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CONTENTS

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16-17 10 The local property market 12 Making an entrance 16/17 Choosing and caring for your Christmas tree 20 Crosswords and Puzzles 22 Rotary Club of Wolverhampton 24 Travel: Discovering Bath 28 How to enjoy a greener Christmas 34 Major project milestone reached at Wolves Civic 44 Willows: Dentistry making a difference 52 Rotary Club of Tettenhall 58 Bantock Park 64 Gardening with Ann Winwood 72 Recipe – Cinnamon stars 73 Recipe – Winter braised lamb shanks 79 The Oakley Arms competition 82 Halfpenny Green Wine Estate competition 86/87 Royston Blythe – Dreaming of fabulous hair this Christmas 88-93 Christmas made easy with Heaven 100-101 Ladies Fashion: Winter looks all wrapped up 112 Christmas can be chaos for your gut 114/115 Award winning care at Willows Dental 116/117 A trip down memory lane 118 Golf Tip 132 Travel Insurance advice 134/135 Motoring: Bentley Continental GTC 136 Answers to crosswords and puzzles 136 Grand Theatre secures funding 137 Index to advertisers 04

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FROM THE EDITOR

An appropriate introduction to my Christmas editor’s letter normally falls to hand in an instant: with just the right dose of whimsy and merriment, before a swift run through of local events and attractions and then I’m off on my way faster than Santa on Christmas morning, except… this Christmas will be like no other.

And while that will be for reasons we don’t want, the outcome may be one that we do, because the majority of us will be getting back to basics with an ‘old fashioned’ Christmas at home with our families, which is much more in keeping with tradition. At this time of year especially, everyone should stop and take stock and just as our collective suffering during lockdown brought out the best in us, Christmas ought to as well. See the sterling work being done at Compton Care for your inspiration. Yes, there may be fewer opportunities for winter breaks away in the sun but they’ll keep for another year, instead let’s enjoy something a lot closer to home. And there’s no reason to think it won’t be fun. With the proper attitude even terrible TV, over-cooked sprouts, board games and rubbish weather can all be taken with an easy smile. Most of us will be spending more time at home so use the lead-up to Christmas to improve your property –perhaps a garden room for all year around extra space from The Green Room– and your own culinary skills. Here’s a tip: buy your food from local suppliers and then, because of their superior produce, your Christmas Day dinner can’t fail. We really do have two of the finest butchers in the local area in Allan 06

Bennett and Poxon’s. For something more Italian, go to Corbelli’s deli. If you are resigned to cooking for yourself on the big day this year then you may need a treat beforehand, so check out our mouth-wateringly succulent, 18-page Foodie section for those of you looking to eat-out before, during and long after the festive period. Supporting local business is more important now than ever: I’m as guilty as anyone for using convenient internet shopping but I always make a special effort to support local businesses. Having a strong local economy benefits us all. Trades-people belong is this conversation as well: never have trusted craftspeople been needed more, so check out our carefully selected advertisers for everything and anything. Enjoying a little bit of something special is something no-one can disagree with at this time of year. Halfpenny Green Wine Estate has the right idea with its indulgent tasting sessions and private shopping experience. When on the subject of exclusive gift-buying experiences it would be churlish not to mention Rudell the Jewellers’ new, fantastic Rolex section in their flagship Wolverhampton store: quaff champagne before treating a special someone: go on, it’s long past time. Similarly, there are more high-end gifts to be enjoyed at TA Henn and from “Queen Bee” of Beauty, Deborah Mitchell; if these Heaven treatments are good enough for her Royal and celebrity clientele then they’re good enough for us – even vegans won’t be disappointed.

Sticking to gifts more firmly than a young child on Christmas morning, there’s more inspiration inside from Number Seven and all of our wonderful hairdressers who are as keen as ever to keep you looking fabulous throughout the party season. We know social gatherings have to be paired right down this year (no panto from The Grand – boo, hiss Covid-19 – but our favourite theatre still has good news to tell after securing major funding from Government), so we’ve put together some nostalgia for you in the shape of our ‘memory lane’ look back at our most photographed couple, Royston Blythe and Nick Malenko. We can guarantee you a lot of laughs and fabulous smiles within this feature – and if you’re interested in improving your own smile, then look no further than Willows Dental. Competitions at this time of year always make me smile: we have two for you, from Halfpenny Green and the Oakley Arms, Brewood. Looking after our health and keeping fit is a must today, so we have lots about golf clubs (tips, gift ideas and fantastic membership deals – especially for women) in the area and tennis too, from Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis and Squash Club. One peek at our Education section will tell you we’re spoilt for choice at a time when many parents are seriously considering independent schooling. We even have pages on financial advice to help reassure you that you’re fully prepared before you take the plunge. Whether your financial advisor can reassure you that you’re ready to own a Bentley like the Continental GTC we have a review of inside, we certainly can’t guarantee. Still, it never hurts to ask…especially at Christmas. So, let’s all try to follow government advice – hands, face, space – as well as my own recommendation: eat, drink and be merry! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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The local

by Nick Berriman

property market What next for the housing market? The current, exceptionally buoyant, state of the property market has been well documented in recent months – my own last couple of articles for Wolverhampton West have delivered positive news that I had not previously been expecting to be able to deliver. But where will we go from here?

growth was up 3.7% annually, more than double the rate of growth in July, with average prices also up 2% on a monthly basis.This is the highest monthly rise since February 2004!

The immediate, and obvious, answer is ‘Who knows?’. Had I been told, back in March, when lockdown commenced that our firm would experience a record-breaking post lockdown quarter, with over £180 million worth of business being secured, over 210 sales being agreed and over 210 new instructions having been received, I would have laughed and certainly not have believed it. But here we are, and it has happened!

Savills, one of the leading housing marketing analysts, have recently released their predictions for the next few years. They have forecast significant growth in residential property prices and that the UK housing market will remain buoyant with prices set to rise by roughly 20% by 2024, despite the current pandemic which has heightened uncertainty over the economy, employment and, of course, finances.They believe that average property prices will increase by 4% this year before stabilising in 2021, with home price growth across the UK forecast to pick up again in 2022 when values are set to rise by 4%, and accelerate to 6.5% by 2023.Their research reveals that UK house price growth in 2024 will rise again by 4.5%.

The Nationwide Building Society reported that UK house prices hit a record high in August as pre-Covid demand and the Stamp Duty holiday started to convert into market activity. The lender’s August house price index shows annual house price

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It is clear that the current levels of business are being underpinned by the stamp duty holiday which ends in March of next year - it is thought that some £500 million worth of stamp duty savings could be seen nationally in this period. There had been widespread concerns in the industry that, come the end of March, the market would suffer and things could go horribly wrong. However, recent indications are beginning to suggest that this will not be the case.

Only time will tell if these predictions prove to be correct – hindsight is always a wonderful thing, and nobody has a crystal ball. It is, however, encouraging that the doom and gloom mongers may well be as wrong as they were during lockdown, when everyone seemed to believe the market would stagnate or crash in the latter half of this year - admittedly, myself included! So far, this article has been very dry, with an overload of statistics, but I believe that they are useful to us all to give a balanced overview of the state of the housing market. Our homes are often the most expensive asset we own and their value, and potential future value, is very close to our hearts. But enough of the figures, time for some positive current news… Berriman Eaton is expanding its reach! More details will follow soon, but we are delighted to announce that we are soon opening a new branch. We currently have a branch in Tettenhall (West Midlands), a branch in Bridgnorth (Shropshire) and a branch in Wombourne (South Staffordshire). Worcestershire is next! We are opening a new office in a natural extension to our current geographical coverage, and we are fortunate enough to be working alongside two exceptional estate agents who have many years’ experience in the area, both having previously been senior figures in one of the region’s leading agencies with distinguished careers and a loyal following. In fact, we have already successfully sold a couple of properties in the new area before we have even launched. More details in my next article!

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Making an Entrance Your hallway needs to be a good-looking, welcoming space for visitors and a practical storage area for storage. Get the basics right, says Katherine Sorrell, and the rest will follow.

rail with tongue-and-groove panelling, tiles or hard-wearing vinyl wallpaper cladding the walls below. Patterned tiles or embossed wallpapers are appropriate for older properties with period features.

Choosing the right flooring Flooring should be durable, nonslip, dirt-resistant and easy to keep clean. Tiles are easy to care for, and options include stone,

light-reflecting paint or wallpaper with a metallic sheen, and add a large mirror. Wall lights are not ideal in a narrow hall; recessed ceiling downlights are better or, if ceilings are high, a pendant (or a row of them) works well.

Colour and pattern for the walls

Storage is essential

Choose a paint colour or wallpaper that you love, and that coordinates with the colours visible in adjoining rooms. While pale colours reflect light and emphasise space, dark schemes can be cosy and interesting. It’s sensible to protect the lower halves of the walls from wear if you have young children and pets. Extra-tough paint is a good choice, or consider a dado

ceramic or quarry, or colourful Victorian encaustic. Floorboards or parquet need regular polishing or waxing, but avoid cheap wood laminates that may not last long. Good quality vinyl flooring is sturdy, cleanable and comfortable underfoot. A luxurious dark wool carpet in an 80:20 mix of wool and nylon with a twist pile should withstand heavy usage, or how about tough natural matting such as coir, sisal or rush?

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Built-in storage makes the most of every inch of space. Shallow, floor-to-ceiling cupboards with doors the same colour as the walls, or mirrored to maximise light, will hold masses yet be barely noticeable. Alternatively, use free-standing, perhaps vintage or upcycled, cupboards, sideboards or benches. Umbrella stands, dog beds and boot racks suit spacious, country-style halls, while narrow, urban halls might benefit from a high-up bike hook and a slim radiator shelf for post and keys.

