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Summer is here!

The warm summer days & long summer nights are finally here. What could be better than spending leisure time with family & friends. Check out our what’s on feature for places to visit & things to do near you over the summer period Take at a look at our Health section for interesting features on Health & Wellbeing & how to support  local people & good causes . Win a table for 2 adults & 2 children in the Horizons Restaurant at Wolverhampton Racecourse  For your  wedding inspirations go along to Country Basket, as there is 20% everything in store Our Lifestyle Magazine showcases interesting features & articles  on local people & paces helping our readers to source the best products & services in their local area. We always welcome input from our readers & advertisers, so if you have a story or event that you think we should know about. Then please do contact us

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A Stylish Future Proof Wet Room Yvonne and Ray came back to Roman Bathrooms, after two previous projects, to modernise their main bathroom. They wanted to replace a sunken bath that they had enjoyed for many years with something that was more accessible. “I enjoy a long soak in the bath and whilst I wanted the ease of access that a wet room and shower brings I did not want to give up on using the bath,” says Yvonne. Our solution was to provide a wet room environment in front of a bath providing the best of both worlds. The wet room area includes a large rain shower head as well as a hand held shower, the screen can be moved to create a shower area or folded back to give access to the bath. A lift was fitted to the bath later so that Yvonne can enjoy the bath too. “We are delighted with the wet room solution, it looks amazing, works well for both of us and is a dream to keep clean and maintain,” adds Ray. “The installation team were very good, the workmanship was excellent and nothing was too much trouble. “Roman Bathrooms looked after the complete installation, coordinated all of the different trades and checked on progress, making it stress free for us. We are once again really pleased with Roman Bathrooms and would not hesitate to recommend them to others.”

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Summers Days By Jane de Weijer : Make Space Interiors ltd Contact: www.makespaceinteriors.co.uk

As an Interior Designer i am always looking for the best , brightest, most exciting new trends. Painting a ceiling in deep metallic shades for instance, or combining those dramatic rich emerald greens and inky Art Deco blues . Designing  a ‘tonal' room, created from an extended palette of colours from the same spectrum, is back in favour with Designers . It allows for a combination of texture and shade helping to create  a calm and soothing atmosphere, This is particularly deal for a bedroom design scheme. Try it.  Here are my tips for designing your tonal room.

TONE ON TONE within the same spectrum, for example, if you are creating an Olive green room all the shades of green will work tonally as opposed to contrasts and clashes.

As I have said previously colour is back. From olive greens to rich blues or dusky pinks, they can all be found on the High street this year, and this trend will continue for some time to come.

To illustrate I have created on my board a soft pink bedroom, from deep pink walls to pink bedlinen and upholstery it creates a warm and inviting space. It is important to introduce deep shades so that the colour scheme has ‘weight’ especially as there are no contrasting colours or patterns to add the visual interest.

Creating a tonal scheme where all the colours used are variants on the same theme is extremely popular with designers at the moment. The trick is to ensure that the colours lie

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Visit your local DIY paint store and collect a pallet of paint samples that will form the range of blended tones that you will be using in your scheme. This will form the basis of all the choices that you make from wall colours to bedlinen to soft furnishings. I am using this range of shades from the Farrow and Ball range. www.farrowandball.co.uk I will use Colour 1, Sulking Room Pink, on the walls to create a deep dramatic space. Colour 2, Cinder Rose, will be your base shade for curtains or blinds at the window, also on bedlinen combined with colour 3, Middleton Pink, and colour 4, Pink Ground. Pile on the contrast tones with cushions and throws. Colour 5, Rangwall, will add a splash of intense contrast to add freshness to the scheme, try this on a lampshade. Create your board. This is essential if you are creating a tonal room as it will keep your choices focussed, it is easy to stray when the options open to you as you design your room are so wide and varied. 8


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ON THE BOARD 1. Paint colour, Cinder Rose , a deep dusky pink by Farrow and Ball, www.farrowandball.com This shade provides a beautiful base colour for a pink tonal room. Team with crisp white woodwork and ceiling. 2. Custom made headboard. Go to your local curtain and soft furnishings maker, they should be able to help you to create your customised headboard. This one is in a soft pink velvet, a lighter tone than on the walls. Shop for a range of shades of pink bedlinen guided by your colour swatches. 3. The velvet lampshade adds that shot of warm peach/pink to offer a pink contrast, as on the 4. colour swatches. This velvet lampshade is from a range at www.etsy.com

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WALLPAPER SPOTLIGHT There are some fantastic wallpapers in manufacturers current collections. A glorious combination of patterns and shades, metallics and plains. Whatever your taste or style there is a paper out there ready for your walls.

I have collated a few of my favourite metallics here. Be bold and don’t be too shy to combine rich patter and texture to create an exciting interior. 1: A brand new paper by Farrow and Ball , Tessella, BP3612 2: Marquise from Romo wallcoverings, www.romo.co . The shade is Whitewash but have a look at the Charcoal colour way too. 3: I love this Zara Shimmer Metallic Wallpaper in Charcoal Copper, www.ilovewallpaper.co.uk

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NEW WAVE, TRADITIONAL VALUES Founded in 1989 by 1st & 2nd generation family members Philip Langford & Kevin Vale, New Wave Bathrooms of Lisle Avenue, Kidderminster, boast a proud history of supplying the bathroom industry’s leading brands, coupled with professional advice and dependable customer service over an existence spanning almost 30 years. Operating from one of the largest bathroom-only showrooms in Worcestershire, household names such as Heritage Bathrooms, Villeroy & Boch and Matki Showers are just a few on the long list of reputable manufacturers, who’s products help to make up in excess of 70 individual displays. Whether your ideal bathroom is ultra-modern, timelessly classic, or steeped in British tradition, you will be sure to find inspiration within the welcoming atmosphere of the family-run shop. From the smaller cloakroom refurbishments right the way through to larger scale multiroom projects, the expert staff provide a level of assistance that can only be found in this type of specialist bathroom establishment, calling on years of experience to help the customer achieve the room of their dreams.  “Customers are invited to visit our showroom and discuss any ideas and plans which they

may have for renovations to existing rooms or new-build projects and we will assist them step-by-step to achieve their goals. Whether that be through a showroom based service where the customer presents us with a basic shopping list, or a full home-visit appointment with one of our bathroom designers.With state of the art CAD software, loaded with computer generated replicas of the products on display in our showroom and thousands more, we are able to give the customer a virtual reality design of what a finished article could look like, before a finger has been lifted! This planning tool allows us to eliminate the problem of trying to visualise a completed project, by presenting a photorealistic image for approval by the customer.” New Wave Bathrooms is now under the management of the founding families’ 3rd generation but the values and principles on which their business was built, are still very much at the forefront of how the company operate today.  “Over the last 4 decades we have built our reputation on recommendation and hold customer service with the utmost importance. We work with and only recommend trusted installers who approach their job with the same passion and attention to detail as we do. Paired with the quality of the product we supply, this has helped us to have such a long and successful trading history. We constantly retrain our staff to keep up with ever-changing product lines and fashions but ensure that the service we offer is consistently to the highest standard” Large scale showroom refurbishments took place recently; Firstly with a complete overhaul of New Wave’s Heritage Bathroom Centre, showcasing the latest in classic and countrystyled bathroom equipment - trends which are currently sweeping the nation and secondly, the purpose-built Crosswater Bathrooms shop-in-shop area was launched, focusing on contemporary design and modern day living.  To view these stunning displays and discover many more, visit the showroom at 19, Lisle Avenue, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7DF or contact us on 01562 751714 info@newwavebathrooms.co.uk 16


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Davbro Builders the Velux Certified Installers

The Velux Certified Installer Partnership was the new goal for Davbro Builders.

I fitted my first Velux roof window 27 years ago. I hadn’t got a clue what I was doing really; newly qualified as a Carpenter and Joiner I was tasked to fit this roof Velux window. It was a very daunting task cutting a hole in someone’s roof, but I got it fitted and no leaks!

An application had to be made for status and our work was checked by the British Board of Agreement. An on site visit to check our work was carried out and this was thorough. The visit comprised of making sure the windows were fitted to Velux guild lines, gaps were the right size and all the parts were fitted correctly. Following this we had to answer questions on fitting, and all this was done in front of our customer! As far as we are aware Velux are the only company to go this far on making sure installers know exactly what they are doing.

Davbro Builders was set up in 2002, a small family building company. Myself and my brother started general building projects but were always looking for a gap in the construction industry where we could be different to regular builders. After seeing an advert in the Velux Roof windows Brochure for training we applied.

We gained Velux Certified status 25th August 2015 and have found it very beneficial especially having direct links to Velux find an installer website.

Velux offered us training at their Kettering Offices – a very impressive purpose built complex where training was carried out. The main purpose of offering the training was to ensure their product was fitted correctly and that all the product options were used. We received training certificates from Velux, but we were looking at how we could use this training to make us stand out and show as a company we knew what we were doing.

Being a Certified Velux installer, we get a variety of enquiries, from a new installation to parts and servicing enquiries. Recently we were contacted by Clent Hills Veterinary Practice because they had an ongoing problem with a Velux window that was leaking quite badly. The window had been fitted about 15 years ago and you could see very clearly that water was getting in and damaging the ceiling. We erected scaffolding and found that the Velux flashing kit had been cut to fit the size of window, not a good idea! We replaced the Flashing kit and supplied a BFX 1000 underfelt collar to guarantee no more water ingress. The Velux BFX 1000 underfelt collar is a great option to fit, guaranteeing water tightness every time. We go to quite a few problematic Velux installations, it’s not the product it’s the installer that’s at fault. Anybody can fit a Velux window, but can they fit it correctly? Some do, unfortunately some haven’t got a clue. The answer to this - use a Velux certified installer.

Velux soon introduced a rating system for its trained installers called VIP Installer Partnership. We aimed for the highest rating and meeting all their requirements we received 5 Star status - their highest rating. This was very successful for us; we could see that customers required competent trained installers. Potential customers found us through the Velux Installer web site and enquiries came through to us at Davbro Builders. A few years ago, Velux had a change in policy and wanted a governing body involved in the regulation of fitters.

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to over 20,000 sq. feet. It increases our ability to store more fabrications, enabling us to pursue our £10,000,000 of retail sales this financial year.” Finally, new offices and roadside signage have been ordered for the Kidderminster. Many who pass may not realise that behind the Worcester Road site is one of their huge Showrooms, open 7 Days a week. There are only a handful of life-size Doors, Windows, Conservatories and Home Extensions showrooms in the UK where you can see full size, fully furnished, fully working home extensions built in doors. It showcases a huge array of Windows and Doors to choose from. If you’ve not visited before then a visit to a 5 star is an absolute must – the home of inspiration – you will understand why and expect to be amazed when you visit.

Richard Manser, MD, made the first announcement - the opening of the groups third showroom. Richard shared “Our latest Showroom on the A34, when travelling from Shirley towards Birmingham, left-hand side before the Robin Hood Island. Their second announcement, the appointment of Eleanor Rawlings, New H&S Manager, who will focus on the teams and customers’ safety. Andrew O’Neill, 5 star’s Operations Manager, unveiled the opening of a warehousing and distribution facility to the left of the Kidderminster Centre. This expansion includes a new operations village with adjoining canteen and chill out area. Andrew described the expansion as “exciting’… this now takes our total premises

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THE COSTLY DIY DISASTERS THAT COULD WIPE THOUSANDS OFF YOUR PROPERTY’S VALUE Making changes to your house to increase its value has proven to be a popular pastime for homeowners across the country. In fact, according to the Office for National Statistics, us Brits spend nearly £30 billion a year on home improvements. But what if those internal updates end up wiping thousands of pounds off your property’s value?   Rex Nye, who owns  online builders’ merchant  D.W. Nye, explains that whilst many property owners think that following a prescribed list of improvements will add equity, this isn’t always the case. He said:   “Often the issue is with the quality of work that has been undertaken. So, if it isn’t done to the correct and required standards or regulations, or the correct planning permission hasn’t been obtained, there could be major issues later down the line when you come to sell the property. It’s important to make sure you know what you’re doing before you start any major updates. If you’re ever at all uncertain, you can chat to a builders’ merchant or consult a professional builder.”

