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

Features Welcome 6 Gardening: Geraniums 12 What’s On Locally 18 Interiors: Designing a Small Bathroom 26 Universal Credit Full Service 30 Community News 34 Recipe: Coconut Seafood Curry 38 Self-Worth and Anxiety 44 Health Screenings – What’s Available? 46 Family: Carry on Camping 48 Pets Corner: Heat Stroke in Dogs 49 Your Questions Answered by Tax Assist 51 Motoring: 10 Electric Vehicle Myths Busted 52 Horoscopes 54 Community Groups 56 Useful Numbers 60 Advertising and Contact Details 61 Index of Advertisers 62

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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.

Janet & I run Special Perennials, our website www.specialperennials.com is full of colour photos and growing tips. We sell by mail order and at Plant Hunters’ Fairs only throughout the season. Please see www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk. We will be at the Plant Hunters’ Fair at Bosworth Battlefield, Market Bosworth CV13 0AD on Saturday 9th June; Middleton Hall, Tamworth B78 2AE on Sunday 22nd July; The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas DE13 7AR on Saturday 28th July and at Donington Heath 1620’s House and Garden, Coalville LE67 2FW on Sunday 5th August. We are happy to bring orders to plant fairs for you to collect. To advertise call Lynne on 024 7646 8078 or 07724 050678


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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 www.abbeytheatre. co.uk/tickets. Saturday 9th June Summer Fair At St Peter's Church, Mancetter between 11am and 2pm at Mancetter Memorial Hall. Various stalls and refreshments. Please come and join us. 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 www.hoar-park.co.uk. 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.

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Featuring highly respected specialist 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 10am4pm, 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 www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk. 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 www.albanytheatre.co.uk. 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 www.maryannevans.org.uk. Saturday 16th June Sunday 1st July Warwickshire Open Studios Since it started in 2002, Warwickshire Open Studios has grown into the county's largest and friendliest free visual arts event. With over 270 artists taking part across 138 venues throughout Coventry and Warwickshire, the 2018 summer event promises to be bigger and better than ever. Whether you're looking for creative inspiration or a unique piece of art to buy, there's no shortage of quality or diversity – including paintings, photography, ceramics, glassware, jewellery, printmaking, textiles, installations, woodturning and metalwork. Everyone is welcome! For more information visit www.wostudios.org. 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 info@hoar-park.co.uk. For more information call 024 7639 4433 or visit www.hoar-park.co.uk. Hoar Park Shopping & Leisure Village, B4114, Nr Ansley, Nuneaton, CV10 0QU.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS Friday 22nd June Karl Loxley - A Musical Spectacular Stars of ‘The Voice’, Karl Loxley and Lucy O'Byrne, in concert for the first time! Celebrates songs from the classical musicals. Join international vocalist Karl Loxley and Lucy O'Byrne, star of Les Misérables and The Sound of Music, in a wonderful evening performing a selection of songs from Les Misérables, The Phantom of The Opera, plus many more from the classical crossover genre. Featuring a live band, this truly is a night of music that everyone will enjoy. At The Albany Theatre, Coventry. To book tickets or for more information please visit https://albanytheatre.co.uk/ a-musical-spectacular or call the Box Office on 024 7699 8964. Saturday 23rd June 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 www.hoar-park. co.uk. B4114 Nr Ansley, Nuneaton, CV10 0QU. Saturday 30th June Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre Open Day The Centre will be open from 11am to 4pm for visitors to see some of our breeding stock (some of which will take part in a dog show on the day), meet some of their volunteer holders and our staff, view puppies, and take part in blindfold challenges. There will also be a hog roast, café selling homemade produce including cream teas, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, plus tombolas and raffle. Entry £1 per person, with under 12’s free, and we will have a free park and ride on the day. All funds raised on the day will support our mission to help blind and partially sighted people to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else. Banbury Road, Bishops Tachbrook, Warwickshire, CV33 9QJ. Saturday 7th July Friendship Project for Children – Informal Information Morning Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you want to help children in need? Could you spare just a few hours a week? If so, the Friendship Project for Children may just have the

opportunity for you. We are a local befriending charity working with vulnerable and disadvantaged children throughout Warwickshire. We do this by matching a child in need with a volunteer who then supports that child through 1-to-1 activities. As an “older friend”, you must be over 18 with your own transport and be prepared to go through a DBS check. We would also ask for a minimum 6-month commitment. As well as taking a child out for a few hours a week, you will also be invited to the group sessions that we hold. We are always looking for new volunteers to help us, so if you like the sound of what we do, join us at Jurys Inn Hinckley Island, Watling Street, Hinckley, LE10 3JA on Saturday 7th July for an informal overview of the project, an opportunity to meet fellow volunteers and ask questions. If you would like to join us please call Nicki Cresswell on 07415 399776 or email nicki.cresswell@friendshipproject.co.uk.

