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News December 2016 · Issue 212

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ELLO everyone and welcome to the December issue of Wrekin News - our festive issue to round-off a very busy year. For Wrekin News it has been a very eventful year that has seen a change in ownership and new look. But hopefully we have continued to bring you your favourite mixture of local news, events and nostalgic letters. The letters pages are thriving at the moment and we are very grateful to all who have taken time out from busy schedules to write down memories and stories to share. We look forward to reading and printing many more in 2017 and I would really like to encourage you to pick up your pen or tap away at the keys of your computer and write to us for the first time to share your memories. I am also very pleased to be able to report that our very good friend George Evans is on the mend. George spent a couple of recent weeks in the PRH but I’m very happy to be




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Great to see you are Editor of the Wrekin News. I live out at Church Preen and recently picked up a copy of the mag from a garden centre October 2016 Issue 210. I grew up and went to school in Wellington. I attended Prince’s Street Junior where I was taught by a wonderful man called Mr George Evans. I was delighted to see that George is still going strong and writing for the mag. I went on to Wellington Grammar School from 1962 to 1967. George was an inspirational man and I remember joining one of his school clubs called “Lookout”. We would go on rambles up the Wrekin, Ercall and short woods (Limekiln lane) etc. I loved being in the company of George he had so much local Knowledge. PLEASE pass on my Best Regards to Mr Evans. Thanks again.

My very Best wishes Les Horler. inspection, followed by another visit for the operation. Although mine was a break of the hip rather than a replacement I was given a replacement which everyone agreed was the best solution to the problem. There was, though, no thought of what I had thought was the most serious – my tendency to fall. I can’t have been explaining my problem correctly to the right person. As I was busy recuperating from the operation I had the impression of being well looked after by the ward teams of nurses, carers and other specialists. After the taste of the anaesthetic wore off the hospital food tasted much better; in fact most of it was quite nice. Then came the worst time, probably the worst time I have ever had. Worse than Normandy and the rest of the war. Something seemed to have moved into my head and taken over. I began to have strange dreams which became more real than reality. The ward moved, turned into an aeroplane, then a bus, then a palace or a gaol. Strange faces appeared in the walls and excruciating pains began to hurt. I was clearly having hallucinations but it all felt very real and terrifying. Something changed my whole personality and I began to behave very badly indeed, even fighting the staff. In brief moments of lucidity I shouted that I was going mad and demanded to be treated by a psychiatrist. I’ve no idea what was done to me but eventually I came to my senses and apologised for my behaviour, which was kindly accepted. “We’ve had it all before” they said. The rest of my stay was comparatively uneventful, punctuated by very welcome visits from my family. I was gradually recovering and learning to handle a Zimmer frame and do a few things for myself. The worst was the inability to sleep due to the other patients shouting out. I felt that if I could only sleep I’d get better much quicker. I had no right to criticise as I must have been worse than most. My family threw a huge amount of effort into getting me sent home, organising my GP’s approval, various reports, social services, carers, physiotherapists, a panic button supplier, fresh clothes and all sorts of necessary and useful things to get me back home. On 20th. October, the anniversary of my wife’s death, I was home at last and couldn’t be accused of bed blocking. Oh happy day! Had I really been forgiven? Well there was quite a long queue of carers and nurses to kiss me goodbye! Aren’t they lovely! The journey home was quite exciting as I’d not been out of hospital since being taken to A&E on 16th September and it was now 20th October. Some of my family were waiting for me and all sorts of changes had been made because I was not as fit as I had been. Now, with an excellent team of carers from Phoenix and my old friends Kim and Mike together with essential help and inspiration from my family I’m gradually getting fitter, though still far too wobbly to go anywhere without my Zimmer. A final word about the NHS: the people who do the actual work are excellent but under great stress from lack of resources and too many patients, while underfunded and messed about by unsympathetic Governments, especially the last two, and nutty advisers. It’s all my fault for living so long. Sorry about that.

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A collection will be taken during the service which will go towards the Mayor’s Charities ‘Hilbrae Rescue Kennels’ and the ‘2nd Wellington Scout Troupe’.

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Wellington: SUCCESSFUL SELLING Wednesday 18th Jan and 25th Jan 2017 Retail Sustainability in March 2017 (date to be advised).

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FTER the success of their first ever Christmas event last year, Meadowdale Nurseries in Telford have announced today that they will be welcoming a very special guest to their garden centre throughout the festive period. Father Christmas will be visiting every weekend from the 26th November until the 18th December and will be seeing children from 12pm to 4pm. There will be a small charge of £3 per child, which includes a present and there is no need to pre-book. John Anderson, co-owner of the Nurseries, said: “We were delighted by the response to our first ever Christmas event last year, so have decided to extend it this year, so that more people can enjoy the event. The garden centre feels very Christmassy and we are hoping that people will come and join in the festivities.” The Nurseries will also be selling a wide range of real Christmas trees and decorations, so what better time to put your Christmas decorations up. Meadowdale Nurseries is open Monday – Saturday between 9am and 5.30pm and Sunday’s 10am – 4pm. It is situated on Wellington Road, Horsehay, on the A5223 (postcode TF4 2PU). From junction 6 of the M54 take the A5223 towards Ironbridge Gorge and the Nurseries are located on the right, immediately after Horsehay Village Golf Course.

