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A Message From the Editor Hello readers, Welcome to the October/November edition of the Staffordshire Outlook magazine. This year is flying by, summer is over and autumn has arrived! Don’t forget to put your clocks back on the 29th October! Look out for the new advertisers in this edition including Centra Heat, to keep your home warm this winter, Stafford Grammar and Chase Grammar, who are both holding Open Days this month, all this inside and much more. The winners from the August 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 fantastic competitions in this edition, including tickets for Pam Ayres at The Grand Theatre, tickets for the Festive Gift Fair and tickets for Winter Wine Festival, at Sandon Hall. You could be one of the lucky winners, good luck!

Congratulations to: Winner of a pair of tickets to Brassed Off at the Grand Theatre John Finney, Moss Pit Winner of a pair of tickets to Beyond the Barricade at Sandon Hall Chris Godridge, Hixon

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The Residence Nil Rate Band or RNRB may be something that you have seen mentioned in the press and have either not taken the time to read it or not fully understood it. In fact it is a very important factor in financial planning for a great many people. First of all let us consider what RNRB is and then consider its importance. RNRB is the additional Inheritance Tax (IHT) Free Allowance which is available to use against a



property which at some point has been occupied as the family home. A Qualifying Residential Interest is defined by the relevant legislation as an interest in a dwelling –house which at any time has been the deceased’s residence and forms part of the deceased’s estate. RNRB is available where the property in question is inherited on the death of the owner by the direct descendants of the deceased.

Once fully introduced it could result in up to a £140,000 saving in IHT. Direct Descendants strictly in this context and by definition according to the relevant legislation means Children, Step Children, Foster Children, Adopted Children, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren together with the spouses, civil partners, widows and widowers of these same. The first thing to note is that RNRB only applies to deaths on or after

6th April 2017. Secondly, is the fact that its level will be gradually increased over the coming years. Initially, for the tax year 2017-18 RNRB will be £100,000, increasing by £25,000 each tax year until 2021. Thereafter it will increase by the Consumer Price Index. RNRB is transferable between spouses and civil partners. Unfortunately large estates may lose RNRB through tapering which we will consider at a later stage. Inheritance Tax forms a substantial part of the government’s revenue and RNRB will have a significant effect upon the number of deaths resulting in IHT being payable. During the tax year 2015/2016 it is estimated that IHT was payable in 7.1% of deaths. By 2020/21 this figure is expected to have reduced to 6%. The amount of TRANSFERABLE RNRB that can be claimed upon second death will depend on how much RNRB was used on the first death. There is no requirement for the first of a couple to die to own a qualifying residential interest at the time of their death for unused RNRB to accumulate to the survivor. Where the first death occurred before 6th April 2017 the RNRB at the time of the first death is deemed to be £100,000, and regardless of the actual circumstances no part of this RNRB will be deemed to have been used on first death. The exception to this rule is where the TRANSFERABLE RNRB is reduced or lost due to the TAPER THRESHOLD TEST. (TPT) Where the deceased’s estate exceeds £2m (The Taper Threshold) the appropriate RNRB will be reduced by £1 for every £2 by which the taper threshold is exceeded to provide an ‘adjusted allowance’. The £2m threshold is the net estate value after deducting liabilities but before applying any relief or exemptions (including the current nil rate band, business property relief and spouse exemption) This can obviously have a substantial effect on the amount of IHT paid and financial planning considerations and subsequent

actions can be taken in order to reduce this liability. Legislation also includes provisions to ensure that an estate will not automatically lose benefit from RNRB linked to a former property where it has been disposed of prior to death. Specifically a person’s estate will benefit from a downsizing RNRB where prior to death they either downsized to a less valuable residence, selling or otherwise disposing of a qualifying residence so that the full RNRB can no longer be claimed AND they left either the lower value residence or an interest in it or some other assets to direct descendants on death. Downsizing or the disposal of the property has to take place after 8th July 2015 but there is no time limit on the period between disposal and when death occurs. This is a topic that could potentially save substantial sums in IHT and should be discussed in greater detail in order to use RNBR to its full advantage.

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John Webb is a Chartered Financial Planner and a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society, the highest accolade designated by that organisation. The Personal Finance Society is the professional body for the Financial Advisory Profession in the United Kingdom, promoting the highest standards of technical knowledge, client service and ethical practice.

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One lucky winner can win a pair of tickets to see An evening with Pam Ayres Saturday 4 November at 7.30pm. Pam Ayres has been a writer, broadcaster, and entertainer for over 40 years, and is one of the few authors who has had books in the Sunday Times bestseller charts in almost every decade since the 1970s. She will be at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre with AN EVENING WITH PAM AYRES on Saturday 4 November. She is the author of several best-selling poetry collections, including The Works, With These Hands, Surgically Enhanced and You Made Me Late Again!. Many of her poems are in school textbooks around the world including the UK, USA, China, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, South Africa, Ireland and Singapore.  In 2015, once again, the most borrowed poetry book in UK Libraries was Pam’s most recent book, You Made Me Late Again. Her other works include Surgically Enhanced, With These Hands, Thoughts Of A Late-Night Knitter and Bertha And The Racing Pigeon.

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 Friday 27th October 2017. Winners will be notified by telephone.

