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Village News


October 2017

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On 13th August, a resident of Brewood posted a picture on the Brewood Matters facebook page. The photo was of his son Bobby with his gold medal for Table Tennis, won at The Special Olympics National Games. Bobby, a member of the Wolverhampton team, was one of a number of athletes representing the West Midlands in Sheffield, 7th-12th August 2017. The impact of that photo was amazing. Within a couple of days there were nearly 600 likes and messages of congratulations. The Special Olympics are a recognised member of the Olympic family with a unique role to play. The Paralympics provides sports competitions for elite level disabled athletes with physical and sensory disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, while continued on page 2

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The Birth of Special Olympics in Great Britain Chris Maloney MBE founded Special Olympics in Great Britain (then known as Special Olympics UK) in 1978. Chris had been teaching swimming to people with intellectual (learning) disabilities since the early 1960s. In 1976, after reading a book entitled Times to Remember by Rose Kennedy (mother of John F. Kennedy and Eunice Kennedy Shriver), Chris sent a letter about his work to the author, who passed it on to her daughter Eunice. Eunice Shriver enlisted Chris Maloney to develop the Special Olympics programme in the UK and with help from Sir Hugh Fraser and Sir Eldon Griffiths (then Minister for Sport), he paved the way for a legacy of support for Special Olympics across the country. Special Olympics in the UK was one of the first European programmes of the international Special Olympics Movement. Special Olympics offers a lifetime of learning through sport and benefits individuals of all ages and ability levels – from those with low motor abilities to highly skilled athletes. Since its formation in 1978 as part of the global Special Olympics Movement, Special Olympics Great Britain has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of people through sport. There are currently 150 Special Olympics clubs in Great Britain, run by over 4,000 volunteers, and involving 10,000 athletes who benefit from its sports programme. It is proven that taking part in the Special Olympics Programme improves the quality of daily life of people with intellectual (learning) disabilities and their families through sport. However, this participation would be impossible without the valuable time and work of dedicated volunteers who make the whole Special Olympics Movement possible. Further information - Special Olympics Great Britain

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DPPC highlights the human cost of hidden crime in rural areas Staffordshire Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Arnold, wants a spotlight shone on so-called ‘hidden’ crimes in rural communities. Theft of machinery, vehicles and livestock receive the most public attention and, according to recent figures, cost the UK farming industry over £39 million a year. The figures were released recently by NFU Mutual, which calculates the cost based on claims to the insurance sector and shows a slight reduction in Staffordshire of 4.3% compared to the previous year, but there are many issues still to address Mrs Arnold leads on rural crime issues at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and works with the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) to identify problems unique to rural communities often caused by isolation. Speaking about the issue, Sue Arnold commented: “I’m encouraged by these latest figures which show progress for Staffordshire, but we mustn’t become complacent. We’ve had some success in tackling traditional, farm crimes, but we can’t ignore other issues in rural communities such as domestic abuse and modern day slavery.” Mrs Arnold is also reminding businesses of their social and corporate responsibility to help eradicate the scourge of modern slavery and human trafficking. “These crimes can have a devastating effect, but all too often go unreported. Being a large, rural county, Staffordshire has its challenges in terms of policing and requires the support of communities to make a real difference.” Police in Staffordshire have introduced a number of measures to tackle rural crime. These include green patrol routes that take marked police cars into key areas to help to raise the police presence, deter criminals and reassure rural communities. Police officers have also been issued with DNA kits, which assist in the detection of perpetrators of poaching and hunting with dogs. Find out more at or call the helpline on 0800 0121 700. You can also find out more at

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Memories Are Made Of This It’s the end of the summer and your camera, smart phone and memory sticks are crammed with holiday photos with the family, Prom night, student graduation and those crazy family BBQs. But all too often they will end up being forgotten, or worse, the memory stick reformatted and the memories lost. “Why not frame them for all to see and enjoy? The design possibilities are endless and can be as elaborate or as simple as you’d like,” says Richard, the owner of Just Framed. Photographs are the most common holiday mementos. They can range from breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge to snapshots of the kids gathered around Mickey at Disney World. All photos trigger memories, the key is how to display them. Consider framing several photos together in a mount with multiple openings, or choose a large mount with a small opening for a photo, leaving room for other items. Add kids’ handprints on the mount to show their ages when the photos were taken, write a description of the day captured in the photo or include a favourite quote that sums up the trip. Now, dare I say it, Christmas will soon be here and with it comes the annual dilemma of presents to buy. We all have them, the friend or relative who has everything and you never know what to get. Or maybe you’re just fed up of buying the same old things each year and want to do something a bit more special. So now your summer time pics are the perfect answer as framed family pictures make ideal presents for nans, grandads, aunts, uncles, mums and dads. The kids looking so grown up and elegant on their Prom night and smart and sophisticated in their Graduation gowns. Nan would love those pictures. But framing is not just for photographs. Tourists have been bringing home souvenirs from their travels since holidays began. From tacky and inexpensive to high priced original art, keepsakes give you something to hang on to after the sunburn fades Kingswood Business Park Albrighton and the credit card bills arrive. But all too often our holiday souvenirs and mementos end up pushed in a box and forgotten about. Why not Wolverhampton WV7 3AU frame them for all to see and enjoy?


