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St Michael and All Angels, Tettenhall Contact Richard Reeve 01902 742801 Sunday 8.00am - Communion • Sunday 10.30am Sung Eucharist, all age service • Sunday 6.30am - Sung Evensong • Tuesday 9.15am - Eucharist Wednesday 10.30am - Eucharist The Tettenhall Wood Photographic club meets on a Tuesday evening at 7.30 at the Institute Building on Wood Rd. Our new season will start in September and we are always happy to welcome new members. Anyone interested is invited to look at our web page TWPC where more information is available, or use the contact tab and we will contact them. The exhibition was a great success and we raised over £700.00 for Compton Hospice.

Pattingham Sandpiper Folk Club 14th December Held at the Pigot Arms Pattingham, resident band G.L.I.N.T, all singers welcome, alternate Wednesdays, doors open 7:45pm for an 8pm start, £1 entry (performers free), call Geoff on 07481 817 935 St Chads Allotment Group A small community dedicated to growing fresh fruit & veg for our families. Raised beds, half & full plots.Are you interested? We have a waiting list, please contact Secretary Linda Robinson Bridge Meet to play duplicate bridge on Thursday afternoons 2:00 pm. Contact: Graham Tritton 01902 700065 or Pattingham Baby & Toddler Group A friendly, welcoming group open to all children under 4 years old, Tuesday mornings in term time, 10am – 11.30am at Pattingham Village Hall. Parents, Grandparents and Carers are welcome to bring their child or children along to join in the fun. Membership is £1.50 per child per week, or £2.50 for 2 children. FREE membership for babies under 4 months old. We have a qualified Peer to Peer Breastfeeding Supporter able to offer confidential support for new mums wishing to breastfeed their baby. Contact Susie 07766 553489.

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

Look, Do, Make: Understanding Nature Through Art & Creativity Throughout this programme, participants will connect with nature and the outdoor world through the medium of art and creativity. Participants will: learn about certain aspects of the natural world • develop practical skills through making and doing • observe and experience the nature around them • enhance their creativity and imagination skills • produce objects and art work inspired by nature; Overview The programme is aimed at adults with disabilities, special needs and/or learning difficulties from the age of 16 upwards who would like to challenge themselves by learning something new and engaging in healthy, creative activity. It will involve both indoor and outdoor work. The contents of each session will vary depending upon the weather, the seasons and what is happening in the Moat and Gardens throughout the year. Much of the work will be practical and productive with the opportunity for those who wish it to research further into subjects that interest them – using both onsite library facilities and computers. Sessions will run from 10am to 3pm every Tuesday in term time. The programme costs £7.50 per session paid in advance for the term. Participants will need to bring a packed lunch.

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Other local areas & outlying cities Badminton Court available Monday Evenings 7.308.30pm @St Peter’s C of E School Compton Park in the James Gordon Arena. To take place on end court during Circuits for Seniors KeepFit Session.Term commences 12th September.Phone Wolverhampton 752872 or 751330 for further information.Organised by retired P.E teacher. The Western Front Association Meet 2nd Saturday each month 2.30pm at St Peters Collegiate School, Compton Park, WV13 9DU Contact 0161 443 1918 Wolverhampton Breast Cancer Support Group Meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If you have been affected by breast cancer, we would love to see you! We offer friendship, emotional & practical support. Come along if you would like to learn more, make friends and have a cuppa! 7–9pm, Seminar Room, 1st Floor, Deanesly Centre, New Cross Hospital Wolverhampton French Circle Meet 7.30 pm - at Royal Wolverhampton School - Goldthorn Road- Seminar Room-( Hilda HaywardSwimming Pool) The new season has started. Details from Ken Stott, Membership Secretary, either by email to or by phone/text to 07717 414 136. Wolverhampton Beat - A great website full of information on local people past and present City of Wolverhampton Choir Rehearses Mondays 7.30-9.30pm at Cranmer Methodist Church, Newhampton Road West. New singers welcome. Enquiries 01902 686 994 or Staffordshire Wildlife Trust - South Staffordshire Group Meetings take place at Wombourne Community Centre (Library) between 7.30pm and 9.30pm on the last Thursday of every month from September to May. Admission £2 Contact Fred Davies 01902 892776 e-mail Wolverhampton Speakers Club Meet alternate Mondays Goldthorn Hotel (Penn) 7.30. Improve confidence in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Contact: Guide Dogs To volunteer or fundraise for Guide Dogs in your local area, please contact the Volunteer Development Co-ordinator, Valerie Jobes on 01189 838 756 or Penn Singers A mixed voice choir rehearse Mondays 7.30-9.30pm at Penn United Reform Church, Penn Road. New singers always welcome. Contact Anita 01902 897545 Wolverhampton Literary & Scientific Society Linden House, 211 Tettenhall Road 7.30pm Contact Steve Martin 01902 716700 National Trust-Wolverhampton Centre Two mornings a month from Sept to April. Talks on a variety of heritage topics held at Linden House, Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton. For details contact Membership Secretary on 07736 401 008 Wolverhampton Wheelers Cycling Club Caters for all types of cycling, racing and social. For all ages - meet at Aldersely Stadium 8.30pm Wednesdays. Secretary Paul Wedge 01902 751 769

