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Hello Readers, As the dying embers of our stellar summer fade to memory, all we now have to look forward to is autumn. Ok, we don’t ever look forward to autumn as it heralds the onset of winter, but at least it will give us Brits something to talk about. All this hot weather has driedup small-talk faster than a puddle in Death Valley. And not only is there now more to talk about weather-wise (read: moan about) there is also lots to do. Now you have got back from your holiday, thoughts naturally turn to the home: we’ve got plenty of advice on everything you need from turning up the heat with wood burning stoves to cosying up proceedings with stylish home furnishings.

Contents Louise Presley Turner – Life Coach


How are you Planning to Pay for Long-Term Care 10/11 Stoves


Saffron Pink Competition


Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal


Crosswords & Puzzles


Halloween Horror at Kinver Library


Stourbridge Rugby Club


Home Furnishings


Wolverhampton’s Royal Connection


Grand Theatre Competition


The Local Property Market


Recipe of the Month


Both of which may be big days-out but you don‘t get much bigger than the ‘big day’, so we have a feature on choosing the right wedding venue. And for those of you who insist on exercising to excess: a visit to H2O Health Spa will soothe your achy-breaky bones and Nuffield Health in Tettenhall will take care of the rest.

Autumn Gardening


Gardening with Ann Winwood




The Old Mill Antiques Centre


So as the little urchins are finally reigned in by the sound of teacher’s school bell, take time for you - our magazine shows you how to shop local. You really needn’t look elsewhere. Oh alright then, we are a little short on articles on nuclear physics and other brain-breakers. But that’s for the benefit of us all.

Vineyard Offers Even More for the Visitors


Choosing a Wedding Venue


All that lounging about on the sun-lounger in the long summer evenings may well have provided you with some pudgy pounds you’d prefer not to pay too many pounds to shift, so why bother? Here’s something to chew upon: our great eating-out guide, with food from every corner of the globe. The Kingfisher in Wall Heath boasts its grand re-opening and Wolverhampton Racecourse never disappoints, as our restaurant review proves. Our fashion and beauty section shows you how to dine in style.

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Food Review – Wolverhampton Racecourse


Arthritis? Back and Joint Pain? H20 Physio Can Help 78 Men’s Autumn Fashion


The Perfect Hair and Make-Up for Your Big Day


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Congratulations to: Winner of the Wolverhampton Racecourse competition Mrs Janice Sadler, Stourbridge Winners of Evita competition at The Grand Theatre Ms Michelle McDermott, Sedgley Mrs Iris Hayward, Stourton

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ARE YOU BURNT OUT? such as going through the week’s post, checking your finances online, replying to any letters or e-mails, making phone calls or simply decluttering. Just one hour a week will help keep you up-to-date with all those niggly jobs that invariably get left to the last minute. Creating a ‘Power Hour’ once a week will eliminate any last minute panics, reduce your stress levels and increase your energy and motivation.

Do it daily Always racing from one task to the next, but accomplish very little? Sound familiar? Most days I’m incessantly striving for a clean loo, disinfested worktops, a clear inbox, a flatter tummy, school gate acceptance and career success. Sometimes I just want the clock to stop. I often dream of having a free afternoon to curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good novel. If you’re feeling like life is out of balance, I’ve put together 8 simple tips to make your busy schedule more manageable and enjoyable. Why not put them to the test.

Create an energy drainer list We all have things in our lives that continue to drain our energy, the broken loo seat, the mountain of ironing or the disorganised paperwork. Looking at these things day in and day out drains and depletes our energy levels leaving us feeling weary and apathetic. Make a list of ten things in your life that are sapping your energy. Then write a list of ten actions that will eliminate these ‘energy drainers’ from your life once and for all. This could be putting your bills on direct debit, buying a filing cabinet or fixing the broken loo seat. Put your list on the fridge door and work your way through the items over the next 30 days. Get rid of those energy drainers so you can put your energy in to more positive and enjoyable things.

Your Power Hour Once a week set aside 1-hour that you’re going to call your ‘Power Hour’. Set a timer for 60 minutes, find a quiet place away from distractions and solely focus on your personal admin tasks, 04

A great way to become super organised is to keep a daily ‘to do’ list. Nothing surprising I know, yet very few of us do this. Having a daily focus list keeps us on track and there is something very empowering about crossing items off! Just before you go to bed each night, take a couple of minutes to think about the coming day and what tasks you’d like to achieve. Make a short list of no more than six items and pop it somewhere you’ll see it the next morning, on the fridge door maybe, in your phone or by your computer screen. Focusing on your tasks daily stops them building up so you don’t have to spend your weekends rushing around like a headless chicken.

Turn it off! Did you know that we watch on average six hours of TV a day? That’s 42 hours a week! That’s more than most people’s working week. Imagine how time-rich you’d be if you stopped watching TV, playing on the computer or gossiping. Instead you could spend time talking to your family about their day, maybe cook a meal together, play games, but most of all communicate more and enjoy each other’s company. Decide on one evening a week where you have a TV/social media/gaming night and leave the others free. Make sure the whole family agrees to do this.

Hand it over Modern life is hectic and everyone is grappling for our attention these days. Quite often we take the weight of the world on our shoulders playing the role of the super hero. Take a few minutes to think about all the tasks you do over the course of the week and then consider who might be able to help in taking a little bit off your plate.

Maybe you can get the kids involved in some weekly chores, maybe you can order your groceries online or how about hiring some help? Look for ways to simplify your life.

Take a Break Take regular breaks throughout the day – many people work best in one or two hour increments. See what works best for you. When you feel refreshed, you’ll work with far more impact. Get some fresh air if you can but step away from the environment you’re in and you’ll come back to it in a much more productive frame of mind. You can do this on a bigger scale by booking holidays but you shouldn’t be in a state where you are constantly craving a break. On a daily basis, be still and meditate for a while or do what it takes for you to clear your mind – run, walk, do yoga, and jump around!

Just Say No! Many of us subconsciously obsess about seeking approval and validation from others. We like to be needed. It gives us a feeling of self-worth. This can mean staying on and doing extra hours at work, going to an event we’d rather not, being a kind ear to every kind of drama, volunteering to help out somewhere. These are all great things but not if they’re a constant demand on your time and energy and not if you put them before your own needs.

Reward yourself Remember, after a successful week of managing your life and getting all those tasks ticked off your list; take a little ‘self nurturing’, a luxurious hot bath maybe, a trip to your favourite café or a quiet half hour to snuggle up with a good book. And the great thing is, you’ll be able to enjoy this time to yourself totally guilt free! Louise Presley-Turner is a coach, motivational speaker and author of Finding a Future That Fits (Hay House £10.99) Visit www.thegameoflife. to get your FREE life evaluator and planner.

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Advertising Feature

How Are You Planning To Pay For Long-Term Care? The funding of long-term care is becoming a major political issue, but for many families it is already a burning personal issue. It is estimated that more than 20,000 pensioners were forced to sell their homes to pay for care in 2010 (source www.adviceoncare. January 2012) and that number could be on the increase given rising care costs. The coalition government have this year announced reforms to the social care and these are due to come into effect in 2017. Please see a summary of the proposed changes opposite. Depending on your income you may get state help, although a person who owns his or her home is likely to fail the local authority means test and must therefore “self-fund” their care costs. In England, this threshold is currently £23,250. In most cases this includes the value of any property owned. However, there are circumstances in which the family home is ignored: if you have a spouse or relative aged 60 or over still living in the home it will not be included within the local authority’s financial assessment. It should also be ignored if your care needs are classed as “temporary”. You need to be aware that not all benefits are means-tested. For example, people who need nursing care (as opposed to “personal care”) will receive a contribution towards these costs, regardless of their financial position. In England this is normally paid at £109.79 a week, with payments made direct to the nursing home. It is important

to remember, however, that reliance on the state comes at the cost of choice of the care you receive. For many people the self-funding route is going to be their only option. It is a worrying prospect as the cost of care can quickly add-up and eat into your savings. On average, someone who requires care in a residential care home will pay £531 per week (£27,612 p.a.), and for a nursing care home £731 per week (£38,012 p.a.) (weighted averages for the whole of the UK, source Laing & Buisson Care of Elderly People UK Market Survey 2012/13), a huge ongoing amount to find at any age, let alone in later years. However, these are averages across local authority funded and self funded care, many self funders will pay much more than these averages. It doesn’t take much to work out that you wouldn’t have to be in a care home for too long before you or your family had spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on paying fees. In the past, pre-funded care insurance plans were an option – aimed at those who think they might need to go into care in the future. But as it stands not one UK insurer provides pre-funded insurance today with the last provider exiting the market in 2010, citing lack of demand. Instead, perhaps the most popular option for paying for long-term care is an immediate care annuity, which pays a tax free fixed income for life, provided that it is paid directly to the care home provider. This can provide

some certainty for people moving into care, as they know their fees will be guaranteed to be paid for life; their money will not run out and they will not have to move into a local authority-run home later. There is also the reassurance that whatever is left from the sale of the home, once the annuity has been bought, can be left to the next generation. You could try to fund care fees out of regular income – if you have the means to do so. For starters, if you are going into care and have no dependants, then your own property could be rented out and the rent used to offset the fees. Alternatively, with careful planning you could build an investment portfolio designed to pay an income without taking undue risk. You will need expert help because it is crucial that your capital is protected to a large degree. Again, just be aware that several years’ fees could quickly add up, so the balance and diversification of assets will have to be just right. Instead of waiting until care is imminent, it is advisable to structure your estate effectively through the legal use of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Trusts*, thus limiting its overall exposure to the potential future costs of care. We are all expected to live longer but while that is good news it is likely to mean that more people will need to consider care fees – not just for themselves, but also for their parents. It is an issue that many baby boomers are dealing with at this very moment – and it is an issue that is unlikely to disappear.

*Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney involve the referral to a service which is separate and distinct to those offered by St. James’s Place. These along with Trusts are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The value of an investment with St. James’s Place will be directly linked to the performance of the funds you select and the value can therefore go down as well as up. You may get back less than you invested. Representing only St. James's Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the Group's wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group's website


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Advertising Feature years. Even if you were to spend five and a half years in a home, the government will only provide £260 a week as a subsidy. Because many people face substantially higher care home bills, they could be in for a nasty surprise. Don’t we get this free? Under the current system you only get free elderly care if you have assets of less than £14,250. For every £250 in assets – including homes – the state can charge a pound in contributions – up to a maximum of £36 a week, when you will have £23,250 in assets. Above that, the state says you have to pay. Under the new thresholds, the elderly could face contributions of about £400 a week. Will I have to sell my home?

Social Care Reform: How Your Family May Be Affected This government has proposed a cap on the costs of care, a limit to so-called hotel costs, and raising the level of assets required. The cap on care costs will be set at £72,000 – almost double the £35,000 proposed by the economist Andrew Dilnot. In addition, the ‘means-tested’ value of an individual’s estate will increase to £123,000. How does it work? The government proposals are not designed to underwrite private care homes. They will only pay out on council rates. Currently local authorities pay about £500 a week for residential care and hotel

costs. If hotel costs are capped at £12,500 a year – £240 a week – that leaves £260 a week for individuals to find from their own pockets for care, until they spend £72,000. That would take about five years. Most people stay in care homes for between two and three

The government will introduce a national deferred payment scheme, part of a package of measures proposed by the Dilnot commission a year ago. This will allow local authorities to agree to pay in advance for care if individuals cannot afford to do so without selling their homes. Councils recoup the cash when the house is sold. What if only one of my parents has to go into care? The government will not look at housing assets if one member of a couple goes into care. Instead, the taxpayer will meet these costs for those with less than £27,000 in the bank. Why is this an improvement? The government will help you get a cheap loan to borrow money against the value of your house. It will compel local authorities to get self-funders’ care at the same low cost as it pays. By setting a national minimum level of eligibility, it is hoped that it will end the postcode lottery of social care provision that exists today.

