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Employment Opportunities with ReAssure Located within the town centre of Telford, ReAssure are proud to be one of the area’s largest employers. ReAssure are a leading Life and Pensions Company, originally founded in 1963 with a proven track record of successfully integrating blocks of pension and insurance. Recently they acquired an additional 1.1 million live policies from UK financial provider Legal & General Group PLC onto their books, resulting in exciting employment opportunities for talented and ambitious customer focussed individuals. When you work at ReAssure, you’re with a company that invests 100% in the growth and development of each and every one of their 2,000-plus employees. ReAssure are committed to doing the right thing for their customers and this is delivered through impeccable levels of service - It’s every interaction that makes the difference. Their customer service team handles every customer query with sensitivity, patience, care and a great deal of expertise. They match this passion for outstanding service with a commitment to continually develop the skills and knowledge of their employees.

ReAssure believe that every member of the team plays a key role in the success of the organisation. Customer Service is 1 of the 16 strong organisational functions across the business. At their Telford site they also have recruitment opportunities within other functions, including Actuarial and IT. The opportunity to progress with them and establish a long-term career is evident at ReAssure, as they offer a broad range of development and promotional career pathways. Whether you are looking for an Apprenticeship, to obtain professional, industry recognised qualifications or diversify into a training and mentoring role, they have the tools and expertise to support this. The team in Telford are also passionate about supporting their local community and chosen charity, Age UK. They hold regular fund raising activities such as cake sales, raffles and quiz nights. As a business, each employee has the opportunity to take part in volunteering activities up to 15 hours a year. They have a social events team who actively seek to cultivate an engaging environment across ReAssure, by co-ordinating a range of activities and initiatives that seek to improve crossfunctional collaboration and establish good working relationships. The health and wellbeing of every employee is of great importance to them – this is supported by a Wellbeing group that organise local events. The local school community also benefit from having such a key employer in the area, with ReAssure partnering with local schools to provide young people an insight into the working world.

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A well-designed outdoor structure, whether for work or relaxation, can make a wonderful addition to a garden. development’, but it’s vital to check with your local authority. If the structure is going to be larger than 15 square metres, or used for sleeping in, then it will have to pass building regulations, too. Bear in mind that, unless you have been granted planning permission to do so, you can’t put an outbuilding in your front garden, nor can it be higher than 2.5m if it’s within two metres of a boundary. You’ll also want to think about how close you want the room to be to your house, whether the ground is sloping, where there are trees or other potential obstructions, how the sun falls at certain times of the day, and which way you want the windows and door to face.

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The humble garden shed is the last word in practicality, indispensable for storing everything from half-used pots of paint to lawn feed and balls of string. But why be satisfied with just a shed, when other types of garden building can be much more glamorous – and equally useful? From pavilions to pods, summerhouses to shepherd’s huts, all sorts of outdoor structures are possible, provided you have space for one in your garden. They take many forms, from quirkily decorative to all-singing, all-dancing, year-round rooms – an open-sided gazebo, for example, might simply be a shady space in which to relax on a hot, sunny day, while an insulated, secure room could be an invaluable home office (and potentially save you the five-figure sum it costs to move to a bigger house). In short, an exterior home-from-home can be used for anything from outdoor dining to practising meditation, and will enhance the overall look of your garden, too. If you are considering adding a garden building of some kind, the best place to start is by assessing your outside space and considering how much square footage is available. It is important to leave a reasonable amount of garden to enjoy (and so as not to devalue your home). What do you need the structure for? If it is simply a cosy nook in which to put your feet up with a glass of wine after a day in the garden, a small, circular gazebo with a diameter of two or three metres may suffice, while a craft room, for example, would need to be more spacious, and a home office might be much larger still. Whatever you decide on, whether off the shelf, customised or entirely bespoke, is limited only by your imagination and your budget – and sometimes by whether you’ll be granted planning permission. Most garden buildings are considered ‘permitted


Next, go into detail about function. Do you want heating, lighting, plug sockets and maybe a kitchenette or bathroom? If so, unless you’re opting for solar or wind power, consider how you will connect utilities. Insulation is vital (think walls, floors and roof if the space is going to be used beyond the summer months), and so is good security. If anything valuable is going to be stored in the space, glass windows (perhaps even double glazed) are better than plastic, and a sturdy door with a proper lock will be necessary. Some may prefer rustic simplicity, perhaps a yurt with solar lighting and a sheepskin rug, or a thatched rotunda with a deck chair and weather vane, but others may opt for fullon opulence, which may take the form of underfloor heating, floor-to-ceiling bi-fold doors, an entertainment system, cinema set-up, ensuite bathroom, a green roof or a hot tub. Comfort and luxury are no longer limited to indoors – just step outside and see.

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A small, DIY timber summerhouse should cost less than £1,000 – but you can easily spend a five-figure sum on a garden building, depending how large and lavish you go (David Cameron’s shepherd’s hut is said to have cost around £25,000). It really makes a difference whether the structure is conventional timber frame or high-performance structural insulated panels, while finishes such as cedar cladding and plastered walls all add up. For a fully functioning, year-round garden room, £10,000 to £20,000 is a very rough guide; but do check whether your quoted price includes gaining the necessary permissions, groundworks, connecting utilities, delivery and installation.


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Gardening Houseplants will have supplied you with some lovely greenery during the gloomier months, but right now it’s time to give them a bit of TLC as they could do with some pampering. Quite often houseplants get very lacklustre and miserable over the winter and spring, so start by checking them over thoroughly. Remove and dispose of any that are heavily infested with pests or infected by diseases. Although it is sometimes possible to control these sorts of problems, unless the plant is of extreme sentimental value, it is rarely worth all the effort – particularly as you may still not be completely successful. Once done, continue as follows… • Carefully pick over remaining plants, removing dead, damaged or discoloured leaves. If the leaf stems are quite tough then use a good sharp pair of scissors for this job or invest in a pair of special ‘snips’ or miniature secateurs – whatever you use, they must be really sharp. • Houseplants usually respond well if repotted in late spring or very early summer, so if yours are pot-bound do this now. Check by carefully removing the plant from its pot and take a look at the root system. If it is really quite congested in the pot, then in most cases this means it is time for it to move house. • When repotting, only move the plants up one pot size and use compost as similar as possible to the compost in which they are currently growing. If in doubt, seek advice from your local garden centre or plant compost supplier. Most houseplants hate poor drainage, so do make sure that the compost is free-draining and always add crocks at the base of the pot. Consider adding additional grit or perlite to improve drainage. • Once the plants have been repotted, place them in a cool, relatively stress-free environment for a week or two and avoid putting them in hot or direct bright sunlight. Keep them adequately but not over-watered and the roots will soon start to move into the new compost. • Once they are happy in their new pot, give them a bit of a bath. Wellmoistened kitchen roll or cotton wool can be used to wipe the leaves clean. Many of the more glossy-leaved houseplants respond well to an application of leaf shine, but always check that the plants you have will enjoy this treatment, as some respond badly. • When did you last feed your houseplants? It is easy to forget them when you are busy thinking about other plant-related jobs. Houseplants do require regular feeding, and you can buy some really good fertilisers in garden centres. If possible,


HOUSE PLANT HEAVEN choose those which are formulated specifically for the plants you are growing or at least are sold as being especially suitable for foliage houseplants or flowering houseplants. If you grow cacti and African violets you should be able to easily obtain specialist fertilisers for these too. Each individual type of feed will be formulated to ensure that it produces the best results in the type of plant on which it should be used. • Plants that have just been potted on will not require feeding for a couple of months, as the compost will contain adequate feed materials. Don’t forget, however, that both recently replanted and more established houseplants do need regular watering, particularly as they start to put on more growth and if they are in a fairly warm or sunny position. • Don’t place plants in too sunny a spot. As temperatures rise it is likely that some of them could get too hot or suffer leaf scorching if placed too close to a south- or west-facing window. If possible, move them on to an east- or northfacing windowsill, or at least move them slightly further back from the glass. Remember that most houseplants benefit from a bit of a summer holiday and love to be placed in dappled shade in the garden, where you will find that they usually thrive – provided you keep them adequately fed and watered. • Finally, why not treat yourself to a new houseplant or two? A visit to your local garden centre is bound to provide you with plenty of inspiration, but do make sure that the plant is well-suited to the position that you have lined up for it – it’s tempting to buy those that only do well in really sunny situations, but if you only have a fairly shady windowsill to offer it, then it will suffer immensely over the winter months – so try not to be tempted by things that aren’t really suitable. Visit for advice, natural pest controls, stylish cloches, pretty plant supports, gardening tools and more. Or book Pippa for a gardening talk at your club.

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Technology for long summer nights

The combination of long nights and nice weather means it’s time to head outdoors – and technology can help make the outdoors even greater and the light nights even brighter. Thanks to Bluetooth speakers, your music can go outside with you, but it’s wise to get a waterproof one just in case. We really like Denon’s DSB-250BT, which has really high-quality music streaming and great sound. It’s pricier than some rival devices at around £129, but it looks good indoors as well as out. For something a bit more portable to take to the beach or hotel pool, the UE Wonderboom goes for around £55 and includes something most Bluetooth speakers don’t: an inflatable ring so you can listen to it in the water. Another great gadget for outdoor entertaining is the solar LED light. LEDs use tiny amounts of energy so it doesn’t take much sunlight to give them enough charge for hours of illumination. We’d recommend looking for warm white LEDs, which have a more yellow cast than the traditional blue ones: the light is warmer-looking and closer to incandescent bulbs, whereas bright white ones look a bit like car headlights. Expect to pay around £2 for a single LED post, rising to around £20 for a nice string of lights and £30 for a solar lamppost. If you’d rather have something brighter and more flexible, Philips has added garden lighting to its iPhone/ Android-controlled Hue system, which also works with smart home devices such as Amazon Echo. The lights enable you to create ‘recipes’ for different effects as well as control each light individually, and while they’re still quite expensive – a coloured wall light is currently £100 on Amazon – they’re very well made and work brilliantly. In the UK no matter how nice the day, the nights can get cold very quickly. If you’re considering garden heating, don’t go for a gas heater: they’re incredibly wasteful because they heat the air around them whether there are people there or not. It’s a much better idea to get an infra-red heater, which costs a lot less to run. Expect to pay around £70 for a wall-mounted model and around £120 for a tabletop model such as Charles Bentley’s 2000W electric outdoor patio heater. If you’re heating food rather than people, technology can even help with the humble barbecue: clip-on LED lights enable you to cook in the dark, while Bluetooth thermometers enable you to check on the food temperature without opening the lid and letting heat escape. You can get a no-name version for around £20, but if brand names are important then Weber’s basic iGrill is currently £56. The all-singing, all-dancing iGrill 3 has two probes instead of one, enabling you to check on two things at once, and retails at just under £100.


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Gardening For some, the ideal view from their back door is a flower-filled cottagestyle garden brimming with colourful perfumed plants and flowers, buzzing with bees and with not a straight line in sight. But there is an increasing interest in a more minimalist style, where plants are grown in a much more designed situation, with straight lines aplenty but far fewer plants and yet each plant having a much greater individual impact. If you hanker after a minimalist garden, here are some suggestions for achieving the effect you want. One of the key design elements to a minimalist garden is simplicity. Decide on the plants you like that will suit your garden, and then keep the different types you use as low as possible. The biggest impact will be achieved if you use just a few, for example concentrating on ornamental grasses. Another key to the minimalist look is clever use of straight lines, ideally with a few right angles thrown in. Edges need to be sharply defined, perhaps using sleepers or other timber, or even angled metal. Make sure that planting does not interfere with the lines created by border edging, so keep plants well back. The colours on which you concentrate need to fit in with your personal preferences and the surroundings, but to increase that minimalist style try to restrict the number of colours used and the whole effect will be calmer and simpler. Any existing features that cannot be removed (perhaps a shed or fence) can either be recoloured or painted to fit in with the new scheme, or their current colour will have to be included with what you’re using for landscaping and planting. A stunning minimalist effect can be achieved by using a single type of plant and a single type of container – for example, conifers of varying sizes look great in terracotta containers. The only variation here is in the size of the conifer: all colours, textures and plants are the same. It is easy to achieve by buying several different sizes of the same type of conifer and then keeping them clipped regularly so that they remain of differing sizes. Alternatively, if you can only get one size, trim them lightly to achieve the desired look, but remember most conifers won’t withstand hard pruning and are inclined to show their brown inner foliage if cut back too hard. Green, in the form of foliage, helps to add a feeling of tranquillity to a minimalist garden so make sure you include it, perhaps as neatly clipped box hedging or as a few bay lollipops in angular containers.



Any containers need to be as plain as possible, a single colour ideally, and straight-sided angular styles add to the minimalist slant too. An evenly spaced trio of pots, each with a single central plant, provides a perfect choice of container planting and will also bring movement to the garden as the breeze sways the foliage. If you like topiary this can be a great choice but stick to simple tightly clipped spheres or ‘lollipops’, cubes or at most spirals; there is no space for a peacock, rabbit, bear or other fantastically sculptured creature if you’re going minimalist! Plants with simple or angular shapes such as iris, alliums, conifers, clipped box, canna or palms are an excellent choice, but take a look at what is available locally and opt for any of your personal (but simple) favourites. Grass alternatives such as gravel may feature highly. Gravel certainly makes for less maintenance than the classic grass, but make sure it stays weed-free and easy-care by installing a weed-membrane (rather like woven, plastic hessian) onto the soil before putting down the gravel. Thoroughly weed the area then firm and compact well before putting the fabric down and you this will ensure gravel without unwanted green shoots. Don’t be tempted to economise and use plastic sheeting as it won’t allow rain to penetrate, and after heavy rain you’ll end up with a flood plain! A minimalist garden need not be just for admiring: make it so that you can sit out there and soak up the calm feeling it gives you too. Choose simple, classically styled garden furniture with as few colours and textures as possible and the furniture won’t detract from the minimalist environment and look that you’ve achieved – so just sit back and enjoy. Visit for advice, natural pest controls, stylish cloches, pretty plant supports, gardening tools and more. Or book Pippa for a gardening talk at your club.

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It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of mortgage products available, and the trend towards offering non-traditional mortgage terms doesn’t help when you’re trying to decide which loan is best. Banks and building societies are increasingly offering longerterm mortgages lasting 30 or 40 years alongside the ‘standard’ 25-year term with which many of us are familiar. Shorter-term mortgages of 15 years or so are also available, so what are the pros and cons of short-term and long-term mortgages, and which might be better for you?

Short-term mortgages A mortgage is likely to be the biggest financial commitment of your life, so you need to make sure you’ve considered all the potential problems and issues that might arise. The higher monthly repayments on a shorter-term mortgage do expose you to a greater risk of default, but there are also many advantages to be enjoyed. Choosing a shorter-term mortgage of 15 years or less means you pay off the loan much quicker than many people do, but you also have to consider the cost to you, not only in direct financial terms but also in the quality of your life and the potential stresses of repaying higher amounts.

Why choose a short-term mortgage? Short-term mortgages have higher monthly repayments, but you’ll pay considerably less interest overall. If you’re able to put down a large deposit, you don’t need to borrow as much money, which is just one instance where short-term mortgages might be a good idea. An additional advantage is that, if you’ve been able to repay your mortgage sooner than later, the equity in your property will also grow faster. The initial consideration if you’re thinking about a short-term mortgage, however, is whether you can keep up repayments over this period.

Can you afford a short-term mortgage?

month, it may be worthwhile looking into mortgage products that allow you to make overpayments as and when you can afford it. It takes off the pressure of having to consistently meet high repayments, and allows a little flexibility that can take years off your overall mortgage term. So although 25 years has long been the ‘standard’ term for a mortgage, what attracts borrowers to extended repayment terms of 30 or 40 years, and is it worth considering a longerterm mortgage?

