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Village News


August 2017

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Crown Green Bowling has returned to Brewood Finally the wait is over and the green is due to open at the beginning of August. The club is still accepting members but if you are not sure and are interested in trying bowling there will be some free taster sessions open to non-members. Starting bowling is only the completion of phase 1. Phase 2 (a small clubhouse and landscaping) is now in the fund raising stage. The “Let’s Pave” campaign will be launched at the opening as part of this fundraising. This will allow, for a small donation, both members and non-members to have a paver inscribed as a celebration for a person or an event and these pavers will become a permanent part of the paths around the green. For details please see the notice board by the green entrance gate (Engleton Lane, Brewood), call Helen on 01902 850188 or email: continued on page 2

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from front cover... The club itself was established in 2008 when the late Charlie Spencer formed a committee of people who had responded to an advert he had raised via the Parish Council. The rest, or so they say, is history. Land is not an easy thing to find in the village and after investigating several options the club agreed with the Parish Council to lease the north end of the Engleton Lane playing fields (now renamed Jubilee Park). Over the years many fundraising events have been held including cabaret evenings, race nights, indoor kurling, raffles, and Euro/World cup sweeps; however, without grant money the project would never have got started. The club is grateful to Veolia Environmental Fund, South Staffordshire The last turf is laid District Council and Brewood and Coven Parish Council for monies towards the green and a number on 7th April of other organisations and individuals for smaller amounts of money used towards the additional things needed – bowls, steps and mower etc. These include Brewood and District Rotary and our District Councillors. Provided nothing untoward happens we will be opening the green for “Quality work assured” set times each day from the beginning of August. The Club now has nearEst. 1982 ly 140 members of whom over 50 haven’t played before so there will be coaching sessions for those who want them. The Club has also been acquirFrom the smallest ing a range of sets of bowls so that members can come and try the various extension to building your sizes before they buy their own set. dream home. On-site planning to Starting at this point in the season also allows us to get ready for our first full season in 2018. There will be details of all the leagues that the Club completion including can submit teams into and members will be encouraged to put their names drawings and building down for those teams they wish to play for. When a league accepts a new regulations if required. team from a club it always puts it in the lowest division, therefore this is a great time for new players to join teams, rather than being thrown into the Replacement windows and doors • Conservatories and Porches deep end of an already established team. Fascias and Soffits in a choice of hardwood, softwood or UPVC All roofwork carried out from trusses to traditional hand-made roofs We look forward to seeing you at the green. Replacement or refurbishment of kitchens


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An Award for Coven Forget-Me-Not Club At the SSCVA Celebration Event on 17th June, held at Codsall Village Hall, Coven Forget-Me-Not Club received an award,“to recognise the invaluable contribution to the Community.” This was out of all the many groups in South Staffordshire. We are very pleased to have received this award. It is thanks to ALL the Club Members and the Committee for their continued support and hard work. We meet every Tuesday 52 weeks of the year except, maybe, Christmas! The Club is very well supported with 60 members and a waiting list of 12 people. Long may it continue. Anne Hall, Secretary, Coven F.M.N.Club, Phone 01902 791485

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Bloomin Brewood Do you love your garden? Local gardeners amateur, professional, new to gardens or old hands. Share ideas , swap plants, seeds, discuss successes and failures. We have a Facebook page to contribute to called ‘Bloomin Brewood’, log on and join in. Come along to our informal meetings held at each other’s gardens, get to know your neighbours socially over a bottle of wine and chat about all and sundry. Bring along plants to swap, wine or beer or cake and enjoy the village and countryside around you. Next meeting will be posted on our Facebook page or ring me on 07785 934 085 - Eileen Johnson New Brewood Theatre Group For further details please contact either Gill Collins on 01902 850864 email or Pauline Keates on 01902850536 email Brewood Tennis Club Very friendly village club with all year round floodlit courts. All ages/levels of ability welcome. 4 Teams entered in South Staffordshire League. Coaching available. Contact Brian Swift mob 07970 733225 Midlands Chorale in Brewood Jubilee Hall A friendly mixed voice choir made up of around 30 singers from all over the Midlands – wide repertoire. 18 Rehearsals per year on Saturday’s 10 am to 1 pm in the upper room. Enquiries from new singers welcomed – We have a scheme to PAY 15 to 21 year olds who sing with us. Contact Gren on 01902 850175 or see Brewood Bridge Club Meet Tuesdays at 7.15pm in Jubilee Hall Upper Room. Contact 01902 850452 or 01902 851024 Brewood Craft Club New members welcomed to our fortnightly meetings in Brewood Library on Wednesdays at 2pm - 4pm. For more information contact Sharon at Brewood Library 01902 850 087 or Gill on 01902 850 615. Brewood WI Meet first Wednesday each month at Jubilee Hall 7.30 for 7.45pm. Visitors Welcome. Brewood Quilters Meet on the third Monday of the month at the Methodist Chapel except December.If you are interested to learn about patchwork and quilting please contact: Marion Goodrich on Brewood 851207 Brewood Men’s Keep Fit Club Meets weekly at St. Dominic’s Sports Hall 1930 - 2130 on Thursdays. The Club has a few vacancies at present. For further information please contact Phil Goodrich (Club Secretary) on 01902 851207 Brewood & District Inner Wheel Meet every 3rd Wednesday in the month. Further details please contact Jenny Taylor 01902 851913 Brewood & District Rotary Satellite Group Meet every other Tuesday 7.30pm at the Bridge Inn. All welcome, you do not have to live in the area to be a member. Come along to find out more or visit us at: Brewood Junior Football Club FA Chartered club with FA coaches. Teams for 7-16 year olds. More details contact Mac Webb 01902 850671

