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Joy: Is it always at night? NB: Actually some clients (just under 27%) clench during the day, while driving or on their computers. Joy: So what can we do to prevent it? NB: Well the first issue is identifying the problem and allowing our clients to talk about the stresses that lead them to us. The next bit is more complex; some of our clients have had mouth guards made which protect the teeth, but research shows us that while these may help the teeth, they can actually increase the muscular activity making pain and tension worse. So we use a combination of treatments bespoke to our clients’ needs that usually involves an NTI device (a small clip-on device clinically proven to reduce muscular activity).

Joy: What have you noticed? NB: Well bruxism or tooth grinding is something we’re dealing with a lot more these days, and it’s becoming an increasing problem.

Or if our client is clenching in the day we use custom-made invisible comfortable earplugs that ease the symptoms along with medicinal Botox and sometimes acupuncture. The Botox can also reduce one of the other symptoms which is enlarged masseter muscles.

Joy: What kind of symptoms are your clients experiencing? NB: Symptoms vary from client to client. Headaches are common, as is neck stiffness, clicky jaw joints or lock jaw and migraines happen a lot too. Joy: What’s happening? NB: Well in order to answer that we need to understand how the brain works. Our brains are pretty amazing, they can cope with most things we throw at them. But really, what they were designed for was to wake up at sunrise and shut down slowly over sunset, but now the world is very different. When we go to bed our brains haven’t had time to shut down and relax, so our bodies sleep but our brains are still active and thus our brain is still full of electrical activity which leaks into the nearest muscles it can find; neck muscles, forehead and jaw muscles. The muscles either clench hard or they relax and clench leading to the grinding or bruxism. Joy: So what’s causing it? NB: In a word, stress and exposure to blue light from screens (like mobile devices and televisions) fool our bodies into thinking it is bright sunshine, thus not giving our brain down time to process them before we pass out in bed. Sometimes our brains have so much going on, we wake up multiple times in the night. Joy: Who is most effected? NB: We find clients who come to see us fit into two main categories, by far the most common is the more caring clients such as teachers, nurses and home carers and full time mothers. These lovely individuals have a hard time saying no to people, so they have a lot on. The other type of client are usually fairly high flying business owners or company directors taking on more and more, usually answering emails or calls into the evenings. The grinding and pain is usually a medium to late warning sign that serious problems are not far away.

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38 Recipe of the month 44 Carver Wolverhampton Half Marathon Events 52 Winter Gardening 54 Gardening with Ann Winwood 56 Grand Theatre Competition 66/67 Looking forward to the festive season at Halfpenny Green Wine Estate 72 Halfpenny Green Competition 76/77 Zooma Food Review 88/89 Royston Blythe: 30 fabulous years 108/109 Women’s fashion: Time to party 110/111 Taylor Biddle: 25th Birthday 114/115 Willows Dental: Dentistry at its best 112 The Gift of Beautiful Skin 140-155 Social Scene

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From the EDITOR

Welcome to your Christmas edition of Wolverhampton West. It really does seem as if there’s a merry mischiefmaker somewhere messing about with the passing years, because it feels like merely minutes since I last welcomed you all to what has been a stellar 2019.

Mr Mischief – some of you may call him Dominic Cummings – is at it too with the interminable Brexit debacle? Will we ever see an end? Will any of us even out-live it? Whatever you do, dear readers, don’t write in with your forecasts, we’ve had enough, and now, despite the trying times that are upon us we must turn our attention towards the light (this is almost turning into a Sunday sermon, my apologies!). I refuse to let that and this gloomy Sunday afternoon dampen my spirits and you shouldn’t either! It’s got me in reflective mood, so do indulge me in this Christmas wish… Another year in the region is another reason for me to grow fonder still of all that we hold dear here in the Midlands, what is afforded to us on our doorstep in Wolverhampton, whether in cloud and cold or sun and shine. So, starting right here in these very pages, the last you’ll hold before we get into another Christmas blur, let’s get stuck into the thickend of another jumbo edition. Our departing columnist and soonto-be former Tettenhall College Headmaster, David Williams, said it best in his closing lines recently: “Wolverhampton is a proper city with all that comes with it; some issues but equally a vibrant place with a sense of pride, especially reflected in the football team that lies at its heart and that has visibly lifted it in the last couple of years.” Ahh, yes, the footie: sore subject for some – in our household at least, WWFC (Gisella) versus WBA (yours truly), it’s a little more even-steven than it was last season – but sport is always a great mood-booster for the masses. And we did have a summer full of sporting riches, at least. 06

So now, time to get down to business: our advertisers have got some amazing Christmas gift ideas in store for you. Winter may be upon us and our holiday cases will be heading towards the loft to be exchanged with Christmas decorations coming down (unless you fancy to buy a whole new batch from Lighting R Us in Aldersley) but we have two fantastic Christmas competitions – win six of Halfpenny Green Wine Estate’s award-winning wines and a family ticket at The Grand Theatre – to brighten your mood; acres of coverage on getting your home, body and even hopeless old Uncle Eddie party-ready this season; a massive section we’ve titled ‘Food Drink Eating-out and Entertainment’, which is designed squarely to make you book-in your Christmas meals post-haste and our usual – if amped-up – sections on Fashion, Beauty, and Health (including simple, life-enriching check-ups with Better Life Now and Nuffield Health.) And now, since it’s the season of giving, let’s take a look at those less fortunate among us and see who’s being giving them support: a big local favourite of ours is Compton Care, which does such a great job fundraising (with help from people like Dealer Principle at Mercedes Benz Wolverhampton, Peter Smith, who took part in the Great North Run to raise funds) for the afflicted. We really can all help in some small way. Looking for gift ideas for you and your loved ones? Of course, you are. Check-out Halfpenny Green Wine Estate and Heaven’s Queen of Beauty, Deborah Mitchell’s gift ideas page. Dashing ’round the shops last minute is a familiar pursuit for blokes but we see that’s folly, so we’ve put together a lot of advice about stopping you finding gifts “by accident”. Our message: let your fingers do the walking for you this year. Naturally, a big shout-out needs to go to

Rudell the Jewellers and Henns, but here’s a curveball for you: why not ask iSky for something different this year? Aerial drone photography of your home can be a great talkingpoint over mince pies and sherry. We’ve also been keen to mete out many meaty morsels for the hungry among you: we have two top butchers in the area, Allan Bennett and Poxons – Corbelli’s Deli more than meats the eye too – and a Santa’s sled-load of stuff about Willows Dentistry in the community and sixteen pages of Social Scene. Evidently the parties have started earlier than before. Can’t think why I haven’t been invited! And finally: it’s all been happening in Compton this year. A happy patch neighbouring beside some of Wolverhampton’s greener pastures, it has seen Taylor Biddle Opticians’ 25 year landmark this year, celebrity-soaked Royston Blythe Hairdressers’ 30 years in business and has just recently welcomed new Indian Bar and Grill, Zooma. Tasty stuff, with all the trimmings… or so says our food writer. Mmm, I can’t wait for my turkey with all the trimmings and I bet you can’t too! See you in the New Year!


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as there is a fair chance the boot will be on the other foot before long! But it’s lovely while it lasts! Sadly, I write this before the Brexit witching hour but you will read it after it’s all over. I can just hope that whatever outcome is reached, it is with the best interests of the country at heart and not personal egos or entrenched positions taking the fore. Whatever has happened I think that we will be hearing about B….t for many more years. Whoever thought to patent that name would have made a fortune!

We are frequently asked whether it is better to sell first and then buy or buy first and then sell. It really depends on the financial position of the person asking. If they can fund the purchase without selling then it doesn’t matter but when a prior sale is necessary the position becomes clearer. Two incidents recently highlight the problem. Firstly we started to market a substantial period property which created considerable interest and about six viewings. Two buyers were keenly interested and willing to make acceptable offers. Both were moving from a distance with their jobs so they were purchases of necessity and both were flexible on completion dates. The difference was that one did not have a house to sell and the other did. Our recommendation to the vendor was easy. We took instructions recently to sell a property for a family who want to move to Brewood and who think 10

they know the property they want but have very sensibly decided not to look at it as they fear they will fall in love with it and if it goes before they have a sale it would then be worse than if they had not seen it. Hopefully by the time you read this we will have a buyer for them and all will be well. We have recently put another period property on the market and again within a few days have strong interest. One of those interested needs to move quickly and the vendors have said they will move into rented property to facilitate a sale.

I am always expected to give a report on the current state of the market. As I write in mid October it is in a strange position. Sales are very busy, we are receiving multiple offers on many properties and even some properties which have been on the market for some time are finding buyers. It does not seem as though buyers are being put off by the current political uncertainty. However there are fewer properties coming on the market so perhaps sellers are sitting on their hands until the future becomes clearer. Strong demand and reduced supply are the obvious ingredients of rising prices but I do not expect that to happen as I think more properties will come on the market and it will readjust. The market has survived many crises and I think it will survive this one.

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I have had a client approach me for advice on transferring his preserved final salary pension benefits. This is the third time he has been to see me to access his pension and his story still gives me a shudder whenever I recall our initial conversation. In early 2016 Gary called me to say that he had a preserved pension for which he had received a cash equivalent transfer value (CETV) of £87,937 and asked if I would facilitate a transfer so that he could cash in his pension to use towards a property purchase. I asked him if he was still working and he told me that yes he worked at JLR and he was a higher rate taxpayer. At this point I told him that firstly the scheme (which I was quite familiar with) were not 16

offering anything like true value for transfers and secondly as a higher rate tax payer he would pay 40% tax on 75% of the value. He then went on to tell me that he was fully aware of the tax payable as he had recently encashed his money purchase pension which had a value in excess of £100,000 and he had paid £36,000 in tax. He had used the proceeds to purchase a flat that he now rents giving a monthly income of £400 and believed that financially this was the right thing for him to do. Basically what he had done was turn a pension fund of £120,000 into a £88,000 flat with rental income. He made this decision without taking financial advice as he did not want to incur any costs and the only reason he was calling me now was because he had no option but to involve a financial adviser to facilitate his transfer.

Sadly I was too late to stop him making that mistake and although he was adamant at the time that he wanted to transfer his preserved pension, eventually I managed to convince him otherwise. He called me again early in 2018 to see if it was wise to transfer and again I convinced him otherwise. This brings us forward to 2019 when he has just received his latest CETV and the scheme Trustees have obviously changed their stance and are looking to encourage members to transfer as the figure he has been quoted is now in excess of £220,000 over 2.5 times the initial amount. The first thing Gary said to me was “you were right John not to let me transfer in 2016, now the amount being offered has increased greatly I want to transfer and cash it in”. It doesn’t bear thinking about the amount of tax he would pay if he did actually follow wolverhampton west magazine

through with that idea however thankfully he now listens to me and will follow my advice. The changes in pension legislation in April 2015 whilst in my opinion were great for many individuals, they have resulted in consumers paying way too much tax in accessing money they did not need or where there were better alternatives. To give you an idea, savers withdrew a record £8.18bn from their pension pots in 2017-18, up by more than £1.5bn on the previous year according to figures from HM Revenue & Customs.

accessing their pensions and in turn rewarding the Treasury my message is this - before you decide to withdraw funds please meet with a financial adviser before it’s too late. In Gary’s case I cannot get back the £36,000 tax he has already paid although I can protect him going forward. The motto of the story is take advice before making any financial decisions regarding your pension.

In total, savers have withdrawn £25.6bn since the start of pension freedoms in April 2015. This can leave consumers exposed to a new set of risks including paying too much tax than what is necessary on withdrawals, or leaving the money languishing in low or near zero paying deposit accounts. The freedoms marked a radical change in the retirement landscape which is now almost unrecognisable from where it was before inception in 2015. Individuals now have much more control over their pension savings including allowing those looking for a more gradual transition into retirement the chance to work, combining reduced hours with part pension as they approach or move beyond traditional retirement age. Whilst the Chancellor is reveling in the fact that the public are

If you would like more information or need advice on your specific circumstances please feel free to contact the author John Webb of Midland Independent Financial Services Limited on 01543 468877 or john.webb@

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The Rotary Club of Wolverhampton

Precious memories of loved ones and absent friends… For sixteen years The Rotary Club of Wolverhampton has been organising the Tree of Remembrance in Wolverhampton City centre and has raised over £100,000 for the benefit of a whole range of local charities. This year we have again gratefully accepted the invitation from the Wulfrun Centre, and our Remembrance area will again be positioned near the Dudley Street entrance. Names and messages may be viewed from Saturday 16th, November.

