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Home & Garden What’s On Locally Home & Garden Community News Home & Garden Family & Pets Out & About Health & Beauty Business & Finance Food & Drink Motoring & Travel Community Groups




Features Welcome 6 Gardening: Geraniums 12 What’s On Locally 16 Interiors: Designing a Small Bathroom 22 Universal Credit Full Service 26 Community News 30 Pets Corner: Heat Stroke in Dogs 36 Self-Worth and Anxiety 38 Health Screenings – What’s Available? 40 Your Questions Answered by Tax Assist 42 Recipe: Coconut Seafood Curry 44 Motoring: 10 Electric Vehicle Myths Busted 46 Horoscopes 48 Community Groups 50 Useful Numbers 52 Advertising and Contact Details 53 Index of Advertisers 54

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The month of July marks the 13th birthday of ‘Your Call’ magazines! I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the local businesses and readers who have supported us over the last 13 years. Our goal has always been to provide you with high quality community magazines, to support local businesses, and provide a place where groups, clubs and societies can also have a voice, to promote their activities and events to the local community.

Congratulations to our competition winners from the last edition: Cash Prize Wordsearch Competition Nicola Earp Half a Sixpence Competition Graham Walker CV Car Valeting Competition Sonia Bettles

With the weather finally feeling like summer, it’s time to get all those home and garden jobs completed before the holiday season arrives, so please pick up the phone and continue to support your local businesses. With lots of sales and special offers in this edition, it’s easy to keep your business local and save money at the same time.

The next competition winners will be chosen at random from all correct entries received. The name of all competition winners will be printed in the next edition of the magazine. The editor’s decision is final. The winners will be notified by 01.08.18.

There are plenty of local events to look forward to for all the family to enjoy this summer, just have a look at our ‘What’s on Locally’ section! If you know of anything happening in the next couple of months near to where you live; a country fair, a village fete, a local play, etc, please email the details to Donna, our community co-ordinator, at, and we will do our best to include this free of charge. Please give us as much notice as possible, and don’t forget, if you don’t tell us about it, we can’t share it!

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So, that’s it until next time, have a great couple of months, stay safe in the sun, and enjoy the beginning of summer!


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Geraniums Easy Plants For Difficult Places By Martin Blow Hardy geraniums are well-loved plants: they’re easy to grow, give great value in the garden and there are varieties that do well in the most difficult spots. Commonly called Cranesbills (due to the shape of their seed pods) they are completely different to the half-hardy bedding plants many gardeners call Geraniums – these are really Pelargoniums. Cranesbills come in many shapes and sizes from tiny alpines to large bushy monsters 3-4ft tall and wide. Some, but by no means all, are quite invasive – I sincerely regret planting Geranium Malviflorum after 5 years of trying to eradicate it. However, most Geraniums are well-behaved and easy to care for. Here are some of my favourites for different locations. For dry, sunny spots you can’t do better than the Bloodroot Geraniums (G. sanguineum) which are prostrate plants with a mat of ground-hugging stems with small slug-resistant leaves. The flowers are large in relation to the height of the plants and come in many shades of pink as well as white. One of the best is “Elke” with very large silver-edged pink flowers. I’d also recommend Striatum (veined pink flowers), Glenluce (lavender pink) and Album (pure white). You can cut these plants hard back after the first flowering (May – July) and they will respond with more flowers in August or September. For shady but not too dry spots the Mourning Widow (Geranium phaeum) makes a good link between spring and summer with flowers from late April through to early July. She gets her name from the mournful, maroon flowers of the wild types, however there are more showy varieties to choose from. My favourite is Geranium Phaeum Album with masses of pure white flowers to brighten up a dark spot. For really shady, dry places Geranium Czakor will provide ground covering, aromatic leaves and brilliant magenta flowers in early summer. This really is a tough customer succeeding where most plants would fail.

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My favourite for more open sunny borders is the lovely, but fairly tall, Meadow Cranesbill – Geranium Pratense. These flower in mid-summer and often repeat in autumn. The best of these is Mrs. Kendall Clark who has pearly-blue flowers and grows to 2ft 6in – 3ft tall. Blue geraniums are also very popular, the best being the low growing Johnson’s Blue but I prefer Gravetye or Irish Blue as they flower for so much longer. The double Geranium Himilayense Flore Plenum is also very attractive and low growing. The superstar of blue Geraniums must be Rozanne – she was voted plant of the Centenary by The Royal Horticultural Society for very good reason. Her large white-centred blue flowers smother the trailing stems of the plant from June to October and she grows well in partial shade. I find she makes a lovely container plant as well. Geraniums can all be cut back after flowering and some will rebloom but all will grow fresh, attractive leaves. It’s worth dividing them every few years after flowering to keep them vigorous. They will benefit from your normal garden feeding programme – I feed with Growmore in spring and blood, fish and bone in summer.

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What’s On Locally Tuesday 5th – Saturday 9th June Masqueraders present ‘My Fair Lady’ The popular musical based on the play “Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw. Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl is chosen by Professor Henry Higgins and given elocution lessons so that she may pass as a lady within 6 months. Containing songs such as “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “With a Little Bit of Luck” and “Wouldn’t it be Loverly”, you’ll be singing all the way home! Performances at the Abbey Theatre, Nuneaton at 7.30pm and 2.30pm on 9th June. Tickets: £12 adults and £10 concessions, call 07973 681905 or visit

nurseries with a great mix of plants and specialities to delight plant lovers of every level of experience. Now’s the time to pick out some perfect plants to keep the colour going right through the season. The fair runs on Saturday 9th June from 10am-4pm, entry is £1 and there is P&D parking. Entrance to the Country Park is free so at the same time why not enjoy a walk on the country park trail which invites you to discover the Battle of Bosworth whilst enjoying breath-taking views. Refreshments available. Full details at

Saturday 9th June Auction for Household & Collectibles at Hoar Park Shopping & Craft Village Held every second Saturday of the month in the Red Barn. Up to 500 lots to include Antiques, Collectables, Furniture, Jewellery, etc. Viewing from 9am, auction commences at 10am. Payment by cash/card. Hoar Park Farm Shopping & Leisure Village, B4114, Nr Ansley, Nuneaton, CV10 0QU. For more information and to check the auction is on call 024 7639 5551 or visit

Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th June Half a Sixpence Three Spires Guildhall presents the all-out classic family musical “Half A Sixpence”. Based on H. G. Wells’ novel “Kipps – The Story of a Simple Soul”, this endearing musical is a firm favourite on stage and silver screen. The story revolves around cheeky chap, Arthur Kipps, whose life changes when he inherits money. Kipps tries to become part of the upper set, loses all his old friends and seemingly forgets his childhood sweetheart Anne, who carries the other half of his sixpence until Kipps realises he doesn’t belong in this new world and that money can’t buy happiness! Featuring well-loved songs like “If the rain’s got to fall”, “Flash bang wallop, what a picture!” and the title song, this show will be a colourful, toe-tapping event for all the family! At The Albany Theatre, Coventry. Get your tickets from the Box Office on 024 7699 8964 or visit

Saturday 9th June Summer Plant Fair Plant Hunters’ Fairs will return to Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park after last year’s brilliant first plant fair there. Featuring highly respected specialist

Wednesday 15th June Atherstone Library Event Early Opening - 'Get On Your Bike!' Atherstone's Cycling Memories. From 8am – 5pm. In honour of the OVO Energy Women's Tour Stage 3 Start in Atherstone, we will open at 8am.

