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Local news.......................................... 7 – 17 Exploring Wightwick Manor with Jean de Rusett......................... 18 – 19 Wildlife diary with Ed Andrews............................. 22 – 23

Enjoy our festive issue!

Local arts........................................... 27 – 31

Welcome to the November and December issue of What’s What! We’re brimming with ideas to keep you busy as the mercury drops… There are Bonfire Night events, a bevy of Christmas Light extravaganzas, and a merry procession of markets and fairs leading us into the festive season. I’m always amazed by the huge array of touring theatre companies and arts groups performing in village halls and local theatres in our area. There’s a rich seam of talent on show in Shropshire and I urge you to go and see one of the productions featured in our arts section, many of which have a seasonal theme – you’ll be glad you did!

Schools update................................. 34 – 41 Life coach – Coping with Christmas.......................... 43 Gardening.........................................44 – 49 Vets corner................................................48 Fashion – Coats to covet................................... 50 – 53

Talking of talent, we get a lot of compliments about our cover shots, and for the last 12 months or so, we’ve featured the work of Shropshire photographer Jean Macdonald… so we’re very excited to announce that Jean has just been awarded the ‘highly commended’ accolade in this years British Wildlife Photography Awards. Well done Jean!

Wedding album....................................... 55

It’s such a hectic time of year that sometimes we hurtle towards Christmas without really stopping to think about the true meaning of the celebrations, so take a little time out to take stock, enjoy your What’s What - and have a peaceful and joyous November and December.

Recipe – Ramsey brings it home.................. 72 – 73

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Beauty – New make-up trends ..................... 56 – 61 Dates for your diary........................ 62 – 71

Food news and eating out.............. 74 – 81 Competition – Win a festive hamper............................. 83 Crossword & Sudoku..............................84 Book review.............................................. 85 Business news.................................. 87 – 91

Cover photo: Sunset before the Storm

Town council notes......................... 92 – 93

View of Burrow Hill from Hopesay Common by Jean Macdonald –

Local experts.................................... 95 – 97

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Editorial – November 29, Advertising – December 4

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Party goers and stylistas of Bridgnorth are already in the know about Freedom, the fresh and funky hair and beauty salon in the heart of Bridgnorth High Street. With creative director Lisa Corfield at the helm, the team are in demand for their modern take on styling and beauty and their in-depth

knowledge of the emerging trends of today – and tomorrow. But now there’s even more reason to visit Freedom… but get in quick, as word is spreading fast. Charlie Nguyen and Caroline Le have arrived with their revolutionary system of nail enhancement, using acrylic and gel. As Charlie says, “No one else in the whole of Shropshire uses our techniques, and our clients have been amazed at the results.” The system, which originates in America, uses small drills to smooth out the nails before the application of a treatment, which results in a smoother finish with no lift whatsoever. As Caroline explains, “You have to be trained to use these tools, and it’s still quite rare in this country. Our clients used to go out of Bridgnorth seeking a comparable finish and performance, but we offer outstanding results for a fraction of the price of other nail outlets.”

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Walking the Bridgnorth steps Twenty nine intrepid walkers took part in Bridgnorth Rotary Club’s first ever sponsored ‘Steps Walk’. Starting in Severn Park, the route included all ten sets of steps from Low Town to High Town. The first to arrive at the Town Hall was David Allen in just under an hour, closely followed by Wendy Barker. The Mayor, Councillor Ray Gill, was walker number one and walked up Ebenezer Steps twice –presumably due to a map-reading error! – but still finished in sixth place. It’s hoped that the Steps Walk will become a regular Bridgnorth fixture. Funds raised amounted to almost two thousand pounds, and will go to the League of Friends of Bridgnorth Hospital and local charities.

ƒ Mayor Ray Gill  Rotary Steps walk finishers

Giant lotto balls roll down the Severn Residents of Ironbridge thought they were seeing things when four giant lucky lotto balls floated down the River Severn and under the Ironbridge. The giant balls, each the size of a double-decker bus, featured the region’s luckiest numbers and were a publicity stunt by Camelot to mark the launch of the new-look Lotto game. A National Lottery spokesperson said, “The iconic balls have been part of British life since 1994 and it’s great to see them at an amazing location like the Ironbridge Gorge which has received Heritage Lottery funding. We hope they bring everyone who has seen them a little Lotto luck.” 7

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High Sheriff helps celebrate Shifnal Volunteer days at parks Volunteers are invited to join the local park ranger service and get involved in looking after Severn Valley Country Park at Alveley and Stanmore Country Park near Bridgnorth. Previous days have proved enjoyable, with volunteers involved in practical conservation work such as woodland management, wildflower meadow management and footpath work, all helping to improve the parks’ for the benefit of wildlife and visitors. Please meet at 9.30am, bring a packed lunch and wear robust boots and waterproof clothing. Stanmore: Sunday 10 November, Sunday 12 January 2014. Severn Valley Country Park: Sunday 8 December, Sunday 9 February 2014. To register your interest, please phone 01746 781192.  High Sheriff of Shropshire, Diana Flint presented the Celebrating Shifnal awards

The High Sheriff of Shropshire, Diana Flint, visited Shifnal to present awards to five worthy community volunteers. This was the fourth ‘Celebrating Shifnal’ service, which was held at St Andrews Church and attended by over 300 people. Community minister Paul Warrender, who researches the recipients and coordinates the awards, said, “It’s a chance to say ‘thank you’ to volunteers, many of whom quietly get on with their work, very much in the background.” Receiving awards were Peter Raymont, Ken Edwards and Lesley Ray who are involved in Scouts, Rainbows and crime prevention; Silvia Watts who has set up historical records for Shifnal; and Peter Drabble, former mayor and founder of the town’s twinning association.


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A decade of Bridgnorth’s Fairtrade

In 2003 Bridgnorth was the first town in Shropshire to be awarded Fairtrade status. The Bridgnorth Fairtrade Steering Group of the time worked hard to achieve the necessary goals, and it was a proud moment when Fairtrade banners were added to the welcome signs at the approaches to the town. Ten years on and celebrations of a decade of fair trade have been taking place all around the town, culminating in a grand birthday celebration at the Town Hall in October, with members of the original group getting together to celebrate. Founder member Isabel Carter said, “It’s fantastic that the fair trade message is still alive and kicking in Bridgnorth with schools taking up and maintaining the message”.

Bell ringing chimes well

MP surgery dates Philip Dunne MP Philip will be holding surgeries on Friday 1 November 4.30-6pm at the Westgate offices, Bridgnorth and on Friday 20 December 4.306.00pm at the Priory Hall, Much Wenlock. To book an appointment with Philip Dunne please ring 01584 872187.

Most of us agree that the sound of church bells is quintessentially English whether being rung for services and weddings or for special occasions such as the Jubilee, the Olympic Games or at midnight on New Year’s Eve – and a new initiative to boost the popularity of bell-ringing has reached Shropshire, with courses in Bridgnorth and Telford.

David Wright MP Tower captain at Claverley Alan Reade said, “Bell-ringing is a fun activity for all ages which provides a service to the community. It can also be a lifelong challenging and rewarding hobby of a truly traditional English character.” If you would like to find out more, please contact Alan on 01746 710593 or email

David holds regular surgeries in Telford. To book an appointment with David Wright please call 01952 507747. Mark Pritchard MP Mark holds regular surgeries. To book an appointment with Mark Pritchard please contact his constituency office 01952 256080.

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Hotshots awards The achievements of children and young people in care have been celebrated at a special awards ceremony. Over 150 children and young people who are or were in care attended the ceremony in Telford. Children and young people were recognised in a range of categories including Personal Achievement; Being Involved; Making Positive Changes; Helping Others; and Leisure, Art and Educational Achievement. There was also a Best Shot award and the Hot Shot award for outstanding achievement.

A total of 17 charities received cheques at a special charities evening at Sainsbury’s, Bridgnorth in October. An array of local, community-based charities was represented. Spokesperson Bernie Steele said, “It was fantastic to celebrate the work that our local charities do in the community. We presented a cheque for £1,100 to our Charity of the Year, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Shropshire, and a £500 cheque to Ian Pickles, Mayor of Broseley, on behalf of the Lingen Davies Cancer Relief Fund.” Sainsbury’s still has further community grants available, and invites applications from local charities and community groups. The Community Grant scheme is funded by sales of ‘Bags for Life’ and charities and groups can apply if the work they do focuses on health, food, families or children. The organisation does not have to be a registered charity but it does have to be making a positive difference to the local community. ‚ Presenting the cheque to Mr. Pickles is Commercial Manager, Steve Warrender and Store Manager, Sarah Percox

Councillor Paul Watling, cabinet member for Children, Young People and Families said, “This is a time to acknowledge that, regardless of circumstances, these children and young people work hard, think of others, get involved and achieve great things. It’s our opportunity to acknowledge this and to congratulate them.”  Borough Mayor Councillor Leon Murray is pictured at the Hotshots Awards with Mark Rhodes, 16, and Paige Dulson, 15

Talk on the Olympian movement On Thursday 28 November the Shifnal Society will welcome Chris Cannon, who will present an illustrated talk on ‘The Birth of the Olympian Movement and the role of the Wenlock Olympian Society’. Chris will outline the role of Dr William Penny Brookes and others who were responsible for initiating the Much Wenlock Olympian Games. Trinity Methodist Church, Victoria Road, Shifnal, 8pm. Visitors are very welcome; £2. ƒ William Penny Brookes


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Bridgnorth school buddies reunite to raise cash As a result of a decision made ‘after a few too many beers at a friend's 40th birthday’ a trio of Bridgnorth friends, who have been inseparable since they attended primary and secondary school together over 30 years ago, set off to ride from John O’Groats to Lands End in June. Mark Peace, Nick Turner and Adam Bunning, who all cycled to raise money for different charities, followed a route that covered a little over 1,000 miles in 10 days, taking them into Wales as well through Scotland and England. What’s What! followed their progress… Day 4: Crossing the border! Here's Nick Turner at Gretna Green (with matrimony probably the last thing on his mind...).

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Encountering some tough weather conditions, the three found some of the busy roads as much of a challenge as the riding itself.

After eight days, the Bridgnorth team reached Devon and encountered a team of Royal Engineers doing the same ride. The teams kept in touch via Facebook, with both finishing on the same day.

“The last couple of miles felt a bit surreal – after being on busy, and sometimes dangerous, roads most of the trip – the road seemed to empty, leaving us to enjoy the final stretch and savour the moment,” said Mark. “We wouldn’t have made it without our support drivers, Ben Scowen, Richard Pigg and Andy and Jules Rikunenko,” he adds. “It was great to reach a stop and find familiar faces, encouragement, and all the food we could wish for!”

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Running for a good cause Members of Bridgnorth running club, accompanied by Dana Power dressed as Puff the Dragon, rubbed shoulders with the likes of Olympic star Mo Farah as they took part in the Great North Run, raising thousands of pounds for Asthma UK (Cameron’s Fund). Puff had been sponsored by Bridgnorth Aluminium - who agreed to pay 40 pence for every runner Dana overtook - and he was the last to cross

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the start line. “The weather was awful, but the Red Arrows flyover plus the support of the local Geordies kept us all going,” said Dana. It’s a good job Bridgnorth Aluminium put a cap on the amount it would sponsor - Puff managed to overtake a staggering 34,000 runners! Cameron’s Fund is in memory of a Bridgnorth toddler who died of a severe asthma attack.

Victorian Christmas weekends Residents at Blists Hill Victorian Town will be preparing for Christmas during the weekends of 7 and 8 December and 14 and 15 December. Visitors will have a chance to talk to the costumed townsfolk about bygone Christmases in their shops, cottages and places of work, which will all be decorated for the festive season. See Father Christmas’ reindeer, listen to brass bands and carol singers and watch cooking demonstrations, a mini pantomime and a Punch and Judy Show. For details call 01952 433424 or visit


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Toll Link pledge The Government has indicated a commitment to proceed with the proposed M54/M6 Toll Link Road. The road is seen as key for the future prosperity of the county. Councillor Bill McClements, cabinet member for Finance and Enterprise, said, “Improving the transport links to the rest of the country is important and we will continue to lobby for a proper link to be established from the M54 to the M6 going northwards and the M6 Toll.”

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Medieval wonders unearthed Archeologist Ian Bapty will give a talk about his time at the community excavation at the abandoned medieval village of Studmarsh on the National Trust’s Brockhampton Estate,

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istory is one of my passions in life, so naturally I am an enthusiastic and regular visitor to the National Trust’s portfolio of historic properties. One of the joys of living in Shropshire is that we have an abundant choice of properties to explore and enjoy. I make frequent use of my membership in Shropshire and neighbouring counties, but I had been studiously avoiding Wightwick Manor.

brick 17th century house, whose estate became engulfed by Wolverhampton’s expansion. In 1887 Theodore Mander, a prosperous paint and varnish manufacturer, and his wife Flora St. Clair traded up in grand style, from a semi in Wolverhampton to the Jacobean Manor, which had been divested of its estate but still retained large and attractive gardens.

‘Why?’ you may well be asking. Well, it was the knowledge that Wightwick Manor was Victorian that put me off. I have an inbuilt horror of the way Victorians felt it was fine to throw every known type of architecture into one often overly grandiose building, producing a hotchpotch. It seems bizarre that, hot on the heels of the glories of the Georgian period’s architecture with its pleasing sweeps and balance, the nation’s aesthetic taste took a nosedive, with Victorian ‘improvements’ cropping up all over the place to ruin a building.