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Lioncourt Homes - Housebuilder of the Year! Local housebuilder, Lioncourt Homes, has been awarded the accolade of Housebuilder of the Year at the Annual Housebuilders Dinner in London. Lioncourt who are building new homes at Heritage View in Hadley, Telford and Linley Grange in Broseley, together with a new development at Daisy Bank Road in Telford, won this prestigious award at the annual gathering of housebuilders from throughout the industry. Lioncourt has grown to become a major housebuilder and is recognised as one of the fastest growing housebuilders in the UK. In addition, the company was recently declared as the 25th fastest growing business in the country, across all sectors, by the Sunday Times. It is an amazing success story for a company that was only formed ten years ago when chief

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The Melodious Meredith family Christmas in Clunbury (1945)

This story is an account of memories that Michael Meredith gave to me, saying that everyone in this world had some story to tell, if they but tried. By Les


IS contribution starts just after WW2. 1945 era. His father Harry Meredith, had a passion for all types of music. He was for many years Choir and Church Bell Ring Master in Clunbury village. He certainly was a larger than life character. Michael starts off with this father instructing several youngsters (8-12 year olds) assembled in the Clunbury Church tower ringing chamber. These bell ringing recruits were assembled on this particular night each week. We learnt how to ring the bells by standing on some wooden boxes. Me, my three brothers and my sister Dorothy including several other village children who were under command of the ‘maestro’ he would stand beside us pupils. Making sure that we caught the ‘sally’ (bell rope) to save us from some unimaginable misfortune. We all learnt like that, patiently, methodically. No one came to grief, bar my sister, in her case she missed the bell rope and scratched


her nose quite badly, with some blood and tears shed, she never rang bells again (those on front doors excepted!) We as a family of bell ringers (not quite polished enough to call ourselves campanologists) our most advanced method was a course of 120 changes of Grandsire Doubles. Aficionados of the art might have called it bell ringing. Harry Meredith, my father, was a stickler for discipline. Whenever we rang, we stuck immaculately. Some times we could strike with the precision of a swiss watch, and then he would say “let’s do that again”. On Christmas day, when the BBC’s Home Service Wireless ran for ten minutes of recorded bells (never ours!) from around the nations, such as Vatican City or Bethlehem. My father would scoff and say “We can strike better than that”. On our better days, so we could. To him they were at a natural disadvantage being ‘foreigners’ in these times Clunbury Campanological chauvinism was rife!

We rang the bells for morning and evening services, we rang muffled peals for the death of a Royalty, Prime Ministers, Coronations, Weddings indeed any such event under the Clunbury Parish sun. If Clunbury, Clunton, Clungunford and Clun were the quietest places under the sun, according to A E Housman’s oft misquoted sonnet. We vigorously set to change this. The ‘ring leader’ (in the literal sence) was my father for most of this bell ringing clamour. When he was not ringing the bells at Clunbury, he was either ringing at Clun or Clungunford, Hopesay, Winstanstow, Stokesay, Bishop’s Castle, Lydbury North or Ludlow. There was no denying my fathers devotion or you may even say obsession to bells and the ringing of them. He could reel off the number of steps you needed to climb in each of these church bell towers within a 20 mile radius. Knew the sonic key in which a bell was registered, to tell you what foundry the bell was cast or sometimes recast.

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Can you help return Derek’s pictures? Wrekin News has received a letter from Derek Wedge with a request for help. Derek’s family loaned three pictures to the Oxfam shop in Wellington for a window display. The pictures were unfortunately sold by mistake. They were family photos of two soldiers and a nurse. Derek is appealing to the person who brought the pictures in good faith to return them to the Oxfam shop or alternatively contact Derek on 07855 083951 or Joan on 01952 254491. The pictures have great sentimental value to the family and Derek is more than happy to offer a full refund and a little more to the purchaser for their trouble and safe return of the pictures.

