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News from Barnfield Sandbeds It was not exactly the ideal morning for a walk around the sandbeds but I had noticed a lightening of the sky in the west and a glimmer of sun, so I sallied forth. As I entered the site from the Horsebrook Lane entrance, I was immediately cheered by the profusion of golden catkins in the hazel grove swinging in the strong easterly breeze. And, in front of me was a beautiful bed of snowdrops which we planted there last year to provide a welcome to visitors. It was!


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I made my way down the central path, disturbing a pair of wood pigeons which flew off with a great clattering of wings but it was not long before I was joined by the ever present robin singing his little heart out. Robins have always lived in close proximity to man and we tend to think we have tamed them and they enjoy our company, but don’t be fooled, they just associate us with food! A pair of blue tits zipped acrobatically through the branches overhead whilst a lone magpie cackled insanely from the highest branch of a nearby tree. I moved on down to the stile where, last year, we had planted some snakes head fritillaries, and there they were, coming up nicely. How gratifying it is when things go according to plan! I turned to go back, now facing the freezing cold wind, so I pulled my scarf a little tighter and battled on. A deep “cronk” caused me to look up for I knew it to be the call of a raven. For half of my life I had to go to Wales to see ravens and buzzards. Never did I think they would be commonplace over my own back garden here in Brewood. On the bank at the side of the path I spotted a molehill with a perfect hole in the top where a mole had tunnelled out during the night to forage above ground. Peering down the hole I could clearly see the mole’s tunnel leading off at right angles in two directions just below the surface. How they dig through all that industrial slag is a mystery to me. We have to use a mattock to make a small hole to plant a bulb! As I walked back to the car park, I was struck by the vibrant greens of the moss growing on most of the trees, the fabulous green/grey of stags’ horn lichen, the dark greens of wild arum leaves, shiny green bluebell leaves and daffodil buds. Oh yes! It was worth going out but the hot coffee was good when I got home. Joyce Bradley

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Keeping Fit & Healthy During the Lockdown One of the invaluable lessons we have learnt throughout the COVID Pandemic is the reminder that your fitness and health levels are crucial to keeping strong and maintaining a good immune system so the body can fight off infection and maintain longevity. Tina Lloyd from Fit4lLifeOver50 shares some tips to keep yourself active: The best tip is to find something you enjoy doing for exercise. Your motivation levels are important as enjoying your program of activity will help you to maintain your enthusiasm for exercise so that you can do it regularly so it becomes a habit that you can integrate into everyday life. There are so many fantastic and varied types of exercise out there-literally something to suit everyone. Subjects can range from Gentle Pilates, Yoga, Dance Fit, Tai Chi and even Bollywood! Since many of our clients have been isolated since the lockdown, we have worked hard to produce a series of online video workouts as well as ZOOM sessions to help them to maintain their fitness levels-we have even had new members sign up for our programs who suffer from conditions such as arthritis and are unable to leave the house. My next tip is to make sure you do something daily; it does not have to be a full intensive workout but could be something as simple as walking to the shop, bit of gardening and even housework can help to burn the calories! Exercising with a family member or a friend is a great way to help you to commit to new activities and then offer yourself a reward such as a nice coffee or put your feet up with a new book! So you have a lot to gain from increasing your exercise levels… let’s get going! To find out more info or sign up for one of our popular courses in Tai chi, Pilates or Dance Fit then why not email Tina at fit4lifeover50@live.co.uk or call 07850 117 321


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THE SERVICE YOU CAN TRUST When You Choose VMS for a Service or MOT You Can Be Assured of: • Fast Same Day Service Always Our Aim. • Accurate Honest Advice. • Fully Trained Vehicle Technician. • Modern Up-to-Date Workshop. • Price Guarantee - We’ll Beat Any Dealer Quote. • Manufacturers Warranty Protected. • Free Collection and Delivery Service. • All Makes and Models Catered For.

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Parents Praise Remote Learning From The Painsley Catholic Academy


The Painsley Catholic Academy is delighted to have received almost 1,000 positive parent testimonials for its remote learning provision across all 15 member schools. The two high schools and thirteen primary schools were amongst the small number of schools who were able to provide remote learning in the first lock down in March. Following the announcement of school closures this January, all the schools were up and running with their remote learning on the very next day. In a recent survey from all schools to parents, the combined results show that 88% of parents believe that their child has settled into a good remote learning routine. 96% believe that their school has clearly explained how to access remote learning. 94% of parents feel that their school continues to have high expectations for the children during lockdown. 96% of parents believe that there is a good range of subjects being covered through remote learning. Five schools scored 100% with this as well. Finally, an impressive 84% would recommend their school’s remote learning to other parents. Chief Executive Office of the Painsley Catholic Academy, Mr Steve Bell, commented: “We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our parents. They are the very people who are facilitating much of our remote learning, many of them working from home at the same time. Education has to be a partnership between school and parents, and since lockdown we have never seen that so clearly. Our parents are all doing a fantastic job and we are very grateful for their support.” Here are just a few of the comments received from parents.

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Brewood “Thank you for continuing your hard work and dedication during these unprecedented times. Any queries are dealt with very quickly and concisely, I think it is exceptional what you are doing and would like to say a huge thank you.” “Thank you just doesn’t seem adequate. It is amazing that the staff have seamlessly managed to move to online learning with such a wide range of subjects, resources and teaching styles. Not only that, all of the staff are on hand to help us through any issues we have with the various platforms, passwords etc... I would wholeheartedly like to thank each and every staff member for making this really difficult time so much easier for the girls. Kind regards to all, stay safe and well.” “I’m so impressed with the school learning which was set up so quickly at very short notice. It’s almost like they’re at school.”

