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DEC 2012

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A warm welcome to the December issue of What’s What!

Know someone who wants to read what’s what! But is missing a copy? The entire magazine can now be read online… visit our website for the current issue and plenty of archived features, recipes, and the comprehensive Who’s Who directory.

I hope you will find this seasonal edition brimming with warmth, sparkle and festive cheer, as well as being a mine of information of local goings on and Christmas services during this busy time.


In this edition, Jean de Rusett takes us to Berrington Hall just over the border in Herefordshire and guides us through cider making; Ed Andrews – marks his second anniversary with a concerned look at the fate of our trees . I met with one of Bridgnorth’s fine ladies; Townswomen’s Guild President Muriel Grindley – December’s local hero and Claire Dunworth-Warby shares some great tips about communication over the challenging festive period. I would like to thank Liz Roseblade for her great job editing for the last six months, and thank our advertisers, our contributors and most of all, wish you all a peaceful and joyous December.


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Much Wenlock Christmas Fayre On Saturday 1st December, hundreds of stalls will line the streets of Much Wenlock, for the 11th Christmas Fayre with a hotchpotch of unique crafts, festive food and drink. The Fayre will be opened by Town Crier, Martin Wood and the Christmassy ambience will be enhanced by performing groups including The Darby Singers, The Much Wenlock Male Voice Choir and The Abraham Darby School Brass Band. New for this year will be a choice of two ‘festive rambles’ and there will be entertainment for children ranging from a Climbing Wall, Sniper Range, Bouncy Castle as well as Santa’s Grotto. A Lantern Procession and Carols on the Square will conclude the day. For more details see

Bridgnorth’s popular annual Christmas Street Market will be held on Sunday 2nd December with traders offering seasonal products and a variety of food and drink, including hot mulled wine, Thai, Caribbean and traditional pig roast. This year will see the market hosting a charity Santa Dash in aid of the Shropshire Smile Maternity Charity. Organisers of the event hope to attract a good number of entries as Father Christmases run, jog or walk around the streets of Bridgnorth. Registration opens at 9am with the ‘dash’ staring at 11am. For more details of the Santa Dash see and of the Christmas market or call 07929 290465. ƒ Festive sisters Jackie and Angela Warrington













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The Great British "Bake-orama" Bridgnorth Women’s Institute members participated in Shropshire Libraries recent "Bake-orama" event, displaying a mouth-watering array of home made cakes, together with dozens of interesting cookbooks at Bridgnorth Library. The event gave potential new recruits a chance to talk to existing members about the groups’ many events and activities.

A new woodland path in Coalbrookdale has been opened by MP for Telford and Wrekin David Wright. The path has been designed for families with children and pushchairs, and part of the route is on a suspended boardwalk, giving a unique view of the wood it crosses. Funding has been provided by The Forestry Commission and The Veolia Environmental Trust. “It’s been a great project, built by volunteers who have learnt new skills, providing a safer route whilst increasing the public’s access to woodland” commented Jude Walker, of Small Woods, who manage the woodland. “It really feels as if you’re part of the wood as you walk through it.” „ David Wright MP opens the path



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Merlin Rockets visit Chelmarsh Sailing Club Chelmarsh Sailing Club recently hosted an open meeting for the prestigious Merlin Rocket Racing dinghy fleet for the first time. The Merlin Rocket is a specialised racing class attracting top helmsman from all over the UK – Olympic silver medallist Stuart Bithell is a past National Champion. The event took place in strong winds with a cold chill, Chelmarsh members laid on extra race management and plenty of hospitality to cater for the event. The “Olympic effect” has increased interest in sailing and Chelmarsh runs learn to sail courses for inspired future Olympians throughout the year. See for more details.

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The Ironbridge Gorge Museums’ gift shops are full of unusual Christmas present ideas with inspiring items, many of which are made by local designer makers such as potter Ralph Jandrell, and Jonathan Harris, famed for his glassware. Over the weekends of 8th-9th and 15th-16th December the Victorian town at Blists Hill will be decked out for the festive season with Father Christmas and his reindeer, and if you are searching for a really unusual gift, a Blacksmith Experience Day may be the answer. Visit for more information.

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Muriel Grindley President of Bridgnorth Townswomen’s Guild One rather chilly, late Friday afternoon in November I was ushered into the home of Mrs Muriel Grindley, to chat to her about Bridgnorth Townswomen’s Guild, her volunteering work spanning 25 years, and Bridgnorth in general. Not only did the sparkle and warm of this lovely local hero’s wit and personality cheer that rather chilly afternoon, I hope it can fill these pages too, in this our Christmas edition, and the month that Muriel – one of Bridgnorth’s real jewels – celebrates her 94th birthday.

Bridgnorth Townswomen’s Guild celebrates its 60th year in 2013, and so on the eve of this anniversary it seemed fitting to take a closer look at the parent organisation and celebrate the inauguration of Muriel as its first ever President, and member since 1954. The Townswomen's Guild UK was founded by the splendidly named Dame Margery Corbett Ashby, when women first won the right to vote, “with the express aim of educating women about good citizenship”. Its role has stood the test of time and it remains a powerful lobby on national and regional issues, with a strong focus on public affairs and a broad range of matters that effect women today. And these issues are not for the feint hearted: youth crime, challenging the laws around rape, human trafficking, prostitution, grandparents’ rights, are all listed on its website as current priorities. There is a network of guilds, with 17 branches alone in Shropshire, throughout the UK comprising “individuals with great concern and passion for their communities. Women who have excellent networks, who influence people, who get things done.” For me, that sentence sums up Muriel really; not only has she contributed a huge amount to Bridgnorth through her role within the guild, she also has great concern for her fellow citizens: “there is no 12

reason for anyone to feel lonely in this town” she comments, “the hand of friendship is always close by and will be readily extended.” Furthermore she has been passionate about the community and the local history that surrounds us; working as a volunteer at the Bridgnorth Museum – although she laughs with her wry and quick humour: “I retired when I worried I might be mistaken as one of the exhibits!” Muriel has also served for over 25 years as a volunteer at Dudmaston for the National Trust, and at The Darby Houses in Coalbrookdale. Muriel moved to Bridgnorth from West Bromwich with her new husband Conrad in August 1940. It was in the middle of the war, and the young couple rented two rooms in St James Farm. After the heavily bombed city, Bridgnorth seemed idyllic – if not a little sleepy to Muriel who was used to busier urban surroundings. Muriel had two children and threw herself into involvement with the local community, where she has remained ever since. Sadly Muriel was widowed young, so she had to carve out a career for herself somewhat unexpectedly. With a natural skill for crafts and handiwork, Muriel worked as a tutor at Bridgnorth College, where she taught dressmaking and upholstery. She was a popular and enthusiastic, ‘hands-on’ teacher who ‘got things done’

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and will be remembered fondly no doubt by many reading this article. Muriel has two children, 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, she lives independently and is still as passionate about Bridgnorth as she ever was: “We’re exceptionally lucky to live in such a place, a market town with so much going on, and with stunning countryside on our doorstep, and friendly people everywhere you look.” Pam Smith, who nominated her, summed up the essence of Muriel Grindley; “She doesn’t shirk from modern issues; she is respected within the Community. Moreover, she is a pleasure to know, has a wonderful sense of humour, an absolute wealth of knowledge about Bridgnorth and the surrounding area and it is an honour to share her company.” Happy 60th Birthday to the Townswomen Guild, and a VERY happy birthday Muriel.

