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

Features Welcome 6 Garden Design: The Immovable Focal Point 12 Interiors: Designing a Small Bathroom 18 Community News 24 Interiors: Decorating With Dark Colours 30 What’s On Locally 36 Summer Tech for Outdoor Living 44 Gardening: Geraniums 50 Universal Credit Full Service 56 Book Review: Lazy Days Wish List 62 Recipe: Coconut Seafood Curry 64 Health Screenings – What’s Available? 66 Top Travel Beauty Essentials 68 Motoring: 10 Electric Vehicle Myths Busted 74 How Much Will You Need in Retirement? 76 Pets Corner: Heat Stroke in Dogs 79 Family: Carry on Camping 80 Community Groups 84 Useful Numbers 89 Horoscopes 90 Index of Advertisers 92 Advertising and Contact Details 94




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

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With the weather finally feeling like summer, it’s time to get all those home and garden jobs completed before the holiday season arrives, so please pick up the phone and continue to support your local businesses. With lots of sales and special offers in this edition, it’s easy to keep your business local and save money at the same time. There are plenty of local events to look forward to for all the family to enjoy this summer, just have a look at our ‘What’s on Locally’ section! If you know of anything happening in the next couple of months near to where you live; a country fair, a village fete, a local play, etc, please email the details to Donna, our community co-ordinator, at, and we will do our best to include this free of charge. Please give us as much notice as possible, and don’t forget, if you don’t tell us about it, we can’t share it!

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The Immovable Focal Point By Nicki Jackson Garden designers constantly talk about focal points. One of the key tools in a designer’s toolbox, they bring so much to a garden; little vistas of beauty, destination points, full stops, bags of personality, I can go on! Often potential places for focal points are one of the first things that a designer thinks about when considering a new garden design and for the majority of clients it is the house that forms the basis upon which to make those decisions. The originating point of a garden axis (or axes, plural) is usually the house – the lines of sight from the viewing points of the house, i.e. windows and doorways to the furthest point of a garden’s boundary. Some or all of those axes can then underpin the layout of the garden design with focal points being carefully and strategically placed at some point along the way. Of course, the most obvious and immovable focal point of them all lies at what is known as the double axis or reverse axis point – if you were to walk along all the garden axes and look back along them what would you see? It is the house, of course, and one of the tricks of good garden design is to make the view back to the house as equally pleasing or beautiful as the view at the other end of the axes. We can employ the same techniques with our home as we can with our other focal points, so our top 3 tips for making the most of your house as a focal point within your garden are: Leading lines draw the viewer’s eyes all the way along them to a destination point. Pathways are an obvious leading line usually to a doorway, but they can also be created with hedge lines, mowing lines and borders. The pathway edged by a beautiful border serves as a stunning leading line to the doorway in our main image. Frames on the other hand focus the viewer’s eyes on a particular feature of your home, a doorway or window,

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for instance, and they can be easily and simply created by strategically placed trees, climbing plants and containers, amongst others. The climbing rose in this image serves as both ‘frame’ to the doorway and colour pop to attract the attention of the viewer. Colour – as previously mentioned, a pop of colour can act as a magnet to a particular feature. Used as part of a ‘frame’ like in the roses example, or as part of the feature itself – a bright orange painted window frame for instance, and the viewer’s eyes can’t help but be drawn to them. The choice of colour becomes all important though and less is more is often a good mantra to work with if you’re going for contrast rather than complementary colours. Other techniques such as lighting and scale can also help to turn windows, rooflines and doorways into instant wow factor views from different axes points of your garden and if we’re lucky enough to have them, architectural features can create stunning focal points too. By mixing and matching these techniques we make the house and garden feel like a whole; we fuse the relationship between the house and the garden making them feel as if they belong together and the experience of both is enhanced by the existence and view of the other. © Nicki Jackson, Blue Daisy Gardens 2018

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Designing A Small Bathroom

By Katherine Sorrell

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

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

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

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Choose recessed spotlights, or neat directional lights mounted on a slender track. Fit LED strips beneath wall units as a hidden light source, with a baffle board in front to avoid glare, and include an illuminated mirror. Note that fittings will need to be IP-rated for safety (check with your electrician). 7 Two-in-one is best Multifunction is the solution. Choose towel radiators, storage seats, mirrored cabinets and basins with cupboards beneath, for example. 8 Consider underfloor heating If you are renovating, installing underfloor heating is relatively easy and inexpensive, and saves the floor space taken up by a radiator. 9 Employ visual tricks Large-format tiles (wall or floor) can work better in compact bathrooms than smaller tiles, and with fewer grout lines, large tiles look sleek and are easier to maintain. 10 Assess your window options Curtains in a bathroom contrast the hard surfaces elsewhere but avoid anything too flouncy in a small room. Floaty sheers in simple gathers work well, such as a flat panel of muslin threaded onto a pole or wire across the bottom half of the window. Alternatively, try a neat Roman or roller blind, waterproof louvre shutters or simple frosted glass. To advertise call Lynne on 01926 356235 or 07724 050678



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Community News From Around Our Area What’s Happening at Kenilworth Town Council? We welcomed the arrival of our new Mayor Cllr. Mike Hitchins on the 17th May and wished him well as he commenced his year in office. We also took the opportunity to thank our outgoing Mayor Cllr. Kate Dickson for all the work she has undertaken during her successful year in office. With the Neighbourhood Plan formally submitted to the District Council, we now await their consultation on our Plan and any queries that arise from that before it

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is examined prior to the referendum, which we hope will take place in the Autumn. With the Local Plan now in place we are concentrating on trying to ensure that its implementation is in accord with the wishes expressed in the emerging Neighbourhood Plan, although this will not have full effect until it is agreed. In every case we are looking particularly at the effects of increased traffic, and in this regard, in conjunction with the County and District Councils we have commissioned a professional traffic survey of the Town. This survey will assist in looking for ways of mitigating the effects of that increase and managing it to the best effect. The tulip displays in the Town Centre are the first signs of Summer and we look forward to enjoying more of those signs in the weeks ahead!

Earlier this year I visited Citizens Advice (CA) in Leamington, to meet with the Chief Executive, Trustees and volunteers. As I moved around the building I spoke with CA advisers, many of whom had been involved for a number of years, and who were preparing to meet with clients that day. The branch that I visited is one of 2,700 community CA locations (including libraries, courts and GP surgeries) in England and Wales. The hard work of advisers clearly pays off. They solve 7 in 10 problems, and 4 in 5 of their clients say that the advice they have received has improved their lives. Crucially, the advice CA gives does more than solve the immediate problem: it can reduce stress, improve finances and stabilise housing or employment in the longer term. Many people are not aware that CA is, in fact, a charity. It is made

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up of a network of around 300 local charities who together form the CA service. CA provides free, confidential and independent advice to help people overcome their problems. They help with everything from housing to consumer rights and money issues to problems at work. Their core aim is to provide a way forward and their impact work has been recognised as an example of best practice across the sector. CA was named as ‘Charity of the Year’ at the 2015 Charity Time Awards. All of those who I met over the course of the morning were passionate about the service the charity provides and the wider benefits, both social and financial, that it delivers. CA helped 2.7 million people in 2016 - 2017 and there were no less than 43 million visits to their online advice pages. Citizens Advice South Warwickshire (CASW) was formed a year ago, after over 100 years-service, between the now amalgamated local branches, in order to allow a joined-up approach across our area. It serves a population of 250,000 living in

Warwick and Stratford district. The service is volunteer driven, with 150 volunteers at work here alongside 20 full time employees.

and Southam. If you or somebody you know would like to contact Citizens Advice in this area, then the details are below:

CA is expert at assisting with a range of matters that our friends, neighbours, colleagues and others may be experiencing (even if we are unaware of them). CA recognises there is no ‘one size fits all’ and tailors support to make it accessible for people in the way that works for them and to meet their particular needs.

Leamington Office - 10 Hamilton Terrace, Leamington Spa, CV32 4LY. Tel: 0344 411 1444. Open Monday 10am - 3.30pm. Tuesday appointments only. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10am – 2pm.

Part of the reason behind my visit was to foster links between my office and CASW so that we can work in tandem when people approach us with problems they are encountering. My local caseworkers open hundreds of cases each month and there are some constituents who we can link up with CASW, and vice versa.

