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VILLAGER

villagermagazine.co.uk

OCTOBER 2017

INSIDE FREE PARKING TRIAL THE BIG PINK OCTOBER HALLOWEEN EVENTS FOR CHILDREN

WIN TICKETS TO A CHRISTMAS CAROL

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CONTENTS

THE VILLAGER MAGAZINE 6

LOCAL

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COMPETITION

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Win tickets to see ‘A Christmas Carol’

CHARITY

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The Big Pink Charity Event

PETS

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GARDENING

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MONEY WISE

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Free Parking Trial

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Common Misconceptions Asters Beautiful Autumn Blooms

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Pension Changes

LOCAL EVENTS

Halloween Events for Children

EDUCATION

Free trial at local Kumon study centre

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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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Shoppers and businesses are to get a boost as one hour's free parking has come into force on all council car parks across Dudley borough.

Since April, a trial has seen motorists being able to park for free for two hours on council car parks in Dudley, Brierley Hill, Halesowen and Sedgley.

The trial has changed to one hour’s free parking offered on all borough councilowned car parks, including those in Stourbridge and Kingswinford. Council bosses intend to make free parking a permanent offer in the borough from next April, as part of the budget setting process. Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environmental services, said:

“We’re committed to providing free parking across the borough long term to help our local town centres thrive, but want to ensure we do this in the best way.

“So we’re changing the trial to one hour’s free parking on all council pay and display car parks across the borough. “We continue to listen to local businesses, shoppers and visitors who we hope will welcome this latest move as a boost to their town centres.”

People wanting to take advantage of the one-hour free parking must print and display a free parking ticket from the machines already in place. Normal charges will apply for people parking for longer than one hour and return is prohibited within three hours of leaving. Additional signs publicising the one hour free parking will be displayed.

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Win tickets to see

‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ The Musical

The Charles Dickens classic, A CHRISTMAS CAROL has been given the full Broadway treatment by the acclaimed composter Alan Menken. Bilston Operatic Company are celebrating their 90th Anniversary with the production at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 November. We have two tickets to give away to the opening night.

Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognises his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful “Happy Christmas” before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.

This musical version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL retains its emotional power and pure joy, thanks to the marvellously-told story by Ockrent and Ahrens, and the Menken/Ahrens score filled with beautiful melodies and emotional lyrics.

To be in with a change of winning 2 tickets, just answer the question: What other novel is by the author of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens? A. Oliver Twist B. Little Women C. Jane Eyre D. Whuthering Heights

Post entries to: A Christmas Carol 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 05.11.17

This is an amateur production.

To book tickets to A Christmas Carol or for more information visit the Grand Theatre Box Office in person, go online to grandtheatre.co.uk or call 01902 42 92 12.

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THE BIG PINK Now on at Studio 524 Studio 524 in Kingswinford is hosting the Big Pink throughout October to raise awareness and money for Breast Cancer Care – the only UKwide specialist breast cancer support charity, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.

Studio 524 is holding their first Big Pink month and is encouraging people to come along and support the charity.

Sandra Cartwright salon owner says: “we are looking forward to holding a Big Pink at Studio 524 as it’s a fun way to bring together people from the local community while also raising awareness and money for Breast Cancer Care.”

“We’d love customers to join us for some delicious pink treats including pink tea and cakes and a fabulous raffle with lovely prizes all provided by local businesses: There will also be a Big Pink Selfie Station with pink props so there’s something for everyone.” Fiona West, Fundraising Officer at Breast Cancer Care, added: “We’re so grateful to Studio 524 for holding a Big Pink in aid of Breast Cancer Care. The money they raise will help the charity to continue to provide a unique range of free support including; reliable information, one-to-one support over the phone and online from nurses and people who’ve been diagnosed

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themselves. An estimated 691,000 people in the UK are currently living with a breast cancer diagnosis so there has never been such an urgent need for our support services.”

If you would like to attend Studio 524’s Big Pink, please call 01384 865126 to book an appointment or visit the salon during October to show your support.

STUDIO 524

Want to hold your own Big Pink in Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October? It can be as simple as a pink night in at home, a bake sale with your colleagues or a pink party in the community. Big or small, the money you raise will help Breast Cancer Care to transform the lives of people affected by the disease. Get your free kit today and you’ll receive everything you need to get started. Visit breastcancercare.org.uk/October

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COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS! There are many old wives tales out there and we want to set the record straight on just a few of them.......