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t is said that it was Ethelfleda, daughter of King Alfred the Great, who first realised the potential for Bridgnorth as a settlement. Standing on High Rock on a crisp winter day, I imagine the Lady of the Mercians first taking in the view over her kingdom. She would have seen the sandstone cliffs and terraces, the river glistening in the valley below and Brown Clee and the wooded slopes of Shirlett High Park on the horizon. Today the town has grown. Housing estates, church spires, playing fields and the golf course are all relatively recent additions. The sandstone upon which I am standing however, is timeless. Names carved into the rock are testament to decades of people walking up to this lofty outpost. Growing amongst the sandstone are trees. The main species are scots pine and oak with a few beech trees. Normally the roots of trees are hidden in a subterranean world. Occasionally it is possible to find an old trackway or stream that has exposed a cross section of a root system, providing a fascinating insight. Fine root fibres soak up water and nutrients whilst coarse roots anchor the tree. The roots tend to spread outwards rather than growing very deep. Up on High Rock the roots of the trees creep over the surface of the sandstone. Ravaged by strong winds in this wild and exposed place with nutrient poor 16

and rocky soil, these are hardy specimens. They do not grow to a huge size and end up as stunted and gnarled warriors, perched on the edge of a cliff face. Our trees are under threat from an invisible enemy. The tragic news this autumn that Chalara fraxinea is present in ash trees in the UK could change the face of the countryside irrevocably. The last major tree dieback episode was Dutch elm disease in the 1970s. The elm population of the UK was decimated. Dead skeletons of elm trees can still be found throughout Shropshire, the bark slowly peeling and falling off like a rusty suit of armour. On the heartwood of the elm trees are the distinctive markings of the beetle that spreads the fungus. Chalara is also a fungus but the spores are carried by the wind.

The tragic news this autumn that Chalara fraxinea is present in ash trees in the UK could change the face of the countryside irrevocably. Chalara has killed 90% of ash trees in Denmark. Ash trees make up a large part of many of our local woodlands. They are canopy trees that create light conditions, often with a hazel coppice understorey that is perfect for wildflowers such as dogs mercury and wild garlic. Ash seeds are eaten by birds such as bullfinches. Mature ash trees form ‘master trees’ for rare butterflies called brown hairstreaks that congregate in the canopy to mate. Ash is also one

‌the roots of the alder play a vital role in holding river banks together. When the trees die, erosion of the banks can occur.

of our most valuable firewoods and a useful timber for things like tool handles. The fact that this disease been confirmed in Shropshire is extremely worrying. This unfortunately is not the only threat to our trees. Down in south Shropshire, the River Clun meanders through the quiet countryside. The streamside alders that guard the banks of the river are being infected by a pathogen called Phytopthora alni. Infected trees sometimes have black tarry patches on the trunk and produce abnormally small leaves. Branch dieback follows. One of the problems is that the roots of the alder play a vital role in holding river banks together. When the trees die, erosion of the banks can occur. The only treatment is to regularly coppice the trees to encourage them to come back stronger. The regrowth must then be fenced to prevent nibbling by livestock. Shortly after an alder tree is chopped down, the wood turns red. It has been said that the tree bleeds. Rivers like the Clun are surely running red with the loss of so many trees. At this time of year we bring trees into our homes and decorate them to celebrate Christmas. Trees bring peace. They have a gentle energy. The potential death of so many trees is something that should concern us all. We are living in an age when there seem to be more tree diseases than ever. Some, like the tar spot fungus that one sees on sycamore leaves at this time of year, are relatively benign. They are a natural part of tree ecology. Chalara fraxinea, on the other hand, has potential to do widespread damage to a whole species. Our policy makers must start to take the issue of tree diseases more seriously.

Do one thing for wildlife this month: It is doubtful whether Chalara can be contained now that it is present in the British countryside. We will know more in spring when the trees start coming into leaf again. There are still ways that we can help our ash trees; The Woodland Trust has set up a rescue team to engage volunteers in reporting symptoms, raising awareness, generating funds and holding those in power to account. Please sign up at:


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Ex-student brings revolution to William Brookes Former William Brookes student and sixth former, Jerome Kelly, returned to school to hand over a copy of his first novel. Jerome is in the second year of his Criminology and Forensics Degree at Hull University, and when we heard he’d published his first novel, we asked him if he’d do us the honour of talking to some students interested in literature, journalism and publishing A 30 minute question and answer session gave students the opportunity to ask what inspired him to write a novel at such an early age. Younger students learnt how Jerome had wanted to write the Science Fiction story since the age of fourteen and had developed the book over a number of years before committing it to paper. The end result is ‘Revolution’ – 600 pages of another world fantasy set on a distant planet, filled with friendship and conflict. Available from the Library now, the heavyweight paperback can also be purchased from Amazon and Authorhouse publishers. A kindle version is available too.

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Christmas Tree Festival St Mary’s Church in Bridgnorth will be hosting a Christmas Tree Festival from 2nd December to 6th January, with twenty trees reflecting local people and organisations displayed against the backdrop of Thomas Telford’s magnificent Church. With a theme of ‘The Journey’ and how Jesus’ life has affected, inspired or influenced local people, the displays will be focus upon Jesus’ birth and childhood as we prepare for Christmas. Entry is free but donations are welcome.

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Do you Dare2Engage? Ninety year 6 students from local schools, along with sixty post-16 students, attended events as part of the recent Dare2Engage week. The exhibition, took a challenging look at the themes of rage, despair and hope and the students enjoyed professional story telling and support from various Churches in the area. Local youth worker John Prockter commented; 'It was wonderful to have three primary and three secondary schools involved with Dare2Engage week which was educationally beneficial and also a significant time for students to reflect and think about the issues for themselves.”

