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BEAUTY & FASHION

6 What is Beauty? 8 Heaven Skincare 10 Your Summer Hair & Beauty Destination 14 Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine 15 Miss Shropshire Curve 2018

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Advertising Feature

DEBORAH MITCHELL:

WHAT IS BEAUTY?

I believe beauty totally comes from within, if we feel beautiful we become beautiful. I’ve strived in my career to find the perfect treatment to achieve this; my bee sting facial clients see the beauty in themselves and feel it too. Totally angelic relaxation with visible and lasting results.

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My clients, celebrities and royalty love my result driven products and treatments. I never want to stop improving and working on perfection. My clients always ask me what other medi spa treatments work with Heaven; they would go to other aesthetics and have good treatments but the therapist would use either no products or just a silicon gel.

Bee Venom Mask was my answer to smoothing & line freezing; this is an organic alternative to Botox.

The medi spa treatments After building my own dermabrasion machines and being the first to introduce light technology with this, clients always looked to me for the answers. Now Heaven medi spa is the answer to the holistic approach, meaning the whole of you becomes beautiful in your very own eyes and the eyes of others. You feel the beauty in the relaxed atmosphere mixed with intensive treatments that really are the alternative to a face-lift, body redefining or tummy tuck. So the treatments we offer will give you the line free, pigmentation free, acne scaring free wrinkle free look. It does not stop there, Heaven FIVE multi laser is our newest machine. Have painless hair reduction in a very short time, even lighter hair can be treated and any skin colour, this advanced laser hair removal machine is the cutting edge in design bringing five concepts in one treatment machine. Have you got a tattoo you’d rather not see, we could help you remove this too. Even semi permanent eye bows that need refreshing taking out the orange look pop in to see us we can help. Our highly trained and friendly staff will help you get the best inside and out treatment you need to improve on perfection.

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I personally suffered from acne as a young girl which made me want to create Heaven Skincare, my products stopped myself having to look at unsightly spots, as I’m getting older now I wanted to create treatments to stop pigmentation, fine lines and sagging skin...

HEAVEN THE ONE AND ONLY NATURAL MEDI SPA LAUNCHES Here at Heaven, we offer healing treatments for mind, body & soul and medi spa non-invasive treatments. Starting out as a trained beauty therapist myself, I thrive in the fact my staff ‘The Heaven Angels’ are medi spa and holistic trained, it sounds like a contradiction but it’s anything but, clients could think in the past if this line goes I’ll feel better but we now can remove the line the under eye bag and we know you’ll feel better with our healing touch too; you will sparkle from within. All medi spa treatments start with a full consultation to find what it is your looking for, we can help whether it’s weight loss, hair or vein removal. For those looking for treatment to help Rosacea, Acne and scarring or help for Eczema, we can offer treatments such as light therapy or Mesotherapy. Our latest facial machine, Heaven OXY-HYDRA 8 is oxygen therapy and a hydra facial it’s an absolute winning combination, using

both Oxygen and Hydrotherapy to plump and deep cleanse lines and we can also add an intensive micro current, one over cellist wrinkles or two the use of Bee Venom therapy is infused within this treatment in the form of my patent ABEETOXIN® which can be placed just under the first layer of the skin by means of mesotherapy, tiny wispy needles that inject a solution of bee venom ABEETOXIN® and Hyaluronic Acid to freeze intensive lines. Do you dislike your open pores? well we can even freeze them closed. You can have a short but effective treatment that really makes a difference and a price that’s right for you and so worth the results.


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HEAVEN SKINCARE Using certified organic, natural and results driven ingredients work in synergy with our highly trained Angels giving our clients the very best techniques in hands on therapy and medi spa treatments. “I always strive to make my clients feel perfect, this comes from not always feeling so myself, either my skin had acne and then later the scars to the my body being unshapely after having the children, to then the lines, wrinkles and pigmentation. My new treatments and machines are cutting edge. Heaven medi spa is bringing these treatments together with the very best results and highly trained staff who will advise our clients what is perfect for them. I want my customers who enjoy Heaven Skincare products such as my HERO product the Bee Venom Mask to have the ultimate smooth skin and the best treatments I can offer. Our Lipolis7 machine has given great contouring and slimming, our clients they love the fast effect and the slimmer shape that previously could only happened with liposuction or surgery. We combine this with our Bee Slim massage which has intensive movements to reduce lymphatic fat. Our Bee Polish and Bee Peel are then used to polish and perfect the skin condition. Heaven’s infrared & radio frequency can tighten skin and improve stretch marks, we can offer after-care with Heaven Stretch Mark Cream which has real orange oils containing natural vitamin C to change a dark purple mark immediately to less obvious silver and gradually fade and smooth away whilst skin is tightened. Our Heaven FIVE laser is strong enough to rejuvenate any line wrinkle and even stretch mark. Our Angels will advise you on the treatment number you would need to get you closer to that perfect skin condition you require to give you the extra confidence to show your body off and feel just the way you want to. It

does not stop those unsightly veins, these can be worked on too, just one treatment course can achieve this. I believe if you use the best it actually costs less too, you don’t need as many treatments to get you to the place you want bee (excuse the pun) Oxy-Hydra 8 is a brilliant new and exciting treatment which has every application in one machine, oxygen is used to infuse and plump skin. The hydra water treatment works like dermabrasion and intensely deep cleans and tones the skin and our ABEETOXIN® water containing bee venom relaxes lines. It’s truly a very exciting treatment. The therapist will then micro current stubborn lines and a ice freezing can close pores to refine and perfect. Pigmentation is another issue we are asked to solve, Oxy-Hydra 8 works to fade this and detox skin lifting dark under eye bags with no ‘down time’ that means know one will see you’ve had anything done and you can go out straight away. We have a cryogenic treatment that can take a deep pigment or big freckle in one treatment, this goes darker after treatment and then lifts off, so a little down time needed but fast results. Lastly my bee venom products and treatment relaxes lines through using ABEETOXIN® from bees, organic venom I use from Kenya for this. Until now it’s only been topical. My highly trained staff now will be able to give you this in tiny wispy needles fired very quickly into skin and deposit the ABEETOXIN® just under the skins cuticle layer a slight warmness is felt as the skin heals fast and lines are smoothed & skin tightens. We are also very lucky to have the best, I believe, Doctor Ash Labib joining us to do his world

famous co-pioneered non-surgical Rinoplasty giving you that straighter nose shape. He will be offering surgeries at Heaven medi spa, offering his 8 point face lift and injectables and fillers for those who want instant change with out other treatments or with advice on a combination to achieve perfection. Ash is vary caring and is totally well respected. He trains other doctors the world over that’s why I only want him in my medi spa.

We also offer semi-permanent makeup lasting two to five years and also micro blading lasting up to two years. Our staff are trainers to others the world over so you can safely say they are pretty darn good at it. I was one of the first people in England many years ago to offer this treatment and now I’m confident my staff are even better than me at it. We also offer deeper skin peels now with the success of our Bee Peel home care strength we decided to go Professional strength for our Heaven medi spa. I need to mention our dermaplaning treatment too, this is a little sharp knife that takes dead skin cells and vellus hair away and brightens skin. Our staff are always here to listen to what you need and advise. Heaven is a one stop shop for beauty perfection and inner body, deep mind changing relaxation, and the very best skincare products in the world” By Deborah Mitchell.

M U LT I F U N C T I O N A L L A S E R | 5 I N 1 What can Heaven FIVE do to help you: • Skin lifting • Acne removal. • Vascular treatment & removal • Reduces spots and freckles • Reduces epidermal pigmentation • IPL treatments and skin rejuvenation • All kinds of tattoo removal & pigment removal • Fast removing permanent painless hair removal. For your FREE trial call to book an appointment or simply book a HALF PRICE Heaven FIVE Treatment

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Heaven Salon: T: 01952 461888 or email salon@heavenskincare.com 13a Market Place | Shifnal | TF11 9AU. www.heavenskincare.com


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8 I N 1 | OXY- H YD R A FAC I A L The latest Hydro-Oxygen facial machine completely changes the traditional way of hand-cleansing the skin, relying on trained therapists practiced skills. This compact oxy-bubble machine uses a vacuum suction mode controlled by a highly intelligent process combining organic products and state of the art equipment to improve skin texture. It uses specifically designed mini bubble machine tips which gently exfoliate the skin using a derma-planing motion. The spiral tips allow the organic products

longer duration on the skin, whilst the spiral edges are designed to push the products deeper into the skin – producing a plumped epidermis and deeper dermis. The Heaven Oxy-Hydra 8 resurfacing treatment thoroughly enhances the skin using vortex technology to cleanse, exfoliate, extract and hydrate simultaneously. It merges soothing and invigorating organic & medi-spa therapies with advanced medical technology to achieve instant lasting results. The procedure is smoothing, moisturising, non-irritating and has immediate effect.

Heaven Salon: T: 01952 461888 E: salon@heavenskincare.com. A: 13a Market Place | Shifnal | TF11 9AU.

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Your Summer Hair & Beauty Destination Whether you’re heading for warmer climates, or having a staycation, there’s one summer destination that will help you look your best throughout the season; Ashley Gamble hair and beauty. The high-end Shropshire salon is the perfect one-stop glamour destination. If you’re looking for tanned, glowing skin, luscious lashes or fabulous nails, you’ll find all the latest techniques and treatments available. And of course, you’ll be in expert hands for a style overhaul, colour refresh or perfect blow dry to ensure your hair looks stunning. Ashley, Steph and the team are passionate about helping clients look and feel amazing and have built up a loyal following over the last four years since setting up the salon in Shifnal. Including a drop-in nail bar, exclusive colour lounge and stylish beauty treatment rooms, its elegant, contemporary interiors bring a London feel to the market town and a dedicated, friendly team help clients relax, unwind and feel their absolute best. With a string of awards to their names, the team are always up to speed with the latest looks and techniques and offer bespoke solutions, expert advice and a professional service. Our hair colourists are among the most talked about in the country, winning several national awards and accolades. We specialise in ombres and subtle root drags, as well as pastel brights, which remain a strong trend heading into summer. Punchy highlights are also proving popular and we take every individual client’s skin tone, eye colour, personality and look into consideration to achieve the perfect result, which always looks polished and professional.

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If you’re looking for a change of style, our hair extensions can be transformational. Using natural human hair, our advanced technique prevents snagging and gives a beautiful seamless finish that can be treated exactly like your own hair; perfect for adding length and body. To ensure shine, body and perfect styling, we have a range of treatments and products available to purchase to use at home so your hair looks beautiful every day. In terms of beauty, you’ll find a full menu of treatments, including waxing, aromatherapy massages and tanning, as well as a nail bar offering all the latest trends to make your talons pop. We are specialists in facials, which are tailored to individual skin concerns and give fantastic results. New this year is our monthly medical aesthetics clinic from Dr Andrew Booshan, a highly respected practitioner who offers a bespoke facial analysis and recommendations to help clients achieve exactly what they’re looking for. His expertise gives natural looking results to refresh and revive your look, with treatments including dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle injections, cheek sculpting and contouring and nose reshaping, as well as under eye rejuvenation and lip enhancements. It’s an exciting new collaboration for Ashley Gamble and something our clients have been requesting for some time. Offers are available for new clients for a limited time. With all your hair and beauty needs all under one roof, let Ashley Gamble and his team ensure you look sensational all summer long. Come and see us for a consultation, or book in for an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon.


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BooshTOX®

AESTHETICS & WELLNESS

BooshTOX® is an innovative skincare company and service founded by Dr Andrew Booshan | MB ChB DRCOG MRCGP DPDerm Dr Booshan is a highly sought after and experienced Cosmetic Doctor who has been practising medicine since qualifying from The University of Birmingham in 2001. He has a wide range of hospital specialty experience. He has undertaken extensive additional training in Dermatological, Aesthetic and Wellness treatments. He has accrued an extensive following of loyal clients in the West Midlands and Shropshire.

declined. Dr Booshan is sympathetic to this situation which often leaves those with minor but bothersome skin growths such as skin tags, cysts and warts with few options. His clinics in Wolverhampton and Newport, Shropshire happily and costeffectively address this need yet with minimal waiting times.

Some of the most popular services offered are: ¾¾ Anti-Wrinkle Injectables including Botulinum Toxin ¾¾ Hyperhidrosis Treatment (Excessive Sweating) ¾¾ Lip Enhancement Dermal Fillers – painlessly under anaesthetic nerve block ¾¾ Fine Line and Wrinkle Fillers ¾¾ Tear Trough (Dark Eye Circles) Treatment ¾¾ Cheek Lift & Mid-face Volumisation Treatments ¾¾ Facial Sculpting and Contouring ¾¾ Nose Reshaping (Non-surgical rhinoplasty) ¾¾ Non-Filler Rejuvenation - Skin Boosters, Micro-needling & Mesotherapy ¾¾ Plasma (Plexr) Non-surgical Blepharoplasty ¾¾ PRP Vampire Facials & Threadlifts (Arriving 2018) ¾¾ Vitamin Drips and Booster Shots ¾¾ Cosmetic Minor Surgery / Benign Lesion Removal He has carried out Minor Surgical Procedures in the NHS for the past 12 years. During this time, as many consulting their GP will have experienced, NHS provision in this area has greatly

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Recently introduced to BooshTOX® are Intravenous Vitamin and Mineral Infusions, more commonly known as Vitamin Drips. These have been in use for more than 50 years and have been extensively researched, chiefly in the United States in both long-term illness and for well clients who wish to maximise their health, wellbeing and day-to-day performance. Dr Booshan is a fully trained and registered Vitamin Drip Practitioner and provides tailored IV Cocktails for your specific needs. As he explains: “Most popular to date has been the Energy Booster Infusion which takes just 15 minutes to administer. Most clients requesting this infusion do so as they feel excessively tired all the time. They wish to feel more invigorated and able to enjoy life despite its daily challenges and rigours”.

BooshTOX® treatments are fully licensed and insured for your maximum safety and peace of mind.


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Spring Clean

YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE

It’s not just homes that benefit from a good ol’ spring clean… Ditch old makeup and skincare products Most of us are guilty of holding onto favourite cosmetics way longer than we should do. While makeup doesn’t have a fixed useby date as such, it does start to degrade once it’s been exposed to air and sunlight. If you check the packaging of any skincare or cosmetic product, you’ll find the PAO symbol. This shows the ‘period after opening’ that the product needs to be used within. In most cases, it’s six or 12 months. Products that come into direct contact with your skin, such as a lipstick, or a moisturiser that you scoop out of the jar with a finger, are particularly virulent breeding grounds for bacteria. So have a good sort through and ditch anything that’s been open longer than its PAO. It’s also worth having a bit of a declutter at the same time. Are you ever going to wear that lurid purple eyeshadow? If you want products that will last longer, check the PAO before you buy. In general, pump action lotions will last longer than those in jars, as the lotion comes into less contact with oxygen and light.

