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February 2021

Village News S E R V I C E S


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ESTABLISHED IN THE AREA OVER 20 YEARS For cost-effective local advertising call 07540 257743 Deadline for March 2021 edition 10th February COMPUTER PROBLEMS - NEED HELP? INSTALLATION✓ TROUBLESHOOTING✓ REPAIRS✓ SUPPORT✓

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Blood donation update - the 16th donation at Lancaster 


As the end of 2020 approached I would probably have completed my Platelets20in20 challenge quite easily if had not been for the coronavirus. Unfortunately, I lost nearly 4 months of not being able to donate so I have only donated at 16 NHSBT centres the latest being on the 21st December at Lancaster. I want to remind you of my objectives for doing the challenge. My first priority was to raise  awareness of  blood donations and encourage some people to become donors for the first time. Secondly to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and I am pleased to say to date people have donated via justgiving £2780 plus gift aid.  I would again like to thank Robbie Byrne for his excellent support during the year. It was his idea for me to do the challenge, and he has promised me he will become a donor.

Robbie Byrne

Mark Smith

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I have been involved with Brewood CC’s John Tett and his Platelets20in20 challenge from the start. It is a great challenge to raise awareness and need for blood donation and, at the same time, raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. The challenge was started prior to Covid. Blood plasma donations can be used to help treat Covid patients and you can read more about it at https://www.nhsbt.uk/how-you-can-help/convalescent-plasma-clinical-trial/ To help the challenge I decided to ride 1083 miles in a virtual world from Lands End to John O’Groats. It was a tough challenge for me where I rode the furthest I have ever ridden in a day, climbed the highest I have ever climbed in a day and cycled the furthest I have ever cycled in a month.


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Nissan Navara By Sue Cooke

My son’s friend commented that it was unusual to see a middle aged woman driving a pick-up I had jumped down from the driving seat of a Nissan Navara I had on road test. But I absolutely love this pick up and have to admit to having a big grin on my face while driving. I swung myself up into the cabin for many reasons during my road test week. I booked a space at the skip and filled the cargo area. I easily rear parked between the narrow parking lines using the large rear view camera and rear parking sensors. Driving around my little village was a bit different as the length of the pick-up is longer than the allotted space given to park. However, I was quite surprised at the many manoeuvres this sizeable yet agile vehicle was able to accomplish. Around town technology includes Hill start assist, hill descent control, intelligent emergency braking and the intelligent around view monitor. In the cabin behind the wheel of the Navara, it is pin drop quiet and it feels like driving a compact SUV. It is only when you get out that you have to remind yourself there is a little jump and the back of the trousers can get a little dirty if it’s a muddy day. And if you encounter slippery wet road conditions, then the offroader AT32 uses full underbody shielding which has been upgraded to a lightweight aluminium material. New 31.6’ Nokian tyres have been fitted for improved fuel economy and emissions. Even an air intake snorkel is available which increases the maximum wading depth to a massive 800mm. Ground clearance has increased by 20mm. Nissan’s Go Anywhere campaign sums up the versatility of the Navara, whether you need an agile off roader or a stylish urban mover. I will really miss this pick-up.

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SERVICES AVAILABLE • Servicing & MOT’s • Timing Belts • Diagnostics • Clutches & Gearboxes • Tyres & Puncture Repair • Air Con Re-Gas Call James Abbott @ Village Motor Services Brewood Kiddermore Green Road, Brewood ST19 9BQ Telephone: 07811 181270 www.vmsbrewood.co.uk

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P.L. Plumbing & Heating Based in Claregate YOUR LOCAL SPECIALIST

Quality Service for: Kitchens • Bathrooms • Central Heating All Gas Repairs, Service & Maintenance No Job Too Small

Tel: 01902 823 647 Mobile: 07929 590 358

Craig’s Carpentry Services All aspects of Carpentry covered Internal and External Kitchens and Bedrooms Tel:01902 790802 Mobile:07977 416 065 E: craig.trueman@hotmail.co.uk

Holiday Advice from your local Travel Expert - Gilly Bachelor Firstly, let me wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year. Yet again, we find ourselves in the midst of a national lockdown, and whilst the rapid rollout of the vaccines is really encouraging, it has left a lot of you concerned about the holidays you have already booked for 2021 (many rebooked from 2020), and many others desperate to have ‘something to look forward to’. My door has been open throughout these challenging times to help and advise you (regardless of how and where you booked!), and this will remain the case, though right now it is a ‘virtual’ door until lockdown restrictions are lifted, but I’m always at the end of an email or phone to help and reassure you where I can. If you’ve already got a holiday booked then you will need to speak to whoever you booked with to discuss your options; however, I will be able to advise you in broad terms about your rights under the Package Travel Regulations, and in regard to ABTA and ATOL protection, where they apply. If you’re booking a holiday right now, the key is ‘flexibility’, it’s ESSENTIAL you understand your rights to amend, or cancel your booking. So, unless you’re really confident that you fully understand the complex terms and conditions, I would encourage you not to book online, but to speak to someone to get the answers and reassurances you need,

