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CONTENTS...

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14 LOCAL NEWS The latest news from Shropshire Council on what’s going on across the borough over the next few weeks.

28 RECIPES

The Team:

Stephan Callear Director Luke Smith Sales Manager Jasmine Bennett Editor Eileen Callear Editorial Contributor Syd Taylor Editorial Contributor

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This simple, yummy recipe for Cookie Dough will really make your cookie monsters smile. Make extra, if you want some too!

34 FASHION TRENDS Are high heels becoming a thing of the past? Why women are no longer looking to towering heels to take on the world... 36 HOMESTYLE

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The ‘Coastal Living’ home trend. We look at the best ways to bring the beach, and seaside into our homes.

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Blood Pressure -More than 14 million adults in the UK have high blood pressure resulting in an increased risk of heart diseases and stroke...

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Motoring reviewer Syd Taylor test drives the Range Rover Sport D350 HST. DE Publications Limited are proud to support local businesse., We do not accept responsibility for loss, damage or ommision by error in the printing of an advert. All artwork and editorial is accepted on condition that permission has been given for use in this publication. Any reproduction of any material contained within is forbidden without prior consent in writing from the publishers. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for views expressed by contributors or for the accuracy of claims made by advertisers.

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HELLO...

It’s been a tough time, over the last year and a half. We have been through a very strange, and testing time. Even though it’s been hard, this period of prolonged isolation and uncertainty has given us a new perspective on life. The things we may have taken for granted previously, are now all the more important - perhaps this is one of the few ‘silver linings’ of storm Covid.”

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We are finally getting back to normality - well, the new kind of it anyway. With actual live events, holidays and even family get togethers back on the cards, things are looking good for the future...

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e haven’t had a ‘What’s On’ section in the magazine for a while - mainly since there have not been any live events for months and months. But now, finally, we are moving away from the lockdowns, and looking forward to getting back out and about. In Shropshire, we are incredibly lucky to have so many great places to visit, right on our doorstep. We have the Ski Centre, Ice Rink, Theatre, Cinema, Hoo Farm (with Dinosaurs!), the Exotic Zoo, Severn Valley Railway, The Quarry, Long Mynd, Attingham Park, Local Nature Reserves, Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and the world heritage site of Ironbridge - and that’s just a few of them! The Shropshire County Agricultural Show returns on 17th July, which will be fabulous.

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Our towns are also beginning to get back into the swing of things, with some brilliant High Street shops, selling everything you could need, from fresh baked bread to handmade bath bombs - and everything inbetween. We also have the return of eating and drinking out. I did really miss going for a nice meal, and a cheeky cocktail or two. It is really great to have so much to look forward to once more, spending time with friends and family, and some bigger events to enjoy. There is now an opportunity to start to make the most of what our lovely local area has to offer. Let’s make the most of every day!

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With us spending so much time at home it’s never been more important to love the space we live in. Create the perfect ambience in your home with a range of luxury home fragrances from Casa Scents. Lifelong friends Louise and Matt brought together their love of beautiful interiors and their home fragrance knowhow and established Casa Scents in 2018. Their independent fragrance house has earned a reputation for ensuring only the best scents are delivered to homes right across the UK. Based in Irby, Wirral, Casa Scents offers a variety of handmade reed diffusers, candles, soaps and room mists, all made from the finest botanicals with a long-lasting fragrance and luxury cosmetic ingredients to keep your hands clean, soft and nourished. The duo offer an extensive range of 20 scents, so you’re bound to find one that’s right for you. Choose the same fragrance for multiple rooms or combine different scents to create a scent journey throughout your home. Reed diffusers are more than just a stylish home accessory – they add a steady stream of your favourite fragrance to

any space. With fibre reeds for optimal scent diffusion, you’ll experience a beautiful aroma for up to 12 weeks. Available with a choice of natural or black reeds to coordinate with your interior décor. All Casa Scents diffusers are 100% oil-based and their fragrance oils are vegan friendly and paraben free. If you’d like more control then a room mist spray is for you. Whether you’re looking for an extra burst of fragrance or a way to impress unexpected guests, a room spray is perfect to always have at hand. Spray as little or as much as you like to create the perfect atmosphere.

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Telford Balloon Fiesta is back this August Bank Holiday... 27th-30th August 2021

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TELFORD BALLOON FIESTA Telford Town Park

Get ready to be blown away as the Telford Balloon Fiesta is set to return to Telford Town Park this August Bank Holiday weekend 2021. Last year’s ‘secret balloon event’ cheered the residents of Telford and Wrekin up with balloons launching from an undisclosed location. As part of its plans for recovery, Telford & Wrekin Council very much hope that Telford’s Balloon Fiesta will be part of a summer festival weekend spanning the August Bank Holiday from 27 to 30 August, where, weather permitting, there will be several opportunities to see balloons take off over the weekend. The event, like many other regional events will be subject to government guidelines at the time.

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17th July 2021 SHROPSHIRE COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SHOW West Mids Showground

The show is a successful and popular family event that attracts thousands of people year on year. If you are a regular visitor we are sure you will return, but if you have never experienced the agricultural show we can assure you that you will be impressed!

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During this great family day out you will get to see knights in armour and archers preparing for battle, living history including traditional crafts and cookery.Please note the event is dependent upon Covid restrictions and We will be working along local authorities too.

13th-14th August 2021 SHREWSBURY FLOWER SHOW Virtual, Shrewsbury

This year’s Shrewsbury Flower Show has been cancelled. So we thought it would be a nice idea to hold a ‘virtual’ show instead.

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The Review

Auentic Itian La Lanterna, Shrewsbury

A little taste of Italy...

On a warm summers evening, my wife Ashleigh and I decided to go for some food in Shrewsbury Town centre, we were really looking forward to returning to La Lanterna after months of restrictions, it was a real treat to be eating inside a restaurant. On our previous visits the standards were very high, and the décor had not changed inside; still a very authentic Italian restaurant based at The Old Vestry. When we entered we were equally as impressed as the last time we visited, with the amazing memorabilia and the soft music in the background which helped create a perfect setting for the evening. We were seated and the restaurant was filling up very quickly. The restaurant can seat 33 people and also has a terrific dining booth for those special occasions. We were handed the drinks menu, which had so much choice and was very tempting, but with our new son waiting for us at home we decide to stick to the soft

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drink option of a diet coke and some water for the table. We were brought out some fresh bread and breadsticks as we looked through the menu. For starters I went for the Funghetti All'aglo – Italian style garlic mushrooms. Ashleigh chose the Bruschetta Al Pomodoro - Two pieces of toasted garlic bread topped with chopped tomato, basil and red onion. By this point the restaurant was completely full with people still trying to get a table. In a blink of an eye our starters arrived and they were both terrific. Mine was full of flavour, the mushrooms were cooked perfectly and with the creamy sauce it was a perfect combination - a dish bursting with flavour. Ashleigh was equally impressed once again all the fresh ingredients combined were fabulous and this was the perfect


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that always makes me want more. Ashleigh really enjoyed her cheesecake and found it not too heavy, and very flavoursome, ending the evening perfectly for her.

start to the evening for us both. We were really excited for our main courses to arrive after having such good starters. The menu boasts a range of dishes and there is something for everyone, which is all part of a really authentic Italian experience. Ashleigh went for the Agnello alla Forestiera - Lamb steak topped with garlic, rosemary, onions and bacon. Served with vegetables and potatoes and I went for the Mailing Al Porcini - Pork escalopes with Sicilian aromatic wine and continental mushroom sauce. Ashleigh’s main course was nothing sort of sensational – perfectly cooked Lamb which melted in her mouth, this was easily one of the best main courses she has had in any of the restaurants we have visited in the past, and with the vegetables and potatoes the dish was truly amazing. For my main course I was unsure what to expect - as pork isn’t a meat I generally choose, but it may be my number one choice from now on after being served this dish. The pork was cooked perfectly and the portion sizes were very generous, the Sicilian aromatic wine and continental mushroom sauce worked really well, every bite made me want more, and I would definitely have it again. Although we were full, as we all know there will always be room for Dessert. The range of desserts on offer is impressive and in truth it’s very difficult to choose just one. I decided to go for one of favourite all time puddings – Tiramisu. Ashleigh went for the Chocolate and salted cameral cheesecake. My Tiramisu; a Homemade Italian sponge cake with Mascarpone, coffee and brandy, for me was absolutely amazing, the textures and flavours were fantastic, it is a dessert

Overall the experience at La Lanterna was truly remarkable, and the service was fantastic. Everything at this restaurant works, and it’s no coincidence that it is rated one of the best restaurants in Shrewsbury and beyond. The restaurant offers a lunch time menu and are fully licenced. The team deserves all the praise they receive doing their upmost to cater for all of your needs and nothing is too much trouble. The food is sensational, and we cannot wait to return. Booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment – Grazie!

