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ust recently I have noticed a few new shops appearing on the High Streets, let’s hope this means that things are looking brighter, it’s a shame the same can’t be said for the weather. As I write this and listen to the weather report, I can hear the words; ‘unusually cold for the time of year’, I remember a trip to Devon last Easter, it was a cold and wet weekend so perhaps this is not so unusual and something we just need to get used too?

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10. The Black Country Album 12. Garden S.O.S

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Find out how you can join hundreds of bikers to start the season at the RAF Cosford Museum and make sure you don’t miss Dray Day in Kinver on Saturday 18th May.

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On to this month’s edition, our resident Vet gives us the low down on Pedigree’s, Philip Baulk sends a garden S.O.S and you can win tickets to see ‘Yes, Prime Minister’ at the Grand Theatre.

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s I walk around our village I inevitably notice all the front gardens that I pass by. Due perhaps to the rather inclement weather of the last few months, it has been apparent recently that quite a few were in need of some tender loving care. The winter has not been very kind to gardens, or gardeners for that matter, but now is the time to put all that behind us and recreate a beautiful and welcoming space.

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By Philip Baulk Head Gardener of Ashwood Nurseries Ltd

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Lastly, look at all your pots and containers. If these weren't planted up in the autumn, there is still just enough time to plant these up with some pansies or polyanthus which you can get from your garden centre just coming into flower. They will not be as floriferous overall as those planted in the autumn, but they will give you some instant colour for the spring season. Don't forget the drive. It doesn't look good if it is full of moss or weeds. Brick drives are the hardest to weed and often it is a hands and knees job. You can do a quicker job with a path weedkiller but be careful not to let it stray onto your plants. Gravel may not make the best driveway, but they are generally much easier to weed, but for my drive, I chose tarmac which for now does not have a weed problem. All this may seem like a lot of hard work, but pick a fine weekend and just see what you can get done. You may even enjoy this time in the fresh air with some gentle exercise. After all our front garden does create the first impression when visitors call and if it is neat and tidy and also has some colourful flowers in it, it is also bound to be noticed by everyone who passes by.

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Bikers invited to start the season off in style

There will be workshops running all day offering talks into advanced riding, biker first aid, maintenance checks and a talk from Mark Hayes, Paramedic Biker from Channel 5's Emergency Bikers. Visitors can also explore various training opportunities that will be on offer, including free assessed ride outs from both IAM and RoSPA. Displays in the main arena will be going on throughout the day, including an opportunity to meet the crew of Helimed03 Air Ambulance, along with live music and refreshments. The RAF Museum will also be open to visitors. PC Mick Sturland from West Mercia Police says:

Bikers from Shropshire and the wider Midlands area are invited to start the season off in style on Sunday 21st April 2013.

A combined ‘Bike Fest’ and ‘Bike 4 Life’ event is being held at RAF Museum Cosford in support for two local charities - the Midlands Air Ambulance and Royal Air Force Museum. The two events are joining forces for the first time this year to provide bikers with the opportunity to attend the Bike 4 Life ride out but also spend time at the RAF Museum afterwards with Bike Fest. This biker event will feature various trade stands, bike dealers, arena displays, live music and the chance to have an assessed ride out from the Institute of Advanced Motorcyclists (IAM) and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). The ‘Bike 4 Life’ ride out will start at Meole Brace Park & Ride in Shrewsbury. Bikers are invited to gather from 10am where they will be able to grab a nice warm coffee and a bacon bap before setting off. With bikers already signing up, organisers are expecting thousands will show their support on the day and join in the fun.

The ride out will travel on mass along the M54 motorway to the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, where Bike Fest will be in full swing. The Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia has joined up with West Mercia Police, IAM and RoSPA, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service and Shropshire Council to organise the Fest, which will also be attended by VIP’s from the biker world.

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“It promises to be a great day out for riders. It doesn’t matter if you’re thinking about buying a bike, just getting started, or have been riding for years and are an experienced biker there will be something there for everyone. Put the 21st April in your diary now so you don’t miss the event!”