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Choosing and Caring

By Catherine Sorrell

for Your Christmas Tree

Which tree to buy? Where to put it? And how best to look after it? We help you to make the most of your festive centrepiece.

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The Norway Spruce is the classic choice, with a traditional shape, plenty of branches and a longlasting scent. However, it can be on the spikey side and is more likely to shed needles. The Nordmann Fir is the most popular Christmas tree in Europe and has an even shape, soft foliage and glossy, dark green needles that don’t drop much. The Scots Pine is less common but retains its needles and has a lovely, fresh smell, while the Fraser Fir –popular in the USA – has silvery-green, dense, bushy foliage and soft, low-shed needles that give off a citrusy aroma. The majestic Noble Fir features dense whorls of blueish wolverhampton west magazine


Caring For Your Real Tree needles with well-spaced foliage while the unusual Lodgepole Pine is bushy, with upward-pointing branches, a strong pine scent and the best needle-retention of all.

• If you want it to look good right through until Twelfth Night, try to buy your tree as late as possible. • Ask the seller to saw a small slice off the bottom of the trunk (alternatively, do this yourself as soon as you get home). This will help it to absorb water.

tree hasn’t travelled far or been out of the ground for too long.

What about artificial trees?

Modern artificial trees are incredibly realistic, though Freshly cut Christmas probably won’t have trees provide a problem the natural appearance when it comes to (or the delicious smell) • If possible, place the tree in a cool spot, disposal (though they that real trees offer. away from fires or radiators. Even a are biodegradable). For Generally, the more sunny window can hasten the tree’s some, a great alternative you pay the better decline. Secure it in a correctly sized, could be a Christmas tree an artificial tree sturdy stand and adjust it so it is level. purpose-grown in a pot. will look, and large, Fill the reservoir with water and check Once the festive season is luxurious versions this regularly, topping up as necessary. over the tree can be moved can be expensive. outside in its pot until next The upside is that it year. Each year it will get can be used again a little bigger, and it can be kept for up to three years. and again (thus diminishing its environmental impact) – though consider how easily it Preparing for your treedismantles or folds down, how heavy it is, shopping trip and where and how you will store it. First, write down the dimensions of the space – Which artificial tree? height and width – into which your tree will fit, If you have decided to opt for artificial, the next and take them with you along with a tape measure. stage is to measure for the optimum dimensions. Pack a pair of heavy gloves to protect your hands, There is a huge variety of shapes and sizes on and an old blanket to catch pine needles that fall off offer, including regular, slim and half (flat-back) in the boot of your car. If transporting your tree on trees, while colours range from white to black the roof of the car, take a suitable rope and perhaps and everything in between. You may come a tarpaulin to wrap around the tree for protection. across a choice between PVC needles, which Picking out the best tree are flat and papery, and PE, or polyethylene, needles, which are more realistic though more Look for a symmetrical tree with evenly distributed expensive. Many artificial trees are pre-lit, too, branches. The freshest trees will boast shiny, green with LED fairy lights already wound around needles that don’t drop off if you pull gently on a the branches and ready to plug in, and some branch. Avoid trees with dry or brown needles. are ‘frosted’ with a dusting of artificial snow. Buying direct from a local grower ensures that the

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THE MEMORIES LIVE ON… The Rotary Club of the city of Wolverhampton has been organising the Tree of Remembrance in Wolverhampton city centre since Christmas 2003. In that time over £100,000 has been raised for city charities while, at the same time, providing local people with an opportunity to include lost loved ones in their Christmas celebrations. Since last Christmas the world has changed and 2020 will be recorded in history books as the first modern global pandemic. Restrictions introduced as part of the campaign to contain the virus have impacted upon all aspects of everyday life, including the staging of the annual Tree of Remembrance. Requirements with regard to Social Distancing and sanitising have precluded a physical presence in the Wulfrun Centre, with the use of plinths to display the names of those remembered. However, the Express & Star will continue to publish these names in the run up to Christmas and they will also be used to make a new complete list every few days. Instead of being displayed in the plinths, these lists will be on view on the club website www.rotaryclubwolverhampton.co.uk on a page headed “The memories live on…”. The names will continue to be on view during 2021, until next November. This year we are again supporting local charities Compton Care, The Haven

Wolverhampton, The MS Therapy Centre and the Rotary Charitable Trust.

President Richard Horrell and event organiser Mike Colley hand over cheques from the Club’s 2019 Tree of Remembrance to the benefitting charities.

There is a form printed at the foot of this article which invites supporters of the Tree of Remembrance to send a Christmas message remembering a loved one to us, along with a minimum donation of £5 per entry to the City of Wolverhampton Rotary Club, c/o Millers Jewellers, 9 Cleveland Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 3HH. All of our regular supporters will be contacted by post as usual. Says organiser Mike Colley “After so many years, we are saddened that we are unable to set up the tree in the city centre, but our real concern is the impact of Covid-19 on the charities. If anyone would like to make a separate donation to support the work of these charities, without a specific message of remembrance, we have set up a fundraising page, which can be used to do so. All proceeds will be added to the sums donated in remembrance, and the total distributed to the named charities”.

To donate, please go to www.rotaryclubwolverhampton.co.uk and look for “The memories live on…” Your Name: Mr/Mrs/Ms …… (Initial) ………………………………………………………………………… (Surname) Address: ………………………………………………………………………………………… Postcode: ……………… Names to be remembered: First Name

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Discovering Bath If you’re still not sold on travelling abroad this winter, choose to holiday closer to home with a city break in Bath, one of the UK’s national treasures. After the year we’ve had, understandably many of us aren’t keen on travelling outside of the UK this winter – but that doesn’t mean you can’t book a holiday closer to home. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath is a great option for a UK-based city break, where luxurious spas, historical tales and awe-inspiring architecture are all part of the experience. Here’s what not to miss while you’re there. The largest city in Somerset, Bath is easily accessible by rail or road for anyone living in England and Wales. But, if you did want to fly, Bristol Airport is only 20 miles away. Tempted? Here’s what not to miss while you’re there:

Warm up in a thermal spa Bath is best known for housing one of the world’s bestpreserved Roman bathhouses, a piece of history so important

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that it gave the city its name. Naturally heated to around 46°C, the water comes from the city’s hot springs which are packed with over forty different healing minerals. After being discovered by Prince Bladud around 863 BC, these natural spring waters became a constant theme throughout the city’s history.

You can learn more about her time in Bath at the Jane Austen Centre, where guides in period costumes and a Regency tearoom really help bring her stories to life.

The original Roman baths are no longer safe for swimming, but you can still book a tour around the temple and bathing complex. If you do fancy a dip, the Thermae Bath Spa is right next door and uses the same mineral-rich water, treated to make it safe for public use. There’s no better place to warm up this winter; indulge in a treatment or two before bathing in the rooftop pool, drinking in the views of the surrounding cityscape.

After taking a liking to Bath during the eighteenth century, the Georgians built much of the city you’ll see today. They used the famous Bath limestone to construct elaborate buildings, including Circus, the Assembly Rooms and the Pump Rooms. The Royal Crescent is an absolute must-see: this beautiful, curved row of thirty Georgian terraces is probably Bath’s most impressive piece of architecture.

Walk in Jane Austen’s shoes For any Jane Austen fan, Bath will conjure up images of the style and sophistication of the 1800s. Not only did the author live here for five years, but she also used the city as a setting for two of her novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

Take an architectural tour Walking through Bath will take you on a journey through centuries of architectural art.

Visit some museums Bath is a treasure chest of museums and galleries; you’d need a week to visit them all! Two of the most famous are The Fashion Museum, home to over 100,000 items of clothing and footwear, and The Museum of Bath Architecture, the best place to learn about the city’s distinctive Georgian structures.

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‘Less is more’ is a mantra that’s rarely heard around Christmas. This year, show planet Earth a little love with these five eco-friendly Christmas tips. Rent, reuse or recycle a tree Every December, up to eight million Christmas trees are bought in the UK alone, most of which are dumped at the end of the season. That’s a lot of waste! Plastic trees last for years but take enormous amounts of energy to manufacture. Buying pre-loved ones on eBay, Gumtree and Freecycle, however, is a great way to reuse what would otherwise be thrown away. If Christmas isn’t the same without that authentic pine tree scent, why not rent a tree from a local farm? After you’ve used it, it’ll be picked up and replanted, ready for next year. When buying new, look out for the ‘Grown in Britain’ label or FSC ‘seal of approval’, and fi nd

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Gifts don’t have to be new to bring a smile to someone’s face. Suggest a second-hand present rule with family and friends this year, where you only buy each other pre-loved gifts. These could be from a charity shop or websites such as eBay. If you’re feeling crafty, you could even whip up some gifts from home. Candles, jams and chutneys or knitted hats and scarves: get creative and see where your talents take you! Source locally grown food We’re all guilty of buying – and eating – a little more food than we need at Christmas, so it’s important to make sure it’s coming from a sustainable place. Instead of fi ghting over groceries in the supermarket aisle, source your Christmas lunch from local farm shops and choose an organic, freerange turkey. Food tastes a lot better when you know where it’s come from! Sadly, Christmas is also the most wasteful time of the year, so make sure you only buy things that you know will get eaten. If you get carried away, turn your leftovers into new meals, see how much you can fi t in the freezer or donate to a local food bank.

