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Publisher Dan Bromage dan@shiremagazine.co.uk Editor Kate Speedie kate@shiremagazine.co.uk Stylist Verity Gough verity@shiremagazine.co.uk Art Editor Tom Sullivan Designer Tristan King Staff Writers Laura Clinton Catherine Buckley Production Editor Gina Jones Email Shire Magazine:


Contributors Dr Paula Hamilton, Gloria Mans, P Parker, John Stubbs, Dr Peter Barling, Helen Cooke, Jenny Bromage, Lizzie Parker, Ursula Kenny, Lynne Allbutt, James Gillespie, Stuart Chapman Edwards, Bryn Williams. And a big thanks as ever to our receptionist Georgie.


s summer comes to a beautiful end, let’s look forward to an autumn colours and the hope of a little late sunshine as is often the case in Britain – Septembers can be glorious. We’ve enjoyed an ‘Indian summer’ in recent years and the season often provides a truly pleasant time of year to get out and about. Not only do our parks and gardens still thrive, the fruits of our bountiful harvest are all around us. Where better to celebrate our glorious growers than at a food festival? Whether you want to source new supplies or sample strange flavours, take your taste buds on tour at one of the local gourmet gatherings we have rounded-up in our special feature this issue. As we head towards autumn there’s another big event we can’t ignore – and one that tends to have children worked up into a face-painted frenzy of costumed chaos… yes, it’s Halloween! But aside from the modern day interpretation, the event has its roots Our cover features a stunning in ancient history and we’ve looked back at the origins, woodland scene in Shropshire explaining why its so popular today. We’ve also had a look at some of the most haunted places across our patch and who’s spooking them so beware – there are some pretty frightening phantoms out there! Brides and grooms-to-be should turn to our wedding guide, packed full of local suppliers, gorgeous venues and inspiration for making it an extra special day. As always, thank you for sending in your poems, letters, photographs, pets and suggestions – we love to hear from you and rely on our readers to keep us posted on what matters to you! Keep them coming, SHIRE IN THIS ISSUE Don’t look behind you! Get spooked at some of the scariest spots in our patch in our Halloween feature on page 68

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Tasty times at the fabulous Food Festivals going on nearby on page 62, and plenty of bridal inspiration in our Wedding Guide starting on page 106

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Contents S E P TE MB E R / O C TO B E R 2 01 7 6-56 What’s On Your ultimate guide to everything that’s going on across the region from North and Mid Wales, across Cheshire, including the Wirral, through Shropshire and into Herefordshire. Essential reading!

We catch up with British Downhill Mountainbike champ Al Bond

WIN! WIN! Turn to page 137 to enter our fantastic competition – you can win exclusive tickets and days out!

57 Town Visit: Hereford Pop over to see what the friendly, ancient and vibrant town of Hereford has to offer! 58-59 Big Cities and Reviews Details of big events further afield in our local cities plus our feedback as we review the biggest shows this summer 60 Town Visit: Criccieth We visit the pretty seaside town of Criccieth on the Welsh coast to find out what makes it such a local favourite

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61 Travel Day Out Take to the trains and spend a day experiencing the sights and sounds of the Ffestiniog Railway

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51 Town Visit: Whitchurch The first of our town visit features this edition finds out when and why Whitchurch in Shropshire is the most fun to visit…

Read our interview with artist Sally Mills

Think pink with the hottest kitchen buys this season

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62 Food Festivals The autumn harvest is enough to make us all hungry – read our round up of the best food festivals this season 67 Celebrity Chef TV favourite Jean Christophe Novelli shares his love of cooking for his family, and his passion for local, simple produce 68 Get Spooked! Our feature on Halloween looks at the interesting origins of this ancient festival as well as who’s haunting where in our local area 73 Holidays Looking for a home away from home? Check out our guide to some of the top luxury holiday parks in the area 77 Get Active British downhill mountainbike pro Al Bond talks tracks and tactics 78 Food and Drink Recipes from our resident chef Bryn Williams plus food reviews and wine advice, and why is real ale so great? 83 Restaurant Review We head over to The Coach House in Norbury, excellent food in the stunning Shropshire hills

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85 Kitchen Shopping Top style picks and eye candy for the heart of your home. Who can say no to a pink Smeg mixer? 87 Homes Mattress buying, picking the right stove and helpful heating tips, all from the experts who know

90 A Beautiful Kitchen We take a peek at a stylish and practical bespoke kitchen crafted in North Wales 92 Homes Shopping The best autumn buys for your interior, this issue we look at metallic colours and rustic styles 94 Days Out We visit Trefriw Mill to discover the wonders of Welsh weaving 95 Pets & Wildlife If you’re an animal lover read our regular columns from the Wildlife Trust and RSPB, plus fabulous pet pictures from readers! 98 Arts A guide to exhibitions near you, plus where to see the Helfa Gelf open doors event this year 103 Gardens Expert advice on apples and orchards plus plant tips and garden shopping 106 Wedding Guide Our guide to what, how, where and when to tie the knot in style with the best local venues 112 Fashion The latest fashion for him, and the season’s top style picks for her 117 Beauty Stay on trend with our latest practical beauty advice 120 Health & Wellbeing Essential tips and advice from our health experts 122 GP Surgery This issue Dr Barling discusses dealing with the menopause 123 Celebrity Lynne Allbutt on finding her own inner balance, and learning to walk like a crocodile 125 Expert Family A look at autism issues with the experts at Glyndwr University 127 Schools Our headmaster’s column, a round-up of local school news plus your Open Days calendar 132 Books & Poetry Book events, signings, workshops, new releases, plus reader poems 134 Horoscopes Our horoscope forecast provided by Gloria Mans. What do the heavens have in store for you? 135 Volunteering & Charity 136 Reader’s Letters 137 Competitions Win some exclusive prizes in our fantastic competition! 138 Coming next issue Preview the next fab edition…

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7th-21st September, Simply the best Antique Fair, Betws-yCoed A small busy friendly fair, located in a St Mary’s Church Hall with stalls selling a wide variety of goods at great prices.

8th-24th September, Helfa Gelf / Art Trail For the 12th year running the Helfa Gelf event is taking place across North Wales giving art appreciators access to the creative spaces belonging to some of our top local talent.

• 9th September, Mold Record

& CD Fair Pick up a treasure at this popular fair in the Historic Market Town of Mold. 10am-4pm. 23 stalls of rare and collectable music, Vinyl, CDs, tapes, DVDs and memorabilia.

13th September, Conwy Honey Fair Join in this popular 700-year old Royal Charter Fair, founded by Edward 1st, in the World Heritage town of Conwy. About 20 beekeepers (depending on the honey harvest) sell their honey in the High Street and Lancaster Square. Plus plant stalls, crafts, farmers’ market and home produce stalls. 9am-4pm.

15th and 16th Sept, Llanbedr Beer Festival Sample a wide range of beers and cider from North and Mid Wales and cider as well at Ty Mawr Hotel. There’s a line-up of great live music and entertainment for the weekend. Tickets before 6pm, £3 and £5 after. Price includes souvenir glass and tasting notes. All beers and ciders priced at £3 per pint.

What’s on at Chirk Castle Battle of Crogen medieval weekend – with Cwmwd Ial, 16-17th September, 11am-4pm Take a fascinating look at life in the early medieval period with re-enacting groups Cwmwd Ial and Les Miles des Marches, who will commemorate the Battle of Crogen, which took place in 1165 in the Ceiriog Valley, between

Henry II and the combined forces of the Welsh princes. Pretty Muddy Chirk 5K, 7th October, 10am-1pm A 5k muddy obstacle course raising money for cancer research. Scramble over the A-frame; crawl through the mud pit; have fun with your friends.

Open Doors Denbigh 2017 Denbigh is set to open its doors again over the weekend of 23rd/24th September as part of the annual Open Heritage weekends taking place throughout Europe. Buildings of historic importance will be open for one weekend to the public for free, plus there will be a series of walks, talks and exhibitions on offer. Medwyn Williams, one of the organisers, says: ‘This year we have some really special events happening in Denbigh. Denbigh Town Hall is celebrating its centenary and a

series of activities will take place on the Sunday.’ In all, 24 buildings will be open and over 10 tours, exhibitions and talks will be on offer. To find out more go to www. visitdenbigh.co.uk. Tours need to be pre-booked by calling Denbigh Library on 01745 816313.

What’s On at Theatre Colwyn NT Live Angles in America Part 2, Perestroika 7th Sept (15) 7pm Set in America in the mid1980s in the midst of the AIDS epidemic. £12, £11 (conc.) Paul Sinha: Shout Out to My Ex, 3rd November, 7.30pm Paul Sinha weaves an intricate tale of happiness based on a combination of doing the two jobs he loves, enjoying parental

approval, and being in a proper relationship. £15, £14 conc. MWGSI, 23rd Oct, (Unsuitable for Under 14s) Brutal Welsh language drama about a teen struggling with cancer. Tickets £8 and £6 for students. www.theatrecolwyn.co.uk

Women £19.99, girls (13-15) £10. Register at www.raceforlife. cancerresearchuk.org. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Festival No 6, 7th10th September

Festival No.6 is the UK’s most unique experience – a multi award-winning music, arts and culture festival, located in the magical coastal home of Portmeirion. Featuring an eclectic mix of iconic and the best new artists, the main stage is a Mediterranean-inspired, Grade II-listed fantasy village, surrounded by estuary, mountains and woodlands. The festival features music, arts and culture, food and drink and experiences and activities. The line-up includes music from The Flaming Lips, Bloc Party, Moigwai. Electronica/ DJs featuring Goldie and Hercules and Love Affair and there’s Arts and Culture sessions with Irvine Welsh, Maxine Peake, The Brythoniaid Welsh Male Voice Choir and lots more. www.festivalnumber6.com

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Barmouth Walking Festival, 16th-25th September

Explore the magnificent surroundings and revel in the dramatic beauty of coastal Snowdonia on foot. Barmouth sits on the Northern side of the stunning Mawddach Estuary, sheltered by the Cadair Idris Range to the south and the Rhinog Mountains to the north. The Walking Festival has been developed with the aim of encouraging visitors to explore these stunning surroundings in the company of keen, experienced and knowledgeable local guides. Historians and naturalists lead some walks and expert advice has been taken to

ensure a safe, interesting and varied programme. There are walks at various distances, times and heights. If in any doubt seek advice before booking. More detailed descriptions of each of the walks are available on the website As a minimum: Stout walking footwear (made for mountains), waterproof jacket and trousers, warm clothing, gloves and warm headwear are required for all

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direct observation and working in a studio. Booking essential. National Trust member painting course £40. Non member course £48. To book call 07790018463.

Matthew Wood portfolio drawing and painting course, 9th September, 10am-4pm Find inspiration at Erddig with professional artist Matthew Wood, artist in residence from 2016. Be guided and tutored towards producing a variety of sketches and paintings over a series of 1-day courses. Suitable for the avid artist at any level, you’ll be encouraged to develop and discover your own approach to both the interior of Erddig hall and its grounds from

LLAWN Festival 15th-17th September

Take in the sights of Llandudno in this free arts festival that celebrates and explores the town through art, artefact, sound, DID YOU comedy, performance KNOW? and participation. Apple trees take Explore this work in four to five years unusual spaces and surprising places to produce their including baptist walks. Food and drink (at first fruit chapels, empty shops, shipping containers least 1 litre of and Victorian Bathing water) should Machines. be carried with you. For

more information, visit www. barmouthwalkingfestival.co.uk

Enjoy free arts interventions sited across the town plus performance, music, comedy, visual art, film, games, dance and surprises aplenty. For more info visit www.llawn.org.

Gwledd Conwy Feast, 27th-29th October

Apple festival, 2nd-29th October, Daily 10am-5pm As part of Erddig’s 40th anniversary celebrations, the

annual weekend event becomes a month-long celebration for the 27th annual apple festival. With apple displays, trail, cider press demos, tasters, apple talks and walks. There’s art, live music and poetry; cookery demos and apple history and science. Free event (admission applies). For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

The medieval walled town of Conwy and spectacular quayside play host to the largest food festival in North Wales. There’s a wide range of food-related activities, cookery sessions, art drop-ins, a farmyard of real, live animals and lots more. Pinc Ffloyd will launch the festival on Feast Friday and the

arts programme for adults and children has been expanded with an enticing mix of art workshops, a makers’ fair and A Feast of Words featuring food inspired poetry, fiction, writing, storytelling and talks. There’s an eclectic line-up for Music on the Quay from folk to funk and reggae to rock. www. conwyfeast.co. uk

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Every Sunday we serve Sunday lunches 12pm-5 pm (booking recommended). We also open in the evenings for bookings, private functions and parties, including weddings. We offer a range of menus including sirloin steaks, home made 100% Bodafon beef or minted lamb burgers, all cooked on the BBQ, whole fish cooked over charcoal, sharing boards and much more.

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North Wales International Music Festival 16th, 21st-24th, and 28th30th September. Lose yourself in this classical music festival featuring world-class performers in the intimate setting of St Asaph Cathedral. The theme for the 2017 and 46th festival is ‘Journeys’ and influences can be found in many forms in the programming, from choral to orchestral music. The creative

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One Man, Two Guvnors, 11th Oct, 7:30pm. £12, £10 conc. A deliriously funny original version of Richard Bean’s fast-paced, riotous farce. This production is supported by Arts Council Wales. For more information and tickets visit www.stiwt.com

vision for the festival is centred on the idea of using a common theme to link all strands, from the main concerts to the educational aspects. Journeys can, of course, be of many kinds. Most obviously, travel to foreign lands has inspired much loved music from composers such as Gershwin and Mendelssohn. Performances include The

17th and 18th September, Knights of Owain Glyndŵr. Explore the history of Owain Glyndŵr’s possession of Harlech Castle and his legacy to Wales from 11am to 4pm DID YOU daily. Adults, £6.50, KNOW? senior citizens, students and children under 16, Dean Karnazes £4.20, family ticket, ran 350 miles in £19.30.

National Youth Brass Band of Wales, Red Priest, Aquarelle 80hrs 44 mins Guitar Quartet • 23rd Sept, Trailffest with no sleep! and much more. Half Marathon A race which follows the route Tickets are available of the Ffestiniog railway from Theatr Clwyd from Tanygrisiau to Porthmadog. A ‘Family and Friends’ train on 01352 701521. For more runs alongside to cheer on the information and full programme competitors as they struggle on! and times, visit www.nwimf.com

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The Shakespeare Revue 19th September-23 September How many times have you watched a Shakespeare play, loved the story but just wished it would lighten up a bit? With songs and sketches by Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, Stephen Sondheim, Maureen Lipman, Monty Python, Cole Porter, Fry & Laurie and many more this is one play for you! Showing at 7.30pm and 2.30pm. Tickets from £10-£25

Russell Watson; Serenade 24th September A very special evening with four-time Brit Classical Award winner Russell Watson, accompanied by his pianist and a guest choir. The world-renowned tenor will be performing songs from his new album True Stories, together with a selection of hits from his illustrious career. For more information visit www. theatrclywyd.com.

Servants and spooks at Penrhyn Castle this autumn about the different roles and the part that they played in kitchen life. 11am-4pm.

Experience Life in the Victorian kitchens from 1st-20th October and follow the daily routine of the people that made these amazing kitchens work. Learn

It’s Family Victorian Hallowe’en from 21st October – 5th November. Are you brave enough to enter the castle and spend a spooky Hallowe’en at Penrhyn? Come along and join the scary servants as they take you into a world of ghouls, ghosts and lots of family

23rd and 24th September, Open Doors – Llangar Old Parish Church Visit this rustic parish church overlooking the beautiful Dee valley. Remodelled in the early 18th century with furniture and fittings to reflect the then religious practices. It retains the remains of eight schemes of wall painting, the earliest of which may date from 14th century. Free entry, 11am-3pm.

fun....Event runs from 11am4pm. Refreshments available onsite. Children welcome. Normal admission applies. Call 01248 353 084 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

24th September, Red Bull Hardline. Hard by name, hard by nature, Red Bull Hardline isn’t a mountain bike event for the fainthearted. Hailed as one of the toughest downhill mountain bike races in the world, the fourth edition of Red Bull Hardline returns to the hills of Dyfi Valley.

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Spooky happenings at Beaumaris Castle

Open Doors, 23rd and 24th September, 11am-4pm Technically perfect and constructed according to an ingenious ‘walls within walls’ plan, Beaumaris Castle was the 13th-century hi-tech equivalent of a spaceship landing unceremoniously on Anglesey today. Come and view

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it in all its splendor. Although admission to this event is free, it is a ticketed event, and tickets are available on the website. Spooky Halloween Day, 28th October, 11am-4pm Join in a Halloween themed trail for a day of thrills and chills! Beaumaris Castle invites you

Plas Newydd House and Gardens

to join its spooky tour around the castle walls, find the clues and claim your prize, but be Celebrate the native trees careful you don’t bump into and woodlands as Plas the castle witch! There will be Newydd once again plays pumpkin carving and crafts for host to one of North Wales’ all to get involved with. Carve favourite woodland events a scary face into your pumpkin The Anglesey Woodland Festival 2017. With crafts, and take it home with you.You woodland skills, green can also make a scary mask, woodworking demos and take part in the spooky trail and much more on 23rd-24th spot the scary goings on around September, 11am-3.30pm. the castle. Tickets: senior On 27th September join the amazing citizens, students and DID YOU garden team for children under 16 a Garden Tour: KNOW? £4.20. Adults £6.50 History of the Although its an and family - £19.30. Garden. Find activity rarely Visit www.cadw. out how the seen, red squirrels plants and trees gov.wales.

Mold Food Festival, September 16th and 17th

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Superheroes: The Legends of Today, Sept-January 2018 Superheroes have become the legends in the eternal struggle between good and evil. This exhibition celebrates these heroes through the drawings of Wrexham-based illustrator, Neil Edwards. www.wrexham.gov.uk Purse Strings and Quilters Sessions! Learn some new skills at these session £15pp (includes materials and refreshments.) Limited spaces available. 10.30am12.30pm. Call 01978 297460.

This showcase for the wonderful local produce the region has to offer attracts some of the finest quality food and drink producers from around the country. The Festival is recognised as one of the best and most successful in Wales, attracting more than 13,000 visitors and 120 food and drink producers every year. This year will be another exciting foodie weekend with a mix of celebrity and local chef demos, including Jean-Christophe

Novelli, Jo Wheatley, Graham Tinsley plus top local chefs, cookery workshops, children’s activities, live music and plenty of gourmet goodies to tempt the tastebuds! From 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. The outdoor food court remains open until around 8pm on Saturday, with live music on the stage too. Tickets £7 adults, £3 (aged 4-13, under 3s free) and £15 for a family. www.moldfoodfestival.co.uk

that now call Plas Newydd their

home came to be here. 2pm-4pm. Then on 29th October-1st November, join a local artist for Autumn Art. Let the autumn colours and views of Snowdonia inspire you! Art materials supplied From 11am-3.30pm. From 30th October-3rd November it’s Red Squirrel Week! from 10.30am-3.30pm. Celebrate their red success with walks, talks and squirrel crafts with the Red Squirrel Trust. 11am-3pm. Set off on an autumnal adventure this half term Find out 50 Things on an Autumnal Adventure on 1st November. For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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28th September – 1st October, Llanasa Parish Church The Harvest Festival Holy Eucharist Admission is £3 including a programme. Tea or coffee and a homemade cake for £2. Come along and see the beautiful floral arrangements, plus village scarerows will be on display.

30th September, Quiz Day Llandudno. All day general knowledge quizzing event at the Grand Hotel. There’ll be quizzes for individuals and teams (organisers will select the teams from those present on the day). Expect to see champions of Mastermind, Brain of Britain, Fifteen to One and other quizzes to come. The event attacts professional and amateur quiz-fanatics from all across the country. It costs £5 for the registration fee.

• 6th October, Inglorious at The Tivoli Venue, Brunswick

race and stalls and music in the streets add to the atmosphere of the day. Visit www.ras-y-cob. co.uk for details.

Ras y Cob, 17th September The Ffestiniog Railway shares the Cob – a mile long embankment – with the road into Porthmadog. With funruns for all ages and abilities, trains take the runners from Porthmadog to the start of each

Halloween Trains, 26th, 27th, 28th and 31st October Catch the ghostly train to Tany-Bwlch for fun and fireworks. With fancy dress and hot supper plus folk band Dixie Hicks will entertain on the train and at the Snowdonia Parc Brewpub. From 6pm-9.30pm. Call 01766 516024 to book. www.festrail.co.uk

Ffestiniog Railway Victorian Weekend, 6th-8th October Visit Ffestiniog Railway for a fun weekend dedicated to the Victorian era. With decorated shops, special events being held in the Maritime Museum, DID YOU period KNOW? costumes, ‘Werewolf’ comes rides, and from the old English stalls.

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Halloween fun all week at Ruthin Gaol

road, Buckley Rock out with Inglorious – five young men with a mutual love and respect of the classics of hard rock music, big guitar riffs, and soulful vocals. 7pm.

• 7th October, NWBCF Seren Yn Codi semi-final Come along

and see all the semi-finalists in the Seren Yn Codi competition of the North Wales Burlesque and Cabaret Festival! 6pm start.

5th-8th October, Crickhowell Literary Festival An interesting and growing event that celebrates Welsh identity and culture including a focus on history. The Crickhowell Literary Festival began in 2015 and looks set to continue and develop. Expect books, talks and merriment.

The Wales Rally GB is one of the biggest sporting events to take place in North Wales. With the service station on Deeside Service Park, the three-day event from 27-29th October, will see the drivers take on a series of tracks and challenges including iconic stages at Chirk Castle and Hafren Sweet Lamb. Visitors will be treated to a showcase of iconic rally cars from many of the sport’s most exciting eras as a major

attraction at Cholmondeley Castle’s RallyFest. The fourday UK round of the World Rally Championship, hosted by Conwy County, will see 20 special stages offer 180 miles of top class rally action on some of the world’s most challenging and forest tracks. The modified route will reintroduce two night stages in the Dyfnant and Bala’s Aberhirnant forests and see cars fly through Gwydyr Forest in Snowdonia for the first time since 2013. www.walesrallygb.com

There will be lots of spooky goings on at Ruthin Gaol, from 28th October to 3rd November, 10-4pm. Just visit the Gaol on the day. www.denbighshire.gov.uk

Welshpool goes vintage The Welshpool 1940s Weekend, September 29th1st October celebrates everything 1940s. Located around the town there’s music from Joules Noble, Ricky Hunter, The Blue Bird Bells, Johnny Victory, Pete Wayre, and Castle Belles, Nostalgia and Land Girls Choir. With 1940s cookery, craft and garden show; Spirit of the Blitz Variety Show, Tea Dance, Blitz Ball and the Closing Concert.

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Annual music takeover of Wrexham

Choirs from North Wales and the North West will perform to thousands of visitors in the town centre in the second annual musical takeover of Wrexham. Wrexham Singing Streets are returning following a successful inaugural event last year, featuring up to 30 choirs across seven venues on 30th September. National Eisteddfod and Britain’s Got Talent finalists Only Boys Aloud will be appearing for the first time, along with North Wales Opera Studio. Other highlights include a mass singalong in Queen’s Square and performances by two signing choirs, who perform in BSL for the deaf. Visit www.singingstreets. org for a full line-up and participating venues.


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DID YOU KNOW? Great British icon Winston Churchill was in fact half American!

Galeri which uses an original 19th century Polyphon machine (seen above) as part of his performance. Churchill, 13th September, 11am and 2pm, £3.30-£5.50. This is the untold story of Britain’s most celebrated leader, uncovering the true nature of Churchill’s herculean war-time status and his vital relationship with ‘Clemmie’ – his backbone and total confidant – the love that inspired him to greatness.

Victoria and Abdul, 25th October 7.30pm, £3.50-£5.50 The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s remarkable rule. Visit www.galericaernarfon. com for full details and times.

Luke Daniels: Revolve & Rotate Tour. 22nd September, 7.30pm, £11-12 Award-winning singer and composer Luke Daniels brings his solo show to

What’s On at Pontio How To Win Against History, 5th and 6th October, 8pm Henry Cyril Paget, 5th Marquis of Anglesey, was one of the Earth’s wealthiest men, until he lost it all by being too fabulous. Seiriol Davies’s fierce, hilarious, tragi-gorgeous, ripped-up new musical about being too weird for the world (but desperately not wanting it to forget you) was the solid gold, sparkly-diamond-studded hit of the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. Tickets £12/£10 conc.

Phill Jupitus: Juplicity, Theatr Bryn Terfel, 11th October, 8pm. Tickets £15 Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it. Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on

BBC2’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks in 1996, which went on to run for 19 years. Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly. Not suitable for under 14s. P.A.R.A.D.E. Theatr, 28th October, 7.30pm, 29th October, 3pm, £14.50/£12.50 Featuring dance, music and a renegade aerial robot, P.A.R.A.D.E is an epic spectacle created by National Dance Company Wales and the artist Marc Rees. 8+ years. See www.pontio. co.uk for more.

14th and 15th October, Hamper Llangollen Food Festival Discover great food and drink in this fabulous local producers market. Enjoy live cookery classes and take part in fun workshops. Pick up exciting new recipes or learn about traditional dishes. Entry £5 on the door 10am-5pm.

14th -15th October, Dingle Nurseries & Garden, Welshpool, Powys Open Garden for NGS. Visit this beautiful RHS recommended 4 acre garden, sloping down to lakes surrounded by year-round interest. Beds mostly colour themed with a huge variety of rare and unusual trees, ornamental shrubs and herbaceous plants. Admission £3.50, children free. Tea and coffee available. Open 9am-5pm.

15th October, BDMLR Marine Mammal Medic Course Learn how to rescue whales, dolphins, porpoises and seals! British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) is a UK based marine animal rescue organisation. The course has been developed to train members of the public how to safely rescue these stranded marine mammals. You don’t need to be a diver and the minimum age is 16. Course fee £90.

20th October, The Sex Pistols Experience, Tivoli Venue, Buckley This is the world’s leading Pistols tribute show band, with a worldwide reputation built-up from over 1500+ live shows from extensive tours of the U.K, USA, Europe, and South America. The band have played all the top venues and festivals, and have appeared in film and TV as the Sex Pistols/Sid & Nancy.

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What’s on at Rhyl Pavilion

The World Famous Elvis Show, 9th Sept, £25.50 If you weren’t lucky enough to see Elvis live, you will walk away from this concert feeling that you have! This show respectively and authentically recreates The King at his very best DID YOU recreating two concerts!

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Legally Blonde The Musical, 24th-28th Sept, The smash Broadway and West End Musical comes to The Pavilion. Various perfomance times. Tickets £20.50-£34.50. ww.rhylpavilion.co.uk

The Nutcracker Russian National Ballet, 16th Oct A wonderful treat for the whole family. See this performance of the classical ballet by some of the world’s finest dancers.

What’s On at William Aston Hall Heather Small 24th September, 7pm It’s 25 years since Heather Small burst onto the music scene! Featuring all the hits – Moving On Up, One Night in Heaven and of course the anthemic Proud. Tickets £28.50-£31.35. Henning Wehn, 12th October, 7.30pm Join German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn for an evening of Teutonic jolliness at its best. Henning’s

takes an unbiased look at immigration. He also wonders, if, generally speaking, people are competent. Luckily in his case this doesn’t matter as either he’s funny or he lives up to a national stereotype. It’s a win-win situation. Tickets £17.50-£19.25. Lulu, 28th October, 7pm Legendary singer Lulu returns for her All About The Music Tour. Taking in 39-dates across the UK. Tickets £35-£71.50. Visit www.glyndwr.ac.uk to find out more.

Llangollen Railway autumn events Oktoberfest, 16th September 2017, 6.30pm-11pm With a live Oompha Band, German beers, lager and wines and lots of lovely food Oktoberfest is the place to be! Tickets are £10 and the event is not suitable for under 18’s. There is no travel included in this event it is an on station event only. Day Out With Thomas™, 21st and 22nd October, 10am, tickets £11 - £52 (under 2s free) Thomas the Tank Engine is back for a Day Out With Thomas. This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take

a ride with Thomas, meet The Fat Controller and enjoy trips on Thomas’ friends. See website for full details. Ride The Rocket Firework Train – 4th Nov Enjoy an evening train journey to Carrog and on the way back stop off at Glyndyfrdwy Station for fantastic fireworks. For full details of events, timetables and to book tickets call 01978 860979 or visit www.llangollenrailway.co.uk

Join our head gardener John Rippin for a guided walk on 13th September from 10am-12pm. Hear about the past, present and future of Bodnant Garden and catch a glimpse into areas not yet open to visitors. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear and note there are steep paths and steps within the garden. Booking is essential, so please call 01492 650460 or email bodnantgarden@ national.trust.org.uk for more information or to book. Tickets cost £10. Please note that unfortunately, dogs are not allowed at this event.

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Spooky Science, 21st and 22nd October and 28th-31st October Trick or treat with Techniquest Glyndwr this Halloween and join in some of the most startling science experiments around! Spooky Science is really familyfriendly with ghostly goings-on, supernatural slime and brewing blood… fiendishly good fun for all ages! For the scaredycats out there who don’t want to be spooked, there’s always the 70 hands-on exhibits and puzzles spread across 4 zones of interactive fun! Shows at 1pm and 3.30pm. Visit www.tqg. org.uk.

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28th October, Llanfair Caereinion station will be spookily decorated and the last train will return to Llanfair in eerie dusk. Prizes for the most imaginative fancy dress.

28th October, 10-4pm, Spooky Halloween Trail at Denbigh Castle A Halloweenthemed trail at Denbigh Castle for a day of thrills and chills! Be quick, there’s a prize for the first 150 children taking part. Adult £4, family £11.90, senior citizens, students and children under 16, £2.60.

Russian State Opera Presents Tosca, 29th September, 7.30pm This hunting tragedy with its breathtaking arias will transport you to the world of romantic Rome full of drama, passion, love, and betrayal.

season in North Wales, WNO are bringing four operas to Llandudno – Khovanshchina, Eugene Onegin, From the House of the Dead and Die Fledermaus. Featuring pre-performance talks at the theatre from 3pm.

Texas, 5th October, 7.30pm With their glorious new album Jump On Board’ coming out April 21st, Texas are back! Welsh National Opera, 24th-28th October For their Elaine Paige in Concert, 2nd November, 7.30pm Elaine Paige performs the West End and Broadway hits which made her famous. £35, £45 and £75. www.venuecymru.co.uk

28th and 31st October, Halloween Trains Be prepared to be scared! Halloween Trains will depart from Llanuwchllyn at 5pm and 6pm, please note that it is not possible to board these trains at any other station.

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of binoculars and navigation via star maps. Bring something to sit or lie on to get comfortable. Tickets £10.

29th October -2nd Nov, Halloween Hunt, Llanberis Lake Railway Ride the ghostly train through the Witches Woods to seek out the spirits and spooks!

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November, Mold November Fest, Over 30 real ales, pilsner lager, ciders and wine along with some great live band entertainment at various venues.

10th Nov, LLanrwst Rotary Spectacular Aerial Firework Display Free annual display of spectacular fireworks, Starts 6pm.

Stargaze with Cadw at Rhuddlan Castle, 22nd September, 8pm-10pm Take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere, find various deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula and learn the correct use

Spooky Halloween Day, 31st October, 11am-4pm Decorat spookey cakes and biscuits, take the Halloweenthemed quiz and other games. Plus story-telling by the fantastic Ruth MooreWilliams. www. castlewales. com

Neuadd Dwyfor Cinema Rock Dog, 8th-9th September, various times, tickets £5.25£6.25When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed tibetan Mastiff, he sets off to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician. David Gilmour Live at Pompeii, 13th September, 7pm, tickets £10 Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour performs in the legendary Roman Amphitheatre for two spectacular live shows.

Don’t Dribble on the Dragon, The People’s Theatre Company, 17th Sept, 2.30pm The final magic tricks by the late Paul Daniels feature in this new musical spectacular for cool kids! Elis James, Stand Up Comedian, 22nd Sept, 7.30pm Very funny Welsh language comedy genius that has taken the comedy circuit by storm! For more information call the theatre on 01758 704088.

A GreenWood Spooktacular this October half term

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some spooktacular treats in store this October! From Saturday the 21st of October, Snowdonia’s award-winning eco adventure park will be brimming with Hallowe’en fun for the whole family. Get creative with creepy crafts – make lanterns, monstrous masks and create your own Harry Potter broomstick. Keep your eyes peeled for

witches and spooky creatures in the trees, or become one yourself with freaky face painting. For a spooktacular treat, catch the special Halloween shows in the Forest Theatre on Tuesday 31st October at 1pm. And you can warm up with a tasty hot chocolate for free if you come along in fancy dress! www. greenwoodforestpark.co.uk

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9th September, Dolgellau Park Run, The Marian, Dolgellau Come along to this weekly free 5km timed run. Register before your first run and don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode, if you forget it, you won’t get a time.

11th, 18th, 25th September, 9th, 16th October and 6th November, Hinterland Tours at Cambrian Safaris Taking in the upper parts of the steep sided Rheidol valley and steep back roads leading to remote lakes, and isolated farmsteads, this tour introduces you to the ‘Hinterland’ of north Ceredigion. Locations used in both of the TV series Hinterland are included. In

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Cinema: David Gilmour Live at Pompeii David Gilmour Live At Pompeii, on 16th September, is an audio-visual spectacle, featuring lasers, pyrotechnics and a huge circular screen on which specially-created films complement selected songs, but paramount above all is the astonishing music and stellar performances from an all-star band. The show includes DID YOU songs from throughout David’s KNOW? career, as well as many Pink Floyd 19th century classics, including One Of These Europe, burlesque Days. Tickets £10-£15.

14th September and other dates, tailorshows were satires made art workshops, about popular Pengwernydd Inspiring ELO Again art workshops set in the plays Celebrating the 40th Anniversary Cambrian Mountains. Work of ELO’s iconic album Out of the ‘en plein air’ or in the light and airy room indoors. Workshops Blue, ELO AGAIN performs on 30th are £45pp per day, £50 with September. The whole experience is a professional lunch, and can be combined with re-enactment a stay at Pengwernydd.

14th September, Pales History Day, The Pales Quaker Meeting House, Llandegley, Llandrindod Wells As part of the 300th anniversary celebrations of The Pales, the oldest Quaker meeting House in Wales, five speakers will talk about their research on Quaker history. Bring your own lunch or food to share.

23rd September, Life Drawing Extra! Cabaret Sketching Special, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown Sketch burlesque performer Satine DiMonté dancing and posing in her tassels and feather finery. £28. 10:30am-3.30pm.

of an ELO concert with a great sound reproduction light show and visual effects. Tickets £20.50.

Live: Bolshoi Ballet – Le Coursair Inspired by Lord Byron’s epic poem and reworked by Alexei Ratmansky from Petipa’s exotic 19th century classic, this miracle of the repertoire screened on 22nd October is one of the Bolshoi’s most lavish productions. £10-£15. Milkshake! Live ‘The Magic Story Book’ This all singing, all dancing show on 31st October stars lots of Milkshake! favourites like Bob the Builder, Shimmer and Shine, The Little Princess and Noddy. Set amongst Milkshake’s magical bookcase, this brand new live show is sure to amaze and delight! Tickets £13-£15. www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk

What’s on at Llanerchaeron Farming and Rural Life Celebration, 16th September Celebrate the rich tradition and heritage of farming and rural life within Ceredigion at the Open Heritage Day. Delve into the history of farming and agriculture with exhibitions of vintage tractors and machinery, demonstrations of traditional techniques, local food and craft stalls and more. 11am-4.30pm. Free event. Apple Festival, 8th October This home-grown festival celebrates the apple harvest with a day of cider making, orchard

walks, apple testing, food and craft stalls, kids games and lots more apple related fun! Bring your own apples to be identified by experts and then get them pressed to make your own freshly pressed apple juice. October Half Term Fun, 28th October-5th November This half term there’s pumpkin carving, the spooky trails and a fancy dress competition. Polish the silver, make a moth ball and help the gardener sort the seeds in The Servants’ Trail. All free events, but general admission applies. www.nationaltrust. org.uk

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The Wind In The Willows Join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad on Sunday 23rd July for a summer adventure at Powis Castle as Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents a musical and fun-filled adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic novel. What starts as a search for the best picnic spot rapidly turns into the most hilarious of escapades. With the bumptious Toad’s heart set on a shiny new motorcar and his very liberty soon at stake, will his faithful friends come to his rescue – and will he let them? This magical family show is presented in beautiful traditional costume and features a woodland parade during the interval for everyone to join in with! Fun and frolics aplenty, performed in the grounds of the iconic Powis Castle. 7.00pm-9pm. Tickets cost £14 for adults, £10 for children with a variety of family tickets starting at £38.50. Bring your own rugs or low-backed seating. Mid Wales Opera Special Gala Event Join Mid Wales Opera for a summer evening filled with musical surprises on Saturday August 12th in the magnificent gardens of Powis Castle Gardens. Experience the spectacular gardens in an exclusive night-time opening of the castle grounds – bring a picnic and enjoy a glass a bubbly with Mid Wales Opera – along with a few unexpected musical diversions, including performances by Rhodri Prys Jones and Lucy Mellors, who sang Jupiter and Semele in Cardiff performances of MWO/ RWCMD’s recent tour of Handel’s Semele. From 7pm to 9pm. Ticket Price £12.50 advance, and £15 on the gate. Call 0344 249 1895 to book. You can find out more online at: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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Open Doors: In the frame, 20th September Exclusive behind the scenes access to the Library’s art collection and the Royal Commission’s archival areas providing an opportunity to see the storage facilities of work by Sir Kyffin Williams, and the industrial landscape artist, Falcon Hildred, together with the Arts and Crafts architect, Herbert North. Tours last approx 75 minutes and combine Sir Kyffin Williams collection repository and Royal Commission storage areas. Booking is essential. Guided Tours, 10th September-18th October Weekly Guided Tour and presentation of the

Library’s collections and history every Monday morning and Wednesday afternoon. Tour lasts approx 90 mins. Opens at 9:30am and between 2.15pm-3.45pm. Tickets cost up to £15. On display: Nantoes Cup, ongoing The exact origin of the Nantoes Cup is a mystery. Is it the Holy Grail? Does it possess supernatural power to heal? See for yourself. www.llgc.org.uk

Mid Wales Gigs

Barry Steele and Friends: ‘The Roy Orbison Story’, 15th September, Theatr Brycheiniog Canal Wharf, Brecon, Powys, 7.30pm This show features chart-busting hits originally performed made famous by Jerry lee Lewis, Del Shannon & The Spencer Davies Group all backed by phenomenally talented musicians culminating in an incredible fusion of ‘60s solid gold classics and ‘80s musical genius. £20. Call 01874 611622.

their unique sound to the museum. Tickets: £12 advance, £15 on the door, under 16s £6, under 10s free. Call 01686 640 689.

7th October, Ceri Ridge Trading Company album launch at The Hafren in Newtown They perform regularly at music venues, festivals and pubs throughout Mid Wales, Shropshire and Herefordshire. Is it Appalachian mountain DID YOU music, folk, hillbilly?


21st September, Vibes Jazz Trio, Wrestling is one of 17th October, The Young’uns, Theatr Andrew Logan Museum of world’s most ancient Brycheiniog Canal Wharf, Brecon Sculpture Berriew, Welshpool, 8pm forms of combat English folk band with powerful songs, Being professionally familiar with spine tingling harmonies and raucous dating back to Ronnie Scotts, The Marque and humour. £16.50. Call 01874 611622. Glastonbury, the Vibes Jazz Trio bring 7000 BC

Welsh Wrestling at Glan-y-Mor Holiday Park Come along on 25th October to see the action at Clarach South Beach in Aberystwyth. Welsh Wrestling promotes wrestling events all over Wales, from Swansea to Wrexham, Porthcawl to Porthmadog, Rhyl to Tenby, Cwmbran to Aberystwyth and many towns in between. It is the premier brand in the country and is the only professional association that covers the entire country. So if you want to check out a wrestling show in Wales, head over to The Superstars of Welsh Wrestling and see one of the many fun packed live events they operate. Visit www.welshwrestling.com for more information and to book tickets. September/October 2017 | SHIRE MAGAZINE 21

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Events at Rheidol Railway


how to dance the Charleston and the Swing! Tickets cost £45 for the entire ‘Roaring 20s’ package or £30 for the Devil’s Bridge event. 8th October, Music on the Train with Rewired Listen to the sound of acoustic music in the carriages whilst the train travels up into the Cambrian Mountains from Aberystwyth. The journey will take an hour to carry you up to the picturesque village of Devil’s Bridge, nestled at the top of the Rheidol Valley. Departing at 10.30am. Standard ticket fares apply. Donation return fares. Tickets: adults £23.50, seniors £22, students £18.80 and children £10.