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Come in and see what it's all about! No booking required. Saturday 16th June Mary Ann Evans Garden Party Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Mary Ann Evans Hospice Nuneaton Support Group. Join us in the Hospice garden from 11.30am to 3.30pm for our Annual Garden Party where you’ll find face painting for the children, music from the Nuneaton Ukulele Jam Band, delicious Ice Cream from Morton’s Vintage Hire, Cream Tea from the Hospice kitchen plus a variety of stalls including tombolas, raffles, gifts & cakes! If you would like to know more about the care and support the Mary Ann Evans Hospice provides please call 024 7686 5440 or visit Saturday 16th June Father's Day Make and Take Crafts Table Free event at Atherstone Library from 9.30am – 1pm, make and take a gift for Father's Day. No booking required. Sunday 17th June Summer Craft Fair at Hoar Park Shopping & Craft Village Held every third Sunday of the month in the Red Barn from 10am to 4pm. Tables £10, to book email For more information call 024 7639 4433 or visit Hoar Park Shopping & Leisure Village, B4114, Nr Ansley, Nuneaton, CV10 0QU. Thursday 21st June The Barron Knights – Farewell Tour They are back! And by popular demand, too... The Barron Knights are probably the most entertaining group to come out of the 60s and 70s. Their musicianship, their harmonies and of course their humour makes them what their peers call ‘The Guvnors’.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS show is aimed at adults, but children aged around 10+ are welcome. On Tuesday 17th July at 7pm, arena opens at 6pm. Get your tickets from the Box Office on 0121 704 6962 or visit Sunday 22nd July Summer Plant Fair Special fundraising event for the Charitable Trust who run Middleton Hall, Tamworth, B78 2AE with entry to the Gardens, Grounds, Hall and Plant Fair all for just £2. We know you'll be bringing your friends and family to make a day of it on Sunday 22nd July from 10am to 4pm. It’s just the right time to pick up some late flowering plants to give your garden a boost and we know that the nurseries will have just the right plant to set your summer garden ablaze with colour and add a sparkle to a shady spot, plus lots of expert knowledge on hand to help you choose the best for your and unique garden. For full details of nurseries attending please see Monday 23rd – Friday 27th July Scripture Union 'Teambuilders' Holiday Club This club is being held at St Peter's Church, Mancetter from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th July between 10am and 12pm. For children aged between 5 years and 11 years old. Join us for a week of fun! For more information please contact the Parish Office on 01827 370030 Saturday 28th July Bargains of Yesteryear at Hoar Park Shopping & Craft Village Antique Fair held on the fourth Saturday of every month from 10am to 4pm in the Red Barn. Small admission fee. For more information call 01827 895899 after 6pm to check the fair is on or visit B4114 Nr Ansley, Nuneaton, CV10 0QU. Saturday 28th July Summer Plant Fair Free entry to the Plant Fair & Arboretum (charge to park) at The National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, DE13 7AR from 10am to 4pm. Why not give your garden a treat and fill those gaps in your beds and borders with some new, unusual and beautiful plants? Saturday 28th July sees the popular

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Plant Hunters' Fair return to the National Memorial Arboretum with a wider choice of quality, nursery-grown plants than ever. This brilliant plant fair featuring some of the country’s most highly respected nurseries and growers has become a firm favourite with garden lovers. And of course, entry to the Arboretum and plant fair is completely free. What more could you want on a summer’s day? Full details from Sunday 5th August Summer Plant Fair Gardens and Plant Fair only £1 at Donington Le Heath 1620’s House and Gardens, Manor Road, Coalville, LE67 2FW from 10am to 4pm for the benefit of the Manor House and Garden. (Entry to the house is optional at normal rates.) It’s the time of year when gardeners want to top up the colour in their beds, borders and patio containers and you can be sure of finding some exciting plants with something for every garden and plant lover. This plant fair has quickly gained a reputation as the place to come to find all that is best in garden plants with nurseries coming from near and far and a line-up carefully planned to give the best range and diversity of plants possible. The plants are lovingly grown by small specialist nurseries and these enthusiastic plants people are on hand to give honest, straightforward advice on choosing and growing the right plants for your garden. Visit to find out more details about all the nurseries attending. Saturday 11th August Mudnificent 7 At Heart of England Events & Conference Centre, Heart Park, it’s a unique event, where 7 different companies put together a section of the Mudnificent course with their own obstacles! Over 4,000 take part in this seriously fun event! To find out more please visit We’re calling on all of our supporters who are aged 16 or over and who don’t mind getting messy, to take part in the 2.15pm wave of this Mudnificent obstacle race. Get your family and friends to sponsor you. If you raise over £100 in sponsorship you can request your ticket fee back and run for free or re-donate it back to the hospice. It couldn’t be simpler! Spaces are limited so sign up now to

make sure you get to experience the fun! When you’re signed up, we’ll send you a confirmation email and sponsor forms. Please create an online fundraising page at maryannevanshospice. To sign up please visit Sunday 12th August Mary Ann Evans Classic Transport Festival Our Classic Transport Festival returns on Sunday 12th August and is set to be even bigger and better than ever! The Mary Ann Evans Hospice is working in conjunction with the NBBC, Katz Dancewear and Moreton’s Vintage Hire once again to deliver a fabulous day for all the family in Nuneaton Town Centre. We have a classic vehicle display, entertainment, and much, much more. Last year’s event proved to be a roaring success as the Town Centre came alive with over 100 vehicles taking part in the event overall. Hundreds of locals also filled the streets of the Town Centre viewing the Classic Vehicles on display and welcoming the rally participants as they arrived into the town. The event is open to all classic and sports cars, motorbikes and commercial vehicles. Classic Static Display: £5 per vehicle including commemorative plaque. Classic Rally: £15 per vehicle including tea or coffee, two bacon rolls, commemorative plaque & rally board. Come along as a spectator and enjoy the fun for free and support Mary Ann Evans Hospice. Registration opening soon, for more information please visit event/classic-transport-festival-2018/.

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Regular Events Atherstone Library - Family History Surgery Need some help with your family tree? Come to a Family History Surgery at Atherstone Library with the Nuneaton and North Warwickshire Family History Society. Every third Wednesday of the month, just drop in between 2pm – 4pm. Next sessions on Wednesday 20th June and Wednesday 18th July. Atherstone Library - Hello! It’s Rhyme Time Come along to one of our two Rhyme Time sessions at Atherstone Library on a Tuesday, 10am-10.30am and 11am-11.30am. These are free half-hour sessions of rhymes and songs for 0-2 year olds and their parents/ carers. Come and join in the fun! Atherstone Library - Hello! It’s Baby Rhyme Time! A free event exclusively for babies newborn to 9 months. Enjoy quiet, gentle, tactile interaction with your baby. Every Friday, 10am-10.30am. Atherstone Library - Silver Surfers Are you over 50? Would you like to learn how to use the Internet and email? Then come to the Atherstone Library Silver Surfers drop in sessions. Every Monday 10am - 12noon. No need to book, just pop along and have a go, with the help of our volunteers. It’s free! Atherstone Library - Story Stomp A free half-hour of stories, rhymes and

fun for 2-4 year olds and their parents/ carers at Atherstone Library. Every Wednesday 10am – 10.30am. Atherstone Library – The Wednesday Clubs A chance to get out and about, meet new people, learn new things, relax and enjoy coffee, tea and refreshments, all for a small 50p donation. Afternoon Coffee features a different topic and guest speaker on the first Wednesday of the month, followed by refreshments and a chat from 1.30pm-3pm. Turn up on the day for a pleasant surprise! You never know what new interest you might discover. Stop & Chat every second Wednesday of the month, an informal gathering for relaxed chat and a cuppa. No booking required. Book and a Brew every third Wednesday of the month, friendly book talk over coffee, tea and biscuits. Get fresh new books handpicked for you by our library staff, no booking required. Chat, Memories & Crafts every fourth Wednesday of the month, an afternoon of laughs and chat, share your memories, have a cuppa, bring along your knitting, crochet, crosswords or whatever you like. Enjoy your pastime whilst making new friends. Free, no booking required. Atherstone Library - Lego Club Themed free sessions for children to build and create with Lego with their parent/carers. Every Saturday, 11am – 12pm. Atherstone Library Chatterbooks Encouraging children aged 8 – 11 to

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take pleasure in reading. Book talk, fun games and crafts. On the fourth Tuesday of the month, 3.45pm - 4.45pm. Next sessions on Tuesday 26th June and Tuesday 24th July. Dementia Sufferers Invited To Get Together Tea, cake and a chat are on the menu for people with dementia in North Warwickshire. A new weekly café has been set up in Atherstone and those with symptoms such as memory loss and difficulty thinking are invited to come and give it a go. The café is funded by a NWBC Community Partnership health grant. Based at the bottom of Long Street, in North Warwickshire’s volunteer run White Hart Tea Room, people will be served by volunteers every Wednesday from 11am – 1pm. To find out more about the Dementia Café and volunteering, you can give Martin a call on 01827 717073 or go to Struggling to Get Online? There’s help for people who want to improve their IT skills in North Warwickshire. The Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire, based in Long Street in Atherstone, have set up a Thursday morning computer club to help people gain basic computer skills to get online. There’ll also be email advice – how to send and receive emails, using search engines and filling out online application forms. Pop along between 10am and 12noon and meet the friendly volunteer team who run the weekly club. For more information or to book yourself a session, contact Adam on 01827 717073.

