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OH YES IT IS! The best show of the year is ahead of you – with magic, mayhem and men in dresses. Get ready lots of ‘It’s behind you!’, for the Christmas panto! Cinderella, Rhyl Pavillion
Cinderella will go to the ball in this rags-to-riches tale, with X Factor star Rhydian Roberts as Prince Charming and stage veteran Sean Jones as clumsy but lovable Buttons. Cinderella find her happy Will ever after or will the devilish Ugly Sisters get in her way? With fun, sparkle and sensational Shetland ponies, this is surely the greatest pantomime of them all. 11th December-9th January. Visit www.rhylpavilio n.co.uk or call 01745 330000
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Will it be a white Christmas at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel?
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Venue Cymru, Llandudno
Dorothy Clive Garden, Shropshire garden and work up Take a stroll through the a full-on festive an appetite before enjoying good company and lunch. You can revel in such as turkey great food with main courses of beef to crown, nut roast and silverside a seasonal choose from before enjoying 13th-14th exploration of the grounds. arden. December. Visit www.dorothycliveg co.uk or call 01630 647237.
It’s party time!
lunch with your nan, a pre-festive bar and posh afternoon tea Whether you want a hours office shindig with full on, into the small for all the family, or a party solution is here dancing, your Christmas Boats, Cheshire Chester
for a team or 50 or party in the Clubhouse Visit www. more. From £30 per person. 01829 731000 . cardenpark.co.uk or call
Chateau Rhianfa, Anglesey winter
Carden Park, Cheshire with a three-course
Celebrations here begin salmon or roasted red dinner of slow poached braised beef steak and pepper soup, turkey or before dancing the a trio of festive desserts or Shooting suite. night away in the Carden you can test out some As an added bit of fun be available in the novelty props that will or get your picture middle of the evening and friends at the taken with your family book an exclusive photobooth. You can also Afternoon tea at Chateau Rhianfa
tea in the Warm up with afternoon this Christmas. wonderland of the chateau of handmade finger Indulge in a selection and cranberry sandwiches with turkey array of pastries stuffing, followed by an and homemade themed with festive flavours scones with clotted cakes plus traditional jam. Each afternoon cream and strawberry freshly brewed tea is served with either speciality loose leaf coffee or a selection of tour of the venue. teas and includes a guided December, from £25 4th, 5th, 11th and 18th es.co.uk per person. Visit www.amazingvenu or call 01248 713656.
night afloat on board Enjoy a Christmas party will be decked with the Lady Diana, which all the trimmings. holly, tinsel, baubles and dress are welcome Revellers in seasonal fancy glass of wine, a hot pot and will be treated to a everybody’s favourite supper and a disco with 1s, plus a few cheesy Christmas Number 11th, 18th and 19th dance floor fillers. 5th, per person. Visit December, from £29.50 or call 01244 325394. www.chesterboat.co.uk
All aboard for a Chester Boats party
If you want to meet face another big pre-Christmas but can’t not enjoy a festive night on the town, why historic Blayney afternoon tea in Gregynog’s of mulled wine for a room? Relax with a glass the decorations and couple of hours, enjoy Available absorb the Christmas atmosphere. Or, on 19th and from 14th-17th December. have a family 20th December, you can three-course lunch get-together with a festive hall, plus in the traditionally decorated chat, relax and plenty of opportunity to or exchange gifts. Visit www.gregynog.org call 01686 650224.
Llyndir Hall offers taste and budgets, party packages to suit all lunch in the from a four person festive corporate restaurant to a private just one price and extravaganza for 120. Pay fizz and canapés on enjoy unlimited bucks carvery arrival, a substantial three-coursefunction themed dinner in the Christmas with a DJ and suite. Dance off those calories inclusive bar. Visit stay hydrated with an all call 01244 571648. www.feathers.uk.com or
Tuck into a festive lunch of seasonal flavours. menu offering an array per course including a There are three options chestnut Wellington, portobello mushroom and and Christmas pudding a pressed duck terrine From 1st-23rd dripping in brandy sauce. person. Visit www. December. From £18 per 856565. theclive.co.uk or call 01584
Take family, friends and a three-course evening of laughter, music in style at Lake meal to celebrate the season night on 18th Vyrnwy’s Christmas Party per person to December. From £29.50 disco so you can include the meal and a a half bottle of dance the night away. Add Visit www. wine each for £9 per person. 01691 870692. lakevyrnwy.com or call
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Sitting on the banks of the Conwy estuary, with views to Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, the RSPB’s Conwy reserve is a great place to visit at any time of year. It has plenty of accessible trails, easy for all the family to follow, with viewpoints and hides dotted around, helping you to make the most of your visit. There are always volunteer guides on hand to help you discover more, and even if the weather’s not conducive to being out outside, the visitor centre offers plenty of activities for all the family. Every Saturday throughout November and December, you can join one of the volunteer wildlife guides to take a two-hour walk around site, finding out what makes the it such a special place and other wildlife that make discovering the birds and the reserve their home. For more information visit www.rspb.org.uk or call 01492 584091.
A Cadw Christmas
Victorian Christmas at Beaumaris Castle, 30th November The whole family can enjoy a range of traditional Victorian games, watch a Punch & Judy show and join in with some singing and music as Christmas carols and Welsh
Plygain carols are performed in the chapel throughout the day. Christmas Wreath-Making at Plas Mawr, 6th December Drop in and make a fragrant wreath from natural materials for your front door. You’ll be shown how to twist
and fasten holly, ivy and other greenery to create your wreath – and also to make other Christmas decorations. All materials supplied, you just need to take your own gardening gloves. Visit www.cadw.gov.wa les
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What’s on at Rhyl Pavilion
Whitney – Queen of the Night, 6th November Whitney Houston’s legacy lives on in this show. he exceptional young Rebecca Freckleton does great justice to Whitney’s music, style and class. This homage to the Queen of the Night features hits such as I Wanna Dance With Somebody, I’m Every Woman and I Will Always Love You. The Addams Family, 13th-14th November Powerplay brings you a must-see musical comedy for all the family. When Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his ‘normal’ family are invited for dinner at the Addams’ home, all goes swimmingly until a drop of acromonium is added trictly no under s allowed. Inferno Dance Club, Tempus Fugit, 28th November The Time Flies Decade Dance Show celebrates different styles of dance from the 1920s up to the present day. Melltith Y Brenin Lludd, 1st December Based on an ancient Celtic legend from the time of the Mabinogion, this enchanting show brings Welsh mythology to life. The Red Dragon, an enormous giant, and the magic of an evil witch all feature in this winter spectacular, when the lives of King Lludd and his people are threatened by three curses. Visit www.rhylpavilion.c
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Bubbling over with winter wonder
Cinderella, Grove Park Theatre, Wrexham
‘Expect lots of audience participation, plenty of mayhem and heaps of family fun’
Cinderella longs for a better from her cruel stepmother life away and ugly step sisters, who lock her up and force her to do all the household chores. With glass slippers, charming princes and a faithful friend, will Cinderella find an Watch the Fairy Godmother escape? work her magic in this all singing, all dancing Christmas pantomime. 4th December-2nd January. Visit www.groveparkthea tre.co.uk or call 01978 351091
Cinderella, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold
Cinderella is rock ‘n’ rolling all the way to ball in this cocktail of traditional panto, smash hits and pop favourites. Expect audience participation with slapstick comedy and a bundle of laughs as Peter Rowe delivers up a panto with soul. 27th November-23rd January. Visit www.clwyd-theatr-c ymru.co.uk or call 01352 701521
Dick Whittington, Forum Studio Theatre, Chester
eet the confident hero, silly baddy and comical fairy in this community affair packed with plenty of laughs, love and cheeky characters. Suitable for all ages, why not give the family a treat this Christmas and go along? 4th-30th December. Visit www.tiptopproductio ns.co.uk or call 01244 341296
Christmas Concert, 12th December The combined forces of Bangor University Chorus and Chamber Choir, with Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias Chamber Choir, conducted by Graeme Cotterill, Guto Pryderi Puw and Jenny Pearson, bring you this seasonal spectacular with music from Holst, and Brazilian composer Jose Mauricio Nunes Garcia. Only Men Aloud, 18th December The Classical Brit Award-winning male ensemble will perform a selection box of music, ranging from traditional Christmas favourites to rock and pop classics. Swnami, Yws Gwynedd and Yr Eira, 19th Dec A chance to enjoy three of the most popular contemporary Welsh acts, all on the same stage. For more information visit www.pontio.co.uk or call 01248 382828.
The much loved fairy tale of and vanity battling against evil youth and innocent beauty brings a host of colourful characters to life. Will Snow White manage to avoid the old lady offering an apple, or will
It’s fun and frolics all the way as these two classics are combined with bundles of laughs and mayhem for all the family. Will Robin Hood outfox the greedy Sheriff or will Nurse Nellie protect the Babes? Find out in this delightful and hilarious panto. 9th-30th January. Visit www.theatreontheste ps.co.uk or call 01746 766477
Beauty and the Beast, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Tap your toes to the catchy beats while laughing at the hilarious comedy routines in this feel good family pantomime. Will good triumph over evil and the beast find love before time runs out? xpect magical performances and stunning special effects in this popular and enchanting panto. 8th-23rd January. Visit www.aberystwytharts centre.co.uk or call 01970 623232
DID YOU KNOW? Figaro and Friends, 2nd December This stunning Grade Take some time out I Mid Wales Opera present from the Christmas panic this year on a listed World Heritage an evening of excerpts motorised canal boat trip across the Site is the longest and from Mozart’s Marriage Pontcysyllte Aqueduct with Llangollen of Figaro and Rossini’s Wharf – with highest aqueduct a glass of mulled wine Barber of Seville. See and a mince pie included. Throughout the future stars of opera, in Britain November and December, you can accompanied by the enjoy a leisurely cruise in the comfort of the Mid Wales Opera Chamber enclosed, heated cabin Orchestra, all led by admiring the beautiful with views of the Dee Valley conductor Nicholas from the comfortable seats – Cleobury. not to mention crossing the unsurpassed feat of engineering that is Thomas Telford’s aqueduct. Y Bancsi Bach, 9th-11th You’ll enjoy a complimentary December glass of mulled wine Ysgol Tryfan brings this a homemade mince and new show pie, and should you need more based on Tudur Dylan refreshments there’s Jones’s a fully stocked bar. Light short novel to the stage. lunches can be booked in advance – including a Welsh cream The play tells the story of Owen, tea. The trip takes two hours who didn’t and you can travel in know that the graffiti direction you prefer whichever he loved – from Froncysyllte to Llangollen or vice painting on the walls versa – plus there’ll be of the town a live commentary along would take on a life to tell you all about the way of its own… A the history, places of interest story current gossip worthy and any to make you laugh and of note. cry at the same time. be to escape the Christmas What better way could there pandemonium? Mulled Wine Specials run November and December. on various dates during co.uk or call 01978 860702 Visit www.horsedrawnboats. for more information.
There are bubbles of all shapes and sizes to be seen – even one so big a person can stand in it – at Techniquest Glyndwr this winter. Head for this awesome hands-on science discovery centre every weekend from 7th November 13th December, and until the kids will be bubbling over with excitment And once you’ve got over the incredible sight of the biggest bubbles in the world (probably), it’s time to cover your ears for some spectacular bangs, in this event which makes science more fun than ever. But that’s not all, prepare to discover the real of winter from 19th-23rd wonder and 27th-30th December, an awe-inspiring live with science show led by the TQG team. Using all sorts of props and ingredients, they’ll show you how the extreme cold can affect people and the environment around them, and will help you to discover the answers to all the questions that might puzzle you about winter. For more information visit www.tqg.org.uk or call 01978 293400
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Place, Telford
What’s On in brief
Shine, 28th November Contemporary circus company Pirates of the Carabina will be presenting three performances of this piece specially commissioned by Pontio for its opening Welcome Day, in the dramatic central foyer space.
all the family aand a visit from of lamb plus selection herb crusted rumpFather Christmas, this will be the Visit www. V per person. of desserts for £16.75perfect weekend to get you in 01492 660247. or call festive maenanabbey.co.ukthe mood.
eter an is flying in and tickets are flying out for this all star cast production. Featuring Big Brother Legend Nikki Grahame as Tinkerbell and X Factor star Christopher Maloney as villain Captain Hook, you expect plenty of audience can participation. With a live band, beautiful scenery and costumes, this spectacular pantomime is a real festive treat for everyone. 12th December-2nd January. www.thegrangetheatre.com Visit or call 01606 723570
company Fame Factory promises a family friendly treat with this romantic tale of love and woe. The charming prince has been condemned to live as a beast under the witch’s curse, but will he find true love and break the spell? Packed full of fun and magic, Christmas can’t come soon enough in this entertaining classic tale. 13th December. Visit www.gregynog. org or call 01686 650224
Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood, Theatre on the Steps
What’s on at Pontio
a traditional medieval DID YOU KNOW? Christmas complete with all the To deliver all his trimmings. The 14th-century castle will be Shake, shake, shake your presents, Father transformed in to a medieval stuff all night long and menu feast forluncheon Christmas would the senses, best with the pre Christmas celebrate arguably the smells, sounds, November70s sights and have to travel at on offer from 23rd decades of music at the tastes of a a traditional includes night Christmas 24th December 650 miles per and 80s mixtape party roaring through a a the castle. black pepper soup, parsnip and on 11th December. Includes With heaps ofpork second and for activities quiz, duet of sweet roasted belly three-course meal, themed
by live vocalists, performances a late and party band Rhythm Train of killer dance night disco. Plus plenty .co.uk moves. Visit www.radiantevents
Peter Pan, The Grange Theatre, Northwich, Cheshire
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Aladdin, Stiwt Theatre, Wrexham
Aladdin, as presented by LHK Productions and the Stiwt, has enough magic, sparkle and panache to satisfy even the most demanding of audiences. With striking sets, sparkling costumes, plus a laugha-minute script that will have in the aisles, not to mention you rolling a sprinkling of special magic, this is set to be an unmissable Christmas extravaganza. 11th-30th December. Visit www.stiwt.com or call 01978 844053
Beauty and the Beast, Gregynog Hall
Once upon a time in a faraway land lived a princess… in among cheeky comedy, stunning sets, popular songs and a great cast putting on a spellbinding display. Taking to the stage is the wicked fairy Carabosse, played by Vicky Entwistle – once known as
Be greeted galleried Victorian the lobby and take in the Rambleeither side. trees on with Rangers, staircase with Christmas 25th November available during Private dining rooms are xplorepeople. The historic 15 to 90 the castle’s December for parties of parkland
The best we be relying on true love’s kiss to seal the happy-ever-afte r ending? With Jeremy Edwards as The Prince, Nicole Faraday as The Wicked Queen and Amy Reader as Snow White, there’s fun for all the family 8th December-3rd January. here. Visit www. theplacetelford.com or call 01952 382382
Popular touring theatre
Dick Whittington, Theatre Severn
Dick Whittington is a thrilling tale of good against evil, true love and exciting adventure, all you need for an epic panto tale, and not forgetting the final ingredient: Shropshire’s favourite Dame, Brad Fitt who stars as Dolly the Cook. This comedy panto will have you in hysterics, with lots of participation, plus plenty audience of mayhem. 2nd December-10th January. Visit www. theatresevern.co.uk or call 01743 281281
Sleeping Beauty, Floral Pavilion Theatre
Conwy Winter events at Maenan Abbey, log fire as you enter by a roaring
and learn about its history on a guided walk with the rangers.
Powys Lake Vyrnwy Hotel, or colleagues along to an
Gareth Gates is due to dazzle audiences as Prince Charming in this enchanting tale. After finding fame on Pop Idol,, Gareth has swapped pop music stardom for the bright lights of musical theatre in the most popular
Llyndir Hall,aCheshire range of Christmas pampering – start Combine partying and a relaxing session in your celebrations with a Christmas party the spa before enjoying and drink, with a night of fun, music, food Tribute Night Lion Quays’ Brit Awards a Disco Party Night extravaganza. Or enjoy from 4th to 22nd in the conservatory. Dates Visit www. December, from £29.50. 01691 684300. lionquays.co.uk or call
an abundance of comedy, stunning sets and lots of changes of fabulous costumes which even the Fairy Godmother would be proud of. 12th December-3rd January. Visit www. crewelyceum.co.uk or call 01270 368242
Janice Battersby in Coronation Amy Thompson of Emmerdale Street. and Milkshake! fame plays Sleeping Beauty. Can she be saved from Carabosse? Join this jam-packed family friendly panto and find 9th December-3rd January. out. Visit www. oralpavilion.com or call
Cinderella, Crewe Lyceum Theatre
Lion Quays, Shropshire
Llangollen Pavilion, Denbighshire
The Clive, Shropshire or dinner with a set
Snow White is strictly magic as Strictly Come Dancing’s Robin Windsor makes his pantomime debut festive season. Best known this for his personality-enthused performances, Robin stars as The Man in the Mirror with fancy footwork in this classic fairytale. Also featuring are local favourite John Nigel Ellicott, in the fairest Evans as Muddles and pantomime of them 10th-31st December. all. Visit www.venuecym ru.co.uk or call 01492 872000
colleagues along to Take family, friends or and food an evening of music, laughter
Powys Gregynog Hall, up with friends or family
l 6th-8th November, North Wales Choral Festival This three-day event welcomes choirs from all over the world to Llandudno, competitions, performances, with workshops, concerts and much more on offer. It’s now one of the biggest choral festivals in Wales and is a great musical event.
l 7th November, Betws y Coed Trail Challenge A chance to have a go at trail running in the beautiful wooded hillsides of Betws y Coed. This year there’s a 5k option as well as the original 10k. l 7th November, Llanbedr Beer Festival Celebrates 10 Years A musical evening to celebrate Llanbedr Beer Festival’s 10-year anniversary, starring Rhys Meririon, lin flur, a piece band and compere Aeron Pughe. All proceeds will go the Wales Air Ambulance charity. l 13th November, The Blues Band, Doc Victoria This year the Blues Band celebrate their 35th year together – who could have predicted that they’d still be dazzling audiences with their showmanship and virtuoso blues playing? If you want to see the finest exponents of the blues tradition in all its forms, this is the place to be.
l 13th-15th November Mold Novemberfest A ‘festival of real ale, real food and real entertainment’ this event is now in its fourth year with more than 30 real ales, lagers and ciders on offer at St Mary’s Hall, accompanied by great food and live music, plus other businesses around the town taking part in various ways. l 14th-15th November, Anglesey Winter Show, Anglesey Showground This local agricultural event is held indoors and features competitive classes for cattle, sheep, pigs, light horses (young stock), cookery and crafts, plus agricultural trade stands for all to enjoy.
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W H A T ’ S O N NO R T H
W A L E S
Winter events at Chirk Castle Ramble with Rangers, 25th November Explore the castle’s historic parkland and learn about its history on a guided walk with the rangers. Medieval Christmas Weekends, 12th-13th and 19th-20th December Discover festive magic at a traditional medieval Christmas complete with all the trimmings. The 14th-century castle will be transformed in to a medieval feast for the senses, with the smells, sounds, sights and tastes of a traditional Christmas roaring through the castle. With heaps of activities for all the family and a visit from Father Christmas, this will be the perfect weekend to get you in the festive mood. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk for more information
Take a walk on the wild side
Sitting on the banks of the Conwy estuary, with views to Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, the RSPB’s Conwy reserve is a great place to visit at any time of year. It has plenty of accessible trails, easy for all the family to follow, with viewpoints and hides dotted around, helping you to make the most of your visit. There are always volunteer guides on hand to help you discover more, and even if the weather’s not conducive to being outside, the visitor centre offers plenty of activities for all the family. Every Saturday throughout November and December, you can join one of the volunteer wildlife guides to take a two-hour walk around the site, finding out what makes it such a special place and discovering the birds and other wildlife that make the reserve their home. For more information visit www.rspb.org.uk or call 01492 584091.
A Cadw Christmas
Victorian Christmas at Beaumaris Castle, 30th November The whole family can enjoy a range of traditional Victorian games, watch a Punch & Judy show and join in with some singing and music as Christmas carols and Welsh
Plygain carols are performed in the chapel throughout the day. Christmas Wreath-Making at Plas Mawr, 6th December Drop in and make a fragrant wreath from natural materials for your front door. You’ll be shown how to twist and fasten holly, ivy and other greenery to create your wreath – and also to make other Christmas decorations. All materials supplied, you just need to take your own gardening gloves. Visit www.cadw.gov.wales
What’s on at Rhyl Pavilion
Whitney – Queen of the Night, 6th November Whitney Houston’s legacy lives on in this show. The exceptional young Rebecca Freckleton does great justice to Whitney’s music, style and class. This homage to the Queen of the Night features hits such as I Wanna Dance With Somebody, I’m Every Woman and I Will Always Love You. The Addams Family, 13th-14th November Powerplay brings you a must-see musical comedy for all the family. When Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his ‘normal’ family are invited for dinner at the Addams’ home, all goes swimmingly until a drop of acromonium is added! Strictly no under 7s allowed. Inferno Dance Club, Tempus Fugit, 28th November The Time Flies Decade Dance Show celebrates different styles of dance from the 1920s up to the present day. Melltith Y Brenin Lludd, 1st December Based on an ancient Celtic legend from the time of the Mabinogion, this enchanting show brings Welsh mythology to life. The Red Dragon, an enormous giant, and the magic of an evil witch all feature in this winter spectacular, when the lives of King Lludd and his people are threatened by three curses. Visit www.rhylpavilion.co.uk or call 01745 330000
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WHAT’ S ON
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l 14th November-24th December, Winter Treasure Craft Fair, Oriel Ynys Mon One of the largest and most vibrant craft fairs in north Wales, this is an opportunity to see, enjoy and purchase a variety of quality contemporary work by some of the best makers in Wales. Whether you’re looking for a gift or something for yourself you’re sure to find plenty of beautiful options here at the fair. l 18th November, Rob Beckett: Mouth of the South, Galeri Caernarfon Presenting a brand new hour of comedy, Rob Beckett (you know, him with the teeth off 8 Out of 10 Cats) takes on such important issues as it ats and flatbread. l 21st November, Craft Fair, Alyn Waters Country Park Enjoy some crafts and festive goodies after a walk around the largest country park in the Wrexham area. l 22nd November, Conwy Half Marathon The ‘most scenic race in the ’ starts and finishes in front of Conwy Castle, goes to Llandudno, around the Great Orme and back to Conwy. Even if you’re not going to take part yourself, find a scenic spot to admire the view and cheer on the runners.
l 28th-29th November, Tattoo Festival Cariad Ink returns to Venue Cymru with national and international tattoo artists, body modifications and tattoo competitions. It’s not just about body art, though, there will be live music, performers, and vendors selling all sorts of alternative goodies just in time for Christmas. l 4th December, Andy Kirkpatrick: Cold Mountain, Doc Victoria, Caernarfon mountaineer Andy takes you on a physically, mentally and emotionally challenging adventure, as he reflects on a lifetime spent climbing many cold mountains. The show is a mix of comedy, pathos and brutal honesty about a life on the edge in every sense.
What’s on at Wrexham Museum
All aboard for a pint!
Hop up to the Llangollen Railway on 12th December, for a real ale adventure taking you along the scenic Dee Valley – twice! It’s a thereand-back-again and there-and-back-again-again trip (so if you miss any sights first time round, you get another go), with a great selection of ale from local brewery Stonehouse on offer from the well-stocked bar. Food is available from the Station Café and Bar, plus there’ll be a barbecue on the platform. Pre-book your ticket and you’ll get a free glass and a pint for the journey. Visit www.llangollen-railway.co.uk or call 01978 860979.
Curiosities of the Collection, 16th November-9th January Discover the weird, the wonderful and the overlooked of the museum’s collections in a special ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’. Wales, Industry and the First World War, until 9th January Discover how Welsh industry – especially the steel, coal, wool and munitions industries – contributed to Britain’s success and victory in the First World War.
The Messiah in Mold old istrict Choral ociety always finish the year with a Christmas concert, and this year they present a joint performance with Cor Cymysg Dyffryn The Royal Welch Fusiliers, Conwy of the until 4th February A special awe-inspiring display explores the history Handel’s of the regiment and its links Messiah to Wrexham. on 11th December. Christmas Crafts, 19th The society December A chance for the is Flintshire’s children to make some biggest mixed voice choir with around 80 Christmas-themed members led by musical director Trystan crafts to take home DID YOU KNOW? Lewis. Go along to see them raise the roof, and thrill to the sound of the Hallelujah The world’s largest Short stories for the chorus as the story of the Nativity is told in choir consisted of shortest day, 21st song, with organist Graham Eccles and 121,440 people and December Relax trumpet and drums adding to the drama. and unwind by The bilingual choir (English and Welsh) sang (only once) in listening to a local present up to four concerts a year and also Chennai, India story teller. Plus there’ll sing in other languages as required by the be a craft activity for music. They are always on the lookout for new children to take part in. members, especially tenors, and welcome anyone to join them. The Messiah takes place at in Capel For more information call Bethesda, Mold, and tickets are £10. For more information call 01978 297460 or visit www. 01244 544783 or visit www.moldchoral.org.uk wrexham.gov.uk
A happy Wednesday for Mondays fans Manchester’s legendary indie band Happy Mondays are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their classic album Pills ‘n’ Thrills And Bellyaches with a tour that brings them to Venue Cymru in Llandudno on 9th December. Released on 27th November 1990, Pills ‘n’ Thrills... spent an amazing 31 weeks on the UK albums chart, getting as high as No 4. To the delight of die-hard fans, the band will be performing the entire album, along with plenty of their other hits, such as Step On and Kinky at the gig. Happy Mondays’ frontman Shaun Ryder said: ‘It’s great to be doing 25 years of Pills ‘n’ Thrills... and here’s to another 25! I’m going to remember them this time. There’s some really great work on Pills ‘n’ Thrills... It was the album that put us on Top of The Pops.’ For more information visit www. orchardentertainment.co.uk
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Figaro and Friends: A Celebration of Opera
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WHAT’ S ON
What’s on at Venue Cymru
Stephen Venables – Life after Everest, 4th November Stephen Venables’ achievements are remarkable. Ascending Everest via a new route without oxygen and bivouacking at a record 28,000 feet is probably his most famous accomplishment. In this fascinating talk he discusses narrow escapes from death and the most incredible landscapes imaginable.
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Get crafty at Erddig Make your own Advent calendar, 24th November Advent calendars are one of the best-loved Christmas traditions, so why not join the resident craft expert at Erddig and create your own Advent calendar using all the traditional festive colours and materials – perfect for stocking with treats and gifts ahead of 1st December. Soak up the traditional atmosphere in the servant uarters where the fire will be roaring while you create your own unique family heirloom.
l 5th-6th December, Portmeirion Food & Craft Fair With more than 90 exhibitors, plus cookery and craft demonstrations, seasonal entertainment, mulled wine and festive lunches – not to mention Father Christmas in his workshop – plus lots more, this is set to be a great event for all the family. l 6th December, Christmas Crackers at Ty Mawr Country Park Make festive crafts from recycled and natural materials in this fun day for all the family.
Cards and Calligraphy, 8th December Erddig has created the ideal combination for craft bugs out there, in a unique workshop combining the best of Christmas and craftworks! After exploring the estate and sprawling gardens, join an Erddig craft expert who will teach all the calligraphy skills you’ll need to design your own set of personalised greetings cards ready to deliver to loved ones in time for Christmas. Only Fools and Boycie, 17th November The star of Only Fools and Horses is back! He enjoyed his previous visit so much he has created a brand new show for audiences. Ballet Cymru, 25th November This triple bill of new dance features Cerys Matthews singing live to a show choreographed to her album of Welsh folk music; a piece created in collaboration with harpist and composer Catrin Finch; plus a newly commissioned work from choreographer Marc Brew. Bellowhead, 28th November A last chance to catch the UK’s most successful folk band ever (probably), before they call it a day. Call 01492 872000 or visit www.venuecymru.co.uk
For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk l 9th December, Christmas Floristry Demonstration, Bodysgallen Hall Florists Sioned Rowlands and Jenny Wallis of Tulipa Blodau will bring fresh ideas to create highly individual floral displays giving you loads of inspiration to enhance your own Christmas decor. Floral displays will be raffled for taking away with you.
Wrexham Symphony Orchestra (WSO) kicks off its 47th concert season with an eagerly awaited performance at its ‘home’ venue of William Aston Hall on 21st November. l 12th December, Grand Gala Concert North Conductor Jonathan Wales Music Tuition Small will lead this WHERE’S SANTA? Charity presents this group of talented Looking for Santa’s evening of music and dedicated musicians through a performance and song featuring grotto? Turn to our talented students of music that includes Elgar’s Enigma Variations, feature on page 52 and tutors who Rachmaninov and features the talented William be performing Bracken performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 1. to find the best one awill variety of music WSO has earned a great reputation since its humble including classical, near you… beginnings in 1969, and now numbers more than 60 musical theatre, pop and jazz at Rhyl Town players, regularly attracting professional guest conductors Hall, all in aid of Hope House and outstanding soloists. Visit www.wrexhamorch.co.uk Children’s Hospice.
What’s on at Clwyd Theatr Cymru My People, 5th-21st November The stories of Caradoc Evans, My People – a literary sensation that is darkly comic, poignant and at times savage – exposed the hypocrisy and avarice of a rural, non-conformist community in west Wales in the early 1900s. In this reimagining of Evans’ stories, will we see uncomfortable parallels with modern life? Land of Our Fathers, 24th-28th November Depicting the story of six miners trapped in a collapsed coal mine for two weeks in 1979, this funny and deeply moving drama has won Time Out’s Critic’s Choice and Fringe Show of the Year 2013. As the men await their rescue
secrets emerge and accusations fly, changing everything they thought they knew and believed in. Saturday Night for Ever, 8th-9th December Lee has vowed to never fall in love again. But on this trip through Cardiff’s gay nightlife, we follow him to a friend’s house-warming where a bottle of vodka and the devil on his shoulder soon cause him to break his promise and fall for a new admirer. Life is sweet for a while, but nothing lasts forever as Lee cruelly discovers… For more information, visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru. co.uk or call 01352 701521.
l 12th-13th December, Victorian Christmas Experience, Penrhyn Castle Meet the busy servants and get a taste of what downstairs life was like at Christmas time. You might even get to meet Santa and get a gift as he pops into the cook’s sitting room for a cheeky mince pie! l 13th December, Decorate your Christmas cake, Bodnant Welsh Food Learn some top tips for creating a professional looking Christmas cake, and impress your family and friends!
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The Houghton Weavers, 14th November Weaving together folk music, humour and audience participation, the Houghton Weavers, comprising Tony Berry, David Little and Steve Millington celebrate 40 years together with this tour. This show promises their ‘Keep Folk Smiling’ motto and some audience surprises along the way.
Justin Moorhouse – Destiny Calling, 20th November Having recently appeared in Live at the Apollo and Coronation Street, the comedian’s new stand up show, Destiny Calling, takes him back on the road, doing what he does best – making people laugh. The Hypnotist Live, 28th November Andrew Newton presents another spellbinding, hilarious performance. His slick, polished approach keeps the audience enraptured and laughing from start to finish. A natural entertainer in his element.
Boundless Grandeur: The Christian Vision of Donald Allchin, 6th-8th November Marking the launch of a new book about Donald Allchin’s theology, this event offers the opportunity to listen to some of the great writers of contemporary spirituality. Focus on Short Fiction: the art of the short story, 8th-13th November Led by novelist, poet and writer Vanessa Gebbie, this creative writing course will help to bring out your creativity. Writer at Liberty, 10th November Feminist and human rights activist – and Gladstone’s writer in residence – Rachel Holmes hosts an evening of reading, discussion and engagement with writers and political activists. Style, Research and Craft, 29th November Rachel Holmes leads this day workshop on developing writing skills. Great British Films, 14th19th December Showing of some of the best, nostalgic ritish films. Visit www. gladstoneslibrary.org or call 01244 532350.
When the first soldiers marched out of their barracks in August 1914, many people were calling out that the war would be over by Christmas. As crowds cheered them on their way they weren’t to know that these men were marching towards four long years, The Great War. Fred Birks from Buckley was one of these soldiers. Born on 16th August 1894 in Lane End, Fred emigrated to Australia in 1913 and served in Egypt, Gallipoli and Flanders with the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps and later the 6th battalion Australian Imperial Force. He rose to Lieutenant and was awarded the military medal for bravery for his actions as a stretcher bearer on the Somme. Fred was just 23 when he was killed by a shell in Ypres in 1917. Upon seeing that some of his men had been buried under another shell, he left the security of the trench and led a number of troops to try to free the trapped soldiers. He was standing above the men without shelter, supervising attempts to dig them out, when a German shell exploded nearby and killed him. Fred was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross in 1917, the only VC to be awarded to 6th battalion. You can view a memorial to Fred and other fallen soldiers at St Matthew’s Church in Buckley and the North Wales Heroes Memorial in Bangor.
Christmas at Penrhyn Castle Take a break from the busy high street and step back in time with a traditional Christmas day out at Penrhyn’s 19thcentury castle from 12th-13th December. The castle and grounds will be dressed for a traditional Victorian Christmas and the fire will be roaring all weekend. Take a tour around the restored kitchens and wander through the impressive stable block, home to a fascinating industrial railway museum and a model railway museum. Look out for an extra special guest who will be staying at the castle too – Father Christmas – who has lots of festive activities planned for families over the weekend.
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Frozen Sing-Along, 5th & 24th December Join in with all your favourite songs from the animated smash hit. Fearless Anna teams up with mountain man Kristoff and his reindeer Sven to make an epic ourney to find her sister lsa, who has trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. For more information visit www.theatrcolwyn.co.uk or call 01492 577888.
Eddi Reader, 12th November Eddi’s ability to integrate different musical styles and make them her own makes her a unique talent. Initially brought into the limelight with Fairground Attraction and their single, Perfect which topped the British charts, Eddi gives an evocative performance full of depth and quality. Circus of Horrors, 18th November A West End smash hit which found itself in the finals of Britain’s Got Talent, this creepy tale features a curious circus of Killer Klowns, Demon Dwarfs, Sword Swallowers and the rock n’ roll of Dr Haze & The Interceptors from Hell. Punchlines: Dave Spikey, 26th November Former haematologist Dave Spikey is a British Comedy Award winner and member of Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights. In this surreal, side-splitting
show, Spikey will argue that a punchline isn’t necessary for a joke to be hilarious… Shed Seven and Inspiral Carpets, 14th December On an extensive UK tour, Shed Seven will perform their greatest hits including singles Going for Gold, Disco Down and Chasing Rainbows. They will be joined by special guests the Manchester band Inspiral Carpets. Seth Lakeman, 16th December Turning orthodox folk on its head, Seth brings together the spirit of rock with the timeless sub ect matter of folk tales in a storm of fiddle, acoustic guitar and stomping rhythms. The Guardian has hailed his show as ‘the musical equivalent of the bodice-ripping blockbuster.’ Visit www.glyndwr.ac.uk or call 0844 888 9991.
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An enchanting winter at GreenWood Forest Park
The Fall, The Tivoli, Buckley, 14th November The seminal 70s post -punk band led by Mark E Smith was famously described by John Peel as ‘always different, always the same’ and have maintained their cult status with an everevolving style built on a foundation of jagged guitars.
The Selecter, Central Station, Wrexham, 10th December Led by iconic front-woman Pauline Black alongside musicians Neil Pyzer, Will Crewdson and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson, The Selector’s music is rooted in ska, punk and reggae. At the height of the two-tone movement they toured with Madness and The Specials, yet this is a band more concerned with staying relevant than looking back.
This winter, why not visit The Enchanted WoodBarn, GreenWood Forest Park’s indoor play centre, where the children can have hours of indoor fun, never mind the cold winter days. While the kids are playing, you can relax in the GreenOak Café, which serves a wide variety of tasty hot meals and snacks. Take a seat next to the cosy log burner and enjoy a freshly made barista style coffee. The Enchanted WoodBarn is open daily from 2nd November except 24th-26th December and 1st January. The main park will be closed during this time and will reopen for February Half Term. For more information call 01248 670076 or visit www.greenwoodforestpark.co.uk
Tour with the Head Gardener, 18th December Take advantage of the crisp outdoors DID YOU KNOW? for a day out at Santa Claus was some of the most happily unmarried until stunning winter gardens in north 1849, when Mrs Claus Wales. Head appeared in James gardener John Ree’s short story A will talk to you about his plans for Christmas Legend the world-famous botanical gardens. See how the grounds are transformed over winter and learn about the different species that come to life in the colder months.
Santa’s Cabin, 5th-6th December The woodland cabin will be bedecked with Christmas finery especially for Father Christmas’ visit. Why not pack some hot drinks and a festive picnic, wrap up warm and make a day of it at Plas Newydd? For more information visit www. nationaltrust.org.uk
A soulful celebration
Blair Dunlop with Alex Hart Support, Blue Sky Cafe, Bangor, 6th November lair combines influences from folk and American music and covers subjects as diverse as politics and football. A sprightly 22, Blair’s musical maturity shines through in his ability to craft meaningful songs that connect with all walks of life. Alex Hart will be joining Blair for the evening.
Winter fun at Bodnant Garden
Winter fun at Plas Newydd Festive Fun in the Woods, 5th-6th December Step through the wardrobe and enjoy Narnia-themed storytelling in the woods with storytellers who will transport you to a world of mystical adventure to get you and little ones in the Christmas mood. Wrap up warm and bring your imagination for a great family day out.
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Head for the New Year’s eve party that has real soul at the Stiwt on 31st December (when else?!) – the theatre’s annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza returns, promising to be bigger and better than ever, with a new soulful feel to the proceedings. You can dance the night away in the lounge to the soul and Motown disco, then there’s a live band to bring in the New Year, followed by live performances from local singers plus indoor fireworks and a spectacular stage show with stunning lighting and visuals. The Hafod bar will of course be open, and food will also be available for when you need to replenish your energy. There’ll also be a fast serve bar, which will get you back on the dancefloor with drinks in hand quicker than you can say Marvin Gaye! For more information visit www.stiwt.com or call 01978 841300.
Elves Workshops, 28th29th November; 5th-6th, 12th-13th and 19th-20th December Back by popular demand, the Elves’ Workshops are returning to Bodnant Garden. Pay a visit to the festive elves who will be on hand to help you make some crafty decorations for your tree. For an extra festive treat, sit by the fire and toast some marshmallows! Tree Dressing Day, 6th December Celebrate Bodnant’s annual Tree Dressing Day. The team use some of the stunning natural materials from their doorstep to decorate Bodnant’s Christmas tree – learn about the techniques they use and create some of your own while you’re at it. The head gardeners will all be on hand to talk to you about the winter gardens, so make sure you wrap up warm to explore the best of the surroundings. For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk
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W H A T ’S O NM IDW A L E S Lucky Lad, a winner in 1990, the first year of the show
The Princess Royal will be attending the fair on 1st December
A right royal fair First staged in 1990, the Royal Welsh Winter Fair this year celebrates its th anniversary, and is now firmly established as one of the most popular attractions on the ritish agricultural show calendar. Leading stockmen from all over the will come to the showground in uilth Wells from 30th November-1st December to compete for the top accolades. Away from the udging rings the very best of Welsh food producers will be showcasing their produce, and there’ll be hundreds of tradestands, demonstrations and exhibitions. Among the delights on offer will be Christmas gifts, a food hall and farmers market, cookery demonstrations, produce and handicrafts and a anta’s grotto. here’ll also be the chance to rub shoulders with royalty as the rincess oyal will be attending the fair on st ecember. or the first time, to celebrate its silver ubilee, the Winter air will this year have a late night Christmas shopping evening on st ecember, with free entry into the showground from pm. Also to mark the th anniversary there will be a free, silver ubilee themed firework display at pm. A spectacle not to be missed f you would like a lasting reminder of the th anniversary of the oyal Welsh Winter air you can buy a limited, special edition gentleman’s tie and women’s scarf, which will be available during the two-day event or online. Visit online at www.rwas.co.uk or call to n o t mor a o t t is t rri c air.
Get in with the cool crowd
On 18th December, Ricky Cool brings his new n Crowd icky to the ragon heatre, armouth, offering up a great mix of dance music guaranteed to get you on your feet. n this new line up, icky Cool has teamed up with some of the idlands’ top players to create a six piece band presenting an explosive mixture of ska, bluebeat, rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll, plus entertainment in the inimitable icky Cool style. ooted in the traditions of ew rleans, exas, Chicago and the emerging amaican scene of the period, the music is delivered with style and passion by some top musicians, fronted by the charismatic icky himself. ou’ll be dancing all night long, so there’ll be a finger buffet to keep your energy up and a licensed bar. Visit www. ra ont atr .co. or call or mor in ormation.
What’s on at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre World War wo, dreamed of freedom from her secret annexe in Amsterdam. ollow and explore the hidden world of Anne rank through this highly charged drama. Darkside, 7th November ake a trip down memory as arkside perform their Pink Floyd show, showcasing classics from the band’s back catalogue of almost years. he evening will include nostalgic flashbacks and classics including, of course, Dark Side of the Moon. Ballet Cymru: in r lla, 8th November allet Cymru bring you something a bit different with their take on the classic fairy tale. his production combines circus elements with the finest classical dance, con uring up a surprising world of wonder and magic.
r ams o nn ran , 19th-20th November he Arts Centre outh heatre bring Anne rank’s story to life as they re imagine history in this award winning children’s production by ernard ops. Anne, a young ewish girl forced into hiding during
Buddy Holly & The Cricketers, 22nd November et into the Christmas spirit and oin in the festivities with ritain’s most popular uddy olly act, who have performed across the globe.
Arthur Pita’s ittl atc Girl, 29th November Arthur ita brings his spell binding dance theatre show to Aberystwyth. A magical treat for all of the family, based on ans Christian Andersen’s classic story performed through dance, song and original music. Josh Widdicombe: at o Do Now…, 2nd December A fixture on ui shows, and now having fronted his own sitcom, osh Widdicombe has ‘embedded himself among the comedy elite’. o n o t mor visit www. a r stw t artsc ntr .co.