Long-term mortgages Taking out a mortgage of 35 or 40 years can seem like a huge financial commitment at any age, but the mortgage market has changed over the last decade. The stricter lending practices we mentioned earlier apply equally to long-term mortgage loans, and their suitability for each applicant must be carefully evaluated by lenders.

Why choose a long-term mortgage? You might choose a long-term mortgage to benefit from lower monthly payments. Perhaps you’re more at ease knowing you can comfortably afford the repayments on your biggest asset, and feel it’s worthwhile despite the extra interest you’ll pay over the course of the loan term. It’s also beneficial if you need a high loan-to-value (LTV) mortgage.

Your monthly budget will dictate whether it’s possible to repay your mortgage over a shorter period of time than the standard term, but you need to be very careful not to overstretch yourself financially.

Another consideration with long-term mortgages is your age, as although long-term mortgages are becoming more mainstream, some lenders still don’t offer this type of mortgage term if it means it will take the borrower into their retirement years.

Also bear in mind the potential interest rate rises in the future, particularly considering the low rates we’ve enjoyed for more than a decade. In other words, the only direction interest rates are likely to go is up.

On the other hand, younger applicants looking for their first property might have no problem in obtaining a mortgage with a duration of upwards of 35 years. So what are the main benefits and drawbacks of lengthier mortgages?

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Pros of a long-term mortgage

Mortgage lending practices have been strictly controlled since the global financial crisis of 2007, and your ability to repay should be carefully scrutinised by each lender. They’ll look at your regular outgoings and are unlikely to grant your application if they feel you’re a risk of default. If you’re tempted by a shorter-term mortgage and earn the income to afford the repayments, it might also be worthwhile considering mortgage payment protection insurance (MPPI) to cover your repayments for a fixed time if you fall ill or lose your job.

Are there any alternatives to a short-term mortgage? Instead of making high payments to your mortgage every


• Monthly repayments are lower. • Interest rate rises will have less impact. • You may be able to secure a higher loan-to-value ratio.

Cons of a long-term mortgage • It takes longer to repay. • You pay more interest overall. • You may be refused on age grounds. Affordability is the keyword when thinking about mortgages – hopefully between you and your lender, you’ll be able to find the right length of mortgage term and feel able to repay every month without too much difficulty.

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Save Free TV Licence Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin is urging everyone to have their say about proposals to scrap free TV licences for the over-75s by joining the 115,000 + people who have already signed the Age UK petition. A television is vital for so many older people. Especially those who live alone. Millions of older people, particularly those who are lonely or housebound with disabilities, rely on their TV as their trusted companion and window on the world. New research carried out for Age UK* has found that more than two million over-75s would have to go without TV or cut back on essentials such as heating or eating if the concession is scrapped. Of the 20 per cent who stated they could afford the TV licence** but would have to cut back in other ways, a quarter (25 per cent) said they would have to cut back on heating and a fifth (20 per cent) said they would have to cut back on food to afford the extra bill which is set to rise from 1 April 2019 from £150.50 to £154.50 per year.


responsibility for the funding and administration of the free TV licences policy. Heather Osborne, Chief Executive of Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin said: ‘One in six pensioners are living in poverty in the UK, that’s over 18,000 in Shropshire. Paying a hefty extra bill would simply be impossible when many older people are struggling to pay for their heating and food bills. For an estimated 10,000 older people suffering from isolation and loneliness in the county, the TV is sometimes the only means by which older people gain enjoyment and entertainment; it triggers imagination and raises curiosity about the world around us’. Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin is urging people to support the campaign, by signing Age UK’s national petition - and by sharing their views via social media and word of mouth.

The Government-funded scheme comes to an end in June 2020. In November 2018 the BBC, who will be responsible for managing and paying for any future scheme, launched a three-month consultation to hear the views of the public. This ended in February 2019 and the BBC’s board hopes to make a decision by the summer. Age UK is calling on the Government to urgently take back


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As a motorist, it can be easy to pick up a few bad habits over the years, but you’d be forgiven for not having a good look at the Highway Code on a regular basis. However, there are some driving misdeeds that can take an unwitting toll on your wallet – here are five of them… Eating at the wheel


Splashing pedestrians by driving through a puddle Section 3 of the 1988 Road Traffic Act states that driving “without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road” is an offence. The act rightly considers pedestrians to be road users, and driving through a puddle without looking to see if there’s anyone on foot and in the firing line can result in a fixed penalty posted through your door.

Driving too slowly Being a cautious road user is – in most cases – quite a good thing. However, it’s possible to drive too slowly in the eyes of fellow road users – and, more importantly, the law.

It’s a situation many will be familiar with. You’re halfway through a long journey and when you stop at the services for some food you’re asked if you want to eat in or take away. You’re in a hurry, so you take it with you and start eating it as you pull back on to the motorway.

If you’re driving slowly enough to be a potential hazard to motorists, you can receive an unlimited fine and up to nine points on your licence.

While this will save you a few minutes, it also means you’re driving without due care and attention – and that can land you with up to nine points as well as severe financial penalties.

Road rage is something that should be kept in check for various reasons, and that includes the Highway Code.

Beeping your horn In general, you are only supposed to use your horn to make other drivers aware of your vehicle’s presence. However, regardless of the circumstances, using your horn between 11.30pm and 7am in a built-up area can leave you liable to be fined up to £1,000.

Driving with an overly dirty number plate Keeping a car clean is always a good thing to do, but there are in fact legal ramifications that should convince you to wield a water-filled bucket and some car shampoo. Your number plate needs to be clean, or at the very least legible. Even if sections of it are obscured you’ll be liable for a £1,000 fine – and your car could even fail its MOT if it has an illegible number plate.

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Driverless Cars Explained Driverless cars are a hot topic in the motoring world at the moment. Everyone’s talking about them; manufacturers, politicians and transport chiefs are all nattering on about the future of cars without the need for drivers. But what are they, and what do they mean for the future of motoring? We’re going to try and clear things up. The Government is predicting that driverless cars could be in full use on the UK’s roads by 2021, following an announcement that advanced trials of automated vehicles could move forwards.

Are they safe?

Level 2

Present day

The safety of autonomous vehicles was questioned recently after a 49-year-old woman was killed while crossing the road in front of a self-driving vehicle in Arizona. The issue is the co-habitation of road users and the driverless vehicles – until people are sure how to interact with them, accidents will still happen.

Level 2 autonomy represents pretty much where we are today. Computers are now clever enough to deal with multiple functions, so the car can take control of steering, throttle and brake functions – but it still requires the driver to show that they’re in charge of the car by putting a hand on the steering wheel.

Which manufacturers currently offer some level of autonomous assistance?

Estimated 2020

Quite a few, actually. You’ll find some partial self-driving technology in cars from Audi, BMW, Citroen, DS, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Seat, Skoda, Subaru, Suzuki, Tesla, Toyota, Vauxhall, Volkswagen and Volvo – phew! It’s fair to say that most cars do incorporate the technology, but it can include features such as adaptive cruise control.

Levels of autonomy You may have heard about people discussing the various levels of autonomous assistance, and they’re categorised from one to five. Here’s what they mean.

Level 1 Introduced around 1990s/00s Level one autonomous assistance is, as expected, the base level. It means that just one element of the driving process is taken over by the car – but the driver is still very much in charge. This level of assistance has been around for some time now, pioneered by early cruise control systems.

Level 3

Level 3 takes things up a notch. It means that all of the safetycritical functions can be controlled by the car, but the driver must still be able to intervene should they need to – this isn’t completely ‘hands-off’ technology yet.

Level 4

Mid 2020s Things are getting serious at Level 4. This sees cars capable of being fully autonomous, albeit in selected areas – most likely inner-city ones. Dedicated lane markings and infrastructure will be required to ensure that the cars keep on the straight and narrow, too. Complex mapping systems will combine with advanced cameras, sensors and artificial intelligence to determine where the car needs to go. The driver may have to intervene at certain points, but for the most part it’ll mean hands-free driving.

Level 5

Late 2020s/early 2030s Level 5 will see the vehicles derestricted – they won’t have to operate within certain areas or environments. It’ll simply be capable of driving anywhere, without the need for a driver. There won’t be a need for a steering wheel or traditional ‘controls’; these vehicles will be fully capable of operating themselves. It’ll free up space inside the cars and, because of that, they’ll probably look more like lounges on wheels. That’s what we predict, anyway.

Timeline predictions It’s worth noting that this timeline is based on predictions by many different manufacturers. Though various dates are pitched by different car makers, most agree that the bulk of progress will happen between 2020 and 2030. It’s a real technology race at the moment – each company is charging ahead to develop their own systems quicker than the rest. It’s why these dates are estimations – some may get there sooner than others.

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Spring into Summer A new season seems like a good time to sort through

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number of months.) It may seem like a waste to throw products out, but the PAO is there for a reason. Not only do products become less effective as they degrade, they can also go ‘off’ and harbour bacteria, leading to irritation. Some products, such as perfume, can last for years, but do always check for changes in colour, texture and fragrance. If you do need to get rid of anything, empty the contents into the bin and check whether the bottle or tub can be recycled – most can.

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Keep Cool, Look Hot The sun’s shining and the temperature is finally heating up, so it’s time to find your summer look. This season’s styles can be easily dressed-up or down depending on the occasion, all you need to do is swap flats for heels and you’re ready to go.

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Buying a Hamster Although a relatively ‘low-profile’ pet compared with cats and dogs, hamsters need lots of loving care and attention. They typically live for two or three years so are a longterm responsibility, but they bring lots of fun into your home and can make great first pets.

If you’re thinking of buying a hamster, here’s a little information that might help them settle in.

Characteristics - With 24 different types of hamster

you won’t be short of choice, but Syrian (or golden) and dwarf hamsters are among the most popular. Adults of the golden variety need to be kept alone as they’re inclined to fight, as are males of the dwarf hamster variety, so all-female groups are best.

Diet - Pre-prepared hamster mix is a good choice of staple diet and should be supplemented with small amounts of fruit and vegetables. Hamsters need to grind down their teeth regularly as they grow continually, so providing them with crunchy snacks or small chew toys can help to keep their teeth short.

Play - Hamsters love to play and can be quite adventurous,

so a cage with different levels is ideal. You can add plastic toys for entertainment, and tunnels for them to run through. A hamster’s needs are quite complex, but by being aware of their behaviour and characteristics as well as eating and playing habits, you’ll be able to meet their requirements with confidence and enjoy their company as part of the family. By Ann Haldon



Telford Psychology Service Life can be difficult at times and some experiences are harder to overcome than others. If you are struggling to manage day to day life or past experiences feel overwhelming, then you are likely to benefit from psychological support. Telford Psychology offers you the time and space to explore difficult life experiences and to develop an understanding of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in a confidential and non-judgemental environment. Telford Psychology is run by Carol Cullen and Samantha Swann-Horler who are both Chartered Psychologists and are registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). Carol Cullen is a Chartered Psychologist and enjoys working with adults and adolescents to help them obtain positive mental health. She has had experience of working in the NHS in various mental health settings as well as the voluntary sector. Carol is now in private practice to develop an approach that aims to address the individuals’ needs in a bespoke way. Carol said, "I feel each person deserves a personalised service to obtain positive mental health. My own


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Clean Air Day

20TH JUNE • Air pollution can damage your baby in the womb, affecting their lung function and development. High air pollution is linked to low birth weight and premature births. • Exposure to air pollution can cause more coughs and bronchitis, and also increases your child’s risk of getting bacterial pneumonia. • Pollution may play a part in causing asthma in some children and evidence shows it can worsen asthma symptoms. Long-term effects, severity and mortality rates increase with the length of exposure and higher pollution levels.

Reducing pollution indoors

• Open your window when cleaning, cooking, burning candles or decorating.

Clean Air Day, an annual event coordinated by Global Action Plan, takes place on Thursday 20th June. The campaign’s message for this year is that we all need to work together to reduce pollution, and that small steps make a difference.

• Only burn smokeless fuels or dry, well-seasoned wood on your barbecue or stove. The smoke from wood is carcinogenic (cancercausing). Make sure chimneys and flues are clean and ventilate rooms. Buy a Defra-approved stove, use authorised fuel, and only light it when really necessary.

“Air pollution affects you from your first breath to your last, as the damage to our health can start when we’re a baby and carry on through into old age,” says this year’s mission statement – although experts now know pollution can damage our children’s health before their first breath.

• Use fragrance-free or naturally-scented products, switch to milder or eco-friendly cleaning products and avoid aerosols.

In the UK, 40,000 deaths a year are attributed to outdoor air pollution, and the illnesses it causes costs around £20 billion every year. There are also more deaths and costs attributed to indoor pollutants like badly-ventilated open fires and stoves, radon and second-hand cigarette smoke.

Reducing and avoiding pollution outdoors

The health effects of pollution: On adults

•Air pollution causes coughs and increased phlegm and increases your risk of getting lung cancer, contributing to around 1 in 13 cases. It also reduces lung function, which in turn increases risk for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). •Long-term exposure to pollution is linked to a number of cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary heart disease and furring of the arteries. It increases the risk of death from cardiac and respiratory causes, especially among people with pre-existing cardiac or respiratory conditions. •Researchers found that people living in areas experiencing levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution in the top 20% were 40% more likely to have been diagnosed with dementia than those in areas with levels in the lowest 20%. They seem to be at increased risk of ‘silent stroke’ – small areas of damage caused by lack of oxygen to the brain tissue, but not severe enough to cause obvious symptoms. These silent strokes may be a sign of blood vessel disease, linked to increased risk of vascular dementia. Whilst more specific research needs to be done, experts inside and outside the NHS acknowledge an association between pollution and the neurological changes and decline linked to dementia. •Pollution increases the risk of bladder cancer and Type 2 diabetes.

On children

The effects of pollution on children are more serious, because their organs and immune system are still developing. This, and their smaller mass, makes them particularly vulnerable.


• Have your gas boiler serviced regularly and any suspected gas leaks or faults in appliances or pipes checked urgently.

• Don’t smoke indoors, even when alone. Third-hand smoke is a problem too.

• Walk, cycle and take public transport when you can. It’s better for the environment and you – car drivers can be exposed to twice as much air pollution as pedestrians and nine times more than a cyclist. If walking, cycling or public transport aren’t options for your commute, consider car-sharing or days working from home, if possible. • Turn off your car’s engine when stationary e.g. waiting at a rail crossing, and if you’re stuck in traffic, turn on the air conditioning to reduce the pollution entering your car. Use it sparingly though, as the resulting carbon dioxide build-up can cause drowsiness. • Keeping car tyres inflated, driving efficiently and having your car serviced regularly can all help save fuel and reduce pollution, as can choosing a hybrid or electric car. • Use quieter backstreets and footpaths or cycle paths as much as you can when out and about. Using quieter streets can reduce exposure to pollution by 20%. • .If you have children, consider walking bus or car share schemes to eliminate the problem of children dropped off at school by car because parents are on their way to work. • Delivery vans increase congestion and pollution and some workplaces say that half their post is now personal deliveries. If possible, choose a delivery day or time when you’re at home, have parcels delivered to a neighbour or specified safe place, or use a click-and collect service in a less-congested place. • .If your council doesn’t collect your garden waste, compost it or take it to a recycling plant yourself rather than burning it. For your sake, your children’s sake and the environment’s sake – clean up your act! Follow Clean Air Day on twitter @cleanairdayUK

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Telford Foot Care Celia Crow BSc Hons DipCFHP Mobile Foot Health Practitioner

Large range of Frames including Childrens

3D Eye Scans NOW Available Our new OCT scanner captures both a photograph and a cross-sectional scan of the eye at the same time. Registered with the General Optical Council.

All types of Contact Lenses fitted including: Ortho-K = Lenses By Night - Clear Sight By Day, a Non-Surgical Alternative

Foot Health Assessment Corn & Callus Removal Verruca Treatments Ingrowing Nails

Nail Trimming Athletes Foot Treatment Cracked Heals Summer Feet Preperation

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Low Vision Aids and Sports Eyewear Prescription and NonPrescription Sunglasses NHS and Private Eye Examinations

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Shockwave Therapy Shockwave therapy is a relatively new treatment modality that has been demonstrated to be invaluable tool in the treatment of tendon and soft tissue injuries.

