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MAGAZINE VILLAGER

EST 2006

JULY - AUGUST 2015

INSIDE

Cosford Food Festival Black Country t20 Windows 10

Hardy Sages

PLUS

Win tickets to see the Glenn Miller Story


CONTENTS THE VILLAGER MAGAZINE

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The Time Capsule Pension

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COMPUTERS Windows 10

TRAVEL

Because I get to know you......

FOOD

The Cosford Food Festival

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THEATRE COMPETITION

Win tickets to the Glenn Miller Story

IN YOUR GARDEN

Hardy Sages for the flower garden ‘part two’

SPORT

Black Country t20 at Himley Cricket Club

PETS

Who let the dogs out?

contact us

Office: 01384 274608 Mobile: 07726 790233 E: editor@villagermagazine.co.uk

Web: villagermagazine.co.uk

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Independently published the Villager magazines promote local business to local people. This edition of The Villager is delivered FREE monthly to homes and businesses in Kingswinford, Wall Heath and Wordsley. Other Villager Magazine editions are delivered FREE to homes in Bobbington, Kinver, Himley, Stourton, Swindon & Wollaston. 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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Himley Cricket Club once again will be hosting the Black Country t20 a week of floodlit cricket action not to be missed, so check out page 24. Remember this independently published local magazine is only possible due to the wonderful support of local businesses. Please use them & tell them where you found them. Happy reading, Maggie

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Inside this month you will find plenty of articles to interest you including the wonderful Cosford Food Festival and ‘part two’ of Martin Blows gardening article on Hardy Sages.

for your Home or Offices

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Cloudy2Clear Windows – Service With A Smile! It’s been a crazy few months for Cloudy2Clear Windows. The company which specialises in repairing windows which are steamed up, broken or damaged by replacing the panes – not the frames has grown rapidly as homeowners take advantage of their services. Managing Director Brian Stanley feels that it’s all about service. ‘Our product is simple. If your double glazing is misted up we can replace the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type of frame, and with

a new 5 year guarantee. But it’s not just about saving people money, although that obviously helps. Many tradespeople have struggled since last year and I honestly feel that during the good times a minority perhaps didn’t focus on customer care as much as they should have done. We make sure we turn up when we say we will, do the job the customer requires and leave their house as clean as a whistle. I often get comments back from customers on how they really didn’t expect that sort of service which, in a way, is very sad for the service industry as a whole.’

Cloudy2Clear service Kingswinford, Wordsley and Wall Heath areas and Brian is finding that his approach is a major factor in his success. ‘The truth is that it’s not just the personal satisfaction that I get from doing a good job but also it makes good business sense. I get a huge amount of

business from friends and family of people I’ve done work for, which just goes to show how much a little bit of effort is appreciated.’ So, if your windows are steamed up, broken or damaged give Brian a call for a free quotation on 0800 61 21 118 and he’ll be happy to help!

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THE TIME CAPSULE PENSION A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE WHAT WE CALL A 'TIME CAPSULE PENSION' – one they have stopped paying into some time ago. You might have one and be wondering what to do about it. You might be wondering who is looking after it and where or what your money is actually invested in and above all what charges are being taken from your pension pots.

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We are excited by these changes because no longer will our clients feel handcuffed to a pension fund and there are now more reasons for people to start saving into pensions as they won’t be seen as a black hole anymore. Whatever your situation, you should not rush into making a decision and should seek professional independent financial advice. We hold a weekly Open surgery at our offices in 84a Market Street, Kingswinford, DY6 9LN every Saturday morning from 10.00am to 12 noon for a complimentary review of your pensions and investments. Please contact the office to secure your appointment. Tel: 01384 918158 or email us at jpafinancialservicesltd@gmail.com www.jpafinancialservicesltd.co.uk

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WINDOWS 10 Microsoft’s future may depend on it being successful. Some of you may have noticed the notification on your taskbar about the forthcoming release of Windows 10; this feature is simply notifying users that you are eligible for a free upgrade.

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The upgrade is available for 1 year, for Windows 7 and 8.1 users only, free of charge. Microsoft seems to be fully aware of the indifferent attitude towards Windows 8; new users accepted it, because they didn’t know any different. Power users hated it, and the long-time Windows users didn’t like to be forced to use the touchscreen side of the system. Windows 8 was in hind-sight a leap too far, a bit like 3D TV’s.

