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VILLAGER

villagermagazine.co.uk

April 2018

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WELCOME

CONTENTS 10

INSIDE NO WHITE BITS BOUTIQUE NOW OPEN WIN THEATRE FIND OUT MORE ON PAGE 14

BEAUTY COMPETITION Win a Microdermabrasion Facial

TICKETS BIKE4LIFE RIDE OUT & FESTIVAL & MUCH MORE...

Himley l Kingswinford l Kinver l Swindon l Wall Heath l Wordsley l Wollaston

Our front page business for April ‘No White Bits Boutique’ offers a range of beauty treatments, top of the range sunbeds, prom packages and OAP discounts. Find out more on pages 14 & 15. Find out how you can get tickets for a great day out to the Bike4Life ride out and festival in support of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. Martin Blow talks ‘Dazzling Dahlias’ and we have two great competitions you can enter to win tickets to see 84, Charing Cross Road starring Hollywood and Broadway legend, Stefanie Powers at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and a Microdermabrasion Facial at Studio 524.

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THEATRE COMPETITION 84 Charing Cross Road

BIKE4LIFE Ride out and Festival

GARDENING Dazzling Dahlias

MONEY WISE Will you or will you not?

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Finally if you wish to place an advert or article in the next Villager please contact us by 20th April. I hope you enjoy reading this issue and please tell our advertisers where you found them.

Maggie

Independently published the Villager magazine promotes local business to local people.

The Villager is delivered FREE monthly to homes and businesses in 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.

CONTACT US Email: thevillagermag@yahoo.co.uk

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Win a Microdermabrasion Facial at Studio 524 Microdermabrasion can be used to give your skin a healthy glow or to target more specific requirements such as fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, sun damage & acne. Post treatment your skin continues to improve due to increased collagen and elastin production. You can find out more about this treatment by visiting studio524.co.uk Studio 524 is kindly offering one lucky Villager Magazine reader the chance to win a Skin Base Microdermabrasion Facial with either Devon or Morgan. For your chance to win this amazing prize just answer the following question. Which organ is the largest in the human body? a. Skin b. Brain c. Heart d. Lungs

Post entries to: Microdermabrasion Competition, Studio 524, 524 High Street, Kingswinford DY6 8AW or email: studio524@icloud.com Entries must include your answer, name, address & telephone number. Closing date for entries 10.05.18

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Win tickets to see Stefanie Powers in 84 Charing Cross Road Hollywood and Broadway legend, Stefanie Powers, stars as Helene Hanff in a major new UK tour of 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD, alongside Clive Francis as Frank Doel. The play is at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from 29 May – 2 June and we have a pair of tickets to give away to the opening night on Tuesday 29 May. Adapted from Helene Hanff’s best-selling book, 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD is a tender and heartwarming tale of transatlantic friendship. The bittersweet comedy is based on the extraordinary true story of the remarkable relationship that developed over 20 years between a vivacious New York writer and a London bookseller. Through their exchange of humorous and often intimate correspondence a snapshot of Britain from the post-war 1940’s to the swinging 60’s is revealed, alongside a touching human story that still deeply resonates today. Stefanie Powers plays Helene Hanff. A star of stage and screen with a career spanning over 50 years, Powers is best known for her iconic role opposite Robert Wagner in Hart to Hart, which ran over 5 series and 8 TV movies between 1979 and 1996. Her extensive film and TV credits include McLintock!, The Magnificent Seven Ride Again, The Rockford Files, The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man and The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Clive Francis’ recent theatre credits include An Inspector Calls (West End), Les Blancs (National Theatre) and Enron; on screen he has appeared in The Queen, Mr Turner and most recently as Lord Salisbury in the award-winning Netflix series, The Crown. 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD premiered at the Salisbury Playhouse in 1981 before transferring to the West End and Broadway. It was adapted into a film in 1987, starring Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench and Anne Bancroft as Helene, who won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress. Tickets are now on sale visit the Grand Theatre Box Office in person, call 01902 42 92 12 or online at grandtheatre.co.uk To be in with a chance of winning 2 tickets, simply answer the question. Stefanie Powers is best known for her role in which TV series? A. Wild At Heart B. Heartbeat C. Hart To Hart D. When Calls The Heart Post entries to: Competition, The Villager Magazine, 17 Beechcote Avenue, Wolverley DY11 5TS or email thevillagermag@yahoo.co.ukEntries must include your answer, name, address& telephone number. Closing date 30.04.18

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We provide a range of support services to those living alone, enabling them to live as independently as possible in their own homes.

We also offer services to those who live with family or friends to enable the main carer to take a well earned break. We offer a flexible, reliable service, specifically tailored to individual needs. The range and variety of our service is almost endless and we will endeavour to accommodate the needs of those requiring our support.

We are a charity and ‘not for profit organisa%on’ and whilst not all of our services are free the charges are reasonable when compared to private agencies. This can be discussed before the service commences.

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Carr’s FootCare For the professional treatment of foot related problems in the comfort of your own home 

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Bike4Life Ride Out & Festival Sunday 22nd April 2018 Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, organisers of the Bike4Life Ride Out and Festival, has announced that two special VIP guests will be returning to the 2018 event. Former World Superbike champion and racing legend, Carl Fogarty, and motorcycle and truck racing legend, Steve Parrish, will lead the Ride Out on Sunday 22nd April from Meole Brace in Shrewsbury, to RAF Cosford for the Bike4Life Festival. Carl Fogarty explains: “It’s a brilliant atmosphere leading over 3,000 bikers, with crowds of people lining the roads to wave you on, not to mention the thousands of people there to greet you at the Festival.” As the Ride Out is limited to 3,500 bikes, people are being urged to pre-book their tickets online to avoid disappointment. Tickets are also available in advance for the Festival at RAF Cosford, where people can enjoy the arrival of the Ride Out and the incredible biking event atmosphere, with live displays, music, food and entertainment”.

