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VILLAGER May 2018

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INSIDE GARDENING ‘DARK FLOWERS’ PLUS VISIT THE ‘PLANT HUNTERS FAIRS’

WIN TICKETS TO THE GRAND THEATRE WIN A FACIAL AT STUDIO 524 & MORE..

Himley l Kingswinford l Kinver l Swindon l Wall Heath l Wordsley l Wollaston

Our front cover star for May is our gardening article author Martin Blow. Martin and his wife Janet run Special Perennials; their website is full of growing tips and colour photos. They sell plants by mail order or you can collect your order when visiting one of the Plant Hunters Fairs they organise - see page 8. You will find Martin’s article ‘Dark Flowers’ on page 22.

Also in this issue you can enter the Grand Theatre competition to win tickets to see ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’. Win a facial at Studio 524 and find out how to get fit, lose fat and have fun at Fit body Bootcamp.

Please support local man Anthony Lewis with his extreme challenge to raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, read all about his fabulous efforts and extremely brave Grandson on page 12.

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PLANT HUNTERS Tremendous gardening days out

CHARITY RUN Wolf pack get set for Charity Run

BEAUTY COMPETITION Win an Essential Facial

FITNESS Get fit, lose fat ... have fun

WIN THEATRE TICKETS To see ‘Thoroughly Modern Mille’

GARDENING Dark Flowers

MONEY TALK Could you be an ISA millionaire?

Finally if you wish to place an advert or a rticle in the next Villager please contact us by 24th May. I hope you enjoy reading this issue and please tell our advertisers where you found them.

Maggie

Independently published the Villager magazine promotes local business to local people.

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ith the spring flowers coming to an end, it’s time to think about summer colour in the garden. Gardeners looking for inspiring garden displays, and top-quality plants are in for a treat as Plant Hunters’ Fairs bring lots of well-respected independent plant nurseries from the length and breadth of Britain to two wonderful gardens this May and June. As an added incentive, the gardens are offering half price entry for these special events only.

On Saturday 19th May Plant Hunters' Fairs return to the lovely setting of Arley Arboretum. The arboretum has peaceful glades, glorious views across the Severn Valley with the sounds of birdsong only punctuated by the hoot of the locos on the Severn Steam railway passing nearby as well as the Italian garden with its fountain, the tranquil wonderland of rare and ancient trees to the Dinosaur and Fairy Trails and maze for the young ones. For this special event, the venue is offering better than half standard price entry of just £2.50 for adults and £1.00 for children for the gardens, arboretum and fair. The fair opens at 10am and closes at 5pm. Arley Arboretum DY12 1XJ is just off the A442 between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster.

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On Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June Plant Hunters' Fairs return to the inspirational gardens at Hodnet Hall for their, now traditional, specialist plant fair. This plant fair continues to attract the cream of specialist nurseries and is a great opportunity to meet 23 brilliant nurseries and artisans from far and wide all in one place. If you haven't visited Hodnet Hall Gardens you are in for a treat. The 63-acre gardens have so much to see and admire with flowering trees and shrubs, roses and peonies, herbaceous borders, woodland plants, walled vegetable and cutting garden, wildflower meadow and woods, lakes and streams. For these days only, all this is available to roam and explore for the special entry price of just £3.50 that’s half standard entry price! (children under 15 free). The fair opens at 10am and closes at 5pm each day. The tearooms will be serving light lunches and refreshments throughout the day. The garden is off the A442 at Hodnet TF9 3NN Plant Hunters’ Fairs organise plant fairs at beautiful garden and countryside locations across the midlands See full details of other fairs to visit and of the nurseries attending at www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk

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The Wolf Pack get set for Charity Challenge Local man Anthony Lewis (58) from Kinver is hitting the gym and pounding the tarmac in a bid to get fit and give something back to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for the fabulous ,expert care given to his Grandson. Anthony will be supported by his son Daniel raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, which is the UK’s leading specialist paediatric centre. Daniel has taken part in Wolf Runs before but Anthony had swerved exercise for many years, so last September training began in earnest to prepare him to take part in ‘the Summer Wolf Run this June. The Summer Wolf Run is ‘wild running’ and is set in the grounds of Stanford Hall, Leicestershire. Anthony and Daniel will be faced with the challenge of running 10k through wild springs and dense woodland, intricate trails, lakes and streams and the infamous Mud Sucker obstacle. Anthony said; “The pain and early morning training sessions will all be worth it to be able to give a little something back to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for the fabulous and expert care given to my Grandson Madison Lewis now aged 5.” Madison, was born 11 weeks earlier than expected in February 2013, born by emergency caesarean at New Cross Hospital, he weighed a tiny 900 grams and was not a well-baby, after his birth little Madison was immediately rushed by ambulance to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for life saving surgery. Diagnosed with SBS (short bowel syndrome) which left him only 30cm of healthy jejunum, no ileum, liver disease associated with intestinal failure and an over enlarged spleen.

