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Wolverhampton West Magazine

June/July 2012 Delivered to areas of: Codsall, Codsall Wood, Oaken, Bishops Wood, Tong, Coven, Brewood, Compton, Tettenhall, Claregate, Finchfield, Castlecroft, Penn, Merryhill & Bradmore

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Inside this Summer Issue: Local features including the Olympic Torch comes to Wolverhampton, Brewood Music Festival and The Wolverhampton Beer Festival. Catch up on The Local Property Market, Home and Gardening ideas. The latest summer Fashion Wear, Hair and Beauty. Local places to Eat Out and be Entertained, Education, Golf, Motoring, The Social Scene plus lots more! 01

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Hello Readers When you turn the pages of this summery issue, let us transport you to the realms of gold where the world’s worries hang in abeyance as we pursue the primrose path to jolly delights galore. As Dick Whittington famously turned again, we guarantee that our own splendid alchemy will weave its magic to give you that timely reminder of all the benefits truly civilised living brings. Think not for one moment that we are parochial in outlook - for the Wolverhampton West world embraces quality and flare from all corners of the globe. Our adventurers know just how to transport you in a most felicitous way without you having to quit the district, even for a moment. So - if it’s a taste of French cuisine you’re after, there’s no need to hop on the Eurostar. The French Connection is just down your street in Stourbridge, where fine cooking with a Gallic spin will put a grin on your face and tickle your heartstrings with a touch of the old ‘l’amour’. Mais oui! And you’ll want to dress up for the occasion so follow the advice of Helen Jane, our very own fashionista, who will show you what’s on offer at prices to cheer and re-invigorate the economy. You might not have the wherewithal of the Count and Countess of Monte Christo, but the balmy Wolverhampton West Wind infuses our happy region with aromas of optimism and blossoming hope. Enjoy your read...


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Window Dressings 4 The Local Property Market by Nick Berriman 8 Diamonds Are For Ever - The Queens Jubilee 10 Riding to Victory - Local Bikers 12 Travel 950 Miles for Charity Recipe of the Month 14 Think Yourself Happy 16 37th Wolverhampton Beer Festival 18 Tettenhall Summer Fete 18 Crosswords & Puzzles 22 City Centre Loyalty Card Privileges Shoppers 24 Building a Conservatory 26 Sir Jack’s Competition - Win a Meal for Two 28 Carver Wolverhampton City Marathon Events 30 Rotary Club of Wolverhampton 32 Father’s Day 34 Grand Theatre Competition 36 Brewood Music Festival 38 Brewood School Children get into the Olympic Spirit 38 Olympic Torch coming to Benham Wolverhampton 40 Free Radio Walk of the Black Country 40 Bridgnorth - Bridging the Gap 44/45 Between Past and Present Time to Check for Hidden Cash in the Attic 49 Gardening with Ann Winwood 54 Men’s Fashion - Colourful Collection 58 Golf Tip 60 Golf a Sport for all Ages 63 Graubünden Switzerland’s No.1 Holiday Destination 68 Vining and Dining at Halfpenny Green Vineyards 70 Eating Out at the French Connection 74/75 Eating Out at Rajkonna 80/81 Win a £300 Shopping Spree with Jacques Vert 86 at Beatties Win a Luxurious Pamper Package at Urban 88 Summer Essential - A Great Fake Tan 90 Women’s Fashion - Summer in the City 92/93 Fashion, Food & Fundraising at Wergs Golf Club 94 The Vintage Co is now Open 94 Compton in the Park 2012 96 Toms Tip 101 The Social Scene 108/109 Tradesmen Choose with Care 112 Wolves End of Season Dinner 2012 114 New Models New Choices From Benham MINI 118 The New BMW ActiveHybrid 5 120 Brindley Garages Group 122/123 Mercedes-Benz C 220 CDI Sport 126 AFC Wulfrunians 128 Answers to Puzzles 128 Winners of Murder on the Nile competition at The Grand Theatre Diane Goody, Featherstone, Mrs J Smith, Castlecroft, Mrs Barbara Binnall, Wheaton Aston Winner of Wolverhampton Racecourse competition Anita Edwards, Coven Winners of The RAF Cosford Airshow competition Mrs Roberta Evans, Tettenhall, Mr Terry Charnell, Codsall, Mrs Mary Bentley, Bradmore, Kath Hayhurst, Wombourne, Mrs Lizzy Barker, Bilbroolk


Window Dressings the blind. When raised they form a series of attractive soft pleats. It’s no bad idea to hide the mechanisms at the top of the window. This is done by having a pelmet or valance at the top to ‘finish’ the whole effect. Naturally pelmets are frequently used with curtains to hide the rods and rings. There are two types, the stiff pelmet and the valance, a form of pelmet that is pleated and altogether softer to look at. Again these can both be made in the same or contrasting fabric as the rest of the curtains or even the rest of the room. All these items may be bought ready-made or made-tomeasure; it all depends on your windows, your home and the depth of your pocket.

The windows of your home are probably what are seen before anything else to do with your property is noticed. Clean, shining windows and clean, imaginative window dressings, immediately tell the observer whether you are proud of, and happy with, your home, or just ‘living there’. And today, if you are proud of your home there really is no excuse for neglecting those windows. The shops are stacked full of possibilities both in designs and fabrics. There are also hundreds of interior designers just waiting for your commission. The first thoughts anyone has where windows are concerned are curtains. And curtains certainly do a very good job. They keep out damaging sunlight. They keep the interior cool and shady in the summer. They keep out draughts and maintain expensive heating in the winter. The heavier the curtain’s fabric, the thicker the lining; the more effective they are in all these respects. Best of 04

all of course, thick or thin, they maintain privacy. Add a cloud of beautiful, billowing nets and the results increase ‘manyfold’. How curtains are hung is a consideration. Curtain rails in brass or wood are popular especially with the large, matching curtain rings. Smaller windows look great hung bistro style with cut and shaped tongues holding the rings and attached directly to the rail. The choice of hanging method is vital if you want to have electrically operated curtains which are very useful for the larger, heavier drapes. However, curtains are not the only options on today’s windows. Blinds have become very popular. Both the horizontal, slatted Venetian sort and the vertical type are made in a range of materials and colours fit to match any decor. Then there are roller blinds, made in a variety of colours and fabrics and, often made to match exactly the soft furnishings in the home. Roman blinds have also become incredibly popular. These blinds are attached to a wooden batten at the top of the window. They hang flat with wooden slats sewn into the fabric. They are raised or lowered by means of a cording mechanism attached to the slats at the back of

Now another window dressing that may be new to you is the lambrequin. The best way to describe this is to say it is in a way a box frame for a window, deep enough to have a blind within the box at the top. Lambrequins are usually made to measure from MDF which can be papered, painted, stencilled or covered in the fabric of your choice. Depending on the shape of the arch itself you can give any room an oriental, occidental or utilitarian look. Generally speaking, lambrequins are best used on small windows but, if professionally manufactured, they can be made to fit any size of window. To further enhance the look of your window dressings, there are swags, fringes, tassels and ties made in silks, cords and plush fabrics to add that final touch of elegance to curtains, or blinds. They are all well worth consideration for enhancing the final effect. So remember, if you really want your home to grab attention for all the right reasons, do remember to dress your windows with as much care and flair as you would normally spend on yourself. Everything you need to dress windows is available from local businesses. With unbeatable service and unique buys, there’s no reason to look anywhere else. Check out what our advertisers have to offer.

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The Diamond Jubilee Hallmark (1952 - 2012)

In the UK, precious metal items such as jewellery and silverware are hallmarked by law with a view to provide a quality control of the goods manufactured. This is the oldest form of consumer protection and has been going on for over 700 years. Generally, all items hallmarked in the UK contain at least two stamps: one for the metal quality, and one for the Assay Office in charge of the hallmarking process. However, this year in honour of the Queen’s Jubilee the Assay Offices have created a special Diamond Jubilee hallmark symbolised by a young Queen Elizabeth wearing an oversized crown in a diamond shaped surround. The mark can be struck on gold, silver, platinum or palladium and will be available until October 2012.

If you were thinking of collecting a piece of silverware then 2012 would be a perfect year to consider it in commemoration of the 60th year of HM Queen Elizabeth’s reign. It is likely to become highly collectable in the years to come with her Majesty the Queen being only one of two monarchs in the history of Britain to celebrate such an occasion; the other being the Queen Victoria. Silver gift items with the Diamond Jubilee hallmark are available at T.A. Henn, 3841 Princess Street, Wolverhampton. For specific requests, please feel free to contact us as we are always happy to help. For further information on hallmarking you can check the Assay Office website or contact T.A. Henn directly on 01902 429 409.

Clogau - The Gold of Royalty Within every piece of Clogau jewellery is a touch of rare Welsh gold from the Clogau St. David’s Gold mine in Bontdu. The very same Welsh gold found in the Clogau jewellery has been used to create generations of Royal Family wedding rings. This tradition goes on since 1923 and most recently, the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding ring was crafted from pure Welsh gold gifted to Prince William by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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The Local Property Market by Nick Berriman Each month I try to reflect on different matters which affect the property market and this month I am discussing the factors which make a property saleable. Over the years research has shown that people viewing a property make up their minds after a very short time as to whether or not the property is for them. The old adage is that “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” so it seems as though that first impression weighs very heavily in the decision making process. The impression given at a first glance from outside has been described as curb appeal so anything to enhance that initial reaction must be beneficial. The old advice to ensure that the hedge was cut, the front garden was tidy, the door furniture was polished and gleaming and the windows were clean is not far from the mark. Very few people try to sell a car when it is dirty and looking neglected and the same care and attention to detail is just as important when trying to sell a house. There is always some debate on the endless TV programmes which advise on how to sell a house about how to present the interior. Some suggest that everything should be tidied away and the property left looking very minimalistic. I do not agree with that approach as I think a house should be clean and tidy but not left looking bare and unlived in. My father remembers selling a house many years ago which had been owned by an elderly gentleman who was an inveterate hoarder. In the lounge there was as small clear space in the middle of the room where he had his chair and the whole of the rest of the room was taken up by 08

pile after pile of old newspapers, magazines and various assorted rubbish almost up to waist level. That was an object lesson in how not to present a house for sale. As it happened everything about that house was so bad that presentation hardly mattered and it was eventually bought by a well known local builder for his own occupation and over many years he has altered and improved it so that it is now a much better house than when it was first built. So we want it to be clean and tidy, sweet smelling - and you would be surprised how often the latter is not the case. The worst offenders are pet owners who seem to be quite oblivious of the fact that not all pets are sweet smelling and that they pass on their own odours to the house. Perhaps the owners become so used to the smell that they no longer notice but I can assure you that viewers do. We can all tell of unpleasant experiences like this when one’s first reaction is to get out as soon as possible. If you have a pet and are thinking of selling ask a friend to give an honest opinion of the house’s smellability (to coin a phrase), and try to ensure that if they are honest they remain a friend ! To decorate or not to decorate? I was asked this very morning whether it was worth redecorating a couple of rooms before marketing the bungalow. As it happens it had been very well maintained and the rooms in question were the equivalent of the best decorated rooms in many houses I have

seen. They really did not need doing and the danger in touching up rooms is that it is usually quite obvious what has been done and it makes viewers wonder what had been the problem and if something has been covered up. That does not mean that an immaculately decorated house is not easier to sell than one which has been neglected so looking after the house will always pay off. My report on the market for this month is that the number of instructions has been way above the norm. It is as though many people intending to sell have been waiting for Easter and have now decided to come onto the market. A good supply of new instructions can often start things moving as prospective buyers have more choice and are more likely to find what they want. At the present moment the flow of instructions is greater than that of sales but I hope in my next report to have better news. The flow of new instructions continues at a strong level but unfortunately is not matched by a similar number of sales. Sales in April were 80% of target and there are still good buyers around. The problem is that many of them think the state of the market is worse than it really is and consequently make unrealistically low offers which are not acceptable. The property market has always depended on confidence and that is rather low at the present time with doubts about the financial situation and the euro zone. The market will not change significantly until we return to some political and financial stability.

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Diamonds Are Forever:

Our Queen Celebrates Her Diamond Jubilee A lot has happened in the last 60 years: Man walked on the moon, England won the World Cup and computers took over the world, but one thing has remained reassuringly unchanged: our head of state. Resolutely regal throughout her reign of six decades Queen Elizabeth II has seen it all from her exalted position on the throne and now, as preparations get underway for her diamond jubilee celebration in June, we look back at her remarkable innings. Already the country’s second longest serving monarch, the queen ascended the throne on 6th February 1952; her coronation taking place on 2nd June 1953. Born Princess Elizabeth of York on 21st April 1926, she was the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, who were later crowned King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. At the time of her birth, Princess Elizabeth stood third in line to the throne after Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), and her father, the Duke of York.

It was not expected that her father would become king, or that she would become queen. But the history of monarchy is a strange and fickle business, so a couple of deaths and an abdication later and Princess Elizabeth got her chance in the hot seat and she’s held on to it ever since - much to the chagrin of her son, Prince Charles.

assuming Del Boy’s in town. As well as this there’ll be the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: a boating spectacular consisting of up to 1,000 boats - assembled from across the UK and the Commonwealth - which will flood the River Thames. The queen will lead the flotilla in the royal barge.

Unsurprisingly Queen Victoria tops the list of long-reigning monarchs at 63 years, but the face of today’s pound note looks set to hold on long enough to supplant even her.

On Monday 4th June there’ll be a televised Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace. Then on Tuesday 5th June a thanksgiving service and carriage procession at St Paul’s Cathedral will be staged.

And ‘long live the queen!’ say the well-wishers eager to see the festivities get underway. Jubilee celebrations will centre around an extended spring bank holiday weekend on 2nd to 5th June, the latter being officially designated as an extra public holiday.

Of course, there may be a few republicans among you who are tired of the toadying to Her Maj and even refuse to lick her postagestamp behind, in which case, we say to you: be quiet and be merry on your extra day off work.

Sunday 3rd June will see the Big Jubilee Lunch, where neighbours and friends are encouraged to throw a traditional street party - a long established tradition that started in England in 1919. Cries of ‘lovely jubbly jubilee’ will be heard from many a Londoner,

And to Bank of England Governor, Mervyn King, who bemoans the some say £1.2 billion - detrimental impact to the economic recovery of losing another working day: pish posh, not everything’s about dosh.

The jubilee is here to stay.