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What’s On in brief Winter warmers at Gregynog Hall
Petrol heads get ready – Wales Rally GB 2015, the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship, heads for mid Wales on 13th November. After the special stages in the morning, the cars will be arriving in Newtown, Powys, at midday. The Regroup and Technical Zone and the Tyre Fitting Zone will both be at Newtown’s main car park. The cars will then do a rerun of the special stages at Sweet Lamb, Hafren and Myherin. There’s plenty more action over the weekend, with four more special stages on the morning of Saturday 14th November at the Dyfi Forest and Gartheiniog, both between Machynlleth and Dolgellau. The Dyfi Forest stage has wide roads with an excellent surface and long sweeping corners which should deliver excellent viewing. Gartheiniog has everything from tight technical corners to fast open sweeping roads; from big climbs to steep downhills. On Saturday afternoon the cars then set off for the final round of the championship, which includes two stages at Dyfnant (north-west of Welshpool) and Aberhirnant (south-east of Bala). And RallyFest at Chirk Castle on 14th November is great for new fans, or for a more familyoriented day, with heaps of entertainment, as well as a chance to see the cars in action. www.walesrallygb.com
Christmas concert by Gregynog Young Musician, 6th December What better way to start to your Christmas festivities than with an afternoon concert of seasonal music, featuring a return performance of the winner of the 2015 Gregynog Young Musician competition. ickets are on the door to include tea and mince pies. Get there early to ensure a good seat and en oy the hall’s festive decorations. Vintage Jewellery Workshop, 8th December se vintage ewellery and the art of découpage to embellish trinket boxes and frames. You’ll make an embellished picture frame and a small wooden trinket box. ickets , including tuition, refreshments and lunch. Homemade Gifts Workshop, 9th December Decorate a set of coasters to keep for yourself or give as a gift. You’ll also learn how to decorate and fill a wine glass to use as a novel container for a personal gift. ickets are , to include tuition, refreshments and lunch. Bed and breakfast is also available. For more information call 01686 650224 or visit www.gregynog.org
l 9th November, Hinterland Safari Discover the ‘hinterland’ of north Ceredigion on a Land Rover tour taking in the upper parts of the Rheidol valley and a selection of back roads leading to breathtaking views. Locations used in both series of BBC Wales’s Hinterland are included.
l 11th November, Aberystwyth Civic Society: War Memorials An illustrated talk by Royal Commission photographer Iain Wright on War Memorials: creating a photographic record.. The event is at St Davids Presbyterian Church, Bath Street.
l 13th November Open mic night at The Magic Lantern Cinema, Tywyn Go and see the film and you’ll get free entry afterwards to an evening in the bar, showcasing the best of local musicianship. If you don’t want to see the film, entry is ust anyway
National Library of Wales l 14th-15th November, Real Ale
Lens 2015: hilip ones riffiths 7th November A photography festival that no-one with an interest in the art should miss. This year the festival focuses on the photo ournalist hilip ones riffiths and his work.
Wobble, Llanwrtyd Wells Whether you are a hardened mountain biker or a fun rider who ust happens to like a drop of real ale, the Real Ale Wobble is a friendly, non competitive event marking the beginning of the 10-day Mid Wales Beer Festival.
oson n wmni n ri t s 13th November An evening of stories and songs from atagonia. ene riffiths entertains while talking about his life and works – in Welsh.
l 14th-15th November, Welshpool Winter Food & Craft Festival More than 60 stalls with some of the DID YOU KNOW? best food and crafts The National Library that mid Wales and of Wales is home to the borders has to offer will be at the Coed-yalmost 4 million books Dinas Home, Garden – that should keep & Country Centre The perfect event to kick off you busy! your Christmas shopping
Patagonia: Dathlu a Diolch, 18th November Based on old and more recent photographs, this presentation by Eirionedd Baskerville traces the history of the passengers on the Mimosa, a clipper ship that carried the first Welsh emigrants to outh America in . ollow their ourney and learn about their adherence to Welsh values in a foreign land.
clips from the library’s ITV archives for you to en oy. e will also be discussing his latest colourful book, Start the Clock and Cue the Band – A Life in Television, which lifts the lid of the mysterious world of TV.
An Evening with ITV Wales, 20th November TV director David Lloyd will choose his favourite
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Agor Drws Bywyd Writh Ganfod y Gell?, 2nd December In this lunchtime lecture, Professor A Deri Tomos explores the legacy of Robert Hooke, who discovered the cell – one of the few structures that are common to everything we may call life.
l 18th November, Antique valuations Got an old thing that you think might be valuable? Lockdales Auctioneers are offering free valuations at the Elephant & Castle Hotel in Newtown from 10am-2pm, on collectables including coins, stamps, banknotes, medals and militaria, clocks, watches, ewellery, postcards, and sporting programmes.
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What’s On in brief l 18th November, Jazz, Blues, Ska, Soul and Food An evening of music and feasting – ‘lots of people having lots of fun’ – at the Bae Abermaw Hotel in Barmouth.
Horror fans will be rubbing their hands together in glee as Abertoir returns to Aberystwyth Arts Centre from 10th-15th November. Now celebrating its tenth year, Experience the best of autumn with the Vale of Rheidol Wales’ International Horror ailway this ovember. it back and en oy the ourney from Festival has gone from success to Aberystwyth, with stunning autumn colours along the pristine success since it began as a threeand picturesque wooded Rheidol Valley to Devil’s Bridge day event back in 2005. As well as – as featured in the TV series Hinterland. There screening new big-budget horror you’ll have a chance to explore the famous films, classic and independent waterfalls and the Devil’s Punchbowl, or films form a large and take a longer walk exploring deeper into important part of the festival SANTA TRAINS! this beautifully scenic valley. Plus you can upgrade your ticket to treat yourself Want to take the kids line-up, which now fills a six-day schedule. Each year to a Sunday lunch of local meat and for a ride on a Santa a short film competition seasonal fresh veg at the Hafod Arms Train? Turn to page is held, which showcases Hotel. Sundays 8th,15th, 22nd and 29th horror and fantasy short November. Visit www.rheidolrailway. to find the best films from around the world. co.uk or call 01970 625819. one near you Visit www.abertoir.co.uk
Autumn colour in the Vale of Rheidol woods l 21st November, Wales YFC Eisteddfod, Aberystwyth Arts Centre Offering a true taste of Welsh culture, this is the only bilingual Eisteddfod of its kind in Wales. Members will perform in English and Welsh in an array of competitions. l 21st November, Hedge-laying demonstration, Elan Valley Estate Watch and learn from local farmer and hedge layer Barry Evans, as he demonstrates this traditional country skill. Join Barry at Penygarreg Farm from 10am-1pm.
What’s on at Theatre Hafren Henning Wehn: Eins, Zwei, DIY, 13th November Having recently made appearances on Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You and 8 Out of 10 Cats, this German ‘Comedy Ambassador’ offers a crash course in personal accountability and demonstrates his wonderment at the foibles of British society.
l 27th November, Wizz Jones, Dragon Theatre, Barmouth A musician whose journey has taken him from the streets of Paris to the markets of Marrakech, Wizz now comes to the Dragon Theatre. Prepare to be blissfully captivated. l 27th November, Wine tasting for Christmas, Glansevern Hall Gardens Master of wine Jonathan Hislop will take you through an evening of tutored wine tasting on this fun and festive evening. Wines will be accompanied by a meal in the Potting Shed cafe.
l 28th November, Hay on Wye Winter Food Festival A celebration of all that’s good about winter cooking, with more than 50 companies and stalls from local producers plus free musical entertainment. The festival is held outdoors in the Memorial Car Park in the middle of town. l 4th December, Winter Wonderland, Broneirion Lots of stalls, entertainment and Father Christmas, all in the shadow of the tallest living Christmas tree in England and Wales.
Make a wreath Tuck into a mince pie with a hot drink before testing our your green fingers at a wreath making workshop at the ational Trust’s Llanerchaeron, on 8th and 10th December. The staff will provide the materials, using home grown greenery from the garden, to help you create your very own DIY wreath to hang proudly on your door come Christmas. Once you’ve made your wreath, you can take the time to explore this delightful property, which is a rare example of a selfsufficient th century minor gentry estate in Wales. The estate, with house, walled gardens and home farm, has survived virtually unaltered. The villa itself was designed in the 1790s by ohn ash and is the most complete example of his early work. Visit www. nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01545 573024 for more information.
Fron Male Voice Choir, 14th November With a fan base including Paul O’Grady this unforgettable Welsh choir are known as one of the finest male voice choirs in the UK having achieved gold and platinum CD releases. Joining the choir is the familiar voice of Wynne Evans, who you might know as the voice of GoCompare or the popular presenter of the ‘Big Welsh Weekend’ show on Radio Wales. Simon Weston, My Life, My Story, 26th November One of the most recognised faces of the alklands War, imon Weston suffered horrific burns during the conflict. ow he takes to the stage to tell his story with no holds barred. Simon will share shocking truths about the conflict, and about its impact ever since. Horrible Histories: Incredible Invaders, 9th-12th December Be thrilled in this one thousand year old journey and meet faces from the past in this masterpiece as historical figures and events come alive on stage. Visit www. thehafren.co.uk or call 01686 614555.
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Christmas at Gregynog Bookings are now being taken for these events
Christmas Party Nights
4, 11 & 18th December. 7.30pm for 8pm. Dining and Disco £26.50. B&B also available.
Christmas Concert by Gregynog Young Musician Winner 6th December. 3pm. £10 on the door.
6, 12 & 13th December. 11am - 3.30pm. £5 child includes a gift and hot chocolate.
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8-9th December. 10am - 4pm. Be inspired for your Christmas festivities. Each day costs £35 which includes tuition, refreshments and lunch. Advance booking essential. B&B also available. 8 December – Embellishing trinket boxes & frames. 9 December – Homemade Christmas Gifts .
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SHORT STORIES FOR THE SHORTEST DAY Monday December 21st. 2pm – 4pm. Relax and unwind at Wrexham Museum this Christmas by listening to celebrated local author and storyteller, Fiona Collins. Price includes storytelling and a Christmas craft to take home. £4 per child Booking & payment in advance essential. No refunds if 24 hours or less notice given
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Winter events at Powis Castle taster evening returns to Powis castle. With no fewer than six puddings to try throughout the evening, there is bound to be a debate among your friends
What’s On in brief l 5th December Welshpool Winter Festival With a street market, craft stalls in the Town Hall, community stalls, street entertainment and much more.
l 12th December, Christmas Craft
Ghazalaw, Illuminations, 27th-29th Theatr November; 4th-6th and Brycheiniog, 11th-13th December. Brecon, 12th Take a break from the hustle November and bustle of the high street, The sublime with a stroll around Powis sounds Castle’s formal gardens of India and Wales and terraces – each blend together in this bedecked with eye combination of dazzling illuminations Indian Ghazal and traditional and Welsh folk DID YOU KNOW? Christmas regalia. traditions. Guaranteed to Ghazal music is The six piece brighten up even extremely popular in Ghazalaw the darkest of is led by India, starting in the winter nights. Mumbai10th century as based Christmas poetry and stories pudding Tauseef taster Akhtar and evening, 20th singer-songwriter November Dessert Gwyneth Glyn from lovers will be overjoyed Criccieth. that the Christmas pudding Joe Stilgoe, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 11th November Joe is many things including an occasional drummer, jazz musician and pianist. He also dabbles in comedy. If you’re looking for an authentic jazz experience, look no further. Rory McLeod, The Cellar Bar, Cardigan, 20th November Rory’s previous jobs include fire eater and circus clown but musical storytelling is where his heart lies. He’s a multi-instrumentalist troubador, with guitar, harmonica and trombone among the many instruments he’s mastered. He’s also a sublime lyricist, writing songs that are true, heartfelt and hard-hitting. Enjoy the music of the world from one suitcase. Got a gig coming up in ovember or ecember? Whether you’re a venue or a performer, tell us about it and you could feature here. Email all the details and any images to us at editorial@ yattaryattar.co.uk
Making ead for Cors yfi ature Reserve in Montgomeryshire for a fun day making Christmas-related goodies and gifts from natural materials.
as you make your way through a selection of luxury puddings and vote on your favourite. Only one will be crowned the winner! Carols in the Ballroom, 12th December Join the Chester St Celia singers for carols in the magnificent setting of the grand ballroom. Grab a mince pie and sit by the fire as you get the festive season well and truly started. For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Mid Wales History: The last king of Wales
The history of Wales and its princes is horribly convoluted and complicated, with lots of internecine fighting and alliances being made and broken. Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (c. 1223 – 11 December 1282), also known as Llywelyn the Last, was King of Wales from 1258, until his death at Cilmeri, in 1282. He was the last sovereign prince and king of Wales before its conquest by Edward I of England. Although he’d been recognised by Henry III as prince of Wales, Llywelyn made himself very unpopular with Henry’s son and heir Edward I by refusing to pay homage to him and by building Dolforwyn Castle too close to Edward’s castle at Montgomery. Llywelyn was declared a rebel and Edward raised an army to march against him. After his defeat, Llywelyn signed the Treaty of Aberconwy and declared fealty to Edward, but the lesser Welsh princes soon became disillusioned with English rule and rebelled yet again. Llywelyn was offered land and title in England if he surrendered, but he refused to abandon his people, and headed south to fight. He was killed at the Battle of Orewin Bridge at Builth Wells, although exactly how is not known. In one version of events his head was chopped off and taken to London, but where his body lies is not known for certain. Llywelyn’s death pretty much marked the end of rebellion in Wales. Among the sites that can be visited are Dolforwyn Castle itself, near Newtown, and the Llywelyn monument at Cilmeri, near Builth Wells.
l 12th December, Andrew Umpleby and the Towyn Silver Band, at the Tywyn Wurlitzer This promises to be a brilliant concert featuring the incredible ninerank organ which has an array of real instruments all played pneumatically.
l 13th December, See the NIght Sky at Elan Valley From newbies to experienced astronomers, everybody’s invited to join the Elan Valley Astronomy Group to view the night sky. Take your binoculars, tripod and telescopes if you have them. If weather is poor there’ll be indoor astronomy talks and activities. 7pm until late.
l 27th December, Dambusters Walk, Elan Valley A four-mile guided walk to learn about the area, including the remains of ant y ro am which was used for tests before the Dambusters Raid in the Second World War. There is a steep climb of 40m up steps to the top of the dam.
l 31st December, New Year Walk, Llanwrtyd Wells Carrying burning torches to light the way, the procession follows the ‘Mari’, a decorated horse’s skull carried on a pole, to the Abernant Lake Hotel where there’ll be a re-enactment of the ancient Welsh tradition of ‘Mari Lwyd’: an exchange of banter in verse between the bearer of the Mari and the occupants of the hotel, in an attempt to gain admission and refreshment.
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Yuletide at Little Moreton Hall Fed up of fake snow and fairy lights? Sample a taste of a Tudor Christmas at Little Moreton Hall on weekends between 5th and 20th December. Discover what life was like in the 16th century during the festive season while falling under Helen Stewart’s spell as she weaves a story of myth and legend for older and younger listeners. ou can get stuck into the magnificent feast in the great hall, sampling the food on display while warming your fingers by the log burning stove. udor dishes associated with Christmas included smoked eel, roast pigeons and boar’s head, yum! Wine or ale would have been drunk and a marchpane cake, which is a flat tart made of mar ipan, would also have been an important part of the banquet. There’ll be entertainment to accompany the feasting, including the Ceramic City Choir, historical musician Richard York in full period costume, lively duo Hautbois, and the popular music group Piva, all alongside plenty of tomfoolery form the Moreton Hall jesters. The hall itself will be decorated with Tudor inspired greenery such as holly and ivy which have been used at Christmas for hundreds of years. The staff have been experimenting with dyed wools to match Tudor colours, so for an authentic historical Yuletide, Moreton’s the place to be. For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Singers & Ringers
The Snowman set to melt hearts at Chester
On 5th December, there’s the opportunity to see the timeless classic film The Snowman as you’ve never experienced it before The National Waterways and in a setting that is sure to give you goosebumps. The film is Museum hold their annual being shown on a large screen in Chester Cathedral, accompanied Christmas concert on by a live, professional orchestra playing the 12th December, with a enchanting score. The effect is magical and very mix of music and carols moving – the highlight for many will no doubt performed by the Wirral be the evocative ‘Walking in the Air’, sung DID YOU KNOW? Singers and Ringers in by a young, local soloist. There’s unlikely to The Snowman was the Waterside Cafe. be a dry eye in the house! Get ready to give your As well as The Snowman, there are originally a picture lungs a workout as the plenty of other Christmas crackers in book by popular British audience will be invited the concert, inclsuding selections from illustrator Raymond to join in with a sing-along. Refreshments such as coffee and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. This will be tea will be available along with a cheeky mince pie. accompanied by specially commissioned Briggs, published On 15th December Mike Royden, a well known local animation shown on the large screen. There 1978 historian, will talk about Ellesmere Port during the First World will also be a Guide to the Orchestra – a festive War. Considering the upcoming centenary commemorations and light-hearted look at the various instruments of the 1914-1918 Great War, this promises to be a topical talk of the Paragon Film Orchestra, which features some in high demand. For more information visit online at www. of the UK’s top musicians. For more information visit online at canalrivertrust.org.uk or call 01513 555017. www.chestercathedral.com or call 01244 500959.
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What’s on at Crewe Lyceum
What’s On in brief
Al Murray, 8th Nov Twenty years ago Britain’s favourite pub landlord embarked on his one-man mission as King Cnut of common sense. To celebrate this milestone Al presents his brand new show, One Man, One Guvnor. The Smallest Show on Earth, 9th-14th November Liza Goddard and Brian Capron star in this all-new, feel-good musical comedy with classic songs by Irving Berlin. Two innocent newly-weds are stunned to discover they have inherited the Bijou cinema. Perry McCarthy: The Original Stig, 19th November The exuberant cockney racing driver had little going for him except a passion for speed but that passion helped him climb to the top of Formula 1 and later become the original top secret driver from BBC’s Top Gear. Lyceum Ghost Hunt, 30th November Prepare for some serious ghost hunting as the haunted houses team investigate five ghosts who are said to dwell in the theatre. including a lonely ballerina who ended her life in her dressing room, a lady in white, a hooded entity that is seen in the cellar and a trickster stagehand named Charlie. It’s A Wonderful Life, 1st December Idealist George Bailey fears his dreams are set to be dashed by small town scandal and big business. Alone on a bridge he decides that everyone would be better off without him… or would they? Elkie Brooks, 3rd December What better way to celebrate your 70th birthday than with a UK tour? For more information visit www.crewelyceum. co.uk or call 01270 368242.
Make a wreath at Cholmondeley Castle Get hands on, making and learning about holly wreaths and the traditions and historical uses behind this festive decoration at a Wreath Making Workshop at Cholmondeley Castle on 5th December. There’ll be a demonstration and discussion about the different methods, tools and equipment used, and then you’ll have the chance have a go yourself. You’ll be the envy of your neighbours with your own homemade holly wreath. There’s also a short garden tour available on request. Visit www.cholmondeleycastle.com or call 01829 720383 for more information.
l 7th November, Murder Mystery Night at Peckforton Castle, Tarporley A murder has been committed… but who’s responsible for the crime? Join your team at a table for this interactive evening including a three-course meal and arrival drink before you try to solve the mystery. l 14th November, Civil War Lecture – The Battle of Nantwich Julian Humphrys will be at the Wych Centre in Middlewich to talk about the battle where royalist reinforcements from Ireland were prevented from making a significant contribution to the royal cause in 1664.
Mandela joins Chester Arts Fair The Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair returns for its fourth year to Chester racecourse on 21st November. In l 18th November, Americanisation addition to showcasing work by leading in Berlin: From Weimar Culture to Cold War Division, Chester galleries and international artists, the Grosvenor Museum Potsdamer fair will exhibit original artwork by Nelson Platz was the heart of 1920’s Berlin. Mandela which is usually on show in This district represented the spread London. The collection will feature of modern American cultural ideas. pieces from his Long Walk to Freedom Dr Tim Grady explores the periods collection, inspired by his time on Robben Island. between the wars, discussing Another new addition to the fair for this year is the how American culture new artist area, designed specifically to show work was associated with GET IN TOUCH! decadence and decay. from a hand-picked selection of emerging artists. Do you have any Enjoy collections of visual art, photography, l 21st November, sculpture, ceramics, glass work and more and events you’d like to London Winds, Holmes maybe head home with that perfect piece. see in the next issue Chapel This concert, The fair has an interactive element too, with directed by Michael (Jan/Feb)? Email the live presentations from artists demonstrating Collins, features a their skill and techniques, plus artist April Young details to editorial@ stunning combination will be showcasing a life sized carousel horse. of virtuoso players yattaryattar.co.uk renowned for their For more information visit www.chesterartsfair. technical brilliance, and co.uk or call 01244 893185. interpretative vision.
Last chance to visit Stamford Military Hospital Dunham Massey’s long-standing interactive exhibition as Stamford Military Hospital is to finally close its doors on 11th November. To commemorate this there will be a unique event from 5th-6th November to remember the day peace was declared. During the First World War this Georgian house, set in a magnificent deer park, was transformed into a military hospital and became a sanctuary from the trenches for almost 300 soldiers. ‘Well boys, perhaps it’s peace’ will allow you to experience the hospital by night with performances inspired by a moving and humorous account of Armistice Day, written by one of the nurses who worked at Stamford Military. The hospital is open as normal until 11th November, so be sure to visit before it’s too late and discover how members of the Grey family helped injured soldiers to recuperate. Call 0161 941 1025 or go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk
l 23rd November, Christmas wreath making, Knutsford Heritage Centre Learn how to make a Christmas Wreath at one of two festive demonstrations by Bridget McCreery of Knutsford Bloom. Demos are at 11am and 2pm.
l 25th to 28th November, The Turn of the Screw, Alsager Civic Centre This classic ghost story originally written by Henry James has been adapted for the stage and brought vividly to life in this adaptation by Alsager Community Theatre.
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Winter events at Tatton Park
What’s On in brief l 5th December, Kausikan Rajeshkumar (piano), Holmes Chapel The talented pianist, who was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition twice, will play a variety of music including pieces by Scarlatti, Chopin, Scriabin, Busoni and Villa-Lobos.
Northern Chamber Orchestra, 10th December Kick off the festive HAVE YOUR COPY season with a DELIVERED! stroll through ake a stroll through Chester oo after dark Turn to page 154 for our the mansion during ecember and you’ll find some extra great subscription offer or enjoying a special lights to guide your way. Larger than enter the crossword pre-concert, life animal lanterns will be dotted about the warming drink competiton on p150 to zoological gardens along with some festive and then sit win a year’s free characters who will lead Santa on his sleigh back, relax and subscription! through the zoo, spreading animal magic and listen to popular festive cheer. classics, festive The route this year includes the Lantern Lawn and favourites and carols in the Enchanted Forest, and you may even be lucky enough the Tenants Hall. to catch a glimpse of some real animals in their paddocks – as long as it’s not past their bedtime that is. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the lights through your 3-D glasses, you may spot some surprises Lantern agic takes place on various dates from th to 23rd December. For more information visit www.chesterzoo.org
Lantern l 5th-10th December, Arley Christmas Floral Extravaganza The magic of Christmas comes alive at Arley Hall with the scent and spectacle of fresh flowers in breathtaking floral decorations. Flower arranger Carl Wilde will be creating extravagant and decorative displays on 8th December at 2pm and there will be two Candlelight & Carol evenings. The Children’s Christmas Tree Decorating Challenge will also be in the Cruck Barn all week.
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l 6th December, Chester Santa Dash Be part of something special this Christmas. Run, walk or push a pram around a scenic 3.3km walk and raise much-needed funds for the Countess of Chester hospital baby grow appeal and the Hospice of Good Shepherd. The race will begin at the Chester University Riverside Campus and finish at the own all. edal, refreshments and most importantly Santa suit will be included!
l 12th & 19th December, Chester Cathedral Choir Carol Concert Join the choir for this, the most popular concert of the year, featuring carols old and new sung by the choir, with Philip Rushforth (director), Benjamin Chewter & Geoffrey Woollatt (organ) and Nicholas Fry (readings).
l 18th December, Banquet with Santa, Blakemere Village Imagine an owl swooping down over long ban uet tables filled with feast of Christmas delights. While this magical event unfolds, Santa will mix with guests before telling a festive story and giving small gifts to the children. A special treat for all ages to enjoy.
Aural Looms, until 22nd November Created by the artists’ collective idconversation, the interactive and static art works in this contemporary exhibition are inspired by the sound of the mill machinery. Within the deafening roar and constant roaring of machines, rhythm and patterns can be found… Victorian Christmas, 5th-13th December Find out how the Victorians celebrated Christmas and learn about customs from the past. eet ictorian characters, listen to carols by the tree and finish the day with a warming mince pie. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01625 527468.
Deer Feed and Trailer Ride, 22nd-23rd December Take a trailer ride with the rangers to watch the winter deer feed. Get a close look at hundreds of deer feeding in their natural setting around the park before they get ready to pull the sleigh and deliver all those presents. Visit www.tattonpark.org.uk for more information.
Cheshire History: Robert Tatton and the siege of Wythenshawe Hall The English civil war of the 1640s brought into question not only the divine right of kings but the power of the manorial system. The Cheshire gentry were divided between Parliamentarians and Royalists (roundheads and cavaliers) and Robert Tatton, owner of Wythenshawe Hall, was a staunch royalist. Towards the end of 1643 the commander of parliamentary forces in Cheshire was ordered to seize Wythenshawe Hall and remove anything of value. Forewarned, Tatton recruited more than 50 defenders, dragging the winter siege out over three months. The attackers almost took possession of the house in a struggle during which six of the defenders were killed. The Parliamentarians refused a truce to allow bodies to be taken to the local church so the defenders were forced to bury them in the garden behind the house. The siege ended on 27th February 1644 after the Parliamentarians brought two cannons to destroy the hall. By then the defenders had exhausted their ammunition and had very little food left. The unsuccessful defence of his family home led to Robert being heavily fined by Parliament for fighting for the king. However, after the monarchy was restored in 1660 he was rewarded for his loyalty by Charles II. Now owned by the Manchester Council, the home that Robert defended so passionately is open to the public. For more information visit www.wythenshawehall.com
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A woodland wonderland Head for Blakemere Village this year from 21st November to be taken on a journey through an enchanted woodland to find Father Christmas in his hideaway. Leading you along the way will be fascinating characters such as Vixen the giant reindeer, with plenty of entertainment as you follow the path to find Santa. This magical outdoor theatrical experience from Hope Street theatre company will have the whole family enchanted and enthralled as you wander through the woods. Also included is a craft workshop where the children can add their
creativity to a tree decoration. Adults will also receive a tree decoration each to take home as a memento of the day. Everyone will get to ride on Santa’s Express and the traditional carousel, and there’ll be a chance to meet Snowy the owl and his friends before you leave. Blakemere’s Christmas Woodland is great for all ages. Your quest to find Father The Ordinary Boys, The Christmas hidden in his Live Rooms, Chester, hideaway will give the DID YOU KNOW? 6th November whole family, young Reindeer are the only This Worthing based and old(er) wonderful indie-pop band memories that will last type of deer in which are riding a wave for years. For more both males and females of success after information visit www. reforming in 2011 after of the species have christmaswoodland.co.uk
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Winter events at Lyme Park
A celebration of landscape, 7th November14th February View original paintings in this exhibition in association with SkyArts Landscape Artist of the Year. Artwork never seen before from the Legh family collection is on display. Deer Club, 15th, 22nd and 29th November Get up close and personal with Lyme’s ancient herd of fallow deer. Christmas in the courtyard, 28th-29th November and 5th-6th, 12th-13th & 19th20th December Enjoy the best of Christmas with choirs, seasonal treats and a trail around the picturesque garden. An Audience with Father Christmas, 5th-6th, 12th13th & 19th-20th December Father Christmas is heading for Lyme, so go along to meet him in the beautiful house. This year there’s a festive garden trail, plus Christmas stories to be told. Every child will of course receive a gift and a festive treat from Father Christmas. Visit www.nationaltrust.org. uk or call 01663 762023 for more information.
…do as the Romans did! At the Saturnalia Parade on 17th December, the Romans take control of Chester for the night, with a legion of soldiers lighting up the streets on a torch-lit parade. This traditional Roman event celebrates the feast of Saturn, and the most popular tradition of Saturnalia was for masters and slaves to swap places! Head for the Grosvenor Museum earlier in the evening and you can make your own lantern to take along on the parade. Visit www. westcheshiremuseums.co.uk or call 01244 972197. You can also join the colourful Winter Watch parade that blends the frightening with the festive in Chester. This spectacular event is based on Chester’s 15th-century tradition of ‘setting the watch’, when city leaders handed over the key of Chester to the city watch. The parade combines colourful costumes and characters both bizarre and historical – walk with the Lord of Misrule, devils and dragons, angels, dancers and swordfighters before the spectacular fire breathing finale. Visit www.midsummerwatch.co.uk
Have a Yuletide yomp
Get on your best festive fancy dress and head to Knutsford on 6th December to join all the other penguins, reindeer, elves and snowmen yomping around! Make sure your trainers are laced up tight and your antlers securely fastened for the 10k cross country pre-Christmas race charity that encourages fancy dress. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a modest novice, the course, which starts at Tatton Park and finishes at Egerton Youth Club, caters for everybody. Last year the event raised a record amount for local charities. This year it is supporting David Lewis, the UK’s largest provider of care and education with people with learning difficulties; East Cheshire Hospice; and Carers Trust. The limit for the race is 1,000 runners so register your team quick! Visit www.tattonyuleyomp.co.uk
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Y&T, The Tivoli, Buckley, 8th November American rockers Y&T are opening fire on audiences all over the world with their contagious brand of heavy rock’n’roll. The group are reunited once more after a brief split, and are bringing both golden oldies and brand new songs to their legions of adoring fans.
Martyn Joseph, Telford’s Warehouse, Chester, 8th December Cardiff’s acclaimed singer songwriter has an uncanny knack of fusing fearless, full-bodied ‘songs with a message’ with fragile love songs. He has one of the most powerful voices on the acoustic circuit, with a string of Top 50 hits to his name (including Dolphins Make Me Cry). Tom Robinson describes him as ‘one of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today’.
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W H A T ’S O NW IR R A L Floral Pavilion Theatre Mister Maker and the Shapes Live!, 1st November Join the ultimate arts and craft hero Mister Maker, for his first ever live theatre tour. Packed full of arty adventures including a big ‘make’ for everyone to take part in, super songs, a fabulous supporting cast and Circle, Triangle, Square and Rectangle also known as he hapes. Swan Lake, 11th November The Russian State Ballet and Opera House are back with a live 30-piece orchestra. rince iegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one turns into a beautiful woman he is instantly captivated – will his love prove strong enough to break the evil spell that she is under? Shakespeare Schools Festival, 16th-18th November The UK’s largest youth drama festival is coming to the avilion. he festival works with more than 1,000 secondary, primary and special schools all over the UK, helping to stage abridged Shakespeare productions in their local theatre. ach night four schools will perform four different plays. ead along and celebrate the talents of the schools in a wonderful evening of entertainment. Ruby Wax – Sane New World, 26th November The muchloved US comedian, actor, writer and mental health campaigner presents the show based on her book of the same name, which helps us understand why we sabotage our sanity with our own thinking. Learn how to rewire your thinking to find calm – she may not be sane herself but she does a pretty good imitation. Visit www.floralpavilion.com or call .
Bottoms up at Port Sunlight
Now a regular fixture on the beer lover’s calendar, the third Wirral Beer Festival takes place in the historic venue of Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight from 12th-15th November. You can expect more than 100 real ales, a great selection of ciders, craft and continental beers from organisers the Ship & Mitre, plus bottled beers from the host’s sister company, Ship in a Bottle. There’ll be some regular beers familiar from previous festivals, plus brews from new breweries thrown in. Hulme Hall’s caterers will provide hot and cold food throughout the weekend alongside stallholders such as Penninsula Pies and the Liverpool Cake Company. Your ears are in for a treat as well as your tummy with a selection of music from some great local bands. For more information visit www.theshipandmitre.com
Twelve years of art
The annual Oxton Art Fair is now in its 12th year and is back and better than ever, from 28th29th November. Prepare for a great month Within the of music showcasing the walls of the versatility of the humble Williamson Art guitar at the International Gallery in Birkenhead you will find watercolours and oils, jewellery, Guitar Festival of Great illustrations, figurative works and abstracts, exquisite prints and more, Britain from 7th-27th from 20 different artists. All works are available to buy and the artists November. he festival, will be there to discuss their art. Principal museum officer for the which takes place mainly gallery Colin Simpson says: ‘The quality of work produced by local at the Floral Pavilion artists is undeniable; the fair goes from Theatre and The Queens strength to strength and now represents Royal, has been running the busiest weekend of the year since 1989 and was at the gallery.’ created by Rob Whether you’re Smith and Wirral searching for an WIN! WIN! WIN! guitarist the interesting, unique Turn to page 156 for late Brendan Christmas present cCormack. our bumper competition or something The music section, with great prizes beautiful to take pride of place on your own wall performed including show tickets, a you’ll find it here. Visit www.oxtonartfair.co.uk covers ust for more information. case of wine, and a about every genre, with spa break legendary artists such as Ralph McTell, The Blues Band and ils Lofgren, plus he Blockheads and Deacon Fancy testing out your skating Blue’s Ricky Ross among skills? Don’t worry about the those performing. t’s not lack of frozen ponds – Hoylake’s all guitars though – the ice rink will be open come rain Wirral Ukulele Orchestra or shine from 18th-20th December as part of the village’s will also be doing a show, Christmas pectacular celebrations. and as well as the music, Skating sessions will last 45 minutes giving you plenty Brimstage Brewery will of time to perfect your loops, flips and umps. r, be supplying its Trappers alternatively, crab around the side of the rink hanging on Hat real ale as the Guitar to the barrier trying hard not to slip over… estival eer. Visit www. No matter how good or bad your skating skills, st itar st.com afterwards you can head to the licensed bar to en oy a well deserved tipple, grab some hot food and check out the craft fair. here’ll be plenty of entertainment going on to keep the kids occupied while you wait for your chance to lace up your skates. or mor in ormation visit www.comm nit actionwirral. or . or call .
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W H A T ’S O NS H R O P S H IR E Medieval Christmas at Ludlow Celebrate the start of the Christmas season in the medieval setting of Ludlow Castle, from 28th-29th November. There’ll be more then 100 stalls selling seasonal wares, food and drink, crafts, historical goods and more a great chance to find the perfect, original gift or indulge in a unique treat for yourself. As well as shopping there’ll be a wide range of food and drink stalls to tickle your taste buds, and you can grab a mulled wine, a spiced cider or something from the beer tent to keep you refreshed as you watch the bone-crunching Plantagenet Society knights do battle, or witness the bed of nails and fire uggling. And keep an eye open for the 10ft giants – not that you’re likely to be miss them! For more information visit www. ludlowmedievalchristmas.co.uk
Christmas comes alive at Oswestry Oswestry’s Christmas celebrations begin on 4th December with the annual Christmas Live – a massive-inevery-way event that fills the town centre for the evening with live music, enormous fairground rides, carols with local choirs and music groups, street entertainers performing around the town and much, much more. The event, which is now one of the biggest Christmas celebrations in Shropshire, also launches the regular late-night shopping evenings, and there’ll be a food and craft market, Santa’s grotto and, if previous years are anything to go by, a massive fireworks display to round the evening off. That’s not the end of the celebrations, though – the next day on 5th December (if your head can stand it), it’s the Christmas parade with the annual spectacle of lots of floats travelling through the main streets of the town from 11am – Father Christmas will be in there somewhere too!
Festive fun on the Severn Valley Railway 12th & 19th December, Christmas Carol Trains For fans of a good seasonal singalong, the SVR’s Christmas Carol Trains are ideal. Board the diesel train for a jolly journey, stopping off at Bewdley and Arley to sing carols before being taken on to the Engine House visitor centre at Highley for a rousing evening of carol singing, led by the New Dimensional Experience Choir on the 12th and the Kidderminster Male Choir on the 19th. Your vocal chords will be warmed up with a glass of punch and a mince pie. 26st December-3rd January, Festive Season Services When all the excesses of Christmas are over, enjoy a leisurely steam train trip along the Severn Valley, and pay a visit to the visitor centre, with its interactive exhibits. Visit www.svr.co.uk or call 01562 757900.
What’s on at Cosford RAF Museum
Remembrance Service, 8th November Pay your respects and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in a service led by the Station Chaplain at RAF Cosford. The service will take place in Hangar One at 10.45am and will include a two-minute silence with the sounding of ‘The Last Post’. Conservation Centre Open Week, 9th- 14th November Go behind the scenes at the award winning Conservation Centre as it opens its doors to visitors for one week only. You’ll be able to see the progress being made on restoring various aircraft, including the Handley Page Hampden and Vickers Wellington, and have the opportunity to chat with the technicians and apprentices.
Talk – Aerial Bombardment, 13th November Historians Diana Preston and Frederick Taylor discuss the moralities, necessities and evolution of aerial bombardment, looking at its history from World War One through to the modern day and drone warfare. Birmingham Land Rover Group Car Rally, 6th December, Interested in Land Rovers, whether new or classic? Then get down to the RAF Museum Cosford where the Birmingham Land Rover Group are holding a car rally. There’ll be up to 150 vehicles to admire, and admission is free. For more information visit www.rafmuseum.org.uk or call 01902 376200.
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Arts Alive in the county Gavin Robertson: Bond, 7th November Gavin Robertson explodes every Bond cliché with minimum props and maximum comic effect. Bond meets his greatest archvillain yet – Ian Fleming himself, courtesy of a time machine. At Stoke St Milborough Village Hall.
l 7th November, Children in Need Fun Dog Walk, Shrewsbury Head to Dweena’s Pet Boutique with your pooch – in fancy dress if you want the chance to win a £50 cash prize! – and take a walk down to the river, collecting money for Children in Need as you go. There’ll be activities and challenges along the way for a chance to win prizes including a £25 M&S voucher. Entry is £3 for the whole family.
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Want to get your winter off to a great start? Or simply fancy doing a fun run in a beautiful location? Head for Attingham Park on 7th November to join Shrewsbury Athletics Club for the annual Mad Jack’s 5.
Clod Ensemble: The Red Chair, 20th November A KNIGHT’S TALE A strange Whilst you’re in tale from Whitchurch, visit St someplace Alkmund’s church and in the glum Trevanion & learn about the heart north o’ the Dean Auction, warld, where of John Talbot, Earl of 7th and 12th there lived a Shrewsbury November Man who could Viewing on the not stop eating, Thursday 9.30ama Woman doomed 7pm; Friday 9:30am-5pm to cook his meals and one and on the morning of the ‘inveesible Child’. At All auction from 9am. The auction Stretton Village Hall. commences at 11am – for more information visit www. trevanionanddean.com
onfire ight Brogyntyn Park, Oswestry A fabulous firework display, plus lots of family fun and all for charity. Plenty of refreshments available.
What’s on around Whitchurch
Contact Theatre: Some People Have Too Many Legs, 25th November In this uplifting show about facing your fears (and throwing glitter at them), Jackie goes to hospital with a mystery disease… At Ludlow Mascall Centre Ian and Stian, 27th November Jazz artists Ian Ballamy and Stian Carstensen have been collating musical memories from the Bishop’s Castle community to retrieve favourite songs. At Sparc Theatre, Bishop’s Castle John Kirkpatrick, Carolling & Crumpets, 10th & 23rd December Take a musical journey through some weird and wonderful traditional English midwinter rituals, courtesy of our folklore and folk music, from this master of the squeezebox. At Wem Town Hall and Welshampton Parish Hall. Visit www.artsalive.co.uk
Antiques and Collectors Fairs, 7th November and 5th December From 9am-2pm in the Market Hall at the Whitchurch Civic Centre. Find something precious or pick up a bargain!
Family Lantern Making Workshops, 14th, 21st and the 28th November Get the whole family together and make your own Christmas lanterns to decorate your home this year. In the Civic Centre. Christmas Farmers’ Market, 5th December Get all the locally produced goodies you need for your festive feast; from 8.30am-2pm in the Bullring. Indoor Christmas Fair, 12th December A chance to grab some lovely last-minute gifts, or even treat yourself. In the Main Hall at the Civic Centre from 10am–4pm. For more information visit www. whitchurch.info
What’s on at The Wightman Theatre Neville’s Island, 14th November Tim Firth’s hit comedy follows the misadventures of four out-of-condition, out-of-their-depth businessmen on an out-of-control teambuilding exercise. Shipwrecked in the Lake District, menaced by wildlife and with only a sausage between them, how will our unlikely explorers fare? Twelfth Night, 18th-28th November Marches Theatre in association with The Wightman Theatre company present Shakespeare’s classic comedy of love, mistaken identity, revenge and redemption.
l 7th November, Quill & Bev Bevan, Ludlow Assembly Rooms Now joined by Bev Bevan of ELO as a permanent member, Quill will take their audience on an exciting journey with their own unique, violin influenced interpretations of classics by the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Thin Lizzy. And with many more of their own songs, this is going to be a night to remember.
l 8th November, onfire and Fireworks, Weston Park Head along to one of the region’s largest and most spectacular bonfire celebrations with entertainment for all the family including a fun fair, food stalls and a licensed bar. The evening starts with the Free Radio Roadshow then the giant bonfire is lit at . pm with not one but two firework displays rocketing into action at 6pm and 7.30pm.
Arabian Nights, 9th December-2nd January A collection of stories that celebrate the power of the imagination and storytelling, with song, dance, puppetry and illusion. Dominic Cooke’s Arabian Nights tells the story of Shahrazad whose life is saved by the stories she tells… For more information visit www.thewightman.co.uk or call 0800 292 2116.
November, Wilfred Owen Town Walk, Oswestry Take a walk around the town centre, discovering Oswestry’s history and heritage, and the town’s role in World War One as seen through the eyes of Wilfred Owen and his family.
l 14th November, Wellbeing Fair, Quatt Village Hall Path of Angels present a selection of holistic therapies for you to try, plus a chance to make friends, have a reading and sample some refreshments. There will also be a selection of stalls.
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What’s on at The Place Life Behind the Lens – Doug Allan, 16th November Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and Human Planet are just some of the TV shows Doug Allan has worked on. Hear all about his experiences.
l 15th November, Looking After Wenlock Edge Take a walk through areas of ancient woodland, plantation forestry and species rich grassland to learn about how these habitats are protected and managed while allowing access for visitors. Wear suitable outdoor clothing, take a packed lunch and meet at the Presthope car park.
l 20th-21st November, No Business Like Show Business, Marches School, Oswestry Oswestry Cambrian Rotary and the Very Nice Production Company present a fun for all musical charity extravaganza to enjoy.
l 21st November, Dark Horse, Trefonen Village Hall A chance to see this terrifically en oyable film about a group of friends from a workingmen’s club in the Valleys who decide to breed themselves a racehorse, which takes them on a rollercoaster journey to the top of the racing world. l 21st November, Ludlow Orchestra, Ludlow Assembly Rooms The Ludlow Orchestra comes to Ludlow Assembly Rooms for the very first time with a programme of some of the greatest orchestral music in the classical repertoire, under their dynamic conductor Thomas Payne. They will perform Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto and Mozart’s Paris Symphony. l 24th November, Christmas Workshop with Cheri Head Go to Percy Thrower’s Wyevale Garden Centre in Shrewsbury to watch a demonstration and then get hands on creating your own unique and personal Christmas table top wreath using a range of materials. l 24th-26th November, Guy Day’s Hints & Tips – Christmas, Weston Park Worried about cooking Christmas dinner? Take the stress out of the festive season by getting some great recipes – along with some essential chef’s cheats and tips – at these demonstrations, followed by a delicious three-course lunch.
Wreathed in smiles Make Christmas extra special this year by making your own beautiful wreath for your front door – or to hang inside. On 22nd November you can join a Christmas wreath-making workshop at Dudmaston estate to learn the tricks behind making beautiful wreaths, find out which materials are the best to use, and then take your creation home with you to proudly put on display over the festive period. The workshop takes place from 1.30-3.30pm, but why not get there early and enjoy all that Dudmaston has to offer, including the art displays in the Exhibition Galleries, with both modern collections and those of the estate’s previous owners, Sir George and Lady Labouchere; the garden with its rockery, kitchen garden and informal areas; and the wider estate where you can take a woodland walk or a cycle ride. For more information visit the national trust website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk or call Dudmaston on 01746 780866.