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Wood Burning Stoves With the three main heating commodities, electricity, gas and oil, constantly rising in price, you might like to consider the possibility of installing a wood burning stove. Naturally you will have to have a fireplace. If you haven’t used it for a little time it is essential you get the chimney and flue professionally inspected, by a chimney sweep who is a member of The National Association of Chimney Sweeps. You may find it will be necessary to have the chimney relined, or have an external flue installed. Wood burning stoves are generally cleaner than using coal and wood, wood is a renewable fuel source that is carbon neutral, so you will be doing your bit for the environment. Wood releases carbon dioxide when it is burnt but the amount given off is considered to be the same as was stored by the tree when it was growing. When considering installing a wood burning stove you should use a registered installer who will be familiar with the different types of stoves and will have knowledge of the local Building Regulations. There are hundreds of wood burning stoves of different makes, models and outputs, so there are several matters to take into consideration when choosing your first stove. Firstly, if you live in a smoke control area you will need a smoke control exempt stove. It will come with a certificate to show that it has passed certain tests and complies with the law. Available from Flaming Fires

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You will obviously need a stove that fits your fireplace and it must be able to heat your room adequately. But what actually do you want your wood burning stove to do? Do you want it to heat just one room? Do you just want to light it just at weekends, use it all winter through, or use it to make a real contribution to your heating? You will have to locate a source for your fuel. You may find a local joinery or timber yard where you will be able to obtain wasted wood and off-cuts. Country dwellers may be able to gather wood locally especially if trees have been felled either in their own gardens, or from homes in the area. Urban dwellers should seek out a source where they can obtain seasoned wood that has been kiln dried. This wood has had 90% of its moisture content removed, burns more efficiently, and uses fewer logs; it thus makes this source of heating more cost effective. Stoves do not like unseasoned wood and as a result burn less efficiently and may get clogged up with resin deposits. Do not use wood that has been painted, and certainly do not use old wood that has been treated for outside use, such as fence posts, because it can contain arsenic. You must also avoid using wood that has been treated with halogens, chlorine, fluorine and bromine. As stated above there are hundreds of stoves available on the market, and the best way for you to see this vast selection is to visit local stockist Flaming Fires, High Street, Wombourne who will be happy to give you their expert advice.


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Win a Meal For Two At Saffron Pink’s Restaurant

This month we have teamed up with Saffron Pink’s Restaurant in Sedgley and are giving Town & Village Life Magazine readers the opportunity to win a three course meal for two including a bottle of selected wine!

to modify any item on their menu to make it perfect. Guests will be delighted as soon as they walk through the door with tantalising aromas and of course a warm welcome from Sayed and his staff.

Saffron Pink’s is locally renowned for its splendid Indian cuisine and has for twenty seven years been under the same expert management of Sayed Miah. The restaurant brings a truly authentic taste of the very best in Bangladeshi cuisine. Of course, everything is freshly prepared and created using the finest available ingredients along with an array of aromatic spices. And the team are always willing

As equally popular as the restaurant’s dining-in experience is the take-away service that allows customers the opportunity to enjoy a taste of Saffron Pink’s at home, with the same excellent levels of service whether you collect or they deliver to you.

Recently refurbished to a high standard, Saffron Pink’s provides a soothing ambience conducive to relaxed dining.

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Wordsley Carpets - Superior Products, Excellent Service Established over four decades ago, Wordsley Carpets has long been the trusted choice for homeowners who are looking to find the very best in quality, stylish and affordable flooring products.

of the top brands and we offer our customers the very best value prices.”

The company was founded by Mr and Mrs Light, who earned the business its great reputation. Their son, Andrew, has played an integral role in its development, and now manages the Wall Heath-based showroom.

Homeowners aren’t the only ones to benefit; the team cater for commercial customers as well: “We supply specialist flooring which meets the requirements of clients in many different sectors, industries and businesses.”

Stocked with an extensive choice of carpets from leading British manufacturers, Wordsley Carpets is filled with all of the latest styles and designs. Director Mrs Light explains: “We strive to supply high quality carpets that reflect the changing tastes in design and colour. We have ranges from all

With a warehouse on site, the team are able to buy their products in bulk and pass on the savings directly to the customer. It’s not just carpets that are available though, there’s an array of flooring too: “We have a large selection of flooring ranges, including Karndean, Wood and Vinyl varieties.”

“We work hard to meet the requirements of all of our clients, because we want them to find the carpet that’s right for them.” The company offers a bespoke service too: “Our bespoke service enables clients to design their perfect carpet. We can create a carpet in any size, colour or design, to ensure that our clients find just what they’re looking for.”

And what’s more, the fitting of new carpet or flooring is easily taken care of:“ We have a group of trusted, experienced and skilled fitters who have been with us for many years.” Customer service is a high priority at Wordsley Carpets: “Our clients receive a friendly, professional and quality service with personal advice given on a one-to-one basis.”

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The Staffordshire And Worcestershire Canal By Robert van der Does

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The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, often abbreviated to the Staffs and Worcs (pronounced “Wusts”), is a 46 mile-long narrow canal that links the River Severn at Stourport in Worcestershire to the Trent and Mersey Canal at Haywood Junction.

close to the River Stour-an important wetland habitat-before suddenly emerging into a stunning sandstone landscape at Kinver. At the northern end, in Staffordshire, it runs through the pine forest and open heathland of Cannock Chase. It passes the grounds of the Shugborough Estate, before merging with the Trent and Mersey Canal at Tixall Wide.

It is part of an intricate network making up the Waterways of Mainland Britain and provided one of the major routes of the canal age, when it supported a constant flow of coal boat traffic. Meandering through softly undulating Midlands countryside, the Staffs and Worcs skirts around the edges of Birmingham but never becomes truly urban.

The Staffs and Worcs was a first generation ‘contour’ canal, opened in 1772 as part of engineer James Brindley’s idea to create a ‘Grand Cross’ of canals connecting the rivers Severn and Trent with the Mersey in the north and the Thames in the south. It suffered a decline in popularity with the advancement of more direct canals such as the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, which provided a more direct route between Birmingham and Bristol, in the early nineteenth century. However the company who had funded the

It connects at one end to the River Severn at the Stourport Basins, where the southern reaches run


canal’s construction, “The Company of Proprietors of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Navigation”, was able to remain competitive by increasing the hours when the locks could be used, before, in 1830, opening them 24 hours a day. Despite added competition from railways the company remained in business up until 1948 when British canals became nationalised via the Transport Act 1947. The canal had been run from the same Wolverhampton offices for over 170 years. Profits had though been steadily falling since the 1860s. In its later years the canal’s main trade had come from transporting coal from Cannock to a power station at Stourport. When this power station closed in 1949 the only commercial traffic came from a half-mile stretch between Autherley and Aldersley Junctions.

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The Canal came very close to being closed by the British Transport Commission in 1959, but was saved by volunteer group the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Society. It was reclassified as a cruiseway nine years later and then declared a conservation area in 1969. The Severn and the Trent: two of Britain’s largest river catchments, are linked together by the Staffs and Worcs. The canal connects to several other canals along a north-south route, creating a network. It links with the Trent and Mersey Canal and heads north to Stoke-on-Trent, Cheshire and Lancashire and east to the East Midlands. It merges with the BCN Main Line and the Stourbridge Canal in the Black Country and Birmingham, and meets the Shropshire Union Canal to carry on towards Chester and North Wales.

waterways can also offer glimpses of far less frequently spotted species such as kingfishers and otters. To enjoy the full extent of the journey along the canal, narrowboat cruisers should allow four or five days for completing its 45 locks. Many hireboat companies advertise deals for seven day holidays which combine a cruise of the River Severn with the Staffs and Worcs. Alternatively the canal towpaths and adjacent fields and woodlands provide an enchanting and historical backdrop for cyclists and walkers to pass through and escape the traffic of the modern world.

Cutting a snake-like silhouette through twisting river valleys the Staffs and Worcs somehow maintains a serene atmosphere despite brushing up against the fringes of major towns and cities. During the week the canal can even feel somewhat neglected, adding to its charm and allowing opportunities for walkers to get close to nature. As well as being a popular residence for mallards, moorhens and herons, the


Learn To Sew With Total Sewing Services not sure how to use them: “We find that a lot of people say they’ve bought sewing machines in the past but have never used them because they’ve not been sure what to do we’ll happily guide you through it.” The classes will last between two and four weeks and they’ll be several drop-in mornings: “They’ll be various classes, like crochet and knitting, and they’ll take place during the week and at the weekend, so that everyone who wants to attend can.” But, if learning to sew just isn’t for you, you can always leave your clothing and soft furnishing alterations to the experts: “We’ve got an on-site workshop that takes care of all manner of alterations; from adjusting a trouser hem, altering bridal, prom or formal wear or even creating made-tomeasure curtains; not to mention everything else in between.”

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to sew, but haven’t known where to start, then you’ll be delighted to hear that Total Sewing Services have got just the thing for you. From September the Kingswinfordbased business will be holding sewing workshops that will teach beginners everything they need to know. But, it won’t just be novices that benefit.

“We’ll teach our students everything, from how to cut-out patterns to how to alter their clothes.” Students will be able to choose the fabrics and materials they’ll need from an extensive range at the store: “We’ve got a large selection of fabrics on-hand to choose from. We’ve also got a range of sewing machines on sale that are ideal for people starting out.” In fact, those attending the workshops are welcome to bring in their own machines, even if they’re

There’s also a fully-stocked haberdashery, where you’ll find wool, dress and knitting patterns, cross-stitch, craft items, buttons, dance-wear accessories and every other related product you can think of. All soft furnishings are taken care of and there’s a dedicated area that showcases fabrics for curtains and coverings. Curtains, blinds, as well as curtain poles and even wallpaper are available as well. And, thanks to the company’s made-to-measure service, you know they’ll be just perfect for your home.

Owner Natalie Hemming explains: “Sewing has definitely become fashionable again, and many people are really taking an interest, thanks to programmes like Great British Sewing Bee. “We’ve decided to offer classes in sewing, knitting and crocheting at both a beginner and intermediate level. Beginners will be shown all of basics and intermediates will be able to build on their current skills and knowledge.” The step-by-step classes will be run by the team of tailoresses at Total Sewing Services: 18

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Unique Collections at Stourbridge Galleries Anyone looking for inspiration will be rewarded by the collections on offer at Stourbridge Galleries.

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Established in Worcester Street for thirty years, they have a fine reputation as a gift shop, gallery and picture framers. Expect a warm welcome and something new and different to see each time you visit.

Recently arrived is a wide range of wall plaques and signs from Heaven Sends with sayings or meaningful words, which can be inspirational, funny, or show how much you care. They make a great gift for any recipient, whether it is for a special friend, or to mark any of life’s significant occasions and events. Add personality to any home with a few well chosen words.

