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June/July 2013

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Hello Readers You may be feeling ripped-off and thoroughly exploited at the moment - we feel it too, we read the newspapers and a lot of the latest news has given us the blues. News of fuel price fixing allegations at BP and Shell suggests we’ve all been taken for a very expensive ride, shelling out over the odds for black stuff more pricey than caviar. Like the city-boy Libor scandal before it (only less boring), it’s sent our collective blood pressure (BP) soaring to record levels. Well, here’s your tonic. It’s the sound of champagne corks whizzing and popping at Wolverhampton West HQ, in celebration of our magazine’s third anniversary. An achievement we are all particularly proud of and keen to share with you in our magazine retrospective feature. But don’t think we’ve been resting on our laurels, drunk on our own success - oh no, it’s business as usual in the coming pages: features full of facts, familiar faces, fashion and fun and frolics, designed especially to see you get the best out of the coming summer months and the local area. And there’s more: stories of local interest - like Diffusion’s move into the landmark “Bank” building on Lichfield Street in Wolverhampton, pointers on home design and furnishings, beauty tips designed with summer in mind and a top motoring section so good it must surely drive the competition ’round the bend. It’s the very least we can do for you, dear reader. Enjoy your read...


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Happy Birthday Wolverhampton West 4 The Local Property Market by Nick Berriman 8 Summer Homes 10 Louise Presley Turner – Life Coach 12 Comatose Culture in Claverley 14 Wolverhampton Carvers Marathon 16 Crosswords & Puzzles 18 W.I. Wulfrunians 20 The Search for Annie 20 Recipe of the Month 22 Grand Theatre Competition 26 Have you got the Tettenhall Factor 28 Creating a Financial Legacy for your Family 32 Rotary Club of Wolverhampton 40 Awnings 42 Gardening with Ann Winwood 44 Good designs are Timeless 45 Another Award for Allan 48 Spring at the Vineyards 49 Kinver Country Fayre 50 The Beauty of Canada 52 Holiday Preparations 54 Wolverhampton Round Table “Reaching New Heights” 56 Men’s Fashion: Get Noticed this Summer 60 Golf Tip 62 Tee for Two 64 Compton in the Park 66 Cosford Prepares to Dish Up its First Food Festival 72 Sunday Lunch 76 A New Store for Diffusion 84 Pretty Woman Goes Gorgeous 86 Summer Beach Body 88 Win £250 worth of Vouchers with Diffusion 90 Get Gorgeous, Glowing Skin - Whatever Your Age 92 Amazing Hair at WOW 94 Women’s Fashion: Sunshine Styles 96/97 Combatting the Summer Sniffles 100 Toms Tip 103 Education & Schooling 108 The Social Scene 112/115 Centenary Year of the MINI 122 BMW 330D Touring 124 Sleek new CLA Coupé at Mercedes-Benz 126 of Wolverhampton AFC Wulfrunians 129 Answers to Puzzles 129

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Happy Birthday Wolverhampton West: Our Magazine Celebrates Its Third Anniversary! Thirteen is unlucky. Seven is clichéd. But three is a magic number: there’s the Holy Trinity, the Three Musketeers and, er, the Three Stooges. Forget that the best things in life are free, this year the best things are three. Wolverhampton West Magazine was three years old last month. So before we get the party started, we thought we’d take a wander down memory lane with you, dear reader. The brainchild of Perton-based couple, sales director, Gisella Wiley, and editor, Geoff Hall, the magazine took its first baby steps in the uncertain times of doom and gloom recession and from modest beginnings quickly became a firm favourite among its 48,000 readership. In fact, without wishing to blow their own trumpet, there were hardly any teething problems at all. With a mandate to serve and celebrate the local community, Wolverhampton West thrived when so many others fell by the wayside. And no-one knows exactly why that is better than our illustrious editor: “Our success is mainly down to a great professional team working on the magazine. Everyone is motivated to produce a quality publication that readers will enjoy.” And today the mission is no different to three years ago: Wolverhampton West is still a bastion of local news, a champion of local charities; a platform for local business and, above all, a servant of the community. 04

Geoff is always keen to stress he wanted a quality magazine from the get-go - not just a directory of advertisers. “When we started there wasn’t anything of this ilk in the area: we wanted a proper local magazine that made good light reading, not just a pamphlet listing businesses. And today is no different, of course. “We felt we could really contribute to the local community by carving out a niche product that could please both reader and advertiser alike. Good quality editorial is win-win for both parties. I think our success underscores this fact above all others.” But don’t take their word for it, if you want proof that readers love this magazine, Geoff has the hefty postbag he receives every day as evidence. “We continue to get lots of positive feedback from readers saying how much they enjoy reading the magazine, because it includes lots of features on local organisations and businesses.” So as you can see it’s not all self-praise and immodesty. Well, ok, some of it is, but this is a perk of the job. And since we are all well aware that pride comes before the fall, they’d like to thank all the readers and advertisers for the years’ of support and ask you to join us for a toast to the continued good health of the magazine. Sadly, for budgetary reasons, complimentary champagne is not available for every reader. This is a free magazine, after all. wolverhampton west magazine | june/july 2013










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The Local Property Market by Nick Berriman There was a poll in one of the national newspapers recently asking which professionals are most trusted to tell the truth. Top of the list was the family doctor with 83%, followed by teachers and judges in the top three. The list descended through journalists and politicians until guess who was bottom with 13%? The only good news was that bankers were not on the list as there was a distinct possibility that we would have beaten them! I know it is a long standing music hall joke to take the mickey out of estate agents but it is quite worrying if we have lost all public confidence. When my father started 60 years ago estate agents were respected professionals so what has gone wrong in the meantime? I think it is only since the first property boom in 1973 that things have gone downhill. It is probably due to a small number of black sheep who sought to make unjustified profit from the overheated market and a number of high profile cases of fraudulent behaviour that started our slide down the graph of public regard. I think (and you will say he would say that wouldn’t he) that this is tarring very many hard working, honest and reliable people with a brush which should be reserved for the few who transgress. We were criticised for our part in the gazumping problems 08

– and doesn’t that seem part of a different world – but it was not generally understood that when a higher offer was made before contracts were exchanged the agent was under a legal obligation to report that offer to the seller who had to decide what action to take. The whole problem could have been resolved years ago if the Government had adopted a clause in the Estate Agents Act which would mean that all agents would have to have a recognised qualification before being allowed to practise. This is the case with Solicitors and Accountants but the government think that it would restrict competition. The responsible members of the profession have wanted registration for many years and the majority have joined the Ombudsman Scheme which gives some redress against improper behaviour. Many are either Chartered Surveyors or members of the National Association of Estate Agents, both of which organisations police the behaviour of their members. We don’t expect you to love us but please don’t stereotype us all with the music hall image! So, what of current market conditions? It’s qualified good news. The better weather has brought a renewed surge of interest with more viewings, more sales and a good number of new instructions which can often kick start a stagnant market. Government initiatives

to help purchasers are having an effect but the most important ingredient is confidence. If buyers have confidence that things will get better, or at least not get worse, then the market will become stronger. This confidence depends to a high degree on the state of the economy both in this country and globally. Strange things can trigger an improvement. The boom in 1973 has been attributed the Chairman of one of the Building Societies (I won’t say which one in case he is still alive!) going on television, predicting that prices would rise and recommending that people should buy today as they might not be able to afford to tomorrow. Wouldn’t it be nice if something like that could happen again ! In all seriousness no-one wants to see a crazy boom with prices going sky high as that helps nobody and there is always payback time. However we may be seeing the first green shoots of a recovery.We have certainly seen a significant increase in activity during recent weeks with a higher level of enquiry and viewings. This demand has led to more sales and it is encouraging that, in contrast to the recent past, more of the interest has been for mid and upper price range properties. Watch this space for monthly reports, hopefully confirming that this trend is continuing.

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Survey the outside of the property; look at the roof, the walls, the guttering and down pipes, drains, window and door frames, windows and doors. Survey the fabric inside too. Look at the ceilings, walls, woodwork, is it all in good repair? Look under widows for signs of damp. Look at ceilings upstairs for signs of a leaking roof. Remember where the draughts came from last winter, make a note and plan to have them banished. Now think about the services of the property. When was the house last re-wired? Are there enough power points and are they in the right places? What about lighting, is there enough? Should you be considering outside security lights, they are cheap enough these days. Was the central heating performing well last winter? If not it may be time to renew the boiler, put in more radiators, change the fuel or the entire system. Have you had the boiler overhauled yet, it should be done every year?

Summer Homes Summer is a wonderful time for the home owner. The weather and light are conducive to repairs and redecoration, the opportunity is there to extend and improve and, with the past winter in mind, appropriate changes may be made to ensure the next cold snap will pass unnoticed indoors. Mind you, there are problems. You have to do everything properly because that clear summer light shows up every little imperfection, highlights every faded spot and emphasises those murkier areas you hoped noone would ever notice. Still, your home represents a considerable investment so it pays to keep it in tip-top shape if only to maintain the value of your investment. Start off with the fabric of the building, is it intact? Could it do with some long over-due repairs? If so, don’t delay, either get down to the work yourself or, get in a good local builder to tackle the work. 10

Perhaps there are more radical changes you could do with. If you need more space, perhaps an extension would be an idea. Have you a loft that could be converted, a garage you could build over, or space in the garden? Think of what you could do with that extra accommodation. On the other hand, a conservatory might be a better idea. Again it could open up all sorts of possibilities as well as bringing your home and garden into much closer proximity. If an extension is on the cards, have a word with your local planning department, they’ll put you on the right road to organising it. They may even be able to give you a list of approved architects, surveyors and builders. Less expensive but almost as useful might be an extra bathroom, shower room or cloakroom. They are all amenities that will add to the value of your home as will double glazing, cavity wall insulation, specially insulated exterior doors or a burglar alarm. Of course your home may not be able to provide the space for such radical innovations, so you could just concentrate on your bathroom. With a brand new suite, separate shower cubicle, bidet and vanity unit your comfortable bathroom could become a

luxury one and thus one of the supreme pleasures in your life. When all or any of that is in hand you’ll need to give some thought to decor. There’s nothing like bright sunshine to show up the flaws in that wallpaper, those chips in the paint. There never has been a better selection of decorating materials in the shops, and it’s at prices most can afford. Hire shops will provide the tools and equipment and you can supply the energy. It really takes comparatively little time to give your home a completely different look and with modern materials, most of the difficulties have been ironed out so you don’t need the greatest of skills. Of course, all this has its disadvantages. Once the inside looks perfect, the furnishings may begin to show signs of age. Well why not? The shops are stacked full of wonderful furniture and furnishings. And don’t you think you owe yourself the comfort and pleasure of a completely face-lifted home? Of course you do. And if you can’t quite run to a new suite, a new carpet and loose covers with some spectacular scatter cushions and curtains to match will make everything look brand new. When all that has been attended to, give a thought to your kitchen. Is it fit for the second decade of the 21st century? Does it have all that is necessary to make your life easy? Does it accommodate all the family’s requirements? Are you proud to show it off to your friends and family? Take a tour around the big DIY stores or the specialist kitchen suppliers. If you don’t see the kitchen you could kill for, it would be most surprising. The latest kitchens are breathtakingly beautiful, wonderfully practical and supremely comfortable. For those who have to spend a great deal of their time at home in that kitchen, the best is really only just good enough. So there you have it. This summer, turn your home into a show house. Make it the envy of your friends, the focus of your family’s activities, the haven you all need to relax in at the end of a busy day. It’ll take a month or two to get it right but when you’re done, just think how satisfying it all will be!

