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Contents Wolverhampton Rugby Club 4 T.A.Henn – How to clean your Jewellery 7 The Local Property Market by Nick Berriman 8 Friends Of The Grand Theatre 12 St. Chads Church Fete – Pattingham 14 Chad Singers – Pattingham 14 Events At The Coppice - Finchfield 18 Victory Painting Group 18 Home Interiors 20 Crosswords and Puzzles 22 A Walk Around Codsall 24 Recipe of the Month 26 Codsall Village Hall 30 Grand Theatre Competition 32 Patshull Park Charity Lunch 38 Local Business Man Conquers Mont Blanc 40 Wolverhampton Racecourse Competition 42 Bike Ride In Memory Of Bijay Khela 44 Win £50 Cash 46 Gardening with Ann Winwood 53 Golf Tip Of The Month with Andrew Proudman 58 Eating Out at 3 Hammers Bar & Bistro 70/71 Eating Out at The Fieldhouse 72/73 Beauty - Statement Nails 78 Fashion – Holiday Style 82/83 Win a Shopping Spree with Precis at Beatties 86 Ask the Podiatrist Toms Tip 89 Rotary Club of Wolverhampton 94 RAF Cosford Competition 97 The Carver Wolverhampton City Marathon 100 The Social Scene 104-106 The Freedom of Flight 107 Wolverhampton Cricket Club 110 AFC Wulfrunians 113 Angling – Patshull Park Fisheries 114 Latest Mini Models At Benham 118 Win a Mini Countryman for the Weekend 118 with Benham Great offers on selected BMW models at Benham 120 After Sales At Benham 122 Mercedes – A New Service Designed Around You 124/125 Answers To Puzzles 128

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Congratulations to: Miss Brigid O’Connor, Pattingham, Winner of the £50 cash competition. Mrs Julie Wood, Pattingham, Winner of £250 Shopping Spree at Beatties Mr Rob Buka, Penn, Winner of the Titleist Wedge with the 3 Hammers Golf Shop Winners of the Footloose competition at The Grand Theatre Mrs Jenny Hocknull, Tettenhall Mrs Jane Wild, Wombourne Miss Gemma Morgan, Tettenhall Winners of The RAF Cosford Airshow Competition Miss S Ward, Seisdon Mrs Edith Binnall, Albrighton Mrs Eunice Parry, Wednesfield Mr Kieran Smith, Tettenhall Mrs Vicky Griffiths, Codsall Mrs Caroline Haywood, Perton


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Wolverhampton Rugby Club Sportsman’s Lunch

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From left to right: Jason Leonard, Steve Thompson, Martin Hawkins & Merv Davies

Guest speakers, Jason Leonard & Steve Thompson

Wolverhampton Rugby Union Football Clubs first Sportsman’s Lunch was held on Friday 10th June at their ground in Castlecroft. The club was founded in 1875 and has three senior teams, a colt’s team and one of the best Mini Junior groups in Staffordshire. Recent honours include the U17 County Champions and being one of the top 16 in the U17 national trophy and the Colts team winning three major cups this year. The club has also this year started a very successful women’s team who will soon need their own changing rooms and facilities. The lunch attracted many top local companies including Nat West Bank, Price Pearson, FBC Manby Bowdler and Audi Wolverhampton. In total around 400 business people from in and around Wolverhampton attended the event, with generous sponsorship by Kevin Beasley and his team from Tile Choice. The event was designed not only to raise much needed funds but also to create links with local companies that will be

essential in moving forward with the redevelopment plans of the club. These plans include a new entrance with much needed disabled toilets, kitchen extension and new function room as well as player’s treatment room and gym. Guests were invited to sit down to a three course lunch and entertained by host Roger Dakin and guest speakers for the world of international rugby, Jason Leonard, current England forward Steve Thompson and Mervyn Davies the ex Welsh international. Guests were also joined by Wolverhampton’s Rugby Clubs U17 England Rugby international Ollie Claxton. There were also some great prizes on offer including a Tag Heuer watch from Ian Rigby Jewellers in Codsall worth over £1,000 Commenting, Martin Hawkins, WRUFC Chairman said “The response from the local business community has been overwhelming. The comments from everyone I have spoken to has been very positive with many companies looking to give their support to the rugby club.” The event is set to be a regular event in the social calendar with next years event already being planned with more major rugby names being attracted to the club.

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Going on holidays this summer? How about your jewellery? Like all beautiful things your jewellery needs a bit of maintenance if you wish to keep it as sparkly as possible wherever you are. So here are a few tips for the care and cleaning of your jewellery when heading off for your holidays.

Cleaning: When cleaning your jewellery the trick is to break the bond between the ‘grease’ and the jewel itself with suitable products. •

For a quick ‘shine’ - Add a bit of tooth paste on a tooth brush, rub your jewellery with it and rinse it afterwards. One tip though, some stones after many years are just held in with dirt so make sure you put the plug in not to lose them down the drain!

For a slightly deeper cleaning - As above but add some fairy liquid to some warm soapy water and soak the jewellery prior to following the quick ‘shine’ tip.

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The Local Property Market by Nick Berriman Looking through some old sale particulars the other day which dated from the 1890s I realised how much things had changed over the years and thought it might be of interest to trace some of the developments. Towards the end of the 19th century printed particulars measured approx 18ins x 12ins and the ones in our archives were printed by Steens in the Old Grammar School Buildings. They included large fold out coloured plans. The auctioneers were T J Barnett who were one of the forerunners of Walker, Barnett and Hill and in one set they proudly announced that during the year they had held monthly auctions, with multiple lots in each, together with several individual sales and the total sales amounted to £100,000. How things have changed. Some particulars of sales of local estates such as Wergs Hall and Wrottesley Hall in the early part of the 20th century were works of art with beautifully coloured plans and oval sepia photographs which faded off to the edges. The amount of time taken to produce such publications must have been considerable. By the 1950’s standard sale particulars were typewritten on skins and duplicated by Gestetner machines which were good at putting ink everywhere except where it should have been! Auction details at the time were properly printed but photographs were not used. This, and for the next 25 years , was the time when auction was the way to obtain the best price for properties which were expected to create demand and Walker, Barnett and Hill continued 08

to hold sales monthly. This was also the time when auctions of house contents were held on the premises and there were many superb country house sales where the next generation did not want to keep the fine period furniture, porcelain, silver and pictures which their parents had collected. The younger generation then preferred “G plan” which many have lived to regret! Gradually presentation developed with stick-on black and white photos being introduced followed by printed photos with colour photos eventually appearing in the 1970's. By 1980 laminated brochures with a photographic front cover and full descriptions were in vogue. Floor plans were introduced during the 1990's and eventually photos and plans became more important than detailed descriptions of the interior. Printing, photography and the necessary technology have all advanced and today’s sale particulars have reached a high standard. I have been taken to task by another agent in another publication for giving too optimistic reports on the state of the market. I take the view that when reporting to the public it is essential to be accurate and honest in my appraisal. Of course, I can only report on the experiences of my own firm and it is possible that other firms have different results. This

year January was bad news due to the extended snow and ice which is not conducive to selling houses but February and March exceeded our expectations. April was not so good but the target for our Tettenhall office was to agree, on average, one sale per weekly working day during February, March, April and May. This was achieved and whilst not a record it certainly seems to be better than the experiences of my critic! I was also held to task for stating that the long term trend in house prices was upwards. Of course there are ups and downs but if we remember that the three bedroom semi was worth £2,000 fifty years ago and is now worth almost £200,000, I think that the case is made. The market is not good, May was fair although a little disappointing but I still maintain that reports of the death of the property market have been exaggerated. It needs some nursing but there is still some life there.

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Try Before You Buy at Farthings Court Deciding to move from your family home to a purpose built retirement apartment can be a daunting experience. However, at McCarthy & Stone’s Farthings Court development in Bridgnorth, potential purchasers can now test drive an apartment without obligation following the introduction of a new Try Before You Buy scheme. Through the initiative, anyone considering purchasing an apartment at Farthings Court will be able to stay in the development’s fully furnished one bedroom guest suite for up to two nights free of charge. For two days, they can call Farthings Court ‘home’ and make use of all the facilities at the development, enjoy the immaculate gardens, and meet the house manager along with other residents in the communal lounge. Visitors can also get a feel for the area and work out the proximity to local shops and transport links. Lorena Brown, sales and marketing director for McCarthy & Stone, explains: “Living in a McCarthy & Stone retirement property offers many unique benefits that can only be appreciated by experiencing the lifestyle first hand. Try Before You Buy is an easy-to-use and friendly service that enables people to live in one of our apartments and see for themselves what life is like on the development without any obligation. I would encourage anyone who is interested in a retirement property to give it a go!” Farthings Court is a development of 45 contemporary one and two bedroom apartments designed exclusively for people over the age of 60 looking for independent living. Each apartment is private and self-contained and includes a number of thoughtful design features including 24-hour emergency call points, electrical sockets at a raised height that reduces bending, illuminated light switches, a camera entry system, easy grip lever taps in the bathroom and kitchen and energy efficient heating. Residents can enjoy landscaped gardens, socialise and relax in the communal lounge and invite family or friends to stay at the development’s guest suite. There is also a house manager at the development. Farthings Court is located close to Bridgnorth’s historic bustling High Street offering a number of local and national shops. The area also has excellent transport links, including the town’s famous Victorian Cliff railway, helping residents to navigate from low town to high town. For journeys further afield, the Severn Valley railway makes travelling around the rest of the region an enjoyable and easy experience. And, for a limited time only McCarthy & Stone is offering a massive £20,000 discount on the remaining apartments at Farthings Court as part of its summer sale, meaning you can buy an apartment from as little as £109,995, as long as you legally complete by 26th August 2011. For further information about the properties and lifestyle available at Farthings Court, visit the show complex open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30am to 5.00pm or call 01746 769 075. Alternatively, you can log on to 10


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Honorary President Christopher Biggins with current Chair Gordon Hands (left) and original Chair Mike Jennings

Theatre Friends Celebrate A Special Birthday! Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s beautiful Victorian horseshoe auditorium is widely regarded as giving audiences the most atmospheric and intimate theatregoing experience in the Midlands. Built in 1894 the Grand has been presenting top quality theatre for well over a century, but since the early 1980s its activities have been supported by the Friends of the Grand, one of the largest theatre Friends groups in the UK, and one with plenty to celebrate in 2011. 7th May 2011: Friends 30th Anniversary Lunch on stage at the Grand


In 1980 a group of vocal supporters of live theatre in Wolverhampton, regular theatregoers and members of the original Theatre Club came together to address one of the biggest setbacks that the Grand had faced in its 85 year history - the prospect of permanent closure (and even demolition!) due to growing financial difficulties. Thanks to tireless campaigning spearheaded by the Save The Grand Action Group a solution was reached and with massive help from the local authority, the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre (1982) Ltd was formed – the independent charitable trust that has run the theatre ever since. In anticipation of the Theatre’s re-opening the Theatre Club and Save the Grand Group combined to become the Friends of the Grand. Since those days the Grand has notched up a number of achievements, including its centenary in 1994, a huge refurbishment in 1998, and more recently Grand Memories, a major heritage project with lottery funding as part of a developing programme of education and outreach work. The Friends of the Grand is in a unique position to assist the Grand Theatre in achieving some of its objectives, with donations aimed to enhance the experience of visitors

Sam Kane chats with Friends of the Grand at the Snow White launch on June 15th

to the Theatre, either as patrons or touring company members. There is also an ongoing commitment from the Friends to support the activities of the Theatre’s Education Officer and the development of the GET-IN! Youth scheme. Since its foundation three decades ago Friends of the Grand has gone from strength to strength, with almost 3000 memberships taken up for the current year alone. “This anniversary year is a great time to consider joining,” says current chair Gordon Hands. “A subscription to the Friends not only brings a range of benefits including priority booking, exclusive events and big discounts, but also contributes to the ongoing success of one of the UK’s most beautiful and best-loved theatres.”

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performing Punch and Judy, face painting, penalty football and the ice cream stall, always a favourite with the youngsters. There will be various children's races including the Wheelbarrow Derby which proved very popular last year. Also this year will be a dog agility demonstration together with a display of classic cars and agricultural vehicles. In the Village Hall will be the display of the work in the Photographic Competition, all the creation by local photographers.

If you would like to enter this event, call 01902 700918 for more details. The field will be full of other attractions including lots of stalls offering tombola, a bottle stall, skittles, coconut shy, books, used toys, farm produce, plants and lots, lots more. To satisfy your appetite will be a barbecue, mike shakes and slush puppies, ice cream and afternoon teas served in the Village Hall. Make a note in your diary of the 2nd July at 1.30pm and hope to see you there! For more information, please contact Mike Coope on 01902 700973 or visit the church website at

Local choir raises £2805 for Midlands Air Ambulance The Chad Singers of Pattingham who this year celebrated their tenth year, perform several concerts throughout the year and donate the profits to a chosen charity. The charity for 2010 was the Midlands Air Ambulance and a cheque for £2805 was presented to the team based at RAF Cosford. Receiving the cheque are Karen Baker, Kerry Penashman and Richard Steele (Helicopter Pilot), from Chad Singers

members Chris Lyon, John Fellows (Musical Director), Alan Hickman (Chairman) and Mike Coope. The choir's chosen charity for 2011 is the South Staffordshire First Responders and the next Chad Singer's Concert will be 'Pattingham Proms' in the Village Hall on Saturday July 9th 2011, starting at 7.30pm. This concert will have popular and songs from the shows in the first half, followed by a Ploughman's Supper in the interval and a second half with a rousing 'Last Night of the Proms' theme.

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Homeowners Turn ‘Accidental Landlords’ As Housing Market Continues To Languish As the slump in house prices shows little sign of easing, more frustrated homeowners will be tempted to let rather than sell their homes in 2011, predicts leading Wolverhampton-based lettings bosses Aman Sirpal and Sarika Sirpal. The phenomenon coined ‘Accidental Landlords’ describes homeowners who turn landlords in a bid to tough out the housing market downturn or who simply cannot sell their property. But Aman Sirpal, Managing Director, Surelet Property Rental Services in Wolverhampton warns: “As we approach the summer, a time when people are looking to ‘sell-up’, homeowners considering changing tactics should go into it with their eyes-wide-open. Consider all the pitfalls and if unsure consult a professional letting agent.” “Despite the stagnation in house prices and the crash in the economy, some homeowners simply need to move” says Aman. “Soaring unemployment, exacerbated by the predicted public sector cuts might force people to relocate, or naturally as their family grows, so do their property demands.


uneasy about selling their property for a lower-than-expected asking price.” According to the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) in October 2010, 34 per cent of member offices in the third quarter of 2010 had seen an increase in the number of rental properties coming onto the market because they couldn’t be sold. This was up 19 per cent compared with the second quarter of that year. “And Surelet, Wolverhampton has seen the Accidental Landlord overtake the buy-to-let landlord by as much as 35 per cent the last three months”. Adds Sarika.

