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Villager

Magazine December 2017


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CONTENTS 6

Welcome

Christmas is just a few weeks away, it’s time once again to make the mad dash for Christmas presents, find the best turkey in the shop and post your Christmas cards! In this Christmas edition you will find festive competitions and articles to enjoy. Plus great gift ideas, bargain shopping and of course top quality tradesmen to call upon should you need them.

Please remember to look in on elderly neighbours during the festive period, you could be providing some valuable help and you might make a new friend.

As always I love to hear from you, so give me a call or drop me a line if you have any news or events you would like me to include in the next edition. I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Maggie

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COMPETITION Win a £25 voucher

FITNESS Get fit, loose fat .... have fun

COMPETITION Win tickets to ‘Hedda Gabler’

EDUCATION School stops for Christmas

XMAS TREECYCLE Elves collecting Xmas trees?

MONEY WISE Pension freedom - don’t lose out

USEFUL NUMBERS Keep these numbers handy

PETS Pets are for life, not just for Xmas

Independently published the Villager magazines promote local business to local people.

The Villager is delivered FREE monthly to homes and businesses in Bobbington, Kingswinford, Kinver, Himley, Stourton, Swindon, Wall Heath, Wollaston and Wordsley. Supporting local businesses, Community Groups, Societies, Charities and Schools.

No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior permission of the publisher. Whilst all reasonable effort is made to ensure accuracy, the publisher accepts no responsibility for omissions or errors within The Villager Magazine, or competence of any business or statement made by any contributor. Before entering into any expense or commitment readers must check facts for themselves.


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VILLAGER MAGAZINE

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WIN A GIFT VOUCHER FOR Four of Santa’s elves might find themselves on the naughty list this year! Who knows what they got up too at the workshops annual Christmas party? Too much prosecco caused high-jinks and now the photos from the evening are starting to appear on Facebook! So four elves have gone into hiding somewhere in the pages of the magazine.

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The elves are needed back at the workshop to pack Santa’s sleigh so help us find them so we can send Santa on his way without delay.

or by email: thevillagermag@yahoo.co.uk Include your name, address, phone number, answer and tell us which advertiser you would like to spend your voucher with.

For your chance to win a voucher to spend with one of the Villager advertisers find the four elves hiding somewhere in the pages of the magazine. Don’t forget to choose and include the advertiser you would like to spend your voucher with, along with where you found the elves.

Entries must arrive by midnight on 30.01.18 all correct entries will be included and the winners drawn at random. First correct entry drawn wins a £25 voucher, voucher will be valid to spend with the advertiser named on your entry. No cash alternative

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Christmas Grotto weekend & Christmas Craft Fair Bewdley Museum - Bewdley Dec 16 - Dec 17

Meet Father Christmas and visit Santa's Grotto at Bewdley museum on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December with live music and a Christmas Craft Fair. The Craft Fair is from 10am-4pm both days and you can meet Father Christmas between 12noon-4pm. Just turn up on the day and join the queue. Queuing from 11.45am. Tickets cost £5 per child (gift included) Last tickets up to 3.30pm.

Live music available from Winterfold wind ensemble on Saturday 16th Dec 12.45pm and 2.15pm and Worcester Ukulele Band on Sunday 17th Dec, 12.45pm and 2.15pm. Seasonal favourites will be served from the Shambles cafe. Browse the Museum shop and craft studio's for Christmas Gifts ideal for family and friends!

Santa at the cone The Red House Glass Cone Wordsley 9, 10 & 16 to 23 Dec from 11am

Take along your little one to meet Santa, receive a gift, do a craft and follow the trail. Take your own camera to capture the magic. Booking is essential, please call 01384 812381 or 01384 815571.

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Recent studies have shown that doing a 30 minute HIIT workout will boost your metabolism and have you burning calories at a much higher rate for up to 24 hours after you have finished, this is known as the ‘after burn’. Richard – a personal trainer and founder of the Fit Body Bootcamp uses this training method in his 4 week camps to get his clients the results they are looking for. Each session is 45 minutes which includes a 30 minute HIIT workout, a warm up, cool down and stretch.

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The Fit Body Bootcamp is not a typical Bootcamp; it is a result based training program and the sessions are more like personal training sessions but in a group environment. It is not about being shouted at, it’s about working out with likeminded people, motivating each other and having fun whilst getting into shape. Each week the sessions have a specific goal and purpose, with the four-week exercise plan being periodised to guarantee results. By joining one of the courses you will get 45 minutes of outdoor, fat burning fitness sessions three times a week as well as instant access to the members’ only website area, where you are provided with everything you need to succeed. From healthy eating recipe books, meal planner, shopping lists to fit, body formula nutritional manual. Fit Body Bootcamp takes the guess work out of your nutrition and exercise plan and guides you step-by-step.

