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Welcome to the May edition of What’s What! What’s What! is all about our community and recognising what people do – often as volunteers, for our local organisions and charities. You may remember that we mentioned Margaret Veal and the Hospital League of Friends in our March edition? We also featured Margaret as a Local hero in August 2009. Well, I was absolutely thrilled to hear that as a direct result of our article on Margaret's award, the hospital received a generous donation – now that’s what I call community spirit!

Contents Land of the Eagle with Ed Andrews..... 16 – 17 School news.............................................18 – 23 Wilderness survival with Jean de Rusett..........................................24 – 25 Local arts..................................................29 – 35 Fashion.....................................................38 – 42 Wedding album.............................................. 43 Gardening tips and news.......................46 – 49 Dates for your diary................................50 – 51 Food news & eating out.........................52 – 59

May is full of the promise of spring; the weather is improving – there are open gardens and spring walks, fetes, fairs and festivals galore – as well as the annual Bridgnorth Walk. It’s all detailed within the pages of What’s What!

Book review.................................................... 60

So get out and about in our local community, and enjoy the merry month of May!

Local business news...............................64 – 67

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Local expert’s directory......................... 70 – 74

Competition – win theatre tickets............... 61 Crossword & Sudoku..................................... 62 Money matters made clear........................... 63 Town council notes ...............................68 – 69 What’s that number?......................................74

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Drop in local councillors The slogan, “It’s your vote, don’t lose it” is often used to urge the electorate into action.  Jean Jones  David Cooper  Robin Bennett However, in the run up to this year’s local elections, it’s a lack of candidates which has challenged the local democratic process, making the people want to get involved for all of the seats town council May elections redundant in Bridgnorth, to be contested at the next election." Broseley and Much Wenlock. All three councils face Broseley councillor Jean Jones, is an experienced a shortage of nominees, resulting in uncontested councillor who is standing again: “The role of local elections and vacancies on town councils. The three councillors is becoming more onerous. Representing town councils do have a few fresh faces. Robin your community can be rewarding and many Bennett, who is a new councillor in Much Wenlock councillors have already served a five year term. said: “I’m looking forward to being more involved Ideally, councils should have a balance of experienced in the community. It was a relief for a first time members, who are taking forward long-term projects, councillor like me not to have an election.” New and new recruits with fresh ideas and expertise. Most councillor in Bridgnorth, David Cooper said: “What's worrying is the lack of candidates coming forward to surprised me as a first time candidate is the number trigger elections, especially young people, as this is of people who've said, "Well done for standing" but creating a democratic deficit in my opinion.” don't feel it's something they could do themselves. Elections will still be held for the Shropshire The town council is about people wanting to improve Council seats – so do still use your vote! their town. It would be great if there were enough

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Author speaks at history week Now in its seventh year, Bridgnorth History Week runs from 20-25 May and offers a wide range of talks, guided walks and information sessions based at Bridgnorth Library. Many events focus specifically on Bridgnorth history, while others cover wider historical subjects. A highlight will be a talk on May 23 by local author Bob Bibby about his latest book, Lavington's Hole, which is set in and around Bridgnorth at the time of the Civil War. The novel starts with the discovery of the body of a young woman who is the daughter of the Governor of Bridgnorth Castle; with her is a cache of letters written by a Parliamentarian soldier. Other events in the week include a talk and a course about using the internet to research your ancestry, and a demonstration by pipe maker Rex M Key.

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Walking festival marks coronation The nine day Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival will take place from Saturday 4 to Sunday 12 May. This year the festival will mark the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s coronation with a new circular walk around the Ironbridge gorge and a challenging 14 mile walk taking in a section of the aptly named Monarch’s Way, a long distance path following the escape route taken by Charles II after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester. Overall, 40 free guided walks will be available, with varying of levels of difficulty, ranging from gentle family treasure hunts, to a strenuous, 15 mile circular hike over the Wrekin. All walks are free but with limited places so pre-booking is essential. To reserve a place contact the Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre tic@ironbridge.org.uk or call 01952 433424; details can also be found on visitironbridge.co.uk/walkingfestival

Night at the museum The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust has beaten off stiff competition to win a national competition, the prize being a workshop with the international artist Julian Wild during a ‘Museums at Night’ event on May 18. Anna Brennand of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust said: “We are grateful to everyone who voted and are thrilled to be welcoming Julian to Enginuity, where he will be making a sculpture from glow-inthe-dark pipes.” The ‘creation’ of the sculpture will be 12noon-6pm, with viewing from 6-8pm. Admission to the event is free of charge. ƒ Julian Wild at Enginuity

SVR outing The League of Friends of Bridgnorth Hospital will hold fish and chip supper on the Severn Valley Railway on May 24 starting at 7pm. Tickets £15 available from Margaret Veal on 763439, Margaret Bray on 766356 or Sheila Plain on 716273. 7


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Local explorer gets royal call up A local explorer has been invited by the Bhutanese royal family to help develop the tourist industry of Bhutan. Internationally renowned kayaker Anthony Eddies-Davies, whose company Live the Adventure is based in Stottesdon, made his first kayaking trip to the Himalayan region 21 years ago. Together with fellow National Geographic explorer Gerry Moffat, the pair have mapped Bhutan’s major rivers, and trained local people as guides, paving the way for a sustainable Bhutanese adventure travel industry. Mr Eddies-Davies said: “The hidden Buddhist kingdom is one of the remaining untouched and bio diverse regions on the planet. The beauty of the area is staggering, with abundant wildlife.” For more information about trips and courses visit livetheadventure.co ƒ Anthony Eddies-Davies (company director) in the Himalayas

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Sustainability website launched A new website has been launched this month by ‘Your Children's Future’, a small group of individuals from the Bridgnorth area, headed up by Elfrida Hughes, global sustainable development adviser for Shell International, Nick Armstrong, Rctor of Alveley and Quatt and William Withers of website designers Crystal Thought. “The aim of the new website is to help people to reduce their environmental footprint as a contribution to a better future for all our children” said Bob Ensum of Sustainable Bridgnorth. The website contains information about local food, services, recycling and local energy as well as general information about sustainability. bridgnorth.yourchildrensfuture.co.uk

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Computer workshops For those wishing to gain confidence or enhance their skills using the Internet, a series of free sessions will be held in the cafe area at the Birchmeadow Centre, Broseley, starting on May 9 from 10-12noon. Computers will be available, but people can bring their own laptops too. Call Sara on 01743 252571 or Linda on 07582 002063 for details.

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in our family. With AT, children are born apparently healthy, but when Rachael was about two some minor signs become apparent – at the time I just thought she was a bit clumsy. It wasn’t until Rachel was in year 5 that a diagnosis was made. Rachel started school at St Mary’s as a normal little girl – by the time she left, she couldn’t walk.” It was a further blow, when James too, was diagnosed. Joy is very pragmatic – she has never asked ‘why me?’ but instead rejoices in the way her children have coped, “I’m not sure I could have been so positive” she confides. I can’t help thinking that Rachel and James cope because of the example set by their parents, coupled with the support of their friends and the AT society.

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Spreading the Joy Spending time with Joy Fergusson is a precious experience. Life seems to have dealt her and husband Nick one of the cruellest blows, with both of their children wheel-chair bound, yet, here is someone so positive, so accepting of ‘her lot’ that you leave feeling enriched and humbled by the positive slant with which Joy manages, so cheerfully, to regard her life. I have known Joy for many years – our children went to Sunday school together, and I can remember daughter Rachel dancing around with excitement as a little girl when her brother James was born. So it is a familiar reunion when we meet up. But Joy’s life has taken a different route to mine, for both of her children suffer from Ataxia-Telangiectasia, or A-T as it is known. A-T, is a very rare, neuro-degenerative condition which starts in early childhood causing severe disability and ultimately premature death. It affects many parts of the body, robbing the child of their independence. “People don’t always know how to react. Three children in a million suffer from AT. We have two 12

“The AT Society has been our lifeline. They hold family days and we get so much support from them. At the moment there is no cure for A-T, so funds are desperately needed to help with research.” Key with fundraising have been the Hughes and Evans families, both of whom have known Rachel since babyhood and had daughters at primary and secondary school with her. Fundraising started with Lloyd Evans undertaking the 3 peaks challenge in 2008 – and Tim Hughes has organised a ‘troopers4AT’ team in the Bridgnorth walk for several years. Fundraising is also a big part of Joy’s life now, “it’s my way of coping” said Joy.


