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Be part of a successful School and go to a top University RECENT NEWS Cambridge and Oxford Interviews This year 7 students have been interviewed for places at Cambridge and Oxford to study a wide range of subjects, including Mathematics, Engineering, Economics, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Philosophy and History. Your son or daughter could be one such future success.

Other Universities Ruthin School continues to successfully prepare its students for top ranking universities. The conditional offers to study challenging courses at the best universities in the world (including Durham, Imperial, UCL, Bath, Bristol, York) are already being made to our students. This year, based on outstanding AS Level results from August 2012, it is anticipated that over 90% of the Upper Sixth will go to universities ranked in the top 20.

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it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our first bi-monthly issue and yes it’s another mega production with 132 pages. So you can now get six issues of Yattar Yattar all for free each year. To ensure you get yours why not subscribe and get it delivered to your door – all you have to do is help cover the postage and packing. I know you have suffered from the cold in the UK but because most of our business is international now rather than UK centric, I have been in Moscow where it has been minus 10C in the day dropping to minus 23C at night, but at least spring is edging nearer and we can all hope and pray for a better summer this year. As the sun comes out so does the opportunity to see and visit places in our beautiful part of the country. We have such a rich treasure of spectacular countryside, ancient castles, fantastic gardens, rivers, canals and a host of heritage steam railways no wonder the world comes to us, yet I still meet residents who have not yet seen some of the wonders on their own doorstep. At Yattar Yattar we are constantly on the lookout for important calling items for future issues, so get in touch at the address on this page or email We tackle all writers! y yo anything and everything as we have no political alliances, If u have anuld wo stories you ished, and in the next issue we investigate what else is being bl pu e like to se by get in touch l@ hidden in processed food products as ria stephanie anne Booth email: edito if horsemeat were not enough. r.c tta yattarya Editor Enjoy the new issue!

contents MARCH/APRIL 2013 4 What’s on A huge 30 pages of exciting events for the whole family across Wales and the Borders 30 Yattar revieWs Our team reviews the shows they’ve attended 33 Walled toWns We take a look at how some local Roman and medieval towns got their walls 39 auntY Jane Words of wisdom from our favourite aunty! 41 vets and Wildlife For all creatures great and small 43 Great Women With International Women’s Day on 8th March, we pay homage to some of the greatest women of our time 47 Yattar holidaYs Park reviews and advice on owning your own holiday home when you want to get away from it all 55 Yattar active Fancy a thrill? Take a look at our section for adrenaline junkies

58 WeddinGs Getting married? Arm yourself with our A to Z of weddings 68 homes and Gardens Advice and tips on how to improve your home, from decorating to gardening 74 arts corner Be amazed and inspired by local arts and crafts 78 food tasters Treat your taste buds with the best that local food has to offer 87 restaurant revieWs Fat Cat Café Bars in Bangor and Llandudno and The West Arms in Llanarmon 89 holidaY revieW We visit Plas Gwynfryn country house near Harlech 91 leGal advice Helpful advice on a variety of legal issues 93 fashion Find out what’s on trend for the new season 95 anGela JaY Find out all the latest celebrity gossip from Heart’s DJ!

97 schools We bring you the latest news from our schools including pupil achievements and open days 101 Kids corner Check out some great educational and fun activities 104 BooK cluB Check out our latest local author reviews, and get some tips for writing your own poetry 107 Wrexham fosterinG Find out more about foster caring, and see if you have what it takes! 108 health & BeautY Tips on staying healthy and beautiful this spring 112 lYnne allButt Takes a trip to Madeira 115 health advice We speak to local consultants about a range of health issues 122 competitions Enter now to win a bracelet, festival tickets and a makeover! 127 readers’ letters What have our readers been saying this issue?

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WHAT’S ON IN NORTH WALES BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Welcome in the new season with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’ spring-inspired music from Sibelius and Glazunov and the ethereal haunting beauty of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. Their new Principal Conductor, Thomas Søndergård, takes the baton for their spring tour to conduct a romantic rarity by his compatriot from Denmark Christian Horneman. And, to round off the evening, there’s the optimistic energy of Stravinsky’s classical Symphony in C. Horneman Overture, Gurre Sibelius Spring Song Mozart Clarinet Concerto Glazunov Spring - Musical Picture Stravinsky Symphony in C Thursday 14 March 2013, 7.30pm, Aberystwyth Arts Centre Tickets: £13-£19 (discounts available) Call 0800 052 1812, or 01970 623232 Sunday 17 March 2013, 3pm, Venue Cymru, Llandudno Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, with its iconic opening and closing blaze of joyous light, is the most famous of all symphonies, loved by audiences the world over. Experience its overwhelming power next to Sibelius’s powerful evocation of Finnish myths and legends and the powerful enigmatic Clarinet Concerto by Nielsen, played by Robert Plane, Principal Clarinet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Tickets: £11-20 (discounts available) Call 0800 052 1812, or 01492 872000 Robert Plane plays Concertos by Mozart and Nielsen Robert Plane is both Principal Clarinet for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and a soloist with an international reputation for his live performances and recordings. Sibelius Scènes Historiques, Suite No 1 Nielsen Clarinet Concerto Beethoven Symphony No 5 Conductor Thomas Søndergård Clarinet Robert Plane Friday 15 March 2013, 7.30pm, PrichardJones Hall, Bangor Tickets: £12.50 (discounts available) Call 0800 052 1812 Saturday 16 March 2013, 7.30pm, William Aston Hall, Wrexham Tickets: £9.25-£15.50 (discounts available) Call 0800 052 1812, or 01978 293293

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The famous locomotive The Flying Scotsman had travelled 2,076,000 miles when it was sold in 1963

150 Years of Steam Power!

2013 is a very special year for the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway! This year it is 150 years since the introduction of steam power on the Ffestiniog Railway. Built barely more than 30 years after Stephenson’s Rocket, the George England locos used by Ffestiniog Railway since 1863 are the oldest surviving narrow gauge locomotives in the world. Remarkably, after 150 years, four of the six built still survive, two of them in regular use. To celebrate this milestone, the railway will be holding a Steam Gala between the 3rd and 6th May. Over the course of this celebration, extra trains will be running for an even fuller timetable and there will be many exhibitions to celebrate 150 years of steam. Head to to find out more about the railway or any of its events. If you prefer, enquiries can also be made by phone – just call 01766 516000.

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On the Hunt

Join the fun at the annual Tryweryn Easter Egg Hunt! The Easter Egg Hunt returns to the National White Water Centre for yet another year during the school Easter Holidays from 25th March to 2nd April. The day will be jam-packed with egg-citing events, including an egg and boat race, a kayaker egg chase and, of course, an egg hunt! Keep an eye on the website at for more information, or look out for the event on Facebook. Call the National White Water Centre on 01678 521083 or email info@ukrafting. The biggest Easter if you have any questions.

l 28th FeBruary – 6th april 2013 eDuCating rita Rita is unhappy with her job and the low expectations of those around her. She wants to know ‘everything’, and so embarks on an Open University course in English literature. Her life is about to change forever. Frank, her tutor, is a failed poet whose cynicism has led him to take solace in the bottle. Meeting Rita, his life too is about to change forever.

l 17th MarCh 2013 OrSinO pianO triO The Orsino is an exciting new ensemble of musicians, brought together by a shared passion for chamber music. Each member is a distinguished soloist and dedicated chamber musician. l 18th – 23rD MarCh 2013 the pitMen painterS Originally produced by Newcastle’s acclaimed Live Theatre, and following sell-out seasons at the National Theatre and on Broadway, Bill Kenwright presents this awardwinning play. Written by Lee Hall, creator of the worldwide sensation Billy Elliot, The Pitmen Painters has received huge critical acclaim and won the Evening Standard award for Best New Play. l 19th May 2013 aCaDeMy OF St Martin in the FielDS ChaMBer enSeMBle The Academy of St Martin in the Fields was founded in London in 1959 by Sir Neville Marriner; its players represent the cream of musical talent, producing a richness of sound and virtuosic skill recognised the world over. The programme includes Schubert’s great Octet, alongside Mozart’s rarely performed Horn Quintet. To book tickets for any of the shows at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, go to or call the box office on 0845 330 3565.

l Saint DaviD’S Day CeleBratiOnS Join the Saint David’s Day festivities at Chirk Castle on 1st March. Celebrate all things Welsh and enjoy live music from a local choir all day. Admission is free.

l SCi Fi WeekenDer Sci fi fans should head to Pwllheli between the 1st and 3rd of March for the fourth annual Sci Fi Weekender. There will be a range of guest appearances egg ever was made from various famous TV sci fi characters, from in Belgium in 2005. the likes of Star Trek, It was more than Doctor Who and the new and upcoming 25 feet high and series Game of Thrones. Also to appear are weighed 1,200kg! various prestigious sci fi novelists. Head to www. for more info. Get your passes online or by calling 08700 110034.

What’s On at Clwyd Theatr Cymru

l 13th – 16th MarCh 2013 raMBert: laByrinth OF lOve The multi award-winning Rambert Dance Company returns to Mold with the Labyrinth of Love Tour. With an international reputation for excellence, creating performances of the highest quality for over 85 years, the Company, formerly Ballet Rambert, has the power to delight and inspire audiences of all ages.

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l BangOr neW MuSiC FeStival 2013 Bangor’s annual celebration of new and contemporary music will this year take place between the 9th and 14th of March. Artists to appear this year include Catrin Finch, Dewi Ellis Jones, Psappha and Electroacoustic Wales. Visit for more information.

Spring events at erddig 23rd and 24th March – adventure weekend Budding explorers are invited to make some new discoveries at Erddig. Crazy creatures, awesome antics and hidden treasures await in Erddig’s exciting new natural play area. 29th March – 1st april – Cadbury easter trails Hunt around the garden to find the clues that will lead to a tasty treat. 4th and 5th May – a Spring Celebration Welcome spring at Erddig, with the Wrexham National Trust Association Spring fair. An array of plant and craft stalls. Dawn chorus walk on Saturday 4th May in association with the RSPB. Check website for details. 5th May – ngS garden Open Day Guided walks with the gardeners. Visit to find out more about Erddig and the events that are held there throughout the year. If you have any queries, just call 01978 355314.

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The white rabbit is returning to the Llanberis Lake Railway for the annual Easter Egg Hunt! During the Easter Holidays, Llanberis Lake Railway will be operating special trains as part of this very popular event, which is ideal for families. Enjoy a journey on the train along the lakeside, whilst hunting for the Easter Eggs cunningly hidden around the railway and stations. There will be a prize for each child at the end of the journey. Trains run daily from Friday 29th March to Tuesday 2nd April. Trains depart the main station at Gilfach Ddu (next to the National Slate Museum) at regular intervals between 10.30am and 4.00pm. Normal fares apply with family deals available. The shop and cafe will be open and everybody is welcome! Call 01286 870549 for more information. More can be found out about the Llanberis Lake Railway on their website at

l COnWy SeeD Fair This 700-year-old charter fair, founded by Edward I, is held in Conwy High Street and Lancaster Square every 26th March. Plant and seed stalls, local crafts, local produce, honey, home produce and more will be displayed. Stall space is free of charge, with a donation to Bees for Development. Head to www. to find out more. l the vintage retrO ShOW Llanerch Hall in St Asaph will host over 400 exhibitions of classic and vintage cars on the 20th and 21st April. Visit for more information. l the lOggerheaDS aBSeil Challenge If you fancy a challenge for 2013, why not sign up for the Loggerheads Abseil Challenge on 27th April? It costs £10 to register, with a minimum of £30 sponsorship. All money raised will go to Claire House Children’s Hospice.

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What’s On at Venue Cymru l 7tH MaRCH 2013 CiRCus Of HORRORs Join the Circus of Horrors for a whirlwind journey into 1927 Berlin – birthplace of the Cabaret and home to the ‘Devil Doll’. l 8tH MaRCH 2013 al MuRRaY – tHe OnlY WaY is epiC Following a phenomenally successful 2012 autumn tour, Britain’s most irrepressible innkeeper will be serving up his premier brew of ale-inspired acumen as part of his hilarious new show, The Only Way is Epic. Parental discretion is advised as the show contains adult content. l 18tH – 23RD MaRCH 2013 saVe tHe last DanCe fOR Me From the writers, producers, creators and director of the huge success that is Dreamboats and Petticoats, Save the Last Dance for Me is a brand new musical full of Rock ‘n’ Roll classics. l 25tH – 30tH MaRCH 2013 tHe MOusetRap Famous around the world as being the longest running show of any kind in the history of British theatre – with almost 25,000 performances The Mousetrap a play to be proud of. And to celebrate 60 incredible years on stage, it’s going on tour for very first time, with a star cast to give you a once in a life-time opportunity to see this masterpiece at Venue Cymru. l 1st apRil 2013 CHuCkle BROtHeRs Don’t miss this rip-roaring comedy starring the country’s favourite silly siblings with full supporting cast, great fun for all the family. l 4tH – 6tH apRil 2013 tHe iMpORtanCe Of Being eaRnest Oscar Wilde’s timeless masterpiece comes to north Wales. l 16tH – 20tH apRil 2013 JaMes anD tHe giant peaCH The Birmingham Stage Company proudly presents its stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s amazing story, James and the Giant Peach. If you’re looking for fruitfilled fun and oversized wonders, then look no further! l 30tH apRil – 4tH MaY 2013 BiRDsOng A mesmerising story of love, courage and sacrifice is now adapted for the stage in this critically acclaimed version of Sebastian Faulks’s novel.

Walking with Deeside Ramblers


Dog owners can walk their favourite pooches along the prettiest paths in Conwy: Bodnant Garden is opening its gates to dog walkers for special ‘Dog Days’. The Garden will be open for dog owners on Tuesday 12th March as part of a trial to make Bodnant Garden more accessible for local dog owners. Normal entry fee will apply to owners, but dogs will get in for free. Each pooch will receive a free dog biscuit and free dog waste bags will be handed out. William Greenwood, Bodnant Property manager, said: ‘In the past it was the case that we didn’t allow dogs in the garden, but we are very aware that lots of local people own dogs and our garden could be a great resource for them. The garden has about seven miles of paths in total that will provide perfect walking for dogs small and large. We encourage all local dog owners to come to a Dog Day and enjoy the great walking here.’

Fairbourne Railway

The Fairbourne Railway has run from Fairbourne Village to Penrhyn Point since 1895. Over its long history, the railway has had its share of adventures. These days, the railway is run by a charitable preservation society, and attracts visitors of all ages. For the Fairbourne Railway, the season truly begins in April, and by the height of the season in July, both steam and diesel trains run daily. For something even more spectacular, the railway also offers driver experience days when you can have a go at driving a real steam engine! Train hire is also available throughout the year – perfect if you want an interesting venue for your function. Find out more about Fairbourne Railway on their website at Any queries can be answered by their staff – just call 01341 250362.

For full theatre listings, visit Tickets can be booked online, or by calling the box office on 01492 872000.

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Get more out of walking with the Deeside Ramblers – it’s a great way to explore your local environment! With the guidance of rambler walk leaders, who often know how to get to the most interesting places, you can enjoy all the benefits of walking without the worries of getting lost or planning a route. Deeside Ramblers’ walk programmes are also supplemented by a range of social activities, including walking holidays, coach rambles and plenty of social events, so you can be sure of a friendly welcome. The Deeside group have a comprehensive walks programme throughout the year. Walks of varying lengths are held, taking in beautiful countryside of Flintshire and neighbouring counties. There is something for everyone to enjoy, so why not come along and meet the Deeside group. To find out more, contact Janice or David Jones on 01244 537440 or have a look on the Deeside Ramblers website at www.

Welsh Highland Heritage Railway It’s now spring, which means the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway will be open nearly every day from now until October. Take the opportunity to learn about the narrow gauge railways of Porthmadog and enjoy a train ride, followed by a trip to the engine sheds to have a chance to climb into the cabs of the locomotives! The whole family (two adults and two children) can ride the railway as many times as you like on the day of your visit for just £15. For adult train enthusiasts, an extra £10 gives you the chance to experience the entire return journey sitting up front with the driver. This spring, the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway will be hosting a special ‘Easter Bunnies’ event on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March. There’ll be free chocolate for everyone on the train… but you have to find it first!

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thursday / iau 14.03.2013, 7.30pm aberystwyth arts Centre Canolfan y Celfyddydau aberystwyth

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sunday / sul 17.03.2013, 3pm Venue Cymru, llandudno

Conductor / Arweinydd Thomas Søndergård Clarinet / Clarinét Robert Plane

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Victorian characters are collecting, painting and decorating eggs this year. Follow the costumed trail around the garden to find a tasty treat. Cadbury fun and games galore on the lawn, including crazy egg and spoon races! Local and unique arts and crafts for sale in the Timber Yard.

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Michael Jackson Tribute Concert

Friday 22nd March, 7:30pm William Aston Hall, Wrexham

Currently taking UK theatres by storm, The World’s Greatest Michael Jackson Tribute Concert is being described as ‘the hottest tribute show in Europe’. £16, £14.50 Concession

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The Time Is Now, Again Saturday 23rd March, 8pm William Aston Hall, Wrexham

The star of The Thick of It, and Mock The Week brings his twice extended, critically acclaimed tour The Time Is Now, Again the William Aston Hall. £20

A Night of Dirty Dancing Saturday 27th April, 7:30pm William Aston Hall, Wrexham

The brand-new sensational, inspirational, aspirational box office smash hit concert show of the year! £16, £15 Concession


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WHAT’S ON IN NORTH WALES Heritage in Denbighshire

International Photographic Exhibition at Bodelwyddan Castle

The Royal Photographic Society’s 155th International Print Exhibition will be hosted by Bodelwyddan Castle and Park from 23rd February until 7th April 2013. It is the longest running exhibition of its kind, having been shown every year since the society was formed in 1853. This is the first in a new programme of exhibitions at Bodelwyddan Castle which have been selected to reflect the museum’s reputation for quality and innovation achieved during its first 25 years. The 155th International Print Exhibition showcases some of the highest talent that the world has to offer. Each artist has chosen a subject that reflects the way they see the world. The exhibition includes a wide range of genres and photographic styles such as portraits, documentary photography, natural history and art photography. Sandy Cleland, the Chairman of Selectors, recognised the originality and impressiveness of what Bodelwyddan Castle is presenting, saying ‘...this exhibition always offers a uniqueness of approach seldom seen in other exhibitions.’ Lesley Goode, the Exhibitions Manager at the RPS, is delighted the show is coming to Bodelwyddan Castle for the first time: ‘The society is excited to be showing the exhibition at Bodelwyddan Castle, which shares the society’s ideal of combining its heritage with a forward looking vision which encompasses the contemporary world.’

Llangollen Eisteddfod

Pontio Events

Heritage is about more than old buildings and museums! Denbighshire Heritage Services’s season this year will include some great events such as the Easter Saturday egg hunt at Nantclwyd Y Dre in Ruthin, the increasingly popular ‘Captured’ event at Ruthin Gaol, where you can get your picture on a wanted poster, and some lovely walks and nature events at Plas Newydd. There are also some great fun days at Rhyl Museum during school holidays. Over the winter, time has been spent time on restoration and repairs. At Nantclwyd Y Dre an investigation has begun into what lies beneath in the Lords Garden – almost an acre of overgrown garden behind a tall wall – known locally as ‘the secret garden’ – and a Heritage Lottery Fund grant is helping pay for a design of how the garden could be restored to open to the public for the first time. The Heritage Service also have birthday parties, open air theatre and even some spooky ghost hunts! Go online to or call 01824 708274.

Did you know? We take as many photographs every two minutes as were taken in the whole of the 1800s

Thousands of people from around the world will again descend on the little town of Llangollen from July 9th as it celebrates the 67th annual International Musical Eisteddfod. Over the years the event which began as a festival of peace in the aftermath of the Second World War has grown into one of Europe’s premier music and dance events. It has attracted cultural icons like Dylan Thomas and the great Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who began his international career as a member of a choir from Modena at Llangollen in 1955. In recent years artists of the stature of Bryn Terfel, Katherine Jenkins, Kiri Te Kanawa, James Galway and Montserrat Caballe have performed at the final Sunday Evening Gala Concert.Most importantly the competitors have continued to come from all over the world – this year they will be here from Alaska, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, China, India, New Zealand and Ghana as well as from all over Europe and the UK. The Eisteddfod’s blue riband event is the Choir of the World competition for the Pavarotti Trophy and Eisteddfod Musical Director Eilir Owen Griffiths said: ‘To have the Pavarotti name on the trophy puts it right up there as one of the top choral competitions in the world and where better to hold it than in Wales in the place where it all began for Pavarotti himself.’ Go to

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l 2nD MarcH 2013 MynyDD LLanDEgai HaLL, 2.00PM Story FEStivaL, a celebration of excellent folk tales from India and Wales, with Esyllt Harker for the children and The Unprecedented Unorthodox Preacher for the older children and the adults! £4 l 2nD MarcH PricHarD JonES HaLL, Bangor UnivErSity, 7.30PM, Bangor UnivErSity SyMPHony orcHEStra. Chris Collins conducts a concert of music from the first half of the 20th century, including Debussy’s beautiful Première Rhapsodie for clarinet and orchestra, and Nielsen’s haunting Flute Concerto. £12 /£9 l 5tH MarcH 2013 LLanDriLLo coLLEgE, rHoS-on-SEa, 7.30PM WHat tHE DickEnS? Follow the story of young Charles Dickens as a reporter when he stumbles on a story that could make his reputation. Enter a world of pockmarked pickpockets, cobwebby convicts, teeming slums, dark secrets and lots of fog. Comedy drama by Gonzo Moose theatre. Suitable for all ages. £7/£5 l 11tH – 16tH MarcH 2013 W.c. EvanS LaBoratory, Bangor UnivErSity, 6.30PM – 9.30PM (inDiviDUaL tiME SLotS) cErEBELLiUM. Back for a second year, combining cutting edge neuroscience and immersive theatre, Cerebellium invites audiences to question not only the world around us but also the world within us. Dr. Kurtz welcomes you to his laboratory, where you will be brought face-to-face with the greatest miracle of all: existence. Prebooking essential, £8 l 14tH MarcH 2013 ty goLcHi, 7.30PM LLoyD LangForD. Hilarious Welsh comedian on his first ever stand-up tour. A delicious mix of jokes, stories, observations, and ad-libs. Suitable for ages 18+ only. £10 / £8 l 17tH MarcH 2013 PricHarD-JonES HaLL, Bangor UnivErSity, 7.30PM SUor angELica. Puccini’s one act opera. This adaption by Bangor University Opera, under the artistic direction of Marian Bryfdir and stage direction of Andrew Agacy, is a celebration of music and language. £10 / £8 l 6tH aPriL 2013 raiLWay cLUB, Bangor, 8.00PM ar y rêLS: Bryn Fôn Performing with his own band, Bryn Fôn fills venues the length and breadth of Wales, his voice delivers souped-up traditional songs, slow ballads and rockers with ease and style. £10 / £8

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celebrate the return of Spring at rSpB South Stack

As the seabirds return to nest on the cliffs of South Stack, they’ll be celebrating the return of spring with some fun events… h WilDFloWEr trEaSurE hunt SaturDay 6 april anD SunDay 7 april 11aM – 4pM Price: £2 or £1.50 for wildlife explorers – adults free of charge. Please book in advance. South Stack is absolutely blooming with wildflowers in the spring so why not join in their treasure hunt to find the first of the spring flowers. Use their self-guided packs to guide your explorations – if you can find all of the flowers, you will get a great goody bag at the end of the walk! h SEaBirDS For BEGinnErS SunDay 28 april 10aM – 12pM Price: £5 or £4 for members, please book in advance. Struggling to tell the difference between guillemots and razorbills or herring gulls and lesser black-backed gulls? Then this is the walk for you! Starting at the Visitor Centre, you will gain a real insight into the lives of seabirds and how to identify them. See these birds in their natural habitat and get some great close up views. If you want to find out more about RSPB South Stack or their events, just visit their website at southstack, or call 01407 762100.

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Egg-citing Events at GreenWood

More than 4,000 seabirds breed on the cliffs at South Stack every year

Voted Best Family Attraction in North Wales for 2011 and 2012, days out don’t get much better than this! Jump aboard the world’s only people powered roller coaster, zoom down the longest sledge run in Wales, embark on the Jungle Boat Adventure (a challenge for the whole family) and discover the big, bouncy Giant Jumper. Plus, explore the turrets of TreeTop Towers, take off your socks and shoes for the BareFoot Trail or take a ride on the fabulous Moon Karts. For those rainy days, head inside the Enchanted Wood Barn full of the latest indoor play. Or get creative in the craft area and make something unique to take home with you! Come along to the Easter Eggstravaganza from 23rd March – 7th April and join in with the ‘eggstra’ special events! For times and dates of all our events please visit www.

Llangollen Railway

Whether you’re a train enthusiast, or just want to enjoy the scenic route of the Llangollen Railway, there’s something for you this spring!

Saturday 23rd May: Diesel Day

Enjoy an all diesel service operated by available locomotives from the railway’s home fleet.

Sunday 13th April: Real Ale Train

Step onboard and soak up the atmosphere whilst enjoying the Real Ales on offer at the well-stocked bar. The double return journey departs from Llangollen station at 6:30pm and arrives back approximately 9:30pm. Ticket price includes a free glass and pint for all pre-booked tickets.

Friday 19th – Sunday 21st April: Spring Steam Gala

The home fleet will be running an intensive timetable over the three days of the spring gala. Also appearing will be the recently restored Steam Railmotor and Auto Trailer 92. Find out more about the railway and its upcoming events by visiting Tickets for any events can be bought online, or you can contact the railway by calling 01978 860979 or emailing llangollen.railway@

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Spring Film Releases l Oz: The GreaT and POwerful 8th March 2013 When a smalltime circus magician, Oscar Diggs (played by James Franco) finds himself in Oz, he sees fame and fortune ripe for the picking. We then see how Oscar transforms himself into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz. l The CrOOds 22nD March 2013 A prehistoric family find themselves forced to venture out into the world when an earthquake forces them from their home. Nicholas Cage voices head of the family, Grug, who finds his position as head of the hunt challenged by new revolutionary inventions, such as fire… l Carrie 5th april 2013 A remake of the 1974 film by the same name, which in turn was an adaptation of Stephen King’s 1974 novel. This new version of Carrie stars Chloe Moretz at the titular Carrie White, and Julianne Moore plays her mother, Margaret White. l ObliviOn 12th april 2013 This adaptation of the graphic novel produced by Radical Publishing is a must see for sci fi fans. It stars Tom Cruise as one of the last men on Earth. Morgan Freeman and former Bond Girl, Olga Kurylenko will also appear.

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Bodelwyddan Castle & Park Open House Open year-round

Bodelwyddan Castle Trust Bodelwyddan Denbighshire, LL18 5YA 01745 584060

Visit this family-friendly Victorian castle with acres of parkland and gardens, furnished rooms and artworks from the National Portrait Gallery. Also enjoy children’s activities, events and our adventure play area.

Retail, Crafts & Great Family day out… The

Over 25 delightfully individual shops & craft workshops set around charming Edwardian buildings, surrounded by panoramic views of the Dee Valley.

SPECIAL EVENTS & FUN ACTIVITIES 2013 � Food & Craft Fairs � Fun Days � Archery � Medieval Falconry Displays � Kids Craft Days � Model Aircraft Flying � & Much More! For more details see Website or email



All you need and more plus a stunning venue for your special day!

The Plassey Restaurant

Under New Management

Quality food & excellent service for families and couples. Bookings & Enquiries Tel: 01978 780905


Stables Coffee Shop & Tea Garden OPEN 7 DAYS

Light meals & snacks, home-made cakes and scones, for all the family. Tel: 01978 780704

9 hole golf course, Par 3 Pitch & Putt and Driving Range. Clubhouse open for home cooked meals, snacks & drinks. Bookings & Enquiries Tel 01978 780020 Golf Course & Clubhouse


For Plassey business & shop listings see Open all year. Usual opening hours 10.30am - 5pm. Some businesses open Monday but please call us if making a special journey.

The Plassey Craft and Retail Centre, Eyton, Wrexham, LL13 0SP Tel: 01978 780277

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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.

FFESTINIOG & WELSH HIGHLAND RAILWAYS Harbour Station, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9NF

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What’s On at… William Aston Hall

Wrexham Museum!

l 8th March 2013, 7:30pM Rhydian – Live in ConCeRt X Factor finalist, platinum album selling artist and West End star Rhydian hits stage. l 17th March 2013, 7:30pM aL MuRRay – the onLy Way is epiC Broken Britain may be staring into the bottom of an empty pint glass, but don’t lose hope – Al Murray is back to fill it up again.

l 22nd March 2013, 7:30pM MiChaeL JaCkson tRibute Fronted by one of the USA’s leading Michael Jackson tribute artists, along with an incredible live band and dance troupe, this acclaimed production will leave you in no doubt as to why Michael was the King of Pop.

l 23rd March 2013, 8pM ChRis addison – the tiMe is noW, again The star of The Thick of It and Mock The Week brings his sell-out show to Wrexham – top class stand-up from one of the toppiest, classiest stand-up acts on the ciruit today!

l 27th april 2013, 7:30pM a night of diRty danCing The brand-new sensational, inspirational, aspirational box office smash hit concert show of the year comes to Wrexham!

l 9th March MuM’S the WOrd Treat your mother to an afternoon she will never forget. Enjoy a delicious home cooked three course meal of soup and crusty roll, followed by roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. Finish with homemade apple crumble and custard and a tea or coffee. l 25th March – 6th april eaSter MuSeuM trail Follow the Easter trail through the museum. l 6th april SprinG OffenSive The Romans are gathering in Wrexham ready to advance west to subdue the native Britons. Training sessions will be available for those young Britons who don’t wish to be put to the sword as enemies of the Emperor! l 9th and 10th april tOtS’ tiMe Take your toddler along to a fun filled session with the theme of time. Explore the museum’s exhibitions using stories, rhymes and songs. l 19th and 20th april hiGh tea at the BWtri To celebrate the Queen’s birthday, the Bwtri Café has created a fantastic afternoon tea fit for a queen and her more discerning subjects.

a little piece of heaven

Snowdon Mountain railway

This is an exciting year for Snowdon Mountain Railway, with four new contemporary carriages to be delivered in March. Designed and built in the UK by a partnership between Garmendale Engineering Limited, Hunslet Engine Company and the Railway, these carriages boast higher levels of safety, space and comfort for its passengers. This new lightweight design not only holds increased carrying capacity from the current 56 to 74 but also enables disabled access for every trip. Snowdon Mountain Railway will open Saturday 16th March where trains will initially be running to Clogwyn, three-quarters up Snowdon. As the winter weather improves, all train will run to the summit. School holidays can be a very busy time at the railway therefore it is advisable to book in advance. The railway has increased its social media presence on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter (@SnowdonMR) where users can catch up with the latest news and updates. They will also be writing their first ever blog regarding the construction and launch of their 21st Century Victorian style carriage. To find out more about Snowdon Mountain Railway or to make a booking for your trip, visit www.snowdonrailway. Alternatively, you can reserve your place on the train by calling the booking hotline on 0844 493 8120.

Going Medieval

enjoy the best that Welsh heritage has to offer with cadw this May bank holiday! head to caernarfon castle on May 5th and 6th to enjoy plenty of bank holiday fun for all the family. escafeld Medieval Society will be providing the full medieval experience, including a combat tournament and archery demonstrations. Visit www.cadw. to find out more

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Centre is a little piece of heaven in the Cambrian Mountains, boasting everything from scenic walks and world class mountain biking to adventure play areas and an Animal Puzzle Trail. Red Kites are fed daily, and can be viewed from the café with a breath-taking lakeside view. As well as giving you the chance to enjoy some spectacular natural beauty, Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Centre holds loads of fantastic events throughout the year. Highlights this Easter include: WedneSday 3rd april 10.30aM – 12.30pM An egg hunt with a difference! Discover which egg belongs to which bird, then join in an Easter crafts session. WedneSday 10th april 10.30aM – 12.30pM It’s life, but not as you know it! Explore life through the eyes of young animals entering the natural world for the first time and join in making some furry friend crafts! Events cost £2 per child. Contact the Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Centre with any questions by calling 01970 890453 or by emailing

Gregynog Famed for centuries for its hospitality Grade 1 listed gardens within a national nature reserve. Colour coded woodland walks through 750 acres of beautiful landscapes.

01686 650224 Located near Newtown Powys SY16 3PW

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Courtyard café and shop. Special events throughout the year.

Conference and meeting venue. Also available for weddings.

Powis Castle and Garden Welshpool, Powys, SY21 8RF Discover the treasures of the castle and Clive museum or explore the wonders of the garden with their italianate terraces.

a relaxing day out

Members and under 5s go free.

Call 01938551929 for details

Ruthin Gaol

The Old Union Workhouse

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Corwen Manor


Heritage Attractions 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

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, including Wordsworth, Josiah Wedgwood and the Duke of Wellington once did, then enjoy afternoon tea in the Old Stables

Nantclwyd Y Dre, Ruthin 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 study or sleeping amid the silk drapes of the Georgian bedchamber`

OPEN EASTER - SEPTEMBER see website for details or call 01824 708274

• 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


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Kaya Festival

Celebrate world music this spring as the Kaya Festival returns to the picturesque grounds of the Vaynol Estate near Bangor. The festival offers a wide range of African, Jamaican, Caribbean and World music. This year’s festival will be held over two days – Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May. The first day of the festival will be ‘Kaya International Saturday’. This year, Kaya Festival has teamed up with international students of Bangor University, allowing them to showcase their countries’ cultures through the performing arts. Throughout the day, there will be performances and workshops celebrating arts, crafts and music from across the globe. The second day, or ‘Skaya “Dub” Sunday’ begins with a soothing performance from a gospel choir, before the day really kicks off with performances from some of the biggest bands and DJs in ska and dub music. Throughout the weekend, the Kaya African Market will be open and trading in everything from homewares to fashion and jewellery. Also open throughout the weekend is the Kaya ‘Kultural Fusion’ Village, which will be home to a children’s play area, children’s workshops and plenty of street performers. Keep up with the latest news about the Kaya Festival by visiting their website: Early Bird tickets have now sold out however you can get hold of an adult weekend with camping ticket from just £60. Check out the website today for all news and information on this year’s event.

Castles to Copper Bins: Restoring pride in a region

Careful to lavish the same attention to detail on stately homes for royalty as on industrial sites, Donald Insall Associates (DIA) is now proud to add Amlwch Port’s Visitor Centre in Anglesey to its list of projects alongside the Windsor Castle fire restoration. But how do you justify spending £850,000 on industrial copper bin sheds? The massive industrial copper storage bins were originally part of the late 18th and early 19th century copper industry. During this time, Amlwch, on the Northern Coast of Anglesey, was the main exporter of copper to the world. Over time, the supply of rich copper ore diminished and industrially active areas became derelict. The bin sheds decayed and became overgrown. It has taken the commitment of organisations such as Menter Môn, Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust and Isle of Anglesey County Council to resurrect the buildings, restore pride to a region and to make Amlwch a ‘destination’ by careful conservation of a Grade 2 listed historic monument to strict conservation standards. The Copper Bins Visitor Centre includes ticketing and shop amenities, rest-room facilities, a new lift, interpretative displays for adults and children, and multipurpose auditorium facilities. Photos courtesy of Dewi Glyn Jones.