Entry to the ‘Bike 4 Life Fest’ is free for visitors and is open from 10am – 4pm. Bikers wishing to participate in the ride out are asked to register in advance by emailing bike4lifefest@rafmuseum.org or call the Museum on 01902 376200. Riders will be asked to make a donation on the day for the two local charities.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the running costs of each charity. Midlands Air Ambulance needs in excess of £6million every year to operate and receives no government or national lottery funding. The RAF Museum Cosford proudly hosts a world class collection and funds raised will go towards the upkeep of the exhibits.

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PILATES Beginners: Thurs. 18th April 18.00-19.00 12 wks. £36.40 # Beginners@Oakfield Fri. 19th April 10.00-11.00 12 wks. £43.70 # Improvers: Tues. 16th April 19.00-20.00; 12 wks. £36.40 Improvers: Wed. 17th April 18.30-19.30; 12 wks. £36.40 Improvers: Thurs. 18th April 19.05-20.05 and 12 wks. £36.40 Improvers: Thurs. 18th April 20.10-21.10 12 wks. £36.40

LEGS, BUMS & TUMS Tues. 16th April 20.05-21.05 12 wks. £36.40 #

BALLROOM and LATIN AMERICAN DANCING Beginners: Mon. 15th April 18.30-19.30 11 wks. £36.10 Improvers/Inters: Mon. 15th April 19.30-20.45 11 wks. £45.10

ADULT SWIMMING LESSONS All courses begin 15th April for 12 wks. £36.45 Beginners: 19.00-19.45. Improvers: 19.45-20.30. Intermediates: 20.30-21.15

PRIVATE SWIMMING LESSONS In a group of 2 or 1 to 1. Contact the office for further details


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Tel: 01384 816043 Brierley Hill Road, Wordsley Stourbridge. DY8 5SP

Mon. to Fri. 9.00 - 13.00 www.learning4life.co.uk RLSS NATIONAL POOL LIFEGUARD 8th Apr 2013, 29th July OR 5th August 2013. All 8.30-17.00. 6 days. £173.75 plus additional fees £78.75 RLSS NATIONAL RESCUE TEST for SWIMMING TEACHERS/COACHES I day retake; Mon 22nd July 2013 subject to previous qualification and training £36.90, add. fees £26.95. Full course: Tues 23rd July and Wed 24th July 2013, 8.30-16.00, £57.80, add. fees £26.95. DUDLEY MBC INDUCTION TRAINING FOR POOLSIDE ASSISTANTS Mon 17th June 2013 9.00-12.00 £18.40

EMERGENCY FIRST AID Fri. 17th May OR Sat. 8th June. Both 09.00-16.00. 1 day. £36.90

PAEDIATRIC EMERGENCY FIRST AID Sat 18th May OR Fri. 7th June. Both 09.00-13.00. 1/2 day £24.55 START YOUR OWN BUSINESS Tues. 23rd April 19.00-21.00 8 wks. £41.30 #

INTRO. TO TRADING ON THE STOCK MARKET Tues 25th June. 19.00-21.00 4 wks. £20.70 #

BUYING AND SELLING ON E-BAY Wed. 1st May 9.30-11.30 OR Wed 12th June.9.30-11.30 Both 4 wks. £29.15. #

COMPUTING for the TERRIFIED: THE BASICS Mon 15th April 9.30-11.30 OR Mon 10th June 9.30-11.30 OR Tues 16th April 19.00-21.00 OR Tues 4th June 19.00-21.00. ALL 3 wks. £21.90 # COMPUTING for the TERRIFIED: INTERNET+ E MAIL Mon 13th May 9.30-11.30 OR Mon 1st July 9.30-11.30 OR Tues 7th May 19.00-21.00 OR Tues 25th June 19.00-21.00. ALL 3 wks. £21.90 # BEGINNERS GUIDE: APPLE MAC COMPUTERS Mon 13th May 19.00-20.30. 6 wks. £43.70 #