The English humourist is as popular as ever, funny and warm, her charming understated manner belies a rare comic precision. Her hair-trigger timing, her eye for the absurd details of everyday life, and unforgettable turn of phrase, combine to make her a true national treasure. Recent radio broadcasts include Just A Minute, Loose Ends, and five of her own series of Ayres On The Air for Radio 4.

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“Pam Ayres’ session was one of my highlights of the Hay Festival this year because I laughed so hard that my stomach ached for hours afterwards, and it is wonderful to witness a true craftswoman practice her art.” Review from Hay Festival 2015

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President Carole Holdcroft welcomed everyone, including SI Midland Chase Region President Alyson Green and Amanda Milling, MP for Cannock Chase. She also thanked Cannock Lions for sponsoring the event. The first speaker was one of SI Cannock’s newer and younger members Kate Young - who told the audience a little about herself, about Soroptimists and about her reasons, as a busy woman working full time, for joining the international organisation. that it is the balance between working on On Thursday 20th July,She a explained new £45,000 Cancer projects which support those women less fortunate than us: Treatment (Oncology)whether Suiteinvolved was opened by trafficking, needing in domestic abuse, help to develop skills to become independent or self Wolves legend Steve Bull MBE at the Nuffield sufficient, with the social side of Soroptimism - the fun and Health Wolverhampton Hospital. Patients, friendship - which appealed to her initially and which still appeals to her.


specialist doctors, nurses, diagnostic staff, local GPs, contractors and hospital staff attended the opening of the new facility and enjoyed meeting the 300+ goal scorer. At the event, Amy G, whose grandfather sadly passed away from cancer, entertained guests by singing a track she Specialist Oncology Lead Nurse Sandra Turner, said, had written especially for him. This song is now “I am extremely proud of what we are able to offer our being released as a single to raise money for patients. Recently we have increased our oncology KathyaCoe, founder of Pathway, then spoke a littleservice of with several new consultants and our new Cancer Research UK and local hospice.

the many ways they provide support to women victims designated suite has fantastic facilities. It will provide of Domestic Violence. Their service has developed so Vicky Farmer, nutrition advisor, dispelled some of the myths a very and private area for patients, away muchhospital over the 22is years since it began: last year they gave pleasant The new suite in the private a fully about our diet. We need to maintain a balanced diet which direct help to 37 women in the Cannock area alone. Kathy from the general hospital environment. I hope that the refurbished and decorated facility, in an undisturbed includes carbohydrates, fats, fibre and protein - cutting introduced a woman who has been a client of Pathway anything out completely bring its own Oncology Suite will give mycan patients theproblems. opportunity to location on the second floor with lovely of and who nowaworks withview them supporting other women. The evening gave the opportunity to talk to a colour analyst, meet others for support. Being separate from the main the extensive hospital grounds. The designated suite She told the audience her story and it was very powerful, nail technician, breast care specialist, podiatrist and staff understand a little of the way ahospital victim area, will give patients the opportunity comprises two treatmentenabling areas others withtodeluxe oncology from St Gilesalso Hospice as well as the speakers. There was of DV can feel. She said that the bravest thing she ever a free prizeto draw and one luckyin woman won aif basket to meet and chat each other private they wish chairs for patient comfort. forstep which didThe was toartwork, make that first and callathe help line - and packed with pamper goodies. There was a great ‘buzz’ with The opening of the Suite is exciting and I am patient kindly donated funding, painted by local although itwas has been a long process she has neverto. looked everyone finding the evening informative and interesting back. Thearea 24 hour helpprovide line number is 01543 676800. looking forward starting to treat my patients in this artist, Lana Giles. The exclusive will an addedto bonus for Cannock Soroptimists is that a number of the ladies aredesigned keen to come to a meeting lovely environment, toalong make them and feel more chemotherapy and accessAlison to other treatments Jacksoncancer of the worldwide charity Look Good find “ out more about the club and the organisation. More comfortable. and procedures. Feel Better for cancer patients spoke of the free beauty information can be found at workshops provided locally at New Cross and Stafford Hospitals. Cosmetics are donated by some of the large beauty houses and each woman who goes along to a workshop not only receives help and advice but also a bag of beauty goods valued at around £200. Anyone interested in knowing more can phone LGFB on 01372 747500.




Fiona Ford, who founded Fresh Hair, a bespoke wig fitting Project, the local refuge Soroptimist International Cannock & District service of for cancer patients and who is a past winner of SI for women victims of have been involved for the past few years domestic violence and with the collection of tents, chairs and other by Staffordshire Women’s Aid – in fact, many of the items goods left behind at Weston Park following the collected have already been put to good use by local women annual V Festival. who are in need.

The collection is organised by the local District of Rotary International and takes place on the two days following the V Festival. This year, as in previous years, so much was left behind by those who attended the Festival which, if it can be collected, can be used by people at home and overseas. No matter how many volunteers go along they are never able to collect all of the items left behind.

The V Festival clear-up is a true example of voluntary organisations working together and giving service to help others. Everyone who went along thoroughly enjoyed the experience - even though they are always shocked at what others will leave behind -and they know that all of the goods will be put to excellent use by those who need them.