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Local Company Established for 30 Years

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Heating, Plumbing & Gas

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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 Are you confused, or worried about the Government’s international travel rules? Things are changing all the time and it’s really hard to keep up, so you might be left wondering, how these rules could impact you and your holiday? The Government has now made it clear that people wishing to travel out of the UK will be required to declare their reason for travel, and to prove it is essential. In addition, it has introduced a 10 day ‘hotel’ quarantine for anyone entering, or returning to the UK from a ‘red list’ country. The tightening of these rules were not designed to penalise holidaymakers but to try and prevent the flouting of the ‘all but essential’ travel rules (think of all those Z-list Social Media Influencers ‘working’ in Dubai), whilst protecting the UK from new Covid strains. Whilst these updates may be alarming, we don’t know how long these new measures will last, and whilst we’re in a

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National Lockdown (or Tier 4), ‘all but essential’ travel is banned anyway. And importantly, post Lockdown, if there remains such a high level of concern regarding these ‘red list’ destinations it is highly likely that they will retain their individual country ‘all but essential travel’ status. Why is this important? This means that if you have a package holiday booked to one of these destinations it would be cancelled and you would be entitled to a refund, rebooking or credit note. That’s why booking an ABTA and ATOL protected package (through a reputable travel agent) is highly recommended. If you’re booking a holiday right now, and many of my clients are (as they’re keen to get something in the diary to look forward to), it’s ESSENTIAL that you understand your rights to amend, or cancel your booking. I would encourage you not to book online, but to speak to someone (like me!) to get the answers you need, ideally confirmed in writing! 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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D. J. Knight Landscapes

EST. 1980





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Brewood 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 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

Brewood Junior Football Club FA Chartered club with FA coaches. Teams for 7-16 year olds. More details contact Mac Webb 01902 850671 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 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 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

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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 Da Jubilee Hall Site Supervisor Kim Sisson - 07702 022 370 www.brewoodjubileehall.btck.co.uk ve: 01902 844394 www.brewoodacousticmusic.com


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

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Blood Donation Update - the 18th at Stoke On Tuesday 19th January I drove to Bradford, 244 mile round trip to donate; unfortunately I could not give due a glitch. By the time I had got home another appointment had been made for Stoke on Friday, 22nd. This was only an 88 mile trip in much better weather conditions. I have only 2 more donations to do now, one of which will be the final one at Birmingham hopefully towards the end of February. As I am now approaching the business end of the challenge I would like to reiterate my aims. I want to remind people to donate who might not have done so for a while. I also want to encourage people to donate for the first time.  In addition I am raising money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Parents travel from all over the UK with their sick children to this wonderful Hospital. The Hospital Charity needs  donations more  than ever in these difficult times to continue to deliver a first class service.  For those of you who are interested to know where my platelets went after they left the NHSBT, Stoke blood centre, they travelled to Bristol via Birmingham to be tested. They were then transported to Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton, a total of 222 miles taking 4 hours’ travelling time.

Tel: 01902 540859 Mobile: 07751 771 228

e: andycorfield@tiscali.co.uk As always I would ask you share my challenge on Facebook and Twitter:   @platelets20in20 www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Platelets20in20www.nhsbt. nhs.uk

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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:

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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.

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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

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March in the Garden January was a very wet month with sharp frosts, but, beware of sharps frosts in February and March that will spoil vulnerable plants and soft shoots – have some fleece handy and check the weather forecasts; if we’re likely to get a frost put the fleece over the tops of plants to protect them. There’s still time to use winter wash on your fruit trees if they’re not showing any signs of bud burst. Do so on a mild day; this will clear up any pests and their eggs left overwintering on your trees. Also make sure you have a grease band wrapped round the stem or coat the main stem with fruit tree grease; this can be kept on all year round to catch any pests climbing up the tree. Dead head spring flowering bulbs as they finish, particularly daffodils, leaving the green foliage on and top dress with fertilizer; they’ll send the food back to the bulb and you’ll get a better display of flowers next year. Snowdrops can be split at this time of year into smaller clumps. Many of the summer flowering bulbs and tubers can be planted outside as the weather warms up – Lilies and Gladioli. Always plant lily bulbs on their side so that water doesn’t lie in the scales and cause them to rot. Lilies, especially Tree Lilies, benefit from being started off in pots and planted outside once growing strongly. They don’t reach their full potential in height for a couple of years but are well worth the wait. Dahlias can be started off in pots inside, then planted out once the danger of frosts has receded. Begonias

should be pressed gently into potting compost, curved side down; never completely covered; water and keep on a light sunny windowsill or in a heated greenhouse. Rose pruning should be finished now; once the new growth has several sets of complete leaves open start spraying them fortnightly against black spot, mildew and aphids. Best control is achieved by using two different products alternatively, so pests don’t build up a resistance to one particular chemical. With so much damp weather over the last few months there’s going to be plenty of moss in lawns. We have in stock MO Bacter which is a slow release organic fertiliser for lawns. Approved by the RHS, this feeds the lawn over a 12 week period and contains bacteria which are naturally found in the soil and which when added to fertiliser will consume material like thatch and moss, making it unnecessary to rake or scarify after treatment. Annual herbs can be sown now – fennel, parsley, savoury, dill all need replenishing every year. Perennial herb varieties can also be planted; remember to water and feed regularly so you can keep cropping throughout the year. Watch out for late frosts if you’ve got potatoes in tubs with plenty of leaf growth – always protect at night. Plant your first and second early potatoes followed by maincrops, again watching out for late frosts once the foliage appears. Ann Winwood Lealans Garden Centre

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