Kenilworth Outreach - Kenilworth Library, Smalley Place, Kenilworth, CV8 1QG. Tel: 0300 555 8171. Open Thursdays 9.15am - 3.15pm. Southam Outreach - Southam Library, Tithe Place, High Street, Southam, CV47 0HB. Tel: 01789 200136. Open Mondays 10am - 1pm. By Jeremy Wright MP

I commend CASW for the important work that they do and look forward to working together with them to assist constituents across Kenilworth

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Glow in the Moonlight for Myton! To celebrate The Myton Hospice’s 10th year of Glow in the Moonlight they are going to bring the party spirit to Warwick and will be celebrating at a brand new venue – Warwick Racecourse! On Saturday 15th September hundreds of supporters will pull on their pyjamas and join them for this year’s party special! They’re offering you the chance to take on either a 5 mile or 8 mile route in your best pyjamas or onesie! Both routes will take you around Warwick and Leamington Spa before returning to the racecourse.

get in the party spirit and Matt Print will return to get everyone ready for their chosen route with a Zumba warm-up before setting off at 8pm! Registration fee for the event is £20 for adults and £10 for children and includes a Glow in the Moonlight t-shirt, glow sticks and UV face and body paint. You will be able to collect this glow pack of goodies either at a pre-check-in event or on the night. Everyone who finishes the route will also be given a bespoke Glow in the Moonlight medal! For a limited time, until 1st July, they are offering an early bird discount on adult entry! Pay just £15 to join their 10th birthday celebrations! You will be sent a welcome pack in the post which contains everything you need to know about the event as well as some fundraising ideas! Visit to find out more and sign up!

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Kenilworth Welcomes Award-Winning British Bakery Warrens Bakery, the UK’s leading craft bakery, opened its new Kenilworth store on Thursday 5th April to the delight of locals. A staggering 1,508 pasties were sold during the store’s first four days, 870 of which were Warrens Bakery’s iconic medium steak pasties, as local Kenilworth residents gain a taste for the premium craft bakery’s award-winning signature bake. The bakery, which is located in Talisman Square, had a hugely successful opening with locals queueing up before the bakery had opened. The store which has created six jobs, welcomed 1,365 customers through its doors during

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its first few days of trading – including Tim Horne, the store’s first customer. Tim, a native of Truro, now lives in Kenilworth. Commenting on the opening, franchisee George Abuaita, says, "We are very pleased to open our second Warrens Bakery store in Kenilworth. The response and feedback from our customers and visitors was very encouraging and we look forward to welcoming local residents to our store to enjoy our freshly baked products from Cornwall.” Jackie Dillon, Franchise Operations Manager at Warrens Bakery adds, “We are thrilled to open our second store in the West Midlands in the beautiful town of Kenilworth. The store is another great addition to the Warrens Bakery brand and was truly welcomed by local residents. It is great to have customers coming in and telling us stories of their holidays to the South West and how they have enjoyed a Warrens Bakery pasty, now they are excited to be

able to purchase our pasties in their home town of Kenilworth.”

the new store’s doors in just the first four days.

Hugo Hawkings, Chief Executive of Talisman Square Shopping Centre developer’s, Discovery Properties, commented further, “We are very excited to be adding another great brand to our offering here at Talisman Square. Warrens Bakery is a name steeped in history, renowned for the quality of its products and we’re sure it will be a hit with shoppers in the town. We look forward to working with George and would like to welcome him to the Kenilworth community.”

Warrens Bakery’s hard work and dedication over the years has seen them receive a long list of accolades. Most recently they were finalists in the prestigious Craft Business Award in the Baking Industry Awards 2015 and 2017 and they have also won a haul of awards at the 2016 British Pie Awards and World Pasty Championships.

Established in 1860, Warrens Bakery has a rich heritage and is proud to put a firm focus on provenance, hand crafted skill and innovation. With an array of hand-crafted savoury bakes, it’s not only Cornwall’s oldest bakery’s pasties which have proved extremely popular in Kenilworth but their sweet treats too. Over 330 morning goods, including 84 Belgian buns and 525 confectionary items flew out of

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The arrival of the new store coincides with the launch of the latest Spring range of new bakes. Locals can be among the first to try the ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ limited-edition range of delicious pasties and sandwiches; all of which are inspired by family meal-time favourites from around the globe. The artisan bakery has launched their first ever ‘Pasty Passport’ which customers can pick up in store. One of the UK’s top three British craft bakeries, Warrens Bakery now have over 60 stores throughout

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Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Manchester, Birmingham, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Essex and London. To hear the latest news from Warrens Bakery follow them on Twitter (@WarrensBakery) or link up with them on facebook at www. Why not also pop into the new bakery at 14 Talisman Square, Kenilworth.

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.

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.

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The Myton Hospice’s Upcoming Events! The Myton Hospice’s annual Summer Fayre at Coventry Myton Hospice takes place on Saturday 30th June! The fayre will have something for everyone from face painting and cake stalls to raffles and games. Visit to find out more. Myton’s Summer Fete will be taking place at Warwick Myton Hospice on Sunday 15th July. Craft stalls, tombolas, an auction, live music, dance performances, birds of prey and more will feature – and here’s hoping the sunshine will put in an appearance too! Visit mytonhospice. org/summerfete to find out more. Are you looking for a challenge this summer? Could you walk, run, cycle or swim either 100km or 100 miles for Myton’s 100 Days of Summer Virtual Race? Whether you go the distance on gym equipment, in the water or the great outdoors, you

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will have 100 days from 21st June to complete your distance and raise at least £100 for The Myton Hospices! And everyone who completes the Virtual Race will get a medal. Visit to sign up! The ever-popular Cycle Challenge is returning for another year on Sunday 5th August with two routes designed to suit cyclists of all abilities. Pick your distance and join #TeamMyton while cycling through the picturesque villages of Warwickshire and the Cotswolds. 50KM ROUTE (£30) This achievable route has been planned for all levels, there will be a few moderate inclines to offer you a challenge and gain a real sense of achievement! 100KM ROUTE (£40) For more

experienced cyclists this route offers a bigger challenge in distance and some steeper inclines, including the option to take part in the return of the timed hill climb to be crowned King or Queen of the Mytons. Whichever route you choose, if you pledge to raise £100 in sponsorship you will receive a bespoke Myton jersey free! Sign up at Myton’s first ever abseil is just the ticket for adrenaline junkies who want to see Coventry from new heights! They are giving you an exclusive chance to scale Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 13th October; all while raising money for The Myton Hospices. Visit to find out more and sign up! Their next big challenge event is a trek along the Great Wall of China! This once in a lifetime opportunity will take people over watch towers and mountains, and through historic battlement stations that are well off the tourist trail.

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Register your interest in the trek at or contact Rebecca Richards to find out more at There really is something for everyone, so why not sign up today and do something amazing for your local charity! Take a look at their website and visit events for a full list of everything that’s happening over the coming months.

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Decorating With Dark Colours By Katherine Sorrell

Deeply dramatic interiors create a striking effect and are oh-so-fashionable. Do you dare to take the plunge?

Don’t be scared of the dark…

An oversized mural adds to the sense of drama in this inspiring black and red scheme. Kahrs Classic Oak Nouveau Charcoal Wood flooring, £69.99 per square metre, Carpetright.

• Dark colours can look warm, cosy and inviting, as well as intensely luxurious and sophisticated. They work especially well in a WC, snug, library, dining room, home office or games room, but – with a bit more decorative courage – are hugely effective in living rooms and bedrooms, too.

A dark throw is minimal yet dramatic. Tweedmill lambswool throw in navy/silver grey, £49.99, Black By Design.

• What colours to choose? Charcoal grey is intense and eye-catching, yet neutral enough to work as a backdrop for most furnishings. If you prefer a colour, however, navy, burgundy or forest green will make even more of an impact – but will be harder to co-ordinate with.

A deep blue makes a fabulous backdrop for vivid colours such as lime, pink or yellow. Annie Sloan chalk paint in Napoleonic Blue, £18.95 per litre. Choose a dark sofa and arrange paler or bright cushions against it for instant effect. Hermione sofa in blue velvet, £1,287, Darlings of Chelsea.

• If all-over dark is simply too much, add drama to a room by painting or papering just one ‘feature’ wall in a distinctive deep colour, or perhaps choosing one or two key items of furniture with which to inject moody character. • Remember that surface textures affect how light or dark a room feels. Matt surfaces absorb light whereas glossy surfaces reflect it. Painting floorboards black, for example? Choose a high-gloss finish to shine light all around. • The deeper the background, the more other colours ‘pop’ out in front of it. Raspberry pink, crimson, lime, orange, emerald and mustard are all great choices for accessories in a dark colour scheme. Don’t forget light fittings are a way to add another layer to a dark and dramatic scheme. Venice Beach House large beaded chandelier, £445, Oh What’s This.