This year 5 Soroptimists from SI Cannock & District went along to help with the grand ‘clear-up’ at Weston Park following another very successful, but rather muddy, V Festival. Wearing wellies and other appropriate clothing, members set to work dismantling and re-packing tents, rolling up air beds, collecting chairs, buckets, bowls, sleeping bags and unopened tinned food– and anything else left behind by the revelers which was in good condition and might be of use to others.

More information about Soroptimist International is available on the website and about the Cannock Club on or on their Facebook page at www.facebook. com/SICannock

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Pictured: Cannock Soroptimists collecting goods; l to r: Kate Young, Trish Mellor, Carole Holdcroft, President Val Jones, President-Elect June Bould

PENN SINGERS 70TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT A HUGE SUCCESS Penn Singers 70th anniversary concert was a huge success, a night of nostalgia, singing music from the last 70 years; either from our concert lists or a selection from each decade. The Jackfield Band, our special guests for the evening contributed their own exciting interpretation of well-loved band music. The audience showed their appreciation generously giving £527.31 in the retiring collection, ticket sales having already raised over £1200. The evening however was tinged with sadness. It was Helen Smiths last concert with us as our Musical Director.  Helen was to take up a new teaching post in Warwick.  We have enjoyed seven glorious years with Helen as our MD.  During that time we have grown in confidence as she has introduced us to an ever increasing and varied repertoire of music. She has put together some amazing concert programmes which has stretched us and has kept our audiences coming back for more. She was a breath of fresh air, we will never forget the privilege of time spent with her, or her mantra, Watch, Enjoy Smile Watch!!! So what now?  The search has started to find a successor.  This will be no easy task but Helen’s legacy will always be with us. In the meantime Andrew Davis ,one of our own talented Bass singers, is stepping into the breach and has already selected music for our October Concert and our soloist Phaedra Brickwood is booked. The concert is our annual support for Compton Hospice and is ‘In Perfect Harmony’.

Our charity work has always played an important role in our being a community choir. We were able to present St. Anthony’s Leonard Cheshire Homes with a cheque for £2000, this amount was in addition to the £1500 we were able to give to Compton Hospice last year. This year we are to support two charities nominated by our members.  Wings, a Wombourne charity supporting children with disabilities, and Wolverhampton Coronary After Care based at New Cross hospital. The season will bring fresh challenges to our choir, but with a new Musical Director, the support of our president, Simon Platford MBE and the love of music we all share it’s going to be a very exciting time. Tickets are now on sale for “In Perfect Harmony” on Saturday 14th October at Penn United Reformed Church. Tickets are £8.00. Show starts at 7.30pm. Call 01902 652992. www.



President Jane Cooper and several members of the Rotary Club of Stafford Knot have walked the whole of the Staffordshire Way for charity!

In recent years the Friends of St Mary’s have introduced a wide variety of evening concerts to the church. Artists love the acoustics offered by the Grade 1 listed building and audiences love the ambience. The pews are now cushioned (thanks to the Friends), lighting is atmospheric and refreshments, including a wine or beer, are always available.

The 92 mile sponsored walk took place over 5 weekends during July and August and has raised so far over £600 with the target of £1000 being in sight. Stafford Railway Building Society were the main sponsors. Over 70 stiles, having to hack their way through dense undergrowth and even through a large fallen tree, the intrepid walkers finally made it from Mow Cop to Kinver Edge. Blisters, rain, pulled muscles and heat did not deter them and even Max, the retriever seemed to enjoy the experience. President Jane has been heard to say never again but is very pleased to have achieved such a feat and to have raised so much for her chosen charities, Canine Partners, Urban Explorers and Katharine House. Stafford Knot Rotary Club meets every Thursday morning at the Northfield Centre, Cooperative Street, Stafford. If you would like more information please contact Sarah Edge on 01785 760295

They are kicking off their autumn season with a folk night from well-known local group The Deacons on Saturday 21st October at St Marys Church, Stafford. The Deacons have played together for over thirty years and performed at countless folk clubs and festivals. The band members are Irwin Bottomley, Dave Clark, Martin Thompson and Graham Bellinger who now lives in Chester and is very involved in the music scene there. The band play a wide range of songs from traditional folk to more modern material from acts like Show of Hands, Richard Thompson and Tom Waits. Tickets are available from Mew Music or the Parish Office. For more information email Dee on friendsofstmary@ Pictured: The Deacons



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CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY Owners of Penkridge Market, near Stafford, will be proudly celebrating their 25th Anniversary, on the 27th October. The familyrun market, which is open every Wednesday and Saturday, attracts thousands of people every market day, from as far afield as Telford, Stoke and Walsall. With hundreds of stall holders, selling thousands of products, it has become a defining feature of the village and is classed as one of the area’s best local markets. Records suggest that there has been a market held in Penkridge since as far back as 1244, with a livestock market being introduced in 1886. During the 1970’s a stall market started to develop alongside the livestock market and gradually expanded to what it is today. In 1992 the current owners purchased the site and over the last 25 years have made several improvements, introducing new events and indoor market stalls, in order to enhance the experience for both traders and customers. They have also improved the facilities on site including a new Market Café, toilet block and auction room. Eight permanent units have also been constructed, which have been leased out to traders. Owners Mike and Liz Williams said:

