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and music alongside our extensive events listings; ideas for incorporating the Colour of the Year 2017 in your home; and plenty of recipes to use up the turkey leftovers – with not a curry in sight! If this is the year you tie the knot, then don’t miss our wedding supplement full of all things bridal. If you are a parent, be sure to read our education pages and find out what our youngsters are up to. We also meet the conductor who has worked around the world and find out why he was drawn to take up the baton with Bridgnorth Sinfonia. Happy New Year from all of us here at Shropshire Review.


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Project progressing A ground-breaking share offer programme launched by the Severn Valley Railway just a few weeks ago has already hit its first milestone. The scheme, launched on 1 November, aims to raise vital funds for transforming Bridgnorth Station – the biggest development project in the railway’s 51-year history. A month after the offer was launched, applications to purchase shares at a price of £1 each had passed the 500,000 mark, a key step towards achieving the ambitious 2.5 million total by the end of October 2017. Proceeds are destined to provide much-improved visitor facilities, whilst conserving the existing station built in 1862. Chairman Nick Paul CBE welcomed the funding milestone and said the level of interest and support was heartening. He said: “It is clear there is a great deal of affection for the railway as applications are coming from new as well as existing supporters. We’re delighted to have achieved 20% of our overall target in the first month but remain well aware that we are a long way off the total needed so we’re not resting on our laurels and would urge anyone who may be able to support us but hasn’t yet to get in touch. “Whilst we are one of the region’s biggest tourist attractions, many forget we are a not-for-profit organisation and volunteer-run so every pound invested is vital.” The project consists of three key phases, the first

n Architect’s drawing of the new refreshment room two funded by share offer proceeds, starting with construction of a new refreshment room and toilet building, in the style of a typical Great Western Railway building c1900. Alterations to the existing Grade II listed buildings will also increase space within popular pub The Railwayman’s Arms and relocation of the existing shop will allow for the reinstatement of the original booking hall and waiting room. The second phase works include installation of a turntable to allow locomotives to be turned, in full sight of visitors, at the northern end of the railway’s 16-mile line, along with improvements to customer parking and road access. Phase three, although not the subject of the share offer, will see a new on-site accommodation building for SVR volunteers.

Hut is finally fit for purpose The project to renovate the hut used by the Highley Brownies and Rainbows has resulted in the building being made much more suitable as a meeting place. Gay Lillie, a trustee of the Highley Guide and Scout HQ, said the group was hugely appreciative of all the help have received so far with the project. She said: “We should like to thank all the people who have donated to this project so far, particularly the parish council, the Bache family, the Davies family, St Mary’s Church, to name a few and to those who have freely given their time – Andy and Helen Hinton, Karl Ward, Robert Whitefoot and Paul Williams, David Rymer and Les Court, Jim Lilley, Jeremy Lloyd, Marie Southall, Stewart Bratt and Diana Griffiths. We are so grateful to all of you, and to those names I may have missed.” She added: “The walls have all been insulated and lined and the electrics has been rewired throughout. We have new windows and doors, new flooring and we now have a nice little kitchen for the youngsters to use. We still don’t have our new toilets, but are awaiting


n Highley Rainbows and Brownies in their new-look hut quotes from professionals to do that job.” There are currently also places on the waiting list for new Brownies and Rainbows at the Highley group. If your daughter would like to join you can register at




ridgnorth has won the Great British High Street competition, beating fellow finalists Hinckley and Market Harborough to be declared winner of the Large Market Town category. The town’s success was announced at the awards ceremony at Lancaster House in central London on 12 December. Sarah Stevens and Sally Themans, who spearheaded the competition entry, were delighted to collect the winner’s award on behalf of the town. Sally, of Love Bridgnorth, said: “We were overwhelmed by the interest and support around Bridgnorth that helped earn the recognition it deserves. With this success we hope to open a great new chapter of co-operation and working together in the town. “This is a very proud day in the history of Bridgnorth, and we would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone – businesses, local organisations and residents – who have come together in a fabulous show of support.”

Judges praised the bid for galvanising community groups and partners, generating incredible support from the community and local employers, and using the town’s history to drive tourism. The park and ride scheme was also commended. As well as national acclaim, the town has won a money prize, expert training for shops and restaurants, and specialist advice on improving social media promotion. Sarah, of Buy Big in Bridgnorth, said: “We are determined the legacy of the competition will be felt throughout the town for many years to come. “We are aware that estate agents have already reported a busier November, with more enquires than usual for this time of year following the press coverage on BBC Midlands Today, BBC Radio Shropshire and an article in the Weekend Telegraph. It would be fantastic if this translates into more businesses investing and moving to the town.” For more on the town’s fantastic win, turn to page 75.

n Ist Broseley Scout Group goes scuba diving

Having a splashing time... Funding from Shropshire Town and Rural Housing (ST&RH) has enabled the 1st Broseley Scout Group to broaden the base of activities and challenges it offers. Led by a group of enthusiastic volunteer leaders, the group has been able to offer a varied programme of adventurous activities through 2016. Tracey Bowen, Cubs leader, said: “As a voluntary organisation we need to raise funds to help us run exciting, challenging sessions for our Cubs and Scouts each week. The money granted to us by ST&RH has allowed us to fund local instructors to enable our young people to try out many new activities. “They have loved the BMX instruction with Wrekin Riders, and also challenged themselves with indoor climbing, team building and kayaking with Arthog Outreach. We have even been snorkelling and scuba diving with ScubaTeks in the swimming pool at Much Wenlock.” Broseley Estate Agents Harwood have also been keen supporters of the group. Patrick Smitheman, managing director, sponsors the badges which the Cubs and Scouts work towards. Any businesses interested in supporting Broseley Scout Group or anyone requiring information about volunteering with or joining the group should contact Tracey Bowen by email to


Slim chance An annual sponsored slim that encourages people to lose weight while raising money for charity will once again commence in January. The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Bridgnorth and is lead by Rotarian Bryan Morgan. The weigh-in for the Sponsored Slim will take place on 7 January at the Bridgnorth Leisure Centre between 9am and 3pm. The weigh-out, where everyone finds out how much they have lost, takes place on 25 February at the same location. This is the 28th year that the event has been held and each year has seen different charities supported. This year the three nominated charities are PRH Breast Cancer Support Group, Shropshire Prostrate Cancer Support Group and The Rotary Club of Bridgnorth charity account, which supports international, national and local good causes.

Upbeat assessment The AGM of Bridgnorth Chamber of Commerce saw its chairman give a very upbeat speech about the past year. Stephen Robbins said that the group’s flagship project remained the park and ride service. He said: “This year we have seen the Park and Ride scheme reach self-funding stage, with traders in the town contributing generously and ensuring its future. We can now look ahead to building on that service and improving it, possibly by getting an even larger coach in the future. And we owe an enormous debt of thanks to Nock Deighton for letting us use their car park for the service. “The fight against the proposed Smithfield development was also a big story for the chamber in 2016. That battle goes on, but our case was helped immeasurably by having a petition with 7,000 signatures on it to present to Shropshire Council.” Mr Robbins highlighted the key upcoming initiatives of the chamber, which include a membership drive. He continued: “We are also looking to introduce a printed town guide for visitors. This will include a map and details of key events.“

Panto time Gerry Graham Touring Pantos present an up-to-date yet traditional, family-friendly production of Cinderella at Chelmarsh Parish Hall on 8 January. The fun starts at 2.30pm and tickets, £8 for adults and £4 for ages 10 and under, are available from Sonia Hobbs on 01746 861167.


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Chance to back tennis club wall Bridgnorth Tennis Club has carried its fundraising towards a ‘Rebound Wall’ into the new year. The fundraising project was launched last September when Greg Rusedski visited the club, with £1,000 raised towards the £5,000 target on that day alone. Club secretary Lorna Dexter said the idea to put up a rebound wall came because junior players hit balls against the clubhouse walls, risking broken windows. The club is offering court sponsorship to local businesses and this has been taken up by Nigel Savage of NWS Construction, who donated £500. It is available at cost for two years of £350 for a banner with the sponsor’s logo in two colours. For further information contact info@

n Members of Bridgnorth Tennis Club with an example banner

The true story of Turing and Enigma A piece of history came to Bridgnorth when a rare Enigma coding machine was a feature of a lecture organised by the Bridgnorth Historical Society. Dr Mark Baldwin gave a talk in the Castle Hall entitled Codebreakers: The True Story of Alan Turing, the Enigma Machine and Bletchley Park. During World War Two the German military used the Enigma machine to code all of its communications and believed that the code was unbreakable. However, a British team working in the top secret location of Bletchley Park and including mathematics genius Alan Turing, managed to crack the code and therefore decipher German military signals. Looking like a portable typewriter and carried in an oak case, the Enigma used a complex array of plugs and rotors to code messages typed into it. With settings changed on a daily basis, as happened once World War Two began, that gave 159 million million million possible settings. Over 60 people attended the lecture and also had a chance to see an Enigma machine first-hand, as Mr Baldwin owns one dating from 1944. Dr Baldwin said: “This is an even rarer model than the standard version and was only used by the German U-Boat service from 1942 onwards. It has four rotors instead of three, making it even harder to crack. This machine was actually used as a prop in the 2014 film ‘The Imitation Game’, which was a great film, but sadly not a very accurate version of events.” With a background in engineering, Dr Baldwin moved to Shropshire in 1986 with his family to pursue a new life as a bookseller and publisher. For nearly 20 years he has travelled the country giving presentations about codebreaking and the eight books he and his wife have published have raised £30,000 for The Friends of Bletchley Park Trust.

Annie’s tale on stage The latest production by the Bridgnorth Musical Theatre Company sees them perform Annie at Bridgnorth Leisure Centre. The show will be the company’s 65th annual musical and tells the story of a young girl growing up in 1930s New York during the Great Depression. Forced to live a life of misery at an orphanage managed by the infamous Miss Hannigan, Annie is determined to find her real parents and this is her story. Annie will be perfumed between 21 and 25 February, with matinees at 2.30pm on Wednesday and Saturday and evening performances on all days at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £16, with the Tuesday evening and Wednesday matinee performances priced at £14. They are available from the leisure centre box office on 01746 761541.

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n Dr Mark Baldwin with his Enigma machine; the audience at Castle Hall; the machine


They formed two and a half years ago, have played well over a hundred gigs and also broken a world record, but now their journey has come to an end. Guitar Cubed, the musical duo formed by two school pupils from Bridgnorth, have announced they are splitting up. The duo, comprising Tom Barras, 15, and Louis Briggs, 14, recently won Junior Fundraiser Of The Year at the Pride of Shropshire awards. Tom said: “We became friends through music and are parting as friends. In terms of the gigs we performed, the best would have to be during the Big Busk in Shrewsbury, when we broke the busking world record.” Louis said that, like Tom, he has very fond memories of the The Big Busk, including the incredible amount of money, over £4,000, that the duo managed to raise for charity. A song written especially for Futurefest, the music festival organised by Guitar Cubed, is shortly to be released as a single to raise money for the Recharge charity. The song is ‘To The Core’ and was written and performed by Steph PJ. For further information visit the Futurefest Facebook page.


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Total Tennis Midlands at Worfield and Wombourne tennis clubs Playing tennis can lower high blood pressure, maintain a healthy bodyweight, lower cholesterol, reduce stress and helps reduce the risk of heart disease. Not only can the sport do all of the above, it is also great for your coordination and fitness levels. Whatever your age, gender, ability level or fitness level, tennis is perfect for families to play together. Dan Nicholson, tennis coach and owner of Total Tennis, said: “At Total Tennis, we provide carefully thought-out group or one-to-one lessons that can also combine fitness drills to tone and improve cardio levels in the sessions. “I advise a beginner to have a couple of one-to-one lessons so they have a technique and knowledge of the game to build upon in a group session.” All you need is comfortable sportswear and a drink, rackets can be provided if you do not have your own. Total Tennis instructor Sally said: “I am really enjoying delivering highquality and organised sessions where I aim to achieve good technical and tactical goals. I always make my sessions enjoyable for all ages.” To book a session or for more information, call 07891079122 or visit

n The Shrewsbury walking football squad

Walking football, Shrewsbury What is walking football? Simply a slower version of the classic game minus the running and slide tackles. The game has been designed with men over 50 in mind and is aimed at avoiding injuries. The manner in which the sport is played promotes cardiovascular fitness whilst producing less stress on the body. It enables you to build and maintain an active fitness lifestyle and gives an opportunity to meet new friends. Any men over 55 years of age are welcome at 10am every Thursday at Shrewsbury Training and Development Centre, Racecourse Crescent, SY2 5BP. All you need is appropriate clothing and trainers, not football boots, and a bottle of water to keep hydrated. The sessions cost £3. Contact Susan at Age UK Shrewsbury on 01743 233 123 ext 225.

Pole Dance Fitness at Pole Box, Telford

HIIT @ Anytime Fitness, Telford If you find it hard to fit exercise into your day and evening, then opt for this high-intensive interval training class that takes place every Tuesday morning at 6.15am. Katie Griffiths, personal trainer, said: “HIIT is an exercise strategy alternating short periods of high intense exercises with less intense recovery periods. “It’s a great way to improve your fitness, endurance and a successful fat burner. HIIT is suitable for all levels of fitness as all the exercises can be adapted.” The class is free when you become a member at Anytime Fitness, Telford. For more information call 01952 787247.

n Dance instructor Taryn with student Kerri Doran


The pole dancing craze has swept the globe and is being enjoyed by both women and men. The combination of athletic skill and artistic influence makes it incomparable to any other form of dance or sport. The ability to achieve the simple act of climbing a pole is an incredible display of strength. Taryn Moore, owner and instructor at Pole Box, Telford, said: “Pole dancing is inspiring and empowering and the physical benefits are great. The feeling you get from mastering a move or expressing a particular emotion is incredibly rewarding. Pole dancing is forming both dance and sport into one beautiful, athletic art form. It is for anyone, of any fitness ability and you can have oneto-one lessons or be a part of a group session.” For more information, call Taryn on 07475696936 or search PoleBoxDance on Facebook.







right: Lea chandelier £179, Dorset mirror £149, Georgia sofa in Blue Floral Jacquard £1,399, Bug vase £29.50, small Padstow vase £17.50, Leah urn £35, Iris pressed glass vase £15, lace embroidered cushion £35, mirrored birds cushion £24, Mimosa embroidered cushion £29.50 – Marks & Spencer

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ulux has declared Denim Drift – a gorgeous muted blue-grey – as its colour of the year 2017, so expect it to make a big impact on interiors. Dulux has also identified a colour palette to complement and inspire. Says creative director Marianne Shillingford: “Creating a blue colour scheme is successful when you choose shades that work beautifully together. The whole collection has been designed to be used in combination across different elements of an interior from the walls to the furniture, furnishings and accessories. “You can turn the visual impact up with brighter blues and down with muted blues to suit the style and personality of a room and can be sure that none of them will ever look out of place.”

below: Monkey lamp, £85 – Debenhams

below: Watercolour stripe cushion blue £12, Dexter cushion multi £12, Robyn seafoam cushion £18, Watercolour spot cushion blue £12 – Dunelm

above: Revive rug £79 – Alan Ward, Shrewsbury



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e may have started working in the carpet trade just to escape school, but for Rob Hall that decision has had far-reaching consequences. After spending 25 years at Bridgnorth-based Graham Hill Flooring, Rob has now bought the company from his former partner and original founder, Graham Hill, who has decided to step back and work a few less hours before heading into retirement. Rob said: “I’m really proud to be running a business that has just celebrated its 40th anniversary, so the most important thing for customers, past, present and future to know is that things will carry on as they were - which means that we will continue delivering the very best products and customer service. “It’s also important for them to understand that even though Graham is involved a bit less, he is still here helping us with our busy schedule”, he added.