30th September, John Rutter Come and Sing Day, Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Wharf, Brecon Sing a mixture of choral music with some of John Rutter’s own works included and a few surprises at this hugely enjoyable day, organised by the Brecon Singers. Tickets £20 to include music, coffee and tea. CDs of the day will be available for sale. 9:30am-4:45 pm.

1st October, Garden Tour and Talk, Tretower, Powys A humorous and informative herbal tour and talk in the beautiful medieval garden at Tretower Court. Find out what strange and wonderful cures can be obtained from nature in your own back yard.

7th October, Autumn Crankup, Internal Fire Museum of Power, Tan-y-groes, Cardigan The last major crankup of the year with all the engines running. New engines include several large steam engines and a very large twin cylinder Crossley diesel from Gold Corner Pumping Station. 12pm.

7th October, Barnardos’ 20 Mile Sponsored Walk, Ty Mawr Hotel, Llanbedr A well supported annual event raising thousands of pounds for Barnardos and making a very worthwhile opportunity to enjoy walking in Southern Snowdonia. Walks of 5, 10 and 20 miles available to suit all abilities.

13th-15th October, Barmouth Bridge 150th Anniversary, Dragon Theatre A weekend celebration to mark 150 years since the opening of the Mawddach’s iconic harbour bridge. Events include films, exhibition of bridge artwork, model railway exhibition and firework display Saturday night.

Roaring 20s & 30s, 16th-17th September Halloween Ghost Train, 27th, 28th and 29th Oct Come along to this vintage event to celebrate This ghoulish ghost train departs Aberystwyth at 95 years of the Great Western on the Vale of 6pm and returns to Aberystwyth around 9:30pm. Rheidol Railway. A big band will be playing in the A Halloween feast will be served at Devil’s Bridge carriages during the day and accompany station: Halloween hotdogs for the children the visitors on their train ride. Actors DID YOU and a hot pork bap for adults. Veggie option will be performing scenes on the KNOW? is also available, platforms. There will be a period Sheep have good plus blackberry dress contest, an open workshop memories and can and apple at Aberystwyth station with free recall at least 50 crumble. Adults entrance to see what’s going on other sheep and £28, children behind the scenes and meet the humans for (aged 3 to 15) £13. apprentices and engineers. There Included in the years will also be a vintage vehicles on ticket price; return display, a carousel, candy-floss makers journey to Devil’s Bridge, and other fairground stalls in the car park. A Jazz night entertainment during the journey, meal and a drink will take place at the Hafod Hotel led by the band at Devil’s Bridge Station, goody bag for children. ‘Chocolat’ and there will also be a dance contest with Visit www.rheidolrailway.co.uk for more details. professional dancers from Aberswing to teach people

Heart of Wales Vintage Lorry Rally The Rally returns for the fifth year running from 10th September. Dozens of colourful, wonderfully kept, classic lorries and vintage commercial vehicles arrive in convoy in Barmouth as part of their 240 mile run. They park up on the main car park from 1pm-3pm. It’s a sight to be seen and draws a crowd of enthusiasts for all things nostalgic. There will be an archive coffee morning for the public, followed by lunch for the 130 drivers, drivers’ mates and families at the theatre with films for their entertainment.

Llandovery Sheep Festival

Llandovery Sheep Festival returns on the 23rd24th September to the bustling town in Mid Wales. As a celebration of all things sheep, the festival celebrates droving, sheep farming and the wool industry. All weekend the town will be celebrating its farming routes and connection to the drovers trails of old. This community run event features sheep-focused activities, local crafts and delicious local food, fun for all the family with particular focus on the Junior Annual Woolsack Race and the Annual Woolsack Race as well as The Drovers Derby. Go online to find out more at: www.llandoverysheepfestival.co.uk

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14th-15th October, Dingle Nurseries & Garden – Open Garden for NGS, Welshpool A huge variety of rare and unusual trees, ornamental shrubs and herbaceous plants. Set in hills of mid Wales this beautiful and well-known garden attracts visitors from Britain and abroad. £3.50, children free. Tea and coffee available. 9am-5pm.

What’s on at Wyeside Arts Centre

Six Wives of Henry VIII, 4th October, Market Phil Beer, 14th September, Market Theatre With a professional career of over 36 years, Phil Theatre, 7.30pm Howard Coggins looks like Henry VIII. There’s has a great deal of material to draw on for his no escaping that. Stu McLoughlin doesn’t really solo appearances. This performance is a treat of look like any of the wives, but he’s going to give past and current favourites from one of the most it a go. After their previous self-funded twopopular acoustic musicians on the circuit. man historical drama is savaged in the 7.30pm. £15 full (£13 conc.) DID YOU press, Howard and Stu are at their wits KNOW? end. Then they hit upon an idea for a Film: IT (Cert 18) 22nd, 23rd, 24th, Author Stephen show that could change everything... 26th, 27th, 28th September, various King suffers from Tickets: £14 full (£13 conc). times, Castle Cinema and Market triskaidekaphobia – Theatre Based on the classic Stephen fear of the The East Pointers, 14th October King horror novel, in the town of number 13 Hailing from Canada’s Prince Edward Derry local children have a habit of Island, The East Pointers who released disappearing one by one, leaving behind their debut album Sweet Victory in 2015 and have bloody remains. Seven kids, all of whom have had strange and horrifying encounters, unite in an been touring the world almost constantly since. In attempt to stop these events, and discovers what early 2017 they won a JUNO Award for best roots album in Canada. 7.30pm. Tickets £14 (£13 conc). appears to be an evil clown named Pennywise www.wyeside.co.uk whose tyrannical ways go back hundreds of years.

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Talyllyn Railway Events

Open Doors Day, Sunday 10th September Gregynog Hall will be open free of charge as part of the Heritage Open Day initiative. Come and explore the hall and enjoy the exhibitions on display. Librarian Mary Oldham will on be on hand to tell the story of those who have lived there. From 12pm-4.30pm

Victorian Train Experience Journey in Victorian carriages behind an original Talyllyn locomotive on 14th, 21st and 27th September. Travel in the original coaches behind an original locomotive and stop off along the way for photographs, lunch and forest walks. Enjoy a Victorian tea in the King’s Cafe and Narrow Gauge Railway Museum tour too.

There is a fabulous Wedding Open Day on Sunday 17th September 11am-3pm. Sunday Carvery 24th Sept and 29th Oct Come and enjoy a one or two course Sunday lunch at Gregynog, famed for centuries for its hospitality. Using the best of British and local produce you are guaranteed a wonderful dining experience, from £11.95 to £15.95 per adult. Booking required, call 01686 650224. www.gregynog.org

Halloween Steam and Scream Ride along the Talyllyn Railway to the haunted woods at Dolgoch. All children get a spooky goody bag with activities and treats. King’s Café will serve up a two-course Halloween feast (veggie options too). Dress up and bring your carved pumpkin lanterns – prizes given for the favourites! Tickets (inc meal) £17, under 15s, £8. www.talyllyn.co.uk

15th October, Caer Beris Manor Hotel, Open Garden for NGS, Builth Wells 27 acres of mature parklands, with the river Irfon bordering the property. Many varied specimen trees form an Arboretum. An Edwardian Rose archway has been recently replanted with David Austin roses. 11am-4pm. £4, children free. Homemade teas.

•18th October, Kathakali, Theatr

Brycheiniog Canal Wharf, Brecon Kathakali is based on Hinduism and is a highly charged powerful drama that combines devotion, drama, dance, music, costumes and makeup to produce one of the world’s most impressive form of sacred theatre. Starts 7.30pm. £12, conc. £10

22nd October, Ron Skilton Memorial Half Marathon, Llanwrtyd Wells The route for the half marathon is a figure of 8, mainly off-road and approximately 13 miles long. The scenery is magnificent and the course challenging as the area is mountainous. Registration £10.

28th October, Llangrannog Fireworks, Cardigan Bay Free display from 6.30pm. Bonfire is set on the beach to coincide with the rising tide to extinguish it, rockets launched from the cliff tops on either side of the cove, and hundreds of fireworks from the beach.

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What’s on at The Hafren


•25th October and 1st

November, Wild Wednesdays, RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve Eglwysfach, Machynlleth Bug Hunts and Pond Dipping. Discover the wild side of Ynys-hir. Family activities for children 4-12 years. 1.30pm-2.30pm. £4 per child (£3 per child RSPB member).

28th-31st October, Tretower’s Spooky Trail, Tretower Court and Castle, Powys Halloweenthemed spooky trail for children and families taking place around the Court and Castle with completed quizzes rewarded with site stickers and goody bag!

26th-30th October, The 12th Brecon Baroque Festival, Brecon The 12th festival celebrates Vivaldi and explores the music of Venice.

Jeremy Hardy, 15th September, 8pm Jeremy Hardy is in his fourth decade as a stand-up this year. He is also well known for his appearances on The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. Indeed, Alan Bennett recently said he likes him ‘but he’s only on the radio’. However, Jeremy isn’t only on the radio, his television credits include: Jack Dee’s Election Helpdesk (BBC2), QI (BBC1), Mock The Week (BBC2), Grumpy Old Men (BBC1), Back In The Day (BBC2), Not Tonight With John Sergeant (BBC2). He is also on the road all year round and has never stopped doing live shows since 1984. He’s continuing his tour this autumn! Tickets: £14, unwaged: £5.

BBC National Orchestra Of Wales, 24th September, 3pm The Russian nationalists are fantastic at telling musical fairy tales. It’s partly because they delight in lavish orchestral effects. Glinka, the ‘Father of Russian Music’, shows how it’s done with

his firecracker of an overture. Rimsky Korsakov takes up the mantle with music of seduction and adventure in his version of A Thousand and One Nights. In between these fables is a shot of reality in the form of a personal account of life under the authoritarian Soviet regime. Military Wives & Silver Band, 1st October, Methodist Church, High Street, Welshpool Bringing the Welshpool 1940s Weekend to a close will be a concert featuring Shawbury Military Wives Choir, Porthywaen Silver Band and guest singing star Tammy Jones. 7.30pm. £7.50. William Walton’s The Bear, 2nd November, Llandinam Village Hall, 7.30pm Experience opera like never before as MWO ‘Small-Stages’ presents its first ever micro-chamber performances. Composed in 1967 and based on Anton Chekhov’s play of the same name, The Bear tells the tale of the widow, Mme Popova, interrupted from her DID YOU constant mourning by the KNOW? arrival of the rough-hewn Chekhov failed debt collector Smirnov. £10, Ancient Greek and children/students £8. had to stay an extra www.thehafren.co.uk

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Terror Mountain! See five landmark concerts with Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque, I Fagiolini, Ensemble Diderot and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Plus pop-up café, Festival Evensong and Eucharist at Brecon Cathedral, guided walk plus tour of Penpont House in the Usk Valley and the annual Baroque dance events.

4th November, Fireworks at Maesydre Recreation Ground, Welshpool A free bonfire and fireworks with bouncy castle and food stalls. Starts at 7pm.

If you are seeking a Halloween experience with a difference, then the hell-pit of horror set on the outskirts of Aberystwyth at the Silver Mountain Experience should definitely take a spot in your diary. The normally welcoming venue is being turned into a stomach-churning horror-maze adventure for lovers of the macabre for Halloween. Available on following dates: 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th, 28th and 31st of October visitors will find four terrifying horror experiences in the woods and mazes where organisers have captured some of the most terrifying specimens from your favourite horror genres (think infectious zombies, ghoulish demons and woodland freaks). Rated as Wales’ best Halloween event for two years running it will be a frightfest you will never forget! Not suitable for under 12s. 12-15 years must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets from £11.25-£23. www. terrormountain.co.uk or call 01970 890 620

4th November, Saturday Life Drawing Classes, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown Sessions to give advice in areas of proportion, perspective, line, tone, colour and gesture. 10.15am-1.20pm.

Welshpool 1940s Weekend Don your finest vintage dress, curl your hair and head over to Welshpool from 29th September – 1st October for the 1940s Weekend extravaganza. This is a celebration of this wonderful decade with period vehicles on display, vintage models and 1940s memorabilia. This year will also include the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway. So get yourselves ready to transport yourself back to the 1940s and imagine you are in a small town where evacuated children are arriving from the major industrial towns of the North West, soldiers are going back to barracks after being on leave, aircrew are heading off to airfields of Shropshire. So in the words of the song Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag, and smile, smile, smile. 1940’s period dress encouraged, either military or civilian. Trade stands, kids activities, music and dancing; all with a 1940’s theme. www.welshpool1940sweekend.co.uk

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MID WALES WHAT’S ON Get motoring! It’s the Wales Rally GB 2017, the Llanidloes stages

What’s on at Elan Valley

The Wales Rally GB blasts off in spectacular style with classic speed tests in the legendary forests of Mid Wales. The opening day’s schedule on Friday 27th October features three Special Stages, all set to the west of Llanidloes and Llangurig/east of Aberystwyth. Myherin and Hafren are world-renowned as true classics while, with its jumps and water splashes, the shorter Sweet Lamb test is always a fans’ favourite. All three stages are tackled twice – once either side of a lunchtime regroup on the busy streets of Newtown before the cars head back to service, stopping off en route in Chester to meet the fans. Stage 2 will be at Myherin, Stage 3 Sweet Lamb, and Stage 4 Hafren. The crews will then head on to the Regroup/Tyre and Light fitting zone at Newtown. Ticket prices booked online: Friday Pass £28; World Rally 4 Day Pass £99, Rally Xtra at Sweet Lamb £120, World Rally Xtra £164. Call 01753 765105 to book or visit online at www.walesrallygb.com. Vrrrooom! Planetarium Show: The Solar System at Elan Valley, 17th September Take a tour of the Solar System with Martin Nelmes from the University of Aberystwyth as he tries to put the Solar System into perspective and present some interesting facts about various moons and planets. There will also be discussion about some of the recent research by planetary scientists and what it tells us about the Solar System. Four free shows at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. Advance booking advisable. Wild Writing Workshop, 30th September Led by award winning screenwriter Peter Cox – expand the horizons of your creative writing by taking inspiration from the dramatic Elan Valley landscape. No experience necessary, just a burning desire to tell a wild story. Places are limited so please book. £20 per person, payable in advance. 10am-1pm. Autumn Craft Fayre, 28th October The Elan Valley Visitor Centre will be packed with over 20 local crafters and artists offering a wide variety of crafts including, handmade jewellery, wildlife/landscape/night sky photography, wooden crafts, paintings, craft demonstrations, willow basket making, woollen crafts and traditional welsh pottery. Parents browse at your leisure thanks to the children’s craft table, which is supported by volunteers. 10am-4pm. Spooky Spectacular Halloween Crafts, 31st October Come along and make your own scary accessories in time for Halloween. No unaccompanied children. Tickets must be booked in advance. £3 per child. 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm. Call 01597 810880 or visit www.elanvalley.org.uk for more info.

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Barmouth Walking Festival

Barmouth Walking Festival returns from 16th-25th September and will see up to 200 people take on 35 mountain and coastal walks. From gentle to more challenging and they all take in the views of the area including such sights as the famous Barmouth Bridge, 150 years old this year, Arthog Bog, Cregennan Lakes, Kings DID YOU Valley and the foothills of Cader Idris, Penmaenpool, KNOW? Halloween’s origins past bronze age remains, Llanelltyd and of course the come from a Celtic fantastic views of the Mawddach estuary along the way. Registration each morning is at the Dragon Theatre in festival for the dead Barmouth. There will be a coffee evening taking place called ‘Samhain’ during the week so walkers can kick off their boots, relax and soak up coastal views. For more information and a full programme visit www.barmouthwalkingfestival.co.uk.

Teddy Bear Weekend, 16th and 17th Sept Bring your teddies, spot their friends in the woods along the line, and meet Big Ted for treats at Llanfair. Diesel Day, 23rd September All passenger trains hauled by the railway’s vintage diesels, and the special collection of military and industrial diesels out for demos, plus a possible visiting engine. Halloween, 28th October Llanfair Caereinion station will be spookily decorated. Come in costume, as there will prizes for the most imaginative. Normal fares apply. www.wllr.org.uk

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What’s on at Crewe Lyceum Theatre

• 7th September, Wedding

Open Evening, Holiday Inn Runcorn Tying the knot? Come and chat to a team of experienced wedding coordinators, who will be on hand with useful tips to make your wedding truly unforgettable. Free admission. open 6pm-8pm.

• 8th September, Manford’s

Comedy Club, Northwich Memorial Court This live comedy show features four brilliant comedians from around the UK, personally selected by Jason Manford including Mike Wilkonson (pictured above).. Doors open 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets cost £12.50 and are available from the venue or at www.manfordscomedyclub.com

Musical Mayhem, 16th-17th September Join Musical Mayhem for their annual cabaret and be entertained by some of the best local talents. All proceeds go to The Cystic Fibrosis Unit at Wythenshawe Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospice. Tickets cost £12.

discusses his life so far and why buying his own see-saw was the best decision he ever made, among other weired and wonderful things. Tickets £29.50. Dirty Dusting, 27th October This heart warming feel-good comedy features Gladys, Elsie

Milton Jones is Out There, 18th October In his new DID YOU show, KNOW? Milton

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and Olive, three cleaning ladies who are about to be sacked by their overzealous office manager. A chance wrong number gives them a great idea - why not run a sex chat line? Needless to say, things don’t go according to plan. Tickets £24.50. The Alexander O’Neal Tour, 3rd November American soul and R&B legend Alexander O’Neal performs his greatest hits live with a fantastic nine-piece band. A great opportunity to see a soul legend. Tickets £35.50.

Pirates and bonfires

• 9th September, Spoken Word, UBAgene, Poynton Love poetry and prose? Head upstairs to the UBAgene bar from 7.30pm and enjoy an evening of creative talent, with guest author David Bohlman.

• 9th September, Sandbach

Day of Morris Dance, Town Hall Teams from around the country will perform traditional Morris dancing in Sandbach Town Centre from 10.30am–3pm. Short taster sessions will run throughout the day. No experience needed.

• 9th-10th September, Dogs in

the Garden, Lyme Park Take your canine companion for a stroll through the beautiful Lyme gardens. Normal admission charges apply. Open 11am-5pm.

World Rally comes to Cholmondeley On 28th October, he thrill of high-octane World Championship rallying returns to Cholmondeley Castle with the Wales Rally GB. This family friendly event is certain to be a big hit with all petrolheads as the stars and cars contesting the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship

roar into Cheshire for a spectacular speed test this autumn. Rally Fests offer a full day of thrilling entertainment for visitors of all ages, offering easier access and more facilities than the traditional forest stages. See you on the track! Go to www. walesrallygb.com for more.

Hunt for treasure at Blakemere Village from 21st October-5th November on the Pirate Treasure Trail. Search high and low for the treasure chest, pumpkins and pirate processions left by the zombie pirates hundreds of years ago. There’s a prize for every trail form completed. Tickets cost £2. Then, on 4th November come along with the whole family for a bonfire and firework display. Gates open at 6pm and the bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm with the fireworks going off at 7.30pm. A selection of refreshments will be available and an entry fee will apply. www. blakemerevillage.com

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Go wild this autumn


• 9th–10th September, Chester

including their future conservation. This is a free Wildlife Connections Festival, drop-in session but normal zoo admission applies. 15th-17th September This event will celebrate the best of local wildlife, Terrific Trees: Introduction to Wildlife with fun for all the family. There’ll Monitoring Workshop, 14th October be opportunities to make clay DID YOU Ever wondered why leaves change hedgehogs, bird feeders and bug KNOW? colour in the autumn, or how to houses that you can take home to Black rhinos identify trees whatever the season? support wildlife in your own garden. Join the zoo team for a stroll around Take part in the Bee Bonanza game use the larger of or see if you can make it round the their two horns as a the nature reserve and discover what Hedgehog Maze before taking a well weapon in fights wildlife is living down there. This is a brilliant opportunity for enthusiasts deserved rest in the chill-out zone. of all ages to help out with the zoo’s ongoing native species monitoring, as they World Rhino Day, 22nd September conduct a series of surveys to see what’s around Join the zoo ranger team and celebrate both the and find the best ways to record and support the black rhino and the greater one-horned rhino. wildlife. Open 8am – 10am. Tickets cost £10. Drop by Tsavo Black Rhino House between Go to www.chesterzoo.org for more. 2-4pm for an informative talk on all things rhino,

Miniatures Club ‘World In Miniature’ exhibition, Saltney Community Centre A tiny world awaits at this family event, with dolls houses and miniature villages. All proceeds go to Children with Cancer and Chapter Mental Health. Opens 10am-4pm. Tickets cost £1.50, free for children under 12.

9th–10th September, Malpas Yesteryear Rally This event features around 1,000 exhibits of vehicles, steam engines, tractors and motorcycles, along with heavy horses, rural crafts and trade stands. There will be live music by Pantonic All Stars Steel Orchestra from Stockport.

10th September, Chester Forget Me Not Walk, St Mary’s Centre Join the Chester Fundraising Group for a stroll through this historic city. The money raised from this walk will go to Bloodwise, helping to fight blood cancer. Registration from 10am, walk starts at 10.30am.

Raise your glass in Northwich With more than 60 beers, ciders and perries accompanied by great bands, Northwich Beer Festival on the 22nd and 23rd of September promises to be bigger and better than ever. Now in its 24th year, this popular event will feature excellent live music, including rock and pop covers band salt Rox on Friday night, and blues, soul and rock and roll from The Directions on Saturday. The festival is held in Memorial Court, and is organised by The Rotary Clubs of Northwich and Northwich Vale Royal to raise money for good causes. The team hope to beat last year’s total of £10,000 and charities this year include Brain Tumour Support Group, Men in Sheds and Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY ). www.northwichbeer.wixsite.com/northwichbeer

Last night of the Proms at Chester Cathedral Listen as the glorious sounds of choral music fill the stunning Chester Cathedral with an evening of Last Night of the Proms on 14th October, from 7pm-9pm. Music will include favourites by Elgar, Handel, Mendelssohn and Parry. The event is hosted by Chester Cathedral Choir with the Manchester Brass Ensemble, Philip Rushforth and Andrew Wyatt. There is also an option to enjoy some pre-concert dining with a British menu in the 13th century Monk’s Dining Hall. www.chestercathedral.com

15th Sept 2017, 7:30pm Hospital Barges during World War One, National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port David Long will be telling this fascinating story about the use of barges by British and French forces to transport casualties during World War One. Through the words of those involved and a magnificent collection of images, the lives of those involved are brought vividly to life.

16th – 17th September, Truckfest North West, Cheshire Showground Truckfest will bring you right up to date with all that’s best in the road haulage industry along with entertainment and action in the main arena. Open 9am –5.30pm.

• 16th Sept,

Chester Globetrotters Grosvenor Museum Enjoy two fascinating travel talks and share your travel experiences with others. Open 1pm, tickets £3.

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What’s on at The Forum Studio Theatre


• 23rd

September, World Textile Day North, Frodsham Community Centre Enjoy a day of talks, exhibits and stalls showcasing textiles of all kinds. Open 10am– 4.30pm. Free entry. Talks cost £3 each or £5 for both sessions.

• 23rd September,

Autumn Concert, St John’s Church, Chester Iconic folk group the Houghton Weavers will perform alongside the award winning City of Chester Male Voice Choir, singing a rousing programme of well known songs. Tickets: Adults £12 and under 18s £6. Concert starts at 7pm.

• 23rd September, 180th

Anniversary Concert of Rode Hall Silver Band, Congleton Town Hall 2017 marks the 180th anniversary of Rode Hall Silver Band, making them one of the oldest in the North West. To mark the occasion, the band will be hosting a concert featuring music from across the decades, with performances from soloists Glynn and Helen Williams. Starts at 7.30pm. Advance tickets £7 for adults and £5 concessions or £8 on the door.

The Dancing Years, 21st September This Strictly Dancing Extravaganza is a nostalgic, foot tapping trip down memory lane, reliving dance crazes from the roaring charlestons of the 1920s to the disco dances of the 1970s. Audiences can also join in with some of the most famous dances from the six decades featured. Tickets cost £10 and £12. Snow White and Romeo and Juliet, 5th October Get two shows for

back-to-back, with Snow White the price of one as Australian theatre company Nuworks at 7pm and Romeo and Juliet at 8.15pm.Tickets £5. Suitable for performs both Snow White and ages 10 and over. Romeo and Juliet. This brand new musical adaptation of Edgelarks, 13th October Snow White features a DID YOU few new characters Award-winning folk KNOW? duo Phillip Henry as well as some Disneys first and Hannah Martin traditional favourites. sketches of Snow (otherwise known Following this, White looked like as Edgelarks) will serenade audiences the company Betty Boop with their unique sound, will perform an fusing traditional British edited version of Shakespeare’s music with classical Indian slide guitar, supported by The classic Romeo and Juliet, Little Unsaid. Tickets cost £15, complemented with a number of contemporary songs by Pink. doors open at 8pm. Go to www. chestertheatre.co.uk Both shows will be performed

Tatton Park events

• 24th September, Autumn

Plant Fair, Abbeywood Gardens Need some gardening tips? Visit the experts for tips on planting and caring for your green purchases. Entry costs £3. www. planthuntersfairs.co.uk

• 30th September,

Race for Life, Reaseheath College Race for Life brings millions of women together to support life-saving research into cancer. Run, jog or walk – the only thing that matters is that you’re part of it. Event starts at 10am. www. cancerresearchuk.org

Harvest Festival 16th-17th September Celebrate the changing of the seasons at the farm’s harvest festival. Attractions include a running steam engine, scarecrow making and spinning, corn dolls, sheep racing and woodturning demos. The Harvest Blessing takes place at 2pm with Preston Brook brass band. Pets are welcome. Open 12pm – 5pm, last entry at 4pm. Chinese State Circus, 27th September – 1st October

The internationally acclaimed Chinese State Circus is unlike anything you’ve seen before, with 30 world-class acrobats, aerial artists, jugglers, and the legendary Shaolin Warriors. Food and Gift Fair, 28th-29th October Tatton Park will welcome specialist local retailers selling art, fashion and

artisan food products. Open 10.30am – 5pm. Christmas Gift Fair, 4th-5th November Christmas gifts for all the family and ideas for presents not usually found in high street shops. Free entry to the fair. Open 10.30am-5pm. www.tattonpark.org.uk

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Words and Music Festival

An international mix of original music, poetry and literature comes to Nantwich for the 10th annual Words and Music Festival from 9th-15th October. This extraordinary event is brought to you by Cheshire-born musician and record producer, Nigel Stonier, internationally acclaimed singer songwriter Thea Gilmore and violinist and local youth orchestra leader, Clare ‘Fluff ’ Smith. Gigs will feature internationally known musical names alongside poetry readings in the town’s museum, and performances from up-andcoming names in cafes, bars and restaurants around the town. www.wordsandmusicfestival.com

Superheroes assemble in Chester for Comic Con 24th September Join comic and sci-fi stars, learn the ways of the Force at Jedi School and smash some high scores at the retro gaming arcade at Chester Comic Con at Chester Racecourse. Enjoy

a Star Wars Spectacular where you can meet R2D2, BB2 and the villainous Jabba The Hutt and ride a speeder bike. This year you can also see the famous DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future, K.I.T.T from Knight Rider and more. Plus, get your chance to meet stars from This year’s Game Of Thrones and, Doctor Who, Chester Comic Con is supporting among others. The Hospice of the www.chestercomic Good Shepherd con.co.uk

Gladstonian Liberalism with Nick Clegg at the Gladstone Library Former leader of the Lib Dems, Nick Clegg will give a 45 minute lecture entitled ‘Gladstonian liberalism: relic of the past or blueprint for the future?’ at Gladstone Library in Flintshire on 2nd October from 6.15pm. Gladstonian liberalism emphasises free trade and

low taxation, alongside limited government intervention in the economy. It is also said to promote equality of opportunity through institutional reform. In his lecture, Nick will discuss whether the central tenets of William Gladstone’s politics should

Happy birthday, Lovell! Celebrate 60 years of the magnificent Lovell telescope. Standing tall on the Cheshire landscape since 1957, the giant telescope at Jodrell Bank has become an internationally renowned landmark and an icon for British science and engineering. On 5th October at 7.30pm join professors

be confined to history or used as a model for the future. He will also debate which elements are considered integral to Liberalism today, with time for questions and answers at the end. Tickets cost £15. To book call 01244 532350 or visit www. gladstoneslibrary.org

Tim O’Brien and Simon Garrington who will explain its world-leading and groundbreaking discoveries since then. Girls Night Out: the pulsar party! 28th Sept, 7.00-9.30pm Celebrating 50 years since the first observation of radio pulsars by the pioneering female astrophysicist Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, this Girls Night Out is set to be a fun-packed celebration of the wonderful world of pulsars. £13.50 Family Stargazing Nights, 26th Oct and 2nd Nov, 6:30-9:30pm An unmissable

after-hours evening of stargazing at Jodrell Bank, a wonderful opportunity to get started in astronomy. You’ll learn how to navigate the skies and locate the stars using a variety of tools from planispheres to telescopes. Booking required, tickets: £8. www.jodrellbank.net

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What’s On at Live Rooms Chester


• 1st October,

Stockport Book and Vinyl Record Fair, Stockport Market Hall Rifle through tons of books, vinyl records, CDs and ephemera, and enjoy live music while you search. Tickets cost £5. Entry from 9am. Admission is free after 10am.

6th-21st October, Goosfest 2017 This is a not for profit arts and music festival held at various venues around the village of Goostrey. It offers a diverse programme, including classical, folk and contemporary music, theatre, scientific lectures, stand-up comedy, arts and crafts.

• 8th October, Wedding Fayre,

The Holiday Inn, Ellesmere Port Chat with the region’s leading wedding specialists for expert advice on all your wedding plans, with catwalk shows at 1.30pm and 3pm. Open 12pm-4pm, with free entrance and a free Bucks Fizz upon arrival.

Mused, 30th September Get the Muse experience with tribute band Mused, a UK based professional tribute act, recreating the band’s best loved tracks. The band’s set list compiles songs from all Muse’s studio albums, from Showbiz to Drones. Tickets cost £11 in advance and £14 on the door. The Hoosiers – Trick To Life 10th Anniversary, 27th October The Hoosiers will headline the Live Rooms to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album The Trick to Life, where they’ll be playing the album in its entirety. Fans can also take advantage of the opportunity to purchase a limited edition vinyl of the album on the night.

Enjoy indie-pop classics including Worried About Ray and Goodbye Mr A, which still pack out indie dance floors a decade later. Tickets £15.

Pinc Ffloyd, 3rd November Day of the Dead, 27th October Tribute act Pinc Ffloyd DID YOU have been bringing Europe’s largest KNOW? confetti cannons Before settling on the atmosphere and excitement of a are coming Muse, the band Pink Floyd show to to the city for were called audiences since 2008. Chester’s Day of Gothic Plague Replicating the band’s the Dead. There intimate yet theatrical will be skull face and spectacular shows, Pinc painting, world Ffloyd will perform favourites renowned circus acrobats, stage including Darkside Of The Moon, flames and fire breathing show Wish You Were Here, Animals, performers taking over the and The Wall. Tickets cost £11 city with real Latin American in advance and £14 on the door. flair. International DJs and live www.theliverooms.com percussionist performances

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Exhibition, St Andrews Church, Marple Pop in and browse at the 16th Annual Art Exhibition. Enjoy a refreshing drink with homemade cakes or homemade soup. Open 11am-5pm. Free entry.

14th-15th October, Sandbach Steampunk Market, Sandbach Town Hall Enjoy the Steampunk Market in the lovely Victorian Town Hall, with added live entertainment and workshops. On Saturday night check out the Steampunk Cabaret Show in St Mary’s Church Hall nearby. Open 10am-5pm each day.

Artisan to Patrician Walk, 1st October Join Ian Doughty to discover the history of Green Island, starting from when it was one of Congleton’s major industrial centres, with textile mills, workers’ houses and the notorious Gibraltar Rocks. In contrast, learn how the Edwardian and Victorian villas of Park Lane reflect the self assuredness of the town’s industrial and commercial elite.

will provide the music and you can get involved by having professional film makeup artists create your candy skull face. Starts at 10pm. Tickets cost £12.

Congleton Gets Connected Walk, 5th November Discover how gas, water, electricity, sewerage systems and telecommunications came to the town during the 19th and early 20th centuries, and how they changed the way inhabitants lived and worked. Walks from 2pm-4pm . Tickets £5 including a cream tea, and £3 for Friends of Congleton Museum. Go to www.congletonmuseum.co.uk

Come and taste The Good Life The Good Life Experience is a unique festival which promises fun and discovery for all ages, bringing together music, books, food and the great outdoors at Hawarden Estate on 15th–17th October. The festival was founded by musician and writer Cerys Mathews, Steve Abbott and Charlie and Caroline Gladstone. Attractions include craft and activities such as candle making, bushcraft, spoon carving and ceramics. There will also be campfire cooking sessions, a vintage fair, tree climbing instruction, and more. www.thegood lifeexperience.co.uk

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Guitar Show, Crewe Alexandra Football Ground Buy, sell and trade guitars, amps, accessories, vintage, new and used instruments. There’ll be free guitar valuations, plus plenty of live music. Open 10am – 3pm. Entry costs £4.

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The Great British Food Festival, 23rd September See the best of local and national foodie talent at Arley Hall. Watch Great British Bake Off stars share their top tips, indulge in more than 80 artisan food and drink stalls, and enjoy a host of attractions including chef demonstrations, foraging walks, kids’ cookery classes, a challenge stage and live music. Ticket prices vary.

Mushroom Walks, 8th October There are more than 40 varieties of mushroom to be discovered at Arley Hall and there’s no better time to spot them than during the autumn. These

walks will focus on mushroom identification and building up an understanding of the fungal world. Walks take place from 11am-2pm meeting in the stable yard. Tickets cost £8. Shopping Spectacular, 7th – 8th November Start your Christmas shopping early with over 60 exquisite handpicked stalls offering delicious food and stunning gifts. Ticket prices vary, with 10% of proceeds going to The Joshua Tree charity.

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this show will take Jason’s looming 50th birthday Shirley Valentine, 18th-23rd September as its starting point and will zigzag back and forth In a major revival of this national treasure starring through his life with many tales and some songs Jodie Prenger, come and see Willy Russell’s that might recognise! All tickets £26.50. heart-warming comedy. Now, on its DID YOU 30th anniversary, Shirley Valentine is KNOW? brought back to the stage! Evening Joseph was first Rick Wakeman – The Piano Portraits Tour, 3rd November, 7.30pm performances at 7.30pm and performed in 1968 Rick made chart history in January when matinees (Wednesday and Saturday) as a 15-min pop-up his Piano Portraits album became the at 2.30pm. Tickets: £21.50 -£28.50. show at a London first solo piano album to enter the UK’s school! Top 10. The album features instrumental Jason and His Amazing Mid-Life versions of hits Rick originally performed Crisis, 25th October, 7:30pm on, including Space Oddity, Morning Has Broken Jason Donovan is hitting the road for a series and Wondrous Stories. All tickets £26.50. For more of intimate autobiographical gigs. At aged 49½ and information visit www.floralpavilion.com. with a wealth of tantalising tales under his belt,

Growing Events at Ness Botanical Gardens Gardeners’ Question Time Anniversary Garden Party, 16th September Celebrate the 70th anniversary of Gardeners’ Question Time and meet gardening gurus including Bob Flowerdew, Bunny Guinness, Anne Swithinbank, James Wong, Matthew Biggs, Pippa Greenwood, Roy Lancaster, and Gardeners’ Question Time chairmen Eric Robson and Peter Gibbs. Come along and meet the team, watch demonstrations and take part in a whole range of activities across the garden from 10am-6pm. Tickets cost £10.50.

A Tramtastic weekend! The Wirral Bus and Tram Show is the Wirral’s largest free family show and is now in its 20th year! To celebrate they are launching the preservation of three buses along with lots of other special highlights and activities across the weekend of 1st-2nd October, 10am4pm. Heritage bus rides are free and tram rides cost only £2 per adult and £1 per child. All day tram tickets available to buy for £5 (adult) and £3 (child).

Learn to Garden, 21st September, 30th Nov This introductory course acts as a comprehensive guide covering all the basics of gardening 9.30am-12pm. 10 weeks of classes for £75. Wild Mushroom Day, 1st October Edible, medicinal and poisonous mushrooms – they’re all to be found at Ness! Experts will guide you with key pointers for identifying mushrooms, before heading out to forage and cook. 9.30am4pm. £45. Call 0151 795 6300 or visit www. nessgardens.org.uk

16th September, Hilbre Island Sponsored Walk, Dee Lane, West Kirby Join us for this stunning sponsored walk to Hilbre Island in aid of Action for Children and watch the seals swimming the Dee Estuary. The walk is four miles and takes roughly two hours, plus some time to explore the islands. The walk starts at 1pm to be off the island by 4.30pm to avoid high tide. No fee, but walkers are asked to raise sponsorship. Dogs welcome.

20th September, Free Live Jazz, The Irby Club, Thingwall Dance and listen to the best live Dixieland and Chicago jazz from The Original Panama Jazz Band. Raffle and a licensed bar with a good choice of wines, beers, soft drinks, coffee and tea. 8.30pm.

22nd September1st October, Gandeys Circus, Birkenhead Park Family circus featuring an international themed show, from 5pm9.30pm.

24th September, Annual Hoylake 10k Coastal Fun Run Help to raise funds for the Wednesday Special Needs Club which runs and maintains the Soft Play Sensory Resource for Wirral’s special needs people of all ages. The course is along the coast from the Community Centre towards Leasowe Castle Hotel and back.

5th November, Fireworks Display, Brikenhead Park Fabulous and free fireworks display in Lower Park. Fireworks start at 6.30pm. Wrap up warm!

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A spooktastic time awaits those who dare to visit Church Farm over October half term! Those who are feeling brave can take a ride on the Beastly Barrel Train and face the monsters, but if that’s a little scary the normal barrel train will also be running. See the Potion Practice puppet show on twice a day, birds of prey displays and meerkat feeding. There are over 1000 pumpkins growing in the fields, so hitch a ride on the tractor and design and carve your pumpkin here at the farm! Visit www.churchfarm.org.uk for more info.

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West Kirby Arts Centre Musician Henry Priestman will be live in concert at West Kirby Arts Centre on 23rd September at 7pm. He will be performing his new album The Last Mad Surge of Youth which is out now on Proper Records. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets £10. www. westkirbyartscentre.org.uk

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Vegetarian/Vegan Cooking Workshop with Nutrition September 19th, 6.00pm-9.00pm A vegetarian or vegan diet does not mean that you must miss out on flavoursome and exciting menus while incorporating what is needed to maintain a healthy life. This full-day workshop is a mix of information, discussion, demonstrations, cooking – and eating. All of the recipes are versatile and specially designed to be nutritionally balanced and delicious too. There will be a discussion of ‘free-from’ diets such as dairy-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free and meat free to help you decide if they are right for you. DID YOU KNOW? A Balanced Wellness Demonstration Morning Matcha Tea can October 19th, 9.30am-1.00pm boost metabolism, You’ll start by drinking matcha lattes with and slow or halt coconut butter and ashwagandha, full of collagen and other hormone balancing potions. the growth of Then you’ll be guided through meal prep magic, cancer cells demonstrating the way to select ingredients, prepare and make them taste delicious. Finally, make one of ‘Real food daily’s’ famous macro bowls to eat for lunch. Courses cost £45. All materials provided. www.realfooddaily365.com

Marvel at the creative and inspiring works of art during The Wirral Society of Arts 8th Open Exhibition from 6th October-19th November at the Williamson Art Gallery. Open Wednesday-Sunday. For more information visit www.williamsonartgallery.org

Explore the fascinating buildings across Port Sunlight and browse the handmade fair at the Lyceum and Church Hall on 10th September for Open Village day. On 11th October there’s The Piper’s Tale – folklore, music and history exploring the role of the English bagpiper which forms part of Wirral Arts Festival at the Lyceum. On 25th26th October take part in some spooky activities! Make your own haunted house model and listen to some spinetingling tales from our storyteller. 10.30am-3.30pm. www. portsunlightvillage.com

The Wirral Arts Festival Be inspired and try something different by taking part in a range of workshops between 30th September14th October. Law in the Real World hosts a series of informal lectures on 3rd October, 10am-3.30pm at Heswall Hall, explaining and illustrating lesser-known aspects of law. Cost £2. At Heswall Hall, on 5th October there’s the fourth annual Engineering Day at Heswall Hall. ‘Mega Structures’ is a series of lectures providing an insight into the process of building these structures. On 6th October, Return of the Three Choirs starts at 7.30pm.The Closing Night Concert is Rhapsody in Blue on 14th October, 7.30pm. £15. www.wirralartsfestival.co.uk

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WHAT’S ON IN BRIEF SEPTEMBER 9TH-17TH • 9th-10th September, Heritage Open Days National initiative to open as many historical places as possible to the public for free. Oswestry has a wide number of interesting activities including aetiological digs, St Oswald’s tower, market activities, the Town Museum and Park Hall trenches • 10th-11th September, Shoothill House – Open Garden for NGS This six acre garden, small wood with swamp garden, wild flower meadows, tree house and lawned areas surrounded by mixed borders is open for charity. 11am4pm, £6.50 for adults, children go free. Sunday from 1.30pm-5pm, adults £4.50, children £1.50.

