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VILLAGER

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APRIL 2017


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2017

Cosford Food Festival

12 COMPETITION

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20 MONEY WISE

Teaching kids about money

24 PET CARE Rabbits

28 GARDENING Some like it hot

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ROTARY CLUB MEMBERSHIP The Rotary Club of Kinver is holding an open event for people keen to find about the worldwide Rotary network and how it serves local, national and international communities.

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Win a Hot Stone Massage at Studio 524 with Beauty Therapist ‘Devon’ Studio 524 is offering a fabulous Hot Stone Massage for one lucky reader to enjoy.

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Kumon’s maths and English study programmes work throughout the year to ensure your child is constantly learning and developing their ability. Contact your local Instructor for a free assessment. Kingswinford 01384 908047 Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4pm-7pm and a new Saturday class will start on 1 April between 10.30am-12pm at Crestwood School.

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COSFORD FOOD FESTIVAL 22-23 July 2017

A tasty line-up of over 90 local producers has been announced for this year’s Cosford Food Festival, which promises to serve up the very best food and drink the Midland’s has to offer. Popular favorites on the food festival scene as well as brand new local producers are all on board for this year’s festival, which takes place on 22-23 July 2017.

Held in the unique setting at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, a bustling food market will showcase some of the region’s finest artisan produce and locally brewed beverages. On top of 66 popular favourites, 26 new producers will be joining the Cosford Food Festival for the first time, making this year’s event the biggest and the best yet.

Returning to the summer event will be much loved exhibitors, including; the award winning Snowdonia Cheese Company, bringing along a wide selection of their cheeses, each bursting with its own character. Robinsons Butchers are also back for 2017, showcasing some of the best locally sourced meat including lamb from within 5 miles and pork from within 20 miles, all for you to buy on the day and take home. The popular Swifts Bakery will be exhibiting again this year

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with an extensive range of artisan loaves including gluten free. Tempting visitors with a huge slice of their homemade cakes is Clare’s Kitchen, so whether its lemon and blueberry or strawberries and cream, there is sure to be a flavour to entice any festival goers with a sweet tooth.

Bringing something new to the festival this year is Hintons Specialist Bakehouse who specialise in delicious and unique savoury and sweet baked goods for special dietary needs such as vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diets. Also joining the festival for the first time is Paso Pimero & Shropshire Salami serving platters of charcuterie with a glass of wine, the perfect combination for a summer lunch! Organisers are also thrilled to have Fire Foods spicing up the festival line-up this year with their chilli infused products including chilli peanut butter, ghost pork scratching’s, hot chilli sauces and relishes. Plus, if it’s a nostalgic beverage you’re after, Retro Shots will be at the festival with their premium vodka liqueurs with flavours that take you back to your childhood - fruit salad and cola cube to name but a few!

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If browsing all the stalls makes you hungry, fear not, foodies can feast on delicious street food with flavours from around the world. The diverse menu on offer will include everything from Indian, Italian and French cuisine to a taste of the Caribbean with Cuban and Mexican food to tempt visitors. Gourmet burgers, hot dogs and ribs along with chicken tikka flatbreads are the perfect hot food option for those who love a summer BBQ..all washed down with a freshly ground cup of coffee or maybe a glass of fizz from the Champavan! For those who can’t resist something sweet, traditional dairy ice creams, waffles, crêpes and milkshakes will all be on offer.

Now in its fifth year, the festival is firmly established on the Museum’s events calendar, attracting thousands of foodies each day. With additional entertainment and live music being lined up for festival goers, organisers are confident the event will not only appeal to food lovers but also families who are looking for an enjoyable day out. Tickets to the festival are now available to purchase in advance via the Museum website www.rafmuseum.org/cosford. Keep up to date with the latest Cosford Food Festival event info by following the event on Facebook @CosfordFoodFestival.

COSFORD FOOD FESTIVAL OPEN 10.00AM - 5.00PM 22-23 JULY 2017 :

£5 adult £2 child (5-15 years / under 5’s free) / £14 family (2 adults and up to 4 children)

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By JPA

Financial Services Ltd

KNOWING HOW CREDIT CARDS AND LOANS WORK

ABOUT MONEY

It can be an important life lesson for older children to learn how credit cards work, and how interest charges are calculated, and how they can mount up if the balance isn’t cleared each month.

LEARNING TO SAVE

It’s also worth explaining to teenagers the value of having a good credit score and how this can improve their financial chances when the time comes to enter into big financial transactions like taking out their first mortgage.

TEACHING YOUR KIDS FINANCIAL HABITS are formed by the age of seven, according to research by Cambridge University for the Money Advice Service. By this age most children are capable of complex functions such as planning ahead or delaying a decision until later, and understanding that some choices are reversible.

