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A Message From The Hello readers, Welcome to the June/July edition of the Staffordshire Outlook magazine. Summer has begun; the sunshine has made an appearance, now let’s hope this predicted heat wave is on its way to stay throughout the next few months! Alfresco lunch and BBQ’s are definitely on the horizon. The Staffordshire Outlook are celebrating, after completing their first full marathon and raising cash for Compton Hospice! See the cheque presentation inside this issue. We have lots of great local editorials and advertisements inside, including Pillaton Garden Centre, hope you pay them a visit to get your garden looking fantastic for the summer. Treat your partner or family to dinner at the newly refurbished Swan, Stafford; see the full restaurant review on page 32/33. The winners from the April/May edition are below. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who entered. We continue to have some lovely comments from the winners of the great prizes they have won in the magazine. Don’t forget to enter the competitions in this Winner of a Heaven Spa Package at Lume Retreat Karen Howard, Hixon Winners of tickets for Buddy at the Grand Theatre Catherine McGirr, Stafford Liz Targett, Rowley Park Stuart Moulson, Littleworth Winner of a family ticket to West Midlands Safari Park Yvonne Woodward, Castle House Gardens

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edition; including a fabulous night out with dinner, overnight stay and breakfast at the award winning Swan, Stafford and tickets to see the 20th Century Boy at the Grand Theatre, you could be one of the lucky winners. Good luck! Thank you to the readers who continue to support your local magazine the Staffordshire Outlook. We hope that you will use these reputable companies when the need arises, and don’t forget to mention Staffordshire Outlook if using any of the advertisers! If you are a business owner and would like to be featured in the Staffordshire Outlook magazine then please contact us on the details below. If you belong to a local group or charity and would like forthcoming events published in this magazine please email Enjoy your read…


Contents Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Compton in the Park Staffordshire Outlook complete marathon Tile Choice staff take a leap of faith CRS Win Tickets for 20th Century Boy Upholstered to your Specification Gardening Pillaton Garden Centre Fireside Factory 30th Anniversary Stafford & Rugeley RNLI Mining Memorial Puzzles Turn spare time into volunteering Local Author Roger Butters St Michaels Fete Recipe of the month Restaurant Review at The Swan, Stafford Blue Ginger awarded for the second year Win a fantastic prize of Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Learn to swim with South Staffs Council Funding boost to make travel easier You Can With a Camper Van Local Care provider Local hospital gets clean bill of health Active Therapy Salon La Mink Chase Stage Dance John Turner Toms Tipp Soroptimist International Cannock 90 minutes of bliss at Kate McGeary Skincare UltraSlim Proud to Boast Lumé Retreat DSN Accountants 2014/2015 Tax Rates R.A.Kings Visit Tamworth Castle ADAM’s a stylish sort Subaru Forester- Rob Taylor Four Ashes Renault Index of advertisers Puzzle Solutions

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DT) at (P y p ra e h T ic m a n y d to Pho ton Hospital p m a rh e lv o W h lt a e H Nuffield

What is Photodynamic Therapy? As a consultant led, nurse treated procedure Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a modern, highly effective treatment for certain types of precancerous lesions as well as nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSCs). Although they are known medically as actinic keratoses, basal cell carcinomas and Bowen’s disease, your doctor might refer to them as AKs and BCCs, or simply ‘lesions’. PDT is a very different way to treat these lesions compared to conventional approaches e.g. cryotherapy (freezing), chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery. It takes advantage of the chemical interaction between light and a light-activated substance, leading to a series of chemical reactions resulting in damage and death of tumour cells. What does the treatment involve? The treatment consists of a nurse or consultant applying a cream and dressing to the skin lesion and 3 hours later, shining a pure red light on it. The light and cream targets the lesion cells only leaving the healthy skin unharmed. Only where the two are combined will they treat the abnormal area of your skin. Following your first treatment, the treatment may be repeated approximately 1 week later, depending

on the type of lesion. Usually the specialist will review at 3 months, and advise about any further treatment. PDT has been shown to be a highly effective treatment that does not harm healthy skin. What skin conditions are treated by PDT? • Pre-Cancerous Lesions Actinic Keratoses (AKs) is the term used for pre-cancerous lesions, which are the areas of skin that have been damaged by overexposure to sunlight, causing the skin to grow at an abnormally fast rate. AKs generally appear on the face, arms and hands and are usually reddish-brown in colour with a rough “warty” surface Bowen’s Disease is also a precancerous lesion appearing as slowly enlarging, reddish-pink plaques – usually on sun exposedskin (they can be mistaken for other conditions like psoriasis). If these lesions are left untreated they have the potential to develop into a Squamous-Cell Carcinoma (SCC) • Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Basal-Cell Carcinoma (BCCs) are a type of skin cancer that generally take the form of either a single bump or a series of small, flat bumps. Although it is rare for BCCs to spread to other parts of the body, early treatment of the lesion is very important

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What are the benefits of PDT? • Non-invasive procedure, does not require an overnight hospital stay, general anaesthetic or recovery time • Only abnormal cells are treated resulting in minimal or no scarring • It is an easy to perform, nonsurgical procedure, which offers convenience for both patient and specialist • Controlled treatment that only targets affected areas, leaving healthy skin cells intact Options for treating NMSCs aren’t always suitable for every patient. Your GP will need to refer you to one of our consultant dermatologists who will assess whether PDT is the right treatment for your condition. You can be referred for PDT if you are paying for yourself or if you have Private Medical Health Insurance but you will need to confirm with your private healthcare provider if you are covered. To find out more about this new service that is now available or to book an appointment with one of our dermatologists please contact us on 01902 275278. Get The Nuffield Treatment!

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Treatment for AK, BCC and Bowen’s PDT is a non-invasive treatment for non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSCs). Options for treating NMSCs aren’t always suitable for every patient, but now there is a viable alternative available in your area. Now available at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital Wood Road, Tettenhall Wolverhampton WV6 8LE

Our prices are totally transparent, inclusive of all costs and guaranteed. That means no hidden surprises. We promise to meet any comparable price.* Our relationship with you doesn’t end when you walk out of our hospitals – there are no time limits on your aftercare.**

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Compton in the Park! On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June In West Park, Wolverhampton 10am until 5pm

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Following the success of our last years ‘Compton in the Park’ fun day, staged in conjunction with bbp Security Services, we are doing it all again! And this year - its going to be even BIGGER and BETTER than ever! We will be taking over West Park in Wolverhampton to bring you a not one but TWO full days of family fun, which promises something for everyone from tots to teenager to big kids at heart. Compton in the Park 2014 will be held on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June from 10am until 5pm and will feature an array of live multi-cultural performances from bands, musicians, choirs, dance groups, dog shows and much more. Kids will be able to enjoy a range of rides, amusements and crafts whilst mum and dad can browse the many market and trader stalls displaying goods from across the globe.

Why not then relax and have a drink in our beer tent serving a range of beers, lagers and soft drinks. Over the two days we will be hosting a number of fundraising events that you can take part in. On the Saturday, why not take part in our ‘Dive for Dosh’ bungee jump and take the plunge from an 150ft crane. Also, this year for the first time we will be holding the ‘Colour Blast 5K’. Get blasted with paint powder and you tackle this 5K run, then take part in the biggest colour blast party that Wolverhampton has ever seen! On the Sunday is our ever popular family event the ‘Annual 5 Mile Sponsored Memory Walk/Fun Run’ Then in the afternoon is ‘The Compton Cup’ 5-a-side football tournament in homage to the 2014 World Cup.

These two days of family fun are not to be missed.

