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October 2017

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A Ghost Story for Halloween Secga Theatre Company’s October production is something a little different. It is a chilling ghost story called The Grey Mist and has been especially written for Secga to perform at the notoriously haunted Towers Theatre at Tettenhall College as Halloween draws near. Set at a small Medical Practice in a remote country district of England in the 1920s, The Grey Mist recounts the tale of an incoming doctor who soon begins to sense that all is not as it should be. The locals are both suspicious and superstitious, and talk in hushed tones of a grey mist that descends across the area without warning and to deadly effect. The doctor is inclined to take these whisperings lightly: after all this is a rural community barely touched by the twentieth century. continued on page 2


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Need An Oven, AGA or Range Gleaming? from front cover ... Now I can clean all your Domestic White Goods too! But soon he begins to sense the presence of a patient that he cannot see. And who is the young lady who often waits outside the Practice but never comes in? The Grey Mist has been written by Secga member Anthony Stamp at the Company’s request after it had difficulties in finding a suitably scary traditional ghost story to put on in its October slot. The finished play, with its cast of eleven, ticks all the boxes – so don’t come to see it alone! Secga is delighted to welcome four new acting talents to the stage for this production. New and recently joined members will also be helping out backstage to create those chilling effects that will send shivers down your spine! The Grey Mist will be performed by Secga Theatre Company at The Towers Theatre, Tettenhall College, Wood Road, Tettenhall WV6 8QX, from Thursday 19th until Saturday 21st October. The curtain rises on the spooky events at 7.30 each evening, the doors opening at 7pm. Refreshments are available before the show begins and during the interval. Tickets are £7.00 each and can be bought at the door on the night or from Tettenhall Post Office (WV6 8QQ) and Cupcake Lane Tea Room (situated at the old Tettenhall Railway Station, WV6 8XN). Tickets can also be reserved in advance by phoning 01902 337908 or 0776 627 7039, by emailing or through Secga’s website at Secga’s chilling October play is a great way to get you in the mood for Halloween. But beware that person who taps you lightly on the shoulder from the row behind. They might not actually be there!


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Whether you’re looking for a valuation on a family heirloom, to sell off a collection amassed over many years or are interested in making quality additions to one, West Midlands auction house Cuttlestones offers both vendors and bidders a friendly yet professional service. Combining a belief in good, old-fashioned customer service with the latest in auction technology, Cuttlestones harnesses the power of the Monthly auctions with live internet to reach a global marketplace. With no less than 16 sales per year world-wide online bidding taking place at its auction rooms in central Wolverhampton and a team of valuation experts covering a huge range of fields, it sees a truly diverse valuations every monday and range of lots achieving excellent prices. tuesday 10am to 4pm In addition to bi-monthly Specialist Collectors’ sales the sale with free on-site parking room also features regular Home & Garden auctions, ensuring a suitable marketplace for everything from books, stamps, medals and militaria, toys, sporting memorabilia and railwayana – plus pretty much any other Can’t make it to one of our collectable you can think of - through to antique and modern furniture. Sales valuation days? attract strong turnouts in the room and remote bidders via commission, we also offer a free email telephone and live internet bidding - with many lots selling to buyers valuation service overseas – and lots regularly command exceptional sums. just send a picture and a brief Some of the star lots from recent sales illustrate the sheer diversity description to of niche audiences Cuttlestones can reach. For example, a collection of autographs amassed by a private collector and split into 14 lots – with autographs including Laurel and Hardy, Shirley Bassey, Lena Horne, Jack Warner, Ken Dodd and many more - achieved an impressive total sum of over £2,000. In the same sale, a WWII Japanese Officer’s Katana fetched £550 selling to a UK-based internet bidder. Books perform particularly strongly. A first edition set of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy published by George Allen & Unwin Ltd - ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ (Second Impression, December 1954), ‘The Two Towers’ (1954) and ‘The Return of the King’ (1955) - saw the hammer fall at £2,100. In the stamps’ section of the same Specialist Collectors’ Sale, a collection of British Empire stamps presented in two new Imperial albums - including mint condition King Edward 7th and King George 5th sets – drew in the collectors, finally selling to a buyer in the room at £9,000. And it’s not just ‘traditional’ collectables that perform well. Modern items also have their niche, as proven by the £2,500 winning bid on some 110 unboxed vintage Star Wars figurines – including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Landro Calrissian, Emperor, Obi-wan Kenobi, Ewoks, Yak Face, Jawas, Yoda, R2-D2 among many others. So, whether you are interested in finding out the true value of your childhood Star Wars toy collection, want to unlock the value in a set of medals or a collection of stamps handed down through the generations – or are simply curious as to the value of an unusual heirloom, head to the sale room at 1 Clarence Street, Wolverhampton any Monday or Tuesday between 10am – 4pm for a free, no obligation valuation – or email photographs of the item to For more details on Cuttlestones’ sales and its full range of services, visit / tel. 01902 421985