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Do you ever wish your family or friends were more supportive of your goals? Do you feel alone and unsupported in the world? Do you feel destined for bigger things? I clearly remember handing in my notice at work 7 years ago. I walked into my boss’s office, with my hands trembling I slid my resignation letter across the table and told him that I was leaving to start my own business and write my first book. It wasn’t the normal ‘I’m leaving’ conversation he was used to having, that I’m sure. It was without doubt the scariest, yet most liberating moment of my life. When I announced my departure to my friends and colleagues the responses were unexpectedly mixed. As I shared my vision of being an author, talking on stage and helping people around the world, people looked at me like I’d literally lost the plot. It was like I was an alien from another planet talking a different language. This was a big wake-up call for me. People didn’t seem to share my enthusiasm. The truth is, not everyone wants the same things in life, not everyone has the courage to pursue their dreams and not everyone is willing to take the action necessary to make the change. Deep within my being (as terrifying as it was) I wanted bigger things for my

life. I knew I was here for a reason and I wanted to make my mark on the world, it was almost like a calling from above. I couldn’t bear another day wasted doing work that didn’t inspire me, working with people who didn’t share my ambition and passion for life. I wanted out. It takes courage and guts to leave the flock and go your own way, those around you will be sceptical and dubious. As much as our family and friends love us and care for us, they all have their own opinion and idea about what they think we should or shouldn’t be doing with our life. And this gets in the way and influences us greatly. But here’s the truth. People don’t like change. What a surprise eh? When they see us forging forward and doing big things, it almost highlights their own inaction and inadequacy to change their own life. And it also scares them, as they may think that the changes you’re making will somehow alter your relationship with them. It can be a bitter pill for them to swallow. People almost need to see your success before they fully get behind your goal. Believe me, I’ve been there. Very often my clients experience resistance from those around them as they move forwards towards their goal. This is where having a coach in your corner is invaluable. The key is not to let others stop you from pursuing your dreams. So how do you get the support you need in times of change and uncertainty? Here’s what to do.

get into action, show them you can do it and find support elsewhere.

Keep your light under a bushel. Much like pregnancy, we keep our special news a secret until we’ve reached the 12-week milestone. There is nothing sweeter than announcing your new venture to the world once you’re well on your way to success. Keep your light under a bushel until you’re good and ready otherwise you run the risk of others pouring cold water on your motivation and slowing down your progress.

Find people who share you goal. Finding support is really the difference between you succeeding and failing. When you’re working towards a big goal you need people in your corner who can peel you off the floor when you’re feeling flattened and who can also celebrate your successes. Those that have support and accountability achieve their goals far quicker and with greater ease. Find support groups, networking groups, online communities or consider hiring a coach or mentor. It makes the world of difference! Don’t live a life of mediocrity just to fit in or please others, be brave, be bold and go for it!

You owe it to yourself.

Remember, you can’t change your family or friends. Your family is your family. Love them for who they are and don’t waste your energy trying the change them or convince them that you’re right or your big idea will work. Instead,

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Comatose Culture in Claverley By Rob Taylor Lazier than a rug on Valium; more sleepy than an Octogenarian peer in the House of Lords, the village of Claverley in Shropshire is like an episode of Midsomer Murders. Without the murder. In fact, I’d bet that the closest any one of the 1,000-odd residents who live there has ever got to such scandal is vicarious and from the s of The Daily Mail. Wife-swapping orgies and cross-dressing vicars may be prime tabloid fodder, but such titillation has no business here. This is a time-capsule, archived and enshrined in the 1950s by custodians for the benefit of future generations. Today visitors peer into the past as they seek solace from the dark and nasty big wide world. Wi-fi won’t work here, Sat-navs can’t find it and there’s no mobile phone coverage. Like some Amish community - minus the beards and big hats - Claverley is a sight


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of this hero) and that the Holy Cross is the unifying theme.

And as is always the case with such a picturesque English idyll, it has a church. And a few pubs. There’s also Postman Pat. A local do-gooder collecting for Oxfam and a Range Rover with shotguns and a Labrador in the back. Oh yes, and some retired gentle-folk to fill up the tea rooms, while extolling the virtues of composting.

Personally I wondered if it depicted Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale from his Canterbury Tales. However, students of history reliably inform me that his book was penned some hundred-odd years later. And that it never featured a blond Australian called Heath Ledger.

It may not sound like much, but it’s a tonic to the hum-drum rat race. And I can recommend a look at the rare 13th century wall painting inside All Saints Church, depicting knights in combat. If you’re a clever clogs you may even want to pick up this gauntlet: to help the research boffins who have yet to identify exactly what it’s all about. Suggestions abound and include the idea that it depicts scenes from the 5th century poem Psychopathic - a battle between virtue and vice - by Prudentius. Another theory conjectures that the knight with the horn is Roland (it is therefore the only surviving medieval mural

One relic of the past that even the preservationist culture in Claverley could not immortalise for posterity is Gatacre Hall. A local landmark and prominent ruin in the latter part of the 20th century. The owner, Lord Gatacre, seemingly just disappeared some hundred years ago and abandoned his home to the creeping decay of time. It is thought that the site was until then occupied since the first hall was built in 1200, but the second rebuild was completed in 1730 and it is this Georgian example that occupies the minds of locals and lives on, shrouded in mystery. So maybe there’s something for Barnaby and Troy to investigate after all.

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The Search For ‘Annie’ When Bilston Operatic Company decided on a date to audition girls for their production of Annie, no one could have predicted the extreme weather conditions that were experienced on that weekend in March, but in true ‘Am Dram’ style the show - or in this case the auditions - must go on. As the gates opened at Tettenhall College at 8.30am on Sunday 24th March, the eager and excited girls began to arrive. By 9.30am

over 100 girls had turned up and it was time for the search for Annie and the orphans to begin. Towers Theatre lit up with the sound of girls singing their hearts out to ‘Hard Knock Life’. It was evident quite early on that the production team were not going to have an easy job whittling down the numbers. By 11.00am, the 100 had become 45. The next half an hour would prove to be the most difficult. The two groups were finally decided (17 in each!!!). Now to find Annie. The budding Annie’s were asked to sing ‘Maybe’ and perform a short piece of dialogue. Finally after nearly four hours, numerous renditions of ‘Maybe’, Amber Hughes and Phoebe Bruerton were cast as Annie It had been a long morning for all concerned, there were the inevitable tears from the


disappointed, but the talent that was witnessed by all concerned meant that it could have been cast four times over. Congratulations to you all!! A special mention must go to the parents who ‘dug’ themselves out of drives or walked for miles in the snow to enable their daughters to take part in the auditions and pursue a dream ‘Annie’ is a heart-warming tale of a young orphan girl’s journey from the hard-knocks New York orphanage to the luxurious home of powerful, self-assured billionaire Oliver Warbucks. Bilston Operatic Company will perform this much loved family musical at The Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton from 5th – 9th November 2013. Tickets are available from the theatre box office 01902 429212 or from any company member. For more information please visit or contact the secretary 01902 745739.

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It’s Official - Diffusion’s New Store Is Now Open Following extensive re-development with a £500,000 budget, the listed building has been transformed from its previous incarnation as a bar into a stylish and modern store.

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Guests were lucky enough to get a first look at the well-designed interior - which marries period character features with modern and contemporary styling - and given a chance to check-out Diffusion’s clothing collections from both established brands and up-and-coming designers. Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, former footballer and TV personality Ian Wright and Wolves legend Steve Bull where present among the crowds on the night to celebrate the launch.

There’s no better way to mark the opening of a brand new store than with champagne, celebration and celebrity guests. And that’s exactly what Diffusion boss, Gerald Bailey, and his business partner, Carl Peddie, planned when they welcomed more than 250 visitors to the launch of their newly relocated designer fashion store on Thursday 2nd May. Making the move from its premises in Victoria Street, the independent retailer has set up home in the former Midland Bank building which is situated next to the art gallery in Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton.

Gerald started the company with Carl back in 1989 and the business grew from a small shop in Broad Street into a large independent concern that now boasts 14 stores across the country, a multi-million pound annual turnover and a team of 329 staff. The new premises will not only provide stylish shoppers with the best in designer goods, but will also act as the company’s new headquarters, with an administrative department located on the first floor and a dedicated office for Diffusion’s website on the top storey. “We’re really proud of our new flagship store. The response from our customers has been fantastic and sales are great,” says Carl.

Have You Got The Tettenhall Factor? Tettenhall Round Table are a group of local men aged between 18 and 45 who regularly get together to participate in a variety of activities such as go-karting, clay pigeon shooting and quad biking as well as organising and supporting local community events (including Tettenhall Village Fete) and raising money for local charities. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, this year’s Tettenhall Village Fete looks set to be the biggest and best yet! Top attractions include a stage dedicated to local artistic talent, from up and coming bands to local dance and theatre groups. Benham BMW will also be offering a free entry raffle to win a BMW for a weekend as well as giving all fete attendants the opportunity to draw and write personal messages on to a real BMW in special marker pens! 28

Signal 107 will again be in attendance throughout the day along with local businesses, charities and organisations who will be providing refreshments and entertainment including a bouncy castle, tombola, Clairvoyant and the now legendary Tettenhall Round Table Tea Tent kindly packed with a fine selection of yummy cakes made by local residents (donations are greatly appreciated!). West Midlands Concert Orchestra will also be performing on the day. Through the fete, Tettenhall Round Table hope to generate in excess of £5000 on the day for Children’s Wish – a small, national charity that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses - as well as raising funds for other local causes.

Tettenhall Village Fete takes place on Sunday 7th July on Tettenhall Village Green with stalls opening at 12pm and the raffle being drawn at 4pm. Entrance is free all day. Your support will be greatly appreciated by all involved and also by all who will benefit from the donations!