This fine 19th century house is the home of a truly 21st century shopping experience. Inside you will find an exciting mix of design-

New collections of chic and stylish jewellery and scarves will feature strongly this season, with new, stunning, autumn designs from One Button jewellery and Hem & Edge scarves due in this month. The Galleries will also be displaying the wonderful new

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Opulence collection of jewellery from Carrie Elspeth, featuring luxurious beads sourced from the finest of Europe’s makers, and the exquisite Aviv silver jewellery, set with startling blue opals, black onyx, amethyst and pearls. Always keen to cater for all ages, Stourbridge Galleries stock the sophisticated, quirky and irresistible Jellycat range of soft toys, that appeal to ages one to adult. Their creations are delightful to give and precious to hold…for a long time! Together with beautiful photo frames, keepsake boxes and albums, the store has great presents for many occasions, including christening, birth of a new baby, or just a treat for yourself!

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Home Furnishings If its furniture you are thinking of, why not have a wander around local furniture stores, if only to gather a little inspiration? At the top of the range there is furniture that will be around in a hundred years or more, tomorrow’s antiques today. At the lower end of the scale there’s some reasonably priced stuff that looks good, wears pretty well, and can be changed happily when you get tired of the fashion or style. Somewhere in the middle is what most people look for because when all is said and done, you have to live with the furniture you buy so you don’t want to be afraid of using and damaging it or frightened it will fall apart. The latest wood veneers include that perennial favourite oak, along with mahogany, ebony and yew. More solid constructions may be had in oak or pine. Styles today range from the traditional and reproduction antique, to some wonderfully original styles that draw heavily on Continental inspiration for their design. Among the very latest ranges are a wide selection of suites and individual pieces in cane and wicker, and if you think these may be too light and insubstantial, think again. Some very solid chairs, tables and display units are made in these lovely natural materials. The only light thing about them is their appearance! Naturally you won’t be able to replace your whole household collection of furniture at one fell swoop; it could be far too costly. Replacing a piece here, and one there, on a gradual basis so that at least every room contains something new, is a more feasible idea. You can then change the look and appearance of each room by changing the soft furnishing fabrics, an altogether, less expensive and less traumatic idea.


and inarguable solidity of fully lined curtains with fancy tie-backs, decorative pelmets and ornamental drapes. Fashions in curtaining come and go but the basics remain. Nets may be light, diaphanous and plain, or heavy, traditional crocheted lace. Blinds may be the plain roller sort in flat colours or prints that match the rest of the decor, or they can be those impossibly pretty festoons that make the room so very feminine. The main curtains can run along one complete wall, from floor to ceiling, or be so long as to bunch artistically on the floor, and all without regard to the actual size of the window. Indeed some advocate the hanging of curtains even where there are no windows, in order to provide an illusion. Curtain fabrics hung on walls help make the room warmer. If you feel curtains over windows are enough however, look for the latest wall hangings. The most spectacular come in traditional ethnic weaves that add an exotic touch to any room. Your three-piece suite or easy chairs may need replacing, however they may not. Again you can’t really afford just to discard them on a whim. Ring the changes with a set or two of loose covers. Better still; consider buying a selection of throws. That way you can change the look of your seating arrangements almost by the day - and throws are usually very easy to wash!

Fabrics are what give the room its depth of character, its cosy homeliness, its comfort. There are so many ways you can make fabrics work to your advantage.

In the bedroom of course, fabrics really come into their own. By the time you have covered the bed in some beautiful printed duvet cover or an equally spectacular quilted spread, you will want to enhance the effect of downy comfort, by matching the bed covers to the windows or even the walls. You can buy bed linen, curtaining and wallpapers all designed to match for an eye-catching all-over look, or you can mix toning shades or even different colours in the same print for real sophisticated impact.

Curtains and drapes to start with, are the frame of any room. They also keep out the sun, the cold and prying eyes, so they must be good and thick, easily washable and good natured in wear. And a window can carry a whole range of textures from the light and delicate nets, the flat and uncompromising roller blinds, to the heavy

When it comes to dressing up your home, with the latest designs in furniture and fabrics, you certainly won’t run short of ideas. All you need to really make your home ideal is time, imagination, skill, flair and money, and the more you have of the first four the less you’ll need of that last!

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Seeing her Majesty is always a delight as well - she looked quite pleased with the show!” Royston is referring to the first day of the festival, when the royal family, the Middleton family, VIPs and special guests had the show to themselves for a day. The gardens were then opened to the public for the subsequent three days, which included two evening gala performances from artists such as Russell Watson and Catherine Jenkins. For the fashion catwalk, Royston and his team were tasked with creating a wide range of styles encapsulating trends from the 1940s, to black tie glamour, to modern romance. Each show had its own theme to which outfits, music and hairstyles had to be tied, so the hairdressers were certainly kept busy creating classic looks for ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’, sexy looks for ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ and relaxed vintage looks for ‘Picnic on the Lawn’, to name but a few. The clothes featured were made by some of the best fashion brands and designers our country has to offer, including Alice Temperley, Gieves and Hawkes and Holland & Holland.

Wolverhampton’s Royal Connection Her Majesty the Queen had the pleasure of some of Wolverhampton’s finest last month when local celebrity hairdresser Royston Blythe was invited to participate in the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace. Royston and his partner Nick, along with a team of their young stylists, were asked to donate their supreme hairdressing skills to the event’s fashion show exhibit. Organised to celebrate the 60 year anniversary of the coronation, the four day festival was focused around the Royal Warrant Holders and the best of British design and manufacture. Amongst the

exhibition stands and food tents was the fashion stage, a design feature in itself curved around the trees, which saw six catwalk shows a day showcasing British clothes and accessories from designers. “It is a huge honour to have been asked to participate in such a prestigious event”, describes Royston. “We are lucky to travel all over the world doing hair for shows, but working at Buckingham Palace is something really special.

It has certainly been a busy summer for the Royston Blythe salons, who have also had a new branch opening and work trips to India to cram into their summer diary so far. The new salon branch is in Shrewsbury town centre, and is the fruit of more than 6 months hard labour turning what was an old deli shop into a beautiful boutique luxury salon with bespoke Italian furniture and gleaming designer fittings. You could say it was fit for a Queen - perhaps Her Maj will pop in for a return visit!

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Competition Three lucky winners can each win 4 tickets to see FALLEN ANGELS on Monday 30th September at 7.30pm at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Just over a decade ago Bill Kenwright presented the year’s most sparkling and celebrated West End comedy hit at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue - Noël Coward’s Fallen Angels. Extraordinarily, the Champagnecork-popping hit has not been revived since, until now… It graces the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre stage from Monday 30th September to Saturday 5th October. Jenny Seagrove and Sara Crowe star as best friends Julia and Jane, in a heavenly new production of Noël Coward’s divine comedy classic. With their passionless husbands away playing golf, a mutual long-ago-lover announces his intention to pay Julia and Jane an impromptu visit. All in a fluster, there’s clearly only one thing to do: hit the bottle! Or rather, pop open the Champagne!! As each successive glass of liquid courage is imbibed, tongues start to loosen, hidden jealousies surface, the claws come out, and all attempts at demure behaviour go out the window. But it’s not until the unexpected early return of their golfing husbands that the women’s evening really hits its frenzied peak… ‘Noel Coward’s euphorically funny champagne-fuelled comedy’ Independent on Sunday

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The Local Property Market by Nick Berriman There have been several press reports recently giving the welcome news that the property market is beginning to recover. Last month I suggested that the first green shoots of recovery were to be seen but full flowering was still some time away and the plant would need much careful nurturing. Some reports have stated that prices have been rising and we have had many clients thinking that boom time is back with us. These reports of price rises bear some investigation. Firstly I must say that the market has improved, there are more viewings, more interest and more sales. For some time now sales in the higher price brackets have been very slow and it is significant that our results for recent months show more sales in those brackets. It is impossible for normal firms of estate agents to detect small price rises. For instance a 1% rise in a £250,000 property is £2,500 and no one can say it is worth £250,000 one day and then £252,500 the next. The only way price variations 34

can be detected is by taking the average of a very large number of transactions. Most estate agents do not have a large enough sample to do that but Building Societies or the Land Registry have details of many hundreds or thousands of sales and can calculate an average price. However we have seen that there are now more sales in the higher price brackets and therefore the mix is changing. It does not need a degree in higher mathematics to understand that if the total number of transactions in one month includes more high price properties than in the previous month, then the average will go up even though prices for all the other properties have remained the same. Even though we are not convinced that prices have gone up the reports are good news as they reflect greater interest and, and this is most important, more confidence. The confidence factor is vital as without that things will never get better. I do not want to pour cold water on peoples’ hopes of better prices but if sellers immediately look for higher prices this can make the market stall. Ultimately the market makes the prices whilst it is our job as agents to do the best we can for our clients.

I anticipate that things will continue to improve and that we will start to see small price rises which will be the result of competition. Houses are starting to sell more readily and that is what we all want. If a reasonably priced property can be expected to sell without too much delay that is in everyones interest. Rapid boom time rises are good for no one as there is always the pay back of a recession to follow. My own firm had two slow months at the beginning of the year, which were partly attributable to the bad weather, since when the number of sales has risen with May being particularly good. June and July have been better than our targets and we are now ahead of target for the year to date. One indication that things are improving has always been when several people start to show interest in a property which has been on the market for some time without any interest being shown. I am pleased to say that is happening and I look forward to reporting a continuing recovery in my next article. Perhaps by then the green shoots will have produced some buds and full flowering will be nearer!

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Recipe Of The Month Mojito Cheesecake

Serves 4



Take four dessert glasses and put an equal amount of the biscuit mixture into each glass, pushing it down so it is firmly packed in at the bottom of the glass. This forms the cheesecake base.

• 40g butter (melted)


Put the glasses in the fridge.

For the topping


Put the cream cheese and condensed milk into a mixing bowl and whisk together until smooth. Add the lime zest, lime juice and double cream and continue to whisk until just blended. Stir in the rum and chopped mint leaves.


Remove the glasses from the fridge and spoon an equal amount of the topping into each glass, on top of the biscuit base.


Place the glasses back in the fridge for at least 6 hours (or overnight if possible) to set.


A few hours before serving, make your mint leaf decorations. Dip each mint leaf carefully into the egg white, shaking them gently to remove any excess liquid. Then dip each leaf into the caster sugar, coating both sides. Leave them on a sheet of baking parchment in a cool, dry place to set.

