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From the EDITOR British weather can be such a tease. Every year we see the first flecks of summer sunshine and every year we straight away try to fit in as many barbecues and camping trips as possible. Tesco report record sales of booze, burgers and sun cream. We all make hay while the sun shines because even though weather forecasters assure us of golden joy, they just as quickly deliver a damp squib. In June today, it’s raining. It has been for some time but because this is the

closest we get to a holiday issue, we’ve got a big serving of blue sky for you as well as all our usual expert advice and inspiration. If you’re longing for holiday ideas, we have ’em. Want lots of Home and Garden essentials from our advertisers? Consider it done. Looking for things to do locally? Of course you are, because you probably won’t be reading this lying in a hammock on a foreign shore - so take in a round of golf at Enville Golf Club. Or get down to Cosford Food Festival, Wolverhampton Racecourse and the illustrious, 125 year-old Grand

CONTENTS July / August edition 12 Victory Painting Group 16 Stourbridge RFC 28 Crosswords & Puzzles 38 Recipe of the month 44 Grand Theatre competition 48 Cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats 56 Gardening with Ann Winwood 60/61 Spotlight on Blacks Vets, Dudley 70/71 Wolverhampton icon celebrates 125 years of history 72 Casino 36 £12 million investment 76 Wolverhampton Racecourse competition 78 A Summer of expectation for Halfpenny Green Wine Estate 80/81 The Lyttelton Arms food review 82 Cosford Food Festival competition 92/93 Royston Blythe: Celebrating 30 years in business 94/95 Women’s fashion: summer holiday style 108/109 Paycare in the community 112-125 Social Scene 126 West Midland Safari Park 127 Index to advertisers 127 Answers to crosswords & puzzles

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Theatre – or let us take you there for free via our three competitions. This issue is packed with summer inspiration, from the clothes you’ll be wearing to the food and drink you’ll be devouring. It’s all inside for you: Hair, Fashion, Beauty and a glitzy Social Scene section too. So what are you waiting for, dive into the forthcoming pages and a have a wonderful summer – whatever the weather.


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Winner of the Grand Theatre competition to see The Bodyguard Richard Dudley, Swindon Winner of the premium wine tasting experience for two at Halfpenny Green Wine Estate Karina Sheffield, Blakedown

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A new location has inspired artists:

Victory Annual Exhibition Victory Painting Group is delighted to be hosting its 2019 annual art exhibition at its new permanent venue “The LYDIATE ROOM”, located within the beautiful grounds of Baggeridge Country Park. The exhibition will take place during the August Bank Holiday weekend, (Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th August from 11.00am to 4.30pm).

You are invited to come and browse the work of 32 members which this year includes work from three new members. Since last year’s exhibition, they have produced over 200 new works in a variety of mediums including watercolour, acrylics, oils, pastels, mixed media and many more. The paintings cover many diverse subjects and are for sale at very reasonable prices. Also, for sale are greetings cards printed from original paintings, produced by the club members.

Every year, they try to make the exhibition better than the last!! The new venue allows them to display their work in a very open well-lit setting with much more space to move around. The exhibition is on the first floor of the Lydiate Room, accessible by both lift and stairs. Disabled parking is available on the road in front of the hall. The catalogue and entrance to the exhibition is free. Refreshments and home-made cakes will be available. As a keen group of painters, they meet weekly on Wednesdays and enjoy a day of painting and socialising. Throughout the year, visiting professional artists provide demonstrations. Visitors are welcome to these demos for a small entrance fee. Details of demonstration dates can be found on the website. A raffle is held during the exhibition of work produced and donated by the professional artists during the demonstrations.

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maintaining privacy and dignity. Individualised care is delivered within a secure, relaxed, homely and conducive environment, where a resident’s physical and psychological care, wellbeing and comfort are of prime importance to both staff and management.

The Woodlands offers a warm welcoming and family atmosphere. We have a team of trained and dedicated staff that bring compassion and experience to every aspect of their work, providing high quality, professional, person centred care. We put our residents at the heart of everything we do.

The Woodlands Experience You can relax in either of the two generous lounges or private gardens, enjoying the home cooked food or spending time with family and friends. Diets and daily living choices are tailored for you.

The Woodlands is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and provides excellent Palliative care.

Stimulate your Mind Everything from armchair exercises to vocalists and piano recitals. Parties to celebrate special events and birthdays are also hosted. You have the option to be as involved in our fun and engaging activities as little or as much as you like.

The Woodlands Philosophy The Woodlands philosophy of care is to offer the highest standards of holistic care to each resident based on an initial assessment and a regularly updated plan of person centered care; to encourage independence and individuality whilst

We liaise closely with family and friends, encouraging open, two-way communication at all times so as to ensure good relationships.

Training and Development We are committed to the training and development of our staff, which enhances the quality of life of our residents. All staff have an enhanced CRB check and receive a comprehensive induction. All have complete mandatory training and either hold or are working towards their NVQ level 2 and/or 3 in Health and Social Care. Each member of staff is fully supervised and has an individual learning and development plan, which ensures they are fully competent to deliver the highest standard of care in a professional manner.

At the Heart of our Care Planning Our trained and dedicated team is on hand 24 hours a day to help you. When you first arrive at The Woodlands an individual care plan will be prepared, tailored to your individual needs. We work closely with our local GP surgeries and their District Nurses to ensure the highest level of medical care and attention. We also have regular visits from other practitioners such as chiropodists, dentists, opticians and the hairdresser.


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We selected fitted furniture to make best use of the space and provide storage with integral basin and WC. The walls and floors are fully tiled with underfloor heating for an extra touch of luxury. Jane says, “The new bathroom is just fabulous we love everything about it, especially the clever design touches that you don’t even notice but will make the room future proof for us. These include a seat in the shower and the large easy to use flush for the WC.

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Here at Stourton Park we have now fully recovered from our hectic May weekend when on May 10th 1600 attended our Corporate Lunch in the grand marquee. This is acknowledged to be the largest external event in the UK and is a credit to all the suppliers who make the day such a success as well as our own committed staff and volunteers. This year, in addition to the speakers Jason Leonard OBE and Michael Vaughan OBE, ably assisted by Philip Serrell and John Bentley, our guests were somewhat surprised that “Donald Trump” had arrived just after the auction. “Donald”, or Mike Osman, the renowned impersonator, had the audience in fits of laughter especially when confirming that he had agreed with our Executive to build a wall on the A449 to keep us remote from our local rivals Dudley Kingswinford! Among those present were all those who had arrived in the morning either having walked or cycled from Twickenham to raise £100,000 for the combined “Pass the Ball” Charity to benefit The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity and the RFU Injured Players Foundation. Plans are now afoot for next year’s May Lunch. On the following evening at the May Ball “Tru Groove”, the resident Jam House band entertained the revellers until midnight.

Loughborough Students who were relegated from National One last season. This will be our first encounter with them in the league format. The four other clubs joining us next season are relegated Caldy, and newly promoted Scunthorpe, Hull and Luctonians, all of whom we have played in previous seasons. The Lions first home game is against Kidderminster on September 14th.There are two newcomers to the Lions league, Ludlow and Kenilworth. Plans are in hand to arrange as many as possible of the Lions’ local fixtures on a Friday night under floodlights. All details will be published on our website. The First XV have strengthened their coaching set up with Alex Davidson heading up the forward coaching and Max Stelling will be head backs coach, both under the guidance of Neil Mitchell, our Director of Rugby. Alex has previously been Head Coach of Birmingham and Solihull and Luctonians as well as Head Coach of North Midlands. Max played much of his first class rugby at Worcester Warriors and was educated at Oldswinford Hospital School. The majority of last year’s squad will be with us next year. Pre-season training starts in earnest the first week of July and there is a pre-season game on Saturday August 17th at home against National Two South Side Dings Crusaders for both the 1st XV and the Lions. For the Mini and Junior teams, in conjunction with Sports in Schools, three rugby camps have been arranged for July 23rd, 25th and 26th. For August 27th, 29th and 30th and for October 29th and 30th.

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Your retirement years should be spent doing the things that you enjoy most, whether that’s spending time with family and friends, indulging in your favourite hobby or simply taking pleasure in a slower pace of life.

Enabling over fifty-fives to live independently and enjoy real quality of life, the retirement village supports residents with as little or as much help as they require.

Underfloor heating, solar panels, high pressure water systems and features like oak joinery and fitted wardrobes serve to create a luxury feel.

Every bungalow is light, bright and airy and equipped with a modern kitchen that’s complete with in-built appliances and granite worktops, as well as a luxurious bathroom – which can be used as a wet room.

There’s everything readily available to make life easier too: Courtesy transport to take residents into Bridgnorth and a visiting hairdresser if you don’t fancy making a trip to the salon.

However you want to spend your time, you’ll find the perfect new home at Bradeney Drive Retirement Village. The luxury development boasts a stunning location – situated amongst acres of unspoilt greenbelt land in Worfield – as well as fourteen high-specification new build bungalows that have been thoughtfully designed to meet every need. 18

Each bungalow has two bedrooms with parking, electric chargers and low-maintenance outside space which can be transformed into a wonderful garden area depending on how green-fingered the new occupant is.

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For those who need more help though, professional nursing packages are available to provide the care you need in your own home.

“Our Pavilion is evolving as an integral part of everyday life in the village and it’s the setting for all sorts of group activities, making it the ideal meeting place for residents.”

As developer, Les Jones explains: “Everything at Bradeney has been designed with individuality in mind, we want residents to be able to personalise every aspect of their property and evolve with any ongoing needs.” And, complete peace-of-mind is something which can be enjoyed by every resident – as well as their loved ones - at Bradeney. “Each bungalow is equipped as standard with 24-hour emergency panic alarms, which if activated will ensure help is delivered quickly.” The site is protected by CCTV and there’s a secure communal gated

In fact, the Pavilion hosts a growing range of facilities from art and yoga classes to live entertainment and resident’s family and friends are welcome to join in the fun.

entrance with security intercom. “Residents can rest safe in the knowledge that their home is secure even if they’re away for long periods of time on holiday or visiting relatives.” When it comes to the social aspect of life at Bradeney Drive, there’s always plenty going on.

“We’ve even got dedicated selfcontained accommodation for visitors wishing to stay with a Bradeney resident in our serviced hospitality suite,” adds Les. There really is everything on offer to make life amazing at Bradeney. So, why not plan your move today and look forward to enjoying a brand-new lease of life?