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Designing A Small Bathroom

By Katherine Sorrell

Even a tiny bathroom can function brilliantly and look gorgeous. Our top ten tricks of the trade will help make the most of your space. The perfect bathroom – whether it’s a shared family affair or an ensuite shower and WC – is a great blend of comfort, good looks and functional efficiency, all achievable even in a small space.

Ikea - A large mirror, a pale, neutral colour palette and raising fittings off the floor promote a feeling of spaciousness in this compact bathroom by Ikea ( Pure - Maximising light helps create the impression of a larger room. Another good idea is to round the corners of fittings in tight spaces. Viride offset bath by Cleargreen Baths, £409, The Pure Bathroom Collection from Smiths Briten: 0845 634 4321;

1 Choose subtle colours A pale, neutral colour palette opens up a small bathroom, giving it a clean, sophisticated, contemporary feel. If you want colour, watery blues and greens help the room feel light and airy. To avoid a clinical feel, add texture – think timber shelving, wicker baskets, waffle towels and linen blinds, for example. 2 Fit excellent storage Reduce clutter by minimising what you keep in your bathroom and then find clever spaces to store it. Slimline cupboards are ideal for cleaning products and toiletries and take less floor space. False walls conceal pipework and can have inset cupboards or niches; otherwise, look for anywhere that storage could be added, from above the door to below the basin, even behind the bath panel or a rack inside the shower. 3 Make the most of natural light Enhance the space by getting the most light possible through the windows – keep sills clear and don’t cover any of the glass with window treatments. Bounce light around the room using mirrors and glossy tiles. 4 Select fittings wisely Bathroom fittings designed for small bathrooms don’t compromise on looks or function, including short-projection WCs, shower-baths, thin-but-tall towel rails and ultra-slim basins. For awkward spaces, consider corner showers, basins and WCs. Wall or mixer taps create room on a small basin, and if space is tight add a wall-mounted soap dispenser. 5 Raise it off the floor A bathroom can appear more spacious by the installation of wall-mounted pieces. With a modern and sophisticated look, they also show off the floor space beneath, making the room appear bigger. 6 Lighting is vital Your lighting scheme should meet all requirements, from putting on make-up to reading in the bath.

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Choose recessed spotlights, or neat directional lights mounted on a slender track. Fit LED strips beneath wall units as a hidden light source, with a baffle board in front to avoid glare, and include an illuminated mirror. Note that fittings will need to be IP-rated for safety (check with your electrician). 7 Two-in-one is best Multifunction is the solution. Choose towel radiators, storage seats, mirrored cabinets and basins with cupboards beneath, for example. 8 Consider underfloor heating If you are renovating, installing underfloor heating is relatively easy and inexpensive, and saves the floor space taken up by a radiator. 9 Employ visual tricks Large-format tiles (wall or floor) can work better in compact bathrooms than smaller tiles, and with fewer grout lines, large tiles look sleek and are easier to maintain. 10 Assess your window options Curtains in a bathroom contrast the hard surfaces elsewhere but avoid anything too flouncy in a small room. Floaty sheers in simple gathers work well, such as a flat panel of muslin threaded onto a pole or wire across the bottom half of the window. Alternatively, try a neat Roman or roller blind, waterproof louvre shutters or simple frosted glass. To advertise call Lynne on 01827 218139 or 07724 050678

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Two Tickets to see ‘Ocean Colour Scene’ At Wolverhampton Race Course

On Friday 31st August (includes day at races) Ocean Colour Scene are back this Summer performing at Wolverhampton Racecourse on Friday 31st August after the racing. Why don’t you pop along for a day at the races before dancing into the evening with the fabulous Ocean Colour Scene in concert for an action-packed day out! A gig not to be missed… In their 23-year existence, Ocean Colour Scene have notched up nine albums, three of which went Top 5 – 1996’s Moseley Shoals, 1997’s Marchin’ Already and 1999’s One From The Modern – and a run of nine successive Top 20 hit singles commencing with 1996’s The Riverboat Song. They supported Oasis at their massive Knebworth shows that same year, and two years later helmed the biggest arena tour of any UK band to date. Their achievements have been nothing short of phenomenal.

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2016 saw Ocean Colour Scene playing huge sell-out shows across the country to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their classic ‘Moseley Shoals’ album – including two sold-out, massive hometown shows at Moseley Park in Birmingham; two huge sold out shows in Millennium Square in Leeds, and a massive sell-out Christmas show at the Hydro Arena in Glasgow.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets simply name one of Ocean Colour Scene’s top 5 albums. Please send your answer to the above question before 5th July 2018, along with your full name, address and telephone number by post to: 4 Fein Bank, Coventry, CV4 9XQ, or simply complete the competition entry form on our website: Friday 31st August 2018 at Wolverhampton Racecourse. Ticket price: £29.00. Box Office Tel: 0844 249 1000. Gates open at 4.00pm, last race at 8.30pm (tbc), on stage from 9.00pm (approx).

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Universal Credit Full Service Not Just a Welfare Benefit for the Unemployed Several years ago, Universal Credit was hailed as ‘the biggest welfare reform in 60 years’. Since that statement Universal Credit Full Service (UCFS) roll out has been beset with problems and been blamed for rising homelessness, rising debts, making the poor poorer, the sick sicker and the unemployed less likely to find work. Though UC has been operating in Coventry and Warwickshire, in its limited ‘live service’ form, for a couple of years, it has only been rolled out in its more comprehensive ‘full service’ form very recently. UCFS is actually being rolled out in Coventry from July 11th 2018. If you don’t know much about it, now is the time to get up to speed. If you are of working age it might affect you. Key Features - in time, Income Based JSA, Income Based ESA, Income Support, Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credits and Housing Benefit will all be replaced with UCFS. UCFS applies to those in low wage work, to those who are too sick to work, and to those not working because they are caring for young children or the disabled – as well as to those who are unemployed (it does not apply to pensioners and some others in specific circumstances) - payments of UC (barring exceptional circumstances)

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are made one month in arrears to one member of each ‘benefit family’ - the application and benefit management process is fully digital/online

Key Messages - before you make a claim for UCFS, check your entitlement and the application process, either through contact with the DWP or by talking to local independent advice services

- the date the claim starts is when the application form has been submitted online - not when the preliminary proof of ID process starts; and

- if possible, if you know you might have to make a claim for UCFS, build up some savings to cover you for the initial waiting period for your first payment

- there is a wait of 5 weeks for the first ‘on-time payment’ built into the system.

- if you can’t build up savings, access available support on money management and budgeting advice, and ask about short term benefit advances

Key Problems Research into UCFS roll out around the country has identified that people have had lots of problems claiming UCFS. These include: - problems with providing the evidence DWP-JCP want about their circumstances - problems with managing money and avoiding debts during the initial wait for a first payment - problems with applying and managing UC when all/most contacts with the DWP are online or digital - problems with getting accurate payments when claimants’ wages vary week to week - problems repaying benefit advances and managing deductions from benefits; and - problems not understanding that UCFS does not include Council Tax.

- if you don’t have one, get help to set up an email address and a bank account – this will help you with your application; and - be sure to make a separate application to the local council for Council Tax – Council Tax is not included as part of UCFS. Further Information Not everyone is entitled to claim UCFS and the July date for Coventry residents will only apply to new claims and those whose circumstances change significantly to begin with. If you want to know more about claiming Universal Credit, or how UC may affect your family, visit or for more information; or go to your local Citizens Advice office. Our thanks to Coventry CAB for submitting this article to us. For more information, contact your local CAB or visit

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Community News From Around Our Area The Show Must Go On – A Resounding Success for BATS Baddesley Amateur Theatrical Society (BATS) presented ‘A Tomb With A View’ from Thursday 12th – Saturday 14th April. The play was set in a sinister, old library, presided over by a portrait of a grim faced, mad-eyed old man. There, a dusty lawyer reads a will (involving a vast fortune) to an equally sinister has werewolf tendencies, another wanders around in a toga of Julius

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Caesar, and a third is a gentle old lady who plants more than seeds in her flower beds.

