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 AUGUST 2013

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Welcome - We have all enjoyed some fabulous weather during July, lets hope the sun continues to shine in August and you can put your feet up and enjoy reading this edition of the Villager in the garden.

Finally I am always delighted to hear from you so if you have any local news, comments or suggestions please do get in touch. Happy reading -

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Page 20. Win tickets to see Rising Damp

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Page 14: Plant lovers paradise

Custom built pc’s Vs Branded PC’s Restaurant raises £1000 for local charity High Summer Life saving screening Plant lovers paradise A new kind of living MDH Support 2nd anniversary Win tickets to see Rising Damp Floodlit T20 Action at Himley CC Kinver Rotary News The drugs don’t work or do they? Electrical health check for your home

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Last month MDH Support celebrated its 2nd anniversary.

The business has grown during 2013 and now has 8 regular part-time staff.. They will support anyone who needs assistance, whether you need personal care in your own home or help out and about in the community from shopping or medical appointments through to sport, education, music or developing life skills and independence.

Service Manager Linda Shillingford says "we don't like to categorise people. We all need help sometimes, and we really like to see people achieving their desired outcomes and sometimes their dreams. We will also work with any age group. The range of ages of our clients is currently 24 - 89 and whatever activity they want to be involved in, we are there to support them"

MDH Support is developing a close-knit team from their base in Brettell Lane, Brierley Hill, and hope to go from strength to strength in the coming years.

Social care is all about achieving outcomes. MDH Support put the client first, helping them to realise their dreams, whenever possible. In the last 9 months, they have taken a client to London for the day, another one on the train for a shopping trip and lunch in Birmingham, and another client, a young man from Stourbridge, has been supported to sing on stage in a concert at the Stourport Civic Hall - in addition to weekly sessions at the golf driving range. Another young man is being supported to move house, carry out voluntary work, learn to read and write and play the guitar!

Mike with Francis at a concert

In recognition for achieving client outcomes, MDH Support were awarded the Quality Mark (Gold) by Dudley MBC in February this year, and also received registration from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Their current project is Plan B. This scheme provides cover for clients who employ personal assistants (or family members) to care for them. The client completes a registration form, a manager from MDH Support visits them and creates a care plan and risk assessments. MDH Support then offers a service whenever the client's current personal assistant is unavailable, due to sickness or annual leave. If no work is carried out, they will review the plan every 6 months to check if the client's needs have changed, which offers complete peace of mind.

Linda at home with Mary

If you would like to know more about MDH Support, visit www.mdhsupport.co.uk or ring Mike Hands (Operations Manager) or Linda Shillingford (Service Manager) on 01384 265150.

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PLANT LOVERS' PARADISE at Bodenham Arboretum

Saturday 31st August sees the popular Plant Hunters' Fair return to Bodenham Arboretum near Kidderminster with a wide choice of quality, nursery-grown plants. The fair attracts the best and most interesting nurseries with a fabulous mix of easy-to-grow garden favourites and those rarer, more unusual plants to tempt the connoisseur.

Martin Blow of Plant Hunters' Fairs told us "We have pulled out all the stops to get the best line-up of nurseries to create a plant lover's paradise, including Chelsea gold medal winning nursery Hall Farm from Shropshire, Shady Plants from Gloucester, Packhorse Farm Nursery specialising in Acer’s and other ornamental trees and shrubs, the Cheshire Lavender and Herb Nursery, Bob Brown’s well known Cotswold Garden Flowers nursery, John Gillies with rare and desirable shrubs, Fairfield Garden Bygones specialising in vintage hand tools plus many other nurseries to include a great range of late flowering perennials, shrubs, grasses and wild flowers. If you are new to gardening the stall holders are always happy to share their expertise to help you select the best plants for your own unique garden. "

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Entry to the plant fair is completely free. Visitors can explore the 156 acre Arboretum at normal prices if they wish. The lake side restaurant will be open serving light refreshments.

Bodenham Arboretum holds a spectacular collection of over 3000 varieties of trees and shrubs. There are several miles of pathways wandering through the landscape of trees, pools, meadows and farmland. Visitors can explore the working farm with its sheep, cattle and rare breed poultry.