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Penkridge Runners win the Best “Run Together” Group Award in the West Midlands

The winner of this award was selected by England Athletics following a strict nomination process. The successful nomination was put forward by Carly Breeze. Carly, an original member of the group, recently sent the following message to her team mates: “I just wanted to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for giving me a group of not only friends, but people I can consider family. Your dedication and hard work every week, enabled me to relay my passion for the club to the judges at England Athletics. I am so proud of myself and everyone in the club for this achievement.” Penkridge Runners was initiated 3 years ago by Martin Leek (Coach LiRF) who was keen to share his knowledge and passion for the sport with others . The group caters for both beginners & experienced runners through the England Athletics “Run Together” programme. For the beginners it is a chance to get fit and join a group of like-minded people of the same ability, with the option of running their first ever 5k, 10k, Half or even full marathon. For the experienced runners it is the challenge of increasing their endurance, speed and overall fitness; this is achieved through individual training plans aimed at improving performance and helping them become the best they can be at their chosen distance. The results over the years have spoken for themselves with many members completing their first ever race before-incredibly-progressing to an enduring 26.2 miles......a full marathon which prior to joining the club they had considered beyond their wildest dreams. Many members have smashed their personal best achievements since joining the club. Martin, 56, says, “The success of the club is a result of the fantastic group of people who are committed and support each other week in week out. To say that I am proud of our achievements would be an understatement and this award is simply the icing on the cake that the members so deserve. “

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Staffordshire’s Best Kept Villages competition came to a conclusion with no fewer than 30 commendations and awards handed out. Overall winner for large villages was Gnosall, while Acton Trussell won the small village category. Following the announcement at the presentation at Eccleshall Community Centre the two villages received a shield and a tree. In the Stafford district, Gnosall won the large village category, Walton-on-the-Hill came second and Haughton won the small village category. In the South Staffordshire district, Brewood won the large village category, followed by Kinver and Penkridge. Acton Trussell won the small village category.

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Brewood Pilates

Are you Sitting Comfortably? Many of us have work that involves sitting for long periods of time. This is not what our bodies were designed to do and often by the end of the day we can feel the consequences. A well-designed work station is essential and should be especially considered if you are experiencing any discomfort. When you have to sit for any length of time it is worth reviewing your alignment. Being aware of your posture in addition to taking regular short breaks and moving the body will make a big difference. If you are able to combine those short breaks with a few simple exercises to oppose the seated position then this will add extra benefits in helping to rebalance the body. Understandably it may not always be appropriate to get down onto the floor in your office to perform a set of spine curls - however it might be up for discussion at the next staff meeting! So how should we sit? – Try to sit tall on your chair with both feet firmly on the floor, hip width apart and parallel. Ideally the knees are bent at an angle of ninety degrees with the heels lined up with the back of the knees. It Improve posture, Strengthen muscles may be necessary to place your feet on a low platform to achieve this posiImprove flexibility, Greater joint mobility tion. Check that your weight is spread evenly between both sit bones and Lower stress levels, Increase bone density try to think about maintaining the natural curves of your spine, representing a lengthened S shape as opposed to a collapsed C shape. Try to avoid Improve body tone, Increase confidence rolling forwards towards your pubic bone but at the same time try also to avoid slumping back onto the coccyx. Check that you have a natural gentle Registered BackCare® Professional hollow in the lower back. 0787 508 2411 • Sometimes it maybe helpful to place a small support such as a rolled up towel into the hollow of the lower back. It is not easy to maintain this lengthened position but regular Pilates practice will help as your postural muscles become strengthened. Try to allow your ribcage to relax. Sometimes if we try too hard to sit up tall we can throw the ribcage forwards and are unaware that we have actually encouraged the back to arch. Visualise opening the collar bones and softening the breastbone. Lengthen the neck and allow your head to sit freely on the top of your spine. So what happens once we are back at home after a day at the office? – Well, first of all, we have to get home and again this can sometimes involve further prolonged periods of sitting. Try to stay mobile as much as possible and certainly avoid sitting still for more than 2 hours at a time. Once home we will often then relax in our arm chairs, maybe read a book or switch on the television, all of which means more sitting! For most people it is not easy to change daily routines. We can, however, try to reverse or minimise some of the negative impacts that these routines have on the body by keeping the body moving as much as possible with additional safe and controlled exercise. Many Pilates exercises work on posture and alignment and, most importantly, body awareness.The precision of movement is the key to good Pilates practice. For more information about Brewood Pilates please contact Siobhan Gray on 0787 508 2411 or visit