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HEDDA GABLER The National Theatre has announced that Lizzy Watts will take the title role of HEDDA GABLER which, following a soldout run at the National Theatre earlier this year, will tour to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre in 2018, from Tues 23 – Sat 27 January. We have a pair of tickets to give away to the opening night on Tuesday 23 January at 7:30pm. Just married. Buried alive. Hedda longs to be free…

Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control and manipulate those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

This modern production of Ibsen’s thrilling masterpiece is brought to bold new life by Olivier Award-winning playwright Patrick Marber (Closer) and directed by Olivier and Tony Award®-winner Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge). From the producers of War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Jane Eyre, this critically acclaimed production comes to Wolverhampton following a sold out run at the National Theatre. Lizzy Watts plays the title role of the free-spirited Hedda Gabler, one of the greatest dramatic parts in theatre and regarded as the female Hamlet.

Patrick Marber said: ‘It has been a huge honour to work with the great Ivo van Hove on this version of Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre. I am thrilled that this tour will enable more people to see his incredible production.

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‘Dark, bold and devastating. This ‘Hedda is a triumph.’ Mail on Sunday ‘A Hedda unlike any I have seen. Devastating.’ What’s On Stage **** 'An invigorating production which forces us to see Ibsen's masterpiece with fresh eyes.' Guardian To be in with a chance of winning 2 tickets to see Hedda Gabler just answer the question: What is the name of the British playwright who created the current version of Hedda Gabler? Post entries to: Hedda Gabler Competition The Villager Magazine, 17 Beechcote Avenue, Wolverley DY11 5TS or email thevillagermag@yahoo.co.uk Entries must include your answer, name, address & telephone number. Closing date 05.01.18

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SCHOOL STOPS OVER CHRISTMAS

‘LEARNING DOESN’T HAVE TO’ It is common for children to start their new school term with fresh notebooks and a crisp new uniform, but it is just as important to ensure they are equipped with the most vital tools needed for a successful year ahead; a good grip on the core subjects of maths and English and the learning skills required for academic progression.

The start of a new year is an ideal time to enrol your child at your local centre, so amongst all the presents they may receive during the holidays, why not also give them the gift of learning?

At your local Kingswinford Study Centre, Kumon offers individualised maths and English study programmes which are tailored to all ages and abilities. Established for over 50 years the Kumon programmes enable children to develop their study skills and confidently tackle advanced work.

It’s easy for a child’s learning to take a back seat during the school holidays but it is important to keep their mind active to avoid interruption to their progress and to ensure they got off to a flying start in the new school term.

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The Kumon Kingswinford Study Centre is located at ‘The Bungalow’ Crestwood School, Bromley Lane, Kingswinford; classes run every Tuesday and Thursday between 3.45pm-6.00pm and Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm. Contact Emma Wilkinson on 01384 908047.

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Christmas Treecycle 2018 Sign up to have your Christmas tree collected by elves this coming January!

This New Year, Mary Stevens Hospice will be collecting your (real) Christmas trees and disposing of them for you, so that you can focus on enjoying a wellearned break over the holidays.

Between 8am-4pm on either Saturday 6th or Sunday 7th January 2018, your tree will magically disappear, and be whisked off to be wood-chippered and recycled by local partners of the Hospice. Please note collections are only available in Postcodes: DY5, DY6, DY7, DY8 & DY9

All they ask in return is a suggested £5 donation to the families who rely on the care of the Mary Stevens Hospice, however the size of that donation is completely at your discretion. Book now - www.marystevenshospice.co.uk

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KINVER HEATING

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J&D Locksmiths

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Serving the local community 24 Hour Service 7 days Including Bank Holidays

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UPVC & aluminium door specialists Locks fitted to BS3621 All carpentry repairs No call out charge

Free estimates, fixed rates Competitive quotes

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Mobile: 07973 298 293

7 D HR AY S S

Telephone: 0500 131339

SPECIALIST IN CLOCK RESTORATION & REPAIRS

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Please call 07773899862

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SPECIALIST KITCHE KITCHENN AND FITTING AN D BEDROOM BEDROOM FITTIN G 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

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Contact Andy to arrange a fr free ee quotation: contact@shawfitinteriors.com e. cont act@shawfitinteriors.com t. 07930 643 723 Follow to see recent Follow recent pr projects ojects and testimonials...

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Children's Christmas Trail Himley Hall and Park - Dudley Dec 17 - 11 am

Santa woke up this morning ready for another busy day getting ready for Christmas but HO NO his trousers are missing! In fact his whole magic Santa suit is now missing. Help Santa ďŹ nd his suit ready for the big day. Childrens trail around Himley Park Start point is in Himley Hall's Courtyard Children must be accompanied by an adult Please wear suitable clothing Free event but parking charges still apply .     

