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DECEMBER 2018 | ISSUE 41

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INSIDE FLINTSHIRE MAGAZINE Welcome to our Christmas issue. Wow where has this year gone? As you can see from the right hand side of this page there’s lots going on again in this edition including our look at the Christmas Pantomimes going on across Flintshire and North Wales p12-13. We bring you the hottest gift ideas for Him and Her this Christmas p20-21. We take a look at Hogmanay in Edinburgh on p28-29 and the best of what our very own food and drink producer’s have to offer this Christmas on p16-17. There’s more fantastic prizes to give away in this months competition pages on p24-25. See our delicious Christmas pudding recipe on p38. Lots more going on so please take the time to have a look through.

XMAS FEATURES PANTOMIMES AND CHRISTMAS SHOWS in North Wales you won't want to miss... DICK WHITTINGTON Theatr Clwyd - Mold The Purrrrrfect Panto for Cool Cats & Rockin’ Rats!

8 - 30 December 2018

Our cult panto returns with disco frocks, sparkling sets, slapstick galore and the panto puppets. Take a trip with Dick down streets paved with Welsh gold as actor-musicians play your favourite rock and soul songs live! Don’t miss this Christmas Cracker that’s guaranteed to be filled with funky cat-titude.

The Fairy Godmother of all Pantomimes! This truly magical staging of the beautiful rags-toriches fairytale will feature dazzling sets, amazing costumes and magnificent special effects.

15 - 23 December 2018 Joseph Purdy Productions in association with The William Aston Hall presents the most spellbinding pantomime of them all - Sleeping Beauty. www.glyndwr.ac.uk/en /Events/eventlistings/index

Competiton Winners for November: SLADE - M Thwaites - 23 Alexander O’Neal - K Messham - Minneapolis. Santa’s Magical Farm - J Clayton - Bauble Street Until next month Reg - Editor Inside Flintshire Magazines T: 01352 870 760

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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK The Stiwt - Wrexham 8 - 31 December 2018 Jordan Davies, best known for his role as a rep on ITV2's The Magaluf Weekender and its successor Ibiza Weekender, has been confirmed as the headline performer in 'Jack and the Beanstalk', which is being performed at the Stiwt Theatre in Rhos, from December 8-31

12 December 2018 - 5 January 2019 Starring Jonathan Wrather best known as Emmerdale’s Pierce Harris who will play the role of Abanazar. He will be joined by David Perkins (Aladdin), Gemma Naylor from Nick Jnr?s Go! Go! Go! (Princess Jasmine).

Audiences shall go to the ball this Christmas as Cinderella transforms from rags to riches, outwits her very Ugly Sisters, and with the help of her hilarious friend Buttons and one very magical Fairy Godmother, wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming. Cinderella will feature all of the ingredients of the perfect Llandudno pantomime; a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery and special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses for all the family to enjoy.Don’t miss your chance to see Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes. The clock is ticking…book your tickets to the Ball today! venuecymru.co.uk/cinderella

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Having performed as the Genie of the Lamp in Aladdin at The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool last year (?), Jordan is no stranger to the panto world but admitted he was feeling nervous ahead of taking on his first lead role. He said: "Being on a reality show is much different to being on stage in a pantomime, it's two very different worlds but I enjoy being part of both. The tallest of gloriously tall panto tales,telling the story of hapless hero Jack who swaps the family cow for a bag of beans.With a beanstalk reaching the heavens, golden geese and hungry giants. www.stiwt.com/cy/whatson/-jack-and-thebeanstalk

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Fasten your seat belts for a magical ride of mystery, sparkling romance and dazzling adventure. This year’s lavish production of Aladdin lets you escape to a world of magic, where adventure beckons. The wicked Abanazer is seeking the magic lamp that contains the all-powerful Genie, so that he can rule the world. Will he succeed? The cast is headed up by Jonathan Wrather best known as Emmerdale’s Pierce Harris who will play the role of Abanazar. He will be joined by David Perkins (Aladdin), Gemma Naylor from Nick Jnr’s Go! Go! Go! (Princess Jasmine), Loula Geater (Slave of the Ring), and back by very popular demand local, Denbigh born, actor Sean Jones playing the role of Wishee Washee. Sean has played the award winning lead role of Mickey in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers for 16 years. Completing the line-up is Director Simon Jessop who will also be appearing in the glamorous role of Widow Twankey.

Starring Tom Parker (The Wanted) as Prince Charming, Herbie Adams as Buttons and Natalie Winsor as the Fairy Godmother

SLEEPING BEAUTY William Aston Hall Wrexham

22 December 2018 - 05 January 2019 A perfect fun-filled festive family treat!

ALADDIN The Pavilion Theatre Rhyl

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See in 2019 in style at Hogmanay HQ.

