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Katie’s Brides and Grooms, a family run business established in 2003, has gone from strength to strength over the years, giving the very best personnel and professional service we can offer. We have a large, private bridal consultation area and can easily accomodate a family gathering to view dresses and help the bride decide on her stunning dress, we even provide a cup of coffee for mums and friends. We stock a wide range of excellent designers, including Alfred Angelo, Phil Collins, Ellis, Christina Rossi, Kay Mason and we are also suppliers of Veromia and Alfred Angels Bridesmaids. We pride ourselves on only using reputable designers whom we know give excellent quality and service to our brides. A wide range of accessories are also available, including shoes, viels jackets, tiarras, and more to complete finishing touches to your stunning dress. In 2008, we expanded to accomodate grooms and family. We now do menswear hire and from 2014 we will be stocking a new suit range starting at just £49 for a two piece. This will be available in lightweight grey, navy or black material. Matching cravat colours to our bridesmaids are available direct from our dress suppliers. Another bonus of booking your suits with us is that we offer competitive prices on all of our suits. Suits are situated in a seperate shop next door giving another full private area for our grooms and visitors.


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Hello Readers,

Welcome to the February edition of The Stafford Directory. Now that January is out of the way, hopefully those January blues have been left behind. If not don’t worry, we have included some fab deals this month that are bound to cheer you up! Why not treat yourself or a loved one this Valentine’s Day? There are some great beauty deals on offer throughout February, see page 5 for more details. To find out What’s On this month, check out pages 26 and 27 for details on local events taking place during the upcoming weeks. Don’t forget, we will always do our best to support local events and stories so if you have news of an upcoming event or story, send us the details before 15th February. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter for regular news and updates!

For all advertising enquiries, contact: Lisa Cuthbert - Sales Manager Tel: 01785 318704 Email:

If you wish to submit a story or local event, contact: Carole Chambers - Editor Tel: 01785 318704 Email: Twitter: @staffsdirectory Facebook: The Stafford Directory


Contents... Katie’s Brides


Professional beauty secrets revealed


Sue Starr Hypnotherapy


British Heart Foundation store celebrate 1st Birthday


Be your own interior designer


ES Windows


Puzzle Page


Up for a chat?


M.A.G Home Services


Tantra Flow Yoga


Direct Specs


Recipe of the month


Volunteer Opportunities at Moseley Old Hall What’s On

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Blessed William Howard Catholic High School News


Stafford Half Marathon fills up in record time


Kids Puzzle Page


History Feature: Riot at Shire Hall


Useful numbers


Puzzle solutions


Index of Advertisers


Sportsmans Evening


The Stafford Directory welcomes contributions from local voluntary groups, charities and sports teams. So if you have news of an event, or other information that you want to share, we’ll help spread the word by promoting the great work that you do. To find out more about our FREE support to good causes then call us now on 01785 318704 or email us at March’s issue of The Stafford Directory will be distributed during the first week of March 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 15/02/2014.

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 that descriptions 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. February 2014

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Wedding dresses Bridesmaid dresses Mother of the bride dresses Prom dresses Evening dresses Cocktail dresses Ball gowns Many designers stocked Visit our website: Find us at: 160 Marston Road, Stafford, ST16 3BS February 2014

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Many people have unwanted habits or behaviours that can develop over time and these can have a limited effect on people’s lives. • • • • • •

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Hypnotherapy is a recognised therapy that can help individuals overcome these habits or behaviours and subsequently lead a more fulfilling life.

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Stafford British Heart Foundation Furniture & Electrical store celebrates first birthday store and making the forthcoming years equally as successful! We’re always in need of stock, so if you’re having a clear out, join the fight for every heartbeat today and help fund life-saving research with your donations!” The store is urgently appealing to local residents to have a clear out and donate any unwanted household goods such as sofas, beds, dining tables, wardrobes and TVs. 100% of the profits raised from donations will go into the fight against heart disease and fund the BHF’s life-saving research.

Stafford British Heart Foundation (BHF) Furniture & Electrical store celebrated its first birthday on 3rd January 2014, thanks to the support of the local community. Staff and volunteers celebrated with a party and locals came along to join in the fun. BHF Area Manager, Julie Currie, said, “We’ve enjoyed a fantastic first year of business in Stafford Furniture & Electrical store. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers and volunteers who really make this store special and help the BHF fund its life-saving research.

Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer and last year BHF shops raised over £31 million in the fight for every heartbeat. Donations, which are vital to the charity, are desperately needed so that BHF researchers can continue their relentless search for breakthroughs to beat heart disease. The Stafford BHF Furniture & Electrical store is located at 12 Princes Street, Stafford, ST16 2BN. To book a free collection for your unwanted things please call 0844 848 9618 or visit


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ASHCROFT FLOORING SERVICES Great Prices - Great Quality - Great Home Service Specialist in all types of soft floor coverings (carpets, vinyl's and Karndean). Varying budgets catered for. Free no obligation quotation and advisory service. Samples brought to your door for design and colour comparisons. Wet rooms complete service available. Over 10 years experience. Insurance work undertaken.

FREE quotation for Carpets, Karndean and Vinyl's. Commercial and domestic work under taken. Call us today on: 07850 479 407

Email. Ashcroft, Meadow Lane, Acton Trussell, Staffordshire, ST17 0RU February 2014

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Energy Saving Windows Ltd

Tel. 01785 212 227

Wouldn’t you rather cut out the middle men and buy direct from the manufacturer? Energy Saving Windows manufacture our very own range of uPVC windows and doors at their site on Verulam Rd in Stafford. Our prices reflect the fact that you are dealing with a manufacturer. But not only that, all windows and doors are made from the highest quality british standard components in the latest range of colours and finishes. You can order double or triple glazed windows from us. We use Planitherm units that have the latest CE rating. You can order any type of glass and glass styles. You are welcome to view our factory by appointment or we can come to you to show our latest range of windows, composite doors, bi-fold doors, and patio doors. All orders taken in February will include a complementary stained glass pattern. Terms and conditions apply. To arrange your quotation call us on 01785 212227.

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15% OFF throughout February Offer valid until 28/02/2014

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Tel. 01785 212 227


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Puzzle Page

For puzzle solutions see page 38

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Joinery that truly measures up


& PROPERTY MAINTENANCE Specialists in erecting all types of domestic fencing and gates.

Here at Joinery (Stafford) Ltd we manufacture bespoke windows, doors, staircases, conservatories and barn conversions plus repairs and restoration for listed buildings and heritage work. Call us on 01785 242 337 to arrange a free initial survey and quote


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Joinery (Stafford) Ltd Tilcon Avenue, Stafford, ST18 0YJ

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Mon-Sat 9am-5:30pm Sun 10:30am-4:30pm

tel: 01952 813500

Our Garden Centre carries 1000’s of ranges there is sure to be something for every occasion.



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Garden Centre Restaurant opens 7 days a week, offering main meals and hot and cold snacks throughout the day.

Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 9:00am-5:30pm and Sunday 10:30-4:30pm Stafford Road, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 9BY February 2014

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HANDYPERSON SERVICE Fast & Friendly local handyperson service for all of the jobs that need doing around the home. Also providing practical help and advice for the elderly and less able.

We offer: Carpentry & Plumbing Maintenance Home Improvements Hand Rails & O.T Equipment Painting & Decorating All Types of Jobs Considered No Job Too Small Experienced Time Served City & Guilds Carpenter/Joiner

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01785 716666 or 07770 807408

All Natural Gas, Oil & LPG work undertaken

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Office: 01785 716874 Mobile: 07968 922482 Web: Email: 26, Wolverhampton Road, Penkridge

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Get involved If you register you pledge to show you are ‘Up for a Chat?’ by wearing an obvious campaign badge when you’re out and about, but only when it suits you. If you can only manage half an hour a week, perhaps on the bus to work, that’s fine. If you want to wear it all day, every day then that’s fine too!

Have you ever felt lonely? Every day in Staffordshire many older people wake up without the prospect of any real communication with anyone. Living in isolation is their daily routine. As we age our social networks can shrink. Friends and family move away or die, and the gaps left by the loving contacts we took for granted remain un-filled. Even the most outgoing older people can find it difficult to strike up new friendships. Opportunities to interact, to talk, to laugh become harder to find as mobility decreases. The links between loneliness and mental and physical ill-health have been proven. Formal services can only go so far to tackle this issue. Its real cure lies on a far more personal level, deep within our communities where real friendships and trusted contacts are made. With your help Staffordshire County Council want to kick-start this process by taking away one stumbling block: the lack of confidence. Even when surrounded by people it can still be difficult to strike up a conversation. But what if there was an army of clearly badged people out and about which older people knew they could approach safely and start up a conversation? This is the idea behind the ‘Up for a Chat?’ campaign.

