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Chelmarsh Sailing Club has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.

Club Commodore Pete Wilson, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the facilities we provide to match the quality of the sailing offered at Chelmarsh Sailing Club.

This is part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games. Chelmarsh Sailing Club will receive £36,011 of National Lottery funding to upgrade the facilities at Chelmarsh

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Welcome Sir Keith! The train now arriving at the Severn Valley Railway’s two termini at Bridgnorth and Kidderminster… probably isn’t going to look anything like most visitors imagine! For while the steam heritage line’s locomotive fleet is based largely on former GWR (Great Western Railway) and LMS (London, Midland & Scottish Railway) types that were familiar to people in the West Midlands in the old days of steam, the newest addition to the SVR’s steam engine stud is distinctly a ‘foreigner’, with a very different look to it. Former Southern Railway ‘Battle of Britain’ Class engine No. 34053 Sir Keith Park, which completed ‘running-in’ and ‘clearance’ trials’ on the 16-mile SVR last month, has now joined the line’s working fleet, and is regularly popping up on the railway’s timetabled passenger services – to the surprise of many. Built in 1947, this amazing locomotive was rescued from a scrapyard in 1984 and eventually completed restored.

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Volunteer help needed Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin is a local charity providing a wide range of services for people over 60 across the whole of Shropshire – and they are urgently looking for volunteer drivers to help out at their Much Wenlock centre.

Wheatland Services manager Angela Lewis (left) presents  a cheque to extended schools co-ordinator Traci Ewen.

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Just back from the Athletics Stadium at the inspirational Paralympics, Sally Themans found herself surrounded by several sporting local heroes at the William Brookes ‘sports taster day’, when local clubs showcase their sports with a view to planting the seeds of inspiration into youngsters from the local area. Here, at grass roots level, volunteers take time out of their busy lives to pass on the love of sport. It seems only fitting, after a summer devoted to sporting excellence, with Olympic and Paralympic history being made and much talk about the ‘legacy’ of the games, that our local hero feature turns attention to those that give up their time, day in, day out, to developing sport in the local area. So, on a blisteringly sunny day in early September, the enthusiastic new pupils at Much Wenlock’s William Brookes School assembled to learn first hand from those with passion and commitment for their sport. First up was a go at basketball, with ex-pupil Ryan Harper. 12

Hailing from Buildwas, Ryan has played basketball since he was 11, having been introduced to the game when he started at the school. He now plays for TCAT and Shropshire, but finds time to return to the school to coach as a volunteer at an after-school club, which he has been doing for two years. He was more than happy to take a day out to come and introduce basketball to the youngsters: “I was given the opportunity when I was their age, and I think it’s important to come and share all that I’ve learnt about basketball – the pupils are all so enthusiastic.” Table Tennis

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A veteran of the school circuit is John O’Keeffe from Bridgnorth Table Tennis Club which he and Geoff Bristow founded some 20 years ago. Together, they have been running after-school clubs at many local schools including St Leonard’s, Bridgnorth Endowed, William Brookes and Idsall and


they also coach the Bridgnorth Buddies group on a Saturday morning. The club operates at Oldbury Wells School on a Tuesday evening. “This is the third year running I have spent the day at William Brookes,” said John. “It’s great to give children a taste of table tennis and possibly recruit members. I just love the sport and want to promote it in Shropshire, I have played all my life.” John especially loves working alongside children with special needs. Asked if there are any future Olympians or Paralympians knocking about locally, John laughs with a glint in his eye. “Oh yes, I have been coaching a lad with a disability through the Buddies group and he’s really got talent so watch this space!” Swimming No strangers to long-term commitment and the lengthy hours of volunteering that it takes to be a swimming coach, D Davidson and Gary Barnes of Northgate Swimming Club were joined by four of the clubs’ level one coaches to help give the pupils a swimming taster session. Working in small groups with a massive range of abilities, all six volunteers had taken a day off work to come and help out. For junior coach Gary Barnes it’s time well spent. “I like seeing youngsters enjoying themselves in the pool. And if I

can change one little thing to improve their swimming, or indeed their water awareness, then it makes my day.” Dance

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The final volunteer I caught up with was sixth form student Claire Crossley from Aqueduct. Alongside demanding A levels in German, maths and dance, Claire is setting up an afterschool dance club at William Brookes. ‘Encore’ is aimed at fostering a love of dance in years 7, 8 and 9. She laughed: “I’m really impressed with how well everyone is joining in, especially the boys!” It’s all too easy to sit back and let others do the work but the amateur sports clubs in our area would not be able to function without the likes of those people in this feature – and the many others who give up their weekends and evenings to coach youngsters, whether they are budding Olympians or Paralympians or will, in turn, be the next generation of inspirational volunteers. Sally Themans

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Moths in the spotlight

Autumn is the season of wood fires and fiery sunsets. As the sun drops the sky seems to take on a texture all of its own. Crimson fish scales spread out over the deep blue sky before the moon rises. It lights up the thistledown that blows over hedges and casts a milky glow over stubble fields dotted with straw bales. The moon is used by many animals for navigation purposes, including the moths that fly in the shafts of light at the window.