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Events List For The Coppice, Coppice Road, Finchfield 2011

Victory Painting Group Annual Exhibition

Bat & Moth Night Friday, 26 August, 8pm

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th August 2011 11am to 4.30pm

Rangers will be surveying the bat & moth populations in the Coppice using moth traps and bat detectors.

Volunteer Day - Saturday, 24 September, 10am An opportunity to take part in some practical work improving this local green site.

Fungi Foray Saturday, 15 October, 10am Rangers will lead a walk around the Coppice looking at the various types of Fungi found in this woodland environment.

Public Meeting – Tractor Shed, Bantock Park, Tuesday, 15 November, 7pm A chance for the members of the public to have their say on how the Coppice is managed.

All are welcome to come along & see our paintings, The 6th annual Art Sale & most of the artists will Exhibition will be taking be available on the day place at Victory Hall and are only too happy to Greyhound Lane Lower have a chat. Penn WV4 4UN (next to the Greyhound pub). Admission is FREE, we have good parking and We are a group of around disabled access and 30 talented members, refreshments will be some of whom belong to Wolverhampton served all day. Society of Artists, and We also have work Birmingham Watercolour by professional artists Society. We meet each Vivienne Cawson, Gareth Wednesday & enjoy Watling & Peter Welton as regular demonstrations prizes in our raffle. and workshops by professional artists. Having had a most successful exhibition last We will be showing NEW year we hope to make paintings in a wide range this year even better and of subjects, styles & look forward to media, most will be seeing you. for sale. Enquiries Graham Potts 01902 332966

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A Walk Around Codsall by Rob Taylor Although, since it was only the head of the household that was recorded, there were probably more. The Church of St. Nicholas is the oldest building, with its Norman doorway dating from the 12th Century. The medieval church consisted of a north aisle and a five bayed nave; the tower was built during the 14th and 15th Century, at which point the stained glass chancel windows were installed. It was then formally rebuilt in 1849, with the exception of the tower.

The pace of 21st Century life has rendered our local area – even the very village in which we live – nothing more than a backdrop to the events of daily life. This column aims to reconnect us with our local past so as to inform a future desperately in need of quiet reflection. We can look at something every day without really knowing it; a building, a monument, even a seemingly innocuous patch of wasteland, but every inch of any area is chock full of history – and Codsall is no different. Despite the comprehensive building projects undertaken by the local council after World War II, Codsall retains much of its village atmosphere to this very day. Always a popular destination for workers eager to escape Wolverhampton's urban sprawl, the village has never been thoroughly swallowed up. Enshrined as 'Codeshale' in the Domesday Book of 1086 – its etymology derives from the old English 'Cod's Halh', meaning a nook of land belonging to a man named Cod (Cod being an early English personal name, possibly in shortened form) – the settlement was originally Saxon and was counted as having only six residents. 24

Its hilly location would have been the hub of the early village settlement, with the area around – now Church Road and Sandy Lane– comprising a village pond, forge, bakery and public house. So high in fact that Church Hill is said to be the highest point, looking east, until Russia; standing as it does some 453 feet high.

structure, once known as “Ye Olde Croft.” It is now a restaurant and is located in The Square. Legend has it that Oliver Cromwell's troops were housed there whilst searching for the fugitive King Charles II.

Unsurprisingly there was also a windmill on the site, long since redundant and removed in the 1880s, but created earlier in the 18th Century, with four common sails, a boat cap, long tail pole and a weather vane. The mill was converted in to a private dwelling in the late 19th Century and now forms Mill field House.

This is by no means the only piece of folklore that permeates from the villages' underbelly. A stone slab, called Deadwoman's Grave, located on a grassy patch of land on Husphins Lane, near Harriot's Hayes Farm in Codsall Wood, is thought to be 200 years old. It's meant to mark the grave of a murdered young woman, whose ghost is supposed to haunt the village.

Apart from the ecclesiastical sites, the oldest building in Codsall is the 16th Century timber-framed

So, Codsall may have a resident that the 2011 census can never account for.

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Perfect for a summer Sunday lunch this lamb roast has a delicious stuffing made with fresh mint, dried apricots and pine nuts. Simply serve with boiled and buttered new potatoes, steamed green beans and a spoonful of tangy redcurrant sauce.

Serves 4 Takes 1 hour 30 mins

Ingredients 25 g (1oz) butter

1. Preheat oven to 180 C, 160 C fan oven, 350 F, gas 4 and line a shallow baking tray with non-stick baking paper or a non-stick mat.

1 small onion, finely chopped

2. Separate the eggs and put the egg whites into a very clean bowl.

1 garlic clove, crushed

3. Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Keep whisking and slowly add the sugar.

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4. When all the sugar has been incorporated, use a large metal spoon and fold in the cornflour, vanilla extract and vinegar. 5. Pile the meringue mixture onto the baking sheet, shaping into a rough 20cm (8in) circle or four smaller circles. With the back of a wet spoon, smooth down any peaks and make a slight hollow in the centre of each pavlova. 6. Place in the preheated oven and immediately reduce to 150 C, 130 C fan oven, 300 F, gas 2. Cook for 1 1/4 hours, then turn off the oven and allow the meringue base to cool completely for at least 3 hours or overnight. 7. Wash the strawberries, remove any stalks and cut into quarters lengthways. 8. Whip the fresh cream until it is thick enough to spread on the centre of the meringue base. 9. Arrange the strawberries over the cream and sprinkle with a light dusting of icing sugar.

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Fantastic VAT FREE Savings… For those with home and garden improvements to make it can certainly turn the thought of the long summer holidays into a daunting and expensive process, but one local company is certainly on hand to help. Renowned locally as a builders and timber merchants, Carvers Building Supplies are also open to the public and sell everything from pipe clips to patios and paintbrushes to power tools - literally a one stop shop for the trade and DIY market. Carvers are holding a VAT FREE Day on Saturday 2nd July from 10am till 2pm and there will be literally thousands of discounted products (discount is equivalent to 20% VAT), all for one day only.

Determined to make the event as family orientated as possible and having welcomed Bob the Builder, Buzz Lightyear, Shrek and Upsy Daisy to past events, Carvers are delighted that Iggle Piggle will be putting in an appearance ‘In the Carver Garden’ at the July event between 10am and 2pm. Along with which, there will also be face painting, craft competitions and goody bags for the kids. Dicky Dodd from 107.7 The Wolf will be broadcasting live with the Wolf Roadshow and the newly refurbished Café Refresh will be open for refreshments. All of which will culminate in a great family day – with loads of fantastic savings to be made!

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Codsall Village Hall Codsall Village Hall is situated on Wolverhampton Road in Codsall. It is approximately 5 miles from Wolverhampton City Centre.

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John Henn of T.A. Henn Jewellers in Wolverhampton Finally Conquers Mont Blanc

At precisely 10.01am European time on 21st of May 2011 Robert Osborne and I stood on top of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain at 4810m (15,782 feet) we had realised an ambition started some five years earlier. The three-day climb covering some 3010 vertical meters to the summit and started on a glorious Thursday morning. We drove to the end of the road and started walking through the green meadows above St Gervais. Marmots played in the sunshine as we continued along the disused cog railway track. It had been built originally to reach the top of the mountain as part of a local Mayoral ego trip but stopped on the break out of the First World War. The train does still run between June and August, today it was nowhere to be seen. I should mention at this stage that after last year’s failure Robert had put in extensive research into every energy enhancing substance used in the world of endurance sports. Firm favorites were the cyclists with their gels and powders. We had driven over a few days earlier in Robert’s car with 5 kilos of assorted performance, nonfreezable enhancers. We found the snow line around 2400m and after a gel or two set about the slow ascent on skis to the first hut, at 3187m. By law the huts/refuges leave access to Winter Rooms that are unattended and provide the very basic need of shelter, they are by their very remoteness not the cleanest of places with months of abandoned food and fuel containers, no water apart from what you make yourself and of course no heating, the 40

bedding is damp and dirty but the one plus is that it is cold enough not to support any bugs! Day 2 was a shorter height gain than day one, around 600m, it just happened to be seemingly mostly vertical. Our second hut was perched on top of the ridge we would be climbing, with the wall or rock becoming ever more perpendicular we were delighted to find a fixed rope in place for the last 100m. Night 2 was a little more comfortable as we were able to air the blankets in the afternoon sun before a cold fog came up the valley and engulfed us. Day 3 we left our shelter just after 3am for the preferred surrounding of the pure majesty about us. Skinning up the Dome du Goûter, 4300m, the sky began to lighten and by 5.30am the dawn broke guiding the few remaining peaks above us, before finally warming our frozen souls with the prospect of a perfect day. The Vallot hut and emergency refuge was passed at 4362m the skis came off and the crampons went back on. The air was beginning to disappear around us. The headwall or ‘bloody steep bit’ before we would see the summit again was mind over matter, your diaphragm is aching with the effort of supplying air with nothing in

it to muscles that are on the edge of fatigue, regiments of red blood cells are called into action to keep those legs moving, stop now and the engine just won’t restart. Cresting the headwall exposed the last majestic sight, ‘a stairway to heaven’. An arête or crest leading up at 45 degrees to the sky with Italy on one side and France on the other just two boots wide no room for error. We were in the territory of ‘The Flying Guide Belay’, in the event that one of us made a fatigue induced error and tripped, the guide behind us would jump the other way, the rope would act like a cheese wire on the arête and both would be saved, then the situation could be resolved calmly. Suddenly without warning the waiting was over, we arrived on the summit and emotion took me by the throat. There was nowhere left to go all around us was down. The gracious lady had allowed us to stand upon her in the finest of weather, not a breath of wind, or air for that matter, anywhere. We stayed on the summit for around 25 minutes before setting about the 3000m ski down the glacier and all its hazards, and six hours later with all the gels used up, we walked onto solid ground.

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to lively party bands, as well as several feature days, the next being Family Fun Day on the 8th August and Ladies Evening on the 3rd September. Wolverhampton Racecourse has a great reputation for offering superb live entertainment after racing. The Horizons restaurant is one of the most stylish dining venues in racing, being a panoramic viewing restaurant, set high in the main grandstand with breathtaking views of the racecourse. With a modern feel, a private bar and plasma screens, Horizons is a popular place to entertain and a perfect way to indulge in fine foods, whilst soaking up the fantastic atmosphere of the racecourse.

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Charity Bike Ride In Memory Of Bijay Khela Punjabi Wolves undertook their annual Charity Bike Ride on Friday 29th April to Saturday 30th April 2011 in memory of Bijay Khela, who sadly passed away from cancer in 2009 at the age of 41 - he was a cycling enthusiast. Leaving from Molineux, the home of Wolverhampton Wanders Football Club, they cycled to Wembley Stadium over 2 days, stopping at Oxford overnight - a distance of 140 miles. This annual bike ride has raised over £20,000 for their nominated charities including Multiple Sclerosis Society, NSPCC, Cancer Research, West Park Rehabilitation Hospital, Promise Dreams and their own India Housing project with 36 riders taking part this year. They also cycled a traditional Indian rickshaw along the route and believe this could be the longest rickshaw ride to have ever taken place in the UK. Punjabi Wolves added their own unique touch during the bike ride with life size cut-outs of Prince

William and Kate Middleton on the rickshaw! Mick McCarthy, Don Goodman, Terry Coner, Matt Jarvis and Bhangra artist Panjabi by Nature were all on hand at the starting point and MP Pat McFadden was there at Wembley Stadium at Finish Line. Punjabi Wolves’ Pete Khela added: "We have raised lots of money for our nominated charities and with the support of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, UK Box Office, the local and national community and loads of our wellwishers we hope we have added to the great occasion of the Royal Wedding!” People can still donate at punjabiwolves

Next month they have their annual Gold N Black Charity Gala Night, this year in Birmingham because they have out grown all venues in Wolverhampton. For more information log on Over the last few years Punjabi Wolves have staged events to raise over £105,000.00 for good causes both in the UK and abroad. Last year they raised over £40,000 which enabled them to buy equipment for a local hospital in Wolverhampton that had treated and cared for their brother Bijay. They also donated money to Macmillan nurses and the Promise Dreams charity that helps seriously and terminally ill children fulfil their wishes. Also through their India Project built new homes for 22 of the poorest families in a village in North India giving them safe and secure accommodation.

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Protecting Your Wealth When Your Relationship Breaks Down The financial implications of relationship breakdown impact on us all - either personally or on children, family and friends – so it’s important you plan carefully to protect your wealth for yourself and your children. MARRIAGE OR LIVING TOGETHER – A LEGAL AND FINANCIAL DIFFERENCE! It’s a common misconception that unmarried couples living together can claim against each other when their relationship fails. The reality is that, save for some limited financial protection for children, living together, regardless of how long, gives you no right to make a financial claim. For example, a woman living with a wealthy man for 20 years and raising children with him cannot claim maintenance. To have any right to property, you must either hold the property in joint names, prove you contributed to its acquisition, or failing that, the court may decide, through your partner’s words and actions, they intended for you to financially benefit from the property. However, if a short marriage of one year fails, a young childless wife with no wealth but a wealthy husband may be granted property, a lump sum and maintenance depending upon her needs. The law protects married couples by allowing the court to adjust property ownership and order maintenance based on needs, regardless of your spouse’s wishes. Whether it’s better financially to marry or live together depends upon your respective wealth! LIVING TOGETHER AND PRE /POST NUPTIAL AGREEMENTS To achieve financial certainty, you can enter into an agreement to clarify how money and possessions are allocated if your relationship breaks down. If you live together you might want a Living Together Agreement. It is binding, dictates what will happen with joint savings and debts, who 48

will retain furniture and the home or if the home will be sold and how the proceeds will be divided. However, it is no longer binding if you marry. For those considering or already married, it’s worth noting that as a Pre / Post Nuptial Agreement is not currently binding in law, a court can agree a different financial outcome. But the existence of the Agreement, provided it is fair, entered into without duress and with advice, will be a factor the court takes into account in determining the division of assets. And they are becoming increasingly influential. Pre / Post Nuptial Agreements are particularly useful in protecting inheritances or pre-marriage assets in second or third marriages. An agreement would probably have saved Paul McCartney substantial legal costs in his divorce with Heather Mills! OTHER WEALTH PROTECTION MEASURES TO CONSIDER • Wills – without one, a large proportion (if not all) of your assets will go automatically to your spouse, and partners living together are not automatically entitled to inherit. • Discretionary Trusts- if you have wealth you would like to pass to future generations, and protect from divorce claims, make a Trust specifying only children and grandchildren and specifically excluding spouses. • Protecting a family or other business - limit a court`s ability to transfer company shares to a spouse by tightening up the Memorandum and Articles of Association. Think carefully about the terms of employing a spouse in a family business - are you are giving employee rights and claims in relation to lost earnings?

