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Telford

TELFORD’S PREMIER FREE MAGAZINE

SEPTEMBER 2009

FOCUS ON WELLINGTON THE TOP RATED SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN TELFORD

NEW THIS MONTH FAMOUS & FROM TELFORD

Is good service SPOTLIGHT ON dead and buried? TELFORD CHRISTIAN COUNCIL BUCKS HEAD BULLETIN

A GRAND DAY OUT WITH ROBERT HARROP DESIGNS


CONTENTS

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FOCUS ON WELLINGTON Part of Telford but fiercely independent, we focus on historical Wellington in the first of a new series looking at the towns and villages within Telford

FAMOUS & FROM TELFORD We take a regular look at some of the notable people who were born or who have lived in Telford, starting with an England footballer, a swimming hero and a pioneering doctor of medicine

A GRAND DAY OUT Take a trip down memory lane with your family to the Robert Harrop Designs Archive Gallery in Jackfield and meet up again with many ‘old friends’ from your childhood!

GRASS ROOTS FOOTBALL IN TELFORD Dave Howells from the Telford & Wrekin Schools Football Association details how the TWSFA is making a real difference to grass roots development of the game in Telford

EDITOR Mike Lynch COMMERCIAL MANAGER Alison Lynch TELEPHONE 01952 201657 EMAIL enquiries@homeistelford.co.uk WEB SITE www.homeistelford.co.uk

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HOW DOES YOUR SECONDARY SCHOOL RATE? We take a look at how secondary schools taking pupils from Telford fared in the 2008 GCSE exam results

AND THERE’S MORE... News, views, opinion, editorials and community information related to your home town!

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EDITORIAL

PRICE OF PROGRESS?

DON’T MISS OUT ON YOUR G MONEY SAVIN COUPONS ON PAGE 61!

Will it take the passing of a generation or two before the scars caused by the creation of our town heal sufficiently to unite its residents? Welcome to the third issue of HOME IS TELFORD, the monthly community magazine for residents and businesses of Telford!

GOOD AND BAD One of the drawbacks in producing a community magazine in a town the size of Telford is that it has to be delivered to homes and businesses in the town - all 10,000 copies! Our small but beautifully formed team of distributors spend seven days pounding the streets of Telford to get the magazine out on time and, like all small businesses, it’s all hands to the pump! Apart from being great for our fitness, delivering the magazine ourselves means we have got to know Telford well. It really does have some beautiful areas and getting out and about has meant that we have got to talk to many of you who are passionate about Telford - both for and against! It is reassuring that many of you do agree with us that there is a real need to promote the incredible variety of groups and activities that we have on our doorstep and raise the profile of the town we live in. We have met some residents who have very real reasons for wishing Telford had never been born, some of whom had been directly affected

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by the construction work that went into the making of the new town. It brings home the fact that development always has its victims as well as beneficiaries. It is also clear from what we have been told that a significant number of residents of the towns that make up Telford do not consider themselves part of Telford, fiercely defending the identity of the area they live in. We are new to the town and as such do not see the divisions between the communities that some of you tell us about. It is a real issue that has no easy answer - will it take the passing of a generation or two before all parts of Telford are proud to be part of the same town, whilst still preserving the identities of the individual areas? Is there anything that can be done in the meantime to further unite the town and its residents? Let us know what you think!

KEEPING IT FREE Home is Telford has one central objective - to promote the town and play a part in its development by promoting its facilities, groups, activities, people and businesses. Our biggest challenge is to continually ensure that our magazine has a good balance of relevant articles, interesting editorials about

local businesses, and advertisements. It is thanks to our advertisers that the magazine is a free publication so please support them wherever possible by using their services. The better they do through advertising with us, the more likely they are to continue to advertise, which means that we can concentrate on improving the magazine based on your feedback and turn it into the best community magazine it can be!

LOCAL CONTENT We have been asked how we decide what to put in the magazine and it is very simple - we want to ensure that the vast majority of our articles and editorial content have some link to the town we live in, either directly or through a local business or organisation. Many of the community magazines we looked at around the country when planning Home is Telford consisted of articles that had little or no relevance to the town they were representing. So if you have a story you would like to tell, and it has a link to out town, tell us about it - we’d love to hear from you! Mike Lynch Editor


IS GOOD SERVICE DEAD AND BURIED?

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TALKING POINT

Telford resident Brian Connors asks if our tolerance of poor service has resulted in us getting the standard of customer service we deserve Think carefully now! When was the last time you experienced good customer service? I’ll bet you can remember that all too rare moment easily because it will have come as a pleasant surprise!

My job (buyer) means that I come into contact on a daily basis with retailers all over the West Midlands and I have experienced first hand a general and marked decline in the standards of customer service. When I have witnessed poor service - sometimes REALLY poor service - I have often been amazed at how the customer tolerates the rudeness without openly complaining. One thing I am sure of - we all remember the shops where our shopping experience is poor and make a point of not using that shop again, but this method of showing your disapproval does not drive home the message to the retailer. When shoppers stop shopping at their store, they blame anything and everything - their location, internet competition, council roadworks, parking charges - when it is the service and customer experience they provide that is slowly but surely squeezing the life out of their business. Poor customer service is not just about rudeness either. It begins with the appearance of the shop and its staff - even in these days of countless makeover television shows and advice, a significant number of shops don’t seem to realise that a dark and dingy shop will stop visitors coming into their shop.

Only last week, I assisted a startup business to open a business account with one of the major banks. Their new customer - who could be a very valuable and profitable customer in the future, based on his business plan - has yet to receive any documentation when it was promised, his merchant services account has yet to be setup, and his business relationship manager doesn’t return his calls or emails. So I urge you to politely and firmly complain directly the next time you receive service that it not of the highest standard. Not only will you feel better for having your say, you will be doing your bit to raise the standard of customer service we all experience, and you will be doing the retailer a huge favour in the long term, perhaps even saving their business from inevitable failure! Do you agree with Brian? What is your experience of customer service in Telford? Send your thoughts to us at the usual address!

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NEWS ROUNDUP

Here’s your monthly update on what’s been happening in and around your town! NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR TELFORD

economic development services are delivered to make sure the borough’s businesses are supported in the most effective way during the recession.

Telford & Wrekin Council has appointed Victor Brownlees (pictured) as its new chief executive.

Eric Carter, the council’s lead councillor on regeneration, said: “Given the changes that have happened in the economy, we feel it’s right that we should change the way these important services are delivered.”

The appointment was confirmed by councillors at a meeting in July and the move will see Mr Brownlees move from his post as interim chief executive at the beginning of August. He succeeds Steve Wellings who left the authority earlier this year. Mr Brownlees joined Telford & Wrekin Council two years ago as director of resources and was previously clerk and chief executive of Armagh City & District Council in Northern Ireland. He is a qualified accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) and has held roles in audit, accountancy and financial management in the public sector both in Northern Ireland and England. Mr Brownlees said: “Our priorities are clear: we want to regenerate the Borough Towns and our more deprived areas, make Telford town centre a vibrant and dynamic hub, address local housing needs and work ever more closely with local people and partners.”

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“We must also continue giving local people and businesses the help they need to support them through the recession and build stronger

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and more positive links with town and parish councils. I look forward to working with all councillors, partners and most importantly the community we serve.”

PLUG PULLED ON TRANSFORMING TELFORD Telford & Wrekin Council have announced that it will no longer run the borough’s economic development functions through economic development company Transforming Telford. Telford & Wrekin Council set up Transforming Telford less than two years ago. The change has been proposed by the council as part of an overhaul of the way its

Transforming Telford chairman Peter Roach said that he was “very disappointed” by the council’s proposal. “I’m very proud of the work Transforming Telford did, especially the project to transform the town centre. It will be business as usual for us until the proposed changes come into effect.”

FUNDING WITHDRAWN FROM TECHNOLOGY PARK AND LAKESIDE SCHEMES Regional development agency Advantage West Midlands (AWM) has announced that it is withdrawing funding from five Telford development schemes, including those at Telford Technology Park and the Celestica factory site at Lakeside in Priorslee. Telford council have voiced their disappointment at the announcement and are now assessing the effect the withdrawal of funding will have on the various schemes.


CONSERVATIVE VICTORY IN COUNCIL ELECTION

Valley Packaging have gone into administration, the latest local victims of the current economic crisis.

A turnout of 32% saw Philip Thomas Morris-Jones elected as the councillor for the Park ward of Wellington Town Council in August.

Over fifty staff have lost their jobs between the two closures, though staff at Severn are hopeful that the administrator may be successful in finding a buyer for the business.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW SET TO VISIT TELFORD

PLEDGE TO GROW NUMBER OF ALLOTMENTS

The BBC Antiques Roadshow is visiting Blists Hill Victorian Town on Thursday 17th September. Residents are invited to bring their valuables down on the day for the experts to assess between 9.30am and 4.30pm. Admission to the event is free.