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Magical Orlando by Rebecca Underwood, Travel Journalist Orlando, Florida, is America’s number one destination for visitors, attracting 72 million annually, and it is considered to be the theme park capital of the world. Walt Disney World, the largest, comprises Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and Epcot and for water babes there are two water parks; Blizzard Beach and the Typhoon Lagoon.

aboard the runaway train on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. On Liberty Square, site of the Haunted Mansion, I spotted Goofy ambling along, and I am not ashamed to say that I chased after him but, alas, he managed to escape into the crowds! Onto Fantasyland, and I headed for the Princess Fairytale Hall where wide-eyed children were entranced by Disney Princesses, complete with glittering tiaras, and I later noticed that the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train family roller coaster was drawing enthusiastic crowds. I hurried onto Tomorrowland and spotted a father and child skipping together towards the line for a ride on Space Mountain. ‘Daddy, daddy, hurry!’ she cried, and although I prefer to remain on terra firma, I was tempted to join them.

For my own Disney experience and anticipating oodles of fun and adventures, I began my visit at the Magic Kingdom, which is crammed with exciting attractions and thrilling rides, and of course there is ample opportunity for adults to relive a bygone childhood. The sight of Mickey and Minnie Mouse dancing on the stage in front of Cinderella’s Castle resulted in adults and children alike jumping up and down together with glee and I joined in with abandon.

In no time at all it was time for all to gather for the Happily Ever After parade, which concludes with a spectacular fire work display and of course it was utterly enchanting. After an exhilarating day it was time to retire to my sumptuous villa.

The Magic Kingdom also features Adventureland, where popular attractions include the Swiss Family Treehouse, the Magic Carpets of Aladdin and the hugely entertaining and hilarious Pirates of the Caribbean. At Frontierland the joyful shouts and screams of those riding the log flumes on Splash Mountain merge together with those

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Our Travel Village Yards, located on Kissimmee’s Pantanal Lane, is just the ticket. This resort offers a range of detached and beautifully furnished villas with 3 or 4 bedrooms. I stayed in a four bedroom villa spread out over two floors and every spacious and stylishly decorated room was further enhanced with tasteful artworks. The ground floor featured an enormous open plan lounge, dining area and kitchen, a utility room with a washer/dryer and a plush double bedroom with an en suite bathroom. The enormous ground floor patio doors lead out onto a BBQ space with a huge grill and a comfortable dining area. The upper floor features three more double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and a huge patio furnished with two ultra comfortable sun loungers, bliss! The resort’s clubhouse features an impressive gymnasium and a gorgeous open air heated pool, which is flood-lit at night and ideal for a leisurely dip before dining in Villaggio, the resort’s Italian restaurant. I sampled the Filetto, a traditional parmesan risotto with sautéed filet on Roti sauce, and accompanied by the notes and taste of a glass of the 2012 Magique Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve, the flavours were sublime.

Asia along with Discovery Island, which features attractions including It’s Tough to be a Bug!, and Pandora-The World of Avatar, which includes the Avatar Flight of Passage. Dinoland USA features the Primeval Whirl roller coaster and I loved the lavish performance of Finding Nemo-The Musical. ‘Oasis’ offers tropical garden pathways, where explorers may spot exotic animals including iguanas, a giant anteater and a wide variety of colourful birds. Heading for ‘Africa’, I embarked on the Kilimanjaro Safari, a short, bumpy ride through the lush ‘African savanna’ spotting giraffes, elephants, lions, zebra and hippos. Then, whilst wandering through the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, I encountered a magnificent Silverback watching the boisterous antics of the smaller gorillas with irritation and distain. It was a mesmerising sight. Rafiki’s Planet Watch, is not to be missed. I hopped on the Wildlife Express Train and wandered around the Conservation Centre to learn more about Disney’s impressive efforts to support and rescue threatened wildlife and I was delighted to see children interacting with a variety of rare, domesticated animals.

After a truly relaxing slumber I spent the following day exploring Disney’s Animal Kingdom with areas devoted to Africa and

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Our Travel Orlando, Florida, is America’s number one destination for visitors, attracting 72 million annually, and it is considered to be the theme park capital of the world. Walt Disney World, the largest, comprises Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and Epcot and for water babes there are two water parks; Blizzard Beach and the Typhoon Lagoon. For my own Disney experience and anticipating oodles of fun and adventures, I began my visit at the Magic Kingdom, which is crammed with exciting attractions and thrilling rides, and of course there is ample opportunity for adults to relive a bygone childhood. The sight of Mickey and Minnie Mouse dancing on the stage in front of Cinderella’s Castle resulted in adults and children alike jumping up and down together with glee and I joined in with abandon.

of the Haunted Mansion, I spotted Goofy ambling along, and I am not ashamed to say that I chased after him but, alas, he managed to escape into the crowds!

The Magic Kingdom also features Adventureland, where popular attractions include the Swiss Family Treehouse, the Magic Carpets of Aladdin and the hugely entertaining and hilarious Pirates of the Caribbean. At Frontierland the joyful shouts and screams of those riding the log flumes on Splash Mountain merge together with those aboard the runaway train on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. On Liberty Square, site

Onto Fantasyland, and I headed for the Princess Fairytale Hall where wide-eyed children were entranced by Disney Princesses, complete with glittering tiaras, and I later noticed that the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train family roller coaster was drawing enthusiastic crowds. I hurried onto Tomorrowland and spotted a father and child skipping together

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Our Travel towards the line for a ride on Space Mountain. ‘Daddy, daddy, hurry!’ she cried, and although I prefer to remain on terra firma, I was tempted to join them. In no time at all it was time for all to gather for the Happily Ever After parade, which concludes with a spectacular fire work display and of course it was utterly enchanting. After an exhilarating day it was time to retire to my sumptuous villa. Orlando offers a wide choice of accommodations but for those seeking a luxurious resort within a short distance from the most popular theme parks, the Magic Village Yards, located on Kissimmee’s Pantanal Lane, is just the ticket. This resort offers a range of detached and beautifully furnished villas with 3 or 4 bedrooms. I stayed in a four bedroom villa spread out over two floors and every spacious and stylishly decorated room was further enhanced with tasteful artworks. The ground floor featured an enormous open plan lounge, dining area and kitchen, a utility room with a washer/ dryer and a plush double bedroom with an en suite bathroom. The enormous ground floor patio doors lead out onto a BBQ space with a huge grill and a comfortable dining area. The upper floor features three more double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and a huge patio furnished with two ultra comfortable sun loungers, bliss! The resort’s clubhouse features an impressive gymnasium and a gorgeous open air heated pool, which is flood-lit at night and ideal for a leisurely dip before dining in Villaggio, the resort’s Italian restaurant. I sampled the Filetto, a traditional parmesan risotto with sautéed filet on Roti sauce, and accompanied by the notes and taste of a glass of the 2012 Magique Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve, the flavours were sublime. After a truly relaxing slumber I spent the following day exploring Disney’s Animal Kingdom with areas devoted to Africa and Asia along with Discovery Island, which features attractions including

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THE WINDSOR CASTLE A PUB WITH STYLE

The Windsor Castle Inn is an independent public house with restaurant, Dr Hardwicke’s gin & cocktail bar and 4* bed and breakfast accommodation.

Opening Hours

We serve freshly cooked pub favourites with sophisticated twists plus fresh fish specials, lite bites, steaks & grills. Great hospitality is at the heart of our business, we pride ourselves on offering a quality experience in all that we offer our customers. We support local businesses and wherever possible source local & seasonal produce.

NEW lunch Menu – Salads/Sandwiches/Lite Bites

Sun - Thurs 12pm -11pm Fri 12pm - Midnight & Sat 9am - Midnight Breakfast - Every Saturday 9am – 11am Gourmet Burger Night every Tuesday – Beer & a pint only £9.95 Lunch 12 pm – 3 pm - Mon – Saturday 12 pm – 7 pm Sunday Dinner 6- 9 Monday – Thursday/ 6 pm – 10 pm Friday & Saturday

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DR HARDWICKE’S GIN & COCKTAIL BAR upstairs at THE WINDSOR CASTLE INN Nestled away upstairs you will find the exclusive 1920’s inspired art deco gin & cocktail bar. It is unique haven for all gin & cocktail lovers of timeless elegance & style with more than 50 different gins plus countless bespoke cocktails designed to your personal taste with a splash of flair & showmanship.  Popular gin tasting experiences ae held weekly and the unique experience to make your own gin during an afternoon spent sampling, designing & blending your own gin recipe – perfect for all gin connoisseurs.

OPEN EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY EVENINGS FROM 7:00 PM AVAILABLE FOR: Private parties • Meetings • Gin tasting masterclasses Gin afternoon teas • Cocktails making masterclasses GIN TASTING EXPERIENCES: Saturday 13th July • Thursday 25th July Saturday 27 July • Saturday 10 August • Thursday 22 August • Saturday 24 August

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POPULAR HAGLEY PUB RELAUNCHES WITH BRAND-NEW MENU AND GLAMOROUS LOOK The Lyttelton Arms in Hagley, has undergone a significant investment that has given the much-loved eating and drinking spot a spectacular new look and ultra-glamorous feel.

events and parties in partnership with a range of premium brands. Its new improved décor has left no stone unturned, taking inspiration from the UK’s most glamorous dining and drinking hotspots. The place to be seen, it's styling is based on the concept of Champagne bubbles and the decadent colour palette inspired by the deep greens and poppy blues of peacock feathers. Bubbled glass fittings, contemporary satin brass, elegant curved seating and a stunning new feature bar sits at the heart of the building, boasting a ceramic and jewelfinish which bounces light around this vibrant space. Bigger is better with the combination of luxury drapes, plush upholstered booths and marble topped Champagne tables; the space has a truly indulgent, lounge feel, perfect to transition from a relaxed daytime to glamourous nightlife destination.

It has also introduced a brand-new menu, which brings together an exciting social dining and drinking experience, featuring fresh flavours and ingredients inspired by modern world food trends. Whether you fancy something from the grill; such as four-bone free-range New Zealand lamb rack, seabass fillet and charred octopus or expertly aged steaks, there’s something to suit all tastes. A range of exciting new small plates, designed for sharing, make the perfect start to your dining experience; with dishes such as sashimi grade tuna tartare, miso aubergine bao buns and seared, wild, Atlantic scallops with lobster and crab bonbons.

With three private meeting spaces, full media centre, a private dining room and multi-functional space perfect for parties, networking events and more; there is sure to a space suitable for your every need.

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“We are confident that we have created an experience that will result in both new guests seeking out The Lyttelton Arms and provide regulars with an even more memorable local that will leave them wanting to return time and time again.” Premium wines such as Premier Cru Burgundy, Amarone Della Valpolicella and Rioja Gran Reserva, will now be available by the glass using Coravin technology. A new cocktail menu has been developed by the team, which includes classics with a twist like the Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla Cosmopolitan. Cocktail, Champagne or Prosecco afternoon tea will also now be available, perfect for celebrating a special occasion or a relaxing afternoon.

General Manager Liz is new to The Lyttelton Arms, and has over 13 years hospitality experience. With a long term desire to lead the team at The Lyttelton Arms, Liz is delighted to be unveiling its new look. She comments: “The Lyttelton Arms has transformed into something even more spectacular; offering contemporary dining, the most decadent cocktails and a glamorous space to enjoy time with family and friends.” “We are confident that we have created an experience that will result in both new guests seeking out The Lyttelton Arms and provide regulars with an even more memorable local that will leave them wanting to return time and time again.”

The new look Lyttelton Arms is located right in village of Hagley, and prides itself on its rural setting with easy access to neighbouring Stourbridge, Clent and Bromsgrove.