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BLUE WALLS, STOURBRIDGE ROAD, WOMBOURNE Blue Walls is a exquisite example of a traditional, detached family house which has been extensively improved by the current owners during their tenure. This is now an exquisite example of modern family living combined with traditional features, providing well proportioned accommodation over the ground floor with a stylishly appointed, modern kitchen and family space with a range of integrated appliances, cleverly designed storage ideas, lantern ceiling and underfloor heating together with four reception rooms, utility, four double bedrooms and luxuriously appointed family bathroom. The property stands well back from Stourbridge Road behind a deep and matured frontage in an excellent, elevated position and has large gardens to the rear which adjoin open fields and farmland and which therefore benefit from stunning views. (EPC:tbc)

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that no longer sells bedroom furniture, curtains and carpets. Now instead, there is a brand-new department that specialises in Sherborne lift and rise beds, reclining chairs - which are all exempt from VAT - as well as sofas to match. With all of this and more you’re sure to find outstanding designs and style at affordable prices when you pay a visit. In fact, customers at Pargeters are always surprised by the independent stores’ low prices, as Miles explains:

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Excellence as standard Winterdene Carpentry & Construction Ltd is a local company based in Kingswinford. We are a small family run business consisting of Lee, the founder and director who’s a qualified carpenter and has over 20 years’ experience in carpentry work. And there’s Lindsey, Lee’s wife and administrative coordinator of the company who has over 15 years’ experience in administration services. We carry out a comprehensive range of works which includes all aspects of carpentry such as joisting and roofing, 1st fix works which include wall studding, roof struts, door frames and floor joists through to 2nd fix works such as fitting skirting and architraves, various types of flooring, fitting

internal and external doors, loft hatches and a range of internal storage solutions. We also carry out full stair renovations and we specialise in kitchen installations. We also do a range of construction services including conversions and extensions plus work on outdoor spaces such as laying decking, timber cladding, building summerhouses and constructing porches and canopies. We pride ourselves on giving exceptional customer service from the first contact to the finished product. Every job is completed to the highest standard and we offer a competitive price to our customers. We have a lot of returning customers which we think speaks for itself.

electricians who we ensure complete any works to the standards we hold for ourselves. We also enjoy a good working relationship with a number of developers who we carry out subcontract works for.

We use a number of trusted tradesmen on our jobs where needed such as plasterers and

Please have a look at our website and get in touch if you’d like to discuss any projects.

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Brilliant bathrooms at Brierley Hill Bathrooms Whether you want your bathroom to be a haven of relaxation or simply a well-designed functional space, there’s no doubt that you’ll find the design that’s perfect for you at Brierley Hill Bath Warehouse. Established over twenty years ago, the business - that’s based close to both the Merry Hill Centre and Dudley town centre - has long been supplying and fitting bathrooms across the local area. Meeting the needs of both domestic and commercial clients alike, Brierley Hill Bath Warehouse has established a loyal client base and built an excellent reputation in the industry over the years. From an impressive showroom, that’s complete with products from leading brands like Simpsons, Clearwater and RAK Ceramics, the team are able to offer their customers an extensive range of suites that suit all budgets. Owner, Alec Price explains: “We’ve got something for every budget - whether it’s £4,950 or £34,000. There’s plenty of fitted bathroom furniture to take a look at in our showroom, as well as shower cubicles of all different sizes, and lots of bathroom accessories.” As well as selling direct from their showroom, Alec and his team offer a full design and fitting service for clients.

“Our team of expert fitters take care of all aspects of installation, from stripping out the old bathroom to plastering, tiling and of course, installing the new suite.” On average the fitting process takes between one and two weeks: “With one fitter the job will usually take two weeks to complete or with two fitters working the time frame can usually be halved to one week.” All of Brierley Hill Bath Warehouse’s fitters are highly skilled and experienced and complete every job to only the highest standards.

“We ensure excellent standards in everything we do and customer satisfaction is really important to us. Unlike many other businesses we don’t ask for any deposits upfront, we ask that our customers pay when the job is complete.” The company also has a unique safety treatment that will guard against any slips in the shower. “Some shower trays, baths and tiles can be extremely slippery, that’s why we have our Slip Not treatment available for those who are concerned about themselves or a relative having a fall in the shower.” Slip Not treatments can be used on any new or existing bath or shower tray in your home and are virtually invisible. When applied to a shower tray, bath or floor tiles, the Slip Not treatment provides a protective layer that helps to reduce the risk of injury from slips and falls. “We have done many Slip Not treatments in private homes as well as businesses, like retirement and nursing homes, schools, hotels and clinics.” So, whether you’re looking to find out more about protecting your loved ones in the shower or treating yourself to a brand new bathroom, Brierley Hill Bathrooms has got it all.


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Curtains, blinds, soft furnishings and more…

At Total Sewing Service you’ll find a fabulous range of soft furnishings that’ll make your home look amazing for 2019. Suppliers of leading brands, like Prestigious, Ashley Wilde, and Bill Beaumont, the Kingswinfordbased store offers something for every home interior, as Natalie Hemming explains:


“We’ve got hundreds of swatches, wallpaper books and mini curtains for clients to choose from. We’re proud to supply fabric and wall coverings from top brands and have a fantastic choice of styles that’ll suit both traditional and modern décor tastes.” A full measuring, making and fitting service is all part of what the team offer, so all you need to do is pick the designs that are right for you. “Of course, if you’ve already found the fabric you want to work with, then we’re more than happy to take care of the making for you.”

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And, you’ll also find a wide range of poles and blinds at Total Sewing Services to complete your new look. “Our professional team of fitters are on-hand to install all of our items in your home, which allows you to enjoy a brand-new look, hassle-free.” Offering a ‘total sewing service’ means that the team are experts in dress alterations too: “We specialise in bridal and promwear and can undertake any alterations that you require for a perfect fit.” So, whether you’ve found your dream wedding dress online and need some alterations, or if you’ve got

some design ideas of your own, you can trust Total Sewing Service’s talented seamstresses to help. They also offer an embroidery service and have a new machine. They can embroider teddies, work wear, school wear and hobby clothing eg. equestrian. “We’re happy to undertake any clothing alterations, large or small - everything from a broken zip to customising a gown.” Whatever you’ve got in-mind, give the Total Sewing Service team a call today or call in at the showroom. You’re sure to be delighted with the results. JULY/AUGUST 2019 OFFER Free lining or 10% off* custom made curtains and blinds, when you present this advert.

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A nice take on sweet ‘n’ sour pork, suitable for the barbecue.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

• 1 Pepper (any colour), deseeded and cut into squares

COOKING TIME: 10-15 minutes

• Spanish onion, chopped into chunks


• Small bunch coriander, chopped (optional)


• To serve - Boiled rice or pitta pockets

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• ½ Small pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks (or use ready prepped fresh pineapple, drained well)

Method 1. Cut the pork into cubes. Heat the sugar and vinegar in a pan over a low heat until

the sugar melts. Add the fish sauce and cool. Tip in the pork and mix well so that all the cubes are covered in sauce. 2. Heat the barbecue, or a griddle pan or grill. Thread the pork and pineapple onto skewers, alternating pieces with the pepper and Spanish onion. You can use whatever onions you have but Spanish are more delicate in flavour and sweeten nicely when grilled. 3. Barbecue or griddle the skewers for 3-4 mins each side (you may need to cook them for longer if griddling). Serve with rice or slide into pitta pockets

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Here at Lighting R Us we would be right in saying that the kitchen is the heart of the home. We carry out many daily tasks such as washing, cooking and ironing. Either way, you will need good kitchen lighting 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. The Power of the Pendant For breakfast bars or kitchen islands, opt for modern yet striking pendants. They offer a decorative touch, whilst giving you a welllit area. Don’t worry as we have selected a few of our favourites, for you to gather inspiration. A new favourite at Lighting R Us is a light fitting that offers

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Sunday August 18th 2019 will mark the fourth Symphony Hall Concert for local contemporary choir Got 2 Sing. And each time the numbers have swelled – both in terms of audience figures and choir members; so much so that the Choir are actually putting on two shows to accommodate everyone…the stage is simply no longer big enough!

So what is it that makes singing, or Got 2 Sing Choir, so popular? It is well documented that more and more people are discovering the benefits associated with singing. Faced with the growing pressures of modern day living, singing offers many health and social benefits, including that much needed escapism sought by so many. Beth Dunn, Founder and Director of Got 2 Sing has been overwhelmed by the growth of her choirs, “I believe choir offers that ‘feel good’ factor that everyone needs. My members tell me how singing has helped them overcome depression and loneliness, whilst improving self-esteem and confidence.” Beth is eager to introduce even more people to the joy of singing and would welcome anyone who wishes to try a free taster, adding, “We teach you by ear so you don’t need to read music! We sing wonderful, uplifting songs covering different genres, plus we offer fabulous performance opportunities!” Indeed, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall Concert, titled ‘This is Us’ is the highlight of the year where some 800 members from 11 choirs, including their Youth Choir for 9-16 year olds, will take to the stage over 2 shows and “It’s going to be epic,” promises Beth. If you wish to try your hand, or should we say voice, then why not pop along for a Free Taster – men and women, of all ages, are welcome! No experience is necessary and no scary auditions – anyone can join! It could be the start of a beautiful friendship! New term starts on Tuesday 10th September at Blakeley Heath Primary School, Sytch Lane, Wombourne, WV5 0JR, from 7.30 – 9.00pm. If you can’t make it, come along any Tuesday during term time! Details of other local Got 2 Sing choirs in Bewdley/Kidderminster and Stourbridge and their gigs / appearances, can be found at Tickets for Got 2 Sing Choir’s ‘This is Us’ Concert at Birmingham Symphony Hall on Sun 18th August can be purchased online from -


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Bill Kenwright presents the multi-award-winning production of Kander and Ebb’s landmark musical, CABARET at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and we have a pair of tickets to give away to the opening night on Tuesday 3 September!

Directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris, the production has enjoyed two smash hit West End runs at The Lyric and The Savoy theatres. CABARET features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and iconic songs ‘Money Makes The World Go Round’, ‘Maybe This Time’, ‘Cabaret’ and more.

Since its Broadway premiere and the movie version with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey, CABARET has won numerous stage and screen awards including 8 Oscars, 7 BAFTAs and 13 Tonys. It’s 1931, Berlin is a haven of divine decadence and the legendary Sally Bowles is about to take to the stage at the infamous Kit Kat Klub…

To book tickets visit, call 01902 42 92 12 or visit the Box Office in person. Tickets are for the specified performance only and cannot be given for any other performance or production. Tickets have no monetary value.

To be in with a chance of winning simply answer the following question correctly and send on a postcard with your name, address and telephone number to Town and Village Life Magazine, 1 Lytham Road, Perton WV6 7YY. Alternatively email your answer to and include your details by Monday 12th August 2019.

In the 1972 movie version, which actress played the part of Sally Bowles? A. Judy Garland

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Andrea and Yuri Jacholnik, owners of Peony Lane Interiors, held an event in store to celebrate the launch of their website. They wanted to give something back to all of their customers that have supported them since opening in September 2018.

Andrea said “It was a wonderful day seeing familiar and new faces. Graze from Bridgnorth supplied canapés and Prosecco for us to give out to our customers and there was 15% off everything in store. The event was a huge success and we were so thrilled with the turnout”. Photographs courtesy of Andrews Creative

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Peony Lane Interiors

make your home look amazing Whatever your home interior style, you’ll find the perfect finishing touches to complete the look at Peony Lane Interiors. Situated in the pretty village of Wombourne, the home interiors store is filled with all manner of beautiful buys which have been handpicked from innovative British brands and suppliers from across the world, as owner Andrea Jacholnik explains: “The brand reflects our passion and creativity for quality, contemporary design and timeless elegance. We want to bring our customers an extensive choice and that’s why we’ve teamed-up with so many diverse suppliers.” Andrea is passionate about all things home interiors and opening her own store has been a lifelong dream. “We hope that our customers enjoy our products as much as we have enjoyed sourcing them.” The beautifully designed store sells furniture, lighting, soft furnishings, faux flowers, home fragrance, tableware, decorative pieces, as well as a selection of giftware. And, visitors don’t just benefit from the fabulous selection on offer; they can also enjoy plenty of inspiration when they pay a visit thanks to Peony Lane’s wonderful displays.