First used in the 70’s for its use in breaking down Kidney stones and calcification deposits in the body it became more common place in the 80s and in the 90’s more research appeared into the treatment for soft tissue injuries, so in this form it is a relatively new technology. It is a modality which uses pressure disturbance to stimulate the recovery of chronic and sub-acute soft tissue injuries. It works by applying rapid repeated pneumatic pressures through a device applied directly to the painful tissues. Often it is used after conventional treatments have failed to stimulate recovery such as hands on manual techniques, ultrasound and exercise therapy although it can be used as a front-line treatment.

demonstrated to benefit Tennis elbow, Golfers’ elbow and shoulder pain so it does have a broad spectrum of uses. In terms of treatment its self, most of the research suggests between 3-6 treatments will achieve good improvements although in can take more in more chronic conditions. In all this modality will be of huge benefit to patients with tendon/soft tissue injuries especially if more conventional treatments have failed. It is regularly seen as the go to treatment prior to more invasive treatments. If you are experiencing tendon pain that has been on going, then please feel free to call for free advice as to whether this treatment may benefit you. We offer day time and evening appointments so please call 01952 462330 or email us at

The effects on the soft tissues are: • Mechanical Stimulation • Increased local blood flow • Increase in cellular activity • Pain relieving effects on local nerves • Breaking down of calcific deposits There are several research articles demonstrating the benefits of the treatment and a rising number of articles supporting its use. A lot of the evidence centres around particularly tendon pain in conditions such as Jumpers’ knee (the exacerbation of the patella tendon), Achilles tendon problems and plantar fasciitis (pain from the sole of the feet). It has also been





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Spa & Health Club


An oasis of calm awaits you at our sensational Spa and Health Centre at the award-winning Telford Hotel and Golf Resort.

Enjoy complete and utter serenity, from the muscle-relieving massages to the skin-brightening facials and transformative sensation of relaxation throughout. All of our professional ESPA Therapists are highly trained to provide sensational treatments using the all-natural, world-class ESPA product line, from relaxing and beauty treatments to more therapeutic Quote massages for pain relief.

• Spa Day’s from £39pp • Spa Stays from £105pp (based on 2 sharing)

• Girls Night In Packages from £139pp (based on 2 sharing)

“SUMMER FIZZ” • Seven spa treatment and receive a rooms, three double rooms complimentary glass of • Experience shower prosecco on arrival Available on bookings • Ice fountain between 1st July to • Swimming pool, sauna 31st Aug 2019 and steam room • Heated lounges • Dedicated relaxation room

To enquire or to book, please call our team on: 01952 422977 email: or visit our website: Telford Hotel & Golf Resort, Great Hay Drive, Sutton Heights, Telford TF7 4DT


The Modern Bedroom

by Kathrine Sorrell

Does your bedroom look a little dated, or is it brimming with contemporary style? We outline some quick and easy ways in which to give it a brand new look. On the walls

A new paint colour will transform the room. Experiment by using a tester pot to cover a large sheet of card and sticking it to different walls at various times of the day, so you can see how the colour changes according to the light. Another way to make a difference is to use patterned wallpaper, all over (for huge impact) or just on a feature wall. Or opt for a wall-sized mural – they are easy to order, sized to your dimensions, via specialist websites, and look absolutely amazing, whether the image is of, for example, a wooded glade, tropical palms, a cityscape, oversized flowers or a starry night sky.

Beautiful bed linen

Wildflower quilted bedspread, £98, The French Bedroom Company: 01444 415 430;

A quiet retreat, a calm haven, and a cosy place in which you can relax, read, watch TV, listen to music, make phone calls or even sleep – your bedroom is your own personal space, and the ideal room in which to express your unique personality. If, however, it feels boring rather than beautiful, dull rather than delightful, why not consider a top-to-toe makeover? With some forward planning (and without spending a fortune) you can transform a tired space into a gorgeous room that you’ll love spending time in. A pop of colour Bold colours are on trend this spring, often quite dark and moody – an intriguing antidote to the careful beiges, greiges, stones and neutrals that have predominated over the last few decades. Where better than a bedroom to go for this dark décor? Be brave and use fuchsia, turquoise, emerald, orange, mustard or deep blue in arresting combinations or, if you don’t feel quite courageous enough, perhaps just cover one wall with a strong shade. Even the simple addition of a bright headboard, rug, throw or group of cushions can make all the difference.


To transform a bedroom from boring to boudoir, introduce sumptuous bed linens that are gorgeous to look at and soft to the touch. You may wish to use plain white as the basics, just adding a stunning throw, blanket, eiderdown or quilt – or several – for a jolt of eye-catching colour and pattern. Or go for broke and put colour with colour, plains with patterns, and revel in the excitement and drama of layered vibrancy.

Take the floor

In a bedroom where wear and tear is not a factor, luxurious, deep-pile carpet laid wall-to-wall is an option to consider. It’s not cheap, however, so if that’s beyond your budget, consider sanding back your floorboards and either varnishing or painting them, then adding a rug or two in a bold, modern style (blocks of vivid colour, chevrons or Berber, perhaps) for heaps of character.

Bluebell Gray Peggy Midnight duvet cover set, £135, Hurn and Hurn: 01603 559 250; www.hurnandhurn. com.

Lights fantastic

Assess your lighting and ensure it’s both subtle and flattering. You can make it more adaptable by adding table or floor lamps in the corners and fitting a dimmer switch to the central pendant. Even changing the bulbs makes a difference – LED for energy saving, choosing warm white and not overly bright. For bedside reading, a pair of swing-arm, wallmounted lights will free up space on a bedside table, or go with the ontrend look and hang a bare filament bulb from a coloured cotton flex that’s suspended either from the ceiling or a wall-mounted bracket.



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T: 01952 630143 •


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At Peter Jones Carpets & Beds we use recycled products when & where we can. We now stock Spring Bond eco-engineered underlay that contains over 150 bottles per roll, keeping them out of our oceans. Committed to supporting marine conservation, this recycled underlay contains no harmful VOC content, unlike the modern PU underlays.

CARPETS • BEDS & MATTRESSES Continuing this support for clean oceans is our new Silentnight Eco Breath mattress. Its healthy, supportive and again, contains no harmful VOC content.

Call: 01952 242231 • 47 Market Street, Wellington, Telford TF1 1D


Restaurant Review


The New Inn 2 Stafford Road, Newport TF10 7LX

T: 01952 812295

The New Inn is located in the centre of Newport just off the main High Street. A large car park is situated just across the road. Part of the building is newly built and houses the main restaurant area, the interior design however makes it feel like it’s been there as long as the older original part of the pub, with the exposed brick, decorated roof panelling and old traditional pub style green/blue glass tiles. The bar area is situated at the back, past the main bar and has plenty of cosy snug areas, where you can relax and enjoy a pint of one of the many Joules' ales or maybe a Gin or Rum from the huge selection on offer. For starters Nik had chosen the Corn Beef Hash Patty (£6.95) and I ordered the Vegetable Samosas (£5.95). My samosas were lovely and crispy on the outside with a lovely soft filling of vegetables which had a light curry spiciness to them, it was served with a fresh crisp salad and a chilli sauce. Nik said his corned beef hash was super light and fluffy and the golden crunchy breadcrumb coating had a satisfying bite. It was topped with a perfectly cooked fried egg on top. The taste of the warm runny egg yolk, the meaty hash and the golden breadcrumbs was superb. The dish was finished off with a light salad garnish. Nik chose The New Inn Burger (£11.25) for his main and I decided on one of four vegetarian dishes, the Vegetable Panang Curry (£10.95), although I am not vegetarian I do love a vegetable curry. It was good to see such a choice of dishes that cater for everyone, vegan and gluten free dishes are also available and seem to be in more demand recently. Nik’s burger arrived and it wasn’t for the fainthearted, a large, quality chargrilled patty topped with slices of bacon, mozzarella, gherkins, lettuce and sliced tomato in a delicious Pretzel burger bun and if this wasn’t


FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT enough it was served with a zesty relish and a generous portion of some of the best chunky hand cut chips ever! My Panang curry was served with braised rice – this curry has quite a light sauce with lovely Thai flavours and just enough heat. There was a good variety of vegetables including green beans, peppers, mangetout and onions. It was served with a perfect fluffy rice and pea shoots – overall a fabulous dish. All desserts are priced at £5.25 or there is a choice of ice creams (3 scoops for £3.95) or a cheeseboard to share at £8.95. Nik was tempted by one of his favourites, the Sticky Toffee Pudding and I chose the Banoffee Pie. Nik’s sticky toffee pudding was a great success - the warm soft sponge was light and fluffy and the hot caramelised toffee was the perfect balance against the cold sweet cappuccino and Amaretto ice cream (despite being full, he still managed to leave a clean plate!!). My banoffee pie was a very generous portion, the biscuit base was firm but moist and the filling was delicious, it was served with a scoop of biscotti ice cream which had lovely crunchy bits of biscuit – a great combination. Food is served Mon-Fri 12pm to 8:30pm, Sat 12-9pm and Sundays 12pm to 4:30pm – the main menu is available during all these times. A lighter lunch menu is available Mon-Sat between 12-4pm. Also, on a Sunday there is the choice of 3 Sunday roasts as well as the main menu. If you just fancy popping in for a few drinks and fancy a smaller snack there is

a Bar Nibbles menu with a selection of small bites from £3.50-£5.95 per dish. Most nights there a few dishes on the special board to choose from too. On a Tuesday night you can enjoy a main meal and a drink from a select menu at just £12 per person, which is great value and there is a good variety of dishes to choose from. There is live music every Sunday from 6pm which is also popular at The New Inn. Darren Wood took over the New Inn four years ago and he has made a great success of turning this in a popular venue for people of all ages. Head chef Carl Stephenson has been with them since they opened and consistently produces great quality food. The New Inn have a great reputation for their special themed events, including their annual Gin and Rum festivals. A large marquee is set up in the beer garden at the rear to hold these festivals, so even if the weather isn’t so great you will still be dry undercover. Their next event will be the Rhythm & Brews festival on the 20th July, with 12 craft ales on draft along with traditional ciders and ales, there will be 4 live bands playing too. The New Inn is a great place for eating, great place for drinking and a great place for music and festivals – something for everyone! If you dine during June or July, you can enjoy 15% off your main meals with the voucher below.

Reviewed by Fleur & Nik Abel


Patshull Park is renowned as one of the most professional and scenic wedding venues in Shropshire located in 200 acres of Shropshire countryside. Our beautiful grounds and romantic setting offer many opportunities for those perfect wedding photographs.

‘PATSHULL PACKAGE’ Based on 50 day guests and 100 evening guests • Reception drink & canapés • Three course meal with two glasses of wine and toast drink • Finger Buffet • Disco until 1.00am

Selected 2019 & 2020 dates Also included

• Red carpet on arrival or for the civil ceremony • Wedding cake by ‘Cake Inspirations’ (t&c’s apply) • White chair covers with a coloured sash of choice • Complimentary bedroom for the Bride & Groom • 3 month Leisure Membership for the Bride & Groom

For more details call us on 01902

*£325.00 Function Room Hire will apply if having a Civil Ceremony Additional day and evening guests can be added at an additional charge

700100 Great location, convenient to J3 M54 and only 20 minutes from the centre of Wolverhampton and Telford.

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Pattingham, Nr Wolverhampton WV6 7HR

From £4500.00

01902 700100

Shrewsbury Food Festival TO SERVE UP A GREAT DAY OUT Shrewsbury Food Festival returns to the Quarry on the 29th and 30th June for its seventh year, with 200 exhibitors, a bigger BBQ area, demonstrations, chef school, live music and lots of fun activities for children. A new addition to the festival this year will be a ‘free from’ area. Exhibitors will be showcasing a range of exciting products that are free from but still taste filled. Shropshire Festivals founder, Beth Heath, comments, “Shrewsbury Food Festival is a day for everyone - young or old, foodie or just fond of food - and now for the first time ever, we are introducing a dedicated free from area. We hope this means everyone will feel catered for, and that it pushes the experiences of everyone to try foods that have been produced in new and exciting ways, to meet the growing demand for free from products. “The food festival evolves every year and we hope everyone joins us for a fantastic weekend of food and fun this June.” There will be something for the whole family at the festival, with a dedicated kid’s zone, under 5’s play area, craft activities and sports. The festival fever will spill out of the Quarry and in to the town centre, with the whole town joining in the festivities over the weekend. Tickets are selling fast - purchase yours now at


29th-30th June ‘19


Chef Demo’s & Live Music






This fully immersive experience transports audiences to The Nags Head, to meet the pride of Peckham in a night of wheeling, dealing and eating. Includes 3 course dinner and entertainment. £39.95 pp

Along with an array of tapas, we are delighted to welcome local wine purveyor RD Wines of Telford who will undertake a tutored tasting. £34.95 pp

Ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for! A truly magical afternoon, guaranteed to make you smile. Enjoy afternoon tea, in our themed room whilst singing along to the top hits. £18.95 pp

FATHER'S DAY - Sun 16th June



Fri 7th June - 7pm

Sunday Lunch 12-3pm - 3 course lunch with coffee and Free family portrait £28.50 pp (under 12's half price)

Afternoon Tea 3-6pm - £21.95 pp

(Glass of fizz or pint of beer for an extra £5.95pp)

Free family portrait

Sat 8th June - 7:30pm

Sun 23rd June - 12pm

Disney paradise with lots of singing and dancing. Your little one will have the chance to meet a princess and get a lunch box-style meal while grown-ups relax over afternoon tea.

WINTER's NIGHT WEDDING PACKAGE £1995 An afternoon wedding package for 100 guests for weddings in December, January, February and March. There’s a choice of either a buffet or sit-down meal (sit-down meal package is £2500).

As well as delicious food, we’ll provide a glass of fizz or bottle of beer to enjoy whilst photos are being taken and evening disco with our resident DJ – plus a beautifully dressed room!

£16 per adult and £11 per child

Sat 15th June - 12-4pm

Sun 7th July - 12-4pm

Join us in our Alice in wonderland themed room, for our mad hatters tea party, where we will be serving afternoon tea but with that Hadley Park twist!. £18.95 pp

Winter Wedding Open Evening on Mon 24th June 6-9pm

For full details please call us or view details on our website.

Hadley Park House Telford TF1 6JQ

01952 677269


Tales From Britain


commented: “There are some things you don’t do National Trust, and putting a picture of a DEVON cream tea for a CORNISH cream tea event is disgusting.”

Many Brits – perhaps hoping for a repeat of last summer’s heatwave – have decided against travelling abroad this year. Of course, it’s great news for our home-grown tourist industry, and if you’re planning to take your annual holiday in Britain this summer, you might be looking forward to the opportunity to sample local brews, cheeses, cakes and puddings on your trip. Locally sourced foods are very much in vogue at the moment, but before you tuck in to all that delicious produce you should be aware of the strong emotions a well-loved local dish can inspire. Say the wrong thing about a regional speciality in some parts of the UK and you could end up starting a riot.