To make the weekends extra special, the restaurant will serve Friday and Saturday only specials of freshly shucked rock oysters and grill sharing boards, such as Chateaubriand or trio of pork, for a delicious and indulgent treat. It has also added sumptuous new deserts; including Greek yoghurt parfait, affogato and Appleton Estate rum baba. It will still offer fantastic value too with its two course Monday-Friday lunch menu from £14.95, including a new range of freshly stonebaked pizzettes, indulgent croquet monsieur or healthy nourish bowls with warm charred broccoli, beluga lentils, roasted chickpeas, pomegranate and lemon olive oil at just 553 calories. Leading the charge is Head Chef, Carl Grieves who has been with the pub for over two years.

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Recipes

By Mike Whitehurst

CHOCOLATE TORTE SERVES 16

OVEN TEMPERATURE - 160oC PREP/COOK TIME - 1 hour and 30 minutes COURSE - Dessert

INGREDIENTS: BISCUIT BASE 175g bourbon biscuits 1tbsp of Ovaltine 85g melted butter Multiply by 1.5 if you want to push base up sides of ring.

CHOCOLATE TORTE 225g 70% dark chocolate 160g ground almonds 140g panko 225g unsalted butter 340g caster sugar 6 free range eggs 1 drop of vanilla 36

CHOCOLATE GANACHE 110g 70% dark chocolate 225ml of double cream 125g of icing sugar


Our Food & Drink EQUIPMENT: 12 inch ring | Flat baking tray | Parchment paper | Kitchen aid mixer with K beater BISCUIT BASE Start by melting the butter in a small pan over a medium heat or in a bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds or so, depends on the power of your microwave. pulsing the bourbon biscuits in the magi-mix until they resemble fine crumbs. Mix the cocoa into the biscuit crumbs and pour over the melted butter. Use a metal spoon to thoroughly mix the butter and biscuits together to create a cement like texture. Place a piece of parchment paper on the baking tray making sure it is wide enough to fit the metal ring on it. Empty the biscuit and butter mix into the ring and evenly squash the base down and push up against the sides if using more mix. This doesn’t have to be neat. Place this in the fridge and start the torte. CHOCOLATE TORTE Melt the chocolate in a heat proof bowl over lightly simmering water and add in the ground almonds and panko crumbs. Stir this mix until fully combined.

CHOCOLATE GANACHE Bring the cream and icing sugar to the boil and then break the chocolate up into it. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mix is smooth. When the torte is cooled from the oven spread the ganache all over evenly. Allow the ganache to set and then slice and serve with thick double cream and raspberries.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and then beat in the eggs one at a time. Now add the chocolate mix to the butter and eggs and beat vigorously until combined. Take the biscuit base out of the fridge and pour over the chocolate mix. Bake for 55 minutes at 160oC

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INGREDIENTS: Ingredients for braising 1 kilo of short ribs with plenty of meat 200g carrots peeled and chopped 1 spanish onions roughly chopped half a celery a few sprigs of thyme, rosemary and a few bay leaves 50g of red chillies 1 whole garlic bulb bashed and peeled - use cloves whole 5 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, 3 star anise, 1 tsp of fennel seeds, 1 tsp of coriander seeds - toasted.

olive oil 2 litres of beef stock. Tomato sauce 1 kilo of vine tomatoes diced 1 tbsp of tomato paste 200g turtle beans soaked over night in salt water, rinsed and cooked in water until soft 1 bunch of coriander - finely chop the stalks and reserve the leaves for later 2 spanish onions diced 1 or 2 tbsp of gravy browning 4 garlic cloves diced 1 scotch bonnet

METHOD Heat the oven to 200oC

Our Food & Drink Onion rings 2 red onions a handful of gram flour cajun seasoning milk To serve sour dough baguette butter soured cream Equipment chopping board and cooks knife pan baking tray parchment paper kitchen foil deep fat fryer spider kitchen paper

Once the beef has completely softened, allow to cool for a while and then pull the meat away from the bones and other tissues. Pour the braising liquid into the tomato sauce and simmer for an hour or so adding the beans and beef. Add the gravy browning for a rich silky looking sauce.

Place the onion, garlic, chillies, celery, carrot, herbs and spices into a deep baking tray and toss in olive oil then place the beef ribs on top, season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven until well browned all over usually 40 minutes. Once browned pour in the beef stock and place parchment paper over the top and then cover and seal the tin with kitchen foil. Place back in the oven, turn down to 170oC and braise for about 2.5 hours or until falling off the bone.

TO GARNISH Slice the red onions into rings as thin as you can - use a mandolin if you have one and place in the gram flour and cajun seasoning mix. Heat the fryer to 185oC then dip the rings into the milk and then back into the spiced flour then into the hot oil for a few minutes until crispy. Use the spider to safely take the rings out of the hot oil and place on kitchen paper to catch the extra oil drips. eggs and beat vigorously until combined. Take the biscuit base out of the fridge and pour over the chocolate mix. Bake for 55 minutes at 160oC

Whilst the first phase of the beef roasting is going on, soften the 2nd batch of onion and garlic in olive oil and add in the coriander stalks and 1 scotch bonnet finely diced. Now add in the chopped tomatoes (skins and seeds) and tomato paste, add 1 litre of water and simmer everything until soft. Put aside until the beef is braised.

TO SERVE Serve the chilli in a bowl and top with the onion rings and chopped coriander. Serve with soured cream, sour dough baguette and butter.mix.

Rinse then beans and then cook for about an hour in salted water until soft.

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Winterfold perform for the Mayor at Kidderminster Town Hall On Wednesday 8th May, the Girls' Harmony Choir and jazz band, The Groove Diggers from Winterfold School, Chaddesley Corbett had the honour of performing at the prestigious annual Mayor Making Ceremony, Kidderminster Town Hall. At a very high profile event, over 200 guests, including Mayors and dignitaries from the surrounding areas looked on as Councillor David Ross was invested as Mayor for the coming year. Mr Jerry Price, Head of Music at the School said “The children sang and played with real confidence, producing a wonderful sound for a very appreciative audience�.

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Holiday Fun at Bromsgrove School Do you want your children to make new friends, improve sporting skills and burn off energy in the most productive and exciting ways in the beautiful surroundings of Bromsgrove School and Winterfold School? The Schools’ activity camps and iQ sports camps cater for all interests and tastes, and are held throughout the Summer holidays. Open to all local children between the ages of 8 and 13, the day camps are run by qualified and experienced coaches or teachers, many of them being full time staff at Bromsgrove School and Winterfold School. children attending the day camps can be active and engaged in inspiring surroundings, so whatever the weather, they will have fun learning new skills and making new friends. For more information please contact the activity co-ordinators by email on activities@bromsgrove-school.co.uk

Activities, crafts and sports on offer include sessions in arts and crafts, cookery, mad science, and textiles as well as a huge variety of fun sports including tennis, swimming, martial arts, basketball, dance, badminton and more. The recent investment into both indoor and outdoor facilities means that

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Activity Camps Activity Camps for children Activity Camps for children aged 8* - 13 for children aged 8* - 13 aged 8* - 13

ACTIVITY DAY CAMPS at Bromsgrove Campus and ACTIVITY DAY at Bromsgrove Campus and ACTIVITY DAY CAMPS CAMPS at Bromsgrove Campus and FUN SPORTS DAY CAMPS at Winterfold FUN SPORTS DAY CAMPS at Winterfold FUN SPORTS DAY CAMPS at Winterfold For information and to book a place, please contact For information and to book a place, please contact activities@bromsgrove-school.co.uk For information and to book a place, please contact activities@bromsgrove-school.co.uk activities@bromsgrove-school.co.uk bromsgrove-school.co.uk

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DONALD TRUMP DROPS IN AT STOURBRIDGE RUGBY Stourbridge Rugby has enjoyed hosting many VIP guests at its Annual Corporate Lunch before - Eddie Jones, Glen Ella, David Gower, Bill Beaumont, John Peters, Austin Healey and Nigel Owen are just a few of the names that have graced the stage at what has become the largest external corporate event in the UK. However, this year Jason Leonard, Michael Vaughan, Philip Serrell and John Bentley were joined on stage by none other than the President of the United States, Donald Trump, who made time to drop by ahead of his state visit to Britain.

Groove until the small hours. The following morning, nearly 300 Minis & Juniors gathered for this Presentation Day to make the end of the 2018-19 season. A packed weekend for every section of the Club. With the season now over, Stourbridge has already started preparing for the 2019-20 season. Training for most teams starts at the beginning of July, with a pre-season game for the First & Lions XV planned for Saturday 17th August against National 2 South team Dings Crusaders from Bristol. Admission for this game is free and kick off will be at 3:00pm.

Comedian and impressionist, Mike Osman, entertained the 1600 strong audience as a very convincing 'Leader of the Free World' to round off what had been a brilliant line up of speakers. We were then treated to Mr. Trump walking from table-to-table, recording special messages for those who asked. It was a great event and probably the best Corporate Lunch to date. To have England’s most capped player, Jason Leonard OBE, followed by former England Cricket Captain, Michael Vaughan OBE and an auction by the charismatic Philip Serrell, all held together by MC John Bentley was a real treat.

Our new Community Department will also be busy over the Summer with their holiday Rugby Camps. The dates for these are 23rd, 25th & 26th July and 27th, 29th & 30th August. The Camps are hosted by First XV players, ably helped by some of our Colts and are proving to be very popular. The new season opens with Stourbridge First XV hosting Loughborough Students in National 1 North (Level 4) on Saturday 7th September, followed by the Lions XV training on Kidderminster at Stourton Park in Midlands 1 West (Level 6) on Saturday 14th September. We look forward to welcoming you to our Club for the new season!

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Welcome to the Roe Deer

e Roe Deer is the newest member of the Brunning and Price family, a collection of pubs who all share a common love of countryside locations, traditional style, fresh, delicious, food and bars bursting with local ales and interesting spirits. is grand building was once a family home called Lawnswood House, built for the Foley family in the Regency style between 1813 and 1816 during the reign of King George III. is means that it has wonderful high ceilings and huge casement windows that flood the rooms with natural light from the ancient gardens that surround it. e building lends itself beautifully as a pub and now has a large bar at its heart. Outside there is a stone terrace to the front, which enjoys sunsets framed by the grand old trees, and views out across the lawn and the fields beyond. Upstairs, enjoying the same views you will find a private dining room which will comfortably seat 16. Our menus are designed by Head Chef Luke Wilcox and the team using seasonal ingredients and are loaded onto our website each morning so that you can whet your appetite before you even arrive. We hope you love what we have done with the place just as much as we do. Jon and the team look forward to welcoming you soon. e Roe Deer, Wordsley. Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY7 5QJ Tel: 01384 958 640 • Email: roedeer@brunningandprice.co.uk

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‘OH, I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE’ … Wolverhampton Racecourse hosts its second family fixture this summer, and this time it’s beach themed! With a jam-packed raceday filled with lots of games and activities for all, it’s an anticipated day for many families at a very affordable price with under 18s gaining free entry and adults costing just £9 each.

donations, which helped to achieve over £650 in just one day. We can’t wait to see what we are able to raise at our Summer Family Funday and are very much looking forward to welcoming back Teenage Cancer Trust.” The racecourse will host their ‘Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside’ Friday 16 August and activities will include punch and judy, bouncy castles and face painting.

Teenage Cancer Trust UK will return for a day of fun and will once again give visitors the chance to win some fabulous prizes as they can try their luck on the tombola. Supporting a national charity with local feet was extremely important to the venue and it’s fabulous to have them back.

For a full fixture list and tickets visit wolverhampton-racecourse.co.uk.

COMPETITION:

Win a table in our Horizons Restaurant for 2 adults and 2 children (under 12). Question: What traditional puppet show can you see at the seaside?