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What’s On Locally Saturday 2nd – Saturday 9th June Steptoe & Son Albert Steptoe, a "dirty old man", is an elderly rag-and-bone man, set in his grimy and grasping ways. By contrast, his son, Harold is filled with social aspirations, not to say pretensions. Two lives knitted together as tight as a thrice darned sock. Bound together by birth, business and bad luck, Albert and Harold Steptoe wake up every morning to the same old, same old, sickening sight of each other. Do they even notice the world turning as they cling on? Adapted from the legendary scripts of Galton and Simpson, Steptoe and Son charts the surprising dance of father and son. Tickets: £10 / £9. Performances at The Priory Theatre, Rosemary Hill, Kenilworth. To book tickets please call the Box Office on 0333 666 3366 or visit 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 Saturday 9th June Kenilworth Lions Grand Show This has become the highlight in the calendar of Summer events in Kenilworth. This year it's being held on Saturday 9th June in the historic setting of Abbey Fields. The event is an opportunity for the Lions to thank the town for the support

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given throughout the year. It is well supported with stalls from local charities, local organisations and our valued Corporate sponsors; a wide and varied choice for all ages. Admission is free, and there will be lots of stalls run by local organisations raising much needed funds for their own local charitable causes. There will be food and drink providers along with entertainment from the music stage, interspersed with a number of arena events. There will also be several sideshow games to take part in along with a small fair. The afternoon kicks off at 12.30pm, with the official opening at 1pm, and includes games, live music and live entertainment throughout the afternoon. It is a great time for all, come and see for yourself! Sunday 10th June Styvechale Open Gardens Enjoy the imaginatively planted herbaceous borders, spectacular roses, water features, fruit and vegetable patches, cottage garden plants and shady areas - something for everyone and plenty of ideas to take home. Amongst the gardens open will be the winner of the Daily Mail National Garden Competition 2017. Also, two of the gardens open jointly by appointment to organised groups such as U3A, WIs and garden clubs. As usual, many gardens will be offering homemade refreshments, plants will be for sale and there will be chances to win prizes on the raffle and tombola. Open 11am – 5pm, tickets will be available on the day from the West Orchard United Reformed Church, The Chesils, Coventry, CV3 6FP, adults £4, children free. Proceeds to NGS charities and Myton Hospice. Sunday 10th June Songs & Scones Afternoon Tea and Singing from 2pm

with Silver Lining Ladies Harmony Chorus at St Francis of Assisi Church Hall, Warwick Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1HL. Tickets essential, contact Teresa on 07917 028832, £8 each or £4 for children under 10. Sunday 10th June Two Castles Run The annual Two Castles 10km run will take place on Sunday 10th June starting at Warwick Castle at 9am and finishing in the grounds of Kenilworth Castle. We expect 4,000 runners ranging from the serious club runners to the not so serious recreational runners, many of whom will have obtained sponsorship to raise funds for their chosen charitable cause, something which the organisers The Rotary Club of Kenilworth encourages. There could also be a few pushchairs as well as we like to encourage anyone to join in this unique run! In respect of the run, the organisers decided to allocate the places via a ballot to give everyone who wanted to run an equal chance so the registration for the ballot was spread over 2 weeks. All those successful in the ballot have registered as have some who initially were on the waitlist so those who still want to take part should put themselves on the waitlist now. For more information visit Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th June Half a Sixpence Three Spires Guildhall presents the all-out classic family musical “Half A Sixpence”. Based on H. G. Wells’ novel “Kipps – The Story of a Simple Soul”, this endearing musical is a firm favourite on stage and silver screen. The story revolves around cheeky chap, Arthur Kipps, whose life changes when he inherits money. Kipps tries to become part of the upper set, loses all

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COMMUNITY EVENTS 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, toetapping event for all the family! At The Albany Theatre, Coventry. Get your tickets from the Box Office on 024 7699 8964 or visit Saturday 16th June Open Day at The Weaver’s House, Coventry In Spon Street, one of the most historic streets in Coventry, The Weaver’s House has been restored to show how it would have looked in 1540. Experience how John Croke, a Coventry narrow-loom weaver and his family would have lived and worked. You can also see a full-size replica of the loom he would have used. Explore the working medieval garden showing the plants that would have been grown for food, flavouring, medicine and household use. The house is very close to the city centre and therefore other local places of interest. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes are served on open days. Please note the solar room containing the loom is accessed by ladder. Open 11am – 4pm. Free entry. The Weaver’s House, 121, Upper Spon Street, Spon End, Coventry, CV1 3BQ. For more information visit Saturday 16th June Warwick and Kenilworth Choral Society Concert At St Nicholas Church, Warwick, CV34 4JD on Saturday 16th June from 7.30pm. Music for a Summer’s Evening including Handel’s Coronation Anthems and a selection of madrigals. Conductor: Benedict Wilson. Organist: Colin Druce. Saturday 16th June Midsummer Celebration At St Peter's Church Hall, Balsall Common, at 7pm with live music by top five piece party band, All or Nuthin! Music from 60's - 00's+.

Supper and Dessert. BYO drinks. Tickets £14. Group tables available. Limited spaces so reserve your tickets now by contacting Chris Price on 01676 532625 or email Saturday 16th June Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra Concert Conducted by Roger Coull, the orchestra will be joined by renowned guitarist Craig Ogden for Rodrigo’s famous Concierto de Aranjuez, perhaps better known for its performance on cornet in the film ‘Brassed Off’. Also being performed are the Ritual Fire Dance by de Falla, the Estancia Ballet Suite by Ginastera, España by Chabrier, Capriccio Espagnol by RimskyKorsakov and Danzon no 2 by Marquez. The Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra is acknowledged as one of the best non-professional orchestras in the country and has established a reputation for its imaginative programmes and exciting, full symphonic sound. At Warwick Hall, CV34 6PP on Saturday 16th June from 7.30pm. Tickets are £14 & £18 for adults and half price for students and children. Tickets are available from The Bridge House Theatre on 01926 496277 or at, Presto Classical in Leamington, from or by calling the ticket secretary on 01926 850385. 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

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Sunday 17th June Summer Craft Fair at Hoar Park Shopping & Craft Village Held every third Sunday of the month in the Red Barn from 10am to 4pm. Tables £10, to book email For more information call 024 7639 4433 or visit Hoar Park Shopping & Leisure Village, B4114, Nr Ansley, Nuneaton, CV10 0QU. 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 or call the Box Office on 024 7699 8964. Saturday 23rd June Hill Close Gardens ‘Midsummer Jazz in the Gardens’ Come along to Hill Close Gardens for Midsummer Jazz with the Roy Forbes Quintet from 6pm-9pm. Tickets: Adults £13.50. Under 16s and Over 65s £11. Book early to avoid disappointment. Hill Close Gardens, Bread and Meat Close, Warwick, CV34 6HF. For more information call 01926 493339 or visit Saturday 23rd June Singing for Pleasure Concert Warwick-based community choir, Singing for Pleasure, is staging a concert with the renowned Trelawnyd Male Voice Choir at St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Warwick on Saturday 23 June at 7.30pm in support of Safeline. The choirs will perform individually and together in a varied programme of folk, popular and classical music, all designed to bring joy to the audience and send them June / July 2018 | Your Call

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COMMUNITY EVENTS on their way singing some of the melodies. Tickets: £10 (£3 children under 17) available from St Mary’s Church Shop, Lesley Atkinson on 01926 492741 or Singing for Pleasure members. 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 B4114 Nr Ansley, Nuneaton, CV10 0QU. Saturday 30th June Myton Summer Fair Coventry Myton Hospice is holding their Summer Fayre on Saturday 30th June from 11am until 2.30pm at Coventry Myton Hospice, CV2 2HJ. There will be a wide range of stalls, which include gifts and toiletries, tombolas, cakes, hot food and refreshments. Our very own Myton choir will be singing as well. Entry is free and there will be free parking too. Please come and support us! For more information call 01926 492518 or visit 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.