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Saturday 7th July The Firebird Singers Summer Concert The Firebird Singers present their Summer Concert, a Double Feature of James Bond Themes and Classic Movie Music, at The Albany Theatre, Albany Road, Coventry, CV5 6JQ, on Saturday 7th July at 7.30pm. Tickets: £13 or £9 Concessions available from The Albany Theatre Box Office on 024 7699 8964 or www.albanytheatre.co.uk. The concert is being held in support of The Huntington's Disease Association. The Firebird Singers - Singing For Pleasure, Raising Money For Charity. Thursday 12th July Ambleside Community Choir Summer Concert Taking place at St Mary’s Abbey Church, Nuneaton on 12th July at 7pm. Money raised to go to our charities: Crohn’s & Colitis UK, Georgia’s Gift and Mary Ann Evans Hospice. Saturday 14th July 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

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COMMUNITY EVENTS 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 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 www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk. 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 www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk 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

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with their own obstacles! Over 4,000 take part in this seriously fun event! To find out more please visit www.mudnificent7.co.uk. 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 www.mydonate.bt.com/charities/ maryannevanshospice. To sign up please visit www.maryannevans.org.uk. 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 http://www.maryannevans. org.uk/event/classic-transportfestival-2018/.

Regular Events Stockingford Community Centre A huge variety of regular groups and activities held at various times throughout the week, from Martial Arts classes to Weight Busters, from Stay n Play to Tea and Chat, from Monday to Sunday. For details of groups and activities please call 024 7638 8508 or email info@stockingfordcc.org.uk. 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.

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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 (www.ikea.com/gb). 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; www.purebathroomcollection.co.uk.

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 024 7646 8078 or 07724 050678


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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

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- 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

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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 www.gov.uk/universal-credit or www.citizensadvice.org.uk 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 www.citizensadvice.org.uk

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Community News From Around Our Area Nuneaton Mountain and Hill Walking Club In February 2018, members of Nuneaton Mountain and Hill Walking Club hired two very comfortable chalets on the shores of Loch Lomond at Inveruglas. There were various outings during the week ranging from modest low-level forest walks, to the opportunity for our more adventurous members to get to grips with the highest mountains in the area. Such a day was 9th February 2018 when David, Les, Mo and Chris tackled Ben Vane 915 metres, one

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of the local Munros (mountains over 3,000 ft in old money). Ben Vane had alluded our members on previous occasions due to deep snow conditions, but this was a very fine day and there was an easy track to the base of the mountain. Temperatures were however below freezing with a forecast for -6C on the summit, plus the wind chill effect. Initially, there was a path which ascended steeply over increasingly frozen rocky ground. From the half way stage, the mountain was plastered with snow, layered in slabs and care had to be taken to assess the avalanche risk. Crampons and ice axes were deployed as the ground steepened. There were lots of step kicking and there was some easy scrambling over and around rock steps. Towards the top the wind picked up and care was needed on the icy surface as the slope steepened. Visibility however remained good.

As the route up was so steep, a safer descent was made down the north ridge and then down easier snow to the Loch Sloy dam - a top day! Our club doesn't just focus on the upper level of mountaineering as we are just as comfortable walking in the Cotswolds and the Peak District. In 2017 we had weekends in Snowdonia, Patterdale, Black Sail Hut, Exmoor, Anglesey, Edale and canoeing on the River Wye as well as a week in the Scottish Highlands and one in Northern Ireland. This year our programme includes weekends in Coniston, Snowdonia, Borrowdale, North Yorkshire Moors and the Lake District as well as a long weekend in Glen Affric and week-long trips to Loch Lomond and the Isle of Arran. There are of course day trips to more local destinations. As we welcome guests and prospective new members we'll look forward to seeing you for a

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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.

Use Your Spare Time to Help Save Lives in Nuneaton An appeal is being made to people in the Nuneaton area, who have some time to spare, to consider taking on

a voluntary role at a lifesaving local charity. 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. Nuneaton is in urgent need of new community representatives to raise 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.

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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@theairambulanceservice.org.uk.”

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’. The novice dancers had a 12-week training programme courtesy of Euphoria Dance Studios, Bedworth,

captivating Rumba and Foxtrot demonstration by Arthur Surgonajev and Ellie-May Ashton from Euphoria Dance Studios.

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. 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

The judges on the evening were current British Senior Modern Sequence Champion and Head 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. 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.

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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”.

with hair by dance 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.

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 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”.

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. 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’

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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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WIN!

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: www.yourcallpublishing.co.uk 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). www.vmstickets.co.uk

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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 www.midlandshypnotherapy.com 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: www.gov.uk/government/publications/ 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: senseaboutscience.org/wpcontent/uploads/2016/11/Makingsenseofscreening.pdf.