…the aspirational Manders were moving up the social ladder… so up went the Victorian edifice…

But finally to Wightwick Manor I went, complete with my ‘architectural baggage’, and I was, I have to admit, intrigued by the house. It’s hard not to admire its mixture of antique and art deco furniture, its William Morris wallpaper and hangings, its superb collection of PreRaphaelite art and lovely gardens. Plus the food served in the stables café offered some of the best quality and presentation of any NT property in the region.

As you approach Wightwick, you are confronted with a long rambling half-timbered building; at first sight a glorious and pleasing Tudor house. My initial delight was quickly subdued when I turned the corner and came upon the main entrance. Here it was — the Victorian hotchpotch in all its exuberance. Tudor timber framing jostling with a harsh red brick tower topped with crenulations, soaring ‘barleycorn’ chimney stacks, Sussex pantiles, leaded light windows — all mashed up together. What were they thinking?

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But the house as it was simply wasn’t grand enough: the aspirational Manders were moving up the social ladder and needed a larger building in which to entertain important guests, so, right on the doorstep of the old house, up went the Victorian edifice.

Wightwick is ‘one of the few houses where the work of William Morris can still be seen used as he intended’



Christmas past and present Wightwick Manor and Gardens will be decorated for a traditional Christmas throughout December. Between 7 and 9pm on Mondays 9 and 16 and Tuesdays 10 and 17 December, get into the festive feeling with carols in the great parlour. Cost £10 including mulled wine and mince pies.

4 Its interiors are what Wightwick is famed for. Throughout the house almost every wall is covered in William Morris paper or hangings, and much of the soft furnishings were also produced by his firm. According to the NT, it’s ‘one of the few houses where the work of William Morris, among the greatest figures of 19th century design, can still be seen used as he intended’.

1. Entrance to 1887 Manor 2. Wightwick Manor gardens 3. Entrance to stables cafe 4. Art Deco stained glass window 5. The East Wing 6. A Wightwick Manor bedroom



It seemed that the house was in two sections, as the Manders had extended over the years. From an upstairs landing window you can see where the 1893 addition was joined to the original house. This extension contains a grand Baronial type hall, a billiards room, and bedroom suites for guests — and a new, large, elegant dining room. The servants must have been thrilled by this new dining arrangement, as the kitchens remained at the other end of the house and food had to be transported some distance. Whether anyone got a hot meal in that house is a mystery. Looking at the two menus displayed in the dining room, with abundant courses of sophisticated and complex food, I spared a thought for the poor staff who had to get it there… and marvelled at the number of toasts listed — the guests must have all been legless by the time they got through that lot!

The original house was built for comfort: bathrooms and central heating were included — quite an innovation in 1887 — although latterly the central heating was perhaps not used much. Anthea Mander grew up in the house and continued to live there with her parents after they gifted it to the NT in 1937. Apparently the only time the house was warm was when it was opened to visitors on Thursdays and Saturdays! The rooms in the original house are not overpoweringly large; they have a homely sort of feel, with lovely plasterwork ceilings. In contrast, the vaunting interiors of the Victorian addition are, true to Victorian form, all for show and grandstanding. Wightwick Manor and Gardens, Wightwick Bank, Wolverhampton, WV6 8EE Tel: 01902 761400. Open throughout the year: call for opening times. Jean de Rusett

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t is fruiting season in the orchard at Severn Valley Country Park. I wander between apple trees, ducking under branches. The leaves have a glossy green upper and a whitish underside. The colour of the leaves contrasts sharply against the rosy red apples. They are plentiful after the perfect growing conditions that we have had this year. I take one in my hand and, with a twist of the stem, pick it. All at once, I can taste the sweetness of the summer sunshine and the sharpness of the first autumn frost. The original wild ancestor of the apple tree is actually a native of the mountains of central Asia. Cultivation of the tree has taken place over many years. This has led to the huge range of different apple varieties that we see today. The most common varieties you might see on supermarket shelves are Braeburn (originating from New Zealand), Golden Delicious (from the USA) and Granny Smith (from Australia). The orchard at Severn Valley Country Park mainly contains apple varieties that were bred in England, such as the Blenheim Orange and William Crump.

These fruit trees are part of the fabric of our wonderful island. Local provenance fruit trees are often under threat because they are not commercially valuable. Supermarkets want fruit that is uniform in shape and size. It is, however, 22

extremely important that local varieties of fruit tree are conserved from both a genetic point of view (it has implications for disease resistance) but also from a cultural point of view. These fruit trees are part of the fabric of our wonderful island. I continue to walk through the trees, harvesting the different apples. Some have perfect holes bored into their flesh, indicating where insects have burrowed into them. Others have already fallen to the ground. Brown mould is slowly creeping over the windfalls, mottled white with fungus. What the trees produce, the earth will take back. As they rot they provide food for insects such as wasps and butterflies; a final feast before they wither away with the winter. Eventually I have a mixed bag of apples. Before mechanisation on farms, more work would have been done by hand. Harvest would have been a busy time of year with long days out in the field gathering hay, crops and fruit. When the produce was all gathered, there would have been quite a celebration. Around Shropshire there are quite a few Apple Days in October to celebrate the annual fruit harvest, including one in the lovely surroundings of Coalbrookdale’s Greenwood Centre. The star of the show was an old apple press, into which the apple harvest was emptied. All the apples were then washed and macerated. The pulp was loaded into the press, between hessian sheets. Two clamps were then tightened to squeeze out the delicious apple juice. It was collected in bottles and handed out to the crowd of people in attendance. With music, dancing and stalls selling produce, this was a true celebration of everything that orchards represent. Different parts of the country are associated with different fruits. Pershore in Worcestershire was the home of the Pershore Plum, whilst Herefordshire is apple country. Just up the road from the Greenwood Centre in Coalbrookdale, hidden away behind a wrought iron gate is the National Damson Collection. Few people realise that the damson is our county fruit. Local volunteers have carefully nurtured

Few people realise that the damson is our county fruit.

What the trees produce, the earth will take back. As they rot they provide food for insects such as wasps and butterflies; a final feast before they wither away with the winter.

the old damson trees and also planted young trees with names like Dittisham and Merryweather. There is even a variety called the Shropshire Prune.

Apple trees have thin bark so are a brilliant host for mistletoe.

starts the orchard year. The aim is to awaken the spirits of the trees and ensure a good crop of fruit. It is a raucous affair. Drums are beaten, cider is splashed against the trees and the wassail song is sung:

The wonderful thing about the orchard at Severn Valley Country Park is that it provides year-round food for wildlife. In February, with the ground frozen hard, bullfinches feed on the buds of the fruit trees. With the arrival of spring, the fruit trees come into blossom. This is a welcome nectar feast for insects emerging from hibernation. Throughout the summer, the blossom is replaced by the nectar source of wildflowers such as meadow cranesbill and meadowsweet. As autumn approaches, the fallen fruit once again provides a welcome meal for badgers and butterflies, fieldfare and redwing.

“Here’s to thee, old apple tree, that blooms well, bears well. Hats full, caps full, three bushel bags full, an’ all under one tree. Hurrah! Hurrah!”

Apple trees have thin bark so are a brilliant host for mistletoe. This plant is evergreen so is particularly visible in midwinter when the trees are bare. It is often considered to be a sign of everlasting life and is a sacred plant for Druids. Around Twelfth Night in January, a centuries-old tradition is still carried out around Shropshire: wassailing

Do one thing for wildlife this month: If you would like to help the orchard at Severn Valley Country Park to grow, why not plant a tree? For a small fee, a local provenance fruit tree can be planted on your behalf. If you are interested, please contact staff at the park on 01746 781192.

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Bridgnorth Sinfonia perform Bridgnorth Sinfonia will be performing a varied repertoire including Mozart’s Paris Symphony, The Banks of the Green Willow by Butterworth, Le Tombeau de Couperin by Ravel, and Bach’s Double Violin Concerto at a concert on Saturday 23 November in St Mary's Church, Bridgnorth. Conducted by Dr James Ross with soloists Margaret Wright and William Croft. Tickets £8/6 available from Bridgnorth library or on the door. Starts at 7.30 pm.

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Artists’ one-day workshops Artist Vicky Norman is introducing a new programme of 'learn in a day' workshops, designed to give a good understanding of a specific skill or concept in a fun and quick way. On Friday 8 November it’s ‘Learn to paint with a knife in a day’; Saturday 16 November is ‘The secrets of composition’; and Saturday 7 December ‘Success with colour’. Workshops run from 10-4pm at Eardington Village Hall and cost £50. For more information and to book a place please visit The Pink House, Broseley will be the venue for a number of workshops with artist Maggie Humphry. Maggie is a professional artist and ceramicist, and the sessions are for experienced artists and beginners alike using a medium of their choice. Workshops run on Saturday 16 November, Wednesday 27 November and Friday 17 January, from 10am-4pm and cost £35. Find details at or call 01952 881037.

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A treat for Dire Straits fans Dire Straits tribute act Money for Nothing will be appearing twice in the area this autumn. On Saturday 2 November they will be playing at Bridgnorth’s Theatre on the Steps and then on Friday 8 November they will be joined on stage by world famous saxophonist Nigel Hitchcock at The Place, Oakengates. Nigel is the current saxophone player for Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler. Tickets £15/13. Bookings for Bridgnorth at or 01746 763257 and for Telford visit or 01952 832382. ‚ Money for Nothing will perform twice in Shropshire this month

Renowned international harpist David Watkins will perform a Remembrance Eve Candlelit Recital in aid of Morville Church and Help for Heroes on Saturday 9 November. The harp is one of the oldest musical instruments in the world and its fascinating history has always been poised between the sensual and the spiritual. David’s recital will encompass an array of music including his own awardwinning composition. Tickets: £15, to include a glass of wine, available from 01746 761820. 27

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Dracula Spectacula at Broseley Broseley Youth Theatre will be putting on a vampire musical at the Birchmeadow Centre on December 5, 6, and 7. Entitled ‘Dracula Spectacula’, the show will have a cast of over 30 and will feature a ‘rocking’ live band. The story concerns the fate of Miss Nadia Naive, an innocent American schoolteacher and her three eager pupils who end up in the dark forests of Transylvania – ruled over by Count Dracula! Tickets £6/4 from 01952 884842.

Winter delights at Twenty Twenty Much Wenlock gallery Twenty Twenty will be hosting an exhibition of painter Sue Campion’s work from October until Saturday 16 November. Sue is a London-born artist now living and working in Shropshire. Her atmospheric paintings capture the ever-changing moods of nature on the Shropshire Hills and local landscapes. Then, from Saturday 23 November throughout December, the gallery will host its annual Winter Exhibition, a mixed medium exhibition of delightful things by British artists.

‘Gorgeous’ craft fair The annual ‘Gorgeous’ Christmas contemporary craft fair will be held at Enginuity, Ironbridge on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November. Providing a wealth of gift ideas, with new and returning artisans exhibiting, there will be items to suit all from magnificent designer-made pieces to affordable handmade goods and locally produced food. The exhibition is a joint venture between the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and the Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft, and showcases the wealth of creative skills in the region. Fine furniture, ceramics, glassware, textiles, jewellery and metal work with artists on hand to talk to visitors about their craft. Entrance £2.50 per person, under 5s free, which includes admission into Enginuity.

Death of a Beauty Saleswoman Little Wenlock Village Hall will be transformed on Saturday 9 November into the ridiculous and frequently hilarious world of Jacqueline Jones, ‘saleswoman extraordinaire’ for Tropic Beauty International. This larger-than-life character inhabits an incredible „ Debbie Tracey world of her own making… which is starting to fall apart. Debbie Tracey as Jacqueline will have the audience in hysterics as she tells (and sings) about her life in this new comedy with some serious undertones. Suitable for age 12+. Tickets £8 available from 01952 505888. 29

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The Three Billy Pigs Children will be in for a treat when puppeteers Noisy Oyster visit The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock to perform a ‘mash up’ of two classic tales, the three little pigs and the three billy goats gruff. With beautifully crafted puppets, light-hearted storytelling, live music and a little bit of piggy-style eco-awareness, the show will be enjoyed by everyone over the age of three. Thursday 14 November. Tickets £5, available from 08448 700887.

Bridgnorth student Owen Burley has won a place at the prestigious Musical Theatre Academy in London’s West End, one of only 22 places awarded out of thousands who apply. Educated at Bridgnorth Endowed School Owen completed an HND in Performing Arts. Owen, 20, will be known to many in Bridgnorth for his hilarious performance as ‘Gaston’ in Bridgnorth Musical Theatre Company’s 2012 production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’. The Musical Theatre Academy was voted ‘The Stage’ magazine’s ‘Best Stage School’ in 2012. „ Owen Burley as Gaston in Bridgnorth Theatre Company's Beauty and the Beast

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Bobby socks and winkle-pickers Shipton Village Hall will be plunged into the post-war, end-of-rationing world of winkle-picker shoes and bootlace ties, bobby socks and sticky-out skirts in a brand-new 1950’s musical comedy jam-packed with hits of the period: ‘The Harmonettes Go into Orbit’. Three-part harmonies, great singing and fabulous frocks, all wrapped up in a good story. Sunday 17 November. Tickets £8/5/25 available from 01694 771790.