Steve The Mole Pest Control

ideally confirmed in writing! Right now, I’m really busy, and Lapland 2021 (and 2022) is one of my biggest sellers. There are soooo many options for Lapland, and as a specialist I’m able to recommend and book the perfect trip. Everything was cancelled for 2020, so with so many bookings moved in to 2021, availability is already really limited, so if you’re considering it get in touch today! I’m also putting together a lot of long-haul itineraries for later in the year (and into 2022) to destinations including Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Mauritius, the Maldives and the Caribbean islands. The great thing is these trips can be secured on a small deposit (from £99) with flexibility to cancel without penalty. If you want the reassurance of planning and booking your holiday with someone that’s local, passionate about travel,and customer service, then please get in touch. E: gilly.bachelor@notjusttravel.com M: 07970 102161

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No deposits or exchange of cash until your carpet or flooring is fitted and you are completely satisfied. Bringing the Carpet Showroom to your door Offering the best in personal service direct to you - our customer! Get peace of mind by dealing directly with the owners of the Company, Mike or Ray Quinn.

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Lollipop Theatre Arts Jubilee Hall. Youth theatre company ages 6-21. Sing, dance, act & perform in a safe and friendly environment. Sundays 10am - 2pm (term time). Contact Lucy-Ellen on 07984 598589 or 01902 850788 or www.thelollipoptheatreschool.co.uk Brewood Afternoon WI Come along and make new friends, we meet 2nd Monday each month, Jubilee Hall 2pm till 4pm. Visitors always welcome. Contact brewoodafternoonwi@ gmail.com or 01902 248178 Brewood Cricket Club Deansfield Road Brewood, ST19 9HX. Bar open every Friday and Saturday. Senior, junior, women and girls’ teams. brewoodccjuniors@outlook.com New members welcome. Room for hire. Brewood Men’s Fitness Club Come along for a taster session, we meet on Thursday’s at St Dominic’s Sports Hall between 7.30 and 9pm and welcome new faces. For more information phone or text Mark Jones on 07946 393571. Brewood Chess Circle Meet at British Legion Brewood, Tuesdays 7.30pm. Contact Roger Grainger on 01785 714301 or email roggrainger@btinternet.com The Brewood Singers - Every Thursday 8pm, Angel Room, Jubilee Hall, Brewood. Mixed-voice, 4-part choir who aspire to a high standard and enjoy singing as a hobby. All welcome. For further information contact Jen Beardsmore on 07900 693 754\ Midlands Chorale in Brewood Jubilee Hall Friendly SATB Chamber Choir. 18 rehearsals per year on Saturdays 10am to 1pm. We PAY 15-21 year olds who sing with us. Ring Gren on 01902 850175 or see www.midlandschorale.co.uk Jubilee Hall Site Supervisor Kim Sisson - 07702 022 370 www.brewoodjubileehall.btck.co.uk New Brewood Theatre Group For further details please contact either Gill Collins on 01902 850864 email gilljc2012@gmail.com or Pauline Keates on 01902850536 email paulinejkeates@hotmail.co.uk Brewood W.I. meet on the first Wednesday of each month except August, in the Jubilee Hall at 7.30 pm. This is an opportunity to meet new friends and learn new skills.Visitors are always welcome. Want more information? email brewoodwi@yahoo.com

Adverts in What’s On 5 Lines for £30 a year Unwanted Currency & Stamps raising funds for St Mary & St Chad Church, Brewood. British or foreign notes and coins, including pre-decimalisation £sd or pre-Euro currencies of any age or type, together with stamps. Please contact Shirley Snow 01902 851533 Crown Green Bowling in Brewood Engleton Lane. For information on learning to bowl, green opening times, membership, functions and fundraising campaigns contact Helen on 01902 850188 or brewoodbowlingclub@gmail.com AWAY DAYS : with Somerford Travel Organising outings and holidays from the pickup points of Brewood and Coven. Outings second Wed each month. New members welcome. For further information ring: 01902 850963 or 01902 790479 Brewood Junior Football Club FA Chartered club with FA coaches. Teams for 7-16 year olds. More details contact Mac Webb 01902 850671 Brewood Indoor Bowling Short Mat Bowling for the over-50s. Tuesdays 6.45pm in Jubilee Hall. New members very welcome, all equipment provided. Contact Steve 01902 850858 for details 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. South Staffordshire Naturalists’ Society Indoor meetings alternate Mondays 7.30 at Wolverhampton Cricket Club, September - March. Wildlife walks Sat/Sun April - October. Contact Pauline Keates 01902 850536

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 Scout Group Contact Peter Plowright 01902 850009 Beavers (6-8yrs) Wednesdays 6.00-7.10pm Cubs (8-10yrs) Wednesdays 7.20 - 8.45pm Scouts (10-14yrs) Fridays 7.00-9.00pm Explorers (14-18yrs) Fridays 7.00-9.00pm 2nd Brewood Brownies. Meet term time only on Tuesday evenings 5.45-7pm at St Dominics Grammar School Brewood. For girls aged 7-10 years. Contact Kim Potts 07967 503387. 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. Please contact 01902 850536 for further details. Brewood Bellringers Every Tuesday 7.45pm at the church. A great fun, team hobby. FREE teaching and practice for everyone. New members wanted. Ring Steve 07860551830 Email brewoodbellringers@gmail.com Brewood Acoustic Music Club Meet every Thursday at Brewood Cricket Club 8pm Contacts - Will :01902 850422 Dave: 01902 844394 www.brewoodacousticmusic.com