Clean makeup brushes Makeup brushes and cases can get decidedly grubby, so it’s a good idea to give them a gentle clean on a regular basis. Most cosmetic bags can be washed by hand, using a mild detergent. Brushes can be cleaned with face wash, baby shampoo or a mild soap. Soap is probably the easiest. Just swirl the brush gently on wet soap to create lather, use your fingers to massage the bristles, then rinse thoroughly with warm water and leave it to dry. If your old brushes are past the point of revival, the Nellie Make Up Brush Set from Oliver Bonas is worth considering. For £38, you get five different types of brushes and a handy mirror, all housed in a stylish pink case.

Try something new It’s easy to get stuck in a perfume rut, wearing the same fragrance year after year. Or worse, wearing a fragrance you’ve been given as a gift but aren’t in love with. Fragrance doesn’t have to be expensive. Marks and Spencer’s Island Escape Eau De Toilette is £16 for a 95ml bottle. For £18 you can have the giftset, which includes a full size fragrance and body lotion. Island Escape is a light, citrusy fragrance, with notes of bergamot, pear and rose, mixed with a hint of sea salt, so it’s perfect for spring and summer.

Slap on the SPF Ideally, we should protect our skin from the sun every day, rain or shine. The easiest way to take care of your face is by choosing a moisturiser with a high SPF rating. Nspa Expert Daily Rejuvenate Cream has an SPF of 30 and contains active ingredients such as Crocus Chrysanthus Bulb extract, which has been proven to improve the appearance of ageing skin. What’s more, the cream costs just £10 in ASDA. It’s ideal for spring, but come summer you’ll need a sun lotion that you can reapply throughout the day.

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by Kate Duggan www.kateduggan.co.uk


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Miss Shropshire Curve 2018 Miss British Beauty Curve is an annual plus size beauty pageant that allows women from all over Britain to compete for the crown. The pageant aims to encourage women of different shapes and sizes and from all walks of life to follow their dreams and show the world how amazingly diverse Great Britain really is. Local woman Lauren Cox, has been selected as a finalist in the competition and she is so proud to represent her hometown of Telford. She currently holds the title of Miss Shropshire Curve 2018 and will compete in the grand final on Saturday 4th August 2018 at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone, Kent. Tickets are currently on sale on the Miss British Beauty Curve website. The pageant

MAKES IT TO THE FINALS

consists of three rounds, swimsuit, glitz and glamour wear and evening wear. The winner will then be selected by a panel of judges. After turning 25 last year Lauren decided it was the right time to let all her fears go and throw herself in to doing what she loves. She entered the competition as she wanted to participate in something that is sparking a change in society where we are finally accepting and celebrating the differences in others. She has entered a few competitions in the past but she felt this is the right opportunity for her to really put herself out there and pursue her dream. Lauren recently left her office job to look after her two year old son and focus on a different career path in plus size modelling. Her aim is to bring home the Miss British Beauty Curve crown to Shropshire and hopefully inspire other women to love and accept themselves for who they are.

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White Ripped Skinny Jeans £40. Lipsy

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'Bardot' Top £29.99. New Look

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Model wears - Stripe Dress £32. Miss Selfridge

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A New Look for Summer By Helen Taylor

One Shoulder Tangerine Ruffle Dress £38. Therapy at House of Fraser

If you’ve got lots of nights out to look forward to this summer then why not treat yourself to a brand new look? With a massive selection of styles filling the rails - that’ll keep you feeling cool and looking hot - it’s easy to find something special for every get-together, whether it’s a chilled-out night with friends or a more special occasion. And, the summer season provides to perfect opportunity to change your look; so step out of your comfort zone and into something new.

Floral Dress £46. River Island

Top £35. Villa at Debenhams

Pink Scallop Skater Dress £19.99. New Look

Model wears Bodysuit £18, ’Paperbag’ Trousers £35 Miss Selfridge

Crossbody Bag £80. Biba at House of Fraser

Red Strappy Sandals £29.99. New Look

White ’Cage’ Heels £29.99 New Look

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New Housing Plans Welcomed Brought to you by James Carlon James Carlon Co Author of ‘THE TELFORD PROPERTY BLOG’

The Government has unveiled plans to make the process of buying and selling property quicker and easier music to everyone’s ears, I’m sure! Under the plans announced by Housing Secretary Sajid Javid, all estate agents will be required to hold a professional qualification and will need to be more transparent about any referral fees they earn. When it comes to something as important as the sale of your house - most likely the biggest investment you will ever make in your life - it’s vital that the people dealing with it are experienced and qualified to do the job. When I see agents recruiting for staff stating that ‘no previous experience is required’ and that to be a Local Property Expert they will put employees on an intensive two-week training course, I hold my head in my hands. The only ability most of these ‘agents’ are likely to have is to poorly negotiate their fee and then subsequently their client’s sale price.

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Other measures have also been announced, including encouraging the use of voluntary reservation agreements to help tackle gazumping, and setting a timeline for local authority searches so buyers get the information they need within 10 days. According to government research, more than six out of 10 buyers and sellers have experienced stress, and around a quarter of sellers said they would use a different estate agent if they were to go through the process again. As Mr Javid put it: “Buying a home is one of the biggest and most important purchases someone will make in their life. But for far too long buyers and sellers have been trapped in a stressful system full of delays and uncertainty. “So we’re going to put the consumers back in the driving seat. We will require estate agents to hold a qualification so that people are no longer at risk from a minority of ‘rogue agents’ and can trust the process when buying or selling their home.” James Carlon Residential Sales Manager Nock Deighton t. 01952 292300 m. 07974 154950 e. j.carlon@nockdeighton.co.uk


PROPERTY

Priors View, Church Street, St Georges 4 bedroom detached house A superbly presented spacious detached family home. 3 viewings, 2 offers, sale agreed in 10 days

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Advice for First-time Landlords Brought to you by Dawn Clarke Dawn Clarke Co Author of ‘THE TELFORD PROPERTY BLOG’

If you own a property in Shropshire which you are considering renting out and are nervous about the whole process - don’t panic, because the demand is out there. In Telford, and indeed across the whole county, we are seeing huge demand from tenants for rental property, so the time has never been better to become a landlord. An increasing number of people are looking to rent out property which was formerly their home, but they are often nervous about how to go about it. If you are moving to a larger property, or even if you are downsizing, it is a sound investment if you can afford to keep your existing property to rent out. We can advise you through the whole process, and two of the most important pieces of advice are to notify your mortgage and insurance providers, and to register your tenant’s deposit with one of the approved Deposit Protection Schemes. If you fail to do either of those things you may be liable to some hefty financial penalties, which could seriously damage the viability of your investment. Another useful thing for first-time landlords to bear in mind is to try to detach themselves from the property personally. 20

“It’s difficult to see someone else living in what was your home, but you have to view it in a business-like way and not take things personally.” Wear and tear will happen, and general repairs will be needed, but there is no reason why you can’t retain ownership of the property with the rental income helping with your mortgage repayments for many years to come. But ultimately, our main advice is that the demand is out there for rental property, so you can be confident of quickly finding tenants and collecting rent to offset your mortgage. For more advice about property management, give the Nock Deighton team a call on 01952 290163.

Dawn Clarke Director Nock Deighton t. 01952 290163 m. 07976 209011 e. d.clarke@nockdeighton.co.uk


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YOUR LAWN to the roots, making for better growth and healthier grass. Do this after you’ve mown the lawn. If only small areas are compacted, use a garden fork and drive it into the lawn every 4-6 inches or so, trying to get the tines of the fork to a depth of 4-6 inches as well. Once the tines are in the soil, gently ease the handle of the fork back and forth to enlarge each hole. You now have some drainage holes. If you mix up some sieved garden soil or loam with horticultural sand (about one part soil/ loam to nine parts sand) you can brush this mixture across the lawn and into the holes you’ve made. The result is a drainage system over those compacted areas.

It has rained so much in recent months and the ground has become so wet that there have been times when I’ve thought that my garden might be about to turn into a paddy-field! The flower and vegetable beds are starting to pick up remarkably well, but it is the lawn that seems to have taken the most obvious battering. Over-wet conditions can cause roots to die off and will reduce the oxygen in the soil. Worse still, any areas of the lawn that you’ve had to walk on, albeit infrequently, or over which you’ve had to move a wheelbarrow or other fairly weighty bit of equipment, will have become compacted or squashed. It may not be obvious but the air spaces that should be plentiful in the soil will have been dramatically reduced, and the heavier your soil is, the worse the problem is likely to be. So if you want your grass to be as green as it should be and ready for the summer use it’s likely to get, it’s time to get to work now. Check over your lawn mower and see to anything that needs sorting. If it’s too much to take on yourself, take it to a reputable outlet for a service as soon as possible – you’ll need it even more in a few weeks’ time! Once it is working well again, you’ll be surprised at how much quicker and easier each mowing session becomes. In most areas of the country grass will have started to grow quite a bit faster recently and so may need cutting. Make sure that you don’t set the blades too low for the first few cuts, as this will weaken the growth and make it more likely that weeds will start to invade. You can relieve some of the soil compaction to allow air down

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If the soil in the garden is quite heavy or contains a lot of clay, the chances are that these last few months will have done a lot of damage and the whole lawn will benefit from aerating. For an enduring and even more useful effect, buy, borrow or hire a ‘hollowtime aerator’, either as a hand operated one, a machine or a mower attachment. This will actually cut cylinders of soil out of your lawn, and when filled with the ‘top-dressing’ mix above will result in much longer-lasting drainage channels. Moss might look good and green right now, but it tends to look miserable later in the year as it dries out and becomes brown. So apply some moss killer and then rake it all out after the time specified on the pack. It will make your lawn look worse initially, but allows more air to the roots of the grass plants and gives them more space to grow and spread too. Lawns that have suffered from serious waterlogging will really benefit from a suitable feeding regime. Poor growth and overwet conditions will have put these plants under a lot of stress. Whether you choose a granular or liquid feed, make sure that it is a spring lawn food, as this will be formulated specially to give the balance of nutrients lawns need now. If you do use a granular feed, ensure that you water it in unless it rains shortly after you’ve applied it. Walking on a very wet lawn soon wears it out and kills off grasses. Get these bare or bald areas sorted now and by the time the summer comes it won’t look like a patchwork. Roughen up the bare or thin areas using a rake and then sprinkle a suitable seed mix on to match in with the existing grasses. If you’ve not got many patches to sow, you can buy small patch repair packs to keep the cost down. Once all the work is done, and it may well take several hours in total (depending on the size of the lawn and exactly how damaged and waterlogged it was), try your best to keep off it for a few weeks to allow it to bask in all that pampering and take advantage of all the TLC and grow away really well. Visit Pippa’s website www.pippagreenwood.com and you’ll find some great gardening things: ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ (where you receive your chosen garden-ready vegetable plants in May accompanied by weekly advice and tips from Pippa) plus Nemaslug, bio-controls, gardening tools, raised bed kits, Grower Frames, signed books and more!

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Seeking Help With Spring just arrived, many older people will be seeking help to maintain their gardens. Many of us are putting our minds to tending our gardens and looking forward to seeing the spring bulbs flowering and cherry trees coming into blossom. Gardens can be a source of escapism, an opportunity to connect with nature, but for many older people unmanageable gardens become a burden and a source of worry and frustration if they are unable to maintain them. Continuing to remain independent in their own home in familiar surroundings is preferred by most older people than residential care, however, as people get older they experience changes in their economic, physical, and social independence that become barriers to managing their own gardens and homes. Many people need assistance to maintain their independence, health, and well-being. There is support available, and not just from the handy-man around the corner or a company providing gardening services, but your local Age UK. Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin offer a Help at Home service. The charity supports over 1,100 older people across the county with those jobs around the home and garden that can often seem daunting for older people.

TO MAINTAIN GARDENS The Help at Home team are dedicated to helping older people, and have a fully trained team of home support workers visiting older people as often as needed at a reasonable price. They can do a variety of tasks around the home including gardening, cleaning, the laundry and even help bake a cake, but also offer companionship and a friendly face. Offering this level of support for older people can increase independence and the ability to remain in their own home. The gardening service ensures older people are able to enjoy their tidy gardens, observe the wildlife and get around easily which also helps prevent falls and injuries. With trees, branches, overgrown grass, and bushes being cut and trimmed, it’s a safer and secure home environment. Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin also offer a range of other services giving piece of mind for families and friends that someone is looking out for their loved one and visiting regularly. Other services available through the charity include opportunities to socialise, keep active or pursue a new hobby or practical benefits advice, advocacy support and a wide range of information guides and factsheets. For more information contact Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin on 01743 233123 or visit www.ageuk.org.uk/shropshireandtelford

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Green Tech: Gadgets for your Garden THE TECHNOLOGY It’s nearly that time of year again: the short period when we stop complaining about the cold and complain about the heat instead. But while the British summer might not be totally tropical, it does mean we can enjoy our gardens, allotments or anywhere else Mother Nature does her stuff. And increasingly, technology can give her a helping hand.

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One of the most important summer tasks is to keep everything hydrated, which isn’t always possible if you’re spending time away. Enter the Hozelock 20 Pot Watering Kit, a watering kit for up to 20 pots courtesy of an electronic timer. It’ll water patio pots or greenhouse plants, baskets or borders, and it’s 90% more efficient than a spray or sprinkler. That’s important when your water costs money. If that isn’t high-tech enough, the same firm offers a Cloud Connection Kit that enables you to control your watering system – whether it’s a single sprinkler or a 20-pot pourer – from your phone, and it works from anywhere you can get a data connection. It’s expensive (around £88) but if you’ve valuable plants it might be a wise investment.

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Technology can also help with more furry threats. An ultrasonic cat repeller has a motion detector so it only works when needed, and it uses ultrasonic sound that annoys cats but not people. It also works with other visitors: squirrels, foxes and even some insects. Expect to pay £25 for two. We’re still waiting for really affordable robot gardeners, but in the meantime we can make do with a robot lawnmower. They’re still pricey, but prices are plummeting: what cost £2,500 or more two years ago is now around £550. For example the £549 (on special offer) Worx Landroid is smartphone-controlled, suitable for lawns of up to 450 square metres and can cope with gradients of up to 19 degrees. If someone could also invent a robot to pick up after the dog we’d be delighted. Cordless mowers have been getting cheaper and better too. Flymo’s Mighti Mo has a whopping 40V 2Ah Li-ion battery and at £189 it’s comparable with good quality corded or petrol-powered models. It should cope with up to 250 square metres before needing a recharge. The same kind of power is now available in chainsaws too, such as the Greenworks 40V cordless chainsaw. For £179 it offers a 12” cutting area and promises ‘ferocious’ performance – and despite the battery pack it weighs a very reasonable 3.4kg. There’s a larger sixteen-inch version on Amazon for £139, but you’ll need to buy the battery and charger separately. Advances in battery technology and power management means that pretty much anything that used to need a cable doesn’t any more, which is great news for those of us prone to accidentally cutting through live electrical cables. It’s particularly handy for tools such as hedge trimmers and branch loppers (or ‘jawsaws’ as they’re sometimes called), as those jobs tend to be at the very edges of your property – usually as far away from your power point as you can get. Just make sure you remember to charge them in advance: sadly it takes a lot longer to charge the battery for a chainsaw than it does to charge your phone, and the last thing you want is a power tool that runs out of power just when you need it most.