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An unnamed northern university town is home to Rupert Rigsby, landlord of arguably the seediest, most run down boarding house that England has to offer. His unlucky tenants include Ruth Jones, an administrator at the university; Alan, a medical student; and Philip, who is studying town and country planning. Between them, Alan and Philip are the focus and foil of the majority of Rigsby’s many prejudices, usually at the expense of his dignity and standing in the eyes of Miss Jones, with whom he is hopelessly and pathe-cally in love. Call the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Box Office for more informa-on on 01902 42 92 12

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HIGH Summer

A long cold winter, a very wet quick-fire spring and as I write this, a heat-wave; if nothing else, this year has been a period of extremes. If we stop to think about it, our garden plants have to endure many variables, unyet, my herbaceous plants have never been better. Once spring did arrive, they grew away rapidly and now they are covered with an exuberant abundance of flowers. Patience is an essential aptitude in gardening, and this year it has been rewarded handsomely. There is one herbaceous plant that I have always thought to be quite exceptional and this is Geranium ‘Rosanne’. This plant grows to a maximum of 60cms(2ft.) in height, and about 90cms(3ft) wide and covers itself in saucer-shaped blue flowers from late June until early October. Bees love it and whatever the weather, it is always in flower, and the Royal Horticultural Society have now confirmed it’s status as the best new introduction of the past century. Every garden should have at least one Geranium ‘Rosanne’.

As I predicted last month, my lawns are now dry and brown, but I am resisting any temptation to water them. It is a different matter for the hanging baskets, patio pots and the garden borders. It is essential to water hanging baskets virtually every day, except after any period of really heavy rain. Patio pots too will need checking everyday, but some may not need water this often. I give my borders a good soak about every three days or so. Even on my sandy soil a couple of good soakings per week is usually sufficient in even the hottest weather and this is far more effective than a light watering every night. This applies equally to the vegetable garden. Regular watering also gives us the opportunity to add liquid feed which will make a huge difference to the quality and quantity of the flowers and fruit that our gardens have the potential to yield.

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By philip baulk of Ashwood Nurseries

The warm sunny weather should give tomato plants a boost, and create a real chance of ripening fruits out of doors this year. Here again, feed regularly with a liquid feed that is high in potash, such as Phostrogen or a Tomato feed. Potash combined with sunny weather is a great recipe for fruits that are full of flavour. My family prefer the small fruited varietiess like ‘Gardeners Delight’ which always seem to have that extra bit of flavour when compared to the largerfruitingg varieties, although slices of ‘Beef-Steak’ tomato, some buffalomozzarellaa cheese and a touch of fresh mint have a lot to recommend them on a warm summer’s evening. Each year around the second week of August, spring flowering bulbs start arriving in Garden Centres. Gardeners are always thinking ahead, but their arrival always seems so ridiculously early. The truth is that some of the earlier flowering bulbs like snowdrops, hyacinths and daffodils are in fact best planted in early September, but more on this next time. Summer has been a long time coming and now is the time to really enjoy everything that your garden has to offer. Happy Gardening.

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Ashwood Nurseries Visit our Superb Nursery, Tea Room and Gi Shop in South Staordshire, just o the A449, near Wall Heath (look for the brown tourist sign). • • • •

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PURE RELAXATION

Long before paper was invented, the Chinese used thin slivers of bamboo to record their history. In fact, the material was used in a multitude of ways, ranging from musical instruments to elaborate decorations, artwork, and even agricultural tools. Since bamboo was incorporated into so much of daily life, it wasn't long before it was used as a form of creative and spiritual expression, which quickly took on ritual and healing connotations.

In China, stalks of bamboo still symbolise eternal youth, strength, prosperity, and peace. Bamboo massage may seem like a new technique, but it has ancient roots said to have originated in South East Asia. This deep tissue relaxation massage is said to help melt tension, boost circulation and lymphatic drainage.

Bamboo massage is a technique that incorporates bamboo stalks of varying lengths and diameters to provide deeptissue work. The Japanese name for bamboo is take, while the Chinese call it chu. It is from this word that the cho sticks, used by some bamboo massage practitioners, take their name.

The massage itself promotes circulation, sensory nerve perception, and lymphatic drainage and provides a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.

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Studio 524 are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a Bamboo Massage with Beauty Therapist Amy. For your chance to win just answer the following question. WHAT IS THE JAPANESE NAME FOR BAMBOO?

Send entries to: Bamboo Massage Competition, Studio 524, 524 High Street, Kingswinford, West Midlands. Include your answer, name, address & number, you can enter on line by visiting - www.studio524.co.uk competition closes 31.08.13.