Local Jubilee Celebrations will be held at: Wolverhampton Cricket Club, Monday June 4th from 12 mid-day, email: or call 07889 807367. Codsall Village Hall, Sunday June 3rd from 1pm,, email: or call Simon 01902 842168. Old Wulfrunians Sports and Social Club, Castlecroft, Saturday 2nd June, 12 till 5pm, 253A Castlecroft Road, WV3 8NA or call 01902 761410. 10

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It took just five days for three friends to cover the 950 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats on their motorbikes, in support of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. On one of the sunniest March weekends in memory, Simon Cupitt finally saw his dream realised, with his close-knit group of friends, having decided to make the trip after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in September 2011, aged just 42. John Henn; friend, fellow biker and owner of Wolverhampton jewellers, T. A Henn, continues the story: “We discussed last year with Simon about what he would like to achieve while his body could still support him and he was clear that he would like to ride from John O’Groats to Lands End.” “As a very keen semi-pro cyclist he always thought he would do this on a bicycle, but that was not to be, so motorbikes were the nearest thing, and so Simon, our friend Nigel Foxall and I set off on

Riding To Victory: Local Bikers Travel 950 Miles For Charity the bikes with Robert Osborne and Mike McGraw in the support van.” “After a one hour 45 minute flight, we arrived at Inverness under a cloudless sky and after collecting the van, proceeded to the city’s BMW dealership to pick up our bikes.” But the riders couldn’t get going south until they had gone yet further north. “Within an hour our convoy was on the road north to Wick where we would stay overnight, before heading up to John O’Groats. “On the bikes in the morning after a cooked breakfast including Aberdeen Butteries, we travelled the fifteen odd miles in search of the famous John O’Groats signpost, before beginning our journey south.” After narrowly avoiding the Loch Ness Monster, the trio were underway.

“Day one took us by Loch Ness, and a number of other lesser lochs, before passing through Glencoe at sunset. After an overnight stay in Crianlarich, just north of Loch Lomond, night three was in Kendal in the Lake District; four in Hereford.” Then after riding the length of the Wye Valley to Chepstow, and a pit-stop for fish and chips, the party ended up at Instow on the north Devon coast. Before arriving at journey’s end to a welcoming party of friends and family. Simon excelled during the trip, every inch the biker having fun in the sun. “On the bike Simon was just another young man and for a short time he could forget his deteriorating body. He is a very brave man who is making the most of life - living for the moment, as everyone should.”

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Recipe of the month Pan Fried Duck Breast with Potato Fondant with Mange Tout and a Pomegranate and Lemon Jus Serves 2 Ready in 45mins INGREDIENTS • 2 Duck Breasts, scored • 75g butter • 2 medium potatoes • 125ml chicken stock • Salt and Pepper • Olive oil • 1 small Onion • 1 cup pomegranate juice and seeds • 1 lemon • 150g mange-tout, trimmed

METHOD 1. Lightly score the skin of the duck breasts ensuring only the fat is scored- not the flesh, season accordingly. Heat a large frying pan, add a drizzle of oil and turn to a medium heat, place the duck skin-side down in the pan , continue to cook for 15-20 mins, (depending on the size of the duck breast) or until skin is brown and crisp. 14

2. Peel the potatoes and cut into barrel-shapes, in a sauce pan add the butter over a medium heat, when the butter is beginning to foam add the potatoes and shallow fry for 5-6 minutes until golden -brown, try not to move the potatoes when they are cooking. 3. Flip the potatoes and cook for a further 5-6 minutes or until golden-brown on both sides, add the stock (75ml), caution needed as the hot butter will splutter when it comes into contact with the stock, leave fondants to slimmer in the stock and season accordingly. Cover the saucepan with its lid and turn down the heat. When the potatoes are tender they are ready. 4. To make pomegranate and lemon jus- warm some oil in a saucepan on a medium heat. Add diced onion and cook until soft and caramelised (approx. 8-10 minutes). Pour in the stock (50ml), add pomegranate

juice, seeds and lemon zest, Cook until reduced and has syrup like texture. 5. When the duck is golden and crisp on the Skin side turn it over and continue to cook for a further 3-5 mins until brown, turn off the heat. The meat at this stage should be pink in the middle, cook for a further few minutes if you require your duck breasts well done. Leave in the pan to rest. 6. Cook mange tout for 2 mins in boiling water, remove and dry. Stir-fry for 3 minutes in a frying pan with a touch of butter and seasoning. 7. Serving- Remove fondant from saucepan and place on a plate, add cooked mange tout on top, remove duck from pan and slice diagonally, place next to fondant. Finally, drizzle with Pomegranate and lemon jus.

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which the reply is often “Well I suppose it will be good for the garden/crops.” Or “It’s been a disappointing summer so far.” Which results in a similar stoical response such as “True, but at least we don’t have to put up with those forest fires/water shortages/ air conditioning bills they have in foreign countries.” Our stoical comments are an example of being able to put a positive slant on a phenomenon that we have relatively little control over, the British weather. And they also help us to appreciate that there are advantages in living in a climate where we can get flood warnings in areas which simultaneously have hose pipe bans! So the next time you’re moaning about the British summertime focus on the following;

Weather Woes What a year it’s been so far for weather watchers. Another dry winter led to drought warnings in spring and then the deluge of rainfall caused floods in many areas in late April and May, and at the time of writing there are predictions for a hot summer similar to the fabled summer of 1976. But why is our obsession with the weather so strongly ingrained in the British psyche, and how does it affect our mood?

•A  t least it gives us a topic of conversation upon which we can all agree. •O  n the occasions when the weather is more severe it often brings out the best of our natural stoicism. •W  e rarely get the extremes of weather that lead to hurricanes, forest fires, sub tropical flooding or famine that other countries suffer from.

Many studies have noted that we feel more negative about our lives in general when the weather is awful and, perhaps unsurprisingly, our mood appears to improve when the sun is shining…providing it’s not too hot! Psychological well-being seems to be better in Mediterranean countries compared to northern European countries and some of this is due to the more temperate southern climates, particularly in the winter months when it’s not just the birds who fly south for the warmer weather. So how do we try to make sure that the vagaries of the British weather don’t get us down? Well, there are a number of psychological advantages from living in a country with such unpredictable atmospheric conditions. The weather in the UK provides us with a constant source of conversation, particularly with strangers and this helps us enormously with social contact. Many social psychologists and anthropologists have noted that the British, and in particular the English are not as outgoing as many other nations. We are known for our reserved manner, which has been described as ‘social disease’. Being able to talk about a subject like the weather helps us get over our disease, and it’s also an outlet for our love of a good whinge! The weather can help us get a bit of negativity off our chests, yet at the same time we can indulge another of our national characteristics, being stoical – the famous ‘stiff upper lip’. “More rain again today.” To

Dr Rick Norris is a Visiting Consultant Psychologist at The Manor Hospital in Walsall where he specialises in helping people with a wide range of psychological issues. Rick is also the author of Think Yourself Happy, published by Oneworld as well as presenting his monthly phone-in on BBC Midlands Radio where he is the resident ‘Agony Uncle’. He can be contacted via his website or on 07932-002795. 16

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Date Change For 37th Wolverhampton Beer Festival This year’s annual beer festival organised by the Wolverhampton branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, will be held two weeks later than its normal dates because of clashing with the Jubilee Bank Holiday and Celebrations. The festival in the Wulfrun Hall will be now held on Thursday, 14th June, 5.00pm to 11.00pm and Friday 15th and Saturday 16th June, noon to 11.00pm. Over seventy real ales will be available as well as ciders, perries and bottled beers. It is intended that a gluten free beer will be available named Against the Grain, brewed by Wold Top Brewery near Driffield, East Yorkshire, which is suitable for coeliac sufferers.

Judging of the West Midlands Beer of the Year will be held on Thursday evening. As this is designated a ‘quiet evening’ with no entertainment, it is a good time to come, meet and talk with local brewers and publicans. Live Soul Music on Friday evening is provided by Rhythm and Suze but football fans need not miss out as the European Cup game between England and Sweden will be shown on the large screen during the evening. To celebrate 40 years of CAMRA, after 9:00pm on Saturday the price of all real ales remaining will be reduced!

Rail until 1963. To fit in with the theme, local brewer, Gary Morton of Morton Brewery, Essington, and members of the organising committee, have brewed a special festival beer, Going Loco, at 3.7% abv and described as an ‘easy drinking, summer pale ale’. Throughout the three days, a tombola will be run to raise funds for the festival charity, Wolverhampton Sea Cadets.

The festival logo depicts the last working locomotive built at the Wolverhampton Stafford Road Railway Works. Although the final one of the ‘Small Prairie’ class was built in 1909, number 4507 remained in service with British

Tettenhall Round Table Planning Another Great Fete This Year Once again, Tettenhall Round Table are organising the Tettenhall Summer Fete, which will be on Sunday 1st July from midday until 5 pm. Organisers are hoping for fine weather, so plan to bring your sun cream and shades! This is the big event in the Tettenhall calendar and every year Tettenhall Round Table, along with about 15 community groups, raise over £10,000.00 for local charities and good causes. There will be plenty of entertainment for all ages including traditional fete stalls, bouncy castles, coconut shy, tombola and loads of fun and games. Refreshments will be available 18

from the almost legendary Round Table Tea Tent and Barbecue and there will be plenty of ice-cream on hand if it gets too hot! The whole event is broadcast by the 107.7 Signal radio from their road show stage, but if you prefer something a bit more classical, the West Midlands Concert Band are playing at the other end of the field. Come along, bring the family and have a great day out in Tettenhall!

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As Contracts Manager Robbie Hubball explains:

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The Hordern Road-based showroom is a one stop shop for everything from carpets, furniture, fabrics, interior design, suites and bespoke upholstery to flooring and all types of cleaning. There really is something in store for every room.

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With over 30 years, and more than three generations of experience, the family run business is a staple of the local area. Always happy to help and advise any visitor to the store, the team offer excellent customer service and a great range of topquality goods at affordable prices.

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When used on our suites, it makes them ‘top end’, but at a price that actually matches chain retailers lower to middle end ranges.” Because Blyth Group are an independent retailer, they are not tied to the usual restrictions associated with large chains,

The showroom is already a popular site for design-savvy and well-informed shoppers in the area and excels in particular with artistic interior design pieces and home furnishing displays of great style and flair. “Customers have expressed their surprise at the affordable prices of beautiful pieces of individual furniture in our showroom. Being an independent retailer means we have are able to suit all pockets.” There’s also the best in all types of flooring at Blyth - carpets, vinyls, solid character wood, laminates and Karndean - from most of the leading brand names. And what’s more, a free full fitting and design service is also offered in the comfort of your own home. Whatever you’ve got planned for your home, paying a visit to Blyth Group is a must.

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City Centre Loyalty Card Privileges Shoppers Shoppers and diners in the west of the city now have the opportunity to make savings on a wide range of purchases in Wolverhampton city centre. The city centre company WV One has joined forces with local charity The Haven to launch the Wolverhampton Privilege Card to put the heart back into Wolverhampton by encouraging savvy shoppers to bag a bargain. The Wolverhampton Privilege Card helps shoppers save 10% on purchases in over 100 stores and businesses in the city centre, as well as gain exclusive access to a range of bespoke promotions and loyalty offers. All shoppers need to do is show their card in participating stores to claim their discount.

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Building A Conservatory To many householders, a conservatory is a useful addition to their home. It can be useful to almost any property but especially to those where just a little more space is required but the need to move is definitely not.

Then there is the roof. The glass there will need cleaning from time to time and unless one is prepared to have scaffolding erected each time the window cleaner visits, selfcleaning glass should be the glass of choice. Naturally these specialist glasses are rather more expensive than normal window glass but they are essential to making the structure usable all-round the year.

for a number of reasons, so an individual heat source may have to be considered. However the heat is supplied, it will be necessary because even with special glass, it will get very chilly in there in winter.

So having made the decision to have the extension, the enthusiastic home owner goes off to make the purchase. This is unfortunately something of a mistake. Building a conservatory that is usable allround the year requires planning and thought. Without these there is a danger the structure will be unbearably hot in summer and unbearably cold in winter with no really happy medium.

Size is very important. Conservatories can range in size from little more than a large porch to something covering half the garden. The size will dictate whether or not you will need planning permission. To be sure about this, once the size has been chosen, a visit to the local council’s planning department will soon put you right.

All this adds up to a pretty penny which brings us to the final consideration, cost.

First decide where the structure is to go. It is possible the design of the house dictates only one position which could be facing any direction of the compass. This is important because the glass that is used for the structure must be chosen carefully. For example, on the north facing wall the glass should be the sort that contains heat. On a south facing wall it should reflect heat. It is worth bearing in mind too that all the glass, of whatever type, will have to be toughened for safety’s sake and for security.

Finally there is the matter of privacy. If it is destined to be a family room and it is in a position that is overlooked by neighbouring properties, blinds will be required.

The size will of course depend on the use the conservatory will be put to. If it is to be an extra reception room then it will have to be large enough to accommodate a sensible number of easy chairs and other suitable furniture. If it is to be a dining room then a table, etc. should fit in comfortably. If it is to be a playroom for the children then its size will depend on their age and number.

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Celebrate Father’s Day at Molineux Stadium!

Home of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club Sir Jack’s Restaurant is situated in the heart of Molineux Stadium, occupying a central pitch-facing position in the Billy Wright Stand, it has an enviable reputation for fine dining and excellent service. Sir Jack’s is the ideal place to celebrate any event, whether a small family gathering, a romantic meal for two or a lavish feast for 50. Diners can enjoy an unforgettable evening with a selection of delectable dishes. Starters include Char Grilled Queen Scallop and Stilton Souffle, followed by main courses of Sea Bass or Classical Lamb Shank as well as Calves Liver to give a new twist to an old favourite. Delicious desserts or a cheeseboard mean there’s

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something for everyone before relaxing with coffee and Mint Crisps. As well as offering a mouth watering array of dishes, on both a la carte and table d’hote menus, the restaurant is building quite a following for its excellent seven course gourmet evenings held every month. These events enable diners to feast on flavours from around the world, selected courses served with wines.

Sir Jack’s is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 7pm, and Sunday lunchtimes from 12 noon till 2.30pm. The Restaurant can also be opened for private parties, please call to enquire. You can also celebrate Father’s Day at Molineux Stadium in Sir Jack’s Restaurant. On Sunday 17th June you and your family can indulge in a delicious 3 course meal, a tour and free gift for your father on the day. Priced at only £23.90 per adult and £11.95 per child, this is a special day not to be missed. Or you can join our Carvery in the Hayward Suite with a tour and free gift for your father on the day. Priced at only £21.95 per adult and £11.00 per child

Whether looking for somewhere to entertain clients, celebrate a family affair or simply enjoy a romantic meal, Sir Jack’s caters for every occasion and provides an unequalled standard of service. With the finest ingredients freshly prepared and served with pride, there is a setting and menu to meet every need, whether business or pleasure, intimate or extravagant.

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You could experience a mouth watering meal from a restaurant with an enviable reputation for fine dining and excellent service with award winning chefs. To be in with a chance of winning simply answer the following question: Which stand is Sir Jack’s restaurant situated in? Send your correct answer with the heading “Sir Jack’s Competition” to or by post to Wolverhampton West Magazine, 1 Lytham Road, Perton, Wolverhampton, WV6 7YY. Please include your name, address and telephone number.