I think the cornerstone of our business is our great customer service. We give free quotes, free measuring, move furniture, fit our products professionally and then leave everything spotless Rob Hall joined Graham Hill Flooring way back in 1990, though he readily admits that being a carpet fitter wasn’t something he gave a lot of thought to at the time. He said: “I took the job because it meant I could get away from school, though when I was 21 I did go back into education to complete a course in Business and Finance, which has stood me in good stead in juggling the administration side of the business with the practical side. “The variety of work I’ve experienced has also been fascinating. I’ve fitted flooring all over the country including hotels, churches, mosques, casinos, railway carriages and even the odd boat!” “I became a partner at Graham Hill Flooring 10 years ago and have always believed in this company – that is mostly down to the people who work here, all the staff are excellent.” Bridgnorth born and bred Rob is married with two teenage boys and a 3 year old little girl who has Spina Bifida. In his free time he likes to practice the martial art Taekwando and was delighted last year when he received his black belt in that discipline. Rob reflects that during his time with the company, like all businesses they have gone through difficult economic times. Rob explained: “When the recession hit in 2008 we definitely felt that and noticed a downturn in trade. But we managed to weather that storm and last year turned out to be our best since the recession. “I think the cornerstone of our business is our great customer service. We give free quotes, free measuring, move furniture, fit our products professionally and then leave everything spotless; we take a genuine professional pride in what we do.”

n Rob Hall is the man in charge at Graham Hill Flooring. And below the large

showroom gives customers much more than just carpets and vinyls. Below: The team at Graham Hill Flooring, Chris Fell, Rob Hall, Jackie Small, Graham Hill and Tom Homer.

The company was set up in 1976 and has grown and gone from strength to strength, not only supplying and installing all types of flooring but also becoming one of the town’s leading suppliers of beds and mattresses. 2006 was a significant year for the company when Rob Hall was made a partner and there was an opportunity to move into the old Nock Deighton premises on Salop Street. It was a move that provided a large showroom with plenty of parking, but also gave the opportunity to offer customers much more than just carpets and vinyls. As the company now heads towards 2017, the company’s loyal customer base continues to grow and some of those customers have been well-known celebrities. Rob said: “We’ve certainly met a few famous people over the years, for example, we did not expect to be greeted at the door by Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor when we were asked to carpet a studio. We have also done a lot of work for guitarist KK Downing of Judas Priest fame, not to mention former Wolves and Scotland striker Kenny Miller. “I want to thank all the customers who have supported us over the years and I want to can assure them that the quality and service the company is renowned for will continue with myself at the helm of a great team”


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Making your investment the perfect rental property S

o you have taken the decision to invest in a property and are getting ready to put it on the market for letting – what next? The way you furnish and prepare your house or flat can make a big difference in how quickly it gets snapped up by tenants. Dawn Clarke, head of property management and lettings at Nock Deighton, has more than 20 years’ experience of letting property, so she knows what works and what doesn’t. Here are her tips for making your investment the perfect rental property – both for your tenants and you as a landlord. Floor coverings – we think it’s advisable Dawn Clarke to opt for neutralcoloured carpets throughout the property, apart from bathrooms the kitchen of course. Go for medium quality, hard-wearing carpets with stain resistance and underlay. Curtains/blinds – these are not

It’s advisable to opt for neutralcoloured flooring and properties with blinds or curtains will let quicker

an absolute deal-breaker, but we generally find that properties with blinds or curtains already fitted will let quicker. Appliances – a cooker is advisable, but no other appliances are required. Fixtures and fittings – to avoid tenants drilling holes in walls, it is

advisable to provide permanent, essential fixtures such as coat hooks, bathroom mirrors and cabinets, towel rails and toilet roll holders. Door stops – check where these might be needed and install if possible. Gardens – prepare ahead with a low-maintenance garden with

somewhere to sit. If the property is suitable for a family then a lawned area is ideal – but it is also advisable to ensure there is somewhere for tenants to keep their lawn mower if there is no garage. For more tips and advice on letting property, give Dawn or one of her team a call on 01952 290163.

Houses with names spark more interest

“Many of our fellow agents say that generally, houses with names typically generate more enquiries, and we would agree with that.” So the big question then, what should you name your house (If it hasn’t got one already) to attract those buyers? “Keep it simple,” is Michael’s advice. “Don’t go for anything too imaginative or personal to you – it needs to have universal appeal. “From our experience, it’s names like The Coach House, The Lodge, The Barn, Sunnyside, Rose Cottage, Orchard House, The Bungalow and, as previously mentioned, The Cottage, that do well.” For more information and advice about selling your home, contact Michael and the sales team at Nock Deighton on 01746 767 767.

Mike Nettleton

Have you ever considered whether the name of your house makes a difference to its asking price? According to Michael Nettleton, sales and marketing director of Nock Deighton, it could do – read on… “A lot of people don’t even consider the name of their house when they are considering selling, but it can actually have some influence over buyers,” he says. “Statistics show that at least one house called The Cottage sells every day, and properties called The Cottage have an asking price of 50 per cent more than the average. “As estate agents, we would always include the name of a house on the particulars because it creates interest and a certain feel for the property.

Refurbished 1930s home has generous private garden Bakers Croft, Gnosall, is on the market with a guide price of £455,000. Situated in the village of Gnosall Bakers Croft is conveniently situated close to the local primary schools, nursery, independent shops, a mini market, pubs and eateries and recreational areas. The present owners have lovingly maintained and refurbished their home built in the 1930s while retaining many character features including parquet flooring, cast fireplaces and stained glass. The result is stylish well-proportioned accommodation having a flexible layout to suit a growing family. This property benefits from being within a conservation area and has generous private gardens, extensive parking and two garages.

Bakers Croft is approached over a tarmacadam driveway with an adjacent garden of lawn, mature borders and hedging. There is gated access to the rear garden providing additional parking. Stepping into the porch and onto the hall with access to the breakfast room, sitting room, family room and stairs to the first floor. The kitchen has a range of units and a stainless steel sink and drainer. Onto the breakfast room having base units and shelving to one wall. The boot room has access to the guest cloakroom and rear garden. The sitting room has dual aspect windows including access to the side patio and a marble fireplace with an open fire. The family room with dual aspect windows leads into the

conservatory which has access to the rear garden. The master bedroom has a range of fitted wardrobes and an en-suite bathroom consisting of a bath with shower over, wash hand basin and W.C in a vanity unit. Bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 are all double rooms. The family bathroom has a panelled bath, pedestal wash hand basin and wc. Stairs rise to bedroom 5 on the second floor which is a double room and is also currently used as a study. There is further opportunity to add an en-suite shower room. The attached garage is accessed from outside however there is an

Greenacres, Tuckhill, Bridgnorth


opportunity to convert this to an additional reception room access from the breakfast room (subject to planning consent). The rear garden is fully enclosed making it suitable for children and pets. Mainly laid to lawn there are beds of mature shrubs and specimen trees, paved outdoor seating and entertaining areas and a detached garage having additional roof storage, light and power, ideally suited as a workshop/ studio or home office (subject to planning consent). Contact Nock Deighton’s Newport office on 01952 570 222.

Greenside House, Billingsley, Bridgnorth


An impressive bungalow with 5 bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, delightful gardens, paddocks and stabling. EPC rating E.

Four bedroom converted farm house. Grade II listed semi detached has large gardens, detached garage with annexe, 1 acre paddock and gated parking.

13 Wells Close, Bridgnorth

Blacklands Barns, Bobbington

Cordage House, Friars Street, Bridgnorth An impressive, executive style, modern four bedroom detached town house privately positioned within an elevated plot with lovely views toward High Rock. This individually-built home briefly comprises: Four/ Five Bedrooms, Hall, WC, Through Lounge, Open Plan Kitchen/ Dining Room, Utility, Play Room/ TV Room, Conservatory, Large Garage, Bathroom, En-suite, Low Maintenance Gardens. Energy rating - D.



A substantial three bedroom detached bungalow within this premier residential area. No Upward Chain. Energy rating- D


An immaculately presented three bedroom barn conversion occupying a particularly pleasant position. Energy Rating- D

Beautiful cottage is sold within weeks


House prices stayed steady during 2016

his beautiful cottage in the countryside is the latest property to be chosen as Nock Deighton’s success story of the month. Tile Cottage is nestled in a secluded location between Cleobury Mortimer and Kidderminster, and it didn’t stay on the market for long after being put up for sale. In just over a month, after 11 viewings and two offers, it was sold and Erica Hinwood, of Nock Deighton’s Kidderminster office, said more properties

were needed. She said: “The biggest feature of 2016 was the lack of properties coming onto the market, and we had a number of instructions like this which sold within weeks. The housing market has remained steady and it is a very good time to put your house up for sale because we have buyers ready and waiting.” For more information, contact the Nock Deighton sales team on 01746 767 767.

Crescent Farm Barn, Waters Upton


House prices in Shropshire “stayed steady” during 2016, which indicates a healthy housing market, according to industry experts. Analysts at Nock Deighton estate agents produce a monthly House Price Index report based on their own figures and a selection of national statistics. Michael Nettleton, director of sales and marketing at Nock Deighton, has looked back over the figures and calculated that the average monthly rise throughout 2016 was 0.2 per cent. He says: “The fact that house prices stayed steady is good news for the market as a whole, because we do not want to see a return to the days of boom and bust. “A very steady rise of 0.2 per cent as a monthly average is encouraging and bodes well for a good 2017. “Houses are exchanging, and as I say every month, buyers are out there just waiting for the right property to come along - it is a healthy market for both buying and selling, and long may it continue.”

25 Ainsdale Drive, Priorslee


A Grade II Listed barn conversion situated within a sought after village location.

A well presented four bedroom detached family home in a sought after residential location. Energy rating – D.

2 Bloomsbury Court, Donnington

7 Jarrett Walk, Muxton

36 Collett Way, Priorslee The property is conveniently placed for access to the amenities of the Priorslee area including school facilities, nursery and doctors. This well presented detached home briefly comprises hall, living room, dining room, kitchen/ breakfast room, study, utility room and guest cloakroom. Five bedrooms with 2 en-suites and family bathroom. Outside to the front is a tarmac driveway leading to a detached double garage and front lawn. To the rear is a patio area leading onto the lawn, enclosed by wooden fencing and mature hedges. Energy rating - C.



A spacious four bedroom detached family home with conservatory and garage. Energy rating – D.


A well presented three bedroom detached family home with parking and garden. Energy rating – B.

Dane House, Ironbridge


Dane House has a wealth of character features and spacious accommodation. The porch and hall open into the two reception rooms. Particular features include a Coalbrookdale fire place, quarry tiled floors and inglenook to the main living room. There is a good sized study room. The hall leads right through the property with access to the three chambered cellar, dining room with utility just off and breakfast kitchen to the rear. In addition is a back hallway and a WC with vaulted ceiling. Upstairs are 4 well proportioned bedrooms. The master bedroom and main second bedroom enjoy views across the gorge. From the landing and past bedroom three, is the fourth bedroom, which is a fantastic sized room with pedestrian door to the side leading to the rear car park. Sitting in a generous plot, Dane House has hard landscaped gardens with spacious terraces with a second enclosed courtyard garden to the rear with its own spring. To the rear is plenty of off street parking for 3 cars leading off Belmont Road. The large cellar potentially has access via its own doorway to the outside making it ideal for potential conversion into a studio or flat. Grade II listed.

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Sutton House, Broseley Wood


Keepers Cottage, Orslow


Situated in the picturesque hamlet of Orslow, Keepers Cottage has been greatly extended and lovingly refurbished and maintained by the present owners with many character features remaining. This family home now boasts well-proportioned, spacious accommodation throughout with flexibility to suit the needs of a busy family life. The detached double garage has power, light and water and a studio/workspace above which is ideal for anyone working from home or a separate annexe (subject to planning consent). Approached over a gated driveway, a paved path leads to the rear entrance into the boot room/utility and stepping stones lead to the front entrance into the dining hall. On the ground floor is a breakfast kitchen with oak units and worktops and an integrated Rangemaster cooker, cloakroom/shower room, conservatory, dining room with double doors opening into the garden room with log burner and sitting room with gas fire. Upstairs the master bedroom suite has a dressing room, walk in wardrobe and en suite shower room, the three further bedrooms are all doubles and there is a family bathroom. The garden is mainly laid to lawn with a vegetable garden and paved patio area. A pig sty and timber shed provides outdoor storage. Energy Rating – F.

6 Tennyson Close, Market Drayton


29 Newtown, Church Aston


A beautiful detached 5 bedroom family home rich with character and steeped in local history. Energy rating – F.

Spacious 4 bedroom Georgian family home with delightful gardens and views. Energy rating - D.

A immaculate, deceptively spacious property with landscaped gardens. Energy Rating – C.

A spacious 4 bedroom character property with a generous garden. Energy Rating – D.

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38 The Grove, Shifnal

2 Newborough Court, Newport

63 Hampton Drive, Newport


An impressive 4 bedroom barn conversion with feature exposed beams lying in a small rural village. Energy rating – F.


Immaculately presented modern 3 bedroom, 3 storey end terrace town house in the heart of Shifnal. Energy rating – C.


A delightful detached property in a cul de sac position just a short distance from Newport High Street. Energy Rating – C.


A recently refurbished bungalow with generous front and rear gardens. Energy Rating – D.



Recently refurbished character semi detached within idyllic location. Beautifully presented, three bedrooms, en-suite, bathroom, lounge, breakfast kitchen, dining room, cellar, parking and large garden with open aspect.

18th Century detached house with character, well presented accommodation and large garden of around a third of an acre. Three bedrooms, detached double garage, lovely views.

Presented to an exceptional standard this four bedroom family home offers stunning breakfast kitchen, utility room, shower room, bathroom, study, lounge and sitting room plus parking and garden.

Brockton, Much Wenlock £285,000

Woodside, Coalbrookdale £415,000

Park Road, Much Wenlock £375,000




SALE JUST AGREED Delightful cottage with stables, paddock and ménage, accommodation to three levels including potential Granny Flat, ample parking, lovely outlook and around two acres of grounds.

Occupying a peaceful setting within this desirable location this detached bungalow includes good sized gardens, ample parking and well planned, tastefully presented accommodation.

Distinctive and very spacious Grade II listed period house with accommodation to four levels including cellar rooms, lounge/dining room, breakfast kitchen, four double bedrooms, garden and parking.

Farley, Much Wenlock £550,000

Homer, Much Wenlock £285,000

Darby Road, Coalbrookdale £295,000



SALE JUST AGREED Tastefully presented and spacious detached bungalow: utility room, master bedroom with en-suite, two further bedrooms, lounge, dining room, stylish kitchen, garden and parking.

Located within easy reach of Ironbridge is this attractive and tastefully presented home. Light and spacious accommodation including four bedrooms, large garage, parking, gardens and pleasant outlook.

A beautifully presented double fronted three bedroom home located close to the centre of Much Wenlock. Includes excellent parking, garden, lounge, dining room, kitchen, utility and three bedrooms.

