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VILLAGER

APRIL 2016

villagermagazine.co.uk

N a t i o n a l Pe t M o n t h NEW MICROCHIPPING LAW & A PET BLESSING SERVICE


CONTENTS

THE VILLAGER MAGAZINE 8

PETS

National pet month and dog microchipping law

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12 VOLUNTEER

Mentor Link needs volunteers at local Schools

16 GARDENING

Bursting with anticipation

18 AIR CADETS NEEDED

Join Brierley Hill Squadron 2156

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24 MONEY WISE

The new State Pension

26 HIMLEY HALL

Walks & Exhibitions

28 KINVER ROTARY CLUB Open event announced

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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.


If you’ve got a furry, feathered or finned friend, this month is going to be all about them. National Pet Month is now in its 27th year of urging animal lovers across the country to celebrate their pets. Find out more on page 8. Also inside this month you can become a volunteer, join the Air Cadets, enjoy walks and exhibitions at Himley Hall and attend an open event at Kinver Rotary club. Plus much more..... Please continue to support our advertisers and don’t forget to tell them you found them in The Villager. Happy reading, Maggie & Mark

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DOG MICROCHIPPING becomes compulsory FROM 6TH APRIL 2016 any dog over the age of eight weeks will be legally required to be microchipped and registered to an approved database. . If your dog isn’t microchipped and registered on an approved database then you could be served with a notice ordering you to microchip your dog. You’ll have 21 days to do so or you may be liable to pay a £500 fine and could face criminal prosecution. If your contact details change and you don’t update your details on the database, then you could also receive a notice and may be liable to pay a fine of £500.

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April 1 – May 2, 2016

NOW IN ITS 27TH YEAR, National Pet Month offers the nation a chance to celebrate the wonderful impact pets have on our lives and this year will focus on the TOP 10 TIPS FOR RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP, reminding us of how important it is for us to provide the very best levels of care for our pets. From April 1 to May 2 there will be all kinds of fun and pet themed events taking place up and down the country including competitions for schools, sponsored dog walks, pet fairs and pet shows, pet-friendly church services, special open days at vets and local pet shops. To find out more go to nationalpetmonth.org.uk and check out the National Pet Month events map.

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BURSTING WITH

ANTICIPATION

We love to fill our garden with the colour and scent of flowers. For me that passion is concentrated on hardy herbaceous perennials and the appearance of buds signal the new season of flower is about to burst forth.

But buds aren’t just the heralds of beauty to come: many are a delight in themselves and greatly add to the season of interest.

Hydrangea Annabel has a delightful contrast between bud and flower

Here are some my favourites. All are hardy and easy grow. Centaurea and their close cousins, Stemmacantha have some of the most beautiful, jewel-like buds in the perennial garden. Stemmacantha centauroides (syn. Centaurea pulchra major) eventually has large, pink, thistle-flowers on 2ft 3in tall stems but for weeks leading up to the eruption of fuchsia-pink, the silver-scaled buds are even more thrilling. Just about every Centaurea is worthy of mention but if I had to pick just one then C.phrygia would get my vote. We’ve dubbed her the Ena Sharples plant for her “hair-net” buds. Sometimes it’s the pure symmetry of a bud that attracts me. The giant yellow scabious (Cephalaria gigantea) has a geometric, beauty before the loose, feathery flowers open. That other scabious cousin, Knautia has wonderful pin-cushion buds that gradually unfold into a feathery feast of burgundy red.

Awaiting a fuchsia pink explosion from the silver buds of Stemmacantha

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Centaurea phrygia with ‘Ena Sharples’ buds!

Cephalaria gigantea has a pure symmetry of pattern

Knautia has pin-cushion buds

Silk Thistle (Onopordum) is a giant biennial

It’s easy to fall in love with the silver buds of Cupid’s Dart (Catananche caerulea)

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Just sit and en the gro anticip


Some flowers are as restrained, quiet and understated in bud as they are exuberant, showy and attention-seeking in flower. The coneflowers (Echinacea and Rudbeckia are prime examples of this transformation as the petals open: from achingly delicate to big, bold and blousy. Poppies are a brief, but dazzling display in the garden but the Orientale Poppy (papaver orientale) has just tactile, silken buds for so long prior to flowering. And of course the flowers are followed by those pepper-pot seed heads. Sometimes the contras between bud and flower on the same plant lifts a planting to new levels. Hydrangea Annabel is perhaps the best example of this, with lime-green buds and apple-white flowers together through the summer. Members of the Cynara (Thistle) tribe have impressive buds too—often more striking than the flowers. Choose with care as some thistles are very invasive and some are biennial. Onopordum (Silk Thistle) is one of the biennials but does self-seed. This is 6-8ft giant for a sunny spot. The buds spiny and very architectural. The cardoon was grown as a leaf vegetable to produce long succulent leaf stems. He is a cousin of the globe artichoke as can be seen from the buds. The joy of buds is in purity of form, dramatic contrast and expectation of flowering beauty to come. You can almost see the bees queuing up in anticipation of the feast to come as the buds of Cirsium rivulare Atropurpureum begin to burst.

