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Telford AUGUST 2009

HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR TOWN? THE TOP RATED PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN TELFORD COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY GUIDE LATEST TELFORD NEWS & VIEWS AND MUCH MUCH MORE!


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CONTENTS 04 our town 12 health & beauty 16 home from home

Welcome to the second issue of HOME IS TELFORD, the new monthly community magazine for residents and businesses of Telford!

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Thank you to everyone who has given us their feedback and opinion on our first issue - we’ve been really pleased with the positive comments - and to everyone who has advertised in this issue!

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34 sport & leisure

44 community

BUYING LOCAL We all know that the current economic climate is proving challenging for the majority of local businesses so it’s even more important than ever to support our local traders. Telford is particularly blessed with great businesses and suppliers who place the utmost importance in superb customer service. As well as getting a good service and product, buying locally has many indirect benefits for the community. Local employment is the most obvious benefit, not just for the business selling the product but also for businesses further down the supply chain. Spending money with local traders also makes it far more likely that they will do the same. Please support local traders and do your bit to boost business in your home town!

Mike Lynch, Editor, Home is Telford

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NEWS ROUNDUP Here’s your monthly update on what’s been happening in and around your town!

TELFORD BEST PLACE IN THE UK TO DRIVE Telford has been crowned the UK’s most car-friendly place, according to new research from Virgin Money Car Insurance. Telford has overtaken last year’s winner Dundee and seen off stiff competition from car friendly hotspots including Newcastle, Blackpool and Sunderland. The Virgin Money Car Insurance researchers rated the UK’s 50 largest populated towns and cities on a range of criteria including petrol prices; the cost of parking for two hours and the number of speed cameras on main roads into the town or city. It also took into consideration the number of car parks and the level of car crime, weighted to reflect the population numbers. According to the Virgin Money researchers, Telford offers motorists the best all-round driving experience, scoring highly on all five measures and topping the list of cities and towns for the generous number of car parks it offers. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF DRIVING IN TELFORD? Email us with your views at feedback@homeistelford.co.uk

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COUNCIL PULLS OUT OF TSLEC SCHEME

RAIL TERMINAL OPENS

Telford Council have decided not to pursue a bid to create the Telford Sports, Learning & Enterprise Community (TSLEC) at the AFC Telford football ground.

The £8 million Telford International Railfreight park at Hortonwood was officially opened in June by Theresa Villiers, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport.

The Council will instead concentrate on building sports facilities at five sites across Telford and Wrekin, including on the site of four new schools.

The terminal was part funded by the Council, Advantage West Midlands, Homes and Communities Agency and the European Regional Development Fund.

These will include:

Cllr Eric Carter, Cabinet Member Regeneration for Telford & Wrekin Council, said: “This will make the borough a more attractive place for business and will boost job creation and will firmly underline the point that Telford and Wrekin has the right infrastructure for business and is ready to meet the challenges of the future.”

• A pool and ‘whole life’ fitness centre at the Abraham Darby Learning Community which will be fully open in 2012. • Sport and community rooms at The Lakeside Learning Community Centre in Stirchley • An improved sports and leisure facility as part of the new Oakengates Learning Community which will incorporate the Sutherland Business and Enterprise College • Brand new community sports facilities as part of the new Priorslee Learning Community on the old Celestica site • Establishing an international community tennis hub in Telford at the Hadley Learning Community AFC Telford have expressed their disappointment at the Council decision and are now reviewing their options.

HAWK APOLLO AND COUNCIL PLEDGE JOINT APPROACH Hark Apollo and Telford & Wrekin Council have agreed to settle their differences over the continuing dispute involving the sale of the council offices to Asda. The two parties have also agreed to work together to ensure their respective ambitious plans for the town centre compliment each other, all of which bodes well for the future of the town.

PRINCESS ROYAL RATED EXCELLENT The National Patient Safety Agency has rated the Princess Royal hospital as excellent in all categories. NHS sites and NHS Trusts are each given scores from 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent) for standards of environment, food and dignity and privacy within buildings. Assessments are carried out by NHS staff (nurses, matrons, doctors, catering and domestic service managers, executive and non-executive directors, dieticians and estates directors). Patients, patient representatives and members of the public are also part of this assessment process.

BUSHELL CLAIMS GOLD MEDAL Telford’s Mickey Bushell has set a 100m wheelchair world record at a recent meeting in Switzerland. The 19 year old clocked 14.69 seconds, beating the previous record by three one hundredths of a second. The world record follows his silver medal at the Beijing Olympics last summer.

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Telford EDITOR Mike Lynch COMMERCIAL MANAGER Alison Lynch TELEPHONE 01952 201657 EMAIL enquiries@homeistelford.co.uk WEB SITE www.homeistelford.co.uk ADDRESS Unit 31 Business Development Centre Stafford Park 4 Telford TF3 3BA Whilst every care is taken to ensure that the contents of this publication are accurate, the publishers and contributors cannot accept any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions for any reason. HOME IS TELFORD does not endorse any advertising material published within this magazine and does not accept responsibility for any claims made by advertisers or for the views or comments expressed by contributors. © Copyright 2009 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any form without the prior written permission of the publisher.

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NEWS ROUNDUP SNOOKER RETURNS TO TELFORD Snooker’s second biggest ranking tournament, the UK Championship, will be staged at the Telford International Centre for the third consecutive year in 2009. The tournament, which will feature 32 of the world’s best players including Ronnie O’Sullivan, Stephen Hendry, Mark Selby, Betfred.com World Champion John Higgins and defending champion Shaun Murphy, will run from December 5 to 13. A World Snooker spokesman said: “We have been delighted with the success of the tournament at Telford over the past two years and we are looking forward to returning in December. The fans in the Shropshire area have shown their enthusiasm for snooker as the crowds for the event have been very strong.” “The International Centre has proved a fitting location for one of our biggest events, and many of the players have also given their endorsement to the facilities at the venue and the atmosphere in the playing arena.” Telford’s top player Adrian Gunnell, currently the world No 42, will compete in the qualifying rounds, to be staged at Pontin’s, Prestatyn, from November 23-30, and needs to win two matches to get to play at the International Centre.

HINDU CENTRE SET FOR TELFORD The former community centre in Dawley Bank is set to become a Hindu Cultural Resource Centre and temple, with a scheduled opening for the end of the year.

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The Hindu Cultural Resource Centre (HCRC) group has raised £50,000

towards the project and plan to secure lottery funding to provide a full-time manager for the new centre.

COUNCIL ANNOUNCE BUDDY SCHEME Telford and Wrekin Council is looking for volunteers to become ‘buddies’ to help motivate others to join in physical exercise. The new ‘Inclusive Leisure Scheme’ will set up a network of community volunteers or ‘buddies’ who can help disabled adults take part in a range of leisure activities.

fulfil further employment in this field.” The Inclusive Leisure Scheme is being co-ordinated by Telford & Wrekin Council and funded by Sport England as part of the Community Investment Fund. Residents interested in becoming a ‘buddy’ can call 01952 382603 or email inclusiveleisure@telford.gov.uk

SCHOOL GOVERNORS WANTED IN TELFORD

Throughout the programme, volunteers will be fully trained and supported by the council. They’ll also be reimbursed for travel expenses and given free use of council gym and leisure facilities.

Telford & Wrekin Council has teamed up with a national charity in a drive to recruit new volunteer school governors in the town. The link with School Governors’ One Stop Shop is aimed at filling the 140 vacancies that exist in the borough in various categories of governor.

Cllr Miles Hosken, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “The scheme is part of the council’s drive to improve the quality of life of everyone in Telford and Wrekin and it’s hoped the volunteers will gain useful experience, friendship and if successful, references to help them

Anyone who is interested in the role should not hesitate to get in contact with Pam Richardson, the governor placement manager at School Governors’ One Stop Shop on 0207 288 9539 or email pamala. richardson@sgoss.org.uk


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UKIP WIN SECOND EURO SEAT UKIP were the big winners at the June European elections as Labour saw its share of the vote drop by over six per cent in our region TOP SIX PARTIES

VOTES TOTAL

VOTES %

MEPS TOTAL

MEP NAMES

1 Conservative

396,847 28.1% (+0.7)

2 (no change)

Philip Bradbourn Malcolm Harbour

2 UK Independence Party

300,471 21.3% (+3.8)

2 (+1)

Mike Nattrass Nikki Sinclaire

3 Labour

240,201 17.0% (-6.4)

1 (-1)

Michael Cashman

4 Liberal Democrats

170,246 12.0% (-1.7)

1 (no change)

Liz Lynne

5 British National Party

121,967

8.6% (+1.1)

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88,244

6.2% (+1.1)

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6 Green Party

TOTAL VOTES CAST

1,413,036

The European elections in June saw the West Midlands region swing away from Labour and return a second UKIP MEP to the European Parliament. The conservatives topped the poll with 28.1% of the vote, retaining their two existing MEPs. UKIP finished second in the West Midlands with 21% of the vote, beating Labour and the Liberal Democrats into third and fourth place respectively. The BNP had predicted that they would win a seat in the West Midlands but their 8.6% of the vote was not enough to gain a seat. The turn out was disappointing, with only 35% of the electorate turning up at the ballot stations to vote.

