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VILLAGER

MARCH 2016

PLANT HUNTERS FAIR RETURNS

KINVER EDGE WELCOMES NEW RANGER

GORGEOUS GARDEN BUTTERFLIES

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CONTENTS

THE VILLAGER MAGAZINE 8

PLANT HUNTERS FAIR

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Plant treats for garden lovers

12 FOSTERING

Fostering Teenagers

16 KINVER ROTARIANS

Bring clean water to Uganda village

20 KINVER EDGE

Welcomes new ranger

24 MONEY WISE

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New pension reforms - what you need to know

28 GARDENING

Gorgeous garden butterflies

32 TRAVEL

Trust is the most important factor

34 SPORT

Kewford Eagles Girls Team

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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.


Now that March is here we can at last look forward to longer, lighter days. At 1.00am on Sunday 27 March, Easter Sunday, the oďŹƒcial time across the UK will move forward to 2.00 am, as British Summer time begins for another year. 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 house and garden; if home improvements are on top of your list you will ďŹ nd lots of local tradespeople willing to help inside this edition. Happy reading Maggie & Mark

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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

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Plant treats for GARDEN LOVERS

at Bodenham Arboretum Plant Hunters’ Fairs are back at Bodenham Arboretum this April so why not give your garden a treat and fill those gaps in your beds and borders with some new, unusual and beautiful plants?

Saturday 16th April sees the popular specialist plant fair return to Bodenham Arboretum with a wide choice of quality, nursery-grown plants direct from the growers themselves. 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: Edrom Nursery all the way from Scotland with world-renowned Woodland and Alpine plants. They are a "must see" and this a great opportunity to visit this treasure trove of shady garden delights. Jurassic plants from Wales with seed grown exotic (and often edible) trees, shrubs and climbers. For those of you who love foliage North Staffs Hostas will have a large choice of unusual varieties plus day lilies and ferns as well. Bridge Farm Plants from Derbyshire will be displaying a great range of unusual hardy perennials. Of course all your established favourites will be there as well. In all we have 20 stalls lined up to date. So whether its 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 from nine counties 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 11am to 4pm. Entry to the fair and parking is free as is access to the restaurant. The arboretum is open and optional entry is at normal ticket prices. Plant Hunters’ Fair currently organise 33 events in the region. For more information, see www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk Plant Hunters Fairs are also on Facebook (Plant Hunters Fairs) and Twitter (@plantfairs)

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FOSTERING TEENAGERS

Whilst the national shortage of foster homes affects all looked after children’s chances, it is teenagers who are the most likely to find themselves living in residential care because a safe, caring foster home cannot be found for them.

Unfortunately, many foster carers – especially those new to foster care - are daunted by the prospect of fostering teenagers, perceiving them as more difficult. And of course, teenagers (along with their counterparts at the other end of the child spectrum, the “Terrible Two’s”) are famously and almost universally painted as rebellious, sullen and generally unmanageable. Most parents have moments of despair at parenting their own teenagers, so it’s no wonder so many foster carers are anxious about caring for someone else’s.

By Family Fostercare

However, there are many fantastic foster carers who are prepared to foster teenagers – just, sadly, not enough. : One of Family Fostercare’s foster carers has written about her experiences:

“‘When we first became foster carers we were really excited as we wanted to give children love, safety, security and a better life. Adam, our first fostered child came to live with us almost straight away after we were approved - a teenage boy with quite a lot of emotional problems. To help us help him we received excellent advice from our Fostering Social Worker, and 24 hour support. We all worked together as a team to help give Adam what he needed to feel secure and to begin to trust, and to feel good about himself again. Having two teenagers from different backgrounds in the house at the same time was very hard, but we took things one day at a time, took advantage of all the support available to us, and tried to keep focused on why we had decided to foster in the first place. We stuck with Adam through thick and thin, and he stuck with us, and now we can look back and feel so proud that we were the ones to do that, we were the ones to be able to help him realise his potential, and become a well-adjusted young man with a better, brighter future to look forward to. Since we have fostered teenagers our life has completely changed - we now know to ‘expect the unexpected’! Our whole family are involved in the foster family, helping us do what we do, and helping to make each child feel welcome and safe.

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We consider fostering to be our job but also part of our daily family life. Challenging, but when you manage to make a connection with them and they start to trust that you’re going to be there for them, that is very, very rewarding.”

