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Welcome to the February edition of What’s What! The saying ‘life’s not a rehearsal’ is one that I repeat to myself often, so life coach Claire Dunworth-Warby’s theme ‘How to be more at peace with yourself’ with tips on how to get on with life on page 41 strikes a chord. Personifying this ‘can do’ attitude is Paul Passant who successfully campaigned for better ambulance provision for Bridgnorth – read all about it on page 12. Elsewhere in What’s What! are plenty of ideas about living life to the full in and around the local area throughout February. Jean de Rusett has a behind the scenes tour at Attingham Park and Ed Andrews takes us up Caer Caradoc – my favourite spot in Shropshire. And for those with romance on the menu in February – our food section starting on page 51 has a few ideas… enjoy!

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Ironbridge Gorge ranks second in the world The Ironbridge Gorge, known throughout the world as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, has been named the 2012 most highly recommended UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UK according to the TripAdvisor® traveller community, taking second place in the world behind the Potala Palace, Lhasa, and ahead of the Egyptian Pyramids and India’s Taj Mahal. More than 1.1 million traveller feedback forms were collected in partnership with UNESCO, making this the largest study of its kind ever conducted. The Gorge was one of the first locations in the UK to be designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. Simon McCloy, Chief Executive at Shropshire Tourism said, “We are delighted with this news, Ironbridge is a brilliant place to visit and the

HRH The Prince of Wales, who has been patron of the The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust in Shropshire since 1979 has agreed to renew his Patronage of the Museum for a further period until 2017, the year that the Museum will be celebrating its Golden Jubilee.

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Shape your countryside Residents and visitors are encouraged to have their say on Shropshire’s countryside, parks and play areas by taking part in the council’s annual Outdoor Recreation User Survey. Shropshire Council is responsible for nearly 3,500 miles of footpaths, bridleways and byways, which are an important leisure resource for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The results of the survey will be used to review and update the Rights of Way Improvement Plan, which sets out aims, objectives and practical actions for increasing public use and enjoyment of the county’s public rights of way network. The key aims of the plan are to enhance health, well-being and enjoyment of life, increase economic prosperity, improve sustainable transport, provide access for all, and increase community involvement. Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for active and healthy lifestyles, said: “Rights of way are a significant part of our county’s

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Driving the community Bridgnorth’s popular community bus scheme is putting in a plea for volunteer drivers in order for the service to be able to continue taking out groups in and around Bridgnorth. “All you need is a driving licence, some free time every now and then and a friendly nature – its very rewarding and a great way to help your local community” said volunteer driver Peter Hassall. Full training is provided and out of pocket expenses paid. If you are interested please contact Lila on 01746 768539.

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„B  aby Thomas Passant is finally out of the high dependency unit

Local campaign makes all the difference It was after his critically ill baby grandson had taken over an hour to get to hospital following a 999 call that Bridgnorth man, former fire-fighter Paul Passant realised that the people of the area were getting a rough deal when it came to ambulance responses, and launched a crusade to bring back an adequate ambulance service back to Bridgnorth. The Innage Lane Ambulance Station closed quietly in April 2012 as part of ‘resource re-allocation’ by West Midland Ambulance Service. Residents were assured that there would be local paramedic provision 24 hours a day – which there is, but, as the family of baby Thomas Passant found out, this is very different to actually having ambulances which can quickly transport people to hospital, readily available. Paul said: “The more I delved into the issue, and people contacted me about their own experiences, the more I resolved to do something about it. As I watched my grandson fight for his life, I made a promise that whatever happened, I would fight to get a better ambulance coverage for the town and to make sure that this doesn’t happen to another family.” Paul started off with a petition in the lead up to Christmas and was overwhelmed by the local support. As the campaign gathered momentum, 12

he met with MP Philip Dunne early in the New Year and presented ready for action  Paul Passant him with over 2,000 signatures of both residents and visitors, all demanding better ambulance cover. He had by this time compiled a compelling dossier of examples of ambulances taking unacceptable amounts of time to arrive – very often for serious or even fatal situations – all within the December and January timeframe. He took his fight directly to the West Midland Ambulance Service, and it appears that his rigorous campaigning has paid off. Following a meeting instigated by Paul with ambulance service chief Anthony Marsh, the manager for Shropshire, Michelle Brotherton and Philip Dunne, a joint statement was issued; “Two new ambulances have been provided to serve Shropshire communities in direct  Philip Dunne response to recent

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cases which have raised concerns over the provision of emergency cover in South Shropshire.” Philip Dunne said: “I am pleased by the rapid action to concerns expressed by my constituents over recent responses to emergency calls in South Shropshire. The ambulance service listened directly to families affected. This responsiveness was appreciated and will help to reassure residents in Shropshire that the ambulance service is listening and taking prompt action.”

“It has been very reassuring that the ambulance service have taken the families concerns so seriously and made immediate and rapid improvements.”

This now means that there will be two ambulances permanently stationed at Faraday Drive. When Paul met with Sally Themans from What’s What, shortly after this announcement was made, his relief was tangible; “I am absolutely delighted. This is fantastic news for Bridgnorth and just shows that the voices of concern from the public can be heard, and can make a difference.” Paul has found himself at the centre of a rollercoaster ride of emotive issues which he has become very passionate about, whilst still providing support to his son and daughter-in-law as they keep vigil at Birmingham Childrens Hospital, where Thomas is, at the time of writing, still being treated. But Paul’s campaign doesn’t stop here. On his journey to get ambulances reinstated in Bridgnorth, and coupled with his own experiences as an emergency responder with the fire service, Paul will continue his campaign on two fronts. The first of which is the ‘For Thomas’ campaign which was launched in mid-January, imploring the public to only call out an ambulance for life-threatening situations. It is thought that over 60% of ambulance call outs are unnecessary.

Mr Marsh confirmed that he had “taken immediate steps to improve ambulance cover in Shropshire. Staff are working hard to ensure high quality care is maintained despite significant increases in 999 calls.” He went on to assure Shropshire residents that he will continue to monitor the situation.

The second focuses on the amount of time ambulance crews are delayed once they actually get a patient to hospital. “The turnaround time of 70 minutes is just such a waste of valuable resources” said Paul, “they should be able to drop patients off at A&E units and be released quickly, ready to help the next incident as quickly as possible.”

Mark Docherty, who is the Ambulance Commissioning Director for the West Midlands said: “It has been very reassuring that the ambulance service have taken the families concerns so seriously and made immediate and rapid improvements.”

The team at What’s What wishes baby Thomas a speedy a recovery, and a vote of thanks to Paul Passant for making sure that Bridgnorth is now a safer place to live, in the knowledge that help will now be more readily on hand should we need it. 13

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End of an era for choir

Shropshire Council has reduced membership prices for users of Much Wenlock Leisure Centre and launched a new and improved exercise class programme. The price reduction is in response to comments made by customers, and to local competition. Membership of the centre includes unlimited use of the fitness suite and swimming pool during public hours, fitness and exercise classes, plus personal training sessions. The new ‘price for life’ prices are £28.95 per month for individual full membership, £52.95 per month Joint full membership and £40 per month (for BeActive card holders) with no contract. There is no joining fee or initial administration charge. For more information call 01952 727629.