New MEP Nikki Sinclaire made a name for herself on the night of the count when she accused the main party candidates of being ‘fascists and dictators’ in her acceptance speech. Commenting on the results, returned Labour MEP Michael Cashman said: “It was clearly a disappointing night for the Labour Party and the West Midlands has lost a great representative in Neena Gill.” “The fact that Neena will be replaced by a member of a party which actively campaigns to reduce the influence of the West Midlands in the European Parliament makes that loss even more difficult.”

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YOUR VOICE Your chance to air your views and ideas to fellow residents of Telford! Email your thoughts to us at feedback@homeistelford.co.uk We look forward to hearing from you! DEAR HOME IS TELFORD

DEAR HOME IS TELFORD

Congratulations on your new ‘Home is Telford’ Magazine’ I think it’s fabulous!

I am writing to congratulate you on your first issue. It is a welcome publication to show a positive view of our area.

Normally I bin any unsolicited mail as soon as it comes through the door, but this one caught my eye because it looked and felt so professional, clean and glossy on good quality paper - no cheap paper or blurred print here. I have to admit that I moved to Wellington (Telford) in 2001 and because of the poor image of Telford, usually say I’m from Wellington in Shropshire - even then people say “where’s Shropshire?” I usually say “ west of Birmingham and keep going towards Wales”. So well done for trying to raise the image. All the Best! Stephanie Musgrove, Wellington Thank you to everyone who sent us such positive comments on our first issue. Please keep your opinions coming in!

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However, please note that Mark Pritchard is the MP for the Wrekin which includes Wellington and part of northern Telford. Your community section did not include details of key contacts in Wellington such as the town council so I hope this can be added in the next issue. It is important for your new magazine to cover the full area of Telford and Wellington is the main market town for the old Telford area. Good luck with your new magazine. Bill Evans, Wellington DEAR HOME IS TELFORD Self Help Africa is a rural development charity working with local staff and communities across nine countries in rural Africa. We specialise in enabling people to grow

enough food to feed themselves all year round whilst improving opportunities for people to earn a living and support their families. We improve access to basic services such as clean drinking water, health care and education. We are looking for groups in the community of Telford to get together and raise money for families less fortunate than themselves. Maybe you could hold a coffee morning and ask for a donation, or organize a quiz night or have friends over for dinner. Anything you are prepared to do would be greatly received by all of us at Self Help Africa. It doesn’t have to be a big event or hard to organise just get together and have some fun! If you are interested in making a difference please contact Rachel Wilbrey-Preece on 01743 277170 or rachel.wilbrey@selfhelpafrica.net or visit our website www.selfhelpafrica. net - I’d love to hear your ideas! Rachel Wilbrey-Preece Fundraiser


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SO HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT TELFORD? We take a look at some of the facts and figures about the wonderful town we live and work in!

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GREEN SPACE

Telford was born when the Dawley New Town (Designation) Amendment (Telford) Order was made by the Government on 29 November 1968.

The town boasts a wonderful green space area in Telford Town Park, 170 hectares of urban park near the shopping centre which attracts in the region of up to a million visitors per year. The park was developed in the seventies, the remit being to provide a ‘green lung’ for the new town.

The order extended the existing Dawley New Town area with the urban districts of Oakengates and Wellington and it renamed the town after Thomas Telford, the famous civil engineer. Telford was Shropshire’s Surveyor of Public Works in the eighteenth century.

GROWING UP The town infrastructure was largely built during the seventies and the period up to and including the nineties saw the major housing and commercial development that now exists in the town. In 1983 the M54 motorway was completed despite fierce local opposition, connecting Telford to the M6 and the UK motorway network.

LARGEST TOWN Telford is the largest town in Shropshire and the 39th largest city or town in England. It is one of the fastest growing towns in the United Kingdom, with the population increasing from 74,000 in 1968 to an estimated 170,000 today.

ETHNICITY Telford’s population is ethnically white, comprising 93.8% of the population. The next largest ethnic group is those of Asian descent, comprising 3.3% of the population., which is less than in the West Midlands at 8.0% and England at 5.3%.

IDENTITY Wellington was the heart of the area before the birth of Telford and its new role as one of many district centres within the new town was not popular with the residents. Like many of the towns that were amalgamated into the new town of Telford, it still retains its own distinctive identity.

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BEST SCHOOL Telford boasts the most successful comprehensive school in the country Thomas Telford School - a title it gained after 100% of its pupils gained 5 or more A*-C GCSE’s, the first and only comprehensive school ever to do so.

REPRESENTATIVES The parliamentary constituency of Telford was created in 1997 from the core of the old Wrekin constituency and has been held by the Labour Party since its creation. The current MP is David Wright, first elected in 2001. The constituency of The Wrekin includes parts of Telford including Wellington and Donnington, and the current MP is Mark Pritchard (Conservative).

COUNCIL The town is governed by Telford and Wrekin Council, a unitary authority created in 1998 and part of the Shropshire ceremonial county. Telford and Wrekin is policed by the West Mercia Constabulary. In December 2003, the Audit Commission rated Telford & Wrekin as the first “excellent” authority in the West Midlands and one of the top 10 per cent best managed councils in the UK.

TOWN & CITY Telford has twice unsuccessfully applied for city status, in 2000 and 2002. Telford is one of the largest towns in the UK without a football league team.

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FIVE A DAY FOR BODY & MIND A Government scientific think tank is urging us to adopt a ‘Five a Day’ attitude for the mind as well as for the body The think tank, called Foresight, believes that we can improve our mental wellbeing by aiming to carry out five simple activities a day that make us think and use our brain. Gardening, attempting a Sudoku or crossword puzzle, talking to a friend, playing a musical instrument - all exercise the brain and are important for our general wellbeing. The agency also highlighted the link between debt and mental wellbeing and urged financial companies to take this into account when making decisions about their customers in the current financial climate. Professor Rachel Jenkins reported that those in debt have: • two to three times the rate of depression • three times the rate of psychosis • double the rate of alcohol dependence • four times the rate of drug dependence when compared to other members of the general public.

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She said: “More needs to be done to encourage financial literacy and

support people in debt to manage to escape their debts.” “I would like to see banks, charities and even utility companies providing more training in financial matters to help their clients who are experiencing difficulties with money and may need better support.” Telford Mind is an independent voluntary organisation affiliated to Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales, and provides a professional, confidential, free Counselling Service for adults who are experiencing depression. To arrange an appointment, call in at Telford Mind, Alan Goodall Centre 76-83 Severn Walk, Telford TF7 4AS or telephone us on 01952 588367.

IDEAS FOR YOUR FIVE A DAY! Play a computer game Play competitively in a sport against someone of a similar standard Here’s an easy one! Chat to a friend for five minutes about something that you read in the news Carry out a simple DIY job around the house


The Ritzz Hair & Beauty salon in Priorslee has now been open for 18 months, providing a wide range of services that can transform you from head to toe and leave you feeling a million dollars! The Ritzz specialise in hair and beauty, including nails and spray tanning, using professional products such as Matrix, Tigi, Dermatologica and Xen Tan. On the hairdressing side, they have two expert stylists, Leanne Pugh, the owner, with over twenty years experience, and Heidi Musgrave, who trained with a top stylist for four years before moving to the Ritzz when it opened in 2007.

The Ritzz Hair & Beauty Salon for ladies and gents in Priorslee offers a complete beauty package, delivered by their expert team of stylists and consultants

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BEAUTY FROM HEAD TO TOE

The salon also boasts its own resident Barber in Caz Roberts, with over 20 years experience. Caz is also the resident Nail Technician, providing a wide range of expert services including manicures and acrylic nails. Completing the team is Emily Savage, qualified in colours and blow drys, and Eleanor Spencer, their in-house expert beautician and alternative therapist, offering a wide range of services including Dermatologica facials and Reflexology. You can book yourself into the Ritzz by calling on 01952 200040. They are situated in Gatcombe Way, Priorslee, next door to the Doctors Surgery.

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HOW TO LOOK BEAUTIFUL Permanent Cosmetics has rapidly become the most sought after aesthetic treatment throughout the UK and is now available in Telford Permanent cosmetics could be the answer to your prayers. Permanent make-up is a new and exciting treatment that can take years off you without going under the knife, just by perfecting the position and definition of your brow or enhancing the shape and colour of your eyes. Permanent cosmetics, which is also known as semi permanent makeup or micro-pigmentation, can be applied to achieve a natural soft result or a more dramatic and bold make-up appearance, dependant on the look desired.

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To achieve the best results is a specialised practice requiring an in depth understanding of colour, a high level of dexterity and practical eye/ hand motor skills. Treatments are carried out in clinical conditions with the utmost attention paid to cleanliness. Hypoallergenic pigments are implanted into the dermal layer of the skin, where they remain all day, every day, gradually fading over time. Choosing to have a permanent cosmetic enhancement can free you from a daily ritual of drawing on eyebrows or applying make-up every day.