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Brewood Afternoon W.I. Meet second Monday each month 2pm downstairs in the Jubilee Hall. Contact 01902 850575 Brewood Indoor Bowling Short Mat Bowling for the over-50s. Tuesdays 7pm In Jubilee Hall. New members welcome 01902 850858 OUTINGS GROUP For details of outings and to reserve your place please phone Brenda Tyler 01902 844616 Crown Green Bowling in Brewood The times when the green is open for social bowling or specifically for coaching sessions will be on the notice board by the gate. Coaching sessions(including loan of bowls) will be open to all members who are new to or returning to bowling. There will also be a number of taster sessions open for non members. The club is launching its “Let’s Pave” campaign towards funds for a small clubhouse and landscaping. For a small donation both members and non-members will be able to have an engraved paver as a celebration for a person or of an event. These pavers will become a permanent part of the paths around the green. For more information on the club, the Let’s Pave campaign and/or a membership form please get in touch with Helen on 01902 850188 or via brewoodbowlingclub@gmail.com2nd Brewood Scout Group Beavers (6-8yrs) Wednesdays 6.30-7.45pm Cubs (8-10yrs) Mondays 7.00-8.30pm Scouts (10-16yrs) Fridays 7.00-9.00pm Contact Peter Plowright 01902 850009 2nd Brewood Brownies (7-10 years of age) Tues 5.30-7pm, Scout Hut, Deansfield Road. (01902) 850655 Brewood Civic Society If you would like to know more about the Civic Society please contact Richard Taylor on 01902 850594 Unwanted Coins for Brewood Church Fund raising for St Mary & St Chad Church, Brewood. Foreign coins, banknotes, obsolete British currency or change left from holidays and business trips.If you would like to donate any type of unwanted currency please contact Shirley Snow 01902 851 533.

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Call Tessa 07738 388 868 Brewood Badminton Club Relocated at Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre Mondays 6-8pm. Adults up to any age. Contact Margaret Garbett 01902 864001 Brewood Book/Reading Group Meets once a month (usually the last Wednesday) at a local pub (usually The Swan) to discuss the book we have chosen to read. If you are interested in joining then please get in touch with Helen on 01902 850188 Codsall Wood Whist Club Wednesday evenings in Jubilee Hall, Brewood 7.00pm Visitors welcome Tel: 850695 or 851008 Brewood Church Choir Practise every Wednesday from 7pm-8pm in Church House. New members very welcome Contact Dennis Cornes on 01902 850787 Brewood Lace Friends A small friendly group meeting at Brewood Cricket Club, Four Ashes Road, on Mondays, during term time, from 10.00 am – 12.15 pm. Beginners welcome. Tuition once a month. To come and visit, or for further information, please contact Mrs Sonia Oulton on 01952 750338 Brewood Library 01902 850 087 for details Storytime - Suitable for pre-school children - Free Every Tuesday 2.15pm - 2.45pm Term Time Only Reading Group - read and talk about books - Free First Thursday of every month 3.15pm - 4.15pm New Free Health Walk - Every other Thursday 10am Brewood Walk & Talk - Every Friday 10am Free Chatty Readers - Second wed every month 3.304.30pm Children’s reading group age 7-12 Free Brewood Contact Group Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month 8pm. Informal meetings and social activities for thinking women. Contact Pauline Keates 850536 for details. Brewood Chess Circle Meet Tuesday 7.30pm at St. Mary’s (RC) Church Hall, Wharf Lane. New members welcome at all levels. Contact Roger Grainger 01785 714301 Brewood & District Rotary Club Meet Wednesday evenings at The Bradford Arms, Ivetsey Bank, 7.00pm for 7.30pm Telephone 01902 850329 New Members Welcome Brewood Neighbourhood Watch Information, news and updates can be received by e-mail from the OWL messaging service. Contact the Neighbourhood Watch Department for details 01785 234 129 visit or by e-mail at Staffordshire Corps of Drums Mondays 7-9pm Sea cadet HQ, Riverway, Stafford. Open to anyone over 15 years. Full Training given on Drums, Flutes and Bugles/Fanfare Trumpets. Why not come along and have fun while learning a New Skill or polishing up a Music Skill that you had in the past. Please contact 01902 850536 for further details.

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Osteoporosis is the gradual loss of bone, a skeletal disease which increases bone fragility making them more prone to fracture. It is often referred to as a silent disease as most people are unaware they have it, often until they suffer a broken bone. Osteoporosis is fast approaching epidemic proportions (World Health Organisation 1999). 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of fifty in the UK will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture. It is most common in post-menopausal women as there is rapid bone loss in the years immediately following the menopause. Osteoporosis literally means “porous bones.” If we can liken a healthy bone framework to the strong woven framework of a brand new wicker chair for example where the fibres are sturdy, flexible and resilient compared to osteoporotic bone that may resemble a worn wicker chair with its fibres being brittle and full of holes. Having osteoporosis does not automatically mean that your bones will break but it does put you at a greater risk of fracture. These can occur anywhere in the body but are most common at the wrist, hip and spine. So what can we do to help? Your bone health is often determined by several factors including Improve posture, Strengthen muscles genetics, hormonal status, lifestyle, nutrition and possible other underlying Improve flexibility, Greater joint mobility medical issues. However it is not all doom and gloom as osteoporosis can be treated with a combination of medication, diet and exercise. Lower stress levels, Increase bone density Recent research has shown that regular weight-bearing exercises Improve body tone, Increase confidence can help improve bone health and the earlier we start the better as we are then laying down good foundations for the future. Pilates can help maintain and improve bone health. Many of the exercises are weight-bearing using Registered BackCare® Professional the body’s own weight against gravity and also using light free weights and 0787 508 2411 • resistance. However it is important and it is our responsibility to provide the correct exercises to prevent and manage this condition correctly. It has been proven that certain movements are contra-indicated and we cannot shy away from this fact. If you have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia, you will need to check with your medical practitioner before you start a Pilates programme and the exercises may need to be adapted accordingly. For more information about Brewood Pilates please contact Siobhan Gray on 0787 508 2411 or visit Brewood Acoustic Music Club Meet every Thursday at Brewood Cricket Club 8pm 3rd August - Singers’ Night with Chris 10th August - Singers’ Night with Phil 17th August - Barlow Cree with Martin 24th August - Singers’ Night with Karen and John 31st August - Singers’ Night with Will Contacts - Will :01902 850422 Dave: 01902 844394 Jubilee Hall Site Supervisor Emma Cornes - 07702 022 370 AWAY DAYS : with Somerford Travel For eighteen years Somerford Travel has been organising outings and holidays from the pickup points of Brewood and Coven. Outings third Wed each month. New members welcome. For further information ring: 01902 850963 or 01902 790479 Living with Dementia Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer in dementia with a view to becoming a Dementia Friend or anyone interested in details of activities run by Brewood Dementia Support Group please contact Paula on 01902 851557

