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VILLAGER

AUGUST 2018

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Himley l Kingswinford l Kinver l Swindon l Wall Heath l Wordsley l Wollaston


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The Villager Magazine is proud to be supporting the Greyhound Trust Hall Green who are organising a ‘fun dog show’ at Bodenham Arboretum, please go along and enjoy a great day out while supporting a good cause, more on page 12. Also in this issue; find out where and when the next plant hunters’ fairs are taking place so you can add some late colour to your garden. Enter our competition to win tickets to see ‘Duo for One’ at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and find out who won the Rotary clubs young photographer award. Martin Blow helps us keep our gardens in shape during the warm weather with some drought busting planting ideas and you can find out about the ‘Sheepwalk Shocker’ and the ‘Peaky Blinders themed VW festival’ on page 26.

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PLANT HUNTERS FAIR Give your garden some colour

PETS Fun dog show

MONEY TALK Drawdown - a popular choice

WIN THEATRE TICKETS Duet for One

KINVER ROTARY NEWS Picture Perfect

GARDEN TIME Drought Busters

LOCAL NEWS Stourbridge Choirs’ hit the big time

I hope you enjoy reading this issue and please tell our advertisers where you found them.

Maggie

Independently published the Villager magazine promotes local business to local people.

The Villager is delivered FREE monthly to homes and businesses in Kingswinford, Kinver, Himley, Stourton, Swindon, Wall Heath, Wollaston and Wordsley. Supporting local businesses, Community Groups, Societies, Charities and Schools.

No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior permission of the publisher. Whilst all reasonable effort is made to ensure accuracy, the publisher accepts no responsibility for omissions or errors within The Villager Magazine, or competence of any business or statement made by any contributor. Before entering into any expense or commitment readers must check facts for themselves.

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Give your garden some late colour at Plant Hunters’ Fair Entry to the plant fair and parking is completely free and the lakeside restaurant will be open serving hot and cold drinks, lunches and snacks using produce from the arboretum’s own farm. If you want to explore the 156-acre arboretum, there is a separate charge. The fair runs from 10am–4pm. Use DY11 5TB for Satnav. On Sunday 9th September we round off your plant fair season at the wonderful Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard, near Shifnal. The nurseries will come loaded with lots of lovely plants to tempt you.

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lant Hunters’ Fairs are returning to the area with two plant fairs each with a brilliant line-up of top nurseries and some dazzlingly colourful flowers to keep your garden looking its wonderful best through the autumn.

Martin Blow of Plant Hunters’ Fairs said “It’s been a fab summer and we’ve all been making the most of our outdoor space. Now’s the time to pick up some late flowering plants to perk up our beds and borders and fill the garden with scent. There will be a wonderful line-up of nurseries at both events with something for everyone and every garden. The nursery folk all grow their plants themselves, so they can offer advice on choosing the best for your particular garden to keep it looking good into the Autumn” Saturday 1st September sees the popular Plant Hunters' Fair return to Bodenham Arboretum with a wide choice of quality, nursery-grown plants. This brilliant plant fair featuring some of the country’s most highly respected nurseries and growers has become a firm favourite with garden lovers.

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Visitors can also explore the formal gardens, enjoy the woodland walks and walled garden and there is a brilliant adventure playground for the kids. This is a great chance to enjoy the changing season at Weston and pick up some great ideas and Plant Hunters’ Fairs have arranged a staggeringly low entry price of just £2.50 for the fair, gardens and grounds making a brilliant low-cost day out for all the family. The fair runs from 10am-4pm. For Satnav use TF11 8LE.

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In drawdown, there are risks involved both in taking out too little and too much. If you draw out too little you might not have sufficient to cover your living expenses, taking out too much could have tax implications and restrict your remaining pension pot’s ability to provide an income throughout your retirement. This is where your financial adviser can provide valuable input, helping you plan your drawdown strategy and ensuring that its kept under regular review. If you are not getting value for money, then it’s time to talk to us for professional advice. BY ENGAGING JPA TODAY YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO A MORE SECURE TOMORROW

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After an acclaimed run in London’s West End, Tom Kempinski’s multi award winning play DUET FOR ONE now tours the UK – starring Belinda Lang (2point4 Children, Second Thoughts) and Jonathan Coy (Downton Abbey, Rumpole, Collateral & Endeavour). In this powerful, deeply moving and poignantly funny play, Stephanie Abrahams, a brilliant concert violinist who seemingly has it all, is forced to re-evaluate her life when struck down by an unforeseen tragedy. Faced with a truth too difficult to comprehend she consults psychiatrist Dr Feldmann and through a series of highly charged encounters is led to examine her deepest emotions and finally to consider a future without music. Tom Kempinski’s dazzling play emerges as a gripping, witty and ultimately life-enhancing tribute to the human spirit. Answer the question correctly to be placed in the draw to win a pair of tickets to see Duet for 0ne on Tuesday 2nd October - 7.30pm at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.