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Last year we commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the end of The Great War by inviting local people to send in family stories, handed down over the generations. We had stories of love and loss, of heroes and white feathers and of sacrifice at home in the local munitions factories. It became clear that Wolverhampton contributed in no small way to the War effort, both home and away. This year we have decided to feature a storyboard of memories connected to local sports personalities who have left an indelible mark on West Midland life. If you have any memories of family or friends, along with a photograph, we would be delighted to add them to the storyboard.

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A number of activities are planned on the three Saturdays of December in the run up to Christmas including performances by Compton Care Choir, The Simon Whitmore Choir and a signed Wolves shirt raffled off by Wolves legend Mel Eves. New names will be published in the Express & Star in the run up to Christmas, will be updated every few days and displayed in the Remembrance area until 1st January 2020 and will continue to be on view during 2020 on our website The charities supported this Christmas will be The Haven Wolverhampton, Compton Care, Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre and The Rotary Charitable Trust.




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and textures and is a great way to create the feeling of space (if this is something that you are lacking). Clever bathroom lighting needs careful consideration and instead of one main light source, the use of multiple lighting devices highlighting separate areas visually increases the space available.

Colour options for decorating purposes are undoubtedly ruled by white, however the classic decoration of black and white is set to be a hit, with the introduction of tones of grey for something a bit more unique. Showcase geo patterned tiles on both walls and floors in muted tones for a truly modern feel. For those who prefer brighter colours as an accent, opt for bold natural colours, such as lemon, emerald, turquoise, blue, indigo or amber, if you are wanting to make a statement and give your bathroom a bit of character. Blush pink is the colour of the moment and it offers a light-hearted contrast to the usual neutral pallet.

and brassware and recently there has been a definite trend for a more modern metallic finish. Gold is definitely experiencing a renaissance now, but it’s important to set the right tone. Think gentle champagne and rose gold shades, rather than showy orangey tones. These can be incorporated through your choice of taps and showers, all finished in brass, chrome and nickel. Whatever option you choose, it’s often the tiles, flooring, accessories and other all-important finishing touches that really bring the dream to life. Flooring, paint and lighting solutions, which add unique touches to your bathroom project are all available from Carvers, along with the Tile Choice showroom in store, which stocks a wide range of floor and wall tiles and Dixons for all your decorating needs.

Cheaper than tiling, wallpapering your bathroom can add stunning colour and take plain white tiles to a whole new level. Avoid papering directly behind a bath or basin (due to splashing) and try sealing the paper with a matt decorator’s varnish to create a longer lasting look.

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Three Pines are delighted to have been awarded the contract to revamp the former Bond Street Tavern, in Bond Street.

The bar is currently closed but has now been taken over by investor First Orchard Ltd, which has a new premises license and will be relaunching under the name Cosmo Bonsor in a £500,000 revamp. In a written submission to the city council’s Statutory Licensing Sub-Committee, spokesman Jason Pitt said: “Our intention is to create a new premium offer hospitality venue. “We intend to refurbish, re-brand and relaunch the premises under this new name, with a view to recreating the Edwardian elegance of yesteryear combined with splashes of Art Nouveau splendor. “Customers will also be able to enjoy simple but nutritious food and drink offers available from late morning onwards.” “Upstairs, the plan is to convert the existing residential space into four ‘Airbnb-style’ rooms to let on a short-term basis. We see this development as a quality addition to a historical part of Wolverhampton.” The new license application also relates to the playing of recorded music, late night refreshments and the sale of alcohol on and off the premises.

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As part of Willows Dental sponsorship program, they were approached by Louie to raise awareness and funds for White Collar Boxing. This originated in New York, USA in 1988 when a Doctor and an Attorney trained before boxing each other at a black tie event. Since then, White Collar Boxing has been the fastest growing corporate contact sport in the world.

them techniques they will need for their fight. These training regimes will ensure that the boxers are in the fittest condition of their life and will leave them feeling great! At the end of the 8 weeks training, everyone will be fairly matched based on weight, fitness, ability and age with an opponent from the group they have trained with to ensure a fair, competitive bout. All boxers that take part in the events are encouraged to raise money for Cancer Research UK by selling event tickets, having a JustGiving page and/or by gaining sponsers. Neel, Vicki and the whole team at Willows Dental and Implant Centre are very proud to be supporting one of our clients, Louie, who took part in his first Ultra

White Collar Boxing event in July 2019. After just 8 weeks of training, Louie stepped into the boxing ring to fight for 3 x 2 minute rounds, and we are thrilled to announce than Louie won his fight at the end of the first round by knock out! “Everyone at Cancer Research UK appreciates the amazing support the UWCB team provide us. Every person that has taken part and raised money has made a huge difference. Raising over £10 Million is a fantastic achievement and one that will help save lives, and beat cancer sooner. UWCB are an incredibly valued supporter of the charity and we are extremely grateful to the team and all the boxers involved.” – Cancer Research UK Louie is now in training for his second fight, taking part in November 2019, where Neel, Vicki and the Willows team will again be sponsoring Louie, and supporting him through his training and spurring him on at the ring side.

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It’s been over thirty years since Wolverhampton businessman Roy Delisser Bernard first started out in business and now, his long and highly successful entrepreneurial career has been celebrated by the University of Wolverhampton. As Roy explains: “I was utterly delighted when I heard that I had been given an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from the university - I had no idea that I had even been considered for the honour.” Roy’s business career started when he was 19 years old and working in the antiques trade. “I’d started a job as a van driver delivering antiques and I quickly began learning about the trade. So I got together just £200 and I started out on my own trading antiques.” Determined to succeed, Roy did everything he could to learn about business. 28

“I was happy to be able to share my story and show everyone that they can achieve their goals with hard work and dedication. My beginnings were humble: I lived on a council estate in the ‘wrong side of town’ but with the love and support of my mother I was encouraged to ‘have a go’ and at the age of 14 I had 5 jobs.” Roy’s sister, Verona – a three-time Olympian 400m runner – provided much inspiration too. Honorary awards are presented by the university to people who have made a significant contribution to their field of expertise and, Roy was also recognised for his work within Wolverhampton’s youth organisation The Way Zone, of which he is a founding member. “I am incredibly proud to receive the honour and really happy that my success in business has been recognised in this way.” And for those who are just embarking on their own career path, Roy has some words of advice: “Opportunities will come at different times of your life, if you want to be successful take your chances and ‘go for it”. Congratulations Roy for your well-deserved honour! wolverhampton west magazine

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launches Members’ Commemorative Book The Society is proud to have ownership of this splendid book and is enormously grateful to those who created it. A copy of ‘Wolverhampton Society of Artists Celebrating 100 Years’ will be lodged in the city archives at Wolverhampton Art Gallery for future generations to see. The book will also be on show at the Society’s Centenary Exhibition in December 2019 at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery when a further significant Centenary Publication is to be launched.

particular expertise was invaluable to its creation. It is a wonderful book and a marvellous achievement’.

This book will have the title ‘A History of the Wolverhampton Society of Artists 1919 – 2019’. It is being written by the President of the WSA Keith Oram and Art Curator Brendan Flynn.

In recognition of many months of work by four members of the Society the Right Worshipful Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Claire Darke, presented a book each to; Anthony Clemson Graphic Designer; Chris Manley - Photographer; Linda Nevill History of Art Teacher and Neil Davies - Project Manager.

The Society would like to thank The Right Worshipful Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Claire Darke and the Mayor’s Consort Doctor Paul Darke for their generous hospitality. We also thank the staff at the Mayor’s offices for their support in helping us to make our book launch such a special day.

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In celebration of their Centenary Year the Wolverhampton Society of Artists has published a book featuring the artwork of over one hundred of its members. Each member’s page features images of their artwork along with a biography describing how they create their art and what it means to them. The book is now part of the history of the Society as it captures a unique snapshot of the broad spectrum of creativity, of its members at this moment in time. Having been authorised to use the Borough’s Coat of Arms on its publications since 1996 the Society was further pleased to be the guest of the Mayor of Wolverhampton in the Mayor’s Parlour at Wolverhampton Civic Centre on August 19th 2019. Chair of the Society Carol Widenbar says, ‘The Society is fortunate to have many professional people in its membership all of whom bring their particular skills to bear in all that we do and we will be thanking four members of the Society whose 32

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holiday themed products add some modern, yet festive touches into your home. Whilst we all love our tacky and traditional decorations, that we use every single year; they’re a thing of the past now. The most amazing feature of these charming lights though, is not only are they modern and stylish, but a lot of them are battery operated. Finally, a way to display dazzling Christmas lights without the hassle of wires, after wires and even more wires. Moreover, the mains operated items are all LED! Our personal favourites from the collection are the LED baubles, coming in various sizes. Teaming the two up together, can create a dazzling display anywhere. Another favourite, that we simply love, are the colour-changing penguins.

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Jesus’ birth, life, death, resurrection, and final victory over sin and death.

The love affair that British classical music audiences have with this oratorio is quite phenomenal. Since its Dublin premiere in 1742, it has been performed by choirs across the land every year since at least 1745. Handel composed his most famous piece in 1741, and continued to work on it after its initial performance, finally arriving at the version we know today in 1754. Impressive solo arias, like ‘Ev’ry valley shall be exalted’ and ‘Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion’ are interspersed with compelling chorus numbers, telling the story of

The concert will be held on Saturday 7th December at St John’s Church in the Square, Wolverhampton commencing at 7.30pm. The choir will be conducted by the Musical Director, Ian Clarke. Tickets are £15 each with children under 16 free. Tickets can be bought online at www., calling 01902 744447 or by buying at the door on the night. 

The Friends of Bantock House Museum & Park Anyone living near a park within a city is able to take advantage of it as an indicator of the passing of the seasons. Autumn colours and maybe snow to come both offer opportunities for walkers to experience them, and photographers to do so and record them for posterity. Here at Bantock we have to plan Registered Charity ahead and in November we will No 1065808 be funding the replanting of the Dutch garden to give the usual welcome to spring, which is so appreciated by visitors to the House and Cafe.

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Lovers of classical music will be delighted by two of the events on offer at Codsall Community Arts Festival in March 2020. It is a pleasure to once again welcome international pianist, simon Trpceski, who will be thrilling the audience with his recital of: Johannes brahms: Variationen uber ein Thema von Robert Schumann op.9 (1854) Franz Liszt: Soirees de Vienne Robert schubert: S427, Nos 5, 7 and 6 sergej Prokofieff: Tales of an old grandmother op.31 (1918) modest mussorgsky: A night on a bare mountain – arranged by Konstantin Chernov sergej Prokofieff: Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major op.83 (1939-42) Christopher morley will interview simon on stage at 6.15pm – free admission for ticket holders. Please note that children under the age of 12 will not be admitted to this performance. Equally exciting is the eastside saxophone Quartet. Codsall Community Arts Festival has

always been keen to encourage young people at the beginning of their careers and so it is a privilege to meet these unique saxophonists. Birmingham based, this ensemble of young and vibrant students from The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire will share their passion for chamber music. simon Trpceski Tuesday 24th March 7.30pm eastside saxophone Quartet Wednesday 1st April 7.30pm The Festival will take place between 14th March and 4th April next year. Information about tickets and venues will be released in January; as always there will be priority booking for patrons. Contact us e: T: 07852 200421 www.codsallartsfestival f: codsallarts Registered Charity 1127064


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November and December can be grey and miserable months. That’s why I like to inject some colour with winter bedding plants. A cheerful pot by the front door can make you smile on the gloomiest morning. Obviously, the choice of plants for winter is not as large as during the summer months but there are enough varieties around to make very attractive combinations for pots. My favourite plant for winter pots has to be the ornamental cabbage. These robust beauties come in wonderful colours including cream, pink and purple – with either attractive frilly or very spiky leaves. They pair beautifully with winter-flowering pansies and hardy cyclamen. Try planting three pots of different sizes using a colour scheme which co-ordinates with the cabbages. Plant a 50cm / 20inch pot with four large ornamental frilly cabbages surrounding a central spiky one, to give some height to the display. Then choose a smaller pot (38cm / 15inches) and plant one frilly ornamental cabbage surrounded by pink and purple winterflowering pansies. Finally plant a small pot (25cm / 10inches) with a mixture of hardy cyclamen and white pansies. The resulting display will give you pleasure through November, December and January. 52

• Make sure you place plenty of drainage material in the bottom of the pots. • A good compost will contain enough slow release fertiliser to maintain the plants for several weeks during autumn and winter. If they’re still going strong as winter turns you can give them a bit of a feed, but by February or March you will want to think about replanting your pots with spring bedding. • Think about gravel – I like to use a layer of gravel over the soil of my winter pots for several reasons. It gives the planted pots an attractive finish, keeps rain from splashing back on to the plants, provides some insulation for the soil and reflects light and warmth in any winter sun thus creating a little microclimate in which the plants will be happier. • Water them! The plants will need moisture around their roots so water as needed unless the soil in the container is frozen. Do not water frozen pots because the plants are unable to absorb the water.