Your Used Stamps. Do you have any used stamps you want to dispose of? If so, please contact Joyce Bradley 01902 850136 who will arrange for them to be collected or leave them in the box at the back of Brewood The Brewood Singers Meet every Thursday from 8pm at the Jubilee Hall in Brewood. A popular, forward-looking, mixed choral group interested in singing light popular music as a hobby. For further information about joining or making a booking contact Pat Mumford on 01902 850377

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What’s on at Your Library in August? Join forces with the crime-cracking Animal Agents at your library this summer! The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays and is a fun way to encourage your children to keep reading during the holidays. You can sign up your children at your local library, then read six library books of your choice over the summer, collecting stickers for a collectors’ wallet and picking up other fantastic rewards along the way – all FREE. There is still plenty of time to join the Summer Reading Challenge – it does not finish until Monday 11th September – so get down to your library and get reading now! Contact Your Library for more details or pop along to join or visit for more information and lots of online things for your kids to do. Look out for lots of great events and activities at Staffordshire Libraries over the summer! Ask at Your Library or visit Staffordshire Libraries Facebook or @StaffsLibraries Twitter for regular updates. You can also telephone Your Library via the Contact Centre on 0300 111 8000.

Events for Children at Codsall Library this August Animal Agents Fun Animal Agents crafts and games for primary aged children and their families (4-11)Thursday 3rd August & Monday 21st August 2:00pm – 4:00pm £2 each (Booking Essential) Baby Bounce and Rhyme Rhymes, songs, puppets and instruments for children under 4yrs Monday 7th August & Monday 14th August 10:00am FREE Storytime Animal stories and songs for children aged 3-7yrs Friday 11th August & Friday 25th August 10:30am FREE Animal Agents Saturday Fun Come along to enjoy Animal Agents fun at the library - Saturday 12th August & Saturday 26th August 10:00am – 2:00pm DROP-IN, FREE Animal Agents Fun Animal Agents crafts and games for primary aged children and their families (4-11) Thursday 17th August & Thursday 31st August 2:00pm – 4:00pm £2 each (Booking Essential) Warhammer, board games, jigsaws, lego etc. Construct, imagine, play for all ages Every Saturday 10:00am – 12:00 DROP-IN, FREE Children/Teenage Reading Groups. Join our reading groups - girls/boys 8-13yrs & teens 13yrs+ Saturday 5th August and Sat 2nd September 11:00am – 12:00 FREE Animal Agents Completers’ Day Join in our Animal Agents completers’ day, receive your medal and certificate for completing the Summer Reading Challenge! Saturday 9th September 10:00am – 2:00pm DROP-IN, FREE

All for children aged 4+ unless otherwise stated. To book please contact Codsall Library via the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre on 0300 111 8000 or e-mail

Events for Children at Penkridge Library this August Animal Story/Craft Session - Listen to stories from our local author Diane Pike, then make yourself a Bookworm bookmark. Wednesday 2nd August 10.30am-12.30pm £1.50 (Booking Essential)



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Animal Agents Workshop - Crafts and fun for primary aged children and their families, colour in and decorate pair of animal glasses, make your own secret decoder. Wednesday 9th August 10:30am-12:30pm £1.50 (Booking Essential) K’Nex Workshop Join Mikey for a make and play K’Nex workshop and learn how to make the most of K’Nex. For ages 6+ Sat 12th August 10:00am-12noon £1 (Incl squash and biscuits) Drop-in K’Nex Workshop - Mon 14th August 3:00pm-5:00pm £1 (Includes squash and biscuits) Drop-in Animal Story/ Craft Session - Stories from our local author Diane Pike, make and decorate a fantastic animal crown. Wednesday 16th August 10:30am-12:30pm £1.50 (Booking Essential) BBR - Sing along at our animal themed Baby Bounce and Rhyme. Friday 25th August 10:00am11:00am DROP-IN, FREE

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Animal Agents Workshop - Crafts and Fun for youngsters and their families, decorate your own woodland animal keyring, make your own magnifying glass and have a go at finger printing. Wednesday 30th August 10:30am-12:30pm £1.50 (Booking Essential) K’Nex Workshop - Saturday 2nd September 10:00am12noon £1 (Includes squash and biscuits) Drop-in Animal Agents - Finished the challenge, then join us for some fun. If not there’s still time to complete, come along anyway - we’re decorating fantastic Jungle Masks and partying! Tuesday 5th September 3.30pm-4.30pm £1.50 (Booking Essential) All for children aged 4+ unless otherwise stated. To book please contact Penkridge Library via the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre on 0300 111 8000 or e-mail