Cream tea and pasty wars

As you enjoy the gentle, rolling hills and gorgeous coastal scenery of the West Country, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a place of harmony and contentment. While it’s true that the people of Devon and Cornwall are generally a peaceable lot, you could find some serious anger issues lurking behind those picture-perfect thatched cottages and sun-bleached beach huts. Believe it or not, one of the main causes of strife between Devon and Cornwall is the innocent cream tea: that heavenly mixture of freshly-baked scone, home-made jam and clotted cream particularly loved by tourists. Ask a native Devonian to eat a cream tea and she or he will split the scone, pile clotted cream onto each half then add a dollop of jam on top of the cream. Serve someone from Cornwall the same teatime treat and they will split the scone, spoon on some jam and finally spread the cream on top of the jam. Residents of both counties insist that their version is right and are may be offended by any suggestion that the method practised by the neighbouring county is somehow better. Last year a National Trust poster designed to attract Mother’s Day visitors to Lanhydrock House in Cornwall caused outrage amongst locals (including accusations of “cultural vandalism”) when it used a photo of a cream tea with the jam on top of the cream. In response, locals threatened to boycott the National Trust property, while one indignant Facebook member


Even the humble Cornish pasty has caused its fair share of discord, as historians have suggested that the snack was actually invented in Devon. Their claim rests on a document dating back to the early 16th century, which lists a cook’s wages for baking pasties served at a civic event in Plymouth. More recently food historian Peter Brears has suggested that the pasty known today as a ‘traditional’ Cornish pasty was actually invented in London. Brears claims that the capital’s 19th century bakers re-imagined the recipe to produce “an economical savoury nibble for polite middle-class Victorians.” This was achieved by shrinking down the huge, vegetarian pasties enjoyed by Cornish miners to bite-sized portions, filled with meat and potato.

Shape-shifting sausages

Ask any traditionally-minded Scot what shape a sausage should be, and the answer is likely to be “square”. The ‘Lorne sausage’, ‘slice’ or ‘square sausage’ is a tasty mixture of minced meat, rusk and spices, served as part of a traditional Scottish breakfast. The ongoing culinary debate in Scotland is not, as you might expect, about whether a sausage should be square or cylindrical, it’s about what it should be called. In 2016 a Scot called Andy O’Donnell went so far as to create a Facebook page dedicated to the name ‘slice’ (to describe the square sausage). The page now boasts 188 members who regularly post photos and tongue-in-cheek comments about the appropriate name for their favourite breakfast ingredient.

Whose tart is it anyway?

Visit any self-respecting bakery or tearoom in the pretty town of Bakewell in Derbyshire and you’re certain to be offered the sweet treat that is Bakewell Tart. This confection of jam, frangipane and flaked almonds inside a shortcrust pastry shell is a variant of the town’s famous dessert, the Bakewell Pudding. Bakewell’s residents may be proud of their local speciality, but there is no evidence to suggest that the recipe actually originated in the town. To make matters worse, a rival tart was discovered in 2013, when Gloucestershire’s council leader Paul James came across an old recipe for ‘Gloucester Tart’ – with almost identical ingredients – in a local history book. The discovery prompted Gloucester’s local media to gleefully exclaim: “Gloucester Tart revived – and it’s better than the Bakewell!” So before you set off on your summer break, you might be advised to brush up on your diplomatic skills, but get ready to run if you inadvertently mix up your tarts, call a ‘slice’ a ‘Lorne sausage’ or – heaven forbid – spread your scone the wrong way. To be on the safe side, maybe you should pack some protective armour along with the suntan lotion and flip flops.

by Kate Mclelland


8th & 9th June 10am - 4pm

Kids Corner

All undercover & lots of FREE parking

Day out for all the family!

Hog roast, Crepes and hot drinks!

Green Fields Summer Food & Craft Festival Bouncy

Support your local Face producers Painting


Our biggest ever festival, with over sixty of the region’s finest producers sampling and selling their products!


Station Road, Donnington TF2 8JY T: 01952 677345 E: •

Gifts for Father’s Day

at our Donnington Store

(16th June)

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INDIAN RESTAURANT & TAKEAWAY Quality Balti Restaurant & Take Away



TUESDAYS 4 Course Meal

15% OFF

Collection - only on orders over £15 after 9pm

20% OFF



Includes: Popadom, Any Starter, Any Main, Rice or Nan (excludes King Prawn & New Dishes) *Not to be used with any other offer.


TAKEAWAY - FREE Home Delivery within a 6 mile radius (minimum order of £10)

15% Discount on Collections or 10% Discount on Delivery Open: Sun - Thu: 5pm - 11.30pm Fri & Sat: 5pm - Midnight

rear of 2-4 High St, Newport TF10 7AN

01952 825505

*Dining in after 9pm - off main course. Only for bookings. Please present advert. Not to be used with any other offers. Maximum 6 people. Valid until 31-07-19

T: 01952 820085 Adams House, 7 High Street, Newport TF10 7AR

We are not licensed bring your own alcohol

£5 OFF Meal for Two

(2 main meals must be purchased, not valid with any other offers)

£10 OFF £15 OFF Meal for Four

(4 main meals must be purchased, not valid with any other offers)

Meal for Six

(6 main meals must be purchased, not valid with any other offers)

Valid 7 days a week (after 9pm Fri/Sat) Valid 7 days a week (after 9pm Fri/Sat) Valid 7 days a week (after 9pm Fri/Sat) until 31-07-19 until 31-07-19 until 31-07-19


Restaurant Review



Wellington Road, Church Aston, Newport, TF10 9EJ

T: 01952 820469

The Last Inn (formerly known as The Aston) is situated on the outskirts of Newport in Church Aston. After having undergone a refurbishment and rebranding in October last year, the restaurant reopened under its new name of The Last Inn. On arrival we were shown through to our table in the far end of the restaurant which overlooks the garden. A major part of the recent refurbishment was to the conservatory at the rear, which has a new floor that now flows right through from the main restaurant and also a new ceiling with spotlights that has replaced the glass conservatory roof, which makes it feel much more a part of the pub than previously. New tables, chairs and dining booths have been added and with a new lick of paint everywhere it has lifted the ambience of the restaurant – giving it a much lighter and airier feel. Nik ordered a pint of the Last Inn IPA and I ordered a large glass of Sauvignon which promptly arrived whilst we were looking through the menus. As we visited on a Sunday afternoon, we had the choice of a traditional Sunday lunch or we could select off the main menu. There are always vegetarian dishes to choose from and most days there is a daily specials board with the fish of the day. A lunchtime menu is also available Monday to Saturday. Children are most welcome and there is a separate menu just for them. For starters Nik ordered the Breadcrumbed King Prawns (£7) and I chose the Twice Baked Blue Cheese Soufflé (£6). My soufflé was served with candied walnuts and a red onion marmalade. The soufflé was beautifully light and fluffy with a tang of the delicious blue cheese, this worked perfectly with the marmalade and the candied walnuts were amazing.


FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT Nik’s huge prawns looked very impressive, they were served with a wasabi mayo and an Asian slaw. Nik said that the three enormous prawns were very succulent and the wasabi mayo added a lovely extra zest to the dish. The Asian slaw was fresh, crunchy and bursting with flavour.

strawberry coulis. A luxuriously soft and smooth chocolate filing with a firm biscuit base. Nik’s creamy panna-cotta was served with a coffee granita and an almond biscotti. Nik said the panna-cotta was amazing smooth and the unmistakeable flavour of the Baileys was nicely balanced and not overpowering. The coffee granita was refreshing in between mouthfuls and the biscotti was a nice contrasting texture.

Nik decided on the Steak & Ale Pie (£14) for his main course and I opted for the Sweet Potato Curry (£11) and added chicken as an extra (£3). We also ordered a side of hand cut chips to share (£2.50). My curry had a lovely sweet taste with a mix of chick peas, spinach, sweet potato, mango, coconut and chicken. It was served with a bowl of wonderfully fluffy rice and two small nan breads. I thoroughly enjoyed this dish a great change from the usual curry dishes. The hand cut chips were nice and chunky with the skin on – lovely and crisp. Nik loves a proper pie with a full pastry casing, not just a pastry lid and this one didn’t disappoint! He said it was exceptional and packed full of meaty chunks of beef in a delicious rich gravy, it was served with a generous helping of soft creamy mash, broccoli, roasted parsnip and carrots. We saved just enough room for a dessert, Nik ordered the Baileys Panna-cotta (£6) and I was tempted by the Rocky Road Cheesecake (£6). My cheesecake looked very pretty, a nice chunk of chocolate cheesecake topped with a row of cherries and two rows of small marshmallows, served with a dollop of Chantilly cream and a

If you enjoy a good afternoon tea, then you must try the famous Last Inn afternoon tea which is available at £13.95pp or £16.95 to include a glass of fizz – you must book in advance for this. Monday nights are 50% off all the classic main dishes and the specials board – it is always busy on a Monday so booking in advance is advisable. Quiz nights on a Thursday night are also popular and start around 8:30pm. Live music with acoustic bands is held regularly on a Saturday night - dates and details are available on the website or call for more details. You can also keep up to date with events on their Facebook page. There is a lovely garden at the rear of the building and when the sun is shining you can enjoy a drink outside with the outdoor bar. A new menu has just been launched, so book yourself a table and check out the new dishes available – you can view the menus online on the website at

Reviewed by Fleur & Nik Abel




Book now and quote 'Craft & Jam Father's Day' to receive a complimentary pint of ale/lager for all Dads joining us


Wellington Road, Church Aston, Newport, TF10 9EJ

T: 01952 820469 E:

Monday Madness - 50% OFF Between 5 - 9:30pm - Offer applies to main meals. T&C's apply

OPENING TIMES Mon to Thu: 12 - 10:30pm • Fri to Sat: 12 - 11pm • Sun: 12 - 9pm Food served - Mon to Sat 12 - 9pm • Sun 12 - 8:30pm 47



Wellington Road, Muxton, Telford TF2 8NG

T: 01952 603603

Food Served: Mon-Sat 12pm - 9:30pm

2 Steaks and Wine for ONLY

Sun 12pm - 8pm


(available everyday) 2 Succulent Prime Rump Steaks with a Bottle of House Wine


£3.50 Starter • £3.50 Sweet Choose 1, 2 or 3 courses

Served in the bar or restaurant between 5pm & 9:30pm every Monday night. Please book to avoid any disappointment

Visit our website to view our latest menu

Artificial Intelligence


It’s not what you normally expect at an agricultural show, but artificial intelligence and robotics will be an exciting new feature at this year’s Newport Show. For the first time the popular show, at Chetwynd Deer Park on July 13, will have a Harper Adams University Innovation Zone which aims to showcase how agriculture is moving forward. The futuristic zone will be packed with displays about how robots are helping the farming industry, new technology in agriculture and interactive activities for visitors to enjoy. Sarah Swinnerton, Shows and Events lead at Harper Adams University, said: “As our closest agricultural show, we have been involved with Newport Show for many years and have a close working relationship with the organisers. “The Innovation Zone will be a perfect platform to share Harper’s world leading credentials in agri-tech through projects such as Hands Free Hectare and the drone based delivery system, AirPOd.” Newport Show will feature entertainment for all the family including displays by Bolddog Lings freestyle motocross display team and the Mountain Bike Aerial Display (M.A.D.) team, as well as Joseph’s Amazing Camels, hundreds of trade stands and 140 cattle and sheep classes, livestock, horses and dogs - including qualifying events for both the Horse of the Year Show and Crufts. Tickets can be bought online at or reduced price late entry tickets can be purchased at the pedestrian gate from 4pm.







S AT U R d Ay 1 3 T H J U Ly 2 0 1 9 8am - 7pm

Chetwynd Deer Park Newport, Shropshire Tf10 8Eu

B O O K YO U R T I c K e T S T O dAY


The Bridge Inn Lower Bar, Newport TF10 7JB

T: 01952 324481 Selection of local real ales, bottled Belgium beer, craft beer and 25 gins. Freshly prepared, home cooked food, using local suppliers.


Specials Board Large selection of fish dishes & gluten free dishes

Always a Warm Welcome

Bar Opening Times:

Wednesday to Sunday 12-3pm & 4.30pm-Midnight Monday and Tuesday 4.30 till closing

Good Quality Local Food Served:

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Shropshire Festivals are taking all the best bits about going to the pub – a fantastic range of drinks, awesome people to socialise with, great food and fun games – and taking it outside to the sunshine and magnifying the experience to festival sized! This brand-new festival for the county promises to give you that summertime feeling and plenty of merriment. There will be around 150 real ales served up by local brewers, an extensive gin den, wine bar, pimms tent, cocktails, fizz, and awesome street food featuring every kind of cuisine. This will all be washed down with the best in local live music, comedians and fun in the sun with games. Shropshire Festival’s Director of Fun, Beth Heath, comments, “Nothing beats that feeling of sitting in a beer garden, with the sun on your face and a refreshing drink in hand. We wanted to take that feeling and multiply it in to an unforgettable event for the county’s fun-seekers. It will be a party not to be missed!” The event will be held at Southwater’s QEII Arena on the 7th and 8th June, and it will be guaranteed fun with friends. It is expected that there will be a big demand for tickets to the best party of the Summer. Purchase yours now from

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Strawberry & Cream Eclairs

Filled with sweetened whipped cream and fresh strawberries, these dainty pastries make a great treat for afternoon tea or can be served as a delicious summer dessert. Swap the strawberries for fresh raspberries or blueberries, if liked.

Ready in: 50 minutes, plus cooling time | Makes 8

INGREDIENTS 50g butter, chilled and diced 65g plain flour, sifted 2 medium eggs, lightly beaten 300ml double cream 1 tbsp icing sugar, plus extra for dusting


150g small strawberries


1. Place the butter and 150ml cold water in a small pan and heat gently until the butter melts. Bring the mixture to a rapid boil then quickly remove from the heat and add all the flour. Beat thoroughly with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes away from the sides of the pan and forms a ball. Leave to cool for 3-4 minutes. 2. Preheat the oven to 220C, fan 200C, gas mark 7. Line a large baking sheet with baking paper. Beat the eggs into the mixture, a little at a time, until smooth and glossy. Spoon the mixture into a large piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle. Pipe 8 x 10cm lengths, spaced well apart, onto the baking sheet. 3. Bake for 12-15 mins until the eclairs are well risen and golden. Remove from the oven, pierce each eclair with the tip of a small knife and return to the oven for 2-3 minutes. This allows the steam to escape and dries out the centres of each eclair. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. 4. Whip the cream and icing sugar in a bowl until softly peaking. Spoon into a large piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle. Hull and slice most of the strawberries (reserving four for decoration). 5. Halve each eclair and fill with the cream then top with sliced strawberries. Sandwich back together and dust with icing sugar. Decorate each one with a swirl of piped cream and a reserved strawberry.

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Screen-free Time


You’ve hidden all your precious ornaments, shifted sharp-cornered items of furniture out of the way and stocked up on nutritious snacks. Is it an earthquake warning? A tornado alert? No, it’s not an impending disaster: just a visit from the grandkids. Child minding is, of course, a pleasure, not a chore, but it still involves a fair amount of forethought and preparation. Now you’ve tackled health and safety issues and filled the fridge with healthy treats, there’s just one question left: how do you keep them occupied? They will almost certainly arrive with a full set of gadgets, including (but not limited to) tablets, mobiles and computer game consoles. However, like most grandparents, you would probably prefer to encourage a little eye-to-eye contact and discussion, rather than simply watch your grandchildren stare at a screen all day. A recent survey of 2,000 families carried out by CensusWide found that children currently spend an average of 23 hours per week using tech gadgets to watch videos, chat with friends or play games: that’s twice as much time as they spend talking face-to-face with parents and other family members. The UK’s four chief medical officers have therefore advised parents to take a ‘precautionary approach’ to screen use, not allowing children to play with smartphones and other gadgets for more than two hours at a time. A visit to the grandparents should provide an ideal opportunity for kids to cut down on screen time, but in practice it’s not that easy to tempt them away from their technical gizmos. Here are some great, non-messy, old-school ideas that might encourage them to turn their backs on techology, even if it’s only for an hour or so.

Mess-free masterpieces Many house-proud grandparents will shudder at the thought of what could happen when the kids are let loose with a set of poster paints and a brush. This clever idea involves squeezing large blobs of poster paint onto a card sealed inside a ziplock bag. In this way, children can use their fingers to swirl the paint into a rainbow design through the clear plastic bag, without actually touching the wet stuff themselves. It’s a great way to let children play with colours, without having to wipe paint off their hands, clothes, the sofa or the cat. Dry the painted card with a hairdryer for speed and send your wannabe Damien Hirst home clutching his or her abstract masterpiece.

