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Issue 46 - November & December 2020 Edition 18 SHOP LOCAL THIS CHRISTMAS With Christmas just around the corner, we bring you some of the best local shops offering lots of festive goodies. After a tough year, we could all do with some festive cheer!

28 RECIPES For the festive period, you can’t beat a classic cake and they don’t come any more classic than the Black Forest Gateau.

34 FASHION TRENDS Coats, boots, beanies and lots of layers – you've got to love winter fashion.

38 HOMESTYLE Get real this Christmas, with a real tree! We bring you a handy, expert guide to real christmas trees.

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54 MANAGING STRESS Top tips to managing your stress levels from Heart Research UK - Healthy Heart Tips...

62 MOTORING Motoring reviewer Syd Taylor test drives the new Jeep Wrangler Overland 4 Door 2.2 Multijet 200...


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Editor’s Letter Issue 46 - November & December 2020 Edition With a very different kind of Christmas on the cards, bringing to an end a tough year for many, it is going to be a very unusual time. Even though it has been a difficult year for just about everyone, we can still take away some positives from it, from the Thursday evening clapping for our key workers, to volunteers who sprang into action to help the most vulnerable in our communities - it has highlighted the best, and unfortunately, some of the worst things about our society. The pandemic has impacted the more deprived areas of our community harder, and has widened the gap in health and wealth inequalities. At Telford & Wrekin Council we have worked extremely hard along with our Town & Parish Councils, and our partners, to support our residents. I am so proud to have been a part of that, but we are always looking do more and constantly looking to identify any other improvements that can be made. With Christmas in mind, it is more important than ever to try to shop local. We are so lucky to have some wonderful shops and businesses in the area, where we can find everything we could possibly need for a great festive period, locally sourced food and drink, home and garden services and presents galore - even for our pets.

There has always been a fantastic range of shops, not only in Shrewsbury town centre, but in our local towns like Broseley, Much Wenlock, Oswestry, Bridgnorth and Ellesmere. From topclass butchers offering the best pork pies or prime-cuts, to art and jewellery by local artists and fresh baked bread and cakes to flowers and literally everything else too! Shopping local doesn’t just support local businesses - it supports the local economy and helps to keep employment opportunities up. I think for me the main thing to take from a year like 2020, is the message that started off with the sad death of Caroline Flack, back at the beginning of the year - which was BE KIND. In a world where you can be anything, be kind. There are still tough times ahead, but if we work together and support each other through them, we will all help to make the world just a little bit better than it was. I really do hope that you manage to have a nice Christmas, and I am hopeful that 2021 will be a much better year for everyone - Stay Safe and Be Kind X

Cllr Eileen Callear

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Telford & Wrekin Council are excited to announce that another huge name will be appearing in Telford Town Park in 2021.

LOCAL NEWS Olly Murs is Coming to Telford Town Park in 2021! Telford & Wrekin Council are excited to announce that another huge name will be appearing in Telford Town Park in 2021. Orchard Live who are also bringing Sir Tom Jones to Telford on 27 June are pleased to be confirm that top entertainer Olly Murs will play the QEII Arena on June 26 next year as part of an extensive 25 date UK tour. This is news that will put a smile back on the face of many people during a difficult time. Olly Murs will perform some of his biggest hits, including tracks from his recently certified triple platinum album ‘Never Been Better’. Olly said: “To all my Telford fans, I’m so excited to come and perform for you at this beautiful location. See you there!” Olly recently captained England in this year's Soccer Aid, and is looking to retain his crown as winning judge on his third series of The Voice, which has currently been postponed at the semi-final stages. In lockdown, he also managed an impressive body transformation, working closely with personal trainer Rob Solly, and sharing his fitness routine exclusively with Men’s Health. He is also working on new music to be shared next year. The gig is promoted by leading Welsh promoter Orchard Live, whose Director, Pablo Janczur said: “Olly’s one of the UK’s biggest performers and will be a massively popular

attraction for Telford next summer when we can hopefully get back to seeing some great live music.” Cllr Shaun Davies, Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council said ‘We are delighted that working with our partner that another huge star is coming to Telford which will attract visitors from far and wide, bringing money into our town for local businesses. ‘We hope that this gives everyone something to look forward to during these difficult times. The show is many months away and hopefully the country will be in much more positive space where people will once again be able to enjoy outdoor entertainment with family and friends. The council over the years have brought big names to the Telford Town Park and we are delighted to be working with a partner who is taking our vision to the next level! Tickets went on general sale Friday 9 October 9am via Tickets Telford

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LOCAL NEWS Coronavirus: Health leaders back ‘Step Up Shropshire’ campaign Shropshire’s health leaders are urging Shropshire residents to ‘Step Up’ in the fight against coronavirus and help avoid another lockdown. Last week saw the launch of ‘Step Up Shropshire’ – a new local public health campaign to encourage the county to play their part in minimising the spread of coronavirus and keep themselves and the community safe. The Shropshire public are already stepping up – by sharing these important messages on social media and spreading the word in our communities. Cases are continuing to rise within Shropshire and, to help reduce the county’s COVID-19 case rate, our local health leaders are reminding residents to protect themselves and others by continuing to wash their hands, cover their faces if in enclosed spaces, and practice social distancing. Dr Arne Rose, Medical Director at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), said:“During the pandemic all our doctors, nurses and support staff have been moved by the outpouring of support for the NHS. “Although at the Princess Royal and Royal Shrewsbury hospitals we are not yet seeing the same rise in COVID-19 cases that some other hospitals are, we are again seeing patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, and the last thing we want is for the public to get complacent. “Here at the trust everyone is working very hard to continue looking after every patient that comes through our doors, but please help us by following the national guidance and staying safe. “We can all do our bit to help prevent the spread of infection – this includes social distancing, the wearing of face coverings in public areas, and frequent hand washing. This is vital not only to protect yourself, but also to protect family, friends and the public around you. “If you do show symptoms, you should get tested and must self-isolate immediately, to reduce your risk of spreading the virus.” Dr Julian Povey, Joint Chair of NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “As a GP, it’s vitally important that people do not dismiss symptoms of COVID-19, which include a fever, a persistent cough or a change in taste or smell as a common cold. “I am urging people to take this seriously and to follow the guidelines, to keep social distancing, wash your hands regularly and wear a face covering. We have seen the impact this virus has had on the health of all age groups, and you also do not want to be responsible for passing it on to your friends and loved ones. “If you do have coronavirus symptoms book yourself a test and isolate at home. Please do not come into a GP practice.”

Step Up and help us stop the spread of coronavirus: Work from home if you can Limit contact with other people Keep your distance from people not in your household bubble (2 metres apart where possible) Stick to a maximum group of 6 people when meeting socially – indoors or outdoors Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds If you are unable to wash hands and they are visibly clean, use hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol content Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will meet people you do not normally meet. Anyone who has any symptoms should book a test and not leave home for at least 10 days. Those living in households should self-isolate for 14 days if they or any members of the household receive a positive test.