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• Tax - ensure any transfer or sale of property on divorce is dealt with as tax efficiently as possible. Get tax advice before formally separating and issuing divorce proceedings. • Bank of Mum and Dad - If you give a lump sum to a child to help buy a house, first decide if you`re giving it as an irrecoverable gift or as a repayable loan. If it’s a loan, consider securing it against the property (like a mortgage) so if their relationship fails, the loan is repaid and the ex-partner doesn’t benefit financially. • Property Ownership - should you own your property solely, or in joint names in equal or unequal shares? If jointly, you may want to hold them as “Tenants in Common”, so the shares are protected and on death will pass according to your will rather than automatically to the survivor. Remember, this doesn’t stop a court adjusting ownership depending upon need. Relationship breakdowns tend to be emotionally fraught – by planning ahead you can make sure that protecting your wealth for yourself and your children is one less thing to worry about.

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Enjoy Summer at the David Austin Rose Gardens The glorious 2 acre David Austin rose gardens, Albrighton, are now in full bloom and can be enjoyed throughout the summer, free of charge.

Roses planted adjacent to a variety of herbaceous plants, creating a truly English summer scene.

of horticultural books and wide selection of roses and plants on offer.

A visit to the rose gardens should also be combined with some light refreshment in their tea room – something not to be missed. With home-made cake and lunch menus using the freshest ingredients, this will prove too much of a temptation and an enjoyable indulgence.

A date for the diary Throughout the year, the David Austin team hold different themed events. On Saturday 16th July, they are taking advantage of this year’s good strawberry harvest by creating a strawberry themed two-course lunch menu at £12 per person, including a complimentary glass of wine. Always popular, prior booking for lunch is essential.

As well as admiring the diversity of colours, you will find many visitors with their noses held deep The garden gift shop provides within the petals, smelling the rich an array of home and garden diversity of fragrances or simply ideas and gifts for the discerning wandering in the many garden customer. The new collections To book a table or for further rooms which make this outside include picnic hampers and information, simply call or space so special. You will also a collection of hats – ideal for email the Plant Centre team. come away filled with inspiration the summer festival season. Of Telephone: 01902 376334 – for example, The Lion Garden course, all keen gardeners will or Email: plantcentre@ WW7 Wolverhampton West Mag Ad June 8 2011:Layout 1 8/6/11 17:14 Page 1 also enjoy musing over the range displays the beauty of the English




We maintain the National Collection of English Roses in our beautiful, extensive rose gardens, which are open all year round, free of charge. Open 9am–5pm, 7 days a week.We stock one of the largest collections of container roses in the country with a constantly expanding selection of choice perennials, clematis, shrubs and trees. Help is on hand from our friendly, expert staff.


Our Plant Centre and Rose Gardens are situated on the Shropshire border at Albrighton. Brown tourist signs will provide directions from Junction 3 of the M54, from Wolverhampton on the A41 or from Shifnal on the A464.




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SUMMER EVENTS Strawberry Lunch -Saturday 16th July For the peak of the summer season we are holding a Strawberry themed two-course lunch to enjoy with friends and family. £12 per person, including a complimentary glass of wine. Prior reservations are essential. For one day only, we will also be offering an exclusive 50% off on the beautiful pink ‘Strawberry Hill’ English Rose (£7.95 usually £15.95), whilst stocks last. Visit our website for more details. Telephone 01902 376334 to book a table for lunch.

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Lealans - Unearthing The Past Lealans Garden Centre began on its present site on the Bridgnorth Road at Shipley, just before the Second World War, when the present directors grandfather Frederick William Lealan bought the land the Garden Centre now stands on. They moved from The Green in Darlaston, where Frederick and his wife had a greengrocers shop and where he grew bedding plants and chrysanthemums. Frederick also had a haulage business in Darlaston. When they moved from Darlaston, his son James left his office job and started working with him and they were later joined by daughter Elizabeth. They were only allowed to grow vegetables during the war years. But after the war ended Frederick and James built the original 1 acre of glasshouses themselves on the site and for many years grew tomatoes in them, before foreign imports made it difficult to make them pay. Later chrysanthemum blooms became one of the main crops until dwindling call for them meant that they were dropped to concentrate on the Garden Centre and the growing of ornamental Frederick William Lealan

plants. For many years they stood on Wolverhampton’s outdoor market, selling tomatoes and flowers. From left James Lealan, Honor Lealan (F W wife),

Elizabeth built up a large Phyllis Lealan(James wife), Frederick William seated cacti collection in the fifties which she showed the emphasis on top quality at at various local shows reasonable prices. winning many prizes. After giving In 2004 the existing gateways were closed and a new Elizabeth Lealan on W’ton market purpose built entrance and driveway were opened, greatly improving the access. The indoor pot plant area was given an overhaul during the early part of 2007, with a new concrete floor and wooden tables being put in. The displays on these tables constantly changes during the year. It holds a vast array of all sorts of houseplants from Primroses in January through to Poinsettias in December.

up the cacti in the sixties she became interested in orchids and built up a collection of these, the Cymbidium being one of her favourites. The present directors are James’ son Peter and daughter Ann who both started working in the business straight from school. James’ widow Phyllis no longer takes an active role in the business but still takes a close interest in what is going on. Elizabeth passed away in April 2010. The garden centre has been greatly improved over the last few years with the outdoor shrub area being completely rebuilt during the late 1990s. It now holds probably one of the best ranges of shrubs, climbing plants, conifers, roses and trees in the Midlands with


Hanging Baskets and Gift Bowls are just two of our specialties. The former being available for hanging outside for the summer and the later always available, but especially for Mother’s Day and Christmas. We still grow as much as we can – Geraniums, Hanging Basket plants and Cyclamen being three of our main crops. The range of goods available for customers to purchase has been greatly increased over the last few years and now includes garden furniture, barbecues, giftware and Christmas goods, but of course the main focus is still on plants. We stock many unusual plants as well as the more common and if we don’t have something in stock we will try and get it for you.

We pride ourselves on our knowledge of plants and friendly helpful staff.

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There’s still time to fill in any gaps in the garden with some instant colour. You can buy established plants of geraniums, cosmos, New Guinea impatiens and other flowering plants throughout the summer months. Dead head your baskets, tubs and herbaceous borders regularly to keep plants producing new flowers all summer. Tubs and baskets need watering daily if the weather is dry, do it first thing in the morning or in the evening to avoid scorching leaves. Remember to liquid feed weekly. Even if you’re using compost which contains slow release fertilizer, they’ll still benefit from a bit of liquid feeding. Once bedding plants in the garden become established, they should only need watering occasionally. There’s no need to water a lawn during dry weather – it’ll soon colour up again once we have some rain.

If you’re going away on holiday, it’s advisable to get someone to water your tubs and baskets for you. Indoor plants can be stood on capillary matting – the other end is put into a container full of water and the plants will take up the water as they need it. Tomatoes and cucumbers will need water regularly during hot weather – preferably in the morning – this keeps the atmosphere humid. Watch out for signs of leatherjackets on lawns, they cause irregular brown patches and loose

areas of turf on the lawn. Grubs are dark grey, brown and legless. These can appear from mid-August to the end of September. If you do spot their damage spray the lawn with Provado Lawn Grub Killer. Once we get into August it’s time to start trimming hedges. Use secateurs on large leave plants such as Laurels to save mutilating foliage. It seems only 5 minutes since the spring bulbs were in flower, but they’ll be appearing in Garden Centre’s from the end of August!

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Business Incubation – can it help you? Here at Wolverhampton Science Park, the SP/ARK Business Incubation Centre serves as a launch pad for new start and young businesses in the ICT, technology and creative fields. The Centre offers specialist support services and facilities in addition to a physical home for a developing company. SP/ARK supports the early development of new businesses by providing access to a range of business skills, mentoring and training to help the business grow. We take an active, hands-on


approach facilitating networking both internally and externally to the incubator thus encouraging companies to build contacts and market their services. We aim to reduce the stress of setting up a business and enable new enterprises to stand on their own feet much sooner than if they were to go it alone. Entrance qualifications are necessary to ensure that SP/ARK supports likeminded and dedicated business entrepreneurs ensuring a cohesive and interactive community. Jason Dabbs of Beaming Success Limited who moved into

SP/ARK in February 2011 said “SP/ARK is without doubt an impressive facility offering more than just office space. We have access to meeting rooms, one to one mentoring and a 24 hour manned reception area which allow visitors to be welcomed in a professional manner. SP/ARK also offers 24 hour security to the building giving you peace of mind. I would recommend SP/ARK to anyone looking to start and build a professional business in a professional facility.” Enzo Mongiovi of Funkimunki Leisure said “The location of SP/ARK is ideal, close to the city centre and motorway network. The proximity of so many other new businesses, the facilities offered and the numerous opportunities provided by SP/ARK to develop and grow your business all contribute to its on-going success." If you are currently starting a new business in the ICT, technology or creative sectors come and have a look at the facilities and support SP/ARK can offer you.

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Matt Murray’s Testimonial Golf Day Wolves stars past and present were at the Belfry earlier in May for the Celebrity Golf Day being run as part of exWolves goalkeeper Matt Murray's Testimonial Year. Several of Wolves current players joined boss Mick McCarthy and assistant Terry Connor in heading over to the Ryder Cup's famed Brabazon Course to hit the fairways. And there were plenty of other famous names from Molineux past to

The South Staffordshire Golf Club once again staged The PTS Invitational over three days between 8th – 10th June. Covered again by the Sky TV cameras, 90 professionals partnered for 2 days by an Amateur partner tackled the demanding course and South Staffs Head Professional Peter Baker, credited an improved putter for his narrow victory.

join them at the event, sponsored by MYA. Heroes from the play-off season Denis Irwin, Alex Rae and Lee Naylor joined in not to mention former favourites from the past in John Richards, Kenny Hibbitt, Don Goodman, Cyrille Regis and Robbie Keane. There was also a Midlands feel to the event with Aston Villa acting manager Gary McAllister and defender James Collins showing their support not to mention Birmingham contingents Lee Bowyer, Roger Johnson and Stephen Carr. The golf was followed by a gala dinner to mark the first major event of Murray's testimonial year. Four charities have been

Matt Murray was overwhelmed with the support he received for his first major testimonial event; he said “It was great to see so many of the football lads turn out for me. It was a great day and I think everyone really enjoyed it” “I am supporting four really great charities, so it meant a lot to see so many people supporting them alongside me.”

Former Ryder Cup Star Lands PTS Title The former Ryder Cup player added a final round 68 to rounds of 72 and 66 for a 7-under par total of 206 to claim a one stroke victory over Wellingborough's Simon Lilly. Baker produced a devastating birdie blitz around the turn to take a two shot advantage heading into the deciding holes. A tense back nine followed when Lilly's birdie at the 16th brought him within one stroke but a curling 12 foot putt for another at the last somehow rolled around the cup leaving a relieved Baker two putts for victory. "The first round was frustrating with a few loose shots out there, but the last two days have been steadier and the putts have dropped nicely too, I'm pleased with the win but even happier with the success of the event, it's been a great week," said Baker.

Peter Baker receives the trophy from PTS Managing Director, Kelvin Stevens.

chosen to benefit from the testimonial year Mzamowethu Pre-Primary School in South Africa, the Stroke Services Cycling Group at West Park Rehabilitation Hospital, Penn Hall School and the Alzheimer's Society.

The winner's sentiments were echoed by main sponsors Plumbing Trade Supplies and its managing director Kelvin Stevens,

whose customers were taking part in the two day amateur event were very satisfied ones. "We were over-subscribed this year for clients of ours taking part, they all had a great time, and there's already a number of them asking about next years event, its been a big success for us yet again." The lengthened course, featuring four new tees, proved to be very tough with only three of the Professionals managing to break par after 54 holes in the PGA Midland Region's first Order of Merit event of the 2011 season, which carried a bumper prize purse of £17,000 donated by main sponsor PTS. Amateur Mike Ankers won the two day Pro-Am event with PGA Cup player Danny Taylor (Swingers Golf Centre) after a two round -17 total saw them edge out Tom Pearson and Simon Lilly by just a single shot.


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Perton Park on course for a successful future As any dedicated golfer will tell you, a well maintained course and excellent greens are essential to the success of any golf club. Mark Allen, grandson of Charles Cooper who founded Perton Park Golf Club in 1990, took over the role of Club Manager 2 years ago and has been instrumental in managing a series of changes and improvements to the course. Over the last 6 months Mark has been focusing on improving key areas of Perton Park Golf Course including; extending fairways, improving drainage and adding new bunkers. As part of the course improvements, a series of mature trees were moved from their existing site onto the fairways, instead of cutting the trees down and planting new ones. Particular care was taken to preserve them and they have been carefully replanted in different areas of the course. Using the largest tree moving machine in the UK, over 25 mature trees have been moved. The process took over 3 days to complete and the largest tree that was moved was over 40ft in height. “Preserving the established trees was challenging, however it was particularly important for me as most of them were planted when my Grandfather first opened the course. Moving them to their new locations will allow them to continue growing whilst adding features to the course.“ explained Mark. There are currently more improvements being made to Perton Park. One of the most significant is the renovation of the Club House and Pro Shop. 60

The renovation work has been taking place over the last few months at a cost of over £180,000. This project will include new changing facilities, extended Pro Shop, members bar and also a conference and function room. Local building contractors TBC Ltd of Wolverhampton, undertook the complete refurbishment of the Club House, which features a fantastic set-up where golfers can enjoy a meal and a drink after they have played, overlooking the course. Perton Park is also now a beautiful, contemporary wedding and conference venue which looks out onto manicured gardens.

"We can cater for around 150 people and we have an award winning Chef." added Mark. Perton Park’s sister club Swindon Golf Club has also had refurbishments made to the changing rooms. Members and visitors have been starting to notice the improvements to both clubs, as in the last three months around 100 new members have joined Perton Park and Swindon Golf Club. “It is great to see so many new members joining Perton Park and Swindon as we are working extremely hard to ensure all our members have great facilities to enjoy at great value.” Mark added. For more information on using the facilities at Perton Park please call 01902 380073 or visit



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Whether you are dreaming of relaxing in a tropical paradise, living the high life in one of the world’s most chic cities, or maybe enjoying a short break somewhere closer to home, The Travel Bureau at Wombourne will make sure you get there. Situated in the heart of the village, overlooking the cricket green, The Travel Bureau has been the trusted choice for travellers since opening in 1984; and in that time owners David and Yvonne Walters have made dream destinations become 62

an affordable reality for all of their customers. Proud of the personal and dedicated service they offer and keen to employ their years of experience in the trade, David, Yvonne and the team, tailor holidays that will delight, whatever your requirements. Unlike so many of the profit -driven high street agents, everybody at the Travel Bureau enjoys spending time with their clients. They know that every holiday should be perfect and that’s why each step of the journey

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Marking those important occasions in life with the holiday of a lifetime, means memories that last forever are guaranteed; whether it’s for a wedding, honeymoon, anniversary or birthday, the team at the Travel Bureau will plan it to perfection - so that you can just concentrate on having the time of your life. But it’s not all about holidays, as business travel is a high priority; and that means independent travel advice to suit all requirements, whether the annual budget is £500 or £500,000 - every aspect is made easy thanks to efficient, effective and thorough planning.