Market and Car Boot Sale, also runs every Bank Holiday Monday, which is always very busy. The market’s busiest event of the year though, is undoubtedly the Victorian Christmas Market, which was moved from the middle of the village to the market site, around 7 years ago. This market encompasses everything Christmassy, with fabulous food stalls, local crafts and lots of entertainment, including Father Christmas, Punch and Judy and a Fun Fair. The event, which used to be held on a Friday evening, was moved to a Sunday last year, in order to make it more family friendly. It proved so popular, it will be held on Sunday 26th November this year, between 2pm and 8pm. Admission to the event and parking are free, making a great free day out for all the family. Penkridge Market is situated in the centre of Penkridge, and is signposted off the A449. It is just three miles from Junction 12 of the M6 and is also easily accessible from the A5. It is 6 miles from Stafford; 7 miles from Cannock and 10 miles from Wolverhampton (postcode ST19 5AP).

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“It has been a fantastic 25 years and we really are truly grateful for all the loyalty and support from both our customers and traders. We have seen many changes and there have of course been challenges, but even in this difficult economic climate, we are still busy and thriving. Both our son, Matt and daughter Kate, have been instrumental in developing the business and have come up with new ideas that we would never have thought of.”

In fact it’s thanks to their son and daughter that they have launched a new Children’s Market this year, which was held for the first time in April. The Market, which was entirely dedicated to children, consisted of stall holders selling everything from nearly new children’s clothes and equipment, to toys and handmade crafts, as well as fun activities for the children. It proved to be so popular, the owners have now decided to hold the event again on the 1st of October. The owners have also introduced a variety of specialist markets, which have proved to be extremely popular, including a Fine Food and Craft Market which is held on the third Saturday of every month, as well an Antiques Market, on the first Thursday of the month. A special Bank Holiday 20


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The Rotary Club of Cannock SERVICE ABOVE SELF AWARD The Rotary Club of Cannock presented their highest honour the ‘Service above Self Award’ for outstanding community service to Mrs Pat Wolfe at their meeting on Wednesday 6th September 2017. The’ Service above Self Award’ is only awarded to people who have demonstrated their commitment to volunteering their time and talents to help others in the community. Pat worked as a Samaritan for 10 years before becoming a councillor for the Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation service in Cannock, as a result of her work with these charitable organisations she became aware that many people within the Cannock Chase area were both hungry and homeless so she set about trying to help these unfortunate people. So after a long search Pat and with the help of Cannock Lions Club took over a small rented unit situated in Beecroft Car Park close to the town centre, however after only a year when funding was no longer available they were almost forced to close, then some 8 years ago The Rotary Club of Cannock got involved and raised funds to purchase and donate the larger Portakabin to replace the smaller rented unit. Pat recruited a team of volunteers to work alongside her, and set about providing food to help the homeless and hungry of Cannock Chase. The Rotary club raised funds for an electrical service to be connected to the unit to enable hot food and drinks to be provided which was particularly important during winter conditions. Pat worked with many local businesses that have helped the charity by donating funds and food to enable them to continue to provide this 30


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Some Like It Hot RED HOT POKER PLANTS This month Martin Blow of Special Perennials gets all heated up about growing Red Hot Pokers. We all remember the old fashioned Red Hot Poker plants with their tall, impressive heads of flower, red at the top and yellow at the bottom and great mounds of leaves, flowering away in a neglected spot in the garden. Eye-catching they certainly are and they have come a long way from these gaudy giants with lots of colours and sizes now available for every type of garden.

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Other common names for this plant such as Torch Lily and Rocket Flower are equally as apt. Kniphofia, as they are properly called come from Southern Africa. The ones we grow in the garden largely grow on high mountains and plateaux meaning they are cold hardy although you may find plants or seeds of sub-tropical species that will need protection in winter. As a rule of thumb those with very narrow, almost chive-like leaves are less hardy. In the past gardeners have planted Pokers in the driest, sunniest part of the garden and then left them to get on with it, this comes from the misconception that they are desert plants. They will survive this but not thrive. The best treatment is plenty of sun and a rich, fertile soil with plenty of summer moisture. Here they will have more and larger flowers. By careful selection of varieties and species it is possible to have a poker in flower from May to December, but for most gardens a few good varieties will cover the summer and autumn months. Here are a few of my favourites. “Timothy” is very different from the standard poker with his salmony orange flowers on 2ft / 60cm stems in mid-summer he is more suitable for a small garden. Likewise, the cool, icy lemon and white flowers of “Percy’s Pride” are short and compact and create a zing in the border from July through August. The 38


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although it has been a long process she has never looked back. The 24 hour help line number is 01543 676800. Alison Jackson of the worldwide charity Look Good Feel Better for cancer patients spoke of the free beauty workshops provided locally at New Cross and Stafford Hospitals. Cosmetics are donated by some of the large beauty houses and each woman who goes along to a workshop not only receives help and advice but also a bag of beauty goods valued at around £200. Anyone interested in knowing more can phone LGFB on 01372 747500.


packed with pamper goodies. There was a great ‘buzz’ with everyone finding the evening informative and interesting an added bonus for Cannock Soroptimists is that a number of the ladies are keen to come along to a meeting and find out more about the club and the organisation. More information can be found at or