Brilliant bathroom games Make Bubble Snakes by cutting the bottom off a plastic bottle, pulling a clean sock onto the cut end and securing


it with an elastic band. Create a bubble mix by combining water, food colouring and dishwasher liquid on a saucer and mixing it well. Now dip the sock in the soap mix and get the child to blow into the bottle from the drinking end – it should produce a glorious, snake-like stream of bubbles. Alternatively, half-fill the bath and make your own version of the hook-a-duck game by fastening tape loops around the necks of some toy bath ducks and letting the grandkids take turns at catching them (if you can’t find a suitable hook, try a long-handled wooden spoon instead).

Fun on the web (and not the world wide one) Use a door that’s seldom opened (a cupboard door is ideal) to create a spider’s web out of masking tape, keeping the sticky side of the tape facing the room. Now cut up some newspaper into equal sizes (big enough to turn into small balls) and give each child 8 to 10 pieces each. Ask the children to write their names on the pieces of paper then scrunch them up into tight balls. The winner is the one who gets the most paper balls to stick to the ‘web’.

Competition in the kitchen Kids love competitive games, so if your grandchildren aren’t particularly keen on cooking, you could set a ‘Bake off’ style challenge for them. Depending on their ages, either get them to bake a cake from scratch or give them pre-cooked cakes to decorate. Just like ‘Bake Off’, they will start by drawing a design idea and then decorate their cakes following that design. Set a time limit for the whole project (if there’s a big gap between children’s ages, then give the younger ones a little more time to finish if needed) and when mum or dad arrive at pick-up time, you could ask them to act as judge, without knowing who decorated which cake. To avoid disappointment, make sure you give prizes to both the winner and the runners-up! With a little forward planning and careful supervision, your grandkids will learn that playtime with grandma and grandad can be every bit as exciting as watching the latest cartoons, or playing video games. What’s more, you’ll also have loads of fun planning and playing!

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Encouraging a Love of Reading

According to BookTrust, children who enjoy reading tend to have better literacy skills, increased vocabulary and enhanced general knowledge. Reluctant readers may need some extra help to discover their inner book worm, however.

books with interactive elements. Usbourne’s Puzzle Adventure books are a good place to start. They tend to feature two main characters who have an adventure and are faced with a series of puzzles, such as coded letters and cryptic clues, which the reader helps to solve. You could also look for ‘choose your own adventure’ books, where the story unfolds depending on which paths the reader decides to take.

Lead by example

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Show your child how much you enjoy reading, even if it’s just by flicking through a cookbook or burying your head in a magazine. You could also take family trips to the library, give books as gifts and talk to your children about the books you’re both reading. The BookTrust also recommends that parents and children try reading the same book occasionally. You could take turns reading a chapter aloud or you could both read on your own and then discuss what you like and dislike about the book.

Let them choose

There’s a temptation to guide children towards ‘suitable’ books but try to let your child choose their own. Some may prefer factual books, such as Horrible Histories, over fiction. Others may prefer magazines or short stories that they can dip in and out of.

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Picture books aren’t just the preserve of pre-readers. Series such as ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’, ‘Dork Diaries’, ‘Tom Gates’ and ‘The 13 Story Treehouse’ are illustrated books aimed at children aged around seven to 13. They’re relatively quick reads, which can help to inspire confidence.


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Libraries, bookstores and other venues often have visits from local authors, who will give a talk, read an extract from their latest book and answer questions. Search for ‘author’ on www. or sign up to your library’s mailing list. Many towns and cities now host an annual book festival, which often includes talks by children’s authors. Find your nearest one at

Some publishers have websites for young readers. At www., for example, you can read interviews with authors, enter competitions and download activities. At, parents can sign up to receive a free downloadable pack of word searches, crafts and other book-inspired activities, and also has a range of extracts, quizzes and children’s book recommendations.

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The Greatest Showman See an outdoor screening of The Greatest Showman on The Green at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge on Friday evening, 5 July. The classic movie will be shown on a huge 8m x 4m inflatable screen as part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums lates programme.

Inspired by the imagination of PT Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

OUTDOOR CINEMA EXPERIENCE footwear and carry a brolly and torch. However, in the circumstance of unsafe weather, the event will be rescheduled. Refunds will only be given if you cannot attend the rescheduled date. Tickets must be purchased in advance online priced at ÂŁ15 each; Annual Passport Tickets are not valid for this evening. The Greatest Showman is rated PG by the British Board of Film Classification, all under 16s must be accompanied by an adult and dogs will not be allowed. The film will finish around 11.30pm. Parking is on the Lower Car Park at Blists Hill Victorian Town. For further details, call 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.

Come along when the gates open at 7.30pm and walk through the historic streets down to The Green, where The Victorian fun fair will also be in full swing; try your luck at the coconut shy and take a ride on the gallopers. Bring your own picnic or grab some food and drink from the Forest Glen Pavilion, which will be selling alcohol, hot and cold drinks and snacks including popcorn, ice creams, loaded nachos and hotdogs. Set up camp with your own blankets, pillows or low-backed chairs, seating is not provided although some pillows and blankets will be available to hire on the night at ÂŁ2.50 per person. The film will be screened come rain or shine, so please be well prepared with warm, waterproof clothing and comfortable

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Weather the Debt Conditions Debt snowballing is a term used to describe a particular method of dealing with debt, which in some ways goes against ‘traditional’ thinking. It’s commonly advised to deal with the most expensive debt first in terms of interest rates and charges, which is a natural and effective approach to paying down debt. But one issue that isn’t taken into account when repaying debt in this way is the psychology that can sometimes influence a successful outcome.

What is the ‘traditional’ way to pay off debt? In theory, repaying the most expensive debt first – i.e. the one with the highest rate of interest – offers the best chance of becoming debt-free in the shortest time. Sometimes known as the debt ‘avalanche’ method, you prioritise debts according to the rate of interest rather than the amount outstanding. This minimises the interest paid over the long-term, but there are significant drawbacks to the avalanche method in terms of psychology. However logical the system, if you have a relatively large debt with a high interest rate it can feel frustrating and de-motivating when the balance doesn’t reduce quickly and your other debts remain in the background. So how does debt snowballing work, and could it be a great alternative?

Here’s how to debt snowball • Make a list of all your debts – the one with the smallest balance at the top.Pay off the minimum amount on all your credit cards and other debts, apart from the one with the smallest balance. • Pay as much as you can off this debt and repeat each month until you’ve paid it off in full. • Cross it off your list of debts and use the money released towards the next debt. • Continue in the same way down your list (the second smallest next), making the minimum payment on all other borrowing. • If you’re able to earn more money, putting it towards the debt you’re currently repaying increases the snowball effect and reduces your overall level of borrowing. • When the debt you’re focusing on has been paid off, cross it off your list – rinse and repeat until you’re debt-free.

Human psychology when paying off debt Debt snowballing is a system that applies a little human psychology to paying down debt and acknowledges that we all lack motivation at times. The method only works if you have sufficient funds to make the minimum payments on all your debts however, so if you don’t, you would need to look at alternatives. The sense of accomplishment when you can cross a debt off your list is invaluable in encouraging you to carry on and could in fact be one of the main reasons for the success of debt snowballing. It can be overwhelming to pay off one debt for a long time and


still have other debts that aren’t reducing, but by getting rid of several in quick succession you establish momentum and can change your overall financial situation. The extra money that’s freed up when one debt is repaid should be used to pay the next one, so you’re overpaying more and more as you go through your list – hence the ‘snowball’ reference. It seems to be a simple method, but exactly why could debt snowballing offer a better outcome than other debt repayment methods?

Advantages of debt snowballing • It offers vital motivation. • It’s a simple and straightforward system that’s easy to maintain. • You’re forced to focus on one debt at a time, and as long as you keep up the minimum payments on other debts you can forget about them for a while. • It helps you manage your money for the long term and introduces good money habits. The debt avalanche method is very effective as long as you have the motivation to continue, but paying off the smallest debt first, and then the next smallest, offers a psychological boost that can encourage you to keep going.

Are there any downsides to debt snowballing? The main downside of debt snowballing is the extra interest you pay on your debts when compared with the debt avalanche method, and when considered only from a mathematical point of view it clearly isn’t the most obvious option. Repaying debt is a little like dieting, however – small wins offer the motivation that many people need to continue and succeed. One important issue is to make sure you dedicate any money released when a debt is repaid to paying off the next one. Without this, the ‘snowball’ effect of increasing amounts being available to tackle your next debt doesn’t materialise, and the system will stall. When all your debts have been paid back, it’s advisable to use your newly increased residual income to start an emergency fund if you don’t already have one, and then to save or invest for your future. Debt snowballing isn’t just a good way to become debt-free – it can be the foundation for a ‘wealth snowball’ if you save or invest the money that was once swallowed up by credit card and other debt repayments.

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The Forgotten Teens More teenagers in England may be out of education training or work (NEET) and for longer periods than previously thought, a study has suggested.

An audit commission study of 10 areas suggested that one–in– four 16-18 year olds were categorised as NEETs at some point in a two year period. Of those – dubbed as “forgotten teens” in the report - 43% were NEETs for at least 6 months. After age 18 they can drift into unemployment, unqualified and untrained adulthood. The report also warned that 10% of those not in education, training or employment were at a greater risk of falling into long term joblessness, ill health, and criminality. These are serious issues that need to be supported in our area hence local charity Landau is delighted to announce the In2 programme which aims to support young people into learning and work in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire. The programme, which is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), is targeted at young people aged 15-24. The In2 programme, which is being led by Landau, offers activities to re-engage young people and support their transition after 15 years old into a positive destination that is either education, employment, apprenticeship or other training programme. The programme offers activities tailored to support the young person into a sustainable, proactive outcome, as being out of school, work or training is often linked to other social issues such as being in care, teenage parenthood, and homelessness. The CEO of Landau, Sonia Roberts is excited about the In2

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Do I really need a Will? Recent research has found that over half of UK adults do not have a Will. Solicitor, Tracey Side has a wealth of experience and knowledge regarding all aspects of Wills Probate and Trusts. Tracey of Terry Jones Solicitors who have offices in Telford, Newport, Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth comments “There are many reasons why people don’t make a Will and many common misconceptions surrounding making a Will. Some people believe that friends and family can decide between themselves how to distribute your assets. Some people believe making a Will is complicated, confusing and time consuming. Others simply believe they are too young and healthy to think about making a Will. None of these are good reasons for not making a Will. If you haven’t got around to making a Will yet please do so.

1. You decide who will inherit your assets If you don’t have a Will, you will die intestate. If you die intestate the rules of intestacy will decide what will happen to your assets. Certain people have no rights to inherit under the rules of intestacy. These include unmarried partners, friends, unadopted step-children and charities. These may be the very people you want to benefit.

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Have Manners Gone

FOR GOOD? done thing. This was a 40+ year old and her 60+ mother,” adding: “I forgot to say that it was our Christmas lunch!” Journalist Rachel Moore was moved to write about her experience of a restaurant meal with friends where “a table of people in their fifties and sixties were causing an almighty din, seemingly oblivious they were in a shared space, drowning out any possible conversation between the couples on tables around them.” Writing in the Eastern Daily Press, she went on to describe how “a polite request” to keep the noise down turned into an ugly shouting match involving the whole room.

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Have you recently felt ignored, snubbed or belittled by someone’s behaviour? Has a stranger closed a door in your face, or a friend been too busy browsing their phone to talk to you? If you have bemoaned the lack of manners in today’s society, take comfort: you’re not alone. Last year the broadcaster Sky Atlantic commissioned a poll to find out how people in Britain feel about politeness, and the results were concerning. Two out of three of the respondents felt the UK’s reputation for good manners was rapidly disappearing, but perhaps more worrying was the finding that almost one in ten thought they were more likely to get what they wanted by being rude than by asking politely, while roughly the same number believed speaking bluntly was good because it shows people what you really feel about them.

Youth versus Age Whenever the subject of bad manners crops up, the finger of blame is almost always pointed at the younger generation, and it would certainly appear that complaints about lack of manners in the young are nothing new. In the 4th century BC the Greek scientist and philosopher Aristotle observed that young people “think they know everything, and are always quite sure about it,” while in the year 1624 British writer Thomas Barnes commented: “Youth were never more saucie, yea never more savagely saucie … the ancient are scorned, the honourable are contemned, the magistrate is not dreaded.” Does that mean we should blame the youth of today for our lack of good manners? Take a closer look at the various examples appearing in the media, and you’ll find that many of the offenders – such as the man recently condemned for launching a tirade of abuse at a disabled woman on a Ryanair flight – are people of middle age, or even older. Jane10, commenting on the forum, says: “I was horrified at our extended family lunch when several people placed their mobile phones on the table as if it was quite the


According to a 2017 study commissioned by Mentos sweets, 85 per cent of people feel hurt by the lack of courtesy extended to them in everyday life. We may feel indifferent when it comes to showing courtesy to strangers, but when friends are involved, we ignore social etiquette at our peril: a thoughtless gesture can literally make or break a relationship. “I have received a message recently from a friend through Facebook inviting me to her 60th birthday,” writes Michael John, posting on the website While Michael says he was pleased to get the invitation, he admits he was shocked to find that his friend had asked for cash as a birthday gift. “I’ve always valued being given a present and take time choosing presents for others,” he says. “To ask for money instead leaves a bit of a bad taste in the mouth.” KatyK, posting on, comments: “My personal pet hate is when I meet someone I know and ask how they are and they reply ‘I’m fine’ and don’t ask me the question back. It makes my blood boil.” She goes on to describe a night out with her husband at a local pub, when an acquaintance came to sit at their table, uninvited. Having listened sympathetically to the woman’s account of “the terrible life she had had and all her troubles” for twenty minutes, there was very little response when she started to recount her own experience. According to Katy, the woman “stood up and said ‘Yes, terrible isn’t it?’ picked up her drink and went back to her own table.” So the next time you hear an older person complain about lack of manners in the younger generation, you might suggest they take a look in the mirror. Whether we are interacting with friends, acquaintances or complete strangers, a little consideration is all that’s needed to reverse the trend. The old saying “Manners maketh man” (recently given a new lease of life in the popular Kingsman movie franchise) can also apply to a nation. Fortunately there’s still time to rebuild Britain’s reputation for courtesy and good manners, particularly if our older citizens lead by example.

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Midsummer Meanings The month of Wimbledon and Father’s Day; synonymous with freshly mown grass, the first Pimms and a sudden abundance of flowers, we welcome June as the beginning of summer. In Anglo-Saxon times, June was known as midsummer month or sera monath, meaning ‘dry month’. It also brought with it the big pagan celebration of the summer solstice – the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The longest day can occur on 20th, 21st or 22nd June, depending on when the sun is at its northernmost point in the Tropic of Cancer. However, as is the case with this year, it most commonly falls on the 21st. Although they can happen, solstices on the other two dates are rare. For example, the last summer solstice to occur on 22nd June was in 1975. June’s summer solstice is also the time when the Arctic Circle experiences 24 hours of daylight, known as the midnight sun. Meanwhile in the Southern Hemisphere, 1st June is the official start of winter and the Antarctic Circle experiences 24 hours of darkness. It was the Romans who were responsible for giving the sixth month in their Roman and our Gregorian calendar its current name. Jun(e) is believed to be a shortened version of Iunius or Junius (the capital ‘J’ only came into existence as a separate written letter from ‘I’ during the 14th century – before this they were written in the same way). Junius is Latin for ‘sacred to Juno’. In Roman religion Juno was the wife of Jupiter and patron goddess of The Pantheon in Rome. She was also the Roman goddess of marriage and childbirth. The blessing she was said to bestow on couples who marry during this month has meant that June weddings remain popular to this day. Juno was attended by her companion bird, a peacock, and her messenger Iris, the hem of whose colourful robe would sometimes be glimpsed in the sky as a rainbow. In early Roman times, June had 29 days, but Emperor Julius Caesar added an extra day, making it 30 days long, but still a day shorter than most of the other months of the year.