• 14th September, Call My Bluff, Ludlow Kitchen, Bromfield Who’s wine is it anyway? Can your knowledge hold up to the experts or will they be able to bluff their way to the top? Take part in this fun evening of wine tasting to find out. £10 per ticket. Starts from 7pm, finishes at around 10pm. • 15th September, Wildflowers in Wool, Severn Gorge Countryside Trust, Coalbrookdale Following a walk along the Ropewalk, Coalbrookdale, for autumnal inspiration, Fiona Jackson will guide you through the art of creating a wild flower picture using wet felted wool. Suitable for beginners. 10-4pm, £30pp. Bring two towels, a plastic bag and sketchbook. • 15th September, S.O.S. (Superstars On Stage), Hermon Chapel, Oswestry An indoor festival featuring Rod Sheperd, Marvin Cheesman, and Vin’s Diesels. Music from The Darth Maul Orchestra, The Bob Hoskin’s Experiment, Stephanie Seagal’s Blues Band, Never Diamond (World’s worst Neil Diamond Tribute act!) and more. Tickets £7. Doors open at 8pm.

Screams, scenes and gifts galore and Severn Valley Railway Autumn Steam Gala, 21st-24th September SVR’s flagship steam gala with its famed all-night running, visiting locomotives and intensive timetable returns this month. There is overnight running on Friday and Saturday; an early morning breakfast train; beer and burger nights at The Engine House; brake van rides and morning shunting demos at Bewdley. Christmas Gift Fayre, 21st-22nd October This popular Christmas Gift Fayre takes place at The Engine House visitor centre at Highley. Expect stalls plus the SVR Christmas gift shop and pottery painting workshops.

Ghost Trains 26th, 27th and 28th October Dare to take a thrilling ride in the dark? Arrive early at Kidderminster Station where the Spooky DJ will be there to entertain you before your Ghost Train departs. There may be mysterious passengers joining you on the train. Departures at 6pm, 7pm and 8.50pm. Ticket includes: facepainting, Halloween disco at Kidderminster Station before departure, guaranteed seat on the Ghost DID YOU Train to Arley and return and KNOW? spooky goody bag for all farepaying children. Visit online at The first ever ghost train was built at www.svr.co.uk for more.

The Oswestry School Recital Series continues! Saturday 16th September marks the first concert of the 28th Series of top quality concerts at Holy Trinity Church, organised by a brand new Committee. The brainchild of Chris Symons 28 years ago. A teacher at Oswestry School, Chris wanted to bring high quality classical musicians to play in Oswestry. Supported by the school, he built up what is now a highly regarded series of six annual concerts. The series now takes its place alongside other marvellous local music events here in the Welsh Borders, such as the festivals at Gregynog, Llanfyllin and Whittington.

John Lill, Piano, 16th September, 7.30pm Holy Trinity Church. Pianist and renowned Beethoven interpreter, John Lill returns to the Oswestry stage in September with a programme of the composer’s four greatest sonatas for keyboard, known popularly as Pathetic, Waldstein, Moonlight and Appassionata. The London Mozart Players, 28th October, 7.30pm Holy Trinity Church. The UK’s first chamber orchestra will present Romantic music for strings. The group is joined by the Korean star violinist Joo Yeon Sir, who’s playing has been described as ‘exhuberant’ and ‘seductive’ by Strad Magazine.

Shropshire live music gigs Tangerinecat, 17th September, Hermon Chapel, Oswestry Multi-instrumentalists Zheka and Paul combine field recordings, loops, bass lines, electronic dance beats, synths, vocals, hurdy-gurdy and whistles, to produce dynamic, visual music. Tickets £7. www.hermonchapel.com. Martin Turner, 17th September, Lion Quays Hotel and Spa, Oswestry Martin Turner, the definitive voice, creative force and founding member of the British rock legends, Wishbone Ash continues to perform the band’s best loved works. Tickets £27.50. Visit www.lionquays.co.uk G4, 28th September, Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury X-Factor runners-up and ‘popera’ outfit perform classics like Bohemian Rhapsody, My Way and Nessun Dorma from their hotly anticipated album, G4 Love Songs. www.theatresevern.co.uk

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Come and see one of the most iconic movies of all time on September 9th at 6.30pm. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (PG) follows stylish Holly Golightly’s (Audrey Hepburn) complicated love affair with penniless writer Paul Varjak. Tickets from £9. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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WHAT’S ON SHROPSHIRE Famous foodie faces at Ludlow Food Fest

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host at ure 0 180 of the region’s top producers and some fresh new chefs at the top of their game, will descend on the pretty medieval market town of Ludlow for this year’s festival from 8th-10th September. Joining local chef and host Marcus Bean on stage on Friday 8th September will be Ashley Palmer-watts, group executive head chef for the Fat Duck group. Also, taking to the stage that day will be Chantelle Nicholson, head chef at Tredwell’s in London’s Covent Garden. Award-winning food-writer, journalist and broadcaster Elisabeth Luard as well as internationally acclaimed food artist Prudence Staite will also be sharing their passion and creativity.

On Saturday, Masterchef Professionals winner Mark Stinchcombe and Great British Menu star Sue Stinchcombe will be at the event while vegan chef Lee Watson and author of Allotment Cookbook, Pete Lawrence will be on stage. Sunday sees Michelin Starred Shaun Hill on stage plus Birmingham’s newest Michelin starred chef Brad Carter, Great British Menu favourite Richard Bainbridge and Radio 2’s Allotment Doctor Terry Walton. ‘Bake in Time’ – the new interactive baking is a highlight plus the Live Fire Cooking stage, two demo stages, master classes, tutored tastings and the now famous sausage and ale trails. www.foodfestival.co.uk

The Beatles Unplugged, 4th October, 8pm An evening of Beatles songs like you’ve never heard them before. Only Lennon and McCartney would have heard the songs like

Whitchurch Blackberry Fair’s Big Green Heart descends on the North Shropshire town this autumn, from 5th-7th October, celebrating 10 fun years of music, markets and chilled-out mayhem. Expect the unexpected from the quirky Urban Astronauts to Cinema in the Orchard. There will be the everpopular Makers Markets, The Carnival of Plenty, and tons of autumnal riot of technicolour merriment. Visit the Wild Zone, where visitors can get the opportunity to talk, sell, connect and campaign. Take part in the Sugar Fiddle Poetry Slam or watch live music and dance acts, browse stalls, try activities and lots of alternative mahem. www.blackberryfair.co.uk

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Theatre on the Steps Atomic Blondie, 16th September, 8pm Cardiff-based Atomic Blondie, formed in 2006 are hotly tipped as one of the UK’s leading Blondie tribute bands. They have performed all over the UK and Europe. The show features all the classic hits plus trademark Debbie Harry costumes, including the famous ‘bin liner outfit’ and ‘Vulture tee’ as seen in the video for Atomic. Including the hits Heart of Glass, Sunday Girl, Tide is High, Rapture, Hanging on the Telephone, Denis, Dreaming, Rip Her to Shreds, One Way or Another and many more, plus recent versions from Blondie’s Live By Request TV Show in the USA. Tickets cost £13.

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this at the time of writing. The Beatles Unplugged will chart the career of The Beatles, musically and with narration/projection. Two brothers in vocal harmony, just like the early days of Lennon and McCartney. Also featuring George Harrison songs. Tickets £10. The Ghost Walk, 25th October, 7pm Take a tour through the ghostly avenues and alleyways of ancient Bridgnorth, where you will find 10 ghosts, who each tell the eerie tale of how they met their grisly ends. Starting at the Town Hall on Bridgnorth High Street and ending at the Theatre with a 30 minute spooktacular stage show. Tickets £12 adult, children £6. www. theatreonthesteps.com

Artisan Market, 29th September, 9am3pm Pick up meats, pickles, homemade sweets and cakes, jams, honey and marmalades at this collection of quality local artisan producers. Apple Day, 14th October, 9am-2pm This established annual event celebrates the apple and healthy eating with lots of interesting varieties of apples and advice on growing by the local orchard group CROP. Shropshire Produce Market, 21st October, 9am-3pm Handpicked Shropshire based food and craft producers selling the best the County has to offer. Artisan Market, 27th October, 9am-3pm A collection of quality local craft and food producers held along Bailey Street. www.oswestrymarket.co.uk

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Maesbury Canal Fayre This year’s Maesbury Canal Fayre will be mooring from 15th, 16th and 17th of September to celebrate the local waterways in a co-creational gathering of canal, transport and music. There will be plenty of narrowboats lining the canal with stalls selling canal boat crafts, heritage groups, crafters, traders, a coconut shy, skittle alley, jugglers, apple juicers, trade boats and plenty of activities for the kids too. With lots of live music, refreshments plus the traditional gurning competition and Cracker the Boathorse will be there to greet the visitors. www.bywatercruises.com

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What’s on at The Place in Telford High School Rocks, 16th September, tickets £15 (conc £13) Join the high-energy, interactive production featuring the very biggest hits from all the High School Musicals plus School of Rock and Glee. Rocking out to We’re All in This Together, Don’t Stop Believing, Breaking Free, and – of course – High School Musical, it’s a slam-dunking, cheerleading, best-years-of-your-life ride of music and dance. Bee Gees Fever, 22nd September, tickets £19 (conc £18) Bee Gees Fever have put their name firmly on the map as one of the most celebrated tribute bands in the business. Performing all of the soulful ballads, from How Deep is Your love to the high-energy disco classics such as Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, Tragedy and You Should Be Dancing, faithfully recreating the songs that have helped to make the Bee Gees musical legends over the last Five Decades. Shane Filan, 4th October, tickets from £28.50 Hot off the back of announcing his new album Love Always, Shane Filan has announced his major indoor UK Tour performing all the new hits from his album, plus some old favourites.

Billed as Shropshire’s largest performing Arts Festival, Wellington Festival runs from the 13th to 29th October. Among the family-friendly events being highlighted are: pottery workshops, John Kirk – professional children’s story teller – and Laughter Yoga workshops for all the family. This year the festival will welcome the finalists from The Voice UK 2017 Into The Ark to launch the event. Also performing on Sunday 22nd October is Sound of the Sirens – a foot stomping, heart-rending, crowd engaging female folk/rock duo whose strengths lie in their passion, conviction and chemistry. Cindy Mason-Morris, chair of the Wellington Festival said: ‘In the last two years, we have more than doubled our audience figures and we know that this year’s Festival will be more popular than ever.’ Visit www. wellingtonartsfest.co.uk for the line-up and participating venues.

Autumnal events at Dudmaston Estate Woodland Skills Day, 24th September, 11am-5.30pm Talented woodcraftsmen will be demonstrating their skills and selling baskets, wooden carvings and much more. Speak to the forestry rangers to find out how they manage the woodland on the estate and watch them work the pole lathe and log mill. Normal admission applies. Storytelling: Tell it to the trees, 8th October, 2pm-3pm Resident storyteller, Simon, invites you along to the Apple Store for autumnal tales and trivia, wear warm clothing and booking is advised. The event is free, but general admission applies.

18th-21st October, Oklahoma! Tickets £14 Don’t miss the liveliest musical of them all from the much-loved Rodgers & Hammerstein classic DID YOU Orchard Day, 15th October, 11.30am-5pm Oklahoma! With classic songs such as Oh, What a KNOW? Sample some freshly pressed apple juice, tuck into some locally Beautiful Mornin’ and the triumphant Oklahoma! Maurice Gibb has made produce or fill up on seasonal goodies in the tearoom. It’s a guaranteed fabulously fun-filled night out. a paintball shop Watch as the apples are pressed and take some fresh juice home. Jason Donovan, 30th October, tickets £26 called The Royal Apples in your garden? Bring them along and you can have At aged 49 ½, this autobiographical show will Rat Rangers! them juiced for you. A free event take Jason’s looming 50th birthday as its starting but normal admission applies. point and will zigzag back and forth through his life. Hear some new stories plus some of the songs you www.nationaltrust.org.uk know and love for a night like no other! www.theplacetelford.com 44 SHIRE MAGAZINE | September/October 2017

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WHAT’S ON SHROPSHIRE What’s on at Theatre Severn

WHAT’S ON IN BRIEF 16TH-24TH SEPTEMBER • 16th September, A Little Book of Stitches, Sunnycroft, Telford Try some simple embroidery at this workshop of piecing, patching and layering using plain running stitch with renowned multi-media textile artist Amanda Clayton. Ideal for a beginner but an experienced embroiderer will enjoy the creativeness of this technique. This will be an all day course costing £65 to include all materials and lunch.

19th September, Heather Small, 7.30pm, £27-£29.50 Heather Small burst onto the music scene 25 years ago and now returns for her nationwide tour – a 25th anniversary celebration of the music of Heather Small & M People, featuring Moving On Up, One Night in Heaven and of course the anthemic Proud. 22nd September, Rip it Up, 7.30pm, £26-£43.50 Live on stage with BBC Radio 2’s Leo Green, dancers and singers Jay McGuiness, Natalie

British Ironworks is spooktacular Rattle your chains and float on over to the British Ironworks Centre on 27th October for a fright-fest at the super scary Halloween Spooktacular. Fancy dress is positively encouraged and there will be prizes awarded for the best costumes. Spooky activities include the delicious devilish doughnut tree; apple bobbing; the FEAR challenge; face painting; fire breathing and stilt walkers. Free entry. www. britishironworkcentre.co.uk

25th October, Lulu - All About The Music, 7.30pm, £40-£47 Lulu returns with her biggest tour yet and delivers a show packed full of her hits, new and old. DID YOU

Lowe and Louis Smith will swing, bop, jitterbug, lindy hop, jive and ballroom through the greatest songs from the greatest decade of music!

3rd October, Elaine KNOW? Paige, 7.30pm, 2nd-3rd November, Before her stage Tickets from £42.50 Finding Joy, 8pm, success, Elaine The First Lady £16, conc £14 Paige dreamed of The is the true of musical theatre being a famous performs many of story of a teenager’s tennis player! the hits that made decision to care for her a true global star his grandmother with and some of her favourites dementia, with humour, are given the ultimate Paige poignancy, and warmth. treatment. www.theatresevern.co.uk

Shropshire Oktoberfest and Beer Festival! The first ever Shropshire Oktoberfest comes to Shrewsbury from the 6th8th October at The Quarry Park. Sample 150 Real Ales served by awesome brewers from across SIBA Wales and West region. Staff that know all about beer and will be able to help you choose the perfect pint! If real ale isn’t your thing then take a stroll over to the Wye Valley Lager Bar which will be serving up local lager from across the region. Cider and Perry is also on the hit

list from Applesecco to real Herefordshire perry there will be something for all taste buds. There’s the Prosecco Parlour, Gin Den plus mixology classes too. The Hop Experience zone is an education for beer lovers and you’ll definitely be able to get one or two of your five a day sampling food at the steet food stalls to help mop up all that beer! For a full line up of comedy and music acts, plus tickets packages and prices, visit www. shropshireoktoberfest.co.uk

• 17th September, Session ON! A Workshop Day led by Ray Langton, Hadnall Village Hall, Hadnall An opportunity to learn

new tunes and sets of tunes suitable for playing in sessions. All instruments welcome. The Workshop Day will be followed by a relaxed evening session in the convivial surroundings of a nearby hostelry! £25 to include tea, coffee and lunchtime refreshments. • 23rd September, Big Howard’s LOL-tastic Yukfest, Oakengates Theatre, Telford Howard is a massive kid. A massive kid with a moustache. He makes words, pictures, animation and noises, nearly all of which will make you laugh. This hour of fun features stand-up, interactive digital animation, sound effects, jokes and lots, and lots and lots of clever nonsense. Recommended for ages 6+ and running time is 60 minutes. 2pm. tickets £10, child £8, family £30. • 24th September, Oswestry Community Games, 10am until 3pm Large annual event held in Cae Glas Park giving everyone the chance to try a number of sports for free including tennis, football, archery, martial arts, rugby, hockey etc. • 24th September, Blokesong On The Borders Overton Village Hall, Overton-on-Dee This singing workshop for blokes offers a chance to explore the low frequency soundworld of blokesong – from swashbuckling shanties, African lullabies and sixties sunshine pop to Georgian drinking songs. From 1.45pm. Tickets cost £7.50.

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WHAT’S ON IN BRIEF 24TH - 29TH SEPTEMBER • 24th September, Oswestry Community Games, Cae Glas Park, Oswestry A huge celebration including all the sporting organisations in the town including tennis, marshal arts, bowling, cricket, football, judo to name a few. • 27th-30th September The Ginger and Spice Festival You must visit Britain’s first ever Ginger and Spice Festival, held in Market Drayton. With evening events on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and an all-day spice extravaganza on the Saturday, including a chilli eating contest, spicy street food, pop up restaurants and more.

• 28th September, All Hallow’s Eve Walk, Wenlock Edge Wander through the wild Wenlock woods at night and watch out for bats, witches and ghouls! Wear sensible shoes, warm clothes and bring a torch. This event may not be suitable for children under the age of 10 years. Event starts at 7pm-9pm. £5 per person, booking required.

What’s on in Whitchurch this autumn Dirty Clide Plays Percy’s Cafe Bar Halloween Show October 28th, 8pm-11pm Dirty Clide plays one of the best hidden treasures of the live music scene Percy’s Cafe Bar! Expect big greasy beats, phat bass, nasty vocals, and crunching guitar. Don’t forget to dress up! Free entry.

• 29th September, Little Rumba, Live at The Clive, Bromfield An eclectic mix of Eastern Europe meets South America and jazz and blues meets R&B. A distinct night of music with Little Rumba. Starts at 8pm. Free entry.

Guided Bird Walk, 28th October, Bickley Hall Farm A guided walk around Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s headquarters with area manager, Ben Gregory, and bird surveyor Neil Friswell. Look out for the different habitats on the farm, how they are managed and the birds that call them home. Starts from 10am. Tickets: £5 adult, £3 child. Call 01948 820728 for info and to book tickets. www.whitchurch.info for more information.

The Leylines, 6th October, The Talbot Theatre at Whitchurch Leisure Centre This five-piece band (pictured above) from Weston-super-Mare is inspired by the Levellers and the rolling hills of the west country. Their songs combine British social commentary with a folk/rock festival get up. Steve (vocals), Matt (guitar), Pete (bass), Dave (drums) and Hannah (violin), have created a mix-up style that will send you right back to those long, hazy, festival days. Tickets £6-£12. Starts at 8pm.

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• 29th September, Thomas Telford in Shropshire and beyond, Ticklerton Village Hall, Church Stretton Illustrated talk by Richard Bifield and includes a light buffet. Tickets are £10 in advance only. Starts at 7.30pm.

DID YOU KNOW? Whitchurch is the oldest continuously inhabited town in Shropshire

Dorothy Clive Chilli Festival

BAFTA Debuts Tour: Pride and Prejudice (PG), 13th September, 1.30pm The classic tale of love and values in late 18th century England where the five Bennet sisters have all been raised by their mother with one purpose in life: finding a husband. Black Sabbath: The End Of The End, 28th September, 7.30pm A chronicle of the final tour from the band who forged the sound of metal. RSC Live: Coriolanus (12A), 14th October, 7pm A full throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield as Coriolanus takes us back to the emergence of the mighty republic of Rome.

This year sees the 6th annual Chilli Festival on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September. This fun and fiery family event which takes place across the whole weekend. Attractions include the chilli market, live music from local bands and the fun chilli trail across the gardens. There’s chilli cooking demos with local chefs and the hotly(!) anticipated chilli eating contest where only the brave will be victorious! £7.50 adult, £2.50 children between 5-17 years, kids 0-4 years go free. www.dorothyclivegarden.co.uk

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Bonfire & Fireworks

5th - 7th October, Blackberry Fair – Daring to be Different!

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Fairground Rides  Candy Fls Hot Drinks  Food  Licensed Bar Gates open 5pm • Bonfire lit 6pm Sound sensitive display 7pm • Main fireworks 8pm TICKET INFORMATION Advance – up to 4pm Wed 1st November: Adults £6.50, Children (14 years & under) £3.50, Family (2+2) £18 Members (in advance only) £5 All advance tickets to be collected by 3rd November Available from the Box Office on 01948 665914 On the gate: Adults £8, Children £5, Family £24, Children 3 & under, free

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Saturday 2nd September, The Makers Market, High Street, Whitchurch 10.00am - 4.00pm. Artisan craft & homemade produce, something beautiful or tasty from the local area. Sat. 16th Sept. & Sat. 21st Oct: Auction of Fine Art, Antiques and Collectibles, 10am. Viewing on Thurs. before auction noon 6pm & on Fri. 9.30am - 5pm, as well as from 9am on day of auction. T: 01948 800 202, E: info@trevanion&dean.co.uk

Sunday 8th October, Classic Car Breakfast Meeting at Alderford, Tilstock Rd, SY13 3JQ www.alderford.com

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heard on Radio 4’s Just a Minute. In the last year Jay Rayner – The Ten Food Commandments, Tom has supported Sarah Millican around the 8th September, 7:30pm world, sold out his Edinburgh and London runs The original Ten Commandments have very little and even passed his driving test! to offer when it comes to the complex business of how and what we eat – Masterchef judge Jay Patricia Routledge, 7th October, 2:30pm Rayner has decided to fix this. So join Facing the Music ‘A Life in Musical our very own culinary Moses in this DID YOU Theatre with Patricia Routledge in audio-visual romp as he attempts to KNOW? conversation with Edwards Seckerson. lead us to the edible promised land. The role of Maverick It is not well known that Patricia He’ll explain why thou shalt always in Top Gun almost Routledge trained not only as an eat with thy hands, why thou should went to Patrick actress but also as a singer and had most definitely worship leftovers and Swaze considerable success in musical theatre, why thou must honour thy pig. Includes both in this country and in the US. In Q&A and book signing. this fascinating encounter with the writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson she recalls this Tom Allen: Absolutely, 29th September, 8pm very special part of her career with access to some The sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly rare and treasured recordings. Tickets £22. camp son of working class Bromley, Tom Allen New for the Festival Drayton Centre, you can embarks on his debut solo tour this autumn. now book your tickets online at their website As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Live www.festivaldraytoncentre.com, and can still at the Apollo, The Great British Bake Off ’s Extra call the box office on 01630 654444 Slice, The John Bishop Show, Virtually Famous and

Ghostly goings-on at Whittington Castle This Halloween Whittington Castle is embracing its spooky heritage! The Ghost Tours start from 24th-28th October, retelling some of the more grizzly tales of Whittington Castle in and around the ruins. On 29th October, come dressed up and play the spooky games, follow the Halloween Trail and visit the Castle Witch for yummy treats. £1 per person. Monday 31st October celebrates Halloween Evening from 6-8pm. Visit the Castle Witch for treats, take photos in costume at the spooky stocks, follow the ghostly procession and watch the Pageant of Ghost from the castle bridge at 6.30pm. Tickets £1 per person. www.whittingtoncastle.co.uk

• 30th September-1st October, Apple Pressing Weekend, Sunnycroft Come and have some family fun at Sunnycroft this autumn weekend. Sample freshly pressed apple juice made from the fruit from the orchard. Bring along your own apples to be pressed for a unique souvenir. Booking not required. Dogs on leads welcome. Open 10:30am-4pm. Free event but normal admission charges apply. • 6th-8th October, Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival, The Square, Shrewsbury Now in it’s 12th year, the event screens LGBTQ+ films. There are feature films, documentaries, International & UK short films, Q & A sessions with visiting speakers/directors. Short film sessions are free; for other films: prices vary according to time of day. • 14th October, Apple Day, Oswestry Town-wide celebration of sustainable and homegrown local produce. With stalls, gardening advice, incredible edible, owls, demonstrations and apple-related fun!

Outdoor cinema screening – Top Gun, 23rd September Come along to the first ever Cosford outdoor cinema screening. Watch the 1980’s blockbuster Top Gun (Cert 12) in the Museum grounds, with a backdrop of aircraft. Tickets £10 in advance (£15.00 on the night, subject to availability). Movie starts 7.00pm.

• 18th October, Photography for Beginners, Severn Gorge Countryside Trust, Coalbrookdale Discover new ways of looking at the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site and improve your picture-taking with a local, professional photographer. Mike Ashton will help you learn about composition, colour and camera techniques in and around the gorge with its lovely autumnal colours. 10-4pm. £30pp. Bring camera or smart phone and a packed lunch.

1940’s Wartime Hangar Dance, 30th September The Aerospace Museum Society annual 1940’s Hangar Dance is back by popular demand! Dance the night away to Paul Drakeley and his All Stars Band and guests are encouraged to dress in wartime costumes. Tickets £25 per person. From 7pm.

• 25th October, Wild in the Wilderness, Wenlock Edge Create natural wild weaving art, weave dens and celebrate the autumn colours. A family adventure with Cadi Price, Community Development Officer. 10am-12pm. £2 pp Bring a snack and play clothes.

RAF Cosford autumn events

Airfix Make and Take, 23rd-27th October Taking place in Hangar 1, Airfix Make and Take is aimed at families with children aged 8 and above. Assemble and decorate together. £3pp including materials. www.rafmuseum.org.uk September/October 2017 | SHIRE MAGAZINE 49

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• 27th October, Warren James, Live at The Clive, Bromfield, 8pm Warren James’ unique acoustic performances mix 50s rock ‘n’ roll with country, skiffle and blues with acoustic versions of Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash. Free entry. • 28th October, Halloween at Wenlock Edge, Much Wenlock Look as scary as you can to frighten away ghouls by making your own bat. Search for a witch who will tell you spooky stories. The best costume will win a prize and all the little monsters will leave with a ghostly treat. Wear sensible shoes, bring a torch and wrap up warm. 3pm-5pm. 50p per bat and £2 for the walk. • 28th October, Halloween Market, Oswestry Family fun and scary goings on at the market. With face painting, ghost hunt, pumpkin carving, scary prizes, friendly witch and owls. Free event. 10am-2pm. • 29th October, Autumn Walk, Weston Park View the stunning autumnal colours in vivid showers of reds, ambers and golds across the Parkland. Head gardener Martin Gee will lead the walk through the park to explore sites of historic interest and areas not normally accessible to the visiting public. Adults £6, seniors £5, children £3. 10.30am start. • 4th November, Annual Bonfire and Firework Display, Brogyntyn Park, Oswestry Huge annual event managed by volunteers the Treble 999s. All proceeds to local charities. From 6pm until 7pm.

Car Boot supporting Blackberry Fair, 1st October Come along to pick up a bargain or sell your unwanted items. Sellers permitted entrance from 9am - with buyers arriving at 9.30am-12pm. Proceeds will be going to the Blackberry Fair charities. Classic Car Breakfast meeting, 8th October Lovers of a classic motor will love visiting for this annual breakfast meeting. See an array of vintage models and enjoy a breakfast against the beautiful backdrop of the Lake. Alderford Lake’s Big Bonfire and Firework Night, 4th November Fill up on delicious food, hot drinks, licensed bar, funfair and candy floss. Open from 5pm, bonfire lit at 6pm with displays thereafter. www.alderford.com

Events at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums

Spend a magical day at the Mere on Saturday 16th September with a focus on all things green! Merefest 2017 offers hands-on wild activities galore. Come and have a go at canoeing, archery, mountain biking, bushcraft, bug hunts, zip lines, zorbs, animals, arts, crafts and more. Youngsters can learn about everything wild in the nature hunts, arts and crafts activities and games. Enjoy live music and local food, then after 6pm the Mere become ‘the Twilight zone’ when woodland spirits come alive! The evening features more live music, a Wild Shropshire pop-up restaurant and entertainment from Fizzgigs. A hugely popular event, over 6,000 people visited last year. Tickets are only £8 family; £3 adult; £2 child. Go to www. shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk

1940s Supper and Song Evening, 29th September, 6.30pm Step back in time, and sing along to some fantastic music, at this nostalgic 1940s themed music hall evening at Blists Hill. Enjoy a delicious feast of Spam hash with carrots and potato in the Forest Glen Refreshment Pavilion before the music and entertainment begins! Cash bar available all evening. Tickets £25pp, pre-book by calling Nikki Birch on 01785 252247. Halloween Trails & Horrible Tails, 21st29th October Spend half-term discovering the gruesome side of Ironbridge. Hear stories of Halloween superstitions and traditions at Blists Hill. Make a monster at Enginuity and create a spooky tile design at Jackfield Tile Museum.

• 5th November, Fireworks Night at Weston Park Come to one of the region’s largest and most spectacular bonfire celebrations. Bonfire will be lit at 5.30pm, displays at 6pm and 7.30pm. There will be a bar and food too!

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Ghostly Gaslight, 28th October This annual Halloween fright night at Blists Hill is a spookfest with a difference! As dusk falls, apparitions will replace the friendly Victorians. Spooky fancy dress is a must! Blists Hill Victorian Town, 4 November 2017 See the night sky spectacularly lit up over Blists Hill Victorian Town with a fantastic family fireworks display on 4 November, 6pm-9pm. Wrap up warm, buy a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the smell of coal fires burning - we’re sure you’ll be leaving with rosy cheeks and a smile on your face! Adult £10.00 child £7.25 www.ironbridge.org.uk

‘Learn to Sing’ with Shrewsbury Choral Society Come to the United Reformed Church, Coleham Head in Shrewsbury on 23rd and 30th September, and 7th October, 10am-1pm, for the Shrewsbury Choral Society Singing Workshops. Learn how to use your voice properly, read music and perform with others. The cost is £60 for all three days. www.shrewsburychoral.org.uk

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‘Our favourite thing about Whitchurch is all the independent shops, like Lorna’s House.’ BEKAH

‘I like the walking routes around town and the surrounding area. There are some great three or four mile routes, along canals, which you can find online.’ MOLLIE AND ABIGAIL

‘We like the Blackberry Fair, but also Party in the Park in May, as its a great music festival, with cheerleaders.’ MARTIN AND SUE

Shropshire boasts many market towns, all with their own unique style and character. Whitchurch is one that draws visitors from far and wide, thanks to its enduring charm…


he pretty market town of Whitchurch in Shropshire has a bustling centre and thriving community, as well as a proud past dating back to its earliest mentions in the Domesday Book.

Whitchurch is surrounded by picturesque countryside

Lying two miles east of the Welsh border on the Shropshire Plain in the Welsh Marches and close to the Cheshire border, it’s the oldest continuously inhabited town in Shropshire. It is easily reached by road from neighbouring Shrewsbury, Chester and Wrexham and has excellent train links, as well as its own arm of the Llangollen Canal. The Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle route also passes through Whitchurch, and the beautiful countryside surrounding the town appeal to those keen to sample the delights of strolling along the canal, cycling through country lanes and enjoying the fresh air. The town itself offers a wealth of independent shops, cafés,


‘I’ve lived here on and off since 1963, and my favourite thing is the Blackberry Fair, as it sums up everything about Whitchurch.’


The town is home to many historic buildings

developed to make the most of the interesting and historic buildings for visitors. Information and advice for visitors is available from the community hub and tourist DID YOU information point in ANCIENT ORIGINS KNOW? the civic centre on the It is thought that the Its name comes high street or at the name of Whitchurch from the Middle Whitchurch Heritage comes from the Middle English for Centre. Whitchurch English for ‘white ‘white church’ has a range of sports church’, in reference to clubs and facilities, with a church constructed a rugby club dating from from white stone during the 1936 and its own football team Norman period and the area Whitchurch Alport FC, as well as has had a long association with the Macdonald Hill Valley resort military history. adjoining the town which boasts Whitchurch Cemetery two golf courses. includes 91 Commonwealth War Graves Commission burials, of which 24 are from the First World War, in scattered plots, and 67 are from the Second World War. In fact, 52 of the latter are Polish or Czech, as a Polish general hospital was located at Iscoyd Park just over the border in Wales. Walkers are encouraged to explore the Whitchurch Waterways Country Park, the last stage of the Sandstone Trail, and the towpath along the Llangollen Canal which will bring you to the Grindley Brook staircase locks and the Canalside Café. Further afield within a 20mile radius there are plenty of historic houses, beautiful gardens and wildlife sites and within the town itself a town trail has been bars and restaurants to suit all tastes, as well as a weekly country market, monthly farmer’s market and a great array of traditional and modern pubs.

Martin: ‘We’ve lived here since 1958. It’s a very friendly town.’ Sue: ‘My parents were farmers and I remember coming to town on market day every Friday.’

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THINGS TO SEE AND DO Greenfields nature reserve Find out more at www. shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk Whitchurch Heritage Centre St. Mary’s Street, Whitchurch, SY13 1QY 01948 664577, www.whitchurch-heritage.co.uk


Whitchurch Waterways Country Park, Meadowcroft, Whitchurch, SY14 1BD www.whitchurchwaterway.uk ‘Our favourite thing is the cracking pubs because nearly all of them are independent, and they have some great real ales on tap.’

Grindley Brook Locks Grindley Brook, SY13 4QH

Visitors flock to the area, particularly in summer

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Arts Alive!

What’s On at Brockhampton Estate


Heritage Open Day, 9th September Enjoy a picnic or sample the delicious refreshments available in the Apple Store Tea room or Lower Brockhampton Granary kiosk. Open from 11am-4pm.

10th September, Brobury House Gardens – Open Garden for NGS, Bredwardine Nine acres of gardens, set on the banks of an exquisitely beautiful section of the River Wye, offer the visitor a delightful combination of Victorian terraces with mature specimen trees, inspiring water features, architectural planting and woodland areas. 11am-4pm. £5, children £1. Homemade teas.

13th-16th September, Contractions by Mike Bartlett, Courtyard Theatre, Hereford

‘Come in. Sit down, How are you?’ Emma’s been seeing Darren. She thinks she’s in love. Her boss thinks she’s in breach of contract. The situation needs to be resolved. A black comedy where office rules ignore human needs. 7.30pm. £12 (concessions £10).

13th and 28th September, Open Garden for NGS, The Picton Garden, Colwall In late Sept and early Oct colourful borders display the National Plant Collection of Michaelmas daisies, backed by autumn colouring trees and shrubs. Many unusual plants to be seen, including bamboos, 100 different ferns and acers. Features raised beds and silver garden. 11am-5pm.

14th September, Off Grid Gourmet Supper Club, The Globe at Hay, Hay-on-Wye New head chef Hugh will source, create and cook his bespoke menu on the day of the event, to produce and tasting experience as local and fresh as possible. 7pm. Vegetarian £25; meat £30.

14th September, Cellar Door, Hereford This lively venue has live bands every Thursday plus cheese and charcuterie menu offering the best local fare plus fine wines and ports.

Film: Ben-Hur, 9th september, The Simpson Hall, Burghill Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army, returns to his homeland after years at sea to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Starring Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro. Starts 7.30pm. Call 01432 760816 for more information and to book. RSC Coriolanus, 11th October, 7pm, The Market Theatre A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, Coriolanus must decide where his allegiances lie. Tickets adult: £14 child: £12. www.themarket theatre.com

Film: Captain Fantastic, 3rd November, 7.30pm, Fownhope New Memorial Hall Ben loves his life and his family. In the secluded part of the Pacific Northwest where they live, he trains his six children with pride, teaching them the importance of a strong education and striving for athletic excellence. When his circumstances change, and he is forced to leave his domestic slice of heaven, life in real world, is a whole different ball game! Tickets adult: £3.50, child: £2.50. Call 01432 860065. www.artsalive.co.uk

Apple Harvest, 7th October Join the team for the apple harvest at Brockhampton estate. Wander through the orchards and choose some freshly picked apples to take home. Standard admission applies plus £2 for six apples (cookers and eaters). Open 11am-4pm.

Apple pressing and cider making, 8th October Come for the apple harvest with the Little Cider Press Company. Press traditional apple varieties harvested from the estate orchards and take home to brew into delicious Herefordshire cider. Normal admission plus £15 for a 12 litre bottle of cider.

The Kington Walking Festival Kington’s annual walking festival returns from 21st24th September to the small market towns close to the Welsh border.The event, run by the Kington Walks charity offers a programme with over 40 walks covering history, natural history, geology, industry, pubs, landscape and much more of Kington’s hinterland. New this year is a two-day circular walk from Clun with an overnight stay in Bishops Castle. In addition to the ever popular

Eight Peaks Challenge with the support of Red Kite Fostering, there is also the Three Peaks Challenge. On

Sunday the latest addition; the Walton Wobbler, a cycle event of over about 30 miles,

including the high points to the north of Kington with some stiff climbs and descents, will be underway. Whether you fancy an amble around the mills and weirs of the town, a ramble to the pub (or two, or even three) or the challenge of the 30 mile Mortimer Trail over two days, there will be something for all walkers. There’ll also be lively music with Little Rumba. Find out more at www.kingtonwalks.org

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Mud, madness and more at Eastnor Castle

Harvestime Weekend at The Big Apple Harvestime Weekend is planned for the weekend of 14th-15th October to celebrate all things autumnal in the Much Marcle area of Herefordshire. Expect lots of live music plus of course plenty of lovely local food and drink as the region – which has more orchards than any other county in the UK and produces over half of Britain’s cider – celebrates the humble apple in all its delicious forms. www.bigapple.co.uk

Family Fun Day, 10th September Bring the family along for a day of fun with garden games and a zip-wire on the Valley Lawn. Drinks and Nibbles, 17th September Enjoy a fine selection of local artisan food and drink producers plus lots of live jazz in the grounds. Autumn Antics, 24th September Try apple pressing, have a go at leaf art, try and make an elf house, get involved in the bush craft. Malvern Mad-Hatter Sportive, 30th September Weave around rural roads of Worcestershire,

Hereford Steampunk Weekend at Waterworks Museum Come along to the Waterworks Museum from the 9th-10th September for a spot of specialist retail therapy and live entertainment steampunk style! Line-up includes Ichabod Steam and his Animatronic Band, The Wattingers, Greg Chapman, Montague Jacques Fromage, Lux Delioux, and Gurdybird. Bar by Professor T. Bottoms Esquire. Saturday night features a Cabaret Show. Open 11am-4pm each day. www. waterworksmuseum.org

Outdoor Events at Croft Castle Battle of Mortimer’s Cross, 9th September A living history weekend full of gunpowder, battles, archery and swordfights, bringing to life one of the most significant battles of the Wars of the Roses. From 10am-5pm. Ancient Tree Walk, 8th October Join the countryside ranger for a journey around Croft’s ancient trees. Find out about the 1000 year old Quarry Oak, the story behind the Spanish chestnut avenue and the other trees. Cost: £3. From 2pm-4pm. Dungeons and Dragons Trail, 21st October Glendower the dragon returns to his lair at

Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. Experience tough climbs, fast descents and amazing views across the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains of Wales and more. Visit www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk for more info and to register. Mud Bath, 1st October Now in its second year at the Castle, this is one fun filthy, muddy trail DID YOU race on the Land Rover test tracks and through the estate KNOW? swamp! Discounts for groups Old Anglo Saxon of 10 or more runners. dialects had over www.eastnorcastle.co.uk thirty different

words for ‘mud’

Croft this October half-term. Follow the clues to track him down around the grounds and claim your prize at the end. 10am-4pm. £2.50. Halloween Spooktacular, 28th-29th October Enjoy ghost stories, face painting, spooky trails, pumpkin carving, broom stick racing and more. £6. Tales of a Supernatural Kind, 31st October An adults-only evening ghost walk around the castle to hear tales of spooky happenings. After the ghost walk, enjoy a two-course light supper in the tea-room. Tickets cost £30pp. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Pink Ball at Glewstone Court Hereford’s Breast Cancer Haven charity hosts the Pink Ball at Glewstone Court country house hotel on 30th September. The glamorous event takes place on the eve of Breast Cancer Awareness month and promises to be an evening of entertainment and includes a three-course meal, charity auction and raffle. £45 per head. Dress code: black tie. Event starts at 7pm. www.breastcancerhaven.org.uk September/October 2017 | SHIRE MAGAZINE 53

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17th September, Wigmore Gardens – Open Garden for NGS The ancient village of Wigmore is known for its C12 castle, home to the Mortimer family and now a ‘romantic ruin’, and its medieval church. Bury Court Farmhouse has a beautiful garden surrounding an 1840s stone farmhouse. The courtyard contains a pond, mixed borders, fruit trees and shrubs. The main garden (semi-walled) has mixed borders, greenhouse, pond, mini-orchard and wildlife area. 2pm-5pm. £7, children free. Homemade teas.

22nd September, Omega Two, The Globe at Hay, Hay-on-Wye Jazz , blues, soul and a little bit of spice. The incredibly talented duo Omega Two features Jane Williams on vocals and Pete Mathison on guitar. Together they perform an eclectic mix of Americana, Jazz and Blues. 8pm performance. Tickets: £5.