Forester Ave, Much Wenlock £325,000

Buildwas Road, Nr Ironbridge £299,950

St Mary’s Road, Much Wenlock £195,000

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torms, heavy rain, wind, ice and snow will all impact away, dislodged or otherwise damaged. Skylights, vents and any structures on your roof, and the cost of the damage caused by a that penetrate through the roof should be checked to ensure sealant isn’t leak will almost certainly exceed the cost of fixing the cracking or peeling away. issue quickly. Next, moss. First, you need to know the difference between black  In order to keep your roof in good condition, roofing algae spots and moss: Black algae isn’t nice to look at, but it only affects expert Darren Searles from national suppliers JJ Roofing aesthetics. It doesn’t harm your roof. However, moss is a problem because recommends the following steps, all of which are easy to do yourself: it holds water; it’s very important that it’s removed. If you catch moss early,  Regular inspections are important. First you may be able to just sweep it away, but check inside your house. Look for dark or if moss has established itself for a while it browning spots, or blistering and bubbling needs to be killed off. You should opt for paint on ceilings; these are indicators of water a product that has potassium salts of fatty damage. Also, check for damp spots forming acids rather than a product with a toxic near fireplaces. formula that includes zinc sulphate. Only  If that’s all fine, move on to the loft. If apply the mixture where the moss is growing. possible, do this on a sunny day; you’ll see Again, if this isn’t a job you’re comfortable sunlight lancing in through worn or broken with, contact a roofing maintenance shingles. If it’s rained recently, any water professional. damage should be obvious, but also inspect  Cleaning your gutters is an important for signs of previous leaks or damp. job, especially around spring and autumn.  With the interior of your home checked, If debris piles up too high in the gutters, it’s time to move on to the outside of your it prevents water from flowing through to roof. The first and most important thing the downspouts. If this happens, water can to consider is safety; do not walk on your end up soaking into the roof and start to n Moss that has established itself will need to be killed off roof. If you’re comfortable with heights, rot parts of it. Gutters also prevent damage n An uneven and view your roof using a ladder, preferably to the foundation which can lead to wet spotty roof could with someone on the ground taking notes basements, staining, erosion, and massive be an indication it is old and needs for you. If heights make you uneasy, find a bills to fix the damage. replacing good position to view your roof with a pair  While you are up there, why not install a of binoculars. If neither of those options gutter brush? This is designed to easily and work for you, call a roofing maintenance efficiently keep debris out of your guttering system. It requires very professional. little maintenance although a jet wash once a year is recommended.  You’re checking for more than missing  Finally, take a look at what’s around your roof: are there shingles or tiles. Dark patches or lines likely overhanging trees? Branches that lead directly to your roof not only means damage. Also, look out for curling provide easier access for squirrels, they can scrape and damage and cupping or a large number of chipped your roof and send shingles flying in strong winds. There’s also the and buckled shingles. If your roof is visibly potential for branches to break off in a storm and cause significant uneven and spotty it could be an indication damage, and the shade they provide allows moss to grow more that your roof is getting quite old and might efficiently, so keep branches trimmed about 10ft away from your roof. need replacing.  Your first thoughts should always be about safety, and if you  After inspecting the shingles or tiles, turn don’t have the proper tools and safety equipment and clothing (and your attention to your building’s chimneys. some experience of the work involved) please contact a professional It’s important to check the flashing and make sure that it isn’t peeled for help.

Going, going, gone... John Ridgway of Perry and Phillips Auctioneers, Low Town, Bridgnorth, guides readers through the world of antiques

Q: This year I’ve decided to go to an antiques auction for the first time ever and am a little nervous – how should I go about this? A: Sometimes, bidding at your first auction is a little daunting – but it needn’t be. The first thing you need to do is view the items you would like to buy prior to the sale, and don’t be afraid to ask questions of saleroom staff, they are there to help. Check the items to make sure they are in good condition, look for any signs of wear or damage. If you’re sure you would like to bid, set yourself a price limit. Estimates are just guidelines, sometimes a piece sells for less, sometimes more, it all depends on who is bidding on the day.


Make sure you clearly mark your chosen items on your sale catalogue and get to the auction room in plenty of time to register and be given a bidding number. Then find yourself a place in the room where you can easily be seen by the auctioneer. Remember that often sales run quickly so don’t make the mistake of vanishing for a cup of coffee unless you are confident you have enough time! Once bidding, ensure the auctioneer sees your bid and your number – and try to stick to the price you had decided upon unless you really want the item; it’s easy to get carried away and spend more than you wanted to. You will have to pay a small buyer’s premium but you can collect your items on the sale day once you have paid.


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JANUARY IN THE GARDEN January can be a cold month, and should we experience any snow, brush it off conifers and shrubs to avoid the weight splitting and damaging any branches. A good tip once you have done this is to fill in any gaps between branches with straw and then cover with fleece, this not only helps with the weight but will protect any early buds that have formed. Ceramic pots will benefit from being wrapped in bubble wrap (do not cover the plants, only use fleece for these), this will help to keep roots warm as well as protecting your pot in freezing conditions and remember to lift them off the ground using pot feet or house bricks. Deadhead pansies and remove old leaves from hellebores as this will encourage new blooms to develop. Snowdrops should be available in the green now, this is the best time to plant them to ensure good clumps in the coming years. If you purchased a pot-grown Christmas tree, once you have acclimatised it (do this by putting it outside during the day and bring it in to a cool room at night, gradually extending the time left outdoors) you can then plant it out. Vegetables such as peas and broad beans can be sown, protect them with a cloche or plant into pots and keep in a cold frame. Once they are showing growth and the weather has warmed up they can be planted out. Some weeds can survive the bitter cold so, weather permitting, tackle these now with a hoe before they burst into life and cause you trouble in the spring. Check garden furniture, again if you lift up wooden furniture on to bricks this will help prevent damp rising into the wood causing it to rot. Think about the coming spring and start to plan the colour scheme you want, and what plants you require – there’s nothing better than planning ahead! Finally put some feed and fresh water out for our feathered friends, food sources are not so prevalent in freezing conditions and remember: don’t stop feeding when the weather turns warmer – carry on throughout the year. For further information please see our website or follow us on Facebook at Better still, why not visit us at our nurseries in Telford, where our staff will be happy to help you with any gardening questions you have.

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Derwen College A pioneering college since its founding in 1927, Derwen College is once again leading the way in championing the opportunities of young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. Just as Dame Agnes Hunt took inspiration from the potential of the young people around her to set up Derwen Training College, so 90 years later the college is forging both national and international links to champion inclusive skills on the same platforms as mainstream skills competitions. Students at Derwen College have been encouraged and supported to participate in skills competitions at a local, regional and national level, showcasing their skills in a range of categories including ICT, catering and woodworking. They continue to impress and amaze teachers, parents and their peers. And behind the scenes is a strong and committed voice campaigning for better recognition and a truly inclusive approach to Inclusive Skills competitions on the international skills stage. Louise Keevil is director of charity and corporate services at Derwen College and has been part of the team at Derwen who continue to lead the way in bringing Inclusive Skills to the attention of the education sector and  business sector.  The Inclusive Skills Competitions have been set up as a partnership

Moreton Hall School “If you’re looking for girl power, you’ll find it at Moreton Hall” – Tatler Schools Guide 2016 2016 has been an incredibly successful year for Moreton Hall, continuing its strong position into the school’s second century. Academically, the school is comfortably within the top 100 schools in the country for GCSE results, which – given that it’s a non-selective school – is all the more impressive. Moreton has also recently been confirmed as the number one, non-selective school in the UK by The Sunday Times Parent Power League Tables. Jonathan Forster, principal, commented: “Our GCSE and A Level results – and our success nationally – are testament to the dedication and commitment of our students and staff.” The school’s business focus continues to flourish with the student-run school business, Moreton Enterprises, being championed the best for entrepreneurship by The Week. And with the networking extravaganza, the annual Investec Business Lunch going from strength to strength, Moreton are thrilled that William Hague, former First Secretary of State, Foreign Secretary and Leader of the House of Commons, has agreed to be guest speaker at the event in March. Moreton Hall is a school where students can revel in an environment offering an education that prepares students for a world beyond school. The Good Schools Guide recently declared that ‘every girl should spend at least a term at Moreton Hall’ and with the array of scholarships and bursaries available, Moreton Hall can provide that opportunity. Find out more about Moreton Hall’s Prep School, Moreton First, for boys and girls aged 3-11 at the Moreton First Open Day on Saturday 4 February from 10am. The event offers a chance to view the campus and meet with other students and teaching staff in a relaxed atmosphere. To find out more, or to register your interest for the Moreton First Open Day, visit Moreton Hall is a registered charity and as such is committed to offering substantial scholarships and bursaries to many students every year. The school will be assessing the applicants for the 2017 academic, music, art, drama, sport and ‘all-round’ scholarships on 19 and 20 January (for entry at age 11 and 12) and 26 and 27 January (for entry at age 13+). For further details please contact the Registrar on registrar@moretonhall. com

n Louise Keevil, director of charity and corporate services, talking to the media at the UK Skills Show held at the NEC in November

of like-minded professionals and FE colleges working with young people with a range of skills and abilities. They build relationships with local or national businesses, develop career opportunities for students and develop a presence at careers and skills forums such as the NEC Skills Show. One of the most important aspects of the competitions is they dispel myths about the employability and skills of students.  In 2016 Derwen College took this belief out to the Abilympics in France where Louise led the first ever UK delegation and where she was able to head up meetings with international leaders to press forward the Inclusive Skills agenda.  Since then Derwen led five Inclusive Skills competitions at the UK Skills Show in November. Louise recently met with colleagues from other European countries to consider a joint European project for vocational skills for adults with learning disabilities and difficulties. “Students with learning difficulties and disabilities have a huge amount of potential to offer employers and we want to make these skills as accessible as possible for employers,” she said.



Tettenhall College A dedicated swimming academy set up at Tettenhall College is going from strength to strength, with pupils proving successful in prestigious regional and national competitions. Over the last year, Prep School and Senior School Swimming Academies have been established under the expert training of instructor Tracy Bate, with coaching sessions held three times a week. Two mornings, before most people have even had their breakfast, young swimmers aged eight upwards at Tettenhall College are already enthusiastically starting their days with laps of the school’s pool. The pupils are dropped off at 7.15 am, dressed in an array of animal onesies with their swimwear underneath, ready to start their training with a splash, undertaking specially-designed individual programmes. After training, they enjoy a hearty breakfast with the school boarders. A third session is held at lunchtime on a different day. Their dedicated efforts are certainly paying off. Recently, 22 swimmers from Years 7–13 represented Tettenhall College in the ISA Midlands Area Senior Schools Swimming Championship Gala, held at Walsall. There were another 15 participating schools from the Midlands area and, of the 52 events, TC swimmers competed in 38 heats. Swimmers swam in year groups doing front crawl, backstroke, breast stroke, butterfly, individual medley and medley relays. Those who achieved fastest times in the heats were competing to swim at the National Finals being held in London, at the Olympic Park Arena. The day was an huge success, with many Tettenhall College swimmers finishing in the top three places in their heats. Most notably, Year 7 pupil Kate Woodman is now heading for the ISA national finals after an outstanding freestyle race and will be representing the Midlands area in the individual freestyle and medley relay. In addition, Prep School Academy swimmers took part in the ISA Midlands Area Junior Schools Swimming Championships and were a credit

� Year 4 relay team swimmers to the school. Special congratulations go to the Year 4 boys’ freestyle relay team who were crowned Midland Champions. Director of sport James Bullock said: “All of our swimmers gave a fabulous account of themselves, more than holding their own in a top class field. The performances given by the swimmers represents a year of hard work and effort put in during their Academy Training and we are very proud of them all.” He said the academy was part of a wider programme of swimming at the school. “We are very lucky to have our own heated indoor pool at Tettenhall College and we ensure children take part in swimming lessons from pre-school upwards. It’s a very important skill to learn and an essential part of our sports curriculum. Younger children enjoy lessons with their class teachers so it is a natural part of school life and they are made to feel safe and confident in the pool.”

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amputee children in developing countries; children who have lost limbs through war, accidents, illness or very sadly deliberate amputation,” the sisters say. “We work with organisations already established in countries where there is little, or sometimes no support for these very vulnerable children, who are often ostracised and miss out on an education simply because they cannot make the journey to school.  “Since ELoH’s creation five years ago we have set up a limb centre in Tanzania, near Lake Victoria in the north, and we are now supporting over 150 in Sierra Leone and Liberia, and another 60 in India.” Victoria and Sarah addressed Year 9 pupils in the morning and Year 6 pupils in the afternoon at the Prep School. The pupils listened avidly and were full of questions about the charity, especially as Victoria had recently returned from a visit to Sierra Leone and Liberia to see how the charity was helping children in these extremely poor countries.  Pupils across the school support a number of charities and Head of PSHE at Shrewsbury High, Carla Tonks, noted that Year 9 pupils this year are raising money for Walking with the Wounded so had already been considering the difficulties faced by amputees in a variety of circumstances and from a range of backgrounds. Victoria continues: “We have a wonderful team of trustees and the backing of a PR company in London, Political Lobbying and Media Relations, and over the years funds have been raised in lots of schools through sponsored events, articles have been written, concerts held and marathons run – I completed my third marathon this year, and in 2014 Sarah ran the London marathon with me which was especially amazing given her leg is quite weak.  “We are so grateful for support from so many for ELoH. As well as helping the children we support so much, it shines the light of comfort into the dark place we entered through sadness.”  To find out more about their visit to the school go to Shrewsbury High School website or

n Victoria (left) and Sarah with Year 9 pupils at Shrewsbury High School

Shrewsbury High School Former Shrewsbury High School pupils, twin sisters Victoria Panton Bacon and Sarah Hope, returned to SHS to talk to pupils about their charity, Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope. The charity provides life-changing support for children who have lost their limbs through war, accidents or lack of access to medical care.  In April 2007, three generations of their family were involved in a terrible bus collision in South West London. Sarah and Victoria’s mother Elizabeth tragically lost her life, Sarah was badly injured, and her two-year-old daughter Pollyanna had to have her right leg amputated below the knee.  Sarah and Victoria set up ELoH in May 2011. “ELoH exists to help


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Oldbury Wells School Oldbury Wells School music department hosted an exciting afternoon of music-making in November. Pupils from Castlefields, Highley, St John’s and Worfield primary schools worked with the Oldbury Wells School orchestra and staff from the Shropshire Music Service on a programme of orchestral music. The aim of the workshop was to inspire the younger primary musicians and to mentor them on their instrumental skills and musicianship, culminating in a short performance for parents. Pupils were treated to refreshments and an opportunity to mix with Oldbury Wells School’s older students. The school’s head of music, Jo Dangerfield, said: “The workshop, now in its third year, was a huge success as a result of the students’ hard work and enthusiasm for the opportunity and I hope this is the first of many opportunities to work together in the future.” Oldbury Wells’ next primary orchestra afternoon is on Friday 16 June and all schools in and around Bridgnorth will be invited to take part. 

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Oswestry School Education is the one thing that we all have in common, but with so much opinion and information swirling around it’s hard for parents to make informed choices for their children. Although we all agree that results matter, more important is the academic journey that every child goes on. At over 600 years old, Oswestry School has a wealth of experience preparing children for academic success to further their studies at top UK universities, but what is also taught within the school’s environment is confidence and resilience, leadership and communication skills. These vital life skills will be carried forward into a young workforce which can present well, and adapt and cope with adversity. With a 10% increase in A level grades at A*-B and one third of all GCSE students achieving A*-A, pupils are moving forward with a strong academic base behind them. The school scholarships, held on 21 January, are supported by means-tested bursaries, 100% of the fees are available. At its heart, Oswestry School is unchanged since it was founded in 1407. The rounded education provides a route map to life with both a nurturing and stimulating environment for all its pupils. The school motto ‘We learn not for school, but for life’ is more relevant now than it has ever been.