The most popular treatment by far is the eyebrow enhancement. Short eyebrows can be lengthened, thin or sparse brows can be given more fullness and a thicker shape, asymmetrical brows can be corrected and an anti-ageing lift effect can be created to improve the appearance of straight or drooping brows.

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There are two different types of eyebrow enhancements; hair by hair simulation (Hairstroke) and colour mist eyebrows. The results achieved with the new hair stroke technique are amazing.

This technique simulates the effect of fine hair strokes, which is particularly good for ladies with over plucked or sparse brows, or for older clients who may have lost the definition and colour in the brow area. The alternative to the hair stroke effect is the colour mist eyebrow enhancement. This option is better suited to clients with reasonable brow hair, but who want to achieve a groomed, beautifully defined perfect brow shape. This style will achieve a gentle powdery mist through the brow line, giving the effect of perfectly shaped brows, however, if preferred a colour mist impact look may be more suitable for those looking for the ‘make-up’ look. The choice is yours, however, a comprehensive consultation is always undertaken where you are able to discuss the style, shape and colour or your enhancement, before proceeding with the treatment.

Women of all ages are discovering the benefits of permanent eyebrows and eyeliner enhancements that look so natural that even their closest friends do not realise they have received it. Virtually everyone who wants to look their best will benefit from


As can be seen from this example, the latest techniques also enable perfect hair stroke simulation to be applied giving a truly amazing natural hair effect which is perfect for anyone who has over-tweezed their eyebrows or has hair loss for any other reason.

• with poor vision or an unsteady hand

Permanent Cosmetics is exactly that - PERMANENT! So it is vital that you chose your technician very carefully. Don’t make your choice based purely on cost, but rather consider the experience, knowledge, skill and professionalism of the technician.

• with allergy to conventional cosmetics, hay fever or watery eyes

Whatever the reason, permanent cosmetics could be the solution for you.

• busy people with little or no time to apply cosmetics who are concerned about their appearance and want to look good 24 hours a day

FIND OUT MORE Look Perfect Tel: 01952 606178 Email: info@lookperfect.co.uk www.look-perfect.co.uk

permanent cosmetics, including those: • with sparse or no eyebrows or eyelashes

• physically active people who do sports or swim regularly and still want to look their best • who suffer from Alopecia • with loss of definition due to ageing or with poorly defined or asymmetrical features

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The amazing new hairstroke technique!

“A shortcut to looking flawless without make-up” DAILY MAIL

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WASTE NOT WANT NOT? DID YOU KNOW that the average family throws away £50 of food that was bought but not eaten EVERY month? Here are some top tips to make sure you’re not throwing away YOUR money straight into the bin!

USE YOUR FREEZER

LEFTOVER HEAVEN

WRITE IT DOWN

Make a habit of checking the dates on all of the items in your fridge - freeze anything you don’t think you will be using in the following 24 hours.

Be clever with leftovers - you’ll be amazed at how many meals you can get from one joint of meat. Sandwiches, currys, soups can all be made from the remains of your Sunday lunch.

Using the humble shopping list and planning your meals for the week is one of the most effective ways you can cut wastage and food bills.

Large packets of chicken pieces or fish can be divided up and frozen separately to ensure there is no waste.

CHECK THE TEMPERATURE A recent survey in Northern Ireland showed that over 60% of people didn’t know the correct temperature that their fridge should be set to.

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Check the temperature in your fridge on a regular basis to ensure your food lasts the longest - it should be between 0 and 5 degrees. It is strongly recommended that you use a separate fridge thermometer to check this, rather than relying on the figures on the fridge thermostat dial.

Any dinner left in the saucepan can be bagged and frozen and make a convenient ready meal for one for another day.

Check your fridge, freezer and store cupboard, see what you can use for that week’s meals that may have been forgotten at the back of the fridge or freezer. Before you go shopping, write a list so you don’t shop for things you already have! Get the kids to help and to suggest what meals they’d like to have that week. Resist buying the buy one, get one free offers - research shows that most of the ‘free’ food ends up being thrown away! FIND OUT MORE www.lovefoodhatewaste.com www.wrap.org.uk


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LOOKING AFTER YOUR DOG

Canine hydrotherapy is growing in popularity, helping pets to overcome injury, arthritis, obesity, swollen joints, improving mobility - it’s also great for keeping healthy dogs in peak condition! Hydrotherapy (meaning ‘water healing’) encourages a full range of joint movement in reduced weight conditions and is available in Telford from Clippers & Dippers, a thriving canine hydrotherapy and grooming business located in Donnington Wood. Director Yvonne Avard said: “Our pool is fourteen feet in diameter, with jets that can be adjusted to create a suitable current for the dog to swim against, in a warm, clean and safe environment, all year round.” “We get many referrals for treatment for a number of conditions because the pool promotes muscle relaxation, pain relief, better joint movement and weightless cardiovascular activity” said Yvonne. “A six minute swim is equivalent to a five mile walk so it is also ideal exercise for healthy dogs and it is also known to have a calming effect on excitable or distressed dogs” Clippers & Dippers also provides the facility to wash and dry your dog afterwards and a full grooming service. Yvonne and her expert team can be contacted on 01952 272124. Book your dog’s session today!

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CHECK YOUR HOME POLICY

Insurance companies are urging householders in Telford to check their house insurance policies to see if they cover thefts from their garden. A significant rise in garden thefts has resulted in a flood of insurance claims and many householders have discovered to their cost that their policy has not covered the missing items.

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All insurers differ as to what they will cover in the garden so it is vital to know just what your policy includes, especially as the spend in the gardens on expensive plants, equipment and tools has risen significantly in recent years. Even where cover is included for

gardens, there will usually be specific exclusions on items that are not packed away after use having no lock on your shed door is likely to see your claim for a theft from such a shed rejected. Householders should also be aware that many insurers set claim ceilings on items that are left out in the open, such as garden furniture, amounts that may be insufficient to cover the cost of replacing the stolen items. Householders should take particular care with bikes - many policies will not cover thefts from a garden if the bike has not been padlocked or locked in a shed.

Neighbourhood Watch have produced a checklist to minimise your risk from garden theft

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Plant prickly plants and bushes such as roses under window sills, to prevent easy entry. For the casual gardener, holly is prickly but fairly low maintenance. Add loose trellises to fences or walls around your back garden. These are too unstable to climb over and can provide excellent terrain for climbing plants such as fast growing vines and honeysuckle. Use gravel for paths as the idea of creating noise will deter the opportunist thief. Prune low tree branches (below 7ft) to avoid providing cover or potential access to the house. Trim tree branches close to upper windows as they may provide access. Position security lighting at vulnerable exits or somewhere that will cast obvious shadows. Give garden gates 3 bolts - top, middle and bottom, and padlock the middle one to prevent burglars exploiting a weakness. Position outdoor dustbins well clear of any potential entrances to stop them being used as makeshift ladders Ensure your shed is secure, and expensive items are not visible from the window. Never leave tools out as they can be used to break into the shed or house Secure your garage, as those with interior doors can be an easy way in and provide cover for thieves.


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MAKE YOUR KITCHEN WORK FOR YOU We asked leading Telford kitchen company THE KITCHEN DEPOT to outline the key considerations when you decide to invest in a new kitchen

THE WORK TRIANGLE There are three main work areas in a kitchen: • Food Preparation area • Cooking & serving area • Washing Up area All three areas should be arranged to be within easy reach of each other, forming a triangular shape as shown in the picture. This ensures that the most used equipment and work areas are grouped together to allow the user to operate effectively and efficiently while cooking. You should ideally plan your work zone so that it is not positioned in walk through areas.

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There are four main layout types to consider: • • • •

Corridor L-shaped U-shaped Island (pictured)

Often the shape of the room will determine the best layout - the bigger the room, the more choice you are likely to have.

MEASURE UP Draw a rough outline of your kitchen, measuring the wall lengths and marking out the doors and windows on the plans.

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KITCHEN LAYOUT

Draw in any obstructions such as radiators, pipes, sink plumbing, etc. that are in the room. Measure the ceiling height and write it in the centre of your drawing. Check your measurements! If your room is rectangular add up the measurements of the parallel walls and make sure they match (or are at least very close).

CHOOSE YOUR KITCHEN Bring your plans down to The Kitchen Depot showroom in Trench where their design experts can create your dream kitchen using up to date computer design software. The Kitchen Depot showroom has full sized kitchen displays where you can stand back and see the full kitchen you are buying without having to visualise what it might look like in your home after it has been fitted.

The Kitchen Depot showroom is at Global House in Horton Road, Trench TF2 6PD. See their full page advertisement on the back page of this issue of HOME IS TELFORD.

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MORE SPACE ON YOUR DOORSTEP We take a look at Telford company THE SPACE PLACE, who can rent you a room for as short or long a time as you want and can even help you sell your home!