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The play saw two new members take to the stage for the very first time and another of the characters had to be replaced at very short notice to allow the show to go on.

An appeal is being made to people in the local area, who have some time to spare, to consider taking on a voluntary role at a lifesaving local charity.

With this said, the play was a triumph of murder and mystery with only two individuals left standing on stage out of eleven characters. Happily, we are able to report that it was enjoyed by both cast and audiences alike on all three nights and everyone involved agreed that it was a resounding success once again for BATS. We are now working towards our next production which takes place in November - A Kick in the Baubles - a Christmas comedy farce just to put you in the mood for the festive season! We are always looking for new members to join our group so if anyone is interested please call 07773 873046. We would welcome you with open arms.

Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) receives no government funding and relies on public support to keep their vital service flying. As well as financial donations, the charity needs the help of volunteer workers to keep operating. Each rescue mission it undertakes costs approximately £1,700. This area is in urgent need of new community representatives to raise

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awareness and income for the charity in their local area. The person needs to be a team player with good IT skills. The responsibilities of the role include organising fundraising events, taking part in street collections, recruiting volunteers and liaising with supporters. WNAA Volunteering Engagement Officer, Kate Sawyer says, “This is a fantastic opportunity for a well organised person to use their skills and experience in a very worthwhile role. It is also a chance to boost your CV, work with a great group of people, take on new responsibilities and enjoy new experiences with a leading regional charity. If you are interested, please phone 0300 3045 999 or email volunteering@”

Ecstatic Audience Comments at Spires Concert “Superb”, “Wow!”, “Wonderful”, “The best £10 I’ve spent in a long

time” were the ecstatic comments of audience members after the Spires concert on 7th April. This was a special concert in which Coventry’s Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus and Germany’s Lufthansa Konzertchor joined to create their own act of peace and reconciliation, performing Brahms’ German Requiem in Coventry’s iconic Cathedral. Against the background of John Piper’s beautiful window and looking out over the ruins of another Cathedral, this was a moment to join our two countries in the centenary of the last year of World War I.

A week later Spires Chorus travelled to Frankfurt to sing Brahms’ Requiem once more with the Lufthansa Orchestra and Chorus – to a full house. The silence at the end of the Frankfurt concert followed by a standing ovation completed a breath-taking week that musicians and audiences will remember, not only for the beautiful music but, for brief moments in time, as their personal contributions to reconciliation.

Strictly Learn To Dance 2018 Finale Ten intrepid couples battled it out and wowed their families, friends and colleagues on the stage at the Civic Hall, Bedworth on Saturday 21st April for a chance to win the coveted Mary Ann Evans Hospice ‘Strictly Learn to Dance Glitter Ball Trophy’.



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The novice dancers had a 12-week training programme courtesy of Euphoria Dance Studios, Bedworth, which began back in January, where they were taught a Sizzling Salsa and Tantalising Tango by Dance Studio Principal, Kris Turner and Student Teacher, Molly Parkes.

Judge, Janette Fletcher, Hospice Patron, Kay Alexander and former competitive Ballroom and Latin dancer who has appeared on many TV and film projects including BBC Great Expectations and ITV The Halycon, Stephanie Warwick.

Tracy Atkins and David Salt who took part in Strictly Learn to Dance 2017 and won both the Glitter Ball and Judges Trophy, competed for a second time to try and retain their title. They managed to impress the judges once again with full marks on both dances, winning the judges award.

The host and immensely talented Matt Ford, who is widely regarded as the finest big band singer in the UK, entertained the audience throughout the evening and added an extra bit of sparkle to the event. Matt sang swing hits including, ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ and ‘Mac the Knife’, and had everyone in the audience up on their feet during his final performance of ‘Is This the Way to Amarillo’. The audience were also treated to a truly captivating Rumba and Foxtrot demonstration by Arthur Surgonajev and EllieMay Ashton from Euphoria Dance Studios.

Sue and Steve Morris proved themselves King and Queen of the dance floor as they were crowned champions of Strictly Learn to Dance 2018. Not only did they score well on both dances, they also raised an impressive £1056 in sponsorship, making them the winners of the signed prints from Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag.

Louise Smith, another one of our Strictly performers, works very closely with those with a terminal illness. She is a village advisor at Richmond Bede Village in Bedworth which has a 24-hour nursing home specialising in palliative care. The retirement village also provides independent and assisted living, and the Mary Ann Evans Hospice is delighted to have their support by being a sponsor of the event.

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Steve said, “The finale was one of the best days of my life. I have loved dancing with Sue, we have laughed so many times throughout training, but the finale was just amazing. We have made some good friends and will remember this for a very long time to come”.

Jessica Atkinson said, “We had an amazing evening and I am so proud of everyone who took part and all who helped in whatever way to make ‘Strictly Learn to Dance 2018’ such a success. The contestants had the real ‘Strictly experience’ with hair by dance

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mums and make up by the students from Theatrical & Media Makeup at North Warwickshire & Hinckley College. Ballroom Bling, the UK’S No1 supplier of Jewellery for Ballroom and Latin dancers, donated stunning hair clips and jewellery for our ladies to wear. "The real winner is the Hospice, with over £9,000 raised so far for local Hospice care. I can’t thank everyone enough, all the dancers and those who supported them, together you have raised such a significant amount for patient care. It has been a real pleasure to see the team’s journey from their start 12 weeks ago, through to their amazing performances in the Grand Finale”.

We want to hear your local good news stories! We always love to include local good news stories, and the more the better! The deadline for entry in our August / September edition is 5th July, please email your good news stories to or speak to our family friendly team on 01827 218139. Don’t delay, pass on your local good news today!


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‘Doctor Dolittle’ Four Tickets to see

At The Core Theatre, Solihull On Friday 3rd August at 2.30pm

The audience will learn a few songs before the show and participate during the 70 minute show (there is no interval). Aimed at young families, Doctor Dolittle is a musical show based on the classic tale of a man who makes friends with the animals - even the weird and wacky ones! Some talented young people from The Young Actors Studio Theatre School will participate in this performance.

What unusual quality does Doctor Dolittle have? a) Able to talk to animals b) Able to talk to machines c) Able to talk to robots

Friday 3rd August at 2.30pm The Core Theatre, Solihull

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Heat Stroke In Dogs Heat stroke is a serious risk for dogs in the summer because they can’t lose heat through their skin as we do. Even on a warm day, if they can’t seek out shade or water to cool down, they can suffer irreparable organ damage, which is often fatal. So how do you prevent heat stroke, what are the symptoms, and what can you do to help? Is your dog suffering from heat stroke? Signs and symptoms include: • Rapid breathing • Heavy panting • Lethargy • Agitation or disorientation • Drooling • Vomiting and/or diarrhoea • Fitting/seizures Preventing a disaster Being aware that your dog is very susceptible to heat stroke

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is a major factor in preventing it. You should make sure that: • They aren’t locked inside the car on a warm day. • Your dog has ready access to shade, and plenty of cool drinking water. • You don’t over-exercise them or take them out during the hottest part of the day. What to do if you suspect your dog has heat stroke You need to cool your dog down, but without making them too cold once the panting has stopped. Seek help from a vet as a matter of urgency, even if you’re not sure whether they’re in danger. Organ failure can occur over a longer period of time, and fast action can save their life even if you think everything is fine. 05/07/2 the-heatwave-6722194

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When they held onto the handrail they didn't activate their own inner resources and so they guessed the drop as being higher. In other words, using something as a support actually holds us back rather than helps us and this process exists in lots of different areas of life. So, have a think, does your sense of self-worth prevent you from taking opportunities at all? Do you rely on something or someone that you don’t actually need to?

Self-Worth and Anxiety By Richard Nicholls Studies into the psychological theory of what's called ‘The Resources and Perception Model’ have shown us that feeling physically low can influence the way we see our external world. When tired, we tend to guess the gradient of a hill as greater and destinations in the distance are estimated as further away. But what we also find is that things that we might perceive as threatening, like tarantulas, are perceived as being closer to us rather than further away. This shows us that things that should be manageable actually feel more difficult than they actually are and so we could miss out on opportunities if we're not careful.