The results were as follows: • Philip Thomas Morris-Jones (Conservative) - 277 votes • Frank Joseph Burns (Labour) - 212 votes • Adrian Gilbert Peter Williams (TAWPA) - 108 votes • Oliver Healy (English Democrats) 72 votes

CREDIT CRUNCH CLAIMS MORE VICTIMS IN TELFORD National retail chain Allied Carpets and plastic film extruder Severn

Telford Council have agreed to increase the number of allotments available in the town, as demand for plots continues to grow both in Telford and nationally. Nearly fifty more plots have been agreed as an extension to the Admaston allotment site, almost doubling the current number. Approval has also been given to a local group to develop a brand new

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PICTURED The old Celestica site in Priorslee - an uncertain future?

allotment location in Dawley Bank, subject to planning permission. The council are promising further announcements on more allotment space by the end of the year.

The BBC also want to hear from residents who have items that are too large to carry. A photo of the item should be sent to: Antiques Roadshow, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR by Tuesday 8th September. Details can also be emailed to them at antiques. roadshow@bbc.co.uk

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FOCUS ON

WELLINGTON: TOWN WITHIN A TOWN

Part of Telford but fiercely independent, we focus on historical Wellington in the first of a new series looking at the towns and villages within Telford

Wellington retains its own distinctive identity, despite being part of Telford since 1968, and is the third largest town in Shropshire in terms of population when considered independently.

A RICH HISTORY Wellington is steeped in history, being mentioned in the Domesday Book and establishing itself as an important market centre back in medieval times. The current town market can be traced back to its first charter in 1244. The town grew around its flourishing market, which was then situated in the town square. Wellington prospered during the eighteenth century as the economic and administrative centre for the East Shropshire coalfields but positively boomed with the coming of the railway in 1849. As well as fuelling the growth of Wellington as an industrial centre, the railway also helped establish the town as an important agricultural centre because of its excellent transport links, and the town became the site of one of the most important cattle markets in the country. The twentieth century saw Wellington reinforce its position as the premier market town in the county and a number of industries established their headquarters in the town, such as the world renowned toy company Chad Valley.

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Wellington Town Centre


The old Market Place

The birth of Telford in 1968 had a profound effect on the town, one which it is still coming to terms with today. Whilst the creation of the new town attracted industry to the area, and with it employment, the creation of the Telford shopping centre has meant that Wellington’s once vibrant centre has struggled to retain and attract stores, though the continuing success of the market at the heart of the town provides much optimism for the future. 1983 saw Wellington’s regional links significantly strengthened with the building of the M54 motorway and significant housing development in recent decades has seen the population exceed 20,000, according to the 2001 census.

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EDUCATION Wellington’s reputation as a primary education centre in Shropshire, established back in the sixteenth century, is well deserved and it provides a breathtaking variety of highly regarded state and private schools and colleges. Wrekin College dates back to 1880 and is one of the leading coeducational independent schools in the country.

COUNCIL Wellington is administered by a Town Council that works in partnership with Telford & Wrekin Council to actively monitor and develop the town and its facilities on behalf of its residents. The Council is made up of elected councillors who meet monthly and who also work for the benefit of the town through various subcommittees and working groups.

Wellington War Memorial

PROFESSIONAL SPORT Wellington is home to AFC Telford United (formerly known as Wellington Town) and the club boasts one of the most impressive stadium complexes in nonleague football at the Buck’s Head ground. The team currently play in the Blue Square North, five tiers below the premiership. Wellington Cricket Club also has an impressive ground, situated on the outskirts of the town, and the club currently play in the Birmingham & District Premier League.

FUTURE Both Wellington and Telford & Wrekin Councils have promised considerable financial investment for town centre regeneration in the next five years. The challenge for Wellington is to find and establish a unique niche for its shopping centre, something that will bring shoppers to the town and reverse the current growing trend for charity shops and ‘To Let’ boards.

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FOCUS ON WELLINGTON

wellington literary festival Wellington hosts a nationally acclaimed literary festival every year in October and in past years has featured a number of well known personalities including Germaine Greer, Michael Dobbs, David Blunkett, Colin Dexter, Ned Sherrin and Henry Blofield. This year’s event runs from Saturday 3rd October through to Thursday 29th October and this year’s presenters include: CAROL ANN DUFFY Playwright and freelance writer Carol Ann Duffy is Britain’s Poet Laureate and is currently the Professor of Contemporary Poetry at the Manchester Metropolitan University. She will be reading some of her own poetry at the Wrekin College Memorial Hall on Friday 16 October. GAYNOR ARNOLD Gaynor Arnold’s first novel, Girl in a Blue Dress, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. She will be disucssing the book and reading form it in the Committee Room at the Civic Offices on Tuesday 20 October. BRUCE KENT Bruce is a world-renowned activist and an active member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmarment (CND). He is delivering a lecture at the festival called ‘Time to Abolish War’ at New College Hall on Thursday 22 October.

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Events are free to attend but some of the more popular sessions require tickets which can be obtained from Oakengates Theatre @ the Place - Theatre Square, Limes Walk, Oakengates, Telford, Shropshire, TF2 6EP. You can telephone the theatre on 01952 382382 or email then at oakengatestheatreboxoffice @telford.gov.uk


Some of the finest food outlets around can be found in the market, with everything from

bakers to butchers, and fish to fruit & veg. The market cafés are always a popular place to stop off, the delicatessens are a must visit providing hams, cheeses and goodies from near and far. The current market building contains over 60 shopping units inside and a further 60 outside. Both areas are very easy to wander around with a wide selection of traders in each area.

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Established since 1244, Wellington Market is a fully heated indoor market hall, housing over 120 shopping units. There is also an outdoor market area.

Specialist traders are in abundance both inside and outside the market, with outlets covering a wide range of choice - custom made curtains, nets, rugs, electricals, school uniforms, and the latest fashion nail bar. These are complemented by a wide selection of ladies fashion, bags, accessories, jewellery and cosmetics, lingerie, stationery, crafts and fancy goods.

wellington civic society The Wellington Civic Society has campaigned for Wellington over 30 years, on issues such as recycling, regeneration, litter, the Wrekin Forest, Skypark, and shopping in Wellington town centre. President of the Society, George Evans, said: “We are completely independent of party politics and often have influence in high places. We are currently campaigning against mining in the woodlands and for the preservation of the Charlton Arms Hotel.” The Society has no committee and anyone who wants to support Wellington is more than welcome to attend the monthly meetings, which are held at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month (except August) at Wellington Civic Centre, Larkin Way. FIND OUT MORE Contact Ross Vickers, Chairman (01952 254649) or George Evans, President (01952 641102)

wellington twinning association Wellington is twinned with Châtenay-Malabry, a small town on the southern edge of Paris. The twinning is managed by Wellington Twinning Association, an independent association that began negotiations with the French town in 1998. The mayor of Châtenay-Malabry visited Wellington in 2001 and signed a twinning charter to officially mark the link between the towns. Visits have since been organised on an annual basis to each town on alternate years, 2009 being the turn of Wellington to visit its twin. The twinning association organise regular events and meetings throughout the year. Details of how to join can be found on the association web site. FIND OUT MORE welltwin.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/home.htm

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FAMOUS AND FROM

TELFORD

We take a regular look at some of the notable people who were born or who have lived in Telford, starting with an England footballer, a swimming hero and a pioneering doctor of medicine

BILLY WRIGHT, ENGLAND FOOTBALLER William Ambrose Wright was born on 6th February 1924 in Ironbridge and attended Madeley Senior School, where he was a leading light of the school football team. He made his debut for Wolverhampton Wanderers at the age of 17 and continued to play when possible during the Second World War, joining the Army as a physical training instructor in 1943. Soon after the war, Wright became captain of the team and picked up his first major honour in 1949 when Wolves beat Leicester City in the FA Cup final. Under Wright’s leadership, Wolves were a dominant force in English football, winning the league championship three times during the fifties. As well as success domestically, Wright enjoyed a distinguished England career, being capped a record 105 times, 90 as captain of the team. From his debut in 1947, he missed just three games in the following 13 years. He retired from playing in 1959 and was awarded the CBE for services to football. He was never booked or sent off during his career and was one of the first celebrity footballers, marrying Joy Beverley of the Beverley Sisters pop group. He managed Arsenal, his boyhood heroes, for four years before embarking on a successful broadcasting career. Billy Wright passed away in 1994 at the age of 70 and his funeral procession brought Wolverhampton to a standstill as the supporters bade a final farewell to their greatest ever player.

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our town CAPTAIN MATTHEW WEBB, CHANNEL SWIMMER Matthew Webb was born in Dawley in 1848, the son of a doctor and one of eight children. As a child, he learnt to swim in the fierce currents of the Severn and gained a reputation for being fearless and a formidable swimmer. At the age of twelve, he fulfilled a childhood ambition to go to sea, joining the Merchant Navy. His swimming prowess brought him fame and fortune whilst at sea, when he attempted to save a colleague who had gone overboard, a deed for which he was awarded the then considerable sum of £100.

WILLIAM WITHERING, MEDICAL PIONEER William Withering was born in Wellington in 1741, the son of a surgeon. He spent a short time as an apprentice to a surgeon whilst in Wellington before moving to Edinburgh in 1762 to study medicine. He moved back to England in 1767, establishing a private practice in Stafford and working at the Stafford Infirmary. In 1775 he was appointed physician to Birmingham General Hospital, where he was responsible for pioneering work into the benefits of the foxglove plant on heart patients, the active ingredient of which is now known as Digitalis.

