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River Restoration with the Friends of Bilbrook The Moat Brook is a tributary of the river Penk which rises in Oaken village and the Chillington Estate and runs through the wood created by the Friends of Bilbrook, the Jubilee Wood. Many years of human interference meant that the brook had become overgrown with large trees and straightened to accommodate large agricultural machinery on the adjacent field. This has meant a very overshadowed and dark section of the brook next to the wood. This was identified as being perfect for some restoration work in a partnership which included Groundwork West Midlands, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency, Wild Trout Trust, South Staffordshire Council and the Friends of Bilbrook. After a very lengthy consultation process undertaken by Groundwork West Midlands, permission was finally given for work to take place restoring a section of the Moat Brook to a more natural state. continued on page 2




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from front cover ... Under the expert tutelage of the Wild Trout Trust, a team of volunteers from the Friends of Bilbrook took the first steps in creating the right habitat which will hopefully lead to an increase in bio diversity in the Brook. The aim was to create conditions which will allow Wild Trout to breed in the brook. Wild trout are known as an ‘indicator species’ meaning they are quite fussy about where they lay their eggs but but if they can thrive in the brook, the right conditions have been created for most other species to thrive as well. “Quality work assured” Est. 1982 The work involved thinning out a few trees to let From the smallest light back onto the river extension to building your banks. This will mean that bankside shrubs can grow again as well as other plants which will attract wildlife and help oxygenate the water. The dream home. felled trees were then used in various forms to create overhanging cover On-site planning to for fish, to start the process of meandering again and kick up the river bed completion including to separate the gravel, necessary for fish egg laying. drawings and building This project was the culmination of months of preparation and co-ordinaregulations if required. tion and after 2 days of hard graft, a noticeable difference had been made to the brook. Hopefully, it will not just see the return of trout and other Replacement windows and doors • Conservatories and Porches life to the brook but also create pleasant areas for the public to enjoy the Fascias and Soffits in a choice of hardwood, softwood or UPVC beautiful surroundings in the Jubilee Wood and Moat Brook. Everyone All roofwork carried out from trusses to traditional hand-made roofs involved really enjoyed the project, which we hope will continue into the future and help restore the brook to its former glory. Replacement or refurbishment of kitchens


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A Big Thank You from the Inner Wheel Club of Brewood and District My year as President finished on 1st July; however, on behalf of all of our members, I would like to thank everyone in Brewood and surrounding villages for the support given to us with our fundraising events, particularly the Fashion Show, The Flower Arranging Demonstration and more recently the Tales from the Chief Whip’s Office with our M.P. Gavin Williamson. These events, together with a few coffee mornings, lunches and Dominoes Evenings raised a sum of £3,541. We enjoyed ourselves organising and hosting these events, yet making money for good causes. Research and Prevention of disease has been our key target this year as below. The major charities to benefit were Cancer Research UK £1,200, MacMillan Cancer Support £200, Teenage Cancer Trust £250, British Heart Foundation [Research] £800, Parkinson UK Research £200. More locally The Haven £100, First Responders £150, Brewood Village Community Council [Jubilee Hall] £250, £250 towards the purchase of a new defibrillator for Brewood Village. There were a few donations of £50. A big thank you again and we hope to see you at our events in 2017/18. Sheila Grew

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Writing this piece on a dull and damp July morning it does make you wonder if we’re ever going to get some of the hot sunny summer days that we’ve had in the past. The one advantage of this damp weather of course is that it reduces the amount of hand watering needed in the garden, so every cloud has a silver lining! 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. 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. Hessian sacks that are available from garden centres are ideal for this purpose. If you want Hyacinths in flower for Christmas, make sure the bulbs are planted in bowls by mid-September. Use a bulb compost as it contains charcoal to keep the compost ‘sweet’. Once planted moisten the compost and place in a cool, dark place, bringing gradually into the light and warmth once the shoots are 3cm high.