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Carry On Camping Campfires, bike rides, toasted marshmallows, bug hunts, star gazing … there’s a lot of fun to be had on a family camping trip. Camping on a budget While camping is one of the most wallet-friendly ways to holiday, the equipment doesn’t always come cheap. Try searching Ebay, Gumtree and Facebook for second-hand tents. You’ll often find people selling a full camping package, including tent, airbeds, gas stove and chairs. Do you have Tesco points to spend? You can pick up a 4-man tent from Tesco Direct for around £50. Rent a tent Love the idea of camping, but don’t have space for all the equipment, or just don’t fancy pitching a tent in the rain? Why not rent a tent? Your tent will be put up for you and you can even hire all the equipment to go with it. All you need to do is turn up, unpack and head to the beach. Search online for companies or ask your chosen campsite for recommendations. If you want a few more mod-cons, you could look into hiring a campervan or caravan. Try www.camperbug.co.uk for retro VW campervans. Where to go We really are spoilt for campsites in the UK. There are literally hundreds to choose between, from tiny farm fields to entertainmentfilled holiday parks. The National Trust has lots of smaller, peaceful sites on offer, including in the Lake

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Camping festivals Kids entertainers, live music, food and drinks stands, craft tents … some festivals are fun for the whole family. Check out:

Farmer Phil’s Music Festival (10th – 12th August) near Shrewsbury: With a week’s camping included in the £80 ticket price and tickets for under-12s priced at just £2, this is a great festival for families on a budget. It’s a much smaller festival than many of the others, but there are plenty of bands and lots of activities for children; see www.farmerphilsfestival.com.

Cornbury (13th – 15th July): The line-up for this year’s festival includes Alanis Morrisette, Amy Macdonald and Pixie Lott. The Oxfordshire festival also boasts a kids’ area, with discos, yoga, den building, circus skills, live shows and craft activities; see www.cornburyfestival.com. Bluedot Festival (20th – 22nd July): Set in the grounds of a deep space observatory in Cheshire, Bluedot offers children’s areas, live shows, hands-on activities, animations, interactive experiments, and a line-up that varies from The Chemical Brothers to The Halle Orchestra. Science lovers will be in their element; see www.discoverthebluedot.com. Camp Bestival (26th – 29th July): This Dorset festival includes onsite camping in the ticket price. There are craft workshops, a circus school, live shows, a 50 foot inflatable whale to explore, demos by Mister Maker and other popular

Beautiful Days (17th – 19th August): With a huge children’s area, hands-on workshops, live entertainment, bushcraft, story-telling, a free shuttle bus to and from the local train station and a car-free camping field reserved for families, Beautiful Days is ideal for a weekend away; see www.beautifuldays.org. Other family-friendly festivals worth considering include Chagstock (www.chagstock.info), Nozstock (www.nozstock.com), Just So Festival (www.justsofestival. org.uk) and Deer Shed Festival (www.deershedfestival.com). Check out www.festivalkidz.com for more recommendations, reviews and advice. By Kate Duggan www.kateduggan.co.uk

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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 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.

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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 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: www.yourcallpublishing.co.uk

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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

• 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

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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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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.

ARIES:

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.

TAURUS:

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.

GEMINI:

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.

CANCER:

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.

LEO:

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.

VIRGO:

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.

LIBRA:

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.

SCORPIO:

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.

SAGITTARIUS:

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.

CAPRICORN:

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.

AQUARIUS:

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.

PISCES:

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

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Community Groups 1st Nuneaton Scout Group Founded in 1908, we are your local Scout Group for Attleborough, Caldwell and Whitestone. Our purpose built HQ is on Attleborough Ring Rd, (next to Holy Trinity Church, look for the flag). We cater for boys and girls, aged 6 - 25, and adult volunteers are always welcome! See the notice board outside the HQ or contact Mick Judd on 07778 564507 for more information. Aberdeen Road Allotment Society New in town? Getting near retirement? Need some healthy exercise or just a bit of peace and quiet? Would you like to grow your own fruit and vegetables in the middle of Attleborough? If the answer is “YES” then you need us! We’re a friendly bunch of people who just want to do our own thing with minimal interference. A small number of allotments are available (full or half size). Average rental cost per annum per full plot £25-30 (incl insurance). On-site water and shed sales. Contact Colin King on 024 7638 1402 for more information. Alz Lunchtime Club Welcoming new members to our new lunchtime dementia friendly social group. Carers, dementia patients and ex-carers are invited to come along to Hatters Space, Upper Abbey Street, Nuneaton the first Monday of the month between 11.30am and 1.30pm. Refreshments provided. Contact Veronica on 024 7632 9692 for more information or email alz@hartopp.co.uk. Ambion Bonsai Society Do you have a bonsai in need of TLC? Bring it along to our club for some expert advice. We are a small group of bonsai enthusiasts who meet at 7.30pm on the last Thursday of every month at Hatters Space Community Centre, Upper Abbey Street, Nuneaton, CV11 5DN. We have some very interesting speakers, workshops and a sales table for bonsai pots and trees. We also sell plants to support the local wildlife sanctuary. Tea, coffee and biscuits available. Visitors are made very welcome. For more details contact sandra.hunter@live.co.uk or call 01455 324883. Ambleside Bowling Club We are situated in Ambleside Way, Nuneaton, we have about 60 members and are affiliated to Higham Lane Community Sports Club. We are a friendly mixed Club welcoming new/old bowlers of all ages. Equal subscriptions and rights whether you want to have 'roll-ups' or take