Dedicated personal service is provided for every client and so, reassurance, support and guidance, through any eventuality is guaranteed. It is this unique factor that makes the business so successful.

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David explains: “We spend time with our customers, so we can find the perfect holiday for them and that’s why we have so many who return year after year. We are pleased we can take our clients anywhere, if it can be booked, we can do it.” And what’s more, competitive pricing means the best value is assured. “We are confident that we offer the very best price for our clients and will match any like-for-like quote where possible” adds David. The Travel Bureau Website offers customers everything they need

for their holiday, including an online shop that has a range of travel essentials, as Yvonne explains: “We offer a range of on-line bookable items and travel accessories which are available via our website at www. the accessory shop is a new development for us and we have travel scales, luggage straps and the new portable child car booster seat ‘bubblebum.’” So with the team at The Travel Bureau waiting to take care of every aspect of your holiday, all you have to do is decide where you will go this summer. 63

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3Hammers Bistro By Derek Irons

Discovering fine dining experiences is one of the delights of good living. Locating that special venue often requires a tip or two from those 'in the know' - and those in the know will have no hesitation in recommending The 3 Hammers Bar and Bistro. This welcoming Bistro is a 'standalone' business that sits amid a modern golf complex on the Old Stafford Road at Coven, just outside Wolverhampton. And you don't have to be a fan of golf or a

member of the club in order to take full advantage of this fairway to dine. Most definitely there are more than three good reasons why those keen diners amongst our readers should seriously consider a visit. And you don't have to knock three times before you gain admission either but to avoid any disappointment it is best to book in advance as this is a thriving popular venue. You'll surely find - as we did - a friendly welcome from staff, as you settle with a pre-dinner drink, in the comfortable bar area where the buzz of lively conversation promotes a cheery and informal atmosphere. Totally devoid of pretentiousness so typical of many establishments

today, this is a bistro where you can truly relax. Your correspondent, an impatient fellow by nature, was pleased to be shown to a table within a few minutes. It's reassuring to be able to report that before I could utter 'Bob's your uncle', restaurant manager Denise had settled us in the comfortable surroundings of a most pleasant dining area with well-spaced tables and a delightful overall ambience. And indeed, with room enough to hold that special party or celebration. We awaited eagerly to start on a gourmet experience that would live long in memory. As is so often the case, the best dining experiences are imbued with a subtle sense of novelty. The 3 Hammers


certainly has this with its winning combination of character, comfort and cuisine. You won't be disappointed with the tantalising menu that offers that perfect balance of 'traditional' with 'interesting'. From homemade steak and kidney pie to chicken fajitas through to a vegetarian selection, means there's something for everyone, with main course prices ranging from ÂŁ9.20 to ÂŁ16.95. Owners Terry and Carol have been at the 3 Hammers for over 22 years and are so determined that you enjoy your experience to the full that should you like something from the menu tailored a little more to your taste, they invite you to ask and they'll do their best to oblige. (try doing that at the local 'microwave' pub chain restaurant and see what you get). Choices were hard to make from the extensive menu. Your world weary correspondent and his assistant were suddenly enthused by tasty starters: Camembert and Brie deep fried and served with redcurrant jelly and Garlic and Ginger Prawns served with sweet chilli and garlic mayonnaise dips. Once we'd decided on a main course - Cajun Chicken Melt for this writer and a giant Rib-Eye Steak served on a sizzling skillet for my assistant - it wasn't long before all gastronomic expectations were met in a most mouth-watering way. My dining companion, the very shrewd Jasmine Harper (Financial Columnist for The Morning Star) commented, "I think, perceptively, that quite often one dines best where one immediately senses the enthusiasm - and here this amounts to a passion - for the food, considerate

attention to customer needs and a desire to encourage hedonistic pleasures. This latter quality is something we very much need these days" "Yes" I replied. "The food is so good that it certainly strikes a hammer blow for the cause - though I must say, with food as delicious as this, that I shan't be limiting myself to just three courses." "Naughty boy!" Admonished Jasmine. "What about your waistline?" "Don't worry." I responded. "I don't intend to waste a mouthful!" When the bill arrived, I didn't need to depend on Jasmine's financial acumen to see that it was very good value indeed: particularly so because servings were ample in size - unlike some Bistros I could name where only 'bite size' portions are served. I have to confess to a personal ignorance of golf and the only driving range with which I'm familiar is of the 'Rover' kind. But even a golf ignoramus such as me knows 'what's what' when it's served up on a platter. Rival bistros had better watch because they're really into the swing of it at 3 Hammers Bistro. The 3 Hammers Bar and Bistro can seat up to 120 people in their recently refurbished restaurant. It is an ideal venue for Private Parties, Family Celebrations and Funerals. For further details or bookings please contact The 3 Hammers Bar and Bistro, Old Stafford Road, Coven, Wolverhampton. 01902 791917. 71

The Fieldhouse by Claude Riverside The Fieldhouse at Wightwick has, of course, for years been known as a real ale mecca and a first class local. Following a refurbishment some time back, it has now reaffirmed its credentials as a traditional pub that is, nonetheless, firmly in the twenty first century with all the facilities that today’s customers require. And, of course, high on the menu these days is the provision of good quality pub food. Set like a jewel amidst suburban grandiosity the pub has a pleasant cosmopolitan feel - a product of a pleasing mix of the best types of folk

who make up the wonderful West Midlands. Here locals rub shoulders with 'out of towners' and cheery chatter bounces off the rafters of this

ancient hostelry renowned throughout the region. The beer here has such a good reputation and the pub such an enviable air of conviviality, that one would be well served merely taking in the atmosphere over a pint or two. So when a directive arrived from the editorial suite, for an appraisal visit to be made, your correspondent carried with him on that night, the heavy burden of responsible inspection on behalf of the readers of this esteemed organ - together with a healthy appetite. Although I have to say that my rapaciousness paled when compared to that of my dining companion, who on this occasion, was the very alluring Olivia De Channing who, with her long auburn locks, might be mistaken for the living embodiment of a Pre Raphaelite beauty. She claims to be local but confessed that she thought 'pork scratching' was an agricultural pastime indulged in competitively by local farmers. And


when I mentioned we were dining at The Fieldhouse, I had to dissuade her from donning her green wellies. "Oh! You mean it's an eatery. How quaint." She said. So I went to great lengths to explain to her that The Fieldhouse is 'a must' for one of the best 'feel good' dining experiences in Wolverhampton. Greeted warmly on arrival by genial host Gareth, who has over twenty years’ experience in the pub business, together with his lady, Kate, we were soon made to feel comfortable. Seldom in our travels throughout the land have we felt so genuinely welcome. So after some interesting and engaging conversation in which they outlined their vision for more 'Ladies nights' and special promotions evenings, we settled down to drinks in the delightful dining room with its rustic yet modern ambiance.

Studying the varied menu, (A Tapas menu is also available) with mains prices ranging from £7.95 to £11.95 and starters ranging from £4.95 to £5.95 - and which Gareth manages to change every few days - Miss De Channing chose for her starter smoked salmon and prawns served on ciabatta bread whilst your correspondent delighted in the mushrooms stuffed with stilton and topped with smokey bacon. Homemade Lasagne for Miss De Channing and beer battered cod goujons for this writer proved irresistible and followed soon. There is but one word for the quality of food all sourced locally - at The Fieldhouse: and that is 'excellent'. You'll find no synthetic nonsense here. My companion, still determined to assert her local credentials said "This place reminds me of a pub in Barnes." At this I affected some puzzlement and asked "How do you spell that?" Thinking that a

reference to Farmer Giles (Pork scratchings!) was about to make another appearance. "No no silly!" She admonished. "I mean Barnes by the river" I could see a barmy evening was in store later if I wasn't careful. Gareth, Kate and all the staff offer a warm welcome to customers old and new to the Fieldhouse. Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday is Happy Hour – where you can enjoy 20% off all drinks between 5pm and 7pm. Thursdays is ‘Ladies Night’ – enjoy a 175ml glass of wine for only £1.50 between 5pm and 8pm. Fine range of guest beers available. Exquisite private room available for parties of up to 20 people. For further details please call Gareth or Kate on 01902 762223. The Fieldhouse, Perton Road, Wightwick


Modern Friendly Auction Room Perry and Phillips have been holding auctions in Bridgnorth for over 175 years and have built an excellent reputation based upon service, quality and professionalism. Since their move to the Old Mill Antique Centre site the customers have never had it so good, firstly there are plenty of car parking spaces, so parking is not a problem and secondly there is an excellent Tea Room where you can enjoy good food while bidding at the

auction or have afternoon tea after you have been to view. To make it easy for their customers, they open all weekend prior to the auction for viewing and if you wish you can leave bids with the auctioneer if you cannot attend the auction. To make it even easier before you leave home you can view the catalogue on the internet, with plenty of very good photos and it also gives you an estimate of what the auctioneer thinks it will sell for. In the Auction Room everything is set out in lot number order so everything is easy to find---it could not be easier. It is just as easy if you want to sell at auction. There are auction valuation days every Wednesday from 10.00am where you can bring items to the auction rooms and you will be advised what the items would sell for and if you are happy you can enter the items in the next auction. If you have large items Perry and Phillips have there own collection service

who are used to handling valuable items, so can be assured that your possessions will arrive at the auction room safely. The auctions are usually held the first Tuesday of every month and items for the auction have be entered at least eight days before the auction date so that the catalogue can be prepared and entered on the internet site. The next auctions are July 5th, August 2nd, and September 6th and the auctions start at 10.30 am... so pay them a visit and enjoy an auction experience.

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Weight Loss Surgery The New You Starts Here! Weight loss surgery isn’t a quick fix option. Losing weight is an individual challenge, different for every person. That’s why we at the Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital tailor our treatment just to you, to help you get in shape. Read the inspiring story below from one of our patients who undertook gastric bypass surgery… Sharon Harris, a 48 year old account manager from Wolverhampton had struggled with her weight for most of her life. After visiting her local Nuffield Health Hospital, Sharon has changed her weight and her life around…

Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital offers Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Bypass surgery. We believe that everyone’s wellbeing is in their own hands, but only if the right knowledge is available which is why we listen and help you get the results you want.

10 years ago Sharon made some changes to her, diet adopting a programme of healthy eating and exercise and successfully lost a significant amount of weight. Sadly her mother passed away and Sharon turned to comfort food again and unfortunately put weight back on.

Sharon describes this point of her life as: “just existing… I was in pain; I couldn’t sleep without waking up every hour and was constantly sick with a cold – sometimes lasting up to six months. My life was out of control and I was struggling to get from one day to the next.” Sick of the struggle her daily life had become, Sharon decided to make some changes to her life, and used money from her father’s will to undertake gastric bypass surgery. She met with Consultant, Mr Khan at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital. 76

Having more energy has meant Sharon has embraced exercise again and she has continued to eat healthily. Seeing the changes in her body has helped Sharon keep to her new regime. “I made a life changing decision when I decided to have the gastric bypass. I chose to invest my father’s money in my health and I have seen a huge return on my investment.” This was the best money that I have ever spent and worth every last penny. Sharon has slimmed from a size 28-30 to 14-16 and now weighs 12 stone 3lbs and is still losing weight! Sharon says her father would have been so proud of what she has achieved. “I now feel like the person I was meant to be and can start doing the things I longed to do”.

As an only, child Sharon learnt to find comfort in eating crisps when she was upset and the habit extended into adulthood. By the time she had reached her thirties, she was emotionally eating her problems away and reached a point where her weight was affecting her life.

Around this time Sharon’s weight started to affect other areas of her health. Sharon developed severe osteoarthritis in her knees and walking short distances became a problem. Knee X-ray’s showed that she had gaps in her knee cartilage, resulting in bone-on-bone rubbing. Unable to walk without assistance, Sharon’s father lent her his walking stick.


Sharon’s pre-op weight was 21 stone 5lbs, with a BMI of 48.9. Being morbidly obese Sharon was at great risk of developing life threatening diseases such as diabetes or having a heart attack from her high blood pressure. She was put on a strict pre-surgery liver shrinking diet that meant that low-fat, low-carbohydrate diet and decided to eat the way she would have to eat after her operation. Sharon thought changing her diet was going to be tough, but found it surprisingly easy and lost 1 stone 2lbs before the operation. Following her surgery the results Sharon has seen have been dramatic. “The impact this surgery has had on my life is amazing. My health is better, I can walk again and the pain in my knees is down 75%. I am now off all my blood pressure medication, have no more wheezing and can actually sleep during the

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Pampering, Relaxation and Feeling Fabulous: At Zen Champagne, celebration and a celebrity guest marked the official opening of Codsall village’s newest addition, Zen Beauty, on Friday 6th May. Owner and manager, Oli Carey - along with Wolverhampton Wanderers’ star winger, Matt Jarvis welcomed guests into the stylish and well-appointed salon, to give a toast to the future and sample any one of the numerous complimentary treatments on offer. Designed to create a calm and relaxing environment for clients, the salon has a contemporary and chic feel, establishing a perfect ambiance for those of you who want to unwind, whilst being thoroughly pampered.

With an emphasis on total relaxation, the selection of professional massages available are guaranteed to melt stress away and leave a feeling of total renewal. Manicures, pedicures, waxing and of course spray tanning are all summer essentials - meaning a trip to the salon is a must, to ensure that you are ready to look fabulous for that holiday at home or aboard. For results that really last though, professional botox and teeth whitening services will provide an amazing transformation for any client. Gara Ruffa fish are fast becoming the latest beauty craze. The much talked about ‘Dr Fish’ are known for their healing benefits and effectiveness in exfoliating, cleansing and softening the skin; choose either a ten or twenty minute session, so that you can try the trend for yourself. Excitingly, Zen is more than just a salon; operating also as beauty academy, there is opportunity for anyone to learn a specific beauty discipline and receive a recognised qualification. Offering exceptional service and the latest treatments - at affordable prices - Zen has a modern approach to beauty therapy, which gives everybody the chance to look truly fabulous. Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday 9am until 5pm, Thursday 10am until 8pm, Friday 9am until 8pm and Saturday 9am until 4pm.