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Striking Sunflowers Roundabout’ (great for those who suffer from hay fever as this variety is pollen-free). If you want some in containers, that is also possible: ‘Pacino Colada’ is a compact variety growing to just 40cm (16in) and has 10cm (4in) wide golden-yellow flowers, making a wonderful plant for a colourful container on a sunny patio, sheltered balcony or in the flower beds. I’ve still got a fascination with tall sunflowers, and I’ve never met a child who doesn’t enjoy a sunflower competition. The really sturdy and tall varieties like ‘Russian Giant’ and ‘Giant Single’ are perfect for smaller gardeners, and as they reach heights of about 180cm (6ft) will soon dwarf them! Sunflowers make a cheap and cheerful addition to a garden boundary, adding splashes of colour to even the most dreary fence line or helping to mask the ugly appearance of a garage or decrepit garden shed. They’re a lot faster growing than Leylandii but these colourful beauties won’t get out of hand.

They’re bold, they’re brash, they’re larger than life and they’re gorgeous! Yes, sunflowers are one of the most stunning and impressive flowers you could have in your garden – and one of the easiest to grow too. If you get your skates on you can sow them this month and achieve a fantastic flowery display in just a few months’ time. So which ones should you choose and how do you go about getting the best crop of flowers? There are some fantastically fast-growing and potentially very tall varieties such as ‘Russian Giant’ and ‘Titan’. The latter is exceptionally tall, reaching a potential height of up to 360cm or 12ft and having heads of anything up to 60cm (2ft) in diameter! If space is limited, or you simply prefer you flowers lower to the ground, there are some delightful miniature or dwarf varieties available. The F1 variety ‘Little Dorrit’ grows to about 60cm (2ft) and has rich yellow flowers with very dark centres, and looks great as a border edging. Another favourite is ‘Little Leo’ at just 45cm (18in), which makes lots of impact with golden yellow heads on multi-branching stems. Forget the idea that sunflowers are yellow and ring the changes – nowadays there are many other colours readily available. One of the richest shades I know is ‘Black Magic’, which has maroon flowers and is multi-branching, reaching a height of about 180cm (6ft). Grow yourself a few for cutting too, and you’ll have a vase or more full of flowers that would cost a fortune in the shops. Many varieties are suitable, including the orangey-brown ‘Velvet Queen’, ‘Black Velvet’ and the bi-coloured ‘Magic

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The seeds of sunflowers can be sown right now – in fact you should get a good crop of blooms if you sow them anytime between March and May, depending on the weather and where you live. You can sow them straight into the soil or into pots of compost. I like to use RootTrainers as these encourage really well-developed and deep roots to develop, and make it easy to plant out the sunflowers with minimum root disturbance; see www. pippagreenwood.com/products/grow-great-crops for more information. As their name suggests, sunflowers love, indeed need, plenty of sunshine to thrive and put on their best possible show of blooms. The great thing is that although many are pretty tall, each plant does not actually take up much space at ground level. Slugs and snails love sunflowers and can literally eat them to the ground, especially if the weather is damp. I always grow sunflowers in small individual pots and then plant them out when they’re a few inches tall. It may sound like I’m pampering them, but it means they’re bigger and tougher and better able to resist attack. As an added precaution, put a ring of slugdeterring material around the base of each one – crushed shells, crushed eggshells, coco-shell or pine needles for instance. If you’re growing sunflowers on anything other than a protected site, it may be necessary to give the taller varieties a bit of extra support in the form of a sturdy bamboo cane or slim stake, just in case the wind blows too strongly! Visit Pippa’s website www.pippagreenwood.com and you’ll find some great gardening things: ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ (where you receive your chosen garden-ready vegetable plants in May accompanied by weekly advice and tips from Pippa) plus RootTrainers, Nemaslug, bio-controls, gardening tools, raised bed kits, Grower Frames, signed books and more!

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The Shrewsbury Arms is located on the High Street in Albrighton and is just a five minute drive from J3 of the M54. The grade II listed building is full of character and retains many original features. The well established pub and restaurant has a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. We had decided to visit on a Thursday evening which is steak night, the special steak menu has a great selection to choose from, all steaks are sourced from award winning local butchers. You can also order from the main menu if you prefer. If you order two meals from the steak menu you will receive a free bottle of wine (includes house white, red or rose), which is an amazing deal. The Shrewsbury Arms have just launched their new seasonal menu with a range of exciting new dishes but they have retained some of the old favourites on there too, including their famous hanging kebabs. As well as the new food menu they have also just launched their new 'Gin & Cocktail' menu with a great choice of cocktails and a wide range of gins to choose from and plenty of mixers to make your perfect G&T. We were seated in the main dining room which is very elegant with its high ceilings, central fireplace and piano in the corner. The tables are well spaced out and there was nice relaxed ambience. While we looked through the menus we ordered some drinks, Nik had a pint of Shropshire Lad and I decided to try one of the many gins available off the new menu, I had the Ultimate Summer Cup. For starters Nik chose the Black Pudding Bon Bons (ÂŁ5.75) and I ordered the Duck Spring Roll (ÂŁ6.75). Nik's bon bons were walnut sized balls of quality black pudding, covered in breadcrumbs and deep fried giving a lovely golden shell, the crispy balls

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FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT were served with a cocktail stick to allow easy dipping into the tangy homemade ketchup.

My delicious freshly made Belgian waffle was soft and warm and was served with a lovely butterscotch sauce, strawberries, raspberries and butterscotch ice cream.

My spring roll was extremely well presented and I couldn't wait to tuck in. There was a generous filling of soft tender duck which was incased in a lovely light soft pastry which had a slight crispness on the outside, the chilli sauce and sliced fresh chillies added a nice bit of sweetness and heat - a really great dish.

The caramelised sugar topping on Nik's Creme Brule was the right side of golden and broke easily to reveal the lovely smooth vanilla custard beneath. It was served with two freshly made shortbread biscuits and the largest strawberry I've ever seen. A classic dessert and the perfect end to a great meal.

I ordered my main from the steak menu and chose the 8oz Fillet (£22.50). Nik chose a steak dish but this was from the main menu, he ordered the Fillet Steak Pappardelle (£17).

Friday Fish & Fizz nights are very popular at The Shrewsbury Arms, every Friday from 6-10pm - with an additional Fish menu plus great discounts on Prosecco and Champagne, its a great way to start your weekend.

My fillet steak was served with chunky chips, a flat mushroom, slow cooked tomato and onion rings. You could also choose a sauce to accompany your steak, including peppercorn, blue cheese or Diane sauce. My steak was cooked to perfection, exactly how I had ordered it. The onion rings were huge and had a light and crispy batter.

Bottomless Prosecco Afternoon Tea can be booked any day between 12-4pm and is served with unlimited prosecco at just £24.95 per person. Fixed priced lunches are served Monday to Friday (12-5pm) with a choice of 2 course at £10.95 or 3 courses at £13.95.

Nik said the home-made pappardelle was perfectly cooked and the mushrooms were soft and meaty, the strips of aged beef fillet were melt in the mouth tender and plentiful. The silky-smooth parmesan cream sauce finished the dish off perfectly.

Traditional Sunday roasts are served every Sunday from midday until 10pm and the full main menu is also available on Sundays. There are plenty of reasons to visit The Shrewsbury Arms and I have already booked my next visit with some friends, as I can't wait to try the afteroon tea with bottomless prosecco!!

Although we were both very full we decided to squeeze in a dessert. Nik opted for the Vanilla Crème Brule (£5.50) and I chose the Belgian Waffle (£5.50).

Reviewed by Fleur & Nik Abel

Fixed Price Lunch THE

SHREWSBURY ARMS

Available Monday to Friday from 12pm until 5pm we offer a great selection of dishes for all.

2 courses at £10.95 3 courses at £13.95

BOTTOMLESS PROSECCO AFTERNOON TEA

Available 7 days a week Bookings taken from 12-4pm (T & C’s apply)

£24.95 per person

Friday Fish & Fizz nights every Friday from 6-10pm. With an additional Fish menu plus great discounts on Prosecco and Champagne

T: 01902 373003

High St. Albrighton, Nr Wolverhampton WV7 3LA

www.theshrewsburyarms.com

Thursday Steak Night

FREE

bottle of wine with every two Steaks ordered T&C’s Apply

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More Than Just a Racecourse

Wolverhampton Racecourse is one of the UK’s busiest racecourses, set within 22 acres of beautiful parkland. In 2018, Wolverhampton Racecourse will stage 80 meetings, so there is plenty of horse racing for you to take in. Wolverhampton Racecourse holds both afternoon and evening racing and is an extremely popular venue for individuals of all ages with a well renowned reputation for racing all year round and highly anticipated events, including live music performances and feature days out. After hosting UB40, Madness & the Human league in recent years the racecourse is playing host to Ocean Colour Scene on 31st August and Brit award winners the Kaiser Chiefs perform live after racing on Ladies day Saturday 1st September. The day promises to be another spectacular event at the featuring fancy frocks, competitions and a full card of racing. Horizons Restaurant is the jewel in the crown at Wolverhampton Racecourse. Set over three tiers, the panoramic viewing from the restaurant offers guests a day or evening to enjoy in style and luxury. Wolverhampton Racecourse offers a number of excellent facilities which are ideal for conducting your business requirements. The Racecourse boasts an enviable reputation as one of the leading event venues within the West Midlands area, popular for weddings, conferences, exhibitions and outdoor events. The on-site recently refurbished Holiday Inn Hotel is well-placed to provide a peaceful night’s sleep once you have enjoyed your evening of hospitality at the racecourse or busy day in conference. More than just a racecourse, the venue, with its range of suites, indoor space and vast outdoor areas, really is a venue for all occasions. Keep up to date with all the latest racecourse news and information at www.wolverhampton-racecourse.co.uk or via our social media channels.

FOLLIES FEST

EVENTS

THE ULTIMATE MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE FRIDAY 29TH JUNE 2018

Saturday 16th June: Alice in Wonderland Theatre Production at Follies Park

Friday 26th October: West End Horror Show 3 Course Meal with entertainment - £34.95 per person

Weston-Under-Redcastle, Shrewsbury, SY4 5UY Tel: 01948 841700 | enquiries@hawkstone.co.uk

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On the gate admission prices: £30.00 per adult & £25.00 per child

Tickets:

SATURDAY 30TH JUNE 2018 Advance Purchase for 4: £99.00* Adult: £29.00 per person Child: £24.00 per person

On the gate admission prices: £35.00 per adult & £30.00 per child

JOLAN GIDNEY-CRAIGEN • PAUL AKISTER TRIBUTES:

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A NIGHT AT THE MUSICALS Tickets:

Friday 19th - Wednesday 31st October: Follies Fright Nights

Advance Purchase for 4: £83.00* Adult: £25.00 per person Child: £20.00 per person

FOLLIES FEST FAMILY DAY

Friday 29th June - Sunday 1st July: Follies Fest Saturday 2nd September: Colour Run In Partnership with Hope House

Tickets:

Friday 8th June: Wham Tribute 3 Course Meal with entertainment - £34.95 per person

SUNDAY 1ST JULY 2018

Advance Purchase for 4: £83.00* Adult: £25.00 per person Child: £20.00 per person On the gate admission prices: £30.00 per adult & £25.00 per child

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FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

EVENTS SATURDAY 5TH MAY

Ed Sheeran Tribute Night

A night with Ed Sheeran - an outstanding and talented tribute who performs all of Ed Sheeran’s biggest hits with uncanny acccuracy. Includes 3 course dinner, tribute show and disco. We have carefully selected this act as he is already a prolific guitar/vocal entertainer that has won audiences over at some of the UK’s leading venues, festivals and private functions. He creates his Ed Sheeran tribute show in a unique and totally live format playing the same guitar, and using his Boss Loop Pedal to layer his songs exactly how the real Ed Sheeran performs!

£29.50 pp Stay over for £89 Bed and Breakfast

MONDAY 21ST JUNE

Midsummer Wedding Open Evening

At our Midsummer Wedding Open Evening, Hadley Park House Hotel will welcome a small selection of local wedding professionals to provide inspiration for your big day. FREE ADMISSION FREE CAR PARKING Hadley Park House Telford TF1 6JQ

01952 677269

info@hadleypark.co.uk

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Going Green

Easy ways to cut down on waste and save some cash If you want to live a greener lifestyle, you’ll want to get the whole family on-board. Children are often more inspired by videos than conversations, so it’s worth searching YouTube for short clips about plastic waste, climate change, recycling tips and so on. When everyone is feeling a bit more motivated, ask each member of the family to make some simple pledges, such as: • Saying no to plastic straws. • Refilling water bottles rather than buying drinks when out. • Using a reusable bag for shopping. • Switching lights off when leaving an empty room. • Only buying second-hand clothes, toys and so on for six months. • Checking whether rubbish can be reused or recycled before binning it.

Cutting food waste

Did you know that the average family wastes £470 worth of food every single year? Some waste is difficult to avoid, particularly if your children are fussy eaters, but much of it can be easily avoided with a bit of careful planning. Simply making a list of meals for the week, and using that to do the shopping, can help to cut down on waste. Try to plan meals that use up any leftover ingredients. So, if you need half an onion for one recipe, for example, plan another meal to use up the other half. Freeze leftovers straightaway if you’re not going to have chance to eat them, whether it’s half a stick of fresh ginger or a bowl of bolognese sauce. Silicone muffin pans are ideal for freezing sauces. Once frozen, pop the individual portions into a re-sealable bag or tub to keep in the freezer and use for later.

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AS A FAMILY

Try not to overfill kids’ plates; food that’s been mixed together is more difficult to serve up again.

Cutting plastic waste

There are lots of easy ways to reduce the amount of plastic you use, from swapping sandwich bags for Tupperware containers to choosing unpackaged fruit and vegetables. Ecoegg’s Laundry Egg is a reusable, natural laundry detergent that cleans clothes about as well as a non-bio detergent. You’ll cut down on plastic bottles and save a fair amount of money, as the egg works out at just 3 pence a wash – see www.ecoegg. com. Could you make a pact with other parents to buy second-hand or eco-friendly birthday presents? You could club together to buy vouchers for a day out for example, or just pick up a toy or book from your local charity shop. When you do buy new, choose toys that can be easily reused, and that don’t come with lots of plastic parts or packaging. If you’ve lost pieces from a favourite game or toy, check the manufacturer’s website, as lots now sell spare parts.

More tips

• www.facebook.com/recyclenow inspiration and recycling tips.

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• www.cookingonabootstrap.com has recipes for food that can be batch cooked and frozen to cut down on waste. • www.faithinnature.co.uk sells lots of household products in bulk, including shampoo, shower gel and laundry detergent. Larger bottles mean less plastic waste. • www.energysavingtrust.org.uk has lots of tips for cutting energy use.

by Kate Duggan • kateduggan.co.uk


FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT The Tayleur Arms Longdon Upon Tern, Telford TF6 6LJ T: 01952 770335 E: info@tayleurarms.co.uk

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Food serving times: Mon to Fri 12-2:30pm & 5:30-9:30pm Sat 12-9:30pm Sun 12-5:30pm

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£16.95PP or £19.95PP (£19.95 to include a glass of Prosecco) Please book to avoid disappointment.

