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VILLAGER

villagermagazine.co.uk

JULY 2017

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8 Kumon Study Centre Kingswinford 15 Cruzin for a grooming

LOCAL NEWS

26 Kinver & Bobbington Supper Club

PET CARE

16 How to keep dogs cool on hot days

MONEY WISE

fin nancial habits 20 Time to change your fi

GARDENING

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ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF SUMMER STUDY AND BEYOND

AT KINGSWINFORD

Would your child benefit from extra help with maths and/or reading and writing? Is your child lacking in confidence in any of these areas?

The Kumon Kingswinford Study Centre, offers individualised maths and English study programmes, which are tailored to all ages and abilities.

Summer holidays are often jam-packed with energetic activities for children including bike riding, dancing, football and trips to the beach. But it is just as important to keep their minds active over the holidays as well as their bodies. Having long breaks from study means children can sometimes require extra support to get back into the routine of daily study and they may be out of practice when the new school year comes around. Ensuring they continue educational activities throughout can mean they are confident, equipped and ready to tackle new work when they go back to school.

Established for over 60 years, daily study of the Kumon maths and English programmes can make all the difference when it comes to keeping the brain active between school terms, as well as throughout the year. As a new school year approaches, it’s especially important that your child gets to grips with the core subjects of maths and English, as well as the vital learning skills which can take students beyond their school level.

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STUDY CENTRE

As a global programme, Kumon does not follow a school curriculum, but rather is complementary to curricula across the world. Kumon study takes students beyond the level they are studying at school and provides learning materials which are unfamiliar and compel them to develop new learning strategies to deal effectively with new challenges.

Through the maths and English programmes, Kumon will nurture your child’s independent study skills, so they can apply this approach to all subjects and outside of school too. Kumon develops children through the acquisition of independent learning skills, rather than teaching in the conventional sense. Your child will therefore be equipped with the ability to learn for themselves so they do not become dependent on – or limited by – the skills and knowledge of others. The summer holidays provide an ideal opportunity for your child to settle into their new routine of daily Kumon study, before getting off to a flying start in the new school year.

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Kumon’s maths and English study programmes work throughout the summer to ensure your child is constantly learning and developing their ability. To unlock your child’s potential, contact your local Instructor for a free assessment. Kingswinford Study Centre Emma Wilkinson 01384 908047

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Fees vary. Please refer to your local study centre.

All children in primary and secondary schools across England and Wales are now learning under the new curricular, which focuses, across the board, on 'fewer things in greater depth" (DFE). It places more renewed focus on fluency and mastery both terms we are very familiar with at Kumon, as we enable students to work at their own pace and become confident and proficient at every stage of their learning, before moving on.

Centre Instructor (Emma Wilkinson) is a qualified teacher and early years specialist, including those children with SEN. Emma works very hard with students and their families, to ensure all children are able to reach their full potential, in order to study above and beyond. Emma is very passionate about the Kumon programmes and always looks forward to welcoming new families to her Centre, to begin their Kumon journey.

For more information and to book a FREE assessment, please contact your local Instructor. Emma Wilkinson 01384 908047 kingswinford@kumoncentre.co.uk

The Kingswinford Study Centre is located at Crestwood School, Bromley Lane - with classes running every Tuesday and Thursday 4.00pm-6.00pm and Saturday 10.30am-12.00pm.

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HOW TO KEEP DOGS COOL ON HOT DAYS PET CARE How to prevent overheating and basic first aid tips

You are probably tired of DOGS DIE IN hearing this but ‘D HOT CARS’. Do not leave your pooch in the car (caravan or conservatory for that matter) under any circumstance even for a few minutes. Outside temperatures of 22 degrees can reach 47 degrees in a car in a matter of minutes. Please consider not even taking your dog out in a car even if you have no intention of leaving them alone. Many people do not consider fatality can occur even when you are inside the car as well. If the situation is unavoidable, windows down and air con on please!

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Do not walk your dog in the daytime, particularly early afternoon as this it's when the sun reaches its hottest temperature. Walk at dawn and dusk when temperatures and pavements are cooler. If you can't hold the back of your hand on the pavement for more than 5 seconds don't expect your dog to walk on it!