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October in the Garden The range of perennial plants available from garden centres for late summer/early autumn flowering is increasing year on year. Heuchera have lovely coloured foliage all year round from lime green, through copper and bronze and the lovely purple shades many with prominent leaf veins which make a lovely contrast. They’re easy to grow – ideal in sun or semi shade and are not damaged by slugs and snails. Another pretty summer/early autumn flowering herbaceous plant is the Monarda (Bergamot) – they have pretty whorls of pink or scarlet flowers on stiff stems. In the veg patch, harvest onions and potatoes now – lift up onions and allow to dry out where they’ve been growing if the weather is fine, before storing. Potatoes should be stored in a cool but frost free environment. Carrots and parsnips can be left in the ground until needed. Any green waste can be put onto the compost. It usually takes 12 months to rot down green waste into a usable compost. Never add grass mowings that have recently been treated with lawn weedkillers as this can cause problems in the future. Overwintering onions, shallots and broad bean seeds will soon be in stock, plant them as soon as you can and you’ll get an early maturing crop next year. Winter vegetable plants will arrive from the end of July onwards – Cabbages, Sprouts, Broccoli, Lettuce so there’s no excuse for an empty veg plot in the winter. Replant cleared borders with winter pansies, violas, sweet williams and wallflowers. Hopefully our own field grown wallflowers will be available from the end of September – they give excellent value for money - flowering in the spring with the bulbs and they have a lovely perfume. When planting in tubs put several layers of bulbs in first starting with daffodils then the smaller bulbs and finally plant pansies, violas or wallflowers last. Ann Winwood - Lealans Garden Centre The Inner Wheel Club of Brewood and District

Flower Arranging Demonstration - Sunday 19th November - Jubilee Hall Brewood 2pm

The Inner Wheel Club of Brewood and District is holding its Annual Flower Arranging Demonstration on Sunday 19th November at 2pm in the Jubilee Hall, Brewood when N.A.F.A.S. Demonstrator Sue Davies will be presenting her Flower Arranging Demonstration entitled A Wonderful Christmas Time. Sue is a very talented and entertaining lady and we are delighted to welcome her back to our annual event. Tickets are £7.50 each to include light refreshments and are sold in aid of our nominated charities, Old Tree Nursery, Pendeford (a local charity that provides employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities) and Teenage Cancer Trust. There will also be a raffle, tombola and fancy goods stalls. Doors will be open at 1pm and tickets will be available by telephoning 01902 850147, 01785 840404 or from any Inner Wheel Club member. You are invited to come along, enjoy the flowers and support this great fund-raising event. The Inner Wheel Club of Brewood and District.

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A Simple Four-Step Programme for Financial Improvement As ‘creatures of habit’ we often don’t change our energy suppliers, move our mortgages or move bank accounts, even when there are glaring savings to be made, as all the percieved kerfuffle of changing and replacing the service we had is more trouble than it’s worth or, as I suspect, perhaps it is a simple case of human lethargy!! It is for this reason, and a few others, that I have struggled to rationalise why more people don’t use the services of a financial adviser and wealth adviser more often. In the interests of trying to encourage more people to consider this, let me explain a bit more about the services we provide and the benefits we bring to potential clients’ affairs. Our purpose in life is simple: we show you how to make money or save money on tax. We need to demonstrate to our potential new client that there is a good reason for using us. We are able to achieve this by following a very simple four-step program:

The South Staffs Horse Racing Club in Coven We meet once a month on a Thursday at the Fox & Anchor in Coven at 7.30pm. We arrange stable visits, racing days and have a good social side. A monthly newsletter is sent out with news of events and dates for the diary. It’s a great opportunity to make new friends who like horseracing and it’s all just for a monthly membership fee of £10. This is a non-profit-making club where all the fees go towards travel expenditure etc. for club outings. Please phone or email if you’re interested, or want to find out when the next meeting is.

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Brewood Civic Society Oct 11th 7.45pm in Jubilee ll In Search of Very Small Bugs by Ed Phillips Bloomin Brewood Local gardeners - share ideas, swap plants, seeds, discuss successes and failures. Come along to our meetings at each other’s gardens. Bring along wine or beer or cake and enjoy the village and countryside around you. Next meeting will be posted on our Facebook page ‘Bloomin Brewood or ring me on 07785 934 085 - Eileen Johnson New Brewood Theatre Group For further details please contact either Gill Collins on 01902 850864 email or Pauline Keates on 01902850536 email Midlands Chorale in Brewood Jubilee Hall Friendly mixed voice choir of around 30 singers – wide repertoire. 18 Rehearsals per year on Saturday’s 10am to 1pm in the upper room. Enquiries welcomed Scheme to PAY 15-21 year olds who sing with us. Contact Gren on 01902 850175 or see Brewood Bridge Club Meet Tuesdays at 7.15pm in Jubilee Hall Upper Room. Contact 01902 850452 or 01902 851024 Brewood Craft Club New members welcomed to our fortnightly meetings in Brewood Library on Wednesdays at 2pm - 4pm. For more information contact Sharon at Brewood Library 01902 850 087 or Gill on 01902 850 615. Brewood WI Meet first Wednesday each month at Jubilee Hall 7.30 for 7.45pm. Visitors Welcome. Brewood Quilters Meet on the third Monday of the month at the Methodist Chapel except December.If you are interested to learn about patchwork and quilting please contact: Marion Goodrich on Brewood 851207 Brewood Men’s Keep Fit Club Meets weekly at St. Dominic’s Sports Hall 19:30 21:30 Thursdays. The Club has a few vacancies at present. For further information please contact Phil Goodrich (Club Secretary) on 01902 851207 Brewood & District Inner Wheel Meet every 3rd Wednesday in the month. Further details please contact Jenny Taylor 01902 851913 Brewood & District Rotary Satellite Group Meet every other Tuesday 7.30pm at the Three Stirrups. All welcome, you do not have to live in the area to be a member. Come along to find out more or visit us at: Brewood Junior Football Club FA Chartered club with FA coaches. Teams for 7-16 year olds. More details contact Mac Webb 01902 850671 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 Jubilee Hall Site Supervisor Emma Cornes - 07702 022 370

