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VILLAGER

FEBRUARY 2016

villagermagazine.co.uk

Don’t forget PANCAKE DAY

Feb 9th

FRESH START IN THE GARDEN

DREAM BORDERS

1000

FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED


CONTENTS

THE VILLAGER MAGAZINE 8

LOCAL NEWS

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Plays, Books and Local Clubs

14 FOSTERING

A whopping 1000 families needed

18 LIVING MADE EASY Prestwood Lodge

22 CHARITY & WINNERS

Kinver Rotary & Find the Scout Elves Winners

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26 MONEY WISE

Top tips for a finacially prosperous 2016

28 GARDENING Dream Borders

32 PETS

Greyhounds really do make great pets

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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 eort 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.


At this time of year we can all feel a little dreary but here at the Villager Magazine we have a great selection of articles for you to enjoy including how to create dream borders in your garden, why Greyhounds make great pets and top tips to a financially prosperous 2016. Enjoy Pancake Day on Feb 9th and post your Valentines cards ready for Feb 14th. Don’t forget we do like to hear from you if you have community news or events and of course we are here to help if you would like to advertise your business in the magazine. All the best for 2016 Maggie and Mark

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Cloudy2Clear Windows – Service With A Smile! It’s been a crazy few months for Cloudy2Clear Windows. The company which specialises in repairing windows which are steamed up, broken or damaged by replacing the panes – not the frames has grown rapidly as homeowners take advantage of their services. Managing Director Brian Stanley feels that it’s all about service. ‘Our product is simple. If your double glazing is misted up we can replace the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type of frame, and with

a new 5 year guarantee. But it’s not just about saving people money, although that obviously helps. Many tradespeople have struggled since last year and I honestly feel that during the good times a minority perhaps didn’t focus on customer care as much as they should have done. We make sure we turn up when we say we will, do the job the customer requires and leave their house as clean as a whistle. I often get comments back from customers on how they really didn’t expect that sort of service which, in a way, is very sad for the service industry as a whole.’

Cloudy2Clear service Kingswinford, service all of the Wordsley and Wall Villager Magazine Heath areas and Brian areas and Brian is finding that his approach is a major factor in his success. ‘The truth is that it’s not just the personal satisfaction that I get from doing a good job but also it makes good business sense. I get a huge amount of

business from friends and family of people I’ve done work for, which just goes to show how much a little bit of effort is appreciated.’ So, if your windows are steamed up, broken or damaged give Brian a call for a free quotation on 0800 61 21 118 and he’ll be happy to help!

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DUDLEY SOUTH LADIES LUNCHEON CLUB NEWS

NEW YEAR NEW HOME

The first luncheon in the New Year held on Friday, 8th January, was chaired by Mary Jones who wished 31 members a Happy & Healthy 2016. The Chairman was also pleased to confirm that The Lodge, Wellington Road, Dudley would now be the club’s new permanent home and thanked the Directors and General Manager for making them so welcome. The three course meal and service was excellent and so was speaker Mr. Clive Garner who demonstrated the art of silk painting. He used the stage and an easel on which to place his frame covered in light weight silk with a tracing of exotic birds and plants. He explained the preparation and processes needed before painting, how to apply it and even how to cover up any mistakes. He had brought along a selection of items already completed, such as silk scarves, ties, paintings, cards and necklaces. Ann Rogers was looking into the possibility of a visit to Himley Hall for a tour and afternoon tea and asked for help in finding parking for future coach outings. Pauline Handley was busy arranging Speakers for the 2016-2017 Programme which would be available after the Annual General Meeting. The AGM will be held on Friday 12th Feb, by popular request Speaker John Sparry will be delighting us with his local character stories. In March the speaker will be Chris Smith a Local Historian. We meet on the second Friday each month. Visitors are most welcome and can attend 3 times before deciding to join. Enquiries to Secretary on 01902 372984 or Chairman: maryjones30@sky.com.

