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Village News


December 2016

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Christmas Trees Festival at St. Nicholas’ Church Codsall St Nicholas’ Church in Codsall is holding its 5th Christmas Tree Festival this year on the 9th, 10th and 11th December. There are going to be over 30 trees lavishly decorated by different groups from the village and we can expect a wide range of styles. There will also be a Tree of Remembrance where special messages for loved ones can be written and hung on the tree. The Vicar of St. Nicholas, Rev’d. Simon Witcombe, said, “Each Christmas Tree Festival is special. There are always new trees to see, and lots of brilliant decorations. It’s also a lovely opportunity to be welcomed into the church at Christmas, and a great time to meet old friends and make new ones.” The Festival is officially being opened by Gavin Williamson MP at 2pm on Friday 9th December and the children’s choir of St Nicholas’ School will be performing afterwards. Refreshments such as mulled wine, homemade cakes and mince pies will be served throughout the weekend. Opening times: Friday 2pm-7pm, Saturday Noon-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm Admission: Adults £3, Under 16’s free.


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When the previous Chancellor of the Exchequer removed higher rate income tax relief from pensions, many higher earners lost a very valuable and lucrative tax break. The period of time that followed that move has led to a number of ‘other’ tax breaks being looked at and in some cases FOR ALL TYPES OF GAS REPAIR, re-visited in order to help not only the higher earner but also the astute individual who would like SERVICING AND INSTALLATION the opportunity to reduce or even fully mitigate some or all of their income tax liabilities. INCLUDING LPG, BOILERS, The sceptic in all of us may say, “It cant be done.” Well, in truth, the Government has COOKERS & FIRES provided a fully-approved and compliant scheme which can, and indeed does, exactly that - The Venture Capital Trust or VCT as it is better known. ALL TYPES OF GENERAL A VCT is normally made up of a portfolio of shares in companies whose shares trade on PLUMBING WORK UNDERTAKEN the London stock market. A VCT aims to make money by investing in some of the smaller companies that have passed the ‘fledgling’ stage but are now ready to take the next steps to grow into small BATHROOM FITTING SERVICE to medium size enterprises or SMEs . This is a vital and potentially lucrative area of the UK economy. Without funding from CALL YOUR LOCAL GAS ENGINEER the monies raised from these venture capitalists many companies who we now consider household PHIL SHEPHERD ON names would never have been able to raise the funds to enable their growth and prosperity and to ultimately become the darlings of the stock market that they may now enjoy. A VCT may invest in around 20 companies’ shares. Now I appreciate that the thought 3 Villa Farm, of you choosing such a portfolio of companies is daunting in the extreme, so we employ a team Kiddemore Green, Brewood of specialist portfolio managers to do the due diligence and research and then and only then will a GAS SAFE recommended portfolio be offered to the potential VCT investor. REGISTERED Reg. No. 532250 To encourage investors to this area, the government offers fantastic tax benefits to investors, the main one being tax relief of up to 30% on new money invested into the portfolio if held for five years. Another benefit is that any profits generated are paid to the investors as tax-free dividends; this can provide a very welcome income return for the VCT investor. Investing in this dynamic area makes VCTs an exciting investment proposition, but it also means they are inherently higher risk, as smaller companies can be prone to failure. VCT shares are difficult to buy and sell - the market price may not reflect the value of the underlying investments. The value of the shares will fluctuate, income is not guaranteed and you could get back less than you invest. VCTs are therefore aimed at wealthier, sophisticated investors who can afford to take a long-term view. The prospectus of each VCT will give full details of the risks involved.