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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 Albrighton Trust Moat and Gardens Half Term October Holiday Activities 2017

Tuesday 25th October - Creative Craft Sessions - Make your own sock puppet. Weather permitting you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy either before or after your session. Morning session 10am – 12pm and afternoon session 1-3pm. £5 per person Thursday 27th October - Coached Angling Sessions - Qualified coaches will be on hand to help young, novice or inexperienced anglers have a go at fishing, learning skills such as baiting a hook, casting a line and landing and unhooking a fish. Morning session 10-12pm and afternoon session 1-3pm. £5 per person – includes all fishing equipment required. Thursday 27th October - Create Bug Hotel - Collect materials from site to build a bug hotel from scratch. A bug hotel is a manmade structure to provide shelter for insects. Morning Session 10-12pm and afternoon session 1-3pm. £5 per person Please Book your place by calling 01902 372441 or emailing

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What’s On? Perton

Perton Carpet Bowls Club We are a newly formed group at Perton meeting on Tuesday and Friday afternoons at Perton Civic Centre.We commence on Tuesday September 5th. All equipment will be supplied. Everyone welcome. Please contact Phil at 07980977962 for more details. Craft Club Every Thursday a.m. from 9.30 till 12. Free. Bring your own craft. Learn new skills from other members. Some talks and demos. Church At Perton All welcome to join us at 10am each Sunday, including activities for children. The church is open 10am3.30pm Mon-Friday for any who appreciate a place of peace and quiet. Saturdays 10.30-12pm “Places of Welcome” coffee morning, all welcome to drop in. 2nd Sundays 6.30pm “The Gathering” - a quiet, reflective hour 2nd Mondays 9.30am “Teddy Bears” for pre-school children and carers 3rd Mondays 3.30pm “Messy Church” with craft, games, bible and a meal for all the family Mondays & Wednesdays - 9am, Prayers for information about other children, youth and other activities and groups, please see the website: Little Sandowners Mothers and Toddlers Meet 10-11.30am on Wednesdays at Sandown First School term time only. Contact 01902 742686 Perton First School - Little Ducklings Toddlers Meet 9.30-11am on Tuesdays term time only. Come along with your little ones and enjoy a time to play, a cuppa, homemade cake and a chat. Contact Mrs Cartwright via the school office 01902 750006 Perton & District Diabetes Support (PADDS) We are a support group for people with diabetes and we meet the first Sat of each month in the Wrottesley Room at Perton Library 10am - 12pm Contact details if you require any information about the group are: 07467 124 687 Acorn Club - Parent & Toddler Group Meet in Lakeside Hall, Perton Centre every Thursday from 10am-11.15am. Contact Nicky Bamber 01902 753595 1st Perton Scouts, Cubs, Beavers Group Chairman Doug Barrett 07840 990 584 Beaver waiting list Sue Cartwright 01902 757844 Perton Women’s Institute Perton Library 3rd Tuesday 7.30pm Julia Hewitt Tel: 01902 756415 Perton Gardening Club Meet on the fourth Thursday of the month at Perton Library at 7pm except June, July and August when we visit gardens. For full details of the club’s programme please contact Fred O’Leary on 01902 758140 or John Hobbs on 07951475116 or visit our new webtsite at

Perton Townswomen’s Guild Perton Centre 1st Wednesday 7.30pm Sylvia Harley Tel: 01902 754002 South Staffs Village Transport Jan Summers Tel: 01902 742108

Perton Walk and Talk Short walk and talk health-based walks every Tuesday morning leaving Perton Library at 10.30am. Please be 15 minutes early –form filling- for your first walk. More details from the Health and Wellbeing Team on 01902 696683 Email

