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Stafford Directory

September 2013

Including Wildwood, Rowley, Baswich, Derrington, Brocton, Walton, Weston Downs & more!

40 Years of Antiques at The Prestwood Centre. Page 10

For What’s On in September see pages 26 & 27

Guildhall Shopping Centre hosts Fashion & Business Showcase.

Pages 6 & 7

Find out 10 ways to create a new room in your home on pages 18 & 19

For recipe of the month see page 12

Your LOCAL monthly magazine - delivered free to 10,000 local homes and businesses.

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Welcome to our September edition of The Stafford Directory. We hope you have had a fantastic summer, autumn is just around the corner! Our front page this month is courtesy of local photographer, Robert Cartwright. You can see details of some of his latest work on page 4. Thank you to those that entered our July/ August competition to win tickets to see Rising Damp at The Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton. The correct answer was Miss Jones. Well done to L.Proudman, M.Judson and S.Scoles who have each won 2 tickets. Don’t forget that we now deliver 10,000 magazines EVERY month, so if you have any local stories or events that you wish to be featured in our October edition, be sure to send these via email to the address shown below.

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Greeting cards of Stafford on the world web Fashion & Business Showcase at The Guildhall Shopping Centre Tags and Rags

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40 Years of Antiques at The Prestwood Centre


Recipe of the month


RSPCA ‘Puuurrrrfect Pairs’


Pawfection Mobile Dog Grooming


M.A.G. Group Home Services


Home feature: 10 ways to create a new room in your house


Chase Grammar School


Loving Hands Baby Massage


Puzzle Page


Travel feature sponsored by John Henry Travel


Stafford Samaritans 50th Anniversary


What’s On


Useful numbers


Puzzle solutions


Index of Advertisers


October’s issue of The Stafford Directory will be distributed during the first week of October to 10,000 homes and businesses in selected areas of Stafford. If you wish to place an advert or editorial feature, please ensure copy is submitted to us no later than 15/09/2013.

If you wish to contact us at The Stafford Directory, please do so via the details below: Email: Tel: 01785 318619

Don’t forget to recycle this magazine!

We gratefully acknowledge the support of businesses whose adverts appear in The Stafford Directory magazine, and whilst every care is taken to ensure accuracy, the publishers cannot accept responsibilty for loss, damage or omission caused by error in the printing of an advert. All artwork is accepted on strict condition that permission has been given for use in this publication. Adverts are accepted on the understanding thatdescriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. Any reproduction of any material is forbidden without the written consent of the publishers. The publishers cannot accept responsibilty for views expressed by contributors, or the accuracy of claims made by advertisers.

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A range of greeting cards featuring scenes of Stafford and District by Stafford photographer Robert Cartwright can now be viewed and purchased on the web The collection is illustrated with photographs from Robert’s extensive digital library. They highlight Stafford, Shugborough Hall, Cannock Chase, Doxey Marshes Nature Reserve, local villages and the canal scene. The cards are blank within, making them suitable for all occasions, and can be supplied cellophane wrapped if required. Cards ordered by E-mail, via the website, will be delivered personally by Robert to addresses in Stafford and district. The website indicates a list of stockists where the cards can be purchased in the Stafford area. The cards are printed to a high standard by Jason Cornish, Managing Director of the Calendar Company of Brocton.

All the images can be supplied loose or as framed prints, making them suitable for hotels, offices and the home. The sale of cards has exceeded all expectations since they were launched 4 years ago. To achieve his goal of 10,000 cards sold Robert has decided that the time is right to join the world wide web in order to reach a much wider market, while at the same time showing off, through his photographs, the attractions of Stafford and District for more people to discover. Also available, and included on the website, are two calendars for 2014 – “Stafford and District” and “Canals around Stafford”. A 50 minute DVD “Stafford – A Stroll down Memory Lane” is also available, containing archive film footage, between the years 1934 – 1982. Included in the programme are Stafford Laundry, the Salt works and Stafford Rangers at Wembley.

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FASHION & BUSINESS SHOWCASE SATURDAY 28th SEPTEMBER 2013 Stafford’s own radio station Stafford FM will be hosting the event providing music, chat and plenty of competitions and give-aways during the day. Twenty businesses in the Town Centre Partnership, including Staffordshire Music Centre, Stafford Bathrooms, Guitar & Son, The Post House and solicitors Hand Morgan & Owen will also be represented as they have been invited to have pop-up stands in the Guildhall for the day.

