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Hello Readers, Welcome to the December edition. Where has the year gone? It doesn’t seem 5 minutes since we were bringing you the Christmas edition last year! Christmas is a magical time of the year, It’s a time to eat, drink and be merry whilst spending quality times with loved ones. As Santa Claus will soon be doing his rounds, make sure the kids have wrote their wish list, if they haven’t, you can find one on page 53 to keep them entertained. The past 12 months has been an amazing journey for Locally Yours and we would like to thank all of the readers and businesses who have supported the magazine. Locally Yours is proud to support our local community. Once again we ask all readers to stay local and shop local. If you do use any of the businesses in the magazine, remember to mention that you saw them in your free copy of Locally Yours.

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Garden View BY LEE BESTA LL Welcome to Garden View our regular feature provided by Lee Bestall Lee is an award winning garden designer who won the prestigious and first ever title of ‘Grand Designs Garden Designer of the year’ and appeared on BBC television programmes such as Gardeners World and Garden School. Lee’s enthusiasm for gardening makes Garden View a great read for anybody who wants to do more with their garden and will educate and inspire keen gardeners.

Surviving Christmas

Surviving a modern day Christmas

This year will be dif ferent though,

too, but I can appreciate that their

can be challenge enough for humans,

because whether giving or receiving a

strong scent is best savoured in spring.

but just imagine how difficult it

houseplant this festive yuletide, help is at

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is if you’re a plant. You’ve been

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reluctantly forced to flower, grown

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houseplants hate houses! Dry central

in a light controlled polytunnel and

House plants give such a wonderful

heating, low light levels and draughts

you’ve been force fed with growth

display, and are sure to last longer than

are all things houseplants really don’t

stunting hormones to ensure you’re

a bunch of flowers. Choose from large

like, as most of these plants come from

not too straggly when flowering on

flowering Cyclamen, brightly coloured

very humid, tropical parts of the world.

Mrs Cratchit’s table …. and here’s me

Azaleas, sweetly scented Jasmine and

The best way to ensure your flowers

feeling sorry for the turkey!

of course the traditional Poinsettia.

bloom for longer and your leaves don’t

It seems such a shame that after all

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go brown at the tips, is to ensure the

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right conditions for survival.

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the right conditions for survival ■ Avoid placing plants in a draughty location such as windowsills, or near to a frequently opened door, (they won’t appreciate the large fluctuations in temperature) ■ Avoid hotspots, such as in front of or above a radiator or fire ■ Water plants by plunging them into a bowl of tepid (not cold) water, and then allowing the water to fully drain out from the pot before returning to its location ■ Azaleas like humid conditions, so stand these on a tray of gravel filled with water, (but ensure plants are not sat in water)

And finally, don’t get emotionally attached, think of flowering houseplants as a medium term bunch of flowers or a Christmas decoration, and after flowering if they look

■ Create a ‘plant area’ where groups of plants can be stood together, this will create more humidity ■ Avoid direct sunshine ■ Ensure the compost never dries out or is too saturated, water little and often ■ Remove faded flowers to prevent disease and to promote flowering

a little jaded, return them to the compost heap in the sky - I don’t think there’s any worse house plant tragedy than a straggly Poinsettia in July with three stunted yellow leaves. Poinsettias are popular because they look wonderful, but here’s a little word of warning, be careful not to get the sap of a Poinsettia on your skin as they can cause irritation, and always keep them out of reach of pets and children.

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Winter Solstice? In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice occurs

built to align with the Winter Solstice sunrise.

when the ‘top half’ of the Earth tilts away from the

The ancient Romans had a seven-day festival called

Sun at its most extreme angle. This gives us the longest

Saturnalia, when everything would be reversed – men would

night and shortest day of the year. It normally falls on 21

dress as women and masters dressed as servants. People

December, and from this point on, the days will begin to

decorated their houses with greenery, lit candles and gave

lengthen until the Summer Solstice on 21 June.

presents.

The word ‘solstice’ comes from the Latin phrase for ‘sun

Celtic druids gave pieces of mistletoe as a blessing. They

stands still’. This is because the sun appears to rise and set in

also began the tradition of the Yule log, which was burned

the same two places for several days in a row.

to conquer the darkness and bring luck for the year ahead. Many people celebrate the Solstice today, and it’s

Cultures through the ages have marked the Solstice and celebrated the triumph of light over dark. Massive prehistoric monuments such as Stonehenge were

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The Red House Glass Cone A Words Rob van der Does

nyo n e t r ave lling a l o ng

and the c anal side loc ation so

Wordsley’s High Street,

important to business operations. It

the A491 from Stourbridge

is in fact a Grade 2 listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

to Wolverhampton, will not fail to

notice the 100ft high Red House

Glassblowing and cutting still

Glass Cone. It is the best preserved

takes place at the Red House Glass

example of a brick structure that

Cone today, as it is now the distinctive

became very prominent in Britain

base for a number of arts and crafts

and Europe in the early nineteenth

businesses which make bespoke gifts

century. Developed in Britain, these

from pottery and jewellery and run

towering conical buildings were

workshops throughout the year. Since

designed to channel air into the

2002 it has become a visitor attraction

furnace to make fires burn hotter

that welcomes guests to come and

and also provided a large work space

appreciate the scale of the cone and

for the glassmakers.

get a feel for what the atmosphere would have been like in its working

The cones were a common f e a t u r e t h r o u g h o u t B r i t a i n,

prime. A tour of the visitor centre can

especially in north and central

enable you to discover - with the aid

England, and there was a strong

of film, audio guides, exhibits and live demonstrations - the 200-year history

c o n c e nt r a t i o n in t h e S o u t h

and tradition of glassmaking.

Staffordshire area. Stourbridge and

it is a true exemplar of the glass cone

Dudley had their fair share, but the

and the most complete version of the

The Red House Glass Cone is open

greatest abundance was in Amblecote

four that are left in Europe; the others

to visitors from 10am to 4pm every day,

and Wordsley.

being in Scotland, Newcastle upon Tyne

including Bank Holidays aside from the

and Sheffield.

Christmas period. Parking and admission

Sadly today the vast majority of these cones have vanished from our

The colossal cone has remained

is free and it includes a coffee house that

towns. Technological advances in the

virtually unaltered since its birth in as

is open daily. A wide range of events take

twentieth century meant the cones were

early as 1790 and was home to Stuart

place and children will be excited to hear

no longer needed to act as chimneys

Crystal and his glass production from

that Santa is due to visit on the weekends

and hence they became redundant.

1881 to 1936. Waterford Wedgwood

of the 14th and 15th and 21st and 22nd

Many soon fell into disrepair and were

took over the site from Crystal and

and also the 23rd of December. As well

demolished and some collapsed. It is

production continued at their factory

as being reachable by road and rail, the

this reason why we must not take for

until the closure of Waterford’s in 2001,

glass cone is located on the Stourbridge

granted the Red House Glass Cone, for

but the site has retained its workshops

Canal, between locks 12 and 13.

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The Wall Heath & Kingswinford War Memorials Group The Wall Heath & Kingswinford War Memorials Group are currently researching the men who are commemorated on these War Memorials with a view to publishing a book in time to coincide with the Centenary of the outbreak of the Great War next year, though the book will be about the men from both World Wars. We are being sponsored by the Heritage Lottery.  From time to time we put on exhibitions in

there is still much to learn and there are a few men

Kingswinford or Wall Heath to publicise our work and to

for whom we have little or no information at all.

encourage people to come forward if they can tell us

We have now got over 50 photographs of these men

anything about the 112 men who are commemorated

and the Exhibition also includes biographical details and

on these war memorials.

memorabilia dating from the Wars.

The Exhibitions have proved to be very popular

If anyone has any information, please contact Lis

with people who have an interest in local history and

Corfield 01384 401086 or Joy Marshall 07739 572121

they have also led to some useful ‘leads’. However,

or email wallheathkford@hotmail.co.uk

People are being invited to have their say on the

20 centres and will be inviting all local councillors to join me

borough as the council plans for the future with

at the centres that serve their wards. I want to emphasise

significantly reduced government funding.

that the proposals put forward are just that, proposals,

Dudley Council has launched a major consultation on

and all of the views expressed will be considered before

plans to restructure the service. People will be asked to

any final decisions are made. This is as an opportunity for

consider proposals to cut £2.3million from the children’s

our statutory partners to consider what they may be able

centres budget and reduce the number of centres from

to bring to the table that may offset some of the funding

20 to 13.

difficulties. I also see it as an area where the voluntary

Councillor Tim Crumpton, cabinet member for

sector may be able to help.

children’s services and lifelong learning, said: “We are

“We are open to all views and hope that those who

launching a consultation process today that I want to

use and those who value this service take the opportunity

emphasise is open and honest; we face unprecedented

to tell us what they think. Staff in the centres will be able

cuts in funding across all of our public services and it is

to help.”

with a great deal of sadness that we are putting forward

Children’s centres provide advice and support for

proposals to reduce the number of children’s centres

families with children aged up to five. Around 15,000

and the service that we provide. This is not a course of

children have access to children’s centres across the

action that any of us in the cabinet would want to take

borough.

but the cuts of million pounds in funding to the council mean we face extremely difficult decisions. “The consultation proposal is not set in stone and

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“I will be meeting staff and users at every one of the

future of children’s centres across the Dudley

People will be able to take part in the consultation by completing the questionnaire on the council’s website. It will run until January 3rd 2014. Hard copies will also

gives everyone who has any interest in the extremely

be available at all children’s centres to fill in and return.

valuable service provided by the staff in these centres

For more information and to take part in the

the opportunity to comment.

consultation visit www.dudley.gov.uk

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Christmas shoppers to enjoy free parking Christmas shoppers can take advantage of free parking in Dudley borough following Dudley Council’s decision to suspend charges on selected days.