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Saturday 30th June – Sunday 1st July Kenilworth Carnival Weekend Procession of Carnival floats starting at Forrest Road at 1pm on Saturday 30th June will progress through the town. Many varied stalls and entertainments will be found on the Plateau in Abbey Fields all afternoon. All the fun of the fair will be provided by Bob Wilson's Funfairs on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday 1st July, Picnic in the Park from 12pm to 5pm. Come along with your picnic and enjoy an afternoon's entertainment. The Carnival Draw will take place at 3.30pm. Tuesday 3rd July Hill Close Gardens ‘The Railway Children’ Come along to Hill Close Gardens from 5pm to 9.30pm for an outdoor performance of ‘The Railway Children’ by Heartbreak Productions Drama. Tickets: Adults £14, Concessions £11. Hill Close Gardens, Bread and Meat Close, Warwick, CV34 6HF. For more information call 01926 493339 or visit 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 The concert is being held in support of The Huntington's Disease Association. The Firebird Singers - Singing For Pleasure, Raising Money For Charity. Wednesday 11th – Saturday 21st July Tiptoe through the Tombstones Mortimer Crayle, a crusty old lawyer, and his secretary Zoe have gathered the last remaining Tomb family members (an offbeat bunch) at Monument House, to inform them about their inheritance. But Crayle has designs on the inheritance which demand the death of all the Tombs. As fog descends on the gloomy

mansion, in the cobwebby corridors things are seldom what they seem. With poison in every decanter and mysterious disappearances into secret passageways, host and guests alike join the increasing number of bodies in the cellar. A glorious spoof, a worthy sequel to A Tomb with a View. Tickets: £10 / £9. Performances at The Priory Theatre, Rosemary Hill, Kenilworth. To book tickets please call the Box Office on 0333 666 3366 or visit 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 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 Saturday 14th July Baginton Party in the Park Held on the Millennium Field in Baginton. As well as a fully licensed bar and Pig Roast, there will also be a great selection of live music, fireworks and the traditional Proms Finale. Tickets are on sale from The Oak and Baginton Village Stores and are priced at £10 per ticket on the night or £6 per ticket if purchased before 30th June. There will also be on-site car parking for anybody wanting to take advantage of it priced at £3 per vehicle. People are most welcome to bring their own picnics and benches although we will still have the provision of a licensed bar selling a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well as the pig roast, burgers, pizzas and hot drinks etc. Gates open at 4pm, party starts at 5pm. Sunday 15th July Summer Craft Fair at Hoar Park Shopping & Craft Village Held every third Sunday of the month in the Red Barn from 10am to 4pm. Tables £10, to book email For more

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COMMUNITY EVENTS information call 024 7639 4433 or visit Hoar Park Shopping & Leisure Village, B4114, Nr Ansley, Nuneaton, CV10 0QU. Sunday 22nd July Tudor Games Day at The Weaver’s House, Coventry In Spon Street, one of the most historic streets in Coventry, The Weaver’s House has been restored to show how it would have looked in 1540. Experience how John Croke, a Coventry narrow-loom weaver and his family would have lived and worked. You can also see a full-size replica of the loom he would have used. Explore the working medieval garden showing the plants that would have been grown for food, flavouring, medicine and household use. The house is very close to the city centre and therefore other local places of interest. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes are served on open days. Please note the solar room containing the loom is accessed by ladder. Open 11am – 4pm. Free entry. The Weaver’s House, 121, Upper Spon Street, Spon End, Coventry, CV1 3BQ. For more information visit Wednesday 25th July London to Paris Tour de France Special Cycle Challenge for Myton Hospice This incredible cycle connects two of the world’s most chic capital cities! You will make your way through beautiful English villages and into the stunning countryside of rural France, passing historical landmarks and famous battlefields until you reach Paris – which is undoubtedly one of the most magical places on earth. The sense of achievement you will experience will be one you treasure forever and you will be doing the challenge for a great cause. Take on this challenge for Myton and receive a Myton Hospice cycle jersey, bespoke welcome pack, unlimited support from our Challenge Event Coordinator and fundraising hints and tips to help smash your fundraising target. If you have any questions, please email or call 01926 838891.

Saturday 28th July Bargains of Yesteryear at Hoar Park Shopping & Craft Village Antique Fair held on the fourth Saturday of every month from 10am to 4pm in the Red Barn. Small admission fee. For more information call 01827 895899 after 6pm to check the fair is on or visit B4114 Nr Ansley, Nuneaton, CV10 0QU. Saturday 11th August Hill Close Gardens ‘At the Going Down of the Sun’ Come along to Hill Close Gardens from 6.30pm to 8.30pm for First World War anthology of songs by folk group, ‘Romany Pie’. Tickets: £11 including refreshments. Hill Close Gardens, Bread and Meat Close, Warwick, CV34 6HF. For more information call 01926 493339 or visit Saturday 11th August The Mudnificent 7 for Myton Hospice This year the Myton Hospices have teamed up with the guys behind this exciting concept for mud runs. The Mudnificent 7 is the UK's Obstacle Course Racing summer festival, not only will you get to experience an obstacle course designed by 7 different race organisations, including Reaper Events and The Suffering Race, but you'll also get to visit the UK's biggest OCR expo at the same time. At each kilometre mark you will be challenged by an exciting obstacle designed to showcase the very best of what that race has to offer, This is your opportunity to experience 7 different runs all in one! To be held at Heart Park, Heart of England Conference & Events Centre, Meriden Road, Fillongley, CV7 8DX. We are offering free places for this event when supporters pledge to raise £80 sponsorship. We have a limited number of free places for our supporters so secure your place now by registering at event/the-mudnificent-7/. If you have any questions, please email or call 01926 838891.

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Saturday 25th – Monday 27th August Warwickshire Watercolourists Art Exhibition Come along this August Bank Holiday Weekend from 10am to 5pm to Berkswell Reading Room, Meriden, CV7 7BE. Free entry with disabled access and easy car parking. Refreshments with homemade cakes available, proceeds to charity. The Warwickshire Watercolourists are recognised as one of the leading painting groups in the area. Over 200 items of artwork will be on display, most of which will be for sale together with a wide range of prints and notelets.

Regular Events Young Onset Dementia Café A get together for those living with or affected by dementia who were diagnosed under 65. A chance to have a coffee and a chat and share experiences with others. Free to come along and no need to book – just turn up! At Warwick Space, 71 Coten End, Warwick, CV34 4NU on the third Tuesday of each month from 11am – 1pm. Our café includes a range of activities chosen by the attendees and we will have activities such as walks, art therapy, and even boating on the lake! The café will also provide people with the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation. If you have any questions then give us a call on 01926 888899.

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Summer Tech For Outdoor Living By Gary Marshall

It’s amazing to think that we were still getting snow back in March: just weeks later and it’s June, which even the UK usually manages to get through without any blizzards. Who knows, we might even get a long hot summer this time – and if we do, technology is happy to help. If you’re planning to party outside this summer, it’s worth getting some long-lasting gadgets such as the UE Boom 2 portable speaker. It’s loud but not too loud, portable but not too small, and it’s waterproof because it’s sold in Britain. At around £93 it’s pricier than many but is solid, sounds great and is well made – plus the battery lasts for 15 hours of tunes from a single charge. It’s a really great speaker for outdoor entertaining.

there are Bluetoothenabled meat thermometers that send readings to your smartphone so you don’t even need to lift the lid. Weber’s excellent iGrill 3 (£89.99) is one of the best around, but there are more affordable options too. There’s a new entry in the outdoor lighting market: Philips, which has brought its Hue smart lighting system to gardens too. We love Hue for its ability to create all kinds of light “recipes” and effects and to do so from a phone or tablet, and you can now mix 16 million different colours outdoors too. The catch, inevitably, is cost: the wall-mountable Lily spotlight is about £260 and the pedestal lamp around £125. It might be worth waiting for rivals to follow Philips’ lead: Hue-style indoor bulbs are widely available for a lot less than Philips chargers and we’d expect the same to happen with outdoor lighting too. Don’t try and cut corners with normal Hue bulbs in standard lamp fittings unless those fittings are large and properly waterproof. They might not work anyway: your home’s exterior walls may block the connection between the lights and the Hue hub, which

has to be connected to your internet router. Sadly, living in the UK means even a warm day doesn’t stay too warm for long, and many of us turn to outdoor heating. Don’t buy a heater that heats the air; it’s a waste of money, because most of the energy goes on heating the air nobody’s actually in. Gas heaters are the least efficient: consider a modern infra-red (not near-infra-red) electric heater, which heats the surfaces it’s pointed at (including people), or a halogen one if you don’t want to spend a few hundred pounds. A good tabletop or freestanding halogen heater doesn’t cost too much to buy or run – about 9p per kilowatt hour, with heaters starting at around £39 – but make sure your seating area is sheltered as a stiff breeze can undo the work of any outdoor heater.