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part in competitions and matches. We have mixed matches 4 days a week and ladies' matches on Wednesdays. We also play in the Hinckley Triples League on Monday evenings. Social events are held during the season. For more information please contact Vivienne Dodds on 024 7638 4061 or email pvdodds@googlemail.com. Ambleside Community Choir Interested in a new venture? Enjoy a good sing? Come and join us! No auditions, just keen singers needed. We are a friendly, community choir, based at Ambleside Sports Club in Weddington, Nuneaton. We meet on Thursday evenings, 6.30pm - 8pm. The cost is £36 per 12 week term. For more information, email amblesidecommunitychoir@hotmail.com, or contact Claire on 07724 081269, or just come along and give it a try! Anker Morris Men We are Nuneaton's own Morris side, you may well have seen us dancing around the town centre during the summer or at local village fetes and hostelries. We have dancers ranging in age from 17 to 77, you are never too old or young to start. We practise on a Wednesday evening during the winter at Coton Heritage Centre from 8pm until 10pm and welcome new dancers and musicians. Contact j.oldaker@btinternet.com for more information on joining us or booking us for your event. Ansty Hill Walkers If you enjoy hill walking and rambling in beautiful areas of Britain, Sunday and mid-week walks, theatre trips, social evenings etc, why not join us? For more details contact D. Mayo on 024 7661 3116. Arbury Rotary Club Arbury Rotary Club celebrates 40 years of helping the local and International Community in 2018. We are a group of men and women, who care about the plight of others less fortunate than ourselves and seek ways to help them. Visit www.arburyrotary.org.uk for more details if you wish to join us. Age is no barrier as long as you are over 21. Rotary worldwide is one of the leaders in the battle to eradicate the world of Polio and success is now within touching distance. The commitment in time is up to you but friendships develop through regular contact. 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 aspergers-united@outlook.com or find us on Facebook. 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 www.atherstonechoralsociety.co.uk or contact our membership secretary on 024 7635 4326. Barnardo’s Supported Lodgings We work in partnership with Warwickshire County Council to provide accommodation to young people leaving care, to support them from leaving care to living independently. Could you help? You can receive a paid allowance of approx. £140 per week to offer a young person aged 16 – 25 a spare room in your home. You will be fully involved in placing a young person and it will be your decision as to who is placed with you. You will be offered full support and training provided by Barnardo’s. For more information call 024 7637 2596 or email BSLmidlands@barnardos.org.uk. Bedworth & District Craft Club We meet on the last Tuesday of the month from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Bulkington Working Men's Club, Chequers Street. The Club was formed in 2005 to bring together local craft workers for mutual support, to explore outlets for their work and to share their love of crafts. Club meetings include speakers, demonstrations and hands-on evenings. Membership costs £10 for the year and includes free tea or coffee. Come as a guest for £3 and see if you'd like to join our friendly group. For further details contact Lynne on 07850 066016. Bedworth Symphony Orchestra We are the only orchestra based in the North of the County. Membership is open to musicians of all ages and musical backgrounds. Rehearsals take place in the Boswell Hall at Nuneaton URC Church on Monday evenings, in term time, from 7.30pm. Concerts generally take place 3 times a year, at the end of each term. We are currently looking to recruit more violins, violas, double basses and trombones, in particular. For more information contact David on 07968 406164 or e-mail david040164@btinternet.com or visit our website www.bedworthorchestra.co.uk.