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e big trend of e summer! PICNIC BASKETS

With the good weather on its way, the irresistible urge to enjoy the sun and the outdoors is becoming more and more pronounced. This year, picnics are the trend! In the gardens or by the sea, picnics are the perfect way to meet up and spend a delicious moment with friends and family. To accompany these moments of sharing, the Les Jardins de la Comtesse brand offers a wide range of chic and practical baskets, woven from wicker in an artisanal and ecological way !

What's new in 2021, for picnics with a blue theme like a summer sky!

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Fontainebleau picnic basket

With its blue and white striped fabric, as well as its navy blue handle, straps and shoulder strap, the Fontainebleau basket is perfectly reminiscent of the marine spirit! Ideal for lunches on the beach or by the sea, this wicker basket is the trendy accessory of the summer to spend some good time outside! Chic and practical, the "Fontainebleau" basket contains 4 compartments to store glasses, as well as an isothermal compartment with a zip. Fontainebleau (4 persons) : £120.02

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Blue Gingham Marly picnic basket With its emblematic gingham fabric, the Marly blue gingham basket recalls the vintage feel of picnics of yesteryear. It is perfect for picnics on the grass or in the countryside! Its handle and brown leatherette straps add a touch of elegance to this basket. Its large insulated pocket is very practical and allows you to store all sorts of snacks while keeping them cool. Inside this pocket there are straps to attach 4 goblets supplied with this basket, as well as an additional strap to attach a bottle. Blue Gingham Marly (4 persons) : £90.66

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Blue Gingham Saint-Germain picnic basket

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The Saint-Germain basket is one of the great successes of the brand! Already available in green and red gingham, this basket is now available in blue gingham to satisfy all tastes and desires! Perfect for country and traditional picnics, it has 3 compartments to store all kinds of bottles. With its dark brown colour, this basket reveals an authentic charm! Saint-Germain Vichy Bleu : £120.02

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5. The essential baskets for luxurious picnics!

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Saint-Honoré picnic basket

Champs-Elysées picnic basket

The Champs-Elysées has been specially designed for picnics with a royal touch! Always made of genuine leather, the Champs-Elysées basket is particularly luxurious. It is lined with a monogrammed fabric, combined with high quality grained and stitched leather. With its porcelain plates, stainless steel cutlery, glasses, salt and pepper shakers and corkscrew, it has everything you need for a successful picnic. Available in blue and green for 2, 3 or 4 persons. Blue Champs-Elysées (2 persons) : £167.50

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Thanks to its integrated wooden table, the Saint-Honoré basket knows how to receive its guests! Also equipped with a waterproof coated tablecloth and cotton napkins, it is a chic and practical basket for a comfortable lunch on the grass. Its cutlery is stored in a monogrammed pocket, for an even more upscale look. All straps are made of real leather, giving it a luxurious and timeless look! Available in blue and green for 4 persons. Blue Saint-Honoré (4 persons) : £160.60 www.lesjardinsdelacomtesse.com

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The Exotic Zoo is moving to a new home in Telford Town Park. The Exotic Zoo offers an immersive experience, which engages visitors about our amazing planet and some of the wonderful creatures that call it home. The Exotic Zoo is built around a passion for education and the environment.

1. HOO ZOO and DINOSAUR WORLD Hoo Zoo and Dinosaur World is the new name for Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom. To celebrate their 30th year of being one of Telford’s top family attractions, Hoo Zoo has now added its latest offering - HooRassic World! With 15 full-sized animatronic, moving dinosaurs, which are spread through a woodland trail. It’s a Roarsome day out! www.hoo-zoo.com

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3. THEATRE SEVERN, FRANKWELL Theatre Severn re-opened it’s doors back in May. While the cinema at our sister venue, The Old Market Hall is unable to offer film screenings, a film programme will restart at Theatre Severn, alongside selected live events throughout the summer months. Theatre Severn is really pleased to be able to welcome audiences again. The safety and welfare of both visitors and staff is at the forefront of all plans and they will continue to observe social distancing, reduce face-to-face-interactions, maintain enhanced hygiene within the venues, alongside the wearing of face coverings where applicable. For information visit: www.theatresevern.co.uk

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Free Family Events bring colour and creativity to the streets

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Shrewsbury’s Open Summer Events is a program of free outdoor activities for young children and families. From colourful mask making to a vibrant Bangra performance and procession, a range of events will take place in and around Shrewsbury town centre in the coming summer months. Commissioned by Shrewsbury BID as part of the Shrewsbury's Open campaign and hosted by local arts charity The Hive, these free outdoor activities for children and families will showcase the talents of local artists and the wider West Midlands whilst celebrating creativity on our cobbled streets. The Fetch Theatre company opened the program with their outdoor performance ‘Insect Safari’ in the grounds of St Alkmunds Church on Saturday 26th June. St Alkmunds Church will play host to more culture and music on Saturday 3rd July with a Yakshagana performance and workshop by SAMPAD, a Birmingham based South Asian Arts and Heritage charity. Followed by a dance and music procession through the town SAMPAD will wrap up the day’s celebrations at The Hive, 5 Belmont where they will repeat their workshop and performance encouraging anyone who wants to try learning a few Bangra moves.

Saturday 24th July delighting with songs and stories inspired by animals. These free sessions are suitable for ages 3+ and will take place throughout the day. The animal theme continues with local artists Jamila Thomas and Emily Wilkinson on Saturday 31st July as they deliver fun filled mask making workshops in the Market Square for ages 6 years and over.

The sound of Jembe Drums bring a West African rhythm to the Market Square on Saturday 7th August. Local musicians Jonathan Bannister and Josh Arrowsmith will deliver a lively drumming workshop suitable for 7 years +. No previous experience is necessary just a willingness to have a go! These free events can be attended by children and families alike. Booking is not required, just turn up and enjoy spending time in Shrewsbury town centre once more. Cerin Mills, CEO of the local arts charity explains how collaboration has been at the heart of these summer events. ‘The town offers stunning spaces for performance and other imaginative activities. Shrewsbury BID commissioned The Hive to deliver a range of engaging creative events as part of their ‘Shrewsbury’s Open’ summer campaign. We are incredibly proud to offer free events for families in this challenging landscape. It will be wonderful to spend time in our town centre and celebrate culture and creativity this summer.’ Emma Molyneux, of Shrewsbury BID, added: "We are delighted to be working with The Hive to really bring the town centre to life over the summer months. We hope lots of people will come along and take part in such an array of engaging activities." For full details follow the Hive on Facebook or call 01743 234970. Alternatively, visit thehiveonline.org and sign up for their newsletters to stay up to date with all the summer fun!

Local storytellers Sal Tonge and Stephanie Kelly will set up camp at St Alkmunds Church on

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BIG ADVENTURES in the heart of...

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Top picks for the summer...

Visit a Local Nature Reserve - There are a number of LNR’s in and around Shrewsbury:

Exploring Shropshire We have all been living very different lives since the pandemic hit. More and more of us have had our worlds reduced down to our homes, and a small local area. During this time we have discovered so many wonderful places - right on our doorstep, here in Shropshire.

Rea Brook Local Nature Reserve, Mousefield Nature Reserve, Radbrook Nature Reserve, Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Hereford Road Nature Reserve, Earl's Hill Nature Reserve and Stiperstones National Nature Reserve, to name just a few. That is enough to keep you going all through the summer!

With more traffic-free zones and cycling space, and more green spaces to enjoy - you can make the most of the Great British summer, and explore more of Shrewsbury and Shropshire. The Quarry is a firm favourite with locals, and vistors alike. It was recently voted one of the best parks in the UK by Tripadvisor users, who commented on it’s beauty and tranquility. Another amazing place to visit is Hawkstone Park Follies, which is only about 25 minutes drive from Shrewsbury and boasts beautiful landscapes, caves and stunning views. You don’t have to drive to discover some of the hidden gems of Shropshire, which you may be surprised to find are within walking or cycling distance from where you live. The Wrekin is one of the more popular spots to visit - mainly because of the reward of the best view in the county when you reach the top, but we also have some really beautiful tracks and trails, woodlands and nature reserves and some brilliant parks too.

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Look to the stars... The dark night skies above the Shropshire Hills make it a fabulous location for stargazers. It is actually designated by Dark Sky Discovery Partnership as a Milky Way Class rated site, meaning that the skies are dark enough to see the Milky Way with the naked eye. Seeing the Milky Way is a magical experience. You don’t need special equipment, as you can see lots with the naked eye, but binoculars or a telescope can bring a new dimensions to the stargazing experience. Don’t forget to take some photos too!

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Working art studio and gallery with original art & prints for sale. Visitors welcome.

Situated right next the the famous Jackfield Tile Museum

Selling a selected range of work from other artists including jewellery, ceramics and greeting cards.