Hogmanay in Edinburgh

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or those not in the know, New Year’s Eve is a pretty big deal in Scotland. The celebrations often dwarf even those of Christmas, as the latter was not officially deemed a public holiday in Scotland until 1958. So if you’re lucky enough to bid adieu to 2018 in Edinburgh, read on to get the most out of this spectacular holiday before 2019 is upon us for good.

led by a troop of drums and pipes. This tradition is a throwback to Hogmanay’s Nordic roots, when the Vikings would celebrate the Winter Solstice with fire aplenty, as it was seen as a tool for purification and driving away evil spirits. On reaching the Park, torchbearers will form the distinctive outline of Scotland. 14 wicker sculptures, each representing a region of Scotland and created by young people as part of #ScotArt will be placed within the outline and set ablaze as Scotland’s beating heart, marking the end of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018.

Torchlight procession Join in a time-honoured tradition and begin 2019 in a blaze of glory. Every year, the Royal Mile is transformed into a river of light as thousands of torch-bearers march down towards Holyrood Park,

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Party all night under the stars at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party hosted by Johnnie Walker, with every reveller (over 18s only with ID) receiving a complimentary dram of Johnnie Walker Whisky to ring in the New Year and toast 2019 in style!

Celebrate Hogmanay in spectacular style at the Concert in the Gardens main stage in the iconic West Princes Street Gardens.

At midnight, German sensation Meute will be providing the soundtrack to the ultimate fireworks display from Edinburgh Castle.

Hogmanay Concert in the Gardens stage for the first time ever, bringing their jagged riffs, hands-aloft choruses and euphoric sound to Edinburgh for a new year’s eve to Edinburgh. Supported by Mercury Music prize nominees Mercury and Glasgow based Free Love. At midnight, say goodbye to 2018 and welcome in 2019 with the best views in the house of the fireworks over Edinburgh Castle! A ticket for Concert in the Gardens will include a wristband for access to the Street Party.

Ceilidh under the Castle

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Whirl or jig, fling or be flung under Edinburgh Castle. Join hands with old friends and new to dance in the New Year with a full ceilidh band and plenty of local food and drink to keep you spinning all night.

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This year’s jigs and reels will be brought to you by three smashing ceilidh bands: Jimi Shandrix Experience, Hugh MacDermid’s Hair and Ceilidhdonia.

Dookers will march the length of South Queensferry High Street led by The Noise Committee drummers as part of the Dookers’ Parade, before launching themselves into the freezing Firth of Forth. Spectators are welcome to cheer on the Dookers at various points along the route or down on the beach.

At midnight, welcome in 2019 with a breathtaking fireworks display, amidst the historic setting of Edinburgh Castle.

For more details on all the events listed here visit: www.edinburghshogmanay.com/whats-on/

Christmas from Flintshire & North Wales food and drink Producers

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The Little Welsh Cheese Company was established in 2014 born from my passion of all things food. My first cheeses include a Mature Cheddar, Caerphilly and a Gouda style cheese. They are handmade the traditional way and are suitable for vegetarians. www.littlewelshcheese.co.uk Jams and Jellies

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Our Christmas product list is now on our website, just scroll down to the bottom of our home page and click on the link. We have a good selection of wonderful hand made Christmas fayre. Order via the website or call direct on 01352763562. www.annespatisserie.co.uk /annes-patisserie-christmas-menu/

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Clwydian Range Distillery Located in the valleys of Halkyn Mountain in North Wales, Lixwm is the home of our very own brand, Cariad Gin. Our Gin is distilled in small batches of 20 bottles at our micro distillery which is nestled in the glorious Valleys of Halkyn Mountain, our small batch Artisan Craft Gin is produced using a traditional 10L copper alembic still and a recipe based on 6 essential botanicals, each bottle contains these key ingredients which are blended to 40% ABV. Clwydian Range Distillery is a true family run business which is run by husband and wife team Fiona Lewis and Simon Ollman and their 3 children who also play a very important role within the family business. Our mission at Clwydian Range Distillery is to produce the finest gin with locally sourced botanicals where possible, to promote our local area, local businesses and the Welsh Language and for our loyal customers to become ambassadors of our brand. www.clwydianrangedistillery.co.uk

The Hawarden Estate Farm Shop We’ve got your whole Christmas covered here at the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop. Our Estate Butchers have put together an order form with the best cuts of local meat to see you through to the New Year, our Food Hall shelves are stocked full of locally sourced products with provenance ready to be made into hampers. You name it, we’ve got it. If we haven’t - we will do our best to get it for you. www.hawardenestate.co.uk/christmas-at-hefs

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Celebrate Edinburgh’s Hogmanay in style at Hogmanay HQ. Enjoy Edinburgh’s Hogmanay from the comfort and splendour of Hogmanay HQ at the Hub on Castlehill. Tickets include: glass of Prosecco & canapés on arrival and full buffet dinner, entertainment, private bars, and live music and a prime spot to view the midnight fireworks. Hogmanay HQ + Street Party ticket gives full access to the Street Party hosted by Johnnie Walker.