Much Wenlock Ladies Choir has sadly disbanded after 40 years, owing to dwindling numbers and the retirement of Musical Director, Mrs Ceridwen Constantine. Over the years, the choir had raised considerable sums through performances. Final donations of over £600 each have been made to four charities: the Jon Hayward Memorial Trust, the Wenlock Olympian Live Arts Festival and SYMPHO, all of which give invaluable support to local youngsters with their music-making, and, at the other end of the age range, the uplifting ‘Singing for the Brain’ project, targeted at people with dementia and their carers.

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Dance of the Raven It was a blustery, winters day and a heavy mist hung over the Long Mynd, with the occasional, welcoming burst of sunlight piercing through.


s I neared the summit of Caer Caradoc, I saw the raven. He flew over a rocky outcrop, making the characteristic deep ‘cronk cronk’ call. These birds are very agile in flight and, for a split second, he flips over and is flying upside down. This is characteristic territory marking behaviour. Ravens used to be widespread across Shropshire. They were persecuted by gamekeepers almost to the point of extinction. In the 19th century the population of ravens in the county numbered a mere three pairs. The population has since grown but the most likely place to see them is over the Shropshire hills. The uplands have become their refuge. Caer Caradoc is the highest of the Stretton hills. This range of hills lies on the other side of Church Stretton to the Long Mynd. Ragleth Hill and the Lawley are also part of the Stretton hills. Whilst the summit of some hills is little more than a slight rise on an upland plateau, Caer Caradoc rises steeply on all sides . The steep grassy slopes must have been an excellent deterrent to would-be invaders attacking the Iron Age hill fort located at the summit. The shapely curves surely make Caradoc the lady of the Shropshire hills. I walk the ramparts of the hill fort. They are now nothing more than grassy ridges but I try to imagine 16

the scene in battle: I hide behind the rampart walls as invaders storm up the slopes. There is a clash of steel and blood spills onto the ground. The ravens circle overhead, waiting to feast on the dead bodies. Today the summit is peaceful. The wind has blown away the mist and the sun is now shining. I suddenly realise that I am looking down on a raven as he flies close to the ground about 30 feet below me. The sunshine reflects off his black feathers and he seems to sparkle. The hill fort has gone, the ravens remain.

A group of ravens is known as an ‘unkindness’ and in Sweden they are believed to be the spirits of the dead. The raven lands on a grassy knoll and I focus on him with my binoculars. He is a sturdy bird with a powerful beak. In flight they have a wingspan as large as a buzzard and a distinctive diamond-shaped tail. Few species of bird are more steeped in myth and folklore than the raven. Because of their black plumage and the fact that they eat carrion, ravens are often associated with death and ill omen. A group of ravens is known as an ‘unkindness’ and in Sweden they

Ravens have been observed making toys from twigs to ‘play with’. They have also been filmed sliding down a snowy slope, seemingly for fun.

are believed to be the spirits of the dead. If a raven is seen circling above a house in Scotland, it is said to predict the death of someone within. They are often associated with the devil. Ravens are in fact very clever birds. They are corvids and belong to the same family as crows, jackdaws, magpies and jays. Corvids have the highest brain to body weight ratio of all the bird groups. Ravens have been observed making toys from twigs to ‘play with’. They have also been filmed sliding down a snowy slope, seemingly for fun. One of the most amazing examples of the intelligence of ravens is the belief that they will deliberately reveal the location of deer to wolves. Ravens know that when the wolves make a kill, they will be able to feed on the entrails. Some modern deer stalkers have even reported that ravens guide them to the location of deer in the hills. Ravens are one of the first birds to begin nesting. They can be seen marking their territory and doing impressive mating flights throughout January and February. All Shropshire ravens nest at the top of large trees such as pines in an untidy nest. Often eggs are laid before the end of February. Ravens normally lay between 3 and 7 eggs but many young ravens die before they are 2 years old. A high number of breeding pairs is essential to ensure that the raven population continues to expand. Next time you are walking in the countryside around Church Stretton cast your eyes to the sky and look for the shadow of a raven, spirit of the Shropshire hills.

Do one thing for wildlife this month: The Shropshire Raven population has been monitored since 1994 by the Shropshire Raven Study Group. The group would love to hear from people who have seen ravens around the county. They are particularly keen to hear from anyone who observes; • Ravens nest building or showing mating behaviour; •R  avens spotted in locations where they have not been seen previously; • Ravens with a coloured ring on their leg (indicating that the group have ringed the bird as a baby) For more details, please see: http://www.

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Half-term model making at Cosford The Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford is inviting families to participate in a fun model making activity. Visitors will have the opportunity to build an Airfix 1:72 Lightning. Models will be built alongside full sized aircraft on display in the Museum's Hangar 1 and sessions will run from 11am to 3pm each day. Participation is £3 per person and all materials including glue, paints and brushes will be provided.

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New headteacher, Mrs Jackie Hampson has taken over the reins at Castlefields Primary School, Bridgnorth. Bringing with her a wide experience of teaching both key stage 1 and 2, Mrs Hampson was assistant head at Franche Primary School in Kidderminster prior to joining Castlefields. She has had a great welcome from parents, staff and children. ‚N  ew head Mrs Jackie Hampson is welcomed by pupils from the school council

Badminton is as popular as ever at Bridgnorth Endowed School with over a hundred students attending the twice weekly after school club last term. Players recently competed in the inter-schools key stage 3 and 4 competitions and BES were overall winners, with William Brookes runners up. PE teacher James McAdam said: “Our pupils are so keen, it's a great shame that there is no junior club in Bridgnorth to make that next step-up.”  BES Under 16 Badminton teams; Harvey Thomas, Billy Miller, Owen Wilson-Brown, Marcus Crawford-Thomas; Harriet Brooker, Natalie Bower, Amy Ruffell-Hazel, Sasha Mackenzie

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William Brookes students on Morocco trip A group of William Brookes students are busy fundraising towards the trip of a lifetime expedition to Morocco. The two week itinerary will include a five day trek up Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, and a community project building irrigation channels. Students are holding a promise auction on 9th of February at 7.30 pm at Priory Hall, Much Wenlock. Pledges include a holiday in France and a painting of a local scene of the purchasers’ choice. Bids can be placed in advance on

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Sporting achievements recognised Swimmers from Holy Trinity International School in Kidderminster have excelled this year and were presented with awards by Gwillam Price, National Director of Sport for the Independent Schools Association and Wyre Forest MP, Mark Garnier. The younger students took first place in the Junior Midland ISA Gala, and swimmers go on to represent the Midlands at the National ISA Swimming Championships in Coventry. MP Mark Garnier, said: “Wyre Forest gave us four Olympic athletes this year, including a swimmer. I have every confidence that we will see more Olympians in Rio coming from this area.”