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Sited prominently on Stafford Park in the heart of Telford is THE SPACE PLACE, a large yellow framed modern building where Telford residents and businesses can store virtually anything, short or long term. Think of it like renting a hotel room for your things – you can come and go as you like, and leave when you want (subject to a 14 day notice period), and only pay for the time during which you are using it. The Space Place offers purpose-built self storage rooms in a wide range of sizes from small locker to large double garage sized. You can move things in or out of your room as frequently as you like, having access to your belongings at any time during opening hours, 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year, as often as you like. The first thing that you notice about the Space Place is how clean and modern it all looks, from the sleek and spacious reception area to the modern storage rooms themselves.


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In charge at the Space Place is manager Ian Freeman, ably assisted by Michelle Kemp. “People rent out rooms for many reasons but mainly for storing furniture and effects when moving” said Ian. “Before putting their home on the market, customers have followed the advice of all those property programmes and ‘de-cluttered’ their home. They store extra furniture, clothes, books and other household items with us, leaving their home looking tidy, spacious and more attractive to buyers, particularly important in the current climate” DIY enthusiasts are also regular users of the Space Place. “Using our facilities enables you to clear out a room or rooms you want to decorate and get the job done faster and easier, resulting in a more professional finish” said Michelle.

You can contact Ian and Michelle by calling them on 0800 756 5603 or visit the web site at www.spaceplace.co.uk for further details

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EXTENDING WITHOUT PERMISSION New regulations that came into effect on 1 October 2008 allow greater flexibility in what householders can build without planning permission Planning permission is normally required for development. However, the government has designated that certain types of development do not require permission. Such work is called permitted development. Under new regulations that came into effect on 1 October 2008, an extension or addition to your home is considered to be permitted development if it meets the following limits and conditions:

• No more than half the area of land

around the “original house” would be covered by additions or other buildings

• No extension forward of the

of extension no higher than existing house

• Side extensions to be single storey with maximum height of four metres and width no more than half that of the original house

• Two-storey extensions no closer

than seven metres to rear boundary

• Roof pitch of extensions higher than one storey to match existing house

• Materials to be similar in

appearance to the existing house

• No verandas, balconies or raised

principal elevation or side elevation fronting a highway

platforms

• No extension to be higher than the

be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor

highest part of the roof

• Maximum depth of a single-storey rear extension of three metres for an attached house and four metres for a detached house

• Maximum height of a single-storey rear extension of four metres

• Maximum depth of a rear extension of more than one storey of three metres including ground floor

• Maximum eaves height of an

extension within two metres of the boundary of three metres

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• Maximum eaves and ridge height

• Upper-floor, side-facing windows to BUILDING CONTROL When any development is proposed, you should always contact the Building Control section to check whether you need to submit a Building Regulation Application. Building Regulations approval can often be needed where Planning Permission is not required. FIND OUT MORE www.planningportal.gov.uk www.telford.gov.uk


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OVEN CLEANING MADE SIMPLE

Telford company Ovenmaster® take the grime and effort out of one of the dirtiest jobs in the kitchen, cleaning all types of domestic ovens, cookers, Agas, ranges, extractor hoods and microwaves With the Ovenmaster® service, appliances benefit from a full and thorough valet including those areas that you may not notice. Using specially developed lowodour products, Ovenmaster® can produce amazing results and transform dirty ovens in a couple of hours. Removable panels, stainless steel shelves and side rails are transformed. Control knobs, dials and door seals are degreased. Door glass is thoroughly cleaned inside and out. “We don’t cut corners – we clean the unseen” said Ian. The thorough Ovenmaster® service includes even those hidden areas in the oven which are often the cause of smoking or unpleasant smells. If your oven has self-cleaning panels, chances area it doesn’t produce the results you want and often hidden grease and fat gets trapped behind the panels. “It’s a concern we hear frequently from customers with selfcleaning ovens” Ian said. “Not only do we clean the panels but also the build-up of grease and fat in those hidden areas”. “We’re happy to provide free over-the-phone quotations” commented Ian. “We have straightforward fuss-free pricing, with no hidden extras and no obligation, based on the type of appliance - not how dirty the oven or cooker is!” If your oven’s a home to grease and grime, don’t despair simply call 01952 210067 for a free no-obligation quotation.

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SERVICE WITH A SMILE

Anthony Baggott Interiors supply quality kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and home offices to Telford residents, backed by unrivalled customer service! Anthony Baggott Interiors has opened a brand new showroom in Telford Shopping Centre, showcasing their extensive range of bespoke, affordable fitted kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and home offices. The company has come a long way in a short time. In early 2004, director Tony Baggott, after years of fitting, spotted something of a void in the marketplace. On the one hand you had the “Big Sheds” with their 52 week never ending sales, offering flat pack cabinets and all their design limitations. On the other hand you had the “Upper Crust” showrooms offering bespoke products and a “superior” service, yet a phenomenal price tag! And so Anthony Baggott Interiors was born, where truly original designs and products do not come at an outrageous price! Anthony Baggott Interiors cover the whole spectrum, from a few replacement doors to the most grandiose of projects involving building works, granite worktops etc. “The phrase ‘too small’ does not exist in our vocabulary” says director Tony Baggott. In these difficult economic times, they are more than happy to provide a no obligation quote for both a new kitchen and a simple refurbishment, such as replacement doors or worktops. They can also provide like for like quotes so that the customer can compare on quality and price. Why not visit the showroom for a browse, or an informal chat about your requirements. They can then arrange to visit you to give you a free, no obligation measure and design. Rest assured they will not bore you for 4 hours, and then pressure you for a decision. Once you have been presented with your design and price, you are left to consider at your leisure.

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GARDEN CALENDAR Each month we bring you a simple checklist for the jobs that need doing to keep your Telford garden looking its very best!

PLANTS Prune your climbing and rambling roses once they have finished flowering Deadhead your flowering borders often to encourage further flowering Deal with perennial weeds by digging out or treating with weedkiller containing glyphosate Start to plant your spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils Deadhead, water and feed your hanging baskets, especially on hot summer days Sow hardy annuals directly into your borders to ensure a blooming display next summer Prune your wisteria and flowering shrubs such as Pyracantha Watch out for signs of Vine Weevil grub infestation treat vulnerable plants with biological products

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home from home FRUIT AND VEG Harvesting should be in full swing - pay particular attention to fast growing vegetables such as runner beans which should be regularly picked to encourage further cropping Be vigilant and hoe out any weeds that are trying to compete with your prized crops Place black plastic sheeting over cropped ground to suppress weeds Freeze any surplus picked fruits - time to make those jams and jellies!

LAWNS Set the mower to a slightly higher level than normal in very hot weather Cut your grass frequently and leave the grass clippings on the lawn to form a moisture retentive mulch Prepare any areas you intend to grass over in the autumn by digging them over

Time to pick apples and blackberries for use in baking

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KEEP THE CHILDREN HAPPY THIS SUMMER! Summer holidays mean you need lots of ideas to keep your little horrors amused without spending a fortune!

WONDERLAND MAGIC

FUN BY THE LAKE

Wonderland is a children’s theme park set in the grounds of Telford Town Park.

Why not visit Shropshire’s very own lake district in Ellesmere Country Park (one hour drive from Telford), where the family can take a steamboat ride over The Mere, go rowing, play in the Victorian designed landscape and feed the many wild birds.

Unlimited rides, giant indoor soft play area, a maze and crazy golf are just some of the attractions for the family with young children. FIND OUT MORE www.wonderlandtelford.com

PIRATE ADVENTURES

FREE MUSEUM

Play Pit Pirate Adventure is an adventure centre on the Halesfield Industrial Estate that provides fun and exercise in a safe and secure environment for children aged 0-12 years.

RAF Museum Cosford is one day that everyone from small children upwards will enjoy whatever the weather. Children and adults alike will be fascinated by fun ‘n’ flight.

A large Pirate Ship play frame offers hours of entertainment with slides, ball pools, swinging ball, biff bash, crows nest and much more besides.

Packed with hands on excitement, it’s the easy way to answer all those questions about how planes stay up in the air. The advanced flight simulator is also a great way to get an instant flying experience.

FIND OUT MORE www.playpit.co.uk

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FIND OUT MORE www.shropshire.gov.uk

FIND OUT MORE www.rafmuseum.org.uk


TRAIN TRAVEL

Historic Wyre Forest (one hours drive from Telford) offers visitors a range of woodland walks and trails and also hosts GO APE, a giant obstacle course in the trees that takes around two to three hours to complete!

Telford Steam Railway operates from Horsehay and Dawley station and runs regular steam train rides on Sundays.

FIND OUT MORE www.goape.co.uk

ANIMAL MAGIC Hoo Farm is a family-run countryside attraction just north of Telford that is home to owls, ostriches, ferrets, lizards and snakes, quad bikes, a craft centre and much more, including the famous Sheep Steeplechase and the unique Galloping Goats. FIND OUT MORE www.hoofarm.com

TAKE A LOOK AT THE WHAT ’S ON SECTION FOR MORE IDEAS!