Singing by candlelight A singing workshop of sacred seasonal songs in rounds and harmony will take place on Saturday 7 December 3.30–7.30pm at Cleobury North Village Hall. The workshop starts in the light and then, after sharing food, continues by candlelight. All are welcome and no singing experience is needed. £13 in advance/£15 on door/£7 for children. For more information contact Jane Read on 01584 891656 or email  Seann Walsh

Comedy at The Edge Two commanding comedy performers will be live at The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock In November. First up is Andy Parsons, a household name through his regular appearances on Mock The Week and Live at the Apollo. He will be performing his stand-up show ‘I’ve Got a Shed’ on Sunday 3 November. At the end of the month the selfstyled ‘Lie-in King’ Seann Walsh will entertain with his 'slick, funny observational comedy' on Saturday 23 November. Tickets £13-£15 from The Edge Box office or 01952 433594.

Will Young in Cabaret at Wolverhampton International singer/songwriter Will Young will visit Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre in November to reprise the role of Emcee in a new UK tour of the musical ‘Cabaret’. The production turns Weimar Berlin of 1931 into a sassy, sizzling haven of decadence. At its dark heart are the notorious Emcee and infamous Sally Bowles, who perform nightly at the Kit Kat Klub. Featuring ‘showstopping’ choreography, dazzling costumes and iconic songs including ‘Money Makes the World Go Round’ and ‘Cabaret’ the show runs from Tuesday 26 to Saturday 30 November. Grand Theatre Box Office 01902 429212 or online at ‚ Will Young as Emcee in Cabaret

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Morville Primary School Christmas fair Morville Primary School is looking forward to a busy and buzzing festive time at their Christmas fair on Saturday 30 November from 10am to noon. Children will have a magical experience meeting Father Christmas. Festive refreshments and Christmas shopping from an array of high quality local producers. Free entry. All welcome. ‚ Morville Primary School looks forward to its Christmas Fair

Jaya nets funds William Brookes sixth former Jaya Ellis Perks organised a successful evening netball tournament, raising £500 for the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The competition attracted a substantial number of entries from students, staff and the local community, with 11 teams competing in total.  Jaya with Much Wenlock Leisure Centre Manager, Dan Lister.

King Bramley VIII – a winner! Pupils at Alveley Primary School have won an unusual prize. As part of the National Trust’s orchard day, local schools were tasked to construct a ‘Best Historical Apple Display’, and Alveley came out on top with their entry entitled ‘King Bramley VIII and his Six Wives’. Assistant gardener Mark McCormack and property administrator Nikki Hook attended the school’s assembly to present the children of Classes 3 and 4 with their trophy. ‚ Alveley School's display is a winner

Broseley’s going to the zoo… All the pupils from Broseley Church of England School enjoyed a day out at Chester Zoo recently. The classes are working on themes of animals and the rainforest and the visit enabled them to see some of the animals they had been learning about - up close!  Children from Broseley C of E School on their trip to Chester Zoo 35


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Skipping 4 life at Castlefields The Friends of Castlefields Primary School in Bridgnorth, arranged for ‘Skippy John’ from Skipping 4 Life to visit school. John worked with all year groups to teach various skipping skills and presented a show to the whole school. Skipping 4 Life’s aim is to encourage children and adults to skip for health, fun and fitness, whilst promoting modern and traditional skipping games, including individual skills and team games. ‚ A Castlefields pupil skipping with "Skippy John" during the show.

New head at Claverley Mrs Jo Derrer has taken over as headteacher at Claverley Primary School, and was welcomed to the school by staff and pupils as well as children from the day nursery Up Up and Away. Mrs Derrer said, “I have received a very warm welcome and am looking forward to building on the schools strengths.”  Mrs Jo Derrer with new Reception pupils.

School helps silver surfers GCSE students at William Brookes School, Much Wenlock, are inviting local folk to become the ‘silver surfers’ of the future. The Year 11 class have been part of a ‘Get Shropshire Online’ initiative and plan to improve access to computer know-how in Much Wenlock. Student Chloe Braithwaite explained, “Much Wenlock has a large proportion of retired, but active, people and we felt we could offer to pass on the knowledge that we have about computers and the internet.” Students have organised the venue, equipment, tutors and publicity to get this initiative off the ground. Anyone interested in the free sessions please call 01952 728900. ‚ Chloe Braithwaite and Jamie-Leigh Sutton with Silver Surfer Gordon Walker

St Leonards hold Fairtrade stall St Leonard’s Primary School, Bridgnorth, has been working with Fairtrade in Bridgnorth to celebrate Bridgnorth being a ‘Fairtrade town’ for 10 years. The school’s fairtrade committee – Sophie Carter, Charlotte Lewis, Ella Coleman, Oliver Hill, Finley Heffernan and Oskar Back-Hadley – have been raising awareness around school and in the local community, and held a cake stall for the Fairtrade Foundation. A cheque was presented to the Mayor, Councillor Ray Gill. 37

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New classroom at Much Wenlock Reception children at Much Wenlock Primary School are enjoying the new outdoor classroom, which has been financed by the Parents, Teachers and Friends Association of the school. The new classroom was installed over the summer holiday. ‚ Reception children from Much Wenlock Primary School

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Go-kart success Two Prestfelde pupils are racing ahead with a project they have completed - to build their own ‘dream-machine’. Chorley King and Noah Gornall attend the design and technology club at the school and have been working hard to construct a go-kart. Vaughan Paterson, head of design and technology, said, “The boys have learned that such a project takes time and effort ,as well as learning plenty about nuts and bolts, wheels and bearings, screws, axles and springy metals – we’re all proud of them and enjoy seeing them racing around the school grounds.” «

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No repeats for St Leonard’s Pupils from St Leonard’s Primary School in Bridgnorth took part in a national competition run by ‘Learning Unleashed’. The challenge was to write a 100 word poem without repeating any word. Lottie Pattison, Alice Wood, Lucy Lynch, Rebecca Turton and Evie Tams-Gaughan wrote the poem together to win the competition and were presented with a framed certificate and a book token.  Winners of the Learning Unleashed competition at St Leonard's school

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Young illustrator Tettenhall College student Ellen Walker of Bridgnorth landed a plum job illustrating a fantasy book when her work was spotted on display at the school. Children’s author Catherine Cooper was visiting the lower school to give a talk when she saw a watercolour which the talented youngster had painted when she was just 11 years old, and offered her a job on the spot. Ellen, who is now 16, has now illustrated two ebooks The Dragonlore and The Legend of Howling Hill for the author and her third commission, Hanging Gate Hall, was released last month. Both author and illustrator will be at Bridgnorth Library on Saturday 7 December from 12.30pm, where they will be signing copies of the latest book. To download the books go to ‚ Ellen Walker

Shrewsbury High School shortlisted for award Pupils were celebrating after hearing that their school has received one of the highest accolades in independent education, having been shortlisted in the UK Independent School of the Year Awards 2013. This national award recognises outstanding achievement and the High School has been listed for the Outstanding Strategic Initiative Award in recognition of the school's ambitious recent developments. The school has developed a 14-acre new prep school site and is currently investing £1 million in a new sixth form development on the Town Walls. The winners of the awards will be announced in November.  Headmaster Michael Getty, with pupils and staff celebrate at Shrewsbury High School

Old Hall and Wrekin support homeless charity Pupils from The Old Hall School in Wellington have given generously at their harvest festival to help support local homeless people. Boys and girls took part in their annual celebrations and decorated the Wrekin College Chapel with baskets of food. A food and cash donation of just over £300 was gratefully received by the KIP Project. Pupils from Wrekin College also supported the project, donating £500 at their own harvest festival celebrations. The KIP Project is run by the Salvation Army to support homeless people in the local area. „ The Old Hall School Headgirl Neha Patnaik who led the prayer at The Old Hall's Harvest Festival service

Holy Trinity open playground The parents' association at Holy Trinity International School in Kidderminster has officially opened the prep school’s new playground facilities. The playground has been funded by the association and installed in just one day by a band of enthusiastic parents. Chair of the parents' association Michelle Howles said, “We could not have done it without so much help - and so many loaned tools. Together we have achieved a spectacular result which the children are now thoroughly enjoying.” 41

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Coping with Christmas Claire Dunworth-Warby continues her theme of how to feel more in control of your life, this time steering a course through the potentially choppy waters of the coming festive season.

Ever since the term ‘multi-tasking’ was coined to describe a computer that could run more than one programme at a time, it has been regarded as a positive thing for us humans to be able to do. We have all been encouraged to multi-task. The media is full of images of successful multi-taskers: running a halfmarathon before work, then whipping up a gourmet meal after a day at the office whilst helping the kids with their homework! ‘Wow! So impressive,’ we onlookers think, feeling a tad inadequate. Well, in the short term, yes. However, multi-tasking for any length of time is a bad idea. Growing evidence suggests that all this juggling has the potential to adversely affect our memory and concentration skills. Our general wellbeing, such as ability to sleep well, could also be impaired, leading to a lack of energy. ‘How?’ you might wonder. The one word answer is: Stress. In a crisis situation, we cope with stress by releasing adrenaline, which again is fine in the short term. However, regularly rushing to complete numerous tasks creates stress, and a resulting overload of adrenaline in our bodies will have a negative impact. If you think about it, even those multi-tasking computers can crash on a regular basis! So, these are very good reasons to take a step back and evaluate your run-up to Christmas, which can easily be the most demanding time of the year.

you think Christmas ought to be. Ditch any task that does not lead you to create the Christmas you want for yourself and those around you. Once you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve, prioritise the tasks. Feel proud of yourself that you have taken control back of what can be a fraught time! Plan well ahead Think strategically. Plan ahead and assign roles to those around you – you don’t have to be responsible for everything at this busy time. It also means everyone feels more involved but do give them plenty of notice – make your list in November. Do remember to work to people’s strengths, giving them tasks they will be good at and/or enjoy as they are more likely to complete them. Don’t forget you are giving them the chance to step up to the mark and have a sense of achievement that they’ve played their part. Don’t underestimate the power of such feelings! Bite-sized chunks Think small. Break down the tasks you yourself need to do into small manageable chunks of time and spread them out across November and December. What might at first appear daunting suddenly becomes more achievable without having to tear round exhausting yourself. The reward for such forward planning is that you are more in a frame of mind to enjoy the whole process of preparing for Christmas and not view it as an event to survive! Wishing you all a very happy, stress-free festive season.

Be realistic Think realistically. Reflect on how you want your Christmas to be and plan for that image, and that one alone. Don’t be swayed by what others are doing or how

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Good Gardening Tips for November & December

Make your winter a time of colour… …and think ahead to the new year’s gardening.

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Poinsettias bring living colour to winter One of the brightest Christmas plants is the poinsettia. With its bracts of red, pink or cream, it brings instant colour to a room. The range is steadily expanding – this year we’ll have a new variety called ‘Glitter’ which is a deep pink with cream markings, plus English grown miniature poinsettias, which are around 10-15cm tall and ideal as a gift. English grown are best, and always buy from a reputable supplier. If they get a draught from standing in doorways or on outdoor markets, they suffer. They like good light during the day and a warm room at all times. Only water when the soil is dry and never stand in water for longer than 10 minutes. Staying on track over winter We can think of winter as a barren time, but it doesn’t have to be. As well as poinsettias (see above), other plants ideal for Christmas colour are Christmas cherry with its shiny red-orange berries; Christmas cacti, which produce beautiful red, orange, white or lavender flowers; easy-care cyclamen, which make popular gifts; azaleas, which flourish in either a

warm or cool room; and phalaenopsis orchids, which last for months and will sit happily in a warm living room. Water houseplants less than you would during the summer, and stop feeding. Always empty water from saucers after approximately 15 minutes. Most plants with showy flowers and fruits need bright light, so do not display them in a dark location. Avoid draughts and locations where temperatures are likely to fluctuate. If plants are very close to windows, move at night to prevent chilling. Christmas trees From November, fresh Christmas trees are available. The most common types are Nordman firs (abies nordmanniana), and Norway spruce (picea abies).

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underneath the pot so that you can water it regularly. Try not to keep the tree indoors for more than 14 days. Keep the base moist as the warm temperature and dry air will make the tree absorb water quickly. Reduce loss of moisture to a minimum by positioning away from sources of heat such as radiators, fires and TV sets. Rooted trees are becoming more popular; they can be planted outside after Christmas and have a good chance of growing on for future years. After Christmas, take the tree outside and stand against the warmest side of the house for a day or so to help the tree adjust to outdoor temperatures. Water if we get a mild spell, and hopefully you will see new shoots appear on your tree in spring. Protect your plants as it chills If you haven’t already done so, prepare fleece 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 loosening in

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the wind. Borders can be tidied and mulched with compost, well-rotted manure or bark. Planting now for later As long as there’s no frost in the ground, now is an ideal time to plant bare root hedging and fruit trees. By buying new season roses now, you get the best range of varieties and the plants have chance to settle into the ground before the weather gets too bad. Autumn and winter maintenance Continue to clean up leaves as they fall from trees, particularly where they may fall into fish ponds. If we get some snow and ice and you have a pool, 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 congregate by the warmth!

Check heaters in glasshouses to ensure they work when needed. If we do get a cold spell, open the doors on greenhouses occasionally to allow fresh air in; this is especially important with paraffin heaters, where fumes build up and you can soon lose plants you’re over-wintering. Drain down hosepipes and water features that won’t be used again until next spring to prevent frost damage. Don’t forget the birds – feed daily with seed or nuts, not bread, and remember that once it freezes, birds still need a supply of fresh water. Once the weather gets too cold and frosty to get into the garden, it’s time to dig out the seed catalogues for 2014 and start planning for a new season. Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2014 to you all.

This month’s tips are provided by Ann Winwood of Lealans Garden Centre, Shipley.