Kerry Morris, Marketing Manager at Wolverhampton Racecourse said “We’re thrilled to support and raise awareness for Teenage Cancer Trust again this summer. Everybody who attended in Easter were fantastic and very generous with their

EMAIL ANSWERS TO linda@ourlifestylemag.co.uk T+CS: Prize is valid for two adults and two children under the age of 12.

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FRIDAY 30 AUGUST

RACING & CONCERT FROM £40 TO PURCHASE TICKETS VISIT W O L V E R H A M P T O N - R A C E C O U R S E . C O . UK

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5 REASONS TO MAKE EXERCISE APART OF YOUR ROUTINE Are you at the point now where you want to have more energy, get rid of the aches and pains of everyday life and feel the best you ever have? Then you need to make exercise apart of your weekly routine. There are so many different factors that stop us from exercising but it is something that we SHOULD make time for so that we can live the life that we want. SO here are 5 reasons why you should be exercising and how it will benefit your life: • Exercise can help with Fat Loss – now it’s not all about losing weight however, it sure as hell goes a long way to making you feel more confident within yourself to do the things you want to do. Like wearing the clothes you want, or being able to eat the foods you enjoy without the fear of adding weight! It burns calories! • Exercise can help combat health conditions long term – Exercise helps reduce Cardiovascular disease, lowers blood pressure, diabetes and many more. It can also help with mental health too by releasing endorphins (a feel good hormone) it will help those who suffer with depression, and helps reduce stress and anxiety as it is an outlet. • Exercise lifts Moods and Boosts your Energy Levels – Are you someone who suffers with low mood and has no energy? Well exercise stimulates brain chemical that will leave you feeling healthier and happier. This will in turn boost confidence and improve self-esteem as a result so that you don’t second guess yourself all the time. • Exercise promotes better sleep – so if you’re someone who tends to hit the snooze button or someone who struggles to get to sleep, exercise will help you fall asleep quicker and into a deeper sleep so that your body can recover. Be aware of exercising too late as it will stimulate your body but all in all, the effects are good apart, it’s all positive! • REMEMBER Exercise can be FUN… - It doesn’t have to be going to the same old gym, walking on the same old treadmill! You can find a sport that you love and enjoy to keep fit! Or you can work within groups led by Personal Trainers where they support you throughout and you can meet like-minded people who want the same as you! This way you can share your achievements together! So if you’re someone who wants to make exercise part of their daily routine but doesn’t necessarily want to a gym – try new things out – look for things that you enjoy. As Einstein said - Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Jamie Evans 46


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It was only Rock n Roll But We Liked It! Daily, from Tuesday 2nd to Tuesday 30th July From Pink Floyd to Motorhead, through punk and prog rock, Malvern’s Winter Gardens hosted some of the best-known bands of the 1960s, 70s and 80s.This exhibition charts some of those legendary concerts in words and pictures. The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PD

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Friday 30 August

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Saturday 13th August

Wolverhampton Racecourse returns for its seventh consecutive Music Live event. Celebrate over 40 years of the most iconic British Ska bands as Madness perform their full XL tour live after racing.

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WEDDING INSPIRATION WITH COUNTRY BASKETS This is the moment you have been waiting for. You have an engagement ring on your finger, and you are getting married! There are so many things to think about when it comes to planning your wedding and here at Country Baskets, we can help you tick a few things off what seems to be a never-ending list. This is an opportunity to indulge your creative side, celebrate your love and share wonderful lifetime moments with your nearest and dearest.

great value product including artificial flowers & greenery, homeware, wedding & event, glassware, pottery, baskets, craft and seasonal products. Did you know that we are also online? Our website has a lovely inspirational area, featuring blog posts, craft and floristry projects, in-store floral demonstration dates and all the latest trend information! Visit www.countrybaskets.co.uk

Impress your guests with our beautiful range of stationery and invites. Your invitations set the tone for the event - there's nothing like receiving a gorgeous invite in the post to build the excitement for the guests. It also gives a great idea of the style of event you are planning - a festival style, a city chic event, elegant and formal. From save the dates to guestbooks we have everything you need to plan for your big day. Our stationery range comes in a variety of designs, so you can find one just right for you and your wedding.

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HOW TO BE A GOOD BRIDESMAID It is such a happy time when one of your good friends is getting married and it’s a wonderful thing if you are asked to be a bridesmaid. It’s quite an honour. It means that you are loved and valued as a friend as well and being someone, the bride-to-be can trust and rely on.

It’s All About The Hen Do!

However, with such status comes responsibility. You are, and certainly will be on the day, the Brides ‘right hand man’. You need to be there to iron out any wrinkles and make sure the Bride’s day runs smoothly. You will be involved in the forward planning and decision making from the start. There’s no doubt that you’ll have a job list as long as your arm to do before the day itself, so here is a few pointers to help you be the best bridesmaid you possibly can.

Usually as a bridesmaid you’re going to be heavily involved in planning the hen do. Your friend, the bride-to-be, will only be too happy to off-load the organising of this event as they will have so many other things on their minds. This is your time to shine! As you know your friend really well you can plan the perfect hen that will suit her personality, style and interests. If you plan a 52


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night or weekend that is full of things that she loves to do, then she is sure to have a good time. However, you do need to be mindful of things such as cost, travel and location. Make sure that all the attendees can afford it and have time to put arrangements in place such as childcare if it’s overnight. The ‘soon to be wed’ friend might not enjoy herself as much if half of her friends couldn’t make it.

as dress fittings, venue searching, hen do planning etc. Your friend may not need you to do all of these duties but you need to make sure that you can be there to support her if she needs you. It may be as simple as a second opinion that is required but remember she has asked you to be the bridesmaid as she values your thoughts and is relying on you to steer her in the right direction.

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Being a good bridesmaid means being committed to the bride. If you take on the role then you need to clear your diary or at least make sure you have left space for such things

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Our Weddings pay for your dress and accessories, and she wants you to wear something extravagant and pricey, you may need to consider whether you can afford to be a bridesmaid. It may be worth having a chat early on about what she wants you to wear and who will be funding it. It could be that a you share the cost or that you buy the shoes or pay for your hairdo. If the cost is shared you both should be able to afford something lovely without it costing too much.

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Be A Good Friend A wedding can be a very emotional event. It’s a huge step the couple are making together and often with a sizeable spend so it’s understandable why couples want things to be perfect. It may be that the couple have lost a loved one whom they had always imagined to be at their wedding or perhaps they’re struggling with all the planning and are feeling overwhelmed. Whatever it is, you need to be a good friend to the bride. Being supportive, helping out whenever you can and just being a good listener will make all the difference to a bride who may be emotional or even nervous in the lead up to her wedding. Being a good friend is imperative to being a good bridesmaid.

Grin And Bear It Some bridesmaids find themselves in dresses that they are not too keen on. It may be a colour or style that perhaps you wouldn’t have ever chosen for yourself. The bride-tobe has undoubtedly got a theme or vision and has chosen dresses in a certain style or colour to match this. Unless you are terribly against the dress the general rule of thumb is just to wear it and keep quiet. It is the bride’s day after all. However, talking about the bride’s expectations for your outfit early in the planning will allow her to find different alternatives and a compromise can be reached. Similarly, don’t do anything too different with your look before the wedding or at least before consulting the bride-to-be. A large tattoo on your shoulder when she’s planned strapless dresses just might tip her over the edge! Try to keep your look the same leading up the wedding. Remember the bride-to-be’s theme and don’t make any dramatic changes without running it past her.

Be Helpful All brides are different and will expect different things from their bridesmaids. Some will have wedding planners who will be setting up their reception for them, others will be the DIY type and need helpers to get things ready. Either way, you’ll be required to be helpful. You may need to make calls to the wedding planner, pick up dresses, drive people places or help to decorate the venue. Whatever your duties, you should be focused on being helpful and

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Helping with all of your Jewellery needs company specialising in handmade jewellery. They have made their base in Kinver since September 2012, having been friends with mutual interests for many years, with Andy supplying chains to Simon, before setting up shop together in what they call a lovely village with friendly people and surrounding businesses.

Simon and Andy have between them over fifty years of experience in the trade.

They are happy to help with all of your jewellery needs including helping you to select the perfect piece from their eclectic in-shop range as well as with repairs and servicing and designing & making bespoke jewellery for someone special.

Simon began his career training at The School of Jewellery at Hockley, where Andy undertook an apprenticeship with Gibbons and Hood, a

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Tel: 01384 565443 www.jantino.co.uk Sale shop open: Quarry Bank High St, opposite the main shop and is open: Mon - Thurs, 10 - 4.30pm, Friday 10-2pm Sat 10 - 4.30pm Huge savings on a stunning range of designer wear. Many wedding suits reduced by 70%. 22b High Street, Quarry Bank, West Midlands DY5 2JW

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Stocking Nearly New Designer Dresses Shoes and Accessories at a Fraction of the Retail Value Whether your looking for something special or just fancy a browse, drop in to see Liz who can style you up!

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DAY AT THE BEACH – GET THE LOOK By Michelle Barnett - Fashion Buyer

SS19 has seen the return of broderie anglaise (French for ‘English embroidery’). Beautiful embroidery, cutwork and lace fabrics are perfect for the hot weather and so versatile to wear on the beach, at a beach bar or al-fresco dinner dates. Best in white to show your sunkissed skin and teamed with gorgeous straw accessories is my favourite look this summer.

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Nick and Royston's Diary Lisa`s party 30years Not many hairdressing salons can celebrate 30 Fabulous years in business, but even less can boast that they still have a team member that was there on day one! Royston Blythe started with just Royston and Lisa as his colour technician when they opened the salon at Newbridge in 1989. This anniversary was certainly not going to pass without recognition. Under the pretence it was Nick`s 60th Birthday Party, the team, friends and clients were invited to The Park House for a night of celebration. Nick and Royston kicked the night off with a very warm and moving dedication to Lisa. Sharing with everyone, the fun and frolics that they have got up to over the years and examples of the hard work and loyalty Lisa has always shown to them. Photo Court

esy of Wolverhampton West Magazine The team has dramatically grown, to now 42, committed, dedicated and talented individuals who make up the Royston Blythe Family. So, in their own unique and remarkable way, Nick & Royston will continue to show their appreciation for everyone in the salon.

With a mixture of tears and laughter, everyone could not have been happier for this very special lady. After a delicious dinner, everyone was up rocking the dancefloor until the sun came up! An amazing event, as always! And, it won`t be long before they are celebrating the next one!!!!

Claire Caudwell 50th Birthday Party] Great friend, Claire Caudwell celebrated her 50th Birthday in style with a lavish party in London. Nick and Royston were among a host of celebrities including Dawn and Ashley Ward, Lily Becker and Emma Noble to name but a few to mark this fabulous lady`s special day. The theme of the evening was `The Greatest Showmen`, with extravagant performers including Acrobatics, Dancers and Artists to wow her guests. Everyone had an amazing evening, the room was full of great friends, the atmosphere was electric, and everyone partied well into the very early hours.

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The 2019 Bentley Launch With Bentley launching its latest four door saloon, the 2019 version of the Flying Spur (not even been named yet!), has been described as even more luxurious with a dynamic and sporting edge. This elite brand needed somewhere spectacular to launch this phenomenon and chose the exclusive Le Manoir Aux Quat`Saisons. Nick & Royston were one of Eleven VIP Couples that were invited to this preview of their latest model. They were greeted with music and champagne in the beautiful gardens, followed by dinner at the celebrity chief Raymond Blanc`s world class restaurant. Le Manoir has earned two Michelin Stars for its gastronomic flair and outstanding organic produce and the wonderful evening was shared with close friends Joanne and Malcolm Bridgwood and Julie and Roy Millard.

The Spice Girls Tour When the invitation came to join friends, Wes and Pete at The Spice Girls Tour, well, Nick & Royston couldn’t resist! Joining the fans at The Principality Stadium at Cardiff, their box gave them a fabulous view of the girls strutting their stuff. They love an extravaganza and the show did not disappoint. The outfits were dazzling, the performance energetic and the singing wasn`t too bad either!!! A great day, full of fun and laughter with wonderful friends, not a bad way to spend a bank holiday weekend.