Further information For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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LOCAL NEWS Christmas at Alderford Lake Alderford Christmas Markets - 3rd – 6th December Alderford Christmas Pop up Panto - 12th – 23rd December

Alderford Christmas Markets 3rd – 6th December

Socially distanced, outdoor Christmas Markets come to Alderford, supporting small local businesses. Join us for Festive shopping, Food & Drinks, all outdoor and there is plenty of space to social distance. Live Music*, Food & Drink Court, Activities, Outdoor Shopping & Father Christmas. We are delighted to bring you Alderford Lakes first Christmas Market supporting small local businesses. With around 80 traders and plenty to see and do for adults and children alike, let us help your 2020 festivities start. For further information please visit: https://alderford.com/christmas/

Alderford Christmas Pop up Panto 12 – 23rd December

Following the success of this summer’s sell out production of The Wind in the Willows, Immersion Theatre are thrilled to be returning this Christmas with Alderford’s biggest, most spectacular and fun-filled festive treat: Dick Whittington! Packed with hilarious routines, heaps of socially distanced audience interaction, and a host of chart-topping hits, this high energy, exciting story about a young man seeking his fame and fortune among the bright lights of the big city promises to be the purrrr-fect Christmas experience! So, what are you waiting for? Wrap up warm, grab a hot chocolate or mulled wine, enjoy a mince pie, and sit beneath the stars under the shelter of a gorgeous marquee as you enjoy Alderford’s first ever pop up panto in the most idyllic of settings. Socially distanced for your safety and enjoyment. Tickets only bookable online: https://alderford.com/panto/

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LOCAL NEWS A New Era for Shrewsbury Cathedral Shrewsbury Cathedral works together with local agency to find a new identity within the community. Nestled away along Shrewsbury’s historic Town Walls sits one of the smallest cathedrals in the country. Despite its size, Shrewsbury Cathedral is an imposing structure full of grandeur, and in recent years it has become one of the town’s greatest hidden gems. Working together with The Curious, the Cathedral has found a new identity that will help it enter a new age and make it part of the local community once more. Constructed in 1856, every corner of this historic building is adorned with beautiful details typical of a gothic cathedral. This includes a number of stunning stained glass windows that were produced in between the wars by Margaret Rope, a renowned stained glass artist who was born in Shrewsbury. With improved disabled access and the Orchard Café serving up tasty treats, this historic building is a sanctuary for locals and tourists alike. But despite its stunning architecture and the recent addition of the café, it was clear the Cathedral needed a new identity that would appeal more to the local community. “The Cathedral has recently been ticking along with no real push towards making it a prominent icon,” commented Richard Keddie, their Events & Development Officer. “We want it to be a place that unifies community and culture, welcoming people from all demographics. We knew that in order to garner more interest from visitors and new congregations, the Cathedral needed to create its own vibrant identity with a more welcoming aesthetic.” Over the past year, they have been working together with local branding agency, The Curious, who are known for creating exciting brands that stand out from the crowd.

Follow them on Instagram to see more of this exciting project, and others. Inspired by the stained glass windows and gothic details found throughout the Cathedral, their team has taken a sympathetic approach that combines bright colours and modern designs with these more traditional elements. “We now have a vibrant identity that symbolises the different unions taking place within these stone walls,” said Richard. “We were really excited by the final designs, and collaborating with The Curious has been a very easy and pleasant experience. We are delighted with the new direction that the Cathedral has taken, and are eager to become more engaged with the town and its community.” Shrewsbury Cathedral is a beacon of light, and its doors are always open to offer friendship and support to all. They have developed a fruitful partnership with The Curious, and with a fresh new identity, this hidden gem is excited to step into modern society and become more integrated with the local community. Follow Shrewsbury Cathedral on Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with their opening times, as well as the upcoming launch of their new website. For more information on The Curious, the services that they provide and how you can work with them, contact them via their website.

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LOCAL NEWS Shropshire Council urges people to respect the countryside in new campaign Shropshire Council is calling for visitors to the county’s beautiful countryside to be respectful so it can be protected for everyone to continue to enjoy. Throughout 2020 Shropshire’s countryside has been a lifeline to many, particularly during lockdown. While the majority of people treat it with respect, there are increasing instances of irresponsible behaviour which threatens to cause damage to the county’s green spaces. With more people choosing staycations and visiting the countryside more often, the number of us turning to Shropshire’s countryside for exercise and a break has increased greatly. For example, in July 2020, more than 35,000 people visited The Mere in Ellesmere. In the same month in 2019, the number was 20,000. To help protect Shropshire’s countryside, people are being urged to behave respectfully. The best way you can do this is by following local coronavirus rules and the Countryside Code. Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said:

“We’re blessed in Shropshire to have such beautiful countryside on our doorstep, and it has been a real lifeline to residents of the county throughout 2020. “As such, it’s important that we all do our part to protect it, and the best way we can do this is by behaving respectfully. On the whole we’re pleased that people are, but there are instances of some shamelessly disrespecting the countryside, causing damage and concern for local communities.

“This is why we are launching this campaign to encourage everyone to be respectful when visiting the countryside, whether you’re a Shropshire resident or visitor to the county. I would urge anyone visiting rural Shropshire to check the Countryside Code, become familiar with local coronavirus rules and plan your visit. “Anyone wishing to help share the message can do so by sharing the graphics that we will make available shortly.”

The Countryside Code

Familiarising yourself with the Countryside Code will give you all the information you need to be able to behave respectfully when visiting rural locations. When visiting the countryside remember that there are local communities living in the are,a so make sure you don’t park in front of drives and gateways. Plan ahead to find the best places to park and check what facilities are open. Some public paths pass through private land and farmers’

fields, so make sure you leave gates and properties as you find them. Some gates are closed to protect any livestock that may be in the field. We all want to visit clean and tidy outdoor spaces so leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home, and if you have your dog with you, remember to scoop the poop! You can find more useful information by visiting https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/thecountryside-code. Heather Kidd, local Shropshire Councillor for Chirbury and Worthen, said: “I am keen to share our beautiful area, but farmers’ livelihoods and local residents’ enjoyment is also important. Visitors to the countryside just need to be sensitive to country life and follow the Countryside Code.” Ruth Houghton, local Shropshire Councillor for Bishop’s Castle, said: “Our local economy relies on tourism and, as such, visitors are made to feel very welcome in our area, and we really hope that they enjoy our stunning countryside and outdoor activities. All we ask is that anyone visiting south Shropshire follows the Countryside Code and leaves it as they find it for others to enjoy.”

Visiting Shropshire’s countryside: Local COVID Alert level rules

Shropshire is currently in Tier 1, meaning the local risk is ‘Medium’. This means you should: Limit contact with other people Keep your distance from people not in your household bubble (2 metres apart where possible) Stick to a maximum group of 6 people when meeting socially – indoors or outdoors Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds Plan your visit so you know what facilities are available and open. Be advised that this is subject to change, so make sure you stay up to date before visit and ‘Step Up’ for Shropshire. #RespectProtectEnjoy

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Quality food and drink for the festive period... ere are few other counties in England that can compete with Shropshire when it comes to quality, locally produced food and drinks. Markets and stores across Shropshire are filled with fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, butchers and delicatessens offering everything from prime cuts to top class pork pies, bakeries with freshly baked bread and cakes, and breweries and distillers offering real ales, fine wines and spirits. Here are just a few of the local businesses bringing you locally made products. When you are planning your Christmas this year, think local and taste the difference.

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CLIMATE CRISIS Call to Towns & Cities to Launch Climate Change Initiatives & Educational Ocean Trails Clive Knowles & Telford & Wrekin’s Fish Sculptures



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ironworks Climate Crisis Initiative - Call to Towns & Cities to Launch Climate Change Initiatives & Educational Ocean Trails Designed specifically to create further awareness and to better educate school children about the importance of protecting our oceans and marine life, the School’s Ocean Trail Project is now officially open to all local and regional schools in the Telford & Wrekin area. We have been working alongside Telford & Wrekin Council to develop this project since the beginning of the year and we are so excited for it to finally start! Every day, our ocean and marine life are exposed to a number of hardships, many of which are directly impacted by humanity and the way that we live our everyday lives. With eight million metric tons of plastic entering our ocean every year, 80% of marine pollution coming from land-based activity, and our coral reef on the brink of extinction, it really is time that we all step up to better protect our ocean. Whilst hundreds of ocean clean-up and protection initiatives exist across the world, we feel that education lies at the heart of it all. This project features 26 fish sculptures, which have each been primed and readied to be painted/decorated by school students. Each participating school will receive a fish, which they must paint/decorate using their chosen design. Once the project is completed and all decorated fish have been handed to the Telford & Wrekin Council, a sculpture trail will be created spanning across Telford Town Centre. The trail will then allow young people from all across the country to reflect upon the way we interact with our ocean, with every participating and non-participating school benefitting from the educational messages behind each fish design. Councillor Carolyn Healy, Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member for Climate Change, said: “We are so excited about this new project in partnership with the British Ironwork Centre. This will be a great opportunity for school pupils across the borough to learn about the impact we are all having on our oceans. Even living this far from the sea, our actions still have an impact on marine life and those impacts will affect all of us. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the British Ironwork Centre for providing these fish to us for this project and can’t wait to see what the finish trail looks like next year.”