Christmas Wreath Workshops Sunnycroft Telford, Friday 6 and Saturday 7 December 11am-1pm. Have a go at creating a traditional festive wreath from scratch using natural materials from Sunnycroft’s garden. £30 includes refreshments. For more details call 01952 242884.  Weston Park

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Garden walks and rambles On Sunday 3 November there will be a Autumn Walk at Weston Park near Shifnal. Head gardener Martin Gee will lead a walk through the gardens of the park taking in the changes of autumn, talking about the wide variety of tree species on the estate, and exploring sites of historic interest and areas not normally accessible to the visiting public. Adults £5.50 Seniors £5 Children £3.50. Set out from Severn Valley Country Park on Thursday 14 November for a 10-mile guided walk through New England to Billingsley and back to Alveley through woods and farmland. Booking is essential; call 01746 781192 Adults £3.50.

Moseley Old Hall, Saturday 7 and Wednesday 11 December 11am-3pm. Make your own traditional Christmas wreath using natural materials. Coffee and biscuits on arrival £12. For more details call 01902 782808. Severn Valley Country Park, Saturday 7 December 10am-12pm and 1.30pm3.30pm. Join the ranger for a walk around the park to gather materials and make something for Christmas. Booking essential as places limited; 01746 781192. Children must be accompanied by an adult. £5 per wreath.

Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses will be the starting point for a 5 mile ‘Over the Edge’ ramble on Sunday 17 November from 10am-1pm. The ramble over Kinver Edge and the surrounding countryside will enable walkers to find out more about the local area and the fascinating history of the Rock Houses. £2 per person. Weston Park will be the venue for a pre-Christmas ramble on Sunday 1 December. Learn more about the history of the estate, how the landscapes were laid out and take a look at historical monuments. Adults £5.50 Seniors £5 Children £3.50.

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Seasonal Canine Illness We have recently seen three suspected cases of Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI), one of which was our own vet Alexa’s poor Dot. In each case the dog was suddenly very unwell, with severe vomiting, abdominal pain, lethargy, and reluctance to eat. Fortunately all cases survived, and recovered within a couple of days. However, other vets in other areas have reported cases of SCI being fatal. Norfolk and Nottinghamshire seem to be the worst affected areas. It is now believed that harvest mite bites may be the cause, but further research is being undertaken by the Animal Health Trust (AHT), and hopefully this will provide a conclusive answer. Harvest mites have been always been around, and until recently were not thought to cause any harm, other than a bit of irritation and itchiness due to the bites. They are easily killed with a fipronil spray. We found harvest mites on two out of the three of our suspected cases, and all the dogs had been walked in areas of woodlands or parklands. The AHT are advising spraying dog’s feet, legs and bellies with fipronil spray before walking in such areas. However, there is no evidence yet to suggest this will prevent SCI as the link with harvest mite is not yet proven. Symptoms of SCI are as described above, with some dogs also having diarrhoea. Cases are usually seen from August to November, and are typically in dogs which have been walked in woodlands or grassy areas 24 to 72 hours prior to developing symptoms. The dogs may or may not have harvest mites on them; these are usually found between their toes or on their bellies, and look like orange powder. On closer examination, they can be seen to be tiny orange mites on the surface of the skin. They do not burrow under the skin, but they do bite. The bites are seen as small red dots and the skin around is often inflamed. If you suspect your dog is showing signs of SCI then contact your vet immediately as they will need fluid

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COVER– This season, outerwear sees an injection of style. Lisa Haynes wraps up the most stylish ways to keep warm. Your winter coat says a lot about you – so it’s one wardrobe staple for which impulse buys are banned. A cosy cover-up is worth its weight in gold for the sheer amount of style impact it delivers on a day-to-day basis, so it pays to invest wisely… and to know what you want from your coat. Because no matter what you’re wearing underneath, your outerwear is always the first thing everyone sees… so it speaks volumes about your sense of style. Saint Germain coat, £149 Boden

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Studio 72 has plenty to smile about A Bridgnorth hair salon is celebrating its tenth anniversary by introducing a new teeth whitening service. Studio 72 owner Tracey Poulter has introduced a special treatment room to her Moat Street premises. Tracey said, “I’m delighted to be able to provide this service to clients old and new.” The WhiteSpa owner, Sally Knowles of Bridgnorth, said, “Opening our treatment room is wonderful for us and the customers. Sally, professionally trained here in the Midlands, will be offering affordable one-hour whitening treatments using EU-compliant non-peroxide gels.” Sally said, “Whether it’s coffee, tobacco, wine or just the effects of time that have stained your teeth, The WhiteSpa’s professional system guarantees you a beaming smile in minutes.” “A brighter smile gives you an instant lift and leaves a lasting impression of health and vitality.” Tracey added, “Bridgnorth is a lovely town with a huge number of visitors from outlying areas. As business owners, we feel the more services we can offer, the more it will benefit the whole town.”


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If summer was all about minimalism and naked faces, prepare for a cooler beauty revolution that requires a little more effort. The pay-off is worth it – think show-stopping lips and eyes that will outshine any new accessory you’re planning for your festive wardrobe. “The Hitchcock woman has been a big influence this season,” says Kirstin Piggott, Rimmel London’s makeup artist. “We’re seeing beautiful polished beauty with real femininity.” Linear fashion Bad news for those without a steady hand: eyeliner is more elaborate than ever this season. A nondescript subtle line will no longer do – the classic cat eye has evolved into a dramatic statement flick. Go as bold as you dare. “Take inspiration from Anna Sui with a monochrome Sixties-inspired eye that creates drama with a strong black graphic flick up into the socket line,” Piggott says. Practise makes perfect when it comes to mastering a new shape. Whether you prefer a fine or bold line, a liner with a precise tip will give you an effective thick or thin application.

Lacquered lips Say goodbye to matte-look lips; the new pouts are luxurious, bee-stung and über-shiny. Glossy, opaque red lips were the order of the day on the catwalk, but you can also go to the dark side with deeper berry and burgundy shades. “At Marc by Marc Jacobs we kept layering and lacquering the lips right until the moment models walked out onto the runway, because the whole idea was this  Apocalips Lip Lacquer in very wet-looking Galaxy, £5.99 mouth,” says Rimmel Shiseido make-up London artist Dick Page.

Sepia shadow Retro tones come to life on eyelids this season, as if lifted straight from a sepia photograph. Eyes were wrapped in rich chocolate tones at the likes of Mulberry and Tom Ford to create a dreamy, soft-focus haze. “This look relies on colour being buffed and blended for a blow-out, diffused result,” advises L’Oreal Paris make-up artist Mathias van Hooff. Get this classic yet dramatic look by picking out matte and powdery pigments in a sepia tone a few shades darker than your natural skin tone, and always apply using a brush for a soft finish.

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For the more physically demanding jobs, Rik will now also be on hand to help the team. “As my husband Rik is coming up to 60 and wants to take a step towards retirement, his current business The Old Smoothie is now up for sale,” says Nicky. “So that will free up some of his time to help and support Salon Ten, especially to help maintain the building and equipment. “Our ethos is to make our clients look and feel amazing. The building has something special about it – it really lends itself to the kind of overall experience we love our visitors to have. People don’t come for one stylist – we all know each and every client… it’s a bit like a big family, really!” And with Rik coming on board, the friendly salon is about to become even more of a family affair!

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Dates for your diary – November & December

Bonfire & Firework Events SAT 2 NOV

Family Fireworks Village Green, Blists Hill Victorian Town

Gates open at 6pm. Fireworks and music at 7.30pm. Entry: £9.50 adults, £6.25 children aged 3-15 years. £29 for a family ticket (two adults and two children). Info:


Bonfire and Firework Celebrations Weston Park, Shifnal

Bonfire and firework celebrations with family entertainment. Free Radio roadshow, fun fair, food stalls and licensed bar. Bonfire lit at 5.30pm and two firework displays at 6pm and 7.30pm. Gates open at 3pm. Entry: £17/car (up to six people) on the night, £14 in advance. Info: 01952 852100.



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West Mids Showground, Shrewsbury

Broadoaks playing field Donnington, Telford.

Annual extravaganza; entertainment for all the family. Funfair, stalls, live music. From 3pm to 9pm. Entry: £5/£3 Info:

Gates open at 5pm; bonfire lit at 7pm followed by spectacular firework display at 8.30pm. Funfair with thrilling rides for young and old, refreshments. Please note, personal fireworks or sparklers are not allowed.


Traditional Bonfire Night

Bonfire and Firework Display

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Black Country Living Museum, Dudley Roaring fires, hot roast chestnuts and a Punch and Judy Show. Starts 6.30pm. Info: or 0121 520 8054.


Family Bonfire and Fireworks Much Wenlock Primary School

Bonfire, hot food, firework display at 7pm. Entry: £4 in advance from school/ Croft Design/Wenlock Books; £5 on the door (£2 for children).

Acts of Remembrance

Bridgnorth SUN 10 NOV 10.50am : Service at St Leonard’s Church, Bridgnorth. Parade from Town Hall at 10.30am, laying of wreaths at the War Memorial, Castle Grounds following the service.


Family events MON 11 NOV 11am: Broseley Memorial Green

Much Wenlock SUN 10 NOV 10.50am: Holy Trinity Church, Much Wenlock.

10.50am: Armistice Day Ceremony, Town Hall, Bridgnorth.




SUN 10 NOV 10.45am: Service at the War Memorial, High Street, Broseley. 10.45am: Jackfield Memorial Bridge 12.15pm: Broseley Social Club Memorial Garden

10.55am: St Andrew’s Church, Shifnal. RAF Museum Cosford

SUN 10 NOV 10.45am: Hangar 1. There will be a two minutes silence with the sounding of 'The Last Post'.

2.30pm : Willey Park Memorial


Severn Valley Railway A firm favourite with families who return year after year. Travel from Kidderminster to visit Father Christmas in his grotto at Arley. Presents for all fare-paying children. Trains depart from Kidderminster on December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22 Advance booking essential. Info:


Steam Threshing Weekend Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, Church Stretton

This most evocative of events brings the season to a close on the farm. Time: 10.30am – 5pm Admission: £9.50/£9/£6.00 Info: or 01694 781307


Bird Walk Dudmaston Hall

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A walk around the estate collecting information about the feathered friends that don’t migrate at this time of year. Info: dudmaston-estate 63

For more events in your area don’t forget to visit Markets, events & activities SUN 3 NOV

Apley Farm Shop Craft Fair Apley Farm SAT 7 DEC & SUN 15 DEC

Blists Hill Victorian Christmas Weekends

Blists Hill Victorian Town Experience the atmosphere of a bygone era and be treated to an array of traditional celebrations from the 1800s, listen to the stories of life more than 100 years ago and do some shopping. Time: 10am- 4pm Info:


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Christmas Tile Decorating Workshops Jackfield Tile Museum, Ironbridge Gorge

Come along and get your creative juices flowing in this unusual way of expressing yourself! Tiles cost from £5 each and can be fired and sent home later or posted out. It takes up to 1:5 hours to decorate your tile, so last admission to the workshop is at 3:15 pm. Admission: £8.25/£7.50/£5.50 Info: 01952 433424

Rock Houses, Kinver Edge

For one day only the Rock Houses at Kinver Edge will be all decked out for the festive season. Children can search for Santa (£2 per child) and discover him in his woodland grotto where they will receive a small gift. Time: 10am-3pm Info: 01562 712 822 or laura.broadhurst@



Christmas Carols on the Farm Fordhall Farm, Market Drayton

A traditional family Christmas celebration with carols, mulled wine, mince pies and if you are very good Father Christmas might even make an appearance! Admission: Free Time: 3pm – 5pm Info: 01630 638696;

Local crafts for sale. Every first Sunday of the month (except January and February) Info: 01952 730345;

SUN 10 – SAT 16 NOV

Conservation Centre Open Week

Royal Air Force Museum Cosford The award-winning Conservation Centre will open its doors to give visitors exclusive access to aircraft conservation work for one week only. View progress being made on the Museum’s bombers, plus other aircraft in various states of restoration, and speak with the skilled technicians and apprentices about their work. Time: 10.15am – 1pm Admission: Tickets from £12 Info: 01902 376200

SAT 16 – SUN 17 NOV

Christmas Craft Fair Dudmaston Hall

Kickstart your Christmas shopping with a visit to Dudmaston’s biggest ever Christmas Fair. You’re sure to find that perfect gift or treat for the festive season. Info: dudmaston-estate


The League of Friends Christmas Coffee Morning Bridgnorth Hospital Coffee Shop

Christmas tombola, raffle, a variety of stalls and delicious refreshments.

SAT 16 – SUN 17 NOV

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Bringing together a mix of some of the finest craftspeople and food producers in the West Midlands, with a magical Christmas theme. includes entry into Enginuity. Admission: £2.50 Time: 10am-5pm Info: or 01952 433424.

Transform your Christmas shopping experience with the perfect antidote to high streets full of weary shoppers. Soak up the atmosphere and search out unusual, high-quality gifts from over 100 stalls in the historic grounds of the Regency mansion. Info: 01743 708123

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Coalbrookdale Craft & Gift Fayre A wide variety of crafts on sale, many made locally, presenting a perfect opportunity to purchase that unusual or unique gift. Supporting Severn Hospice with tombola and auction with a chance to bid on a painting by Sue Kyte. Wheelchair and pram access. All welcome! Admission: free. Time: 12pm-4pm


Christmas Craft Fayre St Leonard’s Hall Church, Bridgnorth

Bonkers Birds Designs will run a festive craft fayre in aid of the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes Awareness. Local crafters and artists, handmade gifts and seasonal foods. Info: 07837172307 or 07817035492.