SOCIAL MEDIA: FACEBOOK, TWITTER, SKYPE, YOU TUBE. WHATS THE FUSS? Tues. 7th May 19.00-20.30. 6 wks. £43.70 #

COMMUNITY SESSIONS

ADULT SWIMMING: Mon. 11.50-12.35, Tues. 19.00-20.00, Thurs.19.00-20.15. All £2.70

AQUAFIT: Wed. 12.15-13.00, Fri. 11.50-12.35. £2.70. Wed.19.00-20.00, Sun. 9.00-10.00. £3.80 FITNESS SWIM Mon. 18.00-18.45. £2.00

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More information? 07963 986672, OR 141communitygroup@hotmail.co.uk

ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE PLAY THE GUITAR

A brilliant opportunity for kids (over 8 years old) to learn tunes on electric or acoustic guitar and have fun! Provide your own guitar.

Beginners: Mon 15th April 5 wks. 16.45-17.45 OR 17.45-18.45. £43.75 Intermediates: Thurs 18th April 11 wks. 17.45-18.45. £48.40

LEARNING4LIFE SWIM SCHOOL

Term Dates: Monday 15th April 2013 to Sunday 21st July 2013 excluding Mon 6th May 2013 and Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June 2013. Tues to Fri 12 wks. Sat, Sun, Mon 13wks 12 WKS COST: First Steps, Pre Beg, Beg, Improver. £49.20 Intermediates 1, 2 and 3 £42.60 Rookie, W. Skills, L’saving, S & Save £53.40

13 WKS £53.30 £46.15 £57.85

We operate 7 days a week and offer sessions at the following standards:

First Steps: An ideal first class for your child. It enables young children from 3 years to enjoy water, develop confidence and preliminary skills with the help of buoyancy aids when needed. Five different ‘Stanley’ incentive badges award progress towards successful transition into pre-beginners stage and beyond. Pre-Beginner: Min age 4 1/2 years. Provides familiarisation activities and skills to develop floatation and propulsion without aids up to 5m. Beginner: Min age 4 1/2 years. Provides skill development to swim 5m on a front stroke and 5m back crawl.

Improver: Improves aquatic skills and stamina to swim 15m on a front stroke and 15m back crawl.

Intermediate 1: Develops confidence in deep water and front crawl breathing action to swim 20 meters on a front stroke and 20m back crawl.

Intermediate 2: Helps to build stamina and endurance to swim 50m on a front stroke and 25m on back crawl.

Intermediate 3: Develops competence on all four strokes (25m) and a front and back stroke for 100m. Water Skills: To develop survival and rescue skills.

Rookie Lifeguard: Learn new skills, have fun and overcome challenges. Min. age 9 years. Must be able to swim 20 m on a front stroke and 20 m on a back stroke. Survive & Save: Min age 11.5 years. Must be able to swim 20m on a front stroke and 20 m on a back stroke. Develops water safety knowledge, first aid, self rescue, survival skills, lifesaving techniques. Can test speed and stamina in a competitive situation. Reg. fee £23.95.

THE SMALL PRINT

April courses May be subject to availability. When you call we will either register your interest. OR if places are available confirm your booking and take payment .

What is Short’N’Sweet?

An introductory taster course of 6 hrs in a small group

Holiday Dates: Learning4Life is closed on Mon. 6th May and from25th May to 2nd June inc. This programme is subject to change: Particularly if we are unable to recruit minimum class numbers.

REDUCED FEES Where you see this # sign you can claim a 25% reduction on tuition fees if you are in receipt of a state pension and pay a registration fee of £5.00if you are in receipt of certain benefits.

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SPRING CLEAN and turn your TRASH INTO CASH No matter how junky you think an item is, consider this truth:

Someone somewhere will probably pay for it. One of the best parts of spring cleaning is getting rid of clutter that you no longer need. While we may have a tendency to hoard and hold on to items in the winter, we generally are more ready to let go of clutter when spring arrives, cleaning will be a lot easier when the clutter is gone. DE-CLUTTER Begin with four boxes or containers and label them: 1. 2. 3. 4.

RUBBISH PUT AWAY STORE SELL OR GIVE AWAY

RUBBISH BOX This should include any item that you do not need or want, but that is not worth donating or selling. Damaged and broken items should be included in the rubbish box if they are not worth being repaired.