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Ringing in the Changes for 2017 at Bonds of Brewood Martin Bond, Director of the local Kitchen Bedroom & Bathroom company Bonds of Brewood, has anounced that following recent health issues he will retire from the Businness from the end of 2016. Martin said to Village News, “It has been a pleasure to work with so many local customers over the years and I regard them all as freinds.” Bonds of Brewood is well-known locally and its team is nationally recognised as being one of the Top 20 independent installation companies in the U.K. Geoff Bryett, who has been a main partner in the business and is well known to Bonds’ customers, will take over the directorship of the company. Geoff spoke to Village News: “Bonds built its reputation by undertaking every aspect of the project for the customer. From the first enquiry through the design process, purchasing all of the product & materials and on to total completion with full decoration and waste management. You can truly go on holiday and come home to a new kitchen, bedroom or bathroom when Bonds of Brewood take on your refurbishment. Our team will continue to offer the same exemplary service to all our customers past and future. Our advice and design service will continue to be free and without obligation. As we approach the January Sales our customers can be assured that we will be available with design advice for thier new room projects to help them get the best results and value for money.”

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December in the Garden

Cut & Potted Christmas Trees now in stock

As the weather suddenly turned cooler in November it’s time to finish off those tidying up jobs and preparations for winter in the Plant Arrangements garden. Remove leaves from around roses and Gift-Wrapped FOC other deciduous plants and put onto the compost heap. Borders can then be mulched with Wide range of houseplants compost, well rotted manure or bark. Make sure Cyclamen, Poinsettias, hosepipes are drained and stored in the dry beAzalea and many more fore we get frosts, cover outdoor taps to prevent freezing. So long as there’s no frost in the ground you can still plant bare root hedging, and for winter colour why not add shrubs such as Pernettyas, Skimmias or Sarcoccoa. Continue planting pansies, wallflowers and winter bedding - the sooner it’s done now the better. Cover susceptible shrubs with fleece – Cordylines, Phormiums, Hebes and Tree Ferns. As the end of November approaches, many people start to purchase the traditional Christmas house plants. One of the best is the Poinsettia. It gives instant colour in a room. Give them good light during the day and a warm room at all times. Only water when the soil is dry and never stand in water for longer than 10 minutes. For a cooler room the brightly coloured cyclamen is ideal. They require good light at all times. Only water just as the foliage begins to droop and make sure that any excess water is removed after 15 minutes. There’s also the Christmas Cherry with its shiny red-orange berries. Azaleas will flourish in either a warm or cool room and are very easy to keep. Freshly cut Christmas trees are available from the end of November. Place in a stand or pot that can be kept moist, as warm temperatures and dry air inside make the tree absorb water very quickly. Keep away from hot radiators, open fires and TV sets. Our spectacular Christmas display will be up and running from mid October. There’s a vast array of baubles, garlands, lights and cherry blossom trees and if you don’t want a real tree, there’s an excellent range of artificial ones. Becoming more popular over the last few years are the lit ornaments – battery and mains powered and available for indoor and outdoor use – these are animals, vases, santas and snowmen and a vast array of coloured lights. Ann Winwood - Lealans Garden Centre

Dance in the New Year for a Good Cause

Hi, my name is Lisa Woolridge. I am the local Ambassador for Macmillan Cancer Support. I’m holding an event in support of Macmillan at Mercure Hatherton House Hotel, Pinfold Lane, Penkridge on New Years Eve. It is dress-to-impress, no jeans or trainers. I’m sure we have all been touched by cancer in one way or another. I said farewell to my mother-in-law this year due to this horrible disease. To carry her flame, and the flame of many others, let’s celebrate this forthcoming year with a bang! Please come and join us in this worthwhile cause. Tickets are £30 each and this includes hot/cold buffet and top DJ to the rich and famous, Midnight Exploding Cannons, Countdown Screens plus more. We have been given special rates for those wanting to stay over at the hotel £65.00 per double room including breakfast. Don’t miss this opportunity by waiting to see what New Year brings. Make it happen – book it now. Invite your family and friends. Limited number of tickets. Contact Lisa Woolridge 07837 140 630