Through projects just like this one, we hope children and young people are given the knowledge and tools necessary to make a real difference to our future environment. We would like to also take this opportunity to call to all towns and cities across the country who want to launch a climate change project or educational Ocean Trail of their own – we would be more than happy to help facilitate this for you! Please get in touch with us via telephone on 0800 6888 386 or via email on info@britishironworkcentre.co.uk to discuss further.

British Ironwork Centre Black Country Metal Works Limited Tel: 01691 610952 | Fax: 01691 611890 | Web: www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk Whitehall, Aston, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 4JH



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LET’S EAT. e classic Black Forest gateau, layers of chocolate sponge cake sandwiched with whipped cream and cherries, then decorated with lashings of whipped cream, cherries, and chocolate shavings... For the festive period, you can’t beat a classic cake and they don’t come any more classic than the Black Forest Gateau. For a special boozy twist, add some Amaretto cherries (link provided) which are simply divine, and easy to prepare...

Method... STEP 1

Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line the base of 3 x 20cm cake tins. Boil the kettle. Put the butter and 75g chocolate broken into chunks in a small pan and gently heat, stirring, until melted. STEP 2

Next combine the flour, sugar, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda with a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Whisk the eggs and yogurt together. Add the melted chocolate mixture and egg mixture to the dry ingredients, along with 100ml of boiling water and mix together with an electric whisk until it is lump free. STEP 3

Divide the mixture between the tins and bake for 25 minutes. To test they're done, push in a fork and check that it comes out clean.



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THE INGREDIENTS Makes enough for 6-8 175g salted butter, plus extra for greasing 2 x 200g bar dark chocolate 300g plain flour 375g golden caster sugar 25g cocoa 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 medium eggs 200g natural yoghurt To assemble 425g tinned pitted cherries - drained but reserve the juice for using later 100g morello cherry jam 4 tbsp kirsch - clear, colorless brandy traditionally made from double distillation of morello cherries 500ml double cream 3 tbsp icing sugar 1 small punnet fresh cherries (for a special boozy treat try soaking cherries in Amaretto - see below)


Prick the cakes a few times with the fork. Mix together the 2 tbsp of the reserved cherry juice and the kirsch and drizzle over the cakes. Cool the cakes. STEP 5

Mix together the remaining drained cherries and jam. Tip 200ml of the cream into a small pan and heat until just below simmering point. Chop the remaining chocolate and put in a heatproof bowl, pour over the hot cream and stir until melted. Set aside until it is spreadable. STEP 6

When the cakes are cool whisk the remaining cream and the icing sugar together until softly whipped. Spread over two of the cakes, then spoon over the jammy cherries. Stack the cakes together. Spread the chocolate cream over the third cake and sit on top of the other cakes. Pile the fresh cherries in and around the cake and serve. Add chocolate shavings to the top and around the sides of the cake to ďŹ nish.

For a special boozy twist try soaking some cherries in Amaretto. I found a great recipe for these here: www.greedygourmet.com/recipes-for-diets/vegan/amaretto-cherries/ FESTIVE RECIPES


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Gather Round the Table

CHRISTMAS DINING... Gather round the table... As festivities take place on Christmas day, presents opened at the crack of dawn, novelty jumpers worn and drinks poured. We can all agree that gathering round the table for Christmas dinner is all about coming together as a family and enjoying eachothers company.


Christmas Dining

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Create a stunning statement centrepiece... The perfect dinner calls for the ultimate table decor, with a stunning statement piece to tie it all together. Here are some of Lights4fun’s favourite Christmas table styling ideas:

Be illuminated... Candles are a staple accessory to any table setting, dot a selection of TruGlow pillar candles interspersed with tealights and votives along the centre of the table. You can also pair with mini candle wreaths for a touch of faux foliage that’ll truly bring festive flair to the decor. For a personalised touch, create your own illuminated placeholders by tying hand-written name cards to illuminated baubles casually placed on plates.

Create a stunning handmade chandelier...

Create a stunning handmade chandelier that requires minimal effort, simply gather a selection of your favourite foliage and a hula hoop. Use wire ties to secure your foliage around the hula hoop, Start with dense foliage such as pine and ivy, and complete the look with delicate foliage such as eucalyptus that’ll hang beautifully below the chandelier. Wrap the entire chandelier with micro lights and finish the piece by hooking illuminated baubles to the frame.

Christmas Dining from Lights4fun Christmas Dining


Has the pandemic made the UK fall back in love with tradition_Double Page Editorial 22/09/2020 14:37 Page 1

Has the pandemic made the UK fall back in

love with tradition? Lockdown has forced people to hit the reset button in more ways than one. Everything from family meals, holidays, trips to the high street, and outings to the cinema have been impacted by the pandemic. Consumer behaviours have changed, with more people eating at home, sitting in front of the TV, and opting for the ‘staycation’ as this year’s holiday choice. Has the pandemic we’re experiencing made the UK fall back in love with tradition when it comes to our eating and drinking habits, going on holiday, and even how businesses are reaching consumers through advertising?

HOME COOKING IS ON THE MENU... During lockdown, our eating and drinking habits changed. The temporary closure of restaurants on 20 March meant that we all had to eat at home without the luxury of being able to say, “Shall we go out for food?”. But the limitations didn’t stop people tapping into their creative side. The demand for flour—to bake bread and cakes with – was so high that supermarket shelves suffered shortages throughout April and May. Furthermore, even though restaurants have been allowed to reopen and have been supported by the government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme, consumers appear to be more comfortable eating at home. A recent research study by Bain & Company showed that 60% of respondents cooked at home before the pandemic. This figure rose to 72% during lockdown. Restaurant demand sits at just 3% now, despite the ability to go out for food now. The latest release of the EY Future Consumer Index also shows that most UK consumers are still uncomfortable with eating out. A poll of more than 1,000 UK consumers showed that only 27% of respondents were comfortable with dining in a restaurant. Some of the key factors behind the hesitation appear to be hygiene and spending concerns, with many people reducing their monthly outgoings as much as possible.

IS THE NEW Normal so bad?...


Travel advancements can get you to exotic countries quicker than travelling north to south in the UK. So, it’s refreshing to see people stay in the country for holidays and spend quality time with their families at the dinner table. Furthermore, this choice helps support local and national economies.


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STAYCATION Here for good?... Not only has the global pandemic seen a shift towards home cooking, but it’s also seen the emergence of the ‘staycation’. Fuelled originally by the inability to travel abroad, the appetite for people in the UK to visit other parts of the country for a holiday hasn’t weakened, despite the introduction of travel corridors. The change in behaviour has presented business owners in the UK travel industry with a unique opportunity to offer their accommodation to people who would never usually consider staying on home soil. A luxury lodge park in South Lakeland is an example of this, with Doe Wood Lodges having planning permission approved for a further 50 caravan pitches on site. Many believe the staycation boom will be here to stay, with farmers across the country ramping up plans to get in on the action. From camping and glamping to cottages and lodges, the desire to stay somewhere safe and secluded is high. It’s understandable too, with the UK’s travel corridor list-making new headlines every day.

OPPORTUNITY by Gary Peeling, CEO at UK commercial print company: Where The Trade Buys, currently producing PPE for UK education spaces, workplaces, hospitality venues, retail stores, charity shops, the NHS and more. The company has also been involved in manufacturing face visors for NHS essential workers in the fight against Covid-19.

For traditioal advertising... Lockdown also had a profound impact on traditional advertising spend in the UK. With the public told to stay at home and high streets empty, advertisers saw the need to reduce their budget for TV, newspapers and magazines, radio and cinema. The results of which saw a 48% decline in advertising spend over lockdown, with an overall reduction of approximately £1.1 billion. It’s little surprise to see that the government was the biggest spender on advertising during the lockdown. Messages for social distancing and staying at home dominated every advertising channel. Public Health England spent £44 million in total—a 5,000% year-on-year increase. The reduction in traditional advertising has seen a new-found focus for companies to implement digital strategies. Both paid search and paid social are seen as ways to capitalise on the fact people are on the internet and their phones more often. But with ever-growing saturation in the market and Google’s recent decision to pass on their 2% digital tax to advertisers, the opportunity to cut through the digital noise with printing materials presents itself. If you’ve been inside a pub or restaurant recently, you will have seen effective examples of pull up banners to inform customers about COVID-19 measures. They often include information for how to order food and drink on apps too. Also, the signs put up in front windows in support of the NHS, including artistic murals plastered on walls and billboards, means physical signage like flyers and posters may well be used for much more than social distancing and hygiene messaging over the next year or so. IN LOVE WITH TRADITION


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STREET Style... A beanie is a functional winter must-have that goes with more looks than you'd think. I love this look from Joe Browns with black denim dungarees, cute cat print shirt, chunky knit cardigan, ankle boots and beanie hat - but a beanie goes just as well with a modern leather trench and sneaker pairing.

