can choose to stay in one of seven unusually themed and extravagantly furnished ‘Royal Salons’ and ‘Sovereign Suites’ or in the recently refurbished, four-star ‘Regal’ and ‘Noble’ rooms. Why wait until the weekend to treat yourself? l Book an overnight stay in one of the luxurious ‘Noble Rooms’ and enjoy a complimentary dinner for two in Bertie’s – the hotel’s award-winning restaurant – along with a glass of house red or white wine. After a good night’s rest, you’ll be treated to Welsh bakery breakfast. Prices start from £149 per room, per night. www.ruthincastle.co.uk 01824 702664
ST GEoRGE’S HoTEL, LLAndudno
Experience Llandudno and all that the north Wales coast has to offer when you stay in the St George’s Hotel. The Visit Wales Gold Award winning hotel cleverly combines traditional Victorian elegance and its stunning setting with the comfort of a luxurious four-star holiday. l Until 31st October, enjoy a two-night break with cream tea on arrival, a two-course meal each night and a full Welsh breakfast each morning from just £89 per person, per night based on two people sharing a classic room. From 1st November onwards, St George’s Hotel are offering an ‘arrive and revive’ package, which features a two-course dinner, overnight accommodation and breakfast from just £70 per person per night! www.stgeorgeswales.co.uk 0808 168 6030
Yattar escapes We’ve gathered together some of the best offers from hotels across the area. Perfect if you’re in need of a getaway!
rossett hall hotel
surrounded by the north Wales countryside and just a short drive from the historic city of Chester, rossett hall offers comfortable rooms and a relaxing atmosphere in tranquil surroundings. It has a grade two, mid-18th century building at its core and is a forty-five minute drive away from the peaks of snowdonia. l Until the end of September, you can enjoy Sunday lunch at Rossett Hall Hotel’s popular restaurant, Oscar’s Brasserie, at a special price, so you can see just how good Sunday lunches at the brasserie are. A three-course lunch costs just £10 (usually £19.99) and includes a main course of succulent roasts with fresh vegetables, crisp potatoes and a delicious gravy. Children under 10 can enjoy their lunch for just £7.50. www.rossetthallhotel.co.uk 01244 571000
the roYal oak hotel, BetWs-Y-CoeD
set in the idyllic village of Betws-Y-Coed in the magnificent Snowdonia mountain range, the royal oak hotel offers luxurious rooms, vibrant bars and award-winning dining venues. the picturesque hotel was once a Victorian coaching inn, and it still retains much of its character. Guests at the hotel also have access to the stations leisure Centre, which is just a short distance away. l Enjoy a long lazy weekend at the Royal Oak Hotel. Included in the offer is three-night’s accommodation, full Welsh breakfast, a traditional three-course Sunday lunch served in the hotel’s award-winning Llugwy Restaurant and complimentary use of the Royal Oak’s sister hotel’s leisure complex. Prices start from £290 per room. www.royaloakhotel.net 01690 710219
For fabulous accommodation by the sea in Criccieth, the Caerwylan is the place to stay. the landmark Victorian building faces south with stunning views over the main beach, tremadog Bay and towards the ruins of Criccieth Castle. the current owners bought the Caerwylan at the end of 2007 and have rebuilt the entire building to create 24 comfortable, individually designed ensuite bedrooms, and the new tonnau restaurant. l Arrive on any Monday in October (arrival dates 30th September, 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th October) and make a saving on any consecutive three to seven-night stay. Prices for a double room start at £249 for a three-night stay – that’s a saving of £43.90 on standard rates, and the longer you stay, the more you save! Quote ‘Oct Offer 13’ in the extra details section if booking online. www.caerwylan.co.uk 01766 522547
the treFFeDDIan hotel
surrounded by views of the Cambrian coast and the snowdonia mountain range, the treffeddian hotel offers you the choice of staying in one of their 59 hotel rooms or in one of their three selfcatering units, both with the choice of a sea or hill view. situated in aberdovey, mid Wales, the hotel is perfect for those looking for a peaceful coastal getaway or an active break in the hills with both in close range. the hotel emphasise that they are a family friendly hotel. l The hotel is offering a five-night midweek break for £81 for a hill view and £97 for a sea view room. All prices are per person per night and include breakfast and dinner. If you fancy something different, the Treffeddian Hotel will be hosting a murder mystery weekend on the 22nd and 23rd November. www.trefwales.com 01654 767 213
the QuaY hotel
the Quay hotel is a sophisticated hotel on the Conwy estuary, just a short distance from the historic town of Conwy and is easily accessed from the north west. With its 74 extravagantly designed rooms, including suites and penthouses, the hotel also boasts interactive televisions, a spa and fantastic views of the Conwy estuary and Deganwy Quay Marina. l Three-night festive breaks at the Quay Hotel including classic accommodation, daily breakfast, all evening meals, Christmas Day lunch and full use of the health and leisure facilities, and a whole host of added extras start from £415 per person. You can also celebrate the arrival of 2014 with the Quay Hotel with a one or two night residential package from just £400. www.quayhotel.co.uk 01492 564100
set on the Isle of anglesey, tre-Ysgawen hall boasts the perfect location by having beaches, bays and breathtaking scenery everywhere you look! having won the Visit Wales Gold award for four years running, and Best large hotel at the anglesey tourism awards, the hotel has gained a great reputation in the area for its classic style. they also boast an award winning spa and large gardens. l Need a little rest and relaxation? Get away from it all with a spa break at Tre-Ysgawen Hall. For just £145 per person Monday to Saturday or £125 per person on Sundays (based on two people sharing) get an overnight stay, five-course dinner at Noelles, the hotel’s restaurant, a full Welsh breakfast, a bottle of wine in your room on arrival and one 50-minute or two 25-minute spa treatments per person. www.treysgawen-hall.co.uk 01248 750750
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VISIT WALES GOLD AWARD WINNING 4 STAR HOTEL
R E V I V E b y t h e C OA S T This Summer stay in one of Wales’ leading hotels at a price that may seem too good to be true.
Our popular Two Night Summer getaway offer is available until the end of October 2013
Relax in one of our luxurious air conditioned bedrooms, experience our award winning cuisine and enjoy the stunning sea views of the Terrace Restaurant and Lounge.
Cream Tea on Arrival 2 Course Dinner in the Terrace
Come and see for yourself why we have been awarded the Visit Wales Gold Award for 4 years running.
Accommodation in Classic Double or Twin Bedroom for 2 guests
Full Welsh Breakfast From only £89 per person per night Prices based on 2 guests sharing a classic room Offer is subject to availability and terms & conditions
Contact us for further information:
0808 168 6030
email@example.com St. George’s Hotel, The Promenade, Llandudno, Conwy LL30 2LG www.stgeorgeswales.co.uk
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Established over 20 years ago, Llechwedd Meats is the leading supplier of Welsh beef, lamb, sausages, pork, award-winning bacon, gammon and cheeses. Our full range of products are supplied to customers throughout north Wales.
Our factory outlet is now open to the Public. Visit us at: Parc Bryn Cefni, Llangefni LL77 7JA Opening Hours Monday – Saturday 9am – 6pm Sunday 10am – 4pm
On a scorching summer weekend, Yattar Yattar went on a weekend trip to the ‘Queen of the Welsh Resorts’– to be beside the seaside, of course…
landudno is Wales’ largest seaside resort, uniquely situated between the Great and Little Ormes with two wonderful beaches, the award winning North Shore and the quiet, sand duned West Shore. What’s wonderful about Llandudno is that it has successfully retained its Victorian and Edwardian elegance alongside more modern attractions.
along The Promenade
For most of the length of Llandudno’s main beach there is a wide, gracefully curving Victorian promenade. Known as The Parade, here you will find most of Llandudno’s hotels looking out to sea. Right in the centre, you will find the imposing and grand facade of the St George’s Hotel, which, the story goes, was where Lewis Carol wrote part of Alice in Wonderland. As a Victorian seaside holiday hot spot, Llandudno retains all the features of a British seaside town – the pier, the boat and donkey rides, sticks of rock, saucy postcards. But it has much more – with the Great and Little Ormes (huge limestone domes rising from the sea), Llandudno offers a whole host of activities and history to visitors. It’s no wonder that Llandudno is as busy and popular today as it has ever been.
sTeP baCk in Time…
Built in 1878, at 2,295 feet (700 m) the pier is the longest in Wales and a Grade II listed building. Filled with the usual attractions, rides and amusements, boasting Professor Codman’s Punch and Judy show (established in 1860!) near the entrance.
The Happy Valley, a former quarry, was the gift of Lord Mostyn to the town in celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887. The area was landscaped and developed as gardens, which were extensively restored as part of the resort’s millennium celebrations.
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a ride To The greaT orme
Just behind the cafe that sells fantastic local ice cream you will find the base station for the Great Orme Cabin Lift, which is a real treat. Taking you to the top of the Great Orme, the four-seater cabins travel on a continuous steel cable over two miles (3 km) long, dropping you off at the Summit Complex, which has incredible 360 views and even more ice cream! On your short journey to the top (not recommended if you are scared of heights!), you pass high
above the ski slope and toboggan runs, built in 1986, and home of the Artificial Ski Championships each year.
4,000 years ago. Visitors gain a fascinating insight, with underground visits and displays.
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Located near the centre of the promenade, this major theatre is noted for its productions of opera, orchestral concerts, ballet, music, drama, and pantomimes. See ‘What’s On’ page 10 for upcoming show information.
For those preferring to keep their feet on the ground, the Great Orme Tramway celebrated its centenary in 2002 and each year thousands of people still take immense pleasure in travelling to the summit of the Great Orme in an Edwardian tramcar.
For many years, cavers, archaeologists and geologists have been burrowing deeper and deeper into an old copper mining system beneath the Orme. some of these tunnels dated back to the Bronze Age, some
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Llandudno is unique within the United Kingdom in that the lifeboat station is located inland, allowing it to launch from either side of the Great Orme. The Lifeboat is on display on the promenade every Sunday and bank y holiday Monday from May until October.
St George’s Hotel One of north Wales’ leading hotels, with all the lush amenities and luxuries you would expect from a grand hotel with a four-star rating, yet retaining its Victorian charm, the St George’s has quite a reputation to live up to. It’s grand facade faces the sea, and gives diners at The Terrace Restaurant inside a perfectly elevated view of the busy Promenade whilst enjoying afternoon tea or an evening meal. And what a meal it is. Our starters are wonderfully composed dishes of complimentary tastes and textures, from the soft poached egg with crackling and black pudding to the pieces of toasted brioche with the creamy pate and tart jelly. And the main courses are terrific – not overly large, beautifully presented. The sauces are absolutely delicious, you feel like you could carry on tasting the whisky cream and Llan du dn beef fillets forever, and we just had to try o pate, apr goat’s cheese a the best fish and chips in town. They didn’t nd icot chut ney, Wels chive to aste d br disappoint. Breakfast the next day was h cider je ioche £7 lly, even better. There was a slight rush on the S o ft p oache d e bacon when we went down for breakfast, gg, black onion ro pu d but with a complete range of full English st crackling i, apple sauce W ding, breakfast goodies, waitress service for hot elsh rare £7 bit, drinks and a newspaper there really was Me dallio ns nothing more you could ask for. Except green be of smoke d beef perhaps a little lie down afterwards… ans, ro o fillet,
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Freedom of Choice
Get your hands on a Great ColleCtion oF reCipes From Freedom Food, FeaturinG not only loads oF reCipes For you to try, but also inFormation on how to ensure that the Food you buy Comes From produCers that treat their animals ethiCally. the Freedom Food Celebrity Recipe Collection features great recipes from registered producers, staff and of course, celebrity chefs. in the new collection, alongside recipes from the likes of James martin and Jamie oliver, is a recipe from Freedom Food assessor, eddie Kenworthy, from nantmawr, shropshire. eddie has been an assessor for 17 years. ‘even after so long i still get a real buzz when farms i assess are found to fully comply with the rspCa welfare standards, particularly new farms coming on to the scheme,’ says eddie. ‘every new member means more animals enjoying a higher standard of animal welfare – great for the animals and so much more satisfying for the farmer.’ Find out more about Freedom Food’s recipes online at www.freedomfood.co.uk.
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Fun, free and family-friendly foraging... this autumn, why not reacquaint yourself with nature, and discover the wealth of edible goodness in our woods and hedgerows – just remember, you must never eat anything until positively identified. here are some suggestions... blackberries Widespread and abundant in hedges, woodland and heaths, the familiar blackberry can be picked from August to October. A naughty but nice way to eat them fresh is to steep them overnight in red wine. elderberries Recognised by the large clusters of purplish berries of the elder tree these delicacies are found in
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hedgerows and woods, especially where the soil is fertile. This berry is a great source of vitamin C, and makes delicious wine. rosehips Appleby’s Cheshire cheese Used as a replacement for citrus is heading stateside, where fruits during the Second World it will be sold by specialist War, rosehips make tasty syrup wholesales, Neal’s Yard for puddings and ice cream and Dairy. The Cheshire cheese can be diluted for a refreshing joins Appleby’s double drink. Found mostly in hedgerows, Gloucester in the US, and both will be promoted in all the flowers are pink or white whilst 320 wholefoods market stores across the country. its fruit is orange-red and oblong Neal’s Yard Dairy selected the cheese from the Appleby’s shaped. Be sure to remove the dairy in January. Jason Hinds from the company says: ‘We are inner prickly seed. delighted that Neal’s Yard are keen to promote with us – Garlic mustard Appleby’s Cheshire is the most authentic version of England’s Also known as oldest, noblest and most traditional cheese.’ hedge garlic, ‘We would like to thank Neals Yard Dairy for their did you know? support of small UK artisan producers such as ourselves,’ the pungent eight strawberries added Sarah Appleby of Appleby’s. ‘We welcome the garlic opportunity to promote our cheese in the US.’ have more vitamin C mustard is biennial, than one orange, and, Visit www.applebyscheese.co.uk to find out more. which pound-for-pound, means that mussels contain more after the iron and vitamin b12 first showing than beef! in spring, a second crop As anyone with an apple tree of their own will know, autumn has of this tasty plant arrived and it’s time to celebrate the versatile apple! often appears in At Harthill Cookery School, you can enjoy an autumn, especially after evening out with friends with an apple-themed hedge and verge cutting. Not difference. Over the course of the British Apple quite as strong as conventional Evening, you’ll learn all about cooking with apples garlic, it’s great when finely and be given the opportunity to try different chopped in salads. varieties and find some new recipes to add to your repertoire. Local food producers will be at the event with a variety of cider, apple juice, preserves and cheeses. If you’re feeling competitive, then you could try your hand at the apple peeling competition. Later in the evening, there will be cookery demonstrations and a light buffet. The British Apple Evening will be held at Harthill Cookery School on 11th October. Find more details at www.harthillcookeryschool.co.uk
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Flex those mussels! This autumn, the Trearddur Bay Hotel in Anglesey will once again host the Anglesey Oyster and Welsh Produce Festival – a celebration of Welsh seafood, and of fantastic food in general. The festival is largely representative of local Welsh food producers, plus you’ll also find one or two specialist producers who have been invited for the occasion. If you want to learn how to make the most of Welsh seafood, then head over to the demonstration kitchen, where chefs from local restaurants will be showing onlookers how to make not only delicious seafood dishes, but also a variety of other foods. In the demonstration kitchen marquee, there will be talks by food Turn to page 65 for producers, and as a reward for coming along, previews of eight you’ll be treated to a taster! The Anglesey Oyster and Welsh Produce more local food and Festival will be held at the Trearddur Bay drink festivals this Hotel on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th autumn. Get your October. For more information, visit www. angleseyoysterfestival.com or call Jayne taste buds ready! (festival organiser) on 01248 725700.
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Awards for tonguein-cheek design! Boutique hotel, Oddfellows in Chester, has been shortlisted for one of the hospitality industry’s most prestigious and fiercely independent awards. The Restaurant and Bar Design Awards is the world’s only event dedicated exclusively to hospitality design and welcomes applications on all newly launched or renovated projects worldwide. Oddfellows was nominated in the category ‘Restaurant or bar in a hotel’, the only nominee in the category outside of London, and only one of three establishments in the northwest to be shortlisted. ‘Our customers enjoy the tongue-in-cheek design that is quintessentially Oddfellows on a daily basis, but to be recognised on the international stage is a fantastic achievement, says Oddfellows manager, Sarah Dougherty. ‘It is a real testament to the hard work the
Oddfellow’s team and designers, Lister Carter, put into the refurbishment. We were delighted in June to become the region’s first ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’ property so to receive this nomination shortly afterwards has really been the icing on the cake.’ Oddfellows re-opened last year after a multi-million pound overhaul which saw 14 new bedrooms, and its garden completely revamped by floristry experts. Its innovative design also won Chester-based interior design firm Lister Carter an award at the 2012 Northern Design Awards. Oddfellows will find out the outcome of their nomination at awards in September at London’s Farmiloe Building where judges will include restaurateur Tom Aiken and critics Richard Vines and Giles Coren. For more information about these awards visit www.restaurantand bardesignawards.com, and more information about Oddfellows can be found at www.oddfellowschester.com
It’s autumn and that mean after a good harvest, it’s time to pickle and preserve. Of course, there are plenty of places willing to take on the hard work of creating pickles, chutneys and preserves, and we here at Yattar Yattar have had the pleasure of trying some of the best on the market. LudLow Food Centre lthai tomato and Chilli Jam The first impression on tasting it is that the flavours are obviously Thai influenced, and the ginger comes through quite strong. Despite the chillies, the jam isn’t overly hot – it just has a pleasant warm sensation after you’ve eaten it. Overall, the jam is very well made, staying thick and sweet even with the tomatoes. lPostman’s Pickle is a great traditional pickle with a bit of a twist, or rather a good dash of Postman’s Knock ale from Hobson’s brewery. The pickle has a unique taste, thanks to the ale, and is slightly sweet. Best enjoyed with cheese or a ploughman’s lunch. lthe Sweet onion Pickle lives up to its name and is certainly very sweet, with large pieces of onion in a dark, almost treacly sauce. While one taster prefers their onion pickle with a bit more bite, this one would certainly go well with a sharp cheese. lSweetcorn Pickle There was really nothing more you could ask for in a sweetcorn pickle, with crisp sweetcorn in a thick, sweet sauce. Perfect with just about anything you could think to put pickle on! LewiS’S Farm ShoP lthe apple Chutney is delicious, though it may have too many sultanas for some people’s tastes. The sweet flavour contrasts well with cheese and this classic chutney is a great complement to ham or a pork pie. lPiccalilli is a preserve classic, and you certainly won’t be disappointed if you pick up a jar of Lewis’s Farm Shop’s version. While a little on the sweet side for our tastes, the homemade quality shines through with every bite. September/October 2013 yattaryattar magazine 61
TOP PUBS THIS AU
Yattar Yattar goes in search of Two of The besT pubs… so you don’T have To… (we’re good like ThaT!)