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He had a Central line for feeding, parenteral nutrition (PN for short) for 14 hours a day 7 days a week and an NG tube for enteral nutrition 24 hours a day. From February 2013 to July 2013 baby Madison underwent a further 6 operations before being discharged at the end of August 2013, sadly he was only home for a few short months before being re-admitted with numerous complications.

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During the next 3 years Madison spent months at a time back at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. At this extremely worrying and stressful time his loving family were able to stay close to him by staying in Ronald MacDonald House. Anthony explained; “Ronald MacDonald House is a fantastic charity. When Madison was in hospital we were faced with having to travel long distances each day and either pay for costly hotel rooms or sleep on a chair at his bedside. Ronald MacDonald House provided our family with a comfortable place to stay that was close to Madison.”

when it costs a minimum of £250,000 a year to help support a family on parenteral nutrition at home.” “Ours and your support empowers Birmingham Children’s Hospital to take innovative approaches to treat some of the sickest children in the UK.” Anthony's mission and goal is to help raise funds needed by Birmingham Children’s Hospital to make a real difference to all sick children and their families.

“As a family we have been trained comprehensively by Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the wonderful ‘Care at Home’ nurses to make sure we can meet Madison’s needs, we know how to pass NG tubes and administer parenteral nutrition at home.” “Madison's second home has been and remains still Birmingham Children’s Hospital. We are unable to quantify or measure our gratitude to Dr Wong Madison's Consultant and Tracey Johnson his Dietitian and the great and excellent staff on Ward 2. We just feel now it would be nice to give something back. It’s a small donation in the grand scheme of things

Madison age 5 To support ‘Anthony Lewis Wolf Run’ and help raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/anthony-lewis42

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COMPETITION The award-winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie visits Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Tuesday 26 – Sat 30 June with Hayley Tamaddon taking on the title role of Millie Dilmount, a Kansas girl determined to make it big in New York City. We have a pair of tickets to give away to the opening night.

Hayley is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Del Dingle in Emmerdale and Andrea Beckett in Coronation Street and for winning the fifth series of ITV1’s Dancing on Ice. Other television credits include Accused, Shameless, Waterloo Road, Where the Heart Is and The Royal.

Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie is based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film. Taking you back to the height of the Jazz Age in 1920s New York City, when ‘moderns’ including a flapper named Millie Dillmount, were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love.

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From explosive tap numbers to a ‘Fred and Ginger’ dance routine on a window ledge, and featuring hit songs including Gimme Gimme and Not for the Life of Me, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a brilliantly funny, entertaining show for all the family.

Tickets for Thoroughly Modern Millie are on sale now by contacting the Box Office on 01902 42 92 12, visiting in person or online at grandtheatre.co.uk. To be in with a chance of winning 2 tickets for the opening night on Tuesday 26 June., simply answer the question. Hayley Tamaddon played Del Dingle in which TV Soap? A. Hollyoaks B. Emmerdale C. EastEnders D. Doctors

Post entries to: Competition, The Villager Magazine, 17 Beechcote Avenue, Wolverley DY11 5TS or email thevillagermag@yahoo.co.uk Include your answer, name, address & telephone number. Closing date 30.05.18

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Dark Flowers It’s the brightly coloured flowers in the garden that first catch our eyes but sometimes it’s the dark, smouldering beauty of the deep reds and purples that catch our hearts.

Aquilegia Black Barlow

There’s something beguiling about these dark beauties that makes us look again, there velvety colour urges us to touch them. I for one have become beguiled by them and always seek them out at the nursery or plant fair.