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Recipe

CHEESE, ONION & PEPPER QUICHE This rich and creamy quiche can be served warm with new potatoes and coleslaw for a filling supper, but is just as tasty served cold as part of a picnic, packed lunch or summer buffet. Serves 6-8 Ready in 1 hour 40 minutes

INGREDIENTS: • 250g shortcrust pastry • 1 tbsp olive oil • 1 onion, peeled and very finely chopped • 4 large eggs • 200ml crème fraiche • 150ml double cream • Large pinch of grated nutmeg • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 75g mature Cheddar cheese, grated • 25g Gruyere cheese, grated • 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced

1. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and use to line a 20cm fluted loose based flan tin (it should be at least 4cm deep). Trim off the excess pastry and prick the base all over with a fork. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. 2. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas 6. Place a baking sheet in the oven to heat up. Line the chilled pastry case with baking paper and baking beans. Place the flan tin on the baking sheet in the oven and bake blind for 15 minutes. Remove the paper and beans and bake for a further 5-6 minutes until the pastry is crisp and pale golden. Reduce the oven temperature to 190C/170C fan/Gas 5. 3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the chopped onion for 8-10 minutes until very soft. Drain on kitchen paper. Whisk the eggs in large jug then whisk in the crème fraiche and double cream. Add the nutmeg and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 4. Spread the fried onions in the pastry case and scatter over the Cheddar cheese. Gently pour in the egg mixture and top with the pepper slices. Scatter over the Gruyere cheese. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until the filling is set and golden brown. Serve warm or cold.

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Only £6.50

Booking recommended

T: 01952 820 810 DJ on Friday & Saturday nights

Look out for live music! Ideal venue for Birthdays parties, Christenings, etc..

Friday & Saturday Late Night Music Drink offers 2 Cocktails for £8 | Double up for a £1 Select Doubles £2.50

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Green Fields Farm Shop

• Wenlock Edge, Fordhall Farm, Malcolm Wickstead’s & Buttercross Meats • Vegetables, Herbs, Salads, Fruits & Nuts • Home Made Cakes & Goodies

• Fresh Bread • Milk, Tea & Coffee • Huge Range of Cheese and Deli Products • Beers, Wines & Ciders • Rice, Pasta and Sauces • Special Dietary Products & much more...

Buffets with free delivery within 3 mile radius including Hortonwood and Stafford Park 3 Menus to choose from starting at £4 per head (minimum order 4 persons)

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Super Stylish

CHILDREN'S ROOMS Rooms for little ones should be highly practical and also full of fun. Designed and built by hand in the Scout & Boo workshop, this versatile ‘rainbow’ cabinet could be used for books, clothes or toys. It’s made from sustainable birch ply and finished with water-based satin lacquer. £1,250 from Scout & Boo.

Banish boring bunk beds! The Scandi-inspired Linus features curved edges and a contrasting pine-and-white finish. It’s £499 from made. com

Bold and bright, this toucan wall sticker adds a touch of the tropics. It costs £10.50 from Chameleon Wall Art.

This handcrafted, wooden toy storage box on rubber castors is made from high quality, durable and nontoxic birch plywood. Nobobobo animal storage box, £95, Mini Maison.

A rainbow of colours fills this ABC alphabet print (unframed) by Ingrid Petrie. Perfect for kids of all ages. £16 from Mini Maison.

You can never have too much storage in a child’s room. Släkting storage bag, £6, Ikea.

Made from child-safe polyresin, this origami dinosaur lamp is perfect as bedside light or night light. It’s £10 from Bobby Rabbit.

MAKE YOUR KID’S ROOM GREAT • Start by considering how much space is available, who will use it and how often. How old are your children? What are their likes and dislikes? What is your budget? Sketch a floor plan on graph paper, including positions of doors, windows, radiators and light fittings, plus bed(s), perhaps seating and clothes storage, and space for books, toys, games, art and craft activities. • The key to designing a child’s room is flexibility. Keep the basics plain and simple and theme the less expensive and easily changed items (such as blinds, cushions or storage boxes) to whatever colour or character fascinates your child that particular month. • Soft carpet may be tempting but, ideally, floors should be non-slip, easily cleanable and durable, as well as not too hard underfoot. Wooden or laminate boards plus a soft rug (with an anti-slip mat beneath) are great, and you could also consider vinyl, linoleum, cork or rubber. • When it comes to lighting, inset ceiling lights and high-up wall lights are better than floor or table lamps that could get in the way of games and be knocked over. • Brighten up walls with framed pictures (your child’s own, maybe), removable stickers, or perhaps something more inventive such as artists’ canvases painted in bright blocks of colour, a camouflage net, flags, maps, blackboard or magnetic paint, or an entire wall of good-looking storage.

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Three deep drawers provide plenty of storage room, while the modern, simple styling make the Oeuf Sparrow dresser a good-looking piece for any bedroom or nursery. £789 from Diddle Tinkers.

Transform your little one into an astronaut in their sleep. Rocket single duvet set by Snurk, £49, Beaumonde.

by Katherine Sorrell


CHILDREN, EDUCATION & ACTIVITIES

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Bing

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IRONBRIDGE.ORG.UK MAY HALF TERM 26 MAY TO 3 JUNE

Calling all Bingsters! Bing and his friends are going on tour in the first ever Bing stage show! Bing Live will visit the Oakengates Theatre in Telford on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 June as part of a major UK tour in 2018.

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Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they learn how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs. Flop and Amma are there to help, but in this magical world of makebelieve things don’t always go according to plan… The CBeebies favourites are brought to life in a brand-new stage production full of fun, laughter, music and magical puppetry. Bing Live is the perfect first theatre trip for preschoolers and their families. Since its launch on CBeebies, Bing has been a huge ratings hit and it’s the number one top rated pre-school show on BBC iPlayer. Celebrating the joyful, messy, reality of preschool life, Bing finds the big stories in the smallest moments that little ones and the grown-ups in their lives will recognise…whether it’s dropping your ice-cream or losing your favourite toy. www.bingliveshow.com

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CHILDREN, EDUCATION & ACTIVITIES

Open Days The benefits of a school with small classes and personal attention for your child are clear to see if you have the pleasure of meeting a Birchfield School pupil. Mr Reynolds, Interim Headmaster said: “For many years Birchfield has prided itself on the special relationship its teachers have with their young charges, allowing children to flourish, gain confidence and reach their full potential in the classroom and on the sports field.”

SATURDAY, 28 APRIL AND FRIDAY, 11 MAY In the sporting arena every child has the opportunity to play sport for their school; the ‘Sport for All’ mindset encourages healthy lifestyles and valuable life lessons along the way. Book an appointment now to come and see what Birchfield can offer your child. Birchfield School, Harriot’s Hayes Lane, Albrighton, Near Wolverhampton, WV7 3AF Tel: 01902 372534

With maximum class sizes of twenty, Birchfield’s experienced and subjectspecialist teachers are able to support your child’s unique personality and performance. A special focus on self-discipline, manners, social skills and confidence pays many dividends with 100% of age 13 leavers in 2017 being accepted into their first school of choice, earning a wide variety of scholarships and awards. Mr Reynolds added: “Birchfield’s curriculum is wide-ranging and designed to expose children to as many positive opportunities. Children are taught academic subjects, art, music and drama from an early age by subject-specialist teachers, allowing a quality and meaningful learning experience.”

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Shropshire Kids Festival

AND A ROYAL WEDDING PARTY!

Over 100 Free Activities

Water Slide, Huge Foam Party, Giant Inflatables, Animals, Hands On Crafts, Drama & Arts, And Loads More Fun... Save money when you book online in advance!

Shropshire Kids Festival will take place in the Shrewsbury Quarry Park on 19th and 20th May and it promises to be the biggest, most creative, fun filled weekend for kids of all ages. NEW this year will be a wedding party to coincide with the royal wedding where youngsters (and their parents) will be able to enjoy the royal wedding on a HUGE big TV screen while enjoying street food as the wedding happens. With dozens of amazing activities to try from the massive water slide to zorbing, bubble football, a helter-skelter and a go-kart track, it will be difficult to decide which activity to do first. Festival zones will include a new huge sports zone including Shrewsbury Town in the Community and Crossbar Coaching where where kids can partake in tennis, rugby, football, dance and netball and and indoor sports which include yoga. Competitive types will love the inflatable obstacle course and the ‘wacky races’, which will include a laughter inducing water balloon race and the highly anticipated space hopper race. There’s also a circus skills bigtop, storytelling, kids cookery, gaming van, youth club and not to be missed a foam party! The youngest children have been catered for with baby sensory sessions, baby yoga, baby singing and toddlers tumble play area. Tickets are priced at £15 per child and £3 per adult, which entitles a child to participate in most activities for free. Book in advance and get VIP entry an hour before the gates open so miss any queues! Where there is a charge, a percentage will go to the events chosen charity, the Harry Johnson Trust. For more details and tickets visit the festival’s website www. shropshirekidsfest.co.uk / T: 01952 432175

In Shrewsbury Quarry Park

19th & 20th May 2018 shropshirekidsfest.co.uk

The old hall school Book now for

Open Week

Monday 4th June - Friday 8th June

“A delightful, vibrant, forward-thinking prep which nurtures intellectual curiosity and gives the right level of support to help all children achieve their academic potential.” The Good Schools Guide

Please call us to book your personal tour. Visit www.oldhall.co.uk for more details.

An independent school for boys and girls aged 4-11 www.oldhall.co.uk

E: admissions@oldhall.co.uk T: 01952 223117 The Old Hall School, Wellington, Shropshire TF1 3LB

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Health Screenings

WHAT'S AVAILABLE?

Screening programmes are designed to identify health problems at an early stage so that they can be treated swiftly, before they become more serious. The NHS offer a number of free screening programmes, beginning before we are even born. Screenings during pregnancy If you are pregnant, you will usually be offered a blood test to screen for hepatitis B, HIV and syphilis at your booking appointment with the midwife. Ideally, this test is done before you’re 10 weeks pregnant so that any infection can be treated quickly, reducing the likelihood of it passing to your baby.

You will also be offered screening for thalassaemia and sometimes, sickle cell disease, before 10 weeks too. These are inherited blood diseases and it’s important to establish whether you’re a carrier.

is offered to detect dangerous swelling in the aorta. Men over 65 can self-refer.

During your pregnancy, you will also be offered screenings for your unborn baby.

Private Screenings

• Between 8 and 14 weeks of pregnancy: a ‘dating scan’. This ultrasound checks your baby’s development and confirms your due date and if you’re expecting more than one baby. • Between 10 and 14 weeks: screening for Down’s syndrome, Patau’s syndrome and Edwards’ syndrome. This combines a blood test with an ultrasound scan and can be done alongside your dating scan. • Between 18 and 21 weeks: The ‘mid-pregnancy anomaly scan’, an ultrasound to check for physical abnormalities.

Screenings for new-borns

New-born babies are given a physical examination and also: • A hearing test before 3 months of age. • A blood spot ’heel prick’ test to check for sickle cell anaemia, cystic fibrosis, congenital hypothyroidism and several inherited metabolic diseases, including phenylketonuria (PKU).

Screening for teens and adults

Diabetics aged 12 and over: the annual diabetic eye test checks for early signs of diabetic retinopathy (damage to blood vessels in the retina). Women aged between 25 and 64: Cervical screening (a ‘smear test’) is offered to check the health of cells in the cervix. Changes in these cells can often be benevolent but may also be an early sign of cervical cancer. Women are screened every three years from 26 to 49 and every five years from the ages of 50 to 64. This quick test is usually done at your GP surgery by a doctor or nurse, who will gently remove some cells from the surface of your cervix. Over 40s: You may be invited for a general health check every five years. Women aged 50 to 70: Breast screening, via an X-ray called a mammogram, can detect early signs of breast cancer. Women over 70 can self-refer. Over 55s: In some parts of England, bowel scope screening to detect bowel cancer is offered. The large bowel is examined via a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera. Aged 60 to 74: Every two years, you will be sent a home testing kit called the faecal occult blood (FOB) test, which can detect blood in your stool. The presence of blood indicates further testing is required. Men at age 65: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening

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Many private health companies advertise a range of additional screening tests, which you will have to pay for unless they form part of an introductory offer or membership scheme. Some of the tests offered are not recommended by the UK National Screening Committee, as it isn’t clear that their benefits outweigh the harm they may cause. If you want to know more about private screening, the UK NSC has produced a downloadable leaflet on private screening which you can access here: www.gov.uk/government/ publications/leaflet-thinking-of-having-a-private-screeningtest/private-screening-important-facts.

Screening Could Save Your Life

Although these screenings are offered to everyone eligible, they’re not compulsory. It’s your choice whether to attend or make a screening appointment or use a home testing kit. The majority of screenings aren’t invasive or uncomfortable. But you may find that the screenings, the wait for results and the results themselves cause anxiety. Sometimes results can give rise to difficult decisions, especially where pregnancy screenings are concerned. Also, some of these screenings don’t give instant, definite answers; there may be a small risk of false negatives and positives, and more tests may be required. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that screening could save your life (or that of a loved one). Screenings can alert you and your doctor to early signs of disease. Diagnosing and treating conditions swiftly is the best way to reduce their impact on your life and prevent them from becoming more severe. It’s just an hour of your life or less – and that hour could give you many extra years of life.

More Information

When you’re invited for screening, you will receive an information leaflet about the test. There is usually a number to ring if you have any questions or worries, and you can also discuss your concerns with your GP. If you would like to understand more about screenings and the pros and cons of choosing to have them, the NHS recommends a leaflet from Sense about Science, entitled Making Sense of Screening, which can be viewed here: senseaboutscience.org/ wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Makingsenseofscreening.pdf.

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Back Pain

The most frequent pain problem we treat as physiotherapists is back pain whether it be acute or chronic, just in the spine or referred down the leg and presenting as sciatica. Back pain can be present for a number of reasons be it a muscular problem, disc, facet joint or postural. All can be a significant problem. There are a number of myths about back pain which often can change the way we work with the pain, how we obtain diagnoses and how we should manage and treat our back pain. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy have published a number of myths associated with back pain.

Myth #1 - Moving will make my back pain worse Fact: People fear twisting and bending but it’s essential to keep moving gradually increase how much you are doing, and stay on the go. Often reduced mobility can cause more restriction and pain.

Myth #2 - I should avoid exercises, especially weight training

Fact: Back pain shouldn’t stop you enjoying exercises or regular activities. In fact, studies found that continuing with these can help you get better sooner – including using weights where appropriate. Your guideline should always be pain and try not to work through it

MYTH BUSTERS Myth #3 - A scan will show me exactly what is wrong Fact: Sometimes it will, but most often it won’t. Also even people without back pain have changes in their spine so scans can cause fear that influences behaviour, making the problem worse.

Myth #4 - Pain equals damage Fact: This was the established view but more recent research has changed our thinking. Modern physio takes a holistic approach that helps people understand why they are in pain. All the above are examples of myths surrounding back pain the evidence tells us that mobility is better than rest, that gentle exercise is better than no exercise and that pain is often not a measure of how severe a problem is. It is important to understand back pain and to work with it. If you do suffer with back pain and are struggling to manage the pain and find yourself wondering what is a good pain and what is a bad pain, can I do a certain activity or not or are just not sure if you’re doing the right or wrong things then all our 6 physiotherapists can help. Each physiotherapist has over 15 years experience in treating musculoskeletal problems. So if the above rings any bells then please feel free to contact one of our Physio’s to see if Physiotherapy can help.