A bumper collection of gift boxes was sent on its way from big-hearted pupils at Packwood Haugh School in Ruyton XI Towns to children less fortunate than themselves as part of the school’s annual contribution to Operation Christmas Child. Packwood’s head of religious studies Roz Edwards, who organises the school’s appeal, was delighted to see such an enormous pile of boxes and thanked all those who donated a gift. “Christmas is such a special time, especially for children and, yet again this year, the Packwood community has responded with great generosity to this wonderful scheme.”

n Pictured with the Christmas shoe boxes are Year 3 pupils, Harry Cornes (age 8) and Millie Parry (age 7)

University Centre Shrewsbury A second year Life Sciences student at University Centre Shrewsbury has been recognised for her outstanding achievements during her first 12 months at UCS. Molly-Jane Watkins-Fruen, who is from the town, took her A-levels at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, before becoming one of the first intake of undergraduate students at UCS in 2015. She is currently studying Genetics and Evolution, one of several popular BSc single honours programmes run by the Institute of Medicine at UCS. Molly-Jane was presented with the Michael Davie Research Foundation Award for best overall accomplishment during the first year of studies. The accolade was presented to her by Professor Mike Davie, a consultant physician recently retired from clinical practice, but who is continuing his research into osteoporosis. He made the presentation on behalf of the trustees of the Foundation, which is a local biomedical charity that supports research into bone-related conditions. It has committed to funding an award of this kind to a UCS-based Life Sciences student for the next four years. On completing her degree, Molly-Jane is keen to pursue postgraduate studies in paleontology. She said: “It was so unexpected, I never thought the award would be for me. I feel really proud to have been given it, and it’s shown me what can be achieved through hard work and determination. “I couldn’t have done it without the help and support of my lecturers at UCS, and I’d like to thank them all for a fantastic first year!” Professor Davie added: “It was a great pleasure to award Molly-Jane with a cheque to mark her achievement as the top student of her year, having secured very high marks in the First Year Biosciences course at UC Shrewsbury. “This centre has obviously filled a need and is attracting very able students, who are responding to the high quality teaching given by this new venture.”



Telford College of Art and Technology Former hairdresser Leanne Vincent has begun a new career as a teaching assistant, with a helping hand from Telford College of Arts and Technology. Leanne, 35, from Madeley, trained as a hairdresser at Francesco’s Academy when she left the Abraham Darby School, and went on to work at KLF in her home town for 18 years. But when a routine smear test diagnosed cervical cancer and resulted in an operation, Leanne decided to rethink her career, and enrolled on a Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools level two programme at TCAT. As part of the course, she arranged a placement at Woodlands Primary and Nursery School in Madeley – and that’s exactly where she has now ended up getting a new job. Leanne says: “I enjoyed my level two course

so much that I enrolled on a level three course in Learning Difficulties and Behaviour Disorders at TCAT – and this was the course which helped me to secure a job interview at Woodlands. “I was able to relate a lot of the interview questions to things I had learned on the TCAT course, and was offered the job as a Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant.” Yvonne Crilly, deputy head at Woodlands, said: “Leanne was a super volunteer whilst on placement with us – she had worked for a while at Woodlands and really wanted to update and develop her skills so she enrolled on the TCAT courses. “It’s been a great pleasure to know Leanne, and we are all looking forward to welcoming her as part of the team at Woodlands.” Leanne added: “If you’re thinking about going back to college to retrain, I would definitely recommend TCAT’s courses. Go for it – your confidence and knowledge will grow and you will be able to achieve new and exciting things. “It’s a big step to change your career . . . but I did it.” TCAT tutor Paula Costin said: “Leanne has been a committed student and this has obviously paid off. “She will have a wonderful career in the education sector and she deserves it; she works hard and the feedback from Woodlands has been exemplary.”

A talented young designer from Shropshire is to have her work exhibited at one of the top galleries in the Midlands after reaching the final of a regional competition. Karrine Wood, from Albrighton, has completed a level three BTEC Diploma in Art and Design at Telford College of Arts and Technology. As part of her final project, the 19-year-old submitted three graphic designs for a National And Decorative Fine Arts Society competition – inspired by Medusa and transferred on to skateboards. TCAT tutor Anna Dowdall explained: “We’re delighted that n Karrine Wood at TCAT with Karrine has been chosen as one of the final 14 who will have Kieron Painter and Jamie Shaw; above, her skateboard artwork their work exhibited at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists gallery in May 2017. “This is an amazing opportunity for her, and excellent experience which will help her with her career, and boost her confidence and self-belief that she can make a career within the creative industries.” Karrine said: “I am now working freelance producing my own graphic designs for a range of different companies; I never imagined this would be possible for me. “TCAT offered me the facilities that I needed to progress with my passion for anything to do with art. Compared to other colleges, nothing came close to TCAT’s level of teaching, and I believe I made the right decision. My time at TCAT enabled me to produce pieces of work that I would have never thought I could create. It challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and try out new things. “The college remodelled me, changed me and changed the way I look at things in a new perspective. I am taking a completely different path to what I thought I would have done before I went to college and I love it.” The level three art and design course at TCAT offers students the chance to explore and experiment with a large range of different art and design-related skills and techniques. For more details, see or call 01952 642337.

The Marches School The Marches School took part in the national Anti-Bullying Week with a number of activities to raise awareness for this important week. Students developed a school ‘Anti-bullying Charter’ and the school ‘Tolerance Group’ held their first meeting where the agenda was to develop and review the school anti-bullying strategy which will be shared with the rest of the school. Themed lessons and assemblies were also held. Pictured are members of the Year 11 Student Leadership group Alex Odametey, Tamara Walker and Arran Evison.



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Few things are planned with as much precision as a wedding. From the moment the engagement ring is slipped on her finger, the bride-to-be (and increasingly these days, the groom!) will have so many decisions to make, from venues to dress to hair and undies. We are here to help with our guide to having a Shropshire wedding.

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This breath-taking gown is called Halazgo and comes from Muse Bridal in Newport. The stunning garment is from the label La Sposa by Pronovias. £1,360 Melanie Ridgway, owner of Muse Bridal, said: “I am very excited about this gown as I am the only boutique in Shropshire with the La Sposa by Pronovias label. The gowns are gorgeous, elegant and simply stunning. The full skirt is detachable with a slim, fitted gown underneath for a second look for the evening.”

The Essential Wedding Guide Planning your big day doesn’t have to be stressful, read our simple rules and enjoy the leadup to your wedding day. Your dream dress Anne Tucker of Wedding World, Shrewsbury shares her expert tips about buying your dress: “We know it’s the most important dress you will ever wear and you want to make sure it’s absolutely perfect but having eight different opinions makes it much harder to come to a decision. I have always been a believer that the most a bride should bring when dress shopping is two or three people.” Anne also informed us about the best time to buy your dress: “It is important to have the rest of your wedding details in place before you go shopping for a gown as many factors can influence the style of the dress. The major one is to have your venue secured – an ornate gown with lots of embellishments and a large train might look stunning in a large country house but completely out of place in a rustic barn or a beach in Mexico.” The top three trends Anne identifies for 2017 are: 1 The Off the Shoulder we saw the cold-shoulder trend return last year and it has influenced wedding gowns too. 2 Taking The Plunge the deep Vs have found their way to the bridal scene. 3 Majestic Backs highlighting your back with an open style, mesh or an embellished finish.



The Venue We are spoilt for choice here in Shropshire, with so much on offer. If you fancy a Grade II Georgian manor house as backdrop for your special day, then there is the stunning Hadley Park House Hotel in Telford. The venue has been named as a regional finalist at the 2017 Wedding Industry Awards for the third year running. The award-winning venue is shortlisted in the Best Town Wedding Venue category. They offer a variety of wedding packages at the hotel and owners, Mark Lewis and Geraldine Lewis, said: “Weddings are very important to the hotel and we host over 100 each year.” For more information, visit or call 01952 677269. Wanting a wedding fit for royalty? Look no further than the Lilleshall National Sports & Conferencing Centre. To enter the grounds, you pass through the ‘Golden Gates’ which are an exact replica of those adorning Buckingham Palace and then venture up the sweeping two-mile driveway. The venue offer traditional or outdoor ceremonies such as festival and marquee weddings. Packages start at £1,250, so your dream wedding may be more affordable than you thought. For more information, visit

Clockwise from top left: Carabelle dress, Phase Eight, £325; ‘Milan’ Bridal gown, Wedding World, Shrewsbury, £1,725; This sensational Ronald Joyce dress is from Muse Bridal, Newport. £1,650; Classic satin off-the-shoulder bridesmaid dress, Very, £65; Bridal gown, Monsoon, £499.99


For something a little more unusual Barnutopia, a glamping site surrounded by rolling green hills of Shropshire and Powys, provides an unforgettable scene. The location is the perfect woodlandstyle wedding venue and now it can host your big day. Planning permission has been granted for the owners to renovate their huge barn into a wedding and events venue. Guests will be able to choose to get married in the newly-refurbed barn or perhaps you fancy the pagoda planned for the top of the pasture with breathtaking views. For more information, visit


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National Finals in January.” Founder of The Wedding Industry Awards, Damian Bailey said: “The awards really have become the gold standard for wedding excellence in this country and, as our regional award ceremony proved, the wedding industry in the West Midlands is packed full with passionate, innovative and committed suppliers.”

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Hadley Park House Hotel has been under the ownership of Mark Lewis and Geraldine Lewis for over 13 years who have restored and refurbished the Grade II Georgian Manor House. The hotel incorporates 22 bedrooms, the 200 seater Mulliner Suite and award-winning AA Rosette restaurant. In the past year, the hotel has undertaken a £100,000 refurbishment in the original Georgian house which includes the Dorrells Conservatory Restaurant, bar and 12 bedrooms which are located in their main house. Hadley Park House Hotel will be hosting a Wedding Showcase on Sunday February 19th. Over 30 specialist exhibitors will be on hand to offer help and inspiration to future brides and grooms. Open from 11am – 3pm.

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Whittington Castle What better setting for a truly romantic day than by choosing Whittington Castle for your civil ceremony.

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Hair and make-up It is important to find a hairdresser and make-up artists who can create what you want. Every stylist will create something slightly different, just like two artists would draw the same object differently. Find your stylists by asking friends for recommendations or looking at salons’ Facebook pages to see what their work is like. Our fashion expert Robyn Moore says: “You should have a trial once you have your dress, as your hair and make up needs to complement and work with your dress so ensure you have an image of your gown with you to show your stylists. “Always try an up-do even if you think you want your hair down, it may surprise you. If you are wearing a veil, then make sure you take it to your hair appointment.” When it comes to make up, ensure that your make up artist is using long lasting products and a fixing spray, as it will need to last the duration of the day and night.

The lingerie

below: ‘Chloe’ Bridal Gown, £1,795, Wedding World, Shrewsbury

below left: Fantasie Mae strapless bra £46, suspender belt £26, brief £21; below right: Fantasie Ella basque £61, thong £15, What Women Want, Newport.

Good bridal underwear is just as important as the gown itself. Not only does it make you feel beautiful but it will keep you comfortable and supported throughout the day. High-quality bridal lingerie is a must and What Women Want in Newport know exactly how to cater for every bride.


Stay organised – keep records of payments and business names you have bought from. Work from a tick list – you can’t miss anything out then. Browse Instagram and Google for inspiration. Book appointments early and keep a diary. Enjoy it, it is your wedding day!



Ladies for a fab, fun hen party choose Casey’s

Casey’s Cordingley Hall is the perfect local location for any Telford resident to enjoy in a fun-filled night for their hen party! Whether it be a jam-packed Ladies’ Night where for the over 16s, there is more than enough to feast your eyes upon, and your stomachs if you decide to make your party a VIP Table! Cherry waiters will keep you topped up with shots, drag queens will keep you on your toes and strippers will keep you... well enough said! Or the fantastically entertaining Party Night Spectaculars, where famous hits from various musical chick flicks come face-to-face with each

other (e.g. Fame vs Mamma Mia)! Performances from our in-house cabaret team and a diner-style basket meal is guaranteed to keep you going all night long! But of course it’s not just the people of Telford who can indulge in such entertaining evenings, Casey’s is 3.9 miles from M54 Junction 5, 4.8 miles from the centre of Telford, which is home to some fantastic hotels and a shopping centre that attracts many people from all over the West Midlands and just 0.7 miles away from Premier Inn. That’s not all! Casey’s even has a VIP Lounge which is a smaller function room. It has plush

carpets, monochrome seating booths, separate toilets and entrance and its own bar which is available for private hire. You can truly make your night your own! Casey’s is the place to dance the night away, keep the Prosecco flowing and welcomes the craziest Fancy Dress. It’s also suitable for all ages; mothers and even grandmothers of the bride have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and felt comfortable throughout! So why wouldn’t you want to spend a night out at a top entertainment venue whether it’s private hire or VIP tables at our in-house events!?

Ladies Nights: Fri 10th Feb: Fri 7th April: Fri 6th June: Fri 6th Oct Night of the Divas Party Night: Fri 24th Feb Moulin Rouge meets Coyote Ugly: Fri 28th April Dirty Dancing meets Grease: Fri 30th June Fame meets Mamma Mia: Fri 2nd Sept Motown Nights: Fri 31st March: Fri 26th May: Fri 29th Sept Psychic Suppers: Thurs 19th Jan: 27th April: 12th Sept: 16th Nov VIP Tickets £10pp (inc Food) Bride Goes FREE! Call 01952 606588 Web WWW.CASEYSVENUES.CO.UK 54


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Events January Until 14 January

DANIEL JAMES YEOMAN EXHIBITION Willow Gallery, Oswestry Don’t miss a characterful, lifesized oil portrait of local ‘Farmer Don’ by a portrait and landscape painter who studied in Florence and is now Montgomery based. for information.

Until 14 January

ARTS & CRAFTS EXHIBITION Willow Gallery, Oswestry With work from Border Visual Arts Group, Bijoux and Kay Boyce, the exhibition features a variety of work and styles from oils, watercolour, ceramics, jewellery and glass. www.

Until 8 January

CINDERELLA Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury Starring Shropshire’s favourite Dame Brad Fitt, Eric Smith and more. www.

Until 22 January

ALADDIN Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton With Joe McElderry, Lisa Riley, Ben Faulks, Doreen Tipton and Lucy Kay.

Until 29 January

DICK WHITTINGTON Birmingham Hippodrome Panto fun with John Barrowman, Steve McFadden, The Krankies, Matt Slack and Jodie Prenger. www.

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Bridgnorth Library Listen to poetry read by others or bring along a favourite or your own composition to read. 2.30-3.30pm.

Bridgnorth Library
 Who do you think you are? Local and family history volunteers are on hand to help with enquiries and research. 2-5pm.

Black Boy, Bridgnorth Jazz at the Black Boy, with Sarah Smith on violin and Paul Sawtell on piano, 12.30pm start. Free entry but donations welcome. 01746 765737.

1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 January

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Attingham Park, Shrewsbury
 See the Attingham fallow deer herd up close as they get fed their winter rations. Usual admission applies, 2-2.30pm.

Bridgnorth Library
 Opportunity to meet members of the local policing team and to discuss local issues and concerns. 3-4pm.

5 January

2 January



Whole Life Christian Centre, Oswestry A warm welcome along with tea, coffee, cakes and conversation on the first Thursday of the month. 2pm.

Attingham Park, Shrewsbury Families are invited to Attingham for a fun-run to burn off the Christmas indulgences and for a last chance to wear your Christmas jumper as the festive season draws to a close. The run will be approximately one mile. Registration will be open from 10am and the run will begin at 11am. Standard admission charges apply. There is an additional charge to take part in this event. All participants will receive a medal.

5 January 

JAMES SHEARD AND GARETH OWEN AT SHREWSBURY POETRY Old Post Office, Shrewsbury James Sheard will be reading from his new collection “The Abandoned Settlements”, published by Cape and due for release that day. Gareth Owen returns with his wonderful voice to make the audience laugh and celebrate the new year with a tear in the eyes.

3-31 January

GRADUATE SHOW 2017 Weston Park, Shifnal
 The Graduate Show at Weston Park encourages entries in all media with the opportunity of free expression without a set theme. With free public admission, and open each day during the month of the exhibition, the Granary Art Gallery offers a superb opportunity for graduates to have their work seen by a wide, new and interested audience.