Rethink your decorations

From Christmas lights to candles, who would have thought that decorations could be bad for the environment? Fortunately, something as simple as switching your incandescent lights to LEDs can cut energy usage by up to 80%! You don’t have to give up your candle collection either; look out for soy or beeswax candles, which don’t contain harmful paraffi n wax. The chances are you have Christmas decorations rattling round in your attic, so don’t waste money – or materials – buying new ones. If you do, head to charity or vintage shops to fi nd some pre-loved styles. Wrap sustainably We use over 8,000 tonnes of wrapping paper over Christmas, much of which isn’t recyclable! It’s depressing, but don’t lose hope. Try wrapping presents with old wallpaper, posters or newspapers, and save the wrapping paper on your own gifts for next year. A great way to test if wrapping paper can be recycled is to scrunch it up in your hands and then let it go. If the paper stays crumpled it can be recycled, but if it unfolds by itself it probably contains non-recyclable elements.

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With the help of Burntwoodbased stair specialists, Lyndale Stairs Ltd, you can transform your staircase in to a stylish design feature that will complement your home interior style perfectly. As Neill Parker explains: “Over the last twenty years we’ve worked tirelessly to help our customers revitalise their existing staircase through a range of different methods and services.” The team at Lyndale offer a complete re-design service for new staircases as well as extensive refurbishments for existing staircases. “We use our vast selection of materials, fully skilled design team and our professional joiners and installers to achieve the perfect look for every customer.” In fact, when it comes to materials, Lyndale’s choice

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“We can install loft ladders in all types of property; we have many different ladders available and we also offer customers the option to have insulation and boarding installed too which gives a complete finish for the roof space,” adds Neill. And what’s more, because the company offer superior service and quality products each and every job they undertake runs seamlessly.

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A computer generated image of the finished Civic Halls and what the public space around it could look like

“I am delighted to see the progress being made on the Civic Halls works since Willmott Dixon Interiors returned to site in July following an enforced break due to coronavirus. “We are creating a truly outstanding venue, in the heart of the city centre, which will bring in millions of pounds to our local economy and safeguard hundreds of jobs.” City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor Stephen Simkins, added: “The programme has reached an exciting milestone with the installation of the new steels. “The new steels sitting alongside the original ones gives us a sense of the sensitive transformation taking place at this iconic venue.

Major project milestone reached at Your Wolves Civic Wolverhampton Civic Halls’ (Wolves Civic) restoration has reached a major milestone with the first new steel beams being installed to improve the 82-year-old venue’s infrastructure - and create new spectator balconies. Contractors, Willmott Dixon Interiors, have set up a mobile crane inside the historic Grade IIlisted halls to manoeuvre the heavy steels into place, while working in line with the Government’s Covid-19 health and safety guidelines. As the transformation of the Wolves Civic ramps up, we are celebrating the fascinating history and emotional power of this iconic building with the official launch of www.YourWolvesCivic.co.uk. The website celebrates all the joy the halls have brought to Wolverhampton over the years – recognising the famous names alongside the personal memories. It also gives people the opportunity to share their stories of great nights out at the Civic via the ‘Your Stories’ section on the website. The improvements to the building are critical to ensuring the halls remain a top-class entertainment venue for audiences for generations to come, generating millions of pounds a year and creating hundreds of jobs in the local economy. Following the Covid-19 interruption, the revised timetable for the project now means the refurbished Wolves Civic is expected to reopen to the public in early 2022.

“And the Your Wolves Civic website enables us to celebrate the Civic’s great history while relishing the prospect of it reopening as a venue fit to host the biggest names in the entertainment business for decades to come.” Phil Crowther, Director at Willmott Dixon Interiors, said: “It’s fantastic to see construction work stepping up a gear. This is a significant milestone in the restoration of the Civic Halls and is the result of months of hard work on behalf of our people and supply chain partners. “Delivering a project of this magnitude is always challenging and we have had to adapt to new ways of working to keep everyone safe. “We know how incredibly important this venue is to Wolverhampton and we can’t wait to hand it back to the city when work is complete.” Essential structural, engineering and electrical works are part of the works programme and visitors are set to benefit from the introduction of a second balcony for the Civic Hall and a balcony in the Wulfrun Hall to provide additional seating. The height above the stage to the rear of the Civic Hall will be increased to attract bigger and better shows. Overall, there will be wider and more comfortable seats, bigger and better bars and more space to socialise, expanded and revamped toilet facilities to give visitors an improved experience, lift access to new balconies, better access arrangements for disabled visitors (including enhanced wheelchair access), a greater number of accessible viewing points, and improved room temperatures through the installation of a new air conditioning system.

City of Wolverhampton Council Leader, Councillor Ian Brookfield, said: “After being hit hard by Covid-19, regeneration projects like the Civic Halls are even more important to our city’s economic recovery.

(L-R): Willmott Dixon Interiors Director, Phil Crowther, Cllr Stephen Simkins and Council Leader, Cllr Ian Brookfield, signing one of the new steels at the Civic Halls

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“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” The most magically lit-up time of the year is approaching sooner than we anticipated and you cannot deny the excitement. Especially since Dar Lighting has delivered its amazing Christmas collection, that everyone at Lighting R Us loves. A whole new meaning has been given to Christmas decorations. Add some Christmas spirit into your home with this spectacular collection of festive goodies, including large LED stars, Christmas trees and oversized baubles. Forget your average wreaths and fairy lights, Santa has certainly come to town with Dar’s festive

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!

range of decorative lighting. The 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 that they are modern and stylish, but a lot of them are battery

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. The cute, little, duo can be placed anywhere for a festive feel. If you like the look of Dar’s Christmas range then come visit our lighting showroom in Aldersley, Wolverhampton to see them in their full effect, as well as by browsing through the brochure at the entire collection, which you can also view on our website.

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In Alara, Sophie helped build schools consisting of a mud floor and metal roof; despite the appearance they enable children to receive education with potential to escape poverty. Once built, Sophie taught year 4 maths but with a twist; they were working at A-level standard. As a result, the class taught Sophie! The fundamental importance of education within Alara is clear as children study till 2am. Sophie discovered this when woken to a girl straddling her on all fours shouting “Jambo! We’ve come to teach you our language!”

In 2014 Dental Hygienist and Therapist Sophie Jane Baker volunteered in Africa with Kenya2020, whose aim is to enable communities within Alara to become self-sufficient. Sophie lived with the Maasai Mara tribe at Maasai Mara National Reserve. During a safari tour there was a poacher alert within the local vicinity. Faced with two choices; return to camp or stop the poachers. They decided to head to the area. A warning shot was fired. Unphased, the poachers continued until more volunteers advanced. Overwhelmed, the poachers fled the scene. The team ensured no elephants were harmed. Following the dramatics of the day, a celebratory feast had been prepared. Volunteers were asked to dance with the tribesman and were instructed to copy the moves. After, they were informed that this was part of the tribe’s marriage rituals so each had a husband! This wasn’t real, but for teenagers it was enough to send them screaming to their tents!

Kasoki Primary School performed a beautiful musical implementing English words. When the performances came to an end, donated gifts were presented. The children burst with excitement over bubbles. Having never seen this before they were convinced it was magic and played for hours. A startling realisation that the simplest things could bring immense pleasure to someone who has so little. Within Kenya, shoes are a luxury unobtainable to many. Consequently, the majority walk bare foot enabling parasites (locally known as giggers) to bury into feet. Giggers can lead to irritation and infection. Unfortunately this was the case of one elderly woman, who sadly died. Tragically, this is frequent. A decision was made to travel between schools offering gigger removal. In theory a simple venture but, with a lack of basic equipment and medical care the group only had a few scalpels to complete the traumatic task. A medical clinic operated by volunteers and medical staff provided general health checks and vaccinations. It was essential that all were thoroughly checked for multiple issues. During clinic a boy fainted, Sophie approached the situation to discover a disturbing scene of the unconscious boy convulsing on the floor. Sophie alerted medical staff. The boy, barely responsive was driven 8 hours to the local medical centre on a motorbike. Doctors stated that had Sophie’s team not acted quickly, the disease would have proved to be fatal. Sophie witnessed Fluorosis; a result of excessive Fluoride intake. This fascinated Sophie leading to her researching prevention techniques available within low socio-economic regions.

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PAYCARE IN THE COMMUNITY

NOVEMBER/ DECEMBER 2020

A VIRTUAL APPROACH TO MENTAL HEALTH One of the huge shifts in 2020 has been organisations embracing technology more than ever – but another big change has been the wider recognition that the wellbeing of the workforce is of absolute paramount importance. That’s why the Paycare Wellbeing team has been working hard behind the scenes to develop an online training course (the virtual version of the face-to-face Mental Health First Aider course offered pre-lockdown), so more organisations than ever can ensure they have key people trained to spot the signs of those who might be struggling, listen effectively during a crisis, and signpost colleagues

towards appropriate resources. In the meantime, Wellbeing Manager Kerry B Mitchell has also been leading a series of free hour-long e-clinics focused around topics such as suicide, kindness as a chemical, and aligning support with key awareness events on the mental health agenda, such as World Mental Health Day.

Visit www.paycare.org/mental-health-first-aid/ to find out more about Mental Health First Aid England accredited training, and the free online sessions.

TOP TIPS FOR TIP-TOP EYESIGHT switching the TV off that bit earlier can really make a difference.

More of us than ever are working long hours looking at computer screens and using our time-out to watch television or use social media (in fact, at the height of lockdown we were spending an average of six hours and 25 minutes a day watching TV and online content), so taking care of our eyesight is vital.