The Loony Dook continues its New Year’s Day tradition at South Queensferry. In the shadow of the Forth Bridges, the dippers in fancy dress, scantily clad or even fully clothed from the night before will brave the chill to raise money for charities while shaking off their Hogmanay hangover.

December 31, 8.30pm

Experience the best of Scotland at the Ceilidh under the Castle.

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From the moment the doors open at 7.30pm until long after the midnight bells have fallen silent, bands and DJs and street performers from Scotland and mainland Europe will come togethet to make it the party of a lifetime, all hosted by Love Island’s Aftersun DJs The Mac Twins.

Concert in the Gardens

December 30, 7.00pm

Street Party hosted by Johnnie Walker

If you live in London then this probably isn’t the dream Christmas shopping holiday destination, but for the rest of us the capital is a fantastic place to get some pre-yuletide revelry and retail action. There are the big shopping meccas - Bond Street, Camden, Covent Garden, Kensington, Knightsbridge, Notting Hill, Oxford Street, Regents Street, Westfield shopping centres at Stratford and White City - as well as less central areas like Canary Wharf, Greenwich, Hampstead, Islington, Muswell Hill... and alongside all those lovely shops there’s an inexhaustible supply of restaurants, pubs, bars, clubs, theatres, galleries, museums and sights. Events to look out for include the Natural History Museum Ice Rink (October 27 - January 8), Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas at the Lyric (November 18 - December 24), and Hyde Park Winter Wonderland (November 18 - January 2).

Berlin

You can’t beat a glass of mulled wine at a traditional market to warm chilly cockles - and tackle your Christmas shopping list in a merry haze. Berlin has an impressive 60 Christmas markets of varying styles and sizes, nestled in quaint side streets and dominating grand squares. Many have ice rinks, fairs, performances and parades to really get your festive juices flowing. You can buy anything from artisan-crafted Christmas tree decorations, nativity figures and wooden toys to artwork, candles and culinary specialities. When you can’t take any more Christmas spirit, there’s Alexanderplatz for shopping centres, Friedrichstraße for department stores, Kurfürstendamm and Tauentzienstraße for exclusive names and popular chains, Mulackstraße and Alte Schönhauser for big brand and cult fashion, and Oranienstraße and Bergmannstraße for vintage foraging and cool boutiques. Berlin is crammed with other city break essentials too: cool bars and clubs, top restaurants, culture, sights and a huge history. You might also want to check out some of the city’s autumn and winter events such as Berlin Erleuchtet (Illuminated) (October 7 - October 16), and the Berlin Jazz Festival (November 1 - November 6).

Galeries Lafayette, Paris

New York It’s the classic Christmas shopping destination, with amazing shops, food and entertainment. Pleasant fall temperatures and rich autumn foliage mean November and early December is a lovely time to explore Manhattan and the other four boroughs that make up New York City. Hop on the Staten Island Ferry, kick leaves around Central Park and sniff out Brooklyn Botanic Garden before whipping out your gift list and hitting Williamsburg in Brooklyn for vintage finds; Barneys on Madison Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, iconic toy store FAO Schwarz and Saks, all on Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s of Third Avenue and Macy’s Herald Square for super-size shopping; and SoHo, Greenwich and the East Village for uber-stylish stores and boho boutiques. There’s also a familiar-sounding chain, and British Christmas shopping favourite T J Maxx, which has three Manhattan stores. When you and your credit card need a break, check out the ING New York City Marathon (November 5), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (November 21 - January 2), Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (November 25), George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet (November 25 - December 31) and the Rockefeller Centre Tree Lighting (November 30). Could it be any more Christmassy?

Paris

Paris and shopping go together like coffee and a croissant. It’s got everything, from department stores and luxury designer brands to cool boutiques, flea markets and gourmet treats. Fuel up in an atmospheric cafe and then hit the Golden Triangle (from Porte Maillot to George-V, avenue Montaigne and the Champs-Élysées) for the world’s best collection of haute couture and ready-to-wear luxury fashion; Haussmann-Saint-Lazare-Opéra district for major department stores such as Galeries Lafayette; the Marais for more avant-garde fashion and beauty; So-Pi (south of Pigalle) for vintage and boho fashion and gifts; and classic shopping hot-spots like Palais-Royal, Montmartre and Rue de Passy. You’ll also find numerous Christmas markets if your festive spirit levels are falling. When you really can’t buy any more, have a stroll along the Seine or around the Tuileries, near the Louvre. You could also take a peek at the Paris fashion exhibitions at the Musee Galliera (September 28 - January 26), Mozart at the Paris Opera (October 22 - November 13), rock concerts at venues across the city at Les Inrocks Volkswagen Festival (November 6 - 12), the Jazz Festival (November 8 - December 15), or try a spot of ice skating at the Patinoire des Cinq Continents, Champs-Elysées (November 16 January 6).