6 January

MANSION WINTER TOURS Attingham Park, Shrewsbury The mansion will be open for tours only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6 January to 26 February 2017.


7-28 January 

 Theatre on the Steps, Bridgnorth This sparkling and fun-filled version of the traditional tale of Sleeping Beauty is delightfully brought to life by the Theatre on the Steps company. The beautiful Princess falls victim to the evil spell cast on her by the wicked Carabosse, and falls asleep for 100 years. The only thing that can save her is a kiss from a handsome Prince. The very best of traditional pantomimes packed full of hilarious comedy, great music and great scenery. Early booking essential.

8 January

CINDERELLA Parish Hall, Chelmarsh, Bridgnorth Gerry Graham Touring Pantos proudly present an up-to-date, traditional, family friendly production of this much-loved tale. The audience can expect plenty of music, comedy and participation. Curtain up at 2.30pm. Book early to avoid disappointment. Adults £8, children 10 years and under £4. Available from Sonia Hobbs 01746 861167.

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IT HELP Bridgnorth Library
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n 9 JANUARY An Evening of Mindfulness with Ruby Wax. The Lion Quays Hotel & Spa, Oswestry

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to use your own laptop or tablet? IT volunteer may be able to help you. This session is popular, so pre-booking is essential. 10am-12 noon.

9 January 

 Bridgnorth Library
 Rhymes, songs and stories for under fives. 10.30-11am.

9 January

AN EVENING OF MINDFULNESS WITH RUBY WAX The Lion Quays Hotel & Spa, Oswestry Join comedian, author and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax for an evening of ‘Mindfulness’ as she dispenses advice in her own witty, smart and accessible way. Ruby’s bestselling book A Mindfulness Guide to the Frazzled will help guide you to a healthier, happier life. Starts 7.30pm (doors open 6.45pm). Tickets £12 including a signed paperback copy of A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled. Tickets from Booka Bookshop in person or online www.

9 January 

DAVID BOWIE IS The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock
 The re-release of Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition film David Bowie Is. A critically acclaimed international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. This world-class cinema event was filmed on the closing night of the exhibition in 2013. It takes the audience on a journey through a remarkable collection from the David Bowie archive. 7.30pm, £11/£10

16 January



Bridgnorth Library Do you knit, sew or do any other portable handcraft? Whether you are just starting or have dabbled for years, bring along what you do, for two hours of knit, craft and chatter, 10am-12 noon.

11 January 

 Majestic Cinema, Bridgnorth; The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock; Kinokulture Community Cinema, Oswestry
 On a distant island a man waits. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. 7pm. See individual websites for booking details.

14 January

WHALEBONE Birchmeadow Centre, Broseley Once again the trio Whalebone bring their high energy acoustic music to the Birchmeadow Centre. As well as their usual fare they will be promoting their new album Mirabilia which is all original music this time, no covers; so expect to hear something different – but still distinctively Whalebone. £10 www.

12 January


15 January

QUINTET ROMANCE AT DUSK The Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury Bringing together again the special rapport of this group of esteemed and respected chamber music colleagues and friends of the late Peter Cropper in another early evening delight. 6pm.

Kinokulture Community Cinema, Oswestry A dazzling documentary portrait of brilliant musical maverick Frank Zappa. Starts 7.30pm. Book at www.

12 January


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16 January

Whole Life Christian Centre, Oswestry Feeling isolated, lonely or just in need of friendship? Jigsaw are a small group of people, who belong to Cabin Lane Church and meet twice a month in the Whole Life Christian Centre on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. 10.30am-12pm. www.

BRIDGNORTH AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY Castle Hall, Bridgnorth Tony Crowe gives a talk on The Ditton Priors Light Railway 19081965. 7.30pm. Visitors are most welcome, £3 per lecture.


Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton A memorable evening of hysterical nonsense, as we take a peek into the circus lurking deep within the mind of probably the greatest comic storyteller ever to grace the stage. Jethro beguiles and befuddles his audience with the endless stream of irreverent twaddle that has created a comedy genius. 7.30pm, £18.50£22.50,

16 January

 The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock
 After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther Bagheera, and free spirited bear Baloo. 7.30pm £5/£4

17 January

MODERN LINE DANCE CLASS Shifnal War Memorial Hall
 The classes will be held weekly on a Tuesday evening and will cater for absolute beginners (7.30-8.30pm) and also improvers/intermediates (8.30-9.30pm). Adults £4.50, children (under 16). nulinedancewithsteveandclaire

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 The Place @ Oakengates Theatre, Telford 
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ago, Michael has endeared himself to many with his obvious respect for solid workmanship and creative energy. An historian at heart, he has used a Victorian railway guide to take millions of TV viewers on a voyage of discovery throughout the UK, Ireland, and much of Europe. 3pm, £19.

23 January

 The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock
 Claire and Lisa Walker are neurotic sisters on the run who assume the identities of internationally renowned poets The Wilding Sisters to take refuge at a poetry retreat for the weekend; spending time in the Black Mountains of Wales among poets and the inspiration of nature leads to a new beginning for our heroines. 7.30pm, £5/£4,

24 January 

 The Place @ Oakengates Theatre, Telford For those with an interest in mediumship, star of TV’s Street Psychic, Psychic Private Eyes and Psychic Academy Tony Stockwell will need no introduction.
 7.30pm, £19£21,

24 January


finest Scottish produce. Dinner with Prue will be set in the historic Dining Room. Guests can then retire to the grandeur of the Victorian Library for a whisky by the fire before retiring for the evening in one of Weston’s beautiful bedrooms. Breakfast will be served the morning after, and the estate is free to explore at your leisure. Call 01952 852106.

nationwide tour. Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. His credits range from Hollywood to television and the West End stage. 8pm, £25,

20 January 


21 January

The Place @ Oakengates Theatre, Telford Come and join the lads for what can only be described as a football fan’s great night out. Hear the stories about the dressing room fights, funny anecdotes about team selection and training, everything you would want to know about what goes on behind the scenes of a successful football club. 7.30pm, £22, www.

SHREWSBURY PRISON GHOST HUNT HM Prison Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Prison is an absolute must for all seasoned ghost hunters and anyone else who is quite frankly fearless. Shrewsbury Prison is one of the oldest prisons in the UK and has a macabre and sinister history. This abandoned prison is vast with so many haunted areas to investigate for the whole night. Event happens monthly, booking essential. www.

20-22 January


21 January

Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham Ed Balls, Ore Oduba and Lesley Joseph are among the celebrities announced to appear on the Strictly live tour, along with Louise Redknapp, Danny Mac and Daisy Lowe. Judges will be Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Karen Hardy. From £35, 0844 338 80000.

OSWESTRY SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP DAY Oswestry Academic, sport, art/design, music, languages and choral scholarships available for 11+, 13+ and 16+ entry. 100% bursary available. To register or for further information please email or telephone 01691 655711

21-22 January


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22 January


Weston Park, Shifnal
 A customary Burns Night supper is the centrepiece of the weekend, with each course representing the

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury Since leaving the House a decade


Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. His credits range from Hollywood to television and the West End stage. 8pm, £25.50, www.

24 January

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: THE CURIOUS WORLD OF HIERONYMUS BOSCH (CERT12A) Kinokulture Community Cinema, Oswestry Delve into the vivid imagination of a true visionary. Who was Hieronymus Bosch? Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with art lovers now more than ever? How does he bridge the medieval and Renaissance worlds? Discover the answers to these questions and more with this remarkable new film. 7pm. Book at

25 January

DEATH EDUCATION FOR HEALTH AND WELLBEING Qube, Willow Street, Oswestry This course with expert Dr Judith Wester will give you the tools to expand your knowledge and improve your communication around death, dying and loss. From 10am-4pm, priced £130. for details and booking.

25 January

JIM DAVIDSON 40 YEARS ON Theatre Severn Shrewsbury 
 Britain’s most controversial comedian celebrates an explosive 40 years in show business. Jim brings to the stage for the first time a truly revealing and hilarious look at his life. From the triumphs to the tragedies, Jim


Davidson as you have never seen him before. 7.30pm, £24.50, www.

26 January 

 Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury 
 Amid mischief and mayhem, this hilariously funny show lives up to its rocking reputation. Packed with aerial silk stunts, fang-tastic fire routines, guitar gods and sexy vampettes performing some of the best rock anthems of all time including tracks from Guns & Roses, AC/DC, Meat Loaf and many more. 7.30pm, £26, www.

26 January

BRENDAN COLE – ALL NIGHT LONG Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton A brand new show for 2017, Brendan hosts another spectacular production featuring his guest dancers, a new leading lady and a 14-piece band and singers live on stage. Stunning lighting, amazing special effects and superb choreography. 7.30pm, £28£41.50,

26 January


27 January

TRIANGLES – FILM SCREENING FOR HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY The Hive, Shrewsbury Triangles is an unprecedented and inclusive documentary that shines an intimate light on a broader community and culture of the Holocaust not previously revealed.
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27 January 

 Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
 Martyn Joseph is a performer like no other. He’s a jaw-dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, with a powerful show-stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”. There are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews. 8pm,  £17,

27 January

 Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton 
 The Bee Gees Story – Nights On Broadway present a tribute to the Bee Gees through a fantastic performance, featuring the Gibb brothers’ incredible songs from over four decades – from the 60s to the 90s. 7.30pm, £19-£21.50,

28-31 January

 The Place @ Oakengates Theatre, Telford
 An amateur performance by The Arts Centre Telford. This legendary musical has been specially adapted to meet the needs of young performers. This author-approved edition has been abridged to a running time of just over two hours, while carefully maintaining the integrity of one the greatest musicals ever written. £13.50,

27 January

OSWESTRY ARTISAN MARKET Baileys Head, Oswestry Oswestry markets hold the monthly artisan market on the last Friday of every month selling the best in local produce such as pies and pastries, meat and fish, cheeses and cakes as well as occasional crafts and bespoke gifts. From 9am until 3pm.

29 January

 Classics from the world of film, including many Oscar winners and nominations, with selections from 1940 to the present day. 3pm, £19,

28 January

 Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
 Grab your platforms and flares for a journey back in time to when Abba dominated the charts and ruled the airwaves. Thank Abba for the Music is a theatre spectacular that captures all of the magic and excitement of one of pop history’s most successful and entertaining live bands. 7.30pm, £23.50,

29 January

 Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton Get a feel for the Forties as Ray McVay presents the world’s greatest Big Band Show featuring the fabulous harmonies of the Moonlight Serenaders, the sublime vocals of Catherine Sykes and Mark Porter as well as the energetic and exciting Swing Time Jivers. 3pm, £23-£25.

28 January

DAVE KELLY & PAUL JONES Festival Drayton Centre, Market Drayton
 Ruggedly durable and timeless, the Blues is perhaps more popular today than it has ever been. Founder members of the Blues Band, Paul Jones’ and Dave Kelly’s tangled and colourful roots go way back into the true undergrowth of the tradition. 7.30pm, £21, 01630 654444

28 January

STARS IN YOUR SKIES – ORION & BIRTH OF STARS Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd Where can we see the birthplace of stars, how are they born and what has life in store for them? Find out with astronomer and broadcaster Pete Williamson. There will also be the opportunity for star-gazing (weather permitting). Soup and a roll are included in the ticket price. Meet at the Chalet Pavilion, Carding Mill Valley 8-10pm, £10. www.

28 January

 Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton 
 Returning by popular demand, for one night only, three hours of nonstop 60s nostalgia. Seven legendary names take to the stage and deliver a night never to be forgotten. 7.30pm, £21.50-£29.50

27 January

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Cumbrae Pipe Band. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets are priced £25 and are available from Hugh Roberts on 0797 196 3016.

30 January

 The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock
 A camera crew catches up with David Brent, the former star of the fictional British TV series The Office, as he now fancies himself a rock star on the road. 7.30pm, £5/£4, www.

31 January

 Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition Centre
 Come and find a carpet of snowdrops on a country estate in a ruined house. Meet 10am at the Heritage Centre.  Walk will last about two hours and will be muddy at times. Liz Evans 01743 255068

31 January

IL TROVATORE (ROH LIVE) Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury; The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock; Majestic Cinema, Bridgnorth This atmospheric and poetic staging by director David Bösch puts the story of passion against the backdrop of war. Fire and snow in the landscape echo the cruelty and love of the story: soldiers and gypsies clash, a mother reveals a terrible secret and two men are engaged in a deadly fight for one woman. The famous Anvil Chorus is just one of the highlights of Verdi’s exceptionally fine music, which captures the shifting emotions of the drama through impassioned love duets, fiery solos and stirring choruses 7.15pm, see individual websites for ticket details

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Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury As four of North East England’s leading champions of its musical heritage, The Pitmen Poets individually and collectively celebrate the triumphs, tragedy, humour and hard times of North-East England’s coal-mining tradition in an evening of music, song and spoken word, illustrated by atmospheric archive photography. 7.30pm, £19,

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Theatre Reviews

The Nutcracker, Birmingham Hippodrome


pening night of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome coincided with its creator Sir Peter Wright’s 90th

birthday. The production was created by Sir Peter 26 years ago to mark the dance company’s relocation to Birmingham, and the legendary choreographer was present to enjoy the launch of this year’s run of the much-loved festive perennial. Set in the late 19th century, during a Christmas Eve party hosted by Dr Stahlbaum and his wife, magician Drosselmeyer produces gifts for all the children present, including a nutcracker doll for the Stahlbaum’s daughter Clara. After the guests have left the family retire to bed, but Clara sneaks back downstairs to play with her new doll. As the clock strikes midnight, Drosselmeyer reappears and Clara is transported to a magical winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes, a malevolent rat king and a handsome nutcracker prince. Right from curtain up, this production has the wow-factor. There was an audible gasp from the audience when the first of many extraordinary sets was revealed. The scenery, special effects and

costumes, devised by designer John Macfarlane. are spectacular. From the giant Christmas tree transformation to a magical snowstorm at the end of Act I – it’s one of the most visually stunning shows I’ve ever seen. Tchaikovsky’s evocative score, faithfully executed by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia under the baton of Nicolette Fraillon, gives the production an additional layer of magic. Any less of a company might have been overshadowed by such elaborate staging, but The Nutcracker is the perfect vehicle for Birmingham Royal Ballet to show what it is made of. Despite a few minor timing issues during some of the group dances in Act I, this renowned troupe is world class. There are many standout performances – Karla Doorbar is delightful as Clara, and Jonathan Payn is a commanding presence as the enigmatic Drosselmeyer. Tzu-Chao Chou’s performance as the Jack-in-the-Box is jaw-droppingly energetic and young Max Blackwell is charming as Clara’s mischievous little brother. While most of the action takes place in Act I, the second act is a series of divertissements in various fantasy realms, which in the most part have little to do with the story. Clara is somewhat sidelined to observe the Waltz of the Flowers and dynamic Russian and Spanish-style dances. It is these continental-themed sections of the ballet which perhaps haven’t aged so well. The

Chinese tea dance, for example, is an awkwardly stereotypical caricature complete with pointing fingers and bobbing heads. That said, the best is indeed saved until last. The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is exquisitely executed by Momoko Hirata. The grand pas de deux featuring the Sugar Plum Fairy and The Prince is equally flawless. Hirata is partnered by Joseph Caley, and together they give a beautiful performance that is both sensitive and exhilarating. Sir Peter Wright’s masterpiece continues to delight. After 26 years and over 500 performances, this classic ballet has lost none of its sparkle. Enchanting and poignant, the Birmingham Royal Ballet has yet again delivered a sensational festive showpiece. Clare White

