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10 Tastiest Pork Pie in the Country 12 Strawberry Shortcake Tarts

BEAUTY & FASHION 14 Melt Your Fat Away 17 Summer Sensations

WEDDINGS 20 Finding the Dress of Your Dreams

PROPERTY 22 Should I use More Than One Estate Agent to Sell my House? 24 Has the General Election Affected the Telford Housing Market? 30 Summer Escapes

HOME INTERIORS 32 Building A Future For Family Memories

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Restaurant Review


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The Apothecary is a relatively new venue in the centre of Stafford which opened in December last year. A full refurbishment was undertaken transforming the former Post House into a very modern restaurant and cocktail bar. The Apothecary is a very large building which includes many different dining areas, a main bar area, a cocktail bar and even a nightclub. There are private rooms which are perfect for hosting your own private parties to celebrate those special occasions, including weddings. The interior of the building is extremely impressive and will wow you as soon as you walk through the door. There is a stunning staircase that leads up to the cocktail bar area with huge chandeliers and lots of comfy seating areas. We were shown through to our table and given a menu and wine list. We ordered a bottle of Sauvignon which arrived while we were still deciding on our food choices. For starters I chose the Panko Breaded Brie Bites with cranberry jam and Nik selected the Pan Fried King Scallops with wilted spinach and bacon lardons, garlic and white wine cream sauce, topped with Parmesan cheese. My Brie bites had a nice crunch on the outside with lovely soft melted Brie in the middle and the cranberry jam was delicious. Nik said his scallops were perfectly cooked and thoroughly enjoyed his starter. There was a great range of mains to choose from and Nik eventually decided on the Oven Baked Gnocchi in a rich tomato and oregano ragu, Parmesan crust and garlic flatbread fingers; I decided on the Beer Battered Cod with fat chips, mushy peas and proper tartar sauce.


FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT Nik is quite a fan of Gnocchi and was very pleased with his dish he managed to mop up every last bit with his flatbread fingers. We just about had room to squeeze in a dessert and I ordered the The Jam Jar Sundae and Nik went for the Warm Chocolate Brownie with chocolate sauce, popping candy and vanilla pod ice cream.

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The Jam Jar Sundaes come in a choice of Chocolate, Strawberry or toffee, I had chosen the chocolate and it did taste as good as looks! Nik's chocolate brownie was soon devoured, he said it was a great finish to his meal. We thought it would be rude not to go upstairs after our meal and sample a cocktail or two and with 2-4-1 offers it was great value too. Please note that the cocktail bar is only open on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm. Food is served all day from midday until 9:30pm everyday. Special fixed price lunch is available until 5pm (Monday to Friday) with 2 courses for £11.95 or 3 courses for £14.95. The 'Flat-Jam' is available from 5pm till 9:30pm Monday to

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The Shropshire Cook Book The Shropshire Cook Book, has just been released on sale, it encapsulates the diverse tastes of this quietly beautiful English county. From Ludlow’s French flare, to the resurgence of real ale in Shropshire’s breweries, ample delicatessens, and its traditional market towns offering fresh produce alongside local bakeries and butchers. Shropshire’s food scene is fresh and vibrant, offering an abundance of appeal to both locals and visitors from further afield. The book offers over 35 tantalising recipes from a selection of the county’s finest places to eat and drink, including Old Downton Lodge, C Sons, budding college restaurant Origins, Albright Hussey and their dedicated suppliers. Each chapter reveals another facet of Shropshire’s tastiest businesses, allowing readers a glimpse past the county’s deceptively quiet exterior to reveal the delectable recipes underneath. Award-winning chef Chris Burt who contributed his chilli and miso buttered


roasted duck noodle soup recipe says, “I’m so happy to be part of The Shropshire Cookbook, showcasing the best of what our amazingly diverse county has to offer, having been here for 20 years, it’s been nothing short of a revelation, amazing produce, amazing artisan producers, and wonderfully humble diners/ patrons with an equally discerning palette”. The Shropshire Cook Book takes the time to celebrate each of the talented individuals behind the recipes, because often extraordinary recipes emerge from extraordinary people. The Shropshire Cook Book is available for just £14.95 and can be purchased from each of the businesses featured inside the book which are listed here at It will also be sold in a selection of local gift shops, book shops (including Waterstones), and via the following online web address: www. The book is the 22nd in the ‘Get Stuck In’ series of regional cookbooks published by Meze Publishing, who were crowned the Best Newcomer at the Independent Publishing Awards in 2016.

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Tastiest Pork Pie A Shropshire pork pie has been voted the tastiest in the country by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

The pie, by Eley’s of Ironbridge, was voted No.1 in a blind taste test for Jamie’s best-selling Magazine – bumping patented Melton Mowbray pork pie makers Dickinson & Morris into second place.


Richard's brother Tom Eley was responsible for making the two pies sent in to judges for final taste tests. “I just made them exactly as I make all of our pies as it was important to us that the judges tasted what we make day in day out,” said Tom.

Richard Eley said the family was absolutely delighted with the accolade: “It’s Jamie Oliver for heaven’s sake!”

World famous Eley’s of Ironbridge have been making their handraised pork pies to a secret family recipe for 50 years. The pastry is balled by hand then the pie is raised around a traditional dolly.

The taste test results are revealed in the June issue of Jamie’s Magazine in a feature asking ‘what makes the perfect Ploughman’s?’ After scouring the country, they rate the top 3 cheddars, pickles and pork pies.

Councillor Nicola Lowrey, borough councillor for the Ironbridge Gorge on Telford & Wrekin Council, said she was thrilled with the news.

The pies were judged on their appearance, their texture and their flavour. Pork pie baron Richard added: “Many, many outlets were invited to take part in the initial taste test and we thought ‘let’s do it’ – we believe our pies are fantastic. “When we heard we had made the Top 10 shortlist nationally we thought wow, what a fab result. To not only make the Top 3 but be judged to be the best is amazing. “We are totally honoured and delighted that our hard work over the years and traditional family recipe has been recognised.”

She said: “This is fantastic news not just for Eley’s, but for the vibrant business community in our internationally renowned World Heritage Site of Ironbridge. “It is wonderful to see a thriving, locally grown business continue to build on its rich history. Winning such a prestigious and well-recognised award on a national platform is positive for all of us, and we should all be very proud. “Not only can we celebrate the world’s first iron bridge and our heritage as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, but we can now tell everyone that we have the country’s best tasting pork pie.”



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Make the most of sweet and juicy British strawberries with these divine fruit tarts. If you don’t have time to make the pastry cream then use fresh ready-made custard or just top with sweetened whipped cream.

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Ingredients: • 225g self-raising flour • 1tsp baking powder • 75g butter, chilled and diced • 50g caster sugar • 1 medium egg, beaten • 2-3 tbsp milk

For the Pastry Cream and Topping: • 2 medium eggs • 25g plain flour • 50g caster sugar • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 300ml milk • 150ml double cream • 175g strawberries • 5ml lemon juice • 1 tbsp icing sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 190C, fan 170C, Gas 5. Place a baking sheet in the oven to heat up. Lightly butter 6 x 8cm loosebased fluted tartlet tins (measured across the base). 2. Sift the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub into the flour to make fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar, egg and enough milk to make a soft dough. 3. Divide the dough into six equal pieces and, using floured hands, press each piece of dough into the base and up the sides of a tartlet tin. Place the tins on the hot baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until risen and golden brown. Cool in the tins for 15 minutes then turn out and leave to cool completely. 4. To make the pastry cream, beat together the eggs, flour, caster sugar and vanilla extract. Pour the milk into a small pan and heat the milk to almost boiling point then whisk into the egg mixture. Return the mixture to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring all the time, until thickened. Cover the surface with greaseproof paper and leave to cool completely. 5. Whip the cream until softly peaking and fold into the pastry cream. Puree half the strawberries by pushing through a fineholed sieve. Stir in the lemon juice and icing sugar. Slice the rest of the strawberries. 6. Spoon the pastry cream on top of the shortcakes. Top with the sliced strawberries and spoon over the puree. Serve within 2-3 hours of assembling.

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Only last month voted ‘Best Food Festival in the Midlands’, Ludlow Food Festival continues to attract serious food lovers from across the UK and beyond, all drawn to this medieval market town with its abundance of independent shops. Ludlow is certainly one of the prettiest settings for a food festival, held inside the Medieval castle. There’s also the famous ale and sausage trails, live music, cookery demonstrations, hands-on workshops, Slow Food tutored tastings and of course the 180 plus exhibitors who bring all their passion and enthusiasm for local produce to the Festival. Chef announcements so far include Ashley Palmer-Watts, Chantelle Nicholson, Elisabeth Luard, former Masterchef Professionals winner Mark Stinchcombe and former Great British Menu star Sue Stinchcombe, Radio 4's 'Best Street Food Winners' Hang Fire Smokehouse, vegan chef Lee Watson and one of the leading Television Producers in the food genre - Pete Lawrence. More names coming soon!



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Melt Your Fat Away


Summer’s here and you haven’t started that diet that you said you’d start every Monday, since Christmas. You think you need a face-lift. You’re unhappy in your skin and you’re not quite ‘beach body ready.’ Now that I’ve grabbed your attention, let me tell you how I can change all of the above in one single comprehensive treatment, with no needles or workouts involved! Lipolis7 is a slimming and skin rejuvenation device which is designed for spas, salons and homeuse. There is so much pressure on women to diet and get that perfect ‘beach body’ but i'm going to tell you how I can help you lose weight without putting the hours in at the gym (there’s method to my madness)… ...First let’s talk about how Lipolis7 works for weight loss. Fat within the legs, abdomen and buttocks literally shrinks, as Lipolis7 collapses the fat; promoting your lymphatic system which in turn eliminates the toxins out of the body. To me it’s science, to you it’s weight loss. After the fat is collapsed, radio frequency melts the fat further. The vacuum then speeds up your body’s metabolism, which in turn allows the fat in the cells to disperse. It’s been proven to take inches off of waist lines, after just a few treatments. CELLULITE, BE GONE! ‘What about loose skin’ you ask? ‘Won’t I need a skin tuck now that the fats gone?’ No, as I said, I can change it all in one treatment. The reason I created this machine is because I always hear about people being unhappy in their bodies, just as I was, or believing that plastic surgery and botox is the only route if you want to look younger. They couldn't be more wrong. In just one treatment you will notice significant results to the firmness of your skin; not just all over your body but also on your face. The Lipolis7 is also face friendly, meaning wrinkles and lines will appear reduced after one sitting. The treatment is non-abrasive and rejuvenates your skin, making you look younger, healthier and feel happier. You’ll definitely be left wanting more. I know what you’re thinking… ‘What about the side effects?’ I say ‘what side effects, there are none!’

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We’ve all had one of those moments. You spot a frowning, older face reflected in a shop window that looks strangely familiar. As your brain starts to process the image, you realise with shock that you are staring at your own reflection. Aging features, paunchy midriff and slightly stooping posture… could that really be you? Take comfort, you’re not alone. We all tend to deceive ourselves when it comes to our appearance, and if it’s been a while since you took a long, unflinching look at yourself in the mirror, you may simply be unaware of the way your face and body has subtly altered. Several years ago the US-based Pew Research Center questioned 3,000 people and found that most respondents felt younger than their date of birth would suggest. Almost half of fifty year olds said they felt no older than forty, while those aged 65-74 felt up to nineteen years younger. Given that so many of us feel younger than our chronological age, it’s hardly surprising that we expect to look younger, too. While there’s no real harm in imagining yourself younger, selfdeception isn’t your friend when it comes to matters of styling. In order to keep looking your best, it helps to understand the way your body alters as you age.


“Turn and face the strange” sang the late, great David Bowie, warning: “Pretty soon now you’re gonna get older”. Whether you like it or not, it’s important to understand that the older “you” is likely to have a very different body shape, skin tone and hair colour than the twenty-something version you remember so well. People with fair skins will find their complexions become more sallow with age, while darker skins may suffer from uneven pigmentation. Hair loses its gloss, turning grey or white, and attempts to dye it back to a youthful shade are often unsuccessful because that colour is no longer compatible with a mature skin tone. Unless you are exceptionally motivated when it comes to diet and exercise, it’s also likely that you will gain weight as you age. At the same time you will experience some height loss: people typically lose almost half an inch (about one centimetre) every ten years after age 40.

Styling for men: how to be a grey fox

GQ Magazine advises its mature readers: “Your wardrobe should err far more on the side of style than fashion”, adding that the key to dressing well in your 50s, 60s and 70s is to make sure that clothes fit properly. Go through your wardrobe and throw away anything that squeezes in the wrong places. Swap trainers (especially the more brightly coloured styles) for smarter shoes and, where possible, buy longer-lasting, quality clothes instead of cheaper items.


Well-cut jackets worn with crisp, well-ironed shirts will keep you looking good whatever your age. Baggy trousers should be avoided at all costs, but if you’ve gained some weight since your younger days, it’s safer to buy straight-cut trousers than squeeze into today’s more tapered styles. You’ll find plenty of style advice for older men available online. A good place to start is the Grey Fox Blog (www.greyfoxblog. com) or alternatively you can find some inspirational styling ideas on Pinterest (

Styling for women: why it’s wise to accessorise

Despite the fact that we are all living longer, clothes designers still seem to be obsessed with youth fashion. It can be frustrating to try on dresses, shirts and trousers designed for younger bodies, so if the tailoring doesn’t work with your contours, try experimenting with more flowing styles that don’t cling to your body shape. If you are sensitive about a thickening waistline, less-than-firm upper arms or a wrinkled neckline, simply conceal them with light, flowing clothing or a scarf. Choosing bold accessories as a focus for your outfit is a good way of diverting attention from features you’re less keen to show off. Keep make-up light and simple – heavy foundation can emphasise wrinkles and laughter lines. As hair tends to become drier and more brittle with age, consider experimenting with short hairstyles, layered or feathered to frame your face. Fortunately you’ll find plenty of websites that offer great fashion advice for mature women. Try Helen Walmsley-Johnson’s column The Invisible Woman at or visit Alyson Walsh’s blog site That’s Not My Age ( Knowledge is power. The key to styling in your later years is to understand the aging process and the way it affects your face and body. Age is something to be celebrated, not denied or ignored, and there’s much to be gained when - rather than ignoring or resisting the physical changes caused by aging you finally decide to embrace them. Once you’ve developed your own, personal style, the chances are you’ll look as young as you feel.

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Summer Sensations From staycations to Caribbean cruises, this month’s beauty buys are all about summer holiday essentials. If your limbs are still looking a bit winter-white, try Trilogy Instant Bronzing Gel. It’s easy to apply and dries quickly. You get an instant, natural tint with a longer lasting, natural looking tan developing over time. The resulting colour is very subtle, but you can build it up into a richer bronze with daily application. The gel also includes Aloe vera and vitamin E, to moisturise and refresh tired legs. Cost is £12.50 from www. Hotel rooms often don’t have a mirror anywhere near a plug socket, which can make styling your hair rather difficult. So, if you’re in the market for some new straighteners, you might want to consider Lee Stafford’s No Strings Attached Cordless Straighteners. Pop them into the base and they’ll quickly heat up to 230°C. You can then take them to the mirror and style your hair while the heat lasts (about 15 minutes). With such a high temperature, and tourmalineceramic plates, they’re really quick and easy to use. There’s no need to strain your eyes peering at a mirror

Ladies Tangle FUN GROUP FOR LADIES Telford and Wrekin Ladies Tangle is a fun group for ladies aged 45-60. Our core values emphasize the three “F’s”- Fun, Friendship and Fundraising. We meet every month in and around Telford; trying out new activities as well as enjoying those which are firm favourites. Our events cover cocktail making to laughter yoga also recently a group of our ladies went away for a week on a Tangle Tour in Madeira. We have a diary with a year full of events and you can pick which ones you want to take part in as we go through the year. We are very much supporters of local charities and in 2017 thru 2018 we will also be supporting Hope House children’s hospice. We are welcoming to all new ladies looking for friendship because they have moved into the area, have been believed or just want to meet new people for a good laugh. If you are interested in joining us and making new friends you can see more on our website or on our Facebook page both have links to contact us. Also follow us on twitter @TLTangle.

at the other side of the room, and there’s no cord to knock your cocktail over. Available from Argos and Very for £69.99, including heat-proof mat and travel case. Sun + air conditioning + one too many cocktails = dehydrated, lacklustre skin. A sheet mask can really help to boost moisture and leave skin looking brighter. The I MASK Biomolecular Hydrating Recovery Mask is a great choice. It’s soothing, cooling and does exactly what it promises to – boosting moisture content by up to 40%. It also includes amino acids, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, so it leaves skin feeling plumper, fresher and altogether happier. Cost is £9 from www. A cooling spray and SPF in one – what a genius idea! Bioderma Hydrabio Eau de Soin SPF 30 can be sprayed on whenever you’re feeling hot and sticky. It’s hydrating, refreshing and protects from UV rays. It’s also handbag size, so can be popped in your bag to take to the pool, beach or wherever your wanderings take you. A bottle costs £9 and should last for your holiday. Visit www. to find your nearest stockist. by Kate Duggan

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Fashion Essentials

Bracelet £12. Accessorize

Pom Pom Trilby Hat £18.Accessorize

Statement Feather Earrings £12. Accessorize

Band Tee £20, Bleach Ripped Denim Skirt £28, Bardot Embroidered Cutwork Dress £35. All Miss Selfridge.