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Neighbour and friend, Tim Hughes said: “Rachel started school at the same time as our daughter Rebecca and they have been friends ever since. Becky admires her witty sense of humour and the way Rachel always remains strong despite the challenges that she meets on a daily basis. As a result of her efforts Rachel has achieved fantastic GCSE results. Joy and Nick are true Christians in every sense of the word and we value their friendship highly. The annual Bridgnorth Walk provides us with a fundraising focus for the AT Society which gives help and support for our friends who have been so impacted by this condition.” The AT Society's website atsociety.org.uk provides further details and you can sponsor or donate for the AT Troopers at virginmoneygiving.com/team/ troopers4AT

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Both children are at mainstream school in Bridgnorth, where they get about with electric wheelchairs and have physio administered by specially trained teaching assistants. “We’re really fortunate to have such a good support set up” said Joy.

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County show The annual Shropshire County Agricultural Show will be on Saturday May 25 at the West Mid Showground in Shrewsbury. The show is a celebration of the rural community and highlights the role agriculture plays in the daily lives of the people of Shropshire. See shropshirecountyshow.com for details.

Severn valley Severn Valley Country Park is organising a Spring Walking Festival from Thursday 2 May to Sunday 5 May with a whole weekend of guided walks. Included in the programme is an evening bat and moth walk, a dawn chorus walk and a 9 mile walk along the river to Bewdley with a steam train back. Walks for all abilities and interests. For more details and to book places please telephone 01746 781192.

 What's What's Ed Andrews - June trail race

New 5km race Shropshire Council outdoor recreation service is holding the first ‘Severn Valley Trail Race’ on Sunday 16th June, starting from the visitor centre in Alveley near Bridgnorth. The 5k multi-terrain run will take in wonderful scenery, with woodland, meadow and riverside sections. There will be some steep climbs and muddy sections. Entry is £7 in advance or £8 on the day with prizes for the winners in each age category. The event is sponsored by Highley Manuscript Pen Company and Wenlock Water.

Skate park update Shropshire Council and Bridgnorth Town Council now have the results of the public consultation on skateboard facilities for Bridgnorth. To further this consultation and consider the location, the type of equipment and the design, two open events will be held for people to see the proposals. All are invited on Wednesday May 15 from 4-8pm to The Annexe, College House, St. Leonards Close, and there will be a stall at Bridgnorth market under the town hall on Friday 17 May between 10 and 2pm. Do visit and have your say and be part of a much wanted exciting project in the town.

For more details or to request a registration form, please call 01746 781192. Forms are also available for collection from the Shropshire Council offices at Westgate in Bridgnorth. People who are not running on the day can enjoy a coffee and a slice of cake in the tearoom. Places are limited so sign up early to avoid disappointment.

MP Surgery Philip Dunne will be holding an advice surgery at the Westgate, Bridgnorth on Friday May 3 from 4.30-6pm. To make an appointment, please telephone Jane Gibson on 01584 872187.

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Skye. Land of the Eagle

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or a wildlife enthusiast, holiday destinations don’t come much better than the Isle of Skye. Past visits to the west coast of Scotland have been wonderful, so the prospect of an Easter break on ‘the Misty Isle’ was met with great anticipation. Skye is a long way from Shropshire. Once you pass Glasgow, the scenery starts to open out. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park whets your appetite before you enter the Highlands proper. The road winds its way up through the mountains to eventually reach Kyle of Lochalsh where a road bridge connects Skye with mainland Scotland. The island has been described as ‘Scotland in miniature’ as it has a cross-section of all the best bits of Scottish scenery. Snow-capped mountains rise up from the shores of huge sea lochs that cut deep into the island. Skye has a wonderful range of habitats and is home to some charismatic species. On our first full day we set off to climb Beinn Edra. We parked the car amongst the curious landscape of ‘Fairy Glen’ – a series of miniature conical hills caused by the unique geology of the area. The sun was trying to burn through as we followed the line of an old stone wall up the hill, a long gentle trudge. Beinn Edra forms part of the Trotternish Ridge, which is gently sloping on one side and has steep cliffs on the other. We paused to take in the wonderful view across the Raasay Sound towards the mainland. 16

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Suddenly my wife spotted a large bird overhead. I could see distinctive ‘fingertips’ formed by the feathers at the tips of the wings. It was a golden eagle. The bird flew over and we got an incredible view. We could see the piercing eyes looking down at us and even watched him flex his legs before he drifted away along the ridge. This was the first of several sightings that we had of these wonderful birds on Skye. Spring is a great time to observe eagles as they can often be seen territory marking.

We could see the piercing eyes looking down at us. Golden eagles are not the only species of eagle on Skye. On our last day on the island we were hiking near the pretty fishing village of Portree. We stopped on a grassy headland looking over the bay and spotted a large bird flying towards us. Through the binoculars we could see that it had a white tail and a


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massive wingspan. It was, of course, a white-tailed sea eagle. That sighting alone was amazing enough but later that day things got even more exciting. We were back in Portree near the harbour. People were busy eating fish and chips and going into shops and cafes. I happened to look to the sky and could not believe my eyes. Two sea eagles were circling directly over the town, silhouetted against a blue sky. After a couple of minutes we could hear them calling and soon realised why. Another sea eagle was circling higher up and this was obviously a territory dispute. Sea eagles are the largest bird in the UK and the 4th largest eagle in the world. They have an 8 foot wingspan and are sometimes called the ‘flying barn door’ because of their huge wings and relatively short white tail. They used to nest widely around the coast of the UK but were declared extinct in the UK until a re-introduction programme was instigated in 1968. Birds were transported from Norway to the Isle of Rum. They have slowly spread but are still restricted to Scotland. The sight of sea eagles over the rugged coast and golden eagles over the hills and mountains summed up the beauty of the Isle of Skye to me. These birds are synonymous with truly wild places, places where nature is still in charge. An old Welsh legend said that the souls of brave warriors flew to heaven in the form of eagles. As I gazed up at the huge shadow of a sea eagle overhead I was reminded of some prehistoric beast, a perfect combination of majestic beauty, fierce talons and pure bulk. These are indeed

warriors of the sky and I felt privileged and inspired by this wildlife encounter. Do one thing for wildlife this month: Despite advances in raptor conservation in the UK, some European countries are still lagging behind, including the small island of Malta. At this time of year many birds of prey, including some species of eagle, will migrate from their wintering grounds to summer breeding grounds and Malta is situated on one of the main migration routes. Incredibly the Maltese government allow a spring hunting season for migratory turtle dove and quail. This is widely abused with other species, including raptors, being shot. Malta is the only European country not to have any regularly breeding birds of prey because of this persecution. Bird conservation needs to transcend international boundaries. Please take time to visit the RSPB website and sign the petition to end the hunting of wild birds in Malta: www.rspb.org.uk/applications/inforequest/ index.aspx?dt=APLITH0103

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William Brookes media day For the second year running, William Brookes School took part in the recent BBC News School Report Day. Students spent a whole day reporting on issues that impact on their lives, and this year they covered topics such as: the school curriculum, relationships with young people from different countries, the modern ‘celebrity culture’, young people in Parliament, careers, and an interview with Tim Thomas, a William Brookes student during the 1950s, who went on a school trip to the Rome Olympics in 1960. Twenty students attended a reporting and technical skills workshop. Paul Bertrand, Multimedia Manager at the school said: “Last year we were inundated with media attention because of our Olympic Heritage. We had a lot of material for the students to use and we didn’t need to look very far for inspiration. This year the students brought their own ideas to the day.”