The Colour of Feelings - A poetry talk and readings with local poet Mel Woodend

Please join author Mel Woodend for an evening of poetry including: • A talk on poetry as a form of creative emotional therapy • Mel’s own experiences of the power of poetry as an aid to healing • The idea of writing and channelling creativity as a form of therapy • The notion of synaesthesia and the thoughts and feelings evoked when capturing the beauty and essence of nature, colour and the senses within poetry. Penkridge Library Tuesday 15th August 5:30pm 6:30pm with time for Q&A, book signings and refreshments afterwards. FREE. All welcome with free refreshments, poetry readings and the opportunity to purchase signed copies of Mel’s most recently published poetry collection Natural Colours as well as her previous works. For more information contact Penkridge Library via the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000 or e-mail

Calling all 13-24 year olds! There is still time to volunteer to help the Summer Reading Challenge at Your Library, make a difference and help your Library with The Summer Reading Challenge - This year the theme is Animal Agents! Volunteering as a Library Reading Hack will offer you opportunities to run children’s activities, organise events, and help develop reading with young children. • Get experience to add to your CV and talk about in interviews • Meet new people • It’s a great way to support your local library and community • You’ll be helping children develop a love of reading • Your volunteering hours can contribute to Duke of Edinburgh, Arts Award and other accreditations • Have your say in what your library offers young people • Have fun! For more information or to sign up contact Your Library via the County Council Contact Centre on 0300 111 8000 or pop in and have a chat.

IT Buddy available at Codsall Library - Drop-in and get some help from our IT BuddyCodsall Library - Every Thursday 2:00pm4:00pm FREE—Just Drop-in. Please contact Codsall Library for more information via the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000 or e-mail

IT Buddy available at Penkridge Library - Confused about computers? In a muddle with the world wide web? An IT buddy will be available every Wednesday from 10am until 12noon at Penkridge library. A volunteer will be on hand to help new computer users with accessing the internet, setting up email accounts and any other IT enquiries. If you have a laptop that’s troubling you or need help searching for jobs, pop along to some helpful, friendly help and advice. For further information, or to pre-book a slot please call Penkridge Library via the County Council Contact Centre on 0300 111 8000 For more information on August’s events and activities available in the South Staffordshire area please visit or find us on Facebook and Twitter

New Brewood Theatre Group News

The first year as a new group has, we believe, been a successful one as the new managers have learnt the ropes.The group has enjoyed a variety of concerts at The Birmingham Symphony Hall including Queen Rock and Symphonic Spectacular, The Magic of Vienna and a performance of Rodrigo Classical Guitarist. At the Alex and Regent Theatres there were the shows Chicago and Sister Act, and at The New Vic, Stoke, we saw The Empty Nester’s Club.There were others too as we tried to offer a varied programme to suit all. We would like to thank our members for their support throughout the year. We are currently researching our next programme for the Autumn and will be inviting membership renewal for our second season. New members are always welcome and can join at any time by contacting either Gill Collins – 01902 850864 or or Pauline Keates – 01902 850536 or

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Penkridge Penkridge Peace Memorial Hall Presents A Barn Dance with Caller - Eve Evans Saturday 9th September 7.00pm for 7.30pm Start Tickets £8.00 to inc Supper; From Val Webb 01785 713284 No Under 16s; No bar bring your own Penkridge St. John Ambulance Meet Monday evenings in Room 29, Haling Dene Badgers 7-10 years meet 6pm to 7.15pm Cadets 10-18yrs 7.30pm to 9.00pm Room 29 Haling Dene. Adults 18+ 8.15pm to 10pm Room 2 Haling Dene. New members always welcome. For more information contact Pet Hughes 01785 714843 or email and type in volunteering. Penkridge Parkinson’s Support Group Meet 4th Wednesday in the month (except August and December) 10am to 12.30pm at Haling Dene. Refreshments provided - come along and meet us. Lots of social events, annual outings and monthly coffee mornings April to September. Bowls meetings with lunch after matches. Contact us on 01785 712 008 email: ppsg1@outlook. com website: Penkridge Civic Society Meets third Thursday of each month (except August and December) at the Old Gaol in Bellbrook, Penkridge 7.30pm New members and visitors welcome - £2 entry. The Heritage Centre has displays of old pictures, photographs, documents, etc. regarding Penkridge past and present and is open to the public, free of charge from Easter to the end of September each Saturday 10am until 1pm and Wednesdays during school holidays 10am to 1pm. During opening period the Civic Society mounts an annual exhibition on topics of historical interest. This year’s exhibition is Penkridge at Leisure. August 17th ‘PADS’ – Penkridge Amateur Dramatics Society (Linda Savage and Anne Smith)


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Penkridge & District Round Table Organisers of Penkridge Fun Run & Fun Day and Penkridge Beer Festival but mainly a social group. Worth meeting for a beer and a bit of banter. Open to guys aged 20 to 45. New members welcome. Please contact Peter Machin on 07710 109007 Web: Wheaton Aston & Penkridge Rugby Club Wednesday evenings 7.30pm at Monckton Recreation Centre, Penkridge, next to Quality Hotel. Contact WAP Rugby Phone 07948 419778 for more information. New Companions Club Every Wednesday 1.30 - 3.30 pm in Penkridge Church Hall (Old Reading Rooms) Social gathering for all ages for tea, cake, cards, dominoes and rummicub. Penkridge Healing Centre - Haling Dene Feeling stressed emotionally or physically? We are here to help with healing to restore your body’s natural energy. We meet alternate Thursday afternoons. Donations accepted - Registered Charity. For details ring Judith Poole on 01785 284875. Swamp Conservation Group Looks after open access land between Grange Crescent and St. Michael’s Close. Co-ordinator Bevan Craddock 01785 712733 Penkridge Junior Football Club Penkridge Junior FC is an FA Community Club which is the highest accolade that a junior club can achieve. The club is currently represented by 14 teams with both girls and boys playing regularly in local leagues. To find out more about Penkridge Junior FC please visit our website where you will find news and information about our teams and events that are taking place within the club or contact Chris Lester on 01785 715790 Penkridge Library 01785 712916 Every Friday - Baby Bounce and Rhyme: songs and nursery rhymes. Fun for everyone. Suitable for babies and parents. Term time only 10am - 10.30am Free - No booking required Every Wednesday 6pm and Saturday 8am Penkridge & South Staffs Runners. Meet outside Penkridge Library- FREE New members welcome 18+ Every Saturday 11.30am - 12.30pm Chess Group All ages and abilities are welcome - FREE - Drop In 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month 5.30 - 6.30pm Friends of Penkridge Library ages 18+ FREE Third Tuesday of every month - 5.30-6.30pm Staffordshire Shakespeare Are you interested in Shakespeare’s writing and life? Why not drop in to this new monthly group. Suitable for ages 16+ FREE New members welcome - no need to book. Society of Recorder Players South Staffs BranchMeet at the Penkridge Methodist Church Hall 2.30 - 5pm Second Saturday each month. Contact Alyson Lewin 01785 716 957