If you’re barbecuing, technology can help. The superb Looftlighter (around £45 on eBay or £55 in the shops) can ensure charcoal lights instead of smokes, and a BBQ thermometer can make sure food is properly cooked. We love the Thermapen instant read thermometer (around £50) but for an even more high-tech option

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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 is full of colour photos and growing tips. We sell by mail order and at Plant Hunters’ Fairs only throughout the season. Please see 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 01926 356235 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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Book Review Lazy Days Wish List Planning to stock up on books for lazy days in the sun? Add these to your wish list… The Trick to Time – Kit De Waal Mona leads a quiet life in a seaside town – making her dolls, visiting the carpenter and helping grieving mothers. But how did she get here? What happened to the spirited young woman who set out seeking adventure, and the man she fell in love with? A beautiful read with engaging characters that covers issues as diverse as grief, immigration, mental illness and love. Finding Gobi – Dion Leonard This is the story of ultramarathon runner Dion Leonard and the small stray dog that joined him on his 155-mile race through the Gobi Desert. Dion becomes determined to offer the dog a home, but there’s an awful lot of red tape to get through, and then the dog disappears. This Sunday Times bestseller has also been rewritten as a picture book and as a young readers’ book, so do make sure you order the right version! Now You See Her – Heidi Perks Charlotte only took her eyes off the little girl for a few minutes but when she doesn’t turn up, Charlotte is ostracised by the

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community and blamed by the media. And, of course, the little girl’s mother is never going to forgive her. But then the two women come under police investigation and something isn’t quite as it seems. A tension-filled thriller, with plenty of twists and turns. The Possible World – Liese O'Halloran Schwarz After his mother is killed, six year old Ben tells people that his real name is Leo, and that he has another mother. But no one believes him. Doctor Lucy is struggling to come to terms with her marriage breakup when she first meets the little boy. Clare is approaching her 100th birthday and decides to tell someone the story of her life before it’s too late. Three separate characters, whose stories (past, present or future) are interlinked. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Modern Women: 52 Pioneers – Kira Cochrane Modern Women is a celebration of some of the women who have shaped society and changed lives. Women such as Tegla Loroupe, who grew up with 24 siblings and half-siblings in Kenya, went on to win numerous marathons, and now runs a sports training programme

for refugees. Activists, athletes, filmmakers and even a circus strongwoman make up the 52. You’ll read about well-known women as well as women who have been all but forgotten. In each case Cochrane has managed to unearth something new and inspiring. A fascinating read you’ll want to dip into time and time again. All Things Bright and Strange – James Markert In the wake of WWI, Ellsworth Newberry is grieving for his wife and just wants to be left alone. But when a strange chapel is unearthed in the woods, Ellsworth may be the only one who can lead his community in a fight against an unknown, unseen enemy. Part Christian fiction, part horror, part historical fiction, All Things Bright and Strange starts strongly, but gets lost a little bit along the way. By Kate Duggan

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

Ingredients 1tbsp vegetable oil 8 shallots, peeled and halved 2-3 tbsp Thai green curry paste (see Tip) 225g new potatoes, scrubbed and halved 1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced 400ml can reduced fat coconut milk 150ml vegetable stock 2tbsp light soy sauce 450g cod fillet, skinned and cut into chunks 175g fine asparagus tips Juice from 1 lime 200g cooked tiger prawns, thawed if frozen 2tbsp freshly chopped coriander Salt and freshly ground black pepper Chopped red chilli and fresh coriander leaves, to garnish 64 |

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

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

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

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Top Travel Beauty Essentials By Kate Duggan New sandals and a bikini aren’t the only holiday essentials you’ll want to add to your shopping list this month. We’ve found plenty of travelfriendly health and beauty goodies to tempt you, whether you’re planning to backpack through Thailand, sightsee in Italy, or go camping in Cornwall. Towels, bucket and spade, Kindle, water, snacks…beach bags can get pretty heavy. Try decanting your suntan lotion into a smaller bottle, or pick up a travel sized one. Green People’s Scent Free Sun Lotion has an SPF of 30 and is gentle enough for all the family to use. It’s water-resistant and packed with skin-loving natural ingredients such as green tea, olive oil and avocado extract. The full size 100ml tube is £14.50, while the 30ml travel size is £6.50 from Marks and Spencer’s also have lots of travel sized products to choose from, including this Nature’s Ingredients Lemon Shower Gel. The 50ml size costs just £1.50 and is perfect for a short break away. Planning a longer break? A bar of soap takes up less space in your suitcase than a bottle of

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shower gel. Check out TK Maxx for luxury bars at a budget price, or treat yourself to the gorgeously scented Geranium, Ylang Ylang & Neroli Soap by Cole & Co, which costs £4 plus delivery from Hotel bathrooms never seem to have enough cupboard space. Keep the clutter at bay with a wash bag that can be hung on the back of a door. This floral one from Paperchase is £15 and has three separate compartments. Pop cosmetics in one, pills and plasters in another, and lotions and potions in the third. See Hot and sticky days at the beach call for a hydrating spray. Make your own by adding a few drops of essential oil to pure rose water or a cup of green tea. Or just pick up a bottle of Crabtree & Evelyn’s La Source Refreshing Body Mist (£16). It’s cooling, revitalising and smells amazing. Think cool ocean breeze with a hint of citrus. Rich in antioxidants, it leaves skin feeling softer and more hydrated. Bliss. See

Aromatherapy’s Little Box of Energy. For £11.95 you get three pulse point rollerballs, each of which contains a 10ml blend of pure essential oils. Energy High, for example, is a refreshing citrusy blend of lime, grapefruit and orange leaf. Holiday still weeks away and feeling a bit stressed? There’s also a Little Box of Sleep and a Little Box of Relaxation, see

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Star Clippers - Offering Passengers Amenities and Atmosphere of a Private Yacht with CARRICK TRAVEL

Star Clippers offer a cruise experience like no other. If you are looking for an adventure on the waves which includes the atmosphere and character of traditional sailing but still with the comfort and luxury found on most modern cruises then look no further. There are 3 vessels to choose from: - Star Clipper, Star Flyer and Royal Clipper which are three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels’. These four and five mast ships really do make a lasting impression on anyone who sails on them and most certainly leaves you feeling nostalgic for the days when these kind of vessels ruled the oceans.

The ports visited are often untouched by larger cruise ships, with lots of varied destinations including the Caribbean, South East Asia, The Panama Canal and closer to home the East and Western Mediterranean. Star Clippers offers passengers activities, amenities and the atmosphere of a private yacht, and with only 170 passengers on Star Clipper there is a relaxed atmosphere with high standards of service provided by an attentive crew. The inspired chefs on board make dining a delightful culinary adventure with an international menu from corners of the Earth.

enjoy a cocktail! The unique features of Clipper is that if passengers wish to, they can get involved with sailing the ship; you can climb the crow’s nest and help pull in the ropes or watch the crew from time to time repair the sails. There are water sports available for the more energetic such as kayaks, snorkelling and windsurfing.

All three ships have expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, and a convivial Tropical Bar where everyone meets early evening to talk about their adventures of the day. There is also a comfortable piano bar to

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Do you have a valeting problem that you would like answered? Steve Mills of C.V. Car Valeting offers a question and answer session within Your Call Magazine. To be in with the chance of winning a FREE executive car valet, send your car valeting question along with your full name, address and phone number by post to: Your Call Car Valeting Competition, 4 Fein Bank, Coventry, CV4 9XQ, or complete the competition entry form on our website at: The closing date is 5th July 2018. The winner of the last competition is Sonia Bettles who wrote in with the following question: “I have pale coloured upholstery and have water tide marks on the seats (as well as dog hairs!) I’ve tried 1001 and such like, the marks appear to disappear but return when the fabric dries. Any ideas on how to get rid of these marks would be gladly appreciated please.” Steve’s Reply: “The best way would be to have it wet shampooed a few times, and to extract the marks out slowly. The marks will have soaked deep into the upholstery, so this way you are removing the marks layer by layer.” Congratulations Sonia, Steve Mills will soon be on his way to provide you with your FREE executive car valet!