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T-Shirt £10. Pretty Little Tassel Cross Body Bag £17.99.New Look

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Quilted Wellington Boot £17.99. Deichmann

If you’re heading to a music festival this summer then you’ll need to pack these fashion essentials:

Denim Shorts

No festival wardrobe is complete without a pair of denim shorts; the more distressed the denim the better.

Coat Dress

If there’s just too much mud to wade through though, then you’ll need to reach for a trusty pair of wellies.


Keep the sun off your face and hide unwashed hair with a trendy trilby.

If you’re at a music festival in the UK then you can almost guarantee it’ll rain, so find a trendy mac to cover-up.

Exude festival chic in a ‘boho’ inspired dress that’s perfect for the hot days. Choose a floral or embroidered design for a really feminine look.

Ankle Boots

Wellington Boots

Cross Body Bag Keep your valuables close by in a cross body bag. Tassel designs are perfect for completing your festival look.


Sunglasses are a summer essential and a must for a festival. Choose statement frames or a classic aviator style for instant glamour.

A pair of ankle boots combines style and practicality, making them a festival must-have. Sunglasses £40. Floozie by Frost French at Debenhams

Tie Dye Playsuit £15. Pretty Little

Metallic Rainmac £14.Primark

Denim Jacket £49. Maison De Nimes at House of Fraser

Denim Shorts £32. River Island.

Ankle Boot £24.99 Deichmann

Velvet B an Embroid deau Top £20, er Embroid ed Jacket £59, ered Den im Jacke All Miss t £59. Selfridge

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Finding the Dress When it comes to planning a wedding every girls’ number one priority is finding her dream dress.


Minimalist, sleek and modern might have been what you had in mind, but full-on fairytale princess could be just the thing to make your dreams come true. It’s crucial to think about your height, figure and shape when looking for your gown. Carefully consider what is most flattering and what will make you feel truly special but comfortable too.

And fortunately, if you are working to a strict budget, there is more choice than ever before these days, at a price you can afford. Local bridal boutiques are great. Not only do you receive the best in personalised customer service, but there’s a fabulous selection of lesser known brands and independent labels, that help to ensure your dress will be unique. Buying your wedding gown is the most special purchase you’ll ever make, and although it might be a ong process before you find ‘the one’ - it will be worth it in the end.

How to find ‘the one’… Be completely open minded as soon as you start your hunt for the perfect dress. You probably will have some preconceived ideas about what will suit you, and so will naturally avoid certain looks. But it really is essential to break from these thoughts and try as many different styles as you can get your hands on.

Strapless, shoulder-revealing designs might look perfect on the model, but will they really be right for you? Make sure you listen carefully to the honest opinions of your family and friends - they see you differently to how you see yourself. And, always take advantage of the professional advice that’s on offer from sales staff - they deal with hundreds of brides everyday and are well versed in what works best for all different shapes and sizes. Upon settling on the style that’s going to make you look gorgeous, consider colours. Shades of white and cream can vary dramatically and as great as a stark white gown might look on a dark haired tanned bride, it could completely wash-out someone who is pale and fair - a complexion enhancing creamy, ivory hue would look so much better. For those who love something that bit different though, embrace bold colour, statement design and enchanting embellishments. Just make sure that everything combines to make you look and feel beautiful.

by Helen Taylor

Hadley Park House Hotel, Wedding Venue Telford, remains a favourite venue for couples looking to celebrate weddings, Civil Ceremonies, Civil Partnerships, Receptions and Naming Day Ceremonies.

Best Wedding Venue in the Wedding Industry Awards 2015, 2016 & 2017

Our experienced and professional team are dedicated to making your special day a memorable day for you and your guests. The hotel is set within 2 acres of landscaped grounds which provide the perfect backdrop for those all important photographs. Food is a focal point for any celebration and our award-winning chef creates exciting and delicious menus using locally sourced ingredients, for you and your guests to enjoy.

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This package includes 50 day guests and up to 100 evening guests Available Sunday to Thursday (supplements on Fridays, Saturdays and Bank Holidays) Please quote 'In and Around' when enquiring about this special package

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All our bespoke packages include a fully uniformed chauffeur service and bows and ribbons. Whether you are looking for a modern or classic car to transport you to your wedding, we can provide both with our classic Rolls Royce or our modern, luxurious Jaguar XJ. We also provide Airport transfers a 7 seater including chauffeur Mercedes R Class and a 9 seater including chauffeur executive minibus. MERCEDES R CLASS

This is the perfect vehicle for the groom to arrive at his wedding in style, a very comfortable vehicle, with a very spacious interior and privacy glass.

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We also have various other luxury vehicles available if you have guests to transport to the Venue.

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Should I use more than one estate agent to sell my house? Brought to you by James Carlon James Carlon Co Author of ‘THE TELFORD PROPERTY BLOG’

So you’ve had your house on the market for a while and the viewings have dried up - what do you do? If you want a quick sale (and let’s face it, most of us do) the chances are you’ll be tempted to approach another agent to see if they can help move things along. After all, two heads are better than one, right?

Thirdly, there is simple human nature at play here - an agent may be tempted to persuade you to take a lower offer to sell the house with them, or they may assume you’ll sell with the rival agent and take their foot off the gas.

“You might think these things don’t happen, but they do!”

Well… in this case, perhaps not! I was talking to a potential client recently who failed to sell their house a number of years ago despite having had it on the market with two agents. How could they both have failed, he wondered?

My advice would be to thoroughly research your preferred estate agents, both online and offline, before choosing who to go with. Then you can be sure of choosing the best agent for your house and you won’t need to look around for anyone else.

There are a number of reasons why having your property marketed by two agents is not always a good idea. Firstly, it can make you look a bit, well, desperate. Why do they need two agents to sell this house, potential buyers might wonder, what’s wrong with it?

James Carlon Residential Sales Manager Nock Deighton

Secondly, it can turn out to be more expensive because you are effectively paying two people to do one person’s job.

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Has the general election affected the Telford housing market? Brought to you by Dawn Clarke Dawn Clarke Co Author of ‘THE TELFORD PROPERTY BLOG’

Politics has dominated the news headlines in recent weeks, with the fall-out of the general election giving pundits plenty to chew over.

Conversely, it’s also a good time to consider investing in property because the level of demand from tenants is very high due to the lack of available property to let.

“But what does it all mean for Telford’s housing market?”

This rise in demand and dip in supply is pushing rents up - average rents in the West Midlands increased by just over 2% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year, and this rise is likely to accelerate throughout the rest of the year.

To be honest, regardless of your political colour, the result of the general election hasn’t actually changed much, so it’s very much a case of business as usual here in Telford & Wrekin. Buyers have remained confident over the past year, despite the EU referendum, and we don’t expect the general election result to change that. We have remained busy right up to the election so I am confident the local property market will continue to perform strongly. The main issue is still a lack of stock on the market and there are limited options for buyers and people looking for rental property. That means it’s an ideal time to seek advice and take your property to the market to achieve the highest price possible. 24

The lettings market in the Telford & Wrekin area is always strong because it’s such a popular place to live, with good employment opportunities and a growing population. For more information about property management and investment opportunities in Telford, please call or drop me an email.

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Mayfair Grove, Priorslee, Telford 4 bedroom detached house A well presented detached family home situated in a sought after residential area, which had 3 viewings, 1 offer and sale agreed in 6 days.

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Come and relax in our friendly office or call us and chat about your requirements Gorgeous Duke of Sutherland set on an elevated plot with picture box views from your kitchen window overlooking open fields, except for one beautiful tree, that stands with open arms and watches the years go by. There are three reception rooms, two bathrooms and a ground floor shower room. Four bedrooms, one with walk in wardrobe and pretty surrounding gardens with three sheds and a greenhouse. Set on a country lane yet close to Lilleshall golf course. There is a garage and a neighbouring farm down the lane. The lane is privately owned by the farm and number 7. Oil central heating. Double glazing. I am totally in love with this property as is the owner but for the owner it is time to take something smaller.

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fresh as a daisy:

new showhome opens at daisy park

Our fresh new development, Daisy Park, is ideally located in St. George’s, just 3 miles from Telford Town Centre. We’re building forty brand new two and three bedroom homes in a range of eight different designs. Come and take a stroll around our newly opened 3 bedroom “Elm” showhome and see why Lioncourt Homes have been awarded the maximum 5 Star Quality rating in the annual Home Builders Federation customer satisfaction survey for the third year running.

3 bedroom homes available from £170,000

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Removals & Storage WITH EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE Jays Removals & Storage Ltd are a family run business who pride themselves on providing their customers with a high quality, old fashioned personal service. They offer a nationwide, commercial and domestic removals service. All their staff are fully trained in home packing and removals and are happy to help.

JAYS REMOVALS & STORAGE LTD We are a family run business and deliver a professsional removal to the highest standard. We ensure our customers are 100% happy with the work we do and offer excellent value for money.


Jays Removals & Storage Ltd are proud to be members of the Guild of Master Craftsmen and move assured. These memberships are given on the provision that they provide excellent customer service and value for money to their customers. They always ensure before they leave that their customers are 100% happy with the work they have done. They have their own storage unit so are able to offer long or short term storage at very competitive prices. They can provide you with packing, wardrobe and book boxes, also paper and bubble wrap, all delivered to your door. Up to 90% of their work is from recommendations and returning customers.

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Why Coleman Estates? Simply put – we get results! The great thing about our company is that running smoothly and our customers are happy. We are proud to be Telford’s leading family run estate and letting agent and we make sure to represent the best qualities of a reputable family business – Strong performance as a result of consistent, high quality service. Our core values are accountability, honesty and a passionate dedication to making sure every one of our customers has the best experience selling or letting their home.

Max Coleman Managing Director

Kate Coleman Company Secretary

Gill Coleman Founder

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By putting this into practice, we currently rank as Telford’s number one family run Estate and Letting agent according to Rightmove and Zoopla statistics – a feat we are very proud of as a family. Myself and my wife adhere to the highest standards of our industry’s professional bodies, the NAEA and ARLA, and make a pledge to every customer of complete satisfaction, as proven by last years customer survey which marked 100% satisfaction across the board. At Coleman Estates we believe in getting results because of excellent service, not at the expense of it.

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SUMMER ESCAPES From future catastrophes to whole new worlds, this month’s reads are pure escapism.

The Night Brother – Rosie Garland

Two souls – one body. Nineteenth century Manchester is home to Edie by day and Gnome by night. But as both start to resent the other’s presence, an internal war breaks out which threatens to tear them apart. Throw in suffragettes, love affairs and family dynamics, and you have a truly absorbing read. If you enjoyed Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, or anything by Angela Carter, this book is for you.

The Girl of Ink and Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Isabella’s village is under the control of the ruthless Governor Adori, but the surrounding woods are under the control of a force even more dangerous. Isabella dreams of crossing the forest and charting the Forbidden Territories. A girl is found dead, and Isabella’s friend, Lupe, goes missing. With nothing to guide her but an ancient map, her beliefs, and her determination, Isabella sets out to rescue Lupe. This children’s book has gained rave reviews and while it lacks the depth needed to truly appeal to an adult audience, it’ll keep 9-12 year olds enthralled.

Menagerie – Rachel Vincent

A travelling carnival has come to town, complete with its menagerie of fantastical beings. Delilah has always thought herself human, but her reaction at the exhibits’ treatment is anything but, and she is locked away and put on display herself. Delilah befriends her fellow captives, refuses to accept her slavery and forms an uneasy alliance with one of her ‘handlers’. But is escape really an option in a world where she has fewer rights than an animal? An easy, enjoyable read, perfect for the sun lounger.

A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula K. Le Guin

A boy wizard learning to control his powers, mystical lands, magical battles, dragons – this book has them all. First published in 1968, A Wizard of Earthsea tells the story of Ged – a boy who saves his village from attack and is sent to train to be a wizard. He learns to control his power, but accidently unleashes a shadow creature that nearly destroys him. Like Rowling, Tolkein and numerous other fantasy writers, Le Guin’s work will appeal to older children and adults alike.

Naondel – Maria Turtschaninoff

19 year old Kariba falls for a power-hungry young man and reveals to him the secrets of her family’s spring: it can foretell the future and bestow health or harm. Once Iskan has harnessed the spring’s power, there is little anyone can do to stop him. He starts collecting women to his harem, treating them as little more than playthings. Naondel is told from the point of view of Kariba and the other women, over the span of several decades. Beautifully written, and at times quite harrowing, this will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

The Space Between the Stars – Anne Corlett

Jamie survives a virus that’s wiped out most of humanity. She’s on a planet far from home, and far from Daniel – the man she once loved. Together with the handful of other survivors she finds, Jamie sets out on the long journey across the stars back to Earth. If you’re not a sci-fi fan, don’t let that put you off. The Space Between the Stars is much more about human relationships and fragile societies than it is about space ships. This has summer bestseller written all over it.




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COMM A beautifully presented family home and a rare opportunity to purchase an immaculately presented property in this popular residential area. The current owners have modernised this home throughout, having had new windows, combi boiler, Bathroom suite, rewiring and re-plastered as well as a new fireplace in the Lounge. They have also had a bespoke Oak and Chrome banister fitted to the staircase. Located just moments from local amenities and schools as well as commuter links, making this an ideal family home or investment. Briefly comprising Entrance Hall, Lounge, Kitchen Diner, Utility Room, three Bedrooms and Bathroom. Integral Garage, front and rear gardens. GCH and DG throughout. EPC rating tbc.

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Top of their list is the oddly-named Gimp, which works like a basic version of the industry-standard software Photoshop. Gimp allows you to do everything from cropping and resizing to altering exposure and colour balance. It also has the same invaluable ‘clone tool’ as Photoshop, which allows you to heal the spoiled parts of a photo by copying an undamaged area over the damaged spot.

Converting your slides During the 1960s and 70s a craze for slide photography meant that many amateur snappers temporarily stopped taking conventional photos. If you have boxes of slides that you need to convert to digital files, you will need an additional piece of equipment. Slide scanners start at around £16 (for a device that can be used together with a smartphone), while standalone scanners can cost up to £125.

I recently inherited several boxes of family photographs, with images dating from Victorian times - when photography was in its infancy right up to the first decade of the new millennium. Some pictures were stored carefully in albums but others were roughly crammed into folders and envelopes. Unsurprisingly, some of the older items were beginning to show signs of deterioration, including rips, stains and tiny spots of mould. While I felt very privileged to be the keeper of this important archive, it was a reminder that my own family snaps and VHS tapes were packed in the loft: all in danger of going the same way as my newly-acquired collection. After taking stock of all this precious material - which documented over 100 years of my family’s history - it occurred to me that I had a responsibility to preserve it for future generations.