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People born in June are said to be ruled by the planet Mercury, which represents youth. They come under the zodiac signs of either vivacious, optimistic Gemini (the twins) or loyal, stability-loving Cancer (the crab). Scientific studies have claimed that June babies tend to be physically stronger and suffer less with mental illnesses than those born in any other month. June has three birthstones: the pearl, said to stand for faith and purity of heart; moonstone for intuition, balance and new beginnings; and the more obscure alexandrite, which is supposed to bring health and longevity. The birth flowers for this month are the sweet-smelling rose, which in the traditional language of flowers represents romance and love, and the honeysuckle, whose meaning is fidelity and devotion. There is a saying in folklore that in June, summer doesn’t begin until the elderflower is in blossom. As well as the summer solstice, other festivals that take place in June include well-dressing, where natural springs are honoured with elaborate decorations that include intricate mosaic-like pictures made using flowers, grasses, moss, seeds, bark and berries. Well-dressing is particularly popular across Derbyshire. The many significant historical events that have happened in the month of June include the signing of the Magna Carta on 15th June 1215, and the original Globe Theatre being destroyed by fire on 29th June 1613 after a cannon was let off to announce the arrival of the king’s entrance in Shakespeare’s Henry VIII. The infamous Battle of Waterloo took place on 18th June 1815 and just over a decade later, 10th June 1829 saw the inaugural Oxford versus Cambridge boat race (Oxford won). In June 1946, the first BBC television licenses were issued, costing £2. The Queen’s coronation took place on 2nd June 1953. It is also the month of her official birthday and the wellknown Trooping of the Colour ceremony. Coincidentally, Queen Victoria, up until recently Britain’s longest reigning monarch, was also crowned in June, on 28th in 1838. D-Day, codenamed Operation Overlord, happened on 6th June 1944. The month of June has long fascinated poets, artists and lyricists from Shakespeare to Rogers and Hammerstein. ‘Flaming June’ is a famous painting by Lord Frederick Leighton completed in 1895. Scottish poet Robert Burns also paid homage to the month in the first lines of his well-known poem ‘A Red Red Rose’. And there is no end of romantic ballads out there rhyming ‘June’ with ‘moon’. Believe it or not, June was a popular name for both boys and girls in the first part of the 20th century but over the last 40-50 years has declined in favour in the UK. However, June has enjoyed a resurgence as a favourite girls’ name in the USA during the past decade.

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LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY What are they used for?

We all hope to remain healthy and independent for as long as possible. However, there can come a time when we are no longer physically or mentally capable to make decisions for ourselves. While a person still has full mental capacity and can make their own decisions, that person can appoint an Attorney (or several Attorneys), who will manage their affairs and make decisions on their behalf when they can no longer do that for themselves. There are two types of Powers:

1. Financial Decisions A Financial Decisions Power covers decisions regarding how your money is managed and how your property and other financial matters are dealt with.

2. Health Care Decisions A Health Care Decisions Power covers medical treatment and welfare to include residence and medical decisions. It can give your Attorneys power to refuse or consent to treatment on your behalf.

Our Office in Newport offers a warm and approachable service to all clients. Appointments can be offered to suit you or you can just pop into the office for a chat. We are also happy to meet clients at home, if preferred. Rachel Davenport is our friendly, local Solicitor with family ties in Newport. She has vast experience in dealing with elderly clients in the area and is proud to be part of the Dementia Friendly Scheme within Newport. Rachel can be contacted on: T: 01952 281060 • E: or visit: 21 High Street, Newport TF10 7AT Telford Office: Hazledine House, Telford Centre, Telford TF3 4JL • 01952 291666

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How to gain up to a third more storage space in your home, in just one day! Space is critical in every home. Think of the number of times you’ve thought “it would be good to keep this, the problem is where?” Well, how about your loft? In the average home it accounts for between a quarter to one-third of the volume. That’s a huge area that can add so many uses and benefits to family life. Perhaps it’s difficult to get into or not boarded? Local company Access4lofts solve all these problems with simplicity. They specialise in developing lofts for storage.

Safe access to your loft... The majority of properties have an access hatch to the space in the loft. Access4Lofts create space the easy and affordable way. They can supply and install a new loft hatch and a safe, sturdy aluminium loft ladder in your home in just one day! That means that your dark and dismal roof space suddenly becomes a useful storage area for all that family clutter. “My experience enables fitting the ladder and converting the access hatch, in double-quick time the space is accessible and I leave no mess behind” explains Jonathan O’Connor, owner of Access4Lofts Shrewsbury.

Floored and useful... Another option is to install a loft hatch and ladder and board out a decent sized area of your loft. This gives you somewhere to store the suitcases or keep your Winter/Summer clothes. As soon as you have this additional space you'll wonder how you lived without it for so long.


Added property value exceeds fitting cost... With the problems of moving house today, not to mention all the stress of the move, this is a simple solution which adds value to your property. With a safe ladder giving access to your loft everybody can store their goodies away from the living area. And, if you are planning to sell your home, easy access to the loft space could give your home the advantage over other houses your buyer might be looking at. If you'd like to find out how Jonathan can transform your loft into a useful storage area then give him a call on 01743 626144 or take a look at


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Light weight yet strong and durable, rattan is a versatile material that can be used indoors and out for a variety of furnishings, adding pretty natural texture and a charmingly retro vibe. Rattan is right at home outdoors, and these armchairs are super-comfy. Whitcombe teak table, £1,200, and Hampstead chairs, £290 for a pair, all Garden Trading.

Divide an open-plan space or create a private corner with this three-panel screen that’s crafted from rattan with a solid cane frame and fine webbing to the surface. Rattan webbing screen, £275, Cox & Cox.

Put your favourite houseplant on display in a tapered round basket with natural tones and an intertwined binding design. Rattan basket, £60, Cox & Cox.

Head right back to the ‘70s with a rattan headboard, £335, Out There Interiors.

Artisan vintage meets natural Scandi in this elegant console, made from teak framework with wicker. Retro rattan console, £499, The French Bedroom Co.

Sit back and relax on this iconically styled rocking chair that’s inspired by ‘50s and ‘60s interiors. Monet rocking chair by Sika, £515, Cuckooland.


Add pretty texture and minimal styling with a lightweight, occasional bench seat. Hampstead bench, £290, and seat pad in charcoal stripe, £18, both Garden Trading.

This oval looped mirror would make a striking feature in a hall, bedroom or living room. Rattan looped mirror, £125, Cox & Cox.

A dramatic shape and a pretty colour and texture give this pendant plenty of interest. Rattan hanging lamp, £225, Out There Interiors.

How to Decorate With Rattan • Rattan looks right at home in the garden or on the patio, but think out of the box and introduce accents of rattan to indoor areas, too. A simple basket here and there is the obvious choice, but modern furniture designers are also incorporating rattan into light fittings, tables, picture and mirror frames, headboards and more, so the possibilities are truly exciting. • Chunky rattan has a distinctively tropical, retro look (match with palm prints to go all out), but to keep things modern look for more delicate pieces and use sparingly as an accent, combined with minimal, contemporary furnishings and on-trend accessories. • Go hygge with rattan. A simple room scheme with a white or pale background and subtle mix of textures – including, for example, rattan, stone, wool, ceramic, sisal and wood – is timeless, calm, and very easy to live with. • Choose sustainable rattan. According to the WWF, rattan is a naturally renewable palm, but the way in which it is harvested and processed needs to improve in order to secure the supply in the long term. Look for rattan that has Fair Trade or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.


Bespoke Carpentry TRANSFORM YOUR HOME P M Carpentry are a local family run business with over 30 years experience between them. They are dedicated to providing quality custom woodwork, bespoke carpentry and joinery work that can transform either your living or working environment. Their bespoke service means that you always get exactly what you want. They will work with you from start to finish in order to deliver on time and on budget. For more information or to book a free quotation please contact them on 07739 584 264 or email

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Deep in the southern Indian Ocean, between Mauritius and Madagascar, Réunion island is an overseas French department and one of the most dramatic hotspots on earth. Heading west from St Denis the capital, the coastal road follows the new highway, now in its final stages, built on pylons above the ocean to protect the traffic from rock falls and swelling seas. On this remote island blooming with tropical flowers and fruit, the residents take it all in their stride, over 800,000 of them but no native tribes. This was a desert island when the Europeans arrived. Just 45 kilometres by 63 kilometres, it has much to offer along the shore with sheltered beaches and lagoons in the west, coral reefs, dolphins and whales out at sea, trade winds on the east coast and the awesome ‘Wild South’, strewn with lava rocks and battered by the waves crashing through eroded basalt cliffs. Ravines from the mountainous interior come right down to the water, slicing the land with precipitous slopes, as ominous as the calderas and peaks spreading across the highlands. The Réunion National Park covers roughly 75% of the island, from a sizeable buffer area to the large central zone protected by UNESCO. At the heart of it all are three calderas framed by rugged ridges and rocks but draped in luxuriant vegetation. With over 1,000 species of native plants, it’s a haven for butterflies and birds, such as the slender cuckoo shrike or the white-tailed tropic bird, and myriad lizards including the



brightly-coloured diurnal gecko. Trekkers make their way along the trails – an amazing 900 kilometres on this tiny island – while others take the ‘road of 400 bends’ climbing through gorge and tunnels to the Cilaos caldera and its pretty little resort at 1,200 metres. This is the ‘land of lentils and wine’ with fabulous views of the mountains, within reach of the Piton des Neiges, Réunion’s highest point at 3,070 metres. Hugging it to the north is the verdant Salazie caldera known for its thermal springs, waterfalls and record-breaking rain. It’s the green lung of the island, growing citrus fruit, bananas and peaches and the famous ‘chouchou’, a pear-shaped gourd eaten in many different ways. But the adjoining Mafate caldera is only accessible by donkey or helicopter. That’s the way the people like it, 700 or so scattered in remote hamlets, among them a handful of artists seeking inspiration away from it all. Idyllic, peaceful, this is Réunion in many ways but down in the south east the mighty Furnace Peak never rests. At 2,632 metres, it erupts several times a year, spouting its liquid lava for weeks or even months at a time. Fortunately there are no villages around and when it is safe, forestry road and microlights can take you right there, sending incredible shivers down your spine. Only the tip of the Furnace rises above the land and if the volcano collapses one day, the whole island will sink into the ocean.

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Emerys have Expanded Emerys Timber and Builders Merchants - well known in the trade for supplying building materials for a wide range of projects from new house builds, home extensions and garden makeovers - is pleased to unveil their brand new kitchen and bathroom showroom.

A spokesman said: 'Based at Stafford Park 4, in the heart of Telford, Emerys offers unrivalled customer service with friendly knowledgeable staff on hand to offer a wealth of knowledge and experience in the building industry,

WITH A NEW KITCHEN & BATHROOM SHOWROOM The brand new showroom incorporates stateof-the-art design features using fashionable colour schemes and textures along with cutting-edge Samsung kitchen appliance technology for high-tech energy saving options to suit all.

Samsung’s unique duel flex single oven. A single oven door with two cooking temperatures for endless cooking combinations.

Sue Childs, the in-house kitchen and bathroom designer with 24 years of experience, can turn customer ideas into dreams with high quality products that work harmoniously with their home. Sue added: "The kitchen is the hub of the home where families interact and entertain. With bathrooms we like to create clean lines with contemporary styling and of course are now far more efficient." For you free, no obligation kitchen or bathroom design and quotation give Sue a call on 01952 200220 or email to discuss your requirements whether you are building a new home, extending your original one or simply looking to replace your tired kitchen or bathroom.

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Seventies Chic

Get your groove on – it’s back to the Seventies! But this time around orange pine and avocado bathrooms are banned, in favour of good-looking furnishings, bold patterns and cool accessories. Typical of this decade – which began with the optimism of flower power and the Swinging Sixties and ended with recession, skyrocketing inflation and the Winter of Discontent – is an element of comforting homespun, home-made style. Hence the handicrafts such as patchwork, weaving and macramé that were so prevalent back in the day. Why not take a course, or teach yourself from books or online videos, and make your own, personalised pieces to complement your home and cherish forever? Failing that, Etsy, Folksy and other online marketplaces are full to the brim with beautiful craft pieces that are often very affordable.

Made to measure Seventies Flower Oval roman blinds by Orla Kiely, Blinds 2go: 0800 862 0464;

Include some wooden and, especially, rattan furnishings (the go-to material to help you get the look) in the form of blocky furniture made of pine or covered in velvet or corduroy, and cane elements such as headboards, mirror frames and baskets. You may even be lucky and pick up something suitable from a car boot sale, auction or charity shop. Keep your eyes peeled for better quality items, however, as too many cheap pieces will definitely not create the right impression. A cream-coloured shagpile rug, oh-so comfortable underfoot (if a nuisance to keep clean) is another option – very typical of the decade, and can be subtly updated with a Berber-style criss-cross pattern that still goes with anything.

The Seventies revival in interiors has been brewing for a while, building up to an unmistakeable trend that has even started to reach the high street. Peacock chairs, shag-pile rugs and old-fashioned record players are just some of the ingredients that Pinterest tells us are high on people’s online search lists. The Seventies are back! Retro Orla Kiely enamel Bring it on… teapot, £55, Andshine:

Houseplants are another important accessory. The bigger the better, reaching to the ceiling, dangling to the floor – botanicals are hugely fashionable right now and give an instant nod to the Seventies, when no home was complete without a Swiss cheese plant and a spider plant in a handmade hanger. Complete the mix with some rustic kitchenware, a touch of vintage Laura Ashley, and perhaps even a beanbag or Moroccan pouffe and bingo! You’re good to go-go.

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This style is all about attitude. Bright and bold, it’s easy to introduce, often quite affordable and, because the furnishings are so striking, you don’t need many of them to make an impact. In fact, this is a look where less is definitely more – a handful of well-chosen pieces can be carefully integrated into a modern scheme, adding an on-trend edge without becoming overpowering. In other words, you might like a macramé wall hanging, but you probably won’t want to cover all your walls with swirly wallpaper or re-clad your fireplace with crazy stonework. So, where does one start? The colour palette of the Seventies was highly distinctive. The less said about avocado bathrooms the better, but in general colours were quite earthy and muddy, from mustard and ochre to camel, olive and chocolate. Like the typical patterns of the time – geometrics such as circles within squares, paisleys and simple florals – these strong shades are best employed in small doses, mitigated by pale or neutral backgrounds. In other words, use them to add interest, but avoid straying into kitsch. Think small touches such as a cushion or two, a drum lampshade, some glassware and ceramics (Orla Kiely is particularly good) and a framed poster on your wall, for example.


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Lava Lamps Edward Craven-Walker (1918-2000)

was a great British inventor, entrepreneur and eccentric. The story goes that he was in a pub one night when he noticed a peculiar egg timer, made from a cocktail shaker, old tins and wax, and filled with liquid. Fascinated, he bought the contraption and decided to try to improve on its design. It took 15 years, but in 1963 the Astro Lamp was launched by Craven-Walker’s company Crestworth (the name was changed in 1992 to Mathmos) – and became an instant hit, appearing in TV programmes including The Prisoner, Doctor Who and The Avengers. Lava lamps were made in a range of designs, and were ubiquitous until the late Seventies and Eighties; they were revived in the Nineties and have since become popular again – a retro classic that’s perfectly suited to a 21st century lifestyle. Silver and orange lava lamp, £35, Red Candy: 0121 224 7728;


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Shropshire Shine Shropshire Shine Window Cleaning Services is a locally based company in the Telford area. Owner Andrew Davies, started the business after failing to find a good reliable local window cleaning company to clean his own windows at home. After trying several window cleaning companies, Andrew realised that the only way to get his windows cleaned to the standard he expected was to do it himself. That is why Shropshire Shine are a little bit different from most other window cleaning companies. Andrew prides himself on not only offering a reliable and professional service, but on providing a quality service at an affordable rate. Many other window cleaners are in and out within minutes and charge a high rate for an unsatisfactory job. Shropshire Shine is a family run business and not part of any franchise. They cover Telford and surrounding areas including Shifnal, Newport, Tibberton, Edgmond and beyond.