ROCK FAUX LEATHER... Let the freezing weather reign while you rock black or brown PU. This faux leather is a classic and understated option for the colder months but remains on-trend this season. From coats and dresses to trousers and skirts - be ready to wear this stunning option all the time. Right: Matching vest and cardigan, PU Trousers from River Island



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style guide Coats, boots, beanies and lots of layers – you've got to love winter fashion. Here are some of our favourite winter street styles for AW20.

Fifty shades of beige and brown... It’s a long-lasting trend, which has returned over and over again for the past few seasons, and I don’t think it’s going anywhere soon. Monochromatic and neutral outfits are easy to put together and look great on literally everyone. From sandy-coloured suits to boiler suits, turtleneck jumpers and leather skirts or trousers - the options are endless. Don’t be afraid to experiment with lots of different shades of neutral tones – mix it up with sand, camel, or even nude. This trend, unlike many others is a timeless option for anyone’s wardrobe.

Statement Cutouts... The cut-out is going to be another eye-catching trend for AW20. It is a chance to show off some skin, with all kinds of interesting varieties of dresses with cut-out sides, or interesting symmetrical cut-outs which help transform the basic turtleneck into something far more stylish. Wear a cold shoulder sweater paired with cropped jeans and boots when winter comes—and you're ready for some socially distanced fun!



Autumn look...


A basic sweatshirt and jogger set is given a stylish twist by adding a smart coat and leather handbag. Above: Coat - £55 Hoodie - £26 Joggers - £28 Bag - £20 Trainers - £23 - all from Dorothy Perkins.

This lovely pink set from Dorothy Perkins is perfect for a walk in the park, or just chilling around the house. Above: Top - £20 Joggers - £24 from Dorothy Perkins. THE STYLE GUIDE


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STAY HOME... Freshen up your home with beautiful new bed linen and nightwear from Wallace Cotton. Choose the muted greens and crisp white of the Eucalyptus duvet for a seasonal update. Or dream of palm trees and an escape to the tropics with the beautiful Grove bed linen. Choose pretty floral nightwear just perfect for sleep ins and weekend relaxing. And get organised early for Christmas with great gift ideas.

A fresh new collection from Wallace Cotton UK


Stay Home

e Grove Duvet Embrace tropical elegance with The Grove organic cotton bed linen from Wallace Cotton. This detailed lithographic print featuring palm trees will look equally stunning in an Antipodean outpost or a contemporary urban setting. A fine indigo double stripe on the reverse looks lovely when folded back or flip the duvet for a different look.

Eucalyptus Duvet Spruce up your bed with the gorgeous greens of new Eucalyptus bed linen. A lovely leafy print which falls delicately down the bed in a soft colour palette of greens, blues and greys on crisp white organic cotton. For a fresh look, co-ordinate the Eucalyptus duvet with silvery grey accented Monarch sheets and pillowcases from Wallace Cotton.

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Chateau Velvet Bedspreads Beautiful soft shades in lustrous velvet will lighten up an autumn bedroom. The dense pile of cotton velvet gives the Chateau velvet bedspreads their sumptuous, rich look and feel. A velvet layer adds beauty and warmth to an autumn bed in soft shades of Rose, Damson pink, Mustard and deeper colours of Navy and Jungle Green. To minimise wastage, Wallace Cotton use any fabric offcuts from the production of their velvet bedspreads to make wash bags and eye masks.

Blue Hydrangea Nightwear Pretty new nightwear from Wallace Cotton in a blue hydrangea print in soft blues, greens and fresh white. Made from plant-based super soft modal, the range includes a robe, a nightie, a short sleeved nightshirt, PJs and sleep shorts. And a matching eye mask for sneaky sleep ins.

Christmas Gifting Get ready for Christmas early with a lovely selection of gift ideas from Wallace Cotton. Starting from ÂŁ5.00, their gifting range includes kitchen separates, beautiful nightwear, home accessories, silk eyemasks and fragrance. Made using stunning seasonal prints from Wallace Cotton, the padded coathangers, bath bags, shower caps and delicates bags are ideal as stocking fillers.

A fresh new collection from Wallace Cotton www.wallacecotton.co.uk Wallace Cotton is a New Zealand familyowned bed linen and homeware business founded in 2006. Celebrating beautiful designs, great quality and living with a little luxury every day, Wallace Cotton has been in homes worldwide for more than 14 years. The collectable range of bed linen, homeware and nightwear is available online at www.wallacecotton.co.uk, at retail sites around New Zealand and at their flagship UK store in Battersea, London.

Stay Home


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POT-GROWN Not just a wonderful choice for Christmas, a pot-grown tree has extra green credentials given that it can planted outside afterwards, providing an environmentally friendly choice. Grown from hand raised seedlings and transplanted into growing pots plunged in the open field, each pot is dotted with tiny holes which allow the finer tree roots to find nutrients from the surrounding soils, whilst keeping the main root system protected and intact within. It is this method of growing, with minimal impact on the root system, that can give trees an excellent chance of survival when transplanted into the garden after the festivities, to be enjoyed for many more years to come. Once inside and decorated, this tree gives off a fresh and festive scent of natural pine, filling your home with the scent of Christmas. They look equally as good outside your home, greeting guests at the door with a festive display or creating your very own winter scene in your garden. Wind battery operated outdoor fairy lights for the final finishing touch. Key credentials - Great for use in a kid’s bedroom, as generally the trees are smaller, Sustainable, Best dressed for minimalist style & Can be used indoors or out!

Choosing your tree – quality Healthy trees will have a shiny, glossy green coating on the needles which feels slightly waxy to touch. A quality tree should have good needle retention and sturdy branches. Avoid bare branches with a simple needle retention test before you make your final selection, it is much easier than it sounds! Take the tree by the trunk and give it a gentle tap on the ground. All evergreen trees lose needles all year round, but any more than a few fallen pine needles then you may want to reconsider your tree choice.

Bringing your tree home An important first task - make sure you have emptied the car and have enough space to fit your tree, either inside or on the roof. To get your tree home safely, there are some simple steps to follow. Dobbies nets all of their real trees once you have chosen, which helps protect it for the journey home. Put a blanket down to protect your car’s interior. The same goes if you are putting it on the roof of your car. Securely fasten your tree down with rope or cable ties and drive slowly and carefully home. Once you get home, take the tree out of the car and take out of the net as soon as possible. Then, remove a few inches from the base and stand in water. The sawing off of the stump should be done outside. Place it upright against an exterior wall or fence, out of direct sunlight if it is a warm winter’s day, as this will stop it drying out.

Dobbies encourage people to recycle Check with your local council for mor on collection services from your door

Pictured opposite:Expert Marcus Eyles, Horticultural Director at Dobbi



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An expert guide to real

Christmas trees

The focal point of the festive season has to be the Christmas tree. A day out to choose the perfect tree has become a magical highlight of the countdown to Christmas and it quickly becomes the star of the show once home and decorated. The go-to destination for real Christmas trees, the experts at Dobbies Garden Centres, have put together their essential guide, including tips to help you choose the picture-perfect one, keep it looking its best, and finally what to do with it when the time comes to take it down. In a change for 2020, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer is responding to demand and focusing on one type of real tree, the Nordmann Fir. Growing in popularity year-on-year, the traditional real tree has become a firm family favourite and here they explain why. With everything you need to create the perfect Christmas, find your local store and browse the online range at Dobbies.com. Choosing your tree – type

First things first, decide what style to go for. At Dobbies, there are two main types, Nordmann Fir and Fraser Fir - both available as cut or pot grown. With demand high, make sure choosing your tree is one of the first things on your list this December as that way you will have the biggest choice of trees. Each year, Christmas trees seem to go up earlier and earlier, but to keep your tree looking its best through to the 25th, the best time to buy is the first or second weekend of December. The busiest day for real Christmas trees, dubbed ‘Bring Your Christmas Tree Home Day’, falls on the second Saturday in December, which falls on the 12th this year.