Classes on Tuesday and Thursday between 4.00pm-6.00pm and Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm

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Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s Bike4Life Ride Out and Festival supported by the Safer Roads Partnership, is one of the biggest biker events in the country, attracting over 12,000 bikers. In 2017, the event that raises awareness of biker safety and funds for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, raised an amazing £73,800. To book tickets visit www.bike4lifefest.com

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GARDENING

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ne of my first gardening purchases was made at Woolworths one spring and consisted of an unpromising looking woody tuber in a bag of dry peat. What attracted me was the brightly coloured flowers pictured on the cardboard top of the pack. I treated my first dahlia rather suspiciously, but I soon learned that they had a real knack for seemingly coming back from the dead each spring, getting bigger and better in the process. With that first plant – a red cactus-flowered variety – purchased in April I simply dug a hole about 3in (7cm) deeper than the height of crown of the tuber (that’s the bit where the round stems start from) and filled in around it with soil and left a label to mark the spot. I soon learned that preparing the soil with lots of garden compost and raking in a small handful of bone meal afterwards resulted in bigger and more flowers. I also discovered that the new shoots that poke through the soil after a few weeks are ideal breakfast for slugs. Once the plants were growing taller I found they needed staking and of course it would have been better to have banged the stake into place before planting to avoid damaging the tubers and the roots. But even with my novice attentions the plants grew and flowered their socks off for months until the October frosts blackened their stems. Gardening books at the time (the 1980s) unanimously recommended cutting of the stems 6in / 15cm above the ground and lifting the tubers carefully to avoid too many breakages. The magnificent size of the tuber compared to that dry, shrivelled lump I’d planted was astonishing. Consulting my books, I laid the tubers upside-down on my greenhouse staging to dry for a couple of weeks and then packed them in boxes of peat and stored them in our brick-built store.

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In the old days gardeners would store them in boxes, wrapped in newspaper under their beds as bedrooms were rarely heated. One current book recommends storing them in the loft these days. Other books sweep away all the palaver of digging them up at all and recommend simply covering the crowns with a mulch over winter. This is ok if you have well-drained soil and live in a fairly mild area. If your soil is wet and cold you’re likely to lose tubers in the ground most winters. Talking to gardeners around here (Cheshire) it seems that we are on the cusp: those south of me can usually leave them in, but not north of here. With hundreds of varieties readily available it’s easy to become an enthusiast and begin to learn new ways to propagate and grow these lovely plants. Making more plants from a tuber in spring is simple and there are two methods. You can just divide a tuber, but you must make sure that each division has a piece of stem

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Dahlias Once the plants are in the garden growing its worth “stopping” them! This means taking the tips off of the shoots after about 3-5 weeks of growth. This creates bushier plants with more stems and that means more flowers. Dahlias produce a flower at the top of a stem then more buds in each leaf joint down the stem, so you deadhead by cutting back to just above a leaf joint. If you want really big, prize winning flowers for your local flower show take off the new buds below the main flower before they swell. This channels all the energy in making one, big, show stopping bloom.

attached as the new shoots only grow from the base of the stems – the knobbly bits of tuber are there to store food for the growing plants only. I usually pot up divided tubers and get them growing before planting out. If you have a greenhouse that doesn’t get too cold you can plant your tubers in large pots with the crowns just showing and watch the shoots grow. Once they are about 3in / 7cm long use a clean, sharp knife to sever the shoots just above tuber. Dip the cut end of the shooting into rooting powder and then planting in small pots or modules about 1-2in / 24cm into the compost. Water gently and cover with an inflated polythene bag or pop into a propagator. Dahlias can also be grown from seed, and although the fancy ones won’t look like their parents, it’s easy to grow some lovely colours and shapes this way. You can also buy seed of wild ones that will come true and these usually have smaller, simpler and (dare I say) more charming flowers.

There are dahlias for every garden provided you can give them some sun. There are small one for patio tubs, giants for the back the border and all sorts of flower shapes and colours. There are little pompoms and large star-like cactus flowered and they come in single colours or multi-coloured petals. Until a few years ago dahlias were consigned to the cottage gardens and allotments of hobbyists; considered as brash and lacking in taste by the garden style gurus. Now they’re bang on trend and gracing gardens across the land. I still love them for their easiness and flower power and for the memories of one of my earliest gardening success stories. Happy gardening from Martin Blow. Janet & I run Special Perennials, our web site www.specialperennials.com is full of colour photos and growing tips. We sell by mail order and at Plant Hunters’ Fairs throughout the season.

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WILL YOU, OR WILL YOU NOT?

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ills were once perceived as only something to worry about if you were very old and very rich. Having our financial affairs in order brings a huge comfort regardless of life-stage or degree of wealth, yet still only around a third of UK adults have written a Will.

Why bother? First and foremost, a Will ensures that after you’re gone, your assets fall into the right hands, relieving family members of having awkward discussions about money and letting them grieve in peace. The more technical aspect of a Will ensures you don’t overpay on inheritance tax – although this complex area is one where specialist advice is crucial to making the best decisions. While you can write your own Will, legal advice reduces any risk of misinterpretation and it’s a sensible inclusion in your broader financial plan – part of getting your house in order, if you like. With that in mind, remember Wills are not just the domain of the elderly. Because life is full of uncertainties, especially if you have a family, you might consider writing a Will far earlier than you believe is relevant, so you can rest assured your loved ones will be taken care of in the way you’d hoped. It’s never too early and you can always write a new one if circumstances change at a later date. With even the slightest complexity, from running a business or holding property overseas, to having a second spouse and multiple dependants, legal advice is strongly recommended before preparing your document.

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