The Guildhall Shopping Centre is to host Stafford’s first Fashion & Business Showcase on Saturday 28th September. Aspiring models have been chosen to strut their stuff on the catwalk following a competition to find volunteers to help a number of fashion retailers promote their Autumn/Winter collections. The likes of Sainsbury’s, Wallis, River Island, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Store Twenty One, Roman, Evans and Saffron Lingerie have joined forces for the Town Centre Partnership event, which will have hourly fashion shows from 11am to 3pm.

Anne Graham, Marketing Manager at the Guildhall Shopping Centre said“We want this to be a day for fun, fashion and business. As well as showing the Autumn/Winter collections from a number of well known fashion retailers, we will be having a fun element as well with fancy dress and party outfits being included in the catwalk shows. There will be something for everybody to enjoy”. Richard Ralph, Associate Director at DTZ, managing agents for the shopping centre, said: “This is a new event for the Guildhall and one that shows us fully engaging with the rest of the Town Centre. “The tough economic times mean that it is vital that businesses work together to promote the town centre and the Stafford Town Centre Partnership has held many successful events to ensure Stafford remains a vibrant town that customers enjoy.

The college’s Foundation Degree Fashion and BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma students will be putting together the choreography and styling, and students on the dance course are working on some dance routines for between the shows.

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“We hope that, if successful, the Fashion and Business Showcase will be a permanent feature in Stafford’s calendar of events.”

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R A G S We want to welcome you to Tags and Rags, previously known as Cash 4 Clothes. You may notice we have changed our name and logo however you will be pleased to know the same staff remain in all of our stores and we have some very exciting new changes! Tags and Rags are a family business, specialising in textile recycling. We pride ourselves on offering first class customer service. All of our stores have free parking and friendly staff. When available, our staff can help you unload your vehicle to make parting with your items as easy as possible. Once your items have been weighed using our trade approved scales you will recieve CASH. We pay up to £1.50 per kg for newly tagged items of clothing. For people who have difficulty visiting Tags and Rags we also offer a collection service, completely free! As long as you live locally (within a few miles) and have at least 4 bags of clothes, we are happy to collect your items from you. We are able to weigh your items at point of collection, at which point you will receive your cash. To arrange a FREE collection, call 01527 759627.

Why Recycle your clothing? Recycling your unwanted clothing reduces landfill waste as well as the amount of resources needed to produce new clothes. Do a good deed to the environment today, whilst de-cluttering your home in return for cash. You can also donate the money to a charity of your choice. Fundraising ideas Are you looking to raise money for a charity or fund such as scouts, girls brigade, school or sports club? Collect as much clean wearable clothing and shoes as possible and get paid cash today. We can also help charitable organisations offload any clean wearable items. Please contact your local store for details. Visit us today at: Unit 10, Boscomoor Industrial Estate, Penkridge, ST19 5QY or you can call us on 01785 712974 or 07903 818192 for more info. Visit our website:

R A G S De-clutter your home in return for cash! Bring us your unwanted items and in return receive up to £1.50 per kilo!

We accept: Clean wearable clothing (all ages and sizes) Paired shoes (sandals, trainers, pumps) Matching bed linen Curtains Bags Belts Books Small electrical items. Open Monday - Friday (9am - 5pm) and Saturday (9am - 4pm) *We cannot accept soiled, damp or stained clothes, odd shoes, towels, pillows, duvets, blankets, throws, bathroom mats, rugs, uniform, work wear, hard toys or furniture.

Visit us at: Unit 10, Boscomoor Industrial Estate, Penkridge, ST19 5QY or call Nigel for more information on 01785 712974 or 07903 818192 Visit our wesbite:

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Number One Events 40 Years of Antiques at The Prestwood Centre Number One Events’ Antiques and Collectors Fair held in May this year saw the milestone 40th year notched up of an Antiques and Collectors Fair being held at the Staffordshire County Showground’s Prestwood Centre. Organisers took the opportunity to celebrate the event at their February fair during the filming of BBC’s Bargain Hunt, when presenter Tim Wonnacott, accompanied by experts Mark Stacey and Paul Laidlaw, cut a 40th anniversary cake with a ceremonial dagger kindly loaned by one of the standholders.

organisers are delighted with the strong bookings and enquiries from standholders for their next season of fairs, which are always well supported by members of the public and are regarded by many as a regular “must visit” event. Dates for the rest of 2013 are Saturdays and Sundays 14 and 15 September, 9 and 10 November, and 28 and 29 December.