In 1873, he read an account of a failed attempt to swim the English Channel and it changed his life. He quit his job and began to train daily, vowing to become the first man to swim the Channel. Two years later, he declared himself ready and he entered the freezing waters of the Channel on 12 August 1875. This first attempt ended in failure but twelve days later he tried again, and this time succeeded after a gruelling 22 hour swim, having swum 39 miles.

Withering placed Digitalis on a proper scientific footing, eliminating much of the folklore and superstition that surrounded the plant. Medicines made from foxgloves are now given the general term Digitalin.

His feat brought him worldwide fame and his homecoming to Dawley was met by large crowds. He subsequently earned significant sums of money taking part in races but he was to lose his life swimming when he attempted to cross Niagara Falls on July 12th 1883.

He also made notable contributions to botany, geology, chemistry and archaeology before retiring in 1792. He died in 1799 at the age of 58 and is buried in Edgbaston Old Parish Church.

In 1909, Webb’s older brother Thomas unveiled a memorial in Dawley, on which is the inscription: “Nothing great is easy”.

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HEALTH & BEAUTY

SUNGLASSES WARNING FOR PARENTS The College of Optometrists has urged parents to ensure their children wear appropriate sunglasses when in the sun, after a survey run by the group showed that over 75 per cent of parents are not ensuring that their children wear appropriate eyewear when exposed to sunlight. The survey also found that, although the vast majority of parents use sun cream to protect their children’s skin from harmful rays, 29 per cent never buy sunglasses for their youngsters. Parents who did buy them were not ensuring that they bought quality sunglasses with a CE mark on them, the only way to be sure they would offer adequate protection from the sun.

HOT TEA CAN SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH The British Medical Journal have published a study that showed that people who drank their tea as hot as possible developed twice as many oesophageal cancers as those who drank their tea lukewarm. They recommend that tea should be allowed to cool for a few minutes before drinking to avoid the problems highlighted by the report. They are keen to point out that drinking tea at the right temperature is beneficial to your health because of the antioxidant properties of the beverage.

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Nutritionists at Kings College London looked at published studies on the health effects of tea consumption and found clear evidence that drinking three to four cups of tea a day can cut the chances of having a heart attack.

According to the college, children with light coloured eyes are most at risk from sun damage and those with blue eyes should always wear sunglasses. They also advise that sun hats are a good alternative to sunglasses if parents find it difficult to get their children to keep the glasses on. Exposure to sunlight can damage the retina and the lens of the eye and can also lead to long-term damage..


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A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP? One in four of us will suffer from insomnia at some point in our lives so here’s some handy tips to help you get a good nights sleep! 18


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WHAT IS SLEEP? No one knows the exact function of sleep but the effects of a lack of sleep suggest that its main function is to rest and repair the body. Sleep occurs daily and is a period when we are unconscious and unaware of our surroundings. Your sleep is made up of five different stages: drowsiness, light sleep, two stages of deep sleep and finally rapid eye movement sleep (REM). In REM sleep, your breathing, heart rate and eye movements become more rapid and your limb muscles are temporarily paralysed. This is the time when most dreams occur.

HOW MUCH SLEEP? Adults usually need seven to ten hours sleep a night but can get away with less through habit. Children generally need more sleep while the older we get, the less we seem to need. Insomnia (an inability to fall asleep) becomes more likely the older we get.

SYMPTOMS Typical symptoms are difficulty getting/staying asleep, feeling tired when you wake up in the morning and general irritability.

CAUSES There are a number of factors known to contribute to insomnia - stress, anxiety, feeling too hot or cold, some medicines and certain health conditions.

NIGHT TIME ROUTINE

WRITE IT DOWN

Establish a sleep routine half an hour before you go to bed. Try taking a warm bath, having a milky drink or listening to soothing music to create a relaxed mood before going to bed. Avoid caffeine or alcoholic drinks before you go to bed. Start your routine at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning.

Many insomniac sufferers report that writing down their thoughts at the end of the day helps them to clear their mind, especially if they also write what they will do the next day to resolve any problems.

BED IS FOR SLEEP

Simple breathing exercises combined with gentle stretches and meditation can also settle the mind into a sleep ready state.

Try not to read or watch television in bed if you are having trouble sleeping. If you can’t sleep, get up and read in another room - watching television is not recommended as it can stimulate the mind (unless you’re watching Heartbeat of course!) Don’t just lie in bed thinking about the fact that you’re not sleeping!

BREATHING EXERCISES

You can now buy tapes of meditative background music which some sufferers have reported have helped them get off to sleep. FIND OUT MORE www.telford.nhs.uk

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HOME FROM HOME

HALF OF CHILDREN UNDER NINE NOW OWN A MOBILE PHONE

Despite dire warnings about the long term damage mobile phones can do to a child’s health, more and more parents are opting to give their child a mobile phone, with half of our children under nine now proud owners of their own phone. This follows news that a study in Sweden has concluded that children may be five times more likely to get brain cancer if they use mobile phones during their childhood. Australian research showed that many children with their own phones stay up late texting their friends, affecting their sleep and consequently their school work and ability to concentrate. The rise in the number of children with phones has resulted in a number of manufacturers announcing plans to produce ‘child friendly’ mobile phones that will have restricted functionality to ensure they do not have internet access but are able to easily communicate with their parents.

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UK HOMES GETTING SMALLER AND SMALLER Britain builds the smallest new homes in Europe, says a recent survey published by the Home Builders Federation. Denmark has the most spacious, providing their new home buyers with an average of 25% more floor space. The problem is particularly acute when it comes to social housing and the housing charity Shelter claim that overcrowding is one of the key causes of anxiety and depression. England and Wales are the only countries in Europe where there are no regulations governing legally binding minimum space standards for new house building and experts predict that there is little likelihood of this changing in the foreseeable future. “It would clearly cost us to build bigger houses” said a spokesperson for the Home Builders’ Federation. “Bigger houses need more land.”


The chimney is an integral part of our homes that we tend to take for granted - until it causes serious problems! Regular checking and maintenance is the key to ensuring that it does its job quietly and efficiently. Lee Quiney, local chimney and fireplace specialist who is registered with HETAS (the official body of solid fuel domestic heating appliances fuels and services), has seen at first hand many of the problems that can arise.

A recent government report highlighted the fact that there are over 12,000 chimney fires every year and a number of deaths caused by poor chimney maintenance and poorly fitted appliances. How often do you have your chimney checked out?

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IS YOUR CHIMNEY AS SAFE AS HOUSES?

“Chimneys should be inspected regularly, depending on the fuel you are using” says Lee. “If you burn oil, gas or smokeless fuels, you should have your chimney inspected at least once a year. If you use bitumous coal, we recommend a twice yearly inspection, and those burning wood should have their chimneys checked by an expert once a quarter.” Home owners should also be aware that they are required by law to have log burners ,open fires, flue linings and even fireplace alterations carried out by an HETAS registered engineer, or the work has to be put through a building notice which can cost around £300. Insurers require homeowners who use their chimney to burn fuel to ensure they are maintained regularly, or they could find themselves uninsured if the chimney subsequently causes damage or injury. “A reputable company will also check your chimney externally as well as internally, and will ensure that there is no erosion of the mortar between the bricks,” stated Lee. “Problems with the pointing can cause smokiness, dampness, increased fire risk and instability and it is very cost effective to repair any problems before they become serious when you consider the seriousness of the consequences” You can discuss your requirements with Lee by calling him on 01952 276417 or 07813 921907.

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KEEPING YOU SAFE AND WARM John Rowley from Otter Plumbing & Heating reminds us that now is the time to ensure your boiler is ready and able to keep you safe & warm this winter! It always happens at the worst possible time - it’s the coldest day of the year, or you’re about to bathe the children - and the boiler breaks down! Not only do you find that you have no heating or hot water but you now have to find a reliable plumber who can come and sort out the problem, at the busiest time of the year for plumbers! That’s why we recommend that you get your boiler serviced during the autumn months, before the cold winter weather kicks in. A service carried out by a qualified and experienced service engineer will ensure that your boiler is working properly and safely, and will give you and your family peace of mind. We recommend that you service your boiler annually to manufacturer guidelines. It is particularly important if you have an open flue system because it is these appliances that are more likely to cause carbon monoxide deaths. Servicing the boiler helps identify flue and ventilation problems before they become serious. Having your boiler serviced with Otter Plumbing and Heating also gives you the opportunity to get to know us and experience the high quality of customer care that we are known for. You will then have the peace of mind of knowing you have someone you can trust should you need to call us out in an emergency or want additional work done in your home.

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FINDING A TRUSTWORTHY TRADESMAN Paul Kent, owner of Shropshire Plumbing & Electrical, highlights the essentials you should look for when engaging the services of an electrician or plumber From a small repair to a big project costing thousands of pounds, an informed decision will save you more than just time and money. So just what can you do to help avoid the pitfalls of a employing a rogue trader?