The brilliant thing is, some of our favourite and easiest to grow garden plants have varieties in these deep, smouldering colours as well as some more exotic species you can try. Here’s some of my favourites. For the cottage garden Aquilegia Black Barlow is the deepest red, nearly black with spiky double flowers. The Black Hollyhock (Alcea rosea Nigra) with its large dark red flowers with silky petals is great grown against a wall or fence to add height. Another plant to add height in the garden is Angelica gigas which has large heads of beetroot red flowers in summer. Angelicas are called “monocarpic” by botanists meaning they die after flowering. Not to worry though as they are easily replaced by seed which should be collected as soon as it starts to fall from the plant and sown immediately. The seedlings will pop up in spring. Astrantias (Masterwort) are esteemed for their long flowering period and tough constitutions. There are lots of deep ruby red varieties available; all are equally good; look out for “Gill Richardson” and “Hadspen Blood” particularly. Astrantias will self-seed

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Angelica gigas

Black Tie Affair

Hadspen Blood

Gill Richardson

but these will be a mixture of dark red, pink or white flowered seedlings. Those with dark red or black coloration on their fresh leaves are most likely to have dark red flowers. Irises are one of the glories of the late spring and early summer border and always the stars of the Chelsea Flower Show. There are some really dark flowered ones available among the scented bearded Iris. My favourites are the mid-height “Black Tie Affair” and “Deep Black” both of which have deep, inky violet flowers unfurling from black buds. Bearded Iris need a sunny spot and good drainage in winter. The knobbly rhizomes they grow from must be planted with their tops out of the soil and exposed to the sun.

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There’s a hardy geranium for every situation in the garden and it’s no surprise that there are some lovely dark flowered ones as well. “Lily Lovell”, “Samobor” and “Our Pat” are great for a shady spot. There are several dark flowered cornflowers. The best is the maroon coloured “Jordy” who reblooms from May to October if cut back hard each time flowering stops. The variety “Black Sprite” is smaller and in my experience weaker growing. Penstemons are long flowering favourites that we used to treat as tender, but these days they survive all but the coldest winters. The varieties “Raven” and “Blackbird” both have flowers the colour of port wine.

Lily Lovell

Jordy

Penstemons

Less hardy is the Chocolate Cosmos, so called because of the chocolate scent and the deep dark brown-red of the flowers. These grow from tubers like a dahlia and are probably best dug up and kept in greenhouse over winter. They will survive most winters outdoors, but flower late. Speaking of Dahlias, these have perhaps the biggest choice of dark flowers going. I love “Nuit D’ete” (“Summer Night”) and “Dark Spirit” especially. Definitely not hardy is Aeonium Schwartzkopf which is branching succulent with almost black petals. It can’t stand any frost, so I bed it out in June and pot it up again in October to be kept in a greenhouse or light windowsill over winter. There is also an Arum Lily (Zantedeschia) named Schwarzwalder with lovely, waxy black flowers. These are also not quite hardy and are best kept in a greenhouse over winter. Dark flowers can be grown on masse, but this can look a little sombre, so I liven them up with touches of white, cream, yellow or bright orange flower in the border. Good plants for this are Sisyrhynchium striatum, anthemis, tulip or achillea.

Chocolate Cosmos

Dark Spirit

Schwartzkopf

Dark flowers deserve a place in every garden; it’s time to show off your darker side. MARTIN BLOW Janet & I run Special Perennials, our website www.specialperennials.com is full of colour photos and growing tips. We sell by mail order and at Plant Hunters’ Fairs throughout the season. We will be at Arley Arboretum, DY12 1SQ on Saturday 19th May entry to gardens and fair special price of only £2.50; For full details please see www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk We are happy to bring orders to plant fairs for you.

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COULD YOU BE AN ISA MILLIONAIRE? Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) are a great way to invest free of tax on the income and any capital gains. The amount you can put in each year has gradually increased.

A growing number of people are becoming ‘ISA millionaires’ as a result of rising stock market prices, and the steady increase in the annual ISA allowance. The allowance for the 2018 – 19 tax year remains at the current limit of £20000, meaning that couples can put away up to £40000. Sadly, it seems that the ISA message hasn’t filtered through to everyone. HMRC has produced data that shows only two thirds of those earning more than £150000 a year use up their ISA allowance each year.

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Local arts groups, community organisations and schools are being invited to play a poignant part in this year’s special Remembrance Day service in Dudley. This year will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in 1918. And Dudley Council has called for any groups or organisations planning special displays or projects to mark the occasion to get in touch.

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