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Barn – Open Garden for NGS, Bromyard Nestling in the unspoilt Lodon Valley, a two acre, organic, wildlife-friendly garden designed in 2008. Featuring ornamental vegetable and fruit gardens, peaceful and romantic pond area, copse with specimen trees for spring and autumn colour, winter walk, wild flower meadow and dry garden. £4, children free. Homemade teas. Open 2pm-5pm.

Our House, 11th-16th September, Festival Theatre From the writer of smash hits Calendar Girls and Kinky Boots comes this feel good, Olivier Awardwinning musical. On the night of Joe’s 16th birthday, a split-second decision forces him to choose between himself and his heart. As two very different paths unfold before him, the consequences of that choice will change his life forever. Features Madness hits including It Must Be Love, House of Fun, and Our House, this hilarious, high energy musical will have you singing and dancing in the aisles. Evening performances: 7.30pm; Wed and Sat matinees: 2.30pm. Tickets from £24.08.

Rhydian, Richard and Adam, 22nd September, Forum Theatre Welsh stars Rhydian, Richard and Adam come together with their live band for an evening

30th September, Composition Workshop, Hereford Cathedral A composition workshop on the theme of ‘Marches Memorials’. Composers are invited to submit one or more settings for SATB of memorial poetry from churches and graves in Herefordshire.Up to five pieces will be shortlisted, rehearsed for 15 minutes, then given a workshop performance. Entry £10.

30th September, Malvern Mad Hatter Cycling Event, Eastnor Castle Bring your bike and get weaving around rural roads with tough climbs, fast descents and amazing views across the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains of Wales and more.

Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival Lace up your boots for this threeday walking festival taking place from Friday 22nd September to Sunday 24th September. Arranged by Walkers are Welcome to promote Ross-on-Wye as a walking town, there are 15 walks in total to choose from that vary in difficulty and take in various routes around the local area. Tickets are individually priced in addition to the £5 booking price. Some walks include a meal while others encourage you to bring a picnic along. For full details and prices visit www.ross walkingfestival. co.uk.

of classical arias and contemporary songs. 7.45pm, tickets from £29.12.

DID YOU KNOW? Judi Dench starred as Sally in 1968 London production of Cabaret

Cabaret, 10th-14th October, Festival Theatre Will Young reprises his critically acclaimed performance of Emcee in Rufus Norris’ production of Cabaret. Since its Broadway premiere in 1966 and the famous movie version with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey, it has won a staggering number of stage and screen awards including 8 Oscars, 7 BAFTAs and 13 Tonys. Cabaret features showstopping choreography, dazzling costumes and some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre. Tickets from £14.56. Performances: evenings at 7.30pm; Wed, Thurs and Sat matinees at 2.30pm. www.malvern-theatres.co.uk

John Dougherty at Hereford Library Head over to Hereford Library on 4th October for a morning with children’s author John Dougherty and his guitar as he takes you on a trip around the island of Great Kerfuffle, home of Stinkbomb and Ketchup-face and some very bad badgers. Utterly bonkers and laugh out loud funny! Books will be available to buy on the day. Tickets £2 available from Hereford Library. From 11am. www.herefordshire.gov.uk

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Herefordshire gigs XamVolo, 26th October, 7:30pm, The Courtyard Xam Volo performs his unique and enigmatic take on Neo-Soul and Jazz. Influences from Erykah Badu, Miguel, Frank Ocean and Maverick Sabre echo in his music, with a gospel-infused sophistication and often abstract lyrics. Tickets £7. www.thecourtyard.co.uk

Saturday Shenanigans: Bartoune, 16th September, The Globe at Hay, Hay-on-Wye Gypsy jazz, classic songs, mellow clarinet tones, and driving bari sax, all under pinned by the tight swing of vibrant guitar and bass. Bartoune have a fresh sound and ‘a variety of instruments and rhythms to keep any audience interested’. Which is good because when there isn’t a sax, we get bored quickly. Performance 8pm-11pm. Tickets cost £5. www.globeathay.org 80s Vinyl Disco, 7th October, The Left Bank, Hereford A night of original 1980s vinyl played on the original disco decks from the day. A great nostalgic and fun evening so dig out the lycra, dust off those leg warmers and dance whilst raising money for Breast Cancer Haven. 8pm-2am. Tickets £10. www.herefordleftbank.com

Heritage and Halloween at Berrington Hall

Heritage Open Day, 9th September Discover the contemporary reinvisioning of the Georgian eye-catcher, Look! Look! Look!, in the walled garden. In the parkland, explore ‘Capability’ Brown’s masterpiece with Red Earth’s ‘Genius Loci’ exhibition. Don’t miss Bouke de Vries’ Arts Council award winning ceramic sculpture, ‘War & Pieces’ in the mansion. 10am-5pm.

The Art of Georgian Gambling, 16th September Set in the Georgian inspired contemporary pavilion, the

mansion, gardens and parkland will all be open to fully explore. The play area, tea room and shop are also open and you can dress up like a Georgian in the mansion. From 11am-4pm. Normal admission costs apply. Apple Weekend, 7th October Berrington’s harvest of vintage apples is on display and available to buy to take home over the weekend. With cider bars, apple grafting, pruning and identification and pressing demos. Bring your weird and wonderful varieties for identification by the apple ID team. With food, live music and horse and carriage rides. 10am5pm. Normal admission applies.


about KNOW? the gory Apples are actually truths part of the rose of the family, like pears Georgian and plums era? Follow the disgustingly gruesome Georgian trail to discover the gory traditions and scary stories of the eighteenthcentury past. Trail costs £2.50. Normal admission fees apply. Open from 10am-4pm. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Gruesome Georgian Trail, 21st October Are you brave enough to find out all you can

Plants aplenty at Hergest Croft Gardens

Visit Hergest Croft Gardens on Sunday 15th October for the annual Plant Fair. You will find exciting plants on sale from a wide range of local specialist nurseries, together with craft and produce stalls. Take a free guided walk of the gardens to see the spectacular autumn colours of the magnificent specimen trees. Open from 10am-4.30pm. www.hergest.co.uk

H-Art Week 2017 H-Art or Herefordshire Art Week kicks off from 9th-21st September around venues in the county in a celebration of art from local artists, craft makers and creative businesses. Visit studios, galleries and group exhibitions to raise their profile and buy some original artwork. This year there are 297 artists exhibiting across 101 venues in the region The event provides artists with the opportunity to showcase their work and reach new audiences. www.h-art.org.uk September/October 2017 | SHIRE MAGAZINE 55

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the front and back legs be dancing off in opposing directions? Meet Ben and Jerry: the men behind the mule. Their lasting partnership have seen Nobbo reach moderate stardom amongst children every festive season, but is all of this about to come crashing down? Feel the frustration and heartache of both men through this hilarious fly-on-the-wall comedy.

30th September, Super Sonic Disco, The Globe at Hay Newport Street, Hay-on-Wye DJs Ben and Max from SuperSonicDisco play the ultimate hands-in-the-air tunes that you just have to dance to. Flipping between a mix of soul, disco and funk, with a good dollop of party classics, they are dedicated to the creation of latenight pleasure domes wherever their music takes them. Get your groove on! From 8pm. Tickets £5.

15th October, Antiques Fair, Burton Court, Leominster Over 40 hand-picked exhibitors set within a large marquee attached to the house and also inside the main period rooms. Fine antiques, including traditional and decorative furniture, folk-art, ceramics, silver and jewellery. Homemade cakes as well as light lunches are available in the café. 9am-4pm.

16th October, Pottery Workshop, Potter’s Wheel, Ledbury Small friendly groups and seven electric potter’s wheels ensure plenty of individual attention and guidance in this one-day workshop. Cost: £130 includes refreshments, lunch, firing, glazing (1-2 pots) and posting your masterpieces.

25th October, Children’s School Holiday Pottery Sessions, Home Farm, Ledbury Experience hands on real clay with an exciting variety of making techniques. The 1 hr sessions take place throughout the day for 4-8yrs and 9-12yrs. £15 per child.

28th October, Harvest Celebration, Westons Cider, Much Marcle, Ledbury Enjoy an evening tour of the cider mill to see the apple being milled and then sit down to a delicious two course supper. Harvest Celebration Supper and Tour, £23 per head. Starting at 7pm.

Live performance: Mumbo Jumbo, 30th September, 7.30pm, £8.50 A close-harmony, eclectic, semi-acoustic piano-led wonder, Mumbo-Jumbo brings together three top Midlands singer/ songwriters to produce an ‘eclectic acoustic’ sound that is all their own at Film: Going in Style, 15th September, festivals, theatres and village halls across 7.30pm (Cert PG) £6, £5.50 conc. DID YOU the country. Oliver Carpenter, Chris Lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al KNOW? Lomas and Phil Bond, all established decide to buck retirement and step off The term ‘mumbo lead vocalists, combine to produce the straight-and-narrow for the first strong complex tight harmonies. time in their lives when their pension jumbo’ originally fund becomes a corporate casualty. referred to a West Add the nine instruments they play between them and you have musical Desperate to pay the bills and come African god textures, sounds and flavours, excellent through for their loved ones, the three musicianship and strong song writing. risk it all by embarking on a daring bid www.conquest-theatre.co.uk to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money. Stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Peter Serafinowicz, Joey King. Live performance: Nobbo, 16th September, 7.30pm, £10 or £8 conc. Our Star Theatre Company presents Nobbo, a double bill of one-act comedies, written by Herefordshire based playwright, David Pollard. Top Banana: The Boycie Brothers are down on their luck. After playing the circuit for years, the pubs and clubs just aren’t paying out what they used to… Cash-strapped, are the musical duo facing their last curtain call? Tommy is sick of Bernie always playing Top Banana – it just goes to show you, cracks form far quicker than built bridges! Nobbo: the reliable and trusty steed of the pantomime world. Behind the joviality, could

Comedy at The Courtyard Paul Zerdin, 13th October, 8pm As part of his 45 date UK tour ‘All Mouth’, the winner of America’s Got Talent in 2015, Paul Zerdin brings his band of sharp-tongued sidekicks, the precocious Baby, cantankerous OAP Albert, cheeky pre-teen Sam, and two brand new characters along. Zerdin, arguably the UK’s number one ventriloquist has appeared on countless TV shows including The World Stands Up (Comedy Central), The Stand Up Show, Just for Laughs Montreal

Comedy Festival, Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford and The Royal Variety Performance three times. Tickets cost £19.50. Andy Parsons: Peak Bulls**t, 18th October, 8pm, £16.50 A regular on Mock The Week, comedian Parsons was a former writer for Spitting Image and has even picked up a New Zealand International Comedy award the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival award. www.the courtyard .org.uk

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Sharon Michael, Mayor of Hereford ‘There’s always a new part of Hereford to discover, from interesting buildings to Wye walks.’

From river walks, to shopping and culture, Hereford has it all

Elizabeth Pimblett, The Cider Museum ‘I enjoy a visit to Church St, with its mix of independent galleries, foodie places, interiors and antique shops, followed by a wander down to The Koffie Pot.’


Michelle Nugent, Camperdown Lane ‘I love the great, new independent eateries and shops that have emerged here in Hereford in recent years and enjoying the beautiful countryside that’s right on our doorstep.’ George Watkins, Castle House ‘A visit here isn’t complete without dinner at Castle House, with a good bottle of quality wine!’ Garry Thomas, Top 25 Grand Design Architect ‘In Hereford you can enjoy some of the region’s finest food and drink, whilst appreciating some really beautiful buildings. It’s mouth watering!’ Clare Wichbold, Three Choirs Festival ‘I used to be an archaeologist, so I love exploring the town’s less well-known historic nooks and crannies, as well as buildings such as our ancient and beautiful cathedral.’ Lyn Watts, Stooke Hill & Walshe Estate Agents

‘I love the wide range of places to eat and choice of shops for all tastes. All of this together makes Hereford a very enjoyable experience.’


riginating as the Saxon capital of West Mercia in the eighth century, Hereford derives its name from the fact that it was the river crossing point between Wales and England (Here-Ford), frequented by traders. The town was extensively developed by the Normans, who rebuilt its famous cathedral and the castle, the latter of which is sadly no longer standing. Today, visitors can enjoy an abundance of stunning halftimbered buildings, together with architectural marvels like The Shire Hall, Town Hall and Library, that sits alongside the modern developments of the Old Market Shopping Centre, Maylords Shopping Centre and the Courtyard; Hereford’s Centre for Arts. The treasures of Hereford Cathedral are world renowned – here visitors can wonder at the Mappa Mundi, the world’s largest medieval map in existence, and the Magna Carta, which shows Hereford’s significance in shaping English law. It’s also home to the Chained Library, a unique collection of 1,500 books dating back to the eighth century, many with their original security chains, and the new modern day Ascension memorial window and sculpture; a tribute to the region’s connection to the SAS regiment. Those visiting from May to October can also take advantage of fascinating daily guided walks in the city, which are packed with myths, legends and amazing facts revealing its evolution through the ages. High Town, the original Norman marketplace, remains

the bustling heart of the town, with weekly and seasonal food, craft and retail markets. Nearby, visitors can explore the stunning Jacobean Black and White House, now a museum, and marvel at the tiny half-timbered former apothecary’s shop. The Butter Market is also worth a visit, offering tourists a taste of Victorian market life. A trip to Hereford isn’t complete without a visit to the Independent Quarter, centred in the quaint cobbled Church Street, which is home to a wide selection of specialist shops, galleries, eateries and pubs. A FOODIE PARADISE Hereford’s foodie culture has undergone a revolution in recent years and today the town boasts an impressive array of indie restaurants, cafes and wine bars, alongside well-known chains. The jewel in its crown are Castle House and Left Bank, both of which offer top quality dining and stunning waterside views. Herefordshire is famed for

producing more than half the UK’s cider and visitors can discover more about its illustrious heritage and enjoy a tasting or two at The Cider Museum, located less than a mile from the city centre, on the site of the original Bulmer’s Cider factory. A short walk or drive brings you to the Waterworks Museum, which houses possibly the widest chronological range of working water-pumping devices in Britain and is a brilliant day out for the whole family. Its gleaming pumping machines are in action most days throughout the year, and children will also enjoy interactive full-size devices in the outdoor ‘water park’. Hidden away next to the River Wye is Castle Green, a picturesque city park originally created in 1745 on the site of a Norman castle, which hosts regular pop-up events. From here, stroll over Victoria Bridge to St George V Playing Fields and the enchanting riverbank walk. With so much to see and do, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Hereford. CONTACTS Hereford Cider Museum Pomona Place, Hereford HR4 0EF www.cidermuseum.co.uk Hereford Cathedral Cathedral Close, Hereford HR1 2NG www.herefordcathedral.org Waterworks Museum Hereford Broomy Hill, Hereford HR4 0LJ www.waterworksmuseum.org.uk Black and White House Museum High Town, Hereford HR1 2AA www.blackandwhitehouse.org Hereford Guided Walks All start at Hereford Cathedral www.herefordguidedwalks.org.uk

World-famous architecture

Find out more at www. eatsleepliveherefordshire.co.uk

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Son of a Preacher Man, New Alexandra Theatre, 12th-16th September Featuring the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield, this touching new musical will have you laughing, crying and singing your heart out to some of the greatest songs ever written.

Horse of the Year Show, Genting Arena, 4th-8th October The arena will be transformed into an equestrian utopia with thrills, spills, and world class entertainment. Fun for all the family, competitive riders and horse enthusiasts.

I Love The 90s, Barclaycard Arena, 7th October It’s time to ‘stop, collaborate and listen’ with iconic 90s hitmakers, Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa, Coolio, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc and Young MC, who’ll be belting out some of the decade’s hottest hits.

Crazy For You, Birmingham Hippodrome, 24th-28th October High energy, high kicking and gloriously glamorous, the acclaimed Watermill Theatre production of Crazy for You is the ultimate feel-good musical for fans of romantic comedies.


Texas, St David’s Hall, 11th September With their glorious new album Jump On Board, the band’s first in four years, Texas head out on a huge UK headline tour this autumn. Produced by Sharleen Spiteri and Johnny McElhone, it’s a pop classic.

Film & Comic Con, Motorpoint Arena, 23rd-24th September Featuring stars of TV, film and comics, this convention is a fan’s paradise, with a host of fun activities including autograph sessions, retro gaming, cosplay and much more.

Impractical Jokers, Where’s Larry?, Motorpoint Arena, 8th October The US comedy sensations behind the hit TV show Impractical Jokers, The Tenderloins, bring their popular stage show to the UK. Expect pranks, practical jokes and belly laughs.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Wales Millennium Centre, 1st November Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s rise to stardom as one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history, including some of her best loved songs.


John Legend, Echo Arena, 17th September Acclaimed multi-platinum selling US singer/songwriter John Legend plays in Liverpool as part of his biggest show yet, The Darkness and Light Tour. Expect soulful vocals and crowd pleasing hits.

TNT Extreme Wrestling: Summer Explosion, O2 Academy, 28th September TNT Extreme Wrestling is back with a vengeance this summer featuring some of the best professional wrestlers the British scene has to offer, battling it out for glory and titles.

Legends Live, ACC Echo Arena, 18th October Prepare to be in the presence of legends as four iconic artists, Suzi Quatro, David Essex, The Osmonds and Hot Chocolate, are brought together on stage to perform some of their best loved hits.

Little Mix, ACC Echo Arena, 16th October, 1st and 20th November Since their X Factor win in 2011, Perrie, Jesy, Leigh-Anne and Jade have become one of the UK’s brightest pop acts, with hits including Move, Wings and Black Magic.



Giants Live: The Official World’s Strongest Man Tour Finals, Manchester Arena, 30th September Watch your favourite Giants battle it out over five sinewstretching, pain-inducing trials of strength, including deadlift world record holder Eddie ‘The Beast’ Hall.

Rob Brydon, Palace Theatre 21st-22nd September This multi award-winning writer and performer is back with an evening of brand new stand up comedy, cementing his status as one of the nation’s favourite funny men. A delight for old and new fans alike.

Disney On Ice, Passport to Adventure, Manchester Arena, 11th-15th October Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Daisy in celebrating Disney’s most memorable tales, including Frozen, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid. An unforgettable experience.

The Solid Gold Rock n Roll Show, Palace Theatre, 5th November Celebrate Marty Wilde’s 60th anniversary in the business with special guests Eden Kane, Mike Berry, The Wildcats and Mark Wynter, with hits aplenty including A Teenager in Love and more.

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The Shire Magazine team have been hard at work visiting as many shows as possible this month – it’s tough job, but someone’s got to do it! Read what our reviewers thought of them all, and how many stars out of five they gave… LLANFYLLIN MUSIC FESTIVAL July marked the start of the Llanfyllin Music Festival, a celebration of classical music that has expanded over the last 45 years to include performances by various artists of international calibre. Headlining the festival as always was the world famous Allegri String Quartet, who treated audiences to four divine performances. The event included a wide variety of pieces by well known composers including Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Dvorak, as well as newly commissioned works which were premiered at the concerts. One of the great delights of the event was the programme, written by Chris Symons, which offers a detailed guide to the performances and interesting information about each piece of music, its composer, and the musicians performing it, all written with the whimsical flair of an author who is clearly passionate about music. A delightful event. JB

TH E R OYAL C H ESH IRE COU N T Y SH OW If you enjoy a good county show, you can’t get much better than this one. The whole event oozes top class organisation, from the quality of the stalls and the horse and livestock classes, to the parking and general layout, everything was meticulously put together. Although it was very busy, it’s such a large site that visitors never felt swamped walking around. We were also impressed by how accessible it was for prams, and by the designated baby changing facilities. We watched a number of horses classes, sheep shearing competitions and visited the vintage tractor show, but our highlight was the dog show, where Shire Magazine’s own pup, Ringo, won Best Crossbreed, which was a wonderful end to a fabulous day. LC

R H S FLOWER SH OW AT TAT TON PA RK The RHS Flower Show is a highlight of the summer, and this year’s event was as magical and colourful as is now expected by the thousands of visitors drawn to Tatton Park annually. Every stall offered something new, from spinning glass domed garden chairs, to log stumps that burnt for hours on end providing the perfect marshmallow toasting opportunity. Those looking to invest in the latest garden gadgets and seasonal styles certainly weren’t disappointed. We ambled from the show garden, through the marquee and display area to the plant stand and were blown away by the standard of entries. Although we did make some purchases for the garden, more importantly we achieved our overall aim of spending a happy afternoon surrounded by the scents and sights of the RHS in this perfect horticultural heaven. We can’t wait for next year. KS

‘LLANFEST’ AT THE LLANGOLLEN INTERNATIONAL EISTEDDFOD Now in its 70th year, the Llangollen International Eisteddfod is a world famous music festival. This year the event featured 4,000 performers and the final Sunday of the festival, dubbed ‘Llanfest’, a rich variety of acts performed all day, culminating in the Manic Street Preachers taking to the main stage. Acts from a wide range of genres, from punk, to jazz, rock to rockabilly were all there, and we enjoyed several acoustic performances Bands included the Roving Crows, Buddy Holly and the Black Jacks (who really got the crowd moving), Army of Skanks, and Delta Radio Band. In the evening, Radio 1’s Huw Stephens introduced Reverend and the Makers, who were an impressive support act for the The Manics Manics. Of course, the headline act didn’t duly received disappoint, delivering a blistering set and duly receiving a roaring reception from their home a roaring crowd. Still no encore though. DB reception from the crowd

O L LY MU R S It’s fantastic to see Wrexham attracting some big names in music, including Olly Murs, who played at Wrexham Racecourse in June to a 12,000–strong crowd. Before the main event, fans were treated to a performance by his support act, X Factor winner Louisa Johnson, her incredible voice filling the venue and proving her to be a worthy X Factor winner. Over the years, Olly has carved such a phenomenal career for himself that it’s hard to believe he was once an X Factor contestant too (he finished as runner-up to Joe McElderry in 2009). His catchy pop hits, including You Don’t Know Love, Wrapped Up, and Dear Darlin’ were real crowd-pleasers and there wasn’t a bum note all evening. Vocal ability aside though, what made his performance was his energy, humour and charisma. He had the (predictably) female audience eating out of his hand, and took the opportunity to remind them all of his single status. Although almost exclusively female, it was interesting to note that the age range of attendees was surprisingly wide, suggesting he has a mainstream appeal that crosses age barriers. His new single, a duet with Louisa called Unpredictable, was faultless and garnered an enthusiastic reaction from his fans. Whatever your stance on the X Factor and its impact on pop music as a whole, it can’t be denied that Olly is a fantastic showman, who certainly knows how to deliver a fun and engaging performance. LC

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Peninsula pearl is pretty as a picture



‘We came for a day out and visited the Welsh Mountain Zoo on the way here for our son’s birthday, which was brilliant. We love the fish and chips here.’ J U L I E A N D G AV I N

The town has been described as ‘the pearl of Wales’

The popular seaside town of Criccieth has lured visitors to its beaches, castle and countryside for centuries. With stunning coastline on two sides, it’s easy to see why


erched on the edge of Cardigan Bay, in the Eifionydd area of Gwynedd in Wales, just five miles west of Porthmadog and 17 miles south of Caernarfon, Criccieth has been a well-frequented holiday spot for centuries. It also has a strong community of around 2,000 permanent residents, who are proud ambassadors for their town, 62 per cent of whom are Welsh speakers. Described as ‘the pearl of Wales on the shores of Snowdonia’, Criccieth is popular with families. The most prominent visitor attraction is its castle which was built around 1230 and, although ruined, is an excellent venue to explore and a great spot for taking in views of the bay. Other attractions include the famous Cadwalader’s Ice Cream Parlour, a firm favourite since 1927, and the fairs for which the area has become renowned. Twice a year, once in May and again in June, the fairground arrives in town along with a market that spreads through the town bringing a lively atmosphere to the whole area.

ALL ITS GLORIES Criccieth is famous for hosting the National Eisteddfod in 1975, and was granted Fairtrade Town status in 2003. It also enjoyed a five-year stretch of winning the Wales in Bloom competition from 1999-2004. As well as enjoying modern-day glories, the town has a rich history.

Crowds flock to its sunny shoreline

Criccieth is south facing and draws crowds to its sunny shoreline, wrapped around the rocky outcrop with Criccieth Castle effectively dividing the shoreline in two. The East Shore has a sandy beach with a shallow area for bathing, while the Marine Beach, to the west, is quieter and has several hotels and guest houses. Beachgoers beware, however; there is a local legend that a piper named Dic, and two fiddlers named Twm and Ned, were once lured into a nearby cave by fairies. They were never seen again, but rumour has it their music can still occasionally been heard coming from the cave.

FISHING FOR The surrounding area was COMPLIMENTS originally settled during the Sporting attractions in Criccieth Bronze Age, and there is evidence include the tennis club, which is of this at the chambered tomb, actually one of the oldest Cae Dyni, on the coast DID YOU tennis clubs still in to the east of the town. KNOW? existence today, and Findings from other The town’s name Criccieth Golf Club, sites on the Llyn comes from which opened in 1902 Peninsula suggest that the Welsh word and has an undulating the area was colonised for ‘prisoner’ nine-hole course on by a wave of Celtic natural terrain with settlers, who explored stunning views of the coast the Irish Sea around the and the mountains of Snowdonia. 4th century BC. Criccieth is also a popular venue for sea anglers. From the East Shore, bass, dogfish, mackerel and whiting can be caught and the Stone Jetty provides a good spot for conger, pollock and wrasse dabs, while bass, dogfish, mackerel, pollock and whiting can all also be fished from the Marine Beach. Whatever you’re into, Criccieth will appeal and once you’ve visited it’s tranquil bays and appreciated the coastal views you’ll be well and truly hooked. Sunset over Criccieth Bay from the summit of Moel-y-Gest mountain

‘The scenery is our favourite thing. It’s a good location and people here are friendly. We have a caravan nearby and this is our first season, so we’ve been here almost every weekend.’ NIGEL AND EMMA

‘We have a caravan nearby, and we come to Criccieth all the time. Our favourite place is Dylans Restaurant on the seafront.’ NON AND BREA

Non (left): ‘I live in Caernarfon, so I can’t say that the castle is my favourite thing about Criccieth as ours is better, of course!’ Brea (right) says: ‘Cadwallader’s ice cream is my favourite – its one of the best vanilla flavours around.’ THINGS TO SEE AND DO Criccieth Castle www.cadw.gov.wales Dragon Raiders Activity Park Gwynfryn Lodge, Llanystumdwy, Criccieth, find out more at www. dragonraiders.co.uk Criccieth Memorial Hall High Street, Criccieth LL52 0HB, General information www.criccieth.co.uk

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A ride on the Ffestiniog Railway


The railway was originally built between 1833 and 1836 to transport slate from the quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog to the coast at Porthmadog to be loaded onto ships. ● The railway is gently sloped (1 in 80), so that gravity pulls the wagons downhill to the port town. The empty wagons were once hauled back up the mines by horses. ● Steam engines were introduced in the 1863, with engines used to pull the carriages. Three of these original engines still survive today! ● The demand for slate overseas declined after World Wars I and II due to the loss of overseas trade. ● Alan Pegler led a group of enthusiasts in the 1950s to restore the railway to carry passengers, with work continuing until the line was fully reopened in 1982 ●

A lovingly preserved route that began 150 years ago

Shire Magazine takes an evocative trip around one of the oldest railways in Wales hour one way, and passengers are rewarded with magnificent scenery along the way, as the sea level estuary gives way to the steepsided Snowdon mountains. Climbing up above the river Dwyryd as it flows out to sea past Portmerion village, the train offers fantastic views of the dramatic landscape. It keeps a steady pace and pauses frequently at junctions, some of which are manned by staff who manually open and close the gates for cars. It also stops at passing places to allow trains making the reverse journey downhill to chug on by, inches from our train. The huff-puff of the engine, the toots of the whistle and the clackety-clack rhythm of the carriages over the tracks are so evocative, and great fun to experience. It’s easy to imagine Victorian children craning their necks to see it, just as visitors do now. Everyone on route waves to the train as it passes by. All aboard for the full steam experience We break our journey for lunch at Tan-y-Bwlch station, which is roughly the opular with steam enthusiasts and halfway point of this route. There’s a large tourists alike, the Ffestiniog Railway café, with indoor and outdoor seating, is a jewel in Gwynedd’s crown. Having serving hot meals and snacks. During an heard so much about its wonderful train excellent lunch of scampi and chips, the journeys through the picturesque mountains manager tells us that many visitors visit the of Snowdonia, we looked forward to a day station for the walking and cafe alone, as spent riding in carriages pulled by Victorian there are miles of beautiful woodland routes steam engines that were built into the around the station, including the scenic Llyn mountain side 150 years ago. Mair the historical gardens of the Boarding at Porthmadog Plas Tan-y-Bwlch estate, with its station, we’re surprised to see The huff-puff of the impressive stately home. During that almost every carriage engine and toots of the summer, Tan-y-Bwlch station is full. Groups of amateur the whistle are so is home to several musical events photographers and onlookers all evocative, and great hosted by the Ffestiniog Railway there for the spectacle make for fun for everyone Company, making it a popular a busy platform as the train gets stop with visitors. ready to depart. Those wanting As the journey comes to a close, weary to get the full steam engine experience can passengers offload back onto the station. sit immediately behind the engine in an open The sensory experience of travelling by carriage, where you’ll be rewarded with all steam train is both exciting the whistles, steam and smoke and intense, and all the more that the mighty little engine tiring for it. It has certainly gives out as it pulls out of the whet our appetite for another station across the Cob and trip, next time over the begins its slow climb into mountains to Caernarfon to the mountains. see what else this remarkable The journey little railway has to offer. takes over an Take a journey into the past



The track that runs from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog is 13.5 miles long and rises to 700ft. ● Trains travel all the way to Caernarfon, 40 miles away, via Bedgelert. ● The first mile runs along the top of the embankment at the mouth of Traeth Mawr, called ‘the Cob’. ● The Ffestiniog also owns the Welsh Highland Railway (not to be confused with the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway, which also operates out of Porthmadog) which was re-opened fully in 2011. ● These trains carry over 200,000 passengers annually, and this is one of the largest tourist attractions in Snowdonia. ● Dogs are allowed on the train, for a fare of £3, but not in first class. ●

Ffestiniog Railway Porthmadog Station, LL49 4NF Telephone 01766 516024 www.ffestiniograilway.org.uk

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Once the realm of the occasional vegetarian celebration or a gathering of gourmet gurus, the humble food festival has grown to mean big business across the country. In our region they have become particularly prominent, which is perhaps unsurprising given the sheer volume of quality producers and great grub. Here’s our round up of the best...

Food festivals are now increasingly popular with visitors keen to try new treats


ince records began we have been celebrating food. Our ancestors marked the occasion of a good and bountiful harvest, and most religions celebrate and acknowlegde the role of food in some way. In fact, it’s hard to think of any special celebration that doesn’t include eating in some form, or at least have a dedicated cake. The rise of the food festival phenomenon is inextricably linked to music festivals. As these evolved over the years, the basic burger vans and kebab stands of necessity were replaced with more sophisticated provisions like pulled pork and grilled halloumi, which soon began out-selling the humble hot dog and chips. Now our culinary obsession has seen the rise of festivals dedicated specifically to food, and in the last five years in particular, this is a business that has been positively booming. GOURMET GRUB As a nation we have developed

a growing interest in the provenance of what we eat and with that an increased respect for those who produce it, alongside a renewed interest in how our food has been grown or bred. We all understand the concept of food miles, are encouraged to find locally sourced produce and like to shout about our new foodie finds. Celebrating everything we eat has naturally become a popular pastime and

millions of Britons will visit one or more dedicated food events this year, not just to sample the amazing treats on offer but also to get involved with making and sourcing food. Interactive attractions such as making your own sausages, going on a foraging workshop and taking part in hands-on sushi demonstrations are all part of the attraction at food festivals. Stall holders have also

The variety of foods available has expanded over the years

become star attractions, with famous named and Michelin starred chefs eager to meet and greet their hungry fans at food festivals across the country. EVERY FLAVOUR The range of food festivals now packing our calendars is vast, especially as we enter the traditional harvest season, and towns big and small are starting to put on events, some varied and others bizarrely specific. For example, there’s a small town in Devon that promotes a herring festival, while the Isle of Wight is home to a garlic festival. Even the humble spud has a few festivals held in its honour. Within Cheshire, Wales and Shropshire we are blessed with some of the best events in the industry, so we’ve rounded up the highlights to give you a taste of what’s still to come this year. With the industry having given a £16 million boost to the North Wales economy alone last year, it seems our appetite for food festivals is growing all the time.

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Local chef Marcus Bean will host a weekend of culinary celebrations

See top chefs live on stage

Full of beans at lovely Ludlow With more than a dash of class and a hearty pinch of decadence, Ludlow Food Festival is back for 2017 with some added ingredients. This year the event has attracted even more top name chefs and star bakers and will be drawing crowds from across the country to come and sample one of the UK’s greatest gourmet gatherings


aunching on 8th September, this year’s Ludlow Food Festival will be a celebration of the best local produce, championed by chefs from far and wide, as well as homespun heroes. The three-day festival will be hosted by local chef Marcus Bean, who will be joined by several new names, chefs at the very top of their game, and some real treats for baking fans. As events like this go, Ludlow is at the top of the pile,

Local producers will be exhibiting

possibly because it got there first and is recognised as the UK’s first ever food festival. This may be hard to imagine when festivals are now so prolific, but to this day the event features in the top food festival listings and will once again be attracting 180 of the region’s top producers to the pretty medieval market town. With entertainment and information coming from all angles, foodies will need to

keep an eye on the schedules to see what’s on at the two demo stages, master classes and tutored tastings, as well as making time for the famous sausage and ale trails which take you on a journey of discovery around the town. Exhibitor stands will be selling everything from local cheeses and charcuterie to the most delicious cakes and liqueurs, as well as other food related products. COOKING UP A STORM Joining Marcus on stage on Friday will be Ashley Palmer-Watts, Group Executive Head Chef for the Fat Duck group. Ashley currently heads up the kitchen at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park. Also, taking to the stage that day will be Chantelle Nicholson, Chef Patron at Tredwell’s in London’s Covent Garden and Group Operations director at Marcus Wareing Restaurants. There’s a lot to look forward to on 9th September with former MasterChef: The Professionals winner Mark Stinchcombe and former Great British Menu star Sue Stinchcombe returning to the festival. Radio 4’s Best Street Food Winners Hang Fire

Liqueur lovers will be in for a treat

Smokehouse, vegan chef Lee Watson and one of the leading television producers in the food genre, Pete Lawrence will be on stage with his Allotment Cookbook.

Sunday at the food festival has a more relaxed feel and it’s well worth visiting on this day to see Michelin starred chef Shaun Hill on stage. He will be joined by Birmingham’s newest Michelin starred chef Brad Carter, Great British Menu favourite Richard Bainbridge and Radio 2’s Allotment Doctor Terry Walton, where they’ll be sharing plenty of foodie hints and tips. Bakers will love the new interactive baking area ‘Bake in Time’, which will run across the three days of the festival, hosted by former Great British Bake Off favourites Val Stones, Howard Middleton and Sandy Docherty. It certainly has all the right ingredients for a fun and memorable experience. www.foodfestival.co.uk

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A FEAST OF FUN If you’re looking for a food festival that combines all the right ingredients to make a memorable weekend adventure for all the family, then make a visit to the Gwledd Conwy Feast in North Wales

BEST OF THE REST There are so many food festivals happening across the region over the coming months that we don’t have space to cover them all, but here’s a brief snapshot of what else is coming up. If you’re involved in any food festivals, make sure you email details to editorial@shiremagazine.co.uk in plenty of time so they can be considered for inclusion in our What’s On Guide.

Eat your way through a selection of local tastes and treats


ursting into life on 27th29th October with a musical performance from last year’s star performers and festival favourites Pinc Ffloyd, the Gwledd Conwy Feast is set to be an actionpacked weekend. With shows, displays, stands, demos and hands-on exhibitions throughout, this event is perfect for all the family and has moved to a new location for 2017 at Bodlondeb Park. The new site

A makers’ fair will feature this year

is just minutes from the event’s previous home but offers a greener and more open spot, perfect for housing the live farm animals and rural skills demonstrations. The move also frees up the festival’s previous home of Vicarage Gardens for town centre parking, making Gwledd Conwy Feast even more accessible than before. For young visitors to the festival there are a wide range of food related activities and cookery sessions lined up, as well as interactive art drop-ins and

a farmyard of real, live animals to visit. For both children and adults the arts programme has been extended this year with an enticing mix of art workshops, a makers’ fair and ‘A Feast of Words’ featuring food inspired poetry, fiction, writing, storytelling and talks. Although the focus is still on the food at Conwy Feast, the organisers are particularly excited about this development as the new arts section is being jointly supported by the Arts Council for Wales, Oriel Mostyn, the Royal Cambrian Academy, and Cadw, and promises much. Audiences are sure to enjoy the opening festival talk, delivered by word expert Professor David Crystal, who lives in Holyhead, which will be entitled Wording My Eats and will be a lighthearted look at the way words for eating and food have been used

Candice Brown ready for this year’s Nantwich Food Festival

NANTWICH FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL 1st-3rd September We couldn’t let this one go without a mention as it’s one of the biggest events of this kind in the area. This epic event attracts over 50,000 visitors, with national and international exhibitors and top name chefs including Great British Bake Off champion, TV chef and Sunday Times columnist Candice Brown, who will be taking the starring role on

stage for 2017, cooking up some home comfort classics with a twist. Go to www.nantwichfood festival.co.uk. Conwy’s fantastic castle location

over the centuries. Local teacher and poet Glyn Edwards will also create a festival poem with help from writers young and old. www.conwyfeast.co.uk

THE GINGER AND SPICE FESTIVAL 27th-30th September If you’re looking for something a bit more exotic, check out this inaugural event taking place in Market Drayton. Held in the traditional home of gingerbread, Britain’s first ever Ginger and Spice Festival promises to give festival goers a taste of the fascinating world of spices at the same time as celebrating this local culinary creation. As a Shropshire market town with culinary links to the ancient

eastern spice routes, it’s the perfect location for what is likely to be a heady mix of flavours and influences. Go to www.gingerandspice fest.co.uk THE BEAUMARIS FOOD FESTIVAL 2nd-3rd September This epic annual celebration of all that’s great about Welsh produce takes place against the stunning backdrop of the beautiful 12th century Beaumaris Castle. This will be an event to remember for visitors of all ages and includes a dizzying array of marquees and gazebos offering tantalising foodie nibbles, and including live music from the bandstand, local crafts on display and top chefs giving demonstrations. Not only is it a fabulous day out for all the family, but all profits go to local charities. Go to www.beaumarisfood festival.co.uk. THE NEWTOWN FOOD FESTIVAL 2nd-3rd September For the fifth year running Newtown will host this growing event celebrating food and music in the heart of Wales. With a dedicated children’s village, it really is a festival for everyone and offers a great day out for both local residents and visitors. Organisers bill the occasion as the perfect opportunity for producers and local businesses to showcase their goods at what is fast becoming a valued foodie marketplace. Go to www.newtownfood festival.co.uk.

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Ginger & Spice Festival Market Drayton | Shropshire


THE MARCHES 8th-10th Sept 2017 foodfestival.co.uk

First annual Ginger & Spice Festival in Market Drayton Wednesday 27th/ Saturday 30th September 2017

WEDNESDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER, 7.30PM Clive’s Pop-up Supper Club – Venue: St Mary’s Street. Ticketed.

THURSDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER, 7.30PM Comedian Cook, George Egg – Venue: Festival Drayton. Ticketed.

FRIDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER, 7.00PM Join Shropshire chef, James Sherwin, for a sumptuous and spicy ‘wild dining’ experience at a surprise local venue. Ticketed.

SATURDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER, 10AM- 4.30PM The Spice Exchange street market, Buttercross & The Clive and Coffyne Beer Garden. FOC. Spicy Street Food | Chilli Eating Contest | Gingerbread Baking Contest Spice Trail | Chilli ceramic | Face painting | Live music – Indian vibes Wild Foraging Walk around town with James Sherwin. Ticketed. Chilli Talk with BBC Gardening expert. Ticketed.

FOR TICKETED EVENTS, PLEASE GO TO THE WEBSITE TO BOOK: www.gingerandspicefest.co.uk | email: gingerandspicefest@gmail.com




AWARD-WINNING MARKETS • CONTINENTAL MARKET 1st & 2nd Sept 2017 The best in continental producers throughout Oswestry town centre.

• CHARITY MARKET 8th Sept 2017

Local charities giving advice & raising money for their great causes.

• HERITAGE OPEN DAY MARKET 9th & 10th Sept 2017

Come & watch traditional crafts such as wood turning &

ironmongery. Traditional music & heritage activities throughout Oswestry.

• Apple Day 14th Oct 2017

Celebrating the mighty apple within the town centre! Also local producers & community groups.