NORTH WALES Anglesey: ysgol david hughes. 3rd saturday of every month. www. angleseyfarmersmarket.co.uk 01248 490 213 Celyn Farmer’s Market, Mold: the church hall, king street. first and third saturday of every month. www. celynfarmersmarket.co.uk. 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. www.country-markets.co.uk Llangollen: town hall. every friday, 9:45am12:30pm. www.country-markets.co.uk Porthmadog: y ganolfan, near the harbour. last saturday of every month. www.marchnadporthmadogmarket.co.uk Rhos on Sea: Methodist church hall. every friday, 10-12pm. www.countrymarkets.co.uk Ruthin: Market hall. every friday, 8:30am12pm. www.country-markets.co.uk Rossett: village hall. every friday, 10am12pm. www.country-markets.co.uk People’s Market, Wrexham: every friday, 9am-2pm. www.country-markets.co.uk
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. www.celynfarmersmarket.co.uk, 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
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The Boat, Ebistock
the Boat is in a beautiful setting adjacent to the river dee with plenty of room for alfresco dining. while the bar is tiny and ordering both drinks and meals can be frustrating, the waitresses are pleasant, chatty and bring the food to your table with fresh linen napkins and cutlery for each course, which is excellent. the Boat went into administration a while back, but is now owned by the kalton and Barlow group. John Burton is the head chef and the food is well presented and cooked very well with a menu which changes daily. although a little pricey, the position of the Boat and standard of food justifies the premium price. You should budget about £25 a head for a three-course meal, excluding drinks. there is plenty of parking and it is the nicest place we have found so far to eat Did you know? outside on a sunny The most common name day. the Boat offers for a pub in England is a warm welcome to the Red Lion (over 900!). any well-behaved This stems from James VI dogs should you want of Scotland decreeing in your furry friend to the 1600s that all public accompany you. buildings must display a Verdict: 8/10 they heraldic symbol need to organise a system for the waitresses to take food and drink orders, rather than having customers go up to the bar.
The Bunbury Arms, Stoak, Chester Just a mile away from cheshire oaks, ellesmere port, The bunbury arms is the perfect calm and idyllic end to a long day of shopping. its position just off the M53 and M56 means it is easily acessible to many. The bunbury arms has its origins back in the 17th century, when it was a rustic ale house that served the local farming community. as soon as you step inside, you’ll have a warm welcome – the pub feels immediately friendly. The bar is full of locally brewed spitting feathers from waverton and also crowd favourites such as doom bar from cornish brewery sharps. The great selection of ales on offer has earned the bunbury arms a special award from caMra after they spent 25 years in the organisation’s ‘good beer guide’. if you fancy a bite to eat, you certainly won’t be disappointed. The menu caters to every taste and features a wide variety of meals, including crab, salmon croquet and a variety of steaks. There are also vegetarian options available. during the summer their large gardens hold numerous bbQs, and the ground can be used to hold marquees for all occasions. The Cross Foxes, Erbistock, Wrexham if you want a classic british pub, then this is it. The cross foxes is a self-proclaimed ‘local’s local’ pub in the village of erbistock. The pub is situated on the overton bridge, which crosses the river dee. from the conservatory, you can relax while taking in the view of the river below. The pub was built in 1748 by the wynnstay estate to cater for the needs of local workers. The ‘crossed foxes’ for which the pub is named comes from the estate’s coat of arms. The staff at the pub, most of whom are from the local area, are friendly and welcoming. The experienced catering staff have created a number of scintillating dishes for you to try, including honey glazed duck and deep fried haddock.
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AgAIN Yattar Yattar STAFF gO THAT ExTRA MILE TO SAMPLE AgAIN, THE BEST LOCAL ALES, THIS TIME FROM AWARD-WINNINg STONEHOuSE BREWERy, OSWESTRy. CAMBRIAN gOLD: ‘this has a smooth amber gold colour, with soft hops flavours delivering an overall fruity experience with gentle hints of tropical fruit and a dry finish like a quality cider. very drinkable. truly worthy of its siBa gold medal.’ STATION BITTER: ‘a rich golden autumnal colour with a delicate fruit aroma. the taste is well-balanced and rich in hops and delicate malt flavours with a cheeky little fizz on the back of the tongue and long lasting slightly apricot and citrus aftertaste. well worthy of the siBa regional 2012 Bronze award and our favourite with the slightly lower ABV.’ also pictured are stonehouse Brewery’s kpa (4.6 aBv) which won a siBa 2012 gold award, Off the Rails (4.8 ABV) which won SIBA 2012 Bronze, Wheeltappers Wheat Beer (4.5 ABV) which won SIBA 2012 Silver and Sunlander (3.7 ABV) which won SIBA 2012 Bronze. All are available bottled directly from stonehouse Brewery. Visit www.stonehousebrewery.co.uk or call 01691 676457 to find out more.
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LEWIS’S FARM SHOP The home of real food - Eyton, Wrexham
• In house kitchen providing home made cakes and pies every day • • Beef and Lamb reared on our farm and butchered on site • • Other produce all local and high quality • • Free range chickens and eggs • • Large barbecue range • • Extensive Deli selection with many Welsh and English cheeses •
Station Bitter awarded SIBA National Champion Standard Bitter 2013.
A family business that’s in our blood! 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2013 Wrexham sausage champions Traditional recipes in the good old fashioned way Lewis’s Farm Shop Brook Cottage, Eyton, Wrexham LL13 0SW Telephone: 01978 780852 Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
Celebrate Autumn at Harthill Cookery School
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21st September, Autumn Foraging & Herbal Medicine Day
19th October Wild Mushroom Foraging Course
Set on the famous Sandstone Trail, our cookery school is perfectly located for fantastic foraging courses. Enjoy the natural surroundings learning straight from the experts about what plants to use, how they taste and their beneﬁts.
This herbal plants foraging course is a fabulous opportunity to embrace the art of creative medicine making. It gives insights into many herbal applications of native species while offering practical techniques for making the most of garden herbs.
Finding ‘food for free’ in the edges of fields and woodland is an outdoor activity enjoyed by more and more people. In this 2-3 hour walk you’ll be able to identify many species that you will cook at the cookery school on your return.
Then you’ll return for a hands-on cookery session in the bespoke facilities of the school. If going in the wild for a walk is not your thing, there are plenty of autumn courses in the comfort of our kitchen including global cuisines.
27th September, From Garden to Plate
Why not trying something exotic and comforting such as Curries of Malaysia with Celebrity Chef Norman Musa on 20th October?
Not sure what to do with your Veg Box? Interested in growing you own vegetables? Let’s have a walk around the garden, see how food grows, how to make the most of your plot, see what is in season, try some unusual varieties and select the freshest produce to take back up the hill to cook at our school.
For details, more courses and online bookings, go on www.harthillcookeryschool.co.uk or call 01829 782097
27th October, Wild Food Foraging Day This full day course is a great opportunity to learn, through practical activities and underpinning theory about the fascinating world of wild food. Then you will cook up your finds in various ways and sample the delights of wild food.
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A 13th century castle, historic quayside and river... the ﬁnest setting for two days and three nights of the very best music, art and food..
GWLEDD CONWY FEAST Hydref October 26 & 27 2013
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Warm Friendly & Welcome Traditional family run Inn with homecooked food and real ales, a warm welcome and roaring fires. Function room available. Dogs welcome Set in stunning countryside, ideally suited for Snowdonia Llandderfel, Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7RA Tel: 01678 530205 www.bryntirioninn.co.uk
Food s l a v i t fes Abergavenny Food Festival
Roll up, roll up for this popular festival which sees producers, performers, artisans, cooks, writers and entertainers gather for a celebration of food. Two hundred exhibitors across five venues, and around fifty individually ticketed events await your presence at this family-friendly event – we’ll see you there! The 2013 Abergavenny Food Festival will take place over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd September. Visit www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com to view the full programme and purchase tickets.
Cheshire Food Festival
The much-anticipated Cheshire Food Festival is back, and this year it’s being held at an exciting new venue – Arley Hall! Bring the family and enjoy your favourite local producers, fantastic chef demonstrations, great live music, food challenges and general fun and frolics in the grounds of this beautiful property. The Cheshire Food Festival will take place on the 21st and 22nd of September at Arley Hall, Northwich. Visit www.cheshirefoodfestival.com
Nantwich Food and Drink Festival
Fans of fine food and drink will be heading to Nantwich in their droves as the town prepares to host its famous free ‘feastival’, which transforms the historic area into a paradise for foodies. Over 120 different traders, spread across a number of venues including the town square and the large Mornflake marquee at the Bowling Green pub, will be on hand serving a variety of unusual food including ostrich and zebra burgers! The Nantwich Food and Drink Festival will take place over the weekend of September 6th, 7th and 8th. Visit www.nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk
Aberystwyth Food & Drink Festival
This eclectic festival hosts a celebration of Welsh food and drink with 50 producers attending offering a diverse range of products to tantalise your taste buds! Throughout the day, there will be cookery demonstrations designed to appeal to young people and a competition for schools to design a poster with a prize donated by Food Centre Wales. The Aberystwyth Food and Drink Festival will be held in Baker Street on Saturday 21 September from 10am.
Set against a 13th century castle in a world heritage site on an historic quayside, what’s not to love about Conwy Feast? The festival has more than 150 stalls, offering some of Wales’ tastiest food and drink, sharing the stage with a crowd-pleasing programme of bands, and show-stopping art. The Feast is arguably the ultimate harvest festival and this year promises visitors a taste of seasonal fruit and veg raised in public spaces within the town. Chosen by the National Botanic Garden of Wales as a training hub, the Feast programme includes a lively programme of activities and talks dedicated to those wanting to grow their own food. It’s here, too, that visitors will find eleven times Chelsea gold medal winner Medwyn Williams who will be sharing his secrets of successful vegetable growing. And we mustn’t forget the farmyard of real live animals who will also be sharing this area with trees and bees. The Conwy Feast will be held on the 26th and 27th October. Go online to www.gwleddconwyfeast. co.uk to find out more.
Ludlow Food Festival
Organisers of the Ludlow Food Festival have been hard at work for the past few months as they bring together a host of new and favourite attractions ready for this year’s festival. The Ludlow Food Festival is renowned for the calibre of its exhibitors and this year is no exception with more than 160 local artisans selling their products and sharing their skills and enthusiasm. Friday at the Ludlow Food Festival sees the cream of the restaurant profession descend on the castle to share their talent and passion with visitors and this year promises to include many well-known faces from the culinary world. Of course the ever-popular For your chance to sausage, ale and bread trails will also be taking win one of two family place around Ludlow along with the pudding passes to the Ludlow tasting and Sunday producers market. Food Festival, email For those who want to learn more about particular ingredients or methods of cooking your name, address the Taste Workshops are a must. Led by expert and phone number to producers and chefs, they will guide you through a editorial@yattaryattar. tutored tasting. Previous talks have included ‘snout co.uk to tail’, sherry tasting, and the art of fruit distillation. Master classes will also return this year and will include world-renowned cheese expert Juliet Harbutt. The Ludlow Food Festival will be held at Ludlow Castle from the 13th to the 15th September. For more details about the festival please visit the website www.foodfestival.co.uk
Mold Food and Drink Festival
The bustling market town of Mold is gearing up for its annual food and drink festival, which will be celebrating its eighth anniversary this year. The Mold Food and Drink Festival has earned a reputation for being one of the best in Wales and attracts foodies from all over the UK. Over a hundred exhibitors will be attending this year including Snowdonia Cheese, Condessa Welsh Liqueurs, Castlemoor Farm Hogroast, Anne’s Patisserie, Orchard Pigs, Gourmet Vinegars, North Wales Buffalo and the thriving local farmers’ market, Celyn Farmers’ Market to name just a few. As well as the mouthwatering array of food and drink on offer, visitors will be treated to celebrity chef demonstrations in the Rangemaster cookery theatre, local chef competition finals, new interactive workshops, and live music. The Mold Food and Drink Festival will be held on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September in the New Street Car Park in Mold from 10am until 5pm. Outdoor entertainment, food and drink will be available until 8pm on the Saturday. Tickets cost £5 for adults, £2 for children aged three to 12 and £10 for a family of two adults and two children. Visit www. moldfoodfestival.co.uk for more information.
Newtown Food Festival
This September sees the launch of a new free festival in Newtown that promises to be an impressive showcase for the best food, drink and music from the region. For foodies the festival boasts a tastebud-tingling list of confirmed producers, with a distinct emphasis on quality, artisan and local. Monty’s Brewery are labeling a festival beer, Severn Smiles, especially for the occasion, and WM Jones and Sons Butchers are offering sausagemaking demonstrations to compliment the launch of their special festival sausage. There will be sizzling streetfood and cooking demonstrations – including renowned chef Yolande Person signing copies of her latest book. There will be competitions to find the best Junior Chef, Cupcake Baker and Riverside Explorer; the miniature railway will be running all weekend, there will be exciting guided walks. In the evenings, live music will be playing in pubs and venues all across the town centre. Put Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of September in your diary – 10am until late. For more information, go to www.newtown.org.uk
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Living on the slopes of the Moelwyns not far from Porthmadog, acclaimed artist David Grosvenor certainly isn’t short of breathtaking scenery to paint. David was born in England, but moved to north Wales in 1991 and has been a professional artist ever since. Since 1992 his work has been shown at Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni, The Albany Gallery, Cardiff and in Studio 35, near Toulouse. His last major solo exhibition was a complete sell out at Ffin y Parc Gallery in September 2011. This year, David has a new exhibition in Ffin y Parc Gallery. The new exhibition features a collection of landscapes which reflect the artist’s obvious love of north Wales, painting it in all its moods and humour. As described by Ffin y Parc Gallery owner, Ralph Sanders: ‘David uses both oils and watercolours, and paints a variety of subjects, including atmospheric, sometimes magisterial Welsh landscapes. The landscapes of north Wales give David the opportunity to explore and express his love of colour. We at Ffin y Parc are pleased to again have a strong collection of David’s work on show.’ Ffin y Parc Gallery in Llanrwst from the 1st to the 25th September. Call 01492 642070 for more information.
Johnny White’s Beastly Machines
Bodelwyddan Castle and park are enjoying having some flying pigs, metal bike-riding ducks, canoeing gnus and a crowd of other strange, mysterious and mythical creatures. The reason is the Derbyshire based sculptor Johnny White. He creates quirky and ingenious artworks that have enchanted audiences for over 20 years! Each sculpture is lovingly handmade in his own workshop, often using things that he has found or recycled. Everyone at Bodelwyddan Castle is excited to show his imaginative exhibition, ‘Beastly Machines’ which combines Johnny’s love of animals and mythical creatures. His imaginative and inspiring sculptures are influenced by current affairs, a play on words, as well as comic artists, such as Gary Larson. Gareth Whitley, learning and audience development assistant at Bodelwyddan Castle says, ‘Don’t miss this special opportunity to explore one of the most exciting exhibitions north Wales has ever had.’ Johnny White: Beastly Machines will be at Bodelwyddan Castle from 21st September until 16th November. For more information, visit www.bodelwyddan-castle.co.uk
On the trail of great art
Experience the world of the artist this autumn with Helfa Gelf, north Wales’ biggest open studio event. Now in its eighth year, Helfa Gelf sees over 300 artists in Gwynedd, Conwy, Flintshire, Denbighshire and Wrexham opening their studios to the public giving visitors the rare opportunity to see an artist at work. If you’re interested in starting your own art collection, there’ll also be the chance to buy artwork direct from the artists. Among the artists taking part, you’ll find painters, sculptors, photographers, jewellery makers, woodworkers, potters, textile workers, glass makers, basket weavers and printers, each one with a highly individual skill. Take the time to hunt them all down in studios in every kind of venue, purposebuilt studios and galleries to garden sheds and back rooms in various locations, everywhere from mountain passes to suburban cul-de-sacs to busy towns. To help you find the studios, ‘The Art Trail Map’ is available online at www. helfagelf.co.uk. This includes every studio’s location, directions, opening times, a profile of every artist and a gallery of images. News and information can be found on Facebook – just search ‘Helfa Gelf art trail’. Alternatively, you can pick up a printed version from local libraries, schools, tourist information centres, shops, galleries and at Helfa Gelf information points. Helfa Gelf will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in September with studios open from 11am to 5pm. Visit www.helfagelf.co.uk. Helfa Gelf has received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
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Lady Heyes Rocks!