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ancy combining your dreaded Christmas shopping with a fabulous city break this year? More inspiring than searching online and definitely more exciting than pounding your local pavements, a festive shopping getaway could be just what you need to get the season off to a jolly start.

London

If you live in London then this probably isn’t the dream Christmas shopping holiday destination, but for the rest of us the capital is a fantastic place to get some pre-yuletide revelry and retail action. There are the big shopping meccas - Bond Street, Camden, Covent Garden, Kensington, Knightsbridge, Notting Hill, Oxford Street, Regents Street, Westfield shopping centres at Stratford and White City - as well as less central areas like Canary Wharf, Greenwich, Hampstead, Islington, Muswell Hill... and alongside all those lovely shops there’s an inexhaustible supply of restaurants, pubs, bars, clubs, theatres, galleries, museums and sights. Events to look out for include the Natural History Museum Ice Rink (October 27 - January 8), Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas at the Lyric (November 18 - December 24), and Hyde Park Winter Wonderland (November 18 - January 2).

Berlin

You can’t beat a glass of mulled wine at a traditional market to warm chilly cockles - and tackle your Christmas shopping list in a merry haze. Berlin has an impressive 60 Christmas markets of varying styles and sizes, nestled in quaint side streets and dominating grand squares. Many have ice rinks, fairs, performances and parades to really get your festive juices flowing. You can buy anything from artisan-crafted Christmas tree decorations, nativity figures and wooden toys to artwork, candles and culinary specialities. When you can’t take any more Christmas spirit, there’s Alexanderplatz for shopping centres, Friedrichstraße for department stores, Kurfürstendamm and Tauentzienstraße for exclusive names and popular chains, Mulackstraße and Alte Schönhauser for big brand and cult fashion, and Oranienstraße and Bergmannstraße for vintage foraging and cool boutiques. Berlin is crammed with other city break essentials too: cool bars and clubs, top restaurants, culture, sights and a huge history. You might also want to check out some of the city’s autumn and winter events such as Berlin Erleuchtet (Illuminated) (October 7 - October 16), and the Berlin Jazz Festival (November 1 - November 6).

Galeries Lafayette, Paris

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New York It’s the classic Christmas shopping destination, with amazing shops, food and entertainment. Pleasant fall temperatures and rich autumn foliage mean November and early December is a lovely time to explore Manhattan and the other four boroughs that make up New York City. Hop on the Staten Island Ferry, kick leaves around Central Park and sniff out Brooklyn Botanic Garden before whipping out your gift list and hitting Williamsburg in Brooklyn for vintage finds; Barneys on Madison Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, iconic toy store FAO Schwarz and Saks, all on Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s of Third Avenue and Macy’s Herald Square for super-size shopping; and SoHo, Greenwich and the East Village for uber-stylish stores and boho boutiques. There’s also a familiar-sounding chain, and British Christmas shopping favourite T J Maxx, which has three Manhattan stores. When you and your credit card need a break, check out the ING New York City Marathon (November 5), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (November 21 - January 2), Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (November 25), George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet (November 25 - December 31) and the Rockefeller Centre Tree Lighting (November 30). Could it be any more Christmassy?

Paris

Paris and shopping go together like coffee and a croissant. It’s got everything, from department stores and luxury designer brands to cool boutiques, flea markets and gourmet treats. Fuel up in an atmospheric cafe and then hit the Golden Triangle (from Porte Maillot to George-V, avenue Montaigne and the Champs-Élysées) for the world’s best collection of haute couture and ready-to-wear luxury fashion; Haussmann-Saint-Lazare-Opéra district for major department stores such as Galeries Lafayette; the Marais for more avant-garde fashion and beauty; So-Pi (south of Pigalle) for vintage and boho fashion and gifts; and classic shopping hot-spots like Palais-Royal, Montmartre and Rue de Passy. You’ll also find numerous Christmas markets if your festive spirit levels are falling. When you really can’t buy any more, have a stroll along the Seine or around the Tuileries, near the Louvre. You could also take a peek at the Paris fashion exhibitions at the Musee Galliera (September 28 - January 26), Mozart at the Paris Opera (October 22 - November 13), rock concerts at venues across the city at Les Inrocks Volkswagen Festival (November 6 - 12), the Jazz Festival (November 8 - December 15), or try a spot of ice skating at the Patinoire des Cinq Continents, Champs-Elysées (November 16 January 6).