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Use sunscreen on your pets’ skin. Children's factor 50 is relatively safe providing your pet can't lick it off.

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Cooling jackets are available at pet shops and online. Dampening them provides hours of cool relief for your pooch.

“THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE FORM OF A HOT DOG!”

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Do not allow your pets to play as 3 when temperatures soar they can play themselves into exhaustion. For anybody who owns a staffy like me you can appreciate how crazy they are constantly! Use puzzle games to keep them entertained or a paddling pool - you can use it too.

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Use fans and open Windows

Place ice cubes in their water or regularly change their water to keep it cool and always allow constant access. Frozen carrots for dogs are also a cool treat and healthier than normal ones!

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Get those ‘winter- use only’ hot water bottles out of the airing cupboard and fill them with cold tap water and place them in your pet’s favourite resting spot.

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For the small furies, cooling slabs/tiles can be purchased for them to lie on. Also fill a plastic water bottle and freeze it and place it in their run (which should also have plenty of shade).

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With the recent heat wave and supposedly more coming this summer here are a few pointers on keeping your furry family cool and what to do if they overheat

By Vets Monika and Lisa

Clinical signs of heat stress - Heavy panting/ open mouth breathing - Fast pulse - Increased salvation - Lethargy - Vomiting - Dark urine - Dark red gums/ tongue - Bruising or bleeding - Lack of coordination/ staggering - Reluctance/ inability to stand - Loss of consciousness - Seizures If your pet is exhibiting any of these clinical signs then you should contact your vet immediately. Vets Will be able to provide cooling measures, careful monitoring and IV uids to normalise temperatures and also control seizures if the heat stroke gets that far.

Below are some Basic first aid tips to employ if you do suspect your pet is over heated DO NOT be tempted to use freezing cold water to cool your pet. Cool/tepid water is best as cold water constricts blood vessels and therefore reduces your pet’s ability to lose heat. Use cool damp towels over your pet. Concentrate particularly on the pads, ears and nose as these are the only places your pet can lose heat, use a fan and open windows.

The following pets are particularly susceptible to high temperatures Brachycephalic breeds, Bulldogs, Pugs and Persians etc. Pregnant animals Young animals

If you have any concerns about a pet, you should always contact your vet. Written by Monika Mirando DVM MRCVS and Lisa Apted BScHons BA VetMB MRCVS Veterinary Surgeons at Connaught House Vets.

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TIME TO CHANGE

YOUR FINANCIAL HABITS

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CHECK YOUR MORTGAGE

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Often a family’s biggest monthly outgoing, it makes sense to check that you’ve got the best, most cost-effective deal for your circumstances.

MAKE PENSION SAVINGS A PRIORITY

You’ve probably heard this message many times before, but experts agree that the earlier you start savings in a pension, the more you can put into it, the more time your money has to grow. With tax relief available on contributions, pension saving really is a no-brainer.

DON’T MISS OUT ON TAX-RELIEF ON YOUR SAVINGS

Your ISA allowance for this Tax-year is £20000. Depending on your circumstances, you might want to think about a Help to Buy ISA or a Lifetime ISA.

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Shopping around at renewal could get you a better, cheaper deal that provides the right cover for your needs.

KEEP YOUR CREDIT CARDS AND LOANS UNDER REVIEW

It pays to know what interest you’re being charged and to check if another provider offers a lower interest rate.

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Many banks offer new customers valuable incentives to move their accounts. If you’re currently paying a monthly fee, it pays to check out that the extras you get by doing so represent good value for you.

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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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GARDENING BY MARTIN BLOW

Home and Dry

In a dry year like this a thunderstorm, like the one rattling around while I type, brings welcome relief from watering the garden for a while.

Some of my plants need frequent soakings to prosper but I do make sure I’ve got plenty of drought busting plants that will look after themselves. Many plants are adapted to do with very little water. Some store water in succulent leaves to use when times are hard (saving for a nonrainy day!). Some have silver or woolly leaves that reflect the sun. Others have leathery, waxy or sticky leaves that don’t lose much moisture. Looking for these adaptions can help identify plants that should be able to do without so much water. Please do bear in mind that newly planted specimens will need watering until they are established.