Following an eight-year tenure at Blakemere Craft Centre, Tony Vine has re-located his Stonetones gallery to larger premises at Lady Heyes Craft Centre, on the outskirts of Frodsham in Cheshire. He is joined there by his partner Nikki Blackwood, who specialises in hand-painted glasses and gifts, making their lovely new shop in the Regency Building a mustvisit opportunity for any visitor looking for genuine British craftwork and Earth’s treasures. Tony’s unique lapidary wall art and gemstone cabochon jewellery is complemented by an expanded range of fossils, as specimens, decorative ornaments and contemporary pendants. With so many youngsters showing an interest in earth sciences, Tony is always delighted to share his passion for rocks and looks forward to introducing a series of weekend demonstrations, cutting and polishing small geodes – always a journey of discovery! For more information about Stonetones and NikNaks, go online and visit www.ladyheyes. co.uk and check out their sidebar for events and offers.
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The Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture
Since 1991 the Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture in Berriew, mid Wales has been sharing Andrew’s unique view of life with the world. The museum houses a vast collection of Andrew’s work, including sculpture, mirrored portraits, watercolours, jewellery and photos. Throughout the summer months, regular workshops are held at the museum to encourage people of all ages to be inspired by the pieces on show. The Berriew Festival of Creativity will be held at the museum from 3rd to 8th September, so make sure you go to see some of the best talent that the area has to offer. Admission to the Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture is £3 for adults, £1.50 for children, concessions and students and £8 for families. The museum is open during June, July, August and September every weekend and on August Bank Holiday Monday from noon until 4pm. For more information, visit www. andrewloganmuseum. org or call 01686 640689.
Memories of summer…
Whether they’re flowers you received as a gift or your favourites from the garden, pressing flowers is a great way to preserve them for years to come. You can also press grasses or leaves, including autumn leaves. Before pressing, you just need to make sure that leaves or grasses are flat, while flowers may need a little more work.
For particularly bulky flowers, you may need to remove some of the central petals, and flowers such as lilies have to be pressed on their sides. Whatever you decide to press, make sure that you’ve first brushed off any dirt and stowaway insects. When pressing flowers or leaves, the most important thing you will need is a heavy book – an old Yellow Pages works a treat. Very small flowers such as daisies can take as little as two weeks to dry out, while bulky flowers or waxy leaves can take six weeks. What to do With pressed floWers Once they’ve dried out, pressed flowers and leaves have a huge variety of uses. They can be used in a range of crafts, including card decorating and candle making. Whole flowers or petals can even be set in resin to create interesting jewellery, while smaller flower petals can be used as confetti at weddings and other celebrations. A few people have even used small petals in nail art!
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dulwich picture Gallery is England’s first public art gallery. it was founded in 1811 when Sir Francis Bourgeois bequeathed his collection of old masters ‘for the inspection of the public’
Afonwen 31ST aUGUST aNd 1ST SepTeMber Susie Q and Kay pay a visit to Afonwen with delicate hand crochet, knitted cloths and craft, plus Kay will bring along some of her gorgeous beaded jewellery (pictured above).
Top of the Pots Exhibition Diary Dear Portrait MOSTYN WaleS UNTil 13Th OcTOber Includes 20 international artists, with works that deploy the use of the portrait in various ways, and invites their subjects to respond to the works involving them. aNNeTTe KelM MOSTYN WaleS UNTil 13Th OcTOber A solo exhibition of German born artist Annette Kelm, which marks the first exhibition for her work in a UK public institution. FraNcO Vaccari MOSTYN WaleS UNTil 13Th OcTOber A solo exhibition of the work of Italian artist Franco Vaccari. GallerY Six: UpriSiNGS – becca VOelcKer MOSTYN WaleS UNTil 20Th OcTOber Born in 1990 in Pant Glas, north Wales, Becca Voelcker’s films mingle issues of place and identity. NOrTh WaleS arTFeST VeNUe cYMrU 13Th – 14Th SepTeMber A chance to meet with art materials suppliers and retailers, watch demonstrations and buy specialist art products. Gerald deWSbUrY TWeNTY TWeNTY GallerY, MUch WeNlOcK 14Th SepTeMber – 12Th OcTOber A collection of new paintings from Gerald Dewsbury.
Whether you want a decorative ornament or an everyday pottery staple, Firs Pottery have something just for you! From their workshop and showroom in the Cheshire countryside, Joy and Ken Wild create a variety of functional and decorative pots to suit all tastes and pockets, and commissions are welcome. If you want to try your hand at making your own pottery, you can join Joy and Ken for a ‘making day’, when you’ll spend the whole day under their expert guidance with a small group of other enthusiastic learners. You’ll learn how to design, make and glaze your own pot, while Joy and Ken will make sure that your creation is fired to perfection. ‘We will present you with rolled out or a lump of clay ready for you to start creating,’ says Joy. ‘We structure the first two days, and you will have individual tuition. We will help you to make five different pots during the first day, and on the second you will glaze these pots as well as create more! Lunch is included on full days. We also have personal throwing sessions for one or two hours as required.’ ‘Making days’ are held five or six times a month from 10am until 4:30pm, so you can book to suit yourself. Pottery workshops for adults are held twice weekly for individuals or groups, beginners or advanced. For booking details and availability, call 01270 780345 or email joywild@ firspottery.co.uk, or visit www. firspottery.co.uk for more information.
daVid WOOdFOrd – in nature’s Presence The rOYal caMbriaN acadeMY 14Th SepTeMber – 19Th OcTOber David Woodford invites fellow members to meet the challenge of working in the open air.
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3rd aNd 4Th SepTeMber Painting on silk with Mair Morgan. 5Th SepTeMber Pen and ink art with Huw. 6Th SepTeMber Paper bonding with the ‘newspaper lady’, Sarah. Learn how to turn old newspaper or music sheets into beautiful pictures, cards, jewellery and so much more. 7Th aNd 8Th SepTeMber Jewels crafts – learn how to make fabulous fun, funky and classic jewellery for all ages. 10Th SepTeMber Pick up your knitting needles ready to learn all about making handmade bags and knitted toys using vintage patterns. 11Th aNd 12Th SepTeMber Made by Melissa – bring and fun jewellery and crafts. Visit www.afonwen.co.uk for more events and information.
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The Firs Pottery Visit The Firs Pottery in the village of Aston (A530 Nantwich to Whitchurch, follow the brown on white signs).
A wide variety of stoneware and porcelain pottery is made - buy from the makers! Open most days 9:00am - 6:00pm Classes held every week, beginners welcome. Please telephone or e-mail for details’ Sheppenhall Lane, Aston, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 8DE Telephone: 01270 780345 email: email@example.com
• Welsh crafts & Souvenirs • Jewellery • Café • Personalised Candles, Cards & Lovespoons • Wool Shop • Fishing Tackle & Bait Open Monday to Saturday 10 ‘til 5 Sunday 11 ‘til 5 Closed Wednesday Worms & Maggots stocked
www.corwenmanor.co.uk 8 London Rd, Corwen, Denbighshire LL21 0DR
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Glassblobbery, Glanrafon, LL21 0HA 01490 460440 Open 10am-5pm(ish) www.glassblobbery.com
Light up your home with DC Lighting in Oswestry. With lighting from more than 19 suppliers in their newly refurbished showroom, there are plenty of lighting solutions for your home in a variety of both traditional and contemporary styles. The refurbishment of the showroom was finished at the end of August – just in time to show off manufacturers’ new ranges in September and October. ‘We’ve been here for 11 years, so we thought the place needed bringing up to date,’ says Carol Aitken of DC Lighting. ‘We now have new flooring and wall boards, and its easier for customers to browse. ‘ Visit DC Lighting on Upper Church Street in Oswestry. If you’re travelling out of Oswestry towards Morda, it’s the shop in on the right hand side opposite the Golden Lion pub. The shop is open from 9:30am to 5:30pm Tuesday to Saturday. Contact DC Lighting on 01691 662681.
Gates are often the first statement your home makes to any visitors – and what your gates look like says a lot about you! Do you want people to think ‘wow’ when they walk past your property? If you fancy an updated look, or have something a little bit different in mind, why not get in touch with a familyrun joinery business in Rhyl to help you out? Gate Expectations draw on three generations of expertise and experience in working with timber and have been manufacturing bespoke gates and garage doors since 1989. They can manufacture your dream bespoke gates or garage doors to suit any style or opening, exclusively for you! Fancy automation? They’ll be able to craft something you can later add automation to. Want something to compliment the style of your home? No problem, they can work with you to create something beautifully in keeping with any existing features. Gate Expectations are British Woodworking Federation assured, so you can have total peace of mind that everything you order will be made to the highest quality and their customer service will be second to none! What are you waiting for? Find out more about Gate Expectations at www.woodworkersuk.co.uk or call 01745 362444 to discuss your requirements.
Homes& Gardens Everything the sensible house-proud person needs to feather their nest…
With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Clay and Rock specialise in sourcing materials from all over the world to bring their customers something out of the ordinary. Whether you want new floor or wall tiles including natural stone and slate, wooden flooring, or even French furniture, Clay and Rock have plenty for you to see and, as they import many of their products direct, can pass the benefits of their buying onto you. In their showroom, you can see many of the products that Clay and Rock stock as part of one of their showroom features, which can help you to see just what your chosen tiles, flooring or furniture look like in situ. Once you’ve chosen just what you want, delivery is free to most areas. At Clay and Rock, they realise the critical importance of how tiles are fixed and how this can impact on the finished project. If you are in need, they can recommend a tile fixer in your area and you can relax safe in the knowledge that any recommended tile fixer will be Tile Association accredited. See a large range of available products at Clay and Rock’s tiles, stone and wood flooring showroom located just off the A41 approximately five miles from Chester. The showroom is open from 8am until 5pm during the week and 9:30am to 4pm on Saturdays. For more information, call 01829 771216 or go online and visit www.clayandrock.co.uk
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The heart of the home...
oswestry town Park’s african savannah
oswestry town park, in partnership with the British ironwork Center, have already adopted a pair of beautiful stags as part of the oswestry u urban safari t trail and since this, a pair of a african giraffes have been caught grazing the crazy golf course! oswestry t town Park has adopted these magnificent sculptures as part of a unique project in and around the oswestry area. approximately 35 bespoke animal sculptures have found adoptive homes including shops, restaurants and schools. Joanne Jones from the British ironwork Centre says: ‘oswestry town Park is one of the most visited areas of oswestry for parents and children, all of the staff at British ironwork Centre are very excited to see the reactions of passers-by and we hope that people will continue the trail throughout the shops, and other locations around oswestry.’ all those involved with the ground breaking project have been working to ensure the trail is a success and to educate people about our area, its history and all it has to offer. robert Butler, a member of the staff at the British ironwork Centre who had aided the installation of both the giraffes and stags added, ‘all of the sculptures are amazing pieces of art and judging by the faces of onlookers whilst installation was taking place at each location, we are confident it will soon become a local spectacle!’
Your kitchen is the busiest room in your home, so when the time comes to get By hEad GardEnEr at ErddiG a new kitchen, getting the right one for housE, Glyn smith you can be a bit daunting. Luckily, help is on hand! We spoke to Steve Bullock at What a year it has been in our Ever Beyond kitchens for some advice: gardens! a real contrast to last ‘We offer a free, no obligation design years rain: first the cold spring service,’ explains Steve. ‘The design isn’t with deep snow at Eastertime, so much about what colour the doors or then all the very hot weather work surfaces are, it’s about getting the in July. Working in the garden room to fit with the customer’s lifestyle. recently has been a trial and a We will explore several design ideas and trial too for our plants. pricing options until we find something of course the grass has not that works well and that the customer grown much, compared to last year when it is really excited about. We have didn’t stop growing, so we have saved time several different ranges, including the on mowing only to spend it traditional and contemporary Sheraton watering plants to keep range, and the German-made them alive. Schüller range with its limitless although our design capabilities,’ says Steve. borders have looked ‘We also have a bespoke Whilst occupied, Erddig a little tired with range with custom built the heat, the was never installed cabinets using doors from staking we did different high quality with mains electricity. early on has manufacturers. We offer The last squire, Philip, kept everything supply only, or full project supported and relied on a portable management, including there is plenty flooring and tiling. We use generator to power his of colour about. subcontractors for this, but have single television set our south border is spent years gathering together probably the longest a team that is reliable and works to herbaceous border in a very high standard. All work is done the national trust, at 225 to the same high standard as our new yards long. late summer plants, kitchens.’ To find out more about Ever like Crocosmias and dahlias are starting to Beyond, visit www.everbeyond.co.uk or flower and so of course are the sweet peas give them a call on 01978 696220. we planted. in our Victorian Garden, deep
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Appliance of Science
Is it time for a new fridge? GT Appliances in Oswestry have a large selection of all household electrical items, including small appliances, and white goods. GT Appliances are a small independent company that was established in April 2012, and they aim to provide their products at a comparable or even lower price than large corporate retailers. The friendly staff have a wealth of experience in small appliances and large white goods including integrated appliances, so there’s plenty of advice at hand should you need it. While you might have to wait weeks for an item from other retailers, most goods are available for collection from GT Appliances extensive stock, or delivery can be arranged, usually on the same or next day. Visit GT Appliances on Oswald Road, Oswestry between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Saturday. You can contact them by calling 01691 655519 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
purple Clematis Jackmannii, trained up rustic poles, are coming into flower. over the next few weeks the gardeners will be busy shearing hedges. We’re always shearing or pruning something in the garden, our ‘pleached’ lime tree avenues took us several weeks to prune in the springtime and look great either side of the main garden lawns. our yew tree hedges have to be sheared carefully and harvested for an anti cancer drug. By the time we finish all the yew trees and hedges we may have a tonne of clippings to send away. after the yew, we have to finish shearing all the box hedges. We usually trim these by hand. a good pair of topiary shears gives the finest cut and our visitors always chat to us and admire the standard we produce. Fruit trees need regular pruning to keep them in shape and to fruit well, our aim is to have a good display for our very popular apple Festival in october. during the summer, trained fruit trees that have stones, rather than pips, need to be pruned. traditionally trained in a ‘fan’ shape against a wall, some of the branches will need to be pruned back to a lower side shoot. then, every three to five years the trees will have been rejuvenated and should produce heavy crops. later in august the long shoots of apples and pear trees can be shortened. don’t get too hot and dehydrated in your gardens, sit a while and look at the flowers, or pop by here and see our garden at Erddig!
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Anthony from Coed-y-dinas gives us some top tips for tAking cAre of the gArden through the Autumn months
The answer to your home office needs...
If you would like to work from home in a thought provoking and inspirational retreat, hand built to suit you, then Elwy Valley Shepherds Hut Co could very well have the answer. ‘Once upon a time this was my dream, as I, like most people, found it a struggle to find a designated space inside our home without any distractions,’ says company owner, Steve Akred. ‘We live in the centre of a small village, in a conservation area, and couldn’t extend the house any further than we had already done. So we came up with the idea of building a shepherds hut in my joinery workshop to install in our back garden - and haven’t looked back since. Elwy Valley Shepherds Hut Co was born.’ Each hut is individually built to the client’s specification, providing that extra indoor space outdoors. Large enough to be comfortable yet small enough to fit most gardens, it is the new ‘must have’. Once shepherds huts were basic shelters used as living quarters during lambing season, now they are built using bespoke craftsmanship and technology. ‘If you are looking for a unique space for your desk and PC or a creative space for your sewing machine and craft table then we may have the solution,’ says Steve. ‘With double glazing, full insulation, heating and wired for the modern world, an Elwy Valley Shepherds Hut is an investment that will stand the test of time.’ Visit www.elwyvalleyshepherdshutco.com or call 01492 680509.
Home shopping Harlequin ‘What a Hoot’ wallpaper £27 per roll. Available from Julia Jones. www. juliajones.co.uk
Denby Cast Iron Casserole Pot From £54.99. Available from Coed y Dinas. www.charliesdirect.co.uk
Casa Sandringham Mirror, available from Colwyn Interiors. www. colwyninteriors. co.uk
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Actona Blaize Barstool, £95. Available from Julia Jones. www. juliajones.co.uk
Trim and Tidy clear any debris and diseased material from your garden. pests and diseases that spend winter in your garden will reappear in spring with a vengeance so make sure to deal with them now. trim back hedges before midseptember. regularly remove dead flowers from rose bushes, dahlias, chrysanthemums and asters to keep your garden tidy and to encourage the plants to flower next year. Keep waTering! if we find ourselves in the midst of an indian summer this september, remember to keep watering your garden thoroughly once or twice a week. for recently planted large shrubs or trees, leave a hose trickling around the base for an hour or so. if we go through a particularly dry spell, some plants will abort next season’s flowers if they get too dry. planT ready for nexT year Autumn can provide ideal planting conditions, as the soil is generally warm and moist. now is the time to plant container-grown shrubs, trees, fruit bushes, perennials and bulbs. Bulbs can be given a head start by adding a little bonemeal for a slow-release fertiliser. love your lawn educe the frequency of mowing in reduce autumn to help repair the summer damage ow is the best time to repair to your lawn. now bumps, hollows, bald patches or broken edges. rake out any dead grass or moss and spike your lawn to improve drainage and add a top dressing of soil, sand or compost depending on your soil type (ask at the garden centre for advice if you’re unsure). After all this, your lawn may not look its best, but it will benefit in the long run. HarvesT Time if you’ve been growing your own fruit and veg, now is the time to reap your rewards. make sure that you dig up root crops, with the exception of parsnips which taste better after a sfrost, before pesky garden critters can do any damage!