Animal lovers can meet their favourite creatures in our petting zoo and all the fun of Blackpool will come to Wolverhampton as we offer donkey rides courtesy of Dunton Stables. Join in the fun with the brand new Signal 107 radio roadshow who will be broadcasting live across the county with presenter Dicky Dodd compering our arena and stage acts. The very best barbeque food will be served by our very own Compton Coffee Shop and for the first time this year we are excited to bring you a food truck rodeo featuring the very best Indian, Asian and Caribbean cuisine, all made freshly on site. 06


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We are happy to announce that Sharon & Michelle Caldwell, from the Staffordshire Outlook completed their first marathon and lived to tell the story! On the 6th April 2014 on a cold wet Sunday morning we travelled to Manchester to run the Greater Manchester Marathon. We both cannot believe after months of hard winter training that’s we ran 26.2 miles, and got the medal! The only thing that kept us going was the fact that we were running for a great charity, being Compton Hospice. We are proud to announce that we raised £850.00! We want to personally thank some of the businesses and individuals who have generously sponsored us, and helped us to raise this amount, without you we wouldn’t be as proud as we both are!

Michelle Caldwell, Sue Chance – Head of Fundraising for Compton Hospice, Sharon Caldwell

Blue Ginger- Cannock, Broughwell Company, Cannock Soroptimists, Cottage Surgery, CRS, DSN Accountants, Hydes Key Locker, Imagery Direct Imaging, Junction 13 Magazine, Kate McGeary

Skincare, La Minky & Salon La Mink, Stafford Carpets & Flooring, Studio 28, Tile Choice, The Kings Repose, The Lighting Warehouse, Unique Bodyworx & Redbitz, Wolverhampton West Magazine.

of Faith! p a e L a g in k a T , ff ta Tile Choice S buckets in all of our 15 stores, and they have even had T Shirts made to promote the event. Speaking with Gavin and Martin, they have mixed feeling regarding the jump, Gavin has previously done a Bungee Jump when he was only 17 so has a good idea on what to expect. For Martin this will be his first time and shows reservation when day is talked about, but has said after all the support he cannot let people down and will deal with it on the day. They are hoping there jump will raise in excess of £1000 and they are on target to reach it. Martin Jeavons and Gavin Maiden

Gavin Maiden 38 Purchasing Director and Martin Jeavons 23 Internet Sales decided between them it would be great idea to do a bungee jump in aid of Compton Hospice after seeing an advert in a local magazine advertising Compton in the Park. The Bungee Jump on takes place on the 21st June at West Park Wolverhampton. All of the staff at Tile Choice has backed them 100% by creating & displaying posters with collection 08


Compton Hospice as touched the lives of many of members of staff at Tile Choice, and they feel proud to help raise awareness and money for an amazing local charity, which helps numerous people in the local area which does fantastic work by supporting patients facing life-limiting illness & their families face what the future may hold, and spend quality time with their loved ones so please give generously. If anyone wishes to donate they can text a donation to 70070,  Text  - TILE85 followed by £5 or £10, Supported by JustTextGiving - Donate, Share, add Gift Aid at no extra cost to you.

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The second floor is dedicated to a number of both fabric and leather suites displayed with an array of occasional furniture. With a selection of corner sofas, manual and electric recliners in addition to a variety of fireside chairs-we really do have something for everyone. Finally we house an extensive carpet showroom with is a huge choice from budget ranges from as little as £2.50 a metre to incredible luxurious Axminsters at £64 sq mtr. We also have what is possibly one of the largest warehouses packed with thousands of end of roll carpets at unbelievable prices and every conceivable colour! Don’t forget our unique ‘Gold Home Service’ - a service especially suited to those of us who may find it a little difficult to get out and visit the showroom. We will send out one of our team with carpet samples for you to choose from in the comfort of your own home. After choosing your new carpet we send in a team of fitters who can move furniture, remove your old carpet, fit your new carpet and replace your furniture! Call us for details. CRS have spent many years building relationships with a number of leading suppliers ensuring our customers



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Three lucky winners can each win 2 tickets for 20th Century Boy on Monday 30th June at 7.30pm 20th Century Boy rocks the Grand Theatre’s stage from Monday 30th June to Saturday 5th July. This brand new musical, inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan, explodes onto stage nearly 40 years after the star’s tragic death. Featuring some of the greatest pop songs ever written, 20th Century Boy tells the story of Marc Bolan and his band T Rex, exposing some of the myths and taking the audience on a tearful yet joyful journey through Marc’s fascinating life. Rocker, poet, electric warrior, king of glam and godfather of punk, Bolan was arguably the biggest rock star the UK had ever seen. ‘Bigger than The Beatles’ the media said. Before his tragic death in 1977, just days short of his 30th birthday, Bolan lived life at breakneck speed creating a series of iconic images, a string of number 1 hits, and an army of obsessive fans. Packed with all T Rex’s 70s hits, staged by Gary Lloyd (Thriller Live) and with a West End cast, 20th Century Boy is a glorious story and a celebration of Glam rock at its colourful best.

To book tickets please call the Box Office on 01902 42 92 12 or visit our website at where you can also find details on our Accessible Performances. To be in with a chance of winning simply answer the following question correctly and email your answer to or on a postcard to 30 Swinburne Close, Sutton Heights, Telford, Shropshire TF7 4PZ with your name, address and telephone number to arrive by the 22nd June 2014. Winners will be notified by telephone.

Rock legend Marc Bolan passed away in which year? A 1976 B 1977 C 1978 Competition Terms and Conditions Winners to collect tickets from the box office on the night of the performance. Tickets cannot be exchanged and no cash alternative prize nights available. Winners may be required to partake in relevant publicity.




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We make all of our frames in house so this gives us our high level of exceptional quality; it’s your choices that make every sofa we manufacture unique to you. We offer a range of seat foams 35oz reflex soft or for a firmer seating profile we offer a foam 55oz reflex firm, alternatively if you require the very soft squashy look a fibre seat or even feather cushions to suit your taste. The seat filling then sits on top of our superior coil spring unit giving the very best sitting position. Any of our designs can be made in a choice of all our extensive fabric range.

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Garden Design The garden is an asset that deserves as much time, effort and money spending on its embellishment and improvement as any other part of the house. The trick is to ‘design’ the garden rather than just ‘let it happen’. For this you need to do some research, watch a few TV programmes, visit garden centres, leaf through some magazines and, if inspiration really fails to strike, consult a garden designer which, in the long run, could be less expensive than you might imagine. In the meantime, start looking at the options. To begin with consider how you want the garden to work for you. Is it to be an open air extension to the house, a ‘playing field’ for the kids, an entertainment centre for your friends, a kitchen garden, or horticultural exhibition piece? On the other hand, you may want something of each. Whatever your decision however, you must think about it carefully so you can approach each part of the project efficiently and economically, otherwise you will be blundering around without a plan which risks you ending up with a formless hotchpotch. First things first. Have you thought about a conservatory? It is the easiest way of incorporating the garden into the home. A conservatory can be extremely useful, as a ‘stepping stone’ into the garden, an extra room for guests, playroom for children, sun lounge, greenhouse or entertainment centre. Conservatories can be bought ‘off the peg’ in kit form, erectable in a day or less, or purpose designed to suit individual requirements. They can be all glass or part brick and part glass depending on the style or period of your house. And if heating is installed they can be as useful in winter as in summer. Next consider a patio. Just as the conservatory can take you smoothly from house to garden so too can a patio. In fact add a patio onto a conservatory and the concept can really be made to work for you. Patios can be formed from paving, bricks or stone blocks. They provide useful hard standing where tables and chairs may stand safely and steadily without sinking into a soft lawn. Place a few imaginatively planted 14

tubs around, make a space for the barbecue and you have the ideal place for al fresco meals for the family or any number of guests. Patios are also ideal places for kiddie’s parties so much easier to clean up the mess! So you have your conservatory and your patio, time to consider the rest of the garden. Think visual impact. There are hundreds of possibilities here. If you want a lawn, don’t just have a rectangular patch with boring borders at the sides and a straight path to the tatty shed at the end of the garden. Forget straight lines, think curves. Put in a water feature here, a rock garden there, a patch of pebbles with an exotic plant. Consider climbers for the boundaries. If that shed is tatty and you can’t get rid, put in a screen of shrubs. If you want a kitchen garden with compost heap, the odd cold frame, etc., that screen will disguise these too. If you opt for a sand pit for the children, remember they will grow up so design it so it can be turned into a flower bed or water feature when that happens. Be prepared to spend that bit more on your plants. The large, mature shrubs


and well established saplings can cost more but, if planted correctly, they give instant effect to your carefully constructed plan; they can also provide almost instant privacy. Think about lighting. It can enhance the look of your plot in the evening, it can also make using the garden possible after dark, and there is the security aspect. The garden centre will be able to advise you on all of this including soil preparation. If you decide to appoint a designer, you can always opt to be the labourer to cut the costs somewhat. Do remember however, these days a well-planned, well designed and well-appointed garden is about as desirable as a carefully constructed kitchen or luxurious bathroom. Should you decide to sell eventually, it will certainly be a good selling point. It could add several thousands to your asking price. It will certainly ensure a steady stream of potentially interested buyers because as we said before, a garden is a very important part of your property.


