March 2013 Issue

A wealth of rural charm


Balfours Property Professionals and joint agent Savills are marketing Albion Hayes Farmhouse, an attractive period farmhouse in a rural location near Bomere Heath.

Serving Queen and county


I love people like Diana Flint, says Shirley Tart. They are such great assets and contributors to our common life, supporting and encouraging everyone else, yet they really struggle to promote their own invaluable part in communities and beyond.

New role is an honour


A school with the x factor is how the new head describes one of the country’s leading prep schools, Packwood Haugh, write Neil Thomas.

A class act at Downton


Neil Thomas follows in the footsteps of movie stars as he escapes the madding crowd for an overnight stay at a rural gem when he visits Old Downton Lodge near Ludlow.

Carol’s coming home


It’s funny. Carol Decker feels as though she’s reached a point where her biggest success was yesterday – and yet her glory days feel like 100 years ago, write Andy Richardson.

Students stepping out in style


The annual fashion show held at Concord College was as spectacular as ever, as Peter Love explains.

Premier performers


Food is a complex commodity. At its most basic, it is an essential means of survival, at its height an art form, says Neil Thomas.

On the crest of the airwaves


From his early days playing records from his garage in Shropshire, Chris Hawkins has gone on to become a stalwart of BBC 6music, writes Andy Richardson.

Stars set to shine at festival


A host of big names from the literary world are set to appear at Oswestry Festival of the word, as Neil Thomas explains.

Skiing ladies are on a roll


How do you prepare to compete in the oldest, longest and biggest cross-country ski race in the world when there’s no snow on the ground? Neil Thomas found out when he met a group of Shropshire ladies doing just that.