"People should feel safe in there homes, so we are not just DBS Checked we are Enhanced DBS Checked, meaning we can work within the homes of vulnerable adults and children. All staff have to wear uniforms and all vans are clearly marked as Shropshire Shine." As well as a regular window cleaning service, they also offer a gutter emptying and cleaning service, which includes a CCTV inspection up to the height of 40 feet - this ensures they can see exactly what is in the gutter and that it has been fully cleaned out. They also offer conservatory cleaning including full valets, uPVC renovation and cleaning of fascias, soffits and cladding. Safety is also very important to Andrew, which is why they are IOSH and first aid trained and use the latest pole systems to avoid using ladders where possible, to help prevent accidents. Please call, text or email Andrew for a quote or for any further information on 07474 454321.

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A great eco choice, this throw is made from unbleached cotton and linen from sustainable sources. Jofrid throw, £35, Ikea.

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Reclaimed steel legs have been added to this old red trunk to create an eye-catching and usable piece of furniture. Red Trunk coffee table, £620, Smithers of Stamford. The Finnish mill where this cushion cover is woven is committed to sustainable development and the use of pure, natural materials. Eskimo wool cushion cover in beige, £49, Lapuan Kankurit. These towels are made in Finland by a family weaving mill that uses responsible and environmentally friendly processes, and only the best, high quality materials, including linen, wool and cotton. Terva towels, from £16 each, Lapuan Kankurit.

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The Department for Transport said last year that it is still committed to the link being built as soon as possible. The link road is among 10 regional priority schemes that Midlands Connect is asking Highways England for clarity on, to ensure that those earmarked to start construction by March 2020 are completed by 2025. “We welcome the support of Midlands Connect in calling for the earliest possible construction of the M54/M6 link road,” said Dominic Proud, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Service Delivery Manager for Highways, Transport and Engineering.

Telford & Wrekin Council has welcomed the news that Midlands Connect is calling for the earliest possible construction of the M54 to M6 Link road. Midlands Connect is the transport partner of the Midlands Engine and works to research, develop and recommend projects which provide the biggest possible economic and social benefits for the region. Telford & Wrekin Council has long lobbied for the link to be constructed as it believes there will be significant social and economic benefits for the borough.


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“Getting this link built is the most urgent improvement to the region’s motorway network as far as we are concerned. “One of the things that makes Telford attractive to external investors is the fantastic transport links the borough enjoys. But getting a proper motorway link to the M54 to the M6 northbound would be the icing on the cake.” Simon Statham, Director of Technical Programmes at Midlands Connect, said: “As far as we’re concerned, the M54-M6 link simply must happen. This project is one of our top regional priorities and a potential game changer for the Midlands motorway network. “All our plans assume that this link is already in place. It is a strategic imperative and further delays must be avoided.”

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Stepsister – Jennifer Donnelly Everyone knows the story of Cinderella, but who stops to consider her stepsisters? Isabelle is neither pretty nor demure. But if she’s brave enough to cut off her own toe to fit her foot in a glass slipper, what else is she capable of? While Stepsister is aimed at young adults, this imaginative story is also likely to appeal to older readers who fancy losing themselves in a twisted fairy tale for a few hours.

Grow All You Can Eat in 3 Square Feet – edited by Chauney Dunford When it comes to food, few things beat picking your own vegetables straight from the garden. And you don’t need a large plot to do it. Whether you have a balcony, a courtyard or just a windowsill, you can grow your own vegetables, fruit and herbs. This book offers plenty of advice for would-be growers, from which plants thrive in shady gardens to which flowers can help to protect your crops. You’ll soon be creating your own bicycle wheel trellis, balcony saddlebag or strawberry colander.

Weber’s Greatest Hits – Jamie Purviance Over the years, Weber has released a series of books to accompany its bestselling barbeques. The latest, Weber’s Greatest Hits, has more than 100 recipes for starters, mains (beef, lamb, pork, poultry, fish and shellfish), sides and desserts. Dishes include Chicken Tacos, Salmon Skewers, Zesty Garlic Prawns, Chilli-Rubbed Chicken and, for the traditionalist, Texas Burgers.

The Rosie Result – Graeme Simsion Professor Don Tillman is back, more than a decade after we first met him in The Rosie Project. This time, he has a new project – helping his son Hudson to settle into school (and neurotypical society). Hudson’s teacher thinks Hudson may be autistic. Don and Rosie need to decide whether to seek a formal diagnosis. And, while they’re at it, whether Don should be classed as autistic himself. While The Rosie Result is the third in the trilogy, it can be read as a standalone novel. A warm, humorous, thought-provoking read.

Property – Lionel Shriver Looking for a book to dip in and out of, rather than devote whole sunny afternoons to? This collection of short stories and novellas might be the answer. If you want fast-paced action and loathe long passages of description, it’s probably not for you. If you enjoy wry humour, detailed characterisation and stories that you’re still pondering about hours later, it’s well worth a look.



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at Admaston House Comm. Centre: Mon: Yoga; 6.30-8pm Tue: Pushchair people 9.30am-12pm, Guitar lessons 4.30-7pm, Brownies 5.30-6.45pm, Guides 7-8.30pm, Rangers 7-8.30pm Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Tuesday (term time) 4.15-5.30pm (Ages 2-12), Email: Wed: WI 2-4pm (1st Wed of mth), Weight Watchers 5:30&7pm, Bollywood Dancing 6.45-8.30pm Thu: Scouts 7-9pm, Explorers (age14-18) 7.30-9.30pm, Ladies alpha 7.30-9.30pm. Fri: Youth club 7.30-9pm. If you would like further info. on above visit or contact Moira Hoath on 07722 213264. Wrekin & Telford Singers meet every Fri 7:30pm at Admaston House. We are a mixed voice choir - no audition just come along and enjoy singing with a friendly group of people. Contact Judi 01952 411801 or visit our Facebook @wrekin&telford singers or

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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 Linda Browning 01952 876306 for further details. 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 Weds @ 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 1011. 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 child you will need to bring an adult with you! An hour of fun, games & craft activities, don’t wear your best clothes. Donations welcomed. We don’t expect you to belong to a church.


at Edgmond Village Hall: Toddler group 10.00-11.30 (term time only) - Contact Chloe 07498 282055 Mon (term time only): Painting - drawing classes 1.00-3.30pm. More details Cynthia James 07722 624 210. Every Tue Afternoon: Lunch - Afternoon tea - soup - sandwiches - cakes - tea coffee - wine - prosecco & lots more, 1pm-5pm - more info Janis 01952 820572 / 07739 634703. Every 3rd Wed of Month - Edgmond W.I 7.30-10pm. Visitors welcome: £3.50, incl. refreshments. Contact Dianne: 01952 825564. Every 1st Sat of Month - Table Top Sale 9.30am-12.30. Bacon sandwiches, tea/ coffee & cakes. £6 table, free entry contact Janis 07739 634703 16th Jun (Sun) - Craft Fair - at Edgmond Village Hall 11-3pm, Lots of stalls free entry., Newport Severn hospice volunteers are doing the catering. 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 Annette Jones on annette. 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. Castle Farm Community Centre in Hadley, 1-3pm on the last Tue of every month. T: 01952 253877


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)


Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Saturday (term time) 9.30-11.00am at Ketley Community Centre (Ages 2-12), Email: 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 & District WI meet on the 1st Tue of every month at 7.30pm StJohn’s Church Hall at Lawley. For more info. call Denise Edwards 01952 405756.


Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Thursday (term time) 4.30-5.45pm at Leegomery Community Centre (Ages 2-12), Email:


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 £3 per session. Contact Fran Taylor 01952 604718. Pop In Coffee held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at St Michael's Church. Everyone welcome.


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 Tamara on 01952 680030. 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: 12:30-2:15pm NCT Bumps and Babes group - for parents and carers with children under 2, £1.50 donation Painting Club 2-4pm (term time). Tue: Tiny Tots (10am, 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: Forget Me Not Films 9.30am Monthly, Afternoon Fellowship 2.30-4pm monthly & Beacon 7.45pm Fri: Join us 4 a Cuppa! 11am Monthly plus litter pick, Lunch Club Over 50’s (1st Fri of mth) Sub:Zero – Youth Cafe, yrs7+ 4-6pm Sat: 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


16th Jun (Sun) Newport's Through the Garden Gate event is your chance to peek behind the gates of some interesting gardens and allotments. Tickets are £5, under 16's free, available in June from; Hey Judes, The Guildhall Tea Rooms and on the day from The Cottage Care Centre and all the open gardens. All proceeds go to Newport in Bloom, which raise funds for the floral displays in the town. Sustainable Newport - local people working to make Newport more sustainable. Find us on Facebook Twitter & Instagram or email info@ The Probus Club of Newport meet on the first Monday of each month at 1pm for lunch at The Swan at Forton. If you are a retired gentleman, then feel free to check that we are a friendly bunch! Phone Gwyn Jones on 01952 813433 for more details. U3A Newport - meet the 3rd Tue of each month at The Royal British Legion Club, Audley Road, Newport at 2pm. £1 entry to include refreshments, Members and visitors are most welcome to come along. Please visit our website to find out more. Evening Stitchers - Wed fortnightly 7.30 - 9.30pm Newort Cricket Club, Audley Avenue. Friendly, bring your own Emb. Knit, patchwork etc. Alison 01952 324084 Beaumaris Singers - New members welcome. We are a chamber choir of around 20 voices. We meet every Tuesday at 7.15pm during term time at Cosy Hall, Newport. For more information call David 07710 005050 or visit our website Newport Rotary Lite - We’re an active, informal and mixed club focused on doing things to help the community in Newport and beyond. Message us through Facebook - Newport Shrops Rotary Lite. Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Monday (term time) 4.15-5.30pm at Newport Cricket Club (Ages 2-12), Email: natalie@ Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Monday (term time) 6.30-8.15pm at Burton Borough Home Ec Room (Ages 10-17), Email: Gnosall, Newport & District Lions Club. 1st Mon monthly at 8pm - Community Room, Gnosall Fire Station, Wharf Road ST20 0DB. For people interested in helping in the

community. Contacts: Pat 01785 780032 or John 01952 273919. 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 Academy - Meet Mondays 7pm at Royal Naval Association, Bellmans Yard, Newport. All standards welcome very friendly club. Expert tuition every week from EBU Grand master & qualified teacher, followed by duplicate bridge. Easy parking and tea/coffee included. Please call Grahame on 07541 048785 or Bob on 07907 887010 or email newport.bridge. 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. Cygnus Book Club – Come along and join a friendly group as we discuss a spiritual book or theme of the month – all whilst enjoying drinks and cake! Contact Romella 07894 812440 Used Toner Cartridges - Shrewsbury Music Therapy Unit are collecting and recycling used printer ink cartridges to raise funds to subsidise Music Therapy for children with learning difficulties. Please drop off at Boots or Ace Computers, High St, Newport. Dressmaking Classes at Cosy Hall, Newport on Thu’s - 10am-12.30pm and 7.309.30pm ‘Saturday Sewing Bee’ 2-5pm, monthly. Details and booking contact Catherine on 01952 276061. catherine@ www.facebook. com/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 Friends Singles Club, 45+, established in Shropshire, now meeting in Newport. Full details from 07955 851256 or email: 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 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.



Maddocks Chess Club - Monday nights from 7:30pm at Maddocks Sports & Social Club, Church St, Oakengates, Telford. TF2 6BU. FREE Art and Craft Sessions - at The Wakes, Oakengates - every Thursday 102pm no need to book just turn up, everyone welcome. 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 Section. Friday - 7pm Company Section (boys and girls school year 7+). Contact Dave on 07548 574901. 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 or see our Facebook page 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 The Lion Inn, 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@ 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.


Sheriffhales W.I. - Meet every 4th Thursday, 7.30pm at Sheriffhales village hall. For further info contact Janet 07964 370679.


‘Live at Home’ in Shifnal, Albrighton and surrounding villages - Reduces isolation, and encourages independence and a better quality of life for over 60’s. Now recruiting volunteers with varying tasks, from driving, to serving tea. 10 minutes here and there, or a regular 5 hours. Please make contact to join us as a member or volunteer on 01952 879873 or Shifnal Chorale mixed choir - Monday evenings 7.30-9.30pm Trinity Church, Victoria Road, Shifnal. New members welcome with no auditions. Please contact Angela on 07916 870 839 or visit our website 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 01952 461018 during Library open hours.. 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 Park House, Shifnal 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 Park House, Shifnal 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 the end of Nov. on the 1st and 3rd Sats and the 2nd and 4th Thurs 9.30am - noon. Enthusiastic helpers most welcome. Contact 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 monthly 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

Monthly Craft Fair (2nd Sat of each mth), 9.30am-3.30pm at Meeting Point House, Southwater, Telford. Free entry to over 25 stalls of local crafters and artists.

Onsite café serving breakfasts, lunch and afternoon teas. Afternoon Tea at Meeting Point House, Southwater - available Mon to Sat 12-3pm in the vintage inspired tea room. £8 for two, includes a pot of tea. The room is also great for birthdays and celebrations as well as local community groups. Call 01952 292268, visit or email 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


15th Jun (Sat) - The Darby Singers Joint Concert with Wellington (Telford) Brass Band. Venue Dawley Town Hall, TF4 3JR Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Bar will be open. Tickets are Adult £5.50 Child £3.00 available from TicketSource https:// Telford Stamp and Card Club Meetings - Stamp Club meetings are on the 2nd Monday of each month, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, in the Belmont Hall, Wellington. For more info call Richard Camp on 01952-405458. SPACES available at Wellington Brownies - for girls aged 7-10, Mon 6:30-7:45pm, Wellington Methodist Church - contact Joanne Martin on 01952 254555 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 or visit www.Art4Tots. com for further details. Art for Enjoyment - at Wellington Methodist Church - Tue mornings or afternoons, and now on Thu afternoons as well, 1.30 - 3.30pm. Call Liz Doody, the course tutor for more info. or to book your place on 07970 709116. SUNNYCROFT - 200 Holyhead Road, Wellington. House, Gardens and Tearoom open 10am-5pm until 3rd Nov19, Fri-Tue each week, last admission to house 4pm. 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. We meet at Belmont Hall in Wellington - see website for more details: www.stagstelford. or call 01952 417747 . 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 Belmont Hall. 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 01952 276615 for more info. Wellington Central Townswomen’s Guild meet on the 2nd Tue of each month at 2.15pm at the Carvers Close Community Room, Holyhead Rd, Wellington. For more info call 01952 251 364. Eyton & Wellington WI - Meet every 2nd Wed of the month at 7:30pm in the Belmont Hall, Wellington for speakers, friendship and tea & biscuits. Visitors welcome. Call Judi on 01952 411801 for more details. Grace Church Wellington - meets Sundays at 11am in the Wellington Library. An independent local fellowship. Visit www.

