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March 2013

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Welcome - Spring is in the air; once again we can emerge from our winter hibernation to enjoy longer, lighter days. At 1.00am on Sunday 31 March, the official time across the UK will move forward to 2.00 am, as British Summer Time begins for another year.

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Have you done a backup recently? Archies Monthly Woof!

10. Gardening - March winds may blow 12. Plenty for plantaholics

15. Win a free month at Fit Body Boot Camp 16. Katie Collins Irish School od Dance

20. Healthy Chocolate & Banana Cookies 22. Win tickets to ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ 24. Kinver Rotary Club News

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As the weather warms (we hope it will) and the skies start to brighten, it is a great time to get into the garden and make a start on jobs around the house; If home improvements are on top of your list you will find lots of local tradespeople willing to assist inside this edition.

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Don’t forget Mother's Day is on 10th March, the fourth Sunday of Lent. It is exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday (31st March).

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Happy New Year again??

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March Winds may Blow

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The winter has been really wet and our plants will now need a boost to get them going. This is a great time to apply some general fertiliser to nearly everything that grows. I always prefer to use Fish, Blood and Bone. It sounds a bit gruesome, but it is generally available in garden centres and comes as a fairly innocuous grey powder which is easy to spread and is totally organic. Sprinkle it carefully round your plants, being careful to avoid any newly emerging shoots, and lightly hoe it into the soil surface if you can. A further application in early summer should be sufficient to give you a healthy and productive garden throughout the growing season.

Even when conditions are quite wet under foot, it is quite surprising what just a day or two of brisk March winds can do towards drying out the soil surface which can quickly become ideal for planting. New shrubs, trees, roses, conifers and herbaceous plants can all be very safely planted now and garden centres and nurseries will be full of fresh stock ready for the spring planting season. Last summer was particularly wet and many people did not venture into the garden all that much so now there is a

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By Philip Baulk Head Gardener of Ashwood Nurseries Ltd

backlog of work to be done including filling up those empty spaces with something new and exciting. With most plants now grown in containers, planting can take place throughout the year, but spring always has been and still is the very best time of year to plant.

If you have a heated greenhouse or even a sunny windowsill, it is now an ideal time to obtain some young plug plants to grow on and have ready in early May to plant up your hanging baskets and patio planters. Select plugs that look bright green and healthy and reject anything that looks pale and drawn. Pot them up individually or in trays and keep them in good natural light. As the sun gets stronger, usually towards the middle of April, they may need some light shading to prevent scorch on very sunny days. On a windowsill, plants will naturally grow towards the light, so every few days, turn your pots and trays to keep your young plants growing straight and bushy. As well as plug plants, it is possible to buy very young plants of geraniums and fuchsias in small individual pots which can be potted up and grown on to flowering size. It can be really satisfying to watch your plants develop week by week and then to use them in your own summer displays. After such a long autumn and winter, do get out into the garden this spring if you can and enjoy the annual renewal of everything that grows.

Happy Gardening

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On Saturday 13th April Plant Hunters’ Fairs come to Bodenham Arboretum 11am-5pm. This year as always Plant Lovers will find thousands of nursery-grown plants of all types for every sort of garden, be it small or large, sunny or shady, dry or wet.

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This April, not only will visitors be able to get expert advice on plants straight from the growers but also well-known plant health expert Dr. Steve Reynolds will be on hand with his drop-in ‘What’s Up Doc’ plant clinic. Bring along your plant, fruit or veg problems for Steve to look at for some easy to follow advice.

Plant Hunters’ Fairs organise plant fairs at beautiful garden and countryside locations across the midlands, North West England and North Wales. They are notable for an unsurpassed line up of highly respected nurseries that grow and propagate most of their plants, including RHS medalists and National Collection Holders.

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Katie Collins School of Irish Dance

Katie Collins School of Irish Dance has recently celebrated 8 years of success.

Beginning in February 2005 with just 9 dancers, today almost 70 dancers take classes throughout the week in Kinver all travelling from various locations in the West Midlands.

The Schools championship dancers are extremely dedicated and love to dance competing internationally; they attend classes 5 days a week and train for up to 3 hours a time even spending full days training during School holidays. The school encourages competition but it’s not their only focus. The Irish dance school has lots of recreational dancers too who just enjoy going to dance once a week with their friends.