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Brewood Book/Reading Group Meets once a month at a local pub 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 Church Choir Practise every Wednesday from 7pm-8pm in Church House. Contact Dennis Cornes on 01902 850787 Brewood Lace Friends A small friendly group meeting at Brewood Cricket Club, Four Ashes Road, on Mondays, during term time, from 10.00 am – 12.15 pm. Beginners welcome. Tuition once a month. To come and visit, or for further information, please contact Mrs Sonia Oulton on 01952 750338 Brewood Contact Group Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month 8pm. Informal meetings and social activities for thinking women. Contact Pauline Keates 850536 for details. Brewood Chess Circle Meet Tuesday 7.30pm at St. Mary’s (RC) Church Hall, Wharf Lane. New members welcome at all levels. Contact Roger Grainger 01785 714301 Brewood & District Rotary Club Meet Wednesday evenings at The Bradford Arms, Ivetsey Bank, 7.00pm for 7.30pm Telephone 01902 850329 New Members Welcome Brewood Afternoon W.I. Meet second Monday each month 2pm downstairs in the Jubilee Hall. Contact 01902 850575 Brewood Indoor Bowling Short Mat Bowling for the over-50s. Tuesdays 7pm In Jubilee Hall. New members welcome 01902 850858 OUTINGS GROUP For details of outings and to reserve your place please phone Brenda Tyler 01902 844616 Crown Green Bowling in Brewood The green is now closed for the season, will re-open April time 2018. During the winter our fundraising activities will continue and we are holding a 60/70’s disco/dance on Saturday 2nd December at the Jubilee Hall. The club has launched a “Let’s Pave” campaign towards funds for a small clubhouse and landscaping. For a small donation both members and non-members will be able to have an engraved paver as a celebration for a person or of an event. These pavers will become a permanent part of the paths around the green. For more information on the club, it’s functions, the Let’s Pave campaign and/or a membership form please get in touch with Helen on 01902 850188 or via Scout Group Beavers (6-8yrs) Wednesdays 6.30-7.45pm Cubs (8-10yrs) Mondays 7.00-8.30pm Scouts (10-16yrs) Fridays 7.00-9.00pm Contact Peter Plowright 01902 850009 2nd Brewood Brownies (7-10 years of age) Tues 5.30-7pm, Scout Hut, Deansfield Road. (01902) 850655 Brewood Civic Society If you would like to know more about the Civic Society please contact Richard Taylor on 01902 850594 Brewood Acoustic Music Club Meet every Thursday at Brewood Cricket Club 8pm 5th October - Singers’ Night with Will 12th October - The Deacons with Phil 19th October - Singers’ Night with Chris 26th October - Vicky Bull and The Ellen Venn Band (a new Dave Rolfe ensemble) - with Martin Contacts - Will :01902 850422 Dave: 01902 844394

AWAY DAYS : with Somerford Travel For eighteen years Somerford Travel has been organising outings and holidays from the pickup points of Brewood and Coven. Outings third Wed each month. New members welcome. For further information ring: 01902 850963 or 01902 790479 Living with Dementia Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer in dementia with a view to becoming a Dementia Friend or anyone interested in details of activities run by Brewood Dementia Support Group please contact Paula on 01902 851557 South Staffordshire Naturalists` Society Indoor Meetings alternate Mondays, 7.30 at Wolverhampton Cricket Club, Danescourt Road, Tettenhall, WV6 9BJ. September to March. Outdoor Meetings March to October on Saturday or Sunday at a gentle pace to give time to observe wildlife. Contact: Pauline Keates 01902 850536 or paulinejkeates@ The Brewood Singers Meet Thursdays 8pm at Jubilee Hall in Brewood. A popular, forward-looking, mixed choral group interested in singing light popular music as a hobby. For further information about joining or making a booking contact Pat Mumford on 01902 850377 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 Midlands Chorale in Brewood Jubilee Hall Friendly mixed voice choir of around 30 singers – wide repertoire. 18 Rehearsals per year on Saturday’s 10am to 1pm in the upper room. Enquiries welcomed Scheme to PAY 15-21 year olds who sing with us. Contact Gren on 01902 850175 or see