Over 320 pupils from years 3 to 6 have taken part in the Cross Country League this autumn. Pupils representing 15 different primary schools in the area have competed in the four races of the league. Pupils race in single gender races for years 3/4 and 5/6. As well as being hugely popular, the league was keenly contested with some schools entering over 40 competitors! This years results are as follows: Y3/4 Boys—Brown Clee 1st, Claverley 2nd, Highley 3rd; Y3/4 girls—Castlefields 1st, St Johns 2nd, Albrighton 3rd; Y5/6 boys—Brown Clee 1st, St Leonards 2nd, Worfield 3rd; Y5/6 girls—Castlefields 1st, St Johns 2nd, Albrighton 3rd. ‚ 320 schoolchildren competed in the Primary cross country

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Young Writers in World Anthology Seventeen young writers from Oldbury Wells School have had their work published in a special anthology which will be available in the British Library as part of the Young Writers ‘Around the World in 80 Words’ creative writing competition. Students from years 8 and 9 submitted work about different cultures and countries in anticipation of Britain hosting the Olympics. English teacher Mrs Zoe Griffiths said; “this is a super achievement as thousands of students from around the globe entered the competition.”

Thirty GCSE and A Level music students from Bridgnorth Endowed School attended a workshop at St Leonards Church where they were given the opportunity to play the harp – one of the most difficult instruments to master. Together they performed an ensemble arrangement of music, with everybody working as a team and listening to each other to create a top class performance. The pupils enjoyed the experience, with one pupil saying “I’ve never had the opportunity to even see a harp, let alone play one – I found it really challenging, but loved it!”


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Students Raise £600 for Macmillan Students, staff and open morning visitors at Kidderminster’s Holy Trinity International School enjoyed homemade cakes and a hot drink or two, helping raise £600 for Macmillan Cancer Support as part of this year’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’. Taking inspiration from sister international schools from across the world, each of the four houses dressed in the typical dress of the country and decorated cakes in the national colours of Hungary, South Africa, South America and Britain.

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The ‘Global Challenge’ project is designed to encourage children to exercise more than they usually do, and schools all over the world are signing up to take part in it. St Leonard’s Primary School in Bridgnorth has embarked on the 50 day challenge with a set of pedometers to help the children check their activity levels, and each day beat their own personal targets. One participant said; “Global Challenge ‘gets the world moving' – literally!”

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The children from St Mary’s Bluecoat School have kindly donated shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child Appeal by Samaritans Purse. The boxes have been filled with toys and toiletries, books and crayons and will be shipped off to children in Montenegro for Christmas.

Pudsey was awash with Eves when two year 6’s from Castlefields School, Bridgnorth, appeared to greet him at the Severn Valley Railway. The girls were there to see the historic Sir Keith Park steam locomotive race against a Morgan three wheel car which was driven by Coronation Street actor Tony Hirst. The two Eves had made cakes for Children in Need which had  E ve Mathias and Eve Hayward with Pudsey been sold in school. Castlefields have raised a tremendous £5000 for various charities this year, including Macmillan, Sport Relief, Children in Need and Hope House.

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Autumn Revels at Puddleducks

New School Games Coordinator, Natalie Hollins took no time at all in making her mark by introducing a completely new activity with a tug of war competition. Four teams took part in the event, with Castlefields Primary ending up as the winning team. Over 30 children took part and really enjoyed taking part in a fun, new sport and received certificates to celebrate taking part. ‚ Pupils from St Mary’s Bluecoat working hard in the Tug of War contest

Children at Broseley's Puddleducks brought in fruit and vegetables for a Harvest Celebration, counting how many of each type of fruit or vegetable had arrived and making a tally chart. At the end of the week, staff helped children to make a pictogram and work out totals and differences between the numbers. All these foods were packed into boxes and donated to the Lady Forester Centre, where it was gratefully received.

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Can you Spot the Dog? The Tania Holland Gallery in Bridgnorth is celebrating its fourth birthday this December and is marking the anniversary with a competition to win one of Tania’s quirky sculptures. “Spot the Dog” (pictured) will be strategically placed around town, and people are invited to photograph themselves with him and take the photo to the gallery to be entered into a prize draw and a chance to win him. Tania will be uploading all of Spots adventures on Spot the Dog’s Dog Blog Spot at

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Students Make Christmas Album Students at Bridgnorth’s Pauline Quirke Academy have produced a compilation of professionally recorded Christmas songs. The project is the brainchild of Claire Martin, teacher of Musical Theatre at the Academy who has arranged the songs to produce complex harmonies.

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Singing Before Shopping The Saturday Singers are a group who meet every month at Bridgnorth Baptist Church for a singing workshop” Songs are taught by ear and from scratch each time and anyone is welcome from 9.30 – 11am on 8th December (Christmas Theme!) and 5th January and the second Saturday of the month thereafter. £6 on the door or £5 in advance. ‚ The Saturday Singers will have a festive theme in December

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Embroidery Pictures The Vicki Norman Studio in Bridgnorth has welcomed a new artist to the gallery this month, Birmingham based Nicky Perryman, who makes beautifully detailed embroidered artworks incorporating hand painted silk and beads. Nicky’s work will be on show at the gallery throughout December. You can join Vicky on the 1st December for a festive drink and choose from dozens of hand-made gifts all made by the very best local craftspeople.


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Bridgnorth is alive with the Sound of Music

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Lively rehearsals are in progress for Bridgnorth Musical Theatre Company's next production, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 'The Sound of Music'. Publicist Alison Pipe said: “The children are extremely talented and are a joy to behold.” The production will be staged at Bridgnorth Leisure Centre from 19th - 23rd February 2013 with matinee performances on Wednesday and Saturday. Tickets are £14 for adults and £10 for children, available form The Leisure Centre Box Office 01746 761541. See for more information.

Twenty Twenty Gallery in Much Wenlock is staging its Winter Exhibition entitled The Alternative Landscape. Returning artists include Peter Tarrant and Norman Lamputt, with Sarah Philpott and Catherine Hyde, glassware from Tamsin Abbott and jewellery by Selina Campbell.

‚ The Von Trapp children rehearsing

Folk and Fundraising  Bill Hammerton and Christine Carr rehearsing

Victorian Christmas Concert

The Severn Singers have been giving a Christmas concert in aid of Save the Children for over 30 years, raising thousands of pounds for underprivileged children both in the UK and the rest of the world. This year they are presenting a ‘Victorian Christmas’ on Saturday 15th December at 7.30pm in The Old Hall, Bridgnorth Endowed School. Tickets, priced at £7.50 to include sherry and mince pies, are available from Aristocats, Whitburn Street, Bridgnorth.