Please use the contact details in this section to check Clubs’ status during the pandemic


Tree Felling Pruning Reshaping Crown Reduction Tree Work Hedge Trimming Stump Grinding Fencing and Woodchip

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We also Repair & Service Chainsaws & Strimmers Replacement chains and sharpening service


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www.morfevalley.com Trees are our business!


We specialise in high quality Tree Maintenance, Tree Works, Surveys and Consultancy Work throughout Staffordshire and the surrounding area. Services include all aspects of tree works, Tree Inspections, Surveys and Reports to aid development BS 5837:2012, Tree Risk, Mortgage and Insurance. Over 20 years’ experience in the industry within the Public and Private sectors. Fully insured, trained and qualified with £5 million public liability and £1 million professional indemnity. All work conforms to BS 3998:2010 Tree Work – Recommendations For a free quotation, please contact: Craig Watkins Tel: 01902 701057 Mobile: 07870 602501 Email: trees@morefevalley.com

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Professionally Trained for: Felling Trees, Hedgecutting, Removal, Conifer Topping, Planting and General Tree Pruning Fully Insured Free Quotations Contact:

Robert Keay Mobile:

01785 712803 07968 956745

Penkridge Penkridge Junior Football Club - Soccer School Saturday mornings - 3G pitch at Penkridge Leisure Centre. Boys and girls aged 5-7 who would like to play football - Please contact Paul Mallaband 07887 625971 or paulmallaband@yahoo.co.uk Penkridge Voices Choir Practise Fridays at 7.30pm at Methodist Church Social Room, Clay Street, Penkridge. Contact Margaret Edwards 01785 714331 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 Parkinson’s Support Group Meet at Haling Dene on the 4th Wednesday in the month 10am - 12.30pm Contact: 01785 712008

Bishops Wood Bishops Wood Tuesday Club. A warm welcome every Tuesday afternoon 2-4pm in our Village Hall. A craft group, Scrabble, Darts,Whist etc. to entertain, but above all plenty of tea, cakes and friendly company. Contact Carol 01785 841346 Bishop’s Wood WI meet third Tuesday each month 8.00 pm at the Village Hall. New members and visitors welcome. Contact Pamela Barham 01785 841076 e:barhamuk@outlook.com.

Codsall and Codsall Wood

P D Blinds Measure supply and fit of all types of blinds, shutters and curtains. Tel: 01902 734898 Mobile: 07771 552526 e: pdblindsandshutters@gmail.com

Leather Upholstery Technician Repairs to leather furniture on site. Colour loss, scuffs, stitching, re-padding, frame work, new panels cleaning etc. Over15 years’ experience. Friendly service

FREE estimates and quotes

Codsall and Bilbrook Twinning Association Details of a wide variety of events appear on our 01902 840314 Mobile: 07875 024 524 website:codsallbilbrooktwinning.co.uk or email Ann Allan : annsmithalCodsall & Bilbrook History Society lan@gmail.com or phone Ann on 01902 844660 Meet Codsall Village Hall 7.45pm. Visitors welcome, Codsall Forget-Me-Not Club for the over-60s admission £2 on the night. www.codsallhistory.com Wednesdays 2.15 - 3.45pm Station Rd, Codsall. Transport available from Bilbrook, Codsall & Oaken. Enquiries: 01902 844 717 Codsall Village Hall Large hall and 2 other rooms available for meetings, Coven Craft Club groups, parties etc. Disabled toilets, well equipped Meets at Coven Memorial Hall every Monday 1pm main kitchen and a large car park. Tel: 01902 3pm. Social group - card making, knitting, embroidery 845412. Email: contact@codsallvillagehall.co.uk etc. Occasional outings and meals out. Codsall Dramatic Society Contact Edna: 01902 790059 Meets every Wednesday from 8pm at Codsall Village St. Paul’s Church (C of E) - A warm and friendly welHall. New members always welcome. For further inforcome is offered at our Services: Sun 9.15am and Wed mation contact Colin Peterson 01902 330549 10.30am. Tea/coffee and biscuits at Saturday pop-in www.codsalldramaticsociety@gmail.com 10.30-12.00. Events throughout the year. Please visit our website at stpaulschurchcoven.co.uk

Call Steve Hewitt


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SIMON HUGHES Plumbing & Heating Services Your Local Plumbing & Heating Engineer

A Professional & Reliable Service No Job Too Big or Too Small

• Full Gas Central Heating • Boiler Changes • Boiler Service & Repairs • Landlord Certificates • Full Bathroom Installations • Showers • Taps • Gas Fires & Cookers • All General Plumbing

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