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Prepare the garden

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Tips are provided by Ann Winwood, Lealans Garden Centre, Wolverhampton

While it’s mild and there’s no frost in the ground plant bare root hedging and fruit trees. For some winter colour in the garden use shrubs such as Viburnum fragrans or Bodnantense Dawn, Skimmias, Gaultherias or Leucothoe. There is a wide choice of smaller shrubs available which can be planted into baskets and pots for colour during the winter and then transferred into the garden in the spring when you replant for summer. Continue planting pansies, wallflowers and winter bedding, the sooner it’s done now the better. If we do get a sharp frost winter pansy flowers will droop down but once they thaw out in the sun they pop back up giving colour even on a cold day. November is the ideal month for planting tulip bulbs. As the end of November approaches, many people start to purchase Christmas house plants. One of the best Christmas plants is the Poinsettia. It gives instant colour in a room. They like good light during the day and a warm room, never in a draught. Only water when the soil


is dry and never stand in water for longer than 10 minutes. In a cooler room the brightly coloured cyclamen is ideal. They need good light at all times. Only water just as the foliage begins to wilt and make sure that any excess water is removed from saucers after 15 minutes. Also consider the Christmas Cherry with its shiny red-orange berries, Christmas cacti with its beautiful shrimp like red, pink, white or lavender flowers. Azaleas will flourish in either a warm or cool room and are very easy to keep, requiring plenty of water. Cacti and succulents have seen a resurgence this year and are ideal presents for encouraging the younger generation into gardening. Along with many garden centres we offer Planted Arrangements

in baskets, which along with the colourful houseplants can be gift wrapped, making them an ideal present. For a living gift consider buying a shrub for the garden or a planted-up tub or hanging basket specifically designed for winter colour. From the end of November, freshly cut Christmas trees will be available in centres. When you get your tree home, put it in a stand or pot that can be kept moist, as warm temperatures and dry air inside the home make the tree absorb water very rapidly. Keep away from hot radiators, open fires and TV sets. This also applies to rooted trees, especially if you’re planning on planting it in the garden after Christmas.

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Grand Theatre COMPETITION loved pantomime Dame, Ian Adams who returns for a fourth consecutive year, Julie Paton as Fairy Bowbells, who returns for a third consecutive year and comedian Aaron James, who makes his Grand Theatre debut in the pantomime as Idle Jack. In what promises to be another spectacular Grand Theatre pantomime and a 125th anniversary spectacular, join hero Dick Whittington as he seeks fame, fortune and happiness to become the Lord Mayor of London.

We have a family ticket (4 tickets) to give away for Saturday 7th December performance at 7.15pm. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre has launched its 125th anniversary pantomime, DICK WHITTINGTON in rat-tastic style with cast members and sitcom co-stars Su Pollard and Jeffrey Holland! Opening on 7 December, Su will play the evil Queen Rat and Jeffrey will play Alderman

Fitzwarren. The duo, who starred together in TV sitcoms Hi-De-Hi, Oh, Doctor Beeching! and You Rang M’Lord?, will be reunited on stage alongside Coronation Street’s Ryan Thomas as Dick Whittington, the Grand Theatre’s much-

DICK WHITTINGTON will be another action-packed pantomime full of laughter, music and eye-popping special effects that audiences have come to expect of a Grand Theatre pantomime with Qdos Entertainment. The local partner for DICK WHITTINGTON will be Dudley Zoo.

Tickets for DICK WHITTINGTON from Saturday 7 December 2019 – Sunday 12 January 2020 are now on sale. Tickets can be booked in person at the theatre, by calling 01902 42 92 12 or online at #WolvesGrandPanto

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 Wolverhampton West magazine, 1 Lytham Road, Perton, Wolverhampton WV6 7YY. Alternatively, email your answer to and include your details. Entries to be received no later than Friday 29th November 2019.

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Christmas Market… After the huge success of last year’s Victorian Christmas Market, the organisers have announced that they will be making several changes to the event this year. With over a third more stalls, plus additional entertainment, it will be even bigger and better than last year, making it a great way to start the festive season. Held on Sunday 24th November at Penkridge Market, the event will also open an hour earlier, running from 12pm – 7pm, giving you extra time to enjoy the festivities.

The Market will be bursting with 150 stalls, selling a wide variety of delicious food and drink plus local crafts, as well as plenty of entertainment to keep the children amused. Local producers will be selling everything you need for your festive feast, from cheeses, pickles and preserves to Christmas cakes and mince pies. And if you’re struggling to know what to buy someone, what better present than a hamper full of delicious food and local delicacies.

rides and a magician ensuring that the children are never bored! There will also be plenty of entertainment to keep the older children amused with Arthur’s Fun Fair, a fire juggler and stilt walker, as well as choirs singing Christmas carols and a traditional organ grinder, to get everyone in the festive spirit. With free parking, free admission for children and just £2 for adults, or free entry for anyone wearing traditional Victorian costume, it’s a fantastic, affordable day out for all the family.

In addition to all this fabulous food and drink, there will be craft stalls selling everything from handmade jewellery, candles and soaps to handcrafted wooden gifts, snowmen and toys, making it easy to find unique presents for all your friends and family. Father Christmas will also be making an extra-special guest appearance, as well as Punch and Judy, Donkey


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enjoy the benefits of safe and hands-on learning with nature. From feeding the animals and tarmacking the grounds, to cutting down trees and maintaining the fields, the trio were thrilled to be able to

spend their time in the great outdoors whilst helping to improve the Trust’s grounds. In addition, Stephen Burton-Pye — Corporate Account Manager at Paycare — has raised a total of £750 this year for Bliss, a charity for babies born premature or sick. He used his £250 MyGiving fund to top up the £500 he raised in sponsorships at the Himley Hall Dragon Boat Race this summer.

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aces Quarter of a century Tettenhall Tigers Volleyball Club has celebrated its 25th anniversary in style, with its annual presentation ceremony seeing players, friends and supporters recognised, as well as special thanks given to Paycare, which has provided financial support to the club over the last two years. Nick Shaffery, Coach at Tettenhall Tigers Volleyball Club, explained: “We’re so thankful to have been able to celebrate such a big anniversary and to host it in the hall of King’s School in Wolverhampton, which is where the club was founded all those years ago. “Volleyball still struggles on a national level with funding and awareness, and so we wanted to mark the occasion and to share thanks to all who continue to support us. “Over the last couple of years, Paycare’s support has helped us buy new equipment, cover facility hire, kits, and general running costs of the club. Thanks to them, we’ve

flourished and continue to attract more young people to the sport.”

nets and softer volleyballs which will help to develop their skills.

£949.02 was raised at the event for Cancer Research UK, a charity close to the club’s heart as many members have been affected by the disease. The club has attracted 540 players since its launch in 1994, with 30 players currently competing in regional and national titles.

“We’re hugely grateful to Paycare which has ultimately ensured that our club will thrive for seasons to come, and to the Chin-see family for funding our presentations for the last 10 years.”

Nick added: “This year, Paycare is supporting our very youngest players aged from 6 by providing support to purchase new, lower

Players in the club’s men and women teams started the season wearing their new Paycare kits in the senior West Midlands leagues. The men’s team went on to win the West Midlands Division 3 title. Kevin Rogers, CEO of Paycare, added: “We have a proud history of supporting a range of sports clubs and it’s always fantastic to hear about the real difference it can make to the day-to-day running of the club and to its players. We’re thrilled to have celebrated with Tettenhall Tigers Volleyball Club at this special event and look forward to hearing about their successes in the months and years to come.”

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Light up a Life 2019

Your special opportunity to remember your loved one this Christmas time. By making your personal dedication and donation, a light will shine bright for someone you hold dear. We believe that life with an incurable illness doesn’t mean the festivities have to stop. Your

compassion in donating will ensure that local people and their families get the support and care that they need to enjoy the best Christmas possible. Denise Clemson’s husband David was cared for by our team of doctors and nurses in 2015. Here Denise explains why she makes her dedication and donation each and every year. ‘David and I were married for 22 very happy years. He loved Christmas and always wanted to make it larger than life. In 2015 David was taken ill and was looked after by the team at Compton Care. In his final days, Dave was able to come home where the nurses visited us. The care was second to none.

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to see his name and dedication in the Book of Remembrance.’ As part of the appeal, you and your family are also invited to join us for our Light up a Life event on Sunday 8th December. Together we laugh. We cry. We keep their memory alive. Choose to attend at 15:30 or 17:30 at Compton Hall, 4 Compton Road West, Wolverhampton. Both events conclude with the turning on of our Christmas tree lights, each light shining bright in memory of someone special. Don’t miss your special opportunity to remember your loved one this Christmas time. Visit or call 0300 323 0250 to make your dedication and donation today.

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in the hear t of Willenhall If you do one thing this

weekend - or any weekend for that matter, make it a trip to Corbelli’s Little Italy Deli. This Aladdin’s cave offers the finest selection of Italian foods and wines that you just won’t find in any main stream supermarket. Mainly a wholesaler, Corbelli’s opens its doors to the public at weekends; on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and Sundays 10am to 1.30pm. Established in 1965 Corbelli’s Little Italy Deli is quite literally a hidden gem. It initially opened in Wolverhampton in 1965 and moved to its current location in Lower Lichfield Street, Willenhall in 1980. It can be tricky to find but it’s well worth the search. The delicatessen and winery was started by Giovanni Corbelli and is now run by his sons Giuseppe and

Pietro. They offer a warm welcome and are keen to share their in-depth knowledge of their exquisite produce. The range at Corbelli’s is vast, from cheeses and meats to antipasti and pasta and not forgetting the wines there are hundreds to choose from! The re-opening of the winery welcomes the return of home produced Marsala; rich and enticing and the perfect accompaniment for all of those fine cheeses. If beer is more your bag then you won’t be disappointed with the selection, spirits and liqueurs are a plenty and varied. If you are looking to stock up with some special treats for Christmas then Corbelli’s has to be on your list. Why not create a truly unique hamper for the perfect gift for a foodie in your life? As well as fresh produce there’s also a fabulous collection of coffees, condiments, tins and jars that will keep well and be the perfect answer to the ‘no more turkey!’ feeling, yet still provide something special. So if you are looking for the finest Italian foods at wholesale prices and a unique shopping experience, then pay Corbelli’s a visit at 43 Lower Lichfield Street, Willenhall WV13 1QQ you won’t be disappointed.



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What better place to enjoy a little bit of Christmas shopping than with the Wine Estate’s shop, home to its range of 13 award-winning English wines. Here you will also find a wide range of gifts, perfect for the fastapproaching festive season; from personalised bottles of wine to custom boxes of chocolates or bespoke-made hampers, not forgetting a huge range of vouchers.


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Along with their wine selection in the Wine Loft, you will find an awe-inspiring range of over 130 British gins, many artisanproduced, to tempt those gin lovers out there. For a shopping experience with a difference this Christmas, head on down to Halfpenny Green Wine Estate.


Award-winning produce served with a smile Allan Bennett Butchers has become an institution in Codsall, providing fine cuts of meat and an expert service all served up with a friendly smile from the staff. Allan’s business is still proving popular among loyal customers that value the traditional experience. Passion and knowledge are key to being a successful butcher, along with sound business sense and dedication to creating a brand based on fundamental principles. Allan started his career as a schoolboy helping the local butcher with deliveries by the butcher’s bike. A long association with the Meat Industry had started. He joined Gills in 1953 and quickly rose through the ranks from shop floor to eventually become Managing Director of the Company. Allan still has the same enthusiasm now as when he started in the trade and, with the staff, concentrates all his efforts on his shop in Station Road, Codsall. Steven Bennett, Allan’s son joined the business to learn the trade when he was 17 and has been working alongside his father ever since gaining knowledge and know-how along the way.