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Children of all ages from Morville Primary School near Bridgnorth have benefitted from a series of gymnastic lessons held at Bridgnorth Endowed School and Brockton School. Mrs Jill Loveday, who ran the classes said: “Themes have included different ways of travelling with reception children, turning, spinning and twisting with Years 1 and 2, flight with years 3 and 4 and partner balances with years 5 and 6. All the children have worked hard to learn some new skills and to produce some great routines. Well done.” ‚ Morville primary school gymnastics

Schools join in federation Farlow and Kinlet primary schools near Cleobury Mortimer have joined together to form a new school federation with a single governing body. It is hoped that the initiative should provide better opportunities for pupils at both schools, as they can benefit from the ideas and support each other can provide. MP Philip Dunne visited Kinlet Primary School towards the end of last term, and also met long standing Farlow governor Jim Rodenhurst, who thoroughly endorsed the federation between the two schools. ‚ Philip Dunne with pupils at Kinlet Primary School

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Footballing girls Oldbury Wells School Girls Football Team raised over £400 for funds school sports activities with a bag pack at Sainsbury’s, Bridgnorth. Both Sainsbury’s and Oldbury Wells would like to thank customers for their generosity.  Oldbury Wells Girls Football Team


Funds raised for Innage Grange

Sustainable St. John’s St John's Catholic Primary School in Bridgnorth is celebrating after being named joint winner of the 2012 Shropshire Sustainable Schools Award. The school was recognised for its commitment to sustainability and Fairtrade. As part of their prize, the children attended a fun packed sustainability themed activity day. Pictured with the award which was presented recently are Year 6 pupils and Eco-Committee members Mya Charnell-Jones, Jacob Shinton, Ben Cresswell and Isaac Johnson with teacher and school eco-lead Mrs Vanessa Burn.

Year 10 and 11 GCSE Health and social care students from Bridgnorth Endowed School have raised money by making and selling cakes and hot chocolate for Innage Grange Nursing home. The students visited the home as part of their coursework and wanted to help raise money for the residents, who are saving to buy a big screen for the lounge area so they can create their own cinema. Pictured are Jade Goodall and David Hartmann handing the cheque over to staff from Innage Grange. ‚ Bridgnorth Endowed school students

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Midsummer at Oldbury Oldbury Wells transformed its West Hall into a kaleidoscope of 80s pop and pomposity to perform an adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic play A Midsummer Night's Dream. The twist in the tale was that it was set in an 80s nightclub. So with the bard's poetic text, a bunch of classic 80s pop songs and plenty of back-combed hair, the students wowed the audience with their efforts. One audience member said: "As a lover of Shakespeare I wasn't sure about this contemporary interpretation, but it was fabulous; I laughed so much I had tears running down my cheeks. By the end of the evening I just wanted to take Puck home!"  Midsummer Nights Dream at Oldbury Wells School

New chapter Wolverhampton Grammar School has appointed a female head teacher for the first time in its 500 years history. Kathy CreweRead will take up her post in September, following the retirement of current Head, Vincent Darby. Mrs Crewe-Read, who has been Deputy Head at King’s Chester since 2009, studied Pure Mathematics at Aberystwyth before gaining her teaching qualification at Durham University. “There is a positive energy about WGS that I felt on my very first visit to the school,” she commented. Last year, the school, which was founded during the reign of King Henry VIII, marked its quincentenary by opening a brand new junior school and launching a capital development programme.  New Head Cathy Crewe-Read is the first female head in 500 years

A dream has come true for the head of Bridgnorth based Severn Valley School of Dance. Dance teacher Jo Jackson had always dreamed of finding a permanent dance studio, and when her partner Ian Ellison died leaving a legacy, the dream became a reality. Over 100 dancers attended the opening of The Ellison Studio on Faraday Drive in April. ‚ Severn Valley School of Dance opens new studio

Narnia It seemed the whole of Bridgnorth was plunged into Narnia as the Endowed School put on their production of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The snow caused the show to be postponed from Saturday evening to Sunday matinee. The cast comprised over 80 students and it was a commendable ‘whole school effort’ as many students got involved in different aspects of the show. Drama teacher Mr David Lewis said: “Being involved in the school production gave students the opportunity to be part of something memorable, sharing a sense of belonging and working hard for a common goal. I hope we have helped to create memories that will be with them forever.” ƒ Bridgnorth Endowed School Mary Spicer as the White Witch, Ryan Gibson as Edmund 23


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One of life’s little coincidences occurred last week. Outside lay a good 12 inches of snow and sub-zero temperatures. I was cosy in my gas-centrally heated, doubled glazed home when my complacency was dealt a jolt. I heard a snatch of news on the radio – the UK had only two days’ worth of gas supplies left. Like so many people, I am entirely reliant on gas and electricity to cook and keep warm. What would I do if they both failed? Toughen up a bit sharpish and gain some news skills seemed to be the answer. The coincidence was, I was joining Outback2Basics for a day later that week and they specialise in teaching ancient survival skills. Naomi and Dan Westall of Little Wenlock have run Outback2Basics for two years. They honed their survival skills with an amazing woman called Lynx Vilden. Since 1989 Lynx has travelled, explored and researched the flora, fauna and traditional cultural habits and survival skills of the peoples populating arctic, mountain and desert regions. Her calling is to learn, share and teach primitive living skills. Lynx practices what she preaches as far as is possible in this modern world – if you ever find yourself sitting 24

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Ancient ways for modern days Dan and Naomi spent five months in the mountains of Washington State in north west America on one of Lynx’s wilderness-living skills training courses. At the end of the course they went off into the mountains for a month, living entirely off the land. They lost a pound or two, but survived! The knowledge they gained has been translated into their unique business, offering ‘ancient ways for modern days’. Dan and Lynx were leading the course on the day I joined them, in woodland at the foot of the Wrekin. A dozen or so intrepid people had signed up the seven day Primitive Skills and Traditional Crafts course and despite experiencing deep snowfall and bitter weather, no one had abandoned the course. They were sleeping in yurts and tents, and two truly hardy individuals were sleeping in home-made shelters. All cooking was taking place on a homemade trivet fashioned out of horseshoes and a griddle. Over the open fire the carcasses of eleven rabbits bubbled away in a cooking pot: the fire had been started by rubbing sticks together and was banked up every night to ensure it didn’t go out. In case you are wondering – no – the participants were not a bunch of New Age hippies. They ranged in age from about 20 to mid-70’s and were all utterly rational people who shared a passion for wild nature and saw this course as an opportunity


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Bridgnorth walk The annual Bridgnorth Walk has been held since its inauguration in 1967 and this year it will take place on Spring Bank Holiday Monday 27 May and will follow the 22 mile route from Bridgnorth High Street to the summit of the Brown Clee and back again via Ditton Priors. Last year’s Jubilee walk raised over £110,000 for various charities and the organisers anticipate over 1200 entries this year. Organising committee member, Roger Seedhouse told What’s What: “The 7 mile Junior Walk from Ditton Priors will now be known as 'The Phil Rutter Memorial Walk' in honour of our long serving committee member and organiser who died a few weeks ago. The emphasis will be on fun and there will be plenty of prizes.” Entries can be submitted via the website bridgnorthwalk.org or by contacting Peter Davison on 01746 768281. ‚Phil Rutter at the start of the Junior Walk with stalwart Alan Pead

Preparing for the big walk – John Shelton, Bridgnorth Foot Clinic The Bridgnorth Walk is fast approaching, and feet need to be prepared to ensure the day is one of enjoyment rather than misery.