Coed-y-dinas is located in Welshpool and is part of Charlies Stores, which also has stores in Aberystwyth, Newtown, Queensferry, Shrewsbury and Carmarthen. Visit the stores to get expert advice about your garden or visit www.coedydinas.co.uk to find out more.
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At Bunners in Montgomery, mid Wales, you’ll find a wide range of steel and cast iron wood burning stoves including Town and Country, Stovax and Euroheat. What styles of stoves are available? As well as providing a cleaner, greener source of heat for your home, a wood burning stove can be a great focal point for a room. ‘At Bunners we have a wide range of stoves available in both modern and classic designs,’ says Toby. ‘These include boiler models, double-sided stoves and inset models for existing fireplaces.’ Certain models can also be used to heat your entire home. ‘It certainly is possible to heat a property using a multifuel stove with an appropriately sized boiler,’ says Toby. ‘Most boiler model stoves can also easily supply heat for domestic hot water.’ What fuel should I use? ‘Multifuel stoves run at their cleanest and most efficient on either dry seasoned wood (10–20% mositure content) or smokeless coal,’ says Toby. ‘Wood is obviously the most economical if you have your own supply. The costs of buying in either unseasoned wood, kiln dried wood or smokeless coal is dependent on the amounts bought and the time of year. Late spring and summer is usually a better time to buy. Ensure you have appropriate storage if you buy wood, in order to let it season and keep it dry.’ How long will installation take, and how much will it cost? ‘As a guide look to usually one or two days for a non-boiler model and two or three for a boiler system,’ explains Toby. ‘ Your installer should give you a rough idea of this during his site inspection. A sensible budget for buying a non-boiler stove, installing and lining a chimney, would be approx £2,000. Remember – get three quotes and ask questions!’ Bunners has been trading for over 120 years as a family-run business and has retained the traditional values and service that isn’t often seen in retailers these days. They can also recommend qualified HETAS installers if required. Visit Bunners from 9am to 5:30pm during the week and Saturdays 9am to 5pm. You can find out more by visiting www.bunners.co.uk or by giving them a call on 01686 668308.
Colwyn Fireplace and Stove Centre
RiChaRd giveS uS Some expeRt adviCe about inStalling a FiReplaCe FoR youR home Q. What fuels can be used for a fireplace? A. there are various – it all depends what material the fireplace is made from. If they want a solid fuel fireplace (burning wood, coal, kiln dried logs) then a customer would require a stone fireplace and one that has joints able to withstand the heat. If a customer only requires a gas fire or electric fire in the fireplace then it can be made from any material. Q. I don’t have a chimney breast. Can I still have a fireplace? A. Yes you can. It can be fitted onto a flat wall or a false chimney breast can be created. Q. Will I be able to find a fireplace that matches my home? A. There a many styles of fireplace that can be installed – there are hundreds of designs and if you want something unique, fireplaces can also be made to a specific design. Q. How much will it cost to install a fireplace and how long will it take? A. There are no set charges to install a fireplace. It all depends what has to come out and what has been chosen to replace it. Some fireplaces will take half a day to install, others take up to a week. Colwyn Fireplace Centre has been a family-run business for over 30 years. Visit their showroom, the largest in north Wales, in Mochdre, Colwyn Bay between 9:30am and 5pm from Monday to Saturday, or give them a call on 01492 540033. You can also visit their website at www.colwynfireplacecentre.com
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Are you finding that your energy costs are spiralling out of control? information pack, Then it might be time to speak to North West Heating Solutions about their new revolutionary German radiators that are now call north West available in the UK. These advanced electric storage heaters are not heating solutions on only an alternative to old Economy 7 storage heaters, but beat the old systems hands down. Unlike Economy 7 heaters which can be 01244 371445 or visit difficult to control, the new German radiators can be turned on as www.northwest needed, and each radiator comes with its own thermostat and timer. German storage heaters, already popular in northern Europe, heatingsolutions. are ideal for those who live in areas which are not served with mains co.uk gas and would usually have to cope with Economy 7, LPG or oil fired heating, but they can also be a good option for homeowners in more urban areas who are looking to save money. North West Heating Solutions will first conduct a survey of your property before installation so that an efficient and effective system can be designed to suit your needs. Installation of the new storage heaters is clean and simple and is usually completed within one day.
Relight my Fire!
We speak to the industry experts for some hot advice on keeping your home warm this winter
Based on the gledrid industrial park, in chirk, saxon have been supplying their customers with the best brands for over 30 years. ‘We specialise in wood, multi-fuel, gas and electric stoves, as well as range cookers and fireplaces,’ says Rob Allen. in their 6000 square foot showroom, saxon have a large selection of stoves, including many working models so you can see them in action. if you’re considering making the switch to a stove for all your home heating, then a wood or multi fuel model may be the best option. some installations may be eligible for the renewable heat incentive to help cover costs. ‘the renewable heat incentive is mostly available on new builds or full central heating wood systems,’ explains rob. ‘We will do a free site survey and quote so you know what will be best for your home and what costs will be involved. For more information, go online and visit www.saxonhomecare.co.uk or call 01691 772153. You can visit their showroom on the Gledrid Industrial Park, seven days a week.
Regency Heating and Plumbing
For the fast approaching winter months, Regency Heating and Plumbing will be able to make sure that you stay toasty, come wind, rain or snow. Proprietor Gary first started in the industry when he joined the family business, which began in 1958. Gary took joint ownership of the company in 1996 and by 2011 it had become a very competitive high street business. Gary and his wife Wendy left the family showroom in September 2011 to set up Regency Heating and Plumbing. Gary took with him a simple policy: he will not fit a boiler that he cannot maintain or repair. This he believes has contributed to the success of his new venture and has helped him to expand his loyal customer base. Gary specialises in fitting and maintaining Alpha boilers and believes that the company and the boilers it produces are one of the best in the industry. He is Alpha’s service agent for north Wales and the north west area, which means he carries Alpha boiler spares with him so the customer can be up and running again in just one visit. Due to demand and at the request of their customers, Regency Heating and Plumbing now also fit fires, fireplaces and bathrooms. Call 01244 546047 or go to www.regencyheatingandplumbing.co.uk
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Q. Do I need more space for a biomass boiler than a conventional one? A. Biomass boilers generally have a larger footprint and are taller than a floor standing gas or oil boiler. space is also sometimes needed for a fuel store and hot water cylinder. Q. How much more environmentally friendly is a biomass boiler? A. Wood is a carbon neutral fuel which will be far more environmentally friendly than any fossil fuel. switching from oil to a biomass boiler could save £1000s a year not only on the fuel saving but with the income from the renewable heat incentive. Q. How much will it cost to install? A. typical installation in a domestic dwelling can cost anything from £10,000 to £20,000 depending on the size of the property. Q. Does a biomass boiler require maintenance? A. a biomass boiler should be serviced annually including having the flue or chimney swept. some have an automated cleaning system.
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Twelve MonThs before The big day • Decide on a theme then book your venue, as almost everything else hinges around these elements
j The simple splendour of Hawkstone Park Hotel, in Shrewsbury (pictured above), Shropshire is an ideal backdrop for your special day. Set in 400 acres of wonderful scenery, this tranquil location has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed landscape. Boasting a plethora of unique characteristics, the showstopper has to be the elegant wishbone staircase in the main function suite, which enables the newly-weds to make a memorable and dramatic entrance as they sweep majestically down the stairs! To capture the true sense of romance, the bride and groom will be transported by Land Rover to the top of Grotto Hill for some truly memorable photographs. The dedicated team and your personal wedding co-ordinator will be on hand from beginning to end, offering practical advice and a wealth of experience to ensure your perfect day is just that. Visit www.principal-hayley.com and discover what attractive and affordable wedding packages they can offer.
j An outdoor wedding often calls for a marquee – an increasingly popular choice amongst today’s couples – as it can be adapted to set a spectacular scene and has several advantages over other venues; it can cater for weddings of all sizes and can be flexible if numbers increase or drop at the last minute. Peak Marquee Hire, an up-and-coming company covering north Wales, Shropshire and Cheshire offer a bespoke service, down to the very last detail, to suit any space or location and their brand new marquees are the epitome of elegance all year round. Don’t just take our word for it though – visit www.peakmarqueehire.co.uk
meal in the state dining room, or up to 150 in the great hall. For much larger weddings, the castle can be used for a drinks reception followed by a dinner-dance in a marquee in the stunning grounds by the castle’s own lake. Visit www.eastnorcastle.com to find out more, or call wedding co-ordinator, Nicky Cullity, on 01531 633160.
j Looking for a wedding reception with a difference? Chester Boat caters for wedding parties aboard the luxury showboats Lady Diana and Mark Twain, all year round. What better way to spend your special day than by gliding quietly down Chester’s River Dee with a glass of Champagne, surrounded by friends and family? The friendly, experienced crew ensure that your whole party is well looked after and the food is simply divine! Go to www.chesterboat.co.uk to find out more, or call 01244 325394
• Finalise the guest list • Look at other venues
j Where better for a fairytale wedding than in a Georgian castle situated in a beautiful country estate? Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury (pictured above), is a truly stunning venue and can accommodate up to 80 guests for civil wedding ceremonies in the gothic drawing room. ‘We only do a small number of weddings each year,’ says wedding coordinator, Nicky Cullity. ‘So each one is really quite special.’ The castle will be exclusively yours for your wedding for you and your guests to enjoy. Up to 80 guests can enjoy a
j Rosset Hall Hotel, a stunning Georgian country house near Chester, is a great choice and the perfect romantic location for the wedding of your dreams. Boasting a civil service licence, beautiful, relaxing gardens and a luxurious bridal suite, you can even hire a private butler for the duration of your stay! There’s plenty of room to accommodate your bridal party, and everybody is treated like royalty by the hotel’s passionate and committed staff. With experienced wedding planners on hand to guide you through
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every aspect of your day, and attractive wedding packages, Rossett Hall (pictured above) promises a unique and memorable experience, tailored to your individual needs. Visit www.rossetthallhotel.co.uk j Celebrate your wedding in style at St George’s Hotel, Llandudno, where you can enjoy views of the north Wales coast and Great Orme in four-star luxury. Whether you’re planning for 10 guests or 200, the hotel has a variety of function rooms available for civil wedding ceremonies, including the Grade II listed Wedgewood Suite. The hotel’s dedicated wedding planners will make sure that both the day of your wedding and the run up to the big day will go smoothly. There are several wedding packages to choose from – Cariad, which simply means love, Am Byth, the hotel’s most popular ‘forever’ package, while St Dwynwen, the most famous and romantic lady in Wales (and the Welsh patron saint of love) lends her name to the premier wedding package. As well as taking care of your special day, the Am Byth and St Dwynwen packages include a first anniversary stay at the hotel for the bride and groom. St George’s also offers seasonal wedding packages and bespoke weddings if you want something designed around your specific requirements. As you would expect, the hotel offers high quality catering and is able to provide you and your guests with a great selection of dishes made using fresh local ingredients. The wedding menus have been specially designed to cater for every diet and taste, and you can always arrange to discuss your needs with the executive chef. Go to www.stgeorgeswales.co.uk to see a full range of packages available or or call 0808 168 6030 for more information.
preserving precious memories, not only for you, but for future generations as well. Perfect photographs begin with the right photographer, which is why many couples are turning to Darren Roberts Photography, based in Central Arcade, Wrexham. Well known for creating iconic images unobtrusively, professionally, and at an affordable price, Darren Roberts can also arrange for you to pay in instalments to help ease the financial pressure of a typical wedding. For more information, go online to www. darrenrobertsphotography.co.uk or pop in to Central Arcade to visit and ask to browse through his portfolio. j For a relaxed, creative approach to capturing those unique memories, meet Love Luella Photography. Tash Jones is a freelance photographer based in Ruthin and will travel to weddings in north Wales, the north west and Shropshire as well as other locations throughout the UK, with prior arrangement. From pre-wedding hair and makeup to the first dance, Tash will make sure that all the special moments of your day are recorded. Love Luella Photography tailor personal packages to meet their clients’ needs, with various time packages and content available. All wedding clients receive a pre-wedding or engagement shoot to enjoy in the comfort of their home or a location that’s special to you. Come what may, you can be sure that you’ll have some spectacular photos to help you treasure your memories of the day for years to come. Tash also does maternity and newborn photography should the patter of little feet follow soon after your wedding bells! Visit www.loveluella.co.uk to see Tash’s full portfolio or call 07805 833182 to discuss your personal requirements.
• Choose a gorgeous dress! j The thought of shopping for your perfect wedding dress can sometimes be a daunting one, which is why Trisha’s Bridal Wear shop, in Oswestry, should be your first port of call. With two floors of stunning bridal and bridesmaid dresses, designer gowns and eveningwear to flatter every blushing brideto-be from sizes 4 to 32, you’re certain to find ‘the one’! Trisha and her conscientious staff have been the regional winners of the
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Eastnor Castle is opening its doors for a wedding showcase to let you see the venue and decide if it’s right for your wedding. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of bubbly before touring the spectacular state rooms and bedrooms. The castle will be set up for a wedding reception, giving couples the chance to see just how magical their wedding could be.
Linzi Jay Stockist of the Year award for two years running, and are well known for their helpful advice, product knowledge and relaxed attitudes. Trisha’s also offers a professional in-house alterations and bespoke dressmaking service. Visit trishasbridalwear.co.uk for more information or call 01691 671133 for an appointment to find out more.
• Book a caterer j No matter what your tastes, or any dietary requirements you may have, Hughes Caterers in Welshpool will be able to provide your wedding celebrations with a fantastic feast. They have a wealth of experience in creating delicious wedding feasts, whether you want a small buffet or barbeque, or canapés and a full three-course meal for up to 500. With such a great service, it’s no wonder that they are approved caterers for the National Trust! To make sure that your meal or buffet goes off without a hitch, Hughes Caterers can advise you about menus, help you to devise a seating plan, then supply seating, table decorations and the finest tableware and linen. You food will be served by professional, smartly uniformed staff. Speak to Hughes Caterers on 01691 830055 to discuss your wedding, or visit their website at www.hughescaterers.co.uk
sIX moNths bEforE thE bIg day • Visit a florist • Choose a hairstylist and make-up artist • Choose the wedding rings • Order wedding cake • Choose your bridesmaids’ dresses • Book your transport
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drawn carriage. With limousine arrivals now the norm, brides are frequently turning to more traditional and sophisticated transport, with horse-drawn carriages at the top of the wish list, and Caramel Stud Carriages can provide just that (pictured above). The decadent combination of Gem the Palomino horse, with her shimmering golden coat, the customised white carriage and the matching outfits complete with top hats are unique to Caramel Stud Carriages. Not only does the carriage look amazing with its luxurious black velvet interior, it also delivers from a practical point of view. The hood is fully convertible, so can be positioned up or down to suit the weather on your day and is totally waterproof, should the sun decide not to take up your wedding invitation! Selecting the overall turnout including the temperament of the horse was critical to owners Jo and Andy in achieving the ‘Horse Drawn Perfection’ that they provide for every event, and so the term is now their recognised slogan. Gem was carefully chosen from their sister company The Caramel Stud, which currently has over 20 horses for breeding and training. She has certainly lived up to her name, performing faultlessly all over England and Wales at weddings, birthdays, proms, fetes, Santa arrivals and on TV. For the ultimate way to arrive in style, with that ‘wow’ factor you and your guests will never forget, visit www.caramelstudcarriages. co.uk, contact them on Facebook or call Jo on 07974 181519 for more information. j Belles and Beaus (pictured below) can ensure that you arrive for your big day in style transported by a beautiful vintage car that will take you from your home, hotel room or wherever else you might be getting ready, to your wedding venue. If the classic vintage look is your dream, then Belles and Beaus have the perfect car for your special occasion.