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You don’t need any special skills other than a willingness to be an interested listener. Personal safety of our older residents is taken very seriously. If you register as a volunteer you will agree to abide by a Code of Conduct and the badge registered to you will carry a clear, unique serial number. Businesses and organisations can also register and either take an active part by allowing your staff to engage with customers, or simply support us and spread the word about the campaign. A friendly business is often a successful one. Once you’ve registered we’ll send you the materials you need to take part. We are piloting the scheme in South Staffordshire, East Staffordshire and Staffordshire Moorlands. The campaign launches in January 2014, and you can register now online at Follow the link which will take you to which hosts our volunteer registrations. There are four straightforward steps which should take no longer than five or ten minutes to complete. You will be asked to provide personal information like your full name and address. Under ‘Volunteering Information’ you should tick ‘Social volunteering’ Let’s get everyone talking.

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Home Services

Provided By Local People In South Staffordshire


The One Stop Shop for all your home requirements: • Grounds Maintenance • Property Maintenance • General Cleaning Services • Companionship & Sitting Service • Meal Preparation • Gardening • Windows & Guttering • Security Light Fitting

Home Services Here at M.A.G we hope you all had a great new year and 2014 has got off to a flying start for you as it has with us. Now is a great time to think about all the jobs you put off last year, Let M.A.G take the stress out of your home and garden needs. We will give you a free no obligation estimate for all those jobs that have been getting you down.

M.A.G’s Top Tips to see you through to Spring! Follow our simple tips to help you through to Spring. • • •

Are these pictures a familiar sight? Call us on 01785 711 088

We have already been very busy this year repairing a • lot of fences and roofs due to the windy and wet weather. As you know it will generally get worse before it gets better. If your fencing is not as secure as you would like or you have been ignoring that small leak in the garage, give us a call before the weather takes a nasty turn.

Remember to switch windscreen wipers off to avoid damage in frost. Make sure your fences are sturdy and replace any as soon as possible to avoid costly repairs. Secure any items outside that could potentially blow into windows in strong winds. Be sure to get that electrical item with the dodgy lead checked this year along with your electric blanket, before you put it away. Keep a blanket, shovel, torch, and chocolate bar in your car in case you breakdown in bad weather.

Want to be prepared for Spring? We offer 1 off Spring Cleaning Services.

To book your FREE consultation to discuss your requirements call:

01785 711088 / 01785 712351

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Tantra Flow Yoga

Brian Horne has been practising various types of yoga for the past 10 years and has recently travelled to India to study Tantra Yoga. Brian says “Yoga is a science, not a sport or a game. Tantra yoga by its nature never promotes egotism. In this system both Tantra and yoga are combined according to the ancient Kaula tradition through asanas (postures) that gently challenge and condition you.

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positions. I teach asanas from a timeless tantric formula based on a subtle energy system.

The asana series I am teaching is known as the Tri dosha series and is unique within the world of yoga. In modern times, especially in the western world, where the science of yoga has been reduced to merely a physical asana-workout, its original, wholesome effect on the person has been lost. The Tri dosha series combines pranayama (breath control) bandhas (muscle contractors), metaphysics and medication. For a person to be wholesome and happy, the mind, body and soul must all be in harmonious coordination. By choosing relaxation over tension, freeing your mind rather than fixing it, and allowing air to flow gently and freely in and out of your body you will feel more connected with the essence of your life.

For me, it was really new in the beginning to ‘let go’ and relax in the asanas but you can definitely feel the effects of it. It is only when we are truly relaxed that we are actually able to be efficient and ergonomic. I noticed that I was able to handle stress much better and that my body was becoming stronger, not by pushing more and more, but by relaxing and ‘letting go’ and allowing my whole self to relax and thus harmonise itself.

Brian’s Tantra yoga classes are held on Tuesday’s from 6:30pm-8pm at the Arthur Findlay Centre (96A Stone Road, Stafford). For more information contact Brian on 07891 191 481 or on facebook by going to,

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Choice, Service And Value Are Key To Our Success If you’re looking to save money on new glasses, you should take a look at Direct Specs. We’re the firm that pioneered the optical ‘factory outlet’ concept back in 1998 and permanently changed the optical market by manufacturing glasses and selling direct to the public. Since our first store opening we have grown considerably, with a cutting-edge manufacturing plant, outlets stretching across the Midlands and a busy on-line store. But building a successful long-term business takes more than just low prices. Our local teams have built up a fantastic reputation for top class customer service, as well as helping hundreds of thousands of people across the Midlands make substantial savings. While many retailers are struggling to recover from the recession and meet competition from the Internet, Direct Specs has thrived by offering products at on-line prices but with the benefit of being able to try-on frames and get one-to-one advice and fitting. Likewise, while some web-only firms focus on selling cheap glasses, our key proposition is value for money. We regularly buy-up manufacturers overproduction of designer frames as well as offering the latest lens designs, such as the popular ‘computer’ and ‘digitally surfaced’ lenses, at rock- bottom prices. Our no-frills approach means that frames from brands such as Ted Baker, Converse, Ben Sherman, John Rocha and many more can be bought for a fraction of the usual High Street or on-line price. Our lenses offer the same value for money with distance or reading lenses from £15 and varifocals from under £50. So if you’re in the market for new glasses, grab your prescription and come and see us – we’re sure we can save you money!