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We provide a range of support services to those living alone, enabling them to live as independently as possible in their own homes.

We also offer services to those who live with family or friends to enable the main carer to take a well earned break. We offer a flexible, reliable service, specifically tailored to individual needs. The range and variety of our service is almost endless and we will endeavour to accommodate the needs of those requiring our support.

Kumon’s maths and English study programmes work throughout the summer to ensure your child is constantly learning and developing their ability. To unlock your child’s potential, contact your local Instructor for a free assessment. Kingswinford Study Centre Emma Wilkinson 01384 908 047 kumon.co.uk Fees vary. Please refer to your local study centre.

We are a charity and ‘not for profit organisa%on’ and whilst not all of our services are free the charges are reasonable when compared to private agencies. This can be discussed before the service commences.

We use a dedicated, fully trained and insured staff team who make las%ng rela%onships with the people they support. If you wish to contact us we can arrange for a friendly Team Leader to visit you and establish the kind of service required.

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Rtn Graham Smith, Chairman of the club’s Youth Services Committee, congratulated Imogen for her victory which he said was “An excellent achievement for Imogen and the Art Department at Kinver High.” adding “Previous club winners have used this as a stepping stone in developing photography as a career and it may well be that Imogen chooses to do the same. “ He gave special thanks to Rtn Christopher Elcock for supporting Mrs Katie Jarman in the running of the competitions and to Ellie Smith who, he said, was the perfect model to represent ‘Alice.’

PICTURE PERFECT Alice In Wonderland theme wins Rotary Clubs Young Photographer Award

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inver High School A level student Imogen Beddow, has taken possible steps towards a career in photography by beating youngsters from across the Midlands in a competition arranged by the Rotary organisation. A talented photography student who has excelled in her A Level Photography studies, Imogen’s personal project theme was ’Alice in Wonderland’ and by taking a very personal approach to her work, she not only won the photography contest organised locally by Kinver Rotary Club, she went on to take top spot in the Rotary District competition which is open to all 62 clubs across an area from Lichfield in the north to Southam in the south. Having set up photoshoots indoors and outdoors, she selected ‘Advice from a caterpillar’ for her (winning) entry into the Kinver Club’s Young Photographer of the Year Competition, whose three categories were open to all schools in the area. The same shot then went on to take the District title.

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‘Advice from a caterpillar’ Imogen Beddow

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Drought Busters

certainly been a dry Summer 2018 has after a cold wet spring creating

quite a challenge for gardeners and plants alike. The temptation is to go all out with Mediterranean plants that will shrug off the heat and drought. But the reality is our winters are a bit wet for some of the real drought lovers of the plant world: what we need are plants that can survive and perhaps thrive through the occasional hot, dry summer but do equally well in a normal wet summer and cold wet winter. Strolling around my garden at the end of July I’m noticing those flowering plants that I haven’t watered at all that are doing equally well this year to previous “normal” ones . Day Lilies are flowering their hearts out at the moment and the colours are rich and vibrant due to all the sunshine they’ve been getting. A few are starting to lose a few of their older leaves but on the whole, they are revelling in the drought. Sedums (Ice Plants) are designed for drought with their succulent, moisture-filled leaves to store water to tide them over. The only effect of the hot summer on Sedums is that they are budding up to flower earlier than usual and who would have expected that after the cold spring.

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Euphorbia myrsinites is another plant with succulent leaves that is doing well and also survives wet winters. Beware that some succulents can’t survive winter wet at all: my so-called hardy Agaves gave up the ghost at the slightest sign of winter rain. A better bet for surviving drought and winter wet is the Agave-Leaved Sea Holly (Eryngium agavifolium). Plants with deep tap roots are fairing very well as they can still access moisture from deep under the ground. The Giant Yellow Scabious (Cephalaria gigantea) has been particularly floriferous this summer. Equally good are vivid blue Globe Thistles (Echinops). Some plants are well adapted to drought with waxy leaves or leaves covered in silver hairs. These can be touchy in very wet soils, but a few will survive a fair bit of wet. The silver-leaved Rose Campion (Lychnis coronaria) is flowering away in the driest spots at the moment and will always produce a few seedlings in case of winter losses – she is not long lived in any case.