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moth trap is basically a wooden box with a fluorescent light tube that can be used to survey the moths in an area. Moths are drawn to the light and fly down into the box. They are prevented from escaping by clear plastic sheets covering the top of the trap. I was intrigued to find out what autumn moths might be making a home in my garden so I set up a moth trap one clear September evening. Soon moths were spiralling towards the light like fireflies. The next morning I opened the moth trap and, sure enough, moths were hiding amongst the empty egg boxes in the base of the trap. Armed with my field guide, I carefully placed each moth into a clear plastic pot and started to try and identify them. The first moth that I noticed was a wonderful mustard-yellow specimen with a distinctive wing shape. I instantly recognised it as one of the thorns and, after checking the book, I realised that it was a dusky thorn. I also spotted two bright yellow brimstone moths. In my opinion, this moth is equally as beautiful as the butterfly with the same name.

The most numerous species in my trap was the large yellow underwing. With wings closed, it looks to be a fairly dull moth. However, when the underwings are exposed, they are a bright yellow-orange colour. This is a clever survival strategy. Flashing the bright underwings as a predator (such as a bird) is about to strike can distract the bird just enough to allow an escape. 16

Most native moths do not cause any problems and are important pollinators and prey items for creatures such as bats. The Victorian naturalists who described many of our moths came up with some fantastic names. In my trap was a species called the setaceous Hebrew character. It is named after markings on the wings that look like one of the letters in the Hebrew alphabet. Looking through the field guide, I spot other unusual names. True lovers knot is named after a pattern on the wings. The confused is named in reference to the difficulty in identifying this species. My personal favourite moth name is the merveille du jour (this is a beautiful green moth with a name that translates as ‘wonder of the day’). Several years ago, moths hit the national headlines when the oak processionary moth was recorded in London. This is a non-native species that arrived on trees imported from the continent. The caterpillars are covered with hairs that carry a toxin. If this toxin comes into contact with people it can cause serious irritation to the skin, eyes and bronchial tubes. The caterpillars can also defoliate oak trees very quickly. Luckily it seems that the moth has not spread too far into the UK. Another problem moth is the horse chestnut leaf miner. This species has caterpillars that live inside the leaves of


The best way to encourage more moths into the garden is to plant owers that are evening-scented. These include honeysuckle and evening primrose, both of which provide a welcome nectar feast for our garden moths.

horse chestnut trees, leaving brown marks. It causes the trees to produce small, shrivelled-up conkers. Most native moths do not cause any problems and are important pollinators and prey items for creatures such as bats. Being a relative newcomer to moths, I was pleased that I managed to identify nine species in my moth trap. Despite scouring the field guide, I struggled to work out what a small but beautifully marked specimen was. I contacted a good friend who has been running a moth trap in his garden for more than five years. Bill advised me that my final moth was a marbled beauty. This gave me a final count of 30 moths from 10 different species in my small suburban garden. A total of around 2,500 moth species have been recorded in Britain. I thoroughly enjoyed doing the moth survey. It was the first time that I had really studied this wonderful group of insects up close. I shall certainly be setting the moth trap in the garden again to see what other species are present at different times of the year. The best way to encourage more moths into the garden is to plant flowers that are evening-scented. These include honeysuckle and evening primrose, both of which provide a welcome nectar feast for our garden moths.

Do one thing for wildlife this month: If you feel inspired to learn more about the moths in your garden, the garden moth survey might just be for you. This recording scheme started in the West Midlands region nine years ago. It has now spread across the country. Members of the public set a moth trap in their garden once a week and record 200 of the most common, and easy to identify, species. This means that beginners can get involved. It provides really useful data on how our common garden moths are faring. For more details please see: www.gardenmoths.org.uk A big thanks to Bill Watkins for providing photos of moths that he has caught in his garden for this article.

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Perfect pet! Kidderminster pupils from Holy Trinity International School have been kept busy at the start of term with their newest class member, Biscuit the hamster! The year 5 students are thoroughly enjoying looking after their little furry friend, they even have a rota to arrange who takes him home at weekends and away on holidays. Biscuit monitor, 10 year old Harriet Murphy, said: “I change Biscuit’s food and water every day, and he absolutely loves celery, it’s his favourite thing as he hides in it in his tube to eat later. Tamzin Warton (9), Harriet Murphy (10) and James Bishop (9)  with Biscuit the hamster.

“We also clean out his cage and put out fresh bedding and straw every other day.”

Top school Much to the delight of the headmaster Richard Pleming Wrekin College has, for the first time, been listed in the Tatler’s Good Schools Guide. The guide, which is independently written, concurs with Mr Pleming that Wrekin is 'ripe for dizzying ascent in performance and popularity.’

Endowed School staff  and governors receive the outstanding improvement award.

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Being the best European and Commonwealth gold medal swimmer Adam Whitehead has been leading pupils at Bridgnorth Endowed School during the Be the Best programme, which focuses on goal setting and fulfilling potential – and he was present when the school was presented with a major accolade. The school has been recognised as achieving outstanding improvements in terms of student achievement and Sue Williamson, chief executive of the National Schools Network, said: “Bridgnorth Endowed School has proved itself to be one of the best schools in the country at improving GCSE outcomes for their students.” The school will hold open mornings throughout October.