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Penkridge Peace Memorial Hall Presents a Comedy & Music Night with Dandy Saturday 18th November 7.30pm for 8.00pm start. Tickets £10.00 to inc supper. No bar bring your own; No under 16s. Tickets from Val Webb, 01785 713284 Penkridge St. John Ambulance Meet Monday evenings in Room 29, Haling Dene Badgers 7-10 years meet 6pm to 7.15pm Cadets 10-18yrs 7.30pm to 9.00pm Room 29 Haling Dene. Adults 18+ 8.15pm to 10pm Room 2 Haling Dene. New members always welcome. For more information contact Pet Hughes 01785 714843 or email and type in volunteering. Penkridge Parkinson’s Support Group Meet 4th Wednesday in the month (except August and December) 10am to 12.30pm at Haling Dene. Refreshments provided - come along and meet us. Lots of social events, annual outings and monthly coffee mornings April to September. Bowls meetings with lunch after matches. Contact us on 01785 712 008 email: ppsg1@outlook. com website: Penkridge Civic Society Meets third Thursday of each month (except August and December) at the Old Gaol in Bellbrook, Penkridge 7.30pm New members and visitors welcome - £2 entry. The Heritage Centre has displays of old pictures, photographs, documents, etc. regarding Penkridge past and present and is open to the public, free of charge from Easter to the end of September each Saturday 10am until 1pm and Wednesdays during school holidays 10am to 1pm. During opening period the Civic Society mounts an annual exhibition on topics of historical interest. Oct 19th ‘Creating an NGS Garden’ - National Gardens Scheme: (Graham & Judy White) Swamp Conservation Group Looks after open access land between Grange Crescent and St. Michael’s Close. Co-ordinator Bevan Craddock 01785 712733


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Penkridge & District Round Table Organisers of Penkridge Fun Run & Fun Day and Penkridge Beer Festival but mainly a social group. Worth meeting for a beer and a bit of banter. Open to guys aged 20 to 45. New members welcome. Please contact Peter Machin on 07710 109007 Web: Wheaton Aston & Penkridge Rugby Club Wednesday evenings 7.30pm at Monckton Recreation Centre, Penkridge, next to Quality Hotel. Contact WAP Rugby Phone 07948 419778 for more information. New Companions Club Every Wednesday 1.30 - 3.30 pm in Penkridge Church Hall (Old Reading Rooms) Social gathering for all ages for tea, cake, cards, dominoes and rummicub. Penkridge Healing Centre - Haling Dene Feeling stressed emotionally or physically? We are here to help with healing to restore your body’s natural energy. We meet alternate Thursday afternoons. Donations accepted - Registered Charity. For details ring Judith Poole on 01785 284875. 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 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 Rotary Club of Penkridge Meet Tuesday evenings in Acton Trussell. Visitors and potential new members welcome. Contact Mervyn Griffiths 01785 712 534 or Paul Sharman 01785 712 192 Penkridge Widows Club Haling Dene alternate Mondays 10am. Contact Vee Jackson 01785 840256 Penkridge Runners - Beginners • Fun Runners • Joggers • Keep Fit – Saturday Mornings. Contact: 07950 654 047 Email: Qualified UKA/ England Athletics Coach Penkridge Garden Association Church Hall 3rd Wednesday each month at 7.30pm Contact: Ted Hodkinson 01785 712357 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.

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Royal British Legion Penkridge Branch Meet in Pencric, Tildesley Close at 1930 on 2nd Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September, October & November (AGM). New members are always welcome. More info from Peter 01785 713243 or George 01785 713 428 Email. Penkridge Scout Group Meet Tuesdays 7.00-9.00pm at Scout HQ, Goods Station Lane, Penkridge. Contact Tony Birch (Group Scout Leader) 01785 714139 Beavers (Boys 6-8yrs) Mondays 5.45 -7.00pm Cubs (Boys 8-10yrs) Thursdays 7.00 - 9.00pm Peace Memorial Hall Available for hire, currently refurbished hall with drinks’ licence to any organisation or individuals. Hall complete with stage, kitchen and bar area. For bookings contact Lynn Lawrence 07412 089 546 Penkridge Sports & Recreation Centre(Monckton) Available for outdoor 14acres of grounds or pitches for hire and Indoor Main Hall. Contact Richard Bisiker 07969 833438 or visit our facebook: www. 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. Staffordshire Aero Club Meet Haling Dene first Thursday of the month at 8pm 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


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Boutique Saddlery stocking top brands for horse and rider. Shrubs, climbers, etc. In-house florist. Large sundries area, compost, aggregates, fencing, pots, gifts etc. Spring-Flowering Bulbs, Mini Cyclamen and Winter-Flowering Pansies now ready Retail Village & Saddlery open 10am - 4pm Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday)

