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Welcome to The Villager Magazine. At last it seems spring has sprung as we have had the first glimmers of sunshine, albeit for just a few hours, it has been very welcome. It bring ideas of spring cleaning, gardening and decorating to the forefront of our minds, along with more exciting thoughts of holidays, long country walks and lighter nights. Having spoken to many local businesses since the new year began it appears that there is a more positive feeling towards 2010. This month’s Villager contains a variety of local businesses offering their services or goods to you. Take a look, as many of them give discounts exclusive to Villager Magazine readers.

On to this edition... Our resident gardener Philip Baulk asks ‘Seeds or young Plants’, Catherine the vet writes about Cystitis in cats, we have advice on the life span of makeup and how ‘nude’ is the new non colour. You can win tickets to see Hairspray at The Grand theatre or an hour of relaxing reflexology at Studio 524 Plus much more... Happy reading Maggie

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It’s 1962, the 50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion – dancing. She wins a spot on the local TV dance programme, The Corny Collins Show and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can a trendsetting hair-hopper like Tracy get her massively shy Mom out of the apartment, beat evil Amber to be crowned Miss Hairspray, integrate Corny’s show for good AND win the heart of local heartthrob Link Larkin, all without denting her ‘do’. If anyone can, Tracy can! Hairspray is the musical with everything – the ultimate feel-good show which has played to sell out houses in London, on Broadway and theatres around the globe.

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Seeds or Young Plants? The Choice is Yours Written by Philip Baulk of Ashwood Nurseries Ltd

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The number of seeds you get in each packet will depend very much on the cost of production and how freely a particular variety produces seed in the first place. Then again, how many seeds actually germinate will depend on both your skill as a gardener, the conditions that you can provide and the viability or otherwise of the seed in question. It can be a bit hit and miss, and we probably tend to over-sow to make sure that we have enough young plants for our requirements. Seeds truly are wonderful things. Within each one is a preplanned agenda which determines how tall a plant will be, how many flowers it will have and the shape and colour of these, the form, colour and shape of the leaves, and if it is edible, even the flavour and time to maturity. If you think computer micro-chips are amazing, just take another look at seeds. Nature was there long before man invented the computer.

All that seeds need in order to germinate is some warmth and moisture, and good natural light when they emerge from the compost. The one golden rule is to sow thinly. When sowing your seeds, try to imagine how big each seedling will be, and then sow to allow each one plenty of room to develop. Experience will tell you when to sow to get the best results, but all seed packets carry lots of useful information for the beginner. Generally, there is a tendency to sow too early so do follow instructions carefully.

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A great many people get real enjoyment and satisfaction from raising their own plants, whether these be for flowers or for something fresh and tasty to eat. The most economical way to do this is to buy seed, and what a wonderful choice there is in garden centres and nurseries these days. Many new varieties have been carefully bred to produce very reliable results, but because of the detailed work that has gone into this breeding work, some seeds can appear to be quite expensive. Another alternative is to buy young plants where the first stage of germinating and pricking out the seedlings has been done for you. This can be somewhat more expensive than buying seed, but if you only require just a few plants, then it might just be the best choice to make.

If you feel safer buying young plants, then do be sure that what you are buying are in really good condition. Avoid anything that looks leggy and drawn, and also look for nice healthy foliage. Poor seedlings or young plug-plants will generally not grow into a really healthy plant, so do choose carefully. Also make sure that you can provide ideal conditions in which to grow your plants. Good natural light is essential, as is the correct temperature and moisture. You will also need to provide plenty of room for your plants to develop, and be able to gradually harden them off if they are to be planted outside eventually. Ideally, you will need greenhouse and possibly a cold frame, but a sunny windowsill may be alright in the early stages. If all this seems to much like hard work, then it may be best to wait a while, and buy your plants when they are ready for planting out. It may cost a bit more, but the final results can be just as good. You will have foregone the pleasure of growing your own, but if you don't say anything, no-one will ever know!