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Stepping into the shop you can’t help but warm to his charming and infectious personality. Allan adds: “Customer satisfaction is our main priority, with hard work and attention to detail in every cut of meat we do, we always strive to achieve this. I believe that quality and service are essential ingredients for a successful business in the meat industry”. Celebrate the festive season in style by paying a visit to the shop and enjoy the delightful award-winning produce on offer at Allan Bennett’s this Christmas.

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Poxons Butchers of Castlecroft

Specialists in high quality British meat for over 50 years

Poxons Butchers of Castlecroft have been supplying the local community with only the highest quality fresh British meat, sourced direct from local farms. The family-run business began life in 1957 when Dennis Poxon opened the shop in Windmill Lane. Some 30 years later his son, Nigel, took over the company after training at Brierley Hill’s once prominent meat product manufacturer, Marsh and Baxter.

“We make 21 different varieties of sausage in total, including one that’s gluten free.”

Already well known for their delicious homemade pies and sausages, Nigel built a dedicated pie and sausage room to meet with their ever-growing customer demand.

And customers can get a look at exactly how their favourite products are made when they’re in store.

Nigel explains: “Our pies and sausages have always been made on the premises, ever since we introduced them to the shop in the 1970’s.


In addition to the sausage, there’s a delicious choice of savoury pies, scotch eggs, pasties and even ready meals.

“There are two large LCD TV screens in the shop that show how we make our pork pies and pastries.” All of Poxons locally sourced meat is hung in the traditional way before being prepared into retail cuts of meat. The team are always more than happy to cut their lamb, pork, beef, poultry or game to meet their customers’ requirements.

Poxons ‘Bring Your Own Dishes’ service means that customers can impress their guests with lasagne, cannelloni or meatballs that have been made on-site - using Poxon’s meats – and served in their very own dish. The Poxons team is made up of nine members of staff, who are led by Manager, Philip Ward “Philip has been with us for over 30 years and does a great job managing all aspects of the business. I’m lucky to have a great team of staff working for me.” Nigel adds “We’re old fashioned in our values when it comes to customer service, yet modern in terms of our facilities. We move with the times when it comes to technology too,”

And, you can always guarantee that you’ll find the best seasonal meat at the butchers too:

“With Christmas looming we are one of the few butchers that Copas send their orchard reared turkeys to. We also stock Robert Caldecott turkeys from his Lichfield farm.”

“Our early spring lamb arrives in February and our free-range turkeys are with us in time for Christmas.”

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Specialists in high quality British meat for over 50 years Comprehensive range of pork pies using only the finest ingredients All pies and sausages are made exclusively on the premises.

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Win a Mixed Case of Six Award-Winning English Wines with Halfpenny Green Wine Estate Halfpenny Green Wine Estate, near Wombourne, South Staffs, produces a range of 13 awardwinning English wines from grapes grown onsite, including whites, reds, rosés and a selection of traditiona- method sparkling wines. The Estate’s Winery, built in 2005, produces over 60,000 bottles of wine a year, which are sold not only in their shop, but in many farm shops and delis throughout the region. The Winery also carries out contract winemaking and bottling for over 65 other vineyards around England and Wales, winning many regional, national and international awards in the process. To learn more about Halfpenny Green Wine Estate, head to

To share in the festive celebrations this Christmas, Halfpenny Green Wine Estate are giving one lucky reader the chance to take home a mixed case of six of their award-winning wines. For a chance to win, just answer the following question correctly:

In what year was Halfpenny Green Wine Estate’s Winery built? Email your answer including your name, address and telephone number to: or on a postcard to 1 Lytham Road, Perton, Wolverhampton WV6 7YY. All entries to be received by Friday 6th December 2019. Competition Terms & Conditions: To enter readers must be at least 18 years of age. The winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries received and notified by telephone. No cash or alternative prize available.


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the dining/bar space is designed to impress and it does impress my long-suffering girlfriend Nicola and I very much indeed. Newer-looking than a freshly-minted pound coin, clearly serious investment has been ploughed into this landmark eatery, which boasts convenient on-site parking and is situated just off Bridgnorth Road. We’re dazzled by glitzy fixtures and fittings, all of which are finished to the highest order; a spectacular bar-space and sizeable dining area, complemented by stylish dŽ cor with standout custom artworks. IÕ m seated opposite (a painting of) David Bowie, which, being a fan, I take to be a good omen. Beyond the obvious changes however, Zooma has implemented a new Bar and Grill aspect to the business as well: customers are encouraged to pop in for a drink, without the formality of a sit-down meal. I notice a few doing just this and I can see why, itÕ s a great environment in which to relax. Immediately Imran makes himself known to us, as he does with every other diner over the course of the evening, many of whom he greets like old friends. This continuity of care is what will ensure the success of the new venture: cosmetic appeal fades but core qualities endure, like the exceptional serving staff. Throughout the evening we meet many staff and are impressed by each of them for their limitless energy, willingness to help, substantial knowledge base and friendly manner. This food review is so far lacking food, so letÕ s get on with things. IÕ m starving, rememberÉ We opt for a trio of starters to share: Vegetable Samosas Ð Deep fried triangular parcels of spiced vegetables, served with mint dip (£3.50), Onion Bhajis – Finely sliced onion in gram flour, battered and deep fried (£3.50) and Chicken PakoraÐ Strips of chicken breast coated in a spicy batter and deep fried (£4.75). After only a brief wait our plates arrive. Exquisitely presented and packing a flavoursome punch, weÕ re pleased with our choices. The chicken is prime and plump and the battered coating is crispy, not dry. The samosas are scoffed in an instant. And the onion bhajis, when allied to what is a supremely creamy and tantalising mint dip, are delicious. I only wish for more. Ò ItÕ s only the starterÓ reminds Nicola. Ò Yes but now IÕ ve tasted the goodness here, if anything, IÕ m even more hungryÓ , I add, pointlessly. Eager to get to the main event, I have a quick chat with Imran to narrow down his sizeable menu. He reassures Nicola that all dishes can be

customised to suit personable taste when it comes to spiciness. After I reveal IÕ m a sucker for creamy curry sauces he recommends a dish that vaguely resembles Chicken Tikka Masala: but it comes with a warning. Apparently IÕ m not to be alarmed, butÉ its sauce has a bright green appearance to it. Intrigued and eager to follow ImranÕ s advice, I order it anyway: ‘Malabar Chicken Tikka – chicken cooked in tandoori first and then finished with mild, creamy aromatic pistachio and almond sauceÕ (£13.95). Whether it will prove to be my Kryptonite remains to be seen. Nicola goes for Ô Hydrabadi Biriyani Ð tender chicken or lamb cooked with basmati rice, flavoured with mint and saffron, accompanied with vegetable curry sauceÕ (£12.95). By this point the restaurant is filling up (I’m reliably informed that it is fully-booked on this Thursday evening) and the noise is steadily building, contributing a pleasant background hum. Larger groups hang at the bar before being seated; quieter twosomes occupy cosy cornerspots and we enjoy a window-seat. It is again not long before our mains arrive and when they do weÕ re blown away. Piping hot and rich with exotic flavour, I’d be happy to eat either – or both even! I receive a side of Pilau Rice (£3.50) and a Garlic Naan (£3.50) and hungrily tuck in to my resolutely green dish. Despite the unusual colour, thereÕ s not a trace of apprehension when food smells and looks as good as this. The flavour combination in the sauce is sensational (you can really taste the nuts); a creamy and intoxicating blend that has me abandoning good manners and ploughing my plate with torn strips of naan bread. My chicken is tender and succulent and Nicola says only good things about her choice too. Sufficiently stuffed, we’re pleased thereÕ s no dessert menu available to us tonight Ð although it will be coming soon: so too will Tapas-style bar snacks and a takeaway service, so watch this space. Zooma is a cut-above and gives its customers the best of both worlds. Its new restaurant space is as impressive as the food it serves within it and for that reason among others, weÕ ll be back. To book please call 01902 927147. The Swan Centre, Compton, Wolverhampton WV6 8AE.

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What’s on at Christmas and New Year It only seems like yesterday when we were tidying away last year’s Christmas decorations, and before you know it we’ll be trying to find them again Monday 25th November – Christmas Wreath Making Class with Petals by Sarah Louise. Tickets £45 per person, includes everything you need to make a Christmas Wreath. Complimentary mince pies and mulled wine. Limited spaces left, don’t be disappointed and book today. Saturday 14th December Christmas Market from midday until late. Hog Roast, Mulled Wine, Crepe Machine, over 20 craft stalls, Carol singing and live music. Our Christmas menu, available as two courses or three courses, runs from Friday 29th November 2019 until Tuesday 24th December 2019. Two courses £23.95 – Three Courses £28.95, Turkey with all the traditional festive accompaniments, is of course at the heart of the show, but there are plenty of exciting alternatives from near and far to please and tempt.

We do hope we will see you soon. The Oakley Arms team

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A festive mood embraces

Halfpenny Green Wi n e E s t a t e for lunch from 12pm – 3.30pm daily (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day), from 1st December until 31st December, the kitchen will be serving a special Christmas menu, featuring a range of homemade classics which are lovingly prepared and cooked fresh upon ordering, served to your table by a team of dedicated serving staff; the perfect way to take the stress out of Christmas!

With another harvest coming to a close and a real nip in the air, a Christmas feeling swathes Halfpenny Green Wine Estate. As the festive period fast approaches, this is a perfect time to visit the Wine Loft, situated in the Wine Estate’s Shop. Here you will find, proudly presented on one side of the room their selection of 13 award-winning wines, ranging from whites, rosé, red and sparkling, all grown and made on-site. For something a little stronger, on the opposite wall be prepared for a gin lover’s paradise! Here you’ll be blown away by a huge and varied selection of around 156 artisan British gins, many of which can’t be found on supermarket shelves! If you are stuck for choice, the friendly and knowledgeable staff are always happy to give you a quick sample to help you make your mind up. 80

If you consider yourself a bit more of a connoisseur, why not book a full tasting experience? With sessions available to book seven days a week (weekdays during December) and starting at just £19.95, they are the perfect Christmas gift too, with vouchers available to purchase in the shop. For that fussy person on your Christmas present list, a bespoke hamper is the ideal gift solution. Put together in the shop while you wait, you can choose from a range of cheese, chocolates, biscuits, sweets, jams, chutneys, wine, beer, gin and more, to create the perfect gift. In a range of sizes, Christmas hampers are the best choice to suit all budgets and tastes!

So, Halfpenny Green Wine Estate is the ideal destination this Christmas for all your shopping, dining and entertainment needs. With fifteen other bespoke and artisan businesses in the on-site Craft Centre, WILD Zoological Park open Thursday to Sunday (during winter) including live shows and a Santa’s Grotto (see their website) and a whole range of festive gift options available in the shop (including a huge range of vouchers), as well as four late night shopping evenings throughout November and December, 5pm ‘til late, there is no better place to visit. For more information visit the website

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Rebecca Baddeley, Owner

There have been plenty of exciting changes taking place recently at Halesowenbased bridal boutique TDR. Owner, Rebecca Baddeley explains: “We are delighted to announce that our new build is complete. We’ve been working behind the scenes perfecting every fine detail and we are proud to announce that the TDR Group is all now all under one roof, which allows us to cater for your every need.” The company’s brand new extension has added 150 square metres to the premises, allowing Rebecca to bring together TDR Bridesmaids, TRD Menswear and Pandora’s Prom at the main bridal store in Manor Lane. “There are plenty of advantages that have come from having


the extra space: more stock, a seamless shopping experience - now that everything is under one roof – as well as a lot more fun! Since the new opening we have been crazy busy, it’s a buzz that we just can’t explain - we believe it’s an atmosphere you just have to experience.” TDR Bridal has been providing brides with a unique and exceptional service for 11 years and that experience has been applied to all aspects of the TDR Group. They have just won two categories in the Global Wedding Awards that took place in August 2019: Bridal Boutique of the Year 2019, West Midlands and Most Outstanding Customer Service, West Midlands A talented team of experts - individually trained in each sector – are ready and waiting to style you and your wedding party to perfection.