Christmas Tree Festival Includes singing, ‘best tree’, mulled wine, tombola, craft stalls, musicians, poetry and refreshments. Info:


Much Wenlock Christmas Fayre High Street, Church Green and Priory Hall, Much Wenlock

One of Shropshire’s top Christmas events. Festive stalls, plus entertainment throughout the town. The day ends with the lantern parade and carols on the square. Park and ride service. Time: 10am–5pm Info:


Christmas Food & Craft Fayre Weston Park

Over 60 indoor and outdoor stalls, it is the ideal place to pick up gifts and festive food and drink. The House will be decorated for Christmas and open to explore; children follow a trail to learn more about festive traditions and how these were celebrated at Weston; miniature train; hog roast. Admission: £1 (additional charge for train) Time: 10am-4pm Info: christmasfayre

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Victorian Christmas Crafts Fair St Leonard’s Church Info: 01746 769720


Bridgnorth Christmas Market

Arts, live music & theatre SUN 3 NOV

Abba Tribute Night

Theatre on the Steps, Bridgnorth Strictly Abba return to delight audiences with a tribute to the original Swedish singing sensations. Tickets: £12.00

High Street, Bridgnorth on Sunday 8 December


Over 70 traders selling festive items from Christmas trees and wreaths to jewellery, confectionery, hot and cold food and drink, including warming mulled wine and a traditional pig roast. There will also be entertainment, children’s rides and a Santa Dash. Time: 10am-4pm. Info: or 07929 290465.

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Made in Shropshire Arts & Crafts Market The Square, Shrewsbury

An established monthly showcase for local artists, design-makers and food producers from Shropshire. Info: 01743 241275


Christmas Market The Square, Shrewsbury Shrewsbury's Christmas Market offers visitors the best of seasonal shopping, fine food and family fun. Seasonal products include trees and wreaths, local contemporary crafts, stunning designer jewellery, fresh turkey, geese & duck, hog roast and handmade chocolates. Time: 10am-6pm


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Hitchcock (12A)

Kit has an increasingly high profile thanks to her sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing. Rootsyblues and folk to keep away those winter blues! Admission: £9 from Downes & Davis’ shops/£10 on the door Time: 7.30pm Info:

Cinema at The Edge, Much Wenlock


A love story about Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho in 1959. Time: 7.30 pm Admission: £5/£4 Info: Box office 01952 728911

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The Drifters

Broseley Cinema

The Impossible is an account of a family caught in the mayhem of one of the worst natural disasters of our time – the Boxing Day tsunami. Starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. Admission: Free Time: 2.30pm Info:

The Punchbowl Inn

Take a trip down musical memory lane with this tribute to The Drifetrs. The act won best overall performance at the major tribute awards in 2012. Info: 01746 763304

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TUES 26 – SAT 30 NOV


The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton Celebrated singer/songwriter and former Pop Idol winner Will Young plays the role of Emcee in this acclaimed production, suitable for ages 15+. Featuring show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and iconic songs including Money Makes The World Go Round. Info:


THURS 5 DEC – 12 JAN 2014

Sleeping Beauty Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

Plenty of audience participation, lavish sets and clever special effects for this year’s pantomime, starring local and national favourites. Admission: £10 – £19.50 (concessions and discounts available) Info: Box office 01743 281281

Charity Ball

Lord Hill Hotel, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury In aid of Severn Hospice, with drinks, three course meal and coffee, live music and disco by Kelly & Eric, photo booth, prize draw and Christmas novelties. Admission: £35 Time: 7pm-midnight Info: 01743 232601

SAT 7 DEC – 18 JAN 2014

Sleeping Beauty The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Joe Pasquale leads an all-star cast. Featuring magnificent scenery, beautiful costumes, stunning sets and an abundance of comedy, this classic tale of love and enchantment will be magically brought to life in Wolverhampton’s biggest pantomime yet! Admission: £16.50–£26.50 (concessions and discounts available) Info: 01902 573320



The Place, Oakengates Jump on board the magical carpet to Oakengates Theatre in December 2013, where Widow Twankey, Wishee Washee, the Genie of the Lamp and the Slave of the Ring will be joining forces with our handsome hero Aladdin to tackle the greedy, gruesome Abanazar. Plenty of spectacle, slapstick and song in true panto tradition. Info: 67

Christmas Lighting Up Events

Tristan Tan

Bridgnorth FRI 22 NOV AT 6PM The lights will be switched on in the High Street at 6pm. Come and join in the community spirit, fun and laughter from 4pm in the High Street and West Castle Street. Application forms to have a stall or take part on the stage are also available on this website or ring the town council on 01746 762231.

Broseley FRI 29 NOV AT 7-8PM Annual Christmas Lights display at the home of Wilf, Debbie and Dan Glaze: 8 Collins Close, Broseley. All welcome; come and enjoy tea, coffee, mulled wine, mince pies and a charity raffle. A great way to kick off the festive season while raising money for an excellent cause. All proceeds to MENCAP. Info: 01952 884262.

SAT 30 NOV AT 6.30PM The morning will start with a wheelbarrow race around town starting from Broseley Social Club, followed by all-day entertainment at the Birchmeadow Centre, and the Victoria Hall will play host to a range of stalls, and Santa. From 4pm, there’s a disco, food and entertainment in Broseley Square, including a barrel organ and the popular Bishops Castle Samba Band. At 6.15pm the grand procession will leave the Social Club and make its way down the High Street. At 6.30pm, the lights will be switched on by BBC Radio Shropshire’s Colin Young, followed by fireworks. Info: 01952 882715.

Ironbridge SAT 16 NOV 2-7PM To complement the switch on a collection of specialist market stalls selling locally made gifts and

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produce alongside top quality hot food stallswill operate in the Wharfage. Info: 01952 308934

Much Wenlock SAT 7 DEC AT 4.30PM Much Wenlock’s lights will be switched on by the Mayor, Councillor Milner Whiteman, as part of the Christmas Fayre. There will also be a candlelight procession and carols by the Holy Trinity Choir and Abraham Darby School Brass Group. Info: 01952 727779.

Shifnal FRI 29 NOV AT 6PM The Christmas lights will be switched on by former Wolverhampton Wanderers football star Steve Bull at 6pm in Bradford Street. The team has been working hard to stage an illuminating and exciting event to surprise and delight. There will also be a fair and a Christmas Market, which will carry on the following day. Info: 01952 461429

Christmas Services Bridgnorth Bridgnorth team of Churches 8 December


Christingle, Astley Abbotts

15 December


Christingle, St. Mary’s

22 December

6.30pm: Carol Service, St. Mary’s and also at Quatford Church

23 December

6.30pm: Carol Service, Oldbury Church

10.30am: Holy Communion

St. Mary’s



Holy Communion

New Year’s Eve 10.30pm: Watchnight Service St. Mary's

Bridgnorth Baptist Church 1 December

12.30pm: Carol singing in the High Street (part of the Winter Street Fair)

Christmas Day 10.30am: Family Christmas service

Christmas Eve 4.30pm: Crib Service


5.30pm: Crib Service

St. Leonard’s Hall

6.30pm: Crib Service

St. Mary’s

Bridgnorth Cartway Church 15 December

6.30pm: Christmas Worship led by Cartway Choristers

6.30pm: Crib Service

Astley Abbotts

24 December

3.00pm: Christingle – families welcome



25 December

11am: Family Christmas Worship led by Rev Gabriele Britton-Voss

Holy Communion

11.30pm: Holy Communion


11.30pm: Holy Communion

St. Mary’s

11.30pm: Holy Communion


Christmas Day

St Johns Roman Catholic Church, Bridgnorth Christmas Eve 6.30pm: Children’s Mass


Holy Communion

St. Mary’s

Christmas Eve 11.30pm: Carols and Mass


Holy Communion

Astley Abbotts

Christmas Day 9am & 11am: Christmas Mass


Holy Communion



Holy Communion

Aston Eyre


Much Wenlock


Holy Trinity, Much Wenlock

1 December

22 December

6.30pm: Candlelit service of lessons on carols

Christmas Eve 5.30pm: Crib Service 11.30pm Midnight Mass Christmas Day 11am: Family Christmas Communion

Shifnal St Andrew’s Shifnal 8 December


Christingle Service

15 December


Carol Service

Christmas Eve 4pm: Crib Service; 11.30pm: Midnight Mass Christmas Day 8am: Holy Eucharist 10.30am Family Eucharist

St Mary’s Shifnal – Methodist Church 1 December


Christingle Service

15 December


Carol Service

Christmas Eve 2.30pm: Crib Service 11.30pm: Midnight Mass Christmas Day 9.30am: Family Eucharist

Catholic parish of St Mary, Shifnal, and St Joseph, Albrighton. 8 December

12.30pm: Parish Christmas Dinner at Shifnal Golf Club

15 December

4.30pm: Festive Fun at St Mary’s – carols, seasonal treats

Christmas Eve 4.30pm: Crib Blessing and Vigil Mass, St Mary’s 11pm: Crib Blessing and Midnight Mass, St Joseph’s Christmas Day 9am: Mass, St Mary’s 10.30am: Family Mass, St Joseph’s


5pm: Taizé service for Advent Sunday, All Saints, Broseley

21 December 11am: 6pm: 22 December

Carol singing, Broseley High Street Carols, Willey Church

6pm: Churches Together Carol Service, All Saints, Broseley

Christmas Eve 4pm: Christingle, All Saints, Broseley 8pm: Christmas Mass, St Mary, Jackfield 11.30pm: Midnight Mass, All Saints, Broseley Christmas Day 9.15am: Eucharist, St Giles Barrow 10.30am Sung Eucharist, All Saints, Broseley 29 December 10.30am: Benefice Eucharist All Saints, Broseley

Clubs & Classes Adult Art Classes

Chinese Yoga

All levels of experience welcome (term time only). When: Tues 10am-1pm & 2-4pm. Wed 10am – 1pm Admission: from £6 per session Contact: 07515 723728

When: Tuesdays 7 – 8pm Contact: Barry on 01384 877664 or 07817 073921

Aikido Classes

Monthly cookery club on the 1st Saturday of the month Contact: 01952 730345

Broseley Methodist Church

Bridgnorth Leisure Centre When: Thursday 7.30-9.15pm Contact: 07941 231646 More info:

Body Conditioning Much Wenlock Leisure Centre

When: Wednesday 7-8pm Admission: £4 Contact: 01952 727629

Bridgnorth Flower Club St Leonards Hall

Morville Village Hall

Cookery Club

Apley Farm Shop, Norton


Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock Dance and drama classes for children aged reception - Year 11(term time only) When: Dance for Reception to Y3 and Y4-6 on Tuesday 4-5pm. Y7-Y9 on Monday 4-5pm. Drama for Y5-8 on Tuesdays 4-5pm. Yr 9 upwards on Tuesday 7-8.30pm Contact: 01952 728911

When: Second Thursday of each month except August, 1pm Contact: Hilary on 01746 768985


Bridgnorth Male Voice Choir

Gymnastics instruction for children from 4 years. When: Fri 5-6pm (term time only) Booking essential as spaces limited Contact: Kelly on 07929 889375

The Danery, Quatford

When: Rehearsals every Monday at 7.45pm Contact: Allan on 01746 767686

Bridgnorth Strummers Get together to play the ukulele. When: Every Wednesday – Beginners from 7pm; Full session from 8pm More info:

Cheer Force Ten Cheerleading Academy Cheerleading skills and stunts for all ages held in Bridgnorth and Telford throughout the week. Contact: 07966 966026 More info:

Much Wenlock Leisure Centre

Ladies’ Badminton Much Wenlock Leisure Centre When: Friday 7pm Admission: £2.50 Contact: 01952 727629

Ladies’ Netball

Much Wenlock Leisure Centre When: Tuesday 6-7pm Admission: £2.50 Contact: 01952 727629

Much Wenlock Male Voice Choir William Brookes School

When: Every Tuesday 7.45pm Contact: 07852 991910

Old Time Dance Club

Bridgnorth Community Centre When: Every Friday 7.45-10.15pm Admission: £2.50 Contact: 01746 764791

Story-Telling Club White Lion, Bridgnorth

When: Every 2nd Tues of the month at 8pm Contact: Mike on 01694 771379

Tai Chi

Morville Village Hall When: Tuesdays 8.15 – 9.15pm Contact: Barry on 01384 877664 or 07817 073921

Tiddly Tots Yoga Tasley Village Hall

For babies, toddlers and preschoolers with their parents or carer. Booking is essential. Call for days and times. Contact: 07806 897896. More info:

We Love Footy Football coaching for children aged 2 – 8 years When: Sunday mornings; Ages 2–4 at 9am / Ages 5–8 at 9.45am Cost: £4 Contact: 07506 342885

Yoga Classes Much Wenlock

All abilities welcome. When: Every Wednesday at William Brookes School; 7-8.30pm / Every Tuesday at Priory Hall, 2-3.30pm Contact: Jane 01694 723121

Zumba Class

Much Wenlock Leisure Centre When: Monday 8-9pm Admission: £4.50 Contact: 01952 727629 71

Ramsay brings it


Gordon Ramsay is adding to his stable of cookbooks with a new guide to home cooking.