Preserving family photographs When it comes to the future of a family photo collection you are faced with a straightforward choice: either divide the photographs up between a select group of relatives, or digitise the entire archive so it can be enjoyed by everyone. While the first option is quick and simple, it’s not entirely satisfactory. Unless the collection includes duplicate images, no-one will hold a complete set of family photos. There is also a chance that in future someone will throw out their part of the collection because they no longer have space to keep it. Converting hard copy photos to digital images may involve a lot of work, but it ensures that the archive will be passed on from generation to generation. Restoring and digitising photographic images can also become an enjoyable hobby: there’s great satisfaction in transforming faded, mould-spotted and torn pictures into images that look as fresh as the day they emerged from the darkroom. If you decide to digitise, you will need a computer with enough disk space to store the photographic files you are creating. You’ll also need some kind of photo editing software. According to the magazine What Digital Camera?, there are several good image manipulation packages that are completely free to download.


VHS videos to DVD I had a shock recently when someone told me that analogue videos and home movies are susceptible to the same degradation as photographic slides, prints and negatives. VHS tapes, Hi8 and Video8 are magnetic media: as the magnetic particles gradually lose their charge, the tape deteriorates. Depending on how carefully you store your tapes, you can expect at least a 20% reduction in playback quality after 10-25 years. The easiest way to convert videos to DVDs is to connect a video-cassette recorder (VCR) to a PC via an analogue-todigital video capture device. You’ll need to record the VHS video to your PC’s hard drive and then write the recorded video to DVD, using the DVD writer installed on your PC. Be warned, however, that VCRs are slowly becoming obsolete, so if you have a large number of VHS tapes to convert and don’t already have a VCR, this may be a good time to buy one. A medium-priced video capture device costs between £25 and £50, while a VCR costs from £30 upwards (refurbished models may cost less). If you only have a few tapes to convert, you might consider using a professional service. It’s worth checking online for the best deal: Asda Photo charges £27 per tape, while web-based conversion specialists such as typically charge under ten pounds for a single VHS or Hi8 tape. Once your family photos and videos have been converted into a longer-lasting format, the next step will be deciding the best way to share them. You could burn them to DVD and give them out to family members, upload them to a cloud file-sharing system or create a family website. Be aware that if you choose cloud or web-hosting services to house your digital files, you may end up paying an annual fee. Thanks to my inherited collection, digitising family images now occupies much of my spare time, and I’ve even started to help friends who want family photos restored. It’s rewarding to know that, once converted to a digital format, these important visual records will go on giving pleasure far into the future.

by Kate McLelland


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Update Your Bathroom Give your bathroom an appealing summer makeover with our easyto-achieve tips. A DASH OF PAINT

Any room can be updated with a lick of paint, and bathrooms are no different. Choose specially formulated bathroom paint, which has a mid-sheen finish (easier to wipe down than matt emulsion) and resists moisture and steam, providing long-lasting protection against condensation and mould. Fresh white always looks great in a bathroom, while deeper shades such as charcoal or navy make a striking impact, and mid blues, greens or yellows are fresh and cheery.


Have your towels seen better days? Is your soap dish so last century? How much longer will your old shower curtain last? Take your pick of all sorts of fashionable new options, from graphic patterns to flamingo designs or marble and copper. Little things (think loo roll holder and even the toilet seat and brush) can make a big difference. You might want to think about adding an artwork to the walls, too, giving colour, pattern and a dramatic focal point.


Tap styles go out of date and wastes get scratched and worn – but fortunately they are easy for a plumber to replace, and will give your room an instant, on-trend update. Take advice about the technical side of things – like water pressure and how far your taps should project over the basin – then choose styles that look great, function well and make you feel happy. At the same time you could save on bills by installing water-saving taps – and why not go for an aerated or low-flow showerhead, too?


No one wants to look at bleach and old flannels when they’re having a relaxing bath or an invigorating shower. If your bathroom is short on storage, the easiest way to create more space is with a slimline, wall-mounted cupboard (perhaps with a mirror on the door), though there are all sorts of other clever options, from racks and rails to shelves and hooks. Matching baskets, rows of glass jars and small wooden crates look very pretty and will help keep things tidy, while freestanding options such as caddies and towel ladders hold heaps of stuff and can be hugely convenient.


If your bathroom window has seen better days, consider replacing a dull roller blind with something more interesting. You need privacy and practicality, but why not have something beautiful, too? Roman blinds, café curtains or wooden louvres or shutters are all good options, or you could go for a cheap and instant transformation with adhesive film, either plain frosted or one with a subtle pattern.




Not only are houseplants back in fashion once again, but they also make a great statement in a bathroom and have the added advantage – provide you choose the right type of plant – of absorbing some humidity and even reducing the levels of pollutants in the air. Look for plants that thrive in damp conditions and are happy with the level of light in your bathroom. Options include peace lilies, English ivy, reeds, palms and Boston ferns.


Mirrors in bathrooms aren’t just for doing make-up – they also bounce light around the room and help make your smallest room feel brighter and more spacious. An oversized mirror will be a statement piece as well as an essential element. While thinking of light, check that you’re happy with your bulbs. Swapping to LEDs will save money in the long run, and you may also be able to increase the light levels overall. And if you don’t mind calling in an electrician for a quick job, you could consider changing your light fittings themselves for alternatives that are good-looking and up-to-date. Just remember that they have to comply with safety regulations and be certified for use in a damp environment.


Recreate that brand-new bathroom feel by getting rid of discoloured grout – a simple DIY job that’s boring but shouldn’t take too long. It is always worth trying a thorough clean with proprietary products first, but if the mould or stains won’t shift, buy a special grout rake from a hardware store (they cost just a few pounds) and work your way carefully around the room, removing the old grout to a depth of at least 2mm. Buy a pack of fresh new grout, mix and apply according to the instructions. While you’re at it, take a careful look at your silicone sealants, too. If they are black and mouldy, carefully lift them off with a sharp knife, clean the area thoroughly, dry, and re-apply new sealant. You’ll need a steady hand for this bit, so take a deep breath before you start, and if in doubt, search for an online video for guidance.

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Welcome from TPS! Hello all!

• We held our annual primary concert which included 13 primary schools coming to sing with our senior choir.

For those of you who don’t know me, I am Stacey Jordan, Headteacher of The Telford Priory School. I wanted an opportunity to update you on some of the fantastic things our TPS pupils have been doing this term, and to let you know about the plans we have for the coming term.

• We have started a challenge with Epson (our business in the community link) to help the environment through the collection and sensible recycling of bottle tops. I can’t wait to see who wins!

Highlights so far this term include: • Our year 8 boys won the Shropshire President's football shield against lots of schools in the area! • Our year 7 nurture group visited Cadbury world at the end of their Chocolate project and had a fabulous time! • Shakespeare house raised over £570 for charity as part of their house week; a fantastic achievement. • We held a Primary Sports Day event for lots of local schools and the winners were Newdale Primary!


I am committed to putting Telford Priory School at the very heart of the local community, and welcome conversations with local groups that feel we may be able to help. Our school has amazing facilities and is keen to open this up to all! I would like to offer you all an open invitation to come and see our school for yourself and have a personalised tour with a member of our leadership team. Come along and see our amazing facilities and the work we are doing with our young people. I look forward to meeting you.

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More than 100 of Britain's best food producers will descend on the amazing new Southwater development for a HUGE food festival. Organised by Shropshire Festivals who organise the successful Shrewsbury Food Festival which is in its 5th year and attracts over 26 000 and Shropshire Kids Festival. The festival takes place in Southwater QEII Arena . Featuring a tasting theatre featuring the regions top foods prepared and ready for you to try for FREE! There will also be free activities for thousands of locals and visitors to the town including; live music stage, talks, tastings, crafts, Children will be able to enjoy getting mucky in the hands-on cookery area and learning circus skills in our big top. there will not be a shortage of foodie fun and activities! Director of Fun, Beth Heath commented; "2016 saw the first Telfood Feastival and it was a huge success. Due to popular demand we are back and bigger and better than last year. So come on down and enjoy a fantastic day out in a stunning setting.” There’s a green and charitable angle to the event as well with a zero waste aim where everything possible will be recycled, also funds will be raised for The Harry Johnson Trust. Leftover foods will also all be donated to the Telford Food Bank. Cost £5 Adults, £1 kids, families £10 in advance or £6 adults and £12 on the gate. We need volunteers and sponsors to make the event happen so interested get in contact Book online NOW

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Discover More This Summer AT WESTON PARK Enjoy a day filled with exploring the great outdoors this summer at Weston Park. Let the kids loose on 1,000 acres of sprawling parkland, the much loved Woodland Adventure Playground and the delightful Miniature Railway. If that hasn’t worn them out, there are still mazes, woodland trails and more to see. Discovery workshops will be taking place on weekdays during the summer holidays. Kids can have fun making crafts, pond dipping and following woodland walks, all focused around building things – in celebration of famous architect James Paine’s 300th Birthday. Inside the House, discover a place shadowing times gone by, with family heirlooms adorning every room such as the Dining Room, Library and Tapestry Room, all open to explore. Whilst at the Park, stop off at the Granary and indulge yourself in freshly brewed coffee, homemade cakes and freshly prepared sandwiches. There’s plenty for all the family to discover at Weston Park.


Gardening Now that the weather is really summery, everyone is rushing to their local garden centres, garden shows and nurseries to stock up on new plants for the garden. Before you get too carried away, don’t forget to make sure that the plants you buy have a good chance of surviving, not only once they get home, but also during the journey there. It is amazing how many plants are seriously damaged in the short period of time between leaving the garden centre and arriving in the new owner’s garden. If you really want to ensure that everything goes smoothly, it’s worth taking a few very sensible precautions. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you can take something home the day you buy it if it is really far too large to fit in your car. The number of plants I have seen travelling home sticking out through the sunroof of a car is quite amazing. In a position like this, however slowly you drive, the foliage is going to be scorched and damaged and it is quite possible that a not too pliable stem may be broken. If a plant doesn’t fit in your car easily, then take advantage of the delivery service - almost all garden centres now offer delivery and this is usually free of charge within a reasonable radius. Admittedly it may mean that you have to wait until the delivery day for your area, but it is much better than seriously damaging your plant as you attempt to get it home yourself. If the plant does fit in your car then remember to wrap the root ball in a black bin liner or a box, to prevent the back of your car becoming full of compost, grit etc. Always use the garden centre as the last port of call before travelling home, as in hot weather temperatures build up fantastically fast in a closed car, even if you leave the windows or the sunroof open. Under these conditions the plants can soon be boiled alive, literally! Plants in the boot should be safer for a slightly longer period of time, but even then you should try to travel straight home once you have made your purchases. If you are absolutely determined to take something home that protrudes slightly from your car, then it is essential that you wrap up anything which is sticking out really well to prevent leaf scorch and damage to fine twigs. The garden centre should be able to provide you with something (and if not do you should do it yourself), but make sure that it is tied down extremely



well so that it can’t blow off on the way home. Remember that anything protruding from your car could potentially cause a driving hazard to other road users, so bear this in mind before you do anything too foolhardy! Even on a short journey home, plants which are exposed to exaggerated heat inside a car or the scorching effect of sunlight travelling through the car glazing can be seriously damaged, so cover them up with something to decrease the risk. It is worth taking a few old newspapers with you when you go to the garden centre, as these make perfect temporary tents. Remember that most plants prefer fairly constant conditions, so try not to put them through too many changes in a short space of time. Ideally, take them from one area in the garden centre to somewhere similar in your garden, and keep any travelling during hot weather to a minimum. If they look at all damaged from their journey then give them a week or two to recuperate in dappled shade in a protected position in your garden. And don’t forget that when you plant anything new in your garden, if the weather is at all dry it is well worth waiting until the evening or at least late afternoon before planting. Then make sure that everything is kept well watered, as this will increase the chances of the plants establishing without too much distress.

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We have all tolerated a less than perfect outdoor scenario at some time. Often familiarity with our home environment can prevent us from seeing what could be done to make quite transformational changes in the way we view and use the space around us. A simple deck can completely transform a garden, particularly if used to counter a difficult slope or form a link between awkward corners and shapes. A modest timber structure can easily provide a whole new outdoor area in which to dine, entertain, or perhaps facilitate a safely controlled kiddies’ play area.

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Garden of Delights GADGETS TO MAKE THE OUTDOORS GREAT AGAIN It’s that time of year again: it’s stopped raining for a bit, the sun’s started to poke out from behind a cloud and most of England has had a hosepipe ban for the last five months. It’s summer, and that means spending all of your time outside for no particular reason. There is no shortage of gadgets to brighten up your outdoor life, from solar lights to barbecue boosters, but it’s worth having a think before you spend any money: for example, a set of solar string lights that costs about four pounds isn’t going to be very bright or last for very long. Look out for two things in particular: the size of the solar panel and the number of LEDs. The bigger the panel the more power it’ll grab from the sun, and the more LEDs the brighter it’ll be. Watch out for colours, too: normal white LEDs have a bluish cast, so if you prefer yellow you’ll need to look for “Warm White” LEDs. One of the best things technology can do in your garden is remove some of the drudgery. The Garden Groom Pro looks like a giant caterpillar, but it’s a hedge trimmer with a difference: it hoovers up the cuttings so you don’t have to spend all week sweeping the street. At £79.99 it’s not too pricey compared to normal trimmers, and at 3.5kg it shouldn’t break your arms either. While we’re on the subject of trimmers, for just £29.99 the VonHaus Cordless 2 in 1 Grass and Hedge Trimmer can make life easier too: it has interchangeable blades suitable for hedge, grass or shrub trimming, and it moves from handheld to upright with the addition of a single handle and wheel. Technology needn’t be complicated to be effective: Hozelock’s garden watering system is fairly low-tech but works a treat. It’s a modular system that enables you to run watering all around your garden by connecting multiple Hozelock components together, and controllers range from simple timers to one that connects to the internet and can be controlled from an iPhone or Android app. That component isn’t cheap - it’s currently £109.99 - but you can buy it bundled with complete watering kits for around £180, which isn’t bad for an entire garden irrigation system. Every year we ask ourselves the same question: can we afford a robot lawnmower yet? Sadly this year we have the same answer: not quite. Prices are coming down - the Flymo 1200R Robotic Mower is down to just under £600 this year, compared to an original RRP of £999, but it’s still a little too expensive for us. You may disagree, however: £600 isn’t a lot in the world of premium lawnmowers, so if you’d normally consider a self-propelled petrol mower the Flymo isn’t significantly more expensive - and it’s a lot quieter too. One increasingly important area for gardeners is security: thieves will happily run off with expensive plants, garden furniture or anything else of value. If you fancy adding a camera to keep an eye on things when you’re not around, Samsung’s very clever £125 Smart Home Camera is easy to install and works with computers and mobile devices alike. You can even get it to notify you on your phone when it detects movement, so you can see if it’s a fox or something more sinister. It has audio detection too, which is useful in low light.


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Stay Safe Lobster’ arms. Heat exhaustion. It seems that despite the publicity, we’re still not getting the sun protection message – and we’re risking serious health issues. Protecting Your Skin

“A tan is actually a sign that the skin has been damaged and is trying to protect itself,” warns the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD). The brown colour is caused by melanin, produced by your body in a desperate attempt to protect itself from further UV damage – and UV damage can lead to skin cancer. In effect, sunburn is a radiation burn. This doesn’t mean you should never go out in the sun. We need a little sunshine to keep Vitamin D levels topped up (specifically outdoor sunshine, as glass blocks the UVB needed for Vitamin D production). But it does mean protecting your skin is important. This means: • finding shade when the sun is strongest (usually 11am - 3pm from March to October in the UK); • covering your skin (remembering that fabrics allow UV light through to various extents); • choosing a suitable sunscreen - and using it properly.

IN THE SUN cancer developing in later life,” warns the NHS. Children under 6 months should be kept out of strong sunlight completely. • You should take extra care if you have: ¾¾ pale, white or light brown skin; ¾¾ freckles or red or fair hair; ¾¾ many moles (look out for new moles, growths or lumps, and size, shape or colour changes to existing moles, freckles or patches of skin); ¾¾ skin problems relating to a medical condition; ¾¾ a family history of skin cancer. • You should also take extra care if you: ¾¾ tend to burn rather than tan; ¾¾ are only exposed to intense sun occasionally (e.g. on holiday); ¾¾ are in a hot country with particularly intense sun.