     

          Full Central Heating and Boiler Installations / Upgrades & servicing Gas Fires and Cookers Installed

All aspects of plumbing & heating Installed and Repaired Bathroom Installations & Repairs

Underfloor heating - 50 year guarantee

Fast & effective central heating system flushing with free magna filter Landlord Safety Certificates and Maintenance Emergency Repairs Undertaken

518043

For a free quote or advice call Richard

07811 454783 or 01384 402962 58 Mellowdew Road Wordsley

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Email: rmh.gas@gmail.com

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PENSION

By JPA

FREEDOMS

DON’T LOSE OUT In the first major study to be conducted since the introduction of the new pension rules in 2015, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) reviewed the actions taken by pensioners who chose not to receive advice when accessing their pensions pots. They flagged up several areas of concern.

The FCA found that many people simply took the pension income drawdown that was offered by their pension operator, perhaps without realizing that they would have been well within their rights to shop around to see if there was a deal available from an alternative provider. Before the introduction of the pension freedoms, 5% of drawdown plans were bought without seeking advice, but since the introduction of the new rules, this figure has risen to 30%. Drawdown can be complex in its operation, so taking advice that takes full account of a pensioner’s financial circumstances can help ensure that the right decisions about retirement income are taken. After all, retirement should be enjoyed and not endured; today’s pensioners can look forward to several decades in retirement and no-one wants to face the prospect of running out of money later in life. The report also found that in 52% of cases where pensioners had been fully

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withdrawn, the money hadn’t been spent but had been moved into other savings and investments. Research by Citizens Advice showed that, in such cases, one in three put their entire pension savings into a bank account. Pensioners who took this course of action risked paying too much tax, losing out on the possible but not guaranteed investment growth they could have enjoyed if they had left the money invested in their pension fund, and in some instances lost other benefits too. Today, pensions offer flexibility. However, freedom of choice brings with it the responsibility of making the right decisions.

So, if you’re approaching retirement and want some good advice, then it’s time to talk to us for professional advice.

WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT JPA?

We hold a weekly open surgery at our offices in High Street, Kingswinford every Saturday morning from 10.00am to 12 noon for a complimentary review of your pensions and investments. Please contact the office to secure your appointment. Tel: 01384 918158 or email jpafinancialservicesltd@gmail.com www.jpafinancialservicesltd.co.uk

BY ENGAGING JPA TODAY YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO A MORE SECURE TOMORROW

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Focus on what you do best and let us take care of the distractions.

Ɣ Self Assessment Tax Returns Ɣ Business Accounts Ɣ Corporation Tax Ɣ Bookkeeping and VAT Ɣ Business Start-ups Ɣ Company Formations Ɣ Payroll and RTI Ɣ Help with CIS Ɣ Fixed Fees

01384 913 888

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Financial Services Ltd As local Independent Financial Advisers Our aim is to provide Financial Advice for

everyone FREE Initial Review Pension Review Retirement Planning Investments & Savings ISA’s Child Savings Plans Mortgages & Re-mortgages Life Cover Critical Illness For a confidential, no obligation discussion contact the JPA team

Tel. 01384 918158 The value of the investment can go down as well as up and you may not get back as much as you put in. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

WHO HAVE YOU GOT TO TALK TO?

STRESSED, DEPRESSED, NOT HAPPY AT WORK, RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS FAMILY DRIVING YOU MAD, ETC...? WHATEVER KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT, JUST ONE SESSION COULD MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE. • IMPROVE YOUR LIFE • TAKE BACK CONTROL • CHANGE YOUR OUT LOOK • MANAGE YOUR EMOTIONS

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Call Alan Chadwick for a confidenal no obligaon none judgemental chat

07504 539 043

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Russells Hall Hospital 01384 456111 Corbett Hospital 01384 456111

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£28.95 excludes drinks

MENU

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£16.95 under 12 years

4 COURSE TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH

FIRST SITTING For those who wish to party eleswhere. Food served between 5.30pm to 8.30pm All tables MUST be vacated by 9pm

or 4 course indian meal anything from the main menu

12.00 NOON TILL 6.00PM

SECOND SITTING CHOICE OF STARTERS

For those diners who know how to party at the ALAM INTERNATIONAL

Tomato soup or prawn cocktail

Food is served between 9pm to 11.30pm

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CHOICE OF DESSERTS Christmas pudding & custard or ice cream

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DINE IN SAVE £5 Present this voucher to get £5 off when 2 people dine in on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday Evening. Voucher valid until 30.11.17 Not available in conjunction with any other offer or on special days. Photo copies not accepted. One voucher per two people only.

Tel: 01384 401122

www.alamrestaurant.co.uk / Email: bookings@alamrestaurant.co.uk Free parking at front & rear of Alam International

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PET CARE PETS ARE FOR LIFE NOT JUST FOR

CHRISTMAS! by

As Christmas approaches we thought we would talk about gifting animals. We've all seen the slogan at some point "A dog is for life not just for Christmas" but this applies to every animal, from dogs to bunnies, cats to hamsters. Anything you buy/ adopt with a heartbeat means you are committing to a life.