Thousands pay their respects to heroes

The council has confirmed that it will offer free parking throughout the day on Saturday 7th, 14th and 21st December

Thousands of people flocked to Dudley to pay their

in all of its borough car parks.

respects to the heroes of the armed forces at the

It’s hoped the decision will boost trade in Brierley Hill, Dudley, Halesowen and Stourbridge as well as smaller centres such as Sedgley and Kingswinford.

annual Remembrance Sunday parade and service. The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Alan Finch, was part of the traditional event organised by Dudley Council. Members of the community, civic dignitaries, students from Dudley College and cadets packed Coronation Gardens (Pic) Pictured: Mayor, Councillor Alan Finch, joins civic dignitaries for the Remembrance Sunday parade and service.

Bonfire a blazing success Around 24,000 people turned out to enjoy the Himley Hall and Park Bonfire last month. The annual event, which is organised by Dudley Council was sponsored by Tesco Stourbridge, and had an ‘out of this world’ theme. Councillor Tracy Wood, cabinet member for environment and culture, said: “I am delighted that we had such a good turnout and hope that everyone who came enjoyed the impressive fireworks in the clear autumn sky.”

Merry Fitness campaign in Dudley

seven-day advance booking facility for badminton, squash, five-a-side, netball and basketball. The Options Lifestyle membership is accepted at Crystal; Dudley and Halesowen leisure centres as well as The Dell

Dudley Council is encouraging people to get fit for Christmas with a special membership offer available at the leisure centres.

Stadium, and is valid for 12 months. Councillor Stuart Turner, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “This is a fantastic money saving deal which

The offer runs until Friday 10 January and enables 16 year

would make the perfect Christmas gift for anyone who wants

olds and over to take out an annual membership for just £195,

to keep fit. Dudley Council wants to encourage our residents

a saving of £100.

to exercise more often and this deal is one of the many ways

Equivalent to just £16.25 per month it includes unlimited

we’re helping them to do just that.”

use of Lifestyles gyms, public swimming, fitness and yoga

For more information contact the leisure centres on

classes and use of the running track at The Dell Stadium.

01384 812800 or visit www.dudley.gov.uk/sport

Members will also receive a personal training programme and DECEMBER 2013

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E-bulletin sign-up encouraged before snow Free e-bulletins will keep Dudley borough residents posted about school closures, bin collections and any other changes to council services caused by snow and poor weather. Gritting lorries were out for the first time last month

council and a key part of this is to ensure our residents

and with colder weather likely to hit in the coming weeks

are kept informed on developments. Extreme weather

and months, people across the borough are being urged

can be a killer. It is essential that the latest technology is

to sign up to the community council e-bulletin service.

used to alert people of imminent danger.”

The regular, planned six-weekly bulletins which

Councillor Pete Lowe, deput y leader of the

feature latest news and events from across the borough

council, said: “We understand how important good

will be supplemented by daily bulletins during times of

communication is when it snows. Disruption to services

adverse weather.

and school closures can sometimes be unavoidable so

More than 1,600 people are already signed up to

in addition to regularly updating our website during

the bulletins but council bosses are keen to see this

these times, we will also be looking to directly send email

number increase even further to ensure people across

information to keep people well informed.”

the community are kept well informed.

To sign up to the Your Community Council

Councillor David Sparks, leader of Dudley Council, said: “We are committed to being a true community

e-bulletin people should simply email their postcode to community.council@dudley.gov.uk

Local author returns to home town library A popular local author has been promoting her new book at the library which inspired her to put pen to paper. Author

Miranda

Dickinson paid a special

from all borough libraries along with copies of her previous four titles.

visit to Kingswinford

Miranda will also pay a visit to Netherton Library on

Library in November to

Thursday December 5 from 10.30am to meet members

meet members of the

of the public and talk about her writing career so far. To

library’s reading group and

reserve a place at this free event call Netherton Library

promote her fifth novel

on 01384 812845.

‘Take a Look at Me Now’. As

a

child,

the

Councillor Stuart Turner, cabinet member responsible for libraries, said: “We’re really honoured to welcome

Kingswinford raised author

home grown talent to our libraries. It’s wonderful that

dreamt that one day her

Miranda was inspired as a child by one of our libraries

local library would have a

and can now return as a well established author with

book she had written on

great success under her belt. I hope people come and

its shelves. Now Miranda has sold more than 500,000 copies

meet Miranda and gain inspiration from her experience.” To find out more about library services go to www.dudley.gov.uk/libraries

of her books and her latest creation will be available

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Darker nights and seasonal celebrations have prompted West Midlands Fire Service to issue a warning about the dangers of candles. Although the number of fires started by candles has

Candle safety tips:

dropped significantly in recent years, nearly 40 per cent of the fires they do start involve people being burned or killed.

■ Never leave lit candles unattended - put burning candles out when you leave the room, and make sure they’re out

Pete Wilson, Head of Community Fire Safety for West Midlands Fire Safety, said: “It’s important to remember that a lit candle, left unattended, could leave a trail of devastation. They should always be positioned carefully on heat resistant surfaces, away from curtains, pets and children. And always remember to put them out when you leave the room. Candles can be safe, if used properly. However, people have no control over sky lanterns once they’ve been released, so we’re asking people not to use them.” Pete added: “Most fires involving candles are in bedrooms

completely at night ■ Position your candles carefully - make sure they’re on a heat resistant stable surface, out of the reach of pets and children, and keep them away from flammable objects like curtains, furniture, bedding and books ■ Don’t move candles once they are lit ■ Don’t burn several candles close together as this might cause the flame to flare

and lounges. Even with precautions in place, it’s still vital

■ Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, out of drafts,

that each level of your home is fitted with a working smoke

vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or

alarm. They give you time to get out, stay out and call 999.

uneven burning, soot, and dripping

Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by testing your alarm regularly and by practicing your escape routes.”

■ Put candles out with a snuffer or a spoon - sparks can fly if you blow them out ■ Always put scented candles in a heat resistant holder these candles are designed to liquefy when heated to maximize fragrance

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Midlands Air Ambulance Makes A Landmark Purchase

L

ea ding regional c harit y,

night Helicopter Emergency Medical

Ambulance Charity will be launching a

Midlands Air Ambulance, has

Service (HEMS) operations.

public appeal in the New Year to help raise the extra funds required.

made a strategic decision

Brendan Connor, chairman for

to purchase outright the

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, explains

Brendan concludes: “The new

ser vice’s first helicopter,

the decision: “As part of our objective to

aircraft will undoubtedly help us to

which will be based at the RAF Cosford

reinvest charitable donations into HEMS

save more lives as it presents us with

airbase in Shropshire.

operations and extending pre-hospital

an opportunity to expand our incredible

patient care, we made the decision to

service and deliver the best possible

purchase our own helicopter.

patient care to those we airlift. But we

As the UK’s largest and busiest air ambulance service, Midlands Air Ambulance currently leases three EC135

“The new £4.5 million helicopter

cannot afford to rest on our laurels and

helicopters from Bond Air Services,

has been entirely funded through

although this is a milestone achievement

which are situated at RAF Cosford in

public donations, demonstrating the

in our 22 years of service, we need the

Shropshire, Tatenhill in Staffordshire and

incredible support our vital life saving

support from the local communities we

Strensham in Worcestershire, but will be

service receives from local Midlands’

serve now, more than ever.”

replacing the RAF Cosford aircraft with

communities and businesses, which

a brand new state of the art EC135T2e

we are extremely grateful for.” As the new aircraf t is being

helicopter.

You can follow the progress of the aircraft’s fit out by following

The helicopter, which will be

equipped with the capability for night

Midlands Air Ambulance on Twitter

operational from the RAF Cosford

flying, Midlands Air Ambulance is

(@MAA_Charity) or liking the charity

airbase in March 2014, was initially

exploring the viability and operational

on Facebook . In addition, those

built at Eurocopter in Germany and

requirements of flying in the hours of

interested in finding out more about

will be delivered to Bond Air Services in

darkness. This includes looking into

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and

Staverton in December. While at Bond

potential demand for undertaking night

the new aircraft should visit:

Air Services it will be painted and fitted

HEMS operations, whereby the service

www.midlandsairambulance.com

with pre-hospital medical equipment,

is called out to life saving missions at

or call the service on:

plus additional equipment for potential

night. As the proposed extended service

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night flying between lit helipads and

will cost more to operate, Midlands Air

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Santa at the cone in December Santa will be returning to the Red House Glass Cone, Wordsley this December.

F

rom mid-December onwards, Santa will be welcoming children to the cone’s Christmas-tree lined crystal grotto complete with snow and twinkling lights.

other groups are available during the week and at weekends. A free Christmas trail will also run throughout December, with youngsters encouraged to find festive clues around the

Santa will be dropping by on 14th 15th 21st 22nd and

historic site, while the ‘All I want for Christmas’ exhibition

23rd December. Visits to Santa include a gift, craft activity,

featuring work by local designer makers and the cone’s own

packet of reindeer food, Christmas trail, a self-guided tour of

studio artists runs from 7 December onwards.

the historic site and glassmaking demonstrations. A visit to see Santa costs £7 per child, or £5 for children too young to take part in the craft activity.

Councillor Tracy Wood, cabinet member for environment and culture said; “The Santa experience at the cone is getting more popular

Santa will be available on these weekends between

every year. A festive day out at the cone is a real treat for the

10.30am and 3.30pm but booking is essential. Places can be

whole family. Visitors can make the most of their day out

secured by calling 01384 812756 between 10am – 1pm Tuesdays

too by watching the glassmaking demonstrations following

and Wednesdays or by booking in person at the cone’s front

the free winter trail and looking around the ‘All I Want for

desk during normal opening hours. Parents are welcome to

Christmas exhibition.”

bring a camera along to take photos of Santa with their little

The Red House Glass Cone, in High Street, Wordsley, is

ones. Additional weekday sessions are available for schools

open Monday to Sunday from 10am-4pm, admission

and nurseries and block bookings for brownies, scouts and

is free.

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Looking after your pets this Christmas Get your pet through Christmas without going crackers. Christmas is fast approaching and it may seem like a good idea to include your pet in the festivities, unfortunately though you could be harming their health.