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Costa Coffee and Chatty Café

TO TACKLE LONELINESS IN TELFORD

A Telford branch of Costa Coffee has joined a UKwide project to combat loneliness. The coffee brand’s Southwater Square store has launched the Chatty Café scheme, aiming to bring people together through coffee and conversation. The aim of the scheme is to connect people from all walks of life who simply want to meet new faces and enjoy a little conversation. It’s been so successful in its initial form that it’s already been rolled out across 150 UK cafes – and now Costa Coffee has joined forces to introduce the scheme across selected stores.

Chatty Café’s arrival in Telford brings its ‘Chatter and Natter’ table to the participating Costa Coffee store.

pillar of the local community; at a time when loneliness and isolation is more abundant than ever.

Founded in Manchester by Alexandra Hoskyn, Chatty Café was inspired by a visit to a supermarket café with her fourmonth-old son, commenting, “He wasn’t great company and I was feeling fed up. I looked round the café and saw an elderly lady who looked just as down as me, and a young guy with severe additional needs with his support worker. I started to think about the positive impact we could all have on each other if we could all have a chat”.

Recent statistics from the Office National Statistic’s Community Life Survey report, reveals 46 per cent of UK adults report feeling lonely at least occasionally, and just over five per cent of respondents say they often or always feel lonely.1

As the 25th Costa Coffee store to on-board the initiative, its arrival in Telford demonstrates the coffee chain’s place as a

Kelly Phillips, Store Manager of Costa Coffee’s Southwater Square branch adds, “We’re very pleased to be the latest store to take on this brilliant initiative. We have a great sense of community in Telford and hope that our new ‘Chatter and Natter’ table will bring local people together, helping those amongst us who might feel isolated.”

Yoga and Pilates CLASSES TO SUIT EVERYONE

Ever fancied trying Pilates but don’t want to join a gym? Want to try Yoga but don’t want to sign-up for a term? Want to try a different teacher before you commit to anything regularly? Then Blue Moon Yoga and Pilates might be just what you’re looking for. Based in Telford and Newport, we have a variety of Yoga and Pilates classes to suit everyone. All our classes are booked online using the amazing MindBody Online software, where you can see our schedule week by week. Just book the class you want, and you’re good to go. Book up to 4 weeks in advance and try as many classes as you like. Choose from our Drop-In rate, the Introductory Offer, or a 10-Class Pass, and until September you get 11 classes for the price of 10. Starting w/c 16th April, we have a Hatha Yoga class on Thursday 6.15pm and a Beginners Yoga class on Saturday 10.00am at TCAT with our physiotherapist and advanced yoga teacher Kim Ryder. We also have the amazing Emily Robson teaching a YogaFlow class on Friday at 9.30am and a Sivananda Yoga class at 10.45am in Ketley Community Centre. Pilates classes are coming soon! Keep an eye on the website www.bluemoonyogaandpilates.co.uk for more information. Please bring your own mat.

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Deaf Awareness Week

14TH TO 20TH MAY

According to the charity Action on Hearing Loss (AOHL), in the UK 11 million of us (1 in 6) have hearing loss. Of that 11 million, 900,000 have severe or profound hearing loss. That’s why Deaf Awareness Week, organised by the UK Council on Deafness and backed by many hearing loss organisations, is so vital.

Why We Need to be More Aware

Hearing loss can cause social withdrawal, loneliness and depression, and it increases dementia risk by up to five times. AOHL’s research found that 70% of people with hearing loss feel it sometimes prevents them from fulfilling their potential at work and 60% of business leaders don’t feel they get enough support to help employees with hearing loss. On average, people wait 10 years before seeking help for hearing loss and only 40% of people who need hearing aids have them. Yet hearing aids are much smaller and more discreet than they used to be, and are free on the NHS. Using them reduces that increased dementia risk and can help sufferers of tinnitus, a condition that can also cause depression. That’s why it’s important to seek help (and urge others to do so) when hearing problems occur, and to do everything we can to make life easier for those with hearing loss.

Making Life Easier for People with Hearing Loss

Hearing aids are great, but they don’t recreate perfect hearing, so these tips are useful whether your listener has a hearing aid or not. • Ask them how they prefer to communicate They may use lip reading, a sign language such as British Sign Language (BSL) or a mixture of both. • Reduce background noise and consider acoustics Whatever degree of hearing they have and whatever setting their hearing aid is on, they will cope better with as little background noise as possible. TVs, radios, kettles, white goods, fans and low-level chatter can all hinder hearing, and hearing aids or cochlear implants can amplify this background noise. 9 out of 10 respondents in AOHL’s Speak Easy survey said background noise was the biggest problem they face when eating out. Whether you’re looking for a restaurant or meeting venue, try to find a quiet location with soft floor coverings, well-insulated from outside noise. • Make sure they know you’re talking to them We’re used to saying people’s names to get their attention, calling to someone over our shoulder and not always looking at them as we speak – particularly if we’re drawing their attention to something we’re looking at or working on. But if someone has hearing loss, you need to get their attention first by making eye contact, waving, or touching them on the shoulder (from the front or side). Again, it’s good to ask what their preference is. They may respond better to their name spoken clearly than a random word. • Make lip reading easier for them Lip reading can assist people with hearing problems, no matter what other strategies they use to communicate. Make it easier for them by: >

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Facing them when you’re talking. This also helps them

interpret your facial expressions and visual cues. > Trying not to cover your mouth or chew when you’re talking. > Speaking clearly but naturally at a normal pace and volume. Overexaggerating your mouth movements hinders rather than helps others to read your lips, and shouting can overwhelm a sensitive hearing aid. > Avoiding standing somewhere that’s shadowy or overlybright. • Use body language Gestures and pointing can help, so even if you don’t know any signs, don’t let that stop you from gesturing to indicate directions and intentions. For instance, miming drinking and raising an eyebrow at someone is a universally recognised way to ask them if they want a drink. • Be considerate in a group situation We’re all guilty of interrupting and talking over each other to some degree, but if one of the group is hard of hearing, that makes things even more difficult for them. Try to take turns talking. It’s even more helpful if you raise your hand to indicate that you’re about to speak. • Remember that a picture can paint a thousand words (and subtitles help, too) If you’re giving a talk or delivering training, diagrams, pictures and video (with subtitles) can all help to explain and elaborate what you’re saying, and visual stimulus helps to attract attention and aid our learning whether we’re hard of hearing or not. Finally: Have patience. However frustrating it is for you to be unable to make yourself heard or understood by someone hard of hearing, it’s many times more frustrating for them to be unable to hear or understand you – so be patient. Think of other ways to get the message across, even if that means writing it on a piece of paper (or tapping it out on your phone or computer screen). Whatever you do, don’t give up.

Useful Links:

Action on Hearing Loss: www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk UK Council on Deafness: deafcouncil.org.uk. A useful list of member organisations: deafcouncil.org.uk/about-us/memberorganisations National Deaf Children’s Society: www.ndcs.org.uk Ear Foundation: www.earfoundation.org.uk

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– if this is on the cards for you, it would release a lump sum of cash to pay off any debts you have remaining, invest for an income, or to pay future house maintenance costs, for example. • Downsizing might also naturally free up money on a monthly basis, thanks to the reduced heating bills and maintenance issues of a smaller property. So now you’ve got all the figures you need, how do you access your pension pot when the time comes?

Pension freedoms

The pension reforms that were introduced in April 2015 give you much greater choice in the way you access your pension pot. Prior to this, an annuity had to be purchased which provided a guaranteed income for life.

There’s a general consensus in the press that, to live comfortably in retirement, you need a pension of at least £20,000 a year. Where you live obviously makes a difference to the costs, but in general, people’s idea of what constitutes a ‘comfortable’ retirement also differs. So, if like many people you’re unsure how much you’ll need in retirement, how can you find out? The first step is to look at your essential expenditure such as mortgage or rent payments, food and heating, and only then think about the ‘nice to have’ aspects of daily life that do make it more comfortable.

Focus on your expenditure initially

Rather than obtaining pension statements and forecasts first, it’s a good idea to calculate how much you’ll need for the essentials in retirement, taking into account what your circumstances might be in the future rather than now. If you pay your bills by direct debit, have a look at your bank statements for regular household outgoings such as mortgage, utilities, council tax and house insurance. Then you can factor in the cost of emergency repairs such as boiler or car breakdowns. The total is the sum you’ll need to cover using a guaranteed income. After this, consider the items that aren’t essential, but that you wouldn’t necessarily want to live without – a TV package, for example, or high speed broadband. Lastly, factor in the activities that would be nice to enjoy, such as eating out regularly or going to the theatre.

Pension forecasts and statements

Once you’ve calculated your expenditure, you can obtain a state pension forecast from the gov.uk website. Work and personal pension statements should be available by phone or in writing from your pension provider(s), and there are also a number of online ‘pension calculators’ that give you an idea of how much you might receive. Don’t forget any benefits that you could be eligible for in retirement – pension credit, for example. If you have savings or investments, you can also include these in your income projections.

What expenses will you save in retirement?

• If you’re currently supporting your family or making mortgage repayments, these expenses may not be relevant once you retire. Not having to commute to work is also a significant cost saving for some. • Many people choose to downsize their property in retirement

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Although this option remains available and is commonly used, it’s no longer the only one. With professional pension advice, you can maximise your pension savings whilst also ensuring you avoid the significant pension pitfalls that now exist.

Pension mistakes that could jeopardise your retirement Do you have enough ‘qualifying years’ for the full state pension? You currently need 35 qualifying years of National Insurance contributions to receive a full state pension. You can check for any gaps in your National Insurance record by requesting the state pension forecast mentioned earlier, available via the gov. uk website. Could you outlive your pension savings? It’s possible that you could outlive your pension savings if you take out too much money too early. It’s crucial to seek professional help on the most tax-efficient ways to access your pension, so you don’t risk reducing its value unnecessarily. An additional issue is that you don’t know how long you’ll live for, whether you’ll experience health problems in the future, or if other external circumstances could drain your savings over time, so it pays to be cautious with all your estimates and assumptions. Beware pension scams One of the downsides of the new pension freedoms is that con artists have been able to swindle people out of their hard-earned pensions. Scams such as those offering tax-free transfers to dubious investment schemes, or suggested legal ‘loopholes’ that allow you to avoid paying tax, have been widespread in recent years. Bad money management Life expectancy is increasing all the time, and although you could gain access to your entire pension, without managing the money efficiently, you could also lose the whole lot. So essentially, there are three factors when it comes to thinking about money in retirement: • How much money you’ll need to live on each month. • How you’re going to achieve this level of income. • How you’ll manage your money. With the help of pension professionals, and the facts and figures at your fingertips, hopefully you’ll make the most of your longawaited retired life. www.which.co.uk/money/pensions-and-retirement/starting-toplan-your-retirement/guides/how-much-will-you-need-to-retire www.gov.uk/check-state-pension www.pensionsadvisoryservice.org.uk/about-pensions/pensionreform/freedom-and-choice

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Milan Cathedral

Listed among the largest churches in the world, the Duomo rises on a magnificent square at the heart of Lombardy’s capital. It is dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity, an iconic landmark which took almost 600 years to complete. The last gate was inaugurated in 1965. Work began in the late 14th century by the church of St Maria Maggiore. Foundations were laid for three naves, soon increased to five as both the local bishop and duke aimed to raise the city to new heights. A canal network was designed to transport material. Gothic architecture would rival the great cathedrals in northern Europe but flexibility and innovations were welcome. Marble was used, foreign architects, artists and craftsmen joined the Italian team, and on this ancient pagan site building progressed unusually, from back to front. It started with the apse while the façade of St Maria Maggiore remained in use until 1682. The new one was only completed in the 1800s by order of Napoleon. Elegant buildings line the vast panoramic square but all lead the eye to the Duomo, stretching 92 x 158 metres. Inside are 98 gargoyles, 135 spires and over 3,400 statues which found their niche around the cathedral. The pink-hued marble of Candoglia cleverly hides the brickwork, playing all day long with light and shade to take your breath away. The main bronze door greets visitors with stunning bas-reliefs, while the 18th century sundial is still used to set the clocks around town. Large enough for 40,000 people, the interior is striking, with five broad naves supported by 40 columns. At 45 metres, the

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central aisle is the highest in a finished Gothic church and is decorated with impressive stained glass windows. Up above the apse, a small red light marks the holy place where a nail from the cross is kept. On the Feast of the Holy Cross in midSeptember, the archbishop of Milan is slowly hoisted up in an angel-decorated basket to bring the relic down for display on the altar. Statues, frescoes, sarcophagi, pulpits and the largest organ in Italy – there is much to see inside the cathedral, but most famous is the 16th century statue of St Bartholomew Flayed, a sad disturbing figure by Marco d’Agrate. More enticing are the three superb altars by Pelligrino Tibaldi, who was appointed by archbishop Borromeo to lighten up the old Gothic style with the flourishing Italian Renaissance. The treasury is housed in the Duomo Museum, a separate building next to the Palazzo Reale, where displays include some 200 items, tapestries, paintings, terracotta models, statues and more. Visitors could easily spend an hour or more in the cathedral but most exciting of all is the rooftop walk. Beyond the first terrace accessed by a lift are narrow passageways and slippery steps up to the wide open space of a safe but steeply-slanted roof. Up there, above pinnacles, flying buttresses and statues, the golden Madonna rises on the very top to bless the city at her feet. Views are superb and in clear weather the Alps are visible. It’s the perfect place to reflect on this unique building and the work of so many architects and artists over the centuries. Mark Twain described it as ‘so grand, so solemn, so vast’ and across the square, on the equestrian statue flanked by lions, Victor Emmanuel II, first king of the newly united Italy, certainly seems to approve.

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BMW X3

The wheels are spinning, but the BMW isn’t going anywhere. Every revolution of the alloys acts as a spade, shovelling sand and sinking the new X3 deeper into the huge blood-orange dunes. But this isn’t a seaside resort. 25 miles from civilisation, we are in the Saharan desert and we’ve spent the last hour tackling one of the toughest off-road routes I’ve ever experienced. The fact that only now, just a few feet from our final destination, one of my colleagues has managed to half bury a BMW is a testament to the X3’s abilities. Nestled in a lunar landscape, beneath a carpet of stars so bright they look superimposed on the sky, is our camp. A series of Bedouin tents have popped up between the dunes, rugs laid out across the sand and a sweet smell of mint tea is wafting through the rapidly cooling air. The next day, we set off on our epic drive towards the Atlas Mountains, thrown head first into the madness of Marrakesh. It’s an assault on the senses, and tests defensive driving skills to the limits. It subsides as quickly as it erupted, the roads opening up into outof-this-world landscapes. Soon we’re crossing the Tizi n Tichka mountain pass, one mighty hairpin after another. Our X30d – with a new 260bhp, 620Nm engine – is by far the pick of the range, and on roads like this, it’s swift and enjoyable. At midday we arrive in Ouarzazate, and the famous Atlas Film Studios. We drive around the sandy site in our BMWs, entering the gates of Game of Thrones, a huge city set made real by the thousands of extras that are bussed in from the surrounding villages when they’re needed. By dusk we’ve covered nearly 300 miles and have taken in the stunning Anti Atlas Mountains. We filter our way through M’Hamid, the last conurbation before the desert, in a dusty convoy. To the locals we look like aliens, 15 brand new BMWs disappearing off into the darkness. Our camp, not far from the Algerian border, is an hour of offroading away. It would be great fun, if only we could see where we’re going. Just the lights of the cars in front illuminate the impenetrable darkness. It’s this swamp of blackness that unbalances the rhythm of one of our colleagues when approaching the camp. They fail to give a sand dune the run up it deserves, beaching the BMW in a position that takes seven men and shovels to retrieve it from. The next morning, we’re told today will be tougher than yesterday.