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Lighting R Us – So Much Room For Choice At Lighting R Us, we know that planning a lighting layout for each room of the house is absolutely essential. Each room has its own individual style and size, as well as having its own individual purpose. For example, you wouldn’t light your bathroom in the same way you would light your bedroom. Have a look at our mini guide below, so you can illuminate your space with style, quality, and practicality. Bedroom: Most people’s favourite room in the whole house. It’s our chill zone and a personal space that we truly make our own. The number of things you can do with lighting in your bedroom is endless. Our favourites for the bedroom are ultra-modern recessed spotlights, dimmable of course. As well as funky wall reading lights above the bedside tables. Living Room: The living room is probably the most important room in the house as it comes with so many purposes. We sink into the sofa after a long day, we snuggle and watch television, we curl up with a magazine or book, or even as a social hotspot. The list is endless. You want to be able to change the mood of your living room with the flick of a switch. Which is why our favourites for the living room are flush fittings for ambience, along with a big floor lamp in an empty corner. For sofa side, go for matching table lamps. Not to mention, use recessed spotlights for bookshelves and alcoves, to create depth and drama.

Kitchen: Here at Lighting R Us we’d be right in saying that the kitchen is the one room where we carry out most of our important daily tasks. Either way, you will need good lighting in your kitchen and lots of it. We’re not quite talking the scale of Blackpool Illuminations, but enough so you can see what you’re chopping when preparing food. One ceiling light isn’t going to do the trick as it does not source enough light to brighten up every workspace that is involved in the kitchen. We recommend recessed spotlights or track lighting for ambience and under-cabinet recessed spotlights for task lighting. Or perhaps go for that extra-contemporary touch with LED strips. Another firm favourite is placing pendants over kitchen islands! Home Office: Lighting up your study or home office takes a lot more thought than you’d initially think. You need to ensure you decrease the risk of glare and eyestrain when staring at computer screens or reading and writing. Thankfully, we like to keep study lighting simple. Cluster spotlights with pivoting heads are


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good for ambience and you can never go wrong with a good old desk lamp. Hallway: The hallway is the first room of the house your guests will see when walking through the door, so why not wow them with an impressive lighting layout? By using a decorative ceiling light and matching wall lights, the eyes won’t know where to look. Our forever favourite for the hallway is our Tiffany collection. Bathroom: The bathroom is a generically welllit room in your house, one of the brightest of them all. For the bathroom, we recommend recessed spotlights on the ceiling, in cabinets and along plinths, or even a flush fitting. All IP44+ rated of course. Outdoor: Outdoor lights are very practical nowadays because they are so multi-functional. Our favourites are PIR wall lights for security, spike lights embedded in bushes and flowerbeds, bollards to structure pathways and finally, drive-over lights for the drive or patio.

Dining Room: The dining room is just as much of a social hotspot as the living room. So, whether you use it purely for dinner time with the family, playing games, having a drink with friends, hosting dinner parties etc. you need a light that’s bright enough for its purpose, as well as creating the perfect mood-lighting balance for when you want to set the tone over a romantic dinner. Our favourites feature a chandelier or statement pendant over the table, with matching wall lights.

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Brewood Church Choir Practise every Wednesday from 7pm-8pm in Church House. New members very welcome Contact Dennis Cornes on 01902 850787 Brewood Lace Friends A small friendly group meeting at Brewood Cricket Club, Four Ashes Road, on Mondays, during term time, from 10.00 am – 12.15 pm. Beginners welcome. Tuition once a month. To come and visit, or for further information, please contact Mrs Sonia Oulton on 01952 750338 Brewood 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 will close mid Sept for end-of-season work to the grass while there is still some warmth in the weather. Until then the times when the green is open for social bowling or specifically for coaching sessions will be on the notice board by the gate. Coaching sessions(including loan of bowls) will be open to all members who are new to or returning to bowling. There will also be a number of taster sessions open for non members. The club is launching it’s “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, a taster session, 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 7th September - Singers’ Night with Chris 14th September - Marie Little with Phil 21st September - Singers’ Night with Martin 28 September Nothing to Prove - resident band at The Woodman with Karen and John Contacts - Will :01902 850422 Dave: 01902 844394 Jubilee Hall Site Supervisor Emma Cornes - 07702 022 370