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Kitchen & Bedroom Design

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Moseley Old Hall seeks time travellers for new adventure

Moseley Old Hall, National Trust property on the edge of Featherstone, is opening more days in 2014 and is looking for volunteers to help them with everything from costumed living history in the house to serving cream teas in the tearoom. Moseley is known as the ‘home that saved a king’, as King Charles II hid there during his flight for his life from the Battle of Worcester in 1651. It was built in c.1600 and has a period garden, woodlands and farm buildings. From Saturday 15 February 2014 it will be open 5 days a week, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Previously it has only opened on Mondays and Tuesdays in July and August, so to cover all the extra days it needs more volunteers.

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House and Visitor Services Manager, Michelle Fullard, explained more, ‘We are using the opportunity of new days of opening to try something a bit different in the house on Mondays and Tuesdays in 2014. Moseley is famed for its brilliant guided tours, but we thought we would supplement this with some more ‘living history’.The house might be owned by The National Trust, but it is no stately home, daily life here in the 17th century would have been hard work, from chopping wood for the fire to kneading bread. We’re looking for volunteers who either have a skill they would like to share or want to learn a new (17th century) skill to show to our visitors. And we’re really hoping they are happy to wear a costume too! Of course opening more means we also need more volunteers in the tearoom, shop, reception, car park and more. We are just starting a kitchen garden too, so will need volunteers for the garden.

Joyce, Tina & tearoom volunteers, August 2009

Moseley is a lovely place to volunteer. Everyone looks after each other and no volunteer goes home without having their piece of cake!

If anyone is interested in finding out more please get in touch with the team at Moseley Old Hall on 01902 782808 or by e-mail on to find out more.

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Household Improvements, Alterations, Refurbishments Kitchen & Bathrooms Central Heating Boilers Installed, Maintained and Replaced Windows, Doors & Conservatories

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What’s On

Mondays 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.

Tuesdays Dene Dance School’s Ladies Street Dance Classes Every Tuesday, 6.15pm-7.00pm at Dunston Village Hall Go back to basics and learn one of the most popular styles of dance. Have fun with your friends whilst getting fit. New members welcome. £4 each. Contact Katy for more information on 07584 030 520. 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. Yoga Classes Tuesdays 6:30pm-8pm at Arthur Findley Centre (96a Stone Rad, Stafford). For more information contact Brian Horne on 07891191481 or on facebooke,

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. 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 Pilates Class with Mel Thursdays, 10am-11am at Walton Village Hall. Pilates class to improve core stability, flexibility and relieve aches/pains. A workout for the mind & body that incorporates relaxation and meditation techniques. For more info contact Mel: 07968 755609. Please bring your own mat. £4.00 per class. 16 & under £2.00. 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. Pilates & Yoga Class with Mel Fridays, 6pm-7pm at Berkswich Parish Hall Combined Yoga and Pilates to improve core stability, flexibility and relieve aches/pains. A workout for the mind & body that incorporates relaxation and meditation techniques. For more info contact Mel: 07968 755609 Please bring your own mat. £4.00 per class. 16 & under £2.00. Stafford and Mid-Staffs Archaeological Society Meetings Fridays (Once a montt) 7:30pm-9:30pm from Sept-April at St Bertelin’s Church, Holmcroft Road, Stafford

Currently roughly 50 members that meet once a month on a Friday evening. See website for current programme dates. New members welcome. Annual subscription fees apply and visitors are also welcome at a charge of £2 per meeting. Programme consists chiefly of lectures on local archaeological topics. Members may also take part in archaeological digs when available, such as the recent dig at the Messines Ridge model, Cannock Chase. For

further information please see jdw1/samsas/ or contact Anne Mooney, 41 Fernwood, Nursery

Gardens, Stafford, ST16 1NN.

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Shugborough Bridal Fayre 2nd February at Shugborough Estate. 11am-4pm. For tickets call 01543 450266 or box office on 0845 4598900.