I’m trying to learn to be patient and not want everything to rush into flower. Stopping to appreciate the beauty t back of buds, new stems emerging, an unfurling njoy leaf, all add to my love owing of our garden and pation! perhaps helps me ‘chill out’ a bit in the busy seasonal cycle of garden and nursery.

Coneflower, Rudbeckia subtomentosa, delicate to big and blousy between bud-burst and flower

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Janet and I run Special Perennials, our web site specialperennials.com is full of colour photos and growing tips. We sell by mail order and at Plant Hunters’ Fairs throughout the season.

We will be at Bodenham Arboretum (DY11 5SY) on Sat 16th April, free entry to plant fair. Sugnall Walled Garden (ST21 6NF) on Sat 23rd April, plant fair & gardens £1.00 entry. Weston Park (TF11 8LE) on Sunday/Monday 1st /2nd May with a great value entrance price of just £3.00 (Normal garden entry £6.50) this special event includes entry to the gardens and parkland and the great Plant Hunters' Fair. We are happy to bring orders to plant fairs for you to collect. MORE DETAILS AT: planthuntersfairs.co.uk

Cardoon is a cousin of the globe artichoke

Cirsium rivulare waits in anticipation of the show to come

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ARE YOU AGED 12 TO 17, UP FOR FUN, ADVENTURE, INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCES AND MAKING NEW FRIENDS? Are you looking for something to give you the edge in life? Then welcome to the 2156 (Brierley Hill) Squadron RAF Air Cadets. We are part of a UK-wide cadet force with more than 40,000 members. We're sponsored by the Royal Air Force and can give you hands-on experience of activities and courses that will challenge and develop your skills to help you succeed in whatever you want to do. We welcome personal visits by potential cadets aged 12 to 17 years old on our parade nights, Tuesday and Friday at 19.30 Just come along and see if you like it - you don't have to join, but at least check out what you might be missing.

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Whatever you do with your life, at the end of your time as a cadet you'll be self-motivated, confident and ready for anything. 2156 (Brierley Hill) Squadron, Air Training Corps, Cadet Centre, (Hut 2) Hickman Road, Brierley Hill DY5 3YS Tel: 01384 571348 Find out more: www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets

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LESS EXPENSIVE THAN AN EQUIVALENT SIZED EXTENSION

Whether it's a play room for the kids, an office, bedroom or maybe a beautiful new kitchen! YOU'VE ALREADY GOT THE SPACE - SO GO AHEAD & CONVERT IT A SINGLE GARAGE CONVERSION WOULD TYPICALLY INCLUDE: • Insulated timber floor • Brickwork and a new window installed at the front • Electrical work including 3 double sockets & ceiling spot lights • All walls & ceiling fully insulated & plastered to a smooth finish • Doorway installed from the main house if needed

TOTAL COST £6950 Typically no planning permission is needed, only building regs approval, all of which is arranged by us in a just a couple of days. Work is usually completed in around ten days with minimal disruption to you. WE ARE ALL TIME SERVED TRADESMEN SO A FIRST CL ASS JOB IS ASSURED

TO FIND OUT MORE OR FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION QUOTE PLEASE CALL

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Poviding a professional, caring and friendly service for the elderley

25 Years Experience Fully qualified, NVQ Level 2 & 3 References Available • Domestic Work • Laundry

• Shopping Outings

Varicose veins are a source of discomfort and can also significantly affect your self-esteem. Having these assessed and treated could be easier than you think.

High quality varicose and thread vein treatments Minimally invasive local anaesthetic techniques

• Social Calls

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• Hospital Visits

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New dentures will allow you to Eat, Smile and Talk with confidence !