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Brewood Grand Formal Opening Brewood Community Library 3pm to 5pm Wednesday 21st December Come and join us for a coffee and mince pie at the formal opening of Brewood Community library. Christmas Coffee Morning St Mary & St Chad’s Church, Brewood Saturday 3rd December 10am-12noon Books, Art, sales Table, Guess the money in the Pot, (cash prize for nearest amount), Potted Hyacinths, Raffle, Coffee/Tea and Mince Pies New Brewood Theatre Group are pleased to announce that we are fully booked for The Mousetrap and also Queen. For further details please contact either Gill Collins on 01902 850864 email gilljc2012@ 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 Brewood Church Choir Practise every Wednesday from 7pm-8pm in Church House. New members very welcome Contact Dennis Cornes on 01902 850787 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.

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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 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 Badminton Club Relocated at Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre Mondays 6-8pm. Adults up to any age. Contact Margaret Garbett 01902 864001 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 Junior Football Club FA Chartered club with FA coaches. Teams for 7-16 year olds. More details contact Mac Webb 01902 850671 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 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 Brewood Afternoon W.I. Meet second Monday each month 2pm downstairs in the Jubilee Hall. Contact 01902 850575 Movie Time in Brewood Jubilee Hall For further information please call 01902 843575 Doors open 6:45pm Film starts 7:30pm prompt. At the door £4:00 Light Refreshments available. 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.

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Brewood & District Inner Wheel Meet every 3rd Wednesday in the month. Further details please contact Jenny Taylor 01902 851913 Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 For all non-urgent calls to the police, ring 101. Brewood Chess Circle Meet Tuesday 7.30pm at St. Mary’s (RC) Church Hall, Wharf Lane. New members welcome at all levels. Contact John Fenby 01902 753434 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. 2nd Brewood Scout Group Meetings are held as follows 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 South Staffordshire Naturalists’ Society Indoor Meetings alternate Mondays 7.30pm at Wolverhampton Cricket Club, Danescourt Road, Tettenhall. WV6 9BJ. September to March. Outdoor Meetings March to October. Walks on Saturday or Sunday at a gentle pace to give time to observe wildlife. Contact: Pauline Keates 01902 850 536 or


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Brewood Pilates

The Neutral Zones of the Spine and Pelvis At Brewood pilates many of the exercises require you to start and finish with your pelvis and spine in their natural ‘neutral’ positions. For some of the exercises you may be asked to keep these positions but for others you may be moving the spine and pelvis out of neutral. Although the spine and the pelvis are interrelated, they are not the same thing. Joesph Pilates’ original teachings have been adapted and modified over the years to current medical knowledge. He actually believed that a healthy spine was a “straight’’ spine without curves. We know now that this is not the case; however, he was correct in his belief of elongating the spine. The natural curves of the spine develop during early childhood and allow the spine to absorb some of the shock that would otherwise be transmitted up to our heads when we moved. In order for us to remain standing upright, the deep postural muscles of the body are constantly working and one of the benefits of Pilates is that you strengthen these muscles and Improve posture, Strengthen muscles therefore standing tall with a “lengthened’’ spine becomes easier. Improve flexibility, Greater joint mobility In summary we are aiming for a spine that is able to retain its natural curves in an elongated S-shape. As forces are constantly trying to Lower stress levels, Increase bone density compress our spine including gravity, poor posture and age, we can help Improve body tone, Increase confidence to reverse these affects by creating more space between the vertebrae. It is those parts of the spine where one curve meets the next that are the most vulnerable. Registered BackCare® Professional There are a number of exercises that will enable you to find these 0787 508 2411 • ‘neutral’ positions, however it may take several weeks to maintain as often the deep stabilising muscles are weak whilst other muscles are holding sion. These positions should eventually feel natural and comfortable. During a Pilates session we do not always stay in these neutral positions. Joesph Pilates wanted our spines to move in a controlled segmental way and therefore we are also aiming for a spine that is both stable and mobile. In order to carry out our normal daily activities we need to be able to bend forwards, backwards, side to side and to twist. At Brewood Pilates we will help you learn how to control and articulate your spine through these different movements. For more information about Brewood Pilates please contact Siobhan Gray on 0787 508 2411 or visit Codsall Wood Whist Club Wednesday evenings in Jubilee Hall, Brewood 7.00pm Visitors welcome Tel: 850695 or 851008 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 OUTINGS GROUP For details of outings and to reserve your place please phone Brenda Tyler 01902 844616