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By Martin Blow of Special Perennials

The Jerusalem Sages (Phlomis) have course, hairy leaves that reduce water loss and do well in most soils. Nepeta (Cat Mint) has tiny, hairy leaves and is unaffected by the drought as is the Russian Sage (Perovskia). Perhaps the most dramatic leaves are the felted, sliver ones on Lambs Ear (Stachys byzantina) and Silver Mullein (Verbascum bombyciferum). Silver reflects heat and hairs reduce evaporation and encourage dew to settle on the plants.

Each year throws up it’s surprises and this year it is border Phlox. We always think of them as needing constant moisture but this year mine have excelled in unwatered soil without a spot of mildew and are filling the garden with scent and colour.

They say there’s a geranium for every occasion and location and this year it’s the Bloody Cranesbills (Geranium sanguineum) that are stealing the show. I particularly like the pale pink “Striatum”. Heronsbills (Erodium) are cousins of Geraniums and even more drought tolerant and these are flowering better than ever this year.

Janet & I run Special Perennials, our website www.specialperennials.com is full of colour photos and growing tips. We sell by mail order and at Plant Hunters’ Fairs.

Of course, it is worth planting some Mediterranean plants as well: just make sure drainage is good for when the rains return. Lavenders, Rosemary and Marjoram all survive winter wet fairly well. Shrubby Cistus (Sun Rose) are also well worth growing.

So, when it comes to keeping the colour going through this long hot summer, who you gonna call? Drought Busters!

We will be at the Dorothy Clive Garden, Market Drayton (TF9 4EU) on Sun 26th & Mon 27th August, special low entry price for garden & plant fair only £4.00 (standard garden entry normally £8.50); Bodenham Arboretum, Wolverley (DY11 5TB) on Sat 1st September, free entry to fair; Weston Park (TF11 8LE) on Sun 9th September, fair & gardens only £2.50.

Visit: www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk We are happy to bring orders to plant fairs for you.

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Red House Glass Cone

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PEAKY BLINDERS THEMED VW FESTIVAL Party in the Park 2018

ed House Glass Cone’s new family friendly street food event will take place on the on the beautiful canal side on August 25th, 11am - 6pm. The Street Food Fayre hosted by The Sidewalk Grill Co, features their speciality burgers and hotdogs, as well as a variety of other food and drink vendors along with some on site musical entertainment to liven up your bank holiday weekend and admission is free.

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VW and music festival is taking place at Himley Park 21st to 23rd September.

Take the family along for a fun filled weekend with a Peaky Blinders theme.

You can enjoy a fantastic lineup of live music throughout the weekend along with DJ sets from slippers the split, a fun fair, and BMX displays. There will be an excellent selection of Traders displaying their goods with some big names from the Dub world plus art and crafts and more. A food village will provide drinks and snacks for anyone feeling peckish and there will be a licensed bar.

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Weekend camping and day tickets are available. For further information and to book tickets visit www.dubscollective.com If you have a pride and joy to show off, visit the website www.dubscollective.com to see the available categories.

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Stourbridge Choirs’ hit the big time!

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wo of Stourbridge’s Choirs have hit the big time and are off to Birmingham to perform with 250 other singers at one of the countries leading music venues. On Sept 22nd at Birmingham Town Hall Stourbridge Community Pop Choir and Stourbridge Show Choir will join over 200 singers performing show tunes, pop songs and gospel tunes creating an amazing sound at Choir Mania 2018. The choirs will be joined by two amazing soloist West End performer Lucy Keys, who will perform a selection of show songs and Megan Reece (BBC, The Voice 2016) who's eclectic mix of songs will delight. Both performers will wow the audience with their incredible voices and musicianship. Megan Reece BBC, The Voice 2016

All proceeds raised from the concert will go to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and the choirs members are determined to put on a great show, have lots of fun and raise lots of money for this fantastic cause.

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“We are so pleased to be singing at such an amazing venue. It will be such a great experience for the performers and an even better one for the audience.” commented Simon Whitmore (Musical Director of the Stourbridge Choirs) “This is an iconic venue where some of the greatest acts such as Led Zepelin, Black Sabbath and David Bowie have performed…. and now us!” “It would be fantastic if local people really got behind us with their support and came over to the concert in Birmingham. It’s going to be a spectacular show and we have some amazing guest soloists. It will be a fantastic experience for the choir members to perform at such an Iconic venue, we normally rehearse at St James Church Hall in Wollaston which is a good hall but not quite on this scale." This is an event suitable for all the family and all the proceeds from the event will go to Birmingham Children's Hospital. This interactive singing extraveganza is certainly going to be an uplifting and unforgettable experience, make sure you are there.For tickets contact Birmingham Town Hall box office 0121 780 3333 or www.thsh.co.uk/event/choirmania-2018

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