Other Areas

8th Jun (Sat) Havenhills Hike - New 15k and 25k routes leaving from Havenhills Farm, TF11 9NR - Largely off road, not strenuous but not suitable for buggies. £15pp, children go free. Please see website for details and to book your ticket www. Ironbridge Rotary – A friendly group of men and women doing good and having fun. Members from all over the Telford area. Join us and make a difference. For more info: or find us on Facebook or the internet. Garden Club - Kynnersley Village Hall, Telford, TF6 6DX. Meet monthly, 2nd Friday of each month at 7pm, we welcome members from all around the Telford area Contact Hannah 01743 341949. The Wolverhampton Phoenix Club for the widowed - a club for both men and women who are widowed and are ready to restart their social life in a friendly supportive atmosphere. We meet the 2nd Sunday of the month at Codsall Village Hall at 7pm in the summer afternoons and 2.30pm in the winter. We have a varied program of entertainment and we also organise monthly lunches at local pubs, day trips and holidays. For more information phone Jim 01902 846696. Age UK Lunch Clubs - are held every month at 10 different locations. Ring Age uk Telford (01952 201803) for more details or check out the website: www. IT Class (for older people) run every Wednesday 3-5pm at Brookside Community Centre. Contact Diane Douglas 01952 201803 ext 001 or diane.douglas@ Whist Drive - Every Fri, at Buildwas Village Hall, 7pm prompt - everyone welcome, Call 01952 242009 for details. 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 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 - www. 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


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 Douglas on 01952 201803 for details. Thu: Slimming World - 9.30am, 5.30pm & 7.30pm Contact Sharon on 07775 512563

Church Aston

at Church Aston Village Hall: 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.


Have fun – keep fit. Short Tennis Prime Time Club (over 55’s). Tue and Fri 5-6pm at Phoenix Sport & Leisure Centre, Dawley. First taster is free, membership £5 and each sesssion is £2. Please contact Peter on 01952 274657 Margaret on 019852 274535 or Keith on 506616. 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 7.3010.30pm. Call Donna on 01952 567920 Dawley Badminton Club meets on Tues 7:30-9:30pm at Holy Trinity Academy, Teece Dr, Priorslee, Telford TF2 9SF. 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 the Club Secretary on: / www. 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 pay-asyou-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


Yoga, Pilates & Yogalates Classes - in the new Studio at Edgmond Village Hall, Shrewsbury Road, Edgmond, Newport, TF10 8HU. Mon: Pilates at 6pm; Wed: Yogalates at 5.30pm and Yoga at 6.30pm. Cost: £6 PAYG or £30 (£5) in advance for 6 classes. Call/text Denise on 07875 661045 or email to book.


Gentle Exercise (for older people) - at the Methodist Church (Hadley) 2-3pm Mondays. £2.50 per session, all abilities welcome. Exercise Class at Hadley Community Centre (Hadley) Tue 1:00-1:45pm (for older people, but a little more physical). £2.50 per session, all abilities welcome.


Slimming World - at HLC, Hadley - 5.30pm & 7.30pm Contact Sharon on 07775 512563 Daisy Birthing classes: Active Antenatal classes on Sat 1011:30am 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 - 07852 144119 or email iandglittleford@btinternet. com. Indoor Bowls - Mon & Tue 2-4pm, at Hadley Restrooms. New members VERY welcome, free trial available. For more details contact Roger on 07955 852 534. Gymnastics Classes - Monday to Saturday, for beginners - advanced gymnasts. Contact: 07905 956644 or email 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


‘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


Yoga - Wednesdays 7-8pm at Ketley Community Centre, Holyhead Road, Ketley, TF1 5AN. Friendly class, suitable for all abilities and beginners are especially welcome. £5 per class, no need to book. Contact Debbie on 07790 006815, email or see my website: 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 cheryljauncey@ Slimming World - Ketley Methodist Church on Tue at 5.30 & 7.30pm.


Clubbercise and Legs, Bums & Tums (Special deal for BOTH classes) - Tuesdays Lawley Primary School Arleston Lane TF4 2PR. All fitness levels welcome age 16+. Contact Kim - 07724 087516. Or find us on Facebook 'Clubbercise Telford with Kim' 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.mitchytitch. Mummy Movers - St Johns Church Hall, Wed: 7.30-8.30pm & Thu: 10.15-11.00am. Call: Laura 07929 154 536 / laura@ Website: www.mummymovers. com


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.

Lightmoor Village

at Oak Tree Centre, Lightmoor Village: 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)


Friendly flat green bowling, based at The National Sports Centre. Come along to club afternoon sessions on Thursdays 2:30pm to 4:30 during the summer and try your hand at a new sport. Further information on the club website or contact Rod on 01952 590963 or Liz on 01952 814671. Lilleshall Trampoline Club - Tuesdays at Lilleshall National Sports Centre: (8-14 year olds) excluding school holidays - Trampoline Foundation: 6 - 7:30pm & Trampoline Development: 7:30 - 9pm. £5 a session. Contact us on 01952 603003 Lilleshall Quick Sticks Hockey - Sundays 10-10:45am (7-9 year olds) at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. £30 for 7 weeks. Contact us on 01952 603003 Adult Yoga class, Mon 10-11am at the Memorial Hall in Lilleshall. Contact Michele on 07970 731174 or email info@

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 - meet Mondays during term time, 6.30-7.30pm for Juniors, 7.30-9.30pm for Adults, in Jubilee/Ford Hall at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. Adults £5, Juniors £3 per week. Coaching available for all abilities. Call Louise 813924 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) 12.30-2:15pm (fortnightly), sessions £1.50 Slimming World - Mon (9.30, 5.30pm & 7.30pm) contact Celia Powell 07575 123666 Wed: Over 50’s Aerobics (10am) If you would like further info. on the above activities contact the church on 01952 670033


Various Fitness classes at The Body Barn in Newport, Shropshire's biggest outdoor fitness facility - see website for full details at: or call Danny on 07894 569571. Slimming World (Thu 9:30am, 5:30pm & 7:30pm) at Newport Cricket Club - Call Debbie on 07472 282975 Tai Chi - Gentle exercise to improve flexibility and balance, relieve stress and aid relaxation. Suitable for adults of all ages and abilities. Cosy Hall Tuesday am. Contact Dilys 01952 588838 / Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Clubbercise, Box-Fit, Circuits, Kettlebells, Body Pump, Fit-Steps, Yummy-Mummy’s, Relaxation, Tone & Sculpt ALL available at Pulse Fitness The Ballroom High Street Newport. Pay As You Go Classes Available Plus Pre-Paid Class Cards. Call Nikki 07967 343728 or email Forton Cricket Club - Fancy playing cricket, we have two senior teams, ladies team and junior teams - for more info contact Clive 01952 825447 or Nova Utd FC based in Newport, looking for new players for 2017/18,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 sensei@ website T: 0845 678 0091 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: desmachin@ 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 or visit www. 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, yogame4families 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 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. Women’s Circle for Spiritual Development – are you looking to connect to like-minded spiritually awake women & deepen your connection - then this group is for you. 1st Fri of month in Newport – Contact Romella 07894 812440 Meditation for Calm Classes – held every Tuesday 2-2.50pm @ Tina’s Wellness Studio, New Street, Newport, drop in for

& Fitness Classes £10 or prebook 4 weeks @ £9 a class (£36) - Book Romella 07894 812440 Free essential oil classes – every Mon (& other days) Learn how essential oils can support your wellbeing goals, families health needs, emotions, sleep and even be used for cleaning. Contact Romella 07894 812440

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


St Georges

Have fun – keep fit. Short Tennis Prime Time Club (over 55’s). Wed 7-8pm at Oakengates Leisure Centre. First taster is free, membership £5 and each sesssion is £2. Please contact Peter on 01952 274657 Margaret on 019852 274535 or Keith on 506616. 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

Clubbercise and Legs, Bums & Tums (Special deal for BOTH classes) - Wednesdays at St Georges Sports & Social Club TF2 9LU. All fitness levels welcome age 16+. Contact Kim - 07724 087516. Or find us on Facebook 'Clubbercise Telford with Kim' 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 Friday's 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Family-orientated, from beginner to black belt and beyond. Adults £3 Under 16s £2.50. 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.


Swimming Lessons - Duck N Dive Limited - Baby, preschool, afterschool & adult swimming lessons across various locations in Telford & Shifnal. T: 01952 301012,, Line Dancing Classes at Shifnal Memorial Club on Tue at 7.30pm. 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. 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. Thu mornings at Shifnal Village Hall - Yoga 10-11am, £5 per class. 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 info@ 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 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 - All Stars (age 5-8), U9, U10 and U11 boys and girls training on a Friday 6pm. Monday 6:15pm - U13 and Tue 6:15pm for U15. Also women's Soft Ball for beginners and Hard Ball for improvers - Fri 6pm. For details please email Idsall Badminton Club meet at Idsall Sports Centre, Shifnal - Tue 7-9pm. All we ask is that you play to a reasonable standard.

Total Body Tone & Clubbercise (Special deal for BOTH classes) - Mondays at Grange Park Primary School Grange Avenue, Stirchley. All fitness levels welcome age 16+. Contact Kim - 07724 087516. Or find us on Facebook 'Clubbercise Telford with Kim'

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AQUABABIES - Swimming lessons for children aged 12 weeks to 3 years. Lessons held at The Park Inn hotel on Mon, Tue, Thu and Sat from 10am. To book your FREE trial lesson contact Lisa on 07598 617442 or Stuart on 01543 572855


Yoga - Mondays 7-8pm at Our Lady of the Rosary and St Luke Church Hall, Church Road, Trench, TF2 7HG. Friendly class suitable for all abilities and beginners are especially welcome. £5 per class, no need to book. Contact Debbie on 07790 006815, email or see my website: www. 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.


Mindfulness and Relaxation - cultivate mindful presence and inner stillness. Weekly workshops incorporate mindful activities, meditation and relaxation, which will enable you to rejuvenate mind, body and spirit. Tuesday's 7 - 8pm at Wellington Methodist Church. Session price £7. Contact Lorraine: or 07898 823339 for more info or to reserve a place. Yoga with Lynne in the Committee Room, via Wellington Library. Mon - Mixed ability 7- 8.30pm / Thu Beginners 78pm . Contact: or 07506 695443 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 & Thu at The Glebe Centre, Glebe St, Wellington, 5.30 & 7.30. Call Heather on 07737 734347 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 (47yrs), 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

Taoist Tai Chi Society of GB - All ages and abilities welcome. See for information and availability of classes or phone 01952 597685. Swimming Lessons - Duck N Dive Limited - Baby, preschool, afterschool & adult swimming lessons across various locations in Telford & Shifnal. T: 01952 301012,, Dance Fit at Hollinswood every Friday 2.45pm-3.30pm, call Diane Douglas on 01952 201803 for details. 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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In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling our of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Date: 7th June 2019 Genre: Action Cast Members:James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence


Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her “safely” behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest’s holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target - the Warren’s ten-year-old daughter Judy, and her babysitters. Release Date: 28th June 2019 Genre: Horror Cast Members: Mckenna Grace, Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga



Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy. Date: 21st June 2019 Genre: Animated Cast Members: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen


From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s allnew “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. Date: 19th July 2019 Genre: Family Cast Members: Donald Glover, James Earl Jones

Please note that release dates are subject to change and some previews may be shown earlier.


Notes from your local Muxton Councillor Now that the local elections are over the work of local government resumes. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all those residents who voted for me and I look forward to continue representing all residents on both the Parish and Borough Council. A three year contract for the Parish Christmas lights has been agreed with a mix of new and refurbished lights. By the end of the contract we should have a improved display across Donnington and Muxton which can be expanded upon in the future. Telford and Wrekin Council has received a pre planning application for a convenience store on School Road between Kingsley Drive and Wellington Road (opposite Mc Donald’s). Many residents have expressed concerns regarding the traffic congestion in this area and the effect on existing businesses. If a full planning application is made residents will have the opportunity to register their comments.

Art Exhibition


The Art Group at Wellington Methodist Church are busy preparing for an Art Exhibition of work created by their group members, and as previous years is also open for local artists to exhibit their work. The exhibition will be held at the Church on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July, 10am till 4pm each day. If you’re interested in exhibiting work please call Barbara Murray for an Entry Form on 07592 881108 (last date for entry forms to be submitted – 14th June, artwork to be delivered to the Church 3rd July). Refreshments including home made cakes will be served at the exhibition on both days and there will be the usual coffee morning on Saturday morning. Do come along to see the display, entrance is free.

Cllr Nigel Dugmore

If any residents wish to be involved or have suggestions regarding the siting and design of a memorial in Muxton recognising those that have served their country then please get in touch with either myself or the Parish Clerk.

Cllr. Nigel Dugmore (Muxton Ward) T: 01952 380237 M: 07528 979395 E:



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Volunteers’ Week


Volunteers’ Week is an annual event now lead by NCVO (The National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which marks its 100th anniversary this year). The event celebrates the contribution of millions of volunteers with hundreds of events across the UK and raises the profile of volunteering, something more important than ever in 2019. The benefits of volunteering – for organisations People volunteer with charities and also in the private and public sectors. In 2017/18, 20.1 million (38%) people in the UK volunteered formally at least once a year and 11.8 million did so at least once a month, worth a staggering £22.6 billion a year to the economy. Shaun Delaney, volunteering development manager at NCVO, said: “Volunteers are an integral part of our communities. In every direction you look there will be someone giving up their time for free. Many charities and community groups simply couldn’t exist without them and Volunteers’ Week is the perfect opportunity for us to give volunteers a boost, so they carry on making our communities a better place.”

The benefits of volunteering – for you The benefits of volunteering aren’t limited to the gains of the organisations. Volunteering can have a positive effect on your life too. Volunteering is great for: • Developing new skills. • Gaining confidence and improving self-esteem. • Giving you goals. • Giving your day or week structure, and you something to get up or go out for. • A less pressured introduction back into the working world after a break. • Filling (and providing a reference for) employment gaps: showing your keenness to contribute, develop new skills and commit to something, and that you have the selfdiscipline and motivation to do something meaningful and turn up when expected.

• Offering the possibility of employment, whether through the organisation itself or through connections you make. • Expanding your social circle, preventing loneliness, and meeting new friends. • Knowing you’re making a difference.

Volunteering opportunities There are hundreds of volunteering opportunities and something suitable for everyone. To find a volunteering opportunity right for you, visit or the websites of charities you’d like to support (volunteering for charity isn’t limited to working in a charity shop), and check local magazines. Or try: Libraries and museums. Over 500 of the UK’s 3,800 libraries are now solely or partially operated by volunteers. Libraries are community hubs and a vital source of internet access, quite apart from free access to books, DVDs, magazines and local and genealogical records etc. Many museums also welcome (and rely on) volunteers. Offering a room. SASH is a charity that prevents young people from becoming homeless by offering them a short-term room in a volunteer’s home. Buddying up. If you have mental or learning disabilities, going to events by yourself can be difficult and intimidating. The Gig Buddies Project matches these people up with volunteers, helping them access gigs and events. See www. Food banks, Scouts, Guides, local litter-picking schemes, Health Walk leading: the choice is endless. So why not make June the month you make a difference?

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Entertainment / Events / Activities Hadley Park House...................................... 43 Hoo Farm.........................................................57 Newport Show.............................................. 49 Pub in the Park.............................................. 49 Shrewsbury Flower Festival........................ 9 Shrewsbury Food Festival.........................42 Estate Agents & Property Barker Healey..................................................17 Maguires Developments..............................19 Nock Deighton.......................................... 14-15 Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture SB Sports Clinic.............................................36 Farm Shop/Markets/Food Fayre Green Fields Farm Shop..............................51 Green Fields Food Festival....................... 45 Shrewsbury Food Festival.........................42 Financial Services CD Financial....................................................59 Future Perfect............................................... 60 Fireplaces, Fires & Stoves Alpine............................................................... 96 Grate Ideas..................................................... 99 Footcare The Foot Doctor............................................35 Telford Footcare............................................35 Garage Doors Barrett Garage Doors..................................75 Garolla Garage Doors................................. 68 Garden, Plants & Building Supplies Bloomsbury Nursery...................................... 9 Emerys..............................................................77 Jewsons..............................................................11 MKM..................................................................... 3 Nobridge Nurseries.......................................13 TAFS.....................................................................11 Gardening/Landscaping A J Landscapes...............................................13 Gardenhand.................................................... 96 Needes Landscaping.................................. 96 NPB Garden & Ground Maintenance.... 96 Primary Tree Care........................................ 96

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