For THE base • 150g ginger nut biscuits

• Zest and juice of three limes • 3tbsp white rum • 6 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped • 150g cream cheese • 300ml condensed milk • 110ml double cream For THE mint leaf decoration • 8 fresh mint leaves • 1 egg white • 50g caster sugar METHOD


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Autumn Gardening Autumn is just the right time to start thinking about spring bedding plants. If you want a good show, now is the time to plant while the soil is still warm enough to encourage germination. It’s also damper than in high summer so the plants will become well established before the rigors of winter stop all growth. Make sure all early flowering bulbs are in too. Later blooming ones like tulips however, can be left till later on. You can also sow hardy annuals in more sheltered parts of your garden. Don’t forget to label what you have sown though, it’s easy to forget. This is the time to have a general clean-up. Get rid of all the old leaf litter - put it on the bonfire not the compost heap. There may be weed seeds and insect pests hiding that would be better destroyed. Placing them on the compost heap could be laying up problems for next year. Pay particular attention to the areas under hedges and shrubs. Rake them out, loosen the soil and, if you feel like it, lay down a thick mulch, stone chippings or gravel are excellent in this position and they look attractive as well. Tidy up the borders and beds, cut the edges straight, take out the weeds, remove dead and dying herbage, dead-head plants that are still blooming then hoe and rake over the soil. Search amongst the stems of plants that grow in clumps. You are sure to find snails bedding down cosily, remove them. The lawn will benefit now from some concentrated attention. Whether the grass is for family recreation or just show, it needs some pretty radical care if you want it to continue doing its job. First sweep it clear of fallen leaves. Next give it a good ‘combing’. Over the year, dead grass builds up around the roots and forms a thick ‘thatch’ that prevents air, nutrients and light reaching down to soil level. It can also hold over much moisture which will encourage the growth of moss around the dying roots. This thatch must be ‘combed’ out. 42

There are powered lawn rakes on the market that will do the job but, for a small domestic lawn such equipment would probably not be an economical proposition. You can hire these if there is a hire shop near you. Alternatively the easiest and cheapest method is to use an ordinary lawn rake. Draw it firmly across the grass surface; don’t worry about damaging the living grass. If it leaves any bare patches, the grass was dead before you began the treatment. When you have completed the task, sow grass seed on the bare patches. The soil will still be warm enough to effect germination. Do provide bird scarers though or you will simply succeed in feeding the local pigeons.

down. Young trees that still have supports must be firmly fixed to the supports but don’t use string or twine. Special straps will keep them secure without rubbing the bark away during wind caused friction.

Evergreens may be planted at this time of year, choose container or root-balled specimens. Plant them in prepared holes of sufficient size and water well in. Apply thick mulch - pulverised bark is ideal, but don’t extend it right up to the plant’s stem. If you buy bare rooted trees, they should not be planted until all the leaves have fallen, so don’t buy them until then.

Tidy the patio and put away the furniture and barbecue equipment until next year. Leave them out all winter and they will all rapidly deteriorate. Check paths and steps and repair where necessary. Clean off all moss, which is slippery at the best of times but lethal when wet, frosted or snowed under. Check boundaries and secure any that appear likely to be blown down in a gale. Gates and outhouse doors should close efficiently and lock securely if they are to do their job and it might be a good idea to install some outside lights for those darker evenings. They discourage intruders and make late home-coming a great deal safer and more pleasant.

Check over all your climbing plants. Make sure they are firmly fixed to wall or trellis and re-tie them where necessary. If you have trellises or climbing frames, it’s worth checking they are firmly fixed to their supports before winter winds blow them

As the season draws on it is time to take tender plants indoors. Geraniums, fuchsias, begonias, spider plants and other tender foliage subjects should be transplanted to pots and taken indoors. A cold greenhouse is ideal, as long as the vents are closed at night. Failing that, a garage or shed windowsill or windowsill in a spare room will do. They should be kept cool but not allowed to freeze.

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A Late Burst Of Colour Before Autumn Settles In The heat-wave that we had from July onwards will have scorched most lawns, but once we get some rain, they’ll soon start to regrow and look better. It’s surprising how quickly it will rejuvenate once the weather turns cooler and damper. Once it’s growing again, apply an autumn lawn food – this will encourage root growth rather than a lot of lush top growth for the autumn and winter. Continue to remove dead flower heads on summer bedding this will encourage a late flush of colour. Water summer hanging baskets and pots regularly and add feed approx. every 10 days and they’ll continue to produce flowers – well into November if we don’t get a frost.

Slugs can still be a problem in the damp conditions, so continue to put down slug pellets or use the very effective liquid control or the friendlier organic products that are available. Dead head roses, if you’ve got any foliage infected with black spot, its best burnt or put into the wheelie bin, never leave on the ground as the spores will infect plants over winter and into next year. Buy prepared hyacinth bulbs for Christmas flowering by mid-September and plant them in bowls with Bulb Compost. Put in a cool, dark place and bring gradually into the light and warmth once the shoots are approx 3cm high. Spring flowering bulbs are now in stock and most can be planted straight away. The main exception to this are tulips which are better

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“Many of my clients call me in because, although they are finding their gardens more of a challenge, they have no desire to move,” said Judy. “After discussing their own personal circumstances and requirements, I design their garden around them and their future needs.”

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Accessibility can be a major issue on sloping sites, for example. For one particular client in Bewdley, Judy had to create safe access to steep borders using broad, easy steps and raised beds for easier maintenance. The client now has a transformed garden which she can continue to enjoy more safely for years to come. “Another of my clients had a steep, straight up-and-down pathway, which was clearly going to be a problem in the near future, so I based the design around a transverse ramp pathway, which not only reduced the gradient to a safe level,” explained Judy, “but also created more of a journey through the garden.”

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The Old Mill Antique Centre by Denis Ridgway emergency repairs and left the scaffolding in place to protect the passers-by from any falling tiles. We then opened discussions with English Heritage about what we could and could not do with the building as it is Grade 2* listed. In the early days our views and that of English Heritage and Shropshire Council on what should happen to the building were very different and so discussions were protracted. Eventually by 2011, after a few personnel changes it all came together, grants were agreed in principle, architects chosen, tenders submitted, and eventually work commenced in September 2012 and the old scaffolding was taken down and substantial new scaffolding was erected.

The building that fronts the entrance to the Old Mill Antique Centre is a Grade 2* listed building. A building was first built there in 1670 and part of this still forms part of the present structure. The building was then extended in both the Georgian and Victorian era and it has always been a significant building in the Low town area of Bridgnorth. There are no records to show who built the early house or who lived there for the first 120 years. However whoever lived there in the early years must have travelled widely, because there are remnants of Chinese wall paper that dates in its designs to around 1650. 52

The Ridley family had owned the land and buildings from about 1850, first as Maltsters and then as Seed Merchants and on Friday 13th September 1957 there was a fire and the large Mill Building was seriously damaged and about half of the population of Bridgnorth were on the Castle Walk watching it burn. Luckily the Town House was untouched. My brothers and I bought the land and buildings in 1995 and opened the Old Mill Antique Centre in April 1996, for the first few years we let the ground floor of the Town House as offices, but the house needed a lot of restoration - particularly the roof and walls. In 2007 we erected scaffolding to inspect the roof and discovered that the chimneys and the roof needed attention, so we carried out some

Halfway through June 2013 the scaffolding was taken down as most of the work had been completed. There was dancing in the street! Our neighbours have had ugly scaffolding spoiling the look of Mill Street for 6 years, and now as the pictures will show they have a very good looking building instead. They have been very patient and I hope they also agree that the building now looks great. The whole of the roof has been retiled with hand made tiles identical to the originals, chimneys have been rebuilt, Georgian sash windows have been restored and the stone work on the front of the building has been repaired and painted. There is still a front door to be fitted as the photo shows this will be fitted soon as the hand carved brackets are finished. Phase 2 of the refurbishment will hopefully be started before the end of the year when work on the side of the house will be begin; when more windows will be refurbished and the walls rerendered and painted. There will still be refurbishing to do on the inside but the building is sound and will be in safe and secure for another 100 years or more‌

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Finding the Wedding Venue that’s Right for You… Choosing the wedding venue that’s perfect for what you’ve got planned for your big day is one of the most challenging decisions you’ll have to make. It needs to be practical, affordable and ideal for you and your guests. There’s certainly a lot to consider and knowing where to start can be hard-work. That’s why we’ve compiled a guide to the main things you need to think about when you start your search. 1. Seeking out a venue will most likely be one of the first things you’ll do, so try to establish a rough budget and get an idea of how many guests you’ll be inviting. 2. Think about the kind of wedding you want: a lavish large-scale affair? Or something a little more low-key? The venue provides the back-drop to your big day, so it needs to reflect and complement the style of your nuptials. 3. You’ve probably got a good idea of which season you want to marry in. Make sure that you get a look at photos of the venue at that particular time of year and don’t be afraid to ask about heating/airconditioning and lighting. 4. If you long for a contemporary, minimalist wedding, then you’ll need to find a venue which is designed in that style. It’s best to choose a modern building to house proceedings and important to look for a sleek interior that will complement the modern look you favour. However, if something a little more

tradition is more appealing, then check-out the array of stately homes and period properties that could be perfect for you. Just make sure that they’re easily accessible for all of your guests.

5. Find out what the venue offers you. Will you be renting just the space? Or will table, chair and linen hire be available also? 6. Although the car park may look big when it’s empty, will it accommodate all of your guests’ vehicles when full? Think about how your guests will get to the location and if they’ll be able to park safely and easily when they arrive. 7. Find out if catering is carried out in-house by the venue’s own staff or if outside caterers are used. See if you can get a taste of the kind of food that’s on offer. Also, ask if the waiters are employed by the venue or if they’re from an agency. 8. You’ll need to establish if there is more than one wedding coordinator or master of ceremonies. Do you get to meet and discuss your day with that person directly before your wedding? 9. Don’t act in haste. It’s worth visiting all of the venues on your shortlist before you make a decision. You may come across a venue that seems perfect, but before you sign the contract, ensure that you are thoroughly satisfied that it will provide you with everything you and your guests require. 10. Don’t feel pressured to book or sign the contract if you’re presented with a special offer or cut rate - any good venue will give you time to go away and think before you make your final decision. You don’t need to look far to find your dream venue - take a look at what our advertisers have got to offer.

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Capture Those Special Moments Forever By Becky Fulton Fulton Photography ( offers a refreshing bespoke service, matching quality images with an agreed budget. My work covers a wide range of briefs from corporate events through to parties, family gatherings, boudoir shoots but essentially specialising in weddings, pre-natal and newborn baby shoots. Weddings are above all, my forte. I work with sensitivity to capture all the moments of the most precious day in a Bride and Groom’s life. I offer time to capture images from getting ready in the early day, through the service itself and on to the first dance in the evening. I work from a pre-agreed brief from the client in order to be certain to capture all those desired shots. I then blend that brief together with the background story, producing an artistic collage of the day. As a young woman myself, I am sensitive to the kind of collation of photographs a couple would like to look back on and I therefore endeavour to provide that fusion of images. I enjoy working with both

colour and black and white images and my best work is a mix of both. My aim is to capture timeless images taken with a creative eye in order to offer my client that ‘forever’ memory of a special moment in time. I strive to capture the essence of an event; those images, which catch a characteristic, movement or a glance between loved ones. My approach determines a relaxed and natural style of photography and I gain the subtle essence of an event without it becoming staged. I am based between Oxford and the Midlands but I am very happy to travel to provide my specialist service. Testimonial: “Becky interpreted our brief beautifully, we wanted natural, un-posed imagery and that is exactly what we have! She managed to capture expressions of our family and friends so accurately, it is like re-living the day. We are truly thrilled and grateful for her hard work. We will recommend Fulton Photography to everyone we know. We couldn’t have expected anything better.” Fay & Chris Mosscrop 60

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Kick Off Your Marriage In Style Molineux Stadium is no ordinary venue, home to one of the founder members of the Football League, Wolverhampton Wanderers, for 125 years. The Stadium has 11 licenced rooms that can host civil ceremonies for 10-275 people, some with stunning views over the pitch where history has been made. Your wedding breakfast and evening receptions can follow, with us able to accommodate parties of up to 275 with a three course sit down meal followed by an evening buffet. We offer a number of packages to suit budgets and guest lists, as well as personal tastes and our dedicated Events Team will work with you to make your day as perfect as the vision you have of it. As part of your package we

can allow access to pitch side for photographs, as well as the iconic backdrop of the exterior of the Stadium and statues commemorating Wolves Legends Billy Wright and Stan Cullis. We would love to invite you to come and view our facilities, meet our Events Team and discuss how we can help you plan your perfect day.