G

iving your pets special food treats like some of the

Protect your small furries from the cold

Christmas lunch, chocolate or even some of your

As the temperature drops don’t forget your pets that live

Christmas pudding can all be extremely harmful. A

outside. Guinea pigs and rabbits are susceptible to the cold.

spot of turkey, a couple of roast potatoes, some stuffing and

Here are a few tips to help them have a cosy winter:

Christmas pudding or trifle can lead to an upset stomach and very fatty foods can even lead to pancreatitis which is a very painful inflammatory condition. During Christmas there can be vast quantities of chocolate lying around and if your dog manages to get hold of some of this can be lethal. Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine which can be poisonous in excess. Dogs are unable to process theobromine, so even a small amount can lead to poisoning and if not caught early enough can be fatal! A medium to large size dog would need only 2 bars of a good quality chocolate to cause a toxic level of theobromine high enough to lead to death if not treated quickly enough. If your dog eats any chocolate whatsoever, then contact your vet ASAP for treatment. Other items found around Christmas time that are not pet friendly and potentially toxic are: Mistletoe berries, holly berries, poinsettias, ferns, spider

■ Make sure they have plenty of bedding. Do not use blankets though as rabbits and guinea pigs have a habit of chewing them and this can cause an obstruction. ■ Remember water bottles may freeze so always have a spare and try putting an old sock over them to prevent freezing. ■ Do not put guinea pigs and rabbits out onto frosty grass as this can cause them digestive issues. ■ If possible try and bring them in at night. If this is not possible then provide a box inside their hutch full of straw and hay so they can burrow in and keep warm. ■ Try attaching bubble wrap to the front of the hutch with drawing pins. It will act as double glazing for the hutch and still provide them with a view.

plants, antifreeze, raisins, grapes, nuts, lilies and silica gel sachets.

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Frankfurt

Christmas Market 2013

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market has become a huge favourite with both residents and visitors to the city from all over the UK and Europe. It is now the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the country.

Images by Edward Moss Photography www.edwardmoss.co.uk

H

aving run for the last 12 years, the Frankfurt Christmas Market is now the centerpiece of the city’s annual Christmas events calendar.

Birmingham’s own traders offer an entirely different

selection of beautiful hand-crafted items at the Christmas Craft Market, created by local artisans, as well as ethnic goods imported from all over the world. Traditional stalls offer the usual array of beautiful

Why not make a weekend of it? With so many stalls to browse (around 190 including the Craft Fair - pictured), why not avoid the evening crowds by taking advantage of one of the great centrally located hotels and stay for the whole weekend? With the markets right on your doorstep for a relaxing morning browse, there are also plenty of other activities in Birmingham to keep you entertained for the whole weekend

handmade toys, Christmas decorations, original jewellery and craft goods as well as a carousel to keep younger visitors entertained.

Visit www.visitbirmingham.com for more details. Visitors to the markets can often get fantastic discounted

Visitors can enjoy the delights of German mulled wine (Gluhwein), grilled sausages, vegetarian options, pretzels, German beer, and for those with a sweet tooth, gingerbread, c repes and marzipan sweet s.

rates at participating hotels. How to get to Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Market The Frankfurt Market is centrally located in Victoria Square just minutes away from New Street station. The Craft Market

Birmingham has been twinned with Frankfurt (www.frankfurt.

is in the adjacent Chamberlain Square and continues through

de) for more than 40 years.

to Centenary Square, home to Birmingham Museum and Art

The partnership is celebrated every year by a range of

Gallery and Central Library.

economic, political and cultural events and exchanges involving

Venue: Victoria Square, New Street, Centenary Square

schools, business, and community groups.

& Chamberlain Square Date: 14th November – 22 December Time: 10am – 9pm Tel: 0121 303 3008

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Words Sarah Davey

Christmas BY THE GLASS Christmas Day in our house starts with a leisurely family brunch, complete with a cheeky little cocktail. Cocktails at breakfast might not suit everyone, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend them as part of your usual healthy diet, but at Christmas I feel I can indulge without guilt.

I would suggest a Bloody Mary as a good accompaniment to a late breakfast. Bloody Mary Ingredients

Method

Ice cubes

Place the ice into a tall glass and

Vodka, double shot

add the vodka.

½ lemon, juice only

Add the lemon juice,

6 dashes Worcestershire sauce

Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco

3 dashes Tabasco sauce

sauce and tomato juice. Stir well.

150ml/5fl oz tomato juice

Adjust the seasoning to taste

Pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper

with salt and pepper and serve straightaway.

Before lunch, it’s nice to serve champagne with a festive twist. Champagne with Cranberries Ingredients

Method

Champagne (or any good quality

Simply pop 5 dried cranberries

sparkling wine)

into each glass and pour the

Dried cranberries

champagne over. The cranberries ‘dance’ in the bubbles and look very Christmassy.

And finally, no Christmas Day is complete without a tumbler or two of mulled wine. Mulled Wine Ingredients

Method

400ml / 14fl oz red wine (Shiraz is

Make up a spice bag using muslin or a

fantastic)

piece of thin cotton, with the ginger,

400ml / 14 fl oz water

cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom.

400ml / 14 fl oz good quality orange

Place the red wine, water, brandy,

juice

orange juice and sugar in a large pan;

80ml / 2½ fl oz brandy

add the spice bag, and clove-studded

4tbsp dark brown sugar

Clementine.

½ tsp ground ginger

Heat slowly and simmer over a very low

½ tsp cinnamon

heat for at least 30 minutes. Serve with

½ tsp nutmeg

mince pies in front of the fire to round

3 cardamom pods

off a perfect Christmas day.

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Review Rachael Withey

Miller & Carter is owned by Mitchells and Butlers, who dominate the UK’s chain dining market running a vast array of pub and restaurant in the UK, including Sizzling Pubs, Harvester, Toby Carvery and many more… You can find Miller and Carter Penn nestled in a little rural pocket just off the Stourbridge Road between Wolverhampton and Wombourne.

W

e recently visited the Miller

and warm ambience. Once seated our

meat eaters. To start we chose: Baked

and Carter, on a Tuesday

waitress took our drinks order and left

Cheddar Mushrooms with spinach in a

evening and we were

us to peruse the extensive menus.

garlic and cheese sauce, (£4.95) Dusted Calamari with homemade garlic & chive

pleasantly surprised how busy it was.

Miller & Carter Steakhouse does

I always believe a busy restaurant mid-

exactly what it says on its menu – steak,

mayonnaise (£5.95) and Duo of Duck

week is a good sign of quality food and

and lots of it. However there’s no need

Parfait Slow-cooked (£6.75)

service. Upon arrival we were immediately

for veggies to have a beef about the

Main courses start from as little

place as there’s plenty on offer for them

as £8.95 and include a large selection

shown to our table which was already set

including daily specials and if you’re a

of choice including: Pastas & Risotto,

for 4 people. Being a large venue, there

veggie that eats seafood, there’s plenty

Handmade Burgers, Meat and Chicken,

are plenty of tables, with everything

more on offer too.

Fish and plenty of steak. We decided

from Cosy booths to small tables for

The extensive menu is reasonably

upon The Sweet Potato and Red Bean

two. The rich inviting decor contrasted

priced with star ters priced from

Burger (£9.50) served with seasoned fries

of dark leather booths and red lighting

£4.50. Our table consisted of two

and fresh coleslaw, Steak & Ribs- (8oz

worked very well and created a relaxed

vegetarians (myself included) and two

rump steak and a barbecue glazed half

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rack of ribs) (£18.50) and T-Bone 14oz

one of the nicest cuts of meat he had

(£21.75)

sampled in a long time.

Our starters arrived and we eagerly

with was served with a cookie (£3.95) like all of the previous courses the deserts

The steaks came with seasoned

came and were presented superbly and

tucked in. The pâté was packed full of

fries, and a salad garnish with a sauce

tasted simply delicious and finished our

flavour and was served with ample warm

of choice bacon & honey mustard and

evening off nicely.

toasted bread. The cheddar mushrooms

Classic cocktail with croutons were

Whether it is for a family celebration,

were served piping hot and oozing in

chosen. The fries were well-seasoned,

a works meeting or a romantic meal

creamy garlic and cheese sauce they

and the salad was crisp and fresh.

for two Miller and Carter ticks all of the

were also served with a slice of garlic

The Sweet Potato and Red Bean

boxes. The Penn branch was the first to

bread which was very flavorsome. The

Burger, which each came served on a

open and now with 30 restaurants all

Dusted calamari was perfectly cooked

slate platter was delicious. Each burger

over the UK you can see why this popular

also the home made garlic and chive dip

was large on a toasted sesame bun, not

restaurant is busy even midweek. At

was heavenly.

just a thin burger patty on a bap like

Miller & Carter they know a thing or two

other places we have been before .

about steak. Don’t just take our word for

After our delicious starters, we were more than enthusiastic for our

The homemade coleslaw was truly

main courses. Our plates were promptly

astounding and again the fries were

cleared away. A short while after the

crispy and well-seasoned.

mains were served.

A short while after finishing our

it book a table and decide for yourself. Miller & Carter Penn, Stourbridge Road, Wolverhampton, WV4 5NG

The steaks were both cooked

meal, our waitress bought us the deserts

01902 896 264

excellently, one medium rare and one

menu. With our bellies full, we thought

www.millerandcarter.co.uk/

well done as requested, and each served

it would be rude not to try out the

millerandcarterpenn

with a pat of garlic butter on top. Our

desserts on offer. We ordered Banoffee

Dress Code: Smart Casual or Dress to

dining companion was delighted with

Pie (£4.95) Chocolate Brownie (£5.75) and

Impress if you fancy.

his steak and ribs combo and said it was

Beechdean Farmhouse Dairy Ice Cream

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When you are happy that a food processor is the tool for

Chop, chop! Let a food processor do the hard work in your kitchen.