Winter fun at Ironbridge
Fireworks Night, Blists Hill Victorian Town, 7th November 6pm-9pm pectacular family fireworks extravaganza with music; the town’s shops, cottages and workshops will be open with ‘resident’ Victorians, dressed in the costume of the day, who will answer questions about life in the late 1800s. See molten iron being poured into moulds during the dramatic iron casting demonstration in the foundry. Tile Decorating Workshops, ackfield ile Museum Held on Tuesdays throughout November Try the tube-lining technique to produce a ceramic masterpiece; make a collection of coasters, a circular door plaque or a gift on a heart shaped tile. The activities on offer will vary from day to day. Christmas Weekends, Blists Hill Victorian Town,
The Farm, 27th November The legendary Liverpool band have reformed to play live again. The group had eight top 40 singles including Groovy Train and Altogether Now. Neil Sands’ Christmas Memories, 23rd November Take a trip down memory lane and sing along to your favourite Christmas songs. www.theplace KNOW? telford.com
The custom of Christmas wreaths is likely to have started in Roman times, symbolising honour and eternity
5th-6th and 1213th December Join the residents at Blists Hill Victorian Town as they prepare for Christmas with a wealth of traditional celebrations and entertainment from the 1800s. Experience the atmosphere of a bygone era; listen to stories of life more than 100 years ago in the cosy cottages; enjoy seasonal music from bands and choirs and ride on a horse drawn cart. You can also visit Father Christmas in his grotto and see and pet his reindeer. For more information call 01952 433424 or visit www. ironbridge.org.uk
What’s on at Theatre Severn
A Murder is Announced, 11th-14th November In a peculiar, classic Miss Marple story, readers of the local paper in Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to see the announcement of a murder for the following Friday… Taste, 19th November Taste explores the fascinating issue of identity, as discussed in an extraordinary show of humour and playfulness, inspired by the tapestries of Grayson Perry. Dickens Abridged, 22nd November A fast-paced musical comedy is definitely an original take on Charles Dickens. Be carried off on a whistle-stop journey through the author’s most famous works, all in 70 minutes. www.theatresevern.co.uk
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Christmas Fayre Ludlow Castle, Shropshire
Saturday 28th November from 10.00am Christmas festivities throughout the day, outdoor market, live music, charity stalls
in the Bullring from 8.30am to 2.00pm Santa, carols, all your favourite food and drink and Christmas gifts
Civic Centre from 10.00am on Saturday 12th December Great stalls, festivities, carols and Santa. Christmas Arts & Crafts as well as great Christmas gift ideas
th & Sat 28 Sun 29 th November 2015 Food, drink and crafts with a seasonal medieval ﬂavour. Find the perfect original gift or indulge in a unique treat! Music, dance, theatre, ﬁghting knights, giant puppets, falconry, storytelling, jesters, live performance, swordplay, arts and crafts. Games, try-on armour, falconry, archery, hands-on history and St Nicholas’ grotto. For kids of all ages young and old.
Book your tickets online for discounted prices
Victorian Christmas Blists Hill VICTORIAN TOWN On 5 & 6 and 12 & 13 December 2015 Meet Father Christmas’ Reindeer, enjoy a fantastic Victorian Christmas atmosphere with festive songs and much more Meet the Victorian townsfolk Carol Singers Brass Bands Festive Entertainment Buy Tickets online at
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Over 1000’s freshly cut trees to choose from and free log bases and netting if required. Come and feed the reindeers. Pot grown Christmas trees available
Price freeze for the fourth year running. Free gift for every child. Tel: 0 78 6 0 6 6 9 3 0 1 A ddress : Winston farm, Ellesmere, UK , SY12 9 B A
AWARD WINNING MARKETS Throughout Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Oswestry Light Switch On – 19th November
Local school choirs and performers celebrate the switching on of the lights on the Bailey Head from 4pm.
Christmas Live – 4th December
Fair ground rides, ice rink, music stage, Christmas market, fireworks, Santa’s Grotto and lots lots more. 6pm until 10pm.
Christmas Parade – 5th December
See Santa parade through Oswestry with traditional Christmas market. Starts at 11am.
Bauble Special Christmas Market – 13th December Stalls selling the best produce and gift ideas from 11am until 3pm. Located in the town centre
Farmers Market – 18th December
The Farmers’ Market is held on the Bailey Head on the last Friday of every month but in December it’s brought forward to help your Christmas be special.
For further information visit: www.oswestry-tc.gov.uk or call: 01691 680222
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Shropshire History: Old Oswestry Hillfort
The Grahams, Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury, 10th November Alyssa and Doug Graham from Nashville have spent their entire lives exploring music together. Friends since childhood, sweethearts in their teens, and married as adults, they are now a dynamic Americana duo touring in support of their new album, Glory Bound.
Cleveland Watkiss, The Buttermarket, Shrewsbury, 6th November The award-winning jazz and soul writer and vocalist, who has more than three decades of musical experience, formed the jazz ensemble Jazz Warriors with Courtney ine, and was also one of the co-founders of the Jazz Warriors big band. Expect a voice with amazing range that doesn’t need accompaniment. The Fugitives, Priest Weston Village Hall, 14th November This great Canadian group played Glastonbury last year – now they’re at your local village hall hey have been described as ‘the missing link between Leonard Cohen and The ogues’. xpect brilliant musicianship and complex vocal harmonies.
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Old Oswestry is a huge, impressive Iron Age hillfort, covering 40 acres, with formidable multiple ramparts still visible from the ground, l 25th-28th November, Macbeth, making it an Ludlow Assembly Rooms Local atmospheric and theatre company Two Score Years awe-inspiring and Ten – whose unique selling point is that its members (with one or place to visit. two exceptions) are all over 50 Built and – presents this production of occupied from Shakespeare’s darkest and DID YOU KNOW? around 800 most powerful tragedy. BC to AD 43, it is a fine example of a The Oswestry Hill Fort multiple-rampart hillfort, and would l 27th November, is also known as ‘Caer Ellesmere Winter Festival have been the stronghold of one of the Ogyrfan’, named after Kicking off at 6 o’clock many tribal territories in existence in in the town centre there’ll King’s Arthur’s fatherBritain at that time. There are five sets be carol singers, Santa in-law! of ramparts, in some places more than six parading and the Tree of metres high. Originally, people would have Lights switch on, plus late night shopping, stalls in the Market entered through simple gaps in the ramparts, Hall, donkey rides and hot food. but the hillfort went through a number of phases of construction, and the entrances were rebuilt to form complex corridors, allowing the residents to keep a close eye on anybody entering or leaving the fort. It also meant that any attackers had to negotiate their way along a 100-metre passage all the while suffering the onslaught from defenders on the tops of the banks. There is also evidence of Iron Age settlements and farms near the fort – these would have supplied produce to those inside, and it’s probable that in return the farmers would have used the hillfort as a place of refuge during times of trouble. l 11th December, Bee Gees Fever, Theatre on the Steps The UK’s premier Bee Gees tribute band return for their annual show, presenting some of the group’s biggest hits. The show will entertain fans from every era of the Bee Gees’ career. Right from the off, you definitely should be dancing
l 4th December, Carols in the Great Hall, Stokesay Castle Start your festive season by joining in with some Christmas carols in the atmospheric setting of Stokesay Castle. There’ll also be the chance to buy some unique gifts.
ree riffic ime at t Chad’s For a tree-mendous day out (excuse the pun) St Chad’s Church in Shrewsbury will once again be hosting their annual Christmas Tree Festival from the 12th to 19th December, which promises to be the largest and the lightest yet xplore a magical forest of over 40 decorated and illuminated trees placed throughout the iconic grade I listed church. During the week of the festival there will be a programme of song and dance shows from local schools and choirs. This year the festival will be oining festive forces with the first ever Shrewsbury Christmas Food Fayre which will be held in Quarry ark, ad acent to t Chad’s, on the th and th ecember. Both events are expected to attract hundreds of visitors to the area, with highlights such as the BBC Radio Shropshire Carol ervice on the th ecember drawing in the crowds. he arish Administrator of t Chad’s, Amanda enner says ‘We look forward to welcoming many visitors again this year to our Christmas services, especially the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols at pm on th ecember, which was attended last year by over , people.’ he Christmas trees will remain in place for all the services and concerts through to the New Year. or in ormation is availa l rom t c rc o c on 01743 365478 or at www.stchadschurchshrewsbury.com
l 5th December Canoldir Male Voice Choir, St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury This charity concert in aid of Hope House Hospice and Macmillan Cancer will also feature the St Chad’s Youth Choir and soprano atalie Clifton riffith.
l 6th December, Exhibition of Healing and Complementary Therapies, Priory School, Shrewsbury Find everything to do with complementary therapies under one roof, with 75 healers, therapists, mediums and psychics showcasing various treatments including reiki, Bowen, qui energy healing, ach flower remedies, L , hypnotherapy and much more.
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Make memories that’ll last with National Trust Wales
Enjoying a winter walk at Chirk Castle
Remember a time when Christmas was more about herald angels singing than shop tills ringing? National Trust Wales has an antidote to the hustle and bustle of the festive season, offering escapism at some of the loveliest locations in the region…
Winter in the garden
Powis Castle gardens in the snow
eave the manic side of Christmas behind at the historic castles and crisp winter gardens, manor houses and gentry estates that the National Trust cares for. The festivities begin in November, so there are plenty of chances to enjoy a host of celebrations in the lead up to the big day. Take a look at our What’s n pages to find out what’s going on at the properties near you, and don’t forget to check our special Christmas events listings. While you’re enjoying these special places, why not think about giving National Trust membership this year? If you want to give someone special a gift that will last, and will make them think of you every time they use it, free admission to the National Trust’s properties all year long is the perfect present.
Explore and enjoy
The Trust’s properties in Wales are great places to visit in the winter. You can explore historic castles such as Powis in mid Wales and Chirk in north Wales, discovering the fascinating history of this region. Both also have beautiful parkland to explore on a bracing winter walk. Or why not visit a perfectly preserved grade I listed mansion and 18th-century Welsh gentry estate, at Llanerchaeron in mid Wales? This is the
If you think winter is a quiet time in the garden, think again – pay a visit to odnant in north Wales, and you’ll find there’s plenty going on. Bodnant’s winter garden has become world famous, with colours and scents to brighten up even the coldest of days. Take a walk through the gardens, smell the sweetly scented winter flowering shrubs, and see the stark shapes and crisp 3D patterns. Among the highlights are fragrant Daphnes, white-stemmed ubus, bonfire orange Cornus sanguinea, and sweet scented Lonicera. Find out about the differences in life upstairs and downstairs at Erddig Hall, Wrexham – a fascinating yet unpretentious early 18thcentury house. It has a unique collection of servants’ portraits and an impressive range of outbuildings where the day-to-day work of an estate went on, A colourful winter including garden at Bodnant stables, smithy, joiners’ shop and sawmill. Erddig, too, has beautiful formal gardens that offer fascinating sights and scents in winter, as well as a romantic landscape park that’s great for longer walks. Further north, Penrhyn Castle at Bangor, and Plas Newydd on Anglesey each have unique attractions. Penrhyn Castle is an enormous
19th-century neo-Norman structure, with weird and wonderful items including a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria! It also has 60 acres of parkland to explore, great for a bracing winter walk with dramatic views out to sea and of Snowdonia.
By the seaside
Across the Menai Strait is Plas Newydd, a beautifully elegant house set in lovely scenery right on the edge of the water, also with magnificent views from its lovely gardens. Throughout the year, the properties hold events, walks and talks, to help the whole family discover more about the histories of these special places, and how they are The imposing structure cared for today. of Penrhyn Caslte With so much on offer, there’s a day out for everyone all year round with the National Trust. y
A gift that keeps giving
National Trust membership starts at £60 for an individual, and costs £104 for a family with two adults. As well as free entry to all National Trust properties, members receive three issues of the NT magazine a year, a handbook for planning visits, free parking at most sites – and a free pair of binoculars! With plenty of locations across north Wales, a gift of membership will just keep giving. For more information visit online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk
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Yattar Reviews If you’ve got a show or event happening anywhere in Wales and the Borders we’d love to come and review it! Just email to: editorial@ yattaryattar.co.uk The Addams Family, St Mary’s Centre, Chester, 1st October
Wednesday Addams has done something terrible – fallen in love with a sweet, respectable, normal boy! We joined the family as they entertained Wednesday’s boyfriend and his family one fateful evening. Our favourite moment was watching the results of a seemingly innocent after-dinner party piece known as ‘the game’. Mike Dearkin (Gomez) stole the show with his witty one-liners and Rhiannon Gordon (Wednesday) stunned the audience with her powerful voice. The Chester Operatic Society have added a touch of class to this crazy and kooky musical comedy which is set in the atmospheric St Mary’s Without the Walls and narrated by Uncle Fester (who is in love with the moon). We were treated to an evening of high quality acting, spine-tingling singing and an orchestra that gave us goosebumps. RQ
Ludlow Food Festival, 11th September
This is one of the best food festivals in the UK, and seems busier and more varied every year. There’s a huge amount to see – more than 180 stalls – all independent food and drink (and food related) producers, and most of them local. The star turn was a performance from Great British Menu’s Jason Hodnett who works at The Raven, Much Wenlock. Other top chefs on show included Marcus Bean, Simon King and Bill Sewell. There was a big queue for tickets for the food trails. Highlights included the Sausage Trail, taking you to various butchers, allowing you to put your expert palate to work trying numerous types. The Loaf Trail is run along similar lines, while the Real Ale Trail was great value. You can also taste any four of more than 300 puddings at the Pudding Tasting. We can’t wait for 2016 – their 21st show, will be just as popular. Well worth the ticket price, just wish we’d queued for a trail ticket a bit earlier. DB
Erddig Apple Festival, 3rd October
Erddig hosted its annual apple fest for the 24th year running and all things applerelated were on offer including a cider press and live cookery demonstrations, an apple trail, a tour of the orchard and a CAMRA cider bar. Activities that weren’t directly related to the forbidden fruit included live music and poetry, storytelling and a campfire to roast marshmallows on. Along with lots of apples (more than 180 types), the festival offered the chance for visitors to take a tour around the beautiful stately home and do a spot of Christmas shopping at the local stalls selling handmade wooden decorations. My favourite stall came from The Clear Black Wine Company which offered up local microbrewery beer samples, yum! I went on the Sunday of the festival which was a beautiful crisp October day and I left with Erddig’s very own orchard apples, a lot of fruity knowledge and a big grin on my face after a pint of local pressed cider. Bring on next year! JW
Puttin’ on the Ritz, Liverpool Empire, 6th October
The lights dimmed, the talking hushed and the Liverpool Empire was transported back to the golden age of bygone Hollywood glamour as we gorged on a feast of music, song and dance. Puttin’ on the Ritz gave the stage to a host of world champion dance professionals who moved effortlessly to the music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin. Big tunes such as Summertime, Cheek to Cheek and I Got Rhythm (who could ask for anything more?) were seamlessly blended with slick costume changes that seemed to have more glitz and more sparkle as the show went on, until those watching became a sea of starry eyes. Each number brought a wave of nostalgia through the crowd, particularly for the more experienced and the catchy jazz beats had every toe involuntarily tapping. Robin Windsor, star of Strictly Come Dancing, and his parter Anya Garnis were highlights of the evening, inciting oohs and aahs from the audience with a shake of the hips in a sizzling samba. Trent Whidden and partner Gordarna Frandosek, also from Strictly, were quick to wow with daring routines, and star of the show Liverpool-born Ray Quinn showed off some red-hot moves in an electric tap dancing finale. BH
Winter Film Releases The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II, 20th November Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and a group of friends risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow. The mortal traps, enemies and moral choices awaiting Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in the Hunger Games. Victor Frankenstein, 25th November James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star as radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) who share a vision of aiding humanity through their research into immortality. But Victor’s obsession has horrifying consequences. The Good Dinosaur, 27th November Pixar and Disney bring us the prehistoric tale of Arlo the Apatosaurus. The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs missed the planet in this timeline, so dinosaurs are still around when humans start to evolve. Arlo befriends a human boy and the two of them travel together to search for the safety of home. Krampus, 4th December When young Max (Emjay Anthony) turns his back on Christmas, little does he know this lack of festive spirit will unleash the wrath of Krampus, a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose (literally) in this comedic horror. Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens, 18th December This continuation of George Lucas’s epic saga is set 30 years after the battle of Endor and the events portrayed in Return of the Jedi. Fans will be pleased to see the original Luke, Leia and Han (Hamill, Fisher and Ford) back on set. When a ruthless prince rises to power and threatens galactic peace, a runaway soldier, an uncongenial scavenger, and a hot shot pilot find their fates intertwined as they embark on a journey to find the most powerful warrior in the galaxy. The Peanuts Movie, 21st December The world’s most loveable beagle embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, the Red Baron, while best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home. From the imagination of Charles M Schulz and the creators of the Ice Age films, this nostalgic movie is sure to be a favourite for adults and children alike and will prove that every under dog has his day.
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Bright lights, big city ancy a night out at a big show? ere’s our pick of the performances in anchester, irmingham, Liverpool and Cardiff this winter
irmingham Gangsta Granny, New Alexandra
Shrek the Musical, Liverpool Empire, 25th-29th November Join our unlikely hero and the loyal Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful princess Fiona from a fire breathing, lovesick dragon. hrow in Lord ar uaad, a gang of fairytale misfits and a gingerbread biscuit with attitude and you’ve got a treat sure to please the whole family. ased on the award winning reamWorks animation, hrek the usical features all new songs as well as the anthem I’m a Believer in an all singing, all dancing extravagan a. Visit www.liverpooltheatres.com
Theatre, 7th-12th December he world premiere of avid Walliams’ Gangsta Granny comes to the irmingham stage t’s riday night and en knows that only means one thing staying with ranny. here’ll be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake it’s going to be so boring ut what en doesn’t know is that ranny has a secret and riday nights are about to get a lot more exciting that he could ever possibly have imagined. Visit www.atgtickets.com
Let it Be, Royal Court 8th October-14th November he music that defined a generation and captured the hearts of millions – and was born in Liverpool is being brought back to the city from London’s West nd. acked with more than of he eatles’ songs including Hard Day’s Night, Day Tripper, Twist and Shout and Strawberry Fields, Let it Be charts the band’s meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club to the height of eatlemania. Visit www.royalcourtliverpool.co.uk
Sweeney Todd, Birmingham Hippodrome, 19th-21st November ancy a shave? Welsh ational pera tell the story of en amin arker, aka weeney odd, who returns to London after years banishment on trumped up charges, to take revenge on the udge who exiled him. his gloriously gruesome musical thriller will lead you into a world of dark villainy as the demon barber takes his ra or to unlucky customers and shuttles the bodies down to Mrs Lovett’s pie shop, where she serves up the victims to feed the hungry mouths of London. tephen ondheim’s lyrical masterpiece balances disturbing horror with raucous laughs in this musical thriller. Visit www.birminghamhippodrome.com
Manchester The Bodyguard, The Palace Theatre,
8th December-9th January ased on the blockbuster film, this is the story of former secret service agent turned bodyguard rank armer, hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. ach expects to be in charge but neither expects to fall in love. eaturing a host of Whitney ouston’s greatest hits including One Moment in Time and I Wanna Dance With Somebody, the odyguard stars three time rit nominee and X Factor winner Alexandra urke as achel arron. Visit www.manchestertheatres.com
The Shawshank Redemption, New Theatre, 23rd- 28th November espite protests of innocence, Andy Dufresne is handed a double life sentence for the brutal murder of his wife and her lover. ncarcerated at the notorious hawshank facility, he uickly learns that no one can survive alone. Andy strikes up an unlikely friendship with the prison fixer ed and things take a slight turn for the better. rom the imagination of horror author tephen ing, the story takes to the stage in a new production. Visit www. newtheatrecardiff.co.uk
Lord of the Flies, Lowry Theatre, 1st-5th December n this extraordinary adaptation of William olding’s th century classic novel, a group of school boys find themselves abandoned on a desert island after a catastrophic plane crash. What begins as an adventure uickly descends into a struggle for survival in a darkly sinister world of superstition and immorality as the rule book is forgotten and civilisation crumbles. mbued with raw energy, emotional intensity and breathtaking performances, this acclaimed production is guaranteed to grip from start to finish. Visit www.thelowry.com
Vampires Rock, St David’s Hall, 7th November teve teinman returns as arron on ockula in the all new ampires ock aga. We follow on as club Live and Let ie burns, forcing him to flee with his band of vampires in search of a new home. he creatures of the night discover an abandoned fairground ride and plan to lure victims to live in rock ‘n’ roll hell forever. A formidable band deliver classic rock anthems including We Will Rock You, Bat Out Of Hell and Sweet Child of Mine in this classic rock spectacular. Visit www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk
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OH YES IT IS! The best show of the year is ahead of you – with lots of ‘It’s behind you!’, magic, mayhem and men in dresses. Get ready for the Christmas panto! Cinderella, Rhyl Pavillion
Cinderella will go to the ball in this rags-to-riches tale, with X Factor star Rhydian Roberts as Prince Charming and stage veteran Sean Jones as clumsy but lovable Buttons. Will Cinderella find her happy ever after or will the devilish Ugly Sisters get in her way? With fun, sparkle and sensational Shetland ponies, this is surely the greatest pantomime of them all. 11th December-9th January. Visit www.rhylpavilion.co.uk or call 01745 330000
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Venue Cymru, Llandudno
Snow White is strictly magic as Strictly Come Dancing’s Robin Windsor makes his pantomime debut this festive season. Best known for his personality-enthused performances, Robin stars as The Man in the Mirror with fancy footwork in this classic fairytale. Also featuring are local favourite John Evans as Muddles and Nigel Ellicott, in the fairest pantomime of them all. 10th-31st December. Visit www.venuecymru.co.uk or call 01492 872000
an abundance of comedy, stunning sets and lots of changes of fabulous costumes which even the Fairy Godmother would be proud of. 12th December-3rd January. Visit www. crewelyceum.co.uk or call 01270 368242
Dick Whittington, Theatre Severn
Dick Whittington is a thrilling tale of good against evil, true love and exciting adventure, all you need for an epic panto tale, and not forgetting the final ingredient: Shropshire’s favourite Dame, Brad Fitt who stars as Dolly the Cook. This comedy panto will have you in hysterics, with lots of audience participation, plus plenty of mayhem. 2nd December-10th January. Visit www. theatresevern.co.uk or call 01743 281281
Cinderella, Crewe Lyceum Theatre
Gareth Gates is due to dazzle audiences as Prince Charming in this enchanting tale. After finding fame on Pop Idol,, Gareth has swapped pop music stardom for the bright lights of musical theatre in the most popular and magical pantomime. Expect
Sleeping Beauty, Floral Pavilion Theatre
Once upon a time in a faraway land lived a princess… in among cheeky comedy, stunning sets, popular songs and a great cast putting on a spellbinding display. Taking to the stage is the wicked fairy Carabosse, played by Vicky Entwistle – once known as
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Th Janice Battersby in Coronation Street. Amy Thompson of Emmerdale and Milkshake! fame plays Sleeping Beauty. Can she be saved from Carabosse? oin this am packed family friendly panto and find out. 9th December-3rd January. Visit www. oralpavilion.com or call
we be relying on true love’s kiss to seal the happy ever after ending? With Jeremy Edwards as The Prince, Nicole Faraday as The Wicked Queen and Amy Reader as Snow White, there’s fun for all the family here. 8th December-3rd January. Visit www. theplacetelford.com or call 01952 382382
Beauty and the Beast, Gregynog Hall
Peter Pan, The Grange Theatre, Northwich, Cheshire
eter an is flying in and tickets are flying out for this all star cast production. Featuring Big Brother Legend Nikki Grahame as Tinkerbell and X Factor star Christopher Maloney as villain Captain Hook, you can expect plenty of audience participation. With a live band, beautiful scenery and costumes, this spectacular pantomime is a real festive treat for everyone. 12th December-2nd January. Visit www.thegrangetheatre.com or call 01606 723570
Popular touring theatre company Fame Factory promises a family friendly treat with this romantic tale of love and woe. The charming prince has been condemned to live as a beast under the witch’s curse, but will he find true love and break the spell? Packed full of fun and magic, Christmas can’t come soon enough in this entertaining classic tale. 13th December. Visit www.gregynog. org or call 01686 650224
‘Expect lots of audience participation, plenty of mayhem and heaps of family fun’
… rest e h t of t e bes Aladdin, Stiwt Theatre, Wrexham
Aladdin, as presented by LHK Productions and the Stiwt, has enough magic, sparkle and panache to satisfy even the most demanding of audiences. With striking sets, sparkling costumes, plus a laugha-minute script that will have you rolling in the aisles, not to mention a sprinkling of special magic, this is set to be an unmissable Christmas extravaganza. 11th-30th December. Visit www.stiwt.com or call 01978 844053
Cinderella, Grove Park Theatre, Wrexham
Cinderella longs for a better life away from her cruel stepmother and ugly step sisters, who lock her up and force her to do all the household chores. With glass slippers, charming princes and a faithful friend, will Cinderella find an escape? Watch the Fairy Godmother work her magic in this all singing, all dancing Christmas pantomime. 4th December-2nd January. Visit www.groveparktheatre.co.uk or call 01978 351091
Cinderella, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold
Cinderella is rock ‘n’ rolling all the way to ball in this cocktail of traditional panto, smash hits and pop favourites. Expect audience participation with slapstick comedy and a bundle of laughs as Peter Rowe delivers up a panto with soul. 27th November-23rd January. Visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk or call 01352 701521
Dick Whittington, Forum Studio Theatre, Chester
eet the confident hero, silly baddy and comical fairy in this community affair packed with plenty of laughs, love and cheeky characters. Suitable for all ages, why not give the family a treat this Christmas and go along? 4th-30th December. Visit www.tiptopproductions.co.uk or call 01244 341296
Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood, Theatre on the Steps
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Place, Telford
The much loved fairy tale of evil and vanity battling against youth and innocent beauty brings a host of colourful characters to life. Will Snow White manage to avoid the old lady offering an apple, or will
It’s fun and frolics all the way as these two classics are combined with bundles of laughs and mayhem for all the family. Will Robin Hood outfox the greedy Sheriff or will urse ellie protect the abes? ind out in this delightful and hilarious panto. 9th-30th January. Visit www.theatreonthesteps.co.uk or call 01746 766477
Beauty and the Beast, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Tap your toes to the catchy beats while laughing at the hilarious comedy routines in this feel good family pantomime. Will good triumph over evil and the beast find love before time runs out? xpect magical performances and stunning special effects in this popular and enchanting panto. 8th-23rd January. Visit www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk or call 01970 623232
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SAN TA TRAI N S The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway – is Father Christmas on board?
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Santa and his elves are coming to town and they enjoy a train ride as much as anybody! Join them for the festivities on one of their magical journeys through Wales and Shropshire – our railway attractions are a great way to soak up the festive atmosphere with fun for all the family
Llangollen Railway Santa Specials 5th-6th, 12th-13th, 19th-20th, 22nd-24th December Join Santa on a special train, resplendent with Christmas decorations, and travelling in style along the picturesque line through the Dee Valley to Carrog – Santa’s own Welsh Lapland. Have the children been good? Each well-behaved boy and girl will receive a special gift, and adults will get a tipple from one of Santa’s Little Helpers. If there’s a group of you, you can even book your own carriage for up to eight people. Visit www.llangollen-railway.co.uk or call 01978 860979.
Severn Valley Railway Santa Steam Special 5th-6th, 12th-13th, 19th-20th, 24th December Take a magical steam train ride to see Santa in his grotto. Join the train at Kidderminster
and travel through the scenic Severn valley to Arley where Santa’s team of elves will be there to welcome you, and the children can meet Father Christmas and get their present. There’ll be seasonal music favourites playing, and traditional treats on offer, including hot roasted chestnuts on the station. Santa Herald Service 21st-23rd December Father Christmas is keeping busy at SVR this year – if you can’t make it to the Santa Steam Special, he’ll be on board the train to Highley for these festive services, handing out presents and posing for photographs. Visit www.svr.co.uk or call 01562 757900. Cambrian Railways
Cambrian Railways Santa Special 5th, 12th-13th, 19th-20th December A great pre-Christmas treat for the kids, take a train ride from Oswestry or Llynclys and each child will get a special, personalised present from Santa in his grotto. There’s also plenty of festive food, mince pies and mulled wine available for the adults. Visit www.cambrianrailways.com or call 07527 107592.
Llanberis Lake Railway Santa Train 6th, 12th-13th, 19th-20th December Take the whole family for a visit to Santa when he drops in for his annual visit to Llanberis. Take a short trip on the little steam train to the station by the lake where Santa will be arriving from the North Pole. You can chat with him in his grotto, where every child will receive a present. The adults are looked after, too, with a mince pie and a glass of seasonal drink for all. For an extra-special trip take one of the twilight trains to see Santa’s grotto lit up in all its glory against the dark night. Visit www. lake-railway.co.uk or call 01286 870549.
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Bala Lake Railway Santa’s Annual Visit 12th-13th December Father Christmas will be visiting the Bala Lake Railway and giving out splendid gifts to every good boy and girl again this year. Families can travel in the festively decorated train from Llanuwchllyn Station down the line to Santa’s grotto, where the children will meet the man himself and get their very special present. Visit www.bala-lake-railway.co.uk or call 01678 540666.
Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway Santa Special 12th-13th and 19th-20th December It may be his busiest time of the year but Santa never misses his visits to the Llanfair line. Enjoy a comfortable ride in steamheated carriages, while children can look forward to meeting the man and his helpers, and receiving a present. The trip is just as much fun for grown-ups, with the glorious scenery through which the train runs looking distinctly different from in the summer, no matter what the weather. Visit www.wllr.org.uk or call 01938 810441
Corris Railway Santa Trains, 12th-13th December Take the train to meet Santa in his grotto, where all good boys and girls will get a present. The adults are looked after too, with light refreshments for all. Each trip takes an hour, with the last train at 3pm, returning by 4pm. Visit www.corris.co.uk or call 01654 761303
Welsh Highland Railway Santa Trains, 12th-13th December Hop aboard for a trip from the base at Porthmadog to Pen yr Allt, stopping on the way back at the Engine Sheds which have
been transformed into Santa’s grotto. Father Christmas himself will be there handing out presents to good boys and girls, and there’ll be mulled wine, sherry, hot drinks and mince pies for the adults. There’ll be plenty of entertainment for all, too, with model railways and a chance to explore the engine sheds. Visit www.whr.co.uk or call 01766 513402.
Ffestiniog & Highland Railway Santa Trains 12th-13th, 19th-20th, 22nd-23rd December Trains will run between Porthmadog and Tan-y-Bwlch on the Ffestiniog Railway, and between Caernarfon and Waunfawr on the Highland Railway, offering plenty of fun for adults and children alike. Santa and his elves pass through the train giving out presents during the journey – with plenty of laughter and jokes along the way! You can stretch your legs at Tan-y-Bwlch and Waunfawr, and get some photographs with Santa and his helpers. Adults will be offered a glass of sherry and a mince pie on the ride back. Visit www.festrail.co.uk or call 01766 516024.
Talyllyn Railway Santa Specials 19th-20th, 24th December Treats and presents await on the steam-hauled locomotive which will take you from the station at Tywyn Wharf to ‘Plas Nadolig’, where good children will receive a present from Santa, and there’ll be plenty of opportunities for photos with the bearded one. Presents are all selected for suitability for age. On your return to Tywyn Wharf and King’s licensed cafe, you’ll be served seasonal treats of mince pies and mulled wine, and for those who need more sustenance hot winter warmer meals will be on sale. Arriving early to soak up the festive atmosphere is recommended! Visit www.talyllyn.co.uk or call 01654 710472.
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Fairbourne Railway Santa Specials 19th-20th December Celebrate at the miniature railway as Santa drops by for his annual visit. Trains leave twice daily and journey along the coast towards Barmouth, taking you on a scenic journey as you soak up the festive atmosphere and join in the Christmas cheer. There’ll be presents for the children and a mince pie and a drink for all the adults. Visit www. fairbournerailway.com or call 01341 250362.
Rheidol Railway Santa Special 19th-23rd December Join Santa and his helpers for a magical trip on a specially decorated train through the Rheidol countryside to Capel Bangor. There’ll be entertainment and treats along the way for adults and children, including of course, a visit from Santa himself, who will be hopping
between carriages to find out what you’d like for Christmas and to give each good boy and girl a personalised gift. There’ll be mince pies and mulled wine for the the adults, biscuits and squash for the kids, plus a storyteller to keep the children entertained. Visit www. rheidolrailway.co.uk or call 01970 625819.
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Christmas is coming.. And it’s time to get fat! Sorry, fatten up the goose… We kick off the festive season in style with our bumper Yuletide supplement covering everything you need to know about Christmas in the region. Here’s a rundown of the Christmas fairs, Santa’s grottos, and light switch-ons in your area
Snowy Shropshire Dudmaston Estate Christmas Fair 14th-15th November Get your festive shopping off to a good start. Seventy stalls will be offering gifts and children and big kids will have the chance to make a decoration to take home.
Ironbridge Gorgeous Contemporary Fair
Whitchurch Outdoor Christmas Market 28th November
This great event for all the family includes live music, a visit from Father Christmas (of course) and a lantern parade. There’ll be lots of stalls selling all manner of goodies, gifts and edibles, plus refreshments and other entertainment. Eaton Manor Christmas Fayre
21st-22nd November Hosted in partnership with the Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft, Gorgeous will bring together a mix of some of the finest designermakers in the region presenting a wealth of Christmas present ideas to suit all pockets.
Much Wenlock Christmas Fayre 5th December
One hundered eclectic Christmas stalls line the streets and church green of the town, while brass bands, choirs, and street theatre entertain. For the kids there’ll be donkey rides and of course, Santa. Other entertainment will include carols by candlelight in the square.
Weston Park Christmas Food & Craft Fayre
Whitchurch Outdoor Christmas Market
Christmas Fayre at Eaton Manor 29th November
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Manor, to raise money for Macmillan. There will be refreshments along with a raffle to help the worthy cause and the stalls will be in a large (and toasty) events room where you’re sure to have a relaxed shopping experience.
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Llandudno Christmas Fayre
and sample festive food and drink from over 80 indoor and outdoor stalls. Children can explore a Christmas trail through the beautifully decorated house to learn more about festive traditions whilst adults can perfect their own food hampers, create the perfect cheeseboard and choose from a range of stocking fillers in the Granary Deli.
Nippy North Wales Llandudno Christmas Fayre Apley Farm
Apley Farm Fair 5th-6th December This two day Christmas craft fair is a great place to pick up unique presents locally handmade by Shropshire artisans. Products range from stationery to jewellery, from photography to art, and from gifts kitchenware. Don’t miss Apley’s own Santa’s Grotto for the kids either!
Percy Thrower’s Christmas Fair, Wyevale Garden Centre, Shrewsbury 14th-15th November Percy Thrower’s will be hosting its first ever food and craft fair this year with more than 20 indoor stalls. Try out the local produce and handmade products and pick up some early Christmas gifts while you’re at it. Over in Botanic Kitchen there will be a festive menu on offer to enjoy while the kids let off steam in the indoor soft play area.
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12th-13th December More than 100 food and craft producers will be at Shrewsbury Quarry, with everything under cover. Grab a steaming hot chocolate or a chilled cider and have a go at a free hands on workshop. Activities for the kids will keep them happy under the twinkly lights before settling down to listen to the carol singing. There will even be a homeless cardboard village and soup kitchen.
Abersoch Christmas 19th-22nd November Festival At 140 stalls, this is one of the largest Christmas fairs in Wales offering local food and drink, unusual crafts, Santa’s Grotto and even a giant snow globe. There’ll be appearances from the Harmony Singers, a ladies choir from Mold, folk musicians and a pianist travelling from Switzerland. DID YOU KNOW? Promoting local produce will be champion celebrity hill Birmingham’s farmer Gareth Wyn Jones Frankfurt Christmas and the Great Orme Brewery market is the biggest will have all your ale needs Colwyn Bay Celtic taken care of with 10 local festive fair beers on draft. Don’t miss the Winter Fair in Britain live entertainment which will be 26th-30th November sure to add to the Dickensian Go back to your Celtic roots at this atmosphere in this Victorian and large undercover event with more than Edwardian setting. 100 food and craft stalls, marquees and
Soroptimist International Christmas Craft Fayre
22nd November The Soroptimist International Denbigh, Ruthin and district club Christmas craft fayre will be held in Trefnant village hall and will be packed with stalls full of Christmas decorations, handmade gifts, chutneys and festive foods, toys, cards, jewellery, bags, vintage items and much more. With, raffles and face glitter painting as well as refreshments, it will be an ideal event for all the family and a good opportunity to buy presents locally.
Abersoch Christmas Festival
27th-29th November A festive weekend for all the family. The village’s shops, bars and restaurants will be decorated and the Christmas lights will be twinkling up the high street; there’ll be Christmas fare on offer, and the tree will be lit up in the Inner Harbour. Events include a visit from Father Christmas on the fire engine, carol singing, Santa’s grotto, a lantern parade and a male voice choir evening. Pwllheli Band will be playing festive music, and there will be late night shopping and lots more.
cabins to titilate your tastebuds. Held in the town centre, this fair offers food, including local cheese, wines, cakes, fudge and beers plus crafts and gifts such as jewellery, leather goods, art, photos, wood turning, cards, wooden toys and handbags. There’s something to suit all tastes and pockets, plus plenty of entertainment.
National Slate Museum Winter Fair 29th November
Get set for Christmas at a festive fun day for all the family in Llanberis. Try to spot Santa as he arrives at the museum on Una the engine and don’t forget to take your letter to him to post in the special Christmas postbox. Visit the festively decorated Quarrymen’s houses, paint your face so you look like a Christmas pud, enjoy a puppet show and get involved in the seasonal cheer!
Plas Newydd Christmas Fair
5th-6th December Take a stroll around the formal gardens of Plas Newydd while you enjoy buying festive treats and handmade crafts from more than 60 stalls. Expect local produce and crafts, and a festive atmosphere great for last minute present shopping.
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GROOVY GROTTOS Arley Hall Shopping Spectacular
Chilly Cheshire Father Christmas will be at the National Slate Museum
Gladstone’s Christmas Craft Fair 6th December
Treat yourself to a festive fair of Christmas crafts! Beautiful craftwork from local designers will be available for you to browse and buy. If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift or decoration this fair offers a range of alternative and traditional presents. What’s more, Gladstone’s Library’s very own bookshop, Gladbooks, will be open for business.
Wrexham Victorian Christmas Market 10th December Located in the most picturesque part of town, the market takes on a magical sheen as darkness approaches and each stall is lit with tiny twinkling lights. More than 70 Victorian themed stalls will be dotted around St Giles churchyard selling toys, candles, seasonal plants and handmade decorations. Local producers will be ready to take orders for turkeys and geese and will sell everything from pies, sausages, chocolate and fresh from the griddle Welshcakes, to local cheese, beers, ciders and preserves. For anyone feeling peckish there will be German sausages, mince pies and hot chestnuts.
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Chester Christmas Market
19th November-20th December Seventy wooden chalets will be situated in the city centre around a 40ft sparkling Christmas tree. There will be festive treats and gifts on offer, including local and regional products, crafts, clothing, accessories, jewellery, gifts and stocking fillers. Hot food and drinks, including mulled wine and hot chocolate will be on offer.
Cheshire Cheshire Reindeer Lodge Grotto, various dates from 28th November 24th December This allweather grotto is set within the Cheshire Reindeer Lodge, next to Cheshire Oaks. Feed the reindeer, watch fun elf shows, meet Father Christmas and have your picture taken next to reindeer in one of the traditional sleighs.
Middlewich Christmas Fayre
Breakfast with Santa at Blakemere, 19th-20th December Santa will mingle with guests at the Village Restaurant, while elves serve up a hearty full English breakfast. After eating their fill the children will gather around the tree to hear Santa’s festive story. Each table will be invited to have their picture taken with the red-coated man himself as he hands out gifts.
Arley Hall Shopping Spectacular, 9th-10th November
28th November A special Yuletide market, with Santa’s grotto and reindeer, plus special guests from the local pantomimes. Favourite Christmas carols will be played by local brass bands.
This hugely popular Christmas shopping event celebrates its 25th year, and the organisers are hoping to raise more than £25,000 for the Seashell Trust, a local charity that helps children and young people with complex disabilities to transform their lives by developing forms of communication, usually for the first time. There’ll be more than 70 stalls from all over the UK offering a wide variety of gifts and ideas for Christmas, plus entertainment from local musicians. On 9th November there is a champagne welcome, and evening shopping from 6pm until 10pm.
The Christmas lights switch on is an integral part of the warm up to festivities so be sure to catch your local light up! Oswestry: 19th November Market Drayton:: 21st November Whitchurch: 28th November Newport: 28th November Middlewich: 28th November Cheshire Oaks:: 13th November Nantwich: 21st November Frodsham: 28th November Holywell: 27th November Buckley: 26th November Mold: 24th November Llangollen: 28th November Welshpool: 4th December Hay-On-Wye:: 27th November Abergavenny:: 21st November
Knutsford Christmas Market 29th-30th
November Princess street will be lined with a selection of festive stalls. Peruse fine foods and gifts with hot food and mulled wine to keep the chill at bay.
Meet Santa at Park Hall, weekends from 28th November A magical experience awaits young visitors when they go to see Father Christmas at Park Hall. Mr Claus spends time with every young visitor to make them feel special and of course no visit would be complete without a lovely gift as a reminder. British Ironwork Centre, 28th-29th November, 5th-6th, 12th-13th & 19th-20th December Have you been naughty or nice this year? For those on the nice list there’s a treat in store at the British Ironwork Centre, where Father Christmas and his elves will be in their grotto offering festive gifts. Mrs Claus will also be on hand to help and give visitors the warmest of welcomes. Santa’s got lots of frozen snow ice cream, candy canes and clementines to give out. Be sure to take your letter to Santa and post it in his mail box which goes straight to the North Pole 1st class.
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Weston Christmas eLight Display e Supporting the ‘Donna Louise Children’s Hospice’ since 2013
1st December - 28th December 6.15pm - 9.00pm everyday Visit Santa every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening and the last few days before Christmas Carters Green Farm, Jack Lane, Weston, Nr Crewe. Cheshire (Turn right straight after bypass bridge coming from Weston Village)
Everyone Welcome! In 2014 we raised £5,720.00! For more information contact Graham Witter on 01270 586754
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A great trip out for all the family! Sleigh Selfie • Santa’s Grotto Mince Pies • Sweets & Chocolate Music & More!
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The display is in aid of the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice
THURSDAY 5TH NOVEMBER
Dearnford Lake bonfire and fireworks night. Childrens sound sensitive display at 7pm with no loud bangs and the main display at 8pm followed by lantern display.