Try stretching your comfort zone and learn to be OK about feeling anxious at first. The more things you do that activates your anxiety, the more proud of yourself you should be. Poking your anxiety will make it easier to connect with people, help you to make more solid friends and boost your self-esteem. It makes it so that hills don't seem so steep, spiders don't seem so scary and anything that you once perceived as a brick wall is actually just a hurdle for you to leap over, which soon becomes just a stepping stone onto something even better. Richard is available for private consultations in Nuneaton, Hinckley and Tamworth and can be contacted on 024 7639 8439. Or you can visit for further information. © 2018 Richard Nicholls

This link between self-esteem and perception of threat prevents us from applying for jobs not just because our self-esteem is low, but because the job description sounds more difficult than it actually is. But it looks like there’s more to it because in one of the experiments people were asked to look over a handrail from a great height and estimate how high up they were by imagining a table tennis ball being dropped and guessing how long it would take to hit the bottom. According to the theory if someone had good self-esteem then they would estimate the drop as less of a threat and guess it as lower, but when someone's sense of their resources was poor, then the drop would be perceived as higher. Now, some were allowed to hold onto the handrail as they looked, and others had to have their hands behind their backs, the really interesting thing is that the only time that high selfesteem correlated with the perception of a lower drop was when they weren't allowed to use the handrail for support.

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Health Screenings What’s Available? Screening programmes are designed to identify health problems at an early stage, and the NHS offer many free screening programmes, beginning before we’re born.

Pregnancy and post-natal screenings If you’re pregnant, you will usually be offered a blood test for hepatitis B, HIV and syphilis before you’re 10 weeks pregnant. Early treatment reduces the risk of passing infection to your baby. You’ll also be offered screening for thalassaemia and sometimes sickle cell disease before 10 weeks, as it’s important to establish whether you’re a carrier. Screenings for your unborn baby: • 8-14 weeks: a ‘dating scan’. This ultrasound checks your baby’s development and will confirm your due date and if you’re expecting more than one baby. • 10-14 weeks: screening for Down's syndrome, Patau's syndrome and Edwards' syndrome. This combines a blood test with an ultrasound scan and can be done alongside your dating scan. • 18-21 weeks: The ‘mid-pregnancy anomaly scan’, an ultrasound to check for physical abnormalities. Soon after birth, babies are given a physical examination and a blood spot ’heel prick’ test for several inherited diseases including cystic fibrosis, plus a hearing test before 3 months of age. Screening for teens and adults Diabetics aged 12 and over: the annual diabetic eye test checks for early signs of damage to blood vessels in the retina. Women aged 25-64: Cervical screening (a ‘smear test’) detects changes that can be an early sign of cancer. Women aged 25-49 are screened every three years; women aged 50-64, every five years. Over 40s: You may be invited for a general health check every five years. Women aged 50-70: Breast screening via a mammogram can detect early signs of breast cancer. Women over 70 can self-refer.

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Over 55s: In some areas, bowel scope screening to detect bowel cancer is offered. 60 to 74-year olds: Every two years, you’ll be sent a home testing kit called the faecal occult blood (FOB) test. This detects blood in your stool, which indicates further testing is required. Men at age 65: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening can detect dangerous swelling in the aorta. Men over 65 can self-refer. Screening Could Save Your Life Although NHS screenings are offered to everyone eligible, it’s your choice whether to have them. Screenings and their results can cause anxiety and give rise to difficult decisions, especially where pregnancy screenings are concerned. There may be a small risk of false negatives and positives, and more tests may be required. However, remember that an hour or less spent at a screening could save your life (or that of a loved one). Diagnosing and treating conditions swiftly is the best way to reduce their impact and prevent them from becoming more severe. More Information While private health companies advertise additional screenings, some aren’t recommended by the UK National Screening Committee, as it isn’t clear that their benefits outweigh the harm they may cause. For more information, see the NSC’s leaflet on private screening: leaflet-thinking-of-having-a-private-screening-test/ private-screening-important-facts. To find out more about screenings and their pros and cons, you can read this NHS-recommended leaflet from Sense about Science, entitled Making Sense of Screening, available here:

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Your Questions Answered

By TaxAssist Accountants Does Auto Enrolment Apply to Low-Paid Staff?


I employ all part-time staff and as a result, they do not earn very much over the course of a tax year. Could you tell me if I am likely to have anything to do for auto enrolment and the Workplace Pension rules please? Answer Under the Workplace Pensions rules, all employers have “duties” towards all their staff who are: • working or ordinarily working in the UK; and • aged between 16 and 74; and who • work under a contract of employment (i.e. an “employee”); or

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• have a contract to perform work or services personally and are not undertaking the work as part of their own business. “Eligible workers” are aged between 22 and state pension age and earn over £192 a week (2018/19). If you have staff that meet the definition of an eligible worker, they must be put into a workplace pension scheme and you must pay regular pension contributions for them. You don’t need to ask their permission and therefore we refer to them being “automatically enrolled” into the pension scheme. If you have no staff to automatically enrol, there is no need to set up a pension scheme immediately. However, while your staff may not be eligible for automatic enrolment, they can still ask to go into a pension scheme. If they do this, your

responsibilities will depend on how much they earn: • If they earn more than £116 a week (2018/19) they are a so-called “noneligible jobholder”. You must put them into a pension scheme and make contributions to the scheme as well. • If they earn less than this, they are an “entitled worker”. You must put them into a scheme, but you may choose whether you wish to contribute or not. Failure to comply with the Workplace Pensions rules can lead to a fixed penalty of £400 plus escalating penalties starting from £50 per day. Your local TaxAssist Accountant can help you ensure your business is compliant. Contact us for more information. Information supplied by Cheryl Hopkins, Chartered Certified Accountant, TaxAssist Accountants. Advice shared in this article is intended to inform rather than advise. Taxpayer's circumstances do vary and if you feel that the information provided is beneficial it is important that you contact us before implementation. If you take, or do not take action, as a result of reading this item, before receiving our written endorsement, we will accept no responsibility for any financial loss incurred.

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Coconut Seafood Curry Full of flavour, this speedy curry is great for a summer supper. Replace the asparagus tips with green beans or sugar snap peas, if liked. Serve with boiled noodles or steamed Thai jasmine rice. Serves 4 Ready in 50 minutes

Ingredients 1tbsp vegetable oil 8 shallots, peeled and halved 2-3 tbsp Thai green curry paste (see Tip) 225g new potatoes, scrubbed and halved 1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced 400ml can reduced fat coconut milk 150ml vegetable stock 2tbsp light soy sauce 450g cod fillet, skinned and cut into chunks 175g fine asparagus tips Juice from 1 lime 200g cooked tiger prawns, thawed if frozen 2tbsp freshly chopped coriander Salt and freshly ground black pepper Chopped red chilli and fresh coriander leaves, to garnish 44 |

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1 Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan over a medium heat and fry the shallots for 5 minutes until golden. Stir in the Thai green curry paste and cook for 1 minute. 2 Add the potatoes, carrot, coconut milk, stock and soy sauce. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the vegetables are almost tender. 3 Add the chunks of cod and asparagus tips to the pan. Cover and simmer gently for a further 6-8 minutes until the fish is just cooked and beginning to flake. 4 Gently stir in the lime juice, tiger prawns and chopped coriander. Simmer for 5 minutes until the prawns are piping hot, then season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve in warmed bowls garnished with chopped chilli and coriander leaves.

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10 Electric Vehicle Myths Busted Confusion surrounds the running and operation of an electric car. Here, we try to clear that up.

1. You can’t boil the kettle while charging an electric car A National Grid report warned that home networks might struggle to cope with high-capacity car charging. However, EV owners with a low-capacity home network wouldn’t have a high-capacity charger, so there’s little chance of the network being overloaded.