Jan Park Studio & Gallery | Fusion 1 | Jackfield | TF8 7AP

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Cring 20 Years! Blue’s store is based in a 3 storey period building in the market town of Shifnal. This year they are celebrating 20 years in the town. The aim all those years ago was to create a unique, enjoyable shopping experience offering ‘something different’, and that is exactly what they have done. Not only does Blue Florist offer stylish floral design, poviding flowers for all occasions, but it is also a home and gift shop, and offers stylish fashion and accessories too.

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The ever changing display of fresh flowers and plants are of the highest quality and are beautifully arranged and presented by their talented team of floral designers. Sitting alongside the fresh flowers and house plants there is also a great selection of pots, vases and accessories, helping you to bring individual style to your home. ‘The Thread’ is the clothing and accessories department which is located alongside Blue. Here you will find an exciting array of ethical clothing, both costume and silver jewellery, scarves, gloves, socks and much more. You can find a lovely treat for yourself, or the perfect gift.

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At Blue they work hard to source their products from as many British and Fair Trade makers as possible, carrying many well known brands alongside a number of small, individual designers. They have some wonderful ranges of British made fragranced products, including the new 'in house' range from Jan Park herself. There is also a range of cards that cater for all occasions, and some wonderful art cards and wrap.

Flowers for everyday...

Sometimes there doesn’t have to be a big reason to send flowers or plants, it may be ‘just because’… whatever your reason, the designers at Blue will create a design just for you to say exactly what you

need to say. The selection is large, you may like a small posy, a gift wrapped plant, a hand tied bouquet or a vase of flowers, the choice is yours. Ordering is simple either on the website or by telephone. There are fresh bouquets and posies available each day, so if you are short of time you can choose from a ‘ready to go’ selection. Or why not try the ‘It’s A Wrap’ subscription service? Customers receive a ‘wrap’ of seasonal flowers, delivered weekly or monthly to arrange themselves at home.

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If you’re looking for something special for a birthday or as a surprise treat, Blue are the number one award winning florist in the area, featuring in the Good Florist Guide - winning ‘Flower Shop of the Year’ and voted ‘Best Loved Florist’ in the UK. Blue can also offer completely bespoke packages for weddings and funerals, Christmas or corporate events, flower bouquets and wreaths for customers throughout Shropshire and the UK. If you have any specific requirements, talk to a member of the design team today and they will design a bespoke product that perfectly suits your needs.

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National BBQ Week - 2nd-11th July

NATIONAL BBQ Week...

Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes www.scotchkitchen.com

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Scotch Beef, lentil and beetroot burgers

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• 400g Scotch Beef PGI mince • 1 finely diced onion • 1 can of cooked green lentils, drained • 2 raw or pickled beetroot, grated • 1 tbsp sundried tomato paste • 1 egg, beaten • 200g baby spinach leaves • 4 brioche buns • Salt and pepper, pinch • 100g pickled gherkins, sliced • 2 tomatoes, sliced

(tip: if you can’t find sundried tomato paste try mixing 1tsp of smoked paprika with 1tbsp tomato paste)

• 1 red onion, sliced • Rapeseed oil METHOD

1. Mix the grated beetroot, onion, beef mince, tomato paste and lentils in a bowl, season and mix well. 2. Add the beaten egg and mix again. 3. Divide into four even sized balls then shape into patties (tip: these can be made ahead then stored in the fridge!) 4. To cook on the BBQ, brush each burger lightly with rapeseed oil and lay onto the preheated grill 5. Don’t be tempted to move them for 3-4 minutes. The burgers will stick and tear if you do. 6. Nudge them with the tongs gently and if they move they are ready to turn 7. Flip over and cook for a further 3-4 minutes 8. Serve in brioche buns with sliced tomato, red onion, gherkins and baby spinach

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Welcome Back...

Weddings! By Talking Tables

With summer in sight and lockdown lifting wedding season is upon us. Many weddings are this year taking on a smaller form, with just as much love! Your wedding is your day to celebrate in style and that starts Silver & Gold... with your tablescape. We created some of our favourite wedding table looks, using products that are perfect for this special occasion. From a bright and bold tablescape incorporating eye-catching colours, to stylish and serene boho style settings. Our brand new silver plates add decedance to any theme whilst our glass candle holders bring a pop of romantic summer colour. With every colour scheme there is a napkin to match - the Born To Love range will certainly make the guests smile whilst the Boho Elephant napkin transports you off to a bright summer paradise.

Looking for an extra element for your party decorations? What about choosing from this glamorous collection of shimmering Party Porcelain options? We've glammed up everything from tableware to the cups you drink from and the straws you slurp through. You'll also find some super-elegant napkins and paper plates, as well as tea lights for illuminating your soiree. Throw in some Party Porcelain Gold Star Scatter and blow up one of our intriguing Metallic Orb Balloons, and you'll have an ambient atmosphere that your guests will love. Mix and match with our other collections for an eclectic, photo-worthy effect to remember.

Whilst many of our products are disposable or recyclable at Talking Tables we have been busy creating more reusable and long lasting products that customers will love. Our new reusable fabric bunting and the Boho Cream Macrame Bunting are beautiful additions to wedding settings, and really make a statement of celebration!

Modern Romance... Love can be in the air all year round – just like it should be – with this innovative collection of Modern Romance decorations. We've got you covered for every step of the wedding day, with streamers and confetti options for the big event, super cute decorations for the wedding car, and a range of tableware and photo options for the reception. We've also thrown in some thoughtful wedding gifts, thoughtprovoking wedding trivia and some wonderfully white décor to make the whole day spectacularly beautiful. Add the lucky couple and doting friends and family, and don't forget to pack a tissue or two. See our full wedding range here: www.talkingtables.co.uk/pages/wedding


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National BBQ Week - 2nd-11th July

NATIONAL BBQ Week...

Serves: 4 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes www.scotchkitchen.com

. . . s r e w e k S    e B   Q B B Scotch Beef BBQ Skewers

INGREDIENTS Skewers

• 4 x 227g Scotch Beef PGI sirloin steaks, fat trimmed and cut into 1 inch cubes • 2 red onions, cut into 1 inch pieces • 2 red peppers, cut into 1 inch pieces • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil • 1 tbsp smoked paprika • 2 garlic cloves, grated to a paste • 20ml lemon juice • Salt and pepper, pinch METHOD

1. Soak 8 wooden skewers in water to avoid burning on the grill 2. Mix the steak, onions and peppers in a bowl with rapeseed oil, garlic, smoked paprika and lemon juice 3. Season with salt and pepper, marinate for 30 minutes 4. Thread a cube of meat onto each skewer, then onion and then red pepper. Repeat to fill the skewer. Repeat to make 8 skewers. 5. Drizzle the chickpeas and kale with oil, season with salt and pepper then roast in 180˚c oven for 6 minutes until crisp 6. Cook the broccoli in boiling salted water for 2 minutes then remove and place in cold water 7. Mix all the salad ingredients in a bowl and drizzle with rapeseed oil Ingredients for the Salad... 300g broccoli, cut into small florets, 200g kale, stems removed and ripped, 1 can of chickpea, drained, 1tbsp rapeseed oil, 200g precooked quinoa, 50g mixed seeds (eg sunflower, pumpkin), 30g pomegranate seeds, 15g fresh parsley, chopped, 150g baby spinach leaves, washed and dried.

8. Place each skewer on a hot BBQ for 8 minutes, turning halfway 9. Remove and cover with foil to rest for 10-15 minutes before serving with the salad

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LAMB

National BBQ Week - 2nd-11th July

Hloumi Salad...

Scotch Lamb Steak and Halloumi Salad

INGREDIENTS

• 4 x 150g Scotch Lamb PGI leg steaks • 1tbsp rapeseed oil • Salt and pepper, pinch • 225g reduced fat halloumi, cut into ½ cm slices plus 1tbsp rapeseed oil for cooking • 100g rocket • 100g baby spinach leaves • 1 red onion, thinly sliced • 100g peas, thawed • 30g pomegranate seeds • 15 fresh mint, chopped • 100g low fat plain yogurt • 20ml lemon juice METHOD

1. Place the lamb steaks in a bowl, drizzle with oil and season 2. Cook the lamb on a hot BBQ for 8 minutes, turning halfway through cooking 3. Remove from heat and cover with foil, rest for 10 mins 4. Drizzle the sliced halloumi with oil and season 5. Cook on the BBQ for 4-5 minutes, turning halfway 6. To make the salad dressing, mix the yogurt and lemon juice in a bowl and season 7. Mix the rocket, spinach, red onion and peas in a bowl 8.

Add the halloumi and dressing, mix well 9. Serve the salad topped with slices of lamb steak and sprinkled with fresh mint and pomegranate seeds

Serves: 4 | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes | www.scotchkitchen.com


Page 28 & 29 - No Bake Cookie Dough New Recipes Layout_Double Page Editorial 17/05/2021 13:20 Page 1

LET’S EAT. No Bake Cookie Dough...