Nordmann Fir

With its classic Christmas tree shape, glossy green foliage and fresh pine scent, it’s easy to see why this is by the far the most popular variety for the perfect festive centrepiece. British grown for Dobbies, the Nordmann Fir has good needle retention and the softer foliage makes it the ideal option for families with young children or pets. Key credentials - Symmetrical, triangle shape, Slow to drop needles, Strong branches, Glossy green, Soft, dense foliage & Easy to care for.

Fraser Fir

This tree is slightly narrower in shape, making it a good alternative for smaller areas, but still with plenty of taller options to make the most of vertical space. Dobbies will be stocking the Fraser Fir in selected stores. Key credentials - Slightly narrower shape, Great for smaller spaces, Dense foliage, Blue tint to the overall green colour & Citrus like scent.

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Dobbies Garden Centres

HOW TO keep your real tree looking it’s best

Treat your tree with TLC. Leave it to stand for 24-hours before decorating. Opt for a stand with a water reservoir to prevent your tree from drying out. Next thing to consider, making sure your real tree gets enough water - Your tree will need approximately 1-2 litres a day, depending on the temperature of the room. Don’tplace it next to radiators. If you find that your tree is too wide for the space you planned it for, you can clip some of the larger branches lower down to make it fit. Save the cuttings, as these can make a lovely decorations, in vases or as part of a homemade wreath. REAL CHRISTMAS TREES


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“Witty, incisive, irreverent, iconoclastic.”

BOOK WORMS NEW BOOK TAKES A BLEAK & FORENSIC VIEW OF THE UK GOVERNMENT’S FAILURE TO PROTECT BRITAIN DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC ECHOES OF PROUST, LAURIE LEE, DYLAN THOMAS & GARRISON KEILLOR SAY FIRST REVIEWERS OF ‘LIFE IN A TIME OF PLAGUE’ The book has won plaudits from the Whitbread Prize winning Irish poet and Oxford don, Bernard O’Donoghue, author of Seamus Heaney and the Language of Poetry (1995), who says: "It is a wonderful account of the time of coronavirus; I especially like the reverie at the end with its sense of time regained in that Proustean way. The writer, Julian Roup has a great gift for evocation and description.” ‘Life in a Time of Plague’ is the story of Britain under the first 75 days of its unprecedented Covid19 lockdown, seen from the author, Julian Roup’s rural East Sussex valley home. (His previous books are ‘A Fisherman in the Saddle’ and ‘Boerejood’.) From the refuge of a seemingly idyllic country idyll, the book monitors in bleak and forensic detail the failure of the Government to protect Britain, and its woeful response at every stage of the pandemic. The author's age and medical issues colour this diary with a dark humour, as his age group is most at risk. He is determined to make his 70th birthday at least, despite the thousands of death in Britain to date. It is a quiet slow appreciation of the bright and dark spring and summer of 2020 in the English countryside, set against the horrors faced by frontline workers to whom the book is dedicated. However what is most surprising is that amid the death, heartache and economic carnage, there is a silver lining, the chance to simply stop and stare, and rethink our lives. Former Gardening Editor of The Times, George Plumptre (Chairman of the National Garden Scheme) says of the book: This is the best diary of the Covid-19 pandemic – witty, incisive, irreverent, iconoclastic.” BLKDOG Publishing say: “We are delighted to be able to publish Julian Roup’s new book. His writing has been described by the FT as: “Brilliant, terrific, really very, very good. Engaged, intelligent, personal, fast moving and funny.” And this new book underlines that gift.

40 Book Worms

About e Authors: A Foreward by writer, editor and broadcaster, Ivan Macquisten, says: “A plague on him dammit – why didn't I get there first? is is the standout lockdown diary. I have long come to appreciate Julian Roup’s ready wit, lilting tones and gently reflective delivery. He employs all this deftly to draw in the reader with a charm that bewitches – but beware, because when his deeply driven liberal conscience is offended by our lords and masters, he can break that spell with a sharpness that makes you catch your breath. Listening to him is a little like being a batsman watching the reassuring whites of a village team spin bowler as, slowly drawing back his arm, he trots up to the crease, only to discover a split second later that the stumps have gone and the umpire is directing you back to the pavilion after you've been caught by a googly. Roup is a seriously good writer with a heft and tone that echoes the mesmerising delivery of the great Garrison Keillor. “ An early review in BizNews where the book was first featured as a podcast, described it as “a mix of Cider with Rosie and Under Milkwood.” e book is published by BLKDOG Publishing in London and is available on Amazon Books and Barnes & Noble. https://www.blkdogpublishing.com/post/_roup

To buy a copy of the book link to: https://www.blkdogpublishing.com/post/_roup

Author Julian Roup comments: “With this terrible threat hanging over us I felt a need to add my voice to what will become the human story of death and survival of this pandemic that has brought the world to a screeching halt. And to hold this woeful Government to account, as it has failed to protect Britain.”

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Quick Crossword & Easy Sudoku Perfect for Coee Breaks! Clues Across

r Just fo fun...


Answers & Solutions are available on our websites: www.telfordlifestyle.co.uk www.shrewsburylifestyle.co.uk www.reviewlocalmagazines.co.uk www.hypemagazine.co.uk


There is just one simple rule in Sudoku. Each row and each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9, and so must each 3 x 3 box.

1. Interrupt (3,2) 4. Poisonous snake (3) 6. Silken envelope (6) 9. Live within one's income (4,4,4,4) 11. Generally speaking (2,7) 12. Speaking (7) 13. Browned bread (7) 14. Concierge (9) 15. Opening device (8) 17. Stately (8) 21. Random (9) 24. Explanatory drawing (7) 27. Passenger-carrying vehicle (7) 28. Profitable (9) 29. Rise early (3,2,4,3,4) 30. Kicked (6) 31. Counterfeit (inf.) (3) 32. Mixture of rain and snow (5)

Clues Down

1. Soothe (7) 2. Disassemble (4,5) 3. Most illustrious (7) 4. With legs wide apart (9) 5. False claim (8) 6. Corpse (7) 7. Organising group (9) 8. Tapering pillar (7) 10. Fungus (6) 15. City in Pakistan (6) 16. Census (4,5) 18. Renounced the throne (9) 19. Bring to an end (9) 20. Flattered (8) 22. Old card game (7) 23. Indicated the position (7) 25. Wolfgang ------- Mozart (7) 26. Southern African mongoose (7)



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How to

WINTER-proof your GARDEN... As we approach the colder winter months, millions of Brits across the country are now preparing to protect their gardens against the worst of the weather. With many choosing to spend the last glimpses of summer outdoors - especially with rising concerns surrounding a second lockdown - new nationally representative research from Powered Now, has unveiled the sentiment that Britons have towards getting their gardens in the best condition possible before the winter months. HOW TO WINTER-PROOF YOUR GARDEN

Key Statistics: • 31% of Brits are planning to commence gardening or landscaping improvements • 28% agreed ahead of gardening and landscaping projects that they are now looking to use cash less frequently • 19% agreed that despite Coronavirus, they won't postpone gardening and landscaping work because of a reluctance to have other people in their house • 33% agreed that the threat of a second wave of COVID has influenced them to commence gardening and landscaping projects sooner rather than later

WINTER READY... With lockdown causing Brits to have a newfound love for gardens and outdoor spaces, 31% of Brits are now commencing a landscaping or gardening refurb, which equates to over 3 million new garden projects.