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Perton Centre Mondays 7.30pm -10pm Pick-up available Perton and Codsall Utd FC. We are an FA Charter Standard Club playing in the Bilston League and training at Perton Middle School Managers, Coaches and Players required Contact Club Secretary Mark Reeves 07813 696 892 Perton Friendship Club Join us at Community Centre, Perton Wednesdays 2-4pm P. M. Rogers (Sec) 07851 036813 Wild About Perton Wildlife walk 1st Saturday of every month starting at 2pm from Perton Library. Walks last 2-2 ½ hours, using public footpaths. We don’t walk fast but take our time to see Perton’s wonderful wildlife. For details contact Keith Elder 01902 754245 wildaboutperton@ Perton Girlguides We run 1 Rainbow Unit for girls aged 5-7, 2 Brownie Units for girls aged 7-10 and 1 Guide Unit for girls aged 10-14. If you are interested in joining any of the above sections, just go to Join Us at uk, where you can put your daughter’s name on the waiting list of the unit you are interested in. “Knit & Purl” Perton Ladies Knitting Circle meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month in the New Room, Civic Centre, Perton from 7pm - 9pm. Contact Gillian on 07946 861057 or FC Perton—Junior Football Club. Under 10s to Under 16s. All players welcome. FA Qualified Coaching and matches in the Bilston Partnership Youth Fooball League. Contact: Paul Chapman(Chairman) 01902 750228 Dave Cartwright(Secretary) 01902 750600 The Central Orchid Society Meet at Perton Library, Severn Drive, WV6 7QU, on the last Saturday of most months, from 2.00 to 4.00 p.m Further information, please contact John Spires on 01902 759640 South Staffordshire Citizens Advice – Perton The Community Centre, Church Road, WV6 7PD Drop-in session every Wednesday 9.30am – 3pm Last client will be seen at 2.30pm. Free, confidential and impartial advice on issues including welfare benefits, debt, employment, housing, consumer rights, and family issues. Adviceline tel: 03444 111 444

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Call Sheena on 07962 075 980 or just come along Outings Group For details of outings and to reserve your place please phone Brenda Tyler 01902 844616 Perton Library Contact Perton Library on (01902) 755794 or at Toddler Yoga-fun & fitness (crawling to 2 ½ years) Good for sleep, flexibility, digestion & bonding 11.30am to 12.30pm Thursdays Contact Michele on 07970 731174 Baby Bounce and Rhyme – Every Wednesday 9.15am - 9.45am Term Time Only - Free Parents, carers and minders! If you’ve got a little one with you, come along to BB&R for a session of singing and rhymes! ICT courses Mondays for 6 weeks Times and prices may vary. ICT courses covering all topics and for all abilities are run at Perton Library throughout the year. Ask a member of staff or call on 01902755794 for course availability. Adult Reading Group - First Friday of every month 3.45pm - 4.45pm - Free. If you fancy yourself well read and want to share your favourites or just want to try something new, then our monthly reading group is just the place for you! Perton Library Astronomy Group - Third Thursday of each month 19:00-Late FREE! Come share knowledge and learn about the many wonders of the universe and how much you can learn and do from your own gardens. No experience necessary! Warhammer 40K Club Every Saturday 10:00-13:00 FREE! If you’re a veteran player or even just a novice, come along to our weekly games club! All equipment and boards supplied with house armies on request, but feel free to bring your own! Bilston Probus Club, retired men and women, meet at 10.30 am at Perton Park Golf Club on the fourth Tuesday of every month to enjoy speakers, as well as various trips and activities throughout the year. New members welcome. Contact John Newill on 01902 762332


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Tettenhall & Tettenhall Wood Tettenhall Amateur Players (TAP) We are a dynamic drama group made up of ‘newbies’ and ‘old hands’. We rehearse every Tuesday at Christ Church Hall and every Thursday at The United Reformed Church Hall in Tettenhall Wood, 7:30pm to 9:30pm. We put on three productions a year - one in the autumn and two in the spring. We also put on smaller productions by request. For further details and information about joining please ring Deborah on 01902 744033. Otherwise, please check us out on our website, Facebook and Twitter. The Computer Hub at Tettenhall Wood Institute Over 60? Have problems with laptops, tablets, mobile phones or other electronic gadgets? Would you like to learn how to go online shopping, send emails or just improve your skills? We are here to help. Monday 2-4pm, Wednesday 2-4pm and Thursday 2-4pm Call Mike on 01902 762 693 for further details or just come along to a free session (press bell number 3) Welcome Café Parish Centre, Upper Street, Tettenhall. Open Mondays 10am to 12noon. Tea, Coffee, Biscuits, Teackaes, Toast and company. Bring & Buy and cards. All proceeds to charity. All welcome. OAP Snooker Club Tettenhall Wood Institute. Meet Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 1pm-4.30pm New members welcome Call Brian 01902 755863 Tettenhall and District WI We welcome any new members to come and join us at any of the meetings. We meet every second Monday of the month at the United Reformed Church Tettenhall at 7 30pm. For more information please email Heather on Christ Church, Tettenhall Wood Sunday 8.00am Holy Communion Sunday 11.00am Parish Communion or Sunday Praise (1st Sundays) Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion Christ Church is normally open midweek for quiet reflection Tuesday 1.30pm - 3.30pm ‘Place of Welcome’. Open to everyone so please drop in. Friday 1.00pm Little Angels (parent/toddler group) Jubilee Rooms at Christ Church available for hire Contact parish office 01902 238988 Tettenhall and District Women’s Institute Meet every 2nd Monday at The United Reformed Church Mount Road Tettenhall at 7 30 pm new members welcome for more information contact Tina on 07976 779 598 Upper Tettenhall Friendship Club For Ladies & Gents over 60 meet Tuesdays in room behind Library in Upper Tettenhall. Contact Margaret 01902 897368 or Janet 01902 754003 Wightwick Ladies Coffee Club We have been a Club in the area for 50 years and we are looking for new members. If you are interested in spending a morning in good company, enjoying a cup ofcoffee followed by an interesting Speaker, please join us. We meet at The Mount Hotel, Mount Rd. Tettenhall Wood on the first Tuesday in the month at 10.30am Further details 01902 757 375 Tettenhall Tennis Club The family-friendly Tennis Club in the heart of Tettenhall on Danescourt Road. Great courts, great coaching and great welcome! Find out more: www.; @TettTennis. Enquiries to Simon Fellows, Club Coach 07527 479809