THE INGREDIENTS

If you need a dessert that is quick and easy to make this summer then look no further! Our delicious No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is a family favourite that will go down a treat even with the adults. No Bake Cookie Dough is a great alternative over warm baked Cookies in the hot weather. Served with ice cream or alone they are truly addictive!

100g butter at room temperature 175g brown sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 tbsp milk (full fat)

145g plain heat treated flour 1 cup of chocolate chips

How to store:

To properly store cookie dough, you should use an airtight container and keep it the refrigerator or frozen; you should only leave cookie dough out on display for 2-3 hours.

Interesting Fact

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Serves 12

Flour is actually a raw food and poses the risk of E. coli if not heat treated prior to a no bake recipe! To heat treat your flour simply heat in the microwave for 30 second intervals until the flour is 165°F.


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Recipe

Below are some more ideas for decorating your cookie dough although we think they are just perfect on their own! Don’t stop there; the possibilities are endless when it comes to Cookie Dough. Follow these tips to jazz things up a little...

For the kids why not add some food colouring or sprinkles; served alongside some ice cream and you are now officially their new favourite person EVER! If you have enough time on your hands you could even mould it into some quirky cute shapes. If you are baking for adults the addition of peanut butter to your Cookie Dough could be a huge hit, or even a splash of rum! Cookie Dough on lolly pop sticks is a thing! If you are hosting a party you can really get creative with these tasty no bake treats.

Ready in just 7-10 minutes!

Method... Start by prepping a bowl, mixer or whisk and clean surface... Mix and fold the butter and sugar together in a bowl, preferably using a mixer if you have one available. Then measure out and add the vanilla extract, ½ tablespoon of salt and 145g of heat treated flour, adding this to the mix until it begins to form a crumbly texture. As you add the milk ensure to continually mix your cookie dough mixture until it starts to form dough like consistency. Once you are happy with your mixture add 1 cup of chocolate chips and fold into the cookie dough. Now that you have your cookie dough roll them into bite size balls or you could use a ice cream scoop if you wanted; the possibilities are endless Cookie Dough!

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Page 30 & 31 - Off The Grid_Double Page Editorial 06/06/2021 11:49 Page 1

OFF THE GRID...

Locions!

New research has found Britain’s mobile phone coverage ‘black spots’ Rosedale Abbey in North Yorkshire and Isle of Man are the biggest tourist attractions on the list. Three signal black spots found in the Shetland Islands Scottish border town Ettrick and Alwinton in Northumberland also found to have no mobile phone coverage were also an off the grid preferred location. Isle of Canna, Scotland

A new study into mobile phone coverage across the UK conducted by Affordable Mobiles, winners of the Uswitch Mobile Reseller of the Year award, has revealed several go-to signal ‘blackspots’ across the country for those who want to fully unwind. The findings, that use data from two of the UK’s largest network providers suggest the ultimate destinations for those who want to spend quality time together as a family, take a break from work or to recharge the human battery by reducing screen time.

Rosedale Abbey

Located in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors, Rosedale Abbey offers stunning views of one of England’s treasured national parks as well as ancient ruins to explore. Ettrick

Situated on the Scottish border, Ettrick is a peaceful place to escape from the stresses of modern life with many hiking trails, tranquil fishing hotspots and cycling routes to discover on your visit. Alwinton

Lying just at the head of the Coquet valley, the Northumberland village Alwinton contains beautiful riverside walking trails that historically were frequented by cattle drovers, shepherds, pedlars and whiskey smugglers. Isle of Man

This Irish sea island is packed with historic castles, rugged coastline walks and a mountainous centre giving tourists tonnes to explore. Douglas (the island’s capital) also contains the Manx Museum which traces the Isle of Man’s Viking and Celtic routes, making for a very educational visit. Isle of Canna

Under the care of the National Trust for Scotland, the Isle of Canna is one of the most preserved and naturally beautiful places in the UK. The whole island is a mere 4.3 miles long and 1 mile wide, providing an excellent haven to truly switch off.

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“What is interesting is how few blackspots there actually are across the country, which reflects just how much the investment put in by major UK networks is paying off. “I feel that if we were to conduct the same research in 10 years’ time, it wouldn’t come as a shock to find zero blackspots in the UK, as networks are continuously investing time and money into improving their service.”

View from Rosedale Abbey on the North Yorks Moors, UK

Foula

Sticking within the Shetlands islands, Foula (or as the Scots say, Foola) is another extremely remote and small location again providing a great getaway spot. The Island is also famed for being the setting of the 1937 classic British film The Edge of The World. Stonybreck

Stonybreck is the largest settlement on Fair Isle (well known for its bird observatory) located towards the south of the Island. There are some stunning views to be taken in simply by walking around the picturesque settlement and the surrounding island setting. Jessica Canning, mobile expert at Affordable Mobiles commented on the research, “It comes as no surprise that a number of the really rural blackspots are located in the Shetland Islands, with that being the furthest north that the UK spans.

The full scale analysis of the UK’s major cities signal ratings and coverage also reveals the best and worst cities in the UK based on average phone signal rating. The research looks at both the overall coverage and the coverage for individual devices in various staycation hotspots around the UK. Scoring was based on 4G and 5G signal, as well as the coverage rating on a number of the latest best-selling handsets from two of the nationals largest network providers.

Isle of Man landscape view with wall of Peel Castle

London, Birmingham, Belfast and Cardiff ranked amongst the cities in first place for the best signal rating, all scoring 4.2 out of 5 based on general 5G and 4G signal as well as the coverage rating on a number of the latest best-selling handsets from two of the nation's largest network providers. For a full breakdown of the study, visit: www.affordablemobiles.co.uk /best-uk-coverage

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well as some interesting caves. A river mouth lies We have all missed our days out at the beach,and at the south-eastern end of the beach, and the are looking forward to packing up the boot of the village of Morfa Bychan is a few hundred car with snorkels, buckets & spades and a metres away. When the tide is out you picnic basket full of goodies. But which can walk around the rocks to beaches are the nearest to us? And, a r b H o ur & Criccieth Beach - which is a pebble more importantly, which are the h c beach. The beach has lovely best to visit? views of the mountains and The nearest beaches are (as the countryside of Snowdonia crow flies) Prestatyn Beach in National Park. A slipway North Wales, and Wallasey provides vehicular access to the Beach in The Wirral. Wallasey sands and most visitors park on Beach is a sandy beach situated the beach, making it a popular just west of Liverpool. There is picnic destination and providing plenty of car parking, and the easy access for those with mobility beach is dog friendly. problems. There are designated Barmouth Beach is next, and it’s a firm bathing and boat launching areas. Dogs are favourite with Salopians, and has been for a banned from the central section of the beach, but long time, as it is only 65 miles away. Barmouth, are allowed on the eastern and western sections. or Abermaw or even Y Bermo as it is known in There are a number of holiday parks in the area Welsh, is southern Snowdonia's most popular surrounding the beach. In the village of Morfa seaside resort with breathtaking views of Bychan there are shops, places to eat and a golf Cardigan Bay and the picturesque club. There are more facilities in the town of harbour. The town's beach, Abermaw, Porthmadog, about 2 miles from the beach. is west facing with a mixture of sand Which is your favourite beach to visit? Send us and some fine shingle and is ideal your recommendation and a photo, and we may for bathing and watersports. It can feature it in any future beach articles! Tell us if it get very busy in the town, a land is sandy or stony. Is it beach safe for kids and train runs along the promenade suitable for famililies with small children? Are and there are traditional donkey there lifeguards on duty? Did it have accessible rides, swing boats and clean toilets or baby changing facilities? What amusement arcades. There is about parking? Is it was dog friendly? Email: good disabled access to the beach. Eileen@deltaecho.co.uk There is also a full range of shops, cafes and pubs are within a short distance. My favourite though is the fresh prawns and crab claws from the Lobster Pot on The Quay (a must on every visit) and Fish & Chips from the local chippy.

My top pick is Morfa Bychan, known locally as Black Rock Sands. It’s a sandy beach, with rocky areas - although the rocks aren’t actually black. The beach stretches for about 2 miles and is backed by a dune system which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. There are plenty of rockpools to explore here as

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Page 34 & 35 - Fashion Edit new layout_Double Page Editorial 12/05/2021 12:43 Page 1

WALK THE WALK Life is better in flats... Who would have thought it? It is now more than acceptable and fashionable to wear trainers and a dress! WIN WIN!

www.riverisland.com White Chunky Trainer

Dune London Gisella 120 GBP www.dunelondon.com

Matching flats with

FORMALS Matching flats instead of heels with formal suits, dresses or office attire is the new way to make a statement. From sandals, pumps or even loafers and trainers you can remain not only comfortable but feminine too!