All entries to be received by 30th June 2012. For more information on what Molineux Stadium has to offer please visit Terms and Conditions: Winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries received. Competition prize is valid until 29th July 2012. No cash or alternative prize will be given and booking date will be subject to availability. Table D’hote Menu only, not valid on Special Occasions. All entry details will be forwarded to Sir Jack’s Restaurant unless requested otherwise.

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Carver Wolverhampton City Marathon Events 2012

The organisers are busy working behind the scenes putting in place the plans to ensure that on Sunday 2nd September in West Park all the hard work will come together to make a day to equal last year. Enquiries are coming in from different sources with all sorts of ideas as to how they will best be able to raise money for the charities. The Marathon Events attract many competitors and supporters who all help with the fundraising cause. Many people choose to help their own good causes which of course the organisers welcome. This year the chosen charities are Wolves Community Trust, St John’s Ambulance and Penn Hall School. Also set to share the proceeds are ‘The Mayoral Charity Fund’. The charities were chosen by the planning committee in January and will have their own ideas of how to promote their causes and raise money. In the last 15 years the marathon has helped many local charities. The history of where the money raised was allocated can be seen on the new marathon website Planning is made possible by the dedicated team who meet each month to ensure that they provide a safe and well managed event for everyone to enjoy. This, together with the generosity of the sponsors, enables people of all ages and abilities to take part and help the fundraising cause. Major sponsor Carvers Building Supplies, who despite the devastating fire that destroyed their


premises in Littles Lane have renewed their support for the events. It is a remarkable demonstration of their commitment that the directors with all the rebuilding and replanning of their business that they must be having to prioritise, have not abandoned their commitment to this, the largest sporting event in the city calendar. Further sponsors are Tarmac, Greggs, Signal 107, Marstons, BBC WM, Express & Star, Wolverhampton West Magazine, Nuffield Health, Wolverhampton Swimming & Fitness Centre, Wolverhampton City Council, Fred Williams Cycles, Ron Flowers Sports, Veloxserve, who have sponsored the website. Also Angel Springs have stepped in and donated bottled water for the competitors after the loss of sponsorship by Highland Spring who supported the marathon for many years. All these companies play an important part in making the event successful. It is a pleasure working with them. Anyone wishing to take part in any of the events can enter via Runners World or by downloading an entry form from our website The committee would also welcome offers of help with water stations, marshalling and organising in West Park on Marathon Sunday. Once again the date to remember is Sunday 2nd September 2012 Anyone wishing to know more about getting involved or any other questions can contact Organising Chair Mary Harding on 07809 645790 or via the Marathon Secretary at Carvers. 01902 577000

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The Rotary Club of Wolverhampton In similar vein we supported the Stroke Awareness Day in Wolverhampton on 26th May. This is an annual event and enables members of the public to find out if they are likely candidates for a stroke and has had some remarkable results in past years with unexpected problems being identified in some of the participants, even to the extent of being life saving in at least one case.

When penning reports such as this one realises just how busy our club is and what a wide variety of activities are available to our members. Rotary is the vehicle which enables us to be involved in charitable work, both at home and abroad. The old saying that charity begins at home is perfectly true but does not mean it ends there. We have written in previous editions about the leading part the international Rotary movement has played in fighting, and very nearly beating, polio throughout the world. Many clubs, both in the UK and worldwide support a proliferation of projects created to help those less fortunate than themselves and these include many close to home. The West Midlands Stroke Survivors Group began in 1999 and now provides rehabilitation and support facilities for over 80 stroke survivors plus their families and carers. They give friendship and support by way of guided exercises, group association, social events and outings, to take the ‘dis’ out of disability and focus on ability, inspiring the thought “if I can do this what else can I achieve”. We have been able to make a donation of just over £600 which will enable the group to purchase new equipment. 32

Two pupils of the Penn Hall Special School, both of whom have cerebral palsy, are off to a special camp in Norway. Twenty year old Stacey and eighteen year old Jaymi are going to Handicamp , which is organised by Rotarians in Norway and has been running since 1976. It is a rural activity camp specially equipped for disabled people and is open to participants between 18 and 28. Campers and their able-bodied buddies come from all over the world and through the generosity of Rotary in Norway it is free of charge. We expect to assist with travel costs and the youngsters will take part in wide ranging activities designed to stretch their abilities to the limit, both physical and mental. The photo shows our President Richard Green and Mike Boyce, a member of our International Committee with Stacey and Jaymi. Mike deserves a special mention as he has just completed a Sponsored Bungee Jump off the bridge over the Zambesi at

Victoria Falls (in all other ways he seems quite sane and normal and runs the Daisy Centre in Compton)

George Sidebotham was well known locally as a Director of the builders Perks and Sidebotham. He joined our club in 1968 and was club President and later District Governor but what most of us did not know was that he had a remarkable war because only in his last years did he talk about it. He was a Lancaster bomber pilot, was shot down and ended up in Stalag-Luft 3 after which he took part in the horrendous Long March as a prisoner. We hold a memorial evening each year and this year presented a mounted model of a Lancaster which is to be an annual commemorative award to the Cosford Apprentice chosen by the Training Officer as showing the most leadership potential. The photo shows the first award being presented to Martin Purcell-Shaw.

The annual Dragon Boat Races will shortly be held on the lake at Himley Hall. This event has raised around £250,000 over the years and will be reported on in the next edition.

This gives a flavour of some of our activities and once again we have demonstrated that Rotary works and is fun. If you would like to know more about our club please contact the Secretary Geoff Lowndes on 01902 758990. wolverhampton west magazine | june/july 2012

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Father’s Day was originally conceived in America by the family of a Spokane father who raised his six young children, single handed, after the death of his wife. They thought that his birthday, the 5th June, was a fitting occasion on which to celebrate not only this gallant man but also all the other fathers in society. The first day of celebration occurred in 1909 and due to the hard work of one of his daughters, the idea was sold to local religious organisations who saw it as a fitting way to celebrate the status of fathers in general and by 1916 the celebrations had spread far beyond the borders of Spokane. That year the day was made completely official and US-wide by decree of the then President Wilson. He attended the ceremonies in Spokane and presented a special flag to be hoisted on Father’s Day every year from then on. And so it remained an important day on the American calendar until 1972 when, after much discussion, Congress decided to re-establish the day and decreed it should henceforth be observed on the third Sunday in June. Today it is an important facet of American family life. Fathers are treated with great care and ceremony. They are taken out, given gifts and generally made much of. However it is a day for all fathers not just the living. Dead fathers are fondly remembered, their graves and memorials attended with loving care and decorated lavishly with flowers. Whole families consider it an obligation to visit the graves 34

of fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers to acknowledge their part in the development of their families. Father’s Day travelled to Britain with the American forces during the last World War and it was a receptive public that welcomed this excuse to celebrate their men, so many of whom were far from home fighting a war on many fronts. Parcels were sent out to these absent fathers, packed full of good things such as chocolate, cigarettes, home-made cakes and little gifts such as socks and handkerchiefs. When the war was over the habit remained and although there was no longer a reason to keep the gifts small, they did remain so and continued thus for many years. Today we live in a more sophisticated society and we are on the whole, wealthier. Our tastes have broadened, our habits changed and few people today would dream of giving such things as socks or handkerchiefs as gifts. Cigarettes too are a big no-no on health grounds and chocolate is no longer the scarce luxury it once was. Father’s Day gifts however, have continued to be small though perhaps more intrinsically valuable. So what do you give the ‘new man’ to thank him for being your Dad? The choice is really huge. Start off by considering a piece of jewellery perhaps. An identity bracelet or a neck chain with pendant would be nice, as would a small pocket note book in a leather case complete with silver pencil. A new wallet might be nice if his old one is falling apart.

If he is a gourmet, some luxury foods might be acceptable, such as smoked eel or salmon, a special pate, a bowl of exotic fruit or a bottle of his favourite tipple. If he has a hobby, something for that would be an idea as it would if he is an enthusiastic motorist or dedicated gardener. How up to date is his mobile phone? And what about the latest iPad, or Kindle - can you really go that far? See what you can do! Whatever you have in mind, there are shops and stores in plenty, brim full of lovely ideas so no-one every need resort to anything as boring as socks - unless they are of pure knitted silk that is! Gift chosen and wrapped, how else can you celebrate this special day? Well you can take him out to lunch at his favourite place and wine and dine him right royally. He might however prefer to have an intimate meal out with mum at his favourite restaurant serving his favourite food which would make a nice change from the traditional Sunday roast. Whatever the venue, make sure you book a table early because Father’s Day is becoming more popular than ever for eating out, and naturally popular places get booked up fast. You could get him theatre tickets, tickets to a sports event, or a cruise down the river. If he’s a real live wire, a day out at a theme park or a day’s racing car driving tuition, a flight in a balloon or a trip in a helicopter could be his thrill of the year. All you need is imagination and flair enough to make this special day your father’s special day. It’s little enough in the face of all you have to thank him for after all!

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New comedy THE FINAL TEST (Tue 17 – Sat 21 July) starring Colin Bakerprincipally known as the sixth Doctor in Doctor Who is joined by Peter Amory who played Emmerdale bad boy Chris Tate. Call the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Box Office for more information on 01902 42 92 12 or online at To be in with a chance of winning simply answer the following question correctly and send it on a postcard with your name, address and telephone number to Wolverhampton West Magazine at the address below to arrive by 15th June 2012. Only postal entries can be considered for the competition and winners will be notified by telephone.

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Brewood Music Festival Goes From Strength To Strength

Tickets now on sale! The South Staffordshire village of Brewood hosts its 5th biannual music festival this year starting on Thursday 12th July. The event has gone from strength to strength since the first festival back in 2004 and this year’s promises to be the biggest and best yet! The community-led, not-for-profit event has attracted some big names in the past and 2012 is no exception with The Manfreds,

featuring 4 original 60’s members, and Bev Bevan & Trevor Burton formerly of The Move headlining the festival. Also on the bill at the main event on Saturday 14th July will be, Radio 1 playlisted, Ellen & The Escapades and local rockers, The Rubikons. Tickets priced £18 are available from www.brewoodmusicfestival. com and from The Mess and The Swan in the village. Further enhancing the community ethos, festival organisers have this year added an additional event called ‘Brewood Introducing’ which takes place on Thursday 12th July. ‘Brewood Introducing’ gives young and upcoming local musicians an opportunity to be part of the festival at an open-mic style event at The Swan hotel in Market Square. Friday 13th July sees something to cater for all music tastes at 7

venues across the village. From folk to comedy rock, there really is something for everyone and all events boast free admission. The festival draws to a close on Sunday 15th July with an openair music extravaganza in Market Square in the centre of the village. A wide variety of acts, including local Britain’s Got Talent star Jean Martyn, will entertain villagers and visitors alike from around 1pm to 7pm approximately. For more detailed information please visit and

Brewood School Children Get Into The Olympic Spirit! Children from all over Brewood will really be getting into the spirit of the Olympic Games this Summer by participating in a number of sporting events to commemorate the “Greatest Show on Earth”. Brewood Middle School will be hosting an entire Olympics week in June to coincide with National School Sports Week (25th – 29th June) and World Sports Day on the 25th June. The week will kick off with a visit from one of the eight thousand Olympic torch bearers, Pendeford’s own James Brown, who will be sharing his experiences of running with the Olympic Torch. Other events planned are a visit from Wolverhampton Rhino’s Basketball Team and the Air 38

Ambulance leading up to the main event on the Friday aka Brewood’s own Mini Olympics. The children will be re-enacting an Opening Ceremony, complete with different Countries Flags, self-composed National Anthems and dancers followed by Olympic style races and challenges. The event will also include a visit from one of our local heroes “Felicity Mitchell”, a Paralympian Wheelchair Basketball player, which has been organised courtesy of Lloyds TSB, who are the Banking Sponsor of the 2012 Games and sponsor of National School Sports Week. Not to be outdone, St Mary’s RC Primary are also hosting their own Olympics on the 4th July with another local hero attending, a young cyclist “Emily Nelson” and have visited the Great Britain Archery Team who are based

at Lilleshall, near Telford to view their Games preparations. St Mary and St Chads First School have been busy making flags of their favourite Olympic countries and held their own torch relay, dressed up as their favourite Olympians. This has been followed up with specific Olympic themed school assemblies and presentations. They have their special sports day planned for the 13th July.

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A Once In A Lifetime Event – Benham Wolverhampton

In celebration of BMW’s partnership with London 2012 and the Olympic Torch Relay coming to Wolverhampton on June 30th, at 3.15pm. Benham are inviting readers and their families to their Olympic Torch Relay event. For just a few hours on 30th June 2012, Benham will have a London 2012 Olympic torch at their

dealership. Will Peel, marketing manager said “we’d like to share this piece of history with customers and guests by giving them the opportunity to have photographs taken holding an Olympic Torch”. Photographs will be taken from 9am until 12pm at both the BMW and MINI dealerships

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Free Radio Walk Of The Black Country Is Back For 2012!

Free Radio has announced the return of the Walk of the Black Country, a fantastic 10 mile walk from Himley Park to Wolverhampton Racecourse with this year’s event set to raise thousands of pounds for Promise Dreams. Following, literally, in the footsteps of last year’s hugely successful event this year’s Walk of the Black Country will take place on Sunday, 10th June 2012. 40

Free Radio has once again teamed up with the University of Wolverhampton and proceeds will go to Promise Dreams - a Wolverhampton based charity dedicated to realising the dreams of seriously and terminally ill children, with a percentage of funds going to the Dudley and Wolverhampton Mayoral charities. Last year 3,500 people took part in the Walk and raised £103,000 for local charities and this year are hoping to build on this fantastic achievement. In fact registrations have already exceeded 3,500 walkers. Free Radio Managing Director Matt Ramsbottom said “Last year’s Walk of the Black Country was an incredible day, this year we hope many more people will join us and with another big effort, we’ll do even better and raise thousands more for Promise Dreams.”

The event will be kicked off by Free Radio breakfast show presenters Fresh & Emma, expect a fun warm up and entertainment including Promise Dreams patrons Beverley Knight and Steve Bull on stage. Beverley Bird Charity Manager at Promise Dreams added “We’re so pleased to be part of this event once again and although 10 miles is a challenge, it’s certainly achievable having seen the success of last year. I’m sure that the Free Radio team will keep everyone going and we look forward to seeing everyone on the day - let’s hope for sunshine!” For more information and details on registration etc go to walkoftheblackcountry Entry is free.