“I want to show that cooking can be fun,” says Ramsey. “It’s about encouraging people to take a fresh look at familiar ingredients, and throw in some new ones to create a delicious meal. I want people to have confidence in the kitchen.” Gordon maintains that home cooking should be stress-free. “When you cook in a professional kitchen you must ensure every element is perfect,” he says. “At home, you’re cooking for your family and friends. It should be fun and, if something’s not perfect, it’s OK, you can keep practising!”

Homemade fish fingers Ingredients (Serves 4) • 500g white fish fillet, skinned (pollock is perfect) • 4 sprigs of dill, leaves only • 4tbsp plain flour

• 100g panko breadcrumbs (available at Sainsbury’s) • 2 free range eggs, beaten • Sunflower oil, for frying • Knob of butter

Method Slice fish into chunky fish finger shapes, down fillet rather than across it. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Cover. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes to firm up. Finely chop dill. Mix with breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl. Put flour into another shallow bowl. Season. Put eggs into a third bowl. Using kitchen paper, rub any excess salt off the fish. Dust fish in flour and shake off any excess. Dip in egg, making sure all the sides are coated. Allow any excess to drip off, then cover in dill breadcrumbs. Roll fish between hands before cooking. This will get rid of any hard edges that might burn in the pan Place a large heavy-based frying pan over a medium-high heat and add enough oil to lightly coat the bottom. When hot, shallow-fry the fish fingers on each side for 3 minutes. Add butter towards end of cooking to help crisp up and turn a deep golden colour. Drain on kitchen paper if necessary and season with a pinch of sea salt before serving. 72

Baked Mexican eggs

Place a frying pan over medium heat. Add a glug of olive oil. Add onion, chilli and garlic with a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté for about 6 minutes or until until tender and dark golden. Add cumin. Cook until aromatic. Stir in tomatoes. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add beans, heat through for two minutes, then set aside.

Ingredients (Serves 6)

Grease a baking dish with a little oil and sprinkle with seasoning. Line dish with tortillas, overlapping and raising slightly above the edge of the dish. Pour in tomato mixture. Make six little wells in it.

• Olive oil, for frying & greasing • 1 red onion, peeled & diced • 1 wide green chilli, sliced • 2 garlic cloves, peeled, finely sliced • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes

• 1tsp cumin seeds • 1 x 400g tin cooked black beans, drained and rinsed • 4-6 corn tortillas, halved • 6 free range eggs • 50g cheddar, finely grated • 2 pinches chilli flakes, or to taste • Small handful of coriander, finely chopped

Method Preheat oven to 180C/Gas 4. Heat grill as well if you have an oven grill function.

Break an egg into a cup and pour it into a well so that the yolk sits neatly in the middle. Repeat with remaining eggs. Sprinkle with cheese and chilli flakes and season. Place dish two-thirds of the way up oven so that the grill (if on) can colour the cheese. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until egg whites are cooked through, yolks runny and cheese melted and golden. If you don't have an oven grill, bake for a further 3 to 4 minutes. Scatter with coriander before serving.


Ironbridge’s oldest & finest inn



RAVEN Hotel & Restaurant

Christmas Menu 2 - 24 December ironbridge

Delicious seasonal menu & local ales

festive menu 2 course £17.95 3 course £20.00

Served both luncheon and dinner 12 – 2pm 6.30 – 9pm Created by Head Chef Jason Hodnett

Pre-book your Christmas celebration and the driver receives free soft drinks! The Golden Ball Inn 1 newbridge Road, Ironbridge, Telford TF8 7Ba

01952 432179

Open 7 days a week, please see website for opening times

Cream of Roasted Pumpkin and Thyme Soup

honeycomb ice cream − winter truffle

Pressing of Smoked Goose, Braised Duck Leg & Partridge

roasted figs − Beaumes de venise jelly − bacon brioche Smoked Trout and Salmon Parfait

medlar purée − sourdough − crème fraîche Cauliflower Cheese Risotto

cobnut pesto − smoked cheddar wafer Slow Roast Breast of Kelly Bronze Turkey

pancetta and sage stuffing − sausage and bacon infused bread sauce − cooking juices 72 Hour Braised Blade of Beef

cider steeped salsify − cabbage and pancetta fricassée Tortellini of Slow Roasted Aubergine and Pine Nut

sage and mushroom sauce

Xmas Party Menu now online

27th November is French night 4 course dinner, live music & wine-tasting on arrival £24.95 LAST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH IS EVENT NIGHT!

The Feathers at Brockton country pub & restaurant

lemon verbena risotto − shrimp bon bon Christmas Pudding

brandy marscapone ice-cream − kirsch soaked fruit Salted Chocolate and Cherry Delice

blackberry sorbét − tutti fruity marshmallow `Lemon Meringue Pie´

warm lemon curd − toasted almond powder Collection of Local Artisan Cheeses

iced grapes − quince − chutneys and biscuits

1 course £15.95 2 courses £19.95 3 courses £24.95

01746 785 202

01952 727251

Just 3 miles from Much Wenlock on the Ludlow Road Email

Barrow Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire TF13 6EN


Slow Poached Fillet of Brill

Restaurant of the month

The Raven Hotel & Restaurant Much Wenlock Much Wenlock’s flagship dining venue has maintained consistently high standards since owner Kirk Heywood took the helm 23 years ago – and the arrival of talented chef Jason Hodnett seems to be driving standards even higher. The Raven has a fascinating past. The building has in its time housed almshouses for the poor of the parish, the town’s forge, and, during the 17th century, a coaching inn that formed part of a state-of-the-art national transport network! Upon entering through a carved portico, diners move through an airy foyer to a warm, cosy bar filled with absorbing memorabilia; a lovely space in which to gather over an aperitif before dinner. We retired to the dining room, with its crisp, white furnishings, quirky glass lanterns, and crackling log burner, with high hopes for an enjoyable evening. The waitress was knowledgeable and attentive with just the right balance of friendliness and deference. For starters, my companion ordered the slow-cooked duck with chorizo, goat’s cheese and sesame, while I selected the parsnip soup. The duck was tender and flavoursome; my friend had been interested to see how the cheese would marry with the other flavours, but declared it an excellent foil for the spicy chorizo. The soup was full bodied and perfectly seasoned, with a crunchy garnish to add texture. Most of The Raven’s ingredients are sourced locally and, for those with an interest in provenance, providers are listed on the menu. The partridge, from Francis’ of Ludlow, proved irresistible for my companion, while I was intrigued by the mushroom linguine ‘with crispy pancake’. The partridge was accompanied by scorched plum and red wine scallop, presented within a swirl of sweetcorn cream

– this careful selection of the freshest seasonal vegetables and meats is very much part of The Raven’s trademark. The linguine arrived with a crown of crispy herb pancake – an ingenious textural foil to the smooth, earthy fungi and beautifully cooked linguine. To finish, my companion selected the ‘lemon meringue pie’. This modern take on a classic family dessert was a real showcase in pastry skills, with a crumble-coated lemon curd ‘dumpling’ alongside mini meringues and a tangy crème homemade lemon ice cream. For me, the 70% chocolate with sweet almonds was a decadent delight, every mouthful to be savoured, and a fitting end to an evening of delicious food and delightful conversation. Kerri Tyler The Raven Hotel & Restaurant, Barrow Street, Much Wenlock Tel: 01952 727251 75

Local Food News

Make Quatt your next stop

The National Trust’s Dudmaston Estate have been working closely with the new owners of Quatt Farm Shop, Martin and Florence Rutter, to improve the look of the property and have installed some new signage. The sign, created by Dudmaston’s forest crafts ranger, has been made out of chestnut grown on the estate. The Farm Shop is open seven days a week selling fresh meat, cheese, locally produced vegetables and hot meals to eat in or take away.  Dudmaston Ranger Team with Martin and Florence Rutter from Quatt Farm Shop after installing the new sign

Halfpenny Green wine wins accolade The Rondo, a robust red wine with an alcohol level of 15% produced by Halfpenny Green Vineyards, won a silver medal in the 2013 Decanter Magazine’s Wine Awards. Two hundred wine experts tasted over 14,000 entries for the competition. It’s believed that the late summer sunshine during 2011 helped to increase natural sugars in the Rondo grape, and conditions this year are looking equally promising. Vineyard boss Martin Vickers said, “The late cold winter followed by a wonderful hot spell is ideal for wine grapes. We knew the 2011 Rondo was special from the first sip.” Let’s hope it has the same effect for the 2014 vintage…

Open Christmas Day & New Year’s Eve Opening times

The Huntsman

Monday to Sunday 11am – 11pm


of Little Wenlock

All day Monday to Sunday

01952 503300 Wellington Rd, Little Wenlock, Telford TF6 5BH


FESTIVE CELEBRATION Choose 3 courses from our sumptuous Christmas menu Lunch: £20.50 ( 2 courses £18) Evenings: Mon - Thu £25, Fri & Sat £28.50 For our delicious menus visit: 76

Best blue cheese in Britain A Shropshire cheese maker has received the highest accolade at this year’s British Cheese Awards. The Ludlow Food Centre has been making cheese for six years and cheese makers Dudley Martin and Paul Bedford were delighted when their Stilton-style ‘Remembered Hills’ was voted this year’s Best Blue Cheese in Britain. The blue category is always one of the hardest to judge and one of the most fiercely contested. Dudley explained, “Blue cheese is difficult to perfect and the seasonal changes in the milk make the cheese react differently throughout the year. The winning cheese was made in early June when our cows were out in the fields.” Despite the success of Remembered Hills, Dudley and Paul are determined remain a genuine artisan producer, focusing on quality not quantity. ƒ Dudley and Paul with their award winning cheeses

Your food bill with this voucher – any time, any day

valid until 31st Dec 2013. One voucher per table and not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

A or £5 2 tapa, Msonf& Tue evening

Main courses from £6.50 3 courses from £10.00


Tue-Fri lu

Monday Steak night

Open Lunch: Tue – Sat 12 - 2.30, Dinner: Mon – Fri 5.30 – late, Sat & Sun 6pm – late

2 grills & wine / beer for £26.50 • Christmas fayre menu online!

45 High Street, Bridgnorth, WV16 4DX

• Function room with courtyard • Open all day every day

The hop yards of the Midlands produce more than half the hops grown in the UK and local hop farmers and brewers have come together this autumn to launch an initiative to boost their profile. British hop varieties – from Fuggle and Goldings to the newcomers Sovereign and First Gold – give British beer its signature aroma and flavour, and local brewers have been tasked with producing a beer containing only hops grown in the ‘Hopshires’ – Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire. Geoff Thompson, Chairman of the British Hop Association said, “It’s great that local breweries want to support their local hop farms and raise the profile of the great tasting beers that our hops produce". The beers will be available at pubs throughout the region and you can catch them at the Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival from 2 to 3 November. For more info see

10% off!

Quality food with that little bit extra

• Garden & patio area

Beers from the Hopshires

01746 763424

01746 218084

email: Available for private hire 77

Eurasia unveils brand new look Enduringly popular Bridgnorth restaurant impresses customers with new look.

The lively eatery’s owners decided the time was right to give their venue a fresh new look, and the result has been wowing customers old and new. The vibrant style features pops of colour across walls, tables and soft furnishings, and creates a relaxing and modern vibe that melds well with Eurasia’s welcoming hubbub and consistently delicious food. The restaurant is owned by three partners, Amjad Ali, Shamim Haque and Abdul Chohid, and Amjad explains, “We wanted to keep the same friendly atmosphere, while updating the traditional furnishings to a more modern look. So far, the response from our many regular customers has been great – in fact, we have been even busier than ever!” Eurasia specialises in tandoori cuisine, but offers a range of authentic food from all over the sub-continent. Amongst their most popular dishes are the chef’s signature garlic chicken, a mouth-watering melange of tender meat and individual spices. However, anyone who’s unfamiliar with the wide-ranging menu need only speak to one of the friendly team; they’re adept at helping guide diners to their perfect choice of start, main and dessert. Eurasia offers a value special on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when diners receive the cheaper dish free if they order two main courses. Sunday’s buffet is another extremely popular draw, with the array of food on offer changing weekly – which explains why so many Eurasia patrons come back every week. The restaurant is also offering Christmas Day dining for those who 78

Sunday Buffet 4.00pm - 10.30pm £9.95 Adult £4.95 Children (Under10) fancy a change from the traditional turkey – and those who’d prefer not to spend the afternoon doing the washing up! Amjad says, “We’re passionate about our food and service, and our new look just emphasises our approach: fresh, friendly, and up-to-date.”

Tel: 01746 764 895 21 West Castle Street, Bridgnorth. WV16 4AB

Local Food News

Calling local food producers Organisers of Wellington Farmers’ Market are on the hunt for more traders for their monthly market which takes place on the fourth Saturday of the month in the Wellington's Market Square - the historic home of the town's markets from the Middle Ages to the mid 19th century. Kay Boakye from the Wellington Market Company said, “We've been delighted by the positive response to the farmers market over the last 12 months, and by the quality of the traders, but we have room for more, and we know that a greater range of stalls would make the market more attractive to visitors and residents alike.” Any interested local food producers should contact Kay on 07971485183/01952 242019 or email

Local and farmers’ markets Support your local producer markets in and around the What’s What! area: Farmers’ markets: Craven Arms - 1st Saturday of the month Ludlow - 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month Much Wenlock - 1st and 3rd Friday of the month Shifnal - 3rd Saturday of the month Wellington - 4th Saturday of the month Bridgnorth country market The Shakespeare skittle alley, West Castle Street, Bridgnorth. Every Saturday from 8.15am until noon. Home grown and homemade produce for sale including eggs, honey, preserves, cakes and fresh vegetables.