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COMMUNITY GROUPS Bon A’Chord Ladies you are invited to join Nuneaton ladies A Capella singing group on Monday evenings from 7.30pm – 9.30pm (excluding bank holidays) at Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre, Avenue Road, Coton, Nuneaton CV11 4LU. We are a warm, friendly and supportive group who enjoy learning new songs and singing together. For further information please contact Jude & John Riseborough on 024 7638 5465 or email theriseboroughs@gmail.com. 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 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. Bulkington, Nuneaton & Bedworth U3A BNB U3A is the local branch of a nationwide organisation based on local groups providing opportunities for the retired and semi-retired to come together to develop their interests. There are learning opportunities in various individual groups (eg. Bridge, Family and Local History, Music, Ukulele, Rambling, Computer Help), social events and a monthly meeting. The U3A exists to help you make friends, develop your interests and enjoy yourself. Annual membership is just £15. We meet every third Tuesday at Bulkington Village Centre at 2pm. This meeting always features a speaker. For further information please visit www.u3anuneaton.org.uk. Bulkington Silver Band We support Mary Ann Evans Hospice in Nuneaton. The Band meets every Tuesday, 8pm – 9.30pm and Thursday, 7.15pm – 9.15pm with additional assistance available for learners. The venue is Club for Young People, Barnacle Lane, Bulkington, CV12 9RJ. Free tuition, loan of instrument and all necessary equipment is available to all playing members of the Band irrespective of age. Contact Michael on 024 7632 9604 or visit www.bulkingtonsilverband.org.uk. Cantabile Youth Choir and Junior Choir If you really enjoy singing and are aged 8-18 then this is the choir for you. We rehearse weekly during term time on Sundays between 2.30pm and 5.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Fife Close, Attleborough, Nuneaton. We perform concerts on a regular basis and are involved in competitions both nationally and internationally. We have also made

5 CD professional recordings. For more information please call the Musical Director, Christine Sumner on 024 7638 8224 or 07890 002086 or Allan Procter on 024 7632 6494 or 07875 970596 or visit www.cantabileyouthchoir.co.uk. Coventry Fibromyalgia Support Group We meet on the second Tuesday of every month, 11am at Central Hall, Warwick Lane, Coventry. If you suffer from Fibromyalgia, then please know you are not alone. We are a welcoming, friendly group who share new information, listen to relevant speakers and enjoy pamper days, meals and trips out. (There is also a coffee morning on the other Tuesdays at 11am, Central Hall Cafe). We also meet on the first Monday of every month, 7.30pm at Wetherspoons Pub (Skydome), Coventry. For further details call Karen Murphy on 0844 887 2339, email karenemurphy181@hotmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/spottyducks. Coventry Spires Music Would you like to sing, or sing more? Coventry Spires Music are a friendly, unauditioned choir with an inspirational chorus director, Jack Lovell. We rehearse at King Henry VIII music centre, benefiting from the school’s generous support of community music activities. We vary the days of the week we rehearse to accommodate your other activities in the evenings. For more details of the rehearsals see our website www.spiresmusic.org or email our chorus manager, Kathryn Hardy on Spires@tuneful.org.uk. We look forward to meeting you. 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 sandra.hunter@live.co.uk or phone 024 7638 6013. Entrust Care Partnership We are a ‘Not for Profit’ organisation that was set up as a response to the aspirations expressed by families caring for children, young people and adults with disabilities, additional or specific needs. Thanks to the generosity of BBC Children in Need, we have an ‘Out and About’ service, which supports children and young people to access activities in their local community. We can also provide bespoke packages of One 2 One care. Could you support us by volunteering or benefit from the services we provide? Contact Selina Turner on 07525 785594 or selinaturnerentrust@gmail.com or visit www.entrustcarepartnership.org.uk.

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First Class Stamp Appalachian Appalachian step dancing comes from the Appalachian hills of North America and is done wearing tap shoes. First Class Stamp is a Nuneaton based group who were formed 20 years ago and practise on a Monday evening at Attleborough Baptist Church Hall from 8pm to 10pm. We always welcome new members, whether you are a complete novice or have some experience of folk dancing, tap dancing, or any other form of moving to music! Musicians are also welcome. Contact em.melville@yahoo.co.uk for more information on joining us or booking us for your event. 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 fusionsaxband@gmail.com. George Eliot Nuneaton and District Diabetes UK Group We meet on the third Wednesday of the month, except January and December, at the Coton Heritage centre in Avenue Road, Nuneaton at 7.30pm. We have various speakers relating to all aspects of Diabetes including a Forum where you can ask the expert. If you feel talking to someone else with the same condition will help you, please come and join our friendly group, you will be very welcome. If you or a relative have diabetes we are here to help. For more information call Gill or Terry on 024 7634 5126. 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. Higham Lane Allotments Based in the centre of the St Nicolas Park Estate. Interested in growing your own fruit and veg? Perhaps an allotment is the answer. For more information contact Dave on 024 7634 2003. Historical Association: Nuneaton We are a local branch of a national organisation and meet monthly from September to May on Wednesdays at King Edward VI College having speakers from all over the country talking on a wide variety of historical subjects, local, national and international from all periods. There are also occasional members’ evenings and summer outings to places of historic