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Five hours of harsh off-roading will be followed by a dash back across the mountains to the airport. Warning soon forgotten, we’re quickly back in the groove, drifting the off-roader around sandy corners and clattering over sharp rocks. As the desert eases, we experience the barren, flat, dry river beds of the Ouef Draa, Iriki Lane and Erg Chigaga, all stages of the famous Dakar Rally. As we approach Foum Zguid, on the edge of the desert, our BMW calmly tells us our nearside rear wheel has lost pressure. BMW chaperones soon arrive out of the dust and whip the ruined wheel off, and we once again make our way back on to tarmac – after five hours of bumping and crashing, the X3 feels like it’s riding on a cloud. Back in the Anti-Atlas Mountains, we start to make good progress, giving us time to enjoy the X3’s comfy new interior and smart multimedia system. But 100 miles in, we hear a popping and a hiss, and the now all-too familiar warning chime caused by another tyre losing pressure. This time team the BMW team isn’t close, and with no phone reception we’re left waiting in the searing heat for help to arrive. An hour later, the support car pulls up but now it’s not the tyre that’s causing frowns, but the time. We have 130 miles to go, back across the challenging Atlas Mountains, and even without hold ups it looks like we’ll miss the only flight out of Marrakesh that day. So begins a rush to the airport quite unlike any I’ve experienced before. We head off on a three-hour rally stage. From screeching hairpin bends to blink-and-you’ll-miss-them overtakes, the BMW takes it all in its stride. Through sweat, tears and clenched body parts we hurtle into the Marrakesh airport car park with just minutes to spare. The flight is closing, but we manage to get our boarding passes and dash to the gate. Sat, perspiring, exhausted but elated on the plane, I look across to the newspaper hacks who’ve endured the pan-Moroccan mad dash with me, and we smile. The BMW X3 may have two new tyres, but it’s been returned unscathed and we’re taxiing down the runway just 25 minutes after we arrived at the airport. All credit to BMW. There aren’t many firms who’d put their cars, or a bunch of journalists, through what we experienced. The X3 has proven it’s a truly capable car, able to transport you and your family on any adventure – and I for one am certainly looking forward to the next one.

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Understandably, bathroom lighting regulations are very strict. The lights you choose must be suitable for the area in which they are fitted, indicated by an IP (ingress protection) rating on the packaging, which relates to how close to water the fitting will be. Generally speaking, the room is divided into three zones. Zone 0 is inside the bath or shower itself, so that fittings must be totally immersionproof, rated at least IP67 and low voltage. Zone 1 is the area above the bath or shower, to a height of 2.25m from the floor. In this zone a minimum rating of IP45 is required (though most shower lights are actually rated at IP65). Zone 2 is outside the bath and shower, reaching 60cm on either side and 2.25m from the floor. You should also consider any area within 60cm of a tap to be within zone 2. Here, a rating of at least IP44 is required. Finally, anywhere within the bathroom but outside these areas has no specific IP requirements, though some experts recommend choosing fittings that have at least a rating of IP20. Depending on your circumstances, there may be other installation requirements, too, so always consult a qualified electrician.

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PETS:

PROTECT YOUR CATS AND DOGS IN THE GARDEN THIS SPRING

If you’re enjoying the warmer weather this springtime, and spending more time in the garden with your pet, here are a few tips to keep both cats and dogs safe and well, and avoid any urgent visits to the vet. Seasonal plants Some spring bulbs and plants can be poisonous to dogs and cats. Daffodils, in particular, cause problems if ingested, but other plants such as tulips, hyacinths, crocuses and clematis are also toxic. Symptoms include diarrhoea, vomiting, and lethargy, potentially leading to dehydration and convulsions. In cases where the most poisonous plants have been consumed, the after-effects may be seen within 15 minutes.

Slug and snail pellets As spring is ‘slug season’, you may be tempted to use slug pellets to control this problem in your garden. Dogs and cats tend to find slug pellets tasty, however, and as many brands contain a poisonous substance called metaldehyde, your pet’s health is at serious and immediate risk after ingestion. Look out for symptoms such as muscle spasms, seizures and lack of coordination, and contact your vet as a matter of urgency. www.nawt.org.uk/advice/keeping-pets-safe-spring www.pets4homes.co.uk/pet-advice/spring-safety-tips-fordog-owners.html www.vets-now.com/2017/01/spring-hazards-cats/

By Ann Haldon

Chocolate Easter eggs Chocolate contains theobromine, which is highly toxic to your dog or cat. Although dark chocolate contains the most theobromine, the levels in milk chocolate are also sufficient to cause serious health problems. It’s advisable to consult your vet as a matter of urgency if you know that your pet has consumed chocolate – symptoms include rapid breathing, hyperactivity, seizures, vomiting and diarrhoea.

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Volunteers Needed Age UK Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin is looking to recruit more volunteer helpers for its day centres in Telford. There are a number of volunteering opportunities for helpers at Lawndale Community Room in Donnington on Mondays and Wednesdays, Haybridge Hall in Hadley and also Bridle Court in Madeley on Tuesdays. Day centre helpers are also needed at Park Lane Centre in Madeley on Wednesdays, Dawley House on Thursdays, Parkwood Extra Care in Woodside and Hollinswood Community Centre on Fridays.

AT TELFORD DAY CENTRES

make a real difference to the lives of older people.” If you can spare a few hours one day a week and want to volunteer for a local charity, then contact Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin. Training and support will be provided by Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin, and out of pocket expenses. If you are interested and would like to visit any of the day centres before you commit, please contact Lois Clifford or Janice Williams on 01952 201803. Alternatively, email volunteering@ageukstw. org.uk or visit www.ageukshropshireandtelford.org.uk.

Haybridge Hall Day Centre in Hadley is also looking to recruit a new volunteer organiser who can coordinate the small team of volunteers. Day centres are open 10am to 2pm with volunteers arriving a little earlier to set out the room, welcome members, serve drinks and a hot meal as well as provide a range of fun activities including, quizzes, bingo, talks and outings. Heather Osborne, Chief Executive of Age UK STW, said: “Our weekly day centres can be a lifeline for many older people, especially those who live in relative isolation. Social interaction, a hot meal, interesting activities and outings are all provided by our day centre helpers, who

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Growing Local Company Daylite Group are Shropshire’s No1 for uPVC and aluminium orangeries, conservatories, windows and doors as well as stocking a large range of uPVC and roofline building materials.

CELEBRATES 10 YEARS IN BUSINESS building materials and roof line products again to domestic, trade and commercial customers, with the same 1st class service now recognised within their brand. Their customers choose them because of their professional approach and the quality big name brands they have to offer.

Celebrating 10 years in business in 2017 they have fast become one of the leading suppliers and installers of home improvement products in Shropshire. Established in 2007 and formed as Daylite Windows, their aim was to supply trade, domestic and commercial customers as well as installing quality UPVC and aluminium windows, doors and conservatories for domestic, trade and commercial clients, using the award winning PRoFile22 optima systems. With this achieved in such a short amount of time and with year on year growth and an ever-expanding customer base, in 2009 saw the expansion of the business with the incorporation of Daylite Building Plastics. The aim was to work along side their window division, supplying maintenance free UPVC

Over the next few years both sides of the company continued to rapidly grow and become a well-known name amongst customers and competitors throughout their region. With this in mind they saw the arrival of Daylite Building solutions in 2013 now enabling them to cover all of the areas of the construction industry making them a real driving force in their line of business. Their knowledge within the building and construction industry helps them to source, stock, supply, distribute, install and maintain the very best and most advanced products on the market. If you are in the market for any of the services they offer be sure to give them a call on 01952 240402.

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Make the Most

OF A SMALL BATHROOM

Even a tiny bathroom can function brilliantly and look gorgeous. Our top ten tricks of the trade will help you make the most of your space. After all, size isn’t everything. The perfect bathroom – whether it’s a shared family affair or an en suite shower and WC – is a great blend of comfort, good looks and functional efficiency. The good news is that all these can be achieved even in a small space and, with some clever thinking, it is even possible to trick the eye into thinking that the room is actually larger than it really is.

1 Choose subtle colours Maintaining a pale, neutral colour palette will automatically open up a small bathroom, giving it a clean, sophisticated, contemporary feel. If you can’t live without colour, watery blues and greens have a cool, clear quality that help the room feel light and airy. Add texture to avoid an overly clinical feel – think timber shelving, wicker baskets, waffle towels and linen blinds, for example.

2 Fit excellent storage Nothing makes a room feel small as much as too much clutter. The simple answer is to minimise what you keep in your bathroom and then find clever spaces to store it. Cupboards do take up valuable floor space but, because cleaning products and toiletries are pretty small, slimline storage will suffice. If renovating, you can build false walls to conceal pipework and set cupboards or niches within them; otherwise, look for anywhere that storage could be added, from above the door to below the basin, even behind the bath panel or a rack inside the shower.

3 Make the most of natural light Enhance the space by getting the most light possible through the windows – make sure nothing on the sills is blocking it, and that window treatments do not cover any part of the glass. Then bounce the light around the room by using mirrors and glossy tiles.

A large mirror, a pale, neutral colour palette and raising fittings off the floor all promote a feeling of spaciousness in this compact bathroom by Ikea (www.ikea.com/gb).

smooth-flowing space; instead, choose recessed spotlights, or neat directional lights mounted on a slender track. As a hidden light source you could fit LED strips beneath wall units, with a baffle board in front to avoid glare, and don’t forget an illuminated mirror. Bear in mind that fittings will need to be IPrated for safety (ask advice from your electrician).

7 Two-in-one is best Never have two pieces of furniture when you can have just one – multifunction is the way to go. Choose towel radiators, storage seats, mirrored cabinets and basins with cupboards beneath, for example.

8 Consider underfloor heating

4 Select fittings wisely There are plenty of bathroom fittings on the market designed for small bathrooms that don’t compromise on looks or function, including short-projection WCs, shower-baths, thinbut-tall towel rails and ultra-slim basins. For awkward spaces, look for corner showers, basins and even WCs. Wall or mixer taps create room on a small basin, and check that it has space for soap – you might need to add a wall-mounted dispenser.

5 Raise it off the floor Even without using smaller-than-average or ingeniously shaped fittings, it is possible to make a bathroom appear more spacious than it really is by installing wall-mounted pieces. Not only do they look modern and sophisticated, but they also show off the floor space beneath, and the more floor you can see, the bigger the room appears.

Getting rid of your radiator can potentially free up a valuable amount of floor space and, if you are renovating your bathroom, installing underfloor heating is relatively easy and inexpensive, using either loose wiring or mats.

9 Employ visual tricks It may seem counter-intuitive, but large-format tiles (wall or floor) can work better in compact bathrooms than smaller tiles, which may appear fussy. With fewer grout lines, large tiles look sleek and are also easier to maintain.

6 Lighting is vital Try to create a suitably bright and breezy bathroom lighting scheme that meets all your requirements, from putting on make-up to reading in the bath. Avoid lights that dangle or protrude too much, as they will interrupt the impression of

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Slimline storage is ideal for a small space. Essentials Jax ladder rail, £59; Jax wall unit, £69; (www.made.com).

10 Assess your window options Curtains in a bathroom make a pleasant change to the hard surfaces elsewhere, but in a small room it is best to avoid anything too flouncy. Floaty sheers in simple gathers are better than dark, heavy fabrics – a flat panel of muslin threaded onto a pole or wire across the bottom half of the window could work well. Alternatively, try a neat Roman or roller blind, waterproof louvre shutters or simple frosted glass.

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Do You Have a Few Hours a Month “I found myself on the phone to a woman whose baby, like mine, had died. ‘Tell me about your baby’, she said and I poured my heart out to a perfect stranger with whom I felt an instant connection.” Mum

Losing your much longed for baby during pregnancy or soon after birth is the most awful trauma any parent can experience. A whole future is taken away from that family. Sadly this happens only too often. Currently 15 babies a day die in the weeks before or just after birth. Sands aims to care for those families with practical and emotional support for as long as they need it.

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would urge you to get involved. Guidance, support and resources are provided to volunteers by UK-Sands and the local Network Coordinator. For further information on the roles or to find out more about the group contact Nathalya Kennedy, West Network Coordinator at Sands on 07833491603 or email: nathalya. kennedy@sands.org.uk

Members of Shropshire Sands (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity) support group are appealing to the local community to help them find new volunteers to join their committee. Committee roles include Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, Hospital Liaison and Fundraising Coordinator. Whilst many Sands volunteers have themselves experienced the death of the baby you do not have to have personal experience of baby loss in order to offer help to the committee. As long as you have an empathy and interest in Sands’ work we

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Decorating

WITH DARK COLOURS by Katherine Sorrell

Deeply dramatic interiors create a striking effect and are oh-sofashionable. Do you dare to take the plunge?

An oversized mural adds to the sense of drama in this inspiring black and red scheme. Kahrs Classic Oak Nouveau Charcoal Wood flooring, £69.99 per square metre, Carpetright.

A deep blue makes a fabulous backdrop for vivid colours such as lime, pink or yellow. Annie Sloan chalk paint in Napoleonic Blue, £18.95 per litre.

Choose a dark sofa and arrange paler or bright cushions against it for instant effect. Hermione sofa in blue velvet, £1,287, Darlings of Chelsea.

This blue upholstery shines out when contrasted with a soft, dark grey backdrop. Algernon three-seater sofa in Mallard Blue velvet, £1,140; and Roscoe armchair in Teal, £455; both Perch & Parrow.

DON’T BE SCARED OF THE DARK… A black splashback contributes intense style to a kitchen. These chevron tiles cleverly contrast matt and shiny surfaces. Chevron wall tiles in Black and Black Matt, £53 per square metre, The Baked Tile Company.

A combination of charcoal and blush pink is especially effective. Bath: Floris No. 27; panelling: Sinner No. 238; both from £46 for 2.5l marble matt emulsion, Mylands Paints.

A dark throw is minimal yet dramatic. Tweedmill lambswool throw in navy/ silver grey, £49.99, Black By Design.

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Don’t forget light fittings as a way to add another layer to a dark and dramatic scheme. Venice Beach House large beaded chandelier, £445, Oh What’s This.