ELECTRICIAN It is reported that about 9,300 fires a year are caused by an electrical source such as faulty or inadequate wiring. So we would always recommend that all electrical work is carried out by someone who has the relevant specialist skills and knowledge in this type of work. Not everyone is aware of the fact that, with effect from 1st October 2005, anyone carrying out electrical work in homes and gardens has to comply with new

Building Regulations, commonly referred to as ‘Part P’. The easiest way to ensure your work complies with the regulations is to ensure your electrician is a member of a Competent Person Scheme. There are currently five approved ‘Full Competence’ schemes in operation, such as the one run by ELECSA. This means that your electrician will be fully qualified, able to offer an insurance backed guarantee, and there will be a specific complaints procedure open to you should things still go wrong. Just to confuse matters, there are also ‘Defined Scope Competence’ schemes in operation. This type of scheme is mainly for trades who need to do a small amount of electrical work in association with their primary trade. An example

ELECTRICAL DIY IS ‘NO BRIGHT IDEA’ It’s not a bright idea to dabble in electrical DIY. Not only is having a crack at the wiring dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, but you could also end up with the authorities on your case for breaking the law. In addition, without the correct formal certification for the work carried out, you may well experience difficulties in the future should you decide to sell your house.

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would be a plumber who needs to do the wiring when installing an electric shower. Be aware though that a defined scope scheme does have limitations. You could not get your plumber to install some gardens lights, for example! Why should you use an electrician who is registered with a competent person scheme? • Members of schemes can deal with all the new rules for you. • Members are qualified to carry out electrical work. • Members will give you a certificate to confirm their work follows the new rules. • You will not have to pay Building Control charges. • You will have the option of taking out an insurance backed guarantee for the work. • You will have access to a formal complaints procedure if you are not happy with the work. So just who is responsible for ensuring that the electrical work carried out in your home meets all the safety requirements? In short, you are! It is a legal requirement for homeowners and landlords to be able to prove that all fixed electrical installations and alteration work has been carried out and certified by a competent person, that is, by an electrician registered with a Government approved body such as ELECSA.


There has been a rash of reports in the media of plumbers charging their unwary customers thousands for the simplest of jobs. How can you make sure you won’t be the next to fall victim? The little known fact about plumbing is that you do not need any formal qualifications of any sort to be able to advertise your services as a plumber. Neither do you need to be a member of a plumbing based ‘Competent Person Scheme’ in order to carry out minor works. As you can appreciate, unlike electricians, this can make it much more difficult to find a reputable plumber. So what should you look for when contacting a plumber? Always start by ensuring your plumber has the relevant qualifications. A City & Guilds 6129 Technical Certificate will suffice and prove that your plumber has completed both theory and practical training in plumbing skills.

You should also look for qualifications with regard to water regulations and, if the job involves a specialist area, further qualifications such as dealing with unvented systems may also be appropriate. Find out whether they have insurance to cover your property in the event that things go wrong. Avoid plumbers with call-out charges. Instead, opt for ones with clear hourly rates. That way you will not get charged £100 for a 5 minute visit. A reputable plumber will charge for the half hour spent investigating the issue, but this will normally be deducted from the price quoted for actually fixing the problem. Once you have selected your plumber, be prepared to pay a

deposit - after all, you can’t really expect them to shell out for all the fittings for your new bathroom before you’ve given them a penny. Agreeing a price before the work commences and a schedule of payments is the best course of action. As for what you can expect of a plumber, at the very least, you should obtain a clear description of the work to be carried out and the price agreed (the plumber’s quote). You can expect any work carried out to be done so with reasonable care and skill, finished in a reasonable time, and done at a reasonable cost. FIND OUT MORE Shropshire Plumbing & Electrical Contractors Ltd Telephone: 01952 603817 Email us at enquiries@plumbingelectrics.co.uk Visit our web site at www.plumbingelectrics.co.uk

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Local firms such as R.S. Builders who specialise in providing quality customer service are benefitting from the rising demand for home improvement work in Telford “We have always prided ourselves on putting the customer’s needs and requirements first, ever since we began trading in 1981,” said Richard Stokes, owner of R.S. Builders. “No job is too large or small for us and we know our customers appreciate dealing with a local company that is friendly and reliable, and where they know that the work is carried out by us personally.”

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The local expertise the company has built up in over twenty years of trading is particularly valued by Richard’s customers, especially when dealing with building regulations and planning. “We take the hassle out of improvement work and provide complete peace of mind by guaranteeing the work that we do.” You can discuss your requirements with Richard by calling him on 01952 201180.

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CASH IN ON YOUR UNWANTED GOLD Wellington based THE CHEQUE CENTRE provides Telford residents with a reputable, friendly and fast way to raise money from their unwanted gold! 2009 has seen the value of gold soar as global financial investors view gold as a safe haven in these challenging financial times. This has resulted in an unprecedented demand for scrap gold, as can be seen from the current glut of television adverts for scrap jewellery, urging you to send your unwanted items through the post. Many people are understandably reluctant to trust the post with their valuables, which is where Wellington based finance store The Cheque Centre comes in. Their shop on Market Street enables Telford residents to bring in their items and find out what they are worth, without having to part with them first. They pride themselves on providing a friendly and efficient service, backed by the reassurance that you are dealing with a reputable organisation with a high street presence. Economic experts predict that now is the time to cash in on unwanted gold because they believe that demand will fall by the end of the year as confidence continues to grow in the equities market. As well as buying hallmarked gold, The Cheque Centre offers a comprehensive range of alternative financial services. Their friendly staff offer a commission free currency exchange service at highly competitive rates. They also provide an immediate cheque cashing service (with appropriate ID) for a small fee, as well as their popular ‘Cash ‘til Payday’ service.

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GARDEN CALENDAR

SEPTEMBER FRUIT AND VEG Time to pick apples and blackberries for use in baking

PLANTS Plant new perennials whilst the soil is still warm and bring in any tender perennials

Last chance to plant new strawberry beds for next year Lift and pot any rooted strawberry runners It’s a good time to plant new fruit trees whilst soil is warm Harvest your potatoes before the slugs get them!

Buy or order your spring flowering bulbs

Pick any remaining outdoor tomatoes, beans and cucumbers

Plant your daffodils by the middle of the month for best results

Time to harvest your sweetcorn and check your marrows and pumpkins to see if they are ready

Sow sweet peas under glass for early blooms next summer Keep up your hanging basket deadheading and watering - you should be able to keep them going for a while yet! Give your evergreen hedges a final trim before the winter Begin to reduce your watering of house plants as the days begin to shorten It’s a good time to move any shrubs or trees to give them a chance to establish before the winter weather

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LAWNS Reduce the mowing frequency and set the cut higher in readiness for the winter weather Scarify, aerate and top dress the lawn Treat the lawn with a feed weedkiller to remove any persistent weeds


You may wish for a wonderfully designed garden but would you have the time to keep it looking its best? We have all gazed longingly at pictures of wonderfully designed landscapes and wished that we could have such a garden. But a beautiful garden does not look after itself - all those plants and features need to be maintained! A good garden landscape designer will discuss your requirements and design your prized patch based on the amount of time you will be able to spend on your garden at all times of the year. This is particularly relevant for the front garden which is likely to need more attention than the back through being more visible to the public.

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REMEMBER THE TIME! The designer will also take into account your available time for maintenance when selecting the type of furniture to place in the garden. Garden furniture made out of teak may be significantly more expensive to buy initially when compared to softwood furniture but it will be considerably more durable and therefore more tolerant of neglect if you are unlikely to be able to follow a regular maintenance schedule.

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No matter how clean the dining area, it can give no accurate indication of the state of the kitchen area of a food business. So how can you be sure that you are eating out in a restaurant that has been successfully inspected by Environmental Health officers? SCORES ON THE DOORS is a Telford & Wrekin Council service that provides you with their rating for a food business in Telford, based on the following three areas: • Compliance with food hygiene practices and procedures, including cleaning practices, temperature control and potential contamination from raw to cooked food • Compliance relating to the structure of the premises • Confidence in the management of the business including having and using a documented Food Safety Management System and adequate training/ supervision of all food staff. The results are used to produce a star rating system ranging from five stars for excellent businesses to zero stars for very poor. The premises of a food business and its food safety practices must be kept up to standard all the time for it to maintain its star rating. Premises will be awarded a certificate showing their star rating which they may display for customers to see.

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The scheme includes restaurants, fast food shops, schools, etc. You can find out the rating for a food business by visiting the web site at www.telford.gov.uk/ scoresonthedoors

Visit Wallace & Gromit at Robert Harrop Designs during the Festival! See page 30 for details


The fifth Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival will take place over the weekend of 26 - 27 September, bringing a host of family fun and stunning night time illuminations to this historic and scenic location. This year’s festival celebrates the 300th anniversary since Abraham Darby first smelted iron with coke, recognised as the start of the Industrial Revolution. The Iron Bridge will be illuminated on Friday and Saturday evenings with coloured low energy light bulbs to mark the anniversary. Among the many family attractions in Ironbridge on Saturday 26 September will be a Victorian funfair, village fete and street market, while refreshments will include a pig roast and there will be street entertainment with music and live bands. Children can also have-a-go on various rides and join in fun activities such as skittles, football and coconut shies. The Wharfage alongside the river Severn in Ironbridge will be closed to traffic for the day.