“We are so proud of our team and the experience they create not only for our brides, but bridesmaids and grooms too and we know that everyone will have so much fun when they visit us. We believe that all brides deserve a magical life moment when buying their wedding gown and we also apply the same philosophy to bridesmaids and grooms too.” And, Rebecca and the team have got plenty of exciting in-house events planned for the future: “We are so excited for the future here at TDR and we have planned lots of events that will utilise our gorgeous new space. These events include designer trunk show weekends, summer sales and accessory events, so please keep an eye out on social media for exciting updates,” adds Rebecca. Why not pay a visit to TDR today and make your special day amazing?

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30 When Nick and Royston first opened the doors of Royston Blythe in 1989 there was no way that they could ever imagine the amazing three decades that would follow. Over the years there has been phenomenal industry recognition which has seen the couple win a ton of awards and take part in many international shows in their role as Global Ambassadors for L’Oréal – a position which they’ve held for over 10 years.


to a new destination to style a celebrity for a special appearance: whether that’s on TV, for a calendar shoot or even their wedding. . When the couple opened their second salon at the iconic Dorchester Hotel in 2008, Bernie Ecclestone’s daughter Tamara became the face of the brand. And at their London salon, Royston and Nick created a fabulous team, which included their good friend, Ian Carmichael – who is the Queen’s hairdresser. Together the team styled the world’s royalty, rich and famous.

And, it’s these events which have taken Nick and Royston around the world, with the couple being seen everywhere from the Maldives to a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

Their popularity has seen the couple break into TV media and they’ve been featured on Lorraine, Katie Price and Peter Andre, Tamara`s World and Billion-dollar Girl, to name but a few and they are now regulars on ITVBE`s hit reality show The Real Housewives of Cheshire.

But it’s not only the couple who’ve made international appearances, their work has featured on fashion magazine covers in newsagents around the globe. And, with an impressive clientele which includes busy moms to billionaires, Hollywood stars and reality TV personalities, Royston and Nick are always busy flying

Despite all the glitz and glamour though, Royston and Nick have always stayed true to their roots and close to home at their salons in Compton and Shrewsbury, much to the delight of their fiercely loyal regular clientele , many of whom have been with them on their amazing journey right from the very start.

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FALL IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF THIS CHRISTMAS Whether you want great skin, discover the latest high-tech semi-permanent makeup, tighten those tell-tale ageing signs or are simply looking for the perfect gift, Heaven’s luxury spa and salon in Shifnal offers everything you need for the most beautiful Christmas. THE SECRET TO TURNING HEADS THIS FESTIVE SEASON With the party season fast approaching, it’s that time of year when you want to be looking your most stunning. You want to wow in your favourite LBD, turn heads as you enter the room and hear that gasp of “wow, what’s her secret”. Heaven Skincare offers a range of treatments designed to give Mother Nature a helping hand, giving you the confidence to not only look great but feel great too.

appearing on television 30 years ago to show her expertise. She is also renowned for her expert eyebrow microblading. “The key to successful semipermanent is to ensure it looks as natural as possible,” she explains. “We are not here to offer someone a false look – it’s about enhancing your already beautiful features.


You can have natural looking eyeliner and lip liner that will make you look younger and feel more confident. With microblading I’ll even leave the odd eye brow hair slightly out of place so even I can’t tell that they’ve been done.”

With a comprehensive menu of the latest semi-permanent treatments you can leave it to the talented team to create a look that perfectly suits you. Heaven Founder Deborah Mitchell was one of the first in the industry to introduce semi-permanent makeup techniques, first

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the Benefits of ladies strength training! At Chris Jewkes Fitness there’s a dedicated and highly skilled team of expert personal trainers who are ready and waiting to help you achieve your weight-loss and fitness goals, fast. As owner and personal trainer, Chris Jewkes explains: “We are really proud to have a team of ten talented personal trainers working at our fitness centre who each have their own special skill set and unique approach to training.”

new strength-based class both men and women can increase their strength and fitness.” For women there are many benefits which come from a routine that’s built around strength training: “Strength training has many wide-ranging benefits: it

improves fat loss, tones, increases bone density, reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes and arthritis, helps to maintain strength during the menopause and even enhances your mood and serves to reduce stress.” But, despite the clear advantages many women are reluctant to incorporate strength training into their workout because of a few common misconceptions, which Natalie is keen to address: “Women often have an invalid belief that strength training makes you bulky and they

The Tettehall-based personal training centre has become known for its amazing weight loss transformations and the success is undoubtedly thanks to the relationships formed between clients and personal trainers. “We are really proud of the excellent reputation that we have earned but we are even more proud of the fantastic results our clients have achieved and the incredibly positive effect it has had on their lives,” adds Chris. Natalie Gilead is a personal trainer and women’s health specialist at Chris Jewkes and she is keen to promote the benefits of strength training, as she explains: “Research has shown that there are enormous benefits for women – of all ages – who incorporate strength training into their fitness programs. In fact, the NHS recommends that all adults should do strength training alongside aerobic exercise to stay healthy.” And, at Chris Jewkes Fitness there are plenty of opportunities for clients to increase their strength and fitness under the guidance of the experts at the centre. “Through personal training, yoga and our brand-

mistakenly believe that if you stop training muscle turns to fat, this just isn’t the case. On average, adult males have testosterone levels which are 7 or 8 times greater than that of adult females and because testosterone is vital in building muscle - it encourages tissue growth – women develop muscle tone and definition rather than bulk.” And, whatever your goal, Natalie can help you achieve it: “I really enjoy working with my clients and tailoring sessions to suit their individual needs. I absolutely Iove to see my clients achieve their goals because the results truly can be life changing,” adds Natalie. So, why not contact the experts at Chris Jewkes Fitness today?


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Evening Wear Advice for the Party Season Eugenie from Ethereal Dresses in Penkridge gives us her top tips for making the right evening wear choices for the festive season.

Balance your shape The classic pear shape fi gure (hips wider than bust), will benefit from drawing attention upwards and choosing styles which widen the shoulders, such as boat or drape necks or accentuate the bust, such as halter-necks.

Rectangular figures have even shoulders and hips and these look amazing in sheath and column dresses.

Hourglass ladies look great with synched in waists, so they can really wear those cocktail dresses and mermaid styles! If you’re an apple shape, with very little waist, then an empire line’s for you.

If you’re on the heavier side, long dresses are great, as anything too short can make you look more rounded than you might like.

Inverted triangles on the other hand, have wide shoulders, slim waists and hips, so they can really go to town and wear those big ball gowns!

Necklines & Hemlines V-neck dresses are wonderful for adding length, making us appear taller. But beware of plunging necklines if you’re big busted, as you will need to maintain a balanced silhouette.

If you’re petite in stature, then nude shoes will elongate your legs. Also adding a layer such as a fitted jacket can make you appear a little taller. Whatever your figure, it’s important to look and feel your best. Ethereal Dresses offer a comprehensive professional alterations service on all Prom, Evening and Occasion Wear, regardless of whether you’ve purchased it from them or not.

Call them on 01785 714724 or email via their website

Based in the village of Penkridge, Ethereal offers each Bride to be a personal experience in choosing their perfect wedding dress. We are proud stockists of: Eddy K Italia Beautiful by Enzoani Wtoo by Watters Johanna Hehir Also bridesmaids dresses in a wide variety of colours by Onlyway Bridesmaids and bridal accessories by Richard Designs. Now also stocking some of the most beautiful prom and evening wear from designers such as: Chic & Holland Jora Collections Christian Koehlert Ethereal welcomes browsers when the diary allows, but appointments are advised for your bespoke experience. Specialist in house bridal alterations service available on all bridal wear regardless of where purchased. Ethereal, Stone Cross, Penkridge, Staffordshire, ST19 5AR

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Amanda Potter (Owner), Jo Shotton

Number Seven in Albrighton held an open evening for new and existing clients to showcase their new autumn and winter clothing, shoes and accessories. Amanda Potter, owner of Number Seven said “We had an excellent turn out of ladies coming into the boutique, we pride ourselves on personal, friendly service in a fun and relaxed atmosphere�. Clients were all welcomed with a glass of prosecco or a soft drink. The boutique is open until 7pm on the first Thursday of every month for a fashion, fun and fizz nights.

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Number Seven We pride ourselves on personal, friendly service in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Feel free to pop in and browse. We look forward to seeing you!

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B o o s h T O X ® New ways to keep you looking amazing It’s been another busy few months at BooshTOX and now they’ve added some amazing new services. Laser Teeth Whitening is first up. In their clean, high-quality clinic, they offer peroxide-free non-sensitive laser teeth whitening. This is a safe, effective and affordable teeth whitening option with session times from as little as 15 minutes. It’s great way to perfect your smile and always makes for a wonderful gift for friends and family! The clinic is now also fully licensed for Microblading treatments. These are delivered by their fully trained and insured Microblading artist, who is also an expert at Brow Lamination techniques requiring no needle. The clinic continues to get great results with the Venus Velocity Laser Hair Removal machine. This advanced treatment is performed by Serenna, who is an experienced laser and beauty therapist. She explains, “We are the first clinic in the Midlands to have this bestin-class hair removal system from Canada. It is increasingly popular in the United States and London and now we have it right here”. “It gives our clients safe, fast, comfortable and lasting hair removal on all skin types”. BooshTOX® is a thriving Doctorled Aesthetics and Laser Clinic founded by Dr Andrew Booshan – a dual practising Cosmetic Doctor and GP. They have an approach of discreet and comfortable cosmetic and anti-ageing enhancements with little or no downtime. BooshTOX® is based at excellent facilities at Pendeford Business Park near to the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Wolverhampton. With proximity to the M54, this gives easy access to their many 106

clients coming in from all parts of the Midlands and Shropshire. Some of the most popular services offered are:

• Vitamin Drips and Booster Shots • Cosmetic Minor Surgery / Benign Lesion Removal • Levura HIFU No-Needle Facelifts

• Anti-Wrinkle Injectables including Botulinum Toxin

• Laser Hair Removal – treatments by female staff

• Lip Enhancement Dermal Fillers – painlessly under anaesthetic nerve block

• Laser Teeth Whitening • Eyebrow Microblading

• Fine Line and Wrinkle Fillers • Tear Trough (Dark Eye Circles) Treatment • Cheek Lift & Midface Volumisation Treatments • Nose Reshaping (Nonsurgical rhinoplasty) • Non-Filler Rejuvenation - Skin Boosters, Micro-needling & Mesotherapy • Plasma (Plexr) Nonsurgical Blepharoplasty BooshTOX® staff are fully qualified and insured for your maximum safety and peace of mind. BooshTOX® Aesthetics & Laser Clinic, 7 Sidestrand, Pendeford Business Park, Wolverhampton, WV9 5HD Easy access from Wolverhampton (5 mins) and the M54 - Junction 2

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fashion time to party! The countdown to Christmas has begun so it’s time to find the looks that’ll guarantee you’re the best dressed guest at every festive get-together this December. Anything goes this party season, so why not turnheads in a show-stopping sequin look, make a statement in a bold hue or opt for chic style in this season’s take on the classic little black dress?

Remember, there are only two rules to follow when it comes to Christmas party style:

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25 years of traditional customer service with exceptional clinical excellence

Taylor Biddle Opticians recently celebrated 25 years of serving the local community. The business has thrived and prospered over the years due to focussing not only on exceptional personal service, but also on clinical excellence, always being among the first opticians to invest in state-of-the-art technology for the most thorough, up to date eye examinations. Tracey Taylor co-founded Taylor Biddle in 1994 at the Compton premises and two years later the Wombourne practice was opened. In February 2014 Olha Lac joined Tracey as a co-director. Olha, an award-winning specialist in Schoolvision and Visual Stress, has helped hundreds of children with reading difficulties to achieve their best educational potential and grow in confidence.


Customer service has always been at the heart of what we do. The friendly team of 21 staff, including five optometrists, two Dispensing Opticians and four dispensing assistants oversee more than 7000 sight tests that are carried out yearly. Time doesn’t stand still at Taylor Biddle and the team are constantly learning new skills in order to expand their knowledge of the latest eyecare and eyewear innovations.