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The Staffordshire Rock and Blues Club Bringing live music to Penkridge. The Club plans to have different groups on every month at The Monckton Recreation Centre, Pinfold Lane, Penkridge. ST19 5QP Tickets are available at the centre or at Green Dog Vaping, Market Street, Penkridge. Penkridge Flower Club Flower Arranging Demonstrations. Meet 3rd Monday of the month in Peace Memorial Hall, Pinfold Lane, Penkridge at 7.30pm. Relax and enjoy watching NAFAS professional demonstrators do 5 floral art arrangements. Light refreshments, floristry sales table and raffle of arrangements. Visitors £5 entrance. New Members and Visitors very welcome. Details: Margaret 01785 712 113 or Marie 01785 715 445. Whist Drive Every Saturday evening starting at 7.00pm prompt at Pencric, Tildesley Close, Penkridge, ST19 5FG. All welcome. Enquiries to Bill & Chris on 07707 930500 or Doreen on 01543 505043 Penkridge District Guide Association Meet at “Owls Nest” Haling Dene Rainbow Guides 5-7yrs Monday or Friday 5-6pm Wednesday 5.30-6.30pm Brownie Guides 7-10yrs Monday, Thursday, Friday 6.15pm - 7.45pm Guides 10-14yrs Mondays 7 - 8.30pm, Thursdays 7.15 - 8.45pm Ranger Guides Thursdays Young Leaders 14-18yrs helpers with Rainbow, Brownie / Guide units. Call FionaRoberts 01785 711335 Chair-based keep fit class for the over 50s Help loosen your joints, to keep you active, healthy and feeling good. Every Thursday 10am - 11am £2.00 per session at Methodist Church Hall, Penkridge. For more information please contact Susan Blower 01785 788472 Air Cadets (Air Training Corps) Air Cadets (RAF Air Cadets). 2415 (Penkridge) Squadron welcome all ages from 13-18 years old. We participate in many events including flying and gliding training, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, adventurous training, aircraft modelling and radio. If you are interested then why not pop down to the Squadron on Monday or Thursday evenings at 7pm or email the Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Adam Farrington-Horsfall, at oc.2415@aircadets. org. Please see our squadron website for more details:


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Penkridge Inner Wheel Meet 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Moat House, Acton Trussell, 6.30 for 7pm. Visitors and/or prospective new members very welcome. Contact Jackie Sharman 01785 712192 British Red Cross South Chase Centre Meet Wednesday evening 19.30 to 21.30 in Room 11 at Haling Dene Centre. A voluntary group that provides First Aid cover at public events and other areas of emergency support to the public in times of need. At each meeting we tackle a variety of fun activities to keep up our skills and knowledge. We are a friendly group of all ages and welcome new members, why not come along and see for yourself. Contact: 01785 279 840 and ask for the recruitment team or E-mail South Staffs Sailing Club South Staffordshire Sailing Club is a friendly club for all ages and all abilities. We run RYA ‘Learn to Sail’ Courses, race training and have an active junior training programme. ‘Learn to Sail’ courses for Beginners start in April and June. Based by M6 J12, the club has been established for over 60 years, Please visit the club or get in touch for more information. Stafford Railway Society Meet at The Amasal Club, St Albans Road Industrial Estate, Stafford, STl6 3DR Mondays at 7-30pm Everybody is welcome to attend.

Kitchens and Bedrooms Tel: 01902 790802 Mobile: 07977 416 065 E: Penkridge Sequence Dance Club Peace Memorial Hall Every Tuesday 2.00 to 4.00pm Everyone welcome. Contact R.Sutton 01902 790479 South Staffordshire Citizens Advice Haling Dene Centre, Cannock Road, Penkridge, ST19 5DT Drop in session every Thursday 9.30am – 12.30pm. Last client will be seen at 12pm. Free, confidential and impartial advice on issues including welfare benefits, debt, employment, housing, consumer rights, and family issues. Adviceline tel: 03444 111 444. PACE 2000 Penkridge launched with the help of South Staffordshire Community & Voluntary Action organisation. For more information please contact: Secretary, Ann, on 01785 713407 and Chairman, Ivor, on 01785 714459 Bridge Club Meets 9.30am every Monday at Haling Dene. All levels welcome. No Teaching Facilities. Contact 01785 712 316 Craft Club Haling Dene - Friday evenings 7.30pm for all types of crafts. Contact Margaret Smallman on 01785 712113 Penkridge Women’s Institute Methodist Church Hall first Monday each month at 7.30pm. Contact: Mrs S.Bailey 01785 712468 Bowls Club Every Monday 2pm to 4pm at Actn Trussell, Bednall and Teddesley Hay Community Centre

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What’s on at Your Local Library in October? English Civil War Surgery – A fascinating talk from Pat Bickford

Pat Bickford is back at Penkridge Library by popular demand. Her brand new talk on surgery during the English Civil War explores the typical wounds and injuries of the Civil War battlefield and surgical equipment and methods used to treat them. Penkridge Library - Tuesday 10th October 7:00pm – 8:00pm £3.00 (£2.50 Library members) Booking Essential, Refreshments provided Please contact Penkridge Library via the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000 to book your place

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Penkridge Library braced for a night of Terrifying Tales this Libraries Week

Penkridge Library is getting ready to celebrate Halloween early with an evening of spine-tingling tales on the 12th October. Acclaimed author A.G Smith whose play ‘An Evening of Delectable Terror’ is about to open in London, will be appearing for one night only at Penkridge Library to read one of his bone-rattling ghost stories. A.G Smith’s reading of ‘Experiment 41’ starts at 7.15pm (doors open at 7:00pm) and includes an interval with refreshments. Tickets (priced at £4.00) are now available from Penkridge Library or you can telephone: 0300 111 8000 and reserve your seat. Booking is ESSENTIAL because the event is expected to sell out quickly. To find out more about Libraries Week visit Twitter: @LibrariesWeek

