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THE VILLAGER MAGAZINE Welcome to the Villager Magazine. Put your feet up, relax and enjoy a good read. pring is in the air, on Sunday 31 March we turn the clocks forward by 1 hour and begin to enjoy lighter evenings.

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As the weather warms and the skies start to brighten, it is a great time to get into the garden and make a start on jobs around the home; if you need a helping hand you will find lots of local tradespeople inside this issue.

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You can enter our competition to win tickets to see ‘ROTTERDAM’ at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre or a Gel manicure at Studio 524. The Plant Hunters Fairs are back; you can find out when and where you can pick your perfect plant on page 6.

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Also in this issue, Martin Blow gives a month by month rundown of the yellow flowers to enjoy in your garden.

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PICK YOUR PERFECT PLANT at Plant Hunters’ Fairs Spring is in the air and it's time to get out in the garden and get planning and planting for the year ahead and where better to get inspiration than at a Plant Hunters' Fair.

fter our first, very successful plant fair at Sandwell Valley Country Park last year we are returning on Saturday 13th April from 10am-4pm. Last year’s event was a great success with hundreds of garden lovers enjoying the chance to choose from thousands of plants all lovingly grown by the specialist nurseries who are on hand again to give honest, straightforward advice on choosing and growing the right plants for your garden. There will be 22 specialist nurseries and artisans from across the country at this stunning location. At the same time why not enjoy a walk at this wonderful Country Park. The plant fair and country park are free to enter (there is a small parking charge). Sandwell Valley Country Park is just one mile from West Bromwich town centre – use postcode B71 4BG

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On Saturday 20th April (Easter Saturday) Plant Hunters Fair’s return to the wonderful setting of Bodenham Arboretum. Easter is a great time for getting down to some gardening and those purchases can go straight into the garden! This plant fair has become a magnet for plant lovers from near and far and there is a great line-up of nurseries to create a plant lover's paradise. It’s completely free to enter the plant fair which is held just next to the main arboretum entrance. There’s also ample free parking, so you can pop in for some plants and visit the restaurant for a cuppa without breaking the bank. The fair runs from 10am-4pm and is on hard standing so there’s no need to worry if the weather is wet! Bodenham Arboretum is situated between the A442 and A449 – use postcode DY11 5TB If you are looking for a great value day out this Early May Bank Holiday Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May. Then look no further than a visit to the wonderful Weston Park and its Plant Hunters' Fair. There is so much to see and do with formal gardens and woodland walks planted with spring bulbs, bluebells, azaleas and rhododendrons. There is also a brilliant adventure playground for children. For this special event, Weston Park are offering a great value entrance price of just £3.00 (normally £8.00) for the fair, gardens and grounds. The fair runs from 10am-5pm both days. Weston Park (TF11 8LE) is on the A5 just off the A41.

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You can find out which nurseries will be at each event and see the full calendar of fairs by visiting www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk

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TAYLOR’S GIFTS & INTERIORS Local business feature Taylor’s gifts & interiors offer an extensive range of beautiful gifts and design-led home accessories, along with handbags shoes and beautiful jewellery.

you find yourself short of gift ideas or just fancy giving yourself a bit of a treat, then a trip to Taylor’s Gifts & Interiors could be just what you need.

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Passionate about Interior Design, fashion and gifts, owner Kim Taylor offers an extensive collection of affordable, gorgeous & stylish unique pieces for you and your home.

Kim’s furniture, fashion & gifts are beautifully displayed in her shop on Charterfield Drive in Kingswinford where you will receive a warm welcome while you browse original and unique items for sale. Whether you are looking for that perfect, stylish or unusual gift? A new piece of unique furniture for your home or a statement piece of jewellery or handbag and shoes you will find it all here. Scented candles by Heart & Home, beautiful liquid art prints, stylish lamps and home decor ideas make this a great place to shop. And if you’re looking for a card to go with that special gift you may find yourself spending more than a little time here – as the selection is wonderful.

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“A great place to while away some time and come up with a truly original gift.” Kim continues to seek out unique pieces to keep her valued customers coming back and with new spring-summer 2019 items arriving daily it’s well worth popping in to see what tempts you.. You will always find a warm welcome when you visit and whether you choose to acquire something new for your home, your friends and family, or yourself, we are sure you will remember your visit to Taylor’s Gifts & Interiors as a as a pleasant one.

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Transform the look and feel of your home with one quick and easy purchase. A Roller Garage Door from Garolla is a timeless piece of technology that effortlessly improves the appearance of your exteriors and makes life that little bit easier. Remote controlled, quiet and easy to use, Garolla Garage Doors allow you to enter your home in style as well as comfort.