2. EVs are more expensive than petrol and diesel cars Generally, the base price of an EV will be slightly more expensive, but manufacturers compensate by offering a generous specification so that with the government’s £4,500 zero-emission vehicle grant taken into account, they’re a pretty good deal, plus have low running costs. What’s more, as EV technology becomes more prevalent, costs will reduce – the new Nissan Leaf starts at £1,500 less than the old one. 3. They’re more likely to catch fire in a crash Concerns about crash safety are largely driven by a couple of

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7. The batteries don’t last very long Batteries do have a finite life, but most manufacturers offer battery leasing for a monthly fee and will replace it for free when needed. Others offer replacement warranties, with five-to eight-year cover the norm. high-profile Tesla Model S fires in 2013. The EV maker upgraded its underbody battery pack protection in 2014 but also noted that the odds of fires in its cars were “five times lower than those of an average gasoline car”. 4. You can’t drive them in car washes or when it’s raining Water and electricity don’t mix, so manufacturers carefully seal all of the electrified components to make sure there aren’t any problems using car washes, or driving or charging in the rain. 5. You can’t go very far Most electric vehicles now have a range in excess of 150 miles, with 200 miles becoming the norm – and the average journey is less than nine miles. 6. There’s nowhere to charge them Long trips require a bit more planning, but charge point locator Zap Map indicates there are almost 15,000 connectors at more than 5,000 locations in the UK, with more added all the time. Plus, rapid chargers can provide 80% of charge in about 30 minutes.

8. EVs are less environmentally friendly across their life cycle The energy required to build an electric car can make it less environmentally friendly to produce than a traditionally fuelled car. However, a Norwegian study quoted by the BBC estimates an EV is about 10% better over its life cycle, and that will continue to improve. 9. Battery disposal poses a huge environmental issue It does, but the EV boom has encouraged lateral thinking to improve recycling rates, with companies taking used EV batteries for use elsewhere, such as home energy storage. 10. They’re boring to drive Modern electric cars can be genuinely fun to drive, particularly thanks to the high-torque motors, which make acceleration brisk. Tesla takes this to extremes with its Model S, which reaches 60mph in less than three seconds – comparable to the new McLaren Senna supercar, with its petrolpowered twin-turbo V8. By James Baggott, Author, Car Dealer Magazine

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Your Horoscopes For June and July 2018 by Astrologer Christine Chalklin

June: This month starts with a brilliant aspect between love planet Venus and Jupiter, the planet of luck and abundance. The mystical planet, Neptune, is also involved, offering the opportunity to use visualisation and intuition for all creative projects. Relationships are positively favoured this month, ushering in a sense of the dramatic as Venus moves into Leo on the 14th. Mars remains in quirky Aquarius all month, but be aware that Mars is entering a long retrograde phase on the 27th, this could seriously slow things down, so do try to get any important projects that must be finished off the ground before then. The potent Gemini new moon on the 13th stirs up some motivating energy; communicative Mercury is also in Gemini offering excellent opportunities for brilliant new ideas. A challenge between home and career is possible with the Capricorn full moon on the 28th. July: Action-packed Mars is retrograde in Aquarius all month, expect things not to move at the pace that you would like, be patient and use this time for revisiting anything that might need adjusting. The new moon in Cancer on the 13th brings opportunities for new beginnings and breakthroughs. Sensitive Cancer is the sign of the family and of the past, important adjustments in the home can be viewed in a different light and tackled successfully. Venus, the goddess of love and relationships, is in playful Leo until the 10th and Mercury remains in Leo all month. Leo energy is passionate, creative and fun loving and offers some excellent opportunities for romantic encounters and all kinds of joyous relationships. The full moon is in Aquarius on the 27th.


March 21-April 20

June: Mars, your ruling planet, is in eccentric Aquarius all this month offering you the perfect opportunity to sweep out the old and create space for the arrival of exciting new energy. Romance and friendship look lively as Venus moves into passionate Leo on the 14th, take advantage and make sure that socialising is your top priority. July: Mars, your ruler and the planet of action and motivation is somewhat thwarted by the retrograde phase. Use this month wisely to review how you use your energy where friendships and groups are concerned. With Mercury in confident Leo your creative skills will be at their best.


April 21-May 21

June: Unpredictable Uranus, newly arrived in your sign and in challenging aspect to Mars is demanding that you continue with the changes that now need to be made. Take positive action to expand your ambitions and be sure to take advantage to meet new people who can in turn influence your work progress. July: Your home and family are positively highlighted, you’ll also be amazed at how you relate to intuitive and creative new ways of

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thinking. The new moon in sensitive Cancer on the 13th brings a new project into focus and help may arrive from unexpected quarters.


May 22-June 21

June: It’s your birthday month and it starts well with the Sun in close alignment with Mercury, your ruler. It’s time to be absolutely clear about what you want, what’s best for you and not for others. Make the most of partnerships and relationships, particularly around the new moon on the 13th. July: This month brings a different kind of energy to the forefront as the way you communicate comes into focus. With Venus and Mercury both in fun loving Leo you’ll be ready to examine creative new ways of increasing your earning potential. Now is the perfect time to reach out and be bold.


June 22-July 22

June: Venus the love planet is in brilliant aspect to mystical Neptune, offering the perfect opportunity for a new romantic encounter or the chance to vamp up an existing one. After the 14th your finances come into focus and you should be in the right frame of mind to make some important decisions.

July: This is your birthday month and new and exciting opportunities are strongly highlighted. Jupiter returns to direct motion on the 11th illuminating love and romance! The new moon in your sign on the 13th marks a turning point and you’ll feel a strong drive to improve your life on many levels.


July 23-August 23

June: Keep an open mind if you have any set plans around the time of the Gemini new moon on the 13th. The social sector of your chart is in the spotlight offering new friends and exciting new experiences. Venus moves into your sign on the 14th, maximise your potential and put your powers of judgement to the test. July: Venus and Mercury are favourable in your sign, ensuring that there is plenty of scope for renewed success. Uranus makes a challenging aspect to Mercury indicating that you may have to rethink a career move. The Cancer new moon on the 13th may offer an opportunity to work behind the scenes.


August 24-September 22

June: Abundant Jupiter is strong in your communication sector at the moment and urges you to take a

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different viewpoint on things have been bothering you lately. This could be the most important month of the year for new developments and radical change. The new moon on the 13th suggests a rapidly-changing work picture. July: This month brings renewed vigour as expansive Jupiter goes back into direct motion after the 11th. Projects that have been on hold can be reviewed and there is opportunity to advance in a positive way. The Aquarian full moon on the 27th indicates that it may be time to put something firmly in the past.


September 23-October 23

June: The Sun and Mercury are highlighting the sector of your chart that loves faraway places, this is emphasised by the new moon on the 13th. Making travel plans will be fun this month, particularly those involving the one that you love. New friends appear as Venus moves into playful Leo after the 14th. July: Finances get a boost as mighty Jupiter moves direct on the 11th indicating positive new earning potential. The Sun illuminates the highest point of your chart, emphasising your goals and the importance of planning ahead and making long lasting changes.


October 24-November 22

June: The Sun, Mercury and the new moon all gather in your financial sector around the middle of the month. A review is overdue, and this is a good time to check your investments and resources. Jupiter in your sign indicates that a bold approach might pay off when it comes to making money.

July: Mars is in challenging aspect to Jupiter in your sign, emphasising the importance of staying focussed on the task at hand. Strong planetary emphasis on your career and goals offer excellent opportunities for new directions. The new moon in Cancer on the 13th enables you to broaden your horizons.


November 23-December 21

June: Close relationships are the focus of the month for freedom loving Sagittarians. You might be asking yourself if you are giving enough time to family and to your loved one. The new moon on the 13th has the potential for new beginnings but take care that you are not insensitive to those close to you. July: The spotlight shines on adventures and new directions; restless Sagittarians are ready for new challenges. The intuitive Cancer new moon on the 13th focusses on finances and resources and the full moon on the 27th indicates that things need to become much clearer where your ultimate goals are concerned.


December 22-January 20

June: Your working life is brought into the spotlight, it’s time to banish fears and allow yourself to consider what you really want before leaping into a new job or taking on a new position. Working with the inspirational Gemini new moon on the 13th opens up some exciting possibilities that you don’t to want to miss. July: The Sun illuminates the relationship area of your chart and you’ll feel like setting your sights very high and not at all afraid to go

after what you truly desire. Venus and Mercury in Leo bring finances to your attention as an important issue comes to the forefront around the new moon on the 13th.