Treasure Island, Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Cinderella, Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

en minutes in and we’ve had bloody scenes of amputations and a fight between pirates. The children in the audience will be happy to lap this up all night. For families looking for a seasonal treat at the theatre that isn’t panto, the Rep has a proud tradition of serving up quality entertainment. This is a family show that isn’t dumbed down, so the dialogue is at times wordy and the plot unrushed, but the three rows of schoolchildren at the front showed no sign of fidgety boredom. Where Treasure Island has ‘compromised’ to modern times is in the casting of Jim Hawkins as a girl. It’s a practical solution to finding an adult actor who can convincingly play a young teenager (males tend to be more, well, manly) but also addresses a huge gender imbalance in the book. “Girls need adventures too,” comments one character, and Sarah Middleton’s Jim (short for Jemima) grabs her adventure with wide-eyed delight and a zest for life. Narrating the story, her asides to the audience are beautifully timed, and she proves to have a lovely singing voice in the sprinkling of sea shanties which pepper the production. The quirky mix of pirates and innocent adventurers lured to sea by a treasure map features some entertaining characters, notably Squire Trelawny (Tonderai Munyevu), the ever-hungry Red Ruth (Andrea Davy) and the delightful person-that-everyone-forgets, Grey

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W (Dave Fishley) who in complete contrast also plays the macabre Billy Bones. Also worthy of mention is the excellent Thomas Pickles as Ben Gunn, driven crazy by three years alone on the island. The staging is marvellous, the Rep’s big stage taking you inventively from inn to ship to island with no pauses for scene changes. Visually interesting with a multi-layered acting space, it takes the action up and even down, with characters disappearing under the stage. There are extended fight sequences and an impressive body count for a children’s show, but softening that are the humour and music. Best for children aged around eight and upwards, Treasure Island should stir their imagination and spirit of adventure – and hopefully not too many bad dreams of one-legged men and the Black Spot. Alison Ashmore


e knew we were in for something special at this year’s annual Theatre Severn pantomime, Cinderella. For starters, everyone’s favourite dame Brad Fitt, was the one wearing the trousers. Brad Fitt, who also directs the production, has appeared at six previous Theatre Severn pantomimes. Playing Buttons was a departure from his usual role. He was as hilarious as always but without the costume changes and with a bit of extra pathos, and a song. My family loved him more than ever before (and he is always our favourite!) Having said that, it was close competition as the cast was the strongest I’ve ever seen in a pantomime. Shrewsbury opted for real talent as opposed to reality stars, and the professionalism from every single cast member was outstanding. Ryan Bennett as Prince Charming was delightful, with a faultless voice, good looks and a sense of humour as a nice but dim royal, and Victoria McCabe was pretty with a sparkly smile as lead role Cinderella. Dandini, played by stand-up comedian Phil Butler, added more hilarity with a Tommy Cooper continued over


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style magic show and a scene where he turned royal ball into a rave. This year’s dames gave Brad Fitt a run for his money as ugly sisters who managed 10-second costume changes into some spectacular dresses inspired by fast food and a pair of cows amongst many others. They relentlessly taunted a chap named Tony, before cleverly revealing a huge pair of knickers bearing his name in the second half. Even the Fairy Godmother – not traditionally a huge source of laughs – was amusing (I’m running out of words for funny!). Television actress Joanne Heywood was bright, bubbly and brilliant. Even Shropshire Radio’s Eric Smith – with 14 year of practice – is starting to get the hang of panto. Along with the truly side-splitting cast, the show delivered on magic aplenty. Turning Cinders’ rags into a gorgeous gown was enchanting, as

But even more extraordinary was Cinderella’s horse and carriage which left the audience enthralled and a little bit emotional.

was the moment that Buttons caused it to snow. But even more extraordinary was Cinderella’s horse and carriage which left the audience enthralled and a little bit emotional. This year’s panto, produced by Paul Hendy’s Evolution Productions was without doubt the best yet. No wonder that 90% of tickets were sold by opening week. To catch this touching, witty and delightful production, you’d best be quick. This might be your last chance to see Brad Fitt looking nothing like a dame. Eluned Watson


Page turners with a local connection

Wendy and the Biscuit Tree By Lorna McCann

Available from Amazon, paperback, £7.99

Before I Let You In

dramatic colleague sleazy Mike leaves her flustered and driving home in a frenzy. In her haste and blind panic to leave the forceful sex pest, she fails to notice a cyclist and is oblivious to the fact that she has knocked him off his bike and killed him. This unusual string of events, and the fact that she won’t explain what happened that evening, leads Josie to a prison sentence of 12 months in a women’s prison in the Midlands. Despite the obvious trauma of losing home and job and facing up to events that her sheltered life has never come across, she makes surprising friendships and comes to admit and understand a dark secret in her own past. There were times when I wanted to shake Josie to tell her to defend herself, but as the story progresses you understand why she is as she is in a surprise twist which makes her behaviour clearer. The story moves along at speed which keeps the reader gripped but means you never feel you know the characters well and are occasionally left with a two-dimensional stereotype. Most of the women appear to be victims of men, and there is a clear but subtle message asking the reader to think about the purpose of sending many non-violent women to prison. But primarily it’s a page turner which keeps the reader gripped to her journey of self-discovery from innocent little Josie to a grown-up Jo ready to forget her past and face the world. Eluned Watson

by Jenny Blackhurst

Published by Headline, paperback, available from £3.85 Before I Let You In is Shropshire author Jenny Blackhurst’s second novel. It centres around three friends: Karen, Eleanor and Bea. Eleanor is a stay-at-home mum, burdened with the task of juggling school runs and nappy changes – at the bidding of her two small children and a stay-at-work Dad. Bea is a footloose and fancy-free office worker with no apparent ties or responsibilities except to live the single dream. And finally there’s Karen, a respectable psychiatrist who keeps the trio on a level playing field. All three friends meet on a regular basis, exchanging banter and insights into their different lifestyles. But their lives are about to change as a fourth character, Jessica, enters their world. She becomes Karen’s patient, but knows scarily too much about the three friends. Before I Let You In is a mystery of the mind; a journey through the corridors of suspicion and betrayal. Well written, compelling and full of intrigue. Michael Flavell


by Catherine Trimby YouCaxton Publications, paperback, £10 Josie, by Shropshire-born Catherine Trimby, follows the story of a timid, good girl, who at 32 years of age has never so much as sworn in public. That is, until a meeting with amateur


Former Shropshire journalist Lorna has published her first book after being inspired by her two young boys. Wendy and the Biscuit Tree was a favourite made-up tale with her sons Lucas and Finn and she promised them she would write it down so they could read it for themselves. Lorna, from Childs Ercall near Newport, teamed up with children’s illustrator Holly Bushnell, who is based in Formby,

A great bedtime story about discovery and friendship – and not eating too many biscuits Merseyside, to bring her story to life and has been supported by Team Author UK – an alliance established by editor Sue Miller to support independent authors wishing to self publish. It tells the story of Wendy, the smallest giraffe in the world, who is tired of being teased by her friends and fed up of not being tall enough to reach the good fruit at the top of the trees. But one day, Wendy discovers an enormous biscuit tree which means she will never go hungry again. But what happens when Wendy gets a bit too greedy? Do Wendy’s friends come to help her? This is a great bedtime story about discovery and friendship – and not eating too many biscuits.


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A Charm of Goldfinches & Other Collective Nouns by Matt Sewell Ebury Press, £12 A Charm of Goldfinches by Shrewsbury artist Matt Sewell is a delight for lovers of words, animals and illustration. This book, focused on collective

A crown of kingfishers, one of the delightful illustrations from Shropshire artist Matt Sewell

nouns for animals, will have you struggling to steer conversations towards animals simply so you can make use of some of these fantastic and eccentric English collective nouns. Many of us may have heard the poetic phrase a ‘charm of goldfinches’, the glorious ‘murmuration of starlings’, or pub question favourite ‘a parliament of owls’. But ‘a dazzle of zebras’, ‘leap of leopards’, ‘business of ferrets’, ‘cloud of bats’ or ‘harem of seals’ were all new to me. I had to check they were even real, so fanciful were some of the glorious nouns used in this hardback book. Each collective noun comes with quirky write-up on one page and delightful watercolour on the next. The book also includes a Spotting and Jotting section, where readers are encouraged to get out and about with binoculars and flask to search for some of the animals mentioned.

Be warned, you’ll need to visit farflung places, or a zoo, to catch sight of an ape, elephant or hippo. Illustrated with Matt Sewell’s inimitable watercolours, and filled with

witty and enchanting descriptions of animals of land, air and sea, A Charm of Goldfinches is the perfect gift for art and nature lovers alike. Eluned Watson

Home for Christmas

Mirabilia’s first surprise is a beautiful contortion from its originally intended destination to something excitingly different. A haunting single note violin introduction and the gentle ripples and bends of the lead guitar conjured up a misty Celtic lake for me. A few seconds in, and a deeper noted fingerpicking accompaniment of a second guitar starts to build a sustained rhythmic beat allowing the lead to overlay ‘Anglicana’s’ distinctive dancing banjoesque melody and elegantly wistful refrain. It climaxes with some harmoniously smooth, note perfect improvisation, before returning to its catchy theme. In ‘Chalk Heart’ the roles are reversed as Sarah’s five-string violin mini concerto passionately sheds tears of sadness all over Steve and Charlotte’s ostinato guitar

phrasing and bass line. It’s a chalk heartbreaker. From the Eastern European influenced handclapping live favourite ‘Mouse’ to the folk-rock opera of ‘Holding Aces’ (offering nothing less than a wah wah guitar solo, electric mandolin with slide and an amusingly inserted ‘circus interlude’) Whalebone do not fail their listeners. As ever, acoustic loveliness just oozes from this latest Whalebone compilation with the final gift of ‘Pure’ poignantly bringing us back down to earth on nylon-strung classical guitars. There’s more twists and turns on ‘Mirabilia’ than a bobbing pooh-stick winding downstream from Bridgnorth to Bristol, through the eddies and backwaters of the Severn, passing by the very studio where this album was born. A romantic idea, but maybe it was Sabrina, ancient goddess of our beautiful river, that lent herself as the final guild of creative inspiration to help complete this enchantingly tuneful accumulation of ideas. Avid fans will love ‘Mirabilia’ and any newbies picking this up will no doubt become avid fans too. Martin Edwards

Music Mirabilia by Whalebone £7.99 on iTunes Whalebone are a group of extremely talented Shropshirebased musicians rapidly gaining international recognition with their signature dish of folk music with a twist. Their latest album was written and recorded overlooking the River Severn in their Brewhouse studio in the spring and early summer of 2016. Mirabilia is described as ‘items of inexplicable origin and form’ and every track surprised them in different ways, each taking the players in a series of unexpected directions. ‘Anglicana’ is first up and it was a good choice, setting the tone for a wondrous mystical journey through this eclectic mix of musical delights – but all threaded together with that unique Whalebone blend of acoustic strings. According to the sleeve notes, this opening track was originally intended as a piece of Americana with banjo and plans for lap steel. So


by the Military Wives Choirs Amazon, £9.99 Women from Shawbury and Cosford Military Wives Choir add their talents to the latest album from the movement originally established to give a voice to the wives of servicemen. This is their biggest release yet, featuring over 1,000 wives from 65 choirs across the UK and overseas. Twelve Christmas carols and songs feature, with some having had their lyrics adapted to reflect what the season means to women in the military community. Inspired by the experiences of families who cannot always spend Christmas together, it brings a special poignancy to the songs and a new take on some very familiar tunes. A choir of purely female voices is always going to lack the depth of a mixed voice choir, instead giving a very sweet sound, but the tracks have powerful harmonies and orchestral arrangements. No doubt many people will enjoy this album, which is for a worthy cause. Alison Ashmore


The race   is on


rab your trainers, whether you’re a runner or someone considering a brand new challenge, it’s time to start training for Oswestry’s inaugural Half

Marathon. Starting and finishing at popular tourist destination The British Ironwork Centre – and offering a medal specially designed by the centre – the event is to be held on 30 April. The half marathon is organised by the team from UKRunChat, who took over the successful Shrewsbury Half in June 2016. Reviewmedia is proud to offer support as official media partner. The British Ironworks will be putting on family fun events for those cheering on family and friends. There will also be the chance to see magnificent sculptures including the famous Spoon Gorilla and Knife Angel. If that’s not incentive enough, then the medals, themed around the giant spoon gorilla, promise to be a work of art in themselves. The route will start off in the grounds of British Ironwork Centre’s sculpture park, past leaping wildebeest, cheetahs and a life-size

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elephant, before heading towards the bustling streets of Oswestry town centre. The idea behind the race came about during a dinner conversation with British Ironwork Centre chairman and founder Clive Knowles, says UKRunChat director Joe Williams. “Clive and I met at a dinner in February 2016. Over a drink we had the idea that between The British Ironworks and UKRunChat we could bring a fantastic and unique new event to Oswestry,” says Joe. The route should have plenty of interesting features to keep runners distracted from the gruelling 13.1 miles run. Joe is expecting beginners and elite runners alike to take on this new challenge. “We are focusing on putting on a great event which hopefully will attract runners not only from

Shropshire but people from further afield looking for something a little different,” says Joe. He hopes they might even encourage some new people into running. “Lots of people run for different reasons. Running is a fantastic way to get fit, lose weight and tone up. It helps relieve stress. Some people like to compete with others. It’s a very social activity now and yet it’s also great to go out on your own and have some ‘you time’.” Keen runner Joe is delighted to have teamed up with The British Ironworks to create a family day and fun atmosphere with plenty of parking, toilet facilities and added entertainment and café. He says: “The British Ironworks is a fantastic place to start and a finish a race. Participants and spectators alike will have plenty to keep them occupied. Whilst loved ones are off running, the younger members of the family will be suitably entertained. “Add to that, having one of the Ironworks’ amazing sculptors designing the medal inhouse. It is going to be one of the best medals a participant is ever likely to get.  Runners love getting medals so this is not one to be missed. I have seen the prototype and it is going to be really amazing!” Early bird registration is priced at £22.50 and non-affiliated £24.50. For details and to sign up go to To find out more about The British Ironwork Centre go to

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SOLE AND LEEKS EN PAPILLOTE Serves 4 One of the quickest healthy suppers there is, baking fish in a parcel with flavourful leeks and herbs, really maximises flavour. If sole is elusive, this recipe also works well with sea bass, bream or trout fillets.


he humble leek is the perfect seasonal British vegetable, adding flavour to a wide range of warming winter recipes. What’s more, its nutritional benefits are apparently ideal for keeping us healthy during the cold months ahead. The Leek Grower’s Association is reminding us that leek is the fat-free, nutrient rich answer to staying healthy and helping combat colds this winter. From keeping sore throats at bay to improving the quality of the singing voice, this ‘upmarket onion’ is a must-have on shopping lists across the country during the November to April season. More refined, subtle and sweet than the average onion and packed with antioxidants, the leek has long been treasured in Europe and the Mediterranean where it has been grown and cooked for more than 3,000 years. Rich in iron, vitamin B6, vitamin C and folate it is used in traditional medicines to treat a variety of ailments including the common cold, gout, ‘bad’ cholesterol, kidney stones as well as protecting against cancer. Whether you like them roasted, baked, braised or boiled, leeks are easier to digest than onions, have laxative, antiseptic, diuretic and anti-arthritic properties. Daily Telegraph food columnist Katriona MacGregor – a big fan of the leek – has devised these recipes especially for the season. For more recipes and information visit the British leek website on www. 