2. 20-20-20: If you are using a computer for any length of time, every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. It will give your eye muscles a much-needed break.

For 2020’s National Eye Health Week, Paycare teamed up with Helen Brown, Campaigns and Grants Manager with our community partners Beacon Centre, to share some top tips about good eye health:

3. Check your lighting: Whether you’re working from home or the office, don’t sit in the dark. Make sure you don’t have any lighting directly behind your screen either – it will just make it harder to read.

1. Take breaks from the screen: Putting your phone down for a couple of nights a week or

4. Positioning: Your screen should be 18-24 inches away from you and just below your eye level.

5. Text size: If you are squinting to read the text, just increase the size. You can also have a play with the contrast to change the background and text colours to find what works best for you.

Visit www.beaconvision.org for more information about the support and advice that our friends at this amazing charity provide to visually impaired people across the region.

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WORK/LIFE BALANCE Working from home continues to be recommended for the next few months – and could be the new norm for far longer, with around 60% of us expected to work from home more regularly long-term. While there are many advantages in terms of freedom and flexibility, there is a danger we’re all forgetting how to fully disconnect from our work. It’s easy to answer emails throughout the evening and weekends, forget to eat lunch because you’re mid-task, or start feeling fatigued from too much screen time with backto-back video calls and tasks.

We’d love to share with you some suggested ways to get into a good routine and help divide your home and work lives, even if your house is now your workplace: Regular breaks through the day, and ensuring you get enough of a break between work shifts. Getting up for a stretch or a walk (even if it’s just around the block) will make all the difference. Make sure colleagues and clients know when they can reach you, and when you’ll be switching off. Help yourself stick to your work hours, perhaps by setting up a

specific work station or changing between formal clothes and casual attire to make the distinction. Set up a post-walk routine such as a walk, phone call or friend, or taking part in a hobby to ensure you stop and turn off your computer in time. Adjust your settings so work emails don’t come through to your personal phone when you’re not working. Emergencies and overtime are sometimes necessary, but should be the exception not the rule. Remember you’re a person, not just a job, and you deserve time and care too!

LUXURY PARTNERSHIP CONTINUES The partnership between Paycare and iconic fragrance brand Molton Brown continued this autumn as Staff and Policyholders were given access to a new range of discounted luxury products. An exclusive range of discounts, encouraging Policyholders’ rest and relaxation, was offered on a range of collections, including Christmas goodies, for the second time this year. It all began when Paycare CEO Kevin Rogers met Molton Brown’s Sarah White from Corporate Sales by chance at a prelockdown football match in Scotland.

The discounts were intended to help Paycare People and their Policyholders relax, unwind and take care of their own wellbeing during what has been a difficult year for everyone. Those who missed out needn’t worry – there could very well be future partnership events happening in 2021! Dates will be announced through the Paycare newsletter and the blog, found at www.paycare.org/about-paycare/blog/

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ou can access the equity tied up in your home and take a cash amount to suit your needs without having to sell your property and without facing the upheaval of moving into a smaller property. It’s become a popular way for homeowners to release the funds needed to have a worry-free retirement. Alternatively, you could opt to use the money for repaying debts such as an Interest Only mortgage, maybe you want to help your children get on the property ladder, help to fund home improvements such as a new kitchen or conservatory,... or simply enjoy your retirement... just imagine that Caribbean cruise, the road trip around America or that once-in-a-lifetime trip to Australia or New Zealand! Any or all of these options may also help to reduce the size of your estate on death, which in turn, could help to reduce any Inheritance Tax due on your estate. A lot has changed with equity release products over the years and prior to full regulation in 2004 there were some unscrupulous individuals and businesses who did not act with their clients’ best interests at heart. These days it is

a highly regulated product, more so than normal mortgage business, and any advisor you speak to has to have undertaken extra studies, passed the relevant exams and been awarded an industry recognised Equity Release qualification. With Legacy Financial Services, you don’t need to worry as you’re in the hands of highly qualified professionals and experts in this field. Legacy Financial Services is an appointed representative of PRIMIS Mortgage Network, one of the largest mortgage networks in the country with an exemplary track record for advising clients. As with everything in life, if you’re amongst the best you have more opportunities and choice. This works for our clients too, in that we can offer clients lots of options and choice in terms of lender, products and rates. We help you choose which product is right for your circumstances whether that is a lifetime mortgage or a home reversion plan. You can choose to release a single lump sum or decide to take separate smaller amounts as and when you need to. You can choose to make repayments if you want to (this would mean a larger inheritance for your children) but

if you decide not to, well that’s acceptable too and the interest is simply “rolled-up” and becomes payable upon your death or if you vacate the property to move into a care home, for example. Legacy Financial Services is a member of the Equity Release Council and this membership offers client’s security in knowing that we must follow a strict code of conduct. Clients have a “No Negative Equity Guarantee” meaning that you’ll never owe more than your house is worth and you also have the right to live in your home for life or until you move into permanent care. Equity Release may not be suitable for everybody and if it’s still a subject that worries you or you don’t think it’s the right product for you, you could always opt for a RIO Mortgage. In March of 2018 the regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, decided to re-classify Retirement Interest Only mortgages.

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TETTENHALL ROTARY CLUB invites you to Remember someone this Christmas Tettenhall Remembers 2020 Support local good causes this Christmas by remembering a loved one or sending a message of thanks to the NHS, a friend, a neighbour or to someone who has helped you through these difficult times as part of Tettenhall Remembers. Your messages will be displayed on the Tettenhall Remembers website & social media accounts and on the Tettenhall Tree of Light which will be prominently displayed in the main window of Peter James Property on Upper Green Tettenhall from 23rd November until the end of December A donation of £5 per name is suggested.

switching on of the lights up until Christmas Day. A computer generated tree with large changing baubles with names of those remembered, and by whom, was designed. This has proved to be popular and last year an ‘online giving’ option was provided.

Last Year, Tettenhall Rotary Club raised over £16,000 from All proceeds will be distributed by The Rotary Club of its Santa Sleigh Tettenhall to help local charities and good causes continue their work. and Remembrance projects over SCAN TO DONATE the Christmas period. As a result major donations The names of those who you were made to Compton Care, remember and your message Acorns Children’s Hospice, will be displayed on a giant The Midland Air Ambulance, TV screen showing a Kingswood Trust and the Good tree of remembrance in Shepherd Centre. In addition the window of Peter James 15 more charities such as food Properties, Tettenhall and banks, M.S. Centre, Community on line at www.give.net/ centres, youth groups and TettenhallRemembers.org.uk. facilities for disabled children benefitted from donations. This The idea of local residents year the emphasis will be on remembering a loved one at smaller donations to many local Christmas was born some years good causes and charities. ago when members of Tettenhall To donate please take a form below or donate online at www.give.net/TettenhallRemembers2020

Members of the public are invited to remember: • Someone’s kindness during the pandemic, or • NHS or key workers who have gone the extra mile to help others, or • A loved one who is no longer with us, or • Someone who has given their life serving their country. When you remember someone, please make a charity donation of £5, £10, £15 or £20 online at www.give.net/ TettenhallRemembers2020 or by post using a donation form downloaded from www. TettenhallRemembers.org.uk. All donations will go to Tettenhall Rotary Club, registered Charity no. 1047376 for distribution to local charities and good causes. 52

Rotary Club were looking for new ways to connect with the community and to expand their excellent record of supporting local charities and good causes. Many Rotary Clubs do a Tree of Remembrance but putting labels on a tree on Tettenhall Green was difficult and the names would not be seen very easily. Then Peter James Properties generously offered the use of their large TV Screen, that normally advertises properties, for the period between the

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Protection from care home fees are Property Trust Wills the answer? Due to Covid-19 there has been a lot of information in the press about care homes which inevitably leads to debate around the fees attached to residing in a care home. Most care homes in the UK are privately run, and there is no official data on the exact number of residents. The CQC indicates there are around 15,517 residential and nursing homes providing support for older and disabled people in England, with an estimated 457,361 beds available. Occupancy rates seem to be about 90% which would suggest there are about 411,000 people living in care homes in England and Wales. The statistics therefore show it is not unrealistic to think that at some point you or a loved one will take up residency at a care home.

Can a Property Trust in my Will help protect from care fees?

Will I have to pay for care?

If you jointly own a property with your spouse as joint tenants (this is the usual way in which a couple jointly own property together), on the first death the surviving spouse would automatically become the sole owner of the property under the rule of survivorship. By becoming the sole owner of the property, if the survivor had to move into a care home, the whole property would be included in assessments that are carried out to determine the survivor’s longterm care fees. If your property is your main asset, this may result in very little being left in the estate to pass to your loved ones upon the second death.

Based on current rules, you will not be entitled to help with the cost of care from your local authority if you have savings worth more than £23,250 and/or you own your own property (this only applies if you are moving into a care home). If you do fall into the category of having to self-fund, care home fees will vary depending on where you live and the care home itself, with costs averaging around £600 per week for a care home and over £800 per week for a place in a nursing home. If you are a selffunder this may have a detrimental impact on the inheritance you are able to leave to your relatives.

A Property Trust is a type of legal structure that can be included as part of your Will. The Will is designed to help protect part of your property from long term care fees. Rather than jointly owning a property as joint tenants, as a couple you would need to own your property jointly together as tenants in common (this change is effected by signing a short document called a Notice of Severance). This type of joint ownership allows the half share of the family home belonging to the first person to die to pass into the trust to ultimately benefit their chosen beneficiaries (your children, for example). This trust

also protects the survivor as they are able to benefit from this share of the house in trust during their lifetime and can continue to reside in the whole property after the first death. This means that if the survivor requires long-term care at some point, their spouse’s share of the house remains in the trust and cannot be taken into account during assessments conducted to determine the amount they will need to pay towards their care. In this scenario, 50% of the value of the home cannot be taken into account and used to pay care fees. This type of trust can therefore give you peace of mind knowing that if your surviving spouse requires care, at least half the home can be passed on to family members.