World Mental Health Day Tea and Talk Party – Codsall & Penkridge

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10th October every year. The day provides an opportunity “for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.” This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is Mental Health in the Workplace. Why not pop along to the Library for a cup of tea and a chat and browse all our books and information on all aspects of mental health. Nick Wilkes, qualified counsellor and meditation teacher, will also be on hand talking about anxiety. Codsal Library - Tuesday 10th October 2:00pm-3:00pm Penkridge Library - Wed 11th October 10:00am-12:00 Contact Codsall & Penkridge Libraries for more information through the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000

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Join Forest of Mercia CIC for 2 hours of family crafting fun for Halloween using natural and recycled materials where possible. They are aimed at parents and carers with children of all ages. Penkridge Library Wednesday 25th October 10:00-12:00pm Codsall Library Thursday 26th October 10:00-12:00pm There is a cost of £1 per child, to cover materials, but adults take part for FREE. Contact Penkridge or Codsall Library for more information or to book through the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000 To advertise call 01524 782470 or 07540 257743

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Spooktacular Halloween Lighting Tricks! (or treats) It’s officially October, meaning that Halloween is slowly creeping up on us. Halloween, to us, screams apple bobbing, trick-or-treat, costumes, haunted houses, pumpkin carving, and parties! If you’re hosting a Halloween party then lighting is your best friend! These ghoul-den tips and tricks will ensure you have the most boo-tiful, yet scary, Halloween lights. Carry on reading... if you dare. Cobwebs and Sheets: Decorate your lights that you already have, in and around your home, with cobweb material or thin, ripped sheets. During this time of year, you can buy cobweb material from most supermarkets! It gives off a haunted house vibe.

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LED Rope Lights: LED rope lights can be used to create any shape, word, object for your Halloween decorations! Use them outside to create envy from your neighbours and for people passing by to stop and stare. You won’t be able to miss your house when you have guests coming around for your magnificent party! 21st Century Jack O’Lantern: The pumpkin is an absolute classic. Yet, as time goes on people are creating more extravagant pumpkin displays. Forget the old-school scary faces, it’s all about vomiting pumpkins and flesh-eating fruit. However, candles run the risk of fire so swap them for battery operated tea lights or LEDs! You can take your pick of colours, as well as creating strobing, flashing, and fading effects. Coloured Light Bulbs:You can’t go wrong with coloured light bulbs! Indoors and outdoors! Temporarily replace your current bulbs for reds, greens, or blues to achieve the ultimate eerie experience. Your guests won’t be able to escape your haunted antics even when they need to use the bathroom. Backlight Silhouettes: Freak out people who pass your house by placing silhouettes in your windows! Use black poster board or card to cut out silhouettes of menacing witches, chilling cats, ghostly shapes and much more. Place them behind a window, give them some backlight and you’re good to go. Up-lighting: The harsh shadows created from up-lighting, misshape the outline of your decorations, making them appear more sinister. If you have old-fashioned wall lights then leave them on, turn your main ceiling light off, and let them have their time to shine. If you have more than one, then place scary paintings and frames in between to make your house look haunted!

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Come and find that unique handmade gift from one of our local stallholders, warm yourself on our open fires and get in the festive spirit! £5 entry which includes a hot drink and a mince pie. For further details of events please see our website:

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Hiding in the Bushes: Toilet roll/paper towel tubes make a great way to create the effect of spooky monster eyes, hiding in the bush watching you. It’s so easy to do and looks very impressive. Simply cut eyes into a toilet roll tube and place glow sticks inside, using Sellotape, and voila! Place in bushes and you’re ready to go. What you can do with lights at Halloween is truly magical, in a mysterious, creepy kind of way. Your party guests will be too scared to come in but at the same time, come in to see more! When it comes to Halloween decorations, you need to go all out if you want your house to look the part! By following our ideas, you won’t be able to wait to show off your hard work. If you’ve got it, haunt it!