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Is anxiety holding you back? The chances are that while reading this, you are grabbing a few minutes to sit down and take a short break. The pace at which we live our lives is demanding: juggling work, family commitments and a busy diary of events can sometimes feel overwhelming. While we all feel anxious from time-to-time, anxiety can become excessive and persistent, with its psychological, emotional and physiological symptoms, such as ‘panic attacks’, impacting on our daily lives and those around us.

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Hilary also helps people dealing with anger, depression, bullying, family breakdown, stress, low self-esteem, bereavement and trauma, listening, offering non-judgmental support and helping clients identify ways of dealing with situations. Therapy sessions take place at her practice or in the home or workplace. “A problem shared is indeed a problem halved. I believe we should all take time to focus on ourselves and affirm that we are living our lives in a balanced way. Being self-aware gives us the opportunity to addressing issues before they manifest into something bigger,” she adds.

Hilary Sims, a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society, is helping individuals of all ages, couples, families and employees of local businesses talk about anxiety and take positive action through her private practice, ‘Life Balance - Counselling Just For You’, based in Stourbridge.

Hilary is also experienced in working with senior school-aged children and young people, and says children can benefit hugely from talking therapies. “As a mum and through my work in a school environment I have experienced at first hand the pressures of growing up in an image-obsessed society, exam stress, family and relationship issues, social anxiety and fears about their future. Giving children the opportunity to talk about their feelings and helping them develop strategies to manage them doesn’t just benefit them in the short term; it raises self-esteem, instils in them the confidence to ask for help when they need it and the understanding that they can overcome any problems they encounter.”

“I give people a safe, confidential space to focus on themselves, explore the issues causing their anxiety, and regain control of their thoughts and behaviours through cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), a collaborative intervention which involves talking and doing,” she explains. “We talk about things in the therapy room which are then practiced between sessions.”

Hilary offers a free 30 minute introductory consultation. To book or for further information, call 07850 447585 or visit www.lifebalancecounselling.net

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Kaia Health’s App-Based Back Pain Treatment Outperforms Standard Physiotherapy in Clinical Trial Randomised controlled study is first to demonstrate treatment efficacy using mobile devices for self-management of low back pain New York, 9 May, 2019 - Kaia Health, a digital therapeutics company, announced results from the first randomised controlled trial of its app-based therapy program for patients with non-specific low back pain. Detailed results of the study were published in the journal  NPJ Digital Medicine  and showed that patients using Kaia, a downloadable app for back pain, reported significantly lower pain levels compared to the control group treated with physiotherapy and online education.   "This study can help add to the growing body of evidence that generally supports the use of multimodal treatments for chronic conditions,” said Thomas R. Tölle, M.D., Ph.D., Head of Pain Medicine, Technical University Munich, Germany. “Within this study, we saw a notable benefit for people managing low back pain when delivering multimodal treatment through the digital modality of the smartphone, as is done in the Kaia app."    Low back pain is one of the leading causes of global disability, and treatment is expensive.1,2  According to the Office for National Statistics, back, neck and muscle problems account for almost 31 million days of work lost in 2013 costing the UK economy £14 billion per year - with an estimated onethird of the UK adult population affected by back pain annually.3,4

"As a company, we want to support the improvement of the current standard of care for people living with back pain," said Konstantin Mehl, Founder and CEO, Kaia Health. "And while these study results are promising, we will be initiating a similar U.S.based study looking at the use of the Kaia app for self-management of back pain." About the Randomised Controlled Trial5 In the study, analysed patients with low back pain were treated using two methods. The first group used Kaia Health’s multi-platform mHealth app (n=42), while a second control group was treated using a standard therapy program consisting of 6 once-weekly, inperson physiotherapy sessions guided by a certified therapist  plus sophisticated online  education about back pain delivered to patients weekly with a motivating email (n=44). Both groups were encouraged to live an active lifestyle and perform the therapeutic exercises at home, but the app provided three therapy modules - back pain education; physiotherapy; and mindfulness and relaxation techniques - and recommended a 3 to 4 times-per-week exercise plan that could be personalised for each user. App users also could interact with a human coach via the app if they had questions.  

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Our Health About Kaia App Kaia is a smartphone-based approach for managing chronic back pain. In Europe, Kaia is regulated as a Class I medical device. Currently, Kaia is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to seek regulatory clearance in the U.S.   About Kaia Health  Kaia Health is a digital therapeutics company that creates accessible, evidencebased treatments for a range of disorders including back pain and COPD. Working with experts in various medical fields, the company uses technology such as machine learning algorithms, to deliver individualised app interventions that aim to empower and motivate patients to take control and self-manage their condition with digital alternatives from their home using devices they already own (i.e., smartphones and tablets). Kaia Health is member of the Digital Therapeutics Alliance (DTA), an international association of manufacturers that set industry standards for what clinical evidence levels are required to call a product a digital therapeutic. Kaia Health is located in New York City. For more information about Kaia Health, visit www.kaiahealth.com.

Both the control and Kaia app treatment groups experienced significant pain reduction over the course of 12 weeks. However, after 3 months, patients using the Kaia app reported substantially larger decrease in their back pain intensity than control group patients: 2.4 vs. 2.0, respectively, on a numeric rating scale ranging from 0 to 10 (where higher numbers represent more pain). The decrease suggests that Kaia may be an effective treatment for low back pain over a 3-month timeframe.

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Swim the Channel for Heart Research UK without a single mouthful of seawater Follow in the footsteps of David Walliams and take on the English Channel for Heart Research UK, all from the comfort of your local pool.

whenever and wherever suits you and is open to children and adults alike. In the last 10 years, Heart Research UK has funded over £10.2m in medical research in hospitals and universities across the UK, as well as £2.2m on innovative communitybased lifestyle projects to improve the heart health of the nation.

Forget dodging tankers and battling currents, this year Heart Research UK are asking you to take on their ‘Swim the Channel Challenge’, and conquer the English Channel in your local baths to raise money for their pioneering medical research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.

Heart Research UK are taking on heart disease, the nation’s single biggest killer, and they need your help.

Swim as an individual or a team, get some friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you and complete 22 miles over 12 weeks, whilst improving your fitness and raising money for a great cause.

Sign up online at www/heartresearch.org.uk/ swim or by calling 0113 234 7474 and you’ll be fully supported and sent a fundraising pack including a swim diary to track your lengths, sponsorship forms, tips and posters to promote your challenge.

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You may not agree with everybody's point of view, but you do have a great audience for a listening ear. Say what you think and watch others follow like sheep.

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Your salad days have arrived and whatever you touch now should turn to gain. You could be entering a fortunate bubble which may give you a boost in many ways.

This is not a time to hedge your bets. Fix your mind on what you want and go for it. This is your chance to make good.

Your mastermind is revving up for great success, it's those innovative ideas that you keep introducing that will put you in the driving seat.

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The Puppy Diaries Join Dinky the Great Dane for the second part of his adventure as he goes to a Puppy Party and starts training classes. MONTHS By Viki Barnett 6 OLD FACILITIES CO-ORDINATOR, BLACKS VETS

Hello! Viki and Dinky here. You may remember us from the last edition. I am the Facilities Co-ordinator at Blacks Vets and my Great Dane pup and I are excited to be sharing our adventures in puppyland. Glad you could join us again! Such a lot has happened since our last article, not least of all Dinky’s incredible growth! At 6 months old he is already a healthy 45kg (just over 7 stone) and could well exceed 100kg by the time he is fully grown. There’s certainly a whole lot of him to love! Luckily, as part of our Protect My Pet Club membership, the Blacks team keep track of his weight so that we can ensure we are feeding him correct amounts for his size. It is very easy to overfeed a hungry puppy which can lead to obesity and health problems in later life. At Blacks, we have trained nutrition experts who can help and advise on diet for pets at any stage of their life, whether young, old or suffering with specific health issues such as dental disease or poor kidney function. It’s always well worth a chat with the team to ensure that you are taking care of your pet’s dietary needs in the very best way.

Regular weight checks are also important in determining the correct dosage for preventative medication such as flea and worming treatment. Simply put, larger dogs require larger quantities of treatment to be effective. Our Protect My Pet Club membership includes a comprehensive annual programme of flea, worm and parasite medication complete with handy text reminders for when to apply. We also include treatment that helps guard against Lungworm, a potentially fatal condition in dogs. Giant-breed owners particularly benefit from the club through the savings they make on larger quantities of medication. Owners of large or giant breed dogs will know that they are often prone to heart conditions and a proactive approach to their health is essential in helping them to live a long and healthy a life as possible. Great Danes certainly fall into this category and it is really reassuring to know that Blacks partner, Dr Girish Thakral MRCVS BVSc AH Cert VC, holds advanced qualifications in cardiology. As Dinky gets older, we will have the opportunity to have him screened for Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) which is a common cause of heart disease in larger dogs. Caught early, the condition can be managed through medication,

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Getting Out And About As a young dog, Dinky is incredibly inquisitive and has his nose and paws in everything! Our Pet Starter Pack (£49) included essential primary vaccinations and a microchip, meaning that once the full vaccination course was completed, Dinky was able to get out and about to explore. Providing puppies with a broad variety of experiences at an early age means that they are less likely to be nervous as they get older, so we have spent lots of time introducing him to different scenarios. A walk on a busy high street and a trip outside when the bin men are visiting, helps ensure that Dinky knows that crowds and noise are nothing to fear, especially when accompanied by lots of reassurance and praise. You can download a helpful Puppy Priorities checklist of places and situations to explore with your dog, that will Simply aid successful socialisation. visit the Puppy Simply visit the Puppy Parties Parties section of section of www.blacksvets. www.blacksvets.co.uk co.uk and click the link at the bottom of the page. and click the link at

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as picking up tips and tricks to help him sleep, feed and exercise well. Like all good parties, at the end of the session we had a goodie bag to take home complete with treats, a toy and money-saving vouchers. Find out about our next puppy party by visiting the What’s On section of www.blacksvets.co.uk

Beginning Training The first 6 months of a puppy’s life are also a great time to start instilling basic, good behavioural traits and joining a group training class can be a great way of achieving this. Not only do you learn to communicate effectively with your dog, you will also meet other puppy owners and can swap advice and stories. A good support network is vital, whatever shape your new arrival to the family takes! Most puppy training classes will teach you how to master basic commands such as ‘Sit’ ‘Stay’ and ‘Lie down’ and also what your puppy’s response triggers are. For many pups, food is the biggest incentive for good behaviour, but for others, playing with a favourite toy may prove to be a better reward. Eager to show off his new skills and walk close to his owner, Dinky managed to knock my Dad clean off his feet during one of his first trips out on the lead! Perhaps we have a way to go yet before he is fully trained!

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Perhaps one of the most enjoyable parts of puppy socialisation is attending one of our fantastic Puppy Parties. These take place every month and provide an invaluable opportunity for young dogs to meet and play in a safe and friendly environment. The period up to 16 weeks of age is a crucial time to instill good socialisation habits, so we booked Dinky in as soon as his vaccination course had been completed. In spite of being the biggest guest, Dinky was initially a little shy but with some patience and coaxing he was soon participating in the games and playing rough and tumble with his new friends. He bonded with a lovely Cockapoo who seemed to have just as much energy and it was great to see him playing so happily. It was also a brilliant opportunity for me to ask questions about his development as well

I’ll be back again later in the year with more news on Dinky as he approaches his first birthday. We’ve got lots to look forward to and I can’t wait to share the next stage in our journey together with you!

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URGENT PERMANENT, LOVING HOMES NEEDED Posh and Kiki Came into the branch’s care owing to the person looking after them died and they were left to fend for themselves - whilst not youngsters are inseparable and Posh likes nothing more than to be groomed. They are no trouble they enjoy food/warmth and being together. They are continually overlooked in favour of our younger cats but would make lovely companions to someone who could offer a forever home to them. They have been in the cattery so long and it would be so nice for them to have a spatial place for them to enjoy their retirement years.