Fiona Ford, who founded Fresh Hair, a bespoke wig fitting service for cancer patients and who is a past winner of SI

Sue Arnold, Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire was the speaker at a recent meeting of Cannock Soroptimists. President Val Jones introduced her saying that she was a ‘Woman of Power’ who would talk about ‘Women as Victims’, her theme for the year. Sue has been Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner (DPCC) since 2012; part of her portfolio is ‘Victims’ considering in particular how they are treated and the support mechanisms available to them. When she first looked into this there were 60,000 victims of crime in the County but support was being offered to only 23,000 - the type of crime dictated whether or not support was offered and Sue could see this was unfair. Her work with several agencies meant that the Victim Gateway was launched ensuring support is available to every victim of crime in Staffordshire. Additional services are available for victims of Domestic Abuse: 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men are such victims, resulting in untold harm. Part of the support now available is to Businesses: in partnership with Staffordshire Women’s Aid members of staff are trained as Domestic Abuse Champions, enabling them to recognise some of the signs of such abuse and to signpost help and offer basic advice to victims. Cyber Crime is a growing and extremely worrying issue. It includes grooming, child sexual exploitation, fraud, cyber attacks.......and Sue showed particular concern for children and young people who are open to many types of crime through their mobile phones. She called the mobile phone the most dangerous thing a child or young person ever has and encouraged everyone to ensure they and their children are appropriately protected when on-line.

have been trained to recognise signs of MDS; the charity Hope for Justice becomes involved once a victim is identified. The final project which Sue spoke about was Staffordshire Police Cadets, a cause close to her heart as it enables youngsters between the ages of 13 and 17 to learn life skills and to have aspirations; at least 25% of the members are vulnerable children and there is a flourishing unit in Cannock. Soroptimist Trish Mellor thanked Sue for her most interesting and informative talk and for being such a champion for vulnerable women and children in Staffordshire. She presented Sue with a donation for Staffordshire Police Cadets. Sue Arnold, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire said: ‘I would like to thank the Cannock Soroptimists for their warm welcome and for their generous donation to the Staffordshire Police Cadets. The ongoing roll-out of cadet units across Staffordshire relies on community and business sponsorship so donations like this are extremely important to us.’ More information about all PCC projects is available on the website: For more information on the work of the club, or to arrange to come along to a meeting, please visit their website: or their Facebook page; or email

FGM is a big issue in Staffordshire as well as nationally but is difficult to detect as it is both cultural and underground- there have been 30 new cases in Staffordshire this year with cases growing year on year; cutters are flown in then leave before they can be prosecuted. Education of women and girls is the biggest way to fight this horrendous crime; Sue has secured funding to provide some of this education. Modern Day Slavery affects men, women and children and is as prevalent in Staffordshire as it is elsewhere. The PCC is working with the Chamber of Commerce to ensure that workers within the supply chain of businesses are ‘clean’. Last year 30 victims were rescued from MDS, many of them having been employed in care homes. Staffordshire Police Officers 42 STAFFORDSHIRE OUTLOOK |. OCTOBER 2017

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Stafford Grammar School and Stafford Preparatory School OPEN MORNING Saturday 14th October 2017 9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m. No appointment necessary Come and join us for Open Morning and find out more about our exceptional school. From the Prep. School through to the Sixth Form, pupils at Stafford Grammar School achieve outstanding success in an environment that feels like a family. You will be able to talk to the Headmaster, staff and pupils and enjoy a tour of the school. Whether you are planning for the future or considering your options for next September, we invite you to visit and discover what makes Stafford Grammar School so special. Choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions you can ever make. Stafford Grammar School and Stafford Preparatory School offer an exceptional education and an outstanding level of pastoral care for 4 - 18 year olds. We believe that happy children succeed and so we provide the encouragement and support for every child to fulfil his or her potential. In our latest examination results, 69% of all A level results were A* - B. Our school has become established as a centre of excellence at all levels and each year our Sixth Form students gain admission to the top universities. Whilst we pride ourselves on being rated as one of the top schools in Staffordshire in Government league tables, the real spirit of Stafford Grammar School is to be found in the smiling faces, laughter and sense of fun that pupils and teachers experience every day. Academic excellence is only one part of the Stafford Grammar School success story. Our students excel in sport, music, drama and a wide range of extra-curricular activities, clubs and societies. We believe in encouraging participation and excellence in all areas, in and outside the classroom. We offer a wide variety of sports and our teams have an enviable record of success, winning local, county, regional and national competitions. Students regularly secure places in county teams. Our pupils are continually inspired to excel in sport by others who have gone on to achieve sporting success at national level in sports as diverse as swimming,

