Telford Lifestyle - Issue 50

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“LIVE LIKE A LOCAL. EAT LIKE A LOCAL. SHOP LOCAL.” Local Lifestyle, Leisure & Entertainment Magazine with Interesting Content and lots of Local Businesses offering great products & services...

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Wh’s Inside...


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


The Team:

Stephan Callear Director Luke Smith Sales Manager Jasmine Bennett Editor Eileen Callear Editorial Contributor Syd Taylor Editorial Contributor Like & Follow - Social Media... INSTAGRAM: DEPublications12345 FACEBOOK: DEPublicationsLimited Twitter: @DEPublications


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


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


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


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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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.”

End  Restrions

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...


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 Telford, 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, Telford Town Park, Sky Reach High Ropes, Foot-golf, Horsehay Village Golf, Local Nature Reserves galore and the world heritage site of Ironbridge - and that’s just a few of them! The Telford Balloon Fiesta returns on the August Bank Holiday weekend, 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 in-between. 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. Telford & Wrekin Council offer free swimming for under 18’s at their Leisure Centres, which should help keep the kids happy this summer. There is now an opportunity to start to make the most of what our great town has to offer. Let’s make the most of every day!

Eeen Clear



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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

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

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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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8th July 2021 Adventure Cinema QE11 Arena, Telford Town Park

23rd-25th July 2021 Dragons & Mythical Beasts The Place Theatre, Telford

From the creators of the West End smash hit Dinosaur World Live, who bring spectacular puppets to life, Don’t miss this spell-binding adventure, live on stage!

24th July 2021 Telford Fake Festival Giant Marquee, QE11 Arena, Telford Ready to rock? Check out this years ‘Fake Bands’ and imagine those anthems - This will be a massive blowout party - come and join us!

31st July 2021 Martin Kemp - DJ Set The Place Theatre, Telford

The ultimate back to the 80’s DJ set. A euphoric massive singalong with a Spandau Ballet superstar

10th August 2021 Mr Stink by David Walliams Bowring Park, Wellington

Presented by Heartbreak Productions.

11th August 2021 The Tale of Peter Rabbit Bowring Park, Wellington

Presented by Quantum Theatre. Join Peter and Benjamin Rabbit on their hair-raising adventures in this enchanting adaptation of the much loved Beatrix Potter Classic.


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The Review

Riverside Dining The Water Rat, Ironbridge

Let’s do riverside dining!

It has been a while since we had visited The Water Rat, Ironbridge; in fact last time we were there it was called The Meadow Inn. Since then, it has been renamed and there has been a renovation undertaken by the new management, which has created a light and spacious restaurant area indoors, a large outdoor deck and extra seating in the garden, which stretches down towards the River Severn. The doors reopened back in May, serving great food from midday to 9pm (Sundays 12-6pm), both indoors and outdoors, supported by the new garden bar. All dishes are made fresh and on site, covering all the best bases and styles; from grown up pub dining in the evenings or small dish tapas style eating, through to rustic sandwiches and real ales by the river or even a hearty pub lunch on the decking. We were made very welcome, and shown to our table in the restaurant (we had to wear our masks

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until seated) – situated next to the large windows overlooking the stunning garden area. Starting with drinks we ordered a soft drink for me as the designated driver and a large glass of Pinot for my husband. We ordered 3 ‘little dishes’ to kick things off – Bang Bang Chicken with Satay Sauce and Pickled Cucumber Salad, King Prawns with Lemon and Garlic Butter, and Crispy Duck Leg Croquette with Hoisin Sauce. After some deliberation, for the main course I went for the Pan Fried Sea bass with Ratatouille, Parmentier Potatoes and Pesto, and Stef decided on the Beef Bourguignon with Roast Garlic Mash and Root Vegetables. The ‘little dishes’ arrived in no time at all, the friendly waiting staff popped them in the middle of the table ready for us to share. The portions are perfect for sharing. The prawns were plump and