Village life seemed to revolve round the church and it’s bells. You were either summoned to attened church services, sang in the choir, got Wed at the altar, christenings, funerals, ultimately being fertilizer to the church yard flora! At Christmas, it became manic. Ringing the church bells on Christmas Eve night to informe the villager folk of the festivity that was about to commence. We bell ringing Meridith family were awakened by our father at 6:30am on Christmas day. He used the large brass poker, rapping the living room ceiling calling my two brothers and myself in a loud voice. Thus we awakened the whole village (in case they had not heard our ringing of the bells the previous night?) It now being 7am on Christmas morning ringing the bells, and again later for Christmas Matins. New Years Eve. In our campanological state, this was the equivalent to last Night of the Proms. The band of bell ringers were invited to the vicarage at 10pm for sherry, coffee, mince pies and left over Christmas cake. At 11:30pm we would climb the vertical steel ladder into the ringing chamber. Some of us who had not attended the vicarage ‘do’. But had been diverted by liquid blandishment at either the Kangaroo Inn or the Hundred House Inn they would just make it a few minutes before the magic hour, so to speak! (For some strange reason these annual bell ringers only applied their ringing skills on this one occasion!) The Vicar would intone a prayer. The bell ringers would start ringing as the time approached for the new year to start, the bell ringers would start to wind down, indicating the old year was now very near to it’s end. When the New Year did actually arrive, so to speak. Then one of the bell ringers would ring a bell twelve times to greet the New Year in (sometimes this could be thirteen times!) a stigma equivalent to clapping after the first movement of Beethoven’s second symphony in the Albert Hall! The first half hour of the New Year was rang to welcome it in! The Meredith’s house was adjacent to the church. All the ladies of the family had worked very hard to put on a splendid meal for when the men folk came in from their ‘bell ringing’ task. It was now 12:30am. Celebrations then began. All day the ladies had been cooking, baking and basting, making an enormous buffet. We would sing and recite, tell jokes which we had heard many times before. Also playing the hand bells. It was a tradition to go and visit our neighbours homes with a lump of coal and a glass of whiskey. In our hearts, the scots themselves had no better time than us. Our uncle Tom from Clun, he was present at these parties. His claim to fame was that once when working in America, he had driven Al Calpone in his taxi! Two hours sleep and then time to go to work. In those early post war days (1945/46/47) New Year’s Day was a day to be worked. It took the edge off the night before, but never dimmed the memory. Just before Christmas we would take the set of hand bells from their box and tour the village playing tunes such as The Bells of St Mary’s, O’ Little Town of Bethlehem and others, to raise money for our parish church. In the clear night air of a frost-laden Shropshire, no sweeter sound ever broke our peaceful valley. We were, truly summoned by bells.


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My Story


by Rona Harris

INCE I last wrote to you I was quite pleased when I decided to watch a ‘quiz show’ on television called ‘Pointless’, now I must add that normally I do not ‘do’ quiz shows, but how this came about, was that my sister Sheila used to watch it every day, so after she died I found myself becoming more and more interested in this particular show. Now I will try to explain to you what really captured my attention to view this hour-long programme. As you are all now aware I was born in a small village in Derbyshire, and my village was next to another village called ‘Chapel-en-le-Frith’, I will just add that the english version of this name is ‘Chapel in -the Forest’, and yes in Derbyshire there are endless village chapels. Anyway to get back to the quiz show, I started to watch it one evening a couple of weeks or so ago, and there were two chaps taking part from that village, needless to say they did not win anything. OK! yes that was a lot of explaining but then, some folks say that I am full of ‘USELESS INFORMATION’, so now I will move on. In my earlier years I used to love ‘knitting’(I learned how to knit when I was five years old) and must have knitted thousands of family garmets, toys and other things over these years. Now for whatever reason when my lovely Les died I completely lost interest in knitting, so now I made the decision to start it all up again and knit something for myself, so we will see how it goes. Christmas does seem to be advancing very quickly now, but I decided some years ago to cut back on all the shopping and expense of it all. My Les loved Christmas time too, and we did love opening our gifts, but now he is no longer with me I feel that it is all too much to be bothered with it. Although I do still enjoy Christmas to a point it is not the same as those lovely happy years past.

Calling out to local working-age veterans in need, please contac t SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity Dear James, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing vital support for our troops, veterans and their families for 131 years and is the oldest, national military charity in the UK. While attention can often be focused on the problems faced by older, retired veterans, SSAFA has identified a group of working-age veterans between 16 and 64 years of age who are living in pretty desperate circumstances. Although most troops transition well, these men and women are not fulfilling their potential in civilian life and their plight is too easily ignored. In 2005, 25% of the people SSAFA supp orted locally across the UK were under 60 years of age, ten year s later; this figure had risen to over 40%, showing a trend in more, youn ger veterans needing support, however many of these younger vete rans who are being helped by SSAFA tell us that for a long time after leaving the Armed Forces, they felt too proud to ask for help. SSAFA’s current ‘Got Your Back’ campaig n is encouraging vulnerable veterans, to come forward for help. We understand that our soldiers, sailo rs, airmen and airwomen are resilient characters. Whilst serving the nation they become fitter, more robust and more self-sufficient; they are rightly proud of their role and of themselves. If any of your readers are in need of support and they are veterans or currently serving members of the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force, or indeed their family mem bers, please would you assist encouraging them to contact SSAFA’s confidential Forcesline on 0800 731 4880 or email via .uk/gotyourback. SSAFA feels very strongly that members of our Armed Forces and their families have ‘had our backs’ and now we must, wheneve r necessary, protect theirs. Yours sincerely,

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Did you know the Purcells? Dear Editor,

All of this thinking takes me back also to when my son Ian was a little boy, and yes! I suppose that I did ‘go over the top’ with his presents (buying them and then hiding them for some months leading up to Christmas). You know, I am always under the impression that at the time when my son was born it was not a good point in my life, my marriage had broken, and then my lovely Dad died suddenly so Ian was my wonderful gift from heaven. He was a lovely little boy and now all these years down the line he still is a lovely and very thoughtful lad. So I will take ths chance to wish everyone A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS, and A VERY PEACEFUL NEW YEAR.