Attractions includes special events such as Teddy Bear Picnics, an extensive model railway display and a souvenir shop. FIND OUT MORE www.telfordsteamrailway.co.uk

WET DAY FUN

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TARZAN FUN

Visit the ACTIVITY VILLAGE web site for lots of puzzles, colouring pages, craft projects and much more that you can download for children FIND OUT MORE www.activityvillage.co.uk

BMX SUMMER SCHOOL Professional BMX coach Alex Fowlie is running a free week long summer school at the Malinslee BMX Track. No experience is required and the course is suitable for children aged five years and over. BMX race bikes and helmets can be provided if booked in advance. Participants completing the course will receive an achievement award. FIND OUT MORE Contact Derek Owen on 01952 382323

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MUSIC MAKES YOU SMARTER Research in the US and Canada has shown that taking music lessons can make you smarter! Recent studies by universities in the US and Canada have concluded that learning a musical instrument has a significant positive effect on your IQ. The studies concluded that musical training exercises parts of the brain that are also responsible for calculating mathematics, spatial intelligence and creative writing, with the result that students who participate regularly in music education consistently perform better in academic work than their peers who had had no musical training. The results have renewed calls for music education to be more readily available to children as part of the standard curriculum because of the overall benefits it provides to all aspects of their education. A researcher from the University of North Carolina said: “Nothing activates as many areas of the brain as music. Music is always a physical activity.� Telford has a number of independent tutors providing music tuition throughout the town. FIND OUT MORE www.telfordculturezone.com

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Every Sudoku games begins with a number of squares already filled in, and the difficulty of each game is set by how many squares are filled in. The more squares that are known, the easier it is to figure out which numbers go in the open squares.

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CLUB WATCH

Local clubs are the lifeblood of our community so we spotlight some of those making our town a happier and more interesting place to live! UR Do you want YO ed ur at organisation fe of n io ct FREE in this se ? RD O HOME IS TELF iries@ Email us at enqu o.uk .c homeistelford

TELFORD AUTO CLUB Telford Auto Club is one of the Midlands leading motor clubs, the club promotes and organises events from basic grass root navigational events to National B Road and Stage Rallies. Telford Auto Club members can be regularly seen competing on events and their dedicated teams of marshals regularly assist on all types of rally events. Please feel free to contact us by email, phone, come to a club night or approach a member on an event. Volunteers are always made most welcome. Telford Auto Club is a registered member of the Motor Sports Association (MSA) and the club is affiliated to the association of West Midland Motor Clubs (AWMMC), North West Car Clubs (ANWCC) and Welsh Association of Motor Clubs (WAMC). FIND OUT MORE www.telfordautoclub.co.uk

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TELFORD RAIDERS RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB Telford Raiders ARLFC are a rugby league club based in the town of Telford in Shropshire, England. Their first team plays in the Midlands Premier division of the Rugby League Conference and they have a development team in the Midlands Rugby League as well as an active junior development program. FIND OUT MORE www.telfordraiders.com


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TELFORD BADMINTON CLUB As an active and friendly Badminton Club we are always keen to welcome visitors and new members. We play every Friday night at the Blessed Robert Johnson School in Wellington. The club caters for club standard players. We also have 5 teams in the Mixed, Men’s and Ladies divisions of the Shropshire Badminton League. The Club has been established since 1955 and is affiliated to the Badminton Association of England and Shropshire County Badminton Association. There have always been close ties with the County Association and we have been represented on the county governing body for over forty years. Many club players have represented Shropshire in Inter-County competitions. FIND OUT MORE www.telfordbadmintonclub.co.uk

WREKIN U3A The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a national and international association for people over 50 and not in fulltime gainful employment. It began in France in 1972, and in England in 1982. The Wrekin Branch began in 1989. At present our members come from all directions - from the outskirts of Wolverhampton, from Bridgnorth, from Telford and from Newport. No qualifications are needed to join and none are offered. The main aim of the U3A is to help Third Agers keep mentally and physically active in the company of like-minded people. We host a monthly meeting held on the fourth Tuesday afternoon of each month except December, at Shifnal Village Hall, Aston Street, from 2.00 until about 3.45. There is usually a speaker, selected by reputation and topic, to provide a balance of topics over the year. The meeting ends with a cup of tea and a biscuit, and a time to chat. FIND OUT MORE www.wrekinu3a.org.uk

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BUCKS BULLETIN Bucks Bulletin is our new regular news column for the town’s leading football club who are aiming to put last season’s play-off failure behind them and gain automatic promotion from the Blue Square North division this coming season

HOME GAME FOR START OF SEASON

ANGER AT COUNCIL DECISION

The club have been given a home start to the coming season on Saturday 8th August against Blyth Spartans, who finished 15th last season, and on paper should enable the Bucks to get off to a good start.

The club are still reeling from the recent council decision to withdraw support for the Telford Sports, Learning & Enterprise Community (TSLEC) project that would have funded an extension to the club’s ground.

Games then follow away against Stalybridge (6th last season) and Fleetwood Town (8th) before the Bucks entertain Hinkley Town (10th) at the New Bucks Head ground on the 18th August.

IN AND OUT The summer months have seen a significant number of departures from the club, most notably that of James Meredith to York City, as manager Rob Smith looks to reshape his squad for the coming season which opens on Saturday 8 August. New signings include Tom Field, Steve Torpey and Matt Nolan. The club also managed to retain the services of Danny Carey-Bertram who looked at one time as if he was due to rejoin Bath City.

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FACTFILE FULLNAME Association Football Club Telford United NICKNAME The Bucks FOUNDED 2004 GROUND New Bucks Head (Capacity 6,400) CHAIRMAN Lee Carter MANAGER Rob Smith Larry Chambers LEAGUE Blue Square North (5 tiers below Premiership) LAST SEASON Finished 4th - Lost in the play-off final to Gateshead

The scheme would have seen the learning centre at the ground extended and a five a side football centre built. Club chairman Lee Carter was quoted as saying that the club had been frozen out of the decision making and said: “We are devastated”. Council leader Andrew Eade said: “We had to take this decision because funding for the TSLEC proposals no longer stacks up , because funders have drawn back their subsidies from the scheme because of the recession”.

NEW AWAY KIT The club shop are now selling the new red away strip which will again be supplied by Adidas, who entered into a partnership with the Bucks last season. The home strip remains unchanged.

FIND OUT MORE www.telfordutd.co.uk Telephone 01952 640064


The government’s car scrappage scheme has had a marked and positive impact on new car sales at Telford dealerships Under the terms of the scheme, car buyers are given a £2,000 discount on a new car if they scrap one that is at least 10 years old, with half of the money paid by the government and half by the car dealer. The scheme came into effect on 18 May and has helped private buyer registrations to rise by 3.9% year-onyear, the first rise in the sector since November 2007.

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BOOST TO CAR SALES The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said 29,796 vehicles had now been sold under the scrappage scheme and it is reported that, at the current uptake rate, the scheme would be exhausted by the end of October. Industry experts and scrapyard dealers have called for the government to follow Germany’s lead and extend the scheme.

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HOW OFTEN DO YOU BACKUP YOUR DATA? The truth is that many of us do not bother to backup our computer data, with potentially disastrous consequences! It’s particularly important if you are running your own business - a hard disk failure could make it impossible to issue invoices and chase payments! We take a look at what you can do to ensure you won’t fall victim to an increasingly common problem!

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DATA SNAPSHOT

NO matter how much money you spend on your computer system, the hard disk in it will never be 100% reliable. Besides the threat of mechanical failure, we have all deleted files or documents accidentally at some time or other and needed to recover the lost data.

There are also software programs available that can take a snapshot of your hard drive, so that if anything goes wrong, you can just restore using the disc image. You will need to save the snapshot on to a separate drive so that it is available should your hard disk fail. The latest operating systems such as Windows Vista come with an automatic back-up tool.

Making regular backups of your data solve both these issues and it’s not that difficult to set up a backup procedure that will become a painless and regular part of your office routine.

CD OR NOT CD The low cost of writable CDs and DVDs makes them an ideal way to backup small amounts of data. Ensure you save your documents, pictures, etc. in one main folder on your computer - most users use the MY DOCUMENTS folder for this. You can then write this folder to a CD or DVD on a daily basis. Do not forget to label what you have saved on the disc and don’t try to cut costs by overwriting old backups - save them in chronological order. Discs can also fail or become unreadable and that is when you need to be able to go back to your previous backup to recover your data. DVDs can store up to eight times more than a CD, and a dual Layer DVD will hold around 8GB.

OFF-SITE COPY One of the other common reasons for needing a backup to restore your business data is theft - what would you do if your computer was stolen? As well as your normal backup routine, it is important to ensure that you take regular backups of your data to store away from your computer, ideally at a different location, so that should you suffer a theft, you have a backup you can use to restore your data onto a new computer.

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GET THE HABIT

EXTERNAL DRIVE If your data is too large or you want a more convenient method than swapping discs in and out of your computer, you should purchase a dedicated external hard disk drive. They are rapidly coming down in price and growing in size. Many external drives come with software allowing you to set-up automatic backups at times and days of your choosing. You can also choose whether to back-up all or just some of your files.