Ben Dyer, CEO of Powered Now - a mobile-based billing, invoicing and quotation application which specialises in trades - has offered insight from the trades on some top tips to help Brits get ready for the cooler months: 1. Replace your summer pots and baskets with evergreens and winter bedding plants - heathers and pansies are particularly versatile during winter 2. Clean up - make sure to deadhead and prune any summer and autumn flowering shrubs before the first winter frost. Make sure to remove any delicate plants or bulbs that might be susceptible to frost damage and place them in a cool, dry place 3. Rake the lawn - getting rid of any moss and waste will aid ventilation and drainage, which will help your grass establish firm roots during the colder months 4. Add nutrients - add compost or nutrient-rich manure to your beds now to make sure that your plants are healthier next year. Winter months are the perfect time to spread this around your garden to make sure your plants are happy, come spring.



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How to WINTER-proof your GARDEN... 3 MILLION BRITISH GARDENS ARE IN THE PROCESS OF RENOVATION Ben Dyer, CEO of Powered Now gives top tips to help Brits get their gardens ready for the cooler months...

Visit: www.powerednow.com



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PLATFORMS of unhappiness... There have been reports of children and teenagers whose reality and perception of themselves has been distorted through Snapchat filters, which changes their physical appearance. This combined with viewing what their friends are up to is causing youngsters to feel unhappy about their lives. The good news, however, is that research is covering the effects and we can start to combat them through awareness and compassion. Some young people are even starting to notice the harmful effects of social media. A survey carried out in 2017 by the Royal Society for Public Health found that British 14–24-yearolds agree that their wellbeing is being damaged by social media. Platforms including Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram invoke anxiety, depression, and sleep deprivation. Snapchat was cited in particular for making young people feel negatively, creating feelings of worry over feeling left out. With the digital world constantly advancing, there will be no slowing down in terms of how integrated our lives are with technology. With careers advancing and software evolving constantly, technology is certainly a force to be reckoned with. But how do we help our children to lead happy and fulfilling lives and learn when to put their phones down?

TEENAGE Clicks... Likes, views, followers, infinite posts, notifications, messages—social media has been designed to be addictive and consuming. This is certainly illustrated in Netflix’s new documentary, The Social Dilemma. To keep up with the contemporary and everchanging world, there is growing research looking into the use of social media and how they impact us. According to Addiction Center, teenage users become addicted to social networking sites and engage in excessive or compulsive use, displaying signs of addictive behaviour such as mood modification, withdrawal symptoms, salience, and becoming panicked or upset if they’re denied constant access. This has been linked to other problems including stress, depression, reduced achievement in school, less curiosity, and a lack of sleep. According to Nicola Kalk, a researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King's College London, said: “Smartphones are here to stay and there is a need to understand the prevalence of problematic smartphone usage.”



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Social Media is Harmful to

Young Wellbeing... Saturday 10th October was World Mental Health Day. It arrived during the strangest time we’ll ever likely face in our lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each year’s theme is set by the World Federation for Mental Health, and this year’s was 'mental health for all'. is encouraged us to think of different demographics and communities of people and how they are faced with issues and problems in their lives. There have been multiple reports over the years of rising levels of anxiety and depression in teenagers and children. What social media and COVID-19 have in common is how rapidly they spread, with a dangerous impact for humanity ranging from rising depression levels to polarisation and even loss of life. Increases in depression and suicide appeared among teens when social media exploded in popularity and became the norm. Youngsters are facing more pressures at school and in their personal lives. They are worried about money problems, using more alcohol and drugs, and are exposed to social media constantly. Of course, not all technology is bad. Here, we’ll look at the impact social media has on our young ones, and how technology can be used to remedy the effects.

A GUIDE TO HELPING CHILDREN OFF SOCIAL MEDIA Of course, nobody wants to take their children’s phones away—that would cause a lot of arguments and tantrums. Here’s a guide to what you can do.

Be informed. Make sure you’re aware what social media your child is using so you can understand what sort of content they are viewing. They are more likely to heed your advice if you know what you’re talking about.

Make sure they’re aware. Encourage your child to think critically about social media and to understand that their friends are only posting the highlights of their life. Nobody posts about their low points—make sure they’re aware that social media isn’t an accurate representation of reality.

Minimise face time and encourage hobbies and activities. Research discussed previously found that children’s curiosity and interest to learn new things drops after spending even a small amount of time on social media. Try to set a limit of how much they can use this technology and encourage them to step away and take up a hobby or learn something new. Try to keep their minds stimulated.

Acknowledge their feelings and encourage dialogue. As stated, children experience more stress than they once did—exams, friends, school commitments, personal worries. These can be overwhelming when younger and sometimes it’s easier for them to cope by shutting off and scrolling through social media to detach and escape. Encourage dialogue and let your child know that they should be open about how they’re feeling and that they can trust you for emotional support and comfort free from judgement and scolding.



As we said earlier, not all technology is bad. ere are plenty of positives of technology and children having access to smartphones. For example, children and teenagers can easily get in contact with their parents and can socialise with friends—particularly important in today’s global pandemic. If you’re concerned about your child’s mental health and would like professional advice, please speak to your GP. If your child is reluctant to open up or is uncomfortable speaking to a stranger about how they’re feeling, health tech is paving the way for accessible and discrete mental health care. With our young ones feeling increasingly confident with the use of technology, it is likely they will feel safe speaking virtually about their feelings—you can book and carry out online doctor appointments from the comfort of your own home. is technology can also help signpost to alternative services and access repeat prescriptions.

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Winter Interiors

Luxury Faux Fur Beanbag Chair (£255) and Lounger (£285) Lie back and relax in a luxury faux fur bean bag chair or lounger, which will bring warmth and texture to any room in your home. Available in two colourways: Cream and Alaska Fox, they make the perfect addition to your living room, home cinema or bedroom. Children will love snuggling up with their favourite book, whilst adults can snuggle by the fireplace with a mulled wine! Handmade in the UK, in a smooth medium faux fur fabric that feels oh so cosy. Chair is 100cm x 120cm Lounger is 100cm x 145cm.

Known for their unique indoor/outdoor bean-bag furniture, Armadillo products are not just for the summer months! As we start to head indoors for the Autumn/Winter, here is a selection of gift ideas from Armadillo Sun perfectly suited to Christmas and the winter months:

Luxury Woollen rows £59.99 A fabulously soft lambswool throw will add a smart look to your bedroom, draped on the end of the bed, or dressed on your sofa ready to use on cold evenings. The throws come in classic shades of teal, pumpkin, grey, navy and duck egg, in a variety of weaves. Handmade in the UK, 183cm x 150cm.

iPad, Tablet & eReader Bean Bag Stand £28.50 This beanbag stand design allows you to adjust your tablet, iPad, smartphone or Kindle to the ideal angle, wherever you may be. Read a book, browse the internet, stream a movie, read a recipe or book. It’s an ideal gift for those cosy afternoons snuggled on the sofa with a good film, leaving your hands free to enjoy a cup of tea! Handmade in the UK using our unique fabric, which copes with daily wear and tear. Used in the marine industry, it won’t fade and is water and stain resistant. Practical, yet stylish!

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WALK your way to a healthy heart... Not only is regular physical activity good for our heart health, but it can also alleviate stress. It is recommended that adults get 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each week, such as brisk walking. When we feel stressed, we may tell ourselves we are too busy to exercise. However, physical activity does not have to be a time-consuming chore. Incorporating small changes to increase our daily steps can improve our overall mental and physical health. You could start by making small changes, such as parking at the furthest point away from the shop entrance in the car park, getting off the bus a stop early, or leaving your office during your lunch break to take a walk.

BREATHING and meditation... Just breathe. Despite the growing attention that meditation and breathing exercises is getting, it is still one of the most underrated things you can do to ease your stress levels and lower your blood pressure. To do this all you need is 10 minutes of your day to sit and do absolutely nothing but concentrate on your breathing. Meditation is one of the simplest and cheapest ways of reducing your stress levels and blood pressure, and there are many free guided meditation resources online to teach you how to do it.