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Staffordshire Aero Club Meet Haling Dene first Thursday of the month at 8pm Rotary Club of Penkridge Meet Tuesday evenings in Acton Trussell. Visitors and potential new members welcome. Contact Mervyn Griffiths 01785 712 534 or Paul Sharman 01785 712 192 Penkridge Widows Club Haling Dene alternate Mondays 10am. Contact Vee Jackson 01785 840256 Penkridge Runners - Beginners • Fun Runners • Joggers • Keep Fit – Saturday Mornings. Contact: 07950 654 047 Email: Qualified UKA/ England Athletics Coach Penkridge Voices Meet Fridays 7:30pm in the Methodist Church Hall. We sing a variety of music from popular to classical. New members always welcome. We especially need men. Come along and enjoy the singing. Royal British Legion Penkridge Branch Meet in Pencric, Tildesley Close at 1930 on 2nd Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September, October & November (AGM). New members are always welcome. More info from Peter 01785 713243 or George 01785 713 428 Email. Penkridge Scout Group Meet Tuesdays 7.00-9.00pm at Scout HQ, Goods Station Lane, Penkridge. Contact Tony Birch (Group Scout Leader) 01785 714139 Beavers (Boys 6-8yrs) Mondays 5.45 -7.00pm Cubs (Boys 8-10yrs) Thursdays 7.00 - 9.00pm Peace Memorial Hall Available for hire, currently refurbished hall with drinks’ licence to any organisation or individuals. Hall complete with stage, kitchen and bar area. For bookings contact Lynn Lawrence 07412 089 546 Penkridge Garden Association Church Hall 3rd Wednesday each month at 7.30pm Contact: Ted Hodkinson 01785 712357

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Penkridge Rainbow Club Carer, Baby & Toddler group meets Wednesdays (Term Time) 10-11.30am at Penkridge Scout Hut, Goods Station Lane, ST19 5AU £2 per family incl snack & drink. Call 07720 312 459for details. Acton Art Society Meets in the Community Centre, Acton Trussell on Wednesdays 1.30 to 3.30pm. A friendly group welcoming all abilities in any medium; we encourage beginners. Pick up a brush and give it a go! Contact 01785 714469 for more information. Penkridge Women’s Institute Methodist Church Hall first Monday each month at 7.30pm. Contact: Mrs S.Bailey 01785 712468 Bridge Club Meets 9.30am every Monday at Haling Dene. All levels welcome. No Teaching Facilities. Contact 01785 712 316 Penkridge Sequence Dance Club Peace Memorial Hall Every Tuesday 2.00 to 4.00pm Everyone welcome. Contact R.Sutton 01902 790479 Penkridge WI Every 1st Monday in the month. 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall. New members welcome. For more information contact Sandra on 01785 712468 Bowls Club Every Monday 2pm to 4pm at Actn Trussell, Bednall and Teddesley Hay Community Centre Craft Club Haling Dene - Friday evenings 7.30pm for all types of crafts. Contact Margaret Smallman on 01785 712113 The Staffordshire Rock and Blues Club Bringing live music to Penkridge. The Club plans to have different groups on every month at The Monckton Recreation Centre, Pinfold Lane, Penkridge. ST19 5QP Tickets are available at the centre or at Green Dog Vaping, Market Street, Penkridge. Penkridge Flower Club Flower Arranging Demonstrations. Meet 3rd Monday of the month in Peace Memorial Hall, Pinfold Lane, Penkridge at 7.30pm. Relax and enjoy watching NAFAS professional demonstrators do 5 floral art arrangements. Light refreshments, floristry sales table and raffle of arrangements. Visitors £5 entrance. New Members and Visitors very welcome. Details: Margaret 01785 712 113 or Marie 01785 715 445. Stafford Railway Society Meet at The Amasal Club, St Albans Road Industrial Estate, Stafford, STl6 3DR Mondays at 7-30pm Everybody is welcome to attend.