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PANTOMIMES AND CHRISTMAS SHOWS in North Wales you won't want to miss... DICK WHITTINGTON Theatr Clwyd - Mold 23 November - 19 January 2019

CINDERELLA Venue Cymru - LLandudno

The Purrrrrfect Panto for Cool Cats & Rockin’ Rats!

8 - 30 December 2018

Our cult panto returns with disco frocks, sparkling sets, slapstick galore and the panto puppets. Take a trip with Dick down streets paved with Welsh gold as actor-musicians play your favourite rock and soul songs live! Don’t miss this Christmas Cracker that’s guaranteed to be filled with funky cat-titude.

The Fairy Godmother of all Pantomimes! This truly magical staging of the beautiful rags-toriches fairytale will feature dazzling sets, amazing costumes and magnificent special effects.

You’ll be feline good!

SLEEPING BEAUTY William Aston Hall Wrexham 15 - 23 December 2018 Joseph Purdy Productions in association with The William Aston Hall presents the most spellbinding pantomime of them all - Sleeping Beauty. www.glyndwr.ac.uk/en /Events/eventlistings/index

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Starring Tom Parker (The Wanted) as Prince Charming, Herbie Adams as Buttons and Natalie Winsor as the Fairy Godmother Audiences shall go to the ball this Christmas as Cinderella transforms from rags to riches, outwits her very Ugly Sisters, and with the help of her hilarious friend Buttons and one very magical Fairy Godmother, wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming. Cinderella will feature all of the ingredients of the perfect Llandudno pantomime; a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery and special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses for all the family to enjoy.Don’t miss your chance to see Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes. The clock is ticking…book your tickets to the Ball today! venuecymru.co.uk/cinderella

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DICK WHITTINGTON PANTOMIME Theatre Colwyn - Colwyn Bay 22 December 2018 - 05 January 2019 A perfect fun-filled festive family treat! Join Dick and his trusty feline side-kick in an adventure full of hilarity and pantomime magic. For more information visit www.theatrcolwyn.co.uk/shows /dick-whittington

ALADDIN The Pavilion Theatre Rhyl 12 December 2018 - 5 January 2019 Starring Jonathan Wrather best known as Emmerdale’s Pierce Harris who will play the role of Abanazar. He will be joined by David Perkins (Aladdin), Gemma Naylor from Nick Jnr?s Go! Go! Go! (Princess Jasmine). Fasten your seat belts for a magical ride of mystery, sparkling romance and dazzling adventure. This year’s lavish production of Aladdin lets you escape to a world of magic, where adventure beckons. The wicked Abanazer is seeking the magic lamp that contains the all-powerful Genie, so that he can rule the world. Will he succeed? The cast is headed up by Jonathan Wrather best known as Emmerdale’s Pierce Harris who will play the role of Abanazar. He will be joined by David Perkins (Aladdin), Gemma Naylor from Nick Jnr’s Go! Go! Go! (Princess Jasmine), Loula Geater (Slave of the Ring), and back by very popular demand local, Denbigh born, actor Sean Jones playing the role of Wishee Washee. Sean has played the award winning lead role of Mickey in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers for 16 years. Completing the line-up is Director Simon Jessop who will also be appearing in the glamorous role of Widow Twankey.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK The Stiwt - Wrexham 8 - 31 December 2018 Jordan Davies, best known for his role as a rep on ITV2's The Magaluf Weekender and its successor Ibiza Weekender, has been confirmed as the headline performer in 'Jack and the Beanstalk', which is being performed at the Stiwt Theatre in Rhos, from December 8-31 Having performed as the Genie of the Lamp in Aladdin at The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool last year (?), Jordan is no stranger to the panto world but admitted he was feeling nervous ahead of taking on his first lead role. He said: "Being on a reality show is much different to being on stage in a pantomime, it's two very different worlds but I enjoy being part of both. The tallest of gloriously tall panto tales,telling the story of hapless hero Jack who swaps the family cow for a bag of beans.With a beanstalk reaching the heavens, golden geese and hungry giants. www.stiwt.com/cy/whatson/-jack-and-thebeanstalk

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The Hawarden Estate Farm Shop We’ve got your whole Christmas covered here at the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop. Our Estate Butchers have put together an order form with the best cuts of local meat to see you through to the New Year, our Food Hall shelves are stocked full of locally sourced products with provenance ready to be made into hampers. You name it, we’ve got it. If we haven’t - we will do our best to get it for you. www.hawardenestate.co.uk/christmas-at-hefs

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Little welsh Cheese Company The Little Welsh Cheese Company was established in 2014 born from my passion of all things food. My first cheeses include a Mature Cheddar, Caerphilly and a Gouda style cheese. They are handmade the traditional way and are suitable for vegetarians. www.littlewelshcheese.co.uk Jams and Jellies