Break your feet in gently Everything from now on is aimed at toughening feet up so that they will not blister. Wash (don’t soak) and dry feet thoroughly each day and wipe them with surgical spirit every evening. Getting the footwear right Choose the correct footwear – not just shoes – socks as well. Comfort over vanity. The ideal walking shoe will hold your foot firmly back into the heel. Any friction at the heel will cause blisters. Toes should have room to move. Wear your shoes in before the big day. Avoiding blisters

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Folk music Fieldfare On Sunday 12 May, folk band Fieldfare will be performing at The Edge, Much Wenlock. ‘Blending the finest talents of three new generation English folk musicians: Emily Portman, Robert Harbron and Lucy Deakin, this ensemble forges new paths through familiar ground’. ‚ Fieldfare perform modern folk

McGowan at The Edge The nation’s favourite impressionist goes back to his stand up roots for a new two hour show Not just a pretty face on Friday 24 May. Asking the big questions like: Would the world be a happier place if Ed Miliband was Prime Minister? And is Hilary Devey Jessie J’s mum? Expect to hear everyone from Andy Murray to Colin Murray, riffs on everything from Jeff Stelling to bad spelling and at least one song about butter. Warning: May contain puns!  Impressionist antics with Alistair McGowan. Photo by Clare Park

Potter open Well known Broseley potter, Elspeth Soper, will be throwing open the doors of her studio on May 6, Bank Holiday Monday, from 10 – 4pm. With pieces featuring chickens, hares and guinea fowl, Elspeth creates earthy glazes to compliment her designs in colours such as soft blues, greys, muted terracotta's, ochre's and greens. The studio, which is at the Willey Furnace Pottery, can be found on the Barrow Road, Broseley, and will be well signposted on the day. „ Elspeth Soper 'Three little fowl' 29


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Intimate exchanges The Bridgnorth Players will be performing Alan Ayckbourn's Intimate Exchanges at the end of April in Bridgnorth, on May 3 and 4 at the Priory Hall, Much Wenlock and at Chelmarsh Village Hall on May 10. Intimate Exchanges was originally a collection of eight comedy plays generated from a single opening scene, with different permutations. Director Maureen Callon has chosen 5 of the funniest and most thought provoking for this production. Tickets £8/£6.50 call 01746 764514.

Haydn Festival The English Haydn Festival celebrates it’s 20th Anniversary this year attracting internationally acclaimed soloists from Russia, Japan, France, Sweden, Spain and the UK to perform in Bridgnorth. The Festival opens on Wednesday June 5 at St Leonard’s Church with performances by Crispian Steele-Perkins on trumpet and Simon Standage on violin, and concludes with a performance of the Creation on Sunday 9 June by the Haydn Festival Chorus conducted by John Moore. Full details of the programme and tickets can be found on the Festival website haydn.org.uk or by contacting 01952 814734 .

National Theatre live James Graham’s biting, energetic and critically acclaimed new play, This House strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes who roll up their sleeves and on occasion bend the rules. It’s 1974 and the corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backbiting as Britain’s political parties battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes. Thursday 16 May at The Edge, Much Wenlock.  'This House' part of National Theatre Live at the Edge

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‘Wenlock Edge’ at the Guildhall An exhibition using ground stone to create images relating to the local landscape will be staged at the Guildhall in Much Wenlock. Local artist, Jill Nicholson creates images and colours to reflect what she sees; culminating in detailed montages, with an overall effect of colour, pattern, and texture, aptly depicting the beauty and uniqueness of Wenlock and its surrounding area. The exhibition runs from May 10 to June 5.  'Wenlock artist Jill Nicholson 31


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Choir supports hospital Bridgnorth male voice choir will perform its spring concert at the Baptist church, West Castle Street, Bridgnorth on Saturday May 18 at 7.30pm. As well as the choir's varied repertoire it is planned to feature soloists and several local, young instrumentalists. The choir, which recently donated £600 to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, is seeking new members. If you like singing, do contact the secretary on 01746 767686 or email secretary@bridgnorth-mvc.co.uk. ‚B  ridgnorth Male Voice Choir raised funds for Birmingham Childrens Hospital

Platinum man from Ireland Double platinum selling recording artist, Kieran Goss will be playing the Birchmeadow Centre in Broseley on Saturday May 18. Kieran’s songs have been recorded by some of Ireland’s top artists, including Mary Black, Christy Moore and Frances Black, bringing his songs to a wide audience and winning him fans around the world.  Keiran Goss plays Birchmeadow

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Bridgnorth blues club The Bob Still Blues Sensation will be headlining the second gig of the Bridgnorth blues club, with Leeds Bluesman and Trevor Rowley in support at the Woodbury Down Inn, Victoria Road, Bridgnorth on Friday 17 May. Doors open at 8pm and all proceeds will go to Cancer Research UK. The club has been jointly founded by Maurice Arnold and Trevor Rowley. Tickets are £5, available from Woodberry Down or by calling 07896 676189. ‚ Lucy Aldridge from Bridgnorth Cancer Research UK with Maurice Arnold

to fans of TV comedy shows ‘Mock the Week’, ‘Live at the Apollo’ and ‘QI’, comedian Andy Parsons will be performing his stand up show I’ve Got A Shed at The Place, Oakengates on May 17. This is a great opportunity to see ‘sharp, live comedy and get your dopamine fix’. ƒ Andy Parsons live at the Place, Oakengates

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Analyse it with care and honesty taking into consideration all your strengths to try to rationalise and counter it. Rephrase it in positive terms – keep replacing it every time that nagging negativity recurs, until the positive one is dominant. So you are now giving yourself a positive mantra.

Some useful examples of negative thoughts unpicked: The two extremes: ‘If I don’t succeed at this, I am a complete failure.’ This type of thought is unhelpful as it doesn’t take into account degrees of success, which is much more realistic of life in general – very little succeeds 100%. A more helpful rephrasing would be: ‘I shall be very pleased with myself if I can achieve 'x', which will be a step in the right direction.’ The single occurrence: ‘I did this once before and it was a total disaster so I am never doing it again.’ Here, a one-off event or experience is being unfairly characterised and used as a reason never to try again. Realistically, how many of us are brilliant at something the first time we do it? A more helpful rephrasing: ‘Last time 'x' worked well, so I’ll do that again, but I’ll try 'y' as well and see how that goes.’ Reverse cherrypicking: ‘Yesterday was so embarrassing for me when I fluffed my last bit – I won’t be able to face them again.’ This time, one small part is being concentrated on - obsessed about even - without looking holistically at the whole day and all the other things that went well. It is important both to learn from your mistakes to improve future performance and to congratulate yourself on what you did do well. A helpful rephrasing would be: ‘I was pleased with how yesterday went in the main, but I shall practise 'x' more for next time.’ So, get batting away those annoying little invaders – practice makes perfect!

Claire Dunworth-Warby of Aspire Associates Coaching is a Personal, Business and Education Coach working with individuals and organisations one-to-one, over the phone or online and leading workshops across the UK. Training the trainers is also available. For more information or a free taster session contact her on 01746 218298 or visit www.aspire-coaching.biz 44


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Morville Flower Festival Morville Hall Gardens and St Gregory's Church will be hosting the annual Flower Festival from May 4-6. With a theme of ‘fables and fairy tales', six inter-linking gardens around the beautiful setting of Morville Hall, including the renowned Dower House Garden, will be open from 11am-5pm each day, and homemade teas and lunches will be served. The Flower Festival Concert with ‘Prima Donna’ and members of Bridgnorth Stage Academy is on May 4 at 7.30pm, and the Morville May Day Fete will be on Bank Holiday Monday May 6 at 11am – a traditional village fete with stalls, maypole dancing, owls and pony rides. morvillefestival.co.uk ‚ Morville Flower Festival Concert

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May Fair at William Brookes

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The Friends of William Brookes School will host the annual May Fair on Saturday 11 May; from 12 to 3pm. Highlights will include the grand opening of the award-winning Memory Lane Brick Project, a rodeo bull challenge, circus skills, welly wanging, pop-up photo booth, arts and crafts workshops, and live music from local groups. BBQ, strawberries and homemade cakes, plus a grand draw to win a trolley dash at Sainsbury’s Bridgnorth. Entry and parking is free.

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MAY

Good Gardening Tips for

Because of the very cold, snowy and windy weather that we’ve had over the last few weeks everything is approximately 3 weeks behind.

Thinking back to Easter last year, I realised that was the start of all the wet weather we’ve had over the last year. Let’s hope that now that we’ve gone a complete 12 months with wet, cold and miserable weather, the sun decides it’s now time to shine and the weather starts improving. Because of the very cold, snowy and windy weather that we’ve had over the last few weeks everything is approximately 3 weeks behind. For this reason many of the gardening tips that were applicable to March and April will still be relevant as we go into May. Unpredictable weather We’ve always maintained that summer bedding and hanging baskets shouldn’t be put outside until the end of May and this year it’s even more important that tender plants aren’t put out too soon. The weather at this time of year is far too unpredictable and changeable to take the risk of planting tender plants outside before we’re sure the last of the frosts have gone.