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Creating A Financial Legacy For Your Family Raising a child is a costly business - nappies, clothes, pocket money and school trips are just the tip of the iceberg. The results of a survey indicated that by the time your child has reached 21 you would have spent an average of £218,000 on their upbringing (Source:, January 2012). It doesn’t get any easier once they reach adulthood age. The chances are high that they will need financial help to fund a gap year, or to get a foot on the property ladder. But looking after your children doesn’t end when they start carving out a career and have a family of their own. In all likelihood you will want to create a financial legacy to ensure that the wealth you have created is preserved, protected and passed on to them. Preserving as much of your wealth as possible requires careful estate planning; otherwise you may not pass on as much wealth as you anticipate. Inheritance tax (IHT), which is just one barrier to the transfer of wealth, is a 40 per cent tax imposed on the worldwide estate of anyone who is UK-domiciled on all assets above the nil rate band of £325,000. The nil rate band can be passed to a surviving spouse, if not used, increasing the survivor’s nil rate band to up to £650,000. The Chancellor has now confirmed that the allowance will now be frozen until April 2018. One of the simplest IHT mitigation tools is a Will. Not only can a well drafted Will mitigate IHT, it is also crucial for anyone wanting to protect their family from a huge headache after they die. Only with an appropriately drafted Will can you be certain that your estate will go to the right people. If you do not

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The Rotary Club Of Wolverhampton Raise Funds for Your Club Best Foot Forward, 13th July 2013 The Rotary Club of Wolverhampton are organising on the 13th July 2013 at Aldersley Leisure Village and Sports Centre, a Unique Community Fund Raising event with the support of Wolverhampton City Council and the Express & Star.

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Health Check Day 11th May 2013 Rotary Club of Wolverhampton and the M S Centre, Newbridge The local Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre set up and opened by members of the Rotary Club of Wolverhampton in 1986 in Newbridge, Tettenhall, has recently acquired the bungalow which adjoins the property and set about a refurbishment program to expand the centre. The Wolves Aid Charity “Kicked Off” the work to improve facilities at the Centre with a donation of £20,000 to help provide private treatment rooms, a counselling suite and a training and exercise area for the growing number of patients and visitors attending. These further facilities will enable additional therapies and treatments to be on hand. The cheque was presented to centre chairman Peter Williams and club president Mel Eves, when Wolves chief executive, Jez Moxey together with Dean Saunders visited to see for themselves the work that the centre does. 40

Once again the Rotary Clubs of Wolverhampton and Tettenhall joined forces to help volunteer members of staff from the Wolverhampton Royal Hospitals Trust with what has been over the last decade, the annual Stroke Awareness Day in the Wulfrun Centre. These earlier events were restricted to advising members of the public the likely risk of stroke through high blood pressure, but this year the Hospitals Trust had instigated a more rigorous series of tests. The event was held in the Concourse of the Wulfrun Centre on May 11th 2013, where Rotarians engaged in conversation with passers by, and those who showed an interest were given a twenty minute thorough health check including blood pressure and BMI advice. Over two hundred people were seen during the day, which resulted in several members of the public being encouraged to seek immediate medical help, but many were given encouragement when they were given the allclear. Once again an ideal example of Rotary working hand in hand with volunteer professionals to help the public. President Mel Eves commented, learning your blood pressure is high can be worrying, but visiting the volunteers at this event was very worthwile as they were able to give advice on the simple steps you can take to keep it under control, as well as other measures to keep fit and healthy. wolverhampton west magazine | june/july 2013

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The Growing Season Is Here After the cold weather in March and a few brighter days at the end of April, May started off cold and wet again, but as we move into June lets hope the weather will settle down and we get some warm sunny days. With a few days warm weather the plants will soon start to grow. Plant up your basket and keep it inside until the beginning of June depending on the weather, remember it’s not unknown to get a late frost in early June, especially this year as everything’s been delayed. Why not plant a basket up with one type of plant for example trailing petunias for an instant effect or even a productive one with tumbling tomatoes or herbs. The end of May/beginning of June is about the right time for

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planting out the more tender bedding plants, such as Salvias, Dahlias and Geraniums. Although we won’t have the seed raised bedding Impatiens, we will be having the new New Guinea Impatiens Divine which appears to resist Downy Mildew. Spray gooseberries against sawfly, as once you get the caterpillars on your plants they’ll strip it within a matter of days. Protect any fruit against bird damage by netting over the bushes. Trim back perennial Alyssum and Aubretia as soon as the flowers finish. Very often Aubretia will produce another batch of flowers later in the summer and into the autumn. Early flowering shrubs such as Weigela, Deutzia and Philadelphus can be pruned back after flowering ends. A neat lawn makes everything else in the garden look at its best. Apply lawn feeds and weed killers now.

We have a new product in stock at the moment called MO Bacter which is a slow release organic fertiliser for lawns. This feeds the lawn over a 12 week period and contains a bacteria (bacillus sp) which is naturally found in the soil and when added to fertiliser it consumes dead material like thatch and moss, it makes it unnecessary for raking or scarification after treatment. It’s been used on our own domestic lawns and we’ve found it to be an excellent product. Although we’re rapidly approaching the warmest months of the year, give a thought to planting some seed potatoes for a Christmas crop. These should be planted in July and can be harvested ready to cook for Christmas dinner.


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Garden Design Inspiration What should you look for when getting your garden professionally designed? We ask Andi Way, award-winning garden designer at Boningale Garden Creations, to summarise his tips and advice in this one-minute interview. What makes a good garden designer? A good garden designer has to be in tune with the customer – and gaining trust is absolutely vital. This means spending hours with a customer to ascertain exactly how they want to use the garden and what it is they want to achieve. Go through existing features, talk about preferred styles, and, crucially, budget. It’s only when those details are sorted that the design can be created. I’m not one for just immediately sending in the hard landscaper – the garden has to be considered as a whole, as a living space.

What should people look for if they want to use a garden design company? Do some digging! Before signing on the dotted line, ask to speak to previous customers and check to see if it is a member of the Association of Professional Landscapers – this will give you added assurance of quality and guarantee of service.

and having the imagination to see how they could work in a domestic environment. Even something as simple as painting a fence black and using it as a backdrop to show off the colourful plants can work wonders. Taking gardens of various sizes and conditions, building ideas and bringing ideas to life is a really satisfying process. It’s a rewarding job.

Where do you get your inspiration from? I visit lots of National Trust gardens to pick up ideas. You don’t have to have a large or grand garden to be able to inject some of the design tips and styles that are used in Trust Gardens. It’s about honing the idea

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quickly obtained contracts with 15 garden centres to regularly supply components and kits for garden watering. At the same time Garden Magic applied for, and received, a European grant to develop an e-commerce website. Wolverhampton University was commissioned to do this detailed work and in 2006 was born. It boasts an Installation team who recently installed an irrigation system for Lord Saville’s Estate near Huddersfield (now privately owned). The company then greatly expanded, now having a UKwide marketplace. Orders from householders all over the country poured in and a range of garden lighting was introduced; the company then exhibiting at the GLEE trade show at the NEC and also at the Malvern Spring Gardening Show. The website has recently been completely updated and Garden Magic has given

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Another Award for Allan It’ll be no surprise for Wolverhampton West Magazine readers to hear that legendary Codsall butcher, Allan Bennett, has been at it again; bringing home the bacon for his latest competition entries. Allan scooped an impressive six gold awards at the Butcher’s and Baker’s Spring Fair that was held at The Three Counties Showground, Malvern, on Sunday 7th April. The event attracts hundreds of people from all over the UK and offers visitors the opportunity to meet a range of exhibitors from across the industry who showcase new and existing products and services. Gaining further recognition for his already famous pork pies, sausage rolls, burgers and black pudding, Allan impressed judges in each of the categories - in fact, Allan’s black pudding was deemed the best in the show.


Allan explains: “It was great day in Malvern and I was really pleased to win the awards and proud that our black pudding made an impression. “All of our products are made using good quality ingredients, we spend time perfecting them to make sure they are the best they can be and the results speak for themselves.” If Allan’s not winning awards, then he’s probably handing them out:

“On the 10th April I was busy judging entries for The Great Hampshire Sausage & Pie Competition in Winchester, which was organised by Hampshire Fare. There were some really good meat products from many local butchers and I enjoyed getting a look at them all.” There’s sure to be many more honours on the horizon for Allan in the very near future, so watch this space.

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Vines, Wine And All Things Fine… With warmth finally in the air, there’s no better place to get out and spend time enjoying the best of English countryside, than at Halfpenny Green Vineyards in South Staffordshire. After wandering through the rows of vines as they start their bud burst on a self-guided trail through the vineyards (for a nominal fee with a glass of wine afterwards) why not head in and check out the fabulous spring menu on offer in the restaurant and tearooms, or enjoy an afternoon tea with lovely homemade cakes and scones. In the shop there are more special offers to look out for, along with the

range of great gifts for food and drink lovers, including speciality teas, artisan chocolates and attractive preserves. Treat yourself to Halfpenny Green Vineyard’s very own award winning wine also available in the shop; with last year’s rosé now ready to buy, it’s an ideal drink for a long lunch or an evening get together with friends. To celebrate English Wine Week, Halfpenny Green Vineyards is running free mini tours and tastings at 12pm and 3pm from Sat 25th May to Sat 1st June, where visitors

can see how the winery operates, learn about the season of the vineyards and try some of the award-winning wine produced on site. Call 01384 221122 to find out more or book your place. Open every day and with the craft centre and fishing lakes also on offer, there’s so much to do at Halfpenny Green Vineyards, making it a great place to meet friends, enjoy a refreshing drink or hearty lunch, or just relax in the tranquil countryside.

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Kinver Country Fayre Sunday 16 June 2013

Heavy horses, vintage vehicles, crafts, live music, fine food and real ale are just some of the things on offer at this year’s Kinver Country Fayre on Father’s Day, Sunday 16 June. Don’t miss the Grand Parade through the High Street at 11am, featuring heavy horses and carts, dancers, musicians, colourful characters in costume, steam engines and vintage vehicles. Dads on their day out might find the line-up of vintage vehicles appeals. The focus is on the 1920s with locally produced Beans and Clynos, a Bull Nosed Morris contingent and other rare beasts. This year the Fayre features House of the Blackstar. The re-enactment group, based at Whittington Castle, will be setting up camp on Stag Meadow. They have a full programme of entertainment planned, with their own arena to showcase battles, weapons displays, music, dancing and archery. Another new attraction for 2013 is the Wye Valley Axe Men, who will be staging some great shows in the arena. Animals play a big part in the day. The popular fun dog show will be back, along with the DRUAC dog agility team and their athletic canines. You can meet some rather special owls and very large horses; see alpacas, goats and ponies; get to know a selection of small animals and reptiles from Dudley Zoo and take a donkey ride. Children can also enjoy puppet shows, activities with the Scouts and football challenges with Kinver Colts. For those interested in shopping, village shops and dozens of stalls will be tempting visitors with delicious food, handmade crafts, jewellery, furniture, wooden items and leather goods, plus plenty of fun and games. Then there’s the competitions tent, craft demonstrations, live music in the High Street and at the real ale tent and so much more….