Welsh National Opera

Greyhound Rescue Fundraising

Greyhound Rescue Wales will be visiting locations across North Wales this spring to educate people about greyhounds as pets, and raise money to help rehome greyhounds in need. Many fundraisers will bring their own pet greyhounds with them, giving you the chance to meet a rescued greyhound, and see just what they’re like as pets. One such dog is Adam, who was adopted by Sharon and Dave Lewis in 2009. After adopting Adam, both Sharon and Dave became more involved with the charity, and Sharon is now the fundraising co-ordinator for the Greyhound Rescue Wales in North Wales. Find them at Farm and Pet in Abergele on Saturday 16th March (to be confirmed), Farm and Pet in Chirk on Saturday 23rd March and Jolleys in Flint on Saturday 13th April. If you could help support any of these events by volunteering for just a few hours, contact Sharon Lewis on 01978 852572. If you think you could run a street collection, or have a great idea for a fundraising event, contact info@ greyhoundrescuewales. by email.

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In March, the Welsh National Opera will bring their fantastic spring season to Venue Cymru in Llandudno. As part of the spring celebrations, director David Poutney introduces the Free Spirits season. The first of the Welsh National Opera’s themed seasons brings together two of the greatest operas of the 20th Century: JanáDek’s The Cunning Little Vixen and Berg’s Lulu. Written and composed within a decade of each other, both operas study a free spirit who exists outside the boundaries of social morality. Lulu will be performed on Tuesday 12th March at 7pm, while The Cunning Little Vixen will be on Thursday 14th March at 7:15pm. As part of the Free Spirits season, there will be a family workshop for The Cunning Little Vixen on the day of the performance at 5pm until 6pm. Also coming to Venue Cymru this spring is the Welsh National Opera’s production of Madame Butterfly on Wednesday 13th, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th March at 7:15pm. The tragic story of Cio-Cio-San promises to be a moving and breathtaking evening at the theatre.

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Bala lake Railway

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

Ffestiniog Railway snowdon Mountain Railway

Great Little Trains of Wales

The many heritage railways of Wales offer a unique and special way to enjoy the Welsh countryside – some of the best scenery in Britain. Most of these railways were originally built to transport Welsh slate from the quarries to the sea. Each has its own features and unique character, but all of them have in common the charm of old-time steam trains with plenty of polished paintwork and brass, and all are narrow gauge steam railways – some with a history spanning well over 100 years. For just £10, you can get the Great Little Trains of Wales discount card. This card is just perfect for train enthusiasts, as it entitles the holder to 20% off one adult full round trip fare on any normal timetabled journey with the member railways, including: Talyllyn Railway Llanberis Lake Railway Ffestiniog Railway Welshpool and Llanfair Railway Vale of Rheidol Railway Bala Lake Railway Highland Heritage Railway Snowdon Mountain Railway Discount cards are valid for 12 months after the date of the first journey made. Holders are also entitled to discounts on accommodation with selected providers close to the member railways. Visit to find out more. You can order your discount card (or one for a friend!) online or by calling 01654 710472.

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Enjoy the majestic panorama of Cardigan Bay from aboard the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway, which has been transporting visitors to the summit of Constitution Hill for over 100 years. Once at the summit, you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the spectacular coast and seascape. The Aberystwyth Cliff Railway is open from 10-5pm every day from April to October. As well as the railway itself, at Constitution Hill you will also find a gift shop, a children’s play area and a café with plenty of homemade food. Feel free to call 01970 617642 to find out more about the railway or any of the other attractions at Constitution Hill. Go to

What’s on at... powis Castle BBC Radio 3 BaRoque ConCeRt Classical music fans will enjoy a programme inspired by the castle’s links to the exiled court of King James II at St Germain-en-Laye. This concert includes music for soprano and chamber ensemble by Couperin, Charpentier, Carissimi and Innocenzo Fede. Sunday 10 March 2pm in the 17th-century Ballroom. Tickets cost £12 but hurry – they’re going fast! the MisanthRope The English Touring Theatre Company and the Liverpool Everyman Playhouse present Roger McGough’s twist on Baroque drama, a tale of manners and morals set amid 17th century French aristocracy. Sunday 10 March, 8:30pm – 10pm. Tickets cost £12, for bookings please phone 01938 551 929. easteR tRail From 29th March – 1st April, Powis Castle will be hosting its annual Easter Trail in

the castle gardens. This popular family day out is guaranteed to bring a chocolatey smile to everyone’s face and at only £2 it’s well worth the journey! Other fun, family activities on offer at Powis Castle this Easter include the National Trust egg and spoon races as well as a free entry weekend on the 13th April.

easter Bunny at talyllyn!

Days out in Broneirion

Broneirion, in the village of Llandinam, is surrounded by over four acres of beautiful grounds, set amongst the stunning scenery of Mid Wales. Broneirion hosts special events throughout the year. This spring, why not visit this beautiful Grade II listed house? l saturday 9th MarCh Wedding Open day Broneirion is licensed for civil marriages and is a stunning venue for your reception. The house will be open to view, and local businesses will also be promoting their wedding products or services. l sunday 10th MarCh MOthering sunday lunChes Show your mum just how special she is by treating her to a delicious home cooked lunch in a picturesque and welcoming setting. l saturday 30th MarCh BrOneiriOn Charity easter FOOd Fair This is your chance to sample and buy all sorts of food and drink, made and sold by local and national artisan producers. There will also be an Easter Egg hunt and plenty of activities to keep the children entertained. Visit to see events throughout the year. You can contact the staff at Broneirion with any queries by calling 01686 688204.

enjoy some family fun as the easter Bunny visits tywyn Wharf station on sunday 31st March! the famous longeared visitor will be greeting children and waving the trains off all day. kids and the young at heart alike can take part in talyllyn railway’s great easter egg hunt, with a special prize waiting for the winner! Steam trains are running all day, with five return trips from tywyn Wharf, you can take the train on a fun filled journey to Dolgoch Falls or Nant Gwernol. Trains stop at abergynolwyn, home of the railway adventure playground, for refreshments. if you’re peckish and fancy something a bit more substantial, great family food will be on offer all day in king’s licensed Café from breakfast to afternoon tea. normal fares apply for this event, including the railway’s ‘kids for two Quid’ offer, so it’s certainly worth hopping along to have a look!

Gregynog Hall

What’s On... in Brief

The Grade 1 listed gardens of Gregynog l CriCkhOWell Walking Hall have been Festival Beginning on the 1st March, the Crickhowell Walking opened to the public Festival takes place over nine and are undergoing days and consists of a number of a programme of guided walks of various grades. gradual restoration Visit with pretensions of further grandeur, and l Medieval MOnks’ trOd at elan valley Follow in the are well worth a visit. footsteps of the Cistercian They are described Monks on the 17th March as by CADW as ‘one of you embark on a six-mile hill the most important walk. The walk will beginning at gardens and parks 10am at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre and is expected to finish in Powys’, dating at 2:30pm. Make sure you bring from at least 1500. some waterproofs and some William Emes, one walking boots! Numbers are very of Capability Browns limited so please book early on imitators, proposed 01597 810880. improvements in l rally nOrth Wales 2013 The 1774 which included opening stage of the 2013 British a chain of pools on the Rally Championship will be held sunken lawns, once known affectionately as over two days on the 6th and ‘Mr Blayney’s duck ponds’. The estate was heavily wooded at this time 7th April, with spectator stages and in 1809 had 2,250 oak trees, some of which still make up the Great on both days. The main roads from Welshpool to Machynlleth, Wood. This is now designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest Machynlleth to Dolgellau, for its lichen, with specimens over 300 years old. The Dolgellau to Bala and Bala wider 750-acre estate will be declared a National to Welshpool will be used as Nature Reserve on the 6th March and work part of the stage. Visit www. will begin to remove invasive rhododendron, to find did yOu knOW? out more. excluding ornamental hybrids, to improve There are over 1,000 Sites the woodlands and open up light for a more l hand-Bikes at daWn of Special Scientific Interest diverse ground flora of wildflowers. at Cadair idris On 20th in Wales, covering around A network of woodland walks makes this April 2013 a small team 12% of the land and a beautiful afternoon out, and Head Chef of experienced hand Heiko produces high-quality cyclists will attempt the ranging from small fens to ascent of Cadair Idris, a seasonal food in the café. riverside meadows, sand mountain at the southern dunes, woodlands and end of the Snowdonia uplands National Park in Wales. They will

swinging sixties at Welshpool

2013 sees the Welshpool and llanfair light railway celebrate its 50th year! to commemorate this occasion, they will be holding a variety of sixties-themed events. On the 6th and 7th april, nostalgia trains will run over the weekend, with food and real ale at llanfair station. For another chance to experience the sixties, visit the railway on the 18th and 19th May for their ‘swinging sixties Weekend.’ there will be music at the stations, as well as displays of 60s memorabilia, cars and other surprises. to top the weekend off, sixties tribute band the suits will be performing in Welshpool town hall on the 18th. transport by train will be provided for people wishing to travel from llanfair to Welshpool, so feel free to dance the night away, before getting the provided bus back! visit or call 01938 810441. places are limited, so book early!

attempt to get as high as they can up the bridleway from the Dysynni valley within the 10 hour attempt. A second small team will take part in the ‘Sheep Station Sortie’ – a round-trip to Haffoty Gwastadfryn, half way up the mountain. The rides, which are being coordinated by SnowBikers on behalf of the ‘Challenge your Boundaries’ adaptive mountain bike project, aim to raise the profile of adaptive MTB within the UK, and to raise money for the project, for the local mountain rescue team, and for a military charity helping injured service personnel.

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Reasons to visit Cheshire CyCling Cheshire has a wealth of cycle routes, which offer a fantastic way to see the sites, helping to keep you fit at the same time! The 176-mile Cheshire Cycleway circuits the entire county and is an exhilarating mix of flat roads, challenging hills, quiet lanes and towpaths passing many of the region’s major landmarks and attractions on the way. History For those looking for a day out packed with history and character, Chester is a great place to start! The Romans established this magnificent heritage city over 2,000 years ago, naming it Deva after the spirit of the River Dee. One can’t help but be overawed by the largest stone-built Roman amphitheatre in the country, a magnificent ancient wall that encircles the city, the thirteenth century half-timber galleries known as The Rows and Chester Cathedral which has been a place of worship for more than a thousand years. gardens Cheshire boasts some of the finest ornamental gardens in the UK. In fact, more than one in eight of all garden visits in Britain take place in the area. Cheshire’s Peak District is home to six of Cheshire’s top ten Gardens of Distinction making this the obvious destination for green-fingered garden lovers of all ages. Why not make a date in your diary to visit the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park in July – you’re guaranteed a fun, family day out. sHopping Since opening in 1995, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet has welcomed an impressive 30 million visitors through its doors. With a quarter-million square feet of retail space, comprising more than 145 boutiques, restaurants and cafés, this shopper’s paradise has a wide range of stores, offering something to suit every taste. Highlights range from athletic labels, like Nike and Adidas, and highstreet favourites including Marks & Spencer and Next as well as a selection of iconic fashion brands, including Burberry, Polo and Hugo Boss. 18 yattaryattar magazine March/April 2013

Lady Lever Centenary Exhibition

As the saying goes, behind every good man is a good woman and the story of Lord and Lady Lever is no different. Lady Lever was the woman behind philanthropist and Unilever founder William Hesketh Lever and is the subject of a specially commissioned exhibition in the recently refurbished Port Sunlight Museum. ‘The exhibition attempts to uncover the real Elizabeth Ellen Hulme by exploring her upbringing, her relationships with her childhood sweetheart husband, their only son, and the residents of Port Sunlight, as well as the village’s reaction to her untimely death. It will feature personal items on loan to us, including Lady Lever’s blotting pad, and personal photograph albums,’ says Stuart Irwin, collections and exhibitions officer at Port Sunlight Museum. Port Sunlight Museum has recently undergone refurbishment in preparation for the special exhibition. Biffa Award, a fund which awards grants to community and environmental projects, have part funded the plan, which saw the refurbishment of the museum’s gift shop and the creation of a special exhibitions gallery. Museum Manager Katherine Lynch said: ‘This exhibition marks not only the centenary of Lady Lever’s death, but is also the first event in a year of celebration to mark Port Sunlight’s 125th anniversary. Our visitors are always keen to know more about the family and this is our way of starting to fill that gap in the storyline. Our refurbished Museum and newly created exhibition room provide a welcoming space for visitors to enjoy the Museum’s special exhibition area as well as improved permanent installations.’ To find out more please call the visitor services team on 0151 644 6466.

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Curiouser & curiouser!

Author, Lewis Carroll, was born in Daresbury, Warrington in 1832 and today, visitors to the All Saints Church in the town can view a beautiful memorial to him in the form of a striking stained glass window. This unusual feature portrays scenes and characters from Carroll’s iconic book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and was funded by fans and enthusiasts of the writer in 1932. Carroll, whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, was baptised in the church – his father was the vicar there, and many of the weird and wonderful characters that feature in Lewis Carroll’s books are thought to have been inspired by the strange carvings within the church itself.

l The Kings schOOl chamBer OrchesTra The chamber orchestra returns to St Mary’s Centre by popular request on 6th March with a programme of orchestral music, together with solos and ensembles. l chesTer inTernaTiOnal Film

Hot Pink Flamingos

Chester Zoo’s birds and animals are leading the march on climate change in a special exhibition. The elegant Caribbean and Chilean flamingos, red-breasted geese and corals in the aquarium take centre stage in the thought-provoking trail that encourages visitors to ‘make change, not carbon.’ Originally designed and exhibited at Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, Hot Pink Flamingos has found a new home in the UK, bringing its ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ policy to a new audience. Beginning in the zoo’s Joseph Banks Room and including a kitchen with tips on how to ‘Be a Hero at Home,’ the exhibition looks at alternative energy and encourages visitors to share their climate change stories. The exhibition then continues with messages at the flamingos, penguins, aquarium and Europe on the Edge aviary. Maggie Esson, education programme manager of the zoo’s Discovery and Learning Division, says: ‘Hot Pink Flamingos aims to inspire both current and future The ‘knee’ of the generations about the impact of climate change on the world around them. flamingo is actually ‘We all have a responsibility in tackling an ankle joint and climate change and one of the best ways to get this message across is to use our the lower leg bends own inspiring animals.’

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FesTival From the 2nd to the 12th of March. Visit www.chesterfilmfans. for more information.

l UrBan legends aT The JOhn PrescOTT TheaTre Join the students of West Cheshire College on 5th March to discover where twisted folklore tales originate, and investigate how these stories evolved over the years.

l rOgUes’ gallery A free performance, art and digital media festival taking place in empty shops around Chester city centre from the 14th until 24th March.

l Then and nOW: mUsic FOr resT and cOnTemPlaTiOn Chester Cathedral (pictured above) will host the Chester Music Society Choir as they perform the work of Hubert Parry on 16th March. Parry’s first major works appeared in 1880 and some of his contemporaries rated him as the finest English composer since Henry Purcell.

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Celebrating Easter at Tatton Park

mUsic FesTival Between 28th March – 1st April. Visit www. for info.

This Easter weekend (30th March – 1st April), head to Tatton Park (also pictured above left), where there are a variety of events suitable for all the family. Children are sure to enjoy the Beatrix Potter themed Easter event. There will be activities taking place across the park, including story telling in the library and a Peter Rabbit puppet show. A collection of some of Beatrix Potter’s finest watercolours will also be on display in the mansion. There will be plenty of Beatrix Potter treats in the shops and restaurants – perfect if you want a memento of your day! Also taking place over Easter weekend is Tatton Park’s Easter Crafts and Shopping Fair. The fair will be packed with home décor and furnishing ideas, arts and crafts, and plenty of gifts for the whole family. Standard admission fees apply for both the fair and the Beatrix Potter event. For creative visitors, there will be a 3D Insect Workshop Willow Weaving Session. This workshop is suitable for adults and children alike. Join Sarah Gallagher Hayes, willow sculptor and artist and receive expert tuition to create your own beautiful willow sculptures. Book via Sarah on 07889 507348 or email The workshop is £35 per person. Go to to see what else is on at Tatton Park over the spring. Enquiries can also be made by calling 01625 374400.

l ansTOn engine mUseUm easTer sUnday OPening The Anston Engine Museum opens for a new season on 31st March and 1st April. Pop along to see the exciting changes that have taken place over the winter months!

l sandBach TransPOrT FesTival Head to Sandbach for the Transport Festival on 21st April. Take a look at www.sandbachtransportfestival. to find out more.

l BlUeBell WalKs Head to Bluebell Cottage Gardens from 22nd April to 5th May for guided tours around the gardens. Go online to www.

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A walk on the wild side

With 44 Wildlife reserVes Across cheshire, the cheshire Wildlife trust looks After A huge rAnge of hAbitAts, And the mAnY species thAt reside there. if You feel like Venturing out into the Wilds this spring, the trust hAs plentY of eVents. l sundAY 10th mArch, 9Am – 12pm: birds At breAkfAst head along to riley moss, Warrington to meet with resident bird experts. You’ll be taught how to recognise some of the birds you might find on your travels or in your garden not only by sight, but by sound as well. l thursdAY 14th mArch, 7pm – 9pm: Wild eVening With nick bAker Join in the fun with Wildlife Watch president, explorer and tV presenter nick baker at hallmark hotel near Wilmslow for an evening that’s perfect for wildlife lovers of all ages. l sAturdAY 16th And sundAY 17th mArch, 10Am – 3pm: AmphibiAn surVeY trAining head to bickley hall farm near Malpas to find out about their native amphibians (including newts, pictured below), and learn the skills needed to help carry out amphibian surveys at nearby wetlands. there will be a chance to practice the skills you have learnt in the afternoon. l sundAY 21st April, 8Am – 12pm: birds At bickleY Join the trust and leading cheshire bird expert and cWt trustee neil friswell at bickley hall farm for the chance to see the wildlife that flourishes at the site. make sure to bring waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear, as well as binoculars if you own them. booking is essential. more information about the cheshire Wildlife trust and their events can be found at www. if you want to reserve your place at any of the events, you can book by calling 01948 820728 or by emailing

Head to the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port this Easter to see a wonderful meeting of narrow boats from all across the UK. Boats will begin to arrive at the museum on Friday 29th March, and the festival will continue for three days until Monday 1st April. As well as a showcase of historic narrow boats, the festival will also include demonstrations of traditional crafts, lectures, lock demonstrations, a battle of the tugs, tours of the museum’s heritage boat yard and plenty more. Throughout the weekend, the café and barbeque will be on hand should you get peckish, there will also be a mini real ale festival – what more could you possibly want? The festival will also see the gathering of shanty singers from across Europe, who will be performing their atmospheric songs among the museum’s historic dock buildings and renowned boat collection, with formal shanty concerts taking place on the Friday and Saturday evening. Tickets for these concerts are available from Shanty UK on their website: To find out more about the National Waterways Museum and to see the other events they have on offer, head to

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‘Cheat and the cheese will show’ and ‘you might as well try to choose a wife for a man as choose his cheese’ are proverbs dating back to medieval times. Cheese has an important role in tradition and folklore. For instance, there are two public houses in London, the legendary Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in Fleet Street (over four hundred years old and a landmark in the area) and The Cheshire Cheese which stands in Temple. But why ‘cheese’ and why ‘Cheshire’? Salt and cheese were traditional products from Cheshire since before the Norman Invasion. In fact, cheese was a means of payment for farm tenants. Anecdotes on the matter populate Cheshire’s history, such as the one about an archbishop who was presented by the Countess of Chester with deers’ milk cheese! Cheshire cheese has a dense and crumbly texture and is famous for being one of the oldest recorded named cheeses in British history, cited in books since the 12th century. Cheshire cheese was the most widely popular product in late 18th century. Sources mention 10,000 yearly tonnes produced by 1823! The county remains an important manufacturer and has held the prestigious Nantwich International Cheese Awards since 1897.

Jodrell Bank Events

girls night out Saturday 9th March, 7pm. Calling all budding astronettes, star-lettes and cosmic girls! Jodrell Bank wants girls to enjoy astronomy as a career or a hobby and banish any fear of geekery that one might have! The evening is an opportunity for women and girls to come and have fun and learn more about the night sky. £12 per person, suitable for 12 years or over. Call 01477 571 766 to book. nest boX building Sunday 10th March, 10am to 12pm. Join the leaders from Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers building nest boxes to be installed in the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre Gardens. There will be expert guidance putting nest box kits together for children (five years and up), adult supervision is required. There will be other activities for all the family – why not make a simple bird feeder to take home – and lots of hints and tips on gardening for wildlife. Leaders will also be on hand to run nature investigations and expeditions in the gardens. This event is free however normal admission applies. loVell lecture With professor philip diAmond Thursday 11th April 2013, 7:30pm. Professor Diamond says: ‘The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the next generation radio telescope and will be the largest scientific instrument ever built. It is an international project, with 11 countries involved to date, and the project headquarters is based in a new building at Jodrell Bank Observatory. The SKA is being designed to address some of the most fundamental scientific questions that face humanity, from studying the physics of the dawn of the cosmos, through probing Einstein’s predicted gravitational waves to understanding the origins of life itself. I will describe the scope, goals and status of the SKA and provide a flavour of some of the technological challenges that face the design team.’Tickets: Adult £8 Children £6. Call 01477 571 766 to book. eAster Tuesday 2nd – Friday 5th and Monday 8th – Friday 12th April. Head to Jodrell Bank for some family fun at the Discovery Centre, where they’ll be exploring the planets in their interactive science shows and unveiling a fantastic new exhibit in the Planet Pavilion! Science shows 11:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm, Pre-booking is recommended. Suitable for children over five.

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Eaton Hall Gardens Charity Open Day Sunday 31 March 2013


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Charity open day attractions • 88 acres of gardens • 400ft Camellia Walk • Chester Wind Band • Carriage museum

• Katie the steam train • Falconry displays • Shetland pony carriage driving • Family history room • Easter egg trail

Gates open 10.30am to 5pm Parking from 10am / Last entry 4.30pm £6 Adults /£1.50 Children All proceeds to: – Chester Childbirth Appeal – Motor Neurone Disease Association Cheshire – Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Chester – Three Villages Project

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Dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead

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Victorian Easter fun and egg dancing Join the residents at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge in Shropshire as they celebrate Easter over the bank holiday from Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April. A highlight will be the unusual pastime of egg dancing, which will take place opposite the Print Shop. Once blindfolded, the townsfolk will dance across the street without stepping on eggs that are carefully placed along their route. After the demonstration, visitors are invited to have a go with mini Easter eggs and lollies as rewards for all who complete the course without stepping on an egg! You can also take part in the ‘hunt the chick’ competition, following a trail of clues around the recreated Victorian town, or join a singalong in the New Inn Public House and try hands-on workshops as well as watch open-air performances by the Prince Albert Players and Kaleidoscope Theatre. Families should come wearing their best Easter Bonnets, as the Town’s Milliner will be judging the finest creations at 2pm in the Pleasure Gardens; there will be a prize for the winner and every youngster taking part receives an Easter egg. Open 10am to 5pm Blists Hill is one of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing entry into all ten museums, valid for twelve months and unlimited return visits costs £24 per adult, £19 for over 60s, and £65 for a family of two adults and all their children. Activities and workshops vary day to day and some carry an extra charge in addition to the museum admission fee. Individual museum entry tickets are also available. For further information, contact the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on 01952 433 424 or visit

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Special events with Cambrian Heritage Railways

Both the Llynclys and Oswestry stations of the Cambrian Heritage Railways open for business this year on Friday 29th March, just in time for an Easter outing, and there are also special events at both stations to help make your visit special. Sunday 31St March Head to the Llynclys station on Easter Sunday to see the Easter Bunny himself. Take the children to join the Easter egg hunt and watch the magic show. Train rides and several other activities will be taking place all day. Saturday 20th april The Oswestry station will host a heritage transport day, so head there for a fantastic opportunity to view vintage motorcycles, cars, and a special collection of Morris Minors. Bring back yesteryear with a good helping of nostalgia! Don’t forget to check Cambrian Heritage Railways’ website for all the latest news, or to see a full timetable. Go to You can also call for more information or to make a booking for a special event on 01691 688763.

Spring steam at Severn Valley

Severn Valley Railway will get their new season off to a flying start with their Spring Steam Gala! Taking place from the 22nd to the 24th March, the gala is a must-see for any train enthusiast, and includes a great collection of visiting locomotives, as well as a comprehensive train service. Tickets can be bought for one, two or all three days. Book online at or over the phone by calling 01299 403816. There’s something for the younger members of the family on the 27th and 28th April as Peppa Pig and George will be making guest appearances at intervals throughout the day. Other children’s attractions will also be available.

Oswestry market

Markets have been a major part of the trading and historical importance of Oswestry for many centuries, and the Wednesday and Saturday outdoor markets still create a wide range of traders with hustle and bustle, colour and excitement to interest visitors and shoppers alike. There’s also an excellent Farmers’ Market held on the last Friday of every month. The hall underwent a £125,000 transformation, over overseen by top designers Sir Terence Conran and Tara Bernerd, after Oswestry Town Council won a competition organised by The Times and Mydeco website design experts. Following this major refurbishment programme, Oswestry’s Powis Market Hall was formally re-opened for business in May 2012, when the 8th Earl of Powis John George Herbert who ‘cut the ribbon’ and unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion. Oswestry Markets boast arrange of specialist retailers from cake supplies, sewing repairs, home brew, welsh goods and party wares and a host of other things. If you like collectables and antiques there are four great shops to rummage through at your leisure and when you feel like you need refreshing there’s an excellent cafe. There’s also a fantastic quality butcher and fishmonger and an excellent delicatessen which sells a huge variety of cheeses. ‘To continue to remain viable and relevant, our markets need to keep pace with changes within the town, its demographics and the expectations of shoppers,’ said David Clough, Oswestry Town Council markets manager. The weekly market in Look out for their market events which can be found on the town Oswestry was given its council’s website

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charter in 1190, and with over 100 stalls it’s the largest market in the Welsh borders

Jack Mytton: a peculiar Salopian

By Carmen Diaz-Gutierrez John ‘Jack’ Mytton was a country esquire, born on the 30th September 1796 in Halston to John Mytton and Sarah Harriett. His family lineage went back as far as 1373, when Reginald de Mutton was representing the Borough of Shrewsbury under Edward III. Jack Mytton was privately educated, but his attendance to school and university were extremely short-lived – he was expelled over and over again due to his unruly and mischievous character. While his academic achievements were nothing impressive, his personal life certainly was! He was a mixture of debauched, eccentric, daredevil, notable huntsman and exceptional sportsman. He reportedly owned 2,000 dogs, a bear (called Nell) which he used to torment friends, servants and neighbours, and a favourite horse (named Baronet) which was given free range inside Halston Hall. This colourful combination gave him the nickname of ‘Mad Jack’. Mytton tried a career in the army and in politics. In 1819, following the family tradition, he became a Tory MP for Shrewsbury by bribing his constituents. However, he was not apt for the politic world, as he found his parliamentary duties boring. He declined to stand in a future election in 1820, only to come back again in 1831 as a Whig candidate, though he was not elected this time. After gambling and erratically spending his entire fortune through the years, he escaped to France to avoid criminal prosecution and creditors. When he returned to England, he was apprehended and sent to the Debtors’ Prison in King’s Bench, London, where he died destitute on 29 March 1834. When his funeral was held in Shrewsbury, many shops closed as a sign of respect. John ‘Jack’ Mytton’s memory still lives in Shropshire, with a beautiful path named ‘The Jack Mytton Way’ in mid and south Shropshire, and a bar and inn, Mad Jack’s, in Shrewsbury, among the places carrying his name.

What’s On in Brief l The POnTesBury POTTer The 13-mile run or ramble returns once again on the 9th March! Held in aid of Severn Hospice and takes participants through often unseen Shropshire countryside. It is £10 to sign up to the event, and £5 for under 16s. Find out more at l WenlOck OlymPian live arTs Join this annual festival between the 13th and 17th March in Much Wenlock. There are competitive classes in dance, music and creative writing for children and young people aged 18 and under. Go to www. wenlock-olympian-society. for more information. l sPring craFT Fair Head to Oswestry Memorial Hall on the 16th March between 10am and 4pm to see a wide range of craft stalls with great ideas for Easter gifts. There will also be morning coffee and afternoon teas with homemade cakes. All proceeds to the Enablise Project charity. l The FrOn male vOice chOir aT sT chad’s church, shreWsBury. The Fron Male Voice Choir (Voices of the Valley) will be performing to help Cuan House Wildlife Rescue on 16th March at 7:30pm. Contact the Cuan House Charity Shop in Much Wenlock on 01952 726750 for tickets, which are £15 each.

Spring events at hawkstone Park hotel

nestled in the heart of the beautiful shropshire countryside, hawkstone Park is set amid 400 acres of scenery, and boasts two championship golf courses and the unique 18th century follies. as well as being a wonderful setting for short breaks, weddings and celebrations, hawkstone Park hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Why not enjoy one of them this spring? l sunday 10Th march Mother’s Day Lunch Spoil your mother – it’s her day after all! Enjoy a threecourse Sunday lunch in the Hawkstone restaurant, including a special gift for mums. l Friday 29Th march – mOnday 1sT aPril Easter Fun in Hawkstone Follies Search the Follies for clues and win an Easter egg! Find the Easter Bunny hopping about the caves and getting into mischief with his pals! l sunday 31sT march Sunday Lunch and Egg Hunt Enjoy Sunday lunch in the Hawkstone restaurant while the children can take part in an Easter egg hunt on the croquet lawn. For more information about Hawkstone Park Hotel and to see special offers and events throughout the year, visit

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l shreWsBury inTernaTiOnal carTOOn FesTival Cartoonists and caricaturists will be let loose in the streets of Shrewsbury between the 19th and 21st April. Workshops, exhibitions and entertainment will be taking place in various venues throughout the town. Visit www. shrewsburycartoonfestival. com to find out more!

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Oswestry ‘Festival of the Word’ Events Listing l 8th March, 7:30pM Oswestry Cricket Club, Tickets: £6 BULLETS & DAFFODILS Musical tribute to Wilfred Owen with Chloe Torpey and full supporting cast. Book on 01691 662244 or mail@ Walk on by... spring is the perfect time for a stroll with your loved ones so why not leave the car at l 4th – 9th March, 7:30pM Attfield Theatre, Tickets: £6 home and venture out. Nobody welcomes the hour lost in the morning when the clocks DEATHTRAP A wonderful performance in store go forward at the end of March, but the upside is that we get an extra hour of daylight with this fine production of the famous play by in which to explore our natural surroundings in the evenings. Ira Levin. Book on 01691 680222. ready, Steady, SloW! 10th March, 3pM Hold a snail race! On a flat surface, draw a large circle then mark the centre with a The Marches, Tickets: £10/£5 MICHAEL MORPURGO, AUTHOR OF smaller one. This smaller circle will be your starting line. Gently collect your competitors WARHORSE. Book on 01691 662244 or mail@ from your garden, and place them in the inner circle – the winning snail will be the first to reach the edge of the outer circle. snails like damp conditions so keep the course 11th March, 7pM watered and remember to put them back where you found them when the fun is over. Booka Bookshop, Tickets: £5 Full oF beanS THE BOOKSHOP BAND IN CONCERT, as seen at the Hay Festival, live in Oswestry. You don’t need to be particularly green-fingered when it comes to runner beans 12th March, 7:30pM as they are one of the easiest vegetables to grow and take up very little space. With The Ironworks, Tickets: Free just a little love and attention, they can reach heights of two metres and by the time POETS’ HOWL Local poets’ open mic night. summer comes round the plants will be sporting beautiful flowers as well. For the best Email to perform. results, sow seeds about two inches deep and nine inches apart in beds, borders or 13th March, 2pM, large containers of potting compost. Provide wigwams of canes for support –they can THE WALLs, Tickets: £25 HOW TO GET PUBLISHED & CREATIVE WRITING double up as an ornamental feature. Workshop with Alison Baverstock. Get hot and croSS 13th March, 7pM Treat your loved ones to a batch of traditional Easter hot cross Oswestry Library, Tickets: £4 buns! see our tasty recipe on page 77. STORY OF BEATRICE CADBURY with Jelly JeWellery! Fiona Joseph. Book on 01691 677388 or Here is a great alternative to those calorie-laden Easter 14th March, 7:30pm eggs! simply pierce your favourite-coloured jellybeans with On the first day of Spring Oswestry Library, Tickets: £4 a needle and thread them on to a piece of string to make (or vernal equinox, VOICES FROM THE TOUCHLINE bright, tasty, inexpensive gifts for the youngsters in your life! Football correspondents Ian Herbert meaning ‘spring’ and and James Bond with beer by ‘equal night’) there are stonehouse Brewery. 12 hours of daylight and 16th March, 2:30pM The Marches, Tickets: £8/£4 12 hours of darkness THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS Fantastic musical production for children. Book on 01691 662244 or Haunted LudLow the 18th century nurseryman with 17th March, 2pM CastLe shropshire the sweet Pea festival, which hosts a Oswestry Library, Tickets: £2 is famous for its ghosts variety of popular events and competitions. YIKES! THERE’S A DALEK IN THE LIBRARY! Come and one in particular; face-to-face with a real Dalek – if you dare! Marion de la Bruyere LoCaL CeLeBRity Prolific author edith Pargeter Book at Oswestry Library. haunts Ludlow Castle was born in the shropshire village of Horsehay in 1913. 18th March, 7pM almost 900 years after she created many literary characters, perhaps the most Booka Bookshop, Tickets: pay what you wish her death. Late one memorable being Brother Cadfael, the Benedictine WILFRED OWEN: LIFE & LETTERS with Oswestry evening, Marion agreed Monk with a talent for solving mysterious crimes. Parspeakers Club and salt solutions. Book on to meet her suitor (an geter wrote 21 detective novels starring Cadfael, many 01691 662244. enemy of the castle’s lord) and lowered a rope from of which were filmed for television in the 1990s. though 19th March, 7:30pM the high tower for him to climb. Her double-crossing she had used several different names as a writer, it was Holy Trinity, Tickets: £16 lover left the rope dangling which allowed his soldiers not until 1959 that she first used the more recognisable ENDELLION STRING QUARTET with ANDREW to gain access to the castle. Realising his betrayal, pseudonym of ellis Peters. the much-loved writer died MOTION. Call Oswestry school on 01691 she cut his throat with his own sword and then threw in shrewsbury in 1995 following a stroke. 681135 to book. herself from the tower onto the rocks below. 22nd March, 7pM stone Me! shropshire’s geology is extremely The Walls, Tickets: £15 Pea, PeRfeCt Pea! Besides having one of the diverse with over 300 geologically important sites IN CONVERSATION WITH KATE ATKINSON shortest names in Britain, the shropshire town containing a great variety of rocks and fossils Kate Atkinson speaks about her new book, of wem is responsible for giving the world the dating back over 660 million years. areas like Life After Life. Ticket includes a copy of the beautiful sweet pea. Horticulturist Henry eckford Ludlow and wenlock edge have even given their hardback. Book on 01691 662244 or mail@ crossbred and developed the plants until he came up names to geological periods, and one of the world’s with the highly scented flowers common today. evoldest known complete fossils was discovered in ery July the town of wem commemorates the life of shropshire at Caradoc.