football, rugby, cricket, athletics, archery and ice hockey. Our school celebrates the achievement of every pupil. For young people who enjoy the performing arts, Stafford Grammar School is the place to be. With the opportunity to join choirs, vocal groups, Concert Band, Big Band, Orchestra and other ensembles, there really is something for everyone. Music performances are held regularly in school and our music ensembles and choirs have recently performed in the Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. Our Concert Band performs in national competitions, has received platinum awards and has toured in Prague, Spain, France and Italy. Drama continues to thrive and our school musicals are performed to sell-out audiences. Over the last few years, musical theatre productions of Les Miserables, West Side Story, Into the Woods and Fame have been produced to an exceptional standard and received acclaim in the local press. With such a lively variety of activities, it is easy to see why Stafford Grammar School and Stafford Preparatory School are such vibrant communities. Based upon the values of hard work, kindness and respect, we strive to provide an enriching education that will inspire our pupils and enable them to make the most of every opportunity in their lives beyond school. Our extensive transport network means that we are accessible to families from a wide range of areas. Financial assistance with school fees is available through scholarships for academic, sporting or musical excellence and bursaries based on an assessment of household financial circumstances. We look forward to welcoming you to Stafford Grammar School and Stafford Preparatory School on our Open Morning. Places now available in most Year groups. To find out more about our school, visit or call us on 01785 249752. With so much going on, you can follow @ StaffordGrammar on Twitter to read the latest information.




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Chase Grammar

SENIOR SCHOOL’S REFRESHING APPROACH DELIVERS EXCEPTIONAL OUTCOMES Hidden away in Cannock town centre is a thriving independent, co-educational boarding and day school, where pupils think for themselves, discover their passion for learning and thrive in a happy and friendly environment.

As part of its preparation to Higher Education, all pupils receive one-to-one support through the application process to their acceptance. Thorough careers guidance, trips to Universities and visits from university admissions tutors are all part of their programme. As well as taking pupils from across the county, the school also welcomes pupils from around the world and there is a vibrant boarding community. Local pupils are all members of one of our three Houses (named after inspirational local people: education minister Jennie Lee; inventor and chess master Vernon Parton; and physician Frank Tylecote) and are invited to take part in the wealth of after-school and weekend activities and clubs. Boarding opportunities are afforded to every pupil in preparation for independent living at university and beyond.

Founded in 1879, Chase Grammar School has been delivering exceptional outcomes for pupils from all backgrounds for the last two centuries and combines high academic standards with holistic and pastoral care. The school’s mission is to develop its pupils into wellrounded, self-assured adults, capable of navigating complex social and cultural environments with confidence. We wish to enable them to learn how to persevere and make appropriate decisions in a range of situations, developing into life-long learners, who can lead and take responsibility for themselves and others within their community. Senior school life at Chase Grammar is varied, vibrant and fun. Encouragement, expertise and guidance is ever-present in the pursuit of academic excellence. A wide and varied curriculum offers choice for our pupils and the pastoral care and holistic approach combines to provide an unrivalled nurturing environment for pupils preparing for their GCSEs, A Levels and entry pathways to universities and apprenticeships. The school is highly ranked for academic results (100% A*-C at GCSE; 80% A*-B at A Level), showing that our approach to learning, in which we focus upon the development of character as much as knowledge, really works. “Pupils of all ages are happy and confident individuals who feel well supported by their teachers” (ISI Inspection Report 2017)

Under the stewardship of Principal, Dr Paul Silverwood, Chase Grammar School teachers are united in their vision to engage the minds and enrich the lives of their pupils with innovative and varied learning programmes. The expectation is that every pupil will capture a deep understanding of, and a keen interest in, their academic subjects. Chase Grammar School’s outstanding academic results and its extensive preparation programme to gear its pupils for higher education and entry to the world’s top universities, makes this the school of choice for many parents. 48


Parents and carers play an important role in their child’s development and at Chase Grammar there are many ways they can get involved with the school. Through detailed reports which are sent home five times each year, parents evenings and regular communication, each pupils’ academic progress and attitude to learning is recorded and analysed enabling individual needs to be identified and addressed in a professional and caring manner. Chase Grammar is an independent fee-paying school, however, due to the support from the Achieve Education Group, it can offer significant scholarships and bursaries to pupils that clearly demonstrate a desire to learn and achieve. The pupils benefit from small class sizes, a broad academic curriculum, opportunities to study a range of modern and classical languages, a full programme of enrichment activities, one-to-one support from tutors who help them to set targets and meet with them as individuals, and an international environment where different cultures are celebrated and pupils become global citizens who will want to give back to their own communities. Above all, Chase Grammar School endeavours to educate well-rounded, accountable individuals with the compassion, courage and confidence to engage and excel in any walk of life.



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not only into their own personal one-to-one dealings but into their immediate surroundings. A Need for Relating: Librans only feel complete if another is in their life, whether in marriage, business or otherwise. Primarily their relationships are formed to satisfy a need to exchange on an intellectual level. Shared conversation, ideas and concepts give them greater selfunderstanding and fulfilment. Peace Loving and Refined:  They seek grace and refinement in their life, whilst the crude, more harsh side of people and situations repels them.  

Element: Air Ruling Planet: Venus Symbol: The Scales Stone: Opals Life Pursuit:  To be consistent Vibration:  Unsteady Libran’s Secret Desire: To live an easy, uncomplicated life. More Astrology Traits and Personality Harmony and Co-operation:  The Libran’s life is coloured by an urge to bring harmony and balance 56


Unbiased and Non-Judgemental: Librans can be fair and reasonable in judgement and hence make good arbitrators. Many Librans learn with maturity to pit themselves against another and be highly competitive in their own way.