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Local youth worker and manager of The Bridge, John Prockter, will be performing at a fundraising concert on Saturday 15th December at the People’s Hall in Bridgnorth. The evening will include ‘smooth, warm and mellow’ Christmas music with a folk edge. Tickets are £5 and can be reserved by calling 01746 218285. 29

An Autumnal Visit to

Berrington Hall


o mark ‘Apple Day’ celebrations, I was invited by a friend to visit Berrington Hall in Herefordshire, as part of a group touring the orchards and inspecting the apple displays, led by the head gardener. Herefordshire is, of course, famous for its apple orchards and cider production: 65% of the UK’s cider comes from the county – so at Berrington Hall, apples are serious business.  Apple display

In glorious autumnal sunshine, I set out to find out more about apples, cider making and this wonderful Neo-classical style gem - its gardens and history. Berrington was built in 1778 for Thomas Harley, a London banker. His architect, Henry Holland, designed an austere exterior, with a contrasting elegant interior, which is furnished with exquisite antiques and contains a wonderful art collection. But it is the parkland and lake, landscaped by “Capability” Brown which is complimented perfectly by the classical architecture of the Hall which takes the breath away. Berrington passed to the Rodney family in 1804, but the 7th Lord Rodney gambled the family fortune away and in 1901 Berrington passed to Frederick Cawley. The Cawleys were enthusiastic gardeners, planting shrubberies and dozens of labour intensive flower beds, a scheme which had to be drastically simplified in the post-war period. The Hall passed to the National Trust in 1954 but continued to be occupied by Vivienne, Lady Cawley until her death, aged 100 in 1978. She endured some real tragedy in her life; three of her brothers-in-law perished in the First World War, and her son John was killed, aged 26, in the Second World War. Now, with just two gardeners and a band of enthusiastic volunteers, the National Trust 30

 Berrington Hall

“Most of us can name apple varieties on one hand and our only cooking apple is the Bramley – whereas the Victorians had dozens” maintains 11 acres of formal and walled gardens and 440 acres of parkland at Berrington. Twenty five years ago The Trust developed the walled garden, planting the central section as an orchard, featuring some 43 pre-20th century varieties of apple trees which had mostly fallen out of cultivation. The old varieties are not only of historical interest but are a source of future plant breeding material - it may be that the two trees of a variety called Tillington Court are the

 Berrington Hall scarecrow

 Tool shed

 Autumn borders

sole survivors of the genus, the tree from which they were grafted having perished in a storm in 1990. In the orchards were other rare examples with fascinating names: Crimson Queening, Catshead, Lady’s Finger of Hereford East, Hereford Beefing and Ten Commandments being just a few. The head gardener explained that 2012 had been an awful year for apple production; late frosts had damaged early blossoms and constant rain had damaged what little fruit survived. Despite these difficulties, the apple display in the potting sheds was a real eye-opener. Most of us can name apple varieties on one hand and our only cooking apple is the Bramley – whereas the Victorians had dozens. So it was a surprise to be confronted by approximately 126 varieties of apples, some as small as cherries. Not all the apples displayed came from Berrington’s orchards, some were on loan from Bulmers the cider makers, who also cultivate and maintain a huge variety of apple trees. Bulmers, of course, are a Herefordshire company, founded by Percy Bulmer in 1887. He started in a small way. His father was rector of Credenhill and The Rectory gardens were well stocked with apple trees. The enterprising young Percy started crushing them in a neighbouring farmer’s stone press. The resulting cider was well received and soon Percy and brother Fred moved to premises at Whitecross

 Garden view

Berrington re-opens for the 2013 season in March, but you can pay it a pre-Christmas visit. On 1st and 2nd December the house is open from 10am – 4pm, decorated for Christmas and Santa will visit in the afternoon. A small selection of local food and drink stalls will be open for browsing. Telephone 01568 615721 for details. in Hereford. A hundred and twenty five years later, the Bulmers brand is synonymous with cider and 200 farmers supply their apples. Back to Berrington, and in the courtyard a cider press had been set up and cider was being collected from the crushed apples. A couple of stalls sold locally made ciders, others sold toffee apples, local chutneys and jams and wonderful artisan breads. We browsed the various stalls, entertained by a group of musicians. Our tour included a hearty Sunday lunch, which was served in the old kitchen, in the basement of the Hall - it was no surprise that apple crumble was on the menu. Jean de Rusett


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to having the Christmas that you would regard as your own personal ‘perfect’ Christmas (not the idealised media version) and enjoying it to the full. Careful planning The prospect of all the Christmas tasks can be daunting viewed as a whole, so make a list of everything that you think you need to do. Now, to make it all manageable, eliminate those tasks that are not really essential to the Christmas you want to have; prioritise the remaining tasks and break them down into small, achievable daily chunks that will not overwhelm you. Good listening While conversing we are often either talking or waiting to jump back in and not really paying attention to the other person’s words. The result – that person doesn’t feel valued or understood. An attentive listener pays full attention (so no multitasking during important or meaningful exchanges); keeps good eye contact (but doesn’t stare intently, which can be off-putting) and responds to show that the message has been received and is respected (verbally in an even voice and non-verbally by nodding, gesturing or using facial expressions). Although this all sounds obvious, good listening doesn’t often happen. Practise this and then use it to calm situations. Thoughtful communications Many of us are conditioned from birth to avoid confrontation and to fear criticism, so we dread the awkward conversations and tricky situations that can arise – especially at Christmas. Try using ‘I’ rather than ‘you’ to soften the impact of what you are saying and show that you are being non-judgemental. For instance, ‘You never help me’ becomes ‘I would really appreciate your help – how about…’ When persuading someone round to your way of thinking use ‘because’ as people tend to respond positively. So, ‘I won’t be with you until Boxing Day’ becomes ‘I am meeting up with Tom on Christmas Day because he won’t be around again for a while’. So, bearing all this in mind, here’s wishing you your own personal version of a Merry Christmas!

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If there’s no frost in the ground, there is just enough time to plant bare root hedging and fruit trees.

December can be a quiet time in the garden, but there are plenty of tidying up jobs to do, and lots of houseplants to keep you busy – and of course the Christmas Tree to look after!

buying them at this time of year you get the best range of varieties and the plants have chance to settle into the ground before the weather gets too bad.

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Continue to clean up leaves as they fall from trees, particularly where they are likely to fall into pools, preventing them from decaying where you keep fish. If we do get some snow and ice try putting a ball onto the surface so that you can keep an area free of ice allowing the air to circulate. Pool heaters are a good idea for cold winters and the fish will congregate by the warmth!