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NOT A HEALTHY BUNNY? VETS OFFER GUIDANCE ON HOW TO KEEP YOUR RABBIT IN TIP-TOP CONDITION Estimated as the third most popular pet in the UK, rabbits’ needs are still grossly misunderstood. Sometimes referred to as the ‘forgotten pet’, a recent survey of vets in the UK shows that 73 per cent had seen pet rabbits who were not having all of their welfare needs met. In the survey, carried out by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) ahead of Rabbit Awareness Week (1-9 June), vets aired concerns that many owners were not ticking all the boxes for keeping their rabbits happy and healthy. Providing a suitable diet topped the list of concerns, reported by 78 per cent of those seeing welfare needs not being met. 76 per cent reported that rabbits were being housed alone or with other species, and 72 per cent were concerned that the rabbits were being cared for in an inappropriate environment.    As highly sociable animals, vets and animal experts recommend that rabbits are housed

with a suitable companion rabbit, the ideal being a neutered rabbit of the opposite sex. Although it is generally recognised that a solitary life has a negative impact on the physical health and mental wellbeing of pet rabbits, the survey also revealed that 43 per cent of vets saw rabbits that were housed alone. To help better the lives of pet rabbits in the UK, vets and animal welfare charities are joining forces to support Rabbit Awareness Week, an annual campaign looking at key rabbit health or welfare issues to help the public and professional community better understand their needs.   76


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This year, the week is focusing on the importance of vaccinations after a recent outbreak of a highly infectious and deadly rabbit virus strain, Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease Type 2 (RVHD2). The disease, which can kill within one or two days, is transferred via direct contact with other infected rabbits or urine and faeces. The virus can survive for months and can even be brought in on the soles of shoes, meaning that house rabbits do not escape a potential risk. The best way to protect against the virus is vaccination. In a 2018 report, the PDSA reported that preventive healthcare in rabbits was a hugely neglected area. Vets are urging all rabbit owners and those thinking of getting rabbits to register them with a vet and have them vaccinated. BVA Junior Vice President, Daniella Dos Santos said: “Rabbits can make lovely pets, but it is very worrying to see that so many are falling short of having their basic health and welfare needs

catered for. Rabbit Awareness Week is a great way to shine a light on some of the ways that we as professionals and owners can help make pet rabbits’ lives heathier and happier. This year’s theme is vaccinations, which are essential in helping to protect rabbits against deadly diseases such as RVHD2, Myxomatosis and RVHD1. “One of our most recent surveys revealed that 98 per cent of vets had been questioned by their clients on the need for vaccinations. Anecdotally, rabbits are also often one of the pet animals that we see the least. Vets are always happy to offer advice on pet care and would far rather be presented with a list of questions from owners than not to see a pet at all! To protect against disease, the best thing you can do is to vaccinate your rabbits.” For more information on rabbit care, see the  Animal Welfare Foundation’s leaflet  on the best way to look after your rabbits. 

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MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY CHALLENGES PEOPLE TO GET THROUGH JULY SINGLE-USE PLASTIC FREE The Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) annual challenge to the public to avoid single-use plastic during the whole of July is right around the corner and the charity hopes that even more than the 9,000 people who got involved in 2018 will take up the Plastic Challenge in 2019.  



know that it’s pretty much impossible to live completely plastic-free, but there are ways to reduce your plastic footprint and we hope that by throwing down this challenge it will focus minds on trying to ditch as much of the single-use stuff as possible. 

 “So, it’s time to think about all types of singleuse plastic, much of which we don’t even recognise anymore as it’s become just everyday ‘stuff’. There’s food packaged in plastic, plastic water bottles, plastic milk bottles, shower gels, toothpaste to name but a very few to get you started!” 



Now in its sixth year, 9,000 people took up the challenge in 2018. The popularity of the Plastic Challenge is growing, but because Britain is still wedded to single-use plastic it won’t be an easy month for those taking part. Of the more than 8 million tonnes of it that get dumped in our oceans every year, half of it comes from disposable plastics that are only used once before being thrown away.  



MCS says that people taking on the Plastic Challenge are often shocked to discover just how much single-use plastic they have been using every day: “We say, please have a go and even if you can only manage a single day, you’ll never look at your shopping in the same way again!” added Erin O’Neill. 

MCS says that over the last six years of the challenge, it’s clear that for many, this month is the start of a lifestyle change. Among the hardest things people have found to replace are milk containers, dried goods packaged in single use plastic like pasta, rice and pulses, loo paper and toothpaste. 


MCS runs hundreds of beach cleans annually and during last year's Great British Beach Clean, 70% of the litter found on almost 500 UK beaches cleaned by MCS volunteers was made of plastic or polystyrene, posing a huge threat to wildlife and humans. Plastic bags, bottles and tiny plastic pieces are regularly found in the stomachs of turtles and other sea creatures and in some cases have caused their death from starvation or choking. 

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CAN YOU DETOX YOUR PLASTIC LIFE AND SMASH THE PLASTIC CHALLENGE? I’ll be tweeting about my experiences and I hope it’ll help others on the same journey.”      



Erin O’Neill says there’s plenty of help on hand: “Our website offers all sorts of tips and advice and during the month of July. You can follow our social media feeds to get tips from other Challengers, share your wins, however small, or just see what lengths people are going to when trying to cut down. However long you last – an hour, a day, a week or the whole month – we’d love to know you’re out there, giving it a go.”  



Sharron Davies MBE - World, European, Commonwealth and Olympic swimmer and sports broadcaster says: “Water has played a huge part in my life but it breaks my heart to see how we are abusing our seas and oceans. As a mum to a teenager, I know the Plastic Challenge will be tough, because like so many people, I often opt for convenience and that generally comes in single-use plastic. But I’m determined to give it my best shot.”  


Three MCS Ocean Ambassadors will also be taking on the Challenge.  

Deborah Meaden, entrepreneur and dragon on BBC2’s Dragons Den says: “I’m really concerned about the excessive packaging that you find in supermarkets and I’ll be going all out to face the Plastic Challenge head on. I know I won’t be able to eradicate all single-use plastic out of my life but I’ll be giving it a damn good try. I’d urge everyone to give it a go. We must act now.”   




There will be three Plastic Challenge launch events on June 29th in London, Crickhowell in south Wales and Edinburgh. MCS staff will be signing people up the Challenge, offering tips on how to get started with a helpful booklet and handing out spinach seeds to grow at home.   Away from the events, getting involved is simple. Register at www.mcsuk.org/plastic-challenge  and get 24/7 help with the MCS book:  “How To Live Plastic Free – a day in the life of a plastic detox" (Published by Headline UK, ISBN 978-1-4722-5981-3).  For details visit:

Ben Garrod - Professor of Evolutionary Biology, author and TV presenter says: “For giving us so much, we should do all we can to ensure our seas continue to flourish. I’m taking on the Plastic Challenge to show that it is possible to make an impact on our single-use plastic lives. I travel a lot so I know it’s going to be hard but

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The Help a South African School project launches new competition to UK primary schools The nationwide initiative, which is part of the South African Fruit campaign, invites schools to submit an assembly script based around ‘Doing Good with South African Fruit’.

to learn about fascinating South Africa, and understand how buying South African fruit can have such a great impact on the lives of the country’s growers and workers.”

The winning school will be awarded £2,000 to spend on school resources and the two runners up will receive £500 each.

Alongside the competition will be the opportunity for UK primary schools to donate unwanted English text and reading books to deprived schools in South Africa.

Judging the scripts will be the South African embassy in the UK and British television presenter, author, broadcaster and live-show performer, Stefan Gates. The winner will be asked to perform the assembly in front of the judging panel and local press.

All you have to do is visit http://helpasouthafricanschool.co.uk/bookdonation/, fill out the form and your books will be collected. The South Africa fruit industry is committed to supporting its workers and their families. Jacques du Preez, General Manager Trade & Markets, Hortgro said: “This project illustrates the strong link between purchasing South African fruit and making a difference to the country; it has galvanised support from across the industry and beyond”

To enter please visit http:// helpasouthafricanschool.co.uk/competition/ Stefan Gates said: “I have supported this initiative for several years by putting on one of my science stage shows (Gastronaut Live) for the winning school. The competition is a fantastic opportunity for UK primary schools 82


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Recycle with Michael Suffolk schools are being encouraged to ‘Recycle with Michael’, as part of an initative by The Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd to divert thousands of tonnes of unwanted clothing and shoes away from landfill.   Local schools that sign up to the scheme will be challenged to fill as many bags as possible before the end of September 2019, for the chance to be crowned Michael’s recycling champions. The winning school – calculated as the one with the highest ratio of weight to pupils - will receive a trophy, certificate and a very special visit from Michael, the scheme’s mascot.   Designed especially for primary school-aged children, the programme is also an important way for schools to generate much-needed funds - a percentage of the bags’ financial value is donated back to the school to spend how they wish. The remaining funds raised will go towards supporting The Salvation Army’s important work to help vulnerable people from all walks of life in communities across the UK.   The scheme aims to educate young people about the importance of recycling in a fun and engaging way. The programme is supported by free downloadable school materials such as presentations, posters and lesson plans

which teach environmental and charitable messages.   Kirk Bradley, Head of Corporate Partnerships at The Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd, commented:   “We’ve tried to make the scheme as easy as possible for schools to take part in. By following four simple steps, schools across Suffolk can receive a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of their donations directly into their school accounts.    “We hope our competition will encourage children and their families to give unwanted items a new lease of life. The initiative not only supports local children but also local communities through the work of The Salvation Army to tackle homelessness, poverty, addiction, modern slavery, unemployment and loneliness.”   Recycle with Michael is a simple and effective way to deal with the UK’s fastest growing source of household waste – textiles - as all donations are either reused or recycled.    Schools can sign up by visiting  https:// recyclewithmichael.co.uk/  to register and request bags.

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Why I Love My Job John Starkey has been practicing the art of clairvoyance and mediumship for over 30 years and is a regular guest on television and radio programmes. He is also a life coach helping people reach their full potential , achieve their goals and develop a sense of inner calm and confidence. Describe your job I am a clairvoyant and intuitive , which involves diminishing the conscious mind and allowing the sub conscious to become greater, like when falling asleep. I see people on a one to one basis, am involved in investigations, some media work and corporate demonstrations of psychic ability. On a day to day basis I carry out individual psychic readings for people from all walks of life. I am life president of psychic research foundation of great Britain, a non -profit making organisations designed to spread the word about spiritual and paranormal subjects. I also do intuitive life coaching, where I take groups and individuals and coach them in how to get more out of their lives. I usually do this by means of individually organised retreats. 84


Our Jobs John Starkey has been practicing the art of clairvoyance and mediumship for over 30 years and is a regular guest on television and radio programmes. He is also a life coach helping people reach their full potential , achieve their goals and develop a sense of inner calm and confidence. Describe your job I am a clairvoyant and intuitive , which involves diminishing the conscious mind and allowing the sub conscious to become greater, like when falling asleep. I see people on a one to one basis, am involved in investigations, some media work and corporate demonstrations of psychic ability. On a day to day basis I carry out individual psychic readings for people from all walks of life. I am life president of psychic research foundation of great Britain, a non -profit making organisations designed to spread the word about spiritual and paranormal subjects. I also do intuitive life coaching, where I take groups and individuals and coach them in how to get more out of their lives. I usually do this by means of individually organised retreats.

OLA was founded by Ivor John Snook. Ex British intelligent services of WW2.

What made you choose your profession ? Curiosity, fascination and fear. There is no formal training for clairvoyants, though I was mentored by grandfather, the late John Starkey Sr . He was a fairground crystal gazer and palmist for many years. It was also very helpful when I studied under Professor Wilson – Knight of Exeter University , and became the secretary of the National Spiritualist Church in York Road, Exeter.