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Kinver Rotarians bring clean water to Uganda village Clean water is now flowing into a village in Uganda thanks to the fund raising efforts of Kinver Rotary Club. Members have donated half of the £7,000 needed to construct a bore hole which is delivering clean water to the village of Kititi in south-east Uganda where villagers, until now, have had to walk long distances to fetch filthy unhygienic water that carried risk of serious disease. Following additional donations from Bewdley Rotary Club and a grant from the clubs’ district body the project was completed by professional civil engineers and has been officially inaugurated by the country’s Vice President, Edward Ssekadw, It will be operated by the Planting for Hope Uganda project in Kititi.

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Whether you would like to play for pleasure or progress through the grades, playing the piano is a great pastime! • Beginner to Diploma Level • Preparation for LCM and ABRSM Exams • Adult Learners Welcome • Special Discount For Under 10s • Taster Sessions Available 16

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The 100-metre deep well was fitted with concrete casings for the top 45 metres for protection against possible fracturing from the bedrock and to maximise the quality of water. The main aquifer yields between 35,000 - 40,000 litres of water for a single pump- far in excess of the requirements of the 300 households in the village. So thrilled with the well – and its source of clean water - are the villagers that they have erected a plinth next to the pump which reads ‘Donated to Kititi by Bewdley and Kinver Rotary Clubs, District 1060.UK, with another sign on the main road which passes the village. Kinver Rotary Club is now in the process of submitting an application to Rotary International for a major grant to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger in the Kititi community by developing self-sufficiency and wealth creation. The funding requested will support job creation schemes; planned small-scale commercial farming; send a pig, egg production, growing commercial crops (coffee, tomatoes, pineapples, passion fruit, eucalyptus trees, nursery bed) catering, tailoring.

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KINVER EDGE WELCOMES NEW NATIONAL TRUST RANGER

Meet ‘Ewan Chapman’

What drew you to working at Kinver Edge? As a visitor for well over 10 years prior to taking up my post I had always loved everything about Kinver Edge. From the rare wildlife, archaeology, geology and heritage I was always fascinated by the diversity of the property not to mention fantastic views!

Describe a typical day? I’d say that they is no typical day in the life of a Ranger as it varies from one day to the next and from season to season. The work is hugely varied from ecological surveys, maintaining footpaths and fences, looking after livestock, habitat management, leading guided walks, devising management plans and managing grant agreements to name but a few things. However none of these things would be possible without the dedication of the volunteers that help me out on a regular basis, without them Kinver Edge would not be the place it is today.

What's so special about heathland? Lowland heath which supports a wealth of wildlife, including reptiles, birds, butterflies and moths, was once widespread. Sadly due to changes in land management very little now remains putting pressure on the rare and special species associated with the habitat. The presence of certain species such as grey hair grass may indicate that Kinver is an ancient heathland so we have to do everything we can to restore this unique and special place.

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What's your favourite wildlife here? Choosing a favourite species is difficult, we have so many great and rare species such as white admiral and brown argus butterflies, lesser horseshoe bats, grey hair grass and many more. However it is hard to beat the adders, working towards the conservation of these fascinating and beautiful creatures is a real privilege.

What changes would you like to see here over the coming years? I would love to see the return of birds such as the nightjar and woodlark, improved habitat and populations of all our reptiles and a better understanding of all the special species that Kinver is home to. I also think that it is vital that we educate the next generation (as well as current ones!) about what a rare and special place they have of their doorstep, particularly the importance of lowland heath. It would also be great to see improvements to access across Kinver edge so more people can explore everything it has to offer. Be honest, what are tasks you don't enjoy? Dealing with some of the antisocial issues such as fly-tipping and litter are far from enjoyable but an essential part of ensuring the Kinver Edge is looked after and those who visit enjoy their time here. For further information on volunteering, opening times and events on Kinver Edge, contact Ewan Chapman or Helen Selkirk 07990561008 - 01384 872553 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kinver-edge

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1. You can now take your defined contribution pension how you like. Withdrawals from your pension will be treated as income and you can withdraw what you like; the amount of tax you will pay on what you withdraw will depend on the amount of other income you have in that year, as long as you are 55 or over. Previously, full withdrawals were taxed at 55%. 2. Subject to your pension scheme rules, up to 25% of your pension pot will remain completely tax-free, as it was before. Most people will still be able to access 25% of their pot in one go without paying any tax. 3. This applies to both ‘defined contribution’ and ‘defined benefits’ schemes. ‘Defined contribution’ is a type of pension also known as a ‘money purchase’ scheme. The amount you get when you retire usually depends on how much has been paid in and how well the investment has done. A ‘defined benefit’ pension is typically a promise of a certain level of pension linked to your salary. People in the private sector or in a funded public sector scheme can transfer from a defined benefit pension scheme to a defined contribution one meaning they can benefit from the changes. Those in unfunded public sector schemes cannot transfer. 4. People can also pass on their pension to others without paying any tax. Instead of the 55% rate of tax when passing on their pension, people who die under 75 with defined contribution pensions can pass on their unused pension as a lump sum to a person of their choice tax free. Also, certain kinds of annuities that pay out income after you die (joint life