I am from South Wales and was in Wellington on the weekend, carrying research into my ancestry. I wonder if you could put me in touch with someone that could help me? In 1901 my ancestors (the Purcells) lived on Jarretts Lane (which I understand is now Glebe Street?). I spoke to several people and finally one of your kind readers at the hairdressers suggested contacting Wrekin News. I have a few questions about the area at the time, about the local Iron works etc. and whether there may be photographs of Jarretts Lane around the turn of the last century. There may even be some resources that someone could point me to? Thank you in advance and congratulations on your magazine. Kind regards

Phil Lewis Ed. Thank you for your letter Phil and kind words. We have suggested to Phil that he contacts local historian Allan Frost. But can you also help Phil out with his request for information about his ancestors? If you have any information that might be helpful to Phil please do get in touch with Wrekin News (contact details on page 2) and we will be delighted to pass it on to Phil.

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Letters Bottle opener mystery for Jim


REKIN News reader Jim Carter of Broseley rang the office recently to tell us about a bottle opener that he had found when sorting through some draws. Jim can’t recall how the opener came into his possession and he doesn’t know how old it is or where it came from. As you can see from the picture it is clearly marked ‘Wellington’ with a crest similar to that of the Town badge. Can you help Jim solve this little mystery and tell us more about the origins of the bottle opener? What decade was it produced and was it on general sale or perhaps produced to commemorate a special occasion? Whilst we were spending time talking to Jim we discovered that his uncle William Carter served in the 6th Batallion KSLI (King’s Shropshire Light Infantry) and during the Great War served as a stretcher bearer. Originating from Oakengates, Private William H. Carter was commended for his bravery and service as he carried out his duties under heavy fire on the front line. Jim has a few of his uncle’s medals today and also proudly showed us this pocket watch that was presented to William upon his return from the Great War by the inhabitants of Oakengates Urban Area. The watch is engraved on the back and clearly says; ‘In recognition of his gallant and distinguished services during the Great European War, August 6, 1919. Remarkably Jim wound up the pocket watch and showed us that it is still in fine working order today, I guess things were perhaps built to last in those days! Do you have any relatives who also received a pocket watch in recognition of their armed forced services? Please let us know and if you can help Jim solve the mystery of the origins of the bottle opener we would be very pleased to hear from you. (See page 2 for our contact details).


The medals of Jim’s uncle William H. Carter

Above; the pocket watch face and below; the engraving on the reverse of the pocket watch.

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The opening of Territorial House in 1964 Mr David Lowe from Keltey Bank has written in to Wrekin News about his father who served in the Second World War and latterly the Territorial Army.


Y father son of my grandparents James and Lucy Lowe (Nee Hoof) was born in Wellington (Cliff Crescent). He joined the Royal Horse Artillery (Second World War) a year earlier than he should of done. He was born on 15 November 1919 in Wellington but on his enlistment papers he gave his birth date (as many young lads did) as 15 November 1918. He enlisted on 6 February 1935 and was demobbed on 7 April 1949, but on 6 August 1949 he was called up (as a Lance Corperal) to join a training in camp for the territorial army (which he served until his death on 18 July 1965 by then his rank was sergant). My father attended school at Constitution Hill, and (I think he worked) at Bates and Hunt as a labourer where he had a mis-hap with chemicals that nearly put paid to his army career! On leaving the army he joined the TA and worked at COD Donnington as a storeman until his death in 1965.

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Wellington Remembers 1914 - 1918 Project



Well what a busy November we have had! By Mary Rogers

E have been very fortunate to be awarded a grant by Wellington Town Council towards the purchase of a banner which we will use at exhibitions together with a supply of flyers. It was really exciting to be presented the cheque at the Council meeting on 8th November. Mary joined Councillor Phil MorrisJones and the British Legion at a very moving assembly at Charlton School on 11 November, when students remembered child soldiers throughout the world in words, music and dance, including Cecil Elson who we remembered in the November edition of Wrekin News. A big thank you to the Principal staff and students of Charlton School. Wendy and Mary then joined the crowds in the Square around the town clock where the new vicar of All Saints – Rev Tim Carter – led us in in a service of reflection. This led up to the bugle call just before 11 o’clock, when the town fell silent to remember all those who sacrificed their lives and continue to do so. Remembrance Day was very special. It was so moving to see crosses remembering TA Powis, the Poulter family, J Nicholls and CJ Beard among the those of civic and

uniformed organisations. As we laid a wreath at the Lych Gate alongside those of descendants, we remembered not only the 185 whose lives we are commemorating but the many others not recorded and those who returned shocked and changed by war. We were also honoured to be invited to present a young soldier’s biography as a focus of remembrance at Christ Church, Wellington Methodist Church, All Saints and St Catherine’s Eyton. A special thank you to the Wellingtonians who have come forward to share their family memories as a result of hearing the biography. Having paused for breath the team are now hard at work researching the next tranche of Lych Gate names.