Now in their fifth year of staging fairs at the Prestwood Centre,Number One Events are currently in negotiation with the BBC over their request to film further programmes of Bargain Hunt at one of their six Fairs in 2014. This will be the third time that the BBC has filmed at the fair and

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Tuesdays 6.15-7pm Dunston Village Hall £4 UKA Qualified Teacher Katy Bagguley

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Mediterranean Fish Bake Serves 4

Ready in 50 minutes This is a great one-pan dish full of fresh flavour. Monkfish is quite pricey but the meaty flesh is delicious and bakes really well, however you can replace it with cod loin, salmon steaks or thick pieces of haddock fillet if you prefer. Serve with a green salad and warmed ciabatta bread to mop up all the lovely herb and lemon flavoured pan juices.


• 2 tbsp olive oil (choose a good quality fruity one) • 350g small new potatoes, halved • 1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks • 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks • 1 green pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks • 225g small plum tomatoes, halved • 4 monkfish fillets (each weighing about 150g) • 50g butter, softened • Pared rind and juice from 1 small lemon, plus extra wedges to serve • 1 tbsp fresh chopped oregano • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Tip Replace the peppers with sliced courgettes, chunks of celery and baby button mushrooms, if liked.

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Place the oil in a large non-stick roasting tin and heat in the oven for 5 minutes. Add the potatoes to the tin and toss to coat in the hot oil. Roast for 20 minutes, turning once. Add the peppers and tomatoes to the roasting tin and toss to coat in the hot oil. Make a space in the tin and add the monkfish fillets. Return the roasting tin to the oven for 10 minutes. Dot the butter over the fish fillets and sprinkle over the lemon rind, juice and oregano. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and roast for a further 5-10 minutes until the fish is just cooked through and the potatoes and peppers are tender. Slice each monkfish fillet and arrange with the potatoes, peppers and tomatoes on four warmed serving plates. Spoon over the pan juices and serve immediately with lemon wedges.

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Puuurrrrfect Pairs! would already know that they got on with each other and would be close friends. We went to see Ellie and Eli (renamed to Ella and Charlie) and we loved them. They are so fussy and they are really good friends, they often groom each other and although they don’t do everything together, they are never far apart from one another. If one decides to go into the garden the other will follow a few minutes later, I get a feeling that they’re ‘looking out for one another’ when they’re exploring as they always tend to investigate new places together!

RSPCA Stafford, Wolverhampton and District Branch (Charity number 226711) are over run with cats. “A particular problem we have is rehoming pairs of cats that need to stay together – especially black pairs” said Laura Dixon, Manager of the branch. “pairs of cats can be a wonderful addition to any family, they keep each other company and can be great for working families as they can be left slightly longer in the day time, pairs also tend to settle into a home quicker as they have each other for support” They currently have four pairs of black cats in their care, pictured above are PJ and Duncan, they have been at the cattery for some time now. “We are PJ and Duncan, 2 young black boys who were brought into the cattery when our owner abandoned us. We are getting used to the cattery but would rather have a home to call our own again. We are very friendly and loving. I am Duncan, slightly smaller and younger and definitely like the most attention. I’m a cheeky boy who will try and run into other cat pens to steal food or investigate and try to make friends. PJ is a little quieter and is taking longer to adapt to the cattery as he just wants his home comforts back. He too is friendly though and purrs with delight when you give him a fuss. As we are all each other knows we need to be rehomed together. We would fit into most families and wouldn’t cause much trouble, all we ask is you give us our forever home and lots of love.” We spoke to Heather Pickin who adopted a pair of cats last year, “When we decided to adopt a cat, we decided we wanted two as it would mean they would be good company for each other while we were at work. We purposely looked for a pair that the RSPCA had said they wanted to be homed together, as this would mean that we