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and guaranteed annuities) will be tax-free when paid to a beneficiary, if the original policyholder dies below age 75. For people who die over the age of 75 with unspent defined contribution pensions, they can pass this on to a person of their choice who will be able to take it as a lump sum taxed at 45% or as income and pay their normal rate of income tax. 5. Everyone who will be able to take advantage of the new reforms will be able to access free and impartial guidance. This will help people make confident and informed choices on how they put their pension savings to best use. This guidance will be available through a number of different channels - via the internet, over the phone, or face to face at a Citizens Advice Bureau. Your pension provider or scheme are required to tell you about the guidance and how to access it 6. The changes came into effect April 2015 If you are over the age of 55, you will be able to take advantage of the new system, subject to your pension scheme rules. If you’re younger than 55 then you will be able to take advantage of the new system when you reach normal minimum pension age under the tax rules (this is currently age 55). With so many options available, whatever your situation, you should not rush into making a decision and should seek professional independent financial advice. BY ENGAGING JPA TODAY YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO A MORE SECURE TOMORROW

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Gorgeous Garden

BUTTERFLIES by Martin Blow

We all love to see butterflies in the garden and its easy to attract them by planting lots of flowering plants for them to feast on. Here’s a quick gardener’s guide to some of the butterflies you might expect to see in your garden this summer. In our garden one of the heralds of spring is small tortoiseshell butterflies on the wing on the first warm days of February. These have hibernated through the winter and are often faded and tatty-winged. Their job is to feed and lay eggs to produce the next generation which feed on nettles as caterpillars and are on the wing in midsummer. We often see dozens at once on our heleniums and sedums. Another early flier is the brimstone – sulphur yellow and swift flying in March and April. At rest the closed wings are green and blend in with the leaves. Less welcome invasions come in spring and early summer from the white butterflies – small and large. Both seek out members of the cabbage family to lay their eggs. The caterpillars make short work of the leaves. The green-veined white is less of a pest and looks so attractive if you can spot them camouflaged amongst plants.

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Small Tortoiseshell & Peacock Butterflies

Comma Butterfly

In high summer we are also invaded by gatekeeper butterflies that flock to our marjoram plants in flower. These are brown and orange and very similar to, if a bit smaller than, the meadow brown. To tell the difference count the white dots in the black spots on the wings: meadow browns have one white dot and gatekeepers have two. In flight you can’t miss the blue butterflies. In our garden both common and holly blues abound in summer but it is the males that are bright blue – the females are more brown. Both sexes of the common blue have spotted beige underwings when at rest. Common blue caterpillars feed on bird’s foot trefoil – a wild flower. Small coppers are cousins of the blue butterflies and we see them in July and August normally. They are orange and black they dart here and there, resting for a while with wings open on a flower in the sun. The comma butterfly caterpillars are also nettle feeders – always try to have a patch of nettles to feed all sorts of caterpillars – and have very fancy wings with bold brown patterns. At rest the dark brown colour and ragged outline hide them from harm and also reveals how they got their name:

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there’s a small silver ‘comma’ mark on the underwing. Commas are very common in autumn and love asters and heleniums.

Red Admiral

Perhaps the most striking of the common garden butterflies is the peacock with its large blue ‘eyes’ on its wings side against a rich red background. These are defence mechanisms: when threatened they open their wings flashing the eyes at their attacker to put them off grabbing them. The red admiral’s name has nothing to do with the navy at all. It is a corruption of its original name ‘red admirable’ and they are certainly to be admired. They are most common in our garden in late summer. They fly with leisurely, long, slow wingbeats and spend a long time on each flower sucking up the nectar with their long straw-like tongues. Many red admirals fly across the North Sea from Europe swelling our native population greatly. Another European invader is the painted lady. Some years we see none or only one or two. Other years there are scores of them in the garden at once. Their numbers depend on how well the early broods do in Europe as to how many need to migrate to find food. Early arrivals will breed here

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producing more butterflies in autumn but unfortunately they can’t survive the winter here. Sometimes you will spot more unusual species. In the last few years we’ve seen a few ringlets in our garden these are more commonly seen on boggy moors. You don’t need a large or a wild garden to attract and enjoy butterflies just plenty of flower with something to tempt them starting in February with bulbs and flowering shrubs, through to late blooming flowers in October and November.