• HALLOWEEN MARKET 28th OCT 2017 Scary goings on at Oswestry Markets. Prozes to be won, plus our very own wizzard!

For further information call 01691 680222 or visit: www.oswestry-tc.gov.uk

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FAMOUS FOODIES GATHER IN WALES A firm favourite on the foodie scene, the Mold Food & Drink festival is back and is set to be bigger and better for 2017, with more attractions and stars than ever


espite its humble beginnings the Mold Food & Drink Festival has grown to develop a huge following and is now a firm fixture in the gastronomic calendar Now in its 12th year, the picturesque market town of Mold is preparing to welcome an expected crowd of 13,500 visitors from all across the country for a family friendly event with all the essential ingredients for food lovers everywhere. Running from 16th – 17th September and combining the finest in food, drink, cookery demos, interactive sessions, and live music with all the feel-good atmosphere you could wish for, this year’s festival has drawn 140 producers from far and wide to exhibit at the event. As well as the tempting array of food and drink on offer, visitors will be treated to a host of inspirational cookery demonstrations by celebrity and local chefs in the large cookery theatre.

A taste of celebrity

Headlining Sunday’s line up is French chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli, the multi-Michelin star and five AA Rosette chef famous worldwide for his incredible cooking artistry and unique

healthy cooking techniques. On Saturday, the acclaimed food writer and TV baker Jo Wheatley takes to the stage for three baking masterclasses. Also on Saturday, the festival’s ever popular, award winning celebrity chef, Graham Tinsley MBE, will share his culinary expertise with the audience. Some of the region’s top chefs will also be appearing, including Kelvin Parry, Head Chef/Patron from The Dining Room, Llanrhaeadr Springs, Tony Griffiths who heads up the restaurant at the Crown Inn, and award-winning butcher, Peter Rushworth.

BEST OF THE REST CONTINUED THE ANNUAL CHILLI FESTIVAL 23rd-24th September If you’re looking for a fiery weekend of family fun then head down to the Dorothy Clive Gardens in Willoughbridge, Market Drayton for the sixth Annual Chilli Festival. Celebrating all things spicy, the event includes salsa bands, cookery demos, a chilli market, street food, live music, a cool cocktail bar, a chilli trail around the garden and a chilli cook off, where 15 teams will have four hours to cook a gallon of chilli from scratch. This will be judged by a panel of experts before the cook-off champion is announced. Visitors can also enter the chilli eating contest, so pop down if you think you’re got what it takes. Go to www. dorothyclivegarden.co.uk ABERGAVENNY FOOD FESTIVAL 16th-17th September Enjoy a day out, or even weekend away at the Abergavenny Food Festival. Over the last 18 years, it has grown to become the largest, longest running food festival in Wales and the event enjoys an exceptional reputation as a place for chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers to come together. The festival prides itself on transforming the way people think about food and has drawn all the top names in food, including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver over the years. Go to www.abergavenny foodfestival.com

THE GREAT BRITISH FOOD FESTIVAL 23rd-24th September The Great British Food Festival combines the nation’s love of great food and drink with some of the country’s most treasured locations, providing a unique opportunity to explore new flavours and beautiful venues, all at the same time. This year sees another corker of a festival at Arley Hall, Northwich. Like all the Great British Food Festivals, you can expect Man vs Food competitions, and the famous Cake Off to demonstrate your best baking skills. Go to www. greatbritishfoodfestival.com CONWY HONEY FAIR 13th September This very specialist occasion deserves a mention purely for its staggering ancient heritage. With a 700-yearold charter in place to hold the fair, it may be one of the country’s oldest foodie celebrations. The event was originally founded by Edward I, and is held in Conwy High Street and Lancaster Square every year with honey stalls, crafts, plants and local produce. Go to www.conwybee keepers.org.uk HARVESTIME WEEKEND 14th-15th October This appletastic event is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the autumn countryside in this corner of Herefordshire, in and around the pretty village of Much Marcle, situated close to Ross-on-Wye and Ledbury. A collection of small rural community run events will be organised for visitors to enjoy the local orchards, which are famous for their cider fruit and excellent eating apples. www.bigapple.org.uk

Keeping the kids busy

Events for children include the popular Children’s Cookery School & Food Science Lab, with fun and experimental cooking sessions for all ages, and interactive demos hosted by local food producers including sausage making, apple pressing and candle rolling. Other attractions include a beekeeping exhibition and honey show, children’s play area, face painting, and birds of prey. There’ll also be live music throughout on the outdoor stage from a wide range of local musicians and bands. Go to www.moldfoodfestival.co.uk

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Living the dream Celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli will be in Wales this month, bringing his famous Gallic flair to the Mold Food Festival. He spoke to Shire about his love of our local produce, how to encourage healthy eating habits, and the importance of food in the family


aving known he wanted to cook since the age of eight, Jean-Christophe Novelli has made rising to the top of the food chain his life’s work. With four consecutive Michelin stars and five out of five AA awards under his apron, he has certainly done what he set out to do with style. Now running a famous cooking academy, making regular TV appearances and doing star turns at food festivals up and down the country, the 56-year-old says he has achieved his dream. ‘Last month I was in Scotland, then I’m in Wales, followed by Dublin. I travel more than any Frenchman I know and it’s all because of food. I’m so lucky to be doing what I love and meeting interesting people all the time’. Jean-Christophe was brought up in northern France, where his mother inspired his love of cooking, with his grandmothers on both sides (one French, one Italian) adding to his passion for good grub. When he was kicked out of school at 14 he began his first job in a bakery near Calais and was suddenly surrounded by a mixture of English and French chefs in a professional kitchen. He says: ‘I lived in an area where British people would spend one night before heading further south, so I loved everything about the UK. I always wanted to live here, and see red buses and bobbies on the beat, and meet my favourite band, The Rubettes.’ Immersed in his mother’s kitchen, Jean-Christophe was surrounded by the traditional foods of the day – meaty stews, venison, hare, cuts of meat that we rarely see these days like neck and cheek, but also simple stuffed tomatoes, breads and custards. ‘My mother didn’t buy organic, she didn’t need to, she just bought fresh. That’s something I tell people to do all the time. Buy local, simple, good, fresh ingredients – that’s the key to cooking great food.’ Best of British? Having now lived in Britain longer than he did in France, Jean-Christophe has picked up many of our eating habits – he will have

‘My dream was always to be exactly where I am now’

a roast dinner every week without fail – at the same time as seeing our cuisine and our relationship with food change considerably. ‘The UK has always had good food, but people are happier to show it off now. There’s more confidence and pride, as well as greater investment in good food. That’s what I like about food festivals like the one at Mold. I’m always looking for people who have the latest produce, or who could be a good supplier. Once you find the perfect supplier, you stick with them. For example, I only ever get my garlic from the Isle of Wight, and have to bring it to Austria on the plane with me!’ With a baby as well as five and eight-yearold sons at home, Jean-Christophe is a fierce advocate of eating together as a family. ‘If you eat well and do it together, even if it’s just once a day, it brings a steadiness to your family. It means you can cope with the stresses of your daily life. I genuinely believe that a family that sits down and has a good home cooked meal every day is less likely to have disputes. ‘A good meal makes you happier and far more able to cope with things,’ he says.

Determined that his children will grow up to appreciate good food, Jean-Christophe says they need to start young, and encourages plenty of fresh vegetables, and no junk food. ‘The tastes they develop now will be with them for life so it’s very important. It’s like learning a language, it’s much easier when you’re younger,’ he says. ‘It’s easier to do nowadays as good ingredients are more accessible – that’s something that has changed a lot in the 40 years I’ve been cooking. ‘The way I cook has changed too. Nowadays it’s all about doing things simply, and I use so much less fat, sugar and salt, which is something I go on about a lot!’ At the end of a long day cooking, teaching and working with food, surely Jean-Christophe has had enough when he gets home? ‘No, I go home and cook for the family. I don’t mind it. For me, cooking is like talking, it’s just a form of expression. That’s what I bring to the family,’ he says. ‘One thing I won’t do though is get a drill out or put up a shelf. You’ll never see me in B&Q!’ September/October 2017 | SHIRE MAGAZINE 67

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GET It’s that time of year again when gaudy polyester costumes fill the shops and pictures of fancy dress and pumpkins flood social media… yes, Halloween is looming once more. Whether or not you choose to fully embrace the commercialised festivity it has become, the event is based on an ancient tradition with some interesting origins… November, and was dedicated to While the Americanisation of Halloween is what most of us remembering the dead. In this area in particular see and come to expect as the end of October approaches, there are aspects of the celebration that have roots the occasion is not actually an in ancient Welsh tradition. import from across the pond. From at least the 16th century, It started here, and was taken the festival in Wales included to the States by British settlers ‘mumming’ and ‘guising’. in the 19th century, before This involved people going becoming what it is today. It house-to-house in costume originated as the festival of disguise, usually reciting verses Samhain, a Gaelic festival or songs in exchange for marking the end of the DID YOU food. In some Welsh harvest season and KNOW? towns and villages start of winter. Jack-o’-lanterns the men had a special It was based on the were originally role and went dressed belief that at end of carved from as fearsome beings summer, the barrier swedes called ‘gwrachod’. In between our world the late 19th and early and the spirit world 20th century, young people in grew thinner, and so a big Glamorgan cross-dressed for pagan party was held to scare away any ghosts who may be the occasion. wandering the earth. Later, with Aside from early attempts at fancy dress, the Welsh are also the introduction of Christianity, credited with introducing the the day became known as association between Halloween All Hallows’ Eve, the day before All Saints’ Day on 1st and bonfires. In Wales it was

known as the ‘coel goeth’ and was believed to hold powerful magic. Each member of the family would mark a white stone and throw it into the fire. If any stones were missing the next day it meant there would be a death before the year was out. The practice of burning bonfires was gradually replaced by the carving of a swede, replaced in later years by a pumpkin, and placing a candle inside. Falling as it does during harvest time, apples have always played a significant role in the celebrations and the practice of apple bobbing, or ‘twco fala’, was said to predict the future. The story went that whoever was first to successfully bring an apple up between their teeth was destined to marry first, and so it was always a popular game with single young maidens. Throughout Cheshire and Shropshire another ancient Halloween tradition developed

called ‘souling’. This centuriesold ritual involves actors who get together to perform a play to protect communities against outsiders and dark spirits. Often featuring the same characters, old women, the devil, knights and various animals, the plays were short and still widely performed until the 19th century, with particularly famous ones still staged today at Antrobus, Comberbach and Warburton. Often the actors were referred to as ‘mummers’, showing links with the Welsh traditions, and would hand out sweets and ‘soul cakes’ at the end of the show, so the tradition is sometimes referred to as ‘soul caking’. However you choose to mark or ignore it, Halloween is fast becoming a big part of our annual calendar and in a region boasting a rich heritage we have a lot of myths, legends and mysteries to make it the spookiest time of year.

PUMPKIN PERFECTION Some people go to great lengths to create the perfect carved pumpkin – check out our favourite offerings from carving artists – they might inspire you to up your game this year! A great place to pick up a plump pumpkin specimen is Holly Farm, near Prees in Shropshire. Put on your boots and take a walk through their fields, and take your pick from their pumpkin patch! Free entry into the field, open every day, and a great half term activity. There are literally thousands to choose from!

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Favourite phantoms and haunted houses Whether you want to hunt them down to try and spot them or steer clear so you don’t get spooked, we’ve rounded up this selection of our area’s scariest sites. Paranormal experts and members of the public have all contributed to the recording of local ghost activity and some of them have extremely detailed characteristics and particular habits! SHROPSHIRE

Shropshire is reputed to have over 500 haunted sites, and there’s a wealth of ghost stories attached to both its past and present. These include the mysterious apparition of a cavalier that is said to roam Wilderhope Manor, and a female figure that lurks in the old town hall of Wem. Visitors to the walled garden in Attingham Park at Atcham have also reported being interrupted by a nosey Victorian-looking lady, walking from the garden cottage into the garden. The ancient town of Much Wenlock claims to be home to several spooky specimens including ghosts of both Saxons and Romans that are said to roam around. A fresh bout of sightings have been reported since the uncovering of a cemetery recently. Sightings have been reported in Much Wenlock of both Saxon and Roman ghosts

Ghosts appear at Prince Rupert Hotel


In the town of Shrewsbury, many historic houses are said to be home to ghosts and ghouls, such as a wandering milkmaid often spotted on Raven Meadows. Mrs Foxall, who murdered her husband, is another ghost known for roaming The Dingle. The Prince Rupert Hotel is reportedly home to a ghostly man in a nightshirt, a jilted bride-to-be and a maid called Martha, among others. Over at Ironbridge, ghostly monks have been seen at Madeley Court, devils have been spied at the Boat Inn

and the spirits of drowned children have been known to lurk around Ferry Road, while Benthall Edge is known for its Victorian apparitions. Probably the most haunted spot in the region, however, is Buildwas power station which has inspired the most ghostly reports from Ironbridge. Workers on late shifts have reported seeing a monk dressed in black around the parts of the plant that were built on top of an ancient abbey, as well as the figure of a lady floating towards them. Chetwynd Hall, near Newport is home to one of Shropshire’s best known spirits, Madam Piggott, who died in childbirth and has

Ludlow Castle boasts a famous resident ghost, Marion de la Bruyere, who fell in love with an enemy of the lord who owned the castle in the 12th century. She arranged to meet him and let a rope down from the castle, but it was used by enemy soldiers to get inside. An angry Marion turned on her lover and slit his throat, but instantly regretted her rash actions and, overcome by grief and shame, threw herself off the tower, landing on the rocks below. Her ghost has been spotted there, apparently re-enacting her dramatic dive to death ever since.

Attingham: home to a Victorian ghost

Buildwas power station, partly built on the site of an ancient abbey, is said to be home to a ghostly monk dressed in black

been spotted dozens of times since, wandering the grounds, cradling her baby and combing its hair. So regular and disturbing were the sightings that she was eventually exorcised by 12 parsons, but two drivers (separately) claimed to have seen her in 1969 on one of the roads outside the church. The last remaining Lincoln

Bomber plane that resides at the RAF Cosford Museum is said to be haunted by a pilot called Hiller, who was killed in a crash nearby and has since been spotted in the cockpit. Staff were so convinced that they even left a tape recorder out overnight and successfully recorded the soundtrack of a busy airport, despite the museum being empty all night.

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Ghosts and ghouls abound in Cheshire, but the county has a few stand-out spirits that are worth a mention. Our favourites include the ghost of a nun regularly spotted at the Hartford Hall Hotel. The building dates back to the 17th century and was once a nunnery. The apparition in question was apparently killed by being bricked into a wall at a nearby abbey. Another well known manor house nearby is Capesthorne Hall which, having stood for over 1,000 years, has its own fair share of spooks. The most frequently spotted is a ‘grey lady’ who tends to be found lurking in the west wing. Cheshire’s green spaces are not immune to a bit of haunting either. Rowton Heath was the site of a huge battle between King Charles’ Royalist Army and Oliver Cromwell’s

Parlimentarians in 1645. During the fighting more than 600 Royalists were slaughtered and apparently their leader, Lord Bernard Stewart, can be seen on occasion roaming the moors on horseback. There are also reports of music echoing in the distance which is thought to be played by King Charles’ court musician William Lawes, who also died on the battlefield.

SWARMING IN SPOOKS Nearby, the Hack Green Nuclear Bunker is home to so much paranormal activity that it has actually been featured on television series Most Haunted twice. The secret bunker was opened as a museum to the public in 1998 and both staff and members of the public have made numerous reports of strange activity ever since – including spotting a man in uniform walking down the bunker’s main corridor. No venue in the county can compare, however, with the ancient manor house, and

Old Hall Hotel: a ghostly paradise

now hotel and restaurant, The Old Hall Hotel at Sandbach, for sheer volume of spooky sightings. Dating back to 1656, the building is a near perfect example of Elizabethan architecture, built on the site of a previous ancient dwelling, and even has priest holes and secret passages to St Mary’s Church nearby. All this heritage can only mean one thing - the whole

place is swarming with spooks. Visitors have reported several ghosts in room 11, including an old lady who sits by the bed, who apparently died of a heart attack 200 years ago and a couple of young prostitutes who can be heard giggling and being mischievous in the room and in the kitchens too. Guests of room 11 have also reported waking up in the night saying they thought the bed was on fire and it’s thought that this stems from the fire that burnt down the original manor on the site. The bar and lounge also have ghostly residents of their own, including a grey lady who wanders around looking for something. That something is apparently her missing baby, as a baby’s skeleton was uncovered when ancient panelling was removed. Sir John Radcliffe was the original owner of the old hall, and he apparently appears every so often to startle staff, move things around and open and shut doors, while outside a lady beekeeper, in full protective gear, is one of the most commonly sighted ghosts of all. The hall has a cellar, which unsurprisingly has its own residents, including a man seen wearing a gauntlet for a bird of prey, and at the opposite end of the building the spirits of servants are said to still make their presence felt in the attic.

The 1,000-year-old Capesthorne Hall is said to have a few resident ghosts

surprise to learn that North Wales has a thriving population of ghosts too. Starting with Ruthin Castle, it’s hardly surprising that the castleRuthin Castle’s ‘grey lady’ murdered her unfaithful turned-hotel, husband with an axe that dates back to 1277, harbours a well-known N O R T H WA L E S ghoul of its own. The ‘grey lady’ who roams the corridors As another area with a proud is believed to be a previous lady history, as well as more than its of the manor who discovered fair share of castles and ancient her husband having an affair, monuments, it comes as no

murdered him with an axe and was sentenced to death for doing so. The castle also provides haunting hallways for a medieval knight in full armour and a young girl. More ‘women scorned’ provide the frights at nearby Bodelwyddan Castle. Here the ‘blue lady’ wanders the rooms and especially the kitchen where she can be heard rattling dishes at night. Her origins are a mystery, but the castle has 600 years of history and human bones were once found deep within one of its walls.

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HALLOWEEN HAUNTING its own grizzly secret. When a The north wing is housemaid died while working where the ghost of a young woman is there, her final wishes to often seen, along have her remains buried on Anglesey were not met, so she with a woman in took to haunting the castle and white who can conjuring strange happenings often be smelt until she was exhumed and laid before she is seen. Previous owner to rest some years later. The stunning Jacobean Sir John Wynn country house, Plas Teg, is is said to roam Gwydir Castle has a long history of paranormal activity the corridors, another popular spot for spooks, with more than 15 regular especially on the HOUSEMAID spiral staircase and guests ‘visitors’. This is unsurprising HAUNTING given that the building have even spotted the DID YOU Gwydir Castle in Llanrwst KNOW? was once used as a local ghost of a dog in the claims its own spooks, with Gwydir Castle castle grounds. court where people paranormal activity recorded is also said to were tried and even In Conwy, The be home to a there since the 19th century. Castle Hotel, holds hung. North Wales ghost dog

also has a village that claims to be haunted, at Marford near Wrexham, where the spirit of Lady Margaret Blackbourne is reported to reside. She was murdered by her husband George, a steward of the Trevalyn estate, in 1713, and is still spotted in the village to this day.

Plas Teg is thought to be home to as many as 15 ghosts and ghouls


Pengethley Manor was destroyed by a fire which killed one of its residents


Pengethley Manor is yet another ancient house with past residents still occupying the rooms. The original stunning home in Ross-on-Wye was built in 1583 for John Powell but was destroyed by a fire in 1816.

Tragically, a little girl called Harriet lost her life in the blaze and she is said to now haunt the manor, playing tricks on residents and guests. In Much Marcle, Hellens Manor provides many a ghostly tale and visitors have spotted Sir Philip Musgrave passing through the piano room on regular occasions, while previous owner Hetty Walwyn is another well-documented ghost spotted there. Given that she was held prisoner in the room for 30 years before finally committing suicide there, it’s no surprise that her spirit doesn’t want to leave.

Having been a military stronghold before it became a fabulous home, Powis Castle has a fair few supernatural inhabitants, with the Dukes Room and Ballroom Wing said to be the most haunted parts of the castle. Visitors have claimed to see a woman dressed in black sitting in a chair near the fire, the piano has been heard playing by itself and knocks on doors have been reported when there has been no-one around. Another guest said she felt someone touch her arm and builders once claimed to have felt someone’s hand on the back of their necks. Other members of the public have described a child dressed all in green and a lady wearing a mop cap sitting on the end of a bed.

In Hereford,the Black Lion Inn, which was built around 1550, is home to around 14 different ghosts that move things, make noises and sometimes tap visitors on the shoulder. One of them is believed to be that of a little girl called Alice, and many visitors to the pub have heard footsteps belonging to no-one.

Powis Castle is well known as a site for supernatural activity

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olidaymakers have been creating happy memories at Lyons Holidays Parks for over 90 years, and the choice of accommodation is now better than ever, with caravans to suit every budget and requirement. There are ten delightful spots to choose from, including relaxing parks and action-packed seaside Set among the wooded hills of Clwyd sites, so no matter what kind of holiday home you’re looking for, retreat for either short breaks or a you can be sure of finding it. full week of complete relaxation. Those who wish to combine The site boasts ample facilities, the convenience and open feel including tennis courts, a gym, a of a holiday park with the sauna, and is the ideal Woodlands Hall decadent luxury of a stately setting for leisurely combines the manor will find their ideal woodland walks. For decadence of a break at Woodlands Hall in stately manor with families, there’s an on-site Ruthin. This splendid country the convenience play room and outdoor club provides the backdrop adventure area, a snooker of a holiday park and facilities for a caravan table and year-round park that sits proudly above entertainment. Diners can choose the wooded hills of the Vale of from fine dining or a light snack Clwyd. Secluded among a mass of in the relaxed atmosphere of the landscaped rhododendron colour, conservatory restaurant overlooking Woodlands Hall Caravan Park and the landscaped grounds. Woodlands Country Club boasts some of the Hall Caravan Park and Country Club most spectacular views North Wales is perfect place to unwind, de-stress has to offer and makes the ideal and enjoy the holiday you deserve.


f you’re exploring North Wales, make sure the town of Llangollen is on your list of top spots to see. This picturesque and ancient region is situated on the River Dee, on the edge of the Berwyn mountains and is home to a thriving community. Llangollen is probably most famous for its music scene, which began when it first hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1908. Since then music lovers have flocked to the area for this annual celebration, as well as for The Llangollen Fringe Festival, an independent arts festival, usually held around the town in mid July. More recently, it has hosted Dee Rocks, a local fundraising music festival, which occurs annually in May. The town is also famed for its industrial heritage, particularly in the transport sector, as it is a meeting point for some vital links in both the rail and canal networks. Today, these are celebrated throughout the town, with restored hobby railways and a regular flow of waterborne traffic on the canals. From Llangollen Wharf you can embark on a 45-minute horse drawn trip or a two-hour trip on the traditional Canal narrow boat, which takes you through the Vale of Llangollen and across the Britain’s biggest aqueduct at Trevor. Towering 126 feet above the river and built by Thomas Telford, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a masterpiece of engineering.

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f you want to relax, sit back and watch the world drift by, then spending a week or two on board a Cheshire Cat Narrowboat could be the perfect break for you. This small family run firm is based at the award winning Overwater Marina, Audlem, on the Shropshire Union Canal. It’s a stunning location, only three hours cruising time to the beautiful Llangollen Canal. For those unfamiliar with narrowboats, tuition is provided, including a practical demonstration of working through locks. The expert team can also suggest a choice of routes and offer information about the amazing scenery, historic

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f you’re enjoying the outdoors during your holidays in the area you will undoubtedly enjoy a day or two spent exploring the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The hills, rolling farmland, woods and river valleys of this varied and special landscape are rich in geology and wildlife and ingrained with heritage. Off the beaten track and tranquil, this is a living, working place, loved by locals and visitors alike for its unspoilt natural beauty and wondereful walking trails. It was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1958 and covers a quarter of Shropshire. With a variety of geology unequalled in any area of comparable size in Britain, the Shropshire Hills have no single dominant feature or landform. The area’s landscape character is one of variety and of transition, between the lowland plains of the English Midlands and the uplands of Wales, and between north and south of Britain, and this is reflected in both ecology and patterns of human activity. Perfect for hiking, the area offers many interesting rock formations along the way such as the Stiperstones, the dissected plateau of the Long Mynd, the craggy volcanic Stretton Hills and Wrekin, the harsh quarried landscape of the Clee Hills, the long wooded scarp of Wenlock Edge, and the rolling enclosed hills of the Clun Forest all of which have their own distinctive character. The hills define the identity of the area, and are the backbone of this beautiful local landscape.

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Shire talks to British downhill mountain bike champion Al Bond

How long have you been riding for? I’ve been riding bikes since I was 12, so most of my life.

because the dates cross over with the Red Bull Hardline. That one is quite scary as it’s dangerous.

Why did you first start? I was attracted to the social side of riding with my friends, but I also like that when I’m on my bike, my mind is solely on that.

What are you riding at the moment? I’m riding two bikes at the moment: a GT Sanction enduro bike and a GT Fury downhill bike. I enjoy both, but I ride the Sanction more because it’s the one I use for coaching. My other

Are there any riders who have inspired you? Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar, and Gee and Dan Atherton have all inspired me. When I first started racing I just did it for fun, but after the age of about 16 or 17, I started looking up to racers and wanted to be like them. How long have you been riding competitively? I’ve been competing for the last 14 years. Nowadays I don’t compete to quite same level as I used to, but I enjoy every race. My favourite is probably the BDS in Llangollen, which is my local one. Unfortunately I’ve missed the last few

bikes are are a Dirt Jump Hardtail and a road bike. How has your season been going so far? I’ve only done two races, as one of the British Downhill Series (BDS) races got cancelled. I ranked in the top ten for both races. Considering I don’t get to

train like I used to or have as much time to ride my downhill bike, I’m happy. Is there anyone you have always wanted to beat? There isn’t any one person I’ve always wanted to beat or with whom I’m especially competitive. I’m more into the result of each race than thinking about what others are doing.

love Oneplanet Adventure mountain bike trail centre, because it’s got such a family environment. I like that sense of community. What made you decide to start coaching at Oneplanet Adventure?

What are your biggest achievements? The biggest was being the British National Champion in 2011, and then coming I’ve coached privately 19th at one of the Downhill before, so this was the World Cups. I’m also next step. It’s cool to meet pleased with how my new people and a lovely coaching business environment to work in. DID YOU has taken off. KNOW? Is it rewarding Mountain biking is sharing your Have the North worth more than knowledge with Wales trail £23 million to the centres have those starting out? Welsh economy helped you ride Yes, it definitely is. competitively? I really enjoy seeing Yes. The fact that there people progress, and are so many riders here seeing how happy they are is great, and it’s fantastic at the end. to have all these places to close to home. You’ve ridden all over the world. What brings you back to North Wales? I have a special affinity with it as it’s my home. The landscapes are amazing and I’ve grown up riding here. My part of North Wales is reasonably dry in comparison to the rest of Wales – it’s got its own little micro climate. I especially

ONEPLANET DATES FOR YOU DIARY: Sunday 1st October: Fire Fighers Charity MTB race www.oneplanetadventure.com

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WILD Chef James Sherwin, who appeared on Channel 4’s The Taste with Nigella Lawson and on MasterChef, discusses his latest venture, Wild Shropshire, a series of pop-up restaurants celebrating the finest local produce


grounds that get thrown away ild Shropshire is about to grow mushrooms? Can the giving people the alcohol left at the end of the chance to sample the best of night be used to make vinegars? what’s produced right on their We have a great tradition of doorstep. The core principles pickling, fermenting and curing are: hyper locality, zero waste, in this country. Summer’s community and terroir. Foraging, glut of fresh produce can be working with gamekeepers, used in winter with almost allotment owners, farmers and every imaginable artisans – this is all ingredient, and part of it. You may Shropshire has be championing a its own characteristic these processes are flavours and ‘terroir’ the foundations of local business by and we are proud zero waste. shopping at your to celebrate that ‘Shropshire’s local greengrocers, at Wild Shropshire producers define but if you’re buying the flavours and raspberries in food of Wild December you’re Shropshire, and they dictate probably not supporting a local what I can make. These people farmer as well. The idea with make edible reflections of where these pop-ups is that we support we live and we spend time. The the producers directly, and in French talk about ‘terroir’ when Shropshire we’re blessed with they describe their wine – by outstanding food and producers. this they mean the characteristic ‘As a chef, I’m always mindful taste and flavour imparted to of how I can use every part of a wine by the environment in everything that comes into the which it is produced. But why is kitchen. Think Hugh Fearnley this only associated with grapes? Whittingstall’s nose to tail ethos, Surely it’s true of all plants and, but we apply that to every single by extension, the animals that ingredient. The challenge is not eat those plants? Shropshire has only finding a use for everything, its own characteristic flavours but finding one that’s delicious, and terroir, and we’re proud to and this doesn’t stop with the celebrate that.’ food. Can we use the coffee

Wild Shropshire’s pop up restaurant will be coming to Alderford Lake on the 6th and 28th October. The evening includes a seven course taster menu, using in season local ingredients. Tickets must be prebooked, £35 per person. www.wildshropshire.net James Sherwin will also be appearing at Merefest in Ellesmere on 16th September


In this autumnal edition of Shire Magazine we’re taking a look at some of the great pubs across our region that host live music. Whether you’re an unsigned band looking for your big break, or just fancy listening to a tune with your tipple, read on… CHESHIRE The Lord Eldon is rated highly with locals in Knutsford, but also attracts crowds from further afield thanks to its live music. There’s an open mic night on Thursdays and live bands on Saturdays. In Middlewich, The Boar’s Head Hotel has a reputation for its live music. It’s worth popping in for the folk jam on the second Saturday of the month and open mic night on the third Wednesday of each month. NORTH WALES The Blue Bell in Conwy serves excellent, freshly cooked, locally sourced food, but those who know it also recommend it as a live gig venue. With a steady stream of jazz duos, rock bands, open mic events and individual artists performing, there’s something for everyone. Elsewhere, The Plough in St Asaph has been a music venue for 16 years and is worth a visit if you enjoy supporting up and coming bands. With live gigs every Friday, the atmosphere is lively and the team take pride in showcasing local talent. SHROPSHIRE The Bell & Talbot is a traditional Bridgnorth pub with real ales, good food and a great welcome and also home to Bridgnorth Live Music, held in the large lounge every weekend. Located on Salop Street it’s popular with locals and visitors alike, and a favourite with live music enthusiasts. In Shrewsbury, The Anchor Inn is a traditional oneroom pub in the heart of the town. What it lacks in space it makes up for in atmosphere. Hosting a range of different styles and sounds, the pub has a loyal following of music fans and a long list of bands have appeared over the years. MID WALES/HEREFORDSHIRE If you’re looking for live music at a great pub and restaurant in Herefordshire, check out the Golden Cross Inn at Sutton St Nicholas. With a solid reputation for gigs, whether it’s a five-piece rock band or a solo artist, you’ll find it at The Golden Cross. In the heart of Hay-on-Wye, a place made famous by book lovers, there’s a pub known for its cosy feel, and friendly, relaxed atmosphere: The Blue Boar embraces the spirit of the town’s festival by doubling as an excellent live music venue.

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Autumnal eats: in praise of plums With autumnal harvests in full swing, resident columnist and celebrity chef Bryn Williams shares a recipe with Shire Magazine, as he sings the praises of the humble plum


lums and their smaller, sharper flavoured cousins damsons have been grown in North Wales for centuries.

Every old garden in the area probably has a plum tree growing somewhere, providing delight from the spring blossom through to the autumn harvest. My hometown of Denbigh even has its own variety and I’m patron of the Denbigh Plum festival, which celebrates this sweet, luscious fruit. Whether you eat them fresh, poach or stew them, make pots of jams or keep them in syrup, there are plenty of ways to enjoy plums, plus they’re easy to freeze for a winter treat, such as

plum crumble. Cooked down, their rich flavours and colours also marry well with autumn meats of venison and game, or add spices such as star anise and cinnamon to create a Chinesestyle plum sauce, which is the perfect accompaniment to duck breast and pancakes. Pannacotta is always a popular choice here at Porth Eiria. The version below has a particularly silken feel to it, and the acidity of the yogurt sits well against the sweetness of poached plums.

Recipes and images from For the Love of Veg by Bryn Williams, published by Kyle Books. Photography by Andy Sewell. Bryn is owner patron of Bryn@PorthEirias Bistro in Colwyn Bay and Odettes Restaurant in Primrose Hill, London www.bryn-williams.co.uk

POACHED PLUMS & YOGURT PANNACOTTA Serves 4 For the poached plums: 250ml water 100g sugar 1/2 cinnamon stick 1/2 vanilla pod 6 Victoria plums, stoned and cut into quarters

For the pannacotta: 3 gelatine leaves 250ml double cream 100g caster sugar 1 vanilla pod 250g natural yogurt

HOW TO 1. Start with the plums. Put the water, sugar, cinnamon stick and vanilla pod into a heavy-based saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2–3 minutes. Then add the plums and simmer until tender. Taste at this point: if the plums seem a little sour, add a bit more sugar. When they’re tender, remove from the heat, and set aside to cool in the liquid. 2. Now for the pannacotta. Put the

gelatine in a little cold water and set aside to soak until soft. Put the cream, sugar and vanilla pod in a large, heavybased saucepan over a medium heat and bring to the boil. As soon as it’s boiling, remove from the heat and take out the vanilla pod.

3. Squeeze the excess water from the softened gelatine and add it to the hot cream mixture. Stir well until the gelatine has fully dissolved. Put the yogurt in a separate bowl, pour in the cream mixture and whisk together until well combined. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve, and pour into four ramekins or glasses. Set aside to cool then transfer to the fridge to set – this should take about two hours. 4. Remove the pannacotta from the fridge and serve with the plums and a little of the poaching liquid on top. September/October 2017 | SHIRE MAGAZINE 79

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FOOD & DRINK R E A L A L E L OV E R S Stuart Chapman-Edwards, landlord at The Albion Ale House in Conwy, talks to James Jackson about why real ale is enjoying a renaissance


Chill out, but don’t overdo it Our resident wine guru James Gillespie from Touchstone Wines explains the importance of serving wine at the right temperature – especially the whites that we tend to presume are always ‘best served chilled’


10 degrees, while fuller-bodied hite wines are often rich whites originating from served too cold in this warmer climates, such as barrelcountry and, in the same way as fermented Chardonnays, are with cheese or beer, their aromas better at 13 – 14 degrees. and character are numbed and negated by overlong exposure TEST IT YOURSELF to refrigeration. The advertising Investigate this yourself with mantra ‘ice-cold and refreshing’ white wines of different styles with photos of condensation on by trying them at various a cold glass or bottle appears to temperatures to examine how be not just a fad but an ingrained it influences your own enjoyment part of our culture of eating and ability to judge. Any and drinking, both in bars and good wine merchant will restaurants and at home. have gadgets for measuring If the white wine you’re wine temperature, such as old serving is cheap, not particularly fashioned thermometer devices good or lacks any real character for dipping into a wine glass, or a then heavy chilling will help more modern numeric hide its blandness display that can be or flavours that you It really is a sinful applied to the bottle. dislike but it really waste to over chill Far more is a sinful waste to a white wine of challenging than over chill white wine quality, whose serving white of quality whose flavours you want wine at the correct flavours you want to to enjoy temperature is enjoy and for which keeping it at that you have paid good temperature as you are drinking money to taste. it, as once taken out of fridge With the exception of or poured into glass, wine will sparkling and dessert wines start to warm up to ambient (which, because of their bubbles temperature. A wine cooler that or sweetness can be served insulates the bottle helps. Prior 3 – 4 degrees cooler), all white to being used, glasses can be wine should be served between cooled in the fridge 9 – 14 degrees or there are icecentigrade and stones which can to achieve these be put into a glass. temperatures 60 On a warm day I - 90 minutes in a tend to have an ice refrigerator should be bucket filled with perfectly adequate. ice and water and Light-bodied dunk the bottle for zingy acidic whites short periods. The originating from key here is to never cooler climates, over-chill but to such as Sauvignon avoid the warmingBlanc, are good up process. served at around

tuart has been involved and the skill of the bar staff with real ale from both to find its way from the sides of the bar for over cellar to the bar.’ 20 years, first taking on So why choose a real an apprenticeship, then ale? ‘Would you go to a behind the bar, and later as restaurant and order a Pot a cellar operative, publican Noodle? Pubs with well run and long-serving CAMRA cellars that produce well member (Campaign for Real kept ales are a treasure,’ Ale). So who better to ask explains Stuart, ‘Just like about what sets real ale at a restaurant, where we apart from the broader might prefer to order a dish term, ‘beer’? we wouldn’t cook at home, ’This is a lot easier to ordering a real ale means answer than most imbibers you’re getting something think,’ says Stuart. ‘Real ale expertly created. is made up of four ‘A professional main ingredients: bar/cellar operative ‘There’s always water, malted will be able to the chance you’ll barley, hops and guide you towards come across a yeast. All are something that will gem, maybe even perfectly natural excite your palate. the best beer of and wholesome Real ale has so your life’ ingredients many variations – allowed to work perhaps you prefer their magic under elderflower, or a the expert guidance of the hint of ginger, a dark creamy brewer. This is then put into stout, or a fruity pale ale, casks and delivered to the or even a lamb infused cellar of the pub to finish its experimental ale – there are journey into the glass under so many to choose from. the loving care of the cellar ‘When you become a real operative. With real ale, ale drinker, there is always there’s no pasteurisation or the chance that you’ll come carbonation involved, across a gem, maybe even which means the product the best beer of your life. has a finite lifespan and Generic, mass-produced keg more care is needed. beers will taste the same ‘Keg beers (think smooth wherever you go, which is flow, lagers, and extra cold fine for those who want stouts) all need gas pumped to play it safe, but real ale into the container to force aficionados want more for the poor, tampered-with their pounds, shilling and product into your glass. Real pence’. We certainly can’t ale depends on the biceps argue with that. Cheers!

Cooking classes at Claremont Farm

Mediterranean Cooking/ Nutrition and Lifestyle 28th September, 6pm – 9pm For decades it’s been argued that the Mediterranean diet, with its emphasis on olive oil, nuts and fresh produce, is a driving force behind the region’s low rates of heart disease. It’s as much about the lifestyle as what they eat, so how can we combine all these things and incorporate them into our own daily lives? This evening includes preparing, cooking and eating a variety of seasonal Mediterranean foods.

Soups and Stews Workshop 7th November, 6pm – 9pm With winter approaching, thoughts turn to cosy nights and warming food. This workshop focuses on ingredients and techniques for making tasty wholesome good for the whole family, including vegetarian bouillabaisse, minestrone with brown rice, and more. Courses cost £45 each. For details and bookings, go to www.realfooddaily365.com

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THE COACH HOUSE, NORBURY We visit a fine dining hotel in the Shropshire Hills, featuring a young chef with a growing reputation…


ecently refurbished by husband and wife team Sean and Lexi, The Coach House resides at the centre point in the hamlet of Norbury, and sits picturesquely opposite the All Saints Parish Church. The first surprise was that the head chef, master of the kitchen and creator of the hotel’s menus is only 20 years old. Harry Bullock is by far the youngest head chef we’ve met, and we wondered if we were in for an evening of youthful exuberance. How delighted we were to be wrong. The meal began with sourdough bread, and an amuse-bouche of warm orange velouté. The creamy glass of carrot and coconut, just a couple of spoonfuls, was a wake up call to the tastebuds. The bread was knockout quality, a proper artisan’s loaf, heavy with a thick crust and incredibly moreish with salt flaked butter. The crab starter was beautifully arranged, making each forkful an equal combination of ingredients. With it’s impossibly thin slithers of granny smith apple and pieces of pink grapefruit, the crab pieces – succulent flakes, filled with flavour from a bisque gel made from the shells – came through most of all. It was an incredibly fresh light and tasty dish. The steak tartare, presented with the quail’s yolk in the centre of a perfect circle, was more adorned than other variations of this French classic. Diced capers and gherkin were mixed into the finely chopped prime beef which was not too lean, and decorated the top with tiny white mushrooms, slivers of shallots and

a thick garlic sauce. It was meticulous, and begged to be enjoyed bit by bit. For the main dish, the cod was gently steamed and placed on top of a mixture of butterbean, saffron and chorizo, taking on the smoked paprika flavours and oils of the cured sausage. The cod was just barely done, soft and succulent, served as big white pieces of aromatic fish. The butterbeans were filling, meaty and a lovely complement. The roasted lamb came as a large rump piece sliced and lightly covered with a touch of gravy, placed on top of a charred whole baby gem lettuce which had been sprinkled with crumbs of salty feta cheese, and in turn sat on a layer of thick, dark purée. This mixture of aubergine and olive was an inspired way to hold the whole dish together, giving it a beautifully smooth texture and taste which complements the rare lamb, butter potatoes and courgette (served on a separate dish). All the dishes were carefully assembled, using a wide range of ingredients and flavours showing a maturity beyond Harry’s tender years. The attention to detail paid to each element was a show of virtuoso skills and a real feast for the senses. It was an impressive display for a chef so young. He certainly deserves his growing and dedicated following. Harry is a food prodigy, having worked at excellent kitchens in Ludlow for eight years before heading up the kitchen at The Coach House. The menu was short, with three starters and three mains, and it changes a lot. There’s always something new and different to try.