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To complete the day’s events there will be a spectacular firework display starting at 8pm against the back drop of the Iron Bridge. On Sunday 27 September, more celebrations will take place at Maws Craft Centre in Jackfield where there will be something for the whole family with food and craft stalls, static steam displays, heritage walks and entertainment. The festival has been designed to illustrate why the Ironbridge Gorge holds the special title of World Heritage Site and to highlight the steps being taken to protect it for the benefit of future generations. The fun starts at 10am on both days and a free park and ride service will be in operation from Telford town centre. More information is available on www. ironbridgeheritagefestival.co.uk and www.visitironbridge.co.uk

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Take a trip down memory lane with your family to the Robert Harrop Designs Archive Gallery in Jackfield and meet up again with many ‘old friends’ from your childhood! There’s nothing more certain to evoke childhood memories than a glimpse of the characters you grew up with - Camberwick Green, Roald Dahl, Bagpuss, Ivor the Engine, Thunderbirds, through to Wallace & Gromit - the list is endless! Local company Robert Harrop Designs produce incredibly detailed figurines from the world of books, films, television and comics that have to be seen to be appreciated. Expertly sculpted from wax, cast in a ceramic resin and skillfully handpainted, the figurines produced by Robert Harrop have been collected and treasured throughout the world for over 25 years. Now you can see over 1,400 of the figurines in a permanent exhibition at their new showrooms in the Mill building at the Jackfield Tile Museum, situated in the Ironbridge Gorge.

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out and about The exhibition also features a unique insight into the incredible skill and expertise that goes into making the figurines. You will be able to see how they are designed, cast and painted, and marvel at the painstaking attention to detail that brings the characters to life before your very eyes! The latest Wallace and Gromit figurines from the smash Christmas TV hit, “A Matter of Loaf and Death” are now available to purchase from the showrooms and give you an indication of just how detailed Robert Harrop figurines really are. Each figurine in the Wallace & Gromit range replicates the “thumby” nature of plasticine modelling, personally endorsed by creator Nick Park and Aardman Animations. They are sure to be a sought after collection in years to come! Prices for the figurines start at just £25 and readers of Home is Telford can get a further £5 by using the coupon on page 61 - a great way to start your collection! Adding to the collectability of the figurines is that they are all

produced as limited editions, usually just one thousand of each model. Collecting Robert Harrop figurines is a rewarding and satisfying hobby that has its own collectors club that has attracted over five thousand registered members since its inception in 1984. The forthcoming Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival on Saturday 26 September and Sunday 27 September provides an ideal opportunity to experience the world of Robert Harrop. The festival will feature a wide range of family activities including market stalls, funfair, displays, exhibitions, games, music and entertainment, capped off by a firework display on the Saturday.

Visit the web site at www.robertharrop. com for further details and directions of how to find the gallery and showrooms you’re sure of a warm welcome and a day out that all the family will remember!

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SPORT & LEISURE ACTIVE FAMILIES SCHEME PLANNED FOR TELFORD

Families in Telford will be encouraged to join in a new leisure scheme called ‘Active Families’ to improve their health when it is launched in Telford in the coming year. Currently being piloted in the Newport area, Active Families is a brand new project that has been set up by the Council to help families across Telford and Wrekin improve their health and well-being, funded by Sport England and Telford and Wrekin NHS. Everyone on the scheme will work with their own family coordinator, who will support and motivate them through their own tailored leisure programme. Families will be given advice and information about the range of leisure activities on offer with the overall aim of helping families find activities that fit into their own lifestyles.

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All those that are signed up to the scheme will be given a free ‘Aspirations’ gym membership and the chance to join in five months free activities at council leisure facilities, with activities offered to include swimming, skating, squash, badminton, table tennis and golf.

Telford & Wrekin councillor Miles Hosken, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure, said; “Those who join in don’t need to have been to a gym before or even to be involved in any activity at the moment. We are really hoping to attract people who would like to make a change to their lifestyle by making sport and physical activity a part of their everyday lives.” Everyone on the scheme will be given a basic health assessment and advice on the various ‘active choices’ available to them. Those who are signed up to the scheme will also be encouraged to fill in their own fitness diary and invited to attend regular progress sessions with their family coordinators, every six weeks, to help them achieve their goals. FIND OUT MORE Call the Telford & Wrekin leisure team on 01952 382603 or email activefamilies@telford.gov.uk or visit www.telford.gov.uk/leisure.


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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!

TELFORD RIDING CLUB The Telford Riding Club (TRC) organises a number of equestrian shows each year. They have classes for all interests and standards of riding, from show jumping to in hand showing, for horses and for ponies, and for competitors of all ages. They have a show ground located just to the north of Telford at Bratton Hall Farm near Wellington. The aim of Telford Riding Club is to organize a number of equestrian shows each year which: • are self funding and not for profit • include showing and jumping classes • are run to provide members with a competitive yet low key and enjoyable experience • are for riders, horses and their handlers to gain experience before moving on to higher standards. Anyone is welcome to compete in any class in our shows whether you are a member or not. FIND OUT MORE www.telfordridingclub.co.uk

TELFORD & WREKIN DISTRICT BOWLING CLUB The Telford & Wrekin District Bowling Club was established in 1982 and is registered and affiliated with the W.B.A & E.B.A. The Green and clubhouse can be found in Hartshill Park Oakengates. Club night is every Thursday evening through out the summer months and visitors are most welcome. The Committee run a variety of arranged friendly match’s, and on selected weekends throughout the summer they run club competitions.

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FIND OUT MORE www.telfordbowling.tripod.com


Telford Ice Skating Club is located at the Telford Ice Rink and caters for all ages and abilities, from beginners to British National Championship standards. All members have the opportunity to participate in the annual “Gala� night and numerous in-house competitions.

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There are three levels of membership - Gold, Silver and Casual. The idea of the club is that anyone can become a member; however, in practice, this does have safety implications so a minimum standard is required. Children wishing to join the club should have passed at least Skate UK Level 6 or Penguin Level 9 in order to skate during club sessions.

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Skaters achieving Level 2 Free and/or Elements, and equivalent in Dance or deemed too old to skate on Junior Club may skate at Senior Club sessions. FIND OUT MORE www.telfordiceskatingclub.co.uk

TELFORD SKI CLUB Based at Madeley Ski Centre, Telford Junior Ski Racing Club is an organisation that serves to provide high quality ski racing coaching on all surfaces - plastic, indoor domes and snow. Their racers compete at all levels, including regional, national and international competitions and the Club is proud to have Olympic competitors amongst its past and current membership. Children from the age of six are coached at Wednesday evening Club Nights, many having progressed through the ski slopes own junior coaching structure which provides ski instruction to all children from the age of three years old. FIND OUT MORE www.telfordskiclub.co.uk

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SHOOTING FOR THE TOP

Family run SHOOTING STARS GYMNASTICS CLUB is going from strength to strength and offers a fun environment to keep your children fit and healthy! The latest shocking figures on child obesity means that it is more important than ever to ensure our children participate in regular activity, away from the games consoles and television! The biggest challenge facing parents is finding an activity at an affordable price that their children will enjoy, want to go back to, and be something that will have long term benefits for their mind and body. That’s where Hortonwood based gymnastics club SHOOTING STARS can make a real difference! The club run gymnastics, trampolining, dance and cheerleading classes throughout the week at their dedicated centre on the Hortonwood Industrial Estate, complete with an Olympic size sprung floor, bars, beams, vault, trampoline, trampette, recreational floor and five very dedicated, experienced, hardworking and qualified coaches. As well as the obvious benefits to their coordination and body movement, students gain confidence through learning new gymnastic and movement skills, boosting their self-esteem which will transfer to other areas of their lives including their school work. The effort they put into learning teaches them a strong work ethic and the weekly classes teach them invaluable social skills such as listening, discipline and respect for others. As well as regular classes, the club stage regular productions and shows such as a gymnastic adaptation of ‘Peter Pan’ , which was the first production of its type in the UK. Shooting Stars are the only club in the West Midlands to be selected to perform at the London Festival in October 2009. Good luck girls!

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Bored going to the gym? Feel you’re going nowhere on that treadmill? Want to learn a new and exciting skill AND keep fit? Telford’s resident martial arts expert Lee Matthews has the answer!