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Patchwork Pate & other yummy stuff Patchwork was established in 1982 by Margaret Carter, a talented, although untrained, home cook, who found herself divorced with three children to look after. With a start up cost of just £9.00, saved from the housekeeping, she began selling her home made pâtés to pubs in nearby Llangollen. As Margaret attracted more and more customers and the business successfully started to expand she moved the business from her house in 1987 to a purpose-equipped factory in the heart of Ruthin. www.patchworkfoods.com

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Clwydian Range Distillery Located in the valleys of Halkyn Mountain in North Wales, Lixwm is the home of our very own brand, Cariad Gin. Our Gin is distilled in small batches of 20 bottles at our micro distillery which is nestled in the glorious Valleys of Halkyn Mountain, our small batch Artisan Craft Gin is produced using a traditional 10L copper alembic still and a recipe based on 6 essential botanicals, each bottle contains these key ingredients which are blended to 40% ABV. Clwydian Range Distillery is a true family run business which is run by husband and wife team Fiona Lewis and Simon Ollman and their 3 children who also play a very important role within the family business. Our mission at Clwydian Range Distillery is to produce the finest gin with locally sourced botanicals where possible, to promote our local area, local businesses and the Welsh Language and for our loyal customers to become ambassadors of our brand. www.clwydianrangedistillery.co.uk To advertise text ADVERT to: 07446 778 482

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any retrospective of the time. Slade have continued to tour the world. They are firm favourites on the lucrative German festival scene and undertake an annual UK “Merry Christmas Everybody” tour in December. They also have a huge following of fans and regularly play concert dates in Russia, Poland, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, France and the Czech Republic. Led by founder members Dave Hill and Don Powell, Slade today is still one of the most exciting bands on the road, and their stage performance is a dynamic, powerful and exhilarating roller-coaster ride of pure unadulterated rock’n’roll.

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led by a troop of drums and pipes. This tradition is a throwback to Hogmanay’s Nordic roots, when the Vikings would celebrate the Winter Solstice with fire aplenty, as it was seen as a tool for purification and driving away evil spirits.

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A Christmas Story… It was a cold clear starry night, and Mary and Joe were excitedly awaiting the imminent arrival of their first baby. Thankfully, the Bank of Mum and Dad had provided the deposit for their first home, which was something of a relief given how difficult it had been to get on the housing ladder. The intergenerational financial planning that their parents’ Adviser, (someone called Mr Wiseman) had been going on about, had been worth its weight in gold as far as Mary and Joe were concerned, as their previous place had been as cramped as a stable by comparison. Their Parents had recently retired, and had been in long and detailed discussions with Mr Wiseman about how they should take their retirement benefits. They couldn’t afford to get this wrong by not knowing all the facts, which unfortunately had not been the case with their neighbours, Mr & Mrs Sheppard. The Sheppard’s hadn’t seen Mr Wiseman, and sadly their retirement pot looked unlikely to provide enough money to retire early from the Inn they had been working at for years. Mary and Joe’s parents had made some good decisions over the years, with the help of Mr Wiseman, and had got their affairs in order so that the taxes demanded by Herod Revenue & Customs was kept as low as possible. They were considering taking out a Junior ISA for the new baby (much more useful than frankincense) and Mr Wiseman had assured them that they could make unlimited gifts from

surplus income, provided of course that it could be proven to be from surplus income (Herod Revenue & Customs were quite strict about that sort of thing!). Joe had asked his mum and dad for an introduction to Mr Wiseman, thinking it would be a good idea to start early with some financial planning. Earlier in the month he’d put in place some protection plans so that if he couldn’t work in the carpentry business he was building up, there would be some replacement income coming in, and heaven forbid, the mortgage would be paid off if something worse happened.

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Recipe

Classic Christmas pudding

Method 1 Chop the almonds coarsely. Peel, core and chop the apples. Sharpen your knife and chop the candied peel. (You can chop the almonds and apples in a food processor, but the peel must be done by hand) Grate three quarters of the nutmeg. Mix all the ingredients for the pudding, except the butter, in a large bowl. 2 Grate a quarter of it into the bowl, then stir everything together. Repeat until all the butter is grated, then stir for 3-4 minutes - the mixture is ready when it subsides slightly after each stir. Ask the family to stir too, and get everyone to make a wish. 3 Generously butter two 1.2 litre/ 2

pint bowls and put greaseproof paper in the bottom of each. Pack in the pudding mixture. Cover with a double layer of greaseproof paper or baking parchment, pleating it to allow for expansion, then tie with string (keep the paper in place with a rubber band while tying).

4 Stand each bowl on a large sheet of foil and bring the edges up over the top, then put another sheet of foil over the top and bring it down underneath to make a double package (making the puddings watertight). Tie with more string, and make a handle for easy lifting in and out of the pan. 5 Boil or oven steam the puddings for 8 hours, topping up with water as necessary. Remove from the pans and

leave to cool overnight. When cold, discard old wrappings and re-wrap in new greaseproof or baking paper, foil and string. Store in a cool, dry place until Christmas.