Our overall impression of the Coach House under Sean and Lexi’s stewardship is of a carefully created, high quality romantic hotel where guests can indulge. The whole overnight experience had some wonderful touches, including homemade biscuits in each room, wild nettle and heather organic bath products, and artisan tea and coffee. The suite was large and comfortable, with a modern bathroom. The breakfast included the highest quality local ingredients, presented perfectly with a proper pot of coffee, Wenlock Edge sausages, creamy porridge with strawberries, smoked salmon and another chance to enjoy that sourdough bread. About the bread, Harry said: ‘The secret is we bake the loaves in Creuset pots, with the lid on’. We left with the feeling he has a few more culinary secrets up his sleeve.


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What’s On Wednesday 18th October 6:30pm, An Evening With Hobson’s Beer Sample the range of Hobsons Beers and British tapas. Saturday 28th October 7pm, A Taste Of Autumn A seven-course seasonal tasting menu, £55 per head, wine £30.

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Stylish heating for your home We talk to Wyn Williams at home heating experts RN Williams about log burners and multi fuel stoves

What do you need to do to look after a multifuel stove/log burner? ‘We recommend having your chimney swept at least once a year so consumable parts such as fire bricks, baffle plate and grate bars can be inspected, however, a wood burning stove requires very little maintenance if used correctly. Investing in good quality fuel and a stove thermometer to help you gauge your stoves performance will preserve the lifespan of all its internal components.’ Can they be installed in any house? ‘We haven’t come across a house where we haven’t been able to suggest a way to install a new stove! Properties without a chimney can now use a twin wall flue system to create a flue for a new stove. This can run either internally or externally and can be powder coated to a colour of the customer’s choosing to help it blend seamlessly into the property.’ What is the waiting time for installations? ‘Summer is a great time to have a stove installed. With plenty of stoves in stock and Don’t wait for the cold weather to think about upgrading to a brand new electric night storage heating system thats energy efficient Locally-based North West Heating Solutions is growing family business serving the North West, North Wales, Shropshire and The Lakes that specialises in the supply and installation of German engineered, advanced electric storage radiators for the home. As we move further away from the reliance of fossil fuels, electric is fast becoming the fuel of the future, but with electricity prices at an all-time high, the cost of heating your home may be soaring out of control. North West Heating Solutions provides a cost effective and energy efficient electric heating solution with an advanced design that ensures maximum heat distribution, with no cold spots. Much of its work is removing and replacing old, inefficient night storage heaters, but oil and LPG heating systems will also become obsolete, as we strive towards clean and

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Buying a mattress is an important investment


t is vital that is your mattress provides you with the quality of sleep to enhance your waking hours. According to recent research as much as 40 per cent of us are functioning daily with chronic sleep deprivation and this is having major effects on everything that we do. It seems that a great night’s sleep has never been more elusive, possibly our permanently connected 24-hour technology driven lives are not helping. ‘We are depriving our body and souls of the nightly nourishment it so desperately needs. By 2020 the global sleep aids market will be worth around $80 billion. Sleep, and the lack of it, has a huge worldwide market and now we have sleep labs, sleep coaches, meditation apps, wearable and nonwearable sleep trackers, wake up lamps, and a multitude of other sleep gadgets. These can all help with your quest for the magic elixir of better sleep. But there’s one sleep gadget that will still have more of an effect on your night-time activities than anything else – a good quality bed and mattress.’ MATTRESS BUYING BLIND? ‘British consumers find buying the right mattress a tricky business and this is borne out with a high dissatisfaction figure

You may be surprised to discover that over the course of an average year you will sleep for over 15 weeks. And for many of us, we’ll do it badly. Getting comfortable, feeling relaxed, setting the right temperature, wearing the right things and sleeping at the right times are all important factors in influencing our sleep habits – but the thing that makes the biggest difference is our bed. Or more importantly, the mattress. Sleep experts from North Wales Beds have shared their top tips for getting a good DID YOU KNOW? night’s sleep… Humans spend

about a third of their lives fast asleep

nationwide. Can you think of another different results for everyone purchase involving such a significant amount but it’s important to get it right. of money that you would walk into so blind? Everyone’s requirements are personal and You could take the ‘fingers crossed’ approach specific to their circumstances and these of buying without trying off the internet change over time so our need for a quality because of good reviews and convenience. mattress increases as we get older.’ Or throw yourself at the mercy of big TOO SOFT – spine is out of neutral retailers offering huge fake savings and little alignment, your spine bows downwards, else in the way of knowledge or a desire to which will create pressure around your hips help you select something that suits your and lower back area needs. Beware of people offering ‘too good to be true’ deals – as John Ruskin once TOO FIRM – spine is out of neutral said: ‘There is hardly anything alignment, spine bows upwards, in the world that man cannot creating pressure around the Selecting the perfect make a little worse and sell a shoulder and knees mattress for you is little cheaper and people who an investment in your PERFECT SUPPORT– consider price only are this future health and spine is neutral and in-line, man’s lawful pray.’ Ideally you wellbeing, and the the heavier parts of the body, want a mattress to last eight to benefits are priceless knees, hips and shoulders are 10 years so it is worth spending correctly supported, this results a bit of time getting it right.’ in tension-free sleeping with less tossing and turning which also improves circulation. BE PREPARED ‘Before trawling round the store, do some ‘A correctly profiled mattress should easily research. These are useful tips to consider: accept body shape and weight and distribute ● Note the type and size of the bed you are it evenly, creating a straight postural line. Firm mattresses aren’t always better for currently sleeping on ● Check construction and condition of the base your back, side sleepers will suffer from ● Check overall height of your existing bed extra pressure to shoulders and hips and will ● Could your room take a bigger bed? Extra constantly move to take that pressure off. Ninety per cent of people who are dissatisfied space means better sleep ● If the bed is for two people, shop together with their new mattress, have bought too ● Wear loose clothing so you can see how firm. Selecting the perfect mattress is an investment in your future health and easy it is to turn and get in and out of bed ● Consider your build, your weight, and your wellbeing, and the benefits are priceless.’ Call North Wales Beds on usual sleeping position 0800 056 0734, or visit ● Always mention any medical problems, their showroom near back, neck or shoulder issues you may have Wrexham. ● Give yourself plenty of time.’ SUPPORT SYSTEMS ‘The type of mattress you buy can be key – different support options have

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We went to visit Emma, who lives in Colwyn Bay, to take a tour of her bespoke kitchen installed by Just Kitchens and Bedrooms

Emma wanted a clean and fresh design throughout

cabinets, which I think works really well. ‘I chose Just Kitchens because I am disabled, and ‘The whole kitchen – including all the needed a kitchen designer that would work with me appliances – were supplied by Antony’s company. to make the kitchen area ergonomically suitable, He did the new Karndean floor as well. Once we and Antony was able to do that. For example, had decided on the design, the installation took I wanted the hob lower than usual so it is accessible, about 10 days from start to finish – we timed it to and have everything nearby so I don’t have to move coincide with going away on holiday, we just left too far. The ‘hide and slide’ door on the oven is also Antony with the keys and off we went! They had a great innovation by Neff, because it means I can no reason at all to call us while we were reach things more easily and safely away, we just asked for pictures to see transfer hot dishes onto the hob. ‘I needed how it was progressing, which they ‘One of my favourite innovations a kitchen designer were kind enough to send. is the tap control in the sink, which that would work ‘It was amazing to come back to means I don’t have to reach to the with me to make a whole new kitchen. There were no back of the sink to control the water, the kitchen area snags at all of any kind and Anthony it’s great idea. A lot of these features ergonomically even added the little extras we asked for were actually Antony’s suggestions. suitable, and like the cupboard underneath the wall The drawer unit under the hob is Antony was able television. We’ve already recommended also really useful, with wooden pegs to do that’ Just Kitchens to others – they’ve keeping the plates in place, the big installed my mother’s kitchen, our son’s sliding drawer makes it so much piano teacher’s kitchen and we’ve asked them to easier for me to reach everything. install a new kitchen at our office! ‘It was also important to me that it looked like ‘The whole project was very reasonably priced an everyday kitchen. Antony helped redesign the – in fact it was the same price as we had quoted look and feel of the whole kitchen and choose the from the high street brands, with all the appliances colours, the style of the units and the handles, and included. But the best thing was that Antony was we worked together on the overall look and feel. I great at taking on board what we needed to create wanted it quite plain so I could make changes later a practical space for me, and the results look great if I wanted to, such as the colour on the wall. We and functions so well.’ decided to go with two different finishes to the

Smart adjustments make the design practical, like this drawer with pegs to hold plates

A low-level hob was a must so that Emma can cook safely

Emma’s kitchen is made up of… Gallery range cabinets in Rockfort ivory and Vancouver light oak ● Geta Core worktops in vanilla ● Rustico wall tiles: Crema, Almond and Latte ● Corner base units with Lemans ● Neff integrated fridge freezer ● Neff electric oven/combination microwave oven ● Neff dishwasher ● BlancoSublime u-sink in coffee with draining grooves, with BlancoVonda tap ●

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Metallics are everywhere this season. Here is our pick of the best…

Copper top: Coolicon industrial copper pendant light, £87, Artifact Lighting, www.made-to-last.co.uk

Cool concrete: Metallic concrete cactus £6.50, www. bellsandwhistlesmake.com


Circus chic: Carnival Light in various letters, £14.99, www. britishironworkcentre.co.uk

Geo-geous: Metallic Geometric diamond print cushion, £59, www.penelope hope.com

Phone home: Retro 746 telephone in rose gold, £49.95, www.cuckooland.co.uk

Warm neutrals combined with tactile textiles make the perfect pairing for the approaching autumn months

Graphic prints: Metallic print, £20, www.notonthehighstreet.com

Throw in some colour: Tweedmill Cobweave throw in yellow, Meirion Mill, £54.99, www. meirionmill.co.uk


White and bright: Large Agra ceramic patterned vase, £19.95, www. petticoatlaneshop.co.uk Snuggle up: Carew hottie in ash, £49, www.melintregwynt.co.uk

Warm and woolly: Wool check cushion, £29.50, www.mands.com

Country comfort: British Made Vintage Ranch sofa, £1195, www.shannonsales.co.uk


Sleep in style: Time Living Wave faux leather 6ft super king bed, £599 (frame only), www. dialamattress. co.uk Mid-century chic: Ercol Originals Chairmakers rocking chair, £709, www.hafrenfurnishers.co.uk

Warm your cockles: Chelsea Village Solo stove, £625 inc VAT, www.saxonhomecare.co.uk

Into the woods: Fresco Wood Plank neutral wallpaper, £9.99 per roll, www.homebase.co.uk

Bed time beckons: Welsh tapestry bedspread from £250, cushions £45, throw £150 from Trefriw Woollen Mill, www-t-w-m.co.uk

Beautiful and insulated, WarmCore aluminium folding sliding doors are pefect for those wanting to bring the outside into their home. They are 25% more thermally efficient than traditional aluminium systems. To us, they look pretty great too! Visit Oswestry Windows and Doors at www.owdgroup.com

Animal magic: Fox £15.99 and Owl £11.99, from Shop in the Clouds, www.shopintheclouds.com

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A day out at

Trefriw Woollen Mill

DID YOU KNOW? Weaving was invented around 6000 BC, in West Asia

Morgan with the mill machinery

We visit the woollen mill at Trefriw, run by the same family since 1859, for a tour of the methods used to create traditional Welsh ‘tapestry’ bedspreads


he bedspreads, rugs, and tweed made at Trefriw Woollen Mill using the same processes for over 150 years, are beautiful. Made from pure wool to exacting standards, they are a special piece of Welsh heritage and culture, and it is no wonder that customers from all over the world come to Trefriw to buy their cloth. They also come to tour the working mill museum, and see the carding machines, spinning mules and the looms in operation, making the actual weaves you see on the shopfloor. This post Industrial Revolution process has changed very little from the 1850s: ‘If a Victorian weaver or mill owner were to visit today, he would recognise many of the processes.’ says owner, Elaine. When the wool arrives, different types are blended together to get the right balance of strength and texture. This is done by laying the various raw wools down in layers, and feeding the mixture through two blending machines – a Shaker then a Fearnought – both have a large rotating drum with big teeth to mix the wool lump by lump. This blended wool then goes through the large carding machine, which uses smaller teeth passing the wool along a line from one roller to another to make ‘slubbings’. These are the straight strands of wool, which have no strength until they are spun on the ‘Spinning Mules’ to make a yarn. Except in the case of tweed production, the singles yarns are then twisted together to make a two-ply yarn which is washed and dyed, then used to make the ‘warp’ on a large drum (the yarns that run

the length of the cloth; the ‘weft’ runs across). The finished warp is then transferred to the looms to be woven. At Trefriw, the bedspreads patterns are made using a ‘double weave’, which means there are two warps and two weft threads, so the pattern colours are ‘in reverse’ on the other side of the bedspread. Brian the weaver says: ‘Weaving is the quick bit. I can do up to five different sized bedspreads a day.’ ‘This building we’re in now was finished in 1970,’ explains Elaine. ‘Our great grandfather Thomas Williams bought the mill in 1859. In those days, every village had a mill, and along this stretch of the river there were five different industries – a forge, two woollen mills, a saw mill, a flour mill and a hone factory – all driven by water wheels. Our waterwheel was replaced by a water powered hydro electric turbine in the early 1900s, and the current turbine dates from 1947. We generate all our electricity for the factory with the turbine. The only real difference between our looms and those used in the nineteenth century is that they are now powered by an electric motor rather than direct drive from a line shaft driven by the water wheel. These are all ‘Dobcross Looms’ – named after the village in Lancashire where they were made until 1968 – and we bought one of the last ones ever made.’ Everything is real a team effort. Elaine decides on the colours and Morgan buys the wool and oversees the quality of the yarn. ‘About 70% of the wool we use is British, but we mix in some New Zealand wool as it is stronger, but it has a flat dead handle. British wool is much ‘springier’ and gives a nicer feel to the weave,’ explains Morgan. ‘We have customers from all over the world and our most popular pattern is the ‘Portcullis’ or ’T3’ as we call it, it’s the one that people recognise as Welsh, and we’ve been making it here since before 1900.’ Trefriw’s throws, rugs, tweeds, cushion covers, dining sets, clothing, hats, bags and purses are available to buy in the shop or via the website.

Elaine in the shop, showing the range of colours

Brian refilling the shuttle on the loom

Trefriw Woollen Mill, Trefriw, Conwy Valley LL27 0NQ Tel 01492 640462 www.t-w-m.co.uk The shop is open Monday to Saturday all year round. Visitors can watch the weaving Monday to Friday, from mid February to mid-December, and the rest of the the Mill Museum is open from Easter to the end of October

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Charlie sat on the couch

Good news for barn owl babies As numbers of barn owls continue to fall across the country, conservationists from the Cheshire Wildlife Trust have been delighted to find that our region is bucking this trend with reports of new hatchings to boost the local owl population

Demelza checking for a cat up a tree

Maggie helping with house painting in New Brighton


for the second espite 2016 having been a particularly bad year running. year for barn owls, there has been celebration Keeping records from the Wildlife Trust recently as their Cheshire of breeding branch recorded three new arrivals. Experts were sites helps the thrilled to discover that their barn owl nest boxes population to be are in use at the Bickley Hall Farm headquarters monitored and during their regular check of the boxes. Three A barn owl’s wing feathers being builds a picture healthy young chicks were discovered which adds checked to assess its gender of what needs to current research showing this area to be to be done to continue to support this enigmatic a popular choice for breeding pairs. species. All four of our nest boxes were Recent figures DID YOU checked and although only one had been from the KNOW? used for nesting it was clear that another Barn Owl The UK has five box had also been used for roosting.’ Trust’s owl species: LongThe chicks were weighed, ringed, State of and Short-eared, and sexed where possible. They also the UK Barn Owl Tawny, Barn and had their age assessed during the visit. Little Owl It is thought that due to the small Population black dots on the feathers, that two of report the chicks were female. With the ongoing loss of showed that suitable natural nest sites, dedicated nest boxes last year was have become essential to the success of breeding generally bad for of barn owls, with volunteer organisations leading barn owls. But the way in installing and monitoring hundreds of the report, which nest sites every year. Cheshire is compiled from Wildlife Trust has put the records of 32 Charlotte Harris, chief executive up barn owl nest barn owl groups officer at Cheshire Wildlife Trust, boxes at various across the UK, with one of the owl chicks locations including who monitor Gowy Meadows over 6,000 potential nest sites between them, in Ellesmere Port, showed a positive result for Cheshire with an Danes Moss near increase in numbers recorded. Macclesfield and Ben Gregory from the Cheshire Wildlife Swettenham Trust said: ‘Let’s hope that 2017 will continue Meadows near to be a positive year for barn owls in Cheshire Holmes Chapel. – we are over the moon to be hosting a family

Ollie the cat relaxing in the shade

Pixie the pup from Oswestry

WE WANT YOUR PETS! Send us a picture of your pet and we’ll include them in the next issue! Email your picture, with the name of your pet, to editorial@shiremagazine. co.uk with ‘Cute Pets’ in the subject line.

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WATER, WATER… EVERYWHERE This edition bird experts from RSPB Cymru explain the importance of water – how we use it, how the companies that bring it to us operate and how we can all make sure this precious resource is cherished rather than taken for granted


Discover ‘Rust’ Fungus Workshop Saturday 16th September 10am-3pm, RSPB Conwy. Cost: £4 RSPB members, £6 non members. Discover fungi with Debbie Evans, mycologist with over 20 years of study and co-author of the Rust Fungus Catalogue for Wales. Booking essential. Call 01492 584091.

Conwy Farmers’ Market Wednesday 27th September and Wednesday 25th October 9am-1pm, RSPB Conwy Cost: free event. Come and enjoy this local produce market, with fresh vegetables, local meats and cheeses, jams, pickles and more!

Feathered Friends Feast Day Saturday 30th September 11am3pm, RSPB Conwy. Cost: Small charge for activities. Find out how you can help your garden friends prepare for winter, buy a bird feeder, follow the match the bird to food trail and make a yummy bird pudding or design your own bird bottle feeder.

We have a responsibility to help protect our natural resources


As part of Wales Environment Link – here our water comes from, how we use it a network of 28 NGOs, we launched the first and where it goes has a huge effect on the ever ‘Blueprint’ for water company business plans. wildlife and landscapes we love. In Wales we don’t This ‘call to action’ asks water companies in Wales have to think about water’s journey before and after to invest in matters that help people, we use it – it just appears from taps and wildlife and the environment; putting showers and then disappears again into nature at the forefront of every decision drains. But behind the scenes the day to ‘Water is a they make. The freshwater environment day operation of your water company can precious resource in Wales is facing challenges. Rivers affect the environment in all sorts of ways. on which we all are polluted from unsustainable land This year water companies will be depend. It’s vital management practices and urban writing their 2020-25 business plans and we look after it drainage. We are increasingly concerned as part of this they will be deciding how and in return it about the impact of new pollutants on to spend customer money. These plans will look after us’ the freshwater environment including provide a huge opportunity for nature; pharmaceuticals and micro-plastics. we estimate that over £3 billion will be Water companies are at the forefront of invested in Wales on environmental and managing the freshwater environment and need to water management between 2020 and 2025. That’s be proactive. Water is a precious resource on which why we’ve been working with water companies to we all depend. It’s therefore vital that we look after ensure that nature gets a good deal and that companies it and in return it will look after us. take steps to work with and enhance nature. PETS SHOPPING

Fungi Family Fun, Saturday 28th Oct 10.30am-12 RSPB Conwy Cost: £2.50 Wildlife explorers, £4 non-member children, £2 for accompanying non – member adults. Fungi is fascinating! So let’s go searching for fungi and look at the different colours and smells of the fungi on display. Booking essential. Call 01492 584091 to find out more.

The Big Pumpkin Bird Trail and Spooky Crafts Sunday 29th October 11am-2pm, 2pm-3pm RSPB Conwy. Cost: £4 members, £6 non-members, £2 for accompanying non-member adults. Can you help us to find the strange orange bird hiding on the reserve, and make your own Halloween bird to take home?

Snack attack: Make your own doggie treats gift set, £6.95, www.dotcomgiftshop.com

Show your furry/scaly/ fluffy friend how much you care with these top pet pressies

Keep your horse happy: Horse bridle tag, personalised, £10.95, www.hoobynoo.co.uk

Treat time: This terracotta feeder will encourage more birds into your garden, £11, www.shopping.rspb.org.uk

Travel in style: Bicycle wicker pet carrier, £35, Prestige Wicker, www. prestigewicker.co.uk

Save your strength: Nerf dog tennis ball blaster, £19.99, www.argos.co.uk

Sleepy doggie: Danish designed Newton Slumber Bed in brown, from £25, www.petcetera.co.uk

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September 2nd-3rd, Jewel Crafts Jackie will be here for both days with her wonderful collection of jewellery and crafts. She had designs for all ages and styles using semi-precious beads.

For the love of Wales and water Artist Sally Mills is back in her native country of Wales after spending 26 years in Australia and finding inspiration in the one thing that’s all around her – water. But far from feeling blue, she tells Shire Magazine how happy she is to be painting and exhibiting in the area once again


ally Mills was born in Rhyl, lucky enough to spend many years travelling and living abroad, and has recently returned home to be close to family. Now having the opportunity to take up painting full time she is enjoying her current success with exhibitions and commissions coming thick and fast. It’s a far cry from her tentative attempts at art in her childhood: ‘When I was growing up, I was always drawing and art was my favourite and best subject at school. I didn’t pursue it as a career though, to be honest I wasn’t sure if I was good enough and wasn’t really encouraged to pursue it anyway. But I did have a passion for it and would often be drawing and doodling and then years later started to paint again,’ she says. LIFE’S TOO SHORT!’

On the other side of the world, Sally pursued a career in recruitment, working in the digital industry, and often working long hours. But she did start to do some painting and the odd commission for friends. ‘It was in 2014 and I thought life is too short, why not go for it so I called in at our local Balmain gallery, put three paintings into their Brave Art Exhibition and was bowled over when they sold!’ enthuses Sally.

‘I then started to exhibit in a few galleries and worked towards a solo exhibition and although really nerve racking, was thrilled with the response. I had also put some work in for a competition and was awarded a finalist and featured in the International Artist Magazine for abstract and expressionism –that was a real buzz.’ FULL TIME AND FULL STEAM AHEAD

Now back in Wales, Sally decided to become a fulltime artist and has got paintings and some limited edition prints at Oriel Crickhowell Gallery, Monmouthshire as well as a few commissions to work on: ‘I try to create something that is emotive. I’m fascinated with exploring textures and discovering new techniques and describe my style as somewhere between impressionism, expressionism and

abstract. I love experimenting and work with all mediums on lots of different substrates, big and small. Sometimes experimental is frustrating, you have a vision but getting there can be challenging but you get those magical moments too when you’ve discovered something new. ‘I’ve also been creating merchandise from my art and have a range of tote bags, cushions, t-shirts and scarves that I can sell online. I’ve just started a new series of paintings inspired by water and its many patterns; waves, streams, canals, lily ponds, anything to do with water and reflections, from below the water to reflections above. I’ve got a lot to do at the moment but I’m just happy to be painting!’ See Sally’s work on show at Chester Town Hall from October 27th to 28th or go to her website www.sallymills.gallery

September 7th, Natalie Griffiths Local illustrator Natalie’s work is mainly around hand lettering and character based imagery. She also takes commissions. September 8th, Jewellery with Kay Kay works with lots of Swarovski crystals and beads making bracelets, earrings, necklaces and more. September 12th, Wood be Special Paula has a collection of wooden keepsakes, fairy doors, and name plaques, that she decorates and customises for any occasion. Pop along and see her in action. October 1st, Encaustic Art with Linda Morris Have a go with Linda to create the most gorgeous pictures using hot irons and wax. October 3rd-4th, Silk painting with Mair Morgan Mair has a fabulous collection of silk scarves, cards, cushions and pictures. October 5th, Julia Birch Julia works in inks, acrylics and pastels producing vibrant floral and abstract pictures. October 7thSun 8th, Love Spoon Carving with Murray Murray creates the most amazing treasures to keep forever. www.afonwen.co.uk

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ARTISTS THROW DOORS OPEN ONCE AGAIN For the 12th year running the Helfa Gelf event is taking place across North Wales this September, giving visitors and art appreciators access to the creative spaces belonging to some of our top local talent

Sophie Sacher in Conwy

Verity Pulford in Denbighshire

Eurgain Studio in Flintshire

Art by Bev Belshaw Susan Arney in Gwynedd

Nichola Naylon, Gwynedd

Watercolour artwork SarahJane Harper in Wrexham

Abstract work by Andrew Smith Ruth Vintr Jewellery designer

See and buy textile works

Ruth Thoms in her Denbyshire studio


undiscovered art treasures and see how they’re made – whether his free annual event is spread right across North Wales you are just curious about what artists and craftspeople do in their with studios taking part in Gwynedd, Conwy, Flintshire, studios, or want to start your own collection of interesting artworks Denbighshire and Wrexham. It is a unique chance for visitors to peek bought direct from the makers. behind the scenes, experience this normally hidden world and get to The unique studio spaces are located in every kind of venue, chat to the artists and crafts people about their creative process. from purpose-built studios and galleries to garden sheds and Throughout the weekends of September, visitors can Hunt back rooms, in wild countryside and busy towns. Those forge their own art trail around the area, calling in on down who get involved are guaranteed a warm welcome from the painters, sculptors, photographers, jewellery makers, undiscovered artists wherever they are, and can join the ever-growing woodworkers, potters, textile workers, glass makers, basket art treasures number of art enthusiasts who enjoy this yearly event. weavers and printers – each one with a highly individual and see how they’re made Helfa Gelf /Art Trail runs every Friday, Saturday and skill. Seeing an artist in action, chatting over a cup tea Sunday in September (1st-3rd, 8th-10th, 15th-17th, and among the paints, clay and sawdust gives a real insight into 22nd-24th) in Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and the artistic process. Wrexham and is totally free. Check the website to see who is open With over 250 artists to choose from there’s definitely when and download the map www.helfagelf.co.uk something for everyone. A great opportunity to hunt down those September/October 2017 | SHIRE MAGAZINE 99

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Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, 16th September to 14th October This bright and vibrant work is going on display in a new exhibition entitled Reveries. This collection has been produced as a response to the artist’s own view of the world, bringing together her reflections, meditations and dreams.

K E R RY H E AT H Former Library Building, Chester Until 22nd October The Victoria & Albert Museum’s ‘Pop Art in Print’ exhibition, presented by Chester Visual Arts and curated by the V&A, brings together an international collection of Pop graphics featuring artists Andy Warhol, Patrick Caulfield, Richard Hamilton, Allen Jones, Roy Lichtenstein and Ed Ruscha. The exhibition is free to enter. Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, until 3rd September Meadow Arts has commissioned innovative young artist David Bethell to make a new artwork, as part of their major exhibition Synthetic Landscapes, which explores the impact that people have had on the landscape of the West Midlands, through the aesthetically motivated interventions of Capability Brown and James Paine, in contrast with the pioneering requirements of leaders of the Industrial Revolution like Thomas Telford.




RJAH Hospital, Oswestry Indefinitely A new sculpture, commissioned by The British Ironwork Centre, of Percy the Peacock, who passed away recently, has been re-created out old surgical instruments in keeping with the Ironwork’s most famous trait, reusing objects for the purpose of art. Mid Wales Arts Centre, Sept 10th to Oct 22nd Come and see this exhibiton entitled ‘Conflict’ by Eileen Harrisson and Liz Hancock are both survivors of conflict.



Once again we’ve been delighted to receive so many entries for our photography competition and have picked out our favourites here. It’s lovely to see how you all picture the places you call home and the ‘Where I live’ category seemed to go down well! Seeing as our next edition will be a autumn one, let’s cheer ourselves up and have a theme of ‘What makes me smile’ for our next competition – and you can interpret that however you like! As usual, email them to editorial@shiremagazine. co.uk. We look forward to receiving your pictures!

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Glyndwr Plants

HOLLY FARM is a family-run

garden centre and traditional growing nursery in North Shropshire, offering a wide selection of plants, coffee shop and friendly advice.

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e have an enormous selection of fantastic plants for bedding and baskets, plus wonderful ready-filled baskets and pots too. There’s also a fine selection of unusual perennials. We have plants for every type of gardener!

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Relax in our coffee shop or on the patio and enjoy a selection of our scrumptious homemade cakes and scones. Choose from our menu of delicious light lunches, freshly ground coffees and various teas too. Coffee shop 01490 413 688 | Garden Centre 01490 413 313 The Centre is on the A5104, half a mile out of Corwen www.glyndwrplants.co.uk

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High summer at Combermere Abbey The multi award-winning Combermere Abbey, an historic estate that lies on the Cheshire-Shropshire border near Whitchurch, will enjoy its last garden open afternoon on 27th September one of its kind in the world. Visitors will be able to leisurely roam through tulip tree avenues and ancient woodland and enjoy breathtaking views of the lake through the pleasure garden and garden wood. Due to its popularity, there are two additional tours of the Abbey which must be pre-booked during the afternoon where guests can hear the story of its recent restoration. Sarah Callander Beckett, comments: ‘We’ve been having a glorious summer which has given us the perfect opportunity to showcase our gardens to the public. It’s been a delight to Come and see the stunning estate see visitors enjoying ith summer in full swing, there’s no the grounds in better time to admire a vast array the sunshine. As of flowers in full bloom in the heart of the a private estate, English countryside. Following a string of we rarely get the highly successful garden open afternoons, opportunity to Combermere Abbey will once again open open our doors to A view through the trees its doors to the public and give budding the public due to horticulturists the opportunity to explore a high volume of the restored five acre Victorian walled events and weddings scheduled throughout gardens and historic estate, which is owned the year. As such, it’s been wonderful to by the current high sheriff of Cheshire, welcome those with an appreciation for Sarah Callander Beckett. This privatelyhorticulture and historical settings to enjoy owned country estate lies on the Cheshire/ our gardens at the peak of their splendour.’ Shropshire border and features an Abbey Combermere Abbey will be supporting dating back to 1133, various charities over the once inhibited by coming months, including Cistercian monks, and Cancer Research UK, as developed following the well as those local to the dissolution into a gothic estate. The walled gardens mansion built in 1820. will be open from 1pmKey highlights 5pm on 27th September. include the Postcode is SY13 4AJ. magnificently restored Entry costs £5 adult, £2 glasshouse, which child, and tours are an sits at the apex of the additional £7 adult and walled gardens within £4 per child. To pre-book the Abbey’s fruit tree tours call 01948 662880. The garden beds in their full glory maze and is the only www.combermereabbey.co.uk


As the nights draw in, draw out the last days of summer by bringing the bright colours of Mexico to your outside space MINI-TREND: MEXICANA Crafted from iron, this Inshum cast iron chiminea has an elongated chimney to allow a redirection of smoke, creating a warming ambiance without the issue of smoke escaping. It even comes with a poker. What better way to enjoy an autumn evening? £101.99, www.britishiron workcentre.co.uk

The new Fiesta Collection by iconic British designer, Jan Constantine, will inject pure Mexicana into your outside space. Fiesta ‘Mi Casa es Su Casa Wall’ Hanging, £470, Fiesta Mexican Skull Cushoon in black, Fiesta Bird of Paradise Cushion, both £96, www. janconstantine.co.uk


PLANT HUNTERS Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard, Nr Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8LE Sunday 10th September, 10am-4pm, £2.50. If your garden is looking a little tired after summer, then the autumn plant fair at Weston Park is a great opportunity to find some late blooming plants to cheer it up. Autumn is also the perfect time to plant ready for next year’s bloom. It’s also a great chance to enjoy the changing season at Weston and pick up some great ideas.   Henbury Hall Gardens, Henbury, Macclesfield, SK11 9PJ Sunday 17th September, 10am-5pm, £2.50. New to Henbury Hall Gardens.

Featuring highly respected specialist nurseries with a great mix of plants and specialities to delight plant lovers. Come and visit this wonderful rarely open 12-acre garden. Home-made refreshments available. Abbeywood Gardens, Chester Road, Delamere, Cheshire CW8 2HW Sunday 24th Sept, 10am-5pm, £3. Plant Hunters’ Fairs come to Abbeywood in Cheshire just as the gardens reach their Autumnal peak. With a great mix of expert specialist growers on hand, the gardens have plenty to see with six acres divided into separate and distinctive garden areas. The Christopher Lloyd inspired Exotic Garden is filled with show-stopping dahlias, bananas, perennials and annuals. www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk

Made from metal and featuring a pretty floral decoration, the Californian dove garden ornament will add some quirky style to your garden. The distressed rustic finish is suitable for indoor or outdoor use. It will look right at home nestled between the pots, £8.99, www. jacksonnurseries.co.uk

An outdoor table like this stacking blue outdoor metal table from Homebase is ideal to perch drinks and books on while you enjoy the autumnal evenings, £12.97, available from www.homebase.co.uk

This set of Mexican party lights in orange, sunflower yellow, lavender, royal purple, olive green, fuchsia pink, violet, turquoise, prussian blue and sandstone, was inspired by an exotic holiday and offers a fully customisable way to bring light, colour and style to any garden, £36, www.cableandcotton.co.uk The vibrant stripes on the hand-decorated Cadiz multi-coloured ceramic plant pot provide a striking backdrop for greenery. A reactive glaze adds texture and depth to the pot’s colours, £20, www.habitat.co.uk Inspired by a traditional Mexican fiesta and warm Mexican summers, this Mexican tablecloth blanket is bright and colourful and can be used indoors or outdoors as a picnic rug or even a beach rug, £41, www.chilpa.co.uk

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Maximise your time outdoors with September’s warm days and Octobers chilly evenings

Over the garden gate John Stubbs of Glyndwr Plants in Corwen celebrates the year’s last smile when every leaf is a flower and nature’s firework show can begin

OUTDOOR STYLE FOR THE CHANGING SEASONS Summer may be fleeting, but it’s still pleasant enough to enjoy lunches al fresco! Made from solid Eucalyptus wood, this Austin six-seater garden furniture set in natural is the perfect solution for stylish outdoor dining. The folding table and four folding chairs make it easy to keep your garden tidy when it’s not in use. Textiles, parasol and parasol base sold separately, £135, www.homebase.co.uk Place plants in these glazed heritage churn pots by Woodlodge which come in various colours and sizes, from £6.99-£29.99, www.glyndwr plants.co.uk Create gorgeous salads and vibrant dishes with the Burgon & Ball edible flower seed collection. These tasty, edible flower seeds by Sophie Conran, includes Sophie’s favourite edible flowers, chosen for their dramatic colours and delicate flavours they add to food. Easy to grow from seeds, you can be enjoying them in just few weeks after sowing. The set comes beautifully packaged and makes a perfect gift for a gardener and food lover. Includes: Lavender Munstead, Calendula Officinalis, Viola and Nasturtium Tom Thumb Mix, £9.95, www.countrygardenroses.co.uk The Palma mini rattan table set by Kettler brings relaxation to a garden as well as a conservatory and is perfect for a smaller patio or decking area. Made from hand woven weatherproof wicker, the garden seating comprises a three-seat sofa, two-seat sofa and two stools, £1100 (does not include table), www.snowdonianurseries.co.uk

Get ahead of the curve and prepare for a long winter ahead with the Zest for Leisure standard log store, £91.99, from www. zest4leisure.co.uk

Brighten up boring parasol poles over your outdoor dining suite with the seven-bulb parasol cluster light set that has with different sizes and shapes of vintage bulbs, £7.99, from www.snowdonia nurseries.co.uk

Schizostylis in pink

Acer Tamukeyama

This season, select plants that will enhance your garden for many years to come and extend the flowering season well into winter. With that in mind here is my top selection: SMALL TREES Acer tamukeyama – this beautiful dissected leaf type is purple red during the year before its hues of vivid scarlet light up a dull corner of the garden Sorbus Olympic flame – adds fantastic colour to the garden and provides a valuable food source for our native birds in winter Quercus rubra magic flame – a beautiful dwarf form of oak, golden yellow throughout the year and then stunning autumn colours of orange/yellow and red

Schizostylis in red

Stipa Pony Tails

PERENNIALS AND GRASSES Rudbeckia summeramia has great autumn hues of orange, yellows and browns, the big bold daisy-like flowers are a magnet for bees Sedum karfunkenstein a wonderful black leathery leaf which is topped with pink flowers Schizostylis a late flowering perennial which has gentle gladiolus like flowers in pink and red, flowering well into October Stipa pony tails this medium grass moves gently in the wind and is a great tactile plant to run your fingers through Schizachyrium standing ovation like its name suggests, this spiky bluish-green stems and leaves give way to a sizzling display of oranges, reds, yellows, and purplish-browns in the autumn

Good preparation is core to apple success Our regular column from Reaseheath College has been dedicated to the wonderful world of apples with some brilliant advice on planting, growing and harvesting this favourite fruit from renowned experts


nterest in growing apples at home is undergoing something of a renaissance. Local garden centres and nurseries report Harry Delaney gives a talk at a burgeoning the prestigious RHS Flower Show Tatton Park demand for fruit trees, encouraged by an increase in local apple festivals and a growing interest in home grown foods. But this appeals to you, it’s worth getting to the core of the subject before you start digging for real. RHS Master of Horticulture Harry Delaney offers this advice: ‘Growing and picking your own apples is relatively straight forward – provided you have done your homework beforehand. Don’t be in a rush to buy the first tree you see, or get rid of an old tree just because it’s not as fruitful as it might be.’ Harry, who is one of the region’s foremost fruit and vegetable champions and was lecturing on the subject at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, regularly answers queries about all aspects of growing the fruit. CHOOSING A VARIETY ‘Apples vary not only in colour but in flavour, texture, density, sweetness and acidity. If

you are keen to introduce new trees to your garden, it’s really important that you find an apple to suit your individual palette. Visit food festivals and farmer’s markets to taste as many varieties as possible and see what is available,’ says Harry. CHOOSING A ROOTSTOCK This is important because apple trees are actually a fusion of two separate components – a variety grafted onto a rootstock which forms the trunk. This dictates the size and vigour of the tree, the type of soil it will thrive in and how long it will take to mature and produce fruit. POLLINATION AND FERTILISATION Typically, two apple varieties are needed to ensure cross pollination, but today there are self fertile varieties ideal for small gardens. So, if you only have room for one tree, make sure it comes from this group. Again, make sure the tree is grafted onto a dwarfing rootstock that suits your soil conditions. Harry suggests Lord Derby, Red Devil, Red Falstaff, Red Windsor, James Grieve, Charles Ross, Limelight and Scrumptious. www.reaseheath.ac.uk/horticulture HARRY’S TOP TIP ‘Aim to develop a tree framework in the first five years after planting. Do not leave too many fruits on the tree in these early years or the tree will become stunted.’

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Once upon a springtime... Beautiful blooms and breathtaking gowns, take inspiration for a spring wedding from this styled photoshoot in Guilsfield, Powys featuring local suppliers

Charlie wears a beautiful ruched satin gown coupled with a loose posy of burgundy astrantia Nikki wears a Vera Wang satin metallic ball gown, floral headpiece and bouquet of calla lilies, astrantia, astilbe, sweet avalanche and fragrant eucalyptus

Wedding dresses: Bridal Reloved, Rowton, www.bridalreloved.co.uk; wedding bouquets & headpieces: TMS Events, venue dressing & floral design, www.tmsevents.co.uk; hair jewellery and tiaras: www.bubblesinateacup. co.uk; wedding car: www.thewrightwaygroup.co.uk; hair styling: www.carizma hairandbeauty.co.uk; makeup: www.madeupbyverity.co.uk; photography Mairi MacKenzie, www.mairiturnerphotography.co.uk and Toby H, www.tobyh photography.co.uk; models: Nikki and Charlie; location: Tan-y-Gaer, Guilsfield


The question has been popped. So where do you get hitched? Beach? Registry office? Castle? There’s no shortage of suitable spots to host your reception – from laid back garden parties to plush and decadent manor house dos. We’ve picked our favourite local venues to help you choose where to throw the biggest and best party of your life! BROOKHOUSE MILL


You might find the idea of getting hitched on the site used to dig up sand and gravel to build the Whitchurch Bypass unappealing… but you would never imagine the origins of Alderford Lake when you see it today. The lake, islands and gently sloping banks planted with trees and wildflowers, today draw visitors from miles around to enjoy the natural environment which also provides a beautiful setting and a blank canvas for

weddings. The family-run venue offers clients the flexibility of organising their own event. Small functions for up to 50 people can be hosted in the café from late afternoon and for larger events a marquee can be put up by the lake. It creates an impressive backdrop and as the light fades, the lake and islands are illuminated to provide a magical evening atmosphere. Call 07803 050397 or email info@alderford.com for more.