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Hearing and vision are important for our health and wellbeing, though we don’t often think of our senses in this way. The Hearing Care Partnership together with Taylor Biddle Opticians have given their guide to building health across our lifespan through better hearing and vision.

What is healthy ageing? The World Health Organization defines it as “the ability to grow, learn and make decisions, to stay active. To be and do what you value throughout your life.” Different things affect our ability to age well, including our genes, our lifestyle, our location and our relationships with friends and family. It’s true that some of the choices we make in early life can alter the course of our later life, like how much we exercised and what we ate. But it’s never too late to make a positive change.

• Stay connected: Do things that give you joy and meaning, whether that’s playing tennis, taking up photography, or visiting places you love. All of these things help you to feel more positive. • Check your hearing and vision: People who look after their hearing and vision by getting expert advice and the right treatment, stay more active mentally and physically. By looking after our eyes and ears, we can be ready for whatever comes our way. Seeing things more clearly. Hearing and being heard. And enjoying more of the people and things that we love.

Staying connected Our eyes and ears are essential to healthy ageing. That’s because our hearing and vision are central to maintaining active social lives. While we may notice changes in our vision, it can be harder to detect – or come to terms with – the changes in our hearing. You may not notice changes in your hearing yourself. Instead, those closest to you will likely spot the signs first. So, what are the warning signs of hearing loss? • You might start watching TV at a volume that is louder than usual. • You might find it harder to hear what’s being said when there’s lots of background noise (for example in a busy café, restaurant, or meeting). This can lead to you withdrawing from conversations as you struggle to hear. • You need to concentrate more to understand certain voices (especially soft or low ones). • You find it challenging to hear over the phone. If you have noticed any of these in your day to day life, come and have a Free Hearing Assessment. Call us today on 0800 52 00 546.

So how can I look after my senses for longer? It’s never too late to make changes to the way you live. Here’s some tips to get you started.

The Audiology Service at Taylor Biddle Opticians is led by Helen Barton, who is dedicated to helping people live their lives to the full. She is driven to help each individual make the most of their hearing, to facilitate healthy ageing. “I have a passion for providing excellent customer care and I know that the key to this is good communication and listening skills. Working with The Hearing Care Partnership allows me the time I need to spend with each patient to ensure their care is tailored to them as an individual and to their lifestyle. Keep life in full colour with The Hearing Care Partnership and Taylor Biddle Opticians. Book a FREE hearing health check today on 0800 52 00 546 or visit

• Stay active: Just 30 minutes of activity a day can help promote mobility and health in later life. What counts as ‘activity’? Anything that raises your heart rate until you feel slightly out of breath. 112

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AT ITS BEST Bringing a brand-new approach to dentistry, Wombourne –based dental practice, Willows Dental, is giving clients something to smile about. Committed to offering a patient-led approach and intent on building excellent relationships with clients, the award-winning surgery leads the way in cosmetic treatments, dental implants and treating nervous patients. Our reporter, Helen Taylor, paid a visit to the practice to meet with owner - and principal dentist – Neel Barchha to find out more.

It’s so refreshing to walk into a dental surgery and for it to feel absolutely nothing like a dental surgery! Has the practice been designed with nervous patients in mind? Yes, everything has been designed to be as patient-friendly as possible from Sudoku’s, shoe polish machines, hot and cold drinks and even reading glasses if our clients forget them. We want our clients to feel completely comfortable and relaxed whenever they’re spending time with us. We have dedicated consultation rooms, which are free of dental equipment, so that nervous patients can discuss their treatment in a calm and tranquil environment. We are also one of a few surgeries to offer sedation during treatment.


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I’ve also heard that there are some special entertainment features at the surgery which are especially popular with younger patients? We’ve got Game Boys and PlayStations which the kids and adults love, as well as TV screens mounted on the ceiling. We also do pizza nights for those attending late night appointments and there’s always a warm drink waiting on arrival. And, when it comes to dental treatment, we offer free places for children as well as home visits for elderly people who are unable to travel to us. It’s that sort of attention to detail which must have transformed what it means to visit the dentist for hundreds of your clients. Yes, it has. We deal with patients who have had really bad experiences with other dentists over the years and so we have always made it our goal to ensure that every aspect of what we do here is to the highest possible standards. Our mission statement is to give everyone the confidence to eat, smile, kiss and connect. Your smile is incredibly important and whether it’s addressing cosmetic issues or undertaking treatment for a dental problem that you may have been having, the results really can be life changing and we want everyone to benefit. We offer 0% finance for our dental treatments meaning that no one has to wait to achieve the smile they want. And, in addition to dental work we also offer facial aesthetic treatments, like Botox, which take care of those telltale signs of ageing. You’ve got an impressive team of dentists, hygienists and support staff at the practice to take care of your clients.

We have seven highly skilled dentists as well as the latest dental equipment – like 3D scanners which enables us to efficiently diagnose and treat any issue and undertake any cosmetic work. Our hygienists, support team and receptionists are highly trained and really friendly. We strive to offer an incredibly efficient service which enables our clients to arrange appointments to suit their schedule any time of day whether that’s morning, lunchtime or evening – and our receptionists are so highly trained that they even offer courses in communication to other dental surgeries. Our support team work closely with patients to help them gain a real understanding of their treatment, answer questions and address any concerns. Clients tell us that this process takes the ‘mystery’ out of their dental work and helps them grasp dental jargon which is often used elsewhere. We take before and after pictures in our in-house studio for the cosmetic work that we do so that clients can see the amazing results of their treatment. You have earned an excellent reputation amongst clients and you’ve also gained outstanding industry recognition too. We were delighted to win numerous awards at the UK Dentistry Awards and we’ve just yesterday been nominated for another eight. We’re thrilled that our clients give us such positive reviews and recommend us time and time again. Community is really important to us and we’re always getting involved in local charity events as well sponsoring local football teams and amateur dramatic groups. We are proud to be a part of our local community and want to offer our patients the very best dental service.

I’m really proud of the team which we’ve sourced from the best of the best even as far away as Boston which allows us to deal with all manner of dental issues under-one-roof.

Neel Barchha

So, whether you’re looking to transform your smile or find a surgery which understands your needs as a nervous patient, you’ll find everything that you need at Willows Dental & Implant Centre. For more information visit: www

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Cardiologists and imaging staff at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital have welcomed the installation of a permanent new Echocardiography machine, used to assess the structure and function of the heart’s chambers and valves. The new ultrasound system is a high spec Philips Affiniti 70 with echocardiography capabilities. Dr Sandeep Hothi, a Consultant Cardiologist, also at New Cross Hospital, joined the team of seven cardiologists at Nuffield Health 12 months ago. Dr Hothi explains, “My main focus is advanced imaging, which is non-invasive diagnostic imaging with colleagues in radiology and radiography. Such investigation enables us to formulate optimum treatment of heart conditions. Patients who come to see me in clinic typically have chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath and lethargy, signs of fluid retention

Lucy Willcox, Radiology Manager, and Dr Sandeep Hothi, with the new Philips Affiniti 70 ultrasound echocardiography machine at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital.

or blackouts. Prompt evaluation by a cardiologist is the key to determining the point at which a problem requires treatment.” The heart specialist says, “Having the new Echocardiography machine on-site complements our fabulous range of imaging facilities, including CT and MRI, and expert staff. Angina, which is pain due to coronary disease, typically causes patients to have chest pain when they exert themselves due to a narrowing in one or more arteries to the heart. Through diagnosing this condition, experts can advise on appropriate treatments to treat symptoms and significantly reduce the risk of heart attack. The risk of coronary artery disease is increased when diabetic, having high blood pressure, if you are or have been a smoker, having high cholesterol or if there is a family history of this at a young age, typically under 55-60.” National guidance stipulates that CT coronary angiography is the first line test in chest pain suspected to be angina because of the ability to get good quality images of the coronary arteries in a CT scanner without the risks of an invasive coronary angiogram, typically performed in a cardiac catheter laboratory.

“Depending on the findings, additional non-invasive imaging may be required and, in some cases, an invasive angiogram. Cardiac MRI is an advanced imaging method that does not use radiation and allows imaging of the heart muscle and valves and can also assess the sufficiency of the blood supply to the heart muscle. A stress echo provides similar information by speeding up the heart with medication or with exercise, and scanning the heart while doing so, to determine whether the blood supply to the heart is normal.” Common diagnoses that patients may be concerned about include angina, arrhythmias or heart failure. Other conditions diagnosed at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital include high blood pressure (hypertension), heart muscle disorders, (cardiomyopathies), elevated cholesterol, breathlessness and lethargy, inherited heart diseases, black outs and heart valve disease.

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“Don’t make me laugh!” “I didn’t sleep very well last night” “Excuse me, where are the toilets?” If your inner chatterbox is constantly talking to you with things like that, then you’ll be aware of how energy sapping and time-consuming incontinence can be. Even the word isn’t nice – the images it conjures up are nothing like what you may be dealing with. But it does impact on your mental health, finances, confidence, personal relationships and leisure activities. It can be caused by so many things, and affects women of all ages and yet it’s still a taboo subject. The embarrassment and perceived stigma prevent many women seeking help and finding a solution. If you have gone to your GP, they may have given you little hope as, up until now, there have been very few effective remedies. Without invasive surgery, drugs and very little physical effort, Better Life Now can offer you a solution to those sleepless nights, little accidents and self-consciousness. Fully clothed, you are seated on the Esmella Chair which has been specially designed and engineered to use electromagnetic energy to exercise your pelvic floor muscles. Kegel exercises are notoriously difficult to do (and who remembers to do them anyway!?) but the Esmella Chair does over 11,000 Kegels in just 28 minutes in a non-invasive, pain-free way.


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By working from the privacy and comfort of their home, Gloria and Suzanne aim to make their clients feel relaxed and unselfconscious about the treatment; soon becoming confidantes. “We are happy to leave ladies on their own for some “Me Time” but often stay chatting and have found that talking about their issues makes a huge difference to them.” says Gloria.

The treatment is simple, non-invasive and pain free; and is revolutionising women’s lives in just six sessions over three weeks! The Esmella Chair was bought by Suzanne Morison who had suffered from urge incontinence for many years and was becoming increasingly isolated and anxious. Her days were planned around where the toilets were and what clothes she could wear to ‘hide’ any accidents. “After having my children, I noticed a few leaks which I hoped would stop in time. A busy life meant that I forgot to do my pelvic floor exercises and over time, the problem got worse. The pads I was using were getting bigger and it was affecting my confidence and marriage.”

Another benefit of the treatment can be for those who want a boost to their sex life; whether they have an incontinence issue or not. By exercising the pelvic floor muscles, blood flow increases to the area and it can heighten sensation and awareness during sex.

She felt it was something she was resigned to live with which is quite common and can impact hugely on personal relationships, mental well-being and leading a relaxed normal life. But the discovery of this chair transformed her life and after just six sessions, she has gone from wearing thick pads 24 hours a day to a thin one in the day and nothing at night.

Suzanne and Gloria want this treatment to be accessible to every woman and offer a variety of payment plans to make sure that cost isn’t a barrier to stop women getting to live the best life they can. The treatment consists of just six visits over three weeks and prices start from £49 per month.

“Before the treatment, I would wake in the night and was unable to make it to the toilet in time. I was exhausted, embarrassed and frustrated! But now, I feel I’ve got my life back!” The results were so astonishing, Suzanne wanted to help other women with similar issues and so invested in the Esmella Chair. Working with her daughter in law, Gloria, they want to help as many women as possible get their confidence and lives back.

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Clare’s Zipwire Challenge received the devastating news that two of her three daughters had the same condition. “In April 2018, my youngest daughter Penelope was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with a UTI and Sepsis. She spent a week in hospital on drips and antibiotics, including numerous lumbar punctures.”

Clare completed the Velocity 2 Zipwire challenge on July 28th at Penryn Quarry, the fastest zip line in the world to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Clare suffers with Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 4 - which means her combined kidney function is only 24% - and she has been told that she will require a transplant in the near future. And, in 2018 she

Later that year, Clare was told that that her middle daughter, Nancy also suffered with the same condition. “Nancy had one of her kidneys removed in June, following a kidney ultrasound which revealed that the damage to her kidney was much more severe compared to Penelope’s, as the condition had gone undiagnosed for four and a half years.” Clare is really keen to express her appreciation to everyone at the hospital. “I can’t thank the entire team enough for what they’ve done for us. It’s not just the medical and administration

team which are amazing; it’s also the play staff that do those little things that make all the difference, like dressing up and making balloon animals to entertain the children.” Through kind donations Clare raised £1,567.51 which went directly to the Renal Unit at the hospital where Nancy and Penelope have both received care and will continue to be monitored. On 14th August Clare presented the cheque to Maria Weaver at the Fundraising Hub at the hospital.