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Games ambassador Jan Wraith, teaching assistant at St Leonard’s C of E Primary School in Bridgnorth was a London Ambassador at the Paralympic games. For six evenings she helped spectators from all over the world find their way around the Greenwich North Arena, home of the wheelchair basketball competition, and gave advice and ideas on what to do during their stay in London. Jan had the honour of meeting Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who thanked her and her fellow volunteers for their help and support in making the Olympic and Paralympic games such a great success.

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Award for Dani Wrekin College pupil Dani Rowlinson was awarded Telford and Wrekin Junior Sportsperson of the Year. Dani is a talented runner and was also selected to carry the Olympic Torch through Ironbridge earlier this year.

Special recognition Three Oldbury Wells students have received special recognition for their exam successes over the past two years. The Chair of Governors Award usually goes to one student but this year was presented to three – Toni Saad, Joe Watson and Luke Hopkins. Chair of Governors Judy Mondon said: “We wanted to recognise the specific achievements of three particular students this year. All three obtained exceptional GCSE results in 2011 and 2010. Since that time their exam successes have continued through the sixth form partnership with Bridgnorth Endowed School, with outstanding results.” „ Chair of Governors Judy Mondon with outstanding Oldbury Wells pupils Toni, Joe and Luke. 22


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School News

Here come the girls! With its strong ethos and excellent facilities ideally located in the heart of Shrewsbury, and a reputation for academic excellence, Shrewsbury High School seniors is the ideal school for ensuring girls achieve their potential. As part of the Girls’ Day School Trust, the largest educator of girls in the UK, Shrewsbury High School has a great understanding of how to provide the best education for girls. The school is keen to nurture individual talent and allround potential in a positive, caring environment. In single-sex schools girls are less likely to conform to gender stereotypes and they are more likely to take risks and innovate. They are less constrained in their choice of subjects and they have more opportunities to show leadership. This results in better performance at examinations, and greater success in entering the best universities and careers. This is why the high school’s results are so exceptional in Shropshire. Mr Michael Getty, the head of Shrewsbury High School, confirms this: “The benefits that single-sex schooling provides to girls’ confidence, opportunities and all-round education are well documented and by just educating girls in seniors we can ensure that girls receive the tailored education, pastoral guidance and the leadership challenge that they need to fully develop to their potential.” Shrewsbury High School is holding an Open Day on Saturday October 6, starting at 9:30am. For further details contact the school’s admissions officer Sharon Jones on 01743 494038, admissions@shr.gdst.net

Daring exhibition Dare2engage is an exciting art exhibition being hosted by the Bridgnorth Youth and Schools Project from October 16 to 19. The exhibition takes a challenging look at the emotions of rage, despair and hope and a personal audio guide is provided for each visitor to the exhibition, which will be held in Bridgnorth Baptist Church. One of the most notable aspects of the week will be a conference day for post 16 pupils. The day will explore these three powerful emotions and will be hosted by Lat Blaylock, a national RE Adviser and National Association of Teachers of RE executive member. 24

Green fingers! Pupils at St Dominic’s High School for Girls in Brewood have been thrilled with their abundant crop of potatoes, green beans, French beans and tomatoes this season. The crops have been grown by a group of now extremely keen gardening enthusiasts who chose to attend the gardening club held during their extended day activities, which was run by Mrs Rose Cowley, head of maths.


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New arts studio At a time when most schools are silent Bedstone has been incredibly busy over the summer with the installation of a dance and performing arts studio. This year’s Guildhall speech and drama examinations saw candidates as young as 14 achieving grade 8 standard – ensuring that Bedstone’s reputation for achieving diploma status by the end of the sixth form continues to be safe. Bedstone’s sport will also be further enhanced by the provision of a new fitness suite scheduled to be completed by half-term, add to that the new adventure play area, nature garden and complete refurbishment of the prep school, new music school and mini all-weather pitch two years ago and it’s easy to see why Bedstone continues to flourish and expand. The learning support department, which enjoys an excellent reputation both locally and nationally,

now has the benefit from a single location, with individual one-to one and small group teaching rooms with enhanced ICT facilities. If you wish to see all that is happening at Bedstone and why so many parents choose the school for their children then visit the open day on Saturday 17th November from 10am to 1pm or sixth form evening on Friday 9th November, please call to register as places are limited. If you have any questions or would like to arrange an alternative time for a tour please call Mrs Claire Reid-Warrilow, director of admissions, on 01547 530961.

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Be the best that you can be at BES One of the 200 most improved schools nationally “Bridgnorth Endowed School has proved itself to be one of the best schools in the country at improving GCSE outcomes for their students” Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT (The Schools Network)

Open Mornings Wednesday 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th October 2012, 9.45am-1.00pm (9.45/11.05/12.05 slots) If you would like to see the school in action, please make an appointment by calling Mrs Beaman

• Results rise for the fourth year – well above national averages • Results have seen the school rise from 19th to 4th place in the Shropshire school league tables in three years • 32% of grades at GCSE were A* and A grades • A thriving Sixth Form Partnership with 40% of students achieving the highest grades

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Unique works A team of curators, volunteers and archivists have been working together in Ironbridge and Aberystwyth in preparation for a remarkable new exhibition of the work of artist Falcon Hildred which will open at the Coalbrookdale Gallery, near to Enginuity, on October 5.

 View from Turberry, watercolour, by Joan Baker.