Call 0871 222 2220 (option 5) or email To celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Football League we are offering a ÂŁ125 discount off room hire for any wedding bookings made before 31st May 2014. Quote 125FL when making your booking.

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off room hire for any wedding bookings made before 31st May 2014. Quote 125FL when making your booking. We would love to invite you to come and view our facilities, meet our Events Team and discuss how we can help you plan your perfect day.

Call us on: 0871 222 2220 (option 5) or email


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The Kingfisher Bar | Club | Room formerly known as The Kingfisher Country Club, situated on the A449 Kidderminster Road, Wall Heath, Kingswinford has recently seen “Inndividual Holdings Ltd” acquire this famous local venue, who many used to know locally as “The Fisher”. The company, Inndividual Holdings Limited was formed four years ago and is equally owned and operated by three directors, David Facer, Marina Parry and Paul Mildenstein.

The group already own and run The Park Tavern, The Wall Heath Tavern and The Lenches Bridge pubs locally. Director David Facer says ”Wall Heath and Kingswinford have been lacking a premium destination venue for many years and we have transformed the Kingfisher into a premium venue including brand new gastro pub serving fresh dishes daily from king scallops on crispy pancetta oil to steaks, fresh fish dishes, anti pasti platters as well serving 7 real ales. The smaller “Room” has been completely transformed to host everything from weddings from 60 Sit down up to 120 for evening reception,

christenings, private hire, training & meetings & events, corporate networking events… literally catering for any event. The club is now playing host to live bands & tributes, showcasing both local up & coming bands to the famous tribute acts everyone knows and loves, so catering for all tastes in music.” Finance director Marina Parry said “I remember having some great nights out in piranhas wine bar in the late 80’s, where locals would meet up for great nights out so when we looked to how best grow our business this seemed locally like our missing piece of the jigsaw.” “Even though the detail of this plan has been in progress for over 6 months we all know as directors the hard work begins now and we will be looking to fellow trading partners to form a strong alliance to ensure that we give the customers exactly what they really want” says Paul Mildenstein. Whatever the occasion or event The New Kingfisher Bar | Club | Room really is the perfect choice! For more information visit our brand new website


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Patshull Park - A Hidden Gem Patshull Park Hotel is one of Wolverhampton’s best kept secrets, just seven miles from the city centre near the village of Pattingham the hotel, golf and health club sits amongst some of the most glorious countryside that Shropshire can offer. The hotel is open daily and non – residents are welcome, drop in for a cup of coffee at Earls Coffee Shop and experience the venue first hand. We are confident that you will be impressed with the views and the hospitality. Patshull Park Hotel prides itself on professional and friendly levels of service and is renowned as one of the premier wedding venues in the area; Joanne Guest our wedding co-ordinator is the ultimate professional and will arrange every detail to make sure your special day is one to remember. The hotel is also licensed for Civil Ceremonies, and the Great Lake provides a spectacular back-drop for your cherished photographs. The hotel is also is a popular venue for company golf days, conferences, and a host of family celebrations such as christenings and wedding anniversaries. With seven private rooms, we can cater for events of all sizes and requirements including corporate team-building and company fun days in the hotel grounds.

With 49 en suite bedrooms, spend a weekend and enjoy the 18 hole parkland golf course on one of our competitively priced residential golf packages which include golf, dinner bed and breakfast and full use of the health club. Set beside the Great Lake, Patshull golf course is a great test and is suitable for all levels of competent golfers. The course meanders amongst huge specimen trees some of which are over 200 years old – Wellingtonias, Limes, Oaks and Cedars of Lebanon all conspire to make it a memorable day’s golf at Patshull Park. A range of Golf Club memberships and Golf Society Packages are available from our sales office, all of which offer great value for money. Relax in our leisure club which boasts a 15 metre heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, saunas, steam rooms, and two gymnasiums. Our Beauty Therapist is available to take bookings for a whole

range of Dermalogica treatments including facials, pedicures and manicures using Jessica products. A resident sports masseur is also on hand for relieving deeper muscle tension. The club staff are also trained to discuss dietary needs and can set up a training plan that will enhance your lifestyle and help achieve your personal fitness targets. Annual health club memberships are available, with special rates for ‘60’s and over’. Fancy a fresh Rainbow Trout? Patshull Fishery is also open for non – residents. Day tickets, Fishing Memberships, and Fly fishing lessons are all available from the fully stocked fishing lodge, including freshly caught Trout. Call the Fishery on (01902) 700774 for further details. With the spiralling cost of fuel why spend money travelling to other parts of the country when you can enjoy all of the facilities at this unique resort hotel on your doorstep?

Call our sales office on 01902 700100, email:, or visit our web site: Patshull Park Hotel, Pattingham, Nr Wolverhampton WV6 7HR 66

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Situated in the picturesque village of Kinver The team at Baci welcome you to enjoy the finest authentic Italian cuisine – whatever the occasion.

"Celebrating our first anniversary" CHOOSE FROM OUR FULL A LA CARTE MENU OR DAILY SPECIALS Excellent choice of fresh fish, seafood and speciality dishes or if you prefer you can dine from our two course menus: Tuesday - Saturday Lunch Menu

12pm - 2.30pm 2 course - £12.95

Tuesday - Friday Early Evening Menu

5pm - 6.30pm 2 course - £12.95 Sunday Lunch

12pm - 3pm 2 course - £14.95

Bookings now being taken for Christmas Party Menu

Served throughout the month of December

Christmas Day

Gourmet special Italian Menu or Traditional turkey

New Years Eve

Special Menu plus live entertainment Open Tues-Sat lunchtimes 12pm – 2.30pm. Tues-Sat evenings 5pm until late (last orders 10.30pm). Sun lunch 12pm – 3pm, evenings 5pm (last order 8pm) Closed Mondays

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Wombourne Tandoori Restaurant Established 1989

Air conditioned

Cuisine of Bengal

Fully licensed

RATED 5 AWARD WINNING RESTAURANT FOR 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013

Celebrate your Christmas Party in Style at the Perfect Venue to Dine! Christmas Day Menu now available. Bookings now being taken for Christmas Day Lunch, Christmas Parties and Christmas Family and Friends Get-togethers. Rafique Miah welcomes you to the longest established Indian Restaurant in Wombourne Village, serving sumptuous Bangladeshi Cuisine for over 24 years. “We pride ourselves on our Quality of Food, Excellent Customer Service and Customer Satisfaction.”

Recently refurbished in contemporary surroundings, air conditioned and fully licensed. • Winner of ‘Simply the Best’ restaurant competition 2009 • Winner of The Spotlight Awards ‘Best Eating Place – Casual’ 2007 / 2008

Our popular Take-away Service is still the best in Wombourne offering 10% off our Menu price. Tel:

01902 324148 01902 324437 Open 7 days including Bank Holidays - 5.30pm until 11.30pm

High Street, Wombourne WV5 9DN 69

Wolverhampton Racecourse

A Great Night Out By Helen Taylor

‘Eating-out doesn’t get much more exciting than this’ I thought to myself as my winning horse crossed the finish line at Wolverhampton Racecourse well ahead of the competition. The evening had certainly started well, and it only got better. I’d been looking forward to visiting Horizons Restaurant for sometime. Set high in the main grandstand, the restaurant boasts spectacular panoramic views of the racecourse as well as a private


bar, plasma TV screens and a well-designed modern interior. Offering diners the best in both entertainment and food, there’s no doubt that one visit will change what you expect from a night-out forever. After settling down from the excitement of a great win on the first race of the evening, I ordered my starter from a delicious choice of dishes - ‘Warm artichoke and goat’s curd tartlet, with rocket salad, toasted pumpkin seeds and sharp caper berry dressing.’ My friend, Vicky, chose ‘Crispy salt beef with braised radicchio and dressed leaves, served with a soy and honey sauce’.

We usually have a lot to talk about, but on this occasion our eyes were firmly fixed to the mini TV screen on our table and we discussed only where to place our next bets. That was until the food arrived. Artistically presented, each dish certainly impressed on arrival. Every mouthful proved delicious, and the combination of flavours blended together perfectly. Looking forward to the next course, and having already decided on what we wanted, we hurriedly placed our order for the main meals. ‘Lightly spiced butternut squash, aubergine and tofu in a tangine sauce with fruit cous cous, vegetable cumin fritter finished with lavender petals,’ and ‘Breast of chicken with crisp lye bacon, olive and tomato ravioli, crushed peas served with a stilton cream sauce.’ Each main course had been skilfully created and the unique combination of tastes in my

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chosen a winner and made our choices for dessert: ‘Lemon tart with fresh raspberries and crème fraiche’ and a ‘Selection of local cheeses - Double Worcester, Light Wood Chaser and Cromwell Bishop - served with celery, grapes and home made chutney.’ We didn’t win the race, but we were certainly well compensated when dessert was served.

vegetarian dish worked extremely well. Vicky was equally impressed, and enjoyed every mouthful of her perfectly cooked chicken breast. What’s more, the portion sizes were just right and left us nicely full, yet still looking forward to dessert. Getting back to the racing, we made the most of our prime position on the highest of the three seating tiers in the restaurant to watch the action unfold outside. Soaking up the atmosphere, we finished our bottle of wine and agreed that we haven’t ever had such a good time on a Monday evening - and it wasn’t over yet. Placing our bets for the next race, we felt confident that we’d

The lemon tart was utterly scrumptious, so good in fact that I could have easily eaten another couple of helpings. Preferring a savoury end to her meal Vicky was more than happy sampling the choice of cheeses. The final race was upon us and as we placed our last bets we reflected on what a great night we’d had for such a small price (£39.95 each); the excitement of the racing, a fantastic three course meal in fabulous surroundings, coupled with exceptional service from the staff meant that every element had been well taken care of. We were looking forward to telling our friends all about it; so that when we next pay a visit there’s no doubt that they’ll be joining us too.


Open 7 days 6pm until late Free secure car park at rear 272 Penn Road, Penn, Wolverhampton WV4 4AD

A warm welcome awaits you at Penn Tandoori… experience the Pride of Penn Specialising in Tandoori, Curry dishes, Balti dishes and also European dishes. Enjoy authentic Indian cuisine at its very best in a warm, friendly atmosphere in one of the most luxurious restaurants in the West Midlands. Whatever the occasion children are always welcome with their parents and we try our best to ensure that families feel at home and have an enjoyable experience with us.

Christmas bookings now being taken Fully licensed 10% discount off take-aways collected

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Your food and drink bill when dining in. Please present this voucher. 1 voucher per table.

For bookings or further details please call 01902 333319 Fully Licensed

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Contemporary Modern Dining at Sedgley’s Premier Indian Restaurant

Saffron Pink’s RestauRant

Sayed Miah along with his expert team of knowledgeable chefs and waiting staff welcome you to Saffron Pink. We pride ourselves on our high standard of service and authentic Bangladeshi cuisine.

Midweek Offer

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CALL OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW! 01902 390000 | *Terms & conditions apply. Advance bookings only. Price per person and includes VAT. For race times and full details please visit our website. Wolverhampton racecourse encourages responsible gambling.