You and your plants! If you haven’t already done so, get some fleece or fleece bags ready to put over tender plants such as phormiums, cordylines, hebe and tree ferns once the frosts arrive. Cut back the stems of herbaceous perennials that have finished for the year – phlox, lupins, delphiniums. Reduce stem lengths on roses to prevent them rocking and loosening in the winds. Once you have cleaned up, and cut back your borders, they can be mulched with compost, well-rotted manure or bark. Planting If there’s no frost in the ground, there is just enough time to plant bare root hedging and fruit trees. New seasons roses will now be coming into garden centres, by



Greenhouses Check heaters in glasshouses to make sure that they continue to work when needed. Try and open the doors on greenhouses occasionally to allow some fresh air in, this is especially important with paraffin heaters, where fumes build up in a closed area.

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Living Colour for Christmas Pot plants in beautiful gift bowls such as cyclamen, azalea, kalanchoe, and orchids all make great presents for Christmas - as do locally grown Poinsettias which can now be found in a range of colours. Christmas plants provide colour during the winter months and with proper care, their flowers and fruits will often live for several months. Other plants ideal for Christmas colour are the Christmas Cherry with its shiny red-orange berries and Christmas cacti produce beautiful red, orange, white or lavender flowers. Christmas Trees From the end of November, fresh Christmas trees will be available. Look out for species such as Nordman Firs (Abies nordmanniana), and Norway Spruce (Picea abies). Proper care of your Christmas tree is essential to guard against loss of moisture, colour, and needle drop. Here are some tips to keep your tree fresh and beautiful

so that you can enjoy it throughout the Christmas season. Proper Care When you get your tree home, leave it outside for as long as possible. When you do take it inside, make sure that you stand a saucer underneath it so that you can water it regularly. Keep the base of the tree moist whilst inside as the warm temperature and dry air will make the tree absorb water quickly. Make sure the tree is away from sources of heat such as radiators, open fires and TV sets. This will keep the loss of moisture to a minimum. Rooted Trees If you want a rooted tree, Nordman Firs, Norway Spruce, Fraser Fir and Blue Spruce are all good. Try not to keep the tree indoors for more than 14 days and after Christmas, take the tree back outside and stand against the warmest side of

the house for a day or so to help the tree adjust itself to the colder outdoor temperatures. Make sure that if we get a mild spell the tree is kept watered. Hopefully you will see new shoots appear on your tree in spring. Feed the Birds Don’t forget the birds this winter – feed them daily, and remember that once it freezes, birds still need a supply of fresh water. And once the weather gets too cold and frosty to get into the garden, its time to dig out the seed catalogues for 2013 and start planning for a new season! If we do get some bad weather, we have in stock bags of pure 100% rock salt, snow shovels, sledges and window scrappers. Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2013 to you all.

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DECEMBER- Dates F or Your Diary 30th November – 2nd December

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Frost Fair

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1st December

Much Wenlock Christmas Fayre

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1st December

Charity Christmas Light switch on 8 Collins Close, Broseley

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1st December

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Severn Valley Country Park, Alveley, nr Bridgnorth Celebrate National Tree Week with a tree hunt trail. Identify trees, take bark rubbings and make an autumn leaf collage. Start: 11am-4pm Admission: Trail Maps £1.50 (available from visitor centre) Contact: 01746 781192

1st & 2nd December

Victorian Craft Fayre

St Leonard's Church, Bridgnorth Over 40 high quality craft stalls, tombola, refreshments and Santa in attendance on 2nd Dec. Start: 10am-4.30pm Admission: Free

2nd December

Bridgnorth Christmas Market Annual Christmas Street Market with over 80 traders offering seasonal products. Start: 10am-4pm Admission: FREE

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Wreath Making Workshops Dudmaston Estate

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9th Dec

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Christmas Crafts

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Ranger led walk of the park, gathering materials to make something special for Christmas. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Start: 1.30pm-3.30pm. Admission: Children £3, Adults FREE Contact: 01746 781192

Weston Park nr Shifnal

8th-9th & 15th-16th Dec

Severn Valley Country Park, Alveley

Victorian Christmas

11th December

Traditional celebrations from the 1800s, listen to stories of life more than 100 years ago and have a chance to do some Christmas present shopping. A visit to see Father Christmas in his Grotto is an additional £3.50 per child and includes a traditional gift. Start: 10am Admission: Adult £15.45, Child (over 5) £10.25, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £46.50 More info:

Greenwood Centre, Coalbrookdale Local and unusual crafts & tombola. Café open all day serving refreshments. All proceeds to Leukaemia Research. Admission: Free Start: 10am Contact: 01952 435857

8th December – 20th January

Sunnycroft, Wellington

Blists Hill, Madeley

Christmas Craft & Gift Fair

15th – 23rd Dec

Edwardian Christmas

9th Dec

This fabulous Edwardian suburban villa and mini estate is brought alive in the festive period. Visiting choirs will be performing carols and traditional decorations will deck the halls. Start: 10.30am-4pm Contact: 01952 242884 More info:

Charity Christmas Craft Fair

22nd Dec

Jack & The Beanstalk

The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton Family favourite for panto season! Admission: Tickets from £15.50 – £25.50 Box Office: 01902 429212

Greenwood Centre, Coalbrookdale

4th Annual Charity Christmas Craft Fair in aid of Leukaemia Research in the Woodland Hall. Admission: FREE Start: 11am – 4pm Contact: 01952 435857

Carols in the Courtyard Apley Farm Shop, Stockton Carol singing in the courtyard. Start: 3-4pm Contact: 01952 730345


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What’s What guide to

Christmas Services

in your Area

At this busy time of year, it is sometimes easy to forget what the festive celebrations are really all about, as thoughts turn to food, parties and shopping. Here we list Christmas Services happening around the local area in December.