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Release Clay throws an epic ‘Office Christmas Party’ in a Dat desperate bid to impress a client, stop his branch 09 e: .12.16 of the company being shut down, and save everyone’s jobs. His sister is the CEO, and she’s trying to get rid of him. Clay has one chance to close a deal and make enough money to keep the lights on, and it involves people sledging down the stairs, getting drunk on company property, and jousting with flaming Christmas trees. His sister won’t mind, right?

WIN PANTO TICKETS! HOW TO ENTER Wrekin News has teamed up with The Place, Oakengates and Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury to offer two lucky reader’s a pair of tickets to see the productions listed opposite. All you have to do to enter is send your name, address and daytime telephone number to: Tania Baylis, (INSERT NAME OF THE SHOW THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE), Wrekin News, Bridge Road, Wellington, Telford TF1 1RY or email your entry with all of the above details to: - You are welcome to enter to win tickets for both Shows, but please remember to send separate entries for each one.

Aurora and Jim are ‘Passengers’ aboard the Avalon, a spaceship making a 120-year voyage to another planet. They were stored in hibernation – but they’ve woken up 90 years too soon. They’re alone, and with no one else awake, a tentative romance begins to blossom. But they soon realise that something is seriously wrong with the Avalon, and they’re the only ones in a position to help. Why did they wake up so early? Even if there’s danger awaiting, when Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are among the ‘Passengers’ on the ship, how can you say no to the journey?


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Diary December 2016

3-4 10-11 December Victorian Christmas Weekend Blist Hill Victorian Town Open 10 till 4pm 01952 433424 2 December 3pm till 6:30 (switch on) OAKENGATES Christmas light swith on 3 December Much Wenlock Christmas Fayre 10 till 6pm 01952 728419 2-4 December Santa Steam Specials Severn Valley Railway 01299 403816 4 December The Shropshire SANTA Experience Park Hall , Oswestry 01691 671123 6 December Love Actually Cineworld Telford In Aid of SEVERN HOSPICE 7 December Guided Walk Eardington, Oldbury and Daniels Mill Bridgnorth, 6 mile walk for more information 01746 781192

9 December Christmas Wreath Making Severn Valley Country Park For more information 01746 781192 10-11 December Shrewsbury Winter Festival 10 December 1920s Party Night Lilleshall Sports Center 01952 603003 11 December Christmas lunch with Santa Lilleshall Sports Center 01952 603003 14 December Carols in the Square Shrewsbury 14 December Coca Cola Truck tour Coming to Telford Town Center 17 December Severn Singers Christmas Concert In aid of SAVE THE CHILDREN 7:30 Old Hall. Bridgnorth Endowed School £7.50 children half price 7 to 28 January SLEEPING BEAUTY Theatre On The Steps Bridgnorth From £8 Call 01746 766477

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A safe environment to try out winter sports Telford Snowboard and Ski Centre offers visitors a unique opportunity to try winter sports in a safe and engaging environment. The centre is set in a woodland environment, enclosed by a perimeter fence and has its own free car park for visitors to access with ease. There are two Alpine lodges for hire of equipment and a café area. Telford Snowboard and Ski Centre offers lessons from qualified instructors in skiing and snowboarding as well as Family Adrenaline Tubing. Telford Snowboard and Ski Centre has an outdoor all weather 85 metre ski slope and a nursery ski slope for the little ones. Telford Snowboard and Ski Centre, Court Street, Madeley, Telford, TF7 5DZ. Wrekin News has teamed up with Telford Snowboard and Ski Centre to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a FAMILY TICKET to Adrenaline Tubing. See below for details on how to enter the competition.



To enter either of the competitions (or both) we would like you to search through the magazine and find the hidden Christmas characters! Whilst you enjoy reading your December issue of Wrekin News take note of which page(s) we have hidden the Christmas characters on and fill in the coupon below with your answers. You do not have to enter both competitions. You may also send your entry on a postcard or email your entry. Once you have found the hidden Christmas characters and filled in the coupon (or postcard) please send your entry to: Tania Baylis, FAMILY PASS, Wrekin News, Bridge Road, Wellington, Telford TF1 1RY. Or email your answers and entry details to: closing date for entries is Tuesday 20 December 2016. GOOD LUCK! - Our usual competition terms and conditions apply.


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Join in the excitement at the Telford Ice Rink Located in the £250m Southwater Complex, Telford Ice Rink invites you to join the excitement. The recently refurbished Telford Ice Rink is open all year round for all ages and abilities. This icy destination promises entertainment for all ages and offers a fun way to keep in shape. Telford Ice Rink offers a wide range of courses, lessons and private tuition for both children and adults, including Ice Hockey coaching. Get your skates on and get into the spirit at the coolest place in town. Saint Quentin Gate, Telford, TF3 4JQ Telephone: 0845 1559966 Wrekin News has teamed up with Telford Ice Rink to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a FAMILY TICKET for the Ice Rink. See below for details of how to enter the competition.