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Carpentry and Joinery

All types of carpentry undertaken - 28 yrs experience. • Doors • Kitchens • Fitted Wardrobes • • Stairs • Laminated Flooring • Decking • etc Phil Smith

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Toddler Reading and Rhymes Tettenhall Library, St Michaels Parish Centre, Upper Street - Every Friday 10.15-10.45am Tettenhall Amateur Players (TAP) Rehearse every Monday and Thursday at The United Reformed Church Hall, Mount Road, Tettenhall Wood, 7:30pm to 9:30pm. We are a new and dynamic drama group which is made up of ‘old hands’ and ‘newbies’! New members very welcome. We aim to put on two productions a year; one in November and another in the spring. Contact: Deborah on 01902 744033 or check out our facebook page which is regularly updated. Friday Afternoon Bridge Tettenhall Wood Institute 2-4.30pmTel: 01902 757638 Wolverhampton and Tettenhall Hockey Club Training held at Wolverhampton Grammar School Men - Wednesday night 6:30pm - 8:30pm Ladies - Thursday night 7pm - 9pm Further details Wolverhampton Brass Band Rehearsals at Kings School, Tettenhall every Thursday 7.30 - 9.30pm. Further details contact 01902 752091 Tettenhall Writers’ Group Meet once a month on first Saturday 10.30-12.30pm at Tettenhall Library. Vacancies for new members Contact Sue Randall 01902 829 589 email: Wolverhampton Recorded Music Society Meet at Tettenhall Wood Institute every Friday at 7.30pm to listen to a selection of classical music. New members welcome. Keith Porteous: 01902 750 130 Tettenhall Operatic Company Rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm to 10 pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Windmill Hill, Castlecroft. We perform a show in June and 3 Concerts each year. New members always welcome. Contact Marilyn Goodwin on 01902 751729 Tettenhall Inner Wheel Meet at Linden House, 211, Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton WV6 0DD on the third Tuesday of each month, except August and December. New eligible members welcome. Contact Sandra Finch 01902 753 023 for further information. Tettenhall Wood Community Association The Institute, Wood Road WV6 8NF Booking Office open Wednesdays 9am-12.30pm Tel: 01902 557971 National Back Pain Charity Meet 1st Wednesday each month at Newman Centre 7.30pm. Contact Thelma 01902 783537 Adult lessons. Call Lucy Reynolds on 07816 540 362 Short Tennis Alternate Thursdays 7pm-8pm for children & adults with a learning disability with Wolverhampton Special Olympics. Tel 01902 756411 South Staffordshire Natural History Society Indoor meetings alternate Mondays 7.30pm at The Cricket Club, Danescourt Road Sept - March. Outdoor meetings and social events contact Brenda Jones 01902 763251 Tettenhall & District Round Table Make friends, have fun, help your local community - for men aged 18 to 45. For info see www.tettenhall. Richard on 07889 807367 email or phone Tettenhall & District Horticultural Society We meet last Friday of every month at Tettenhall Wood Institute. 8pm Visit our Nursery Walk shop to become a member and buy tools, compost, fertilizer etc. For further information contact Wenonah Davis 01902 746646 or visit our website Tettenhall Bridge Club Now at Wolverhampton Tennis & Squash Club, Newbridge Crescent, Tettenhall. We play on Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 7.15pm and Wednesday afternoons at 1.45pm. Contact David Glasscock 01384 346 131 Ron Jones 01902 494538 or Pearl Evans 01902 632 824 Tettenhall Wood Lunch Club for elderly Meet United Reformed Church Hall, Mount Rd. Weds 10am-2pm. Carol Selby 01902 751533