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Brewood Indoor Bowling Short Mat Bowling for the over-50s. Tuesdays 7pm In Jubilee Hall. New members welcome 01902 850858 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. 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 Church. Thank you Brewood Acoustic Music Club Meet every Thursday at Brewood Cricket Club 8pm 1st December Singers’ Night with Will 8th December - Singers’ Night with Paul 15th December - Singers’ Night with Chris 22nd December - Christmas Party with pro Tempore. Members Only and ticket needed with Karen & John 29th December - CLOSED Happy Christmas and New Year Contacts - Will :01902 850422 or Dave: 01902 844394

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Crown Green Bowling in Brewood We have now reached our phase one funding target and work is due to start on the green in September - so we should be bowling on our own green next summer. We are now working towards the funding for phase two which is a small club house. For more information on and/or a membership form for the club please get in touch with Helen on 01902 850188 or via The Brewood Singers Meet every Thursday from 8pm at the Jubilee Hall in Brewood. They are a popular, forward looking, mixed choral group who are interested in singing light popular music as a hobby. For further information about joining or making a booking contact Pat Mumford on 01902 850377 Play Bingo Mondays in the Jubilee Hall at 7.45pm Good Prize Money, Raffle - New members welcome – 70p AWAY DAYS : with Somerford Travel For eighteen years Somerford Travel has been organising outings and holidays from the pickup points of Brewood and Coven. For further information ring: 01902 850963 or 01902 790479 Jubilee Hall Site Supervisor Emma Cornes - 07702 022 370


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Penkridge Peace Memorial Hall, Penkridge presents a Band & Carol Evening with The Wilnecote St. John Band Saturday 17th December - 7pm for 7.30pm start Tickets £6.00 to include seasonal light refreshments Tickets available from Val Webb: 01785 713284 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: PACE 2000 Exercise and Healthy Lifestyle over 50s group in 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 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 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 will be ‘Our Noble Selves – The People of Penkridge’ 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.


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Call Trafalgar Properties Today on: 01785 716 800 We have a substantial mailing list of prospective tenants waiting for a property like yours. Swamp Conservation Group Looks after open access land between Grange Crescent and St. Michael’s Close. Co-ordinator Bevan Craddock 01785 712733 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. Penkridge & District Round Table Organisers of Santa’s Sleigh, 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: Twitter: @PenkridgeRT 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 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

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. 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 or Donald Briggs 01785 712355. The Staffordshire Rock and Blues Club Bringing live music to Penkridge. The Club plans to have different groups on every month. 10th Dec - The (not so) Acoustic Who at The Monckton Recreation Centre, Pinfold Lane, Penkridge. ST19 5QP Tickets are available at the centre or at Green Dog Vaping, Market Street, Penkridge.

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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 St. John Ambulance Meet Monday evenings in Room 29, Haling Dene Badgers 5-10yrs 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 Jean James 01902 782562 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

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 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. 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 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

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As we gallop towards the festive season the check list of ‘things-to-do’ grows ever longer. So why not put a few ticks on the list with a visit to Piper Nurseries?

