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VILLAGER

villagermagazine.co.uk

SEPTEMBER 2017

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WELCOME Welcome to the 11th anniversary edition of the Villager Magazine.

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I would like to thank all of our readers, advertisers and contributors for helping us to make it through another successful year.

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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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ARE YOU READY TO TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE OF THE

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Word has got round about the quality and the challenge of Sheepwalks Shocker, the charity 10k race organised by the Rotary Club of Kinver which, for the past two years, has been a mixture of road running and stunning cross country routes across the Sheepwalks around Kinver and Enville. At the beginning of August entries were 300% up on the same time last year and organisers are forecasting a sell out when the race sets off on Sunday October 1st.

Last year the event attracted 313 entries (an associated 2k family “Sheepwalks shuffle” brought in a further 250). The majority of those registered at the last minute; however 132 registrations had been received at the beginning of August this year - 300% up on last year’s figure at the same time, so organisers are urging anybody considering taking part to register early as there is a maximum of 400 runners.

The race will start and finish in the grounds of Enville Hall and will again be accompanied by activities for non-runners including trade stands, a bouncy castle, tea tent and other catering.

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John Gillett (left) race director and Andy Sheppard, race secretary, with one of more than 100 signs that will be positioned along the routes to ensure the safety of the runners.

As all overheads have been covered by the main sponsors, BodyKraft, of Pensnett and six support sponsors, all proceeds from the Shocker will be donated to Action Heart. Profits from the Shuffle will go to Kinver Fitness Collective. Registration for both events can be made by visiting sheepwalks-shocker.co.uk

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Pam Ayres has been a writer, broadcaster, and entertainer for over 40 years, and is one of the few authors who has had books in the Sunday Times bestseller charts in almost every decade since the 1970s. She will be at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre with AN EVENING WITH PAM AYRES on Saturday 4 November.

She is the author of several best-selling poetry collections, including The Works, With These Hands, Surgically Enhanced and You Made Me Late Again!. Many of her poems are in school textbooks around the world including the UK, USA, China, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, South Africa, Ireland and Singapore. In 2015, once again, the most borrowed poetry book in UK Libraries was Pam’s most recent book, You Made Me Late Again. Her other works include Surgically Enhanced, With These Hands, Thoughts Of A Late-Night Knitter and Bertha And The Racing Pigeon.

The English humourist is as popular as ever, Funny and warm, her charming understated manner belies a rare comic precision. Her hair-trigger timing, her eye for the absurd details of everyday life, and unforgettable turn of phrase, combine to make her a true national treasure. Recent radio broadcasts include Just A Minute, Loose Ends, and five of her own series of Ayres On The Air for Radio 4.

“Pam Ayres’ session was one of my highlights of the Hay Festival this year because I laughed so hard that my stomach ached for hours afterwards, and it is wonderful to witness a true craftswoman practice her art.” Review from Hay Festival 2015.

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FRENCH BULLDOG IS UK’S FAVOURITE POOCH By Vets Monica and Lisa

With French bulldogs topping the list of the number 1 breed in the UK, we thought we would take some time to discuss the possible complications associated with caring for one of these dogs. This also includes Pug and Bulldog owners or any breed with a short nose! (A "Bracycephalic")

Bracycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) as the name suggests is a mixture of symptoms, ranging from none at all, to the snoring pup to the poor pooch who collapses after exercise.

The following issues make up BOAS

1. Stenotic nares, i.e. nostrils that are not very open, don't move when the dog breathes in and out. There are varying degrees of stenosis from 1-4. This is something you can see for yourself when visiting a potential pup. Though don't just take wide nostrils as a good sign the dog is ok...external appearances can still be deceiving!

2. An overlong soft palate. This causes a physical obstruction to the opening of the airway (the trachea). 3. Enlarged tonsils. Just like humans, dogs also have tonsils at the back of their throat that can enlarge and restrict airflow.

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4. Laryngeal paralysis. The larynx sits either side of the airway opening and moves with airflow. Either one or both of the laryngeal folds can become paralysed and fail to move away from the opening/ gets sucked in each time the dog breathes in.

Other complications include airway collapse. The pressure created by the dog from trying to breathe in enough oxygen each time can cause the trachea to fold inwards, again causing another physical blockage. Dogs also have an increased risk of aspirational pneumonia when they eat their food, drink water too quickly or vomit. These breeds have the same amount of tissue in their noses as your collie and Labrador... a bit like trying to squeeze toothpaste back into the tube! A small space for a lot of tissue!

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If you have any concerns about a pet, you should always contact your vet. Don't get us wrong, we do love these breeds, they have amazing personalities and make lovely pets but here are a few pointers to consider before buying a pup (some of these apply to any pup also, not just frenchies!)

Go and see the pups suckling from mom. Preferably meet dad too. Listen for when mom and dad sleep, can you hear them snoring? Yes this is "cute� but it is a clinical sign of BOAS. Take the pup outside for a play; can you hear their breathing noise increase after or during exercise? Do they open mouth breathe and make a snorty noise when they pant? Is their chest moving more even at rest compared to other breeds you may have seen? If they are exhibiting any of these clinical signs then you really need to consider whether you move forward and buy the pup as chances are it will cost you in vet bills further down the line!