Before contemplating getting a pet for Christmas you need to appreciate the commitment needed. We live in a very throw away culture where unfortunately, some people place pets into this category. Did you know rabbits can live up to 10 years? Cats16? Dogs15? If you only want to commit to a few years buy a hamster or mouse!

It's unbelievably sad the number of people who decide to get rid of their older pets before Christmas to make room for another or because their pet is getting older and has bad breath / perhaps has accidents in the house and they don't want to be embarrassed in front of their relatives (true story). Would you get rid of granny for these reasons?!

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Vets Monica and Lisa at Connaught House Vets

Cost also needs to be taken into account... pet food each week, regular vaccinations to keep them healthy, neutering to prevent population explosion, what happens if your chosen pet becomes ill, can you aord treatment that can run into thousands of pounds? (This is where insurance is of paramount importance). Even the smallest of critters can cost a lot of money. From personal experience I paid £300 for operations on my own pet mouse to remove multiple masses (she lived to the grand old age of 3 and a half years and I don't regret a single penny spent).

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The average lifetime cost of owning a dog today stands at around £16,900 and for a cat £17,200, according to research by Sainsbury’s pet insurance. And it's set to get even more expensive.

Shelters are at breaking point with the volume of animals and after Christmas, once the novelty wears off or the puppy has one too many accidents in the house because nobody bothered to learn how to house train them properly, the shelters will be under even more strain. This happens every year and we won't stop talking about it until people learn that animals are a luxury item, nobody has a right to ownership. If you can't commit or afford them then buy an animal of the cuddly toy kind!

Time to

Care

Poviding a professional, caring and friendly service for the elderley

26 Years Experience Fully qualified, NVQ Level 2 & 3 References Available • Domestic Work • Laundry

• Shopping Outings • Social Calls

• Personal Care

• Hospital Visits

• Companion Calls & Sits

Please call Lisa Timmins

07873 707740

Email: lisa. metocare@gmail.com

Carr’s FootCare For the professional treatment of foot related problems in the comfort of your own home 

Mrs Ann Carr S.A.C.Dip FHPT FHPP

“I’m sure every responsible pet owner will agree, animals are for life, not just for Christmas!”

From all of us at Connaught Vets We wish you a Merry Christmas and happy New Year

  

Jonathan Carr S.A.C.Dip FHPT FHPP

  

CALLUS (HARD SKIN) CORNS FUNGAL INFECTIONS THICKENED NAILS INGROWING TOE NAILS NAIL TRIMMING DIABETIC FEET

Call now for a quick and easy appointment anytime

01384 878569 - 07958 322521 07542 601165 carrsfootcare@gmail.com

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Job Vacancy G & J STARKEY LTD

VEHICLE TECHNICIAN / MECHANIC

Wanted... an experienced, qualified Vehicle Technician/Mechanic, preferably an MOT tester, to join a small family run established business. Must have knowledge of working with diagnostic equipment.  Competitive salary.  Optional enrolment into the works pension plan.  Flexible and fixed holidays and bank holidays.  Hours 8.00am until 4.30pm Monday to Friday with flexibility to work overtime as needed after 4.30 or on Saturday mornings.

Applications accepted by post, telephone or email.

G & J Starkey Ltd, Unit 3 Old Forge Trading Est, Dudley Rd, Lye, Stourbridge DY9 8EL

Tel:01384 894772 Email: gandjstarkey@btconnect.com

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CALL HARRY

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AWARD WINNING VEHICLE TECHNICIANS

G& J STARKEY LTD FAMILY RUN BUSINESS - ESTABLISHED FOR OVER 40 YEARS 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!

We provide a Courtesy Car on request

VOSA Approved MOT Testing Station | Diesels & Petrols | 4x4’s | light commercials | Diagnostic & air con | Electrical Work | Tyres & Exhausts | Clutches | Wheel Alignment | Brakes | Bodywork (arranged) | Servicing for all cars / vans | Cam Belts | 4 Wheel Tracking | Warranty Work Undertaken

2013, 2014 & 2015 WINNERS - 2016 RUNNERS UP OF

‘THE BEST CUSTOMER FEEDBACK AWARD’

1824 feedbacks and counting - 99.9% of customers would recommend us! For over 3 years now we have won The Good Garage Scheme Award for having the most positive member feedbacks. Simply enter our postcode DY9 8EL and our name and you will see the feedback from our happy customers.

That many customer feedbacks can’t be wrong!

01384 894772

www.gandjstarkey.co.uk

Unit 3 | Old Forge Trading Estate Dudley Road | Lye | Stourbridge | DY9 8EL

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