If you are interested in discussing Property Trust Wills further, Tracey and the specialist Private Client team at Rees Page Solicitors can guide you through the process and explain the options available to you. Contact Tracey now on: 01902 577777  ttromans@reespage.co.uk 8-12 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4BL

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salesmen in sight. As well as installing your Garage Door, your local installer will also conduct the initial survey of your property and will always be on hand to answer any questions you might have. Offering style as well as substance, Garolla electric Garage Doors are available in 18 colours and come in two different slat sizes to perfectly fit any opening.

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A peace of mind this winter Winter is always hectic, and with countless things to consider: Christmas presents, festive arrangements, and in this year’s case, how to navigate around the ever changing social guidelines! One thing you don’t want to be worrying about? Theft. Local reports on crime are regularly updated, and sadly they show that car theft, car damage and catalytic converter theft are all on the rise. That, teamed with the usual cycle of darker days being more attractive to thieves, makes it all the more important that your security is kept updated and doing the best possible job. Now trading in our 30th year, SGS has accumulated an extensive amount of experience and knowledge in home security systems. Alongside that, we have gained an excellent reputation and fiercely loyal client base extending to the likes of Amazon, Sainsbury’s and Louis Vuitton. With our team of expert engineers and incredibly competitive prices, we’ll ensure you and your belongings remain firmly protected with our optimal security. Using modern technology, you can retain a peace of mind that your car is safe. By having additional driveway protection connected to a smartphone app, you will always be in the know of anyone on your driveway. For even tougher protection, you can even have your alarm sound against unwanted intruders. Security is one of those things that too many of us forget about; don’t let robbery take you for a victim.

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Industry leading local security firm, SGS has long been protecting homeowners and commercial businesses by installing bespoke security systems that not only secure your home against intruders but provide you with real peace-of-mind. We design security systems which meet the requirements of every client. Our company is SSAIB approved and fully accredited by the governing body for the installation of intruder alarm, CCTV and door access.

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A Collection of short verses inspired by

Bantock in Lockdown Influenced by Japanese Haiku, they capture one woman’s experience of the park during this unprecedented time Ruth Parker is a long term resident of Finchfield. She often visited the House and Museum but had never fully appreciated the park until, like for many locals, it became her chosen place for regular exercise throughout lockdown. She has covered the cost of publishing this beautifully produced booklet and is kindly donating all proceeds from the sales to the Friends of Bantock House Museum and Park, a registered charity.

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PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

For more than a decade local family-run business S.Parton Building Maintenance Ltd has been meeting the needs of domestic and commercial clients alike thanks to its extensive and dedicated property maintenance service. Taking care of everything from a broken lock to a complete refurbishment, the Finchfield-based company – which has more than 40 years of experience in the building trade - is on-hand to tackle any property maintenance problem no matter how large or small.

than happy to take on small jobs, such as fixing leaks, replacing failed double glazing and any other maintenance issues including insurance work. But, we’re also adept at sorting out the bigger jobs too and our team can take care of everything from re-roofing to electrical, plumbing and heating problems to bathroom and kitchen installations.” Decorating, tiling and laying carpets and vinyl are all part of the services S.Parton offer. “Our maintenance service covers plenty of external jobs; gardens, driveways, fencing and exterior decorating. We literally take care of everything from A-Z when it comes to property maintenance.”

Boasting an experienced, highly qualified and fully insured team of long-serving tradesmen, S.Parton have earned an excellent reputation in the trade and are always busy undertaking work for local housing associations, schools and offices, some of which require a 24/7 emergency attendance, as well as homeowners across Wolverhampton.

Steve and Daniel are passionate about the business and customer satisfaction is of the utmost importance.

When it comes to domestic customers, S.Parton has established an exceptionally loyal client-base, thanks to its commitment to offering outstanding service and highly competitive rates.

The company are fully insured and every quote that’s provided is detailed and accurate.

As director, Daniel Parton, explains: “We are a onestop-shop for property maintenance. We’re more

“We really pride ourselves on the work we do for every one of our clients. We have a really good relationship with our customers and find that many call us back time and time again.”

“We work to the highest standards and pride ourselves on our attention to detail and cleanliness. We ensure that every customer receives the best service,” adds Steve.

So, don’t put off attending to those jobs in your home any longer, call in the professionals at S.Parton Buildings Maintenance Ltd today. Tel: 01902 421764 / 07773 346701 Finchfield Gardens, Finchfield, Wolverhampton WV3 9LT www.spartonconstruction.co.uk

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Achieve work-life balance with Bright and Beautiful

Wolverhampton With more of us working from home, it can be harder than ever to achieve that work-life balance. A ‘spare room’ is ideal, keeping everything separate and you can quite literally shut the door on work at the end of the day. However, a little planning can make a room multipurpose: 1. Avoid the kitchen table. It might seem practical, but if it’s busy with family coming in, you’ll be interrupted. And you may even have to clean up before you start. 2. Natural light will enhance your mood. A couple of well-placed mirrors will also help bounce light around the room. 3. Tidy up at the end of the day. Scoop everything work related into a box at the end of the day so your room goes back to

its original use. Empty the bin too, so you start with a clear workspace the next day. 4. Inform the family. If the door’s shut, do not disturb, so they know when you’re on an important call. 5. If you’re working in a bedroom, consider a bureau-style desk, so everything work related can be hidden at the end of the day. 6. Consider hiring a professional housekeeping service. Bright and Beautiful can clean your home in next to no time, working in expertly trained teams, using eco-friendly products, whilst you carry on working. No hassle and a beautifully clean home when you’ve finished for the day.

If you’d like our expert help to keep your home feeling like a sanctuary give Charmaine a call on: 01902 290 290 to arrange a bespoke quotation for your home, or visit: www.brightandbeautifulhome.com

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2020 For most of us, this Christmas will be a Christmas like no other. We will hold our loved ones a little tighter, making the most of every precious moment and celebrating in our own special way how we have got through this year together, as a family, a community, a nation. We will all find it a different Christmas this year, we will miss those who we can’t see and create memories with. However, spare a thought for those for whom it will be their first Christmas without a loved one, or their last Christmas with their loved one. They might be trying to celebrate knowing they need to make the most of every precious moment, as next year will be very different. Whilst we cannot change what has happened, Compton is determined to do everything in our power to help our patients, their families and others

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find the best way forward. It’s only thanks to your support that we are able to continue this, so from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you. We spoke to Brenda’s family, who told us the difference this type of care made to them. “Mom was so poorly, we were sure she only had days left, maybe even hours, but something changed when she got to Compton. We knew straight away she was in the right hands and was going to get the right care. “We hadn’t expected Mom to still be with us at Christmas, but we are so grateful that she was. The Compton Care nurses and doctors made us all feel so welcome. It was such a relief to know her pain was under control. Her room was decorated and rearranged so Mom could even see out of the window and she was treated to complementary therapies, which helped keep her calm. Elaine, the wonderful Chaplain was always there for a chat and a kind word.

“One day a man came round with his guitar singing Christmas carols. For one wonderful moment we got our old Mom back. I cherish the video of her singing and laughing with us all, that one last time. It wasn’t the Christmas we had planned, but the memory holds such a special place in our hearts. “We miss Mom so much at Christmas, but Light Up A Life is the perfect way to come together and remember her, as she was at her happiest surrounded by family and laughter. We are proud that our donations are helping give other families the chance to create those special memories, to have a Christmas like no other. This year has been hard and there is no denying it has had a huge financial impact on Compton Care and on their future. They need our support more than ever.”

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I would like to Light Up A Life with a gift of: £20 which could help a patient and their family member enjoy one final festive meal together. £36 which could pay for the vital PPE required to ensure people can safely receive our care and visit their loved ones.

I am happy for all gifts of money that I have made to Compton Care in the past 4 years and all future gifts that I make to be Gift Aid donations.

£60 which could help fund a Christmas Day visit from one of our community nurse specialists making sure symptoms and pain are managed throughout the festive season. Other

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Winter colour in the garden

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

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ell we’re coming to the last 2 months of what can only be described as a horrendous year for everyone. Who knows if we’ll still be open to the general public by the time this is published. Keeping our fingers crossed and with a big slice of luck we’ll still be welcoming everyone through the door, with all the necessary restrictions and one-way systems in place. If there’s another lockdown we intend to trade online and via the phones as we did previously. 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 during the day, 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. 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.

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and thank everyone for their support and custom over the last twelve months, we look forward to seeing you all again in 2021.

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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! Marsala is produced in their winery, a rich and enticing drink 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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GLUTTONS CELEBRATES

10 YEARS IN BUSINESS

ALTHOUGH 2020 HAS PROVEN TO BE A CHALLENGING YEAR there has still been cause for celebration at Tettenhall’s much-loved boutique coffee lounge, Gluttons.