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Jumpsuit Sonder Studio www.sonderstudio.co.uk 59 GBP


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the

style guide Stepping out in comfort...

High heels are falling out of fashion. Sales of dress shoes, including stilettos, dropped down by 71% in the second quarter of 2020. Have you already considered a topic idea about this drastic change? The rise of comfort shoes

The decline of high heels can be attributed to the rise of comfort shoes. For example, last year Lyst, a global fashion search engine, said that searches for Birkenstock sandals went up by 225%. Sneakers, slippers, and slides have also been on the rise during the pandemic. The risk of injuries

High heels are known to be harmful to the feet. According to Vytautas Kimtys, expert surgeon at Nordorthopaedics Clinic, a leading orthopedic surgery clinic for medical tourists from the UK in Lithuania, constant wearing of high heels can damage the bone structure and even result in injuries like hallux valgus (bunion) and hammered toe. Feminist statement

Clothing choices are not only about fashion or comfort, but also about making a statement. Traditionally, high heels have been seen as a way to express women's sexuality or power, but the fourth wave of feminism aims to change stereotypical standards, including the glamorization of wearing high heels. www.riverisland.com 35 GBP

SUMMER Sandals... Moulded foot bed sandals are a great option, flats with extra protection for good structure and comfort with added style!

www.riverisland.com 45 GBP

PRETTY Pumps... Pumps are not only perfect for comfort but also practical, easily styled with most looks. THE STYLE GUIDE

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STAY HOME...

Coast Living...

We have all missed visiting the coast, over the long lockdown periods. It’s great that we are now able to get back to the seaside in Wales and down south, but this popular home trend allows us to have a coastal vibe - all year round! With coastal themes for every room in your home, you can create a relaxed seaside look, which you can enjoy every day...

1. Beach House Razor clams, mussel shells, winkles and a whelk shell sit against a beautiful fan of indigo seaweed. It has shades of blue, from deep washy indigos, silver greys, through to sky blues with a pop of soft pink, this collection of shells reminds me of a Cornish summer. Choose from two base colours, ink blue or off white for this beautiful lampshade. Rockpool Off White Lampshade - Cream Cornwall £48

2. Wicker and Rope Nothing soothes the soul quite like being by the sea, but with holidays uncertain this year you can at least bring the beach to you with this seaside tablescape. Tranquility is the order of the day, with a beige linen runner and warm white pillar candles creating a calming focal point. Real British oysters, white clam shells and resin star fish can be artfully placed to introduce a hint of the sea.

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Crab Cushion - £42.95 - Annabel James Seagull Print - £24 - Carla J Art Sundance Villa - Azure Mural wallpaper Samothraki pendant lamp - Mindthegap La Rochelle Globe Lantern, medium - £99.95 - Annabel James Coral Reef inspired textile wall art - £22 - Ovo Bloom

Inspired by the sea, this nautical themed free-standing circular lantern is inspired by fishing nets, with a robust handle and chunky netting cover made from rope. Made from nickelplated stainless steel, glass and rope.


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Coral Reef Napkin Rings £25 - Cream Cornwall

Rockpool Off White Linen Cushion Cover - £41 Cream Cornwall

How gorgeous are these coral napkin rings? They are beaded in a rich coral and work perfectly with our reef napkins, they will add a splash of colour to your dining table and certainly be a talking point wth your guests!

Saltwater Natural Linen Cushion Cover - £41 Cream Cornwall

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Sandbanks - Shell Box£50 - The Table Stylist Websites: www.annabeljames.co.uk | Carla J Art | www.creamcornwall.co.uk | www.tablestylist.co.uk | www.mindtheg.com | www.ovobloom.com

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NERDY PASTIMES... Nerdy pastimes like stamp collecting, bird watching and trainspotting are now deemed as cool, as six in ten GEN Z brits have taken up an old-fashioned hobby… A nationwide study has found as many as 60 percent of Brits aged 16 to 29 have taken up a traditional hobby in the last year, with 58 percent claiming that doing so has helped them feel grounded. Overall 41 percent of the nation have started a new hobby, with needlework (19 percent), birdwatching (14 percent) and flower arranging (11 percent) all making a comeback, according to the poll. One in ten youngsters have started making their own jams and preserves, ten percent have got into origami - and eight percent are turning back the clocks by brewing beer from home.

Growing your own veg (33 percent), knitting (20 percent) flower arranging (11 percent) are also seeing a resurgence in popularity, as well as upcycling furniture (seven percent), and even fishing (seven percent), and one in twenty (five percent) Brits has even taken up philately - the art of collecting stamps. Winemaking (seven percent), hiking (12 percent), jewellery making (7 percent), and collecting vinyl (6 percent) have all also made a comeback, according to the data. The study by Create and Craft, also found that 60 percent of the nation agree there’s been a surge of interest in old fashioned hobbies, with 59 percent claiming these activities are a great way to relax and unwind at home. In fact, 37 percent of the 1,500 Brits polled say it’s become COOL to have an old-fashioned hobby, while almost a third (32 percent) even describe having a traditional hobby as HIPSTER. According to the data, the young are leading the way, with the perfect age to get into a traditional hobby found to be 24. Almost three quarters (72 percent) of the under thirties polled said they’d rather spend a weekday evening doing their favourite hobby than on a zoom call with friends. Traditional ideas about which gender should do which hobby no longer apply, as 45 percent claim that hobbies seen as ‘female’ - such as knitting, jam making, or sewing are now popular for men too. The study also found that 54 percent of Britons say home hobbies offer a welcome retreat away from screens and technology, while half (50 percent) say they are a great distraction to life’s everyday stresses.

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The study also found that the average Brit currently has three traditional home hobbies, ranging from baking to knitting and gardening. Meanwhile 53 percent say home hobbies like gardening and baking are definitely here to stay, while 44 percent claim they will continue with their hobbying even after all restrictions are lifted. Top hobbies GEN Z brits have taken up in recent times...

Keen crafter and comedian Keith Lemon, brand ambassador for Create and Craft said, "I’ve made a lot a things during lockdown, my office is starting to look like Jim Henson’s workshop. “Apparently, it’s inspired other people to make stuff too, which is nice. I’m told that six out of ten people are now also making things. We’ve all become very crafty apparently. Which is nice I think. The Celebrity Juice host added “Don’t get me wrong I love having a day of doing nowt, but I like the feeling that I’ve done something productive and made something.” 55 percent of Brits polled said they’ve taken up a traditional hobby because they’ve realised there’s more to life than screens, while 31 percent cite the rise of social media trends like “cottage core” - an internet-based fashion and lifestyle aesthetic which idealises country living - as a major contributing factor.

Gardening 33% Painting 23% Baking bread 22% Growing herbs & vegetables 21% Knitting 20% Needlework 19% Birdwatching 14% Hiking 12% Flowing arranging 11% Making jam & preserves 10% Origami 10% Sketching 9% Brewing beer 8% Woodwork 7% Upcycling furniture 7% Jewellery making 7% Fishing 7% Making Wine 6% Embroidery 6% Collecting vinyl 6% Trainspotting 6% Making clothes 6% Making pasta from scratch 5% Collecting stamps (philately) 5% Joining a book club 5%

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Page 40 - Book Page_Double Page Editorial 14/05/2021 14:05 Page 1

The Art of Preserving Ancient techniques and modern inventions to capture every season in a jar by Emma Macdonald

Released: 13th July 2021 | £14.99/£19.95

With summer on its way (hopefully! Soon?) we're looking forward to the abundance of seasonal produce coming our way; look out for berries, tomatoes, courgettes and eggplants abound! When there's the risk of getting too much of a good thing, or maybe a bit spend-happy, at your local market, it might be time to get to grips with the ancient art of preserving. The benefits of preserving are boundless! Winter meals can get a bit, well, dull. So think of being able to pull out your summer-ripened strawberries to brighten up your day! No longer just the domain of an older generation, preserving is marching up the trend-o-meter. With Emma Macdonald's comprehensive guide, The Art of Preserving, you can learn the home cook's best-kept secrets to maintaining a delicious kitchen year-round; with recipes for jams, marmalades, chutneys, and much more, Emma's book is the definitive guide to preserving in 2021.

Preserving the home cook's best-kept secret

Sustainable, low-waste and utterly delectable, preserved food is indispensable to any modern kitchen! Few gifts are more gratefully received than a jar of homemade jam or bottle of handpicked sloe gin, and any meal can be transformed by a sumptuous chutney or jelly on the side. With the trend on the rise in the UK and US, home preserving is proving to be a healthy and cost efficient option. Learning to preserve foods from your kitchen, or home, means you can enjoy the offshoots of summer crops in the darkest months of winter with jams, pickles, brandied berries, and more!