What`s the best thing about your job? The freedom that it gives to me, and hopefully the enlightenment that it brings to other people. I have been involved with several enquires in the past with the police , intelligence services and also defendants, which I have enjoyed . This obviously is an area of my work that I do widely publicise.

Regular costal mountain retreats for groups and individuals by the order of Aquarian light, of which john is a member.

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Here are my top tips for taking control of your finances; see how many you score!

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critical illness like heart attack, cancer or stroke before 65 than they are to die. Useful to repay a mortgage, fund private medical treatment, or just tide you over during recuperation.

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• Make a will – less than half of the UK population make a will. Even in the simplest of circumstances, having a will reduces the time and the cost needed to deal with an estate.

• If you’re going to save, start early – the magic of compound interest means that the first investment you make is the most valuable. • Take advantage of available tax breaks – examples are ISAs which grow free of personal taxation, and pensions, which also grow free of personal tax, but also qualify for tax relief on the contributions.

• Review your planning – you wouldn’t think of driving 100 miles without checking if you were on course, so why would you treat your financial planning like this?

• Clear off expensive debt before saving – you will almost certainly not get as much interest after tax from a bank account as you will be paying on your debt.

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Celebrating a Life Sharon is a Professional Funeral Celebrant who lives in Stourbridge. She helps families to create a bespoke farewell ceremony for loved ones. For those of you who are not sure what a Funeral Celebrant is, let me explain.

choice. Held in the local crematorium or any venue the family want. Sharon gives families the opportunity to have the Ceremony on a day, time and venue that suits them. Did you know that you can have a funeral ceremony at any venue of your choice? It can even be held at home if there is enough room. If you are looking for an alternative to a 30 minute crematorium service Sharon will be happy to advise you on other venues and help you to plan a fitting ceremony that celebrates the life and character of your loved one.

A Funeral Celebrant falls somewhere between the two polarised positions of Religious Minister and Humanist. A Minister is a member of a Religion and usually must follow the rules laid down by that organisation with regards to the structure and wording of the ceremony. A Humanist will create a very personal but totally non-religious ceremony. A Celebrant led ceremony can include prayers and hymns, poems, readings, popular music and songs too. Whatever the family wants they can have. It’s all about celebrating the life of the person who has died.

Your wishes are of paramount importance, and Sharon is dedicated to helping all families have the goodbye ceremony that they want. Whether it is at the crematorium or an alternative venue, Sharon will be there to help you and your family to make the ceremony a perfect celebration of the life of your loved one.

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seats and you can then carry all the items and bits you need.

When you have sold in excess of 100,000 of a model it is pretty safe to say it is a success and Hyundai’s little baby i10 has been just that, writes Bob Hickman.

Engine choices on the i10 are quite simple, a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder, which was in my test car, or a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder. Both come as standard with a 5-speed manual gearbox, an automatic is an option but only on the 1.2-litre. My 1.0-litre produced 67bhp sufficient to give a top speed of 97mph and a 0-60 in 14.7 seconds.

It was first seen in 2008, the latest incarnation of this vehicle has exceeded expectations. The appeal is still there, the driving dynamics are still excellent, the interior is devoid of touchy plastic and has a more expensive feel, a delightful small car to be ensconced in.

When you have sold in excess of 100,000 of a model it is pretty safe to say it is a success and Hyundai’s little baby i10 has been just that, writes Bob Hickman.

It is primarily a town car but having said that it is comfortable on the motorway or the dual carriageway and in 250 miles of varying roads I found the vehicle to be an agile and a comfortable companion.

It was first seen in 2008, the latest incarnation of this vehicle has exceeded expectations. The appeal is still there, the driving dynamics are still excellent, the interior is devoid of touchy plastic and has a more expensive feel, a delightful small car to be ensconced in.

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Our Motoring It is primarily a town car but having said that it is comfortable on the motorway or the dual carriageway and in 250 miles of varying roads I found the vehicle to be an agile and a comfortable companion.

The Premium model has technology in abundance for such a small and economically priced car, the large 7� touch screen display could link Apple and Android Smart phones. It had a great air conditioning system as standard and a lot of the controls were on the steering wheel.

The cabin has ample space for 4 adults considering its external dimensions, although boot space is a little on the small side, however if there are just 2 of you drop the 60/40 rear seats and you can then carry all the items and bits you need.

It was quite a surprise to find that the vehicle had been equipped with cornering lights, you turn into a bend or corner and the lights illuminates where you are going. I would have forgone this for the sake of having rear parking aids, in the age that we live now parking aids are essential and for the price involved I feel that they should have been fitted.

Engine choices on the i10 are quite simple, a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder, which was in my test car, or a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder. Both come as standard with a 5-speed manual gearbox, an automatic is an option but only on the 1.2-litre. My 1.0-litre produced 67bhp sufficient to give a top speed of 97mph and a 0-60 in 14.7 seconds.

The Hyundai I10 is without doubt excellent value, it fits in to a market that is a wash with rivals but do not write the i10 off because it is towards the lower end of the pricing structure, it is a capable car, that gives far more than you would expect from it, the external dimensions are small but the interior space is pretty good. It is a pleasant car to drive, it is well made.

Hyundai claim the combined fuel figure should be 55mpg, during my week with the vehicle, I achieved 50.3mpg, so pretty close. My only reservation was 5th gear, it was an absolute waste of time in and around town but out on the open road perfect.

The warranty is excellent at 5-years and it is not ultra expensive, the price of my i10 Premium as tested was ÂŁ12,775 on the road.

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£16,795 + VAT £11,995 £23,450 £12,995 2012/62 LAND ROVER 2008/58 2006/06 LAND ROVER (T’s & NISSAN C’s Apply) RANGE ROVER BMW ALL CARS GUARANTEED, ALL6 CARS SERVICED AND MOT’D IF REQUIRED FINANCE AVAILABLE (SUBJECT TO STATUS) RANGE ROVER 4.2 V85-dr, Red, 2010/10 QASHQAI 1.6 N-TEC 88,080 miles...................................................£5,995 VAUXHALL CORSA LTD EDITION 1.2, Bronze, 48,000 miles..........................................£5,995 EVOQUE 2.2 eD4 SERIES SUPERCHARGED PURE 635d SPORT (T’s54,891 & C’s Apply) 5-dr£3,995 Estate, VOGUE1.8i SE 16V EXCLUSIV 5-dr, Silver, VAUXHALL ASTRA 1.4 16V SRi 5-dr, Grey, 57,345 miles2-dr ..............................................£4,995 2009/09 VAUXHALL INSIGNIA miles Was £4,495 Now Convertible, D ROVER 2WD, White, 2016/16 LAND ROVER 2015/15 NISSAN JUKE 4-dr Auto Estate, Grey, Auto,DISCOVERY Full Leather, 2012/62 LAND ROVER 2008/58 LAND ROVER 2 SD4 GS 118D 2-dr Coupe,White, Blue,AERO 75,000ANNIVERSARY miles 62,212 SPORT TD4.................. 180 SEmiles TECH BMW 1 SERIES 90,9692.0miles Was £6,250 Now £5,995 1.6 DIG-TSAAB NISMO RS 38,800 miles 2007/07 9-32006/06 2.0T 2-dr Sports, Blue, 72,095 miles ..........................£4,350 RANGE ROVER BMW 6 RANGE ROVER 4.2 V8 £14,495 £10,995 £21,750 EVOQUE 2.2 eD4 SERIES SUPERCHARGED TOYOTA AURIS 1.6 TR 5-dr, Grey, 14,094 miles............................... Was £6,9952017/17 Now £6,750 PURE 2012/12 VAUXHALL MERIVA 1.4i 16V SE 5-dr MPV, Silver, 68,158 miles....................................£4,995 635d SPORT VAUXHALL MOKKA X 1.4T ACTIVE 2015/15 5-dr Estate, VOGUE SE 2010/10 2-dr Convertible, 5-dr Auto, Black, 9,900 miles .....................................£14,495 2WD, White, VAUXHALL VAUXHALL 4-dr Auto Estate, Auto, Grey, FIAT 500 LOUNGE 1.2 3-dr, Purple, 23,374 miles ............................ Was £6,495 Now £5,995 2010/10 LAND ROVER FREELANDER 2.2 CORSA TD4 HSE 5-dr Full Leather, 2011/60 VAUXHALL 1.4 EXCLUSIV 5-dr, Silver, 49,910 miles..........................................£4,650 ADAM 1.4i CORSA Blue, 75,000 miles 62,212 miles Auto Estate, Black, 60,000 miles................................£13,995 38,800 milesAIR ROCKS 1.6T VXR LTD £14,495 £10,995 £21,750 PEUGEOT 207 1.6 GT THP 150 3-dr, Orange, 57,385 milesEDITION ..........................................£3,995 2015/65 ABARTH 595 1.4 T-JET TURISMO 3-dr, 13,000 2012/12 PEUGEOT 2073-dr, 1.6 HDi 92 ALLURE 3-dr, Black, 36,496 miles.........................................£4,695 Grey & Red, 10,500 miles ...........................................£12,495 miles, Great 3-dr, Red, 2017/17 VAUXHALL MOKKA X 1.4T ACTIVE 2015/15 2010/10 2015/15 VAUXHALL MOKKA 1.6i EXCLUSIV 5-dr, 5-dr Auto, Black, 9,900 miles .....................................£14,495 VAUXHALL Silver, 75,956 VAUXHALL miles. .................................£4,995 Spec VAUXHALL 0,000 milesINSIGNIA SE 2.0 CDTi SE 5-dr, 5-dr Auto, Black,57,000 45,700 miles miles 2007/07 CORSA 1.2i 16V DESIGN 3-dr, Blue, 45,084 miles.......................................£3,250 5-dr, White,VAUXHALL 29,781 miles Blue, 20,100 miles ........................................................£9,995 2010/10 LAND ROVER FREELANDER 2.2 TD4 HSE 5-dr £9,350 £7,995 ADAM 1.4i CORSA 95 £23,450 £12,995 Auto Black, 1.4 60,000 miles................................£13,995 KIA CEED SR7 5-dr, Black, 16,300 miles £9,750 VAUXHALL INSIGNIA CDTi SRi 5-dr Estate, Silver,&73,887 miles..... WasLTD £6,4502015/65 Now Estate, £6,350 (T’s C’s Apply) ROCKS AIR 1.6T VXR 2013/13 PEUGEOT 1073-dr, 1.0 ALLURE 5-dr, Black, 67,346 miles ....................................................£4,495 2015/65VAUXHALL ABARTH 595 1.4 T-JET TURISMO 2017/17 CORSA 1.3 CDTi 16V VAN 3-dr, 2015/15 13,000 2009/59 EDITION Grey & Red, 10,500 Silver,miles Only...........................................£12,495 5 miles.................. £9,495 + VAT miles, Great 3-dr, Red, AUDI TT 2.0 FSi 2-dr Coupe, Silver, 84,342 miles............................ Was £7,995START/STOP Now £7,495 BMW 3 SERIES VAUXHALL 2015/15VAUXHALL VAUXHALL2006/06 MOKKA1.6T 1.6i EXCLUSIV Spec TOYOTA 1.05-dr,VVT-i + 5-dr, Red, 73,798 miles......................... Was £3,995 Now £3,750 2015/64 CORSA 16V AYGO VXR 3-dr, White, 57,000 miles 318d M CORSA ER DISCOVERY Blue, 20,100 miles ........................................................£9,995 2015/15 NISSAN JUKE 28,000 miles..................................................................£8,995 £9,350 £7,995 HYUNDAI iX35 2.0 CRDi STYLE 2wd, 5-dr, Black, 72,140 miles ..................................£6,995 SPORT 1.4 SRi VX-LINE 2015/65SUZUKI KIA CEED 1.4S-CROSS SR7 5-dr, 1.6 Black, 16,300 miles £9,750 80 SE TECH 2014/14 SX4 SZ4 5-dr, 1.6 DIG-T NISMO RS 2008/58 FORD FIESTA 1.25 ZETEC 3-dr, Black, 52,620 miles......................................................£4,495 5-dr Estate, Grey, Blue, 3-dr, Green, 20,190 miles. .......................................................£8,995 VAUXHALL CORSA 1.3 CDTi 16V VAN 2009/59 2015/15 PEUGEOT RCZ 2.0 HDi GT 2-dr Coupe, Black, 65,401 miles ............ Was £7,2502017/17 Now £6,750 57,683 miles 16,000 miles START/STOP Silver, ASTRA Only 5 miles.................. £9,495 + VAT 1.6i 16V SRi VX-LINE BMW 3 SERIES 2012/12 VAUXHALL2003/53 VAUXHALL FORD FIESTA 1.4 GHIA 5-dr, Silver, 29,920 miles..........................................................£2,995 5-dr, White, 47,490 miles .............................................£7,850 £9,495 £8,995 2015/64 VAUXHALL CORSA 1.6T 16V VXR 3-dr, White, 318d M CORSA FORD FOCUS 1.6 TDCi 115 ZETEC 5-dr, Silver, 72,811 miles........... Was £5,8502009/59 Now £5,495 28,000 miles..................................................................£8,995 KIA SPORTAGE 2.0 XE 2WD 5-dr 4x4, SPORT 1.4 SRi VX-LINE 2009/59 BMW 318D5-dr, M SPORT 5-dr Estate, Grey, 62,949 miles...................................................£6,995 Black, 18,445 miles.......................................................£7,750 2014/14 SUZUKI SX4 S-CROSS 1.6 SZ4 2012/12 BMW 5-dr2011/11 Estate, Grey, Blue, 20,190 miles. .......................................................£8,995 3-dr, Green, VAUXHALL MERIVA 1.4 16V SE 5-dr MPV, Blue, 22,521PEUGEOT miles .....................................£5,695 308 2008/08 HYUNDAI SANTA FE 2.2 CRTD CDX X3 XDRIVE 57,683 miles 16,000 miles 2012/12 ASTRA 1.6i 16V SRi107 VX-LINE 4x4, VAUXHALL Black, 50,272 miles......................... ..............£6,995 2006/06 PEUGEOT 1.0 URBAN 5-dr,Yellow, 75,504 miles.....................................................£2,995 1.6 VTi SP0RT 5-dr 20D SE 5-dr, White, 47,490 miles .............................................£7,850 £8,995 2012/61 MINI 1.6 COOPER LONDON 3-dr, Black, FIAT PUNTO 1.2 POP 5-dr,White, 27,101 miles ...........................................................£4,350 2-dr£9,495 Convertible, 5-dr Estate, 2009/59 KIA SPORTAGE 2.0 XE 2WD 5-dr 4x4, A/C, Alloys, 42,110 miles .............................................£6,995 Silver, 5,700 miles 2009/59 HYUNDAI i20 1.2 CLASSIC 5-dr, blue, 59,208 miles......................................................£3,995 White, 5-dr, White, 29,7812011/11 miles Black, 18,445 miles.......................................................£7,750 2012/12 BMW 2007/56 RENAULT MEGANE 2.0T 16V RENAULTSPORT 230 41,200 miles VAUXHALL CORSA 1.2 ENERGY 5-dr, Silver, 63,947 milesPEUGEOT ..........................................£4,995 50 46,000 miles £12,995 308 F1 2008/08 SANTA FE 2.2 62,245 CRTD CDX X3 XDRIVE TEAM HYUNDAI R6, 3-dr, Liquid Yellow, miles..........£6,695 £5,995 5-dr 4x4, Black, 50,272 miles......................... ..............£6,995 2013/13 HYUNDAI iX20 1.6 CRDi BLUE DRIVE STYLE 5-dr,White, 74,013 miles........................£6,500 £15,590 1.6 VTi SP0RT 2013/13 VAUXHALL CORSA 1.2 LIMITED EDITION 20D SE RENAULT MEGANE DYNAMIQUE NAV 2-dr Coupe,Orange,37,5632-drmilConvertible, es........ Was £4,9953-dr, NowWhite, £4,850 2012/61 MINI 1.6 COOPER LONDON 3-dr, Black, 5-dr Estate, 56,400 miles .............................................£6,495 A/C, Alloys, 42,110 miles .............................................£6,995 Silver, 2009/59 VOLVO 2008/58 2011/11 1.5VAUXHALL MERIVA £5,495 White, 2015/15 NISSAN QASHQAI DCi ACENTA 5-dr,1.7 CDTi 16V SE 5-dr Auto, Black, 48,225 miles Was £5,995 Now SUZUKI GRAND VITARA 2.4 VVT SZ5 5-dr Beige, 29,607C30miles ..................................£7,995 2007/56 RENAULT MEGANE 2.0T 16V RENAULTSPORT 230 41,200 miles ES DRIVE Sandblast, 84,649 miles ...............................................£4,995 46,000 milesXV SUBARU F1 TEAM R6, 3-dr, Liquid Yellow, 62,245 miles..........£6,695 £5,995 2-dr Coupe, 2008/08 VAUXHALL2010/10 CORSA 1.4i 16V SXiASTRA 1.4i 16V EXCLUSIV 5-dr, Blue, 70,882 miles..... Was £3,995 VAUXHALL Now £3,695 £15,590 2013/13 VAUXHALL 1.2 LIMITED EDITION.....£3,995 2.0D SE DACIA SANDERO STEPWAY 1.5 DCi AMBIANCE 5-dr, Blue, Start/Stop, 55,000 mile Was £5,9955-dr, NowSilver £5,695 Lightning,CORSA 62,258 miles........................ £18,995