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freshness. The bar is an ideal place to unwind and relax any time of the day, serving a range of drinks including regional Real Ales, Guinness, Ciders and Lagers on tap and in bottles, plus a wide range of Spirits and reasonably priced Wines.

fresh, and the chicken had a spicy kick. The duck was my favourite, a combination of the sweet hoisin, and savoury of the hearty duck – which really hit the spot. A couple more drinks and the main course arrived. I love Sea bass; this delicate white fish has a subtle sweetness which is similar to grouper or cod. The moist flesh is an excellent choice for people with a sensitive palate, that don’t like ‘fishy’ tasting seafood. This was cooked perfectly, and the Ratatouille was really bursting with flavour – superb. The Beef Bourguignon; a classic recipe prepared with braised beef in red wine, with pearl onions, button mushrooms and flavoured with pork fat lardons, was delicious. The tender beef, sweet onions, and garlic mash were the perfect partners. The roast parsnips and carrots finished the dish off brilliantly.

There are also rooms offering ‘B&B’ which are located in a Georgian House next to the Inn – which not only guarantees peace and quiet, but means that bedrooms and their ensuite bathrooms are all large and airy with high ceilings. Decor is modern, bathrooms are sparkling and showers are powerful. Eat, drink, stay - The Water Rat has it all.

Water Rat, Buildwas Rd, Ironbridge, Telford, Shropshire TF8 7BJ 01952 433 193 NEW ALL DAY OPENING TIMES Open Daily from 11am Food Mon-Sat: 12 noon to 9pm Lunch: Noon to 6pm

We couldn’t resist dessert – it had been so long since we had dined out, so we rounded off the evening with Pear and Ginger Crumble with Crème Anglaise and a Chocolate Brownie with Chocolate Sauce and Salted Caramel Ice Cream. A good brownie is decided by attention to detail, ingredient proportions and baking time, and this one was just right - going down a storm. Crumble dates back to World War 2 rationing, when it was created as an economical alternative to a pastry crust. Since then it has really caught on and is still a firm favourite with many of us. This pear and ginger crumble was great, the ginger giving it a new dimension in flavour, which was right up my street. At The Water Rat you can relax and enjoy traditional seasonal pub food, from menus that celebrate the seasons, focusing on value and

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Love Wellington says ‘Thank you’ for Shopping in Wellington....

As part of our way of saying 'thank you' to those who shop in Wellington, Love Wellington is currently running a campaign to thank and reward those who are ‘loyal to local’. Shoppers have been busy sending pictures of themselves making a local purchase in Wellington to be entered into a draw to win £25 to spend in Wellington. Each entry also gets featured on the Love Wellington Facebook page – which is great publicity boost for all the local shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants too.

Wrekin Rowers The ‘Wrekin Rowers’ will be bringing their boat ‘ClearCourse’ to their hometown of Wellington on Saturday 18th September. The 4 strong team made up of Wellington siblings Gary and Stuart Richards, Stuart Shepherd and Martin Skehan all live within sight of the Wrekin and are preparing to row 3000 miles in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge race in December 2021.

The winner for the May draw was Lee Plummer who can be seen here introducing friends to the new Food Quarter in Wellington Market – as Lee says “We ordered Lee Plummer something from each vendor to introducing friends spread the love out.” to the new Food Quarter in Wellington Market

The rowers, who all have compelling reasons behind their chosen charities are aiming to raise £100,000 for RNIB and The Severn Hospice through this amazing endeavour. They will be available all day, together with their sponsors ClearCourse, to answer questions from the public and rattle a bucket or two. It’s hoped that The Wellington Orbit will be showing a topical film ‘Through Hell and High Water’ - Ben Fogle and James Cracknell's film of their own Atlantic crossing that day and that the Severn Hospice Shop and other retailers, indeed the whole town, will get involved with this rowing themed day in Wellington’s Town Square.

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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!