• Dark colours can look warm, cosy and inviting, as well as intensely luxurious and sophisticated. They work especially well in a WC, snug, library, dining room, home office or games room, but – with a bit more decorative courage – are hugely effective in living rooms and bedrooms, too. • What colours to choose? Charcoal grey is intense and eye-catching, yet neutral enough to work as a backdrop for most furnishings. If you prefer a colour, however, navy, burgundy or forest green will make even more of an impact – but will be harder to co-ordinate with. • If all-over dark is simply too much, add drama to a room by painting or papering just one ‘feature’ wall in a distinctive deep colour, or perhaps choosing one or two key items of furniture with which to inject moody character. • Remember that surface textures affect how light or dark a room feels. Matt surfaces absorb light whereas glossy surfaces reflect it. Painting floorboards black, for example? Choose a high-gloss finish to shine light all around. • The deeper the background, the more other colours ‘pop’ out in front of it. Raspberry pink, crimson, lime, orange, emerald and mustard are all great choices for accessories in a dark colour scheme.


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It's Not Only PPI

THAT YOU CAN RECLAIM

The Payment Protection Insurance mis-selling scandal has resulted in billions of pounds being repaid to customers by the banks and other large financial institutions. But it’s not just PPI that can be reclaimed from organisations failing to follow stringent selling guidelines designed to protect the public. So what other reclaims could you potentially make? From bank charges to student loan repayments, here are a few other reclaim opportunities you might want to look into.

Packaged bank accounts

Although packaged bank accounts are very useful in many cases, it’s possible that the product may have been mis-sold in a similar way to PPI. So what could constitute mis-selling in this instance? • You weren’t told that you had to pay a monthly fee. • The account was sold to you by an overbearing or overenthusiastic salesperson. • You don’t qualify for the insurance policies included in the package – on age or health-related grounds, for example. • The bank told you your credit rating would improve if you opened this type of account. Whatever the reason, you can claim a refund of the fees, plus interest, from the bank. Money Saving Expert and other websites offer free resources in this respect, to help you make your claim. If the bank refuses to repay, you can take your claim to the Financial Ombudsman Service – an independent and free service set up to resolve disputes between financial institutions and their customers. Furthermore, the Ombudsman ultimately has the power to enforce their decision if it differs from that of the financial institution concerned.

Bank charges

Despite the banks winning a 2009 Supreme Court Ruling on the fairness of their charges, you may be able to reclaim bank charges that you believe are unfair, particularly if you’re facing financial hardship. Being charged high fees when you’re experiencing financial difficulty can exacerbate an already distressing situation. If you’re in this position and have exceeded a pre-arranged overdraft limit, or cheques or direct debits have been returned on your account, you can write to your bank explaining the situation and requesting a refund. You may receive a full or partial refund from the bank, but if they refuse you can pursue your case with the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Council tax payments

If your property was placed in the wrong council tax band, you may be able to reclaim the overpayments made – potentially for decades – as well as reducing your ongoing monthly costs. When properties were valued in preparation for the new Council Tax system, the process became known as ‘second gear valuations.’ It was said that those given the task of valuation didn’t move out of second gear when driving past the properties, leading to inaccurate results.

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Although properties in Wales were later revalued, those in England and Scotland remained in their original (potentially incorrect) council tax band. If you live in England, you can confirm your banding on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) website. You also need to check the council tax band of neighbours with property closest to yours in terms of size and value. This can be done either online, or by asking your neighbours in person. If they’re in a lower band you may have a case for reclaiming, but be aware that your own property could have been correctly valued. This would potentially mean that your neighbours were liable to pay a higher amount, possibly backdated to 1991, so it’s advisable to tread carefully in this respect.

Student loan overpayments

Student loan repayments are deducted from your earnings by the Student Loans Company (SLC), rather than from your bank account. As the SLC only receives earnings and employment updates annually, the information they hold can be sometimes be outdated. This means that it’s easy to overpay on your student loan if your income reduces, or when the loan has been paid off. If you think you’ve overpaid for any reason, you can call the Student Loans Company to check, and verify your bank details should a refund be due.

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If you’ve taken out a free 30-day subscription to Amazon Prime and simply forgotten to cancel it, you should receive an instant refund if you or anyone authorised on the account hasn’t used any of the services. It’s also been known for Amazon customers to inadvertently click the wrong button when purchasing an item and take out a free trial of Amazon Prime unintentionally. If this has happened to you, and you’ve been charged the Prime membership fee at the end of the trial period, you can contact Amazon to explain the situation. They should offer you a full or pro-rata refund, depending on whether you’ve used any of their Prime services in the meantime. Claiming your right to a refund as a consumer is important, and should be pursued if you believe that you’ve been wrongly charged. Reclaiming this money can help your financial situation, and sends a strong message to financial and other institutions that they must comply with the regulations and take care of their customers. Websites that can offer advice about claiming back money include: www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk www.moneysavingexpert.com www.uswitch.com

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Admaston

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: natalie@cookstars.co.uk 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 www.admastonhouse.org.uk or contact Moira Hoath on 07722 213264.

Church Aston

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

Dawley

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 www.tcfonline.org.uk 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

Donnington

Players wanted - Tickled Pink Ukulele Band Practice nights Weds @ Asda Donnington. Uke players needed. Contact us at: tpinkukes@gmail.com 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: Telford.seacadets@yahoo.com Thu - The Creation Station ‘Little Explorer’ pre-schooler arts & crafts sessions.

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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.

Edgmond

at Edgmond Village Hall: Toddler group 10.30-11.30 (term time only) - Contact Lindsay 07739 161269 Mon (term time only): Painting - drawing classes 1.00-3.30pm. More details Cynthia James 07722 624 210. Every 3rd Wed of Month - Edgmond W.I 7.30-10pm. Visitors 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. £5 table, free entry contact Janis 07739 634703 Antoaneta's Writers' Edgmond meet on 1st Wed of month at 5.30pm in members own homes. New members are welcomed. We are a small and friendly group keen to advance our writing. Contact Mark Pearce on 01952 550557 or email markpearce17@ hotmail.com for more info.

Hadley

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. jones234@yahoo.com 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

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)

Ketley

Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Saturday (term time) 9.30-11.00am at Ketley Community Centre (Ages 2-12), Email: natalie@cookstars.co.uk 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.

Lawley

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

Leegomery

Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Thursday (term time) 4.30-5.45pm at Leegomery Community Centre (Ages 2-12), Email: natalie@cookstars.co.uk

Lilleshall

Lilleshall Women’s Institute - Open to all age groups - speakers, demonstrations, refreshments and raffle. At Lilleshall

Memorial Hall 3rd Tue of month 7.30pm. Guests £2 per session. Contact Francis Taylor 01952 604718

Madeley

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

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

Newport

15th May (Tue) - Newport Shropshire U3A Annual general meeting at The Royal British Legion Club, Audley Road, Newport at 2pm (Members ONLY). 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@ cookstars.co.uk Childrens Cooking Classes - Every Monday (term time) 6.30-8.15pm at Burton Borough Home Ec Room (Ages 10-17), Email: natalie@cookstars.co.uk 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@ hotmail.com 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. academy@outlook.com 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 info@newport-bridge-club.co.uk 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 Trust are collecting and recycling used printer ink-jet cartridges in order to raise funds to support children with learning difficulties. Drop off in the pharmacy side of Boots in the High Street, 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@ lovedressmaking.co.uk 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 Serendipity Singles, 45+, established in Shropshire, now meeting in Newport. Full details from 07704 792610 Newport Scouts, Longford Road HQ. Beavers, Thu’s at 6pm; Cubs, Wed’s at 6pm; Scouts, Wed’s 7.30 pm. Contact: Liz on 07780 611260 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 michaeljamespotter@hotmail.co.uk 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. newportphotoclub.com for details.

Oakengates

20th May (Sun) - The Christians & Hue and Cry at Oakengates Theatre, Telford. To book please visit www.theplacetelford.com or call the box office on 01952 382382. 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.


COMMUNITY & WHATS ON

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.

Priorslee

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 facebook.com/MaudeandRose. 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@ btinternet.com Priorslee Lions Chess Club Monday nights from 7:30pm The Lion, Shifnal Road, Priorslee www.priorsleelionschessclub.co.uk 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

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

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

Shifnal

22nd May (Tue) – Wrekin U3A. 2pm, Shifnal Village Hall. "Positively Overcoming Adversity, a Paralympian gives advice on coping with life changes". Visitors welcome £2. Details at: https://.u3asites.org.uk/ wrekin 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 facebook.com/shifnalinstitches or email shifnalinstitches@gmail.com Shifnal Senior Citizens meet every Friday afternoon in the Social Club in Curriers Lane, Shifnal at 2-4pm Membership £6 per year. All Senior Citizens are welcome. Shifnal Tots and Toddlers meet every Thursday 9:15am til 11am in term time at the Youth Club, Bridgnorth Road. Children 4 years and under with their carers welcome. Shifnal Tennis Club - Social play every Mon & Wed 6.30 onwards. New members always welcome including beginners or ‘back to tennis’ , junior coaching available throughout the week. Contact Merill Holt 07762 15270 or Head Coach Ian Gillespie 07761 970759 for juniors. LIVE AT HOME - Support for older people offering friendship and company, activities

and entertainment, outings and visits, theatre trips and exercise. Contact Rachel on 01952 879873 Shifnal ART Group - Fri’s 10am-12. £5. Senior Citizens Hall, Curriers Ln. T&C. contact Jim 01952 463211. Get Shifnal On Line - Free computer lessons are on offer from local volunteers in Shifnal library. If you have no knowledge of computers, but would like to learn at your own pace, call 07805 632225. Carers` Group meets every last Tue of month, 2.30-4.30pm at the Old Fire Station, Shifnal. Contact Ivy 01952 750228 (daytimes only) for more details. Shifnal Men’s Link - Meet 3 times a year (Feb, Jun & Oct) at Haughton Hall for a meal with a guest speaker. Contact Chris Blake on 01952 463171 or email: info@ shifnal-mens-link.co.uk Shifnal Ladies Link - Meet 3 times a year (Feb, Jun & Oct) at Haughton Hall for a meal with a guest speaker. Contact Sue Blake on 01952 463171 or email: info@ shifnal-ladies-link.co.uk Stagekids of Shifnal - for 6–16s meet every Thu during term time at The Youth Club, Bridgnorth Rd, Shifnal, 6–11 yr olds meet at 6.45pm-8pm, 12–16 yr olds meet 8pm9.45pm. Contact Sandra on 01952 462759 Shifnal Millennium Sensory Garden - The working party meets each month from March through to end of Nov on the 1st & 3rd Sat’s 9.30am-noon and the 2nd & 4th Thu’s 9.30am-noon. Enthusiastic helpers welcome as supervision given. Contact Pauline - 01952 460914 or Angela - 01952 462627 for more details or just turn up on the day. Shifnal Flower Club meet 4th Tue of every month at Shifnal Village Hall at 7.30pm. Professional Floral Art Demonstrations, Garden Visits & Outings, if you love flowers, come & join us. Call Sue Munslow on 01952 461076 Shifnal Flower Club Workshop is 3rd Tue of every month at Curriers Lane Room, Shifnal - 7.30pm. Learn how to produce your own floral arrangement. Members £2, non members £4. Call Chris Finlan on 01952 750312. Shifnal & District Male Voice Choir meet on Thu at 7.30pm at Idsall School (6th form common room). New recruits welcome. Contact Ged Heyes on 01952 586968, for further details. St Andrews Church, Shifnal - Every Tue 10am – 12 noon Coffee and a listening ear in the Brooke Room. Trinity Methodist Church, Shifnal - Every Wednesday 10am - 12 noon all welcome to drop in for a drink & a chat. Ladybirds tots and toddlers meet every Friday from 10-11.30am at Trinity Methodist Church, Shifnal. All children under 5 and their carers are welcome. St Mary’s Church Presbytery, Victoria Road, Shifnal - Coffee Morning every Thu. All welcome for a drink and a chat.

St Georges

Telford & Wrekin Arthritis Support Group, meet 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

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.

Trench

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

Wellington

14th Jul (Sat) - Telford Stamp, Card and Coin Fair - Belmont Hall, Wellington Centre, Telford, TF1 1LU, 10am to 3pm, free entry, good range of stalls, free valuations, buy and sell, home made refreshments. Free adjacent car park, train station close by, bus via Telford Centre to nearby local bus station. Further details from Bob Pilkington, T: 01299 211737. sbpilkington02@outlook.com. Severn Harmony Ladies Barbershop Chorus meets every Monday from 7.30-9.30pm at Wellington Methodist Church,New Street,TF1 1LU for singing and fun. For more info. contact Membership Secretary, Carol Shore on 01952 597851 or 07792 862826. Wellington, the home of The Telfordaires Barbershop Harmony Chorus. For the MALE voice. If you can or can’t sing, just like to try, or need some entertainment for an event. Contact us on 0845 463 1618 Art and Craft fun for toddlers - every Friday at 11am at Wellington Methodist Church. Contact Kirsty on 07741 066858 or kirsty@art4tots.com 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 Fri-Mon 10.30am-5pm, 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 telford.lions@yahoo.com Car boot sale – Every Sunday, Victoria Road and Nailors Row car parks – Contact Tel 01952 380934 U3A Wellington - 2nd Thu of each Month meeting at Belmont Community Hall, Wellington - 2pm. Just come along and see what’s on offer, or visit our website. S.T.A.G.s (Strategic Tactical Adventure Gaming Society) one of the biggest wargaming clubs in the country. Historical as well as Sci/Fanasty wargaming. Open every other Sun from 11am to 15.30pm, first visit is free, we meet at Belmont Hall in Wellington. www.freewebs.com/telford_ stags/ T 01952 417417 Questing Knight Games 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@ btinternet.com 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 www.wrekinartspc.com 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 413686 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.

Other Areas

2nd Jun (Sat) - National Children's Day - at Monkmoor Recreation Ground, Shrewsbury, organised by Polish Centre Shrewsbury to raise money for Hope House. Lots of fun activities for children - Free entry. 16th-17th Jun (Sat/Sun) - N.G.S. Gardens Open - Stottesdon & Chorley, Shropshire - the villages of Stottesdon and Chorley are opening up to 13 gardens, open 11am-5pm. TIckets are £6, valid for two days (under 16 free). Refreshments available. 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 talksherlock@gmail.com 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 entertainmentand 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. ageukshropshireandtelford.org.uk IT Class (for older people) run every Wednesday 3-5pm at Brookside Community Centre. Contact Diane Douglas 01952 201803 ext 001 or diane.douglas@ ageukstw.org.uk 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@ googlemail.com, 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@ guidedogs.org.uk. Further info can be found at www.guidedogs.org.uk. Temponilla a small S.A.T.B. vocal ensemble meet weekly on Monday evenings 7:309pm at Sutton Hill Church, please see web www.temponilla.co.uk for calender of this years events, and contact details if you are intersted in joining the choir. The Wrekin Decorative and Fine Arts Society meets at the Cold War exhibition hall at RAF Cosford Air Museum on the 3rd Mon of the mth at 2pm. Visitors £5. Contact: Louise Nixon 01746 783517 - www. nadfas-wm.org.uk/wrekin.html 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: tandwladiescircle@hotmail.com - 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. wrekinwriters.co.uk or call Darren on 01952 405178.