If you’re not able to make it to the store though, you can still treat yourself to something fabulous via Peony Lane’s brand new website. “We’re absolutely delighted with our new website, which has been designed and built by the amazing web developers at Super Digital. Online you’ll find the same unique buys that are available in store,” adds Andrea. And, there is certainly plenty to choose from. So, why not treat yourself today and enjoy making your home look amazing with a trip to Peony Lane Interiors?

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Cycling from

Land’s End to John O’Groats Jessica Beasley, Digital Marketing Manager at Tile Choice will be embarking on a cycle journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats in September in aid of The Prince’s Trust, aiming to raise £3,000. Jessica takes up the story: “Having started cycling just over 18 months ago when I signed up to ride from London to Paris in 24 hours to raise money for Mind Charity. This was my first experience of an endurance cycling event, the camaraderie and support from others riders was invaluable as we all helped each other along the way, from fixing each other’s punctures to telling jokes to keep the spirits high when it got tough. “Cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats is a trip that any keen cyclist will no doubt have on their bucket list. Covering 980 miles cycling through 27 different counties whilst passing through England, Wales and Scotland over 9 days. The challenge presented by the repeated days in the saddle, cycling over 100 miles each day and camping along the way sounded too good to resist so I have signed up to ride the Deloitte Ride Across Britain and chosen to support their partner charity The Prince’s Trust. Of course, it is vital to get the training miles in before such a big ride and I’m very lucky to have the support from Tile Choice who not only support me with my training regime


but have also pledged to double the money I raise, so please do give generously to this fantastic charity.” The Prince’s Trust is an ambitious and innovative organisation which believes that every young person should have the chance to embrace exciting opportunities. The Prince’s Trust help 11 to 30-year olds who are unemployed or struggling at school to transform their lives. Many of these people are in, or leaving, care, facing homelessness, have mental health issues or have been in trouble with the law. Over £1.4 billion has been returned to society through help for disadvantaged young people over the past 10 years. The free programmes for young people provide both the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives whilst developing key skills and boosting their confidence so they too can dream big. Over the next 10 years The Prince’s

Trust plans to help one million more young people to transform their lives by providing them with skills to live, learn and earn. Ride Across Britain has been an iconic cycle challenge since before the Tour de France, it has and always will be a true test of both stamina and will, whilst passing through the most breathtaking variety of scenery. Whilst there are shorter routes from end to end, the Deloitte RAB is carefully planned to allow riders to appreciate the contours of the country, despite adding some extra miles on each day. From the rugged coastline of Cornwall, to the rolling hills and valleys in the North of England, right up to the barren majesty of the Scottish Highlands. “We will be challenged by the diverse nature of the landscape but also treated to a range of moorland, green valleys, winding back lanes, stunning yet hilly coastal roads and many historic sites.” “I’m proud to be supporting the amazing initiatives which The Prince’s Trust provide, their fundraising efforts and donations help to support 50,000 young people into jobs, education or training. Anyone interested in supporting me – no matter how big or small – please head to my Virgin Money Giving page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving. com/JessicaBeasley2 . Thank you to anyone who has supported me so far and to Tile Choice for being incredibly supportive.”

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Jacuzzi® Worcestershire, based at Webbs Garden Centre in Wychbold, has been the perfect place for prospective hot tub buyers for nearly 10 years. As a global brand, Jacuzzi® carefully selects the locations of its own stores, and it’s never been easier (or more enjoyable) to sample the delights of a hot tub than with Jacuzzi Worcestershire. The team is made up of Jennifer, Emma and Natalie and together they are on hand to guide you through the premium range of hot tubs that Jacuzzi® has to offer, helping you to select the perfect model for you and your lifestyle. Whether you’re a large

and busy family looking to get some quality time together, or a couple looking for the perfect way to relax after a long day at work, Jacuzzi® has the right tub for you. Plus, with the introduction of 4 stunning new hot tubs to our J-400™ Collection, known for its elegant styling and superior hydromassage, if you’re looking for a trusted brand that will deliver you a full body massage experience like no other, then your search is over. As part of your research, Jacuzzi® Worcestershire offers the ‘try before you buy’ experience, meaning all you need to do is make an appointment, bring along your swimsuit and enjoy a private wet test. Nothing compares to fully experiencing a Jacuzzi® hot tub to give you the confidence in your chosen model, or the chance to familiarise yourself with its fantastic features. Many people still believe that buying a hot tub is an expensive purchase, but with a variety of finance options available, enjoying a hot tub in the comfort of your own home has never been so affordable.

Visit the team at Webbs Garden Centre and they will happily talk you through the range of flexible plans on offer. Whether you opt for 0% interest free credit, want to buy now and pay later or prefer to spread the cost over 10 years with deposits from as little as £100, they’ll make sure you choose the right option for you. As one of the UK’s leading hot tub suppliers, you’ll enjoy first-class service, impeccable aftercare and benefit from the sound hot tub knowledge that the team at Jacuzzi® Worcestershire possess. If you’re looking for advice on what chemicals to use, instructions on how to replace a filter or just need some help on day-to-day usage, the team are always happy to help. With Jacuzzi® Worcestershire, your hot tub purchase will be a fun, stress-free and exciting experience. So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of this premium service by calling 01527 869 378 or better yet, drop by the showroom and have a look at the range of hot tubs on display.

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The Fence Shop at Now that summer is here there’s never been a better time to tackle the DIY projects that you’ve been putting off.


And, if you’ve got a fencing job on your to-do list then you will be pleased to hear that you’ll find everything you’ll need at Wombourne-based fencing specialist, Profence. With a brand-new dedicated retail space that’s equipped with fencing and gate accessories, fixings and fastenings and a selection of tools, every job is sure to be made easy. As Owner, Shane explains: “We’re really excited about our new venture, The Fence Shop, that supplies everything domestic – and commercial – customers who are carrying out fencing work themselves will need.”

Shane Gamble, Nigel Dolan, Kate Scott, Andrew Scott

of each of our client’s individual needs. We offer timber panels, picket fencing, palisade fencing, trellis, metal railings, welded mesh fences and automated gates.” And from their large on-site workshop the Profence team create bespoke pieces which meet all manner of individual requirements.

And aside from all of the essential buys there’s plenty of free expert advice on offer too.

“Manufacturing our own products means that we can offer those unique features like metal work detailing which provide a really stunning finish.”

“We know our trade inside and out and we’re more than happy to share our knowledge and experience with our customers.”

Automated gates are an increasingly popular choice for homeowners and Profence’s designs offer both style and security.

Of course, if you’d rather leave your fencing job to the professionals, the Profence team are always ready and waiting to undertake domestic and commercial jobs of all sizes.

“We can design all kinds of automated gates including attractive metal and wood-cladding styles.”

“We manufacture, supply and install a range of different products which meet the requirements

Working closely with a number of local authorities, Profence carry out work for various schools and colleges across the region: “We do jobs for Wolverhampton, Walsall, Cannock and Dudley Councils, which means that we are contracted to work on all manner of different institutions.”

Great care is taken at Profence to ensure that every product used has been sourced responsibly, as Kate Scott, Shane’s daughter and manager at Profence explains: “The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international network designed to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. It provides standard setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services for companies who are interested in responsible forestry.” “We want to ensure that we’re doing our part in helping to protect forests, by sourcing wood that comes from sustainable sources.” ProFence also hold Chain of Custody (COC) certification: “COC certification provides independent evidence that forest products originate from well-managed forests. It helps consumers and businesses make informed decisions about the timber products they buy.”

And that’s not all:

And, the entire Profence team work together to ensure that the chain of custody process runs smoothly.

“We work with all types of property and buildings, so whether you live on a housing estate or own a detached property we can help. We offer advice throughout the planning, design and installation stages to ensure that everything runs smoothly.”

“We only buy from companies that can supply FSC timber and we check that it has all of the correct paperwork when it arrives so that when our customers ask for FSC products we can ensure their delivery notes and invoices include our COC code.”

Shane employs 46 highly trained members of staff and places great emphasis on ensuring excellent customer service.

It’s values like these that set Profence apart from the competition.

“We offer free no-obligation quotations, guarantee all of our work and no payment is expected until the client is 52

entirely satisfied with the work carried out ,” adds Shane.

Whatever you’ve got in mind for your home, contact the team today to make your plans a reality and enjoy the excellent service ProFence has to offer.

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P L A NTING IN S P IR A TION Choosing the right planting scheme can have a massive impact on a garden. Gaynor Bradley, Garden Creations’ horticulturist, shares her insights into the planting scheme creation process. What do you first ask clients who are thinking about a new planting scheme? I like to establish if they are keen gardeners or not, and how much time they can afford to spend maintaining their garden. I also ask if they have a particular style or theme in mind, such as cottage garden, tropical or contemporary. Preferences on colour choice are also important to consider at an early stage. What’s the most common planting question you are asked? Clients come to us because they want to create a beautiful outdoor space, but many lead busy lives and simply do not have the time needed to nurture an elaborate planting scheme. We are therefore often asked if we can create a striking design that will require minimal upkeep.

What is the most unique planting scheme you’ve created? One design that really stood out recently was a stylised contemporary garden where we used large specimen parachute trees with simple under-planting to create a minimalist haven. I always think simplistic schemes are brave, but done well they look amazing.

early flowering, the sweet-scented Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’ and the beautiful Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’, which can be grown through any shrub to add extra interest. Are there any standout current planting trends? Topiary with alliums and hydrangea are both very popular at the moment.

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Hopefully as we progress through the warmer months the weather will settle down. After being warm, then cold and warm again during May, plants could do with a settled period of sunshine – with some rain at night of course.

As we move from June into July and August there’s still time to plant larger pots of Geraniums, Fuchsias, Cosmos and Dahlias to fill in any gaps in borders. Water to get established and feed on a weekly basis. Dead head regularly and you’ll have colour through to the first autumn frosts, which hopefully will be late starting. Keep sowing or planting salad crops such as lettuce, spinach, spring onions and radish in the veg patch to get a continuous harvest. Use very fine netting to cover cabbages, cauliflowers, carrots and other particularly susceptible vegetables against flies, pigeons and butterflies. Harvest peas and runner beans regularly whilst they are young and tender, freeze any spares for

home grown vegetables during the winter months. Keep beans and peas moist and spray over the foliage to encourage pods to set. There’s plenty of choice in the herbaceous sections at the moment as well as the ever popular Lupins – there’s a large range of new Salvias, Monardas and Echinacea as well as Delphiniums and the butterfly loving Verbena bonanariensis and the ever popular perennial Geraniums. Hostas are good for a shady spot with their coloured foliage, watch out for the slugs though, especially if the ground is damp. Now is a good time to add new plants to your pond. There’s a good selection of marginal and deep water plants available. Keep marginals on a ledge at the edges

of the pool and not too deep – Iris, Caltha, Primulas and Bulrushes are all good examples. For the middle/ deeper parts of the pool water lilies are good and can give good protection for any fish you have in the pool. Most plants come ready planted in aquatic pots so just need placing into the pool. Don’t forget marginals need not be planted in the pool – if you have a damp, boggy area plants like Iris, Primulas and Lobelias will all grow happily. For new potatoes in October, or at Christmas, plant seed potatoes in tubs in July and August. Growth will finish in October, leave the tubers in their pots until required for cooking. Remember they’ll need frost protection once the winter frosts appear in November and December. To complete another gardening cycle or start a new one depending on how you look at it the spring flowering bulbs will be appearing in Garden Centre’s from the end of August! If you want Hyacinths in flower for Christmas, they must be planted and put into a dark cool place in September. Most varieties require an 8-10 week cool period followed by 2-3 weeks of warmer conditions to bring them into flower. Use a compost specifically for bulbs as it will contain charcoal to keep the soil sweet.