From these strong foundations, Garolla can ensure the safety and security of your home. Utilising a patented locking system and high strength locks, a Garolla Garage Door makes it harder for potential thieves to gain access to your home. They are also fitted with the latest in Garage safety systems, meaning you can sleep easier at night knowing that your home is protected. Investing in a Garolla Garage Door could save you money in the long run, thanks to their smart thermal insulation technology. Each slat that makes up your Garage Door is twin walled and filled with a specialist material that minimises heat loss. Meaning less draughts in your home and fewer flicks on the energy switch. Your local installer will be there every step of the way, from the survey to your installation you will only ever have to deal with one person. They will be on hand to talk you through the process and answer any questions you might have. Garolla also have a team of dedicated customer care professionals who work tirelessly to make sure every query is met, so you can be sure you’re making the best choice for you and your family.

Hand crafted to your home’s exact specifications, every Garolla Garage Door is designed to be strong and durable. Manufactured using sturdy aluminium and CE approved components; it’s easy to see why these Garage Doors have such an impressive lifespan. Once completed, every Roller Garage Door must pass a series of strenuous quality control checks before finally making its way to your home.

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On the day of your installation, your local installer will remove your old Garage Door and replace it with your custom made Garolla Garage Door, all within a matter of hours. There’s no need to worry about the disposal of your old door either, as your Garolla installer will recycle this for you completely free of charge. After the installation is complete your new Garage Door will be ready to use straight away, simply press the button and enjoy.

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Available in two slat sizes and a stunning array of 18 different colours, a Garolla Garage Door can be made to suit you and your home’s personal style. Looking for a classic design? Then a crisp white finish would be the perfect match. Or perhaps you’re searching for something a little bit different? In which case, the options are seemingly endless with shades such as moss green and anthracite grey being popular alternative choices. With a no-nonsense approach to pricing, it couldn’t be easier to cost up a new Garage Door with Garolla. Based on your measurements, colour and slat choice, a quote from Garolla is inclusive of measuring, fitting and VAT. This lets you buy with confidence as there are no hidden fees to be wary of. To receive your very own free quote today, head on over to the Garolla website at www.garolla.co.uk or give their friendly customer care team a call on 0800 468 1982.

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ing Super Sad) and staff writer on The Crown, Rotterdam is a bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home.

her girlfriend Fiona reveals that he has always identified as male and now wants to start living as a man named Adrian. Now, as Adrian confronts the reality of his transition, Alice faces a question she never thought she'd ask... does this mean she's straight?

It's New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she's gay. But before she can hit send,

Hartshorn – Hook Productions are committed to ensuring Rotterdam has equality and gender diversity among the cast and creatives.

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★★★★

‘Very funny, very human, very touching.

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Following three critically acclaimed runs in London and a highly successful transfer to New York, Donnacadh O’Briain’s Olivier award-winning production of Rotterdam will now embark on an extensive UK tour, visiting Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from 22 – 24 April.

We have a pair of tickets to give away to the opening night. To be in with a chance of winning just answer the question:

Rotterdam is the second largest city in? A) The Netherlands B) Denmark C) Finland D) Norway

By post to: Villager comp, 17 Beechcote Avenue, Wolverley DY11 5TS or email: thevillagermag@yahoo.co.uk

Include your answer, name, address and telephone number. Closing date 04.04.19 For competition T’s & C’s visit www.villagermagazine.co.uk Jon Brittain was inspired to write Rotterdam after several of his friends transitioned in the late 2000s. He became aware of the absence of transgender stories in pop culture and wanted to address this on the stage. Through writing this show, he researched and consulted widely including talking to trans people and their partners, conducting a reading for members of trans communities and discussing

the show with various organisations, including Trans Media Watch who then endorsed Rotterdam, and the charity Gendered Intelligence, who the company dedicated their Olivier award to. To book tickets for Rotterdam at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from 22 – 24 April, visit grandtheatre.co.uk or call 01902 42 92 12

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PENSIONS – THERE’S GOOD NEWS! by JPA Financial Services Ltd Many commentators had predicted that the Chancellor would announce major changes to pension tax relief in his 2018 Autumn Budget. However, this wasn’t the case. Other than the raising of the Lifetime Allowance in line with the Consumer Price Index to £1055000 for the 2019 – 20 tax year, the rules surrounding pensions remain the same.

VALUABLE TAX RELIEF

ensions continue to offer generous tax breaks to encourage us all to provide adequately for our retirement years. If you make contributions to a pension, or if your employer deducts your payments from your salary, you automatically get 20% tax relief into your pension pot. If you are a higher-rate taxpayer, you can claim an extra 20% while those paying additional-rate tax can claim back an extra 25%. From age 55, you can take 25% of your savings as a tax-free lump sum. There are different ways of doing this, including taking the tax-free cash, taking part of the tax-free cash, taking a lump sum including the tax-free element and taking the whole pension fund including the tax-free cash.

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PLANS TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS

Ideally, everyone would start to save for their pension as soon as they start work, however even if you only have a few working years left, you can still start a pension. Pension plans come in various forms to suit the needs of different types of worker, from the basic State Pension to self-invested personal pensions (SIPPS), personal or private pensions, and workplace pensions schemes, to name but a few. The sooner you start your pension, the longer your money will have to grow.

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If you’re self-employed, an employee, work part-time, run your own business or have accumulated pension pots with past employers, we can offer you the advice you need. If you haven’t looked at your pension pot recently, then arrange to see us for a review.

