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MARCH 2017

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Sailing in the Black Country

12 LOCAL CLUB

Wall Heath Art Exhibition

14 LOCAL BUSINESS

Fencing that needs no repairs

18 MONEY WISE

What value do IFA’s Add?

20 PLANT HUNTERS

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26 GARDENING

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So anyone can go SAILING in the BLACK COUNTRY this May?

Want to try something completely different this year? Something to get the air in your lungs, that will let you clear your mind, give your body a bit of a work out and that you can do with your whole family if you wish? Sailing could be your answer.

Sailing? In the Black Country? Yes, you did read that right! And for the nine days from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 May you can try sailing and windsurfing for free or low cost with RYA Push The Boat Out 2017. RYA Push The Boat Out is all about getting people afloat who might never have known there was even the chance to try sailing near them.

Your idea of sailing might be big, expensive yachts and a life on the ocean waves. But over 20,000 people regularly go down to their local sailing club every month across the Midlands, sailing small sailboats or windsurfing on the region’s reservoirs, lakes and rivers and just loving the buzz of being on the water. You could be one of them.

“Whatever you think about sailing, Push The Boat Out will change your mind,” Gareth Brookes, RYA Midlands Regional Development Officer, explains.

“You will be able to get out on the water with experienced sailors in a boat which is suitable for you, whatever your age, ability or experience. You might want a leisurely sail with your family, or experience something a bit

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more high octane or just potter about with your partner, and you do can all of this.”

Every Push The Boat Out event will provide all the equipment you need with refreshments available.

You will also discover you don’t even need a boat to learn to sail locally, as the area’s clubs and centres have ones you can use, and if your whole family found they enjoyed messing about in boats so much you wanted to join a local club it could cost just £20 a month, or even less, for all of you. Still think sailing isn’t for you?

Gareth added: “Sailing has benefitted from significant investment from the RYA and Sport England in the past four years. Many clubs now have excellent, accessible clubhouse facilities, which include comfortable lounges, up-to-date changing areas and rooms dedicated to learning to sail and knowledge improvement. You will discover all this at Push The Boat Out.” So grab a towel and some old trainers and sail into summer with Push The Boat Out. Find your nearest event at www.rya.org.uk/PTBO2017

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Wall Heath Art Club 2017 Seventh Exhibition WALL HEATH Art Club members are applying the finishing touches to their art work in preparation for their annual exhibition.

The display will be held in the Scout hut behind Wall Heath Community Centre in Enville Road, Wall Heath, on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April 10am to 4pm.

Admission to the exhibition is FREE. Refreshments will be available, home made cakes, tea and coffee, best in show and workshop feature. Local artisits and members of the club will be painting each day. Everyone welcome.

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DY fencing LTD is a locally based company and is the sole Colourfence franchisee for all DY postcode areas. Colourfence is the UK’s strongest maintenance free fence system and is guaranteed not to rot, warp or peel for 25 years and can withstand wind gusts of up to 130mph.

Father and son, Ron & Jay Moule run the company and believe there is nothing else on the market to match Colourfence it quite simply is ‘fit & forget’.

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There are no footholds to aid climbing, no sharp edges, no splinters, and no chemical treatments meaning a safer fence for you, your children and your pets. Our infills are securely locked into the post and rails as a deterrent to intruders and a full range of lockable gates are available too.

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WHAT VALUE DO INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL ADVISERS ADD?

The alternative to this question is ‘Do Independent Financial Advisers add any ongoing value over and above picking a fund in which to invest?’

The simple answer is yes, we do.

1. Holding the right assets in the right wrapper and using legitimate tax allowances is probably worth about 0.5% per annum. 2. Reducing the total cost of ownership of assets for new clients, often by more than 1.5% per annum.

3. Independent Financial Advisers are the only ones who understand a client’s whole position, and usually liaise with accountants and solicitors, as well as family members.

4. Independent Financial Advisers help clients resist the temptation to jump on each new fad or fashion promoted in the weekend press. 5. Independent Financial Advisers help clients stay invested when ‘investment experts’ are screaming that it’s the end of the world.

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Financial Services Ltd

What is the value of the relationship? We, and our clients, think anything between ‘a lot’ and ‘priceless’.

Is there value in doing nothing?

Sometimes, yes. Or more likely: ‘Don’t change the portfolio, but use this allowance or your budget more carefully in this area’.

Product providers, wrongly, see this as nothing because it does not involve selling a product. But it is akin to a doctor working with patients to improve their blood pressure by helping them to lose weight and stop smoking, rather than just putting them on medication. Do we regard that as doing nothing?

How often do plans need reviewing?

At least annually as they do need careful ongoing monitoring, which takes expertise and focus.

WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT JPA?

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 us at jpafinancialservicesltd@gmail.com Visit: www.jpafinancialservicesltd.co.uk

BY ENGAGING JPA TODAY YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO A MORE SECURE TOMORROW

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Perk Up Your Beds and Borders at Bodenham Arboretum this Easter Saturday

EASTER is a great time for getting down to some gardening, digging over the soil and getting everything ready for a summer of bloom and fragrance. It’s also a great time to revamp your beds and borders casting a critical eye over everything, finding gaps and perhaps shifting out those plants that aren’t pulling their weight anymore. There’s nowhere better to find something new, unusual and exciting to fill those gaps or perk up a dull corner than at Bodenham Arboretum Plant Hunters’ Fair that’s back on Easter Saturday 15th April.