National call-up for Bedstone boys Two students from Bedstone College represented Midlands Independent Schools recently in a clash against the North of England at Mount St Marys College in Sheffield. Jon Reyes and Greg Powell played an ‘excellent game’ with head of sport Mr Jamie Simpson coaching the backs for the midlands. The players will now go on to represent the National Independent Schools team.

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Tree planting at St Leonard’s Pupils at St Leonard’s Primary School, Bridgnorth have recently planted sixty new trees donated to them by The Woodland Trust. The trees are a selection of Cherry, Rowan and Birch. They also received a Jubilee Oak from one of the royal household estates in celebration of the Queen's Jubilee. ‚ David Hart who helped to plant the trees, along with children Simeon, Evie, Maddie and Finley and Head Teacher Mrs Kay Ferriday

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Grease is the word Students from William Brookes School will be treading the boards in the school’s production of the hit musical Grease from February 12th-15th at the Edge Arts Centre. Ffion Davies stars as Sandy and Zach Jones as Danny Zuco, with all music played by pupils as they romp through hit numbers such as You’re the One that I Want, Summer Lovin’ and Greased Lightening. Tickets £7/£5 from The Edge.

Wrekin pupil treading the boards Jacob Thorpe, a third form pupil at Wrekin College is soon to star in his first professional stage production, a new adaptation of Philip Pullman’s “I Was A Rat”, which is playing at the Birmingham Old Rep Theatre from the 12th of February to the 2nd of March. Jake, who has been acting with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company for nearly five years, has performed in numerous productions, ranging from Shakespeare and Animal Farm to Wrekin’s own version of The Pied Piper. In this soon to be staged production he is one of the company of rats, who will create a demanding presence on the stage through the experimental use of percussive sound.  Wrekin college’s Jake Thorpe

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Choral society's new home Members of Bridgnorth Choral Society are making the newly refurbished St Leonard’s Church their new permanent home for rehearsals and performances. The church already hosts the renowned annual Hadyn Festival and Suzanne Harris, of the Churches Conservation Trust said: “With the new facilities in place we hope to provide additional cultural events, and it is exciting to see the project already making a difference.” The Choral Society welcomes new members, please contact musical director Derek Westwood on 01746 861079.  Derek Westwood of Bridgnorth Choral Society receiving the key to St Leonard’s from Churches Conservation Trust volunteers Robert Milton, Penny Taylor and Veronica Oliver. Photograph: Eddie Brown

Maggie's workshops Artist Maggie Humphry will be running a series of full day workshops in her attic studio at the ‘Pink House’ in Broseley Wood. Participants of all levels are welcome and will have individual support and tuition in a medium of their choice: pen and ink, acrylic, drawing techniques, and oil painting. Workshops will be on Friday 22nd February, Saturday 16th March and Sunday 30th March. To book and find out more phone 01952 881037 or email maggie@maggie-humphry. Budding artists will need to bring art materials required and lunch, coffee and tea are provided. ‚ Artist Maggie Humphry will host workshops for all levels

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Bridgnorth is alive with the sound of music Tickets for Bridgnorth Musical Theatre Company’s much anticipated production of ‘The Sound of Music’ are becoming like gold dust as the company anticipates a sell-out. Performances at Bridgnorth leisure centre on 19th-23rd February, evenings 7.30pm and 2.30pm matinees on Wednesday and Saturday. Tickets £14 adults and £10 children (under 17 years). Box office 01746 761541, credit cards accepted.

7th charity concert for Africa school “Chase away the winter blues with a magical evening of musical entertainment and at the same time help raise funds for a refugee school in Conakry – the capital of Guinea in West Africa” says Ruth Walmsley, organiser of the charity who will be staging the fundraiser on Saturday 9th March at Broseley’s Birchmeadow Centre. With two new acts, The Klezmonauts from mid Wales playing traditional music from Eastern Europe and The Almshouse Band from Herefordshire with haunting and fiery Celtic melodies, plus the ever popular African drumbeats of the Democratic Republic of Djembe, it will be a truly international evening. As the four previous concerts have sold out, early booking is advised. Tickets cost £10 and are available from Ruth on 01952 876703, Downes’ Greengrocer and E Davis Hardware in Broseley and from Wenlock Books. 29

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Hazel’s hearts A collection of 366 Hearts created by Jackfield artist Hazel McNab will be on display from February 10th – 23rd at the Bear Steps Gallery, Fish Street, Shrewsbury. Hazel, a graduate of St Martins School of Art, set herself the challenge of painting or drawing an original piece of artwork – with a heart theme – everyday for a year on Valentines Day 2012. Her blog, now has a worldwide following, and the hearts are available as pictures and greetings cards. “It’s been a great challenge to do something creative everyday” said Hazel, who has a studio at Jackfield and can be found in the Vicki Norman Gallery on Thursdays. ‚ Hazel with a display of heart cards

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New ‘poetry in art’ prize The Wenlock Poetry Festival and Twenty Twenty gallery have teamed up to present a major new arts prize for 2013: The Adrian Henri Prize for Poetry in Art. The competition honours the life and work of ‘Mersey Sound’ poet and visual artist Adrian Henri and, with £10,000 prize money at stake, makes it “one of the most important and significant art competitions in the country” says Mary Elliot of Twenty Twenty. “National and international artists and craft makers are invited to submit visual artwork based on or inspired by a specific, published poem. The aim is to demonstrate how poetry can work with visual arts.”

Cover photographer exhibits at Apley Jean MacDonald, whose award winning photographs have been gracing the covers of What’s What for the past year, will be exhibiting her work at The Creamery, Apley Farm near Bridgnorth from 13th February for six months. The images will reflect her work in Shropshire. ‚ ‘Soaring High’ Red Kite flying over Shropshire

The competition closes on 28th February and shortlisted entries will be on display in April. The website has all the rules and entry details.

A feast for Led Zeppelin fans Tribute band ‘Hats off to Led Zeppelin’ will leave fans ‘feeling that they have travelled back in time’ when they play at the Theatre on the Steps on February 23rd. The only UK tribute act officially endorsed by Marshall amplifiers, the band is co-managed by Warren Grant, the son of original Led Zeppelin manager, Peter Grant, who commented after seeing them live: 'You guys really did the band justice!' Box office 01746 763257 tickets £13. 31

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Think quirky! We all like to make our homes very personal spaces that reflect our own personalities – so why not become a little quirky this year and invest in some really unusual items? It’s all too easy to buy mass-produced pieces that you then also find in friends’ homes but if you spend a little time browsing antiques centres and at auction you can make your home completely unique! I’m not talking about major purchases, just a few small items that add a ‘different’ feel to a room. These lovely vintage brandy flasks, for example, would look great in a sitting room or hallway, and why not add a Victorian parasol to that umbrella stand? Old silver cigarette cases – and even cigarette holders – look nice on display, vintage powder compacts and

silver-backed hairbrushes definitely add to a bedroom, how about an Edwardian inhaler jug as a toothbrush holder? Of course, if you have the cash you could buy a suit of armour to stand in the kitchen but that might be going a little over the top… Just have a browse around and see what vintage items would add a little personality to your home! By John Ridgway of Perry and Phillips Auctioneers, Low Town, Bridgnorth.