ONLINE SOLUTION Many companies are offering online storage space for a monthly fee. This option is ideal if you travel a lot and need to access your data from anywhere in the world. Uploading your data can be slow so it is best to just use it for essential data. You will need to be comfortable with the fact that your potentially sensitive data is stored with an external company.

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GROW YOUR BUSINESS THROUGH NETWORKING Telford has a number of business clubs that can make a real difference to your turnover and profit, especially through the opportunities they offer to meet new contacts All businesses have a need to promote and market their services, establish good contacts with other businesses and suppliers, and develop and share ideas and good practice. Attending business networking meetings can be an ideal way to achieve all of these things. The meetings bring together local business people and typically will provide expert speakers on key aspects of running a business. There are a number of organisations in Telford who run network meetings and provide a range of other support services for businesses.

TELFORD BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP Telford Business Partnership (TBP) is a growing network of business and professional service companies, promoting the diversity and quality of their services to local companies and those relocating in the area. TBP promotes itself as a “the voice of professional business services�, buying locally ensures that wealth stays in the area.

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FIND OUT MORE www.telfordbusiness.org


Shropshire Chamber of Commerce provides a range of quality services to help local companies manage and develop their businesses. Help and advice is available including specific guidance in areas such as exporting and HR. They also provide a range of inter-trading and networking opportunities through their successful Chamber Network Clubs and an extensive programme of business enhancing events. FIND OUT MORE www.shropshire-chamber.co.uk

NETWORK WITH STYLE Network with Style aims to help women who are either established in business or just starting out to meet and network with other women in the same situation. The group will have an emphasis on self employed but decision making employed business women are welcome too. FIND OUT MORE www.networkwithstyle.com

BUCKS BUSINESS CLUB The Bucks Business Club was formed to further develop AFC Telford football club’s links with the Wellington, Telford and Wrekin business communities. The club was formed as a way to introduce local businesses, irrespective of size or nature of business, to AFC Telford United whilst at the same time offering the opportunity to provide individual services to supporters of AFC Telford United and fellow business club members. FIND OUT MORE afctelford.biz

TRANSFORMING TELFORD

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SHROPSHIRE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Transforming Telford is an Economic Development Company working in partnership with Advantage West Midlands, The Homes & Communities Agency, Telford & Wrekin Council and the private sector. It holds regular business meetings throughout the year. FIND OUT MORE www.transformingtelford.co.uk

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SUPPORTING TELFORD GROUPS

Who helps the helpers? TELFORD & WREKIN COUNCIL FOR THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR (CVS) provide invaluable support to voluntary groups working in the Telford area Ever wondered who the voluntary groups and organisations turn to when they themselves need advice and support? That’s where the CVS come in, providing a wealth of support services to the voluntary sector, including:

• Practical support and advice • Material resources • Recruitment of volunteers • Provision of transport

TELFORD BRANCH The CVS in Telford is based at Meeting Point House next door to Telford Central library and is run by representatives of various voluntary organisations and statutory bodies working in the Telford area.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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Voluntary groups pay a small fee to join the CVS, in return for which they gain access to the resources and support of the Council. Members groups can then vote at AGMs and can put forward representatives for the CVS Executive Committee.

FUNDING ASSISTANCE

groups who have faced increased demand for their services because of the economic downturn.

One of the key areas the CVS can make a real difference in is sourcing funding. As well as advising on the various sources of funding available, they provide small grants to assist groups in various ways and they also distribute government backed funds to relevant groups, a recent example of which has been the distribution of a government fund for supporting

NEXT STEP CVS also provide a wealth of useful documents including sample constitutions, guides and training manuals. You can find out more by telephoning the CVS on 01952 291350 or you can visit the web site at www.tandwcvs.org.uk


REGISTRATION SCHEME FOR HOME SCHOOLING

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A compulsory registration scheme administered by local councils is to be introduced for parents and guardians who home educate their children.

POLICE FIRE AMBULANCE 999 or 112

emergency numbers

GAS LEAKS 24 hour service 0800 111 999

Under the new scheme, home educators will have to provide a clear statement of their educational approach, intent and desired outcomes for the child over the following twelve months.

ELECTRICAL FAILURES 0800 328 1111

To date, local authorities have been asked to ensure all children receive a suitable education but have had no statutory authority to be able to monitor those educated at home.

WATER BOARD 0800 783 4444 FLOODING 0845 988 1188

FIND OUT MORE www.education-otherwise.org

BT RESIDENTIAL 0800 800151

WANT TO JOIN THE LARGEST AND FASTEST GROWING VOLUNTARY MOVEMENT IN THE COUNTRY?

The Telford & Wrekin division of the West Mercia Constabulary is responsible for policing in Telford and administers a number of Watch Schemes for the benefit of its residents. Watch schemes encourage communities to work together to protect themselves and their property, which in turn can help to reduce the fear of crime and improve the local community. Telford has its own West Mercia Watch Administrator who can provide information about the various schemes as well as local contact details for anyone wishing to join. FIND OUT MORE Anne Walker - 0300 333 3000 ext5996 or email at ann.walker@ westmercia.pnn.police.uk

BT BUSINESS 0800 800154 WOMENS REFUGE 01952 381921 office hours 01743 246058 outside office hours

non-emergency numbers WEST MERCIA POLICE 0300 333 3000 SHROPSHIRE FIRE & RESCUE 01743 260200 WEST MIDLANDS AMBULANCE SERVICE 01743 364061 BT RESIDENTIAL 0800 800150

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE Are there issues in your community that are concerning you and your neighbours? JULIE PHILLIPS details the ways in which you can raise your concerns that may help resolve the issues in your area Are there issues in your community that are concerning you and your neighbours? Maybe there are anti social behaviour problems with vandalism and noise nuisance. Or is it car parking problems, speeding motorists and poorly maintained facilities that are making your life difficult? Whatever your problems, there are ways in which you can raise your concerns that will help resolve the issues in your area. One of the ways of making your opinions known on community matters is to ask the council and the local police to organise a community meeting. There may be such meetings in existence already as some areas have multi agency meetings called PACT (Partners And Community Together). To find out when and where they are held, contact your local council or look in the local newspapers/news letters as they are often advertised in these. Here are some tips on how to approach the agencies who can remedy the problems in your community, and how to get the best out of community meetings.

PROBLEM SHARED PROBLEM HALVED If you get on well with your neighbours, speak to them about your

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concerns first. Perhaps hold a coffee morning so you can get together and chat, informally, about things. You may find there are more people who share your concerns than you think.

DON’T BE AFRAID You have a right to voice your concerns and expect to be listened to with care and respect. The council and police are there to help you so don’t feel intimidated by them, or other members of the public at the meeting who may have different views to you and voice them strongly. Remember you have just as much right to have, and voice, your opinion as they do.

MAKE PLANS Write down everything that is worrying you about your area and prioritise them from the most to least important. This will make it easier for you and for the council or police when you take your concerns to them. It also makes sure that you don’t forget anything.

GET ON THE PHONE If you cannot get to the meeting due to transport difficulties or disability, then ask the council if they operate free or low cost transport to the meetings.


Alternatively you could car share with others who will be attending. If you prefer not to attend a public meeting then voice your concerns by email, letter, or telephone. It may be possible for a council representative, councillor, or the police to visit you at home if you prefer.

APPOINT A SPOKESPERSON If you don’t like speaking in public then ask one of your group of neighbours, who doesn’t mind speaking, to do it for you. You can still comment at the meeting if you want to.

MORAL SUPPORT Take a friend or relative with you who knows the situation in your area and who will be prepared to speak up for you instead. Having someone you know well, and trust, can boost your confidence because you know you are not alone in your views.

TAKE NOTES Take a note book and pen with you, or appoint a note taker from your group, so you have a record of the important points from the meeting. Sometimes those organising the meeting will take their own notes and produce minutes you can request a copy of after the meeting. Take a list of questions with you; it is easy to forget something vital when you are at the meeting.

WRITE A LETTER Newspapers are potentially read by thousands of people in your area and can help to highlight the problems that are common to a lot of people. You will gain support and the letters pages are often read by the council so you might gain their attention this way.

BE PATIENT A lot of issues that are reported to the police or council by the communities they serve remain unresolved because people expect things to change overnight and lose faith in the authorities when things haven’t improved a month down the line. Remember that the authorities have other priorities and limited budgets and resources. Sometimes plans will need to be drawn up, planning permission, surveys and public consultations will have to be done and these take time. But if enough people keep complaining, eventually something will be done.

