Audlem Festival of Transport

On the 28th of July we’ll see the 20th annual Audlem Festival of Transport and record numbers of visitors are expected to attend. Vintage cars, trucks and buses will join the parade from Hankelow to Audlem, starting at Hankelow Green and proceeding to Audlem’s village playing field off Cheshire Street where they will be parked for viewing by the public.

Steampunk Comes to Audlem

Who doesn’t love 19th-century industrial style and design? ‘Steampunk‘ has been described as a cross between Victorian technology and American ‘Wild West’ design, expressed in art, clothing, architecture and lifestyle. Whatever it’s history, it is luscious, dystopian, romantic, and has elements of sub-culture…. and it’s coming to Audlem!

On Friday the 28th of June from 6 to 7.30pm the Steampunk costumes made by Monique Hollinshead will be presented at the Old Mill in Audlem. Monique will be on hand to explain the costumes and her incredible skills. Thanks to Audlem Online

Hales Osteopathic Practice

I am delighted to announce that I have joined the popular and successful Hales Osteopathic Practice in Market Drayton. Hales practice is run by Janine Lees, an experienced Osteopath and is supported by Judith Hassan, registered Osteopath. Further details can be found on the Hales website.

Homeopathy is also available at the practice by Sue Baker on 07792591437

I work from a very comfortable and personal space within the practice and I offer a half price consultation for the initial introductory session. This is time where we can talk about what you may wish to look into further and to see if we would like to work together. If you think this may be of interest to you please call me on: 07702 341091.



National Family Caregivers Month

The month of November is #National Family Caregivers Month

Meeting the needs of someone you care for can be overwhelming. Carers can feel alone and isolated they may have worries about the future or a desire to be listened to.

As part of National Caregivers Month I am offering free taster sessions to the care givers of people with long and short term health conditions as well as disabilities.

I am a local qualified Psychotherapist & Counsellor who offers a safe and confidential space to those who feel it would be beneficial for them to be heard.

For further details please contact me – [email protected] 0770 2341091

Psychotherapy event

‘The Inevitability of Change’ is the theme of this year’s North West Transactional Analysis Gathering held in Manchester on Saturday 20th of June.  Pete Shotton is the key note speaker and will be running one of the workshops, entitled: ‘On Adaptation and Change’ in which he will explore where choices, compromises, flexibility, relationships and power dynamics fit with our interpretation of adaptation?

Just One…

Poet Unknown

One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One start can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal

One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey.
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what’s true,

One life can make a difference,
You see, it’s up to you!

Why Woodbine?

Some people say to me “Why Woodbine?”

Why did I call my therapy services woodbine, many people say to me. ‘ Its surely the name for cigarettes?’

Yes it is, and  these cigarettes are still available and help is also to hand to stop smoking!

For me, woodbine is the name of my home and an alternative name for the Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) which covers the house from spring time until autumn.  Its growth is persistent and tenacious and its spiral is a symbol of continuous change.

The vine in celtic symbolism indicates connection, eternity, branching out and expanding in new directions.  As well as regeneration, continuation, opportunity, expansion and fertility.

The druid’s perspective was that the vine was renown for its growth patterns.  Growing opportunistically and attaching itself to gain a strong foothold in order to assure its growth.   When we see the best of our situation and stay in a relaxed state of mind we are most likely to achieve our desires.

The celt’s thought the vine’s powerful growth was in its formation of the spiral  which attached to the surface it chose to grow on.   The celt’s considered the spiral to be a sacred symbol for consciousness, development, renewal and growth.

So, for me the symbolic meaning of  the woodbine is a very appropriate title for my counselling and psychotherapy services.   Its meanings are very apt  to me in the process of counselling and are a vibrant, living, continuous  visual example to me of how nature can symbolise our lives.

Audlem’s 15th Annual Music Festival

Audlem prepares itself for its 15th annual Music & Arts Festival on May 21st 2015. Entry to all the events is free, with performances from talented performers and artists from across the UK, Europe and beyond.

There will be Rock, Acoustic, Folk, a cappella and even Funk performed on outside stages at The Shroppie Fly, The Bridge Inn and The Lord Combermere as well as a brand new venue at No. 11 Cheshire Street.

Saturday 23rd May will be Choral day in St James Church and classical music in The Methodist Church, which will also host the Art Exhibition featuring local and regional talent.

To name just a few… Emma Purshouse will be hosting the 4th Audlem Festival Poetry Slam – up to 15 performance poets going head-to-head in a live poetry competition. Performers from near and far will make you laugh, cry and think during this very popular festival event – The Bridge Inn, 7:30pm on Thurday the 21st.

Papa Funk are a groovy soul band bringing together some of the hottest talent in the Northwest, with funky bass lines and tight rhythms – at The Lord Combermere on Saturday 23rd May at 3:00pm.

Loud Mouth Women Choir are festival favourites, performing as part of the Choral Day on Saturday 23rd May at 4:30pm with their special brand of a cappella songs from around the world.

Singer/Songwriter Megan Kelsey plays both piano and guitar, performing a mixture of acoustic folk and pop at The Courtyard – No. 11 Cheshire Street for her first visit to our festival in Audlem – on Sunday at 11:00 am