Originally a flourmill set in the stunning Vale of Clwyd, Brookhouse Mill has over 20 years’ weddings experience. To take full advantage of their beautiful location they can site a marquee next to the riverside. Your wedding day will start at Brookhouse Mill with welcome drinks and photographs using the hills as your backdrop. Your guests can make their way to the marquee for the wedding breakfast, to see your themed marquee in all its splendor. The garden and the river Ystrad beside Brookhouse Mill is a wonderful setting for photographs. Intimate weddings of up to 30 guests can be accommodated in the conservatory.

The function room upstairs accommodates up to 65 guests, and you can make the transition to evening without changing rooms, which allows you to invite extra guests for the evening reception. Marquees have been sited at Bodelwyddan Castle, Bodrhyddan Hall, Denbigh Castle and many other stunning settings around North Wales. For enquiries call 01745 813377 or you can email info@brookhousemill.co.uk

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WEDDINGS Dress to impress If you have a steady stream of weddings to attend in the coming months you may be panicking about what to wear. If similar groups of guests are involved you don’t want an outfit to be spotted more than once, but the expense of investing in several can be costly. Why not hire instead? Charlotte James in Broughton is one place where such a huge range of styles is available you’ll be able to wow the crowds with a different, and stunning, outfit every time. ‘The business has been established for over 25 years and is the perfect place to visit when you have that all important, special occasion to attend. Our rails are filled with handpicked designer clothes that you won’t find on the high street. Our collection includes the latest trends and timeless creations, with new styles arriving every few months,’ says owner, Debbie Kellet. Visit www.charlottejames boutique.com.



ou’re not set for a wedding until you have some form of headgear sorted and these days fascinators are proving more popular than the traditional hats. One place where you’ll be able to find an excellent range of these, is Ismay’s in Ellesmere, Shropshire. Owner Ismay Evans said: ‘I sell a lot of Italian Lagenlook layered clothing,

along with various accessories, including my sister Kate’s handmade fascinators. Her first piece was actually my wedding headpiece back in 2010. I was looking for something to go with my gold medieval-style dress and she surprised me with a beautiful pearl and beaded headdress and all the bridesmaids headdresses too!


If you’re looking for a unique wedding setting Cheshire Woodland Weddings can offer you a celebration for everyone to remember. Set in the heart of a 15-acre woodland, this

stunning setting allows couples to have their ceremony in a beautiful woodland shelter and for all the guests to enjoy the magical experience of a woodland wedding . The exclusive venue has a 25-metre open fronted barn perfect for a laid-back reception with an outdoorsy and rustic feel and also a waterside gazebo, champagne bar and plenty of camping and caravanning available on site.

‘Her business took off from there making gorgeous bespoke fascinators and bridal pieces and since opening my shop I’ve always kept a good stock of styles and colours. Not only that, if anyone wants something in a colour I don’t have at the time, I know I can always count on Kate recreating something special for my customers.’ LU D LOW C A ST L E

Ideal for hosting a hog roast or BBQ to take your special day into the evening the team are also able to host a day of outdoor activities for guests to enjoy or as stag and hen parties in the run up to the big day. Perhaps the highlight of this style of mystical woodland wedding, the Cheshire Falconry team can even offer a ring delivery flown in by Barn Owl – a true wow factor to add to the ceremony. Call Steve on 01606 882223 for more details.

The unique and beautiful Castle House set in the romantic grounds of Ludlow Castle or the Round Chapel in the inner Bailey is licensed for civil ceremonies and offers a range of wedding locations to choose from. The ornate doorway of St Mary Magdalene Chapel makes a great entrance within the ruins of a Norman chapel, or the vaulted ceiling of the Beacon rooms could suit your style, even the quaint library for an intimate service. Call 01743 251943 for more.

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f you’re looking for a cake with a difference or something to wow your wedding guests why not consider a change from the traditional fruit and sponge creations, and opt for three tiers of cheese instead? Porters Deli in Llangollen has an expert team with plenty of experience in creating these showpiece wedding cakes which have really taken off in the last few years. ‘We always have at least 60

different cheeses in stock and can easily source a great number more,’ says owner Tracy Hughes. ‘Welsh cheeses are a speciality with over 20 in stock at any time and our classic Welsh cake is always popular. Creating a stunning spectacle this cake comprises seven tiers, starting with Gorwydd Caerffili, the famous Black Bomber, Perl Wen, Perl Las, Y Fenni, Golden Cenarth and finally topped with

a little Pant-ys-gawn goat’s cheese. This combination weighs about 12Kg and is ideal for parties of 120 – 140 guests.’ Apart from delighting guests with a visually stunning centrepiece cheese wedding cakes are very cost effective with prices from less than £2 per person. Finding the right combination of cheeses is important, so pop into Porters for a private tasting. www.portersdeli.co.uk


The superb 17th Century listed barn at Plas Isaf is ideally situated, with some of the most spectacular views of the Dee Valley. Elegant surroundings and a warm ambience set the scene for a truly magical special day. The barn offers a wealth of versatility, with impressive oak trusses and slate floors, which make it a blank canvas for you to choose your own look and style for any special occasion. A marquee is positioned next to the barn, which overlooks the open countryside, and creates the opportunity for an intimate gathering or a celebratory party from 30 to 300 guests. Plas Isaf is having an open day and wedding fayre on 22nd October which will be an opportunity to see the barn and marquee set up for different wedding breakfast styles and the civil ceremony. Also the florist, photographer and many more suppliers will be around for you to talk to and gather ideas.

Call 01490 412486 for more information or to arrange a visit.

Mum’s the word Once the bride has got her dress sorted, the second most important outfit needs to be organised – her mum’s of course! If you are the mother of the bride, you will want to look stylish and one place where the staff are guaranteed to help you achieve that elegant and chic appearance is Daniella of Nantwich. The friendly, relaxed atmosphere is home to many exclusive labels – John Charles, Ispirato, Frank Lyman, and many others – in sizes 10 to 24 as well as a large selection of hats, fascinators and hatinators in many colours. Jean and her team are experts at getting the mother-of-the-bride look just right and are happy to advise and assist so you can be busy being fabulous! www. daniellaofnantwich.co.uk


Standing majestically in the heart of the beautiful Conwy Valley, with the foothills of the Snowdonia range as a dramatic backdrop, the beautiful Maenan Abbey makes a truly striking venue for a wedding function. It is a charming, privately owned hotel which is full of character with a grand entrance hall, galleried landings and blazing log fires and decadent detailing. The friendly team have years of experience and go to great lengths to ensure your special day will leave you with many happy memories for years to come. The food is excellent, and

the hotel can accommodate 100 guests formally seated. With a fair and open pricing policy, Maenan Abbey can adapt to a range of wedding budgets and can recommend local wedding suppliers to make the day complete. The 14 individually designed bedrooms, some with four-poster beds and Jacuzzis, offer luxurious accommodation. Email reservations@maenan abbey.co.uk or call 01492 660247.

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C o m p l e t e We d d i n g Packages at We know that your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, so we go to extraordinary lengths to ensure its success.

With 25 years experience of weddings receptions we can advise you on details from your first ideas to the final last minute preparations. You can relax in the knowledge that your guests will be looked after by our dedicated team, who will take great care in hosting your special day to the highest quality.


fairy tale Castle, ivy clad ruined walls and a medieval moat complete with a twin towered gatehouse entrance all await for your perfect day. We invite you to make a booking to view this historic setting and to chat about your special day by phoning Sue Ellis, Castle Manager on 01691 662500.

is perfectly suited for up to 60 guests • Our functionisroom ideal for a more intimate wedding of 25 guests • Our conservatory • Our wedding marquee accommodates up to 200 guests, and boasts a fully fitted, chilled bar, wooden flooring, dance floor and furniture for that special event.

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For some wedding elegance complete with sweeping lawns and a long driveway approach – look no further than Shooters Hill Hall in the heart of the Shropshire countryside. Licensed for both indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies, the stunning manor is one of very few venues in Shropshire able to offer both and the team is passionate about offering elegant and unique weddings hosting a maximum of 20 a year. Shooters Hill Hall is

a luxurious exclusive-use wedding venue. The elegant white mansion house has been totally renovated enabling you to enjoy modern day comforts and hi-tech benefits, while retaining its stunning period features. With 10 acres of beautifully maintained grounds just waiting to be enjoyed and explored, what better place could there be for those all important photos? Book your visit by calling 01939 220675 or visit www. shootershillhall.co.uk for more.

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The strikingly picturesque and romantic ruins of Whittington Castle are steeped in history, with tales of bitter border warfare, romance and legend and the existing castle is set in about 12 acres. The romantic image is complete with the fairy tale castle at its centre, ivy clad ruined walls, medieval moat with majestic swans and a twin towered Gatehouse entrance allowing you to walk up the drawbridge to your fairytale wedding. It offers the ideal backdrop for all of your photographs, and is only ever booked for one wedding per day so that you get the full attention of the team who can organise the function of your dreams in the Lady Eleanor Room. Situated in the South tower, for many centuries this served as the manor courthouse and is named after Lady Eleanor who helped to turn the castle into a more comfortable home in the 14th century. Now replete with hand painted silk velvet, wall hangings adorn the walls and make it the ultimate venue to make your vows. Call Sue Ellis on 01691 662500 for more.

If you’re still confused, even after reading through our helpful guide to getting wed, maybe you should consider handing over all the organising – and the stress that goes with it – to a wedding planner. A good option for anyone who is too busy to dedicate the time needed to plan a wedding, or just for those people who can’t be bothered doing all the research, wedding planners are becoming increasingly popular in our time-poor lifestyles. One company who are happy to take all your wedding worries away is Speeches and Cream who have years of experience in event planning. The Cheshirebased business offers the complete package, bringing fresh and innovative ideas, to create a personally designed bespoke event. Happy to manage the entire planning process, from venue sourcing, room dressing, sound, lighting, entertainment and catering, Speeches & Cream will remain with you until the event is over. Visit www. speechesandcream. co.uk for more info.

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Check, plaid, tartan, whatever you want to call it, it’s on trend for autumn and beyond

Prestwick shirt, £39, Hoggs of Fife, www.cherrytreecountry clothing.com

Barbour Gerald short sleeve shirt 59.99, www.vaughndavies.co.uk

Burton Menswear London AW17 campaign: blue check suit £120, navy waistcoat £35, white shirt £28, red textures tie £32, leather brogues £48, www.burton.co.uk

Bugatti checked visor flat cap, £18.95, www.hatshopping.co.uk

Men’s green tartan Morar Tarras bag by Barbour, £95, www. libertylondon.com

Ted Baker mid blue checked collar polo shirt, £125, www.tedbaker.com

Original Penguin navy check shirt, £70, www. houseoffraser.co.uk Check Me Out jeans by Joe Browns, £39.99, www.joebrowns.co.uk

Paul Smith navy wide check print blazer, £400, www.houseoffraser.co.uk

Check scarf, £16, www.topman.co.uk



Kennett Men’s Savro Chronograph Watch, £260, www.kennettonline.com Style and substance: we love its simplistic elegance and classical design

Newgate Watches Drummer Watch in Black, £139, www. newgatewatches.com Vintage vibes: cool retro styling with a smart edge

Thomas Sabo, Rebel Spirit Chrono Mesh Watch, £298, www.mococo.co.uk Thoroughly modern: a sleek, modern chrome timepiece in classic navy colour

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Get this season’s must-have hue. Whether it’s a graphic print or bold colour blocking, we love it all

Bag lady: Porchester Rose double decker travel bag, Cath Kidson, £60 Subtle stripes: Zoe striped tee, Hush, £40, www.hush-uk.com

Legs 11: Fransa jeans, £71, www.webshop. fransa.com

Avant Garde: XD Xenia, So Chic www. sochicbangor. co.uk

Well spotted: Metallic spot scarf, blue/silver, National Trust, £20, www.shop.nationaltrust.org.uk

Daring denim: Blue patchwork boots, Deichman UK, £24.99, www.deichmann.com

Pretty dotty: Ruby Shoo Hatty navy polka dot shoes, £50 www.tweedmill.co.uk

LUST LIST Blue beauty: Shaun Leane gold and lapis blue enamel ring, £172, www.mococo.co.uk

At ease: London military dress, Hobbs, £199, www.hobbs.co.uk

Making it onto our lust list this issue is the Frank Lyman black and white top from Daniella of Nantwich, £139.99 www.daniellaofnantwich

Cool blue: Oceanwave poncho in lambswool by Aine, Trefriw Woollen Mills, £110, www.t-w-m.co.uk

Getting shirty: Georgina pop over shirt, Joules, £59.95, www. claresllandudno.com

Whatever the weather: Wyecombe Ladies Shetland wool field coat, £149.50, www.cherrytreeclothing.co.uk

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Ismay Evans has been selecting stylish Italian clothing for her shop Ismay’s Ladies Clothing in Ellesmere for the past 17 years. Here, she gives us her top tips on how to move effortlessly from summer into autumn…

‘Scarves can be worn all year round, but this is the season for them to really shine. One of my favourite styles is the fluffy snood, as it’s a scarf which never falls off. Team it with a poncho for a cosy warm style. These retail at around £10.’ Snood by Sarah Pacini

‘Cashmere ponchos will also be returning this year, both with and without pom-poms. There are lots of colours and styles to suit all tastes. I’m hoping to stock the Togglewrap from Cadenza, which can be worn in so many ways by altering the toggles across the shoulder. It makes a great cover up when a coat is not required. It retails around £35-£40’

‘One of my favourite accessories designers is Carrie Elspeth. I’ve now sold the brand for a few years and it offers some real jems at a reasonable price, whether you’re buying as a gift for someone or a treat for yourself. I love this dainty beaded piece, which is so colourful and stylish. Prices from around £10 to £28.’

‘As the season’s change, it’s exciting time to try new styles and brands. Italian brand Lagenlook, with its ‘one size’ layered look, is ideal for this season as it’s both luxurious and cosy, and it suits so many sizes and shapes. Goose Island has also put this look together perfectly in its latest collection; although it’s a Welsh company, it sources the perfect tops, tunics and dresses direct from Italy. It has two shops in South Wales, but I’m proud to be an outlet for the brand here in Shropshire. Items range from £20-£45, so it’s affordable as well as stylish and practical.’


Who doesn’t love a cheeky little ruffle or two?


Denim darling: Elvi Chambray dress with raw edge ruffle sleeve, £55, www.elvi.co.uk

Lady in red: Sleeveless frill jumpsuit, £45, www.mandco.co.uk

Vintage style: Myleene Klass ruffle shoulder tea dress, £70, www.littlewoods.com

Smart and chic: Ruffle stiletto ankle boot black, £48, www.very.co.uk

House of Holland SS17 Ready To Wear www. houseofholland.co.uk

Velvet vibes: Velvet ruche sleeve top, £28, www.oasis.com

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of the eye and flick up at the corner in line with the angle of the bottom lashes 5. Cheeks – sweep a peachy blusher like Bourgois Little Round Pot Blush in ‘healthy mix - 41’ is just perfect 6. Lips – add a slick of plum or berry colour such as MAC in Hot Tahiti or New York Apple both of which are pretty shades for this look 7. Add a sweep of highlighter like Stila’s Highlighter Duo in Kitten, across the cheekbones to add a fresh glow! ● This look was created by The Blusherettes hair and makeup artists based in Shropshire www.theblusheretes.co.uk



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Protection never smelt so good: Rio Rosa Mosqueta Antioxidant Facial Oil, £24.99, www.riorosa.co.uk This luxurious facial oil from South America helps boost the skin’s natural defence against pollutants caused by urban living such as harsh weather conditions, air conditioning and hectic lifestyles. The rosegeranium and lavender scent is uplifting and refreshing. Plus its 100% natural, vegan and not tested on animals. Luxury in a bottle!


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Repeat: ‘Clean feet are healthy feet!’ Most people have a small amount of hard skin around the heel or big toe, due to pressure areas. If the areas become painful, they must be treated. Keeping the heel area scrubbed and moisturised is a great and easy way to keep potentially painful heel cracks at bay. If you are prone to dry, scaly skin a daily regime of applying cream to your feet is recommended to help put the moisture and softness back into the skin itself.

No doubt over the summer we have all witnessed, whether on the bus, train or around the supermarket, plenty of men in flip-flops and women in strappy heels and sandals, all of whom seem blissfully unaware that their toes and heels are in desperate need of some beautifying attention. Some may be the result of neglect, while others are due to conditions which are slow to develop and cause pain only in very late stages. In this instance, medical intervention is usually required. We can all avoid the discomfort of these conditions by simply looking after our feet and legs at home. There are simple treatments and methods of foot care that should mean you stay out of the podiatrist’s office. In addition to this, feet remain healthy and looking great, even if they’re about to be hidden away for the winter once again. Healthy feet do not necessarily need to be perfectly shaped. The nails should have a natural sheen and not be too long in length. Keep them trimmed regularly as overly long toenails are prone to getting caught on things and fungus can build up under the nail, infecting the nail itself. Priority attention with all feet should be the toenails. If shabby and unkempt they are unsightly. Use toenail clippers to keep them short and file rough edges. After trimming, dab nails with tea tree oil, a natural anti-fungal, to help keep them look and feel healthy and clean.

Keeping feet clean is central to good foot care. Recommendations are to scrub feet daily, change socks each day, dry feet thoroughly to avoid athletes’ foot, exfoliate at least twice a week and apply a base coat to the toenails when wearing nail varnish. Finish off the routine with a foot freshening spray to keep the feet fresh and ventilated.

Putting your best feet forward As we head into autumn most of us will be tucking our toes back into socks and shoes after a summer of sandals and bare feet. In our regular column, beauty lecturer Sam Humphreys from North Shropshire College offers some tips to treat your feet as the seasons change

For hot, tired feet remember to avoid tighter fitting shoes as feet swell during warmer conditions and some people find insoles that absorb perspiration ideal as blisters can be formed if too much water is created within the shoe. When our student therapists perform pedicure treatments, they will carry out consultations to establish the correct treatments required for both male and female clients. With use of foot masks, massage, heated boots or warm paraffin wax, you’re sure to leave the salon feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after a proper treat for the feet. Call 01691 688000 to enquire about appointments.


Glamglow Glowsetter Spray 110ml, £24, www.boots.com With green, red, and white tea to soothe skin and fight off redness, the ultrafine mist instantly refreshes dull, puffy and sleepy skin – and your makeup isn’t going anywhere!

Marc Jacobs EyeConic Longwear Eyeshadow Palette, Frivoluxe, £39, www.johnlewis.com These luxe palettes each feature four fashion finishes: buttery matte velvet, shimmering satin, sparkling silk and metallic lamé.

Bottega Veneta Parco Palladiano Perfumes 100ml, £190, www. harrods.com Each bottle of this fragrance collection evokes a different aspect of an Italian summer and carry hints of azaelia, rose, vanilla and other exotic aromas.

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FOODS TO MAKE YOU FEEL FABULOUS AFTER 50 We all want to age gracefully and healthily. Nutritionist Cassandra Barns talks us through her top five foods to help us feel spritely in our forties, fifties and beyond Fish Fish are a well known and fantastic source of omega-3 fatty acids. These fats are not only essential for heart health, but also for our brain and eyes. They’re also associated with keeping inflammation in check. As high inflammation is a characteristic of most chronic disease – from arthritis to heart disease to Alzheimer’s – keeping it under control may be a key factor in maintaining good health into old age. As a bonus, fish are rich in selenium, which is vital for our antioxidant defences and immune system, and B vitamins that help to keep our brain chemistry in balance. Oats As we age, it is common for our cholesterol levels to rise. However, by choosing the right foods, it is possible to help manage cholesterol levels. The fibre in porridge oats, such as Nairn’s Scottish Porridge Oats (£2.00, www. sainsburys. co.uk), may help to lower cholesterol naturally. Oats are a much better way to lower your cholesterol than popular cholesterol-lowering spreads, which are made with hydrogenated, unnatural fats. So instead of reaching for your usual cereal, why not swap this for a bowl of warm porridge or some energising overnight oats for a breakfast with all the added benefits? Water As we get older, we can often find ourselves becoming easily tired and losing that youthful kick of energy. Water helps nutrients and oxygen to get where they’re needed in the body, and plays a role in chemical reactions that break down food molecules to make energy. So it’s no wonder we feel deflated (literally) when we don’t drink enough. Aim

to get about 1.5 to 2 litres of water a day, which can include liquid in foods such as soups, caffeine-free teas and watered-down fruit juices Buckwheat Although not as well known, buckwheat is a highly nourishing, energising super seed that is a great alternative to rice, pasta and potatoes. Buckwheat is also high in rutin, a type of flavonoid. Among its many health benefits, rutin is especially associated with toning and strengthening veins and capillaries. It may even help prevent or reduce venous insufficiency1 – the weakening of the valves or walls of the veins that can lead to varicose veins. So try switching up your regular rice and potatoes for Clearspring’s Instant Organic Buckwheat (£2.49, www.clearspring.co.uk). Cacao If you thought chocolate was off limits, think again. Eating flavanol-rich chocolate, such as Ombar 90% (£1.99, www. ocado.com) has been found to help protect our skin against sun damage, as well as improve circulation to the skin, increase skin hydration, and reduce roughness and scaling. Who would have thought it – eating chocolate could help you keep your youthful looks (but choose raw for the greatest benefits). Who is Cassandra Barns? Cassandra is a nutritional therapist and freelance writer who has written for a number of health titles on the subject of health and nutrition. She has particular interest in traditional diets and ‘real food’ nutrition, as well as digestive health, energy and sleep.


Keeping healthy when your health is under pressure is tough, and no one know this better than Sarah Pickles, owner of Lilia’s Beauty School in Winsford, Cheshire. She was a 32-yearold married mother of one, but on 22nd of September 2014, she was given the devastating news that she had a triple negative breast cancer. She has since written a best-selling book about her experience filled full of tips and advice for those on their own cancer journeys. Here Sarah explains what helped keep her mind and body healthy during treatment: ‘Exercising was something I had always really enjoyed and a few months before my diagnosis I’d taken up running. I found that not only did it benefit me physically, but it has an impact on me mentally. I changed my

diet as well and overtime found this helped improve my energy levels and decrease fatigue.’ • Try to drink 6-8 glasses of water each day to keep skin hydrated • Set aside 1hr a day to focus on stretching and relaxing – yoga is ideal • Exercise outdoors in the summer to increase your production of vitamin D • Walk at least 20 minutes in the fresh air each day • During exercise, listen to your body don’t over exert yourself • Make sure you have your daily portion of fruit and vegetables • Set exciting goals • Embrace the new you! • Keep focused, be determined and never give up! The Shock Factor: Sarah’s Story: Beating Cancer One Day at a Time, £7.99, www.amazon.co.uk or via www.sarahsstory.co.uk



Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Plump XXL, £10, www.boots.com Claims: Ultra-shiny, smoothing, and hydrating, it features natural flower oil infusion and glassyshine technology plus a special complex which gives an ‘auto plump’ built-in cushioning effect. Lips are left lustrous, moisturised, and looking perfectly plumped. Our verdict: The lowest price plumper, it comes in three pretty shades and we definitely felt a fizzy feeling the moment it touched our lips – and they looked plumper too. Score: 8/10 Too Faced ‘Lip Injection Extreme Power Plumping’ lip gloss, £22, www. debenhams.com Claims: A lip plumper for immediate satisfaction and long-term results. The tingling sensation tells you

it’s working and lips appear full and pouty from your very first application and plumper overall, overtime. Our verdict: We’ve heard good things about this mid-range priced plumper so expectations are high. Lips looked fuller instantly and didn’t zing too much. Top-ups ckept them looking fuller all day too. Score: 9/10 Hourglass No 28 Lip Treatment Oil, £34.99, SpaceNK Claims: Boosts lip texture, shape and volume, soothes dry and chapped lips, the gold tip soothes lips. Enriched with vitamins A, C, B5 and E and it also conditions lips. Our verdict: The most expensive plumper with a 24ct gold plated applicator! It feels like the best lip gloss ever. The packaging is really pretty but the plumping effect isn’t amazing. However, as a lip gloss earns its stripes. Score: 7/10

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Adolescence is a tricky time for all young people, but the mixture of emotions as our bodies go through the transition into adulthood can affect some more than others. In our regular health and wellbeing column from the experts at Chester University, lecturer in clinical and nutritional sciences Ursula Kenny addresses the issues and how we can support those in the midst of teenage traumas

Chester University lecturer Ursula Kenny

During adolescence young people undergo considerable physiological, social and cognitive changes. Hormones rage and bodies go through dramatic shifts, so it’s unsurprising that there is a noticeable peak in body image concern during this life stage, as they begin to grapple with their sense of self-identity. Body dissatisfaction

in adolescence is an important health issue, due to its links with a number of negative health outcomes, such as eating disorders, depression, low self-esteem and social anxiety. For those of us who play an integral role in the lives of young people, such as family members, teachers and carers, it’s important to be aware of the factors that may trigger feelings or experiences of adolescent body dissatisfaction. Three social factors in particular, have been found to play a pivotal role in adolescents’ body image trajectories. This article will help you to identify how all three factors can affect adolescent body image. Family members The family represents an important social context through which appearance related values, behaviours and attitudes are transmitted to adolescents over time. Specifically, studies have shown that: • Parental encouragement to control body weight and shape promotes body dissatisfaction amongst girls, and weight concerns amongst both boys and girls. • Negative comments about appearance and teasing by both parents and siblings can be linked to body dissatisfaction, depression and

disordered eating in both genders. • Both boys and girls whose mothers engage in dieting are more likely to want to become thinner and to attempt to lose weight. • Mothers who discuss weight-related issues are more likely to have daughters with disordered eating behaviours. Peers Friends play a vital part in the lives of adolescents, and peer experiences provide an important social context in which appearance ideals are valued. Evidence has shown that: • Adolescent girls believe that a thin and attractive appearance plays a large role in determining how well accepted they are by peers of the opposite sex, while boys think that a fit, athletic and muscular appearance increases their acceptance among girls. • Both boys and girls with a higher body mass index are known to be particularly affected by peer exclusion. • Weight is a common topic of adolescent teasing, the negative consequences of which can last for years. • Appearance-related peer pressure, comparisons and conversations about the topic all contribute to body dissatisfaction among both boys and girls.

and are more likely to diet than non-users. It is clear that the media, family members and peers represent powerful forces in shaping how young people view themselves. Being aware of what we say, how we think and the different influences our words and actions could have should help us support young people going through adolescence and lessen the chances of them developing potentially harmful body image concerns.

The media From a young age, adolescents are bombarded with media messages concerning specific appearance ideals that are considered attractive. Exposure to such ideals is an important contributor to adolescent body dissatisfaction. Studies have shown that: • More frequent and more active TV viewing is associated with lower appearance-related self-esteem among adolescents. • Girls who frequently read articles about diets and issues related to weight loss are more likely to practice a range of unhealthy weight control behaviors. • Internalisation of media ideals creates a drive for muscularity in adolescent boys. • Adolescent girls who use Facebook have greater appearance concerns

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WHEN IT’S HARD TO LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN It’s estimated that one in 12 adults suffer from eczema, making caring for their skin a constant challenge. Luckily, there are solutions available to help manage the condition in the long-term Over six million people in the UK suffer with eczema, with most experiencing the general condition in its most common form, atopic dermatitis. It is a difficult and often painful condition that leaves the skin red, dry, itchy and cracked. It is more common in children, often developing before the first birthday, but may also develop for the first time in adults. It is a long term, chronic condition with no cure as such, although it can improve significantly with age and clears up completely in some children as they reach adulthood. While it can turn up anywhere on the body, it is most usually found on the hands, insides of the elbows, backs of the knees and the face and scalp. Most sufferers go through stages when it is more problematic than others, known as flare-ups, and it is known to run in families. It’s also commonly found in people with other allergies such as hayfever or asthma. Men and women are equally likely to have eczema and while some people can identify the triggers that worsen the symptoms, others will experience random periods of increased discomfort or sudden reactions that bring about an episode. Luckily, there are many treatments to keep the condition under control but it is important to note that every individual reacts differently and only an expert dermatologist can advise on a course of treatment, such as:

that can lead to pain and even infection. 2. Steroid creams: These can be prescribed to tackle more serious flare-ups but must be used with care, as the wrong steroid or overuse can easily worsen the skin condition rather than help. 3. Self-management: Many patients learn to manage their own skin conditions by learning about what causes their eczema and avoiding these triggers. This might involve keeping a food diary and adapting your diet in response to the patterns found, checking clothing for material compositions or ensuring certain chemicals in washing


WHAT: Reiki is a technique used for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes physical or emotional healing. WHERE: It originated in Japan and was developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. Today, it is practiced in various forms all over the world.

This month we’re debunking more health theories, this time surrounding one of our favourite pastimes, sleeping 1. Snoring is annoying but harmless While this might be the case for most, the noisy interruption that snoring brings is not just an innocent inconvenience. It can sometimes be a symptom of a life threatening sleep disorder called sleep apnoea, especially if it is accompanied by severe daytime sleepiness. Sleep apnoea is characterised by pauses in breathing that prevent air from flowing into or out of a sleeping person’s airways. People with the condition wake up regularly during the night and may struggle for breath. These pauses in breathing can reduce blood oxygen levels, strain the heart and cardiovascular system, and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, not all snoring is a sign of this and sleep apnea can be treated, so those who snore loudly, especially if pauses in the snoring are noted, should talk to a doctor. 2. The older you get, the fewer hours of sleep you need It is commonly presumed that older people need less sleep but experts recommend a range of seven to nine hours of sleep for the average adult, whatever the age. While sleep patterns change as we get older, the amount of sleep we need generally does not. Older people may wake more frequently through the night and may actually get less night time sleep, but their sleep need is no less than younger adults.

1. Moisturising emollient creams: These are the most commonly prescribed course of action for eczema sufferers. Managing to keep the potentially dry skin soft and supple prevents the onset of itching and cracking



WHO: It is helpful for people suffering from stress and benefits reported by recipients include deep relaxation, as it promotes a calm, peaceful sense of wellbeing on all levels. Some people feel sensations of heat, tingling, or experience seeing colours, while others can have an emotional response to the treatment as inner harmony is restored.

3. You can catch up on missed sleep Sadly, once it’s gone, it’s gone – if we’ve had too many late nights the effects can’t always be reversed just by having a lie in at the weekend. This might actually make you sleepier the following week as your body adapts to a different cycle. Instead of waking up later on the weekends, you’re better off going to sleep earlier or taking a nap in the afternoon.

HOW: The theory behind Reiki is to adjust the universal life force within each of us through the ‘laying on of hands’. The recipient remains clothed and lies on a couch or sits on a chair and relaxes. The practitioner gently places their hands in a series of non-intrusive positions on or near the body. There is no massage or manipulation. The whole person is treated rather than specific areas. Sessions can take 45 minutes to an hour-and-a-half, depending on the client’s needs.

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Women’ s Health:

Coping with the menopause

Dr Barling answers some of the most commonly asked questions about the menopause What are the symptoms? The menopause typically comes at approximately 51 years of age. It’s sometimes referred to as ‘the change’ and is associated with some specific symptoms, and some non-specific premenopausal symptoms that are important. These include poor sleep, backache, vaginal dryness due to vaginal atrophy, low libido and tiredness. When does it occur? The symptoms begin before the menopause (certainly up to a couple of years beforehand), peak within two to three years of the menopause, and then in most cases taper off. Hot flushes affect 75 per cent of women, of which 25 per cent will likely seek medical consultation for this symptom. The timing of the menopause is interesting in that it does not vary between ethnicities; most people will be roughly the same age when the menopause occurs. The only factor that could cause it to appear earlier (besides surgical factors) is smoking. Does everyone suffer from hot flushes? The main risk factors for hot flushes are smoking (both past and current), surgical menopause (because the abrupt reduction of oestrogen makes hot flushes worse), obesity and strenuous physical exercise. In 60 per cent of cases, hot flushes will last for less than seven years while for the minority of 15 per cent hot flashes may go on for over 15 years. The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) showed that in

40 – 55 year old women, 37 per cent of African-American women experienced hot flushes, while 24 per cent of Caucasian women experienced them. What treatment is available? With regards to the treatment of menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and vaginal dryness, a hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the only approved drug to treat this and patients will show significant improvement in 89 – 90 per cent of cases. HRT is also beneficial in cases where patients suffer from osteoporosis. How does HRT work? Hormone replacement therapy is usually given as a combination of oestrogen and progesterone. Oestrogen is the hormone that treats the menopausal symptoms. If oestrogen alone is given to a woman with an intact uterus, then she has a one in 400 risk of developing uterine cancer. It is for this reason that the action of the oestrogen is opposed with progesterone. Clearly, if someone has had a hysterectomy they do not need to have progesterone to oppose the oestrogen. HRT should be used in the lowest dose that will satisfactorily relieve the menopausal symptoms. With regard to discontinuation of HRT, there is some disagreement between medical professionals as to whether it is better to stop treatment suddenly in a ‘cold turkey’ manner, or whether it is better for patients to gradually reduce doses slowly over a six to 12 month period before stopping.

Are there any risks associated with HRT? The Women’s Health Initiative study showed a slight increase in breast cancer and venous blood clots affecting safety in the under 60 year olds, particularly with regard to coronary heart disease. The study also showed a decreased incidence of fractures and and colon cancer. When HRT was taken as oestrogen alone no increase in breast cancer or heart events was shown, and oestrogen alone is only given to women who have had a hysterectomy.

and itching, these symptoms get worse with age and may be helped to some degree with non hormonal gels such as KY Jelly. Oestrogen gels are more effective, although it has to be remembered that they can be absorbed and may have an effect on the uterus.

How is HRT administered? HRT can be given in various forms, such as pill, skin patches or even gels, and there is little difference between them. There are selective oestrogen type of drugs on the horizon which can be used for menopausal symptoms, the aim being to be to reduce any potential side effects. These can be discussed with your general practitioner. What other treatments are available for the menopause? There are other treatments that may or may not have benefits to treat menopausal symptoms and these include non hormonal drugs including antidepressants such as Gabapentin and Clonidine. There are also nonprescription remedies such as yoga, acupuncture, exercise and dietary and herbal supplements including soy and black cohosh, which have mixed and inconclusive results.With regards to the menopausal symptom of vaginal atrophy causing dryness, pain during intercourse


Dr Peter Barling is a retired local practitioner, who trained in Birmingham and London, and worked as a doctor for 42 years, 37 of these as a GP, in Banff, Alberta and Oswestry, Shropshire.

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Our Lynne recovers from a hectic summer season with a bit of rebalancing and uses nature as her guide to greater goodness


hat a wonderful summer it has been, especially for my bees. They have been busy and all the hives passed their annual inspection from the bee

inspector. I love working alongside the worker bees (and taking photos of them) as they collect pollen and nectar in the garden and although occasionally the ‘guard bees’ pull rank and escort me out of the veggie patch, they are usually nothing but an absolute joy to watch.

And staying with the nature theme, in my continuous quest to keep myself ‘fit for purpose’, I have discovered Animal Flow. The training system, invented by American coach Mike Fitch, is described as: ‘a combination of animal movement, strength training, martial arts, and gymnastics. Mastering these arts requires ‘beastly’ levels of strength, and grace so the result is both eye-catching and highly effective’ (see photo of me practising on the beach). I absolutely adore it. Not only has it massively improved my strength – important for my job – but it also keeps my mind occupied while I train! It’s almost meditative as you can see from the picture of my dog Yogi meditating as the sun set.

Ever since I visited Damanhur in Italy Walk like a crocodile (a spiritual community in the Piedmont region about 30 miles north of the city There is something very primal about mimicking the basic movement patterns of Turin), I have been a firm bee-liever in the fact that insects can understand of the animal kingdom and it reminds me of all the wonderful health benefits the words ‘yes’ and ‘no’ – or maybe just the energetic vibration or that I discovered while training for my barefoot run across Wales. intention of the words – and have always chosen to keep my cool and I’m sure that something resonates on a cellular level when we talk to them, rather than flap my arms about and swear at them. ‘There is explore these primal aspects of our health and wellbeing. Similarly, I have a wasps’ nest at the entrance to my tool shed something very The movements in Animal Flow will at first seem laughably and have adopted the same approach to them. I told them that primal about simple – until you try them. Forms like Ape, Beast, Crocodile if they behaved and didn’t sting me, my dog or any visitors they mimicking the and Scorpion will have you sweating like a pig to feel like a could stay but if they stung any of us then I would annihilate basic movement fox! It’s fab. I have been their nest and any others that I find. patterns of the a dedicated follower of I was very firm and serious (in case you are wondering). animal kingdom’ most fitness disciplines and I have spent the whole summer popping in and out of the shed systems over the years, but I without any trouble from them. I must admit, not everyone is have never found anything quite so enamoured with that is so beautifully profound and which this approach and Eleri provides such amazing results. Sion on BBC Radio Wales, Mind you, as my brother said: ‘You thought I was mad, when are quite feral – no wonder it suits you; I shared the technique some of us have evolved more than with her on air. Conversely others…!’ You can find out more at www. though, I have had a lot animalflow.com or contact Total Fitness of feedback since, from Recall, who run a variety of fitness classes listeners claiming they throughout the Welsh valleys. I train with have had similar positive Kevin in Brynmawr, and he or Andrea will experiences and with other be able to give you more details by calling insects, like ants, too. on 07966 613411 or 07917 881261.

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Communication Across the Spectrum Key Note Presentation: Dr Luke Beardon, Senior Lecturer, The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University

• Dr Andrew Curran - Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

• Professor Richard Hastings “The Impact of the Sensory Environment on Autistic Individuals & its Relationship with Anxiety” Dr Beardon has worked in the field of autism for over twenty years in various capacities ranging from practitioner, researcher, trainer, educator & author. He has been recognised with many awards for his work & dedication to autism education.

- Cerebra Chair of Family Research in the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal & Research.

• Dr Jacqui Jackson - Autism Researcher, Consultant, Author, Parent

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Additional Speakers: • Mark Isherwood AM - Chair of Cross Party Autism Group

• Dr Linda Buchan

2017 8.30am – 5.00pm

- ADHD Course Coordinator, Trainer, Consultant

• Gary Sendall - Youth Justice Service, Parent

• NAS Cymru Special Guests: Derek Paravicini & Professor Adam Ockelford Derek is a blind, Autistic musical prodigy whose amazing gift of playing the piano has thrilled audiences at venues around the world, from Ronnie Scott's to Las Vegas & the Barbican to Buckingham Palace. With his mentor music psychologist Professor Adam Ockelford, they share their musical journey together with wonderful chat & entertainment.

Friday 29th September

- Update on autism developments from The National Assembly of Wales

Choice of One Workshop During Afternoon Session: • Autism - Maintaining Health & Wellbeing • Therapeutic Horsemanship • Autism & the Criminal Justice System • Beyond the Boundaries (Hairdresser & Massage Therapist for Anxious & Sensory Sensitive Clients) • Autism Education & Training (including related conditions, facilitated by Autistic Individuals) • Work Opportunities for 16 to 25 year olds • Strategies for Supporting ASC / ADHD • Autism & Relationships

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- Consultant Clinical Psychologist Axia ASD Ltd

• Willow Holloway - Founder of The Autistic Women’s Empowerment Project & Chair of Autistic UK

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This autumn our family experts from Glyndwr University will be hosting a special conference aimed at raising awareness of the issues surrounding autism. With over 700,000 people and affected in the UK it has an impact on the lives of many of us. Angie Atherton, founder of AA Autism Support shares her expertise...


MORE RESEARCH NEEDED Autism is said to cost the economy £32 billion a year but just a small fraction of this, £4 million, is spent on research. Not enough is done from a social perspective and this needs to change to include the views and experiences of autistic people themselves. Rather than challenges and weaknesses we now need to focus on individual’s strengths and how we help autistic people maintain wellbeing and achieve their goals in life.

Conference at Wrexham Glyndwr University will focus on some of the challenges which families face – but also strengths and real-life solutions. This includes autistic experiences and details of the strategies individuals have developed to deal with challenges. This year’s special guests Derek Paravicini and Professor Adam Ockelford are one of many success stories. Derek is a blind, autistic pianist who has performed to audiences worldwide, from Las Vegas to Buckingham Palace. His talent has been nurtured for many years by Professor Ockelford, Professor of Music at the University of Roehampton, and conference delegates will be able to watch him perform on the day.

aising an autistic child can be stressful and tiring. Having to continually navigate the system can leave many families RAISING AWARENESS feeling exhausted – often they can become Via events such as the autism conference, we socially isolated because of the stigma and want to raise awareness of many issues that misunderstanding attached to autism. the wider autistic community face across all The world is very overloading for an aspects of life. By increasing knowledge we autistic individual and families can break through the barriers that often have to restrict the places ‘By increasing autistic individuals currently face they can visit. Most venues make knowledge and help ensure future generations adjustments for visible disabilities, we can break face fewer challenges. but unseen conditions like autism through the Many of those working to help barriers’ are too often overlooked in bring about change – including the design of our environment. autistic individuals, educators, Poor understanding of autism researchers and specialists – will be among can make the world a hostile place for the delegates expected at the conference. individuals and their families. Keynote speaker Dr Luke Beardon, senior The second annual North Wales Autism lecturer at the Autism Centre, Sheffield

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Hallam University, for example, will bring knowledge and insight from more than 20 years’ experience of working in various capacities in the field of autism. Willow Holloway, chair of user-led organisation Autistic UK, will also be speaking. Willow founded the Autistic Women’s Empowerment Project in 2014 to raise awareness of and campaign for the recognition of the needs of autistic females.