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we have two beautiful little rabbits and an array of ducks and chickens that all the children love to see, we also have a fish pond and at Easter we always try and display our new baby chicks. We have an impressive range of trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and much more for your every garden need. Our outdoor area contains many different varieties of plants and is filled with colour all year round, we also stock a large range of outdoor pots and concrete ornaments. Now available are our home grown prestigious hanging baskets, seasonal bedding and a vast selection of basket

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Dedication stage group shows, left to right: Jim Bullock, Right Revd Nigel McCulloch, Cllr Pat Ansell, Mike Mellor

and there were hugs and tears. Comments afterwards showed how much everyone appreciates this memorial which provides a fitting tribute to those who worked in the Cannock Chase Coalfield.

Dedication people: shows some of the crowds present at the service

Saturday afternoon, 26th April 2014 saw the sun shine on the dedication service for Phase 3 of the Mining Memorial in Hednesford Town Centre. Upwards of 1200 people gathered from 1.00pm around the clock tower and Davy Lamp in the gardens on Market Street, Hednesford. There were obviously a lot of local people there but also those who had travelled many miles: from Portsmouth, Hereford, Shrewsbury, Wellington – and more we are not aware of. The music from Rugeley Power Station Band was a fitting accompaniment before the service began as people located the bricks they had purchased to remember their loved ones. Cllr Pat Ansell, the current Chair of CHAPS, welcomed everyone to the service and made special mention of CHAPS member Mike Mellor who designed and project managed all 3 phases. She then introduced the Right Revd Nigel McCulloch, KCVO, formerly Bishop of Manchester, who led the service of dedication. In his address Bishop Nigel spoke of the tremendous role all those involved in the mining industry had played in the life of the community in and around the Cannock Chase Coalfields. Mr Anthony Winterton, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire read the lesson, a passage from the book of Revelation, and Jim 20

Bullock, local man, retired miner and lay preacher spoke in his own inimitable way of some of the things he remembered – everyone nodding and smiling as they brought back their own memories – before he read a poem written by Julie Shires: “A Tribute to the Miners”. Music was provided not only by the Band but also by Cannock Chase Orpheus Male Choir who led the hymn singing and preformed three pieces, including the miners hymn “Take Me Home” which never fails to bring a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye. Unfortunately Dr Tony Wright, Chair of CHAPS from 2003 – 2010, was not able to be present as he was unwell but he asked that Mike Mellor take his place to give the final words on the day. In those words Mike said how proud he was of the memorial, of those who had played a part in its construction and development, of all who had worked within the mining industry or whose lives had been a part of it but particularly of all the people who were present at the dedication, showing that true community spirit is strong in the local area. This brought a big round of applause! He also said that this memorial sees the fulfilment of a promise he made to his miner Uncle, Horace Tranter, to provide something locally to commemorate the mining industry. The ceremony was very emotional; there were smiles and laughter


Sales of the book “A Lasting Tribute” were a huge success on the day with orders taken for further copies. The supplement “A Lasting Tribute – Phase 3” containing the names on the 913 bricks laid this year were given to those who had purchased the book previously or were given with new books purchased. CHAPS Committee are grateful to Cannock Chase District Council and Hednesford Town Council for their part in ensuring the success of the memorial and the dedication service and continue to be gratified by the response the memorial generates. If you haven’t visited, please do – you are almost guaranteed to meet others there who have a story to tell about one of the 3, 534 persons named on the bricks.

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Stafford British Heart Foundation store is appealing for volunteers help in the fight against heart disease. Stafford British Heart Foundation (BHF) Furniture & Electrical Store is appealing to local people to volunteer. The Store is in desperate need of Heart Heroes to come forward and spare any hours they can each week. Volunteering with the BHF for just half a day could fund one of our scientists to carry out their life-saving research for an hour. The BHF currently funds 500 post-doctoral scientists who work in research team’s right across the UK on projects which help us better understand how to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure heart disease. Giving your time doesn’t just benefit the Stafford BHF Furniture & Electrical store either; it can also be great for your CV and help in the hunt for a new job. The Store gives volunteers the opportunity to learn new skills, gain full training and also have a guaranteed interview for any paid

position that becomes available within the Store. The BHF has volunteers from a range of ages and backgrounds and it is a great way make friends and become part of a team. BHF Retail has also launched a partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award scheme making them an Approved Activity Provider. This means that young people can now use their time volunteering in our high street shops to work towards their Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE award. The DofE Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for young people. Taking on the DofE Award gives young people the opportunity to experience new activities and develop existing skills. Chris Spencer, Area Manager said: “Volunteers are absolutely essential to the success of the charity, and play a vital part in fighting coronary heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer. We appreciate every minute people can spare and to show how grateful we are, we also hope to give something back.

“Our volunteers can not only use and develop the skills they already have, but can also keep their foot on the career ladder, work towards qualifications and gain some excellent experience”. Stafford BHF Furniture & Electrical Store offers a wide variety of roles: from warehouse and administration to sales and customer service, dealing with window dressing and arranging house collections and electrical function testers. If you can’t volunteer but would like to help fight heart disease we are always looking for donations. Your unwanted items help fill our shelves and shop floors and raise money to help us fund the research that leads to breakthroughs. We operate a free collection service which can be booked on 0800 915 1111 or for larger furniture and electrical items, visit

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’ ‘The Day of Apollyon Roger Butters was born in Stafford in 1940, and has lived there all his life. He was educated at the local King Edward VI School, then a grammar school, apart from a brief spell at Denstone College, from which he ran away (twice). Following his father into the legal profession, he qualified as as a solicitor in 1962, and practised in Stafford for several years before retiring to give more time to writing and other interests. In the 1970s, in what were then happier days for the club, he was a director of Stafford Rangers FC, and at various times he has also tried his hand at aviation, owning race-horses, and Shotokan karate. His interests at present include chess, the local theatre, gardening, and trying to improve his shaky grasp of French and German. One thing he has never tried is marriage. He has had various books published over the years, including a recent series of modern detective novels set locally, and with Borough historian Nick Thomas he is co-author of a lengthy history of Stafford, soon to be published. Of The Day of Apollyon he says: ‘For many years I’ve become increasingly pessimistic about the future of this country, and for that matter the world. I first had the idea for a doom-and-gloom novel over thirty years ago, planning the first draft in 1980 on holiday in the Isle of Jura, where (unknown to me at the time) Orwell had written 1984. The problems facing this country then were of course very different, so I’ve had to update the book constantly, and from time to time it’s had half a dozen different titles, but at last it’s ready to see the light of day.’ Plot outline: England, 2032. For the second time in twenty years the govern-ment have acquired the Olympic Games for Britain, and hope to use them to divert attention from the host of problems facing this country. Social mobility has virtually ceased: the rich keep getting richer, and the poor poorer. There is injustice in the courts, a corrupt and useless police force, the health service and education are the worst in Europe, and the latest financial and economic crisis is looming. In Ulster the Troubles have reared their head again, while in Britain the government and police exaggerate the Islamist terrorist threat, and insist on pointless security measures to satisfy the public that something is being done. On the other hand multiculturalism has been imposed ruthlessly, and de-Anglicization of this country is almost complete. Most new laws are determined by the EU and the European Court of Human Rights, while foreign policy consists largely of toadying to the United States. Political Correctness means that freedom of speech has to all intents and purposes ceased to exist. Another huge problem is a worldwide outbreak of a new and virulent strain of syphilis. 26


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ete St Michael’s Church F The date is Saturday June 21, the gates open at 12.30pm and refreshments will be available during the afternoon. The venue for this year’s church fete is again the beautiful lawned gardens of The Haling Dene Centre, Cannock Road, Penkridge, one of the village’s historic Grade II listed buildings. In keeping with the village tradition the fete queen will officially open the


event and will then visit all the stalls accompanied by her attendants. The fete will start at 1pm to allow patrons to take advantage of the barbecue which will be manned by members from Penkridge Round Table.