Scorpio - The Scorpion

October 23rd - November 21st Element: Water

Ruling Planets Pluto Symbol: The Scorpion Stone: Topaz Life Pursuit: To survive against all opposition Vibration:  Resilient Scorpio’s Secret Desire: To triumph More Astrology Traits and Personality of Scorpio Powerful, Dramatic and Wise:  Reputed to be the “most powerful” sign of the zodiac, Scorpios lead fate filled lives and have intense and dramatic personal relationships. Secretive, Passionate and Intense:  Passion, desire and power go hand in hand for Scorpios. Their biggest challenge and test in life is choosing between the power of love and the love of power Faithful and Unforgiving:  They are different from all other zodiac signs and this difference has them walking, working and loving to a different beat. Others can often live with a Scorpio partner for years, but not really know them Soul Evolution: Scorpios operate on three levels of soul evolvement; adding up to three distinctively different types of Scorpios, all of which revolve around differing use of power.

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Christmas is around the corner! More to see, try, touch, taste, enjoy and buy at The Festive Gift Fair

Christmas means gifts for your loved ones, hanging decorations on the tree, excitement on children’s faces, party games, movies by the fire and a table fit for a festive feast! All of which can be found as this fabulous Christmas Shopping Fair returns to the NEC, 16-19 NOVEMBER, with loads of NEW AND EXCITING stalls. Often the most time-consuming part is finding clever presents. There’s no need to be stuck for ideas, start with a trip to THE FESTIVE GIFT FAIR and you’ll see how fun and easy Christmas shopping can be! From the moment you arrive, you’ll be caught up in the excitement of the day, exploring 350 stalls overflowing with thousands upon thousands of CRACKING GIFT IDEAS and DECORATIONS that don’t cost the earth. The variety is HUGE, with presents for all ages – from babies to teenagers, and parents to grandparents. When your bags are full, you can drop them off at the Present crèche and continue to shop, or stop for a bite to eat in one of the FOUR sparkly catering/entertainment areas, where you can ENJOY watching a great line-up of live musical acts – to get you rocking round the Christmas Tree! No wonder FESTIVE GIFT FAIR is one of the most popular Christmas shopping events in the UK. This year we are moving to Hall 5 of the NEC which is brilliant news for visitors especially those coming by train as it is just a few minutes’ walk undercover from Birmingham International station.

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This month we have teamed up with The Festive Gift Fair to give three lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets – allowing entry to the fair on either the 16th, 17th, 18th or 19th November 2017. For your chance to win this fantastic prize please answer the following question:

How many stalls are at this year’s Festive Gift Fair? A) 400 B) 350 C) 300 Email your answer to or on a postcard to 30 Swinburne Close, Sutton Heights, Telford TF7 4PZ with your name, address and telephone number, Entries to be received by arrive by Tuesday 31st October 2017. Competition Terms and conditions

Terms and Conditions Winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries and notified by telephone. Prize is a pair of tickets to be used either the 16th, 17th, 18th, or 19th November 2017. No cash or alternative prize available

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Comfort, as any American might say, is where it’s at. It may have taken us Brits some time to catch on to the concept but slowly it seems we are drifting away from buying cars based on ‘sporty’ characteristics and instead pursuing peerless comfort and class. A good, honest B-road blast will soon be outlawed; enthusiast motorists will be forced to decamp to specialist private reserves in order to enjoy their heavily stigmatised “sport.” Like golf, it’ll be something to be done on a Sunday morning, just for the fun of it. It’s better to accept this future, rather than to fight it. As anyone who eggs on a shift towards autonomous motoring knows, ‘the driver’ is becoming increasingly less and less important so it makes sense to phase out as much effort as possible in the interim. Step forward the Audi Q5. This all-new version sets the benchmark in its class for quality and refinement – and that’s really saying something given its competitors. Despite having a lineage of less than ten years, the Q5 is Audi’s biggest-selling car worldwide. It is offered with a range of petrol and diesel engines, 62


including V6 units, and every Q5 comes with an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive as standard. Motoring doesn’t get much more relaxing than taking to the wheel of this colossal lump of sophistication. With a quiet diesel engine and hardly any wind noise at high speed, you barely even notice you’re on the road. Supple optional air-suspension (providing you don’t go mad with massive wheels) on this test 2.0 TDI Sport Quattro S-tronic vehicle manages to insulate you from almost all conventional sensations of travel – at times it’s a though you are wafting along on a pillow of cloud. Factor in the enormous comfort afforded by the infinitely adjustable seats and attractive cabin space and you’re struggle to find anything better this side of a far more expensive Range Rover. Even though the raised driving position provides good visibility and the lightened steering helps when in a tight spot, the size of this vehicle is not to be underestimated. Happily all models come with front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera is available as an extra. Of course such substantial size has an upside. The Q5 is fantastically spacious inside – there are lots of clever storage solutions and lots of leg and headroom. This is a proper