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KICKSTART YOUR FITNESS! Kickboxing and Sport Karate are two of the fastest growing fitness activities in the UK and provides a fantastic way to achieve a total body workout, while learning simple selfdefence moves that do wonders for your self-confidence! The Lee Matthews Black Belt Academy based at Tweedale near Madeley has seen popularity for its classes rise significantly this year, with classes now taking place at various venues including Bayston Hill, Bridgnorth, Cannock, Ludlow, Shifnal, Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton, making them the biggest provider of martial arts classes in Shropshire with over 14 schools and 800 students. “Many people would love to learn a martial art but don’t know how or where to start, which is where we come in” said Lee. “We provide a safe, properly equipped environment with fully trained and insured instructors, leaving pupils free to enjoy themselves and reap the many benefits the activity provides” As well as providing an effective aerobic workout, martial arts help to improve balance, flexibility and coordination, as well as providing a great way to reduce and relieve stress! Lee is running a special offer for HOME IS TELFORD readers to get you started and kitted out! You can now get a staggering 60% off the usual £99 joining fee, which means you get a suit, belt, licence, insurance, free DVD, free starter pack and syllabus, all for just £39 with the coupon you will find on page 61 of this magazine.

There are limited spaces available, so please call early to avoid disappointment! Call the Academy FREE on 0800 389 3987 and get signed up today!

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BUCKS BULLETIN

A patchy opening game performance from the Bucks kicked off the start of the new season STEADY START TO THE SEASON The Bucks have had a patchy start to the new season, with one win, two draws and a loss from their first four matches. The team have suffered at home from sluggish starts, particularly in the season opening game against Blyth Spartans when they conceded a goal after just three minutes. The club have expressed their thanks to fans for the excellent attendances at the first two home games. You can read reports on all the matches by visiting the club web site at www. telfordutd.co.uk

BUCKS SIGN SHORTS SPONSORSHIP DEAL The club have announced that they have secured a three year sponsorship deal with local Telford company, Q Technical Services (UK) Ltd. The deal means that the company’s logo will now be on the front of all three of the AFC Telford United playing kits and will bring in much needed funds to continue the growth of the club.

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The club are selling pink piggy banks in the club shop, stamped with the team crest, to raise money for breast cancer.

The idea was the brainchild of Commercial Sales Manager Anton Gunter whose mother successfully recovered from the disease when he was younger. The piggy banks cost £2 and all of the money goes to Princess Royal Hospital.

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SUPPORT YOUR CLUB AND JOIN THE TRUST

‘Never Forget’ chronicles the events of the inception of the club and features interviews with many of the people involved at the time. The initial print run is just 250 so grab your copy while you can from the club shop.

Did you know that AFC Telford is wholly owned by its supporters through the Supporters Trust? The Trust is always on the lookout for new members in order to continue to grow the club. Membership costs just £5 annually - see the web site for further details.

The dark days of the death of the old club and the birth of AFC Telford is detailed in a new book published by the Supporters Trust to mark the fifth anniversary of the new club.

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GRASS ROOTS FOOTBALL IN TELFORD So, as a parent, you have a child (boy or girl) who wants to be a footballer! Your first step could be either seeing if your primary school has an after school club coaching football or perhaps your child would like to join a Sunday League Team. Progression from this level is normally through the school PE teacher/coordinator who would contact TFEEC - Telford Football Excellence Education Centre, where they might be invited in for a trial. TWSFA or Telford & Wrekin Schools Football Association was formed in 2008 and heralds an exciting time for local boys & girls who want to be involved in football within the Telford area. Telford Primary Schools are into their fourth season running inter school football competitions within the schools. For this coming season, we have 36 primary schools who have entered into the year 5/6 competition, with 20 schools entering the year 4 competition. However, the biggest growth, in line with the rest of the country, sees 20 schools entered into the girls primary football competition, which will result in around 1000 local primary school children aged between 7 and 11 being involved in inter schools competitive football in Telford.

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Using the words ‘competitive football’ at this age group might upset a few people but within the schools football association strict ethos, the children are encouraged to play no matter what their football skill level, demonstrating that within schools football ‘every child matters’ in developing their football ability to their maximum potential. The children are taught how to ‘enjoy their football’ and you can see the pride in their faces when they step out to represent their school. Though we have school football leagues, the teachers and coaching staff ensure the games do not become purely results driven, with the emphasis on enjoyment because failure to do this can lead to early drop out. Early developers often stand out but research does suggest that many late developers have greater potential to reach and maintain higher levels of performance at football in the long term so it is important to support the late developers. The coaching within youth football has changed much for the better since I was a boy and when I first started coaching - gone are the days of punishment runs and player ridicule. At this age group, much emphasis is now placed on the FUNdamentals stage and revolves around ‘Freedom and Fun’.


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Dave Howells from the Telford & Wrekin Schools Football Association details how the TWSFA is making a real difference to grass roots development of the game in Telford

PICTURED RIGHT St Patrick’s Girls with Gavin Cowans from AFC Telford, winners at the Telford Primary Schools Football Finals 2009

Motor Development activities will be practised by good football coaches at this age group, ensuring the young children have ‘good’ skills resulting in efficient movement, holding them in good stead as they grow and develop. Football coaching at this age group has developed considerably with the FA and coaches are now very much aware of the importance they have as a football coach during these early years. A good football coach should be aware of how they can develop the children using the ‘Four Corner Model’ outcomes, assessing and developing the young players in the technical, psychological, physical and social aspects of the game. The TWSFA league fixtures and all the latest information on Telford schools football can be found on the website at www.twsfa.org.uk The games are played throughout the season with the finals being held at the New Bucks Head home of AFC Telford. This is a fantastic experience for the youngsters to play on such a fantastic surface. The primary schools finals which are held in May are followed by the annual Wrekin Challenge Shield, which is an annual match involving U11s Telford v Wolverhampton. Telford U11s have a full season of fixtures, details of which can also be found on the TWSFA website. These are exciting times for the local footballing children and we wish everyone of them a fun season and hope they enjoy their football! FIND OUT MORE www.twsfa.org.uk

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Telford Stage School has been established for 10 years and offers the best tuition in all areas of Performing Arts in Telford, Shropshire, and West Midlands.

Our own premises at Dawley provide spacious areas for students to work. We have eight studios including two dedicated voice studios. We are constantly striving to improve our facilities for the benefit of all our students.

Dan Crossley, a student of ours, recently won Telford's Got Talent and 10 other past and present students performed in the final. Telford Stage School (TSS) was formed in February 1999 by parents whose vision was to make quality performing art tuition and performance available to all. Our staff are experienced professionals in their fields. All staff and volunteers are CRB checked.

CARING ENVIRONMENT Importantly to us, our fees are structured to make classes affordable. Fees currently at Dawley Saturday Academy for 4 1/2 hours tuition if paid monthly are equivalent to £11.50 per week, Newport 41/2 Hours £13 per week, and Wellington 3 hours for just £10 per week.

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We offer a friendly caring environment fostering all aspects of performing Arts. Students are taught the fundamentals of a discipline ie dance, drama, singing in a structured format, then apply them to live performances. We aim to stage numerous performances per annum.

We use the latest radio microphones available, have three P.A. systems and constantly strive to provide the best. We give our students experience using industrial standard equipment, headsets mics, hand held radio mics, digital voice processors and singing to backing tracks or live accompaniment.

PERFORMANCE CENTRE With our own performance centre, our students are not phased by lights, smoke/haze machines or pyrotechnics. We produce in house video and audio recordings of our shows. Our students learn through performance and we offer many opportunities to perform. Our students have been featured on local radio many times. They have appeared in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Whistle Down the Wind, Scrooge at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, and Les Miserables 20th Anniversary Celebrations in London's West End.

TV, CINEMA AND THEATRE SUCCESS Our students have successfully auditioned for places at prestigious London Stage Schools. We have links with respected London agents and our students attend West End auditions, blockbuster film auditions and have appeared in television shows such as Life on Mars, Waterloo Road, West End productions and numerous TV, cinema and radio commercials.

CLASSES FOR ALL AGES We also offer technical training for students who have an interest in this aspect of theatre, including lights/ sound etc. Telford Stage School also offers adult street dance classes which is a great form of exercise as well as being great fun. Every school holiday, we provide workshop weeks where students attend Monday to Friday and perform in a fully produced show on the Friday, with fees set at just £60. At the other end of the scale, we run Mini movers which is a very successful class aimed at 3 to 5 year olds, which is an age specific gentle introduction to the world of performing arts .

AFFORDABLE FEES We also run weekly 1hr classes in street dance drama and singing from £3 per session.


YOU’RE IN SAFE HANDS! The owners of Telford Stage School, Ash and Lee Baldwin, are the parents of teenage TV star Pax Baldwin. Pax, who stars as Robbo in the CBBC series Paradise Café, was also famous for his role as Reece, the spy in UK Disney TV’s As the Bell Rings, a role which took him to USA to appear in the worldwide TV series Disney Channel games. There he made friends with household names Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Dylan and Cole Sprouse and the stars of High School Musical.

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Telford Stage School have been producing talent in Telford, Shropshire and the West Midlands for over 10 years and are now on the lookout to develop even more, with centres in Dawley, Newport and Wellington!

Pax has also appeared on Holby City, Doctors, Kingdom, Midsomer Murders, as well as appearing in many West End shows. Lee & Ash Baldwin have first hand up to date knowledge and experience of all areas of performing arts, theatre and stage craft, Lee herself having worked on a number of films including Harry Potter. They personally know Sylvia Young from the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School In London, the head of Disney in the UK, and other numerous casting directors in the UK and Los Angeles, together with the children’s administrator for all musicals and stage shows in the UK.