Tel: 01902 823 647 Mobile: 07929 590 358 Marston Singers Mixed voice choir practice at Fordhouses Methodist Church Mondays at 7.45pm. Contact D.Wall 01902 843174 Compton G. Camera Club A friendly and non-competitive club for users of all types of camera, dedicated to enjoying our pictures and guiding each other through the complexities of our hobby. Meet Wednesday mornings 10.00am – 12.00 Sept-May at the Tettenhall Wood Institute, Wood Road, Wolverhampton WV6 8NF. Call Jane Taylor on 01902 751943 for more information. Wolverhampton and District Horticultural Society Meetings held at Beckminster Church Hall, Birches Barn Road, Wolverhampton 2nd Wednesday of the month. Start 7.30pm New members always made most welcome to an interesting and varied programme. Lower Gornal - St Andrew’s Church Hall The Straits. Gentle Exercise to Music. Aerobic, stretching, balance and relaxation for Over 55s. Meet Mondays 2pm to 3.15pm. Further information - Call Catherine 01384 277198 For further information, please contact: Jean Hancox 01902 758926 Wolverhampton Chamber Choir Rehearse Sunday Evenings 8pm at St. Michaels. New Singers welcome. Wolverhampton Chamber Choir Rehearse Sunday Evenings 8pm at St. Michaels. New Singers welcome. Wombourne Community Pop Choir All singers wanted, especially men, to join a young and enthusiastic group of singers. We currently have 30 members and we are looking to expand, don’t worry no audition required, just lots of enthusiasm. We rehearse at Ounsdale High school, Wombourne on Monday evening between 7-8pm. Contact Simon Whitmore on 07904 556763 or e-mail WHiG Wombourne History Group. A small, informal group who meets to research and discuss all aspects of local history in Wombourne. Meet on the last Wednesday in the month @ 6.30pm in Wombourne Community Centre/Library and welcome all comers with an interest in Wombourne. for more details. Sedgley and Wombourne Probus Club would welcome you to join them at their monthly lunches with a guest speaker. We also have a rambling group and arrange regular outings/visits to interesting venues. ContactDennis Merrick on 01902 893030 Soroptimist International of Wolverhampton Soroptimist International is a vibrant, dynamic organization for today’s professional and business women. The Wolverhampton Club is one of 3,000 clubs worldwide in 124 countries and territories, in which 90,000 members work on local, national and international projects, many of them related to human rights, which aim to improve the lives of women and children. New members are welcome and are invited, in the first instance, to contact the Membership Secretary on 01902 844031. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month in Wolverhampton Come Dine With Us! Wolverhampton Women’s Luncheon Club has vacancies for new members. We meet on the last Wednesday of the month to enjoy friendship, a pleasant lunch and an interesting talk from a visiting speaker. Further details from Scilla Hudson - 01902 753879 or

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Why not join Your Library this Christmas? Joining the Library opens up a world of possibilities to you and it is FREE. From books, computers and free Wi-Fi to local history resources, your Library has a host of fabulous services and exciting events for you. Libraries have always been great places to go: they are free, safe and impartial spaces, where everyone is welcome. Come in and meet us! • Books, newspapers, talking books, eBooks and emagazines • Free Wi-Fi • Free PC access • IT buddies at some libraries to help you with computers or to get online • Bus passes • Printing • Scanning • Photocopying • Local studies and Family History • Meeting rooms and other room hire for parties and events at Perton Library • Events and activities for all. The above are just a few examples of what you will find at the library, but there is a lot more on offer. Regular activities & events: • Baby Bounce and Rhyme • Reading groups. Find out more about Staffordshire Libraries by visiting or search for Staffordshire Libraries on Facebook or at our @StaffsLibraries Twitter feed. Telephone: 0300 111 8000 (Please note: Your call will be answered by Staffordshire County Council’s Contact Centre staff who will be able to put you in direct contact with Your local library.)

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Christmas and New Year, our busiest time of year. Please book early if you need your oven cleaning over the holiday period.  

It’s been a busy time for Cloudy2Clear Windows. The company, which specialises in repairing steamed up, broken and damaged windows by replacing the panes - not the frames, has grown rapidly as homeowners take advantage of its service. Managing Director Brian Stanley feels that it is all about service:- “Our product is simple. If your double glazing is misted up we can replace the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type of frame and with a new 5-year guarantee. But it’s not just about saving people money, although that obviously helps. Many tradespeople have struggled since last year and I honestly feel that during the good times a minority perhaps didn’t focus on customer care as much as they should have done. We make sure we turn up when we say we will, do the job the customer requires and leave their house as clean as a whistle. I often receive feedback from customers about how they really didn’t expect that sort of service which, in a way, is very sad for the service industry as a whole. The truth is that it’s not just the personal satisfaction that I get from doing a good job but it also makes good business sense. I get a huge amount of business from friends and family of people I have worked for which just goes to show how much a little bit of effort is appreciated.”

So, if your windows are steamed up, broken or damaged, give Brian a call for a free quotation on 0800 61 21 118. He’ll be happy to help.

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