January 21-February 18

June: Make the most of the love planet Venus in the sensitive sign of Cancer until the 13th. It’s perfect for a new romance or the revival of an established one. Motivational Mars in your sign favours getting out and about and doing your own thing, but as the retrograde phase begins, things will slow down to a more steady pace. July: Your work, lifestyle and health are all in the spotlight this month as the radiant Sun illuminates this area of your chart. With Mars retrograde in your sign all month your energy will be low, and you might need to keep a low profile and your demands simple. The new moon on the 13th brings a welcome boost.


February 19-March 20

June: Your home and family life are top priority this month and it looks as if things could get rather hectic! Important planetary movements in restless Gemini stir up the way you communicate your ideas and feelings. Take the opportunity to fulfil several different tasks simultaneously as you need to be prepared for inevitable change. July: The Sun, your ruler Neptune and abundant Jupiter form a wonderfully creative aspect pattern in your chart this month. An exciting new idea presents itself and there’s vibrant energy for a project to get off the ground. The Cancerian new moon on the 13th helps negotiations and big plans move forward more positively.

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Community Groups Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Cafe If you have dementia, or are caring for someone with dementia, Alzheimer’s Society welcomes you to join us at our Dementia Cafe in Atherstone at The Partnership Centre, Coleshill Road, Atherstone, CV9 1BN on the second Thursday of the month, from 1.30pm – 3.30pm. For more information contact the Warwickshire Office on 01926 888899 or email Arley & St Michael’s Community Centre We are a multi-functional centre in the heart of rural New Arley village. With a large hall (7.7m x 12.4m), a coffee lounge (5.6m x 7.7m) as well as a modern, fully fitted kitchen we can accommodate various events. The centre is fully equipped with welfare facilities and IT and presentation technology to host one off events as well as long term contracts. For more information or if you would like to volunteer at the centre, please call 07483 912020 or email A list of events and information is on our website Arts For All We are an arts and crafts group for all ages including families and children. We meet every Wednesday, 10am–12pm at Arley Community Centre, New Arley. Activities including silk painting, quilling and card-making. Please call the centre manager on 01676 542753 or email for more information. Aspergers United A group run by parents/carers and open to all parents/carers of young people with ASD and AS regardless of the stage of the diagnosis process. We provide help and support and hold a range of annual activities. We hold quarterly Group Support Evening Meetings at Windmill Sports & Social, Nuneaton, CV10 0HW, monthly Coffee Mornings (term time only) at The Discovery Academy, Nuneaton, CV11 8SS and Nethersole Academy, Polesworth, B78 1DZ and a Kids Social Club at The CHESS Centre, Camp Hill, Nuneaton, CV10 9DN. For more information call 07580 222338, email or find us on Facebook.

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Atherstone Bridge Club We are a friendly duplicate bridge club who meet to play this fascinating card game every Wednesday evening at 7pm in The Red Lion, Atherstone. We would welcome new bridge players to our club, our standard is flexible and would accommodate most enthusiasts. We pay a yearly subscription and weekly table money which is less than the price of a cup of coffee, what better value could you get for your money? Come and try us. For any other details telephone Joan or John on 01827 713608. Atherstone Choral Society We pride ourselves on singing all sorts of music, literally "Bach to Beatles"! We usually perform 4 concerts a year, our Spring and Autumn concerts are more serious pieces of music, eg. Mozart, Handel, Faure and our Summer and Christmas concerts are more lighthearted pieces. If you are interested in joining our 80 strong mixed voice choir, we rehearse in term time on Mondays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Racemeadow Primary Academy with a break for a hot drink and a chat. For more information please visit or contact our membership secretary on 024 7635 4326. Atherstone Library Opening Hours: Monday 9.30am - 4pm, Tuesday 9.30am - 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am - 5pm, Thursday 9.30am - 1pm, Friday 9.30am - 4pm, Saturday 9.30am 1pm. At Warwickshire Library and Information Service, membership is free! You can then borrow 10 books, borrow 5 audio books, borrow 3 e-books, hire 5 CDs and 4 DVDs, renew and request items online, find all sorts of information, access library services 24/7, use our computers for free, and much more, just come in and ask! Tel: 0300 555 8171. Austrey Archery Group We are a small, friendly group of people who come together from a wide area to learn and practice archery. The club runs beginners’ courses throughout the year, and meets for shoots on Saturday afternoons, outdoors in summer, indoors in winter. The sport is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. It’s great fun, so why not give it a try. For more information please email We would love to hear from you. Austrey Bridge Club We are looking for new members – no partner necessary. We are a small, friendly club meeting every Monday evening (except Bank Holidays), 7.30pm – 10pm in the Village Hall on Main Road, Austrey. The fee is £1.50 per night for

non-members; members £1 per night plus £10 subscription per year. Refreshments are available. There is a possibility of tuition for anyone wishing to learn to play. Call 01827 830337 for further details or email Austrey Gardening Society Our friendly group meets at 7.30pm on the second Friday of most months in Austrey Village Hall. We have a full and varied annual programme of speakers and garden visits, plus organising the biennial Village Show and Open Garden events. New members or visitors are always very welcome. For more information contact us at or call 01827 830164. Badgers Running Club We are a friendly, supportive running club for all abilities. Training is on Tuesday nights at 6.30pm in either Baddesley, Polesworth or Atherstone. Periodic Beginner groups on Wednesdays at 6.30pm. Social run on Thursdays 6.30pm. See the website for further information: or call 07813 565955. BATS We are an am-dram group called Baddesley Amateur Theatrical Society (BATS). We meet every Wednesday 8pm - 10pm at Baddesley Village Hall. We are always looking for new members to come & join us, be it on stage or behind the scenes to help with set build, sort costumes or just front of house, everyone will be welcome. If you feel you would like to join our happy band just come along to the hall or contact 07773 873046 for further details. Beeline Community Transport We have a team of volunteer drivers who use their own cars to provide a door to door transport service to hospitals, doctors and other health services. This service is for residents in North Warwickshire who do not have any transport. Passengers pay a £2 booking fee and 45p per mile from the driver's home. The driver will wait up to 2 hours and bring you home. If you need to book a journey with us call 01827 717074 between 9am and 1pm, Mon – Fri, and we will help. We are based at Community House, Coleshill Road, Atherstone, CV9 1BN. Breathe Easy Warwick & District We are a support group for all those affected by a lung condition, including friends, family and carers. We normally meet on the first Monday of every month (except Bank Holidays) from 7pm-8.30pm at St Mary's Church Hall, Leamington Spa, CV31 1JW. We usually have a speaker and a chance to talk to others and the specialist nurses over a cup of tea. There

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COMMUNITY GROUPS is no charge. On Monday 4th June, the benefits of using the Himalaya Salt Cave in Kenilworth. On Monday 2nd July, Afternoon Tea at a local Garden Centre. For more information contact Linda on 024 7669 7262. Coleshill and District U3A Are you retired or semi retired and looking for stimulating and interesting activities as well as meeting like minded people in the local area? Then come along to our monthly meeting at Coleshill Town Hall on the third Monday of the month at 10.30am. As well as monthly speakers we have a range of activities which you can get involved in and time to chat over a cup of tea. For further details visit www. or contact Nanette Walker on 01675 465499. Craft Club If you are alone and want to meet new people while learning a new craft, this club could be for you. Based at the Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire at the bottom of Long Street it runs every Wednesday 10am – 12pm. Cross Lanes Garden Club We are a small group of garden enthusiasts who meet on the second Monday of each month at 7pm in the School Room of St Peter’s Church, Mancetter. We have some very interesting speakers, a plant sales table with proceeds to the local wildlife sanctuary and occasional outings to flower shows. We also have tea/coffee with cakes for refreshments. Our club has a very friendly atmosphere and visitors are made very welcome. For more information please contact or phone 024 7638 6013. Fusion Sax Band Fusion Sax Band is a small amateur Saxophone Ensemble based in Atherstone. If you have recently started playing the Sax, played before and want to start playing again, or a Sax Player with nowhere to play, Fusion Sax Band is ideal for you. We meet every Wednesday, 7.15pm - 8.45pm, and play a variety of popular music. All music is arranged to suit band members’ abilities. There is a weekly subscription of £3.50. If you are 16 plus, have your own Sax & music stand and can play from music/ sight read, contact Dave Meads at Hartshill Allotment & Garden Society Would you like to grow your own fruit and vegetables? Our friendly allotment site currently has plots available. If you are interested and would like to know more please call or text Marie on 07990 746361.