T

you, it’s time to look at the attachments that come with different models and decide which you need: ■ All processors will have a knife blade that can be used for mixing, puréeing, mincing and mashing. ■ Most will also come with a dough blade for kneading bread dough. ■ There will then be a selection

here’s no doubt that a food

for people who do a lot of savoury

processor can be a valuable

cooking and need to chop, blend and

of circular metal discs that cut,

addition to any kitchen. Modern

grate food. If you’re more of a baker

slice and grate. Look at the

models can perform a whole host of

and want to whip cream, whisk eggs or

size of the blades to check you

different tasks to make your culinary

knead dough, then a stand mixer (with an

are happy with the different

life easier. But with such a wide range

open bowl and overhanging ‘arm’) may

thicknesses they produce. Some

on offer, at prices from about £30 to

be more suitable. For chopping nuts,

models also include a special

£350 and above, how do you choose the

breadcrumbs or onion, or for puréeing

blade for cutting chips.

right one for you?

small quantities of baby food, a less

■ A jug blender attachment

The first question to answer is whether or not a food processor is

powerful – and less expensive – mini

is really useful if you like to

chopper may be sufficient.

make soups, smoothies and

the product you need. They are best

mayonnaise. Some can even crush ice. ■ A citrus press makes it easy to extract the maximum possible juice from oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit. You can also get a centrifugal juicer attachment for juicing hard fruits and vegetables. ■ Look for a mill attachment if you like grinding your own coffee beans and spices, or chopping small quantities of nuts. ■ There are several different types of whisk attachments, but metal twin beaters give the best results. ■ A mini bowl with its own blade that fits inside the main one can be more effective for chopping small quantities. To help you make your final choice, take a good look online at product reviews. This is the best way to assess what the product descriptions don’t tell you – such as how noisy the processor is, how difficult it is to assemble and clean, and how efficiently and evenly it cuts food. And then you’re all set – ready to make super soups, crunchy salads and tasty dishes galore!

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Serves 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 30 - 40 minutes

BOXING DAY SOUP Method Preheat oven to 160C/gas 3 Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion for 5 minutes until golden. Stir in the celery and fry for 5

Ingredients

minutes, then add the potatoes and fry for a further

1 tbsp sunflower or olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 celery sticks, chopped 2 medium potatoes, about 350g/12oz total weight, peeled and cut into small chunks

1-2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the curry paste or stuffing if using. Cook for a further minute or two, then pour in the stock. Bring to the boil and stir well. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

1 tbsp curry paste (optional) or stuffing (optional)

Add the leftover veg and meat (if using) into the pan

1.2 litres / 2 pints vegetable stock

or blender and either blitz to a smooth purée, or leave

and warm through. Pour the soup into a food processor

550g / 1lb 4 oz leftover roasted or boiled vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips and squash, roughly chopped.

a few chunks for texture. Return the soup to the pan.

Add any leftover meat such as turkey, beef, ham, sausages etc.

Reheat thoroughly, and pour into bowls with spoonfuls

OR this can be left as a vegetarian soup

You may need to thin the soup to the consistency you like with hot water or stock, then taste for seasoning. of yogurt or crème fraîche swirled on top, then serve with crusty bread.

Salt and pepper for seasoning Natural yogurt or crème fraîche - to serve

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n o i t a Motiv with R ich Hello & Welcome to

‘Motivation with R ich’. To start your month off on the right track, each edition I will be giving you either a healthy food recipe, a workout that you can do at home or a health, weight loss or fitness tip. Over the next few editions im going to be sharing with you the benefits of taking ‘Super Foods’ This months ‘Super Food’ is Spirulina.

The Benefits Of Spirulina… 1.) Spirulina

Spirulina has one of the highest sources of protein on We would like to introduce

the planet with a massive 60 percent of protein per

you to Locally Yours’ healthy

serving; it also provides all 22 amino acids that our

living columnist Richard Morris.

bodies require.

We have teamed up with Richard who will provide us each edition with top tips, helping people to transform their health, fitness and weight loss goals. Richard the founder of the Fit Body Bootcamp has been a fitness professional

It is also high in all of the vitamins and nutrients that your body requires. Taking a tablespoon of this super food per day will give you impressive amounts of vitamin B12 & B complex, iron, essential trace minerals, beta carotene and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Algae’s, like Spirulina, are the original source

for over 14 years and is

of omega-3 fatty acids and hundreds of trace

one of the UK’s top fitness

minerals that our body requires.

and fat loss experts. His

It’s a standing joke with my clients that Spirulina

enthusiasm and dedication

looks and tastes like pond water, well that’s most

to fitness is set to make ‘Motivation With Rich’ A great feature for anyone who wants to get fit.

probably because it is!!! You see Spirulina grows naturally in lakes and warm, fresh-water ponds, and first formed millions of years ago. Its dark green color is a reflection of its rich source of chlorophyll – a well-known plant pigment that cleanses and purifies our blood.

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has the highest source of protein and also provides all 22 amino acids that our bodies require. ■ Some research has suggested that Spirulina may be helpful in allergies and allergic reactions.

So even though it may not look and taste the best by taking spirulina will give you everything your body needs

The Benefits of taking Spirulina ■ Spirulina contains Omega 3,6 and 9 and is especially high in Omega-3s. ■ Spirulina is extremely high in Chlorophyll, which

for optimal nutrition. P.S. When choosing Spirulina, make sure to choose one that is organic A good tip is to add a tablespoon into a healthy smoothie,

helps remove toxins from the blood and boost the

that way you will be getting all of the great benefits of this

immune system.

super food but it will make it taste a little nicer . Here is a great

■ Spirulina has a very high concentration of bioavailable iron and is excellent during pregnancy and for those with anemia. ■  Spirulina is a great source of other

example of a healthy smoothie…

Almond and Banana Smoothie Serves 4

nutrients including vitamins B-1(thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3(nicotinamide),

Ingredients:

B-6 (pyridoxine), B-9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin

2 bananas

D, vitamin A and vitamin E. It is also a source

50g raw almonds, soaked

of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron,

500ml coconut, almond or rice milk

magnesium, manganese, phosphorus,

1 scoop greens drink (spirulina, wheat grass, barley grass)

selenium, sodium and zinc.

Method

■ Spirulina is also incredibly high in calcium with over 26 times the calcium in milk, making it excellent for children, the elderly and during pregnancy. ■ Spirulina is great for vegans and vegetarians as it

Blend all ingredients for 1-2 minutes and pour into a glass before serving.

Have a great month folks, R ich

Across 1 Older, of higher rank. (6) 4 ______ Ustinov, award-winning actor. (5) 8 First name of Popeye’s wife. (5) 9 Musical symbols which indicate emphasis. (7) 10 Bright red, like Santa’s suit. (7) 11 Norse god of thunder. (4) 12 Type of rose. (3) 14 You only need one for a unicycle. (4) 15 Engine reservoir. (4) 18 Frying, milk or omelette? (3) 21 Long. protruding tooth. (4) 23 Supervise. (7) 25 Water-dwelling. (7) 26 Adornment. (5) 27 Slippery fabric. (5) 28 Confused. (6)

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Down 1 Burn. (6) 2 Riotously. (7) 3 Cross the line. (8) 4 Rate of movement. (4) 5 ‘Lords a leaping’ were the _____ gift. (5) 6 Hotel, camp, place for a holiday. (6) 7 Lose consciousness. (5) 13 Moved up. (8) 16 Hello Dolly; Cats. (7) 17 Wanders off. (6) 19 Cleft. (5) 20 Dreaded. (6) 22 Good exercise for quads and glutes. (5) O Cpage A L LY M ADumbfound G A Z I N E (4) Answers areLon 65 Y O U R S 24

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What are the benefits of Neem? ■ Neem twigs are used for

Neem is a flowering, tropical tree native to India, Pakistan and Malaysia. While this hardy member of the mahogany family thrives best in well-drained soil, it can tolerate extremely harsh environmental conditions.

what is neem

brushing teeth in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. This practice is perhaps one of the earliest and most effective forms of dental care. ■ All parts of the tree (seeds, leaves, flowers and bark) are used for preparing many different medical preparations. ■ Neem oil is used for preparing cosmetics (soap, shampoo, balms and creams), and is useful for skin care such as acne, and keeping skin elasticity. ■ Besides its use in traditional Indian medicine the neem tree is of great importance for its anti-desertification properties and possibly as a good carbon dioxide sink. ■ Neem Gum is used as a bulking agent and for the preparation

In fact, it can survive in climates

Ac c ording to a 20 0 5 review,

where daytime temperatures soar

more than 14 0 compounds have

and there is barely any water. This

been identified in various parts of the

characteristic is why neem is considered

tree, many of which are attributed to

■ Aquaous extracts of neem

a life-giving tree, and all of its parts are

providing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory,

leaves have demonstrated

used for a great variety of purposes.

antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.

Medicine

of special purpose food (those for diabetics).

significant antidiabetic potential. ■ Neem is highly recommended

In East Africa, neem is known as

Various neem products, which are

for the effects it has upon the

Muarubaini, which translates from

made from all parts of the tree, are

skin. It is advised to maintain a

Swahili to mean, “the tree of the 40,” a

used in Indian medicine to treat acne,

healthy glow on the skin.

reference to the tree’s reputation for

eczema, gum disease, malaria, chicken

■ Due to neem’s antibacterial

being able to cure 40 different diseases.

pox, fever, jaundice, scabies, intestinal

properties, it is effective

In India, where neem is widely used in

parasites, diabetes, arthritis, rheumatism

in fighting most epidermal

Ayurvedic medicine, the tree is known

and bronchitis.

dysfunctions such as Acne, Psoriasis & Eczema.

as the “Sacred Tree.”

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MOROCCANOIL: THE INNOVATION THAT STARTED A REVOLUTION IN HAIR CARE. It is extremely important to take care of your hair

It will not leave any residue or greasy buildup, while providing

during the winter otherwise your hair can become dry

all of the above mentioned hair benefits.

and brittle. Euphoria Hair, Highly recommend using Moroccanoil which they use daily at their salon in

Directions of Use:

Wordsley.

For Styling and Finishing: Apply a small amount

Here are some of the reasons why you may want to

onto your palms and work through damp hair after

consider incorporating Moroccanoil into your daily hair care

shampooing. Style as usual.

routine.