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WIN A GEL MANICURE AT STUDIO 524 Studio 524 is kindly offering one lucky reader the chance to win a Gel Manicure with Beauty Therapist Frances. For your chance to win this amazing prize just answer the following question. What is ONYCHOPHAGIA ? A) Nail Massage B) Nail Painting C) Nail Ridges D) Nail Biting

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COMPETITION WINNER THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN In last month’s Villager Magazine our competition to win tickets to see THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN asked which TV Soap did Samantha Womack play Ronnie Mitchell in? The correct answer was EastEnders.

Congratulations to Gill Fellows of Mayfair Drive Kingswinford, who is the lucky winner of a pair of tickets.

Why not go to page 17 to enter this month’s competition to win tickets to see Rotterdam. All correct answers will be entered and the winner drawn at random.

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MELLOW YELLOW by Martin Blow of Special Perennials Many gardeners I talk to think of yellow as a spring colour epitomised by drifts of daffs nodding in the March and April sunshine. But yellow is a colour for every season and there’s something different and unusual to light up each month in the calendar.

By March more Narcissus are blooming including the dainty hooped petticoat (Narcissus bulbocodium) and Cyclamenflowered (Narcissus cyclamineus). These are good in the rockery or naturalised in short grass.

ellow is also an easy-going colour,

Y mixing well with most colour schemes

and rarely clashing which is why I call it mellow yellow. Having said that, you do have to take some care selecting the shade of yellow: mustard and pink is a bit to strident but tone the yellow down to pale primrose and all is harmonious.

One of my favourite bog or water’s edge flowers, the Marsh Marigold (Caltha pulustris) is in full bloom in April creating stunning bursts of sunshine yellow in areas that are largely devoid of colour at that time. The large open flowers are a valuable good source for bees at this time. Also blooming in April is the Leopard’s Bane (Doronicum), one of the early flowering plants of the daisy family. Unlike the marsh marigold these spreading plants prefer good drainage.

And it’s not just flowers that bring sunny yellow into the garden; there’s plenty of yellow-leafed plants as well. Here’s a month-by-month selection of yellow flowers and foliage. In our garden the year is heralded in by the opening of yellow catkins on our hazel hedge. During January on still, sunny days the slightest breeze causes clouds of pollen to erupt from the dangling male lamb’s tails. The female flowers are tiny and red and nestled close to the twigs. February sees the first daffs open, usually the dwarf types like February Gold and yellow crocuses are also unfurling in the grass.

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Come May and there are so many yellow flowers to choose from so I’m going to begin with an orange flowered one! Geum Eos has bright orange flowers but before these open the spring foliage is bright yellow, nearly golden and this is as it’s best in May. By summer the leaves have turned limy green. At this time as well, Hosta leaves are unfurling and many variegated ones have pristine leaves with patches and stripes of yellow.

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As spring slips into the long days of summer in June Evening Primroses are opening up their silk-like petals for just one evening, night and early morning each. I love the pale yellow Lemon Sunset and the deeper Apricot Delight. These are short-lived perennials that do self-seed a bit but however lovely the flowers the taller wild ones (Oenothera biennis) seed far too much to be welcome in the garden. A word also for the common yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia) that are covered with spires of yellow flowers at this time. These are often recommended as bog plants where they frighteningly invasive. On the other hand, place them in dry, difficult soils and they survive, flower brilliantly and are slow to spread. July is prime time for our collections of helenium and day lily, but I’ve talked about them in detail before, so I thought I’d mention another daisy flower: dyer's chamomile (anthemis tinctoria) which is looking stunning in at this time. The slightly sprawling plants are covered with daisy flowers – the wild form is golden but there are several pale yellow types such as “Sauce Hollandaise” and “E C Buxton”. These need good drainage and a sunny spot. They thrive in poor soils as well. After the flowers fade, cut them back very hard and stand back and watch them spring back into flower after a few weeks.

One plant you can’t miss in August is the towering hollyhock growing (traditionally by a cottage wall) up to 10ft tall. The Russian hollyhock (Alcea rugosa) is covered with pale yellow flowers and seems to be resistant to hollyhock rust which can weaken the more highly bred types. Another taller flower is the perennial sunflower and these are in full swing in September. From the palest yellow of Lemon Queen to the deep, rich Loddon Gold these are flowers to bring a smile to everyone that see them. Another sunny daisy is at its peak in October – Coneflowers (Rudbeckia) are creating a storm of gold in the October garden. Once the flowers fade, leave the dead heads on for the first part of winter as they look good for some time. Walk along almost any residential street in November and you are likely to catch the scent of Mahonia – the Oregon grape. The yellow flowers are highly scented and will continue to bloom into winter. The plants are normally very spiny (although spineless types are now available) and tough. Unlike its summer-flowering namesakes, Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum), has no scent but it can be relied on clothe a trellis or fence with yellow flowers in December. It is a plant that thrives on neglect and copes with the toughest sites. Can we have reached the end of the year already, oh well it’s time to expect the lamb’s tails to bloom again!

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