Job Club and Computer Club Get help applying for jobs on line at the Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire. Volunteers will help you look for jobs, fill out applications, set you up on email and give you interview tips. On Thursdays, 10am – 12pm.

Fund. This service is for volunteers to call people who are lonely and need a friend to talk to over the phone on a regular basis, please call Julie on 01827 717073 for more information if you want to volunteer to be a telephone befriender or be befriended by one of our volunteers.

KeyRing We work with people with a range of support needs across Warwickshire. Our services include daytime community support for adults with a learning disability or autism, short-term mental health support, support for people who are moving into adult services or who need support through a particularly difficult time, and group support where people can meet, try new activities and get involved with their community. We can also provide 1:1 support alongside this service. For more information on our services, including how to refer, please contact Michelle Lloyd on 07974 673154 or email

The Atherstone Chorale We are a mixed choir of 25 members, and would welcome new members, especially sopranos, basses and tenors. We meet every Monday evening in term time from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Trinity Church, Coleshill Road, Atherstone. We sing 3 concerts a year. We also do occasional weddings, and carol singing in the Market Square, Atherstone at Christmas. No auditions are necessary, and we are a very friendly choir. For more information contact Gillian Greenwood on 01827 880647 or view our website at

Lunch Club Lunch club funded by Heart of England Winter Survival Fund on Wednesdays at the White Hart Tea Rooms 11am - 1pm. £4 for a main course and tea, coffee or soft drink. Come along to the Tea Rooms, Long Street, Atherstone. Mancetter Community Group We run events like indoor bowling on Wednesdays from 1pm to 3pm and Bingo on Thursdays at 7pm at Mancetter Memorial Hall, everyone welcome, refreshments are served. For more information email the Chair at Mancetter WI We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at Mancetter Memorial Hall, Old Farm Road, Mancetter, Atherstone, CV9 1QN from 7.30pm. On 13th June, Harry Wroe Fun with Antiques. On 11th July, Om Gurung Gurkha Life and Food. We have speakers, trips and social events. Visitors most welcome to attend, come and join us. For more information call Mandy Coult on 024 7637 3116. Memory Café This café is for people suffering with dementia and their carers. Come along to the Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire, Long Street, Atherstone and meet people in similar situations and enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake. On Wednesdays, 11am – 1pm. Telephone Befriending Service Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire Telephone Befriending Service is funded by the Heart of England Young at Heart

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The Nuneaton & Bedworth Healthy Living Network People’s Pantry Lunch Clubs & Honesty Shops Mondays: Wembrook Community Centre, Nuneaton, CV11 4QP. Tuesdays: Stockingford Community Centre, CV10 8DY, Rhyme Time 9.15am-10am, Exercise Class 10.15am-11am. Wednesdays: Newtown Centre, CV11 4HR, Arts & Crafts 9.30am, Cash Bingo 11.15am. Thursdays: Bedworth Methodist Church, CV12 8BW, Prize Bingo 11.45am. Lunch at all centres from 12pm, orders in by 11.30am, £4 for two courses. Honesty shops open 10am-12pm, take what you need for a 30-40% donation of an item’s cost in a supermarket. On first visit registration is required. The Healthy Living Network, 024 7632 2048, Facebook Page: People’s Pantry. The Nuneaton & Bedworth Healthy Living Network Seated Exercise Classes Wednesdays 10am-10.45am at the Newtown Centre in Nuneaton. First session free, £2.50 thereafter. Thursdays 10.45am-11am at Bedworth Methodist Church. First session free, £2.50 after. For more information call The Healthy Living Network on 024 7632 2048. The Old Barn Centre Are you looking for a venue for a special occasion, group meeting or a company ‘Away Day’? Then look no further! The Old Barn at St. Wilfrid’s Church, Old Arley, CV7 8FL, is in a quiet village a few miles north west of Coventry and is located within the churchyard. It has ample car parking and is on a bus route from Coventry or Nuneaton. It has the facilities to accommodate 40. For further

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COMMUNITY GROUPS details and bookings please call Denise Whittle on 01676 541916 or visit Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire, Long Street, Atherstone Our present activities are: Craft Group, Wednesdays, 10am – 12pm. Memory Café, Wednesdays, 11am - 1pm, for those with dementia and their carers. We aim to support through advisors coming along to the sessions and also dementia friends being on hand to talk to. Computer Club & Job Club, Thursdays, 10am – 12pm. Lunch Club, Thursdays, 11.30am to 1pm where you can buy a main meal plus tea, coffee or soft drink for £4. Our tea rooms are open from 10am until 1pm. If you are interested in any of these activities or need more information please call 01827 717073. Volunteers Needed Have you got any spare time? Would you like to help in your Community? More people are turning to volunteering to help gain work experience or to help build their CVs or just to do something good with their time. Despite volunteering becoming fashionable and

record numbers of people signing up, volunteers are needed more than ever to keep the projects in your local community running. The Volunteer Centre can help you find something you are interested in that will also benefit your local community, so please call the Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire on 01827 717073 to find out more. Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Fundraising Volunteers Needed Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is looking for volunteers to place and monitor boxes of wildlife pin badges at sites such as shops, garden centres and pubs in their local area to raise much needed funds to protect wildlife and wild places across the county. To find out more please contact the Trust on 024 7630 2912 or email White Hart Tea Room The tea room now specialises in gluten and sugar free foods. There is a range of hot dishes, sandwiches and cakes, as well as hot and cold drinks. The tea room is open Monday – Thursday from 10am to 1pm. The menu will change daily, call 01827 717073 for more information. This

is a volunteer run project serving the local community based at the bottom of Long Street in Atherstone. We also do outside catering at reasonable prices, community meetings, birthday parties and wakes. For our menus please call the centre on 01827 717073 or visit The community listings are free to local non-profit making groups, clubs and societies. To place your listing please email your details to: The deadline for entries in our community pages for the August / September edition is 5th July 2018. All information correct to the best of our knowledge at time of printing. Checking accurate dates and times with the relevant event holder is advisable. You can also find more community listings by visiting the community page on our website at:

Useful Numbers all in one place... Emergency Services Medical George Eliot Hospital 024 7635 1351 Coventry University Hospital 024 7696 4000 NHS Direct 111 Tamworth Health Centre 01827 315355 Police & Fire Brigade Police (non emergency) Atherstone Fire Station Crimestoppers Victim & Crime Support

101 01827 713451 0800 555111 024 7625 6956

Council North Warwickshire Borough Council 01827 715341 Out of hours Council Emergencies 01827 718086 Leicestershire County Council 0116 2323232 Warwickshire County Council 01926 410410 Helplines & Hotlines Alcoholics Anonymous 0845 769 7555 Animal Welfare RSPCA 24hr 0300 1234 999 Antisocial Behaviour 0845 605 2222 Benefit Fraud Hotline 0800 854 440 Citizens Advice Bureau 0300 330 1193 Childline 0800 1111 Consumer Advice 03454 040506 FRANK (drugs helpline) 0800 776 600

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National Dementia Helpline 0300 222 1122 Parentline 0808 800 2222 Quitline (Smoking) 0800 002200 RoSA (Rape and Sexual Abuse Agency) 01788 551151 Telephone Preference Service 0845 070 0707 Victim Support National 0845 3030 900 Local Amenities Atherstone Job Centre Atherstone Leisure Complex Atherstone Library Coleshill Library Dordon Library Polesworth Library Water Orton Library Post Office Helpline

01827 473200 01827 722198 0300 555 8171 0300 555 8171 01827 892519 0300 555 8171 0121 747 7460 08457 223344

Utilities Emergency Numbers BT Fault Line 0800 800151 Electricity (power cut) 0800 6783 105 National Grid - Gas 0800 111 999 Severn Trent Water 0800 783 4444 Travel National Rail Enquiries Traveline (Public Transport Info)

08457 484950 0871 2002233

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