For Protection: Apply a small amount to dry hair to

Moisturises Hair A wondrous multi-tasker, Moroccanoil helps to soften thick

protect from damage caused by sun, wind and other harsh environmental factors. For Colour & Chemical Treatment: Before applying

and unmanageable hair, build flexible strength and restore

colour, highlights, straightening or relaxer chemical

shine and softness to dull or damaged hair. It even protects

treatments, prepare hair by applying approximately 5ml

against environmental damage, thanks to the pure argan oil

directly onto hair and gently massage. Do not rinse the

formula.

hair before applying colour/treatment chemicals. Add

Offers Colour Damage Protection: If your hair’s been

4-7ml to the colour mix to increase hairs absorption rate

damaged by colouring and styling, or if you have hair

and to enhance shine and depth of colour.

extensions, this product is for you. The unique quality of

For Hair Extensions: Use it to help detangle hair, wig and

instant absorption allows it to impart instant shine without

hair extensions.

leaving an oily residue.

Key Ingredients: Argan Oil: Moroccanoil’s signature ingredient. Only

Reduces Frizz

found growing in Southwest Morocco, this powerful

Those with wavy hair that tends to get frizzy throughout

antioxidant and UV protector is rich in vitamins that help

the day may also benefit from Moroccanoil. Instantly absorbing,

to strengthen the hair and increase its elasticity.

Moroccanoil helps to eliminate frizz, easily detangling your locks

Moroccanoil offers vitamins and nutrients which make the

and providing long-term conditioning for added bounce. Due

hair strong and healthy. Vitamin E, Vitamin F, and phenols

to its moisturizing benefits, Moroccanoil is an excellent frizz and

are some of the nutrients which are found in argan oil. In

breakage reducer. This makes it a beneficial option for women

addition, argan oil offers UV ray protection.

who frequently use straighteners, curling irons, rollers, and blow dryers during their daily hair care maintenance.

Recommended: Many hair stylists including Debi and the team at Euphoria Hair Wordsley recommend using Moroccanoil during the

AS AN INTRODUCTION TO MOROCCANOIL, EUPHORIA

hairstyling process because it makes the hair easier to manage.

HAIR HAVE A RANGE OF SAMPLE SIZES

This can be a great way to reduce heat damage. Moroccanoil has

Buy 3 & get the 25ml treatment oil for £5

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Growing hair salon welcomes new team member Euphoria Hair are celebrating growing success and would like to introduce new stylist Kirsty Jones who covers all aspects of hairdressing. Specializing in creative colouring and cutting for both men and women, Kirsty is a welcomed addition to the team based in Lawnswood Road Wordsley.

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It’s all about the colour this season at Salon 27 The summer season was about beautiful platinum blondes, caramel brunettes and rich bright reds. This season it’s all about honey blondes, strawberry gold’s, cinnamon glows and cool brunettes. With the dip dye still very much in fashion, why not soften sun kissed blonde ends with a soft toffee, honey or soft mink. In 2007, Jodie, Salon 27 owner completed the Wella master colour programme and each year is invited to attend the prestigious Wella colour congress which keeps her up to date with all the latest and upcoming techniques and fashion. Jodie says “I recently had a fabulous day in Manchester at the Wella Manchester studios. Our day was hosted by Robert Eaton, three times North Eastern hairdresser of the year. Robert showcased to us his ideas for the new colour ID” Well Colour ID is a new way to colour hair without the worry of colour mixing. Gone are the days of foils. The team at Salon 27 have been trying out lots of new techniques and mixing tones and colours together to create the most beautiful looks. For a free consultation on your Wella Colour ID contact Jodie and the team at Salon 27 on: 01902 836 565

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GET THE JAB, GET FLU SAFE Serves 4

As the autumn sets in and winter approaches, it’s time forPreparation those at greatest time: risk from flu to protect themselves and their families, and get flu safe with a free flu jab. 10 minutes Cooking time: 30 - 40 minutes

BOXING DAY SOUP Method Preheat oven to 160C/gas 3 Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion for

F

5 minutes until golden. Stir in the celery and fry for 5 strains of flu, so even if you had a jab last winter you need minutes, then add the potatoes and fry for a further another one this year to stay flu safe. The jab doesn’t contain and it can be a really serious illness for some.  Those at 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently. 1 tbsp sunflower or olive oil the ‘live’ virus so it cannot give you the flu. greater risk from flu include people aged 65 or over, lu is a highly contagious infection that anyone can catch, Ingredients

1 medium onion, Hegarty added: “Flu canifincrease the risk pregnant women, and chopped those with health conditions such as Add the Dr curry paste or stuffing using. Cook forof a developing moreminute serious or illnesses suchpour as bronchitis and pneumonia, and severe asthma, chest or heart complaints and diabetes. 2 celery sticks, chopped further two, then in the stock. Bring to

worse.and Flusimmer can knock you October 2013, those people at most risk will be thecan boilmake and existing stir well.conditions Lower the much heat, cover 2 From medium potatoes, about 350g/12oz total your feet and make it hard to look after the encouraged to get flu safe with a free flu jab from their GP.   foroff 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are tender. kids or go to weight, peeled and cut into small chunks work.  In the most serious cases, seasonal flu might land you  Dr David Hegarty, Chair of Dudley Clinical Commissioning

1 tbsp curry paste (optional) or stuffing

in the hospital – it can be a killer.” Group said: “Flu is not just a cold – it can be a really serious Add leftover veg even and meat (if using) into the pan (optional) “If through. you’re in Pour any of ’atinto risk’a groups, the flu jab is illness for some people and it doesn’t just affect older people. If and warm thethe soup food processor

1.2 pregnant, litres / 2 pints vegetable stockor a long term health or completely andblitz is a safe way of protecting you and your you’re have lowered immunity blender andfree either to a smooth purée, or leave family in a matter of minutes.” condition severe asthma, a chest heart complaint, a few chunks for texture. Return the soup to the pan. 550g / such 1lb 4asoz leftover roasted ororboiled The best vaccinated is at the start of the flu or vegetables, diabetes thensuch you should also get a free flucarrots, jab from your You may need totime thin to thebe soup to the consistency you as Brussels sprouts, from October to early so it’s good to get GPparsnips and get fluand safe.  The flu roughly jab is completely safe, and it can’t likeseason with hot water or stock, thenNovember, taste for seasoning. squash, chopped. in early and get fluand safe in time thewith winter. Reheat thoroughly, pour intofor bowls spoonfuls Add any leftover meat such as turkey, beef,   Simply contact your GP on to top, arrange convenient  Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging of yogurt or crème fraîche swirled then aserve ham, sausages etc.

give you flu.”

appointment and get your jab. It’s quick, safe and free for everyone in Dudley who knows anyone who may be at risk from with crusty bread. OR this can be left as a vegetarian soup those most at risk from the virus. flu to tell them how important it is that they get protected.

Salt who and are pepper People carersfor andseasoning frontline health and social care staff

For more information, speak to your GP or local

areNatural also encouraged tocrème get a free jab to-protect themselves yogurt or fraîche to serve

pharmacist, or visit www.nhs.uk/flu

and those around them. The flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest

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Welcome to Party Feet, the second in a series of health features provided by Chris Bellew a foot health specialist. Christmas is near and the party season is here, but can the poor feet survive? Here is some advice to help you keep your feet in tip top condition this party season.

■ Cut your toenails straight across and not down the sides. Rough bits can be gently smoothed using an emery board. ■ Hard skin can be gently filed with a large emery board or foot file. A little bit at a time is the best way. Don’t file for too long as you will make the skin sore. ■ Dry skin can be re-vitalised using hand cream, but don’t use it between your toes, it can make them sore.

Finally a Christmas joke for you: Q: Why did Santa visit the Chiropodist? A: Because he had a bad case of mistle toe! (please feel free to groan)

■ Over the counter corn remedies usually contain a weak skin acid which “burns” the skin away. They can often make matters worse. Instead file the corn down or have it treated professionally. ■ Nail varnish can look great, but it’s not healthy for your nails. So use it, enjoy it, but remove it as soon as possible.

Put your feet in our hands…

■ High heels look great and make you feel in the party mood. Why not wear sensible shoes to the party for example dolly shoe pumps (these can be hidden easily in handbags) and change into those heels when you get there. If the ground is icy or frosty those heels will make you slip and hospital casualty isn’t as much fun as the party. ■ Gel fore-foot insoles can be bought from most chemists which will help you dance the night away in comfort. ■ As a general rule try wearing different shapes and styles of shoes. This will mean pressure is not always in the same place causing sore areas. Don’t wear new shoes on a special night out. Wear them in first so you know they are comfy. If you do get a blister then don’t burst it, you will only make it sore for days. Put a sticky stretchy bandage not a plaster over the blister. ■ Treat yourself for those party nights and have a professional treatment to help those feet survive.

Book an appointment today to see a qualified chiropodist and podiatrist and take the first steps to more comfortable feet

C J Bellew Podiatrist & Chiropodist www.cjbellewchiropodist.co.uk

276 Coalway Road, Merry Hill, Wolverhampton, WV3 7NP

01902 333 166 or 07806 523 249

Above all else have a very Happy Christmas. DECEMBER 2013

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n a d H b a h g a B Words Sarah Davey

I

t’s a sad fact that the story

Lipstick / gloss:

of my life can be told in the

An absolute must to keep your pout

handbags I have owned. In my

looking per fec t throughout the

tiny, trendy youth I carried a tiny,

evening.

trendy beaded pouch. As a student

I switched to practical-but-cool

Compact mirror:

leather rucksacks. Through the

Useful for quick make-up adjustments

years I gained a degree, a husband

and contact lens emergencies.

and four children, and a larger handbag...much larger.