Sunday 2nd Sunday 9th Tuesday 11th Tuesday 11th Friday 14th Friday 14th Sunday 16th Monday 17th Monday 17th Tuesday 18th Thursday 20th Friday 21st Friday 21st Sunday 23rd Sunday 23rd Sunday 23rd Sunday 23rd Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Christmas Day Christmas Day Christmas Day Christmas Day Christmas Day New Year's Eve

4pm 4.30pm 6.30pm 6.30pm 1.30pm 7pm 3.30pm 7pm 7pm 11.50am 2pm am 2pm 09.30am 3.30pm 6.30pm 6.30pm 4.30pm 5.30pm 6.30pm 6.30pm 9pm 11.30pm 11.30pm 8am 9am 10am 10am 10am 11.30pm

Christingle, Astley Abbotts Church Christingle, St. Mary's Church Carols, Oldbury Grange Church Primary School Carol Service, St. Leonard's Church St. Leonards School Carols, St. Mary's Church Carols, Astley Abbotts House Carols by Candlelight, Eardington Village Hall Endowed School Carols, St. Mary's Church Oldbury School Carols, Oldbury Church Endowed School Carols, St. Mary's Church St. Mary's School Carols, St. Mary's Church St. Leonard's School, St. Mary's Church St. Leonard's Nursery, St. Mary's Church Children's Hour, Astley Abbotts Church Carol Service, Monkhopton Church Carol Service, St. Mary's Church Carol Service, Quatford Church Crib Service, Oldbury Church Crib Service, St. Leonard's Hall Crib Service, St. Mary's Church Crib Service, Astley Abbotts Church Holy Communion, Quatford Church Holy Communion, Tasley Church Holy Communion, St. Mary's Church Holy Communion, St. Mary's Church Holy Communion, Astley Abbotts Church Holy Communion, Oldbury Church Holy Communion, Aston Eyre Chruch Holy Communion, St. Mary's Church Watchnight Service, St. Mary's Church

St John’s Roman Catholic Church, Bridgnorth Sunday 16th Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Christmas Day

3pm 6.30pm 11.30pm 9am & 11am

Carol Service Children’s Mass Carols & Midnight Mass by Candlelight Mass

Cartway Church, Bridgnorth (UR & Methodist) Sunday 2nd Saturday 15th Sunday 16th Sunday 23rd Christmas Eve Christmas Day

10.45am Gift Service 10am Bread service 6.30pm Carols with Cartway Choristers 10.45am All-Age Christmas service ( with Open the Book presentation) 4pm Christingle Service 11am Family Worship for Christmas Day

Bridgnorth Baptist Church Wed 19th Sunday 23rd Sunday 23rd

7pm 10am 6:30pm

Community Council of Shropshire Carol Service Family Nativity Service Carols by Candlelight

Holy Trinity Church, Much Wenlock Sunday 16th Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Christmas Day


6.30pm 5.30pm 11.30pm 11am

Candlelit Carol Service with Choir Crib Service Midnight Mass Christmas Family Communion

Wenlock (North) Team of Parishes Sunday 2nd Sunday 9th Sunday 9th Sunday 16th Sunday 16th Sunday 16th Sunday 16th Monday 17th Tuesday 18th Wed 18th Sunday 23rd Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Christmas Day Christmas Day Christmas Day Christmas Day

4pm 4pm 7pm 3pm 3pm 6.30pm 4pm 6pm 7pm 7.30pm 6.30pm 4pm 7.15pm 8.15pm 10pm 11.30pm 11.30pm 9am 10.30am 11am 11am

Christingle at Cound Church Christingle at Sheinton Church Carol Service, St. Mary’s Church, Harley Church Carol Service, St. Margaret’s, Betton Strange Church Singalong Carols, Christ Church, Cressage Church Carol Service, St. Peter’s Cound Church Victorian Carol Praise, Harley Church Crib Service, Cross Houses Community Centre Carol Service, Kenley Church Carol Service, Berrington Church Family Eucharist with Carols, Hughley Church Carols and Christingle at Christ Church, Cressage Eucharist, Sheinton Church Carol Service, Sheinton Church Christmas Eucharist, Kenley Church Midnight Mass at Cound Church Welcome to Christmas at Harley Church Eucharist at Harley Church Eucharist at Church Preen Church Eucharist at Berrington Church Family Eucharist and crib carol at Cound Church

Broseley Churches Sunday 16th Saturday 22nd Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Christmas Day Christmas Day Christmas Day

6pm 11am 4pm 6pm 8pm 11.30pm 9am 9.15am 10.30am

Carol Service, All Saints’ Church, Broseley Carol singing Broseley Town Centre Christingle All Saints’ Church, Broseley Carol Service, Broseley Methodist Church Christmas Mass St Mary’s Church, Jackfield Mid-night Mass All Saints’ Church, Broseley Family Service, Broseley Methodist Church Eucharist, St Giles Church, Barrow Sung Eucharist, All Saints’ Church, Broseley

Christmas Concerts Festival of Light

Harley Choir Carol Concert

Saturday 1st December. 7pm - Harley Church. The church is full of candles and Christmas lights and is a sight to see! Refreshments available and is open to everyone.

Tuesday 11th December. 7pm. St. Mary’s Church, Harley.

The Severn Singers present

Carols and Christmas Music with 'A Victorian Christmas, the Elcock Reisen Brass Band Bridgnorth 1899'

Friday 7th December. 8pm - St Mary’s Church Jackfield. Tickets £5 (price includes festive fare afterwards) Contact: 01952 884832.

Bridgnorth Choral Society Christmas Concert Friday 7th December. 7.30pm - Bridgnorth Baptist Church, West Castle Street. Tickets £5 available in advance from ‘That’s Nice’ just off Bridgnorth High Street or from Choral Society members.

Saturday 15th December. 7.30pm - Old Hall, Bridgnorth Endowed School, in aid of Save the Children. Tickets £7.50 (to include sherry & mince pies) are available from Aristocats, Whitburn Street, Bridgnorth.

“Songs for Christmas” Monday 17th December. 7.30pm - Preen Manor. Halfway House Ladies Choir followed by Carol singing.

A merry and peaceful Christmas from all the What’s What team. 49

Christmas recipes What’s What asked four local chefs for their favourite Christmas recipes Sautéed Sprouts with Smoked Bacon and Chestnuts

Parmesan Baked Parsnips from Kevin at The Boyne Arms, Burwarton

Paul from The Feathers at Brockton

Serves 8

Serves 6-8

Ingredients • 500g blanched and shredded sprouts • 150g smoked bacon lardons • 100g cooked chestnuts

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50g unsalted butter 1/4 tsp garlic powder Sea salt Cracked black pepper

Melt the butter in a pan until foaming, add the smoked bacon lardons and cook on a medium heat until golden brown, taking care not to burn the butter. Add the garlic powder and stir into the bacon, add sprouts and the cooked chestnuts turn up the heat to high and heat thoroughly, season with sea salt and cracked black pepper.

Cranberry Sauce with a Twist from Martyn at The Raven Hotel, Much Wenlock

Ingredients • 1.25kg parsnips • 50g parmesan • 175g plain flour

Peel parsnips, cut into smallish chunks. Combine flour, parmesan, salt and pepper in a bowl. Place parsnips in a pan and cover with boiling water and boil for 3 minutes. Drain and then place in flour mixture, while still hot, mix about so they get a good coating Tip: At this stage the parsnips can be frozen or kept in the fridge till you are ready to use To bake, pre heat a roasting tinwith a glug of the oil and knob of butter, place the parsnips in the hot oil, return to the oven. Bake for 20 minutes (Gas 6, 400F, 200c) then turn them over and drain off any excess fat. Continue to bake for a further 15 minutes or until golden and crisp.