Belles and Beaus are based in Mold, and are happy to travel within a 40-mile radius. All of their drivers are professional and fully qualified, so you’ll be transported to your wedding in safety and comfort, and of course look great doing it! Visit www.bellesandbeauschester.co.uk or call 07821 683621 to find out more. j How about arriving for you wedding in a Daimler State Landaulet, with co-ordinating seven-seater Daimler limousines for your wedding party? Silverline Cars (pictured above) have a fleet of seven cars, allowing them to meet your exacting requirements without ever servicing more than one wedding per car per day. They can offer one, two and three car packages. On the day of your wedding, you’ll receive five-star treatment from the drivers, who are highly trained to a professional level of customer service, and your wedding car comes complete with free bubbly! For something really special, try Silverline Cars’ Confetti Cloud – showering you with over 10,000 pieces of biodegradable confetti. You and your guests will love it! With packages starting from as little as £195 why not get in touch? Call Inga on 01948 840675 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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• Organise Hen and Stag parties • Buy gifts for bridesmaids / parents of the bride and groom • Order your wedding favours j The giving of wedding favours is an old tradition, which sees the bride and groom offering a token of their appreciation to guests for sharing their special day. However, unless you get your favours
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k marCuS Bean Self-taught Shropshire-based celebrity chef and owner of the Brompton Cookery School, Marcus Bean has been cooking up a storm recently with a host of projects. As well as being chosen as the ambassador for British asparagus earlier in the year, the star, who regularly cooks for Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on TV’s This Morning has been selected to be a chef on the Ready Steady Cook live tour, so you might see him rustling up a masterpiece in a theatre near you this autumn. Mr Bean is also booked to appear at the Ludlow Food Festival in September. k tom JameS There’s a rumour that north Wales’ golden boy of rowing, Tom James, is calling time on the sport that brought him into the public eye and saw him win two Olympic gold medals. The 29-year-old from Coedpoeth has hinted publicly that he will not row at the next Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, after spending the last year travelling. James, a former Chester King’s School student won Olympic gold in the men’s coxless fours at Beijing in 2008 and in London last year.
k miChael owen Chester-born soccer legend Michael Owen is not letting the grass grow under his feet after his early retirement – as well as being the new voice for BT Sports football coverage, horse racing fan Owen, has his Manor House stables to keep him busy whilst he also represents several young and talented footballers. The 34-year-old found himself in hot water earlier this year when after referring to his Ewloe home as being ‘near Cheshire’ when competing on ITV’s All Star Family Fortunes. Oops!
k Sir dave BrailSford The Snowdon Mountain Railway honoured Team Sky boss Brailsford this year by naming one of the new diesel heritage carriages after him. Accompanied by his eightyear-old daughter, Millie, Brailsford unveiled the gleaming new carriage before taking a trip to the summit of the mountain. Although the cycling guru was born in Shardlow in Derbyshire, his family moved to Deiniolen, near Caernarfon when he was just two years old and it was here that the young Brailsford honed his cycling skills on Elidir Fawr and Holyhead Mountain. The former Chester University student and fluent Welsh speaker also delighted crowds recently when he rolled up to take part in the Etape Eryri – a cycling event which takes brave riders over three different scenic routes in Snowdonia, all starting and finishing in the centre of Caernarfon.
k riChard and adam JohnSon The Holywell siblings have come a long way since making sandwiches at their parents’ Subway franchise in Flint and a cafe on the Flintshire Retail Park. With their debut album, The Impossible Dream (released in July) riding high in the charts, the Britain’s Got Talent finalists are still finding their meteoric rise to fame a little overwhelming, describing their journey as ‘surreal’. It’s not been a straightforward transition either – during their live performance in the finals, one of the orchestra – viola player Natalie Holt – ineggsplicably ran to the front of the stage to hurl eggs at judge Simon Cowell, apparently in protest at having to mime playing her instrument.
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Volunteering is a great way to not only help out your local community, but also helps you to build skills and gain experience that may prove useful in the future. If you are in the Wrexham area, then AVOW (Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham) can help you find the opportunity that’s right for you. The volunteer centre is able to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed choice and can refer you to other organisations that are of interest. Visit www.volunteering-wales.net to see volunteering opportunities in Wales. If you would like to make an appointment with AVOW’s volunteering centre, call 01978 312556 or visit www.avow.org for more information.
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Is your passion for animals? Perhaps you would like to help out at Greyhound Rescue Wales, who work to rescue and re-home greyhounds and lurchers in need. Animal lovers will be aware of the plight of the greyhound – many dogs find themselves abandoned by careless owners once they can no longer race. Thanks to their placid nature, greyhounds make excellent family pets. Volunteers are needed by Greyhound Rescue Wales to support their work. However many hours you can spare and whatever your skills, your help will be appreciated. If you are able to join in with the street collections that are regularly held by the charity, then you are more than welcome. You could also help out at the fundraising events that are held by Greyhound Rescue Wales throughout the year, such as fun dog shows and sponsored walks. Visit www.greyhoundrescuewales.co.uk to find out more…
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One of the most highly regarded schools in the country, with an enviable academic reputation at GCSE and A-level, Shrewsbury High School’s all-round excellence is evident across all subjects. ‘The school’s strong ethos is central to all we do, and runs throughout the school, emphasising the creation of a friendly, happy and caring environment in which the children can forge strong friendships and flourish,’ says new headmaster Michael Getty. The girls flourish through the senior school with opportunities to enable exceptional achievement in sport, music, art and drama, supported in the sixth form with university guidance and vocational preparation, providing the ideal environment for girls to prepare for university and their chosen careers.
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One example of the school’s all-round excellence is the art department, where pupils of all ages produce investigative, thought-provoking and very individual work. Each year, the school holds an exhibition of A level work. This year, 32 artists exhibited their work, with hundreds of pieces on display. Head of art at the high school, Mark Warner says: ‘The art department prides itself on developing the fundamental skills, techniques and processes required to inform exciting artwork and once again, a number of our pupils are going on to study art at a higher level and build upon the knowledge gained at school.’ Michael Getty was full of praise for the students. ‘We have a large number of students studying art at the high school and it is a pleasure to see such high-quality work on display. Students regularly attend top universities after leaving Shrewsbury High and they find the ability to study textiles and photography at A level is a real bonus to their broader study of art and design, meaning they do not need the broadening experience of a foundation course. It is unsurprising that we receive large numbers of applicants for our art scholarships at 11 plus and 16 plus every year.’ Pictured above putting the finishing touches to one of her A level examination pieces is Ella Breese from Shrawardine, along with a photo of the finished piece. Shrewsbury High School has a Senior School Open Day on Saturday 5th October 2013 from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Parents can visit the school at any time by contacting the school’s admissions officer, Sharon Jones on 01743 494038.
Eco-School’s day in the wild
All 270 pupils at Prestfelde School, on London Road in Shrewsbury, took part in an ‘eco’ day recently which included activities such as a ladybird survey and the creation of bird watching hides, which forms part of their work towards a national award. Having already received bronze ‘Eco-School’ status, Prestfelde is now aiming to reach the silver standard and prove that they are even greener and sustainable. ‘As a school we aim to be as environmentally-friendly as possible and this activities day was very educational and enjoyable for us all,’ says teacher, Sophie Richards. Younger children and staff dressed up with a green theme and took part in a variety of projects, such as creating bird feeders, outdoor bunting, welly planters, ladybird houses and outdoor mats. Other classes were kept busy building bird-watching hides and painting pebbles with letters and numbers for the school’s outdoor classroom. Middle school pupils were divided into groups and worked towards some of the Eco-School targets. They designed a vegetable garden and wildlife haven, came up with some ingenious ideas for bird boxes, as well as creating bird feeders and bug homes to attract different creatures. Some of the children undertook a ladybird survey of the 30-acre school grounds, recording location, species and numbers and a group of year four pupils used iPads to take photographs of the different activities and are now putting together a presentation on the eco day. Miss Richards says: ‘We all had a delicious lunch of local sausages, potatoes and seasonal vegetables and the children learned about how we always aim to source as much of our food from Shropshire.’ Find out more about Prestfelde at www.prestfelde.co.uk
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With only two rounds of the Cheshire Youth Trials left, Ben Rimmer, a year five student at Abbey Gate College, is ahead of the pack, having already won the first four rounds. Ben has been riding a trials motorbike since the age of seven and in his first year of competing, Ben has already won the Cheshire and north Wales ‘C-Class’ Championship. Motorbike trials are a test of skill and balance, with competitors having to ride over a number of natural obstacles such as rocks, streams, tree stumps, hills and steep inclines, with the object being not to put a foot to the ground. The final round of the Cheshire Youth Trials will be held during September. For more information about Abbey Gate College, visit www.abbeygatecollege.co.uk
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On 31st July 2013, Deeside College and Yale College merged to become Coleg Cambria. The new college is now one of the largest in the UK, with over 7000 full-time students and 30,000 part-time students. Coleg Cambria will continue to maintain the family of well-established local identities of the colleges’ current campuses at Deeside, Northop, Llysfasi, Wrexham Training and Yale. The name of the new college was picked from over 30 suggestions put forward by students and staff. Cambria is the classical name of Wales, the Latinised form of Cymru. The new college aims to build on the excellence of both its predecessors. Visit www. cambria.ac.uk for more information.
All Aboard at Adams’
‘People are often surprised when I tell them that Adams’ is a state grammar school with a boarding provision for boys,’ says headmaster of Adams’ Grammar School, Michael Barratt. ‘They are even more surprised when I explain how affordable our boarding is because our education is free. The only charge is for boarding at £3,248 per term. ‘Boarding has changed a great deal from the days when parents may have been boarders themselves and offers many advantages in today’s busy life. Where parents have frequent changes of location with their work, here or abroad, or where both parents work long and unpredictable hours, boarding ensures stability and continuity as well as a first class education. Boarders have the companionship of boys their own age, learn independence and tolerance within a structured environment and are able to get involved in all the out of school activities we offer. They are cared for by a boarding housemaster and his team of matrons and tutors who know each boy personally, and they are able to enjoy a warm atmosphere and a comfortable environment.’ Adams’ has a number of boarding open evenings planned over the coming year to help give families an insight into the life of a boarder at the school. Families are also invited to come and see the school in action during the open week from Monday 30th September to Friday 4th October 2013. For more information and open evening dates visit www.adamsgs.org.uk
Acting the part
Huge congratulations to pupils of Oswestry School who took their LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) exams during the summer term. Of the 38 candidates, all passed with either merit or distinction. Verity Bowen passed her GCSE bronze medal verse and prose exam with distinction, while year six pupils at Bellan House (Max Bowker, Laurie Bowen, Josh Winstanley and Owen Jones) performed a first by entering the group devising drama category, never undertaken by pupils at the prep department before. They wrote, directed, and produced ‘Goosebumps’ by themselves and passed with distinction! Pupils from reception, year one and two took part in ‘Elephant Antics’. Group acting entries from years three, four and five’s performances ‘James and Giant Peach’ and ‘Charlie and Chocolate Factory’ impressed the examiner as did the year five girls with their entry level acting duologues. See more of the latest news from Oswestry School at www.oswestryschool.org.uk
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An Italian welcome for apprentices
A group of horticulture, equine and agricultural apprentices from Walford and North Shropshire College returned recently from northern Italy after completing a successful two-week work placement. While in Italy, the apprentices spent time working in various businesses such as olive production, golf courses, agricultural businesses and stables. Some of the students lived with Italian families during the working week and at weekends spent time at cultural activities including visiting Pisa and the Ferrari Museum. ‘My host was so welcoming and brilliant to throughout the two weeks I did not want to leave, they made the time so enjoyable,’ says one apprentice. Visit www.wnsc.ac.uk or call the apprenticeships team on 01939 262131.
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King’s School in Chester is a high achieving school and the students are articulate, confident and valued by the top universities. Students are often phenomenally successful, with virtually all of those leaving the senior school going to university, 83 of whom have gone to Oxbridge in the last 10 years and around 75% to ‘The Times Top 30’ list of universities. King’s Junior School offers a great Pupils of King’s during an education, preparing children outdoor biology lesson academically and socially for senior school and beyond. The school for girls and boys aged seven to 11 is set within a separate selfcontained school, where children become, as the last inspection stated, ‘happy learners’. For children 11 to 18 years, the Senior School has excellent academic results, and has a great teaching staff that aim to stretch young minds. New developments for 2013 include the introduction of drama and theatre studies to A-level and GCSE, expansion of the iGCSE courses to 12 subjects, new academic enrichment courses including Arabic, anthropology, science journalism and ethics to add to the 40 others options, plus over 130 clubs and activities! Find out more about King’s School at their open morning, when you can explore both the junior and senior schools, on Saturday 12th October. Contact email@example.com to request a prospectus or to arrange a visit www.kingschester.co.uk
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new headmaster for Wrekin College! from January 2014, Wrekin College will have a new headmaster in succession to current headmaster, Richard Pleming. The appointment of Richard Chapman was recently announced by the governors of the school. Mr Chapman was educated at Solihull School where he was captain of rugby and cricket and head of school. He studied economics with statistics at Bristol University before embarking on a brief career in retail as a trainee manager at Marks and Spencer. He then followed in his parents’ footsteps by joining the teaching profession via a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics at Warwick University. He combined his early teaching days with a career as a semi-professional rugby player for Birmingham and Solihull. After four years at Warwick School, Richard was promoted to the position of head of sixth form and held this post for five years. Mr Chapman has been deputy head at the King’s School, Worcester since 2007. He is a keen sportsman, a lover of Cornwall and has an interest in national Trust properties and local issues. Mr Chapman will be moving to Wrekin College with his wife, Kate, who is a primary school teacher, and his sons, William, 10, and Hugo, 7. ‘I am delighted to be appointed as the next headmaster of Wrekin College,’ says Mr Chapman. ‘Kate and I were immediately struck by the warmth of the school, the focus on all-round education, the superb facilities and the ambition of the governors. This is an exciting time to be involved in education and I am looking forward to the challenge of building on the excellent work of Richard Pleming and leading Wrekin College in the next stage of its history.’ Find out more about Wrekin College at one of their open days this September. For more information about open events, entrance procedure or to arrange a visit, contact the admissions department on 01952 265603. Go online and visit www.wrekincollege.com
Abberley Hall Achievements SWEET MUSIC Fifteen pupils from Abberley Hall have become members of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s (CBSO) children’s chorus after their successful auditions in July. Abberley Hall has already been successfully associated with the CBSO for a year, with some pupils already members of the children’s chorus, so when news reached the school that they were looking to recruit singers, they jumped at the chance. Established as one of the country’s leading youth choruses, the children’s chorus performs independently as well as with the CBSO and many other prestigious orchestras and choirs. Membership offers pupils an exciting chance to be trained by top professionals and to sing with one of the leading symphony orchestras of the world. SUPER SPIES! Pupils at Abberley Hall School were called upon by Si5 Spy Missions in Northampton (pictured left) to embark on a thrilling adventure. Si5 presents youngsters with a variety of mental
and physical challenges designed to improve team working and problem solving skills. In teams of six, pupils had to complete a mission that involved boarding a military ship, accessing codes, avoiding corridors of lasers, safe-cracking and ultimately destroying a nuclear warhead to avoid it falling into enemy hands! The pupils had to work as a team, use their communication skills and remember key pieces of information. AnDY WARHol, SIlVER SCREEn In the months before the summer holidays, the top year (year eight) at Abberley Hall school in Worcestershire worked hard on their final art project (pictured above). The project was based on self-portraits and in particular, the work of Andy Warhol. The pupils were inspired by a visit to the Tate Modern in London earlier in the year. The pupils had great fun producing multiples in many different formats. In the period from 2001 to 2013, a total of 197 scholarships have been awarded, including 98 academic scholarships and 99 scholarships for art, technology, music, sport, all-rounders and drama. Find out more about Abberley Hall at www.abberleyhall.co.uk
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AheAd of the ClASS Eight-year-old Raka Chattopadhyay of Great Sutton has been accepted into the prestigious Mensa Club after tests proved that her IQ was in the top 0.1% of her age group. During the tests, it was judged that she had a mental age of over 18. She currently studies maths with girls three years her senior at the Queen’s School, Chester and enjoys puzzles, quizzes and problem-solving. The school suggested that Raka may want to enter a competition to appear in a Channel 4 programme, Child Genius. She had to take several IQ tests and a screen test and, although she didn’t make it onto the programme, her marks were among the highest in the country and Mensa invited her to become a member. GoInG foR GolD Pupils from the Queen’s lower School have proved their sporting prowess at a series of fixtures. The Year Six girls finished the year on a high after winning the AJIS (Association of Junior Independent Schools) Rounders Tournament to become AJIS Rounders Champions. The tournament started at Stockport Grammar School in May when the Queen’s School team won their group and beat King’s Macclesfield in the semi-finals. However the final against the Grange, northwich had to be postponed due to bad weather. The final match was played just before the summer holidays against the Grange School and the Queen’s School team saved their best performance until the end, beating them 9–nil. VERY VInTAGE VEGA Pupils from the Queen’s School have beaten all-comers in the Young Enterprise Company Programme to win the north West Young Enterprise Company of the Year. The girls’ company, Vega, produces and distributes a vintage fashion magazine throughout the Chester region, including local clothing outlets. the team won the north west finals after coming top in the Cheshire competition and will now head to london to represent in the north west in the UK finals. the Vega magazine explores the roots of vintage fashion, focussing on style icons through the years. It covers top tips on what and where to buy in Chester along with discount vouchers, how to wear vintage items as well as blogs from top vintage fashion bloggers. HITTInG THE RIGHT noTES A 13-year-old pupil of the Queen’s School will be one of only six child vocal soloists in the Mid Wales opera’s dynamic new performance of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde. lily Spillane, of Abergele, auditioned for the role in March, when she was up against dozens of other vocalists from across north Wales. As well as being a keen singer at school, lily is also a chorister at St Asaph’s Cathedral Choir, a grade three singer and a keen violinist and pianist. She has been rehearsing throughout the summer to make sure that her performance is note perfect for the important performances coming this September. The Mid Wales opera production of Noye’s Fludde is a lively, witty and relevant take on the traditional biblical story with protagonist Mr noye looking to save both the planet and his marriage by building his ship. You can see the production at St Asaph Cathedral on friday 20th September, don’t miss out! For more information about the Queen’s School and the latest news, go onine and visit www.queens.cheshire.sch.uk
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A science sensation! Discover the fascinating world of science this autumn at Techniquest Glyndwr based in Glyndwr University, Wrexham. The discovery centre is spread out over five zones, all packed with spectacular scientific activities for the whole family to get involved in. For younger children, Techniquest Glyndwr holds special days for toddlers and playgroups. Each day DID YOU KNOW... has its own theme and Techniquest is north features storytelling and Wales’ biggest and ‘make and take’ activities. most popular science A visit to Techniquest Glyndwr wouldn’t discovery centre, be complete without catching one of welcoming in excess their fantastic live shows. This autumn’s of 60,000 visitors shows include: every year! l The Flight Show Every weekend from 7th September until 13th October Join at Science any l timeSpooky ! 19th – 31st October Shows run according to demand on the day of your visit, but typically run at 1pm and 3:30pm on weekends.