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RAF Cosford to Mark Aviation Milestones

The 75th anniversary of RAF Cosford will be one of three special milestones marked at the RAF Cosford Air Show in June 2013. The Air Show will take place on Sunday 9th June and will also celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Spitfire entering RAF service and the 40th anniversary of the Jaguar aircraft. At the centre of last year’s event were four former RAF jets: two Jaguar GR3s, which taxied into position alongside a Jaguar T4 and a Harrier GR3. The Jaguar first entered RAF service in 1973 and was decommissioned in 2007. Wg Cdr Wilson says he planned to build on the Air Show’s achievements in 2012 by making the event even more exciting in 2013. There would be more military displays, a bigger exhibition area and hospitality areas catering for families and corporate guests. A special ‘Cosford Club’ will also be established, offering up to 200 visitors a unique opportunity to see behind-the-scenes and enjoy the Air Show from a prime viewing area. One lucky club member will also get the chance to take a ‘taxi’ ride in the back of a Jaguar (pictured right). Reinforcing the Air Show’s commitment to support local industry and business, Wg Cdr Wilson says that where possible, he will be looking to increase the £1.5 million boost given to the local economy by this year’s event. He adds: ‘If you come to RAF Cosford in June 2013 you will see respect l 8th March 2013 for our heritage, the integrity to Lee hurst – Too Scared To Leave get the job done, an attitude The houSe that puts service before self Hilarious comedian Lee Hurst is back and a desire for excellence in on the road with his new show, Too all that we do.’ Scared to Leave the House. Lee casts his comedy eyes over the many end-of-theMaster Aircrew Chas world scare stories from acid rain and McHugh (pictured above), global warming to bird flu and mad cow an aviation artist, who was disease as well as other ‘apocalyptic present at last year’s event, disaster predictions’ that never has designed the artwork for were. While there is no swearing in this performance, the content is the upcoming Air Show. Chas, definitely adult-orientated and is who lives in Shropshire, has served in the RAF for 35 years. He Volunteer American recommended for adults only. is currently a helicopter crewman instructor. airmen flew as part Tickets priced £20 in advance (£25 on the gate) are on l 8th – 9th apriL 2013 sale at Gift vouchers are also on We’re GoinG on a Bear hunT of the RAF as ‘Eagle Michael Rosen’s award-winning sale. Standard admission tickets are free for children under 16 Squadron’ from 1940 book We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is when they are accompanied by an adult.

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Wild about Wildlife! Now that spring is finally rolling around after the long winter, it’s the perfect opportunity to get out and see what the outdoors has to offer. Get a little guidance with these events from the Shropshire Wildlife Trust. 20th March 2013, 7:30p 7:30pM – WiLDfLOWers anD their MeDicinaL u uses Join local medicinal herbalist Natalie Morris for an informative talk on the healing power of plants, taking place at the Methodist Church Hall, Castle Street, Oswestry. 17th apriL 2013, 9pM – the BirDs Bir anD WiLDLife at venus pOOL Jim Almond, a renowned local photographer and keen twitcher, will be talking to us about the habitats of Venus Pool, the Shropshire Ornithological Society’s marvellous wetland near Cressage, which attracts a variety of wildlife and birds. This event will take place at the Methodist Church Hall, Castle Street, Oswestry.

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21st apriL 2013, 11aM spring WaLk in the OsWestry hiLLs This six mile guided walk in the Oswestry Hills takes in Trefonen, Craig Sytchyn, Jones Rough and the Moelydd. This is a beautiful time of year to see these areas. Bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink and be aware there are some steep sections on this walk. Meet at Trefonen Village Hall ready to set off at 11am. Return at approximately 3pm. These events have been organised by the Oswestry branch. For each talk, there will be a charge of £2 members and £3 non-members. Any queries should be sent to maggieswt@

brought vividly and noisily to the stage in director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile lively score. Join our intrepid adventurers on their quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure – plus a few special surprises! l 20th apriL 2013 suggs – My Life STory The Madness frontman takes to the stage in a hilarious, yet moving, one man tour de force playing to rave reviews. l 26th apriL 2013 Dave spikey Inspired by Dave’s fascination with the vagaries of the English language, this hilarious new show examines many of life’s situations where words really don’t come easy. These include tongue-tied parents explaining the facts of life, ridiculous newspaper stories, rubbish school trips, magazine poems, adolescent chat-up lines, TV news speak and an extended selection of song lyrics that range from the lazy through surreal to the ridiculous. Visit for full theatre listings. Book your tickets online or by calling 01952 382382.


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Derwen sponsored walk Sunday 24th March, 2pm

Derwen College is making its yearly rallying cry to supporters, people of Oswestry and anyone who loves a hike in the countryside, to join up for its annual ten-mile sponsored walk. The walk starts in Oswestry, where walkers gather in Willow Street with a party atmosphere as friends old and new greet each other and catch up. At 2pm, they’re off. First, heading towards the Old Racecourse, perched atop the 1,000 ft hill. The sport of kings has long been abandoned at the racecourse, now a common crossed by Offa’s Dyke Trail. The fabulous vista across the Shropshire and Cheshire Plains and Wales is breath-taking. On through villages and hamlets of Selattyn, Hengoed and Gobowen, with their stone cottages, old churches, traditional inns and railway, finishing at the college itself. A fine tea, provided by the catering department, awaits the weary, well-deserving walker. Derwen College, graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, is a specialist further education college for young people with a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities. It has considerable expertise working with people who have autistic spectrum conditions, severe learning difficulties, communication difficulties, physical disabilities, epilepsy and other health needs. Proceeds from last year’s event were dedicated to replacing the college’s much-loved but aging holiday chalet in Barmouth. This year the targets are the landscaping of the new Jubilee Garden, in front of the Food Centre, and a new minibus. Students will be out fundraising in force. Please come and join them, it’ll be a great afternoon out. Or, if you can’t be there, please sponsor a student to walk on your behalf. Ring 01691 661234 for full details and sponsorship forms or visit

What’s On at Theatre Severn What’s On at Whittington Castle

l Sunday 3rd March, King EdWardS’ SchOOl living hiStOry The King Edwards’ School Living History Group, the only school-based re-enactment group of its kind in the country, comes to Whittington Castle to demonstrate how people lived in years gone by. l Sunday 31St March EaStEr Egg hunt Head to Whittington Castle this Easter to take part in their Easter Egg Hunt among the historic ruins.

l 7th March 2013 The Good old days of Music hall Enjoy this brand new show for all ages that celebrates the good old days of musical entertainment. Starring the legendary comedian and entertainer Jimmy Cricket, star of stage TV and the Royal Variety Show, backed by a full company of singers, specialty acts, a live band and much more. l 26th March 2013 ThaT’ll Be The day The UK’s most successful rock ‘n’ roll production returns to Theatre Severn to present their unique comedy along with golden hits from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

l 14th april 2013 MiliTary Wives The evening will commence l WEdnESday 3rd – Sunday 14th with The Band of the Royal april, WrExhaM art grOup Anglican Regiment. ExhibitiOn The performing choir, A free to enter comprising both exhibition of artwork local and national by the members of choir members of the Wrexham Art Whittington Castle is The Military Wives Group. As well as Foundation will plenty of artwork unique as the only close the second to look at, there will castle in the UK which is part of this very also be artwork for special evening sale at reasonable owned and managed by with a guest prices. a community of choirmaster. Proceeds from Visit www. local residents this concert will go to The Military Wives for more information Foundation. about Whittington Castle

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Mother’s Day origins

Mother’s Day in the UK falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent, and as with Easter, the date varies thanks to the changing dates of Lent, so the celebration can fall on any Sunday in March or early April. This year, Mother’s Day falls on the 10th March. Mothering Sunday began as a Christian festival during the 17th century, when people working away from home would return to their mother church (the church at which they had been baptised). Thanks to the practice at the time of sending children as young as ten away to work in the houses of the rich or as apprentices, this day would often be one of the few opportunities that children had to see their mothers. When the changes of lifestyle that accompanied the Industrial Revolution meant fewer children were sent away to work, the celebration of Mothering Sunday became less widespread, to be revived in the twentieth century. Traditional Mothering Sunday Gifts Several of the traditional gifts given to mothers on this day were indulgent foods. Simnel cake is traditionally associated with both Mothering Sunday and Easter. It is a light fruit cake with two layers of marzipan – one in the middle and one on top. Traditionally, the cake is topped with 11 marzipan balls to represent the 12 disciples minus Judas. The cake’s association with Mothering Sunday began when young girls in service would make them to take home to their mothers.

l 15th and 16th april 2013 The Gruffalo’s child One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist, does he? Suitable for children aged three and over. l 18th april 2013 The MaGic of MoToWn Join an all-star cast for an all-new show of 36 massive hits from the Motown greats, including The Supremes, Temptations, the Jackson 5 and many more! Visit Theatre Severn’s website at www. to see full theatre listings. Book your tickets for any of their wonderful shows online or by calling the box office on 01743 281281.

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Yattar Reviews

Our writers attend the best local shows to bring you their views from the theatre… Hard Rock Hell! The seventh annual Hard Rock

Hell took place at Hafan y Môr Holiday Park near Pwllheli from 29th November through until 3rd December. This huge event featured performances from 73 bands and musical artists, spread out over two stages for four solid days of rock! I was lucky enough to be able to attend on the Friday, and from the moment I stepped into one of the two arenas (which due to the weather, I was very glad were indoors!) I knew I was in for a treat. The place was already packed, and the show seemed to already be in full swing. With so much going on, it would have been impossible for me to see everything that Hard Rock Hell had to offer, but by wandering between the two stages, I managed to catch outstanding performances from Motherlode, Buffalo Summer, Serpentine, Blackfoot, Molly Hatchet and Sebastian Bach before I had to finally call it quits at midnight. Overall, Hard Rock Hell was a fantastic show, with a great atmosphere and some wonderful performances, and is certainly an event that I would recommend to any rock fans! EJA

Whole Lotta Love! The 1976 film, The Song Remains the Same marked a new musical

chapter in my life and was a far cry from my previous David Cassidy addiction. Led Zeppelin captivated me with their energy and profound lyrics so comprehensively that, when I had the opportunity to go and see what I’d been told was a fantastic tribute band, 37 years later, I jumped at the chance! I was not disappointed – the atmosphere at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn was buzzing with anticipation and when Hats Off to Led Zeppelin took to the stage, I was instantly transported back to yesteryear… what a night! The haunting and powerful vocals of front man, Peter Eldridge bore an uncanny resemblance to Robert Plant and the guitarist, Jack Tanner was, quite simply, amazing – so much so that I had to keep checking to make sure that it wasn’t Jimmy Page himself on stage! Hats off to Led Zeppelin are a serious tribute band and it comes as no surprise to learn that they are managed by Warren Grant, son of the late Peter Grant who was Zeppelin’s legendary manager in the 70s. Thanks, lads, for reawakening my love of music from my teenage years and doing it so perfectly! Hats off to Led Zeppelin have already begun their 2013 tour and will be playing at a venue near you soon. Visit their website AWH

Dick Whittington Theatr Clwyd started the New Year in style with Dick Whittington – the

Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto by the winning combination of writer and director Peter Rowe and designer Judith Croft. Set against the backdrop of glitzy London town, the traditional tale of Dick Whittington begins with the celebrations of Lord Mayor’s Day. Until panto villain King Rat pops up to ruin the celebrations, as he seduces young Alice Fitzwarren into his slimy sewer. Not to worry though as Dick Whittington and Taffy the Cat set off in hot pursuit… In a panto of such talent it’s difficult to choose a favourite, but any man comwho pulls off dancing Gangnam Style in a bright red lycra body-suit, com plete with bouncing boobs deserves credit – hats off to Phylip Harries who played Sarah the Cook with superb energy! With slapstick, double-entendres, and spine-tingling singing voices, Dick Whittington is a family-fun, seasonal smash. I can’t wait to see Theatr Clwyd’s panto next year! ES

Jack and the Beanstalk Christmas 2012 saw the

return of Evolution Productions to Theatre Severn with their version of the pantomime classic, Jack and the Beanstalk. The show follows on from the outstanding success of last year’s pantomime, Aladdin. Jack and the Beanstalk was directed by Brad Fitt, who also played the hilarious pantomime dame. The rest of the cast were entertaining and equally funny. Highlights of the show included an actual giant and plenty of slapstick comedy all set to a soundtrack of contemporary music (including lots of Gangnam Style). Overall, Jack and the Beanstalk was a brilliant show, and a great example of top notch panto! JMK

Peter Pan

The annual pantomime at Llandudno’s Venue Cymru is always a huge crowd pleaser and this year’s festive offering was the usual assortment of thrills, spills, boos and hisses! Children’s TV favourite, Barney Harwood shone in the titular role and John Evans, a panto veteran of six years, managed to turn his character, Smee, into a lovable rogue even though he was one of Hook’s ‘baddies’. The time honoured audience participation included the inevitable Gangnam Style and the kids loved the sponge ‘rocks’ they were given to throw at the pirates. Parents had a chuckle at Smee’s warning to throw only ‘rocks’ provided by the cast – presumably to stop over enthusiastic kids launching their drink bottles and loose change at the hapless actors! This was a great show featuring realistic scenery, beautiful costumes, clever flying sequences and lots of fun. What made it even more special was that it was being filmed for the children at Great Ormond Street hospital as part of a world’s first Skype performance. GC

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A teacher writes…

Kelley-Jo Beattie speaks to Miss Linda It was the last day of school before we broke up for the Easter holidays, and while the other teachers had pleased their students by handing out pictures of Easter eggs with instructions to colour them in, I had a lesson planned to celebrate Spring, rather than Easter. The children were hyped up with the excitement of having two weeks off school and the expectation of giant chocolate eggs on Easter morning. ‘Okay class, we’re going outside for our lesson today.’ A cheer of excitement filled the room. Outside, I handed out a sheet of paper and pencils to each of the kids. ‘Draw the best flower or plant you can find and extra points if you know the name of it. You can work in groups but I want a drawing from every one. Ready? Go!’ I watched them grab onto their best friends and disperse across the field in groups of two and three… all except one pupil. Amelia always sat alone at lunch and never played with the other children at break time. I watched her wander off, clutching her paper and pencils, alone. While the majority or the children headed straight to the flowerbeds, I watched as Amelia walked around the edge of the field with her head down, scanning for plants. Eventually, she took a seat, mid-field, crossed her legs and started drawing. It was obvious she was drawing from memory and I was intrigued by what she would submit. When the bell rang, signaling the end of school for two weeks, I told the class to leave their drawings on my desk as they left. I sat looking through the drawings. I picked out the best drawings of daisies, roses and daffodils, to go up on the ‘Spring Time’ wall display andwhen I came across Amelia’s drawing. A beautifully drawn, brightly coloured Iris filled the page, which was skilled way beyond Amelia’s age. On the back was this message: To Miss Linda, Im sory I did not draw a flawer from outside but I drew a Iris becose my mummy named me Amelia Iris and when I go to sleep she tells me that Iris means rainbow and the name wil bring wisdom hope and compliments. She says Iris is her best flawer and its mine to so I drew it for you becose you are my best techer. Happy Easter y Love Amelia Iris Brown xxx


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Could love between a doll and a human be for real...or is it just a fairy tale? This delightful production from Moscow Ballet La Classique captures the imagination with the passion, humour and magic of the ballet.

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WALLED TOWNS Conwy Castle, historic medieval ruins sitting on the banks of the River Conwy in north Wales

Written in Stone Walled towns dotted the British Isles during the Middle Ages, with many dating back to Roman times. The walled towns of Chester and north Wales house a rich legacy of great treasure, fascinating history, and are a unique inheritance from times long past


ife during the Middle Ages was a raucous and dangerous affair. Rivalries between the king’s feudal lords and the common private armies led to much hostility, and fears of invasion, uprising and civil war made the erection of defensive walls around the towns a necessary security measure. Many settlements made use of existing Roman fortifications, adding to or strengthening as required. Towers were erected at regular intervals along the walls to be used for lookout points and as platforms from which to launch arrows and other missiles at potential

aggressors. Continuously guarded gates and gatehouses allowed the townspeople control over those who entered and left and a toll was charged to all visitors. The money raised from these tolls was spent on maintaining the settlement walls and the general upkeep of the communities within. The town wall was also considered a status symbol representing the wealth and independence of the communities they embraced. The 1640s – Civil War times – saw many town walls pressed back into service, with older medieval structures frequently reinforced with more modern earthwork

bastions and sconces. By the 18th century, however, most town walls were falling into disrepair: typically, they were sold off and demolished to make way for newer buildings as towns and cities expanded. Today, remnants of these fortifications can be seen all over Britain with notable sites to be found locally, in north Wales and the surrounding areas. Yattar Yattar shines its spotlight on some of these fascinating walled towns, all of which once had castles at their centre and all built (or built onto) by Edward I to consolidate the lands acquired by the Norman invaders.

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WALLED TOWNS Caernarfon Castle: still a breath-taking sight today


Denbigh Recorded as a small border Part of Denbigh’s town in the town walls 11th century, Denbigh, whose Welsh name, Dinbych means ‘small fort’, is probably named after the original hilltop castle belonging to the ancient Welsh princes, rather than the large Norman structure in evidence today – in fact, Denbigh is one of the largest and strongest walled towns in the whole of Wales. After defeating the Welsh in 1282, Edward I granted the town to Henry de Lacey, who became the first Lord of Denbigh. The impressive castle, along with the town walls, was completed not long afterwards. During the Wars of the Roses, the town was largely destroyed, subsequently moving from the hilltop to the area of the present town market In 1643, and became a refuge for a Royalist garrison during the English Civil War. Surrendering in 1646, the castle and town walls eventually fell into decay. However, there’s still plenty to see, including the gatehouse, fronted by two polygonal towers, and a large stretch of the town walls which can still be walked. Today Denbigh is a picturesque market town enhanced by buildings dating from the 16th century onwards; most of the centre is now a conservation area. The old town is concentrated around the castle, which was built on the side of a Roman settlement, and commands fine views over the Vale of Clwyd.

the approach to the Menai Strait and Anglesey. Begun in 1295, this castle was such a huge and costly project that it was never completed. A description from 1341 tells us, ‘The gatehouse and towers are incomplete and some are roofless.’ Records show that up to 400 masons, 2,000 labourers, 30 smiths and 200 carters, as well as numerous unskilled workers were engaged in the construction during the first year. Interestingly, the town of Beaumaris had no protective wall during this time. Limited foundations appear to have been set for a protective circuit, but despite requests from the townspeople in 1315, none was constructed. Owain Glyndwr took the town in 1403 and, once recaptured by English forces, a stone wall with three gates was built in 1407 in response, and maintained until the late 17th century. Although only a few fragments of the wall are still in evidence today, visitors to Beaumaris are attracted by its unique atmosphere, ancient buildings, narrow streets and the unfinished masterpiece which is Beaumaris Castle.

‘Town walls were a status symbol for their communities’

Beaumaris The medieval town of Beaumaris on the south coast of Anglesey was granted a charter by Edward I in 1294 and adopted its name from the Norman French ‘beau marais’, which translates as ‘beautiful marsh’. One of King Edward’s most complete and romantic-looking castles, Beaumaris was built to guard

Beaumaris Castle, a huge undertaking that was never completed


Conwy The town of Conwy is one of the great treasures of Wales. Positively bursting with history, architecture and beauty, the 13th century castle is just the icing on the cake. The castle forms part of the town’s original system of defence, which includes the 6ft thick, 35ft high town walls, much of which are still intact and accessible to visitors to the town. The views from the battlements are spectacular; looking out across mountains and sea and down to the roofless shell of the castle’s 125ft Great Hall. It is from these battlements that visitors can best appreciate Conwy’s ring of town walls, considered to be amongst the finest in Britain. Encircling the vast majority of the town, they were constructed between 1283 and 1287 after the foundation of Conwy by, you guessed it, Edward I! Stretching for three quarters of a mile and including 22 towers and three gatehouses, the town walls were constructed using a large


Dominated by its majestic and multitowered castle, Caernarfon guards the mouth of the Afon Seiont and the western end of the Menai Strait. The castle’s majestic persona was purposely reminiscent of the Walls of Constantinople and designed to symbolise domination over the Welsh people. At Caernarfon, as at Beaumaris and Conwy, English immigrants were encouraged to settle, in each case providing a significant nucleus for a future town. Edward I constructed the formidable town walls and imposing castle between 1283 and 1292 on the site of a motte and bailey castle and, even today, it’s a breathtaking sight with many of its towers

and ramparts intact. Powerful-looking walls extend from the castle and wind around the old town encompassing eight towers and two twin-towered gateways, surviving in places to battlement height. The narrow streets are lined with an array of fascinating buildings – some of these are Georgian and Victorian, but a few, including St Mary’s Church are much older. A visit to the castle is made yet more interesting by a number of informative exhibitions

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When the Romans arrived in Londinium, not everyone welcomed the new settlers. In AD 61, the native Iceni tribe, led by Queen Boudicca, rose up against the Romans. They razed Londinium to the ground, killing 30,000 inhabitants in the process. Londinium was rebuilt, this time with a defensive wall around the perimeter, and became a flourishing town, port and river crossing. Parts of this wall are still visible today – the most easily accessible spot to see it is beside the Tower of London.

St. ALbAnS

The Roman Wall of St Albans, which was built between AD 265 and 275 to defend the Roman city of Verulamium, can still be traced for most of its two-mile circuit. At its peak, the massive structure towered at a height of five metres and was topped by a walkway protected by a 1.8 metre parapet. The remaining parts of the structure reach the impressive height of four metres, and the surviving foundations of two towers and bastions as well as the remains of the impressive London Gate make the wall a popular tourist attraction.



‘Chester was one of three permanent Roman garrison towns in Britain’ number of labourers drafted in from England. At street level, the town of Conwy boasts a plethora of fine heritage sites including the half-timbered Aberconwy House, which has its origins in the 14th century, and the equally impressive Plas Mawr – a large mansion built for the Wynne family in 1576. The picturesque quay is another popular spot for visitors and has many attractions from Britain’s Smallest House to the Mussel Museum.

When Hadrian became Emperor in 117 AD, he decided that the Roman Empire had expanded too quickly. He visited Britain in 122 AD, and ordered a frontier line to be erected between the Solway Firth in the west and the River Tyne in the east to prevent the ‘Barbarians’ from the north destroying his strategic base at Corbridge in Northumberland. Today, a significant portion of the wall still exists and it is the most popular tourist destination in northern England.


It is believed that Wroxeter (or Viroconium as the Romans called it) began as a temporary marching camp, and later developed into a thriving civilian city populated by retired soldiers and traders. Visitors can take a tour around the fascinating ruins, and explore the Roman Town House, constructed as part of Channel 4’s documentary, Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day. The most impressive features are one of the largest surviving sections of Roman wall in Britain and the second century municipal baths.



No roll call of walled settlements in our local area would be complete without the inclusion of Chester, the most complete circuit of a Roman and medieval defensive town wall in Britain. Founded as a ‘castrum’ or Roman fort with the name Deva Victrix or Castra Devana around 79AD, the city inside the two-mile circuit was home to the 20th Legion (Valeria Victrix) for about 200 years. This was one of three permanent garrison towns in Britain; each was home to an entire legion of between 5,000 and 6,000 men. Today, evidence of the Roman period are to be seen throughout the city, the most prominent attraction being the extraordinary amphitheatre, which is the largest, so far, uncovered in Britain. Many fascinating artefacts from this era are on show at The Grosvenor Museum, located on Grosvenor Street.

Chester: home to Rome’s 20th Legion for 200 years

The Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum, now called Silchester, is one of the most important heritage sites in the country. Silchester was completely abandoned at the end of the Roman occupation of Britain and is now buried beneath a few feet of fields. However, the entire layout of the town is still visible in crop marks at the right time of year and the amphitheatre and town walls are some of the best preserved in Britain.


Around 75 AD, the Romans established the market town of Venta Silurum (Caerwent) as the provincial capital of the defeated Silures tribe. With its basilica, forum, baths, temples and town houses with their central heating, murals and mosaic floors, it is almost a miniature version of Rome itself. The most impressive and substantial remains at Caerwent Roman town are undoubtedly the mile-long town walls which are remarkably well-preserved.


The city of York was founded in or around AD 71 when the 5,000 men of the ninth legion marched from Lincoln and set up camp here. A civilian settlement soon followed, across the river from the military base. Today, the best example of standing Roman remains in York is the Multangular Tower, the tower at the west corner of the legionary fortress.

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Aunty Jane

(not one to complain...)

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s I write this, winter is definitely still with us, with freezing mornings and forecasts of widespread snow and ice. Hopefully though, spring is just around the corner and the bulbs and buds are bursting into life. Spring is a busy time of year for us at the vets – new lambs and calves are being born and often need our help to arrive into the world as well as afterwards. We also see a lot of baby birds at the surgery during the spring and summer months. Unfortunately many of these are brought into us by people who have found them hopping around their garden and think they are in trouble. It is actually perfectly normal for young birds to spend a day or two on the ground before they are able to fly whilst their feathers finish developing. Their parents are usually just away collecting food or are hidden from view, keeping a watchful eye over their babies. The very best thing you can do if you find a young bird is to leave it where it is. If the bird is on a busy path or a road, or is out in an exposed location, then it is sensible to pick it up gently and move it a short distance to somewhere where it has some cover and will be safe. Birds have a poor sense of smell, so briefly handling a young bird won’t cause its parents to reject it. As long as you make sure you leave it within hearing distance of where it was found the adults will come and tend to it once you have left. Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t there; they are often in cover, close by, waiting until it’s safe to come out. If the baby bird is unfeathered or covered in fluffy down and has obviously fallen out of a nest by accident then you can also put it gently back in there. Only if a baby bird is obviously injured or has been attacked and harmed by a cat should you ever remove it from the wild. We are always happy to look at injured wildlife if you can bring it in to see us, but unfortunately, most wild species, especially birds, have a very small chance of long term survival once they are in captivity, and often the kindest thing for us to do is to put them to sleep. If in doubt, then always leave the bird where it is, or in a safe place close by, and ring your local vet or the RSPCA or RSPB for advice.

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Vets Wildlife How to keep ducks, a victory over fox hunting and rescuing baby birds

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Ideally, your ducks should have access to a large grassy area for exercise and a pond in which to paddle. A waterproof house with plenty of straw will give shelter at night and keep predators at bay. As ducks do not perch, they need a coop with a flat floor and sufficient height to be able to stand up fully. A ramp is essential, as ducks cannot manage steps or ladders and a wide door is advisable, as they tend to race en masse to the exit. If possible, lift the shelter by about six inches so that there will be no nesting rodents underneath.


Ducks can be fed on a mixture of kitchen scraps and pellets, and they will supplement their diet by doing an excellent job of clearing your garden of slugs. Although they do eat bread, it is not particularly good for them and you should stick to ordinary feed and let them forage for their extras.


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RSPCA Celebrates Success of Hunting Act with Landmark Case

Springing to Life

Spring is known as the season when nature comes alive for good reason . On the first warm da ys of spring, animals that have hib ernated over winter, such as hedgehogs dormice, will begin to and make an appearance . It is also around this time that squirrels be come more active and are more commonly seen. Birdsong reache s a peak and the sea son marks the return many migrant specie of s, the earliest of which are chiffchaffs, sand martins and wheatea rs, which arrive during Near the end of 2012, the March. Once they are settled, like many oth er animals, birds turn their attentions to find RSPCA celebrated the a mate and will sing ing in the hopes of attrac success of its first ever prosecution of a traditional ting one. Frog and toad spawn be gin ning to appear in po hunt when the Heythrop Hunt pleaded guilty to and ditches can be nds one of the first signs four charges of intentionally hunting a fox with of spring. You should also keep an eye out for frogs and DID YOU KNOW dogs on several occasions – an activity illegal toads on the move – they will often travel great dis under the 2004 Hunting Act. THAT...? tances to find somewhere sui table to breed, though The case, based on footage of foxes they prefer to travel at nig Foxes are the only ht. being deliberately chased by dogs filmed on Early spring sees the member of the dog emergence of queen several occasions during November 2011 and bumblebees that, hav ing survived the winter, February and March 2012 in Gloucestershire family capable of are now on the search for nectar and pollen and Oxfordshire, is thought to be the first . The queen will then nest retracting their claws, before laying her firs where a hunt has faced corporate charges. It t brood of eggs, which will late r hatch into worker fem as cats do is also the first taken by the RSPCA involving the ales. Towards the end of spr ing, usually in May (th prosecution of a hunt itself. ough it can be earlier if the we ath er is mild enough), we ‘The evidence in this case was incontrovertible also begin to see mo ths and butterflies em – it clearly showed hounds being encouraged erge. These creatures will have sur vived the winter in the to pursue a fox,’ said RSPCA chief inspector, often buried underg ir chr ysalises, round. Mike Butcher. ‘This is illegal under the Hunting Of course, it isn’t just ani ma ls tha t come to life during spr Act and constitutes a wildlife crime. This hunt Plants too begin to flou ing. rish. Daffodils appear and its members were hunting foxes in direct by early March in time to celebrate St Da vid’s Day. By late Ap contravention of the law for at least one ril, you can see entire wo odlands carpeted in whole hunting season.’ bluebells and other wild flowers. It is the RSPCA chief executive, Gavin Grant, said: se flowers that sustain ma ny of the insects ‘These defendants were well aware that they were and other wildlife tha t ap pears during breaking the law in that their actions would lead to this time. a fox being torn apart by dogs. The truth is this hunt believed that they were above the law.’

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Simply the Best! International Women’s Day is held on March 8th to celebrate inspirational women. In many countries, this date is a national holiday that sees women of all backgrounds unite to celebrate and to campaign for women’s rights


owever, ‘inspirational’ means different things to different people – some of us look to sportswomen as our role models whilst scientists or doctors inspire others. Some cite singers, authors, businesswomen, even politicians as people they look up to and you only have to peek in the school playground to see little girls aspiring to be the next Rhianna or Cheryl Cole. This got us thinking at Yattar Yattar – if we had to compile a list of British women who inspired us or made the biggest contribution to life over the last 100 years, who would we choose? As you can imagine, this gave rise to some discussion in the office and we came up with a huge list of names from the obvious (our own dear mums!) to the controversial (Margaret Thatcher) but in the end we whittled it down to ten, by no means definitive, names. Some made music, some made waves, but all made a difference…

Emmeline Pankhurst Political activist Emmeline Goulden Pankhurst was born on 14th July 1858 into a politically radical family. In 1889, she started the Women’s Franchise League, which campaigned to allow married women to vote in local elections. In October 1903, she co-founded the more militant Women’s Social and Political Union, whose members were the first to be termed ‘suffragettes’. Emmeline was arrested on numerous occasions over the next few years and went on hunger strike, resulting in violent force-feeding by the authorities. Emmeline died on 14 June 1928, shortly after women were granted equal voting rights with men and remains a twentieth-century heroine.

‘Over 2.5 billion people watched her funeral’ Anita Roddick

Inspirational entrepreneur, author and charity Anita Roddick campaigner, Dame Anita Roddick opened the first Body Shop in 1976 despite having almost no business acumen yet, in 1984 when the company went public, The Body Shop (a cosmetics company producing and retailing ethical beauty products) was worth over £700 million. The company was one of the first to prohibit the use of ingredients tested on animals and one of the first to promote fair trade with third world countries. When she died from a brain haemorrhage in 2007, aged 64, she left her estate to numerous charities and worthy causes.

Joanna Lumley Although you might think she’s the ‘best of British’, 66 year old Lumley was actually born in India and moved to Kent with her parents in 1947. Since her first appearance as Purdey in The New Avengers in 1976, she has been a muchloved face

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Lady Diana, Princess of Wales


Dubbed ‘The People’s Princess’, Diana is probably the most famous woman of the twentieth century. Her death in a car accident in Paris, 1997, shocked the world. Well known for her fund-raising work, Diana was the world’s most photographed woman who forced a reluctant Royal Family to modernise. An estimated 2.5 billion people watched her funeral six days after the crash – a testament to the popularity of this princess, celebrity and mother of a future king whose life was sadly cut short at the age of 36.

on our televisions and an enthusiastic campaigner for over 70 charities. Her dulcet tones, sublime character portrayals and age-defying looks have resonated within the hearts of the British public, thereby solidifying her status as a national treasure.

Hope Powell 45-year-old Hope from Lewisham has been managing the England women’s football team since 1998. As well as being highly respected among her peers she holds a number

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GREAT WOMEN Marie Stopes In 1921, Marie Stopes, a feminist crusader, established a family planning clinic in Holloway, north London, the first in the country. Offering free advice and support to married women this was a brave venture as she met with fierce criticism, in particular from the Catholic church. In 1925, the clinic moved to central London and others opened across the country. By 1930, other family planning organisations had been set up and they joined forces with Stopes to form the National Birth Control Council (later the Family Planning Association). Now, Marie Stopes International is the UK’s leading provider of sexual and reproductive healthcare services.


‘This was a brave venture as she met with fierce criticism’

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of accolades under her belt; she is the first black manager of an English national team, the first female manager of an English national team and the first female ever to obtain the UEFA Pro licence, the highest qualification available to a coach in Europe. In 2002, Hope was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list and was again recognised for her work with a CBE in 2010. She works tirelessly to promote the women’s game and is patron of the ‘Kick It Out’ campaign against racism and the Women’s Sports Foundation.

J.K. Rowling Regardless of your opinion about a certain bespectacled wizard, J.K. Rowling has inspired a generation of children to read, and that can only be good! As well as an OBE for services to children’s literature, she is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France’s Légion d’Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award. She supports a wide number of charitable causes through her trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.

Katie Piper In 2008, Katie Piper was a stunning model with a

glittering future ahead of her until she fell victim to a sadistic rape and acid attack by a man she’d met on the internet. Since then she has shown immense courage and has re-built her life to become a successful TV presenter and newspaper columnist, despite enduring over 150 operations to reconstruct her face. She also launched the Katie Piper Foundation to help burns victims to recover their confidence and fight for normality while living with a disfigurement. Katie Piper was the deserving recipient of the ‘Courage Award’ at the Pride of Andover Awards in October 2010 then, in October, she was crowned the winner of the publicly voted ‘Most Inspirational’ prize at the Inspiration Awards for Women ceremony.

Amy Johnson Hull-born aviator, Amy Johnson, obtained her pilot’s license in 1929 but was unable to secure a flying job. Instead, she took on another male-dominated role and became the first woman in the UK to be employed as an Air Ministry ground engineer. Her love of flying remained strong

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however and she gained worldwide fame through her numerous recordbreaking feats; in 1931, she became the first pilot to fly from London to Moscow in one day. On January 5, 1941, Amy took off in thick Amy Johnson fog from Blackpool. Four and a half hours later her plane crashed in to the Thames Estuary and, despite an extensive search, her body was never recovered.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood With her outrageous vision and punkinspired fashion sense, Dame Vivienne Westwood is one of the most recognised and influential designers of the late twentieth century. Now, at the ripe old age of 72, fashion’s most famous rebel continues to be an eccentric trend setter, often seen cycling around London in one of her outlandish outfits! y

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Bryn Uchel Caravan Park (pictured right and above) is a quiet family run park located in a secluded corner of the Dyfi Valley. The park is set in 300 acres of spectacular countryside, which includes woodlands, streams and even a mountain, overlooking one of the most beautiful valleys in Mid Wales. The park is spread across four levels, giving every home owner an outstanding panoramic view. The park is also ideally located for outdoor activities including golf, fishing, bird watching, mountain biking, mountain climbing or even taking leisurely walks along the many public footpaths in the area. Bryn Uchel Caravan Park is only 65 miles from Chester and 80 from Wolverhampton. The park is a great base from which to explore the heart of Mid Wales, and is only a 15 minutes drive from the historic market towns of Machynlleth and Dolgellau and only a 30 minutes drive from the beautiful Welsh coast. Free 2013 Pitch Fees For a short period, Bryn Uchel Caravan Park are offering free 2013 pitch fees and insurance to any customer that buys a new holiday home through them, saving at least £1500, or even more if you beat the VAT increase by buying before 1st April 2013. Unlike many other parks, Bryn Uchel Caravan Park do not require holiday homes to be upgraded after 10 or 15 years, and pre-owned holiday homes will be accepted onto the park with prior arrangement. To find out more about Bryn Uchel Caravan Park or to arrange a visit, go to or call 01650 511441.