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TRAVEL EXPERT

because I get to know you ......... Hi, I am Julie Crumpton an expert in the travel industry, I aim to provide customers with a superior, personalised service. Looking after your every need from your first enquiry until you return home.

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COSFORD FOOD FESTIVAL 25-26 July 2015

FOOD LOVERS FROM ACROSS THE MIDLANDS ARE EXPECTED TO DESCEND ON THE ROYAL AIR FORCE MUSEUM COSFORD FOR THE ANNUAL COSFORD FOOD FESTIVAL.With some of the region’s finest artisan produce, tastiest treats and best cooked dishes all on offer. Taking place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July, this food festival with a twist, will take place outdoors with the giant Hercules aircraft acting as a backdrop for the bustling food market. Following on from the success of the first two festivals which have seen over 15,000 people attend, over 70 local producers from across Shropshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands will be tempting visitors with a wide range of exquisite local, fresh and handmade produce not available from your average supermarket store. With everything from organic produce to handmade indulgences and thirst quenching beverages on offer, there is sure to be something to suit everyone’s taste buds.

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Visitors will learn from top chefs during cooking demonstrations courtesy of the Wot’s Cooking team. Plus, visitors can sit back and enjoy live music, sample some of the culinary delights available and take part in some of the children’s food and craft activities. With plenty of entertainment for the entire family it is sure to a great day out. Visitors to the food festival will also have access to the RAF Museum which is home to over 75 historic aircraft including the world’s oldest Spitfire and the Vulcan Bomber.

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‘Festival organisers have signed up exciting new chefs for this year’s festival as well as popular favourites from previous years.’ TAKING TO THE STAGE ON SATURDAY

LAJINA LEAL – 11AM In less than two years since founding ‘Masala Magic’ based in Telford, Lajina won “Most Innovative Business Award” at Shropshire's 'First Always Consult Business Awards' for her original pot of spice, which sells in outlets across the county. Lajina hosts regular dinner parties in people’s homes as well as teaching those who have never before sliced an onion to cook their own curry, bhajis, samosas, chap-patties and accompaniments. THEO VAN DEVENTER – 12PM Theo is Head Chef at 'The Horns of Boningale' near Albrighton. On leaving college, Theo trained with his Father in all French classics, before teaching himself specifically in pastry. At 21 he was offered the role at 'The Horns' and over the past 5 years he's created a menu of traditional dishes with a modern twist of flavours and techniques. RAF CHEFS – 1PM ON SAT 25 & SUN 26 JULY The RAF Chefs have a varied role when it comes to cooking and preparing food for RAF staff and guests. They can be preparing food at five-star themed banquets one day and cooking in the field the next. Don’t miss this unique demonstration. TOM COURT – 2PM Tom is an Award winning Former Head Chef, with 2 AA Rosettes to his name. He now runs his own catering company 'Sticky Fig Catering' based in the West Midlands. Trained by Swiss chefs, with a French influence, Tom also worked with an Italian chef for five years so his style is truly European but he loves his traditional British flavours. JULIA WENLOCK – 3PM Award winning chocolatier Julia Wenlock will be bringing a touch of sweetness to proceedings and talking all things chocolate. All visitors with a sweet tooth should look out for Julia on the demo stage.

TAKING TO THE STAGE ON SUNDAY ALONGSIDE THE RAF CHEFS STEPHEN ROBINSON – 11AM Learn everything you need to know about meat from local butcher Stephen Robinson, a favourite from last year’s festival. ‘Robinson’s Butchers’ based in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton is well known for the quality of their award winning meatsl. So if you want to learn your cuts and get excited about the best steak in the county, don’t miss the cooking butcher. SUREE COATES – 12PM Suree is the award winning Chef Patron of the much acclaimed 'King and Thai' at Broseley, Shropshire. Suree’s dishes not only smell and taste delicious, they are beautifully presented, a demo not to be missed. ROBERT DIDIER – 2PM Robert, a former London restaurateur, has a passion for baking and quality ingredients, whilst exploring ways to improve the surrounding environment and ecology Robert purchased Nant-y-Ffrith Forest, a 250-acre mixed woodland and opened Orchard Pigs in 2003, which now supports conservation projects that attract more native species of flora and fauna to the forest. Join Robert in the demo tent. ROBERT SWIFT – 3PM Multi-award-winning Robert Swift is part of one of Britain’s greatest baking dynasties. The Ludlow based artisan has 150 years of family experience behind him; making him one of the most well informed and experienced bakers in the UK. Mr Swift will be passing on some helpful baking tips to festival goers.