By Vets Monica and Lisa

"LET A BITCH HAVE A LITTER OR SEASON FIRST BEFORE SPAYING"

There are no benefits to your dog's health if you put them in pup. It does not prevent diseases such as life threatening pyometra (pus in the uterus, which if left without usually quite costly surgical intervention can lead to the uterus rupturing and the pus filling the abdomen), nor does it reduce the risk of breast cancer. In fact if you neuter your bitch you reduce the risk of them developing malignant mammary tumours to 0.05%. Your dog will not be "sad" having been denied the chance of motherhood! Regarding spaying before or after their first season, there are pros and cons to both arguments but really it comes down to your personal preference. It certainly can be more challenging to keep them away from those boys when they do go through their first season!

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Early neutering in giant breed (Great Dane, Mastiffs , Rottweiler etc) male dogs has been linked to an increased risk of developing osteosarcoma (a very aggressive and usually incurable form of bone cancer). We will neuter smaller breed male dogs from around 6 months but generally we tend to recommend letting your male dog develop his personality first before deciding.

In general, the timing of your dog's neutering depends on many factors including breed, size and any known family history of disease. Have a chat to your vet; we're always here to help! PLEASE REMEMBER THERE ARE SO MANY UNWANTED PUPPIES IN THE UK, ADDING TO THAT NUMBER BECAUSE OF A MYTH IS NOT IDEAL!

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"DOGS AND CATS DON'T NEED BOOSTERS EVERY YEAR"

It is very important to vaccinate your pet regularly as life threatening diseases are always out there. We see animals affected at all stages of life. Repeat vaccinations are there to "boost" your pet's immunity which over the year does reduce, just like you repeating your tetanus vaccination. Immunity varies between individuals and if you choose not to vaccinate your pet, titre testing which measures your pet's immune response to specific diseases is available. The test would give you a clear answer whether they need to be vaccinated or not. Yearly boosters also provide you with the opportunity to voice any concerns you may have about your pet. They also give your vet the opportunity to pick up any issues (for example, heart murmurs) that may not be visible to you but if left untreated become detrimental to your pet's quality of life/ life expectancy. Prevention is better than cure!

"MY DOG’S LAME BUT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE IN PAIN"

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Have you ever limped when you weren't in pain?! This is a particular bug bare of every vet! Animals do feel pain... they just don't moan about it as much as we do! Animals through the centuries have learnt to hide pain, as pain showed weakness and weakness usually lead to death.

In veterinary medicine there is a complex variety of ways and means to detect pain in animals. Habit, posture and behavioural changes can all provide subtle indications of discomfort.

"RAW FEEDING IS NATURAL AND BETTER FOR THEM"

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Initially raw feeding used to get a really bad press, but now there are some raw diets out there that are nutritionally balanced. Raw feeding can give your pet a shinier coat, healthier skin, smaller stools, higher energy levels and cleaner teeth. But trust us when we say throwing raw liver/heart/ meat on bones in your animals bowl and not using a professionally prepared and balanced diet is not good! Homemade diets are very tricky when it comes to getting the correct vitamin and mineral balance. These balances also change as your animal develops at different stages of life. The bacteria in raw meat can make your pet really ill and can be a potential risk to yourselves. Bones left in meat can cause obstructions in your animals’ guts which may need surgical intervention. In conclusion if you want to feed raw, look for nutritionally balanced diets or ask your vet for advice. IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS ABOUT A PET, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONTACT YOUR VET.

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driving to a salon and trying to find somewhere to park. This means less hassle for both you and your dog.

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ASTERS

Beautiful Autumn Blooms

Written by: Martin Blow of Special Perennials

If one flower embodies the joy of the autumn garden then it must be the Aster, or Michaelmas Daisy to give it its common name.

These brilliant bloomers come in a vast array of heights from low mounds for the front of the border to stately, towering giants for the back and in colours including violet, blue, crimson, pink and white. To cap it all there are even asters that bloom in spring!

They do, unfairly, have a reputation for getting powdery mildew – white staining on the leaves. This is mainly due to poor growing conditions and only affects some, but not all, types: there are mildew free ones that can cope with poor, dry soils as well. The biggest range of colours and heights comes from the New York asters including low growing ones like the Red Robin, through to 5ft giants.