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Pets

Cystitis in cats Written by Cat Henstridge BVSc MRCVS

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Cystitis, a painful inflammation of the bladder, is a common problem in cats. Understanding the symptoms, causes and treatments of cystitis is helpful in ensuring your cat receives prompt veterinary care if they ever suffer.

Symptoms In cystitis the cat feels as if its bladder is full all the time and so will make frequent attempts to urinate. The passage of any wee is very painful, so the cat may cry out or lick at themselves excessively. Cats will also often urinate in unusual places. This is because the don't think 'when I wee it hurts' they think 'when I wee the floor bites me'! The urine produced is generally small amounts only and can be blood stained. Causes of cystitis;

Bacterial Infections This is the least common cause of cystitis in young cats and accounts for only 5% of cases. It is more likely in older cats whose kidneys might not be functioning well.

Crystals Some cats start to produce crystals in their urine which act like shards of glass; scratching the bladder lining and causing the bladder to become inflamed and sore. These crystals are formed from excess minerals which are excreted by the body in the urine. Sometimes they clump together and produce bladder stones, in other cases they stay separate and form a 'sand' in the bladder. These crystals cancause a serious, and potentially fatal, problem in male cats where the narrow tube which runs from the bladder to the penis tip (the urethra) becomes blocked and they are unable to urinate.

Idiopathic This is the most common cause of cystitis. Idiopathic means that the underlying cause of the problem is unknown, but it is often stress related.

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Diagnosis Diagnosis of cystitis in cats is usually done just by the clinical signs alone. However, in cats who suffer from repeated bouts of the problem you vet is likely to want to investigate further. Obtaining a urine sample from a cat is much easier than it sounds; your vet will provide you with a special litter for the tray which doesn't soak up the urine. Your vet may also want to perform other tests such as blood tests, x-rays or ultrasound scans.

Treatment The treatment for cystitis will vary depending on the underlying cause of the problem but all affected animals should be given pain relief. Bacterial cystitis responds well to antibiotics.

Cystalline cystitis is usually treated by feeding a special veterinary diet. This dissolves some forms of crystals and prevents the formation of more. It is important these diets are fed exclusively and nothing else but water is offered. Increasing water intake is also important. In cats who have also developed bladder stones, often the only treatment for these is surgery followed by a prescription diets.

Idiopathic cystitis is often stress related so a detailed history of the cats home environment and personality are usually required. Sometimes the symptoms can be controlled with medications and dietary changes but usually some form of behavioural therapy is needed.

If you have any concerns about your pet, regarding this or any other problem, you should always contact your veterinary

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Makeup Shelf Life: How Long Does It Keep?

Makeup lasts a maximum of three years. If you’re Massage therapy (and, in general, the laying on of not sure how old your makeup is, check the conhands for health purposes) dates back thousands sistency. If in doubt, throw it out and start fresh. of years. References to massage have been found Mark the date on the label so that you always in ancient writings from many cultures, including know how old your makeup is. Here’s a quick rethose of Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Japan, view of the shelf lives of various products. China, Egypt, and the Indian subcontinent.