Local Arts

New exhibition Much Wenlock’s Twenty Twenty Gallery will host a new exhibition titled The Eternity of the Landscape from October 13 to November 10.

With funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales working in partnership with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust have secured a unique collection of over 600 original drawings and watercolours of industrial buildings and landscapes by the Wales-based artist Falcon Hildred for future generations to enjoy Falcon Hildred is a highly accomplished artist who has dedicated his working life to recording the buildings and landscapes of nineteenth-and twentieth-century industry, producing works of high aesthetic, historic and social value. ‚Pasture Street crossing Grimsby by Falcon Hildred, 1978.

On display will be new work by Joan Baker and ceramics by Dennis Farrell.

Artfully Eccentric…

Star performance Bridgnorth Theatre on the Steps hosts one of the biggest acts of the sixties and seventies on Friday October 5 – Kenny Lynch. Kenny has worked with the best, from Frank Sinatra to the Beatles, and he will be performing with the Laurie Holloway Trio (Laurie was for many years Michael Parkinson’s musical director). Tania Holland Gallery, 7a Castle Terrace Bridgnorth, WV16 4AH 01746 767632

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Local Arts

Original works Bridgnorth’s Tania Holland Gallery showcases her own The lovely work of Flossy Teacake original range of sculpture, plus the work of other local and national talents – and she is now introducing the delightfullynamed Flossy Teacake into the mix! Tania met Flossy at a craft fair in Harrogate and is now pleased to welcome Flossy’s ceramic and mixed media pieces to the gallery – they are based on her childhood experiences of typical village personalities and the characterful buildings that they inhabit.

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Flossy says: “Tania’s work is incredibly quirky and very inspirational ,which is why I am honoured to be part of the gallery.”

An audience with her majesty

Double bill

This glittering presentation at The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock, by Lesley Smith, curator at Tutbury Castle, promises to transport the audience back to the time of Drake, Raleigh and Shakespeare on England’s voyage into the renaissance.

Broseley’s Birchmeadow Centre hosts a double bill of music from Peter Case and Michael Weston King on October 5. The evening begins at 7.30pm and tickets are available from Downes and Davis of Broseley or WeGotTickets.com. ‚Peter Case

Tickets are £12 and available from Lady Bertie and The Copper Kettle on the High Street in Much Wenlock.

Crafts on show

‚ Ralph Jandrell at work

This October sees the second exhibition for the Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft at the Harley Centre in Ludlow. Held over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday October 20 and 21, the event, appropriately titled ‘Showing Off’, will feature more than 30 designer makers from the Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft as well as guest exhibitors from the Worcestershire Guild of Designer Craftsmen. Those exhibiting at this free to enter autumn event will include Coalport potter and Shropshire Guild member Ralph Jandrell, and designer maker Jo Dewar from The Worcestershire Guild. 33


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Strike a light! Now smoking may be totally frowned upon by many nowadays – but ephemera linked to cigarettes and cigars is still very collectable. Lots of the items look great displayed in the home, such as this little vintage china match striker which of course still has a very practical use today for lighting candles, fires and sulky Rayburns! Cigarette cases over the years have been extremely elegant, look out for the silver ones and especially those with engraved initials. Match cases, similarly, can be very attractive and highly collectable, as can elegant cigarette holders. And vintage ashtrays, including the branded ones used in pubs, look really nice around the home. So don’t let the smoke get in your eyes when it comes to spotting a vintage bargain! John Ridgway of Perry and Phillips Auctioneers, Low Town, Bridgnorth.

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OCTOBER

Good Gardening Tips for

Autumn is just around the corner… With the first frosts likely any time now, it’s time to sort out the garden for winter and start to prepare for next season.

September and October are ideal for aerating the lawn with a fork or special tool…

Remove any summer bedding and put on to the compost heap. Geraniums and fuchsias can be trimmed back and potted up for the winter. Make sure they are placed somewhere frost free – a spare bedroom, utility room, conservatory or garage that has some slight heat in the winter. Remember, if we get a winter with temperatures below freezing point over a prolonged period, an unheated garage will not hold sufficient heat for storing plants that are frost tender. September and October are ideal for aerating the lawn with a fork or special tool, then apply Scotts Autumn Lawn Food to nourish your lawn through the winter months. Reseed any bare patches. The larvae of the daddy long legs/crane fly (leatherjackets) can become apparent in lawns during August and

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September, they will attack on most soils but in particular damp soils and heavy clays. If you see signs of damage, spray with Provado Lawn Grub Killer immediately. Check for lawn disease There are two diseases of lawns which are becoming more widespread. The first is Red Thread which appears as circular pink or bleached patches in grass, expanding into large patches of dead grass. Red threadlike strands form near the tops of leaf blades. It is seen more in warmer conditions in summer and early autumn. The second is Fusarium, a fungal disease of turf. It appears as dull brown patches spreading rapidly. This again can be prevalent in the autumn. If you spot either spray immediately with Lawn Disease Control by Bayer. Plant bulbs deeply When planting bulbs in containers outside, it’s worth putting in at least two layers of bulbs, slightly staggered one above the other. This will ensure a bigger display


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of flowers. Plant the bulbs deeply enough to allow you to plant winter and spring bedding on top. Pansies, violas, polyanthus, wallflowers and bellis are all suitable for planting in tubs or into the garden for winter and spring colour.

