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September 2017

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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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Summer is a busy time for franchise owner John Rorke, from ‘OvenGleamers Wolverhampton’, the UK’s leading AGA, Range and domestic oven cleaning service covering South Staffordshire and Shropshire. AGAs and BBQs are the order of the day as the warmer weather gets people thinking about planning a barbeque, and AGAs and Range cookers are switched off for the summer. Our local AGA Shop regularly recommends OvenGleamers to its customers; and we are currently cleaning two or three each week, as well as regular domestic ovens. It’s important to deep clean BBQs before use, especially if they have sat out under a cover on your patio all winter. Food poisoning is a real possibility if not. The OvenGleamers’ cleaning process uses only safe organic products that leave no smell, residue or fumes in your home. “It’s more about the manual cleaning process that OvenGleamers have developed that brings up the shine and removes traces of grease and dirt.” Unlike many competitors, OvenGleamers perform a complete strip down of all removable parts of your oven. Many people don’t realize that some of these parts can even be removed and can be a source of hidden grease and dirt, such as behind self-cleaning panels or around the fan. We strip all of these out before giving it all a thorough clean. “OvenGleamers’ attention to customer service really makes a difference. We aim to be market leaders for oven cleaning, always putting the customer’s satisfaction first; We’re members of the ‘British Franchise Association’, and our uniformed staff are fully trained and insured to handle all makes of domestic ovens, AGAs and larger Ranges. What’s more, all our work is covered by our 100% Satisfaction guarantee, and we never leave a job until we know the customer is delighted with the result. We put great emphasis on our punctuality, appearance and an approachable personality, and always leave your kitchen as clean as a whistle. We are, after all, a guest in your home! When you book OvenGleamers you know that you are guaranteed good service and a great clean at a fair price.” OvenGleamers has over thirteen years’ experience of operating a top class customer service, cleaning domestic ovens, AGAs and Range cookers, as well as Hobs, Extractors, BBQs, rejuvenating and returning them to a showroom condition. The company began in Bristol and has now grown a network of some thirty successful branches across the UK. So I have a wealth of knowledge and experience to call on when needed. Our local rate call center (based in Bristol) allows you to speak to someone, get a quotation and make a booking, even whilst I’m busy cleaning ovens. It’s a great help! Many customers are returning on a regular basis, and depending on how you use your oven, six to twelve monthly maintenance cleans ensure that you keep on top of grease and dirt build-up, keeping it hygienic and operating efficiently. Many customers are now booking in a year in advance for their next clean, so our order book for the next year is already looking healthy. We are keen to add more services for our growing list of customers, and have now added Domestic White Goods to the list. We can deep clean, sanitise and defrost your fridge, freezer, clean and descale washing machines and dish washers, removing lime scale and bacteria which can leave a musty smell if not kept clean. We also degrease and steam clean kitchen cupboards, great for those who may struggle to reach or have mobility problems that mean they can no longer do this basic housekeeping task themselves. Our AGA services now include the ability to completely change the colour of your AGA should you wish, replace the top for a new one, complete with lids, re-enamel chipped doors, and even convert your AGA to run on a 13amp ‘Eco Cuisine’ system, saving money on fuel costs. I’ve been delighted by the feedback and online reviews many have sent me. Mrs. J Lee completed a 5 star review of OvenGleamers – Pricey, but well worth it! “My usual oven valeter was not available and I wanted the job doing as soon as possible. I thought the price was high but the job could be done within 24 hours so I thought I would give them a try. John arrived on time, very pleasant guy, did an extremely thorough job, no mess, no time wasting and gave me a lovely oven glove as a thank you gift! Well worth the extra £30 above what I normally pay. I will definitely use the service again.”