Pancake Race 4th March 2014 in Market Square, Stafford Entries are now open for the 2014 Stafford Pancake Race!! Who will be the “Fastest Flippers” in town? Teams of 4 are invited to come along to Market Square, Stafford to take part in the exciting relay race and compete for the ‘Best Flipper In Town’ award. Spectators usually turn out in numbers to cheer on the teams. A record 78 people entered the race in 2013 making up eighteen teams in the event. Last years winners were The Swan. You can sign your team up now at

Stafford Players present Ayckbourn Tuesday 4th February- Saturday 8th February 2014 7:30pm at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Stafford Players are performing Alan Ayckbourn’s “Family Circles” in the newly refurbished Malcolm Edwards Theatre at Stafford Gatehouse. Tickets are £8.50 (concessions £7.50) from or 01785 254653. For more information and rehearsal photos why not check out the website, Farmers Market 8th February in Market Square, Stafford. Around 30 stalls with goods for sale including bread and cakes, oatcakes, plants and flowers, wines, jams and preserves, fresh meat, sausages, bacon, black pudding chicken, eggs and scotch eggs, fruit and vegetables, fish, pastries, jewellery, chocolate, and many more items too numerous to mention. Traders begin to set up their stalls from as early as 7.30am with the majority being open for trading from 9am, they close at around 4pm. Number One Events Antique & Collectors Fair 22nd & 23rd February at Stafford County Showground (ST18 0BD) Up to 300 stands in 3 halls. A range of furniture, art, silver, glass, porcelain, jewellery, toys, books, retro and modern collectables. £3 admission fee and under 14’s free. Free parking, catering, disabled friendly, dogs welcome. For more info contact 01785 660236 or 07775 484455.


& PARTY SHOP A two minute drive from Stafford town centre. A great range of fancy dress costumes, wigs & accessories in stock, lots more available to order. Balloons & party decorations for all occasions:

Birthdays | Engagements | Weddings | Hen Night | Anniversary | Christenings and many more! Top brands at great prices.

Sportsman Night Friday 14th March at Stafford Rangers Social Club Start 7pm prompt. Presented by Stripes with the following European Cup Winner, Alan Kennedy. MC for the night , comedian Lea Roberts. Tickets only £20 or a table of 10 for £200. On the night, fish & chip supper, raffles, quizzes & a memorabilia auction. Contact Phil Bennett 01785 602014 or buy tickets on PayPal at

April Dene Dance School’s Easter Dance Workshop Monday 14th April-Thursday 17th April at Dunston Village Hall 10am-4pm daily. Come and join us for 4 days of fun, learning various new dance styles with all your friends including Hip Hop, Stage & Screen, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jazz, Breakdancing & Cheerleading. The week will end with a showcase to friends and family on the Thursday afternoon. £45 per child or £12 per day. Book 2 siblings in for £80. GPTD Qualified dance teachers, CRB checked & first aid trained. Call to book a place for your child/children on 07584 030520.


12 weeks - 2 1/2 + years Greenhall Nursery Centre (Holmcroft, Stafford) Monday 1:00pm-2:00pm Wednesday 9:30am-11:30am Friday 1:00pm-2:00pm Penkridge Leisure Centre Sunday 2:00pm-3:00pm STArfish & Swim Star recognised Swim Schools. Established 1994. Excellent facilities with warm pools. Small & friendly classes. Developing water confidence through exciting play activities and songs.


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Wedding Days & Party Nights 16 Marston Road, Stafford, ST16 3BS

Tel: 01785 222470

For more info call:

Stuart: 01543 572855 or Lisa: 07598 617442

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Blessed William Howard Catholic High School

Jack lands leading role in feature film

Former student, Jack Myatt

Former Blessed William Howard Catholic High School pupil, Jack Myatt (20) from Gailey, has landed the starring role in a feature film to be released at the end of this month. ‘Yours Accidentally’ is a creative and artistic film created for major film festivals around the world.

Director Steven Forrester, who worked on the Harry Potter films and is currently working on ‘Silent Witness’, cast Jack in the lead role and believes it may lead to even bigger and better things. In the film Jack plays a man called Luke Jacobs who has a chance encounter with a mysterious woman: it is a romantic drama with a difference. At the age of 13 Jack joined the Stafford

Gatehouse Youth Theatre where he performed in various Stafford shows. As his passion grew he then took on lead roles within Blessed William Howard’s summer musicals. After leaving BWH Sixth Form, Jack pursued a career in acting/modelling with the help of his agents Mark Summers and Alan Sharman. Jack’s back catalogue includes roles starring in TV adverts and becoming an extra for feature roles in the BBC Doctors series, as well as modelling for Topman and Forever 21. “ I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to star in this film as it will mean a great deal of exposure in the industry amongst some very influential people. It was also a great experience and I loved working with someone as talented as Steven Forrester.” said Jack. To find out more about the film or to view a clip, visit www. or find it on Facebook.