Spiced Mulled Wine

Serves 6-8

Ingredients • 500g of fresh cranberries • 2 oranges • 2 star anise

Tip: Make this ahead to save time, keep in the fridge for 3 days or freeze. 50

Kate from The Wenlock Buffet Company

• 1 stick of cinnamon • 250gm caster sugar • ½ pint of water

Place the cranberries in a heavy bottomed pan. Cut oranges in halves, squeeze in the juice into the pan and also place leftover orange peels in along with the rest of the ingredients. Bring to the boil and simmer until you have a thick consistency, check the sweetness and add more sugar if needed. Take out the orange peels and serve warm.

• Groundnut oil • Knob of butter • Salt and pepper

Serves 6

Ingredients • 1 bottle red wine • 2 cinnamon stick • 3 star anise • 4 cloves

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2 orange, sliced 2 lemons, sliced 100g brown sugar 2tsp ground Nutmeg

Place all of the ingredients into a saucepan and simmer gently for 10 minutes, without boiling. Tip: Make sure you use a heat proof glass!

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The Feathers at Brockton country pub & restaurant

Just 3 miles from Much Wenlock on the Ludlow Road Email

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Steak Night Fridays Selection of prime local steaks, served with all the trimmings, including ‘proper’ hand cut chips, from £9.75

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Restaurant of the month

The George & Dragon Inn My two favourite pastimes rolled into one happy evening; a visit to a historical building combined with a culinary outing! The George & Dragon Inn in Much Wenlock’s High Street is a truly medieval building, housed in a burgage plot (a medieval tenancy of land), which places the Inn’s origins in the 14th Century. A typical burgage plot was a ‘perch’ wide by 12 ‘perches’ long, to you and me that’s 5 x 60 metres. The George & Dragon is indeed ancient, narrow and long. Entering the low-ceilinged, beamed bar we found an atmosphere that was warm and enveloping, buzzing with cheerful banter from contended customers and three waggy dogs. The relaxed atmosphere, the well conditioned real ales, the cheerful attentive staff and the delicious food make this a most enticing venue. Don’t panic if the bar is full – beyond the bar area are three dining areas. A meal here will not break the bank. On Thursdays two people can have lunch or dinner for only £10, with ten choices – each one a substantial meal, freshly prepared and using local quality ingredients, the faggots for example come from the award winning butcher Paddy Ryan. On Tuesdays a home made ‘pie and pint’ deal is just £7.95. Janice and I made our selection from a combination of the Evening Menu and the Specials Board. We commenced with garlic mushrooms and stilton and walnut pate – both of which were excellent. Janice followed with a home made steak and ale pie whilst I opted for a lamb shank, which had been braised in a delicious tomato, rosemary, honey and garlic sauce; the meat meltingly fell off the bone. Our choices were accompanied by a dish of creamed potatoes and

fresh vegetables. A reasonably priced bottle of Pinot Grigio proved the perfect accompaniment. Once again we failed our readership – neither of us could find space to sample any of the home-made puddings on offer, although Janice did manage a liqueur coffee. Sunday lunches are available from £7.95 and from the 22nd November to 23rd December the Christmas Fayre Menu is on offer with 2 courses £10.95, 3 courses £13.95. At the George & Dragon vegetarians are well catered for with several tempting dishes on offer. The George & Dragon Inn, High Street, Much Wenlock. Tel 01952 727312


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Beware the festive spirit! It’s that time of year when we deck our halls with boughs of holly, whilst marveling at how quickly Christmas is upon us again. As a fully paid up member of the Christmas fan club I am looking forward to the season of good cheer and time spent with loved ones. But with my ‘vets hat’ on I want your Christmas to be a happy time for you and your pets, not a time for an emergency visit.

Rich food Dietary indiscretions are the most common festive problems presented at our Bridgnorth Hospital. Rich food is an easy way to make animals have bowel problems, so it is best they do not get hold of table scraps (especially stolen ones). The gastrointestinal system of domestic animals does not take well to sudden amounts of fat. Swallowing Even more dangerous is the ingestion of an item that can become a bowel obstruction. Items such as bones, string and decorations are particularly hazardous. Whilst the kids love the appearance of a glut of new toys, remember puppies especially like to chew and will make off with dangerous packaging before you can blink. Chocolate Chocolate is another festive problem as it is often in easy reach this time of year High cocoa solid confections (such as good quality dark chocolate) contain theobromine in large quantities which can potentially be fatal. Additionally raisins, sultanas, currants and peanuts can also cause nasty problems. Mistletoe We should also not forget mistletoe which is obviously in abundance this time of year. This tends to have a low toxicity but can cause weakness, vomiting and diarrhoea if eaten. Alcohol And finally, if you raise a glass of festive spirit to family and friends, make sure your animals do not join you! Your animals are better off just drinking water. Our Bridgnorth site will have its first Christmas with the prestigious title of Hospital this year, of which we are very proud. This means should you have any problems over the festive period rest assured we are only a phone call away and staff will be on site 24 hours a day should you need us. Above all have a very Merry Christmas from everyone at Severn Edge Veterinary Group!

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Win a watch in time for christmas! What’s What Magazine and Designer Time, Bridgnorth have teamed up to give our readers a bumper Christmas competition this month. ONE lucky reader has the chance to win this stunning Red Arrows Citizen Watch worth an amazing £499*! It starts with a simple, yet revolutionary concept: a watch that never needs a battery. Citizen Eco-Drive technology harnesses the power of light-from any natural or artificial light source-and converts it into energy. The latest addition to the Citizen Eco-Drive Red Arrows Collection is this Skyhawk A.T Titanium watch, featuring atomic timekeeping with radio controlled accuracy, water resistant to 200 metres and world time in 43 cities. It has official Red Arrows insignia on the caseback and is presented in Red Arrows packaging. D E S I G N E R W










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Each month a local expert will answer your questions on IT. This month’s column comes from David Bounds, director of Eagle Computer Systems.

Great gadget gifts for Christmas Wow! Here we are again at the end of another exciting year. Personally I think things have moved on a lot this year in the technical arena. At the current rate, computer use and online services have improved so much that the average household now has at least 2 computers and at least one tablet or touch screen device!