Other planned stalls for the afternoon include coconut shy, bric-a-brac, face painting, homemade cakes, plants, tombola, books, darts and the ever popular football penalty shot outs. The stalls will also reflect a World Cup theme.

This year entertainment will be provided by a musicians from Staffordshire Performing Arts, a community choir, Penkridge Tae Kwon Do tigers and Dene Dance School.

Tickets will be on sale for the grand draw at the fete and in the village prior to the fete opening. Prizes include a cash first prize of £100, a cash second prize of £50 and a chocolate hamper.

It is hoped to repeat the success of last year’s Bake Off and Craft competition’s, further details will available soon, look for flyers around the village.

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Once cooled slice into squares or fingers, put back in the oven on a tray to warm through and serve it with a good quality ice cream and either some fresh berries or make a quick salted caramel sauce by melting 50g of soft dark brown sugar, 50g of golden syrup, 75g of butter and 100ml of double cream adding a pinch of sea salt flakes.

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The Swan Stafford is situated in the heart of Stafford town centre. This 18th Century, former coaching inn offers 31 en-suite bedrooms, award winning restaurant, bar and a coffee shop.

The Swan has recently completed a major refurbishment of the ground floor and all facilities opened for full use again on Friday 28th March. After hearing about the recent make over at The Swan I thought it would be the perfect time to book a table at the brasserie and sample the new surroundings and of course the delicious new menu. My partner and I were rather excited to be going back to The Swan and

arriving early we parked on the car park at the rear of the hotel which is free of charge to residents and diners. As we had a few minutes to spare we put it to good use and looked around at the changes that have taken place. We entered through the rear doors and immediately liked what we saw. Soft lighting, wooden floors and a contemporary feel, yet still keeping traditional features greeted us. As we walked in to the brasserie the first thing that caught our eye was the swan themed lighting. We both commented on how tastefully the transformation of The Swan has been done. We were shown to our table by Aiona who was very helpful and attentive, and remembered us from our previous visit which we thought was a nice touch. The brasserie was already bustling with other diners, not to mention the calm and relaxed atmosphere. We were given the menu and wine list and Aiona also informed us that it was “steak night� which we were also given a menu for.



After ordering a bottle of Pinot Grigio, San Antonio – Italy 2013 (£16.50) to share we began to look through the beautiful dishes that were on offer to us. We both stated that we were so glad that we only had a light lunch as we were definitely having three courses this evening! For starters I chose the warm goats cheese served with red onion and chive croquette potatoes, baby beets, wild garlic leaf and rocket (£5.50) and my partner having the baked portobello mushroom served with spinach and Wrekin blue cheese rarebit, garlic parsley panko crumb, brown sauce, russet apple and watercress salad (£5.95).

For our main course I decided on the duck breast served with pak choi, sesame fried noodles and oriental sauce (£14.50) and my partner opting for the 8oz sirloin steak served with mushrooms, tomato, beer battered onion rings and hand cut chips (£19.95). Our starters arrived and looked and tasted delicious! Shortly after, our mains were presented to us and judging by the smiles on our faces we couldn’t wait to begin. My duck and my partner’s steak were cooked beautifully and both dishes had so much texture and flavour, you could tell by our empty plates that we thoroughly enjoyed it.

It was now time to look through the dessert menu but we just couldn’t make our minds up until we came to the sharing dessert board (£13.95) which we both said was a fantastic idea as it gave us a chance to try a little bit of everything. Our dessert arrived on a slate which included pecan pie, chocolate brownie cheesecake, meringue and raspberry roulade, crème brulee and chocolate and honeycomb torte. We both agreed that this was one of the best desserts that we had tried, absolutely delicious! Once again we had a brilliant evening dining at The Swan and we will both be returning very soon!



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Ratemyplace is a partnership between the majority of Staffordshire local authorities to publish details of food safety inspections reports and hygiene rating scores across the county.

Abdul Karim the owner of Blue Ginger who explained that he and his staff have been running the restaurant for 3 years, and they have new and returning customers every week. Abdul said “Our aim is, and has always been, to provide the finest in both food and service

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Bus users in Stafford can look forward to easier bus travel in the town thanks to additional funding secured by Staffordshire County Council. The Council’s Inspiring New Travel Options team have received an additional £85,000 from the Governments’ Local Sustainable Transport Fund. The extra money will support the extension of ‘real time passenger information’ (RTPI) for all bus services serving the town centre, giving passengers predicted arrival times for their next bus. Electronic display screens have already been fitted to over 20 bus stops around Stafford, giving people scheduled arrival times for their bus journeys, and in partnership with local bus companies, the next stage of the project in the summer, will see the introduction of RTPI. 38

The initiative is being rolled out by Staffordshire County Council and is part of the £4m Inspiring New Travel Options (INTO) project to get more people using greener travel in the town. Cllr Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure with Staffordshire County Council said: “We are delighted with the additional funding which means that even more bus users in the town will benefit from this latest technology.

Staffordshire is one of nine local authorities who have been awarded a share of the additional £2m funding from the Department for Transport. Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “These successful schemes have changed how people travel, with communities now making healthier and greener choices. Dozens of great projects have been delivered already under this fund and I’m glad we’ve been able to support more.”

“Knowing exactly what time the next bus will arrive will allow people to plan their journey much better, with passengers being able to get the real time information at the bus stop or on their smart phone.

21-year-old George Grundy, from Tittensor is one bus user looking forward to real time information. George said: “I use the bus to commute to and from work every weekday and I am definitely looking forward to real time information.

“This is an exciting project for us and a real bonus for the thousands of bus passengers that use Stafford’s buses every week. The more reliable and attractive we can make public transport, the more likely we are to get people to use it and that’s what our INTO project is all about.”

“I already use the new electronic screens which make me feel more confident and assured about when my service will arrive or when to expect it. I can also check times on my smart phone which is also very handy.”


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ssures a e R r e id v ro P re a C l Loca dition Residents About Con A local home care provider is celebrating the success of a major awareness campaign in April but is encouraging local residents to continue to show their support for the cause.

limiting, and the symptoms can be managed with the right medication.

Following on from the success of Parkinson’s UK’s annual campaign which took place in April – an event which is dedicated to improving the public’s knowledge and understanding of the disease, Stafford-based Radfield Home Care is reminding individuals to be mindful of the condition all year-round.