SATURDAY 7TH NOVEMBER
Whitchurch Farmers’ Market in the town centre from 8.30am – 2pm
SATURDAY 7TH, 14TH, 21ST & 28TH NOVEMBER 2015 Christmas Family Lantern Making Workshop in the Civic Centre
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Whitchurch Christmas Lights Switch On and Outdoor Christmas Market
SATURDAY 5TH DECEMBER Christmas Farmers’ Market in the Bullring 8.30am – 2pm SATURDAY 12TH DECEMBER 2015
Indoor Christmas Fair in the Civic Centre from 10am – 4pm (free entry
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St Chad’s 2015 Annual Christmas Tree Festival The Largest and Lightest! Full information is available from the church office by calling 01743 365478 or by visiting the website: www.stchadschurchshrewsbury.com
12th to 19th December
walk through the forest of individually decorated and illuminated trees Our fourth Christmas Tree Festival is joining with the first ever Christmas Food Fayre which will be held in Quarry Park, adjacent to St Chad’s on the 12th and 13th December The festival is a free event so come along and enjoy the real spirit of Christmas.
Opening Times: 10.00am to 6.00pm during Festival
Light up at Weston’s Winter Wonderland
heshire student Graham Witter turns his family home into a ‘winter wonderland’ every December to raise funds for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice in Trentham, creating a spectacular light display to thrill and enthrall children and adults alike. As well as the lights, this year there’ll be a Santa’s Grotto to visit along with festive music playing, plus mince pies, chocolate and sweets on offer. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening Father Christmas will be visiting, and there’ll be a real-size sleigh so children and families can have a ‘sleigh selfie’ with anta The lights will be switched on from 1st-28th December and will be shining bright between 6.15pm and 9pm each night. Everybody is invited to come along and enjoy this wonderland during December. Graham would like to try to beat last year’s fundraising record of £5,720, which was donated by people visiting the light display, all of whom offered their support to the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, which has provided many hours’ care and support for Graham’s disabled sister. ‘This is my way of saying thank you,’ says Graham. ‘The hospice needs £3 million each year to remain open and I feel that my contribution each Christmas is providing enjoyment for young children and families while allowing this local charity to benefit from my display.’ The Weston Light Display is at Carters Green Farm, Jack Lane, Weston, Nr Crewe. For more information visit www. facebook.com/westonlightdisplay
‘The hospice needs £3 million each year to remain open and this is my way of saying thank you’
Price’s Christmas Trees
Peter and team are back!! Buy from the forest. Non Drop and Traditional, all sizes available up to 15 foot. Open everyday from Nov 27, 9.30am to 4.15pm Free present from Santa every weekend. Trees bagged in plastic to keep your car clean.
Tel: 01352 770648. www.christmastreeuk.co.uk email@example.com One mile past Moors Inn on Wrexham to Ruthin Road (A525).
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Merry Mid Wales Coed Y Dinas Winter Food Festival
Santa and his elves waiting for your visit at the British Ironwork Centre Hawkstone Park Santa Safari, dates from 4th-23rd December Travel by Land Rover through the woodland to see Santa in his hillside grotto. After a festive drink you’ll be whisked off across the park, under the wishing arch and up the hill to the spectacular network of caves. Santa’s elves will entertain you as you wander around the decorated, fairy-lit caverns and tunnels until you finally arrive at the magical Grotto.
14th-15th November More than 60 stalls will be packed full of some of the best foods and crafts mid Wales and the borders have to offer
Gregynog Grotto, 6th, 12th and 13th December Put on your Christmas hats and wellies and take the trail through the woods to see Santa in his woodland home where every child will get a gift – and a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Elan Valley Santa Visit, 19th, 20th and 24th December Santa will be stopping at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre before making his big journey around the world to deliver presents so be sure to stop by and give him your Christmas wish list.
Llanerchaeron Christmas Fair 5th-6th December
Lap up the atmosphere of an 18th-century gentry estate and enjoy a day’s shopping at the annual fair. The house will be festively decorated in preparation for a visit from Father Christmas, and there’ll be 70 food and craft stalls plus a themed treasure hunt to keep the little ones busy. Keep your eyes peeled for Santa’s sleigh!
Glansevern Hall Gardens
Wales Greenwood Forest Park’s Enchanted Woodbarn, weekends during December Kris Kringle himself will be visiting Greenwood Forest Park and will be inviting children to visit his grotto to find out if they’re on the naughty or nice list.
followed by armoured knights and their ladies, all carrying blazing torches. There’s the chance to do a bit of late (k)night Christmas shopping along the way, with the shops and eateries staying open into the evening, plus there’ll be a hog roast and other traditional attractions.
Aberystwyth Winter Craft Fair Until 23rd December
This fair includes more than 80 stalls selling a huge range of gifts and crafts, such as jewellery, ceramics, woodwork, photography, prints, metalwork, slate, textiles and foodstuffs. Many are produced by makers from the local counties.
Welshpool Winter Festival 5th December
Experience the town at its best at this community affair. The streets will be lined with market stalls, including a Christmas street market with crafts a-plenty, plus a Nativity scene, community stalls, music and street entertainment.
Conwy Late Knight Shopping and Torchlit Parade 5th December Get into the spirit of a medieval Christmas at this annual event, with a spectacular torchlit parade starting at 5.45pm at Castle Square, and taking in the town. The parade is led by the town jester, Jack Pudding,
22nd-23rd December Children from the local primary school will be leading the carol singing (song sheets provided) around the Christmas tree in the Courtyard from 12noon-2.30pm. This will be the last opportunity for Christmas shopping, and there will be a Festive Bucks Fizz lunch (booking required) on offer. There will be a free of charge Christmas trail on offer throughout December for families visiting the garden.
BEST OF THE REST... Christmas Fair at Plas Newydd, Anglesey, 5th-6th December More than 60 great and varied stalls full of local produce, handmade crafts and lots of festive treats. Gardens also open. Festive Prestatyn, 5th December Head along and meet Santa in his very own Prestatyn grotto where all children (who have been good of course!) will receive a sticker, a photograph and a present. Llyn Brenig Christmas Craft Fair, 13th December Visit Santa’s grotto between 11am and 2pm. A fun day guaranteed for everyone, with winter crafts, treats and stalls
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It’s party time!
Whether you want a posh afternoon tea with your nan, a pre-festive lunch for all the family, or a full on, into the small hours office shindig with bar and dancing, your Christmas party solution is here party in the Clubhouse for a team or 50 or more. From £30 per person. Visit www. cardenpark.co.uk or call 01829 731000 .
Chateau Rhianfa, Anglesey
Carden Park, Cheshire
Celebrations here begin with a three-course dinner of slow poached salmon or roasted red pepper soup, turkey or braised beef steak and a trio of festive desserts before dancing the night away in the Carden or Shooting suite. As an added bit of fun you can test out some novelty props that will be available in the middle of the evening or get your picture taken with your family and friends at the photobooth. You can also book an exclusive Afternoon tea at Chateau Rhianfa
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Warm up with afternoon tea in the winter wonderland of the chateau this Christmas. Indulge in a selection of handmade finger sandwiches with turkey and cranberry stuffing, followed by an array of pastries themed with festive flavours and homemade cakes plus traditional scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Each afternoon tea is served with either freshly brewed coffee or a selection of speciality loose leaf teas and includes a guided tour of the venue. 4th, 5th, 11th and 18th December, from £25 per person. Visit www.amazingvenues.co.uk or call 01248 713656.
Chester Boats, Cheshire
Enjoy a Christmas party night afloat on board the Lady Diana, which will be decked with holly, tinsel, baubles and all the trimmings. Revellers in seasonal fancy dress are welcome and will be treated to a glass of wine, a hot pot supper and a disco with everybody’s favourite cheesy Christmas Number 1s, plus a few dance floor fillers. 5th, 11th, 18th and 19th December, from £29.50 per person. Visit www.chesterboat.co.uk or call 01244 325394.
The Clive, Shropshire
All aboard for a Chester Boats party
Tuck into a festive lunch or dinner with a set menu offering an array of seasonal flavours. There are three options per course including a portobello mushroom and chestnut Wellington, a pressed duck terrine and Christmas pudding dripping in brandy sauce. From 1st-23rd December. From £18 per person. Visit www. theclive.co.uk or call 01584 856565.
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Will it be a white Christmas at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel?
Dorothy Clive Garden, Shropshire
Take a stroll through the garden and work up an appetite before enjoying a full-on festive lunch. You can revel in good company and great food with main courses such as turkey crown, nut roast and silverside of beef to choose from before enjoying a seasonal exploration of the grounds. 13th-14th December. Visit www.dorothyclivegarden. co.uk or call 01630 647237.
Take family, friends or colleagues along to an evening of music, laughter and food Lion Quays, Shropshire
Gregynog Hall, Powys
If you want to meet up with friends or family pre-Christmas but can’t face another big night on the town, why not enjoy a festive afternoon tea in Gregynog’s historic Blayney room? Relax with a glass of mulled wine for a couple of hours, enjoy the decorations and absorb the Christmas atmosphere. Available from 14th-17th December. Or, on 19th and 20th December, you can have a family get-together with a festive three-course lunch in the traditionally decorated hall, plus plenty of opportunity to chat, relax and exchange gifts. Visit www.gregynog.org or call 01686 650224.
Llyndir Hall, Cheshire Combine partying and pampering – start your celebrations with a relaxing session in the spa before enjoying a Christmas party night of fun, music, food and drink, with a Lion Quays’ Brit Awards Tribute Night extravaganza. Or enjoy a Disco Party Night in the conservatory. Dates from 4th to 22nd December, from £29.50. Visit www. lionquays.co.uk or call 01691 684300.
Maenan Abbey, Conwy
Be greeted by a roaring log fire as you enter the lobby and take in the galleried Victorian staircase with Christmas trees on either side. Private dining rooms are available during December for parties of 15 to 90 people. The
Llangollen Pavilion, Denbighshire Lake Vyrnwy Hotel, Powys
Take family, friends or colleagues along to an evening of laughter, music and a three-course meal to celebrate the season in style at Lake Vyrnwy’s Christmas Party night on 18th December. From £29.50 per person to include the meal and a disco so you can dance the night away. Add a half bottle of wine each for £9 per person. Visit www. lakevyrnwy.com or call 01691 870692.
Llyndir Hall offers a range of Christmas party packages to suit all taste and budgets, from a four person festive lunch in the restaurant to a private corporate extravaganza for 120. Pay just one price and enjoy unlimited bucks fizz and canapés on arrival, a substantial three-course carvery dinner in the Christmas themed function suite. Dance off those calories with a DJ and stay hydrated with an all inclusive bar. Visit www.feathers.uk.com or call 01244 571648.
DID YOU KNOW? To deliver all his presents, Father Christmas would have to travel at 650 miles per second
Shake, shake, shake your stuff all night long and celebrate arguably the best decades of music at the 70s and 80s mixtape party night on 11th December. Includes a three-course meal, themed quiz, live vocalists, performances by party band Rhythm Train and a late night disco. Plus plenty of killer dance moves. Visit www.radiantevents.co.uk
pre Christmas luncheon menu on offer from 23rd November24th December includes a parsnip and black pepper soup, a duet of sweet roasted belly pork and herb crusted rump of lamb plus a selection of desserts for £16.75 per person. Visit www. maenanabbey.co.uk or call 01492 660247.
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‘Ladies and gentlemen of most noble blood are invited to feast’
Mellington Hall, Powys
Party nights take place throughout December, with all the ingredients needed to make the festivities unforgettable, including a huge Christmas tree and cosy log fires. Enjoy a three-course meal before being entertained by DJ Ashley Owen and singer Dai Robs on 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th December, from £29.50 per person. Alternatively if you want something a little bit different this Christmas ladies can attend a special evening on 4th December where you’ll be waited on, hand and foot, by butlers in the buff, from £38.50 per person. Or for a cheerful night of slapstick comedy join Basil, Sybil and Manuel at the Fawlty Towers evenings on 16th and 17th December. Visit www.mellingtonhallhotel.com or call 01588 620456.
Partying in medieval style at Ruthin Castle served with a selection of canapes before a three-course meal in the main ballroom. If you’re feeling lucky you can try your hand at the roulette or blackjack tables while listening to the sultry sounds of the saxophone and piano. From £59.95 per person. Visit www. ruthincastle.co.uk or call 01824 702664.
picturesque Severn Valley countryside. Enjoy your Christmas luncheon or evening dinner on the move this year! Or if you like the idea of a train ride, but would prefer to eat your lunch while stationary, the Christmas Carvery Service offers a return diesel train trip from Kidderminster to The Engine House Visitor Centre, where you can view the exhibits before eating. Visit www.svr.co.uk or call 01562757900.
Sweeney Hall Hotel, Shropshire Seiont Manor, Caernarfon
Rossett Hall Hotel, Wrexham
Throughout December Rossett Hall will be offering something a bit different for a Christmas party night, with a festive menu of contemporary and traditional dishes plus entertainment in the form of tribute acts including Abba, Rod Stewart, Olly Murs and Robbie Williams. The resident DJ will provide music to dance to until 12.30am. From £23.95 per person. Visit www. rossetthallhotel.co.uk or call 01244 571000.
Ruthin Castle, Ruthin
Ladies and gentlemen of most noble blood are invited to feast in the medieval banqueting hall of the castle. Be entertained by bards and singers while you exchange bread and salt, royal ribs, Welsh slow roasted lamb, lemon and poppy seed loaf and more, in an atmosphere of merriment, music and song. From £46 per person. If you prefer a more modern style of partying, enjoy an exclusive Casino Party Night on 11th December. A shaken not stirred cocktail awaits your arrival in the Inner Hall,
For a truly indulgent evening head down to the Llewelyn Suite and be spoilt for choice by a gourmet three course dinner before you dance until midnight. 27th & 28th November; 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th December, from £26.95 per person. Visit www. handpickedhotels.co.uk or call 0845 072 7550.
Severn Valley Railway, Shropshire
An indulgent festive dining experience is on offer on the SVR’s Christmas dining trains and Festive Season luncheon trains. These special trains offer the chance to wine and dine in style while travelling through the
Treat yourself to an afternoon tea of savoury scones and cinnamon shortbread stacks after a hard day of present shopping, available Mondays to Saturdays throughout December. Along with tea mulled wine and traditional mince pies will be available. Festive party nights on Thursdays to Saturdays in December include a dinner prepared by the team of chefs who will be working harder than Santa’s elves to deliver top notch Christmas fare and a disco. Visit www. sweeneyhall.co.uk or call 01691 652450
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Burnt to the ground by Owain Glyndwr, its castle torn down by parliamentary forces two centuries later – Ruthin has had its fair share of ups and downs, all of which makes it a fascinating place to visit, as Joe Peskett reveals forces led by Major General Mytton. ventually the castle’s fortifications were torn down, and now make up the walls of many houses in the town. Picturesque Tudor buildings Today, Ruthin is a thriving, bustling town at the southern head of the Vale of Clwyd. It is a maze of little streets and picturesque Tudor buildings, sprinkled with independent shops, cafés and curiosities waiting to be discovered down back lanes and alleyways. The high street boasts a wealth of quaint, old-fashioned shops which are by no means restricted to tourist souvenirs. Trefor Jones’ suits, Kings Ironmongers and Clwyd Army & Navy Stores are just some of the interesting shops you can lose yourself in. In what is now Siop Nain tea and gift shop, the first copies of the Welsh national anthem, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, were printed. Ruthin Craft Centre is another great place to stop with shopping and workshops, or you can simply watch craftspeople at work.
riginally called Castell Coch yng Ngwern-fôr, for its red, sandstone castle, the north Wales town of Ruthin has survived numerous assaults during its turbulent past. In 1400, all but the castle and a scattering of buildings were burnt to the ground in Owain Glyndwr’s famous rebellion. Two and a half centuries later, in 1646, Ruthin castle suffered a brutal 11-week siege from parliamentary
St Peter’s Square The focal point of the town is St Peter’s Square, which has something of interest on every side. To name a couple, The Castle Hotel and The Old Court House are two of Ruthin’s many listed buildings. In fact, Ruthin has more listed buildings than any other town in Wales. Nantclwyd house, built on timbers dating back to 1435, is Wales’ oldest town house and is allegedly one of the few buildings that survived Glyndwr’s rebellion. Each year, in July, the square hosts the Ruthin Festival, a celebration
of music, arts and culture offering the best local talent – and beer! The castle itself, which stands in its own grounds in the middle of the town, is now a luxurious hotel and wedding venue. Having explored the nooks and crannies of the town, you can hop over to Moel Famau to admire Ruthin in its entirety. This is the highest point of the Clwydian Range and the location of the Jubilee Tower, which you can climb – if you’ve any energy left! From this spot you are rewarded with magnificent views, Ruthin appearing like a tiny toy town on the floor of the valley. he panoramic scene is truly terrific. y
Go to prison
While in Ruthin, a visit to the gaol is a must. Having closed as a prison in 1916, this imposing structure now acts as a county record office and museum. It offers an unparalleled insight into the Victorian prison system and how the prisoners lived, what they ate and the grim punishments they suffered. Venture into the cells to get a real, eerie feeling of what it was like to be a Victorian prisoner. You can even go into the dark, condemned cell where William Hughes, the last man to be executed in Ruthin gaol was kept. Visit www.ruthingaol.co.uk
Fancy a pint?
During its heyday in the 18th century, Ruthin was a primary route for drovers between England and Wales and was a favourite stop-over point. It reputedly had one pub for every week of the year! Today there are 10, not even a pub for every month of the year, but they all retain the cosiness, charm and character that makes them perfect places to sample local real ales and locally produced food. Lookf or the Myddelton Grill, which has an unusual window arrangement known locally as ‘the eyes of Ruthin’. The Dutch-style, steeped roof is attributed to Sir Richard Clough, an Elizabethan merchant. The Castle Hotel, a grade II Georgian building and former coach house, once had a cock pit at its rear and is still popular with locals. November/December 2015 yattaryattar magazine 61
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Welshpool Welshpool is ‘where the Welsh mountains meet the English river beds’ but there’s more to the town than poetic descriptions, as Jessica Wood discovers
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elshpool is a traditional market town with lots of historic features, independent shops, welcoming pubs and eateries, and a museum exploring the town’s wealth of history among its many attractions. The town is called Y Trallwng in Welsh, which means sinking or marshy land, which no doubt comes from its low-lying position position on the River Severn. The town has a long history, first appearing in historical records in the 1240s, though a settlement is known to have existed before this, with evidence of human occupation here as far back as Roman and Viking times. Today, Welshpool is a popular place to visit, whether to pick up original crafts or enjoy a tea in one of the many cosy tea rooms. It’s still an important focal centre for the surrounding farming community. Walking along the main high street, you’ll find rows of eye catching Grade II listed Georgian and Victorian buildings, while behind the facades there’s a number of Eye-catching buildings on the high street
independent retailers, small cafes and the occasional big brand name selling everything from unique gifts and local arts to high fashion. Wander off the main high street and down quaint passages and you’ll find more historic buildings, including the cock pit, which was used for cock fighting until when the sport was banned. Built in the th century, the octagonal pit has been restored and is now the only one in Britain to be preserved on its original site. To discover more of the town’s history, join the Heritage Trail which will take you to places such as the Powysland Museum, where you can take in the history of the town’s agricultural and industrial past, the canal (see below) and the Old Station, which, though it now houses an Edinburgh Woollen Mill and 102-seater restaurant, is worth a visit simply to appreciate its design, which resembles a fine rench chateau. f you want to explore further afield there are two national trails passing through the town that you can explore. lyndwr’s Way starts or finishes (depending which way you go!) its
135-mile journey in Welshpool and there are well-preserved sections of Offa’s yke, the first nglish Welsh border, here. It is known as one of the greatest civil engineering feats in British history. he magnificent owis Castle, now in the care of the National Trust, sits on the edge of the town, renowned as one of the best preserved castles in Wales. Welshpool’s first castle, omen astell, a 12th century motte and bailey, is slightly off the beaten track just out of town but is well worth a visit. Today, it is occupied by a bowling green and hidden by trees but still open to visitors. y
Welshpool lives up to its market town tag with an abundance of markets including one of European significance. The monthly mithfield Livestock arket is one of the largest in Europe and the most modern in the UK. At the heart of the town is the permanent indoor market which is open Monday to Saturday in the Town Hall, with more than 50 traders. You can experience the traditional hustle and bustle at street markets on Mondays and a farmers market offering local produce every first riday of the month.
On the water
The Montgomery Canal (known locally as the Monty), which is currently undergoing restoration through the work of a dedicated band of volunteers, runs through Welshpool on its journey from the Llangollen Canal to Newtown. Although not much of the canal is currently navigable, with just seven miles of it connected to the national network, it’s popular with canoeists and boaters, as well as walkers and cyclists, and its supporters hold a variety of fundraising and fun events on and by the canal throughout the year. It is one of the most important canals in the country for wildlife, and a great, informative canal trail is available to help you make the most of a walk along the towpath. Visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk for more information. November/December 2015 yattaryattar magazine 63
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Old Rectory Hotel Christmas Events
Festive lunch and dinner served from 1st – 23rd December
12th December 2015 - Only Fools & 3 Courses
Come and enjoy an evening with Del Boy, Rodney and the rest of the gang, we guarantee you’ll never laugh so much. Evening includes a 3 course meal, followed by dancing till midnight. Tickets £45.00 available from Old Rectory Hotel.
19th December 2015
Christmas Party night 3 course meal and dancing £24.95 per head
New Years Eve 2015
Welcome 2016 in with a superb meal and excellent company in our new courtyard marquee. Entertainment from ‘Oddsocks’ ceilidh band £50.00 per person, fun for everyone!!
Small is beautiful & style is everything
Party nights throughout December at Mellington Hall. 11TH, 12TH, 18 TH A ND 19 TH DECEMB ER Enj oy a three- course meal before being entertained by DJ A shley O w en and singer Dai R obs. From £ 29 .5 0 per person. 4TH DECEMB ER Why not attend a ladies evening w here you can be w aited on, hand and foot, by butlers in the buff from £ 3 8 .5 0 per person!
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Port Sunlight is a beautiful and unique late-19th-century garden village on the Wirral Peninsula, built in 1888 by philanthropist and soap magnate William Hesketh Lever to house his soap factory workers. The village today has beautifully maintained parkland, gardens, and buildings. The architecture is outstanding with no two blocks of If you fancy a holiday home at a park houses the same. More than 900 that’s a cut above the rest – how about houses plus larger ‘principal’ one that has its own spa and marine club, buildings are Grade II listed – it’s hard offers a range of activities for children to believe that people actually live (and when we say activities we mean truly in such an exciting, fun things like a climbing wall, idyllic place. zorbing and paintballing), and caters for But they do those with a taste for the finer things in life – and you can, with lu urious fine dining too, at least for Plas Coch is an award-winning luxury holiday park on Anglesey, sitting in 60 acres of a while! Port parkland in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The park prides itself on its quality, Sunlight has service, choice and value and offers an unrivalled range of luxury holiday homes and three holiday timber holiday lodges for sale. cottages that Typical features of a holiday home are as beautiful inside as they are include central heating, spacious out, each centrally located with open plan living fitted kitchen views over the village green and two or three bedrooms with perfect as a base for exploring. You wardrobe and storage and fitted can visit the village museum and tea bath or shower rooms. rooms where you can pick up a There is a range of lodges self-led walking trail or book a tour to available to view, find out more about the village’s which may history. A world class art gallery, include a garden centre, village pub and fine wooden dining in a boutique hotel are all I deck, hot just a short walk away. tub, 32in William Hesketh Wirral is right on the doorstep, at screen Lever’s ‘Lever Brothers’ and with two railway stations TV, DVD close by, you’re just 20 minutes was what has now and from historic Chester, vibrant become the global speaker Liverpool and scenic north Wales. system, plus giant Unilever Each cottage is fully furnished, well one year’s e uipped and finished to a high membership to standard with integrated the park’s exclusive Marine Club with its own private slipway and appliances, comfortable furniture, moorings. On top of this, owners and their families get free Leisure PLus, a beautiful bedding and private range of watersports and land-based activites for children; the park has its own luxury spa outside sitting space, and are Visit and pool; and there’s a variety of eateries to choose from, including the Country Club with England 4* and 5* star rated. bar and entertainment, the opulent 1569 Restaurant and the informal Manor Bar. o n o t mor call on t believe us ook a I day visit and one of las och s holiday home e perts will or visit www.portsunlightvillage.com show you around the five star park its facilities and the holiday lodges. For more information visit www.plascochholidayhomes.co.uk or call 01248 711920.
True luxury in north Wales
Hot spot Mid Wales Strata Florida Abbey If you venture past the town of Tregaron into the heart of Ceredigion, o ll n t a ntin sit o t r ins o trata lori a . ri inall o n in ist rcian mon s t a s nam is riv rom atin an m ans vall o t flow rs . ow n r t car o a w t a is t rial plac o ls lan a po t a ap wil n an a m morial to im can o n n r a li tnin str c w tr . lt o it as n solat tim t rav ar still r mains activ to t is a wit man p opl optin to laid to rest there. If you made this choice you could spend the rest of eternity with 11 princ s o t o s o in wr w o w r ri t r in t t an t c nt ri s. Today you only have to walk under the huge carved doorway to get a feeling of the ma st t il in onc a . mar a l som o t ori inal ric l corat til s ar still intact t most amo s o t s in man wit t mirror w ic picts a m i val nt a mirin ims l . or mor in ormation visit www.strataflori a.or .
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Yattar Holidays A mansion of one’s own Take a break for Christmas If you’re looking for a truly luxurious, truly special self-catering holiday, why not rent your own spectacular country house, set in its own landscaped gardens within the Snowdonia National Park? Plas Gwynfryn is a stunning, privately owned Welsh mansion near Harlech in north Wales, and recent renovations mean it can now sleep 18 people in eight bedrooms, making it perfect for wedding weekends, extended family get-togethers, birthday party or anniversary celebrations, university reunions, or simply just getting away from it all. The house has everything you could possibly need, with eight individually styled bedrooms and six bathrooms, four of which are en suite. The spacious Wisteria lounge is a great place for everybody to get together, plus there’s a separate dining room with a grand Edwardian dining table. The kitchen is well equipped with an Aga, freestanding gas oven, a dishwasher and everything required to cater for up to 18 people. The house has vast grounds to explore, perfect for family walks for all ages, plus Plas Gwynfryn is within easy access of all Snowdonia’s attractions, from mountains to castles, from zip wires to slate caverns, making it a perfect base for exploring the region. or mor in ormation visit t w sit at www. plas w n r n.co. or call .
Luxuriate in the outdoors How would you like to enjoy the thrill of camping outdoors but with the luxury of real beds, power, lighting, heating and free WiFi? Imagine waking up to stunning views of rolling green hills, birds tweeting and the occasional sheep bleating. Or sitting around a campfire and taking in the gorgeous sunsets before bedtime. You can have the best of both worlds at Barnutopia near Oswestry. Peace and tranquillity are the hallmark of this luxury yurt glamping site. An adventure paradise for children to explore and discover, it also has horses, dogs, pigs and kittens for guests to meet. Opened in June this year, Barnutopia has established itself as one of the best rural retreats in the Welsh borderlands. Its three traditional Mongolian yurts are beautifully furnished with real beds and warm duvets. The excellent shared facilities include a well-equipped kitchen, breakfast room, lounge and bathroom with towels provided. Choose self-catering and the occasional meal can be provided, if you fancy a break. This is the perfect spot for a rural holiday in total comfort with everything you need to relax and unwind. Barnuoptia is open all year round and is offering special packages over Christmas and New Year. For more information visit www. barnutopia.com or call 01691 791624.
Winter holidays are something different, and Christmas in a self-catering cottage on the north Wales coast is a great way to get away from the hurly burly of the festive season. Want to escape the annual ritual of overdone turkey, too many mince pies and having to put up with your siblings’ offspring? Why not book yourself a break in your own cosy retreat, and escape for the holiday? North Wales in winter is a wonderful place to be – imagine wrapping up warm for long walks on wild and windy deserted beaches, or exploring the awe-inspiring valleys and the snowy peaks of Snowdonia in their bleak grandeur. And then (possibly the best bit) heading for a local pub for a meal of freshly cooked local produce, local real ales and ciders, all served up in front of a roaring fire, before heading back to your cosy cottage to put your feet up, maybe open a bottle of wine, and relax the evening away. For a beach-based break, Menai Holidays (www.menaiholidays.co.uk) have a range of self-catering cottages on Anglesey, the Llyn Peninsula and in Snowdonia, with everything from properties for large groups, to luxury holiday homes with hot tubs or swimming pools, and even dog friendly properties. There is even a section on the website especially dedicated to Christmas getaways.
Coastal or country?
Whether you want a coastal or a country Christmas, Sykes Cottages (www.sykescottages. co.uk) offer a variety of holiday properties, based in areas where you can explore everything from castles to rugged countryside, before heading back to your retreat to cook yourself up a meal of Welsh black beef or salt marsh lamb, freshly caught seafood and local cheeses all bought from one of the friendly shops just down the road. Fancy Christmas on a farm or maybe you’d prefer an apartment break, with all the amenities of one of north Wales’s lovely towns on the doorstep? North Wales Holiday Cottages (www.northwalesholidaycottages.co.uk) have these and many more, as well as cottages and townhouses on offer. Also on their books are truly remote getaways, wheelchair accessible properties and large properties for extended families or groups. As the name implies, Abersoch Holiday Homes (www.abersochholidayhomes.co.uk) specialises in self-catering properties in Abersoch, Llanbedrog and the surrounding area. Properties range from huge, renovated farmhouses to boutique-style luxury homes and pretty cottages and chalets. Fancy a wild and windy beach view from a picture window? Or a log-burning fire and TV on demand for watching those Christmas specials? Make that dream a reality! If it’s definitley Anglesey’s charms that attract, Garnedd Holiday Cottages (www. garneddholidaycottages.co.uk) have six cottages that sleep between three and six, all just a mile from Llanfairpwll. Winter and Christmas is a great time to explore the island and all it has to offer, from beautiful beaches to amazing archaeological sites. So why not treat yourself to a Christmas with a difference? It could be the best present you give yourself!
Hot spot North Wales Barmouth Bridge
It has spanned the Mawddach estuary for 148 years, and walkers and cyclists have always enjoyed the views from the footpath that runs alongside the railway track, but the days may now be numbered for pedestrians on Barmouth bridge railway viaduct. The southern end of the bridge is the start of the Mawddach trail, a cycle path and walkway that takes you around Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian mountains, but because of budget cuts the footpath over the bridge is under threat, with Gwynedd council considering shutting it down. This has sparked an online petition that has generated more than 20,000 signatures to try to safeguard continued access. Closing the bridge would mean an 18-mile detour on to busy A roads. The future is still undecided for users of this historic landmark, so be sure to enjoy an atmospheric winter ramble before it’s too late. o n o t mor visit www. armo t wal s.co.
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On two wheels or on two feet, on your own or in a crowd, we’ve got your activities covered…
Looking for the perfect gift for the mountain biker in your life? A One Planet Adventure gift voucher for a mountain biking skills course is just the thing – give them the opportunity to improve their skills, and let them choose which level of tuition they need. From beginner to expert, MTB enthusiasts can take their riding to the next level on one of One Planet’s courses. Maybe a private coaching session would suit? The instructors can tailor these to the needs of the rider, focusing on specific areas. lus, there are bike maintenance and first aid courses for those who get out in wilderness situations and need to know how to cope in an emergency, whether mechanical or medical. For women who want to learn in a less testosteronedriven environment, there is even special ladies only tuition. Vouchers for courses range from £5 to £100, and can be posted, emailed or collected at One Planet Adventure’s base in the Llandegla forest, making them a perfect last-minute gift. For more information visit www.oneplanetadventure.com
Enjoy the Shropshire scenery from a new angle by getting on board with the latest celebrity sport – paddleboarding. Stottesdonbased Live the Adventure (LTA) is inviting people to see their stunning local scenery from a different angle with paddleboarding courses for the over-16s. Rihanna and Lewis Hamilton are among the latest celebs to be spotted on the boards in glamorous locations, and LTA say there’s no better way to enjoy the surrounding countryside than on top of a paddleboard. LTA offer day-long paddleboarding sessions, which cost £90, and which are available as gift vouchers. As well as paddleboarding, vouchers are available for horse-riding, canoeing, white water kayaking, climbing and navigating. For more information visit www.livetheadventure.co
Get them climbing the walls! Want to give your child a birthday party that they’ll remember forever? If your youngster has a head for heights – and perhaps a tendency to scale walls, climbing frames or anything else that goes in a vertical direction – they’ll love the opportunity to celebrate their day with their friends at The Boardroom climbing centre in Queensferry. The children’s area at the centre has all sorts of fun climbing games on offer, which budding Leo Houldings will love. They can climb from the coast of Thailand to the top of Snowdon, racing dragons and conquering castles as they go. Don’t worry – they’ll be kept perfectly safe with full instruction from a trained supervisor as they enjoy an hour and a half of climbing and games. After all that activity they’re bound to be hungry, so there’ll be a birthday tea in the party room – you can take your own food or the Boardroom can provide a birthday buffet; you’ll just need to take the cake (and don’t forget the candles!). Children’s parties for up to six, 12, or 18 children cost from £95 including climbing and games, with instructor and all equipment; and half an hour in the party room. For more information visit www.theboardroomclimbing. com or call 01244 537476.
Go on a motor safari Give your loved one a gift they’ll never forget this Christmas with a gift voucher for an experience at Motor Safari, near Wrexham. This is the perfect place to get behind the wheel and find out ust what a x can do, with thrilling driving experiences on offer for drivers of all levels, from total novices through to super advanced. They’ll get expert instruction and the opportunity to have a go on exhilarating drives including The Wall of Death, The Mud Run and The Giants See Saw. Despite the name, Motor Safari is not just about driving: there’s a host of other activities on offer, too, including archery, quad safaris, paintball, kayaking, bushcraft, raft building, orienteering and more. Motor Safari is a great choice for all the family – First Drive Experiences are available for children from 12 years upwards; couples can enjoy a Motor Safari Adventure for Two Spa Break, mixing luxury with adventure; or the whole family can experience an exhilarating x adventure together, adding any of the other activities in, too. The venue has a wilderness with lake and woodland, plus a hospitality barn, where you can enjoy refreshments before you embark on your adventure. Motor Safari is open seven days a week throughout the year. For more information call 01978 447199 or visit www.motor-safari.co.uk November/December 2015 yattaryattar magazine 69
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Outdoor Activity Providers YATTAR’S SELECTION OF SOME OF THE BEST… l Anglesey Adventure Coasteering, rock climbing. www.angleseyadventures.com l Anglesey Riding Centre Horse riding on the Menai Straits. www.angleseyridingcentre.co.uk, 01248 430377 l Bwlchgwyn Farm Horseriding and pony trekking. www.bwlchgwynfarm.co.uk, 01341 250107 l Chester Kayak Kayaks and Canadian canoes. www.chesterkayakhire.co.uk, 01244 422007
Why not buy the whole family a fun day out with a bit of history and wildlife thrown in, on a segway experience with Segtrek, at Chirk Castle. Buy a gift voucher for Christmas, and everybody can have a fun and exciting time on the trail around the grounds of the castle. Segwaying is great for all the family – these two-wheeled, self-balancing devices are easy and great fun to drive, using your body weight to control them. You’ll all be given full training on the latest Segway x2s and once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll head off to explore the woodlands, fields and deer parks surrounding Chirk castle, weaving your way through 500 acres of picturesque setting, on a 2.2 mile-round trail. You’ll see all sorts of things along the way, such as the grazing pigs and Welsh cob ponies that help to keep the foliage under control on the site, plus of course the castle itself, which you’ll get to see from different angles, and much more. There’ll be plenty of opportunity to stop for photos along the way, and once you’re done you can go and get a cup of tea and a piece of cake in the castle’s cafe. For more information visit www.segtrek.net or call 01743 793893.
l Llyn Brenig Walking, cycling, fishing, waterzorbing. www.llynbrenig. co.uk, 01490 420463 l National White Water Centre Whitewater rafting and kayaking. www.ukrafting.co.uk, 01678 521083 l One Planet Adventure Cycling in the Coed Llandegla Forest. www. oneplanetadventure.com, 01978 751656 l Open Door Adventure Abseiling, quad biking and canoeing and more. www.opendooradventure.co.uk, 01745 585535 l Plas Menai National watersports centre. www.plasmenai.co.uk, 01248 670 964 l Plas y Brenin National mountain sports centre. www.pyb.co.uk, 01690 720214 l Pro Adventure Canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, gorge walking. www.proadventure.org, 01978 861912 l Psyched Adventures Hill and mountain skills courses, coasteering, kayaking and guided walks. www.psyched-adventures.com, 01248 440831 l Rock Climbing Company A full range of rock-climbing courses, holidays and instruction in Snowdonia and, if you fancy somewhere sunnier, Spain. www. rockclimbingcompany.co.uk, 01492 641430. l Seren Ventures Adventure activities and guided walks in Snowdonia. www. serenventures.com, 01690 710754 l Whitewater Active White water rafting, canyoning, paddle boarding. www.whitewateractive.co.uk, 0845 600 1575
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Yattar Yattar walk The Precipice Walk
White-knuckle ride! In urgent need of a last-minute present? Give someone the adventure of a lifetime with the gift of an e-voucher for the National Whitewater Centre in north Wales. They’re guaranteed to have a good time – as long as they don’t mind getting wet! – whether they want to spend two hours crashing down exhilarating white water rapids, or to climb, scramble, slide and swim their way down the gorge on a canyoning day. The great thing about the Centre’s gift vouchers is that they’re totally transferable, so there’s no need to worry if you’re not sure exactly what your intended recipient would like to do. There are all sorts of sessions and activities to choose from, and whatever activity and amount you buy, it can be changed and topped up by the recipient when they book. Plus, as the centre has the uni ue benefit of having a dam-controlled river at its disposal, an exhilarating day out on and around the water is a given. Call 01678 521803 or visit online at www.ukrafting.co.uk
This great walk near Llanfachreth above Dolgellau takes you through a lovely, scenic part of the Nannau estate, which dates back to the 12th century. The walk goes alongside Llyn Cynwch, with fascinatingly weird-shaped trees growing either alongside or in it, depending on the water level; through deciduous woods; then up through sheep-grazed meadows to contour around the hillside giving far-reaching and spectacular views down the Mawddach estuary and across to the mountains of Snowdonia, including Cadair Idris and Snowdon itself. By no means as terrifying as it sounds, the walk was a favourite with Victorian la i s so it nit l isn t t at scar an t r s not m c clim in so it s oo or all t amil t o t r are some rough bits underfoot. Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL18, Harlech, Porthmadog & Bala Grid ref: SH 746 212 Distance: About 3 miles
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Get away from it all this Christmas with a short-break offer from a local hotel
ABODE HOTEL, CHESTER
This strikingly modern hotel oozes glamour and style, just a few minutes’ walk from Chester City centre and overlooking the racecourse. Until 31st December treat yourself to a special stay including a choice of tickets to Chester Zoo or open top bus sightseeing tour and river cruise, plus three course dinner in the Michael Caines Restaurant, and a full English breakfast. From £214. www.abodechester.co.uk 01244 347000
CAE MOR HOTEL
Next to Venue Cymru, the hotel is perfect for anyone attending shows or conferences. This Christmas, choose from a two or three night package arriving on 24th December and including a Christmas Eve inner, five course Christmas day lunch and Christmas night buffet. Three night stay includes a Boxing Day Dinner. Prices start from £200 per person. www.caemorehotel.co.uk 01492 878101
Just outside Ludlow, the Clive has 15 en-suite bedrooms including an executive double and a junior suite. The restaurant specialises in local dishes made with seasonal ingredients. The Clive’s chefs have been awarded two AA Rosettes and a listing in the Michelin Guide. Stay an extra night b&b for free until 31st May 2016 (exclusions apply). www.theclive.co.uk 01584 856565
Perched above Lake Vyrnwy this multi-awardwinning country house hotel offers luxury four-star accommodation. Relax and enjoy a Christmas break with crackling log fires, a traditional Christmas lunch and Boxing Day country pursuits. Stay from Christmas Eve for a three night break. Prices start from £195 per person, per night. www.lakevyrnwy.com 01691 870692
This family-run hotel on the Barmouth promenade offers 35 en suite rooms with tea and coffee facilities and colour televisions. Unwind in the cabaret bar or take a dip in the indoor swimming pool, before enjoying a meal in the dining room. Enjoy spectacular sea views just a short distance from the beach. Three nights bed and breakfast is just £109 per person or £139 to include dinner. www.arbour-hotel.co.uk 01341 280459
Set in a 1,000-acre estate, Carden Park provides luxurious rooms overlooking the grounds and the Welsh hills, a perfect location for a getaway. A two or three night Christmas break starts from £335 per adult and £79 per child. Includes breakfast, a Christmas Day lunch and evening buffet and a three course dinner on 24th or 26th December. www.cardenpark.co.uk 01829 731000
This historic 17th-century former coaching inn is in the middle of Montgomery in Powys, surrounded by the beautiful rolling landscape of the Welsh Marches. Rooms with exposed ancient timbers and a cosy dining room make for a hotel full of character and charm. Book a standard room for two with b&B for £79 per night or upgrade for £109. www.dragonhotel.com 01686 668359
The Lion Quays resort offers individually designed stylish bedrooms. Book a Luxury Lion Quays Getaway including three-course dinner and full English breakfast, bottle of rose in your room and full access to the LQ Leisure Club, plus a day in the Spa Thermal Suite for just £25 extra per person – £149 for two per night. www.lionquays.co.uk 01691 684300
This elegant, boutique-style Grade II listed building on the Llandudno promenade has 61 contemporary styled rooms with views across the bay or mountain range to the rear. The three-night Christmas package includes a pre-dinner drinks reception on Christmas Eve, sumptuous Christmas lunch, and a gala buffet on Christmas night as well as all breakfasts and dinners. From £790 per room. www.llandudnobayhotel.com 01492 555400
Chateau Rhianfa in Anglesey is a romantic grade II listed venue overlooking the Menai Strait with individually designed bedrooms. A luxury threenight stay from 24th December starts with canapes, carols and a three course meal. On Christmas Day there’s a five course Christmas lunch. rom per person based on two sharing. www.chateaurhianfa.com 01248 713656
GROSVENOR PULFORD HOTEL AND SPA
Enjoy the three night Christmas Package including a festive themed drink and meal on Christmas Eve, a traditional four course Christmas lunch and the option to make use of the extensive and luxurious spa facilities. Prices start from £410 per adult. www.grosvenorpulfordhotel.co.uk 01244 570560
Just over the Welsh border set in glorious north Wales countryside and minutes from Chester, Llyndir Hall is in an idyllic setting for relaxation. Enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast from £72.50 per person, with a three-course dinner and all-youcan-eat full English buffet breakfast. www.feathers.com/llyndir-hall-hotel-spa 01244 571648
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In the heart of the beautiful Conwy Valley, this hotel is built on the site of an historic abbey, with the mountains of Snowdonia as backdrop. Bedrooms are individually designed and the hotel is pet friendly. Until 20th December get four nights bed and breakfast for the price of two, at just £110 per person. Offer is available when booked directly by telephone. www.maenanabbey.co.uk 01492 660247
Dating back to the 16th century, this grade two listed building is one of the most historic hotels in Wales. It has recently been lovingly restored to maintain an abundance of period features and charm, while providing modern and comfortable facilities. A double room with en suite starts at £89 or take along the family and stay for £150 per night in a family en suite room which sleeps four. Winter discount of 10 per cent also available. www.oakeleyarms.co.uk 01766 590 277
ROWTON HALL COUNTRY HOUSE & SPA
Nestled in secluded grounds, Rowton Hall is a historic, grand venue with a relaxed, friendly feel. The two night festive break includes a Christmas Eve champagne and canape reception, plus a five course gourmet dinner on Christmas ay. Prices start at £295 per person for a luxury double or upgrade to a Master Suite for £395 per person. www.rowtonhallhotel.co.uk 01244 335262
Situated in 150 acres of grounds, Seiont Manor near Snowdonia boasts three AA red stars and an AA two rosette restaurant. The three-night Christmas package from 24th-27th December is £440 per person, including all meals and based on two sharing. Also includes afternoon tea and party games on Christmas Eve, full Christmas Day lunch. A two-night package is also available. www.handpickedhotels.co.uk 0845 072 7550
Set in 280 acres of gardens and parkland, this country house hotel has a long and fascinating history. Soak up the atmosphere of the hall and grounds or take in the beautiful scenery with a stroll in the gardens. Escape the Christmas rush with a roaring log fire and Christmas tipple. or . per person you’ll get two nights B&B, Christmas Eve buffet and a four-course Christmas Day dinner. www.mellingtonhallhotel.com 01588 620456
THE OLD RECTORY
This handsome Georgian hotel is just outside the Shropshire market town of Wem, set within 3.5 acres of walled gardens, rolling lawns and stunning views. Each of the 14 bedrooms have been individually designed to create warmth and comfort. Immerse yourself in warmth and comfort with a stay from £90 per night for a cosy double room with bed & breakfast or upgrade to a luxurious four poster bed room for £150 per night. www.oldrectorywem.co.uk 01939 233233
THE ROYAL OAK HOTEL
The Royal Oak is in the idyllic village of Betws y Coed in the Snowdonia mountain range. Take in the breathtaking scenery and enjoy all that Snowdonia has to offer while staying in this gem of a hotel. Indulge yourselves in a Lazy Weekend Special including three nights’ accommodation and a three-course Sunday lunch. Prices start from £300 per room. www.royaloakhotel.net 01690 710219
SWEENEY HALL HOTEL
A boutique hotel and restaurant set in a country house, with views of the Shropshire countryside, just outside Oswestry. This winter, treat yourself to a four-night break in the hotel’s self-catering country cottage for £350 – complete privacy plus all the benefits of a first class country house hotel on your doorstep. The cottage sleeps four and includes daily maid service. www.sweeneyhall.co.uk 01691 652450
Nanteos blends old and new in 14 individually designed, luxury en suite bedrooms, and the four-bedroomed Mews House. The two-night Christmas Break starts from £545 per couple, and includes festive afternoon tea and treats from the seasonal a la carte menu on Christmas eve, a sumptuous Christmas Day lunch, and a light buffet supper, plus Boxing Day breakfast. www.nanteos.com 01970 600522
ROSSETT HALL HOTEL
Combinging the grandeur and charm of a Georgian Hall with the amenities and comfort of a modern hotel, Rossett Hall is situated in its own grounds with a trqnauil atmosphere. The three-night Christmas package includes all meals, plus festive afternoon tea and mulled wine on Christmas Eve, traditional four-course lunch on Christmas Day, party games and supper platters. Price is £520 based on two sharing a double or twin room. www.rossetthallhotel.co.uk 01244 571000
This magical Welsh hotel has a royal heritage stretching back over 700 years, and offers unusually themed and extravagantly furnished accommodation. Embrace the festive atmosphere with a Christmas Fairy Tale Escape including dinner bed and breakfast. Prices from £125 per room, based on two sharing. www.ruthincastle.co.uk 01824 702664
Y Talbot in Tregaron has lots to offer – besides the cosy and characterful pub, guests may enjoy the contemporary restaurant, superb bedrooms, function rooms and stunning gardens. Enjoy a Winter Warmer package from £320 for two nights based on two sharing, including dinner and full Welsh breakfast. www.ytalbot.com 01974 298208
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A R F M S ’ S SHOP I W E L The home of real food - Eyton, Wrexham
• In house kitchen providing home made cakes and pies every day • • Beef and Lamb reared on our farm and butchered on site • • Other produce all local and high quality • • Free range chickens and eggs • • Large barbecue range • • Extensive Deli selection with many Welsh and English cheeses •
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dinner – sorted!