6 To make the brandy butter, cream the butter with the orange zest and sugar. Gradually beat in the brandy or cognac and chopped ginger. Put in a small bowl, fork the top attractively and put in the fridge to set. The butter will keep for a week in the fridge, or it can be frozen for up to 6 weeks. 7 On Christmas Day, boil or oven steam for 1 hour. Unwrap and turn out. To ame, warm 3-4 tbsp brandy in a small pan, pour it over the pudding and set light to it.

Prep 20min

Cook 8hrs

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2 large Bramley cooking apples

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3 large eggs

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Its time to awaken your skin ready for winter, if you don't have regular beauty treatments then a DIY maintenance routine is a must to improving skin texture, tone and performance. Buff away dead summer skin cells by gently massaging an exfoliator into your skin follow with a foaming face wash to clear away any make-up and dirt, then repeat for a deep clean. Steaming is a great way to open congested pores so pull up a chair at the table and fill a large bowl with warm/hot water, add some drops of tea tree to help reduce any bacteria on the skin surface, hold a towel over your head and lean over the bowl in 3 minute bursts, dab excess water with damp cotton wool pads every time.

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f you need proof that the motoring industry is undergoing a seismic shift, just take a look at the cars being launched in 2019. A significant proportion will benefit from emissions-reducing hybrid technology, or even be offered with purely electric power. Yet this doesn’t mean cars are becoming dull – far from it. The first-ever electric MINI has sharp looks, is destined to handle well and should accelerate like a hot hatch, too. Other electric newcomers include models from big hitters like Porsche and exciting new brands like Polestar. Important names in the UK’s car sales charts will be replaced, too: new versions of the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series, Peugeot 208, Vauxhall Corsa, Volkswagen Golf, SEAT Leon and Renault Clio are all big launches due in 2019.

Mini EV Much has been made of the new electric Mini, which will be built at the company’s Oxford factory. And it’s fitting that the original city car should now be going green with the arrival of the all-electric Mini EV in 2019. Not much is known about the batteries and motor but expect them to be similar to the system in BMW’s i3 (Mini is owned by BMW),

giving the new car a range of around 190 miles. The car is based on the design of the current Mini Hatchback, so it’s likely to look similar to the popular small car. However, it is likely to include some design features, including a distinctive grille, from the Mini electric concept car that was unveiled last year.

Audi A3 While the next Audi A3 hatchback isn’t expected to look dramatically different to its predecessor, it’s likely to feature lots of new technology. A lot of this will be focused on efficiency, so expect mild-hybrid powertrains that give small power and economy boosts, while also allowing the engine to switch off more of the time to reduce emissions. Driving assistance features and advanced safety kit should also make the A3 easier to drive and safer than before.

BMW 1 Series The next-generation BMW 1 Series isn’t expected to look hugely different from the outside, but there’ll be a big shift underneath. The 1 Series will share underpinnings with the BMW X1 and MINI Clubman, meaning front-wheel drive will replace the rear-wheel drive that until now has set the 1 Series apart in its class. Powerful versions will get fourwheel drive for extra traction and BMW has said the new layout will provide more passenger and boot space and better fuel-efficiency.

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It’s all change for the next-generation Peugeot 208. The new model will be based on a new chassis and be capable of accepting all-electric power. Peugeot says it wants to become more upmarket than Citroen, but less so than DS, meaning the 208 should have a more desirable image than the current car. While the car’s dimensions won’t grow much, interior space will and it’ll be powered by a new generation of petrol and diesel engines.

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SEAT has embarked on a product offensive that’ll include an all-new SEAT Leon hatchback in 2019, with a plug-in hybrid set to follow in 2020. It’ll share technology with the Mk8 Volkswagen Golf, with new engines including 1.0 and 1.5-litre petrols and a 1.6-litre diesel. The first Leon plug-in will boast an all-electric driving range of around 31 miles before the combustion engine takes over.

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The fifth-generation Renault Clio will be a hugely important car for the French marque, and is expected to debut in 2019. It’s certainly needed, because the latest versions of the Ford Fiesta, SEAT Ibiza and VW Polo all launched

recently, featuring impressive new technology for the supermini class. Expect a restyle to bring the Clio’s looks in line with those of the current Renault Megane, as well as a more upmarket dashboard with a larger touchscreen and the possibility of a mild-hybrid powertrain for reduced running costs.

Volkswagen Golf Mk8

The evolution of the Volkswagen Golf is set to continue with the Mk8 model, ushering in a subtle makeover. Bigger changes are expected inside, where a fully digital dashboard is likely, along with new connectivity, safety and driver assistance features. Like many of the cars due in 2019, the Volkswagen Golf is also expected to be offered with mild-hybrid engines to bring down running costs.