BE PERSISTENT The important thing to remember is to keep going. Ask for regular updates on their progress and keep a log of the problems: when, where and how frequently they are occurring, who the perpetrators are. Community meetings, councils and the police are there to help the residents of the area they serve to make life better for everyone. But they are only effective if they know about the problems that exist and that means that if you have concerns and want something to be done about it, it is beneficial for you and your community if you, and others sharing your concerns, speak out. Don’t assume that someone else will do it as they may not, and the problems will continue. It may not be an easy thing to do, but when the council and police act on your concerns and your area changes for the better you can be proud that you have made a difference. And you may make some new friends along the way. Julie Phillips is a freelance writer and a member of the Wrekin Writers Group. Julie can be contacted at julie210phillips@ btinternet.com

COMMUNITY SERVICES telford & wrekin council MAIN SWITCHBOARD 01952 380000 CHILDREN & FAMILY CARE 01952 641641 COUNCIL TAX & BENEFITS 01952 383838 ENVIRONMENT 01952 384384 ROADS & FOOTPATHS 01952 384000 PLANNING 01952 380380 BUILDING REGULATIONS 01952 384555 FAMILY INFORMATION SERVICE (including Schools) 01952 385385 HOME IMPROVEMENT AGENCY 0845 002 0097

wellington town council TOWN CLERK Mr Howard Perkins 01952 567697 www.wellingtonshropshire.gov.uk

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HOW DOES YOUR CHILD’S PRIMARY SCHOOL RATE? We take a look at the controversial primary school league tables that were published in April, showing how well 11 year olds did in their Sats tests in English, maths and science last year

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Coalbrookdale 01952 386620

Voluntary aided

5-11 300

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Redhill Primary School

Priorslee

01952 387979

Community school

4-11 296

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St Patrick’s Catholic Primary

Wellington

01952 386160

Voluntary aided

3-11 284

Satisfactory

4

Lawley Primary School

Lawley

01952 388410

Community school

5-11 281

Outstanding

5

Muxton Primary School

Muxton

01952 387690

Community school

5-11 280

Good

6

Priorslee Primary School

Priorslee

01952 387927

Community school

4-11 276

Outstanding

7

St George’s CofE Primary School

St Georges

01952 387750

Voluntary controlled 3-11 272

Good

8

Meadows Primary School

Ketley

01952 386230

Community school

3-11 269

Good

9

Three Oaks Primary School

Stirchley

01952 387490

Community school

3-11 267

Outstanding

10

St Peter’s CofE Primary School

Bratton

01952 387980

Voluntary controlled 5-11 266

Outstanding

SCHOOL

AREA

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Coalbrookdale & Ironbridge CofE Primary School

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COMMUNITY SERVICES great dawley parish council PARISH CLERK Mr D Griffiths 01952 501272

lilleshall & donnington parish council PARISH CLERK Mr R Morgan 01952 608001

oakengates town council TOWN CLERK Mr D Moore 01952 618844

st georges & priorslee parish council PARISH CLERK Mrs K James 01952 461421

wrockwardine wood & trench parish council PARISH CLERK Mrs Y Taylor 01952 616363

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HOW DOES YOUR CHILD’S PRIMARY SCHOOL RATE? AREA

TELEPHONE

TYPE

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John Fletcher Junior School

Madeley

01952 388188

Voluntary controlled 7-11 260

Satisfactory

12

Teagues Bridge Primary School

Trench

01952 388450

Community school

4-11 259

Good

13

St Luke’s Catholic Primary School

Trench

01952 388222

Voluntary aided

5-11 258

Satisfactory

14

Stirchley Primary School

Stirchley

01952 387470

Community school

4-11 255

Good

Captain Webb Primary School

Dawley

01952 386770

Community school

3-11 255

Good

16

Randlay Primary School

Randlay

01952 386986

Community school

3-11 253

Good

17

Aqueduct Primary School

Aqueduct

01952 386210

Community school

5-11 252

Satisfactory

18

St Matthew’s Church of England Donnington Primary School

01952 386260

Voluntary aided

5-11 251

Outstanding

19

Crudgington Primary School

01952 386910

Community school

3-11 250

Satisfactory

Crudgington

NATIONAL AVERAGE

248

20

Wrekin View Primary School

Wellington

01952 388088

Community school

21

Wrockwardine Wood CofE Junior

Trench

01952 387880

Voluntary controlled 3-11 240

Satisfactory

Newdale Primary School

Newdale

01952 387720

Community school

5-11 240

Outstanding

Windmill Primary School

Brookside

01952 386360

Community school

3-11 239

Good

Donnington Wood CofE Junior

Donnington

01952 386660

Voluntary controlled 7-11 239

Good

23

TELFORD & WREKIN AVERAGE

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CURRENT AGE SCR OFSTED GRADE

SCHOOL

3-11 246

Good

239

25

St Mary’s Catholic Primary

Madeley

01952 388255

Voluntary aided

4-11 238

Satisfactory

26

Sir Alexander Fleming Primary

Sutton Hill

01952 388010

Community school

3-11 237

Satisfactory

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Ladygrove Primary School

Dawley

01952 388370

Community school

5-11 232

Good

Hollinswood Junior School

Hollinswood

01952 386940

Community school

7-11 232

Satisfactory

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Dawley Church of England Primary School

Dawley

01952 386280

Voluntary aided

3-11 231

Satisfactory

30

Wombridge Primary School

Oakengates

01952 388040

Community school

4-11 229

Satisfactory

31

Apley Wood Primary School

Leegomery

01952 386180

Community school

4-11 223

Satisfactory

32

Short Wood Primary School

Wellington

01952 387360

Community school

3-11 218

Satisfactory

33

Old Park Primary School

Malinsee

01952 387250

Community school

3-11 217

Good

34

John Randall Primary School

Madeley

01952 388390

Community school

3-11 214

Satisfactory

35

Queenswood Primary School

Ketley Bank

01952 386961

Community school

3-11 208

Satisfactory

36

Woodlands Primary School

Woodside

01952 386070

Community school

3-11 185

Satisfactory

37

Holmer Lake Primary School

Brookside

01952 387580

Community school

4-11 183

Satisfactory

38

William Reynolds Junior School

Woodside

01952 388280

Community school

7-11 174

Satisfactory

39

Millbrook Primary School

Leegomery

01952 387640

Community school

3-11 169

Satisfactory

40

Hadley Learning Community Primary Phase

Hadley

01952 387088

Community school

3-11 158

Satisfactory


COMMUNITY SERVICES

WHAT ARE SATS? Pupils are required to sit tests in English, maths and science in their final year of primary school, at the age of 10 or 11. The score shown in the table is the school’s combined or “aggregate” score achieved in the three tests the maximum possible being 300. Therefore a maximum score of 300 for a school means that all of the pupils in that school are working at the expected level in all three subjects.

TOP SCORE Out of 14,768 schools in England, only 329 achieved a score a maximum score of 300. One school in Telford achieved the perfect 300 - Coalbrookdale & Ironbridge Church of England primary school.

TOP SCHOOLS 19 schools in Telford achieved a score that was above the national average of 248.

WORST SCORE Hadley Learning Community were bottom of the Telford table and were ranked among the 200 schools in the country with the lowest scores. Hadley was also among the ten schools in the country whose pupils has made the least progress when they took the 2008 national curriculum tests. However, the Ofsted inspection of the school, carried out in January 2008, stated that Hadley Learning Community provides its pupils with a satisfactory, but rapidly improving, education.

WORST NATIONALLY Lowest score in the country was 40 out of 300, achieved by Crays Hill Primary school in Essex.

local advice lines ANIMAL WELFARE 01952 384384

OFSTED GRADES There are four Ofsted ratings: Grade 1 - Outstanding Grade 2 - Good Grade 3 - Satisfactory Grade 4 - Inadequate

OFSTED ASSESSMENT

FIRST POINT TELFORD 01952 380000 TELFORD TRAVELINK 01952 200005 CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU 0845 146 1554 TELFORD CVS 01952 291350

Ofsted assesses a school’s performance in a number of areas, including how well it is managed and will take the socio-economic status of the school’s catchment area into consideration when assessing the school. Therefore a school that has scored poorly in the Sats tests can achieve a high Ofsted rating, as you will see from the results in the table.

TELFORD MIND 01952 588367

FUTURE FOR SATS

national advice lines

The Conservative Party have vowed to scrap SATS if they win the next election and replace them with tests at the start of secondary school. They claim that primary schools are being forced to “teach to the test” to boost their position in Government league tables, and that many pupils spend hours sitting practice papers and brushing up on exam techniques, severely restricting the amount of time they spend doing other subjects such as PE, art, drama, history and geography. What do you think of the tests? Should they be replaced or scrapped altogether? Send us your views to feedback@ homeistelford.co.uk

FAIRSHARE CREDIT UNION 01952 282528 WREKIN HOUSING TRUST 01952 217100

NATIONAL DEBTLINE 0808 808 4000 NATIONAL RAIL ENQUIRIES 08457 484950 PDSA 0800 731 2502 RSPCA 0870 5555 999 SAMARITANS 08457 909090

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WHY DON’T YOU?

Telford has a wealth of activities, campaigns and interests you can get involved in, all on your doorstep and just a phone call or click away!