Coin purse:

The amount of stuf f I lug

Ditch your usual purse with its useful

around now is scary. Make-up for

pockets and pouches, for a dinky coin

starters (who knows when I may

purse in which to keep your cash for

run into Johnny Depp at the post

the evening.

office), a mobile phone (which hadn’t been invented when I was

Mobile phone:

a teen), spare tights (me), spare

They’re so tiny now they hardly take up

pants (toddler), tissues, baby

any room, and most double as a camera

wipes, a set of keys that would put

which is handy.

a prison officer to shame, a purse of gargantuan proportions (though

Blister plasters:

sadly lacking in cash), a notebook

These special plasters are life-savers

and wi-fi-enabled tablet (well I am

when breaking in new shoes and,

a writer), assorted pens, spectacles,

even if you don’t need them,

and several of the cast members

they’ll make you very popular

from the animated film Cars. I bet

when others are hobbling.

I’m not unusual either. My life is in my over-sized

Mints:

bag, but while fine for everyday

Whether you’re single or part of a

purposes, when I go out in the

couple, if you’re hoping to steal a few

evening I face a dilemma. I know

kisses under the mistletoe, keep your

my outfit would benefit from a

breath fresh throughout the evening.

petite, chic clutch, but which bits of paraphernalia can I do without

Don’t forget:

for four whole hours?

Your house key. You don’t need to take

It ’s tempting to grab my

the whole bunch, just remove the one

normal bag, but I know I’ll regret

you need. Also, if you’re not driving,

this when I spy more elegant

do remember to take the number of

souls clutching their diminutive

a reliable taxi firm, just in case your lift

designer numbers. So for all of

falls through.

us who struggle I have devised a definitive and minimalist evening bag contents list…

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And the bag? With evening bags anything goes. But whether it’s sequins and sparkle, buttons or bows, funky or sophisticated, your bag should make a statement. Now go and bag some fun! L O C A L LY Y O U R S M A G A Z I N E

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Yours

Oblong Treasure Box Clutch Bag £29.99 New Look

Clutch Bag With Lizard Print In Hard Construction £25.00 Asos

Bronze Sequin Box Clutch £28.00 Top Shop

Gold Embellished Box Clutch £40.00 River Island

Black Embellished Clutch £22.00 Dorothy Perkins

Diamante Clutch £70.00 Top Shop

Bailey Bow Clutch £45.00 Coast

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LIPSY Lipsy Mesh Cut Out Flower Dress

£58.00

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Dark Red Sequin Waist Draped Dress

£38.00

DOROTHY PERKINS Little Mistress Collection Cream and navy lace dress

£53.00 TOP SHOP Sequin Velvet Dress

£68.00

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Christmas is coming and festive Jumpers are the words on everyone’s lips this season. Get all the family, even the dog involved… You know it will look amazing! Somehow these jumpers just make Christmas (and the photos) even more fun.

BOYS Dress up Santa two piece set (Aged 3months – 6years) £11-£12 Next

GIRLS Penguin Christmas Jumper (Aged 3months – 5 years) £9-£10 Matalan

OLDER GIRLS Christmas Jumper Sequin Robin Jumper (Aged 3 years – 13 years) £8-£9 Matalan

FOR THE DOG Squeaky Rudolph Dog Jumper Size XS – XL £45 notonthehighstreet.com

OLDER BOYS Boys Christmas Jumper (Aged 6 years – 15 years) £10 Peacocks

FOR HIM Men’s Elf Jumper £18 Peacocks FOR HER Ladies Fun Reindeer Sweater £28 Next

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! RY AS ER M M ST RI CH

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needles, holly, mistletoe and lilies are poisonous to pets

tree lights so your pet can’t chew them

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Revenge Wears Prada - Lauren Weisberger

T

his long-awaited sequel to ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ sees the central character

Andy, out of the clutches of bossfrom-hell Miranda Priestly, with her experience at Runway a long time behind her. As the book opens she

is about to marry her dream husband and is a successful editor in her own right. What could possibly go wrong? The answer of course is everything. While ten years may

it lacks the pace and some of the humour of the original. Perhaps the biggest loss comes from the change in narrative

have passed, Andy still has nightmares about working for

perspective - instead of hearing Andy’s thoughts first hand,

Miranda. And Max may seem to be perfect, but his mother is

Weisberger uses the third person form, creating a sense of

less than impressed with his choice of bride. Soon after the

distance. The other issue is that there simply isn’t enough

wedding Andy discovers that she is pregnant, and increasingly

of Miranda - the titular devil of the first volume. We can root

pulled in too many directions at once - wife, mother, career

for Andy, but it is her nemesis who fascinates and repulses

woman. Everything comes to a head when a big company

us in equal measure.

expresses an interest in the magazine that Andy and her fellow

The conclusion is not necessarily predictable, but perhaps

survivor Emily have slaved to make a success - bringing the

a little too safe, giving a clear moral to the story. It’s nice to

terrifying figure of Miranda back into their lives...

find out what has happened to these characters - nice, but

As sequels go, this book is enjoyable enough – though

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readers can race along with him. Simple and sturdy, it allows the story to be acted out, continued and extended as far as the child’s imagination can go - in other words, a very long way. There are others in the series - a dinosaur digger and a instinct’ which all young boys seem to have. Simply told, engagingly drawn and with just the right balance of excitement, this is definitely one to look out for.

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The Great Movie Guide In association wit h

Free Birds

Frozen

to our screens in animated comedy ‘Free Birds’, which follows two turkeys travelling through time to get their species off the Thanksgiving menu. Turkeys Jake and Reggie team up in an effort to save their fellow fowl. Travelling back in time to the first Thanksgiving, the poultry pair are determined to get their feathered friends out of the oven and off the table for once and for all!

wonderland for fairytale fantasy ‘Frozen’, which sees a young heroine setting off on an icy adventure to find her sister and save their kingdom. Powerful Snow Queen Elsa goes into hiding after inadvertently unleashing an ice age on her kingdom. Now, it’s up to her little sister Anna to embark on an epic journey through the snowy wilderness so she can reach the Snow Queen and defrost her icy spell. ‘Frozen’ features the voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Idina Menzel.

Released on 29/11/13 GenreAnimated, Comedy Cast members Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler Whats the plot? Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson flock

The Hobbit

Released on 13/12/13 Genre Fantasy Cast members Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage’ Whats the plot? Fantasy sequel ‘The Hobbit: The

Desolation of Smaug’ picks up where the first instalment left off as Bilbo and the band of exiled dwarves continue their epic journey. Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the thirteen dwarves push forward with their mission, passing through the treacherous Mirkwood forest and on to Lake-town, where Bilbo must confront the firebreathing dragon Smaug in his lair and recover the stolen treasure. Benedict Cumberbatch and Evangeline Lilly join the returning cast in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’, taking on roles as the voice of the evil dragon Smaug and Silvan elf Tauriel.

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Released on 06/12/13 Genre Action, Adventure, Animated Cast members Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad Whats the plot? Disney create an animated winter

Anchorman: The Legend Continues

Released on 20/12/13 Genre Comedy Cast members Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd Whats the plot? Outrageous moustachioed newsman Ron Burgundy is back on the big screen with his cohorts in the long-awaited comedy sequel ‘Anchorman: The Legend Continues’. It’s the 1980s and the broadcasting gang are back on set and as classy as ever! But, this time round, the former Channel 4 team are facing a new challenge as they are offered a gig on a 24-hour news channel in New York. Kristen Wiig joins the returning cast members in ‘Anchorman: The Legend Continues’, which will also features an extensive line-up of A-list cameos from the likes of Harrison Ford and Nicole Kidman

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Walking With Dinosaurs

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

to life through CGI in live-action family adventure ‘Walking With Dinosaurs’, which sees a small dinosaur triumph against the odds. They may have been extinct for millions of years, but dinosaurs are alive and well in this BBC Earth production. Taking place around 70 million years ago, it revolves around one underdog Pachyrhinosaurus and his migrating family as they roam the planet, revealing how earth would have appeared in the prehistoric era. ‘Walking With Dinosaurs’ was inspired by the BBC’s hit series of the same name and features the voice of Charlie Rowe and Angourie Rice.

fantastical action-comedy about an ordinary man with an extremely active imagination. When reality gets too stressful for timid photographer Walter, he retreats into the safety of his daydreams. Here, he imagines himself as a fearless hero fighting the elements during epic quests and impressing his co-worker Cheryl (Kristen Wiig). Until one day, rather unexpectedly, the realms of reality and fantasy begin to overlap and Walter finds himself on a real-life adventure. Directed by and starring Ben Stiller, ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ also features Sean Penn.

Released on 20/12/13 Genre Action, Family Cast members Charlie Rowe, Angourie Rice Whats the plot? Extinct dinosaurs are brought back

Released on 27/12/13 Genre Adventure, Comedy, Drama Cast members Kristen Wiig, Ben Stiller, Adam Scott Whats the plot? ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ is a

47 Ronin Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Released on 03/01/14 Genre Drama Cast members Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto Whats the plot? Revealing drama ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ chronicles the life of the world-famous freedom fighter and the fight against apartheid in South Africa. The biopic delves into the revolutionary politician’s life, from his humble beginnings in a rural village through to his election as the President of South Africa, as well as the many years struggle and strife in between… Directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ also stars Naomie Harris (Skyfall).

Released on 26/12/13 Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy Cast members Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki Whats the plot? Fantasy action film ‘47 Ronin’ puts

Reeves in a band of sword-wielding samurai on a death-defying quest for vengeance. Half-British, halfJapanese outcast Kai (Reeves) joins a team of highly skilled samurai as they set off on a dangerous journey through Japan to avenge their master, who was unjustly killed. During their journey, these elite warriors will have to fend off formidable enemies, including dragons and fearsome mythical beasts. ‘47 Ronin’ is loosely based on a popular real-life story about a pack of leaderless Japanese samurai who sought revenge for their master’s death.