Dr Hannah MacKechnie of Radfield Home Care explained: “Although there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s, those living with the condition usually have a normal or near normal life expectancy, and despite it being a progressive condition, the symptoms can be controlled. It’s worth bearing in mind not everyone with Parkinson’s has the same symptoms, and they don’t appear in a particular order, progress at the same speed, or in the same way.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition, which impairs actions such as talking, walking, and writing, and is understood to effect around 127,000 people across the UK. The symptoms most commonly associated with Parkinson’s effect movement, but there are also a number of non-motor symptoms that can be experience. Despite this, Parkinson’s disease isn’t life-

“The awareness week is a fantastic way to increase public perception and understanding of the condition, however one week isn’t enough and residents need to be aware of Parkinson’s disease all year-round, especially if they have older relatives that are more likely to be affected. It is worth bearing in mind if a loved one does get the disease, help is at hand and with the right support

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those with the condition can continue to live an independent life.” Radfield Home Care can offer a range of support to people affected by Parkinson’s Disease, from personal care and help with daily activities right through to assistance for getting out and about, and even help with household chores such as laundry and housework. For more information about Radfield Home Care, or to contact Dr MacKechnie please call the Stafford branch on 01785 246534 or

Bill Of Health

Following a recent unannounced inspection visit by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), this week Nuffield Health Hospital in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton received a copy of the inspectors’ report which stated that the hospital is meeting all of the essential standards of quality and safety. The visit by the CQC inspectors was part of their routine schedule of inspections of all hospitals across the country, and reviews all aspects of hospital activity with an emphasis on patient care. During the visit the CQC spoke with a range of patients including some who were attending pre-operative and post-operative appointments and others who were accommodated as in-patients. Their report stated that Patients received treatment and care from well trained, polite and knowledgeable staff in clean, comfortable and safe surroundings. The report went on to say that staff focus was on patient comfort and great care was taken to respect peoples’ privacy and dignity. Patients told the inspectors that they received courteous and professional advice before, during and after treatments and that they were offered choices and given options at all stages of their care. 40


Hospital Director Tony Avery said that “I am extremely proud that the work done every day by the hospital staff has been found to be at or above the high standards expected by the CQC. I believe that much of this success is due to our Matron, Gill Fenner and her leadership of our clinical teams and the guidance provided by our Medical Advisory Committee chaired by consultant Mr T Gardecki.”

Active Therapy At Active Therapy you will receive highly specialised and professional physiotherapy and sports injury treatment. We offer effective, evidence based treatment for musculoskeletal conditions and aim to resolve symptoms rapidly, re-establish normal function and reduce risk of recurrence. Our lead physiotherapist has extensive experience and provides physiotherapy services within professional/ elite sport and applies these skills to achieve accelerated outcomes in all clients. This process starts with a detailed assessment using advanced assessment skills developed over years of specialist clinical practice and post graduate education to Masters level. At Active therapy we always aim to establish the underlying cause of your condition in addition to resolving your current symptoms.

a specialist network of leading orthopaedic, radiology and sports medicine consultants for consultation. If you are not injured but want to improve sports performance and reduce injury risk then we also provide functional movement screening and athletic development services. Active Therapy utilise sports specific movement profiling and functional exercise programming to ensure that training meet the demands of your sport.

You can expect clear communication, a detailed explanation of your condition and an individualised treatment plan. This process is an important pathway in the road to recovery. We have a growing reputation in assessment and treatment of complex, persistent musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries which appear unresponsive to previous treatment. When referral is indicated we have


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lon L Multi Style Hair at Sa Here at Salon La Mink we are now offering a brand new service called multi-style hair. Whether you want to have your hair put up on hot sunny days, or you want to try your hair curly, straightened or rollers for big and bouncy hair, we can offer this to you as part of your service (when booking for a cut & blow-dry, colours etc.) We will guide you through the process so you can pursue this in the comfort of your own home. We can advise products that will change the texture/appearance of your hair, if your hair is flat and lank, we can use products to make it big and bouncy. We can also recommend how to keep your style looking fabulous between appointments. Please call the salon to book your appointment. Another fantastic service we now have available are the Nioxin products, we are offering you the readers of the Staffordshire Outlook a free Scalp Renew worth £10 when booking a Cut & blow-dry – see advert opposite. Diaboost is Nioxin’s latest innovation for thinning hair treatment. It makes hair thicker, more manageable and easier to comb without a hint of stickiness. Call the salon for more information.

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recommended product of the month and also what is on trend with the latest hairstyles for both ladies & gents. Here at Salon Mink we use Wella products, and my recommendation is the Wella Professional’s Oil Reflections”. This new technology instantly conditions and protects hair for incredible smoothness and shine, without all the weight. Its unique formula has Macadamia Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, and Vitamin E, which is known for its natural antioxidant properties. This Oil instantly reveals the beautiful reflections of your hair colour, conditions the hair, and smoothens it to make it feel incredibly light and supple. This product can be used on damp hair for an instant lightweight smoothening effect, on wet hair before your blow dry for additional protection, or on dry hair after styling to give hair extra shine and to intensify colour reflection. This product is a must have for the summer season as it also protects hair from sun damage. Please call the salon to ask any further questions or to purchase this product.

In this edition Salon La Mink and the very talented hairdresser Russell Hickinbotham is going to be advising products, and sharing the big influences for the summer season. Russell says “I am going to share with you, my

Russell’s big influences this summer! This summer the big influences for ladies is 70`s glamour, big hair, updo’s, beehives, rocker billy, period hair. Book an appointment for a cut & blowdry and take advantage of our multi-hair service, to get you bang on this summer’s trend!



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age school st d ir th s en p o e ir sh rd Former Miss Staffo tholic High School a C rd a ow H m a li il W at Blessed Former Miss Staffordshire (2008) and professional singer, Charlotte Pearson is opening a third branch of Chase Stage Academy at her old school - Blessed William Howard Catholic High School in Stafford. The academy focusses on coaching performing arts to youngsters in Staffordshire. Charlotte and her twin sister Phillippa Attwood currently run two branches of Chase Stage Academy, one at Chase Grammar School in Cannock at the other at Terra Nova School in Homes Chapel. The sisters have been looking for the right venue in Stafford to accommodate a third branch. “Chase Academy provides a friendly and welcoming opportunity for young people to grow and develop within performing arts as well as having fun along the way. Students benefit from growing in confidence, rapport building, communication skills, presentation, posture, diction and

so much more. We feel that Blessed William Howard is a perfect venue as it has long been recognised as a Specialist Arts College making it the performing arts champion of Stafford. It is in a great location and very accessible, as well as having excellent facilities.” commented Charlotte. Students of the Cannock Branch of Chase Stage Academy have performed at the O2 arena in London in 2012 as part of a variety performance called ‘Sunday Night Live’. In July 2013 students from both schools performed at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End. Charlotte is part of the highly successful opera duo ‘Solo Voci’ with credits including: The Savoy Hotel London, Backing Andrea Bocelli at BBC Children In Need Rocks Manchester, The Royal Albert Hall, South Coastal Tour with the Royal Marines Band and the 6 Nations Rugby 2012. Twin sister, Phillippa, is equally successful - her credits include Disney Cruises lead singer 2011,

Island Cruises lead singer and dancer 2010 and Girls Aloud Tribute tour of Germany 2010. The Stafford Chase Stage Academy will be open to all aged 6 – 18 and will run from 10am – 1pm on Saturdays, with an hour devoted to drama, one hour of dance and another hour of singing. If you are interested in signing up please contact Charlotte on 07534 288274 or email her at Free taster sessions will be provided to those who register. More information can be found at

t is youngest n e d tu S rd a w o H m a Blessed Willi abour Party L rd o ff ta S f o r e b m e m At just 14 years of age, Blessed William Howard Catholic High School student, John Turner, has become the youngest member of the Labour Party in Stafford.

Shadow Heath Secretary at a Save Stafford Hospital meeting.

John regularly attends meetings and marches to campaign about issues he is passionate about.

John has taken part in marches all over the country protesting against the bedroom tax, cuts to the NHS and supporting carers’ rights. He has also produced a number of video clips for Twitter which have already received praise from several labour MPs.

A secondary carer in a disabled family, John is in a position to talk knowledgably about the impact of legislation brought in by the coalition government such as the bedroom tax and cuts to the NHS. Already John has met Labour Leader, Ed Milliband after a question and answer session in Birmingham and Andy Burnham, 44

“I enjoy having a voice, being able to raise the profile of discrimination against the disabled, carers and the most vulnerable of our society.” John claims.