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Bridgnorth: Bridging The Gap Between Past And Present What popular Shropshire market town connects Adolf Hitler, our most famous 17th century monarch and the original Stairway to Heaven? Rob Taylor explains. It’s the year of the Queen’s diamond jubilee: bunting will line the streets, wellwishers will encamp outside Buckingham Palace and a ubiquitous Union Jack will be flying higher than Biggles. Our kingdom may love its monarch, but she’s far less reluctant to play favourites with her realm. One king who was eager to proclaim his favourite corner of this sceptred isle was King Charles I - and he was head over heels in love with Bridgnorth, declaring it


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grubby, smog-coated faces in search of Edenic panoramas, which seemed scarcely imaginable when toiling at the forge. Started in 1101 by Robert Belleme, in place of the late Saxon castle at Quatford, Bridgnorth castle - now in ruins - was extremely well fortified by nature, with the River Severn at its foot and a deep valley to the south. After passing into Royal hands, in 1166 Henry II built the partly surviving keep-like tower, as well as an entrance archway to the north, which was destroyed in 1821. It stood on the site of the now defunct Post Office building. The tower was blown-up by Parliamentarian forces fearful of a Royalist resurgence in 1646 and today it leans by a quite staggering 15 degrees - far more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

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The River Severn divides the town into High Town and Low Town, the two being linked by several sets of ancient donkey steps and the oldest and steepest inland funicular railway. Opened in 1892, the Cliff Railway cycles at least 150 times a day. John Betjeman mused that riding the stairway made him feel as if ‘being lifted up to heaven.’ Perhaps such a sentiment prompted local lad Robert Plant to pen the Led Zeppelin classic, Stairway to Heaven? Fanciful no doubt, but there’s been many a scribe to wax lyrical about Bridgnorth, with its head up in heaven and its toes in the Severn. Of course if you choose the back-breaking alternative you can descend from High Town via the steps, if you do, be sure to spot Bishop Percy’s House of 1580, former home of the man who gave us the ballads of Percy’s Reliques. Also be on the lookout for the cliff caves, carved into the sandstone ridge and inhabited until the 1850s. It was in just such dark and dank confines where, in the 17th century, Francis Moore was born. His astute

astrological observations - his book Old Moore’s Almanack sold nearly 107,000 in 1768 - had yet more people in Bridgnorth looking to the heavens. Visitors who are in the market for a more substantial journey can take the iron footbridge to the Severn Valley Railway Station. It may no longer serve as a main arterial transport route for Bridgnorth’s 12,212 residents, but the 16 mile journey along the Severn Valley to Kidderminster is the perfect way to let off steam. History is everywhere in Bridgnorth, from celebrated Scottish engineer and architect Thomas Telford’s church of St Mary Magdalene, built in 1796, to the timberframed Town Hall, set on high brick piers, in the High Street. High Street itself has undergone a lot of changes over the centuries. As is the case with the 11th century Northgate - originally made of wood but rebuilt in its current form in 1740. In the 17th century it was used as a prison and between 1719 and 1910 the room above Northgate, Burgess’ Hall, was used as a school with the pavement below on High

Street, its playground. It is today a museum. Inside one of the pedestrian arches of the gate there are six round rings: it is said that during the Second World War townsfolk strung barbed wired through them with notices reading ‘Germans Keep Out.’ Very apt considering it was recently revealed in 2005, in documents from the 1940s, that Adolf Hitler’s planned invasion of Britain was to feature Bridgnorth as Nazi headquarters. Experts believe that Hitler picked the town because it lies inland away from the urbanised West Midlands, is geographically in the middle of England and had an air base nearby. Evidently the people of Bridgnorth are more prescient than most. So any republican complaining of curtsies or grovelling on bended knee before the queen this summer will do well to remember that Her Maj is a lot better than Herr Hitler.

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Time To Check For Hidden Cash In The Attic! There really is cash in the attic - so get searching and see what treasures you can find to possibly sell at auction. Perry and Phillips the Bridgnorth Auctioneers hold valuation days every Wednesday and they will advise you of the price items will sell at auction and there is no charge, so you have nothing to lose. To the right we have listed a few items that would sell, just to give you a feel for the sought of things that could do well, so have a trawl through the boxes stored away and you may find some real gems. Firstly, with china and porcelain look for the better names-Beswick, Royal Doulton, Shelley, Moorcroft, Clarice Cliff, there are many more

and items can by checked through on a Wednesday. Wartime memorabilia is still very collectable and will obviously increase in value as time goes by, anything from sweetheart badges, medals, bayonets, swords, army uniforms and helmets, trench art - all of these sell well. And if you find any gold items, please be certain to sell them to someone who will pay the proper going rate, there’s a 21st century gold rush on currently and people are selling their gold items too cheaply! Old pocket watches, wrist watches, fountain pens, some of these are also valuable and if you find something unusual or even if you do not know what it is - bring it along on a Wednesday, the worst that can happen is that you could be told it has no value.

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The Village Deli - For The Love Of Fine Food If you thought top quality fine foods were hard to come by, then you’ll be excited to discover The Village Deli. Stocking a fantastic range of world, regional and local foods, along with fresh fruits, vegetables, exclusive bake house breads, rare wines and ales, Codsall’s latest addition has something to delight every foodie. Keen to bring something unique and special to the area, owners Simon and Francesca Jones have succeeded in creating a thoroughly chic and contemporary fine food delicatessen that reflects the demand for quality, excellent ingredients and regional specialities, but that also maintains the old fashioned values of first-rate service and value for money. Simon explains: “We wanted to bring a great selection of regional, local and world foods to our customers so we have carefully selected items from the 50

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Local Butcher Wins Award A sausage produced by a local butcher to celebrate the twenty fifth anniversary of Q Guild (which promotes traditional crafts and award winning meat products) has been crowned the overall best meat product in the National Meat Products competition. Q Guild butcher Allan Bennett, based in Codsall, entered the celebratory Bucks Fizz sausage in the competition, which is run by the National Federation of Meat and Food trades. Allan said: “The sausage had been so well received when it was on sale in the shop that I thought it might do quite well. The fact that it won the competition really shows what a great product this bubbly banger is.”

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The Summer Season At David Austin Roses The flower show season is an exciting time for gardeners, as it is when many plant breeders choose to unveil their latest creations.

be delivered as bare root roses from November 2012 onwards. If you didn’t make it to the Chelsea Flower Show and would love to see the English Roses in their full glory, make sure you pay a visit to the David Austin Roses nursery, which is home to their world famous rose gardens. Featuring over 700 different varieties of roses, including the National Collection of English Roses, they cover more than two acres. The English Roses flower in flushes throughout the summer months, up until the first frosts, but perhaps the best time to visit is mid-June to early July when you will be treated to a veritable feast of colour and fragrance.

At the Chelsea Flower Show in May, which signalled the start of this year’s summer season, David Austin launched five outstanding new English Roses: ‘Tranquillity’, ‘The Lark Ascending’, ‘Heathcliff’, ‘Boscobel’ and the beautifully scented, warm pink ‘Royal Jubilee’, named in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Varying in form, fragrance and colour, there is a variety to There have been some exciting suit every style and taste. All five new additions to the David new varieties can be ordered now Austin Roses Plant Centre this wolverhampton West Mag Ad May 2012:Layout 1 16/5/12 from David Austin Roses and will summer, including the opening

of their new coffee house, The Gallery, where you can enjoy a selection of light meals, snacks and beverages at your leisure in stylish surroundings. Alongside The Gallery, they have also opened a small gift shop, which is home to a new and exclusive collection of David Austin Roses luxury gifts and gardening requisites. To order roses or to request a catalogue, visit: call 01902 376300 or write to: David Austin Roses, Bowling Green Lane, Wolverhampton WV7 3HB To book a table in the tea rooms or for further information, call 01902 376 334 or e-mail: plantcentre@ 14:14 Page 1





We stock one of the largest collections of container roses in the country with a constantly expanding selection of choice perennials, clematis, shrubs and trees. Help is on hand from our friendly, expert staff. We maintain the national collection of English Roses in our extensive rose gardens, adjacent to our popular tea rooms and gift shop, which are open all year round, free of charge. Open 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week. HOW TO FIND US Our Plant Centre and Rose Gardens are situated on the Shropshire border at Albrighton. Brown tourist signs will provide directions from junction 3 of the M54, from Wolverhampton on A41 or from Shifnal on the A464.


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SO WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL? Staff at Essington Fruit Farm are entering the summer season with a string of national and local awards under their belts. Having won the coveted Farmers’ Weekly Local Food Farmer of The Year and 4 first places in the Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards, they were national winners of the Farmers’ Retail and Markets Association, “Own and Local Farm Retailer of the Year”. In addition the farm was recently awarded the Staffordshire Environmental Quality Mark (one of only 15 businesses in the county to hold the award) in recognition of the farm’s contribution to

The farm grows 35 different crops for sale through the farm shop and PYO: everything from a dozen different strawberry varieties to plums and peas in the summer to sprouts and leeks in the winter.

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WHERE IS IT? The farm is easy to find near the M54 J1 between Wolverhampton and Cannock and offers excellent quality at good-value prices.

The farm rears its own outdoor, free-range pigs and pedigree Hereford beef to produce its own prize-winning bacon, sausage and gammon and possibly the tastiest pork and beef you can buy. The farm shop and deli boasts a splendid array of items all homemade in the farm kitchen from meat pies to sponge cakes, from scotch eggs to scones, from ready meals to jams and marmalade.The Visit the website where you can enter your e-mail address to receive regular updates of special offers and events.

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Based in the heart of the West Midlands on a four acre site, OCL Kingswinford is an independent builder’s merchant and garden supplies centre. This however is just one division of this versatile company. Stocking all types of products for the garden including paving, fencing, decorative aggregates plus much more, our friendly staff will happily guide you through all of the options available for your landscaping project, no matter how big or small. If you require bulkier materials for the larger jobs, quantity discounts are available and an efficient delivery service is standing by to get the items back to your premises 6 days per week. OCL Kingswinford also offer a garden machinery division that specialise in the sales, service and repair to all different kinds of garden machinery. Our showroom is home to a large stock of all types of garden machinery including lawnmowers, chainsaws, hedge trimmers, strimmers and even rideon tractors. So whether it’s just a small hand held piece of equipment you require, or a tractor to cut the paddock, we probably have the perfect machine for you. OCL Kingswinford are also exclusive Honda and Countax agents for the area, allowing unbeatable prices and service on some of the best models available on the market.

OCL recently opened another branch situated on the Pensnett Trading Estate, supplying consumables for the engineering and construction industry. For more information about our products please visit If it’s not a new machine you need, but a bit of TLC on an existing machine, why not bring it down to our on-site workshop, where our trained mechanics will nurture your machine back to full health in the quickest lead times around, whilst maintaining competitive prices. We will always quote before any work is undertaken, giving you piece of mind that you are in control of your repair expenditure. In the unlikely circumstance of the repair being uneconomical, we will always advise the current market equivalent model and offer the best prices available. We understand that in some cases, bringing your larger garden machinery down to us is just too

much hassle. If this is the case, please call us to arrange a free collection and delivery of your lawnmower or ride-on tractor. OCL Kingswinford are also exclusive Honda and Countax agents for the area, allowing unbeatable prices and service on some of the best models available on the market. From the smallest of hand held machinery to the largest of ride-on lawnmowers, our trained lawnmower mechanics will nurture your machine back to full health in the quickest lead times around, whilst still at a competitive price.

Another great benefit of using OCL Kingswinford to purchase your next piece of garden machinery is the ability to part exchange your old machinery in for new. We offer fair part exchange prices to help reduce the cost of buying new equipment. So why not bring down your old machinery and see what we can offer. 56

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Hinksford Lane, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 0BH

LANDSCAPE & BUILDING SUPPLIES • Fencing, Paving Slabs, Block Paving, Turf, Decking, Decorative Aggregates, Building Supplies, Bricks & Blocks, Timber Supplies, Astro-Turf, Sheds & Gas • Display Area • Delivery service available CONTRACTS & FITTING DIVISION • Specialising in the installation of all the products we supply • Professional & friendly service • Free no obligatory quotes & consultancy • Design service available • Guarantees given on all types of work

Tel 01384 401789 (5 lines) Fax 01384 401793 GARDEN MACHINERY DIVISION • Sales, service & repair of all types of garden machinery • Ride-on Tractors, push mowers hand-held machinery and much more • Spare parts available • Chainsaw sharpening • Free collection and delivery • Large mower showroom

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Colourful Collection By Helen Jane Taylor

It’s time get rid of your favourite plain-coloured tops, jeans and chinos and replace them with the latest, updated high street versions. Shades of grey, beige and black have been replaced with bold reds, pinks, yellows and blues. Bright hues, prints and patterns are big news this season, so don’t be afraid to fill your wardrobe full of colour. Paul from Pockets explains the trend: “As we know by now, colour is big. Its rise to menswear prominence last year was rapid and after countless decades of reserved and basic colours considered the norm, males the world over have fully embraced the entire clothing rainbow. Even if you aren’t all that eager to take part or weren’t entirely bothered by the odd colourful sock, you can hardly avoid it.”

Model: all available in store from Pockets or online at

Stripe T-shirt. £30. French Connection Unisex Bracelet. From £79. Soldier to Soldier Bracelet (available in grey, black, blue, brown, beige and camouflage) T.A. Henn

Chino Shorts. £75. Scotch & Soda at House of Fraser

Trainers. £25. Debenhams Bank T-shirt. £18. Nanny State at Bank


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From The Best

With a playing career spanning over 25 years on the European Tour, Ryder Cup honours and more than 650 tournaments world wide including all of the major championships, you would think that Peter Baker, Head Professional at South Staffs Golf Club, would know a thing or two about golf. Now you can benefit from those many years of experience to improve your golf game.

The Peter Baker Golf Academy at South Staffs Golf Club is the ideal environment to get your game in tune and enjoy your golf more. Together with the respected PGA Professional, Shaun Ball, Peter and the team at the Academy have a whole range of tuition options for the complete beginner, the average club golfer and serious players who are dedicated to improving their game and lowering their handicap. Peter says; “We assess your current game and work with you to develop your potential and take it to the course, and if you’re a complete beginner we put you on the right path to play and enjoy the game. Irrespective of your standard, we

tailor a course of improvement specifically for you and help and support you every step of the way. We have a 10 acre Driving Range and Short Game Practice Area. The Driving Range has both grass and all weather tees and an automated ball dispenser. The Pro Shop houses the Indoor Performance Clinic which includes the V1 Pro Swing Analysis System and VectorPro Launch Monitor to analyse your shot. We can also custom fit your clubs and provide you with the latest golf wear to complete the service”.

Whatever your standard, lessons can be arranged for half hour, forty five minute or one hour sessions with either Peter Baker or Shaun Ball by calling 01902 751065 Option 2 to arrange your lesson or visit


Let’s get back


The Golf Academy are pleased to have taken over The Wolverhampton West’s monthly golf tip to help you improve your game! Lets start from the beginning... here at The Golf Academy we believe that if you want to produce better golf shots you must pay attention to the basics of set-up and so our next few tips will focus on aim, grip and stance. What’s one of the biggest reasons that golfers hit the ball to the right of their target? Because that’s exactly where they are aiming! The most common mistake golfers make is to aim their body at the target, forgetting entirely about the club face...if our body points at the target, our clubface will point right of the target and this is where the ball is likely to go!