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3. THE PLACE THEATRE, OAKENGATES The Place Theatre in Oakengates is preparing to reopen its doors this summer (restrictions allowing) and are really looking forward to welcoming visitors back to live shows. Staff have been busy over the last year, supporting the Covid-19 response - which involved the theatre being transformed into a testing centre. But now, as we move towards recovery, they are back, and busy with servicing equipment and getting ready to ensure a perfect theatre experience. There is an exciting programme of events from West End musicals to interactive family experiences, and even some outdoor events. For up to date information visit:

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BIG ADVENTURES in the heart of...

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Top picks for the summer...

Visit a Local Nature Reserve - We have a number of LNR’s in Telford & Wrekin:

Exploring Telford 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 Telford. Many people think of Telford as a new town, which technically it is, but it is a new town made up of a number of old, historic towns, which have amazing histories. The town was put together in the 1960s and 1970s as a new town on previously industrial and agricultural land and towns. Like other planned towns of the era, Telford was created from the merger of other settlements and towns, most notably the towns of Wellington, Oakengates, Madeley and Dawley, some of which had urban developments as far back as the 13th century, and of course there is the World Heritage site of Ironbridge that sits on the River Severn. You don’t have to drive to discover some of the hidden gems of Telford, 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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Apley Woods, Dawley Pools & Pit Mounds, Dothill Nature Reserve, Granville Country Park, Ketley Paddock Mound, Lilleshall Hill, Limekiln Woods, Lodge Field, Madeley Pit Mounds, Madebrook Pools & Stirchley Dingle, Telford Town Park, The Beeches and The Ercall & Lawrences Hill. That is enough to keep you going all through the summer!

Look to the stars... The dark night skies above The Wrekin 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! Dark Sky Discovery Sites must meet basic standards. Typically they are at least 100 square metres in size –large enough to accommodate 30 stargazers, with good public access, and firm ground for wheelchairs.

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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.

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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.

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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


Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes

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Scotch Beef, lentil and beetroot burgers


• 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 | Telford/Shrewsbury Lifestyle Magazines

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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:

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National BBQ Week - 2nd-11th July


Serves: 4 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes

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• 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 | Telford/Shrewsbury Lifestyle Magazine

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Hloumi Salad...

Scotch Lamb Steak and Halloumi Salad


• 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 |

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LET’S EAT. No Bake Cookie Dough...


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



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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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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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


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: /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. 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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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! White Chunky Trainer

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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

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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.



Stay Home

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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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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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

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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 Prices start from £40.00 for the den kits and from £7.50 for the activity kits.

The Original Den Kit £40

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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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Telford Tennis Centre

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.

Summer Tennis Camps...

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

Week 1

Thu 29th & / or Fri 30th July - 9.30am to 12.00pm - £15 (or free if using credit)

Week 2

Mon 2nd to Fri 6th August. 9am - 5pm £15 (or free if using credit)

Week 3

Thu 12th & / or Fri 13th Aug - 9.30am to 12.00pm - £15 (or free if using credit)

Week 4

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

Week 5

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 if you have any questions.

Telford Lifestyle Magazine

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.


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.

Telephone: 01952 382810 Email:

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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! Advanced booking recommended, a place cannot be guaranteed when arriving on the day. Please contact the centre on 01952 382688 for course bookings. Book online now. Telford Snowboard and Ski Centre Court Street, Madeley, Telford,TF7 5EE Telephone: 01952 382688 Email:

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Blush Sands... Blush Sands, colour palette for Home Interiors Summer 2021

Incorporate the calming Blush Sands palette into your home for Summer 2021 with Textured Lives. Hues like blush pink, soft browns, and creams can be combined to create a Blush Sands palette and are ideal for making your interior space feel homely and tranquil. Beautiful shades of harmony, along with warm and soft textured materials, natural and organic homeware have been popular over the past few years. Many more people are becoming more aware of our environment.

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.