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If you’ve got empty tubs and spaces in the garden, there’s plenty of spring bedding plants available at the moment – summer flowering pansies will last for months and the new ‘Cool Wave’ variety looks particularly good at the moment. Violas are a pretty alternative to pansies, the new ‘Senetti (Cineraria) will stand several degrees of frost outside and will repeat flower throughout the coming months. Start hanging baskets There’s a good selection of young geraniums, fuchsias and basket plants available at the moment, so you can start hanging baskets and pots off inside in a warmish greenhouse, they can be stood outside if we get a nice warm day, but bring them inside at night. Don’t be tempted to put them in a dark garage or shed, they need good light levels at the moment to get established. Borders Hoe borders regularly, preferably on a nice sunny day and any


 Senetti

weeds that are beginning to get established will wilt and die off quickly; regular hoeing will also allow air into the top layer of soil and encourage root growth. There’s still time to put a mulch round plants if you haven’t already done so, apply a top dressing of general purpose fertilizer before hand – Growmore, Bonemeal or Fish, Blood and Bone. Vegetables As the ground begins to warm up, work will gather pace in the vegetable patch with sowings of vegetables direct into the garden. Small sowings, little and often will give a regular supply of vegetables. To encourage ground to warm up quicker, cover cultivated areas with cloches. On a sunny day it will soon warm up, then sow seeds under the cloches and once germinated remove the covers during the day so that too much heat doesn’t build up and scorch young plants. If planting potatoes make sure that any green growth is protected from late frosts. Remember it’s too early

 Tomato seedling

to plant out tender vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers and melons – wait until the end of May, beginning of June before planting these outside. You can start growing them inside but they need night temperatures of approximately 15 deg C. Pruning and deadheading Prune spring flowering shrubs once flowering has finished – forsythia and flowering currants, this will produce nice long growths for next spring’s flowers. Dead head spring flowering bulbs as they finish and apply a top dressing of fertilizer, leaving any green growth on to send nutrients back to the bulb to build it up for next springs’ flowers. Erect stakes, canes and plant supports round herbaceous plants now before they get too tall and flop over. Plant herbaceous plants in borders, in groups of 3 or 5 for instant impact. Watch out for slug

damage on lush new growth. Use slug pellets, liquids or one of the natural controls such as grit or ‘Slug Off’ as soon as signs of their activity is seen. Continue to spray roses fortnightly throughout the growing season against black spot and mildew using Roseclear Ultra or Multirose 2. Get mowing As the weather improves the grass will start growing and need cutting. Do a light cut first, gradually reducing the mower height over several cuts. Weeds and moss can be treated with products such as Scotts ‘Evergreen Complete’ which will fertilize the lawn as well as killing weeds and moss. Never be tempted to rake out moss before killing it, you’ll just make the problem worse.

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Oldbury Gardens open and celebration of Marriage

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More than ten gardens in Oldbury village will be open to visitors on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May from 2-5pm each day, raising funds for children’s charities. Cream teas will be served in the village hall and St Nicholas’ Church will have a treasure trail in the churchyard. Children will be given sunflower seeds to take away and grow. The weekend will conclude with a celebration of marriage in the church at 5pm on Sunday 19 May to which everyone is invited – especially those married or who had their wedding blessing in the church, no matter how long ago. A glass of champagne will be served after the service.

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Bluebell Walks

Wild Flower Walk Thursday 13 May at Severn Valley Country Park,1-3pm. Enjoy a walk looking at the many varieties of spring flowers in our meadows and woodlands. Booking essential 01746 781192.

Severn Valley Country Park: Thursday May 2 and Sunday May 12 from 1-3pm. Marvel at the displays of bluebells and spring flowers. Weston Park: Sunday May 5, walks start at 10.30am and 2pm. A three and a half mile walk through carpets of bluebells and avenues of azaleas guided by head gardener, Martin Gee. Also a chance to see early flowering in the new Lady Anne Memorial Garden.

Rhododendron Walk The 4th Countess of Bradford introduced these fashionable hybrids to Weston Park having seen them at the Chelsea Flower Show. Walks through the rhododendrons were created around Temple Wood and the ‘Shrewsbury walk’ becomes a riot of colour at this time. Sunday 19 May 10.30am.

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May - Dates For Your Diary 2nd – 5th May

6th May

Spring Activities

Bridgnorth May Fair

Range of activities and ranger led walks over the whole of the bank holiday weekend. For more information and details of activities each day see ‘What’s What!’ online. Contact: 01746 781192 More info: whatswhatmagazine.co.uk / shropshire.gov.uk

Annual May Fair with an array of food & drink stalls from local producers plus craft displays and plant stalls. Start: 10am More information: bridgnorthpromotions.co.uk

4th – 6th May

Family Fun Day Out

Severn Valley Country Park, Alveley

Morville Flower Festival Morville Hall Gardens & St Gregorys Church

Six interlinking gardens around the beautiful setting of Morvile Hall. Homemade lunches and teas available. Concert held on Saturday evening and May Day Fete held on Monday 6th, entry to the fete is free. Admission: Gardens entry Adult £5, Kids free More info: morvillefestival.co.uk

4th – 12th May

Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival

Various locations around Ironbridge Larger than ever before, the nine-day festival will feature over 40 free guided walks in and around the glorious Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site covering a range of interests and abilities from family outings to long distance hikes. Contact: 01952 433424 More info: visitironbridge.co.uk/walkingfestival

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High Street, Bridgnorth

11th & 12th May

Severn Valley Railway

Meet the Octonauts on the railway – different attractions at each of the stations. Admission: Adult from £18, Child from £10.80, Family from £49.50 Contact: 01299 403816 More info: www.svr.co.uk

Friday 17th May

90’s and Noughties

Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn, nr Bridgnorth Ian James and Sharon Stanton pay tribute to Michael Buble, Katie Perry, Lady Gaga and Robbie Williams in this brilliant 1 hour and 20 minute set! Ticket price includes 2 course carvery meal. Over 18’s only. Admission: £21.99 Contact: 01746 763304


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17th – 19th May

25th May – 2nd June

Mechanical Horse Weekend

Float-a-Boat Workshops

For something completely different, if you are under 50 years of age you may never have met a mechanical horse! Based at Kidderminster station you will be able to see approximately ten of these immaculately restored vehicles on display around the station. Admission: Adult from £15.50, Child from £8.50, Family from £43.50 Contact: 01299 403816 More info: www.svr.co.uk

Join in fun family-friendly activities at Enginuity over the Spring half-term holidays. Design and build your very own boat from everyday objects and craft materials and then set it to sail on the treacherous sharkinfested waters! Start: 10.30am Admission: Normal admission plus £1 per boat Contact: 01952 433424

Severn Valley Railway – Kidderminster

18th May

Enginuity

Open Cockpits Evening

26th, 27th, 29th May

A wide range of aircraft will be available for closer viewing including; transport aircraft, jet fighters and unique research airframes. Booking essential. Start: 6-8.30pm Admission: Tickets £10 Contact: 01902 376200

Dudmaston Estate

RAF Cosford Museum

24th May

An Evening of Burlesque Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Direct from London’s West End, Britain’s biggest burlesque spectacular returns with a brand new show for 2013! Start: 8pm Admission: £24 Box Office: 01902 429212

24th – 27th May

OSFEST 2013

Oswestry Showground

Children’s Activities Days ‘Great Games’ activities, take a trail around the gardens to try your luck at some of these old favourites and then perhaps have a go at making your own game to take home. Admission: Normal Admission (small extra charge for some activities) Contact: 01746 780866 More info: nationaltrust.org.uk/ dudmaston-estate

29th – 31st May

The Secret Garden The Place, Oakengates

A timeless classic for all the whole family. Start: 7.30pm / 2.30pm Admission: Tickets from £12 Contact: 01952 382382 More info: oakengates.ws