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Dr Brian Hogan gives us the grand tour of Blacks’ RCVS accredited veterinary hospital I am Dr Brian Hogan and it is my great pleasure to show you around today. If you know Dudley well, our hospital will be a familiar sight. We have been based on Hall Street for many years and have been proudly serving the Black Country since 1965.

Dr Brian Hogan MVB Cert SAS MRCVS

Over the years, our award-winning group has helped thousands of pets to stay happy and healthy and we pride ourselves on not only being a team of exceptional veterinary professionals, but also a group of true animal lovers. Paws and claws are our great passion and our commitment to care for our animal patients and their human families is at the very foundation of our practice. So, step this way and come inside to enjoy our grand tour!

One of the most important things to understand about our hospital, is that our veterinary team can be onsite 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Put simply, we never outsource care. Whether a pet is brought in as an emergency case or is recovering from a routine procedure, they will be looked after here in the hospital, throughout the night, by our dedicated team. This means that your pet will benefit from the same high standards of care throughout their time with us and enables continuity and consistency to be the hallmarks of our patient’s experience. Our clients tell us this is a real comfort in times of worry and is something we work hard to maintain. Our comprehensive care is supported by an excellent range of veterinary equipment. Our onsite facilities are some of the best in the Black Country, with advanced X-ray equipment and dedicated operating theatres for Orthopaedic surgery and dental procedures. We have invested in the latest Endoscopy equipment which 60

can enable the removal of foreign bodies such as stones, sticks and toy fragments as well as providing capacity to conduct investigations into difficult-to-reach areas such as the stomach, intestines and nasal chambers, without the need for surgery. Our first-floor laboratory is also available for our patients 24/7 and contains microscopes as well as apparatus for analysing organ function. Fast, accurate analysis can mean life or death to a sick patient in the middle of the night and having access to this across our veterinary team enables us to react quickly and effectively.

Dr Girish Thakral BVSc & AH Cert VC MRCVS

Our Ultrasound Scanning room is principally used by my colleagues, Dr Girish Thakral and Dr Fiona Allsop

who provide expert imaging services to our patients. Both are certificate holders in Cardiology and Medicine respectively, meaning that they have additional expertise in these fields, with complex cases from across the Midlands referred to see them. We are also able to offer MRI screening via a mobile unit which visits us every 6-8 weeks. When a longer period of treatment is called for, we are pleased to offer dedicated dog and cat wards with nice big kennels and cat cages that enjoy underfloor heating. There are plenty of walk-in kennels for larger dogs to be comfortable and there is a pleasant environment for patients and the nurses that care for them. There is pipedin oxygen so animals with breathing difficulties can get extra support, blood pressure monitoring equipment and IV pumps for precise delivery of fluids and drugs to very sick patients and those recovering from surgery.

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Our RCVS status is also something we are extremely proud of. A Veterinary Hospital is not the same as an animal hospital, as it is not RCVS inspected. There is a significant difference and we have worked very hard to ensure we comply with the exacting standards required by the Royal College. We were delighted to receive the following feedback from our most recent RCVS inspection, which sums up everything we are aiming to achieve: “This was a fantastic veterinary group that was obviously committed to providing the very highest in client service. There was a real team spirit / family feel to this group. The number of awards that this group had received was superb and a real testament to the group’s lovely culture. Everyone who I spoke to were committed to the practice and helping to give an excellent client service.” - RCVS Inspector

Following our last RCVS inspection, we were awarded ‘Outstanding’ in the category of Client Service and have also been fortunate to receive awards for Customer Commitment and Workplace Wellbeing from the Chamber of Commerce. I was very honoured to be one of three finalists for Pet Plan Vet of the

Year and Kendall Clee from our brilliant reception team won this year’s BVRA Receptionist of the Year award. It’s always great to be recognised for doing what you love and we as a team are in our element when we are doing what we do best – helping Black Country pets to become the healthiest in the UK!

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“We’ve got an enormous range of products on sale at our 12,000sq ft store. Our caravan accessory ranges include everything from gas fittings, electric equipment and lighting to TVs, barbeques, homewares and even solar panels.” Motorhome ranges include storage solutions, mirror guards, bike carriers and Fiamma/Thule products. Of course, there’s all-manner of spare parts for caravans and motorhomes too. There’s also an impressive selection of awnings from leading brands like Isabella, Kampa, Dorema, Vango and Ventura. “Full awnings, inflatable awnings, porch awnings and motorhome awnings are all available at our store (over 30 on display).” And when it comes to camping, there’s plenty to choose from as well: “You’ll find everything you need for a camping trip, apart from the tent!” With more than 43 years of experience in the industry

the team have worked hard to bring their customers the finest selection of caravanning and camping accessories. “We pride ourselves on the excellent customer service that we offer. We are a friendly team, knowledgeable and always on-hand to offer advice.” The company has built an excellent reputation based on the excellent service and topquality products that they offer. And you don’t have to just visit the store to benefit because we have a website that you browse around too www. “Any website queries are dealt with by all members of the team in store - who can be contacted by telephone - and our online customers can also email our different departments directly.” So, whether you’re a seasoned caravanner or maybe just caravan curious, why not visit Cannock Caravan Accessories and start planning your getaway this summer?

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THE PERFECT COUNTRY HAVEN AWAY FROM THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE... If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay in the Black Country then you’ll be delighted to find New Wood Farm. Located in Stourton - just outside of Wollaston – New Wood Farm boasts two beautifully renovated self-catering cottages that lie in a tranquil and picturesque countryside setting that’s within easy reach of Stourbridge, Kingswinford and Kinver. The converted farm buildings have been designed to offer guests a cosy ‘home from home’ and have been lovingly restored by owners Linda and Mick Thornton, who were keen to retain their original character whilst creating a stylish and modern interior. Welcoming visitors from all over the world, the couple have long been ensuring that their guests enjoy a wonderful stay. As Linda explains: “We have been hosting the barn for over 20 years and have had guests stay with us from as far away as Australia and America, as well as from all over the UK. We also have a lot of local people stay with us too.” Holiday makers, business people, those visiting relatives and local people needing a place to stay in between a house move, renovation works or even to recuperate after surgery - have all enjoyed what New Wood has to offer. “There are plenty of different reasons why guests choose to stay with us at New Wood but we hope that the reason they return time and time again is

because of the enjoyable stay they’ve had.” The Barn sleeps four people and has two bathrooms and The Stable provides accommodation for two. “The Barn and The Stable both benefit from a wood burning stove,comfy leather sofas and a large TV.” There’s also parking available for up to three cars and free WIFI. “Our gates open onto a bridle path that leads down to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal, with no passing traffic which is great for walkers and cyclists.” Linda and Mick have worked hard to pay attention to those little details that make all the difference; there are flower boxes and planters outside the cottages, as well as a very unique addition in The Barn. “We’ve got a Wurlitzer juke box containing many vinyl records from the 1960’s and 1970’s in The Barn that many of our guests love,” adds Linda. With so much to offer, it’s no surprise that guests at New Wood Farm can’t wait to book their next stay.

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YEARS… During fifty years of trading OFFICLEAN has been at the forefront of the commercial cleaning industry throughout the Midlands and beyond. This privately-owned company was founded by Pamela Jones in 1969 and now has around 700 employees.

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Starting a business all those years ago was exceedingly difficult at a time when it was ‘A Man’s World’. At the beginning Pamela had no idea how tough it would be, but with two small children entirely dependent on her, there was no alternative. With the support of her parents ‘K.T. Cleaning Services’ was launched from a small office located in her home town of Stourbridge. The responsibility was enormous, but by working long hours contracts were gained and soon a move to larger premises became essential.





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A new three-storey office block became available in Wombourne and Pamela rented one of the offices and a garage to store materials and equipment. Veronica Seggar and Pat Banbery were recruited and they became her ‘rock’. As the business grew it expanded to occupy the entire office block and OFFICLEAN Limited was formed. These premises remain the company’s HQ to the present day.

Three ladies in business was unusual in 1969 but they were the foundation of the business of today, now with a turnover approaching five million. During this time the company has attracted a diverse range of industries within a 100-mile radius of its HQ. The company has an extensive client base and some of the major clients that have been using the services of OFFICLEAN include, Alternative Parcels Company Ltd., Dudley Building Society, Groupo Antolin, Gymshark, Hillview Medical Centre, Thomas Dudley Ltd., Voestalpine Metsec Ltd. The company ethos is “quality and service without compromise”, a culture which permeates throughout the organisation. OFFICLEAN operates as a team and recognises the value of each person in the team as they stand or fall on the quality of their work. The success of the company is in their hands. Pamela greatly values her loyal staff with many working in the company for over 25 years - a true testament to the positive OFFICLEAN culture.

Pamela Jones and Team OFFICLEAN celebrating BS 5750 Certificates, presented by the Chief Executive of Wolverhampton Chamber of Commerce in 1992.

Management personnel occupy a crucial role in ensuring best practice and that customer satisfaction levels are kept high by motivating staff and monitoring results. OFFICLEAN’s Managers are seasoned professionals who have risen through the ranks and understand the business whilst acknowledging the company’s ethos of high quality service.

Anita organised a special party for Pamela in celebration of fifty years in business. It provided her with an opportunity to thank ‘Team OFFICLEAN’ for their contribution in building the successful business of today. From her home in the Pattingham area, Pamela continues to keep a keen eye on the day to day running of her business.

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Wolverhampton icon celebrates

125 years of history

Nick Owen, Christopher Biggins, Linda Lusardi, Adrian Jackson, Jeffrey Holland, Su Pollard, Sam Kane and Don Maclean

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and the celebrations will continue right up until the 10th December.


The theatre first opened its doors on 10th December 1894 and was designed by prestigious theatre architect Charles J. Phipps and Wolverhampton native builder Henry Gough. The £10,000 construction began June 28th 1894 when Mayoress C.T. Mander unveiled the foundation stone.

of Victorian architecture in the city of Wolverhampton today.