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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 Bridge Inn. All welcome, you do not have to live in the area to be a member. Come along to find out more or visit us at: Brewood Junior Football Club FA Chartered club with FA coaches. Teams for 7-16 year olds. More details contact Mac Webb 01902 850671 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 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

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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 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

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Penkridge Penkridge Peace Memorial Hall Presents A Barn Dance with Caller - Eve Evans Saturday 9th September 7.00pm for 7.30pm Start Tickets £8.00 to inc Supper; From Val Webb 01785 713284 No Under 16s; No bar bring your own Penkridge St. John Ambulance Meet Monday evenings in Room 29, Haling Dene Badgers 7-10 years meet 6pm to 7.15pm Cadets 10-18yrs 7.30pm to 9.00pm Room 29 Haling Dene. Adults 18+ 8.15pm to 10pm Room 2 Haling Dene. New members always welcome. For more information contact Pet Hughes 01785 714843 or email and type in volunteering. Penkridge Parkinson’s Support Group Meet 4th Wednesday in the month (except August and December) 10am to 12.30pm at Haling Dene. Refreshments provided - come along and meet us. Lots of social events, annual outings and monthly coffee mornings April to September. Bowls meetings with lunch after matches. Contact us on 01785 712 008 email: ppsg1@outlook. com website: Penkridge Civic Society Meets third Thursday of each month (except August and December) at the Old Gaol in Bellbrook, Penkridge 7.30pm New members and visitors welcome - £2 entry. The Heritage Centre has displays of old pictures, photographs, documents, etc. regarding Penkridge past and present and is open to the public, free of charge from Easter to the end of September each Saturday 10am until 1pm and Wednesdays during school holidays 10am to 1pm. During opening period the Civic Society mounts an annual exhibition on topics of historical interest. This year’s exhibition is Penkridge at Leisure. September 21st: – Afternoon visit to Selly Manor 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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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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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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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 Bowls Club Every Monday 2pm to 4pm at Actn Trussell, Bednall and Teddesley Hay Community Centre Craft Club Haling Dene - Friday evenings 7.30pm for all types of crafts. Contact Margaret Smallman on 01785 712113 The Staffordshire Rock and Blues Club Bringing live music to Penkridge. The Club plans to have different groups on every month at The Monckton Recreation Centre, Pinfold Lane, Penkridge. ST19 5QP Tickets are available at the centre or at Green Dog Vaping, Market Street, Penkridge. Penkridge Flower Club Flower Arranging Demonstrations. Meet 3rd Monday of the month in Peace Memorial Hall, Pinfold Lane, Penkridge at 7.30pm. Relax and enjoy watching NAFAS professional demonstrators do 5 floral art arrangements. Light refreshments, floristry sales table and raffle of arrangements. Visitors £5 entrance. New Members and Visitors very welcome. Details: Margaret 01785 712 113 or Marie 01785 715 445. Stafford Railway Society Meet at The Amasal Club, St Albans Road Industrial Estate, Stafford, STl6 3DR Mondays at 7-30pm Everybody is welcome to attend. 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: 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. Penkridge Sequence Dance Club Peace Memorial Hall Every Tuesday 2.00 to 4.00pm Everyone welcome. Contact R.Sutton 01902 790479