Written by Emma Macdonald, founder of The Bay Tree, The Art of Preserving offers everyone a chance to master the art of preserving with its simple, thoughtful guidance. With more than 100 delicious recipes, the book shows you how to stretch your spend and make the most of your bountiful garden, allotment gluts or make use of any leftover groceries. Here’s what’s on offer in the book:

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• Clear, comprehensive instructions for curing, drying, pickling and jellying; along with expert tips and variations abound • Recipes for all kinds of jams, chutneys, cordials, cheeses and butters - accompanied by gorgeous, fullcolour photography • A range of classics are covered, including candied peel, onion marmalade, mango chutney and piccalilli • Alongside time-honoured concoctions, there are modern inventions, such as Banana and Date Chutney, and Grapefruit and Elderflower Marmalade

This is the new and updated edition of The Bay Tree Preserving and Artisan Preserving. Expert tips on troubleshooting and equipment make this a onestop guide to preserving any fruit, vegetable, fish or meat, at home.

About The Author:

Emma Macdonald, a trained chef, founded The Bay Tree from her mother’s kitchen table. Selling into all the major supermarkets and multinational stores, as well as independent delis across the UK, The Bay Tree is now possibly the finest and most popular quality brand provider of pickles, relishes, jams, marinades and chutneys in the country. Emma is also the author of The Bay Tree Home Deli Recipes for Nourish.


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Puzzle Time...

Quick Crossword & Easy Sudoku Perfect for Coffee Breaks!

Clues Across

Answers & Solutions are available on our websites:

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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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The Great British

Summer Staycion The Flow er Press K it £19.50

le Potion Kit

The Portab

£19.50

Long warm evenings, camping and toasting marshmallows around a camp fire, walks off the beaten track exploring, and dipping our toes in the sea… just a few of the things we’re looking forward to this summer. The Great British Staycation has never felt so welcome and needed by many- time away from digital devices, long overdue catch-ups with loved ones and embracing fun and simple pleasures once more.

The Plant a Tree Kit £19.50

Let’s Build a Den...

The Cottage Garden Den Kit £45

Whether it’s a beach holiday in Cornwall, camping in The New Forest or simply a back garden camp out, the award-winning collection of kits from The Den Kit Company are a family must for the suitcase. Easy to transport, sustainably made and designed to create lasting memories.

Taking inspiration from Forest School and traditional crafts, The Den Kit Company have also crafted a growing range of creative activity kits to engage, absorb and delight. Each kit includes reusable (and refillable) materials that can be revisited time and time again - the perfect, affordable gift for curious minds and creative hands.

The full range including collaborations with the National Trust and inspirational explorer Ed Stafford can be found at https://thedenkitco.com Prices start from £40.00 for the den kits and from £7.50 for the activity kits.

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IS A DREAM COME TRUE! My name is Edward Scott and from a young age I’ve always loved exotic animals. I have owned frogs since the age of nine and always dreamed of owning a pet shop, and that’s exactly what I’ve done. At 18 years old I’m the owner of Edzotics, which is a recently opened exotic pet shop here in Telford. This means I’m one of the youngest pet shop owners in the country - if not the youngest. The shop is located in the Oakengates shopping mall, on the high street. We have a range of animals from reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates as well as a large variety of live food and supplies to keep your reptile happy. All livestock in store is available to purchase and we have many animal specific set-ups ready to go. If you are looking for something that isn’t in store and it can be sourced from my suppliers, then it will be in the shop as soon as possible for you to collect.

Edzotics only opened just before Christmas, after finally being licensed to sell animals. The shop had a great first few days and then the lockdown came again. I was allowed to stay open as an essential supplier to provide people with their pet food and supplies, but footfall dropped massively so business was slow at times. Now the high streets are busy again, people can come and look for their ideal pet to keep them company at home. For me the care of the animals is the most important thing at Edzotics, and all the set-ups on display are most favourable for your pet’s wellbeing. The more natural and realistic the set-up looks, the happier and healthier the animal will be. The thing I want to do to make Edzotics different is to be able to engage with customers at any time of the day, to ensure their questions are answered and that the customer is happy with their new pet.

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Issue 50 - July & August 2021 Edition

Telford Tennis Centre is Now Open...

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With Wimbledon in full swing, Tennis is back - and to celebrate this, Telford and Wrekin Leisure Services have taken over the running of Telford Tennis Centre, opening the doors back at the beginning of June, after over 12 months of being closed due to the pandemic.

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Telford Tennis Centre provides an excellent opportunity for people of all ages and abilities who are looking to learn and improve their skills.

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Thu 19th & / or Fri 20th Aug - 9.30am to 12.00pm - £15 (or free if using credit)

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Thu 26th & / or Fri 27th Aug - 9.30am to 12.00pm - £15 (or free if using credit) Come and join us for fun tennis games and activities. Suitable for all abilities and ages. E-mail admin@wedotennis.co.uk if you have any questions.

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We are excited to get these facilities back open for everyone to enjoy throughout the summer months and we are particular looking forward to growing and developing the coaching activities which are available. Telford Tennis Centre boasts both indoor and outdoor courts that are available on a pay as you go basis.

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If you would like to be kept up to date with information about the re-opening of the Tennis please ensure you are following Telford & Wrekin Leisure on Facebook.

The pricing for the courts are: £10 per indoor court and £5 per outdoor court, this offer will run until September 2021.

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As we come out of lockdown, many of us are looking to broaden our horizons a little, and who knows - we may even be able to think about booking a holiday soon. When it comes to holidays, many people love to jet off to the ski slopes, for some adrenalin packed fun. But have you ever thought about learning to ski? We are fortunate here in Telford, as we have a huge variety of facilities and attractions in the town, with the Ice Rink, Sky Reach High Ropes, Footgolf, Tennis Centre, Leisure Centres and of course the award winning Telford Town Park to name just a few. But we also have the Ski Centre right on our doorstep too. Telford Ski Centre consists of an outdoor, all weather 85m dry ski slope with a drag lift as well as a nursery slope for beginners. There are lots of options for tuition, for all ages and abilities including Tigers and Tinies group lessons. The Ski Schools are a great way to learn to ski, or even just to enhance and refine your techniques. They also have a Social Ski Club that operates which is a great way to meet like minded people from the area. Alongside the skiing, Telford Ski Centre also offers toboganning, family tubing and tots donuts sessions, perfect for any non-skiers! The best bit about having a ski centre in Telford is that you don’t have to wait for a trip abroad to be able to enjoy regular skiing, which has lots of associated benefits in terms of fitness, grace and confidence, so why not give it a go!

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We all need to feel as if we are escaping reality right now and the Blush Sands trend does just this, using natural materials and textures that symbolise the Dessert and Global Essence. Use a combination of warm colours and natural textures to bring the Blush Sands trend to life. Cosy simplicity is what Textured Lives believes in, to create the ambiance that makes you feel happy and secure at home. It is so important in today’s stressful world but not always easy.

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Social Fatigue - Normal Life_Full Page Bleed New 18/05/2021 16:13 Page 1

Social Fatigue & Navigating The Return of

'Norm Le' Have you been feeling particularly drained, emotionally and physically over the last few months (try the year!)? Lost your mojo, focus and productivity? Getting irritated by nothing and everything, swinging from fairly content and quite callous and before you know it, bored out of your mind?

Have you heard of social fatigue? It’s something commonly described by introverts when we reach the limit of socialising. Although not everyone will identify nor usually class themselves as an introvert, you might still be feeling the effects of social fatigue - and might well be thinking “how am I socially fatigued - we’ve not seen anyone for a year?!” and that is quite possibly exactly why many of us are. Firstly, we’ve not seen friends and family much this year. We’ve faced the challenges that life and the pandemic have thrown at us without our support networks which means our minds have had a little (possibly a lot) more turmoil to cope with than usual and on our own, depleting our resources.

Secondly, we’ve not had much in-person or face-to-face interaction with anyone at all. No pubs, shops, gyms, salons, baby groups, the list goes on, to see another face in real life, to work out around other people, to smile and nod at strangers. This means that when we are seeing people as restrictions ease, our resources for socialising are depleting quicker than usual because we’ve adjusted to a quiet, solitary life around restrictions.

Thirdly, we’re worrying about the return to more relaxed lockdown rules, on top of this, because it’s more change to wrap our heads around. And on top of that, we are now having more faceto-face interaction and seeing more people while worrying about doing all these

things - which is causing us to over-fill our ‘social cups’, leading to us feeling fried by 7pm after a Saturday afternoon garden party that, previously, we’d still be boogying at till the small hours of the morning!

Now if this sounds familiar (pandemic-caused or not) here are three tips for easing back into normality without feeling exhausted by the prospect, never mind the actual doing!