COSFORD FOOD FESTIVAL ADMISSION PRICES : Adult - £5. Senior Citizen - £4. Child £2 - ( 5 - 15 years) Family - £12 (2 adults & up to 4 children) Children under 5 FREE

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9TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS AT STUDIO 524

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WIN A BODY MASSAGE with New Salon Junior Chloe Southall at Studio 524.

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STUDIO 524 BEAUTY SALON IS CELEBRATING NINE YEARS IN BUSINESS. Studio 524 opened its doors in July 2006, and business has been booming ever since. To celebrate Studio 524 is giving one lucky reader the chance to win a BODY Massage. just answer the folowing question

WHEN DID STUDIO 524 OPEN?

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Answers on a post card to: Body Massage Competition Studio 524, 524 High Street, Kingswinford, West Midlands DY6 8AW. Or enter at Studio524.co.uk Closing date for entries 10.08.15

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STUDIO524 CELEBRATING 9 YEARS OF MAKING YOU FEEL

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TO CELEBRATE OUR 9TH ANNIVERSARY Book an appointment for any beauty, holistic or nail treatment and receive 10% discount when you spend £20 or more during July and August 2015 with this voucher at Studio 524. ONE VOUCHER PER CUSTOMER NOT AVAILABLE WITH ANY OTHER OFFER

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COMPETITION

WIN TICKETS The Glenn Miller Story THE GLENN MILLER STORY comes to the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Monday 19th to Saturday 24th October. It’s been seventy years since Glenn Miller vanished over the English Channel as he flew to Paris to entertain the troops during the Second World War. Did he crash? Was he shot down? Will the mystery ever be solved?

Brought to the stage in a brand new musical spectacular, is the life, fame and vanishing of America’s most famous big band leader .

Music legend TOMMY STEELE, Britain’s first rock n’ roll icon who became our greatest ever song and dance man, commands the stage as only a very great star can in this extraordinary tale of the world’s most famous big band leader, ’featuring a spectacular 16 piece orchestra plus sensational performers and dazzling choreography. Tommy’s legendary career boasts countless hit singles, Hollywood movies and award-winning stage musicals such as Half a Sixpence, Hans Andersen and Singin’ in the Rain at the London Palladium, where he was recently honoured with a prestigious plaque celebrating the fact that he remains the theatre’s most successful ever star.

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The Villager Magazine has teamed up with Wolverhampton Grand Theatre to offer 3 lucky readers the chance to win 2 tickets each to ‘THE GLENN MILLER STORY’ on Monday 19th October at 7.30pm.

WHEN WAS TOMMY STEELE BORN? A. 1935 B. 1936 C. 1939 Entries to: The Glenn Miller Story 1 Greystoke Drive, Kingswinford, West Midlands DY6 8DX. Email: thevillagermag@yahoo.co.uk T&C’s:- The draw will take place on 05.08.15 The winners will be notified and must collect the tickets from the box office on the night of the performance. Tickets can not be exchanged and no cash, alternative prizes or nights are available. The winner may be required to take part in relevant publicity.

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GARDENING BY MARTIN BLOW

HARDY SAGES

for the flower garden

PART TWO

Trelissick Creamy Yellow

Salvia ‘Icing Sugar’ LAST MONTH I wrote about the hardiest ornamental sages that come from Europe. This month it’s the turn of their more exotic looking cousins from Central and South America. Many of these are also hardy in our winters but you need to take some care in selecting varieties as there are also lots of tender ones that need to be taken indoors in winter. The hardy types have become a mainstay of my garden because they bloom for so long and attract lots of bees. Among the toughest is Salvia macrophylla which forms a woody, upright shrub about 2ft (60cm) tall and has wrinkly leaves and brightly coloured flowers from June through to October. The best of these is “Pink Blush” with masses of vivid pink flowers that just won’t be ignored!