Top tip: Checking your alignment is quick and simple, but could save you lots of shots. Use 2 irons positioned on the ground as alignment aids during practice as demonstrated in the picture opposite to check and correct your aim. When you’re looking to see if the clubs are pointing in the right direction always check down the line i.e. From behind the ball looking towards the target. Look out next time for tips to improve your grip! In the meantime why not come and get a personalised golf lesson from one of our PGA Professionals from as little as £10 to start your journey to becoming a better golfer? Call 07565 968314 or email info@thegolfacademy. to book your lesson or for more information.

The Range, Wood Farm, Broad Lane, Essington, Nr Wolverhampton, WV11 2RJ. Tel: 07565 968314 Email: Web: *Terms and conditions apply - One lesson per person. Limited availability. Lessons must be booked in advance.


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Golf: A Sport for all Ages many of which can offer refreshment and bar facilities and the opportunity to meet fellow `golfers`. Most clubs and courses open to the public can provide the advice and coaching of a professional to help players improve, or even start, golf. The important thing about golf of course, as with any other sport, is to have the right clothes and equipment. Most sports equipment stores, driving ranges and clubs can supply an excellent range of shoes, clubs and other accessories at prices to suit everyone. Anyone new to the game can with confidence, rely on the advice they are given in such places, since it isn`t in any retail outlet`s interest to spoil their reputation by always just pushing the most expensive items.

Golf is a sport that makes great demands upon its players, subtly and irresistibly. It also however, gives a great deal in return and those who fall victim to its wiles seldom, if ever regret it. If you are looking for an activity that offers healthy exercise, a variety of social contacts, the chance to improve your coordination, fresh air and the chance to get away from town traffic, you could do no worse than consider golf. Players spend most of their time walking, and walking is one of the most useful physical activities there is. It gently but steadily stimulates the heart, lungs and circulation, as well as keeping limbs supple and muscles in tone. Add of course, all that fresh air, and who can deny it must be the sport for us all. The social side is important and although you can play golf on your own, it is essentially a competitive sport and as such, good fun in good company. If you belong to a club there will undoubtedly be club house facilities to enjoy and these can range from the simple provision of changing rooms and

showers, to a fully organized set-up including catering, bar and sometimes holiday accommodation. And as a member of one club, your club may have reciprocal agreements with clubs in other areas, so there is the potential for travelling around and enjoying new facilities, new vistas and lots of new social contacts.

So if you are looking for an absorbing, enjoyable, sociable and healthy pastime, whatever your age, look no further than golf. It is probably the best sporting hobby of all.

For those who cannot perhaps afford, or cannot be `nominated` for a traditional golf club, there are in most areas of the country, golf courses open to the public, on payment of a oneoff fee for a round. And for those who want to practise without going a full eighteen holes, there are nine hole courses and a variety of driving ranges,


Patshull Park: Lead The Way Patshull Park Hotel has long been associated with being an ideal venue to host a successful Society or Corporate Golf Days. However, a golf day booking isn’t as straightforward as it would appear for either golf day organiser or the host golf course. Hotel General Manager Stephen Kimbell picks up the hotel’s mantel of ensuring all bases are covered “Golf days have many purposes – primarily for relaxation, networking, client or employee reward and social competitiveness. It therefore follows that when booking an event; you should always visit a selection of venues and identify a short-list that meets your expectations” The hotel have recently entered into a program of product and event responsibility, ensuring their customers and prospective customers make good decisions when booking or re-visiting event locations and in turn, venues deliver the product and service they promise. Country Club Manager Dave Wells continues “We obviously have a responsibility to our golfers to ensure we provide everything you would expect from a reputable golf venue, but the responsibility does work both ways and areas such as speed of play are down to both ourselves to marshall, but also golfers to ensure they play ready golf. Working together is the key to a successful golf day.” The hotel have recently issued the following golf day organiser check-points:• Location: is it convenient and easily accessible for the attendees • Reputation: does the facility come with a recommendation. 64

• Range of facilities: does your group want variety, or is golf the core reason for the visit, do they want a gym, beauticians, fishing, cycling etc. • Quality of golf course: visit and play the course – does it suit you and the golfers in your group (some courses can be intimidating), ask if there are any major maintenance projects scheduled before or during the period of your visit. • Talk to members: or players/guests in the bar area, get their opinions of service and the facilities. • Monitor response times and quality of initial proposal/ letter: Ensure the letter contains an agreed price per person including VAT, there will probably be minimum number requirement, and ensure that timings, menus, account requirements are all confirmed. • Stay in regular contact with the hotel/golf sales team: always read the terms and conditions, advise the facility of numbers and any changes, special requirements etc. This helps build a rapport and allows you to monitor the flexibility of the staff. • Research travel websites: like Trip Advisor and look at the comments about venues.

full tour Hospitality is mainly about relationships and how individual’s needs are met. • Follow up: were the hotel/facility interested in your comments and feedback after the event? Hotel Sales Manager, John Prior advises honestly “The online event guides are totally impartial and every golf organiser will be able to take something from the Golf Day Guide”. Patshull have launched into a number of event guide blogs which can be found in full on the news page of the hotel’s website and/ or when searched via Google. The Hotel, Golf and Country Club currently have a number of seasonal packages on offer ranging from £19.95 to £45.00 per person, with their current initiative ensuring their service and expertise come shining through.

• Bedrooms: (if a resort course), ask to see some sample rooms, check cleanliness, do the staff appear cheerful /positive? • Ask to see all areas of the club/hotel/function rooms: any proactive sales person will be delighted to give the

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Patshull Park Hotel

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FOR SOME UNIQUE HAND MADE IN STORE, GREAT MEAL IDEAS… Beef Truffles A 150gm 100% lean beef steak patty with grated

cheese, diced bacon, spring onions and a hint of garlic. Cook for approximately 30 minutes in a medium oven. At only £1.20 each, these unique truffles bring something very different to the plate.

spaTchcock chickens We have three varieties of this French style prepared roasting dish. Olive oil with sea salt and

cracked black pepper, Garlic marinated with olive oil and herbs, Chilli flakes with olive oil, sea salt and black pepper. Roast for 50 minutes in a medium oven or even, dare we say, barbecue!

Mexican chicken This is just one variety from our top selling range of

chicken fillet meals. A 220gm boneless English breast portion, with a Mexican style marinade, a good measure of chilli flakes and slices of tomato-all wrapped in streaky bacon. Cook for approximately 45 minutes in a medium oven. At around £2.50 each and seven varieties in the range, our fresh meat counter is somewhere to visit every day of the week!

Daisys own, MeaTy pork sausages At last, we offer our very own recipe premium pork

sausages. Produced in store using only prime pork leg cuts with seasoning, we have a traditional thick breakfast sausage, or with cracked black pepper.

Just how meaty would you like your sausage to be?

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LOOK NO FURTHER THAN YOUR SPECIALIST LOCAL QUALITY STORE! freshly BakeD Quiches Baked daily in store using Shropshire free range eggs,

we prepare goats cheese and red onion, cheese and onion and cheese and ham. From £1 to £1.35 each, our quiches are great cold or warmed through with salad, or even just as a snack on their own.

hanD carveD Turkey crown We roast a prime English crown of turkey, and then offer it hand carved on our delicatessen counter. Succulent and full of taste- here are the ingredients. 1) Turkey.

That’s it! Nothing added - no water, no flavourings. Just turkey!

roasTeD gaMMon haM Possibly our most popular cooked meat. We take an in store prepared gammon joint from our bacon counter and roast it in our ovens. After cooling, it is perfect for sandwiches, salads or even sliced thicker, as a main meal.

• Many chilled, grocery & licensed lines. • Olive & cheese counters. • Many offers throughout the store. • Fresh breads baked daily. • Premium meats - beef, pork, lamb and poultry - all sourced locally. • An extensive range of wines, spirits & beers. Unrivalled Customer Service with FREE AND EASY PARKING

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The land of the wild mountain goat, Heidis home and the source of the Rhine, it’s one of the largest regions for holidays in Switzerland. It offers towering mountains and wonderful holiday resorts such as Engadin St. Moritz, Davos Klosers, Aros, Flims Laax. There are historic Alpine Villages and wonderful valleys. Something for the young and the old and absolute paradise for hikers, mountain bikers, golfers, for railways enthusiasts for art and for culture and above all for families. Try something different.

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Hiking in Graubünden Graubünden with 10,000km of hiking trials for anything from a pleasant walk to the all out adventurous mountain hike. In summer or autumn hiking at higher altitudes is extremely pleasant, the climate is just right.

Mountain Biking Graubünden is Switzerland’s biggest holiday region where you will find plenty of enjoyable and appealing mountain-bike trails and tours for the family to enjoy and also for the biking enthusiasts Graubünden can also be for the hard-bitten mountain biker who wants to measure muscle power against the Alps or to free ride at breakneck speed down the mountainsides. Davos, Flims Lenzerheide, Svognin and Uppper

Graubünden is set amongst Alpine peaks and lakes, families can really let off steam or relax. In the summertime there are rope courses, wall climbing and lots of swimming pools. All of this surrounded by nature, will make your holiday a truly wonderful experience. Graubünden has a guarantee that gives the ‘Families Welcome’ quality seal awarded to resorts such as Aros, Brigels Waltensburg Aniast, Davos, Klosters, Flims Laax, Lenzerheide, Maloja & Sovognin. All of these resorts cater specifically for the needs of children, parents or Travel Accessory Shop on line offering a small range accompanying adults. The children of good quality accessories for your holiday oriented hotels and child friendly Travel Gift Card is available to treat furnished apartments offer multiple that someone special in your life. experiences and activities for children that parents can also enjoy. The Travel Bureau can also supply rail tickets and rail passes for Switzerland to allow you the freedom of visiting scenic and interesting villages and towns. The Travel Bureau is an Independent Travel Agent established over 27 years with experience in all aspects of Travel

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Vining And Dining At Halfpenny Green Vineyards By Helen Taylor

It’s always great to visit Halfpenny Green Vineyards. Set in a hillside location across acres of splendid South Staffordshire countryside, the combination of craft centre, tea rooms, shop and picturesque fields of vines make it an ideal destination for anyone looking to enjoy a unique day out. You might be surprised then to discover - as I was - that for one evening a month, the usually daytime destination becomes the setting for the vineyard’s own very special Gourmet Evening. Undoubtedly a celebration of the finest in chef prepared cuisine, the distinctive menu has been created with luxury in mind - and has a setting that suits it perfectly. The restaurant is complete with a log burner and ideally situated for views out across the vineyards, so the atmosphere is just right. Renowned for producing awardwinning wines, the Vickers family, who own and run the business, pride themselves on quality. And there surely is no better accompaniment to the superior gourmet selection of food, than the vineyard’s very own wines, as my friend and I soon 70

discovered when we spent our Friday evening at the restaurant. On seeing the menu - listing dishes using only the best ingredients - we eagerly selected the first of four courses: ‘Homemade Game Terrine with Chutney and Millers Rustic Toast’ and ‘Feuilette of Poached Egg with Fresh Asparagus and Hollandaise’. Each starter combined a delightful blend of flavours, and proved to be the perfect introduction for the courses that were to follow. The ‘Creamy Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Soup’ impressed with a hearty flavour that whetted the appetite for the main course. ‘Noisettes of Lamb with Asparagus, Rocket and Garden Herbs with Somerset Goats Cheese Mash and Mint Jus’ and ‘Potato, Spinach and Onion

Torte, Wild Mushroom Sauce and Broccoli’ formed the seasonally inspired main course that showcased the skill of head chef Ian Grainger, along with chefs Ed Payne and Simon Nicholls. The sumptuous and artistically displayed desserts exceeded our expectation, as we were presented with a ‘Apricot and Almond Tartlet, Amaretto Mascarpone’ and the ‘Delice of Wild Berries, Clotted Cream and Coulis’. As a finale to the evening we soaked up the surroundings and concluded our gourmet feast with coffee and chocolates. Commenting upon the remarkable value for money - just £30 per person - we agreed that Halfpenny Green Vineyard’s Gourmet Evening was a definite monthly date for the diary. Thanks to an exceptional team of waiting staff, headed by Lisa Vickers and mother daughter team - Lisa and Sam Smart, the friendly and homely environment was thoroughly relaxing and the entire dining experience proved to be a great start to our weekend.

wolverhampton west magazine | june/july 2012 Halfpenny Green Vineyards, Tom Lane, Bobbington, South Staffordshire DY7 5EP

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Eating Out and Entertainment Special Looking for some great places to dine or be entertained? Then look no further than Wolverhampton West Magazine, see pages 72 to 83

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Terry and Carol welcome you to the 3 Hammers bar and bistro Offering diners a varied wide selection of freshly cooked traditional food, vegetarian choices, childrens menu and specials board, complemented by fine ales and wines whether you’re a GOLFER OR NOT!

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The French Connection, Stourbridge By Gerard d’Espere When I told Madame Defarge that our destination for dinner was a restaurant called The French Connection, she made the wrong connection imagining that we were Paris bound on the Eurostar. It’s a testimony to my personal charm that her face fell only slightly when I told her that we were Stourbridge bound on the Wolverhampton ring road. “Let me remind you” I said, “We live in the cosmopolitan Midlands and there’s no telling what treats lie in store down the road and just around the corner.” Readers will, of course, know that while Paris has the Peripherique, Stourbridge has its very own ring road and a level of traffic that - while not strictly comparable - might still put the unwary into a spin. But for the initiated, the virtues of the Stourbridge ring road can be well appreciated when one is ensconced in the safe and tranquil hub of the town centre; freed as it is from the hurly burly of todays ‘mustget-there-quick’ image. So, within this isle of felicity, a charming and authentically French restaurant that is Stourbridge’s best kept secret, deserves all the attention a diligent diner may bestow upon it. The French Connection Bistro exists with the aim of putting one in touch with the 74

best of Gallic gastronomic delights. But don’t get the impression that exclusivity is the aim. Here is a jolly looking, inviting and friendly establishment with the charm of a pavement cafe and an adaptable cuisine that will serve you with a delightful treat at any time of day. For those who want to enjoy a full meal, a chef who’s been there for twenty four years, is on hand to produce delights that magnificently uphold the traditions of French cuisine - particularly of south west France. Le Patron, Christopher Garner, is a committed Francophile who spends much time in France sourcing wines and produce and seeking out interesting new menus. Everything is freshly cooked and Christopher is at pains to point out that to properly prepare your meal takes time - so you must understand if you have to wait for your food - and should you unwisely be in a hurry you can always phone ahead to give an estimate of your arrival time. There is something for everyone no matter what time of day and no matter what your requirements. Here it must be mentioned that some dishes can be adapted to suit those with special dietary requirements - so customers are encouraged to ask.