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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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How Much Will You Need In Retirement? There’s a general consensus in the press that, to live comfortably in retirement, you need a pension of at least £20,000 a year. Where you live obviously makes a difference to the costs, but in general, people’s idea of what constitutes a ‘comfortable’ retirement also differs. So, if like many people you’re unsure how much you’ll need in retirement, how can you find out? Focus on your expenditure initially Rather than obtaining pension statements and forecasts first, it’s a good idea to calculate how much you’ll need for the essentials in retirement, taking into account what your circumstances might be in the future rather than now. If you pay your bills by direct debit, have a look at your bank statements for regular household outgoings such as mortgage, utilities, council tax and house insurance. Then you can factor in the cost of emergency repairs such as boiler or car breakdowns. The total is the sum you’ll need to cover using a guaranteed income. Pension forecasts and statements Once you’ve calculated your expenditure, you can obtain a state pension forecast from the website. Work and personal pension statements should be available by phone or in writing from your pension provider(s), and there are also a number of online ‘pension calculators’ that give you an idea of how much you might receive. What expenses will you save in retirement? • If you’re currently supporting your family or making mortgage repayments, these expenses may not be relevant once you retire. Not having to commute to work is also a significant cost-saving for some. • Many people choose to downsize their property in retirement – if this is

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on the cards for you, it would release a lump sum of cash to pay off any debts you have remaining, invest for an income, or to pay future house maintenance costs, for example. So now you’ve got all the figures you need, how do you access your pension pot when the time comes? Pension freedoms The pension reforms that were introduced in April 2015 give you much greater choice in the way you access your pension pot. Prior to this, an annuity had to be purchased which provided a guaranteed income for life. Although this option remains available and is commonly used, it’s no longer the only one. With professional pension advice, you can maximise your pension savings whilst also ensuring you avoid the significant pension pitfalls that now exist. Pension mistakes that could jeopardise your retirement Could you outlive your pension savings? It’s possible that you could outlive your pension savings if you take out too much money too early. It’s crucial to seek professional help on the most tax-efficient ways to access your pension, so you don’t risk reducing its value unnecessarily.

freedoms is that con artists have been able to swindle people out of their hard-earned pensions. Scams such as those offering tax-free transfers to dubious investment schemes, or suggested legal ‘loopholes’ that allow you to avoid paying tax, have been widespread in recent years. So essentially, there are three factors when it comes to thinking about money in retirement: • How much money you’ll need to live on each month. • How you’re going to achieve this level of income. • How you’ll manage your money. With the help of pension professionals, and the facts and figures at your fingertips, hopefully you’ll make the most of your long-awaited retired life. about-pensions/pension-reform/freedomand-choice

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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.

• You don’t over-exercise them or take them out during the hottest part of the day. What to do if you suspect your dog has heat stroke You need to cool your dog down, but without making them too cold once the panting has stopped. Seek help from a vet as a matter of urgency, even if you’re not sure whether they’re in danger. Organ failure can occur over a longer period of time, and fast action can save their life even if you think everything is fine.

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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 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

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 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 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 Other family-friendly festivals worth considering include Chagstock (, Nozstock (, Just So Festival (www.justsofestival. and Deer Shed Festival ( Check out for more recommendations, reviews and advice. By Kate Duggan

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‘Doctor Dolittle’ Four Tickets to see

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

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

What unusual quality does Doctor Dolittle have? a) Able to talk to animals b) Able to talk to machines c) Able to talk to robots Please send your answer to the above question before 5th July 2018, along with your full name, address and telephone number by post to: 4 Fein Bank, Coventry, CV4 9XQ, or simply complete the competition entry form on our website:

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

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Community Groups Alzheimer’s Society Alzheimer’s Society provides a range of support services for people with dementia, their families and carers across Warwickshire. Dementia Navigators who provide information, guidance and support, Dementia Cafe in Kenilworth at The Waverley Centre, Waverley Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1JB on the 1st Saturday of the month, from 10.30am to 12.30pm and Singing for the Brain at Brunswick Healthy Living Centre, Shrubland Street, Leamington Spa, CV31 3BD on alternate Tuesdays of the month from 10.15am to 11.45am .For more information contact the Warwickshire Office on 01926 888899 or email Bad Vibrations Community Choir We meet every Tuesday at 6.45pm in The Flexible Learning Zone at Kenilworth School, Leyes Lane. We are a fun and friendly choir that positively encourage our members to sing as loudly and proudly as they like without worrying about how out of tune they sound! We sing for the sheer joy of singing! We can be contacted via email or via Facebook @badvibrationscommunitychoir. 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 Bellringing in Kenilworth The bells at St Nicholas’ Church, Abbey Fields can be heard on Sundays before services and on Tuesday evenings. 1400 bellringers died during World War 1 and the aim is to train 1400 new ringers nationally to ring on Armistice Day this year. Why not consider taking up a new hobby? To find out more come along on a Tuesday evening between 7.30pm and 9pm. Please call Rosemary Spencer on 01926 856204 or email beforehand. Or come on the second Sunday of each month between April and October, from 3pm - 4pm.

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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. BRINK We are a not-for-profit arts organisation based in Kenilworth. Our mission is to raise awareness of contemporary art and render it more accessible to the general public, whilst promoting talented, emerging artists, through the organisation of events and shows that occur in less traditional exhibition spaces. If you would be interested in supporting us, or feel you can help in any way, BRINK would love to hear from you. For further information contact Tim on 07960 043395. Bump2baby Reality We offer pre-and postnatal services in Kenilworth and Leamington. A group of health care professionals working alongside local mum and dad volunteers. Our focus is to care, prepare and support local families from early pregnancy through to early parenting. We offer a weekly coffee morning at Leek Wootton Village Hall where free breastfeeding support is available and free Craniosacral Therapy consultations for babies who are unsettled, suffering with reflux, colic or feeding challenges. We also offer a free early pregnancy class. For more information visit, find us on Facebook or call Helen on 07960 323874. Bump to 3 C.I.C. We are a local social enterprise; Kenilworth-based since January 2012. We offer friendly small group courses, sociable bite-sized workshops & supportive one-to-ones, for parents-to-be, new parents and their families. Our focus is on sharing understanding of baby & toddler development pre-natal to pre-school. We’re all registered health professionals aiming to grow the ‘village’ of support around new parents. We offer ‘paid-for’, evidence-informed services alongside free drop-in sessions & support ‘LinkedUp’, our local sister charity, in offering practical help to new mothers. Visit, BumptoThree or call 07742 317959 for more information. Circle Singers of Leamington Spa We are a mixed voice choir with a

varied repertoire. No auditions, just a love of singing required. We are particularly keen to recruit tenors, though all voices are welcome. Please contact Mary Jaffer on 024 7671 1703 or by email Alternatively just come along and give us a try! We meet on Monday evenings 7.30pm9.30pm at Radford Road Church, Leamington. For more information visit Coventry Ramblers – at the Heart of Walking Do you enjoy the countryside, keeping fit and meeting new people through walking? No need to book in advance on most of our walks. We include environmentally friendly Public Transport Walks on Tuesdays and Saturdays once a month, weekly classic Sunday Walks and monthly Saturday Challenging Walks with car share transport system from Whitefriars Street and Memorial Park. In the summer our Thursday evening shorter walks are popular. Non-members are welcome to join us for up to 3 walks without obligation. Please contact John on 07939 523149, email or visit Coventry and Warwickshire Humanists The Group promotes Humanism as an alternative to religion for people who wish to lead moral lives but have no religious beliefs. As part of our service to the community Humanists offer secular ceremonies, mainly funerals but also weddings and naming ceremonies. If you would like to know more about this service or Humanism generally please visit the Humanists UK website at, email or call 020 7324 3060. Your local contact is Brian Nicol on 01926 258413. Feeling Lonely? Whether you are a young parent, a person on their own or a senior citizen, come along to “Coffee Pot” on Thursdays, open 9.30am – 12pm, where a warm, friendly welcome awaits you. Reasonably priced hot drinks and biscuits available. Come and try us out at Abbey Hill Church (in hall behind church). For more details contact Betty Connelly on 01926 855218. Finham 5060 We are a group of single/divorced/ widowed people in their 50s and 60s who want to expand our social lives and engage in activities to benefit the community. You can find out more about us by emailing Sue at We are particularly happy to hear from professionals/ex-professionals who have good organisational skills. Most of us are still working so activities take place at