Treating Sunburn Cool it down by applying plenty of cold water, then a soothing product such as after sun or calamine lotion. An antiseptic cream that contains a local anaesthetic can help, as can basic painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. If you feel unwell or your skin swells badly or blisters, seek medical help. Avoid the sun until all redness has gone.

Choosing Sunscreen

Protecting Your Eyes

Choose sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection. ‘UVA’ will be in a circle logo and is rated up to 5 stars. UVB protection is indicated by the SPF (sun protection factor). SPFs range from 2 to 50+; the higher the number, the higher the protection.

UV light damages eyes too, so protection is vital. • As soon as they’re old enough to understand, teach children never to look at the sun and how serious the consequences can be.

Look for a cream with at least four-star UVA protection and at least 30 SPF.

• Adults and children should wear sunglasses, even on cooler sunny days. Ensure they protect against both UVA and UVB and choose sunglasses with wraparound lenses or wide arms with the CE Mark and European Standard EN 1836:2005.

Using Your Sunscreen Sun cream is only as effective as its application, so: • Apply liberally. “The overall message in terms of sunscreen use is ‘more is better’”, says the BAD. Apply at least two teaspoons of sunscreen to cover the head, arms and neck and two tablespoons to cover the entire body while wearing a swimming costume. • Apply frequently. If you plan to be in the sun long enough to risk burning, sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before going out and just before going out. The BAD recommends reapplying it at least every two hours afterwards. • It also needs to be applied again straight after you’ve been in water, even if it’s ‘water-resistant’, as it will have been compromised by sweating, towel drying and friction. Remember too that you’ll feel artificially cool due to the water on your skin. • Don’t use expired sunscreen. Even sunscreen still in date may be much less effective if it’s been allowed to get hot or sit in direct sunlight.

Remember: • The BAD warns that water can increase the sun’s radiation by 5%, and sand by 17%. • The sensitive skin of babies and children need extra protection. “Damage caused by repeated exposure to sunlight could lead to skin



Heatstroke starts with heat exhaustion. Symptoms can include headache, dizziness and confusion, appetite loss, feeling sick, excessive sweating, pale clammy skin, cramps in the arms, legs and stomach, fast breathing or pulse, a temperature of 37C or above and intense thirst. If someone is suffering from heatstroke, you must lie them down, raise their feet and cool them down by providing cold drinks, removing unnecessary clothing and placing them in the shade. Call 999 if the person is no better after 30 minutes or if they feel hot and dry, have a temperature of 40C or above, are breathless or breathing rapidly, are confused, lose consciousness or have a seizure. To avoid heatstroke, stay hydrated, keep your head covered and rest in the shade when the sun is hottest. Useful links: The Cancer Research UK tool to assess skin type and burn risk: The NHS mole assessment tool: www. aspx

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Jet Lag and Joy Lag


We look forward to holidays as a chance to relax and revitalise ourselves. So why do we sometimes feel exhausted and miserable when we return – and how can we stop it happening? Jet Lag What exactly is jet lag? Jet lag is a term for symptoms caused by travel to a different time-zone, which can disrupt your ‘body clock’ - your natural, circadian rhythm. This influences your sleep, eating and toileting patterns as well as digestion, temperature and blood pressure. Jet lag symptoms include changed bowel habits, tiredness, headache, anxiety, confusion and nausea. Their severity usually increases with age but primarily depends on how many time zones you cross. One or two? No problem. Three to six? You’ll feel the effects. Seven to twelve? You may need a few days to fully adapt, particularly when travelling east; ‘west is best, east is a beast’, probably because it’s easier to adapt to a longer day and delay sleep than make yourself sleep after a shorter day.

Reducing Jet Lag Jet lag can be inconvenient at the start of your holiday, but it’s not usually a problem because you’re on holiday. When you return, though, you may not have long to adapt before you’re back at work and in your usual routine. While you can’t prevent jet lag, there are ways to help reduce its effects. • If possible, start gradually changing your routine several days before departure so that it’s closer to that of the new time zone. • Ensure you’re well-rested and hydrated before and during your flight. • Nap on the plane if night time will be a long time away when you arrive (or if it will be dawn). If you want to stay awake, keep active (this is recommended for long flights anyway, to reduce the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis). • Avoid alcohol, which will dehydrate you and may increase jet lag symptoms. Remember that caffeinated drinks (e.g. tea, coffee and cola) may keep you awake. • When you arrive, adjust your day to the new time immediately rather than working up to it gradually. If you can, resist napping on arrival unless it’s night time. • While the NHS recommends going outside soon after arrival if it’s daylight, Dr Idzikowski, director of Edinburgh Sleep Centre, recommends using the calculator he created to tell you when to seek out or avoid daylight to reset your bodyclock, at Of course, you could always break your trip with a stopover or only holiday in countries with similar time zones: Western Europe, Greenland, Ghana – or parts of Antarctica.


Joy Lag (Post-Holiday Blues and Exhaustion)

It’s not uncommon to get back from your holiday and feel glum and exhausted. The weather is often more miserable at home and there’s no holiday to look forward to anymore. The thought of returning to your work and responsibilities (particularly if you’re not happy with them) can be daunting – as can that huge pile of holiday laundry. If you left in a rush and have been away for a while, your house may look untidy and dusty, making it hard to relax. Perhaps you overdid it on holiday, too, packing in too many activities and trips, not getting enough sleep and overindulging in alcohol and unhealthy foods.

Reducing Joy Lag These tips can’t make your overjoyed to return from holiday – they’re not magic! But they will help to reduce your joy lag. Before your holiday, try to pack gradually. For instance, if there’s only a week before your holiday and you have more than a week’s worth of socks and underwear, grab a suitcase and pack those spares now. Avoiding last minute panics, such as turning the house upside down for passports and sunglasses, should prevent you coming back to a mess. If you can afford it, book a treat to look forward to a few weeks post-holiday. Ensure you have easy meals in stock for your return and if you can, book a day or two off after your holiday to adjust. During your holiday, ensure you don’t cram every moment with trips or organised activities. Everyone needs time to chill. Shortlist trips, check the weather forecast and any special events and then plan the best days to venture elsewhere. Reserve the other days for relaxation, games or a gentle walk to a local park, beach or restaurant. If you can, try to make the journey home as fun and relaxing as possible. Perhaps you could break your journey at a restaurant, or even a hotel – doing the final run home on a full holiday breakfast. After your holiday, be kind to yourself. Cook easy meals or, if you can afford it, treat yourself to a meal out or a takeaway. Conversely, though, head for the washing machine as soon as you’re in the door and put a load in to wash. It will only take a minute or two and you’ll know you’ve made a start. Put suitcases out of sight until they’re empty. Here’s wishing you reduced jet lag, reduced joy lag and Happy Holidays!

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Back Pain

The Chartered Society of physiotherapy has recently released some interesting finds about back pain. The fact is most caused of back pain are not particularly serious and can be managed by keeping mobile and continuing with your day to day activities to prevent future episodes. The article lists 10 things you need to know about your back: 1. Your back is stronger than you may think. Most people worldwide will experience back pain during their lifetime. It can be disabling and worrying but it is very common and rarely dangerous, 2. You rarely need a scan and it can do more harm than good. This is because seeing perfectly normal changes to their spine can cause people to avoid the activities they should be doing to get better, such as exercise and movement in general. 3. Avoid bedrest, stay in work and gradually resume normal activities. Scientific studies now indicate prolonged rest and avoidance of activity for people with low back pain actually leads to higher levels of pain, greater disability, poorer recovery and longer absence from work. 4. You should not fear bending or lifting. Bending and lifting are often portrayed as causes of back pain and while an injury can occur if something is picked up in an awkward or unaccustomed way, it’s most likely to just be a sprain or strain.

5. Exercise and activity reduce and prevent back pain. Exercise is shown to be very helpful for tackling back pain and is also the most effective strategy to prevent future episodes. 6. Painkillers will not speed up your recovery. There is no strong evidence on the benefits of painkillers and they do not speed up recovery but can help to control your pain. 7. Surgery is rarely needed. There are some uncommon back conditions where there is pressure on the nerves that supply the legs and the patient gets leg symptoms, such as pain pins and needles or numbness and the majority of these condition have the ability to resolve. 8. Get good quality sleep. The importance of sleep in tackling back pain has become increasingly clear in recent years. So a good mattress is useful. 9. You can have back pain without any damage or injury. Many factors can cause back pain and often a combination of these are involves. 10. If it doesn’t clear up, seek help but don’t worry. If your back pain does not clear up after 6-8 weeks, make an appointment to see your physiotherapist. At SB Sports Injury & Physiotherapy Clinic we regularly treat all manner of back pain so if you would like to contact us to see if we can help or to book an appointment please call 01952 462330 or email





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Are You Financially Resilient?


The reality of sudden job loss hit thousands of people in every region of the UK during the global financial crash, and although the economy is now recovering, the fact that we could suddenly lose our only source of income hasn’t gone away. If that time of financial crisis has taught us anything, it’s that we should prepare in advance for unexpected loss of income a report from Legal and General* illustrates just how precarious our financial position really is: “the average household has a Deadline to the Breadline of just 29 days. For working age families it’s just 14 days.” The report also found that: • People believed they could survive more than twice as long (77 days on average) compared to the reality of 29 days. • 35% of households have no savings, so for these people their ‘Deadline to the Breadline’ could be tomorrow. Preparing in advance for potential job loss is crucial to survive, so here are five steps that will help you become more financially resilient should the worst happen and you find yourself without an income. 1. Understand your current financial position Only by understanding the reality of your present financial situation can sustainable changes be made. Gather together all your financial documents including bank and credit card statements, loan and credit agreements, and details of your monthly expenditure, to get a clearer picture of how job loss would affect you. Then you can make a budget to help you plan your spending each month, and live within your means. A variety of budget sheets are available online, and you should include every item of expenditure from cups of coffee to the annual holiday you’ll get a better idea of whether you’re spending more than you earn over the course of a year. 2. Prioritise and pay down debt If you consider the consequences of failing to make each debt repayment, it’ll help you decide which should take priority over others. At its simplest, paying your mortgage and energy bills will keep a roof over your head, and a warm home. Even though priority debts aren’t always the largest or most expensive, they should be paid first if the repercussions of nonpayment are serious. After that you could tackle the debts with the highest interest rates, although some people prefer to pay off the smallest loans first to provide motivation. 3. Save for an emergency fund Do you pay off debt first, or save for an emergency fund? There are two schools of thought: • The disparity between interest rates for savers and borrowers means you’ll pay more overall if you don’t repay debt first.

If you can manage your monthly credit card bills for a while, you could compromise by saving three or four months’ worth of living expenses in a separate account that won’t be touched, and then return to paying down any debt. 4. Additional income streams With so many people earning an additional income online, it may be worthwhile starting a small part-time business which would help financially if you lose your main source of income. Having a second income takes away some of the immediate pressure of job loss, even if it only covers your bills for a couple of months. If it’s flexible enough you’ll be able to work from home, and obtain the peace of mind that self-reliance brings. Popular ‘side incomes’ include selling unwanted goods on eBay and Amazon, and using the profits to buy more stock. Even completing online surveys and questionnaires can bring in a small monthly amount, or provide vouchers that save you money on shopping. . lternatively, consider using your current skills to find work on A one of the UK freelancer platforms, such as People Per Hour. Some businesses are continually looking for skilled people to take on ad-hoc work, as well as longer-term projects - it cuts down their costs of employment and offers flexible work for you. 5. Network while you’re still employed It does no harm to network online or in-person while you’re still employed. Creating and nurturing professional and business relationships can mean you’re first in the queue for a new role or business opportunity should you lose your job. Use your network of friends and peers on LinkedIn and Facebook, and keep updating your profile with information about new tasks you’re taking on in your current role. Blending this with in-person networking where you get to know people better means you can find out about new projects or another company’s plans for the future. Putting a strategy in place for unexpected job loss allows you more time and freedom to choose your next move, whether that’s with another firm or entering self-employment.

• If you lose your job, the credit card provider may decide to by Ann Haldon reduce your credit limit, and you’ll have less money available for emergencies. Another factor to consider is the * increase in identity theft that also leaves you open to potential problems, and again could reduce your access to cash when you need it most.



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Spending money abroad can be costlier than you think if you’re not prepared for the fees and ‘hidden’ charges. Whether you choose to take a debit or credit card, it pays to check the small print in your terms and conditions before you go. You could save a considerable amount in added interest and charges, potentially including: • An extra fee added to the currency exchange rate, known as a non-sterling transaction fee – this can be as much as 3% of each transaction. • Fees for withdrawing cash from ATMs abroad – although many people are aware of this fee when using a credit card, some banks also charge a cash withdrawal fee for debit cards. • Credit card companies can charge interest on cash withdrawn abroad, even if the balance is repaid in full at the end of the month. • Certain debit card providers charge a fee for shopping with their debit card abroad, so if there is no alternative, it can be cheaper to withdraw cash instead. With that in mind, here are a few tips on using credit and debit cards abroad, so you can save money and maximise your holiday spend. Specialist credit and debit cards for overseas use only Rather than taking your ‘regular’ credit or debit card on holiday, look for specialist cards designed to be used abroad, as these are intended to reduce the cost of holiday spending. If you find one that’s suitable and your application is successful, however, just make sure you pay off the balance in full every month. The interest rates on these cards are extremely high if you don’t, which could wipe out any savings you’ve made. The best overseas credit cards generally offer much better exchange rates than local retailers. So if you use a credit card and you’re asked which currency you want pay in, choose the local currency as it’s likely to save you money – more on Dynamic Currency Conversion below. Credit cards for holiday spending are generally easier to obtain than debit cards If your current bank doesn’t offer a specialist debit card for use abroad, you may have to switch your bank account to obtain one. Alternatively, you could just open a new account with the provider, but this might seem a little unnecessary when there is an easier alternative in credit cards. Be careful when you apply for a new card though - your credit file is adversely affected when applications are refused. The Money Saving Expert website offers an ‘eligibility calculator’ to give you an idea of your chances of acceptance, and help you narrow down the choices.

Debit cards can be better if you’re going to withdraw mainly cash Although taking a dedicated credit card for use abroad has many benefits, if you intend to withdraw mainly cash, a specialist debit card will probably be cheaper overall as there are usually no added charges or fees for this. Be careful about card ‘cloning’ When you use a card abroad, or anywhere in fact, be aware of the danger of cloning. This can happen when the card is taken out of your sight, or even when it’s right in front of you if you aren’t taking notice. When a card is cloned the person taking payment swipes it through a small device that looks like a pager - because this device is so small, it could be attached to a belt or placed in their pocket. It’s easy, therefore, to steal the information on the card’s magnetic strip. Your details are then imprinted onto a brand new card, or overwritten onto a card that’s already been stolen. Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) Some retailers abroad will offer to convert your purchase into sterling when you pay by card, so you can see exactly how much you’ve spent. This process is called dynamic currency conversion, or cardholder preferred currency. The problem is that you’ll probably lose out on the exchange rate by paying this way. Local retailers choose whether or not to offer this service, and in some cases may automatically convert your purchase to sterling without asking you. It’s a good idea, therefore, to check whether DCC has been used prior to signing a payment slip or entering your PIN. Avoiding the non-sterling transaction fee Although your bank uses the MasterCard, Visa and Amex optimum exchange rates, the charge for conversion adds a nonsterling transaction fee of up to 3% to your bill when you use a non-specialist card abroad. Finding the best card may take a little research, but your time and effort will be repaid via the extra holiday treats you’ll be able to enjoy.

Credit cards offer consumer protection

When you buy a product or service between £100 and £30,000 using your credit card, you’re automatically entitled to consumer protection. Under Section 75 legislation, your credit card provider accepts equal responsibility with the retailer for the item(s) purchased, making it easier to obtain a refund if necessary – an important consideration when you’ve bought the item abroad.