As owners Kevin Allan and Manu Chadha explain: “The 31st October marked Glutton’s 10th birthday and we were absolutely delighted to be able to celebrate a decade in business.” Soon after opening its doors in 2010 Gluttons became a favourite venue for locals, but it was in 2017 that the business really began to thrive. “We took over the business in late 2016 and got to work revamping the menu. We updated the fabulous afternoon teas which have always been a huge success and quickly expanded into offering external catering.” The coffee lounge is now renowned for its superbly indulgent afternoon teas, homemade cakes and a very extensive menu of food and drinks. “We are extremely lucky to have such wonderful customers who have been really loyal to us, and this year more than ever. They have supported us with all of the changes 68

that we’ve had to make to ensure that we can operate safely in a Covid secure manner in accordance with government requirements.” And, Kevin and Manu have worked very hard to adapt the business to ensure that everyone can still enjoy a special treat whether large or small. “Covid-19 has meant that we’ve had to evolve and adapt. We’ve been busy developing our website so that customers can order takeaway afternoon teas, whole cakes and two sizes of cake boxes for collection alongside ensuring our dine-in option is fully available too.” “Free deliveries can also be arranged for afternoon teas and cake orders within a radius of 5

miles or there is a £5.00 charge for deliveries from 5 – 10 miles” “Gift vouchers for any amount are also available to order via the website, over the phone or at the counter with a £1.50 charge if postage is required to a UK address” Whatever Covid-19 brings there is no doubt that the Gluttons team will continue to do what they do best: serving their customers delicious homemade food and drinks. “We’re here to stay, so whatever the future holds our clients can depend on us to keep going,” add Kevin and Manu. Gluttons has an excellent brand and strong customer loyalty so call today to make your reservation.

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CINNAMON STARS Makes: 20 Ready: 1 hour, plus chilling and cooling Perfect for a festive sweet treat or a lovely edible Christmas gift these spiced star cookies can be kept in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Ingredients

remaining mixture to make a very stiff dough. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

2 medium egg whites 175g icing sugar 250g finely ground roasted hazelnuts 50g mixed peel, finely chopped 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

3 Preheat the oven to 140C, 120C fan, gas mark 1. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper. Roll the dough out on a surface heavily dusted with icing sugar to a 1cm thickness.

Method 1 Using an electric handheld mixer, whisk the egg whites in a clean, grease-free bowl until holding stiff peaks. Stir in the icing sugar until thoroughly combined then continue to whisk until thick and glossy.

4 Using a 5cm star-shaped cookie cutter stamp out about 20 stars, re-rolling the dough as needed until it is all used up. Place the stars on the baking sheet, well-spaced apart. Spread a little of the reserved egg white and icing sugar mixture on top of each star. 5 Bake for 25 minutes or until the cookies are still white and crisp on top but slightly soft underneath. Turn off the oven, open the oven door and leave the cookies to dry out for 15 minutes then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

2 Remove 40g of this mixture and set aside. Fold the hazelnuts, mixed peel and cinnamon into the

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WINTER BRAISED LAMB SHANKS

lamb shanks are cut from the end of a leg of lamb and are ideal for slow cooking. serve with creamy mash Potato for a really warming winter suPPer.

Method

Serves: 2 (see tip) Ready in: 3 hours

Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 15g butter 2 large lamb shanks 2 leeks, trimmed, washed and sliced 600ml vegetable stock 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp tomato puree 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks 3 fresh rosemary sprigs Salt and freshly ground black pepper 300g chestnut mushrooms, halved Freshly chopped parsley, to garnish Steamed green beans, to serve

1 Preheat the oven to 170C, 150C fan, gas mark 3. Heat the oil and butter in a large frying pan. Add the lamb shanks and fry for 3-4 minutes until browned all over, turning frequently. Transfer the lamb to an ovenproof dish. 2 Add the leeks to the frying pan and fry for 5 minutes then pour in the stock and Worcestershire sauce and stir in the tomato puree. Bring to the boil then add the carrots, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. 3 Spoon the stock and vegetables around the lamb and add the rosemary sprigs. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and cover tightly with a lid or foil and cook for 2 hours. 4 Remove the dish from the oven and stir in the mushrooms. Return to the oven and cook for a further 30-40 minutes, uncovered, until the lamb is very tender and the liquid has reduced slightly. Serve garnished with freshly chopped parsley and with steamed green beans.

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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.

Allan welcomes customers old and new to come and enjoy the taste of his success.

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Wombourne Tandoori Restaurant Established 1989

Air conditioned

Cuisine of Bengal

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Fully licensed Restaurant of the year West Midlands region 2016

CELEBRATE YOUR CHRISTMAS IN STYLE AT THE PERFECT VENUE TO DINE 6 course traditional or Bengali style Christmas Day Lunch 5 course festive menu served from 1st-24th December PLEASE BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT Rafique Miah welcomes you to the longest established Indian Restaurant in Wombourne Village, serving sumptuous Bangladeshi Cuisine for over 30 years.

Strictly telephone bookings only for the restaurant “We pride ourselves on our Quality of Food, Excellent Customer Service and Customer Satisfaction.”

Recently refurbished in contemporary surroundings, air conditioned and fully licensed. Our popular Take-away Service is still the best in Wombourne offering 10% off our Menu price.

Tel: 01902 324148 or: 01902 324437 Open from 5.30pm including Bank Holidays facebook.com/wombourne.tandoori

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Amazing transformations at the Hair Regrowth Clinic The team at Wolverhampton’s Hair Regrowth Clinic know all too well the negative impact thinning hair can have on your life and that’s why they’re passionate about helping their clients to do something about it. As Director, Sabrina Kaur explains:

realised that we should set up our own business and so we undertook the relevant courses and training to ensure we could offer the best treatments for our clients.”

“My husband Sandesh was only 36 when he started losing his hair and he just wasn’t ready to accept going bald. So, I started researching treatments that could help.”

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We have made some changes to the clinic to protect the wellbeing of the staff and clients and adhere to government guidelines. This will not change the level of care we provide. • Hand sanitizer will be made available. • All high touch areas are regularly cleaned and sanitized. • All clinicians have the correct PPE required. • All Customers must insure they come with a face mask.

Sabrina found that Dermaroller - a form of microdermabrasion traditionally used on the face – can be extended to the scalp and so she began using the device at a setting of 1mm alongside a Minoxidil treatment. “Following intensive research I then discovered light therapy which I factored into the regime and the results were incredible.” Three months later Sandesh’s hair was growing back where it was previously lost. “Everyone was amazed by the results and I began treating family and friends. We soon

From their dedicated clinic the couple have been able not only to make a difference to hair loss suffered on the scalp but also for eyebrows and beards too, which offers a fantastic alternative to microblading. “As an Optometrist my husband comes from a medical background and although I’ve always worked in the legal sector we have both qualified in the treatments we provide,” adds Sabrina.

So, don’t put up with thinning hair any longer, simply contact the experts at the clinic today to begin your own hair transformation.

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FROM YOUR SECOND HOME New ways of working also give us new ways of living and this is what WLTSC offers you – somewhere to enjoy extra time, enjoying racket sports, fitness and friendships. •

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club, it is a place to make life-long friends in a healthy environment and a great place for mental well-being. If your new ways of working means remote work, you can work from our spacious bar, restaurant or covered patio that offers free Wi-Fi along with catering options to keep you hydrated and energised

ready to use the facilities before returning home!

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Keep your Feet Happy This Christmas

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t’s all so easy to forget about your feet as the winter months approach, hidden away in socks and boots until the flip flop season rolls around again. not only that but your feet bear the brunt of all that Christmas shopping. • We want to keep our feet healthy and happy for the cold season ahead and here are some tips on how: many people suffer from cold feet in the winter and nothing is worse than spending the day walking around with cold toes. ensure that before you dress your feet with your socks or put them into shoes that are lined with materials such as lamb’s wool, that your feet

are warm beforehand. This is because the socks and the lamb’s wool acts as an insulator, so if your feet are cold, it will only insulate the cold when you put them in your shoes. • We want to keep our feet warm, but this can cause our feet to sweat. damp, sweaty feet can chill more easily and are more prone to bacterial infections. To keep feet clean and dry, consider using foot powder inside socks, applying anti-perspirant and soaking your feet in warm soapy water when you get home. • Choose footwear that will keep your feet warm, dry and well supported. We all like to

have fashionable footwear but ensure they are practical and waterproof to get you through the autumn and winter. We would like to thank all our customers for their continued support throughout the year. Wishing you a happy Christmas and New Year from the team at Foot Therapy.

Friendly Personal Service • Steri Pedicure • Custom Orthotics • Gift Vouchers

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Digestive problems and how to overcome them By Jackie Mitchell

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loating, nausea, abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhoea. These are all common digestive problems that we all experience and usually they can be treated with ‘over the counter’ medicines. Some conditions might be as a result of overindulging or eating the wrong food, but with Christmas round the corner, what can we do to avoid them? With more of us working from home, it’s all too easy to eat a rushed sandwich in front of the computer, skip lunch altogether or grab a snack while preparing the kids’ tea. How you eat is a major consideration, as eating too quickly and not swallowing food properly can lead to digestive problems. As Roberta Baldo, nutritional therapist from Baldo & Mason says “Eat slowly. This allows time for the signals from the senses to get to the brain and stimulate the production of digestive enzymes, muscular contractions and other processes necessary for digestion, before the food arrives.”

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Digestive problems often settle down by themselves, but sometimes symptoms persist that could indicate other conditions, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). According to The IBS Network, this affects over twelve million people in the UK. Classic symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, change in bowel habits, diarrhoea and constipation. Alison Reid, CEO, The IBS Network, says “It is a very individual condition and symptoms will vary for each person.