Pourquoi, pas de dinde à Noël? What, No Turkey at Christmas? Here at the French Connection we tend to follow the Gascon tradition at Christmas and do not serve turkey as we feel that most of our customers will have this at home. This year’s menu will probably include guinea fowl or goose, venison or boar, and a selection of fish and vegetarian dishes with roasted vegetables in duck fat (olive oil with vegetarian dishes) and a full range of entrees and desserts to suit all tastes. Most of our dishes are gluten free and we can cater for many specific dietary requirements with very little notice as we prepare our dishes in house with our own chefs. For those who might worry about the amount of duck fat we use in our Christmas cooking here, we are pleased to say that recent studies have shown that although Gascony has the highest consumption of animal fat (duck fat) in the civilised world, it also has the lowest incidence of heart disease and some of the longest lived people in Europe!

Although we are barely into Autumn, Christmas starts to loom largely in the minds of all restaurateurs as the logistics of this busy period must be planned well in advance, including the all-important menu for the festive season.


The Gascons, like the English, celebrate Christmas with family meals, usually eaten on Christmas Eve rather than on Christmas day, and their meals usually start with soup followed by an entrée of fish then a roast meat then cheese and a dessert. Celebration meals in France often last four hours or more, which is rather more than the norm here in England.

Outside of the Christmas period we offer regular theme nights to celebrate the cuisine of other areas of France and on occasion feature specific restaurants that we have found on our travels. So whether you like the sunshine tastes of Provence, the comfort food of Normandy and Brittany or the gourmet menus of Paris and the wine routes of the Rhone why not visit us for an evening of authentic French Cuisine?

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• ‘Stourbridge’s Best Kept Secret’ • Authentically French • Freshly prepared food from the best available ingredients • Extensive A La Carte Menu

Menu Rouge, 3 Courses only £16.95 Available Tuesday to Saturday evenings Open daily Wed – Sat serving breakfast from 9.30am, Lunch 12pm to 2.45pm. Open evenings – Tuesday to Saturday from 7pm until Midnight. Last orders 9.30pm.

Gluten free and vegetarian dishes available - Extensive Wine List Why not join us for “An evening in Provence” Thursday 26th September. 3 course meal £23.95, to include a Free half litre of house wine for two people with this coupon* * Valid email address required

Email: ………………………………………………………………………………… Menu Rouge Changes Fortnightly Catering and Dine at Home Service Available – Authentic French dishes prepared for your freezer

See Website – Book on-line Bookings advisable for evenings please tel: 01384 390940 3 Coventry Street, Stourbridge, DY8 1EP



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Gastro Country Pub & Dining Stuart Plant - Chef Proprietor Open Tuesday to Sunday for Lunch Tuesday to Saturday for Dinner Closed Mondays

ALL OUR FOOD IS HOMEMADE USING ONLY FRESH PRODUCE COOKED TO ORDER Day Boat Fish • Fully Traceable Meat • Min 28 Day Dry Aged Beef Locally Sourced Produce • Regularly Using Vegetables From The Six Ashes Garden All Tastes Catered For • Private Parties and Functions Catered For Up to 22 people

LUNCH TIME OFFER Choice 2 Course Set Menu - Only £10.95

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Available Tuesday to Friday from 2nd to 20th December for parties of up to 22 people Lunchtimes: 2 course - £16.95 3 course - £19.95 Evenings: 2 course - £19.95 3 course - £22.95 (Evenings – Bookings only)

TRADITIONAL SUNDAY LUNCH Served 12pm until 2.30pm

Six Ashes Road, Bobbington, Bridgnorth WV15 6EJ To avoid disappointment please book, call 01384 221725 Visit for menus and register to qualify for offers


Arthritis? Sciatica , Back and Joint Pain? H20 Physio Can Help Suffering with arthritis, back and joint pain or reduced mobility can seriously diminish your quality of life. Although pain relief may go some way in decreasing the severity of the discomfort you endure, it certainly won’t be helping your underlying problem; in fact it’ll most likely be making it much worse. That’s because pain killers do not treat the issue at its core, instead they mask discomfort, which allows you to continue with your everyday activities, during which time you’ll be putting your body under more stress and strain - unwittingly causing a greater problem, one which you’ll have to tackle in the future. Fortunately help is at hand. Fully qualified physiotherapist, Davinder Chatha, has brought some exciting and pioneering technology to his new and unique South Staffordshire-based Hydrotherapy Centre, H20 Physio. Davinder explains: “Our Hydrophysio Underwater Treadmill provides a comfortable, safe way to exercise for people of all ages and all levels of mobility. It has fantastic benefits for those suffering with back or joint pain, arthritis, as well as many other debilitating conditions.” And here’s how it works: “The warm temperature of the water in the treadmill allows your muscles to relax, so that you are able to enjoy pain-free exercise. Because the water supports your body all of the movements you make are much easier and they don’t put stress on your joints.” “Most of my patients are unable to walk on dry land due to pain from their condition, but once they’re in the treadmill, and fifty to eighty percent of their bodyweight is 78

displaced, they can walk without pain for over thirty minutes and have a great cardio-vascular workout.” It’s these features that make the Hydrophysio Underwater Treadmill ideal for those who are suffering from chronic conditions or recovering from an injury or operation. “Research has shown that upright movement and exercise in water offers remarkable therapy benefits, eases pain and promotes physical and mental well-being. Users find that this form of exercise helps muscle tone, builds strength, improves balance and generally improves their quality of life.” Davinder and his specially trained team assess the needs of each patient and produce an individual, tailored plan for their time spent in the Hydrophysio Underwater Treadmill. “We can adjust the depth of the water to suit the requirements of each person, so that adults and children of all different heights and sizes can benefit.” “Exercise can be made harder or easier by varying the levels of water. Special in-built jets mean that certain areas of the body can be targeted to create more resistance, which helps to build muscle strength.” Another advantage is that the treadmill aids weight loss, which is particularly beneficial to those suffering with joint problems or recovering from an operation.

“One of my patients who has had two knee replacements and spinal surgery lost twenty three pounds in just six sessions. Her pain was vastly reduced and her mobility greatly improved.” There’s other specialist equipment on offer that can help too: “We’ve also got a Hydrotherapy Pool, Cryotherapy Cuffs, an Infra Red Sauna and Pilates equipment - as well as hands-on physiotherapy - that we can use alongside the treadmill to help many different complaints.” The Hydrophysio Underwater Treadmill is also a favourite with athletes, and is a piece of equipment often found in Premiership Football clubs: “We are the only private clinic in the UK to have a one. Many of the top football clubs use them to help heal their players who are suffering from sports injuries. Olympic athlete, Mo Farah, is a fan too.” Davinder has helped a multitude of patients at H20 Physio: “My clients have found that they’ve had remarkable improvements in their mobility, pain levels and wellbeing after just a few sessions.” “It’s fantastic to see the progress that each person makes, whatever their individual circumstances. I’m passionate about the treadmill because I know that it makes such a difference to people’s quality of life and can help get them on the road to recovery.”

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Innovative water-based training programmes for: • • • • • • •

Back and joint care Senior living Pain management Post Surgery Rehabilitation Weight loss Sports performance Stroke Rehabilitation

Session Gift Cards available For further details or to book a consultation please call 01902 898256 or email

Halfpenny Green Golf Club, Health and Wellness Spa, Kartar Farm, New Road, Swindon, Dudley DY3 4PP visit The only private clinic with a hydrophysio underwater treadmill in the United Kingdom

Kinver’s “Man Of Flowers” Is New Rotary Club President Nick, who is a former vice chairman of the village’s Allotment Association, can be seen regularly on the High Street with his wife watering floral hanging baskets and generally tidying the frontages in support of the drive for “Best Kept Village” in which the Rotary Club has been a major supporter. Nick Geoghegan, the Kinver resident who won the village Civic Society’s award for services to the community through his dedication to enhancing the High Street with floral decorations, is the new President of the Rotary Club of Kinver. Having started his career in accountancy he moved into engineering and manufacturing, primarily in the steel sectors in companies such as forges and steel stockholders where his training in finance helped him attain the positions of Finance Director, Commercial Director and

finally Managing Director of a small engineering group situated on the edge of the Jewellery quarter. Latterly Nick has become an Employer Adviser with the DWP, leading the Engineering/ Manufacturing sectors for the Dudley Borough. Nick and his wife Denise moved from Birmingham to Kinver in the early 90s and joined the Rotary Club of Kinver in 2008, since when he has twice been Treasurer and was last year’s Vice President.

Nick’s first major fund raising event will be a joint project with the Rotary Club of Hagley – a concert at Kidderminster Town Hall on Friday Sept 20, featuring the Band of the West Midlands Fire Service supported by the Stourport Choral Society. They will be presenting a programme of light classics, music from Andrew Lloyd Webber shows, the films and finishing with a selection from Last Night of the Proms. Tickets costing £10 are available from Kinver Post Office with all proceeds going to the Kemp Hospice and local Rotary charities. 79

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) The New Pain Relieving Therapy Constant, chronic pain can be draining and can significantly affect your quality of life and function. Pain can often limit the regular practice of sports such as tennis, golf, jogging and walking as well as restrict your performance at work. A new technology that is now available here at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital that allows non-surgical intervention is “shockwave therapy” (ESWT). Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is a highly effective treatment available for patients with chronic tendon disorders and may help when other treatments have proven to be ineffective. Shockwave therapy is a non-surgical treatment and works by delivering impulses of energy, targeted to specific damaged tissues within the abnormal tendon. This increases the blood flow within the affected area, stimulating cell regeneration and healing, and decreasing local factors which can cause pain. How shockwave therapy works A probe is pressed on the affected area and the shockwaves are delivered through the skin (a gel like substance is also applied to the area to promote the process).

in the injured tissue that is being treated, and prompts the body to respond naturally by increasing blood circulation, the number of blood vessels and therefore metabolism in the injured tissue. The shockwaves are felt as pulses which are a little uncomfortable but not painful. (A shockwave is a purely mechanical wave, not an electric one). The surgeon applying your treatment will start with a low level of intensity and increase this to a point where you feel comfortable. Patients are typically treated as a day case patient and will not require any type of sedation or anaesthetic. Conditions recommended for treatment with shockwave therapy: • Plantar Fasciitis • Calcific Tendonitis Shoulder • Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow • Achilles Tendinopathy • Trochanteric bursitis (Lateral hip pain) • Patella Tendinopathy (Jumpers Knee) Advantages of having Shockwave Therapy over traditional methods: • No anaesthesia • Non invasive • No medication

• No surgery • Fast treatment - 30 minutes per session, 3-4 sessions required • Fewer complications • Virtually painless after treatment What happens prior to Shockwave therapy All patients will require an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon who will perform a clinical assessment to ensure that shockwave therapy treatment is the most appropriate treatment for your condition. Each treatment session takes about 30 minutes and it is usual to need 3-4 treatment sessions. As shockwave therapy is recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) most private medical insurers will cover such treatment. However, it is essential that patients consult their insurance companies and obtain authorisation prior to their appointment. Self-funding packages are also available and treatment courses are from £250. For more information on this service or to book an appointment with one of the trained orthopaedic consultants please call 01902 267336.

The impulses are delivered through the skin as a shockwave that spreads inside the injured tissue as an aspherical ‘radial’ wave. These radial shockwaves initiate an inflammation-like response

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The Perfect Hair And Make-Up For Your Big Day prepared that the finished look might not seem quiet right, because it’s out of context. Picture yourself in the right setting; if you’ll be marrying on a glorious summer day, it’ll probably be perfect. Trends come and go, but for an enduring and elegant look, that won’t look dated in years to come, keep it simple.