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Who would look after your children… My nephew was kept awake recently wondering what would happen to him and his sister should his parents die during his childhood. Who would he live with and who would look after him? I told him that they would come and live me and he was reassured. In order to make sure this would happen, however, his parents would need to include a provision in their Wills to appoint me as Legal Guardian. The appointment of a Legal Guardian is best dealt with by way of provision in a Will because a Will is less likely to be overlooked or lost if both parents have died. At Parry Carver we offer a free Will Storage facility. My nephew’s anxiety kept me awake the following night and I was further unnerved when I saw an article, originally published by The Telegraph, entitled “Who will look after your children if you die? Strangers?” The author of the article had obtained statistics to show that over 24,000 children are bereaved of a parent each year. If both parents died without legally appointing a guardian

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Come and Try Singing Ladies Severn Harmony is an a capella group which sings in four part harmony. They are the only ladies chorus in the area that specialises in the Barbershop style. They meet most Monday evenings, 7:30pm at Wellington Methodist church. None of the stripy waistcoat and boater stereotype though! With a repertoire which draws inspiration from contemporary pop and songs from musical theatre, they are led by an exceptionally qualified and talented Musical Director – Monica Funnell, a four times Barbershop gold medallist! Under her direction, they aim for high musical standards, but have lots of fun along the way! Severn Harmony is a fabulous friendly group of musical ladies, with a real underlying care for each other, and a strong sense of teamwork. We


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It may be held in the city that never sleeps, but walk around the New York Motor Show’s tiny halls and very soon you may be in danger of drifting off. Thrilling and packed with big reveals this event was not, however, there were still a few new car unveils that could stave off unintentional narcolepsy – for a few minutes at least. Just like the country’s president, it’s a show that likes to flex its muscles, posture a little, but under the surface has very little real substance – and it’s dominated by the American manufacturers. Despite that, we managed to muscle our way past the smelly hot dog stalls and copious coffee shops to find six new models that caught our eye.

Mercedes AMG GLC 63 & GLC 63 Coupe

The only real European manufacturer to take the New York event seriously, Mercedes took the wraps off the car it’s billing as ‘perfectly at home off road or on the race track’. Featuring a 4.0-litre V8 with either 469bhp in standard guise, or 503bhp in ‘S’ trim, it’s an SUV capable of hitting 60mph in just 3.9 seconds. With a top speed of 155mph, the Germans say it’s a super sporty car with ‘everyday usability’. Prices are expected to start at around £65,000 with first deliveries in October.

Jaguar F-Type 2.0-litre

What’s that, a tiny 2.0-litre four cylinder in a hairy-chested sports car? It is indeed, but before you dismiss it out of hand, know this: small in cubic capacity it may be, but it’s still pushing out a not-so-weedy 296bhp. There’ll still be many that sneer in the face of such a diminutive lump making its way into Jaguar’s flagship, but the firm hope a 0-60mph time of 5.4 seconds, 155mph top speed and a 52kg weight reduction will be enough to see them temper their scowls. It’ll also bring the entry level price of an F-Type to £100 under £50k.

Dodge SRT Challenger Demon

Angry name? Check. Muscle car looks? Roger. Ridiculous and quite possibly unusable power output? Oh yes. Meet the 840bhp, Dodge SRT Challenger Demon – a car with so much horsepower that it can pull record-breaking wheelies. The 6.2-litre HEMI-engined monster uses the Hellcat’s 707bhp lump and adds a bigger supercharger and increased boost pressure to result in an animal that can hit 60mph in just 2.3 seconds. If that claim turns out to be true, it’ll put it on a par with a Bugatti Chiron. Bonkers.

Infiniti QX80

While the luxury arm of Nissan might be having a hard time in the UK, in the States it’s really rather successful – so much so that the brand feels a Range Rover rivalling concept is a good idea. The Infiniti QX80 Monograph is currently billed as a ‘design study’, but the manufacturer says it signals its intent to enter the large SUV segment. Whether it’ll be made remains to be seen, but even if it does, the chances of you ever seeing one in the UK is really rather slim.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

In the seemingly ever-raging battle to produce the world’s most powerful SUV, Jeep has made a bold claim for the title with this – the 707bhp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Quite why it’s a title any manufacturer wishes to secure is beyond us, but the Americans have snapped it up nonetheless. Capable of 60mph in 3.5 seconds, a top speed of 180mph and a standing quarter mile in 11.6 seconds, this might just be a Jeep Cherokee that’s mildly acceptable to own.

Toyota FT-4X

Remember the days when you threw a shoebox full of Lego on the living floor and attempted to make something that resembled a car? Well, that appears to be exactly how Toyota’s designers created their latest FT-4X concept car. Half grown-up Tonka toy, half fridge freezer, the offroader’s looks can kindly be described as ‘bold’. The maker says it hints at what the replacement for its equally visually-challenging, American-only FJ Cruiser could look like, if it ever gets the nod. by James Baggott



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and still housing the presidential offices. It’s a vast complex with an enticing maze of towers and gates, museums, galleries and quaint medieval cottages strung along the Golden Lane. At the heart of it all is St Vitus cathedral where the crown jewels are kept under seven locks and keys. Not so far away is the Lesser District with its parklands and mini Eiffel Tower, but across the river the Old Town begs to be explored, an eclectic mix of styles from Renaissance and Baroque to Rococo, Art Nouveau and more. It’s an open book in the history of art but sooner or later the Old Town Square holds you spellbound. Horse-drawn carriages rattle on the flagstones, bustling café terraces serve goulash, potato pancake and desserts doused in butter and cream, flowers bloom all around and crowds gather by the astronomical clock to watch the figurines come out to mark the passing of time. Others stroll under the arcades or wander in the lanes in search of Bohemian glassware, porcelain, colourful textiles or garnet, the traditional Czech stone. The more energetic climb to the top of the town hall tower to gaze in wonder at the most fabulous views over the fabled ‘City of 100 Spires’ and the river wandering through its myriad treasures on the way to the Elbe. According to legend, a Bohemian princess once dreamed of a city whose fame would reach the stars as it flourished on the banks of the Vltava. Perhaps this is why the ever-changing river has inspired so many writers and artists, including the 19th century Czech composer Smetana who dedicated a Symphonic Poem to its journey across the land. He called it ‘Ma Vlast’, my homeland, and today, with its unrivalled heritage and convivial ambience, Prague, its capital, is one of the most visited cities in Europe.

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Motoring You may think the Kia Picanto is the car most likely to be driven by your grannie, and you’d be right. But now the manufacturer is looking to ditch that blue rinse image and target a younger age group with its suitably spiced up city car. Designed to attract youthful buyers, the refreshed model teams sporty looks with a more focused driving style to woo young professionals to part with their cash. But are the tweaks enough? Looks and image

Well, there’s no doubt Kia has worked hard to liven things up. There’s an extended ‘tiger nose’ grille, the likes of which we’ve seen spread across the maker’s range, smart LED driving lights and a large air intake at the front. Double wheel arches add some flair at the sides, while a ‘shark’ antenna – which initially made an appearance on BMWs – has filtered down to the city car segment for the first time. What’s more, for added sportiness, the GT-Line specification gets some random red trim – because nothing says sporty like added red inserts – and a twin-tipped exhaust. Kia even went as far as describing the new design as ‘sexy’ in their launch presentation. Perhaps our definition of sexy is slightly at odds with Kia’s, but we get what they’re trying to achieve. Sort of.

Space and practicality

The Picanto is Kia’s second best-selling model in the UK after the Sportage, so the third generation model has huge weight on its shoulders to perform. Predominantly bought as a second car by more mature buyers, Kia thinks the new technology – like wireless charging for your mobile, parking camera and Apple CarPlay – will tempt younger, first time car buyers into dealers. At just 3.6-metres (the same as its predecessor) Kia has managed to eke out a little more cabin space by increasing the wheelbase and reducing the front overhang, but you’re still going to wish your legs were foldable if you’re sat in the back. Up front you’ll sit shoulder to shoulder with your passenger, but there’s ample leg room and the driving position is comfortable. Autonomous emergency braking – which warns, then stops you, if it senses a crash – as well as a smart torque vectoring system that improves handling by braking individual wheels are also available.

What’s under the bonnet?

Three engine options are offered: a 1.0-litre, 67bhp, 89g/km, three-cylinder; a 1.2-litre, 84bhp, 104g/km four-cylinder; and a 1.0-litre turbo charged, 100bhp version of the three cylinder. Sadly we didn’t get the chance to try the latter – that one will be arriving later – but with a promise of 60mph in 10 seconds, it should be a riot. Both the 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre are punchy little units and more than adequately powered to push the Picanto along with little drama. Our pick – but only just – would be the 1.2-litre which hits 60mph in 12 seconds, tops out at 107mph and returns 61.4mpg. It’s mildly spicier than the entry-level option and just a tad more fun. Manual and automatic options are available across the range.



Behind the wheel

It’s behind the wheel where the Picanto will divide opinion. Older buyers looking for a relaxed and comfortable ride will notice the improved suspension and the capable way it deals with nasty, pot-holed road surfaces. However, the sprightly engines, quicker turn in and faster steering may make them feel a little too hurried behind the wheel. It’s these very characteristics that Kia is hoping younger buyers will appreciate. The juxtaposition of characteristics is a trait of a car designed for a global market, where different regions want different things. In the UK you may be more likely to find a Picanto in the Bridge club car park, but in southern Europe it’ll be left abandoned outside nightclubs while its owners party the night away. Overall there’s a noticeable improvement in both ride and handling, largely thanks to reduced weight and a stiffer body, but whether that’s suitable for you will depend on your driving style.

Value for money

As this was an early test of a left-hand drive model there were few details as to what options will feature on UK models. At the time, Kia’s UK boss explained each market is given a menu to pick from and said his team was working on refining what they’ll take. We do know that this will follow the conventional Kia strategy of one, two, and three levels of specification and that the GT-Line, driven here, will slot between two and three. In the GT-Line model we tried at the Spanish launch, a seveninch media screen, wireless charging for mobiles, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay all featured, along with a heated steering wheel and seats, climate control and electric windows and mirrors.


There’s no doubt the improvements Kia has made to the third generation Picanto have sharpened up its looks and driving dynamics. In titanium silver or shiny red it’s striking to look at too, and will likely attract those younger buyers who demand cool technology, like Apple CarPlay. However, whether these tweaks come at the expense of putting off the stalwart Picanto buyer – buyers who’d sooner learn Russian than work out what on earth torque vectoring is – remains to be seen. Kia is confident it’s got the mix right, though, and is promising ‘modest price rises’ over the current range. We were told the entry level model will be no more than £9,000 and the top of the range no more than £14,000. That said, the well-known formula has been meddled with and with that comes risk – only time will tell if the gamble will pay off.

by James Baggott


Plan Your Car Hire


Wherever you holiday, having your own transport can add an extra dimension to your exploring, rather than having to rely on excursions offered by your hotel or travel company. Even if your break is in the UK, hiring can ease the journey there too. A couple of years ago we caught the train to Cornwall; speeding by all the traffic jams was very satisfying and when we reached Penzance we hired a car and continued our journey.

But if you haven’t hired a car in a while be aware that, since the abolition of the green paper part of the driving licence, in order to hire a vehicle you will now need to obtain a ‘check code’ from the DLVA website ( You give the hire company this code to allow them to access your driving licence information. These codes can only be used once, are valid for 21 days and are only for use with licences issued within the UK. If hiring abroad, check that these codes are valid in that country or if your photo ID licence alone is sufficient. If not, you may need an international driving permit too.

Italian Job: “Remember they drive on the wrong side of the road” (well, the right side actually). Joking aside, I found that once on the highway things were easy; it was at junctions and roundabouts that things got tricky. Oh, and I lost count of times I tried to change gear with the door handle! Enjoy your holiday motoring and have a safe trip there.

Finally, if you are overseas, in the words of Michael Caine in The


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Church Aston Gardening Club meets the 3rd Mon monthly 8pm, Church Aston Church Hall. New Members welcome. Sylvia 01952 812092 Crafty Sew and Sews - we meet for sewing, knitting and other crafts at the Church Hall, Church Aston on Tuesdays from 2-4pm. New members welcome. Church Aston Thursday Club meet fortnightly Thu afternoon 2pm till 4pm, speakers, outings. Contact Sylvia 01952 402744 or 812092 at Church Aston Village Hall: Mon: 10-11am Zumba, 11.30-12.30 Beg. Pilates, 2-4pm U3A Sewing/Craft Grp (alt. wks), 7-10pm Whist Tue: 10-12 Tai Chi, 6.30-9.30pm Line Dancing Wed: 9.30-10.25 Easy Tone, 10.30-11.15 Kettle Bell Class, 4.30-4.30 Kids Dance Classes, 7-10pm Whist Thu: 2-4pm Whist, 6-8pm Cubs Fri: 2-4pm Tea dance, 4.15-6 Twinkle toe dance, 6-7 Beavers, 7-8 Scouts Sun: From 7pm Ballroom Dance Lessons


Telford Hot Trax Radio Controlled Car Club - Meets every Wednesday at Dawley Social Club, King St, Telford TF4 2AG @ 7.30pm to 10pm. Contact: 07834 808943 Dawley Traditional Market - Every Friday, Meadow Rd car park. Contact 01952 380934 Telford Christian Fellowship, Christian Worship & Prayer for Healing, Sun 10:30am12pm at the Dawley Hse, 2 Burton St, Dawley TF4 2ES. Contact Giles Higgins 01952 272961 Dawley Christian Centre: Mon: 5-8pm Brownies & Rainbows, Tue: 9.30-11.30 - Stay & play groups for under 5’s Fri: 2-4pm - Computer Club (3rd Fri each mth) 9-12 Table Top Sale


Players wanted - Tickled Pink Ukulele Band Practice nights Wednesdays Asda Donnington. Uke players needed Contact us at: or call 07939 021162 Oakengates Rangers Colts U11’s Football Club - are looking to recruit male and female players for the 2014/2015 season - if you are currently aged 10-11 please feel free to come along.Training every Thursday, 6pm to 7:30pm at Donnington football pitches (near Little Theatre). Contact Nik: 07506 722488 or Saul: 07411 467341. Telford Sea Cadets – Tue & Thu nights 6.459pm, Cadets is for ages 12-18, Juniors 10-11. See website for details or contact us by email: Thu - The Creation Station ‘Little Explorer’ pre-schooler arts & crafts sessions. Cordingley Hall, Wellington Road. 10.15 to 11.05 (term-time) Call to book your place 0844 854 9128. at Donnington Methodist Church: 2nd Sunday of every month - Messy Church (3-4.30pm). Everyone invited. If you are a



at Edgmond Village Hall: Toddler group 10.30-11.30 (term time only) - Contact Lindsay 07739 161269 Mon (term time only): Painting - drawing classes 1.00-3.30pm. More details - Cynthia James 07722 624 210. Every 3rd Wed of Month - Edgmond W.I 7.30-10pm- visitors £3. Contact Diana Wright 01952 811561 or Diane Renshaw 01952 825564 for details. Every 1st Sat of Month - Table Top Sale 9.30am-12.30. Bacon sandwiches, tea/ coffee & cakes. £5 table, free entry contact Janis 07739 634703 Antoaneta's Writers' Edgmond meet on 1st Wed of month at 5.30pm in members own homes. New members are welcomed. We are a small and friendly group keen to advance our writing. Contact Mark Pearce on 01952 550557 or email markpearce17@ for more info.


Hadley Five O Club - for over 50s meets most Mondays 9-45am to 12-noon at Hadley United Services clubroom. Talks, entertainers, trips out, refreshments etc Call in, or ring Keith on 01952-244804. Hadley Traditional Market - Wed every week, Hadley Local Centre. Contact 01952 380934 Telford Wine Making & Home Brewing Club - at Hadley Rest Rooms, (by the Sikh Temple) on the 1st Thu of month 7.45 to 8pm. For info contact Chris Hall on 01384 345408 or Sharon on sharon_collins75@


Horsehay and District Townswomen’s Guild meet on the 3rd Mon of each month at Horsehay Village Hall at 7.30pm. Call 01952 503535 for more info. Horsehay Methodist Church - coffee morning on Wed 10.30-noon. Parents & toddlers on Fri mornings 10-11.30am. Youth group Fri 7-8.30pm (10 to 14 yr olds) National Organisation of the Widowed meet every 4th Wednesday of the month at Horsehay Village Hall at 7.30pm. Anyone interested call Keith on 01952 598924 or Doreen on 01952 502551.


Telford Stamp and Card Club meets on the second Monday of each month (except July and August) at 7.30pm at Ketley Community Centre, Telford, TF1 5AN. Visitors welcome.


