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Military & Period vehicles Allied and axis encampments Displays of wartime weapons, equipment and uniforms. 1940’s military and civilian displays German Luftwaffe, British and American military displays Wartime songs from Lola L’amour, Marina Mae, The Forces Sweethearts & Paul Casper Memorabilia, militaria, vintage clothing and trade stalls Original WW2 hangars, control tower & buildings Spitfire seen in the film ‘Pearl Harbour’ on display Hurricane seen in the film ‘Battle of Britain’ on display

Admission: Adults £6; Senior Citizens and Children under 16 £4; Children under 6 £FREE

Free entry only to pre-booked re-enactors with displays and/or appropriate period vehicle. Saturday evening hangar dance featuring Lola L’amour and The Ockbrook Big Band Tickets £15 to include light supper

Application forms for dance tickets and traders contact: Steve Roberts, Email airmiler@hotmail.com or Tel: 01733 246440 Re-enactors wishing to book in please contact Mark Anthony Craig at: northernforties@gmail.com or Tel: 07746 073914 Owners of pre 1946 civilian & military vehicles wishing to book in contact Miriam Umpleby on edmumpleby@yahoo.com or Tel: 07852 778735 For media, advertising and more information contact: Phil Sutcliffe Email; phil@westvalemailing.com or Tel: 07831 094614 Further information @ www.northernforties.org.uk www.wolverhamptonairport.co.uk

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Welcome to the May edition of ‘The Villager Magazine’.

Along with the month of May comes the anticipation of warmer days and evenings, a time for getting out and about or enjoying barbecues in the garden.

Have a go at this months competition for a chance to win tickets to see ‘Doctor in the House’ on stage at the Grand Theatre. Find out how to keep your rabbits teeth in tip top condition and how you can enjoy natural gardening in an unpredictable climate, plus much more.

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FATHER’S DAY IN KINVER Whether you want to celebrate Father’s Day, have some fun with the family or simply enjoy all that Kinver has to offer, don’t forget Sunday 17th June - the date of this year’s Kinver Country Fayre.

The village’s traditional country fayre is taking place throughout the High Street and on nearby Stag Meadow. Be there early. This year the grand parade starts at 11am.

You can visit over 90 stalls offering fine food, arts, crafts, gifts, fun and games. There is lots of entertainment for the children too, including fancy dress, a fair, donkey rides, Punch & Judy shows and farm animals. In the arena you can enjoy falconry, medieval battles, a fun dog show, dog agility and ‘100 years of motorcycling’ with bikes dating back to 1914. Then there are the musicians, dancers, craftspeople at work, delicious food to eat and a local ale tent.

Shire horses from the Midlands Heavy Horse Association (MHHA) will again be stars of the show and joining the parade. You can also visit the MHHA Club Show taking place on Saturday 16th June on fields next to Stag Meadow.

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Change of Worcester Street Medical Prac'ce Telephone Numbers The Partners and Sta of Worcester Street Medical Pracce are connually striving to give the best level of service to our paents. As part of the ongoing project to improve paent access, we will be installing a new telephone system and as a result, our telephone numbers will be changing from Friday 27th April 2012

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Kinver Rotary Club has thrown its weight behind the village’s participation in Staffs Community Council’s Best Kept Village competition as part of its support for the movement’s nationwide Rotary Spring Clean.

The club has agreed to prepare and maintain the Church Hill area of Kinver in readiness for the judging for the Best Kept Village Competition during a period from May until July. Members will regularly collect litter and general road debris and remove weeds in pavements from Church Hill with its junction with High Street up to and past St Peter’s Church.

However they began their task significantly earlier than the competition deadlines as Rotary nationally launched its Rotary Spring clean at the start of Climate Week on March 12 culminating on Earth Day on April 22. Club president Neil Brazier says: “We always try to support Rotary’s national initiatives that we feel will benefit the community and as the Spring Clean came up immediately prior to the preparations for the Best kept Village Competition everything fell into place nicely.”