Mascara: 3 Months There are over 80 types of massage therapy. In all Mascara is an ideal environof them, therapists press, rub, and otherwise mament for bacteria, which can nipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the easily be transferred to your body, often varying pressure and movement. They eyes. Throw out your mascara most often handsis and fingers, but may The last thinguse youtheir think about cleaning out your every three months to avoid eye use their forearms, elbows, or feet. Typically, the makeup bag. Actually this is a very important job infections. intent is tobe relax theatsoft increase that should tackled leasttissues, every few months delivery of blood and oxygen to the massaged areas, warm them, and decrease pain. to prevent bacteria growth, not to mention to help Liquid Eyeliner: 3 Months save time when looking for a particular item while Once again, liquid eyeliner is moist, which makes People applyinguse yourmassage makeup. for a wide variety of health-related intents: for example, to relieve primeother territory for bacteria that can transfer to pain (often from musculoskeletal conditions, butitfrom conditions as well); rehabilitate youraddress eyes. feelings of anxiety and depresStep 1 injuries; reduce stress; increase relaxation; sports Emptyand makeup bag. Clean the bag itself. If it can sion; aid general wellness. Moisturiser: 12 Months be washed, wash it. Otherwise, use an antibacSome of the essential or natural components terial spray. massage, the therapist uses long strokes, In Swedish kneading andoils friction on the muscles break down quickly, so moisturiser that’s more and moves the joints to aid flexibility. than a year old may not be as effective. Step 2 Discard any old makeup 9see the make up shelf Nail Polish: 12 Months life list for guidance) but if in doubt throw it out! The chemicals start to break down after about a year, which could cause the color to change. You’ll Step 3 also notice that the polish doesn’t hold together Wipe the outside of all your items with a wet cloth well or apply smoothly. before placing back in your bag. Using hot water and antibacterial soap, wash ALL brushes and Oil-Free Foundation: 12 Months sponges out really well. Many people do not reThese foundations tend to dry out faster than alise it, but these brushes are a breeding ground cream or powder foundations. The oils on your finfor bacteria. They should be washed thoroughly gers can also introduce bacteria into the liquid. after every few uses. Lay out to dry on a hand Use a sponge or brush to preserve it. Storing it in towel and place back in the bag when completely the fridge can also extend its life. When the color dry. changes, it’s past its prime.

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Cream Eye Shadow: 12-18 Months Like all other cream products, it dries out over time. It may also harbor bacteria. Never use it while you have an eye infection to avoid contamination.

Cream Foundation: 18 Months Cream foundation will dry out after about a year and a half. It may also start to change color or not go on as smoothly. If you apply it with your fingers, the oils on your skin could also introduce bacteria into it.

Lip Gloss: 18-24 Months Lip gloss dries out fairly quickly because it’s thinner and contains less fat than lipstick. If it becomes clumpy, dry, or changes color, throw it out. Blush and Bronzer: 2 years Powders last longer, but the oils in your skin will alter the texture and make it more difficult to apply after a couple years. You may also notice changes in color. Lipstick: 2 years After two years, the fats in the lipstick will start to break down, which will make it dry, crumbly, and probably change the color. To make it last longer, apply it with a clean brush. Never use lipstick when you have a cold sore or share it with someone else.

Lip Liner: 2 years Lip liner can last up to two years if you sharpen it regularly to prevent bacteria build-up and avoid using it when you have a cold sore.

Powder: 2 years Powder tends to get clumpy after more than a couple years because it mixes with the oils in your skin over time. If you take excellent care of it, it can last up to three years.

Powder Eye Shadow: 2 Years Powder eye shadow lasts as long as powder eyeliner if you always use a clean brush and avoid using it while you have an eye infection.

Perfume: 3 Years Cheaper perfumes and eau de toilettes may only last two years, but good perfumes should last up to three years. You can extend the life slightly by storing them in the fridge. If the color or scent changes, throw it out.

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The West End’s favourite musical comedy, Hairspray, is coming to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre this June starring Brian Conley as Edna Turnblad, Les Dennis as the loveable Wilbur Turnblad, and GMTV’s Search For A Troy competition winner Liam Doyle as Link.

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It’s 1962, the 50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion – dancing. She wins a spot on the local TV dance programme, The Corny Collins Show and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can a trendsetting hair-hopper like Tracy get her massively shy Mom out of the apartment, beat evil Amber to be crowned Miss Hairspray, integrate Corny’s show for good AND win the heart of local heartthrob Link Larkin, all without denting her ‘do’. If anyone can, Tracy can! Hairspray is the musical with everything – the ultimate feel-good show which has played to sell out houses in London, on Broadway and theatres around the globe.

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WE ARE DELIGHTED TO OFFER THREE VILLAGER MAGAZINE READERS TWO TICKETS EACH TO THE PERFORMANCE OF HAIRSPRAY AT THE GRAND THEATRE WOLVERHAMPTON 1ST JUNE 2010 AT 7.30PM (GRAND CIRCLE SEATS) QUESTION: WHO PLAYED EDNA TURNBLAD IN THE 2007 FILM VERSION OF HAIRSPRAY, WAS IT, A – JOHN TRAVOLTA B – JOHN CLEES E C – JOHN CANDY CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES 05.04.10

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MAJOR PENSION CHANGES IMMINENT

Until 6 April, most private pension holders can take a tax-free lump sum and/or draw an income from age 50, after that you must be 55. Those aged 50-54 now should urgently check if it's worth taking it now (though please note that doing this can diminish the total pension you get).