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Round Table 17 embarks on its most adventurous challenge yet to support Tettenhall Wood School. Thirteen members of the Wolverhampton Round Table No. 17 are preparing to undertake the Four Peaks Challenge in June. The team led by Chairman Gary Thomson will climb Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland, Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales – each nation’s highest peak. The group hope to complete the challenge in under 40 hours. The journey will take the team by air, boat and car, covering 1,000 miles and walking around 33 miles whilst ascending almost 14,000 ft. The team have been training over recent months. Chairman Gary said: “The team range in age from 28 to 49 years old and many see this as a challenge to get fit, eat healthy and put something back into the community. We hope to raise in the region of £25,000 to fund a mini-van for the school.” Gary continues: “We have obviously had to plan the trip meticulously to consider the itinerary, safety and fitness. The trip is being funded solely by the members of Round Table themselves. Every penny raised will be used to support Tettenhall Wood School and other worthwhile local charities.” The Club are now registered for charitable status and have set up a Facebook ( wolverhamptonroundtable) so people can track the journey with regular updates and photographs on route. In addition, the Club are now active on 56

The Tabler’s visited Tettenhall Wood School recently to meet the children and staff. Andy Timbrell added: “It is fantastic to see the work that the staff are doing firsthand and to meet the children we hope to support. “Seven years ago Wolverhampton Round Table was close to closure with only five members. As the 17th oldest Club in Great Britain and Ireland, it is great to see that the Club has now grown and regularly has 18-20 members in attendance. This has meant that we can muster a team of this size and raise a substantial sum for local charities.” The club has been supported by their main sponsor Listers Group and sponsored by Forward vehicle Rentals, Alexander Head Insurance Brokers, DBA Estates Limited, Holdens Brewery and Peter Clarke Cultivation. In addition, the Club have been supported by Go Outdoors in Wolverhampton. Wolverhampton Round Table is a gentlemen’s club that has existed in the city since 1929. The club has members from all walks of life. They are involved in sport and leisure activities during the year and also carry out fund raising using their Christmas sleigh each year around Perton, Codsall and Pattingham. The Club meet at Perton Golf Club on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday in the month. Contact Wolverhampton Round Table is part of the worldwide Round Table movement to offer a club for likeminded men to socialise, meet new people and support the local community. To find out more please visit the dedicated website For more information please contact Andy Timbrell on 07738 941460, or email wolverhampton west magazine | june/july 2013

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Business incubation is not a new concept. It focuses on growing new companies and has been continually evolving since the mid 1980’s. What started as an experiment in the United States has over the course of three decades encompassed Europe and become a global trend. Being part of a business incubator creates opportunities to meet successful entrepreneurs. Working alongside people who are also trying to build a business can be a huge advantage to incubator tenants, providing a group of peers who understand the challenges and can share ideas and concepts. Such opportunities may not be available to entrepreneurs struggling solo with the day-to-day workings of running a business. SPARK Business Incubation Centre (SPARK BIC) was established in January 2004 and has since developed an enviable record in assisting new-start businesses through their early growth stages. The facilities and services provided at SPARK BIC are second to none and are specifically tailored to the needs of start-up or early stage businesses in the creative, ICT and technology sectors. There are four types of flexible business accommodation offered: a studio workstation, a shared office facility, an individual, fully furnished, modern, air conditioned office or associate membership for companies unable to commit to office accommodation. 58

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Tee For Two On Monday 13th May 2013 golfing enthusiasts gathered at Patshull Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club to take part in a golf day with a difference. A total of 22 teams made up of businesses and golfing fans from across the West Midlands competed against one another in a Celebrity Golf Tournament organised by two Wolverhampton based charities - Compton Hospice and Beacon Centre for the Blind. Teams were given the opportunity to tee off alongside some of football’s most celebrated players including Aston Villa’s Gary Shaw, West Bromwich Albion’s Cyrille Regis and Steve Daley, Geoff Palmer, Phil Parkes and Kenny Hibbitt of Wolverhampton Wanderers fame. Each team played 18 holes of golf before sitting down to an evening of entertainment which included food, the comedy styling’s of John Stiles, a raffle and grand auction before concluding with a prestigious prizegiving ceremony where trophies were handed out to the teams coming in first, second and third place. The team that took top prize were made up of Steve Smith, Ashley Bayliss, Dan Paton and Wolverhampton West’s

Gary Shaw teeing off with Kenny Hibbitt & Phil Parkes looking on

very own Geoff Hall who represented BNI (Business Networking International) Wulfrun. Geoff Hall from the winning team said of the day “Compton Hospice, Beacon Centre for the Blind and Steve Saul from Route 39 should be congratulated for organising such a fantastic day. A special mention should go to all the staff at Patshull Park for looking after everyone so well. To win was a real bonus and to be presented with the trophy by Albion legend Cyrille Regis capped off a great day”.

Simon Cater, Corporate Fundraiser for Compton Hospice said “We were delighted to see so many teams turn out to support the day. On The winning team from BNI Wulfrun being presented with their prizes by Albion behalf of both Compton legend Cyrille Regis (centre) L-R: Steve Smith, Geoff Hall, Ashley Bayliss, Dan Paton Hospice and Beacon Centre for the Blind I would like to thank everyone who took part including our sporting celebs who took time out of their busy schedules to support the event”.

The highlight of the evening was the comedian John Stiles son of world cup winner Nobby


Following the success of this year’s event another Charity Celebrity Golf day has already been arranged to take place on Monday 12th May 2014. For more information please contact either Simon Cater on 0845 2255 497 or email or Steve Saul, Route 39 on 07971012370 or email

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‘Compton in the Park 2013’ On Sunday 16th June 2013 In West Park, Wolverhampton 9.30am till 5pm

Compton Hospice

Caring Together

Charity Reg No: 512387

Following the success of our last years ‘Compton in the Park’ fun day, staged in conjunction with BBP Security Services & Training Ltd, we are doing it all again!    We will be taking over West Park in Wolverhampton to bring you a full family day of fun, activities and entertainment. Last year around 4,000 people came along to the fun day and a great time was had by all as you can see from some of these photos!

This year, get set to be wowed by sounds from some of the best live bands in the West Midlands and be entertained by the many arena acts we have lined up for you including cheer squads, dance groups, dog display team and street dance. Have a stroll around the many Compton market stalls, funfair rides, petting zoo and much, much more, or simply sit a relax with some food and drink provided by our very own coffee shop. Join in the fun with the Signal 107 radio roadshow who will be broadcasting live across

the county with presenter Dicky Dodd compering our arena and stage acts. Don’t miss the popular and very hilarious ‘It’s A Knockout’ competition. Watch brave teams slug it out in ridiculous foam filled races and watersoaked games. The louder you cheer, the wetter they get!  This free family fun day will be kicking off at 9.30am with the start of our ‘Annual 5 Mile Sponsored Memory Walk/Fun Run’  and with other activities and shows starting at 10am. Also new for this year we are featuring “Dive for Dosh” - a 150ft Bungee Jump in aid of Compton Hospice! Be brave and take that dive!

For details of all events and activities and to enter teams in It’s a Knockout, to enter the sponsored memory walk or to take part in the bungee jump – contact, call 0845 225 5497 and ask for the fundraising department, or visit 66

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Eighteenth Century Walled Garden Back Into Production At Apley Are you ready to wake up your taste buds and see something different on your plate? The award winning Apley Farm Shop will soon be supplying an amazing selection of unusual, tasty vegetables from the newly restored Apley Walled Garden. The gardens, which have been derelict for 50 years, have been brought back into production under the guidance of Lady Harriet Hamilton and head gardener Phil Allen. Work started in February, and with some very hard work an area of

the gardens has been transformed from scrub and grass into rows of vegetables, ready to supply Apley Farm Shop in the next few weeks. ‘We have sourced traditional varieties known for their flavour’ explained Phil Allen, the Head Gardener. ‘These varieties are well suited to the Walled Garden environment, but are not available in supermarkets.’ ‘We are thrilled that this very special garden which used to produce so much for so many people is now coming back into use in the twenty first century’ commented

Lady Hamilton. ‘There is a huge amount still to do. We are planning to grow soft fruit and flowers as well as vegetables. The greenhouses are run down, but once we have one of these in use we will be able to grow more exotic varieties.’ The work so far has been done by Apley Estate staff and volunteers. The gardens are open for private group tours, strictly by prior appointment only. To register as a volunteer or book a tour, contact Apley Farm Shop: 01952 730 345,, Apley Farm Shop, Pigg’s Playbarn and The Creamery are open seven days a week, 9.30am - 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am - 4pm on Sundays. Apley Holiday Cottages 01746 762 110.

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Department Store On The River Severn Bridgnorth’s Old Mill Antiques Centre is still attracting as many visitors as it always has since its opening back in 1996, when people flocked to the Low Town venue to see the opening of the new centre.


The choice at the Old Mill is almost endless, it is a lot more than just an Antiques Centre it is really a Department Store on the banks of the River Severn, and is therefore ideally located to spend a day out. The range of items on sale is vast, catering for all kinds of tastes and budgets - and that’s why the Old Mill is so popular.

Jewellery, porcelain, militaria and weapons, pop ephemera, watercolours, oil paintings, silver, collectables, linen, upholstery, antique furniture and quality reproduction furniture - the list just goes on and on. “People come here to browse and buy from all over the country, often spending hours here and having a break in our tearooms, which opens for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. I think part of the attraction is that people can browse at their leisure, there is no pressure from our sales team - they are just on hand to help and advise if called upon.”

Operating in the historic premises of a former riverside seed mill, the antiques centre is one of the biggest in the country and offers four floors of displays and stands featuring literally something for everyone.

”We are not on an expensive retail park” says Denis Ridgway, “and so we do not have to charge our dealers expensive rents and that saving is passed on to our customers, which means all of our goods are very competitively priced.”

Traders from all over the UK and Europe sell their stock at the Old Mill, ”We have 90 dealers operating at the Old Mill, from as far afield as Brussels and Berlin”, says Codirector Denis Ridgway “and that enables us to offer the enormous variety of goods that gives the centre its popular appeal.”

The Old Mill is open seven days a week from 10am until 5pm. Parking is free and a delivery service is available. The Old Mill Tea Rooms are also open every day and is a very pleasant place for ladies to meet and have elevenses or afternoon tea in very pleasant surroundings.

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Old Mill Antique Centre

Antique & Reproduction Furniture 1000’s of Gift Ideas Bespoke Furniture At The Old Mill Antique Centre we have 4 floors of antiques and quality reproduction furniture – and literally thousands of gift ideas for everyone – all displayed in charming and elegant room settings

Beautiful tables made to your design & specification in-house using only the best quality seasoned Oak or Pine.

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Mill Street, Low Town, Bridgnorth WV15 5AG Tel: 01746 762248


Cosford Prepares To Dish Up Its First Food Festival This Summer the RAF Museum Cosford will be giving visitors to the popular West Midlands attraction a slice of variety, as it holds the first ever Cosford Food Festival. This brand new Museum event is set to tantalise taste buds with a bustling market of around 70 independent food and drink retailers, including local businesses and award winning brands. Taking place in the last weekend in July, a whole host of yummy treats and refreshing beverages will be available to purchase. This food festival with a twist will take place outdoors with the Hercules acting as a backdrop for the food market. Suppliers from across Shropshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands will be exhibiting a wide range of exquisite local, fresh and handmade produce not available from your average supermarket store. Learn fascinating techniques and tips from the experts through live talks and cooking demonstrations and sample some of the culinary delights available. With entertainment taking place over the weekend including cookery workshops for children, it is sure to be a great day out for the whole family. Plus, the Cosford RAF Voluntary Band will be creating a real buzz with live musical performances over the weekend as they play nestled in the heart of the festival. Visitors to the food festival will also have access to the RAF Museum which is home to the world’s oldest Spitfire and the mighty Vulcan bomber. Plus, a flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota both days is sure to be a crowd pleaser (weather permitting).