Music festival with a packed line up including JLS, X Factor winner James Arthur and rock band, The Enemy. Admission: Tickets from £29.50 - £59.50 More info: osfest.co.uk

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Local Food News

Ludlow spring festival There will be something for everyone at Ludlow’s Spring Festival which runs over the weekend of May 10-12, from great British beer to rising TV Chefs and activities for children. Over 180 local beers will be available to sample in the Festival pub, and the very best in local produce from cheese to meat and honey will be on sale. TV Chefs Marcus Bean and Will Holland will be taking to the stage. Marcus has become a regular on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ and Channel 4’s ‘What’s Cooking’ whilst Will has just appeared on BBC’s ‘Great British Menu’s. There will also be demonstrations on fish, the secrets of Egyptian cooking, glorious bread baked, an Italian master class and much more. For more info visit: ludlowspringfestival.co.uk

The Little Coffee Bag Company was set up by Carrie Bate of Claverley just under a year ago, and is already being stocked by prestigious London retailer Harvey Nichols. Carrie is currently in negotiations with Harrods and John Lewis and there is demand for her to export the luxury, individually wrapped coffee bags to Dubai. Carrie and her team manufacture the bags from an outbuilding at her home. She is excited about the response to her products and has some exciting media opportunities in the future.

The Talbot Inn

Daily Specials Bar Snacks Restaurant Menu

High Street, Much Wenlock TF13 6AA 01952 727077 thetalbotinnwenlock.co.uk

Food served Lunch: Mon – Sun 12noon – 2.30 Evening: Mon – Sat 6 – 9pm, Sun 6 – 8.30 pm

Providing hospitality to locals & weary travellers since 1360

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Restaurant of the month

The Talbot Inn, Much Wenlock The ancient timber-framed Talbot Inn has stood in Much Wenlock’s High Street, providing food and lodgings, since at least 1361. Initially it was part of Wenlock Abbey, used as a guest house and perhaps the Almoner’s House. After the dissolution of Wenlock Abbey it became an inn, so for 650 years the building has continued in its original purpose – offering overnight accommodation and food. Currently The Talbot Inn is in the capable hands of Maggie, Mark and Debbie Tennant. The Talbot was buzzing when we arrived; nonetheless the pleasant waitress had us seated by the fire, our orders taken and an impressive and reasonably priced wine, soon appeared. We had four menus to choose from: the first up offered bowl of Maggie’s Hot Pot for £6.95, or we could have selected fish & chips and a pudding for £11.95. The Early Bird menu, available from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, offered amazing value – two courses for £14.95, and what choices! The seven starters included mango and chill prawns, cheesy jalapenos, home-made soup or three types of paté. The main course choices were sea bass, lamb, Wenlock pigeon, haddock ‘à la Talbot’ or a 10oz sirloin steak – all accompanied by fresh vegetables and three potato choices. We opted for the fourth menu, namely the à la carte, containing eight choices of starters ranging from £3.95 to £5.50 and ten choices of main course from £12.95 to £14.95. As the prices included salad or fresh vegetable and potatoes, and the quality of the meat was excellent, these prices are extremely reasonable. My starter was nest of rosti potato topped with sour cream and smoked salmon. Janice opted for the Fish Bake, a delicious creamy selection of fish, accompanied by toast, butter and salad. I followed

on with a lamb shank roasted in redcurrant and port; the meat was perfectly cooked, but I admit to being jealous of Janice’s perfect fillet steak accompanied by a Shropshire sauce: why do I invariably hanker after someone else’s choice? We paused before pudding, which gave Debbie in the kitchen time to accommodate a party of 18 people who walked in at 9.00pm wanting fish and chips. The eight pudding choices were £4.25 each. I had a generous serving of home-made treacle tart with ice cream, and Janice went for the ‘Talbot Tipsy’ – a delicious tower of ice cream, stem ginger and Amaretto. An excellent meal in convivial surroundings – I can recommend it! Jean de Rusett The Talbot Inn, High Street, Much Wenlock, TF13 6AA Tel: 01952 727077 www.thetalbotinnwenlock.co.uk 53


Local Food News

Bread making and gluten free cooking

Learn about wine Antoinette Milne of ‘Wine for Life Learning’ will be running Wine & Spirit Education Trust  Wine tutor Antoinette Milne courses at Tanners Wines in Shrewsbury, with the level 1 award on Saturday May 18, 9-5:45pm, £129 which includes all wines, study pack and a simple lunch, included. There are also two level 2 awards running throughout May and June. Please see wineforlifelearning.co.uk or call 07814 138065 for more details and to sign up.

Celebrate

Learn the art of traditional bread making on Saturday 4 May with artisan baker Sheila Tuskan Sager at the Heart of England Fine Food kitchen at Battlefield, Shrewsbury. Sheila will be teaching participants how to produce natural hand baked breads, where the labour intensive process produces superior flavoured and textured breads. £85 per person to include tuition, ingredients and refreshments. On Friday 10 May, Sue Hinks will demonstrate a range of delicious gluten free recipes perfect for canapés and entertaining. £12.50 to include tastings. Please call 01743 452818 to book either event.

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Sunday Buffet Paul will create special menus each week during May & June with mouth-watering local asparagus.

4.00pm - 10.30pm £9.95 Adult £4.95 Children (Under10)

The Feathers at Brockton

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The Huntsman of Little Wenlock

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

Chef Kevin & Sue Geyton welcome all

Traditional Home Cooked Produce. Secluded gardens, locals bar, and dining. www.dinewithus.co.uk/boyne-arms-bridgnorth

Tel: 01746 787214 Burwarton, Shropshire WV16 6QH

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A multi award winning pub specialising in freshly homemade dishes and an award winning carvery

Friday 17th May

90’s and Noughties

Launched in Mallorca last year, Ian James and Sharon Stanton pay tribute to Michael Buble, Katie Perry, Lady Gaga and Robbie Williams Friday 21st June

Dirty Dancing & Grease (Movies double-bill)

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Food Tips

Keeping food fresher for longer Did you know that modern packaging allows your food to stay fresher for longer – not just on shelves in the supermarket but in your home as well. Much of the food we throw away just doesn’t get used in time, and includes 17 billion ‘5-a-day’ portions! Small changes can help keeping our food fresher for longer, which means more can be eaten at its best rather than ending up in the bin, saving us time and money. Money saving tips Many of us take our fruit and veg out of its pack as soon as we get it home, by habit. However modern packaging means that keeping it in its original packaging will keep it fresher for longer

such as the bread bin or a store cupboard. Food labels are undergoing a lot of change due to new legislation, to make them less confusing and more helpful for customers; it’s worth taking a closer look at the label, even for products you might buy regularly Retailers are now moving away from “freeze on day of purchase” guidance to “freeze before the date”, which means if food isn’t eaten when expected it can be frozen before the date to use at a later date.

Most fresh fruit & vegetables, such as peppers, carrots and oranges, will last for at least a week longer if kept in the fridge, but two weeks longer if kept in their original packs (or a loosely tied plastic bag) in the fridge Its best not to put bread in the fridge as it goes stale much quicker. Bread keeps better in a cool dark place

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Log fires Home cooked food Separate 36 seat restaurant Cask ales Children’s menu Dogs welcome in bar Walkers welcome Lunch served 12-2.30pm Dinner 6-9pm (Except Wed & Sun) Large parties catered for. Please book in advance

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Local Food News

Wen lock Buffet Company

May’s Seasonal Shopping List Fruit • Apricot • Gooseberry • Rhubarb • Strawberry

Vegetables • Asapargus • Lambs lettuce • Lettuce • New potatoes • Peas • Peppers • Radish • Sorrel • Spinach • Spring greens • Watercress

Bridgnorth May Fair Following the success of last years event, bank holiday Monday 6 May will see the high street transformed for the Bridgnorth May Fair, with a large and varied number of stall holders selling local foods, crafts and plants plus activities for children. It is hoped that there will be Morris Dancers and a ‘mummers play’.