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COMMUNITY GROUPS weekends or evenings, and you don’t have to live in Finham! We are a friendly bunch so come and join us. What have you got to lose? Guide Dogs Charity Shop Guide Dogs run a charity shop at their Training School site on Warwick New Road in Leamington Spa, selling good quality clothing, toys, bric-a-brac, household items and small pieces of furniture. Our opening hours are 1pm-4pm, Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm, Saturday. Donations are always very welcome and can be left outside the shop at any time. Guy’s Cliffe Walled Garden Interested in helping to restore a beautiful Georgian kitchen garden? Whether it's gardening or restoration work, marketing or organising events, why not come and join the team working at Guy's Cliffe Walled Garden, Warwick. No experience needed! Full details at Heart of England Art Group We meet once a fortnight on the first and third Thursday of the month at 1.30pm at Hatton Park Village Hall, CV35 7TR. Artists of all standards are welcome to this friendly group. We use watercolour, acrylics, pastels, pens, etc. Happy to support, provide advice and share knowledge. Occasional workshops. For more details email Heart of England Organic Group We are a local group for people interested in the environment, organic growing and food, covering Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield and the surrounding areas. We organise a wide-ranging and interesting programme of talks and visits on subjects connected with food, health, environment and organic lifestyle. Find us on or telephone 01926 852135. Kenilworth All Together Greener Kenilworth All Together Greener brings together people who are interested in living more sustainably and in stimulating more green grassroots activity in our community. With guest speakers, short films and discussion we explore green issues and innovative projects being undertaken by individuals and groups locally and nationally and hope to inspire similar initiatives here. If you live or work in Kenilworth join us 7.30pm - 9.30pm at the Kenilworth Centre on the second Wednesday of the month September to June inclusive. Find us on Facebook or contact Jan Burnell on 01926 857226 for more information. Kenilworth Art Society The society is open to everyone with an interest in the Fine Arts. We paint in all

media, hold demonstrations by visiting artists and view art videos. We meet every Wednesday 7.30pm-9.30pm (term time) in the art room at Kenilworth School, Leyes Lane. Newcomers, beginners and experienced artists, would be made very welcome. For more information please contact the Secretary on 01926 855470. Kenilworth Civic Society We meet at the Senior Citizens Club, off Abbey End car park, CV8 1QJ at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of the month. On Tuesday 19th June, Brian Teall with The Enigma Code and Bletchley Park; how Enigma was involved in making and breaking codes and shortened WW2 by many years. On Tuesday 17th July, Steven Bruce with Buying and Selling at Auction, an entertaining talk about the characters involved, who and what to avoid, and how to get the best bargains. The talk is illustrated with items that are currently selling. Please bring along any items you would like valued! Everybody welcome – members free, non-members £3. For more information visit Kenilworth Community Speedwatch We are a group of local volunteers working with the Police to help to keep our community safe, by monitoring vehicle speeds and reporting the results back to the Police. Training and equipment are provided, and we work in teams of three at key locations around the town. The commitment we ask from volunteers is for two 2-hour sessions a month. This is important work, which the great majority of local residents value and support. For more details please contact John Whitehouse on Kenilworth Conservative Supper Club We meet at Kenilworth Golf Club on the second Tuesday of the month, from September until June at 7pm for 7.30pm. For more information and to book a place please contact Gill Boden on 01926 854047. Kenilworth Cricket Club Would your son or daughter like to try cricket? We are looking to recruit players (both girls and boys) for all age groups. All abilities most welcome. Coaching evening is at Kenilworth Cricket Club, Warwick Road, CV8 1FE on Tuesdays, 4.45pm – 5.45pm for Reception to Year 2, 5.50pm – 6.50pm for Year 3 to Year 5 and 7pm – 8pm for Year 6 to Year 8. Year 9 upwards train on Wednesdays. Teams at U8 upwards and plenty of opportunities to play games against other clubs. For more information please text 07979 597320.

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Kenilworth Family History Society We are a branch of Midland Ancestors (formerly BMSGH) and meet on the second Wednesday of the month (except Aug) at the Senior Citizens Club, Abbey End, Kenilworth at 7.30pm. A branch of family history is research about a specific family name and on 13th June Barbara Griffiths, a member of the Guild of One Name Studies, will explain its activities with ‘Surname Studies – an Introduction to the Guild of One Name Studies’. On 11th July, short talks on aspects of family history research by members. Non-members welcome. For further information visit our Facebook page or call Norman Madden on 01926 511969. Kenilworth Flower Club We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm at Kenilworth Methodist Church, Priory Road. On 7th June, Barbara Sheppard, Workshop. On 5th July, Kerry Artess, Glass and Crystal Demonstration. For more information call Janet Scott on 01926 511570. Kenilworth Footpath Preservation Group We are a friendly and informal voluntary group working with Warwickshire County Council. We meet for working parties on the third Sunday morning each month at 9.45am in the Square West car park (behind the Kenilworth Library), finishing around 1pm in a local pub (not compulsory)! For further details please visit: or call Jim Passmore on 024 7633 7119. Kenilworth Friendship Centre We are an organisation aimed at people aged 60 and over. Meetings are held in St John’s Church Hall at 10.30am. Coffee and tea served from 10am to 10.15am. On Monday 18th June, a talk by Mrs Gillian White on "The Great Fire of Warwick". On Monday 16th July a talk by Mrs Maureen Sutherland on "The Art of Coarse Guiding". For further information contact Membership Secretary Monica Davis on 01926 779961. Kenilworth History and Archaeology Society We meet on the second Monday of most months at 7.45pm at the Senior Citizens’ Club, Abbey End. We hold nine Open Meetings per year with guest speakers on a range of historical subjects, non-members can attend for a £2 donation. We also hold three Members Only meetings per year. The ethos of the society is to research the history of the town and make the results available to its residents. For programme details and how to join please visit or find us on Facebook. For further information please call 01926 858670 or email

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COMMUNITY GROUPS Kenilworth Horticultural Society We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at the new Senior Citizens Room, Wilton House, off Abbey End car park at 7.30pm. We have speakers who talk on various aspects of gardening, two outings a year and three shows a year. On 6th June, Planting for Hanging Baskets and Pots with Geoff Croft. On 4th July, Summer Show and Can the Americans Garden? with Timothy Walker. On 1st August, Clematis with Stewart Dixon. For more information call Linda Williams on 01926 855554 or email or visit Kenilworth Lions Club We are a well respected community service organisation. We support the local community in many ways and organise the annual Carol Concert, Duck Race and Grand Show among other events. We also manage the Lions Furniture Store in Farmer Ward Road, which is open throughout the year on Saturday mornings. Lions members enjoy a wide range of social events. We meet on the second Monday of every month at 7.30pm. We are keen to welcome both male and female new members to join us. Please visit for more information on our activities and how to contact us. Kenilworth Over 30 Swimming Club We meet every Sunday from 8am - 9am in the pool at Abbey Fields, Kenilworth using all four lanes for swimming. The only criteria for membership is that you are aged 30 and over and can swim at least 25 metres. We are lucky to have secured the services of an excellent coach, who will advise on stroke technique and endurance swimming. We also run a club barbecue in the summer amongst other social events during the year. Membership costs £65 for 6 months. For more information email or call 01926 856780. Kenilworth Phab We are a friendly social group, for people with and without disabilities aged 18 plus. We run a varied programme and have lots of fun. We are keen to welcome new volunteers - disabled and non-disabled. Volunteering mainly involves being there and being friendly, although there will be opportunities to develop skills and get more involved if you wish. One of our volunteers said of Phab, “Volunteering here is more like meeting up with friends.” For more information please contact us at info. or phone 01926 858391. Kenilworth Probus No 2 Club Probus clubs provide an opportunity for retired professionals and business people

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to attend regular meetings with people who appreciate similar interests. Probus is an organisation for active retirees who enjoy the friendship that belonging to this organisation brings. Kenilworth Probus No 2 Club meets in the morning of every second Tuesday of the month where we have a guest speaker. There are also a variety of social events which are held every month. For more information contact Richard Short, Secretary at to Kenilworth Readers Service We support blind and partially sighted people living in Kenilworth and the surrounding area through regular visits to their homes to help with reading, correspondence and to chat. Visits take place on weekdays at agreed times, normally for a two hour period, and are based upon a rota arranged each month by phone. If you know anyone who would be interested in taking advantage of this service please contact the following people for more information: Sue Ling on 01926 853986 or email or Brenda Heath on 01926 854779 or email Kenilworth Restored Lives This six week course supports those who are recovering from divorce or separation. Each evening begins with supper followed by a short talk and discussion. There is no charge for the course. We welcome people of all faiths or none. For details about the next course please contact Kenilworth Rotary We are a group of positive people, from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups, who want to make a difference. Our aim is to be a force for good in and around Kenilworth, always upholding ethical standards, playing our part locally, nationally and internationally. We have two meeting options: Traditional Rotary, Mondays 6.30pm - 9pm (except third Monday) with meal and guest speaker. Networking & Projects Group, third Thursday of each month, 5.30pm - 7pm, for younger members or those who want to get involved with ‘hands on’ projects. For more details visit or email Kenilworth Senior Citizens’ Activities Club We meet every Tuesday at Castle Farm Recreation Centre, Kenilworth. Activities include: Table Tennis, ShortMat Bowls, Badminton and Rummikub. Occasionally day trips and lunches are arranged. New members are welcome. For further information please contact Rita Makepeace on 01926 289080 or email