LEEK AND BUTTERBEAN SOUP Serves 4 Rich, thick and warming, this soup has a lovely, velvety texture. Perfect for chilly winter days, it’s inexpensive, quick to make and perfect either for a light supper or filling lunch at work or school. Ingredients 400g leeks, trimmed and sliced 1 small onion, peeled and sliced 2 cloves garlic, sliced 2 x 400g tin butterbeans, drained 4 sprigs of thyme, leaves only 1 bay leaf 70ml extra virgin olive oil 1.1L chicken / vegetable stock

Ingredients 300g leeks, trimmed 100g frozen petit pois, defrosted 2 lemon sole, skinned and each filleted into four 8 tbsp white wine ½ lemon, zest and juice 1 tbsp capers A handful of dill, chopped A handful of chives, chopped Olive oil Salt and pepper

Method Heat a little butter or oil in a large sauce pan and add the sliced onions and leeks. Cook gently for 10 minutes until softened, covered with a lid. Don’t allow the leeks to stick to the bottom of the pan and burn as they will become bitter. After 10 minutes, add the garlic, thyme, bay leaf and a little salt and pepper and continue to cook in the same way for a further 10 minutes. Drain the butterbeans, rinse, and tip into the pan with the leeks. Cook for 2 more minutes, still covered with a lid and then pour over the stock. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Using a jug blender if possible, but alternatively a hand held stick blender, blend until very smooth and velvety in consistency, adding the extra virgin olive oil as you blend. Tip back into a clean pan and taste to check the seasoning, adding more salt and pepper as needed and perhaps a squeeze of lemon juice. Return to the heat and when piping hot, serve. Top with a drizzle of olive oil, cream or perhaps a crumbling of goat’s cheese or croutons.


Method Preheat the oven to 200C / Gas Mark 6 Slice the leeks thinly on the diagonal. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and blanch the sliced leeks for 1 minute. Refresh in cold water, drain and tip into a bowl with the petit pois. Add the herbs, a little salt and pepper and a drop of olive oil and mix together. To make the parcels, cut out four large sheets of baking parchment. Divide the leek mixture between the four squares, placing a pile in the middle of each and spreading out slightly with the back of a spoon. Lay two fillets of sole on top of each pile of vegetables. Drizzle with olive oil and then sprinkle over the capers and a little lemon zest. Season with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Fold the edges of the paper together, from the outer edges towards the middle, twisting to seal. Just before you seal the parcels, add 2 tbsp of white wine to each. Place the parcels on a large baking tray in the centre of the oven for 10-12 minutes, until the fish is just cooked through. Remove from the oven and serve immediately, still in the parcels if you like.

LEEK, LAMB AND NIGELLA SEED CASSEROLE Serves 4 Sweet leeks are a heavenly partner to lamb and in this simple casserole, you only have a handful of ingredients to prepare before the dish goes into the oven to cook quietly on its own. If possible, make it the day before you plan to eat, giving the flavours time to develop. Ingredients 1.1kg boned lamb shoulder, diced into 2” pieces 400-450g leeks, trimmed and sliced 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed 1 heaped tbsp nigella seeds 1 heaped tbsp wholegrain mustard 500ml chicken or lamb stock Large handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped


Method Preheat the oven to 160C / Gas Mark 3 Heat a little oil in a large casserole pan and brown the diced lamb in batches, seasoning with salt and pepper as you go. Make sure you brown the pieces on all sides, to give plenty of flavour, adding more oil as you need it. Keep to one side. Once all of the lamb is browned, add the sliced leeks to the same pan and cook for 2-3 minutes over a moderate heat, stirring. Add the garlic and nigella seeds and turn the heat down, to cook the leeks as gently as possible. Cover with a lid and cook for 10 minutes, being careful not to let the leeks stick to the bottom of the pan and burn. Stir and cook for a further 5 minutes. Return the lamb to the pan along with the wholegrain mustard, parsley and stock. Stir well, season with salt and pepper and bring to a gentle simmer. Return the lid to the pot and place in the centre of the oven for 1 ½ hours. At this point, taste the casserole, checking to see if the lamb is tender. If not, return to the oven for a further 30 minutes. Finally, taste and adjust the seasoning if needed. Serve with mashed or new potatoes.

LEEK, WILD MUSHROOM AND PARMESAN PAPPARDELLE Serves 4 Real comfort food, this recipe can be made vegetarian by omitting the prosciutto and if you’re following a gluten free diet, simply replace the pappardelle with a gluten-free alternative.

Ingredients 80g prosciutto or parma ham, sliced into ribbons 170g wild mushrooms, torn into small pieces 450g leeks, trimmed 1 clove garlic, crushed 10 chives, finely chopped 25g butter 30g parmesan 500g pappardelle Olive oil Method Slice the leeks into thin strips, as you would for a stir fry. Heat a little oil in a large frying pan and add the sliced prosciutto. Fry until opaque and crispy and then remove from the pan and keep to one side. Melt the butter with a little oil in the same pan and add the mushrooms. Fry for 3-4 minutes before adding the leeks, garlic and chives. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring every so often, and adding a little more oil if needed. The leeks should have softened but still be nicely bright green. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and add the pasta. Cook until al dente and before you drain the pasta, add a ladleful of the cooking water to the leeks. Drain the pasta, toss in olive oil and tip into the pan with the leeks. Add the prosciutto and grated parmesan and toss everything together well over the heat for a minute or so. Serve scattered with a little more parmesan and some chopped parsley or chives.


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CHRISTMAS SQUASH, TURKEY & STILTON QUICHE (from Serves 6 This is a really good way to use up Christmas leftovers, a great lunch or supper dish served with salad. Ingredients  250g butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-2cm cubes  1 tbs olive oil 320g pack ready prepared shortcrust pastry 200g cooked turkey, cut into 1-2cm cubes  3 medium eggs 300ml single cream  ground black pepper  100g stilton cheese, crumbled  ¼ tsp dried chilli flakes 


Method Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6, 200C. Place the squash into a roasting tin and drizzle with oil. Cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes until tender and lightly browned. Cool.  Line the lightly oiled 24cm quiche dish with the pastry. Put squash, turkey and stilton into the dish, beat the eggs with the cream, pepper and chilli flakes and pour over.  Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown and set. 

TURKEY AND MOZZARELLA CHRISTMAS SANDWICH LOAF (from Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 3 tbsp cranberry sauce 6-8 long Cos leaves 150g mozzarella, sliced jar roasted vegetables (peppers, aubergines, courgettes etc) leftover turkey breast torn into pieces Loaf of bread Method Cut the top off the loaf approx ¼ the way down and pull the soft bread out of the centre to make a bowl shape of the crust, with a 2cm layer of bread inside. Spread half of the cranberry sauce in a thin layer all over the inside of the bread bowl then layer half of the Cos leaves over the bottom, tearing them to fit. Add a layer of mozzarella, then the roast veg, then the turkey and top with the rest of the cranberry. Repeat this till the bread bowl is full. End with a layer of Cos leaves. Replace the lid and tightly wrap the whole thing in cling film and balance a can on top to weigh it down. Leave to firm up for 1-4 hrs. Cut into slices to serve.

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SATAY TURKEY IN LETTUCE CUPS (from Makes: 15 These make the perfect festive party canapes. Ingredients 2 tsp nut oil 8 spring onions, 6 finely sliced, 2 reserved for decoration 1-2 tsp curry powder 2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter 200g cooked turkey, torn into bite sized pieces 80g baby corn cut into ½ cm disks 160ml chicken stock 50g creamed coconut (or 1 sachet) 2 tsp soy sauce 200g cooked brown rice 2 Baby Gem lettuce Small bunch of coriander 1 lime cut in wedges Method In a heavy bottom pan heat the oil and gently cook the sliced spring onions for 2 minutes. Add the curry powder and peanut butter, cook, stirring, for 1 min until fragrant then add the turkey and baby corn. Stir to coat with the paste. Pour in the stock, coconut milk and soy, stir and cook for 10 minutes. If the satay becomes too thick add a little more stock. While cooking, slice the two remaining spring onions then tear the leaves from the lettuce and arrange on a serving plate. When ready, spoon a little cooked rice into each.

TURKEY, WATERCRESS AND MOZZARELLA WRAP (from Serves: 2 This is the perfect light lunch for using up those festive leftovers. Leave the mozzarella out for a dairy-free alternative or replace with brie, goats, or other leftover cheese of your choice. Ingredients 150g cooked turkey, cut into small chunks 1 small handful of shredded mozzarella 2 large flour tortillas 1 red or yellow pepper, sliced ½ red onion, finely sliced ½ tsp chilli flakes 15 pitted olives, black or green, quartered 1 handful watercress 1 handful of spinach Few torn basil leaves For the dressing 1 tbsp each honey and wholegrain mustard, mixed Method Put a thin layer of the grated mozzarella on the tortillas, then spoon the other ingredients out evenly on top. Drizzle the dressing over the filling, roll it all up, tucking in the sides like a burrito and cook it in a dry, medium-hot frying pan for 2-3 minutes each side, using another pan to weigh it down. Slice in half and serve with salad.


Top notch dining in heart of town

n Left: Executive chef Amjad Ali and Shamim Hague pick up the Curry Life Best Chef 2016 award


hropshire’s award-winning Eurasia Tandoori Restaurant set in the heart of historic Bridgnorth, first opened its doors in 1975. Since then, Eurasia has thrived as a high-class Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant. In 2001 Executive Chef Amjad Ali and his partners Shamim Hague and Shahid Ahad came into ownership of the business. From that moment the trio have dedicated their focus to taking Eurasia to new heights, establishing it as a thriving institution in the world of fine dining. It has been a remarkable journey for Eurasia, says Shamim Hague. “2014 was a memorable year as we celebrated our 40th successful year and commitment to the industry on a national level,” he said. “Then in 2015 and 2016 Chef Amjad Ali was given the accolade of Chef of the Year Award. Perfection, quality and excellence is the only way forward,” he added. After a major refurbishment in 2013, Eurasia embraced a contemporary new image. Chef Amjad Ali and his team developed and refined a stunning new menu that embedded Eurasia’s signature dishes along with some traditional favourites. Chef Ali’s vision is to capture authentic cuisine as it is traditionally served in India and Bangladesh. The flavours created every day have travelled all the way from South East Asia. Chef Amjad Ali carefully combines traditional and contemporary styles and techniques to provide the ultimate fine dining experience to Bridgnorth. Chef Amjad Ali has successfully worked with some of the finest

n Below: Amjad Ali’s Chicken Apricot Badami signature dish

Chef Amjad Ali and his team developed and refined a stunning new menu that embedded Eurasia’s signature dishes. celebrity chefs in the trade. His talent and creativity is famously associated with signature dishes Ginger Chicken, Methi kasuri, Mili-Juli, Tetuli, Tawa, Chot poti khana, Naga, Apricot Badami as well as the old and new favourites. “Chef Amjad Ali strives to create perfection with every dish. He continually works his magic in the kitchen, carefully selecting ingredients to create authentic Indian cuisine with his dedicated team of chefs. Chef Amjad Ali proves worthy of his title Chef of the Year 2015 and 2016 with every dish he creates! As quoted by the Mayor of Bridgnorth on our 40th anniversary: ‘This restaurant is a real credit to this town’.”

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Keen on Quinoa Eluned Watson visits the Shropshire home of the grain that’s all the rage ‘Is it pronounced ‘keenwah’ or kwino-a’?’ is the first question everyone wants to ask fifth generation farmer Edward Jones, from near Ellesmere. Edward pronounces it as it’s spelled, although TV chefs usually opt for ‘keenwah’. “It doesn’t really matter,” says no-nonsense Edward, whose family farm grows up to 100 acres of the stuff. The North Shropshire farm is the only British one licensed to grow quinoa, so as far as I’m concerned, whatever he says goes. Quinoa is a grain often cooked in a similar manner to rice, either boiled or steamed until the grains have absorbed the water and swell to nearly double their original size. It is popular in salads and boasts ‘superfood’ qualities. The crop is a flowering plant which can grow up to six feet tall if left. I’m visiting the home of The British Quinoa Company with some of the agricultural team from law firm Lanyon Bowdler. We are privileged to glean a rare insight into how the crop, more commonly found growing in the hills of Bolivia or Peru, found itself on a Shropshire farm. Edward, whose farm has grown everything from barley and wheat to peas, sugar beet and potatoes, is a convert to quinoa since his son Stephen introduced it commercially to the farm in 2013. Stephen, a degree student at agricultural Harper Adams, began experimenting with the crop before it became the phenomenon that it is today.

It took many years of trying different methods and varieties before he finally came up with a European variety that thrived on Shropshire soil. Quite by accident, while Stephen was getting to grips with quinoa, a food revolution began to grow around the grain. Its high protein content, high fibre, nutritional and gluten-free attributes meant it became extremely popular with anyone who was into healthy eating. “It is said you could live just on quinoa and water,” says father Edward, “though I wouldn’t recommend it,” he laughs. Just as Stephen was ready to harvest the first crop with plans to sell to wholefood shops, the farm was approached by food retail giant Pret-aManger. They jumped at the chance. Since then business has gone from strength to strength as people realised the benefits of quinoa and also of buying British. Stephen admits that success has been partly down to luck. Although he has put a huge amount of work into developing, growing, producing and marketing the quinoa, the timing could not have been better. “I thought we would need to spend time educating people of the benefits of quinoa but actually its popularity began to grow as a healthy food.” His marketing can instead focus on asking customers to buy British instead of South American. The farm now produces more than 100 acres of quinoa, sowing in April and

n Farmer Edward Jones and (top) his son, quinoa expert, Stephen. harvesting in early autumn before the cold weather sets in. Stephen has since studied for his doctorate at Nottingham University and has become quite the British expert on growing quinoa and has helped set up other British farms nationwide. For the beginning of 2017, the British Quinoa Company is looking to distribute smaller bags of quinoa and quinoa products directly to more farm shops and delis. They already supply a few, including Battlefield Farm Shop near Shrewsbury, Llynclys Farm Shop, Oswestry; Moor Farm Shop, Baschurch and Ludlow Food Centre. Their website sells British white quinoa, toasted quinoa and smoked quinoa, which is smoked at nearby Chirk Trout Farm and Smokery. Smoked quinoa apparently goes well with a Mexican-style chilli or Moroccan tagine instead of rice or couscous. The company also markets a quinoa and oat granola and muesli and is working towards producing a quinoa flour as a healthy, gluten-free alternative to wheat flour. And the possibilities just keep on coming. “We’re forever experimenting with different ways of using quinoa from pancakes to cereal bars,” says Stephen. “It doesn’t always work but it’s always fun trying.”