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Nordley-based author Jocelyne Adams and Much Wenlock-based illustrator Isobel Bushell have again joined forces to produce a new tale about Peggy the piglet. The book is a followup to a highly popular book about the Wenlock Olympian Games. The new beautifully-illustrated book, called Peggy’s Amazing Ironbridge Adventure, is aimed at primary school pupils and is the first children’s book to be based on the opening of the Iron Bridge – the book tells the tale of how Peggy attends the official opening of in 1781. ‘Our book about Peggy taking part in Shropshire’s Olympian games was the first of its kind and was amazingly popular,’ says Jocelyne. ‘Everyone took Peggy to their hearts and we had lots of requests for a follow-up from youngsters and adults alike. We discovered that there wasn’t a children’s book about the opening of the Iron Bridge so set about creating one. It is really exciting to be publishing Peggy’s next adventure!’ ‘We wanted to continue the theme of local history made fun,’ adds Isobel. ‘We know that the gorge played a vital role in the worldwide industrial revolution so we wanted to ensure all our facts were correct, even though the story is aimed at quite young children. I worked really hard to make the illustrations authentic, down to the last detail.’
Boo! humbug! as parents, we sometimes
do things we don’t particularly enjoy; show ourselves up at school sports day, eat the green wine gums, sit through endless Monsters Inc. films and now, it seems, get all excited at the prospect halloween exposes me as the ‘mum who tof halloween. now, i’m is a bit rubbish at making stuff!’ not sure who the spooky equivalent of ebenezer scrooge is, but call me that, because the thought of spending two hours carving a pumpkin (then making pies and soups with its innards) and creating a suitably macabre outfit for the school disco fills me with more horror and dread than anything halloween could possibly serve up! it’s not just the celebration of death, the black and orange tack and checkout girls in devil horns in the supermarkets, or the thought of children demanding treats with menaces at pensioners’ doors that makes me dislike halloween so much – it’s also because it exposes me as the mum Who is a bit Rubbish at making stuff! Rather than embracing my inner morticia at this time of year, i’m more likely to be found cursing and gibbering underneath a mountain of sellotape as i try to convince my eight-year-old that bin bags are, indeed, this season’s runaway trend amongst the fashion conscious ghoul about town. to be honest, i just don’t get the whole halloween ‘thing’ at all these days, especially the trick or treat aspect. it just seems so... well, pointless. i have no issue with celebrating the ancient religious festival of samhain, the pagan new year, but turning it into an excuse to send kids begging for goodies when the rest of the year they are told not to accept anything from people they don’t know just seems wrong. however, i’m not a total killjoy – come the witching hour, my house will be cloaked in darkness and as silent as the grave, but not so i can leap out and scare someone witless while dressed in a ketchup-splattered sheet, but because i shall be out... probably watching the latest Monsters Inc. movie at the cinema! By Gill Chetcuti
leaRning WoodWind insTRumenTs Woodwind instruments, specifically flute-like ones, are the oldest toned instruments in the world – the earliest was made from the femur bone of a bear and dates to around 43,000 years ago! There are two main types of woodwind instruments: flutes (also called aerophone or reedless instruments) and reed instruments. FluTes and Piccolos Both flutes and piccolos are in the key of c, though piccolos play an octave higher. Flutes are one of the most commonly played woodwind instruments and are often a good option for children. Younger or smaller children can begin playing the flute with a curved mouthpiece that makes it easier for them to reach the keys. Piccolos, while smaller than flutes, require much more control so aren’t ideal for small children or beginners. RecoRdeRs and FiFes Recorders and fifes are a great way to get kids started with not just woodwind instruments, but music in general. The plastic instruments are easy to play and are cheap to buy (basic ones often cost less than £10), so you can rest safe in the knowledge that should your child get bored with playing, you haven’t wasted much money. Both instruments are great for playing in groups, and many primary schools offer recorder and fife clubs or lessons. as it uses the same kind of mouthpiece, fife players usually find the transition to playing the flute easier.
claRineTs clarinets are also a commonly played woodwind instrument. children can begin to play the clarinet fairly early as the standard sort isn’t very large and doesn’t require too much lung power. When buying a clarinet, there’s a fairly large price range. Plastic instruments are cheaper and generally easier to take care of, while wooden ones are more expensive and require a little more care, but produce a better quality sound. saxoPhones children will usually move onto playing the saxophone after playing a clarinet or flute for some time – while the saxophone uses a similar mouthpiece to the clarinet, the finger positions used are closer to that of the flute. There are four types of saxophone – soprano, alto, tenor and baritone. While alto and tenor are the most common, smaller children may get on better with the soprano saxophone, as it is significantly smaller than other varieties. saxophones are very rarely found in orchestras, but can often be found in woodwind bands and are used widely in jazz and popular music. North Wales Music Tuition Charity offers one-to-one lessons by qualified tutors at their Studio Centres located at Colwyn Bay, Abergele, Rhuddlan, Queensferry and Wrexham. They offer competitive rates with discounts for families and seniors and can even loan you an instrument free of charge for 10 weeks. Visit their website at www.northwalesmusictuition. co.uk or call 0845 310 5374 to find out more.
Kids’ Reads Yattar Yattar picKs out some of ouR favouRite childRen’s titles aBsolutelY Y WInnIe WInnIe lauRa oWen Following on from the success of the picture books, the Winnie the Witch young fiction series is perfect for children beginning to read by themselves, or for sharing together with your child. These charming, interactive tales with the trademark Winnie illustrations from Korky Paul are a laugh-a-minute. See what happens when Winnie shrinks down to the size of a teaspoon, meets a grumpy tooth fairy and a formidable school secretary and takes part in a roller skating race. Winnie’s hilarious cat, Wilbur, has a starring role of course! H H H H DInosaur Cove – staMpeDe of the GIant reptIles reptI ept les eptI Rex stone Dad is opening a dinosaur museum in Dinosaur Cove and Jamie is hoping to find some exciting fossils and relics of the past – even though he’d much rather meet a beast in the flesh! His wishes come true though, and Jamie and his friend Tom find themselves in a race to avoid waves of terrifying reptiles and falling meteors in this easy- to-read adventure suitable for readers of 7+. Fact boxes support these well-illustrated stories, making them a useful mine of information guaranteed to enthral your own dinosaur-mad youngsters. H H H We have lIft off! sean tayloR Farmer Tanner’s animals are fed up with him polluting their air, water and playground so they devise a cunning plan – they will build an intergalactic rocket to transport them to the clean and clear skies they know are just beyond the horizon. However, before they get the chance to blast off, along comes the nosy farmer and the plan suddenly changes with hilarious consequences… Narrated perfectly by a chicken, this wacky story with even wackier illustrations is a great family read about a thought-provoking topic. We loved it and children of all ages will, too! H H H H H I aM not a CopYCat! ann BonWill and simon RicKeRty Hugo Hippo and Bella Bird are the best of friends but that doesn’t stop Hugo becoming annoyed when Bella begins to copy everything he does… including his signature water ballet move, of which he is very proud! However, when a spectator takes a photo of Hugo and Bella’s fabulous, seemingly synchronised swimming routine, they realise that maybe copying isn’t always a bad thing! This cheerful hardback story of compromise and individuality is suitable for 3 to 5 year olds. H H H
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(not one to complain...) H
Hello again, dear Tartar Tartar reader!
aving just returned from a particularly arduous shopping trip, I have identified a new job opportunity, (which I for one would be more than happy to undertake) for a supermarket marshal. Their role would be to stand next to the shoppers queuing at the ‘10 items or fewer’ till and simply count for them as, it appears, some people have not quite mastered that particular skill. When an offender is spotted, the marshal would announce in a loud voice (possibly over the tannoy): ‘You have 13 items in your basket. Go and join another queue at once or I will have you arrested.’ I’m not one to complain, but these basket till hoggers really get up my goat. I would like to take issue with the cashiers too, if I may. I’m all for respect and courtesy but sometimes it all gets too much... Cashier: (Big smile and unsettling amount of eye contact) ‘How are you today?’ Me: ‘Fine, thank you.’ Cashier: ‘Would you like help packing?’ Me: ‘No, I think I can manage a few bananas and a newspaper myself.’ Cashier: ‘Are you enjoying the nice weather?’ Me: ‘Yes’. Cashier: ‘What have you been doing? Have you been anywhere nice?’ Me: ‘No.’ Cashier: ‘Have a nice day.’ Now, I’m not one to complain and I’m sure it’s written in Jeff’s training manual that he has to be smiley, chatty and amiable to all, but does anybody else find it irritating? If I met him socially and he was that attentive and interested in my life, I would file for divorce from Bernard most haste, but in Morrisons? And what’s the attraction with those dastardly self-scan machines? If they’re not the Devil’s work then I’ll eat hay with a donkey. Recently I found myself ushered towards one with the promise that, ‘It’ll be much quicker’, only to be told off by it for having an ‘unexpected item in the baggage area.’ If I’d just tried to scan my foot or a duck filled platypus I’d understand but what, may I ask, is so unexpected about a bottle of Fairy Liquid? Oh dear – that’s all I have room for this time, but I’ll just share with you this excellent tip gleaned from my friend Trevor (the pest controller): rodents hate the smell of pepper, so sprinkle a little around their holes to keep them at bay. (It’ll make their eyes water if nothing else!) Talk to you soon!
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autumn reads l The OTher TypisT, suzanne rindeLL Set in the roaring 20s in New York, this clever and eerie debut novel tells the story of Rose Baker, a typist at a police station, and her somewhat obsessive relationship with the office newcomer, the glamorous and mysterious Odalie. As Rose tries to uncover more about her exotic new friend, dark secrets become unravelled and the pasts of both women become entwined. Look out for the brilliantly unexpected twist at the end. H H H l The hive, GiLL HOrnby Newly single mum, Rachel, is a keen observer and enthusiastic fence-sitter when it comes to schoolgate politics, but gradually she finds herself being drawn into the drama created by the clique of ‘yummy mummies’ at the St Ambrose school. Gill Hornby, the sister of bestselling author Nick Hornby and wife of the sublime Robert Harris, has a lot to live up to in this, her debut novel and although it is an entertaining read, rippling with comic relief and witty observations, it isn’t quite the best of the bunch. H H l Maria aNd The adMiral, raCHeL biLLinGtOn Inspired by true events, this intense and moving novel recounts the story of Maria Graham, a young British widow who, marooned in Valparaiso in Chile in 1822, falls for the charms of the handsome, brilliant and bluff Admiral Lord Cochrane, hero of the Napoleonic wars. Well written and intricately researched, this is a ‘must read’ for fans of historical romance, although the narrative style – from the perspective of a dead person – was slightly stilted and detracted from the flow and pace of an otherwise cracking read. H H H l The eNgageMeNT, CHLOe HOOper This beautifully crafted and sleek psychological thriller follows 35-year-old Liese, an English trainee architect who has travelled to Australia in an attempt to escape the financial crisis in Britain. Things are looking good for our heroine until she meets the creepy and controlling Alexander Colquhoun, a wealthy client of her uncle with whom, against her better judgment, she embarks upon a sexual relationship. The Engagement, by one of Australia’s newest and brightest writers, explores mind control, power games and emotional abuse, so do not expect it to be a romance novel as it is, most definitely, not! H H H H l The Quarry, iain banks After master storyteller, Iain Banks, was diagnosed with terminal cancer, the release date of this, his latest, eagerly anticipated novel was brought forward. Sadly, Banks succumbed to his illness in June and didn’t get to see it’s success on the shelves, but The Quarry, a poignant and bittersweet book, is still taking the book world by storm. Detailing the physical and emotional strain of cancer and describing the final days of a sufferer, as seen through the eyes of his son, this is a perceptive tearjerker with a message of hope and some surprisingly light-hearted moments. H H H H H l NW, zadie smitH Smith, returning to the north London setting of her bestselling novel, White Teeth, revisits her four characters (childhood friends who grew up together on a rough council estate in Willesden) in this, her latest instalment, called NW. Despite being a little on the short side and somewhat disjointed in parts, it’s quite an entertaining read with a series of laugh-out-loud nuggets about social contrasts, family misunderstandings, love, prejudice and shifting loyalties, all enveloped by a meaningful and fast-paced plot. Not quite as gripping or insightful as her previous work, NW is still worth a read, even though it seems to run out of steam towards the end. H H H l skiOs, miCHaeL Frayn On the beautiful Greek island of Skios, a rich American socialite prepares to host a grand party for the Fred Toppler Foundation – a prestigious cultural institute. Meanwhile, elsewhere on the island, an airport mix-up means that the esteemed guest speaker ends up in the hands of a voracious man-eater whilst the young and lovely Oliver finds himself in a conference and out of his depth when he passes himself off as a wellrespected scientist! Sounds complicated? Well, it is but we’ll forgive Mr Frayn as it’s such an engaging and funny read, destined to grace many a bedside table this autumn. H H H
l 1st september, 11am – 3pm Waterstone’s Crewe Where’s Wally Hunt Take part in a real Where’s Wally hunt in the children’s section to celebrate the release of Where’s Wally? Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition. l 3rd september, 7pm booka bookshop, Oswestry The Novel Cure with ella berthoud and susan elderkin School of Life bibliotherapists Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin will be providing literary prescriptions for any ailment – mind and body. Their quirky new book, The Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies, is written with authority, passion and wit and features a wide range of books from the classic to the contemporary, from the much-loved and well-known to the undiscovered gem. l 12tH september, 7pm booka bookshop, Oswestry simon Winder An evening with Simon Winder as he talks about his new book, Danubia, the brilliant and entertaining companion to his Sunday Times top ten bestselling novel Germania. l 14tH september, 3pm Waterstone’s Liverpool One meet derek Landy Derek will be signing copies of Skulduggery Pleasant – The Last Stand of Dead Men,, the eighth book in this very popular series of comedy-horror-adventures. l 21st september, eptember, 2pm – 3:30pm Waterstone’s Chester book signing: sara dunn Meet Sara Dunn, who will be signing copies of her travel memoir, Appointment in Zambia: A TransAfrican Adventure. l 3rd OCtOber, 7pm booka bookshop, Oswestry matt sewell Join artist, illustrator and bird lover, Matt Sewell, for a ‘live’ drawing class as he passes on top tips that lie behind his distinctive style and talks about his feathered friends and his book Our Songbirds,, the follow up to Our Garden Birds. l 14tH – 27tH OCtOber Chester town Hall Chester Literature Festival The Chester Literature Festival returns for 2013 with plenty of great literature events, including talks by authors and writing workshops. Head to www.chesterliteraturefestival. co.uk to see full listings for the festival and to book your tickets.
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he Jennings report into the abuse in care scandal in the area covered by the circulation of Yattar Yattar concluded that there was ‘extensive and widespread abuse within Clwyd residential care’ and included a suggestion that even ‘public figures’ were involved. The report compiled by John Jennings is thorough and brilliantly written, if one of the most shocking ever produced. The effect of the regime suffered by those vulnerable boys is still being suffered by this region today. Just ask any Wrexham police officer how many times they have seen the names of care homes in antecedent details of those who have fallen into a life of crime and drugs. These lives have been destroyed by the abuse they suffered at the hands of those that should have cared for them and we are all suffering the consequences.
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Lawyers acting for the young victims who are now adults, pressed and pressed for action to be taken. They and some equally brave and ethical journalists were the voice of those abused and as a result, 13 prosecutions followed from 1974 to date and compensation has rightly been fought for and won to try and give some recompense for the evil these people suffered. But abuse or at least failure in care seems to be happening everywhere. We should remember of course that it was only an historical accident that so many residential care and approved homes previously
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nheritance Tax (IHT) has traditionally been seen as a tax for the wealthy, but with a threshold of £325,000 more and more people are finding themselves caught by the IHT net.
• Gifts in consideration of marriage or civil partnership are exempt transfers up to a maximum of £5,000 if given by each parent, £2,500 by each grandparent, £2,500 by the bride and groom (civil partners) to each other, or £1,000 by anyone else. • Gifts to charities and political parties. • Gifts for the national benefit.
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What exemptions are available? In addition to the NRB there are also a number of exemptions: • Transfers between husband and wife or civil partners are exempt. Since 9th October 2007 husbands and wives and civil partners can also pass over any unused portion of their own NRB so that the surviving spouse has up to £650,000. • Everyone can transfer up to £3,000 per year IHT free. Unused amounts can be carried forward for one year. • Small gifts of up to £250 per donor per tax year. • Normal expenditure out of income exemption – unlimited amounts can be transferred free of IHT provided certain conditions are met.