Learn to Play Bridge - at Lawley Community Centre. For further information contact Peter Seager on 01952 419999 Lawley WI meet on the 1st Tue of every month at 7.15pm StJohn’s Church Hall at Lawley. For more info. call Jill Gould on 01952 597994.


Lilleshall Women’s Institute - Open to all age groups - speakers, demonstrations, refreshments and raffle. At Lilleshall Memorial Hall 3rd Tue of month 7.30pm. Guests £2 per session. Contact Francis Taylor 01952 604718


Madeley Art Club - meets every Mon (exc. Bank Hols), 9:30am-12 noon @ Jubilee Hall, Madeley - all over 55’s welcome. For more info call Aneita on 01952 590304. Madeley Traditional Market - Tue & Sat – every week, Russell Square. Contact 01952 380934 Life Drawing - every Tuesday 7pm - 9pm at Jubilee House, Madeley. Excellent tutor. For more info. call the WEA 01952 614451 or email

1st Wed each month - Madeley Townswomen Guild meets 7.30pm at the Common Room, Bridle Court, Bridle Rd. Madeley, TF7 5SG Contact 01952 878069.


Muxton Movers walking group - meet on a Tue & Thu evening, 7.15pm at Muxton School for an hour of fairly flat walking. Sundays, at 6.30pm, cover approx. 7 miles, in 1.5hrs. New members are welcome! at St John’s Church Muxton: Mon: 1:00-2:45pm NCT Bumps and Babes group - for parents and carers with children under 2, £1.50 donation Painting Club 2-4pm (term time), 4.15om onwards Blue Branches Drama Academy. Tue: Tiny Tots (10am, 1pm term time), Rainbows - followed by Brownies & Guides Wed: In Stitches 2pm (1st & 3rd Wed) Embroiderers Guild 8pm (every 4th Wed) Muxton Ladies 7.45pm (1st Wed each mth) Thu: Afternoon Fellowship 2.30-4pm monthly & Beacon 7.45pm Fri: Lunch Club Over 50’s (1st Fri of mth) Sub:Zero – Youth Cafe, yrs7+ 4-6pm Sat: Young Embroiderers (Mthly), Prayer Breakfast (bi-monthly) Available for hire for parties etc.. Sun: Church Services 11am Available for hire for parties etc.. If you would like further info. on the above activities - contact the church on 01952 670033


20th Jun (Tue) - Newport Shropshire U3A Caroline BAILEY will present "Handcuffs to Hot Glass" at The Royal British Legion Club, Audley Road, Newport at 2pm. Admission £1. Members and visitors are most welcome to come along. 12th-15th Jul (Wed-Sat) - Guys and Dolls Musical - performed by pupils at Adams’ Grammar School on – 7.30pm in the Sports Hall. Tickets £10 (£7 concessions). Please purchase tickets in advance from the school reception. Tel: 01952 386300 or Email: 12th Sep (Tue) - Shropshire WIldlife Trust (Newport) - An interesting talk all about “Hedgehogs and How we can Help ” by Terry Green from British Hedgehog Preservation Society. Meet 7.30-9pm on 2nd Tue of month (exc. Dec), Church Aston Church Hall, Newport TF10 9JG. £2 members, £3 non-members, inc. refreshments. Newport Writers' Circle meet on 2nd Wed of month (except Aug), 10.30am in the library. New members welcomed. A friendly group who share their stories in a warm and welcoming way. Contact Mark Pearce on 01952 550557 or email markpearce17@ for more info. Newport (SALOP) and District Male Voice Choir - seeking new members for well established friendly choir, meet 7.30pm on Mondays at Trinity Church Wellington Rd Newport. Novices are welcome, come along for a taster session. You do not to be a Tom Jones, just someone who can hold a note and fit in to the choir. For more infor visit our website, or call 01952 813267. Newport Afternoon Guild meet on the 1st Wed 2-4pm at the Cosy Hall in Newport. Call 01952 825 287 for further infomation. Newport Bridge Club meet Tue & Thu 7pm at The Hub St Mary Street Newport. We welcome duplicate bridge players of all standards. Interested? Come and join us. Call 01952 814474 for more details or e-mail The Dalen Singers is a small, friendly, mixed voice choir founded 30 years ago in Newport. Rehearsals on Tue evenings, 7pm at Trinity Church, Wellington Road, Newport. If you would like to meet us just come to rehearsals, you will be very welcome, or ring secretary 01952 811741 for more information. Used Toner Cartridges - Shrewsbury Music Therapy Trust are collecting and recycling used printer ink-jet cartridges in order to raise funds to support children with learning difficulties. Drop off at Card n Play (High Street, Newport), box towards back of the shop.

Dressmaking Classes at Cosy Hall, Newport on Thu’s - 10am-12.30pm and 7.30-9.30pm ‘Saturday Sewing Bee’ 2-5pm, monthly. Details and booking contact Catherine on 01952 276061. catherine@lovedressmaking. Toy Library in Cottage Care Centre, Newport, every Friday 9.45-11.30, preschool age. Contact Steve Ravenscroft 01952 811935 or just call in. Newport RNA Club - Excellent venue with warm friendly atmosphere. Function room for hire. Mon - bridge club, Tue - open mic, Wed - pool, Thu - bingo, Fri - dominoes/ quiz nights/live entertainment, Sat - live entertainment. Pay on door. Non-Members £3. 07772 611540 Newport French Evening Classes For Adults - At Adams` Grammar School - Conversational Classes Thursdays. For further info call Lynn on 01952 812944 or email Serendipity Singles, 45+, established in Shropshire, now meeting in Newport. Full details from 07704 792610 Newport Scouts, Longford Road HQ. Beavers, Thu’s at 6pm; Cubs, Wed’s at 6pm; Scouts, Wed’s 7.30 pm. Contact: Liz on 07780 611260 Newport Flower Arranging Class - held every Thursday (starting 25th Sep14) 1:303pm at Newport Cricket Club. Qualified teacher, all welcome, inc. beginners. Contact Catherine Bentley on 01952 811989. The Guild of Silk Painters - meetings are held from 7-9.30pm on the third Monday of each month atCosy Hall, Water Lane Newport. Contact - Margaret 01785 254803, Diana 01785 223339 or Anethia 01952 813101. Female 77 - Meetings held every Wednesday during term time at Newport Cottage Hospital 8pm. Speakers,demonstrations and outings. New members welcome. Contact Chris 01952 811533 Newport Wine Appreciation Group meet from 7pm-9pm on Tue’s at Cosy Hall, Newport. Beginners and more experienced enthusiasts welcome. Contact Geoff on 01743 884658 Newport Life Drawing and Figure Sculpting Workshops – Saturday mornings at Adams’ Grammar School. For further information please call Michael on 07528489320 or email Newport Farmers’ Market – 3rd Thu of every month, The Square and The Buttercross, Newport – Contact Tel 01952 380934 Newport Trefoil Guild meets monthly on a Thursday at Cosy Hall, Water Lane. All members/ex members of Girl Guiding welcome. Contact Cris 01952 253960 for further details. Newport Photographic Club - meet 7.45pm on Tues (Sep-Jun) in the Baptist Church Hall in Water Lane, Newport. See www. for details. Pitchcroft & Church Aston WI - Meetings held 3rd Wed of month in Church Hall, Church Aston at 7.30 pm. Variety of speakers & demonstrations. Guests admission is £3.50. Contact Sheila Johnstone 01952 820294 for further details.


Table top sale - first Saturday of each month, 10am -12pm at the Holy Trinity Church in Wrockwardine wood and Oakengates. Contact Tanya May 07990 767855 (visit our facebook page for events: Holy Trinity Church Wrockwardine Wood) Oakengates Traditional Market - Saturday – every week, Limes Walk. Contact 01952 380934. The Telford & District branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society hold a Monthly Social on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 12.30pm to 2.30pm at the Salvation Army Hall in Oakengates. There is a short chair based exercise session followed by refreshments & a chance to chat - open to anyone affected by MS. Branch Helpline number: 07866 628593. Boys’ Brigade - Tue at Oakengates United Church - 6pm Anchor Boys’, 7pm Junior Boys’ Brigade (Contact: 01952 608007). Fri 7pm Company Section open to boys and girls year 7+. (Alan Talbot on 01952 612075)


Oakengates Townswomen’s Guild meet on the 4th Thu of each month at the United Reform Church at 7pm. Call 01952 261 207 for more info.


Sewing For Pleasure - Sewing Machine Classes every Tuesday 7pm -9pm, University Campus Telford, Conference Centre, Priorslee. TF2 9NN All abilities welcome. Call Nicky on 01952 201502 for more details. Tea & Natter at St. Peter’s Church, Church Rd, Priorslee, 2pm-3pm, bring & buy with a draw. Every 4th Thu of the month. Come and join us for a chat with drinks & refreshments 50p – all are welcome. AgeUk over 60’s Pub Lunch Club at the Flaming Grill, Priorslee, meet 2nd Monday of each month. Please contact Pauline Comley for further details 01952 200359 Family Praise at St Peters Church, Church Rd, Priorslee: All-Age Worship, 2nd Sunday of each month, 1/2hour service, 10-10:30am, ideal for children! Contact Chris Harris 07941 961461 or email stpeterspriorslee@ Priorslee Lions Chess Club Monday nights from 7:30pm The Lion, Shifnal Road, Priorslee Whist Drive - Every Sat, at Priorslee Scout Hut, 7pm prompt - everyone welcome, Call 01952 242009 for details. Carers` Group meets every last Tue of month, 2.30-4.30pm at the Old Fire Station, Shifnal. Contact Ivy 01952 750228 (day only) for more details.


Shawbirch Community Centre: Mon-Fri: Little Chicks Pre-School 9am 3pm Mon: Youth Club 10-15 yrs (6–8pm) Wed: Bridge Club (7pm – 10pm) Fri: Telford Stage School - 5.45pm The community centre is available to hire evenings & weekends. For further info. call 01952 248538.


25th Jul (Tue) – Wrekin U3A. 2pm, Shifnal Village Hall. "The Mayflower Children" by Phil Revell. Visitors welcome £2. Details at: 22nd Aug (Tue) – Wrekin U3A. 2pm, Shifnal Village Hall. "Bess of Hardwick Hall & Hardwick Hall" by Gill White. Visitors welcome £2. Details at: https://.u3asites. Shifnal Diamond Drop-in (Age UK) - first Tue of every mth at St Andrews Church, Shifnal. Contact: Neil Brooks: 01743 233123 or email for more information. Shifnal in Stitches - Informal knitting and crochet group meeting at Odfellows every 3rd Tue of the month, 7-9pm. All ages and all skill levels welcome. Find us on or email Shifnal Senior Citizens meet every Friday afternoon in the Social Club in Curriers Lane, Shifnal at 2-4pm Membership £6 per year. All Senior Citizens are welcome. Shifnal Tots and Toddlers meet every Thursday 9:15am til 11am in term time at the Youth Club, Bridgnorth Road. Children 4 years and under with their carers welcome. Shifnal Tennis Club - Social play every Mon & Wed 6.30 onwards. New members always welcome including beginners or ‘back to tennis’ , junior coaching available throughout the week. Contact Merill Holt 07762 15270 or Head Coach Ian Gillespie 07761 970759 for juniors. LIVE AT HOME - Support for older people offering friendship and company, activities and entertainment, outings and visits, theatre trips and exercise. Contact Rachel on 01952 879873 Shifnal ART Group - Fri’s 10am-12. £5. Senior Citizens Hall, Curriers Ln. T&C. contact Jim 01952 463211. Get Shifnal On Line - Free computer lessons are on offer from local volunteers in Shifnal library. If you have no knowledge of

computers, but would like to learn at your own pace, call 07805 632225. Carers` Group meets every last Tue of month, 2.30-4.30pm at the Old Fire Station, Shifnal. Contact Ivy 01952 750228 (daytimes only) for more details. Shifnal Men’s Link - Meet 3 times a year (Feb, Jun & Oct) at Haughton Hall for a meal with a guest speaker. Contact Chris Blake on 01952 463171 or email: info@ Shifnal Ladies Link - Meet 3 times a year (Feb, Jun & Oct) at Haughton Hall for a meal with a guest speaker. Contact Sue Blake on 01952 463171 or email: info@ Stagekids of Shifnal - for 6–16s meet every Thu during term time at The Youth Club, Bridgnorth Rd, Shifnal, 6–11 yr olds meet at 6.45pm-8pm, 12–16 yr olds meet 8pm9.45pm. Contact Sandra on 01952 462759 Shifnal Millennium Sensory Garden - The working party meets each month from March through to end of Nov on the 1st & 3rd Sat’s 9.30am-noon and the 2nd & 4th Thu’s 9.30am-noon. Enthusiastic helpers welcome as supervision given. Contact Pauline - 01952 460914 or Angela - 01952 462627 for more details or just turn up on the day. Shifnal Flower Club meet 4th Tue of every month at Shifnal Village Hall at 7.30pm. Professional Floral Art Demonstrations, Garden Visits & Outings, if you love flowers, come & join us. Call Sue Munslow on 01952 461076 Shifnal Flower Club Workshop is 3rd Tue of every month at Curriers Lane Room, Shifnal - 7.30pm. Learn how to produce your own floral arrangement. Members £2, non members £4. Call Chris Finlan on 01952 750312. Shifnal & District Male Voice Choir meet on Thu at 7.30pm at Idsall School (6th form common room). New recruits welcome. Contact Ged Heyes on 01952 586968, for further details. St Andrews Church, Shifnal - Every Tue 10am – 12 noon Coffee and a listening ear in the Brooke Room. Trinity Methodist Church, Shifnal - Every Wednesday 10am - 12 noon all welcome to drop in for a drink & a chat. Ladybirds tots and toddlers meet every Friday from 10-11.30am at Trinity Methodist Church, Shifnal. All children under 5 and their carers are welcome. St Mary’s Church Presbytery, Victoria Road, Shifnal - Coffee Morning every Thu. All welcome for a drink and a chat.

St Georges

Telford & Wrekin Arthritis Support Group, meet on 2nd Tue each month at St. George’s Sports & Social Club, Church St. 7.30–9.30pm. Also organize trips with side lift coaches and a 5 days holiday once a year with disabled access. Hydrotherapy sessions Thu 5–7pm, by appt only. For further details contact Mrs. Pat Watkins on 01952 618381. at St Georges Methodist Church: Mon - 4pm Rainbows / 5.45pm Brownies (Contact: 01952 293944) Wed - Snedshill & District Over 60’s Club meet 1pm (T: 618221 - Lois Bull) 1st Wed of every month - St Georges WI meet in the Church Hall at 7pm - contact A. Chetwood 01952 618353 for further details. Thu - 6pm Guides / 7.45pm Morningside Ladies Choir (Contact 01952 619347) Thu - 9:30-11:30am - Little Fishes under 5’s group. For all pre-school children and their carers. Meets in the St Georges Methodist Church Hall. £1.50 per family to include snacks and drinks. Contact Kate on 07976 460777.

Telford - Town Centre

9th Jul (Sun) - Summertime Walk in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support - starting at the Telford Hornets Rugby Club and will consist of a 12-mile walk. There will also be a 3-mile family walk around Telford Town Park for families and younger children to take part. To register for the event visit https://

Tuesday Group lively discussions in a good humoured atmosphere. Women meeting 10:30 to 12:30 on 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Venue subject to change. Contact Brenda on 01952 610939.