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Keep your feet happy this Christmas It’s easy to forget about your feet as the winter months approach, hidden away in socks and boots. Not only do your feet bear the brunt of all that Christmas shopping, it’s not long till you’ll be showing them off in those new sparkly sandals at the Christmas parties. For those perfect winter toes, preparation is the key and here are some tips to prepare your feet to party. 1. Keep heels for special occasions. Save backless high-heeled shoes for evening glamour, they force your toes to claw as you walk, straining muscles if worn over a long period.

2. Calf stretches help keep feet supple and keep a good range of movement. 3. Vary shoe types and heel heights from day to day, one day wearing low heels, and the next day slightly higher heels. For everyday use, keep heels to about 4cm.

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5. Use a foot file once a week to help combat any hard skin. Remove old nail varnish prior to the party season to help rehydrate your nails.

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The last minute shopping trips, mad rushes and before purchasing those all-important heels, take the time to well and truly to treat your feet with our luxury pedicure. Not only do your feet get pure relaxation,

We would like to thank all our customers for their support throughout the year for helping us find our ‘feet’. Wishing you a Happy Christmas and New Year from the team at Foot Therapy.

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Approximately 2% of adults will have a leg ulcer at some stage in their lives Despite the misery they cause, leg ulcers remain a neglected problem. Four out of 5 ulcers (80%) are caused by a problem with the leg veins with a minority (15%) caused by problems in the arteries. About 95% of venous leg ulcers can be correctly identified by their appearance, by checking for pulses in the feet and by performing an ultrasound of the veins. Venous leg ulcers usually appear on the lower part of the leg just around the ankle. Often, there are varicose veins or thread veins around the ulcer and the leg is often swollen. The skin is sometimes thickened and discoloured by varicose eczema which may develop months or years before the ulcer as a warning sign that the vein circulation is not normal.

The aim of treatment is healing the ulcer as quickly as possible. This usually means graduated compression either with bandages or stockings. In most cases, antibiotics, creams and ointments are not necessary. There is now good evidence that early treatment of any underlying vein problems both speeds ulcer healing and reduces the risk of recurrence. This means a full assessment with an ultrasound scan is vital.

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Keen to head into the new decade with a fresh start, and get active in a hugely supportive environment with like-minded fitness enthusiasts?

Why not check out Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, now boasting a thriving and varied programme of classes which can boost not only your fitness but also your health and wellbeing. The four-strong team of personal trainers which run the club’s System Energize programme – Paul Fothergill, Brendon Turner, Billy Hughes and Adam Guest – are ready and waiting to offer you all the inspiration and support needed to make a fantastic start to 2020. The annual Kick-Start initiative gets things underway from January 1118, where the trainers combine two


“Many classes are suitable for families and complement the rackets programme we have here at the club.

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fitness classes a day with a strict eating plan to help encourage good habits which those taking part can carry on after the programme. This is all in line with no fewer than 12 regular classes which are free to members and can also be accessed by non-members, including fitness sessions, circuits, pilates, boxercise, and much more. “The classes are going brilliantly and offer a real variety, all run by our very experienced instructors who have years of results behind them,” says Paul.

“Our four experienced and friendly trainers lead over 100 Personal Training sessions a week in the gym, with all new members getting a free introductory session and others available at a discounted price. “We also have two strength and conditioning coaches working full time, who are up-to-date with the latest science and are happy to share their knowledge if people are looking for a more sportspecific angle with their training. “Anybody thinking of looking for a new place to work out is welcome to come and try a class for free and discuss the options as to what might be appropriate for what they are looking for.” For more details about the classes, or Kick Start, contact Paul on 07825 665794.

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D e m e n t i a and the Lasting Power of Attorney More than 850,000 people in the UK are currently living with Dementia and this figure is expected to rise in coming years. With more people than ever being affected by Dementia, it is becoming increasingly vital to consider what steps you can take to safeguard your finances, to help your loved ones and to make sure that the people you trust are involved in making decisions about your care when you are no longer in a position to make those decisions yourself. Figures obtained by the Solicitors for the Elderly indicate that 86% of people would want their family and friends to make decisions on their behalf in the event that they became too ill to make decisions themselves; yet only a staggering 12% of people have actually made a Lasting Power of Attorney. If you lose mental capacity, even those nearest to you will not be entitled to handle your affairs for you unless you have already addressed this and put in place a Lasting Power of Attorney. If you have not they will need to apply to the Court of Protection to be appointed as your deputy which is a long, complex and costly procedure. Making a Lasting Power of Attorney provides you with the peace of mind that should you ever be incapable of managing your affairs; your trusted loved ones will be able to take over swiftly and easily for you.

Types of Lasting Power of Attorney There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney. You have the choice to draw up one, or both. Health and Welfare lasting powers of attorney only take effect once you are no longer in a position to make your own decisions and will enable your attorney to be involved in decisions regarding your future care needs and the type of medical treatment you receive – including decisions on life-sustaining treatments. A Property and Financial Affairs lasting power of attorney can be used immediately if you wish and will allow your attorney to deal with your bank or building society accounts, pay your bills and collect any benefits or pensions which you might be entitled to – the day to day things required. It can also be used to sell your property if you are incapable of selling it yourself. In addition to being essential if you are mentally incapacitated it can also assist where there may be physical restrictions such as those which may follow a stroke.

When to Make Your Lasting Power of Attorney The effects of Dementia can be devastating on families, but making a Lasting Power of Attorney can help make living with Dementia easier both for you and for the ones that you love. Whilst there is no right time to make a Lasting Power of Attorney, you should consider making one sooner rather than later. Too often, it is left until the point that the person affected has already lost mental capacity and at that point it is too late to make a Lasting Power of

Attorney. The Court of Protection application that will then result, as well as being a costly and time consuming process, will also mean you will lose control over who will look after your best interests.

Do I need a Solicitor to prepare my Lasting Power of Attorney? Whilst you can prepare a Lasting Power of Attorney yourself it’s easy to make mistakes which could make the Power of Attorney unusable. It is advisable therefore, to instruct a solicitor to prepare the documents for peace of mind that they are drawn up correctly and will be valid for use when needed the most. If you have been diagnosed with, or fear that you might develop Dementia or any illness which might prevent you from making decisions for yourself at some time in the future you should put a Lasting Power of Attorney in place now. Tracey and the specialist Private Client team at Rees Page Solicitors can help to guide you through the process of putting your own Lasting Power of Attorney in place and to explain the options open to you. We are also happy to visit you at your home if you prefer.

If you want the peace of mind of knowing that someone you trust will be in charge of your affairs when you no longer can be call Tracey now.

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about wills The number of people who don’t have a will has risen to an alltime high with an estimated 60 per cent of the population running the risk of dying ‘intestate’. If you are one of them, it means that your assets, which might include a house, savings and other property, will be distributed as

per the law and not necessarily how you would like. So why don’t more people make a will? Will Jones, an Associate in the Wills, Probate and Lifetime Planning team at Wolverhampton law firm FBC Manby Bowdler, discusses some common misconceptions that might be preventing you from drawing up this important document: With an increasing number of people cohabiting, marrying more than once and creating blended step families, it has never been more important to have a will. Many people, wrongly, assume that if someone dies without a will, everything goes to their spouse. This isn’t necessarily right - it depends on how your assets are owned, the size of your estate and what other family members there are such as children. The intestacy rules dictate who gets what so to ensure your assets will definitely pass to your spouse and or children, you need a will.

Will Jones, an Associate in the Wills, Probate and Lifetime Planning team at FBC Manby Bowdler.


If you have stepchildren you would like to benefit or a partner you’re not married to, it’s vital you make a will. They would

have no automatic claim on your estate if you don’t stipulate that in an official document. One of the most common misconceptions we hear about – with sometimes devastating consequences – is that divorce revokes a will. Marriage revokes a will but divorce doesn’t. When a divorce is final, for inheritance purposes, the divorced spouse is treated as having died but in all other respects, the will is valid. This can cause complications if you haven’t stipulated who should inherit what if your spouse ‘dies’ and the rules of intestacy could apply. If you divorce or remarry, you should always redraft your will. One reason that some people might put off making a will is the perceived expense. Using a professional solicitor doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Specialists cut through the red tape and jargon and ensure your wishes will be carried out to the letter. If you’d like to know more about estate planning and wills, contact Will on 01902 392402 or by email at wolverhampton west magazine

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Birchfield School is a fully co-educational school for pupils aged 4 to 13. It is set in twenty acres of beautiful Shropshire countryside, enjoying views of the Wrekin and the Clee Hills. It is located just off the A41, close to Junction 3 of the M54; just 30 minutes from Birmingham, Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth and Market Drayton. One of the great strengths of Birchfield is that it is a completely independent school, allowing parents freedom to select the best fit senior school depending on their child’s needs and strengths, be it at age 11 or 13. Many preparatory schools are tied to a senior school partner and therefore pupils are ‘fed’ into their next school, sometimes spending up to fifteen years on one site. We believe, given the variety of schools available either at age 11 or 13 that one size does not fit all, and hence we work with you to make sure you find the right school for your child. With a reputation for academic 132

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Music and drama play an important role in the School with all children encouraged to take part in the school’s drama productions, as well as learning a musical instrument, with an extensive variety of instruments and music clubs available. At Birchfield we embrace traditional values whilst keeping pace with technology. Pupils in Reception to 8 benefit from tablets to support their learning experience and these form a valuable and dynamic role in our pupils’ academic experience. We are very fortunate in that we have a dedicated, separate nursery on the site for children from 6 months to 4 years where the pupils then move into the Preparatory School. Birchfield School, Harriot’s Hayes Lane, Albrighton, Nr Wolverhampton, WV7 3AF Tel: 01902 372534

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Education & Schooling by David Williams – Headmaster of Tettenhall College

“Having written these articles since January 2014 I now arrive at the point where this is my last as I will leave my post as Head of Tettenhall College in December. It has been a pleasure to write them although rather like a teenager’s homework they get left until just before the deadline and, when complete, I wonder what all the fuss was about.” As I take up a new role as Education Director with a group of schools (Bellevue Education) I am of course reflecting on what I will miss as Head. Although I will still have a large involvement in the direction of a number of schools I will miss the daily involvement with one community of pupils, parents and staff where one can never predict what will happen on a daily basis and random, often heart-warming conversations take place especially in a school where our youngest pupils are two years old. The opportunity to affect positive change quickly has been a privilege whether this is in the form of improvement in facilities, creating new opportunities for learning or widening extracurricular activities or simply getting more local people through our gates to attend an event. The wonderful diversity of the Tettenhall College community has been a joy with our boarders from all over the world complementing the local population of day pupils who come from a range of cultures and backgrounds. These are also

joined by the growing numbers of international families who have relocated to the area for work purposes and rightly see the school as a friendly, warm and dynamic environment where we can provide the vital support for their children whatever their linguistic capability. A few thoughts on Wolverhampton itself. On arrival here I received a warm Black Country welcome which has continued throughout our time here but would often be asked “what have you come here for?!”. My wife and myself have often enjoyed compiling our list of “good things about Wolverhampton” to counter some of the self-deprecating comments from the residents. Wolverhampton is a proper city with all that comes with it; some issues but equally a vibrant place with a sense of pride especially reflected in the football team that lies at its heart and has visibly lifted it in the last couple of years. Our recent video of the School contains some drone footage and reveals that Tettenhall is extremely green as, as a whole, it is a city that has allowed its trees

to grow and line its streets rather than cut them down in the interests of Health and Safety. The College itself is a wonderful haven of nature with its protected woodland in which I have seen badgers, foxes, woodpeckers, buzzards and parakeets (!) to name some of the species to be found a stone’s throw away from the town centre. It has also been exciting to live in a region that holds such strategic political importance and is noticeably in the ascendancy. The proximity of Birmingham, its history, attractions and many improvements means that the region has a major international city. This has of course affected the prosperity of Wolverhampton as our teenagers and boarders skip the town centre on our doorstep. There remains a lot to be done to recapture the place of which former pupils of a certain generation talk so fondly when recalling their days at the School but I am sure that, with some of the enterprise for which it is famous, that way can be found to reinvigorate its streets.