“I am hoping to become the youngest Labour Councillor for Stafford where I can use my voice to support the people.” he continued. “John is a great example to his peers, being passionate about your


beliefs and fighting for them, having ambition and drive are all qualities that we encourage at Blessed William Howard.” commented Mr Phil Smith, Headteacher. Labour Party candidate for Stafford, Kate Godfrey added: “We are delighted to have John working so actively in the Labour Party. We are looking forward to offering him work experience whenever he is ready and offer our full support in any way we can with the issues he is so passionate about.”

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xcessive P E t: is tr ia d o P e h T sk A Why do my feet flatten when I stand up? One of the most common causes of foot and leg discomfort is a condition known as excessive/over pronation. Normal pronation, or “rolling inward” of the foot is necessary as the foot adapts to the ground. With excessive pronation/over pronation, the arch flattens or collapses and soft tissues stretch. This causes the joint surfaces to function at unnatural angles to each other. When this happens, joints that should be stable now become very loose and flexible which can cause pain and even long term arthritis. This scenario occurs frequently since we now walk on flat hard surfaces every day. At first, excessive pronation may cause fatigue. As the problem gets worse, strain on the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the foot and lower leg can cause permanent problems and deformities. The appearance of excessive pronation can be seen when standing, your heels lean inward and one or both knee caps turn inward. This is known as mal-

alignment of the skeleton. You will also abnormally wear out the soles and heels of your shoes very quickly.

Symptoms of Excessive Pronation Symptoms can come about in many different ways. The associated conditions depend on the individual lifestyle of each patient. Here is a list of some of the conditions associated with Excessive Pronation (rolling in of the foot too much): • Hallux Abducto Valgus (Bunions) • Hallus Limitus/Rigidus (stiff big toe) • Arch Pain • Heel Pain (Plantar Faciitis) • Metatarsalgia (ball of the foot pain) • Ankle sprains • Shin Splints • Achilles Tendonitis • Osteochondrosis • Knee Pain • Corns & Calluses • Flat Feet (Pes Planus) • Hammer Toes • Lower back pain

Treatment Overpronation occurs due to biomechanical dysfunction (walking abnormally). This can be controlled via insoles/ orthotics which adjust your foot posture accordingly. See a Chiropodist/Podiatrist for an assessment if you are concerned. They can provide specialised insoles/ orthotics for your associated condition and is usually combined with some stretch exercises or manipulative therapy.

Thomas Casey Chiropodist/Podiatrist HPC registered See a Podiatrist/chiropodist for an assessment & treatment if you’re desperate, or call Tom Casey on 07828 613615



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Jenny Barron (supporter) Colin Wilkinson, RNLI Regional Operations Manager, Rosemary Williams (supporter), Eric Wood, Chairman, Mike Devall (committee member), members of the Rhyl Lifeboat Crew and Ray Barron (supporter)

The Stafford with Rugeley branch of the RNLI celebrated their 30th Anniversary on the 5th April. This was held at Brocton Golf Club when 90 people enjoyed a 3 course meal followed by after dinner speaker Colin Williams, Regional Operational Manager for the RNLI and some members of the Rhyl Lifeboat crew.

The Stafford with Rugeley RNLI has received a letter from her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II congratulated the Branch on their 30th Anniversary of fundraising. In 1994 the branch raised enough money in one year to fund a D class lifeboat, the boat was duly commissioned in Rhyl North Wales. Since then we have had a very good relationship with the lifeboat crew members and they usually

attend our annual dinner at Brocton Golf Club and branch member’s regular visit Rhyl Lifeboat Station. We would like to thank local people for their continued support. Anyone interested in joining the branch or would like information regarding our many fundraising events please contact branch chairman Mr Eric Wood 01889881477.

nnock & a C l a n o ti a rn te In t is Soroptim A beautiful embroidered wall hanging was presented to new President of S I Cannock & District Janis Lomas at the AGM on 15th April.

had taught dressmaking and also had a long career as a teacher of children and young people with learning difficulties. June will be missed by everyone in the Cannock club.

Soroptimist Lynne Tuckley designed and made the framed embroidery to celebrate the 60th anniversary year of the club in Cannock. It has the new Soroptimist emblem, launched just over two years ago. President Janis and club members were delighted with it and will have it on display at their meetings during the year. 10 years ago Lynne and another club member, June Ward, embroidered a cloth to celebrate the club’s 50th year – that has on it the names of all members at the time.

In her opening words to the club President Janis outlined her hopes and ideas for the year. She and a small team have arranged some exciting and fun events for members and friends throughout the year. Her focus for awareness and fund raising will be on women victims of domestic violence, in particular the club will be supporting Staffordshire Women’s Aid and Pathway.

The excitement of the gift and the 60th year was tinged with sadness when members heard that their friend June Ward, a member of SI Cannock & District for 37 years, had died following a fairly long illness. June had been a well loved member of the club, always there to help with anything and a particularly caring person. She 46

Two fund raising events have been arranged: On June 12th at the Barns Lesley Smith of Tutbury Castle will be Mary Queen of Scots. Tickets are £18.50 and include a two course meal.


Soroptimist Lynne Tuckley presenting the 60th year embroidery to Dr Janis Lomas, President, SI Cannock & District

On Sunday 13th July at Ingestre, Notty Hornblower of The Hope Costume Museum, Derby, will present a cavalcade of fashions [all originals] from the last 60 years. Guests will be welcomed by a glass of bubbly and will enjoy a scrumptious afternoon tea. Tickets for this event are £22.00.

Tickets for both events are selling well and can be obtained from any member of SI Cannock & District or by emailing: or by phoning: 07971 494510, whilst more information is available on the website:


s at Kate te u in m 0 9 r fo ss li b Pure l – By Sharon Caldwel re a c in k S ry a e McG Having booked a luxury facial rejuvenation massage with Kate McGeary Skincare, which sounded like 90 minutes of pure bliss. Upon entering the purpose built therapy room in Wimblebury I was taken aback to how calm and peaceful the room was. Kate made me feel very relaxed and comfortable on the heated bed, and after a long stressful day this was just what I needed! Kate talked me through the facials and they are all based on Facial Rejuvenation Massage, otherwise known as the ‘natural facelift’. Facial Rejuvenation is a gentle, non-invasive facial massage technique. It works mainly by freeing up the constrictions within the facial muscles and connective tissue that can be caused by the day to day stresses and strains that we all experience. Kate uses the award-winning Neal’s Yard Remedies skincare range in her facials. The products use beautiful natural ingredients such as rosehip oil, jojoba and the essential oil frankincense, all proven to help promote healthy skin and delay the signs of ageing. The products are organic and are 100% free of parabens and synthetic chemicals. Kate started my facial and within minutes my stressful day was in the back of mind, after about 10 minutes I was fully relaxed and was drifting away and soon asleep!

Once Kate had completed my facial she left me to get ready at my own pace, which was great as I was so relaxed I needed a few minutes to fully function. My skin felt so bouncy and looked glowing. Kate had prepared an aftercare pack which had lots of samples which I will definitely be testing. I really enjoyed my facial, and I would recommend to anyone who wants a luxury facial in calm, comfortable surroundings to pay Kate a visit.

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Most of us would like to find a way of keeping our skin healthy and youthful looking for as long as possible.

As a very special introduction to Kate McGeary Skincare, we are offering readers of the Staffordshire Outlook magazine a 20% discount off all treatments. Salon based at Wimblebury, Cannock.

At Kate McGeary Skincare we are very pleased to be able to offer Facial Rejuvenation Massage as a natural approach to looking our best, whatever our age. Facial Rejuvenation Massage is an intense lifting treatment for the face, neck, head and mind. Smoothing away facial line expressions and providing a lifting effect on the skin.

Kate uses the award winning Neal’s Yard Remedies range in her facials. Neal’s Yard Remedies use only the finest organic and natural ingredients and the products are a perfect match for the Facial Rejuvenation Massage. To ensure you get the very best results from your treatment, we always carry out an initial consultation and each client receives individualised after care advice including massage and facial exercise they can continue to do at home.