The School often dance to raise money for Charities or in support of local events which have included performances for Acorns Children's Hospice, Prestwood Nursing Home, Sunfield Children’s Home, Rowley Hospital and Kinver Country Fayre. They have also danced at weddings and parties.

As Irish dancing can become quite expensive (if you are a top competitor) the dancers fundraise to pay for costumes, trips around the country and abroad. Bag packing at supermarkets, organising Céilí nights, having jumble sales and holding a stall at Kinver Country Fayre have all helped to boost funds during the last year, in addition to this they have recently received a generous donation from the Kinver Country Fayre committee to add to their funds.

The W.I.D.A (The World Irish Dance Association) European and World Championships are taking place in Dusseldorf Germany 5th-7th April. 12 dancers will be travelling to the championships. The girls will dance several rounds to try and be awarded first place in Europe and first in the world.

Pictured left: Céilí team who will compete together in the European and World Championships for the first time. Céilí is traditional dancing done with a group of 8 dancers. Pictured top right: Solo competitors for the European and World Championships. Left to right - Annie Stamps 15, Scarlett Hatton 16 and Mali Wheeler 13. Front Hollie-Mae Titley 7.

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Would you like to learn Irish Dance?

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What s On at St Peter s Church & Church Hall, Kinver? EASTER FAIR 23rd MARCH

There will be an Easter Fair at the Church Hall on 23rd March. This together with the Christmas Fair is always fun with lots of stalls selling beautiful items; these include home-made cakes, jams, chutneys and crafts. Stroll around and check out the books, try your luck on the tombola then relax with a light lunch and a hot cross bun in our tea room.

BARN DANCE 4th MAY

There will be Barn Dance in the evening of Saturday 4th May at the Church Hall, so get your boots on and come along and strut your stuff – Tickets available from Ann Williams Tel: 01384 878021 but be quick as this is a very popular event.

KRUFTS 18th MAY

On May 18th we will be holding our Annual Kinver Krufts Show at the Church Hall (the next best thing to CRUFTS!) this will be our third year and each year it just gets better! For more information and entry forms please contact our Publicity Officer.

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The week end of June 22nd and 23rd is our Open Gardens weekend. Why not come and stroll around some of the most beautiful gardens in Kinver when residents open up their gardens big and small for you to take inspiration from and then enjoy a nice piece of cake and a cuppa at the Church Hall.

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As the wheels turn and the decades roll by against a backdrop of prejudice, inequality and civil unrest, the pair slowly transcend their differences and ultimately grow to rely on each other far more than either ever expected. Sparklingly funny, irresistibly heart-warming and with a wonderful much-loved cast, DRIVING MISS DAISY is the must- see show of 2013.



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KINVER ROTARY NEWS Snow fears did not deter quizzers raising over £1,000 Kinver for Children in Need

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Best Kept Village in 2012

As most of those unable to attend donated their entry fees to the charity, the evening once again raised more than £1,000.

BBC RADIO 2 senior newsreader and “Voice of the Balls” Alan Dedicoat, who travelled from London for the event, praised all who had turned out for what is the largest of a series of quizzes he conducts round the country in aid of the popular charity.

Rotary President John Brown, also thanked those who had made the journey, especially contestants who travelled from Bristol and Tenbury Wells, and presented a case of wine to Alan Dedicoat, who has consistently refused any form of recompense for the time he puts into compiling the quizzes and costs of travel to Kinver. Mr Brown said a bottle a year was small reward for the 12 times he had given the Rotary Club of Kinver to stage what is one of its most popular annual events.

The quiz took place just a week after the massive snow falls that hit the region forced the cancellation of the club’s annual New Year party for Kinver senior citizens. This has been rescheduled for Fri, April 12.

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roof that Kinver won the Large Village category in the Staffs County Council Best Kept Village in 2012 is now evident with the positioning of a commemorative plaque on the wall of the clinic in the centre of the village, alongside the awards from previous years.