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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 4th and 18th October 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? Plots available - 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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Local History & Civic Society Archive at Perton Library Scouts & Guides Supporters Association Mr A. Bailey 01902 701458 Chad Singers Gena Richards 01902 700 188 Village Hall Bookings Mrs S. Simmons 01902 700586 Pattingham Ladies Club Meet Pattingham Village Hall Tuesdays at 7.45pm Mrs M. Bachman 01902 700555 Wolverhampton & South Staffs Car Club For enthusiasts of rallying, autotests, sprints etc Meeting at Trysll every fortnight Contact Lucy Owen 07766 824502 St Chad’s Church Café Drop in for a tea/coffee and a chat... Wednesday mornings from 10.45 am St.Chad’s Website Tuesday Trekkers Meet Tuesdays 2pm at Village Hall. Walk footpaths around village for an hour then tea & coffee. £1 donation - when £50 reached donated to local charity. All ages welcome, just turn up.


Albrighton Players Drama Group Rehearse Monday and Thursday evenings, 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Albrighton County Junior School, Newhouse Lane, Albrighton. Perform three plays a year. New members always welcome. For further information please telephone Jill on 01902 374826. Albrighton Flower Club Meet at The Red House, Albrighton on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7.30p.m. New members very welcome. Further information from Yvonne Riley 01902 372 007 Albrighton Civic Society C/o Elwood House, Cross Road, Albrighton, Shropshire WV7 3RA Tel: 07974 192689 Jazz Club 90 Meets at Albrighton Sports and Social Club, Cross Road, Albrighton. WV7 3QT Alt Sundays 1-3.00pm Admission £5.00 Contact John or Marie on 01902 756 158 or 07947 668 750

Albric W.I. Meet at the ‘Red House’ Albrighton near Wolverhampton on the Second Tuesday evening of every month (except August) at 7.30pm. New members are always welcome. Albrighton & District Historical Society Meet first Monday of the month September to May 7.30 The Red House Albrighton High St. Visiting speakers, wide range of topics. Just £8 for the year or £2 on the night. call John Stretton on 01902 820674 for details. Albrighton Broadplace Computer tuition on a 1-to-1 basis at the Red HouseAlbrighton every Thursday from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Bring your laptop or use ours. Contact Geoff Page on 01902 372 821 for more information. Voluntary group, there is a small charge of £2 per hour

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Wolverhampton Chamber Choir are holding a Memorial concert for Dora Edwards ,ex deputy head of St Peter’s school, on March 4th at St John”s Church Wolverhampton. The Choir will be singing Bach’s B minor Mass and the programme will also include an organ solo. Tickets are £10, under18 free and can be obtained from Music 2000 Bradmore, on the door, and from choir members. More details Sue Symons. 07866 566 389. 01902 422 502 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 9th Sept - Adrian Faber Practical Patriotism Cyclists Touring Club - Wombourne Section All Sunday rides start Wombourne Parish Church Details from Brian Batt 01902 757348 Club Room: The Institute, Church Road, Wombourne Fridays 9pm

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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 The Merchant Navy Association Meet 7.30pm at The Electric Club, St Mark’s Rd, Wolverhampton on the third Monday each month . Shipmates past and present all welcome. Walsall Senior Citizens Orchestra Seek new members for their String Section. No subs, no fees, weekly rehearsals in Forest Arts Centre, Leamore, 10.15am Wednesdays. We produce a new programme of light entertainment music for Walsall Town Hall concert usually on 1st Thursday each month, 280 average attendance. 01902 823978 for future dates Pendeford Library Hub Readers Group We meet in the Community Hub at Pendeford on the 4th Monday of the month from 6.00pm-7.00 pm We are a small group of approx. 10 members. We enjoy light discussions about the book we have all just read and suggest other books the group might be interested in. Contact Lynne Roberts, 01902 742057 ; The Wolverhampton City & District United Ex Service Council, meets at 1130 hrs on the 4th Wednesday of the month (not in December) in the Wolverhampton Electricity Sports & Social Club, St Marks Rd, Chapel Ash. We co-ordinate events within the Ex-Service Community, for more information i.e., updates on meetings, contact: Secretary Lyndon Purnell on 01902 342851 or Wolverhampton Orpheus Male Voice Choir est.1943 New members always welcome. Rehearses Wednesdays (Except holidays) at St. John’s Methodist Church, Wolverhampton Rd. East, Fighting Cocks 7.30-9.30pm. Contact Peter Murphy (Chairman) 01902 493623 Wombourne Flower Arranging Club Meet 3rd Wed except August at Wombourne Community Centre. - Peter Riggs 01902 846081 ‘Claregate Crew’ - Boys Activity Group Boys 9-16yrs meet Fridays 6.30pm-8.30pm Claregate Pavilion Tel: 01902 544114 or 747844 All experienced volunteers