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UltraSlim Clinics UltraSlim LipoFreeze™ Cryolipolysis is the newest body contouring procedure to be offered by UltraSlim Clinics in Wolverhampton to assist clients in achieving a slimmer physique and a smaller waistline. The clinic has seen bookings increase double fold since recent media reviews from celebrities such as Luisa Zissman, Kristina Rihanoff and Casey Bathcelor who admit to having had the new Fat Freezing treatment with amazing results. The Non-Invasive UltraSlim LipoFreeze™ procedure eliminates fat without surgery in areas around the hips, thighs, arms, and love handles by freezing stubborn fat cells that live beneath the dermal layer of the skin. Developed in 2005 and backed by strong clinical research and trials, LipoFreeze (Fat Freezing) is based on Cryolipolysis - the use of precisely controlled cooling to remove fat. It is an FDA-approved non-invasive body contouring procedure available to patients with no scarring, no pain and no downtime. It provides permanent results and promises a reduction of the treated area by up to 40% in a single session. A patient will be able to see changes in about three weeks’ time, but dramatic improvement can be appreciated after two to three months. Hanna McCormac at UltraSlim Clinics in Wolverhampton encourages her clients to maintain a healthy lifestyle for optimum results. Hanna says, “I often tell my clients I can remove ‘love handles’, but it’s entirely up to you to maintain this through diet and lifestyle. I find the majority of my clients follow the good aftercare advice given as the results achieved often provide clients with the motivation needed to change their lifestyle in order to maintain these.” With their exclusive UltraSlim LipoFreeze™ device, UltraSlim 48

Clinics now provide the same quality treatments as London’s Harley Street Clinics only at a fraction of the cost. Hanna explains how. “Our exclusive UltraSlim LipoFreeze™ device uses 4 hand pieces, unlike most other clinics including the top clinics in London which only use 1 hand piece, therefore we are able to treat larger or 4 different areas simultaneously which means you receive more value for money in addition to reducing the need to return for more treatments. It’s because of this technology and capability that we can offer the most cost effective Cryolipolysis treatments in the Midlands. In addition, our clients can also benefit from having our UltraSlim Lipo™ Cavitation & Radio Frequency treatments at the very same time, which provides instant results to target other areas of unwanted excess fat.” Aside from Fat Freezing Treatments, the clinic in Berry Street, Wolverhampton also offers other anti-aging solutions through their wide range of non-invasive and skin care services including Ultrasound Cavitation and Radio Frequency (RF) treatments to target excess fat, cellulite, Stretch Marks and Tighten Loose Skin on body or face. The


demand for these types of treatments have soared in recent years because you don’t have the risks associated with traditional tummy tucks or facelifts as there is no surgery, no needles, no pain and no downtime. Clients can resume normal activities directly after treatments and the procedures have become known in the industry as ‘Lunchtime Lipo’. About UltraSlim Clinics: The Wolverhampton-based Aesthetics and Beauty Clinic is a specialist Non-Surgical Lipo and skin care services provider dedicated to helping women and men achieve their personal weight loss and aesthetic goals. The clinic is under the ownership of Hanna McCormac, who has earned extensive training and experience in the Non-Invasive Aesthetics industry. She is accredited by with a 5 STAR TREATMENT AWARD and prides herself on having some of the highest standards and reviews in the industry which can be found on the website or with simple Google search for ‘UltraSlim Clinics Reviews’ For more information, please visit or you can email Tel: 0844 288 7297

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Proud to Boast! The Cottage Surgery is proud to announce that they have created a special partnership with one of the UK’s true ’cutting edge providers’ of Injectable Medical Aesthetic Treatments. Surgeon Ash Labib is the UK Ambassador for Allergan, the originator and exclusive supplier of the genuine ‘Botox’ product. Used for medical treatments such as Hyperhidrosis, (excessive sweating), Migraine control, and the reduction of spasms in children Botox is now widely known as a way to reduce the signs of ageing. It is Ash Labib’s day job as the E.N.T. Surgeon at two of the Midlands premier NHS Hospitals, Russell’s Hall and New Cross, that inspired him to develop the use of Dermal Fillers, (another essential tool in the battle against the signs of ageing), for a very different treatment. Along with a very select few, Ash has developed the use of Dermal Fillers to provide Rhinoplasty (Nose jobs to you and me) and nasal Reconstruction. This pioneering new treatment can amazingly be completed in your Lunch Hour! Ash Labib does of course, utilise dermal fillers in the more traditional sense, i.e. filling those lines that occur through the natural ageing process or, to reduce scars left by acne, accidents or childhood diseases such as Chicken Pox. It is experience gained as a surgeon in the E.N.T. field that has lead him

to develop nasal reconstruction without the need of a scalpel. Many people are unhappy with their nose shape, either being ‘born with it’ or, because of an accident, or illness. In any event, how we look, can have an effect on how others perceive us. The usual remedy was to ‘go under the knife’ and undertake invasive surgery. Not only does this traditional surgical intervention require the essential use of a general anaesthetic with the usual risks this entails, but also several weeks away from work or from social commitment’s. It also results in very obvious and substantial bruising with the possibility of scarring, temporary or otherwise, post treatment aftercare, and sometimes the need for additional corrective surgery. All invasive surgery carries with it the risk of infection as we all now know with the rise of super bugs such as Clostridium Difficile, (known as C-Diff in the press/media) however good the surgical resources are. Ash’s skills in utilising dermal fillers in place of the scalpel usually remove ALL of the above downsides. Very often Ash can provide the desired aesthetic results in under half an hour, & virtually always within the time we take for our lunch break. Genuinely, a good percentage of his patient’s leave his treatment room and go straight back to work. Some patients choose to use Ash’s filler based expertise to avoid the above issues. Other patients choose Ash because they feel embarrassed by their desire

Before and after pictures of one of Ash's patients - without the use of a scalpel!

to remodel this important facial feature, and know the associated bruising will be evidence of surgery, to friends, family and work colleagues, and even strangers in the street. Because there are very rarely any tell tail signs and no need to take time away from work, some patients really value this ultimately discreet way of achieving their goal. The Cottage Surgery offers Ash’s services because they are aware that his skills in the use of both wrinkle relaxing injections and Dermal Fillers are second to none in the UK. Ash’s skill was initially brought to the attention of the Surgery through his international training and teaching business, where he is able to spread the word on his development of filler based Rhinoplasty. The surgery is confident that you can benefit from his 21 years of E.N.T. experience, years of Medical Aesthetic injectable treatment development, and innate understanding of his patients requirements. Amazingly, like all their other treatments, the Surgery offers free in depth consultations and have agreed for a limited time, that Ash’s Consultations will also be free! To book a free confidential and no obligation Consultation with Ash Labib, call us on 01384 940498 or visit our website

“Ash, I came to see you after I had Rhinoplasty 10 years ago, abroad. I was very unhappy with the results. But when you performed the nonsurgical Rhinoplasty on my nose, it was an amazing result which has changed my nose on the outside to my desired shape, and gave me all the confidence and reassurance from the inside as well! I thank you so much for the revolutionary treatment.” Chris