These are the most prone to mildew and good growing conditions are essential. This includes: compost-rich, moist soil and a good dose of fertiliser in the spring. The clumps should be divided regularly in spring and the small sections should be planted around 912in / 22-30cm apart to ensure good air circulation. Cut the stems down after flowering and clear away dead leaves and mulch in late winter.

The Heather-leaved Aster (Aster ericoides) has tiny leaves like a heather but grows into a 3ft / 90cm tall bushy plant and is covered with masses of tiny flowers in autumn. This one also needs good growing conditions.

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The New England asters like the tall pink Connie and the equally tall purple Helen Picton are generally free of problems and tolerate drier soils. Earlier to flower and always healthy in our garden is the 2ft 6in / 75cm, Monch with his large purple flowers from late July into October.

The Italian Asters, like Violet Queen are low growing mounds of colour from mid-September and are generally trouble free although they do need dividing every three years.

Asters aren’t just good for us to enjoy, they also provide a wonderful nectar source for butterflies like the Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell that continue to feed well into October. To see a tall plant of Aster Daybreak (“Octendgloren” to

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give her the proper Dutch name) covered with butterflies on a sunny October day is such a thrilling sight.

Some Asters give great value in the garden from their dark, almost black, glossy leaves and stems: Calliope is the best of these and looks great for months before the masses of small, lavender-blue flowers burst forth in October. She grows to about 4-5ft / 1.2-1.5m tall and spreads to form a sizable clump. The pale violet-flowered Vasterival is similar in habit.

There are some Asters that come from dry, woodlands and these are great low-growing plants for covering the soil under trees or against a north-facing wall or fence. Beware, they do spread! Good ones include Aster schreberi with white flowers and Aster Twilight with pale purple flowers. Asters look great planted with autumn flowering grasses or even low growing Ice Plants (Sedums) or even planted on mass for a dazzling display of colour. Oh, and that spring-flowering one? It’s the Alpine Aster and you can grow this little plant from seed – look out for Aster alpinus.

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 only throughout the season. www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 2018 We will be at the Plant Hunters’ Fair at the National Memorial Arboretum, DE13 7AR on Saturday 17th March 2018; Bodenham Arboretum, Wolverley DY11 5SY on Saturday 31st March; The Dorothy Clive Garden, TF9 4EU on Easter Sunday/Monday 1st/2nd April; Middleton Hall, B78 2AE on Sunday 8th April and at a new Plant Hunters’ Fair at Sandwell Valley Country Park, West Bromwich B71 4BG on Saturday 14th April. We are happy to bring orders to plant fairs for you to collect.

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PENSION CHANGES

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still being made Thanks to the changes in pension legislation that came into effect in April 2015, those who have defined contribution pension plans have more choice available to them than ever before.

When they reach 55 they have a variety of options; they can leave their pension plan untouched, purchase an annuity, take an adjustable income (flexi access drawdown), take their cash in installments (uncrystallised funds pension lump sum), or take their entire pension pot in one lump sum. Many people are still finding the options open to them confusing and some are making choices that may not be the best options for their circumstances. Here’s some general guidance on accessing your pension.

Some people are withdrawing considerable sums from their pension and putting the cash into a deposit account. With interest rates low and inflation rising, this will erode the value of their savings. Options like income drawdown allow you to take the amount of money you need, leaving the rest invested in your fund. Taking your whole pension pot as a lump sum could be a very expensive mistake. Although the first 25% will be tax-free, the rest will be added to your income for that tax year and could mean that you find yourself paying a much higher rate of tax and you will be left with a lot less money for your retirement years.

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Don’t be tempted to take high levels of income from your pension, or withdraw large lump sums or make choices that will help your family more than you. When making decisions, you need to think about your income needs for the rest of your life and possibly your spouse too. With life expectancy on the rise, you could have many years ahead of you. Before the rules were introduced, it was in effect compulsory for most people to take an annuity, but this is no longer the case. Annuities have become steadily less attractive as rates have dropped substantially.

Your pension pot, after your home, is probably your biggest asset so it makes sense to get good advice when you’re thinking about taking money out. Our advice will help you see the bigger picture and plan effectively for the future.

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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

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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.