1. Take your time - if you’re one of the many not sprinting back to the pub, not desperately phoning your hairdresser trying to squeeze an appointment it, not raring to get back to shopping centres - that’s cool. If you are, enjoy the freedom (but within guidelines). It doesn’t really matter what everyone else is doing as long as you are comfortable and content with your pace, try to let go of FOMO (fear of missing out) because there’ll be other events, meetups, bottomless brunches to get to when you feel more ready - and can sit through them in peace and joy, rather than discomfort and a longing to be back on your sofa with a cuppa.

2. Hold your boundaries - be firm with yourself and others around your boundaries, some of us may be more than happy to go for a picnic in the park but not quite ready for the bustle of the beer garden. It can be challenging to do, it might annoy a few people but you’ve spent the last year dealing with a pandemic so go easy on yourself, join friends when you want and politely decline, rearrange or suggest a more suitable option you’ll all enjoy and feel comfortable with. Don’t just go because someone said “it’ll be great” or “you’ll be fine once you get there” - you might, they’re probably not wrong but we don’t need to push ourselves for anyone else.

3. Make it your normal - we’re worried by the return to normality because we’re not really sure what it entails nor how to navigate it when we do. So make it your own, take back some control for yourself. If that means staying at home more often, or starting a new outdoor hobby for the summer, do what makes you happy and take care of your wellbeing first.

Credit: Resident Life Coach, Grace McMahon. For more information please visit: www.beingwellfamily.co.uk


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With plenty of options to choose from including 2, 3 and 4-bedroom homes there’s something for couples and families alike, with a range of buying options to take the stress out of buying a new home. Designs favour open-plan kitchen-diners and selected styles offer a downstairs utility room and optional study or snug spaces; ideal for the new trend of working from home. The larger properties, such as the four-bedroom Knightley, offer additional features of French doors leading to the garden, plenty of storage space and an en-suite.

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With Lockdown Restrictions Lifting Further, How Will This Affect

Our Sleep...

So, what can we expect the easing of lockdown to do to our sleep?

Firstly, we might feel a lot more exhausted but more wired as we get out and about more. The emotional exhaustion from being out and about more, from doing more physically and adjusting to more social contact. This might mean our body is not quite ready for bed, our mind is racing and even if we do fall asleep, sustaining that sleep through the night might be more difficult. If this is the case, and even if we feel exhausted, we need to make sure we are winding down before sleep.

the early wake ups. To combat this, try and have a conversation with your employer. Due to the pandemic, more and more organisations are open to more flexible work patterns as they have seen how this approach has not impacted on productivity during lockdown. If you are an employer, consider the benefits of allowing your employees to have a work pattern that matches their body’s natural rhythm. Wherever we sit on the sleep type continuum, we can have a work routine that works for us.

Take the hour before sleep time and focus on activities that help us feel relaxed and cooler. A warm bath or shower for the latter, and maybe swapping watching the news or a crime drama, for your favourite comedy series or something trashy. Only go to bed when you are sleepy, sleepy is that feeling when our eyes are drooping and our head starts to nod. If we go to bed and don’t fall asleep within 30 minutes, reset your mind, start again and maybe try listening to something like a spoken word book or a meditation app.

Vivid dreams have been a hallmark of the pandemic and they often worsen when things change, either lockdown’s starting or easing. These dreams are a sign of our brain’s dealing with the stress caused by the COVID crisis as during sleep, the REM stage of sleep acts as an overnight counselling session, where we work through the stresses and strains of the day. So as the changes happen we may experience more dreams but as we get used to more freedom and things opening up they should, hopefully subside.

For some of us, lockdown has actually improved our sleep, particularly if we were more likely to be a bit of a night owl, going to bed later and getting up later. No commute, and more flexible working patterns have allowed owls to have a sleep routine that works for them and they may be dreading the return to work and

During the ebbs and flows of the pandemic our sleep has been impacted, and the message is there might be a short term impact as lockdown eases and it would be incredibly useful to take this time to reassess our sleep, and the patterns of our day and see if we can do more to allow ourselves to get the sleep we need. Credit: Sleep Expert, James Wilson. For more information please visit:

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You can’t beat a healthy heart... More than 14 million adults in the UK have high blood pressure resulting in an increased risk of heart diseases and stroke... Check Your Blood Pressure

One in three people in the UK has high blood pressure (hypertension), however many people are unaware of it as there are usually no symptoms. High blood pressure increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. The only way to know if your blood pressure is high is to have it measured. We explain what blood pressure is and provide some tips for keeping your blood pressure healthy. What is high blood pressure?

When blood pressure is measured, two numbers are generated. An ideal blood pressure is below 120/80 millimetres of mercury (mmHg). The first number is the systolic blood pressure (higher number), which is the force at which blood is being pumped around your body. Ideally, this will be below 120. A systolic blood pressure of 140 or more is regarded as high. The second number is the diastolic blood pressure (lower number) which is the pressure when your heart is at rest, in between beats. Ideally this will be 80 or lower. A diastolic reading of 90 or above is regarded as high. The lower your blood pressure, the lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Get your blood pressure checked

The only way to know if your blood pressure is high is to have it checked. Blood pressure checks are quick and easy, and it could be lifesaving. Adults aged 40 years or over should aim to have their blood pressure checked at least every five years. You can ask your GP to check your blood pressure, or you may be able to have your blood pressure checked with your local pharmacy. You could also consider investing in a home blood pressure monitor.

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What can I do to maintain a healthy blood pressure?

• Maintain a healthy weight by eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of physical activity. • Reduce the amount of salt in your diet to no more than 6g a day (1 teaspoon). Look at the amount of salt on food labels and avoid choosing snacks that are high in salt. • Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. • Keep your alcohol consumption within the recommended limits of no more than 14 units a week, spread over three or more days. • Aim to do 150 minutes of moderate activity (e.g. brisk walking) or 75 minutes of vigorous activity (e.g. running) each week plus some strengthening activities (e.g. lifting weights) at least twice a week. • Get a good night’s sleep. In the last 10 years, Heart Research UK has funded over £10.2m in medical research in hospitals and universities across the UK, as well as £2.2m on innovative community-based lifestyle projects to improve the heart health of the nation If you’d like to support Heart Research UK’s vital work into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease, please visit www.heartresearch.org.uk for inspiration on how you could help

Don’t make excuses If you are over 40 years off age you should have your blood pressure checked every five years regardless of your health status. Low Blood Pressure Low blood pressure is anything less than 90/60mmHg. Normal Blood Pressure Normal blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg

High Blood Pressure High blood pressure is normally based on a reading of 150/90mmHg however, if you are over 80 years old a reading over 140/90mmHg would indecate high blood pressure.

Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Tip, written by Dr Helen Flaherty, Head of Health Promotion at Heart Research UK . BLOOD PRESSURE

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Expert Tips for Glowing

Summer Skin Expert reveals the secret for glowing skin this summer...

Omega-7 for Dry Skin For very dry skin I love sources of omega-7. It helps to redistribute the moisture in our bodies by nourishing and moisturising us from within. This helps to keep our skin looking and feeling plump and sleek. It can help to reduce redness, irritation, and inflammation which are all symptoms associated with dry skin. Dry skin is also more prone to infections, which omega-7 can help to minimise. Omega-7 also helps to protect our mucous membranes which line areas like our mouth, nose, and eyes.

Comfrey for Mature Skin I love the herbal ingredient Comfrey for aging skin. Comfrey is super moisturising which means it can help to ease the appearance of fine lines, smoothing, strengthening, and invigorating your skin with new life as a result of its array of naturally occurring antioxidants and tannins; helping to brighten your natural complexion. Neem for Sensitive Skin The herbal ingredient Neem is great for calming sensitive or even eczema-prone skin. The naturally occurring, antiinflammatory

properties of Neem seem to make it wonderful at relieving stubborn discomfort or itchiness often associated with dry, sensitive skin. If skin is prone to angrier infections, echinacea within creams can help as a result of this herb’s antimicrobial properties, similar to coconut oil which is my everyday goto. Hyaluronic Acid for Oily Skin Interestingly, even if we suffer from oily skin, this can actually be a sign of underlying dryness as your body is trying hard to overcompensate. One other ingredient that can work well for issues with dryness and even feeling oily, is hyaluronic acid. This ingredient helps to keep the skin hydrated and retains water where it’s needed most. Just watch out for how hyaluronic acid is produced. In some cases, it can come from animal origin which I’d say for people to avoid. Look out for herbal and non-GMO sources instead, such as with some of A.Vogel’s products. Credit: Emma Thornton

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Model: Range Rover Sport D350 HST Price: £85,995 Engine: 6 cylinder diesel engine Pictures: media.landrover.com