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COMMUNITY GROUPS interest. For more information and full details of our current list of meetings please contact our Secretary on 024 7632 8148 or e-mail nuneatonha@hotmail.co.uk or visit the Historical Association national website where our full programme is displayed. Horeston Grange Friendship Group We welcome new members to this established group which meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at The Horeston Grange Church Centre, Cambourne Drive from 2pm - 4pm. We have talks, quizzes, music afternoons, a cup of tea and plenty of chat. We also organise meals out and outings. For more information please contact the Chairman, Brian Merry on 024 7674 4285. Ladies Link Ladies Link is a social club for ladies over 40 who want to make new friends and enjoy a great social life. We have a free coffee morning on the third Saturday of every month at the Griff House Pub in Nuneaton. Please join us at our next event. For more info visit www.ladieslink.co.uk. Little Hoarstone Allotments We have plots available for keen gardeners and beginners. We have a car park, flush toilets and a friendly committee who will help and advise you. The plots are in Kelsey Close, Attleborough Industrial Estate and are securely fenced with no vandalism. For more details contact secretary Steve Dewis on 024 7634 4741 or Tony Deakin on 07740 468960. Love Lego Club This is an informal creative club for children aged 7-12 who love to build. There are themed sessions and lots and lots of Lego to use. At Caldecote Village Hall, Weddington Lane, Nuneaton, CV10 0TS on Saturdays (every fortnight) 10am 12noon, £5.50 per session. Refreshments included. To book email Alisha at lovelegoclub@gmail.com or call 07876 118474. Masqueraders Theatrical Society We are a Nuneaton based amateur dramatics society and perform musicals at the Abbey Theatre twice a year. We welcome people of all ages with our current range from 14 up to 70, so if you are interested in being on stage or would like to know more, either pop down to a rehearsal at St Paul’s Church, Stockingford on Monday evenings, call 07973 681905 or visit www.masqueradersnuneaton.net. Mentor Link Children’s charity Mentor Link is recruiting Volunteer Mentors to support young people in schools. We are keen to hear from businesses and employees who would be interested in becoming a Mentor to support a young person to achieve their full potential and improve their engagement in learning. If you like a challenge and want to help make a difference to the lives of young people, then we would like to hear from you. No experience needed, seeking

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people with life experiences and enthusiasm who can give an hour a week. Please contact Head Office on 01299 822336 or email enquiries@mentorlink.org.uk. Nuneaton & Bedworth Older People’s Forum We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 10am at Bulkington Village Centre, School Road, Bulkington. We are an information organisation concerned with senior citizens’ welfare and wellbeing. We have speakers each month covering all aspects from benefits information to health issues. Just come along to our meetings, you will be made very welcome. For more information please contact Darrell Buckley on 024 7673 2491 or email drbuckley223@googlemail.com Nuneaton & Bedworth Parkinsons UK Support Group Are you someone living with or know someone with Parkinsons? We offer friendship, support and the opportunity to meet other people affected via our support group. We meet on the last Tuesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm at the Meeting Hall opposite St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Rye Piece Ringway, Bedworth, CV12 8JH. There is plenty of free car parking behind the hall. For further information contact Lisa Turley, Parkinsons Local Adviser on 0344 225 3649, e-mail adviser6.west@parkinsons.org.uk or Anne Askins on 024 7637 4607, e-mail anne.askins@sky.com. Nuneaton Chess Club Founded in 1958 we are open to all who are interested in playing, or learning to play, the game of chess. We play socially, and we also have 5 teams in the Coventry League. Experts, beginners and juniors are all welcome. Our social evening is every Monday (except Bank Holidays) at Attleborough Liberal Club, Bull Street, Nuneaton, CV11 4JX from 7.30pm. Guests and visitors welcome. We also play on selected Tuesdays within the Coventry League season at Attleborough Liberal Club. For further information contact Colin on 024 7637 2587. Nuneaton Choral Society A friendly group of mixed voices and abilities, many of our singers don’t read music and haven’t previously sung with a choir before. We’re always looking for new members and there is no requirement to audition so why not come along and give us a try? We meet every Tuesday evening, 7pm - 9pm at Higham Lane School. The first month is subscription free, then £10 per month thereafter. If you would like more information please call Sue on 024 7674 3726, email NCSmembership2013@yahoo.co.uk, visit www.nuneatonchoralsociety.weebly.com or find us on Facebook Nuneatonchoralsociety or Twitter @Nuneatonchoral.