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A castle was first constructed on this site in Saxon times, in the year 913, on the orders of Ethelfleda, the Mercian queen. Strategically perched atop a hill, overlooking the Lady Bridge and the confluence of the River Anker and the River Tame, the castle acted as both a fortress to defend against the Vikings and a residence for the Mercian kings. Today there is little remaining of this original castle, as it was essentially knocked down, rebuilt and enlarged by the Normans very soon after their invasion of 1066. Considered one of the best-preserved motte and bailey castles in England, the exact construction of the greater part of today’s Tamworth Castle is believed to date back to 1070 and was finished some time in the 12th century. Its motte is the second largest in Britain after that of Windsor Castle. Following the death of Robert Despenser, steward to William the Conquerer, castle ownership fell into the hands of the Marmion family of Normandy, who were in possession of it for


six generations up to 1294. When in 1215 the 4th Robert Marmion of Tamworth Castle, who was the equivalent to the Chief Justice of the time, deserted King John and threw his support behind the French king, John had Robert’s lands confiscated and his son imprisoned and he ordered the demolition of Tamworth Castle. The castle was only partially demolished before Robert’s sons were able to regain their father’s lands following his death one year later. As the last of the Marmion’s died without leaving an heir in 1294, Tamworth Castle passed into the hands of the Freville family from Cambridgeshire, who held the castle until 1423. While the castle still today presents a mostly Norman identity, the perfectly intact ancient labyrinthine walkways, rooms, halls and chambers also bear the mark of more recent influences from the Tudors, Jacobeans and Victorians. After a centuries-long period of residence by the Ferrers family, it was the Townshend family who made the

last significant improvements to the castle in 1781. The castle was loaned out to tenants, including Robert Peel and Thomas Cooke during the nineteenth century and on the death of the latter in 1891, the Marquess Townshend put the property up for sale by auction and it was purchased by the Tamworth Corporation. Today, Tamworth Castle is one of Staffordshire’s top tourist attractions. Visitors can discover the essence of Medieval life by taking a tour through the Great Hall, watching re-enactments of history and displays put on by the castle staff and chatting with the Lady of the house, the footman, cooks, maids, and butlers. Children can have fun dressing up in clothing from throughout the ages and putting themselves in the Tudor and Stuart stocks and chambers. Outside, in the landscaped gardens alongside the river is a children’s play area and the view from the top of the castle is memorable. Tamworth Castle is found in the middle of Tamworth town centre,

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rban) Jungle Welcome tobythRoeb (U Taylor Forest-dwelling Subaru Forester is taken deep into the heart of the city by Rob Taylor to find out how the 4x4 off-road warrior legend can cut it out of its comfort zone. From atop my lofty, regal driving throne I observe all fellow road-users with a serenity not otherwise known to me on the notorious rush hour scramble into Birmingham’s grim and dirty heart of darkness. Typically I am the Devil’s own driver; hell-bent on getting the madmen I carry inside me from point-topoint along the optimum route, in the quickest time. I am unyielding to the aggressive, intolerant of the sluggish and indecisive, indifferent to the needy on foot, and disdainful of the contemptible collective on public transport.



However, oddly, I’m not today. For on this particular journey, despite having as my carriage a vehicle so utterly incongruous and superficially at least - unfeasibly inappropriate for such a driving environment, I have metamorphosed into being more chilled-out and relaxed than the bastard progeny of The Dude from The Big Lebowski and the Dalai Lama: I wave through nuns waiting to pull out of side-turnings; allow buses to rejoin traffic; wait and flash my lights to oncoming motorists whenever there’s a shortage of space; toot my horn approvingly at passing cyclists; hum along happily to even the most facile idiocy on

Radio 1 and find myself smiling a lot more of the time. No, not like the slack-jawed gawker staring back at me from the rear of the bus, but because today I am Cliff Richard: the Christian motorist. And I can only credit this sudden conversion from the dark side to the fact that today I am driving the new Subaru Forester XT; the SUV which is commonly known to defy the trend for 4x4s to be just city-dwelling poser-mobiles; thought to be a short-on-style utilitarian off-road workhorse and moreover, usually a diesel. But this one isn’t. This new Forester is not what you think it is. It’s better. And it makes you feel good. I chuckle to myself, as I genuflect at the sight of the Forester’s formidable side-profile and funky, monster alloy wheels reflected back from the glass-fronted shop fronts, while driving at a rate of speed more typical of the biggest poseur rapper while ‘cruisin’ in da hood’ on MTV. The Forester is now a handsome machine - especially in white. And although I may now be prone to pose at a snail’s pace, this is by no means a slow car: 0-62 mph in 7.5 seconds; a mighty 240 bhp from the 2 litre petrol engine.

Powerful is available at all times courtesy of 258 lb ft of torque and a hefty turbo, always being delivered seamlessly through the CVT automatic transmission; every gear up-change is particularly smooth on a light throttle and - more crucially - every down-shift, just the same. But if you are in a hurry, this Forester will keep pace with most things on the road; if things get twisty, it handles with considerable composure considering its bulk and it’ll do it all without emptying both its fuel tank and your wallet too quickly, returning as it does 33.2 mpg on the combined cycle. So the big-selling Forester is as at home in the urban jungle as any Evoque and, since its release last year it’s been picking up offroad plaudits left and right from the specialist motoring press, so its evidently still pretty nifty off-road too. Just beware of those alloys. Inside the story remains the same: a considerable improvement over the out-going model. Plastics are softer-to-touch yet still feel robust; the dashboard configuration is immediately intelligible and, in this spec at least, it’s packed with electronic goodies like rain-sensing wipers, heated seats, rear-parking cameras and hill-start technology. Today’s cars are as intelligent as KITT from Knight Rider used to be and the Subaru is no different and it only costs just over £30,000. But it’s not all just futuristic kit and attention-grabbing aesthetics, all of the sensible and practical elements remain too: there’s a five-year, 100,000 warranty, All-Wheel Drive Technology, high-scoring safety marks from NCAP and a renowned reputation for reliability and durability. The Forester is now a beautiful bridge between style and off-road guile: the Everyman’s car which is every bit the car for every occasion.



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Four Ashes Renault Specialists Ltd is a well-established family run business situated just off the main A449 Stafford Road between Coven and Gailey. Now in our 9th year of trading the company has gone from strength to strength offering our excellent skills and services to the motor vehicle servicing / repair industry for both retail and trade customers. Four Ashes Renault Specialists are the alternative to using manufacturers main dealership to service and maintain your Renault vehicle, there is no compromise on the quality of the workmanship and we will save you £££ off your repair costs and we always offer the same parts and labour guarantee as any main dealer would. Here at Four Ashes we are considered by many as one of the best Renault diagnostic specialists in the country. We have Renault ‘CLIP’ diagnostic equipment, which is essential when working with Renaults and a highly skilled team with many years’ experience, our main technician is a Renault main dealer trained Master Tech and won the car maker’s UK Co-Tech Challenge, seeing-off competition from all the other technicians, which won him place at the international final in Paris. Therefore you can be assured you have one of the best Renault technicians in the country looking after your vehicle. We charge a £48 diagnostic fee but if we carry out any of the repair work relating to the diagnostic we waiver the diagnostic fee. 64

If your vehicle is still under manufacturer’s warranty we still can service your vehicle. We service all vehicles to manufacturers’ requirements and use genuine Renault parts, along with stamping your service book (if available). Because we follow the correct guidelines and use genuine Renault parts your warranty is NOT affected. If you have an extended warranty on your vehicle with companies such as the AA, RAC, Warranty Direct, Motorcare and all other companies, we can carry out the repairs to your vehicle. We are also members of the 1LINK network of approved repairs. We offer a free local pick up and drop off service within a 5 mile radius for all servicing and MOT’s or alternatively we can provide you with a free courtesy car (conditions apply). If required we can service your vehicle whilst you wait, we have a waiting room with TV and free refreshments or alternatively some of our customers pop to the local café or pub. In the event of a breakdown we have our own recovery truck this enables us to offer very competitive recovery rates.


We also have a vehicle accident repair bodyshop catering for all makes and models. So if you have a minor scratch or have extensively damaged your vehicle we can provide you with a free repair estimate and all insurance work is undertaken. Four Ashes Renault Specialists is also an authorized treatment facility for End-Of-Life vehicles. We have an extensive parts department offering new and used parts, all come with a minimum 90 day guarantee. So if you own a Renault and are looking for a fast, reliable, trustworthy and competitively priced company to maintain, repair and service your vehicle look no further! Give us a call there is nothing Renault that we don’t do, so be it a fault with your automatic gearbox, engine or gearbox replacement, an electric window not working, fault displayed on your dash, a service or just a part, we are here to help and most importantly save you money!



Servicing with us at Four Ashes will not affect your Manufactures Warranty. We also service all other Renault models out of the warranty period.


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