A range of delicious breakfasts is offered in addition to light lunches and savoury platters - and if you simply want to pop in for a quick croissant or two, or indeed merely ingest evocative aromas, it’s all here. Given that Madame Defarge is not a fast food aficionado we simply had to go for the complete dining experience: and what an experience it was. Warmly greeted by Christopher we took our seats in an interior bathed in the last glimmers of a setting sun - and beyond the awning outside, the twinkling light made fair an impression of the Impressionists. The jolly gingham tablecloth perked the spirit and put me in mind of an aperitif. As I sipped the delightful house wine, I kept biting my tongue, for lamentably limited though my command of French may be, I felt a pressing urge to exclaim ‘c’est si bon!’

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We both tucked in and I must say that the food was so beautifully prepared and presented that we didn’t eat with sparrow like appetites. For a magical moment the Stour became the Seine and ‘through a glass lightly’ I danced the waltz to the plaintive sounds of an accordion. Now- having experienced the delights of dinner time I can’t wait to pop in for the petit dejeuner - although as a glance at the extensive menu tells me, it’s possible to have a very grand dejeuner indeed. The fragrant aromas emanating from the kitchen were proof positive that here at the heart of venerable Stourbridge, gastronomical delights are as prevalent as in the heart of Paris. And so it was time to order from the sincerely attentive staff. Field mushrooms with a sage and blue cheese risotto and wild mushroom sauce for this writer and fillet de boeuf japponais in an oriental marinade for Madame Defarge proved to be perfect entrees. (Entrees from £6.95 to £8.95). Main courses of crepe filled with mushroom and spinach compote with a cheese and wine sauce and a casserole of pork belly with beans, tomatoes and peppers followed and proved to be beyond delicious. (Mains from £12.95 to £22.95). Everyone knows, of course, that the French keep the best for themselves, but at this juncture your correspondent is happy to be able to report that some things have slipped through the net. Completely won over by the excellence of the evening, Madame Defarge leaned towards me and whispered in a heavily accented voice “I have a confession to make. I’m not really from France: I’m from Darlaston.” “Don’t worry” I quipped. As Joey Brown said in Some Like It Hot, ‘Nobody’s perfect’ - and here for me at this very moment, you’re a sparrow of delight. In fact a veritable Piaf of perfection!”

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Rajkonna Restaurant Albrighton. By James Hazard

Lovers of fine Indian and Bangladeshi food are happily spoiled for choice these days, for whereas in other market sectors belt tightening is the rule, here in the spice-rich firmament of exotic eateries, expansiveness holds sway. Connoisseurs of the best will often travel miles to seek out that extra special restaurant, but lucky West Midlanders never have to travel far. Treats in abundance are to be found virtually on the doorstep. For those who are not natives of Albrighton we have to blow the whistle and broadcast more widely their well-kept secret - for at Albrighton crossroads a sparkling jewel of a restaurant sits: one well worth seeking out. And let me right away assure adventurers that a journey to the Rajkonna will be well rewarded. Here in tastefully modern surroundings an accessible menu of finest food is served so splendidly, by polite and most attentive staff, as to impact a suggestion of exclusiveness. In keeping with modern trends in dining, the Rajkonna manages to serve a wide range of dishes without compromising quality, so if you like Indian and Bangladeshi food you will not be disappointed. There’s plenty here to satisfy all tastes - and all dishes have in common, a chefs attention to detail written all over them. Having heard good things about the Rajkonna, I was eager to try it out and on the evening in question I excused myself from the annual meeting of the Brotherhood of Boilermakers, rang a companionable woman of long standing acquaintance and promised her such a treat as only a member of The Brotherhood of Balti could offer. “Let me understand you correctly” she said. “You’d like a dining companion to accompany you to an Indian restaurant?” “Indeed” said I “But not just any restaurant - as you shall see.” Diane Delacourt (for it was she) had lately, indeed, spent time in New Delhi collaborating on mutually beneficial relationships and accordingly needed no prompting to be steered in the direction of sunny Albrighton. On our way she mused “I wonder how ethnic it will be.” “I believe it’s a tiger among minnows” I replied enigmatically. Soon I was discovering how easy it was to find, firmly on the ‘cross roads’. “X marks the spot” I said. “Don’t be so corny” Diane exclaimed as I parked right outside. In no time we were being welcomed by director Noyon Miah into a comfortable interior. My appetite needed no prompting but enticing aromas gave it an urgent edge. No sooner seated than menus were presented


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and serious attention was given to the serious business of choice. When it comes to Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine some like it hot, some like it subtle and some, frankly, like it in abundance. Without giving too much away, Diane was all ‘delicacy’ while yours truly needed little encouragement to indulge the beast inside - otherwise known as The Bengal Tiger of my appetite. Simply reading the menu stirred so much excitement that Miss Delacourt had to remove it from between my teeth. “Dear boy” she urged. “Who can be patient?” I wailed, waving my hand in front of the ample choice, “When such temptation is on offer.” I kept in mind that a reviewer’s duty is to put an establishment to the test and when visiting Asian restaurants experience has taught me that a vegetable dish is a good litmus test of quality, for only the best eateries produce truly piquant dishes of that sort. I have to say that Rajkonna came

through with flying colours. My garlic mushroom starter and main aloo gobi massala and Diane’s tava kebab and lamb tikka taya were truly delicious - succulent textures and flavours, skilfully admixed to produce poetry for the palate.

“How can you eat so well and so economically?” she asked.

Marvel upon marvel of courses are on offer, with ‘mains’ ranging from just £6.95 to £11.95. And starters ranging from £2.95 to £4.95. And the greatest marvel of all, when the repleted conclusion was reached, was the reasonable bill which my companion regarded with incredulity. How refreshing it was not to have to pay for grossly inflated alcoholic drinks because Rajkonna is not licenced. You can, of course, bring your own wine.

As we left, Miss Delacourt hinted strongly that I might take her to the Rajkonna again.

“I don’t know” I replied. “Just don’t tell the Chancellor.” The waggish Diane responded “Fat chance!”

“That’s not a bad idea” I replied. “I hear they do takeaways too.” “They should take you away” she said, grinning archly. “Surely” I responded “You don’t want to lock me up for unlocking the secret of good dining.” So the cat’s out of the bag. The Rajkonna will have you purring.

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Wergs Golf Club - Not just for Members If you’re looking to find a great local restaurant, that not only serves a fantastic range of lunchtime meals, but is set in a lovely location, then a visit to Wergs Golf Club is essential. Following on from the success of their Sunday Carvery, the club has now opened its restaurant on weekdays too - on Monday to Saturday from 12 until 2.30pm excluding Tuesday.

range of freshly prepared meals, whilst enjoying the lovely surroundings at the club,” he continues. It’s not just the restaurant that’s on offer at the club though, in addition to outstanding golfing facilities, there’s also an impressive function room that can be hired for any private party or any get-together. “Our recently refurbished function room offers the ideal setting for any celebration,” says Monty. It’s good to know that all of these great facilities are open to both the public and members alike - meaning that everyone can benefit from what’s on offer at Wergs Golf Club.

With a menu that’s filled with a great selection of popular dishes, lunchtime dining is undeniably delicious. Since taking over the club in 2010, owner Monty Moseley has worked hard to create a great atmosphere in the restaurant. With stylish décor and a beautiful decking area that overlooks the course - ideal for summertime dining - it’s the perfect place to enjoy excellent food in the company of friends. And what’s more, every aspect of Wergs Golf Club is open to the public, so you don’t need to be a member to visit. “We welcome everyone at the club, it isn’t for members only,” says Monty. “We’ve tried hard to make the restaurant the perfect setting for people to relax in and savour our fabulous


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Mayor Re-Opens Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital Left to right: Gillian Fenner - Matron, David Wylde – Regional Director, Kim Methven-Johnson – Finance Manager, Mayoress Kath Turner, Mayor Bert Turner, Louise Clarke – Customer Service Manager, Tony Avery – Hospital Director

have accomplished here. He was delighted to lend his support and we were delighted to have him take part in our symbolic re-opening.” There are exciting times ahead at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital after the 12-month £1 million refresh programme came to its conclusion. As a leading provider of private healthcare in the area, the hospital is now better placed than ever to provide the exceptional facilities, services and medical care, that its customers have become accustomed to. Thursday 5th April marked the official re-opening of the newly rejuvenated local landmark and saw the Lord Mayor of Wolverhampton perform the ceremonial duties. Hospital Director, Tony Avery, said: “The mayor was really enthusiastic and very impressed with what we

“As the largest non-profit organisation we have been able to make the £1 million re-investment into the hospital to directly benefit our customers. We want to give a great customer experience in every department.” An integral part of community life for some 30 years as well as one of Wolverhampton’s largest employers - with some 200 staff members - the hospital provides so much more than just healthcare. It is committed to supporting and sponsoring many charities and good causes within the community. “We aim to understand what the community needs and then deliver it locally.” Keen to create a modern, comfortable and relaxed

environment the hospital boasts 39 private rooms, each complete with a flat screen TV, wi-fi and en-suite facilities, along with 2 HDU beds. It’s features like these that make the customer experience at the Nuffield feel more like a stay in a hotel. “People are more aware of health and healthy lifestyles than ever before and we want them to have access to the very best services.” But it’s not all about comfortable surroundings and a modern new look. A great emphasis has been placed on installing the latest safety features - such as advanced nurse call systems and refreshing the operating theatres. Dedicated suites offer specialist treatments and services such as aesthetics and endoscopy, while a day-care suite caters to the needs of ‘walk in’ patients or those who require minor surgeries. “The refreshing programme is not just cosmetic; it incorporates many safety features and updates existing services of real importance.” And with technology in medical care advancing quicker than ever, the Nuffield always remains at the cutting edge: “It’s really important to keep up with technology in order to offer the best standards of care.” And with ever-growing waitinglists on the NHS for many procedures, it’s reassuring to know that there’s a top-notch and thoroughly refreshed alternative on the doorstep.


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Fashion, Food and Fundraising - At Wergs Golf Club supplied courtesy of Kiss. The Flower Shop, Birches Bridge, provided a floral demonstration with guest participation, which proved to be great fun. All of the models kindly volunteered to take part and had their hair expertly styled thanks to Maxine, Alex and Matthew all of Maxine Morgan, Tettenhall. Event Show Organisers: Fran Mosely (back row, 3rd from left) & Kate Bannerjee (3rd from right)

A fantastic evening of fashion, food and fundraising was held on 26th April at Wergs Golf Club, in aid of two very worthy causes - Acorns Children’s Hospice and Help For Heroes. With the aim to raise as much money as possible from the event, organisers Fran Moseley and Kate Bannerjee worked hard to ensure the night was a great success. The evening started in style as guests were greeted with canapés and sparkling wine, before being

treated to a delicious two course meal and the chance to see the latest fashion trends from local independent retailers. Tettenhall boutiques, La Pinza, The Loft and Grace and Glory showcased their styles, whilst Three Hammers Golf Club and Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis and Squash Club provided guests with an exclusive look at the very best in golf and tennis-wear. Codsall-based retailer, Children’s Designer Outlet, had a great range of kids-wear on offer and all jewellery and accessories were

“We really are grateful to everybody who was involved in the evening. We had some brilliant prizes donated for the raffle and we received great support from local businesses. Thanks to everybody who helped and of course those who attended,” says Fran. An amazing £2400 was raised on the night. The money has been split between the two charities and presented to them by Fran and Kate. “We have received great feedback and everybody thoroughly enjoyed the evening. I’d like to plan another night again soon - maybe with a 70’s theme,” adds Fran.

The Vintage Co Now Open Vintage store opens in Wolverhampton City Centre

Located at St John’s Arcade of The Mander Shopping Centre (just off Victoria Street) Wolverhampton, WV1 3NH, the Vintage Co stocks a fantastic array of vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery and furniture items.

12th May as it hosted an authentic Vintage Tea Party. Shoppers had the opportunity to browse the store whilst sampling English tea and scrumptious cupcakes.

Grace Lee, Public Relations Officer for The Haven stated The store officially opened its doors to the public on Saturday “we were delighted to see so

many members of the public turn out to support the opening of The Vintage Co. Customers seemed to really embrace the vintage style and it was great to see so many purchases being made, of which all funds made will go towards supporting women and children affected by domestic violence.”

The Vintage Co will open from 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday. To enquire about volunteering opportunities within the store or to donate vintage items please contact Julia Buckley on 01902 219225 or email


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Acupuncture Clinic Vicky Nicholls provides a dedicated and excellent service to her patients from her Acupuncture Clinic - situated in the heart of Albrighton village. She explains:“I am a licensed acupuncturist and member of the British Acupuncture Council. I obtained a First Class BA (Hons) degree from the College of Traditional Acupuncture and opened my clinic in the summer of 2011.” “Acupuncture originated in China five thousand years ago. The fact it is still practised today speaks much for its

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Tom’s Top Tip of the Month: Hammer Toes As the toe continues to be deformed, it will press up against the shoe and may cause corns.

• If a mallet toe has occurred, you are likely to suffer from a corn at the end of the toe.

There are two joints in the lesser toes and one joint in the large toe. If the deformity occurs in the lesser toes and in the joint nearest the nail, it is called a mallet toe. • If the deformity occurs in the lesser toes and in the joint nearest the foot, it is called a hammer toe • If the deformity in the lesser toes involves both of the joints, then the toe is referred to as a claw toe. • If the deformity occurs in the large toe, it is known as a trigger toe. • A hammer toe may be painful, especially when irritated by a shoe. • All four toe conditions may cause cramps in the toes, foot and leg due to the abnormal function of the tendons in the foot.

• A hammer toe may cause a corn on the top of the toe. • Infections and ulcers can also occur. • In severe cases a mallet toe, trigger toe, claw toe or a hammer toe may create a downward pressure on the foot, which can result in hard skin and corns on the soles of the feet.

Causes of Hammer Toes • Inappropriate shoes (high heels, tight shoes). • Flat feet can result in hammer toes. • High arch feet can also result in buckling the toes. • Bunions are a major cause of hammer toes. • Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Treatments for Hammer Toes • Wide fitting low heeled shoes & trainers. • Make sure stockings, tights and socks are not too constrictive. • Apply moisturising cream to keep skin soft regularly. • Moulded toe separators, toe props and dorsal crescents. • See a Chiropodist/Podiatrist for removal of corns & callous.