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Gardening

December in the garden In the flower garden

l Start to winter-prune your Wisteria, cutting back summer side-shoots to 2 or 3 buds. flowering bulbs for a magnificent start to next years display. l Prune climbing roses now; cutting away diseased or damaged growth and tying in any new shoots to their support. Prune older flowered side shoots back by two thirds of their length. l Leave the faded flower heads on your hydrangeas until the spring, as they will provide frost protection to the swelling buds further down the stems. l Gather up fallen leaves from around the base of rose bushes which suffered from blackspot or rust this summer, to reduce the chance of infection next year. l Move containers of shrubs or bedding plants to a sheltered spot; clustering them together helps protect the root systems from suffering frost damage. l Lift and store dahlia tubers once their leaves are blackened by frost. l Check climbers are securely attached with plant ties to their supports. l Plant up winter containers with hardy cyclamen, ivy, skimmia and evergreen grasses such as Carex to add colour to your garden. Place them in prominent places beside entrances and well used paths to enjoy their winter display. l Harvest holly with berries for making Christmas garlands and Christmas wreaths; stand them in a bucket of water until you’re ready to use them. l Plant some shrubs for winter interest. Sarcococca confusa adds colour and fragrance to your garden at this time of year. l If you still haven’t planted your tulip bulbs there is still time, provided the ground isn’t frozen.

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In the vegetable garden l Lift the last of your leeks and parsnips before the soil becomes frozen, and heel them in to a trench beside a convenient path. They will keep well for several months like this and can be easily brought indoors when required. l Lift and divide established clumps of rhubarb to renew the plant’s vigour. Sections taken from the outside of the plant are better than those from the centre. l Dig over empty borders and pile manure on top - let the worms and frosts break up the clods of soil. l Try digging a trench where you will be growing your beans next year - fill it with compostable kitchen waste (not cooked food) and cover with soil again. This will rot down and improve the growing conditions for your beans. l Protect any remaining celery plants left in the soil by covering with straw or fleece. l Cover heavy clay soil with polythene to keep it drier and allow winter digging. l If you haven’t already, cut down dead asparagus foliage and the top growth of Jerusalem artichokes. Order your asparagus crowns now for planting in spring.

Lawn Care

l Avoid walking on your lawn when it is blanketed by heavy frost or snow, as this will damage the grass beneath. l If it’s a mild winter, continue to cut the lawn if it’s growing, but raise the height of the mower blades. l Spike lawns with a garden fork to improve drainage and aeration. l Keep clearing leaves off the lawn to let the light in and prevent dead patches appearing. l Send your lawnmower and shears to be serviced and sharpened while they are in less demand.

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t’s the dark season, and with less hours of daylight for the next four months, chances are you’ll find yourself with no alternative but to train at night. Winter running can be done safely, however. Here are our tips. l With more hours of darkness, it is often difficult to find a time to run during daylight hours. Make it a priority to be “visible” by wearing light coloured and reflective materials so you stand out along the roads. Once the snow falls, switch to a dark, reflective running suit to contrast with the snow. Put a blinking light on your jacket in the front and back. l Avoid running at dusk and dawn, the visibility for drivers is the worst at those times of the day, especially when the sun is very low in the sky. l Run against the traffic flow so you can see what is coming. Every winter runners are hit by vehicles and don’t forget, the car always wins! l Carry your mobile phone for emergencies. l Dress in layers and avoid cotton in cold weather as it holds onto water and has little insulating value when wet. If you are really warm and comfortable at the start of your run, you will be too hot in mid and late run. l Wear a windproof, breathable, and “vent-able” shell to help regulate your heat loss.

l To keep your extremities warm, a hat can preserve heat and mittens are warmer than gloves. l Protect your sensitive areas with windblock underwear so you do not end up with frost bite in areas that really hurt. l On windy days run out against the wind and back with the wind; saves you from the headwind chill on the return run. l If you depend on your shoes for cushioning, remember that the cold stiffens the soles and the shoes will not be as forgiving as in the summer months. l A mesh shoe that is comfortable in the summer will be cold in the winter. l Snow and ice have the better traction when it is cold (-20 to 25 degrees F) than when it is near or at the freezing mark, so your risk of falling is greatest when the temperatures seem best for running. l 5 degrees F always feels colder in the black of night than in bright sunshine as there is no radiant heat, so dress accordingly. l Think about how you will stay warm if you fall and get injured; carrying a small, light pack with an extra layer is a good safety strategy. l Run with a friend so you can check each other for frostbite and help each other in an emergency. l Make sure someone knows your planned route and expected return time. If something happens, your family and friends will know when to be concerned and where to look for you.


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