For more information you can visit www.direct.gov.uk to find out how to speak to a pensions adviser.

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Then why not come along and meet with like-minded people. We are a very friendly group who meet twice a month on a Saturday to take part in workshops and attend lectures.

Visitors and beginners are most welcome We meet at the Tettenhall Wood Institute, Wood Road, Tettenhall Wood, WV6 8LW For more details call Margaret McQuillen tel:-01384 296768 or Email margaret-mcquillen@supawoman.com Lillian Owen tel:-01384 291964 or Email owenbob@talktalk.net Admission: £4.00 for visitors, £2.00 for members.

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OUR URBAN FOX, LOVE THEM OR HATE THEM! THEY ARE HERE TO STAY….

The fox is an opportunist which has adapted perfectly to urban and suburban environments. It is a small member of the canine family, an omnivore that will eat practically anything. Its diet includes worms, beetles, berries, carrion, small rodents, rabbits and birds. Although an efficient predator, it is basically lazy and will not bother with elusive prey where scavenging might produce an easier meal. Larger items it takes and buries to insure against future hard times when food may be sparse. Fox screams often wake and scare people, but they are no more than fox conversations. This is usually only problematic for short periods during autumn, when juveniles are dispersing, and in the breeding season, between Christmas and early February. Concern is sometimes expressed over "too many" foxes being present in an area. The population, like that of all carnivores, is self regulating and limited by the amount of food and territory available. Cubs born simply replace the number of adults lost since the previous breeding season. Foxes are loners, not pack animals, and the family usually disperses by late autumn.

Foxes will take livestock such as chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs if they are not properly secured, but are unlikely to threaten cats, dogs or humans, all of which are more than a match for an adult fox. The fact that they often appear unafraid of humans has more to do with the fact they know how slowly humans can move, and how fast they can move if they have to!

As foxes search for food, garden damage may occur, particularly where fish, blood and bonemeal fertilisers are confused with buried food. Most garden damage can easily be prevented by using chemical repellents which move foxes on humanely. Foxes are protected under a series of wildlife protection laws against poisoning, gassing, asphyxiating, maiming, stabbing, impaling, drowning, clubbing and most forms of snaring, with anyone carrying out such acts subject to 6 months imprisonment and/or £5,000 fine per animal.

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A fox, regardless whether conditioned as a rural, urban or suburban animal, has three basic requirements. First of all it needs a secure 'earth' or ‘den’. A rural fox will generally opt for a well camouflaged location as a home, preferably a tunnel beneath undergrowth, in a bank or between tree roots. For an urban or suburban fox, suitable accommodation can be something as simple as an overgrown garden, the base of a shed or a railway embankment. School grounds are attractive and most have foxes living on the premises, for the very good reason the foxes have possession for a large part of the time. Many schools have 'temporary' portacabin-type classrooms with a void beneath, and these are excellent places to lie in wait for the abandoned crisp packet, fallen Mars Bar, or to enjoy the peace and quiet of evenings, weekends and School holidays.

As far as diseases are concerned there are two major diseases that the fox can carry, one particular pest is the fox tapeworm which can be carried to dogs, regular worming of your dog is good practice and will help prevent this particular nuisance which can have severe complications. Without doubt the most commonly known disease that a fox can carry is rabies, Rabies is a viral disease that can be carried by foxes, fortunately there is no rabies in the UK.

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THE FORMATION OF THE NEW SWINDON CIVIC SOCIETY

TO ALL SWINDON RESIDENTS

For many years and a variety of different reasons many local residents have felt some type of organisation was needed to offer support in Swindon.