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Pontllyfni on the Welsh coast, is a small, select holiday park offering the perfect sanctuary for those seeking peace and quiet among some of the most spectacular views in Snowdonia. The resort has its own private entrance to the beach, which is only metres away from the park – ideal if you want to enjoy the sands! The resort is also within easy travelling distance of the Llyn Peninsular, Anglesey and Snowdonia National Park, as well as the popular tourist attraction of Portmeirion. West Point welcomes touring caravans, as well as offering a selection of holiday homes available for sale. Waterfront lodges and top of the range holiday homes in great positions are available, so you can enjoy the panoramic views of the beautiful landscape. If you like the sound of West Point Beach Resort, then why not consider one of the park’s two sister sites? Morfa Lodge Holiday Park lies within an area of unspoilt countryside, nestled in Snowdonia National Park – so perfect for any nature lovers. The park offers the option of bringing your own touring caravan, or hiring an onsite holiday home. Ogwen Bank Holiday Park and Country Club is also located in Snowdonia, set amidst 12 acres of woodland. Ogwen Bank is perfect if you prefer a life of luxury, with pine lodges available to hire or buy. Visit or call 01286 830205 to find out more about West Point Beach Resort. More information about the two sister parks can be found at for Morfa Lodge Holiday Park and for Ogwen Bank Holiday Park and Country Club.

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A Home from Home Set within 50 acres of the North Wales countryside on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, Gorse Hill Caravan Park is located amongst the rolling hills and breath-taking scenery of the Conwy valley. The park is just five miles from the Conwy Golf Course and Conwy Marina and has good road links to the rest of North Wales. Gorse Hill is currently home to 236 luxury static caravans, all benefiting from beautiful natural surroundings as well as the fantastic onsite facilities. Residents currently have the benefit of a laundrette and crown green bowling. There are also plans to improve upon the facilities in the future, with an indoor glass-fronted heated swimming pool in the planning stages. Onsite, there is a manor house dating back to 1899, which is currently being refurbished to offer a new bar and restaurant, which will provide a real focal point for residents. Luxury caravan holiday homes tailored to your specific requirements start from just £12,995. To find out more, visit You can also call the park on 01492 593465 with any enquiries or to arrange a tour.

Ceridwen: A lovely cottage in the heart of Llandudno

Ceridwen is just a short distance from Llandudno pier and promenade at the foot of the Great Orme. It has private parking and is within easy walking distance of the local shops. The cottage, which was recently created as part of a conversion of buildings in the grounds of a former gentleman’s residence known as Bodlondeb Castle, has two bedrooms and sleeps up to four people, bathroom and kitchen-lounge-diner with French doors to a lovely decked seating area. The cottage has all the facilities you would expect, including full central heating, dishwasher, washing machine, freezer, microwave and garden furniture. There’s no need to leave the family dog behind – one well-behaved dog is allowed to join you during your stay. Bodlondeb Castle is steeped in history. It was originally built as a gentleman’s residence and the man who had it built at great expense (remaining anonymous) then never lived there. During its existence it has been a private house, a school, First World War Military hospital, and hotel and a Methodist holiday home. The south wing, built in 1837, was once home to the Rt. Hon. William Hughes, the Prime Minister of Australia and tradition has it that the main wing was later commissioned by Edward the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) for a certain ‘friend’. The main building and the cottages which are to the rear of the main building were totally refurbished in 2006 to be made into the fine accommodation they provide now. Visit to find out more about Ceridwen and the many other properties that North Wales Holiday Cottages can offer (including Elen Cottage, which is right next door to Ceridwen). Availability and prices can be checked online, or by calling 01492 582492.

‘now that the weather is beginning to warm up, it’s the perfect time to consider buying a static caravan. Many caravan parks open in March, so buying now can mean that you can be in your second home ready for the easter or May bank holidays. March is also the last chance for you to buy a static caravan before the 5% increase in vat (implemented by the government), comes into force on 1st april, so it’s certainly worth taking a look now and saving yourself some money!’ how do you find your ideaL park? ‘Lloyds Caravans or roy kellett Caravans are the first port of call if you are considering buying a static caravan of your own. we will help you through every stage of the process, beginning with finding the right park for you. we are the industry approved main agents and have a vast network of contacts in parks across north and Mid Wales and Cheshire. We will first help you identify just what it is that you want from a park – do you want somewhere quiet to relax? or do you want somewhere lively with loads of things to do? we will be able to help you select your ideal park based on the area you prefer, your lifestyle, your favourite activities and your budget. you may also wish to consider how far you and your friends or family would have to travel to your new holiday home. at either Lloyds Caravans or roy kellett Caravans, we will be able to take care of finding out about available pitches, how much it will cost and terms, and we can then arrange an appointment for you to go and see the park.’ Choosing a Caravan ‘once you have settled upon which caravan park best suits you, next comes finding your perfect caravan. once again, Lloyds Caravans and roy kellett Caravans can help. we sell new and pre-owned caravans from a huge range of manufacturers, so have something to suit everyone no matter what their needs and can also help if you have a fixed budget. We also have on display new and exclusive models too, which are definitely worth a look. you have the reassurance that all caravans sold are manufactured to relevant british standards and the national Caravan Council guidelines. roy keLLett 2013 Caravan show ‘roy kellett Caravans will be holding a caravan show on the 9th and 10th March, so why not pop along to see us in towyn and see what we can offer you? you could win £500 Cash, just by letting us know if you’re coming to our show! Let us know at www.roykellettcaravans. com/2013show. you can also visit Lloyds Caravans’ website at or ring 01745 832050, or just come along to the sales grounds in pensarn or talacre.


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Buying a Touring Caravan

A touring caravan can be a great option for anyone who wants the best of both freedom and comfort. While they are rarely as large or spacious as their static counterparts, they have the advantage that they can moved easily from site to site, and even taken abroad should you fancy some time in the sun. While the same flexibility can be had from camping in a tent, a touring caravan lets you hold on to your creature comforts – you can still have a fully functioning kitchen, and most caravans have a toilet and even a shower on board. That said, buying a touring caravan can be a big step, and you can expect to invest thousands of pounds. So, how can you make sure that you get the caravan that’s right for you? We spoke to Alan Hughes of Clwyd Caravans to find out the best tips to keep in mind when buying your touring caravan. Choose a Caravan that your Car Can tow ‘If you passed your driving test before 1st January 1997, there’s no legal weight ratio limit for what you can tow, but you should still consider how big and how powerful your car is – it isn’t recommended to try and tow a huge caravan in a small car! Most touring caravan dealers will be able to advise you about how large a caravan your car will be able to tow safely. ‘ Choosing the Caravan that suits you There is a huge variety of caravans available on the market to suit pretty much every need and most budgets, so consider the following before making your choice:

The Biggest Cruise Event of the Year! The Telegraph Cruise Show is the UK’s only event dedicated to discovering a world of voyages. From small boutique river boats to modern resort style ships perfect for the whole family, this is your chance to meet with over 100 cruise lines and specialist operators all under one roof – and have a great day out! Visitors to the show in March can get up-to-date insider tips and advice from the experts, attend the informative free talks and participate in the panel discussions, discover different ship styles and incredible destinations, find out what’s new for 2013/14 and also save thousands of pounds with exclusive show-only offers. Cruising is the fastest growing travel sector and with over 20,000 people expected to attend the event held in Olympia’s impressive Grand Hall in March, this really is an unmissable show offering inspiration and expert advice to anyone considering a holiday at sea. The Telegraph Cruise Show takes place in London’s Olympia on 23rd and 24th March 2013. Tickets cost £6 in advance, and £10 on the door. Under 16s may enter free. Yattar Yattar readers can get their tickets for just £4 (that’s £6 off the door price!). Just quote ‘YATTAR’ when booking online or on the phone. For full details and to book tickets, visit www., or call 0871 620 4024 (calls cost 10p per minute, plus network extras).

sleeping ‘The first question to answer is how many berths are needed – that is, how many people are likely to be staying in the caravan. Once that’s decided, there’s a huge variety of sleeping arrangements to choose from, such as whether you want a fixed or fold-away bed. The fold-away variety take up less space, while fixed beds tend to be sturdier, and are often more comfortable.’

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toilet and Bathroom ‘While many campsites will have onsite toilet and shower facilities, if you want a bit more privacy, you can get a caravan with these on board. Many caravans have a built in chemical toilet, where waste is held in a tank which can later be emptied at most campsites. Two water tanks are required to get running water – one for fresh water, and one for waste. Some caravans will have built-in showers using this system.’ Cooking ‘One of the biggest advantages of a touring caravan is that, wherever you go, you have a fully working kitchen. You can have either a built-in or freestanding LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) cooker in your caravan – all you need is an LPG cylinder to power it. Any electrical kitchen appliances can be used in your caravan when you are hooked up to the mains power, but try not to use too many at once! When you are away from mains power, you can still use appliances that are designed to work with the 12V leisure battery that most caravans have.’ gadgets ‘TVs, DVD players and even games consoles can be used in a caravan when you are hooked up to mains power. As with electrical kitchen appliances, try not to use too many at the same time. Laptops can also be used and charged while you are staying in your caravan, and many campsites can provide WiFi access while you’re staying there. If you must have access to the internet and there is no WiFi available, you can get 3G wireless modems that work over the mobile network. Some smart phones can also be connected to your laptop for internet access, but make sure your call plan allows this to avoid large bills!’

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Snowdonia The dramatic and enticing mountains of Snowdonia (Yr Eryri) are one of north Wales’ defining features. The region’s crowning glory, Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) dominates the landscape rising majestically to an altitude of 3560 feet (1085m) and is the highest mountain in Wales or England. From the summit on a clear day, you can see as far as the Lake District and Ireland! However, don’t be fooled into thinking that Snowdonia is just about mountains; with everything from gentle woodland strolls to challenging hikes, sandy beaches to picturesque villages, Snowdonia has something to offer all its visitors whether they be small family groups or hardened teams of hikers and climbers. And visit they do! A staggering six million people come here each year to explore the 823 square miles of diverse landscapes and the wealth of outdoor activities on offer. Further to the west lies the Llyn, a peninsula reaching out from the mountains of Snowdonia towards the Irish Sea. Also known as ‘Snowdon’s Arm’, its status as an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty recognises the exceptional qualities of its coastline, along which you’ll find mile after mile of sandy beaches, sheltered coves and beautiful bays teeming with wildlife, all interlinked by the Llyn Coastal Path.

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Woodland Park Lodges Whether you’re a couple looking for high quality relaxation or a family needing a peaceful getaway but with plenty to do, Woodland Park Lodges has everything you need. Based on a secluded site near the historic town of Ellesmere in Shropshire, the lodges are exactly as they sound, surrounded by woodland. A wonderful abundance of wildlife and walks can be seen and explored and there’s plenty to do, from castles and country houses to visitor attractions. The site has 11 traditional log cabins, well spaced out over the site to give more privacy, and some have private hot tubs. All of the lodges have been furnished to a high standard with facilities including freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock and CD player, dishwashers and washing machines. Bedrooms are comfortable and stylish with lodges ranging from two to four bed, some with en-suite shower facilities. Dogs are welcome in certain lodges. The site has a games room complete with table tennis and pool table as well as a children’s play. A five-minute drive or 40-minute walk brings you into Ellesmere which has an array of pubs and restaurants and the famous ‘mere’ or lake which provides fishing and boat hire, and fantastic walks. For guests who love the great outdoors and prefer getting back to basics, Woodland Park also has a separate site of wooden camping huts. Campers bring all their own bedding and equipment but don’t have to wrestle with canvas and poles! For more information visit their website www.woodlandparklodges., call 01691 611 015 or email

Luxury on the Coast If you want to enjoy the coastal beauty of North Wales, then Bron-Y-Wendon Holiday Cottages might just offer the perfect solution for you! The four and five star self-catering cottages are located on a five star holiday park in the coastal village of Llanddulas, and all have spectacular views of the sea. All four cottages, each with either two or three bedrooms, were converted from the original cliff top farmhouse. Each has a wide range of facilities to make self-catering easy during your stay, including a microwave, dishwasher, electric cooker and washing machine. All the kitchenware, crockery and cutlery you could need, as well as towels and bed linen is provided, helping to make your holiday as stress-free as possible. There is plenty of entertainment provided as well – all of the cottages have digital TV and a DVD player, and those staying in the cottages have access to WiFi and the games room on the holiday park. Bron-Y-Wendon Holiday Park serves as the perfect base from which to explore North Wales – Snowdonia, Anglesey, Conwy and Llandudno are all within easy reach. Visit to find out more or call Bron-Y-Wendon Holiday Cottages on 01492 512903.

Relaxing in Style

Get away from it all and enjoy the beautiful landscape of North Wales at The Beach Caravan Park near the village of Llanddulas. The caravan park is easily accessible – it’s just off the A55 and a half an hour drive from Chester. The park is open every year from 1st March until 30th November. Static caravans are available to buy from the park at a variety of prices should you want to have you own little getaway. Alternatively, The Beach Caravan Park has luxury static caravans for hire. These caravans have room for two or three people, and if you really want to relax in style, you can even choose to hire one with a hot tub! Though the atmosphere may be peaceful, that doesn’t mean you’ll be short of things to do while staying at The Beach Caravan Park. Watch the world go by in the Tides Cafe Bistro (pictured) with fantastic home made food and delicious cakes freshly prepared daily, complete with outside seating area for perfect alfresco dining. The site has two bars, there are also events and performances throughout the season, and children will be kept occupied by the onsite children’s play area, the ‘Pirates Locker’. The Beach Caravan Park is part of Thornley Leisure, which has seven caravan parks across North Wales and Cheshire. Visit to find out more or give them a call on 01492 515345.


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Llandudno Llandudno is Wales’ largest seaside resort, comfortably nestled between the twin limestone hummocks of the Great and Little Ormes. Boasting two wonderful beaches; the award-winning North Shore and the quiet, sand duned West Shore, this bustling town was termed ‘Queen of the Welsh Resorts’ as early as 1864. The Grade II listed pier, once the embodiment of Llandudno’s Victoriana is, at 2,295 ft, the longest in Wales. Llandudno’s early history revolves around the Great Orme where St. Tudno, who brought Christianity to the region in the sixth century, built the monastic cell that gives Llandudno its name. Today, the exciting and busy town encompasses several neighbouring townships and districts including Craig-y-Don, Llanrhos and Penrhyn Bay and is a splendid tourist destination with numerous exciting attractions for the discerning traveller. Fancy a ride on Britain’s only cable hauled tramway or a stroll along the promenade? Look no further! Want some photo opportunities from Britain’s longest passenger cable car? No problem – Llandudno has it covered… just make sure you pencil in enough time in your diary to visit the museum, shop in one of the three main retail areas, watch a traditional Punch and Judy show and, of course saddle up for a donkey ride – a popular attraction on Llandudno’s beaches for over 125 years.

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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

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For more information, availability and special charters including corporate days, please visit our web site, or contact Jayne Thomas on 07872965247

Yattar ACTIVE!

With all the exciting activities available on our doorstep, there has never been a better time to explore, and fall in love with, the great outdoors. Yattar Yattar highlights some of the best and most memorable days out… Horseriding in Anglesey

Llama walk

If you’re looking for a great family activity, then why not saddle Llamas have a bad press. up for an amazing horse riding experience on the beautiful They stand accused of island of Anglesey. Located next to the Menai Straits, Anglesey being bad-tempered, Riding Centre offers stunning views of Caernarfon Castle and the willful creatures who Snowdonia mountain range, and their experienced and friendly like nothing more than instructors provide expert tuition whether you’re a seasoned to spit at unassuming rider or a complete novice. Over five miles of private bridleways bystanders. However, in and opportunities to enjoy gallops along the deserted beach reality, llamas are very at Abermenai Sands at low tide mean you’re guaranteed to calm and gentle animals find a package which is ideal for you. Inclement weather is not who only display hostility a problem either as the centre boasts a superb indoor arena, when they feel threatened or are angry. They also make accessible all year round. Director, John Knock, explains, ‘Nearly ideal, low-impact trekking companions – an activity that is anyone can ride at Anglesey Riding Centre, but you need to be rapidly growing in popularity as it combines fresh air, exercise over four years of age, and not over 14st in weight. We have a and a degree of quirkiness! Berwyn Mountain Llamas, run by new addition to our programme, for experienced riders – a twoCarol Jerman and based in the lovely north Wales village of hour trek through nearby Newborough Forest Llandrillo, is home to two of these misunderstood animals. – and our Unicorns groups are suitable for Eddie and Kubera happily accompany walkers of all ages children from four to seven years old, with the and abilities on leisurely strolls through quiet country lanes, emphasis firmly on fun and safety.’ Although bridleways, forest tracks and old drovers’ roads on the this might look easy, an hour of horseriding lower slopes of the Berwyn Mountains, carrying packs can burn as many calories as half an containing picnics and other essentials, leaving hour of jogging or cycling! you unburdened by bags and free to explore. Anglesey Riding Centre is fully So, if you thought that llama trekking was approved by the British Horse restricted only to the Andean mountains then Society (BHS) and by the Pony think again… Carol, Eddie and Kubera are Club as a Pony Club Riding People who take some looking forward to meeting you! Visit www. Centre. For more information, or call Carol exercise regularly have including opening times on 01490 440355. and prices, visit www. a faster recovery time or call 01248 430377 from illness, surgery

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Time for an adventure?

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White Water Active, on the banks of the River Dee, is a great place for a family adventure, with a wide variety of activities, including white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, gorge walking, climbing and abseiling to choose from. The River Dee is a fantastic venue for white water rafting – unlike many other Welsh venues, not dependent on dam releases, meaning that White Water Active can offer year-round white water rafting. ‘You will definitely get wet!’ said Jon, who is an instructor and activity supervisor at White Water Active. ‘It’s two hours of having fun and being crazy on the water. It’s completely safe, but we’ll get your heart racing.’ Gorge walking is another popular activity at White Water Active. ‘You walk through gorges with fast flowing water and jumps. It combines all the skills of climbing and abseiling,’ explains Jon. ‘All our instructors know how to read people, so we know how far to push them and give them the support to go outside their comfort zone. We want them to leave at the end of the day exhilarated and proud.’ Visit or call 01978 860763.


Yattar ACTIVE! Making waves

Close to the wire…

Up until recently, any mention of a zip-wire would conjure up an unwanted image in my head – that of London Mayor, Boris Johnson, dangling uselessly in mid air looking rather like a parachutist who’d misjudged his jump and landed in a tree. However, all that’s now changed with the arrival of Zip World, a huge new attraction to north Wales and the longest zip-wire in Europe! Adrenaline junkies are gearing themselves up for mid-March when they can embark on an interactive and guided tour of Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda, Gwynedd, which culminates in them donning flying suits and goggles before hurtling down a wire, 700ft above the mountain lake! During this mile-long spectacular, riders will be travelling at up to speeds of 75-80mph in a horizontal position, safely strapped in to a hang gliding harness. If the weather is good, riders should expect to see the Isle of Man and the whole of Anglesey if, of course their eyes aren’t tightly closed… The less intrepid, or younger thrill-seekers amongst us will be pleased (and relieved) to learn that the smaller ‘Little Zipper’ is only 450m but still excellent fun and well worth the price of entry to the attraction which is £45 for adults and £36 for children. Visit for more information.

Enjoy the open water, the wind in your hair and more than a few thrills by learning to sail at Bala Sailing Club – the home of dinghy sailing in North Wales. Beginners of all ages over 12 are welcome and full courses over two weekends are just £260, with deals for family groups available on request. As visitor members of the club you will be taught how to sail by fully qualified RYA (Royal Yacht Association) instructors on the beautiful Bala Lake. You could even make a holiday of it – take the chance to enjoy fantastic scenery, and take advantage of the accommodation and facilities within just a short walking distance of the club. ‘Sailing is very relaxing and fun and yet it can be as competitive as you want, for all age groups,’ said Steve Williams of the Bala Sailing Club. ‘Training is so important because skill and safety are paramount to the enjoyment of the sport. Competition drives skill and in turn this leads to a lifetime of never ending opportunities to try new boats and different types of sailing. Just look at those intrepid ocean going yachtsmen, for they all were once dinghy sailors at a local sailing club!’ Courses are currently running in May and July 2013. Visit to find out more about Bala Sailing The sailfish is considered Club, or call phone on 07749 337534 or by sending an email with your to be the fastest marine query to balasctraining@hotmail.

Splashing about

Did you know?

creature in the world and has been clocked at an amazing 68 miles per hour!

Enjoying a fantastic location on the Menai Straight, is Plas Menai, a national watersports centre. The waters of the strait are perfect for many watersports, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and powerboating. Courses are offered for people of all ages and skill levels, and there are even activity breaks, which include accommodation in an ensuite room in Plas Menai’s accommodation centre. Whatever activity you choose to take part in (and you certainly don’t have to stop at one!) you’ll be taught by fully qualified instructors. There’s also plenty to do in the nearby town of Caernarfon, or you can take in yet more local scenery on the island of Anglesey, or in the nearby Snowdonia National Park. To have a good look at everything that Plas Menai can offer, including current special offers, visit their website:

On your bike!

If you’re a keen mountain biker, or just a beginner, you’re sure to enjoy a visit to One Planet Adventure in Coed Llandegla Forest. They have some of the best riding in the country with over 44km of purpose-built mountain bike trails! From beginner to expert, One Planet Adventure have a course that’s perfect for you, helping you to take your riding to the next level. You’ll learn from a qualified and experienced coaching team with the best resources for your riding level. Courses can include classroom lessons, video analysis and work in the custom-built skills area. If you want to try your hand at mountain biking without first shelling out for a bike of your own, One Planet Adventure offer bike hire. All their hire bikes are high quality mountain bikes, with front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and proper off road tires. If you want to hire a bike, call 01978 751656 to speak to someone from the shop, who will make sure that you get the right bike for you – you just need to be able to give the riders’ heights. Visit to find out more…

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We hear you’ve just got engaged! Congratulations! If you don’t know where to start with your wedding plans don’t panic – Yattar Yattar is here to help. From venues to flowers, rings to cake and almost everything in between, our A – Z guide aims to answer some of your questions along the way!

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If a traditional church service isn’t for you and you fancy something a bit more unusual, the Marriage Act of With so many options available, finding someone you trust 1994 allows couples to have their civil marriage or partnership with your hair and makeup for your wedding day can solemnised in a variety of premises. These include hotels, stately feel like a daunting task. Staff at the award-winning Toni & Guy homes, football salon, in Oswestry, know only too well how important it is for the grounds and historic bride to look and feel amazing on her wedding day and have a buildings licensed by wealth of experience when it comes to creating a flattering and the local authority. radiant look. Open since March 2004, the ever-popular salon now Bearing this in mind, boasts a resident make-up artist and consultant Sophie Bebb, Plas Isaf, a familywho tells us: ‘Most girls dream of their perfect wedding day and run wedding venue it’s my job to make that dream a reality. It’s important that they in a Grade II listed feel at ease and confident so, with their input, I try to barn in Corwen, create an individualised look for them.’ Denbighshire, Sophie trained at the prestigious could be the Cassie Lomas academy in perfect Manchester, where she choice also studied fashion to host Traditionally, five almonds and make-up. Other your are given as wedding favours treatments available big day. at the salon include The barn is beautifully restored to its former glory with to symbolise health, wealth, eyebrow/eyelash oak trusses and slate floors and set in landscaped, happiness, long life and tinting, manicures, terraced gardens. Plas Isaf offers a stunning and fertility pedicures, Minx Nails foil unique venue guaranteed to wow your guests and designs and threading. Your leave you with lasting memories of a magical day. beloved doesn’t have to miss out Owner, Liza Francis, explains, ‘Our beautiful barn is openon the fun – he can also benefit from plan and can hold ceremonies from 20 to 180 guests, and a stylish haircut or hot and cold towel catering for up to 350 guests in the reception. This is a very popular shave with George in the Gents’ option, offering the beauty and romance of a formal wedding in Lounge. Phone 01691 unique and impressive surroundings. We offer exclusive use of our 653222 to arrange a free venue for your wedding ceremony, wedding breakfast, evening consultation. reception and accommodation.’For more information, contact Liza or Helen on 01490412486 or visit

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‘For better or worse’ should not be a phrase used in connection with your caterer! Thankfully, the days when wedding guests were served uninspiring, predictable fare, (i.e. melon balls or prawn cocktail, followed by chicken chasseur or salmon, with cheesecake to finish), are long gone and instead the emphasis is very much on wedding feasts designed to reflect your individual personality and style. Hughes Caterers based in Welshpool are approved caterers for the National Trust for a very good reason – they are experts at catering to every taste and dietary requirement, no matter how unusual or complicated. 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! As well as the food itself, they offer a wide range of services such as advising you about menus, seating and seating plans, flower arrangements and the finest tableware and linen with their highly trained and uniformed staff providing a seamless level of service. With Hughes Caterers secured as your caterer, you’ll have one less thing to worry about, leaving you free to enjoy the day while you and your guests enjoy delicious food and beverages that are beautifully served. Speak to Hughes Caterers on 01691 830055 to discuss your wedding, or visit their website at

In her wedding bouquet, a Welsh bride often carries myrtle, a symbol of love

‘Did you dream of the classic fairytale wedding as a young girl? Well you don’t have to put such ideas aside now!’


is for Fairytale


is for Dress

For many women, one of the first concerns is finding the perfect wedding dress. There are so many decisions to be made… which one? What style? Which designer? How much to spend? Wedding Bliss, a gorgeous bridal boutique in Prestatyn, north Wales, may not have all the answers but they do have plenty of practical and impartial advice as well as a gorgeous array of gowns for brides and their party – there’s even a designated menswear department too! Lisa Cywinski, owner and advisor, is passionate about her business and gets almost as excited as her clients when they source the perfect outfit for their big day. She tells us: ‘We pride ourselves on the highest level of customer care, as buying the dress is one of the bride’s most important decisions for her wedding day and shouldn’t be rushed.’ Lisa is confident that the perfect dress is just waiting to be found at Wedding Bliss, adding, ‘We cater for all budgets and offer beautiful, welltailored gowns from sizes 8 – 30.’Call for an appointment on 01745 887037 or visit them at 98 High St, Prestatyn, LL19 9RN.

Did you dream of the classic fairytale wedding, as a young girl? Well, just because you’re all grown up now doesn’t mean that you have to put such ideas aside! Set against the historical waterside backdrop of Conwy Castle, the Quay Hotel and Spa in Deganwy is the ideal venue to host the wedding ceremony or reception you’ve always wanted. Commanding breath-taking views of the Conwy Estuary, this fully licensed hotel offers a varied selection of luxury wedding packages to suit all budgets and tastes. Options include a dedicated wedding planner, complimentary room hire, a master of ceremonies, advice on floral arrangements, entertainment and other ancillary services and a Blue Carpet welcome, to name just a few. With mouthwatering gourmet food and fine Champagne, what more could a princess possibly desire? For a comprehensive wedding brochure, visit www.quayhotel. or call manager, Steve Ogden, on 01492 564 100 for more information.


is for Entertainment

DJ or live band, dancers or karaoke — who you choose to entertain your guests should also complement the theme of your wedding. Also, consider your guests and aim for something which everybody will enjoy.

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is for Hen party!

Not every hen party has to include tacky ‘L’ plates, inflatable unmentionables and falling over in fairy wings. For the more sophisticated brideto-be, a visit to Solo Qui in the company of good friends, Champagne, and cake is the perfect way to relax, unwind and prepare for the big day. Based in the beautiful grounds of Glansevern Hall, a 19th century country house in Berriew, Welshpool, Solo Qui is a luxurious retreat and mind-spa with the emphasis firmly on you! Launched by Kay Jones and Carrie Jones, (no relation) they offer a wide array of inspirational activities designed to revitalise both body and Wedding dresses weren’t mind. Kay explains, ‘We provide brides-to-be always white. It wasn’t until with a day that meets all of their expectations. They might choose activities based around the Queen Victoria wed Prince wedding, for example, making invitations or Albert that the ‘chaste’ cards, honing makeup and hairstyle techniques, colour became the norm or even creating their very own perfume. We also run activities such as murder mysteries, literature and music appreciation and male nude life drawing! In fact, the list is only limited by one’s imagination!’ Visit or call 01686 641 974 or 01686 651 166.


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Brides should wear simple matching pieces that compliment their dress. Remember, the ring is the most important item, so other pieces of jewellery should not dominate the overall look.

If you want to make a statement at your wedding, what better way than to proudly display your own custom-made wedding cake? Whatever design you have in mind, be it themed cupcakes, or a towering masterpiece, Sugar & Spice in Wrexham will be able to make something straight from your dreams. Sugar & Spice offer wedding cakes made to order in a variety of styles, from the traditional to the unusual, and in any colour scheme you could possibly wish for. They can also include ornaments for the top of your cake and ribbons to complete the look. To see more pictures of what Sugar & Spice can do, visit, or find them on Facebook as ‘Sugar & Spice – Wrexham’. If you’d like to visit the shop in person, you can find it on Charles Street in Wrexham town centre, and if you’d like to ask some questions ahead of time, you can always give them a call on 01978 264355.

Your guests throw rice at you because it is an old tradition symbolising fertility and prosperity


is for Marquee

Marquees are a fantastic and increasingly popular venue for weddings as they provide a stunning backdrop to your special day and allow you to dance until dawn, unrestricted by hotel regulations. Brookhouse Mill, a 17th century mill in Denbigh, is the perfect example. With over 25 years’ experience under their belts, the talented team take all the stress out of your wedding day preparations by offering the complete package of venue, catering and bar facility. Manager, Karen Hall, tells us, ‘We have our own site by the riverside, set in the farm paddock across from the mill. Alternatively we can bring this venue to your own home so you can keep that intimate wedding feel for up to 150 guests!’ Karen is also the resident wedding planner who has helped couples and their families to create fabulous weddings in the North Wales area for over ten years. Visit for more information or call 01745 813377.

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perfect venue for a perfect day

Plas Isaf is the perfect venue to celebrate your special day. We at Plas Isaf will do our utmost to help and advise you with all your individual needs. To make your day complete, we offer exclusive use of the barn and gardens for civil ceremonies, partnerships and wedding day celebrations. We provide you with a complimentary four poster bridal room for your wedding night, and we have 15 ensuite bedrooms for your guests.Our established gardens provide an ideal opportunity for photographs, and couples can also choose to have their welcome drinks there before they make their way down to the barn.

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The superb 17th Century listed barn is ideally situated, with some of the most spectacular views of the Dee Valley. Elegant surroundings and a warm ambience set the scene for your special day. The barn offers a wealth of versatility, with impressive oak trusses and slate floors, which makes it a blank canvas. A marquee is positioned next to the barn, which overlooks the open countryside, this creates the opportunity for an intimate gathering or a celebratory party from 30 to 300 guests. With the help and dedication of our family team, every effort is made to ensure that your wedding will be the most memorable day of your life.

spoilt Welsh countryside “…thank you for making our day so very special. You really did take care of us and make our wedding day perfect – our guests were so impressed with the service as well as the beautiful venue. Thank you!’

Plas Isaf, Corwen, Denbighshire LL21 0EW

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TONI&GUY INTRODUCING THE ART OF WET SHAVING TODAY’S AVERAGE MALE HAS NEVER EXPERIENCED THE FINE ART OF THE TRADITIONAL WET SHAVE THAT THEIR GRANDFATHERS AND SOME OF THEIR FATHERS USED TO TAKE PART IN. THANKFULLY, THIS GLORIOUS MALE RITUAL IS MAKING A COMEBACK AT TONI&GUY OSWESTRY. At Toni & Guy Oswestry you will find a relaxed chilled out atmosphere courtesy of comfy barber’s chair, TV screens playing the latest music & sports with a full range of refreshments. This extremely popular service includes hot and cold towel treatments using specific essential oils to ensure that you walk out of the door feeling 100% relaxed and rejuvenated.


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Plas Maenan – The Perfect Wedding Venue Plas Maenan is a beautifully restored Edwardian mansion situated on a sunny bluff 300 feet above the Conwy Valley with spectacular mountain and river views. Firmly established as one of the leading wedding venues in North Wales, this lovely, privately owned country house is available exclusively for you on your wedding day. Wedding ceremonies take place in the delightful garden room with its fountain feature, statuary and foliage. You reception drinks are served from the elegant dining room and your photographs are taken against one of the most beautiful backdrops in North Wales. Your wedding breakfast will be prepared by our award-winning kitchen and when the candles are lit in our truly romantic miniature ballroom, you can dance the night away and treat your guests to a splendid buffet lit by candelabra – and all this could cost a lot less than you might imagine! Every wedding is personally supervised by the owners, James & Caroline Burt, who assist you to plan every moment of your perfect day. For a wedding viewing, please telephone 01492 660232, or email Caroline at



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It’s vital to shop around for the perfect photographer, as your photos are a lasting record of the happiest day of your life. Make sure to ask to see their portfolio and, if possible, speak to some previous clients to ensure a ‘snap happy’ day! John Quinn Photography is an established contemporary studio renowned for their high quality professional artistry in portraiture and wedding photography. With over 15 years of experience in the photographic industry, he has a passion for shooting memorable and striking images. John only ever photographs one wedding in a day – giving you his undivided attention for as long as he is needed. It also means he can offer a bespoke service to meet your needs. Their photographic style and approach allows them to capture precious moments in an unobtrusive and relaxed manner, creating an album of timeless and beautiful images. They supply beautiful black Italian matted albums as well as the more contemporary Wedding and engagement storybook or magazine style albums. Although based rings are worn on the third in Shropshire they travel extensively to photograph finger of the left hand; your wedding. Visit to find out more, or call 01691 657555 with any questions. the vein in this finger was


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If you want to hold your wedding in splendour, then Seiont Manor Hotel in Snowdonia could be the wedding venue for you! The 150 acres of grounds with the stunning scenery of Snowdonia as a backdrop is a great setting for your wedding pictures, while the sophisticated interior is a lovely venue for the ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception. Seiont Manor Hotel offers a variety of wedding packages to suit most needs, whether you want a small, intimate wedding, or want to go for a more extravagant affair. Should you want the hotel all to yourself, exclusive use packages are also available. To find out more about the hotel and to see all the wedding packages available (as well as some last minute deals) visit www. or give the friendly staff at the hotel a call on 0845 072 7550.

‘The stunning scenery of Snowdonia as a backdrop is a great setting for your wedding pictures’


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The rings are one of the most significant aspects of a wedding ceremony, so why not make this symbolic exchange between the bride and groom extra special with a stunning, free-flying hawk or owl as your ring bearer! The Cheshire Falconry, on Chester Road in Northwich, can make this a reality with their unique wedding package, guaranteed to ensure that your wedding day memories last a lifetime. Managing director Steve Birchall says, ‘Our ring delivery really does add an extra element of magic to any wedding day. Imagine an owl or hawk carrying your wedding rings silently across the heads of your wedding party, or down the aisle to the groom. The same service is also available for civil partnerships and is proving to be very popular.’ This awe-inspiring package includes flying displays, hands-on handling for your guests, static bird of prey displays and the thing likely to cause the biggest lump in the throat of all – a white dove release which is the perfect end to a perfect day. For more information, go online to www. or give the team a call on 01606 882223 and ask to speak with their falconry wedding advisors, Steve Birchall or Tristan Lougher.