Potatoes should be stored in a cool but frost-free environment, hessian sacks available from garden centres are ideal for this purpose. Sow green manure crops now on to empty parts of the veg patch as a soil conditioner.

Autumn flowering cyclamen will give a bright and cheerful display up until we start getting severe frosts. If you want the real hardy cyclamen make sure you buy the ‘hederifolium’ form, which will withstand any winter weather – ideally plant them in a shaded or semi shaded spot.

Pick early apples and pears as they become ripe. Eat the earlier varieties straight away, but the later ripening ones can be stored for later use. Cover autumn fruiting raspberries against birds. The old fruiting canes can be pruned out during the winter months as the autumn varieties fruit on new season’s growth each year.

Plant spring flowering bulbs in the garden as soon as possible, so that roots can develop whilst the soil is still warm. The only exceptions to this rule are tulips which can be planted late – into December if you wish. Harvest onions and potatoes Harvest onions and potatoes now – lift up onions and allow to dry out where they’ve been growing if the weather is fine, before storing.

Over-wintering onions, shallots and Broadbean Aquadulce (Claudia) are now in stock, plant them as soon as you can and you’ll get an early maturing crop next year. Garlic cloves can either be planted directly outside or started off in pots and planted out later.

Dead head roses Dead head roses, trimming back any very long growths. Remove any foliage with rust or blackspot, making sure you dispose of it rather than putting on the compost heap. Autumn flowering asters are very susceptible to mildew so spray them regularly with a suitable fungicide to keep it under control. Once tomatoes and cucumbers have finished, clear them out on to the compost heap so long as they aren’t diseased and then clean out the greenhouse before putting in over wintering plants. It is a good idea to insulate with bubble as it helps to keep out the cold. Check over heaters ready for the first frosts. As you bring in plants to overwinter watch out for vine weevil larvae, especially on fuchsias. If you do see signs of them, drench the compost with one of the chemicals available for their control.

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Animal Care

Ulcers prove problem for horses

Stomach ulcers are becoming increasingly recognised as a significant problem in all types of horses undertaking a wide variety of activities.

having a look around. Ordinary endoscopes which are around one metre long are not up to the job and we are lucky enough at Severn Edge Vets to have one 3.3m long which can reach into the furthest recesses of the largest horses.

Until comparatively recently they were thought to be a problem primarily of race horses but in this practice we see ulcers in those used for eventing and dressage as well as those involved in low key activities.

The most appropriate treatment is Gastroguard which is not cheap but which reduces the acidity in the stomach and only needs to be given once per day. When treatment has been started, resolution of the problem is usually rapid and if re-scoped in a month’s time there is frequently little pathology to see. At that point, the dose is dropped to a quarter and kept going for a month or two longer. There is some evidence that the longer this low dose is maintained the more likely it is that the problem will be permanently resolved.

The causes are widespread but usually involve some degree of stress as well as a shortage of good quality roughage or an excess of cereal-based diets. Owners have to remember that horses have a relatively small stomach for their size and are primarily ‘designed’ to graze little and often during the day. Because of our requirements as horse owners for increased activity and energy from our equine friends, large cereal meals given infrequently drop the acidity in the stomach and overcome the normal ulcer-protective mechanisms there. So what are the signs? These can be very non-specific such as long-term weight loss, irritation on tightening the girth or even general crabby behaviour. Blood tests are usually unremarkable and physiotherapists or chiropractors frequently report that the muscles and skeleton are in good working order. The only accurate and definitive method of diagnosis is by passing an endoscope into the stomach and

We usually recommend that an affected horse is taken out of athletic activity or perhaps just kept in light work until the ulcers have healed. Subsequently, management needs to be looked at carefully to reduce environmental stress and to feed’ hard’ food little and often.

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OCTOBER- Dates F or Your Diary 4th – 7th October

11th October

Shifnal Festival

The Last of the Haussmans

Various locations around Shifnal A wide selection of music, craft stalls, workshops and performances including City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Brass and Taiko Japanese drumming, plus much more. More info: shifnalfestival.com

5th October

Peter Case & Michael Weston King

A new play by Stephen Beresford. This eagerly anticipated new play is a funny, touching and sometimes savage portrayal of a family losing its grip. Start: 7pm Admission: £11 Box Office: 01952 728911

12th October

Birchmeadow Centre, Broseley

Tribute Night

Peter Case is a powerhouse of modern American music, and Michael is an amazingly strong UK representative. Get your tickets now for an evening of great live music! Tickets available from the website. Start: 7.30pm Admission: £10 Contact: 07890 057832 More info: birchmeadow.org.uk

Punch Bowl Inn, Bridgnorth Book now for the Ultimate Grease Duo Tribute, an evening of great entertainment, ticket price includes two course carvery. Over 18s only. Start: 7pm Admission: £21.99 Contact: 01746 763304

9th – 13th October

Apple Day

The Sound of Music

Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton South Staffs Musical Theatre Company returns to the Grand with its brand new production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music. Admission: £6.50 - £18 Box office: 01902 429212

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The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock

13th October

Green Wood Centre, Coalbrookdale Not just apple pressing but live bands, Morris dancers, hog roast, bee keeping, apple trees to buy and lots of demonstrations… take along your apples to press. Start: 10:30-5pm Contact: 01952 432769 More info: smallwoods.org.uk


Submit your events at whatswhatmagazine.co.uk Every effort is made to provide correct information at the time of going to press, however it is advisable to check details with the venue concerned.