At home at the Casa Tapas restaurant Casa Ruiz is very much part of the Bridgnorth dining scene, with a loyal following, a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere and a reputation for delicious and innovative dishes. Amy Hockenhull has been managing the thriving eatery for three years, and now, as the previous owners want to spend more time with their growing family, Amy has stepped up to the tapas plate and taken over as owner. Bridgnorth-born Amy is absolutely committed to her hometown, and her enthusiasm shines through as she talks about this new chapter. “Myself and Rita [De Fierro, the Tenerife-born head chef] love Casa Ruiz and our clients,” says Amy. “So many local people come here regularly, and we also have people travelling from Kidderminster, Telford and the Black Country. It’s such a friendly place to come and share delicious food that’s a bit different… It’s like a big family, really…” Casa Ruiz really is a family affair, with Amy’s sister Laura and best friend Kerry now working on the front-of-house team, while second chef Gavin’s partner Wendy also helps out. The restaurant is upstairs in Bridgnorth High Street, in a space that’s furnished in sympathy to the building’s 400-year-old heritage, and that suits intimate dinnertime pairings as well as larger group bookings. Amy is keen to retain the menu and convivial ambience of Casa Ruiz, and has plans to make subtle changes to the décor, driven by the creative side she and Rita share: “We’re both quite artistic, with an eye for detail – but Rita has complete control over the menu! I trust her implicitly in that department and she has free rein with her culinary flair.” The formula is obviously working, as Casa Ruiz has just gained a mention in the prestigious Michelin Guide for the second year running, and with Amy at the helm, its winning ways look set to continue. ‚ Left is head chef Rita De Fierro and right is Amy Hockenhull

Made in Shropshire markets Castle Square, Ludlow – 1st Sat of each month The Square, Shrewsbury – 2nd Sat of each month A showcase for local arts, crafts and produce. For more details, please visit Christmas farmers’ market Friday 6 December, The Square, Shrewsbury. Seasonal and local produce for the Christmas table, from fresh meat and vegetables to cakes and fruit juices. 79

Cookery Demonstrations

‚ Head Chef Guy Day

Around the world in eight canapés There will be an evening canapé workshop at the Taste kitchen, Battlefield, on Thursday 7 November. Learn how to make canapés inspired by countries all over the world, but made with local ingredients. £40 per person to include the cookery course, ingredients, recipes and a supper of your creations with a glass of local wine. Please call 01743 452810 to book.

Christmas hints and tips Weston Park’s head chef Guy Day will be running an evening workshop on Thursday 14 November which will offer ideas and a few handy shortcuts to create tasty hassle-free Christmas food. £25 per person to include the demonstration, recipe packs, tastings and a two-course set dinner. Daytime workshops on Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 December, cost £18 per person. Call 01952 852100 to book.

Hands-on Caribbean cookery On Wednesday 13 November, there will be a one-day cookery course hosted by the Caribbean chef from Roots Caribbean Catering at the Taste kitchen, Shrewsbury. £90 per person to include all ingredients and refreshments. Please call 01743 452810 to book.

 Pork pies

Grand New years Eve Party! Tuesday 31st December, 7.30pm – 1.00 am

Live music from our most popular tribute band

WANT YOU BACK TAKE THAT! Enjoy world cuisine hot & cold buffet and FREE BAR* Free transport from Bridgnorth

For more info and to book tickets Tel: 01746 763304 or visit our website: Ludlow Road, Bridgnorth, WV16 5NQ *Excludes champagne, bottled wines and premium vintage spirits. Strictly over 21s. Tickets must be bought in advance 80

Pork pies, mulled cider and mince pies

‚ Make a perfect Christmas pud

Enjoy a glass of mulled cider and a warm mince pie in the Taste kitchen while you watch a pork pie making demonstration from 6-8pm on Thursday 21 November. £10 per person to include the cookery demonstration, a glass of mulled cider and a mince pie. Please call 01743 452810 to book.

Make a perfect Christmas pud On Tuesday 26 November there’s a hands-on cookery demonstration at the Taste kitchen Shrewsbury, where participants can make their own perfect Christmas pudding with time to feed it and allow it to mature for Christmas Day. Afterwards enjoy a glass of mulled cider and a hot turkey bap. £35 per person to include lunch and your 2lb luxury Christmas pudding to take home. Please call 01743 452810 to book.

Festive bites From turkey and cranberry pinwheels to chocolate and Clementine tarts… HEFF chef Danny Silcock will demonstrate how to make some deliciously different festive bites, followed by afternoon tea, on Friday 29 November. £15 per person to include the cookery demonstration and a scrumptious afternoon tea.

 Festive bites


Log fires Home cooked food


Separate 36 seat restaurant Cask ales Children’s menu Dogs welcome in bar Walkers welcome

XMAS EVE Christmas Fayre


22nd Nov – 23rd Dec

2 course £10.95 3 course £13.95 Large parties catered for. Please book in advance

Music from Chris Quinn

Free entry & buffet

NEW YEARS EVE Music from David Buzby

Free entry & buffet


1 course £8.95 2 course £10.95 3 course £12.95


Pie & Pint £8.95 THURSDAYS

2 meals for £10

Lunch served 12-2.30pm Dinner 6-9pm (Except Sunday)

The George & Dragon 2 High Street, Much Wenlock TF13 6AA Telephone: 01952 727312 81



a hamper of treats

to make your Christmas ever so tasty …and Ever So British!

Ever So British is a family firm that showcases small-scale producers who want to keep alive our rich culinary heritage. Based in Shropshire, we explore the heart of England to find gifts and treats to delight and surprise you. Ever So British also has an affiliate partnership with The Ludlow Hamper Company.

old-fashioned way by artisan preserve-makers. There’s Orange and Cider Marmalade, pickled onions and cranberry sauce for a twist of piquancy. And, just to make sure your Christmas really does go with a bang, there’s a pud, a cake, two fruit liqueurs, and a bottle of Wood’s famed chestnut beer, Shropshire Lad.

We adore the run-up to the festive season. And we’re offering a prize to make your Christmas even more magical. We’ve got one of our Festive Feast hampers; (value £95) for each of three lucky winners!

Festive Feast contains Cherry Liqueur, Sloe Liqueur, Shropshire Iced Christmas Cake, Christmas Pudding, Festive Drink Mixer, Shropshire Lad Beer, Pickled Onions, Cranberry Sauce, Orange & Cider Marmalade, Bouncing Berry Cheese, Quince Jelly, Dark Chocolate Honeycomb Chunky Bar.

Inside the hamper there’s a perfect pairing of Bounding Berry cheese and quince jelly, crafted the

All you need to do to be in the running to win an Ever So British Festive Feast is visit our website and find the answer to this simple question: What is the weight of the Christmas Pudding contained in the Ever So British Festive Feast hamper? (Please circle your answer) a) 250g

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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. Prize cannot be exchanged for cash alternative. All entries must be received by Monday 16 December 2013. Tick here if you do not wish to be contacted by Ever So British for future promotions.


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Book Review One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson (Random House) £20 hardback Bill Bryson travels back in time to a forgotten summer when, in five eventful months, America came of age and the world changed forever. In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market and a president who worked just four hours a day — and slept much of the rest of the time. A semi-crazed sculptor had a mad plan to carve four giant heads into an inaccessible mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood hit Mississippi, there was a sensational murder trial and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh started the summer unknown and finished it as the most famous man on earth. It was also the summer that saw the birth of talking pictures, the invention of television, the peak of Al Capone’s reign of terror, the horrifying bombing of a school in Michigan by a madman, the ill-conceived decision that led to the Great Depression, the thrillingly improbable return to greatness of a wheezing, over-thehill baseball player named Babe Ruth, and an almost impossible amount more. In this hugely entertaining book, Bill Bryson spins a story of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy, with a cast of unforgettable and eccentric characters all portrayed with trademark brio, wit and authority. This will make a perfect Christmas present for any of Bill Bryson’s many, many fans — and for anyone with an interest in world affairs and American history. Packed full of information but told in Bill’s wonderful style, as a real adventure story! Anna Dreda, Wenlock Books High Street, Much Wenlock

Diary dates Saturday 2 November

It’s my tenth anniversary party! Celebrate with me throughout the day and at a party in the evening; there will be champagne and cake! If you have ever been to a reading group, holiday or any bookshop event, you are especially welcome and I’d love it if you brought with you any memories of attending events over the last TEN YEARS! RSVP. Wednesday 20 November

Genfan and Barker Singer and guitarist Vicki Genfan and singer songwriter Sally Barker of the Poozies will perform at Wenlock Pottery. Monday 16 December

Timber Hawkeye – Buddhist Boot Camp Timber Hawkeye offers a non-sectarian approach to being at peace with the world, both within and around us. His intention is to awaken, enlighten, enrich and inspire. He will be launching his new book Buddhist Boot Camp at Wenlock Pottery at 7pm. This event is FREE but you do need a ticket to reserve your place. Tuesday 24 December

The Night Before Christmas Our annual event for children and their parents or grandparents will take place on Christmas Eve at 4pm. In a beautiful, candlelit setting, we will read the classic Christmas poem by CC Moore: T’was the Night Before Christmas, followed by Carol Ann Duffy’s beautiful retelling of that poem in a way that brings it completely up to date while keeping all of the magic. Children will receive a handmade red felt stocking stuffed full of little gifts, and there will be mince pies and champagne for the grown ups. This is a very special event and thanks to the kindness and generosity of everyone involved every penny of the ticket price goes to support the work of Conakry Refugee School. Price per child this year is £8. Book early to avoid disappointment and please don’t tell your children about it until you are sure you’ve got a place!


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Business News

New website launch for friends Life-long friends Francesca Robinson from Shrewsbury and Sarah Knowles from Bridgnorth have joined creative forces to launch Big Little Things, a Telford-based online shopping retailer. The friends both had successful careers, but wanted to run their own business in tandem with their growing families. The company now sells handmade and handpicked personalised gifts and wedding accessories both nationally and internationally though their website which they launched last month. “This has opened up a whole new market for us as we can now cater for everyone, selling ‘finishing touches’ and gifts for special occasions including christenings, Christmas and birthdays and weddings,” said Francesca. “We spend our days designing, crafting prototypes, putting orders together and making sure that Big Little Things are special.” For more information visit

Gamekeeper to the stars joins Much Wenlock firm A 27-yearold former gamekeeper who is used to working alongside royalty and Hollywood stars like Robert Downey Jr has joined a Shropshire company to help the county’s rural businesses thrive. Chris Powell has joined Madeleys Chartered Surveyors in Much Wenlock following a four-year course at Harper Adams Agricultural College. Mr Powell, of Hope, near Minsterley, is from a farming family and spent four years as a gamekeeper in Dorset, where he counted Princes William and Harry, Jools Holland, Ian Botham and Eric Clapton among his regular shooting clients. But he has left the glitz and glamour of celebrity shoots behind to concentrate on a career in giving advice and support to farmers and rural businesses in Shropshire.

Second Bridgnorth jobs fair a success A jobs fair in Bridgnorth, organised by South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne, attracted 23 local employers with 150 jobs on offer for local people. The event was supported by Jobcentre Plus and hosted companies from a wide range of sectors. Mr Dunne said, “Events such as this really show the diverse range of roles available to local people in Bridgnorth and the surrounding area. Jobs were on offer in areas ranging from health and social care, retail, the armed forces, catering, to mechanical engineering and banking, as well as a wide range of training and apprenticeship opportunities. I was particularly pleased to have Manpower, the main recruiter for Jaguar Land Rover in the West Midlands, exhibiting at the event.” Several companies had already set up interviews with jobseekers at the fair, with one being offered a role to start the next working day.

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Each month a local expert will answer your questions on IT. This month’s column comes from Toni Bennett, director of That Computer Chap.

After a tablet this Christmas? You might need a couple with a glass of water to get over the headache of choosing one!

The main criteria for most buyers will be: 1. Size: 7, 8, 9.7 and 10.1 inch tablets are all now available 2. Battery life 3. Camera megapixels: the ability to play music, movies and video 4. Storage capacity 5. Operating systems: Android, Windows or Apples IOS 6. Brand: Samsung, Apple, Google or a budget Chinese tablet with very good specifications 7. Surfing the internet at home and on the move 8. Communications using Skype, email, instant messaging…

To quickly round up: Screen size is crucial; too small and you’ll be scrolling all the time. Most tablets are between 8.9 and 10.1 inches. Tablets are designed for people on the move so a good battery life of 7 hours plus is ideal. Also ensure you can use the tablet wirelessly or with a 3G model or dongle. Having a camera of 2 megapixels or more allows you to capture family events. If storing music, snaps and videos is important, choose a tablet with a large built-in memory capacity. Even better, opt for one that accepts micro SD cards of 16Gb upwards.

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Business Expo launched Businesses from across Shropshire will come together at an event combining workshops, networking and an open discussion with local councils about encouraging enterprise. The first ever FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) Expo and Christmas Craft Fair takes place at Shrewsbury Business Park on Thursday 14 November. As well as a valuable networking opportunity, the Expo will feature local craft products, ideas for Christmas gifts and an opportunity to meet local entrepreneurs, artisans and innovative Shropshire businesses. Barbara Rainford, secretary of the FSB Shropshire branch said, “The FSB has nearly 2,000 members in Shropshire and we hope many of them will be at the Expo; it’s a great opportunity for people to come and meet a wide variety of businesses – not just FSB members – it’s open to everyone.” The event will be held from 3pm, with a buffet at 6pm, at Image Match in Jupiter House on Shrewsbury Business Park. People from businesses big and small are welcome to attend the event, which is free, but email if you would like to attend the buffet.