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NEW KINVER PLAYERS PRESENT SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE MYSTERY OF MALLEN HALL

One winter morning Miss Emily Latham presents the redoubtable Sherlock Holmes with a murder mystery. The murder had taken place three weeks earlier, many miles away in Norfolk. The weather is against journeying to the scene of the crime, so with his usual brilliance, the help of Dr Watson and a re-enactment, Holmes solves the case in the comfort of his own rooms at 221B Baker St London. This latest NKP production will take place 10 – 13 February at The Edward Marsh Centre in Kinver, DY7 6ER at 7.30 each night. Prices £9 or £7 if you are over 60. Tickets available from www.nkp.org.uk or by phoning Omnipresent in Kinver on 01384 877746 (or visiting the shop). You can also buy at the door on the night but there is no guarantee any will be left.

THE LOST SONS OF WALL HEATH AND KINGSWINFORD OUT NOW

Maticulously researched over many years and supported by the National Lottery, this book tells the stories of the 109 men who are commemorated on our War Memorials and includes more than 60 photographs of the men, many of which were provided by members of their families. On sale for £10.00 from John Sparry's bookshop in Wall Heath, Ashwood Nurseries or Elisabeth Corfield 01384 401086. An excellent gift for anyone interested in our local history.

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YOUR LOCAL G A R A G E D O O R SPECIALIST

CNC Doors Ltd supply and fit a range of garage doors. Our new insulated rolling garage door is available in a range of colours from black, white, red, green to wood grain and anthracite. These doors come fully automated with all the safety devices required for you and your family’s protection & security.

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A WHOPPING 1,000 NEW FOSTER FAMILIES ARE

URGENTLY NEEDED

The Fostering Network explains: “In particular there is an ongoing and urgent need for more foster families to provide homes for teenagers, disabled children, unaccompanied asylum seeking children, and sibling groups. Many foster carers who choose to foster these groups, who are traditionally thought of as ‘hard to place’, comment on how rewarding the experience is and how well their fostering service has supported them to develop and evolve their current skillset in order to give a home to children who could not live with their birth family.” Family Fostercare receive many enquiries each year about fostering, but many prospective foster carers feel that they only want to foster babies and toddlers, or maybe Under 5s age group. Sadly, there are a great many older children, with more complicated personal histories and more complex needs requiring foster homes. The shortage of resilient, confident fostering households willing to give a home to older children or teenagers means that they often end up living in less than ideal fostering placements. According to recent figures 2 in 5 teenagers are living in their 3rd fostering placement and 5% are living with their tenth family in foster care. This kind of upset and instability often takes a severe toll on the trust, self-esteem and hope for a better future in young people, who have already experienced a traumatic and difficult childhood. By recruiting more fostering families who are resilient, confident and committed to making a difference, we can provide a better choice of potential foster families so that each child has the best opportunity.

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Kevin Williams, Chief Executive of the Fostering Network said: “Foster families perform an invaluable duty, one that really serves the whole community. Their work contributes not only to society now, but in the decades that will come as the young people who live in their care grow into independence and in turn become positive adults who give back to society. Foster families give children the opportunity of the childhood that they deserve, a childhood that otherwise they may not have had.” If you are keen to find out more about changing lives through fostering, and if you are patient, caring, a good listener, a good team player, have a good sense of humour, have a positive outlook and are the type of person that just keeps getting up again no matter what life throws at you, then please get in touch with Family Fostercare today.

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Prestwood Lodge

Prestwood Lodge

Prestwood Lodge ‘living made easy’

Elegant Reception

Prestwood purchased the property in January 2015 and using local companies, suppliers and tradesmen have invested in a major refurbishment to transform the former hunting lodge into a stunning care environment with a modern and vibrant feel.

Versatile Dining

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Prestwood has opened the doors of its latest ‘flagship’ residential home, Prestwood Lodge. The property, formerly known as The Homestead, fell into financial difficulties before going into administration and finally closure in November 2014.

Beautiful Bedrooms

Sumptuous décor runs throughout the elegant reception with fireside seating, inviting sitting rooms, cosy library and relaxing Salon. The versatile dining room can offer personal mealtimes or cater for larger special or social occasions. Bedrooms are beautifully furnished and have wet-rooms or en-suites; some have French windows leading to patios.