Even today, the Grand remains held in high regard as one of Phipps’ crowning achievements, so much so that the facade of the building has remained virtually unchanged during both of its major refurbishments. Many would agree that it is one of the finest examples

Its debut production was Utopia Limited by the world-renowned D’Oyly Carte Opera company, performed to the staggering two thousand, one hundred and fifty-one capacity of the original auditorium layout. This year, on 26 November, D’Oyly Carte Opera

Grand Theatre from 1890’s

Company return to the Grand Theatre to mark the milestone anniversary with GILBERT & SULLIVAN A LA CARTE. In the original days, seating in the auditorium was segregated by class, with the Dress Circle set aside for members of the gentry. People waited for hours to grab a place in the ‘sixpenny gallery’ …

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Following several rounds of tense negotiation with the City Council, a compromise was reached. The theatre would re-open, but only after a massive renovation and restoration scheme had been completed, alongside the establishment of an annual grant from the Council to ensure its continued successful operation.

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one such lucky theatregoer on the opening night was nine-year-old Tom Latham, so impressed by the grandiose beauty and elegance of the building, that he would later go on to become the Grand’s stage manager for thirty-five years. During the opening years of the twentieth century, the Grand played host to icons of stage, screen and the political arena, both established and yet to leave their mark on the world. One such character was Charlie Chaplin, who made the most of his role as a pageboy in the 1902 production of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ through a series of elaborate practical jokes at the expense of the cast and crew! Future Prime Minister Winston Churchill addressed a male-only

audience as president of the Board of Trade in 1909 and 9 years’ later at the end of World War One, the victorious PM David Lloyd George launched his election campaign to a packed auditorium, famously declaring ‘homes fit for heroes’. The Grand continued to pack in the audiences from the 1920’s – 1950’s and the Grand’s resident Repertory Company flourished but despite a post-war boom in ticket sales and general theatre interest, the introduction of television to British households in the late 50s led to a decline in audience numbers across the country’s regional theatres. The Repertory Company were no more, and the Grand’s programme shifted towards high-profile touring dramas and star-studded variety shows. Memorable moments included a concert by international singing star Marlene Dietrich in 1966! Theatregoers, staff and stars alike all look back on this era with a great sense of admiration and fondness – dark times lay ahead for the last few years of the 1970s, however.

Chief Executive and Artistic Director Adrian Jackson

On February 23rd 1980, the Grand Theatre closed its doors, faced with financial difficulties and a very real prospect of permanent closure. There was an expected level of public outcry at the decision, with many loyal Wulfrunians refusing to give up on their love of live theatre in the town. A ‘Save The Grand’ action group was hastily assembled, with the objective of raising both funds and awareness to resurrect the Grand from its black hole.

When the Grand re-opened its doors on Wednesday 31st August 1983, it was arguably one of the best-equipped theatres in the country. The Grand enjoyed success after success, attracting top touring companies and packing houses full of loyal, cheering audiences. Another major refurbishment in 1998 cemented the Grand’s reputation as one of the country’s leading regional theatres.

Jane McDonald Wolverhampton Grand Theatre - Stalls Seat A20

The latest refurbishment in 2016 came shortly after the arrival of a new Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Adrian Jackson which coincided with vast improvements to the theatre’s education, access and marketing departments, as well as further refurbishments and developments in the building’s technology. The Grand is now poised to continue into the 21st century with the assured stride of having survived its darkest days thanks to the loyalty, affection and support of its many patrons, staff and performers. It has returned to its producing days, with the theatre’s own productions making it to the stage and planning permission for an extension to the building has been granted for a second theatre space next door. 71

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STARTS NEW £12MILLION INVESTMENT IN DUDLEY 100 new jobs will be created for local people. There are lots of exciting things happening in the town, and I was really glad to be down at the site to be part of the ground-breaking ceremony and see the start of this £12million new development”

From the left: Corin Crane: CEO Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Adrian Ballard: Owner Casino 36 Ltd, Cllr David Stanley: Mayor of Dudley, Ian Austin MP: MP for Dudley North

Casino 36 Ltd has started work on a new £12million casino & entertainment centre at the Castlegate Retail Park in the heart of Dudley. The project is due to take a year and it is expected to open in the summer of 2020. The Casino will employ over 100 people and will bring a new state of the art casino experience to the Black Country. It will be a two-storey building featuring the casino and bar on the first floor and an entertainment venue on the ground floor. A ground-breaking ceremony was held on 7th June 2019 at the site and was attended by Adrian Ballard, Casino 36 Director; Mayor of Dudley, Cllr David Stanley; Ian Austin, MP for Dudley North and Corin Crane, Chief Executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce. Adrian Ballard, Casino 36 Director, said he was inspired to invest in Dudley following Dudley Council’s commitment to regenerating the town centre.

to the borough. When considering which new facilities to offer, we didn’t want to just cater to an existing client market. We are determined to provide something that the area is lacking, and are focused on providing new facilities in a friendly and safe environment where people can relax in an exciting and fresh new setting.” Councillor David Stanley, The Mayor of Dudley, said: “Dudley Council is committed to supporting regeneration, investment and enterprise in Dudley borough and it was a wonderful experience to visit the site where this new business will be based. I am delighted they have chosen Dudley for this £12m development, it will be a good addition to the leisure and retail offer at Castlegate.” Ian Austin, MP for Dudley North, said: “I am delighted that there is new investment in Dudley and that

Corin Crane, Chief Executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, said: “Casino 36 are a great local success story and their expansion into Dudley comes after substantial investment into their casino in Wolverhampton. It will also put them in the heart of Dudley which is going through a period of huge investment from the Metro extension, the development of the Institute of Technology, the massive expansion of the Black Country Living Museum. Casino 36 will hopefully become a key part of our local tourism offer and nightlife.” About Casino 36 Limited Casino 36 Limited runs 3 casinos in Wolverhampton, Dudley and Stockport bringing modern casino gaming and entertainment to its customers. In November 2016 it opened a brand new multi-million ‘Super Casino’ in Temple Street Wolverhampton. In August 2018 it refurbished its Stockport casino and is now investing £12million in a state-of-the-art casino in Dudley. The company is based in Wolverhampton and employs over 250 people across the business. For more information please visit

“Dudley has, in my eye, always been a leading market town. The plans to move the area forward are admirable, and something I am keen to be involved in,” he said. “I feel the opportunities our new site will provide will complement these plans and be an additional vehicle to bring much needed tourism back 72

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Set within 22 acres of beautiful parkland, Wolverhampton Racecourse provides a fantastic vantage point and environment for cheering on thoroughbred flat racing horses, along with indoor and outdoor events and their annual Music Live concert. The venue is extremely popular for individuals of all ages and has increasingly become an entertainment destination for guests far and wide. With highly

anticipated events including Family Funday, after-racing entertainment, and live music performances, Wolverhampton Racecourse is an all-year round venue that provides a great day and night out for all. After hosting UB40, The Human League, Ocean Colour Scene and Kaiser Chiefs in recent years the racecourse is playing host to two more incredible artists this summer. Following a fabulous day of racing, on Friday 30 August Madness will perform their 40th anniversary tour live, and International superstar Jess Glynne takes centre stage

on Ladies Day the following day, Saturday 31st August. Admission tickets include access to the racing and outdoor concert. Restaurant places are already selling fast, with both the Ringside and Horizons restaurants now sold out for Jess Glynne, and limited availability for Madness. Due to demand, the racecourse has now opened a brand-new marquee adjacent to the stage which will give fans unrestricted views of the stage, private reserved viewing area and a dedicated bar for the racing and concert.

For further information and to purchase tickets for Madness and Jess Glynne visit

We are giving a Town & Village Life magazine reader the opportunity to win six admission tickets to see either Madness on Friday 30th August or Jess Glynne on Saturday 31st August. To be in with a chance to win this fabulous prize, all you have to do is answer the following question correctly:

Which feature raceday will Jess Glynne be performing at? Email your answer to or send on a postcard to Town & Village Life Magazine, 1 Lytham Road, Perton, Wolverhampton, WV6 7YY, please include your name, address and telephone number.

Competition closing date Friday 9th August 2019. Competition Terms and Conditions: To enter readers have to be at least 18 years of age. Winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries received and notified by telephone. Prize valid for Friday 30th August or Saturday 31st August 2019 (Winner’s choice which concert they would like tickets for). No cash or alternative prize available.

For details of forthcoming fixtures and events at Wolverhampton Racecourse, please visit:

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A summer of expectation for

Halfpenny Green Wi n e E s t a t e

After a perfect wineproducing summer in 2018, which was a delicious blend of long sunshiny days and high temperatures, Halfpenny Green Wine Estate, set in the stunning South Staffordshire countryside, waits with baited-breath to see what this year’s summer produces. Every season is important in the wine-making world, but summer is an extra special season in that it provides the proof of the pudding; high temperatures and long sunny spells produce bigger, sweeter grapes which lead, eventually, to high quality wines! With the holiday season in full swing, the staff at Halfpenny Green Wine Estate are hard at work, not only in the Winery, but in the shop and restaurant too. July and August are the Wine Estate’s busiest time of year, with the Great British Public in full holiday mode! What better time to learn more about the exciting work of English Wine and the reasons for its fast-growing popularity. One of the best ways for guests to enjoy the Wine Estate and get an insight into the exciting world of English wine, is with a

Tour, Tasting & Two Course Meal package, available at just £24.95 per person. Available to book on selected dates throughout the summer months, guests will enjoy a guided tour of the vines and winery, a tutored tasting of a selection of the Estate’s award-winning wines, and a set two course meal to end the afternoon or evening. Guests will then have the opportunity to visit the three-storey shop, with its newly built Loft Balcony, to browse the full wine selection, or, following a daytime tour, relax with a drink in the tea room or explore the on-site craft centre, which is home to over fifteen individual businesses, including a Blacksmith and a zoo! It’s a great way to enjoy some of the best in English produce and, with gift vouchers

available, valid for two years at the time of purchase, it makes the perfect gift! Upcoming tour dates available for booking include Thursday 12th September and 10th October. New dates for 2020 will be released just before Christmas, so keep an eye on our websites! If wine isn’t your thing, there’s still plenty on offer at Halfpenny Green. If classic British spirits are more up your street, why not indulge in a Gin Tasting Experience, available in the shop’s rather impressive Wine Loft. For just £28.50 person, guests will enjoy a curated menu of four gin and tonics, carefully developed by the expert tasting staff and put together from the shop’s range of over one hundred artisan British gins. The experiences are available to book year-round, and are the perfect accompaniment to a tranquil summer afternoon on the Estate’s newly built Balcony, overlooking the beautiful British countryside. There’s plenty on offer at South Staffordshire’s own vineyard this summer, so if you haven’t yet had a taste of the complete English wine experience, make sure you put Halfpenny Green Wine Estate at the top of your ‘to-do’ list. For more information visit the website


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A family business, established in 1983, Halfpenny Green Wine Estate has 30 acres of vines managed by Martin, which produce award-winning wines, crafted by his son Clive. The acclaimed shop, restaurant, deli and tea room are run by Clive’s wife Lisa, and offer a great day out for visitors.