I never knew cats who weren’t from the same litter could be so close, but Ella is about a year younger than Charlie we think so they’re not related, so it is really nice to see them such good friends and great company for each other when we’re not home. They are so friendly and fussy, so any bad past experiences they may have had have certainly not affected their wonderful personalities. They don’t scratch or bite and love their tummies rubbed! I’m so pleased we adopted the pair of them, as I can’t imagine them not having each other to play with! And I can’t remember what our lives were like before we had them! Thanks to the RSPCA Stafford and Wolverhampton! “ The numbers of cats in need in the region is growing year on year. The RSPCA Stafford, Wolverhampton and District branch are in the midst of a cat crisis. They are unable to help all of the cats in need as there is just no space. All cats from the RSPCA come wormed, treated for fleas, fully inoculated and neutered or assistance is given to neuter at a later date. If you think you can offer a pair or cats, or any cat a new home please contact the rehoming hotline on 07715540206, or email RSPCA Stafford Wolverhampton and district branch are a local charity and all fundraising is done locally to help local animals and their families. Donations are always gratefully received. Please donate via the link on the website,

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My name is Debbie, I offer one-to-one personalised grooming sessions for your dog(s) within the comfort of your own home. I bring all the necessary equipment to your home, I set myself up wherever you think most appropriate, for example a utility room, conservatory, kitchen or garage. A grooming session consists of clipping and styling to each owners individual preferences, bathing, blow dry, nails cut, ears plucked and attention to glands if required. My service to you and your much loved pet provides an alternative to the sometimes stressful visits to grooming salons or being taken into the back of a mobile grooming van. I believe that although every dog has their own personality and temperament, they should always be treated with the same love and respect that they all deserve.

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anything you need call M.A.G- your one stop shop. Mark Gibbons, founder of M.A.G brings with him a wealth of experience, with a thirty year career as a local fire oďŹƒcer within South Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service.

M.A.G Group are launching their new One Stop Shop for home services, bringing all your home needs under one roof. The local family run business provides a welcoming, comfortable environment where people from Staffordshire can access a wide range of household services, from gardening to hairdressing in a single place. The M.A.G team comprises of experienced customer care professionals with a wealth of knowledge across a broad range of services, from home maintenance to professional cleaners. M.A.G pride themselves on flexible, cost effective services, tailored to individual needs. No Job is too small. The type of services offered include, companionship and sitting for vulnerable people and the elderly members of the community, prescription collection, cleaning, meal preparation, hairdressing, grounds maintenance, home repairs, alarms and fire safety and many more- basically if there is

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Based in Penkridge, Mark, family and team have been running a successful business for commercial use over the past ten years. M.A.G Group has many local clients, including Lower Drayton Farm, as well as South Staffordshire schools, colleges and local nurseries. Their extensive portfolio of clients within the commercial sector shows the diversity in their skills and experience. The team are now looking to move their expertise into the residential market, responding to customer demands for a reliable, personable and cost effective service on their doorstep. The M.A.G team, many of whom are from public service backgrounds are all CRB checked and live locally, with a detailed knowledge of the local areas. All of the M.A.G staff wear identification and are kitted out in professional and recognisable uniform.

Home Services The essence of this new venture is to build a community based hub, which local people can use on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis. Elderly or vulnerable people in particular will benefit from building a relationship with the M.A.G team having a friendly, familiar face carry out their domestic needs, rather than having to use various different companies with a number of unknown faces coming into their home.

Prices vary depending on the works required but discounts are available for multiple services, the more services you use the more money you save. M.A.G are a brand to recognise and trust, offering an unrivalled service across Staffordshire. For more details or to book your free consultation please get in touch on 01785 711088 or 01785 712351.

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We choose so many things in life and often we prefer to choose the things that make life a little easier. Choosing an independent education is not an easy choice because of the financial commitment. However, if we wish to provide choices for our children it is worth considering the idea of small classes and the right environment. It is also worth looking at the academic results. At Chase Grammar School we provide an environment where expectations are high. Our high achievers, as ever, are those who have worked hard. Students like Ben who, based on statistics is average, but is predicted to achieve top grades. Sometimes our students would prefer to choose the easy option but our job is to look at the long term and guide them. In January he wanted to drop a subject because he was feeling the pressure. I suspect that even the charming Ben resorted to some less than flattering comments about our unwillingness to allow this. However, we know Ben well and we have faith in his abilities. We knew that it was the first time that he had come across a real academic challenge and rather than allow him to give in we knew he could do it if he simply persevered. We have seen many students reach this point. Our job is to keep them going through that and do the right thing. In the end he produced some excellent work which will give him his fourth top grade A Level. It is this knowledge of our students that means we know what they can achieve. We work together to ensure that they fulfil the highest expectations.