Junior Individual Savings Accounts (JISAs) are a good way for children to learn about the value of saving money for the future.

The advantage of a JISA is that they are tax free, and once the account has been opened by the parent or guardian, anyone can make contributions, including grandparents, friends and family. The saving limit for the current tax year is £4080. Children gain control of their JISA at age 16, but the money cannot be withdrawn until the age of 18.

At that point, the account is automatically converted into an adult ISA, and saving into the tax-free account can be continued.

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When it comes to borrowing money, they need to know that there are many different types of loan available and it’s important to understand how to compare charges and interest rates.

If you are not getting value for money, then it’s time to talk to us for professional advice.

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PET CARE

By Vets

Monika and Lisa

AS ITS EASTER TIME we thought we would talk about the third most popular pet in the UK, Rabbits! Rabbits have never been more popular as pets but before you contemplate buying that cute ball of fluff here are a few pointers to consider beforehand...

Rabbits are social critters. You only need to look into your nearest field to know they find comfort in large groups. If you don't get a bunny in a pair most will bond with a mate of the opposite sex after some patience... just make sure both are neutered! More about neutering later...

90% of their diet should be fibre (hay/grass). This sounds pretty boring and we appreciate the temptation to buy all those lovely fruit and veg treats but trust us when we say you're rabbit's digestive system will be a lot happier with fibre! We will let you make up the remaining 10% with vegetables (spring greens, carrot, broccoli, kale etc) and complete pellets (not the mixed feed you can buy because even though as a whole it is nutritionally balanced, the mix encourages your bunny to only pick out their favourite pieces which means they don't get the correct balance. .. a bit like us picking out the chips and leaving the salad!)

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Rabbits live up to 10-12 years and can cost more than you think over a lifetime... If you can't commit to this then buy a chocolate one!

A hutch is not enough! Rabbits need enough space to run, jump and dig and they do require mental stimulation to prevent boredom. If you plan on keeping your bun indoors they can be easily litter trained (as they are very clean creatures naturally) but rabbit-proof those wires.

Neuter! The saying goes "at it like rabbits" Most companions are male to female (unless they have been together from birth and even then, when sexual maturity hits they can turn on their litter mate), reaching maturity at 4-6 months so get them done! Other benefits of neutering include reducing destructive behaviour and in the case of females, getting rid of the risk of uterine cancer (after 5 years this risk increases to 80% in unneutered females).

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Any forage/veg fed to your rabbit should ideally have 1:1 calcium: phosphorous ratio or close to. (Hay and grass are 1:1). Rabbits absorb all the calcium that is provided in their diet and urinate out any excess (unlike us where we only absorb what we need and the rest goes... well, you know where). Too much calcium leads to sludgy urine which can cause stones within the bladder and blockages which is very serious for your bunny, hence check the Ca:P ratio of their food. Most good rabbit websites will give you a list of suitable food with the relevant ratio.

COMMON PROBLEMS

Obesity: We are all a little guilty of over indulging on those chocolates! Rabbits naturally eat their own faeces as part of their diet (we know... gross), you should only see hard ball faecal pellets when cleaning out your rabbit (at least once daily). Seeing soft faeces can indicate obesity which in severe cases can make your bunny unable to clean themselves properly. This is particularly important during warm months when flies are around as a dirty bottom encourages these pests to lay their eggs on your rabbit. Once the maggots hatch they eat the faeces and then start on your rabbit’s skin. It is therefore vital to not only keep your rabbit clean and in a clean environment but to also check your rabbit's bottom at least twice daily. Medications are available to help prevent "fly strike"... just ask your local vets.

Above: Digby and Rapunzel Lisa’s two rescue bunnies enjoying a sunny day in the garden

Teeth: Rabbit’s teeth constantly grow throughout their life and if they don't eat enough Hay/grass their teeth can grow sharp spurs that damage their tongue and gums causing them to go off their food. If you notice your rabbit is not eating as much as normal over a 24 hour period get them to your vet ASAP! A day without eating can cause extremely serious/ life threatening consequences.

Vaccinations are also available for rabbits to protect against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease which are transmitted by insects and infected wild rabbits... ask your vet for advice. We hope this has helped anybody who is thinking of getting a rabbit and our final thought is rescue don't buy! There are plenty of rabbits out there needing a second chance and they will love you just as much if not more! The RSPCA and Fat Fluffs are always looking for forever homes for poor bunnies that have not had the best start in life... give them a chance! If you have any concerns about a pet, you should always contact your vet.