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Wood Road | Tettenhall | Wolverhampton | WV6 8LE

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• Natural Looking

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Studio524 Beauty Bliss & Beyond

WELCOME our NEW skincare range

Join us on 30th April for

SKINCARE SATURDAY Come along and meet our skincare specialists for a FREE skincare consultation FREE Skin sincere samples while stocks last Buy two full size recommended products and receive a FREE 30 minute facial

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Micro-Current and Microdermabrasion Facial demonstrations throughout the day

Studio524 Telephone: 01384 865126 524, High Street Kingswinford We are next door to the Cottage Inn! www.studio524.co.uk Please mention the villager when responding to adverts

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CALL MARK FOR A

ANDREWS HEATING SPECIALIST IN DOMESTIC GAS & LPG  Central Heating Installations  Boiler Repairs

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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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NO JOB TOO SMALL All Cleaning Products & Equipment Provided PLEASE CALL LOUISE:

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TAX RETURN As a CIS subcontractor, the tax you have been deducted will likely be more than you owe. We can complete your Self Assessment Tax Return now to reclaim any tax you are owed. Why wait until January?

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STABLES TEA ROOM

Enjoy the peace and tranquillity that the Stables Tea Room has to offer, whether you are in the tastefully converted stable buildings or the spacious outdoor seating.

• Light lunches

• Freshly made sandwiches • Home-made cakes

• Top quality coffee selection • Range of tea choices • Daily specials board

Come and sample the stunning surroundings and friendly atmosphere.

Open Tuesday to Saturday – 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Broad Acre Stables, Broadlanes, Six Ashes, Bridgnorth, Shropshire. WV15 6EG 01746 781019 or 07973 763469 www.stablestearoom.com

KINVER EDGE

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• New Builds & Extensions • Loft Conversions

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• Trussed & Traditional Roofs • Property Maintenance CALL JASON 07855

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THE NEW STATE PENSION 6th April 2016 sees the introduction of the new State Pension. This affects everyone who has yet to reach state pension age.

The old State Pension system was too complicated to work out how much you would receive in old age, making it difficult to plan for retirement. The new State Pension is intended to simplify the situation but there are some transitional arrangements which you need to be aware of if you’re approaching and planning your retirement. JPA believe it’s sensible to request a forecast for your State Pension to see what you’ve built up so far and this is available from the Gov.Uk website.

Financial Services Ltd As local Independent Financial Advisers Our aim is to provide Financial Advice for

everyone FREE Initial Review Pension Review Retirement Planning Investments & Savings ISA’s Child Savings Plans Mortgages & Re-mortgages Life Cover Critical Illness For a confidential, no obligation discussion contact the JPA team

Tel. 01384 918158 The value of the investment can go down as well as up and you may not get back as much as you put in. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

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By JPA

Financial Services Ltd

The new State Pension is based on your National Insurance (NI) contributions only. Full new State Pension requires 35 years of contributions to obtain the new £155.65 per week. Working out how much you’ll receive in state pension is very straightforward if you’re just starting work and haven’t built up any State Pension. For example, 25 years of NI contributions means a state pension of 25/35ths of the full amount. However, if you have less than 10 years, you won’t normally qualify for any State Pension. There is no perfect solution to your retirement planning, however, one thing is for certain; for most people the new State Pension will only provide for a basic lifestyle. In order to enjoy retirement and not have to work for the rest of your life you will need to make extra provisions. BY ENGAGING JPA TODAY YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO A MORE SECURE TOMORROW

WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT JPA? We hold a weekly Open surgery at our offices every Saturday morning from 10.00am to 12 noon where you can bring along your old pension policies, life policies and your savings and investments for a no-obligation review. Please contact the office to secure your appointment. HOW TO CONTACT US Office: 01384 918158 www.jpafinancialservicesltd.co.uk jpafinancialservicesltd@gmail.com

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BEAUTY NAILS

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FOR APPOINTMENTS PLEASE CALL 07927 774345 HANDS

Manicure inc Nail Paint .......... £14 Manicure Natural Look .......... £12 Deluxe Manicure & Nail Paint .. £20 Shellac Manicure ................... £20

EXTENSIONS & MORE

Nail Extensions ..................... £30 Gel Overlays ......................... £20 In-fills ..................................... £18 In-fills with Nail Paint ............. £24 Nail Art from .......................... £1 Gems from ............................. 50p

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Pedicure inc Nail Paint .......... £16 Deluxe Pedicure & Nail Paint ... £22 Shellac Pedicure ................... £20 Callus Peel ............................ £15

TINTING & SHAPING

Eyebrow Wax ........................ £6 Lash Tint ............................... £8 Brow Tint ............................... £6 All of the above ..................... £18

TANNING

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Tinting requires a patch test 24 hours prior to treatment.