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MOBILITY Pattingham is looking forward to its fourth Scarecrow Festival Following the very successful Scarecrow Festivals held in 2011, 2013 and 2015 in the village of Pattingham in South Staffs, the fourth 3-day Scarecrow Festival will take place from Friday 22nd to 24th September 2017. The event will be focused around the Village Hall, where a Scarecrow Trail will begin taking visitors on a planned route around the village so that they can see over 130 scarecrow creations. Young children can also join in the Scarecrow Quiz - taking part gives them a free Scarecrow badge. There will also be scarecrows in St Chad’s church plus a raffle with the first prize of a special scarecrow cake. Refreshments, including homemade ice cream, will be available at the Village Hall throughout the three days. Ample free car parking will be available close to the village centre. Evening Events During the 3-day Festival, there will be three evening events: Harvest Supper with an ‘Olde Pattingham’ Slide Show On Friday evening (22nd September), a traditional Harvest Supper of a hot wholesome meal with a sweet is planned in the Village Hall together with our own Bob Taylor and Lol Burgess giving one of their popular slide shows featuring ‘Olde Pattingham’, its places and people. A licensed bar will be operating and tickets at £7.50 each are now available from Liz Sampson on 01902 700823. Saturday Night of ‘Folk and Fun Night’ with the Elderly Brothers. Saturday evening (23rd September) will see the Elderly Brothers led by the ever-popular Will Morgan performing in the Village Hall with their particular style of foot-tapping music mixed with good banter and jokes together with a hearty Hog Roast Supper to be served during the interval. Tickets at £12.50 each are now available from Jill Parker on 01902 700755 or Chrissie Ringrose on 01902 700340. Again a licensed bar will be operating, making it an evening not to be missed! Special Harvest Festival Evensong The Sunday Evensong (24th September) at St Chad’s Church, Pattingham will be a special ‘Songs of Praise’ service commencing at 6.30pm For more details visit the Festival website at or call Chrissie Ringrose on 01902 700340, or Mike Coope (Publicity) on 01902 700426. (Sat Nav Post code WV6 7DU )

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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 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 Free, confidential and impartial advice on issues including welfare benefits, debt, employment, housing, consumer rights, and family issues. Adviceline tel: 03444 111 444 Perton Library Contact Perton Library on (01902) 755794 or at

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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

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Mobile Hairdresser Baby Yoga-fun & fitness (6 weeks to crawling) Good for colic, sleep, muscle tone & bonding 10.15am to 11.15am Thursdays Contact Michele on 07970 731174 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! Outings Group For details of outings and to reserve your place please phone Brenda Tyler 01902 844616 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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Forest of Mercia CIC are bringing the traditional craft of basketry to the libraries as part of Staffordshire History Festival with this great 4 week course. Using traditional techniques and natural materials, you will be supported in an informal and friendly environment to create a frame basket to take home SIMON HUGHES and use. Plumbing & Heating Services Perton Library: Running on Monday Your Local Plumbing & Heating Engineer afternoons 1.00pm—3.30pm A Professional & Reliable Service from 11th September No Job Too Big or Too Small until 2nd October • Full Gas Central Heating £15 per person • Boiler Changes • Boiler Service & Repairs (includes all materials) • Landlord Certificates • Full Bathroom Installations • Showers • Taps • Gas Fires & Cookers • All General Plumbing

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Tettenhall & Tettenhall Wood 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 Sugar ‘n’ Spice Girls Activity Club Girls activity group meet Wednesdays 6.45 – 9pm at Claregate Pavillion, Claregate Park age 9-16. Contact Iris Rollason 01902 829633 after 2pm. Website: Toddler Reading and Rhymes Tettenhall Library, St Michaels Parish Centre, Upper Street - Every Friday 10.15-10.45am Tettenhall Townswomen’s Guild Meet at The Claregate First Monday in the month at 2.15pm except Bank Holidays Second Monday Contact Mrs I. Peters Tel: 01902 756793

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Contact: 07850 399054 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 8pm to 10 pm at the Church at Perton. 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 email or phone Richard on 07889 807367 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 6th and 20th September 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


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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 Just Plumbing others within their community. Over 20 Years Experience Free Free Over 20 Yrs’ Experience Senior school life at Chase Grammar is varied, vibrant Quotes Quotes and fun. Encouragement, expertise and guidance is ever24 Hr Call present in the pursuit of academic excellence. A wide Out Service and varied curriculum offers choice for our pupils and the pastoral care and holistic approach combines to proNo Job vide an unrivalled nurturing environment for pupils preparing for their GCSEs, A Levels and entry pathways to No Job Bathrooms to Guttering Too To universities and apprenticeships. The School is highly ranked for academic results (100% A*-C at GCSE; 80% Small Small Burst Pipes to Radiators A*-B at A Level), showing that our approach to learning, in which we focus upon the development of character Kitchens to Showers as much as knowledge, really works. Drain Blockages to Garden Taps “Pupils of all ages are happy and confident individuals who feel well supported by their teachers.” (ISI InspecHot Water Tanks to Cylinders tion Report 2017) Call Steve Call Steve Mobile...07543230153 Under the stewardship of Principal, Dr Paul Silverwood, Chase Grammar School teachers are united in their or Home...01902 683105 Mob: 07543 Email 230 153 vision to engage the minds and enrich the lives of their pupils with innovative and varied learning programmes. Home: 01902 683 105 The expectation is that every pupil will capture a deep understanding of, and a keen interest in, their academic All Types of Carpentry Work Carried Out E: 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 ✿ Barbeques ✿ Pots to their own communities. Above all, Chase Grammar School endeavours to educate & Accessories ✿ Ornaments well-rounded, accountable individuals with the compassion, courage ✿ Furniture and confidence to engage and excel in any walk of life. ✿ Benches