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It is a good idea to book yourself in for an all-over bronzing about two or three days before your wedding day. Fake tan is often hard to get right, but you obviously want it to be perfect on the most important day of your life, which is where the Golden Tan Salon, in Abergele steps in to the fore. This family-run business has been helping brides-to-be look fabulous for over 14 years, and specialises in spray tans, manicures and hairdressing. They even hold tailor made ‘pamper days’, ideal for pre-hen parties. For a free consultation about your beauty needs, call Jennie and the team on 01745 826086 or visit the website at

Firmly established as one of the leading wedding venues in north Wales, Plas Maenan is a beautifully restored Edwardian mansion situated on a sunny bluff 300 feet above the Conwy Valley. With its spectacular mountain and river views and award-winning kitchen and restaurant, this privately owned house is available exclusively for you on your wedding day. Owner, Caroline Burt, is justifiably proud of her five-star property, telling us, ‘Plas Maenan has plenty of space for everyone to enjoy a wonderful wedding in their own way. We have a beamed and paneled music room with an oak block dance floor, stage area and nightclub atmosphere, a cosy bar, a separate room for the ceremony and evening buffet and a comfortable lounge where granny can order a pot of tea, away from the festivities if she wishes! Our staff are always discreet yet attentive – it almost feels as if you are hosting a wedding in your own home!’For more information call 01492 660232 or go online to their website


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According to recent reports, one third of newly-weds are so tired and refreshed (for want of a better word!) following their big day that they fall straight to sleep on their wedding night. Ah well, you do have the rest of your lives...

Ahh! Usually the cutest-looking guests at weddings but always the most demanding. (And difficult to keep entertained.) A designated children’s area with an entertainer is a great idea if your budget allows. A cheaper option is a goodie bag containing a colouring book, crayons and stickers.

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Professional oven cleaning It’s that time of year when many of us have to face the often dreaded spring cleaning. If you want to lighten the load a little, why not have your oven, Aga or range cooker professionally cleaned? Not only do you save yourself a job, but they can often do a far better job than can be achieved with store-bought cleaning products. We spoke to Martin Jones at Wynnstay Cleaning to find out just what you can expect.


What are the advantages of having someone come to clean my oven, Aga or range cooker rather than doing it myself? Professional cleaners provide an intensive clean of the appliance by removing the doors, side plates, fan and upper oven panels to remove all grease and burnt on deposits. Home purchase oven kits such as rack cleaning bags or paint on solutions are available but whilst these can provide a visibly clean result, an incredible amount of grease and burnt on carbon can remain on the appliance casing and areas that need to be dismantled correctly. Only by choosing a professional clean of the appliance can specialist tools and skill be used to provide an intensive clean. A DIY approach can result in an appliance that continues to smoke when switched on or scorch marks or white residue remaining, by using a professional oven cleaner you can be assured of an appliance that functions and looks like new. At Wynnstay Cleaning we are extremely proud of our cleaning approach, and we use freshly laundered equipment, floor sheets and towels for each oven we clean. Our additional items such as sponges, blades and paste scourers are not reused from previous work. We take the hassle away from you when it comes to oven, Aga and range cleaning and the time and cost it would take to go for a DIY approach.


What products do you use, and are they safe on more delicate surfaces? We do not use toxic chemicals within your property. All of the oven casing and parts are cleaned with biodegradable solutions, specific cleaning pastes and re-conditioning oils sourced from two established suppliers. Large items such as racks and trays can be

treated in bespoke heated dip tanks located in our van that can be set up with bio oven clean solution or diluted caustic solution. The results produce a superior clean, we wash off twice any chemicals with clean water then dry and inspect it. It is vital to note that different surfaces on ovens, ranges and in particular Agas To see what other services vary quite Wynnstay Cleaning offer, significantly visit their website at and require www.wynnstaycleaning. different treatments To ask any questions or for and chemical a quote, give them a call applications. on 01978 822767 or

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What are the services available for different types of ovens, such as Agas, Rayburns or range cookers? Agas, Rayburns and modern ovens are all made with different materials. A modern oven including ranges typically have a lot more glass, enamel surfaces and stainless steel than an Aga that is made up of iron, steel and aluminium. We have all of the necessary equipment and cleaning solutions to produce great results for all types of appliances. In addition, we also undertake extensive training to work on all appliances encompassing intensive cleaning techniques, dismantling, reassembly and door and seal repairs and replacement.



How long does the cleaning service typically take? Time taken can vary between appliances based on condition and accounting for any repair work on doors or seal replacement. As a guide, a modern double oven or range can take up to three and a half hours and an Aga with four doors and two hotplates can take up to six hours


Can I use my oven straight after it’s been cleaned? Yes, all ovens, Agas and ranges can be used immediately after use.

and enhance your home then go along to Colwyn Interiors, where the staff are passionate, friendly and willing to offer their advice, knowledge and experience. The service they provide is like no other, starting from a home consultation, where Linda will show you fabrics and advise you on the perfect window dressing for your home. They then manufacture your curtains and blinds on site with care and attention to detail and complete the experience with a professional fitting service. Colwyn Interiors is a small family run business. Owner Linda worked from home for many years before opening her first shop in 2003. They have earned a well-deserved reputation and they now have two premises in the village of Old Colwyn. The area Colwyn Interiors cover is forever growing, from Anglesey to Chester, supplying made-to-measure, quality curtains, blinds, soft furnishings and home accessories. Their handmade curtains are made from only the finest fabrics to ensure that they last for years to come. They also offer a wide selection of made-tomeasure blinds such as Roman, roller, vertical, Venetian, INTU and new to their range, plantation shutters. Being an environmentally responsible company, Colwyn Interiors only use materials for their blinds from sustainable and managed sources. Call Colwyn Interiors today with any queries or questions you may have on 01492 517771 or go online to

Mattress matters!

Step into almost any bed store and you will be confronted with a seemingly endless choice of bed bases and mattresses, all made of different materials and of varying prices and quality. So how can you make sure that you get the right bed and mattress to ensure you get a good night’s sleep? We spoke to Richard Jones of Dial-a-Mattress in Shrewsbury for some tips. ‘There is a huge number to choose from,’ says Richard. ‘We have bonnel, pockets, Postureflex, memory foam, latex and even waterproof mattresses for care homes.’ So what is the difference between all these different types of mattresses? ‘Standard mattresses just have layers of polyester over spring interiors,’ Richard explains. ‘Higher quality mattresses can contain wool, super soft polyester, silk or cashmere, and will usually last longer.’ If you suffer from back pain, making sure that you have a high quality mattress that meets your needs can be especially important. ‘The best choice of mattress for someone with back pain is down to each individual,’ Richard says. ‘Often a firm mattress is preferred, but we recommend a mattress which will mould to your body shape, such as a good quality pocket sprung mattress with a high spring count, or a good quality memory foam mattress. For people suffering from allergies or asthma, there are also plenty of options. ‘There are various choices,’ Richard explains. ‘Our Slumberland mattresses have a special sensitivity fabric, while the memory foam mattresses can be a good choice, as bed bugs (which can cause allergies) don’t live in them.’ Should you have a bed partner who has different needs to you (such as if they’re much larger or smaller than you are), there are ways of making sure that you both get what you need. ‘Dial-a-Mattress would recommend a pocket sprung mattress or a memory foam mattress,’ Richard tells us. ‘Many different ones are on offer, allowing some middle ground to be found where both are comfortable.’ Visit www.dialamattress. or visit their shop on Whitchurch Road in Shrewsbury, or call on 01743 463157.

Improve the energy performance of your home Finally, after much procrastination, the government has launched its much anticipated Green Deal to help tackle the problem of Britain’s chronically energy inefficient housing stock. The idea behind it is simple enough at first glance: homeowners can borrow money to install energy saving products and the repayments are collected through electricity bills, with the crucial proviso that did you know? the repayments will not exceed the cost of the energy saved. It’s a great idea in principle, The annual ‘La but it remains to be seen whether the scheme Tomatina’ festival can actually work in practice. Either way, it should not deter homeowners from seeking in Spain sees to improve the energy performance of their participants hurl properties, which will save money and potentially add value. So, apart from obvious over 150,000 measures such as insulation and draughttomatoes! proofing, what other technologies are available?

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In the same way that refrigerators extract heat from food placed inside them, heat pumps extract heat from the air and ground. Some of the heat comes from running the compressor pump, the rest has been extracted from inside. The beauty of heat pumps is that they can extract up to four times more energy than they consume to run. True, the temperature produced is not as high as that produced by an oil or gas boiler, but a heat pump produces water at a comfortable temperature to use directly in the domestic hot water system and heating system, especially for underfloor heating.


Growing tomatoes at home is a a fun and easy way to try growing your own fruit, and is something that you can involve children with. Just follow these simple steps and by this autumn you could be in the red! Planting the SeedS Tomatoes are fairly easy to grow from seeds and can be planted from late March to early April. Sow your seeds thinly into small pots of compost. Start the plants off indoors, as young plants need to be kept at about room temperature. Just pop the pots onto a warm windowsill. Young plants are also available from garden centres in the spring. growing your PlantS Once the plants are large enough to handle, pot them up individually and leave them to grow in a warm place for three to four weeks. Letting them get used to the cold will help tomato plants to survive – just keep them outside during the day, then bring them in at night. Then plant them into growing bags, three plants to a bag, and water and feed regularly, and nip off any ‘armpit’ growths so you get more fruit. Your tomatoes will be ready for harvesting between July and October! Delicious.

Solar thermal and solar photovoltaic (PV) panels harness the free energy of the sun to produce hot water and generate electricity. as part of an integrated heating system, solar thermal can make a significant contribution towards domestic hot water requirements. It is a tried and tested technology, though the plethora of manufacturers and installers can give rise to confusion and the risk of falling prey to some sharp practices. It is imperative that homeowners use reputable installers who are accredited by the microgeneration Certification Scheme (mCS) and adhere to industry codes of standards.


Not all properties are suitable for some of these technologies, so it is vital that homeowners consult an expert at an early stage. a properly designed and installed system should reap benefits for years to come. The domestic renewable Heat Incentive (rHI) is due to commence in summer 2013. This will pay homeowners a tariff, similar to the solar PV tariff, for each kWh of heat produced from renewable energy sources. as long as an eligible system has been installed by an accredited supplier, systems installed now will still qualify for payments, so homeowners have nothing to lose by acting immediately.

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Homes& Gardens Erddig Gardens

HEad GardEnEr at ErddiG HousE, Glyn smitH, tElls us wHat to ExpEct in tHE GardEn as sprinG bEGins… t first of march, st. the david’s d day, always suggests to me the start of spring. although we already have had snowdrops, both single and double flowered, crocus, lenten roses (Hellebores), fragrant winter flowering honeysuckle and winter sweet all in flower in the garden here, it is the opening of the first daffodil that tips the balance from winter to spring for me. as everyone seems to talk about global warming these days we should all be pleased to have a little more ‘winter’ – time to finish off some of those winter garden jobs. we have been busy cutting down and tidying the borders at Erddig, pruning and training those shrubs and climbers that need to be pruned now and applying a mulch of garden, or leaf compost to keep the weeds down. this is around the last opportunity to prune fruit trees too, as the sap is rising and their buds will soon be starting to swell. some of you will be itching to start up that lawnmower. on a dry day, you can start to mow the lawn, to shorten it and keep it under control, but don’t mow the grass down very short in one go. springtime is also the perfect time to consider fertilising the lawn, or applying moss killer. those little weeds will be starting to grow now too and a little time spent weeding now will help later. the best bit about the start of spring is the opportunity to plan what you want to grow this year. most people will buy some bedding plants later on, but why not choose a few packets of seeds to grow yourself. as usual at Erddig we will be growing sweet peas, the queen of climbing annuals, which we sow in a cool greenhouse. i would also recommend some other easy annual seeds to sow: cosmos, calendulas, sunflowers and nasturtiums – even a child could grow them, so why not give a packet or two with an egg at Easter time? ‘Grow your own,’ and ‘five a day’ are also oft mentioned these days. Everyone must have a little space to grow a few salads, vegetables, a pot of cress, or just a couple of herb plants. that is how i started, with a packet of carrot seeds and a few lettuce plants. Have a go yourselves and reap the reward of fresh food you have grown yourself. Check out What’s On North Wales starting on page 4 to see events at Erddig House this spring!

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Lighting the way to Paradise

The British Iron Work Centre is delighted with their involvement in the wonderful BBC drama, The Paradise, that aired on our screens in 2012. Based on the acclaimed book Ladies Paradise by Émile Zola, the story is the rags to riches rise of young Denise, who in the 1890s comes to a northern city in England to work as a shop girl in a glittering new department store, just as society is waking up to the joys and temptations of shopping. The story revolves around the daily life of Denise and the dramas that unfold behind the scenes, in the running of a luxurious department store. It’s a powerful story line with lots of period charm. With attention to detail being of the utmost importance, The British Iron Work Centre were delighted to be able to supply the wonderful, atmospheric lighting that would have been used during this period. Drawing on their knowledge and extensive range of period fittings, they were able to provide authentic Victorian lamposts and lanterns to help set the street scenes and transport us back to a wonderful Victorian England. All handmade in iron and steel, and finished in their satin, vintage black finish, these captivating, beautiful giants are exactly as they would have been, and helped to set the scene on this popular series. To find out more about The British Iron Work Centre, visit their website at countrymetalworks. or visit their show room, which in on the A5 in Oswestry, opposite the Oswestry Golf Club.

Going green!

This spring, visit a Plant Hunters’ Fair, at one of these stunning venues… THe DoroTHy Clive GarDen WillouGHbriDGe, MarkeT DrayTon,TF9 4eu 31st March 2013 – 1st April 2013,10am – 5pm This very popular specialist plant fair boasts top class nurseries including RHS medal winners showing a tremendous variety of plants. The fair is set within the beautiful 12 acre Dorothy Clive Gardens. boDnanT GarDen, Tal-y-CaFn, near ColWyn bay, ConWy ll28 5re Sunday 7th April 2013, 10am – 4pm This fair at at the National Trust garden at Bodnant features a brilliant range of plants from local specialist nurseries. All plants have been grown in peat-free or reduced peat composts. Normal garden admission charges apply, National Trust and Royal Horticultural Society members may enter for free. CHolMonDeley CasTle GarDens, MalPas, CHesHire sy14 8aH Sunday 14th April 2013, 11am – 5pm New Plant Hunters’ Fair for 2013 at Cholmondeley Castle Gardens with special half price entry of just £3 for adults and £1.50 for children. Plants will be at the heart of the event and there will be a brilliant line up of nurseries each with something new and unusual for every plant lover.

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braMall Hall, braMHall Park, sToCkPorT sk7 3nX Sunday 21st April, 11-4.30pm This popular plant fair featuring top quality specialist nurseries and growers will be held on the croquet lawn next to the hall. £1 entry to plant fair, free entry to 70 acre parkland, which has been landscaped in the style of Capability Brown.

if you are looking for a great gift for a birthday, wedding, anniversary or any special occasion, why not take a trip out to the country Garden plant centre in Hadnall, north shropshire. set in the grounds of black birches house, which dates back to the 12th century, the plant centre is situated in some of shropshire’s most beautiful countryside and specialises in roses, with over 1000 varieties and around 30,000 roses in stock at any one time. their huge range includes roses suitable for most birthdays, such as ‘birthday boy’, ‘birthday Girl’ and ‘Happy birthday’ to name but a few. they even have one named ‘Fab at 50’! as well as birthdays, the rose names cover almost every wedding anniversary, including silver, golden, ruby and diamond. roses can also make superb wedding gifts, so if you are looking for something different, why not try ‘wedding day’, ‘newly wed’, ‘wedding celebration’ or the stunning orange ‘together Forever’. there are even rose bushes to cover births, mother’s day, Father’s day, Valentine’s day, retirement and a choice of remembrance roses. if you are just looking for roses for your garden, there are all the usual favourites in stock, including Hybrid teas, Floribundas, patio roses, a selection of old fashioned and modern shrub roses, and a huge range of climbers. take a drive out – you won’t be disappointed. Go online to

Glyndwr Plants SPRING: Awakening Time in the Garden Great recommendations for the new season’s planting. Fantastic new perennials and shrubs. Lots of suggestions for ‘grow your own’. Now is the time to get ready for a magnificent year in the garden. Relax in our highly recommended coffee shop and enjoy a selection of our scrumptious homemade cakes and scones or choose from our delicious light snacks menu. Try our special blend of freshly ground coffee or great teas

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Homes& Gardens Top tips for a beautiful lawn

Like everything else in the garden, our lawns are learning to cope with the ups and downs of climate change. They take a real battering as a result and yet we expect them to come back year after year. Their ability to bounce back is amazing but that doesn’t mean they don’t need some help because every year it gets that bit more difficult. With a little time and effort you can have a handsome and healthy lawn for your family to enjoy which is the envy of all your friends and neighbours. tips to get your lawn off to a flying start… Rake away those dead leaves, twigs and branches. The less debris on the lawn, the healthier it’ll be, not to mention the real benefit from increasing its exposure to sunlight. Lawns don’t like shade. Take a look at those border plants, shrubs and trees – they all have a habit of encroaching on the lawn’s space and weakening it by denying it light. Then… get the secateurs out! Check your mower is up to the job – it’s not too late to get it serviced. Make sure the blade is sharp Contact your local branch and keep it that way by buying a spare and swapping it over as the season progresses. Remember to of GreenThumb, the UK’s raise the height of your first cut to just ‘top’ the grass – cutting it too low will put the grass into stress largest Lawn Treatment and set it back just when you want to encourage it. Service company on 0800 Check out the weeds. If hand-picking isn’t your thing and you don’t fancy buying, storing and 0111 222 or log on to www. handling chemicals, get the professionals in. for a Look out for sickly-looking patches. Leatherjackets, the larval form of the ‘Daddy Longlegs’ can devastate a free survey of your lawn. lawn in spring as they chomp through the roots of the grass. If you suspect a problem, get advice.

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Encouraging wildlife Thanks to industrialised farming and expanding urban areas, it is estimated that over 600 species are at risk in the UK due to the loss of their habitat. Many other species are rapidly declining. If you want to do your part to help, or simply want to enjoy wildlife in your garden, here are a few simple ways to make your garden more attractive to wild mammals, birds and insects. Build a compost heap Making compost at home to be used as a fertiliser has a long list of advantages, most notably helping to cut down on waste that is sent to the landfill. Having a compost heap in your garden also attracts many animals as insects love to live in the decomposing vegetable matter and larger animals such as hedgehogs will also come along to feast on the insects. install a log or rock pile An old log pile left to rot is a small intrusion on any garden, and can support insects, such as stag beetle larvae, for years. Rock piles or rockeries meanwhile can provide shelter to many animals, such as frogs and newts when they aren’t in the water. change how you garden In many ways, caring for a wildlife garden is easier than keeping an immaculately groomed one as wild animals often prefer gardens that are a little overgrown. However, having a wildlife friendly garden doesn’t necessarily mean having a messy one. Just planting a few native, animal-friendly plants can make all the difference. Ivy, for example, provides nectar in winter and berries in the spring, as well as shelter for birds. Many flowers, such as honeysuckle and butterfly bush, are easy to care for and attract butterflies, while birds may eat the seeds. try to avoid using pesticides Look into alternative methods of pest control where possible, but if you absolutely must use pesticides, try to use environmentally friendly brands, and always ensure that unused products are disposed of correctly.

Improve Your Home with ADG Windows

We spoke To Geno De Rosa aT aDG alpine WhaT you neeD To knoW befoRe consiDeRinG one of The many home impRovemenT seRvices They offeR When considering getting new windows fitted, one of the first decisions you will have to make is what style you would like – and with so much to choose from, it may not be an easy task! ‘We offer stained, bevelled, leaded and Georgian design windows,’ Geno tells us. ‘All windows are made to measure, so all properties, from period to traditional are able to have new windows and doors installed.’ And if efficiency is a concern, Geno tells us that the majority of the windows offered by ADG Alpine are ‘A’ rated. Once you’ve told ADG Alpine just what you want in your home, they will give you a free quote, as the price can vary depending on what style you have chosen and what sizes you require. ‘When it comes to fitting the windows, there is minimal disruption,’ Geno said. ‘How long it will take depends on how much work there is to be done, but we usually allow half a day per window.’ If the worst should happen, and your new windows break, you needn’t worry. ‘All our UPVC products come with a ten year guarantee,’ Geno explains. ‘There’s also a five year warrantee on glass, and two years on fittings.’ Go online to or call free on 0800 269 368.

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A stylish 1956 in St Asaph, they have prided themselves on Lohberger delivering a quality, personal service. Cooker, sold at RN R N Williams stocks a huge range of stoves, Williams fireplaces and range cookers, with over 150 models from many leading brands. They also supply a growing range of renewable energy products, including biomass heating and solar thermal systems. Whether you are replacing a stove, looking to lower your impact on the planet or reduce your heating bills, R N Williams can help! Such is the demand for these products a second branch has been opened in Chester. Trading under the name ‘Snug’ and located under a renovated railway arch, the new showroom offers stunning displays and an installation service. Director Wyn Williams says: ‘The market for wood burning stoves has remained buoyant throughout these difficult times, in part because of the financial and environmental benefits of using a woodburner, but also because simply nothing beats a real fire both as a focal point and as a great source of heat.’ If you are unable to visit either showroom, you can contact the St Asaph showroom on 01745 582254, or go to the website at The Chester showroom can be called on 01244 312888, or find the website at

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Seek It Out

Nestled in the Welsh Marches is a family run company called Seek It Out – an online business offering craft kits and homewares, many from UK designers. Selling globally to diverse locations from rural Japan to a reserve in the Yukon, crafting is a global passion! Run by husband and wife team Frank and Rosie, they want to bring crafting to adults wishing to try something for the first time without tears or breaking the bank. Rosie says: ‘Crafts should be both fun and affordable, opening up exciting new pastimes to those who perhaps did not learn the skills as a child or maybe have forgotten.’ The latest addition to the craft range is Inter Twine, who offer clever project bags full of fabric and haberdashery. Currently there are 11 designs to choose from. A range of projects, based on the Inter Twine bags, are free to download whenever you want, with both written and pictorial instructions. You can make the project specific to that Inter Twine bag, or simply do your own thing. This range of limited edition Inter Twine bags is exclusive to Seek It Out, with new fabrics and projects coming on sale on a regular basis. Take a look at all that Seek It Out have to offer by visiting their website: You can also find them on Facebook (Seekitoutcouk) or Twitter (@seekitoutcouk).

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Go on, admit it... you’ve never heard of needle felting, have you? Well, you’re not alone but, due to its charm and sheer fun factor, its popularity is on the rise. This is a craft that, with a little patience, almost anyone can do. Needle felting (or ‘embellishing’ as it is sometimes called) is, simply put, the art of sculpting felted objects out of un-spun wool or other fibres. By using repeated pricking actions with barbed felting needles, you can also make your very own 3D creations...and happily, it is not as complicated as it sounds! Many craft shops will sell needle felting starter kits, which contain everything you’ll need to embark on this rewarding hobby including carded or felting wool of various colours, felting needles, a thick sponge or foam block to place under your work in progress and step by step instructions or tutorials. However, these kits do not usually come with sticking plasters so we advise you to stock up… needle felting does take a little practice to get right! Visit for ideas, starter kits and advice.

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Established in 1988, T.O.P. Models, located at the HTM Business Park in Rhuddlan, sells a huge range of models including radio controlled cars, trucks, helicopters, boats and planes. Having been involved in the hobby industry for over 24 years T.O.P. Models’ expertise is legendary. They can supply spares for most makes and will undertake repairs to the majority of models. They stock all types of batteries – LiPO, NiMH, as well as chargers and handy tools. Also to be found are Airfix plastic kits, Humbrol paints, Scalextric (and most other makes of Slot Cars), die cast models and railway accessories. If the item you want is not in stock, it can be specially ordered. T.O.P. Models is the perfect place for any enthusiast and you may be surprised at how sensibly priced the kits and models are! Give them a call on 01745 592111.

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‘Lure’, a major exhibition of new work by helen sear, will be in oriel Davies until 17th April. helen is one of Wales’ most important and insightful artists, who explores the crossover between photography and fine art, with a focus on the natural world. During the past 18 months helen has created a new body of work – photography, video, film installation and sculpture. From seemingly simple subjects – a frozen pond, straw bales in a field, wild flowers – she makes artworks of great power and beauty that explore ideas of seeing and perception. in Pastoral Monument, humble wild flowers from a local meadow are elevated to epic status, the vivid colours glowing against a velvet-dark background with the richness of Dutch still life painting. In the film, Chameleon, a sunflower gradually emerges from the darkness in slow revelation, seemingly spiritual and unnerving. her new sculptures explore scale, form and material, re-presenting the familiar as unfamiliar, the overseen as something monumental. helen lives and works in south Wales. in 2011 she was joint winner of the gold Medal, National eisteddfod for Wales, and also received a Creative Wales Award from Arts Council of Wales. Helen is currently reader in photography and fine art at the university of Wales, Newport. Also in oriel Davies until 17th April, is ‘Fimbulwinter’ (pictured right) by Cardiff-based artist, David Fitzjohn. A series of suspended paper cuts evoke the sense of a woodland environment, which is simultaneously familiar and peculiar. exploring our natural wilderness and its fragile qualities, David’s work references lost ideals whilst imagining an uncertain future. visit to see more exhibitions and events that will be held at oriel Davies throughout the year.

A Well-Travelled ‘gemstone’! In the 1980s a new copper-related mineral gemstone was discovered at Shattuck Farm near Bisbee, Arizona. Given the rather unglamorous name of ‘Shattuckite’, it nevertheless became popular with jewellery makers, due to its stunning blue colour, reminiscent of azure seas in tropical waters. Tony Vine, a lapidary artist based in Rossett, near Wrexham, obtained a sample of the raw material and it then began an incredible journey to become the necklace (pictured right). From Arizona to North Wales, via Bakewell, the gem notched up 6000 miles. Tony visited his son and daughter in Australia and took the opportunity to use the workshop of the Gold Coast Lapidary Club, of which he is a member. Instead of finishing it in his own workshop in the UK, the gem travelled back and to twice more before cutting and polishing was completed – another 48,000 miles. He then commissioned Helen Hilton, a partner in Stockportbased Manchester Minerals and a very gifted silversmith, to design and fashion the unique bird setting that shows the gem to its very best advantage, before finally, posting it back to Oz as a Christmas present for his daughter in 2011. It completed an odyssey of over 66,000 miles – not bad for something that hadn’t moved at all for at least 300 million years previously! Tony’s work can be seen all year around at his stoneTones gallery in the Courtyard of Blakemere Craft Centre near Northwich. you can visit to find out more, or call 01244 574408.

Crafts in the Beautiful Welsh Countryside With a babbling stream on the doorstep, and the Clwydian Ranges at their back, Afonwen Craft and Antique Centre can certainly boast a picturesque location. But there’s plenty to enjoy other than just the view! The centre has lots to offer, whether you are looking for days out in North Wales, antique and vintage furniture, collectables from silver crystal, Royal Dolton, Moorcroft and more to the quirky and traditional gifts and home accessories. Throughout the year, Afonwen Craft and Antique Centre offers you the chance to see local artisans at work, and here are some of the highlights this spring: 8Th MARCh: The NeWspApeR LADy Try paper bonding crafts with Sarah, whose collection is all made from newspapers and music sheets. She layers and paints the papers, and then makes notebooks, cards, brooches, earrings and bookmarks. A most unusual and interesting craft. 9Th AND 10Th MARCh: Love spooN CARviNg WiTh MuRRAy Come and see hand carving at work. Murray has an amazing collection and is delighted to chat about his skill and demonstrate his art. Murray hand carves wooden love spoons with names, dates of special occasions and personally chosen messages. 16Th AND 17Th MARCh: hANDMADe JeWeLLeRy By JuLiA hoBBs Julia has a fabulous collection of handmade jewellery, using semi-precious stones in bright and beautiful colours. She also has a collection of hand-embroidered bags and pretty neck collars. Head to Afonwen Craft and Antique Centre to see her working and to learn about the stones. 23RD AND 24Th MARCh: pAiNTeD shABBy ChiC FuRNiTuRe Alex Clarke will be at Afonwen for the first time painting her furniture. Alex uses vintage pieces and gives them a new lease of life – something to be loved again.

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The most popular and hardest gemstones on earth are diamonds; the word diamond comes from the greek ‘adamas’, meaning ‘indestructible’

28Th AND 29Th MARCh: hAND CRoCheT, KNiTTeD CRAFTs AND BeADeD hANDMADe JeWeLLeRy WiTh susie Q AND KAy Susie does the most beautiful crochet work, including baby clothes, toys and hats. There is also a collection of pretty beaded jewellery and Susie will be working whilst here. Susie is happy to take commissions and offer advice. 30Th MARCh To The 1sT ApRiL: upCyCLiNg CRAFTs These ladies use things we throw away every day to ‘upcycle’, anything from plastic bottles, milk cartons, old wool and clothes in fact anything... they have a bright and colourful collection for all to enjoy. They will be busy working while at Afonwen and look forward to meeting visitors. Afonwen Craft and Antique Centre near Caerwys, Mold, is open from 9:30am until 5:30pm Tuesday to Sunday throughout the year. Should you have any questions about the centre or any of its events, you can contact them on 01352 720965, or visit their website at

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Exhibition Diary January 18th – april 14th Mostyn Gallery, The Mostyn Open 18 5th February – 5th april The Hafren Gallery, Newtown Ayton West March 2nd – april 6th The Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy. Diane Lawrenson and Louise Payne March 10th – april pril 3rd Ffin Y Parc Country House and Gallery, Llanrwst Emrys Williams RCA and Room of Work by Danny Markey. 11th – 23rd March Dee Fine Arts, Heswall Frank Linett 22nd March – 27th OctOber Mid Wales Art Centre, Caersws Past Present Future 22nd March – 31st august Mid Wales Art Centre, Caersws Relative Values pril 7th – May 1st april Ffin Y Parc County House and Gallery, Llanrwst David Lloyd Griffith RCA and Room of Work by James Guy Eccleston pril – 11th May 8th april Dee Fine Arts, Heswall Bob Hill

If you’re looking for a unique gift or just a treat for yourself, then one of the intricate glass pieces from Glassblobbery could be just what you’re looking for. From their workshop in Glanrafon near Corwen, David and Wendy Pryce-Jones create Joss thomas a variety of amazing glass chester dee suspension bridge at night figurines and glassware – some of their more unusual creations include glass wizards Are you a local photographer and would like to be and dragons! But if you have featured here? Email something completely unique in mind, they are also happy to take commissions for custom pieces. The workshop is open from 10am until 5pm every day except Tuesday, so you can always drop in to see what David did yOu knOW? and Wendy create in glass is a great person, and watch material! it can be them in action! If recycled over and you fancy trying over again without your hand at making affecting it’s quality glass creations of your or integrity own, Glassblobbery also run two-day, one-on-one courses on flameworking and lampworking. They also offer home and online courses for bead making, stained glass, fused glass and other techniques. As well as the large selection of glass sculptures available from Glassblobbery, they also carry a range of jewellery, ceramics and other works created by other artists, and there are many pieces available to view on Glassblobbery’s cOnstructiOns and decOnstructiOns – cOllages by website www. MalcOlM tillis and sculpture by JereMy schrecker Until 9th March 2013. You can shop online, or even check out F. Lanier Graham, distinguished art historian and former curator of Glassblobbery’s blog to The Museum of Modern Art in New York and The National Gallery of Australia, says: ‘As I look at the collages of Malcolm tillis I am get all the latest news astonished to see such a continuous core of creativity, and such and to get a sneak endless explosions of joyous imagination. I know of no abstract peak at their newest artist alive today in any country whose art is more lyrical.’ To creations. Call 01490 accompany this exhibition a catalogue titled Constructions 460440 with any and Deconstructions has been produced featuring collages displayed in the exhibition, this is available to purchase at the queries, or send gallery. All proceeds from the sale of Malcolm’s work will be an email to info@ donated to Severn Hospice and The Willow Gallery CIC. if you are interested in Willow Gallery says: ‘Jeremy schrecker’s sculptural prowess has attending a course. given rise to a diverse body of work, which ranges from public

pril 13th – May 25th april The Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy The Royal Cambrian Academy members group exhibition. pril – 13th June 20th april The Hafren Gallery, Newtown Anthony Butterfield

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and environmental sculpture to church art, designer metalwork and even garden design. Clearly inspired by the 20th century Modernist movement, Jeremy’s art reflects his zest for living and a powerful engagement with the natural world. Jeremy’s work has an often ambiguous and enigmatic quality but also manages effortlessly to capture a very elemental universal energy. It resonates with optimism and tells a joyous story of the fusion of man, material and nature, whilst conveying the pure exhilaration of being.’ The Willow Gallery is located in Oswestry, Shropshire and hosts exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery also hosts many events and art classes for all ages and abilities. Visit www. for more information.

“Working from his studio and workshop in North Wales, Tony Vine uses the ancient arts of Lapidary and patination to produce unique wall art and cabochon jewellery, featuring stunning semi-precious stone from the four corners of the world.”

Tony looks forward to meeting friends and visitors at the following events organised by Gwynedd and Clwyd Association of Craftworkers throughout 2013! Erddig Hall and Gardens Easter Fair, 29th March – 1st April Conwy Quay May Day Weekend, 4th – 6th May Beaumaris Festival on the Green, 24th – 27th May Grosvenor Garden Centre, Chester, 21st – 23rd June Anglesey Show, 13th – 14th August Grosvenor Garden Centre Pre-Christmas Fair, 1st – 3rd November

For further details visit The complete range of Tony’s work can be seen in his gallery within “Elements” in The Courtyard at Blakemere Craft Centre, Sandiway, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 2EB

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Betws Welsh cakes are a hit!