Create a truly special festive feast to impress your friends and family with these brilliant recipe ideas from local chefs and producers METHOD 1. Put the stock in a saucepan and bring to the boil, add the dried mushrooms and simmer for 3-4 minutes until the water goes nice and dark and smells of the mushrooms. Keep warm until required. 2. Place a medium non-stick frying pan on the heat and add the butter, allow to soften then add the diced onion and garlic, allow to cook for 1-2 minutes until the onions goes soft. Add the rice and stir int, once mixed together add the cider and cook until its absorbed. 3. Once the cider has been absorbed and the rice is going a little dry add a small amount of the mushroom stock. Repeat this process 3-4 more times until you’ve almost used all your stock. Leave the rice to cool for 5 minutes then put in a tub in the fridge until later. 4. To poach the pears add the vinegar and all other ingredients into a medium saucepan and bring to the boil; allow to simmer until ingredients are combined. Peel the pears, slice into quarters and add to the hot vinegar. Simmer for 5-10 minutes until just tender. Don’t overcook or boil vigorously. Once cooked remove from the vinegar and set aside. 5. For the dukkah, put a dry frying pan on a medium heat and add the nuts and spices and A group of toast for 2-3 minutes. Once toasted put into a partridges can be spice grinder or blender and blitz, season with salt and pepper to taste. Put the dukkah on a tray and called a ‘bevy’, add your pears, shake until the pears are covered. ‘brace’, ‘covey’, 6. Pre heat the oven to 180C. Remove the breasts from the partridges leaving the skin on. Remove the or ‘warren’ legs, rub them all over with 1 tsp rapeseed oil, season with salt and pepper, place on a baking tray and put in the oven for 25 minutes until the skin is golden and the meat is tender. Remove from the oven and rest for 10 minutes before serving. 7. While the legs are resting put the risotto back in a pan, add the remaining mushroom stock. Finely chop the dried soaked mushrooms left in the pan, put in with the risotto and slowly heat. Heat a small saucepan, add the rapeseed oil, season the partridge breast and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until the skin is golden and breasts are just cooked. Remove from pan and rest for 2 minutes. 8. o finish the risotto, add the lemon uice, some freshly grated Parmesan and season with salt and pepper to taste. To serve, divide the risotto over two plates, add the pears, then the partridge, 2 legs and 2 breasts on each plate. Garnish with sweet potato crisps or fresh herbs. Visit www.bromptoncookeryschool.co.uk
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Partridge & Pear
By Marcus Bean at Brompton Cookery School INGREDIENTS; SERVES 2 2 whole partridge oven ready (plucked & gutted) 100g arborio risotto rice 20g butter unsalted medium white onion finely chopped) clove of garlic finely chopped) 50ml Shropshire cider 20g dried wild mushrooms 500ml vegetable or chicken stock 2 tbsp Shropshire rapeseed oil Juice half a lemon Freshly grated Parmesan Salt & pepper to taste
Poached pears 250ml cider vinegar fresh firm pears 1 tsp mustard seeds ½ tsp Dijon mustard ¼ tsp cayenne pepper 40g caster sugar Dukkah 40g cashews 40g hazelnuts 20g sesame seeds 2 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp coriander seeds Salt & pepper
Turkey Gravy with Walnuts and Pant Du Cider
By Steve Williams, development chef at Harlech Foods Bacon, onions, lemon and trimmings from the turkey 3 rosemary sprigs 3 tomatoes, chopped
1 litre Pant Du dry cider 600ml good-quality chicken stock 2 tbsp walnut pieces, toasted
METHOD 1. Once you’ve transferred the cooked turkey to a platter to rest, drain off most of the fat from the roasting tray and place on the hob. 2. Roughly chop the bacon, add to the tray and fry for a few minutes. Chop the onions and lemon and add to the tray with 2 rosemary sprigs and the tomatoes. Cook for 1–2 minutes, then add the turkey wings, parson’s nose and drumstick tips and fry for a few more minutes. 3. Pour in the cider and boil for a few minutes. Add the juices from the resting turkey and simmer to reduce the liquid by half. Pour in the stock, return to the boil, then reduce the heat slightly. Using a potato masher, crush the vegetables in the tray. Simmer for 15–20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until reduced again by a third. Take off the heat. 4. Strain the gravy through a sieve into a saucepan, pressing down on the solids in the sieve with a ladle to extract as much of the flavourful juice as possible. Add a fresh sprig of rosemary to the pan, then turn off
the heat and leave to infuse for a few minutes. 5. Before serving, remove the rosemary, season to taste and reheat the gravy. Coarsely crush the walnut pieces using a pestle and mortar and then tip into a warmed gravy jug. Pour the piping hot gravy on top and serve at once. Visit www.harlech.co.uk
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’s eef Wellington
SERVES 4 FOR THE PANCAKES: large eggs g plain flour, sifted pinch of salt ml milk g butter
clove garlic, finely diced g butter tablespoon rapeseed oil large sprig thyme leaves, chopped.
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FOR THE MUSHROOM FILLING: g chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped shallots, finely diced
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INGREDIENTS x lb butternut s uash, peeled, seeded and sliced in thick tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus more for the pan cup pine nuts large onion, finely chopped tsp dried sage, crumbled salt and freshly ground pepper
FOR THE WELLINGTON g attlefield’s eef fillet A little rapeseed oil g attlefield’s Chicken ate g puff pastry egg yolk, beaten
cups water cups coarse polenta nsalted butter o smoked ouda, shredded cup cup plus tbsp freshly grated armigiano eggiano cheese
METHOD 1. reheat the oven to C. Arrange the s uash on a large oiled baking sheet and roast for minutes, until tender. ransfer to a bowl and mash coarsely. pread the pine nuts on a pie plate and toast in METHOD the oven for minutes, until golden. Coarsely chop the nuts. 1. ake the pancakes whisk the eggs, flour and salt, then whisk in the 2. eanwhile, in a skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and sage milk to make a batter. eat a large frying pan, melt the butter add tbsp and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over moderate of melted butter to oil the pan between pancakes. Ladle the batter into heat, stirring, until golden, minutes add a few tablespoons of water the hot pan, ust enough to thinly coat the surface. Cook until golden if the onion looks dry. then flip and cook the other side. lace on greaseproof paper. epeat 3. n a saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Whisk in the polenta and until all batter is used, using greaseproof paper layers to stack pancakes. tsp of salt. Cook over very low heat, stirring fre uently, 2. reheat the oven to C C fan . rush the beef fillet with a little oil until tender, about minutes. tir in tbsp of butter and season. ear the fillet uickly in a hot frying pan, including the ends. along with the mashed s uash, pine nuts, onion, 3. ake the mushroom filling. eat tbsp oil in a pan with the butter, ouda and half of the grated armigiano over a medium heat. Add diced shallots and garlic, fry gently for cheese. our the hot polenta into a buttered about mins to soften. Add mushrooms and fry, until they go a large cast iron skillet. latten the top slightly little dry. Add chopped thyme leaves, stir and set aside to cool. he eef Wellington without spreading it to the edges refrigerate 4. o assemble, roll out the pastry on a floured surface, to about until firm, about hours. the thickness of a pound coin. Lay the pancakes evenly over the was named for 4. ub the surface of the polenta with pastry, then spread the pate evenly over the pancakes. poon Arthur Wellesley, softened butter and sprinkle with the over the mushrooms, and place the beef fillet in the centre. ring remaining grated armigiano cheese. ake in irst uke of the pastry up around the fillet and form a neat parcel. se the a C oven for hour, until the top and side beaten egg yolk to seal the edges, flip on to a baking sheet with the Wellington are lightly browned and crisp. Let stand for sealed edge at the bottom, and brush the top with the rest of the egg. minutes before cutting it into wedges. core lightly with a knife. Cook for mins for medium rare. erve with 5. erve with saut ed mushrooms, braised greens. seasonal veggies, bottles of stout and some good friends or family. Visit www. arl c .co. Visit www. attl l .com
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eese’s Cranberry, prune and chestnut stuffing
he risbourne family have been producing free range geese and bron e turkeys for over homemade stuffing is a perfect accompaniment. INGREDIENTS g prunes ml port g butter for frying onion finely, chopped celery sticks, chopped garlic cloves, crushed g vacuum packed chestnuts, chopped g dried cranberries, chopped g breadcrumbs tbsp chopped flatleaf parsley
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METHOD 1. lace the prunes and the port into a bowl to soak for approx two hours. 2. elt the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion, celery and garlic and fry for minutes, until softened. 3. emove the prunes from the port with a slotted spoon and finely chop. Add the chestnuts, cranberries and prunes to the onion and celery mixture and fry for minute. 4. Add the port, bring to the boil and reduce the heat to simmer for minutes. Add breadcrumbs and parsley then level into anovenproof dish. 5. ake for minutes at C, fan oven C or gas mark , to crisp the top. Visit www. ris o rn s .co.
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Stock up at the Shop of the Year
A warm welcome awaits at The Clive
Visit the perfect shopping destination this December. Our food is fresh, locally sourced, seasonal or handmade on the premises. Discover everything you need to create the finest festive feast.
We invite you to join us at The Clive. Whether you’re making merry with work colleagues, family or friends, you can enjoy seasonal dishes featuring locally sourced ingredients from the Oakly Park Estate.
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DID YOU KNOW? Eating dark chocolate can reduce the risk of heart disease
The Clive’s Almond crème brûlée and peach compôte
By the team at The Clive Restaurant, Ludlow Food Centre
FOR THE BRULEE INGREDIENTS 100ml double cream 6 tbsp granulated sugar 6 egg yolks
/2 tsp almond extract 1 pinch of salt 130g whole almonds, blanched & toasted 120g of light brown sugar
METHOD Heat cream in a heavy saucepan. Add granulated sugar and stir until dissolved. Add the hot cream to the egg yolks gradually, whipping constantly with a whisk. Stir in the remaining ingredients except the sugar. our into individual souffl dishes and sprinkle brown sugar on top. Bake at 160C for 45 minutes. FOR THE COMPÔTE INGREDIENTS 6 medium peaches, pitted and roughly chopped 2 tbsp light brown sugar
Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 star anise 2 tbsp water pinch of kosher salt 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
METHOD Place all ingredients into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stirring frequently, bring to a gentle boil. Continue cooking until the liquid in the pan has reduced to the consistency of a sauce for around 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning, adding more sugar or lemon juice to suit your tastes. Let cool in the pan. Remove the star anise before serving. Makes 3-4 cups, depending on size of your peaches. Visit www.theclive.co.uk
Porters Delicatessen’s Cheeses
othing finishes off a meal like cheese so racey ughes from Porter’s Delicatessen gives her selection Old Winchester is a firm pressed pasteurised cows’ milk cheese with a washed rind and bags of flavour. andmade in Wiltshire it has a crystalline texture which becomes more intense with age. The cheeses are matured for about 18 months and have a distinctive nuttiness in flavour a cross between mature cheddar and aged ouda. Stichelton is one of very few unpasteurised English blue cheeses. It is made in Nottinghamshire using organic, unpasteurised cows milk. With long, complex flavours and a buttery, creamy, mousse like texture this cheese is a delicious alternative to traditional Stilton. ruf ed rie The combination of a delicate yet powerful in season winter truffle married with a creamy, nutty rie, delivers a delightful and addictive ‘melt in the mouth’ cheese experience! CHRISTMAS ACCOMPANIMENTS No cheese board would be complete without chutney – but what to choose? Well, why not try something a little different? The sweet intense flavour of plum chutney marries perfectly with blue cheese. Or the fresh, fruity sensation of peach chutney goes perfectly with crumbly cheese. As an alternative, ersey lack utter is a delicious combination of apples, cider, treacle and apple brandy. Fig Jam is made from dried figs with a hint of aniseed, with an intense flavour that brings out the best of any cheese. Visit www.portersdeli.co.uk
Ruthin Castle’s Dark chocolate tart By MIchael Cheetham, head chef at Ruthin Castle Hotel INGREDIENTS (SERVES 4) 1x tart case 1x tub orange sorbet 1000g dark chocolate 400g double cream
200g unsalted butter Blanched hazelnuts 200g sugar 200g water
METHOD 1. Bring the cream to the boil, and pour over the butter and chocolate. Gently stir it all together and then pour into tart case and leave to set at room temperature – not in the fridge! 2. For the praline, toast the hazelnuts until golden brown and leave to cool. Pour into a blender and pulse 3 times or until they are all broken and even sized. 3. Mix the sugar and water and bring to the boil. Keep boiling till it starts to caramelise then lay out the nuts on a lined tray and pour over the caramel and leave to set on the side. When cool break into small pieces. 4. To serve, cut the tart into portions and place on the plate. Dust lightly with cocoa powder and place a ball of sorbet next to the tart, place the praline on or around the plate to garnish. Visit www.ruthincastle.co.uk
And to wash it all down … Some great wines to accompany these recipes have been chosen by Hannah Schwarzer from family owned, independent wine merchant Tanners Wines
Trois Mouline, Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux 2013 (£8.95) is a crisp Sauvignon Blanc from the Entredeux-Mers region. With fresh asparagus and gooseberry aromas, this is a great match for your Christmas meal starter. If you’re serving Beef Wellington, then look no further than the ripe-fruited 2009 Journey’s End Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch (£13.95). Minty on the nose, well balanced and an attractive note of cedar on the finish, it makes for a great pairing. White Burgundy is a classic and the PouillyFuissé, Cuvée vieilles vignes, N et M Guerrin 2013 (£16.95) is a great example. Maurice uerrin ages his wines on fine lees to give them a fresh, bready character which would be a great match for the baked butternut squash and cheese polenta. For the rich crème brûlée, look no further than Tanners Sauternes (£12.95 for a 50cl bottle). Elegant and complex honeyed fruit will complement the br l e and the fresh finish will go hand in hand with the compote. A rich and fruity port, Tanners Late Bottled Vintage Port, Churchill Graham 2009 (£7.40 for half a bottle) is just perfect for the cheese board, whichever cheeses you choose. Fullbodied, a long finish and no need to decant, this handy half bottle is exceptional value. For more information on these and other great wines for Christmas, call 01743 234455 or visit www.tanners-wines.co.uk
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Delicious seasonal foods from local producers, farmer’s markets and more…
The shop at the mill
Next time you’re visiting Tweedmill Shopping Outlet near St Asaph in north Wales, make sure you pay a visit to the Mill Farm Shop – you might be surprised at what you find. he shop sources fine Welsh produce and prides itself in creating a showcase for the best that Wales has to offer, including succulent Clwydian heather-fed lamb, Snowdonia cheeses, artisan sauces and unique chilli jams from the Dangerous Food Company, and Christmas gifts including luxury handmade elgian chocolates and handmade biscuits. The award-winning butcher sources fresh meat from farms across north Wales, and is currently taking Christmas orders for locally The farmer’s market at Abbey Leys sourced free range turkeys, pheasant and duck. he deli counter near Knutsford has been held on the offers an excellent choice of cheese, homemade pies, sausage first unday of every month for more rolls and black pudding, plus a selection of freshly made than years. ublic demand for farm produce spurred the pasta dishes. or those who haven’t got time for market into creation and it now has to stalls. he market preparation there’s also a selection of ready is A A certified and features a wide selection of products made meals and oven dishes on offer. that have been grown, reared, caught, picked, brewed, And if you’re looking for something special smoked and pickled by the stallholders. Got a product to wash your meal down, the farm shop also Janet Harrison, one of the stallholders says: ‘We’re all stocks a selection of wines – from Wales and you’d like us to put very friendly and the people who buy from us are loyal. all around his is a rural farmers market with lots of primary producers.’ to the test? Email the world Among the produce you’re likely to find are seasonal us at editorial@ – beers, apples, Cheshire cheese, jams and preserves, freshly ciders and yattaryattar. baked bread, pies, milk and organic vegetables. resh fish liqueurs, plus caught from the River Dee is on sale, along with homemade co.uk Brecon vodka cakes, free range eggs and speciality potatoes. verything on and gin and show is from locals and you’d be hard pressed to find a better enderyn whisky. product for the price. For more information visit the Abbey For more visit www.tweedmill. Leys Farmers Market page on Facebook. co.uk or call 01745 730072.
Abbey Leys, Cheshire
Lewis Farm Shop’s handmade cakes
Visit Lewis’s Farm Shop at Eyton, near Wrexham, and you know that what you’re buying is freshly sourced and locally made. n fact, in the case of the cakes and pastries you can actually watch them being created in the kitchen behind the shop by the bakers. And so, putting all thoughts of our waistlines aside, the Yattar Yattar team put some lemon, chocolate, cappucino and carrot cake through a rigorous testing process… The lemon cake is a light, fluffy sponge with a nice dollop of curd lurking underneath a generous helping of lemony cream. or those who like their cakes sweet, but not too sweet. The chocolate cake is muffiny, topped with a rich, thick cream and a little bit of flake as if you needed more chocolatey sweetness efinitely one for the chocolate addicts. Our cappuccino cake tester was overcome with lyricism at her cake: ‘This cake teases you with just a hint of coffee laced through the sponge which acts as a dish to hold a dollop of light, airy and creamy icing, topped with a walnut.’ Last but not least, the carrot cake has a thick, lemony icing, topped off with a fun carrot detail. he cake is soft with small pieces of walnut and a nicely balanced flavour of cinnamon and nutmeg. or Christmas, don’t forget to pick up a supply of Lewis’s beautiful, handmade mince pies. hough if our experience is anything to go by, don’t pick them up too early, or you’ll have to go back for a second batch on account of having eaten the first lot. eautifully presented handmade and decorated Christmas cakes are available too. For more information call 01978 780852.
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In praise of brassicas
Hamper it up for Christmas! Everybody loves to get a foodie gift and what better than a selection of gourmet goodies in a handy hamper At attlefield in Shropshire they’ve been hard at work putting together a new range of Christmas Hampers to suit all budgets, from cheese hampers right the way through to the awesome King Henry, which really is the king of all hampers. Each has been chosen to contain food that you actually want to eat – no Gentlemans Relish to be found here, just local produce that can be enjoyed throughout the festive season and beyond. So whether you’re having trouble finding a present for the in laws, a gift for a foodie friend, or something for your entire staff, attlefield will take the time to meet your budget and requirements, and the result will be a very Merry Christmas. Visit www. attl l .com or call .
They may sound like a dinosaur and share the same green skin but I’m sure that a brassica oleracea (the humble cabbage to you and me) is far tastier than a brontosaurus. Smooth or crinkly this multi-layered delight is often much-maligned, along With the handmade hampers available with its close relatives, sprouts and from fonwen raft nti ue entre in broccoli. Most parents know that Flintshire you can choose from a getting vitamin-rich greens into selection that are ready made, or they children can require the patience of will be happy to make one up to order, Job. One solution to cabbagewith your choice from a selection of avoidance can be some creative biscuits, savoury crackers, jams, culinary tactics, such as pairing the chutneys and chocolates. Visit www.a onw n.co. or call dreaded veg with tasty seasonal flavours that everyone enjoys. Eastern Europeans and the The team at udlow ood entre Chinese are famed for their in Shropshire have been love of cabbage and there carefully selecting the very are many wonderful, I best produce available from tongue-twisty delicacies the food hall to create a g of cabbage that are worthy of further contains a whopping range of beautiful hampers investigation – kapuska, for Christmas. This year there golubsti and sarmale to of the A of are seven special hampers to name but three. One of suit every taste, style and vitamin C the joys of the brassica budget, ranging from the family is their outstanding ever popular Lacy gift set at , versatility – try them pickled, through to the most luxurious Windsor fermented, steamed, stewed, sautéed, picnic basket at featuring truffle braised or raw. Roasted broccoli with oil, decadent fruit cake and the lemon and Parmesan is very good. highest uality gins and li ueurs. Brassicas are perfect partners for Whatever it is that makes your Christmas special, a Ludlow ood pork, game, lamb and beef, and work Centre hamper will certainly help to well with a robust fish such as hake. make it one to remember. Bacon can do wonders for sprouts, and Visit www.l low oo c ntr .co. or who doesn’t love a hickory smoked hot call . dog on a cold, dark evening – only ever truly complete with a topping of At orters elicatessen in Llangollen, sauerkraut and mustard. they are busy putting together a range One tip is to mix up textures – try of Welsh, panish, rench and talian tucking crunchy pine nuts into buttery themed hampers ready for the festive pan-fried savoy cabbage. Including a season. Cheese hampers, along with spoonful of sweet redcurrant jelly can biscuits, chutneys and other also help the medicine go down. For a accompaniments, are always a big hit quick and simple mid-week supper, and you can select the cheeses thinly shred cabbage to create a quick, yourself. With prices starting from just tasty stir fry with chilli, garlic, ginger there’s something for everyone. and a good slosh of soy. You can also ‘build your own The other ploy is deception: disguise hamper’, choosing from a range of the enemy! Soup is a classic solution. wooden, wicker and card hampers and selecting the contents yourself. Flavour pairings are important, but you Porters will then pack and wrap your can’t fail with broccoli and blue cheese. hamper for you resulting in a truly So now you’re armed with some unique gift. They also offer a courier skilful veggie manoeuvres, go forth delivery service to anywhere in the UK. into the kitchen and keep yourself or mor in ormation visit www. topped up with the good green stuff. port rs li.co. or call . It’s essential winter fuel.
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Flint has had a market for 109 years and It doesn’t take much imagination to picture the morning bustle of open wagons loaded with produce, crates of squawking chickens and sides of beef on summer market days. The message is still the same today, with quality, local produce on offer. Stalls vary according to the season but you can expect meat, poultry, breads and baked goods, wine, and middle-eastern and Mexican groceriess. Visit www.flint arm rsmar t.com
One of the earliest written references to Machynlleth is the Royal charter granted in 1291 by Edward I to Owen de la Pole, Lord of Powys giving him the right to hold ‘a market at Machynlleth every Wednesday forever and two fairs every year’. Wednesday still remains the town’s busiest and most popular time of the week, with locals and visitors coming to view the impressive range of stalls offering fresh fish, homemade preserves, farm pork, eggs and fresh fruit and veg. You can even get gourmet pet food! Visit www.mac nll t mar t.co.
Shrewsbury Farmer’s Market is held on the first riday of every month between 9am and 3.30pm in the town square. Regular stallholders include Castlemoor Farm with a hog roast and Mukaase Foods with African themed sauces. Pickled onions and slaws, cupcakes, damson vinegar and traditional churned butter are just some of the other delights on offer. Visit www. s r ws r arm rsmar t.co.
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A change of ownership from a brewery-owned premises to a privately owned freehouse Glansevern Hall Gardens launch their has resulted in a total Christmas programme with an evening transformation of of fine wines and dining in the company the Crown Hotel at of wine master Jonathan Hislop on 27th Llandegla. Lots of TLC November. The evening, which kicks off at shows up in all aspects 7pm will comprise a five-course of the new, warm and inviting environment. menu entitled ‘Flavours of We were served by Bethan, complete with a Christmas’, accompanied smile. The owner is the chef and the quality and by matching wines for presentation of the meals reflects this. We went each course, chosen by for a 10oz sirloin steak (£13.95) and a lamb shank Jonathan. Tickets for (£12.95) which were served on nicely shaped the dinner and wines plates. Both meals were hot and delicious and cost £39.95. Demand Turn to our What’s the uantity sufficient. is expected to be high On and Christmas Really nice touches include personal little so early booking is guides, starting teapots, uirky signs and a log fire. he range of definitely advised. drinks is good and reasonably priced including on page 6 Throughout cask ales at £3 a pint. December, the Potting Our only negative comments would be the lack of Shed Café at Glansevern will be choice of vegetables – they need to add spinach and offering festive menus, with Christmas Café other greens to the list of ‘sides’ and to offer a cheese Nights on 4th, 11th and 18thDecember, board as an alternative on their dessert menu. The plus late night shopping in the Chic Shed paper menus were getting a bit tatty and either need shop on those dates. replacing regularly or placing in a folder, where they For more information visit www. could also include a wine list. glansevern.co.uk or call 01686 640644. The Crown Inn, Llandegla, Denbighshire, call 01978 255023 or visit www.the-crown-llandegla.co.uk
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Get creative this winter
Fancy learning a new skill, or developing a neglected talent this winter? If you’ve always yearned to unleash your inner creativity, but have always been too busy – life generally just getting in the way – then now is the time to take advantage of the darker winter evenings and discover your artistic side. At Qube in Oswestry, there are a number of courses, workshops and drop-in sessions available, on drawing, painting and photography. Whether you’re a beginner who wants to pick up a paintbrush for the first time, or a budding photographer who wants to learn specific skills such as catching light trails (a great night photography hobby!) there’s something for you. Qube is a charity project that works in the local Oswestry community, and as well as providing arts courses, it also holds exhibitions and offers original arts and crafts for sale. They also hold occasional craft workshops such as rag-rug making. Visit www.qube-oca.org.uk or call 01691 656882.
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Fair’s fair at Grosvenor
f you want to find a piece of work that is truly locally made, and whose provenance you can be absolutely sure of, head for the wynedd and Clwyd Association of Craftworkers Pre-Christmas Fair at the Grosvenor Garden Centre near Chester, from 13th-15th November. The association promises that everything you will see on sale is made by its members – in fact, this is a strict condition of membership. And with more than 70 artisans and artists on their books, it’s clearly a philosophy that appeals. Many of the association’s members draw inspiration from living among the beautiful hills, valleys and coastlines of north Wales, such as acclaimed artist Tina Holley and ceramicist Helen Jardine-Williams. Traditional crafts are ably represented by furniture maker om ousden, and ill ones, chair caner, among other highly talented artisans and artists. Head along to the fair and you can also appreciate many fine examples of contemporary ewellery making, silk weaving, sewing, knitting and the superb wildlife photography of John and Tracy Langley. In recent years the gift market has been inundated with products that often come from areas of the world where, sadly, life as well as labour may be cheap. At a Gwynedd and Clwyd Association of Craftworkers event you can be reassured of the provenance of the articles displayed for sale and will be able to discuss them with the makers themselves. For more information visit www.gcac.me.uk
mily peakman his young artist from old has had her artwork exhibited at the ate Liverpool, the riel allery and the usiness esign Centre in London, which is uite a feat, considering she is only 16 years old. Emily’s talent for oil and acrylic painting shone through from a young age. n , aged , she made her first sale while painting in front of house visitors at Erddig Hall. She has been unstoppable since, going on to win best unior in the seascape, boats and waterscape category at Artist of the ear and winning best young artist at the Wrexham pen Competition. mily en oys helping local charities such as children’s hospice Hope House to which she donated the painting ‘ ubbles’. he was also recently contacted by the search and rescue team at A alley and asked if she would paint a tail rotor blade to help raise funds for the on gging rust. espite C exams mily devoted hours of careful work and produced a rare piece of aviation artwork, raising . ot bad for a teenager Visit www.emilyspeakmanart.co.uk November/December 2015 yattaryattar magazine 8 7
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Defence through the Lens, Shrewsbury Museum, until 10th January
Shift yourself to riel Wrecsam Being an artist or craftsperson even if it’s just a hobby – can be a lonely occupation, and sometimes it’s nice to be able to meet up with like minded people and compare and contrast your work with theirs, bounce ideas around and get a bit of companionship. ow you can oin other artists at riel Wrecsam for he ake hift, Wednesdays during ovember from pm. At these informal gatherings you can share ideas and making, plus each week there’ll be a focus on a different skill or pro ect. Whether you want to learn something new, or take your own work along to continue with it, all are welcome. h, and there’s tea and cake too
A century of military photographic images are on show at this exhibition by the Defence School of Photography, which marks the centenary of photography by members of the Armed orces. n display are striking images from conflicts beginning with World War ne through to ra and Afghanistan, plus pictures of peacetime training at the School and nearby locations. A timeline display highlights the achievements of the school and its students over the last century, including winning two Academy Awards for films in World War wo. Visit www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk
Reader photos ohn ates from Cressage has been taking photos for some years now, with his ony Alpha plus mm lens. ‘What inspires me is the moodiness of the changing landscape whether this change is caused by weather, the seasons or just the day in question,’ says John. ‘My journeys across hropshire into Wales have always found something of interest to photograph. his photo of ridgnorth was taken on a crisp winter’s day while ohn was walking by the river. Have you got a photo you’d like to share? Send your pictures to email@example.com, with a brief bio, and you could feature here!
ave a crafty Christmas at Afonwen At Afonwen Craft Anti ue Centre near Caerwys in lintshire a variety of craft demonstrations take place every day, plus the gift shop and centre are full of goodies to choose from for Christmas for all the family, with a range of prices for all budgets. You can also enjoy lunch or afternoon tea in the Edenshine restaurant, or just rest your feet over a cup of coffee and homemade cake take the stress out of Christmas shopping elow is a sample of ust some of the craft activities taking place – visit www.afonwen.co.uk for complete listings, or call 01352 720965. EM E th th ove spoon carving with Murray aylor urray will be delighted to talk to you about his skills and show his carvings. th he ewspaper ady Watch Sarah
paper bonding using old newspapers and music sheets. he also has a beautiful collection of ewellery, cards, wall art, notelets and china mugs with her designs on. th Made by Melissa ewellery, knitting and card making with a beautiful array of colour rages and styles. th th titch work with na onia Christmas runners, handmade bags, knitted traditional toys, bunting and blankets. th th ocal artist erry ilde Terry paints in watercolours adding so much detail to his works that they are magnificent. E EM E st nd ainting on silk Mair Morgan creates pictures, cards, scarves and more. 3rd, Susie Q Crochet and knitting works, from bright fun children’s toys to blankets, babies clothes and hand-stitched brooches.
Exhibition Diary l Until 22nd November, Julie lyfied uthin Craft Centre Inspired by the botanical landscape of Australia, ulie lyfield creates works in metal using the techni ues of ‘metal raising’ and ‘chasing’. She exploring and collects plant specimens from Australia’s rich and diverse environment and textures the surface of silver to create individual pieces of ewellery, vessels and also more sculptural pieces. l ntil th ecember wladfa National Library of Wales We will follow the first migrants’ ourney from the initial preparations to the landing at Puerto Madryn on uly , look at their early life in Patagonia, and celebrate the continuing relationship between Wales and the Wladfa. l Until 31st ecember ark kies Elan alley Astronomy Elan Valley Astronomy roup expand your perspective with an out-of-thisworld exhibition of our night time skies. l ntil th anuary est he art and rchaeology of arclodiad y awres riel nys Mon he late eolithic burial chamber is famed for its decorated stones and stunning coastal location. This multi media exhibition re examines and re interprets the engraved rock art and its landscape, and presents work by contemporary ritish artists and scientists. l ntil st anuary yffin illiams rawing ri e riel nys M n he exhibition showcases the entries to the pri e, with a variety of styles and themes on display, including, of course, the work of this year’s winner, portrait artist mma nowles. ntry is free, and you also have the opportunity to vote for your favourite drawing. l ntil st uly Minis and More emale ashion from the winging ixties A variety of dresses for all occasions by well known and local designers, from Christian Dior to ola owns of Chester, Susan mall, and the boutique labels ollyrockers and weens. rom seriously short minis to full length creations, this exhibition celebrates female fashion in the 1960s. l nd ovember th anuary swestry and istrict ociety of Artists, Willow allery, swestry he society’s winter exhbition showcases the work of a variety of artists.
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Through the keyhole
Yattar Yattar takes a peek behind the doors of some stylish properties on sale in the region. Well, we can all dream…
‘The three-bedroom farmhouse has been extended to make it spacious and comfortable’
The relaxing rural retreat Nestled within rolling hills outside the village of Clawddnewydd in Denbighshire, Tyn Y Ffridd offers a beautiful private setting surrounded by stunning views of the Clocaenog forest and the Clwydian hills. The three-bedroom farmhouse, which is a short distance from the lovely, historic market town of Ruthin, has been extended, making it spacious and comfortable for a family to call their home. As you walk up the private drive which leads into the main yard you have access to the traditional building and grassland which is split into three enclosures by a ring fence. The house itself contains a reception hall, snug, living room, kitchen, rear hall, utlity room, downstairs bathroom, three bedrooms and a family bathroom. The dining room has a large, brick-built inglenook fireplace with a slate hearth and heavy oak beam, all made with traditional Welsh materials. It is the ideal place to settle down to a family meal. The snug lives up to its name, with an original, heavy beamed ceiling and open fireplace with brick surround just asking
to be curled up next to. The original part of the property is constructed from stone topped with a slate roof. The extended part of the house, while built from more modern materials, has been deliberately designed to complement the old, ensuring the property retains its charm and character. Altogether, the house and grounds cover eight acres which are well fenced, and the property also has a mains water supply so your plants with never be thirsty. This is also handy if you have an equestrian interest. Stone outbuildings are dotted around the farmyard, great for use as stables or as a storage barn. A steel framed building complete with mains electricty and water is also waiting to be filled and could be used to keep livestock. Take a stroll through the orchard and fruit garden and enjoy listening to the gentle babble of the stream that runs to the side of the farmyard, providing a natural water supply. Tyn Y Ffridd is on the market for £499,000 from Jones Peckover. For more information visit www.jonespeckover.co.uk or call 01745 812127.
‘The snug lives up to its name with a heavy beamed ceiling’
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‘This Grade II listed cottage originally formed part of the Cholmondeley estate’”
The beautiful bakehouse Just outside the Cheshire village of Malpas, surrounded by rolling countryside, sits the Old Bakehouse. Whitewashed in the black and white Tudor/Victorian style, this Grade II listed cottage originally formed part of the Cholmondeley estate, owned by the Marquess of Cholmondeley, and the beautiful parkland around the neighbouring villages includes mixed woodland, plantations, lakes, gardens and farmland. Inside, the colour scheme of cool whites with the warm auburns of the wooden floors and beams gives a light, airy feel to the house. A large reception hall forms the core of the house, leading on to three further reception rooms, an office and a shower room downstairs. The spacious family kitchen has an underfloor heated limestone floor, so you won’t have cold feet on chilly winter mornings while making breakfast. There are four bedrooms, three upstairs
and one down. The master bedroom has plenty of space for a large double bed and wardrobes, and there’s rustic decor throughout, with wooden farm doors with latch, in keeping with the traditional style. The property also includes a detached barn which can be used as accommodation when the relatives or friends come to stay. It has an open plan living area, two bedrooms and a shower room, so there’s plenty of room and complete privacy for any guests. The Bakehouse’s lovely gardens contain flowering borders, hedges and lawns plus there’s a patio area to relax and sip a cocktail in the sun. Mature trees offer shelter from any autumn winds and give the gardens plenty of privacy. The Old Bakehouse is on the market at a guide price of £650,000 from Savills Chester. For more information visit www.savills.co.uk or call 01244 323232.
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Homes&interiors Inspirational ideas and sound advice for your home – inside and outside!
50 years of fine furnishings It is 50 years since Hafren Furnishers of Llanidloes began furnishing people’s homes. Mike Morgan, then a milkman, now Hafren’s proprietor, spotted a gap in the market and began selling chairs, tables and stools from the back of his milk float. Today, Mike, his family, and their team of dedicated, friendly staff still provide an unrivalled personalised service, which helps them to maintain their position as Wales’s largest independent furniture retailer. The huge Llanidloes showroom has seven floors of furniture displaying everything your home could need, from beds and mattresses, to living room, dining room and home office furniture. Styles range from contemporary to vintage and traditional, with all leading brands available, including the latest Stressless range of sofas and chairs. There are also CarpetRight and Hammonds Fitted Bedrooms concessions, while the in-store Border Café offers somewhere to have a cup of tea and a piece of cake while you try to decide which item you’re going to choose. The shop’s 50th Anniversary Winter Sale begins on 18th December and runs until the end of January, offering huge savings on furniture throughout the store, including all leading brands. For more information visit www.hafrenfurnishers.co.uk or call 01686 414000.
I keep getting smoke coming into the room. If it’s a small amount when you open the door, that’s normal. If it’s a serious amount then you have poor draw on your chimney flue. t could be that the flue is blocked and you ust need to get your chimney swept. If the chimney is new then you simply have a poor flue. ry getting the flue insulated with vermiculite to help keep the inside warm. Put an anti-drown-draft cowl on the top to try to reduce downdraft and increase updraft. I can t get the stove to light very easily. A stove should take around 5-10 minutes to light. Any more than this, and something Is wrong. Ninety nine per cent of the time, it’s the fuel. Wet fuel will smoke Most problems with rather than ignite, and struggle to get hot. This will stoves are caused by mean you can’t get the next load of fuel to burn. The quality of fuel is very important with a stove. At human error rather axon, we use irestarter matches . per box of than a fault with the and kiln dried kindling . per box around pieces per ignition . We then add smaller logs to equpment begin with which catch fire from the kindling, and ith winter fast approaching everyone is firing up their reload again once these are burning well with larger stoves and this is the time when there can be problems. logs. rom there it’s ust keeping your eye on the stove and Maybe your stove isn t working like it was maybe it s burning refuelling while the embers from the previous fuel are still hot. too uickly or not at all or creating lots of smoke. In the first of a two-part advice piece, Gareth Mostyn from Saxon Homecare So, what’s the best way to prepare for winter when it comes to offers solutions to some common problems. your stove? A sweep of your chimney flue should be first on the agenda. Invest in a moisture meter as a high percentage of My fuel burns too uickly. problems are caused by burning wet wood. A stove pipe This could be one of two problems. Either your chimney has too thermometer is also a handy tool. Use good kindling and fuel, and much of an updraft, in which case the addition of a flue damper keep your eye on your stove. That way you can’t go wrong. would help, or there is too much air getting into the firebox, in f you’re still struggling, pop into the axon omecare which case you need to ensure the rope seals are good around showroom where we can light one of our stoves to show you how the door and the glass. If you have an older stove, it is possible we do it. For more information visit www.saxonhomecare.co.uk or that the stove is coming to the end of its life, with cracks call 0800 169 8187. developing in the body which allows air in.
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Homes & interiors Don’t be afraid of the dark With the short nights now here, it’s a good time to think about how you light your home. Carol Aitken of DC Lighting in Oswestry has some expert advice ‘The best way to light your home in winter is to use multiple layers of light so, ceiling wall lights, along with table and floor lamps and also task lighting for reading, hobbies etc. This way you can alter the level of light required. If you don’t have enough light, choose a multi-armed central light. If it’s too bright you can always put in lower wattage lamps.And don’t forget outside lighting for safety and added security! ‘The increasing number of alternative energy saving lamps means that buying new lamps requires a little more know-how than it did when only incandescent lamps were available. ‘New improved halogen bulbs represent an energy saving of around 30 per cent, while compact fluorescent lamps give an per cent saving. LED lamps offer the very latest energy-saving technology providing long life, low heat and exceptionally low running costs. Most styles and shapes are available and the latest developments include filament L , which when illuminated looks almost identical to traditional lamps. Although the initial cost is quite high, the energy savings over the product’s long lifetime make it well worth it. ‘ elect your lamp type and shape by checking your light fitting or lamp before going to buy. The shape determines the direction in which the light is cast. Stick, spiral or globe shapes allow light to spill in different directions and are particularly useful for ceiling pendants. Candle-shaped lamps emit a broad spread of light and are often used for table lamps. eflectors and spots are good for downlighters – the beam angle or width of light they project is important if you want to place light in a certain spot. ‘Decide on the level of brightness you require. Lumens now
indicate the ‘true’ measure of a lamp brightness. Also think about what kind of light you require – warm or cold? The warm, white colour from traditional incandescent lamps ranges between 2700 and 3000 Kelvin (colour temperature). For kitchens and bathrooms a brighter white of 3500 to 4000 Kelvin is preferable. As a general rule, the higher the Kelvin count the more cool-blue the light. ‘If you’re decorating a home or room, choose your lighting at the same time that you decide on the style of curtains, carpets and furnishings, as the existing wiring will dictate the position of your lights.’ For more information visit www.dclighting-oswestry.co. uk or call 01691 662681.