Special Awards Evening Celebrates Students’ Success Blessed William Howard Catholic High School opened its doors to VIP guests and former students to round off 2013 with a special ‘Celebration of Success’ reunion evening. The evening allowed former students from Y11 and Y13 to be formally recognised for both academic and non-academic achievements, whilst receiving certificates for qualifications obtained last summer. A special Catenians award, donated by the Catenians Association, a body of professional Catholic people, was awarded to Christopher Vaz (18) for his outstanding contribution to school life. Chris achieved great A-Level results in summer (3A*s and 1A) whilst also tutoring younger students to help prepare them for their exams. Chris even organised his own work experience in the slums of Mumbai and, a talented sportsman and county ranking badminton player, he led a number of sports

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initiatives for others to get involved with. Chris is currently undertaking medical training at Birmingham University. The Margaret Moore Memorial prize for musical commitment was awarded to Kerianne Heaton (19). Kerianne led the school orchestra, co-directed her own instrumental ensemble called ‘project strings’ and achieved a high level of musical academic success. She is now using her musical, organizational and leadership skills as a youth leader at Alton Castle prior to starting higher education. Georgia Stanway and Joe Revell (both former pupils) performed outstanding music interludes during the ceremony and all the awards were presented by special guest speaker Canon Michael Neylon. “Such an event is a great celebration of our students’ success at our school, both academic and in the wider sense of being part of a community. We are very proud of each and every individual present.” commented Mr Smith, Headteacher.

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Stafford Half Marathon full up in record time - Could it be down to the good weather? All entries for this year’s Stafford Half Marathon have been filled in record time - and organisers have put the success down to good weather. Runners were quick off the mark with more than 2,500 signing up to take part in the race which celebrates its 30th year in March. The last remaining places for the popular event were filled early January. Since November people have been signing up for the race in their hundreds with Stafford Borough Council closing registration on Tuesday 6th January. A total of 2,600 competitors are now expected to take part in this year’s half. It wasn’t until February that registration was shut for the 2013 race. And in previous years entries were still open until the middle of January. Cabinet member for Leisure, Councillor Mike Smith, a former half marathon competitor, said he thought mild weather in November and early December may have played a part in the speed to sign up. “In true British style I am going to say it is down to the weather. Icy and snowy conditions can significantly affect a runners training schedule and may delay them registering for the event. This was the case in November and December of 2012 - but the weather was kinder to athletes in the similar period last year,” he added. Councillor Smith, continued: “But this event has got more and more popular over the years and is now rightly seen as one of the top races in the county’s sporting calendar. It is a tribute to the organisation and quality of this race that after 30 years it is proving more attractive to athletes and competitors than it ever has - so it should be no surprise how quickly the places have filled up this year.” The event takes place on Sunday 16 March and each participant will receive a medal along with a running t-shirt. Crowds including local community groups, bands, and school children line the 13 mile route to cheer runners along the course. The race will start in Stafford Street town centre at 10am. The route takes competitors from the town centre into Stafford’s surrounding countryside before returning to the Market Square via Victoria Park. As part of the Half Marathon programme the School and Family Fun Run will also take place in the town centre. More details about how to enter the fun run will be available soon from 30 SD February 2014.indd 30

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A Brighter Future for your Child’s Education Are you concerned that your child is struggling at school? Would he or she benefit from extra support with reading and spelling, or perhaps lacks confidence when it comes to maths? Maybe your child needs stretching or challenging further! The Kip McGrath Education Centre in Stafford is here to provide expert help and advice. Centre owner Andrew Wilde has been inundated with enquiries from parents seeking to give their children the best possible progression with their education. Since opening over nine years ago, hundreds of pupils have enrolled. The reputation of the centre has grown so much that families are travelling quite a distance for the service; Andrew currently has pupils from as far afield as Stone, Newport, Penkridge and Stoke. Several parents have also recommended the centre to their friends. Andrew commented, “It’s so rewarding to see a significant improvement in the attainment and confidence of our students. This is exactly the reason why I set up the centre – to make a real difference to the learning of local children.” A safe and focused environment is provided that promises confidence and gives your child a head start with English and / or Maths. Each child receives a free assessment that forms the basis of an individual learning plan. Activities, including computer software, ensure that even the most reluctant learners are captivated and a positive ethos builds confidence. Although it is difficult to determine how quickly benefits will be noticed, Andrew has had feedback from one February 2014