TELFORD & WREKIN DEAF CLUB Hello and welcome to Telford and Wrekin Deaf Club (TWDC). We have been based at the AFC Telford for the last two years (since 2006), but the club has been running from various locations for the last 56 years. The aim of the TWDC is to offer a service for both Deaf and hearing people that attend. These are to promote interaction, communication and social activities. The activities that we have run over the last two years include presentations on health, personal safety, local Deaf History and breast cancer awareness (where the club also raised a substantial amount of money for the breast cancer charity). We have also had bingo nights and themed evenings for Halloween and Christmas. The Deaf Club’s aim is to provide a social opportunity for the local Deaf people in the Telford and Wrekin area once a fortnight. It is also an opportunity for hearing members as well to interact with Deaf members. We believe, at Telford Deaf Club, that it is essential to promote interaction between both Deaf and Hearing members to support their BSL development. FIND OUT MORE www.telforddeafclub.com

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COMMUNITY health care NHS DIRECT 0845 4647 SHROPDOC 08450 202131 PRINCESS ROYAL HOSPITAL 01952 641222 CHARLTON MEDICAL PRACTICE 01952 620138 DONNINGTON MEDICAL PRACTICE 01952 605262

SHIFNAL & TELFORD CHESS CLUB Shifnal and Telford Chess Club meet every Wednesday at the Nedge Tavern, Stirchley Avenue, Stirchley Village, Telford TF3 1EA. They play competitively in the Wolverhampton League and last year won promotion to Division One by winning the Division Two title without losing a match. FIND OUT MORE www.staffordshirechess.org.uk/shifnal.html

TELFORD DYSLEXIA ACADEMY Telford Dyslexia Academy is a charity affiliated to the British Dyslexia Association and Shropshire Dyslexia Association (Charity number 513065). The Academy provides one-to-one or small-group support and education for children aged six to sixteen with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD). Telford Dyslexia Academy is run by a voluntary committee, comprised mainly of teaching staff and some parents.

The Academy takes place on Saturday mornings between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm during term time. We are based in room A104 at Telford College of Arts and Technology, Haybridge Road, Wellington, Telford. FIND OUT MORE Please contact us on the following telephone number: 07800 754251 or by e-mailing us at telford_dyslexia@hotmail.com

HOLLINGSWOOD MEDICAL PRACTICE 01952 200454 IRONBRIDGE MEDICAL PRACTICE 01952 432568 LAWLEY MEDICAL PRACTICE 01952 560012 LINDEN HALL SURGERY 01952 670060 MALINSEE SURGERY 01952 501234 OAKENGATES MEDICAL PRACTICE 01952 615122 PRIORSLEE MEDICAL CENTRE 01952 299521 SHAWBIRCH MEDICAL PRACTICE 01952 641555 STIRCHLEY MEDICAL PRACTICE 01952 660444 SUTTON HILL MEDICAL PRACTICE 01952 586471 WELLINGTON MEDICAL PRACTICE 01952 226000 WOODSIDE SURGERY 01952 586691

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WHAT’S ON

Send us details of YOUR event and we’ll include it for FREE in HOME IS TELFORD !

There’s lots going on in your home town so please support your local community events! Please confirm the event details before travelling by using the contact details given! Learn to ride with the Wrekin Riders

Saturday 1 August Leegomery BMX Track,11am to 12 noon, & Malinslee BMX Track, 1pm to 2pm Contact Derek Owen 07976 100463.

Vintage Motorcycle Club Rally

Friday 14 to Monday 17 August Dale End Park and Regatta Field, Ironbridge For further details contact Alan Richardson on 01785 841257

CultureFest’09 Saturday 29 August

62nd Oakengates Flower & Craft Show

Saturday 15 August Oakengates United Church, Stafford Road, Oakengates Traditional Flower & Craft Show with classes for vegetables, flowers, fruit, domestic (baking, etc.), craft, photographs, and also a childrens section. Contact Alan Woolley on 01952 623644 or Tony Guy on 01952 613737.

V Festival

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August Weston Park Two day rock and pop music event

The Krystaletts and Caven James

Saturday 22 August The Place, Oakengates 60s, 70s and 80s night including special guest Caven James and top 80’s DJ Clive James

Sounds in The Square

Saturday 22 August Folk and acoustic music with Driftwood Wellington Market Square: 11am – 1pm, admission free

The Wrekin Bike Challenge

Sunday 23 August 10am start Bicycle Hub - Jackfield, Ironbridge to the top of The Wrekin An event organised by The Bicycle Hub for cyclists looking for a challenge!

Shrewsbury Folk Festival Friday 28 to Monday 31 August Four day folk festival www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk

Monthly Coffee Morning

Saturday 29 August Oakengates United Church, Stafford Road, Oakengates (by the bus station) Bacon butties, tea, coffee and toast are served from10am to 12 noon. Come along and rest awhile and enjoy a friendly atmosphere. Contact Telford 01952 299504 for more details.

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Tony’s Bigger Barbeque Sunday 30 August

COMMUNITY SERVICES libraries DAWLEY 01952 382901 DONNINGTON 01952 382905 HADLEY 01952 388475 MADELEY 01952 382950 MOBILE LIBRARY 01952 382990

Telford & Wrekin CultureFest’09

Saturday 29 August Telford Town Park One day free festival of music, dance sports and the creative arts. Includes the annual Let’s Get Physical Fun Run.

Tony’s Bigger Barbecue #9 for the NSPCC Sunday 30 August A mix of good food, music and local bands at Wellington Cricket Club 3pm-7.30pm Gate price £2.50 / £1.50

Coracle Regatta

Monday 31 August Dale End Park & Regatta Field Organised by the Green Wood Trust and Ironbridge Lions 12 noon to 4.30pm. The Regatta holds an established place in the Ironbridge calendar attracting coraclers from all over the country. There will be sprint races, relays, the highly competitive coracle polo match and other daft games. The Regatta is a lovely day out, with stalls and activities and the chance to have a go yourself.!

BMX Summer School Go Ride

Monday 31 August Malinslee BMX Track, 1pm to 4pm A free week long summer school with coaching provided by professional BMX coach Alex Fowlie. Aged 5 years and over welcome. No experience required. Participants to wear long sleeves and trousers and helmet (full face preferred) and gloves. Bring a packed lunch with lots to drink. BMX race bikes and helmets can be provided if booked in advance. Participants completing the course will receive an achievement award. For further details and equipment bookings contact Derek Owen on 01952 382323.

OAKENGATES 01952 382390 STIRCHLEY 01952 382980 TELFORD TOWN CENTRE 01952 382915 WELLINGTON 01952 382990

Teddy Bears Picnic

Sunday 30 and Monday 31 August Telford Steam Railway, Horsehay The Teddy Bears will once again be making their annual visit to the Telford Steam Railway. Family £12.00 Adult £5.00 Child £4.00

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IN THE PARK Our town parks provide a wealth of FREE entertainment, especially during the summer holidays! Saturday 1st August Mr Happity & Mrs Giggles Dawley Park - Free children’s entertainment, 2pm to 4pm Circus Skills Bowring Park, Wellington - Free children’s entertainment, 2pm to 4pm Cadenza Band Bandstand, Telford Town Park Music to entertain park visitors 2pm to 4pm Sunday 2nd August Uncle Olas Story Teller Canopy Area, Spout Farm House, Telford Town Park Saturday 8th August Circus Skills Dawley Park - Free children’s entertainment , 2pm to 4pm Mr Happity & Mrs Giggles Bowring Park, Wellington - Free children’s entertainment , 2pm to 4pm Sunday 9th August Abelwell Foundation Band Bandstand, Telford Town Park - Music to entertain park visitors, 2pm to 4pm

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Kelly the Hobo mime artist Canopy Area, Spout Farm House, Telford Town Park - Free children’s entertainment 12 noon 3pm Thursday 13th August Canopy area, Telford Town Park Cheeky Whiskers free face painting, 12 noon to 4pm Saturday 15th August Baldy the Clown Dawley Park - Free children’s entertainment, 2pm to 4pm Ron Crackers Magician & Cheeky Whiskas Bowring Park, Wellington - Free children’s entertainment, 2pm to 4pm Circus Skills Dale End Park, Ironbridge - Free children’s entertainment, 2pm to 4pm Saturday 16th August Handy Andy Juggler and Fire Canopy Area, Spout Farm House, Telford Town Park - Free children’s entertainment 12 noon to 3pm Saturday 22nd August Baldy The Clown Bowring Park, Wellington - Free children’s fun - 2pm to 4pm

Kris Krendo Punch & Judy Show Dawley Park Free children’s entertainment Sunday 23rd August Salopian Brass Band Bandstand, Telford Town Park Music for park visitors, 2pm 4pm Sasha Dog Puppet & Friends Canopy Area, Spout Farm House, Telford Town Park - Free children’s entertainment 12 noon 3pm Saturday 29th August Ron Crackers Magician Dawley Park Free children’s entertainment Cheeky Whiskas free face painting Bowring Park, Wellington Free children’s entertainment 2pm to 4pm Sunday 30th August Black Russian Band Bandstand, Telford Town Park , 2pm 4pm Monday 31st August Beatles Tribute Band Bandstand, Telford Town Park, 2pm 4pm


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Home is Telford August 2009  

Community magazine for the Shropshire town of Telford

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