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2009/09 VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 1.8i 16V EXCLUSIV 5-dr, Silver, 54,891 miles Was £4,495 Now £3,995

2007/07 SAAB 9-3 2.0T AERO ANNIVERSARY 2-dr Sports, Blue, 72,095 miles ..........................£4,350

2012/12 VAUXHALL MERIVA 1.4i 16V SE 5-dr MPV, Silver, 68,158 miles....................................£4,995

2011/60 VAUXHALL CORSA 1.4 EXCLUSIV 5-dr, Silver, 49,910 miles..........................................£4,650

2012/12 PEUGEOT 207 1.6 HDi 92 ALLURE 3-dr, Black, 36,496 miles.........................................£4,695 r, Red, 88,080 miles...................................................£5,995 2007/07 5-dr,VAUXHALL CORSAmiles1.2iWas 16V £4,495 DESIGNNow 3-dr,£3,995 Blue, 45,084 miles.......................................£3,250 XCLUSIV Silver, 54,891

3-dr, White, 56,400 miles .............................................£6,495

White, MAZDA MX-5 1.6i 2-dr Convertible, White, 59,231 2009/59 VOLVO 2003/03 2006/56 ASTRA5-dr,1.8i VVT SRi 5-dr, Silver, 62,843 miles.............. Was £2,9955-dr, Now £2,495 2015/15 2008/58 NISSAN QASHQAI 1.5VAUXHALL DCi ACENTA 2013/13 PEUGEOT 1.0Silver, ALLURE 5-dr, Black, 67,346 miles ....................................................£4,495 67,018 miles......................................................£3,295 VAUXHALL 1.6iBlue, 16V 107 SRi72,095 5-dr, milesC30 ..........................................£4,995 27,000 miles miles ES DRIVE Green, Sandblast, 84,649 miles ...............................................£4,995 ARY 2-drASTRA Sports, miles77,680..........................£4,350 SUBARU XV 2006/06 PEUGEOT 206 1.4 VERVE 2-dr Coupe, 2008/08 VAUXHALL2011/11 CORSA 1.4i 16V SXiINSIGNIA 2.0 CDTi SRi 5-dr,White, 70,630 miles........................................£4,850 VAUXHALL £12,852 5-dr, miles.........................................................£2,995 2.0D SE PEUGEOT 308 1.6 HDi 92 ACTIVE 5-dr, Silver, 56,204 miles£5,495 ........................................£5,695 5-dr,49,220 Silver Lightning, 62,258 miles........................ .....£3,995 Start/Stop, 2006/06 TOYOTA AYGO 1.0 VVT-i + 5-dr, Red, 73,798 miles......................... Was £3,995 Now £3,750 5-dr, White, 2003/03 MAZDA MX-5 1.6i 2-dr Convertible, White, 59,231 5-dr MPV, Silver, 68,158 miles....................................£4,995

DUDLEY MOTOR COMPANY TRINDLE DUDLEY, DY2 7AY FIESTA 1.4 GHIAROAD, 5-dr, Silver, 29,920 miles..........................................................£2,995 E2003/53 3-dr, Black,FORD 36,496 miles.........................................£4,695 DUDLEY MOTOR COMPANY www.dudleymotorco.co.uk 2009/59 01384 BMW 318D M SPORT 5-dr454100 Estate, Grey, 62,949 miles...................................................£6,995

2011/61 SKODA FABIA 1.6 TDi CR 90 S 5-dr Estate, Blue, 79,609 miles....... Was £3,995 Now £3,495 Green, 67,018 miles......................................................£3,295 MINI 1.6 ONE 3-dr, Silver, 62,208 miles .......................................................................£4,250 27,000 miles miles 2006/06 PEUGEOT 206 1.4 VERVE £5,495 FIESTA 1.2553,000 ZETECmiles3-dr,..................................................£3,495 Black, 52,620 miles......................................................£4,495 Now £4,150 5-dr, 49,220 miles.........................................................£2,995 2011/60 VAUXHALL ASTRA 1.6i 16V SE 5-dr, Blue, 88,866 miles................. Was £4,695£12,852 HYUNDAI i10 1.1FORD CLASSIC 5-dr, Black, V2008/58 5-dr, Silver, 49,910 miles..........................................£4,650

FIAT PANDA 1.2 DYNAMIC 5-dr, Blue, 54,495 miles ....................................................£2,750

2008/08 VAUXHALL VECTRA(Between 1.8 VVT SRi 5-dr, Silver, 68,698 miles...........................................£3,495 Cousins and Dudley Zoo)

FORD FIESTA 1.25 ZETEC 5-dr, Black, 56,891 miles ....................................................£5,495

2012/62 VAUXHALL ZAFIRA 1.6i EXCLUSIV 5-dr MPV Red, 77,632 miles...................................£4,995

IGN Blue,TRINDLE 45,084 ROAD, DUDLEY, DY2 7AY Cousins and Was Dudley VOLVO3-dr, S40 1.6D DRIVE SE LUXmiles.......................................£3,250 4-dr, Blue, 61,577 miles ............................................£4,995 2003/03 BMW 330 Ci SPORT(Between 2-dr Auto, Convertible, Black, 91,690 miles..... £6,495 NowZoo) £4,995 2006/0667,346PEUGEOT 107 1.0Dudley URBAN 454100 5-dr,Yellow, 75,504 miles.....................................................£2,995 Motor Company 01384 www.dudleymotorco.co.uk Black, miles ....................................................£4,495

TRINDLE ROAD, 1384 454100 Trindle Road Dudley 2009/59 HYUNDAI i20 1.2 CLASSIC 5-dr, blue, 59,208 miles......................................................£3,995 Red, 73,798 miles......................... Was £3,995Motor Now £3,750 CompanyDUDLEY, DY2 7AY Dudley

01384 454100 ww.dudleymotorco.co.uk (Between Cousins and Dudley Zoo) 2013/13 HYUNDAI iX20 1.6 CRDi BLUE DRIVE STYLE 5-dr,White, 74,013 miles........................£6,500

Trindle Road Dudley lack, 52,620 miles......................................................£4,495 dudleymotorco.co.uk VAUXHALL MERIVA 1.7 CDTi 16V01384 SE 5-dr Auto,454100 Black, 48,225 miles Was £5,995 Now £5,495 er,2011/11 29,920 miles..........................................................£2,995 dudleymotorco.co.uk

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