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Education and Schooling by Martyn Long - Headmaster of Tettenhall College In my last article, I wrote about the important challenges that educational establishments face in striking the correct balance between academic excellence and the encouragement and development of pupils other aptitudes and talents. Whilst I hope it was clear that in my view rising to this challenge successfully should be the fundamental aim of all schools, I would like to explore further the specific area of assessing academic performance and public examinations. When considering the academic achievement of pupils, we are faced with the annual debate about examination standards and the difficulty in understanding how the pass rate and the proportion of top grades can continue to increase year on year. This is a thorny topic to debate, however, without denigrating the achievement of current students. It is therefore worth reminding ourselves of the fairly obvious fact that students can only operate in whatever examination system is in place when they are taking

their examinations. Any comments about existing arrangements should not therefore be taken as a criticism of the achievements or efforts of the students themselves. Up until the turn of the century students were graded using norm referencing, a system that in effect compared each student’s performance against that of the other students that year. A similar proportion of students would gain each grade each year. However using this system is it not easy to produce straight forward and understandable comparisons of year on year results to see if there has been progress in teaching and learning. The current system of grading involves the use of grade boundaries that are maintained year on year and each student who gains enough marks to pass a specific grade boundary will be awarded that grade. Jerry Jarvis the former managing director of Edexcel, one of England’s major awarding bodies, writes in a recent edition of SecEd ‘Consider the results from the 2011 summer exams: 33% of students taking A level physics were awarded an A* or A grade; in English nearly half were awarded at least a B. In GCSE history over 30% gained at least an A. …Does the increase in student attainment point to better teaching and learning or to easier exams? The problem is that the exam results don’t feel right for many people. In an exam graded A* to G we intuitively expect the top awards to be rare; to be exclusive.’ We need an examination system that is fair to students in recognising their relative achievements and useful for universities and employees to be able to clearly distinguish individual levels of achievement. It should also be able to contribute to the analysis of progress in teaching and learning. These are not unreasonable requests but as with many things in life, achieving these straightforward objectives is not easy in reality. However, with the countless hours of work that has gone into this field over the years and the combined


efforts of education, industry and commerce it should be possible to improve on the current situation. Jerry Jarvis suggests the continued use of the current system (called Criterion Referencing) to award grades but with the addition of the publication of exam scores. For example, one student might be awarded grade A* 94% and another A* 85%. This idea has some merit in helping to distinguish individual performance but would lead to questions about making valid comparisons between candidates sitting examinations with different boards and therefore different papers. It is only possible in an article of this length to scratch the surface of this fascinating and important topic and I sincerely hope that progress is made over the next few years to move things forward. I must leave this debate for now, however, to turn my thoughts to the summer term extra-curricular programme… Tettenhall College is an Independent Co-educational School for pupils aged 2 to 18.

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Outstanding Foundations For New Preparatory School Tettenhall College received glowing praise when the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) published the findings of a recent assessment of its Early Years Foundation Stage. Tettenhall College’s provision for early-years pupils – aged 2-5 – was found to be ‘outstanding’ (the highest grade possible) in every area. Parents were “extremely happy” with the quality of care and teaching on offer, and “children thrive” because staff are highly committed to meeting their needs. Early-years pupils experience a “firm foundation for future learning” and a “secure, caring environment where children can learn and play with real satisfaction.” September 2012 sees the launch of the new preparatory school at

the college, created as the existing Drive and Lower Schools unite under the leadership of Mrs Heidi Perrett. The preparatory school will provide unrivalled facilities, small classes and exceptional teaching for 2 to 11 year olds. Mrs Perrett was delighted with the findings of the ISI report saying: “The report confirms that children at the new preparatory school will receive the very best start to their education.”

The creation of the preparatory school will ensure that pupils have a wonderful transition through the first stage of their education. It will enable the superb work that goes on in each of the current schools to be shared effectively, improving even further the overall educational experience for our pupils.

Sarah Fisher, Head of The Drive School for pupils aged 2-7, is also thrilled with the report: “We are particularly delighted that the inspectors recognised the joy and enthusiasm our children experience each day as they play and learn. Our staff provide outstanding care and education and the report is a tribute to their dedication, hard work and expertise. This care and commitment to our children is the reason why so many parents choose our school.”




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Old Wulfrunians Sports And Social Club - Everyone Welcome There’s a great range of sport and social facilities on offer at the Old Wulfrunians Sports and Social Club in Castlecroft, near Wolverhampton. Welcoming both members and non-members alike, the club boasts a fantastic bar area, sports room and function room - that members can hire for free - along with two superb football pitches and one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the West Midlands. Committee member Steve Swann explains: “The club comprises of a comfortable and spacious lounge area, fully stocked bar and Sky TV enabling us to show all major sporting events.” “There’s a multi sports room that houses two league-standard snooker tables, along with a pool table and dartboard. The social club is the perfect place

to relax and enjoy a drink and everybody is welcome.” And when the sun is shining, socialising takes place outdoors. “Barbecues are held whenever possible during the summer months - we have a fantastic patio area,” says Steve. For parties, weddings, birthdays and all other events, the club’s function room is just perfect. Available for hire by both the general public and members, the room can accommodate up to 80 people, making it the ideal setting for any get together. And what’s more the club isn’t just for adults, there’s plenty to keep the kids occupied too. “Our extensive playing fields mean that children can play safely. We are completely child-friendly.” Sport is an integral part of the club, as Steve explains: “Old Wulfrunians Football Club runs three teams in

the Birmingham and District A.F.A, using the two superb pitches at our Castlecroft base. The Club also hosts Junior Football running in the region of 22 Junior Teams, ranging from mini soccer to under 16’s” “Old Wulfrunians Tettenhall Cricket Club has four senior teams that play in the Staffordshire Club’s Cricket Championship on Saturdays and one team in the Worcestershire Sunday League, along with Junior Teams at under 9, 11, 12, 13 and 15 levels.” And that’s not all: “We also have three snooker teams playing in the Staffordshire and West Midlands League,” adds Steve. For further details please contact Phil Stanton on 01902 761410.


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Assessment, But At What Price? These excerpts are taken from an article written by Andrew Hymer, Head of WGJS, which provides a broad based learning environment for youngsters from Years 3 – 6. To read the full article go to Once again the press is full of speculation about the content of future exams. The ‘high stakes’ of GCSE and A levels inevitably means that a great deal of teaching and learning is focussed on exam preparation. Primary schools similarly have not escaped this ‘high stakes’ testing. Year 6 in most schools has become a procession of exam papers, as teaching becomes driven by the test. Good primary schools offer children opportunity and challenge them to broaden their range of skills, yet breadth is often sacrificed when schools are judged first and foremost by the results they achieve in SATs. In France children are assessed in their third year of primary education and in the first year of secondary education. A system such as this has several benefits: education boards use the results to evaluate the success of the child’s former

school; senior schools have a greater ownership of the tests and, with tests taking place after the summer break, responses are more likely to indicate deep learning rather than a superficial cramming for tests. So should we look again at our own assessment systems? Whilst internal assessments are important, removing the SATs at the end of Year 6 would free schools to teach a broad curriculum and expansive learning environment. With a focus on testing at 11, there is a danger that schools cannot provide sufficient opportunities for children to gain a more rounded learning experience and practise their wider life skills. Until we free our primary children from the shackles of SATs, our next generation of children may be similarly ill served by the education they receive.

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Thursday 5th April marked the official re-opening of the newly rejuvenated Nuffield Hospital. The Lord Mayor of Wolverhampton was invited to perform the ceremonial duties.

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should be removed and where compaction is a problem, spiking or aerating the lawn will help any rain that falls to reach the roots. “Once it becomes dry, it’s important to minimise stress on the lawn so cut the grass regularly but not too short. Allowing it to grow quite long, then cutting it right back - or cutting it too short are the worst things you can do if you want the grass to look as green as possible. “We recommend at least 3-4cms of growth, to let the plant keep growing healthy.” Mark adds.


Tradesmen – Choose With Care Today with the high degree of technical innovation that goes into everything we use, it is more essential than ever that only a certificated tradesmen with a good local reputation should be used. Take one of the most common of bugbears to be encountered on the domestic front, plumbing. When this merely involved joining pipes together to allow the free flow of cold water into the home, there was little complexity for the plumber to consider. Small wonder he also doubled up with such jobs as making roof flashings, gully waterproofing and guttering repairs, etc. The moment central heating, multi-fuel boilers, automatic timers and electronically controlled pumps arrived however, the matter was a different ball game altogether. Plumbers needed to be highly skilled tradesmen with years of training and experience behind them, and a working knowledge of many other disciplines. Electricians too must now be certified as they must have an intimate knowledge of wiring circuits and systems that could tax the brain of a cipher clerk at the Foreign Office. Their range of application stretches from cookers to lighting, from electronic timing devices to power circuits within the home. 112

Gas fitters are only certificated after passing tests that prove their comprehension of the lethal forces they deal with, that their work is adequate for an efficient installation or repair with due regard for the safety of those for whom they work. Of course not all repairs carry a life or death connotation, they can however cost a lot in terms of cash, inconvenience or loss if they are not carried out correctly. Painting and decorating would seem fairly fool-proof on the face of it. There are pitfalls however that can result in householders having to pay out double for repairs if certain jobs are initially tackled incorrectly. Roofing and general building too are areas where the services of experts are usually essential. When your roof gets blown off, your chimney stack falls, or your window frames finally give up the ghost, you have two choices. You remedy the problem yourself, or you send for a friendly builder. Now there are ‘builders’ and ‘builders’. Building is a calling that attracts rather a lot of conmen, cheats and frauds. By and large however, if you go to a firm well established in your area, with a reputation few can find fault with, you’ll get access to a whole range of certificated tradespersons who will be able to put your problems right.

Building as a business is becoming more and more complex. There are regulations to observe, new methods to follow and brand new materials to make use of. To cover the ground, a building firm must be able to supply or have access to carpenters, plumbers, electricians, bricklayers, tilers, painters, decorators and plasterers. It must be able to supply sufficient labour of the right quantity, and that indefinable quality summed up best as ‘experience’. Builders, as their name implies, build. They put up houses, add on extensions, make alterations, repair breaches, install fitments and beautify properties. A good builder will help maintain property as the valuable asset it is. A good builder is the first line of defence in maintaining the value of a pretty hefty investment. Choose suppliers of goods and services with care. Don’t go for the ‘fly-by-night’ who knocks at your door, Choose those with shop fronts, local reputations or nationally recognised qualifications for the job they do. That way you will be able to enjoy life in this the second decade of the 21st century to the utmost, making use of the latest developments as they apply to you, your life, your family and your home. That way you’ll spend just what is essential, not a penny less, and certainly not a penny more.

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Wolves End of Season Dinner 2012 A three-course meal was followed by a raffle and auction and then the award ceremony began. Wayne Hennessey was named Fans’ Player of the Season. Hennessey has made more saves than any other top flight keeper this season and he held off the challenge of Matt Jarvis and striker Steven Fletcher for the fans’ vote.

Award winners Davis, Hennessey and Forde

Wolves’ Annual End of Season Dinner took place in May at Telford International Centre. Players, backroom staff and the Club’s Directors joined supporters to look back at some of the positives of what has been a difficult season ending in relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

Fletcher picked up the Player’s Player of the Season Award and he also bagged the Top Scorer Award, with eleven Barclays Premier League goals. Adlene Guedioura’s superb strike against Millwall in the Carling Cup picked up the Goal of the Season title.

whilst David Davis was named Young Professional of the Season. Forde made his top flight debut against Chelsea in November and Davis versus Blackburn in March. Fan of the Season was then presented to Barbara Morris, an 83 year old supporter who has been a Wolves supporter since she was 13. Her family have been Wolves fans for a combined total of 240 years. The evening closed with a brilliant performance by Wolverhampton-born soul singer Beverley Knight.

Two young players who’ve made their Premier League debuts this season also deservedly walked away with an award. Anthony Forde was named Academy Player of the Season ahead of Kristian Kostrna and Liam McAlinden,

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Stop Your Money Vanishing Into Thin Air Over time, air-con gas gradually depletes causing the engine to work harder which will result in using more fuel. That’s the message from HiQ Wolverhampton’s owner, Simon Bennett, as he advises motorists to get their air-con systems regularly checked to avoid paying out elsewhere.

An estimated ten per cent of air-con gas depletes from the system every year causing it to become less effective which will increase fuel consumption.

Simon added: “It is around this time of year when we always see an increase in problems, often because motorists haven’t used their air-con systems for at least six months.

Though most manufacturers suggest replacing the gas and lubricant every two years, Simon insists that a yearly check will see motorists saving money at the pump.

“Like anything car related a poor performing system or accessory will lead to problems, which many motorists don’t appreciate.”

He said: “Fuel prices are at an all-time high and while motorists are looking for ways in which to save, we recognise many aren’t aware that having air-con systems checked is one of them. “As a rule, air-con systems are not checked during an average service so we advise motorists have regular check-ups and keep the air-con in frequent use throughout the year to keep the components lubricated.

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New Models New Choices From Benham MINI 2012 is an exciting time at Benham MINI with the launch of 6 NEW models. Experience the race bred thrills along with four wheel drive, ALL4, in the New MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, with a brand new 218 bhp engine and the option of a 6 speed automatic gearbox and enhanced standard specification this is a really exciting development for us. Stand out from the crowd style can be amazingly practical. The MINI Clubvan brings apparently conflicting profiles together into a single package. Taking its lead from the 1960’s Morris Mini Van the Clubvan sees history repeating itself albeit in a slightly different guise. Along with our MINI Olympic Edition and in keeping with the theme of the London Olympics we will also be introducing you to another 3 exclusive models. The MINI Baker Street, MINI Bayswater and MINI Highgate Convertible all with additional and unique levels of trim and specification. Call into Benham MINI anytime for an update on these vehicles arriving, visit our website or call 01902 457001.

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The New BMW ActiveHybrid 5 the boot, between the wheel housings. The electric motor, also integrated into the gearbox housing for the best packaging efficiency, delivers a maximum 210Nm of torque from rest.

• Most powerful and efficient hybrid in its class • First BMW hybrid with an in-line six-cylinder engine • Zero to 62 in 5.9 seconds; 44.1mpg; 149g/km • 2.4-mile all-electric range at up to 37mph BMW hybrid power arrived in the UK in February 2012 with the launch of the ActiveHybrid 5, a petrolelectric saloon based on the 5 Series.

prepare the car’s powertrain and electrical systems to respond in the most efficient way. For example, if it detects a hilly stretch ahead, it stores energy in the battery so that the electric motor is ready to assist the engine, already knowing this will be recouped later in the journey.

The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 delivers similar performance to a 535i, but with 16 per cent lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 features precise and intelligent energy management for maximum fuel efficiency. It has as standard BMW Professional Multimedia satellite navigation system, which can read the road ahead and

A new powertrain for a BMW hybrid The drivetrain of the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 combines the 306hp 3.0-litre TwinPower Turbo petrol engine of the 535i with a 54hp electric motor and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This is the first time an in-line six-cylinder engine has been part of a BMW ActiveHybrid system. Together, the engine and electric motor can generate a maximum 340hp and 450Nm of torque. At speeds of up to 37mph the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 can travel up to 2.4 miles on electric power supplied by the high-performance lithium-ion battery stored in

The internal combustion engine – featuring a twin-scroll turbocharger, high-precision direct fuel injection and VALVETRONIC variable valve timing – comes into play only when the driver needs more power or the energy stored in the battery is exhausted. When accelerating, the electric motor assists the petrol engine by providing an additional boost. This results in acceleration to equal that of a 535i: zero to 62mph in 5.9 seconds, and a limited top speed of 155mph. The ActiveHybrid 5 has a clear edge in economy and emissions with a combined consumption figure of 44.1mpg and a CO2 output of 149g/km. This equates to a benefit-in-kind tax rate of only 19 per cent. At speeds of up to 100mph the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is capable of cruising in ECO PRO mode when the driver lifts off the accelerator, running soundlessly with zero tailpipe emissions until the driver accelerates.