Well known as plant growers since 1947, Piper’s offer a large selection of winter bedding as well as home-grown cyclamen and poinsettias in a range of colours. Decorate your rooms and the front door with our presentation bowls and Christmas wreaths. We have a great selection of real Christmas trees to bring that lovely scent of pine into your home, and decorations from Sass and Belle including our collection of original and exquisite baubles and Christmas gifts. Our Craft Village is now full of exciting Christmas gifts and includes a florist, candles, a spiritualist, miniature gardening world, antiques and curios, German globe bowls and unusual gifts. We are also stockists of the well-known “Splash” clothing- from country to sporty, humorous and fun-printed clothing for all ages, all excellent Christmas presents. As a traditional Garden Centre we offer a wide range of pots, compost and sundries. The roses are now in stock; fruit trees, bushStockists of Sass and Belle Christmas decorations. es and a wide range of new perennials and Visit and admire our collection of original and exquisite, shrubs are now ready. beautifully-designed baubles and Christmas gifts in our After all that, if you feel like a sit down with festive area. a cup of tea, bowl of hot soup or light lunch, Cyril’s Tea Room is open daily from 10am to Christmas presentation bowls, wreaths, 5 pm and will cater for all your requirements. memorial posies and bowls available. So get into the festive spirit and visit Piper Primroses & Winter Bedding. Nurseries for a great Christmas shopping Spring-flowering bulbs. Home-grown experience and put a few more ticks on the Christmas list. cyclamen and poinsettias in a range of

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St. Michael’s Church, Penkridge, Christmas Tree Festival - 7th to 10th December Christmas Tree festivals in Churches and Cathedrals have grown in popularity over recent years and many are now opening up their doors and staging such events in the run up to the festive season. Now Penkridge is no different! Many local community groups and individuals have been invited to get involved by decorating a Christmas tree in a theme which represents their organisation, to be displayed in the 13th Century parish church of St Michael’s and All Angels, Penkridge at their very own Christmas Tree Festival. The dates of the festival are Wednesday 7th December through to Saturday 10th December. During the festival’s four days, over 40 Christmas trees will be displayed, all beautifully decorated in a selection of styles and themes which portray our local community, and can be viewed throughout the day and evenings. To complement the displays St Michael’s First School Choir will be singing on Wednesday afternoon, AGE UK visiting us on Thursday and various community groups’ Carol Services, including Leisurely Ladies, on the Thursday afternoon. On Friday evening we have a communityled group of singers performing Graham Kendrick’s Christmas musical, Kingswood Business Park Albrighton Rumours of Angels. Saturday morning sees our Café Church offer a festive coffee morning with Christmas crafts to keep the children busy whilst Wolverhampton WV7 3AU others can enjoy the refreshments. In the afternoon we even have a local couple getting married to the backdrop of the trees decorating the church. The Christmas Festival concludes with a “tea time” family Christmas sing-a-long (with a shared supper) where we will be able to enjoy singing all your Christmas favourites ranging from White Christmas to When Santa got stuck up the Chimney. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be available throughout the festival. Whatever your age, it will certainly be fun! More details of St Michael’s Christmas Tree Festival, including a full list of activities and times, can be found on the church web site www. and follow the link. Come and be part of this new exciting venture for the village and community of Penkridge


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A Date For Your Diary This year’s Codsall Christmas Fair will take place on Friday 2nd December. Building on the success of last year, there will be even more stalls and exciting attractions as well as all the traditional events. More details will shortly be announced but you might like to put the date into your diary now! 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. 16th December - Georgie 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 at Codsall Crafts & Models on 01902 847565 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 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

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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 Chris Smith 01902 741 821 Clock Making & Hobby Eng. Leisure Group Tuesday Evenings 7pm-9pm at Codsall Community High School Contact Alan Taylor: 01902 843031 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 except August at St. Peter’s Hall, 7.30pm. Contact M. Aspey 01902 843394 Membership £36 Visitors £3 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. Contact Andy Cousins 01902 750 456 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 third Tuesday each month at Codsall Village Hall 7.45pm Visitors welcome. Contact Judy Davies 01902 847 213 Tuesday Dec 20th -Short AGM / Old Codsall and events through the lens of old movies : John Last. From the 1970s onwards John has been filming Codsall and some of its notable events like the Bilbrook Scout Carnival and High School Summer Fair. A members only evening. 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 Pre-schoolers. Contact Marie 01902 741 226 South Staffordshire Citizens Advice – Codsall Codsall Library, 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