Win Three Family Tickets to the Cosford Food Festival.

The Cosford Food Festival will run from 10am to 5pm Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July 2013.

This month we have teamed up with the RAF Museum Cosford to give three lucky readers the chance to win family passes to the upcoming food festival.

Admission prices: Adult - £5 Family - £12 (2 adults and up to 4 children) Concessions - £4 Children - £2 (aged 5-16) Under 5’s - Free

To be in with a chance of winning this family prize simply answer the following question correctly.

Which Museum aircraft will be at the heart of the food festival? Email your answer including your name, address and telephone number to: or on a postcard to 1 Lytham Road, Perton, Wolverhampton WV6 7YY. Entries to be received by Friday 12th July 2013. Competition Terms & Conditions: Winners will be chosen at random from all correct entries received and informed by telephone. No cash or alternative prize will be given.


A FREE Cosford Food Festival programme is included in the ticket price. For more information and tickets please visit the Museum website or call the Museum on 01902 376200.

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A bustling market with around 70 independent food and drink retailers including award winning brands. Buy tickets in advance or on the gate See website for details Opening hours 10.00 - 17.00

Tel: 01902 376 200 Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8UP


Creepy House Will Keep Kids Reading All Summer! goodies and stickers. On their 4th visit to the library they will complete the Challenge, winning more stickers, a medal and certificate. Each Wolverhampton library will be awarding a prize for the best book review received during the Challenge and all children who complete the Challenge will be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win a family day out at Alton Towers.

There is no excuse for children in Wolverhampton to feel bored this summer as the Creepy House Summer Reading Challenge gets underway. All of Wolverhampton’s 16 libraries will be taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge again this year, ensuring that the city’s youngsters have fun, join in craft activities and keep reading throughout the holidays – with a Creepy House theme! The fun starts even before the holidays! Children aged 4 to11 can join up for the challenge at their local library from Saturday 13 July.

The scheme is operated by libraries and The Reading Agency who recognise that children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays. The annual Summer Reading Challenge helps to get three quarters of a million children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence.

It doesn’t matter if they’re not yet a member of Wolverhampton’s libraries – it’s totally free to join and to borrow books and will take just a few minutes when joining the Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all children and is designed for all reading abilities. Schools work with local libraries and give out information to encourage children to take part.

Because everything changes when we read.

Once registered, each child receives their Creepy House starter pack and are encouraged to pick at least 2 books of their choice to read before their next visit. When they return to the library the next 2 times, having borrowed at least 2 books at each visit, they will receive Creepy House

Where’s my library? Ashmore Park Library, Griffiths Drive WV11 2JW Bilston Library, Mount Pleasant WV14 7LU Blakenhall Library, Bromley Street WV2 3AS Central Library, Snow Hill WV1 3AX Collingwood Library, The Broadway WV10 8EB East Park Library, Hurstbourne Crescent WV1 2EE Finchfield Library, White Oak Drive WV3 9AF Home Library Service Long Knowle Library, Wood End Road WV11 1YG Low Hill Library, Showell Circus WV10 9JJ Pendeford Library, Whitburn Close WV9 5NJ Penn Library, Coalway Avenue WV3 7LT Spring Vale Library, Bevan Avenue WV4 6SG Tettenhall Library, Upper Street WV6 8QF Warstones Library, Pinfold Grove WV4 9PT Wednesfield Library, Well Lane WV11 1XT Whitmore Reans Library, Bargate Drive WV6 0QW

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Sunday Lunch Of recent years, Sunday has become one of the more popular days for eating out, especially with the family. Recent surveys have shown that families no longer tend to eat once a day, formally around a table. Busy lives have dictated that a lot of folk ‘eat on the run’. Take-aways, fast food delivered hot to the door, and snacks, have begun to play a large part in all our lives. Even the big, formal Sunday lunch with traditional roast and all the trimmings has lost some of its popularity. Families meet in passing, on holiday or in front of the TV, and there’s precious little time for elaborately prepared meals whoever it is that elects to prepare them.

Well the beauty of Sunday is, it happens every week. This gives a great opportunity to ring the changes, visit a number of venues in turn, and sample different styles of cooking and different menus. Another good thing about it is, because of the popularity of the meal, a great diversity of establishments offer Sunday lunch. This means you can match your dining to your budget. You can also match the restaurant to your mood. Cosy and informal one week, grand and formal another. It all depends what you want, what your tastes are, how far you wish to travel and the reason you

are eating out. Sunday lunch after all, can be a perfect opportunity to celebrate a family event, to say “thank you”, to ask “will you?” and perhaps even to say “yes!”. On the other hand, it can stand alone for its own sake, an opportunity to take a breather from the mad rush life of the 21st century. If you want to give your life a little lift. If you wish to mark at least one day of a busy week as special. If you just like eating out. Think no more about it. Just get booked in to the restaurant of your choice and enjoy the pleasures of Sunday dining out.

All this has probably contributed to the rising popularity of eating out on Sunday lunch-time. All over the country, pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants are busily engaged in providing the traditional meal once prepared by mum who, whilst probably holding down a demanding job of her own, is disinclined to spend her few precious hours of freedom, incarcerated in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove. Sunday lunch eaten out in the congenial surroundings of a comfortable restaurant or dining room can be a most relaxing time. It is a time when the family can relax around a table to talk over the week`s events, make plans and enjoy each other’s company. It’s a time when they can all enjoy the delights of good food, perfectly prepared and expertly served, without the chores of preparation and the horrors of clearing away. But Sunday lunch out isn’t just a time for families. It’s just as good for couples or for larger parties of friends, to gather and enjoy the delights of a good menu, fine ales, wines and delicious sweets, whilst chatting, relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. But how do you choose the establishment at which to eat? 76

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Suckling Green Lane, Codsall, Wolverhampton WV8 2BP

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OPEN ALL DAY EVERYDAY Food served 12 noon until 9pm We now take bookings, to avoid disappointment please call 01902 843654

Father’s Day Lunch at Molineux Sunday 16th June Hayward Suite 3 course carvery, a gift for Dad and a tour of Molineux £22.65 pp

Sir Jack’s Restaurant 4 course Sunday Lunch including coffee, a gift for Dad and a tour of Molineux £24.25 pp

Please call 0871 222 2220 (option 5) to book or e-mail


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Cuisine of Bengal

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Rafique Miah welcomes you to the longest established Indian Restaurant in Wombourne Village, serving sumptuous Bangladeshi Cuisine for over 23 years. “We pride ourselves on our Quality of Food, Excellent Customer Service and Customer Satisfaction.”

Tel: 01902 324148 / 324437

Recently refurbished in contemporary surroundings, air conditioned and fully licensed.

• Winner of ‘Simply the Best’ restaurant competition 2009 • Winner of The Spotlight Awards ‘Best Eating Place – Casual’ 2007 / 2008 Our popular Take-away Service is still the best in Wombourne offering 10% off our Menu price. Open 7 days including Bank Holidays - 5.30pm until 11.30pm

High Street, Wombourne WV5 9DN


Freshly cooked traditional food, vegetarian menu, childrens menu, specials board, popular ‘light-bite lunches’, complemented by fine ales and wines whether you’re a GOLFER OR NOT!

TUESDAY GRILL NIGHT 2 delicious grills and a bottle of selected wine for only £19.95

An ideal venue for private parties including family celebrations and funerals from groups of 2 up to 120. Special Buffet Menus also available. BAR OPEN FROM 10am until 11pm Breakfast served 10am -12pm (not Sunday). Lunch & Evening Meals served Weekdays & Saturdays: 12noon-2pm & 6pm-9pm, Sunday: 12noon-3pm & 5.30pm-9pm

To avoid disappointment please book, tel: 01902 791917 Situated on the 3 Hammers Golf Complex, Old Stafford Road, Coven, Nr Wolverhampton WV10 7PP


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Wergs Golf Club - The Carvery is Back! 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. Due to popular demand the Sunday Carvery is now back, in addition, there is a full waitress service for diners who want to relax and enjoy their meal without having to queue for their main course. The restaurant is open lunchtimes Monday to Saturday from 12 until 2.30pm excluding Tuesdays and 12pm to 3pm for Sunday Lunch. With a menu that’s filled with a great selection of popular dishes, lunchtime dining is undeniably delicious.

“We’ve tried hard to make the restaurant the perfect setting for people to relax in and savour our fabulous 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.

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.




Come & Spend a Relaxing Sunday Afternoon with us. Served from 12pm - 3pm. Choose from our waitress service or help yourself to our delicious Sunday Carvery.


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

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Sunday 16th June 2013


For further information and registration contact Fundraising on: or visit:

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0845 225 5497

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01833 695773 Minimum age 14. If aged 14-16, written parental consent will be required. Some medical conditions will exclude you from participating in this event. Please consult your GP for guidance or Fundraising for advice. This event is operated by Extreme Sensations Bungee Ltd who are fully licensed and insured. Please see for further information.


A New Store for Street to a large independent concern that now boasts 14 stores across the country, a multimillion pound annual turnover and a team of 329 staff.

Lovers of designer labels will know that Diffusion is a store that’s packed full of the hottest clothes, shoes and accessories - for men, women and children from leading premium brands and exclusive up and coming designers.

Renovation of the 4,500 sq ft building was carried out to make the most of its unique character and original features, whilst creating the ideal retail environment for style-savvy shoppers. Local companies, Design to Build and Bespoke, were employed to draw up designs and construct the new look for this landmark structure. Gerald explains the move: “It was the right move for us at the right time. We want to do our part in promoting and supporting Wolverhampton. We used a local architect and construction company for this project and we’re keen to re-ignite interest in the city by encouraging people to come and shop here. “We will be searching for a regional streetwear designer whose clothing can be featured in our Lichfield Street location.” The latest Diffusion store is wellstocked with quality ranges from established designers; Hugo Boss, Barbour, Armani and Vivienne Westwood. There’s also trendy designs from newer brands, including; Obey, Nudie Jeans and Religion. And that’s not all, as Carl explains: “We’ve got a feature denim wall in store which offers over 100 different styles of jeans.” With an ever loyal and strong customer base in the city, Gerald and Carl are keen to see the reaction of their clients when they set eyes on the brand new premises.

But what they might not know is that the independent retailer has just moved its Victoria Street shop to an exciting new location within Wolverhampton city centre. A historic, Grade II listed building situated in Lichfield Street formerly a branch of Midland Bank - will now be home to the company’s flagship store. Thanks to extensive re-development and a £500,000 budget, the


premises - which occupies a prime location next to the Art Gallery has been completely transformed from its former incarnation as a bar and is now the perfect setting for Diffusion’s stylish and modern clothing collections. Diffusion boss, Gerald Bailey, started the company with his business partner, Carl Peddie, back in 1989. The business grew from a small single shop in Broad

“Wolverhampton is where it all started for us, so it’s great that we can have our flagship store in a really strong location. We’ve been in retail for many years and we know that this is the perfect place for us to take our business to the next stage,” he adds. Diffusion Online has recently been launched: - and it’s loaded with great buys from all of the brands you’ll find in store and much more.