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He added that Nationally Rotary had recognised that there is overwhelming evidence that a tidy environment creates a proud and stronger community and National President Ray Burman has said: “Rotary can play a very simple role in strengthening our communities and with minimal effort make Rotarians more aware of the environment.”

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Pets Corner

KEEP YOUR RABBITS GNASHERS GNAWING GNATURALLY! Written by Cat Henstridge BVSc MRCVS The most common cause of illness in rabbits is poor dental health, they suffer terribly with their teeth and problems can become so severe, it is not unusual for bunnies to be euthanized because of them. However, the news is not all bad it is actually very easy to keep a rabbits gnashers gnawing gnaturally! Rabbits have teeth that grow all the time and are kept short by both a natural diet of tough, woody grasses and also by the upper and lower sets grinding on each other. However, since bunnies have been domesticated their diets can be very different from the wild, often consisting of more soft rabbit food and vegetables than hay and grass, and this is what causes the problems. Firstly, because the teeth aren’t worn down by these softer foods and secondly because they can become calcium deficient; leading to the jaw bones softening, the teeth shifting and no longer being in alignment with each other. This problem is particularly prevalent when the rabbit is fed the muesli type diets, which they tend to selectively eat by picking out their favourite bits and so they don’t get a balanced diet

When they over-grow, the molar teeth can develop sharp spikes that dig into the sides of the mouth or tongue and cause a lot of pain. The incisor teeth can become extremely long and curl out of the mouth (which makes them easy to spot) or, worse, dig into the flesh and bone. Again this is very painful and makes it almost impossible for the rabbit to eat. Also, the roots of the teeth can become impacted because of the back pressure and as well as being very sore, this can also become infected; causing nasty abscesses which can be extremely difficult to treat.

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Spotting dental problems is not always easy because rabbits will hide when they are poorly but checking their weight regularly, examining their mouths and carefully monitoring their appetite are all good ways of picking up on issues. To check your bunny’s mouth, hold them on your lap and gently lift their lips up to have a look at the incisor teeth. These should be smooth, even and short. It is more or less impossible to check the molar teeth without a special scope but by feeling along the upper and lower jaw bones you can pick up abscesses and swellings.

If you are at all concerned you should take your rabbit to a vet. The treatment of over-grown teeth can be a challenge and once they have developed, many bunnies need to go to the vet regularly to have them trimmed, which can require an anaesthetic. Over-long incisors can be removed, which is a good idea because it solves the problem and the rabbit will still be able to eat without problems.

By far the best thing is prevention rather than cure and this is done very easily by making sure your bunny’s diet is as similar as possible to that of their wild cousins; lots and lots and lots of chewy hay and grass! If you have any concerns about a pet, you should always contact your vet. Cat is a local vet working at Kinver Vets in Kinver and Connaught Vets in Kingswinford.

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Local Competition

DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE ON STAGE MON 11 - SAT 16 JUNE Book tickets online at www.grandtheatre.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01902 42 92 Do you need a prescription for laughter? Then here comes the cure as the classic British comedy, Doctor in the House returns to the stage!

Follow the inexperienced young medical student Simon Sparrow beginning his five-year internship at St. Swithin’s Teaching Hospital. Continually running afoul of the irascible head surgeon Sir Lancelot Spratt his social life is spiced up when Sparrow is taken under the wings of two student repeaters in the form of Tony Grimsdyke and John Evans to farcical consequences.

Starring one of Britain’s most loved funnymen, JOE PASQUALE and star of stage and screen ROBERT POWELL, Doctor in the House has delighted audiences for generations. Refereed by award-winning director Ian Talbot, this is comedy at its very best.