Competition We have teamed up with Odeon Cinema MerryHill to give 2 lucky families the chance to win a family ticket to a film of their choice. For your chance to win simply answer the following question correctly. FREE BIRDS, IS A FILM ABOUT TWO TURKEYS CALLED JAKE AND ________? A.) ROBIN B.) REGGIE C.) ROGER Send your answers on a postcard with your Name, Address and Telephone Number to Locally Yours Magazine, 6 Coppice Close, Sedgley, DY3 3NP OR email your answer to info@locallyyoursmag.co.uk Closing date is 31st December 2013 COSTA COFFEE NOW OPEN INSIDE ODEON MERRY HILL - OPEN FOR BREAKFAST 8AM

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Hello and welcome again to Terry’s Angle here in the pages of Locally Yours Magazine I aim to keep you informed on the local fishing scene. If you have local fishing news of any kind please drop me a few lines or a tel number so I can get in touch, if it’s a catch report add a pic (if you have one) to the email. terrycomphoto@blueyonder.co.uk

Well the inaugural Riverfest competition certainly caught the imagination of the nations flowing water anglers with £10,000 to the winner (the biggest ever competition prize for a river event) sold out qualifiers and a two day final on the magnificient River Wye, around Hereford Town. The final was also a hugely popular event with spectators, anglers from around the UK turning up to watch the sixty qualifiers battle it out, for the fabulous prize on offer. On the first day, with the river at normal winter level after weeks of high water, the scene looked set for a competiton of big weights with good sport and the River Wye did not disappoint. First day winner was Paul Bick on peg 93 with an excellent weight of 32lb 7oz Paul was closely followed by Michael Dalziel 28lb 8oz, Ian Didcote, 26lb 8oz, Andrew Murphy, 26lb 8oz, Brian Rigby 26lb 0z and England International Steve Hemingray 24lb 4oz. With 36 weights over 10lbs and 11 over 20lbs it was all to play for on the second

RIVER WYE

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ANDREW MURPHY

PAUL BICK

On the morning of the second match, the match leaders

SCOT T GEENS

day total also of 41lbs 1oz, Ian Didcote could only muster a

all again drew reasonable pegs, with pre match favourite

second day weight 5lbs 1oz.

Andy Murphy drawing out the previous day’s match winning

Pre match favourite and River Wye expert, Andy

peg, number 93, his odds with the match bookie shortened

Murphy, had followed his excellent first day 26lbs 8oz,

dramatically!

with 18lbs 1oz from peg 93, to claim the very first

With various reports filtering back to HQ during the duration of the match, only one thing was sure was that Scott Geens had won the second day with 30lb 10oz but what of the

Riverfest title, along with the £10,000, an excellent two day total of 44lbs 9oz! Amazingly there was a three way tie for second place with three anglers, Paul Bick, Michael Dalziel and Chris Parr

previous days leaders? Paul Bick could only weigh in 8lb 10oz, to give him a total weight of 41lbs 1oz, Michael Dalziel had 12lb 9oz, for a two

all finishing on 41-1-0, so the runners-up prize money was divided up equally, for a cool £3,333,33p each!)

Riverfest 2013 result 1

Andrew Murphy

44

2

Michael Dalziel

41

9 1

3

Paul Bick

41

1

4

Chris Parr

41

1

5

John Urrty

40

14

6

Scott Geens

39

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Fishery News: Shatterford: Cold weather coming, should see those big roach and skimmers on the feed, worm and caster for the bream and skimmers, red maggots and corn for those big roach. Sion Farm: Huge catches of roach and skimmers to casters and maggots but worm is catching the bigger roach and perch. River Severn: The lower reaches are producing massive Zander, with pike increasingly being caught as the colder weather approaches. River Wye: Big chub, roach and barbel, around the Hereford Town Area.

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WHAT’S ON DECEMBER 2013

Santa Safari

West Midlands Safari Park 23rd November – 24th December The annual Santa Safari event at West Midland Safari Park runs right up to Christmas Eve. During this time, the Parks’ Discovery Trail will be decked in festive splendour and the most delightful elves make this event even more special. Santa Safari is a unique and unusual seasonal experience that incorporates the call of the wild, with four miles of self-drive safari to see rare White Tigers, the largest pride of White Lions in the UK along with lots more besides, like Elephants, Giraffe and Rhino. Bookings are now being taken! Visit www.santasafari.com

Santa Hunt *

Black Country Living Museum 2nd, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, The highly popular Santa Hunts are a big hit with children and parents alike. As children embark upon a fun-filled search for Santa costumed guides and magical Christmas clues point the way to Santa’s workshop culminating in a surprise gift.

Christmas at home with the Edwardians The Locksmith’s House, Willenhall

6th & 7th December Experience an Edwardian style Christmas when the Locksmith’s House opens its doors for this rare event. Christmas at home with the Edwardians is an evening of traditional Christmas activities and entertainment including carol singing and storytelling by the open fire place, mince pies, mulled wine and hot roast chestnuts. *Please note this is a pre-purchase ticket only event and takes place at The Locksmith’s House, Willenhall not at Black Country Living Museum. To pre-purchase tickets call the bookings office on 0121 520 8054.

Sleeping Beauty The Grand Theatre

*This is a pre purchase only event. Pre-purchase your tickets by calling the bookings office on 0121 520 8054

7th December – 18th January 2014 Wake up and prepare to be spellbound by the 2013/14 pantomime spectacular SLEEPING BEAUTY. Featuring magnificent scenery, beautiful costumes, stunning sets and an abundance of comedy, this classic tale of love and enchantment will be magically brought to life in Wolverhampton’s biggest pantomime yet!

Santa’s Grotto

Movie Magic

*Various Dates in December* Visit Santa’s grotto at Sleeping Beauty’s magical Christmas castle. 3rd - 13th December 10 am - 2.30 pm (last admission 1.30 pm) & 14th – 24th December 10 am - 3.30 pm (last admission 2.30 pm) Your Santa visit includes a glow in the dark puppet show (duration approx. 20 mins) Suitable for all ages. All visits to Santa’s grotto must be prebooked atleast 24hrs in advance. For Bookings please call 0844 474 2272

10th December It’s the Christmas Party Season so continue your evening in style get down to The Kingfisher Club & Party until 2am every night throughout December. Live Bands, Acts & Tributes every night throughout December, plus DJ & Disco! Entry Ticket Only £10. Book in advance because when they’re full they’re full.

Dudley Zoological Gardens

Kum-n-avaloff Comedy Night Stourbridge Town Hall

5th December 8pm Held on the first Thursday of each month, these comedy events bring you a clutch of new and used talent. Showcasing the best up and coming talent from all over the UK before they hit the big time, giving audiences the chance to see cutting edge comedy at great prices. Not suitable for under 18’s. For more information call the Box Office on 01384 812812

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Festive Meal & Medium Night The Station Hotel Dudley

11th December An evening of mediumship with resident medium Helen Millward. A two course Carvery is included in the price. Tickets cost £19.95 each which includes a glass of mulled wine and mince pies. For more information call: 01384 253418

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Elvis Christmas Show

Carols by Candlelight **

12th December It’s the Christmas Party Season so continue your evening in style get down to The Kingfisher Club & Party until 2am every night throughout December. Live Bands, Acts & Tributes every night throughout December, plus DJ & Disco! Entry ticket only £10. Book in advance because when they’re full they’re full.

22nd December Visitors are invited to join the Friends of the Museum as they bring the 1837 Darby Hand Chapel to life for a traditional candlelit carol service, conjuring up all the atmosphere of Christmas’ past. Starting at 2.30pm the service takes place in the Museum’s historic Darby Hand Chapel and includes 5 lessons and 10 carols within the service. For this event, there is a limited amount of seating and places will need to be pre-booked****Tickets for all chapel events are available in advance by contacting Alan Carter on 01902 670402 (Limited availability).

Kingfisher Club

Take That Tribute – That’s Life Kingfisher Club

Black Country Living Museum

15th December It’s the Christmas Party Season so continue your evening in style get down to The Kingfisher Club & Party until 2am every night throughout December. Live Bands, Acts & Tributes every night throughout December, plus DJ & Disco! Entry ticket only £10. Book in advance because when they’re full they’re full.

Traditional Christmas Evenings Black Country Living Museum

19th – 23rd December The Museum takes on a festive flavour as cottages are illuminated by gas and candlelight, giving off a distinctly magical glow. Enjoy traditional Christmas entertainment including; carol singing, Black Country comedic panto, street entertainers, brass bands, sing along with the pianist in the Bottle & Glass Inn, hot roast chestnuts and mulled wine. Don’t forget to say hello to Santa by the fireside. *This is a pre purchase only event. Book your tickets online www.bclm.com/bookings or call 0121 520 8054

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Horoscopes with John Starkey

w w w. j o h n s t a r ke y.c o.u k | 0 19 0 2 3 3 4 2 2 4 2 1 0

Scorpio

P e n n

R o a d , W o l v e r h a m p t o n

Pisces

Cancer

23rd Oct – 22nd Nov Don’t be afraid to jump in with both feet that intrepid planet Jupiter is firing up your sign with loads of energy and oodles of courage. This is the kind of time where you can really achieve the almost impossible. Lucky no: 5

19th Feb – 20th Mar The rollercoaster of uncertainty has finally come to an end now you can get down to sorting out a positive plan this is a great time for a knees up and to establish yourself as the natural leader as your sign denotes. Lucky no: 23

Sagittarius

Aries

21st Mar – 20th Apr Whatever you are seeking or which mystery you need to solve it is important not to leave a stone unturned in your quest for the truth others may turn to you for straight forward advice so make sure you have your motivational hat on. Lucky no: 50

22nd July – 21st Aug Let others know exactly what your views and opinions are because the planet Saturn with its restrictive influences is entering your sign avoid confusion by keeping everything simple and straight forward this is no time to put the pig on the wall to let the band go by. Lucky no: 10

Capricorn

Taurus

Virgo

23rd Nov – 20th Dec Tie the wrap rascal tight and put your best bib and tucker on its time to party and let it all hang out you’ll trip the light fantastic through the festive season like a ferret down a rabbit hole. Lucky no: 25

21st Dec – 19th Jan Be proud of your achievements and hold on to those things that have real meaning in your life love is leaking just around the corner and this could be the start of a really positive period pat yourself on the back and give yourself credit for the sensitive soul that you are. Lucky no: 67