ATC meet at TA Centre, Territorial House, Trench, Telford between 18.45 - 21.30 every Tue & Thu night. Contact number for Sqn 01952 670720


8th Jul (Sat) - Telford Stamp, Card and Coin Fair, Belmont Hall, Wellington Centre, Telford, TF1 1LU, 10am to 3pm, free entry, good range of stalls, free valuations, buy and sell, refreshments. Free adjacent car park. Further details from Bob Pilkington, T: 01299-211737. (Tables may be available.) 25th Jul (Tue) - Floral Extravaganza, by International Floral Designer, 7:30pm at Wrekin Colllege, Wellington TF1 3BH. Tombola, Raffle, Jonathan ’s Pop-Up Shop, and exclusive Gift Stalls. Tickets £20 to include Fizz and Canapes. Available from Linda Hood 01952 252243 Severn Harmony Ladies Barbershop Chorus meets every Monday from 7.30-9.30pm at Wellington Methodist Church,New Street,TF1 1LU for singing and fun. For more info. contact Membership Secretary, Carol Shore on 01952 597851 or 07792 862826. Wellington, the home of The Telfordaires Barbershop Harmony Chorus. For the MALE voice. If you can or can’t sing, just like to try, or need some entertainment for an event. Contact us on 0845 463 1618 Art and Craft fun for toddlers - every Friday at 11am at Wellington Methodist Church. Contact Kirsty on 07741 066858 or kirsty@ or visit for further details. Evening Art Classes - at Wellington Methodist Church - Tuesdays 6-8pm. Contact Liz Doody the course tutor for more information or to book your place on 07970 709116. SUNNYCROFT - 200 Holyhead Road, Wellington. House, gardens and tearoom open Fri-Mon 10.30am-5pm (from 27 May also open Tue's), last admission to house 4pm. Bug hunting Sat 3rd Jun. Daimler Week Fri 16 - Tue 20 Jun (standard N.T. admission charges apply). Telford Lions Club - Meet on 2nd & 4th Monday each month at 8pm, at the Whitehouse Hotel, Watling Street, Wellington. To find out more about us, our activities and how to join us, t: 0845 833 9585 or email Car boot sale – Every Sunday, Victoria Road and Nailors Row car parks – Contact Tel 01952 380934 U3A Wellington - 2nd Thu of each Month meeting at Belmont Community Hall, Wellington - 2pm. Just come along and see what’s on offer, or visit our website. S.T.A.G.s (Strategic Tactical Adventure Gaming Society) one of the biggest wargaming clubs in the country. Historical as well as Sci/Fanasty wargaming. Open every other Sun from 11am to 15.30pm, first visit is free, we meet at Belmont Hall in Wellington. stags/ T 01952 417417 Questing Knight Games Craft Fair - First Sat of month, at Belmont Hall (top of New Street), 10am - 3pm. Good quality handmade items, refreshments and free entry. Wellington Jade Singers ladies choir, meet weekly on Thu evenings 7.30-9.30pm Union Free Church Hall, Constitution Hill, Wellington, TF1 3BA, contact Chris Harris 07941 961461 or email jadesingers@ Wrekin Arts Photographic Club meets every Friday at 8pm at the Belfrey Arts Centre Wellington (Sep to Jun). Details from Sheila Thomas on 01952 617170 or Eyton & Wellington WI meet 2nd Wed of every month, 7.30pm at Wellington Civic Centre. Belmont Community Hall in Wellington meet every Fri 11.45am-4pm - Over 50’s, tea, raffle, speakers, bingo etc.. £1.50 entry,

also lunch available at £3.50 at 12pm cooked on the premises. All welcome. For further details contact Margaret Atkinson on 01952 877409. The Wellington Girls’ Brigade meet every Tue in term time from 6-8pm at Wellington Methodist Church. All girls welcome from 5yrs+. For more info. call Tracey on 01952 405178. Wellington Evening Townswomen’s Guild meet on the 1st Tue of each month at 7.30pm at Belmont Community Hall, Wellington. Visitors welcome. Call 413686 for more info. Wellington Central Townswomen’s Guild meet on the 2nd Tue of each month at 2.15pm at the Belmont Community Hall, Wellington. For more info call 01952 251 364.

Other Areas

16th Jul (Sun) - The British Stone Skimming Championships and Stone Games held at Walcot Lake, Lydbury North, between 12noon and 5pm. Family fun day, free parking. Refeshments available or bring your own picnic. Raising funds for RNLI. For more information call 01588 638818 or visit Whist Drive - Every Fri, at Buildwas Village Hall, 7pm prompt - everyone welcome, Call 01952 242009 for details. Parkinson’s Telford & Wrekin Support Group - We offer support and friendship to people living with Parkinson’s, their families and carers. Come along to our friendly group, meet other people affected by Parkinson’s and get involved in a range of events and activities. Ketley Community Centre, 1-3pm on the last Tue of every month. T: 01952 253877 Telford Sign Cafe - want to practice your signing or are you a Deaf Sign Language user who would enjoy helping us! Enjoy a coffee and a chat. All abilities welcome. Meet 3rd Fri of month from 7pm, at The Home Organisation Coffee Shop, Lightmoor. Contact Nikki: nikkibackhouse@, 07791 724827 Wrockwardine and District Garden Club - Meet on 1st Thu of each month at Wrockwardine Village Hall at 7.30pm. Little Wenlock WI - meet 1st Wed of every month - in the Village Hall at 2pm, new members welcome - contact Diana on 01952 244136 for further details. Severn Sisters WI - Meet every 3rd Wednesday, 7pm at Longdon On Tern Village Hall. For further info contact Paula Pierce 07841 528543 Volunteer and Make a Difference - if you could help Guide Dogs locally with fundraising, sighted guiding or other volunteer roles, please contact Valerie Jobes on 01189 838 756 or valerie.jobes@ Further info can be found at Temponilla a small S.A.T.B. vocal ensemble meet weekly on Monday evenings 7:309pm at Sutton Hill Church, please see web for calender of this years events, and contact details if you are intersted in joining the choir. The Wrekin Decorative and Fine Arts Society meets at the Cold War exhibition hall at RAF Cosford Air Museum on the 3rd Mon of the mth at 2pm. Visitors £5. Contact: Louise Nixon 01746 783517 - Telford and Wrekin Ladies Circle is all about fun and friendship – trying something new, relaxing with friends, fundraising & great days out. If you are between 1845 and want to know more contact us at: - 07961 961475 or find us on Facebook. Wrekin Writers meet 3rd Sat of month 9 till noon. Large friendly group that’ll help to motivate you with your writing. Visit www. or call Darren on 01952 405178.

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Local Health, Sport 07852 144119 or email Indoor Bowls - Mon & Tue 2-4pm, at Hadley Restrooms. New members VERY welcome, free trial available. For more details contact Peter on 01952 242873. Gymnastics Classes - Monday to Saturday, for beginners - advanced gymnasts. Contact: 07905 956644 or email shootingstarsonline07@yahoo. com Piloxing (Boxing, Pilates & Dance) - Mon 6.30-7.30pm. Zumba - Thu 6.30-7.30pm. Hadley Methodist Church, £3.50. All abilities welcome! Debbie 07891 686812


at Admaston House Community Centre (for further info. contact Moira Hoath on 07722 213264): Mon: Yoga (evenings) Contact Janet Evans on 01952 245983 Wed: Weight Watchers 5.30pm & 7pm Thu: Gentle seated and standing exercises for older people. 10.30-11.30am. Qualified tutor £2.50, call Diane on 01952 201803 for details.

Church Aston

at Church Aston Village Hall: Mon 10-11am Zumba (easy) @ Village Hall with Nikki 07967 343728 Wed 9.30-10.25am Easy tone - over 50s & beginners Wed 10.30am-11.15 - Kettlebells Class - all over body workout using kettle shaped weight. Contact Kim on 07795 225017 Thu 11am Medau Movement & Dance exercise with Rosemary 01785 822442.


Touch Rugby - Telford RFC, Hinkshay Road, Telford TF3 3BZ. Wed 7pm ages 14 to adult Men and Women no previous experience required. £free. Just fun and fitness to be had! Ballroom Social Dance Class - Dawley Town Hall, Sun 7.30-10.30pm. Call Donna on 01952 567920 Dawley Phoenix Badminton Club meets on Tues 7-9pm at the Hadley Learning Community, Crescent Rd, Telford, TF1 5JU. We support a good club standard of play using feather shuttles. New members and visitors are welcome. Please come along on Club Night or contact Clive Roscoe on 07552 761896. Slimming World (Tue 9:15am & 11:15am) at Dawley Bank - Call Paula on 07791 743509 Pilates Mon 7-8pm at the Pheonix Sports Centre, Telford Langley School. £33 block of 6 classes or £6.50 payas-you-go. Contact Beryl on 01952 462896 or 07971 875372, email: Mons’ - 8-10pm - The Ironmen & Severn Gilders Morris dance team – great fun, all welcome, men and ladies, at The Telford Langley School, Duce Drive, Dawley, TF4 3JS. Contact us through our website or e-mail Dawley Christian Centre: Mon - GKR Karate 6.30-8pm Tue - Keep Fit 10-11am, Badminton Grp 7-9pm Wed - Zumba 8-9pm Thu 9am-12pm Help 2 Quit Smoking


Bums n Tums fitness class - at Silver Threads Hall, Donnington 6.30-7.30pm. It would suit all fitness levels and is great fun! Contact Cheryl on 07714 610591 or


Legs, Bums & Tums (LBT) and Pilates Classes in the new studio at Edgmond Village Hall, Shrewsbury Rd, Newport, TF10 8HU, on Mondays. Pilates at 6-7pm, LBT at 7-8pm. £5. For men and women of all levels. Call/ Text Denise on 07875 661045 or email denisepheasant@ to book. Circuit Training - every Wed 5.45-6.45pm (Ladies only) £4 a session, contact Chris Bailey on 07866 641227.


Daisy Birthing classes: Active Antenatal classes on Sat 10-11:30am at HLC. Suitable for all pregnant mums. Email: or phone 07808 066786. Thu mornings at Telford Thai Boxing, Hadley - 10-11am Yoga and 11:15-12:15pm Pilates. All ages and fitness levels welcome, including complete beginners. Contact -



‘Tap into Health’ - EFT tapping workshops. Relief from stress, pain and more. Wednesdays 10.30 - 11.30 at The Gorge Therapy & Training Centre. £5 or whatever you can manage on the day. Caroline 01952 881151 www. Mindful Meditation - Sooth mind, body and spirit. £5. At The GorgeTherapy & Training Centre. For more info contact: Diane 01952 881151 Women’s Circle for Spiritual Development – Are you a woman who wants to develop your spiritual knowledge & be connected to other likeminded ladies; then this is for you. 1st Wed of month, cost £7 book Romella 07894812440 The Gorge Therapy Centre , Maws TF8 7LS Cygnus Book Cafe – Come and join a friendly group as we discuss a “spiritual” book of the month - 2nd Tue of month 10-11.30 @ The Gorge Therapy Centre, Maws Craft Centre TF8 7LS Contact Romella for details 07894 812440 Healing Share – For all Reiki and other hands-on energy practitioners – come and share your healing energy and have some healing yourself – 1st Wed of month & 4th Fri of month. @ The Gorge Therapy Centre, Maws Craft Centre TF8 7LS Contact Romella for details 07894 812440


Stretch & Tone Class - Sunday 9-10am at Ketley Community Centre on Holyhead Road. Class is aimed at increasing and maintaining flexibility and can help with joint discomfort too. Classes are £4 and MUST be booked in advance due to demand for spaces. Call/text Vikki Connell on 07510 186982 Over 50’s Class @ Ketley Methodist church, Waterloo Road, Ketley. Thursday 10-11am. Suits all fitness levels and is a great place to meet new people. £3 per session. Contact Cheryl on 01952 371325 or email Slimming World - Ketley Methodist Church on Tue at 5.30 & 7.30pm.


Baby Yoga at St. Johns Church Hall, Lawley – Mon 1-2pm, Adult Yoga Mon 8.15 to 9.15pm. Contact Michele on 07970 731174 or email www. Mummy Movers - St Johns Church Hall, Wed: 7.308.30pm & Thu: 10.15-11.00am. Call: Laura 07929 154 536 / Website: www. Stretch & Tone Class - Tue - Lawley Village Primary Academy - 6:30-7:30pm Call/text Vikki Connell on 07510 186982, or email Zumba - Mon & Wed - Lawley Community Centre 6pm Call/text Vikki Connell on 07510 186982, or email


CJ's Dance Fit - Mon & Wed 6.30pm and Thu 9.45am & 11am at Leegomery Methodist Church, Hadley Park Road, TF1 6QG. Also an Age UK class on Thu at 1:30pm. Call 07793 777659 or email: for more details. Slimming World - Wed 5.30pm & 7.30pm at Leegomery Community Centre. Call Pam on 07854-896515 for more details.

Lightmoor Village

at Oak Tree Centre, Lightmoor Village: Mon: Hatha Yoga 7-8.30pm, drop-in £4 per session. Call/ text Emma on 07590 437712 or Wed: Help to Quit Smoking 5.30-6.30pm - for app’s call Rachel 07979 540496 Sat: Dance Classes 9-10.15am (7yrs+), 10.15-11am (3-6yrs)


Lilleshall Hall Bowls Club - Club afternoons Thu 2.30pm, Club nights Wed 6.30pm Lilleshall National Sports Centre. Friendly, flat green bowls, Apr-Sep. To try a new sport call 01952 822148 or 01952 814671 www. Friendly Flat Green Bowling at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, April to Sept – club afternoons on Thursdays at 2:30. Website or call 01952 463137 or 01952 814671 for further details Adult Yoga class, Mon 10-11am at the Memorial Hall in Lilleshall. Contact Michele on 07970 731174 or email Lilleshall Village Tennis Club - Welcomes new members, Tues, Thurs evenings & Sunday mornings. Junior & Adult Coaching – Saturday afternoons. Complete beginners course for Adults - Tues pm. For further details contact Pauline Coffey on 01952 604757 Lilleshall National Sports Centre - Sutherland Badminton Club - Tue evenings 8.30 - 10.30pm New members welcome. Contact: Amanda Haselock - 01952 677590 Premier Badminton Club are seeking new members. Tue evenings from 7:30pm at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. Contact Anthony 01952 526520 or Rob 01952 840453 www.premier Lilleshall Hall Table Tennis Club - meets Mon 7.15-10.15pm in the Ford Hall, Lilleshall National Sports Centre, 12 tables - coaches for juniors & beginners. Sessions £5 adults, juniors. Call Vicky 810355 or Don 416048.


Bootcamp/Interval training classes at Bridal Road, Bridal Court, Madeley. Every Tue & Thu 7-8pm. Suits all fitness levels and great fun. Contact Cheryl on 01952 371325 Slimming World- Jubilee House, Madeley High St, Wed at 3.30,5.30 & 7.30 and Sat 8.30 & 10.30am.


at St John’s Church Muxton: Bumps n Babes (NCT) 1-2:45pm (fortnightly), sessions £1.50 Slimming World - Mon (9.30, 5.30pm & 7.30pm) contact Celia Powell 07575 123666 Wed: Over 50’s Aerobics (10am) Newport Little Dragons Karate 5.30-6.30pm Fri: Sequence Dancing 8pm If you would like further info. on the above activities contact the church on 01952 670033


Groupfit, Women Only and Boxfit classes at The Body Barn in Newport - see website for full details at: www. or call 01952 455541. Forton Cricket Club - Fancy playing cricket, we have two senior teams, ladies team and junior teams - for more info contact Clive 01952 825447 or cliverjones1958@ Nova Utd FC based in Newport are looking for new players for 2017. Training Saturday mornings 9-10.30 Shuker Fields, ages 7 to 16yrs, all abilities welcome, for more details visit our website Martial Arts Club (Aikido) - Aikido at Burton Borough Sch, Newport. Mondays 7-9pm - Adult classes. Contact website T: 0845 678 0091 Yoga - Mon 5.30-6.30pm @ Burton Borough School Hall and Wed 10.30-11.30am @ Cosy Hall - with Nikki 07967 343728 Clubbercise Mon 7-8pm @ Burton Borough School Hall with Nikki 07967 343728 Tone & Sculpt - Wed 9.15-10.15am @ Cosy Hall - with Nikki 07967 343728 Junior Badminton Club - we have places available for U11’s who want to learn how to play badminton. It’s £4 per week and includes coaching by a Badminton England accredited Level 2 coach. Saturday (10-11am under 11’s and 11-12 under 15’s) in term time at Burton Borough School, Newport. Contact Des Machin on 07949 192038, E: Zumba Gold (easy) Fri 9.30-10.30am @ Cosy Hall Contact Nikki 07967 343728 Farmhouse Shotokan Karate Club, Moreton Millennium Community Centre and Burton Borough School, Newport - Tues, Fri & Sun. For all ages and abilities. Fully qualified and insured Instructors. First Lesson Free. Contact 07890 349451, email shropshirekarate@gmail. com or visit Yoga Classes at Trinity Church, Wellington Rd, Newport: Mummy & Baby Yoga - Thu 1.30 – 2.30pm. Dru Yoga classes - Fridays 7 - 8.30pm. Contact Kate on 07989 514317,

& Fitness Classes yogame4families Zumba @ Cosy Hall, Newport. Tue 6.30-7.30 Contact Nikki: 07967 343728. Salopian Skimmers Frisbee Club are looking for new Male & Female players of all abilities. Wed night at Adams Grammar Sports Hall. 18.30 to 20.00. First 3 sessions Free. For more info email drew.barlow@live. or join us on Facebook. A small friendly group of people meet every Friday evening from 6-7pm in Burton Borough School to play social badminton and volleyball. If you're interested please contact Mark Pearce on 01952 550557 or email for more information. Fit 4 the Future exercise classes (at the studio near Focus). Mon: Jump ‘n Pump 7-8, Tue: Energize 6-7, Bootcamp 7-8, Wed: Box ‘a’ Blast 7-8, Thu: Energize 6-7, Box ‘a’ Blast 7-8. £4.50 per session. Please call Craig for details 07796 426299.