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Whist Drive Every Saturday evening starting at 7.00pm prompt at Pencric, Tildesley Close, Penkridge, ST19 5FG. All welcome. Enquiries to Bill & Chris on 07707 930500 or Doreen on 01543 505043 Penkridge District Guide Association Meet at “Owls Nest” Haling Dene Rainbow Guides 5-7yrs Monday or Friday 5-6pm Wednesday 5.30-6.30pm Brownie Guides 7-10yrs Monday, Thursday, Friday 6.15pm - 7.45pm Guides 10-14yrs Mondays 7 - 8.30pm, Thursdays 7.15 - 8.45pm Ranger Guides Thursdays Young Leaders 14-18yrs helpers with Rainbow, Brownie / Guide units. Call FionaRoberts 01785 711335 Chair-based keep fit class for the over 50s Help loosen your joints, to keep you active, healthy and feeling good. Every Thursday 10am - 11am £2.00 per session at Methodist Church Hall, Penkridge. For more information please contact Susan Blower 01785 788472 Air Cadets (Air Training Corps) Air Cadets (RAF Air Cadets). 2415 (Penkridge) Squadron welcome all ages from 13-18 years old. We participate in many events including flying and gliding training, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, adventurous training, aircraft modelling and radio. If you are interested then why not pop down to the Squadron on Monday or Thursday evenings at 7pm or email the Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Adam Farrington-Horsfall, at oc.2415@aircadets. org. Please see our squadron website for more details:


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Penkridge Inner Wheel Meet 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Moat House, Acton Trussell, 6.30 for 7pm. Visitors and/or prospective new members very welcome. Contact Jackie Sharman 01785 712192 British Red Cross South Chase Centre Meet Wednesday evening 19.30 to 21.30 in Room 11 at Haling Dene Centre. A voluntary group that provides First Aid cover at public events and other areas of emergency support to the public in times of need. At each meeting we tackle a variety of fun activities to keep up our skills and knowledge. We are a friendly group of all ages and welcome new members, why not come along and see for yourself. Contact: 01785 279 840 and ask for the recruitment team or E-mail South Staffs Sailing Club South Staffordshire Sailing Club is a friendly club for all ages and all abilities. We run RYA ‘Learn to Sail’ Courses, race training and have an active junior training programme. ‘Learn to Sail’ courses for Beginners start in April and June. Based by M6 J12, the club has been established for over 60 years, Please visit the club or get in touch for more information. South Staffordshire Citizens Advice Haling Dene Centre, Cannock Road, Penkridge, ST19 5DT Drop in session every Thursday 9.30am – 12.30pm Free, confidential and impartial advice on issues including welfare benefits, debt, employment, housing, consumer rights, and family issues. Adviceline tel: 03444 111 444 PACE 2000 Penkridge launched with the help of South Staffordshire Community & Voluntary Action organisation. For more information please contact: Secretary, Ann, on 01785 713407 and Chairman, Ivor, on 01785 714459

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We are saddened to announce that Helen Smith, who has been our Musical Director for the last 17 years, is relocating to Warwickshire and hence, Penn Singers is seeking to appoint a new Musical Director for October 2017. Penn Singers is a well-established choir which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. We are a mixed choir of 70 members with a reputation for a good standard of performance. The choir has a varied repertoire of classical, religious, popular, folk and songs from the shows. The choir rehearses on a Monday evening at Penn United Reformed Church, Wolverhampton. The applicant will ideally have had experience with a mixed choir and have knowledge of appropriate repertoire as well as being able to demonstrate singing techniques and good teaching skills. The ability to work in harmony with the choir and its well-organised, enthusiastic and supportive committee is essential as is his/her ability to plan a wellstructured, themed concert programme. We are looking for an enthusiastic MD who will be committed to the long-term development of the choir. Remuneration will be by arrangement and agreement. For application details and further information please contact: Anita Morris, 29 School Road, Wombourne, Staffs, WV5 9DZ Tel: 01902 897545 Email: or visit our website. Closing date for applications is September 11th.

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Codsall and Codsall Wood Codsall Plodders Golf Society. Monthly Midweek Venues. New Members Welcome Contact.Peter Davies. 07831 746 721 The Church in the Village Afternoon Tea The Forget me Not Club, Codsall 2-30pm. until 4-30pm. Wolverhampton Flower Arrangement Club Meet 2nd Tuesday each month at Codsall Village Hall 2.30pm New members welcome. Contact Secretary 01902 762098 Knit and Knatter. We meet every Wednesday from 6 til 8 pm at Codsall Village Hall. Contact Mandie on 07940 918105 for further details. Codsall Village Hall Tel 01902 843412 Rooms available for parties, weddings, meetings etc. Codsall ‘Morning’ Townswomen’s Guild Meet 3rd Tuesday of every month (excluding August) at 10.00a.m. in Codsall Village Hall. Codsall Writers Meet at Codsall Library – Tuesday 1pm – 3pm Information : Contacts: Maggie Storer: 01902 750406 Betty Taylor: 01902 842748 Afternoon Tea Forget me Not Club, Station Road, Codsall Last Friday in the month - Musical Entertainment, Fellowship, Sandwiches, Cakes, Trifle etc - Price £3.50 Contact 01902 845006 or 01902 845448 Codsall Artists Circle Codsall Village Hall Mondays 1pm - 4pm Call Margaret Bills Tel: 01902 256 357 Ladies Choir Meet Thursdays during term time 8pm at Codsall Forget-me-Not Club. New ladies made very welcome. Please call Jan Spencer on 01902 845944 or email Codsall Dramatic Society Meets every Wednesday from 8pm at Codsall Village Hall. New members always welcome. For further information contact Colin Peterson 01902 330549