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parent who said she (and the child’s school) had observed a difference after attending for just two sessions. After just six months of lessons another student’s reading age increased by two years. Recently, another student telephoned Andrew to say that she had achieved top grades in GCSE English and maths a year early – the tuition provided helped her to do this and compensated for a considerable amount of missed schooling. A folder of letters of appreciation and recommendation is available to view at the Centre. This unique service includes: • Qualified and experienced teachers. • 80 minute lessons. • Structured learning materials including computer-based programs. • Ongoing assessment to monitor progress. • A strong emphasis on motivation and success. • Lessons available each day after school and at weekends. For a free, no obligation, diagnostic assessment or more information call Andrew on 01785 222175 or visit

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Riot At The Shire Hall

A meeting held at the Shire Hall in early 1850, where Lord St Vincent was to have given an address, became a scene of confrontation between those looking to continue protection for the farmers and those opposed to them. When the doors were opened, a huge crowd of people rushed in and filled every inch of the building. As the the address began, so did a cacophony of hissing and jeering and within a few minutes the two rival parties came to blows. A pitched battle commenced, with both sides apparently having come well equipped for the event. After fifteen minutes of serious affray the police gained entry via a side-door and set about anyone who seemed to be involved in the disturbance. As a small measure of quiet had temporarily been restored, Lord St Vincent suggested that Lord Talbot take the chair. Talbot tried in vain to make himself heard above the tumult but the riotous behaviour only increased, the number of policemen deployed being totally insufficient to quell the unrest. Eventually however, the farmers managed to eject most of their opponents and the doors were locked. No sooner was this done than 34 SD February 2014.indd 34

the mob outside began to tear up the paving stones and hurl them through the windows of the Hall. When a slab almost hit Lord Talbot he sensibly decided to call off the meeting. Their lordships and the farmers now left the Hall and made for the Swan Tavern, followed by an angry crowd of almost a thousand persons. As Lord Talbot was crossing the road a brick struck him square in the chest and this was the signal for another outbreak of destruction, this time aimed at the tavern. Eventually the mob moved off to the railway station where they waited to pelt with stones the farmers who were retuning to their various trains. By Paul Robinson Author of 'Tails From Four Towns – Death, Destruction, Crime and Notable News From 19th Century Walsall, Wednesbury, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton' Available from and



For almost all of the first half of the 19th century, Britain's farmers were protected from the threat of cheaper imports, especially from the United States, by the Corn Laws. With the repeal of those laws in 1849, many farmers sought to protect their livelihood by arranging 'pressure group' meetings, much to the chagrin of those who were in favour of cheaper food.



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Steve Bricknell 30 years experience in

Antique & Modern Furniture Restoration & Sympathetic restoration • traditional Methods Tables French polished • Clock cases restored Furniture repairs - loose joints - drawer runners Woodworm treatment • Desk leathers Revival of dull & tired furniture

Tel: STAFFORD (01785) 247304 A business established in 1983 & built on recommendation

A.S.J Security & Electrical 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




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

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USEFUL NUMBERS useful numbers Emergency Services 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

Weston Road Academy

01785 356700

Flood line

0845 9881188

Yarlet School

01785 286568

Chase Grammar School

01543 501800

St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School

01785 663128

Barnfields Primary School

01785 356356

Leasowes Primary School

01785 356365

Stafford College

01785 223800

Staffordshire Music Centre

01785 335852

Health/Medical Care Stafford General Hospital

01785 257731

North Staffordshire Hospital

01782 715444

Cannock Hospital

01543 572757

New Cross Hospital

01902 307999

NHS Direct

0845 4647

Rowley Hall Hospital

01785 223203

Rising Brook Surgery

01785 251134

Mill Bank Surgery

01785 258348

Help Lines

Wolverhampton Road Surgery

01785 258161

Samaritans (UK)


Samaritans (Stafford)