Stoves of the future If you’re thinking of getting a wood-burning or multi-fuel stove for your home, but are put off by their ‘old-fashioned’ image, it’s time to think again. Stoves are now much cleaner an mor ci nt an at illiams ons in t sap nort al s o ll n a wi range that have truly come of age. These stoves have all sorts of hi-tech, unique and unexpected features that make them perfect for the modern home. r at illiams we are always keen to keep up with the latest developments,’ says n illiams an w more than 150 stoves of all types on display.’ Here are a few ampl s o will n on display at the company’s showroom… For more information visit www.rnwilliams.co. uk or call 01745 582254.
Esse 100 SE with Autoblaze A stove that is now even easier to live with – you don’t need match, kindling or r li t rs loa in o r woo and the stove just lights itself! Scan 83 with soft-close door Just like you now expect with kitchen and furniture doors, this stove has a soft-close mechanism, which gives a premium feel and saves having to manually ‘lock’ the door using a glove or tool.
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If you’re looking to get a biomass boiler, or a solar hot water system installed, Cilcain Fires in Flint can help, with a team of experts on hand to answer any questions about your home heating requirements, from conception and design through to installation and final commissioning. By heating your home with a biomass boiler you can significantly reduce your home heating bills over oil, electric or LPG gas. By following a few simple steps the boiler could also be eligible for the renewable heat incentive (RHI) which means that you can get financial incentives for using your boiler. Cilcain Fires has a large, purpose-built showroom with more than 70 wood burning stoves and fires on display, plus three biomass boilers. The company is also a Kingspan accredited solar hot water installer and is HETAS, OFTEC, MCS and BPEC registered. For more information visit www.cilcainfires.co.uk or call 01352 735977
Much more than just a kitchen
Sleep tight Do you wake up feeling tired all the time? It could be time to invest in a new bed – according to recent research, buying yourself a good-quality new bed will give you an extra 42 minutes deep sleep a night – and that’s something well worth having in today’s 24-hour society. North Wales Beds, based in Gwersyllt near Wrexham, have 25 years of expertise in finding people the right bed, and here you’ll find a choice of quality beds and mattresses from Britain’s best manufacturers. Proprietor David Griffiths says: ‘ln a perfect world, you’d never give your bed a second thought. You would just slide into it at the end of a busy day, and spring out of it at the start of the next – relaxed, refreshed and ready for anything. But for this to happen, you need to have made the right choice of bed in the first place.’ David and his team believe it is imperative to trv out a range of different comfort options so that you can make the right choice. When you visit North Wales Beds you’re positively encouraged to kick off your shoes, get comfy and have a lie down! You can take as muich time as you need to decide on your new bed or mattress and will not be rushed or pushed in a certain direction. Just make sure you don’t fall asleep! ‘It’s our job to help you choose carefully and to offer informed advice according to your needs,’ says David. North Wales Beds celebrates its 25th birthday in December, so watch out for special celebratory offers in store and on the website. For more information visit www.northwalesbeds.co.uk or call 0800 056 0734.
Just Kitchens and Bedrooms have been a heavyweight for almost 17 years when it comes to designing top quality and exclusive rooms. Operating across north Wales, Cheshire and the north west of England, the Rhyl-based company prides itself on its professionalism, carrying this work ethic from the initial design right through to the installation process. Founder Antony Williams says that, thanks to the growing popularity of cooking shows, people are becoming more aware of what they want from their kitchens. ‘Since the success of Great British Bakeoff we’ve seen a rise in demand for slide and hide oven doors,’ he says. ‘They’re the same ovens used in the show and now everyone wants one.’ Another hot trend according to Antony is induction hobs, which are flat, glossy and black. ‘The main block colours that are up and coming at the moment are high gloss ivories, painted ivories and sage,’ he says. Designs on offer at Just Kitchens include the effortlessly cool and classy Shaker, with its brilliant white gloss finish and understated styling bringing a modern twist to a classic look. Burrs and knots of character oak lend rustic charm to the Stamford range, which is satisfyingly chunky but retains delicate touches such as sculptured panels, while the Bella Matt Dove Grey inset kitchen is streaked with bold lines and stark blacks which complement the sleek grey woodwork, the ultimate in industrial chic. Just Kitchen and Bedrooms also offer appliances to add to your new kitchen including washing machines, microwaves and even kettles so you can enjoy a cup of tea while admiring your new room. For more information visit www.jkbrhyl. co.uk or call 01745 344355.
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BY HEAD GARDENER AT ERDDIG GLYN SMITH
Build your own bug hotel
The autumn and early winter Once a hotelier with eight establishments to her name, months may not appeal to entrepreneur and Yattar Yattar editor Stephanie Anne Lloyd all as interesting times in has turned her attention to a different kind of inn – with the garden, but they are certainly the busiest and, infinitely better behaved guests who complain a lot less! in my opinion the most ‘Now is the time to provide a winter home for wildlife important. in your garden, somewhere for bugs and other insects to At Erddig, we are busy hibernate. Building an ‘insect hotel’ is also a valuable in the garden all year round. The annual learning exercise for children. The cost of building is flower beds have been cultivated and negligible, the sense of accomplishment immense – here planted up, with pansies, violas and tulip is how I constructed mine. bulbs added. It’s not too late to pop a few ‘I selected a site that is partly shaded but gets some sun spring bulbs into your beds and borders. to provide an environment for as many species as When we dig over our flower beds, we possible. Corwen Farmers donated the pallets and I built incorporate well-rotted compost. We make it as eight layers using a mixture of hay, leaf mould, all our own organic compost from our sheeps wool, sawdust, sand, bricks, dead wood, dry leaves, garden waste. If it will compost we add moss, loose bark, upturned flowerpots, shallow water it to our heaps. Whenever we make new bowl, sedum plants and grass sods. A great side plantings we add some of our compost benefit was cleaning up the garden! to give the plants a good start, but ‘The completed ‘hotel’ is very heavy so build it on a level firm base. also to help retain moisture in Ensure you have a different mix of ingredients for each layer as different the soil. If the compost is a species have different needs. Dead wood provides a home to stag beetles, bit coarse, it can be used as There are around a mulch on the soil surface. centipedes etc, while invertebrates need dry hay or straw to hibernate. 250 species of bee Now, the most important piece ‘You need to ensure it’s draught proof with a waterproof roof but of information. About 75 per in the UK – including leaving plenty of nooks and crannies for access and room for them to cent of our compost comes from make a home. I have added a bee house which was a present from my 24 species of fallen leaves. We spend weeks son. Plant wild flowers around the ‘hotel’ to provide essential food for bumblebee! raking them up. So, don’t just flying insects and nectar for bees. throw away all those leaves blowing ‘You have plenty of potential visitors – the average garden is host to 2,000 about your garden, they make the best species! I have a wreath ready to hang up for Christmas and will toast their health compost and it’s free! at midnight on New Year’s Eve. All I need is a nice sign: ‘Welcome to Steffie’s bug hotel’. As we approach Christmas, we will be setting up our stall making Christmas table decorations from garden greenery. So if you fancy making a centrepiece for your Give your garden a gift Christmas table, pop along on one of our this Christmas! workshop days. Now is also the time of year to start winter The Canoa outdoor pruning of apple and pear trees. We grow fireplace is so stylish you’ll more than 300 fruit trees at Erddig and all want to spend all winter need some pruning in wintertime. We have in the garden! Comes cordon, espalier and bush trained trees, as in untreated Corten Steel, which will rust naturally. well as some old veterans in our car park. Matching wood storage also Pruning highly trained forms of fruit trees is available. £1,890 from www. both an art and a skill. If you have any fruit Feed the birds in style this gardenhousedesign.co.uk trees, I would highly recommend buying a winter, with a Birdball Belle Bird Feeder, available in lime, simple book on pruning to get the basics.
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That may give you an idea for what you would like for a Christmas present, or what about asking for a new pair of secateurs. Winter gardens have their own atmosphere. There may not be that many flowers to find, but the little gems that do flower, or have brightly coloured twigs or leaves, really light up the garden. They are little prizes to be found on a garden walk. Erddig garden also has a strong structure. All the hedges, topiary, garden walls with their trained fruit trees and climbers, make a winter walk a joy. Why not come and meet the gardeners and volunteers at work?
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Louise from Jacksons Fencing beats the winter blues and gets ahead of the curve by dreaming up inspiration for spring projects
ovember in the garden is traditionally the time for having bonfires, pruning the dead wood and generally readying things for the onset of winter. Worthy and necessary work though this is, am of the school of thought that while acknowledging we have my least favourite season to endure, now is a good time to focus on the coming year. The ability to take refuge in dreaming up potentially life-changing projects for your garden, which can also improve the uality of your leisure time, is something freely admit to. t definitely gets me through some of the dark and depressing nights. ’ve indulged in fantasies of redesigning planting areas and decks, and have imagined pergolas that transform the ordinary to the extraordinary. Thoughts of these projects can act as a glimmer of hope or a beacon at the end of the wintery tunnel of gloom. So here is something new from Jacksons that could be the inspiration for your very own spring project: The Curve is a beautifully simple structure, that bows from left to right there’s no need for posts in this seemingly gravity-defying garden shelter.
Startling effects of sunlight The generous interior space is big enough to set up a dining area, leaving ample room for a relaxing seating zone (approx 5m x 3m x 2.2m high). The startling effects produced by sunlight glowing through the horizontal slats creates a magical ambience. magine illuminating the curves at night with LED strips to create
a dinner party to remember. The possibilities of how to use this uni ue outdoor space are endless, and it has the added benefit of having a clear polycarbonate sheet attached to the panels making it shower-proof. ou can find out lots more about the Curve and its little sister, he emi Curve, by going to your dedicated page: www.jacksons-fencing.co.uk/chesterlocal There are also full details on our ‘beat the spring rush’ special offer there too – place your order this winter, have it delivered on a date specified by you and we will give you half price delivery. ust think, then you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve got ahead of the curve, by beating the rush this spring orry, had to get the
‘The possibilities of how to use this unique outdoor space are endless’
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For all your beloved creatures, great and small…
The legacy of education
Think money is the only thing of value you can leave to your children and grandchildren? This story from Rachel Sutherland, education programme manager at the PDSA, might well change your mind… ‘It’s fair to say that I was born with a love of animals. Mum tells everyone the stories of when I was a toddler. She could always locate me by finding the dog was never far behind. inah, our gentle golden labrador, was my playmate, my companion and often, my pillow! ‘Growing up, I was always turning up at home with some injured , hungry or ‘lost’ creature and Mum would show me how to care for them, and also make me return the ones who were ‘lost’ to their rightful owners! ‘When I began my vet nursing career, things escalated and I turned up with more and more animals, including litters of orphaned kittens, unclaimed stray Rachel today dogs and cats – on one occasion, even with her a quadriplegic lurcher. beloved cat Mum greeted every new Loki animal with a roll of her eyes and a ‘Children learn smile, even though we more from what didn’t have the room, and my dad really you are than what didn’t approve of the house being full of sick, you teach’ injured and unwanted pets. WEB DuBois ‘I’ve often wondered over the years if it was nature or nurture that made me so passionate about animal welfare and the truth is, I think it was both. I’ll be eternally grateful to my Mum, for recognising something that was already there, teaching me and giving endless support, enabling me to follow the path I was undoubtedly meant to follow.’ If you have an animal-mad child in the family, why not start their animal career by giving them a PDSA Pet Protectors Club membership? Turn to page 105 to take advantage of the special offer for Yattar Yattar readers.
YOUR CUTE PETS
Small is beautiful! Coco from Rhyl
Christmas is coming, and the dog is getting fat…? Our pet expert James Portsmouth from Park Issa Vets in Owestry warns that it’s not just the humans who need to watch their weight during the festivities…
t’s that time of year again; the decorations will soon be out, every radio station will be belting out their Christmas playlist, and, of course, most of us will be attempting to eat and drink our own body weight in seasonal goodies. It is no surprise that many of us end up carrying a little extra ‘holiday weight’ come New Year, but have you considered your pets’ waistlines too? Obesity can have a devastating impact on your pet’s health.
Is it really a problem? It is estimated that 33 per cent of dogs and 25 per cent of cats in the UK are overweight. As vets, the main obstacle we face in trying to reduce obesity is owner underestimation of how serious it can be, or not even realising their pet is obese. Being overweight can lead to (among other things) diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers, as well as putting enormous strain on already arthritic joints. Too often we have to put animals to sleep when this could have been so easily avoided.
How can my pet shed the pounds? Check on food packaging to make sure you are feeding the correct amount, and weigh out food rather than guessing. Don’t be tempted to add more because the portion looks small – your pet needs less than you think. The right type of food is also important: don’t feed puppy food if your dog is no longer growing, or working-dog food if yours is a lap dog! Prescription weight-loss diets are available. Treats (including dental chews) tend to be very fatty, but are fine in moderation, ust reduce the main meal accordingly.
Get on the move
How can you resist my big brown eyes? Jed from Wrexham
Exercise is also very important – it is recommended that your dog gets a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes of SEND US exercise daily. This means a proper walk and not just YOUR CUTE PETS being let out into the garden. Getting your cat to Send us a picture of exercise can be trickier. Cats like to play in short your favourite pet to bursts of high energy, and there are several toys editorial@yattaryattar. on the market to encourage this kind of exercise co.uk and we’ll publish several times a day. it in a future issue If you have any concerns or want to discuss your pet’s weight, contact your vet – many practices now offer a weight clinic to help. From all of us at Park Issa, we wish you and your pets a very Merry Christmas.
About James... James graduated
All the better to hear you say ‘biscuit’ with… Rachel from Mold
I’m soooo tired… Wotsit from Gwersyllt
from Liverpool University in 2013, and has worked in small and large animal practices in Oswestry and in north Wales. He now deals mainly with small animals at Park Issa’s Johnstown branch. Visit www.parkissa.com for more information about Park Issa Vets; call 01691 670067 for the Oswestry branch, or 01978 845472 for the Johnstown branch.
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Get in the Christmas spirit at Petcetera
The humble hedgehog goes about its business at night, and we rarely see it, but we are seeing fewer hedgehogs than ever with Looking for something their numbers declining rapidly. Is there special this Christmas for anything you can do to help? With 21st your canine friend? November designated Day of the Hedgehog, Shropshire store Petcetera now is a good time to find out! There are ways that you can help these has numerous gift ideas, small creatures during the winter. ranging from fun ChristmasMake your garden hedgehog themed toys to tasty friendly by cutting holes in Christmas stocking treats fences for access, and and candy canes. Even Santa suits! To truly get your dog leaving ‘wild areas’ with heaps of leaves and into the festive spirit, head along to the Christmas Open brambles to act as a natural shelter. And Hedgehogs usually Day on 5th December. Santa Paws will be there with a gift if you decide to have a bonfire, make for every dog – and not forgetting the owners, there’ll be hibernate between remember sure you turn it the day before, to give any mulled wine and mince pies for you! November and hibernating creatures a chance to escape. At Petcetera they have everything you need for your Young hedgehogs born late in the season may April dog, whether you’re a groomer, breeder, show professional not hold sufficient fat reserves to survive the winter. or simply love your pet. Petcetera stocks a wide range of If you come across a hedgehog out during the day, it products including everyday essentials, grooming, healthcare needs help. Keep it warm and feed it up to two heaped and travel items for your much loved pet’s needs. ou’ll find tablespoons a day of food (tinned dog food is best; don’t feed many well-known brands, with some of the most innovative hedgehogs milk) while keeping human contact to a minimum. If you products on the market, all at affordable prices. have any worries, contact your local wildlife trust or the British In addition to this, the Pure Paws range is exclusively Hedgehog Preservation Society, www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk available from Petcetera in the UK. This line of products is dedicated to looking after your dog’s appearance and is now also available for cats and horses. Perfect for serious professionals or owners who simply want the best for their pets. o n o t mor visit t w sit at www.p tc t ra.co. or The North Wales Wildlife Trust call . looks after more than 30 nature reserves, covering a wide range of habitats and species, and ranging in size from less than one hectare to hundreds. The trust has six branches, all of Keeping fancy rats may not be at the which create and run events top of everyone’s ideal pets list, but, throughout the year. Don’t think that because it’s winter says Lesley Mackness of the there’s not much to see or do on the wildlife front – there’s Midlands Rat Club (MRC), ask any plenty going on! of the club’s members and they’ll The n l s ranc hold indoor and outdoor meetings enthuse about what wonderful, fun throughout the winter, with talks including the geology of the pets and exhibition animals they make. island, marine life and Britain’s wild plants. They also arrange ‘These relatively small rodents have the estimated intelligence and field visits and lots of fun social events. he r on ranc ’s behaviour of a small dog; they easily learn their names and will come winter meetings include talks on a variety of topics, and they when called,’ says Lesley. ‘They will follow their owner help to manage the reserve at Aberogwen (the Spinnies) with around and are easy to litter-tray and house train. Rats regular birdwatching days during the winter. can also learn simple commands and directions such as ‘home’, ‘food’, ‘upstairs’, ‘jump’ and ‘no!’ The onw Vall ranc also has a regular programme o o av an ‘Fancy rats have been bred selectively for of talks and walks, and its area includes the fascinating n s al p t They generations for health and temperament and it site of Great Orme – lots of the members volunteer at could feature right has long been acknowledged that they make the Trust’s shop at the top of the tramway! The lw ian here in Yattar Yattar – excellent pets. There are many different ranc holds indoor and outdoor meetings and wildlife colours and markings to the modern fancy rat, email us and tell us all identification courses, while the eirionydd branch have and rat lovers are all ages, from school children about them: editorial@ events such as shore walks and fungus forays, often with to pensioners and from all walks of life: even picnics. embers of the r am ranc , meanwhile, yattaryattar.co.uk Queen Victoria herself is reputed to have kept a have a particular interest in the arford uarry reserve, and couple as pets.’ its outdoor meetings are attended by plenty of enthusiasts who If this has piqued your interest, visit www. can help you identify plants, butterflies and other wildlife. midlandsratclub.org to find out more. o n o t mor visit www.nort wal swil li tr st.or .
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Top treats for your furry friends
Has your chicken gone a bit overboard eating Christmas dinner? Invest in a feathers and beaky gym, complete with hurdle and hoop, to get those chicken feet moving. £14.99, www. farmandpetplace. co.uk
Putting your pooch on a new year fitness regime They’ll enjoy being healthy with these tasty natural treats. £2.99, www.tribalpetfoods.co.uk
Capture your cat’s interest with a Kitty Caribbean Cruiser. Ahoy there, where’s my ibble . www.petplanet.co.uk
This hamster bed is ust what Santa ordered (if Santa was a hamster that is). £2.99, www. farmandpetplace.co.uk
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What have our favourite paparazzi magnets been up to recently…? LUKE THOMAS Flintshire chef Luke Thomas, of Masterchef and Great British Menu fame, recently served the A-list of the music world at V Festival. The 21-yearold served the best of Welsh produce to the likes of Calvin Harris, Kasabian, Sam Smith and George Ezra. Luke is something of a cooking prodigy, owning three restaurants including the recently launched Retro Feasts in Dubai. The young chef has been tipped as the next Jamie Oliver so watch this sizzling space!
AMPIKA PICKSTON Famous for portraying her glamorous life on the Real Housewives of Cheshire, Ampika was celebrating the confirmation of a second series when armed robbers raided her home, escaping with a £70,000 haul. Three men wearing balaclavas and leather gloves forced their way into the mother-of-one’s home, terrifying her housekeeper Mrs Khan, who has worked for the reality TV star for seven years.
ELLIE GOULDING ELL Shropshire Levi Pierson, a student of North Shropshir College, met his idol Ellie Goulding thanks to the power of social media recently. The 17-year-old from Oswestry created a canvas of the pop star for his graphic design A level which took centre stage at the school’s art show. Levi shared his work on twitter and tweeted Ellie herself who must have liked the work as Levi was invited to a swanky London hotel to meet Ellie and listen to her brand new album. Levi said: ‘She was really lovely and down to earth…I was totally star struck.’
TIM CURRY You many be surprised to know that the star of cult film Rocky Horror Picture Show, which just celebrated it’s 40th year, hails from a small village in Cheshire. Tim made a rare appearance at the 19th annual Tony Awards in Los Angeles recently to accept a lifetime achievement award. The 69-year-old actor has been under the radar for the past three years after suffering a major stroke. However, he looked dapper in a black and white suit while posing for a few photos on the red carpet.
ADRIAN HOLMES Wrexham-born Adrian has starred alongside Matt Damon in Elysium and is known for his portrayal of Basqat in TV series Smallville, so he’s making a big mark on the screen scene. He is now due to star in The Epitaph which is currently in production. his sci fi film is shrouded in mystery so we don’t know much about it apart from the tagline – What if you knew the day you were going to die, but not the year?
TOM CULLEN Aberystwyth-born Aberystwyth-bor Tom, of Downton Abbey fame, is set to star in indie film The Other Half with his girlfriend Tatiana Maslany, star of Orphan Black. Black Tatiana will play a bipolar woman and Tom will play a griefstricken man. The two characters fall in love and struggle to forge a simple life. Production began in July and we’re excited to see if the chemistry on screen is as realistic as it is off!
IAN PULESTON-DAVIES The former Coronation Street star told of his battle with obsessive compulsive disorder at a Labour election rally recently. Ian praised the NHS, saying they had given him his life back. At its worst Ian couldn’t lift his head off the pillow for fear of breaking his neck, and walking down the street was a nightmare because of cracks in the pavement. Well done for beating the disorder, Ian, and giving other sufferers hope.
NATASHA NA HAMILTON Our favourite Atomic Atom Kitten from Liverpool had a hard time in the Celebrity Big Brother house recently, finding a rival in Farrah Abraham, an American reality TV personality. The two sparked off each other, having heated rows while cooped inside the house of celebs. Viewers such as amonn olmes and hillip chofield voiced their support for Team Natasha, though, with Eamonn suggesting that Farrah ‘should be sectioned’.
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terling sil er atima arden pendant by Thomas Sabo, £250, from Mococo, www.mococo.co.uk
Ikat dress by Pomodoro, £69 from Out of Town, www. out-of-town-oswestry. co.uk
Fuchsia leaf-print jacket by Joseph Ribkoff, £225, from So Chic, www. sochicbangor.co.u Spotty hat, £13, and handwarmers, £11, both by Pachamama, from Trefriw Woollen Mills, www.t-w-m. co.uk
‘In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different’– Coco Chanel
From glam party dresses to warm winter jackets, it’s all here for you
Fashion Blue jacket with pre stud fitting by Frank Walder, £169 from Daniella of Nantwich, www. daniellaof nantwich.co.uk
Double layered crochet tunic by oose sland, . 5, from Petticoat Lane, Llandudno, www. petticoatlaneshop. co.uk
WE LOVE Collared spot mesh dress by Roman Originals, £40 from Tweedmill, www. tweedmill. co.uk
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The Revolution chain by ChloBo, £225, from Mococo, www.mococo.co.uk
Fiji dress by Pomodoro, £69 from Out of Town, www. out-of-townoswestry.co.uk
Yes, it’s that time again… to dust off your coats and wrap-up warm. If your coat is looking a bit the worse-forwear, or you just fancy something new, then our resident fashion guru Chelsie Taylor has a treat for you! This season, there’s a variety of shapes and styles to choose from when it comes to winter coats, so let me introduce you to my top three.
Hurdler bag, available in four colour ways, £160, from Melin Tregwynt, www. melintregwynt.co.uk
Patchwork earrings by Ronin Designs, £12.49, from Meirion Mill, www.meirionmill.co.uk
WINTER FASHION TIPS
‘If you can’t be better than your competition, just dress better’ – Anna Wintour
New ChloBo Christmas bracelets, from £55, from Powells the Jewellers, www.powells thejewellers.com
Stripey hoody by Pachamama, £68 from Trefriw Woollen Mills, www.t-w-m. co.uk
Roman original oral print cardigan by Roman Originals, £30 from Tweedmill, www. tweedmill. co.uk
The faux fur: You’ll see an abundance of fur on the shop floors this winter, with accents of fringing or embroidery. My favourite faux-fur is this oversized, long-line, wrap coat with heavy fur lapels from Very, £69. This style is flattering on all shapes, as the wrap effect defines and creates a smaller waist, revealing an hour glass figure. owever, if you are shorter, opting for a hip-length version will elongate your legs and won’t cut you off. The militaryinspired coat: Military jackets have been making a regular appearance on the high street this autumn, and now it’s time for the full transition into the military coat. My favourite is from Next at £75. The tailoring has a great mixture of feminine shape with large pockets, and a touch of androgyny in the larger lapels and two buttons at the waist. This style is great to wear to the office due to its formal vibe. The cape: This style has been around since the 1920s, but has never really had its moment in the spotlight… until now. This style has to be the cutest of them all; if you choose pastel shades or a check/ tartan print it will be a great investment as it is a classic and will always look chic for winters to come. My favourite is from Jaques Vert at £199. Again, the cape looks great on everyone as it makes you look petite.
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MEN’S FASHION TIPS Whether you wear a suit to work every day, or prefer the more casual approach, every man needs an overcoat or a jacket to see him through the great British winter. Here are Chelsie Taylor’s top three picks to keep you warm, while looking effortlessly cool Ombre sweater, £32, Next
Jacket, £50; long sleeve polo, £14; jeans, £15; shoes, £18, all F&F, Tesco
Addison brushed steel sub dial bracelet watch, £89, French Connection
Crew t-shirt, £14; jacket, £99; jeans, £35, all Mantaray; lace-up boots, £85, Red Herring. All from Debenhams Autograph Roveco Tote bag, £159, Marks & Spencer
Bold stripe cardigan £19.99, New Look Adam Leather High Top Trainer, £59.95, White Stuff
The classic overcoat: When investing in an overcoat, you are looking for high quality material, and a good lining with a vibrant pattern never goes amiss either! A check overcoat, such this one from White Stuff, £150, is a clever option as the variety of colours make it more forgiving when matching to your suit. Plus the large pockets are handy to have. The Peacoat: This style is the king of versatility when it comes to smart coats. With its smart lapels and double breasted feature you can get away with it in the office and on weekends. It looks great with jeans and brogues. Primark have some gems from time to time and this is definitely one of them at £50. The military coat: Military is making a huge comeback this season in both men’s and women’s fashion (see previous pages for more on women’s military coats). The style suits all with its clean lines and structure. The funnel neck coat is definitely a very good choice for the office, but when worn open with a chunky, knitted jumper and jeans, it can look great casual as well. I like this one from BHS, £90, with its classic colour, heavy lining and smart tailoring.
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The managing directors of local jewellery retailer Mococo, which has shops in Chester, Wrexham, Mold and Ruthin as well as Liverpool and Birkenhead, have been named as two of the Hot 100 influential people working in the jewellery industry. Lee and Maureen Hooson are an inspiration to local independent retailers everywhere, having started up Mococo nine years ago, with just £250. ‘We love what we do, and we work hard to ensure our stores and online shop keep customers coming back for more,’ says Lee. ‘Our whole ethos is based on a principle of delivering impeccable customer service. We would like to thank our customers for their support in helping us build our family business, and in turn be recognised by the industry for our achievements.’ Mococo is still a true family business, with son Oliver also on board, concentrating on brand management and staff training. Mococo also won the Best Store Environment category at the recent UK Jewellery Awards. The stylish and luxurious shops stock a number of leading jewellery brands, including Pandora, Thomas Sabo, Swarovski, Michael Kors, ChloBo and Clogau. For more information visit www.mococo.co.uk
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Window shopping Discover what’s on offer at your local, independent shops
Begin a new chapter of shopping… Nothing quite stirs the imagination like getting lost among the tome-laden shelves of a bookshop. Pages of paperbacks and hardbacks, novels, biographies and memoirs are all just waiting to be read. Luckily, along with branches of Waterstones in Wrexham, Chester, Shrewsbury and Llandudno, we’re literarily blessed, with plenty of independent book shops as well. Booka (www.bookabookshop.co.uk) in Oswestry, for instance, was named independent bookshop of the year for 2015. Along with books, they stock a great selection of distinctive cards and gifts, have a cafe selling homemade cakes, and host regular author talks and signings. They also run two book clubs which meet every six weeks and are free to attend. Cafe and Books in Llangollen (www.cafeandbooks.co.uk) is one of the biggest secondhand bookshops in Wales, with more than 120,000 in stock. Housed in what was once a cinema, the building contains books on anything from antiques to myths and legends, philosophy to topography but you better grab a milkshake from downstairs before you search as the very best bookshops are the unorganised ones! n hrewsbury, ish treet is home to engwern ooks find them on Facebook), a general bookshop that endeavours to represent a greater depth in the areas they cover as well as offering titles not in the mainstream. While you’re in the town, head for the Market Hall and lose yourself for a while in the secondhand book stall, which is packed with treasures old and new. So abandon Amazon and support your local book shops this Christmas – and get lost in the wonderful world of words.
My favourite shop.... Upstairs Downstairs 35-37 Leg Street, Oswestry
‘This is an Aladdin’s cave – or more of an Aladdin’s kitchen, I guess! – of treasures, which I love to get lost in. If you’re into gadgets, accoutrements and bits and pieces of any size, you’ll love this shop. ‘I love to go in and browse around in my lunch hour, whether I actually need anything or not. almost always find something that decide I want. Who knew that kitchen stuff could be so interesting? It’s really bright and cheerful too – there’s lots of fun and funky things. And with most gadgets, there’s a variety of choice of style and price. ‘The staff are really helpful and know lots, too, and they also have the Cookery Workshop in the back, where you can go and do courses on all sorts of different cooking subjects. And if you then buy something on the day, you get a discount. ‘Just be careful if you go in here: chances are you’ll come out with lots more things than you intended to buy!’ Jennifer, Oswestry
If there’s one thing our region has in abundance it’s craftspeople. Maybe it’s something to do with the stunning scenery but whatever their inspiration, there is no shortage of people making beautiful, products, and there’s no excuse whatsoever for not buying at least one locally and lovingly produced gift this Christmas. There are all sorts of great places where you can pick up crafts in the region. Ruthin Craft Centre, for instance, has a retail gallery stocking beautiful designs including jewellery, ceramics, glass, metalwork and textiles, with prices from as little as £8. At Afonwen Antiques & Craft Centre you can watch demonstrations by artists at work and buy their goods direct from the makers themselves. Good places to browse and find local crafts include Shop in the Clouds near Llangollen and Galeri Betws y Coed, or check out www.madeinshropshire.co.uk to find a variety of artists in the country all together in one place. And from 14th November-24th December, Oriel Ynys Mon on Anglesey is holding its annual Winter Treasure Craft Fair, a great opportunity to discover and buy the work of some of the best makers in Wales.
Right up your high street… What do you think is great about our local towns’ high streets? We’ve been out and about to find out. his issue we visited Wrexham… odd yburn Buckley There’s a nice variety of shops and everything is within easy walking distance. Brian Green, Wrexham Although shopping has suffered recently it’s great that the council and other organisations are decorating the empty shops in town to keep things cheerful and bright. ara right Wrexham Everything is all in one place which is great as it means you don’t have to walk for miles around the town. Paul Bowring, Wrexham I’ve worked here for over 30 years at the market and it’s still going strong which I think is pretty impressive. Barbara Hulse, Buckley It’s fairly easy to park and the train station is close to Island Green. And there’s lots of lovely coffee shops to get a snack. Liam Green, Wrexham Our shop Wrexham Ink is here, which is one of the many positive reasons to come to the town and have a look around! Daniel Jones, Wrexham It has all the essentials you want in a small area and shopping is cheap – plus it’s hardly ever busy.
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The ultimate Birthstone signature heart charm by Pandora. £35 from Mococo, www. mococo.co.uk
Capture the meaning of the season with a Christmas Wishes embroidery kit, £26.64, one of a range from the Mary Jane Collection, www. mary ane collection.com
Be safe, be seen this winter with these animal LED headlights – range of animals available! £6 from from Wynnstay, www.wynnstayonline.co.uk
This is our guide to buying beautiful gifts from local makers and small businesses. ou’ll find the perfect present here
hite eece blue owl motif py ama set. £19.99 from Tweedmill, www.tweedmill.co.uk
arge decorati e ower ring with gold candle. £13.99, from Corwen Manor, www.corwenmanor.co.uk
Genuine sheepskin Nina slippers by Shepherd. £39.99, from Meirion Mill, www. meirionmill. co.uk
Who says it’s boring to get socks at Christmas? Capricorn mohair socks made in the UK. £10-£15.50 from Trefriw Woollen Mills, www.t-w-m.co.uk
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Even pets like presents! Reversible pet blanket in faux suede with a soft, plush lining. £14.99 from Wynnstay, www.wynnstay online.co.uk
Meet a reindeer and buy a Christmas tree Make buying your tree an occasion that’s part of the festive fun at Winston Farm Christmas Trees at Tetchill near Ellesmere in Shropshire. Not only will you find thousands of trees to choose from, you’ll also be able to meet the resident reindeer herd – including new addition Elsa, who was born in May. Elsa joins her brother Snowy, born last year, and the rest of the herd, who will be ready to greet visitors to the farm in the run up to Christmas. Winston Farm stock four different types of tree, including the Nordmann Fir, which has a lovely shape and doesn’t shed its needles, plus the traditional Caledonian Pine, Fraser Fir or Norwegian Spruce. All trees come with a free log base if required, and are netted for ease of transport. Trees range from 3ft to 30ft, and if you’re looking for a smaller tree that you can grow on, trees in pots are now available. These are about 2ft-3ft tall, so perfect for those with a smaller space. As part of the festive experience, there’s a free gift for every child who visits, and on weekends in December every adult gets a free glass of sherry and one of Auntie Joyce’s famous mince pies, hot out of the oven. You can take your letters to post to Santa, and there’s a raffle to win a turkey. Customers are also invited to post pictures of their decorated trees on the farm’s Facebook page, and the best will also win a turkey. This family run concern prides itself on its friendly service and good value for money. Entry to the farm and meeting the reindeer is free, with donations requested for Hope House Hospice. Visit the Winston Farm Christmas Trees page on Facebook, or call 01691 622316.
Secret love messages, meaningful dates, a name or a motto can be worn around neck or wrist with a free engraving on a Thomas Sabo Love Bridge necklace or bracelet. From £16.95 to £179, from Powells the Jewellers, www.powellsthejewellers.com
Vintage inspired necklace, £29.95, by Lovett & Co, from Petticoat Lane, Llandudno, www.petticoatlaneshop.co.uk
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One of the most dramatic symbols of Christmas is the tree, and it should be fresh from the forest, of good green colour and have that distinctive pine smell. Price’s have grown Christmas trees to sell to the public in their plantations at Llandegla for 35 years. One of the biggest problems facing Christmas tree growers is the growth of grass and weeds, so after many years of experimenting, Price’s have introduced a small flock of pure-bred Shropshire sheep, which graze among the rows of trees clearing the grass around the firs. They also love to eat ragwort, but don’t eat the young trees themselves. Price’s Christmas trees are approximately 25 per cent cheaper than trees sold by most garden centres and similar outlets. The friendly staff like to make the buying of your tree an experience to remember and repeat every year. They have always been proud of what they grow and sell and have thousands of customers, many of whom have been loyal for 30 years or more. For more information call 01352 770648, or visit www.christmastreeuk.co.uk
Contemporary and quirky unusual tiles by Otus Designs. From £15.99-£22.99, from Village Crafts, www.villagecrafts.net
ONE-STOP SHOPPING Avoid the crowds on the high streets and make your way to a destination shop where you can find everything you need in one place – from your tree decorations to the perfect presents for all the family British Ironwork Centre, Shropshire This family-run business is much more than a collection of metalwork – although that is varied and stunning in its own right. ere you’ll find beautifully decorated items for the home
and garden, both large and small, animal sculptures, a treasure trove of trinkets and interior pieces, plus architectural structures and sculptures. If you’re looking for something quirky and different for a gift you’re sure to find something here, plus you can treat yourself to coffee and cake or a snack at the coffee shop. As well as all this, every winter, Father Christmas and his elves turn up at the special Ironwork Centre grotto, bringing a very special festive feel to the centre. Visit www. britishironworkcentre.co.uk Carlton Garden Centre, Llay near Wrexham Carlton Garden Centre is a magical place at this time of year. Every member of the team at this third-generation family-run business really loves Christmas, and can’t wait to get into the seasonal spirit. The centre is transformed into a Christmas wonderland, with themed displays, indoor and outdoor lighting, an array of trees both fresh and artificial, plus gifts for all ages and occasions. You can order a children’s playhouse for Christmas delivery, with plenty of sizes and shapes to choose from. Fresh Christmas trees will be arriving over the last weekend in November, and there’ll be plenty of wreaths for decorating your front door and table. The team are also excited to be taking delivery of some Disney’s Frozen canvases, sure to be popular with little fans of the film. or those thinking further ahead there’ll be a range of fireworks for that all important New Year’s Eve display. Visit www.carltongarden centre.co.uk or call 01978 852896.
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Browse our Christmas decorations and gifts including scarves, jewellery, our new clothing range, beautiful items for the home, bath time loveliness and children’s toys. Goose Island clothing, Maileg, Belle and Boo, Nkuku, Orelia, Pilgrim, Amélie et Mélanie and home decor all the way from Denmark. Petticoat Lane is also a stockist of Chalk Paint™, a decorative paint by Annie Sloan. We hold monthly painting techniques workshops. Techniques 2, Sunday November 15th Techniques 1, Sunday November 22nd Lamp Base Painting and Lampshade Making, Sunday November 29th
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ou may think that, as the face of Christmas, the main man on the job, I would love my work. And it’s not that I hate it, but after nearly 1744 years of running a delivery service, notions of retirement are bound to creep in. Do you know how many children there are in the world? 1.9 billion. BILLION! That’s
640 million stops and the same amount of mince pies. My doctor’s warned me about the pies, apparently eating them all amounts to 60,000 times my daily recommended intake but the kids insist on putting them out. And what about poor Rudolph, do you know how many carrots he chows down? We have to diet all year round and lately Rudey’s been so worried about his figure he’s invested in a stairmaster. haven’t the heart to tell him it’s pretty tricky to use an exercise machine focused on stepping when you have four hooves. It’s not just the weight issues that are the problem, of course, it’s the heartburn and indigestion that come with them. I bathe in a vat of Gaviscon when I get back to the pole and still suffer from acid reflux till spring. I’m coming up to two millenium old soon, technically I should be dead but I hop up on that sleigh nevertheless. (I actually wanted a Harley but Mrs Claus insisted a sleigh was much more practical and ‘happy wife, happy life’ I say.) Anyway, it’s not easy for a man of my vintage to strap on some boots and go hurtling around the world like some ‘gap yah’ teenager who’s moved to ali to ‘find themselves’. In fact I’m lucky if I don’t pop out a hip on some of the more bumpy landings in the Himalaya. A man of my calibre should be relaxing in an arm chair with a cigar, a nice glass of port and a copy of that lifestyle magazine, Chatter Chatter or whatever it’s called. Oh, and while you’re reading, next time your little brats say they want the deluxe super-size battery-powered car with go-go faster stripes, tell them they’re getting a toothbrush and they should be grateful. In fact, in my opinion, children shouldn’t get presents at all at Christmas, we should go back to the good old days when they got a lump of coal and maybe an orange if they’d been extra good – they’re much easier to deliver, quicker turnaround and it would probably mean less mince pies. The sleigh would get awfully dirty though…
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Coed y Dinas, Welshpool With more than 70,000 feet of space encompassing a garden centre, a country store and a restaurant, Coed y Dinas garden centre has heaps of choice for all the family for Christmas. ere you’ll find country clothing and footwear, gifts and toys, stationery and craft materials, beautiful plants, gardening gear, home furnishings and accessories, locally produced food, gifts for pets, plus all the Christmas accessories you’ll ever need. On 14th and 15th November, there’s even a Winter Food & Craft Festival with 60 stalls offering some of the best food and craft from mid Wales and the borders. Visit www.coedydinas.co.uk Jacksons Boutique Garden Centre, Dyserth, Denbighshire The festivities start on 13th November with the grand opening of Jackson’s Christmas shops, with all new themes and colours for 2015, plus a festive lighting room and the animated polar bear display, along with a range of special purchase gifts and Christmas specials. If that’s not enough to tempt you, there’ll be complimentary mulled wine and mince pies too. With a ladies evening and fashion show on 26th November, a Christmas Open Day on 27th November, plus Santa’s grotto open every weekend, late-night shopping most nights, and Christmas trees available from 31st November, not to mention The Potting Shed Cafe for refreshments, this really is a one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs. Visit www.jacksonsgarden centre.co.uk or call 01745 570680.
Got a bird lover in the family? Buy them a gift they’ll never forget with a gift voucher for Cheshire Falconry. From £39 for a Raptor Encounter to £125 for a Falconry Flying Experience for the whole family. E-vouchers are available for last-minute gifts. Visit www.cheshirefalconry.com or call 01606 882223. Wonderland Mix mink, rose and silver watch by Olivia Burton. £70 from Mococo, www.mococo.co.uk
Give the kids a home of their own! Treetops Playhouse, from £485, from Shropshire Manufacturing, www.shropshire manufacturing. co.uk
Cosmetic jewellery necklace, £19.98; bracelets from £9.99, by Hot Tomato, from P&A Garden Centre, www.p-a-group.com
Christmas village scene table top decoration, £16 from Seashore No 4, www.seashoreno4.co.uk
All I want for Christmas… David Pryce-Jones at Glassblobbery ‘A holiday with the wife somewhere exotic like New Zealand so we can see the hobbits!’
a e a chocolate filled Christmas d ent calendars and logs, miniature Christmas puddings, selection boxes, tree decorations and more all from Maisies, Llandudno. Large milk chocolate baubles with ribbon ready to hang, £2.50 each, www.maisies.co
We asked some local well-known people what their dream Christmas present would be… Roslynne Lumsden at Shop in the Clouds ‘ A snowplough so people can get up the Horseshoe Pass to the Ponderosa!’
Jeni Pearce at Out of Town ‘Lots of happiness.’