Codsall Wood WI Meet 4th Thursday at St. Peter’s Hall,Codsall Wood WV8 1QS at 7.30pm. Contact M. Aspey 01902 843394 Membership £39 Visitors £3.50 CASS Living Well with Dementia Group Sessions are free to carers, cared for and their families. No booking required - just turn up on the day. Fourth Tuesday of the month Codsall Village Hall - 11am - 1pm Codsall Community High School Adult Education Courses Mon & Tues evenings For further information contact: Jayne Higgins Tel: 01902 907566 or 01902 907560 ext 247 Codsall Badminton Club We are a friendly, enthusiastic mixed club, looking for a few new members. We play, all year round, from 7.00-9.00 p.m. every Monday night at Codsall Leisure Centre. Fees £3.50 p.p. per night. If you are interested, please contact Sandra Harris on 01902-846355 Histons Players Amateur Dramatic Society meet Thursdays from 8pm at Trinity Community Centre, Histons Hill, Codsall. New members always welcome. For further information contact John Campbell 07410 469 806 or visit our website - Pheonix Club, Wolverhampton, for the Widowed Meets on a monthly basis at Codsall Village Hall on the second Sunday of each month at 7pm during Spring and Summer and 2.30pm during Autumn and Winter. Widows and widowers of ALL AGES are very welcome. Contact Anthea Frost 01952 462905 Clock Making & Hobby Eng. Leisure Group Tuesday Evenings 7pm-9pm at Codsall Community High School Contact Alan Taylor: 01902 843031 Codsall and Bilbrook Twinning AssociationDetails of a wide variety of events appear on our or email Ann Allan : or phone Ann on 01902 844660 Codsall Cricket Club 4 Junior & 3 adult teams. New players of all ages welcome. Based on Village Hall field and train through closed season until April when the season starts. For information email: website Railway Circle Meet first Wed each month at 7.30pm in Parish Rooms, Church Road, Codsall. Further information contact Roger Fletcher 01902 846383, Mike Morgans 845577 or Ray Jeff 842513

St. Peter’s Hall Codsall Wood Refurbished and available for hire for Meetings, Parties, Societies etc. Kitchen, CH, office, tables & chairs plus good car park. Contact Mrs B. Atkins 01902 842227 Codsall & Bilbrook History Society Meet Codsall Village Hall 7.45pm. Visitors welcome, admission £2 on the night. Busy Bees at Trinity Methodist Church Community Centre, Histons Hill, Codsall. Every Wednesday 1.30-3pm (Term time) For Parents, Grandparents and Childminders with their Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers. Contact Marie 01902 741 226 South Staffordshire Citizens Advice – Codsall The Council Offices, Wolverhampton Road, WV8 1PX - Drop in session every Thursday 10am-1pm. Free, confidential and impartial advice on issues including welfare benefits, debt,employment, housing, consumer rights, and family issues. Advice line tel: 03444 111 444 Codsall Forget-Me-Not Club for the over-60s Wednesdays 2.15 - 3.45pm Station Rd, Codsall. Transport available from Bilbrook, Codsall & Oaken. Enquiries: 01902 844 717 Codsall Library (Tel: 01902 842 764) Baby Bounce and Rhyme - songs and nursery rhymes suitable for babies with parents. Every Monday 10.00am - 10.30am Term Time Only - Free Codsall Writers Suitable for ages 16+ Every Tuesday 1pm-3pm Term Time Only. Contact Maggie Storer 01902 750406 or Betty Taylor 01902 842748 Story Time Suitable for pre-school children FREE Every Friday 10.30am - 11am Warhammer Gaming Club - Table top Fantasy and Sci-fi wargaming. Tables and equipment supplied. Feel free to bring your own Armies. Suitable for ages 9 to adult Every Saturday 10.30am - 1.00pm IT Buddy Drop-In Session Every Thursday 2pm4pm FREE Just drop-in Tuesday Evening Reading Group Suitable for ages 12+ FREE Third Tuesday every month 7pm-8pm Lunch Time Reading Group - Suitable for ages 16+ FREE Third Thursday every month 1pm-2pm

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Tel: 01902 791 474 Mobile: 07932 925 128 Codsall Kidz Club Codsall Youth Centre, Elliots Lane Before & After School Club and holiday play scheme age 4-12 Contact Sally 01902 847536 Codsall Gardening Society Meets at Codsall Village Hall on the last Tuesday of every month except August and December at 8.00pm New members are very welcome. Contact Janet Whigham 01902 844048 Whist Drive Every Monday excluding Bank Holidays 1.304.00pm at Codsall Village Hall. Refreshments included plus raffle. New members always welcome. For further information please phone 07971 310 463 or 01785 840 498 RSPB South West Staffordshire Local Group All indoor meetings 2nd Tuesday of month Sept to May at 8pm Codsall Village Hall. Visitors welcome (£3.00) Contact: Theresa Dorrance 01902 847041 2nd Codsall Scout Group Meet at Trinity Comunity Centre, Histons Hill Beavers(6-8) Mondays 6.00- 7.15 Cub Scouts(8-10 1/2) Thursdays 6.15-7.45 Scouts(10 1/2- 13) Thursdays 8.0-9.0 Contact-Memb Secretary-01902 570426

Bilbrook Knit & Natter Group Meet every Tuesday in Bilbrook Church Hall 2.004.00pm. Come along and learn new skills or pass on some of your own. For further information contact Rosemary on 01902 844954 Roots Youth Group for 9 – 13 year olds at Bilbrook Parish Centre on Fridays during Term Time from 6pm – 8pm - for more information please contact Mark Cadwallader on 01902 846 149 Bilbrook Friendship Club For the over 60s Wednesday Evenings 7.00pm at Bilbrook Parish Centre Contact Betty Fraser 01902 846 387 Baby, Toddler & Kids Yoga-fun & fitness Classes Banana Babies : 8 weeks to Crawling Cheeky Chimps: Crawling to 2 years Bilbrook Children’s Centre Contact Carol Crane on 07803 242 658 Friends of Bilbrook – volunteer group aiming to improve the open spaces within Bilbrook