The mix of nurseries ensures there’s something for every type of garden; little gems to tempt the most discerning plants person and lots of help and advice for the new or less experienced gardener. The line-up of growers is as impressive as ever with National Plant Collection Holders and RHS award winners. This April there will be some first timers at the venue to meet: Chelsea and Malvern medal winning nursery Wildegoose nursery who specialise in hardy, perennial Violas, with a wonderful collection of over 150 varieties, comprising of old favourites and the best new introductions. Plantazia Nursery will be coming from Lincolnshire with a great range of perennials and primulas. Specialist nursery Bewdley Orchids will be bringing their great range of seed raised native hardy orchids. From Leicestershire, we have Piecemeal Plants specialising in interesting and unusual herbaceous perennials. Of course, all your established favourites will be there as well.

In all we have 18 stalls lined up to date. So, whether it’s alpines, trees, shrubs, bee-friendly perennials, plants for shade, climbers, herbs, spring bulbs, variegated and foliage plants you are sure to find something to fill those gaps and creating a blooming brilliant garden this year. Entry to the plant fair and parking is free so there’s no excuse not to come along and visit the great range of specialist nurseries whatever the weather. Bodenham Arboretum is situated between the A442 and A449 just north of Kidderminster – use postcode DY11 5TB for SatNav. The fair is open from 10am to 4pm. Entry to the fair and parking is free, as is access to the restaurant. The arboretum is open & optional entry is at normal ticket prices.

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A flavour of Geums by Martin Blow

The name Geum comes from ancient Greek meaning to add flavour; and long after we’ve ceased to add them to food or drinks they are still invaluable for adding flavour to our spring and early summer borders.

Geums are members of the rose family and a look at the centres of flowers with all those stamens confirms this – just like a dog rose. Not that Geum grow like roses! There are low growing ones they spread to form a mat of leaves and there are taller ones creating an arching leafed clump about 1ft / 30cm tall. And of course, as Geums are promiscuous there are crosses between the two resulting in plants somewhat between the two!

All prefer a moisture retentive soil and the low growing ones can stand quite wet soils. They will tolerate dry conditions but they will flag in the hot, dry conditions.

Geums will set seed and some wild types can become a nuisance in damp gardens. On the whole the cultivated varieties are less plentiful of seed and seedlings. Their ability to cross and set seed means there is always the chance of spotting a good new form in your garden if you grow plenty of different types but this also means that some won’t come true from seed.

I’ll start with the bushier types and these are also some of the oldest varieties around. They also have the bonus of coming true from seed.

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The best known and loved is the single or semi-double scarlet flowered “Mrs. J. Bradshaw” who grows to about 1ft tall with longer arching flower stems. The apricot yellow “Lady Stratheden” is almost as famous, as is the orange “Dolly North”. Also, worth trying is the semi- or fully double “Blazing Sunset” although the flowers are a little variable in fullness. This type flowers in late spring through to mid-summer and sometime beyond and the flowers are large and showy for a Geum.

I find this type can tend to die out after 2 or 3 years unless divided after flowering and replanted as single rosettes. Seed is best sown in late winter in a little heat.

The low growing varieties are mainly descendants of the native water avens, Geum rivale and ideally these want a moist soil but they seem to do fine in my dry sandy soil provide a water from time to time in summer. These plants tend to have flowers that are small nodding bells on short stems in spring and sometimes again in autumn.

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“Barbra Lawton” is an improved form of the wild plant with far more of the peachy-pink nodding flowers. “Lemon Drops” is a very pale yellow which popped up as a chance seedling in Beth Chatto’s famous garden. “Album” is wild variation with greenish-white bells, but better still is “Snowflake” with larger, pure white flowers. “Farmer John Cross” has larger, and sometimes semi-double, primrose yellow flowers.

Of the new varieties coming along the Cocktail Series has some intoxicating colours. “Mai Tai” is pale peach and large-flowered, “Cosmopolitan” is a slightly deeper shade, “Tequila Sunrise” is red and yellow and “Banana Daquiri” is a lovely pale yellow.

If promptly dead headed these Geums will bloom again later in the season, provided they have not been left too dry through the summer.

Geum coccineum has larger, upward facing orange flowers and will stand drier soils. For the best show choose “Eos” which has bright yellow leaves in spring to set off the flowers. The best hybrids share this tendency for larger, upward or outward facing flowers creating a more dramatic show, not to disparage the delicate beauty of the nodding types. “Abendsonne” is has orange-yellow flowers, “Hannays” is a bit taller and has soft orange flowers. The well known “Bell Bank” is silky pink.

Geums are pretty tough customers with very few problems, and none likely to be fatal. Mildew (white powder on the leaves) is possible if your soil is really dry. I just cut off all the old leaves and give them a feed and good watering. Occasionally tiny caterpillars of a saw fly may infest the new growth skeletonising the leaves. If I spot this, it is easy enough to rub off the pests between finger and thumb. In wet winter soils vine weevil, may eat the roots. The outward sign of attack is a general lack of growth. I find that the plants are tough enough to survive and can be replanted once the grubs are removed from the soil. I hope this has given you a flavour of the variety of geums available and a taste for these lovely flowering is your garden.

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