PUT AWAY BOX Only for items that need to be out on a regular basis. Make sure you have a place for each item. If the items in this box will not fit into your home without cluttering an area up, try to reassess if you really need them.

STORAGE BOX Put items in here that you cannot part with but do not need on a regular basis. Make a list of these items. Group similar items together. Remember one good way to clean out wardrobes is to store winter clothing.

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Dudley South Ladies Luncheon Club

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Vice Chairman Jean Corns, Peter Shelley & Chairman Mary Jones

Chairman Mary Jones welcomed 38 members to the March meeting of ‘Dudley South Ladies Luncheon Club’ to hear from speaker Mr Peter Shelley about ‘A Handful of Straw’.

Mr Shelley, whose interest in Corn Dollies began in 1974, learnt the art from Lettice Sanford from Ludlow. He began by demonstrating how to make a Corn Dolly. Corn Dollies are made each harvest time and are believed to preserve the fertility of the land. He then passed around glory braids used to decorate church pews, cornucopia, horseshoes, crosses, Christmas angels, pictures, a horse and doll. He talked about his travels to Russia and Minsk where straw art is highly valued unlike in this country where it has no value at all. This artistic man was delightful and held everyone's attention and admiration.

Pauline Handley issued the new programme for 2013/14 which features a range of different speakers and entertainment. A coach outing to Stratford is booked for June and a coffee morning at the home of Ann and Mike Rogers will take place in August.

Best wishes went to retiring President Elsie Billingsley and a warm welcome extended to the new President Jean Corns.

Meetings are held on the second Friday of each month, 12 pm for 12.30 pm departing at 3 pm. Visitors are most welcome. For more information about this friendly club ring the Secretary on 01902 372984.

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Kingswinford CHRISTIAN CENTRE

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Tuesday 2nd April, then every other Tuesday: EXTEND Gentle Exercise Group for over 50’s 10.30am-12.00pm. All welcome! This group meets fortnightly for an hour of chair-based exercise to music, followed by a time for coffee and biscuits. Suggested Donation to pay for Instructor: £2. This group is run by an AGE UK exercise tutor. Tuesday 9th April, then every other Tuesday: NEW BEGINNINGS for over 50’s 2-3.30pm

This group meets alternate Tuesday afternoons. They enjoy their time with a variety of speakers, worship songs, times of sharing poems, fellowship with one another and refreshments. Voluntary Donations accepted. Every Wednesday (term-time only). THE ARK Parents/Carers & Toddlers group for pre-school children 9.30-11.30am

This is a popular, growing, parent/carer and toddler group which takes place in a warm, caring and friendly environment where all are made to feel welcome. There are songs, nursery rhymes, art activities, toys and refreshments. This group is run by volunteers who are all CRB checked. Suggested Donation: £1 per parent/carer and first child, 50p per child thereafter. STARQUEST

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This club offers fun activities with a Christian based learning. We provide a safe haven for young children to attend a fun-packed programme. It is run by a small team of dedicated volunteers who are all CRB checked. Suggested Donation welcomed: £1 per child. The first Friday of every month (from 5th April) AT ONE Lunch Club 12.45-2.45pm

This is for anyone in the local neighbourhood who is 60 years of age or over. We offer a hot two-course meal in good company, with a ‘thought for the day’ and a time of extended fellowship over tea and coffee. A warm welcome awaits you! Suggested Donation: £2.50 towards cost of meal and refreshments.

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Archies Monthly

‘WOOF’ Find out what Archie the Office Dog has been up too!

Now that spring is here, it’s about time I started to do something productive! I have always wanted to redecorate my dog house and maybe extend it a little; I think this would be a great time to do it. Surely nobody would complain if the dog house got a little bit bigger, I think I deserve it!

The only problem is I’m not really that great at DIY stuff and it looks awfully difficult to do, maybe I should leave it to the professionals.

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Timothy the Terrier Gets Head stuck in Sink.....