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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 Storytime - Suitable for pre-school children Every Friday 10.30am - 11.00am Term Time Only - Free 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 Reading Group - read and talk about books First Thursday of every month 10.30am - 11.30am - Free Lunch Time Reading Group - Free Third Thursday of every month 1.00pm - 2.00pm Tuesday Evening Reading Group - read and talk about books - Free Third Tuesday of every month 7.00pm - 8.00pm Codsall Methodist Pre-School Nursery Meets 5 mornings a week during term time 9-12 at Trinity Community Centre, Histons Hill age 2-5 yrs Contact 07527 120 717 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 Codsall Community High School Adult Education Courses Mon & Tues evenings For further information contact: Jayne Higgins Tel: 01902 907566 or 01902 907560 ext 247 (please note new telephone number)

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Off to the Races My name is Clive France. I am a retired gentleman in my sixties and have been passionate about National Hunt Racing for many years. I am planning to set up a local Horse Racing Club based in Coven. I have been in various partnerships and syndicates over time so have some experience. I would organise things like race days, stable visits, tipping competitions, a Cheltenham Festival Preview Night with guest speakers – a good social aspect of the Club. We could meet every 2 weeks or once a month, whatever suits, probably at a venue in Brewood. Membership would be limited to about 20 and costs would be about £2.50 per week. If you are interested please contact me on 01902 703513 or email

Bilbrook 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. Social Tea Dance Held at Bilbrook Village Hall every Tuesday afternoon 1.30pm – 3.30pm New members are very welcome. Contact: Bob on 01543 502951 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 Friends of Bilbrook – volunteer group aiming to improve the open spaces within Bilbrook

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Coven Sunday Lunch Club A club organised by volunteers, to provide a 2 course Sunday lunch for Senior Citizens. The Lunch Club is held on the first Sunday of every month at Coven Court, Moors Drive, Coven. If you or someone you know would like Sunday lunch in a friendly atmosphere and to make new friends, please telephone Moira on 01902 703528 or Pam on 01902 790421. 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 Coven Scouts Meet Wednesdays 6.30-8pm at St. Paul’s First School Contact Karen (Leader) 07952 930 266 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: Coven Mothers and Toddlers Meet Tuesdays and Thursday mornings at Coven Memorial Hall 9.30-11.00am Contact Brenda Rouwenhorst 01902 798969

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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 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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“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” The most magically lit-up time of the year is approaching sooner than we anticipated and we are kind of excited about it. Especially since Dar have dropped their amazing Christmas collection that everyone at Lighting R Us are just drooling over. Decorative lighting has been given a whole new meaning thanks to giant wooden trees and large golden stars filled with baubles and LED lights. Forget your average wreaths and fairy lights, Santa has certainly come to town with Dar’s festive range of decorative lighting. The holiday-themed products add some modern Christmas spirit into your home, and while we all love our tacky decorations that we use every single year, they’re a thing of the past now. The great thing about the range is that they suit all colour schemes for your home! We have the gorgeous golden browns for warmer schemes such as reds, yellows, beiges etc. and the sparkling silver tones for your greys, purples, blues etc. Our personal favourites from the collection are the Wooden LED Pyramid with Hologram Foil, coming in heights of 57cm and 88cm. Our lighting experts here at Lighting R Us suggest teaming them both up and making a corner feature of your living room. Let them stand tall on a table or keep them low key on the floor. From there they work the magic for you, bringing the wow-factor to your living space and making all your family and friends envious. The best thing about these charming lights is not only are they modern and stylish, they are all battery operated. Finally, a way to display dazzling Christmas lights without the hassle of wires, wires and more wires. Most people don’t exactly look forward to their electricity bill when the holidays are over, but Dar’s stunning range is a perfect solution to beat the high costs during the high season. The factor that tops off the Christmas collection, to make it as wonderful as it, is how you can choose almost any pieces for your home and when you team them together for a dashing display, they always look like a match. Six of the products from the collection all have the same hologram effect, in the same silver colour, meaning you can position them all around the room and it will give your living room a festive lease of life. The same applies to the LED stars: selecting any products of a similar colour arrangement give you a decorative match that’s too perfect to deprive your house of. If you like the look of Dar’s Christmas range then come visit our lighting showroom in Aldersley, Wolverhampton, to see them in full effect, as well as browsing through the brochure at the full collection which you can also view on our website. As well as our extensive range of quality lighting we also have qualified electricians available for all your electrical needs using our parent company Central Electrical Contracts Ltd.