Introducing warm cream or blush tones to the walls you can complement the shades with some of our easy living Mistra Blush made-to-order curtains. Exceptional quality fully lined curtains in either pencil or eyelet headings. All of our current


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bedding works well in the Blush Sands trend colour either as a complementary colour or contrasting white. The Fern Duvet Set with its beautiful organic design sits perfectly with the earth dessert tones. Finishing off with ease we achieve this elegant look with our cashmere and merino wool Double face throw, Kamille embroidered cushion, Lua glass vase, and Edo mug.

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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.

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We’re excited to announce our new range of homes will be available at our MMXXI development at Redhill in Telford this autumn!

This September, Bovis Homes will be launching a stylish new range of spacious homes to suit both first time buyers and those looking to move up the ladder, we have a range of 3 and 4 and 5-bedroom homes. Designs favour openplan kitchen-diners and selected styles offer a downstairs utility room and optional study or snug spaces; ideal for the new trends of working from home. The larger properties, such as the four-bedroom Juniper, offer additional features of bi-fold doors leading to the garden, plenty of storage space and an en-suite.

Sign up to our mailing list online today by searching Bovis Homes Mercia and stay up to date with the latest offers, updates and our MMXXI launch date.

With plenty of going on in and around the town of Telford, the Wrekin is certainly one of the biggest attractions in the area. The walks are great for a rambler’s retreat or general sunny day out. Along with the Wrekin, the Iron Bridge is one of Shropshire’s most popular symbols, located in Ironbridge town on the River Severn. Close by is the Blists Hill Victorian Village which is an open-air museum that recreates the sights of the Victorian era. Become part of an ecologically conscious and sustainable community at MMXXI, this development will be offering plenty of open-space views and incorporating Hedgehog Highways. The highways have been designed to allow hedgehogs and other wildlife to wander freely, from garden to garden and to wider areas.

You can also book an appointment to look around our show-homes and speak to a member of the sales team from 10am to 5pm by visiting our website at Please all offers are subject to T&C and available on selected homes. Bovis Homes offers a range of stylish and spacious homes to suit both first time buyers and those looking to move up the ladder and purchase a second home.

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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 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.

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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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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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& 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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TELFORD AWARDED £22.3m from...

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Telford has been awarded £22.3m for projects that will transform the town centre, creating jobs, boosting economic growth and ensuring a bright future for residents and businesses. Telford’s Town Deal Board has successfully bid for the funding from the Government’s Towns Fund. The funding will attract around an additional £30m of investment, creating the foundations for further development. At the heart of the submission was a drive to skill up the local workforce for an increasingly digital world. So the plans for Station Quarter include a digital skills and enterprise hub that will be delivered by Telford College and the University of Wolverhampton and a budding partnership of local businesses. A centre of excellence focused on meeting business need and the next important step towards the town’s future. The development will also introduce town centre living into Telford, with eco-homes included in the plans. The Town Deal Board recognised investing in to our communities is vital to sustained economic growth, so ensuring links between Telford town centre with Oakengates and Wellington was central to the bid. The investment will offer huge potential to these key locations and to the people who live there.

potential. Through targeted development the funding will help to redefine the town’s offer with opportunities for investment and a focus towards encouraging independent ventures and business start-ups. These centres will set a new benchmark for what can be expected from local centres and high streets.

Graham Wynne OBE, chair of the Telford Towns Deal Board, said: “I am so pleased the government has approved our bid for our Towns Fund proposals. This is great news and a result of a lot of hard work by the board and the Telford team. The plans we have put together will have a transformational impact on Telford. They will kickstart our ambitious vision for Station Quarter, alongside the vital investment in to our borough towns.”

Cllr Shaun Davies, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, added: “This is great news for the town. I want to say a big thank you to the board and our partners who worked brilliantly to make such a compelling case to government. “Our bid was for £25m and we still need to unpick exactly what the government funding will be allocated towards and the implications of the short fall. However, our proposals are so strong and exciting and I’m confident they will allow us to establish a model for regeneration that will benefit some of our most deprived communities. “The future for Telford is bright and this funding is a game-changer as we move together into the next phase of the town’s development.”

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