01785 243333

Child Line

0800 1111


0300 1234555

Citizen’s Advice Bureau

01785 258673

Jobseeker Direct

0800 100 900


0808 800 5000 0800 169 6565

Councils South Staffordshire Council

01902 696000

Staffordshire County Council

0300 1118000

Stafford Borough Council

01785 619000

Village Halls/Libraries

Blessed William Howard Catholic High School 01785 244236

Stafford Library

01785 278585

Age UK

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


Crimestoppers Charity (Non-Emergency) 0800 555 111

Travel Line

087120022 33

National Rail Enquiries


Places of Worship

National Express

08717 818178

St Anne’s Church, Weeping Cross

01785 661012

Stafford Railway Station

0845 748 4950

St Mary’s Church

01785 258511

The Parish of Berkswich

01785 251057

Stafford Baptist Church

01785 256714

Trinity Church, Stafford

01785 223327

The Evangelical Church

01785 254331

Rising Brook Baptist Church

01785 214750

Berkswich Parish, Walton On The Hill

01785 253111

Schools Walton High School

01785 356300

Stafford Grammar School

01785 249752

Weston Road High School

01785 356700

Rising Brook High School

01785 258383


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TREE AND HEDGE WORK Domestic and Commercial Grounds Maintenance Free quotations Chris Jones Qualified and Insured

01785 713040 / 07885 971553

RewiRes New Builds sockets lights gaRages sheds testiNg & iNspectioN

exteNsioNs coNsumeR uNits kitcheNs BathRooms

no job too big or too small Call Matt on 07791 677 647 or email

J & DP Decorating and Building Maintenance Interior and Exterior Decorating, Carpentry, Tiling, UPVC Facia and Guttering, Kitchen and Bathroom Fitting and Glazing. Guaranteed quality. Professional workmanship. Free estimates. Call 01785 241516 John: 07966 402 778 Danny: 07816 950 225

M. Bissell Trees and Hedges

07572 701913 01785 712864

Fully insured and licensed Well equipped, modern facilities to make your pets holiday an enjoyable one. We cater for cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice & other small pets. Out of hours drop off and collection can also be arranged. We provide a door to door service if you prefer.

MICRO-CHIPPING SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE for your Cats, Dogs and Rabbits for just £10 on site with discounts for multiple pets. Home service also available!

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All Tree & Hedge Work Undertaken Full Public Liability & N.P.T.C Qualified For a FREE quotation and advice call:

01785 824410 / 07968 421434 R A G S Bring us your unwanted Clean Wearable Clothing (all ages and sizes), Paired Shoes (sandals, trainers, pumps), Matching Bed Linen, Curtains,Towels, Bags, Belts, Books & Small Electrical Items and in return receive CASH! Open Monday - Friday (9am - 5pm) & 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.

Tel: 01785 712974 or 07903 818192 Visit our wesbite: Unit 10, Boscomoor Industrial Estate, Penkridge, ST19 5QY

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INDEX OFadvertisers ADVERTISERS index of Antiques

Number One Events Steve Bricknell Antique Restorer

Beauty, Hair & Health

Direct Specs Sarah Humphreys Footcare Sue Starr Hypnotherapy The Rectory Vision of Beauy

Bridal Wear & Formal Wear

Katie’s Brides The Dressy Dress Shop

Cleaning/Launderers AF Systems


Kip McGrath Education Centres

Estate Agents

Dixons and Co Trafalgar Properties

Home Improvement

ES Windows Direct Drives Intown Interiors J & DP Decorating Joinery Stafford Ltd M.A.G Group M & H Kitchen Design Penk Fencing

I.T Services

Primitus Art & Design Visign Ltd

Landscaping/Garden Centres Lawnkeeper

35 35

21 7 7 5 5

2 5

M.Bissell Mere Park Garden Centre Right Outside Willowbrook

Motor Services RK Motors


Seasonal, Leisure & Occasions Aqualympic Dene Dance School Lancyl Gardens Tags and Rags Wedding Days & Party Nights

Plumbing 16


1 12

13 31 11 37 15 18 23 15

D’s Plumbing Mark Bailey Plumbgas

Property Maintenance & Security AJG Property Maintenance Ashcroft Flooring ASJ Security Help 2 Hand K Cortin Heating Solutions Matt Gardner Electrician

Pet Services

Penkridge Cattery

25 11 35 16 16 37


Residential and Nursing Care Disabled Aids

Restaurants/Pubs Travel Services

27 29 35 37 27

36 12 31

The Bridge House 7 37

37 15 8 37

Wings Airport Transfers





Puzzle Solutions As seen on page 14

Word Ladder Solution Here is an example solution:

GOAT, Boat, Beat, Peat Peas, Pegs, PIGS

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SPORTSMAN NIGHT PRESENTED BY STRIPES With the following European Cup winner Alan Kennedy

MC for the night, comedian Lea Roberts Friday 14th March 2014 Tickets only £20 or a table of 10 for £200 Start 7pm Prompt At Stafford Rangers Social Club On the night, fish and chip supper, raffles, quizzes and a memorabilia auction Contact for Tickets Phil Bennett 01785 602014 Or buy tickets on PayPal at Follow us on twitter @srfcstripes

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