BABY MASSAGE COURSES I was asked recently by a young mum when you do stop massaging your baby – and the answer was why would you want to? Who would not like the idea of a massage – when you have that opportunity do you not sleep better, feel more relaxed and have a better sense of wellbeing? – of course you do. The skin is the largest organ of the body and so touch is so important, so when you think a baby’s skin is six times thinner the benefits to a baby having a massage are endless and indeed also to the person doing the massage. In many ways we do this automatically – when your child is poorly one of the first things we do is rub their head or back until they fall asleep; subconsciously we are doing a basic baby massage routine. I first became an holistic therapist back in 1999 and throughout this time I have continued to learn the advantages of complimentary therapy from courses and other therapists enabling me to treat others were possible. Having two grown up children that have had the advantage of massage and reflexology; it is lovely to be in a position to pass this on to other lovely mums wanting to give their babies this opportunity.

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Peru Floating Islands on Lake Titicaca By Solange Hando At 12,507 feet, Titicaca appears like a dream, framed by pastel-coloured hills shimmering at the water’s edge under the crisp Andean sky. Stretching for over 100 miles and into Bolivia on its eastern side, fed by five rivers and numerous streams, it’s said to be the world’s highest navigable lake. The nature reserve created in 1978 protects 60 species of native birds and in the sheltered bay of Puno, the Uros Indians live peacefully on man-made islands. They were here long before the Incas built Machu Picchu but on their flimsy abodes ignored by the Conquistadores, they have outlived them for over 400 years.

fresh reeds to strengthen or extend his domain and meet growing family needs. The reeds are cut near the shore, towed back then assembled and anchored on the spot. It’s an on-going task for the ‘people of the lake’, 2000 of them, though it never feels like it. Sailing around clusters of tiny islands, you spot a few huts on this one, a shrine on that one, a school on another, a clinic or a couple of craft stalls. The islands are fully movable but if you can’t jump across to see your neighbour, there are plenty of reed boats to travel around. Most stunning are the majestic dragon-headed vessels gliding silently on blue waters, ready to carry a handful of wide-eyed visitors.

Soon after dawn, the first tourist boat sets off from Puno towards the nearest of 40 islands or so sprinkled around the bay. Built with local totora reeds, they glow coppery gold in the early sun and before long, the islanders begin to stir. Smoke rises from the huts, pots and pans tinkle in the semi- darkness, a man paddles in search of

Stepping ashore on a bouncy patch of reeds may be unnerving but no one seems to mind. ‘Please come inside,’ says a man with a bright woolly hat, ‘this is my home.’ It’s just one room, no furniture, but there are rugs on the floor and a small black and white television in the corner. Outside the sun is dazzling, the air is cold

but ‘Mama’ is used to it. An imposing figure in an ample skirt and traditional bowler hat, she has lit the fire on a bed of stones and proudly shows the fish caught by her man that morning. Nothing grows on the reeds but you can catch fish and ducks, for meat and eggs, chew the white root of a reed or two and head for the market in Puno to sell embroidered cloth, knitwear and trinkets and buy whatever you need. Historians believe the Uros set up home on the lake to escape trouble on land but legend says otherwise. It claims they were here before the dawn of time, protected by ‘black blood’ when the earth was ‘dark and cold’, and few today would wish to change their traditional way of life. A cell phone may ring now and then but somewhere on the edge of the water, a child plays an Andean flute as a sudden breeze sends ripples across the reeds. The tourist boat heads back to the mainland then slowly, on the ‘Black Puma’ lake, the islands vanish, floating like a mirage between water and sky.

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01785 214932 07966 627463 With over thirty years experience in the independent wallcovering sector, Interiors aim to keep the love affair between customer and decorating an exciting experience. We pride ourselves on offering a wide range of major brands for wallpaper, paint and decorating supplies. Competitive pries along with great customer service is key to the success of the business.

A CELEBRATION CONCERT 50th ANNIVERSARY SATURDAY 14th SEPTEMBER 7:30pm Admission £10 (£9 concession) Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LT Box Office: 01785 254653

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What’s On?

Boys Street Dance Classes Every Monday at Dunston Village Hall Ages 7-10, 4.45pm-5.15pm. £3.50.Ages 11+, 5.15pm-6pm. £4 each. Various styles covered such as Hip Hop, Street Dance and Break Dance. Teachers are UKA GTPD qualified and fully CRB checked & first aid trained. For more info call Katy on 07584 030520. AT Health Keep Fit Mondays, 11am-12pm at Berkswich Parish Hall, Baswich Lane. A range of gentle aerobic based exercise mixed with fundamental and muscular exercises to help daily activity. £3.50 per class.