FACIAL TREATMENTS

Mini Facial ............................. £16 Full Facial .............................. £25 Luxury Facial ......................... £30

WAXING

Eyebrow ................................ £6 Full Leg ................................. £24 Half Leg ................................ £14 Bikini ..................................... £10 Under Arm ............................. £7 Forearms ............................... £7 Full Arm ................................. £14 Lip or Chin ............................. £5 Back ...................................... £20 Back & Shoulder ................... £25

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Full Body ............................... £45 Back & Shoulder ................... £28 Back Massage ....................... £20

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ACUPUNCTURE affordable for all Community Acupuncture provides affordable, quality, individualised acupuncture treatments for all. YOU CHOOSE WHAT YOU PAY EACH VISIT

From a sliding scale of £10 - £35 using a discreet envelope method

Justine de-Burgh Bradley (BSc Hons) MBAcC, MFHT, AFN

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Walks and Exhibitions at

HIMLEY HALL & PARK

Whether it’s exploring the countryside or looking at sci fi memorabilia, there’s plenty to see and do at Himley Hall and Park this weekend and over the coming months. On Wednesday April 27 at 6pm there’s a Walk Through Time. Led by Graham Worton of Dudley Museums Service, the walk passes up through the valley to the last working pit of the South Staffordshire Coalfield, returning via woodland to Himley. The walk is free but booking is essential on 01384 817817. Visitors can also enjoy three exhibitions running until September. Phil Sedgley’s Some You Just Might Like includes his early landscapes in oil paints as well as later works of wildlife, vehicles and imaginative compositions on canvas, cotton, board, glass and ceramics. Sci fi fans of all ages will be able to take a trip back in time as sci-fi fan Nigel Harris puts his amazing collection of books, ornaments, models, spaceships and oddities collected since the 70s on display. There will be items and memorabilia from Babylon 5 to Star Wars as well as Star Trek and many more sci-fi shows. Wolverhampton born illustrator and fine artist Rebecca Cresswell will be hosting her exhibition A Brush for Life until September. Rebecca specialises in ‘art in healthcare’ and pet portraits. The exhibition is a varied mix of dog portraits alongside pieces of art that have engaged groups of healthcare patients from young children to senior citizens. Rebecca is raising funds for the Dogs Trust and Birmingham Dogs Home from any exhibition sales.

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BATHROOM & KITCHEN SPECIALIST

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Bathrooms & Kitchens to suit all budgets



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All work GUARANTEED and EXPERTLY FITTED by ourselves

‘DISABLED ADAPTIONS’ All photographs show our own installations

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PROPERTY IMPROVEMENTS SAVE £££’S ON IMPROVING YOUR HOME 90% OF WORK

NO SALESMEN DEAL DIRECT WITH OWNER TRADESMAN

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01384 825 457 or 07946 396 845

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FREE QUOTES Special Rates For Pensioners

For a friendly family business Contact Ian & Helen on

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01384 836447 07743 037667

The Rotary Club of Kinver

OPEN EVENT

During the club’s 30-year history it has become an established part of village life, especially its Santa sleigh which tours the entire village together with Enville and parts of Wollaston and Wall Heath, but members are keen to inform more people of the other many and varied activities that take place throughout the year. Membership secretary Tom Bryson says: “Residents of Kinver and the surrounding areas are well aware of ‘The Rotary’ but don’t really appreciate what the club does on a week-by-week basis and the enjoyment its members get from the extremely diverse programme that is undertaken. “While the Kinver Club is part of an international organisation with more than 1.2 million members in every democratic country across the world, it is essentially a village group that exists for the pleasure it gives to the members while producing benefits to the people locally and disadvantaged people in parts of the world.” The open day, to be held at the KCSA Edward Marsh Centre, Kinver on Saturday May 14 from 10.00 a.m. until 1.30 p.m. will demonstrate the ways in which members support local schools; the elderly; village charities, social groups and voluntary organisations; together with its involvement in projects nationally and internationally. “We want to demonstrate the enjoyment that can be gained by helping others through memberships of one of the most thriving Rotary clubs in the West Midlands,” Tom adds. “The Rotary motto is ‘Service Before Self’ – we believe we do serve but not at the expense of ourselves. We enjoy ourselves!”

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Not available in conjunction with any other offer. Photo copies not accepted. One voucher per two people only.

FREE PARKING AT FRONT & REAR www.alamrestaurant.co.uk Email bookings@alamrestaurant.co.uk

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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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