The S.C.S. has now been formed to do just that, offering local residents additional and genuine support covering most types of local problems and issues, all of which can affect the local environment such as highways network and road safety, crime prevention and green belt protection. In fact we can help with any local issue that can affect your quality of life, a good example is the proposed new Swindon Marina development, the S.C.S has now succeeded in getting the application withdrawn.

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You will find the organisation friendly and helpful and you will not be restricted in any way from voicing your opinion or concerns on any types of issue you may have.

The S.C.S has access to the national network of civic Societies and the national head office in London which has links into the national Government network.

If you wish to know more about S.C.S and wish to join please contact Gordon Fantham (Chairman) or Terry Carvin (Vice Chairman)on 01384 401538 (evenings) or 01902 894978 (day)

 

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With no salesmen or middle man Shaun offers you a complete start to finish service. Calling to see you, offering help, and advice, a free survey and quote and thoroughly checking all details before your order is placed.

You can call Shaun at Kingswinford Blinds today on 07970 861619 or 01384 298796 for a free no obligation quotation.

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Knowing there are a number of reasons why you might be considering blinds Shaun knows different types of blinds may be more suitable than others. Whether you want to gain heat, reduced glare, simple privacy or a stylish window solution Shaun will be able to guide you in the right direction.

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Homes & Gardens

Seeds or Young Plants? The Choice is Yours Written by Philip Baulk of Ashwood Nurseries Ltd

A great many people get real enjoyment and satisfaction from raising their own plants, whether these be for flowers or for something fresh and tasty to eat. The most economical way to do this is to buy seed, and what a wonderful choice there is in garden centres and nurseries these days. Many new varieties have been carefully bred to produce very reliable results, but because of the detailed work that has gone into this breeding work, some seeds can appear to be quite expensive. Another alternative is to buy young plants where the first stage of germinating and pricking out the seedlings has been done for you. This can be somewhat more expensive than buying seed, but if you only require just a few plants, then it might just be the best choice to make.

The number of seeds you get in each packet will depend very much on the cost of production and how freely a particular variety produces seed in the first place. Then again, how many seeds actually germinate will depend on both your skill as a gardener, the conditions that you can provide and the viability or otherwise of the seed in question. It can be a bit hit and miss, and we probably tend to over-sow to make sure that we have enough young plants for our requirements. Seeds truly are wonderful things. Within each one is a preplanned agenda which determines how tall a plant will be, how many flowers it will have and the shape and colour of these, the form, colour and shape of the leaves, and if it is edible, even the flavour and time to maturity. If you think computer micro-chips are amazing, just take another look at seeds. Nature was there long before man invented the computer.

All that seeds need in order to germinate is some warmth and moisture, and good natural light when they emerge from the compost. The one golden rule is to sow thinly. When sowing your seeds, try to imagine how big each seedling will be, and then sow to allow each one plenty of room to develop. Experience will tell you when to sow to get the best results, but all seed packets carry lots of useful information for the beginner. Generally, there is a tendency to sow too early so do follow instructions carefully.

If you feel safer buying young plants, then do be sure that what you are buying are in really good condition. Avoid anything that looks leggy and drawn, and also look for nice healthy foliage. Poor seedlings or young plug-plants will generally not grow into a really healthy plant, so do choose carefully. Also make sure that you can provide ideal conditions in which to grow your plants. Good natural light is essential, as is the correct temperature and moisture. You will also need to provide plenty of room for your plants to develop, and be able to gradually harden them off if they are to be planted outside eventually. Ideally, you will need greenhouse and possibly a cold frame, but a sunny windowsill may be alright in the early stages. If all this seems to much like hard work, then it may be best to wait a while, and buy your plants when they are ready for planting out. It may cost a bit more, but the final results can be just as good. You will have foregone the pleasure of growing your own, but if you don't say anything, no-one will ever know!

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We Love Kinver

Community leaders and traders in the pretty village of Kinver gave shoppers a taste of romance to celebrate St Valentines day, distributing top quality chocolates. Staffordshire County Council, South Staffordshire Council and Kinver Parish Council have come together to spend over £900,000 on revitalising the village High Street. Work gets underway in April.