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Codsall Plodders Golf Society. Monthly Midweek Venues. New Members Welcome Contact.Peter Davies. 07831 746 721 The Church in the Village Afternoon Tea The Forget me Not Club, Codsall 2-30pm. until 4-30pm. Wolverhampton Flower Arrangement Club Meet 2nd Tuesday each month at Codsall Village Hall 2.30pm New members welcome. Contact Secretary 01902 762098 Knit and Knatter. We meet every Wednesday from 6 til 8 pm at Codsall Village Hall. Contact Mandie on 07940 918105 for further details. Codsall Village Hall Tel 01902 843412 Rooms available for parties, weddings, meetings etc. Codsall ‘Morning’ Townswomen’s Guild Meet 3rd Tuesday of every month (excluding August) at 10.00a.m. in Codsall Village Hall. Codsall Writers Meet at Codsall Library – Tuesday 1pm – 3pm Information : Contacts: Maggie Storer: 01902 750406 Betty Taylor: 01902 842748 Afternoon Tea Forget me Not Club, Station Road, Codsall Last Friday in the month - Musical Entertainment, Fellowship, Sandwiches, Cakes, Trifle etc - Price £3.50 Contact 01902 845006 or 01902 845448 Codsall Artists Circle Codsall Village Hall Mondays 1pm - 4pm Call Margaret Bills Tel: 01902 256 357 Ladies Choir Meet Thursdays during term time 8pm at Codsall Forget-me-Not Club. New ladies made very welcome. Please call Jan Spencer on 01902 845944 or email Codsall Community High School Adult Education Courses Mon & Tues evenings For further information contact: Jayne Higgins Tel: 01902 907566 or 01902 907560 ext 247 Codsall Wood WI Meet 4th Thursday at St. Peter’s Hall,Codsall Wood WV8 1QS at 7.30pm. Contact M. Aspey 01902 843394 Membership £39 Visitors £3.50 Codsall Dramatic Society Meets every Wednesday from 8pm at Codsall Village Hall. New members always welcome. For further information contact Colin Peterson 01902 330549 CASS Living Well with Dementia Group Sessions are free to carers, cared for and their families. No booking required - just turn up on the day. Fourth Tuesday of the month Codsall Village Hall - 11am - 1pm Codsall 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 -

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Pheonix Club, Wolverhampton, for the Widowed Meets on a monthly basis at Codsall Village Hall on the second Sunday of each month at 7pm during Spring and Summer and 2.30pm during Autumn and Winter. Widows and widowers of ALL AGES are very welcome. Contact Anthea Frost 01952 462905 Clock Making & Hobby Eng. Leisure Group Tuesday Evenings 7pm-9pm at Codsall Community High School Contact Alan Taylor: 01902 843031 Codsall and Bilbrook Twinning AssociationDetails of a wide variety of events appear on our or email Ann Allan : or phone Ann on 01902 844660 Codsall Cricket Club 4 Junior & 3 adult teams. New players of all ages welcome. Based on Village Hall field and train through closed season until April when the season starts. For information email: website Railway Circle Meet first Wed each month at 7.30pm in Parish Rooms, Church Road, Codsall. Further information contact Roger Fletcher 01902 846383, Mike Morgans 845577 or Ray Jeff 842513 St. Peter’s Hall Codsall Wood Refurbished and available for hire for Meetings, Parties, Societies etc. Kitchen, CH, office, tables & chairs plus good car park. Contact Mrs B. Atkins 01902 842227 Codsall & Bilbrook History Society Meet Codsall Village Hall 7.45pm. Visitors welcome, admission £2 on the night. 17th Oct - John White: Crime & Punishment John White is a ‘performance historian’ and holder of an Honours Degree in History and War Studies. John’s talk will describe and illustrate, with the use of a gallows, how miscreants were punished for their crimes. Busy Bees at Trinity Methodist Church Community Centre, Histons Hill, Codsall. Every Wednesday 1.30-3pm (Term time) For Parents, Grandparents and Childminders with their Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers. Contact Marie 01902 741 226 South Staffordshire Citizens Advice – Codsall The Council Offices, Wolverhampton Road, WV8 1PX - Drop in session every Thursday 10am-1pm. Free, confidential and impartial advice on issues including welfare benefits, debt,employment, housing, consumer rights, and family issues. Advice line tel: 03444 111 444 Codsall Forget-Me-Not Club for the over-60s Wednesdays 2.15 - 3.45pm Station Rd, Codsall. Transport available from Bilbrook, Codsall & Oaken. Enquiries: 01902 844 717 Codsall 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

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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 Friends of Bilbrook – volunteer group aiming to improve the open spaces within Bilbrook 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. 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


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Coven St. Paul’s Fundraising Friday 13th October at 7.30pm in Coven Memorial Hall: A Black Country Evening presented by the legendary Fizzog Productions. It’ll be a bostin’ night out! Ticket price of £20 to include appropriate refreshments. Licensed bar. Contact Jan Carr on 01902 791443 St. Paul’s Coffee Pop-Ins 10-12 noon each Saturday. Pop in for coffee, refreshments and a chat. Proceeds to be shared between St. Paul’s and other charities. Coven Forget-Me-Not-Club Meets Tuesdays 2-4pm at Coven Memorial Hall New Members Welcome. Over 55yrs Please contact Mrs Anne Hall - 01902 791485 1st Coven Scout Group Beavers and Cubs meet Tuesdays at St. Paul’s Church. Beavers 6pm-7pm, Cubs 7pm - 8.15pm Coven Craft Club Meets at Coven Memorial Hall every Monday 1pm - 3pm. Social group - card making, knitting, embroidery etc. Occasional outings and meals out. Contact Edna: 01902 790059 Coven WI Meet 2nd Tuesday in Coven Memorial Hall at 7.30pm Coven Brownies Meet Fridays at Coven Memorial Hall 6-7.15pm Coven Ramblers Full details on our website: www.coven-ramblers. including printable pdf details of each walk. Contact: Coven Mothers and Toddlers Meet Tuesdays and Thursday mornings at Coven Memorial Hall 9.30-11.00am Contact Brenda Rouwenhorst 01902 798969

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

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