Tuesdays Belly Dance Classes Tuesday evenings, 8.30pm-9.30pm at Castle Church Hall, Newport Road, Stafford For information on this class, contact Shirley on 01785 664289. Baby Massage Drop In Course Tuesdays, 9.30am-10.30am/10.45am-11.45am at Holmcroft North End Community Centre, Stafford A session of baby massage & multi sensory experience. £2 per child, fee payable per session. No need to book just drop into any session. Little Stars Stay & Play Tuesdays, 2pm-3pm at Holmcroft North End Community Centre Lots of stories, ryhmes & singing activites. After seeing your health visitor why not stay and join in the fun. Clinic starts at 1.30pm Peter’s Pals Toddler Group Tuesdays 10am-12pm at Stafford Sports College, Rising Brook For more info please call 01785 240 641.

Wednesdays Konnektiv Drama Group Every Wednesday, 6.30pm-9pm at Staffordshire Performing Arts, Stafford. A theatre & arts for health group. Information on the group can be found on the website or its blog . For more information contact Nicky Barron on 07832 133844 or Mervyn Price on 01785 604917. Brocton Toddlers Wednesdays 10am-11.30am at Brocton Village Hall. A chance for the ‘under fives’ and their carers to meet for friendship, toys, snacks and songs. No need to book, just turn up. £2.50pp - extra children 50p each. For more info email:

Belly Dance Classes Wednesday evenings, 8.30pm-9.30pm at Little Haywood Village Hall. For info on this class, contact Shirley on 01785 664289. BERKSWICH WI. Meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.15.p.m at The Village Hall, Walton on the Hill. Interesting speakers & activities. A thriving craft group who meet fortnightly. September 4th A speaker from Blue Watch and their talk is called “Fire Safety in the Home”. Why not come along to one of our meetings and see if it is for you. Visitors will be made very welcome. Please ring Secretary Shirley Benn on 01785 603646 for more details or try the website

Thursdays AT Health Pilates/Yoga Thursdays 10am-11am at Walton Village Hall, Walton on the Hill. Combined with tai chi and yoga to improve core stability and flexibility, relieve aches and pains and give a relaxing workout. £3.50 per class. Adult Dancercise Classes Every Thursday, 6.30pm-7.15pm at The Hatherton Health Club, Penkridge Incorporating many various styles of dance. £4 each. Contact Katy for more information on 07584 030 520. Stafford Folk Dance Club Thursday evenings, 8pm-10.15pm at Walton Village Hall, Stafford. We are a friendly club & always welcome new people. Classes are run throughout July however are not on during August. Come along! For further information call 01785 661076. Peter’s Pals Toddler Group Tuesdays 1pm-3pm at Stafford Sports College, Rising Brook For more info please call 01785 240 641.

Fridays Snack and Chat Friday mornings, 10am-11.30am at Holmcroft North End Community Centre, Stafford Mums, Dads, Nans, Grandads and carers welcome! Come along & play, there is always an exciting range of activities for children 0-7 years. Free refreshments. AT Health Pilates/Yoga - Fridays, 6pm-7pm at Berkswich Parish Hall, Baswich Lane. Combined with tai chi and yoga to improve core stability and flexibility, relieve aches and pains and give a relaxing workout. £3.50 per class.