National Grid is already at work installing new gas mains to pump power into the village for decades to come. Local County Councillor and leader of South Staffordshire Council Brian Edwards said the village was a wonderful place.

“It’s a fantastic romantic destination, packed with shops, cafes, restaurants and attractions. We love our village. That’s why we are clubbing together to make such a significant commitment to its future,” he said.

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Parish Council Chair Rachel Davis, Local Chocolatier Sharon Henderson and Local County Councillor and leader of South Staffordshire Council Brian Edwards Parish Council Chair Rachel Davis said the improvements would be a major boost for the already attractive shopping hub.

“It’s a stunning place to live with everything you could want right on your doorstep. The village may be having a bit of a face lift, but all the attractions are still open for everyone to enjoy. Once you get a taste for Kinver you come back time and time again for more,” she said.

Local Chocolatier Sharon Henderson of Chocolate Gold in Chenevare Mews provided the sweet treat attraction.

“We are lucky to have our business in the heart of this chocolate box village. We have fellow shops selling a host of beautiful products for the romantically minded, from roses to Champagne. There’s always a warm welcome for shoppers and visitors in Kinver,” she said.

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Gentlemen of kinver could this be a club for you?

KINVER PROBUS CLUB Are you retired/ (or semi retired)? Would you like to join us for a splendid lunch every third Wednesday at The Fox?

And broaden your horizons listening to knowledgeable speakers who give talks on a wide range of topics.

Our club was formed in 1990 and is one of many similar Probus groups who are active all over Great Britain and indeed worldwide.

‘PROBUS’ simply stands for ‘Professional’ and ‘Business’.

BABY GROUP

Would you like the chance to meet other new Mom’s in a friendly, safe environment? As well as enjoying a cup of tea and a chat we will cover such topics as baby massage, baby signing, paediatric first aid, weaning etc. In addition to her usual Tuesday afternoon clinic our Health Visitor Sharon will attend the group on the first Monday of every month with her scales and will be available to answer any questions you might have. Come along to Kinver Children’s Centre

(in the grounds of Edgecliffe High School)

or for more information call Clare on 07769 652111 or Sam on 07704 921483

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Membership is open to anyone, usually retired, who has had an active career and now likes to sit back, eat a good lunch and enjoy pleasant company.

And no, there are no catches! It doesn’t cost the earth (£15 annual membership) and we don’t raise funds. We just enjoy ourselves! Currently we have 42 members, of whom only half are from Kinver, we would like a few more!

Please ring either Meurig Davies (this year’s President) on 01384 873387 or David Giddings, Secretary/Treasurer on 01384 873646 to learn more.

FIRE SAFETY IN THE HOME Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service will be giving a presentation on fire safety in the home. The talk has been organised by Kinver Senior Activities Club and will take place at Edward Marsh Community Centre, Legion Drive, Kinver on 30th March at 2pm.

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Useful Numbers

Index of Advertisers NHS Direct 0845 4647 Russells Hall 01384 456111 Ambulance in an emergency Dial 999 Fire in an emergency dial 999 West Midlands Police 0845 113 5000 Staffordshire Police 0300 123 4455 Police emergency, where life is in danger or crime is in progress 999 Gas emergency service 0800 111999 South Staffs Water Report a leak 0800 24 33 52 or check the identity of a caller at my door 0800 389 10 11 Dudley Council Plus 01384 812345 www.dudley.gov.uk South Staffordshire Council Solutions 01902 696000 www.sstaffs.gov.uk Stourbridge Library 01384 812945 Kinver Library 01384 872348 Mobile Library Visits Alternate Mondays

22nd Mar is the only date available at present. Some mobile libraries are being axed and it may be that they will now only be available every 3 weeks. Please check when you next visit. Bobbington, Church Lane 10.15-10.35 am Enville, Blundies Lane 10.50 - 11.00 am Whittington, Round Hill Cottages 11.45 - 12.00 noon Swindon The Greyhound 1.50 - 2.05 pm

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