News from Codsall Village Hall

Following our success in raising the funds to install much needed car park lighting, the Committee members at the Hall (all volunteers) have launched another big fundraising project. This is another badly needed and, unfortunately, expensive one. The main toilets at the hall are ancient (almost fit for a museum) and in desperate need of modernisation. Therefore a complete refit is needed, from the parts you can see, to the parts you can’t (and possibly wouldn’t want to!). We were lucky to have the project included in the Express and Star’s ‘Cash for your Community’ award scheme and at the time of writing are waiting to hear how much has been awarded. We have a “Wishing Toilet” (having no available well on the site!). There is also the compulsory chart on the wall to show our progress, £5,000 so far, a long way to go to £20.000! On Saturday 10th December we will be holding our first ever Christmas event for children and families from 11.00 - 16.00, produced by Mystical Productions. Entrance is 50p, and £3 per child to meet Santa and receive a present. Father Christmas will be in his grotto, complete with elves. There will be a raffle, 30ft inflatable children’s slide, children’s films, cards to make, singalong with Elsa, refreshments and other attractions. The Marston Singers will open the event to add to the Christmas spirit. It promises to be a fun few hours for all the family. Further details are available on our website and are widely publicised. Please see email:


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A Busy Time for Friends We’ve had a very busy, and very productive time at the Friends of Bilbrook. There have been lots of improvements made to the Jubilee Wood recently. As part of a joint CSR project with Vinci Construction and Jaguar Land Rover; new benches, information boards, a wheelchair RADAR access gate and a wild flower meadow have been installed. The information boards inform visitors of the layout, facilities, history, flora and fauna of the wood. We hope to extend the wildflower meadow each year along the side of the paths and these will provide even more nectar and food for our flying insects. We have continued in out battle against the invasive Himalayan Balsam with students from Codsall Community High School and the National Citizens Scheme getting stuck in. They all worked really hard and made a massive dent in the numbers of plants which have taken over the banks of the Moat Brook. Recently we carried out a small mammal survey with South Staffordshire College and pupils from Lane Green School. Wood mice, common shrew, bank and field voles were found in abundance. Earlier on in the summer we had the first of our annual bat walks with village residents and the Staffordshire Bat Group and identified common and soprano Pippistrelle as well as Noctule bats. A few weeks ago we hosted 10 volunteers from Tarmac Building Products. The ladies helped us to mulch some of the trees as well as rake up grass in our hay meadow. The weather was lovely and everyone had a great day working in the outdoors. We continue to monitor the Moat Brook for water quality and very healthy it is. Kingfishers and otters have been spotted recently. Soon we will be planting bulbs around the village again, thanks to a generous donation of bulbs from South Staffs Council. Early next year we will be holding a joint litter pick with Bilbrook Parish Council. All are welcome to attend and all equipment is provided. Very soon our new website will be going live after its makeover and we’re very excited about that. It will connect all the platforms which we currently use i.e. Twitter and Facebook to the website,making our publicity work easier for us to manage. A big thank you to Renata Walton at who has donated her time to make this happen. So lots going on in Bilbrook and as always we could do with even more if we had more volunteers. It would be especially nice if we had more residents from Bilbrook helping us in our mission to improve the open spaces of the village. If you do want to help please get in touch either through Facebook, twitter, our website, or email us at To advertise call 01524 782470 or 07540 257743

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