October 2017


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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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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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: Step one: Where am I now? Completing a full and comprehensive review of the person’s current affairs. Step two: Where do I want to go? We prepare an action plan which gives the potential client a menu of steps which are carefully structured to make all areas of the client’s affairs more efficient and, where profitable, a higher potential for gaining better returns. Step three: Reviewing and maintaining the plans. We offer a regular six-monthly review meeting. This meeting is an opportunity to review our initial fund choices, to make sure we are totally on track to achieve our objectives and to see what may be needed financially for the client’s cash flow for the next six months. Step four: An annual review to establish where we are now. This review is our opportunity to fully review our process and to measure our progress against agreed benchmarks and to make sure that our action plan is fully on track to achieve the successes we have aimed for. Behind the scenes we have our own in-house research and Para-planning team. We are constantly researching the markets and looking at up-andcoming funds; we do our research using state-of-the-art technology and bespoke software computer programs. The unique way we do this, I believe, gives us a huge experience advantage and our research gives us tremendous insight to where we want to position our portfolios and to be aware of the driving forces which create the growth in our market areas. I would welcome the opportunity to talk to you. There’s no obligation to do business, all we ask is that you give us the time to show you what can be achieved and how simply real improvements can be made to your financial affairs. For details and to arrange a meeting call us on 01902 422333 Frank Cochran FSC Investment Services Limited FSC Investment Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority






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Styling and performance are the lure and the Golf Mark 7 which went on sale earlier this year is even more stylish with new front and rear bumpers and new LED daytime running lights, full LED rear lights and revised cooling intakes. And in an effort to remove older diesel versions off the streets, registered before 2010, VW is offering a scrappage upgrade scheme. The new diesels, those which comply with the latest Euro 6 emissions standards, have plenty of charm and potential buyers can trade in their older vehicle to benefit from incentives, ranging from £1,800 to £6,000 against the majority of new VW models if the new car is ordered by 31 December 2017. There is a huge range of different versions of the Golf to choose from though. If you prefer an all-electric model, with zero emissions, the driving range has increased by 50%, to 124 miles. The battery can go from empty to 80 per cent full in 45 minutes using a rapid charger connection, or using a wallbox, an overnight charge takes just over five hours. And if you want to stand out from the crowd, then the e-Golf will have animated indicator lights which ‘sweep’ in an outward direction across the tail light. I road tested the model powered by a 2 litre diesel engine for a week and enjoyed its speedy acceleration to allow me to overtake in safe circumstances. It is also extremely agile and I found it trouble free to park using the rear camera view in the larger 8 inch across infotainment screens. Available as an option is the 9.2-inch Discover Navigation Pro infotainment system, which features voice control and something called gesture control. VW brings this technology to the compact car class for the first time and it entails waving a finger at the screen to get it to do what you want. There is a new range of trim panels in the cabin and new seat covering on what I found to be very comfortable seats. Standard features include a long list of safety and security features including technology which will warn you if it thinks you are about to have a crash or if you are about to fall asleep. It will also remind you to change to an appropriate gear if you are a little slow to respond, which I didn’t always agree with, being able to guess other drivers’ likely manoeuvres. And that is why I don’t particularly look forward to self-driving cars. Further exterior updates for the new Golf include a wider range of exterior colours which add Turmeric yellow and Peacock green and there are new alloy wheel designs. And if you are still hesitating, prices of the new Golf are on average, £650 lower across the range than the previous model! Words – 507 Facts at a Glance Model: VW Golf GTD 6 speed manual 5 door Price: £27,465 RRP Engine: 2 litre TDi 184 PS Performance: 0-62 mph in 7.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 144 mph CO2 emissions: 125g/km Combined fuel consumption: 61.4mpg