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If your jetting off for a holiday spent with sun, sea and sand, deciding which fashion essentials to pack can be challenging you can only fit so much in a suitcase after all!

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Be Beautiful at Urban It’s exciting times at Urban Hair and Beauty: the already bulging menu of hair and beauty treatments on offer at the Codsall-based salon just got even bigger - meaning there has never been a better time to book in. Whether you are after a professional wax, marvellous manicure or spray tan you can depend on Urban.

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Karen and her team of expert stylists are also on hand to over haul your hair using great products: Matrix, TIGI and Joico to name but a few. And what’s more, with Racoon and Balmain professional extension systems available you can have the fabulous hair you have always dreamed of. Short, flat, limp hair can effortlessly be transformed into glossy locks of Rapunzel-esque proportions. The options are endless if you love your style and just fancy a bit of a change, extensions can be used in one area to add a splash of vibrant colour, or maybe to extend a short fringe for a different look.

The great thing is, the effects are instant and really last. The team can tailor a package to suit your budget, guaranteeing that you look fabulous at a price you can afford. If you are looking to turn back the years, then a visit to Urban is a must, as non surgical cosmetic solutions are now available. Frownlines, forehead-lines and laughterlines can be erased through the use of wrinkle relaxing injections, whilst a natural pout can be enhanced with speciality fillers. There is even Laser Bright Smile teeth whitening on offer, that promises amazing results - so for those of us who love to look our best, Urban Hair and Beauty really give us something to smile about!

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Find The Dress Of Your Dreams At Gown Studio Specialising in all types of formal wear, the newly launched Gown Studio in Shifnal has a stunning selection of dream dresses that any girl is sure to fall in love with. Whatever the occasionproms, weddings, formal

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Ask The Podiatrist: Tom's Top Tip of the Month Hallux Rigidus (Stiff big toe)

• Cause of Hallux Rigidus

Hallux rigidus can be characterized as arthritis of the main joint of the big toe. It is a wearing out of the joint surfaces.

In the majority of cases the cause is unknown, the reason for this may be due to wear and tear of the joint which is particularly subject to pressure out due to tremendous stress placed on it during walking. With each step, a force equal to twice your body weight passes through this very small joint.

Early signs and symptoms include: • Pain and stiffness in the big toe during use (walking, standing, bending, etc.) • Pain and stiffness aggravated by cold, damp weather • Difficulty with certain activities (running, squatting) • Swelling and inflammation around the joint

As the disorder gets more serious, additional symptoms may develop, including: • Pain, even during rest • Difficulty wearing shoes because bone spurs (overgrowths) develop. Wearing high-heeled shoes can be particularly difficult. • Dull pain in the hip, knee, or lower back due to changes in the way you walk • Limping, in severe cases

inside of the weight-bearing portion of the foot. This pressure beneath the first metatarsal can cause it to elevate, resulting in hypermobility, hallux limitus or hallux rigidus. Chiropodist/Podiatrists can assess and issue orthotics/insoles which can often provide relief.


Contributing conditions such as gout or infection of the toe can lead to this condition. . An underlying biomechanical condition can also cause this condition. For example, those with fallen arches or excessive pronation (rolling in) of the ankles are susceptible to developing hallux rigidus. In detail, excessive pronation may destabilize the great toe joint. If the foot pronates (or flattens) excessively, there is an increase in pressure under the first metatarsal as the foot rolls in. This force may be considered as an upward pressure from the floor on the

As a form of degenerative arthritis, treatment begins with antiinflammatory medication. Other conservative treatments include: • Shoes with a larger toe box • Offloading orthotics/insoles • Rest and ice • Avoid high heels • Watch your weight • Steroid injection Finally, if no conservative measures help, then corrective surgery will be required to alleviate the painful condition.

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astonishing £2700 was raised for Harley - meaning his dream can now become a reality.

L-R: Jane Barnett Promise Dreams, Sue Wilkinson The Elms, Nigel Hawkins with Frederick the Hawk

All For A Good Cause – The Elms At her elegant country home, Sue Wilkinson recently invited guests to enjoy a delightful house party - organised in aid of a very good cause. Working tirelessly in conjunction with Jane Barnett from Promise Dreams - a Wolverhampton based children’s charity - her goal was to raise enough money to help four-year-old boy, Harley. After the removal of a brain tumour left him with Cerebral Palsy affecting all of his limbs, his family applied to Promise to fund a log-cabin sensory

house, to significantly improve everyday life and aid in his therapy. On hearing his story, Sue was touched and resolved to do something to help and so, she arranged an event-filled day at her lovely home - The Elms - in Seisdon, to entertain over one hundred guests. The occasion proved to be an enormous success and an

Driven by a genuine desire to give something back to the community, Sue is always striving to help as many local charities as possible. Having been spurred on by her latest triumph, she has now turned her attention to planning and hosting more fundraising events in the coming months. Saturday June 11th marked the 4th year of The Elms’ opening their splendid gardens in aid of the NGS Yellow book scheme - a sponsor of nursing, caring and gardening charities. The event raised over £600. Sue, along with the help of Trysull and Seisdon WI (who will be on hand to serve cream teas), will encourage visitors to wander around the beautiful five acre garden, featuring over 125 roses. There will also be a chance to repeat the experience on Sunday July 31st. As the summer draws to a close, there will be a final event at The Elms this year. On Thursday September 8th a house party coffee morning will be held, with all proceeds benefiting the NSPCC.

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Celebrating 38 Years of the Fusco Academy of Dance Hazel Fusco and her daughter Anna of the Fusco Academy of Dance will be holding a summer festival of dance at Colton Hills School Theatre, Jeremy Road, Wolverhampton, on Sunday, July 3rd at 6.30pm.

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Tickets are £9; proceeds raised will go to local charities. There will be over 100 feet tapping out a variety of styles including a Mexican theme, Cats and Jailhouse Rock.

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The Acrobats will be demonstrating their tricks and skills in a colourful beach scene. The babes will enchant their audience with a teddy bear and mice dance.

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Education and Schooling by Martyn Long - Headmaster of Tettenhall College In a world of incessant change, where yesterday’s answers no longer fit today’s problems, knowledge is doubling every five years, industries appear and disappear overnight, the rule book is rewritten weekly and new technology is introduced daily, it is essential that young people are well prepared for the future. The core purpose of education must be the development of well-qualified and well-rounded individuals who are self–assured, well-motivated and who have the personal and social skills to succeed at school and in later life. But there is another vitally important factor for schools to consider – happiness. Following a recent presentation about Tettenhall College I was approached by a pupil currently in Year 11 at another school. He seemed quite nervous but was determined to make what was a very important point for him. He wanted to thank me for making him realise something so obvious and important, but that had been missing from his own school life so far. It was the final slide in my presentation, showing a picture of a group of smiling Sixth Form students with the caption ‘Happy and Successful’ above it, that had struck a particular chord with him. He attended a selective school and was by any measure extremely successful in his academic achievements, but he had not really thought about how meaningless success is without being happy. I look forward to welcoming him to our school in September when he joins the Lower Sixth to start his A levels. So what makes pupils happy and successful? • Loyal, hardworking, well qualified and dedicated staff • Parents who care passionately about their children’s education

• A supportive community of governors, parents, pupils, past pupils, staff and members of the local community • Superb facilities, grounds and opportunities • And last, but not least, the talented, industrious and caring pupils themselves These all combine to create a school that enables every one of its pupils to develop and achieve. Pupils leave Tettenhall College with a thorough understanding of the importance of balance in life. They do not need to be lectured on the idea of ‘work hard and play hard’ because this is their everyday experience. Making the decision on where to send sons and daughters to school is far from easy. I urge caution when looking at performance tables for schools because of the problem of trying to interpret results in a fair way across very different types of schools with different intakes, different subjects and different entry policies, not to mention the very nature of statistical analysis. My advice is to visit a school and spend as long as possible looking around and talking to staff and students; ask the head to show you and explain the ‘value added data’ for the school, because this attempts to measure the progress of pupils and not just the final outcome, and last but not least, ponder the question ‘are the pupils at the school happy and successful?’ Tettenhall College is an Independent Co-educational School for pupils aged 2 to 18.


An inspirational start for children as young as two is provided at the Children’s Day Nursery in Tettenhall College. Open throughout the year, our highly qualified and experienced staff provide ‘edu-care’ - both education and care in a warm, family atmosphere. The Nursery is open Monday to Friday from 8.00a.m. to 6.00p.m. A Breakfast Club operates from 7.30a.m. providing further childcare for those parents who need to make an early start. The Nursery provides hot lunches every day, freshly prepared and cooked by our in-house catering company.

Tettenhall College Nursery Children experience different types of learning through a variety of stimulating activities and the excellent resources which are available. Interactive play within a wealth of indoor and outdoor facilities provides the perfect platform for every child’s development. The Day Nursery has its own suite of rooms which was designed as part of a modern purpose-built facility. There is a spacious play room, a quiet room for sleeping or learning in small groups, a messy play area for sand, water, clay, dough, paint and glue; and a bathroom with a baby changing area. There is also a securely walled and fenced, outdoor rubber-crumb play area which enables children to play safely outside. The 33 acres of beautiful grounds provide additional opportunities for closely supervised exploration, along with a woodland environment and the frequently visited ‘Pets Corner’.

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The Rotary Club of Wolverhampton also comes within the remit of this committee where groups of young people visit other countries, learning more about that country and developing themselves at the same time. This is a reciprocal scheme with groups from other countries visiting the UK. Each club has a target donation to Rotary Foundation of $100 per capita each year.

We recently held our AGM and the reports of the Committee Chairmen gave a picture of the activities of the club. The following is a snapshot of a year in the life of the Rotary Club of Wolverhampton. The Foundation Committee coordinates the club’s support for the various programmes which Rotary backs throughout the world. We have written before about Rotary’s successful efforts to eradicate Polio where the Gates Foundation pledged $355 million, challenging Rotary worldwide to raise $200 million by June 2012. So far $167.8 million has been raised. The Group study Exchange Scheme

Our Sports and Entertainment Committee organises a wide range of social and sporting events from archery to bowls and darts to golf. Other Committees look after Public Relations (hence this page!), Membership Recruitment and Youth Activities which is involved with many projects with young people in and around Wolverhampton. A separate Committee organises the annual Tree of Remembrance in the Mander Centre which this year raised almost £10,000.

The International Committee supports and funds various projects around the world. We have helped the Singapore East Rotary Club to provide 40 to 45 cataract operations as part of the Malaysia Avoidable Blindness Project with a donation of just over £2,000. We have supported the Shoebox Scheme by sending 68 boxes for distribution to underprivileged people in Eastern Europe for Christmas. We also sent twelve Shelter boxes to Japan after their earthquake. Also supported were water projects in Zambia and South Africa where we also have a close relationship with a Special Care Centre in the Cape of Good Hope. Other projects in Zambia and Nepal have received donations. The Community Service Committee organises an annual Christmas Party for older and disabled people and have supported the local Haven, Alzheimer Group, Brickkiln Dunstall Gateway Club, South Staffs First Responders and Wolverhampton Boxing Club. In addition we have very close links with Compton Hospice, which was started by a committee from our club and with the MS Centre, both of which receive annual donations. All these donations mean that funds have to be raised and the Fundraising Committee have to be very busy. Activities range from Curry and Italian Nights to an Auction of Promises.


Each year we organise a Sponsored Slim and a 200 Club with fortnightly draws and a separate committee runs a Dragon Boats event on the lake at Himley which is great fun and raises a lot of money. This year’s event is on May 22nd, just too late for inclusion in this edition.

Just in case everything sounds a bit serious our next events are District Crown Green Bowls against Wednesfield, Croquet against Sedgley and Wombourne and our own Pitch and Put and Bowls Competitions. We have said it before but it is worth repeating Rotary is fun and Rotary works. Finally our thanks to everyone who has supported us during the year and if anyone wants to know more about the club please contact our Secretary Geoff Lowndes on 01902 758990.

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Bilbrook Karate & Kickboxing Club Since kick-starting a new wave of local interest in martial arts in 1997, Bilbrook Karate & Kickboxing Club punches well above its weight. It has produced 20 blackbelts in its short lifetime and is now looking to make you the next. Formerly part of the English Contact Karate Association and presently part of the British Modern Karate Association, the school - run by 30 year experienced martial arts veteran sensei Paul Millington - offers students expert tuition in an eyecatching fighting style. Paul explains: “Our style is developed from a combination of kickboxing and Thaiboxing techniques; we also incorporate throws and locks which are excellent for self defence, fitness, flexibility and confidence.”

“We have had a lot of success in competitions and produced winners at club and national level.” And age is no barrier to joining either, says Paul: “Our youngest blackbelt was 11, our oldest was 47 and we have one lady who will imminently be our oldest blackbelt ever.” But it’s not all about awards and accolades, there’s a heavily promoted emphasis on discipline and respect. It’s here where Paul really has the competition flawed. “Our aim and that the BMKA is to promote physical and mental well being. To develop in students an awareness of the needs of others, offer a sense of achievement and a feeling of belonging.”

safety. Lots of friendships have been made there. If I had my time over I would have started the club sooner I’ve met so many nice people.”

All of this takes place in a safe and friendly club environment that has a thriving social element too. “We look after our new members and they can train and learn in complete

“We also have an association gala once a year which has been a great success. All the other clubs and instructors, mums and dads get together for a meal, live music and dancing, as well as award presentations.”



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Large Model Air Show Marks 75th Anniversary of Spitfire’s First Flight Advance tickets for the annual Large Model Aircraft Rally taking place at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on 16th - 17th July 2011 are now on sale. This famous air show in miniature is an absolute must see for any aviation enthusiast, with hundreds of scale models of iconic aircraft taking to the skies during the two-day event. The main theme of this year’s show will be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the first flight of the Spitfire. Taking place twice each day there will be a mass Spitfire scramble consisting of 15 models - possibly the largest number of model Spitfires flying together, ever seen at a model air show. Last year saw the Vulcan and Victor flying together for the first time in formation. This year an exclusive for Cosford will be all three of Britain’s V-Bombers; Vulcan, Victor and Valiant flying together, never before seen anywhere else in the world. During the course of the show there will be a display of World War aircraft including the largest ever formation of the Dawn Patrol WW1 fighter team, approximately two waves of 20 aircraft each including dogfights within the display. In addition to this, several World War 2 fighter and Bomber display teams will be performing. Events and activities on the airfield include trade stands selling both modelling and non-modelling related items, food stalls, access to the RAF Museum and full size

aircraft displays. Plus for the families, there will be a fun fair to keep the youngsters entertained throughout the day. On site camping including entrance to the show is only £45.00 for the weekend when booked in advance. Contact Dave Bailey for more details on camping at dave. or call 07827 675665. For further information, please call the RAF Museum Cosford on 01902 376200 or visit

COMPETITION Five lucky winners can win a family ticket each to the Large Model Aircraft Rally taking place at the Royal Air force Museum Cosford on 16 – 17 July 2011. To be in with a chance of winning, just answer the following question correctly.