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turn back the clock, Elaine Roe, is a fully qualified, highly trained facial injection specialist who is skilled in sorting out all troublesome lines and wrinkles.

Goes Gorgeous

L to R: Owner Karen, Jacki, Emma, Kelly

You are invited to meet the girls at Pretty Woman of Tettenhall in our visually stunning and newly refurbished salon which offers its cliental a contemporary, stylish and comfortable setting to relax in peace and tranquility.

That said, the team of girls pride themselves in offering a totally professional bespoke service with the aim of enhancing a person’s natural beauty. They do this by providing excellent personal care using high-end, quality products. Karen says “we aim for perfection and how we deliver our services is a clear reflection of that.”

Pretty Woman is a successful beauty salon that has been meeting the pampering needs of their customers for over 9 years. It is situated in Lowlands Avenue, Wolverhampton and is a small and welcoming establishment that offers a relaxed, personal and friendly atmosphere. Karen, the owner, tells us her team strives for excellence whilst providing enjoyable and luxurious treatments.

The Pretty Woman salon is most definitely aesthetically pleasing; the light and airy salon provides an elegant and fresh feel with tastefully colour coded seating and professional nail bars. The salon also boasts elegant, individual beauty rooms offering privacy for the more intimate procedures such as waxing and laser teeth whitening. And, for those who are looking to

Pretty Woman of Tettenhall offers a professional, friendly service covering a vast range of essential beauty treatments using the premium products. Karen says, “We only use the best products for all of our treatments.” Recently a new spray tanning booth has been installed, ready to provide a safe golden glow for the summer months and those special evenings out. What’s more, Karen tells us there are plans well underway for a new Hair Studio which will be up and running this summer. Look out for ‘Hair by Michelle Lawley.” Karen says that she is very proud of her team “we know the importance of trust for our customers and this begins with trust in the team” she adds, “I want to thank my girls for all their hard work and their continued support. I also want to thank my dedicated customers without whom my business would not have reached its current success.” With so many exciting changes taking place at Pretty Woman, it’s no surprise that Karen is keen to take on another team member on a part-time basis. So, for any experienced nail technicians looking to become part of an established, friendly team, contact Karen at Pretty Woman on 01902 754111.

Recently Pretty Woman has received a stunning makeover courtesy of Karen’s husband, Mr Paul Dittman. Paul has succeeded in completely redesigning the premises to create a clean, sleek and spacious environment which is modern and comfortable. Karen tells us “we aim to provide our guests with total comfort and relaxation in a very informal way. My regulars know and trust me; they will tell you I have no airs and graces. What you see is what you get, we are totally comfortable and proud of who we are!” 86

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Beauty at its best, in a professional friendly salon Newly refurbished Nail Extensions by Creative Shellac Manicures Pedicures Waxing Eyelash Extensions Eye Lash and Eyebrow Tinting Spray Tanning Laser Teeth Whitening Cosmetic Facial Injections (Free consultation by a medical expert)

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Summer Beach Body by Dave Corfield

Another summer is fast approaching and all those summer breaks will be with us far quicker than we anticipated! Every year I’m always asked “I’m going away next week, how can I get a flat stomach by the time I go?” Of course the answer is “in that time frame… with extreme difficulty!” The real solution is don’t leave it until last minute, start making the most of that gym membership now or get yourself to those classes you’ve been promising yourself to attend, then when your holiday finally gets here you’ll be in “beach condition” and ready to show off the results of all that hard work . Everybody likes to feel confident and look their best on holiday. So here are my top tips for getting a lean, toned physique you’ll be proud to show off on the beach!

1. Train smart Training smart means making the most of your time in the gym, why waste time doing single joint movements like bicep curls and leg extensions which have limited use, less muscle fibre recruitment and use less energy when you could be doing multi joint “metabolically expensive” movements like squats, clean & presses and chin ups, these multi joint - whole body movements have much more impact on both the muscles and your metabolism helping you build more muscle while simultaneously burning body fat. This holistic approach is much more effective when it comes to getting a flat stomach than doing abdominal exercises in isolation. Ask your instructor for information on this type of exercise or why not visit our website and check out some our videos for some ideas at 88

2. Plan & progress A structured workout and Progressive resistance is essential for attaining optimum results. I see lots of people come in and out of the gym with very little structure or obvious purpose, they shuffle aimlessly from one piece of kit to another taking time between each set to stare blankly at the TV or their mobile like a kind of “gym zombie” if this sounds like you then it’s time to start planning! Look at the latest workouts online or in magazines, speak to your instructors and keep a detailed training diary. This way you’ll be sure you are progressing with each workout and making the most of your valuable time.

3. Eat clean Vital to staying lean and attaining a flat stomach! I could literally write a book here but I’ll sum it up in a sentence: “eat natural nonprocessed foods and stay away from refined sugar and processed fats” if you stick to this basic rule of thumb then you can’t go far wrong. Take the majority of your diet from fruit, veg, lean meat, fish, nuts, seeds, eggs, beans & pulses, drink plenty of water. Do this and you will have low body fat levels, leaving those toned muscles you worked so hard for clearly visible.

The old adage “you are what you eat” has never been truer.

4. Stay motivated Keep in mind the reasons why you are working so hard. Keep your goals firmly placed in your mind. Imagine yourself on the beach, looking good and feeling confident. We all have days where we would much rather curl up on the sofa and relax than go to the gym and it’s at this familiar point in time where we triumph or fail. Take a minute to re-focus, think of how good you’ll feel once you have completed your workout, a curl up on the sofa post workout will feel much sweeter!

5. Seek advice Don’t be too proud to seek advice! I’m afraid men are much more guilty of this than women. We all like to give the impression we are seasoned athletes when we walk into the gym but the truth is techniques and approaches to training change frequently, our knowledge of exercise and our body’s response to it increases year on year. In my experience all it takes is a little education on how to maximise your effort and freshen your approach to exercise to revolutionise your results in the gym. Instructors are there to help and advise - use them!

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Get The Body You’ve Always Wanted At Olivia’s Beauty If you’re fed up of those stubborn fatty areas on your body that don’t seem to budge, no matter how much you diet and exercise, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Olivia’s Beauty has got just the solution you’ve been looking for - i-Lipo. Salon owner, Fiona Brooks answers your questions. Q. What is i-Lipo? A. i-Lipo is a revolutionary new laser treatment that offers clients an alternative to invasive liposuction surgery. There is no anesthesia required because i-Lipo is completely pain free. It doesn’t bruise and there’s no risk of infections, because it’s a non-invasive treatment. You don’t need to allow any time for recuperation, because its non-surgical. Q. How does it work? A. i-Lipo works by emitting low levels of laser energy which targets fat cells in the body via a chemical signal, so that they can be broken down

and then burned off during a short period of exercise after treatment. Q. Is it safe? A. The procedure is completely safe - it’s non-surgical and it has been fully approved by the FDA. i-Lipo is suitable for use on all skin types and doesn’t damage any of the body’s tissue, cells or organs. Q. What results should I expect? A. Results can be seen immediately after treatment. You can typically expect to see a 2-4cm reduction in fat on your abdomen with every treatment. A course of 8 treatments is recommended over 4 weeks with 2 treatments per week. Q. Can i-Lipo be used on any part of the body? A. Yes. Arms, legs, bottoms, thighs, tummys, hips and even double chins all benefit from i-Lipo. Q. How much does an i-Lipo treatment cost? A. £299.00 for a course of 8 sessions.

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Get Gorgeous, Glowing Skin - Whatever Your Age By Helen Taylor

We all want our skin to stay looking young, fresh and flawless for as long as possible. That’s why it’s important to establish a skincare regime that works, and then stick to it. No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to start. Here’s our guide to looking after your skin, whatever your age.

In your late 20s and early 30s… Protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays by using a specially formulated day cream that is guaranteed to safeguard your skin. Always cleanse, tone, exfoliate and moisturise to make the most of your complexion.

In your late 30s and early 40s… Once you hit your mid thirties you may start to notice the earliest signs of ageing - such as laughter lines, frown lines or wrinkles around the lips. Use an eye cream daily to treat and postpone the onset of fine lines around sensitive areas and select a richly moisturising night cream to keep both face and neck thoroughly nourished. It’s essential at this time in your life to commit to paying real attention to looking after your skin, so as to ensure it looks younger and more youthful in years to come.

In your late 50s and early 60s… A dull complexion is common in your 60s. Owing to a build-up of dead skin cells due to the skin’s inability to renew itself, the surface can be left looking uneven and lifeless. So regular exfoliation is essential. Not only will this reveal fresher looking skin, but you will also be creating the ideal base on which to apply your anti-ageing products, ensuring they are absorbed deep into the layers of your dermis. Though be careful not to scrub or use an exfoliant that is too harsh, as this can damage thinning skin already suffering from a reduction in collagen and elastin fibres.

In your late 60s, early 70s and beyond… As skin is much more demanding at this time of life, it can be hard to manage dry skin and the more established signs of ageing. It is essential to build on the routine you have established throughout previous years by continuing to spend time putting back what ageing takes out. Use intensive and targeted anti-ageing day creams and try face oils at night that will penetrate deep into the skin to provide much needed hydration.


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Don’t Forget “Private” Is Another Choice! Why Wait? With ever-growing waiting lists on the NHS for many procedures, and in some cases the procedure no longer being available, getting treated privately may be more affordable than you think. Our services are available to everyone, whether you have private healthcare or are paying for yourself, so next time you visit your GP with a problem that needs to be seen quickly, efficiently and with clinical excellence, don’t hesitate to ask to be referred to your local private Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital for your consultation and treatment. There are 3 ways of paying for your treatment here at the Nuffield: PAY VIA MEDICAL HEALTH INSURANCE You may have medical health insurance that is provided by your employer or you may have your own private healthcare policy. We have arrangements with many insurance companies, BUPA, AXA PPP, Aviva Healthcare, PRU Health, Cigna Healthcare, to name but a few that will allow you to choose to have your treatment here. This treatment is then paid for through your private medical insurance. However, it’s important that you liaise closely with your insurance provider before and throughout your treatment. PAYING FOR YOURSELF Self-pay provides the opportunity to get the diagnosis or treatment you need without the wait, allowing you rapid access to the

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New Treatment Provides Effective Relief From Shoulder Pain Recently published research conducted in Belgium* has shown very positive results for a new form of shoulder rehabilitation. The experiment involved two groups of patients suffering with shoulder impingement syndrome; a general term given to many painful shoulder conditions, including tendonitis, capsulits and bursitis. One group of patients received a traditional form of rehabilitation including soft tissue massage, stretching and strengthening exercises. The other group received a new exercise rehabilitation programme called Motor Control. After ten weeks the patients who had received the new Motor Control rehabilitation programme showed significant improvement in their

pain and arm movements, whereas those patients receiving the traditional rehabilitation treatment showed no improvement. It has long been understood that most shoulder pain is due to problems with the muscles that support the joint (the rotator cuff), or the muscles that move the shoulder blade. Traditionally the focus of treatment has been to increase the strength and flexibility of these muscles. In many patients, particularly those with long standing pain or very severe problems, this does not work. In light of recent research the problem is now thought to be not with the strength or flexibility of the muscles themselves, but with the way in which the brain controls the muscles. The Motor Control approach therefore uses

exercises which train the brain to work properly again, rather than the muscles. Typically this involves performing the exercises at home for two minutes, twice a day, with the occasional visit to a clinic for monitoring. If you would like more information about this please email Daniel at *Scapular focused treatment in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome: a randomised clinical trial. Clinical Rheumatology (2013) 32:73-85

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Tom’s Tip: Heel Pain? Heel pain is also known as ‘policeman’s heel’.