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What’s On? Stafford Arts Festival 2013 7th September at Stafford Town Centre 10am-4pm. Dancers, musicians, and artists will be taking to the streets of Stafford for the town’s 3rd Arts Festival. The event will include a range of FREE art and craft workshops you can get involved in, as well as dancers and musicians providing a carnival atmosphere. Performers in Staffords Market Square will include professional samba drummers and dancers Art Brasil, live music, as well as local dance groups and The Stafford Morris Men. Residents and visitors will also get the chance to go on free guided tours to uncover the history behind town landmarks. Whether you have an interest in Music, Dance, Art, Craft or Poetry there is something for everyone to come along and enjoy. Transport Festival & Fayre 7th & 8th September at Lower Drayton Farm Hundreds of classic, vintage, modern & modified cars, motorbikes, commercials, military vehicles, fire engines, steam engines & many more will descend on Lower Drayton Farm. Lots of other attractions for all the family to enjoy. Day admission: adults £5, children £2.50 and OAP concessions £3. For more info see or call 01543 500926. Stafford Samaritans Celebration Concert 14th September at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre 7.30pm start. A 50th Anniversary concert showcasing a variety of entertainment. £10 tickets (£9 concessions). For more information or tickets see or call 01785 254653. Hands on Artefacts at The Ancient High House 14th September at The Ancient High House 10am - 4pm. Heritage Open Day Event. View artefacts from collections not normally on display. No booking necessary. Katherine House Midnight Walk 14th September. Starts at Beaconside Sports Centre. New 10K route and Hawaiian theme. £12.50 to register or £5 for under 16’s (must be with an adult). Free glow stick, hawaiian garland and bacon sandwich/ veggie sausage sandwich on arrival. For full details see . Midland Game Fair 14th and 15th September at Weston Park 8am-7pm (last entry at 3.30pm). The Midland Game Fair is the premier event of its kind in the country for anyone interested in traditional country pursuits. The show has something for everyone from world class clay pigeon shooting to game and coarse fishing demonstrations; gun dog competitions, falconry displays, ferret racing, fine arts and rural crafts plus over 600 stands for all your countryside shopping needs. For ticket details and further information please visit:

Antique and Collectors Fair 14th & 15th September at Stafford Showground 10am-5pm. £3 adults, under 14 years free. Ran by Number One Events. Up to 300 stalls over 3 halls. A range of furniture, art, jewellery, silver, glass, porcelain, toys, books, modern & retro collectables. For more info see Hands on Arms & Armour atStafford Castle 15th September at Stafford Castle 11am - 4pm. Heritage Open Day Event. Try on armour and costumes from the medieval period. With guided tours of Stafford Castle’s Keep. Free admission. In support of Heritage Open Days. Preserves, Pickles & Fruits of the Harvest Weekend Sat 21 & Sun 22 September 2013 st Shugborough Enjoy the harvest at Shugborough where we will be cooking up some Autumn delights, making preserves, pickles and seasonal cheese, brewing up a September ale and making lavender scented laundry fresheners. Fashion & Business Showcase Saturday 28th September at Stafford Guildhall Shopping Centre. Hourly fashion shows from 11am-3pm. Exhibitions from 20 local businesses. For more info see Stafford’s 1913 Millenary Pageant History Exhibition Event running until 26th October 2013 at Ancient High House, Stafford. See how Staffordians celebrated the town’s Millennia in 1913. By 1914 the country was at war and the nation lost a generation - this is their story told through photographs and artefacts relating to the celebrations. For more info email or call 01785 619131. Katherine House 10k Run and Family Fun Run Sunday 6 October 2013 at Shugborough. Fun Run to raise money for Katherine House Hospice. Gates open at 9:30am. Last entries 10:30am Registration: 10k On the day: £15.00 Advanced: £10.00 Fun Run: On the day £10:00 Advanced: £5:00 Free Parking. Free entry to the grounds and gardens Further details and registrations visit or call Katherine House Hospice on 01785 270 808. If you have a local event that you wish to feature in our What’s On section please contact us via email at Please include the name of the event or club/group along with the date, time, cost and all other relevant information.

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USEFUL NUMBERS Rising Brook High School

Emergency Services

01785 258383

Police station (Non-emergencys)


King Edward VI High School

01785 258546

National Gas Emergency

0800 111999

Sir Graham Balfour School

01785 223490

National Grid Electrical Emergency

0800 404090

Stafford Grammar School

01785 249752

Severn Trent Water Emergency

0800 7834444

Flood line

0845 9881188

Weston Road Academy

01785 356700

Health/Medical Care

Yarlet School

01785 286568

Chase Grammar School

01543 501800

Stafford General Hospital

01785 257731

St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School

01785 663128

North Staffordshire Hospital

01782 715444

Barnfields Primary School

01785 356356

Cannock Hospital

01543 572757

Leasowes Primary School

01785 356365

New Cross Hospital

01902 307999

Stafford College

01785 223800

NHS Direct

0845 4647

Staffordshire Music Centre

01785 335852

Rowley Hall Hospital

01785 223203

Blessed William Howard Catholic High School

Rising Brook Surgery

01785 251134

Mill Bank Surgery

01785 258348

Wolverhampton Road Surgery

01785 258161


01785 244236

Help Lines Samaritans (UK)