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THINKING ABOUT THE NEXT STEP TO SENIOR SCHOOL OR SIXTH FORM? Chase Grammar is 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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September in the Garden 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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Fans of military history will be absolutely delighted to hear that General Sir Mike Jackson, one of the most respected generals of recent times, will be visiting Codsall in the Spring. He is one of the many high profile guests who will be presenting an evening of entertainment during the Codsall Community Arts Festival. The Festival will take place between 6th and 24th March next year so you might like to put those dates into your diaries now. More details will be released in the next few weeks. Find us on Facebook: Contact The Arts Festival on: 07852 200421 Registered Charity 1127064

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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.

free on-site parking 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

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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What’s on at Perton Library this September? There is still plenty of time to complete the Summer Reading Challenge – it does not finish until Monday 11th September – so get your kids down to your library and get reading now! Contact Your Library for more details or pop along or visit for more information and lots of online things for your kids to do. You can also telephone Your Library via the Contact Centre on 0300 111 8000. Perton Library – History and Heritage Open Day Perton Library is celebrating Staffordshire History Festival with a fantastic family-friendly open day on Saturday 16th September from 11:00am until 4:00pm – Visit us at Perton Village Show! As well as looking at what Staffordshire Libraries have to offer for those interested in local and family history there are lots of other exhibitors and plenty of drop-in craft activities and fun for families and children. • Living History Re-enactors—Meet The Home Guard, an English Civil War musketeer, A U.S Army Chaplain with Jeep and many more people from history • Perton Local History Display – RAF Perton and Perton in WWII • War Bride – Performances at 11:30am and 3:20pm outside the Library • RAF Museum Cosford - Try on uniforms and other handling items and activities for children • Drop-in crafts with local artist Hannah Reynolds – soldiers and dragons! • Lord Wrottesley – Perton’s famous astronomer display by Perton Library Astronomy Group • Meet the team from Museum of Cannock Chase • Wolverhampton Coffee Mill Makers 1760 – 1911 – a collection of coffee mills and display – Have a go! • Meet the Western Front Association with lots of interesting artefacts • Meet ‘The Shakespeare Man’ – Rob Mottram Jones • Cannock Chase AONB - Drop in and have a go at cooking battlefield food, building shelters, making puppets and creating military maps • Wolverhampton Archaeology Group • Wombourne History Group • National Trust—Learn all about Moseley Old Hall and it’s part in the escape of Charles II after the Battle of Worcester • National Trust – Kinver Edge – Learn all about the history of Kinver Edge from the NT Team • Meet Tom Bryson, author of The Zeppelin of Kinver Edge • Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry – get help tracing your family tree • Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service –Learn about photographs in the Museum collection and learn all about identifying and caring for them • Meet David Robbie, local historian and hear about J.R.R. Tolkien in Staffordshire • Antiques’ valuations (10:00am—2:00pm) • All events are FREE to attend. Please contact Perton Library via the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000 for more details or pick up a FREE leaflet with information about the day. ‘War Bride’ is coming to Perton Created by Imagineer Productions and designed by Anna Lewis, the War Bride is both a piece of moving visual art and a theatre performance focused on the First World War to an emotive underscore. A story of love, loss, comradeship and ultimately hope. Watch a short performance of War Bride from Imagineer Productions at Perton Library on Saturday 16th September at 11:30am. The Arts Council have funded the tour of War Bride by Imagineer Productions. War Bride Workshop – We are looking for young people, aged between 11 and 22 who would like to take part in a FREE workshop with Imagineer on Saturday 16th September. A group of about 10-15 young people will be involved in preparing a unique version of the War Bride performance, linked to the story of Edith Tolkien, wife of the famous writer of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien, who served in the Great War. This would involve working with Imagineer’s team on movement-based physical theatre. The group would then participate in a second performance of War Bride at 3:10pm the same afternoon, processing from Perton Church to Perton Library. If you are interested you must be available between 12:30pm and 4:00pm to take part in the workshop and the performance. Perton Library Saturday 16th September • Public Performances at 11:30am and 3:10pm • Workshop 12:30pm – 2:30pm If you are interested in taking part in the workshop and second performance please contact Perton Library to book your place. No experience necessary, but you will need to bring a packed lunch and to wear comfortable black (or dark) clothes and trainers. The workshop will take place at Perton Church, but please report to the library first by 12:15pm. Please contact Perton Library via the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000 for more details Find out more about Imagineer at their website: Find out more about Staffordshire in The Great War at 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 21st September 2:30 – 4:30 (and each Thursday 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 Perton Library via the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000 to book your place.

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