13th October

27th October

An Evening with Charles Dickens

Ghostly Gaslight

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge Gorge

A virtuoso performance of the greatest scenes from some of Dickens’ best stories, performed by the author’s great great grandson Gerald Dickens. Start: 8pm Admission: £14 Box Office: 01743 281281

Creepy crawlies, ghosts, ghouls and a spooky atmosphere will await you at the Ghostly Gaslight Halloween event. Dress in your most frightening costume to ward off the mischievous spirits, which will play havoc on the night! Contact: 01952 433424 More info: ironbridge.org.uk

14th October

31st October

Morville Heath Vintage Ploughing Match

Spoonley Gate Farm, Pattingham WV6 7ED 17th annual vintage ploughing match in aid of Air Ambulance. Start: 10am Admission: £6 Contact: 01746 765517

20th October

Flaxenby – Shropshire Folk Birchmeadow Centre, Broseley

Flaxenby are a highly regarded local product and will go down excellently with a glass of Ironbridge Brewery real ale, available on the evening. Start: 7.30pm Admission: £8 (£9 on door) Contact: 07890 057832

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

The Place Theatre, Oakengates Starring comedians from television’s most popular comedy shows and in addition to TV regulars, there’ll be comics on the brink of stardom. So you can enjoy some of the country’s top headliners and you never know you may see the next big thing! Admission: £10 (£12 on the door) Box Office: 01952 382382

31st October

Halloween Activity Fun Day Dudmaston Hall, Quatt

Join in lots of fun Halloween activities, carve a pumpkin to take home, take part in some craft activities, play games and visit our resident witch for a spooky tale to end your day. Adults accompanying a child are free of charge. Start: 10-2.30pm Admission: £10 per child Contact: 01746 780838

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Thomas Telford

A genuine polymath!

Thomas. Telford & Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

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polymath is a person of great and varied learning. Thomas Telford was this and more: His combination of applied learning and physical skills produced astounding aqueducts, bridges, buildings, canals and tunnels, many of which are in use even to this day. I knew nothing of Telford when I arrived in Shropshire, shamefully, I hadn’t even appreciated the town of Telford commemorated him. On my jaunts around the county I kept on and on coming up against his name in a most random fashion. A cosy chat one winter’s day in the Toll House at Blists Hill revealed that Thomas Telford had designed the Shrewsbury to Holyhead Road (now the A5). This was a considerable feat of civil engineering, overcoming the varying gradients through Snowdonia and crossing the straits between Bangor and Anglesey with the stupendous Menai suspension bridge, opened in 1824. Such was Telford’s attention to detail that he even designed the milestones, toll houses and gates for the toll houses. 50

My discovery that the Llangollen and Shropshire Union Canal system, particularly the aqueducts at Chirk, Pontcysyllte and the Horseshoe Falls which feed the River Dee into the canal system, were all designed by Telford really aroused my curiosity about the man, so I started delving into his story. Thomas Telford was born on August 9 1757 on a farm at Glendinning, a small hamlet in Dumfriesshire. His father was a lowly shepherd who died, aged just 33, three months after Telford’s birth, plunging the little family into poverty. His mother must have been a remarkable woman and parent, she overcame all difficulties to ensure Thomas had sound life skills: Education, diligence, perseverance and good manners. It was said of him: ‘Mr Telford was of the most genial disposition and a delightful companion, his laugh was the heartiest ever heard, it was a pleasure to be in his company.’ It was also known he had a fierce commitment to his work and usually rose at 5am. His leisure time activities included the study of chemistry, mechanics and hydrostatics. No wonder he never had time to marry. At the age of 14 Telford was apprenticed to a local stonemason for seven years. An early project was to carve a tombstone for his father’s grave. He


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2 progressed from stone walls to houses and on to bridge construction, his bridge crossing the River Esk at Langholm is still in daily use. From this lowly start, Telford progressed to become a renowned architect, stonemason, civil engineer, road, bridge and canal builder. Clearly, Telford was ambitious. Aged 23, he moved to Edinburgh and there augmented his skills in the areas of architecture and civil engineering. Two years later, thwarted by the limitations of Edinburgh and armed with a letter of introduction to an influential merchant in London, he rode south in 1782. The merchant came up trumps by introducing Telford to Sir William Chambers and Robert Adam, the leading architects of the period. Telford was soon at work on Somerset House in the Strand and then in 1784 was commissioned to build a large and elaborate house for the Commissioner at Portsmouth Dockyard. Never a sloth, he took the opportunity to study the dockyard construction itself, which later led to commissions to build docks and harbours in Wales, Scotland and at St Katherine’s Dock in London. In 1787 Telford’s association with Shropshire began, he was invited by the local MP, Sir William Pulteney, to carry out renovations to Shrewsbury Castle. Next he was commissioned to design and build Shrewsbury Prison. It seems there was nothing he couldn’t turn his hand to, his projects ranged through bridges, highways, hospitals – he even carried out excavations at the Roman site at Wroxeter in order to study Roman building techniques. He also designed and constructed various Shropshire churches, including the octagonal church of St