A compAny thAt’s revolutionised the trAditionAl Welsh cAke is AttrActing A host of celeBrity fAns including pop stArs olly murs And pixie lott! Aficionados of the griddled cakes made by Cwmni Cacen Gri (The Welsh Cake Company) in Betws-y-Coed now include pop stars Olly Murs and Pixie Lott – not to mention Wales’s favourite weatherman, Derek Brockway. The joys of their cacen gri were discovered by Olly Murs and Pixie Lott when they performed at the Access all Eirias pop concert in Old Colwyn this summer. Cwmni Cacen Gri’s own original recipe even brightens up the day of BBC weatherman Derek Brockway, a fan ever since he dropped into the shop one day and who keeps in touch. The art of Welsh Cake making also given a boost earlier this year when Ann Romney, wife of the Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, harked back to her Welsh roots and extolled their virtues to anyone who would listen on the campaign trail. As well as the conventional tea time treats, the Cwmni Cacen Gri varieties include some exotic flavours never imagined by Mrs Romney or her Welsh grandmother. Among them are raspberry and white chocolate, triple chocolate, chocolate and orange, chocolate and mint, cinnamon, orange and lemon, lime and coconut and Penderyn Welsh whisky and sultana. The company was established by life-long friends Jennie Barrie and Jo Wordsworth who are finding they can have their cake – and everyone wants to eat it! The Welsh cakes are made with locally sourced ingredients including Welsh butter and Welsh organic eggs. Cwmni Cacen Gri were one of 35 regional finalists out of the 1,000 UK bakeries which tried to get a place on ITV’s popular daytime TV competition, Britain’s Best Bakery. If you want more information about Cwmni Cacen Gri visit their website on

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Purple Moose purple moose’s ysgAWen (‘elderfloWer’)

Will Be re-lAunched in eArly mArch After its Winter hiBernAtion. did you know? Ysgawen (ABV 4.0% vol.) first the ancient Babylonians emerged in April 2012 as part of Purple were the first people to Moose Brewery’s new speciality range brew beer, and they took of beers. Brewery owner Lawrence it very seriously –if you Washington wanted to create a pale brewed a bad batch beer where the elderflower not only your punishment was to comes through on the aroma but is be drowned in it! complemented by zesty, citrus hops. The resulting beer proved to be very popular during its first outing… Ysgawen won four awards in May 2012,and later in the year Ysgawen picked up a 1-Star Gold Award in the Great Taste Awards. Ysgawen is available from the Purple Moose Brewery Shop in Porthmadog, and online at £2.25 per bottle. It is also available in selected outlets across North Wales. But re-launching Ysgawen isn’t the only exciting news – Purple Moose Brewery is currently undergoing a major programme of expansion which will quadruple its production capability. This is in response to a massive increase in popularity and demand for Purple Moose beers over the past three years. The new brewing plant is all being located into the existing premises in Porthmadog, thankfully avoiding the need to move and will be operational by the end of February, allowing the brewery to expand into new market areas in both Britain and abroad. Visit their website at, or call 01766 515571 if you have any questions.

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Spring at Battlefield 1403

ChriS Darlington of BattlefielD 1403 tellS uS what we Can Be founD at the alBrighton eState thiS Spring: ‘the snow and cold weather we received in January reminds us of the changing seasons and with that in mind our thoughts turn to lambing time and Spring. ‘having won a great taste award for our home reared lamb it is a very important part of albrighton estate and Battlefield 1403. our head butcher Steve and farm manager Mark regularly converse to ensure the lamb and beef from the estate is of the highest quality, and our fillet steak has also won a great taste award. ‘with the recent controversy regarding meat traceability the reasons to buy local and support traditional farm shops with their own butchery have never been greater! Support your local farm shop and ask questions about the meat you’re buying and eating and its journey from gate to plate. ‘please check out our website for ‘Meet the producer’ days which usually occur every Saturday, this supports local producers whilst giving you the customer the chance to try before you buy. other important dates are added to the events page throughout the year for your information. and look out for open farm Sunday in June which will be a big day for us as it’s where we showcase how food and farming connect with each other and will promise to be a great day out!’ Find out more about Battlefield 1403 and the Albrighton Estate by visiting Should you wish to visit Battlefield 1403 and see what is on offer for yourself, they are open 9:30-5:30pm Monday to Saturday, and 10-4pm on Sundays.

Four of the best local cheeses

On iTS Own, wiTH a CRaCkeR OR MeLTed On TOaST, MOST PeOPLe Have a BiT Of a weakneSS fOR a GOOd CHeeSe! we Had a LOOk aT SOMe Of THe BeST Made LOCaLLy…

Conwy Feasts on local produce

A brother And sister teAm From GlAnwydden Are tAkinG loCAl produCe to A hiGher level. GAreth huGhes oF Cilmeityn FArm, AlreAdy A Founder member oF the Jones Crisps phenomenon, hAs teAmed up with his sister For his lAtest venture. it all started a few years ago when Gareth heard about opportunities with goat’s milk. he found a lady in northants retiring from her cheese business and bought recipes and equipment in one fell swoop. he then persuaded his sister, deborah Jones, to produce the cheese. three years later they are producing high quality handmade cheese at the farm on the outskirts of llandudno. the herd of free-range nanny goats are Alpine and saanen dairy goats, which are high yielding milkers, producing wonderfully rich milk. ‘the free-range goats are full of character, if i’m a bit late milking in the morning they’ll disappear over the fields, so they rule the roost a bit here!’ says Gareth. deborah has been using the milk to produce the fresh soft cheese since April and they’re available at the top local restaurants, from the Queen’s head Glanwydden, to bodysgallen hall, watsons Conwy and the Quay at deganwy. ‘we’re very proud of the quality of the outlets supporting us and thrilled to be featured on the Christmas menu at the Queen’s head, it makes it all worth the effort,’ smiles deborah. they have received support from the true taste-trade development project funded by the welsh Government which has ensured the product will now be available to the general public at outlets such as the independent spar chain at llanrwst, rhos on sea and penmaenmawr and the bodnant welsh Food Centre. visit to find out more. Cilmeityn Farm products can be bought at spar or the bodnant welsh Food Centre.

Hot cross buns

IngredIents 625g strong white flour 45g chilled butter 45g golden caster sugar, plus 2 extra tbsp 1 tsp salt 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground allspice

¼ tsp grated nutmeg 1½ tsp fast-action dried yeast 1 egg 275ml milk, plus 4 extra tbsp 100g raisins 25g chopped mixed peel Oil, for greasing

MetHOd 1 Sift 500g of the flour into a large glass or ceramic bowl. Cut up the butter and rub in with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in 45g caster sugar, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and yeast. Beat the egg in another bowl, and then mix into the dry ingredients with 275ml milk, until you have soft, pliable dough. Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for five minutes, until smooth. Gradually work in the raisins and peel. Return to the bowl and cover loosely with oiled cling film. Leave in a warm place for an hour, until doubled in size. 2 Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead well. Then cut into 12 pieces. Lightly flour your hands and roll the pieces into neat balls. Put on two greased trays, cover with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes. 3 Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas mark 6. Sift the remaining flour into a bowl and stir in about 125ml tap water to make a smooth paste. Spoon into a freezer bag, snip off the corner and pipe a cross over each bun. Bake for 15 minutes until golden. 4 Meanwhile, put the extra milk and extra sugar into a pan. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar, and then boil for 2-3 minutes until syrupy. Brush the glaze over the warm buns. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Then smother with butter and enjoy!

Ludlow Food Centre’s Ludlow Blue and remembered Hills, £4.49 for 250g The Ludlow food Centre brings us not just one, but two fantastic local cheeses. Ludlow Blue is a truly unique product, and is the only cheese in Britain to take its orange colour from organic carrot juice. The carrot juice is added to the milk and is used as a substitute for the popular food colourant, annatto. Remembered Hills, which won a gold award in the 2012 world Cheese awards, is similar to Stilton, but has a milder flavour and more well-rounded taste. Both cheeses are made with pasteurised milk from the Ludlow food Centre’s own cows, and take three months to mature. shropshire Cheese Company’s shropshire Blue, £2.80 for 140g The handmade Shropshire Blue is one of the Shropshire Cheese Company’s most popular cheeses, and it’s easy to see why! This rich and creamy cheese is great on a cheese board or when used in cooking, and was winner of the Heart of england diamond award and a Silver national Cheese award in 2011. snowdonia Cheese’s Little Black Bomber, £3.75 for 200g The Little Black Bomber is described as a ‘cheddar with attitude’, and is the flagship product of Snowdonia Cheese’s superb range. winner of the 2010 Silver Medal at the nantwich international Cheese Show and the 2007 world Cheese award Bronze, this extra-mature cheese has a fantastic and unique taste all its own. south Caernarfon Creameries’ Welsh Caerphilly, £1.50 for 180g South Caernarfon Creameries can proudly proclaim itself to be one of the few welsh companies making the region’s best-known cheese. The smooth and creamy Caerphilly is great as a replacement for feta in salads, or as part of a ploughman’s lunch.

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Our aim at Battlefield 1403 is to create a happy and relaxed visitor destination where everyone feels welcome. The Farm Shop has an extensive range of food and Gifts. Our head butcher Steve and his team can cater for your specific needs at competitive prices. The cafe serves restaurant style meals in a relaxed environment.

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Taste Test Lewis’s Farm Shop’s sausages

Whether you like them best with mash, on the barbeque or between two slices of bread, nothing quite beats a good sausage. And if good sausages are what you’re after, then a trip to Lewis’s Farm Shop is certainly in order – there’s a huge range of flavours, and all their sausages are made from British meat. We tried a few of the flavours available: the traditional pork sausages went down well. They were very meaty and tasty, and quite obviously made from high quality meat – in fact, some of the best plain sausages we’ve tried! The herbed sausages had a delicious, but not overpowering flavour. Similar to Cumberland sausages, we think these would be great with mash and gravy! One of the more unusual choices was the tomato sausages. The sausage had a mild flavour, with a kick at the end; these would be great on the barbeque. The asparagus and stilton sausages certainly looked nice, as the green of the asparagus survived cooking. You can certainly taste the stilton in these, which complements the pork of the sausage. If you like your food with a bit of a kick, you may well enjoy the chilli and leek sausages sausages. The first bite of these sausages gives you the sweetness of the leek, and you certainly get the chilli hit afterwards! To try any of the sausages we’ve mentioned, or any of the other freshly made local food available at Lewis’s Farm Shop (and there’s a lot of it!), pop into the shop in Eyton, near Wrexham. Visit for more information.

simnel cake s IngredIents 300g self raising flour 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice 110g butter or margarine 110g brown sugar 2 tablespoons of golden syrup

350g mixed dry fruit 2 eggs Approximately 100ml milk 700g marzipan 2 tablespoons of icing sugar

MetHOd 1 Preheat the oven to 150C/325F/Gas Mark 3. 2 Put the flour into a mixing bowl. 3 Rub the margarine into the flour. 4 Add all the other dry ingredients, then mix well. 5 Add the eggs and golden syrup. Mix well, then add enough milk to give the mixture a soft dropping consistency. 6 Grease a deep, round 8 inch tin. 7 Put half of the cake mixture into the tin. 8 Make a ball out of about a third of the marzipan, then roll it into a flat circle about the size of the cake tin. 9 Put the rolled out marzipan on top of the mixture in the bowl, then add the rest of the cake mixture on top. 10 Bake in the centre of the oven for 1 and1/4 hours or until a thin metal skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out without a trace of stickiness. 11 Once cooked, let the cake cool in the tin for around ten minutes before removing it and allowing it to cool thoroughly on a wire rack. 12 Roll out half of the remaining marzipan into a flat circle and place it on top of the cooled cake. Use the icing sugar mixed with some cold water as a glue to hold it in place. 13 Make the remaining marzipan into 11 equal balls. Dip each ball in the icing sugar before placing them evenly around the outside of the cake. 14 Pour the remaining icing sugar into the centre of the cake and use it to hold decorations of your choice. Traditionally, sugar violets are used.

Oswestry Market wins market of the year!

Oswestry Indoor Market has taken first prize in the category of Best Local Council Market in the KPR Midlink Ltd Market of the Year 2013 competition, much to the delight of the Town Council. The category was created some years ago recognising the large number of local councils who are now operating markets across the UK. The judging panel confirmed that ‘the best local council market is awarded to a market which is very special to its town and one that’s gone through a major refurbishment in 2012 after winning a national competition with a design produced by Sir Terrance Conran.’ The judging panel also witnessed the introduction of a new market website with other social media initiatives. This has given the market increased profile and proactive management has improved footfall and also created a greater visual impact for shoppers. ‘This is a huge boost for Oswestry Market and for the town and our town centre,’ said the Mayor Councillor, Martin Bennett. ‘The competition has many entrants from across the UK and the award is a great endorsement for the huge resource and financial investments that we have made in the indoor market in recent years. This is an award that our market traders, our customers and councillors can be extremely proud of. It has been achieved through partnership, hard work and commitment. Oswestry as a town can be very proud.’

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CeLyn FArMer’s MArket, MOLd: The Church Hall, King Street. 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month. 0781 0637233 COLWyn BAy: Bay View Shopping Centre. Every Thursday. 01492 680209 AngLesey: Ysgol David Hughes. 3rd Saturday of every month. 01248 490 213 COnWy: Conwy RSPB Reserve. Last Wednesday of every month. 01492 584091 POrtHMAdOg: Y Ganolfan, near the harbour. Last Saturday of every month. www.marchnadporthmadogmarket.


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OsWestry: The Bailey Head. Last Friday of every month. 01691 680222 BIsHOP’s CAstLe: Town Hall and Market Square. 3rd Saturday of every month. 01588 638141 LudLOW: Castle Square. 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. 01584 872043 sHreWsBury: The Square. 1st Friday of every month. 01743 792547 WHItCHurCH: Outside the Civic Centre. 1st Saturday of every month. 01948 665761

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‘Three of the Best’ pubs Yattar Yattar goes in search of three of the best pubs so you don’t have to… (we’re good like that!)

The WhiTe horse the white horse is a smashing little watering hole more than deserving of its place on our list. located in llanfair dc, about two miles from ruthin, this traditional pub prides itself on the warm welcome it extends to the weary traveller or familiar local alike. there are a host of themed evenings on offer including the popular ‘asia night’ and ‘poker night’ as well as pool competitions, quizzes and live entertainment. we fell through the door, a rain-soaked and bedraggled sight, but were instantly revived by a huge sunday lunch with all the trimmings. salT we often receive recommendations for pubs to visit for this column, so when one came in extolling the virtues of salt, (formerly known as bar essential), we immediately headed off to portland street in

Taste Test Cathryn Cariad luxury chocolates

There was great excitement in the Yattar Yattar office when we received Cathryn Cariad’s ‘A Taste of Wales’ chocolate box. After dutifully dividing up the spoils (and a little bickering over who got what), we got started! The box itself is beautifully presented and contains six different types of chocolate truffles – wild elderflower; Welsh tea; Welsh cake; honey and sea salt; ‘dragon roasted’ Welsh coffee; and Cathryn Cariad’s award-winning salted caramel truffles. The wild elderflower truffle is ‘a taste of spring,’ as it was described in the office. It is a white chocolate truffle with a very delicate elderflower flavour. Overall, it has a smooth, silky texture and is delicious without being overpowering. The Welsh tea truffle, with its crisp outside and smooth centre, was a big hit. The overall consensus is that it was smooth and light tasting, but very moreish! Cinnamon fans are sure to love the Welsh cake truffle, which ‘excites the taste buds’ with its flavour. The cinnamon proves to go wonderfully with the white chocolate shell that encases this truffle. The honey and sea salt truffle was one of our favourites. The rich dark chocolate shell is the perfect complement to the sweet local honey found inside. This truffle has a delicious, fluffy texture, and is a very indulgent treat. If you like dark chocolate, then the ‘dragon roasted’ Welsh coffee truffle is the one for you! This one is very rich, but that’s not to say you won’t want more once you’ve finished. The crispy, almost brittle dark chocolate shell gives well to a smooth coffee flavoured centre. Finally, the salted caramel truffle won overall favourite – it’s easy to see why this truffle scooped up a two star Gold Great Taste Award in 2011, and a Silver True Taste of Wales Award in 2011/12. The salted caramel truffle is the perfect mix of sweet and salty, and it’s certainly a must try! The ‘A Taste of Wales’ box is just that – a great taste of some of the best ingredients found locally, and is perfect as a gift. A box of 24, as we had, normally sells for £17.50. All of Cathryn Cariad’s chocolates are available online at

asparagus By Tom huNT, luDloW FooD CeNTre the wait is over. spring has sprung and there is a variety of new seasonal foods available locally. Asparagus is one of the first things to look forward to in spring and the first crops are being picked right now throughout the region. although the supermarkets seem Did you know? able to provide historically, asparagus asparagus all was heralded as an year round it’s aphrodisiac, as first just not the same celebrated in al-Nafzawi’s as waiting for The olD Three PiGeoNs The Perfumed Garden, the real thing. hidden away deep in rural shropshire, the cold winter which is a 15th century you’ll find The Old Three Pigeons, a months are over so sex manual! quintessentially english pub that has stews, roast dinners been serving the local community of and soup can be nesscliffe since 1405! enjoy the friendly replaced with fresh new welcome, take a seat and enjoy a drink, season lamb, asparagus and but be warned, you might just encounter new potatoes. spirits of another kind – the pub is said to the asparagus season is fairly short, be home to the ghost of its most notorious lasting approximately two months in britain patron and shropshire’s answer to robin meaning we go mad for it when it finally hood, sir humphrey kynaston. the old hits the shops. british asparagus is well three pigeons prides itself on its real ale known to be the best in the world with selection, and many of the ales on tap tonnes of it selling here and abroad every are brewed locally. also sourced locally is year. it is not only the taste that has made much of the food on offer. these green spears so popular it is also the health benefits. Asparagus is a real ‘super food’ containing a plethora of fantastic vitamins and minerals. an 80g serving provides 60% of the recommended daily allowance of folic acid, which can help expectant mothers to stave off infection and boost iron absorption. asparagus is rich aberystwyth to see for ourselves… and were in total agreement – great atmosphere, lovely food ( burgers being their speciality) and excellent service! Manager, rhian John says, ‘we hold free quiz nights on Mondays from 9pm which are really popular with our customers (especially the £25 bar tab for the winner!) and we have great offers on cocktails – two for £4.50 all day every day. we are open until 1am on fridays and saturdays.’

in vitamin a which has been associated with fighting cancer and also has a high concentration of soluble fibre, known to help protect against heart disease. the one thing that everybody will love about asparagus is that it is low in calories. the average spear has just 4 calories, almost no fat and is very low in cholesterol making it great it you want to lose weight. we can all buy british and lose weight, improve our weary immune systems and most important of all taste something that is fresh. asparagus can be found in some supermarkets but for the freshest local asparagus go to a pick your own farm or a farm shop such as the ludlow food centre because we only stock locally grown shropshire and worcestershire asparagus. at the food centre we don’t just sell it, we create asparagus dishes too. our kitchen team make asparagus quiche and soup, and our restaurant chefs get really creative making a range of seasonally inspired food that shows off asparagus in all its glory. we hope you will join us to enjoy this local, seasonal treat when it is supposed to be eaten, right now!

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FAnS oF CHAnneL 5 Big Brother SHoW KnoW HIM AS ‘LUKe A’, THe TrAnSGenDer CHeF AnD WorTHY WInner oF THe 2012 SerIeS. Yattar Yattar CAUGHT Up WITH LUKe To CHAT ABoUT ACCepTAnCe, CAKe AnD LIFe AFTer BIG BroTHer…

Working from the Ludlow Food Centre, artisan chocolatier Daniel Jones creates an impressive variety of chocolate, all made by hand in the traditional way on a marble slab. There are plenty of unique flavours to be found in his range of chocolate, including mint chocolate made with fresh mint, and orange chocolate made with orange zest and bee pollen. There are also more unusual combinations available, such as strawberry and peppercorn. ‘I like to play around with different flavours,’ Daniel says. ‘I’ve even used chocolate in Spaghetti Bolognese!’ Daniel’s chocolate range includes some very unique products. Kuku U Kul hot chocolate is one such product. ‘It’s based on a Mesoamerican drink and captures the first experience of chocolate,’ Daniel tells us. ‘It’s made with 73% dark chocolate, so it’s pretty intense!’ The recipe also includes plenty of aromatic spices, fiery chilli, and a little light citrus. The majority of Daniel’s chocolate is made from criollo or trinitario beans, but there is one chocolate bar made from tonka beans. The Tonka Bean Bar, described as ‘beautifully aromatic’, is made from tonka beans from Brazil, mixed with rare spices. ‘It always goes down well at food festivals,’ Daniel tells us. Despite having only been trading just over a year, Daniel has already picked up several awards, including three awards at the Ludlow Food Festival. His unique Tonka Bean Bar also received a gold award at the 2012 Great Taste Awards. But it isn’t just about making chocolate. ‘An important part of my job is teaching people how to use chocolate at home,’ Daniel tells us. ‘I run some courses, and there are plenty of demos at the Ludlow Food Centre – visitors can even see me making chocolate through the window!’ Find out more about Daniel and his range of delicious chocolate by visiting his website: www., where you can also buy chocolate online, with free delivery on orders over £30. You can visit Daniel at the Ludlow Food Centre.

Daily bread at Grosvenor Boddingtons beer, walnuts and mashed potato are just some of

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the inner part of the bread, encased by the crust, is called the ‘crumb’. this is why small bits of breads are called crumbs!

the ingredients which veteran baker Barry Littler uses to make The Chester Grosvenor’s daily bread. Five days a week Barry, from Newton in Chester, is the first person to arrive for work at the five star hotel in the heart of Chester. The 49-year-old father-of-two has been the in-house baker for 16 years and starts his day in The Chester Grosvenor’s bakery at 3.30am every Tuesday to Saturday. By 5am, while guests sleep, Barry is baking the buttery croissants, pain au chocolat, Danish pastries, mini muffins and bread rolls that will be served fresh from the oven at breakfast in La Brasserie restaurant and room service. Using flour from the family run Walk Mill, Waverton, Cheshire, Barry makes eight different kinds of bread every day as well as the 100 – 200 plain and fruit scones enjoyed in The Arkle Bar and Lounge every day. Barry is always coming up with new varieties of bread to wow diners with but he’s currently making a sourdough, which has a five-day fermentation process; beer and potato bread, made with a Boddingtons beer crust; and fig and wine bread in which dried figs are marinated in red wine and walnuts overnight. Diners in the Michelin-star ‘Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor’ restaurant are offered a selection of eight different breads from the bread trolley, to accompany their meal. It’s this impressive selection and Barry’s talent that earned him a mention in the Sunday Times Food List 2012. Executive chef Simon Radley says: ‘We are very lucky to have Barry because there aren’t many hotels with their own in-house baker. Diners often say that the bread trolley is one of the things they really love about eating at The Chester Grosvenor. I think that’s testament to Barry’s skill and the consistently excellent quality of the bread he makes.’

on meeting the confident and handsome young man from Mynydd Isa, you would never suspect that he was born a girl. Luke, originally named Laura, underwent sex reassignment surgery four years ago and now, thanks to intense media coverage, the 31-year-old chef has gained a degree of acceptance for the transgender community as well as an army of fans! Luke, who revealed his past on live television, tells us, ‘Since leaving the Big Brother house, life has been surreal but I feel as though a weight has been lifted from my shoulders... I feel free for the first time in my life! I was pleasantly surprised at the reaction I got after leaving the programme – I was expecting lots of negativity but, overall, people have been lovely.’ About 1.5 million people watched Luke’s emotional journey so, does he feel that this very public spotlight has been worth it? ‘If I helped just one person by being on the show then yes, it’s definitely been worth it,’ he smiles. ‘I feel overwhelmed when I receive thank you messages from people confused by their gender, in fact the independent on Sunday placed me in the Top 10 of the most influential LGBT in their prestigious pink List… I beat Alan Carr and Gok Wan!’ Luke is now on the books at ASL Celebrity Chefs – a company which supplies celebrity chefs for food festivals and events. ‘My wife, Becki, and I plan to buy a property in the local area and, thanks to my £50,000 prize money, we can afford to put down a deposit. To book Luke Anderson at your event, contact or call 0800 28 000 12.

Luke’s easy microwave sponge pudding ServeS: 4 You wiLL need 50g (2 oz) butter 50g (2 oz) caster sugar 50g (2 oz) self raising flour 1 medium egg, beaten 2 tablespoons milk 2 tablespoons of jam or syrup

Method Prep time: 10 mins, cooking time: 3 mins 1 In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. 2 Mix in the egg and milk gradually, so as not to curdle the butter. 3 Sift in the flour, and fold in gently. 4 Put 2 tablespoons of golden syrup, treacle or jam in bottom of microwave-safe bowl. Pour in batter. 5 Cover, and cook for 3 1/2 minutes on full power, or until the pudding appears set when gently jiggled, and the top is sticky. Serve hot.

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Bangor Fat Cat Café

Dining with Fat Cats Yattar Yattar went to soak up some of the atmosphere at the Bangor and Llandudno Fat Cat Café Bars, where we sampled some of the foodie delights, and had a chat with the managing director, Matt Saunders…


e started in January 1992 in Bangor,’ explains Matt Saunders. ‘I had just finished my business degree in London. I’d always wanted my own business, and I worked in bars while I was studying, which started my love affair with the hospitality sector.’ So how did Matt end up in Bangor? ‘My mum had just moved to Penmaenmawr, not too far from Bangor,’ Matt explained. ‘It’s a nice part of the world, and I thought I could attract the students of Bangor University as well.’ There are now 10 Fat Cat Café Bars in Wales and England. ‘When we first started, we expanded quite quickly,’ Matt says. ‘Of course, that changed in 2008. The poor economy meant that people changed their going out habits – it was really a game changer. Despite the poor conditions, we’ve still had a good amount of growth in the last two years.’

do our best to set ourselves apart for service.’ To back up their high service standards, Fat Cat Café Bars do their best to deliver good value for money. There might be cheaper places out there, but not better value for money,’ Matt says. ‘We offer a lively environment, with good drinks and good food, and really give you a reason to spend your money.’ We headed to the Fat Cat Café Bars in Bangor and Llandudno to see just what the bars offer for ourselves. Both the Bangor and the Llandudno bars had a welcoming atmosphere, and both were full of people eating. Dinner was at the Bangor bar and restaurant. A glance at the menu told us that we weren’t in for the usual pub fare! For starters, we enjoyed the white bait, which was absolutely delicious! A fantastic Caesar salad proved to be good company for the fish, while the Greek platter that we shared was an unusual, but delicious choice. The highlight of the platter was really the lovely aubergine fritters and the chargrilled halloumi. For mains, we had the British staple of fish and chips – the beer-battered fish was delicious and light. Of course, it wouldn’t be

‘A glance at the menu told us that we weren’t in for the usual pub fare’

a breed apart What sets Fat Cat Café Bars apart from other bars? ‘We have always focused on the service aspect,’ Matt tells us. ‘When we started, it was very unusual to get table service in a bar. We still

fish and chips if it didn’t include some mushy peas and tartar sauce. We also tried the Cajun chicken burger, which certainly wasn’t short on delicious flavours! Overall, the food was fantastic, and the generous portions made sure that no one would go hungry.

20 yearS of fat catS 2012 marked twenty years since the first Fat Cat Café Bar opened. ‘To mark our twentieth birthday, we did a serious of customer giveaways,’ Matt tells us. ‘We also invited people to celebrate their birthday with us, and gave 20% off to anyone holding a birthday party. This proved to be so popular that we’re continuing it this year.’ And where did the name come from? ‘When I started the business, my brother was reading a fictional book with a pub called ‘The Fat Cat’. We thought the name was memorable, and it’s certainly worked well for us so far!’ y

High Street, bangor

01248 370445 Opened in 1992, Bangor was the first of the Fat Cat Café Bars. The restaurant is spread over two floors and has plenty of charm. The balcony offers somewhere to enjoy and dine al fresco during the summer months. There is also a canopied, heated terrace which can be enjoyed all year round. The bar is open from 10am until 11pm on Mondays and Tuesday, 10am to 12am Wednesday to Saturday, and 11am unto 10:30pm on Sundays. Food is served every day from 10am until 10pm.

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Llandudno Fat Cat Café

01492 871844 The Llandudno Fat Cat Café Bar has an open dining area to the rear of the bar. Should you want to get a little fresh air, there is a Victorian terrace to the front the building. The bar is open from 10am until 11pm Sunday to Thursday, and from 10am until 12pm every Friday and Saturday. Food is served every day from 10am until 10pm.

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The West Arms

Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog Braving the January snow, we visited a real treat in the Glyn Valley…

Licenced for civil ceremonies and partnerships Perfect for small intimate weddings (up to 30 guests) New for 2013, courtyard marquee (up to 60 guests) Luxury accommodation for up to 14 guests Beautiful mountain backdrop and sea views Contact Caroline Evans for a wedding package. Llanbedr, Gwynedd, LL45 2NY 01341 241363 or 07767 473505


ith growing trepidation, we watched the weather front closing in from the west; snow was inevitable. Reading this now in the comfort of a spring day, such concerns will seem distant, but cast your mind back to late January. A cold blast of wind from the east had left the country a frozen waste for over a week, and was about to meet a band of wet air arriving over Wales. Heavy snow was certain, though fortunately for us, the roads remained accessible, and the valley and the West Arms itself looked beautiful in the snow. It was the stellar reputation of the West Arms, and head chef Grant Williams – whose appearances on television have now earned him celebrity chef status, that made us brave the weather. People from Anglesey to Oswestry raved about the food when we mentioned where we were heading. Friends and colleagues rushed to say how they’re definitely going back – and how surprised they were. Well you can’t judge a dish by its cover. That said, it’s not every ancient drover’s inn tucked away off the beaten track that can claim AA rosettes every year until there’s no room on the shelves for more! Over drinks in the bar, we enjoy delicate salmon and pastry nibbles and peruse the menu, showing four choices for both starters and main course. For the starters, the Thai fish cake on chicory, watercress and apple salad was a tasty, zesty classic combination, and the goats cheese with roasted pear and hazelnut oil was a beautiful dish – the creamy soft cheese with firm, clean pear all set off by the nutty dressing; absolutely delicious. For entrées, the fillet of plaice, smoked salmon, spinach and scallops in a tarragon butter sauce was wonderfully presented, delicately cooked, and generous to a fault with the fillets, formed together around and over the spinach. The loin of pork with sweet potato, celeriac and bacon was a meaty treat – but the real star was the sweet potato! Just delicious, wonderfully seasoned and the perfect accompaniment to the pork, that fell apart in thick, succulent strips. Leaving just in time to follow the snow plough back down to Glyn Ceiriog, Chirk and home, we gave thanks 2 co urse s £27.95 for our lucky timing – had our table 3 co urse s £32.95 been an hour later we may not have We chose ventured out into a blizzard of saucerfro m fo u r starters, sized flakes, and would have missed a fo ur won d e m rful a in dishes a wonderful treat! y n


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Plas Gwynfryn The Great Escape Excitement mounts when we spot the sign to Plas Gwynfryn. As we head up the driveway, we are immediately taken with this beautiful house…


las Gwynfryn dates back to the turn of the 20th Century, when the house was built using granite quarried from the original 100acre grounds. Making our way up the driveway, we pass through the impressively kept eight acres of gardens includes three lawns, a lily pond, a walled kitchen garden with an orchard and beautiful flower gardens. When we reach the house itself, we are welcomed by Caroline Evans, the owner, and a roaring fire. We take a seat in the warmth, while Caroline dashes off to make us a much needed cup of tea. The entrance hall is exactly what you’d want from a Welsh country house – original wooden paneled walls, an incredible fireplace, cosy window seats and intricately carved wooden furniture. When Caroline returns we ask her how it feels to own such a property. ‘Plas Gwynfryn has been in my family since 1964, when my Grandmother bought it. It was my childhood home and so holds a lot of emotional attachment for me.’ We imagine what it would be like to grow up here; the country home has six bedrooms and can comfortably accommodate fourteen people. There is a large dining room, homey living area and a typical country-style kitchen, and most bedrooms have their own fireplace and en-suite.

that I realized the real potential Plas Gwynfryn held and just how lucky I was to have it in my family,’ says Caroline. So how did Plas Gwynfryn make the transition from family home to the business that it is today? ‘I moved to London in 2002, where I was head of marketing for an architect firm. It wasn’t until my mother had a stroke in 2005 that I was faced with the tough decision to either sell Plas Gwynfryn, or turn it into a business.’ Caroline explains that while she was trying to make her decision, she met her longterm partner, Michael Roberts, who encouraged her to give up her marketing job and move back to the village of Llanbedr, near Harlech, to focus on Plas Gwynfryn. Since then, Caroline has managed to turn Plas Gwynfryn, which loosely translates to ‘White Hill Palace’, into the perfect place to escape from reality. The holiday home is open all year around and Caroline likes to make sure everything is looked properly after.

‘This house holds a lot of emotional attachment for me’

keeping it in the family ‘When I was growing up I wanted a normal house like everyone else. When you’re younger you just want to fit in! It wasn’t until I grew up

wedding bells In 2010 Caroline hosted Plas Gwynfryn’s first wedding, there are three licensed rooms, plus veranda, for civil ceremonies and partnerships. ‘We’ve held seven or eight weddings a year since we obtained our wedding license,’ Caroline tells us. ‘On average we have about sixty guests per wedding but we offer a range of different wedding packages, each one tailored to create the perfect day.’ With eight weddings already booked this year Caroline has her hands full and I think it’s safe to say she’s incredibly grateful for Christine and Patrick Cummins, the cooks at Plas Gwynfryn. The couple’s interest is cooking with homegrown and local produce, but it’s apparent that they go out of their way to make everyone feel at home by doing everything from stocking the fridges before the guests arrive to helping to keep the fires roaring. We are shown to our rooms for the evening, which are beautifully decorated and continue the Victorian theme throughout the house.

Before dinner, we’re taunted by the delicious aromas of cooking, but don’t have long to wait. Christine and Patrick serve our starters: spicy curried parsnip soup and naan bread, followed by a veritable feast of Indian dishes, including lamb madras, Bombay potatoes, mutter paneer, green lentil curry and phool gobi with peppers. The lamb is cooked to perfection – five hours in the Aga Patrick tells us! Although the food on its own is enough to show how passionate Christine and Patrick are, their enthusiasm is obvious and its refreshing to hear them both talk about cooking. For dessert, Christine’s famous treacle toffee profiteroles, blackcurrant and blueberry jelly, lemon jelly with mandarins and plum cake. The jelly acts perfectly as a palette cleanser before the delicious profiteroles. Patrick can’t resist pouring us all a small glass of his divinely sweet, homemade sloe gin, which ends the delectable meal superbly. Food is one of the main factors while on vacation and despite the historic house being self-catering, guests can choose to have their food cooked for them by Christine and Patrick for a small extra cost. We head to bed and climb into into the comfort of the soft mattress and Egyptian cotton sheets. The next morning we’re sad to leave, as we drive home we discuss how Plas Gwynfryn could easily be ‘The Great Escape’, whether that be for your wedding, an activity filled family vacation or simply a weekend away to escape it all… y Plas Gwynfryn is located in the village of Llanbedr, near Harlech, in Snowdonia National Park. The house can sleep a total of 14 people in its six bedrooms and has three en suite rooms with kingsize beds and two family rooms. Dogs are welcome by prior arrangement for no extra fee. Plas Gwynfryn has everything you need to prepare you own food. Alternatively, you can have a home-cooked spread put on just for you. Prices run at about £25 per head. To discuss a booking or your wedding, call 01341 241363 or email enquiries@plasgwynfryn. Find out more about Plas Gwynfryn by visiting

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ave you been pestered to death by text messages offering you compensation for that accident you never had, or that PPI insurance when you don’t even know what PPI means? Well here’s a dummy’s guide for you as a member of the public, a consumer or worker in 2013. Does PPI aPPly to me? Payment Protection Insurance (PPI), was institutionally mis-sold. If you ever took out a car loan or credit card or home improvement loan then the salesperson made more commission on selling ‘addons’ like PPI than on the main deal. So it will have been sold to you whether it applied or was needed. Check your paperwork very carefully and if it is there claim it back by writing to the bank or provider. The banks have been told in no uncertain terms by the Court of Appeal to pay it back! If they don’t deal with it, write to the Financial Services Ombudsman and they will be roasted alive. The letters are not rocket science – you can do it and there are plenty of helpful examples on the internet. You do not need a claims company who will only write two letters for you and take a big percentage of what’s owed to you. Only get help if you really need it or you will lose out. Tip: Check if you have PPI and claim it back yourself. It’s easy, believe me. Banks anD mortgages Just as PPI was mis-sold so were mortgages. If you have been stung by an interest only mortgage or high interest rates or even rates linked to the recent LIBOR scandal you could have a claim. Banks have now set aside huge sums to repay money where innocent consumers, like you, have been mis-sold a financial product. Tip: Check your mortgage – you could be owed thousands.

often the person needed care for health rather than social reasons so should have been reassessed and then the care would have been provided free via the NHS and can be reclaimed. Tip: If the person needed care for health not just social reasons get good advice very quickly as time limits apply and some claims close in March 2013. equalIty Is ImPortant The Paralympics was a massive wake up call for how we all deal with disability. It showed that people with huge disabilities can win gold medals, all they need is adaptations and effort. I don’t just mean their own effort but by effort by all of us. If a person in a wheelchair can smash a record for a marathon surely they can be allowed to do a day’s work? Under the Equality Act they can now insist on employers making reasonable adjustments to the workplace so that they can fulfil their potential and employers that refuse face the wrath of the courts and tribunals. Tip: If you have a disability or chronic condition and your employer won’t make reasonable adjustments so you can continue working, get good advice from a rights lawyer. Disability is not a dirty word! You will be listened to.