We always recommend insuring your pets but make sure you read the small print! A lot of insurance companies will not cover for pre-existing congenital conditions.. therefore leaving you with an unexpected large bill! If you do want to breed one of these types of dogs, careful consideration should be given to the medical implications. A very high percentage require delivery by Caesarean section due to their large heads and small pelvis and these can cost over 1000 pounds in vets bills. Any surgery to try and improve the breathing of these breeds is also not cheap. Nostril widening, removal of tonsils, tying back of the laryngeal folds are all operations that can be performed to improve these breeds quality of life. Remember...these guys are great breeds! But do your research and buy sensibly!

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CROCOSMIA

Stars of the Autumn Garden

Written by: Martin Blow of Special Perennials

Crocosmia are better known as “Montbretia” in Britain and have often have a bad name as invasive, plants. However, there are lots of choice varieties that are less spreading and worthier of their other common name: “Falling Stars” after their cascade of brilliant, fiery, starry flowers.

These plants come from Africa and were previously thought to be winter tender, needing to be dug up in late autumn and laid out to dry so that the corms could be stored indoors in winter. This is still good practice if your soil is water logged in winter and it also serves to reduce the spread of the plants as well. I leave the corms in the soil over winter as my garden isn’t very wet or cold, except some of the very large-flowered varieties like “Emily Mackenzie” or “Star of the East”; I find these two often die out in frosty winters and these get dug up in October or November. The plants like a moisture retentive soil in summer and this gives bigger and more flowers.

By choosing different varieties you can have flowers from July to early October and plants from 1ft / 30cm to 4ft / 120cm tall.

Perhaps the most popular, tallest and earliest to flower is the orange-red “Lucifer” with his pleated leaves and long cascades of flowers. He will start flowering in July through to the end of August. Some people suggest he needs staking but I find that if feeding is kept to a minimum he is more stocky and self-supporting.

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Lucifer Lucifer is wonderful for adding a touch of hot colour to a more subdued planting. In our garden we have him amongst regal lilies, rusty foxgloves and giant oats. “Hellfire” is a newer version of this old favourite and is a little shorter and later to flower and has luscious, deep, velvety red flowers.

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Once the shoots show through in spring keep the plants on the moist side. If a late, hard frost is forecast after the shoots are showing, I cover with garden fleece or a mulch, although established clumps will recover quickly from any frost burn. In cold areas, you can leave the old leaves on the plant in winter to provide some protection and choose a mild spell in late winter to cut them off before growth starts. Although the seed heads look attractive on the plant, cut them off before the seeds fall as seedlings might be inferior.

Jackanapes

These bright plants are easy to grow and invaluable for brightening up the garden in late summer and autumn. Keep an eye out for Crocosmia at plant fairs in autumn and catch a falling star for your garden.

Sulpherea Fire Jumper

At the other end of the scale there are short varieties for the front of the border like the orange and yellow “Firejumper, red and yellow “Jackanapes” and red “Gloria”. These grow to 1ft / 30cm or slightly less and their bold colourways are the highlight lining my paths and patio in August and September.

For a softer effect, there are some lovely pale lemon flowered varieties. All are very alike: you might find “Citronella”, “Sulpherea” or “Morning Light”, there’s not much to choose between them. These are 1ft 6in / 45cm tall and flower in late August perhaps through to early October. I plant Crocosmia corms in spring about 3-5in / 7-12cm deep and about 6in / 15cm apart although it isn’t crucial to be exact in this. I plant pot-grown specimens at any time other than winter, although I would only plant the more tender types in late spring.

Citronella Janet & I run Special Perennials, our website www.specialperennials.com is full of colour photos and growing tips. We will be at the Plant Hunters’ Fair at Henbury Hall Garden, Macclesfield (SK11 9PJ) on Sunday 17th September entry to this lovely rarely open 12-acre garden and plant fair only £2.50 and at the stunning Abbeywood Gardens, Delamere CW8 2HS on Sunday 24th September only £3.00 for the gardens and fair. Full details from www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk We are happy to bring orders to plant fairs for you to collect.

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WHY IT PAYS TO KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR PORTFOLIO Whether you are a newcomer or a seasoned investor, one of the keys to successful investing is having an annual portfolio review. It’s essential if you want to ensure that the stocks and shares you hold are still in line with your investment objectives.

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Get the new school year o to a smart start with As the summer holidays are over, the focus is now on the start of the new school year. Whereas thoughts were focused on ensuring children have a new, crisp, school uniform and a restocked pencil case, it is just as important to ensure your child is equipped with the most vital tools needed for a successful year ahead; a good grip on the core subjects of maths and English and the learning skills required for academic progression. Kumon develops children through the acquisition of independent learning skills, rather than teaching in the conventional sense.

At your local Kingswinford Study Centre, Kumon offers individualised maths and English study programmes tailored to all ages and abilities. Established for over 60 years, the Kumon programmes enable children to develop their study skills and confidently tackle advanced work.

Having long breaks from study means children can sometimes require extra support to get back into the routine of daily study. Kumon can help your child to start their new school year motivated and confidence, and ensure they gain maximum benefit from the year of learning ahead.

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The new school year is an ideal time to enrol your child at your local Kumon centre. For more information and to book a FREE assessment, please contact Emma Wilkinson on 01384 908047 or email kingswinford@kumoncentre.co.uk

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