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Other symptoms can include lethargy, nausea and backache. There is no specific cause for IBS but the most common risk factors are a gastroenteritis attack, a traumatic or upsetting event and courses of powerful antibiotics.” Self-management is the key to living well with IBS, says Alison. “Once you have a better understanding of what is happening in your body you will be able to explore what treatments work best for you. These include dietary and lifestyle changes, psychological therapies and medications – see your GP or pharmacist for advice. These may be used together or on their own depending on the possible cause and severity of the condition.” Managing general lifestyle and diet is vitally important when dealing with IBS, says Dr Simon Smale, consultant gastroenterologist and clinical director, Manchester University NHS Trust. “Small meals eaten often rather than one big meal at the end of the day,” he says. “Ensure you don’t drink too much caffeine and alcohol as they can have dire effects. If the condition is primarily diarrhoea, avoid the following foods – cauliflower, sprouts (yes even at Christmas), onions, garlic, chewing gum and diet drinks. For constipation sufferers, ensure you have enough fluid and eat enough fruit and vegetables.” The festive season approaches so how can IBS sufferers ensure they can enjoy Christmas dinner and reduce the risk of an IBS flare up? The IBS Network suggests identifying your triggers (foods that lead to a flare up), choosing food and alcohol carefully, managing stress levels over Christmas and exercising. With some careful forward planning you will really be able to enjoy Christmas mealtimes. Happy Christmas!

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VARICOSE VEINS AND COVID

Your safety is our priority.

The COVID pandemic has been an extremely worrying time for most people and we took the decision to close The Vein Clinic in March as the pandemic took hold. We reopened our doors in July but have changed our practices to ensure the safety of both our patients and staff. The number of clinics held per day at the Wolverhampton Nuffield have been reduced to lower the footfall in the hospital and extra time has been put aside between patients to allow for cleaning of the rooms. Facemasks and hand sanitisation are mandatory, and you will be asked a number of COVID screening questions when you report to reception.

leg ulcers. We promise to make your assessment and treatment as risk free for you as possible. During a consultation, an ultra sound scan will be performed to detect the source of the problem and from the size and position, indicate the required treatment. Recognised by all major medical insurers we also accept self-referrals for self-paying patients. For further information or to schedule a consultation visit www.simonhobbsveins.co.uk or telephone (01902) 793216.

Modern day varicose veins treatments are performed under local anaesthetic as a ‘walk-in, walk-out’ procedure. Procedures are performed in a dedicated treatment room suite and many patients are in and out in under 2 hours. The risk of contracting COVID whilst undergoing treatment is extremely low. Whilst cosmetic varicose veins treatments can be safely delayed it is important not to delay assessment if your veins are causing significant symptoms, or complications such as bleeding, eczema, phlebitis, brown skin discolouration or

Love your legs VARICOSE VEINS are a source of discomfort and can also significantly affect your selfesteem. Having these assessed and treated could be easier than you think.

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A trip down

Memory Lane Audi Ball 2018

Staff Christmas party 2019

Lisa’s Hen party 2015

Everyone’s social calendar has been empty lately but that doesn’t mean that we can’t bring you some of the highlights from our social scene pages from over the last few years. We’ve selected our favourite pictures from our most photographed couple, Royston Blythe and Nick Malenko. And, there’s plenty of fabulous photos to see, featuring glitzy events, celebrations, weddings, functions and the couple’s own Blessing by Cheshire housewife Dawn Ward.

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Charles and Sam’s wedding 2019

House party 2018

Nick and Royston’s blessing 2017

Buckingham Palace 2013

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Award winning education is closer than you think. 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.

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olverhampton 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. If you’ve never visited the stunning 25-acre campus, you can register at any time for a virtual open event or individual tour. Simply visit www.wgs.org.uk to register for events that are taking place across the Autumn and Winter. Just like the School’s approach to education, the open events are tailored specifically for you with flexible opportunities to join in and meet our staff and students. The events include everything from a guided, virtual tour to an opportunity to hear from teaching and specialist staff about our curriculum; how we use technology to life in the Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form and our reading and library services too. You’ll also learn about our exceptional extra-curricular programme – the largest available locally.

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 extra-curricular 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.

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,

Interested to learn more?

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Albrighton

On Target for 11+, Senior School Success and Scholarship Birchfield School is delighted to have their pupils return to school for the start of the Autumn Term with enthusiasm, happiness and a willingness to get back to their studies after the long summer break. This term Birchfield teaching will be forging ahead with new learning whilst also ensuring that each child feels fully confident and ready to move on with their studies. Specialist teaching will focus on core skills, for example English and Mathematics practice, within the wider curriculum, to lift confidence

with lots of hard work punctuated by dedicated sports coaching to keep pupils healthy and active. Developing the whole child remains an important philosophy, with attention paid to a holistic approach encompassing traditional values that equip children for 21st century life, for example social conscience, good manners, kindness, resilience and a positive can-do attitude. Birchfield wants their pupils to be confident and curious deep thinkers and this goal is achieved by delivering learning experiences that have relevance, authenticity and a clear purpose.

experience and deliver precise and constructive feedback, tailored to each pupil. Pupils are studying for 11+, 13+ and Scholarship with purpose and dedication and Birchfield is expecting another highly successful academic year for 2020/21. Birchfield School would be delighted to demonstrate how they would work with your son or daughter in a happy, vibrant and aspirational learning community.

Please call to arrange a personal tour.

The family atmosphere and small class sizes at Birchfield deliver hugely effective pupil-teacher relationships in which every child feels they have a voice, and are safe and valued as an individual in their own right. In short, relaxed learners are successful learners. This warm, personal approach enables teachers to personalise and differentiate the learning

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Boys and Girls 4–13 Years

The first step to a bright future

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NATIONALLY AWARD WINNING EDUCATION SCHOOL OF THE YEAR 2020 THE SUNDAY TIMES

Creating Choice at 11 Plus As a Preparatory School, preparing girls for a variety of Senior School Entrance Examinations is an integral part of our curriculum. We prepare the girls for both selective and non-selective senior schools which are either fee-paying or state funded. We assist parents to choose from the range of senior schools available and enable each girl to find the very best senior school for her as an individual. We consider that it is only when your daughter reaches Year Six that the time has come to begin the decision-making process about which senior school will be right for her. When your daughter reaches ten or eleven years old, you will be aware of how she has developed and will be in a position to select a senior school that is best suited to her personality, interests and academic abilities. Newbridge Preparatory School as a ‘Standalone’ Prep School

offers each girl an educational experience which prepares her for her transition into the most suitable senior school for herself as an individual. We provide an education perfectly balanced, offering a rich and diverse curriculum of academic work, music, the arts and sport. Newbridge Preparatory School is highly successful in helping our girls gain entry to a wide variety of senior schools – schools that are looking for evidence of a high standard of all-round academic potential and achievement. Your daughter at eleven years old will be a very different person from when she walks through our doors for the first time at two years old. We will use our experience to help you choose a senior school that suits her. We will then do everything possible to help her gain a place. We equip our girls with the necessary skills and qualities that

will help them to become achievers, not only in senior school but in later life too. We are laying the right foundations for successful careers and positive futures.

The Future Newbridge offers stability and certainty in what seems to be a constantly changing world; this is reflected in the number of parents choosing Newbridge for their child’s education. We offer a positive, nurturing family environment based on traditional values. We are an aspirational school; one which respects 80+ years of heritage and continues to maintain its own unique identity as a small, caring prep school – we offer pastoral care for the whole family like nowhere else.You only have to set foot in the door to feel the warmth and happiness.

Come and visit us Please do not just take our word for it. Read our ‘Excellent’ 2016 inspection report (www.isi.net/schools/6725) or better still come and visit us – as every day is an open day. We are currently offering personal, socially distanced tours with the Headmistress to one person per visit.

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My invitation to you.

Tettenhall College has a proud and illustrious history. You may have often driven past our gates, perhaps you have visited our beautiful campus, and you may even have enjoyed your own school days here, being an Old Tettenhallian. We celebrate our history; we cherish all that has come before. Yet the focus of today is our pupils, from our youngest learners starting their educational journey in our nursery from the age of 2, to our Senior School pupils, preparing to follow in the footsteps of this year’s A level cohort who are now starting their degree courses at some of the finest universities in the UK. Tettenhall College today is a school that is firmly focused on preparing our wonderful young people for the world that they will form. The challenges the world presents are many and varied. It is our responsibility as a place of learning and growth, to ensure that all Tettenhall College pupils are prepared in the very best, fundamental ways, to meet these. Academically, culturally, personally and spiritually. The Tettenhall College that I am proud to lead 128

is today a school that places the pursuit of excellence in all that we do, at the very heart of our mission. Of course, as all independent schools should, we offer small, personal and tailored academic classes, delivered by outstanding teachers. We have wonderful facilities and a school site that is extremely conducive to learning. Our academic and co-curricular programme stretches young minds and presents opportunities to explore and strive through music, sport, technology and much more. Pupils’ pastoral care is first-rate and our boarding community fosters the most superb, cosmopolitan group of young people whose contribution to our school cannot be simply measured. You should expect all of this as a minimum if you are considering independent education. So, my invitation to you, is to consider visiting us here at Tettenhall College to learn more about what we offer our young learners today. Whilst the restrictions imposed upon us by Covid-19 mean that we have adapted our approach to tours and open events, we are safely and effectively welcoming visitors. In particular, I would love to meet you to explain the new ‘Pathways’