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A timeless, classic hair and make-up look is perfect for your big day. Whether you’re having your make-up professionally applied, or doing it yourself, it’s essential to use quality products which have staying power. You need to attain a naturally beautiful look, which enhances your skin and highlights your best features, rather than a overly made-up finish which actually detracts from them. Ask your make-up artist to show you the products that she’ll be using and make sure you are happy with them. If you tend to prefer a certain cosmetic brand or you’ve found a foundation that you can’t live without, have them incorporated into your make-over - it’s essential to have confidence in your cosmetics.

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It’s always worth experimenting well in advance, but remember, your skin changes with the seasons. So, if you’re planning a summer wedding, but trialing your make-up in the winter, be

Let your hairstyle be dictated by your dress. If you’ve got elaborate detailing across the shoulders, wear a sophisticated up-do. If your hair is long and your wearing a minimalist design, leave your locks down and accessorise with a sparkling accessory or twinkling tiara. Speak to your hairstylist well in advance and formulate a plan for your hair over the coming months, so that it’s the right length and style by the time your wedding comes. Don’t opt for anything that’s overly complex, choose a look which can be easily reproduced to avoid any panic on the day. Work hard to keep your hair in tip-top condition prior to your nuptials; regular trims and frequent conditioning treatments are essential. Olivia’s Beauty Salon has got just the thing for brides-to-be. Their amazing Dinair Airbrush Make-Up is perfect for special occasions and just the thing for your big day. Favoured by celebrities everywhere, the airbrush foundation sits on your skin to produce an even, flawless - sheer or opaque - finish that will look immaculate and last all day long.

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Brand-New Treatments at Olivia’s Beauty on the face and body: “Phaser EPL offers permanent hair removal, which means no more plucking, waxing, shaving or epilating. Many men find it great for permanently removing hair from large areas, like on their backs. “Women are delighted when it permanently removes embarrassing hair on their face or chin and are relieved when they no longer need to shave their legs.” Generally clients will require a minimum of five sessions, although this does vary depending on the individual. “It takes several sessions for the hair follicle to be completely treated as hair grows in different stages, once treatment is complete you skin will remain hair-free.” Most people experience a mild sensation during Phaser EPL treatment, but it is virtually painfree. Costs vary depending on the area being treated and how many sessions are required. Ageing is inevitable, as the years go by our skin starts to show signs of sun damage, the affects of lifestyle choices and of course, fine lines and wrinkles. Following on from the success of their ground-breaking i-Lipo laser treatment - that offers clients an alternative to invasive liposuction surgery - Olivia’s Beauty has introduced something else that’s special to their range of revolutionary beauty fixes.

Phaser EPL Laser Hair Removal and Photofacial Rejuvenation.”

Owner Fiona Brookes explains: “Clients have been delighted with the outstanding results they’ve received from treatment with i-Lipo. After just eight sessions one lady lost a remarkable 18cm from her stomach, she was thrilled, especially as she was going away on holiday.”

“Phaser EPL is amazing. It works by delivering pulses of light into the skin at a specific wavelength which is selectively absorbed in the melanin pigment in the hair follicle. The light energy heats the pigment and effectively disables the hair follicle, without damaging the surrounding tissue.”

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That’s where Photofacial Rejuvenation comes in. The Intense Pulsed Light treatment improves many of the unwanted effects of aging: “IPL counters the appearance of red skin, like rosacea and treats skin spots, as well as broken capillaries. It reduces and can eliminate age spots as well as minimising uneven pigmentation.” The treatment stimulates collagen synthesis, which eliminates fine lines, it also serves to revitalise dull complexions. Skin is left looking younger, smoother, healthier and more toned, with minimal discomfort and no recovery time. “The results are incredible. Our clients are delighted with the way their skin looks and feels after IPL. Generally a course of 6 treatments are required for optimum results.”

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Autumn is here and that means it’s time to fall in love with this season’s fabulous new fashions. You’ll need to stock-up on those fall Print Top £65. essentials, like a newBetty coat and quality Barclay. pair of boots, and there’s no better place to start your search than at our advertisers’ independent stores.

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Old Swinford Hospital The school will be opening its doors to visitors in the autumn for a series of events for prospective parents and pupils to find out what life is really like in a modern boarding school. As current pupils take you around the school you will see a wonderful mix of historic building and state of the art teaching, sporting and boarding facilities. They will tell you that strong friendships develop that last well beyond school life and that boarding gives the School a sense of stability, with the ‘House’ soon becoming a home from home. You will be able to meet the Housemasters and Matrons who look after pastoral care, ensuring that pupils are happy, able to work at their studies and participate fully in school life.

A Place To Have Fun, Work Hard, Be Stretched And Succeed.

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Thinking About Adoption? On Thursday 19th September we at Adoption in the Black Country are holding an information event at the Village Hotel, Dudley to answer any questions that people may have about adoption and for people looking to start the process. But what sort of people adopt? Well, Adoption in the Black Country have all kinds of children, so we need all kinds of people. People from all ethnic and social backgrounds. You don’t need to own your home. Your age needn’t be an

issue. You don’t even need to be married ... you will need a stable lifestyle and a commitment to changing your life forever and becoming a child’s forever family. So if you’ve ever considered adopting, come to the information event –Thursday 19th September at The Village Hotel, Castlegate Way, Dudley. No need to register or book a slot, just come along at 6pm. Adoption in the Black Country... Adoption could be as easy as ABC.

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Reaching New Heights At Tettenhall College we have always provided rich and varied learning experiences for our pupils both in and out of the classroom. Successful education is about the balance between academic success and developing other interests, skills and abilities. A wonderful summer of success in terms of examination results and student achievements provides ample evidence that this approach certainly seems to work. This year has seen our highest proportion of A* grades at A level and we are delighted that the vast majority of our students have secured their preferred choice of course and university at the first attempt without the need for ‘clearing’. We are immensely proud of all of our students but particular mention goes to: Fred Nguyen who achieved A*grades in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and an A grade in Chemistry and will read Mechanical Engineering at Bath. Minh Trinh who achieved A* grades in Mathematics and Further Mathematics and A grades in Chemistry and Economics and will start a degree in Mathematics and Economics at the London School of Economics in October. Thu Phan also takes up a place at the LSE to study Economics and Economic History after securing top grades in Mathematics, 92

Economics, Geography and Art. Radica Ohri achieved straight A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics and takes up a place at Nottingham University to read Medicine. Tung Mai achieved an A* in Maths and top grades also in Further Mathematics and Economics and will study Environmental Science with Business Management at Queen Mary, University of London. Ellie Hammond achieved A grades in ICT and Psychology and a B grade in Art and will study Psychology at Aston University. We are also delighted for Daniel Bywater who leaves Tettenhall College to take up a place at RADA, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, possibly the most prestigious theatre school in the country. He will be pursuing a course in Technical Theatre and Stage Management, building on his existing experience in stage lighting and extending that to all other aspects of technical theatre. Daniel has designed and operated lighting for many school productions, as well as for many local theatre groups. His dedication to helping people from all walks of life also led him to receive a ‘Service Above Self’ award from the Rotary Club. Tettenhall College is an independent school for 2 to 18 year olds with pupils of all ages benefiting from its enviable reputation for outstanding pastoral care and meeting the needs of the individual. We have enjoyed 150 years of exceptional education, combining traditional values with innovative teaching and outstanding

pastoral care. This approach has enabled us to be in the top 1% of schools nationally for ‘adding value’ in 8 out of the last 10 years - and in the top 5% for the other 2! Our first rate facilities and a 33 acre site including a glorious arboretum and a ‘forest school’ enable a very wide range of enrichment activities to take place. We recognise that experiences outside of the classroom can provide deeper understanding, increase self-confidence, develop new skills and help pupils challenge and stretch themselves. Tettenhall College has a strong tradition of excellence in Art, Music, Drama and Sport. Academic scholarships are therefore supported by a number of scholarships in these areas also. Open Days Friday 27th September 10.00am - 1.00pm Saturday 28th September 10.00am - 2.00pm Tuesday 8th October 5.30pm - 7.30pm The Headmaster, Mr Martyn Long, looks forward to meeting you on one of these Open Days and is available for individual tours at any time. If you would like to take advantage of a tour or require further information please contact Annabelle Addison in our Admissions Office on (01902) 793002/751119 or email

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Over 400 guests attended the VIP Opening Night of the Brand New Kingfisher Bar l Club l Room following a major refurbishment. Owners, Inndividual Holdings Ltd were delighted to welcome guests, old and new, to the fabulous venue.

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BMW UK Announces Sales Network For Revolutionary i Brand

BMW UK has revealed its network of dealers that will supply and support BMW i, the company’s revolutionary new sub-brand featuring electric drive systems and premium mobility services.

From launch, Benham Wolverhampton will be one of the 46 sales agents across the UK to offer the BMW i range. Each will have specialist technical capabilities allowing them to carry out repairs to the vehicles’ high voltage batteries. A wider service network is planned to offer extended coverage for the general service, maintenance and repair of BMW i vehicles.

“Our BMW i dealerships are located in the areas of the UK with the highest concentrations of population.”

Initially, two BMW i cars have been confirmed for production, the fully-electric BMW i3 megacity vehicle and the plug-in hybrid BMW i8 sports car. The BMW i3 is BMW’s first fully-electric production car and is due to go on sale in the UK in late 2013. Like the i8, the BMW i3 features an all-aluminium chassis combined with a passenger cell made entirely from lightweight carbon fibre reinforced plastic. BMW Group UK Managing Director, Tim Abbott said customer enquiries about BMW i are already “extremely high” with more than 6000 people registering their interest in the i brand. “With the announcement of our BMW i retail network we are open for business and taking deposits on the i3 and i8,” he said.

Potential customers can now register their interest with one of the BMW i agents or online at As well as the vehicles themselves, BMW i will encompass a range of premium services for mobility aimed at optimising the use of parking spaces, recharging infrastructure, ‘smart’ navigation systems, intermodal route planning and access to other BMW vehicles on an ‘on-demand’ basis. BMW is the first premium vehicle manufacturer to offer such a comprehensive ownership package surrounding electric mobility. “With BMW i, we are offering game-changing technology that will revolutionise the way we move through a completely new driving and ownership experience,” said Abbott. The BMW i3 world launch took place on July 29th at Old Billingsgate in London, the BMW i3 will be arriving at Benham on November 16th. Be amongst the first to see the BMW i3 by registering your interest at:

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models ordered between 1 July 2013 and 30 September 2013 and registered by 31 December 2013, subject to availability. Finance example is based on a BMW Select agreement for a BMW X1 xDrive18d xLine with Business Navigation System and 5 years’ comprehensive service cover with a contract mileage of 30,000 miles and an excess mileage charge of 8.9p per mile. **Servicing must be carried out at a BMW Service Authorised Workshop. Excessive wear and tear or misuse not covered. Second brake fluid service not covered. Price quoted is applicable for BMW X1 SAV models. Please ask your dealer, or visit for prices for all models and full BMW Service Inclusive terms and conditions. *On the road cash price is based on manufacturer’s recommended retail price and includes 3 year BMW Dealer Warranty, BMW Emergency Service, 12 months’ road fund licence, vehicle first registration fee, delivery, number plates and VAT. ^Option to purchase fee and optional final payment payable at the end of the agreement if you decide to purchase the vehicle. Excess mileage charges and vehicle condition charges may be payable if you return the vehicle. Prices are correct at time of publication <July 2013> and are subject to change without notice. Retail customers only. Finance is subject to credit acceptance and available to over 18s in the UK only (excluding the Channel Islands and Isle of Man). Guarantees and indemnities may be required. Advertised finance is provided by BMW Financial Services, Bartley Way, Hook, Hampshire RG27 9UF. We commonly, but not exclusively, introduce customers to BMW Financial Services. This introduction does not amount to independent financial advice. †Test drive subject to applicant status and availability. App store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Google Play is a trademark of Google Inc.