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Very Popular ‘Hot Lips’

Salvia microphylla is equally as tough and is known as Blackcurrant Sage – just rub a leaf and smell to discover why. These grow to a more domed, eventually sprawling shrub about 2ft (60cm) tall. There are lots of lovely colours available. “Hot Lips” is very popular at the moment; these has red-lipped, white flowers in summer. In cooler weather the flowers may be all white or even all red. One of my favourites is “Trelissick Creamy Yellow” with her pale yellow flowers that have a hint of warm pink at their necks. Salvia “Icing Sugar” is even smaller at 1ft (30cm) tall and is clothed with delightful two-tone pink flowers throughout the summer. New to the garden is “Wendy’s Wish”. The large, tubular pink flowers and arching stems make it ideal for a sheltered spot at the front of the border.

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New to the garden ‘Wendy’s Wish’

Anise Sage ‘Black and Blue’

All of these types need some sun and will survive the winter in a well-drained soil. If you have a wet soil in winter then they make ideal plants for patio pots, but remember to keep the pots somewhere out of heavy frost in winter. All are best pruned back in spring to a nice shape to stop them getting too leggy. Anise Sage (Salvia guaranitica) grows from a tuber in much the same way as a Dahlia and it can be treated like a Dahlia: if you leave your Dahlia tubers in the ground over winter you can do the same with these tuberous Sages, otherwise dig them up in early winter and pot them up and keep them in a porch or cold greenhouse until early spring when you can start watering them again. If you leave them in the ground don’t be surprised if you don’t see any growth until late April or early May. The hardiest varieties are “Blue Enigma” and “Black and Blue”. For something really different and impressive why not give Bolivian Sage (Salvia atrocyanea) a try? But remember to give it ample space as it will grow to about 6-7 feet (2 metres) tall and its long, arching stems will be clothed in dramatic blue flowers from August onwards. It is completely herbaceous – that is it dies down every winter and comes back up again from underground each spring. It is completely hardy in well-drained soil.

Different and impressive ‘Bolivian Sage’ I’ve only scratched the surface of the wonderful world of ornamental sages there are literally thousands of species and varieties out there waiting for a home in your garden.

MARTIN BLOW

Martin and Janet Blow garden in south Cheshire where they run the mail order nursery Specialperennials.com You can meet Martin at plant hunters’ fairs in the region, the next being Bodenham Arboretum on Saturday 5th September starting at 11am. Entry to the plant fair and parking is free.

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HIMLEYCRICKETCLUB Home of Black Country floodlit t20 Cricket THE BLACK COUNTRY FLOODLIT T20 TOURNAMENT FROM MONDAY 24TH TO FRIDAY 28TH AUGUST is a great opportunity for parents to treat their youngsters to a great night out during the school holidays at Himley Cricket Clubs Stourbridge Road venue. Current holders Himley Cricket Club, who have a reputation for their welcoming facilities and friendly atmosphere, take on Stourbridge, Wolverhampton and Brewood in a feast of action for the Joe Brandrick Trophy. On Thursday there is a one-off game between the pick of the Birmingham & District Premier League, Staffs Club, Shropshire, Worcester and Warwickshire Leagues.

SEE LAST YEARS EVENT VIDEO: www.himleycc.co.uk ‘2014 news page’

'All the usual T20 action you'd see on TV will be on show including floodlights, coloured clothing and balls plus music and on field entertainment'. Mini league games start Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th at 5.30pm and at 7.45pm with the final on Friday 28th. All the action takes place at Himley Cricket Club, Stourbridge Road, Himley DY3 4LB. Please come down and support, it's a superb spectacle for local cricket! Further details are available from 01902 898239. Entry for spectators is FREE. Parking, food, licensed bar and soft drinks available.

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From 6 April 2016, it will be compulsory for all dog owners in England to have their dog microchipped and ensure their dog’s details and owner contact information are registered on a reunification database. Permanent identification of dogs through microchipping has many benefits. It can help reunite strays with their owners, help tackle puppy farming, and encourage responsible ownership. In pedigree dogs it facilitates the reporting of hereditary health problems. Dog owners will need to: - Have their dog microchipped and registered on one of the authorised commercial databases - Register the details of any new owner before they sell or give the dog away - Keep their contact details up-to-date on the databases If the authorities come across a dog after 6 April 2016 that does not have a microchip the owner will be required to have it chipped urgently. Those who refuse to microchip their dog could face a fine of up to £500. Find out more by contacting your Vet.

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