‘The Paralympics was a massive wake up call for how we all deal with disability’

Care Home Fees We are all living longer and as such it is highly likely that an elderly relative can end up in long term care. We all hear tales of people working all their lives and then having social services sell their house and take their life savings to pay for care. Unfortunately in these austere times, rules have tightened and strict means testing may be inescapable. However, those in charge of funding have again institutionally miscalculated funding contributions. Quite

Personal Injury Is CHangIng Huge changes are afoot in the world of personal injury claims and come into effect on April Fool’s Day of all days. From that day, nobody will be able to buy or sell a referral of a personal injury case. Hopefully this will

If you have a legal question, tune into Dee 106.3 every monday at 9pm to catch ask lampkin. ask your question at, and get your answer for free on the air.

end those text messages offering you compensation for that accident you never had because the companies behind it all will be banned. The changes merit a whole article so watch this space and I will tell you all about it next edition. Tip: If you’ve been injured get good advice directly from a solicitor, anyone else will just be looking at selling your details to make a quick buck before they are stopped in April. y

mark lampkin Bio

originally from liverpool, mark grew up in Preston where he later qualified as a solicitor in 1990. Initially working for a number of large law firms he began to specialise in Personal Injury law and founded his own firm, Lampkin & Co in 1999. He is the Principal Solicitor at the firm, and also sits as a deputy district judge, a challenging role which regularly tests his varied legal knowledge. He is an active claimant rights campaigner, often publishing articles on personal injury law and the claims industry. mark is an experienced motorcyclist and enjoys road riding as well as off-road, trail riding. He regularly publishes articles in motorcycling magazines. He is also an accomplished musician, playing tenor saxophone and has a passion for jazz. He plays as part of the brass compliment in a funk and soul function band.

lampkin and Co are regulated by the solicitor’s regulation authority. Contact them on 08081 782110 for clear and honest advice for free, or visit their website at




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Walford’s Equine Students

The equine students at Walford and North Shropshire College, whose year began back in September 2012, are already over a third of the way through their academic year; and a very busy one it has been too. As part of their event management module, the second year students have organised and produced a dressage event, judged by Sarah Gathercole, an external dressage judge, who was extremely impressed with the students riding and turn out abilities. The second year horse management students visited the Olympia Horse Show, where they watched world class international jumping and saw several Olympic competitors in action. The same student group also visited Your Horse Live, where they observed demonstrations given by Olympic gold medallists, Carl Hester and Charlotte Desjardin and Ben Mayer as well as Olympic bronze medallist Mary King. The lecturers too have been training and working exceptionally hard, with Sam Finney and Lisa McLeod both qualifying for the regional championships at British Dressage, set to take place at Mysercough College in February. There are more visits and shows planned for the coming months. Lecturer Sam Finney (pictured) says: ‘These events, talks and visits are really important to ensure the students keep up to date with the information and skills that are required for working in this sector; as well as having a little fun along the way of course.’ For more information about equine courses at Walford and North Shropshire College please visit the website at or telephone 01939 262100

Wrekin College

Wrekin College, a co-educational day and boarding school for children aged 11 – 18 is situated above the pretty market town of Wellington. With a clear view of The Wrekin, Shropshire’s most famous landmark, it was known locally for many years as ‘The School in the Garden’ owing to its extensive gardens and playing fields. Wrekin College has a long tradition of providing a happy environment in which all pupils are encouraged to realise their full potential, spurred on by the inspiring motto Aut vincere, aut mori (conquer or die). The classes are small – typically no more than twenty for the younger pupils and between eight and fifteen at A level – creating ideal conditions for learning. Their successful tutoring system means that each pupil receives personalised academic support. The next Open Day will take place on Saturday, 27 April from 10.30am – 1pm. Contact the admissions office on 01952 265603 or visit their website at

Ellesmere College

Abberley Hall Abberley Hall School is a coeducational preparatory day and boarding school, which caters for children aged between two and 13 years. Situated in a private rural estate, it stretches across 90 acres of spectacular Worcestershire parkland, with views across seven counties. Since 2004, the school has owned a chalet in the Alps, which all children have the opportunity to visit twice in their school career. Here, they experience the French way of life first hand and can learn to ski! Notable ex-pupils include Owen Paterson MP. Visit or call 01299 896275

Skiing Success

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Following their successes in the National Dry Slope Ski competition, Abbey Gate College took teams to compete in the British Schoolboys Ski championship in Meuringen Switzerland and the British Schoolgirls races in Flaine, France. The young Abbey Gate Boys ‘A’ team were awarded the silver team medal in the Under 16’s competition, while the College Girls ‘A’ team finished a very creditable ninth. Well done!

Founded in 1884, Ellesmere College is a coeducational boarding and day school for pupils aged seven to 18, situated midway between Chester and Shrewsbury. This vibrant college is well known for treating every student as an individual, whilst promoting a clear set of values at the same time. Although its academic results are consistently excellent, the college does not measure its success solely in this way. The purpose of an Ellesmere education is to prepare its pupils to face the challenges of modern life after the classroom, rather than simply to pass exams. Success at Ellesmere is assured by high quality education within the school walls, coupled with an exceptionally strong commitment to extra-curricular activities. The school is famous for its élite sporting academies, especially its swimming team, Ellesmere College Titans, with one of its young stars, Llawen Rossel-Smith (pictured), being selected to attend the 2014 Wales Commonwealth Games Female Breaststroke Development Clinic, held at the National Swimming Pool in Swansea. Prospective parents are encouraged to make an appointment for a personal visit. The college operates two Open Days a year, and prospective pupils are welcome to spend a trial day as part of the decisionmaking process. Visit for more information.



All change for admissions to Adams’ Grammar School

New arrivals from the Southern Hemisphere

This Lent Term brings three new arrivals from the Southern Hemisphere to Oswestry School. Having bid farewell to Camilla, Clare, Lucien and Nick at the end of Michaelmas Term, the school is delighted to welcome David Rooney, Lara Nest and Angus Bownes (pictured left to right) as assistant members of staff (‘Gappies’). They will be supporting staff at both the Senior School and Prep Department during their year at Oswestry School. Lara has just finished her studies at Mackillop Senior College in Port Macquarie, Australia; David at St Paul’s Collegiate, Hamilton, New Zealand and Angus at Knox Grammar School, in Sydney, Australia. They are all keen to become as involved as possible in school life. In addition to helping out in the PE department, they will be assisting in the music and drama departments; in particular with the forthcoming production of Oliver which takes place on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 March. Douglas Robb, headmaster, comments: ‘We are always sad to see our Gappies leave us, but are always pleased with each new group, with the talents and enthusiasm they bring.’

Queen’s School pupil selected for Deaf Olympics Open days at Abbotsholme School

Abbotsholme School is a leading boarding school located on the derbyshire/Staffordshire border. As a school, they hope to give the best possible education to their pupils, and help them to achieve their potential both in the classroom as well as in a large variety of extra-curricular activites. In 2012, the school achieved fantastic results in the GcSE exams, with an 80% pass rate of A* to B. The best way to find out more about Abbotsholme School is to visit! The next open day is on Saturday 9th march, from 10am until 4pm. If you can’t make it, there are also open days later in the year on friday 7th June and Saturday 28th September. Alternatively, you can make an appointment to meet the headmaster by calling the admissions coordinator, Jessica Ash on 01889 594265. You can find out more about Abbotsholme School and even view a prospectus online by visiting

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Located in Newport, Shropshire, Adams’ Grammar School is a selective state grammar school of 800 pupils (boys aged 11-18 and girls aged 16-18 in its sixth form). The school enjoys and is proud of its national reputation for academic achievement and its continued success in the wider personal development of its pupils. Ofsted has consistently rated the school as ‘outstanding’ and placed it in the top 5% of schools nationally. With an impressive boarding facility which can accommodate around 100 male pupils, Adams’ has no designated catchment area and welcomes applications from all families, irrespective of their home address (so long as they have residential status within the EU.) It is important to note that for entrance to the school in September 2014 there have been some significant changes to admission arrangements and the timescale has been brought forward. The entrance test will now be held at Adams’ Grammar School on Tuesday, 2nd July 2013. INfOrmATION EvENINGS: 5Th mArch ANd 18Th mArch 2013 AT 7pm In line with these changes Adams’ will be holding two information evenings to tell interested families about the entrance procedure and to answer any questions they may have. Both evenings will be held in the school’s Sports Hall and there is no need to book. Simply turn up on the night at 7pm. If you want to find out more about the new admissions procedures at Adams’ Grammar School, telephone 01952 386300, or email enquiries@ More information can be found on the school’s website:

Emily Noden, 16, who lives in Holywell and attends The Queen’s School in Chester has been selected to represent UK Deaf Swimming at the up and coming Deaflympic Games in Bulgaria, and is now stepping up her training programme in preparation for the event. Emily was swimming competitively by the age of seven, made the finals in all her events in the European Deaf Championships in Germany in 2010 when aged only 13 and only last year competed in the World Deaf Championships in Portugal. Hearing loss affects how quickly swimmers learn and develop their technique and, in galas, competitors can often fail to hear the starting pistol and so must rely on other cues. They will obviously not benefit from the crowd spurring them on either. Despite this, British deaf athletes do not receive any government funding, so Emily must raise £2,625 to attend. This covers her stay as well as a proportion to cover the cost of two officials to accompany the team. The Deaflympics takes place in July and August 2013, but Emily must juggle her gruelling 12 to 14 hour weekly training sessions with revision for some important GCSE exams if she is to follow her intended career path of medicine. ‘When I made the qualifying time in Sheffield in November and the coach called me over to let me know I had been selected, I was really happy because I felt that my dream had come true’ Emily says. ‘This could be the peak of my swimming career as I’ll have to focus fully on school work next year, so I’m going to make the most of this opportunity.’ Emily is currently fundraising for donations towards the cost of her attendance. Anyone who is able to sponsor her can contact The Queen’s School on 01244 312078.


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How cold is cold?

As I write this in my office in the garden, it’s cold. Outside there’s snow on the ground and an icy wind is blowing. But what is ‘cold’ and how do we define it? The important thing to remember is that whether something is cold or not depends on your point of view. Here’s an experiment to try: you will need three bowls filled with water. Bowl one should have bathwater-temperature water, not too hot though. Bowl two (in the middle) should have warm water, and bowl three should have icy cold water. You might also like to add ice cubes for extra cold! Put a hand in the hot and cold bowls and leave them there for 30 seconds. Then take them out and put them in the middle bowl, the one with the warm water. But wait – is the water in that bowl hot, warm or cold? Your brain will find it hard to work out! Compared to the

hand in the hot water, the warm water feels cold… but compared to the hand that was in the cold water, the warm water feels hot! So... how cold is cold? Today as I write, the temperature outside is 0°C. Dry ice is colder at -78°C. Dry ice is carbon dioxide gas that has been cooled until it turns solid. As it turns back into a gas (it skips the liquid phase) it produces a pleasant, smoke-like cloud on the floor. The coldest natural temperature ever recorded on planet Earth was an incredible -89°C, at Vostok Station, Antarctica. Want colder still? Try liquid Oxygen at -183°C... or how about liquid Nitrogen -196°C? This is so cold that if you were unfortunate to leave your hand in for a while, it would freeze solid and probably drop off! Heat is a form of energy. When something is hot the atoms and molecules whizz around, taking up lots of space with their whizzing. As they slow down, they take up less space, which is why hot things expand and get bigger and cold things contract and get smaller. So as something cools, it loses its heat energy and the molecules do a lot less whizzing… so what happens when they stop their whizzing altogether? Absolute Zero – the coldest temperature we ‘This is so cold that if reckon there is. No energy, no movement – and you were unfortunate no heat! Rob Wix is Creative Director of to leave your hand in Corwen-based Sustainable Science for a while, it would freeze solid’

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Wash each egg then, using a sharp needle, prick a hole carefully 1 at least 3mm in diameter at the top and bottom. Blow through one hole to force the raw egg out through the other – you’ll find this easier if you break the yolk with the needle first. rinse eggs inside and out then place in microwave oven for about 20 seconds to harden the shells. Leave them overnight to dry out completely so they’re easier to decorate. Carefully decorate your eggs and attach looped ribbon to the pointed end. Cut branches such as forsythia or pussy willow and, using the oasis, arrange them firmly in your bucket or pot. Hang your pretty creations from your tree. Easter trees can be made more even personal by attaching family photographs to the eggs.

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Tips for buying a piano

Few instruments are as versatile as a piano, so if you’re considering sending a child for lessons, or even learning yourself, it is certainly a good option. That said, buying a piano of your own can be a big commitment. When buying an acoustic piano, there are some very important points to consider. There are several styles of piano to choose from, with upright and grand being the most common. You should also make sure you know how much space you have before buying one – the last thing you want is to find that it doesn’t fit on delivery day! When choosing a piano, you should try as many different makes, styles and sizes as you can. There are often small differences between pianos that can make all the difference when you are playing regularly. Once you have bought your acoustic piano, you will often need to arrange delivery – the price will vary depending on the size of the piano and where it needs to go. Many moving companies will charge more for taking a piano upstairs, for example. Over the course of your acoustic piano’s lifetime (which can often be well over 60 years), it will need to be tuned every six months or so. This prevents the pitch becoming flat as the strings inside stretch over time. If a piano is well maintained, it will usually keep a fairly high resale value should you wish to upgrade to a newer model. A digital piano is a cheaper alternative. With these instruments, sound is created digitally, rather than with strings and hammers as in acoustic pianos. Digital pianos are smaller than their acoustic counterparts, and are lighter so are easier to move from room to room. Another advantage is that headphones can be plugged into a digital piano, so the learner can practice without disturbing the entire household! Unlike acoustic pianos, digital instruments never need tuning, which will save money in maintenance over the years. However, digital pianos are can be difficult to resell when it’s time to upgrade to a newer model. New models of digital pianos are brought out every two years or so. By the time you want to sell your digital piano, it will likely have been surpassed by newer models. For advice about buying a piano, or to find out about caring for a piano you already own, contact Pianos Cymru on 01766 515292 or Jones Pianos of Chester on 01244 675.

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ThE nOnsEnsE vERsE Of EDwARD LEAR The re-issue of this beautiful book is a bicentennial tribute to the master of nonsense, Edward Lear. All his best-known verses, such as The Owl and the Pussy Cat, The Jumblies and The Dong with the Luminous Nose are included, as well as less familiar but equally captivating poems and humorous limericks. Illustrator John Vernon Lord captures Lear’s ludicrous stories perfectly in his enchanting illustrations, which will delight boys and girls (and their parents) over the age of six. OpAL mOOnBABY Op mAUDIE smITh When Martha’s friends begin to pick on her at school, she concludes that she doesn’t need friends. Friends are stupid and mean… that is until she meets a strange alien child who changes her mind! Opal has been dispatched from her planet on a mission; to observe the strange inhabitants of Earth and to make a friend. Maudie Smith’s Opal Moonbaby is a gently humorous tale with some important messages, which will appeal to girls aged around seven and upwards. A pATch Of BLAck R RAchEL ROOnEY A AnD DEBORAh A ALLwRIghT A Patch of Black is the per perfect cure for little ones afraid of the dark. Rachel Rooney manages to turn nocturnal fears into harmless fun with her rhyming tales about a magical wish-granting cloak, a hammock rocked by friendly jungle animals, a magical mermaid and more. This charming text is accompanied by beautiful, evocative illustrations from Deborah Allwright and is suitable for younger children. ThE fURThER TALE Of pETER RABBIT EmmA ThOmpsOn In The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit Rabbit, a new story penned by Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, Peter’s adventures take him beyond the boundaries of Mr. McGregor’s garden all the way to Scotland in a picnic basket! Here he embarks on a series of adventures with some newfound friends and relatives in a tale almost (but not quite) on par with the original author, Beatrix Potter.

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Dragonsong is a community choir for young people across the county of Wrexham aged 12 to 18. There Bright pink are no auditions, so wellies £12 the choir is open to M&S anyone who wants to sing and be part of something new. The choir’s repertoire focuses on new arrangements of modern music and rehearsals take place at Yale’s on Hill Street, Wrexham. Dragonsong is led by the very talented Charlotte Jones. Charlotte has a depth of experience as a musical director, performer and was a former secondary school teacher. She is now a full time music professional and part of the successful vocal trio, The Harmonettes, who performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012. Charlotte also leads the Resonate Singers and the Rare Choir in Liverpool. Dragonsong rounded off a very exciting 2012 with a Pink and concert at Central Station, Wrexham, with the flowers wellies support of Three Mile Smile (a four piece Sainsbury’s rock and roll band). Dragonsong are now TU, £6.00 finalising a calendar of performances DID YOU KNOW... for 2013. Wellington boots For further information, visit www. with individual toes or email contact@ were first seen at the Chelsea Flower Show

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Easter Dregs: a view from the edge

YOu kNOW YOu’RE GETTING OLD WHEN YOu CATCH YOuRSELF TuTTING AT THE SIGHT OF EASTER EGGS IN ASDA, TWO DAYS AFTER YOu’VE TAkEN DOWN THE CHRISTMAS TREE AND LOBBED IT GRATEFuLLY IN THE LOFT. By GiLL CheTCUTi The fact that you can now purchase cut-price cranberry sauce, Paxo and reindeer socks at the same time as hollow bunnies, hot cross buns and Justin Bieber eggs always strikes me as terribly cynical and an insult to my consumer intelligence. (As much as I admire the major supermarkets that cannot wait to celebrate Christ’s resurrection, I do feel they should finish celebrating his birth first.) I show my disgruntlement by rolling my eyeballs at similarly aghast shoppers, shrugging in a worldweary type of way and making rather lame jokes about there being Halloween masks in the next aisle too, ha ha! The problem is that if you don’t get in there early, (before New Year) you are left with the Easter dregs – you know, the ones with the caved-in fronts, peeling foil and suspiciously nibbled bits, or the horribly inappropriate ones which cause your darling children long-lasting trauma and tarnish Easter Sunday for ever more: ‘But that’s Hello Kitty – that’s for girls! I want Ben 10.’ ‘They taste the same hun, honest.’ ‘Nooo! Hello Kitty tastes pink! Bleurrrgh! I hate pink flavour!’… etc. I love Easter actually, despite its spectacularly commercial side. This, the oldest and most important festival in the Christian calendar, diluted by gluttony and rubbish films on the television, is a time when most of us get together with our families, share a meal and, of course, eat one’s weight in chocolate. (Although this is neither compulsory nor advisable!) Even though Easter is one of the more child-oriented events on the calendar, my significant other knows better than to leave me out of the egg-fest and never fails to furnish me with a shiny ovoid of gargantuan proportions. I always feel a touch nauseous after scoffing a whole one (and its accompanying calorie-laden DID YOU KNOW... accessories) but take this as a sign of value for money. The ‘crocodile’ finish, Calories aside, I’ve just read that which breaks up the smooth surface of the supermarkets are raising the price of egg, was designed Easter eggs this year even though cocoa to cover up minor prices are falling. Wow! They really do imperfections in the love to capitalise on our excitement chocolate and generosity, don’t they? Expecting us to shell out (pardon the pun) for what is essentially a chocolate cover for an eggshaped vacuum ensconced in vast amounts of cardboard, foil and plastic is maddening. An estimated 3,000 tonnes of waste is produced in the uk every year, solely from Easter packaging. And don’t get me started on the nightmare which is recycling after the event... Happy Easter, one and all, and don’t forget, Easter is the only time when it’s safe to put all your eggs in one basket!

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Local Author Review Rendezvous in Paris

London, 1940. Nobody would blame scientist and recent widower, Sir Freddy Villiers, if he decided to take life a little more easily – he is in his mid-sixties after all! However, Freddy has tried to embrace the ‘luxury’ of doing nothing, and doesn’t like it, so` when he hears that the British Military are looking for someone to fly to German-occupied France to recover an important radar part, he doesn’t hesitate to volunteer himself for the dangerous mission. Master storyteller Ian Okell is back with the trademark humour and vibrant narrative style that his fans (of which I am one) will recognise instantly. This, his latest work crackles with suspense and is satisfyingly well crafted from beginning to end. The mood created is atmospheric and the characters memorable – including the highly improbable, geriatric leading man, Sir Freddy, and Heidi, a somewhat unhinged Nazi psychopath with lesbian tendencies and a comprehensive collection of scathing one-liners. It’s always a pleasure to read a book which is as entertaining, well-researched and satisfying as this. Ticking all the boxes then underlining them twice in red, Rendezvous in Paris will keep you sitting up reading much longer than planned!

Meet the Author

Cheshire writer Ian Okell is finding it a struggle to keep up. He works most days with his son, running Dragon Field Sports, the gun shop in Wrexham. He was just about coping with the demands of the day job, whilst writing at weekends and in the evenings, but now, with his fourth book published time seems to be in short supply. ‘The marketing takes longer than the writing,’ he laughs. ‘It is flattering to be asked to talk to reading groups, the problem is how to fit it all in. It’s usually worth the effort as the feedback, positive and negative, can be enormously helpful, and they’re nearly always such nice people.’ There are occasional glitches, at one meeting a lady said that she had only remembered she should have read the book that afternoon, and had hurriedly skimmed through it ‘an hour or so’ before the meeting, but had found it rather confusing!’ Ian replied that reading 100,000 words in an hour would have confused him, and he wrote the thing! Until his previous book, Charlie Chaplin’s Uncle was published (reviewed here last year) his sales had been mostly British. However, that book was picked up by three American reviewers and sales are now going well in US. The problem might come when he’s asked to speak in Phoenix, or wherever, as he’s worried about what time he’ll get home for tea! All Ian’s books are available at good bookshops and Amazon or for Kindle.

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A Matter of Dark

The enigmatic and unsettling Peter Smith is back in this, the third in the series penned by Gareth Wiles (following I Am Dead and Icon’s Request Request). A Matter of Dark is Wiles’ darkest novel to date and begins with Smith, buoyed by the government act legalising ‘assisted dying’, starring in his own macabre TV reality show which will see him commit suicide live on air. The phone lines are open for viewers to vote on the method of his termination and the nation is scandalised and intrigued in equal amounts. However, all is not as it seems and, in order to understand Smith’s present, we have to explore his chilling and intricately twisted past… A Matter of Dark is home to a fascinating, morally ambiguous cast of characters, difficult to like but easy to love due to their wickedly observed personas. The pace is relentless and the storyline is original if a little complicated, and I’d be somewhat lost had I not read the first two books in the series. However, Wiles’ delicious trademark dark humour, thought-provoking subject matter and discomforting atmosphere makes this an engrossing read and I look forward to part four! A Matter of Dark is published by Troubador/Matador and is available from all good bookshops and from Amazon – in book or Kindle version.

Meet the Author

‘Since the publication of my first book in 2011, I have publicised my work with a number of public appearances. I started in local Waterstones shops and gradually began appearing at sci-fi and comic conventions, where I have had a warm reception. I still see myself as a beginner in the game and it’s great to be accepted as an equal by seasoned writers and media people. At Wales Comic Con in Wrexham, for instance, I was seated opposite actors Warwick Davies and Jeremy Bullock ( Boba Fett in Star Wars). Another convention regular is John Challis who played Boycie in Only Fools and Horses, who is really friendly and always has a great anecdote to tell. ‘However, meeting celebrities isn’t really the aim for me. I want to get my novels out there and meet new readers. As a ‘newbie’, the convention regulars have eagerly devoured my novels and their feedback has been very helpful. As a writer, you spend nearly all of your time alone; to get out and interact with real people who then read your book and proffer their opinions is the best part of the publishing process for me.’ For a chance to win a copy of A Matter of Dark, 5 COPIES TO simply answer this question: What is the name of GIVE AWAY! Email the second book in the Peter Smith series? Send with your details to your answers to and editorial@yattar the first five correct answers received before the closing date of 31st April will win.

Even before we were writing anything down, humans have been creating poetry. Ancient stories were often told in verse form to make them easier to remember, and some of the earliest poetry is thought to have been recited or sung as a way of passing on a story. There are many writing exercises you can try if you fancy trying your hand at writing poetry. One of the most straightforward ones to try is to describe a scene or a picture. Simply write what you see, making sure to focus on details. These observations can provide good inspiration. When writing poetry, experiment with different forms. Try your hand at something short and sweet like a haiku, or tackle one of the longer forms, such a sonnet with 14 lines, or a 60 line chant royal. However, don’t feel like you have to stick to a tried and tested form if it doesn’t suit your writing style. Your poem doesn’t even have to rhyme if you don’t want it to – non-rhyming free verse is common in modern poetry, and it is sometimes better to avoid rhyme altogether rather than risk ruining a poem completely by using forced or cliché rhymes. Finally, it is always worth showing your work to others. There are many websites where you can submit poetry to get feedback, or you could see if there are any local poetry clubs.

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it was the end of an era just across the road from the Yattar Yattar office recently as the last typewriter to be made in Britain rolled off the production line and straight into the science Museum in London. 5.9 million typewriters have been manufactured by Brother uk in its factory near wrexham since 1985, but now, with home computers found in nearly every household and business, the age of the typewriter has finally drawn to a close after over 200 years. Machines that most people would recognise as typewriters have been industrially produced since 1874, when machines were first made in the usa. there was, however, a similar ‘writing ball’ machine manufactured in 1870, and the first typewriter-like machine was first made in 1808.

Spring reads l The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers This debut novel by poet and veteran Kevin Powers is a graphic yet compelling account of friendship, loss and broken promises in the aftermath of war. It follows 21-year-old Private John Bartle in the northern city of Al Tafar as he fights not only hostile insurgents abroad but also his more frightening demons at home. Powers’ emotionally charged style makes for gripping reading. l Ash, JAmes herBerT The latest novel from the undisputed master of the British horror genre, Ash is Herberts’ most controversial work to date and a gift for the conspiracy theorists out there! There are references to a (fictional) abnormal baby born into the modern Royal Family, ‘Lucky’ Lord Lucan’s final resting place and the inner workings of Gaddafi’s warped mind, as well as the macabre elements we’ve come to expect from this author. Although not one of his best, it is thought provoking and well worth a read. l The snow Child, eowYn iveY Alaska in the 1920s finds Jack and Mabel struggling to survive in desolate, unforgiving conditions. Scratching a living from the frozen dirt, their lives are lonely, monotonous and empty. In their deep despair, they have only each other and the memories of the child they lost, until a mysterious girl changes their lives forever. This beautifully written novel, based on a Russian fairy tale, is haunting and mesmerising in equal amounts... l is it Just me?, miranda hart One of Britain’s mostloved comediennes, Miranda Hart’s memoir is full of cringeworthy social faux pas guaranteed to strike a loud and horrible chord with many of her readers. With plenty of laugh- out-loud situations and embarrassingly awkward moments, this is a comically refreshing book, which reminds us not to take life too seriously.

Hello again. We write our column for this issue just after a hugely successful launch event for the 2013 Oswestry Festival of the Word, aka OsLitFest. The launch, which unveiled this year’s programme of events, took place at The Walls Restaurant and was attended by Booker long listed author, Rachel Joyce, whose novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was the bestselling debut hardback of 2012 and one of our favourites from last year. Now published in paperback, this poignant and heart-warming story with a cast of truly memorable characters is one to read and savour. We are thrilled to be a festival partner for OsLitFest helping to bring a glittering line up of internationally acclaimed writers, poets and performers to the town for this year’s festival, which takes place from Saturday 9th to Tuesday 19th March. Headlining is bestselling War Horse author Michael Morpugo who will appear at The Marches School on Sunday 10th March. See the What’s On section on page 25 for further details of this and other OsLitFest events or visit the festival website March is a very busy month for us. As well as the literary festival, we’ll also be supporting Shrewsbury Children’s BookFest authors in Schools Week (4th – 8th March) and celebrating World Book Day on March 7th with school children from local primaries visiting the shop to redeem their World Book Day vouchers. We also have an event with bestselling author Kate Atkinson on Friday 22nd March when she’ll be talking about her much anticipated new ‘stand-alone’ novel Life After Life. We think this will be a big book in 2013! Crime fiction is a really popular genre for us. A couple of new titles we’d highly recommend are Dead Water by Ann Cleeves, the fifth novel in her Shetland series, and Belinda Bauer’s intriguing and original Rubbernecker. Of course, we are more than just a bookshop. We also sell a distinctive range of cards, gifts and stationery to complement our books. So if you are looking for inspiration and gifts to treat friends, spoil family or indulge yourself, we can help. With our cafe selling coffee, teas and delicious homemade cakes we aim to provide a shopping experience you can’t buy online. Why not pay us a visit – you’ll be sure of a warm welcome. Happy reading Carrie & Tim visit Booka on Church street in oswestry or call 01691 662244.

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Allech chi fod yn Ofalwr Maeth Therapiwtig?

Could you be a Specialist Foster Carer?

Ar hyn o bryd rydym yn chwilio am unigolion gyda phrofiad o ofalu am blant a phobl ifanc gydag anghenion cymhleth i ddarparu gofal maeth therapiwtig. Yn ddelfrydol bydd gennych gefndir proffesiynol mewn gwaith cymdeithasol, preswyl, cyfiawnder ieuenctid, lleoliad addysg neu iechyd a bydd disgwyl i chi gael CGC 3 priodol os nad oes gennych un eisoes.

We are currently recruiting individuals with experience of caring for children and young people with complex needs to deliver therapeutic foster care. Ideally you will have a professional background within a social care, residential, youth justice, educational setting or health and be expected to acquire an appropriate NVQ3 if you do not have one already.

Mae angen i blant Wrecsam aros yn eu cymunedau cartref gyda gofalwyr maeth therapiwtig proffesiynol. Fel un o’r gofalwyr hyn, byddwch yn cael pecyn cymorth ariannol hael ac yn gweithio fel rhan o dîm gyda sicrwydd cefnogaeth therapyddion a staff addysg.

Wrexham children need to stay in their home communities with professional therapeutic foster carers. As one of these carers, you will be rewarded with a very generous financial support package and work as part of a team with guaranteed support from therapists and education staff.

Os ydych yn meddwl y gallwch gynnig cyfle mewn bywyd i blentyn trwy weithio fel gofalwr proffesiynol, cysylltwch â’r llinell recriwtio yn y Tîm Lleoli mewn Teuluoedd ar RHADFFÔN

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Wrexham Fostering

Fostering is not easy but it is fun, fulfilling and ultimately offers the opportunity to make a huge difference to children’s lives. We find out what’s involved…


ust like raising any child, fostering children is a full-time job. It can be tiring, challenging, and at times even frustrating, but ultimately, it could be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do. ‘You really can make a difference to children’s lives,’ says Elaine Williams, who has been a single female foster carer in Wrexham for over six years. As well as taking care of children’s basic needs, a foster carer must also support a child emotionally. ‘The children need constant re-assurance and foster carers need to build on the children’s self-esteem,’ says Hayley Chesterman, who has been fostering children in Wrexham for 14 years. ‘It’s great watching them grow and develop,’ she adds.

At the assessment, the assessor will also discuss what age of children you would be willing and able to take care of. Wrexham Fostering Service are currently particularly in need of carers for children and young people over the age of 10. ‘There are many myths that all teenagers are bad,’ says Elaine. ‘But for some young people just a change in circumstances can make a real difference to their lives, how they feel and also in how they behave towards others.’ The assessor will also discuss how often you are able to look after children – foster carers are needed for everything from full-time care to weekend respite care. Respite care is needed when a child’s family cannot look after them for a short period of time, such as if a parent or relative is taken ill or there has been a death in the family. Short-term foster carers work closely with the child’s family and child services to secure the child’s future, ideally back at home. Whether a carer opts for short or long term fostering depends on how much time they have available and their existing personal commitments.

‘For some young people just a change in circumstances can make a real difference’

local care When finding children a foster home, Wrexham Fostering Service does its best to keep children in the same area so they can stay at the same school and avoid moving away from their friends and family. Once you contact the fostering service and say that you are interested in being a foster carer, you will be visited by a recruitment officer who will discuss what is involved, what you can expect and what is required of you in detail. They will also assess you and your situation, and will speak to other family members, including any children that you have living at home. ‘They do ask a lot of personal questions,’ says Elaine Williams of the assessment process. ‘But this is what I expected if I was to be trusted to care for vulnerable young people. My assessor helped to put me at ease.’

support and training If everything goes well during the assessment, new foster carers will soon have their first placement. Throughout this first placement, and for every subsequent one, foster carers are given plenty of support from the fostering service, and social workers are on hand to help with any questions. For all foster carers, there is a professional fee. Specialist carers also get a fostering allowance, as well as access to considerable training – carers have

if you would like more information about becoming a foster carer, please call 0800 780618 or email fostering@wrexham.

the option to attend courses to help them deal with more specific issues, such as children with health problems. ‘I’ve been given lots of helpful training, and if I have a question or problem, my social worker will always find an answer, or even some helpful courses,’ says Hayley. People from all backgrounds can be foster carers. ‘Wrexham’s “looked after” children are all individual and unique and require unique people to care for them,’ says Lorraine Morgan at Wrexham Fostering. ‘We’re constantly on the lookout for people with a caring, sharing nature.’ If you think you might have what it takes to be a foster carer and would like more information, please call 0800 780618 or email y

Who can become a carer?

age: You must be over 21, but there is no upper age limit. Marital status: it doesn’t matter if you are single, married, civil partners or living with a partner. children: You can have no children, have children still living at home, or have grown up children. hoMe: You need a secure home with a spare room. origin: You can be of any ethnicity, religion or nationality. criMinal record: You must agree to police checks and be free of any violent offences or convictions against children. health: You must be in good health. eMploYMent: For most types of fostering you can continue to work part-time or full-time or be unemployed, however, the amount of time you have to spare will impact on the type of foster care you are able to provide and the age of children you will be able to care for.