Brian Stone at Your Personal Poetry ‘To feel the beat of my lover’s heart in each caress… or a new washing machine’
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ONE-STOP SHOPPING Snowdonia Nurseries, Glan Conwy As the nights draw in, Snowdonia Nurseries and Garden Centre becomes the stage for a show of everything from nostalgic traditional themes to more dramatic expositions designed to wow. he shop overflows with lights, real and artificial Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes, plus a plethora of original Christmas decorations, while home-grown poinsettias (Snowdonia is the only nursery in north Wales that grows and sells its own) and cyclamen bring a natural Christmas cheer to homes all over the country. The magic continues with a Christmas grotto, with regular visits from Mr and Mrs Christmas and their reindeer, to raise funds for Ty-Gobaith Children’s Hospice. For more information visit www.snowdonianurseries.co.uk or call 01492 580703.
Traditional toys, games and cards, stoc ing fillers and presents. £4-£30 from Afonwen Craft & Antique Centre, www.afonwen.co.uk
Get some Christmas decorations with a difference for your tree this year, with beautiful handmade glass decorations. From £3.99 for a sparkly hanging Christmas angel, from Glassblobbery, www.glass blobbery.com
oo s and animals in elin Tregwynt fabric, from £8, www.melintregwynt.co.uk
Tweedmill Shopping Outlet, St Asaph Whether you’re looking for gifts of food, clothing, homeware or accessories or even a gift voucher for a beauty treatment, you’ll find something to suit every member of the family here. With more than 100 brand names over 50,000 square feet, Tweedmill has great local produce alongside well-known household names, all under one roof. From high-end fashion to local produce at the farm shop, from home accessories to alternative health treatments, Tweedmill is much more than just a shopping destination. rowse, find the perfect presents, then put your feet up and relax with a coffee and cake at the cafe, while you soak up the views of north Wales. Visit www.tweedmill.co.uk
50 ways to tease your lover game. £17.99 from The Fantasy House, www. thefantasyhouse.co.uk
All I want for Christmas… Chris Darlington at attlefield 1403 ‘It sounds cliched but I’d like all my family together enjoying nice local food.’
Whether you’re looking for unique jewellery, a perfect piece of furniture, a historic map or a clock full of character, you’re sure to find an unusual gift at Acorn Antiques. The emporium also has pictures and paintings, glass, pottery and ceramics, plus books. Visit www. acornantiqueswales.com or call 01978 754090.
Light up someone’s life! Leaf detail lamp in antique silver finish with grey faux silk shade, 6 .5 , from DC Lighting, Oswestry, 16 1 66 6 1
Some more well known local people share their dream present ideas with us… Louise Tomlin at Jacksons Fencing ‘A holiday in the Caribbean to get away from all the horrible Christmas kitsch!’
Carol Darlington at Port Sunlight Village ‘A new, big, white bath to luxuriate in!’
Janet Dallolio at Afonwen ‘A day off would be wonderful!’
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This butcher offers a variety of quality produce from Wales with mouth-watering images and an elegant colour scheme. There is a flat rate delivery charge of £4.99 but orders over £75 are delivered free. Visit www.bwydlyn.co.uk
Offering a variety of traditional clothing and accessories, with everything organised by category so items can be easily found. It’s a fairly basic site but that makes it easy to find what you want. There is a useful sizing guide, plus free delivery to all UK addresses.Visit www.countryand leisureclothing.co.uk
Quirky, colourful and vintage furniture and furnishings are available at this online shop. The site is organised into sections and colour options are available with some items. Postage is £5 for orders up to £50. Visit online at www. avalon n rnis in s. co.uk
A vast range of home and garden items from tents to kayaks to basic kitchen accessories. The website is easy to navigate, with price sliders so you can make your choice based on how much you want to spend. Delivery is free if you spend over £75, or £4.50. Visit www. charliesdirect.co.uk
This Anglesey-based jeweller is setting up a new site, but in the meantime a link takes you to a website devoted to sales of beautiful Clogau gold jewellery. The site is easy to navigate and delivery is free on every order over £29. Visit www. daviesjewellers. com
A wide range of products, from home accessories to garden and outdoor living, the vast majority made of metal. Products are sorted clearly on the site which makes it easy to navigate. Delivery costs vary according to what you buy and where you want it delivered. Visit www. blackcountrymetalworks.co.uk
Buy a birds of prey experience for yourself or as a gift here. Choosing and buying your experience is an easy process and you can take advantage of the special offers available. There’s also in-depth information is in depth, with great images, about the history of falconry. Visit www. cheshirefalconry.com
This shop sells a huge variety of beds and mattresses, plus some bedroom furniture too. Delivery is free on many items, with a large number delivered in 24-48 hours and others taking up to two weeks. The site is easy to use, and there’s a helpful returns policy, plus quite a few internet only offers. Visit www. dialamattress.co.uk
A wide selection of Welsh produce is easily located with useful drop-down menus. The standard delivery charge for food produce and hampers is £10, however you can choose to order online and collect your products from the store. Visit www. bodnant-welshfood.co.uk
Segway taster sessions and woodland glides are just some of the experiences available on this user-friendly site. Plenty of images show what to expect. You can buy vouchers or look for special offers from the home page so buying is convenient and easy. Visit www. cheshiresegway. co.uk
This traditional Welsh butcher offers Welsh meat products. Shop online for pork sausages, rump steaks and sweet cured back bacon. Register an account and you can even specify a delivery day. Free delivery within a 60 mile radius of Conwy for orders over £50. Standard charge is £7.95. Visit www. edwardsofconwy.co.uk
Showcasing a large variety of quality furniture, such as solid oak tables and dining chairs, the site has clear headings for different sections and items are easily added to the online basket. Delivery is free within Flintshire. Visit www. brownsfurniture.co
Produce and gifts for discerning foodies. When you start shopping, a very helpful ‘drag and drop’ bag appears on your screen which makes the shopping experience that bit niftier. There is a standard delivery charge of £4.90. Visit www.cleopatras foods.com
A wide variety of beautiful handmade glass products from ornaments to jewellery and decorations to gifts. The site layout is slightly disorganised, but filter boxes make it simpler to find what you’re after. Delivery costs vary. Visit www.glassblobbery. com
Everything for the chocolate lover with truffles, celebration favours and sweet treats, perfect as gifts. The site has good images and allows you to specify fillings and make additional notes. Delivery starts at £3.95 and express delivery is available. Visit www.aballu.co.uk
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Skin care for men and women. The site lacks colour, but all the products are clearly displayed and located. With every order placed you receive a free goats milk and camomile shampoo sample. No delivery charges are displayed until you log in. Visit www.natural-skincare.com
This eclectic online shop sells ethnic and fair-trade clothing, scarves, unusual gifts, incense, religious icons and much more. Simply select a category to browse and purchase. Not all products are available to buy online, but can be bought from their shop in Oswestry. Delivery starts from £3.30 for first class delivery. isit www.rowanthorn.co.uk
A wide variety of furniture is on offer here, from beds and sofas to tables. The site shows all products in relevant sections, making for a quick and complete shopping experience, from choosing to buying. Delivery is free in mainland England and Wales and ‘quick-buy’ items can usually be sent within 48-72 hours. Visit www. hafrenfurnishers. co.uk
A huge range of beds and mattresses with free UK delivery on all items. All the products are easily located under clearly headed sections. Express and next day delivery are only available on certain products, but delivery is free. Visit www. northwales beds. co.uk
A simple, elegant site where you can buy sea-themed gifts. There are plenty of high quality pictures to inspire your purchase. Items are sorted by category and then into specifics. ou can pay through PayPal, standard delivery charge is £3.95 to UK mainland. Visit www.seashoreno4. co.uk
Featuring contemporary décor, with everything from sofas to lamps and dining tables to cushions. The site is easy to navigate around with a pleasing layout. Each section is clearly labelled and products are easily found. Delivery starts from £9.95. Visit www. juliajones.co.uk
All of your party needs are helpfully sorted by category. You can buy party packs per child for boys and girls, in addition to additional items such as balloons and tableware. You can pay through PayPal if you wish, and shipping is free if spending over £50 with a party pack included, and £3.95 if under. Visit www. partiesnthings.co.uk
Alongside its collection of all things Welsh – including the latest Wales rugby strip for all patriots – this site offers collectables and teddy bears, and a range of other gifts. There’s a sliding scale of delivery charges which ranges from £3-£12. Visit www.shopintheclouds. com
A great variety of produce a lot of which is locally produced (even on the estate), with a dairy, butchery and kitchen cupboard to name just a few departments. The site is easy and swift to navigate. The checkout process is speedy and next day delivery is £6.95. Visit www. ludlowfoodcentre.co.uk
A beautiful, quirky website offering an array of gifts and home products, including the range of Chalk Paints by Annie Sloan. The site is easy to navigate with good photographs of products. Delivery starts from £4.95. Visit www. petticoatlane shop.co.uk
This shop sells British and luxury yarns and wool in various colours for your crafting needs. Colinette Yarns are dyed locally in Llanfair Caereinion, Powys. Shop by price or popularity, with products at various prices from around £4. Shipping starts at £3.45. Visit www. 67thepincushion.co.uk
With a variety of clothing, crafts and gifts on offer at the mill, a limited selection of products are available online. Products are easily found with a detailed description and image, there’s also a convenient option to shop by price. Delivery prices start from £4.95. Visit www.meirionmill. co.uk
Great selection of products from gourmet gifts to Christmas favourites. Products are easily viewed and selected via the many categories. Quick view and sort-by options make browsing much quicker and you can even compare products before buying. Delivery charge is £3.95 or free if order is over £50. Visit www.portersdeli.co.uk
Offering big names including Swarovski and Pandora, plus up-and-coming British designers such as Shaun Leane, this online jewellery shop has a very helpful gift finder. elivery is free for purchases over £50. All items are gift wrapped with a treat included, and you can add your own personal message.Visit www.mococo.co.uk
A selection of beautiful jewellery, both antique and modern, plus other vintage items such as jugs, spoons and bowls. The site is organised by category and there’s a special section for engagement rings. Delivery is free to UK addresses on orders over £200; under that, delivery costs £5. Visit www.powells thejewellers.com
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sherries and more with a website that reflects the design and quality of the produce. Buying is a clear and simple process with a helpful description of the wine and reviews. Delivery is normally £7.95, but orders over £95 are delivered free. Visit www.tanners-wines.co.uk
Traditional Welsh tapestries and knits, plus gifts are easily identifiable from the home page via the shop sections. Front and reverse pictures of products give plenty of detail and drop down menus make navigation efficient. rices of range from reasonable to indulgent. Delivery costs are specific for each product. Visit www.t-w-m.co.uk
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cleanser, moisturiser, night cream and mask to replenish and soothe. Available in normal/dry and normal/comination. £39.90, www.elemis.com Organic Skincare Gift Box Give a beauty gift with conscience, with this premium box of organic cleanser, toner, serum and face balm. £99, www. yourstrulyorganics.com
Nanshy Masterful Brush Set Got a budding make-up artist in the family? This collection has a brush for every use you can think of – and some you can’t! £49.95, www.nanshy.com Elemis’s Radiant Moment skincare gift set is bound to bring a glow to any face, with
Bobbi Brown’s Deluxe Cheek & Eye Palette is a makeup junkie’s must-have, with a double deck of gorgeous blusher and eye shades. £59, www.bobbibrown.co.uk Fuji Green Tea Ultimate Collection Give a bit of Zen this Christmas with a gift inspired by the traditional Japanese green tea ceremony. The refreshing scent revives mind, body and soul. £35, www. thebody shop. co.uk
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Health and beauty myths
Make up causes acne Probably not. There is no existing research indicating that make up or skin care products cause acne and there is no consensus on which ingredients are problematic.
Cracking your joints can cause arthritis The sound might annoy people around you, but that’s about all the harm it does. You may think bones or joints rub together to cause the noise, but that’s not so. It results from a gas bubble that forms between the bones and ‘pops’.
Your hair grows slower in winter than summer This only applies to men’s beards which in fact do grow faster in the summer. But hair growth rate does not depend on simply the season or temperature. Only dry skin needs moisturiser Hydrating already oily skin seems wrong, but depriving skin of moisture can actually make oily skin oilier (it forces your skin to work overtime, producing extra oil). Instead, try a lightweight, gel formula.
Look good, feel good, eat good All sorts of exciting things are happening at the Rejuva beauty salon and clinic in Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, this winter. As well as taking advantage of the hi-tech and expert beauty treatments for which the salon is known, you can now also get fit on-site at the newly opened purpose-built suite, The Studio. Here you’ll find Vibe Cycle spinning classes, Pilates, Zumba with Diane Youdale (Jet from Gladiators), Legs, Bum & Tums and more. On top of this the Java Square Artisan Coffee Shop is now also open. Rejuva’s owner, Jackie, says: ‘We are a family of coffee and food lovers who want to share our passion and experiences with others and pass on our excitement and inspiration. Our aim is to provide ‘all the best tastes in one place’ – the ideas for many dishes have come from things we’ve tasted on our travels, but the food is sourced from the best little shops and suppliers that are right on our doorstep. We are even using a local roaster to develop put own brand of coffee as well as offering a wide selection of loose leaf teas and infusions.’ There are breakfast, brunch and lunch menus as well as sharing platters and afternoon tea. Younger diners are also catered for; there’s indoor and outdoor seating, and everything is available to take away. For Christmas, Rejuva has Clarins Christmas gift sets plus the new Neom Organics Warm Candle Massage (pictured), and in the same location at Fondella Buildings is The Hair Loft, Nail Emporium and Wish Gift Shop – it’s a real one-stop health, beauty and fitness shop. Visit www.rejuva.co.uk or call 01745 590693
Hairy means healthy Yes, it’s November – sorry, make that Movember – and you should start to notice the men around you looking a little more hirsute than usual… That’s because Movember is the month when men can legitimately ditch the razors and grow their moustaches, all to raise awareness of men’s health issues. You can get your man involved and help to raise funds for vital research into men’s health by getting him to sign up for Movember at www.uk.movember.com
Exercise of the month:
Don’t wait to use weights! According to the latest trend to hit the gyms, the best way to get rid of weight is by lifting them. Weight training tones and defines which means a flatter tum and a less jiggly bum. Perfect for boosting your metabolism and strengthening core muscles, lifting weights also builds confidence. If you fancy giving it a go, start by getting an induction at your local gym and make sure you know how to lift the weights and use the machines properly so you don’t injure yourself. And remember, a pound of fat will only burn two calories a day, a pound of muscle will burn nine!
BY LYDIA DORFLING: OUR WOMAN WITH AN INSIDE LINE TO THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY When it comes to skincare, what could be more luxurious than having products made especially for you? You might think this would be costly, but that isn’t necessarily so, as I discovered when I went to Inner Soul Organics for a bespoke skincare set. Founder of the company Emma Coleman is a trained reflexologist and clinical aromatherapist, as well as being a ualified nurse, and her skincare philosophy is based on using natural and organic ingredients, offering a holistic approach to skincare and health. And she makes it affordable as well, with prices starting at £35.25 for a bespoke facial oil. All ingredients are chosen for the specific benefits they bring, so you start by filling in a questionnaire – the more information Emma has about you, the better. She then takes this to create your individually tailored regime. I’ve tried all sorts of skincare products over the years, and many make grand claims about reducing wrinkles, and youngerlooking skin. Trouble is, such results are often only visible at a micro level or in a laboratory. In truth, the way to know your skincare regime is working is if your skin simply gives you no trouble. Since I started on my Inner Soul skincare regime, I’ve found I simply don’t think about my skin – I’m just waking up every morning to skin that is continuously and consistently healthy, glowing and happy, with a plumped-up, blemish-free complexion. And I’m getting comments from friends about how healthy and well I look. With Christmas on the way, it’s good to know that you can buy a bespoke skincare set as a gift, too. Visit online: www.inner-soul.co.uk
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Care mobility Budgeting for care in the future, award-winning care providers, providing pop-up pubs, music and dance, and a new approach to dementia
Will you cover the cost of care? Costs do vary according to where you live – to find our about costs you may face in your area, visit www.bbc.co.uk – they have a great ‘care calculator’ in their health section; all you have to do is type in your postcode. It is vitally important to do the research, make the phone calls and negotiate for a better deal.
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Types of care
e all want the best for our relatives but we don’t always have the time to care for elderly loved ones ourselves. This is when we have to start thinking about paying for care. Working out the type of care a relative needs and how much it’s likely to cost can be confusing. The type of care needed will mostly be determined by the person’s health. The more independent they are, in terms of daily activities such as bathing and eating, the less care they will need. Plus, obviously, whether they can stay in their own home, or will need to be cared for in a secure environment, will make a big difference to the cost. Benefits, pensions, income, tax and debts all come into play when looking at how you can afford to care for your loved ones, not to mention their assets, such as a family home. Don’t be forced into making a quick decision when dealing with elderly care, assess your options and make sure you choose wisely.
CARE AT HOME Older people who can no longer live safely alone but don’t need round-the-clock care might benefit from assisted living which is usually paid for on an hourly basis. If they need weekly help, how many hours a week? This service is flexible and catered to the person to help with tasks such as shopping, cooking and cleaning, so you can adapt to fit the care needed and your budget. RESIDENTIAL HOMES Residential care provides a safe and friendly environment and is better for people who need a high level of assistance, such as help with bathing and dressing. If your relative needs to move to a care home, you’ll obviously have to look into options and costs. Create a list of questions to help give you an idea of any additional, hidden costs, such as broadband and GP visits.
In our next issue we will look at dementia
Have your loved ones already budgeted for the future? Discuss with them what their options are and what provisions they’ve already made. It may be that you qualify for help with care costs such as attendance allowance and council tax benefit. Age UK, a charity that helps older people, can help you find out what you’re entitled to – give them a call on 0800 169 2081.
RESIDENTIAL CARE WITH NURSING This type of home offers 24-hour staffing to provide comprehensive services to those who require a greater level of care such as those with Parkinson’s or Alzheimers. Trained nurses are usually at hand to help with special needs and medical conditions. It goes without saying that this type of care is likely to be more expensive. According to a Paying For Care report in 2014, care can cost an average of £28,500 per year at a residential home. However these prices vary depending on where you live. Your local health authority can complete assessments for funding and your local library should have directories on care homes. Think about what you can afford and what your loved one would be most comfortable with. Find out as much as you can about your options before making your choice.
Pendine Park care home in Wrexham has created its own pop-up pub, so that residents can now enjoy a pint or whatever they fancy without having to leave the home. They can even get dolled up before going for a drink – because there’s also a pop-up hair and beauty salon on site. According to enrichment co-ordinator Olivia Thomas, the idea is to create a pub atmosphere where the residents can have a good time. ‘It’s about bringing some normality to the lives of residents and giving them a chance to do things with their families that they would perhaps have done in the past,’ she explains. As well as having a drink, residents can play dominoes, cards, bingo or even enjoy a pub quiz or some dancing. ‘Actually going to a pub is just not an option for a number of our residents,’ says Olivia, ‘but this way we can bring the pub to them to ensure they don’t miss out on all the fun. It’s all about enriching and improving the quality of life for our residents. The world is a better place if you can have a good time and a good laugh.’ Pendine Park has seven care homes in Wrexham. o n o t mor in ormation visit t ir w sit at www.p n in par .com or call to n o t mor .
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Care mobility A dance to the music of time brings people together We all love a good tune, and music has been shown to help people living with dementia, providing improvement in reality orientation and better memory recall, and boosting some social behaviour. Music remains long after speech or other cognitive skills have disappeared and people living with dementia often surprise their carers by being able to sing all the words to songs perfectly. Red Rooster offer tea dances in community venues such as village halls, where people can sit and socialise or take to the dance floor for a few steps. The music they play is from the 1940s to the 1960s, encouraging people with dementia and others
over the age of 50, plus the carers and relatives who accompany them, to reminisice about times past and present. In this way a ‘caring partnership’ can by shared by relatives and people living with dementia. Singing and dancing are encouraged, and Red Rooster are happy to take requests for any songs or tunes that are meaningful to those attending. Percussion is used to accompany some of the songs if people want to participate, and anecdotes and stories from the past can be shared. Fun quizzes in the form of ‘Name That Tune’ encourage conversation, too. All this is free to people living with dementia and only £2 to anyone who may want to drop in to one of the tea dances.
All are welcome to the following forthcoming sessions:
10th November – Tea dance, Ty Llewelyn , Ffordd Yr Orsedd, Llandudno, 1.30-3.30pm 17th November – Sing Along, Ty Llewelyn, 2.30pm-4pm 18th November – Sing Along, Trinity Centre, Llandudno, 2pm-3.30pm 1st December – Christmas themed tea dance, Ty Llewelyn , 1.30-3.30pm 2nd December – Christmas sing along, Trinity Centre, 2pm-3.30pm For more information visit www.redroosterdiscos.co.uk
‘Fun quizzes in the form of Name That Tune encourage conversation, too’
Abacare staff up for awards galore! Welsh care agency Abacare already has a number of awards under its belt, and this November members of the team are heading for ceremonies in London and Cardiff to find out if they’ve won even more – not least CEO Peter Angelides who has been named as a finalist for Care Entrepreneur of the Year in the LaingBuisson Awards. ‘I am absolutely thrilled to have reached the final stages,’ says Peter. ’It’s the cherry on the cake after years of hard work making Care provider Morris Care has recently pioneered an innovative sure we provide high quality care to people and creative approach which promotes dignity and respect for in their own homes. those living with all forms of dementia. The Cedar Philosophy has ‘I always strive to build a strong team and I been developed alongside a team of experts from the University couldn’t have got Abacare to where it is today of Stirling to focus on an individual’s wellbeing and personal without my fantastic team so would like to needs, not just their nursing requirements. thank each and every one of them for their This new approach aims to reduce anxiety and stress, and hard work along the way.’ can lead to real therapeutic benefits. n many cases And Peter’s team are no this can mean a reduction in medication as residents slouches either, with two being become more calm and content. WANT TO HELP? nominated for their own The pioneering thinking uses a range of innovative – Carys Pritchard and creative ideas that are tailored to an If you’re looking for awards and Sam Evans have individual’s needs, medical background and ways to help local reached the final stages in their life story. People with dementia typically organisations, turn to the Wales Care Awards, have poor recent memory, but they can recall Carys for the Leading things. Specialist reminiscence rooms with 1950s our volunteering Practice in Learning Ercol furniture and designated memory zones with and charity Disability Services award, familiar objects stimulate the senses and create while Sam is up for the pages positive associations and interaction. Excellence in Leadership and By adapting the physical environment with designated Management category. memory stations and themed corridors, plus non reflective Abacare specialises in providing care glass and specially selected furnishings, all of course combined to people in their own homes, including with clinical excellence and friendly nursing, Morris Care offers dementia sufferers, and has become those living with dementia a comfortable setting. well-known as an industry leader in this As a family business with more than 25 years’ clinical care sector, wth more than 600 employees and excellence, Morris Care has cemented its reputation as one further expansion planned. of the most professional and committed care providers across For more information visit www.abacaredig. Shropshire and Cheshire. co.uk or call 01248 677919. For more information visit www.morriscare.co.uk
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Pictured from top: CEO Peter Angelides, Carys Pritchard and Sam Evans
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Where will you live when you retire? With so much in the news about the problems for first time buyers trying to get on the housing ladder, it’s easy to forget about the other end of the spectrum
e will all need somewhere to live in later life that offers us inspiration, entertainment and support throughout retirement. hat’s the vision behind nspired illages, a new standard in luxury retirement living for the over s, coming soon to the leafy village of attenhall in Cheshire. he first phase of the development is well under way, with the initial apartments on schedule for completion in summer . nce complete, nspired illages in attenhall will offer a total of apartments as well as a range of facilities, including a wellness spa and relaxation pool, gym, shops, restaurants, a bowling green and shared community space.
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A new sales and marketing suite was launched last month on rog Lane in attenhall, to offer a glimpse of what the new retirement community will look like when it opens. isitors are welcome five days a week, to speak to advisers about their specific needs, and to view a model of the completed village and computer generated images of the properties and facilities on offer. he team behind nspired illages has drawn on more than years’ experience of the retirement living sector to deliver a new approach that promotes independence, flexibility and choice. verything from the spacious layout to the uality of fixtures and fittings has been painstakingly planned, to deliver an impressive village of one and two bedroom homes with hotel style services on offer. ames Cobb, nspired illages’ sales and marketing director, says ‘ nspired illages in attenhall has been designed to offer
residents the very highest standard in retirement living, with a range of interests catered for and new hobbies ust waiting to be discovered. ‘ f course, we also understand that each individual will have their own specific needs in terms of support, which are likely to change with time. ur on site village care team James Cobb: can offer a tailored level of assistance in the short or ‘very highest standard’ long term, to ensure that residents make the very most of their retirement experience.’ nspired illages in attenhall provides three types of accommodation to meet different lifestyle re uirements, with prices in phase one ranging from , to , . For more, visit the sales suite, call Trish Rooney (07469 856190) or Helen Britton (07469 858012) or visit www.inspiredvillages.co.uk y
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HEALTH ADV I C E
The best sporting chance We met with consultant surgeon Mr Pete Gallacher and physiotherapist Dr Andrea Bailey at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital oundation rust to find out about the specialist sports in ury clinic
r Pete Gallacher says: ‘We are a one stop shop for sports in ury patients, with physiotherapists and surgeons all working together as a close team. Patients can be seen by the physio even before their surgery, sometimes to see if the condition will respond to physiotherapy treatment, or for ‘pre-rehabilitation’ to help the patient’s affected oint be as strong as possible before surgery to aid a better recovery. The consultants and the physio team are integrated, meaning there is really good communication about each patient’s needs and we’re able to tailor treatment individually.’ Dr Andrea Bailey adds: ‘Some of our patients visit for surgery from quite far away – counties such as Staffordshire, Cheshire and Cumbria – where the care they receive after surgery may not be as bespoke or integrated. These patients can still be looked after by the ports n ury Clinic here, and be given a managed programme – we can consult on the phone, and have appointments that are more spaced out so it’s easier to manage for the patient. ‘If a patient has had surgery here, but is having physio treatment closer to home, they can always visit for a one-off physiotherapy appointment to check on their progress and ask the team here any questions. ‘Here at the clinic, we have more time per patient, plus we have more time to liaise with other physios. As a specialist orthopaedic hospital, we’ve also got some cutting edge facilities which are really useful when treating patients – such as our anti-gravity treadmill, and the dedicated hydrotherapy pool.’
Mr Pete Gallacher and Dr Andrea Bailey
itself, so needs some help. Here at the RJAH we’re right at the cutting edge of medical practice, with research, surgery and rehabilitation all managed by an integrated team. ‘Whether you are an elite professional athlete, a Sunday league footballer or an amateur golfer, all patients at the ports n ury Clinic receive the same level of care. We’ve treated all sorts of professionals here – professional footballers, international rugby players, dancers, equestrians and athletes – really across the range of elite sports people. We see people ranging from adolescents right up to their eighties, and generally patients are referred
‘We see people from adolescents right up to their eighties’
Bespoke service ‘We have a truly bespoke service,’ says Mr Gallacher, ‘where our patients’ needs come first in the way the whole treatment is mapped out from first consultation onwards. Our team’s close integration means patients can be reassessed more quickly during the treatment to ad ust their care as they respond. Physios can also consult with the surgeons very easily and directly to discuss how far they can go with treatment, and that way patients recover faster.’ Dr Bailey says: ‘We are constantly conducting evidence based research here, and the results from our rehabilitation trials can be put straight into practice.’ ‘Cartilage repair using cells grown in the laboratory, having been taken from the patient, multiplied, then reintroduced to the patient’s oint, is a study we’re conducting here right now,’ says Mr Gallacher. ‘It’s potentially a much better – biological – repair for cartilage problems. The thing is that cartilage is not very good at repairing
to us by their local hospital or GP. If you would like to be treated by the team here, speak to your doctor or physio.’
Self refer for the best care Dr Bailey says: ‘Patients can self-refer to the ports n ury team here ust call or email private.therapy r ah.nhs.uk to organise a private physio appointment. The waiting time to see a physio privately here is usually within 48 hours. You can also have surgery done here, at the Ludlow Unit, and self-pay or use medical insurance. ‘It’s good to note that the income generated through private patients is re-invested to further develop our facilities and clinical services, both NHS and private patients benefit.’ y
Mr Pete Gallacher MBChB FRCS (T&O) Mr Gallacher underwent his specialist orthopaedic training on the Oswestry training programme under r ai ees and the sports in uries team in swestry in addition to the knee specialists in both Stoke on Trent and Oswestry. He developed a sub-specialist interest in surgery around the knee. Following completion of his specialist training he underwent fellowship knee training in heffield and undertook a travelling fellowship in Europe.
Dr Andrea Bailey GradDipPhys MCSP r ailey ualified as a chartered physiotherapist from Leeds etropolitan niversity in and she was awarded her h in ealth and port ciences from the niversity of xeter in . he has worked with a number of professional and semi professional sports teams from gymnasts to football players. Andrea is active in current areas of research and has written and published many evidence based knee rehabilitation protocols.
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Top of the class From visiting Vikings to mountain challenges and very important visitors… All the latest news and achievements from our local schools
Abbotsholme’s model pupil
Abberley Hall pupils Tom Hughes, Ben Ware, Archie Roberts, George Salway and Arthur Myrddin-Evans, with ‘Viking’ Warwick Kinrade
Vikings conquer Abberley! An invasion of Vikings was spotted in Worcestershire recently, as Norse warriors set up village at Abberley Hall School. The two-day Viking event included a full-on battle, with pupils and members of the public participating. The Viking warriors, in the form of the Staffordshire-based Y Ddraig group, displayed their fighting skills, impressing pupils with their lively re-enactment. Boarding pupils spent evenings around a camp fire in an authentically re-created Viking village, listening to Nordic tales, myths and legends. During the day all the pupils and were all immersed in Viking culture. The children took part in activities such as creating shield walls, having weapons training, dying wool, learning about village life and playing traditional games. ‘Members of Y Ddraig really brought the Viking experience to life for us and ensured it was an unforgettable weekend,’ said Abberley Hall school marketing manager, Victoria Beswick. For more visit www.abberleyhall.co.uk or call 01299 896275.
Sebastian Rathbone, a pupil in Year 10 at Abbotsholme School in Staffordshire, has won the ‘Male Teen Final’ Model competition for Face of the World, an international event held at Birmingham International Fashion Week. Seb, who loves fashion and hopes to become a successful model one day, also received the Winner for Style. Myles Anthony, bespoke tailors in Sale, donated Seb’s suit for the catwalk show. The model student said: ‘It means so much to me to have taken part, especially meeting so many new people from all over the world. It was an incredible day and a fantastic experience, I have really enjoyed the whole process. I was especially thrilled that Anthony from Myles Anthony could make it there to watch the show, as his suit was out of this world and I felt amazing in it. ‘I am fortunate to be at a fabulous school where alternative successes like this are as important as academic successes and my time there has really shown me that it’s all walks of life that can create the best opportunities, which is sometimes hard for kids to remember when we are so focused on our work.’
Going for golf at Ellesmere Ellesmere College has launched a new sports programme, a golf academy to offer children aged 8-18 the opportunity to receive golf coaching from PGA professional Keith Williams. Members of the academy can choose programmes designed to enhance each stage of their progress, including activities, development and high performance. Keith Williams is recognised as one of the leading coaches in Europe with a career spanning more than 30 years; he has coached most of the bright young stars on the European Tour. Students will have access to the on-site golf course, as well as membership to local courses, including Hawkstone Park. Ian Williams, director of sport at Ellesmere, said: ‘The Academy is olfing students Alec ate, open to girls and boys and is Sebastian Dewhurst, available to all standards of player. Molly Barker and Leo Gycha The purpose is to enhance the provision for sport and allow pupils to develop their academic and sporting talents to a level not normally supported in schools.’ For more information visit www.ellesmere.com or call 01691 622321.
Speech Day at Abbey Gate Abbey Gate College in Chester held its annual Speech Day and Prize Giving Award Ceremony at Chester Racecourse again this year. Pupils, parents, staff, governors and invited guests celebrated the full range of academic and personal achievements of pupils at the college. The guest speaker this year was gymnast Beth Tweddle who gave an inspiring speech, and took a lucky group of J5 and 6 pupils for a gymnastic session. During the prize giving, the college also presented a cheque for £9,800 to Hayley Weaver of CLIC Sargent, the college’s nominated charity last year. For more information visit www.abbeygatecollege. co.uk or call 01244 332077.
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A success in any language! Ethan Prosser, a 5G pupil at the Firs School, Chester, has ualified for the regional semi final of the unior Language Challenge competition. than competed against children, mostly from year , to prove his language abilities in ortuguese and andarin. e came first in the last round of the semi finals with a lead of points ahead of second place. than will now move forward to the ational inals to be held in London, where he will have to prove his abilities again, but this time in Arabic. eadteacher from he irs chool Lucy avies said ‘We are very proud of than who has put a huge amount of work into learning these languages. At he irs chool we inspire children to learn new skills and we offer classes in rench, panish, Latin and andarin.’ or mor in ormation visit www. rssc ool.n t or call
o the homework In his latest column, Patrick Lee-Browne, headmaster of Rydal Penrhos school in north Wales, looks at how parents can support their children and help with their out-of-school work omework is one of the most important aspects of education. t can be used to prepare work for the next lesson, to reinforce and consolidate learning that’s already taken place in the classroom, or for revision of a whole topic or sub ect area. or older children, it will increasingly include more research, coursework and individual investigation. f course, helping with homework shouldn’t mean spending hours sitting alongside your child. arents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organisation skills, assisting with any problems, or ust encouraging children to take a necessary break. And who knows you may learn a thing or two yourself along the way ere are some tips to guide parents helping their children at home
l Know the teachers, and what they’re looking for Attend school events, such as parents’ evenings, to meet teachers. Ask about homework policies and how you should be involved. l Set up a homework-friendly area ake sure there is a well lit place to complete homework. eep supplies, such as paper, pencils, glue and scissors, within reach.
All queens at Queen’s! The Queen’s Lower School in Chester took the opportunity to celebrate all things royal when Queen Elizabeth II became the country’s longest serving monarch. Throughout Royal Week, the children took part in a number of specially-themed activities designed to deepen their understanding of the Queen’s role and to explore the history of the monarchy. Reception pupils were invited to bring in and share books, pictures and toys linked to the Queen and all things regal. Firm favourite was The Queen’s Knickers by Nicholas Allen, about a queen who has so many different knickers for different occasions, she doesn’t know which to choose when she visits a school one day! A review took place at the end of the week when everyone enjoyed dressing up as the queen the day.
No weeping over willows
The grounds at the school have been transformed with willow sculptures, depicting the vibrancy and fun of school life. Artist Sarah Gallagher worked with groups of pupils to design and weave the sculptures, which represent some of the activities at Queen’s, including a twirling ballerina and a violin player to a skipping school girl, complete with ribbons in her ponytails. Following her visit, Sarah said: ‘I have to say in my 20 years of going into schools I have never been into such a happy workplace; the staff and children are a true credit to you.’
Meanwhile in the Upper School, pupils were being inspired by a visit from a successful female structural engineer as part of their Prize Giving presentation. Roma Agrawal worked as part of the team behind The Shard in London and also campaigns to get more women into engineering. She had some wise words for the gathered pupils about not letting preconceptions dictate their career direction. She also encouraged them to challenge themselves and hold on to their dreams and goals, no matter what life threw at them. For more information visit www.thequeensschool.co.uk or call 01244 312078.
l Schedule a regular study time his will alter depending on your family’s circumstances and your child’s weekly routine, so figure out their best time for studying and work around it when you have to. ncourage your child to be flexible and to be willing to make up for lost time if necessary. l Keep distractions to a minimum his means no , loud music, social media or mobile phones. l Make sure your children do their own work With vast amounts of information available via the internet, copying articles and using information without engaging with it in a ‘cut and paste’ culture is now commonplace. upils get nothing from this and it is essential that all work done is their own. l Be a motivator Ask about the work your child is doing. ive encouragement, make yourself available for uestions and concerns, and offer to test what they’ve learnt or act as a sounding board for what they’ve written. l If there are continuing problems with homework, get help f you are finding it hard to motivate your child, or they are experiencing any problems at all, ask for help. eachers will be only happy to assist you with any ueries or concerns that you may have and can offer professional advice on ways that homework sessions can be improved.
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Oswestry pupil dressages up to represent Wales
A sixth form boarder from Oswestry School has recently ridden for Wales in an InterRegional dressage event at The College Equestrian Centre at Keysoe in Bedfordshire. Tara Severs, 17, was chosen to compete in the Under-25 Welsh team along with 16 other riders for the title of Regional Champions. More than 30 teams were involved from eight different regions with more than 140 young riders taking part in the two-day event. Tara learnt to ride when she was fi e and has been competing since the age of 12. She went through rigorous test to be chosen for the Wales team. ‘Being chosen to represent Wales with my pony Brennin at this dressage competition has been the highlight of my riding career so far,’ said Tara. ‘I am looking forward to the next competition and my goal is to qualify for the winter regionals.’ Headmaster Julian Noad said: ‘Oswestry School is very proud of Tara and her achievements and we are delighted to have such an accomplished horsewoman amongst us. The school has a successful equestrian team who compete locally and we are continuing to develop our links with nearby riding centres. We wish Tara every success with her future dressage competitions.’ o n o t mor call or visit www.osw str sc ool.or .
NSC poppies commemorate Cambrian railwaymen Poppies created by Foundation Art Students at North Shropshire College (NSC) have been used to commemorate three men of the Cambrian Railways who died in the First World War. The recent ceremony at Cambrian Heritage Railways’ (CHR) First World War Exhibition was attended by CHR members, a representative from NSC, descendants of the three men being commemorated, and the Mayor of Oswestry, Peter Cherrington. CHR member David Owen read a small biography for each of the men before the poppies where laid. Andrew Tullo, of CHR’s communications team, said: ‘We are pleased to be working with NSC in commemorating Oswestry’s history; it’s a great way for young people to understand the important part the Cambrian Railways played and will continue to play in the local community.’ r is still tim to appl or rt ali cations at visit at www.nsc.ac. or call .
Good sports, all!
The Marches School in Oswestry has been toasting the sporting success of two pupils recently, with Ellie Potts, a Year 7 student, winning the Shropshire Junior Girls Non-handicap 9-Hole Championships by just one shot, and sailor Rhys Chandler taking first place at the Topper World Championships in Lake Garda. Ellie also took part in the third round of the SHUGC Pee Wee Tour at Arscott Golf Club, where she finished in second place, two shots behind the winner. As well as this, she came out on top at WORK EXPERIENCE! her very first 18-hole handicap Fancy a career as a journalist? competition, the Shropshire If you’d like to do some work Junior Girls Stableford experience in the fun and friendly Championships. Yattar Yattar office and get a real Rhys, meanwhile, continued A group of students from Shrewsbury taste of the world of editorial his success by winning a College have tackled a gruelling mountain production – we promise it won’t place in the Gold Fleet at challenge in Wales, raising over £1000 for be boring! – email us at the Nationals in Weymouth, an Oswestry-based water-sports club. email@example.com getting a chance to race alongside The Welsh 3000s, known as ‘the big step members of the national squad. up from the Three Peaks Challenge’, involves In other news, staff from the getting to the top of all 15 mountain peaks over school held a 3000ft high in Snowdonia. very successful coffee The 12 Outdoor Adventure students set themselves morning for Macmillan the challenge to raise the funds to provide a chairlift for Cancer Support, raising disabled users at Shropshire Paddle Sport club, where £227.76, and students they regularly go canoeing and kayaking. from Cambridge The challenge nearly failed when the group reached University paid a visit the eighth peak, Pen Yr Ole Wen. They were called down to the school to give a because of 70mph winds, lack of visibility and sideward sequence of talks about rain. But determined to complete the challenge, the university life. students returned two weeks later to finish the final For more seven peaks and hit their fundraising target. information visit www. For more, call 01743 342411, visit www.shrewsbury. marchesschool.co.uk or ac.uk or go along to the Open Evening on 12th November. call 01691 664400.
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At the centre of things
ydal enrhos chool in Colwyn ay has officially opened its new state-of-the-art residential study centre and is now taking reservations for any groups that wish to use the facility. The building will initially take bookings from school groups as a field study centre suitable for biology and geography residential trips, as well as an English language centre for visiting international school groups.The centre has its own sleeping accommodation as well as social and recreational areas. hose using the centre will also benefit from digitally enhanced classrooms, which include wifi and electronic whiteboards.
VIPs galore at Shrewsbury prep Shrewsbury High Prep School has been welcoming all sorts of visitors through its doors recently, not least the new headmistress, Mrs Kate Millichamp (above, with students). Kate, previously assistant head of Wolverhampton Grammar Junior School, joined the school at the start of the term. With a background in maths and with particular expertise in helping children during their transitional year from Prep to Senior School, Kate will play a vital role in ensuring girls and boys leaving Shrewsbury High Prep are fully equipped to make a smooth transition to their senior school. Another important visitor was special guest Margaret Thrower (left), Percy Thrower’s daughter, who came to officially open the new school garden. On a lovely sunny day, the whole school turned out to watch Mrs Thrower cut the ribbon, then everyone admired the beautiful flowers in the wildflower meadow and the enormous potatoes in the vegetable patch, and hunted for minibeasts in the wildlife habitat. Then it was a visit from two familiar faces from the telly – Bob Warman of ITV Central News and Nick Owen from BBC’s Midlands Today were both pupils at the School 60 years ago when it was Kingsland Grange and they spent a day at the school with their camera crews to reminisce on the years spent there as children and talk about how things had changed for pupils who are currently at the school. For more information visit www.shrewsburyhigh.gdst.net or call 01743 494000.
In harmony at Thomas Adams Adjazz, Thomas Adams School band, is to take the stage at the 2016 Businesses for Children Awards (BCA) next March. In the 28 years since it was formed, the band has toured Austria, Switzerland and the USA, and appeared on Blue Peter, Channel 4’s Big Breakfast, BBC Radios 1, 2 and 5, ITV’s Hit the Road and Barrymore’s My Kind of People. They have also appeared on BBC Music Live, opened the Strasbourg Music Festival in 2002 and given concerts in Amsterdam, California, Florida, France, New Orleans, Washington and New York. Rebecca Heywood, head of music at Thomas Adams, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to be invited to perform at the BCA ceremony. It’s a real honour. The students are already busy practising ready for the event so that they put on a flawless performance.’Ad a will perform at the ceremony being held at the Park Inn in Telford on March 12. For more information about the Businesses for Children Awards, or to nominate a business for an award, visit www.bcawards.co.uk. Nominations will close at the end of November 2015. For more information visit www. thomasadams.org.uk or call 01939 237000.
Meanwhile, upper sixth students Shaswath Ganapathi and Alexander Bytheway beat 300 other applicants for places on a prestigious summer science project. The pair took part in the four week uffield Placement Scheme at Bangor University, which was set up to allow students from across the country to participate in research projects. The duo successfully completed the project and travelled to Cardiff for a special presentation event, where they displayed their findings and received their certificates.