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NAIL MISERY Dr Simon Carvell Happy New Year to everyone! I’m not sure how or why I’ve been drawn to write about all things fungal. But it’s not uncommon to see fungal infections in General Practice. Fungal nail infections cause a nail to look unsightly. The nails can look thickened and discoloured and can involve some or all of the nail. Toenails are more commonly affected than fingernails. The medical term for a fungal nail infection is Onychmycosis. There are a number of different organisms than can cause fungal nail infections and the condition is more common in older people – note older, not old. Fungal infections are more common in the over 60s. Why do people get fungal nail infections? If you have a fungal skin infection (eg athlete’s foot) this can increase the likelihood of a nail infection. People who are immunocompromised or people with diabetes are also more prone to fungal nail infections. Warm and damp conditions can also play a part, so change your socks regularly! Streaking, scaly, flaky white and yellow discoloured nails are tell-tale signs. There are other causes to account for nail changes so your doctor will want/need to inspect your nails. Do fungal nail infections need treatment? Not necessarily! Some people accept their nails are infected and do not wish to embark on treatments that may need extended time to work. But if treatment is desired then nail scrapings and clippings can be sent to identify the particular fungal infection. Usually treatment is preferred if the abnormallooking nails are causing distress to the patient, whether that is a physical pain, ‘I’m finding it painful to walk’, or an emotional distress. Treatment does not always result in a cure. Depending upon whether a topical (apply directly to the nail) or a systemic (take a tablet) treatment is used, the cure rates vary from 20-60%. Topical treatment needs to be continued for between nine and 12 months and oral treatment can either be continuous for three to six months or pulsed. Pulsed means taking a tablet for a week, having a break and then repeating the treatment on more than one occasion. Some people ask about ‘natural remedies’. There is no evidence that tea tree oil has been used in trials of sufficient power to recommend its use above the more conventional treatments. ‘Are the tablets safe, Doctor?’ There is no evidence that oral antifungal treatments cause serious side effects in healthy people.

n Sienna, with mum Gia (right), uses the Spider to help towards taking her first unaided steps

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en-year-old Sienna Maiden from Admaston, Telford, is using a unique piece of equipment at the renowned Footsteps Centre to help her build her strength in readiness to take her first unaided steps. Sienna was born with global physical and mental development delay, which means she is unable to walk and talk and has difficulty in her everyday life.   Using the ‘Spider’ at the centre in Oxfordshire is allowing Sienna to have intensive physiotherapy with a series of elastic ropes which creates a ‘spider’s web’, holding her in a perfect postural position in which to exercise.  The Spider is set up so that therapy is especially tailored to Sienna’s needs and even enables her to go on a treadmill which would otherwise not be possible. It gives her a unique experience of moving and balancing in crawling, kneeling, one-legged kneeling and standing positions, while concentrating on creating essential movements such as supporting, reaching, grasping and holding.  Her mum Gia Cannon says: “Sienna had really sensitive feet and hands and used to lift her feet up to avoid standing and dropped anything in her hands. She also used to hyper-extend her head really badly. Now with the help of the Spider, Sienna is gaining confidence and is becoming more independent all the time.  “Through our time at Footsteps she has worked hard at desensitising her feet and hands and changing the way she stands. It is also all about strengthening and building her confidence. “Transferring her from A to B is easier and she can now sit properly in the car and we don’t need a wheelchair van anymore because she doesn’t need to go in a wheelchair in transport. It is so exciting and we really hope she is getting close to taking her first independent steps.”   Gosia Swietlik, head physiotherapist at the Footsteps Centre, says: “Children with neurological problems like Sienna enjoy physiotherapy daily for three-week programmes, two to four times a year. In conjunction with the Spider, traditional therapeutic equipment including balls, rolls, trampolines and ladders are also used. Sienna is showing significant progress which everyone around her is delighted about.”  Mum Gia continues: “One change I didn’t expect is the physiotherapy has opened my eyes to how much Sienna understands and we have to be careful not to do everything for her and make all her decisions so it has changed how we are bringing her up. Who would have thought a spider would be so life-changing for all of us!”  Footsteps Centre was set up in 2004 by Pip Hoyer Millar whose daughter Minty has cerebral palsy. Pip was told Minty would never develop beyond the abilities of a four-year-old and would never walk independently. After a long search for an intensive physiotherapy programme, they were led to Poland where they found the unique ‘Spider’ apparatus. Having started out with two therapists working from Pip’s outbuilding, Footsteps has now increased fivefold and continues to help hundreds of children with varying conditions and needs.



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� Sally Themans and Sarah Stevens joined forces to lead the bid and are pictured with the award which they collected in London


� From left, Sarah Stevens, judges Robin Lassiter, Hilary Paxman and Ian Ayling, and Sally Themans

ridgnorth’s entry in the Great British High Street competition came to a successful conclusion when it was announced as winner of its category at the event’s awards’ ceremony. The town was entered into the Large Market Town category of the competition in August by Sarah Stevens (Buy Big In Bridgnorth) and Sally Themans (Love Bridgnorth). On Monday 12 December all the hard work paid off, when the duo represented the town at the awards ceremony at Lancaster House in London and found out Bridgnorth had won. Sarah and Sally were informed that Bridgnorth was a top three finalist in October and then led the campaign for victory. This included posters appearing in every shop and business, button badges being proudly worn on the lapels of many residents and promotional banners at strategic points around the town – as well as encouraging everyone to vote online for the town. A focal point of the campaign was the pop-up GBHS shop, set up on the High Street in the old CC shop. As well as offering people a place to vote and find out more about the competition, it also served as place for local community groups to mount displays about the work they do, including the Bridgnorth WI, Bridgnorth Lions, Bridgnorth Rotary Club, St Mary’s Street Residents Association and Bridgnorth Musical Theatre Group. Online voting for the GBHS competition closed on 18 November and in each of the five weeks running up to that date, Bridgnorth was ahead of the other finalists. The final decision on who would win was decided 50% from the public votes and 50% from the judges, who visited the town on 8 November. Stephen Robbins, chairman of the town’s Chamber of Commerce, reflected on the town’s success in the competition and how it would benefit as a consequence. He said: “For Bridgnorth to win its category is fantastic. With online shopping growing faster than ever, and large retailers uniting to tempt shoppers to out of town retail parks, the challenge for traditional high streets has never been more difficult. “The Government-backed Great British High Street awards recognise that it is only through the efforts of a local community working together that success can be achieved, and that such efforts should be recognised and rewarded if traditional high streets are to survive. The benefit to the town in winning this competition will be significant. The national publicity will encourage visitors from far and wide over the coming year, bringing a much needed boost to the local economy.” Peter Parker, president of Bridgnorth Lions, said his group was delighted and had enjoyed being part of the GBHS Promotion. He said: “We are proud of our town and have been involved in supporting our local community for over 40 years. The organisers of the GBHS entry have worked so hard to enhance the reputation of Bridgnorth and the members of Bridgnorth Lions Club were delighted to support them.”


� Competition judge Ian Ayling talks to members of the WI in the GBHS pop-up shop on the High Street

� Robin Lassiter and Ian Ayling meet Athletics Club

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5’ King Divan Set

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Ref: 14848 Aristocrat Hypo Allergenic Bed A 1000 count, medium soft, pocket sprung mattress, with a fine looking classic luxury viscose fabric, tufted with woollen rosettes, finishing with 4 rows of hand side stitched border. 4’6” Double Divan Set Was £478.00 NOW £382.40 5’ King Divan Set Was £562.00 NOW £449.60 *see online for other options

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Dream Gel 2000 Memory Foam Bed

4`6 Double Divan Set Was £814.00 NOW 5`King Divan Set Was £898.00 NOW

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Charisma Hypo Allergenic Bed

4’6” Double Divan Set Was £538.00 NOW 5’ King Divan Set Was £634.00 NOW

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Winter wonders at Hopskotch

Katie Loxton Scented Candle ‘Christmas Sparkle’ Jar – Sweet Almond And Cinnamon

This heart-warming sweet almond and cinnamon fragrance is truly welcoming. Blended with base notes of vanilla and sandalwood, it’s sure to promote a delightful atmosphere. The perfect welcoming aroma for your home. Burn time approx 45 - 50 Hours 265g / 9.5oz. Product Code KLC041 Comes Gift Wrapped

Joules Ladies Everyday Tweed Hand Held Bag – Heather Check

The Joules in-house designed tweed that’s been used to craft this bag is hard-wearing but stylish too. With more pockets than you’ll be able to fill (but you’ll have a go anyway) a detachable shoulder strap and colour pop zip pull details.



Bath House Prosecco Cracker

We love this Christmas cracker, perfect for a gift idea and to accessorise your festive dinner table! Unwrap to discover the luxurious treats inside. This prosecco cracker contains a nourishing lip balm (15g) and bath salts (60g); ideal for soothing baths and luscious lips, both bursting with the divine fragrance and natural goodness.

Joules Ladies Capability Cable And Stitch Poncho – Dark Plum

Joules’ much-loved cable and stitch poncho is back in new colours, with chunky cable stitch detail and a flattering, oversized neck. Wear it once and this is the kind of piece that you won’t know how you did without it. Perfect for layering up with skinny jeans and boots, but great to have to hand when the sofa beckons.


Katie Loxton ‘Arm Candy’ Perfect Pouch – Burgundy

This pouch is beautiful in a lovely burgundy colour. This classy clutch is perfect for organising your make-up and jewellery. It’s the perfect mixture of classic & cool. 16 x 24cm. Product Code KLB045. Comes Gift Wrapped


Katie Loxton ‘Sparkle Everyday’ Hanging Decoration Silver Star

This brand new Katie Loxton collection of delightful decorations is designed to fill your home with happiness and cheer. They make the perfect addition to every stylish Christmas tree and also as sweet decorations throughout your home. Star Size 8.5 x 9cm. Product Code KLD002. Comes Gift Wrapped



Joules BABY MABEL Classic Quilted Jacket

Joules BABY MILFORD Classic Quilted Jacket

Her first ever quilted coat! This women’s classic has been reduced in size so that now your little one can stay wonderfully warm in true Joules style. Complete with a unique print lining and finished with brass poppers and cord trims.

We didn’t think classic quilted style could get much cooler (or cuter!) but then our designers show us this. A must for giving chills the cold shoulder.

From £32.95

From £32.95

Katie Loxton ‘Wrapped Up In Love’ Scarf

100 x 190cm - Navy. Wrap yourself in love in this beautifully soft scarf scattered with little white hearts. It’s an instant classic to take you from day to night in one effortlessly chic move. Comes Gift Wrapped..


Katie Loxton ‘One In A Million’ Perfect Pouch

Joules Moneypenny Leather purse

16x24cm - Navy. The ultimate classic, this beautiful navy pouch is simply one in a million. Beautiful worn as a clutch and also as a pouch to organise your make-up, it’s elegant and cool. Comes Gift Wrapped.

A little coin purse is a useful addition to any handbag. This leather one is roomy enough to hold other essentials such as a key and lipstick too.



Available from HOPSKOTCH - 70 WHITBURN STREET, BRIDGNORTH TEL - 01746 769800


Joules Ladies Wensley Scarf

You’ve loved this scarf season in and season out and it’s one of our all-time favourites too. With new unique prints there’s a long-line scarf for all occasions and outfits.


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You don’t need to be a body builder to benefit from joining up at one of Shropshire’s newest gyms. Whether you’re male or female and whether you want to get in shape, bulk up or follow a personal training plan, Evolution Gym, in Bailey Street, Oswestry, could be right up your street. Owner Jimmy Hayns first stepped foot in a gym at the age of 16 and hasn’t looked back since; now finally making his passion his future and opening Evolution back in July, after many months of fitting out the studio space. Evolution is kitted out with 70 units of new and refurbished equipment – everything a serious gym-goer could need and accommodating many different types of training. With more than 200 members already signed up, Jimmy is keen to emphasise that Evolution is not just for body builders. “We are for men, women, experienced trainers and new starters alike whether your motivation is strength, fitness, muscle gain, fat loss or nutrition,” he says. And if you’re lacking motivation, then there’s even the option of a personal trainer. In-house


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trainer Ceri Jones can help customers to build confidence in the gym and support them in achieving their fitness or weight-loss goals. And with opening hours from 6am to 10pm, there’s no excuse not to make time to get in shape whatever your motivation. Evolution Gym, in Bailey Street, is offering three lucky readers one month’s free access to the gym and two free personal training sessions with Ceri. To be in with a chance of winning simply answer the following question:


Check the advertisements in the rest of the magazine to find where our ‘Local Bee’ (pictured above) is hidden. Entry to competitions can be made online through our website or by filling in the entry form or sending on a postcard to: COMPETITIONS, Reviewmedia Ltd, Media House, Building 9, Stanmore Industrial Estate, Bridgnorth, Shropshire WV15 5HR. First correct entry drawn will win a £20 book token

ENTRY FORM Evolution Gym

Secret Horses

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Set in a fictional hospital in Shropshire during the Second World War, The Secret Horses of Briar Hill is a moving novel about the power of stories and imagination. Written by Megan Shepherd, it is beautifully illustrated with evocative, detailed pencil drawings by awardwinning Levi Penfold. Emmaline, who has tuberculosis and has been sent to Briar Hill for safety, has a secret – winged horses live in the mirrors of the hospital. The author, who lives in the USA, has written several acclaimed young adult books, and this is her first for younger readers. She chose to set her story in Shropshire because many children were evacuated here during the war. This is a remarkable novel worth a place on the bookshelf. Combining dreams with reality, a weaving of magic and an ending full of ambiguity, it is aimed at confident young readers aged eight and above. The Secret Horses of Briar Hill is one of those

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books which will linger in the mind long after the final page is read. We have five copies of The Secret Horses of Briar Hill to give away, thanks to Walker Books. Each winner will also receive an artwork poster and print. To enter simply tell us:

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COMPETITION WINNERS DECEMBER 2016 Birmingham Hippodrome Mrs Kathleen Olivier, Newport Wolverhampton Grand Mrs Miriam Elcock, Bridgnorth Clothes Show Mrs Susan Lewis, Bridgnorth; Mrs Anne White, Oswestry; Ms Hannah Dawes, Telford Spot the Bee Mrs L L Parker, Bridgnorth


A questionable year Alison Ashmore


ell what a year that has been! It seemed to be one shock after another, throwing up events that are bound to feature in pub quizzes to come. So let’s see if you’ve been paying attention, with my 2016 Quiz of the Year. Q. Which political party resorted to in-fighting? A. All of the main ones. The Tories fought over Europe, the Opposition decided to oppose each other rather than the Government, and UKIP went back to basics with some bare-knuckle boxing. Except of course no punches were ever actually thrown, in case their lawyers are reading this.

as ‘colour’, they didn’t realise they were voting for the leader of the free world, but thought they were watching an episode of The Apprentice USA. Or they were having a laugh. At the expense of race and gender relations, global stability and the climate. There isn’t much funny to say about Trump, really. Q. Our Olympians were the most successful yet. So why did that make the rest of us losers? A. Because as a nation we’ve lost our loser mentality. No longer are our sporting heroes plucky have-a-goers such as Eddie The Eagle Edwards; we demand victory now. Except in football, where it was business as usual at the Euros. Still, it will all be different when we win the World Cup.

Q. What national institution did Q. Which exit decision left the we say goodbye to? Perhaps we’ll be nation reeling? A. You’ve a choice here. Two marks A. The Great British Bake Off. If British Home Stores – a sad loss replaced by Israel for we thought Brexit caused a storm which left many of us wondering in June, then three months later it where to go for school uniforms, and Australia. paled into insignificance. Auntie novelty Christmas gifts and lighting. According to the Beeb’s loss of Bake Off to those RIP BHS. One mark for Top Gear; the brash upstarts at Channel 4 was the BBC’s feeble attempt to keep it going Eurovision Song real shocker that left us despairing proof that it is people, not formats, about the future. Mary, Mel and that we love to watch. I bet they Contest, they are Sue occupied the moral high were weeping as Grand Tour roared in Europe. ground and the nation’s on to Amazon, bringing us three old hearts by sticking with the blokes in their TV making Prime. BBC, despite the Government’s mutterings Q. What is Europe? that anyone the Beeb paid more than the A. I’m not sure any more. I used to think we were part Living Wage should be put in the stocks of it, but then it seems some of us thought we shouldn’t and subjected to public humiliation. It’s no be, so we might not be in a couple of years’ time. Or wonder they couldn’t keep their top show. we might be half in, half out, like my tummy in skinny Q. Which Scot became an Englishman? A. Andy Murray. Thank goodness the referendum didn’t lead to the end of the Union (yet), as Andy went on to become the best tennis player in the world ever and therefore always referred to as British (understood by the rest of the world to mean English). Q. How stupid are Americans? A. Very. Not only can they not speak properly or spell words such


jeans. Or handing over our dinner money so we can keep trading. Or reaping the benefits of going it alone. Take your pick. Perhaps we’ll be replaced by Israel and Australia. According to the Eurovision Song Contest, they are in Europe. Q. And finally, what did Oxford Dictionaries choose as its Word of the Year 2016? A. Post-truth. This is defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’. Political commentators tell us we live in a post-truth world, hence Brexit and Trump. However if you don’t want to believe that factual answer feel free to make up your own. That’s the way it works in these crazy days. email:

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