WIN TICKETS TO SEE DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE The Villager Magazine has 3 pairs of tickets to give 3 lucky winners for the opening night of Doctor In The House on Monday 11 June. Question? Which biblical character did Robert Powell play? A – Adam, B – Jesus or C – Herod

To be in with a chance of winning just answer the question and send with your Name, Address & Telephone number to: Doctor In The House 1 Greystoke Drive, Kingswinford, West Midlands. DY6 8DX T&C s:- The draw will take place on 30.05.12 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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Garden Time

NATURAL

GARDENING

in an Unpredictable Climate

Written by Philip Baulk of Ashwood Nurseries Ltd

We all look forward to spring when our gardens come back to life and all the spring flowers burst into bloom, but almost before we realise it, spring is coming to an end and we need to replant for the summer months. This has been especially true this year when the beautiful warm spell in the second half of March brought everything forward, which may mean that what is often referred to as ‘The June Gap’ may be a little longer this year. Many gardeners are often reluctant to remove spring bedding plants whilst they are still in flower, but sometimes we have to be prepared to sacrifice the last of the spring flowers in order to give our summer bedding the very best chance of getting established before we reach the potentially hotter days of the summer months. Growing conditions should be good during June, but as soon as we reach the longest day on the 21st of the month, many plants loose that initial urge to put on new growth and tend to put all their energy into producing flowers or fruit. This is the natural cycle of the season and if we work with it, then we have the very best chance of success.

What all this means is that in this part of the country, the last week of May and the first week in June is the very best time to be planting our summer bedding, putting up our hanging baskets and replenishing our patio pots ready for a colourful summer. Many gardeners do like to start earlier than this, but we should be aware that we can still get a late frost until the first few days of June, so the tenderest plants should be protected with fleece if this seems likely. Winter and spring have been exceptionally dry this year, so it will be necessary to keep all new plantings well watered until they are well established. Mulches of bark or garden compost can help to conserve moisture in the soil of established borders and should be applied whilst there is still some moisture in the ground.

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Despite our frequently rather damp and dull summers, water shortage is becoming an increasing problem in many parts of England, and when we do get rain, it seems to be coming in very heavy downpours. Most of this runs off as surface water and is often lost, so it does make sense wherever possible to install a water butt or may be two. These are generally very easy to fit to any available downpipe and enable you to save water for future use. If you are on a water meter, this water is free and as rain water in general does not contain any purifying chemicals, it is much better to use on some of the more sensitive plants.

Whist removing spring bedding plants, do try to compost these rather than disposing of them in your green bin. Most of us can find a discrete spot to place a compost bin, and we can use this to create garden compost which we can return to the soil to add nutrients and humus. Garden compost also helps to retain moisture and it is free. Good compost is made by adding a varied mix of different organic materials to your bin including leaves, soft stems, organic kitchen waste and some grass mowings. Too many wet grass mowings with little else can result in a rather soggy mess rather than nice friable compost so a good mix of materials is important.

At this time of year, pests can appear very quickly. There seems to be a great many ladybirds around this year so there should be plenty of natural predators to control any influx of greenfly. This is good news, especially if you garden organically. Under glass, this might be more difficult but there are organic sprays on the market which should give reasonable control of most pests. I have gardened organically for several years now, and given time, it does seem to work. You do need a few pests in order to attract the beneficial insects in the first place, but once you reach a natural balance of pest and predator, your plants are unlikely to suffer too much damage. It is very satisfying to know that you are working with a natural system that has evolved over thousands of years without any interference from human activity, so do not panic at the first sign of greenfly; nature will have a solution already in hand.

Happy Gardening.

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KINVER

OPEN GARDENS Sat 23rd & Sun 24th June KINVER FUNDRAISING GROUP

10 GARDENS WILL BE OPEN FROM 1.00PM-6.00PM The open gardens are very varied and all offer something different to see. Refreshment facilities are available in the various pubs and cafes in the village.

On the open days programmes and tickets will be sold from the bottom of Vicarage Drive from 12.00 noon. Adults ÂŁ4 Children ÂŁ1 The garden owners have worked very hard to get ready for the open day and we would like to thank them and their helpers for making this event possible.

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Kinver Stouton and Wollaston Villager Magazine May 2012  

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