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Chase Grammar Senior School’s Refreshing Approach Delivers Exceptional Outcomes Hidden away in Cannock town centre is a thriving independent, co-educational boarding and day school, where pupils think for themselves, discover their passion for learning and thrive in a happy and friendly environment. Founded in 1879, Chase Grammar School has been delivering exceptional outcomes for pupils from all backgrounds for the last two centuries and combines high academic standards with holistic and pastoral care. The School’s mission is to develop its pupils into well-rounded, self-assured adults, capable of navigating complex social and cultural environments with confidence. We wish to enable them to learn how to persevere and make appropriate decisions in a range of situations, developing into life-long learners, who can lead and take responsibility for themselves and others within their community. Senior school life at Chase Grammar is varied, vibrant and fun. Encouragement, expertise and guidance is ever-present in the pursuit of academic excellence. A wide and varied curriculum offers choice for our pupils and the pastoral care and holistic approach combines to provide an unrivalled nurturing environment for pupils preparing for their GCSEs, A Levels and entry pathways to universities and apprenticeships. The School is highly ranked for academic results (100% A*-C at GCSE; 80% A*-B at A Level), showing that our approach to learning, in which we focus upon the development of character as much as knowledge, really works. “Pupils of all ages are happy and confident individuals who feel well supported by their teachers.” (ISI Inspection Report 2017) Under the stewardship of Principal, Dr Paul Silverwood, Chase Grammar School teachers are united in their vision to engage the minds and enrich the lives of their pupils with innovative and varied learning programmes. The expectation is that every pupil will capture a deep understanding of, and a keen interest in, their academic subjects. Chase Grammar School’s outstanding academic results and its extensive preparation programme to gear its pupils for higher education and entry to the world’s top universities, makes this the school of choice for many parents. As part of its preparation to Higher Education, all pupils receive one-to-one support through the application process to their acceptance. Thorough careers guidance, trips to Universities and visits from university admissions’ tutors are all part of their programme. As well as taking pupils from across the County, the School also welcomes pupils from around the world and there is a vibrant boarding community. Local pupils are all members of one of our three Houses (named after inspirational local people: education minister Jennie Lee; inventor and chess master Vernon Parton; and physician Frank Tylecote) and are invited to take part in the wealth of after-school and weekend activities and clubs. Boarding opportunities are afforded to every pupil in preparation for independent living at university and beyond. Parents and carers play an important role in their child’s development and at Chase Grammar there are many ways they can get involved with the School. Through detailed reports which are sent home five times each year, parents’ evenings and regular communication, each pupil’s academic progress and attitude to learning is recorded and analysed, enabling individual needs to be identified and addressed in a professional and caring manner. Chase Grammar is an independent fee-paying school, however, due to the support from the Achieve Education Group, it can offer significant scholarships and bursaries to pupils who clearly demonstrate a desire to learn and achieve. The pupils benefit from small class sizes, a broad academic curriculum, opportunities to study a range of modern and classical languages, a full programme of enrichment activities, one-to-one support from tutors who help them to set targets and meet with them as individuals, and an international environment where different cultures are celebrated and pupils become global citizens who will want to give back to their own communities. Above all, Chase Grammar School endeavours to educate well-rounded, accountable individuals with the compassion, courage and confidence to engage and excel in any walk of life.

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THINKING ABOUT THE NEXT STEP TO SENIOR SCHOOL OR SIXTH FORM? Chase Grammar are holding a number of open events to give you the opportunity to meet the Principal, view the school and chat to students. FOR STUDENTS LOOKING FOR YEAR 7 ENTRY Thursday 21st September - 6pm - 8pm Tuesday 26th September - 10am - 3pm* Come and see for yourself why we are the top school in the county for GCSE results (2016)

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The practical guide to creating a dementiafriendly home Living with a Dementia sufferer can be challenging, but there is a range of simple things you can do to make their home environment as comfortable as possible, without the need to move into assisted living. For the 850,000 Dementia sufferers in the UK, it can be incredibly upsetting to not recognise their own home environment. Whether you’re living with Dementia or not, the home should always be a calming sanctuary free from the stresses of the outside world. That is why we recommend making the following adjustments at home so your loved ones can go about their daily lives as comfortably as possible. Living room To aid familiarity, place personal belongings around the home as a distraction or talking point when they are feeling confused. Reflections can complicate sufferers’ minds so cover windows and mirrors to avoid unnecessary stress. Sufferers often remember their childhood home vividly, so display old treasured photographs on the walls. Hall Dementia sufferers may struggle to understand the concept of stairs if the bottom step and floor are the same colour. Use tape or a doormat at the bottom of the stairs to help them distinguish between the floor and the first step. Patterned wallpaper can also puzzle sufferers, so cover this up with plain photographs, ideally of fond memories from their past. Before


Kitchen There are lots of things you can do to help Dementia sufferers in the kitchen. This includes clearly marking items in cupboards, and serving food in brightly coloured bowls, with food separated on the plate. This can help them to clearly see their meal.


