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Accidental duchess

Emma Watkins went from farmer’s daughter to duchess of Rutland. Heather Large finds out more about her extraordinary life.  Life changed beyond recognition for Emma Watkins


Comedy horror is simply wicked

Daniel Morris chats to the makers of wolf manor – a new werewolf movie filmed against the stunning backdrop of the Shropshire countryside. Having been


Breaking down the barriers

  After life-changing injuries following a cliff fall, Darren Edwards vowed to live life to the fullest. He chats to Matthew Panter about his next


Ark of hope for the homeless

Daniel Morris looks at the work of charity Shrewsbury Ark as it marks its 50th anniversary year. ] For five decades a local charity has

Cover Story

Forever autumn

Heather Large explores what the county has to offer in its most spectacular season. Every autumn, our parks and woodlands are filled with a rich

Food & Drink

To the manor born

Heather Large visits the 200-acre Oteley Estate in Ellesmere. Every month the idyllic stable yard at the Oteley Estate in Ellemere is transformed into a


Bringing nature to the people

Andy Richardson meets members of Shropshire Wildlife Trust as they celebrate their 60th anniversary with the opening of an accessible bird hide.   It’s been

Food & Drink

Sweet treats for our troops

Louise Bennet has been baking her ‘buns of mass production’ to ship out to troops abroad for nearly 20 years. Heather Large chats with the


Let there be light

Heather Large chats to upcycler Steve Poensgen who transforms everyday objects into eye-catching lamps.   When Steve Poensgen began converting an old barn into his