SUV, not a scaled-down jacked-up hatchback wannabe. Boot space is ample enough for as many golf bags as you can carry and the rear seats can be folded for further space. Headline news is Audi’s MMI infotainment, which boasts satnav (on Sport and S-line models), music streaming, DAB radio and smartphone mirroring. Moreover the system is simple to use and cutting-edge. Flashier still is Audi’s Virtual Cockpit. As ever the cabin is all classic Audi luxury and refinement: with top-notch build quality, stylish lines and a feeling of premium sophistication that is delightful, even at £38,270 (before options). The seven-speed gearbox is worthy of note also: a smooth and willing partner with enough intelligence to bestow 56.5 mpg and always serve up enough torque for every situation. The Q5 is a consummate performer in every arena of motoring. It may not be fun to drive in the conventional sense but where it matters, it’s leagues apart. Roll on the robots…

Ford Mustang



Hearing Joni Mitchell’s timeless refrain ‘Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone’ blast from the Shaker Pro audio system immediately as he started the engine was heartlessly ironic. Firstly because normally I’m the kind of person who fastidiously shuts down all ancillary systems in my car – radio, windscreen wipers, lights etc – before I get out and secondly, because this particular adage from the 1970 classic Big Yellow Taxi is playing at the precise moment when my Ford Mustang is being stolen. And loss speaks louder about love than anything else.

immediately first-impressions told me I’d made the right choice. For months I’d been filled with unease about my decision to order a topless model (from this point on I will abandon the metaphor) and enrage purists everywhere by depriving them of the iconic Mustang shape, which has since the film Bullitt kept the Mustang at the top of the muscle car tree. Just one top-down, laid-back cruise on a beautiful summer evening blew away my reservations, however. Furthermore there was the relatively new and already rather sticky debate involving choice of engine: sensible 2.3 litre EcoBoost or hairy-chested 5.0 litre V8. Of course, the Mustang is synonymous with a V8 powerplant, but as Bob Dylan says, ‘the times they are a changin’.

I do, of course, use the word ‘stolen’ with a great deal of artistic licence and hyperbole. In fact, the same goes for the word ‘my’ as well, because in law the car is no more mine than Joni’s taxi is, I was merely her (yes, in this case, I will anthropomorphise) partner for the week. In that short time I stopped short of naming her Eleanor, but did in every other way fall head over heels for her American charm.

This is because the Mustang is no longer an interloper on British roads. You can for the first time walk into a regular Ford dealer and come out with a fully warranted UK spec vehicle. Thus the steering wheel is now on the correct side of the car; its suspension is fully independent, front and rear (which makes a huge difference); it has traction control with three settings and a Limited Slip Differential. This is a thoroughly European drivers’ car, made the American way: a blue-collar bargain from the BlueOval at just over £37,000. And still with options on this vehicle – that include among others, climate control seats and reverse parking sensors – surprisingly affordable at £39,325.

I remember when we first met as if it was only a week ago, because it was only a week ago. She rolled into town with much fanfare, straight away drawing slack-jawed admirers. Enrobed in the premium body colour of Ruby Red and riding on 19” black alloys, she looked stunning. This was always going to be an above-average affair. And

With so much sophistication I fail to see the point of undermining the Mustang’s progress by installing a cartoon engine, just for the sake of it. And while I understand that for many this car is defined by what’s under the “hood”, in my neighbourhood I see more traffic jams than open highway so things such as Urban mpg (a respectable 27.2) matter more than they do in Hollywood movies. So too does interior design and execution: another area where there has been a quantum leap forward. Today’s Mustang has all the driver comfort and kit you’d expect – and a lot you wouldn’t expect to get as standard. With around 300 bhp on tap and over 430 Nm of torque the turbocharged Ecoboost engine is in every case ample. It will compel the Mustang to do 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds and is surprisingly in keeping with the muscle car tradition in that it feels powerful, brutish and fast without being too “techy” and 21st Century. Everything – especially in Sport+ mode (Track mode is for hooligans who boast surnames like Michelin and Bridgestone) – feels as gargantuan as its girth, this is driving made larger than life and I love it. Watching the car disappear into the distance goes to show me just how much. This new Mustang is a serious slice of the States in a seriously good way – not just a great American car but a great car by any measure. And I want it back.


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Many myths exist about the widespread skin condition of acne. Over 85% of people will suffer with acne to some degree in their lifetime and, of that figure, more than 80% of cases of adult acne occur in women. It is vital to see your GP at an early stage, if acne is causing you concern, as effective treatment for both men and women is available which takes only about four months. Acne is caused when tiny holes in the skin, known as hair follicles, become blocked. Excess sebum mixes with dead skin cells and form a plug in the follicle, creating blackheads or whiteheads. It is a myth to think that poor hygiene results in acne. Many cases of adult acne are caused by the changes in hormone levels that women may have at certain times, including periods, pregnancy and ovarian cysts. Five consultant dermatologists with Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital are on hand to help. On the evening of Thursday 9th November two consultants, Dr Haytham Al-Rawi and Dr Raakhee Ramesh will give talks on various skin conditions including general rashes, eczema, psoriasis and acne. Dr Ramesh will also focus on skin cancer and general conditions in children. To book a place at this free event, please call: 01902 793 269 Dr Al-Rawi, consultant dermatologist and dermatological surgeon, explains about acne: “The important thing to know is that you are not on your own and it is unlikely to be caused by anything you have done. Increased hormone production has the effect of producing too much sebum for the skin’s needs. In women, another common cause is polycystic ovary syndrome which also leads to the formation of small cysts 66

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