So what’s currently providing the best value and usability? These are a few I would definitely recommend for your stocking… 1. Kindle Fire HD 16 GB (£159) This Amazon reader is great value for money. The device has impressive features, Such as 720p HD Screen, Digital Speakers (great sound!) and a fast and responsive interface. 2. HP G6 Laptop (£350-£500) This HP Laptop is a really well made and nice looking system. It has all the power you could

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Sainsbury’s Paralympic Torch Tour The success of the Paralympics is set to live on at three local schools after a donation from Sainsbury’s of a selection of themed advertising materials were presented to Bridgnorth Endowed, Oldbury Wells and William Brookes. The schools will  Carol Jardine from William Brookes, Phil Loveday from Bridgnorth Endowed and Bridgnorth be displaying the memorabilia Mayor Norman Cottrell, with Mark Cooper and Kim Lathe of Sainsbury's Bridgnorth. to help pupils remember Team Active Kids Ambassador Ellie Simmonds, Bridgnorth GBs Paralympic success at the London 2012 Games store manager Ann Greenall said: “We hope this and encourage children of all abilities to take part in donation will help youngsters from our local schools sport. Featuring athletes who achieved medal success remember our extraordinary Paralympic athletes”. including Jonnie Peacock, David Weir, and Sainsbury’s

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 Cheerleaders thank Bridgnorth Lions for sponsorship

Community Business Grants Rural communities and villages in Shropshire can now access grants to start up business ventures aimed at breathing new life into their communities and creating jobs. Projects could be anything from communityrun shops, cinemas and pubs to energy or transport schemes, craft or food projects. ‘Village SOS’ is an initiative by the Big Lottery Fund to launch a rural revival with grant money, support and guidance on offer. To find out more visit or call the advice line 0845 4349123.

CheerForce Ten’s Rachael Swinnerton has topped off a successful year by being named runner up in the Telford Young Professional Awards 2012. Rachael cofounded Cheer Force Ten in September 2011 and now coaches over 100 cheerleaders aged 4 – 44 in Telford and Bridgnorth. Rachael said: “It’s been an amazing year and I’d really like to thank Bridgnorth Lions for their kind donation to help pay for the Endowed School's cheerleading kits. The team were 3rd at the British Cheerleading Association's National Schools competition – their first ever competition!” Rachael recently represented the UK at ‘AmeriCheer’ in Florida where the team won 2nd place.

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Council Notes

Council Notes

Town Mayors Charity Christmas Concert

New Councillor

Bridgnorth On Saturday 15th December the Jackfield Elcock Reisen Band and the Bridgnorth Male Voice Choir are joining together to present an evening of Christmas music in the Castle Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 and are available from the Town Council offices or email all proceeds to the Town Mayor’s Charities, RNLI and Bridgnorth Helping Hand.

Town Carnival A group of community volunteers are looking to revive the Town Carnival after a gap of more than 20 years. The carnival will take place on Sunday 26th May 2013. If you would you like to be part of that group then please contact the Town Council.

Community Events A Community Working Party has been set up to deliver town wide community events in partnership with the Town Council. If you have an idea or an event you would like to see in the town or would like to be part of this group please contact Anne Wilson, the Town Clerk.

Town Plan The Town Plan was published in early 2012 in partnership with Shropshire Council and we are looking for people in the community to work with them to deliver the outcomes of that plan. Thematic groups have been set up to move this plan forward. These are Environment and Housing, Youth and Young People, Town Centre, Tourism and Economy, Skills and Learning. If you would like to be involved then please contact the town council.

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Broseley Councillors would like to welcome Mrs Ann Maltby, who has been co-opted to join the Council, representing Broseley West. Ann has lived in the town for over 45 years and has worked for various organisations locally. In addition to her new role as a Councillor. Ann is also currently Chair of the Broseley Residents Group.

Town Plan Consultation Councillors would like to thank all those residents who completed the Town Plan questionnaire or attended the public meeting held at the end of October. The Council is now analysing the results and comments and will be publishing a report in December. The results of the consultation will be used to inform the Town Council’s review of the Shropshire Council Place Plan for Broseley, the document which sets out the infrastructure, investment and development priorities for the town.

Forthcoming Meetings The next meeting of the full Council will be held on Tuesday, 8th January at 7.00pm at the Birchmeadow Centre. There is no full Council meeting in December. Members of the public have the opportunity to raise issues of concern with the Council from 7.00 – 7.10 pm at full Council meetings.

Grants for Local Organisations The Town Council is able to support local organisations with small grants to help fund the purchase of equipment, special events or activities. If your group would like to apply for a grant, please contact the Town Clerk for further details.


The Town Council has a grant scheme available. If you run a community group or event, are a charitable organisation or are an individual who works with or for the community for the benefit of the town of Bridgnorth then you could be eligible to apply for a grant towards the running of your group or an event. Grant forms will be available in the New Year for 2013 and grants will be distributed in June.

The Multi-use Games Area on the site of Broseley Cof E Primary School is now up and running and offers a pitch which is unaffected by bad weather and can be used under floodlights in the dark. Anyone interested in hiring the MUGA for use in the evening or at weekends should contact Kieran Osborne on 07528 754801. Booking forms are also available from E Davis & Son in the High Street.

Issued by Anne Wilson, Town Clerk 01746 762231 Email:

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Council Notes

requirements. Since the Town Council meets these requirements it has agreed to use the general power of competence as long as it remains eligible to do so.

Much Wenlock

Shadwell Quarry

Flood management

A planning application for development at Shadwell Quarry included an agreement from the applicant to give a sum of money towards the provision of public toilets. However, the Town Council has recently been informed that the agreement is not enforceable and has written to Shropshire Council to insist that the money is forthcoming. Shropshire Council has since informed the Town Council that the applicant has every intention of making the necessary financial contributions which were secured as part of the planning commitment.

The Much Wenlock Flood Alleviation Scheme is likely to enter the construction phase next year as a result of £500,000 funding from the Local Levy. There are plans for a public exhibition showing the detailed design. For those who own a bank of a watercourse, Shropshire Council has published information concerning riparian responsibilities which will be delivered to all riparian owners Free flood protection surveys for householders are still available from Shropshire Council, and its website contains helpful flooding information for those who are interested.

Grant awards As part of its commitment to support the local community the Town Council has agreed to make awards to the value of £1,535 to various local voluntary organisations. The successful applicants have been notified of their awards during November.

General power of competence The new Localism Act 2011 has given local councils an opportunity to use the power of general competence as a power of first resort. This power enables eligible councils to do anything that individuals may generally do, provided it is not illegal. However, there are certain

Issued by Sharon Clayton, Town Clerk 01952 727509 E-mail:

These council notes are edited from notes submitted by the Town Clerks of the three towns.

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