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Sitting Room Prestwood Lodge is located on the 55 acre Prestwood Estate, near Stourbridge, where its two sister nursing homes, Prestwood House and Prestwood Coach House, have been operating for the last 30 years.

A short stay can be an ideal way to experience Prestwood’s hospitality and our staff will be delighted to assist with enquiries and arrangements. Prestwood has also supported local people to live independently in their own homes for the last 22 years through its home care agency, Prestwood Community Care. So whether it’s the odd hour each week for support with everyday living activities at home, a move into a supportive environment for peace of mind and independent living or the need for intensive 24 hour nursing care, Prestwood has the facilities to meet your needs – not only now but as they change in the future.

Client assessments are undertaken by our qualified team to ensure our care service is designed to meet the needs of the individual. Our team is on hand 24 hours each day and can usually respond within 1 hour in the event that urgent care is required. Transport to and from our care homes can be arranged to assist clients and their families. Prestwood is an Investor in People and, having creating a further 30 jobs at Prestwood Lodge, now employs over 200 staff from the locality. The Lodge staff have received their working induction in the existing homes and are now delighted to have relocated to the Lodge where they are extending a very warm welcome to their new clients.

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Sleigh contributes £6,400 towards ROTARY CLUB’S £16,000 Charity fundraising GENEROUS ROTARIANS, dedicated athletes and fun runners, enthusiastic quizzers and the people of Kinver, Enville, and parts of Wollaston and Wall Heath have between them raised more than £16,000 for charity during the last three months of 2015.

descended on the KSCA to take part the annual Children in Need quiz hosted by Alan Dedicoat, the “Voice of the Balls”. He left the event carrying £2,906 which comprised entrance fees paid by the teams, the proceeds of a bucket collection by Alan and cheque presentations.

Members of the Rotary Club of Kinver and their friends dug deeply into their pockets to spend a record £2,100 on items donated to the club’s charity auction while Club members gave their time, as opposed to cash, to organise a new-look 10k run which this year was renamed the Two Villages Run to reflect the new start and finish point in the grounds of Enville Hall, but still taking in the lanes round Kinver as well.

These were made by Clive Corbett, the Kinver Rotarian who is head teacher at Pershore High School who handed over £1,250 raised by the pupils and Julia Roseblade, wife of past president Clive Roseblade, who presented £400 collected at Goldthorne Park School in Wolverhampton where she is head teacher.

The event attracted more than 250 runners and, as all overheads for the race – and the 2k associated family run organised by Kinver Fitness Collective - had already been met by main sponsors BodyKraft of Pensnett and supporting organisations, the entire proceeds, totalling a record £4,500, went to Dudley-based charity Action Heart. In November a total of 160 generous – and in many cases knowledgeable – quizzers

The total of £16,000 was completed by the club’s annual tour of the area by Santa in his Christmas sleigh which this year raised a magnificent £6,400 for local charities. As well as visiting homes across Kinver, Enville and parts of Wollaston and Wall Heath, Santa also took his sleigh to the Mary Stevens Hospice Santa Jog; Prestwood Care Home; Kingswinford Shopping Centre; Aldi store in Wollaston; and The Ridge School, Wollaston; St. John’s Primary School, Swindon; Brierley Hill Primary School & Goldthorne Park Primary School.

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Thank you to everyone who entered the competition . Did you find them all? ‘Carol’ was hiding on page 6 in Kinver Plastering & Building Services advert, ‘Noel’ was on page 17 on S&F News & Food advert, ‘Wish’ was hiding in Chenevare Beautys advert on page 21 and ‘Star’ was hiding in Stallings Lane Motors advert on page 28. All correct entries were put into the draw. The Lucky winner of the £30 Voucher is Alison Harris of Kinver, three runner up prizes of £10 vouchers go to Matt Griffiths of Himley, Sylvia Neath of Kingswinford and Ruth Jefferies of Kinver, well done to all.