OUR VENUES Telford Academy, Green Dragon Studios, Dawley Town Hall, New Street TF4 3JR Newport Academy Cosy Hall Waters Lane, Newport TF10 7LD Wellington Academy Admaston House, Wellington Road TF5 0BN

VISIT OUR WEB SITE www.telfordstageschool.org.uk

CONTACT US

Telephone 01952 400441

Telephone: 01952 400441 Mobile: 07980919430 Email: telfordstageschool@blueyonder.co.uk

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BUSINESS & FINANCE NEWS LOAN RATES RISE AS BASE RATE FALL

Business and personal loan rates have risen by an average of 3.5%, despite the current record low base rate, prompting calls for tighter regulations to control what some see as profiteering by the high street banks. In addition to the rise in personal loan rates, the Bank of England have reported that the average authorised overdraft rate in July 2009 was 18.9%, the highest for fifteen years. Credit card rates have also risen, by an average of 1.5% in the past eighteen months. Consumer groups are now urging shoppers to look around for the best deal on all credit products and not to assume that all companies charge roughly the same rate. TV expert Martin Lewis reports that there are good deals to be had for all types of credit product and that the savings can be significant. Banks are also applying increased charges for unauthorised overdrafts and missed payments since the start of the credit crunch, one of the worst culprits being 70% government owned Royal Bank of Scotland. FIND OUT MORE www.moneysavingexpert.com

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STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS HAS NEVER BEEN CHEAPER

The continuing recession is bad news for many but has meant that it has never been cheaper to start up a new business. Landlords in particular are keen to rent out their empty shops and offices and are offering substantial discounts and rent free periods to those looking to lease. The boom times saw some landlords charging premiums when leasing to a new business but the lack of demand has seen this practice all but disappear. The economic climate has also made negotiating discounts on office equipment and supplies easier, particularly when dealing with online suppliers.


A Shifnal based service could be the answer to your prayers if you are struggling to find the time to keep on top of your commitments

The La Petite Concierge Team

Esther Watkins (left) & Lynda Collins

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NEED A HELPING HAND? Modern life creates many demands on our time at work and at home, and it can sometimes seem impossible to ensure you get the balance right. Now there is a new type of specialist service available to you that can provide you with an invaluable extra pair of hands as and when they are needed. Shifnal based business La Petite Concierge is owned and run by Esther Watkins and specialises in offering a wide range of domestic and professional services that could just make all the difference to your quality of life. Established in 2006, La Petite Concierge can help you with an inexhaustible range of services - cleaning, running errands, laundry, ironing, meal preparation, gardening, looking after relatives on a daily basis - the list is endless! As well as the practical help, they also provide something that money just can’t buy - complete peace of mind that you have someone who you can rely on, as and when you need them! As well as the domestic services, La Petite Concierge also provide business support services, run by Esther with business expert Lynda Collins. The service enables you to hire your own personal assistant for as many hours as you need, as often as you need. “We aim to make life easier for our clients, saving them time and energy,” says Esther. “We aim to simplify people’s lives, giving them back time to focus on their business.”

Take the first step to bringing back order to your busy life by calling Esther on 07816 154117 and see how La Petite Concierge can give you back some time for yourself!

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COMMUNITY NEWS DO YOU KNOW YOUR CONSUMER RIGHTS? The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) are running a national campaign this month to increase public awareness of consumer rights. The NATIONAL CONSUMER WEEK takes place between 14th and 18th September and it links in with the launch of the ‘Know Your Rights Campaign’ by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). National Consumer Week aims to raise consumers’ awareness of a range of issues that impact on their daily lives. This year’s event will spotlight the need for business to know their consumer’s rights, with free access to on-line training for businesses. The week is also used to remind consumers of how they can access advice through Consumer Direct and the UK European Consumer Centre and alert them to the work carried out on their behalf by trading standards professionals across the UK. Telford & Wrekin Council will be actively involved in promoting the event in the town. Council Trading Standards Officers will offer advice to shoppers at two different venues during the week, as follows: 17 September - Asda in Donnington 19 September - Telford Shopping Centre The event also promotes the excellent CONSUMER DIRECT web site, which clearly details the rights of the consumer, with invaluable advice for before and after you buy. It also includes advice on issues with your energy supplier, including template letters and debt advice. FIND OUT MORE www.consumerdirect.gov.uk 08454 040506

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COMMUNITY SERVICES emergency numbers POLICE FIRE AMBULANCE 999 or 112 GAS LEAKS 24 hour service 0800 111 999 ELECTRICAL FAILURES 0800 328 1111 WATER BOARD 0800 783 4444

POCKET MONEY FALLS TO £6.73 A WEEK

A government quango has reported that the economic downturn has resulted in a drop in the average amount of pocket money paid out by parents to £6.32 a week, with a third of all parents reducing pocket money payments. The Personal Finance Education Group also reported that the continuing drive towards a cashless society has resulted in today’s children having no concept of the value of money and how to budget.

BREATH EASY BACK CALL FOR FREE OXYGEN Local support group BREATHE EASY is backing a campaign to help improve the treatment of oxygen users on planes. The campaign calls on airlines to provide free oxygen, to allow passengers to bring their own cylinder or concentrator onboard, and to ensure that each airline makes their policies on these issues absolutely clear. BREATHE EASY is a social support group for residents of Telford & District who are living with lung disease and/or their carers. Group meetings are on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2pm at Wellington Civic and Leisure Centre (Swimming Baths) and membership is completely free. FIND OUT MORE www.breatheeasytelford.btik.com/p_Home.ikml www.lunguk.org

FLOODING 0845 988 1188 BT RESIDENTIAL 0800 800151 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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HOW DOES YOUR CHILD’S SECONDARY SCHOOL RATE? We take a look at how secondary schools taking pupils from Telford fared in the 2008 GCSE exam results Thomas Telford school comes out tops in our league table of secondary schools when we compare the percentage of pupils passing five or more GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths. Only four of the schools managed to beat the authority and national average, though Madeley Academy was very close at 43%. Two schools in Newport achieved a 100% pass rate - Newport Girls and Adams Grammar. We have included Idsall School in our rankings because they take a significant proportion of pupils from the Priorslee area of Telford.

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GCSE %

CURRENT OFSTED GRADE

AREA

TELEPHONE

TYPE

AGE

1 Thomas Telford School

Old Park

01952 200000

Comprehensive

11/18

99 Outstanding

2 Wrekin College

Wellington

01952 265600

Independent

11/19

90 N/A

3 Charlton School

Wellington

01952 386800

Comprehensive

11/16

59 Good

4 Idsall School

Shifnal

01952 468400

Comprehensive

11/18

55 Good

NATIONAL AVERAGE

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TELFORD & WREKIN AVERAGE

45

5 Madeley Academy

Madeley

01952 388100

Comprehensive

11/16

43 N/A

6 Blessed Robert Johnson

Wellington

01952 386100

Comprehensive

11/18

35 Satisfactory

7 Sutherland Business College

Trench

01952 387800

Comprehensive

11/16

33 Satisfactory

8 Wrockwardine Wood

Wrockwardine 01952 388300

Comprehensive

11/16

30 Satisfactory

9 Ercall Wood College

Wellington

01952 387300

Comprehensive

11/16

30 Good

10 Hadley Learning Community

Hadley

01952 387000

Comprehensive

11/16

24 Satisfactory

11 Phoenix School

Dawley

01952 386700

Comprehensive

11/16

21 Good

12 Lord Silkin School

Stirchley

01952 387400

Comprehensive

11/16

19 Satisfactory


QUICK GUIDE TO OFSTED GRADES

COMMUNITY SERVICES

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

telford & wrekin council

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.

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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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!

ROTARY CLUB Rotary International is a global network of service volunteers. It is the world’s largest service organisation for business and professional people, with some 1,180,000 members operating in 166 countries world-wide. There are some 58,000 Rotarians in Great Britain and Ireland in 1,845 clubs, helping those in need and working towards world understanding and peace. It’s a fulfilling role and Rotarians can get involved as much or as little as their time will allow. Clubs meet on a regular basis, which allows members to build firm friendships. Every Rotarian has a right to attend any club meeting anywhere in the world, so there is always somewhere to go, and people to meet, wherever business or leisure travel may take you. There are four rotary clubs in the Telford area - Telford Central, Wellington, Ironbridge and The Wrekin. The clubs have their own distinct identity but also work together to raise money for good causes, including the annual Telford Tree of Light. The four clubs are in Rotary International District 1210 which has its own web site with further details. FIND OUT MORE www.d1210.org

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TELFORD GREEN GYM Telford Green Gym offers an alternative way for local people to improve their health and well-being by getting involved in practical horticulture, conservation and environmental activities. It allows people to do some physical activity whilst improving the countryside through work at locations such as: • ALLOTMENTS - growing organic fruit and vegetables on four plots at Woodside allotments • IRONBRIDGE GORGE - building bridges, steps, and carrying out habitat management for the Severn Gorge Countryside Trust • NATURE RESERVES - carrying out conservation project work around Telford including Granville Country Park and the Ercall. Telford Green Gym is open to anyone over the age of 18. FIND OUT MORE Contact the project manager on 01952 686318