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 re you putting life on hold until you A meet the right person/ lose those extra pounds/ get the dream job?

If so, then think again – life is too short to postpone until everything is perfect. Life is rarely perfect, so it isn’t a good enough reason to procrastinate. Ask yourself: What’s the very worst that could happen? (it’s rarely anything that bad) and then, bearing this in mind and allowing for it if necessary – go for it! Not only will you feel energised by actually taking control of some aspect of your life, but your self-esteem and confidence levels will automatically improve too. You will feel more powerful and no longer be in limbo, waiting for your life to start at some point in the future.


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you can see it for regular updating and to remind yourself of all your good points. Reflect on what makes you happy in your life now – it will heighten your awareness that you have it within yourself to be happy and it will make you appreciate the good things that you have in your life already.


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Good Gardening Tips for

Spring colour

In early spring there is plenty to be getting on with in the garden…

For some instant colour in the garden, buy pots of daffodils and tulips and plant with pansies and primroses. Look out for signs of colour in your garden. Plants such as Hamamelis (Witch Hazel), winter flowering Jasmine and Hellebores will all be showing signs of colour that suggest spring is on its way. Plant snowdrops at this time of year – they will settle much easier from green plants than planting bulbs in the autumn. Get pruning and dressing! Roses can be pruned now, along with shrubs that will flower on this years’ growth such as Buddleja and Elder. Always prune roses back to an outward facing bud approximately 20cm above ground level. Remove any weak, diseased or crossing stems. Mulch and top dress shrub and herbaceous borders. A good mulch with well-rotted manure will help to deter weeds during the growing season and a top dressing with a general fertilizer will give plants a good start to the


season. Lime hating plants such as Rhododendrons and Camellias can be given a dressing of ericaceous fertilizer specifically designed for lime haters as it will contain all the extra trace elements that they need. Valentines roses Valentine’s Day and Mothering Sunday are ideal times to buy a living gift for a loved one. Instead of buying red roses that will be over in a matter of days, buy a rose plant that will remind the receiver of you for many years to come. For Mothering Sunday, inexpensive primroses, exotic orchids, gift basket arrangements or a spring flowering shrub to pop into the garden will all do the trick. Hanging baskets Plug plants such as fuchsias, geraniums and hanging basket plants start arriving in garden centres during the second week in February. There’s a huge range of varieties to choose from. If you do decide to buy some of these small plants remember they need to be nurtured with warmth and

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light to get them growing. A sunny windowsill during the day is okay, but if we’re likely get a frost at night, take them off before you close the curtains. Vegetables As soon as you can, pop into the garden centre and get your seed potatoes then start them ‘chitting’ (shoots beginning to grow) in old egg trays inside somewhere frost free. Remember you can grow seed potatoes in pots inside as early as you like so long as they are protected from frost. Onion Sets, Shallots, Asparagus and Garlic should all be available from mid February. Onion and Leek seeds take some time to germinate and should be sown as soon as possible. Get an early crop of Rhubarb by covering clumps with a large pot or dustbin, new sticks will soon shoot up in the dark. Don’t be in a rush to sow Tomato, Pepper or Cucumber seeds as once the plants are growing they’ll need plenty of heat and good light until the weather is warm enough to plant them outside in May.

Lawns If it’s cold and frosty you’re better keeping off the garden, especially the lawn. If your lawn is waterlogged from all the rain we’ve had keep off it until it’s dried out somewhat and then you can go over and aerate to improve the drainage. Shrubs can still be moved if the weather is mild, once replanted give them a good soak with water to settle them into the ground. If we get a severe frost go round and gently firm newly planted shrubs back into the ground if they become raised up. Continue to keep vulnerable shrubs covered with fleece – a late frost in February or March can cause permanent damage to shrubs like Hebe, Ceanothus and Cordyline. Greenhouses Whilst you have very little in your greenhouse, February is the ideal time to turn it out, wash it down

and disinfect it. Remove as much as possible from the greenhouse; wash down any staging, seed trays, pots etc. with a good detergent or greenhouse disinfectant. Then wash down the glass, again with a detergent or disinfectant to remove any algae, pests and overwintering eggs. Use a sulphur candle to fumigate the greenhouse. Having a clean greenhouse to start with ensures that seeds and plants get off to a good start. Birds Don’t forget our feathered friends; especially if the weather is poor provide peanuts, seeds and fat balls. Clean off bird tables regularly and remember to put out fresh water daily. Birds love the recently introduced specialist feeds – the robins and blue tits at the garden centre love the mealworm and sunflower hearts!

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Blooming launch of community project Green-fingered locals turned out to launch a new community project, Apley Market Gardeners, with twenty avid growers signing up to the scheme. The aim is to get local people growing and selling their own fruit and vegetables, as well as reinforcing a sense of community in the area. As part of the scheme, growers can sell half of their produce to Apley Farm Shop on market mornings, enabling the shop to offer produce with very local food miles. "Working with the community is what the revitalisation of the Apley Estate is all about – a modern-day approach to how it would have operated all those years ago when it provided produce for so many people" commented Lady Harriet Hamilton.

Shrewsbury blossoms in national survey A survey carried out by consumer magazine Which? has placed Shrewsbury Flower Show 6th in a rating of the ‘Top Ten Best Gardening Shows in the UK’ putting it ahead of the famous Chelsea show. The show was singled out as being ‘great value’ for money with a ‘good choice of quality plants’. The 126th Shrewsbury Flower Show will be on 9th and 10th August 2013.

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February- Dates For Your Diary 24th January – 2nd February

5th – 6th February

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

Chinese State Circus

Birchmeadow at Broseley

BroADS present another packed pantomime – top value fun for all the family. Start: 7pm & matinees Admission: First night all £5. Normal admission £8 - £6 concessions More info:

1st February

Tribute Night

Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn Bridgnorth Abba Bee Gees – two bands for the price of one! A double bill act special two 45 minute sets featuring the very best of ABBA and Bee Gees a 70’s double bill from the two biggest bands from the 1970’s! Ticket price includes 2 course carvery meal. Admission: £21.99. Over 18’s only Contact: 01746 763304

2nd February

Voices in Harmony concert Bridgnorth Leisure Centre

This Bridgnorth-based community choir has been delighting crowds with their beautiful harmonies since 2000. You’ll hear a fascinating variety of traditional and contemporary songs from around the world, the occasional pop song and the odd classic. Start: 7.30pm Admission: from £2.50-£6.50 Contact: 01584 891656

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Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury Chinese State Circus returns with a spectacular 2 hour extravaganza with 30 Chinese artistes who perform remarkable acrobatics, martial arts, and live music. Admission: from £12 – £27.00 Box Office: 01743 281281

9th – 12th February

Celebrate Pancake Day

Blists Hill Victorian Town, Madeley Watch the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town celebrate Pancake Day. Pancake tossing daily at 12 noon. Start: 10am - 5pm Admission: £15.45 adult, £10.25 for child, under 5s free Contact: 01952 433424