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Inevitably, Telford got caught up in the hothouse atmosphere of the Industrial Revolution at Ironbridge and Coalbrookdale, leading to his collaboration with William Reynolds and John Wilkinson, cutting edge ironmasters. Together they produced iron suspension bridges and the iron troughs used to great effect in the LongdonOn-Tern, Chirk and Pontcysyllte aqueducts on the Shropshire canals. Most of the bridges and tunnels on the canal network were designed by Telford, including the 421 metre Chirk Tunnel. Shropshire was only a part of Telford’s life. He built the Caledonian Canal across Scotland, linking the North Sea with the Irish Sea – a vast undertaking. He worked on projects as far afield as Sweden. Telford’s genius was acknowledged with his appointment to the Royal Societies in London and Edinburgh, and as president of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1820, a post he held until his death in London in 1834. Thomas Telford is buried in Westminster Abbey. Jean de Rusett

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The Feathers at Brockton Anna Kayiatou, who jointly owns The Feathers with chef husband Paul, had a lot of fun designing the interior décor of this 15th century village inn, sourcing unusual interiors. Customers so admired her unique finds that has now transformed the conservatory into the Lovely Interiors Shop – www.lovelyinteriors.co.uk. With difficulty we tore ourselves away from the gorgeous merchandise and over a good bottle of house wine we got to grips with the various menu offers. To assist our readers, I have surmised these offers for you. The Early Bird Offer: Lunch 12 – 2pm, Wednesday – Friday – £10 per person for 2 courses. 6.30 – 7.30pm Tuesday – Friday night – £14.95 per person, 2 courses. There are a good number of choices for starters, main courses and puddings, such as delicious home made soups or pan-fried chicken livers in a creamy sauce to start. Across all menus, if you have a starter you also get one of Paul’s delicious home made bread with butter. Main courses include steak and ale pie or home made lasagne with a selection of fresh vegetables and sauted potatoes. If you opt for puddings, you can indulge yourself with lemon posset or rum and raisin Jersey cream ice cream.

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Food in including vegetables, for onlyEnjoy £5.95 Fabulous or £10 for two. Relaxed Surroundings Sunday nights are a bargain, for £10.95 you can have home made soup or mushrooms stuffedNew with pate, a Sunday roast and a glass of wine. Sandwiches and light bites

A La Carte Menu: The a la carte menuLunch is also coursesJanice for £12.50 supplemented by the daily specials2 board. had Wednesday to Saturday 12 – 2pm devilled whitebait followed by half a Gressingham duck, Dinner by I opted for a herb crusted goats cheese followed Tuesday to Sunday 6.30 – 9.30pm slow cooked shoulder of lamb. All were simply delicious. The meat portions were so generous thatforsadly, as we Book now don’t have hollow legs, there was no could find Seeway our we menu online room to report to you on the puddings. Sorry.

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Win a children’s party from Picklelily Circus! What’s What Magazine and Picklelily Circus are offering the chance for ONE lucky reader to win a children’s party, worth £120! Picklelily Circus specialise in providing magical entertainers for any children's party or event from fairies and princesses through to magicians and clowns so there is sure to be something to suit everyone. They have many fun themes including Picklelily Magic, Halloween, Murder Mystery, Christmas & Circus. With children’s entertainers and face painters to suit all occasions, Picklelily entertain all ages from tots to teenagers and have a reputation for highly organised reputable parties. To find out more visit www.picklelilycircus.co.uk or call 07986 787775.

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Get to know your operating software!

finally showing results. For the first time, Windows 7 has a higher market share than Windows XP.

Microsoft has been practically begging people to stop using Windows XP for more than a year now. The problem hasn’t been getting users to upgrade, but getting companies that buy PCs to upgrade. Announcing a plan to stop supporting the over-adecade-old OS did little to stop corporations from purchasing brand new machines and downgrading them to Windows XP to support their old devices. For Microsoft the battle has been slow and painful, but is

There are many great reasons to upgrade to Windows 7. Aside from being much faster than XP, Microsoft has implemented a massive plugand-play database as well as upgraded security features. Windows 7 was launched in late 2009, and the company is just now seeing this take over as the dominant version of the operating system. If anything, this highlights a problem Microsoft is going to face with

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Benefits of apprenticeships With £1,500 grants to support the recruitment of apprentices and a free recruitment service currently available, Jill Barcroft from County Training has been talking about the benefits of apprenticeships: “Apprenticeships allow you to invest in your organisation’s future. No matter how large or small your organisation, apprenticeships give you the chance to develop the skilled staff you need for your business. With the support of County Training, an apprenticeship can make your organisation more effective, efficient, productive and competitive by addressing any skills gaps directly and enhancing the skills already held.”

Business News

Ruth starts afresh! Bridgnorth resident Ruth Burley has launched a new business – RMB Financial Planning Limited, providing financial advice across all areas including mortgages, pensions, savings and investments and equity release. Ruth was the senior manager of the Staffordshire/ Portman Building Society in Bridgnorth prior to its merger with Nationwide. For the past five years, she has been an IFA for two local companies. “I am really excited about this new challenge and chapter in my life,” says Ruth. “I am especially looking forward to providing all clients with a professional and honest financial advice service.”