Many of these drought tolerant plants come from the Mediterranean countries and won’t like soggy wet soils in winter, so good drainage will help with hardiness. This is certainly true of the Sun Rose (Cistus) with its crinkly, gummy leaves and large rose-like flowers. This forms a neat shrub in time. The bold Purple Cistus can get to 3ft high and wide but there are smaller ones like the white Gum Cistus (Cistus libanotis).

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Purple Cistus

Rock Rose Ben Heckla

Smaller than the Sun Rose are the Rock Roses (Helianthemum). These have small leathery leaves, masses of bright flowers and form a low, sprawling bush that can cascade over rocks and walls. They will need regular trimming to keep them neat. There are lots of colours to choose from. The bright orange ones like Ben Heckla are my favourites.

Lambs Ears

Silver Mullein

Silver Sage

Woolly leaves reflect heat, stop water loss and capture dew and so help plants do without rain for a while. Lambs Ears (Stachys byzantina) are well named and form weed smothering clumps. The variety Primrose Heron has yellowish leaves. The large leaves of the Silver Sage (Salvia argentea) are far more showy than the white flowers. Perhaps the woolliest leaves are those of the Silver Mullein (Verbascum bombyciferum) and the 6ft (2m) flowers stems are also covered in wool. This is a short-lived perennial that normally dies after flowering, replacing itself with seedlings the following spring.

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African Daisies (Osteospermum) have both waxy leaves and produce roots on their stems to maximise water take up when it does rain. Most of these are used as summer bedding but a few like Lady Leitrim are fully hardy in the UK.

Miss Wilmott’s Ghost

Hard, shiny or waxy leaves help stop moisture loss, and this is turned into an art form by the Sea Hollies (Eryngium). The Marble-Leaved Sea Holly (E.variifolium) forms tight rosettes hugging the ground whilst Miss Wilmott’s Ghost (E.gigantum) produces a many-branched head of silver, prickly flowers. Many herbs are drought tolerant, requiring heat and dry air to release the volatile oils that give them their aroma. English and French Lavenders make low growing bushes that should be given a clip over twice a year to keep them tidy. Rosemary, Hissop and Marjoram are also at home in very dry conditions. Russian Sage (Perovskia), isn’t used as an herb (as far as I know) but has large feathery heads of blue flowers and dry leaves. Prune in spring to keep it neat. Pinks (Dianthus) like Gran’s Favourite have bluish, waxy leaves and release a heady fragrance in the sun. French Lavender

Gran’s Favourite

I’ve only scratched the surface of hardy plants suited to drought conditions – I’ll look at some for dry shade another time. Lady Leitrim

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Kinver and Bobbington

SUPPER CLUB Are you fanatical about chocolate, or intrigued by Wallis Simpson and her affair with Edward VIII, or full of admiration for the air ambulance service? If so the autumn and winter programme planned by the Kinver and Bobbington Supper Club is just made for you.

The club, which meets at The Fox at Stourton for a meal and a speaker on the last Tuesday of the month from October to March, has just finalised its programme for 2017/18.

The season starts with the emphasis on comedy when highly entertaining speaker Dave Berry talks about “humour in retirement” while the November meeting features Phil Revell who normally limits speaking engagements to his native Shropshire. However, the club has enticed him over the border to tell of the children from Shropshire who travelled to the New World on the Mayflower.

January 2018 sees the visit of Jason Dennis who will discuss the work of the County Air Ambulance Trust, followed in February by Mary Bodfish looking at the romance between Kind Edward VIII and American

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divorcee Wallis Simpson which raised a unique constitutional crisis with intriguing results.

The season closes sweetly with a visit by Jacqueline Smith who will tell us some of the history of chocolate making in all its varieties together with a demonstration and then samples to taste.

While Kinver and Bobbington Supper Club is named as a club, there are no membership fees and no commitment to attend every meeting. It is a group of men and women, who gather to enjoy a meal and each other’s company, listen to interesting speakers for the cost of a three course meal and participation in a raffle which supports local charities. Those to benefit from the 2016/17 season were: Living Springs, The Samaritans, Midland Air Ambulance, Mary Stevens Hospice, Action Heart, Beacon Centre for the Blind and Kinver Village National Trust committee’s millennium pathway project on Kinver Edge. If you would like more information please contact Chairman Ken Graham 01384 872547

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