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Wolverhampton Show - 9/10 July - West Park It’s that time of year again when the hugely popular Wolverhampton Show brings a flavour of the country into the city and West Park is transformed for a fun-filled family weekend jampacked with animals, plants and arts & crafts. Our Outdoor Events team has joined forces with sponsors Banks’s to bring you the most spectacular show to date… Arena attractions include Big Pete (Monster Truck), Royal Artillery Parachute Display Team (The Black Knights), James Dylan’s Stunt World, The Royal Artillery Motorcycle Display Team (The Flying Gunners), Gerard Naprous & the Devil’s Horsemen, and journeyman sheepdog master Bob Hogg. Other attractions include a Giant Funfair, Trade Stalls, Craft Fayre, Black Country Fuchsia Society, British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild Marquee, Zenshin Karate Club, Model Boats, Walsall Fur Fanciers, National Farmers Association, Wolverhampton Butchers Association, One City information marquee and Brass Bands all weekend – there’s something for everybody!! Admission is free, open from 11am till 6pm both days. Main Arena Show starts at 11.15am opened by the New Park Village Cheerleaders.  Big Pete, the world’s only real monster truck, at 16ft tall and 12ft wide, weighs 7.5tons.

Jumping 15ft in the air is an impressive sight for any event, crushing anything in its path. Gerard Naprous & the Devil’s Horsemen. 30 years in the Film and Show Business industries, has won Gerard respect as one of Europe’s leading Horse masters, Stuntmen and Stunt Co-ordinators. The Royal Artillery Motorcycle Display Team (The Flying Gunners). The centre of attention at every show they visit, their high octane 30 minute performance will leave you breathless. James Dylan’s Stunt World International Motorcycle Stunt Team. James Dylan formed Stuntworld in 1972, making them the most experienced Stunt Team in Great Britain. Bob Hogg Bob Hogg has earned himself an excellent reputation for his professional and highly entertaining sheep dog displays. The Royal Artillery Parachute Display Team (The Black Knights). The Royal Artillery’s freefall parachute team will close the event, they will exit the aircraft from 1500ft-1200ft and carry out several formations whilst deploying coloured smoke, reaching speeds of up to 120mph.

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Carver Wolverhampton City Marathon Events Sunday 4th September 2011 - Start and finish at West Park Wolverhampton In its 14th year the marathon, has become one of the largest sporting events in the city of wolverhampton. Brainchild of the late Roy Carver and former chair Ivan Savage the Marathon events have continued to grow year on year. It attracts around 2500 participants in marathon. half marathon, cycle ride half marathon relays and children’s mini marathon. This year sees the introduction of junior relay teams, age ranges 12 to 16, teams of five running the half marathon distance. Each year the event raises thousands of pounds for worthy charities in and around the Wolverhampton area. This year the chosen charities are The Haven Wolverhampton, Birch Thompson Memorial Fund, Wolverhampton Foster Care, The Steve Bull Foundation and the Mayoral charities. Each month the dedicated planning committee meet to discuss and organise this project to ensure that on the day everything goes to plan. The event attracts many Sponsors, Carvers and Birmingham Midshires (part of the Lloyds banking group) who provide valuable financial support, Marston’s, who supply and sell the beer at the marathon. Their dedicated staff spend all their time on Marathon day selling their ale and all the proceeds are donated to the charities. Greggs, who provide their goody bags to all the competitors, Brindley Garages, Tarmac, Wolves FC Highland Spring who supply the water for the competitors. DC Leisure 100

Group (Wolverhampton swimming & Fitness Centre) Decathlon, our new sponsor who will provide all the vouchers for the winners and much more. BBC WM and 107.7 The Wolf our media sponsors who give such valuable coverage leading up to and including Marathon day, Nuffield Health, Wolverhampton City Council, Aquaforce Drain Services, Wolverhampton West magazine , Hewdens and Skylift platforms. All very valuable sponsors and without them the Marathon would not be the huge success that it has become. As well as the sponsors many organisations support the event including St John Ambulance who provide valuable medical services to the competitors. The New Cross hospital medical team headed by Charles Cox are situated in West Park waiting to help anyone who has medical difficulties. West Midlands police who advise and assist with planning to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Raynet , the

communications team sited in west Park and around the course also looking out for any problems, Wolverhampton & Bilston Athletic Club play a big part in helping with marshalling and water stations. The cycle event has also grown and it is popular with families just wishing to spend time together and maybe raise some money New for 2011 “Ride with Bully” Legend Steve Bull will be taking part in the cycle ride. Why not come along and cycle the 19.4k with Steve and help raise some money for the charities. The weekend starts on Saturday 3rd when the park is set up with various stalls and exhibitors setting out their areas. The Late entry desk will be open from 12.00 until 17.00 on Saturday 3rd September at the marquee in West Park.

STRICTLY NO ENTRIES ON MARATHON DAY 4TH SEPT Entries can be obtained by visiting the marathon website or call the Marathon Secretary on 01902 577000 or online at Runners World. Why not enter teams of 5 in the half marathon relay. New junior category to attract the younger participants. Athletic Clubs are encouraged to get teams of five from the 12 to 16 yr old age groups. They could all have a chance to win a prize donated by Decathlon. New to running? Why not call local and long established club Wolverhampton & Bilston. They meet every Tuesday and Thursday at Aldersley Leisure Village. Lots of help and advice on hand by dedicated coaches. Visit their website or drop in at 6.30 on Tuesdays or Thursdays at Aldersley Leisure Village or call Colin Thompson on 07758 893169.

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“All my fears just melted away” - Patient Many of our friends have asked us what gifts they can get us for our special occasion, instead of presents we would like for our friends and family to make a donation to Compton Hospice and help them to continue their work with life limited patients.

A Gift List with a Difference – What your money could do • £20.00 will pay for a bereaved child to have a fun day out with a counsellor and other children, encouraging them to have fun and laugh again • £25.00 will provide a relaxing Complementary Therapy session for a patient • £50.00 will pay for a Lymphoedema patient to have a massage session, reducing pain caused by swollen limbs • £80.00 will buy a pager for our ward nurses to wear so they are always contactable by patients • £128.00 will pay for a Homecare Nurse to visit a patient in their own homes • £155.00 will pay for a patient to visit our Day Unit • £173.00 will pay for a night sitter nurse to stay overnight in a patients home to support the family • £663.00 covers the cost of a 24 hour stay in our In-patient Unit

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Compton Hospice has recently launched a new initiative to offer people a choice of supporting a charity to mark their special occasion or celebration. If you are having a special celebration such as a Wedding, Civil Partnership, Christening or Birthday and want a gift list with a difference, then Compton Hospice has a range of options to consider. Your special day could make a difference to hundreds of patients with life-limiting illnesses, their carers and families. You could either ask your guests for donations to Compton Hospice instead of gifts or you can have special celebration favours as a unique way of thanking your guests for sharing your day with you. “People already have kettles and wine glasses, candles and ornaments” said Suzanne Davies, Senior Fundraiser for the hospice, “so why not for your wedding help others, by asking your guests to make a donation to Compton Hospice instead of buying gifts?” There are many options available including asking your guests to make a donation in lieu of a gift to the hospice online at www. and below is a list of what this could mean to patients at the hospice • £20.00 will pay for a bereaved child to have a fun day out with a counsellor and other bereaved children, encouraging them to have fun and laugh again.

£25.00 will provide a relaxing Complementary Therapy session for a patient. • £50.00 will pay for a Lymphoedema patient to have a massage session, reducing pain caused by swollen limbs. • £80.00 will buy a pager for our ward nurses to wear so they are always contactable by patients. • £128.00 will pay for a Homecare Nurse to visit a patient in their own homes. • £155.00 will pay for a patient to visit our Day Unit. • £173.00 will pay for a night sitter nurse to stay overnight in a patients home to support the family. • £663.00 covers the cost of a 24 hour stay in our In-patient Unit. Another option would be for people to use our pre-printed gift envelopes, which you simply give out with your invitations for your guests to return them sealed, with their donation included, either to yourself or to the hospice directly at the address printed on the envelope. You could also add an alternative gift list with your gift envelopes. Donating to Compton Hospice instead of buying traditional sugared almonds is a very meaningful way of thanking your guests for sharing your special day with you. You can request personalised favour cards at £1.00 each, which have the option of adding a pin badge to them at £1.50 per badge and card. “Order celebration favours it’s so simple to do, securely order online 28 days before your wedding to ensure they are delivered on time” added Suzanne Davies. Finally, losing a loved one is a very hard and senseless experience. Fundraising can be a practical way of remembering your loved one and a way of raising money for a cause that was important to them. It can also help to bring purpose to this time of loss. “We chose to ask for donations instead of buying flowers at Dad’s

funeral. We were really touched by how much was raised especially as we knew what a good cause it was going to, as Compton cared for Dad.” “We bought pin badges for everyone who attended the funeral. It was a lovely gesture for everyone to wear them and still to this day, whenever I wear mine, I feel closer to Mum.” We are very grateful to all who support us in their time of grief by making donations. If you would like to make a donation in remembrance of a loved one then please do not hesitate to contact the fundraising department on 0845 2255 497 for a chat on how to make this personal to you. We can help by supplying you with pre-printed gift envelopes which you simply distribute. They can be sealed and returned either to you or the hospice directly at the address printed on the envelope. You can also purchase pin badges, or if you are unsure how many you will need please give us a call on 0845 2255 497 as we can provide them on a sale or return basis.

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Friday 13th May, a fabulous night of entertainment was enjoyed by all at Patshull Park with Wham Bam and an 80’s themed disco. For further details on forthcoming tribute nights call 0844 272 0253.

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Michelle Aston, Melanie Hough, Alyson Briscoe, Jayne Cooper, Emma Edge

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Tracy Taylor-Jones, Karen Walker, Sue Walker, Louise Powis, Caroline Sparkes

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A delightful house party was held by Sue Wilkinson at the Elms, Seisdon on Thursday 5th May 2011 In aid of the children’s charity, Promise Dreams. On the day a grand total of £2700 was raised.

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The Freedom Of Flight Falconry: one of mankind’s oldest alliances with the animal kingdom; one that, even today, satisfies our desires to regain our lost oneness with nature. Falconry is the art of hunting wild quarry with a trained bird of prey. It undoubtedly began as a means of putting food on the table, arguably not the most efficient way, but certainly the most spectacular. Falconry’s exact origins, supposedly around 5000 years ago in Asia, are obscure, as is the date of its arrival into Britain: the earliest evidence here dates from around 675AD. Falconry’s aesthetic appeal soon made it a favourite of the rich and powerful, and it became a largely aristocratic pursuit as the middle ages progressed, also taking on huge cultural and symbolic significance. Falconry’s most profound effect has been on our language. If you’ve felt ‘hoodwinked’, ‘fed up’, ‘under the thumb’, ‘at the end of your tether’ or taken solace in ‘booze’ as a result, maybe ‘cadging’ a drink from a friend in your merry state, clumsily ‘making a pass’ at someone you found ‘alluring’, the phrases used to describe your experience stem from the falconer’s technical vocabulary. Throughout Europe falconry became almost a mania, with countless depictions in art and literature, and the works of Shakespeare are crammed with references to a pursuit that in his day was as popular as football is today. It declined sharply after the civil wars and became all but extinct as shooting increased in popularity. However it has remained an unbroken tradition in Britain since

the earliest days and the Midlands is no exception. The Domesday Book lists a number of local eyries (hawks nests) zealously guarded by the invading Normans who were keen to preserve hawks for their recreation. The future Charles II, as a fugitive from Cromwell (himself a keen falconer), passed through part of the Wolverhampton area disguised as a servant in a loyal landowner’s hawking party. A woodcut showing Colonel Lane’s hawking party, with the King, still exists in Moseley Old Hall. Hawkins Falconry is a small friendly business based in South Staffordshire which allows our clients individualised and exhilarating falconry experiences, working in companionship with trained birds of prey over a range of beautiful rural landscapes from South Staffordshire farmlands to the stunning scenery of the Shropshire Hills.

close up in small, intimate groups, the emphasis being very much on clients handling and flying the birds. We also offer photography days and one-to-one tuition. Alternately during the hawking season (September to March) join us on one of our bespoke falconry experience days with our goshawks, peregrine falcons and Harris’ hawks hunting rabbit, pheasant and other traditional quarries. Step back in time and witness a day in the life of your forefathers, an experience that you will never forget. Gift vouchers are available for all of our experiences, which make unique and memorable gifts. Join us, and see the world through a hawk’s eyes… For more details please visit or telephone Nigel on 07956 347427

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As a member of the National Pawnbrokers association, Carats offer loans on gold jewellery, prestigious watches and valuables. Many people are choosing to take out a loan against their jewellery at Carats rather than risk spiralling into uncontrollable debt with credit cards and bank charges. Our rates are very competitive and won’t be beaten in the Wolverhampton area.

Take in a piece of gold jewellery for example and at Carats you can turn that gold into an instant cash loan. You choose to borrow a set amount of money for a period of anywhere up to 7 months, or you can pay it off early with greatly reduced charges. Your valuables are then left in the caring capable hands of the helpful staff who secure them.

Your jewellery will remain untouched by human hands until you return to redeem it. After 7 months you have the option of extending the loan for a further period. If you have received a cheque from your employer, electricity company, or any other type of cheque and you don’t want to wait 7 days for it to clear in the bank, take it to Carats. For a modest fee they will cash the cheque for you and you get the money instantly. Carats also offers a payday advance service where you can borrow up to £300 cash until you get paid. If you have items of high value Carats will even do discreet home visits, just call and speak to one of their friendly staff to arrange an appointment.

Loans available from £20 to £20,000. So there is no need to worry about how you will afford to pay that inflated bill in time.