12th – 24th February

Shrewsbury Darwin Festival Various locations around Shrewsbury

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12th – 15th February


The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock William Brookes School Musicals form the cast and orchestra in favourites such as You're the One, Grease Lightening and Hopelessly Devoted, in what promises to be the highlight in the performance calendar. Start: 7.30pm Admission: £5-£7 Box Office: 01952 728911

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16th – 24th February

20th February

Flight Workshops

Bird Box & Bee’s Nest Making

Discover the fun of flight this February halfterm at Enginuity with fun workshops, flying demonstrations and model aircraft experts. Start: 10am – 5pm Admission: £15.45 adult, £10.25 for child, under 5s free Contact: 01952 433424

Try your hand at making a bird box or a bumble bee nest to take home and help our birds and bees find somewhere to call home. Booking essential as places limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Start: 1.30 – 3.30pm Contact: 01746 781192 Admission: £5 per bird box or bee nest


16th – 17th & 23rd – 24th February

Snowdrop Walks Dudmaston Hall

Enjoy a walk through Dudmaston's glorious Dingle, spotting the multitude of snowdrops which make their appearance each spring. Children’s activities on the day also. Start: 12 – 4pm Admission: Adult £3 Child £1.50 Contact: 01746 780838

18th – 22nd February

Strange Tile Design

Jackfield Tile Museum, Coalbrookdale, Design a weird and wonderful creature inspired by the mysteries of outer space and tube line the alien on a ceramic tile using your own choice of colours, which will be sent home a few days later. Start: 10am - 5pm Admission: £5 per tile plus museum admission fee. Contact: 01952 433424

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21st February

The Sagas of Noggin the Nog The Place, Oakengates, Theatre

The Viking storytellers recreate the wonderful world of Oliver Postgate & Peter Firmin for the stage in this new piece of theatre for children, families & fans. Start: 2pm Admission: £7-£8 Box Office: 01952 382382

22nd February

Spot’s Birthday Party

The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton It’s the Birthday of everyone’s favourite puppy! All Spot’s friends will be there and special guest Marco the Rabbit Magician! Featuring music, stories, songs and games that cannot fail to captivate the imagination; this is a slice of theatrical magic not to be missed! Start: 1.30pm & 3.30pm Admission: £12 Box Office: 01902 429212

23rd February

O'Hooley and Tidow Birchmeadow at Broseley

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n 2005 I studied cultural heritage management at Lampeter University and a field trip included a brief visit to Attingham Park. Sadly the house was closed, so we concentrated on the beautifully landscaped park, designed by Humphry Repton. I was therefore delighted that on this visit I was shown around part of the interior of the house by the curator, Sarah Kay, just as important conservation works are about to commence at Attingham. Carriage drives to important country houses were designed to give only tantalising glimpses of the house until the final corner was rounded; and I could still recall that ‘wow’ factor. For my second visit, on a rather bleak Monday in January, Repton’s clever driveway did the trick again and there was the mansion, revealed in all its glory. I found Attingham buzzing. The Stable Café and shop were open, and people and dogs were everywhere, enjoying walks around the estate and deer park. These facilities are now available all year round. As a National Trust member I have long nurtured a few grievances: why are the open seasons so short? (after all, viewing a historic property is a perfect way to pass a wet winter’s 48

day). Why are so many doors locked or marked ‘Private’, given one likes to rootle and nose around? And why are whole swathes of a property shut off when conservation work is underway, when actually viewing the work would be fascinating? Well, someone at the Trust must have read my thoughts because the opening times are increasing each year, more parts of properties are being opened up to visitors, and a whole new philosophy exists where conservation is concerned, especially at Attingham. Like most country houses, Attingham evolved over a period of time. It started life in 1701 as Tern Hall. From 1783-5 the 1st Lord Berwick commissioned architect George Steuart to build a vast Palladian style mansion, which was in effect bolted onto the front of Tern Hall. From 1805-7 John Nash was commissioned by the 2nd Lord Berwick to re-model Attingham, including incorporating a grand Picture Gallery to display his art collection. Nash removed and re-sited the existing main staircase and built a vast interior space which had no windows - thus no natural light. Nash’s solution to admit daylight via a glass roof was, as the Trust puts it – ‘flashy but flawed’. It was an iconic piece of architectural design which unfortunately

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leaked almost from the outset, damaging paintings, furniture and inlaid wood floors. The Picture Gallery’s high ceiling is supported on a curved cast iron metal frame, containing small square panes of acid-etched glass. The glass frames, cornice mouldings and column capitals were all gilded, shimmering spectacularly when lit by the vast chandelier. Now dulled by time, these elements will be carefully cleaned over the next two years to shimmer once more. The rainwater from Nash’s roof was routed down inside the Gallery’s walls in concealed lead pipes; ingenious but risky, and apparently sounding like a waterfall during heavy rainfall. In an effort to deal with the on-going leaks, the National Trust had a secondary glass roof constructed in 1974, but it only covered part of Nash’s roof and was never an adequate or elegant solution. A major project is now poised to begin, to install a state-of-theart glass roof over the entire Nash structure – Attingham Re-discovered Goes Through the Roof! Nash also had to replace the demolished staircase with a new Grand Staircase, leading off the Picture Gallery. But he had insufficient room at his disposal as Tern Hall still adjoined the house. His clever solution was additional flights concealed behind doors leading off the main staircase. These are really worth a visit – during a ten year project the Trust has investigated and removed layers of gloss paint to uncover a rare decorative scheme on hand-made paper. Again, Nash had no natural light available from windows, so his very elegant staircase design is lit by a stunning glazed dome, surrounded by intriguing fish-scales and a gilded cornice, sadly all faded now, but due to be cleaned or re-gilded as part of the conservation project. So, will most of the house be off-limits to visitors for the next three years? Not at all. The whole conservation area is going to be open to visitors as part of the Attingham Re-discovered project. You

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can linger and watch conservators at work, or you can join the Attingham Re-discovered Tour, designed to give an in-depth understanding for visitors possessed of curious minds and keen to hear about (or join in) the conservation debate. Regular visitors will be able to watch the project from start to finish. The grounds, café and shop are open everyday all year, the Rediscovered tours are held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout February and March from 11-2, please call 01743 708170 to prebook. The mansion re-opens 7 days a week from 2nd March. You can also follow the restoration on You Tube – Jean de Rusett Attingham Park, Atcham, Shrewsbury SY4 4TP Tel: 01743 708162 attingham-park

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Gourmet sausage rolls are winners Cooper’s Gourmet Sausage Rolls, founded by Ivan Watkiss and based at Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre in Shrewsbury, has won the £20,000 first prize in the Best New Business category of the 2012 Morgan Foundation Entrepreneur Awards. The awards are open to charities, social enterprises, businesses and entrepreneurs from Merseyside, Cheshire, Shropshire, North Wales and the Wolverhampton area. Foodie Ivan Watkiss’ aim has been to create the perfect sausage roll,‘once tasted, never forgotten’ and to change people’s perception of the product. Coopers Gourmet Sausage Rolls are on sale at The Old Smoothie, Much Wenlock, and Craven Dunhill and the Apley Farm Shop, Bridgnorth.