Aquarius

20th Jan– 18th Feb Patience was never an Aquarian virtue but at the moment it is essential that you wait a while before making any important or crucial decisions time will be on your side if you can just hang on the bell for a while. Lucky no: 24

21st April – 20th May It looks as if whatever you choose to take a chance with should come up trumps for you is it a tickle on the lottery that takes your fancy or maybe a bob or 2 on two gee gees either way it looks as if the time is right. Lucky no: 88

Gemini

21st May – 20th June An unexpected windfall could brighten up your month and lead you to enjoy a bostin spending spree be mindful of that rainy day that always seems to be round the corner Lucky No: 22

21st June – 21st July Though you may have been feeling low and a bit off the hook lately you may be heading for a period of high energy fun and frolics .maybe you are being seen by others as the flavour of the month. Lucky no: 98

Leo

22nd Aug– 22nd Sep Fasten up your gansy tighten your belt and save money wherever you can, because temptation may become very strong lay off the designer what not’s and you could be laughing all the way to the bank this is a good time to be like scrooge bar humbug. Lucky no: 1

Libra

23rd Sep – 22nd Oct What a belter of a month lays ahead there should be plenty of everything on offer. You seem to be entering an amazingly fortunate time all is kushti on the western front as you enjoy the spoils of past success Lucky number: 78

Celebrity Birthdays

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Judy Dench

Jude Law

Birthday: 9th December

Birthday: 29th December

Star Sign: Sagittarius

Star Sign: Capricorn

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GARDEN & LANDSCAPING

Brierley Hill Bathrooms................................. 7

BLINDS & AWNINGS

DJH Ironcraft ...............................................15 Housemate Property Services .................67 Profence....................................................... 17 Natural Stone Supplies ...............................18 Sandyfield Tree Services ............................18

Castle Blinds ...................................................8

GATES & FENCING

BUILDING SERVICES

DJH Ironcraft ...............................................15 Profence....................................................... 17

BEDS Able & Bromley Carpets .............................14 Sofa Factory Outlet ......................................5

Housemate Property Services .................67

CAR MOT/SERVICING

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Stallings Lane Motors .................................61 GR Price........................................................ 60

Euphoria Hair ...............................................43 Salon27 ........................................................ 44

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HANDYMAN SERVICES

GR Price Autos ............................................ 60 Stallings Lane Motors .................................61

Housemate Property Services .................67

CAR SPARES

CJ Bellew.......................................................47 Euphoria Hair ...............................................43 Jel Nails and Beauty ....................................45 Salon27 ........................................................ 44 The Fitbody Bootcamp ..............................41 21 Day Drop a Jeansize ...............................41

NLC Spares................................................... 60

CARPETS Able & Bromley Carpets .............................14

CHARITY SERVICES Midlands Air Ambulance ...........................28

HEALTH & BEAUTY SERVICES

CHIROPODIST & PODIATRIST

HEATING SERVICES

CJ Bellew.......................................................47

Flames of Dudley ........................................14 Flaming Fires..................................................6

CLAIRVOYANT & MEDIUM John Starkey................................................ 64

HOUSE BUILDERS

ENTERTAINMENT

Taylor Wimpey............................................. 68

Odeon Cinema.............................................56 The Grand Theatre.......................................21

HomeXperts ................................................13

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LIGHTING

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Lighting Majestic .........................................10

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The Fit Body Bootcamp..............................41 21 Day Drop a Jeansize ...............................41

Waterfront Vets ..........................................31

FISHING TACKLE & BAITS

Wolverhampton Print ................................27

PRINTERS

Dudley Tackle and Baits .............................59

THEATRE

FIREPLACES

The Grand Theatre.......................................21

Flames of Dudley ........................................14 Flaming Fires..................................................6

The Arcade Toy Shop...................................55

FURNITURE & HOME FURNISHINGS

TREE SURGEON

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TOY SHOPS

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USEFUL NUMBERS COUNCILS

PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council .......................0300 555 2345 Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council....................0845 358 2200 South Staffordshire Council ......................................... 01902 696000

Alder Coppice Primary School: .................................... 01384 816 610 Amblecote Primary......................................................... 01384 818 335 Belle Vue Primary ............................................................ 01384 818 615 Blakeley Heath ................................................................ 01902 893400 Blowers Green Primary ..................................................01384 818 490 Brierley Hill Primary.........................................................01384 816 980 Brook Primary.................................................................. 01384 818 835 Cotwall End Primary School: ........................................ 01384 818 730 Cradley CE Primary.......................................................... 01384 818 230 Dudley Wood Primary ....................................................01384 818 690 Fairhaven Primary ...........................................................01384 818 385 Hawbush Primary............................................................ 01384 816 930 Jesson’s CE Primary ........................................................ 01384 816 825 Kate’s Hill Community Primary .....................................01384 818 700 Milking Bank Primary ...................................................... 01384 816 695 Mount Pleasant Primary ................................................ 01384 816 910 Netherbrook Primary..................................................... 01384 818 415 Netherton CE Primary.................................................... 01384 816 895 Northfield Road Primary ............................................... 01384 818 710 Peters Hill Primary........................................................... 01384 816 740 Priory Primary..................................................................01384 816 845 Quarry Bank Primary....................................................... 01384 818 750 Red Hall Primary .............................................................. 01384 813 850 Roberts Primary .............................................................. 01384 818 275 Russells Hall Primary ....................................................... 01384 816 785 Sledmere Primary ........................................................... 01384 818 425 St. Benedict ......................................................................01902 892178 St. Bernadette’s R.C ........................................................01902 894787 St. Joseph’s RC Primary ................................................. 01384 818 925 St. Mark’s CE Primary...................................................... 01384 818 935 St. Mary’s RC Primary ..................................................... 01384 818 435 The Bromley-Pensnett Primary .................................... 01384 816 865 The CE Primary School of............................................... 01384 816 715 Thorns Primary ................................................................ 01384 818 285 Withymoor Primary ........................................................ 01384 818 530 Woodside Community School & Children’s Centre... 01384 818 245 Wren’s Nest Primary & Children’s Centre.................... 01384 818 515

LIBRARIES Main Libraries.......................................................................................... Brierley Hill........................................................................ 01384 812 874 Dudley ............................................................................... 01384 815 560 Halesowen ........................................................................01384 812 982 Sedgley ............................................................................. 01384 812 790 Stourbridge......................................................................01384 812 945 Wombourne Library ........................................................01902 892032 Branch Libraries ..................................................................................... Cradley ..............................................................................01384 812 885 Gornal ................................................................................ 01384 812 755 Kingswinford ................................................................... 01384 812 740 Long Lane .........................................................................01384 812 880 Lye...................................................................................... 01384 812 835 Netherton ........................................................................01384 812 845 Wordsley........................................................................... 01384 812 765

HOSPITALS/MEDICAL NHS DIRECT .............................................................................0845 4546 Birmingham City Hospital..............................................0121 554 3801 Dudley Borough- WALK IN Centre ................................ 0330 123 9225 Dudley Group of Hospital............................................... 01384 456 111 New Cross Hospital .........................................................01902 307 999 Sandwell General Hospital.............................................. 0121 553 1831 The Birmingham ............................................................. 0121 333 9999 The Queen Elizabeth Hospital .......................................0121 627 2000

TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT Birmingham International Airport (BHX) .................... 0844 576 6000 East Midland Airport (EMA) ............................................0871 919 9000 Manchester Airport (MAN) .............................................0871 271 0711 National Rail......................................................................0845 748 4950 National Express.............................................................. 0871 781 8181 RAC .................................................................................... 08000 828282 The AA ...............................................................................0800 107 1725 Travel West Midlands....................................................... 0121 254 7272 Network West Midlands – Travel Line .......................... 0871 200 22 33

REPORTING A CRIME Crime Stoppers ................................................................. 0800 555 111 Emergency Services .................................... 999 or 112 from a mobile West Midlands Police .......................................................0845 1135000

SUPPORT AND ADVICE Alcoholics Anonymous...................................................0845 769 7555 Childline ....................................................................................0800 1111 Citizens Advice Bureau .................................................. 0844 826 9800 FRANK (Drugs support) ...................................................0800 77 66 00 National Debtline ........................................................... 0808 808 4000 National Gas Emergency Services ................................0808 2000 247 NHS Direct ............................................................................... 0845 4647 NSPCC .............................................................................. 0808 800 5000 Quit line ............................................................................... 0800 002200 Samaritans ...................................................................... 08457 90 9090

ANIMAL WELFARE Birmingham Dogs Home ............................................... 0121 643 5211 RSPB .................................................................................. 0121 357 7395 RSPCA.................................................................................0300 1234999 Sunnyside Kennels ..........................................................01902 790 618

SECONDARY SCHOOLS Bishop Milner Catholic School (Inc. 6th Form) ........... 0845 155 0412 Castle High School and Visual Arts College ..................01384 816045 Ellowes Hall Sport College (Inc. 6th Form).................... 01384 817915 Hillcrest School and Community College.....................01384 816500 Ounsdale............................................................................01902 892197 Pensnett 14-19 Education Campus ..............................01384 816435 Redhill School and Language College ...........................01384 816355 Ridgewood High School..................................................01384 818445 Summerhill School........................................................... 01384 816165 The Dormston School......................................................01384 816395 The High Arcal School: ....................................................01902 838038 The Holly Hall Academy....................................................01384 253722 The Wordsley School Business & Enterprise College..01384 816015 Thorns Community College ...........................................01384 816225

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITYS Dudley College of Technology ......................................01384 363 000 Halesowen College..........................................................0121 602 7777 Kidderminster.................................................................. 01562 820 811 King Edward VI College...................................................01384 398 100 Stourbridge College .......................................................01384 344 344 Sandwell College .............................................................0121 5566 000 The University of Birmingham ..................................... 0121 414 3 344 University of Wolverhampton ......................................01902 322 222 *We at The locally Yours Magazine hope you find our useful numbers directory helpful. If there is another number you would like to see listed in this section please email us the details to info@locallyyoursmag.co.uk

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