APRIL 2013 SEE PAGE 11

Terrier Tim tried to turn his paw to DIY and ended up stuck, face down in the sink plug hole. Vets say Tim was very lucky to escape with no serious injuries and will soon be home to his kennel.

Had an accident call ajr solicitors

I have heard many tragic tales about DIY related accidents (even the occasional doggy related accident, although they mostly involve silly humans) it would be terribly embarrassing if I were to end up in the news due to an accident. I mean look at this poor dog that thought he could do a bit of DIY and plumb in his own sink...he’ll never live it down at the dog park. I think that’s a sign for me to avoid doing anything in the kitchen (except maybe smuggling out the occasional snack here and there). Best wishes Archie at AJR Solicitors.

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RIVERSIDE TEA ROOM UPPER ARLEY

If you’re looking for a wonderful location to have a ‘legendary bacon butty’ for breakfast, a delicious sandwich for lunch, a delightful coffee with a slice of cake or just a cup of tea then you really will find the Riverside Tea Room hard to beat. Nestled on the banks of the River Severn in Upper Arley, you can enjoy the views while eating alfresco, riverside by the quay, in their beautiful garden. Next door to the Tea Room you will find their Village Post Office and Store, where you won’t be able to resist trying a scoop or two of the award winning luxury ice cream from ‘Churchfields farm’ served in an abundance of flavours you will be spoiled for choice. Or you can choose from one of the wonderful Jars of traditional sweets.

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Whether you arrive by car, train (Arley Station is one of the stops on the 16 mile route of the Severn Valley Railway), canoe or on foot, having enjoyed the 4 mile ‘Upper Arley Circular Walk’ to work up your appetite, owners Jocelyn and Peter invite you to sit back, relax and take time to enjoy village life.

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www.bodymagic.org.uk

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CAN YOU SPARE JUST A COUPLE OF HOURS?

Kinver Country Fayre will be bigger and be er than ever before but we need you to help to make sure it runs smoothly. Think you’re up to the job? Being a marshal on the day means you can help us keep traffic flowing, show people where all the entertainment is and the very best bonus of all - YOU GET TO WEAR A HIGH-VIS VEST! Being a marshal is easy and all we need is a couple of hours of your me on Fayre Day. Please call the Fayre Hotline on:

07971 07 88 58 or 01384 87 87 87 or email info@kinvercountryfayre.com

PPS PLUMBING & DRAINAGE

PLUMANBD ING DRAINAGE

FROM A DRIPPING TAP TO A BLOCKED DRAIN FOR ALL YOUR PLUMBING, HEATING & DRAINAGE NEEDS

FULL BATHROOM INSTALLATIONS FREE QUOTES - FULLY INSURED

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G & J STARKEY LIMITED VEHICLE TECHNICIANS

PRIVATE AND FLEET WORK

OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE

FULLY TRAINED AND EXPERIENCED WORKFORCE

WE PROVIDE A COURTESY VAN OR CAR ON REQUEST

Replacement parts of the same quality as the original, so manufacturer’s warranties are not affected.

 VOSA APPROVED MOT

TESTING STATION

 DIESELS & PETROLS  4X4’s

 LIGHT COMMERCIALS

 DIAGNOSTIC & AIR CON

‘We don’t offer free MOT’s, or servicing at a price so low that you wonder what has been done to your vehicle – You pay affordable prices and get a quality job done!’ Owners Derek and Louise live in the Kinver area and offer a collection and delivery service to make life easier for you!

 ELECTRICAL WORK

 TYRES & EXHAUSTS  CLUTCHES

 WHEEL ALIGNMENT  BRAKES

 BODYWORK (ARRANGED)  SERVICING FOR ALL

CARS / VANS

 CAM BELTS

 4 WHEEL TRACKING  WARRANTY WORK

UNDERTAKEN

(Situated near the Merry Hill Centre) ALL WORK IS GUARANTEED BY THE RMI

DIESEL POINT

Unit 3, Old Forge Trading Estate,Dudley Road, Lye, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY9 8EL

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Fax: 01384 898554 Email: gandjstarkey@btconnect.com

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