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LIFE-SAVING SCREENING

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The NHS has announced that a life-saving screening programme is now available to all 65-year-old men in England. The NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme invites all men in England for screening during the year they turn 65 while men over 65 can arrange an appointment by contacting their local service.

Abdominal aortic aneurysms, also known as AAAs or ‘triple As’, are formed when the major blood vessel in the body weakens and expands. Large AAAs can be very dangerous because they can rupture (burst) – a medical emergency that is usually fatal. Men are six times more likely than women to develop the condition and around 5,000 people – mostly men aged 65 and over – die every year from ruptured AAA. The screening programme should eventually prevent up to half of these deaths through early detection, appropriate monitoring and treatment – usually surgery. All men in England whose 65th birthday falls on or after 1 April 2013 will automatically be invited for screening while older men who have not previously been screened can arrange an appointment by contacting their local screening service.

Vascular surgeon and NHS AAA Screening Programme Clinical Lead Jonothan Earnshaw said:

Aneurysms usually have no symptoms, which is why screening is so important. The screening test is a simple non-invasive ultrasound scan, similar to that offered to women during pregnancy, it usually takes less than 10 minutes and men receive their result straight away. I would urge all men in their late 60s and early 70s to consider seriously the offer of screening, particularly if they are in a high risk group. By the end of 2013, AAA screening will be offered to 65-year-old men everywhere in the UK. Men are more at risk of AAA if they:

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IS IT TIME FOR YOUR HOME TO HAVE AN ELETRICAL HEALTH CHECK?

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ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES of Custom-Built PCs Vs. Branded PCs

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You have decided it’s time to buy a new desktop PC and most probably have been looking on the internet and browsing the shops trying to decide which one you should buy? But are you aware that PC’s can be custom built to match your requirements? Before you buy you should be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of buying either a brand-name or custom-built computer.

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THE DRUGS DON’T WORK? OR DO THEY?

Written by Cat Henstridge BVSc MRCVS.

mainly because our animals are so stoical in the face of chronic pain. Even just a bit of stiffness after rest can indicate a significant problem. The medications we have to treat it are extremely effective but often, and especially in the older pets with more advanced arthritis, just one drug on it’s own doesn’t completely combat the problem and they need a combination of medicines to really keep them comfortable. (Anyone with an older relative will probably be familiar with this concept; my granny seems to be on hundreds of tablets!)

Today I put to sleep a lovely old Collie owned by a lovely man. It was definitely the right decision, the dog was really struggling on his legs and had become very depressed and withdrawn.

This is a common senario and very often the way that arthritic pets come to their end. In fact, a very similar thing happened to our beloved family Labrador, Molly, a few years ago and although she was still trying to get about and clearly happy to be with us, she was obviously in a lot of pain which could no longer be controlled. Euthanasia in these situations is a true kindness and although still desperately upsetting, is by far the best thing for the pet. However, just as I was discussing the euthanasia of this dog with his owner, he said something that stopped me in my tracks.

‘Well, we did try him on some of your arthritis medication a few months ago but to be honest it didn’t seem to be doing anything more than the Asprin I was giving him, so we stopped it’

Now, at this stage in the process there was no point in me making any comment on this statement (or my thoughts on giving pets human medications!) and you may think it sounds like quite a reasonable thing to say but to be honest, I really had to bite my tongue.

Arthritis is a very common problem in older pets but it is also very under-diagnosed because the signs can be difficult to spot,

Molly

Our darling Molly was practically rattling in her last few months I had her on so many medications and supplements

These kept her comfortable but eventually, they could no longer control her pain and give her the strength to get around, so the kindest thing was to let her go.

My message is, if you have an older pet, firstly, don’t assume that them slowing down and stiffening up is a ‘normal’ part of aging (well, in a way it is but that doesn’t mean we can’t do something about it!) and if the medicines your vet gives you don’t make much difference at first, don’t assume that that is because there isn’t a problem or that nothing else can be done, it may just be they need different tablets or combination therapy to give them their bounce back! This is far preferable to leaving them to struggle in silence and although, in the end, their arthritis may mean they need to be put to sleep, it will certainly give them more time and mean their final months with you are pain free and comfortable. And finally, please don’t give your pets ANY human medications without talking to your vet about it first. Drugs often work very differently in animals than they do in people and some can be actually harmful.

Cat is a local vet at Connaught House Vets in Kingswinford. If you have any concerns about a pet, you should always contact your vet.


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