Doing their bit
Pupils recently held a collection event in the quad area of the school, asking fellow pupils and staff to give their loose change to help aid refugees from Syria. More than 100 campaigners, which included 40 pupils from Rydal Penrhos and Ysgol Eirias, joined forces for the ‘Don’t let them down’ protest, where group members lined up in body bags along the beach near Colwyn Bay’s derelict Victoria Pier. For more information call 01492 530155 or visit www.rydalpenrhos.com
Autumn Fayre for St Chad’s For the fifth year running the community surrounding St Chad’s School in Hanmer, Wrexham, is hosting an ‘Autumn Fayre’ on 12th November. This event, in the magnificent setting of St Chad’s Church, Hanmer, features a variety of handpicked stalls displaying everything from cashmere to award winning chocolates. It is held in support of Nightingale House Hospice and also to raise funds for St Chad’s School. Last year’s fayre helped to raise funds for a new stage for the school ready for the Christmas plays. This year they are hoping to buy more musical instruments for the children and to fund netball and rugby coaching. The fair is open from 12noon-7pm; entry is free and homemade refreshments will be available all day. For more information call 01948 830238.
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Poet’s Corner This is a chance to show off your creative talent – whether you prefer rhyming couplets, iambic pentameter or haiku, we’d love to see your poems. Here is a selection of the poetry we’ve recently received…
The New House
Everything was nice at Drumcondra The streets were so wide and so clean The house door had shiny brass fittings Glass panels depicting flowers and leaves There were warm red tiles along the hall floor And oh, but the house had bright red bricks Not the dark grim grey of the coastguard stone.
A little boy stood in the shop A tear had stained his eye He moved his feet uneasily A purchase he would buy
Ladies who lunch
Yattar yattar, chitter chatter. Yes, we’re ladies who lunch, We’re quite a famous bunch. We love to gossip and exchange our news Politicians should heed our views. We mean no harm. We’re here to calm The worried ones with words of balm. We offer advice on all kinds of things – Books, cars, toothpaste and engagement rings. Chitter chatter, yattar yattar Yes, we’re ladies who lunch. I say, look who’s sitting over there. No, no, on the other chair. Her hair’s changed colour – it’s now bright red. She was blonde last week, so Tracey said. We wouldn’t dream Of saying anything so mean. Is that the time: I must fly. So much to do, I’ll say goodbye. Same time next week? Forgot to say I’m learning Greek. We’re thinking of buying a Corfu villa, Well the weather here is such a killer. So bye everyone, I’ll get the bill, Forgot to say, Maud’s in a panto in Rhyl! Where’s my handbag? Thanks for the chinwag! WENDY GREY-LLOYD
Monday Tuesday Love Day
‘How much is that glass vase?’ of the lady he enquired ‘It’s more than you have got to spend – These children make me tired.’ The little boy held out his hand And tight within his palm A 50p was nestled there Held close away from harm ‘You see, I broke me mum’s today It was only at play But I’ve told her not to worry I said that I could pay.’ He wore an old red jumper His pants a little bare His boots a size too big for him But he had lovely curly hair It was not just the vase he broke It was not just the cost But his dad had bought it for them Before his ship was lost I opened up my wallet And taking out a note ‘Please wrap it up,’ I asked her With a dryness in my throat. BEATRICE STATHAM FORD
Quick launch and spring Alert to everything That moves A Pilates stretch Now she prepares to slumber.
r boyfriend girlfriend flatmate too cos that’s what it is there for then you’ll get some love returning they’ll have you to care for
Smooth, clean-licked fur Deep-throated resonant purr Well fed She, ignoring me Curls, clutching tail, contented
So make your day a happy day loves so nice unconditionally it’s a lovely day so get it done be happy now traditionally. BRIAN STONE
The sun was shining, there was joy in our hearts I ran up the stairs, threw open a door Surprised I beheld a bathroom suite. I called out to mammy, ‘Come here, come see!’ She put a finger to her lips and whispered, ‘Talk easy my child, we should not speak Of the coastguard outhouse throne, now should we?’ I promised solemnly never to make it known. I ran into the garden to shout, have fun But already a dark cloud blacked out the sun How I missed the boats, the heave of the sea, And my friends at Dun Laoghaire, now lost to me. EILEEN HARTNEY
Lost by the sea
This could be a day to treasure for a chunk of life give some love; just good measure to hubby or your wife
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Disturbed, uncurled Unfurled claws extended Sharp teeth rightened, pooch takes flight The queen then settles for the night. JOHN MCENTEE
Why do you feel so lonely and lost? Are you awaiting the new autumn frost? The world is your oyster but all you can see Are the grey clouds and the troubled sea How could I tell you were me? Perched up high with no company Lost I am now like the seagull you see Pushed and pulled by the tides of the sea Where is my father, my dad, my roots? No one is worthy of filling his boots Taken from me while I was away The grief seems to deepen with every day I stand like the bird isolated on a pole With no one to talk to and no clear goal Dad here I am, are you looking for me? I thought I’d find you here, down by the sea I left this town for lands far away Longing now for the freedom I had that day Where to next? No clear destination An open ticket from Llandudno train station RACHAEL ANN ROBERTS
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Local author interviews, literary events and great reads for adults and teens ws
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A History of Bangor Isycoed Vivien Lavis-Jones
The Beachcomber Wendy Grey-Lloyd
This mammoth hardback of 414 Once told by Enid Blyton that she should pages is a comprehensive, detailed only write poetry for her own enjoyment, and informative guide to all things Wendy Grey-Lloyd chose to ignore this Bangor Isycoed, also known as advice and, luckily for us, share her Bangor-on-Dee. Each topic has been collection of poems with us. given its own chapter rather than The collection is split into three sections: following in chronological order, The Foreshore, Poems from Paintings and making the book easy to navigate. High Tide. Poems from Paintings came Ideal for anyone with a keen interest about after Wendy retired and began in local history, the book came about after archaeologist attending lectures by T Gwyn Williams on Bob Sylvester visited Vivien’s historical group. ‘He suggested art history. Each poem is framed by and we all write a book,’ says Vivien. named after a famous painting. Wendy has linked these artists and Eight years of careful research later and A History of Bangor their work with other events, such as Cezanne’s Rocks and Trees in Isycoed was born. Chapter topics include the parish church, which she writes of a playground in Aberfan where they would law and order, transportation, public houses and even play hide and seek on the mountainside, or Monet’s Water Lilies supernatural tales including the sighting of a ghostly which conjure up images of Monet creating beautiful scenes while gardener. Learn about the great flood of , the stocks men lay dying in the trenches of World War One a few miles away. and whipping post that is said to have stood by Overton road The Beachcomber has natural imagery similar to Seamus in 1405 and the 1000 year old hidden houses. This book gives Heaney and echoes of Wendy Cope can be seen in In The Pink. a voice to the people of the small community’s past, Most of all, this book is laced with humour and a joy for providing insight into their lives, loves and losses. ‘What life which can have you laughing out loud (we makes a history book is the people you mention, they enjoyed Ladies Who Lunch, which you can read bring it to life,’ says Vivien. A man prosecuted for on our poetry page). All proceeds from the book For a chance to illegal salmon fishing on the ee, a ame who will go towards research at Alder Hey Hospital in started a school for the poor and Philip Yorke, the win both these Liverpool. To purchase a copy email last squire of Erddig, tootling about on a penny firstname.lastname@example.org books email your farthing bicycle, are just some of the characters
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you can connect with. contact details to A History of Bangor Isycoed can be purchased editorial@ from Bellis’s Garden Centre, Lewis’s Farm Shop and Wrexham Museum Bookstall or direct from yattaryattar. the author by calling .All the proceeds co.uk from sales of the book will go towards St Dunawds
Wendy’s original passion was acting, which began when she landed the part of the fairy godmother in a school production of Cinderella. ‘I was in my element in a dress my grandmother had made me. Afterwards the headmaster was asking what the children wanted to be and when I told him an actress, he was so shocked!’ After passing her A-levels Wendy went on to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, eventually graduating as a performer and teacher. During this time her second passion developed, a love of teaching which she inherited from her mother, who taught at Pantglas junior school in Aberfan. ‘My mother taught nearly every child in Aberfan at one point or another,’ says Wendy, but after her mother retired, her old class were lost in the 1966 disaster when the school was engulfed by a coal tip. This affected both Wendy and her mother and she describes the devastation in the poem Aberfan Afterwards. Wendy joined the staff at Howell’s school in Denbigh and eventually became head of the drama department. During this time she had two little girls, Rosalind and Joanna, and a boy, Jonathan, who sadly passed away and is remembered in the poignant poem, Blue Day. Although Wendy has had work published before, this is her first poetry collection: ‘I have to feel strongly about something to put it into words. I had no plans to publish until family encouraged me,’ she says. These poems of life, love and laughter began to emerge after Wendy retired in 1998. ‘Being the head of a drama department and having two children meant life was pretty busy so it wasn’t really until 2005 that I began writing seriously. I began creating poems as gifts for friends – one lady told me recently that she’s framed her poem and put it in her downstairs loo!’
church in Bangor Isycoed.
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orn in hosnesni in , ivien has always had close links to this part of the country. After studying at the school of pharmacy in Liverpool she graduated as a pharmacist and dedicated her career to working in the medical field. he worked at the Wrexham War Memorial Hospital for seven years before it became what is now Yale College. As the wards began to move over to the Maelor Hospital, Vivien became deputy chief pharmacist, working there for the rest of her employment. She now lives a relatively quiet life in the village of Bangor Isycoed, where she has been living since . ‘I found I enjoyed village life and I liked the people, although I never considered writing about the area until Bob suggested it. He said there was a lot of history hidden in the village and he was right.’ Vivien has always been fond of history, especially the romantic period of the Tudors and the Stuarts. As a child she and her siblings were taken by her father to explore castles and stately homes for Sunday trips out, feeding her interest in local history. his is ivien’s first book, although she has recently written a booklet on the history of the pharmacy departments in the Maelor and War Memorial hospitals which is due to be published in the Clwyd Historian magazine. In her spare time she enjoys sitting in the garden and tending to her plants.
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Reads Cracking Christmas Everyday Super Food Food, Jamie Oliver Divided into four sections of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks and drinks, this book is focused on providing recipes for nutritionally balanced meals which will bring you in under your recommended daily calorie allowance (that’s 2000 for women and 2500 for men). moothie pancakes and berries, tasty fish tacos with lime, chilli and kiwi salsa, and griddled steak and peppers with tabbouleh rice are just a few of the healthy meals on offer. In this book all the hard work is done for you, simply choose a recipe, cook it up and enjoy it. Jamie himself says that these recipes helped him lose two stone. After You You, JoJo Moyes Lou Clark has lots of questions. Like, how is it she’s ended up working in an airport bar spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places. r why the flat she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home. Or whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did 18 months ago. All Lou knows for certain is that something has to change. Then, one night, it does. But does the stranger on her doorstep have answers, or just more questions? And should she close the door and continue her safe and ordered life or open it and risk everything? Lou knows one thing is certain: she once made a promise to live and if she’s going to keep it, she has to invite them in. Warriors of the Storm Storm, Bernard Cornwell This hotly awaited new novel from the bestselling Last Kingdom series dives once more into the making of England and the fate of Cornwell’s great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. King Alfred’s son Edward and his formidable daughter, thelflaed, rule Wessex, ercia and ast Anglia. Uhtred, the kingdoms’ greatest warrior, controls northern ercia from the strongly fortified city of Chester. But forces are rising against him. Northmen allied to the rish, led by the fierce warrior Ragnall Ivarson, have strength that could soon prove overwhelming. Despite the gathering threat, both Edward and thelflaed are reluctant to move out of the safety of their fortifications. ut with htred’s own daughter married to Ivarson’s brother, who can be trusted? The Bazaar of Bad Dreams Dreams, Stephen King A thrilling collection of 20 stories, some brand new, some previously published in
magazines, and all entirely brilliant, are assembled in one book for the first time. Within these pages there is a curio for every reader – a man who keeps reliving the same life, repeating the same mistakes over and over again; a columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries; a poignant tale about the end of the human race and a firework competition between neighbours which reaches an explosive climax. here are also intriguing connections between the stories: themes of morality, guilt, the afterlife and what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. ‘I made them especially for you,’ says ing. ‘ eel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.’ The Heart Goes Last Last, Margaret Atwood Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of economic and social collapse. Living in their car, surviving on tips from Charmaine’s job at a dive bar, they’re increasingly vulnerable to roving gangs, and in a rather desperate state. So when they see an advertisement for the Positron Project in the town of Consilience a ‘social experiment’ offering stable jobs and a home of their own – they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for this suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month, swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all goes well. But slowly, each unknown to the other, Stan and Charmaine develop a passionate obsession with their counterparts, the couple that occupy their home when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire take over, and Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled. Atwood at her heart stopping best.
Carry On, Rainbow Rowell imon now ust wants to relax and savour his last year at the Watford chool of agicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend just broke up with him, his best friend is a pest and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut imon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savour anything. Welcome to Mars, Buzz Aldrin Space remains the final frontier and where once the moon made the news now ars is attracting the imagination of a younger generation. In this fascinating book, astronaut Buzz Aldrin challenges curious kids to think about ars as not just a faraway red planet but as a possible future home for Earthlings. What will your new home be like? ow will you get there? What will you eat for breakfast? Find out what life might be like far, far from Earth as you navigate your way through this fun and futuristic book. Who wouldn’t want to blast off with Buzz on this (literary) journey!
Literary Events l Damien Walford Davies – Judas, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 12th November oet amian Walford avies reads from his latest collection, Judas. A shattered Judas Iscariot, the byword for betrayal, tells his own story in this compelling and finely wrought new collection that draws on conflicting representations of Judas spanning twenty centuries. This chain of poems will set out to challenge orthodoxies and beliefs. isit www. aberystwythartscentre.co.uk
Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates Me Written as a letter to the author’s 14-year-old son this book addresses America’s dark past of slavery. In the 150 years since the If one cannot end l Children’s Bookfest Remembers, enjoy reading a Shrewsbury, 19th-22nd November of Shrewsbury Children’s Bookfest the Civil War and book over and over began this event last year to the ratification of commemorate the beginning again, there is no the Thirteenth of World War ne. ate Adie will Amendment (the use in reading begin this year’s events on 19th abolition of slavery), November with a talk, ‘Fighting it at all’ the story of race and on the Home Front (the legacy of America has remained Oscar Wilde working women in the irst World War ’. a brutally simple one, Richard Field presents his talk ‘Far From written on flesh it is the the Western ront’ on th ovember, and story of the black body, other events include a talk from egan exploited to create the country’s ix, a performance of Lights ut and a foundational wealth, violently segregated ookfest emembers Concert. isit www. to unite a nation after a civil war and, shrewsburybookfest.co.uk today, still disproportionately threatened, locked up and killed in the streets. What is l An Evening With Jonathan Coe, it like to inhabit a black body and find a Waterstones New Street Birmingham, 24th November way to live within it? And how can The novelist and writer, author of The America reckon with its fraught racial Rotters’ Club and What a Carve Up! among history? Woven from personal narrative many others, was born in Birmingham and and emotionally charges, this is a powerful returns to his roots for this talk and signing of framework for understanding history and his new book, Number 11. how it has shaped America today.
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r s l s animal r sc is a non pro t ma in c arit t at looks after abandoned, abused and unwanted anima ls. The charity offers temporary refuge and sanctuary for animals in need of help, giving each one the food, medication, socialisat ion and love it needs. The cha rity cares for elderly, sick and ab used animals as well as homeless animals. Alongside the usual pets such as dog s, cats and ra its r s l s also ta s in mor n s al animals s c as geriatric ponies and battery farmed hens. n or r to n its wor r s l s as a n m r o charity shops across nor th and mid Wales, includ ing in Caernarfon, Porthmad og, Barmouth and Ma chynlleth, and the charity is always loo king for people to help out at the shops, as well as donatio ns of clothing, books, household items, rags and more. Volunteer opportunities are also available helping out at the shelters. If you’d like to do something to help aband oned and abused ani mals, visit www. r s l sr sc .or . or cal l .
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The new Go-To Internet Café in the heart of Shrewsbury opened recently, providing an accessible and friendly place for people to get on to the Internet, and learn IT skills. The icrosoft ffice , with cafe has eight workstations running ection and uprated conn a superfast fibre optic broad band ks available. snac and s drink cold and hot are wi fi. here re which Cent her Fletc Roy the in The Go-To is situated clients are caring organisations, several of whose houses nt Care will veme Berea Cruse d. starte get to ing already want their for ing learn nce dista be using the cafe to provide ts of Shrewsbury Homes clien some and s, sellor coun teer volun ge their Universal for All will be able to get on line to mana Credit accounts. ns twice a week on The Go-To will be open for drop-in sessio and they are pm, to am from ondays and uesdays and support to people looking for volunteers to provide help e enabling them to set coming to the drop-ins. This might involv ering on job-search regist CV, a te up an email account, crea grips with social media. to g gettin or os, phot ing send ites, webs or mail onat an. or mor in ormation call rown ro fl tc rc ntr .co.
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Theatre staff at the Oswestry Orthopaedic Hospital cooked up a storm in September, taking part in the annual Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Mornin g, to bake their way to success and raise almost . ra fl wit pri s onat by local businesses – including afternoon tea at the Chester Gro svenor, a term of ballet lessons at Bellan House School, a tour of the Emma Bridgew ater factory and lunch and a spa trea tment at The Hand at Lla narmon – contributed almost £1, 100 to the total. Theatre sister Terri Dha wan, who helped organi se the event, sai r was a r al a o tt plac an it s great. It feels poignant n because we’ve got a couple of irls wit in t t am w o ar tin canc r. also lost a coll a t ac n i at t start o t ar an about two years ago we lost another close friend, Sue Wood.’ The money from the cak e sale is being donate d to Macmillan along with 20 per cent of the procee ds from t ra fl . r mainin ra fl mon is oin to t charity’s own Bone Ca r st ncer Centre Appeal. Visit www.macmillan.o rg.uk and www.rjah.nh s.uk
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Do you good cause while having fun and helping vulnerable people have a great holiday? How about cruising along the Llangollen Canal in the beautiful Shropshire countryside? The Lyneal Trust is a charity that offers canal boat and cottage holidays for people with s, family and disabilities, illness or injury, and their friend ose-built purp the with s, boat two have carers. They shire Lad for day Shrop the and ays Shropshire Lass ll for holid le to help and peop for g lookin ys alwa is ty chari The trips. able, including support, with volunteering positions avail and crew member. ‘meeting and greeting’, day skipper, . . o n o t mor visit www.l n al tr st.or
Everything stops for tea!
Whittington, Shropshire residents Vicky Brayne and Marie Rowe raised an impressive £1100 for Breast Cancer Care (BCC) this summer with a strawberry tea. Those attending were treated to homemade cakes, tasty strawberries, Pimms and sparkling Prosecco, all for a donation to the cause. Marie said: ‘Both Vicky and I have seen and supported close friends and family through cancer, so BCC is a cause very close to our hearts. The charity supports women through their illness from diagnosis, chemo/radio therapy and recovery. ’ rin t v nt t r w r part am s an a ra fl wit pri s rom local sin ss s including Brooks Around the Corner, Boots, Browns Salon, Couture Hair and Beauty, Ye Olde Boote Inn, IPF and Whittington Fish Bar. Vicky, a member of North Shropshire College staff, said: ‘We were overwhelmed with the generosity of everyone involved and truly thrilled to raise £1100 for this worthy cause.’ To make a donation to Breast Cancer Care, visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk/donate 14 6 yattaryattar magazine November/December 2015
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Give a child a home this Christmas
ostering a child is not necessarily easy but it can be fun and fulfilling and can make a huge difference to a child’s life. Do you have what it takes?
s with raising any child, fostering children can be tiring, challenging, and at times even frustrating, but it could be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do. ‘You really can make a difference to children’s lives,’ says Janice Pipe, who has been a foster carer in Wrexham for more than six years. 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. ‘ hey do ask a lot of
personal questions,’ says Janice. ‘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.’ he assessor will also discuss what age of children you would be willing and able to take care of. ‘ here are many myths that all teenagers are bad,’ says renda riffin, who has been fostering children for 14 years.. ‘But for some young people just a change in circumstances can make a real difference to their lives, how they feel and how they behave towards others.’ he 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. Whether a carer opts for short or long term fostering depends on how much time they have available and their existing personal commitments. 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Origin: You can be of any ethnicity, religion or nationality. Employment: For most types of fostering you can work part-time or full-time or be unemployed, but the amount of time you have to spare will affect the type of foster care you are able to provide.
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F AM I LY LI F E
F a mi l y corn er Books for Kids
A lighthearted look at the trials and tribulations of parenting, with Gill Chetcuti It’s Christmas, (or as Slade would say, ‘IT’S CHRIIISSSSTMAAAAS!’), and all over the country parents are gearing up to the theatrical event of the year – the Christmas nativity play. However, with just a couple of starring roles, and a classful of would-be Johnny Depps and Charlize Therons, come judgement day there are bound to be a number of downcast faces. n an attempt to turn those five year old frowns upside down, schools have begun engaging in a spot of artistic licence and forsaking the time-honoured nativity for a more ‘conceptual’ performance, which lends itself perfectly to a large cast. Now, alongside the usual cattle a-lowing, little donkey and nocturnal flocks watched over by shepherds, one can expect to see snowmen, elves, tigers and even the occasional lobster! When it comes to nativity plays, I’m a bit of a traditionalist. In fact, one of my proudest mummy moments came when my firstborn landed the coveted role of Joseph in his primary school extravaganza. This feeling lasted until it suddenly dawned on me that I was expected to provide the costume. ‘How hard can it be?’ I hear you mutter, ‘a tea towel, a dressing gown and a bit of tinsel, for crying out loud!’ This would have been fine except for the fact that ’d left it until the very last minute to realise two important things. Firstly, my lad didn’t own a dressing
Took, Mary Downing Hahn ‘Folks say Old Auntie takes a girl and keeps her 50 years, then lets her go and takes another one…’ Thirteen-year-old Daniel Anderson doesn’t believe Brody Mason’s crazy stories about the ghost with who lives up on Brewster’s Hill with her man-eating razorback hog, Bloody Bones. But when Daniel’s little sister Erica disappears into the woods, he knows something is terribly wrong. Did the witch strike? Has Erica been ‘took’?
gown, and secondly, my tea towels were all wildly inappropriate – some bearing the recipe for Cornish pasties, others with the Smash robots emblazoned on them, and all either holey (or unholy, depending on your point of view) or stained. Luckily, my neighbour had a section of old curtain material to hand and saved the day. ‘Sales of tea I am Helen Keller, Nobody questioned why towels are up 89 Brad Meltzer Joseph looked more like 19 months Julius Caesar that per cent at Dunelm At old, Helen Keller morning – the doting Mill as mums panic contracted a audience were far too disease that left buy their kids’ intent on filming their her deaf and own offspring murdering blind. When she was six, nativity outfits ’ her teacher taught her ‘A Wayne in a Manger’ @abbotsstats, how to speak sign to notice. Nobody language and read Braille via Twitter questioned my copious and armed with the ability amounts of Kleenex and to express herself, she grew up waterproof mascara either to be come a social activist. because, regardless of whether your This picture book biography child is playing Mary, Joseph, the third cousin teaches children the inspiring of the innkeeper’s wife or a Christmas message that we can all be heroes, while learning about crustacean, there will be tears… usually, but some of the great people from not always, yours! the past. Merry Christmas!
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George, Alex Gino When people look at George, they see a boy. But George knows she’s a girl. When her teacher announces that the class play is to be Charlotte’s Web. George is determined to play Charlotte, so she comes up with a plan that will show everyone who she truly is once and for all. Alex Gino gives insight into the struggles of transgender children through a character kids can relate to. The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick Cabret Orphan, clock keeper and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, but when he meets an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth, his undercover life is put in jeopardy. This classic book is packed with original drawings that combine picture book with graphic novel, creating a different reading experience.
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obody welcomes redundancy, but it is something that happens to many of us during our working lives. owever, it is not necessarily a negative situation plenty of people have used it as an opportunity for positive change in their lives and careers. What is important is how you react to a situation which is not of your making. edundancies can be caused by any number of situations falling profits, lack of trade or orders, increased competition, advances in technology, changes in legislation, even poor management. he important thing is how you react to redundancy, so here’s a list of os and on’ts.
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Ludlow ood Centre, which recently recruited an apprentice butcher and commis chef, is looking to recruit the next generation of artisan food producers as well as hospitality staff at its dairy and bakery departments and its partner hotel, he Clive. reat aste’s hop of he ear for wants keen applicants to oin the teams but it’s about much than getting people in the workplace. anaging director dward erry, says ‘ t’s about ensuring that the expertise and uality we put in to everything we do is seen for years to come. Ludlow ood Centre and he Clive are offering great hands on opportunities to ensure that the future of the food, drink and hospitality industries is in safe hands. adly, in an age where supermarkets are prevalent and cost and convenience comes before uality, artisan production could easily become a thing of the past in a generation’s time. revious apprentices have gone on to win coveted industry awards including Andrew rassington pictured , who won ritain’s est oung utcher in . Apprenticeships are completed in con unction with County raining, based at he Ludlow Learning Centre, ld treet, Ludlow, who will offer a formal ualification after an initial interview ahead of the training programme. Anyone interested should e-mail Julie Preece at julie.preece@ ludlowfoodcentre.co.uk, or Gavin Owen at email@example.com
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Abacare receives Investors in People award – again
orth Wales care provider Abacare is definitely a good place to begin your career as a carer the organisation recently received the nvestors in eople award for the fourth year running. The most important thing is Peter Angelides, CEO of Abacare, said: ‘We Do you offer what to do next. on’t pride ourselves on our staff training and careers advice, rush your decision development and to receive this for the fourth although you might training, apprenticeships year running is fantastic, especially with the large workforce of more have concerns about than that we have. t is a real testament to our dedicated team or work experience? Do money, a uick fix of in house trainers and also to our extremely hardworking carers you have positions to fill might not be the best and managers who adhere to all of the re uirements.’ way forward in the e can help publicise this The Investors in Peoplee assessor met with 45 people from long term. Weigh up for you. Email editorial across the company who carry out a variety of office and all your options field based roles. esults revealed that per cent of staff feel well yattaryattar.co.uk carefully this way supported by managers. taff feel that Abacare has a proactive you’ll make the best ethos and will work hard to fix things uickly when needed. eam decision. o can n members feel part of their own small teams and have loyalty for their more information at www. colleagues and the service users they support. For more information call nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk 01248 677919 or visit www.abacare.org.uk
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ell, it’s here again, the season to be jolly, which means I’ve survived another year suffering the inane chatterings of Brenda (the one with the part-time position at Holland & Barrett) and the general nincompoopery of everybody else in my general sphere. I despair of people sometimes, I really do. As you all know, I’m not one to complain but there’s something about this time of year which turns normally genial people into cursing, bulgy-eyed nervous wrecks... I’ve never heard such language from a man of the cloth! I thought that the rehearsals for the carol concert were going well too, although I did take issue with the lyrics to a much beloved festive tune: ‘Where the treetops glisten, And children listen, To hear slave elves in the snow.’ Not at all CP really. I certainly understand how the ‘red mist’ is able to manifest itself so effectively. I regularly work myself up into a frenzy trying to make my Christmas dinner as spectacular as Delia’s, while praying that everyone will drink responsibly and get along famously and we won’t have another eggnog-based incident like last year. The mere thought of Trevor and his infernal Christmas Carol ringtones and ‘tactical cracker pulling’ is enough to have me reaching for the sherry – I hate to sound stereocritical but, this ‘Goodwill to all men’ nonsense is wearing a little thin. I’m bemused by the overconsumption of mauled wine and the disappointment of receiving drawer liners again. And those awful televisual adverts! Every third one beseeching us to buy some dreadful mixture of chemicals and scented water endorsed by Anne Widdecombe or Veronica Beckham or someone like that. To be truthful, I had most of my gift shopping done by ctober. ur areth’s two girls were easy to buy for. Apparently, they are huge and ardent fans of anything Frozen, so I purchased them some mittens and a large bag of petite pois to share. I’m sure they’ll be thrilled Brenda is having back the Baileys with a hint of Biscotti she gave me last year – it’s truly vile – and I’ve prepared several jars of my famous homemade prune and marzipan chutney for everybody else. I know it has unpleasant side effects, but it’s important to keep oneself inwardly cleansed, Christmas or not, don’t you agree? I’m off to put the sprouts on...Happy New Ear!
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THE SEVEN THINGS YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT MAKING A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM By Mark Lampkin, Chester and North Wales Leading Injury Claim Expert
As a personal injury claim expert of 25 years’ experience I want to share with you the seven things that you must know before you, a relative or friend make your first call following an accident that causes injury. I regularly see how innocent accident victims often make the wrong call, end up in the wrong hands and lose out on hundreds or thousands of pounds of their rightful compensation. Here is my simple guide to make sure that you get the best help should the worst happen and you were injured on the road, at work or out and about.
1. Why you should not ring your insurers ﬁrst
Expert solicitor and specialist in accident claims
If you have an accident in your car or on your motorcycle and it was clearly your fault you should ring your insurers at the earliest opportunity, but if the accident was not your fault then you must take advice before making that call. Remember that insurance companies only owe a duty to their shareholders and not to you. A solicitor properly appointed by you will owe you a duty to make sure your interests are protected at all stages.
2. Why you should never call a claims company!
A claims company can do nothing else for you other than pass your details on to a solicitor. In the past the claims companies charged a fee to those solicitors but following the ban on selling cases in April 2013 they are now making money by taking a percentage of your case. Claims companies are allowed to charge up to 25% of your claim. What do you get for this? Nothing!
3. Why no win no fee is good for you
Despite the phrase “No win no fee” almost becoming a dirty word it is actually a brilliant system for any innocent accident victim. Under this system a solicitor will work for them and will only be paid should they win the case. This means that good solicitors fight hard to win cases for deserving clients. If they win they recover most of their costs from the losing party’s insurance company and under changes introduced in April only up to 25% of a client’s case can go towards legal costs. This is a brilliant system where clients are guaranteed at least 75% of their claim.
4. Why your employer cannot dismiss you for making a claim
Provided you have worked for your employer for in excess of two years continuously you will have employment protection. This means that you cannot be dismissed otherwise than for a fair reason and if you are you could claim compensation for unfair dismissal. If your employer dismissed you for making a claim it is highly likely that a Tribunal would find that this was an unfair dismissal and would award compensation to you. Do not allow an employer to bully you into not claiming it is your right not to be injured whilst making profit for your employer and if you are you should and must claim.
5. Why you should not feel bad about claiming
It is not wrong to claim compensation for your loss and injury that has been caused by somebody’s negligence. Car drivers, employers and owners of public property all must be insured. Insurance companies skilfully use the media to create a public impression that it is wrong to claim. This reduces the amount of claims they face and means they pay out less money and make more profit for their shareholders. Do not be fooled and if you are innocently injured you should claim what is rightfully yours.
6. You do not need to use solicitors appointed by your insurers
Most insurers will charge you an extra premium for legal expenses insurance on your motor policy. If you have an accident they insist upon you using their solicitors normally because they have a financial arrangement whereby they make profit from this referral system. Some may even take a percentage of your case. The European Courts have ruled that if you have legal expense insurance you have a right to appoint your own solicitor with the benefit of that policy. It is often better for you to be represented by your chosen solicitor who is local to you rather than be appointed a solicitor who could be at the other end of the country.
7. The Three Year Rule
Following an accident that has caused an injury you normally have three years from the accident date in which to issue Court Proceedings. This date can be extended for children (before their 21st birthday) or where you did not know that you had sustained an injury for example in cases of industrial deafness, asbestosis and medical accidents.
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I have built my business to serve people in the Chester and North Wales area who have had such accidents and to make sure that they are properly advised and represented at all stages. I appear on radio, TV and in other media as a personal injury expert and have a team of lawyers and assistants ready to help you. We aim to make you so pleased with our help that you will tell all your friends and family about us. Please see our testimonials on our website or listen to our client’s testimonials on Chester’s Dee 106.3.
We hope you will stay safe but when the worst happens we are here to help you put things right. Call 01244 525725 or click lampkins.co.uk to find out how we can help you. Home and hospital visits arranged and we always offer a free interview for enquiries of whatever nature.
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Our resident legal eagle, Mark Lampkin of Lampkin & Co Solicitors, explains how victims of uninsured and untraced motorists can still obtain compensation and damages after an accident
Don’t run from hit and run claim
e all know that it is compulsory to have insurance when using a vehicle on the road, so that if you cause injury or damage the victim will be paid for their losses and you won’t go bankrupt in the process. Despite the fact that the law enforces this obligation, the latest figures show that nearly half a million people were convicted of driving without insurance between and , a staggering figure. So what happens if you are injured by an uninsured driver? Who pays for your losses? Well, way back in 1946 the government of the day signed an agreement with a not for profit organisation GLE the Motor Insurer’s Bureau for that organisation to LEGAL EAcalled compensate such victims. The MIB, as it is known, is funded by all the motor insurance companies pro rata in accordance with their market share and it is thought the cost of this funding adds around £30 to all insurance premiums.
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Claim your full losses So if you are the victim of the negligent, or in some circumstances criminal, driving of a driver who turns out to be uninsured you will be able to claim your full losses save for a compulsory excess. You are also able to claim if the driver is untraced as this is covered by a separate but similar agreement with the MIB. Here you can only claim for compensation for your injury and there are complicated restrictions on claiming loss of earnings. Property damage is also excluded and only a nominal contribution towards legal costs is obtainable. Remember, though, that this can cover ‘off the wall’ accidents such as motorcyclists falling due to diesel spills, so take advice before giving up. The main type of untraced claim is the hit-and-run driver scenario where often If you have a legal catastrophic injuries can be sustained. It is question, tune into Dee heartening to know that as drivers we are 106.3 every Monday at all contributing to the fund that will am to catch Ask Lampkin. compensate these victims rather than Ask your question at cast their financial needs on to the state. www.lampkins.co.uk, If you have been affected by any of and get your answer the above, get good advice and you may be pleasantly surprised. y for free on the air!
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example of a legal game of spot the difference, which a cynic might argue is to create a need for lawyers to be involved. A stark example of the technicalities of this type of claim arose in the case of Delaney v Secretary of State for Transport (2015) where the Court of Appeal took the UK to task for having an exclusion where a passenger makes a claim where the vehicle is being used in furtherance of a crime. In this case the driver was driving under the influence of drugs so at the time was technically committing a crime so the passenger’s claim failed. The Court of Appeal said this was unfair and overturned that decision and allowed the passenger’s claim in full.
riginally from iverpool Mark grew up in reston where he later ualified as a solicitor in . Initially working for a number of large law firms he began to specialise in personal in ury law and founded his own firm ampkin o in . e is the principal solicitor at the firm and features on a weekly legal advice show called Ask Lampkin which is broadcast on Chester’s Dee 106.3. Mark regularly writes articles on the ever changing area of personal in ury law claimant rights and features in editorials giving advice on a range of legal issues. e is an e perienced motorcyclist and also an accomplished musician playing tenor sa ophone and has a passion for a .
Lampkin & Co, Newgate House, Broughton Mills Road, Broughton, Chester, CH4 0BY. Lampkin & Co are regulated by the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority. Contact them on 08081 782110 for clear and honest advice for free, or visit the website at www.lampkins.co.uk
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l pair of tickets to he ight Before Christmas at Aberystwyth rts entre th rd ecember The Arts Centre Youth & Community Theatre present their highly popular preChristmas family musical spectacular, bringing together the best in classic and contemporary musical theatre with a festive twist. A magical time for all the family is guaranteed, with songs, carols and classic festive recitals. Visit www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk l pair of tickets to he rifters at he loral avilion heatre th anuary The Innovation Tour tells the story of the Drifters through their music from the past to the present. The hi-tech show is awash with greatest hits and four-part harmonies including Under he oardwalk, aturday ight At he ovies, p n he oof, issin n he ack ow, own on the each, ore Than A Number In My Little Red Book plus newer songs that have evolved through the first new recordings in over years. Visit www.floralpavilion.com pair of tickets to re ham ymphony rchestra s concert at illiam ston all th ebruary The orchestra will be performing a concert of Music from Screen and Stage at William Aston all, lynd r niversity, conducted by Mark Lansom with Leader Craig Clewley. rom ernstein to Williams, it’s guaranteed there will be something for everyone at this show. Visit www.wrexhamorch.co.uk l
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Your reply to the letter in the last issue ‘Health Inauthority’ is inaccurate, giving the impression that I support the closure of maternity services rather than being involved in the campaign to keep them open. I would therefore be grateful if you could confirm that a donation is made to a charity of my choosing and a correction with equal prominence will be placed in the next issue of Yattar Yattar that re ects these facts. Llyr Gruffydd AC/AM, Plaid Cymru It is always regrettable if I make mistakes and when I do, I have no hesitation in retracting and apologising. My research was sourced from the BBC and the Daily Post. We are a not-for-profit community magazine and I, unlike you, do not receive either a salary or expenses. We provide free help to a whole range of charities, so perhaps you would like to list which charity donations you have made. I do not support any political party and would rather you spent your time and efforts on improving the lives of the people of Wales, but I am personally prepared to match a charitable donation you make to a mutually agreed charity. Mr Gruffydd has replied to this: ‘Thanks for getting back so promptly. I couldn’t agree more about the healthboard’s failures but would reiterate the central point of my initial message, namely that Labour is running the Welsh Government and has been doing so since 2011 without the support of Plaid Cymru. Can we agree on that fact?’ Llyr, I am happy to agree the point you make and will add in this clarification.
RAMPED UP COSTS?
Is it true that Wrexham Council spent £75,000 removing and then replacing a ramp for the Round Britain Bike Race? Mrs Dewsbury, Wrexham It is true that they removed a ramp in the car park adjacent to the swimming pool for the stage finish and then replaced it. The exact costs are unknown but £75,000 is the sum mentioned in numerous postings. I would invite Wrexham County Council to provide a full account of why they felt the need to do this instead of providing an alternative finishing point where there is no ramp in the way, and please to tell us how much of taxpayers money was spent on this. You can never accuse politicians of having to much common sense or being frugal with our money.
unpredictable things while in use. I am 66 and not very computer literate so what would you suggest? Mr Dickens, Cheshire I am 69 so age is no barrier. It sounds as though your computer is infected with a virus so you need to take it to a specialist to get it debugged. Thereafter avoid clicking on any emails from anyone you don’t know and never click on a blue hyperlink contained therein. You need to install anti-virus protection software. The top rated four are Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, Kaspersky Anti-Virus, McAfee Antivirus Plus and Norton Security, and all are available in shops or online.
LAPTOP SLOWDOWN My laptop seems to be working slower and slower. It also does
CAN I SUE VW?
Can I sue Volkswagen after the revelation that they have cheated the emission tests? Sarah, Wrexham The simple answer is no. You would have to prove that the level of emissions was the reason
WE CAN AFFORD TO HELP, CAN’T WE? he is the fifth richest country in the world, so shouldn’t we take in more than 20,000 refugees? Diane, Cheshire We will, because once any refugee is granted entry to any of the 28 EU countries, they immediately benefit from free movement throughout all member countries. Last year we took in a net 330,000 refugees, the difference between those arriving and those departing. Whatever politicians tell you, the only people we can prevent entering this country are those who arrive directly from non-EU countries, which while including Syria also includes America, Australia, New Zealand etc. So if the EU takes in a million refugees this year as predicted, theoretically they could all decide to move to the UK and we would be powerless to stop them.
WHAT ABOUT JEREMY?
What do you think of the appointment of Jeremy Corbyn as the new Labour Party leader? Paul, north Wales He was democratically elected under the new system introduced by Ed Miliband. His history includes voting against the Labour Party on more than 550 occasions so he will no doubt have problems with others doing the same. You have to get elected before you can make any difference, so I guess we just have to wait and see which policies the Labour Party settles on, as there seems to be an abundance of differing views in the shadow cabinet. Let’s hope Mr Corbyn is an exception to the rule that ‘power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’.
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DEBT IS MORE LIKE £1.9 TRILLION
Referring to your solutions to the national debt (Yattar On, July/August issue); to laypeople like us the answers are common sense, but politicians with the same old teachings and no life experience – also the Liberal Lefty society – who have ruined our nation over the last 40 years, do not see the causes and solutions. As you say, Wrexham Council savings are in the detail, and paying exorbitant consultancy fees is outrageous. As I have said before, surely the Council has some competent personnel who can find solutions to the problems. It is unbelievable for us pay out some £69million per day for EU contributions, Trident defence and overseas aid for starters, when our nation is so much in debt; it makes no sense. I believe the figure for national debt to be closer to £1.9 trillion, with a population of 75 million. Gary Marshman, Rhostyllen
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Will you be doing anything special on International Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th? Carol, Shropshire Via Transformation we will be promoting our charitable arm that provides support for anyone in the transgender spectrum who is a refugee, as well as taking part in other activities. You can monitor what I am up to by following me on Twitter @CDexperts or liking us on Facebook ‘Transformation1984’. Our new interactive website is now fully operational www. transformation.co.uk. Go online to find the LGBT rainbow flag which will be on display across the planet.
I saw you being filmed in Eagles Meadow with Sarah Jane from the nearby beauty salon. What is all that about? Dave, Wrexham Thanks to Kevin Critchley we were permitted to film in Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre some footage that will be included in a future television series. Owing to confidentiality clauses I am afraid I cannot comment further except to say that neither hotels or Wrexham FC will feature!
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Dying – when and how?
Should you be allowed to choose, asks Stephanie Anne Lloyd
have decided to talk about the last ‘taboo’. We know that no matter who we are, we will die. The question is when and how? It is a discussion that everyone wants to avoid but most will have to confront at some stage. We are allowed to decide on almost everything else in life, even to risk dying on the battlefield, yet the last decision we might ever wish to make is still unlawful. This is perverse when, as animal lovers, we can ask a vet to euthanise a treasured pet because it is in terminal decline and we know it has lost any quality of life. The motion to allow the right to die with a doctor’s help at the time and in the manner of your own choosing was overwhelmingly defeated by the House of Lords recently but does that reflect the view of the general population? We know that many religious groups will oppose it and as yet only a handful of European countries, Colombia and five American states allow some form of doctor-assisted dying. But draft bills, ballot initiatives and court cases are progressing in 20 more states and several other countries
Explicit choice At present we have a fudge whereby although it is technically unlawful to assist a loved one to commit suicide, no-one who has taken someone to the Swiss Dignitas clinic has been prosecuted. This woolly approach is unethical and unworkable. The explicit choice should be that of the patient, and their nearest and dearest should be able to facilitate their decision. It is hypocritical because society is pretending to shun doctor-assisted dying while tacitly condoning it without safeguards. Death by nods and winks is not a good or safe system. Better to face the arguments. One fear is that assisted dying will be encouraged by grasping relatives, but the experience in Oregon, which has had such a law since 1997, suggests otherwise. Those who choose assisted suicide are in fact well-
educated, insured and receiving palliative care. They are motivated by pain, as well as the desire to preserve their own dignity, autonomy and pleasure in life. The hardest question is whether doctorassisted dying should be available for those suffering from mental problems,
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‘Competent adults are allowed to make other momentous, irrevocable choices: to undergo a sex change or to have an abortion…’ and certainly a child should not be allowed to make such a drastic decision. No one wants to make suicide easier for the depressed as many will recover and enjoy life again. But mental pain is as real as physical pain, even though it is harder for onlookers to gauge. Even among the terminally ill, the suffering that causes some to seek a quicker death may not be physical. Doctor-assisted death on grounds of mental suffering should therefore be allowed. Safeguards should include mandatory
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