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The Lyttelton Arms By Rob Taylor

Somehow The Lyttelton Arms in Hagley seems familiar to me even though I’m certain I’ve never visited it before. What makes things stranger still, considering that I have absolutely no ties to the area, is that I seem to know all about how nice a place it is. A lot of people must have gushed about it over the years and I must have filed said opinion polls in my cerebral black hole, labelled under “Do visit if and when time affords.” Clearly the reputation of The Lyttelton precedes it. Well, guess what? As ever, it’s a case of “too late Taylor!”, because it’s all change now at the local landmark eaterie, which prides itself on both its rural setting and easy access to neighbouring Stourbridge,

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Clent and Bromsgrove. But – for once – change is not a bad thing. The Lyttelton has just undergone a significant investment that has given the much-loved eating and drinking spot a spectacular new look and ultra-glamorous feel. When asked if I’d like to attend the very swanky pre, re-opening press event my answer is a resounding “yes!” Partly, if I’m honest, to see exactly what all the fuss is about, but mostly because I’m a horrible foodie who can scarcely turn down the offer of a free biscuit with my cuppa let alone a complimentary three-course meal, plus drinks. As well as the ultra-modern and sumptuous makeover (think: trendy


London nightspot meets poshpub), there’s also a brand-new menu, which aims to deliver a social dining and drinking experience that is second to none, featuring fresh flavours and ingredients inspired by modern world food trends. Half of my party of four sit in a normal adversarial position (adversarial, because my pal and I each wager on ourselves to put down the greater volume of free ale) but not on hard-back dining chairs, instead they lounge on a low-backed sofa, like Sybarites. We all enjoy the new decor which is ‘based around the concept of Champagne bubbles and the decadent colour of peacock feathers’. I don’t know about all that but I do see: bubbled glass fittings, contemporary satin brass, elegant curved seating and a stunning new feature bar sitting at the heart of the building, boasting a ceramic and jewel-finish. Added to this are luxury drapes, plush upholstered booths and marble topped Champagne tables.

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From where I’m sitting the newlook looks exactly like a premium destination for a memorable night out should. In many ways the place is best described as a ‘postpub, pub’. This summer it will be introducing regular live music as well as a host of events and parties (three private meeting spaces, a media centre, and a private dining room make The Lyttelton perfect for parties, networking etc), but don’t expect traditional pub fare nasties, like Backgammon and stale sarnies, because these events will be in partnership with a range of premium brands – so expect glitz and glamour. A chat to manager Liz, who has over 13 years’ hospitality experience, tells us that people have been turning up all week long, itching to get inside. “We’re not officially open yet” is the familiar refrain. Of course, now the place is open, dear readers: we don’t like to tease. So, whether you fancy something from the grill; such as four-bone free-range New Zealand lamb rack, seabass fillet and charred octopus or expertly-aged steaks, there’s something to suit all tastes. A range of exciting new small plates, designed for sharing, make the perfect start to the dining experience; with dishes such as sashimi grade tuna tartare, miso aubergine bao buns and

seared, wild, Atlantic scallops with lobster and crab bonbons. We tuck into a couple of said platters and all of us have nothing but concerted praise for the offerings. A standout favourite of mine is the ‘Grilled Lamb Kofka with smoky creamed corn and goats’ cheese’. Then it’s onto a plate from the main course each (I’m a sucker for ‘Fillet Steak with Peppercorn sauce’: it does not disappoint), followed by dessert (“When did I taste a better Crème Brulee?” is a question I nurse later during the taxi ride home). We all agree that despite hosting a room full of hungry Media-types, the staff excel. Another point of consensus is that the pricing seems spot-on. After we leave, I’m certain that the Kitchen – led by Head Chef,

Carl Grieves – is packing some major talent. And it needs every drop of it because The Lyttelton has laid down a formidable gauntlet. The restaurant will serve Friday and Saturday-only specials of freshly-shucked rock oysters and grill sharing boards, such as Chateaubriand or trio of pork. Premium wines such as Premier Cru Burgundy and Rioja Gran Reserva, will now be available by the glass. A new cocktail menu has also been developed by the team. And it will still offer fantastic value too with its two-course MondayFriday lunch menu from £14.95. Sure to be a hit with both regulars and rookie visitors alike, The Lyttelton Arms is a singular experience.

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If you love street food accompanied by a gin or a cocktail or two... this festival is the one for you! A tasty line-up of local producers will be heading to the Cosford Food Festival on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July 2019, showcasing some of the region’s finest artisan produce and locally brewed beverages.

Win Family Tickets to the Cosford Food Festival

This year’s lineup is looking impressive with some of the best street food in town serving up flavours from around the world to tempt foodies. Plus, four huge marquees packed full of local food and drink for you to sample and buy! New for the 2019 Cosford Food Festival is Gin Flight! Sit back, relax and enjoy a unique gin tasting experience on board our VC10 aircraft. Hosted by experts from the Gin Jamboree Gin school, they will talk you through everything you need to know about gin! There will be four Gin Flights each day, sessions last 45 minutes and cost £10.00 per person (over 18’s only). The festival is held at the RAF Museum Cosford set against a backdrop of aircraft and handily close to Cosford train station with trains running from Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton and Birmingham....allowing you to make the most of the day. Organisers have secured some of the region’s top chefs to cook a range of dishes live on the demo stage. Plus, festival goers can sit back and 82

We have teamed up with the RAF Museum Cosford to give three lucky readers the chance to win family passes to this year’s food festival. enjoy bands playing throughout the day on the music stage. If you have little ones, bring them with you... there will be plenty of entertainment including kids’ cookery classes, circus skills, face painting and a tent packed full of activities. Tickets are on sale now, visit: Admission Prices: Adult £6.00 Child (5-15 years) £2.00 Family (2 adults, up to 4 children) £14.00 Children under 5 - FREE For more details visit:

To enter the competition answer the following question and email your answer including your name, address and telephone number to: info@townandvillagelifemag. or send on a postcard to 1 Lytham Road, Perton, Wolverhampton WV6 7YY.

How many ‘Gin Flights’ will take place each day? Entries to be received by Friday 12th July 2019. Competition Terms & Conditions: To enter you must be aged 18 years or older. Winners will be chosen at random from all correct entries received and informed by telephone. No cash or alternative prize will be given.

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Over 100 exhibitors Celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala* Live cooking demos Street food Cocktail bar Live music Family entertainment Gin Flight masterclass on board VC10 aircraft

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MICROBLADING How to get it right!

with Deborah Mitchell

The semi-permanent secret to faking fuller eyebrows that look totally natural, microblading might just be the hassle-free solution to spending hours pencilling in your eyebrows

Microblading A type of eyebrow architecture. It is all about creating the best shape for each face – a totally bespoke approach for each individual. The process is very precise thanks to the tool that is used which is effectively like a pen with the nib being a sloped blade with 10-12 little needles at the end - needles that don’t penetrate the skin but just delicately scratch the surface, much like a paper cut. The needle very finely implants featherweight strokes with a medical grade pigment on the epidermis layer of the skin, creating fine, realistic and natural hair strokes.


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Microblading, unlike tattooing, is not in the deep layer of skin, but more on the surface. This is also not permanent, and the colour fades within 18 months. The hair strokes are far more natural and finer than any tattoo, there is no electrical gadget that permeates deep in this technique.

After Care What should I expect following treatment?


Keeping the area dry and clean, you do not want to mess or touch the treated area. You may cause an infection.

Similar to microblading but it’s not hair stokes it’s more like a powder look this too can last up to 18 months depending on shade of colour applied this can be performed with a blade.

Healing on brows, lip liner and eye liner depends on clients mainly the treatment is very quick to heal, up to 7 days.

Semi-permanent makeup Long lasting when naturally applied, it can last up to five years plus and can have hair strokes or a powdered look.

Brows become temporarily darker as the colour oxidises, this happens during the beginning of the healing process. A scab will form holding the colour, your skin will take in the pigment only on the upper layers of the dermis. This happens with machine method too. The pigment can become lighter before returning darker. As the skin heals there may be some slight redness and a healing sensation. Less than a cut.

A top up session is required after 6 weeks plus, before this time the skin is too fragile and may bleed too much, leading to colour not lasting. No, sauna, steam room or facial steaming (this would lead to colour not taking) . Sunbathing after treatment is possible if the brows are covered with a hat or large glasses during the healing phase. After this you may use your normal sunscreen as you do in the average sunbathing time. Lastly the colour needs to take so do not pull the scabs off or rub them.




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To celebrate the first 25 years of Jane Iredale Wollaston Beauty Clinic is offering every reader a FREE 20 minute Jane Iredale experience so that you can try this brand and feel the lightness of the foundation and see the clarity of the pigments. Contact the salon to book, quoting Town & Village Life magazine. Plus you will also qualify for 15% off any Jane Iredale you buy. This gorgeous make-up works in perfect harmony with “Environ” the skincare brand and the supplement range, “Advanced Nutrition Programme”, establishing a FEED FORTIFY & FINISH approach to skincare at the salon. Supplements feed your skin from within while Environ skincare products treat your skin topically, with clinically proven results and Jane Iredale finishes your skincare regime with pure clean beauty. The team at Wollaston Beauty Clinic are all expertly trained and are very confident in helping you select the correct product and treatment for your needs, so why not call in or book today. Collect Beauty Points with all products purchased and save towards complementary treatments.


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Profhilo is an effective and natural looking non-surgical facelift treatment. Profhilo is not a dermal filler it is a hyaluronic acid gel, one of the latest innovations to treat skin laxity by skin bio-remodelling. Profhilo is a skin booster made from hyaluronic acid for skin that is losing its elasticity and firmness with age. It creates a fresh natural look and softens fine lines. When injected, it stimulates the skin’s natural synthesis of collagen for plumped and firmed up skin. As we age, the skin’s ability to produce collagen decreases, Profhilo is strategically injected at key points to rejuvenate the skin’s own collagen-making abilities.

Tracy also mentors and trains Level 7 delegates for Harley Academy, which is the UK’s leading postgraduate aesthetic medical school and are creators of the UK’s first government-regulated cosmetic training centres. The results are fantastic, with many of our clients experiencing increased firmness, elasticity and an overall improved quality of their skin. Results can be visible for up to six months post-treatment, However, this does depend upon the degree of correction required, your age and lifestyle. Book a FREE consultation for Profhilo today on 01384 886 646

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There were some gruesome stories and images in the new series of When Cosmetic Surgery Goes Horribly Wrong on Channel 5. Watching the programme and seeing the terrible results of aesthetic treatment carried out by unqualified people is really depressing. That’s why we recommend anyone thinking of a cosmetic treatment goes to a fully qualified, registered and insured aesthetic clinician.

Tracy has trained Doctors, Nurse Prescriber’s, Dermatologists, Plastic Surgeons and Consultants in Dermal Fillers and Botulinum toxin for over 7 years. She has also conducted training in lasers, micro-needling, acne and acne treatments, facial thread vein treatments, chemical peels and all aspects of rejuvenation. Throughout her career Tracy has received comprehensive and highly

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Summer holiday

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 inally the summer F holiday season is here, so it’s time start shopping for those vacation must-haves. Whether you’re planning on spending your break relaxing on the beach or keeping busy sight-seeing, our summer holiday buys will be perfect whatever you’ve got planned.

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Sunglasses are an essential part of everyone’s wardrobe and can add glamour and sophistication to your appearance.

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All things Physio: Q&A with

Mac Physio & Pilates What happens if physiotherapy doesn’t work?

If after a number of physiotherapy sessions it becomes clear that the problem you have is still not resolving (this is rare), there are a number of things that may occur. If further exploration of your condition is needed, we may refer you to your GP or a consultant (via letter) and enquire as to whether they think an X-ray or MRI may be useful.