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Ale in the Dale The Sun Inn at Corfton will be holding its annual ‘Ale in the Dale’ Beer Festival from 3-6 May. The festival will kick off on Friday May 3 with local celebrity John Challis – better known as ‘Boycie’ of ‘Only Fools and Horses’ opening the event. Over 35 real ales from around the UK will be racked up in the festival marquee and there will be live music throughout the weekend. All profits will go towards the Diddlebury Village hall fund. For more details see aleinthedalefestival.co.uk

Shrewsbury Food Festival At the end of June the first ever food festival will take place in the Quarry Park and around the Town of Shrewsbury. Local craftspeople have been invited to exhibit their wares and there will be talks and demonstrations from some of Shropshire’s finest chefs. Visitors will be able to ‘have-a-go’ at baking and learn some of the skills that local food producers use to make scrumptious food. The organisers have also teamed up with the Shrewsbury Film Society, who will be screening foodie films at The Hive, in Belmont, throughout the weekend. For further information visit shrewsburyfoodfestival.co.uk

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Book Review

Being Human edited by Neil Astley published by Bloodaxe Books One of many highlights of last month’s Wenlock Poetry Festival was the dramatic performance of a selection of poems taken from Being Human. Being Human is the third book in the Staying Alive poetry trilogy.Staying Alive and its sequel Being Alive have introduced many thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry. Being Human is a companion volume to those two books – a world poetry anthology offering poetry lovers an even broader, international selection of 'real poems for unreal times'. The range of poetry here complements that of the first two anthologies: hundreds of thoughtful and passionate poems about living in the modern world; poems that touch the heart, stir the mind and fire the spirit; poems about being human, about love and loss, fear and longing, hurt and wonder. There are more great poems from the 20th century as well as many recent poems of rare imaginative power from the first decade of the 21st century. Each month on the second Thursday, Wenlock Books hosts a Poetry Breakfast at Tea on the Square, Barrow Street, Much Wenlock, from 9–10am. We enjoy coffee and croissants (or tea and toast) and read poetry to each other. Reading aloud is completely optional; if you prefer to just listen, that’s fine, but if you’d like to read, we do ask that it’s published work please. The cost is £5 inclusive, and you don’t need to book in advance, just turn up. This year I am using the Staying Alive trilogy as my main source for poems for the Poetry Breakfast, and the next meeting on May 9 will be poems on the theme (loosely) of “May”. Come and see our new poetry section in the bookshop. Anna Dreda, Wenlock Books High Street, Much Wenlock wenlockbooks.co.uk 60

Dates for your diary Wednesday 8th May

Book in a Month Club

7pm. Reading Life after Life by Kate Atkinson. Join us for a discussion of Kate Atkinson’s latest and excellent book, £5 to include wine and nibbles. Thursday 9th May

Poetry Breakfast

Tea on the Square, 9am. We will be reading poems on the theme of “May”. £5 to include coffee and croissants Sunday 28th May

Children's Book Event

Dot to Dot. Meet author Malcolm Cossons at the bookshop as he leads an activity session and reading of his first, lovely children’s book. For toddlers through to pre-schoolers. More information re price and time from Anna on 01952 727877.

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Win a family

night out at The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton! ‘Grandpa in My Pocket’ comes to the Grand Theatre from Wednesday 19th to Saturday 22nd June in a whole new 'Grandpa' theatre experience for young fans of the hugely popular Cbeebies television series Sunnysands Pirate and Horatio Heave Ho take Jason and Jemima on a pirate adventure in search of treasure. But when things go wrong, it's time for Grandpa to put on his Shrinking Cap and save the day. It's Teamwork! This imaginative production will make children fall in love with Grandpa in My Pocket all over again, based on the television series Grandpa in my Pocket, this show is fun for all the family! Contact the Box Office on 01902 429212 for more information.

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Money Matters Made Clear Ruth Burley, Director at RMB Financial Planning Limited looks at things to consider when planning your retirement.

Making the most of your retirement A record number of people in Britain are retiring this year as the post-war ‘baby boom’ generation draw their pensions. This means that 2,100 people will celebrate their 65th Birthday every day in the UK this year. According to the European Commission, the average life expectancy for a retiree today is 83 years old for a man and 86 for a woman. Thinking about how your life will change when you retire is an important first step in deciding what to do with your pension.

The future Any plans for the future, or concerns about your long term care should all be taken into account when choosing the right pension for you. Currently as people retire and take their personal pensions, only 21% purchase an enhanced pension, 26% a standard pension and 53% take their pension via their existing provider. It is believed that over 60% could have purchased an enhanced pension at retirement, thus increasing their income for life. Currently you must be 55 or older to take your pension benefits, and you do not have to take these benefits from your existing pension company. You have the right to take your pension via an Open Market Option, and from 1st March 2013, providers have to abide by a new code of conduct and be clearer when explaining a client’s options at retirement. Other areas to consider when taking your pension are single life or joint life, level or escalating, guarantees and value protection, and payment frequency. There are also alternative options available at retirement depending upon your personal circumstances. Your pension is there to fund your income for the rest of your life and it is extremely important that you make the right choices at this time. A Financial Adviser can ensure that you make the best decision for you personally.

You may want to consider the following: Income Will you be retiring completely or will you carry on working, even on a part time basis? What State pension will you receive? Will you downsize property? What other investments do you have? Treating yourself Will you be going on a holiday of a lifetime, or buying a new car? These things are possible when you receive your tax free pension lump sum, but you need to budget for them. Well-being It is worth having a full medical check-up with your GP. If you suffer any medical conditions or take prescribed medication then you may qualify for an enhanced pension income – and this can be as much as a 38% uplift on a conventional pension. Smoking, alcohol intake, weight and high blood pressure are some of the health and lifestyle areas which could increase your retirement income. 63


Business News

Bridgnorth Jobs Fair success Over 200 jobseekers attended the Jobs Fair last month, which had been jointly organised by MP Philip Dunne and Jobcentre Plus. 25 employers, careers advisers, colleges and voluntary organisations exhibited, with over 100 jobs on offer. Mr Dunne said: "I was very pleased with the reaction of those attending. This was the first such event held in Shropshire in recent years, and we were pleased with the turnout. The exhibitors expressed their enthusiasm for the event, and a number of connections were made either directly with companies or through the Jobs Board.” Bridgnorth's largest employers: Grainger & Worrall, Bridgnorth Aluminium and Sainsbury's were all exhibiting with job vacancies in the town they are actively seeking to fill, and there were exhibits by

education colleges, training and recruitment providers and local volunteer groups, such as the Fire Service and Yeomanry Army Reserves.  P hilip Dunne with staff from Bridgnorth Aluminium at the Jobs Fair.

Connecting Shropshire

Local food event for businesses Local pubs, restaurants, B&B's and indeed any businesses interested in bringing a distinctive 'Shropshireness' to their menus are invited to a ‘local food finding and literature swap’ event on Tuesday May 21 at the Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre at Battlefield, Shrewsbury from 10.30-12noon or 2.304pm. Marketing manager Lynn Wood said: "Many tourist businesses have shown that putting local food and drink on their menu gives them fresher products and importantly, a great story to tell their customers". Businesses will be able to sample and find out about products and swap literature with other tourism businesses. Call 01743 452818 or email tradingdesk@heff.co.uk 64

Shropshire Council has announced a £25m deal with BT to bring high-speed fibre broadband to more than 90% of Shropshire businesses and homes in a funding package which will see £8.2m from the Council, £7.84m from Central Government and £8.6m from BT. Nick Chavasse, Shropshire Business Board ‘Champion for Broadband’ said: "Reliable and fast broadband is a top priority project of the Shropshire Economic Growth Strategy". Communications Minister Ed Vaizey, commented: "Shropshire is one of the most rural counties in England, but access to fast broadband speeds is just as important here as it is in our major cities. This project will deliver the benefits of superfast broadband providing a tremendous boost to the local economy".