It began with the smoke signal. A column of dark smoke beyond the trees bordering my extensive domain. "I wonder what that is?" I thought. Surely not a smokey exhaust. It's possibly the spontaneous combustion of some alternative energy source. Or could it be a pipeful of O'SHAUGHNESSY'S RICH DARK IRISH MIXTURE? Or maybe a millionaire with a conscience burning all his money before adopting sackcloth and evangelical environmentalism. I wasn't kept in suspense for long. Trudging towards me with all the inevitability of a wet day in Wigan was a striking figure of a man. This is a car review not a short story by Tolstoy so I'll not dwell on descriptive details except to say that he was very tall and in matters of girth, almost as wide. He still retained a vestigial Mohican haircut, although it was now greyish compared with the strident cerise of his heyday. He wore a downcast expression. I knew him from old. This was none other than BILLY TALL PINES, former all-in wrestler of repute, now all in: six feet four inches of pure flab and pinkcheeked breathlessness. I greeted him cheerily. "Hello Squire! Could that smoke signal be connected with your arrival here?" "Too right mate" he gasped, pausing after his efforts in order to collect his breath. "My Sinclair C5 has gone up in smoke. It caught fire the moment I sat down on it. "I wonder why" I responded, glancing at his trouser seat which seemed mercifully unscorched. His weight presumably had precipitated some sort of fusion of sub atomic particles, prompting an inferno. I kept this surmise to myself. Can you give me a lift to my health farm in Wolverhampton? I'm booked in for a socially distanced Abyssinian Massage in an hour"

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Range Rover Sport D350 HST... Cutting it fine Squire" I said. But you're in luck. I've got the latest Range Rover Sport. A superbly adaptable and luxurious automobile guaranteed to whisk you to Wolverhampton in the time it would take to boil an egg. And an automobile capable like few other motor carriages of making you feel like a king - or should I say in deference to your illustrious past career in the ring, 'Chief' not King. "You can call me what you like, so long as you get me there in time." "Consider it done. Follow me" I replied. I led him to the stable block where, gleaming resplendently in the Spring sunshine was the Range Rover Sport. Red with a black top and cool looking black alloys, it was every inch the business and 'Ready! Aye ready!' for adventure. "Gosh!" exclaimed Billy. "I bet that didn't come cheap. "Not cheap at £85,995 but

certainly cheering to the spirit. Climb aboard and experience true quality." He needed no prompting. Lesser vehicles would have tipped sideways under the weight but the Range Rover Sport is made of sterling stuff as befits a highly specified and accommodating motoring icon. It would take more than the likes of Billy to topple it from its perch. In a jiffy we were strapped in and relishing an interior which poets have described as 'the bee's knees' in luxury. Simply put, the Range Rover Sport delivers motoring in the grand manner. It represents the culmination of a trailblazing career of 4WD 'go anywhere' success offering every adjunct to off-road ability you could name. My model had the outstanding 350bhp 6 cylinder diesel engine ably assisted by a 48 volt mild hybrid system to drive through an 8 speed auto transmission - all capable of giving over 31mpg. Drive

gently and you will even see 40mpg! It's a combination that wonderfully juggles the sometimes contradictory imperatives of grunt, economy and eco-mindfulness. It is a clean, potent and satisfying answer to twenty first century first class motoring. Not only impressive looking, it insists on cosseting occupants in superb comfort. The phrase 'Elegant spaciousness wrapped up in engineering excellence and stylistic accomplishment ' although weighty enough, somehow is insufficient to do it justice. Perhaps a romantic soul perched high on a picturesque peak, where encircling sky stretches imperiously over the ground far below - maybe only such a one could ever possess an inkling of the sublime experience to be savoured within. For the driver it can spring forward like an unknown avatar of transcendental speed up to 140mph. Boy! Does it go! And stop too as suddenly as thought. Nothing

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shaking: just braking. And all this performance to be enjoyed within the leather-clad opulence of an interior more luxurious than a score of Pall Mall clubs decked out for decadence. "It is a classy motor" Billy exclaimed. "Better than your Sinclair C5?" I asked. But he wouldn't go that far. He had too many fond memories to commit to a full endorsement. As I dropped him off at the WOLVERHAMPTON ALL-IN WELLBEING CENTRE I sensed his disappointment at having to say goodbye to the Range Rover Sport. He had been forced to submit to the appeal of this knockout motor.

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Cyber

Fraud

& online deceptions... By Hatti Suvari

Reports on the increase of cyber fraud and online deceptions have become more frequent since the start of the Covid pandemic. Hatti Suvari, consumer advocate, law expert and Get Legally Speaking podcast host has been drawing attention to this since the first indication these activities were on the rise. As we become more reliant on banks due to the decline in cash usage, banks ought to have a greater responsibility in safeguarding their customers against fraud. Increasing knowledgeable about consumer rights can help put pressure on banks to do the right thing by their users. Financial crime is always rife, but the pandemic has triggered an epidemic of cyber fraud. In its many different forms, from cold calls, text messages to email, there are evermore opportunities to be tricked into giving away personal information. Hatti has three general rules when it comes to scams:

• STOP! – think to consider if this is genuine or if there is any reason you should have doubt • CHALLENGE! – cross-check the

information through other means. Use a search engine to find the number for the organisation in question and ask them if the communication to you is genuine. • PROTECT! – Protect yourself by phoning your bank ASAP. If you are a small business, take pre-emptive protection and get insurance.

If money has been stolen from an account as a result of replying or acting on a message which turns out to be a scam, there are several things you can do.

• Contact your bank – they have fraud teams operating 24 hours a day. If you log the transaction with your bank as a fraudulent payment, the transfer can be blocked and prevented. • Even if you made the payment a couple of days ago, it isn’t the end of the battle. If it has moved from your account to another, your bank can still contact the other bank provider and communicate that it has been reported as fraud. They can then lock it down and freeze the account. Meaning there’s still a chance you could be reimbursed. • Take a hard line with your bank. Although they private organisations, they are obliged by law to help you, albeit to a certain extent. The introduction of the Contingent Reimbursement Model Code, which most banks have opted-in for, means that if you are victim of fraud, banks are likely to have to reimburse you.

Hatti Suvari, consumer advocate, law expert and Get Legally Speaking podcast host


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Respected CEO appointed new health leader for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin

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He also played a key role in the NHS response to the coronavirus pandemic, taking some time away from Shropshire last year to lead a number of national projects including the Nightingale Hospital programme.

“I am delighted to have been appointed to this joint role leading the ICS and the CCG here in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin,” said Mark.

Respected Chief Executive Mark Brandreth has been appointed to lead the development of integrated health services in Shropshire Telford & Wrekin (STW). The experienced leader has come through a “rigorous and competitive” recruitment process to be named Interim Accountable Officer for the STW Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Alongside that post, he will continue as Executive Lead for the STW Integrated Care System (ICS). He will take up the joint role on Monday 2 August, at which point he will step down as Chief Executive of The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) – a role he has held for the last five years. Mark has built a solid reputation for his work at RJAH – taking a Trust that was in breach of its licence with its regulator when he took over and rated ‘Requires Improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission to one which is now rated ‘Good’ overall and ‘Outstanding’ for care. The Trust has also consistently received excellent feedback via the NHS Staff Survey and Adult Inpatient Survey during this period which is amongst the very best in the NHS.

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“Working closely with colleagues in recent months, I have seen the passion and the desire to do things differently so that we can improve health outcomes and health inequalities for all of our population. I look forward to working with our outstanding teams to ensure we deliver world class health and care services for everyone within our borders. It has been a great honour to be the Chief Executive of RJAH and it is not an easy decision to move on. I am very proud of what the staff have achieved over my time here – I am very proud of the care we provide to patients.” Sir Neil McKay, Independent Chair of the STW ICS, said: “Mark has been appointed following a rigorous and competitive recruitment process, where he showed himself to be the outstanding candidate. “He is an experienced and inclusive leader who knows our system inside out – both its strengths and its challenges. I am delighted that he will be at the helm to guide us through these critical few months ahead as we move towards the ICS becoming a new statutory body from April 2022.” Dr John Pepper, Chair of the STW CCG, said: “Over the next few months we have a fantastic opportunity to make significant strides in giving our communities the services they deserve and need. I am sure we have the right person at the helm to realise this opportunity.” RJAH is immediately beginning the process of recruiting a new Chief Executive. Its Chief Nurse, Stacey Keegan, will serve as Acting Chief Executive when Mark leaves. Frank Collins, Chair of RJAH, said: “I must also offer my congratulations to Mark, who deserves this opportunity. “He has been at RJAH for over five years now, and, as we all know, has made a huge impact in that time - both at RJAH and, more recently, in the development of our ICS. His new role is a natural extension of that work. Recruitment of a successor begins immediately, and I am happy to appoint Stacey Keegan in the interim as acting CEO. It will be the second time that Stacey has assumed this position, having led the organisation in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic last year while Mark took up a national position to help shape the NHS response. She did a terrific job then and I am delighted that she has agreed to take on the acting CEO role again. I know that we are in safe hands.”


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