Programme that will be offered to our Year 11 and Sixth Form pupils. I will tell you about our academic offering and how our Scholarships are designed to secure the very highest outcomes. I will also be happy to talk to you about the Tettenhall Bursary Scheme which strives to make this very special education available to as many young learners as possible. Yet most importantly, I look forward to listening and learning as you explain what you are looking to secure for your family. The pursuit of excellence in all that we do is not a strapline or a motto. It is a conviction that by learning about every young person as an individual, whose talents will be many and varied, we can help them become the very best versions of themselves, whatever this may be. Relationships are built on communication. Please accept my invitation to come and meet with us, so we might start a conversation and perhaps take the very first steps on the most important journey your child might take. Mr Christopher McAllister Headmaster

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Let's Talk About Money... by Martin Stott, Headmaster

at Old HalL school

The coronavirus pandemic has given us a great deal of time to think about our own lives and reflect on those things, which are really important to us. For many, the most important theme has centred upon family, closely followed by education and work. Obviously, these things are frequently interwoven and the quality of our family lives usually revolves around education, work and the inevitable... money matters. In light of the C-19 experience, lots of parents are currently thinking about education and the options which are open to them. The press has been full of concerns about the ‘education gap’ caused by non-attendance and the worry of children catching up with the learning they missed earlier in the year. Consequently, many independent schools are receiving enquiries from parents who hadn’t previously considered this option and are interested in finding out more about schools like Old

Hall. Ours is an independent preparatory (prep), sometimes called ‘Private’, school that relies on its funding from the fees which parents pay for their children to attend - the term ‘Public School’ usually refers to larger independent boarding schools for senior aged children. Some people may be put off by the name and imagine that independent schools are purely for the ‘posh’ and the ‘privileged’, but the truth of the matter is that independent schools are attended by children from all walks of life, who all have one thing in common: their parents, like you, want to give them the best possible start in life that they can and choose to invest in their education. However, just like private medical care, private schooling is an option which many feel is out of reach, but it need not be.  In 2019, 34% of children attending British independent schools received some sort of assistance with the payment of school fees (ISC Schools Census). The majority of the assistance comes from bursaries and scholarships and the level of help varies from school to school and child to child, as you would expect. A ‘bursary’ is a form of means-tested financial assistance which can be applied for by completing an application form.  If your application shows that you qualify for a bursary a school may offer to help with the payment of fees. Scholarships are different and are awarded to children who excel in a particular area. As well as the kudos of receiving this recognition, parents can expect a reduction in their school fees to effectively reward such endeavours. Scholarships tend to be more common in senior schools and

are offered for a wide variety of things; typically for high ability in academic achievement, music, sport, drama, design, art or all-round ability and other disciplines, depending on the school. Scholarships are usually detailed on the school’s website and are applied for by contacting the school. When considering an education at an independent school, parents are now asking themselves how the fees compare with their current outgoings. The costs of wraparound care, lunches, clubs and extra-curricular activities quickly add up, yet are all things that are regularly included in an independent school fee. It’s interesting to note that full-time private nursery fees are often more costly than Reception class fees - so perhaps for those who are investing in pre-school, the journey really can continue into a school with small class sizes, which offers a nurturing, enriched and fulfilling education that typically begins with drop off at 8.15 am and collection at 4.20pm. The Old Hall offers a range of payment options, which includes an interest free, monthly direct debit scheme. We are very happy to discuss money matters and any questions, which you may have in regard to investing in your child’s future.

If you’d like to learn more, simply call Katy Phillips at Old Hall for a chat. Investing in your child’s future needn’t be difficult and we won’t make it so! 01952 223117 | www.oldhall.co.uk

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Travel Insurance Advice

As thoughts turn to holidays in 2021, the issue of travel insurance has never been more complicated. The disruption from COVID-19 led many travellers to discover their policy wasn’t quite as comprehensive as they assumed. With local lockdowns, travel bans and quarantine an ever-changing situation in recent months, all too many people have found planned trips either impossible or no longer quite what they expected. If you’ve got an annual policy, your first step should be checking the date the policy began. The precise details will vary between insurers, but as a general rule any ordinary policy taken out after the start of April 2020 will almost certainly exclude any claims related to COVID-19. Instead, you’ll need to look for a policy that specifically covers coronavirus. Most such policies will only cover the medical effects, though a few policies will also cover cancellation. Whether you are relying on a pre-April 2020 policy or take out a new one that includes COVID-19

cancellation, check the conditions that will trigger a payout. Some policies will only cover you getting COVID-19 while some will pay out if a family member gets it. Some will only cover a positive diagnosis while others will cover cases where you are told to selfisolate, for example because you’ve been in close contact with somebody who has tested positive. Coronavirus has also brought much greater attention to Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advisories, something that’s normally only been an issue for people travelling to far-off war-torn nations. At the time of writing, the FCO still had a default position advising against any nonessential travel to any country that wasn’t specifically exempted. If you do travel to a country that’s under such an advisory, your

insurance is automatically invalid. However, a travel insurance policy almost certainly won’t cover you cancelling a trip because the FCO advice has changed. If you decide against travel altogether, you can usually cancel an ongoing annual policy and get a refund in proportion to the remaining time, minus any administrative fee. This won’t be allowed if you’ve already made a claim on the policy during the cover period, for example from a previous trip. Despite the increased limitations, travel insurance may soon be even more important in Europe. At the time of writing, the UK and the European Union had yet to agree an extension of the UK’s participation in the European Health Identity Card program beyond the end of 2020. The EHIC isn’t insurance, but rather a mutual agreement that covers European Union countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Anyone with an EHIC is entitled to medical treatment on the same basis as residents of the country where they fall ill. EHIC has never been a substitute for travel insurance, as it doesn’t cover disruption from illness or injury such as having to rebook flights home. However, if the UK does leave EHIC, travelling to the continent without travel insurance could lead to hefty medical bills even for basic treatment.

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BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC It was with this stinging refrain - “Whatever you do, don’t kerb the wheels” - still ringing in my ears that I set off from Crewe. For today only I was to be the proud driver of the sublime Bentley Continental GTC: a daunting task, given that this vehicle comes with a price tag (£175,890 before options, of which there are many) that is more commonly associated by common folk like me with estate agency window displays. Since a stiff drink is out of the question, a deep breath is required before I set off: despite what Bentley says (apparently a key part of the Continental GT’s development ethos was that it could be driven every day) I really must refrain from clipping the massive 20”

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alloys that protrude mischievously from the rubber, because the cost of a refurb is, to me, a serious setback; whereas, a replacement is a small salary. However, fond as I am of turning a negative into a positive I make good use of my time sitting still to admire the cabin (it is a symphony of perfection: seats, trim, dash and tech all unify into a glorious example of what is still today possible by craftspeople at the top of their game; AI may be coming but I’m still plugging for us underdogs), before I lower the roof and begin squinting in the autumnal sunshine. So much of the Bentley experience has to do with refinement and cosseting drivers from the grind

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endured by others, who are not fortunate enough to be at the wheel of the Bentley - and, of course, luxury and refinement in the GTC knows no bounds - however, I still maintain that dropping the top is a must on any convertible (especially when enjoying a late September’s mini-heatwave), since nothing makes motoring better than being immersed in the elements: the smells and sounds (not much engine or exhaust noise in ‘Comfort’ mode, surprisingly, given the titanic 542bhp 4 litre twin-turbocharged V8 that sits close-by; ‘Sport’ is better) alone make for a singular experience but in the Bentley, everything is better about driving - may be, even, better about life itself. If you think all of the above is tantamount to twoddle then, be reassured, when the top is up in the GTC, you might as well be in a hard-top. Also understand that there is myriad gadgets and gizmos to make life utterly fulfilled in both the least (seatbelts are proffered to both driver and passenger, as if being presented by an

electronic butler) and most dramatic way (0-60 mph is demolished in 3.9 seconds/top speed is 207mph and it is incredibly capable and comfortable at higher speeds when open-top). Yet forgetting Top Trump figures for a moment you will instead notice that it is a surfeit of torque - which is available to your right foot at almost any time - and the multi-adjustable airsuspension that makes this car a classic, low-speed cruiser - on almost every surface, on almost every day of the week. And after I ran across the fourth tractor on my journey, I became even more convinced of this. Producing a convertible that is as good as its hard-top sibling for just a relatively small premium of around £15,000 makes a strong argument for going topless and, while I do take issue with this being put forward as a ‘daily-driver’, it is an extremely usable tool despite its enormous size and weight. And, of course, despite its alloy wheels - which, happily, made it back intact.

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Grand Secures £1,187,530 From Dcms Cultural Recovery Fund #Hereforculture

administered by the Arts Council. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre submitted its application at the end of August and has been awaiting the outcome with anticipation.   CEO and Artistic Director Adrian Jackson said, “It is with huge delight but also relief to share this outcome with you today. The Grand is the only large-scale theatre in Wolverhampton and The Black Country and is a vital lifeline to those communities.  

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre has received the news that they have been successful in securing £1,187,530 from the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund.   In July 2020, the DCMS announced there was a £1.57 billion fund available for Culture and Heritage venues up and down the country in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic which would be

“We will now carefully execute the business and creative plans proposed to ensure we are able to re-open at full capacity, next year. We are still unclear when this will be, however we are looking at other opportunities to open in the short term with social distancing in place.  

do at the Grand Theatre which with this support can now continue.” This year The Grand received £30,000 from The Arts Council for community and education work and £25,000 from the Local Authority to assist with overhead costs. Prior to this, the theatre had become self-sufficient and had not received any public money since 2016. The charity had been making a surplus year on year and this was re-invested back into the charitable work of the organisation.   

“The Grand’s Outreach work will continue to be a high priority, along with making the venue Covid safe for audiences to return.   “I would like to thank the DCMS and Arts Council England for recognising the fantastic work we

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