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Beauty salon opens What was once a childhood dream has now become a reality for one Shropshire beautician. 32-year-old Nicola Ritchie has taken the plunge and opened her own beauty salon in Bridgnorth. ‘All About You’ is based in the High Street, between Boots and Gin & Teacups. Nicola, from Ditton Priors said: “After 14 years in the beauty trade and working in Bridgnorth salons, I am excited to be starting my own beauty room. I can’t wait to welcome customers into what I think is a calm and relaxing salon. Everyone in Bridgnorth has been so supportive to help me realise my dream.” ƒO  wner Nicola Ritchie pictured at the official launch of All About You in Bridgnorth.

Grants for new small businesses Fund101 targets UK-based entrepreneurs looking to turn an idea into a new business and existing small companies wishing to purchase equipment. Administered by Enterprise Nation, the programme is designed to assist with capital support from £50 to £500. The grants can be used to fund miscellaneous capital costs associated with starting up a new venture and for existing small businesses. See website enterprisenation.com/fund101 for more information and application.

‘Thankyou’ Sainsbury’s Bridgnorth would like to thank their customers who so generously made a contribution towards Comic Relief this year. Over £1,000 was raised on behalf of Red Nose Day, the 25th anniversary of the initiative. Sainsbury’s has now raised over £74 million for Comic Relief since their partnership began in 1999.

Designers celebrate 25 years Much Wenlock based company, Aardvark Illustration & Design are celebrating their silver anniversary. Husband and wife team, John and Isobel Bushell, who both have an academic background in visual communication, have worked with Barnardos, Biblelands, Boots, Dixons, Harper Collins, Mothercare and HEFF over the years. The couple moved to Much Wenlock in 1994 and began to build a reputation for graphic design as well as illustration and John’s specialism, calligraphy. Last year Isobel provided the illustrations for the successful book ‘Peggy the Wenlock Piglet’. A follow up book ‘Peggy’s amazing Ironbridge Adventure’ is due out this year.  John and Isobel Bushell celebrate 25 years of design 67


Council Notes

Bridgnorth New council As a result of an uncontested election in Bridgnorth, the new Town Council will be made up of the following members: Vanessa Voysey, James Gittins, Jackie Bradshaw, David Cooper, Max McKenzie, Celia Walden, Val Gill, Ray Gill, Edward Marshall, Connie Baines and Norman Cottrell. Anyone interested in putting themselves forward for co-option should contact the Clerk as soon as possible.

Outgoing councillors The Council would like to thank Christian Lea, Geoff Bodenham, Mike Davies, Jennifer Durham, Don Gibbons, Brian Jones, Iain Seivewright, Paul Tacchi, Doug Brown, Adrian Tacchi and Edward Shirley for their commitment and contribution to the work of Bridgnorth Town Council.

Proms in the park This new event will see the Castle Grounds come alive with the sound of music and singing. Bring a picnic and enjoy local orchestras perform classical “Proms music in the Park” starting at 7pm on Saturday 15 June. It is hoped that the evening will end with a firework display. Ice creams, licensed outdoor bar and small fairground rides for children. Tickets £6 on the gate, or £5 in advance from the Town Council offices, the Old Castle pub and Knickerbockers Ice Cream Parlour. Children free with every paying adult.

Bridgnorth town carnival Entry forms are now available for stalls, floats, catering and performing at the Bridgnorth Town Carnival being held on Saturday 29 June. There is no theme for this year’s Carnival so imaginations can run wild! The closing date for applications is 31 May. The Carnival procession will leave Tasley at noon with presentation of prizes taking place on Severn Park once all floats have arrived. Entries on foot are to meet at Westgate. Categories are as follows: Schools, Entry on Foot, Show Vehicle and Float. A souvenir programme will be produced, if you would like to advertise in this programme, please contact the Town Council. For further information on any aspect of the Carnival, contact on 01746 762231 or ashley.king@bridgnorthtowncouncil.gov.uk.

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RAF commemoration Saturday 1 June will mark the 50th Anniversary of RAF Bridgnorth when a service will take place in St. Leonard’s Church at 2.30pm. After the service, a parade will form and process down the High Street to Castle Grounds where a wreath laying ceremony will take place followed by light refreshments. The Community Transport bus will then take people up to the old RAF base at Stanmore for a sunset ceremony. The service and parade are open to all.

Teddy bear’s picnic For the third year, the popular Teddy Bear’s Picnic will take place in The Castle Grounds on Wednesday 31 July at 11-2pm. There will be children’s fairground rides, face painting, a bouncy castle and puppet shows and don’t forget the best dressed teddy competition! Issued by Anne Wilson, Town Clerk 01746 762231 email: anne.wilson@bridgnorthtowncouncil.gov.uk

Council Notes

Much Wenlock New council As a result of an uncontested election in Much Wenlock, the new Town Council will be made up of the following members: Robin Bennett, Sally Chapman, Kevin Richard, Bert Harper, Phil Hipkiss, Yvonne Holyoak, Dafydd Jenkins, Milner Whiteman and Mary Hill. The newcomers will be warmly welcomed. There are currently two vacancies left, so if anybody is interested in becoming a community leader, please get in touch with the Locum Town Clerk, Michael Gledhill.

Outgoing councillors The Council would like to thank the out going councillors David Turner, Eric Humphries, Lesley Durbin, Matthew Green, Mike Grace, Patricia Daffurn, Robert Stuart, Tim Marsh and Town Mayor Tim Pinches for their commitment and contribution to the work of Much Wenlock Town Council.


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Council Notes

Both the Guildhall and the Much Wenlock Museum are now open for the 2013 season. Opening times for the Guildhall and further information can be found at muchwenlock-tc.gov.uk/guildhall/ index.shtml. The museum details can be found at muchwenlockmuseum.co.uk. The current exhibition at the Guildhall is a calligraphy display, followed by a display of artist Gill Nicholson's paintings.

New council

Town markets Corn exchange: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday - fresh fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers and eggs. Thursday Much Wenlock country market with preserves cakes and crafts. Saturday - charity and non-profit stalls. Buttermarket: Thursday - bric a' brac. Friday (first, third and fifth Friday) farmers market - locally sourced produce. Saturday - general market. Sunday craft market. Issued by locum town clerk Michael Gledhill 01952 727509. We wish Sharon Clayton a speedy recovery.

Much Wenlock Neighbourhood Plan – Have we got it right? The formal consultation period of the draft Neighbourhood Plan has now come to an end. The steering group have reviewed all the comments received and will advise the town council whether it should make any further changes. The plan will then be submitted to Shropshire Council to check that the draft complies with legal requirements, it will then be seen by an independent assessor who will consider compliance issues plus any comments received from the public in the run up to the assessment. Finally a local referendum will be held for voters in Much Wenlock to say yes or no to the adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan.

Broseley As a result of an uncontested election in Broseley, the new town council will be made up of the following members: Michael Burton, Roy Childs, Andy Cooke, Lyn Garbett, Mike Garbett, Jean Jones, Ann Maltby, Ian Pickles, Phil Revell and Peter Smith. There will be one vacant position and this will be filled by co-option. Anyone interested in putting themselves forward for co-option should contact the Clerk as soon as possible.

Outgoing councillors The council would like to thank Rita Howells, Alan Taylor (outgoing Mayor) and Ben Walker for their commitment and contribution to the work of Broseley Town Council.

Mayor elect At the March full council meeting Councillor Ian Pickles was nominated as Mayor elect and Councillor Peter Smith as deputy, subject to their continuation as councillors. The positions will be confirmed at the annual meeting in May.

Annual meeting The annual meeting of the council will be held on Tuesday, 14 May at 7pm at the Birchmeadow Centre. This will be the first meeting of the new council. Members of the public have the opportunity to raise issues in the public session between 7 and 7.10pm.

‘Smartwater’ for sale The town council is able to offer packs of ‘Smartwater’ for sale to local residents at a cost of £20 per pack. Smartwater is used for security marking your property. If your items are stolen and recovered by the police a unique code will identify the items as yours.

Hall booking details To book the Birchmeadow Centre, please call 07880 721388. The contact number for bookings for the Victoria Hall has changed and is now 01952 882036. Issued by Trudi Barrett, Town Clerk 01952 882172 email: broseleytc.clerk@btinternet.com

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What's What! Magazine March 2013 Edition