Written by Monika Mirando DVM MRCVS and Lisa Apted BScHons BA VetMB MRCVS Veterinary Surgeons at Connaught House Vets.

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HALL GREEN RETIRED GREYHOUND TRUST PET owners are invited to bring their pet friends to Worcester Cathedral later this spring for a special service of blessing.

Join Hall Green Retired Greyhound Trust at Worcester with your beloved pets (all welcome) to parade from the main Worcester Bridge through the Town Centre to its beautiful Cathedral, where you can join other like minded animal lovers in singing the praises of our amazing animal kingdom.

A beautiful handmade "Memory" Tree made especially for the event, which is now in its third year, enables owners of pets who are now over "Rainbow Bridge" to remember them, by hanging a heart with their name and a message on the tree.

Music from renowned violinist Peter Hartley accompanied by his son as well as tea, coee and cake in the Cloisters ensures this is an event not to be missed.

All Animal Charities and all types of animals are welcome to attend.

In fact the Cathedral challenged the trust at the end of the 2016 service to bring as many varieties of pets as possible into the Cathedral for the 2017 service... so the challenge is on. 300 people 99 dogs and 1 tortoise made it to the 2016 event ... let’s see if we can do better this year.

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Please spread the word, invite your friends, and go along to this free event that focuses on our love for our animals, and how special they are to us in our lives.

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Some Like it Hot This month Martin Blow of Special Perennials gets all heated up about growing Red Hot Pokers.

We all remember the old fashioned Red Hot Poker plants with their tall, impressive heads of flower, red at the top and yellow at the bottom and great mounds of leaves, flowering away in a neglected spot in the garden. Eye-catching they certainly are and they have come a long way from these gaudy giants with lots of colours and sizes now available for every type of garden.

By careful selection of varieties and species it is possible to have a poker in flower from May to December, but for most gardens a few good varieties will cover the summer and autumn months. Here are a few of my favourites.

Other common names for this plant such as Torch Lily and Rocket Flower are equally as apt.

Kniphofia, as they are properly called come from Southern Africa. The ones we grow in the garden largely grow on high mountains and plateaux meaning they are cold hardy although you may find plants or seeds of sub-tropical species that will need protection in winter. As a rule of thumb those with very narrow, almost chive-like leaves are less hardy.

In the past gardeners have planted Pokers in the driest, sunniest part of the garden and then left them to get on with it, this comes from the misconception that they are desert plants. They will survive this but not thrive. The best treatment is plenty of sun and a rich, fertile soil with plenty of summer moisture. Here they will have more and larger flowers.

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“Timothy” is very different from the standard poker with his salmony orange flowers on 2ft / 60cm stems in mid-summer he is more suitable for a small garden. Likewise, the cool, icy lemon and white flowers of “Percy’s Pride” are short and compact and create a zing in the border from July through August. The deep smouldering colour of “Nancy’s Red” heats up in August and September and again she is quite compact. There are even smaller ones available – watch out for “Brimstone” (Yellow), “Little Maid” (cream) and “Bressingham Comet” (Red, orange and yellow) for plants that are not much more than 1ft / 30cm tall.

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One of my favourites are the fatter flower heads of BEE’S LEMON

Gardening

written by Martin Blow

Slightly taller is the lovely “Drummore Apricot” with bronze stems to set off the flowers in July and August. “Tawny King” is perhaps the most striking variety with very large caramel and cream flowers on 3ft / 90cm stems from June to August.

Some pokers are long and slender adding a gracefulness to the flowers. “Jenny Bloom” is one such with softly coloured peaches and cream coloured flowers. “Toffee-Nosed” is similar but has more distinctly caramel and white flowers. “Fiery Fred” is tall, slender and burning with heat through July and August and a must for the hot-coloured garden. One of my favourites are the fatter flower heads of Bee’s Lemon who has yellow flowers that are greenish at first.

Pokers can be propagating by division after flowering or in late spring from late flowering ones. Seed will be variable but does produce good plants – the colours may be a surprise!

Sow on the surface of moist seed compost – do not bury the seed just press it lightly onto the surface – in late winter in warmth such as a heated propagator and transplant as soon as they are big enough to handle and then wait for the fireworks when they flower! Janet & I run Special Perennials, website www.specialperennials.com We will be at the Plant Hunters’ Fair at Weston Park (TF11 8LE) on Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May with a special low entry price of £3.00 which includes the gardens, parkland and bluebell woods as well as the plant fair. And at the National Memorial Arboretum (DE13 7AR) on Saturday 13 May, free entry to the plant fair and arboretum P&D parking. For full details of these and other Plant Hunters’ Fairs please see www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk We are happy to bring orders to plant fairs for you to collect.

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