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and can result in unnecessary IHT being paid. • Use your allowances. The sooner you consider and use the allowances outlined above the more IHT you can save. The £3,000 gift allowance can be used every year and larger gifts planned over rolling seven-year periods. • Consider life assurance. A life assurance policy is a practical way to provide a fund to meet an expected IHT bill without making lifetime gifts. • Use trusts. Trusts allow gifts to be made as PETs or CLTs. They allow a level of control over the capital and over who benefits and when. It is also possible for the donor to retain a lifetime income or access to original capital. Setting a trust up correctly is a specialist job and you should take advice. y
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Your kidneys will filter more than a million gallons of water during your lifetime. Your urine provides clues about your general health and wellbeing, so your doctor will often ask you for a sample to analyse, just as doctors have done throughout recorded human history. Urine is comprised of 95% water with the remaining 5% made up of urea, uric acid (an excess of which causes gout), minerals, salts, enzymes, and traces of other substances that if not excreted can lead to health problems. Urine should be a pale straw-like yellow except for first thing in the morning, when it will be a stronger yellow. To flush the toxins out of your system, you need to keep your body hydrated. As liquid courses through your kidneys, it filters out excess water and water soluble waste products that if left to accumulate would make you ill. If you notice any difference in the colour or smell or your urine you should immediately make an appointment with your doctor, who can arrange for a laboratory analysis. Diseases can change both the colour and odour of urine. There’s no need to immediately panic, though – some foods such as asparagus or beetroot can lead to unusual urine colours, as can some medications which contain colourants.
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No-one likes to talk about it, but more women are getting womb cancer (technically ‘endometrial’ cancer which starts in the lining of the womb) than ever before and experts predict a 50% increase in the number of cases diagnosed every year by 2020, many of which are linked to body weight and lifestyle issues. Womb cancer is the UK’s most common gynaecological cancer with over 7,700 cases diagnosed annually and around 1,700 deaths. Lifestyle factors such as a poor diet and physical inactivity play a significant role in increased rates of womb cancer, especially in women who have been through the menopause. One study has indicated that around 50% of womb cancer diagnoses in postmenopausal women can be due to being overweight or obese. This is why during Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month in September, The Eve Appeal has teamed up with the charity Weight Concern to raise awareness and help women reduce their risk. To date The Eve Appeal has donated over £5 million to research but there is still much to do. Visit www. eveappeal. org.uk for more information about The Eve Appeal.
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You might be forgiven for thinking that I’m about to recommend hypnosis as anaesthetic with the headline Mrs Jeannette above, and whilst the largest single body of research in Griffin recently existence about hypnosis relates to pain control, and underwent hip does clearly demonstrate that for many people hypnosis is a viable alternative to anaesthetic, and much safer, I replacement recognise that most of us just aren’t ready to abandon our surgery at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt faith in the anaesthetist, yet. Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and was However, did you know that you can reduce the amount of pain you able to watch live One Day cricket whilst in theatre! experience post operatively, or the risk of post operative infection, or the Recent developments in anaesthetic allow patients to amount of nausea, or even that hypnosis can affect the speed at which choose to stay awake during such major operations, you are discharged from hospital? Outrageous claims? and with free WiFi throughout the hospital, can bring in Well, admittedly the body of research doesn’t match that in relation their iPads to watch films or stream live TV. to anaesthesia/pain control, but there is a small body of research that Patients have their options explained by their does strongly indicate these very claims may well carry weight. Eberhart consultant. Even if the patient initially decides to stay LH. et al, European Journal of Anaesthesiology Anaesthesiology, 1998, reported a double awake, which has several benefits for quicker recovery, blind trial involving 100 patients, which demonstrated a reduction they can change their mind part way through the in post operative nausea in over half of the hypnotised group. procedure, if it does not suit them and have a general Mount Sinai Hospital conducted a similar study in respect of post anaesthetic. Whilst Mrs Griffin was slightly apprehensive operative nausea, pain and infection and found reductions in beforehand, she is glad she had her operation this way, favour of the hypnotised group of around 30%.. saying that the anaesthetist was close by at all times. Whenever I refer to these studies I find it almost The procedure was over so quickly that she impossible to hide my disbelief missed the final two overs in the Pakistan vs South that larger studies are not enthusiastically funded by Africa match! The day after, Jeannette from near alan says: ‘ring NHS Trusts. A single session of Churchstoke, Powys, said, ‘The experience was me on 01978 781 606 positive hypnotic suggestion absolutely brilliant – the anaesthetists asked if or send an email to at The Sleep Clinic at The there was anything I wanted to listen to and then positivehypnotherapy Plassey, with me, would explained they could go one better by enabling @yahoo.co.uk exceed the exposure to me to watch the cricket, rather than just listen and i’ll look forward hypnosis experienced by through headphones! I feel great and I’m sure that to speaking with the subjects mentioned in staying awake for the op has contributed to this.’ you’ You can find out more at www.rjah.nhs.uk
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we’ve all grown up around them—‘facts’ about our health, drummed into us from an early age. however, what if those facts we were so sure about as children (and that we’ve accepted as adults) are, actually just myths? CraCkinG your knuCkleS CauSeS arThriTiS If you are one of those annoying types, who sits and cracks their knuckles to the dismay of others, at some point somebody is bound to have informed you that this gives you arthritis. Well, the good news is that they’re wrong – there is no proof of this at all. However, this activity could cause other damage. There are isolated reports of accidental self-inflicted injury resulting in sprained thumbs and finger ligaments, but these are rare. never wake a Sleepwalker The oft-repeated adage that states you must never wake a sleepwalker because it can cause a heart attack has been roundly debunked, yet the myth is still widely believed. This stems from an ancient belief that the soul leaves the body during sleep and, consequently, a woken sleepwalker will be left without a soul. A slumbering stroller should be woken gently if they are likely to come to any harm, or guided back to bed if they show no resistance.
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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 (children’s complaints and toe nail surgery. Joanna and Sarah have both gained a masters in podiatric biomechanics thus 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 on sight. 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, for example; Arthritic conditions including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, and Charot Marie tooth disease.
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Getting rid of ugly varicose veins Around three in ten adults develop unsightly varicose veins at some point in their lives. Although the associated problems are more cosmetic than healthrelated, sufferers can experience itchiness, pain and heaviness in their legs. Yattar Yattar chats to vascular consultant surgeon Tony Da Silva to learn more about the treatments available…
aricose veins are swollen, gnarled veins on the surface of the skin. Usually they are found on the legs but can sometimes occur around the buttocks and on ankles and feet. They are caused through weak or damaged valves within the veins themselves, the pressure of which forces the walls of the veins outwards resulting in a lumpy, almost ropey appearance which are purple or dark blue in colour. Symptoms can include aching, throbbing, swelling or a feeling of ‘heaviness’ which is more apparent at the end of the day. Q Who is likely to suffer from these? A ‘Women suffer from this complaint more than men because of the hormonal changes which take place in their bodies during puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Hormone replacement therapy and birth control pills can affect this condition. Family history, increasing age, being overweight and working at sedentary jobs where little or no movement is required are also aggravating factors. An estimated 40 percent of women and 25 percent of men will be affected in their lifetime.’
of cases without intervention, one may suffer discolouration of the affected area, bleeding and in extreme cases (0.1% to 1%), even ulceration.’ Q How can I slow down the progression? A ‘Being overweight increases the size and appearance of varicose veins. Any amount of weight loss will decrease the pressure on the legs thus slowing down the progress. Varicose veins is a benign condition that can be treated with the wearing of compression stockings (which counter the extra pressure in the vein) and through regular exercise. Patients can also try to alleviate the symptoms connected to varicose veins by walking around as much as possible as the calf muscles act to actually pump the blood back up throughout the leg.’
varicose veins are less likely to be suitable for this procedure, although they may still be able to have open varicose vein surgery.’ Q Are there any new treatments being developed that will be available soon? A ‘Yes – there is a very new treatment available called ‘ClariVein’. This has significant benefits over laser treatment as there is no need for painkilling injections in the leg before treatment, bruising is minimal, and it negates the risk of thermal damage from laser energy. ClariVein is a special catheter with a rotating tip which is pulled down the vein whilst spraying a sclerosant drug, causing the vein to close. It’s a safe and very effective treatment. Although this procedure can only treat one leg at a time (because of DVT risks), the results we have seen so far are very good. The only downside at present, is that this treatment has only been in use for a couple of years, thus the long term results are yet unknown.’ y
‘Left untreated, varicose veins will not simply disappear’
Q What are the complications connected to this condition? A. ‘Very few cases lead to complications but the condition itself can be very uncomfortable and painful, and the sufferer quite often experiences feelings of embarrassment and self-consciousness. Left untreated, varicose veins will not simply disappear by themselves – they will either remain the same or get worse. There is also the risk that in a minority
Q What are my surgical options? A ‘Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT), also known as laser ablation, is a minimally invasive procedure which treats this complaint very effectively. An optical fibre is inserted into the vein and a laser light is directed into the interior causing it to contract and to seal off the vein. The treatment usually takes less than an hour and the patient is normally recovered enough to walk out of the treatment room and return home as soon as the procedure is finished. Follow up appointments will be scheduled to check progress. EVLT is carried out under local anaesthesia in a minor treatment room and there is a short and relatively pain-free recovery time. Afterwards it is virtually impossible to tell that the procedure has been carried out! The majority of patients are suitable for this technique but those with recurrent
Mr. Da Silva (pictured here in Ethiopia at the Yirga Alem Hospital, back row, third from right) trained in vascular surgery in Liverpool, Chester and Paris. He is an ex research fellow of the Vascular Surgical Society and now practices at Spire Yale Hospital. Mr. Da Silva is an enthusiastic advocate for Wales for Africa Health Links, a scheme which supports health care systems and medical training in sub-Saharan Africa, and spent nine days in Ethiopia doing charity work at the Yirga Alem Hospital. Search ‘Yirga Alem Wrexham’ on Google to find their Facebook page.
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Easy on the eyes We speak to Mr Jonathan Bhargava, a Consultant Ophthalmologist Surgeon at Nuffield Health The Grosvenor Hospital, about eye surgery
s people get older, some can develop droopy eyelids or bags under their eyes. ‘Around the eyelids there is special skin which is susceptible to becoming puffy, and can develop extra folds in the upper eyelid,’ explains Mr Jonathan Bhargava, Consultant Ophthalmologist Surgeon at Nuffield Health The Grosvenor Hospital in Chester. ‘It happens to people in their forties but can occur as late as their nineties. Bags under the eyes can cause an ectoprian, where the lower eyelid begins to turn outwards, so the blinking mechanism doesn’t work properly.’ A blepharoplasty can help correct these problems. ‘Patients may also have cosmetic reasons for having the procedure done,’ says Mr Bhargava. ‘Patients come either via referral or of their own volition, and there is a full consultation to check that there are no other causes.’ Before the procedure is carried out, patients undergo an examination. ‘Accurate measurements are taken to see how much excess skin there is, but this always differs from patient to patient. There must be 20mm between the eyebrow and eyelashes otherwise it can affect
the ability to close your eyes, but we know exactly how much skin to remove,’ Mr Bhargava tells us. ‘An upper blepharoplasty is almost always performed on both eyes. Before the operation is due to take place, we measure again and mark with a felt tip pen. In days gone by, it was carried out in theatre under general anaesthetic with an overnight stay with dressings on the eyes but now at Nuffield you can be in and out in one hour. The operation takes approximately thirty minutes in our Outpatient Suite. The patient is given local anaesthetic, with drops in the eyes, and the patient stays awake. There are injections around the eyelid with anaesthetic, and they have to wear drapes around their head. The patient does not feel anything, and the operation never touches their eyes. We use very fine stitches that dissolve on their own and leave very fine scars, which are in the crease of the eyelid, and they have very little dressings. ‘After the operation there is some swelling, ice packs should be used for five minutes, four times daily. The patients usually schedule a holiday for two weeks afterwards, although we normally see the patient after one week to check the healing, it should still be a little sore, but not too much. The patient will then be seen six weeks after the operation, by then things have settled very nicely.’
Mr Jonathan Bhargava MB ChB, FRCOphth, FRCSEd (Ophth) has been a consultant ophthalmologist surgeon at the Countess of Chester NHS Trust since 2008, and has a private practice at Nuffield Health, Chester. He qualified from Sheffield University Medical School 1997, and completed his ophthalmic training at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham 1999 to 2007. He went on to do his oculoplastic fellowship (specialist training in eyelid surgery) at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre between the years of 2007 and 2008. Mr Bhargava has been extensively trained in eyelid reconstructive surgery and endoscopic lacrimal surgery, which allows scar-free surgery to treat watery eyes. Nuffield Health The Grosvenor Hospital in Chester is part of Nuffield Health, a not for profit organisation that is dedicated to delivering the best healthcare.
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HOW TO ENTER Simply answer the following question and send your answer, along with your name, address and telephone number by October 11th: Yattar Yattar, WIZARDS THATCH Competition, Unit 13, Vauxhall Industrial Estate, Ruabon, Wrexham, LL14 6HA. (Winners will be notified by email, so make sure you include your email address) Wizards Thatch in Alderley Edge dates back over 400 years and lies at the foot of the Edge, a reputed mystical sandstone outcrop. Wizards Thatch is perfect for a romantic getaway or even a honeymoon, and has three self-contained luxury suites – Camelot, Merlin and The Wizardry. Find out more about Wizards Thatch at www.wizardsthatch. co.uk. Alderley Edge has a long-standing association with witches, wizards and mystical goings-on. One legends states that King Arthur and his knights sleep somewhere under the sandstone cliffs, and there is an old local tale of a farmer encountering the wizard, Merlin. One lucky reader will win a one-night Halloween stay in their choice of the three luxury suites, subject to availability. For your chance to win, just circle or tick the correct answer to the following question: According to local legend, a farmer encountered which famous wizard? a) Harry Potter
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HOW TO ENTER Simply answer the following question and send your answer, along with your name, address and telephone number by October 11th: Yattar Yattar, ST GEORGE’S HOTEL Competition, Unit 13, Vauxhall Industrial Estate, Ruabon, Wrexham, LL14 6HA. (Winners will be notified by email, so make sure you include your email address) St George’s Hotel in Llandudno is considered one of the best luxury hotels in Wales. During its 150-year history, no fewer than seven British prime ministers have stayed here. St George’s was built in 1854, and it’s façade is an officially listed feature of the promenade, and much of its Victorian appearance inside has been preserved alongside modern facilities. You now have the chance to experience the luxury of the St George’s Hotel for yourself! One lucky winner will be treated to a onenight stay at the St George’s Hotel for two people, including a delicious evening meal. A perfect short break!
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HOW TO ENTER Simply answer the following question and send your answer, along with your name, address and telephone number by October 11th: Yattar Yattar, SNOWDON RAILWAY Competition, Unit 13, Vauxhall Industrial Estate, Ruabon, Wrexham, LL14 6HA. (Winners will be notified by email, so make sure you include your email address) Snowdon Mountain Railway can take you on the journey of a lifetime to the summit of Snowdon, the tallest mountain in Wales. During the up to three-hour journey, you can take in the stunning scenery of Snowdonia and once at the top, you can enjoy one of the world’s most spectacular panoramas. On a clear day, you can even see as far as the Isle of Man from the summit! One lucky winner will receive vouchers for two adult and two children’s tickets for a trip to the summit on the diesel service. There’s no expiry date on the vouchers so they can be used in 2014.
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Reconnecting with Nature
ou’ve heard of the ‘winter of discontent’ well, I have just had the ‘summer of content’ developing my work with devas (and the odd diva!), elementals and nature spirits. In June I spent some time at Damanhur, a spiritual community in northern Italy sharing ideas about plants’ energies and learning how they have translated their energy into music; the Singing Plants or Plant Orchestras are beautiful and a fabulous way to demonstrate that all things have an energy or frequency. Our energy or aura will determine how we interact with other people and situations. If energies resonate, expect good feelings and harmonious relationships but when energies repel, we feel that almost instant inability to ‘take’ to someone. At Damanhur we also oriented or realigned trees to the energy grid as the Damanhurians believe the trees got so disenchanted with us that they simply ‘dropped’ their connection with humans. By performing a simple exercise, we can encourage trees to ‘come back on line’ and interact with us once again, sharing their knowledge and wisdom.
branching out Upon returning home and back to my own nature-based work, my path led to learning the fabulous Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung – or Standing Like a Tree Qi Gong. It’s a tremendous (no pun intended!) discipline where the ‘disciple’ literally stands still in various poses to ‘grow from within’. The shifts in energy are quite amazing. All my energy work, together with a few solitary woodland fasts or vision quests, have led me to work and connect more and more with nature spirits, dowsing and geomancy – all with rewarding results. Labyrinths, stone circles and dowsing are all great ways to reconnect with the Earth and the elementals with numerous benefits and rewards. Admittedly my talks and workshops about my new ‘Spirit Level’ are occasionally received with closed minds rather than open arms but in general most people confess to believing in nature spirits or angels or guardians of some description. Most gardens have room for a stone circle or small labyrinth, or why not engage a tree as a wishing tree or worry tree by tying little pieces of ribbon to the branches whilst making a wish or sharing a worry respectively? As Albert Einstein advised, ‘Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.’ By all means contact me to find out more. www.lyneallbutt.co.uk y
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there is no justification for proceeding with pilot trials let alone the need for ‘a hard cull which could last 25 years’, as envisaged by owen Paterson, the Defra secretary of state Jeff hayDen of the BaDgers trust
You say that pensioners should be means tested before they receive the winter fuel allowance and free bus passes. I totally disagree. Financially I do not need either of the above, but take them with a clear conscience. I worked for thirty eight years, always earning just a little too much to be eligible for any benefits. Meanwhile the feckless, the bone idle, the work shy, the illegal immigrants, the asylum seekers, even the legal immigrants who have paid nothing into the system have money thrown at them. Dennis, MontgoMeryshire.
Could not agree with you more Jeff and for our readers who concur with both of us and wish to get in touch with you I am publishing your email (email@example.com) and telephone number (0845 828 7878).