Vauxhall Ampera An Electric Car to Light Up the Road By Syd Taylor To be progressive today is to be fearless, to be possessed of that indomitable will to forge ahead regardless. Consider this at the same time that some folk fret about making it to the shopping mall while others besiege NASA in their eagerness to accept the challenge of training for a mission to Mars. Don’t forget, the pioneering spirit that will one day plant a boot in the red dust of a distant planet may lie dormant, especially during horizon-limiting, penny-pinching, fearful, double-dip haunted days of recession. But no sky stays grey forever. Shafts of light will break through. Once again, the future WILL look bright. Time was when motoring progress was measured in performance - and performance was measured in MPH, with a few creature comforts thrown in to appease the cold-blooded. So what if carbon fuels took a clobbering as sanctimonious Sunday Drivers topped up millions of cars on the road to Smugsville? It didn’t matter! We had boffins; barrel-loads of the brainy Bertrands. And wouldn’t they, in time, hoist up the rabbit by the ears and - Hey Presto! hand us a new, handy form of replacement energy all wrapped up


in a magicians handkerchief. This was before we learned about ‘Unforeseen Consequences’. Whoever would have imagined that getting from A to B would one day get our planet into a pickle? When every time an engine starts, another nail sinks into Planet Earth’s coffin. And yet, skies are never perpetually grey. Shafts of light do break through and those boffins we love to patronise have been getting on with the job. And suddenly: tomorrow comes knocking on the door - in the shape of the Vauxhall Ampera. The clue is in the name. ‘An electric car’ I hear you say. ‘But they have limited range.’ Yes, they’re quiet, sometimes quick and, of course, they don’t pollute - but who wants to treat bystanders to the entertaining spectacle of ‘personpushing-car’? Not only that, but those electric thingies don’t even look or behave like cars, do they?’

Range means - well, just that. Here is an electric car that saves you from running out of power. Pure electricity powers you along for up to fifty miles and then here’s the stroke of boffinery - a petrol powered generator kicks in that keeps the juice flowing for a further 300 or more miles. It’s like your own personalised fairground ride: juice from a generator in order to keep things spinning. What could be more fun? Charge stations are springing up everywhere so it’s easy to charge when out and about or you can ‘home charge’ on your domestic supply. (A charge can be as low as £1 and will be ready overnight at home or much quicker at a special charge point.). That means that if you do less than fifty miles a day, you won’t need petrol!

Whisper it, but someone has been listening. Vauxhall call Ampera a ‘game changer’ - and they are so right.

The Ampera certainly had me drawn to it as though by a subtle magnetism. As I said earlier, it takes a certain type of person to be in the vanguard of progress. These types are undoubtedly potential buyers.

E-REV stands for ‘Extended Range Electric Vehicle.’ If ‘Ampera’ denotes an electric car, ‘Extended

And how easy they’ve made it for these pioneers. Here is a car that looks just as a car should, that’s

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appointed with all the comfort and refinement one expects of a quality £36,000 (You do get £5000 back from the Government) strictly four seat saloon which, frankly, looks unexceptional - yet is one of the most exceptional vehicles today. Seldom has ‘doing good’ felt so good. And free from the existential angst induced by the thoughts of draining batteries - a state of mind that drains blood from the

cheeks and prompts the heart to pound harder - this driver, for the first time in his life, found an electric experience relaxing. Behind the wheel the noisy world is left behind. Electronic displays are everywhere and the ‘gear lever’ is like that of a conventional auto box. Four driving modes cater for the needs of the moment and travel is seamless, quiet and you enjoy an excellent ride.

It’s rewarding, interesting, comfortable and safe. And yet I can’t help feeling that it’s more than a car. As I keep repeating, Ampera drivers are pioneers whose minds stretch further down the road to tomorrow, than most people. They have the needs of future generations in view. Yet altruism has its rewards. Try driving one and you’ll see. Talk about having your cake and eating it!    


Peugeot RCZ GT Coupe: Unleash the Lion’s Roar By Rob Taylor

I don’t care how fast your car is, it’s actually really slow. Motoring in modern Britain can be a cruel and spiteful business, ruined by a myriad gnomic minions all hell-bent on buying gnomes from garden centres. At least that’s my take on things today as I unhappily trundle behind a serpentine trail of slowpokers, in my quest to exploit the potential of the newly-updated Peugeot RCZ GT Coupe. Yes, it’s sunny and, yes, it’s a midweek morning, but surely asking to reach third gear and 25 mph shouldn’t be out of the question. Uh-oh, what’s this? ‘Roadworks ahead for 1 mile.’ It’s time to revise my outlook. After all, driving briskly is all about ‘time and place’ and since conditions dictate otherwise, I turn on the air-conditioning, snuggle back into my leather throne and enjoy a good pose. I’d even lower the roof, if I could. For this surely has to be the most visually arresting Peugeot ever. Sleek and swooping contours of glistening metal run seductively from its menacing prow towards the ‘double-bubble’ rear window to excite a fire inside the breast of even the most cheerless passer-by; so too does the evocative rumble of the twin exhausts. This car gets attention.


It certainly has my attention now as the road opens up, serving up curves, kinks and freedom from nondescript hatchback tyranny. I deploy the active rear spoiler for some aerodynamic advantage (read: theatricality) and putting myself in mind of former World Rally champion Ari Vatanen’s legendary ascent of Pikes Peak in his Peugeot 405 T16, I engage this bold, bad road with all that the RCZ has to give. Now for a poser: will this pretty promenade poser prove itself here too? The RCZ certainly rides well enough on its 19” ‘Technical’ alloys and is disturbed by only the biggest, small-child gobbling potholes; it covers ground disconcertingly quickly as well- despite its modest 1.6 litre turbocharged engine, 156 bhp and 240 Nm of torque - for the simple reason that all of its power is usable, all of the time. Forget heady supercar top-trump statistics, in the real world less is more.

top speed is 133 mph and this performance is never really too detrimental to fuel economy, which is officially recorded as 44.1 mpg on the combined cycle. But if you want to go faster still - and care even less about the tedium of taxation class, insurance ratings and other state-sponsored misery - there’s soon to be a 267 bhp version known as RCZ R. Settling down to a steady cruise, calm descends inside the cabin, which can just as easily cocoon and comfort you from the cacophony of outside chatter, if the fancy takes. The RCZ really impresses with its levels of refinement: a wealth of comfort aids come as standard, including parking sensors, auto-lighting, heated seats, hill-start assistance but, more importantly, the build quality and ergonomic logic is spot-on.

Less traffic equals more fun too and I’m now keen to learn yet more about the soul and character of this willing engine: tractable and free-revving, it’s a joy to take up and down the silky smooth sixspeed manual gearbox, exploiting a chassis far too competent to be upset in normal road conditions.

This is a quantum leap forward from the uninspiring plastics that are typical of many cars at this price-point. In fact, one of its greatest strengths is that all of this style and substance is very affordable: the range starts at £21,600 (as tested: £24,745). Yet despite this egalitarianism of pricing, there’s a cachet to the RCZ because it’s an individualistic choice - one without obvious rival.

This car is no slouch, either: 0-60 mph is up in 8.3 seconds;

Now, if only Peugeot made a convertible version…

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Adoption Services Adoption in the Black Country 91 Antiques & Auctioneers Old Mill Antiques Centre 53 Antiques & Collection Fairs Roman Fairs 51 Awnings Castle Blinds 23 Bathrooms Eaton Kitchens 26 Summerhill Bathrooms 31 Wallheath Bathrooms 23 Beds & Bedroom Furniture Blyth Group 29 Cousins 8/9 Interiors Italia 40/41 Sofa Factory Outlet 43 Woodrobes 17 Blinds Castle Blinds 23 Val Hever Blinds 26 Beauticians Nicola’s Nails 59 Olivia’s 87 Wollaston Beauty Clinic 85 Building & Maintenance Contractors 3 Pines 25 Building Societies Dudley Building Society 48 Bridal Salons Tie The Knot 62 Carpets & Flooring (Supply & Fit) N.D.Walters 13 Wordsley Carpets 15 Car Sales/Service Benham BMW 99 Benham MINI 107 Brindley Mazda 108 DJ Automobiles 101 ETB 105 Curtains & Soft Furnishings Creative Interiors 31 Total Sewing 19 Education Old Swinford Hospital 90 Tettenhall College 93 Wolverhampton Grammar 91

Electrical / Gas Appliances Capital Appliance Centre Geoff Hill Entertainments & Leisure Kingfisher Bar Club Room Patshull Park The Copthorne Hotel The Grand Theatre Wolverhampton Racecourse Fashion / Retail Diffusion Fencing & Gates Profence Fireplaces/Stoves Flaming Fires Furniture/Furnishings Blyth Group Cousins Creative Interiors Interiors Italia Sofa Factory Outlet Virgo Interiors Garage Conversions Newroom Garage Conversions Garage Services ETB Garden Design Judy Knight Garden Design Gardening/Landscaping Judy Knight Garden Design Lealans Garden Centre OCL Gift Shops Stourbridge Galleries Hairdressers Stargaze Hospices Compton Hospice Hospitals (Private) Nuffield Insect Screens Safe Screen Interior Designers Creative Interiors Virgo Interiors

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The exterior: a perfect balance between old and new. The design of the MINI Vision reaches pointedly into the brand’s past and combines the underlying features and values of MINI with future-focused aesthetic and technical innovations. The hexagonal radiator grille is inspired by the classic Mini, for example, and the MINI Vision integrates both the bumper and auxiliary lights into the grille. The traditional and unmistakable rounded MINI forms are reflected in the exterior through elements such as the elliptical full-LED headlights. Their outer ring emits a consistent light and fulfils a daytime driving light function. Among the stand-out signature features of the MINI brand are the clear separation of the roof, glasshouse and body. The chrome strip wrapped around the top of the body, the distinctive side indicator element and the black band framing the lower edge of the car are all hallmark MINI styling elements. The MINI Vision presents these three defining design elements as a flowing, interconnected unit – conjured from innovative and lightweight “organo metal”. This extremely mouldable but also very strong material is produced by pressing various fibres into a composite. Organo sheets have a unique texture comparable to that of fabrics.

Alongside lightweight construction techniques, aerodynamics also play a frontline role in the conceptual ideas behind the MINI Vision. The car’s body includes an aerodynamic air intake and outlet around each front wheel arch, airflow-optimised wheel rims and exterior mirrors, and an integral, air-channelling roof spoiler. At the rear, muscular shoulders lend the MINI Vision extremely sporty and compact proportions. The finely drawn and clearly defined edging in the car’s bodywork is central to the exterior design language of the MINI Vision and underlines the concept’s precision and sporting intent. The interior: originality and creativity packed into a very small space. The interior of the MINI Vision stands out with its individual style, variability, functionality and aesthetic appeal. The fundamental idea behind the MINI brand – of providing maximum comfort within minimal exterior dimensions – filters through every detail of the interior. A transparent and open cockpit, sweeping doors and a “floating” centre console allow the driver and passengers to experience the sensation of a wide open space coupled with the benefits of a space-saving small car. Lounge seats featuring dynamic piping add the finishing touch to the unique interior ambience.

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