What does a Physiotherapist do? We don’t only offer massage! Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists are experts in assessing, diagnosing and delivering excellent care with the most up to date evidencebased treatments. We use different treatment modalities including hands on joint mobilisations, soft tissue work, postural correction and rehabilitation through exercise, including stretches and mobility. How is Physio different to an Osteopath or a Chiropractor? This is a question we get asked a lot! It can become confusing when there are so many options for treatment – to keep it simple, Chiropractors generally use techniques of manipulation to relieve pain, adjust posture, and restore joint function mainly in the spine as opposed to treating other joints. Both Physios and Osteopaths treat musculoskeletal pain looking at the body as a whole, but while Osteopaths are 90% hands on treatment, Physio combines a hands-on approach with function, movement assessment and strength work.

experienced, use hands-on techniques alongside specific rehab and have a good reputation. Word of mouth is often a great way to decide, so ask your friends and family for recommendations. The vast majority of our customers discover us this way. Take a look at our Google reviews to see what our clients have been saying. Do I need a referral from my GP to be seen in a private Physio clinic? Not at all. You can simply ring up or book online to choose an appointment time that suits you.

Overall, we believe it is best to go down the route of conservative treatment first, such as physiotherapy, and if that doesn’t work, then consider other options. What’s our ethos at Mac Physio & Pilates? Our aim is to assist AND accelerate the recovery of our clients back to their normal function as soon as possible with honest, friendly treatment. We believe that by taking a little extra time to help you understand your injury, providing hands on treatment as well as rehabilitation and self-management strategies we will ensure we don’t simply treat your symptoms but help to cure your injury and prevent future recurrence.

Physio, what clinic? Ours, of course! But seriously, our advice would be to choose a clinic where the physios are For any further advice or to book an appointment visit our website or call us on 01384 210997


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Aiming High, Building Bridges, Preparing for Life

At Newbridge, we offer an exciting Residential Educational Visits Programme, which forms a valuable part of the girls’ broad and challenging curriculum. We offer the girls a variety of venues and experiences. Residential visits (planned throughout Year Three to Year Six) provide enormous opportunities for the girls to gain new experiences and face a range of challenges

that can significantly influence their personal development. A residential visit offers a unique variety of intensive events which encourage children to engage with staff and friends at a higher level while building relationships. They also promote interpersonal skills, including leadership, teamwork, trust and respect; often raising self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience. The programme builds year on year on the girls’ previous residential experiences. Year Six have recently headed off to Wales for their Ultimate Adventure week; which is metaphorically speaking like reaching the ‘summit’ of the girls time here at Newbridge – no pun intended but they do go rock climbing! It marks the beginning of the end of their time at Newbridge. It is one last occasion to spend time away together with friends made over the years. A time to think about the new beginnings which are on the horizon in September at their new Senior Schools. A time to let their hair down, relax and reflect on all their incredible achievements. On their return, the Year Six girls start their exciting STAR programme (Summer Term Activities Refreshed). It will be a time of

reflection on what has passed and a time of preparation for what is to come. The STAR programme is a process of letting go and one of getting ready! The events scheduled are designed to provide stimulating, thought-provoking, challenging and skill-based activities, leading to the end of the term. For our girls in Year Six, this is a celebration of their time at Newbridge Preparatory School. We stand out from the crowd, as the only ‘Preparatory’ school in the city of Wolverhampton which is independent of any senior school.


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2019 Year 10 students set record A group of Year 10 students from Wolverhampton Grammar School have run the famous Wainwright Coast2Coast route of 187 miles from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay as a tag team in just 23 hours and 6 minutes to raise vital funds for the charity Sparks. Wolverhampton Grammar School has run an annual Coast 2 Coast challenge for over 20 years. In preparation for their challenge, the students have undertaken

Interested in joining an award winning School? Wolverhampton Grammar School’s next Open Day is Saturday 5th October, 11am-3pm.

16 weeks of extreme training to prepare them. Members of staff support the students during their training and the challenge itself. Parents also support the students from along the route. Each year the event raises thousands of pounds for a charity, which is chosen by the students taking part. For 2019, the students decided to support Sparks: a charity funding ground breaking research into a wide range of conditions affecting children. There is still time to donate wgscoast2coast2019

This year’s Coast2Coast runners in action

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Open events provide the perfect opportunity for children and their parents to meet with students, teachers, take a tour and experience sports and extracurricular activities on offer across our Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form. Visitors are welcome to join us at any time and there is no need to pre-book. Wolverhampton Grammar School is the top independent school in Wolverhampton for boys and girls from Year 3 to Year 13 (ages 7-18). Winners in the national TES Independent School Awards 2018 and judged “Excellent” in all areas by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. The School attracts students from across the West Midlands, Staffordshire and Shropshire. 104

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GP shortages

risk increase in cases of medical negligence, solicitor warns More needs to be done to tackle the growing problem of access to GP services amid fears it could lead to an increase in cases of clinical negligence, says Sophie-Ann Bridges, a solicitor in FBC Manby Bowdler’s Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Department. New figures have revealed that a record 138 GP surgeries shut down across the UK last year affecting more than 500,000 patients. Data obtained by Pulse magazine claimed that 2018 was the worst year ever for the closure of surgeries – overtaking the previous record of 134 closures just 12 months earlier. It means that over the last six years, 585 practices have closed – covering a population of nearly 1.9million people. NHS England said its own figures showed the number of closures in England, rather than the whole UK, was now falling and it was increasing investment in its GPs resilience programme. But senior doctors’ leaders accept the situation is far from perfect.

Dr Richard Vautrey, chairman of the British Medical Association’s GP committee said: ‘These figures clearly show the increased pressure that practices have been under over the last decade, as workload mounts, more doctors leave and surgeries struggle to recruit new staff.’

to those most vulnerable in communities and with time sensitive health issues, to decline.

We know that this is a problem affecting us right here.

We will continue to work with partners and stakeholders to do what we can to ensure that patients are not put at risk as a result of changes within the health service.

The future of Tettenhall Medical Practice’s Wood Road surgery has been making headlines amid fears that plans to centralise services at a second base in Lower Street will make access to health care more difficult for many of its patients. There is no doubt that the scale of these closures raises a number of issues with regards to access to health care.

This could lead to delays in access to service, which, in turn, could result in serious clinical mistakes. No-one wants that, especially if it could be avoided.

And we have a team of experts on hand to discuss any of the issues which might arise for patients from the pressure on GPs across the region. You can contact me on 01902 578008 or

Closure of local and accessible services will unfortunately increase waiting times for appointments at remaining surgeries as well as increased attendances at Accident and Emergency departments for more routine issues that may not warrant a hospital visit. Sophie-Ann Bridges


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Zip Wire for Stephen

Calling all thrill SeekerS! Jane, a Teenage Cancer Trust ambassador who has pledged to continue Stephen’s amazing charitable work, said: “Stephen always emphasised that there should be ‘fun’ in ‘fundraising’, so I’d encourage anyone interested in helping us continue his incredible legacy by signing up to take part in the Zip Wire for Stephen. “In doing so, you’ll be part of a Guinness World Record attempt and, most importantly, help Teenage Cancer Trust continue to reach even more young people diagnosed with cancer.”

The proud and passionate mum of Stephen Sutton — who raised a staggering £6million for Teenage Cancer Trust — is encouraging people to help set a new Guinness World Record and celebrate the life of Stephen, who lost his battle with cancer five years ago this May. Jane Sutton is working with Teenage Cancer Trust, of which her son was an ambassador and huge fundraiser, to organise an event with a difference to help break a world record for the most money raised for a charity through a zip wire event, and raise vital funds for young people with cancer.

The minimum age to take part is 10 years old, and those between the ages of 10 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Weight restrictions also apply — a minimum of 30kg and maximum 120kg, and a minimum height of 4ft and maximum of 7ft. A special reduced registration rate of £65 is available until 15th July, then £89 which is payable when signing up for the challenge. A minimum of £120 in sponsorship must be raised per person. To register for the event, please call Zip World on 01248 601444 and quote Ste46. Or for more information, please visit

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Tickets are still on sale to take part in the Wolverhampton Marathon on 1st September — so put on your running shoes!

As a leading supporter of the marathon, Paycare is urging as many people as possible to get involved in what is set to be the biggest and best event to date with a number of dedicated events to choose from including the relay race, children’s mini marathon, and cycling and wheelchair races. Thousands are set to join in on the fun and help raise money for four chosen charities — Compton Care, Scouts Wolverhampton East, the PDSA and Radio Wulfrun. Kevin Rogers, CEO of Paycare — which is also the main sponsor of the relay race — explained: “Whether a seasoned runner or a complete beginner, the Wolverhampton Marathon is open to absolutely everyone and

we’d encourage those interested in joining the fun to purchase their tickets online.” For more information, or to register to take part in the marathon, please visit

For more information, or to register to take part in the marathon, please visit


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for midlandS air ambulanCe CharitY donations to operate its helicopters and facilities across various counties in the Midlands. To help her reach and exceed her target, please visit fundraising/paycare - every penny counts!

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Emily Glew, Marketing and Partnerships Manager at Paycare, has safely returned home from the Amazon after trekking its forest, canoeing down its winding rivers and camping in the wild. Her target was to raise £6,000 for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, which relies on

Emily and the team enjoying the last day in camp before saying farewell to local guides

oarS aWaY at himleY! a staple event in our diary over the last few years and we’ve raised over £3,000 during this time, a figure we hope to grow with more events in coming years.”

The Paycare Pirates entered the Dragon Boat Race at Himley Hall on Sunday 19th May, raising over £660 (and counting) which is to be split between two local charities — The Rotary Club of Wolverhampton and Bliss.

The Rotary Club of Wolverhampton is one of Great Britain’s oldest clubs established in 1921, and brings together people from across the community to help those in need. Its Dragon Boat Challenge has run for over 16 years and has raised over £340,000. For more information, please visit www.

John Page of Paycare, said: “It was a great chance to get everyone together and even though we placed 12th out of 29 teams, we managed to exceed our target of £600 which was fantastic. The Dragon Boat Race has been

Bliss is a charity which works to improve the chance of survival and improve the quality of life for babies born sick or premature, as well as provide support to parents. For more information, please visit

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Enville Golf Club

Whether you’re looking for a change or starting from scratch, finding that extra touch of quality when choosing a golf club is essential. Get it right and you’ll be hooked for life, get it wrong and you’ll lose interest. So whether you’re keen to play more golf, find better golf courses, superior practice facilities, or even a great social scene, look no further than Enville Golf Club. Dubbed by some enthusiastic players as South Staffordshire’s ‘best kept secret’, it’s easy to see why the club has garnered a strong reputation as being one of the best in the county. Only half an hour from Bridgnorth and an even shorter drive from Stourbridge, the complex, which was established in 1935, boasts two wonderful eighteen-hole golf courses and extensive practice facilities. Both are a great challenge to play (the Highgate course has a par of 72 and a Standard Scratch of 73 and the Lodge course has a par and Standard Scratch of 71) and 110

provide an idyllic environment, combining rich heathland and testing tree-lined fairways.

“We strive to ensure that members, visitors and guests have a fantastic golfing experience with us.”