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Local Health, Sport

Admaston

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.

Dawley

Clubbercise - Mon 6.45-7.35pm Dawley Social Club Kings Street TF4 2AG. All welcome no need to book. Contact Kim - 07724 087516 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 7-9pm at the Hadley Learning Community, Crescent Rd, Telford, TF1 5JU. We support a good club standard of play using feather shuttles. New members and visitors are welcome. Please come along on Club Night or contact Graeme Hughes on 07912 466207. 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: beryl.feely@gmail.com. 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 www.imsg.org.uk or e-mail secretary@imsg.org.uk 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

Donnington

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 cheryljauncey2@gmail.com

Edgmond

Yoga, Pilates & Full Body Workout Classes - in the new Studio at Edgmond Village Hall, Shrewsbury Road, Edgmond, Newport, TF10 8HU. Mondays: Pilates at 6pm; Full Body Workout class at 7.15pm; Wednesdays: Yoga at 6pm. Cost: £6 PAYG or £30 in advance for 6 classes. Call/ text 07875 661045 or email denisepheasant@hotmail.com to book.

Hadley

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

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Daisy Birthing classes: Active Antenatal classes on Sat 1011:30am at HLC. Suitable for all pregnant mums. Email: janette-davey@thedaisyfoundation.com 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 Peter on 01952 242873. Gymnastics Classes - Monday to Saturday, for beginners - advanced gymnasts. Contact: 07905 956644 or email shootingstarsonline07@yahoo.com Piloxing (Boxing, Pilates & Dance) - Mon 6.30-7.30pm. Zumba - Thu 6.30-7.30pm. Hadley Methodist Church, £3.50. All abilities welcome! Debbie 07891 686812

Jackfield

‘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. carolinerolling.com Mindful Meditation - Sooth mind, body and spirit. £5. At The GorgeTherapy & Training Centre. For more info contact: Diane 01952 881151 www.you-in-mind.co.uk

Ketley

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 debbieyogaone@gmail.com or see my website: www.yogaone.co.uk 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@ yahoo.co.uk Slimming World - Ketley Methodist Church on Tue at 5.30 & 7.30pm.

Lawley

Clubbercise - Tue 6.45-7.35pm Lawley Primary School Arleston Lane TF4 2PR (next to community centre) All welcome no need to book. Contact Kim - 07724 087516 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 info@mitchytitch.co.uk. www.mitchytitch. co.uk Mummy Movers - St Johns Church Hall, Wed: 7.30-8.30pm & Thu: 10.15-11.00am. Call: Laura 07929 154 536 / laura@ mummymovers.com Website: www.mummymovers. com Stretch & Tone Class - Tue - Lawley Village Primary Academy - 6:30-7:30pm Call/text Vikki Connell on 07510 186982, or email vikkiburnell@ymail.com. Zumba - Mon & Wed - Lawley Community Centre 6pm Call/text Vikki Connell on 07510 186982, or email vikkiburnell@ymail.com.

Leegomery

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: claire.jervis74@gmail.com 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)

Lilleshall

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 www.lilleshallbowls.org.uk 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@ mitchytitch.co.uk. www.mitchytitch.co.uk

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 badminton.co.uk Lilleshall Hall Table Tennis Club - meets Mon 7.15-10.15pm in the Ford Hall, Lilleshall National Sports Centre, 12 tables - coaches for juniors & beginners. Sessions £5 adults, juniors. Call Vicky 810355 or Don 416048.

Madeley

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.

Muxton

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

Newport

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 nikkiwitty@ymail.com 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 / dilysd407@gmail.com Groupfit, Women Only and Boxfit classes at The Body Barn in Newport - see website for full details at: www. thebodybarn.co.uk or call 01952 455541. Forton Cricket Club - Fancy playing cricket, we have two senior teams, ladies team and junior teams - for more info contact Clive 01952 825447 or cliverjones1958@gmail.com 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 www.novaunitedfc.co.uk Martial Arts Club (Aikido) - Aikido at Burton Borough Sch, Newport. Mondays 7-9pm - Adult classes. Contact sensei@ meijyukan.co.uk website www.meijyukan.co.uk 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@ hotmail.co.uk Farmhouse Shotokan Karate Club, Moreton Millennium Community Centre and Burton Borough School, Newport - Tues, Fri & Sun. For all ages and abilities. Fully qualified and insured Instructors. First Lesson Free. Contact 07890 349451, email shropshirekarate@gmail.com or visit www. shropshirekarate.com 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, yogamebaby@yahoo.co.uk www.facebook.com/ 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 drew.barlow@live.co.uk 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 markpearce17@hotmail.com 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 £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


& Fitness Classes Fit 4 the Future exercise classes (at the studio near Focus). Mon: Jump ‘n Pump 7-8, Tue: Energize 6-7, Bootcamp 7-8, Wed: Box ‘a’ Blast 7-8, Thu: Energize 6-7, Box ‘a’ Blast 7-8. £4.50 per session. Please call Craig for details 07796 426299.

Oakengates

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 suekeithhayward@sky.com

Shawbirch

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

Shifnal

Swimming Lessons - Duck N Dive Limited - Baby, preschool, afterschool & adult swimming lessons across various locations in Telford & Shifnal. T: 01952 301012, Email:info@dndswim.co.uk, Web:www.dndswim.co.uk Line Dancing Classes at Shifnal Memorial Club on Tue at 7.30pm. Slimming World - Shifnal Village Hall - Wed (9.30am) Call Paula on 07791 743509 Meditation followed by group activity every Thu 7.309.30pm at Citizen’s Hall, Curriers Lane, Shifnal. £8pp. Contact Norma on 01952 463876 or email Jehandra@ yahoo.com 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 iandglittleford@btinternet.com. 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. co.uk. www.mitchytitch.co.uk 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@ gorgetherapycentre.co.uk 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 www.shifnaldance.moonfruit.com 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: beryl.feely@gmail.com Shifnal Cricket Club - Junior cricket coaching - Mon 6.30 to 7.30 for boys aged 8-11, 7.30 to 8.30 for boys aged 12 and 13. Girls coaching and boys aged 14 and 15 Fri 6.30 to 7.30. For details please call Kevin Humphreys 07983 120061. Idsall Badminton Club meet at Idsall Sports Centre, Shifnal - Tue 7-9pm. All we ask is that you play to a reasonable standard. Ceroc Modern Jive and Salsa class nights at Shifnal Village Hall. Every Monday (exc Bank Hols) 7.45pm 11pm. New members always welcomed and no need to bring a partner. Contact Mike on 07990 554459, email cerocmidlands@aol.com or visit www.cerocmidlands. co.uk

St Georges

Clubbercise - Wed 6.15-7.05pm St Georges Sports & Social Club TF2 9LU. All welcome no need to book. Contact Kim - 07724 087516 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 www.hiitpad.co.uk 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 stevelowe59@blueyonder.co.uk "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

Stirchley

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

Telford - Town Centre

25th Mar (Sun) - Healthy Lifestyle Show - 10am – 5pm, The International Centre, Telford TF3 4JH, https:// healthylifestyleshowshropshire.eventbrite.co.uk. The event will run over 5 zones including Nutrition, Wellbeing, Health & Fitness, speciality Food, Retail & Shopping and include some workshops, demonstrations and a café area. Advance ticket sales are now live. For trade information contact: 07964 038546, bookings@healthylifestyleshow.org.uk 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

Trench

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 debbieyogaone@gmail.com or see my website: www. yogaone.co.uk 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.

Wellington

NEW Mindfulness Introduction Course - starts Friday 4th May 5.30 - 6.30 @ Supple Fitness Studio, Wrekin Professional Centre, Holyhead Road. Booking is essential!! Contact Lorraine: Lorraine@affinity-andbeyond.co.uk or 07898 823339 for more info or to reserve a place. Mindfulness is a wonderful way to learn to relax and it can also help with many physical and emotional disorders including depression, anxiety, pain and stress. 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 www.facebook.com/severnspokes and/or our website www.severnspokes.com 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. co.uk 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@ immersediving.com; visit www.immersediving.com find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/immersediving. 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. co.uk or 07596 984442 or visit our website, www. wrekintennisclub.co.uk 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. www.telfordcommunitytennisclub.co.uk E: bob.kerr@telfordcommunitytennisclub.co.uk 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 jeremy.seymour9@gmail.com Website: www.wellingtonbadminton.co.uk

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Taoist Tai Chi Society of GB - All ages and abilities welcome. See taoist.org.uk 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, Email:info@dndswim.co.uk, Web:www.dndswim.co.uk 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 www.lindaangelis.com 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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MOVIES I FEEL PRETTY

Amy Schumer stars as Renee Bennett - a woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis. After suffering a fall at a spin class, she wakes up believing she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. With this newfound confidence she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, but what will happen when she realizes her appearance never changed? Release Date: 4th May 2018 Genre: Comedy Cast Members: Amy Schumer, Emily Ratajkowski, Michelle Williams

DEADPOOL 2

The wise-cracking, gun-toting, fourth wall-breaking Merc with a Mouth is back in ‘Deadpool 2’, and as promised last time around, he’s bringing a friend: robot-armed warrior Cable. Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus are back to keep an eye on him again, expert markswoman Domino’s making an appearance… and he’s bound to run into trouble with Cable, whose appearance may or may not mark the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Release Date: 16th May 2018 Genre: Action, Comedy Cast Members: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin

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COMING SOON... SHERLOCK GNOMES

Gnomeo and Juliet have just moved to a new garden, where they hope to live happily ever after. But when the other gnomes disappear, they recruit ‘Sherlock Gnomes’ to help. He’s the sworn defender of all garden gnomes, and is the only one who might be able to solve this mystery. And so begins a whole new adventure into the great unknown, to rescue the gnomes and bring them home safe. Release Date: 11th May 2018 Genre: Animated Cast Members: Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James McAvoy

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM

Four years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that's about to erupt. They soon encounter terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinos while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet. Release Date: 6th June 2018 Genre: Action, Adventure Cast Members: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum

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Notes from your local Ironbridge Gorge Councillor Spring is finally here, and the next phase of English Heritage’s Iron Bridge Conservation project has begun with the viewing platform open from April-August 2018, 10am-4pm. This offers a one-off opportunity to get up close to the bridge and learn about English Heritage's largest conservation project to date. The platform will provide a golden opportunity to view the intricacies of the bridge’s pioneering single-span cast-iron structure, that provided a turning point in British design and cemented the Gorge’s position as an industrial powerhouse. It is an exciting time for our Iron Bridge, as I am delighted to confirm that the Council has appointed lighting design specialists LPA Lighting to design a new lighting scheme to illuminate the Iron Bridge. The new lighting will be installed in preparation with the reopening of the Bridge later this year, following the conservation work currently being completed by English Heritage to enhance the unique structure of our iconic Iron bridge. It is vital we preserve the heritage assets within our community and the Jackfield railway crossing gates are finally being restored to preserve the Ironbridge Gorge’s industrial heritage. The gates were recently dismantled and taken to the Small Woods Trust, a local woodlands charity, who will be undertaking the restoration. It is fantastic to see this project finally getting underway following on from representations from The Gorge Parish Council, I as the Ward Member and from many people within our community who have been working to ensure the railway crossing gates in Jackfield are restored to their former glory.

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Is Time Up

FOR AGEISM?

“Need some help, young lady?” The young supermarket assistant leaned over his desk, speaking slowly as if talking to a small child. I had already moved away from the checkout area, but couldn’t help glancing back to see who was being served. The ‘young lady’ in question was actually a well-dressed woman in her mid-eighties, who had paused to search for something in her handbag. It wasn’t clear whether the assistant was being ironic or whether he genuinely believed he was being helpful, but whatever his intention, the elderly customer chose to ignore his flippant remark. She presented the discount voucher she had been looking for, tapped her payment card smartly on the handset, picked up her shopping and left with a polite “Thank you”. As I drove home, I found the scene kept playing over and over in my mind. Not because the checkout assistant had been rude or unhelpful, but because he had treated this customer differently due to her age. Almost 50 years ago the American gerontologist Robert N Butler coined the term ‘ageism’ to describe what happens when a person is stereotyped and discriminated against because they are older. Examples can cover anything from an unkind, age-related comment to losing your job – or not getting an interview in the first place – because others think your age makes you unemployable. It is estimated that 901 million people across the world are over the age of 60 and that number is predicted to reach 1.4 billion by 2030. Most people are now living longer thanks to improvements in health care, but instead of celebrating this as a positive development, it seems that we prefer to dwell on the negative aspects of ageing.

Who has the last laugh? Compared with the rest of Europe, Britain has one of the worst records when it comes to age discrimination, and the British sense of humour could be partly to blame for this. Selfdeprecating jokes may be a hallmark of our culture, but we can hardly complain about discrimination when we’re so ready to advertise the drawbacks of age so widely on greetings cards and items of clothing. There would be an outcry if similar statements were used to in connection with race or disability, but we are happy to send a birthday card or wear a t-shirt joking about age-related mental and physical issues that include bladder malfunctions, memory lapses, erectile dysfunction and hearing loss. The media is just as guilty when it comes to reinforcing negative stereotypes. When researchers from the universities of Exeter and Kent carried out a survey of 1,500 articles from tabloid and broadsheet newspapers from across the political spectrum, they found few positive stories about people aged 70 and over: the vast majority were concerned with topics such as the rising cost of pensions and the burden older people place on the NHS. Such is the stigma attached to growing old that some people seem to regard any age-related adjective as a potential insult. In 2016 TV presenter Jeremy Paxman, then aged 66, referred to the older generation as ‘virtual corpses’ after picking up a copy of the Mature Times – a publication aimed at the over-

50s – in a hotel lobby. Infuriated by the idea that the magazine might be deemed suitable reading material for him, he wrote: “Who wants to be called ‘mature’, like an old cheese? We all know that ‘mature’ means on the verge of incontinence, idiocy and peevish valetudinarianism.”

Celebrities and ageing However it seems the tide has started to turn. Hollywood is a place where all the isms – racism, sexism and ageism – are deeply entrenched, but after the recent wave of harassment scandals there are signs that its famous actors are now turning the spotlight on age discrimination and casual ageism. Helen Mirren has questioned cosmetic giant L’Oreal’s use of the term ‘anti-ageing’ for its products (because it subtly implies that ageing is something we should fight), while Meryl Streep has talked about the ageist attitudes of casting directors (she was offered three ‘witch’ roles as soon as she turned forty). Cameron Diaz believes that people power will eventually conquer ageism. She told Harper’s Bazaar: “We don’t have to look at ageing as a bad thing. We are the masses. We have the power to say, ‘I’m actually going to embrace this because I am valuable and I have more to offer than someone who hasn’t had the experience that I have’.” Just as these Hollywood ‘A’ listers are becoming role models for their peers, I must confess that the lady in the supermarket has become something of a role model for me. No one should have to suffer the indignities of casual ageism, but if and when it does happen to me, I hope to meet it with dignity, just as she did.

by Katherine Sorrell

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YOUR QUICK GUIDE TO EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING IN YOUR LOCAL MAGAZINE...

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