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Halloween Events for Children

Hallowe'en willow lanterns at Kinver Edge Rock Houses

Make and decorate a willow and paper lantern to take home, then take part in a magical procession around the woods of Kinver Edge with your lantern, searching for pumpkins.. 24 October 2017 11:00 - 14:00 26 October 2017 11:00 - 14:00 27 October 2017 18:00 - 20:00

Usual admission charges appy plus an additional £3 per lantern

Torch lit Pumpkin walk at Bodenham Arboretum

Enjoy a torchlit walk around the big pool spotting the pumpkins and trying you work out the hidden word. finish up on the terrace for fun activities. Tickets are already sold out for 27, 28, 29 October. 2 new dates added 30 & 31 October - 5.00pm - 7.30pm

The activities will include: Cooking marshmallows on the camp fire a torchlit pumpkin walk around the lake to find the hidden clue and you can make a spooky spider or wand at the craft table The restaurant will be open to purchase homemade soup, jacket potatoes and warm drinks.

Tickets £3 each - plus Booking Fee www.bodenhamarboretum.co.uk

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To Book visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk or contact the Kinver Edge team by email kinveredge@nationaltrust.org.uk

Trick and Treats at the Red House Glass Cone

Trick and treat around the Cone. A safe and fun family event. Decorate a goody bag and then see who or what you can find around the site with treats. Please book in advance. 27 October - 10.30am - 2.30pm 28 October - 11.30am - 3.30pm 30 October - 11.30am - 3.30pm Trick and Treats. Free entry. £3 charge for crafts

Visit www.dudley.gov.uk or telephone 01384 812750 to find out more.

Himley Hall Halloween Hunt

The ghouls and ghosts of Himley Hall have escaped onto the park. Find them all and claim your spooky certificate. Tuesday 24 October 11am – 3pm

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Take advantage of a Free Trial at your local study centre

Would your child benefit from extra support with maths and/or reading and writing? Is your child lacking in confidence in any of these areas? Do you have future grammar school aspirations for your child and would like to work towards achieving this goal?

The Kingswinford Study Centre is offering a two-week Free Trial between 1 October and 20 November 2017 for new students. Your child can experience how the Kumon maths and English Programmes help children of any age and ability to become confident, independent learners with a positive attitude to study. To celebrate this offer and to learn more about the Kumon maths and English programmes and Free Trial, the Kingswinford Study Centre will be holding an Open Day in 'The Bungalow' at Crestwood School, Bromley Lane (Kingswinford) on Saturday 4 November, between 12pm and 3pm. Local parents are invited to pre-book or to drop-in on the day. Visitors on the day will be able to have a tour of the study centre, showcasing our fantastic facilities in an intimate setting. A presentation by Centre Instructor- Emma Wilkinson will also take place at 12.30pm and 2.00pm on the day. There will be an opportunity to discuss your own child's individual needs with the Centre Instructor and for your child to take part in number board activities. All children between 4 and 16 years old are very welcome, including those with SEN needs.

With the recent changes to the national curriculum and school assessment, the Kumon programmes are even more

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aligned as we also develop key soft skills, as well as mastery and fluency in maths and English; which are now so important with the new SATs and GCSE exams.

At Kumon, our students always work at a level that is just right for them, allowing them to develop concentration and focus. Like school, we aim for each student to become a confident, independent child with a passion for learning. Emphasis is placed on developing strong reading comprehension and mental calculation skills, though the abilities developed add value to pupil’s right across the curriculum and beyond. Both programmes are individualised to each child’s current ability, ensuring they build on a solid foundation and experience success from their very first day.

Centre Instructor (Emma Wilkinson) is a qualified teacher and early years specialist; including those children with SEN education. Emma works very hard with students and their families, to ensure all children can 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”. The Kingswinford Study Centre is located at Crestwood School (bungalow), Bromley Lane, Kingswinford; classes running every Tuesday and Thursday between 4.00pm6.00pm and Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm for approx. 30-40 minute study sessions. The new school year is an ideal time to enrol your child at your local Kumon centre. For more information, contact Emma Wilkinson on 01384 908047 or email kingswinford@kumoncentre.co.uk.

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1 OCTOBER – 20 NOVEMBER KUMON MATHS AND ENGLISH STUDY CENTRES Book your two-week Free Trial now! Kingswinford 01384 908047 Come along to our assessment event on Saturday 4 November at 'The Bungalow' Crestwood School, Bromley Lane, Kingswinford from 12.00pm - 3.00pm. Call now to book your place.

Terms and conditions apply. Fees vary. Participating study centres only. Please refer to your local study centre. Subject to availability.

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