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Managing stress... Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Tip, written by Dr Helen Flaherty, Head of Health Promotion at Heart Research UK Watch your stress levels We all experience stress from time to time. There are many things that can lead to us feeling stressed. It can come from the news, our jobs, financial insecurity, health issues and personal problems. Feeling constantly stressed and overwhelmed can lead to a rise in blood pressure and resting heart rate, both of which increase our risk of having a heart attack. We have some tips to help you avoid unnecessary stress and deal with existing stress in a healthy way.

What is stress? Stress is essentially when we feel threatened or under pressure and our bodies are preparing to either fight or run away from our current situation. This so-called ‘fight or flight’ response should only occur on rare occasions and it is useful for getting us out of dangerous situations. For many people stress can be more long term and persistent and this can have a negative impact on our mental and physical health.

Avoid consuming too much news Whilst it may be important for us to stay up to date with current affairs, a constant stream of negative news reports can be a source of stress and anxiety. The World Health Organization recommends that we watch, read or listen to the news to just once or twice a day for short periods. Why not schedule a daily timeslot when you will allow yourself to check the news (e.g. 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm).

ASK for help... Sometimes stress can feel overwhelming and you may need a little help to manage it. Try speaking to a friend, family member or a work colleague about how you feel. If you think you would benefit from professional help, you can speak to your GP. You can find more healthy tips, recipes and advice at heartresearch.org.uk. MANAGING STRESS


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LOVE YOUR LEGS Revolutionary new treatment for varicose veins... Vein Solutions is a private service based in Cheshire, which is run by Mr Sameh Dimitri, an experienced consultant vascular surgeon, who specialises in modern techniques for the treatment of all types of varicose and thread veins. What are Varicose Veins? Varicose veins occur when there is weakness in the wall of the vein or damage to the valves. This results in an increased pressure inside the vein causing dilatation. Risk factors include increasing age, pregnancy, obesity and previous deep vein thrombosis. Over 25% of women and 10% of men will be affected by varicose veins at some point in their lives. Some will seek treatment due to the unsightly appearance but varicose veins can also cause significant discomfort in many patients. Treating the diseased superficial veins significantly improves the symptoms and the legs still function properly without them as the legs are mainly dependant on the deep veins close to the bones which will be checked by ultrasound scanning during the initial consultation.

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Fitness Expert Reveals: e Best Workout for Each

Body Shape! Flawless.org recently discovered Google searches for ‘healthy snacks’ are up 110%*, but it isn’t just our diet we’ve been working on in lockdown. Many of us are looking to perfect our home-workout routines, too. Eager to help Brits find the ideal workout for each body shape, all the while celebrating our differences, not-for-profit advice website Flawless.org sought the help of Jenna Rigby – GlamFIT Studios Coach and Weight Loss Mindset Specialist.

With Jenna’s help, Flawless can reveal how to adapt our workouts for each body type, as well as love the skin we’re in! ... "Our bodies come in all different shapes and sizes, and it’s important to understand our own individual type in order to highlight our best bits. Remember that the purpose of exercise is to burn fat and build muscle. Exercising will enhance your body shape and, in some way, change its appearance, but it’s possible your body shape won’t change. Listed below are my recommended exercises for each body type, to enhance those curves and fall in love with your body once more. 1. RECTANGLE (A.K.A. BANANA) A rectangle is a straight up and down body type where your measurements are usually the same in all areas. Women with this body type often strive to create curves that don’t naturally occur. The Best Exercises: “To enhance and create curves, dedicate particular days of exercise to the specific body parts you want to enhance. For example, to build a booty you need to focus on building muscle through Glute exercises such as squats. When muscle needs to be created, weighted exercises such as deadlifts and weighted lunges will help you build those areas quicker.” 2. TRIANGLE (A.K.A. PEAR) Triangle is one of the most common body types, your shoulders and bust are narrower than your hips and you tend to have slim arms. The Best Exercises: “To begin with, focus on fat burn around the stubborn areas - this can be achieved through HIIT-style workouts which keep you in the fat burning zone the longest. Keep each workout varied and focused on exercising the whole body evenly. And don’t forget those beautiful arms! They’re already slim so perfect to get toned up quickly and look good in those sleeveless dresses.”

3. INVERTED Triangle (a.k.a. Apple)


If your shoulders and bust are larger than your relatively narrow hips, you have what’s known as an inverted triangle and are often seen as 'top heavy'. The Best Exercises: “Posture is key in enhancing this body type. Try pairing up chest and back day to provide strength in these areas and help to elevate your posture. My favourite chest exercise has to be pressups, and lateral pulldown and hyper back extension are great for the back.”


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4. DIAMOND Broad hips/waist - narrow shoulders/bust If you have broader hips than shoulders, a narrow bust, and a fuller waistline, you have what’s called a diamond body shape. With this, you may carry a little more weight in your upper legs. The Best Exercises: “Start by defining your legs running and uphill walking will help create that definition. This body type also often has a naturally flat stomach so HIIT training works well to maximise fat-burn in this area and show off your best features. My favourite stomach burners have to be bicycles and lying leg raises.”

5.HOURGLASS Buttocks & Bust even, defined waist... Often the most desired body type, your buttocks and bust are well-balanced, and the waist is also defined. Your body is generally in proportion throughout.

"Our bodies come in all different shapes and sizes, and it’s important to understand our own individual type in order to highlight our best bits.” Jenna Rigby

The Best Exercises: “Your workouts need to be evenly balanced amongst all body areas to avoid losing those curves. Starting with cardio and moving onto a full body circuit routine is the best way to burn fat evenly. Circuit classes, CrossFit, and dance often work well for these body types.”

6. ATHLETIC Straight up and down... If you’re naturally muscular but not particularly curvy, you have an athletic body type - your shoulder and hip measurements are about the same. Your waist is narrower than your shoulder and hips, but it isn’t overly defined and looks more straight up and down. The Best Exercises: “This body type is perfect for weight training and muscle definition can easily be achieved to create curves in all the right places. Weighted Squats and Deadlifts compound exercises will help build the lower body curves and supersets on the biceps and triceps (bicep curls and tricep pull-downs) will provide arms envied by many.” To conclude, Jenna says: "It’s important to remember with any body type, cardio and fat-burning activities will always help enhance your figure and get your body type looking its best. Keep your workouts initially focusing on the full body and then move onto enhancing your best features 3-6 months into a routine. Toning is not about losing your best features it’s all about embracing and showing them off!" Data commissioned by - https://www.flawless.org/



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Just Drive...

The Basics

Model: Jeep Wrangler Overland 4 Door 2.2 Multijet 200 Price: £48,365 Engine: 200bhp 4 cylinder 2.2 diesel Pictures: Jeep.co.uk

For sure, one brand will never need - er - rebranding. e name Jeep when attached to a Jeep will ever mean Jeep and never another name. Even though Jeep is now owned by Fiat, this is no spaghetti western. e best other motor manufacturing rustlers can do is to try hard to rope a good copy of the original. But guess what. If it has horns, if it 'moos' and treks up to the rail head in company with scores of other dust raisers, you can be certain you're talking about a longhorn cow. In the same way if a car looks like a hunk of beefsteak, packed with plenty protein and with toughness stamped indelibly over every part and stands on four road wheels, with accessories including a horn and most importantly a Jeep badge - guess what: it's what you think it is. So when I caught my neighbour Roderick Rawhide (A Western re-enactor of considerable standing and one time Captain of The Arizona Rangers) peering over the picket fence with an inquisitive look on his face I followed his gaze and my eyes alighted on the gleaming new Jeep Wrangler Overland that graced my driveway. "Howdy neighbour" I said cheerily. "How's it goin'?" He blinked, cleared his throat and in a tentative Texan drawl, asked the question "That's a Jeep isn't it?" I looked at him; I looked at the Jeep once more just to confirm the fact and then said "Sure is, my fine buckaroo." He remained pensively stroking his chin. "A Jeep eh?" He said. "They don't come cheap. If I'd picked up the right scratch card I'd 'ave one of them." His interest awakened my charitable impulses. “Come on over and take a looksee" I said. The Jeep in question was a new Wrangler Overland Multi Jet 200bhp 4x4 4 door. Wranglers come as 2 door or 4 door - and are the toughest of the Jeep models, built on hugely substantial chassis with solid front and rear axles and locking diffs. They are mega strong and make some of the offerings from rival makers seem delicate. An angular body, with door hinges on the outside and carrying design cues like the seven slat grille and oversize wings, remind you of the heritage: Jeeps served from Omaha beach to Okinawa. Rugged as General Paton, history just screams out from a Wrangler - reminding you of the ones those GIs drove way back in wartime but it's almost twice the size. It's big - very big - and commands respect from other road users. Flabby-gutted lager louts dreaming that they're Steve McQueen on the town are simply blown away. In one of these you don't take no lip