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Wolverhampton Cricket Club - Founded 1875

Located at the Centre of ‘the Green', in the heart of Tettenhall Village, Wolverhampton Cricket Club is possibly Wolverhampton’s best kept secret! The new pavilion overlooks stunning pitches, surrounded by trees and is a truly breathtaking setting to play or watch ‘the beautiful game’. The Club has a long history of outstanding coaching at all levels and has sent young cricketers to well established cricket academies including Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Derbyshire. The Club has a long association with its Patrons-well known


cricketing ‘greats’ and ex England International players Tom Graveney OBE, Rachel Heyhoe Flint MBE and Vikram Solanki (ex-Worcester Captain). Their Patronage supports our determination to remain at the very heart of cricket excellence in the West Midlands. The thriving Junior Section coaches girls and boys from age 6 and has an enviable record of achievement both at local and national level. The Senior Section 1st and 2nd teams play in the Birmingham and District League/Division with great success and this year has seen the arrival of South African Johann Bothma making his debut as professional player for the 2011 season. Johann will also be supporting the coaching and development of young players within the Junior Section. For those younger players aspiring to internal progression and for the very valuable players

who still have a passion for the game but prefer to play at an alternative level, there are a number of teams which play in alternative local leagues. The Pavilion has been built to an exceptionally high standard and boasts an attractive bar area with 2 TV screens for big sporting events, dance floor, WiFi, state of the art sound system, on-site catering and is the ideal venue for parties, weddings, christenings and wakes as well as corporate functions such as meetings and conferences. Rates for room hire and food are highly competitive but preferential rates are offered to both playing and social members- membership rates start from as little as £40 per year. Social functions are arranged regularly and the Pavilion is open throughout the year for Sunday lunches- it is a lovely place to celebrate Mothering Sunday, Fathers Day, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day. If you would like to find out more about our membership packages why not call our New Membership Secretary, Marion Reeves without obligation for a chat on 07867 526706.

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AFC Wulfrunians Update – your local football club Welcome to my latest update as to the events on and off the pitch at AFC Wulfrunians – your local football club. Well this month for a change I am not going to discuss on the pitch events for one good reason - the season is now finally over and we are entering the busiest time for off the pitch work. In this month’s edition I would like to tell you about our annual Golf

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New Fishery Record Michelle Langston from Wombourne caught a 13lb 2oz rainbow. This smashed the old record of 9lb 14oz.

Michelle who teaches dance at Wolverhampton Girls High School and The Kings C of E School both in Tettenhall became the star pupil when after having a trout fishing lesson in the morning she caught “the big one”, her first ever fish in the afternoon. Using an intermediate line and an olive damsel the fish was caught on the bend at Golfers Bridge.

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BMW Official Automotive Partner of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics A great weekend was had by all when Benham Wolverhampton held a special event for all the family, the BMW Drive to London 2012 Weekend, on 14th and 15th May.

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Wolverhampton born cyclist Andy Tennant, aiming for gold with the Olympic Team Pursuit Squad.

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Tom Agar and Matthew Brittain, students from City of Wolverhampton College Hospitality School. They provided some fantastic catering including cooking demos.

Motorists Invited To Check Into Revolutionary New Tyre Hotel The site will be able to store 200 tyres and will be free for motorists to utilize once the time comes to switch tyres. Simon said: “There is a common perception that we don’t need winter tyres in Britain because we don’t get much snow, but that viewpoint couldn’t be further from the truth. “We are dealing with an unprecedented demand for the seasonal products right now, which is why we are making early provisions to make sure we are not caught out by the cold. “Motorists are beginning to realise that they can’t go on like they have done in the last two winters and want to protect themselves. Everything ground to a halt in the West Midlands during the Big Freeze and much of this was down to drivers failing

Motorists in Wolverhampton are being invited to check into a revolutionary new tyre hotel in the city, which has been built to keep the roads moving later in the year. Following Britain’s Big Freeze in 2010, HiQ Chapel Ash is already being inundated with requests for seasonal tyres – six months before temperatures are set to drop significantly. The demand is so huge already this year, that HiQ owner Simon Bennett has created a ‘hotel’ to store drivers’ current set of tyres while they swap to winter alternatives.

to change their everyday tyres, which are designed for use in milder temperatures. “The rest of Europe view winter tyres as a necessity, and I think we are beginning to catch-up now. With this in mind, I don’t think my tyre hotel will be the first – or last – to be created.” Regular tyres harden when the temperature drops below seven degrees, meaning they have less traction on the road. This not only means the risk of spinning off the road is increased, but also the stopping distance is longer if you have to make an emergency stop. Winter tyre rubber compounds have a higher proportion of natural rubber and a higher silicone content, to minimise the hardening effect at low temperatures.

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Insider Information MINI News This month at Benham there is plenty to talk about, so we thought it was about time we brought you an update on all the latest models. With new interior designs and exclusive options they’re bound to catch your attention. If you want to find out about everything from our latest offers to lovingly Cherished MINIs, you can visit our website, and dive right in for all this and much, much more.

MINI PIMLICO If you like your MINI to have that extra touch of individuality, we’ve got great news for you. The MINI Pimlico features exclusive Laser Blue metallic paint, previously only available on MINI Cooper S and John Cooper Works models. Twin Spoke alloy wheels, Piano Black interior trim; white indicators and MINI Pimlico Special Edition badging are all included to make this Special Edition model very special indeed. Visit to find out how you could soon be attracting attention on the roads in a MINI with an extra twist.

WITNESS THE STRIPE TEASE The new Special Edition MINI Clubman Hampton is now on show at Benham. Full of individuality, the MINI Clubman Hampton features distinctive pinstripe styling, exclusive Reef Blue metallic paint, with unique curves and style as MINI commemorates 50 years of the classic MINI Clubman. This Special Edition sports exclusive 17” alloy wheels with Damson Red detailing, MINI 50 Hampton badges, and for extra wow factor, the interior boasts Carbon Black Leather Lounge upholstery with red piping and stitching. Contact us now to book a test drive, because if you blink, you might just miss it. 118

LIMITED EDITION MINI SOHO Available for a limited time only, the new MINI Soho is a real headturner. The MINI Soho features White Silver metallic paint, which is exclusive to these models, as well as several of the most sought-after MINI extras as standard, including 17” Black Star Bullet alloy wheels. With such striking looks, you might think the MINI Soho is all about appearance. However, with go-kart handling and fuel-sipping performance, it has substance as well as style. Give us a call on 01902 457001 to find out more.

Whichever model you choose you’re going to have to move quickly if you don’t want to miss out. To make sure you are first on the mailing list for our latest news and gossip why not sign up for our regular e-newsletters or check out our news feed on the website? Check out MINI’s official YouTube channel for hours of MINI fun, and maybe even a sneak peek at new MINI concept cars. New videos are being posted every week featuring all the latest news from the world of MINI, including the latest TV ads, classic Mini footage, and a look at the latest models in action.

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COMPETITION TO WIN A MINI COUNTRYMAN FOR THE WEEKEND Benham MINI Wolverhampton are providing one lucky reader the chance to win a MINI Countryman for the weekend from Friday afternoon until Monday morning by simply answering the following question.

What is the post code for Hampton Wick? Please e-mail your answer to: info@wolverhamptonwestmag. before 31st July 2011. To enter you have to be at least 25 years of age. For full Terms and Conditions please visit: All entries will be forwarded to Benham MINI unless requested otherwise.

Believe your eyes, the MINI Clubman Hampton is now on show. Distinctive pinstripe styling compliments the flood of Reef Blue metallic paint. Topped off with a daring splash of Damson Red, the MINI Clubman Hampton sports exclusive 17" alloys, pinstripe mirror caps and bonnet stripes, plus unique interior styling for extra wow factor. With it being a Special Edition, you may want to get one in your sights as soon as possible. Blink and you might miss it. To see it in all its glory, contact us now on 01902 457001 and book a test drive*.

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Official Fuel Economy Figures for the MINI Clubman Range: Urban 29.7-64.2 mpg (9.5-4.4 l/100km). Extra Urban 48.7-78.5 mpg (5.8-3.6 l/100km). Combined 39.2-72.4 mpg (7.2-3.9 l/100km). CO2 Emissions 167-103 g/km. The MINI Clubman Hampton starts from £20,360 on the road. On the road cash price includes 3 year MINI Dealer Warranty, MINI Emergency Service, 12 months’ road fund licence, vehicle first registration fee, delivery, number plates and VAT. Figures are correct at time of going to print and subject to change without notice. *Test drives are subject to applicant status and availability.


Great Offers On Selected BMW Models At Benham This Summer If you opt for the BMW 318i Sport Plus Edition Saloon, for example, you could benefit from a dealer deposit contribution, five years’ servicing from £350 and an enhanced specification that includes leather upholstery, metallic paint and Bluetooth telephone preparation. Or how about a sporty BMW 116i Sport 5-door? It comes with a very desirable specification and five years’ servicing from just £300. Add in the fact that the 116i can achieve up to 530 miles from one tank of fuel (based on 43mpg combined) and the sums make even more sense. Like all BMW models, the 318i Sport Plus Edition Saloon and 116i Sport 5-door feature innovative BMW EfficientDynamics technologies so you’ll also enjoy more miles to the gallon as well as reduced CO2 emissions, without compromising on performance. There are eight cutting edge technologies available across the BMW range. Just take a look below to learn more about these different


technologies and the cars they are available on. You could also use our website comparison tool to compare your current car against a BMW with EfficientDynamics to see the savings that you could make. Auto Start-Stop Stops the engine whenever the car comes to rest and is taken out of gear, restarting when the clutch is depressed. Only available on fourcylinder manual transmissions. Brake Energy Regeneration When braking or coasting, the system engages the alternator to charge the battery, recycling energy otherwise wasted. Electric Power Steering Using an electric motor saves weight and fuel and also allows assistance to be varied at lower speeds. Active Aerodynamics Regulation of engine air intake helps to reach optimum temperature and improves aero dynamics. Reduced Rolling Resistance Tyres Heat resistant, anti-distortion materials are used to reduce friction, therefore lowering emissions and improving fuel efficiency.

Lightweight Engineering Lightweight materials reduce the overall weight of the vehicle, enhancing driving dynamics and improving fuel economy. Low-friction Fluids Reducing fluid friction in an engine helps minimise wasted energy and, consequently, fuel consumption and emissions. May not feature on automatic models. Optimum Shift Indicator A small visual display on the car's dashboard shows the optimum gear for a more fuel-efficient driving style. Only available on manual transmission vehicles. Plus with attractive finance offers available across the range, you can see how BMW Economics really does offer more for less. You can visit our website to get an idea of what’s on offer but to really see how much more your pound could be worth, call us on 01902 457000 or visit us on Lever Street.

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Aftersales At Benham Wolverhampton

Now Summer is here, it is the perfect time to ensure your car is in first class condition following the wet and cold winter weather. Here at Benham we are offering a number of special summer products and services to make the warmer months even more enjoyable. SUMMER HEALTH CHECK If you are planning a summer holiday or day trip, you’ll want the peace of mind of knowing your BMW is in peak condition. So why not book your car in for a Summer Health Check? Our BMW Approved Technicians will ensure that everything is in order and advise you if any repairs or replacements are needed. The inspection includes: lights, air vents, horn, battery, fluid levels,

steering mobility, brake pads and discs, wiper blades, tyre pressure and treads, drive belt and exhaust. AIR CONDITIONING REFRESH The air conditioning system in your BMW is designed to provide you with a pleasant driving environment all year round. However, during the winter months, when your air conditioning system is used less frequently, bacteria can develop and cause musty odours or fogging of the windscreen when in use. The good news is that our BMW Approved Technicians can return your air conditioning system back to perfect health, ensuring you breathe clean, cool air all summer long. LIFESTYLE AND ACCESSORIES Keeping a few useful products, such as the BMW Universal First Aid Kit and BMW 12V Cool Bag, in your car is a wise move,

especially if you are going on a long journey or holiday. As well as summer care we also offer a wide range of Aftersales services from Routine Maintenance to Genuine BMW Accessories and Lifestyle products. Our highly trained technicians can Service your car to keep it at the peak of its performance. Or if you’ve picked up an unfortunate scuff, scratch or dent our Body shop Smart Repairs service offers you a large number of expert repairers who can restore your BMW to pristine condition, inside and out, and at sensible prices. If you own a BMW we are also pleased to offer BMW Value Service, a programme of all-inclusive and highly competitive prices for selected older BMW 3 Series, 5 Series and BMW X5 models.

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GET SET FOR SUMMER. At Benham we’re equipped to provide you with a range of Aftersales Services from Routine Maintenance to Genuine BMW Accessories and Lifestyle products, we aim to be your first point of contact for everything related to your BMW.

With summer around the corner, it’s the perfect time to ensure your car is in optimal condition following the wet and cold winter weather. Therefore, why not consider one of the following key pre-summer services:

• SUMMER HEALTH CHECK £23.50. Before embarking on those summer holidays and day trips why not book your BMW in for a Summer Health Check. Our qualified, BMW Technicians will promptly be able to check fluid levels, steering mobility, engine drive belts and more.

• AIR CONDITIONING REFRESH £49.99. As your local BMW Service Authorised Workshop we can return your air conditioning system back to perfect health, ensuring you breathe clean cool air on hot summer days. To find out more information about our Summer Services, please call us on 01902 457000 or visit


Lever Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV2 1AD 01902 457000 This offer is not applicable in conjunction with any other offer. Subject to availability and withdrawal at any time without notice. Prices including VAT at the prevailing rate, May 2011.

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A New Service Designed Around You Mercedes-Benz of Wolverhampton has become one of only three Retailers in the UK to offer an innovative approach to servicing: My Service. The award-winning Penn Road dealership has undergone an extensive re-development as part of this programme, with new service customer parking and an extended new customer waiting area with a new Lounge featuring complimentary refreshments and work stations with free Wi-Fi access. There is also a Kids Zone with the new Xbox 360 Kinect system. 124

My Service offers more choice, flexibility and value for money for customers through 4 options: Lite, Lounge, Drive and Collect. Lite allows you to simply drop your car at the Retailer in the morning, and then collect it at the end of the day. Lounge offers a mid range price while you wait in comfort and style at the Retailer as your service is carried out. Drive enables you to borrow a loan car from Mercedes-Benz of Wolverhampton and Collect gives you the choice of having your vehicle collected from your home or place of work and returned when the service is completed. Mercedes-Benz of Wolverhampton General Manager, Peter Smith outlined the benefits of My Service. “It is a fantastic opportunity for Mercedes-Benz drivers in the

West Midlands because the new package is only available at 2 other Retailers in the country. Now you can choose the level of service and price that suits you best, with the confidence that all work will be carried out by factory trained technicians using Mercedes-Benz Genuine Parts.� My Service can be booked by telephone in the traditional way, but there is also a dedicated website at

This gives you more information on the options available, and gives you the opportunity to get an instant quote in addition to booking your service online. Corporate customers may also use the website, and the online system caters for Service Care customers who have taken advantage of Mercedes-Benz service contracts, which offer fixed cost servicing that can be spread over a predetermined term. Bob Huxley, Service Manager at Mercedes-Benz of Wolverhampton is confident that My Service will prove to be popular. “It is a huge advantage for Mercedes drivers to have their car serviced at a Mercedes-Benz Official Workshop. In addition to the quality of the parts and labour, service customers

benefit from the latest diagnostics with all work fully guaranteed. It maintains your Mobilo Life free Roadside Assistance package while the coveted dealer service history helps to enhance the future re-sale value of your Mercedes-Benz.