Causes of heel pain •

Biomechanical problems (walking abnormalities) are a major cause of plantar fasciitis.

Tight plantar fascia (this is often caused by tight calf muscles).

Excessive flattening of the arch on weight bearing.

Excessive pronation (rolling in of the foot too much)

Obesity is a major cause of plantar fasciitis. Which is why this condition is common in middle aged and over weight adults.

Symptoms include a dull ache which is felt most of the time with episodes of a sharp pain in the centre of the heel or on the inside margin of the heel.

A sudden increase in weight, such as pregnancy can also lead to plantar fasciitis.

A sudden increase in walking or a sporting activity can also be a contributing factor.

Often the pain is worse on first rising in the morning and after rest and is aggravated by prolonged weight bearing & thin soled shoes.

Standing for long periods at work.

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis which is commonly referred to as a heel spur. The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue which runs along the bottom surface of the foot, from the heel to the toes. Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the plantar fascia is inflamed. This condition can be very painful and cause considerable amount of suffering.

There are several conditions which may cause pain under the heel.


Osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, fractured heel bone, bursitis, neuritis, oedema, circulatory issues, poly and fibromyalgia are but a few.

Treatment options for heel pain Orthotics (insoles)- One of the most effective treatment options. This comes with Stretching exercises for plantar fascia and calf muscles. NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) may also be prescribed by your chiropodist/podiatrist or doctor. Plantar Fascia night splints, Steroid/local anaesthetic injection and surgery are further treatment options.

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Newbridge Preparatory School – 75 Years of Education Excellence their education into a senior school is not predetermined.

As a Preparatory School, preparing girls for a variety of Senior School Entrance Examinations is always an integral part of our curriculum. Our aim is to help parents to be in a position to choose from a range of senior schools and enable each girl to find the very ‘best’ senior school for herself as an individual. As a ‘standalone’ preparatory school which is not tied into a senior school, we are truly ‘independent’. Here at Newbridge Preparatory School, we believe that we can serve the best interests of our children because the next step of

We consider that it is only when your daughter reaches Years 5 and 6, that you will be in the best position to see how she has developed and select a senior school that is best suited to her personality, interests and academic abilities. This is the perfect time to begin the decision making process about which senior school will be right for her. Parents who choose ‘all through’ schools (2-18 or 7-18 years old) are in reality making this decision many years earlier; at a time when no-one can foresee how their child will develop. We are always mindful, that in addition to academic criteria, many of the selective schools also look for successes and talents in other areas; especially if scholarships are being sought.

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It is important therefore to ensure that each girl is involved in extracurricular activities and have additional interests beyond the classroom. We pride ourselves on developing well-rounded individuals. Newbridge Preparatory School offers children an educational experience which prepares them for their transition into the most suitable senior school at 11+. We provide an education, balanced between academic work, music, sport, and the arts, and enable each child to develop to the best of their potential. COME AND SEE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER YOUR CHILD – Prospective Parents’ Open Day Friday 7th June 2013. Please contact the school to book an appointment – 01902 751088.

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Education and Schooling by Martyn Long - Headmaster of Tettenhall College

Although the consultation over the new national curriculum has now closed, the many issues raised about what students should study will continue to be debated until its introduction in September 2014. A recent blog by Pete Henshaw, editor of SecEd an educational newspaper, highlighted some important issues which form the basis of my thoughts this month. Many of the new, shorter and fact-led programmes of study have caused controversy within education circles, with concerns raised across many subject areas. Dr Matthew Wilkinson, who leads a group of academics, teachers and employers that develop humanities education called the Curriculum for Cohesion has said that the new history proposals are “narrow” and their “nationalistic” thrust could have “far-reaching consequences” for our country. Primary pupils are not to be taught about “puberty” in the science curriculum – despite the fact that the average child starts puberty at 11 (sometimes as young as 8). The key stage 3 (pupils aged 11 to 14) science curriculum does not include sexual health and disease, contraception, adolescence or hormones. The new computing curriculum, where the Department for Education (DfE) made more than 50 changes to the programme of study that had been drafted by the expert steering panels, caused much frustration within the sector. 108

Citizenship has also proved controversial, as campaigners were left frustrated at the programme of study’s focus on volunteering and its complete failure to mention human rights. Teachers have raised concerns that the new curriculum seems to be obsessed with facts without enough emphasis on skills such as critical-thinking or problem-solving. Elsewhere, a letter written last week by a state secondary teacher arguing against the curriculum reforms has gathered signatories at a very fast rate. It was penned after a letter in the Independent signed by 100 academics challenging the wisdom behind the reforms received a dismissive response from education secretary Michael Gove, who labelled them “bad academia”. Elizabeth Truss, Parliamentary under secretary of state for education and childcare says that the point of the consultation is to hear all of these debates and makes the following case; “Rather than the current detailed specifications for each subject, the new national curriculum is a framework; core content around which schools can build their own school curricula and their ethos for how their pupils are taught. We are simply laying the trellises, defining the borders and marking out the footpaths. The way the garden will grow is down to teachers. Because pupils are not inspired by dry statements devised in Whitehall but by living people in their classrooms explaining why things are important or interesting. We are determined to combine exacting standards about where students should be at key points in their schooling with much greater freedom for schools. We have specified the “what” at a high level, but believe that the “how” is very much the professional responsibility of teachers.”

Her points seem reasonable and valid at face value, but holding consultations is very different to taking notice of the concerns raised by them and is a 10-week consultation enough to consider the implications of changing our entire national curriculum? You could also argue that if the layout of the trellises is wrong, the boarders are inappropriate and the footpaths lead in the wrong direction that even the most gifted teachers in the world will not be able to produce a beautiful garden. I agree that giving teachers the freedom to decide the “how” is of great importance, but getting the “what” correct is not at all easy or straightforward and so I sincerely hope that the DfE will take on board the experts’ concerns voiced during the consultation. Confidence in this, however, is not inspired by the education secretary’s unambiguous views on what should be taught or his response to the 100 academics opinions. Tettenhall College is an Independent Co-educational School for pupils aged 2 to 18.

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classroom. That is why at Tettenhall College recent weeks have seen a Mathematics, Business and Technology Faculty trip to Prague, a choir tour to Frankfurt and a rugby and netball tour to Oxford.

A Rich Diversity Of Education At Tettenhall College As Tettenhall College enters its 150th year there has never been a better time to come and visit to find out more about the school and its exciting plans for the future. Tettenhall College is an independent co-educational school for 2 to 18

year olds with pupils of all ages benefiting from its enviable reputation for outstanding pastoral care and meeting the needs of the individual. Successful education requires engaging and varied learning experiences. Well planned lessons delivered by first class teachers are vital ingredients for any school but not all learning takes place in the

Pupils across the whole age range and ability spectrum achieve exceptional academic results year on year, with Sixth Form students gaining entry to the universities of their choice. Top scholars gain straight A*s and A grades to enable entry to universities such as Cambridge, Bristol, UCL and other prestigious institutions. Tettenhall College has a strong tradition of excellence in Art, Music, Drama and Sport. Academic scholarships are therefore supported by a number of scholarships in these areas also. We offer families the opportunity to have a personal tour of the school throughout the term. If you would like to take advantage of a tour or require further information please contact Annabelle Addison in our Admissions Office on (01902) 793002/751119 or email


Historic Appointment Opens A New Chapter For Grammar School A leading independent school has written a new chapter in its long and distinguished history by appointing its first female head teacher in more than 500 years of providing excellence in education. Kathy Crewe-Read is set to join Wolverhampton Grammar School from The King’s School, Chester. She will take up her post in September following the retirement of the current Head, Vincent Darby.

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fundraising campaign which has recently seen donations exceed £1million, enabling it to forge ahead with a ground breaking capital development programme. “Wolverhampton Grammar School has a wonderful history stretching back to the 16th Century, a heritage we are all extremely proud of,” comments Mr Philip Sims, Chair of WGS Board. “However it is also an aspirational school which revels in managing change. The appointment of Mrs Crewe-Read will enable us to drive on with our plans to ensure it retains its local pre-eminence

Mrs Crewe-Read is Wolverhampton Grammar School’s 34th Head, and the first woman to be appointed to the post. She is married to Mark who is Deputy Head at Manchester Grammar School. They have two children, Amicia and Theo. Vincent Darby, current Head of WGS, said of the appointment: “Though of course I am extremely sad to be leaving a school which I have been a part of for the past five years, I am heartened in the knowledge that I will be handing over to someone of the calibre of Kathy. “This has been a wonderfully exciting time for the WGS Foundation. I am proud to have helped steer the school through its 500th anniversary and I know the school is in extremely safe hands as it continues on into its next 500 years.”

Chair, Philip Sims (right) welcomes Kathy Crewe-Read to WGS.

Mrs Crewe-Read, who has been Deputy Head at King’s since 2009, studied Pure Mathematics at Aberystwyth before gaining her teaching qualification at Durham University. “There is a positive energy about WGS that I felt on my very first visit to the school,” she comments. “This is clearly founded on great mutual respect between staff and pupils and forms the life blood of a vibrant learning community. “I am delighted to have been appointed to the Headship of such a school and am looking forward to September enormously. The appointment of Mrs CreweRead is the latest in a series of exciting developments that have taken place at the school over recent years. Last year, the Wolverhampton based school which was founded during the reign of King Henry VIII, celebrated its 500th anniversary and as part of the activities to mark its quincentenary, WGS opened a brand new junior school and launched a major 110

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HiQ Wolverhampton Launches Crusade To Eliminate Illegal Tyres In 2011, nearly 10,000 drivers were convicted of driving on dangerous or defective tyres, while illegal tyres are responsible for one in three of all accidents. These figures are disturbing when you think that as a whole we are spending less on tyres now than ever before.

Based in Chapel Ash, HiQ Wolverhampton recently conducted its own illegal tyre audit which revealed that 20 per cent of motorists are making journeys on dangerously worn tyres below the 1.6mm minimum legal tread depth.

HiQ has now launched a crusade to help raise awareness of its free tyre check service with a new campaign which urges motorists to ‘let us check your tyres before he does’.

HiQ owner Simon Bennett has said that a record number of motorists were found to have defective tyres when checks were made on every car visiting the centre and that many drivers did not appreciate the importance of driving on reliable tyres, or the penalties associated with defective ones.