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was near derelict when Colonel Brindley returned from war in 1945.

Mr Robin Brindley and Che Watson

As the old Staffordshire saying goes, ‘When a tree is well rooted, a tree is well suited’.

In his wildest dreams Bill could surely not have envisaged that this was the acorn from which was to grow a mighty oak of an empire that is Britain’s largest family owned and family run motor group. An empire that now comprises many motor dealerships holding many franchises throughout the West

father to son that will not be stirred - no matter what the economic climate. The wheels that started rolling eighty one years ago when Bill Brindley began to furnish the fortunate of Wolverhampton and environs with automotive transport, continue today to make tracks into the twenty first century. With ten dealerships representing eleven franchises, Brindleys embrace

And one can say the same for the roots of a well-known local business that was started by the father of Robin Brindley, the current chairman of Brindley Garages Group who joined the company nearly half a century ago and progressively worked his way up from the shop floor to ensure a thorough understanding of the motor trade before taking the company helm. When the late Bill Brindley (He died in 1989) started selling Morris cars at Birches Bridge Garage from a wooden shed in Codsall in 1931 all the best of today’s manufacturing marques and serve their customers with second-to-none attention to detail and an enviable level of sales and after sales attentiveness.

Brindley Garages Group By Syd Taylor

Britain had abandoned the Gold Standard, the pound devalued by twenty per cent, unemployment sky-rocketed and in America Al Capone had been sentenced for tax evasion. The world was in a mess and times were hard. So difficult, in fact, that the garage had to close over the war years and

Midlands. And the remarkable part of the story is that it’s still a family business that seems set to continue that way, with Robin’s stepson Che Watson as managing director, keen to keep growing the business and take on new challenges. Here is a company that stands firm in traditions handed down from

Long standing family customers (some of whom are in their third generation) draw reassurance, safe in the knowledge that with Robin Brindley and Che Watson in charge, their needs will be met with a degree of conscientiousness so often lacking in business today. “It’s that personal touch that is beyond price” commented Robin when interviewed in the boardroom of the group head office within the imposing new building housing the Kia showroom on Penn Road Wolverhampton. “The fact is that with our unrivalled expertise and knowledge of both the products we sell and the customers we serve, we can go a long way towards ensuring that each is well suited to the other. Our focus has traditionally been not just on how many cars we can sell but on how many customers we can please”.

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Volvo at Wolverhampton Road, Codsall

David Tolley whose astute financial acumen successfully enabled many of the groups acquisitions - top amongst which must be the three million pound multi franchise Autopark in Stafford Road, Wolverhampton. His assistant for the last 13 years, Paul Ashcroft, has now assumed the role and is confident in following in David’s footsteps.

Kia at Penn Road

Will Brindley Garages Group keep breaking the records and carry on bequeathing better motoring to grateful Midlanders for a further eighty years? There may be speed limits on our roads, but there’s surely no limit to the growth of this hardy family business.

a year are sold to private and fleet customers and with a loyal staff of over three hundred working as a cohesive team - twenty five have been with the company for as long as a quarter of a century - a turnover of one hundred and fifty million pounds has been reached. Undreamed of heights, no doubt, for Bill Brindley as he battled the austerity of the ‘Thirties’ and immediate post-war years. It’s a great success story - the proud heritage of which serves our region well.


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Seeing is Believing - We test drive the Mercedes-Benz C 220 CDI Sport When you sit behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz, you expect to be impressed. The C 220 CDI doesn’t disappoint. It has a stylish, handsome appearance, with a striking radiator grille and large central three pointed star giving a more contemporary look. With a 3 spoke multi-function steering wheel, AMG bodystyling and AMG 18” 7 spoke alloys the C-Class Sport really does feel, well, sportier.

This is echoed in its performance. The automatic gearbox is smooth but brisk, taking the four door saloon from 0-62mph in just 8.1 seconds. It also boasts a top speed of 143mph, and you certainly wouldn’t notice that this is a diesel engine –until you look at the fuel consumption figures. Despite its dynamic performance, the C 220 CDI delivers combined fuel figures of 58.9mpg with CO2 emissions reduced to 125 g/KM. This lowers both running costs and benefit in kind tax for company car drivers. This is reflected in the C-Class’s recent award of Best Premium Car at the 2012 Fleet News awards where the judges commented, “A major facelift, including a high quality interior has made the C-Class a far more desirable car.

Mercedes-Benz has addressed the CO2 issues, resulting in a much more efficient car with running costs up with the best.” The standard specification also impresses. Features include automatic Climate Control, Parktronic with Active Parking Guidance and Bluetooth interface for hands free mobile phone use. In terms of safety features, the C-Class excels. There are 10 new assistance systems, including the Pre-Safe accident anticipation programme and the incredible Attention Assist which assesses driver behaviour that may indicate drowsiness. The drive is smooth but responsive, thanks in part to the standard Agility Control Suspension and Selective Damping system. Under normal driving conditions, the damping forces are automatically reduced to improve comfort levels, but are maximised for more dynamic driving to provide a firmer more stable ride. The car was provided by Mercedes-Benz of Wolverhampton where Peter Smith, General Manager, believes it is a great time to drive a C-Class. “Not only is the C-Class a fabulous car to drive, it is now highly affordable. It delivers excellent fuel economy, low running costs and emissions and is available now from just £299 + Vat per month for business users. In addition, we are offering a complimentary upgrade from an Elegance to a Sport model, which is worth around £1700.”

The Mercedes-Benz C 220 CDI Sport offers a combination of driving pleasure, comfort and style. But don’t just take our word for it. Seeing is believing. Call Mercedes-Benz of Wolverhampton on 0843 227 1276 to find out more and arrange a test drive, and see the marvellous C-Class for yourself. 126

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Now from just £349* a month with a £5,250 retailer deposit contribution. AMG body styling and 18” AMG alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlamps, Attention Assist and when you’ve finished driving, there’s Parktronic with Advanced Parking Guidance. £349* can sometimes go an awfully long way.

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AFC Wulfrunians Keep an eye out for some very attractive pre-season fixtures coming up with the likes of Kidderminster Harriers and Hednesford Town lined up to visit the Castlecroft Stadium. Full details of upcoming details can be found on our website

Welcome to the latest update of the events on and off the pitch at AFC Wulfrunians - your local football club. The 2011/12 season is now over and once again we have enjoyed success. Although we only finished 5th in the league, we did win the Premier Division League Cup and, at the time of writing, still have a JW Hunt Cup semi-final to play. On top of that, our youth team reached the Birmingham FA Youth

Cup final before being beaten by Birmingham City at St Andrews. Thoughts now switch to the new season which we go into showing changes in our managerial department. Current manager Tim Tipton has had to step down due to external commitments but continues to play his part in assisting in running the club. Filling the void will be former Telford United and Hednesford Town star Steve Palmer assisted by former Wolves midfielder Jon Purdie. They have earned the right after excelling while managing our youth team.

Also on our website you can find details of the sponsorship and advertising opportunities we have to offer for the new season. We are always on the lookout for businesses or individuals who wish to share in our success and we have opportunities at all levels to suit any budget. If you are interested in joining us in a partnership, give Paul Tudor a call on 07834 391284 or e-mail

That’s all for today. It would be great to see you at the Castlecroft Stadium sometime during the upcoming season.

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Accounting Services

Electrical/Gas Appliances

SAS Accounting Services

Page 42

Acupuncture Albrighton Acupuncture Clinic

Page 99

Airport, Transfers & Executive Travel Codsall Cars Perton & Bridgnorth Travel

Page 47 Page 43

Antiques & Auctioneers Cuttlestones Old Mill

Page 39 Page 48

Bathrooms Eaton Kitchens Roman Bathrooms

Page 29 Page 11

Beds & Bedroom Furniture Dreamworld Interiors Italia Creative Interiors Cresta Blinds Valentines Blinds Building Services/Contractors Charmford Homes

Page 27 Page 52

Care Homes Morris Care Homes

Page 101

Carpets (Supply & Fit) Ambassador Carpets Telford Carpets Virgo Interiors

Page 39 Page 19 Page 37

Car Repairs (Cosmetic) Paint Wizard

Page 116

Car Sales/Service Benham BMW Benham MINI Brindley Group Brindley Volvo Mercedes-Benz of Wolverhampton Church Road Motors Oaken Garage We Want any Vehicle

Page 121 Page 119 Page 125 Page 132 Page 127 Page 124 Page 124 Page 116

Children’s Activities South Staff’s Council

Page 107

Chiropody & Podiatry Tom Casey

Page 100

Cleaning Specialists Able Cleaning Andeva Cleaning Superclean Diamond Home Support

Page 110 Page 115 Page 47 Page 46

Computer Services Finchfield IT

Page 43

Conference & Function Suites Patshull Park Old Wulfrunians Wergs Golf Club Wolverhampton Racecourse

Page 79 Page 104 Page 82 Page 83

Diet & Slimming Cambridge Diet

Page 87

Dog Listening Annabelle Addison

Page 95

Driving Schools Driving Squad


Ace Electrical Excel Electrical Contractors

Page 115 Page 113

Electricians/Electrical Contractors Entertainments & Leisure Apley Farm Shop Olympic Torch Event Patshull Park South Staffs Leisure Centres The Grand Theatre Wolverhampton Racecourse

Apley Farm Shop Essington Fruit Farm

Butchers Allan Bennett

Page 103 Page 105

Page 27 Page 39 Page 17

Building Societies Dudley Building Society

Tettenhall College Wolverhampton Grammar

Estate Agents

Page 113

Page 46

Page 41


Page 33 Page 35



Capital Appliance Centre

Page 49 Page 71 Page 79 Page 98/107 Page 131 Page 83

Berriman Eaton

Page 9

Farm Shops

Page 49 Page 55

Fashion/Retail Gown Studio Grace & Glory Lilys Of Shifnal

Page 87 Page 91 Page 89

Flaming Fires Wolverhampton Fireplaces

Page 11 Page 13

Blyth Group Cookes Furnishers Creative Interiors Dreamworld Interiors Italia Merridale Furnishers Sofa Factory Outlet Virgo Interiors

Page 21 Page 25 Page 27 Page 33 Page 35 Page 13 Page 31 Page 37

Church Road Motors Hi Q Tyres Oaken Garage

Page 124 Page 117 Page 124

Fireplaces/Stoves Furniture/Furnishings

Garage Services


T.A.Henn Bespoke Kitchens Eaton Kitchens Greenstripes Shropshire Lawn Company Berriman Eaton Rick Hampton Albrighton Acupuncture Centre City Osteopaths Kevin & John The Studio

Page 61/95 Page 63 Page 65 Page 59 Page 62 Page 89 Page 111

Diamond Home Support

Page 46

Compton Hospice

Page 97


Page 85

Blyth Group Creative Interiors Total Glass Fittings Virgo Interiors

Page 21 Page 27 Page 17 Page 37


Hospitals (Private) Interior Designers

Page 42

Restaurants/Pubs Bentlands Blakelands Bravaccios Cross Guns French Connection Halfpenny Green Vineyards Patshull Park Penn Tandoori Rajkonna Sir Jacks Wergs Golf Club Wolverhampton Racecourse Wombourne Tandoori

Page 73 Page 77 Page 78 Page 76 Page 77 Page 71 Page 79 Page 76 Page 81 Page 73 Page 82 Page 83 Page 78

Roofing Contractors Dent & Partners

Page 114

Skip Hire Wolverhampton Skip Hire

Daisy Fresh & Essential Village Deli

Home Support Services

Page 111

Print & Design

Page 17


Page 99 Page 99


Total Glass Fittings

Handyman Services

Page 47

Pain Management Specialists

Page 115

Solar Energy Installation

Glass & Hardware Specialists


Page 9

Music Lessons

Ace Solar Excel Solar


Page 115 Page 111

Letting Agents

Page 53 Page 54 Page 57

Golf Academy Lillyshall Hall Golf Club Patshull Park Peter Baker Golf Academy Wergs Golf Club

Page 15 Page 29

Lawn Care

David Austin Roses Lealans Garden Centre OCL

Golf Clubs/Driving Ranges

Page 7/95

Kitchens (Supply, Design & Fit)

Page 115 Page 113

Supermarkets & Delicatessen Page 66/67 Page 51

Taxis ABC Countdown Taxis Codsall Cars

Page 42 Page 47

Theatres The Grand Theatre

Page 131

Tiles & Interiors Heart of Stone Tile Choice

Page 25 Page 5

Travel Agencies Travel Bureau

Page 69

Tyres Hi Q Tyres

Page 117

Vineyard & Craft Centre Halfpenny Green Vineyard

Page 71

Window Cleaning Services Dave’s Window Cleaning

Page 110

Windows & Conservatories Bradmore Windows Tettenhall Windows

Page 2 Page 23

wolverhampton west magazine | june/july 2012

Great Theatre at the Grand! FRI 8 JUNE

MON 11 - SAT 16 JUNE


JOE Pasquale

Written by


Robert Powell

Richard Gordon and Ted Willis


Directed by

Ian Talbot

TUES 3 - SAT 7 JULY starring Chris Ellison and Tony Adams

Arlene Phillips & Adam Spiegel present


Vincent Simone andin Flavia Cacace



MON 23 - SAT 28 JULY



Starring Colin Baker and Peter Amory

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Flaunt it from every angle

XC90 D5 R-Design Premium Auto RRP £42,570

SAVING £8,112


£34,458 OTR

The R-Design adds even more attitude to the XC90. With sport chassis, stainless steel scuff plates, sport seats and double exhaust pipes, it is a design that will turn heads.

BRINDLEY WOLVERHAMPTON T. 08430 222908 Wolverhampton Road, Codsall, Wolverhampton WV8 1HF Also now at

BRINDLEY STOURBRIDGE Grange Lane, Lye, Stourbridge DY9 7HH


Fuel consumption for the Volvo XC90 D5 R-Design Premium Auto in mpg: Urban 25.7, Extra Urban 41.5, Combined 34.0, CO2 emissions 219 g/km. Price based on non metallic. Offer on stock vehicles only. Prices supersede

all previous offers and are correct at time of going to press. Pictures for illustration only. Part of the Brindley Garages Group – keeping the West Midlands motoring since 1931.

Wolverhampton West Magazine June/July 2012  
Wolverhampton West Magazine June/July 2012  

Issue 26 - July 2012. Wolverhampton West Magazine. Monthly Lifestyle/Business and Community Magazine produced by Studio 28 Design & Print.