Lyn Hingley, who chaired the committee responsible for the 2012 success, is pictured with (l to r) Matt Pickett, Roger Howe and Nick Geoghegan from Kinver Rotary Club without whose members’ input she says the success would not have been possible.

Rtn Geoghegan, who is vice president of the club, has pledged members’ support for the 2013 competition when Mrs Hingley hopes to take success further with top place in the county-wide competition.

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HIMLEY CRICKET CLUB COME AND JOIN IN THE SUCCESS LOCAL BUSINESSES – WE NEED YOU!

As published in last month’s Villager Magazine, Himley Cricket Club enjoyed a spectacular season in 2012 and to help continue in the success in 2013, we are seeking local businesses to help support the club promote cricket in the local community. Established in 1883, Himley Cricket Club has grown rapidly over the last 15 years. In that time, the First Eleven has moved from the Staffordshire Cricket Club Championship to Birmingham & District Premier Cricket League. The club offers excellent facilities including two cricket squares at their Stourbridge Road facility, supporting eight senior teams, and one of the top junior sections in the country which boasts 200 plus members and countless coaches and county / district representatives.

Like most voluntary sporting organisations the cost of supporting the finest coaching and playing infrastructure is expensive, the dedication of our volunteers means Himley Cricket Club produce some of the finest quality younger cricket talent in the area, many going on to represent at County level. To help the club continue with this success various sponsorship packages are available, such as shirt sponsorship, pitch side advertising and match ball sponsorship. For more information about supporting the club and sponsorship please do not hesitate to contact: Mark Read 07768 640947 or Gordon Lewis 07814 619447

CRICKET PAVILLION FOR HIRE

The Himley Cricket Club Pavilion is available for hire most days throughout the year. We currently host training seminars, meetings, birthday, wedding, christening parties and funeral wakes on a regular basis. We do charge a room hire but you can arrange your own catering or we can recommend outside caterers unlike most venues, for either hot or cold meals or hog roasts etc.

There is a function room that can hold up to 120 people for a disco/cabaret or 90/100 people for a sit down dinner (we do have a selection of DJ’s that we can recommend, or you can provide your own entertainment). There is also a small lounge which caters for approximately 40 people.

From the middle of September it is possible to erect a marque in front of the pavilion, in the past these have been used for large functions, balls or weddings so if you are interested in staging any type of event then please contact us for further details of availability and costs. Email: Clubhouse@himleycc.co.uk

NEW PLAYERS WELCOME

Senior Nets are held on a Wednesday night until the 27th March at Crestwood School, Bromley Lane, Kingswinford, West Midlands DY6 8QG. Cost is £3 per session New members interested in coming along should contact seniors@himleycc.co.uk Junior players contact juniors@himleycc.co.uk

NEW SOCIAL MEMBERS WANTED

Come and join the most progressive cricket club in the area and watch some of the best club cricket in the country. Social membership is currently available for only £10. The club boasts two bars, holds regular entertainment, and is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the winter months, and most evenings and Saturdays and Sundays during the season. Please contact Mark Read 07768 640947 / Gordon Lewis 07814 619447 or visit the website for further details www.himleycc.co.uk

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What’s On

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Craſty Sew'n'So's Do you enjoy crafting in various ways?

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At St. Andrew's U.R.C. in Wall Heath 2nd Thursday of each month 7-9pm from March 14th.

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Wombourne and District Choral Society

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Wombourne and District Choral Society are currently campaigning to attract new members. The title of the project is "Bring a Friend" but they are not interpreting this literally: even if you do not know anyone in the choir you are welcome to go along and bring a friend or friends. The more the merrier!

They are hoping that more people will enjoy the pleasures of choral singing and live performances, the first opportunity being on Saturday 16th March at St Johns in the Square, Wolverhampton at 7.30pm. The concert features Faure's moving and tuneful Requiem. The programme will also include Mendelssohn's 'Hear my Prayer' (which includes 'O for the wings of a dove'), Stanford's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G, and the sublime 'Cantique de Jean Racine' also by Faure. Tickets are available for £10 on the door (young people under 18 are free).

Rehearsals are on Monday evenings at Smestow School, Wolverhampton, at 7.30pm contact Helen Cochrane for more information email: athc01@hotmail.co.uk or call 01384 824562.

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