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REKIN NEWS has teamed up with the Buckatree Hall Hotel to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a night’s stay for two with breakfast included in one of the regions top hotels. Nestled under the Wrekin and lying next to the Ercall woods the Buckatree Hall Hotel is a traditional hotel that offers elegant restaurant dining with lake views and a relaxed bar and lounge. The hotel also boasts a gym and conference rooms are available to hire. Refined rooms with rich fabrics all have flat-screen TVs and free WiFi as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms are available with private balconies and 4-poster beds. Positioned close to the motorway network and just five miles fromWrekin the Ironbridge Gorge Museum1 and seven miles News Oct 2016 - half page.pdf 07/10/2016 17:10:10from Blists Hill

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These twix bars taste amazing, though actually they remind me more of a Millionaires Slice, but regardless, they prove that giving up processed foods doesn’t mean cutting out taste bud tickling treats. Like other baked goods I make, dates are used to create the middle caramel layer all sweet and sticky without adding refined sugars and additives. Dates are little bombs of natural sugar, and contain shed loads of fibre, potassium, vitamin B6, calcium, sulphur, iron, manganese, copper and magnesium.



For the raw cookie base: 3 cups raw almonds 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted 2 tbsp honey 1 tsp salt For the date caramel: 12 medjool dates, pitted 1 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup cashews, soaked for 30 minutes, drained of water 1/2 cup milk – I used almond milk 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or essence For the chocolate topping 2/3 cup coconut oil, melted 1/2 cup maple syrup 2 tbsp. coconut sugar 2/3 cup cacao powder 2 tsp vanilla extract or essence 1/2 tsp salt



Line a 9×13-inch rectangular pan with parchment paper. Make the cookie base Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment and process until everything comes together and resembles a dough. Evenly press mixture into lined pan.


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MAGINE stepping onto a plane at Heathrow airport eventually to complete your journey in Costa Rica where you drive under a tropical sun to visit a pineapple plantation that supplies the UK’s food marketplace. The purpose of your visit is technical because you are a food technologist working for one of the major specialist fruit suppliers to the UK’s supermarkets, and the representative of your company, your customers – the supermarkets – and all of the consumers that buy pineapples. You are the person that has the right stuff when it comes to pineapples. You have taken a degree in food technology and have passed through your company’s graduate programme to become an expert in fresh produce, including sweet pineapples grown in one of the most beautiful countries in the world: a land sandwiched between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, with pure white, sandy shorelines on both coasts, teeming with exotic plants and wildlife, and inhabited by welcoming people. It is an enchanting country where time slows to the rhythms of nature and for you it is a country that you get paid generously to visit. This is just one illustration of the many-faceted and exceptionally diverse world of the food technologist and while some do indeed work in the procurement of fresh produce others may source, for example, canned goods, or cheese and other dairy products, or confectionery, or meat products, or jams and preserves. But they also do more than just source foodstuffs. If a food product is on sale in a supermarket, or any grocery store, then somewhere in its existence a food technologist is likely to have been

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Land softly! involved in its design, processing, quality assurance or distribution to the food marketplace. The food technologist is a multi-skilled individual with knowledge of important sciences, from biology and chemistry to botany, nutrition and even a little engineering, but their key expertise covers food processing and preservation, food quality and safety management, food marketing, consumer behaviour, and supply chain management, etc. It is essential to note however that while food technologists are knowledgeable in a variety of fields their know-how is applied and has to be. For they use their skills to produce products that comply with rigorous food quality and safety specifications, meeting both customers’ and consumers’ requirements. They are very hands-on in the execution of their jobs as they are the specialists that find practical solutions to the challenge of feeding 65 million people in Britain every day. Yet the food industry cannot get enough food technologists to meets its needs: even though the graduate starting salary is around £23,000 a year, often rising to £35,000-£40,000 a year with 5 years’ experience. So why is it that the food industry faces this problem? The simple fact is that successive governments have failed the food industry by not understanding what food technologists do and how important they are to keeping the country fed. Consequently food technology no longer figures in the national education curriculum and few school careers advisers appreciate that it offers such diverse and well rewarded opportunities. Yet, there is so much more to food technology than meets the eye. Take new product development, or NPD, as another

example. How many ordinary consumers or even school teachers have any idea how the foodstuffs they take for granted are created and processed to end up on their plates? Suppose that a food company wishes to develop a new, organic ready meal. How should this be done? To keep it simple, the starting point of NPD is the concept and from this recipes would be developed. Organic raw materials and ingredients would be sourced and work would be undertaken to test the recipes, with consumer taste panels and focus groups used to identify the favoured version. Shelf-life expectations would be confirmed and a manufacturing specification would be written. At the same time packaging design and development would take place and a marketing plan would be agreed. Then the product would be transferred to production and following scale-up trials, it would be launched. Food technologists would be involved at every step of the process from obtaining raw materials, ingredients and packaging, to NPD and transfer to production, as well as the provision of technical support when the product is launched and the market develops. Effectively, their expertise can span the whole of the food supply chain. So, next time you eat a food product or drink a beverage, recall that it may exist precisely because of the work of a food technologist. And should anyone believe that the role of the food technologist is without diversity and challenge, think again. To find out more about education and careers in food technology you can of course contact Shropshire’s very own university, Harper Adams University (, which provides a number of food industry degree programmes.