A local brew Bob and Sam Hayes, who run the White Lion in West Castle Street, Bridgnorth, have turned the rear of the pub into their own brewery. Already renowned as a real ale Mecca with inclusion in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide four times, and retailers of bottled real ales and ciders, Mr Hayes said; “We realised we would not rest until we could brew our own beer on the premises.” And so the Hop & Stagger Brewery began brewing in earnest and now produces two regular beers, Golden Wander and High Town Ale. “It’s hard work but immensely rewarding when you watch someone enjoying a pint of beer designed and brewed by us, and served in our own pub!”

Lovers leap onto horses for Valentines Mill Farm Riding Centre, located on Wenlock Edge is appealing to singles and couples to re-kindle their love for the great outdoors, great food, and each other, by combining rides with meals for Valentines week in conjunction with local Chef, Jim Siviter of the Wenlock Edge Inn. Jim will create some special menus for singles on Saturday February 9th when riders can dine and meet fellow equestrians, whilst on Saturday 16th February, there will be a romantic ride for couples with tables for two and a lovers menu, complete with a glass of fizz. For more information call Mill Farm Riding Centre 01746 785645 or visit  Equestrian couples Haidee Rigby and Ollie Fairgrieve, Perkin Bosworth and Chia Richardson of Mill Hill Farm with Wenlock Edge Inn Chef landlord Jim Siviter. Photo by

Valentines cookery class for two A cookery class with a difference will be held at the Shropshire Food Centre, Battlefield on Tuesday 12th February. At a relaxed and fun evening in the TASTE kitchen couples will learn new skills together under the guidance of HEFF Chef Danny Silcock to produce a perfect three course Valentine’s dinner, finished off with a hands on chocolate making session with Melanie from Bonbonniere. As Harriet Van Horne said: “Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” £75 per person to include sparkling wine and canapés, all ingredients and handmade chocolates to take home. Call 01743 452810 to book. 51

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Best Beers in the Midlands Local brewer Hobsons is in the limelight having won four awards at the recent CAMRA West Midlands Beer of the Year Competition with original brew ‘Hobsons Best Bitter’ taking the title of Champion Bitter some 20 years from when it was first brewed. ‘Hobsons Mild’ took the bronze medal in the Mild category and Hobsons ‘Old Henry’ took double honours picking up silver in the Strong Bitter category and bronze in the Real Ale in a Bottle category. “This is a special award for us, not only has our original beer been crowned Regional Champion we’re also proud that this is a locally produced pint, with the hops and barley grown within 30 miles of the brewery” commented Nick Davis, owner.

Local water for Warriors Premiership rugby team Worcester Warriors has signed a two year sponsorship deal with local bottled water company, Wenlock Spring. The water will hydrate players on the pitch and also be used in the hospitality and conferencing services at the club. Matthew Orme, Director of Wenlock Spring, commented; “This is a fantastic association for our business. Worcester Warriors will now be hydrated with a refreshing bottle of Wenlock Spring – straight from a local natural source!”

New food company in Bridgnorth A new events catering company, Fresh & Lush, has recently opened just outside Bridgnorth. London trained chef Tom Kearns and wife Olivia spent five years in South Africa running a wedding venue before choosing Shropshire, Olivia’s home county, as the place to set up their new venture. “Shropshire is recognised as a gourmet centre and therefore perfectly positioned to meet the high standards we pride themselves on” Olivia told What’s What. Fresh & Lush have catered for a large variety of functions and recently supported the Claverley church roof fundraising project by donating a selection of their handmade foods.


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Heart disease in dogs Vet Saski Steel explains what to be on the lookout for to make sure your dog is not showing signs of heart disease, and how to make sure your pet has a healthy heart. Common signs An early sign of heart disease in older dogs is coughing, when the heart is unable to provide adequate circulation of blood. Other signs are intolerance to exercise, difficulty or an increased rate of breathing, weight loss, loss of appetite, increase in abdominal size and occasionally, fainting. Why it happens? There are two main causes of heart disease in older dogs. In smaller breeds, it is usually caused by valves no longer working well, allowing blood to flow backwards into the heart. In bigger breeds it is usually the heart muscle becoming weak and thin. The heart fails to pump efficiently, circulation is reduced, and the heart becomes enlarged. Can a vet help? Examination by a vet can give clues such as a heart murmur being heard, an abnormal heart rate, or crackles (fluid) heard on the lungs are usually early indicators. It is important not to worry though, a dog with a heart murmur detected is not necessarily in heart failure, and it may remain unaffected for many years. X Rays and heart scans Further tests can be performed which include taking an x-ray of the chest to assess heart size and shape, and to see if there is excess fluid build-up in the lungs. An ultrasound scan of the heart can also be done to assess the internal structures, including the valves and size of the chambers, as well as thickness of the heart muscle walls and strength of contractions. Occasionally an ECG is done to assess heart rate and rhythm abnormalities. Large and giant breed dogs Large and giant breed dogs are predisposed to a disease called occult dilated cardiomyopathy, when the heart dilates slowly, but the clinical

symptoms are negligible in the early stages. As the disease progresses the dog is at risk of have sudden heart failure. Ultrasounds can be used to assess healthy large dogs annually to catch the disease in the early stages which can greatly extend quality of life. Medication Medication can control the clinical signs of heart disease, helping the heart to work, removing fluid from the lungs and slowing down progression of the disease. Diuretics are often used to remove excess fluid from the lungs or abdomen. Medicines are used to increase the strength of the contraction of heart muscle, increasing the amount of blood pumped. They are also used to widen the bloods vessels, reducing the work the heart has to do and help to pump blood around the body. Studies have shown these medicines improve quality and longevity of life of dogs with heart disease. During February Severn Edge Veterinary Group are offering 50% off heart scans for large dogs to screen for occult heart disease as part of ‘Love your pet February’.

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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 computers.

Protect yourself against online hacking and fraud It’s an absolute must to have up to date antivirus protection, but here are some additional unmentioned tips to protect you.

Don’t make it easy – If you store passwords or important information in a word document, please do not name this file ‘passwords’ and leave it on the desktop! Use a decoy name like ‘cake recipe’ or ‘holiday itinerary’ – something to hide the real content. It would be a good idea to password protect this file, which you can do by using the security tab in Microsoft Word.

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Win tickets to see CATS Andrew Lloyd-Webber's extraordinary, record-breaking, smash-hit musical returns to Wolverhampton Grand for two weeks from Tuesday 19th to Saturday 30th March! It is one not to be missed and with our competition you could win 4 tickets for you and your friends. Adapted from T.S Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, this wonderful blend of fantasy, drama and romance is set on the night that the Jellicle Cats meet for the Jellicle Ball in a sparkling fusion of music, dance and verse. With an amazing musical score that includes the timeless Memory, spectacular set designs, stunning costumes and breath-taking choreography, CATS is a magical musical like no other. One of the longest running shows in the West End and Broadway history, CATS has enchanted audiences in over 300 cities around the world - now you too have the chance to experience this legendary musical phenomenon. Call the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Box Office for more information on 01902 42 92 12. We have 3 sets of tickets to give away and one of those could be yours if you answer the following question correctly.