TELFORD AND DISTRICT LIGHT OPERATIC PLAYERS Telford and District Light Operatic Players (TADLOP) is a local amateur dramatic society formed in 1972 for the people of Telford. Each year they perform a large scale musical at the Place, Oakengates with members from across Telford and surrounding areas. They are a registered charity and their aim is to educate the public in the dramatic and operatic arts and to further the development of public appreciation and taste in the said arts. The first production by the society, Calamity Jane, was staged on a modest budget of £500 at Oakengates Theatre 34 years ago and the shows produced by TADLOP now cost approximately £20,000 for a five or six day performance run. TADLOP’s next full-scale production is their own interpretation of ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ by Bob Carlton, which will be performed in April 2010. Rehearsals for the production begin in early September and TADLOP are keen to hear from anyone interested in joining the society and taking part. The society is also putting on a concert called “A Night of Musical Theatre” at the Little Theatre in Donnington on 11th and 12th September 2009, starting at 7.30pm. The concert includes songs from many popular musicals, from the more traditional of The Merry Widow and The Pirates of Penzance, to modern songs from musicals such as Wicked and Beauty & the Beast. Tickets are just £5.50 and can be booked by ringing Dilys Williams on 01952 299210. FIND OUT MORE www.tadlop.com

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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SPOTLIGHT

TELFORD CHRISTIAN COUNCIL We take a look at the work of the Telford Christian Council, a ‘coming together’ of Christian churches in and around Telford AIMS The Council aims to listen to our changing society and has three main aims: • To assist churches together to celebrate and proclaim the good news of God as revealed in Jesus Christ • To challenge and enable member churches to be effective signs of unity to the wider church and community • To encourage and work for reconciliation, healing and wholeness for individuals and communities The following is a selection of the work that they do in and around Telford.

WORKING TOGETHER

young homeless people, including operating an eight bed hostel in Oakengates and providing supported accommodation at a number of sites across Telford. STAY also operates two specialist supported housing schemes for vulnerable young people who are new to parenthood, offering self contained accommodation to parents aged 16 to 29 years of age who have no more than two children aged up to 5. These services are provided in partnership with the Bromford Housing Group. STAY can also offer a floating support service to young parents needing support who already live in their own accommodation.

CHAIRS AND SPARES

STAY

Chairs and Spares is a Telford Christian Council and STAY sponsored furniture recycling social enterprise. It provides low cost recycled furniture from its warehouse at Unit 2, St. George’s Road Industrial Estate, Donnington Telford, TF2 7QZ.

The council runs STAY, a supported housing scheme for vulnerable and homeless young people. It provides a variety of services for

For further details see its website www. chairsandspares.co.uk or contact them on 01952 619197.

The Council supports local ecumenical projects in Telford and encourages churches with different traditions to work together.

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n Telford Christia e c a Council produ etter monthly newsl which can be om downloaded fr their web site


COMMUNITY SERVICES local advice lines ANIMAL WELFARE 01952 384384 FIRST POINT TELFORD 01952 380000 TELFORD TRAVELINK 01952 200005 CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU 0845 146 1554 TELFORD CVS 01952 291350

WORKPLACE CHAPLAINCY The Council provide a number of voluntary chaplains in the workplace, including Ironbridge Power Station, GKN Autostructures and Wheels, Telford Spun Yarns, Primary Care Trust, Telford Police Division and in the Telford Shopping Centre.

VOLUNTEERS The Council help people find places for christian service. Volunteers work with the Council in the shops and the housing schemes and they are always looking for more volunteers. If you are interested, email them at volunteering@telfordchristiancouncil.co.uk

INTERFAITH GROUP

TELFORD MIND 01952 588367 FAIRSHARE CREDIT UNION 01952 282528 WREKIN HOUSING TRUST 01952 217100

national advice lines NATIONAL DEBTLINE 0808 808 4000 NATIONAL RAIL ENQUIRIES 08457 484950 PDSA 0800 731 2502

Telford Christian Council is an active participant in the Telford and Wrekin Interfaith Group (TWIG) which they helped to found. They aim to work together with people of faith to address issues of common concern for the local community.

RSPCA 0870 5555 999

FIND OUT MORE www.telfordchristiancouncil.co.uk www.staytelford.co.uk

COMMUNITY SERVICES

SAMARITANS 08457 909090

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WHAT’S ON 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! BMX Summer School Go Ride Tuesday 1st to Friday 4th September - 1pm to 4pm Malinslee Skate Park Daily sessions supervised by Wrekin Riders BMX Club. For further details contact Derek Owen on 01952 382323

Ceramic Hands On Activities Friday 4th September Coalport China Museum, Ironbridge

Soldiers of the Queen Weekend

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September John Lawson’s Circus 10th to 12th September

Blists Hill, Ironbridge Find out about the life of a soldier during the reign of Queen Victoria and see a military camp on the Green at Blists Hill Victorian Town.

The BIG Bike Ride

Saturday 5th September Blists Hill, Ironbridge The BIG Bike Ride once again kicks off from Blists Hill Victorian Town

John Lawson’s Circus

Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th September The Arena, Telford Town Park Afternoon and evening shows. John Lawson’s circus is a completely non-animal show, voted best small circus 2008. For further details contact Spout Farm House on 01952 382340

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

Hope House Children’s Hospices Traditional Night of Family Fun

Friday 11th September Blists Hill, Ironbridge An evening of family fun including games such as skittles and china smashing, a raffle, cakes stall, name the teddy and lots more. Admission £5 for adults, £3 children payable on the door. For further details contact Rachel Thomas at Hope House on 01691 671671.

A Night of Musical Theatre

Friday 11th and Saturday 12th September Little Theatre, Donnington Telford & District Light Operatic Players present a selection of hits from the musicals. The concert includes songs from many popular musicals from the more traditional of The Merry Widow and The Pirates of Penzance to the more modern such as Wicked and Beauty & the Beast. Tickets £5.50. Call Dilys Williams for ticket information on 01952 299210.

Diane Shaw

The Place, Oakengates A glittering tribute to the legends of Soul and Motown. Tickets £12

Shropshire Male Chorus At Home Concert

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Saturday 12th September St Georges Sports and Social Club 7.30 - 9.30pm Tickets £5 from choir members or on the door


Learn to ride with the Wrekin Riders

Saturday 12th September Leegomery BMX Track Learn to ride with qualified instructors at a BMX track. BMX or MTB bikes required. To borrow a bike please contact Derek Owen 01952 382323. Event 11am to 12 noon.

Little Wenlock Wheeze

Sunday 13th September Little Wenlock, nr Wellington; 11am start Multi-terrain run of approximately 5-6 kilometres. Call 01952 505320 or 501892 for details

Dance, Nightlife and Movies

Tuesday 15th September to Saturday 24th October The Gallery Bar, The Place, Oakengates Exhibiton of paintings by local artist Sheila Benson.

Live @ The Place

Wednesday 16th September The Place, Oakengates - 7.15pm Live @ The Place features young bands and regional emerging talent. Come along to hear the bands or find out how to get involved.

BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow

Thursday 17th September Blists Hill, Ironbridge Antiques Roadshow at Blists Hill Victorian Town. Doors open 9.30am and close 4.30pm. Admission free.

Elvis on Tour The Legend Continues

Saturday 19th September The Place, Oakengates A full evening show paying tribute to the early days of Elvis Presley.

History of British Cinema

Tuesday 22nd September Shifnal Village Hall - 2pm Talk by Tim Lathe organised by Wrekin U3A. Visitors are very welcome - £1-50

Music Hall Evening

Wednesday 23rd September Blists’ Hill, Ironbridge Join Blists Hill Victorian Town’s resident performers, Sundial Theatre, for a musical evening entitled ‘Harvest Moon’ at the Forest Glen at 7.30pm. Tickets £11 per person to include supper. Tickets are on sale at the new Blists Hill Visitor Centre.

Ironbridge World Heritage Festival

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September This free event to celebrate the World Heritage site includes a street market along the Wharfage,musical entertainment in the Square, stalls and displays at Merrythought Village and a small funfair on Station car park. Charges apply for the funfair. Free park and ride service will be operating from the Telford Bus Station. Evening firework display and brass band starts at 7.30pm. The bridge will be illuminated on both days of the festival.

A Grand Day Out

Saturday 26th September Visit the Robert Harrop workshop and exhibition at their premises at the Jackfield Tile Museum, Ironbridge Gorge. See Page 34 of this issue of the magazine for further details.

Learn to ride with the Wrekin Riders

Saturday 26th September Leegomery BMX Track - 11am to 12 noon Learn to ride with qualified instructors at a BMX track. BMX or MTB bikes required. To borrow a bike please contact Derek Owen 01952 382323.

Des O’Connor

Sunday 27th September The Place, Oakengates Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see a true show business legend live on stage for a wonderful evening of comedy, laughter and music.

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 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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Home is Telford September 2009  

Home is Telford community magazine for the Shropshire town of Telford

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