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What next for Ironbridge? That is the question for the next Albrighton & District Historical Society on Monday 2nd October when the Society hosts Shane Kelleher from the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust. Shane is the lead officer for all things archaeological at the World Heritage site and he will be delivering his talk on ‘Industrial Archaeology at Ironbridge Gorge: Past, Present and Future.’ Chairman of the Albrighton Historical Society, John Stretton, said “We are really pleased that Shane is able to come along and give this talk. The Ironbridge Gorge Museums have been a fantastic success story and shows the importance and relevance of preserving our common past. Shane is a leading expert in this field and it will be great to see how the story continues for the World Heritage Site”. The talk starts at 7.30 in the Red House, High St in Albrighton on Monday October 2nd. All are welcome, visitors just £2. The next talk will be on Monday November 6th and is Tudor and Stuart Medicine & Surgery by Pat Bickford from Moseley Old Hall. Details of any talks or membership can be had from John Stretton Tel: 01902 820674

Tettenhall and District WI We have had a great year so far. Fundraising for our 2 charities, The Haven, a refuge for women, and Help Harry Walk, a local boy from Codsall, has been very successful. Our jam, jewellery and scarves stall at Tettenhall Fete was a huge success again. We also enjoyed our ‘Big Cuppa Tea Party ‘ in July raising money for Kathryn House. Our August meeting was held at Halfpenny Green Vineyard where we had a great tour, followed by wine tasting and supper. Our next fundraising event is a Craft Fair on Saturday 28th October at the United Reformed Church Tettenhall 11 am to 3 pm where we will be having a variety of stalls, including homemade jams, chutney and cakes, so please come and join us and support our charities and maybe buy an early Christmas gift. If anyone would like to join our group they are every 2nd Monday of the month at 7 30pm. For more information please contact Heather by e- mail on or on Facebook.

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What’s on at Perton Library this October? Get Online at Perton Library Whether you’re brand-new to the internet, or you want a bit of help making more out of being online, Get Online Week and Perton Library is here to help you take the next step.

Try 1Thing Taster Day Try something new for Get Online week with a series of drop-in tasters at Perton Library, including: • eBooks, eMagazines, eAudio books • Learn My Way • Tablets and eReaders – a drop-in session to show people how they can get the best out of their tablet devices • An introduction to NewsBank – a session to demonstrate how to get the best out of NewsBank an online newspaper service available free and at home through Staffordshire Libraries • Get Online to enjoy Astronomy – Our IT Buddy and Astronomy group 12 Birches Avenue member will demonstrate websites and the fantastic Faulkes Telescope resource (multi-million pound radio Codsall telescope network) that is available to us at Perton Library • Researching Family History online with a session 01902 840 673 to demonstrate the many resources available to budding genealogists • Social media and taking selfies– a 07970 785 256 session to focus on the fun side of social media and how to take good photos and selfies and share them online. Perton Library - Tuesday 3rd October. Lots of different taster sessions throughout the day – please ask staff for further details. All tasters are free and you can just drop-in. Please contact Perton Library for more information via the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000 or e-mail H

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‘Techy Tea Party’ Are you terrified of computers, confused by tablets and ebooks or just baffled by social media? Join staff and volunteers at Perton Library for a cup of tea a slice of cake and some help to get online. We will be on hand to offer advice, demonstrations and offer you the chance to have a go yourself. There will be demonstrations of eBooks and online services using eReaders, a chance to find out about the Learn My Way website for beginners, selfies and social media. Everyone who comes along will get a goody bag with information and IT gifts to get them started. Perton Library – Thursday 5th October 2:00pm-4:30pm – Just Drop-in FREE Please contact Perton Library for more information via the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000 or e-mail Wild About Perton Library ‘Fun Palace’ Come along to Perton Library and meet local community wildlife group ‘Wild About Perton’ and learn about all they do for wildlife and conservation in Perton. • Citizen science in action – Explore the health of our river, The Penk, by helping with a river survey (Meet at Perton Library at 9:00am Weather permitting) • See what is in the Wildlife Garden through the Wild About Perton birdcam! (10am-4pm) • Make fat balls to feed the birds and hang one in the Library Wildlife Garden and take one home to feed your own birds! • Take part in a Library bug hunt and make your own Spybot! • Other fun activities for children with a wildlife theme Perton Library – Saturday 7th October. River Survey 9:00am – 12:30, Activities 1:30pm – 3:30pm FREE Please contact Perton Library for more information via the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000 or e-mail Find out more about Fun Palaces at The First 600 years of Perton – A fascinating talk from Ann Sadler Delve into the Anglo-Saxon roots of Perton Manor and Perton Hall with local historian Ann Sadler. Discover some of the people who occupied Perton through the ages, and their connections to Royalty. Perton Library – Tuesday 17th October 7:00pm – 8:00pm (With Q&A afterwards) £2.00 (Booking Essential) Please contact Perton Library via the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000 to book your place To The End of the Earth – Scott & the Antarctic It was seen as the last great adventure, one in which it was assumed that Britain would be first. Captain Scott had set out to lead the first team to reach the South Pole. A whole nation watched and waited. It would take months for any information to reach Britain from those frozen wastes of Antarctica. The drama, the excitement and the sheer courage of those who could meet a challenge against all the odds as the whole story of the expedition is told in a very dramatic lecture. With remarkable images, awesome sound effects and a soundtrack to stir the emotion of the audience, you will feel the chill of the icy wind, feel the excitement and reel at Scott’s disappointment. Story telling at its finest. Andrew has built a reputation with Perton Library for his excellent and informative audio visual presentations. Perton Library – Thursday 26th October 7:15pm—9:00pm (With intermission) £4.00 (£3.50 Library members) (Booking Essential) Please contact Perton Library via the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000 to book your place.