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if we are so clever, why can’t we cure the common cold? Martin, telforD
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We have published Dennis’s letter as our Star Letter this issue as we have received so much feedback on this subject. Stephanie says: ‘I am in a similar position after working for 41 years and also resent seeing my taxes used to subsidise those who choose to not work or do so for cash whilst claiming benefits. You have to read my Manifesto in full to get a balanced view as I advocate means tested benefits for pensioners only if my suggestions re the unemployed and immigrants are implemented, which would stop the current abuse you outline.’
‘hear hear’ for coMMonsense!
I certainly am impressed with the manifesto put forward by Stephanie Anne Lloyd entitled the Commonsense Party presented in Yattar Yattar. the majority of her proposals are supported by most people with common sense, and I fail to understand the juvenile thinking of the current cabinet who possess no experience of life outside school. the country needs a return to manufacturing to support our needs, and to provide jobs and a worthwhile career for our youth who have no chance of progression through life. Successive governments led by buffoons have continued to invade and fight illegal wars at great cost for
no advantage. Successive governments could have kick started our manufacturing by stipulating major sponsored public contracts be given to British owned companies empoying British workforce. recent examples of this are £3.25 billion spent on wind turbines, none of which are manufactured in the UK. Another example is the train contracts recently given to seimens of germany. i cannot see any other major international country giving away such important financial contracts. My only concern with your manifesto is your support for fracking, which I consider not in the best interests of the UK. I hope your views may get further widespread publication. gary MarshMan, WrexhaM Well Gary, although we disagree about fracking which has the potential to make fuel cheaper and less dependent on some pretty unstable countries we agree about everything else so all I can say is ‘hear, hear!’
badgered to death
the Coalition government has fallen foul of its own hypocrisy. senior officials have warned of a potential risk to human health but only to support their policy of killing badgers. In view of these contradictions
Unfortunately the common cold and flu viruses continually mutate. Every year, a decision is made by the World Health Organisation on which strain of flu will predominate and then an annual vaccine is produced. Although both cold and flu can be dangerous for vulnerable groups, to most of us it is just an annual nuisance to be endured, but one day we will suffer another pandemic. At that point we will regret routinely adding antibiotics to animal feed as we will struggle to combat resistant strains of bacteria. The trouble with humans is that we are excellent at recording history and absolutely pants at foretelling the future!
our bank balance Do you think that the latest rounds of spending cuts are fair? Mr. WhitefielD, nantWiCh.
This is such a tricky question to answer, but there is no doubt that we as a country have been living beyond our means, fuelled by cheap credit from our now notoriously bad banks who demanded their money back as soon as the credit crunch started in 2008. We cannot afford to finance the gap between our GDP and what we consume (essentially what we produce versus what we import) by borrowing billions from other countries. Our layers of national, regional, county and local government, councils, benefits and so on are simply too costly to maintain when one in four people are paid out of taxes. However politicians fudge it, the choices are simple – spend less or borrow more. Unfortunately it’s us, the common people, who will suffer whatever choice they make.
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I have just adopted a rescue dog but was saddened to see how many there were who have just been abandoned. mrS JoneS, CheSter Having six rescue dogs myself, I know that your adopted new dog will give you so much enjoyment and love even after being abandoned by another human. Sadly people get cute puppies and then find out that they need walking, grooming and feeding as well as love, money and commitment. Fortunately a lot of rescue centres prevent them from being euthanised and keep them safe until a new owner is found.
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my dad has just died of cancer after undergoing horrible chemotherapy and radiotherapy. I wonder now whether I should have encouraged him to try out alternative treatments? Sarah, DenbIghShIre You don’t say what kind of cancer, but it is a scary disease. The diagnosis is just the start of traumatic changes in the life of the patient, family and friends. Prevention is definitely preferable to treatment, but some cancers do respond better to treatment than others. Simply explained, cancer is a disease where certain cells multiply out of control and although genetics play a role, so too does lifestyle. I am sorry for your loss, but for others there is still time to make changes that tilt the odds in your favour. Stop smoking, cut out carbohydrates, sugar, fructose and corn syrup, avoid junk food, avoid foods sprayed with pesticides, choose water instead of colas and restrict eating food to an eight-hour period each day. This will all help you to stay fit and healthy.
We Are WhAt We eAt … so how can we be sure of what we are eating? alISon, FlIntShIre.
This was a very long letter and one of many on recent food scandals. We have since had breaking news that DEFRA, the government department, has directly sold raw meat from more than 22,000 cattle diseased with bovine TB to large food processors. We have been told that they need to kill thousands of badgers to stop the spread of tuberculosis to cattle and thus prevent the infection spreading to humans, but now we discover that they have sold the meat from infected cattle to food processors to go into pies, mince and other manufactured meat products. The two golden rules are: only buy meat from a reputable supplier (none of the major burger brands and supermarkets can be included!); only buy meat is a recognisable form, i.e. identifiable cuts of meat but not pies, sausages and mince. The sad thing is that the mass catering companies to whom this has been sold are supplying schools, hospitals, large companies and pet food manufacturers with this infected meat and at no time have any warnings been given. Bovine TB is diagnosed in about 40 people per year. That might seem like a small risk but you don’t want to be one of them. The best estimates are that there are a total of 700 people infected with it, but there is no way to know for certain as of the 9000 people who contact TB annually, there is no test done to see which strain they have contracted.
Their toilets are clean, but how about their ice cubes?
Back in 2008 a UK-wide study was carried out on lemon wedges in restaurants and uncovered 25 disease-causing bacteria, including faecal bacteria, arising from unrefrigerated storage and staff handling. Now a similar study has been conducted into ice cubes. The laboratory testing has uncovered that in many food establishments, the toilet water has less potentially harmful bacteria than the ice cubes they put in your drink! It’s not just ‘Dirk’s Diner’ either Laboratory testing has uncovered that – McDonalds, Starbucks, in many food establishments, the toilet Burger King, Nando’s and water has less potentially harmful bacteria other high profile outlets than the ice cubes they put in your drink! were included. The simple truth is that unlike their ice machines, they clean their toilets regularly and thoroughly, although most contamination occurs when staff fail to wash their hands properly after visiting the loo or after touching contaminated surfaces. The good news is that they are still likely to have fewer bacteria than your own chopping board and our bodies have adapted to defend us against most; however the elderly, sick and young are more vulnerable so it is sensible to take basic precautions. • It’s best to avoid ice cubes in drinks when eating out. • Never accept any drink if you see the staff touch the top of the glass as this can transfer bacteria directly in to your mouth. • Boost your own immune system by eating and drinking healthily. • Wash your hands and scrub under your nails before handling any food. • Never allow cooked and raw meat to mix in the fridge, on surfaces, knives or on your hands. Disposable gloves are a good idea for handling raw meats. • Always wash your hands after visiting the loo. • Clean all your door handles using an anti-bacterial spray. Home Bargains is the cheapest outlet for reliable branded cleaning products. • Keep your hands away from your nose and mouth as you are continually touching contaminated surfaces. Even shaking hands transfers germs. • Finally, don’t stress about it! The reason you are alive is that you have developed a clever immune system. So let your own kids get down and dirty so they too can develop theirs!
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You keep going on about natural and organic food. Don’t you realise that most people cannot afford it? Sue, Wrexham Organic foods are more expensive, but natural foods are not – on the whole they are cheaper. Food and drink are a lifestyle choice and there is absolutely no harm in the occasional treat but eating takeaways is neither cheaper nor better. This is my one golden rule – avoid all processed food. Only eat what you recognise – vegetables, meat, fish, cheese etc., avoid manufactured food and I promise you will feel and look better.
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20th March – 20th April There’s a record by Sade called Soldier of Fortune about love and it sums up the position you’re in. Joint resources aren’t going too well currently so look at this because they underpin your relationship zone and perhaps they shouldn’t. To be independent one needs sometimes to separate out – co-dependency in financial matters creates limitation. Love freely without putting a price on it!
20th April – 21st May Your amazing loyalty’s being tested and it’s draining you. Once involved in somebody’s problems you get lost in them and, being a good listener, become the sounding board. I’m throwing you a compass with the arrow pointing to ‘way out’. It’s this: stop listening. Your story teller will soon find another ear the size of Dumbo’s! You’re then off the hook.
21st May – 21st June Are you a butterfly or a flutterby? Look at why you’re seen as such a charmer but with little attention span. There’s no doubt you’re good company, entertaining and quite knowledgeable but work’s needed on making people feel they’re of interest too! Call this a cosmic rap on the knuckles to remind you to listen a little more attentively!
21st June – 23rd July Your ‘power animal’ in astrology is any that have a shell including turtles and tortoises. Their virtue is protectiveness towards the vulnerable and this is where your strength lies now because someone in your circle needs a strong arm and a compassionate heart to see them through. Sensitivity is required and who better than a water sign to apply that quality when needed?
23rd July – 23rd August Jupiter in the zone of your solar chart where ideals and dreams are hidden is giving an understanding of love and wisdom and what they mean to family life. You may have thrown three coins in a fountain but wishing won’t be the answer. You’ve worked hard to establish the bonds that cannot be broken and guess what? You’ve done it!
23rd August – 23rd September The new moon and full moon in September give dark and light to a relationship matter. An issue that’s caused concern will later be resolved through a declaration of feelings that make you realise just how valued you are. Whatever your age, there are times when you’ve felt invisible and taken for granted but autumn will prove how wrong you were!
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23rd September – 22nd October Out of all the signs you are the one that has difficulty with decision making, just as well you’re a peacemaker and not a warrior! Whilst September is a mulling over time, October comes in demanding you make up your mind. You’re being pulled toward an answer and it’s one where action will speak louder than words.
23rd October – 22nd November Family matters are pressing and although you’re not one who likes to bend to another’s willpower, I am afraid there’s no choice. Developments require a joint decision and everybody needs their say; that involves quite a few strong wills! Step to one side for once and allow the powers that be, those which are outside yourself, to take their course.
22nd November – 21st December Ta Dah! Venus moves into your sign in October making you the most attractive to the opposite sex that you’ve been all year. So your best qualities will be on view and they are: vivacity, enthusiasm, warmth, generosity, friendliness and freedom of spirit. So, as Autumn draws on, the weather may be cooler but you’re a little ray of sunshine!
21st December – 20th January Vision is the art of seeing the invisible. You cannot see what isn’t there but you can perceive without reason. With Jupiter in your opposite sign of Cancer you’re beginning to understand more about yourself and how powerful your intuition is. It’s invaluable at this point because sensitive issues need a clear mind and sharp eye. You have both!
20th January – 19th February As an astrologer I’m often asked ‘What does the future hold for me?’ and my answer is ‘I don’t know’. I only translate potentials in your solar chart which act as a guide. But I can say that emphasis on close relationships suggests they take centre stage if there’s to be any future or at least one that’s desirable to both parties.
19th February – 20th March Full moons in Pisces are time for reflection and thoughts about the recent past. September brings this window for you to look through and see if you could have done better. Nothing’s ever perfect but you can make it the best it can be, so if you need to add an attachment to your previous actions, now is the time.
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THE LAST WORD
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redictably my ‘Common Sense Manifesto’ in the last issue resulted in a huge response, most of it supportive. Since then we have heard George Osborne’s spending review, announcing another £11.5 billion pounds worth of cuts. Instead of surreptitiously closing local amenities, as these cuts will mean, our politicians at every level (including councillors) should be cutting out the huge sums of money they waste both on themselves and their pet projects.
SiGn oF the tiMeS We do not need them to duplicate the private sector. We need and want good schools, excellent healthcare, our roads maintained and the basic services provided by the state, no more and no less. The Corwen/Llangollen Partnership of which I was a member fought for and gained 10 free car parking spaces for the local medical centre, but what happened next typifies the huge waste of money and resources that councils of all colours seem to indulge in. You or I would have erected one sign in the centre with arrows left and right stating that these 10 spaces were free to patients visiting the doctors, but not Denbighshire County Council, they erected 10 posts with 10 signs at our cost! Wherever I drive, I am amazed at the plethora of signage. Why do we need pre-warning signs for speed limits? I know the simple rule that the more white paint there is on the road the more careful you should be but is there really a need for so many warning and informational signs? Surely we just risk distracting drivers? I know if a vehicle has sirens and blue flashing lights that it is an emergency and I should pull over. I do not need a back-to-front ‘ambulance’ sign for my rear-view mirror!
I didn’t go to public school only what was once called a state secondary school, but I learnt common sense and part of that was to look at every job to see if a cheaper or simple solution to any problem was feasible. I grew up during the war rationing with the same ‘make do and mend’ mentality that my generation and those previously thought was normal. Back then we concentrated on the necessities of life and, apart from a mortgage, most people did not have access to credit. There were no social services or benefits. State services were there to provide the basic services like water, electricity and road maintenance. In no way am I calling for a halt to progress, providing we receive either improved services or lower rates and taxes.
‘More and more these days politicians are starting to look uncannily like a true reflection of what goes in Yes Minister’
ChanGinG a LiGhtBULB? We now live in an age where I cannot ask an employee to change a light bulb unless they have had ladder training or pick up a box without manual handling
training. I don’t remember us requiring special training for everyday issues. Most of us survived and didn’t stand in a bucket of water when fitting an electrical plug as it was just common sense! I do not want to be given 12 automated options when some council office deigns to answer the phone. I want a human being who can direct me to the right person. Is it a sign of age that makes one start to question what is happening around you? Is it that I am growing more cynical with every passing year or are our beloved civil servants (who are not often civil and certainly do not display a service manner) getting carried away with the minutiae of the law rather than the spirit in which it was drafted? How is it that we are unable to deport a convicted Somali rapist, yet can do so with an Australian citizen whose only crime was to protest during the Annual Boat Race? (which incidentally I find boring as only Oxford or Cambridge ever win it!) Why does someone who is a drug addict get a council home and benefits while not working? More and more these days politicians are starting to look uncannily like a true reflection of what goes in Yes Minister. y
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The World Cup 2013 comes to Wrexham The Rugby League World Cup will be coming to Wrexham this autumn. Will you be there?
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choral and dance player for Wales that performances as well evening and helped as the top class sport guide the team to the on offer. Fans will semi-final. After coming have the chance so close to World Cup to see some of the glory, he is hoping to go biggest stars in one better this year and the game. take the Welsh team Wales’ all the way to the final opponents for and victory. He’ll have the group match at a plethora of talent at the Racecourse, USA will be his disposal including looking to cause a major upset in Salford’s Jordan James, their first ever World Cup. They qualified Widnes Vikings’ Lloyd for the tournament with a 40-4 victory over White, Wigan duo Ben Jamaica and will bring their physical brand Flower and Gil Dudson The Rugby league World Cup, of rugby to Wrexham on 3rd November. and Warrington’s Rhys Tickets for both games pictured in front of the famous Their key players will be Ryan McGoldrick, Williams. at the Racecourse are Pontcysyllte aqueduct Apple Pope and Junior Paulo. As a nation Rugby League is available online at that prides itself in sporting dominance, a great game – fast www.rlwc2013.com, in n Sunday November expect the US team to throw everything it paced, entertaining, person at the glyndwr 3rd, the eyes of the has at Wales and more! physical and world will be firmly University boxoffice or by If Wales top their group, they could face breath-taking. fixed on Wrexham as the calling the Rugby league either England or Australia in the quarter Anyone who’s ever Rugby League World Cup rolls World Cup ticket hotline on final on Saturday 16th November. Either been to a live rugby into town, and co-hosts Wales 0844 847 2013! way, it makes for a hugely exciting match league match will tell take on USA at the Glyndwr not to be missed. So whether you’re a rugby you that it’s a true family University Racecourse Stadium. Two fan, a sports fan or just a family looking for sport appealing to people weeks later on Saturday 16th November a great day out, - there’s only one way to of all ages who want to enjoy the town will host a quarter-final match, really enjoy the Rugby League World Cup the end to end spectacle on the field. potentially a mouth-watering clash 2013 – and that’s to be there! Follow the Opposing fans sit side by side and players between Wales and Australia or England. latest news on Facebook (Wrexham 2013: are often happy to mingle with supporters Rugby fever is set to grip the town over Bringing Rugby League to Life) and Twitter after the match. Match days will be a real the coming weeks as Wrexham prepares (@Wrexham2013). y family affair with entertainment including to welcome thousands of supporters keen to make the most of the opportunity to watch this world-class tournament on home soil. It will be broadcast to a TV Wales l lloyd White audience of millions across the globe but after being named Wales Player of the Year in 2011, White’s career has you can be there at the matches to enjoy gone from strength to strength and he currently plays for super league the world cup atmosphere for yourself for team, Widnes Vikings. Internationally, White has represented Wales since as little as £10 per adult and £5 per child. 2009 and is one to watch in the Rugby league World Cup 2013.
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WITh The WoRld WaTChIng… Wrexham beat stiff competition from towns and cities around the UK to win the right to host matches at the Rugby League World Cup 2013 and will be putting on a great show to celebrate the occasion. The Racecourse is the oldest international sporting ground currently in use and has a great pedigree when it comes to hosting major sporting events. In fact, this will be the second time the stadium has hosted a Rugby League World Cup game. In 2000 Wales triumphed over The Cook Islands 38-6 at the Racecourse. Wales head coach Iestyn Harris was a
england l sam Tomkins a full-back with the power to turn a game on its head single-handedly, Tomkins’ skinny frame allows him to shimmy in and out of would-be defenders with consummate ease, and in full flight he is a joy to watch. still an academy prospect when the last Rugby league World Cup was played, in the five years that have passed since, Tomkins has exploded on the scene in the Super League and is acknowledged by most observers as the b brightest e english talent in years.
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