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JPA’s TOP TIPS

FOR A FINANCIALLY PROSPEROUS At the start of a new year we want to help you by providing you with some top tips to help make your life better:-

1. Define your goals and targets, and with timescales, priorities and costs too! If you don’t know what you want your money to do for you and by when, how can you know if you have enough money or not? Whether it’s retiring at 55, buying a property abroad or setting up a business, work out your priorities and start to plan for them. 2. Pay down debt. The cost of debt on credit cards and personal loans is likely to be far higher than the returns you get on any savings accounts so work out a debt repayment plan and pay these off first if you can. 3. Make saving a habit. If you know what you are saving for it makes a huge difference and becomes real. For example, if you know how much your children’s university fees are and when you need to pay them, it makes it easier to work out the amount you need to save to achieve this. Don’t forget with RPI inflation running at 1.1% (Nov 2015), your net returns after tax and charges needs to be over this figure if the value of your money isn’t going to depreciate. Using tax efficient savings products such as ISAs and Pensions may help. 4. Know your numbers. How much do you need to earn, save or sell your business for (if you have one!) to get what you need? How much is enough? You need to work out your household income and expenditure very closely to see what you realistically have spare and are able to comfortably set aside. Having a budget and keeping to it will help you.

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5. Make a Will. One of the most important financial decisions you may ever make and probably the least expensive. Not only does a Will give instructions on who you want your money to be passed to in the event of your death but can include details on how you want your funeral to be arranged. One of the most important elements of a Will if you have Children is the ability to nominate Guardians for them so they avoid becoming a Ward of the Courts

6. Shop Around. Finally, always make sure you shop around to get the best deals on key household expenses. Get into the habit of using price comparison sites for car and home insurance, gas and electricity, phones, broadband, TV and even holidays. Even when shopping for clothes or children’s toys the difference in price from one retailer to another can be quite significant. It all adds up. As the saying goes “If you look after the pennies the pounds will look after themselves”

REMEMBER, IT’S YOUR LIFE, YOUR MONEY, YOUR PLAN!

WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT JPA? We hold a weekly Open surgery at our offices in Market Street, Kingswinford every Saturday morning from 10.00am to 12 noon where you can bring along your old pension policies, life polices and your savings and investments for a no-obligation review.

Please contact the office to secure your appointment.Tel: 01384 918158

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Dream Borders

THE DEPTH OF WINTER is when I take time to dream about the summer and imagine how the garden is going to be when I’ve got it “just so”. Of course the great thing about gardening is it’s never completely finished and there’s always one more tweak to be made.

I’ve always loved the traditional herbaceous borders of our British stately gardens and this winter I’ve been thinking about how I might plan and plant one on a smaller scale. We can't all have the space for a traditional border on a grand scale but we can learn a lot from them. Firstly, aspect: the border will need some sun during the day or your choice of plants will be severely limited. You may be able to let more light in by pruning back or removing overlarge shrubs.

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Next the backdrop: traditionally a large, sheltering hedge or wall. These are fine but don't forget that hedges take moisture and goodness from the soil and walls cast a rain shadow. Fences, or shrubs are just as good a backdrop, or dispense with one completely and plant an island bed instead. A border along a path with a lawn to the other side is just as traditional and you can make this backdrop so much better by edging the lawn to produce a neat, sculpted shape.

Its a common "mistake" to dig a narrow border in a small garden. To my mind it looks like the plants are scared to be there and are cowering against the fence. Learn from the grand gardens and give your borders some depth.

I'd like to say make the border twice a deep as the tallest plant you're going to put in it or at least as deep as the height of the backdrop but this isn't always possible. My tip to avoid timidity is to make it twice as deep as you first thought you would! The next point to consider is colour. Some people get technical about it and others think it doesn't matter. I think the key is to choose one or two key colours for the border. In traditional borders these key colours are repeated at intervals along the border. This repeating colour theme gives rhythm and visual structure to the planting and is probably more important than matching colour shades and tones within the planting.