St. Paul’s Fundraising Friday 22nd September at 7.30pm in Church: ‘Dig for Vengeance’ a Murder Mystery presented by the St. Paul’s Players. Ticket price of £15 includes a three course meal & a glass of wine. An important date for your diary! St. Paul’s Coffee Pop-Ins 10-12 noon each Saturday. Pop in for coffee, refreshments and a chat. Proceeds to be shared between St. Paul’s and other charities. Coven Forget-Me-Not-Club Meets Tuesdays 2-4pm at Coven Memorial Hall New Members Welcome. Over 55yrs Please contact Mrs Anne Hall - 01902 791485 1st Coven Scout Group Beavers and Cubs meet Tuesdays at St. Paul’s Church. Beavers 6pm-7pm, Cubs 7pm - 8.15pm Coven Craft Club Meets at Coven Memorial Hall every Monday 1pm - 3pm. Social group - card making, knitting, embroidery etc. Occasional outings and meals out. Contact Edna: 01902 790059 Coven WI Meet 2nd Tuesday in Coven Memorial Hall at 7.30pm Coven Brownies Meet Fridays at Coven Memorial Hall 6-7.15pm Coven Ramblers Full details on our website: www.coven-ramblers. including printable pdf details of each walk. Contact:

Bilbrook Village Hall, Joey’s Lane Available for hire for meetings, parties, etc. For enquiries or bookings please contact 07511 339 598 Dance Direct Social Evening Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dancing held at Bilbrook Village Hall Friday evening 8pm-10.45pm New members always welcome, for further information please call 01902 330147 Bilbrook W.I. Meet on the 3rd Monday in the month at Holy Cross Church Hall, Bilbrook Road from 2pm - 4pm. Visitors welcome. Bilbrook Play Group Meets at Bilbrook Village Hall Monday to Friday mornings 9.15am – 12.15pm during term time, for children aged from 2 years For details contact 07976 670218 Bilbrook Folk Dance Club Join us on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Holy Cross Church Hall (Nr Woodman Pub), Bilbrook Road Bilbrook WV8 1BT From 8.00pm to 10.15pm Also meet 4th Tuesday of the month at Wheaton Aston Village Hall. For further information contact Mike Whiting 01952 812601 Bilbrook Juniors Under 11 current school year six, train at Wobaston road every Saturday morning at 10am and Wednesday evenings during the summer months. If you are interested in training with us with a view to team selection contact Steve Harris on 07976 796013 or Dave Manning on 07967836575.

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Coven Mothers and Toddlers Meet Tuesdays and Thursday mornings at Coven Memorial Hall 9.30-11.00am Contact Brenda Rouwenhorst 01902 798969

Bishops Wood Tuesday drop-in club Every Tuesday in Bishops Wood Village Hall between 2 and 4pm. Come along and have a chat and a cuppa and play cards, darts, dominoes, scrabble etc. All ages welcome. Bishops Wood W.I. Meet third Tuesday each month at Village Hall 8pm Further information from Pamela Barham, 01785 841076 Brewood & Bishops Wood Ladies Luncheon Club Meet last Thursday each month 1pm at The Bradford Arms, Ivetsey Bank, Wheaton Aston Contact: Mrs V. Jackson 01785 840 256

Wheaton Aston Wheaton Aston Folk Dance Club 4th Tuesday of the month - American Contra and Traditional Aquare Dancing. 8-10pm Wheaton Aston Village Hall. Contact Mike Whiting 01952 812601 Bradford Arms Folk Club At The Bradford Arms, A5 at Ivetsey Bank, ST19 9QT Fridays from 8pm. See website for details and contacts

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Four-midable Aga Books National Powerboat Finals Spot Again A young Codsall powerboater will aim to land her first national crown after winning her fourth successive Midlands’ Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship Area title on Saturday (1 July). Aga Czartolomna, 12, who achieved a best-ever result of third overall at what was her third national finals last year, will again go head-to-head with the 12 other UK Area finalists in the 8-12 years age group at the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship grand final at the Southampton Boat Show on


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Little Treasures We are a community-based nursery attached to Trinity Methodist Church, on Histons Hill, in Codsall. A pre-school has been run on this site for almost 50 years and, whilst previously run by a voluntary church committee, the provision was taken over by a local nursery company, Little Treasures Nurseries, in September 2016. The Nursery Manager, Lisa, remained along with Debbie and they have been joined by Miss Kellie! Many local families remained too. In February this year Ofsted, unusually, gave us an inspection after just 5 months of opening as Little Treasures. We were delighted to have been awarded a GOOD after such a short time. This was a major achievement having retained the last ‘good’ given to Codsall Methodist Pre-school Nursery in 2015, despite the transition from voluntary committee-run to privately-run nursery. Our sessions are filled with fun, exciting and innovative activities based around topics which allow all children to learn through play. We enjoy messy times and outdoor fun and all children are encouraged to participate. Our ‘little treasures’ go home after each session with happy faces eager to tell parents all about their day. We continue to work very closely with the Church, visiting several times for celebrations such as Harvest Festival, Christmas and for mock weddings. We also involve the local community as much as we can, inviting the local Fire service, the lollipop lady, the local policeman and also visiting our local OAP group at Trinity Church, performing concerts for them when we can. We are passionate about the development and care of all children and have a great relationship with parents. We have several families returning to us with their younger children. Parents give outstanding reviews of our setting. Here are a few of them: “ I would highly recommend Little Treasures Nursery to anyone!! The staff are just so caring, thoughtful and each week they amaze children and parents with new and exciting activities. The children learn so much whilst having such fun. An excellent nursery setting with wonderful resources and amazing staff. Outstanding!” (Rebecca) “Such a wonderful nursery with a friendly family atmosphere. Our son loves it! Our daughter will be starting soon and she already wanders in every morning and starts playing happily. Cannot recommend highly enough.” (Erin) “My little girl loves nursery! Every morning I get “nursery mommy?” And she gets upset if she has to stay with me. She has come on so much since she’s been here. They have changed hands: however, the transition has been so smooth you wouldn’t even know. Debbie, Kelly and Lisa are a credit to Little Treasures!” (Carly) We offer term-time childcare for children 2, 3 and 4 years old in morning sessions from 9.15am-12.15pm. Have a look on our Facebook page to see some of the activities our children enjoy! For more details please contact Lisa on 07541336709


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