Nuneaton & District Osteoporosis Support Group Meetings take place 4 times a year, March, June, September & November. We meet from 2.30pm at St Nicolas Centre, Vicarage Street, Nuneaton, CV11 4AZ. Free admission. On 7th June, our speakers are Nurses from the George Eliot Hospital Osteoporosis Department. For further information please contact Ann on 024 7634 7228 or email garyannharve@talktalk.net or Veronica on 024 7637 3174 or email amyliz26@sky.com. Nuneaton Flower Guild We meet on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 7pm at All Saints Parish Church Hall (Chilvers Coton), Coventry Road, Nuneaton, CV11 4NJ. The first meeting of each month is a practice class, and the second meeting of every month is our demonstration evening. Visitors welcome at £5 per evening. We are a friendly group and we are always looking for new members. Annual membership costs £25. All abilities welcome. For more information and our programme for the coming year please visit www.nuneatonflowerguild.com. Nuneaton Local History Group We generally meet on the last Saturday of the month with speakers or a slide presentation at 10.30am at Attleborough Parish Church Hall which includes refreshments. We have guided tours, outdoor visits and walks through the summer looking at areas and places of interest. We publish a regular local and family history journal with well researched articles. We can help with your researches through our Facebook pages or at our meetings. For more information visit www.nuneatonhistory.com or on Facebook - Nuneaton & Bedworth Local and Family History Notes & Queries, email nuneatonian@gmail.com or call 07710 233539. Nuneaton Moviemakers We meet every two weeks at Higham Lane School to share enthusiasm, skills and stories and make short films and documentaries, would you like to join us? No experience necessary. If you have a film you want to make or want to help make one we're a great place to come to. Social events and technical seminars are including in the programme as part of the wider Midland Moviemakers Network. For more information visit www.nuneatonmoviemakers.com or contact Jackie on nm@jacton.force9.co.uk. Nuneaton Mountain and Hill Walking Club Interested in hill walking and exploring the more mountainous regions of the UK? Then visit www.nunmc.org.uk or contact Colin on 024 7637 2587 to see our programme. We meet every Thursday at the Liberal Club, Bull Street, Attleborough, Nuneaton from 8.30pm for social, planning and sharing club news. We have at least one programmed event each month, ranging from day walks to weekends and

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COMMUNITY GROUPS even longer trips away. We are always looking for new active members, so call us or drop in and see us for a drink and a chat on any Thursday. Nuneaton Pantomime and Revue Society We welcome new members. If you like singing, dancing and musical theatre and are interested in joining the society as a member of the cast or back stage crew, come along and meet us. We rehearse Tuesday evenings from 8pm - 10pm at Attleborough Liberal Club, Bull Street, Nuneaton, CV11 4JX. In addition to our annual Pantomimes we produce a diverse range from classics like ''South Pacific'' and ''Oliver'' to modern day musicals such as ''Me & My Girl'' and ''Copacabana.'' For more details visit www.nuneatonpantomimeandrevuesociety.co.uk

Nuneaton Photographic Society Meetings take place on Mondays (September to May) from 8pm - 10pm at The Chestnuts Club, 32 Old Hinckley Road, Nuneaton, CV10 0AB. Our programme consists of competitions, lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. We are a friendly group, with help and advice always available regardless of your photographic experience or equipment, and we also arrange regular excursions. Visitors are always welcome to attend any of the meetings and more information can be found by emailing Chris Allen (Secretary) at chrisallen.nps@gmail.com or by visiting www.nuneatonphotographicsociety.org.uk. Nuneaton Railway Circle We have been providing quality entertainment for train enthusiasts for over three decades. Meetings are held on Thursdays fortnightly from September through to April in the Function Room of Chilvers Coton Conservative Club, Bridge Street, Nuneaton, CV11 5UD commencing at 8pm. For more information contact Club Secretary Ken Johnson on 024 7634 7388 or kenjohnson139@hotmail.com or visit our Facebook page Nuneatonrailwaycircle. Nuneaton Rambling Club For good company, fresh air, physical exercise and mental well-being, come and join our friendly walking club. The first three walks are free, then membership is required. Wednesdays: 4-6 miles usually with lunch afterwards; Saturdays: 4-7 miles; Sundays: 9-12 miles. We are also in need of more voluntary walk leaders, can you help? Visit our website for more information and the programme of walks at www.nuneaton-rambling.org.uk, or call Margaret, our Club Secretary, on 07970 967638. Nuneaton Stoma Support Group Meetings are held in January, March, May, July, September and November on the third Wednesday of the meeting month at Manor Court Road Baptist Church, Nuneaton 7pm-9pm. Please come along, bring your partners and share your