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Centenary Year Of The MINI

MINI Plant Oxford is celebrating 100 years of production. And to mark the occasion, a centenary exhibition was opened at the plant’s new Visitor Centre in March. 100 years ago to the day, the plant’s first car – a “Bullnose” Morris Oxford – was built just a stone’s throw away from where the current MINI production facility stands. Back in 1913 weekly production stood at 20 vehicles, but over the years that followed the factory’s output was to grow rapidly. To date, the plant has produced over 11.65 million cars bearing the badges of 14 different brands. Some 500,000 people have worked here over the years, the workforce peaking at 28,000 in the early 1960s. Today, Plant Oxford employs 3,700 associates and builds up to 900 MINI cars every day. More than 2.25 million MINIs have rolled off the assembly line since production began.

production facility. Indeed, the stateof-the-art production equipment here provides an excellent example of how intelligent investment and British manufacturing can come together to great effect.” A helping hand from a British philanthropist It was the plant’s founder William Morris, later Lord Nuffield, who got the ball rolling. Morris was one of the country’s most respected philanthropists – in a sense, the Bill Gates of his time. In total he gave away around £11 billion (€13 billion) in today’s money. Other legacies of his work include three wings of the University of Oxford that bear his assumed title and the iron lungs he manufactured and subsequently donated to local hospitals. These ventilators did not represent the factory’s only foray into unfamiliar territory. Far from it: Tiger Moth aircraft, ambulances and parachutes were all manufactured

here at various times. However, its main business was always automotive production, and a large number of important models have rolled off the assembly line in Oxford over the course of its history – cars such as the Morris Minor, Morris Marina and Austin Maestro, as well as the classic Mini, of course. Today, the Oxford plant is home to the core of MINI production. The MINI Hatchback, Convertible, Clubman, Clubvan, Roadster and Coupé are all built here. Plus, major new investment is making its presence felt, funding the installation of around 1,000 new robots in a new bodyshop and other existing areas of the plant. This accounts for the lion’s share of the £750 million investment programme that came on stream last year with the aim of preparing the production facility for the next generation of MINI models.

This historic occasion also elicited congratulations and best wishes from arguably England’s most famous address: 10 Downing Street. “The substantial contribution which the Oxford plant has made to the British economy over the last 100 years is something all involved should be proud of,” said Prime Minister David Cameron. “MINI’s worldwide success has gone handin-hand with a rejuvenation of the 122

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BMW 330D Touring By Syd Taylor.

When BMW decided that as a mark of distinction they should not produce anything as common as an ‘estate’ car, they designated the estate variant of their 3 Series saloon a ‘Touring’ car. Having had the delight of putting the 330D Touring to the test, it has to be said that BMW consistently and unarguably hit the bullseye every time. To use refined language, the BMW 330D Tourer is a ‘belter’. From the moment one claps eyes on its prepossessing, panther-like profile, one knows that here is a machine contrived to make men out of mice and ladies out of lettuce leaves. Approach it slowly and one is immediately struck by the fact that it doesn’t just ‘sit’ on the road - it squats like a purposeful beast with a purity of form that mirrors elegant engineering. Inside, one cannot place oneself in exceeding comfort behind the steering wheel without knowing that sublime feeling of assurance that tells you all is well with the world and one is well placed to relish the best that twenty first century technology can offer. There’s roomy accommodation for five and the load capacity offers up to 1500 litres of space, making it a very useful load carrier. Versatility is the key note and there’s no better car for the busy executive or for the family holiday. Nothing will beat its potential in transporting a ton of elk meat from Stavanger to Swindon. It’s certainly a ‘feel good’ cabin of ergonomic excellence with an attractive dashboard and lots of soft touch materials.

State-of-the-art ‘head-up display’ reveals low down on the screen that one is pootling along nicely at an honest speed necessary for the obstacle ridden limits of our urban cart tracks. Sniff the open road, apply feather light pressure to the throttle and - lo and behold - you are a ‘Sun God’ in a chariot, belting along with the alacrity of a raging torrent of technological might. It goes where it’s told and is too bold for its humbled rivals - and yet there is more in store. A ‘sport’ button when depressed unleashes a jolly Pandora’s Box of pleasure: power upon power. This is a load carrier that feels like a sports car. A luxury tourer that takes off like a rocket and clings with the talons of a tiger. It’s difficult to say of any car that has a list price of £36,300 (this one had a list of ‘extras’ that totalled a whopping £11,305) that it’s a snip - but believe me, a spell behind the wheel will convince you that every pfennig is well spent. Remember - you can’t put a price on the ‘feel good factor’ nor can you compromise - as BMW clearly understand - on quality. This Touring model is ‘grand’ in every respect. And let me take the opportunity to bang the drum for rear-wheel-drive. It’s a car that doesn’t ‘pull you about’ at the wheel. It boots you from behind: in the best possible taste, of course.

With the smart key on ones person (or in ones handbag) one merely reaches out a finger to bring forth the promising refined rumble of a ‘get-you-there-quickly’ engine. The 6 cylinder, 3.0 litre, 258bhp diesel is one of the finest in Christendom and the eight speed auto box is as unobtrusive as one could wish for. Tickle the pedal and the car seems to drift forward into a motion that is more ‘willed’ than mechanically contrived - all the way to an electronically limited 155mph if you want.

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at Mercedes-Benz of Wolverhampton The CLA-Class Coupé is new this month at Mercedes-Benz of Wolverhampton. A cool, compact four-door coupé, the innovative CLA balances fresh style with practicality. Despite its alluring lines, the CLA is capable of carrying five people and even has a large, practical boot. The CLA range in the UK is split into two model lines – Sport and AMG Sport – paired with a choice of two efficient and refined engines. The CLA is the most aerodynamically-efficient car on-sale today – allowing the choice of four-cylinder petrol or diesel engines to deliver the highest possible economy whilst retaining the levels of refinement and performance expected of a Mercedes-Benz. The powerful CLA 220 CDI is capable of accelerating from rest to 62 mph in 8.2-seconds yet can return 62.9 mpg. The engines are combined with a six-speed manual transmission or with the 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic transmission, which reconciles comfort and sportiness in inimitable fashion. The cutting edge design is matched by an equally impressive specification. A long list of standard features includes Attention Assist, Collision Prevention Assist, Bluetooth® interface and dual zone climate control. The CLA is fitted with integral seats in the front and rear, underscoring its sporty character. The rear bench seat emphasises the outer seats (2+1-seater). Coloured contrasting stitching is available, according to the selected interior appointment options. With its frameless doors, the newcomer features a radar-based braking system (COLLISION 126

PREVENTION ASSIST) as standard which is able to warn the driver of an obstacle from a speed of 4 mph and to initiate precision braking when the driver steps on the brake pedal. The innovative approach continues in the engineering of the car. A year ahead of the scheduled introduction of the Euro 6 in 2014, all petrol-engine variants and the top diesel variant of the new Mercedes-Benz CLA already meet the future requirements of this European emissions standard. The latest multimedia generation deployed in the CLA boasts new functions, additional apps and a modified graphic colour scheme. Daimler’s Digital Drive Style app concept, which together with the “Drive Kit Plus for the iPhone®” enables seamless integration of the iPhone® into the vehicle, has been extended. The highlights include Siri voice control and Glympse real-time location sharing. Glympse enables the user to share his or her current location with selected persons. Other functions are Facebook®,

Twitter®, internet radio, AUPEO!™ Personal Radio and the advanced navigation solution from Garmin® with web-based real-time traffic information, online special destination search including Street View™ and 3D map display. The COMAND Online multimedia system has also been developed. The latest generation offers improved, photo-realistic map display, an additional Bluetooth® profile (to enable the internet to be accessed by iPhone®, for example), the display of images additionally in bmp and png formats and the real-time transfer of traffic data via LIVE TRAFFIC. Mercedes-Benz of Wolverhampton Sales Manager, Debra Garbett, told us that the new CLA-Class also offers drivers value for money: “Not only is the CLA-Class at the leading edge of design and innovative technology, but starting from £24,335 it is extremely competitively priced within its sector. We are anticipating demand to be high, so please contact us soon to arrange your test drive and avoid disappointment.”

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The new CLA-Class.

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Discover Discover the the new new CLA-Class CLA-Class at at Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz of of Wolverhampton. Wolverhampton. Call 01902 276977 to arrange a test drive. Call 01902 276977 to arrange a test drive.

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Official Official Government Government fuel fuel consumption consumption figures figures in in mpg mpg (litres (litres per per 100km) 100km) for for the the Mercedes-Benz range: urban 13.0(21.7)-52.3(5.2), extra urban 22.4(12.6)Mercedes-Benz range: urban 13.0(21.7)-52.3(5.2), extra urban 22.4(12.6)80.7(3.5), 80.7(3.5), combined combined 17.8(15.9)-68.9(4.1). 17.8(15.9)-68.9(4.1). CO2 CO2 emissions:372-109 emissions:372-109 g/km. g/km.

Model featured: Mercedes-Benz CLA AMG Sport for illustration purposes only. Prices to start from £24,335 otr for CLA Model featured: Mercedes-Benz CLA AMG Sport for illustration purposes only. Prices to start from £24,335 otr for CLA Sport and £26,555 otr for CLA AMG Sport subject to confirmation. (otr price includes VAT, delivery, 12 months' Road Sport and £26,555 otr for CLA AMG Sport subject to confirmation. (otr price includes VAT, delivery, 12 months' Road Fund Licence, number plates, first registration fee and fuel). Prices correct at time of going to press (05/13). Fund Licence, number plates, first registration fee and fuel). Prices correct at time of going to press (05/13).


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AFC Wulfrunians

Welcome to the latest update of the events on and off the pitch at AFC Wulfrunians - your local grassroots football club. A long, action-packed and exciting season ended in dramatic style as we secured the West Midlands (Regional) League title on the final day of the season. Going in to the last game, we needed to beat Malvern Town and hope title rivals Lye Town failed to win at Wolverhampton Casuals and that’s exactly what happened. Our celebrations went long into the night.

This league success means we now move up to step 5 of the non-league pyramid and will be playing in the Midland Football Alliance next season alongside teams such as Tipton Town, Westfields and Stourport Swifts. The league title success capped off another magnificent season which began with the appointment of a new management team consisting of former Telford United star Steve Palmer and former Wolves winger Jon Purdie before we hosted some big name teams in pre-season such as Kidderminster Harriers and Hednesford Town. When the season

started we enjoyed good runs in the FA Cup and FA Vase and we also got to host another England Schoolboy U18 International as England took on New Zealand. If next season is half as exciting as this one, I personally can’t wait but the giant strides we are making on the pitch means we have to work twice as hard off the pitch to keep pace. Before the new season starts, we hope to strengthen our committee and to bring in new investment. If you think you could bring some expertise to our committee, at any level, or if you are interested in sponsoring our football club, you can get further information from our web site or you can give me a call on 07834 391284. Finally, may I wish you all a good close season and remind you to keep an eye on our website for details of our pre-season friendly schedule. That’s all for today.

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