A lot of emphasis has been placed on the putting surface, with surfaces that are fast and smooth with subtle contours. Most importantly of all, Enville Golf Club has the virtue of offering year-round golf because of the well-drained sandy subsoil.

“Our staff in the Pro Shop and bar, our caterers and office staff, will do everything they can to ensure your time with us is memorable,” says Heather Mulley, Club Manager.

Beyond this however, the club has a support network in place to make sure every golfer gets maximum satisfaction both on and off the course.

Make the right choice and visit Enville Golf Club for yourself, Enville Golf Club is a club that caters for the everevolving golfer. In short, it is undoubtedly the club for you.

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Enville Golf Club Enville A golf day at Enville Golf Club organised under the ‘They Wore The Shirt’ banner raised over £6,000 to be split between Cure Leukaemia and Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Wolves fan Dave Foster organised the event, the latest fundraiser following the hugely popular ‘They Wore The Shirt’ books produced by his friend and fellow Wolves fan, Steve Plant.

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Former promotion-winning Wolves manager Dave Jones was among the golfers, along with ex-players such as Steve Daley, Don Goodman, Mel Eves, Terry Wharton, Mick Holmes and Colin Brazier.


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Sean Power, who was the golf professional at Enville, sadly passed away from leukaemia last year and club members have already raised money for Cure Leukaemia, whose patron – former Wolves and England midfielder Geoff Thomas – attended the event and spoke to the golfers before they teed off. 1. Dave Foster and Geoff Thomas 2. Don Goodman and Geoff Thomas 3. Mel Eves, Terry Wharton, Colin Brazier, Joe Mayo, Richard Green, Mick Holmes, Dave Jones, Geoff Thomas, Steve Daley. 4. Steve Plant 5. Terry Wharton, Steve Plant, Colin Brazier 6. Steve Plant, Darren Prosser, Steve Daley, Ed Bagnall, Dave Foster 7. Kevin Greenfield, Richard Green, Dave Jones, Johnny Phillips 8. Dave Foster, Steve Plant, Geoff Thomas, Johnny Phillips 9. Don Goodman, Dave Jones, Neil Taylor, Suresh Bawa, Richard Green, Johnny Phillips 10. Mick Holmes 11. Micky Holmes, James Baynham, Tim Hubbard, John Gary-Jones 12. Mel Eves, Tom Cowen, Richard Groom, Justin Massey town & village life magazine | july/august 2019

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Halfpenny Green

Festival Weekend It was a busy weekend for Halfpenny Green Wine Estate, as not only did they hold their 4th annual Food & Drink Festival on the 8th June, the following day they hosted their first ever Gin Festival!

Both days were a roaring success, despite a rainy start to the weekend, with a range of food and drink for tasting on Saturday, along with live music and a barbeque. Sunday’s Gin Festival was overwhelmingly popular, with a huge selection of British gins on display. Although a free event, guests were able to purchase a Gin Tasting Bag, entitling them to try twelve gin samples of their choice, a voucher for a free G & T, their own gin glass and a tasting card, with pencil, to make notes. The live music and barbecue created a wonderful atmosphere for both events, made perfect by the backdrop of the South Staffordshire countryside. Guests were also able to explore the onsite Craft Centre, home to fifteen independent businesses, plus WILD Zoological Park. Keep an eye out for similar events coming up later in the year at Halfpenny Green and of course, another fun festival season in 2020!


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Himley Hall Showcase

decorated in tasteful, neutral colours, the happy couples can now select their colour theme with the confidence that there will be no clashes on their big day. Himley Hall is now truly the venue to bring romance to a wedding.

On Friday 3 May, Himley Hall opened its doors to invited individuals to showcase its new rooms, branding and wedding offering.

2. Gary Lavan, Gillian Lavan, Steph Broom, Andy Broom

The sparkling event was attended by local businesses, couples featured within promotional material and those who had already booked the venue for their big day. They had the opportunity to be the first to tour the newly refurbished rooms, meet the wedding team and sample the delicious canapes. With its last refit being some 30 years ago, Dudley Council decided it was time for a review of its wedding rooms.  Now

1. Tracey Reece, Clare Marshall

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The evening carried on in style as guests were served Champagne and canapes along with cocktails of their choice from the cocktail bar whilst being tantalized by the exquisite jewellery on show from the world’s leading designers.

A dazzling diamond extravaganza hosted by Rudell the Jewellers took place on Thursday 13th June at Hagley Hall.

1. Devonshae Wallace, Karimah Francis, Glenn Jenkinson-Deakin and Rashida Morrison 2. Sham Porter and Sarah Philips-Dines 3. Jon Weston, Peter and Jean Marsh 4. Gary Jones, Shirley and Clive Goodall 5. James Crossley, Karen Crossley and Beverley Evans 6. Gail Willetts and Jane Watkins 7. Guests enjoying the lavish surroundings 8. Sioux Jones, Jim, Chloe and Shell Fullerton 9. The Vegas show girls and boys 10. Guests browsing the exquisite stands 11. Cocktail bar 12. Ann Howard and Sarah Lewis

Guests were treated to a spectacular event opening performance from ‘The Vegas show girls and boys’ who continued to wow the guests throughout the evening as they showcased Rudells stunning jewellery.

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Further entertainment was provided by magician ‘Richard Young’ as he mesmerised the guests with some amazing tricks.


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Stourbridge Rugby Club welcomed 1600 guests to its annual Corporate Lunch on May 10th in a grand marquee. The speakers were Jason Leonard OBE and Michael Vaughan OBE with Philip Serrell conducting the auction and John Bentley as Master of Ceremonies. There was a guest appearance by “ Donald Trump “ after the auction.


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1. David Doolittle, Philip Serrell, Nigel Price 2. Nick Perry (SRFC President) with Jason Leonard and Michael Vaughan 3. CVR Global 4. Eurovaluations with those who had walked from Twickenham 5. Faithful and Gould 6. FGD Ltd 7. “Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un” 8. Handelsbanken 9. Petford Tools 10. Solid State Supplies 11. Springboard Corporate Finance 12. Tudor Fox 13. Worton Rock 14. Zeus Capital and Brown Shipley town & village life magazine | july/august 2019

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to a night of fine dining and dancing. The evening took on a ‘music through the decades’ theme.

Businesses from around the West Midlands joined Jardine Motors Group for an evening of glitz and glamour at its annual charity ball, held at Wolverhampton Racecourse to raise much needed funds for UK charities, Whizz Kidz, Legacy4Lucy and Promise Dreams.

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Guests donned their dancing shoes for the event at Wolverhampton Racecourse and were treated


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A fantastic £13,513 was raised via ticket sales, a silent auction and raffle. Charities - Whizz Kidz, Promise Dreams, Legacy4Lucy Compare and Entertainer - Blobbie Williams Band - Fully Funktional Helen Hammond, Alison Fowler and Kieran McDermott Individual Specialist Cars (main sponsor) Jason Guy, Aimee Parker Helen and Richard Hammond Three Pines (main sponsor) with charity representative’s McCann with charity representative’s Maryann and Dan Hargreaves Michael Pike, Laura McNab, Angello Russo Rachael Price, Graham Price The Bluebird Belles

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Royston Blythe Park House Shifnal Royston Blythe opened its doors 30 years ago in Newbridge, it started with just Royston and Lisa (his colour technician).

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This milestone could not go unrecognised, so a surprise party in Lisa`s honour was organised at The Park House, Shifnal. Under the pretence it was Nick`s 60th Birthday Party, everyone was stunned and delighted by Nick and Royston’s heart-warming words of their early days’ antics and their appreciation of Lisa`s hard work and dedication over the years.


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The room erupted and the party started! A real celebration for this very special lady and definitely one to remember! 1. Roy Millard, Nick Malenko, Joanne Bridgwood, Julie Millard, Royston Blythe, Malcolm Bridgewood 2. Nick Malenko, Junie Barnett, Royston Blythe 3. Georgia Bryce, Diana Bryce, Liv Price, Karen Price 4. Cilla Poxon, Jan Humphries, Georgina Barrett, Lindy Elledge, Barbera Revitt 5. Wes Fellows, Pete Snowdon, Katie Morris, Tracy Doughty, Henry Doughty 6. Robbie Hubball, Katie Hubball, Netta Hubball, Emily Leila, Matt Swann 7. Nick Malenko, Lisa Friend, Royston Blythe 8. Royston Blythe team 9. Royston Blythe team 10. Royston Blythe team 11. Royston Blythe team 12. Royston Blythe team 13. Royston Blythe team 14. Nick and Royston with waiters town & village life magazine | july/august 2019

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Anita Lyons organised a special party for Pamela Jones in celebration of fifty years in business. It provided Pamela with an opportunity to thank ‘Team Officlean’ for their contribution in building the successful business of today. With her home near Pattingham, Pamela continues to keep a keen eye on the day to day running of her business.


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Don Bartlett, Phil Shaw Dave Lyons, Anita Lyons Trudy Steventon, Pat Banbery Joanne Scott, Tracy Chatterton Anita Lyons, Pamela Jones, Annmarie Stevens Alison Stevenson, Joanne Scott, Dawn Gooden, Lisa McGregor Pamela Jones, Anita Lyons Lisa McGregor, Gail Clifton, Lisa Hunter Nicky Greer, Helen Green, Trudy Steventon, Megan Russell, Katie Bould Karen McMillan, Jayne Jones Andrew Bourne, Deborah Thompson, Roger Green Debbie Brewer, Jayne Van Straaten, Diane Palmer Alan Wright, Pamela Jones

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West Midland Safari Park join forces for fa m ilies

Families from around the county enjoyed a special day out at West Midland Safari Park thanks to an initiative launched by the Worcestershire Ambassadors. In a first for the group, families from across Worcestershire revelled in the delights of the local attraction. The Worcestershire Ambassadors teamed up with West Midland Safari Park to host the event, who kindly gifted over 400 tickets, enabling the families to enjoy a special day out. Having raised over £500k for local charities over nearly two decades, this year the Worcestershire Ambassadors are focussing on mental health organisations in the county, namely St Paul’s Hostel and Worcester Community Trust. Amongst the charities invited to enjoy the day out were Mentorlink, Where Next, WPCC, New College Worcester and New Hope, Worcester. Managing Director of the Park, Darren Chorley, said: “It was a great pleasure to support the Worcestershire Ambassadors for their family fun day. They do such brilliant work within our community, so we were honoured to host families from the charities they support and provide them

with a great day out. We hope everyone had a fantastic day with us and we look forward to working with them again in the future.” Jean Wilson MBE, founder of New Hope, Worcester said, “Our families really enjoyed their day out at the safari park on Sunday 2nd June. Following on from their visit they will be taking part in activities at New Hope related to the animals they saw during their visit, the children especially enjoyed interacting with the parrots! Thank you to Worcestershire Ambassadors for enabling our families to access the Safari Park for the day, we are all very grateful.”

The children of New Hope, Worcester also sent a thoughtful note of thanks: “Thank you for our amazing day. Love from the children at Newhope xx” making the event extra special. The Worcestershire Ambassadors are a group of individuals who share a common passion for Worcestershire and an enthusiasm to create a county to be proud of. In promoting Worcestershire, they work in partnership with various other groups in the county including The Chamber of Commerce, The Local Enterprise Partnership, University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council.

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