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Jeep Wrangler from punks or lollipop ladies. Powered by a splendid 200bhp 4 cylinder 2.2 diesel driving through an eight speed auto. box and transfer case with low off-road gears, it even has a proper double gear stick arrangement for putting it into low range. It's well set to tackle more than you will probably ever be able to throw at it. We're talking here of the 'King of the off-road'. And on-road too it's a joy to drive. You just settle to a more relaxed and unhurried pace by letting the auto box do all the work for you. Ride and handling are good for the size and you have a surprisingly relaxing motorway cruiser. Should you wish, you can take it to 112mph. Never once did it feel stressed or stressful on any journey. You might think that such a heavyweight would guzzle fuel. You'd be wrong. If ever a manufacturer was accurate in their claims, this is it. A claimed 37 mpg was precisely what was achieved over a week of road use. My neighbour asked to sit in the driver's seat. "Shucks! It's much more comfy than I thought it would be. I can

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just see myself in one of these. It must cost a packet." he said "A vehicle like this looks a million dollars as you would expect from such a legendary manufacturer" I replied. "And at ÂŁ48,365, it's more than a corner shop scratch card - but that's not surprising. Frankly, in an ever changing world I have a penchant for the traditional - and you can't get more traditional than Jeep - a manufacturers label that resonates most evocatively even in these post modern times." I could tell that I had lost him with that last remark. To make amends I offered to give him a run in the passenger seat to prove that the Wrangler Overland can ride the rugged trail with the best of them whilst at the same time ooze the charisma of the trailblazing hero. I started up and messages of untapped reserves of power suggested a stimulating overture to a satisfying driving experience. We pulled smoothly out of the drive and headed down the Cul-De-Sac trail the right way - out to that evocative frontier of urban roads and

convenience stores. My passenger declared he felt like a king. I smiled, remarking that behind the wheel of a Wrangler Overland one is, indeed, also 'King of the metalled highway'. No-one dare challenge you as the message is unequivocally clear: 'I don't boast, but I'm the best'. You sit up high with a wide view and that unflappable feeling one gets when everything is in place is absolutely confidence inspiring - from the safe and secure handling to the convenient ergonomics of this trailblazer. It seems to have captured something that rivals lack. And with space and all the creature comfort and safety features you'll ever need - and walloping performance too it stands alone. You can even remove the Freedom Roof, take off the doors and fold the windscreen flat should you wish to enjoy the California sunshine and you are still protected should the worst happen, by a massive rollover bar. "Listen to her purr" said my passenger. "No. That's my tummy rumbling. Tell you what Pard, hows about we pull up at the next chuck wagon? When you

By Syd Taylor Motoring Reviewer drive a Jeep Wrangler Overland the only way is beef‌burger style." However, I must point out that I had no beef with this beauty. It really is the epitome of on-road/off-road, up hill/down canyon motoring versatility. If this was not around when The West was won, it's certainly around now to win over western economies and hearts and minds too long tethered to the tail of recession. Minutes later we drove onto the fuel forecourt at the front of one of those well known American burger bars. "Need Gas honey?"asked the doll in the kiosk. "Already got it babe" I replied. "This car is a gas!" Returning from our jaunt, Roderick had to be prised out: he certainly wasn't saddle sore from those comfy thick leather seats. On the contrary, he just wanted more and more. That sums up the Wrangler Overland. It just keeps on giving, making easy going of the toughest terrain. Lasso one before they stop making them.

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Marches Growth Hub helps thousands of businesses during lockdown

LOCAL NEWS Coronavirus: Marches Growth Hub helps thousands of businesses during lockdown Thousands of businesses have been given vital help during the coronavirus crisis by the Marches Growth Hub, new figures show. The hub – the expert one-stop business advice and support service for Shropshire, Herefordshire and Telford & Wrekin – handled a huge rise in enquiries from worried companies and business people during the lockdown. Its three bases in Shrewsbury, Hereford and Telford were at the forefront of the drive to keep businesses informed about the fast-changing situation throughout the spring and early summer and help them survive the crisis. New figures released today by the hub covering April to July 2020 reveal: Staff dealt with nearly 5,000 telephone calls asking for advice Hub staff received more than 9,500 emails from businesses The hubs have supported nearly 90 virtual events to help business recover from the crisis More than 1,600 took advantage of the hub’s virtual events More than 450 calls were also received by the Business Support Helpline. Yasmin Sulaman, Marches Growth Hub Business Support Lead, said the figures reflected the hub’s position as the region’s foremost business support service. “These figures are a testament to the incredibly hard work off all our business support staff during a very difficult period.

“They show that the growth hub – whether in virtual form or through our three physical bases – is a valued and trusted point of contact for all types of business looking for help and support.

“The number of phone enquiries shows a huge increase on previous years, enquiries to the virtual hub are also up on the same period last year,and despite the restrictions we have been able to stage a comparable number of events to help the business community, albeit virtually.

“Our satisfaction surveys also showed that businesses across the region were very impressed with the way we dealt with their inquiries and the help we were able to offer.” The Marches Growth Hub brings together all national and local business support in one place for the first time and is fully aligned to the Government’s ‘Business is GREAT’ campaign. Backed by the UK Government, the Business Support Helpline – 0800 998 1098 – provides free, impartial business support and signposting services to businesses in England. For more information on the help the Marches Growth Hub can offer visit https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/

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New collaboration helps children find long-term stability

Children needing adoption should be able to find a long-term solution more quickly, thanks to an innovative project.

LOCAL NEWS New collaboration helps children find long-term stability... Children needing adoption should be able to find a long-term solution more quickly, thanks to an innovative project. Telford & Wrekin is joining forces with Shropshire Council, Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council to create the Together4Children adoption agency.

The initial partnership will be for two years, with the option for a further three until September 2025. The Partnership’s aim is to progress to long-term fostering and guardianship.

Backed by the Department for Education, which has invested more than £600,000 in developing the project, Together4Children will focus on achieving permanent placements for adoption faster than before.

At present, the four authorities have 35 children in need of adoption.

Previously there could be a situation where a single authority had older siblings who didn’t want to separate and parents looking for a single baby, or children with a specific cultural background and no prospective parents available – so children stayed in short term placements and the adults were frustrated. Now, the four authorities will share information on children and the prospective parents available to increase the opportunities of keeping family groups together, finding loving homes for older children, and those who have other specific needs. The Together4Children partnership, which launched this week (28th Sept) is one of the first of its type in the country and builds on central government’s goal of creating regional adoption services by joining forces to improve services for all children who need long-term and permanent care. The four authorities will maintain current levels of investment in the service that fall within the partnership arrangements and each council will retain responsibility for children from its area.

Cllr Shirley Reynolds, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet member for Children, Young People, Education and Lifelong Learning, said “The new partnership between the four authorities will help us match children and the right carers more quickly, providing greater stability for children and offering more support for parents.” “Increasing the number and diversity of potential families across the region widens the choice of potential adopters, which helps us achieve the best outcomes for children by helping to keep siblings together, find loving homes for older children, and for children who have other specific needs.” “The great thing about this partnership is that it increases children’s chances of finding long-term stability faster than before and we know that children who are more settled get a better start in life: their health and wellbeing, academic performance and long-term employment prospects are all improved.” “Not only do we support our children in finding long-term stability, but this partnership allows us to invest in our carers too, so they feel better trained and able to provide the loving homes these youngsters need.”

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Shrewsbury Lifestyle - Issue 46  

The latest edition of the Shrewsbury Lifestyle is out now, covering November & December 2020

Shrewsbury Lifestyle - Issue 46  

The latest edition of the Shrewsbury Lifestyle is out now, covering November & December 2020