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Pick some tough plants, that quickly bulk up, are easy to divide and flower again rapidly after planting as your rhythm section. I like Silk Flower (Sisyrinchium striatum) with its sword shaped leaves and spikes of cream flowers. It is easy to divide and establishes a good clump quickly. Remember that reds shout out and look closer than they are. So if you plant them at the far end of the border you’ll made the garden look shorter. Whereas blues are “receding” and have the opposite effect. A border will seem longer than it really is if you make it wider at the near end and gradually narrower as you move to the far end. This false perspective is a useful trick to use in the small garden. The next consideration is season of interest. It would be lovely to have a border in full flower all through the season but in reality this doesn't happen with perennials. There are lots of things you can do to extend the season though. Its tempting when you go to a plant fair in spring or autumn to buy a selection of plants in flower and dot these around your garden to give you some colour everywhere. But this lacks impact, and grouping them together in a block or strip in

the border or bed packs a real colour punch at lean times of year. Think of plants with lovely buds or young leaves to add interest early in the season. Oriental Poppies (Papaver) and Bearded Iris have short flowering season but the buds of the former and sword-shaped leaves of the latter start looking good weeks before the flowers.

The old adage was to “spend a penny on the plant and a pound on the hole” and this is good advice when planting a border. Proper preparation is time well spent. Prepare the soil well by removing all perennial weeds, digging deeply and adding compost or muck in liberal quantities. I sprinkle a granular fertiliser every spring and top this up with bone meal in planting holes. Planting distances vary but a good rule of thumb is around 2ft / 60cm apart for large or very vigorous plants and 1ft-1ft 6in 30-45cm for others. You can of course plant more densely for a more rapid effect.

Giant Scabious (Cephalaria) always have delightful and very visible buds as do Cornflowers (Centaurea). Cupid’s Dart (Catananche) is another with lovely, long lasting buds before the blue flowers open. Traditional borders are planted with tall plants at the back and shorter ones at the front but also think about “spot plants”: upright, architecturally shaped plants that are taller than those around them. These add drama to a border. Good perennials for this are Veronicastrum, Bugbane, Red Hot Poker , Mullein and Delphinium.

Don’t forget to water plants even if it rains until the plants are growing strongly – don’t drown them though! Enough dreaming, it will soon be time to sharpen the spade and get digging for that dream border - Martin Blow Janet & I run Special Perennials, a small garden nursery in Hankelow Cheshire where we hold two National Plant Collections and grow a large range of plants for a nature friendly garden. Our garden was featured on BBC Gardener’s World in 2014. Our website specialperennials.com offers a great range of perennials for sale and is full of colour photos and growing tips. We sell by mail order and also at Plant Hunters’ Fairs throughout the season. You can find all the dates on planthuntersfairs.co.uk

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OUR BESSIE Greyhounds really do make great pets!

By Julie Devlin

If you see a black greyhound chasing a squirrel across Himley Park, it’s probably our Bessie. Thankfully, greyhounds aren’t designed to climb trees. If you do see a greyhound up a tree – Bessie is microchipped and has our mobile number inside her collar.

In case you ever find Bessie, perhaps I ought to tell you a few things. • If her ears twitch and she starts licking her lips - she will have spotted a cat or rabbit. Hold the lead across your body with both hands and keep her close. As fragile as she looks, she can move. • Other dogs aren’t usually a problem but you’ll know if she’s spooked – she’ll be walking much closer to you. • Bessie is unlikely to sit down. Her long back helps to make her a fast runner but makes sitting uncomfortable. • For all her fast running, Bessie is fond of leaning against people and of sleeping. She sleeps for hours. • Stairs can be a problem - please take care that her back legs don’t overtake the front. That leads to falling over. If you would like your own Bessie, here’s a few more things you need to know. • Greyhounds need clothes for summer, winter and even for night-time – to keep them cool, dry, warm or just to look dapper. • Greyhounds really are big-hearted - to help run faster but can be injury prone – so comprehensive pet insurance is worthwhile. Thousands of greyhounds need a home when they retire from racing. The Greyhound Trust is wonderful and their experts will give you all the advice you need. Your Bessie may yawn hello in the morning, wink at you (and you alone) and with a little understanding and responsible ownership make a fantastic & faithful pet. Greyhounds really do make great pets!

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