Your car will be washed and vacuumed for you as well. So now you have a new way to enjoy the benefits of a dealer service at a price to suit you. Best of all, this exclusive new package is available to every Mercedes-Benz driver.�

For more information about My Service or Service Care fixed price service contracts please call the service team at Mercedes-Benz of Wolverhampton on 0843 227 1276 or visit You can also get a service quote or book your next service, MOT Test or repair online at


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Available now. 4 options designed around you. Over the past few months we’ve been changing our service for the better and have introduced My Service. We’ve recognised that although customers want the expertise only a Mercedes-Benz Official Workshop can provide, flexibility and value for money are important too. My Service offers you the choice to simply select 1 of our 4 options that let you enjoy what’s important and convenient for you: Our great value option that lets you cut costs but not corners from £139.00* Wait in our stylish lounge with Wi-Fi, TV, refreshments and kids’ zone from £159.00* Drive away in a loan car and stay on the move while we service your vehicle from £189.00* Let us collect your car from home or work, and return it when your service is complete from £189.00* The high standards and technical expertise you expect from a Mercedes-Benz Official Workshop remain the same whichever option you choose to suit your needs. You can easily find out more and book your service online at Alternatively, call us on 0844 557 4765 or pop in and ask your Service Team Manager for more information. We look forward to making My Service the perfect service for you. * Price based on A-Class

Mercedes-Benz of Wolverhampton Penn Road, Wolverhampton WV2 4HD 0844 557 4765 126

Two new arrivals. Two new arrivals. The new SLK-Class and C-Class Coupé.

The new SLK-Class and C-Class Coupé.

This is your opportunity to discover the two latest exhilarating Mercedes-Benz models. ●

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● The new SLK-Class he new C-Class Coupé innovation Both demonstrate Mercedes-Benz unique combination ●ofTperformance, refinement, and safety, and both pay homage to an illustrious sporting heritage. Both demonstrate Mercedes-Benz unique combination of performance, refinement, innovation safety,the and both to an Be and amongst first to pay drivehomage the latest in illustrious a long linesporting of iconicheritage. models.

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125 ! years of innovation 125 ! years of innovation Contact us on 0843 227 1276 for more details and to arrange your test drive. Contact us on 0843 227 1276 for more details and to arrange your test drive.

Mercedes-Benz of Wolverhampton Penn Road, Wolverhampton WV2 4HD 0843 227 1276 Mercedes-Benz of Wolverhampton Penn Road, Wolverhampton WV2 4HD 227fuel 1276 Official0843 Government consumption figures in mpg (litres per 100km) for the Mercedes-Benz range: urban 13.0(21.7)-52.3(5.4), extra urban 22.4(12.6)-72.4(3.9), combined 17.8(15.9)-64.8(4.5). Official Government fuel consumption figures range in mpg (litres 100km) forroad. theModel Mercedes-Benz range: CO2 emissions: 378-117 g/km. The new SLK-Class starts fromper £29,980 on the featured is a Mercedesurban 13.0(21.7)-52.3(5.4), extra urban 22.4(12.6)-72.4(3.9), combined 17.8(15.9)-64.8(4.5). Benz SLK 200 Blue EFFICIENCY at £33,110 on the road including optional 18” alloy wheels at £715, sports suspension at £205, CO2 emissions: 378-117 The wash new SLK-Class range startspaint from at £29,980 on the Model featured is starts a Mercedesnappa leather upholstery at £1355,g/km. headlamp at £210 and metallic £645.The newroad. C-Class Coupé range from

Benz SLK 200road. BlueModel EFFICIENCY at £33,110 on the road including optional 18” alloy wheels at £715, on sports at £205, £30,220 on the featured is a Mercedes-Benz C 180 Blue EFFICIENCY Coupé at £32,215 the suspension road including optional nappa leather £1355, headlamp wash at £210 androad metallic at £645.The new C-Class Coupé range starts from panoramic sunroofupholstery at £1,350atand metallic paint at £645. (On the pricepaint includes VAT, delivery, maximum Road Fund License, £30,220 on new the road. Model featured fee is aand Mercedes-Benz 180 Blue EFFICIENCY at £32,215 on the road including optional number plates, vehicle registration fuel.) Prices Ccorrect at time of goingCoupé to press. (06/11.). panoramic sunroof at £1,350 and metallic paint at £645. (On the road price includes VAT, delivery, maximum Road Fund License, number plates, new vehicle registration fee and fuel.) Prices correct at time of going to press. (06/11.). 127

Top Cop Looks Back

During the nineteen forties, fifties and early sixties Wolverhampton had its own small but dedicated, efficient Police Force. Mike Collins joined the force as one of the first Police Cadets, rejoining as a Constable in 1953, following National Service in the RAF. He eventually retired as a Deputy Chief Superintendent. Mike’s autobiography, “A Few Steps Too Far” portrays those years. He describes his strong feelings that the people of Wolverhampton have never been served properly since the individual Force was politically amalgamated with others in 1966,

and later merged into the West Midlands Police in 1974. Mike relates funny situations, - avoiding flying footballs and snowballs when on pitch duty at the Wolves; a Police Mobile Column becoming totally lost in Shropshire, and odd experiences during his first night on duty for Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation. There were many serious crimes and major incidents, including one of the early race riots, when an Indian lady explained how she bravely tackled an unwanted intruder with her chapatti pan. The book describes acquiring a camel during unusual police work in Sudan; being arrested in Tibet; taking part in the first use of helicopters for police purposes and learning to fly himself at Wolverhampton Airport. After retirement from the Police Mike became a delegate for the International Red Cross during racial turmoil in Burma and war-torn Somalia.

Back in the Midlands he became a Driving Examiner for the Department of Transport, and then joined the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents as Advanced Driving Chief Examiner, for whom he still works part-time. Mike has also spent much of his life trekking and climbing in remote places, and includes photographs and stories of treks in the Himalaya, Mongolia, South America and Africa. For further details or if you wish to purchase the book please visit

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Bantock Primary School 01902 558710 Castlecroft Primary School 01902 556606 Christ Church (Church of England) Infant 01902 558945 and Nursery School, Tettenhall Wood City of Wolverhampton College Direct 01902 836000 Claregate Primary School 01902 558575 Codsall Community High School 01902 434200 Codsall Middle School 01902 434145 Dunstall Hill Primary School 01902 556417 Merridale Primary School 01902 558760 Palmers Cross Primary School 01902 558322 Perton First School 01902 750006 Perton Middle School 01902 758244 Sandown School 01902 742686 Smestow School 01902 558585 St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School 01902 558522 St Dominic’s High School for Girls 01902 850248 St Edmund’s Catholic School 01902 558888 St Jude’s Church of England Primary School 01902 558848 St Michael’s Catholic Primary School 01902 556368 St Michael’s Church of England (Aided) 01902 558845 Primary School Tettenhall St. Christophers RC Catholic School 01902 434310 St. Nicholas Church of England 01902 434126 Tettenhall College 01902 751119 The Giffard Catholic Primary School 01902 556447 The King’s Church of England School 01902 558333 The Royal Wolverhampton School: Nursery 01902 349101 The Royal Wolverhampton School: Junior 01902 349100 The Royal Wolverhampton School: Senior 01902 341230 University of Wolverhampton 01902 321000 Uplands Junior School 01902 558870 Walford & North Shropshire College 01902 709940 (Shipley Campus) Westacre Infant School 01902 558532 Wolverhampton Adult Education Service 01902 558180 Wolverhampton Girls’ High School 01902 312186 Wolverhampton Grammar School 01902 421326 Woodthorne Primary School 01902 558544

Wolverhampton Council General enquiries Dog Warden Electoral Registration Phone Environmental Issues Fly Tipping Graffiti Neighbour Hood Watch Reporting an Abandoned vehicle Phone

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South Staffordshire District Council General enquiries All non-emergency calls Community Safety Team Dog Warden Domestic Abuse Environmental issues Fly Tipping Graffiti Neighbourhood Watch Reporting an abandoned vehicle Rural Watch

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Libraries Albrighton Library Codsall Library Finchfield Library Penn Library Perton Library Tettenhall Library Warstones Library Whitmore Reans Library Wolverhampton Central Library

01902 372226 01902 842764 01902 556260 01902 556281 01902 755794 01902 556308 01902 556275 01902 556269 01902 552025

Medical/Care Albrighton Medical Practice Castlecroft Medical Practice Doctors Surgery Lower Street Doctors Surgery, 119 Coalway Road Dr. Michael G Hall, Pattingham GP Care Out of Hours Lakeside Medical Centre, Perton Lea Road Medical Practice Leicester Street Medical Practice New Cross Hospital Newbridge Surgery Owen Road Medical Practice Penn Surgery Tamar Medical Centre

01902 372301 01902 761629 01902 444551 0845 072 4614 01902 700462 0845 145 1800 01902 755329 01902 423064 0845 072 4619 01902 307999 0845 675 0589 0845 072 4620 01902 333408 01902 755053

Animal Care Sunnyside Dog Kennels

01902 790618

Emotional Support The Samaritans

01902 426422

Travel/Transport ABC Countdown Cars Birmingham International Airport Information Service National Rail Enquiries Perton & Bridgnorth Travel Platinum Exec Travel Travel West Midlands - National Express Enquiries

01902 333333 0844 576 6000 0845 748 4950 07807 123688 01902 843381 or 07827 779305 0121 254 7272 129

INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Accounting Services SAS Accounting Services

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Airport, Transfers & Executive Travel

Perton & Bridgnorth Travel Page 49 Platinum Travel Page 91

Antiques & Auctioneers Perry & Phillips

Architectural Design Intec Design

Bathrooms Carvers

Beauticians Zen

Page 75 Page 112 Page 28 Page 81

Beds & Bedroom Furniture Dreamworld

Blinds / Curtains Creative Interiors Cresta Blinds Valentines Blinds

Building & Carpentry WDS

Building & Design Simply Homes

Building Societies

Dudley Building Society

Building Supplies Carvers

Business Services Wolverhampton Science Park


Allan Bennett

Care Services

C & S Care Services Whitchurch Care


Telford Carpets Virgo Interiors

Car Sales/Service Benham BMW Benham Mini Brindley Volvo Mercedes-Benz of Wolverhampton

Chiropody & Podiatry Tom Casey

Cleaning Specialists Able Cleaning

Computer Services Finchfield IT

Currency Exchange Carats

Diet / Slimming Cambridge Diet

Dog Listening Jan Fennell

Drives / Patios Cobblecrete

Driving Schools Driving Squad


Tettenhall College

Page 33 Page 25 Page 44 Page 18 Page 113 Page 46 Page 36 Page 29 Page 54


Kick Boxing Classes

Assured Electrical Page 112 & Plumbing Brettlec Page 115 Excel Electrical Contractors Page 114

Entertainments & Leisure Patshull Park RAF Cosford The Grand Theatre The Follies Wolverhampton Racecourse Wolverhampton Show

Estate Agents Berriman Eaton

Fashion / Retail Abbiss Grace & Glory Lilys Of Shifnal Mander Centre The Gown Shop

Fireplaces / Stoves Flaming Fires

Furniture / Furnishings Blyth Group Dreamworld Creative Interiors Home Furnishings Interiors Italia Merridale Furnishers Sofa Factory Outlet Virgo Interiors

Garage Services

Page 56/57 Page 97 Page 131 Page 91 Page 65 Page 98 Page 9 Page 89 Page 85 Page 87 Page 79 Page 87 Page 13 Page 21 Page 33 Page 25 Page 39 Page 43 Page 13 Page 45 Page 37

Page 30

Church Road Motors Hi Q Tyres

Page 95 Page 101

Gardening / Landscaping

Page 19 Page 37 Page 121/123 Page 119 Page 132 Page126/ 127

Page 88 Page 31 Page 49 Page 109

David Austin Roses Greenstripe Lawns Lealans Garden Centre OCL Shropshire Lawn Company

Page 91 Page 90 Page 115 Page 99 Page 93 Page 41

Page 116 Page 117 Page 50 Page 112 Page 53 Page 51 Page 111

Golf Clubs / Driving Ranges Patsull Park Hotel Golf & Country Club Perton Golf Club Wergs Golf Club

Hairdressers Urban

Handyman Services Andyman

Heating & Plumbing Assured Electrical & Plumbing


Persimmon Homes

Electrical / Gas Appliances Capital Appliances

Electricians / Electrical Contractors


Compton Hospice

Hospitals (Private) Nuffield

Interior Designers Blyth Group Creative Interiors Home Furnishings Virgo Interiors

Jewellers T.A.Henn

Page 56/57 Page 61 Page 59 Page 84 Page 112 Page 112

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Paul Millington

Page 96

Kitchens (Supply, Design & Fit) Bespoke Kitchens

Page 27

Lawn Care Greenstripe Lawns Page 112 Shropshire Lawn Company Page 111

Letting Agents Berriman Eaton Surelet

Page 9 Page 17

Lights & Lighting Lighting Majestic

Page 39

Locksmith & Boarding Services Homesecure

Page 115

Painters / Decorators Kevin & John Roger M Stevens Wombourne Decorating Services

Page 111 Page 113 Page 115

Pawn Brokers & Cheque Cashing Carats

Page 108/109

Pet Grooming / Pet Store Ellie & Oscars

Page 90

Retirement Home Builders McCarthy & Stone

Page 11

Restaurants / Pubs 3 Hammers Catellanis Fieldhouse Patshull Park Perton Golf Club Sir Jacks Wergs Golf Club Wombourne Tandoori

Page 70/71 Page 68 Page 72/73 Page 56/57 Page 61 Page 69 Page 59 Page 69

Schoolwear Abbiss

Page 89

Shopping Centres Mander Centre

Page 79

Solar Energy Installation Ace Solar Page 47 Excel Electrical Contractors Page 114

Solicitors Anthony Collins Solicitors

Page 49

Supermarkets & Delicatessen Daisy Fresh & Essential

Page 66/67

Taxis ABC Countdown Taxis

Page 99

Theatres The Grand Theatre

Page 131

Tiles & Interiors Heart of Stone Tile Choice

Page 38 Page 5

Travel Agencies

Page 102

Travel Bureau

Page 77

Hi Q Tyres

Page 21 Page 25 Page 39 Page 37

Allguard Legal Services

Page 64

Tyres Page 115

Will Writers Page 99

Windows & Conservatories Bradmore Windows Tettenhall Windows

Page 2 Page 23

Window / Glass Replacement Page 6


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