So, as I ready myself for the final weeks, as any Head knows, we are merely temporary stewards of schools that have far longer histories than ourselves and therefore hope that Tettenhall College is now in better shape. As I start a new and exciting challenge in a different part of the country, there will be an inevitable sense of sadness but I will always extol the virtues of the city in which I have lived for the last six years.


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education is closer than you think Wolverhampton Grammar School is an extraordinary school. Founded in 1512, it’s one of the oldest schools in the country, within easy access of the wider West Midlands, Staffordshire and Shropshire thanks to flexible school bus links. National award-winning and ranked top of the league tables for grades 9-7 at GCSE, the school is rated “excellent” by school inspectors. The school also ranks top 25 nationally for GCSE results across all independent schools. First priority is the happiness of your child Children at Wolverhampton Grammar School receive pastoral care like nowhere else – that’s because happy children do well, thrive, and leave the school with excellent exam results and the confidence to embrace whatever opportunities come their way. Your child will never feel alone at Wolverhampton Grammar School. Assistant Head of Pastoral Care, Claudine Jones leads a team of staff to support and work with families to ensure every child gets the care and individual attention


that they need. Support includes a dedicated, expert pastoral team, School Counsellor and annual adolescent mental health tracking using the latest digital tools. Academic excellence The academic achievements of the students speak for themselves. All teachers are experts in their own academic disciplines, trained and experienced professionals who love their subjects as much as they enjoy teaching students. Small class sizes and space for individual tuition enables the teachers to get to know each and every child. Wolverhampton Grammar School also offers a tailored and individual approach to UCAS and Careers support and students can expect the very

best preparation possible when it comes to life after school. Our examinations and Sixth Form team ensure every student is supported with the very best support possible to ensure students make the right choice for their next step. Life outside the classroom The school offers over 100 extracurricular clubs – the largest range available from any school in the area. Everything from Political Forums, Technology clubs, Debating, Warhammer to Climbing, Cooking and Gardening. Residential trips begin as early as Year 3 and from Year 7, all children have the opportunity to travel to Europe, culminating in a choice of worldwide expeditions for older students. Interested to learn more? The school hosts open events throughout the year. Sixth Form Open Evening is Thursday 21st November, 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Alternatively, contact Jane Morris, Admissions Registrar at Wolverhampton Grammar School on telephone 01902 422939, email or register visit the website wolverhampton west magazine

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“The more risks you allow children to take, the better they learn to take care of themselves” Roald Dahl. The different ways in which children learn are fundamental to our Early Years curriculum and our well qualified and highly skilled practitioners provide opportunities for children to display three characteristics of effective learning in both our wellresourced outdoor provision: playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’; active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements;

For some of us, this statement brings back happy memories of our childhood days, which were filled with freedom and what is now termed in education ‘Risky Play.’

as simple as climbing a tree, a child can experiment, solve problems, think creatively, and co-operate with others. The chance to experience opportunities for unstructured play, in which a child can decide what to do, with whom and how, promotes positive self-esteem, autonomy, and confidence.

Memories of weekends and school holidays, consisting of playing in the local park, climbing trees, whizzing around on the roundabout, and playing hide and seek in the woods, without the supervision of an adult! In this day and age of risk assessments and safeguarding, it can often be difficult to reproduce such opportunities for risky play. At Newbridge Preparatory School, our aim is to put that type of experience back into today’s version of childhood. Why? Because such outdoor play promotes cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being. Through a play activity

creating and thinking critically children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things. For the more robust activities we have strong links with The Kingswood Trust who provide the opportunity for children from Nursery to Year Six to experience all of this within a safe and secure environment. Children in Nursery experience a term of Forest School, Reception children enjoy 3 seasonal visits and children in Year groups One to Year Six attend joint adventure days. Our Year Three and Four girls are also fortunate to experience a three day residential where the girls climb trees, forage for food and cook on an open fire, to name a few things. At Newbridge Preparatory School we offer high levels of academic challenge preparing girls for the 11 plus but more importantly offer the gift of childhood and developing girls into wellrounded happy individuals. 139

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Wolverhampton Racecourse Ladies’ Day returned this summer for another fabulous afternoon at Wolverhampton racecourse. Over 10,000 fans enjoyed an amazing day of fashion, colour, and quality racing whilst soaking up the incredible atmosphere of Ladies’ Day. The excitement continued into the evening as International Superstar Jess Glynne performed a full set live on the outdoor stage, making it their best feature race day to date. The annual event will take place again next August and the artist will be announced in early 2020.

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Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis and Squash Club

1. Chris Watson, Chris Cowdery 2. Mark Jones, Andy Bates, Roy Sedgwick

Rugby legends Jonathan Davies and George Chuter and former England cricket captain Chris Cowdrey were the special guests at a Sporting Dinner held at Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis & Squash Club.

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Taylor Biddle Opticians Compton Taylor Biddle hosted an open event to celebrate their 25th Anniversary of the Compton practice. Guests were greeted with fizz and canapĂŠs while browsing around the practice

4. Jo Peppiatt, Donna Lloyd, Taras Lac, Dev Sidhu, Hasan Akhtar, Sophie Rogers 5. Kenneth Hawkins, Judith Hawkins

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Ramada Park Hall Hotel Wolverhampton The Michael Streete Foundation annual fundraising gala dinner 2019 was held on Friday 11th October. More than 350 guests came together to support and raise funds for the Michael Streete Foundation (MSFDN), a registered charity that strives to empower and inspire young lives.

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disadvantaged and vulnerable lives especially those affected by indiscernible medical conditions such as Sickle Cell and Mental Health disorders

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Aristocats Patshull Park Hotel Aristocats recently showcased its Autumn/Winter 2019 collections with models from The Fashion Show Company taking to the floor at Patshull Park Hotel. The charity event raised a total of £2,310 for the Alzheimer’s Society which was the chosen charity of Paulette Morris, lady Captain of Worfield Golf Club.


1. Models from The Fashion Show Company 2. Paulette Morris, Carol Billingsley 3. Moira Parker, Elela Spencer, Sian Bladen, Jan Hollyhead 4. Liz Stoll, Karen Sawbridge

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Molineux Stadium Wolverhampton Mike Elphick, Chairman of Wolverhampton Cricket club, welcomed 230 guests to their annual fundraising sportsman`s dinner in September in the Hayward Suite. Local businesses, cricket club members and players attended the event where guest speaker cricket legend David Gower entertained everyone. The dinner raised funds for essential maintenance projects and to support our girls and visually impaired teams at the club. ÂŁ500 was raised for Acorns Hospice.


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Zooma Indian • Bar • Grill Compton Family and friends were invited to celebrate the opening of Zooma in mid October. The restaurant situated above Royston Blythe hairdressers has been transformed into a stylish contemporary restaurant and bar. Locals will be familiar with the previous restaurant called Memsahib but would not recognise the place now following the fabulous transformation.

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Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis and Squash Club Over 400 guests partied the night away at a fantastic ‘Big Ball’ event at Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis & Squash Club. The Black-Tie event, organised by club member Nicky Willis and the social committee, was staged in a marquee which had been erected on the club’s grass courts and had hosted a Sporting Dinner 48 hours earlier. Entertainment on the night was provided by the Copicats band, while a game of ‘Disco Bingo’ was also very well received. 1. Sally Mansell, Nicky Willis, Jason Mansell, Ally Birkett, Sarah Houghton (Organising committee)

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Park Hall Hotel Wolverhampton

1. Leanne Watterson, Daniel Watterson, Charlotte Mchugo, Sam Graham, Danielle Nevitt, Tom Pinfield

Elle’s Angels annual ball was held on Friday 20th September.The charity helps local children and young adults with much needed support and therapies, both alternative and traditional. Guests enjoyed a meal and entertainment and a massive £15,400 was raised.

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A fundraising ball in aid of Bone Cancer Research was held at The Mount Hotel,Tettenhall.The event was in memory of Richard Bayley, from Tettenhall. Sadly, he passed away last year at just 51 after a short and very horrible battle with a rare form of Bone Cancer. His daughter Jessica arranged the ball with the help of Richard’s good friend Debbie Anslow. Specialists in helping people to retire early

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Rudells Rolex & Tudor Event A fantastic evening was held in the luxurious tranquillity of Hagley Hall, the perfect setting to celebrate 2 amazing watch brands. Rudell the Jewellers hosted a wonderful evening showcasing the excellence of Rolex and Tudor.  Throughout

7 the evening guests were treated to champagne, cocktails and canapes along with taking part in virtual reality golf and driving simulator. 1. Paco Herrera, Craig Gardner, Jason (Rudells), Xavi Calm and Jon (Rudells) 2. Marc Albrighton and Scott Rickards 3. Jon Weston and Sioux Jones with the Rudells team

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Wolves Legends – Oxley Park Golf Club Over 20 former Wolves players joined with supporters at the Former Players Association’s Annual Golf Day at Oxley Park, raising approximately £4,000 for two local charities. Players spanning the generations included Terry Wharton, who made his debut in 1961, through to the likes of John Richards, Phil Parkes, Kenny Hibbitt and Geoff Palmer from the Seventies and Eighties, Mick Holmes and Andy Mutch from the late Eighties and early Nineties, and Don Goodman, who finished his Wolves career in 1998. Steve Daley organises the Annual Golf Day, with help from his wife Lyn, Geoff Palmer and the Wolves FPA committee. This year’s two chosen charities were Birmingham Children’s Hospital, who have been supported by Wolves fans such as Neil Taylor and Steve Plant in recent years, and the Maureen Parkes Breast Care Fund, a charity set up in memory of the wife of the former Wolves goalkeeper Phil Parkes.



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Introducing the all-new EQC A 4x4 that’s 100% electric So, the wait is almost over. We’re launching the new all-electric EQC — the first series production vehicle to emerge from the EQ electric car range.

The striking exterior features a brand-new black-panel radiator grille and a front and rear eye-catching LED wraparound band design created just for the EQC. Highlights also feature a 19” 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels, dynamic coupé-style roofline, as well as multibeam LEDs with blue colour accents, echoed by the blue EQC badge on the wing.

This stylish Mercedes SUV crossover combines all the benefits of emissionfree motoring with all the comfort, convenience, quality, and safety you expect from a Mercedes-Benz.


DISCOVER THE POWER OF ELECTRIC The EQC generates its power from its two electric motors at the front and rear axles with a combined output of 300 kW and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds. You can also charge the new EQC from your home using a 7kW home charging unit in just 11 hours and 25 minutes1. With its surprising range of over 200 miles2 and innovative driver assistance features, combined with extensive charging points across the UK, it represents a whole new way to drive electric. EVERY DETAIL TAKEN CARE OF The new EQC comes with a unique design style for Mercedes-Benz.

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All kinds of strength. The new Mercedes-Benz GLC.

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Great North Run for Compton Care Peter Smith, Dealer Principle of Mercedes-Benz of Wolverhampton, took on the biggest half marathon in the UK; The Great North Run, to raise funds for Compton Care. The Dealer Principle raised a staggering £820 in sponsorship and donations, an amount which will fund the equivalent of 16 specialist counselling sessions for patients who have been diagnosed with an incurable illnesses, and their loved ones. Compton Community Fundraiser Vicki Wootton said “Thanks to the dedication and hard work of Peter and people like him, Compton Care are able to continue to provide the clinical, emotional and social care and support people living with incurable illness need. This ensures that they can continue to do the things that make them, them – because being alive isn’t the same as feeling alive. We are so grateful that Peter has chosen to support us.” About Compton Care Life with a complex, long term or incurable condition doesn’t have to be limiting. At Compton Care we believe people are more than their diagnosis and we are passionate about helping them to live the best life possible.


As the care partner for people living with complex and incurable conditions across Wolverhampton, the Black Country, Staffordshire and Shropshire we work with our patients to inspire, support and encourage them to take charge of their lives. We do this by delivering extraordinary clinical care and expertise alongside emotional, practical and spiritual support, both in people’s homes and across our dedicated sites. Find out more about how Compton Care is making everyday extraordinary at or call 0300 323 0250.

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