Bridgnorth care home joins ‘Gold Club’ Staff from Danesford Grange Care Home are celebrating after receiving a national award recognising the Gold Standard of care they provide their residents. They now join more than 400 homes across the country which are providing their residents with the compassionate care they deserve as they approach the end of their lives. Miss Jo Thomas, manager of Danesford Grange Care Home in Bridgnorth said, “We are delighted to have achieved this prestigious award. We’ve always prided ourselves on the excellent care we provide our residents. GSF (Gold Standards Framework) has helped us formalise this and take our care to the next level, ensuring that residents enjoy their lives, receiving the high quality care they want in their chosen place, right up to the end.”  Jo Thomas (Matron/Manager & GSF Coordinator) and Kim Link (Team Leader and GSF Key Worker)

Shropshire social work team shortlisted for top award Social work team People2People has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award in the Social Worker of the Year awards. People2People is one of six pilot schemes across England which looks at different ways of providing social work support to ensure it best suits people’s needs, and helps them to be more active and independent. It is a not-for-profit community interest company which covers south Shropshire. Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult services – transformation and safeguarding, said, “It is a real achievement to be shortlisted, and I wish the team all the best in the awards.” The winners will be announced on 29 November in London.

Support ‘Small Business Saturday’ on 7 December Supported by the Prime Minister, the Government and all major political parties, ‘Small Business Saturday’ has been launched to celebrate small businesses both locally and nationally, and to ask everyone to make a special effort to support and do business with them, on the day

and beyond. Latest figures show that more than nine out of 10 businesses in Shropshire employ fewer than 10 people. During 2011, these small businesses helped to create 2,300 additional jobs in Shropshire.


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Saving for our Retirement In a recent survey* looking at today’s pensioners and how they afford to live, it became clear that nearly two thirds of all retirees’ financial situations are so spartan, they resort to a repertoire of money-saving techniques – such as collecting food vouchers, entering competitions and applying for free samples – to boost their weekly budget. However, these current pensioners are still better off than the estimated 2.3 million people over the age of 50 heading towards retirement with nothing saved and only the basic state pension to rely on. The new flat-rate pension (due 2016) of £144 per week will still leave millions of men and women with no disposable income to speak of, who will struggle to cover just their basic weekly living costs. This same group of people also said that, on average, they wouldn’t be able to live on less than £214 per week.

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Council Notes

Macmillan coffee morning

Heart of England in Bloom winner

Supported by the generous residents and local businesses in Shifnal, the coffee morning in aid of Macmillan held at the Old Fire Station on Friday 27 September raised an impressive sum of £347.72. Thank you to all who helped and supported this very worthwhile cause.

Bridgnorth Bridgnorth picked up a Gold Award in the Town category and also was also declared overall winner of this category for 2013. Bridgnorth has been put forward for the 2014 National Britain in Bloom competition by Heart of England in Bloom.

World War One The Bridgnorth Community Events Working Party has begun to look at the WW1 celebrations to be held in Bridgnorth over the next few years. We are hoping that there may be some WW1 veterans or their families in the town that can share memories or stories of the war in Bridgnorth. It is hoped an exhibition of life in Bridgnorth during WW1 will be displayed in the Town Hall. If you would like to join the working party or have any suggestions for events, please contact the Town Clerk on

Town Mayor’s Christmas concert The Town Mayor Councillor Ray Gill will welcome the Highley Colliery Band and the Bridgnorth Male Voice Choir to the Castle Hall on Saturday 14 December. An evening of Christmas fun, music and song and with traditional Christmas Carols. Tickets are available from the town council offices on 01746 762231 or susan.corfield@ Issued by Anne Wilson, Town Clerk 01746 762231 email:

For more information, please see the Shifnal Town Council website on Issued by Mrs Suzanne Broderick, Mayor of Shifnal, 07989 832790 and Mac Sandal, Town Clerk 01952 461420

Council Notes

Much Wenlock Banking changes The town council has taken the decision to open a current account with Unity Trust Bank, which has certain features designed specifically for local authorities. Many councillors and residents had concerns that this would be a detrimental decision for the only remaining high street bank in Much Wenlock. In view of this, the council’s deposit and charity accounts will remain with Barclays.

Tree planting at the cemetery New trees are to be planted at the cemetery by volunteers. They will be provided free of charge as part of the Big Tree Plant. Volunteers will also be planting new shrubs and plants to enhance the overall appearance of the cemetery.

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Council Notes


The Local Authorities Regulations 2003 makes provision for councillors to receive an allowance, the amount of which is determined by an Independent Remuneration Panel. However, Much Wenlock town councillors have agreed to forego their entitlement and agreed not to accept an allowance.

Election of new mayor

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Shifnal town council has welcomed a new mayor following the resignation by Councillor Mr Mark Mountford who had been in the post since the spring. Councillor Suzanne Broderick has taken up the challenge of keeping up the momentum for change that has been occurring in Shifnal under Mr Mountford’s leadership.

The town council is delighted with news that the site at Falcon’s Court, Much Wenlock had been purchased and that the new owner intends to tidy the area. The purchaser has expressed a wish to discuss ideas with the town council, planners and the local community for suggestions to improve the site.

Mayor’s charities

Heavy traffic

Mr Mountford held two mayor’s charity events during his time in office — a northern soul disco and the Mayor’s Charity Ball in September. The total raised was £2,025 and has been divided equally between Mr Mountford’s chosen charities: Kidney Research UK, Cancer Research UK, Shifnal Europeans Football Club, Shifnal Harriers Football Club, and Shifnal Cricket Club.


The council is to write to Shropshire Council, expressing concerns about large vehicles mounting pavements as they drive through the narrow streets in the town, heavy traffic passing along Sheinton Street and requesting appropriate traffic management and safety measures on the busy stretch of road outside William Brookes School.

Local policing Much Wenlock’s local police officer, Stuart Lippitt has been relocated to Bridgnorth after 13 years. The town council would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Stuart for his hard work and commitment to the people of Much Wenlock. The council would like to welcome PC Jane Cowen, who took over from Stuart on 1 October.

World War One commemoration Over the next four years central government plans to commemorate 100-year anniversaries of significant events in the Great War and so the town council has set up a working group to coordinate and promote events locally that mark these anniversaries. The first meeting of the working group will be held in early November and the active involvement of community organisations is sought. Anyone interested in joining the working group should contact the Town Clerk.

Affordable housing Shropshire Homes recently gave a presentation to the council about the provision of affordable housing, and representatives from the Bishops Castle and District Community Land Trust are to be invited to a future council meeting. Issued by Sharon Clayton, Town Clerk 01952 727509 email:

Councillor advice surgery Much Wenlock’s Shropshire Councillor David Turner is holding an advice surgery on Saturday 30 November at Shipton Village Hall from 10.30am until midday. Local residents are welcome to drop in. Councillor Turner’s contact details are 01952 728802 or email

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


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An Independent family run business where your wishes are carried out in a quiet and dignified manner


• Kitchens /Bathrooms • Extensions /Renovations/Roofing year’s experience • All Carpentry/building needs • Tiling No job too big or small: • Free quotations

Tel 07929 389833

Oil boilers, AGAs & Rayburns Service, repairs & installation General plumbing work Over 30 years experience Call

• 24 hour service • Private Chapel of Rest • Home visits available • Tailored made funeral plans

01952 727248 (24hrs) 52 High Street, Much Wenlock, TF13 6AE


Sue RaeSide


For small businesses & self-employed

01746 761640 07794 476022

T: 01746 763806 M: 07875 758780

Book keeping

Richard Chebsey

01746 768798 07976 750947


What’s that Number?

In an EMERGENCY always dial 999 For your local POLICE STATION in a NON EMERGENCY dial 101

Medical / Care


Bridgnorth Hospital ........................................................01746 762641

A Line Taxis.......................................................................... 01746 767777

Bridgnorth Medical Practice......................................... 01746 767121

A T R Taxis ........................................................................... 01746 336643

Broseley Medical Practice............................................01952 882854

Brambles Private Hire .................................................... 01746 767076

Claverley Medical Practice...........................................01746 710223

Bridgnorth Taxis...............................................................01746 765000

County Air Ambulance ...........................................0800 840 2040

Shrewsbury Taxis................................................................01743 244477

Ironbridge Medical Practice.......................................01952 432 568

SW Private Hire.................................................................. 01746 761500

Much Wenlock Pharmacy ............................................01952 727253

Taxi Express.......................................................................... 01746 767685

Much Wenlock Surgery .................................................01952 726011

TD Taxis ..................................................................................01746 763147

New Cross Hospital ......................................................01902 307999

Wenlock Taxis.................................................................... 01952 882666

Out of Hours GP.......................................................................................111

Councils & Local Services

Princess Royal Hospital .................................................01952 641222 Pure Dental............................................................................ 01746 765711 Regency House Dental....................................................01746 766114 Royal Shrewsbury Hospital ........................................01743 261000 Shifnal Medical Practice .............................................. 01952 460414 Shropdoc......................................................................... 0844 406 8888

Bridgnorth Community Transport Group .......... 01746 768539 Bridgnorth Job Centre Plus........................................0845 604 3719 Bridgnorth Neighbourhood Watch ......................... 01746 761143 Bridgnorth Town Council ............................................ 01746 762231 Broseley Town Council...................................................01952 882172 Much Wenlock Neighbourhood Watch ........... 0845 330 7561

Shropshire Primary Care Trust...................................01743 277500

Much Wenlock Town Council ..................................01952 727509

South East Shropshire Health Visitors.....................01746 711958

Severn Trent Water......................................................0800 783 4444

Twickel Dental....................................................................01952 728799

Shropshire Citizens Advice Bureau ......................0844 499 1100

Schools & Nurseries

Shropshire Council...................................................... 0345 678 9000

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

Shropshire Fire & Rescue ............................................ 01743 260200 Telford & Wrekin Council...........................................01952 380000 The Friendly Transport Service (Community scheme).......................................................01952 881145 West Mercia Police...................................................... 0300 333 3000

Castlefields Primary School .......................................01746 764072


Coalbrookdale & Ironbridge CE Primary School ......................................................... 01952 386620

Bridgnorth Leisure Centre ............................................01746 761541 Bridgnorth Library.............................................................01746 763358

John Wilkinson Primary School................................ 01952 882950

Broseley Library & Customer Service Point........01952 884378

Lightmoor Village Primary School...........................01952 387620

Much Wenlock Leisure Centre ................................ 01952 727629

Much Wenlock Preschool........................................... 01952 728807

Much Wenlock Library ................................................. 01952 728293

Much Wenlock Primary School ............................... 01952 727634

National Rail Enquiries ...............................................08457 484950

Oldbury Wells School .................................................. 01746 765454

Traveline..............................................................................0871 200 2233

Poppets Nursery.............................................................. 01746 767800 Puddleducks Pre-School ............................................01952 884420 Shifnal Primary School................................................ 01952 460 500 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 Stottesdon Primary School . ........................................01746 718617

Animal Care & Rescue Bridgnorth Veterinary ......................................................01746 711561 Cuan House Wildlife Rescue..................................... 01952 728070 RSPCA.................................................................................. 0300 1234 999 Severn Edge Equine Emergencies............................ 01584 841080 Severn Edge Farm Emergencies....................................01746 713911

William Brookes School .............................................01952 728900

Severn Edge Veteterinary (Much Wenlock) ...... 01952 726007. (Bridgnorth)..........................................................................01746 763998

Worfield Endowed CE Primary School..................01746 716606

Wrekin View Veterinary .............................................. 01952 460479


Kitchen Recipe

Take some... Traditional values and service Established in 2003, The Kitchen Depot is a family-owned and run business that remains true to our founding values of honesty, integrity and sheer professionalism. We take immense pride in our reputation for service and commitment to our customers, with more than half of our business coming from customer recommendations to their family and friends.

...add a dash of… Quality and Value

All of our kitchens are manufactured to an exceptionally high German specification, on site, in our own factory and by our own people. That way, we have total control over the product quality, the production timescales AND the manufacturing costs. With no middle-man – you buy direct and we are able to pass these time and cost savings directly onto our customers.

…then a big chunk of…

Ownership and Responsibility

Unusual in this insincere world, admittedly. But we mean it. We are totally committed to providing you with the best kitchen, at the best price, installed with the highest level of service and professionalism. And on the exceptionally rare occasion that something could have been done better – we hold our hands up – and put it right. Fast. No fuss. No hassle. No argument. Just sorted.

...a soupçon of…Harmony At The Kitchen Depot, we know that we are only as good as our people. They ARE The Kitchen Depot brand. That’s why we look after our staff every bit as well as we look after our customers. Because we know that happy workers, pulling together in harmony, make for happy customers.

THE KITCHEN DEPOT Global House, Horton Road off Trench Road, Telford TF2 6PD

BRANCHES ALSO AT Ennerdale Road, Shrewsbury SY1 3NP & Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Glasgow


LOW, LOW PRICES ALL YEAR ROUND! Fictional Sales, factory clearances, scoop purchases and all that gimmicky nonsense has no place at The Kitchen Depot. We’ll leave that to our envious competitors. All you get from us is good, honest advice, a top-quality product that we manufacture ourselves, responsibly and professionally installed, guaranteed for a full twenty five years, and at the lowest , most competitive price on like-for-like quality that you’ll find anywhere. In other words – sheer value.




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