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Local travel agent reports TRUST as the most important factor when booking holidays

Kingswinford based travel agent Julie Crumpton has reported that 93% of UK customers plan to go on holiday in the next 12 months, according to a recent survey*. Further to this, the survey revealed that trust is the most important factor for UK consumers when booking their holiday, and that first-hand knowledge of destination and accommodation is the most important source of information when making such decisions. Julie, who runs her own home-based travel business as part of the UK’s leading independent travel company Travel Counsellors, highlights recent media coverage of fake reviews that has fuelled concerns over the reliability of online review sites. Perhaps not surprisingly then, only 23% of people surveyed ranked online ratings and reviews of destinations and hotels as the most important type of feedback. Instead, 71% value first-hand knowledge from a real travel agent, like Julie, most highly when researching their holiday options. Julie comments, “Recently BBC’s ‘Rip off Britain’ uncovered some serious pitfalls to booking holidays online. The programme shared the stories of distraught customers who had lost thousands of pounds by falling victim to a number of scams, highlighting the importance of booking with a trusted travel provider. I genuinely care about my customers and they know they have complete peace of mind when they book with me – I tailor-make holidays for each individual customer, provide 100% financial protection, and go the extra mile to make sure they have my full support should they need me whilst they’re away.”

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Julie believes that growing concerns over the trustworthiness of online sites may have resulted in a shift in the decision-making process: 60% of holiday-makers surveyed ranked ‘booking with someone they can trust’ as the single most important factor, and only 4% ranked ‘getting the cheapest price’ as most important when making travel plans. A further 24% of those surveyed, placed the most value on having a holiday tailor-made for them according to their specific wants and needs. Personalisation of travel itineraries is a trend that Travel Counsellors, a global award-winning travel company, have been providing expertise in for over 20 years. In addition, having 24/7 assistance was considered most important by 7%, closely followed by being financially protected (6%). Julie adds: “Customers need to know what is right for them; where is safe to travel; and be reassured that someone who genuinely cares will be there for them every step of the way. The unique level of customer service and complete peace of mind I give to my customers is not something they can get online, and that’s why Travel Counsellors is the world leader when it comes to customer loyalty, with over 96% of its customers stating that they would recommend their trusted Travel Counsellor to their friends and family”. For more information or to discuss your forthcoming travel plans contact Julie Crumpton 01384 468660 or e-mail julie.crumpton@travelcounsellors.com. *Survey completed by 335 UK consumers in January 2016

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KEWFORD EAGLES G I R LS

Girls football has moved up a gear at Kewford Eagles, as Under 14s Girls West, book their place in the Mercian League Shield final.

Manager Rich Shelley and coach Kev Hampton lead an enormously talented group of girls who have played together at Kewford for 5 years. A hard fought 5-3 victory over local rivals Stourbridge takes Kewford to their third league trophy final. Lynn Boleyn, Charity Trustee, said “I am so proud of our Girls section and all the hard work that has been done by Rich Shelley, Matt Adamson and the rest of the team to make this the success that it is. The Under 14 Girls have done particularly well with this being their 8th final in 5 years - they have played in 3 Merit Shield Cup Finals, 3 Stourbridge League cup finals and 2 Mercian Cup Finals – going on to win 6 of those finals.” Also having a great season are the Kewford Under 12 Girls and Open Ladies, who top their leagues, whilst Kewford Under 18 Girls

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Hoping to follow in their footsteps, the next generation of Kewford Girls have started their football journey this month. Fun, friendly Saturday sessions are led by qualified coaches and assisted by girls from teams at every age. With the added incentive of football in the Stourbridge and District Youth League to look forward to, Kewford hope to attract 20 young players for new teams next season. The club is keen to develop individuals and doesn't select players on the basis of ability but instead creates a positive environment in which girls can grow their game. Girls in school years 3, 4 and 5 who are interested in taking part in the free sessions on offer at Kewford Eagles should get in touch via kewfordeagles.co.uk where full details are posted on the web site.

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Replacement parts of the same quality as the original, so manufacturer’s warranties are not affected. ‘We don’t offer free MOT’s, or servicing at a price so low that you wonder what has been done to your vehicle – You pay affordable prices and get a quality job done!’

Owners Derek and Louise live in the Kinver area and offer a collection and delivery service to make life easier for you!

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 WHEEL ALIGNMENT  BRAKES

 BODYWORK (ARRANGED)  SERVICING FOR ALL

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ALL WORK IS GUARANTEED BY THE RMI

DIESEL POINT

(Situated near the Merry Hill Centre) Unit 3, Old Forge Trading Estate,Dudley Road, Lye, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY9 8EL

Tel: 01384 894772 Fax: 01384 898554 Email: gandjstarkey@btconnect.com

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