Samaritans (Stafford)

01785 243333

South Staffordshire Council

01902 696000

Child Line

0800 1111

Staffordshire County Council

0300 1118000


0300 1234555

Stafford Borough Council

01785 619000

Citizen’s Advice Bureau

01785 258673

Jobseeker Direct

0800 100 900


0808 800 5000

Stafford Library

01785 278585

Age UK

0800 169 6565

Baswich Library

01785 663355

Rethink Mental Illness

0300 5000 927

Rising Brook Library

01785 242155

Young Minds

0808 802 5544

Holmcroft Library

01785 253 908

Runaway Helpline

116 000

Walton Village Hall

0845 748 4950

Alcoholics Anonymous

0845 769 7555

Derrington Village Hall

01785 242175

Victim Support

0845 30 30 900


0800 77 66 00

Village Halls/Libraries

Crimestoppers Charity (Non-Emergency) 0800 555 111

Travel Travel Line

087120022 33

National Rail Enquiries


Places of Worship

National Express

08717 818178

St Mary’s Church

01785 258511

Stafford Railway Station

0845 748 4950

The Parish of Berkswich

01785 251057

Stafford Baptist Church

01785 256714


Trinity Church, Stafford

01785 223327

Walton High School

01785 356300

The Evangelical Church

01785 254331

Stafford Grammar School

01785 249752

Rising Brook Baptist Church

01785 214750

Weston Road High School

01785 356700

Berkswich Parish, Walton On The Hill

01785 253111


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J & DP Decorating and Building Maintenance Carpentry, Tiling, UPVC Facia & Guttering, Kitchen & Bathroom fitting and Glazing.

M. Bissell Trees and Hedges

All Tree & Hedge Work Undertaken Full Public Liability & N.P.T.C Qualified

Guaranteed quality. Professional workmanship. Free estimates.

Call 01785 241516 John: 07966 402 778 Danny: 07816 950 225

For a FREE quotation and advice call:

01785 824410 / 07968 421434


A.S.J Security & Electrical



Tel: 01785 715777 or 01785 712878 Mob: 07831 121384 Email: Web: Unit 1 & 2 Stoney Lane, Dunston Heath, Stafford, ST18 9AQ

COUNTYWIDE CARAVAN SERVICES WE COME TO YOU Mobile Caravan Service & Repair At your home or storage site To discuss your service requirements Contact Iain Hooker Mobile: 07803 280 406 / Office: 01785 664 544 Stockton Lane, Stafford Fully Insured, ACOPS Gas Registered

Alarms - C.C.T.V - Servicing Installations & Repairs - Rewires Full & Part - Extra Sockets Fuse Boards - Part P Registered For a free quotation & advice contact Steve

01785 618575 07920 022531

RK MOTOR COVERING ALL ASPECTS OF PLASTERING Skimming Dry Lining Coving Partition Walls Traditional & Coloured Rending Quality & cleanliness guaranteed

Call Paul on: 07866 587810 / 01902 798189


Mobile: 07816 089974

Office: 01785 715155




Domestic and Commercial Grounds Maintenance Free quotations Chris Jones Qualified and Insured

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Beauty, Hair & Health

Motor Services

Loving Hands Baby Massage The Rectory

20 23

Prestige Paint Auto Detailing Randles Motor Group RK Motors


Seasonal, Leisure & Occasions


Dene Dance School Guildhall Shopping Centre Lancyl Gardens Number One Events Tags and Rags

Cleaning/Launderers AF Systems

Charitable Organisations Stafford Samaritans

Educational Organisations Chase Grammar School

5 2 27

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11 6-7 30 10 8



Home Improvement Cannock Chase Roofing Interiors J & DP Decorating M.A.G Group M & H Kitchen Design P.A Plastering The Drive Cleaners Turners Construction Utility Warehouse

5 25 27 16-17 19 27 23 9 13

D’s Plumbing Mark Bailey

28 13

Property Maintenance & Security AJG Property Maintenance Ashcroft Flooring ASJ Security K Cortin Heating Solutions

22 13 27 23

Pet Services

I.T Services Millentech


Landscaping/Garden Centres J.V Watson Lawnkeeper M.Bissell Willowbrook

Pawfection Grooming Penkridge Cattery

15 15

Travel Services 25 31 27 27

Countywide Caravan Services John Henry Travel of Stafford Wings Airport Transfers

27 24 5

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