The biggest barrier we face is society’s misunderstanding of autism, which fuels stigma and stereotyping. This is why the North Wales Autism Conference and its future growth has a vital role to play. The Conference takes place at the Catrin Finch Centre, Wrexham Glyndwr University, 8.30am-5pm on 29th September. For more information call 01352 703055 or email aaas.flintshire@gmail.com. Angie Atherton, founder of AA Autism Support, has both autistic family and friends and provides autism-specific childcare for families in their own home in north east Wales. She is currently establishing a community interest company which will provide new opportunities for autistic individuals. Income and profits from the company will generate funds to support autism guidance and advice at a local level.

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I can write an original personal poem for any occasion, be it love, bereavement, humour, thanks or anything else. Just a few personal details will enable me to write an original, touching poem that I will send you on a parchment type of paper. Contact Brian Stone 01691 652 956 email brianstone212@btinternet.com If you want to learn to play the

contact BRIAN STONE. He offers one-to-one tuition in a music studio based in Oswestry. Brian has over 50 years of tuition (including teaching Adrian Spillett, BBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Young Musician of the Year), performing, composing and conducting experience, and has been an examiner for the Guildhall for 17 years and for the LCM for 9 years.

Brian has taught at Ellesmere College, Oswestry School, Packwood, Moreton Hall and most schools in north Shropshire, and currently plays in various bands, groups and orchestras and conducts nine percussion ensembles with an age range from 7 to 60. Brian Stone Telephone: 01691 652 956 Email: brianstone212@btinternet.com

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he Firs School was recently celebrating The Gold Sportsmark status under a national scheme for the second year running. The criteria for this level of the award is very high and involves excellence in provision of pupil participation in a range of sports, pupil leadership in sport and coaching of sport. Lucy Davies, Headteacher at

The Firs School says: ‘We are delighted to have been chosen for this award which proves that opportunities available to our pupils are amongst the best in the area. I would like to thank our brilliant staff for their inspired leadership of sport at The Firs, and also our wonderful pupils for having a go at so many different sports and showing true team spirit.’

Top of the class


Have-a-go attitude and sportmanship has seen The Firs School triumph

Dr Julie Adams-Guppy, criminology lecturers Dr Caroline Hughes and Dr Iolo Madoc-Jones, and Mark Owen, chief officer for the North Wales Police Special Constabulary



new police course aimed at educating current and prospective Special Constables to degree level has been launched at Wrexham Glyndwr University. Dr Julie AdamsGuppy has been unveiled as senior lecturer for the first BA (Hons) Policing undergraduate degree and they are recruiting now for September. Dr Adams-Guppy is a Special Constable herself and sees the further professionalisation of the police service as a positive move enhancing officers’ practice and future career prospects. She said: ‘It’s an exciting time to be launching this new course, and

I’m thrilled to be here at the very start of it. It’s going to be a balance of practical, vocational and taught learning, as well as work experience out on the streets, not just in the lecture theatre.’ Mark Owen, Chief Officer for the North Wales Police Special Constabulary, congratulated the University on launching the degree: ‘Policing has changed so much over the years, there are different challenges and a more modern outlook on crime and other incident types and how to tackle it is required.’ Visit www.glyndwr.ac.uk or call the enquiries line on 01978 293439.

he summer holidays are probably a distant memory. ‘Back to school’ has, thankfully, come and gone. Children are back with their teachers and, hopefully, settled to their studies. However, for pupils in Year 6 there is a transition ahead; it’s time to consider ‘big school’. In my first contribution to Shire Magazine, I will look at the options, with an intentional focus on what might be available at your local independent school and how you might go about taking advantage. Independent – or ‘private’ – schooling might not be something that you have considered before or there might not be a tradition in your family. This is often the case; a great many of our families at Oswestry will be new to the world of independent education. But they have taken the plunge to enjoy the benefits of smaller class sizes; genuine pastoral care; a more rounded curriculum; support to university; boarding opportunity; exciting challenges, and much more. To find out more, do take advantage of the many open days at this time of year. However, it is also important to try to visit on a ‘working’ day, to see behind the veneer of whizz-bangs ‘A great many of the and also to chat to the headmaster and other families at Oswestry senior staff about their philosophies and how School will be your child would benefit. Do not be afraid to new to the world make an individual appointment, I’d argue of independent that’s often the best way. education’ Of course, there is always the issue of fees. One look at those (usually) termly figures might cause alarm. However, support is often at hand. Most independent schools are charities. Even those that are not will have an interest in supporting those pupils who might not otherwise be able to afford the fees. Support usually comes in three forms: scholarship (based upon assessed excellence in any particular field); bursary (supported by means declaration); and some form of headmaster’s discretion (this might be effected through bursary or scholarship). It is also worth noting that arrangements are usually offered for siblings so that all members of a family might all be able to enjoy the same experience. The first port of call should be scholarship: this can usually prove to provide the greatest level of support. Independent schools are always keen to ensure that they have strong performers on their roll, so that they might be the hares for others to chase. Scholarships are usually available for academic, sport, drama, art, music etc. They will usually apply to differing age categories, typically: 7+, 11+, 13+ and 16+. Assessment will usually be at a fixed time each year, often January preceding the September transfer. Assessments will normally require a Saturday morning visit to the school and a short test plus other practical assessments. It is worth noting that scholarships can be removed if a pupil is not taking their opportunity, but otherwise scholarships have a suitably long life, until the end of schooling, or a natural transition, eg Sixth form. Every parent wants the best for their child. Please, give independent schools your consideration. As a first step, pop into an open day to find out more. I’d be delighted to see you at ours at Oswestry School on Saturday 7th October. Julian Noad is headmaster of Oswestry School, an independent school in Oswestry with pupils, day and boarding, from 4 to 18 years of age. Oswestry School was founded in 1407 and has a proud history of serving its local community. September/October 2017 | SHIRE MAGAZINE 127

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The engineering students at Pirámide College Huesca

Engineers enjoy some Spanish sunshine


ight engineers from the Walford and Aspire Campuses of North Shropshire College (NSC) have just returned from two weeks work experience to Spain fully funded through the Erasmus Project. Students were accompanied by two staff members and stayed at CPIFP Pirámide College in Huesca, in northern Spain. The itinerary covered study, industry related trips and cultural visits. Trip leader and engineering tutor Dan Morris said: ‘This was a unique opportunity for our students. Three had never flown before let alone been abroad. There wasn’t much English spoken locally, the students had taken basic Spanish lessons

at NSC prior to the trip to ensure they could converse. By the end of the fortnight their confidence grew with the language skills and they were able to engage with the locals. Begoña Mallén is Head of Engineering at the College and a brilliant advocate for women in engineering, the students learnt a great deal. This trip was a great opportunity both culturally and vocationally.’ Students undertook practical sessions in the workshop including plumbing, visited a solar farm and a hydroelectric dam, and completed a SolarThermal Course which gave them a unique qualification to complement their core programme in the UK.

Musical director to step down


hris Symons has retired at the end of his 27th season with the Oswestry School Recital Series with an amazing musical finale held in Holy Trinity Church. The world-renowned European Union Chamber Orchestra led the music and the playing throughout was colourful, crisp and clean and, above all, sensitive. The audience was treated first to a lighthearted symphony with the sub-title The Peasant’s Wedding by Leopold Mozart, father of the great Wolfgang. It paved the way delightfully to the most

substantial work of the evening, one of the great man’s piano concertos, numbered K415, in which the solo role was taken by Chris himself and which brought finely-judged interplay between soloist and orchestra. After the interval, a change of style that emphasised how varied is the world of music with Elgar’s Serenade and everyone left in very happy mood after the final work of the evening, a symphony by Haydn. Tributes were paid to numerous other people who have been integral to the Recital Series, not least the piano-tuner Edward Wilkins.

Chris Symons says his farewells at the Oswestry School Recital

Rydal Penrhos pupil Elysia Gilman with her painting of sister, Lydia


gifted artist at Rydal Penrhos School has achieved notable success after winning a prestigious national competition. Elysia Gilman, a Lower Sixth pupil, emerged victorious from the Under 18 category at the annual Museum of Modern Art for Wales competition, and her work went on to be displayed at a high profile exhibition held in Machyntheth this summer. Her painting was one of three she produced this term based on members of her family, and the portrait of her sister Lydia is acrylic on canvas and is one metre square. The 17-year-old was delighted to collect her cash prize and see her painting on display at the opening of the exhibition during the Machyntheth Arts festival.

Head of Art Mark Sherrington, said: ‘The judges were clearly as impressed as me by the freedom, confidence, accuracy and maturity of this piece. The earlier paintings in this series were excellent but you can see how much she has learnt and improved in this final painting. Elysia has a touch and understanding of the medium that is remarkable for a student of only 17 and I am excited to see what she will produce in her final academic year in the Art department. ‘I am delighted for Elysia. It is great that this talented and hardworking pupil has won this National competition and demonstrates the quality of some of the pupils we are lucky enough to teach here at Rydal Penrhos.’

Special concert to mark 40th birthday


hester’s independent school Abbey Gate College hosted a special Gala Concert as it marked its 40th anniversary this summer. As part of the concert, 75 past choir members joined the current choir producing a spectacular sound of 140 voices. The concert was directed by Mr Stewart Smith who is retiring after 39 and a half years as director of music. During this time, he has led a thriving music department with many of his former pupils progressing to careers in opera, music production and cathedral music. At the concert, the audience also enjoyed performances from the Infant and Junior School choir, instrumentalists, and vocalists. The choir has sung in most English cathedrals including London’s St Paul’s

Cathedral, as well as having toured various locations including France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Holland, Denmark and the west and east coast of the USA on two occasions. The concert also welcomed the new head of music, James Andrews who, as well as being a former pupil of the College, is an ex-head chorister of Chester Cathedral and a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire. He begins his post at the start of September 2017.

Forty years of music – Stewart Smith

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S C H O O L S O P E N DAY C A L E N DA R SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER Shrewsbury School staff are hoping to welcome potential sixth form entrants to visit during the day THURSDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER The Marches School Open Evening from 4.30pm to 7.30pm with headteacher talks at 5.30pm and 6.30pm Sir John Talbot’s School Open Evening from 6pm to 8.30pm WEDNESDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER A Year 11 progression event is being held by Shrewsbury Colleges Group for those looking to explore their next steps at Shrewsbury Town Football Club from 4pm to 7.30pm

From left Stuart Bristow, engineering manager at Ricoh; Andy Tromans, learning & development specialist at Ricoh; Andrew Lee, curriculum lead for engineering at Shrewsbury College and Chris Caldwell, lecturer in engineering at Shrewsbury College


hrewsbury College’s Engineering Department has received a commercial robot donation from Ricoh, the company that has pioneered technological innovation for over 80 years. Ricoh was first established in 1936 and is now a multinational imaging and electronics company, with a manufacturing site in Telford. Shrewsbury College and Ricoh UK Products Ltd have since worked together through Shrewsbury College’s Business Solutions team, who focus on Apprenticeships and employer links. This month, Ricoh has officially donated their FANUC

robot to Shrewsbury College, which will enable students to continue to get to grips with industry-standard technologies, as part of the engineering processes they are learning. Andrew Lee, Curriculum Lead for Engineering at Shrewsbury College, said: ‘We are honoured to work with Ricoh and to receive the donation of their FANUC robot.’ Andy Tromans from Ricoh, said: ‘It is a pleasure to help enhance the learning of future engineers as the sector develops and help to build the talent to secure key individuals for the future.’ For more info visit www.shrewsbury.ac.uk



n International Women in Engineering Day, former Shrewsbury High School pupil Emilie Weaving was named as the winner of the GDST emerging talent award for engineering 2017, an annual award that this year focused on engineering. Emilie impressed the judges with her passion for engineering, motorcycles and her determination to succeed in a career that is especially male dominated (even for engineering). She is currently a higher apprentice at JCB Power Systems and is studying for her mechanical engineering degree at Sheffield Hallam University. However, where Emilie’s passion truly lies is with motorcycles and in her spare time she has been a race technician with the British Superstock Championships. With this award she will be able to develop her own business and upgrade her workshop with machining equipment, helping to enable her goal of having a custom vehicle garage and deepen her involvement with motorcycle racing.

She is keen to give girls confidence to pursue ‘alternative’ careers and raise awareness of engineering. Commenting on her award she said: ‘This award will give me the opportunity to raise the profile of female mechanical engineers and technicians. I am very grateful to the GDST for awarding me this prize to help fund my career development by purchasing machining equipment for my workshop.’

WEDNESDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER Shrewsbury Colleges Group are holding another Year 11 progression event at the Park Inn Telford for Telford school leavers who want to investigate their options from 4pm to 7.30pm THURSDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER Year 5 and 6 pupils and parents are welcome to take a tour of Ysgol Dinas Brân in Llangollen starting from 6pm in the School Hall SATURDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER Moreton Hall Senior School Open Day starts at 10am and will give you and your family the chance to take a closer look at the school, the boarding facilities, meet the staff and students. FRIDAY 6TH OCTOBER Prospective parents are invited to visit Rydal Penrhos Prep School for their open morning from 9am to 12.30pm SATURDAY 7TH OCTOBER Oswestry School will be holding their open morning at the school from 9am to 12.30pm North Shropshire College will have an open day at their Shipley Campus from 10am to 2pm Rydal Penrhos will open its doors to welcome visitors to the Senior School from 9am to 1pm THURSDAY 12TH OCTOBER Check out the A level courses available at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College between 5pm and 8pm at both the Welsh Bridge and English Bridge campuses FRIDAY 13TH OCTOBER Prestfelde Prep School is holding its open morning from 10.30am to 12.20pm and 11+ scholarship applications are now being taken. SATURDAY 14TH OCTOBER North Shropshire College will have an open day at their Walford Campus, near Baschurch, from 10am to 2pm TUESDAY 17TH OCTOBER Oswestry School Sixth Form Information evening will be held from 6pm to 9pm, go along and find out what the school can offer 16-18 year olds. WEDNESDAY 18TH OCTOBER The Oswestry Campus of North Shropshire College will open its doors from 5pm to 8pm Shrewsbury Sixth Form College will open the doors at both its Welsh Bridge and English Bridge campuses again to welcome students interested in the A level option available from 5pm to 8pm THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER North Shropshire College will welcome visitors to their Aspire Centre site at Burford from 3.30pm to 7pm The Marches School Sixth Form Open Evening from 6pm to 7.30pm Sir John Talbot’s School Sixth Form Open Evening from 6pm to 7pm THURSDAY 2ND NOVEMBER Shrewsbury College will be opening its doors to welcome students interested in its vocational courses, such as art, fashion and photography, from 5pm to 8pm at the English Bridge campus FRIDAY 3RD NOVEMBER Visit Moor Park school from 10am to 12.30pm and experience an environment to ignite the imagination. Please book in advance with the registrar on head@moorpark.org.uk SATURDAY 4TH NOVEMBER Entrants in to the third and fourth form are welcome to visit Shrewsbury School by booking a place online at www.shrewsbury.org.uk/open-daysand-booking-form

Emilie Weaving at work

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Hospital legend’s tale retold

From left, Marie Carter, Archives Officer and Victoria Sugden, Charity Director of the League of Friends, with copies of the reprinted book, stand next to a portrait of Dame Agnes Hunt that hangs in the main entrance of RJAH

Marking 150 years since the birth of one of Shropshire’s most notable figures, the autobiography of Dame Agnes Hunt has been republished. The book, which chronicles the life of one of medicines true pioneers, is now on sale with proceeds supporting the hospital named in her honour


gnes Hunt was born in 1866 in London but was brought up at Boreatton Park in Baschurch, the sixth of 11 children. When her mother was widowed the family made what at the time would have been a dramatic decision and moved to Australia, where they lived on a farm. Agnes had suffered from septicaemia as a child and been left with a hip disability but the problem also sparked an early interest in the medical world. A developing passion for healing and caring meant that Agnes returned to England in 1887 to train as a nurse at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Rhyl, Wales.

which saw both medics excel in their fields and eventually the partnership gave its name to the hospital, which is proud to still be called the Robert Jones and Agnes Orthopaedic Hunt Hospital (RJAH). The surgeon became a regular visitor to the children’s home, which was also used to treat wounded soldiers during the war, and together the pair built an operating theatre, as well as introducing the use of x-rays for diagnosis.

Royal recognition In 1918, Agnes was awarded the Royal Red Cross for her contribution during the war, and when funding A nursing pioneer was provided the hospital moved She went on to excel in her career, to premises at Oswestry with the and is often credited with being the addition of a nurse training centre founder of modern too. Over the years orthopaedics. She this has developed later opened a and expanded to convalescent home, become the centre the Baschurch of excellence it is Children’s hospital, today and now its in 1900. She was a proud past is being great believer in the marked with a year power of fresh air of celebration, for treatment and which includes made contact with the reprinting of surgeon Robert Dame Agnes’s RJAH patient care during wartime Jones to ask him autobiography, about her own condition in 1901. entitled This is My Life. The communication led to a long Proceeds from the sale of the professional and personal friendship books will go the hospital’s League

of Friends, and it is available from their shop in the main entrance priced at £9.99. Mark Brandreth, Chief Executive of RJAH, said: ‘I have become familiar with Dame Agnes’s story since taking up my post here, and it really is the most remarkable legacy that she has left behind. Her book is enlightening and entertaining, and I am delighted that we have been able to arrange for a special edition to be printed in our year of celebration.’ Victoria Sugden, Charity Director of the League of Friends, added: ‘We were only too happy to provide support to reprint Dame Agnes’s autobiography when we were first approached. So much of what we do is about supporting the hospital in making improvements with the future in mind. ‘This is about celebrating our illustrious history, and in our year of celebration that is so appropriate. It is a great read and I would urge patients, visitors and staff alike to get hold of a copy.’

DIY ME by Brian Stone

My life needs a screwdriver to tighten my screws I feel like I’m coming apart today is a good one to replace my fuse and stand up to make a new start Be honest be truthful with thy own self and open your heart of all hearts now tighten those screws, adjust the bolts I’m a person of many good parts.

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As so many of us have children big and small heading back for a new term this month we thought we’d share with you an enduring favourite by top poet Roger McGough to get you in the mood. Please do keep sending us your own verse too, as we’d love to print a selection each edition and share your words with our readers. Send your poetry submissions to us here at editorial@shiremagazine.co.uk

A millionbillionwillion miles from home Waiting for the bell to go. (To go where?) Why are they all so big, other children? So noisy? So much at home they Must have been born in uniform Lived all their lives in playgrounds Spent the years inventing games That don’t let me in. Games That are rough, that swallow you up. And the railings. All around, the railings. Are they to keep out wolves and monsters? Things that carry off and eat children? Things you don’t take sweets from? Perhaps they’re to stop us getting out Running away from the lessins. Lessin. What does a lessin look like? Sounds small and slimy. They keep them in the glassrooms. Whole rooms made out of glass. Imagine. I wish I could remember my name Mummy said it would come in useful. Like wellies. When there’s puddles. Yellowwellies. I wish she was here. I think my name is sewn on somewhere Perhaps the teacher will read it for me. Tea-cher. The one who makes the tea. Roger McGough

1st, 2nd and 3rd September Gladfest returns to Hawarden for its fifth year, celebrating writers with readings and signings all weekend, as well as a thriving marketplace featuring local designers, contemporary crafts and a bookstall. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, Flintshire Weekend tickets are priced at £55, day tickets at £30 www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events 13th September Booka Bookshop presents an evening with acclaimed author A N Wilson, who will discuss his new biography, Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker, shedding light on one of the most fascinating and disputed figures in history. Begins a 7.30pm (doors open 7pm) University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Tickets cost £10 (£5 redeemable against a signed copy). 9th September Don’t miss Anglesey Writing Festival, a day of talks, book signings and workshops (including two in Welsh), which concludes with a celebration concert in the evening where musicians, local writers and festival attendees will perform their work. Tickets cost £25 (including light lunch) and £10 for the concert. www.angleseywritingfestival.co.uk 25th September Linghams Bookshop presents an evening with writer Salley Vickers, author of Dancing Backwards, Where Three Roads Meet and Miss Garnet’s Angel, who will be launching her latest work, Cousins. Tickets cost £7 www.linghams.co.uk 2nd October Writer Adam Kay launches his debut novel This Is Going To Hurt at Linghams Bookshop, based on his past experience as a junior doctor. Doors open at 7pm Tickets cost £10 (redeemable against the book) 19th October Once a BBC favourite, Rosie Millard quit the corporation in pursuit of a writing career. Now, with several rom-com novels under her belt, she is launching her latest book, The Brazilian, with a special event at Linghams Bookshop.


Autumn is the perfect time to curl up with a good book, so here are a few recommendations from the experts at Linghams book shop in Heswall The Last Tudor Philippa Gregory No one knows the Tudors like Philippa Gregory, and in her latest offering, she explores the courts of Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, as well as the story of Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Days Queen, narrated by Jane herself and her sisters Katherine and Mary. A gripping read for fans of historical fiction.

A Column of Fire Ken Follett The Kingsbridge series has enthralled millions of readers with its riveting take on Tudor England and the latest volume, the third in the series, continues the saga of starcrossed lovers Ned and Margery. As Elizabeth I takes the throne, they find themselves caught in the midst of political turmoil. At over 700 pages long, it’s not for the faint-hearted, but those with an interest in Tudor politics will find this truly thrilling.

The Upstairs Room Kate Murray Browne Eleanor and Richard recently stretched themselves to the limit to buy their family home, a Victorian townhouse with ample space for their family to grow and play. They soon realise they can’t quite afford the house and decide to take in a lodger. Eleanor is extremely uneasy, not just about sharing the house, but something doesn’t feel quite right. A spine-tingling tale for fans of Sarah Waters and Emma Healey. You’ll want to keep the lights on when reading this one at night.

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What’s in your Stars? Aries: 20th March – 20th April

Where would we be without the moon giving us gravity? Thankfully, I don’t have to answer that but a full moon’s danger this autumn and emotions will rocket unless you look for the ridiculous in a quarrel, find it and laugh it off! You’ve courage, boldness now add patience as an essential to hold yourself and a situation together.

Cancer: 21st June – 23rd July

Trick or treat? You’ll either love or hate Halloween. It’s said the veils between worlds are at their thinnest and soul can meet soul. Many traditions and rituals abound, the masks worn in old times were used to disguise the mischief making. Whatever high jinks someone’s up to now you’ll see through the camouflage, clarity’s your strong point at present.

Libra: 23rd September – 22nd October

I never had a piece of toast particularly long and wide, but fell upon the sanded floor and always on the buttered side. Sounds familiar? But phases begin and end, a Libran new moon activates a fresh chapter in your birthday year improving things in knowledge that experience is a great teacher although sometimes it’s sent in some terrific bills!

Capricorn: 21st December – 20th January

It’s more difficult to be enthusiastic when raining or cloudy but the sun’s still there, just waiting to break through and bring all the colours of the rainbow. As an individual to whom duty is a burden, try looking at it this way: there’s no duty so underrated as that of being happy. In making someone else feel this way then it ensures your happiness too. Tiny insight but big dividends.

Taurus: 20th April – 21st May

You expect a great deal from your closest companion and current trends suggest observing how much time you’re spending on what makes you happiest. Astrological patterns and cyclic events indicate changes in your expression are required. No crystal ball needed just a look at your life and what’s required to make the most of it – are you expecting too much?

Leo: 23rd July – 23rd August

In Egyptian mythology, the hawk was a bird of the sun and in astrological lore, the sun rules your sign of Leo so what does this say about you? No doubt you’re the sunniest individual of the zodiac soaring high in your world, so high sometimes others cannot reach your lofty heights. Enough said about a current inflammable issue!

Scorpio: 23rd October – 22nd November

In astronomy, Jupiter’s the largest known planet in our galaxy; in astrology it represents expansion. It’s travelling through your sign and a favourable pattern of circumstances is descending on joint financial contracts/investments providing an opportunity to expand where resources have been limited making sure good fortune isn’t scattered otherwise it’ll waste what’s on offer.

Aquarius: 20th January – 19th February

As an astrologer I’m often asked ‘What does the future hold for me?’ My answer is always ‘I don’t know.’ If we could predict the future we would not be happier anyway because as there are good times so there are bad ones too. What I can say is emphasis on your financial affairs asks for better management. Avoid risky schemes!

Gemini: 21st May – 21st June

Here comes autumn – the time when nights get a little longer and days a little shorter, occasion to withdraw and think about reconciliation especially with family. They’re the cloak we need around us as winter approaches so study the art of listening because you own the unspoken word but once uttered it belongs to another and you can never take it back!

Virgo: 23rd August – 23rd September

Venus and Mars symbolise the value of love and self assertion both featuring for you now so if you’ve a romantic goal then pursue it! Several levels exist to suit each Virgo, those already in a relationship can profit by showing appreciation, those single can show your worth by expressing those wonderful qualities of understanding, either way you cannot lose in coupledom.

Sagittarius: 22nd November – 21st December

If one word describes you it’s ‘seeker’ because you’ve a ‘need to know’ basis written into your life script that’s been blanking you. A safety catch has been operating stopping you taking on more than is manageable, frustrating but useful at times. This time sequence is over so see all, hear all and know all – just don’t always show it!

Pisces: 19th February – 20th March

A September full moon in Pisces is a time for reflection and thoughts about the recent past. Vision is the art of seeing what some others cannot and for you this is a window to look through and see if you could have done things better. You can always change the view by looking at things from a different angle.

Gloria studied astrology and astronomy over an intensive two year period at The Faculty of Astrological Studies in London twenty seven years ago. She has since written for many publications, appeared numerous times on television and has an impressive client list. The legendary Fay Weldon calls her ‘magic’ and the BBC’s icon Valerie Singleton calls her ‘sensitive’. You can reach her on starglow@pc-q.net or through her website: www.gloriamans.com 134 SHIRE MAGAZINE | September/October 2017

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Pet charities share £150K legacy

They say every dog has its day, and it seems two animal associations are enjoying theirs, after receiving a windfall thanks to the will of a generous local benefactor

From left, Nicky Owen, of North Clwyd Animal Rescue, Danielle Perrin, of Swayne Johnson, and Carol Roberts, Manager of the Abandoned Animals Association, make friends with boxer cross puppies.


wo North Wales pet charities are celebrating after sharing almost £150,000 from a dog-lover’s will. North Clwyd Animal Rescue, based at Trelogan in Flintshire, and the Abandoned Animals Association, from Prestatyn, were left the gift by Audrey Jones from Kinmel Bay. The bequests came out of the blue for the two delighted charities who have been looking

after unwanted pets for many years and are planning to make good use of the windfalls. North Clwyd Animal Rescue was founded by Anne Owen in 1978 when a tiny lurcher dog was abandoned on her doorstep in Trelogan. Now it cares for over 1,800 animals a year, mainly dogs, cats and rabbits, at a cost of £1,000 a day, with five dedicated charity shops in Denbigh, Prestatyn, Abergele, Mold and Colwyn Bay.

CYCLING FESTIVAL TO RAISE MONEY FOR MACMILLAN Having previously raised more than £20,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, organisers of the Ludlow Cycling Festival are gearing up to make this year’s festival even bigger and better. Cyclists from across the West Midlands are expected to descend on Ludlow Rugby Club on Sunday 17th September, for what will be the fourth festival, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Local cancer survivor and

festival organiser, Ashley Green, in partnership with Islabikes, is hoping this year’s event will encourage even more people to get out on their bikes to help support people living with cancer. There’s something for everyone, with routes and races for every level and age group, picnic stops and wild swims along the way and entertainment for all the family. Go online to www.ludlow cyclingfestival.co.uk

The charity was delighted to be contacted by law firm Swayne Johnson, executors of the will, as Anne knew Audrey well. Anne says: ‘Audrey was a lovely person and she had adopted a Jack Russell cross called Sonny from us whom her neighbour has agreed to look after while we take care of any vet’s bills. ‘She adopted a number of dogs from us and had been saying for years that she would leave us a bequest, but we never dreamed it would be for so much.’ AUDREY’S LEGACY Prestatyn’s Abandoned Animal Association was also delighted to find it had been remembered in Audrey’s will and it hopes to use the money to improve the facilities it has created for animals at its Little Pydew home. The charity was founded in 1986 by Olwen Edwards and has 15 dog kennels and eight cat pens, and also occasionally looks after homeless rabbits and guinea pigs.

DID YOU KNOW? Nearly £2 billion is left in wills to charitable causes each year

Manager Carol Roberts says: ‘This legacy is one of the biggest we’ve ever had. It was a lovely surprise. We’d like to use it to fence in the sensory garden where we have scented herbs, a sandpit, gravel and other things for the dogs to experience. This would allow us to let the dogs enjoy this off their leads.’ Sarah Norton, Managing Director of Swayne Johnson, says: ‘Audrey was clearly very attached to her pets and had adopted dogs from both charities and given them a loving home. ‘She was keen to help these worthy charities and it underlines how important it is to make a will to ensure that your wishes are carried out and your estate is settled in the way you want.’

GLORIOUS GARDEN THERAPY The Erlas Victorian Walled Garden, based in the grounds of the Erlas Centre in Wrexham is more than just a peaceful hive of horticulture. Formerly known as Bryn Estyn, it is run as a charity to promote the health and development of those with learning disabilities, and other marginalised people, by providing meaningful daytime activities, education and work experience in a therapeutic garden and its surrounding areas. Over the last 15 years, through the activities of over 150 beneficiaries, and 250 volunteers, a neglected area of land has been transformed, with two walled gardens, a wildlife area with a kilometre of disabled footpaths, plus a Victorian Arboretum of eight acres. It’s a tranquil haven set either side of a small valley and has a rich bio-diversity and heritage dating back

to 1850, when it provided much of the food for the manor. The site is home to unique insects and bird life and supports the growing of grape vines, nectarines, peaches and figs and many other fruits and vegetables. There are ambitious plans to further develop the site, including adding a café with a training kitchen and a small retail shop, to offer more opportunities for community members to get involved and improve their skllls. Volunteers are always welcome to join and help in all areas. To find out more and offer your time, visit www.erlas.org

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Our readers have continued to keep in touch with us and we love hearing from you, whether it is with feedback on the magazine, suggestions for features and content or with your own submissions. We’ve picked out a few of our favourites here and hope you keep writing to us and sending in pictures of whatever subject you are sharing with the team here at Shire. As always, email us at editorial@ shiremagazine.co.uk and don’t forget to include a photograph if it’s relevant to your letter. If you’ve missed a copy or would just like another one to keep, feel free to send us a SAE with £1.60 of postage paid and a note

to let us know which issue you would like. We look forward to hearing more from you over the coming weeks at the address below! Keep in touch, from all the team here at Shire Magazine

Write to us at: Shire Magazine, PO Box 276, Oswestry Shropshire SY10 1FR

YARN BOMBING ‘I have just read the first edition of your magazine and I would like to introduce you to Llwyngwril Yarn Bombing. For the past three years we have decorated our village with ‘Woolly wonders’ to raise funds for our community centre, Y Ganolfan Llwyngwril. The village is just South of Dolgellau on the Cambroan coast railway and the coastal path and I thought you might like to see a few photos of the colourful event itself. The pictures are from last year’s bombing and we always have a theme – this year it is Myths and Legends.’

SUPER SNAPS We’ve received these two excellent entries for the photo competition, ‘Where I live’, from George Nash and Sandra Oliver. They’re too good to leave out so we’ve included on the Letters page! Thanks George and Sandra, these are great pictures. The next photo competition is entitled: ‘What makes me smile’ – see page 100 for details.

Many thanks Pat Griffiths CAR BOOT SALE ‘I’d like to tell your readers about our car boot sale on Saturday 23rd September at the Wem Rec, it’s open from 9am-2pm, and you can set up from 8am, cost is only £6 per pitch. For more info ring 01939 232963. All proceeds to Hope House.’ Ann Whitfield

THANKS SHIRE! ‘We recently received our complimentary tickets for the Royal Welsh Show. These were a prize in a competition in your magazine. We visited the show on 24th July and thoroughly enjoyed the day, which, happily, was warm, sunny and dry. Thanks for such a great day out!’ John and Alexandra Spencer


in October at Grange Court in Leominster details as follows: Leominster Historical Society Talk on The Victorian Portents of Death by Dr Helen Frisby, Wednesday 18th October, 7.30pm at Grange Court, Pinsley Road, Leominster, HR6 8NL. Members free, visitors, £3 on the door. Many thanks for helping with the above.’

‘I read your magazine in a cafe in Ludlow and found it very interesting. You state that it can be found in TICs. Herefordshire has only one full time TIC and that is in Leominster in Corn Square: they don’t have copies but would like to have them. The copy I read in Ludlow was the only one they had so I left it with them for others to read. Whilst writing I would like a plug for our meeting

Yours faithfully Will Pridie, LHS Chairman

F E E D B AC K ‘I picked up your magazine from a local supermarket this morning. I started reading it after my lunch and finished it at 4pm having read it from cover to cover. This is a rare treat as normally I get bored with magazines after about half an hour and finish them off the next time I pick them up, so well done on keeping my attention for so long. Keep up the good work!’ Lynne Taylor ‘Thank you a great deal for publishing my first post of pictures. I really enjoy the magazine, keep it up.’ Gary Leroy Crawford ‘I love your magazine and have found it to be the most comprehensive events finder in the area. I am a warden at Emral Gardens Caravan Park near Bangor on Dee. We and our visitors are always looking for events in the area. Keep up the good work in producing such a brilliant magazine.’ Marlene Buckley ‘I really think this magazine is great. I have referred to it throughout the summer for planning trips and weekends away. It’s without doubt the most useful magazine I’ve read. I love the layout and the What’s On in brief columns especially.’ Linda Rowe

Many thanks Will, yes we will look into distributing to TICs, but as you say many are open part-time. The best place to pick the magazine up in Herefordshire is in the big supermarkets, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Tesco in Hereford and Leominster, and in Ludlow just over the border in Shropshire. Do please keep on reading and spreading the word! Shire editorial team

POST ME A COPY ‘Is it possible to obtain a hard copy of the July/August Shire Magazine for North Wales and Shropshire. I missed it in our local store and have friends visiting and would like to offer the very useful content for them to choose their activities. Please let me know if a copy could be posted to me, I would of course pay postage.’ Cath Donaldson ● Thanks for getting in touch Cath. If you and any other readers who have missed or would like extra copies of the magazine that we would be happy to post one out to them. Simply send an SAE for £1.60 to the address above. Shire editorial team

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SHIRE MAGAZINE’S FANTASTIC COMPETITIONS! This edition of Shire Magazine is packed with amazing opportunities for our readers once again. We have all sorts of tickets to events and outings that will appeal to everyone so make sure to post your entry to be in with a chance of winning. Send us the entry form below, or a copy of it, or a postcard with all your details on, before the closing date – and keep your fingers crossed!

Just remember the old saying: you’ve got to be in it to win it!

Congratulations to our lucky winners from the July/August issue!

Jane, Telford, Annual family membership to Gregynog Hall

Diane, Tarporley, Eileen, Whitchurch, VIP tickets to Family tickets for Rhyl Air Show the Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Shirley, Holywell, Tickets to Shrewsbury Flower Show

Alan, Whitchurch, Annual family pass to Ironbridge Gorge Museums

Elsie, Broughton, Tickets to Dirty Dancing at Venue Cymru

Ian, Oswestry, Julia, Ellesmere, Tickets to Ludlow Tickets to Lets Food Festival Hang On at the Rhyl Pavilion

WIN: One of three annual family memberships for Gregynog Hall and its 750 acres of grounds including its renowned Grade I listed formal gardens. The membership, worth £25, allows free admission to the estate and formal gardens, including some events. Open 8am-8pm or dawn to dusk in the winter for the estate and for the formal gardens between seasonal opening times. CLOSING DATE 20th October

WIN: A pair of tickets worth up to £80 to see Grease at Venue Cymru from 14th to 19th of November. Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and watch Danny and Sandy fall in love all over again. It’s the original high-school musical, featuring all the unforgettable hits from the hit movie including You’re The One That I Want, Greased Lightening, Summer Nights, and many, many more. CLOSING DATE 20th October

WIN: A family ticket (two adults and two children) to use on either the Ffestiniog Railway or the Welsh Highland railway worth £48. These heritage tracks stretch for 40 miles through the Snowdonia National Park, allowing you to experience the magnificent scenery from the comfort of gleaming steam engines and carriages. Valid until July 2018, not including special events. CLOSING DATE 20th October

WIN: A family ticket for two adults and three children, worth £25, to visit the National Cycle Museum in Llandrindod Wells and receive a £20 hardback book as a souvenir. The museum is one of the leading cycle museums in the world and home to over 260 cycles from an 1816 Hobby Horse, Victorian solidtyred machines, classic lightweights to the latest carbon-fibre designs. CLOSING DATE 20th October

WIN: The chance for two people to do a full white-water rafting session at the National Whitewater Centre in Bala worth £140. This two hour session takes you crashing down the Upper Tryweryn’s grade 3-4 natural, Welsh mountain rapids, with time to usually fit in four challenging runs of the 1.5km section! Minimum age is 12, and all rafters must be able to swim 25m. CLOSING DATE 20th October

WIN: Two pairs of tickets to any day of the Gwledd Conwy Feast, worth £27 and the opportunity to explore, sample and celebrate the fabulous food that surrounds us. The feast will showcase the best local produce, offers entertainment and music late into the evening plus plenty of hands-on workshops for visitors young and old to enjoy. CLOSING DATE 14th October

WIN: A pair of tickets to see top class World Championship rallying over the autumn half-term break at the very special family friendly RallyFest at Cholmondeley Castle on Saturday 28th October. A full day’s entertainment for all ages, the RallyFest is just one of the many Wales Rally GB highlights and this pair of tickets are worth £46. CLOSING DATE 14th October

WIN: Two family tickets (both admitting two adults and two children) to the Bonfire Night at Alderford Lake on Saturday 4th November, worth £24 each! Event opens 5pm, bonfire at 6pm and sound sensitive firework display at 7pm, before the main display at 8pm. Fairground rides, hot food and licensed bar will all be available. CLOSING DATE 20th October

HOW TO ENTER: Simply fill in the form with your answer circled (you’ll need to read the magazine to find it!), and include your name, address and daytime contact number. Send it by the closing date to Tickets Competition, Shire Magazine, PO Box 276, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 1FR. Winners will be notified by email, so don’t forget to include your email address. Question: Author Stephen King suffers from a fear of...? a) Clowns b) Heights c) The number 13

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COMING NEXT ISSUE It’s hard to believe that Christmas will soon be upon us, so in our November/December issue we’ll be getting into the spirit with a look at all things festive. Here is a preview of our main features to come…

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without a feast, so we’re busy gathering top tips and recipes from chefs across the region to guarantee a gourmet day.

Shop til you drop

Winter warmers Don’t miss our essential guide to how to keep your home cosy and warm over the winter months, with expert advice and some brilliant tips to keep you snug as a bug.

Your town Start your Christmas shopping in style with our gift guide, featuring ideas for every family member, unusual presents to surprise loved ones and a round-up of the most popular vouchers for this year.

Our next edition will feature some unique places! We’ll be reporting back from the beautiful towns of Ledbury, Beaumaris and Crewe, with lots of inspiring ideas on things to do and see. W H AT ’ S O N T H I S W E E K E N D ?

Don’t go anywhere without checking our packed 70-page guide to events across the area. Our What’s On section will be bursting with ideas for days out and excursions to help you plan every outing.

GET IN TOUCH! …at Shire Magazine, we want to hear from you! 1. Tell us about your upcoming events: Just remember that we work in advance so October 1st is the deadline for events news for the next issue, November/December.

Parties and parades Wrap up warm and head out and about to one of the area’s amazing winter parades, Christmas fairs or seasonal festivals. Get into the spirit with our look at the best events around this year.

2. Share your reader stories: Have you got an extraordinary or exciting story to tell? We’d like to feature it in the next issue to share with our readers. Send us an email, and don’t forget to include a picture or two! 3. We have lots of things for readers to contribute to: Send all your submissions and information by email to editorial@shiremagazine.co.uk or call 01691 661 270.

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