For a chance to WIN, just answer the following question: Who wrote Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats? (Please circle your answer) A) T.S Eliot B) C. Dickens C) W. Shakespeare Name ................................................................................... Tel No ............................................................................. Address . ............................................................................................................................................................................ Email ................................................................................................................................................................................... Please cut out and send to (winners will be notified by telephone/email): What’s What Magazine, Woodfield House, St Mary’s Lane, Much Wenlock, TF13 6HD. Terms & Conditions: Only one entry per household. Entrants must be over 18. Performance is Tuesday 19th March at 7.30pm. Tickets cannot be exchanged for cash or for alternative dates/times. All entries must be received by Tuesday 26th February 2013.


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OBE for WiRE director The director of Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE), Polly Gibb, has been awarded the OBE in the new year honours for services to rural enterprise. Polly, from Coalbrookdale in Telford, has worked for WiRE for ten years, spending three of those in her current role. WiRE is based at Harper Adams University and offers business support and training to women in rural business. It has around 6000 entrepreneurs across the UK on its database. Polly said: “I’m really delighted that the economic impact that small businesses can have has been recognised. Alone they may seem small, but cumulatively they make a real difference.”

 Polly Gibb awarded an OBE for services to rural enterprise

Fond farewell to John from Foxalls Long-standing employee John Furness, who has worked repairing and servicing washing machines and tumble driers for Foxalls has retired after 36 years service. Charles Foxall described John as a ‘dedicated worker’ and model employee. Mr Furness said: “I have enjoyed getting out and about, meeting new people in Bridgnorth and around the county.”

‚ Jennifer Bone from My Little Wedding Shop

Sainsbury’s sponsor Spartans A community grant of £200 has been awarded by Sainsbury’s, Bridgnorth to Spartans Junior Football Club. The Sainsbury's Community Grant scheme helps charitable groups in the local community and is funded by sales of 'Bags for Life'. The grant will be used to help provide a new football kit and equipment for the children. Store Manager, Sarah Percox, said: "Our store is at the heart of the local community and it is important that we do as much as we can to support it – we were really pleased to be able to help out." ‚ Jonathan Overton, Manager of the Under 8’s Spartans Football Team and three players from the Under 8’s Team receive the cheque from Sainsbury’s

Council loan for My Little Wedding Shop As part of its commitment to support local enterprise, Shropshire council has invested £1million into a local loan fund to help new and existing small businesses. My little Wedding Shop, on Bridgnorth’s Castle Terrace, has successfully applied to this fund to enable the creation of a new collection of bridal wear. The collection, designed by boutique owner Jennifer Bone will be manufactured in Bridgnorth. "The support from Shropshire Council is a real boost for My little Wedding Shop and has enabled the boutique to continue to expand its stock of quality, British made bridal wear and accessories" said Jennifer. To find out more about Shropshire business loans visit or call 01386 556000.


Telford is the centre for energy Expo A two-day conference and exhibition designed to bring together farmers and landowners from all over the UK to help them explore and further understand the opportunities available in renewable energy types – wind, biomass, biofuels, biogas, ground source heating, hydro and solar is being held at the Telford International Centre on 13th and 14th February. The conference will focus on all aspects of renewable energy, while the exhibition will provide a showcase of more than 160 suppliers demonstrating the latest technologies. Exhibition entry is free, and conference places are £99. NFU, CLA, Anglia Farmers, Woldmarsh Producers and Energy Now Subscribers receive free conference entry. To book please contact or call 01293 854405

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Redundant building scheme creates new jobs A former pig barn near Bridgnorth is being transformed into offices to support the expansion of a horse veterinary practice thanks to funding from a Marches LEP scheme. Mr Williams of Bind Farm, in Billingsley, has been awarded £15,000 from the Redundant Building Grants Scheme to develop a farm building into office space. Bind Equine, run by Kate Maxwell, was already operating at the site but new offices were required in addition to the clinic space. Chairman of the Marches LEP, Dr Geoffrey Davies, said: “Bind Farm is an example of how redundant and under-used buildings can be transformed for new purposes, creating wealth in the local economy and new jobs.” Funding is available for capital grant support of between £3,000 and up to £50,000 to small businesses and start-ups to transform redundant buildings into a base for their enterprises. Businesses interested in finding out more can contact 01432 260662 or email

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Broseley The Council has now analysed the results of the questionnaire distributed last year and an overview was published in the December edition of Town Talk which is delivered door to door. Copies can be obtained from the Town Clerk or seen online on the council’s website The council intends to carry out further consultation with young people in the town so that their views can also be represented in the town plan. A draft plan will then be put before the people of Broseley for consultation later in the year.

Forthcoming meetings The next meeting of the full council will be held on Tuesday 12th March at 7pm at the Birchmeadow Centre. Members of the public have the opportunity to raise issues of concern with the Council for the first 10 minutes at full council meetings.

Council surgery dates Council surgeries will be held on Saturday, 2nd February and Saturday 2nd March between 10am and 12noon at the Victoria Hall in Broseley. Shropshire councillor for Broseley, Jean Jones, will be available to listen to the concerns of residents along with a member of Broseley town council and a representative of the local policing team.

Forthcoming elections In May 2013 local council elections will be held and eleven town councillors will be elected in Broseley to represent residents for the following four years. In order to vote in the election, you need to be registered on the electoral register, which is kept at Shropshire council. If you are interested in becoming a councillor, please contact the Town Clerk for details or contact Karen Roper at the Shropshire Association of Local Councils on 01743 252744, The deadline for is Friday 5th April. Issued by Trudi Barrett, Town Clerk 01952 882172 email:


Bridgnorth Town council elections take place in early May and you may like to be part of the future of Bridgnorth. The role of the town council is to work towards improving the well-being of the community and providing services at the most local level for the betterment and benefit of residents and visitors alike. This is done through various local projects, and by deciding where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented. The town council is the voice of the people, representing the views of the people. Do come along to one of the open events to learn what’s involved. These are on Saturday 23rd February from 9 -11.30am and Tuesday 5th March 4 -6.30 pm at College House.

Calling the Carnival Queen! The Carnival will be on Saturday 29th June 2013 not 26th May as reported last month. If your community group or organisation would like to have a float or a stall at the event please contact the town council on 01746 762231. This promises to be a grand revival of a long standing tradition in the town, given the interest to date! Places are still open for the Carnival Queen, Princess and Prince so please do nominate suitable people – forms can be found on the website or by emailing ashley. closing date for entries will be 15th March.

Garden of Remembrance A new Garden of Remembrance will soon be available to scatter ashes in Bridgnorth Cemetery. This is a less formal ashes area – although the statutory paperwork will still be required to be submitted, it offers a beautiful setting in the hillside to remember loved one.

Bridgnorth Quayside The recent high river levels on the River Severn completely submerged the quayside for several days which has led to subsidence. Consequently, part of the area will be closed to visitors until the repair work is carried out.