O here it is, Merry Christmas, everybody’s having fun... Officially the most recognised song around the world. l confess to being delighted and bemused that the funny looking band from Wolverhampton who decorated our youths, achieved such aclaim. l can’t play an instrument, nor sing a note without people turning off their hearing aids. But... Christmas can also be the most depressing isolating time of year for many. Memories of family Christmases before the Grim Reaper took his due are in every song, carol and Christmas telly report. So, share the cheer. Think of family members and neighbours who you know might enjoy more company. Don’t limit your thinking on social occasions. Drinks parties, tea and cake, bacon butty mornings and the full Christmas day experience. Food and drink, shared, improves everyones mood. However rember some people do prefer their solitude and enforced jollity is unwanted. A nice cake and a few bottles of your homemade best, fully shows your goodwill. So everyones arrived and presents and paper start covering the floor. And full glasses we hope! Alcohol, drink, booze, call it what you will can be a wonderful part of a wonderful day. But a nice pot of tea can freshen the system and be prepared to “lose” the carkeys of anyone unfit to drive. Offer the sofa for the night or a drive home with a non-drinker. Anything to stop your loved one becomming a police/hospital stastistic. Don’t let me stop you having fun, this column is all about the joy of alcohol but remember pets, children and those in poor health have different needs.

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T’S A CASE of happy ever after at a Shropshire school which staged a show featuring a host of popular nursery rhyme and fairytale characters. Children in years three and four at the Old Hall School in Wellington have staged a number of performances of Porridge this week as the school begins its Christmas countdown. Headmaster Martin Stott today praised all those involved adding that the detective comedy caper had really entertained audiences with youngsters as young as seven taking part in the production. “Each member of the cast played their own part brilliantly while they also worked extremely well together as an ensemble,” said Mr Stott. “I and all the staff were very proud of them and there was plenty of laughter from those who came to watch making it a wonderful way to start our seasonal festivities with lots going on over the next two weeks.” The school’s Christmas Fayre will be held next week featuring stalls run by some of the children, staff and parents together with many independent traders from the community. The event’s popular Santa’s Grotto will also be making a return as pupils get a chance to visit Father Christmas in a specially bedecked Pavilion. The school will also be staging a nativity performance for its Reception pupils together with children from the adjacent Daisy Chain Nursery, followed by a Christmas concert featuring pupils from Years One and Two. Children in the Upper School will attend a performance of The Wind in the Willows at Birmingham’s Old Rep theatre on December 1 while the Lower School will enjoy a pantomime trip in Shropshire on December 7. All pupils and staff will also wear Christmas jumpers for their annual

seasonal parties to support the Save the Children fundraising campaign on Thursday, December 8. In addition to a full Christmas Dinner, the last day of term on December 9 will see families join children and staff once again for the annual Christmas Carol Service, held in the Wrekin College Chapel, with performances from each year group and the school choir. “This term is always a particularly busy one but an absolute delight. I know the staff and children work very hard to get it all done but there is nothing better than bringing families together at this time of year and we do really enjoy that school is busy with events that do just that,” said Mr Stott. “We are indebted as ever to all who organise and support the events we stage here at the school and particularly The Friends of The Old Hall School, who always work tirelessly to decorate the school and create such a magical Christmas feel.”

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IS THE season to be jolly! Winter and Christmas time brings joy to man and pet alike, but there are some festive risks that every pet owner needs to be aware of: ● Chocolate – we all love it! Chocolate has a toxic component for dogs and cats called theobromine. Cacao and dark chocolate has the most. It can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, hyperactivity and even heart problems. At high doses it can trigger seizures and even death. Fortunately making your pet vomit and giving them activated charcoal helps reduce the risk of problems and if enough has been consumed then hospitalisation is sometimes required. ● Grapes, raisins, sultanas and currants – makes you think of Christmas pudding doesn’t it? But these are all associated with kidney injury in dogs and cats and can lead to kidney failure! The association between the amount eaten and the severity is not known, so any amount can be very dangerous. Again making the pet vomit as soon as possible is important. The first signs of toxicity are lethargy and sometimes vomiting, followed by depression and irreversible kidney damage. The signs usually appear in the first 24 hours but by then it is often too late. ● Xylitol – the sweetest of treats! This a commonly used sweetener in candy and in some baking goods. It is also found in chewing gum and dental products. But this popular sweetener is very toxic for dogs and even a very small amount can cause low blood sugar, lethargy, tremors and seizures. A high dose will cause liver failure and can be fatal for most dogs. Making your dog vomit straight after eating anything that has xylitol and putting them on a drip is crucial. ● Human pain reliefs – for all