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Codsall and Codsall Wood Codsall Plodders Golf Society. Monthly Midweek Venues. New Members Welcome Contact.Peter Davies. 07831 746 721 The Church in the Village Afternoon Tea The Forget me Not Club, Codsall 2-30pm. until 4-30pm. Wolverhampton Flower Arrangement Club Meet 2nd Tuesday each month at Codsall Village Hall 2.30pm New members welcome. Contact Secretary 01902 762098 Knit and Knatter. We meet every Wednesday from 6 til 8 pm at Codsall Village Hall. Contact Mandie on 07940 918105 for further details. Codsall Village Hall Tel 01902 843412 Rooms available for parties, weddings, meetings etc. Codsall ‘Morning’ Townswomen’s Guild Meet 3rd Tuesday of every month (excluding August) at 10.00a.m. in Codsall Village Hall. Codsall Writers Meet at Codsall Library – Tuesday 1pm – 3pm Information : Contacts: Maggie Storer: 01902 750406 Betty Taylor: 01902 842748 Afternoon Tea Forget me Not Club, Station Road, Codsall Last Friday in the month - Musical Entertainment, Fellowship, Sandwiches, Cakes, Trifle etc - Price £3.50 Contact 01902 845006 or 01902 845448 Codsall Artists Circle Codsall Village Hall Mondays 1pm - 4pm Call Margaret Bills Tel: 01902 256 357 Ladies Choir Meet Thursdays during term time 8pm at Codsall Forget-me-Not Club. New ladies made very welcome. Please call Jan Spencer on 01902 845944 or email Codsall 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 - 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. 19th Sept - John Hay: Rupert Arthur Dent (18531910), Deaf Victorian Animal Artist John Hay, with a sign language interpreter, will explain how deaf Wolverhampton artist Rupert Dent developed an interest in animal painting and went on to have six works exhibited at the Royal Academy. Born deaf in Wolverhampton to William Dent, a solicitor whose country/weekend home was Codsall House, Rupert Dent was educated by the family governess, Jane Bessemeres of Coven. Dent’s interest in art became profound through constantly observing animals and insects during his childhood. After attending the Wolverhampton School of Art, Rupert began to specialise in animal painting. He had six works exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1884 and 1909. 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

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


Bilbrook 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

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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 Baby, Toddler & Kids Yoga-fun & fitness Classes Banana Babies : 8 weeks to Crawling Cheeky Chimps: Crawling to 2 years Bilbrook Children’s Centre Contact Carol Crane on 07803 242 658

Coven St. Paul’s Fundraising Friday 22nd September at 7.30pm in Church: ‘Dig for Vengeance’ a Murder Mystery presented by the St. Paul’s Players. Ticket price of £15 includes a three course meal & a glass of wine. An important date for your diary! St. Paul’s Coffee Pop-Ins 10-12 noon each Saturday. Pop in for coffee, refreshments and a chat. Proceeds to be shared between St. Paul’s and other charities. Coven Forget-Me-Not-Club Meets Tuesdays 2-4pm at Coven Memorial Hall New Members Welcome. Over 55yrs Please contact Mrs Anne Hall - 01902 791485 1st Coven Scout Group Beavers and Cubs meet Tuesdays at St. Paul’s Church. Beavers 6pm-7pm, Cubs 7pm - 8.15pm

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No job too small 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 Bingo at Bishops Wood Village Hall Friday 8th September. Doors open 7.30 with eyes down at 8.00 Optional fish and chip supper at a cost of £4.50 Final orders must be received by Wednesday 6th September. No orders on the door To book you supper please contact Carolyn on 01785 841878 or Karen on 01785 841229 Tuesday drop-in club Every Tuesday in Bishops Wood Village Hall between 2 and 4pm. Come along and have a chat and a cuppa and play cards, darts, dominoes, scrabble etc. All ages welcome. Bishops Wood W.I. Meet third Tuesday each month at Village Hall 8pm Further information from Pamela Barham, 01785 841076 Brewood & Bishops Wood Ladies Luncheon Club Meet last Thursday each month 1pm at The Bradford Arms, Ivetsey Bank, Wheaton Aston Contact: Mrs V. Jackson 01785 840 256