Telford Fight Factory - Muay Thai, Boxing, Strength & Conditioning. At The Ice Lounge, Eden Complex, Cannongate Road, Oakengates. Fun, family friendly class, age 7-70yrs, Mon 6-7, Wed 7-8. Contact Stuart Whiston 07786 115899 or fb Clubbercise - Excercise in disguise. Easy to follow routines to Banging Club tunes from the 90s with L.E.D Glow Sticks. At The Ice Lounge, Eden Complex, Cannongate Road, Oakengates. Tue 7-8, Thu 7-8. Contact Amanda Whiston 07780 515350 or fb Telford & Wrekin Lawn Green Bowling Club - Est 1982 at Hartshill Park - Oakengates. Club nights Thurs starting 6pm. Competitive and social bowling against other Midlands clubs. New members welcome. Contact Roger Rowley on 01952 612574. Slimming World (Sat - 8am & 10am) at Oakengates Rest Rooms, Charlton Street, Oakengates, Telford TF2 6BD - Call Paula on 07791 743509 Martial Arts Club ( Aikido ) at Oakengates Leisure Centre. Mon & Fri 7.45 / 8.45pm Juniors ( 7yrs+ ). Mon & Fri 7.45 / 10.00pm Adults. New members always welcome. First lesson is free. If you would like more info contact us on: 07929761302. Email us on

Shifnal Bowling Club - Social Bowling every Thu morning 10.30am-12.30pm. Junior Coaching Sat morning 11-12. All are welcome to our club young & old. Contact Graham McCarthy 01902 372 955 for details. DANCE class 10.30 Wed at St Andrews Youth Club Hall. Exercises & routines for fitness & fun, over 50s, £5. More info Spaces limited so please contact Sally 01952 461768. Pilates Mon 10-11am (starting 5th Sep) at the Trinity Methodist Church Hall. Tue 7-8pm at Kemberton Village Hall. £33 block of 6 classes or £6.50 pay-as-you-go. Contact Beryl on 01952 462896 or 07971 875372, email: Shifnal Cricket Club - Junior cricket coaching - Mon 6.30 to 7.30 for boys aged 8-11, 7.30 to 8.30 for boys aged 12 and 13. Girls coaching and boys aged 14 and 15 Fri 6.30 to 7.30. For details please call Kevin Humphreys 07983 120061. Idsall Badminton Club meet at Idsall Sports Centre, Shifnal - Tue 7-9pm. All we ask is that you play to a reasonable standard. Ceroc Modern Jive and Salsa class nights at Shifnal Village Hall. Every Monday (exc Bank Hols) 7.45pm 11pm. New members always welcomed and no need to bring a partner. Contact Mike on 07990 554459, email or visit www.cerocmidlands.

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Wellington Badminton Club - Sports Hall at Holy Trinity Academy, Priorslee. Club nights - Tuesday 8 - 10pm. All welcome. Contact: Pete Green (Chairman) on 07952 679821 or Jerry Seymour (Treasurer) on 01952 261008 (email: Website: www.

HIITPad Fitness 4 week Intensive Academy. Morning and Evening groups. Held at Bailang, St Gower Street Trading Estate George's, Telford. For more info and next course dates visit Karate and Self-Defence at 1st Priorslee & St. Georges Scout Hall, Snedshill Way, St. Georges on Sun 11am to 12 noon. Family-orientated, from beginner to black belt and beyond. Contact Zanshin-do Karate Chief Instructor Steve Lowe 6th Dan Black Belt for further information by emailing "Koshi Wind-Chime Relaxation and Healing" Come for Healing and Relax to beautiful sounds. £5 each. St Georges & Priorslee Parish Centre. London Rd, TF2 9LJ. Every 4 wks Thu 7.30pm. Booking essential 07974 196 421 Nikki Slimming World - St Georges Sports & Social Club. Thu 9.30am, 11.30pm, 5pm and 7pm. Contact Celia Powell on 07575 123666 at St Georges Methodist Church: Tue 5-7pm Synergy Dance Troop (Contact: 01952 612776) Wed - 10.30am Pilates (Tel: 412924) / 1.30pm




Shawbirch Community Centre: Tue - Antenatal Yoga (5:30-6:30pm), Yoga (7-9pm) For further info. contact us on 01952 248538.


Line Dancing Classes at Shifnal Memorial Club on Tue at 7.30pm. Slimming World - Shifnal Village Hall - Wed (9.30am) Call Paula on 07791 743509 Meditation followed by group activity every Thu 7.309.30pm at Citizen’s Hall, Curriers Lane, Shifnal. £8pp. Contact Norma on 01952 463876 or email Jehandra@ or Facebook -Jehandra Holistic Healing for more details. Zumba at Shifnal Scout Hut, Thu 6-7pm with Nikki 07967 343728 Clubbercise Thu 7.30-8.30pm @ Shifnal Primary School with Nikki 07967 343728 Tue mornings at St Andrews Youth Club, - Yoga 9:30 10:30am and Pilates 10:45 - 11:45am. £5 per class or £8 for both classes. All ages and fitness levels welcome, including complete beginners. Contact Gill on 07852 144119 or email YOGA every Thu at Trinity Methodist Church, Shifnal Adults - 7.10-8.10pm, Pregnancy 6-7pm, Baby Yoga at St. Andrews Church, Shifnal every Wed 1-2pm. Contact Michele on 07970 731174 or email info@mitchytitch. Laughter Yoga - The fun way to good health. Mon 7-8 pm. Tues 10.30 - 11.30 at Shifnal Seniors Club, Curriers Lane. All ages, all abilities. All welcome. £6 on the day or £24 for 6 weeks. Contact Caroline: 07868240605 Adult Fitness Classes at Idsall Sports Centre – METAFIT - Mon 6:30-7.15pm, YOGA - Tue 5.30-6.30pm, CIRCUITS - Wed 7.30-8.15pm, METAFIT - Thu 6.30-7.15pm. Everyone welcome! 1st Class FREE !!! 01952 460499

Have fun – keep fit. Short Tennis Prime Time Club (over 60’s). Tues 4.45-5.30pm and Sat 2-3pm at Stirchley Recreation Centre. Also Wed 7-8pm at Oakengates Leisure Centre and Fri 5-6pm at Phoenix Academy, Dawley. Novices very welcome. Call Kevin on 01952 825239, Tony on 07837 986059 or Vicki on 01952 618256 for further details.

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Interval Training class that suits any fitness levels 6:30 to 7:30pm. At The Labour Club, Gibbons Rd, Trench. Proven to burn more fat than any other form of exercise. Also great fun too! Class costs £3.50. Contact Cheryl 07714 610591.


Wrekin Shotokan Karate Club, at Wrekin College Sports Hall, Wellington: Wed 6:30pm; Sat 10:30am; and at Sport TCAT Mondays 7:30 pm. Learn authentic Japanese Shotokan karate from team of black belts lead by 6th Dan, Shotokan Karate International Federation, Japan. Contact: Tony on 07841 839372. Severn Spokes Cycling Group - We are a small, friendly and welcoming group of cyclists who run regular, easy paced rides from Wellington through the quiet lanes of Shropshire and beyond. Contact severnspokes@gmail. com or visit and/or our website Telford STAGS Walking Football - Normal Football rules except NO RUNNING! We play on a Monday morning

9.45 at the 4g pitches to the rear of AFC Telford Utd. All over 55's welcome. Also summer sessions Thu at 18.45. Contact Roy Vincent 01952 245407 for further details. KAPAP - Martial Arts Club held at TCAT, Haybridge Rd, Telford, TF1 2NP on Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm. First session free trail. Contact Paul - paul@kapaptelford. or 07737 825263. Immerse School of Diving - we have a training and club diving session on a Friday evening at 8:30pm at Wrekin College pool. Call 0777 377 1619 or email: info@; visit find us on Facebook An active and friendly scuba diving club, we cater for beginners through to professional level divers, and charge no membership fees or surcharges on your club diving. Slimming World - Wed at TCAT Haybridge Road, Wellington, 5.30 & 7.30. Thu at Wellington Pool, Tan Bank, 5.30 & 7.30. Call Heather on 01952 289386 or just pop along! All welcome. Piloxing - techniques of boxing and vertical pilates with some dance moves. Fridays 6-7pm at Charlton School £4. For more info contact Annette on 07866 021030. Wrekin Tennis Club - Social play every Tuesday & Thursday evening starting at 7-9pm & Sunday 11am1pm. Based at Oakengates Leisure Centre New players welcome, Contact Alan Pritchard at: alanp52@yahoo. or 07596 984442 or visit our website, www. Telford Community Tennis Club, Junior tennis coaching lessons at Bowring Park, Wellington on Sun - 10-11am (4-7yrs), 11-12am (8-10yrs), 12-1pm (11-16yrs). We also have sessions for adult members of all abilities. E: Friendly Badminton group playing 7-9pm every Thu at TCAT Sports Hall are seeking new players to join them. Come along and try a few taster sessions at £5 per night. Contact Jenny Varley (evenings 6-7pm) on 01952 249277. Wellington Badminton Club - Sports Hall at Ercall Wood Academy, Wellington. Club nights - Tuesday 8 - 10pm. All welcome. Contact Jerry Seymour (Chairman) on 01952 261008 or email Website:

Other Areas

Sutton Heights - Music4health singing for all ages and stages every Sat. Fee £10. 11am-12 and sound healing at 2pm-3pm please book before day. Contact Linda 01952 680232 or visit Telford Green Gym - Want to get and have Fun? Don’t like the Gym try the Green Gym.Improve your fitness and general well being by getting involved in practical conservation.The Telford Green Gym offers activities all over Telford On Tue, Wed and Thu. Contact The healthy Lifestyles Hub 01952 382582 Arriba Wellness Club - Community Weight Loss Challenge at Fitness First, Telford. Call Lisa Harris on 07580 434325. Yoga for Pregnancy in Albrighton - Weekly classes every Mon 8-9.15pm. Gentle exercise from weeks 15-40 of your pregnancy. Methodist Church Hall, High St, Albrighton WV7 3JA. Classes from £7. Call Rebecca Jenks on 07890 543 508.

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Fresh from helping Tony Stark in the Avengers’ civil war, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ sees Peter Parker go back to school. Only now, he needs to balance his studying with his super-heroics. He wants to be an official Avenger, but despite letting him keep the fancy new suit, Tony still treats him like a kid. So when a new villain emerges, a flying menace called the Vulture, he finally finds an opportunity to prove himself as a superhero worthy of standing alongside Iron Man. Date: 7th July 2017 Genre: Action, Adventure Cast Members: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton


All of human history has led to the ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’, as Caesar’s clan of apes begins a battle to determine the fate of their species. Their greatest threat yet has emerged in the form of a ruthless human Colonel, committed to ensuring the survival of the human race at any cost. Caesar wanted peace, but in the face of an army determined to wipe out all the apes, he’ll be pushed to his limits to protect his people. Release Date: 14th July 2017 Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction Cast Members: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer



The turbo-charged franchise returns for ‘Cars 3’, which follows the legendary Lightning McQueen on his greatest challenge yet as he’s blindsided by a new generation of elite racers. Pushed out of the sport he loves and damaged in a race, he has to accept that he simply isn’t as fast as his new competitors. But that doesn’t mean he can’t find another way to beat them and once again prove he’s the greatest in the world! Release Date: 14th July 2017 Genre: Adventure, Animated, Comedy Cast Members: Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Nathan Fillion


400,000 Allied soldiers were trapped on the beach at ‘Dunkirk’, surrounded by the German army in the early days of the Second World War. And they needed to be evacuated. France had been overrun, and the Allied army had been defeated and trapped. In a desperate effort to save the troops, more than 800 boats – from military ships to tiny civilian fishing boats – came to help with the evacuation that would become known as the Miracle of Dunkirk. Release Date: 21st July 2017 Genre:Action, Drama Cast Members: Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh

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Notes from your local Ironbridge Gorge Councillor Uniper Technologies Limited proposes to demolish Conveyors 6 and 7 and the accompanying Conveyor Tower of the former Ironbridge Power Station. The site is nearing completion of decommissioning and full demolition of the site is expected to commence in 2018 subject to Shropshire Council approval as the designated local planning authority. The demolition and foundation removal of the structures is required to appropriately isolate and safeguard the area, permitting safe demolition of the remaining power station site at a later date. However, this is in advance of the main demolition phase which is subject to a current EIA Screening process. This marks the start of fascinating process for the former Ironbridge power station, as it begins its transformation that will determine the future for this strategic site. It is vital that the World Heritage Site is considered as part of the demolition phase and for future use proposals, to ensure that the demolition does not adversely impact our local communities. In May of this year the Aga-Rayburn Factory announced that a decision had been taken to cease the manufacture of castings at Coalbrookdale and close this facility on one of the original foundry sites that has been operating for over 300 years. I shall be working closely with AGA and the local community site to mitigate the impacts of this closure and ensure we obtain a use that not only protects and enhances the foundry’s industrial heritage, but that realises our aspirations for the future.

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Windows/Doors/Conservatories APH Windows................................................79 Gemini Windows & Doors..........................73 R & R Services................................................74 Trotfield Windows..........................................81

Oak Structures Select Joinery.................................................77

Yoga RSH Yoga.........................................................97

Log Burner Installation Alpine............................................................... 80

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Kitchen Recipe

Take some... Traditional values and service Established in 2003, The Kitchen Depot is a family-owned and run business that remains true to our founding values of honesty, integrity and sheer professionalism. We take immense pride in our reputation for service and commitment to our customers, with more than half of our business coming from customer recommendations to their family and friends.

...add a dash of… Quality and Value

All of our kitchens are manufactured to an exceptionally high German specification, on site, in our own factory and by our own people. That way, we have total control over the product quality, the production timescales AND the manufacturing costs. With no middle-man – you buy direct and we are able to pass these time and cost savings directly onto our customers.

…then a big chunk of…

Ownership and Responsibility

Unusual in this insincere world, admittedly. But we mean it. We are totally committed to providing you with the best kitchen, at the best price, installed with the highest level of service and professionalism. And on the exceptionally rare occasion that something could have been done better – we hold our hands up – and put it right. Fast. No fuss. No hassle. No argument. Just sorted.

...a soupçon of…Harmony At The Kitchen Depot, we know that we are only as good as our people. They ARE The Kitchen Depot brand. That’s why we look after our staff every bit as well as we look after our customers. Because we know that happy workers, pulling together in harmony, make for happy customers.

THE KITCHEN DEPOT Global House, Horton Road off Trench Road, Telford TF2 6PD

BRANCHES ALSO AT Ennerdale Road, Shrewsbury SY1 3NP & Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Glasgow


LOW, LOW PRICES ALL YEAR ROUND! Fictional Sales, factory clearances, scoop purchases and all that gimmicky nonsense has no place at The Kitchen Depot. We’ll leave that to our envious competitors. All you get from us is good, honest advice, a top-quality product that we manufacture ourselves, responsibly and professionally installed, guaranteed for a full twenty five years, and at the lowest , most competitive price on like-for-like quality that you’ll find anywhere. In other words – sheer value.



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