“Apprenticeships are a mixture of on and off the job learning and all employees over 16, whether they are new recruits or an existing member of staff, can take advantage of this funded training, providing they do not possess a degree.” For further information and to find out if your business is eligible, please contact County Training on 0345 6789023 or email countytraining@shropshire.gov.uk.

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Joining shop team A fresh fish wholesale company with more than 60 years’ experience has joined the produce team at Apley Farm Shop, near Bridgnorth. Carol and Gary Wildman of MRJ Willis will be selling fish at the shop, at Stockton, near Norton, every Friday. “Our fish and shellfish are sourced from British fishing ports and delivered to us overnight so the produce is always very fresh,” says Carol. “At Apley we will be selling everything from cod and haddock to lobster, tuna and swordfish.”

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Council Notes

Grants

Buttermarket

Local voluntary and charitable organisations are invited to apply for grants from the council. Forms are available from the council’s website or the town clerk’s office.

Much Wenlock Having just carried out extensive improvements to the Corn Exchange, the council has agreed that the Buttermarket will have its interior walls painted. Stall holders will also be provided with new mats. Further information about the town’s markets can be found at www.muchwenlock-tc.gov.uk/markets/index.shtml

Gaskell recreation ground The council is currently in negotiations with Shropshire Council and William Brookes School concerning the future management of the Gaskell Recreation Ground. At a council meeting held in July it was agreed that, following each town council meeting, a full public statement would be issued giving an update on progress of the negotiations. The first two of these statements are as follows: Public statement 1:

‘Negotiations have commenced between the town council, William Brookes School and Shropshire Council over the future of the management arrangements concerning the Gaskell Recreation Ground and leisure facilities on the school site. The town council is seeking arrangements that will result in the town council and the Gaskell Recreation Ground Board of Management directly managing the Gaskell Recreation Ground. In this regard the negotiations have been very positive’. Public statement 2:

‘The town council will continue to negotiate to secure maximum use of leisure facilities for the local community whilst ensuring that school students share in that access. In the town council’s view negotiations are progressing well.’

Much Wenlock museum At the request of Shropshire Council, a new 25-year lease of the Memorial Hall in Much Wenlock has been granted by town council. Whilst mindful of cost pressures on Shropshire Council the town council has also considered the cost to Much Wenlock council tax payers and this has been reflected in the terms of the new lease. The town council has ensured that Shropshire Council commits to guaranteed minimum annual opening hours for the term of the lease, so that local residents and visitors alike can enjoy the town’s rich history. 66

Viewing planning applications As from October the town council’s planning and environment committee will begin to view Shropshire Council’s online planning applications using a projector and screen in the council chamber at the Guildhall. Members of the public are able to attend these committee meetings if they wish. Issued by Sharon Clayton, Town Clerk 01952 727509 Email: townclerk@muchwenlock-tc.gov.uk

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Bridgnorth Continental market Bridgnorth Town Council worked in partnership with Oswestry Town Council to present a weekend of Continental markets in the county. Both events were well attended and it is hoped that more speciality markets can be repeated during 2013 in the two towns.

Heart of England in bloom Through the Bridgnorth and Tasley Partnership, the Tasley Close improvements have won a development award in the neighbourhood category. This partnership project between the town council, Shropshire Council, housing associations, the police, local residents and other agencies has concentrated on the Close following consultation with the residents. The turning point was when the bin store was set alight and the fire brigade couldn’t get access. The project work over the last 18 months has included a new bin store, additional street parking, new flower beds and hand made planters. The beds and planters are tended to by a small group of residents

Dates for your diary: Sun Nov 11 – Remembrance Sunday. Civic parade and church service. Fri Nov 23 – Bridgnorth Christmas Lights switch on event. Sat Dec 15 – Christmas concert in Castle Hall. More information on these events will follow in future editions of What’s What! Issued by Anne Wilson, Town Clerk 01746 762231 www.bridgnorthtowncouncil.gov/uk


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Council Notes

Broseley

Now that the autumn is upon us, the Sunday open days at the Cemetery Chapel have finished. The committee will be considering whether to stage more one-off displays next year such as photo, flower or art exhibitions. If residents have any suggestions or requests, please contact the clerk.

Town Plan Consultation Questionnaires were distributed throughout the town during the summer and the council would like to thank all of those who have completed the survey, either on paper or online. A public meeting will be held on Tuesday October 30 at 7pm at the Birchmeadow Centre to discuss the results of the consultation and all are welcome to attend. The final results will be published in December 2012.

Ghost Walks On October 26 and 31the Xmas lights committee will be leading ghost walks around the town. Tickets are available from Downes Greengrocer.

Lantern Making

MUGA

In preparation for the Christmas lights switch-on, the popular lantern making workshop will be held on Saturday October 13. The workshop runs from 12 noon to 5pm at the Birchmeadow Centre. There is no need to book but the workshops are usually very popular so do arrive promptly.

After years of fundraising and hard work by volunteers, the Multi-Use Games Area has finally been completed on the site of Broseley C of E Primary School in Dark Lane. The official opening was held on September 21. The MUGA will be used by the school during the daytime but will be available for hire by the public in the evenings and at weekends.

Issued by Trudi Barrett, Town Clerk 01952 882172 E-mail: broseleytc.clerk@btinternet.com

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

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