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A weekend stay at Spire Yale By Stephanie anne Booth



Advice and ideas to keep you gorgeous inside and out! Bone Cancer Centre Appeal

An appeal to help fund a £2 million bone cancer centre has been launched at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Oswestry, designed to treat patients in a bespoke care environment. The Tumour Unit at Oswestry’s specialist orthopaedic hospital delivers a nationally specialised bone tumour service, one of only five in the UK, with a catchment area of 9 million people. The new Oswestry Bone Cancer Centre will provide a dedicated environment, specifically designed for the care of patients with bone and soft tissue sarcoma and metastatic disease (where cancer spreads to other organs). It will include en-suite rooms, treatment and relaxation areas and a garden reflection space. The new centre is planned to be located near the main entrance, for completion by January 2014. Amongst those already helping with the appeal are 30 individuals who will be running the London Marathon on the 21st April. Appeal Director, Gwilym Owen OBE tells us that: ‘Individuals, companies and community groups are welcome to organise their own fundraising events.’ If you want to help raise money for the Bone Cancer Centre, visit the appeal’s page at bonecancerappeal or go to oswestry-bone-cancer-centre. 108 yattaryattar magazine March/April 2013

Three of the Best Remedies for Colds

Having owned hotels I look for very high standards whenever I stay away, and I am very pleased that my unusual choice for a weekend stay didn’t disappoint! I checked in at 12 noon and was escorted to my en-suite room complete with a bell system that immediately summoned staff. The bed was state-of-the-art with a controller that allowed you to choose from a variety of positions. Soon after arrival a very pleasant woman came to check me in and accompany me down to the in-house theatre. Some three hours later I am back in my room sitting up in bed enjoying a prawn sandwich and a coffee (although I kept asking for the wine list!) with a completely new hip. Unbelievably, along comes a physiotherapist at 7pm wanting me to stand and walk a few paces, albeit with a walking frame. A nice touch was the head chef popping in to ask me if there was anything he could cook for me personally. Monday morning I was on my way home after experiencing 5-star service from everyone concerned. If ever Spire decided to enter the hotel market they would present a formidable force as the level of attention to detail and quality of staff and service is of an exemplary standard!

With winter comes the dreaded common cold and, as much as we might like to, lying around on the sofa feeling sorry for ourselves isn’t always an option. There are a variety of cold remedies available in supermarkets and over the counter, usually containing some combination of paracetamol, decongestants and caffeine, but relief doesn’t always have to come via the chemist. We looked at the best home remedies to help ease your suffering. If you’re having trouble with a blocked nose or sinuses, then a simple bowl of hot water can do wonders! Just fill a mixing bowl or similar with hot, steaming water, then put a towel over your head and lean over the bowl. You can also add a drop of eucalyptus oil if you want. The steam helps to loosen mucus, making it a bit easier to breathe. Looking for a natural way to ease a sore throat? Try making a ‘hot toddy’ – a drink of hot water with a little lemon juice and a spoonful of honey. If you are so inclined, you can also add a bit of whiskey to the mixture. The lemon and honey helps to soothe your throat, while the whiskey, if included, can help you sleep. Simple salt-water can help in a couple of ways. Weak saline (a large pinch of salt added to around 250ml of water) can be used as a nasal spray or drops to help reduce the swelling that makes it difficult to breathe. The same ratio of salt to water can also be gargled to help relieve a sore throat, as well as discouraging any infection that might develop there.

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Located in Clotton, just outside Chester, Zenchi Clinic offers one of the widest choices of treatments and therapies in the North West. The clinic began in 2010, when it was opened by founder, Nicky Abell-Francis. ‘It was always been a dream to open a oneQuote ‘Yattar’ and stop centre offering the expertise to get 25% off any facial make a difference to the health and treatment or massage wellbeing of every member of the style on your first family at every stage of their lives,’ appointment! Nicky says. Zenchi Clinic now offers a wide range of treatment, including medical herbalism, hypnotherapy, sports injury massage, osteopathy to name but a few. The clinic also offers many treatments specially tailored for women before, during and after pregnancy, including HypnoBirthing – a full antenatal childbirth class. The most recent addition to the Zenchi Clinic is their new Neal’s Yard Organic Facial, using the award winning and certified organic beauty range from Neal’s Yard Remedies. Each session is bespoke to skin type and stresses the client is experiencing on the day. All treatments and therapies at Zenchi Clinic are carried out by qualified and experienced practitioners who can help suggest and tailor a treatment to your needs, whether you need relaxation, pain relief, energy boost, or rehabilitation from an injury. To find out more about Zenchi Clinic and the many treatments that they have on offer, visit their website at www. or call 01829 781155.

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By AlAn Wick, Positive HyPnotHerAPy This Yattar Yattar will be full of offers to help improve your physical beauty – but where does beauty really show itself from? I see clients at my clinic often when they’re at their lowest, feeling their least attractive, and we work from there through to happier and better times. As things improve, what I never tire of is seeing the changes my clients make. They take more care of their clothing, maybe get their hair done, wear a little makeup, improve in posture, but most importantly of all, they smile If you want to know more and there is an increase in their level more about Positive and quality of eye contact. Hypnotherapy and The oldest and most careworn of what they can offer, psychology experiments show that when contact Alan Wick on we smile and make eye contact with 01978 781606 or 0161 others, others are more attracted to us, 820 8135, or email and when others are attracted to us, guess what? We feel more attractive!

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By Sami Blackford When I hit puberty my skin erupted into a minefield of acne. I tried everything I could find in the chemist but nothing seemed to work. A lot of the products just dried my skin out, which may have helped with the spots, but the dry and flaky patches looked just as bad. It was only when I turned to Mother Nature that my skin calmed down. I developed a natural skincare routine that works for my skin, and the blemishes, though still there occasionally, are far fewer than they were. So many people don’t realise the effects of chemicals found in mass-produced ‘skincare’ (I use the term loosely, as some products can actually do more harm than good) products. Many of today’s skincare complaints – acne, eczema, sensitivity – can be caused, and certainly exacerbated by the chemicals we apply to our skin every day. So many of women come to me complaining of sensitive skin, when I ask about the products they use, the chemicals in the products they’re using are causing the sensitivity. You may have noticed, when buying a moisturiser, or other product, that the ingredients list is really long and full of unpronounceable names. Many of these ingredients are there to extend the life of the product, or to make it a pretty colour, or to make it smell nice and don’t benefit the skin in any way. What’s more, even though some natural skincare products can be seen as expensive, they’re actually really good value for money; not only do you get a premium product, you also get a product that will go a long way. With mass-produced skincare, you have to slather on loads of lotion to get any moisturising effect, and many don’t penetrate deeper than the first layers of the skin, but because natural products only contain the ingredients that are needed to keep your skin healthy (including gorgeous oils, butters and essential oils which nourish your skin deep-down), a little really does go a long way. Sami Blackford is a holistic skincare specialist helping women to achieve their best skin ever! She is a certified herbalist and aromatherapist, and is the creator of natural skincare line freyaluna.

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A good moisturiser is central to any skincare regime. Finding the right one for your skin is often a long process of trial and elimination as you find which products suit your needs. We take at least a little of the work out of the process and show you three of the best moisturisers on the high street… Burt’s Bees rAdiAnce dAy creAm £19.99 This quick absorbing cream is light to the touch, so perfect for everyday use. It also contains the super ingredient, royal jelly, which is packed with 134 nutrients, including 17 amino acids, and vitamins A, C, D and K, as well as multiple B-Vitamins.

celestiAl from lusH £11.75 Celestial is recommended for sensitive or delicate skin, and will moisturise without causing irritation. As with all of Lush’s products, none of the ingredients have been tested on animals, and this particular moisturiser also contains no animal products, so is suitable for vegans.

vicHy AquAliA tHermAl ligHt £16.00 You only need to use a little of this moisturiser to hydrate your skin for a whole 24 hours. The light cream is refreshing and melts into the skin. Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light is particularly good for dry or flaky skin, and helps to relieve feelings of tightness.

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Healing Thyme

Fairholme from Home

In previous issues of Yattar Yattar, we have mentioned that Fairholme Care Home in Oswestry was on the move and now, after months of waiting, the new building is nearing completion. ‘Fairholme will be opening during the second week of April,’ David Coull, chief executive of Coverage Care, tells us. ‘Building the new home has taken around 15 months, and we’re really pleased to be opening soon.’ The new and improved Fairholme has plenty of new The season of colds and flu has hit everyone hard this year. facilities. ‘All rooms are well above the national standard, I usually escape with the sniffles but this year I paid the and all have an en suite toilet and wet room,’ David says. price of ignoring myself. I won’t bore you with the family ‘Each unit will have access to the gardens and extensive crises that have dogged me recently but use it as an example balcony area, communal space and facilities, including of how unexpected stressful events coupled with extreme a small shop, day room and hair salon. The home will also serve as a community hub which, with the support of Age UK tiredness can lower an otherwise robust immune system. and volunteers, will provide a range of daytime interests for Each winter I take vitamins C and D and zinc. If I get residents and non-residents alike.’ very tired or stressed, I double the dose for a few days and ‘The home is fully sympathetic to the needs of those make myself rest. Having failed to take my own advice this with sensory difficulties and those prone to confusion and time I resorted to our Elderberry Remedy. Research has dementia,’ David tells us. ‘There will be separate units for shown that elderberries have a strong anti-viral action. Our remedy those with and without dementia, and for those who do and do not require nursing care and support.’ is based on elderberries with several other herbs added, which in combination Moving residents of the old Fairholme to the new home is help with the symptoms generated by the cold virus. Another good remedy is expected to take at least a week. ‘Each resident will have organic (stronger) raw garlic. an individual transfer plan agreed upon, which will clearly The left-over coughs and catarrh that many people suffer can be worse than show the responsibilities and personal priorities for the days the initial cold itself. Have a week-end at home and take a clove of leading up to the move, the day of the move, and the days following,’ David explains. ‘We have also commissioned crushed garlic, three times a day – in salads or mashed potato or some engagement and artwork from the Project Group any root vegetable or with sardines on toast. The anti-microbiin Oswestry, who have taken time to capture the al properties of garlic are legendary – it will keep more than memories of staff and residents in the form of a vampires away! Alternatively talk to your herbalist about a DID YOU KNOW? wonderful piece of artwork, which will always serve de-congesting mix which will clear the phlegm that may as a reminder of Fairholme.’ The ancient Romans In addition to the 40 residents that will transfer be causing the problem. believed that earthfrom the old home, there is currently a waiting list While there’s a brrrrr in the air, keep warm with hot for new residents. As with all new residents of any worms boiled in oil and soups and stews but go easy on the processed carbohyCoverage Care home, the new residents will be drates; maybe add a dash of capsicum to maintain your injected into the ear made to feel at home straight away. For more core temperature. Add raw garlic to your food when information about Fairholme or any of the other would cure headaches sociability allows and treat yourself to a curry with added Coverage Care homes, visit and ear infections! turmeric – a marvellous anti-inflammatory herb!

Colds, coughs and catarrh!

SuRgERy: I often get asked about staying well while waiting for a date for surgery. The advice is much as above – vitamins C and D and zinc will keep your immune system in peak form. For some people it may be useful to add a daily dose of echinacea, if raw garlic is not acceptable. Dose and frequency of echinacea is important so ask a herbalist for advice, especially if taking other medication. Most consultants prefer you to stop taking herbal medicines about 24-48 hours before surgery, ask if in doubt. After surgery, the ‘staying well’ advice remains similar. Although a clinical trial did not find it effective, homeopathic arnica has brought relief from the discomfort of post-operative bruising to many. CAnCER: There is much misinformation about cancer and complementary practitioners. I make it very clear to my patients that I do not treat cancer; but I do treat people who have cancer. I care for the whole person and can advise and administer herbs accordingly. Conventional cancer treatments can cause unpleasant side effects – many quite minor and some quite disabling. Herbal remedies can help alleviate the common side effects. A qualified medical herbalist will help you to understand what herbs can be safely used while you journey through your treatment regime. Situated in the lovely old market town of Whitchurch in North Shropshire, Healing Thyme is a centre of excellence for integrated health practice. They provide choice in holistic healthcare through qualified practitioners and a high-quality range of health-related supplements and products. Address: 29 High Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 1AZ Tel: 01948 665565

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The number of people affected by dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss has increased in recent years, and now affects around 800,000 people in the UK. While there is unfortunately no cure for these conditions yet, there are a number of effective treatments, including a supplement that has been proven to alleviate some of the symptoms experienced by sufferers. Betrinac contains vitamins B6 and B12, folic acid and antioxidants. This combination helps sufferers to maintain a healthy nervous system and helps brain performance and memory. Betrinac is suitable for all adults, except for pregnant or lactating women, so can be taken by most people experiencing memory problems. It is safe to take with commonly used treatments for Alzheimer’s disease – in fact, the reaction to some drugs used to treat those with Alzheimer’s disease has been improved by adding folic acid. Showing how the benefits of Betrinac are being recognised worldwide, Cobalz Ltd, manufacturers of Betrinac, has recently agreed an exclusive distribution agreement with Electramed in the Republic of Ireland and Beaufort Medical in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Cobalz is actively seeking other such partnerships throughout Europe, Canada and Australia. In the UK, Betrinac can be purchased direct from Cobalz Ltd. by ordering online at, or by calling their 24 hour order line on 0800 689 9606.




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often use aspects of gardening and nature as analogies: whenever we sow seeds, we have faith that they will germinate but we have no idea just how fruitful they will be. As a result of ‘sowing seeds’ with the President of Funchal (capital of Madeira) during a reception during Chelsea Flower With the President of Funchal Show last year, I have just returned from a magical week on the Garden Island of Madeira. Often referred to in the media as a ‘Champion for Mother Nature’, I am passionate about encouraging people to connect or reconnect with the many magical aspects of the natural world. Madeira was the perfect place for me to deepen and strengthen my own earthy connections and I can’t recommend it highly enough for those wanting to do the same. The people of Madeira have a long history of receiving visitors and tourists and that, together with their own reverence of nature, makes them incredibly hospitable and humble people. They are all so appreciative of their surroundings which manifests as an appreciation for life.

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During a relatively short stay I was lucky enough to meet local artists, restaurant and bar owners, farmers, beekeepers; go horse riding, bird watching and explore the lavadas and Laurel forests (laurissilva) as well as exchange inspiration and ideas with the Director of Pestana Hotel Group, the environmental minister and of course the President. There is a huge reverence for the natural elements, positive energy, creativity and sustainability all of which is organically embraced on the Island. They are also proud of the fact that nearly 28% of the island’s energy is produced from renewable resources. I returned home overflowing with magical memories, sights and experiences but one of the things that struck me most was how plants are allowed to ‘be’. As well as the beautifully manicured public gardens, parks, and of course the famous Botanical Gardens, I witnessed nasturtiums clambering over fences, the vigorous banana passion fruit entwine itself around trees, vegetables growing happily on the steepest and seemingly inaccessible slopes, agapanthus swamp pathways and roadsides, Busy Lizzies climbing up the rocky outcrops next to waterfalls and hydrangeas clinging to the steep forest banks. It has inspired me to be more relaxed in my own garden and in my own life; to let things that do germinate, simply be and not to worry about the seeds that lay dormant – they too will germinate when they are ready or maybe not at all. But whatever chooses to bear fruit, I will embrace and be Our Lynne horsing grateful for. around on Madeira I flew from Bristol for just £88.00, stayed at one of the fabulous Pestana Hotels and received advice and assistance from www. k www.lynneallbutt. y

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chronic sinusitis We spoke to Mr Arvind Arya, a consultant ear, nose and throat specialist at the Spire Yale Hospital, about new treatments for chronic sinusitis Q What are the signs and symptoms of sinusitis? A Sinusitis a very common problem that is an inflammation of the sinuses, and can be caused by a variety of problems, including infection or allergies. Sinusitis often goes away on its own, but some people suffer from chronic sinusitis, which lasts for more than three months. Patients often feel like they have a bad head cold and experience facial pain and pressure. A lot of people with this condition say they can’t smell or taste things properly as well, and the condition often gets worse every time the patient gets a cold. Q How can chronic sinusitis be treated? A We first try medical therapy, such as a three month course of antibiotics, or steroids and steroid sprays, but around one in five patients won’t respond to these treatments. It is then that we consider surgery. Of course, we try not to operate unless we have to, but by the time a patient gets to a specialist, they have usually already tried medical therapy and it hasn’t worked. Q What does surgery to treat chronic sinusitis involve? A Conventional

endoscopic sinus surgery is done under general anaesthetic and involves opening up the sinus to drain them. Unfortunately, this technique causes scarring as you open up the sinus, which can cause the condition to reoccur. Conventional surgery sometimes only works for a year, and we may have to repeat the procedure. There is also a risk of damaging the eye or brain during surgery. The risk is very small, but it is still something we have to warn patients about.

Q What other advantages are there to employing balloon sinuplasty over conventional surgery? A Balloon sinuplasty is far quicker to carry out, and it is nearly always a day procedure, meaning that the patient can go home the same day. The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, but in America, they are beginning to carry it out using just local anaesthetic. This would lower the risks of surgery for the patient. Combined with the higher long-term success rates, a balloon sinuplasty means that a patient can get better more quickly and for a longer time.

Q Are there any other surgical options? A Balloon sinuplasty is a really good new way of treating sinusitis. It’s a great bit of kit that negates a lot of the risks of conventional surgery. We have used this technique at Spire Yale for about six months. It’s a new way of opening the sinuses without causing any scarring, and so reducing the chances that we’ll have to do the operation again.

Q How is a balloon sinuplasty carried out? A A small guide catheter is inserted into the nasal cavity and is used to carefully guide the balloon into the correct position. Once in the right place, the balloon is inflated just enough to open up the passageway, similar to how surgeons open up blocked arteries in a balloon angioplasty. The inflated balloon creates micro-fractures in the wall of the sinus, which widens the opening without causing any scarring. Once the passageway is open, the sinus is flushed to remove any debris, such as mucus or puss. y

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20th March - 20th April Mars in Aries gives you added physical energy, so no excuses for not finishing those uncompleted winter jobs. A word of warning though, another dimension to this raw energy is hostility and irritation, remember that every positive has a negative so don’t get your wires crossed, you don’t want an explosive scene.


20th April- 21st May Stop trying to push an elephant up Everest! You’re determined but it’s no good sticking out that noble chin against the odds. An eclipse in Scorpio at the end of April suggests a time to talk placidly about a passionate subject, just remember that a show of feelings demands a response and the response is the critical factor for you now.

else who’s patronising you but whatever the case, you know that being critical always gets you the response you don’t want!


23rd September - 22nd October What’s known as a conjunction in astrological language is a phenomenon happening in Aries in March and energy will burst out like spring! A good time to start a project that’s been dormant through winter. You need an outlet otherwise this fired up feel will be directed at relationships.


23rd October - 22nd November Your stamina is admirable but you can overpower everybody and sometimes even yourself! So an angle between Saturn and Pluto is just the ticket now as you’ll know what you can demand of yourself and those in your orbit.



21st May -21st June Your ruling planet is Mercury the Messenger whose role is to spread the word far and wide. Currently this is a delicate task because distorted facts surround one event you’re exposed to. As long as a word remains unspoken you’re its master/mistress, once expressed, you become its slave.


21st June - 23rd July Swish, swish… That’s the sound of time dragging its tail in the sand so before Pluto turns retrograde in Capricorn hurry and get relationship matters sorted out. You don’t want to keep going over the same ground even though the past is such an important fixture in your life.


22nd November - 21st December You’re the zodiac’s clown tumbling through life’s rich pageantry, but there are new lessons to learn and new patterns to adjust to as the world changes its old ways and new edicts are declared. People are re-inventing themselves and their lifestyles and you’re blessed with the ability now to do just that. For you it’s an adventure more than a challenge.


21st December - 20th January The song called Climb Every Mountain explains your struggle. Capricorn’s symbol is the mountain goat with connections to the sea, and it’s the sea and its currents metaphorically sweeping you along now. Neptune in your solar house of financial security’s a tough call so stem the flow of outgoings or drown in debt!

23rd July - 23rd August The right angle being created by Saturn to your Sun urges you not to dwell on past mistakes but instead thank the experience. From this perspective you’ll deal with new challenges being presented without feeling caught up in a repeating pattern of events. Wisdom is your orb and dignity your sceptre as those inner halls of deep feeling start surfacing!



19th February - 20th March You’ve so many disguises, but it’s time to show your hand. No more smoke and mirrors, no more escapology, life is facing you and you must face up to it. Why? Because your uniqueness is waiting to be discovered.

23rd August - 23rd September That old warhorse Mars won’t exactly give you an easy ride during March but try not to be sanctimonious otherwise April will see shared resources as the battleground. Having said that it may be somebody

20th January - 19th February You’re friendly, detached and extremely bright. Putting those three together you’ve the perfect solution to a problem going on behind the scenes of your public life. Stay chummy but objective and use your intelligence to stop what’s going on.


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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Yattar Yattar speaks with Mr Mark Robert Webb about carpal tunnel syndrome and its cure…


arpal tunnel syndrome (sometimes referred to as CTS) is a common condition caused by compression of the median nerve at the level of the wrist. ‘Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common cause of hand pain in adults and certainly one of the more common complaints an orthopaedic surgeon can fix. The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are hand pain, pins and needles, tingling and numbness,’ explained Mr Mark Robert Webb, who is a Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at Nuffield Health The Grosvenor Hospital in Chester. ‘The initial symptoms are usually experienced at night causing the sufferer to wake up. To stop the symptoms patients resort to flicking their hands or hanging their hand over the bed. Pain is felt in the thumb, index and middle finger due to pressure on the median nerve which controls sensation and movement in the hands outside the carpal tunnel. If left untreated, symptoms often worsen affecting a sufferer’s daily life also. Tasks such as holding a phone, hair-dryer or book, and riding a bike become increasingly painful.’ ‘Carpal tunnel syndrome is seen largely in peri-menopause women – the stage of a woman’s reproductive life when the ovaries

gradually begin to produce less oestrogen. It usually starts in a woman’s 50s, but can start in her 30s or even earlier. Due to hormones pregnant women are also likely to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, which is usually relieved after giving birth. Although women are more commonly affected, men can also suffer.’ Mr Webb discussed how CTS can also be occupationally induced. ‘Obesity is also a known risk factor for the development of CTS.’ Diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome is often fairly straight forward. ‘Typically the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome is a review of medical history and an examination of the limb and neck,’ Mr Webb explains. ‘There are various treatment options such as wrist splints or steroid injections which can be recommended for mild symptoms but neither these treatments cure the problem and recurrence of the CTS is high. However the most effective treatment is surgery, relieving the pressure on the median nerve. Surgery involves a 2cm longitudinal incision where the hand joins the wrist under local anaesthetic. This procedure can be performed at the Ambulatory Suite at Nuffield Health in Chester in 30 minutes. Surgery has over a 95% success rate of curing symptoms with a very low y complication rate.’

Mr Mark Robert Webb is a full-time Consultant at the Nuffield Health The Grosvenor Hospital and the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust. He is a specialist in shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist surgery, and his specialist area of interest is shoulder surgery, in particular the management of sport and industrial injuries, fractures and degenerative conditions. The Nuffield Health The Grosvenor Hospital in Chester, is one of the area’s leading private hospitals. The hospital is part of Nuffield Health, a not for profit organisation that is dedicated to delivering the best healthcare.

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Do you think that it was divine retribution flooding St. Asaph after it got city status, instead of Wrexham? Mr Williams of Wrexham I am pretty sure that this is more an attempt at humour than a serious question, but as I attend the Willows Dental practise in St. Asaph, I have seen at first hand how devastating the floods were to properties that had never before experienced any problem. It will take homeowners eight months before they can return to their houses. Even my dentist can only work on the first floor and was shut completely until mid-January. I do not believe that there is a God who controls such things and even if he did I cannot think of why he would have a grudge against either location. Of all of the rumours circulating the now city, it seems most plausible that an individual with or without permission opened the floodgates further upstream and that this caused a tsunami type wall of water to rush through the town. Looking at the embankment which is at least 12 feet above the normal level it is the only theory that seems to fit the facts. I sincerely hope that the truth will be uncovered and that everyone affected will get back to normality very soon as it must have been grim especially during the festive season.

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After Peacocks, Comet and Jessops are forced into administration is there any hope for small businesses to survive? ShoPkeePer, oSWeStry My answer is a qualified ‘maybe’. It all depends on what business you are in and where it is located. If you are offering a specialist niche product or service in the right place then you should prosper. If you are a lone publican anywhere near major chains then get out fast. I would personally be surprised if HMV has survived by the time you read this, as it is competing with massive online companies offering music downloads, but a small independent trader selling vinyl records will do well.

The problem with small businesses is mainly the EU, the government and councils who impose high rates and red tape which make life difficult. Parking restrictions and the costs of car parking is borne mainly by small businesses and their customers, as out-of-town shopping centres where the major chains congregate offer free, unrestricted parking. I campaigned for two changes – firstly that out-of-town shopping centres should pay an annual tax on each parking space they provide, or that in town parking should be free so that everyone operates on a level playing field. Secondly that the only way to regenerate town centres is to make them communal pedestrian only zones, where you could enjoy a cup of coffee outside, while children could play safely on swings and scooters and musicians and bands could entertain. But sadly most politicians are only interested in the views of us lowly mortals at election time then its back on the gravy train!

I have received so many letters from readers asking about which diet I would recommend as readers try and lose weight after the festive period and cold weather. I am therefore answering them all with this single response. As you cannot live on a diet permanently, you lose weight only to put it back on when you come off it. I have lost three stone and kept it off by changing my eating habits which allows me to continue indefinitely. Whether you believe in evolution or creation it is an undisputable fact that we have not had enough time to adapt to 24-hour supermarkets and fast food on demand simply because for most of human existence we have struggled to feed ourselves. I myself grew up in the post war austerity near London where rationing did not end until I was eight years old. Even if you had the money you could not buy much without the appropriate ration coupon, designed to eke out food fairly after we had lost most of our merchant ships in World War Two. Forget all of these mythical excuses for being overweight. During most of human history humans had to find a wild animal, catch it, kill it, cook it and use the skin as clothing. Predictably, animals did not think much of this so they ran away. As humans gathered into small communities they would conspire to chase woolly mammoths over a cliff and would dine very well until devoured. But woolly mammoths soon wised up and ran away from cliffs, thus all humans lived on a feast and famine eating plan. Large pythons still do this, swallowing prey much larger than themselves and then not eating for another six months. Just as if pythons wandered into a 24-hour Tesco with food available at will, would get fat so do we simply because our genetics have not had time to adapt in our short time on this planet. Our modern marketing encourages you to have cereal for breakfast, laden with sugar that the body cannot handle, or toast full of additives so it doesn’t go stale. Snack bars labelled as only 90 calories do not help. Fast food is a death trap, with potatoes fried in fat. Only the meat burger if it is 100% meat is likely to please your body. So my advice is to forget diets and eat healthily but fast from 2pm until 2pm on any two days of the week. The first couple of weeks will be tough but just keep drinking water in copious quantities, and remember for eight of the 24 hours you will be asleep. I guarantee you will

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the power of kings

I was one of those who paid attention in school! And I was told that King Canute wanted to show his fawning and sycophantic courtiers that he didn’t have as much power and authority as they imagined that he had. So he asked to be taken down to the seashore where he ordered the tide to withdraw. Which of course it didn’t. Thus he demonstrated that ‘the power of kings is empty and worthless’. And believe me, King Canute was no ‘legendary king’: he really existed and reigned between 1014 and 1035. Mark Dobson, rossett (commenting on our place names story in the previous issue)

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Dear Yattar Yattar, Hello, my name is Yvette, and I am mummy to Gracie. Gracie has a rare condition called Morquio, and I am organising a Gala Dinner on May 4th at St.David’s Park Hotel, Ewloe. On the night, local press will be in attendance, as well as local businesses, and we have plenty of fun items on the agenda for the evening. We are advertising the evening through local papers, such as Flintshire Evening Leader, in which you will find us if you look on their website, and we are also going to be in the Chester Chronicle this week, and talking on Dee 106. We need plenty of support from local business people, and have a target to reach by November 5th this year. Any donations are very much appreciated. Kind Regards, Yvette Mellalieu.

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What with MPs demanding £33,000 tax free compensation if they lose their seats, and a 32% salary increase, and millionaire bankers having their rate of tax cut from 50% to 45% how they can they say ‘we are all in it together’? I don’t think so! What appalling timing when we ordinary folk struggle with prohibitive fuel and energy costs and rising food prices. This is especially so when they simultaneously cut child benefits where one person earning £60,000 loses it and a couple earning £99,999 between them keep it. They limit seven million households to a miserly 1% increase for the next three years and cut £4,000 from the wages of new police constables. I can only conclude that politicians live in a different world and have no idea what it is like to fear for your job, struggle on benefits, for pensioners choosing between keeping warm or having a decent meal. Politicians are out-of-touch, uncaring and seem to think they are far more important than ordinary working people many on the minimum wage. Now they have announced that the proposed new higher standard pension will not be given to those already over 65 so someone in this group when they reach their 80s and most likely to need it will have to scrape by. I am not political, but I believe that all of them, once on the gravy train, forget all about us and only remember that we matter at all when they need to get re-elected. They have no idea of the concept of ‘one for all and all for one’. Now the bright light of bad publicity has moved away, they are still claiming excess expenses that would be disallowed by HMRC if we were to follow suit. They all utter fine words intended to reassure us, but we are despised as a necessary nuisance. Remember what Sir Humphrey Appleby said about the scenario of the population being wiped out in a nuclear holocaust – ‘but you would still need a full working government.’ Well we wouldn’t, and what’s more we don’t need that many of you now! The consultation into ice cream van chimes costing hundreds of thousands is a waste of our money as are the other 900 plus consultations you have set-up in the past two years. The majority of citizens work hard and do their best using common sense to make decisions. We do not need you to interfere in every detail of our lives so please reduce your numbers, compensation, salary and perks before taking hard earned money away from us ordinary hardworking folk!

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lose weight. Through your fasting period you might think you will gorge yourself when it’s finished, but you won’t because your body will switch to convert fat into energy. Yes, fat is your evolutionary defence genetically engineered to build up energy in the good times to see you through the next famine, so all you are doing eating the way your body is programmed to, letting you stay a lean, mean purring machine. I look forward to seeing less of you in the coming months so please write to Yattar Yattar and let me know your success stories.



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Should I inveigle you with a bagel? Entice you with a slice? Woo you with a choux? Seduce you with a mousse? Entrap you with a bap? Flatter you with a ciabatta? Ensnare you with an éclair? Charm you with a barm? Seize you with a Viennese? Or coerce you with a verse? I couldn’t decide on the answer, so I baked you a marzipan stanza. © Gareth Glyn-Roberts 2013

Spring Cleaning

The first sunrise of spring. A new dawn and new life wade through the darkness. The birdsong begins – a crescendo of triumphant cries celebrates the sorely missed warmth. They soon call out in high pitched trills, the melody of longing for someone to build harmonies with. Struggling seedlings find their courage and banish the last remnants of frost, clearing the fogged-up land. Wiping away the dust and the grime of winter, to begin again. Emma Joy Anderson



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I’ve lived with my partner for 10 years and we have a nine-year-old son and an equal share in a house we bought together. I found out recently he’s been having an affair. What would happen to us if we split, considering we were never married? Different law still applies to couples who live together rather than couples who marry. This can result in some financial outcomes which are unfair to women looking after children of the relationship or who have given up work to look after the family home. Looking firstly at the issue of maintenance, your partner would be responsible for maintaining your son until he completes his full-time education. His basic liability would be 15% of his net income each year, unless he has other children to maintain in which case allowances are made for those children when calculating maintenance for your son. If after separation your son stayed overnight with your partner for 52 nights a year or more, there would be a reduction of one seventh in his maintenance liability. There are more generous reductions in maintenance for 104 overnight stays a year and more. Depending upon the level of your partner’s income, he may also be responsible for contributing to school fees for your son. You would not be entitled to any maintenance from your partner for yourself, unlike a wife when a marriage ends. Nor would you be entitled to any capital from your partner for yourself. However, your partner does have a duty to help house your son, depending upon his financial circumstances. Although you will not be entitled to your partner’s half share of the home yourself, you would be able to apply to the court to retain the property until your son grows up in order to meet his housing needs. In effect, you would ‘borrow’ your partner’s share of the property for your son’s benefit to meet his housing needs. The property would be sold when your son reaches the age of 18 or finishes full-time education, whichever is later. Alternatively you would have the option to buy your partner’s y share of the property instead of a sale.

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Forget pointless wars in faraway places, it is time for our politicians to concentrate solely on the UK. Let us build a fairer society… BY Stephanie Booth


have listened to David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ and Ed Milliband’s ‘One Nation Labour’ and neither resonates with me. I hope I speak for most ordinary people when I say what we really want is a truly fair society. Our leaders mostly come from a privileged background with inherited money, Eton-type educations with the important connections that brings, and have never had to do an ordinary job on a minimum wage so they don’t know what it is like to struggle through life.

humble beginnings I was born to a poor family in a terraced house learning how difficult life was with washdays on Monday using an outside ‘copper boiler’ and a mangle. We ate simple fare using ration coupons for the first eight years of my life. It was cold with one single coal fire, so you would wake up with ice on the inside of your bedroom window. We didn’t go hungry or complain because that was the way of life for most people. My father was severely disabled so my mum cleaned (there were no benefits at that time). We played hopscotch on the road, marbles, roller skating (no safety gear so all kids had grazes). I went to a state primary school followed by a state secondary school as did all of my friends. I tell you this because at the time we all thought this was normal and fair. I have never inherited money so when I left school I travelled to Borehamwood and worked in the laboratories of Adhesive Tapes Ltd. (famous maker of Sellotape) for £5 per week! In return they trained me and allowed me a day off to attend further education college, provided I attended two evening sessions as well. I tell you this only to emphasise that I am not a privileged person preaching to those less fortunate. From the age of 16, I have worked and still do approaching 67 as most other people ordinary folk do.

ignored by the politicians Now fast forward and look at what we have now with huge unemployment, especially among the young, seven million households on some kind of benefit, an ageing population of pensioners and too few workers to pay for them all. We fought two World Wars to preserve democracy and we have politicians who tell us they will represent the will of the voters, but once elected they forget all about ordinary people. What I want is fairness – the opportunity for all to work, a system that cares for the mentally ill and does not shut down specialised hospitals so they can sell the ground for huge profit and them provide the sop of ‘care in the community’. I don’t want to go to war in Afghanistan. This is the third time we have done it and not succeeded. I want the money spent here in the UK on new hospitals or to pay off our crippling debts. We give overseas aid to China, India, Pakistan when they are spending millions on nuclear weapons. Why? I am all for sending food, medicine and medical staff but totally against giving money to despotic rulers. You cannot bind tribal nations together using force or giving them money, only education can change the views of future

‘This is the first generation where our children and grandchildren cannot be certain of a better life than their parents’

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generations. Is Iraq really a better, safer place now? Tot up the amount we have given in foreign aid and spent keeping our armed forces in Germany, fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It would pay off our entire national debt, as well as saving the lives of many of our courageous soldiers. I am not against war per se, when it is defensive as in the case of the Falklands then it was absolutely right to safeguard our citizens.

Let’s form our own party! It is time for our politicians to concentrate solely on the UK. Let us build a fairer society, with adequate funding for the NHS so every British citizen can benefit, and with national ownerships of essential services. Buy the 16% of Royal Bank of Scotland, rename it ‘The UK Bank’ and make it work for the good of its customers and not for overpaid executives and shareholders. This is the first generation where our children and grandchildren cannot be certain of a better life than their parents. Pensioners of my age have lived through the most exciting times – we missed the war, benefited from house inflation and have witnessed the most amazing inventions. Dansette record player to iPod, food scarcity to all you can eat. We need politicians who listen to us. Perhaps we should form our own party based on the cooperative shop principle that started in Rochdale. Say we call it the ‘Democratic Party’ and let the electorate vote on big decisions as Switzerland does. A party that truly represents and reflects the will of the majority of citizens and concentrates on putting their needs first, a party that governs on the principle of fairness for all. Our children and grandchildren deserve no less. y



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