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

We are inviting stall holders to be a part of this year’s Codsall Christmas Fair on Friday 1st December. This great community event is back this year bigger and better and we are aiming for nearly double the amount of stalls! If you have joined us before, you’ll know what a great event it is. Last year’s turnout of 3,000 people is expected to be topped this year, making Codsall Christmas Fair the place to be.

Stall Rates: • Standard Site: (up to 2.5 x 3m) – £20 • Larger Sites: Pro Rata • Food Outlets: 15% of day’s takings • Trading begins at 4 p.m. and will continue until 8 p.m. Other main attractions include: • Santa’s Grotto • Fairground Rides • Live Music • Local Artists • Street Entertainers • Hot Food & Drinks To book or stall or for more information please contact Megan Barrow on 07702 310939 To advertise call 01524 782470 or 07540 257743

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Presentation Cheque to Brewood First Responders A cheque for £1,150 was presented to Brewood First Responders by the family of Mrs Joan Doughty. The money was raised following her funeral at St Mary and St Chads Church Brewood. Joan Doughty was born in the old black and white cottages along The Pavement, Brewood in 1927 and lived in the village all her life for 90 years. The Pavement is the road between Dean street and Sandy Lane. The cottages where she grew up are long gone now but were almost identical to the black & white halftimbered ones that can be seen at the bottom of Dean Street today. Joan worked hard all of her life and lived it to the full in the way that she wanted to do it, she never left the village other than to go on holiday with the family and never craved for anything. She had a spirt that was inspiring and she loved life. Joan married Arthur Doughty in 1947 who later became licensee of the Three Stirrups Inn, Brewood. Together they raised six children Jane, Jennifer, Jackie, Peter, Jo and Jill. Arthur passed away in 1972 leaving her a widow for 45 years. Joan was very well known in the village and her funeral in May of this year was attended by so many who loved and respected her. The money raised and presented to Brewood First Responders bears testament to a wonderful lady who will be lovingly remembered always. Brewood First Responders attended when she was taken ill and the service they provide is truly fantastic. We all feel really proud of the work they do and fortunate to have them in the village.

What’s on at Your Library in September? K’Nex Workshop Join Mikey for a make and play K’Nex workshop and learn how to make the most of K’Nex. For ages 6+ Penkridge Library Saturday 2nd September 10:00am-12noon £1 (Includes squash and biscuits) Drop-in J.R.R. Tolkien Trail – Cannock Chase—A 12 mile walk in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien across the Chase The Staffordshire J.R.R. Tolkien Trail is a series of three linked walks that cover over 30 miles of the Staffordshire Countryside on and around Cannock Chase. The walks focus on Staffordshire’s J.R.R. Tolkien connection, but also offer lots of other local history interest, great Staffordshire views and are a fantastic way to stay healthy and enjoy Staffordshire’s cultural and rural environment. Friday 1st September—Meet at Brocton Coppice Car Park at 9:30am (Departing at 10am) £2.00 per person (Includes a guided visit to the Great War Hut at Marquis Drive from Dave Dunham of the Western Front Association) Approx. 6 hours including breaks. Bring a packed lunch and wear sensible footwear and clothing for the weather conditions. Please contact Penkridge Library for more information or to book a place, via the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000 or e-mail You can also book on the second Tolkien walk on Sunday 15th October at the same time! Ask for details. Calling all Family History sleuths! Codsall Library will be offering a FREE 5-week Family History Course in association with Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry, starting in September. Get help and advice to begin your journey into your family’s story. Codsall Library. Starting Monday 18th September 10:15-12:15 (and each Monday after for 4 weeks). The courses are absolutely FREE, but please book as places are limited. Look out for another family history course starting w/c 6th November. Please contact Codsall Library via the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000 to book your place.

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