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those after-party headaches! Ibuprofen and paracetamol are readily available over-thecounter and are also found in almost every home. Paracetamol, even at the smallest dose will cause your cat’s red blood cells to die and can lead to liver failure in dogs. Some cats might even need a blood transfusions to survive. Ibuprofen causes vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy, and can lead to kidney insufficiency and seizures. Making dogs and cats vomit as quick as possible and fluid therapy reduces the risk of complications. ● Onions and garlic – ah, pies and roasts! They go into many human foods that cats and dogs find delicious and you might find your cat or dog is lethargic and has pale gums if eaten. These vegetables can cause severe anaemia. If caught early making them vomit can prevent serious blood loss otherwise intensive care and even a blood transfusion might be required. ● Antifreeze – the one that helps you drive to Nan’s Christmas dinner! Ethylene glycol is the chemical in antifreeze that tastes sweet for our four-legged friends. It is toxic for dogs, cats, humans and rabbits alike and as little as a teaspoon can be deadly for a full grown cat. Signs like depression and lethargy, or even vomiting are the first one. But this chemical is renowned for causing kidney failure. Prompt vomit induction and fluid therapy are needed. The first sign to be suspicious off is the dog or cat licking the ground or their lips around a car that had antifreeze replaced recently or in the garage that has antifreeze. So with all of the festive merriment please try to remember your four legged friends and should you be concerned please phone your vet for some advice whatever the time of day.

We hope that this will help keeping your pets safe over the holidays and wish you a Purrfect Christmas!



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OLLOWING a remark made to me this week ‘that the garden is most uninteresting in winter as it is either bare or simply green’ I decided to give you a few ideas and suggestions for interest during what is felt to be this drab time of the year. These are in addition to the many variegated shrubs which are available. Amongst the possible options are the plants which have unusual barks which, once the leaves have fallen, will be visible and, therefore, give interest. Some cornus and salix varieties produce highly coloured stems and can be of great use in a smaller garden. These do require special management in order to maintain the colour year after year but it is not onerous. Simply prune heavily in early spring in order to force new growth during the summer, the greatest colour being from the new stems. Where larger plants can be accommodated many trees produce bark interest. The most common, and best know, of these is the silver birch, but other birches produce similar or even more spectacular effects. The common silver birch will, once established, produce a white/grey bark but if time is important the variety Jacquemontii produces a true white bark from its third year, there is also the birch bark cherry which has peeling, flaking bark and early spring flowers.

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In addition to the birches a number of other species produce individual members who can add interest in the winter, one of these is the snake bark maple, so named due to the vertical striping within its bark, which looks like a snake skin. There are plants with distorted growth habits such as the walking stick hazels and willows, alternatively know as the corkscrews. These appear to be slow growing because their growth is never straight. Of the two willows (salix) contorta will produce the larger tree in the shortest time, but prefers wet soil conditions, where it can be useful in helping to dry out the ground. I prefer to see all these options grown as a shrub so the mass of contorted wood creates a feature in the winter, although it is completely hidden in summer by the leaves. The hazel will bear catkins in late winter and thereby herald spring’s imminent arrival. One final thought for 2016, those of you who intend to have a real Christmas tree this year, by which I mean one with its roots still on,

remember that the tree will have prepared itself for winter and has in effect closed down. When you bring it into the house you have produced at least spring and more likely summer for the tree. You need, therefore, to gradually introduce the tree to its new environment, put it into the garage first for a few days, then into a cool room, and finally into its festive position. If at all possible do not make this position next to the radiator, think how you would feel if you had to stand next to a hot radiator all day, and for days on end. Also remember that it is a living thing and cannot survive without water. Once the festive season is over reverse the process to remove the tree, again think how you would feel if one day you are standing next to a hot radiator to suddenly find yourself outside probably with freezing temperatures. Following these simple riles should result in you having a tree which does not drop its needles all over the carpet and can be planted in the garden ready for next year.

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A Severn Hospice volunteer gardener has been planting seeds of inspiration throughout Shropshire. Julie Burroughs, who has volunteered with environmental groups since 2012, has seen her wildlife protection projects blossoming throughout the county as she works to keep the area environmentally friendly. Julie is involved with a number of environmental groups and has led many efforts in the county to protect local wildlife and cultivate the natural plant life in the area. She’s been leading an initiative with Friends of Apley Woods to protect wildlife in Apley, building shelters from recycled materials and working with local volunteers to ensure the area remains a safe and loved environment for residents large and small. Julie said: “I love working with nature and I think that by coming together as a community we can make a real difference to our local environment. “I’ve recently been short-listed for the Pride of Shropshire Environmental Champion Award. Volunteers don’t do what they do for awards and accolades but I feel proud that the environmental work I am doing with the local community is being recognised in such a positive way.” Julie has also been working with Shropshire Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency on the pilot programme for Love Your River Telford, which works to train volunteers to monitor local watercourses and report problems such as pollution and blockages.

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