experiences good and bad, and listen to others. We all have something that we can share. For more information email nuneatonstoma@aol.com or call 07564 680803. Purl Jam WI We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm at Chess Centre, Cedar Road, Camphill, Nuneaton, CV10 9DN. Come along and make some new friends, enjoy refreshments, trips out, crafting, social nights out and fascinating talks on lots of different subjects. For more information visit our Facebook page Purl Jam (Nuneaton WI) or email us on nuneatonwi@hotmail.co.uk. We look forward to welcoming you. Rabble Youth Theatre We are a well-established Youth Theatre Group based at the Abbey Theatre in Nuneaton. Rabble is open to youngsters aged between eight and sixteen and performs annually at the Abbey Theatre. Rabble is a not-for-profit organisation and is run entirely by volunteers. Rehearsals take place on a Friday evening and membership costs approximately £2.50 per week. Our previous performances include Monty Python’s Spamalot, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Disney's Aladdin, Guys & Dolls and Grease. Call 07905 731848 or email info@rabbletheatre.co.uk for more details or visit our website www.rabbletheatre.co.uk. Rotary Club of Nuneaton Formed in 1925, men and women Rotarians are part of an international service organisation helping those in need. Our Rotary Community Charity Shop in Queens Road, Nuneaton provides funding for our work and we organise events to enable local groups to raise money for their own projects. We buy emergency and shelter boxes for crises overseas and run several youth projects. Membership is open to all ages. Apart from fundraising we enjoy various social and sporting events. We meet fortnightly in the evening, with a meal. Visit www.nuneatonrotary.org.uk for more details. St Nicolas Church Centre Our primary aim is to unite our culturally diverse community. We want to encourage people to network, regardless of age, race or impairment. We pride ourselves on our extensive facilities. Boasting a contemporary hall, disabled access and fully equipped kitchen, we are an ideal location for affordable celebrations and events. There is also an outside patio area which is child safe and child friendly. For more details call 024 7634 4553, or visit us at www.stnicolaschurch.org.uk. Bookings may be made by emailing bookings@stnicolaschurch.org.uk. The Coventry & North Warwickshire Prostate Cancer Support Group We welcome men and women affected by prostate cancer. We are a group of men who have all had prostate cancer. Alongside

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our wives and partners, we've come together to help men and their families going through what we have all experienced so you don't have to face it alone. We have regular meetings and a drop-in centre in Coventry precinct. For more details visit www.cnwpcsg.org.uk or telephone Peter on 024 7601 4207. 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 Nuneaton Group of Save the Children We raise money to help disadvantaged children in the UK and many other parts of the world. You can help by joining our committee to arrange new or existing events, store collection, town centre stall, plant sales, running new events with your friends/colleagues, e.g. a coffee morning. Of every £1 we raise, 81p is spent supporting some of the world’s most disadvantaged children… the remaining 19p is used to raise another £1. Be part of our work – call 024 7632 9114. The Nuneaton Singers The Nuneaton Singers is open to all ages, abilities and experience. Our relaxed atmosphere and friendly approach aims to build members’ confidence in their own ability. A wide range of repertoire is covered, and we rehearse every Monday from 7.30pm to 9pm at Holy Trinity Church, Attleborough. £35.00 per 12 week term, with concert performances to raise funds for The Mary Ann Evans Hospice. If you are interested in joining, come along to a free taster session. No audition necessary, only enthusiasm! Further information can be obtained from Emily Coates on 07888 825885. Tools for Self Reliance This UK Charity have trained and equipped

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COMMUNITY GROUPS African Blacksmiths, Carpenters, Builders, Mechanics, Shoemakers and Tailors with ‘as new’ toolkits for over 30 years. You can help by donating your unwanted tools to us and/or join our Volunteer Workshop to help refurbish used hand tools. The Coventry & Warwickshire branch meets every Tuesday from 3.30pm to 6.30pm and from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, at Grace Academy, Wigston Road, Potters Green, CV2 2RH. For more information please visit www.tfsr.org or contact John Wetherby on 024 7633 6866 or Jim Cook on 01926 748332. Treacle Tarts WI We meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm at Nuneaton Heritage Centre, Avenue Road, Nuneaton, CV11 4LU. Come along and see what we are all about. For more information please visit www.treacletartsnuneaton.co.uk or email our secretary Anita Dudley at a-dudley@hotmail.co.uk or visit our Facebook page. Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA) Do you want to volunteer? Here at Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA) we recognise the importance of volunteering and helping in your local area. Whether it’s giving a few hours a week, or a one off occasion, we can help you find something that you enjoy doing, whilst you are learning new skills and meeting new people. Contact

Rowena on 024 7638 5765 or email Rowena@wcava.org.uk for more information on volunteering in Nuneaton and Bedworth. 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 fundraising@wkwt.org.uk. Weddington Art Club We meet every Wednesday morning in Weddington Church Hall, Church Lane, Nuneaton and would welcome new members who might like to join us. We use a variety of media – watercolour, oils, acrylics and pastels. Sometimes we have workshops and we are always ready to help each other. There is no annual membership fee so if you would like to join us come along at 9.30am on any Wednesday. For more details please contact Ann Slater on 024 7632 6505 or Hilary Minns on 024 7634 7852. Weddington Sports and Social Crown Green Bowls Club At a loose end and want to try something different that's interesting and can be enjoyed by all ages? Then come along and

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