Future dates 5th March

4–6.30 Open evening for potential Town Councillors

14th April

Continental Market

16th May

Mayor Making (Invitation only)

19th May

Civic Sunday

15th June

Proms in the Park in Castle Grounds

29th June

Bridgnorth Town Carnival (procession from 12 noon)

31st July

Teddy Bear’s Picnic in Castle Grounds

1st September

Continental Market

Much Wenlock neighbourhood plan Over 160 local residents dropped in to make their final comments on the draft policies and site proposals for Much Wenlock’s neighbourhood plan at drop in events on 12th January. The next stage will be for the Town Council to review and support the plan before it enters a formal process period which will include an independent assessment and a referendum of the community this summer.

10th November Remembrance Sunday 22nd November Christmas Lighting Up Event 14th December

Town Mayors Christmas Charity Concert

Issued by Anne Wilson, Town Clerk 01746 762231 email:

 The Wenlock neighbourhood plan Steering Group at drop in event in January

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


Complete Glass & Glazing Service

24 Hour Service

1 hour response time to most areas • Replacement Glass for all windows and doors • Double Glazed Units • Same Day Repair • 24 hour boarding-up service • Any Glass or Mirror cut to size

Perry & Phillips Funeral Directors


An Independent family business caring for the community since 1835 Agent for ‘The Shropshire Pre-payment Funeral Plan’

01746 765255



Contact Dave on 07974 499507 • 01952 780200


Main Office and Private Chapels at 4 Underhill Street, Bridgnorth Monumental Masonry Service Written estimates always given

A.W. Moore

CArpenter & JOiner

General Building Works Local, Affordable and Reliable Any size of project undertaken Free Quotation Based in Much Wenlock

High Quality Carpentry and Joinery at prices you can afford!

Kitchens • Bathrooms Home Office • Wardrobes

 Landscaping  Dry Walling and more...

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Southan Builders

Call Tony now

Call for details

01746 764952 07711 758593 68

 Brickwork  Concreting  Fencing  Slabbing

07546 084870

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Facia & Guttering Cleaning Domestic & Commercial Pure water or traditionally cleaned Inside and Out Full Conservatory Service

General Builders & Roofing Specializing in Restoration Work

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Family Business based in Bridgnorth

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Sue RaeSide Book keeping


Call Craig for a free quote:

01952 606799 07891 337727

Handyman For small businesses & self-employed T: 01746 763806 M: 07875 758780

Home & Garden Maintenance 01952 510996 07972 194942 69

What’s that Number? In an EMERGENCY always dial 999 For your local POLICE STATION in a NON EMERGENCY dial 101 Medical / Care Bridgnorth Medical Practice................................. 01746 767121 Bridgnorth Health Visitors ....................................01746 711952 Bridgnorth Hospital ................................................ 01746 762641 Broseley Medical Practice....................................01952 882854 County Air Ambulance ....................................0800 840 2040 Cressage Medical Practice.......................................01952 511166 Much Wenlock Surgery ..........................................01952 726011 Much Wenlock Pharmacy ....................................01952 727253 Much Wenlock Health Visitors .......................... 01746 711948 NHS Direct........................................................................0845 46 47 Princess Royal Hospital .........................................01952 641222 Pure Dental.................................................................... 01746 765711 Royal Shrewsbury Hospital ................................ 01743 261000 Shropdoc..................................................................0844 406 8888 Shropshire Primary Care Trust ..........................01743 277500 Twickel Dental............................................................01952 728799 Taxis A Line Taxis.................................................................. 01746 767777 A T R Taxis .................................................................. 01746 336643 Brambles Private Hire ............................................ 01746 767076 Bridgnorth Taxis.......................................................01746 765000 SW Private Hire.......................................................... 01746 761500 TD Taxis .........................................................................01746 763147 Taxi Express................................................................. 01746 767685 Wenlock Taxis........................................................... 01952 882666

Alveley Primary School ........................................01746 780284 Bridgnorth Endowed School................................ 01746 762103 Brockton C of E Primary School . ......................01746 785671 Broseley C of E Primary School.......................... 01952 882673 Broseley Pre-School Play Group........................ 01952 882435 Castlefields Primary School ...............................01746 764072 John Wilkinson Primary School......................... 01952 882950 Much Wenlock Primary School ........................ 01952 727634 Oldbury Wells School .......................................... 01746 765454 Puddleducks Pre-School Provision.................. 01952 884420 St John’s Catholic Primary School ....................01746 762061 St Leonard’s C of E Primary School ................. 01746 762781 St Mary’s Bluecoat V A School ..........................01746 763455 William Brookes School ......................................01952 728900 Councils & Local Services Bridgnorth Town Council ..................................... 01746 762231 Much Wenlock Town Council ...........................01952 727509 Bridgnorth Job Centre Plus................................0845 604 3719 Bridgnorth Community Transport Group ... 01746 768539 Bridgnorth Neighbourhood Watch .................. 01746 761143 Broseley Town Council...........................................01952 882172 Much Wenlock Neighbourhood Watch........0845 330 7561 Shropshire Citizens Advice Bureau ...............0844 499 1100 Shropshire Council.............................................. 0345 678 9000 The Friendly Transport Service (Community scheme)................................................01952 881145 West Mercia Police...............................................0300 333 3000 Facilities

Bridgnorth Library..............................................01746 763358 Bridgnorth Leisure Centre .............................. 01746 761541 Broseley Library & Customer Service Point......................................................... 01952 884119 Much Wenlock Library ...................................01952 728293 Much Wenlock Leisure Centre ...................01952 727629 National Rail Enquiries . ............................... 08457 484950 Traveline............................................................... 0871 200 2233


Duo Cleaning Services

Tel. 01746 761557 Mob. 07919 671967

Domestic and Commercial Cleaning from £10 per hr (inc. all cleaning materials) References Available • Fully Insured

Extensions, Roofing, Bathroom & Kitchen Fitting and General building.

Tel: 07837 006624


Working in the Bridgnorth area since 1983. 70

Schools & Nurseries

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Thompson Prior Financial Services Ltd. Independent Financial Advisers

Auto-Enrolment is here. Thompson Prior would like to help you. We are able to audit your existing pension scheme and advise you on what changes are needed to make it a ‘Qualifying Scheme’ if necessary. We offer advice on • NEST and new Pension Schemes • A compliance solutions system to meet all Auto-Enrolment needs and the Pensions Regulator record keeping requirements • Benefits of Salary Exchange – cost savings to be had today plus other Employee Benefits if you so wish. We are a JargonFreeBenefits licensed firm offering cost effective solutions for your Company.

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Alison Prior IFA Partner

For a professional, friendly and efficient service call:

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Thompson Prior Financial Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority No. 581326. The Financial Services Authority does not regulate taxation and trust advice. *This is a lifetime mortgage or home reversion plan. To understand the features and risks, ask for a personalised illustration. 71


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What's What! Magazine February 2013 Edition  

What's What! The magazine & website for your local Area. February 2013 edition.

What's What! Magazine February 2013 Edition  

What's What! The magazine & website for your local Area. February 2013 edition.