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“Creepy Creatures - Halloween inspired crafts and activities based on creepy creatures and beastly bugs!” 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. Perton Library - Wednesday 25th October 10:00-12:00pm. There is a cost of £1 per child, to cover materials, but adults take part for FREE Contact Perton Library for more information or to book through the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000 Warhammer Paint n Construct Day! Join us at Perton Library on Sat 28th October for a fantastic, hands-on Warhammer Make ‘n’ Construct workshop. Using online tutorials and 3D printing from open-source sites such as Thingiverse and Yeggi, staff and volunteers will guide you through creating, building, painting and finishing scenery for Warhammer battles! By the end of the workshop you will have all the skills you need to carry on making scenery, buildings, craters and lots more! We will also be filming the finished results to share online. This is a great opportunity for young people to find out all about Warhammer gaming at Perton Library and all that the library offers from online digital resources to books. There will also be a chance to meet other young people volunteers and hear about all the opportunities that volunteering at the Library offers. Perton Library - Sat 28th October 1:00pm-3:30pm Free, drop in. Make:Shift:Do is a nationwide programme of craft and innovation workshops taking place on 27th and 28th October. Please contact Perton Library via the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000 to book your place. When you book you will be able to select from a menu of 3D printable terrain or other items that we will print for you in time for the event. (Subject to time constraints) Thursday 12th October is World Sight Day Staffordshire Libraries offer lots of help for housebound, blind and partially sighted people Housebound - Home reader service Anyone who is physically unable to visit a library can have books, audio books and music delivered to their home by library volunteers and library staff or have items collected from the library by a friend or relative. At home readers are not charged for borrowing or requesting books, audio books or music. Please contact your local Library for further information via the County Council Contact Centre on 0300 222 8000 Blind and Partially Sighted People We have a wide range of books in large print, talking books and eAudio in our libraries. These all appear in our library catalogue. Visually impaired customers are not charged for borrowing or requesting any of these items. Our eAudio collection is growing all the time and any library member can download these titles onto their device for free from anywhere with an Internet connection. For people who are registered blind or partially sighted, the Royal National Institute for the Blind have a very large library of audio books on CD, USB or available as a digital download. Customers can borrow up to six talking books at any time, completely free of charge. We can also direct you to their books in Braille and Moon. Our library computers have software that can magnify text, read documents/webpages aloud and allow you to choose colour schemes that will meet your sight requirements. Please visit for more information or to access our online catalogue or contact your local Library via the County Council Contact Centre on 0300 222 8000 The Beacon Bus will be at Perton Library - come along and find out more about Beacon services for the partially sighted and blind. Tuesday 24th October 9:30am – 1:00pm. Contact Perton Library through the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000


Calling all Family History sleuths! Perton 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. Perton Library - Starting Thursday 9th November 2:30-4:30pm (and each Thursday after for 4 weeks) The courses are absolutely FREE, but please book as places are limited. Please contact Perton Library via the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000 to book your place.


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Perton Library Astronomy Group (PLAG) Our next PLAG meeting is Thursday 19th October at 7pm Have you got a telescope that you don’t use because you are unsure? Bring it along and we will help you. We will advise on anything no matter how basic. If the weather is clear we will be outside using the new library equipment. If you want to bring your own telescope or binoculars please do. Last month we had a very interesting short lecture. This month we will follow up with any questions you might have Tea, coffee and informal chat. All free and open to everyone and all ages. Please contact Perton Library for more information via the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000 or e-mail For more information on October’s events and activities available in the South Staffordshire area please visit libraries find us on Facebook and Twitter

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