Kenilworth Senior Citizens' Club We have various activities during the week. We play Whist on Mondays, 1pm - 4pm. Keep fit on Tuesdays, 10.30am – 11.30am. On Thursdays at 1pm there is a social afternoon which includes refreshments, raffle and bingo. Various festive events are held during the year. Holidays and day trips can also be enjoyed. All meetings are held at the Club at Abbey End, Kenilworth, CV8 1QJ. For further information please contact our Chair, Mrs Linda Parker on 01926 864403. Kenilworth Supper Club We normally meet on the second Wednesday of the month at The Clarendon Arms, Castle Hill at 7pm for a two-course meal followed by coffee, costing £13. Visitors welcome. On 13th June, “The Heritage of our Garden Birds“ with Chris Edwards. On 11th July we have a visit from Auctioneer Steve Bruce, feel free to bring along small items for him to look at. Contact 01926 859213 for more details. Kenilworth Talking News Association We are a registered charity producing a fortnightly talking newspaper and magazine for over 100 listeners in the Warwick, Leamington and Kenilworth area. This totally free and friendly service is produced and recorded in Kenilworth. We concentrate on local news and our magazines contain stories, articles of general interest and occasional special editions. If you know someone who is visually impaired or unable to access local newspapers because of illness or disability and may benefit from receiving our successful service or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact 01926 852635 or email Kenilworth Townswomen’s Guild We meet at the Senior Citizens' Club, Abbey End, Kenilworth at 2pm on the second Wednesday of the month, short business meeting followed by a speaker or social activity. On 13th June, Social Afternoon. On 11th July, ‘Here Come the Girls’ with Sheila Wolfe. On 8th August, ‘Tax, Care and Toy-Boys’ with The Legal Collective. We are a friendly and active group, come and make new friends. For more details contact Heather Lowe on 01926 512323. Kenilworth Tuesday Club for the Blind and Partially Sighted We aim to provide our partially sighted and non sighted members with a sociable Tuesday afternoon - quizzes, speakers, musical afternoons and most of all company and we are pleased to say that we now have vacancies for new members. We meet every Tuesday afternoon from 2pm - 4pm at the Kenilworth Methodist Church in Priory Road. Enquiries please

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COMMUNITY GROUPS to Gill on 01926 855538 or email: Kenilworth Twinning Association We foster links between Kenilworth and its twin towns of Bourg-la-Reine, France, Eppstein, Germany and Roccalumera in Sicily, where we have a long-established friendship link. This is done mainly by exchange visits between the towns. Visitors stay with local families, and excursions, meals and cultural activities are organised by the hosts. We will be visiting France in June, Germany in August and our friends from Sicily will visit Kenilworth in July. We hold social events locally for members throughout the year. For more information visit our Facebook page, contact or Sheila Skinner on 024 7646 8106. Kenilworth U3A On Thursday 21st June we will hold a short EGM to vote on an amendment to our Constitution. We will then welcome David Eaves with ‘Digital Photography for the Enthusiastic Amateur’. David will review some of the possibilities now offered by digital photography at both the taking and post processing stages. On Thursday 19th July, John Wharam with The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), whose mission is to protect the countryside from unsuitable developments. He will discuss who they are and what they do. Meetings begin at 2.30pm at Kenilworth Methodist Church, Priory Road, CV8 1LQ. Members free, non-members £1. Kenilworth Women's Institute We meet on the third Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church, Priory Road, Kenilworth. We have a monthly speaker and our other activities include a craft club, supper club, book club and theatre trips. New members and visitors are always welcome. Please contact County Office on 01926 419998 or email Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Society The Society was established in 1975 and there are almost 90 members drawn from across the area. We meet every Thursday evening from 7.30pm - 10.30pm at our purpose-built club rooms where all our Society layouts are permanently erected. The club rooms have full disabled access and dedicated parking. Visit for more details or email Circle Singers of Royal Leamington Spa We are a well-established mixed voice choir, singing for fun and for charitable good causes. Under the direction of Peter Sheppard, we learn to sing a varied and

exciting programme. No audition, just a love of singing required. We rehearse on Monday evenings, 7.45pm – 9.30pm at Radford Road Methodist Church, CV31 1HQ. For more information please visit, contact us via our Facebook page, or as we are a friendly group, just come along and find out more. We look forward to meeting you. Macular Society Leamington Spa Support Group Our group meets on the third Tuesday of each month (except August and December) at The Baptist Church, Chandos Street, Leamington Spa, from 2pm to 4pm. The group enjoys a varied programme, including speakers and outings. Friends and family are also welcome to attend. Please contact the Macular Society Helpline for more information on 0300 30 30 111. Midland Voices Choir This exciting community choir was formed in 2009. Directed by Barry Todd, the main choir rehearse in the evenings in Warwick and two daytime choirs rehearse in Whitnash, Leamington (Thursdays) and in Balsall Common (Tuesdays). They offer a unique opportunity to sing with the Midland Voice Orchestra at Warwick Arts Centre plus other performances to raise funds for local charities. New singers are welcome, visit or or email, enquiries to Barry and Carol Todd on 01676 532865 or 07590 556353. Parkinsons UK, Leamington & District Branch Meetings held on the second Thursday of each month from 2pm to 4pm at Helen Ley House, Bericote Road, Leamington Spa, CV32 6QP. For more information please contact the Secretary, Margaret, on 01926 853023. PSU Coventry Volunteers Needed Are you looking for volunteer work that is challenging, engaging and rewarding? The PSU provides non-legal practical and emotional support to people attending Civil and Family court in Coventry, without legal representation. Volunteers invest their time, skills and energy to solve clients’ problems and accompany them through the court process. Are you interested? Call 0121 250 6354 or email Radio Warneford Based at Warwick Hospital, Radio Warneford broadcasts a personal radio service to patients in hospitals at Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon and Shipston-onStour. Staffed entirely by volunteers, we are looking for new people to join our

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broadcasting teams. You must be 16 or over, have a sense of fun, enjoy meeting new people and have a passion for music – there is no upper age limit! We provide full training in-house. To find out more and download an application form, visit You can email or call 01926 401402. Join us and make a real difference in your community! Rapport We are a lively social group for unattached adults looking for friendship rather than romance. Our members live in or around Coventry, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa and Warwick and are in their mid-40s to 60s. Regular activities include pub nights, walks, live music, meals out and coffee mornings. Occasional events include discos/ dances, theatre and cinema visits, day trips, weekends away and holidays. All events are hosted so you will be made welcome and introduced to other members. Visit our website to see our programme or call Chris on 07854 670058 or Inese on 07926 149383. Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum (Royal Warwickshire) Saturday talks and events to raise funds for the Museum to be held at 2pm at St John’s House, Warwick, CV34 4NF. On 30th June, Bomb Disposal with Major Mick Atkinson on Bombs in Ireland, Germany and the UK. On 28th July, Military Research with Major David Seeney, presentation with questions and discussions. £5 for talks and £1 per item to be valued on Valuation Day, except for Friends and Volunteers at the Museum. For more information please call the Museum on 01926 491653. Soroptimist International For women with a social conscience, who wish to work with other women to transform the lives of women and girls worldwide. If you would enjoy service, friendship and fun with like-minded women in your area, we would love to hear from you. We meet on the second and fourth Thursday every month at the Kenilworth Holiday Inn. For more information please visit: Southbank Women’s Institute We are a group of ladies who enjoy our monthly meetings at the Senior Citizen's Club, Abbey End, Kenilworth, CV8 1QJ. We meet every second Tuesday of the month at 1.45pm. Our programme is very varied with many interesting speakers and activities. In addition to our monthly meeting, a group of ladies meet at members’ homes for Tea and Chat each month and some members engage in short mat bowls each week. New members or visitors are always welcome at our meetings. For more information contact Sheila on 01926 853396.

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COMMUNITY GROUPS South Warwickshire Diabetes UK Group We meet on the first Wednesday of each month in the Medical Education Centre at Warwick Hospital starting at 7.30pm. Membership is free but we have a raffle to assist in funding. We have a range of speakers on diabetes related subjects and you will have the opportunity to discuss your diabetes with others who share and understand similar difficulties. You are cordially invited to join us where you will be made most welcome! For more information email our Chairman at, or visit for a full itinerary of our activities. Stoneleigh History Society We were founded in 2011 with the principal aim of discovering, recording and sharing information about Stoneleigh's rich history. Since then, we have learned and published a great deal. We usually meet on the last Tuesday of the month in Stoneleigh Village Hall at 7.30pm and visitors are always most welcome. Occasional visits are organised. For further information visit our website: Stoneleigh Ladies Choir Stoneleigh Ladies Choir was established 5 years ago by ladies who just wanted to sing! We are a friendly group of ladies who enjoy singing and having fun. Our talented and enthusiastic Musical Director, Karen Whyte, has introduced us to a very wide and varied range of music and has broadened our singing techniques. We perform several times during the year at local venues, raising funds for various charities and we also arrange a number of social events which are very popular amongst the members! For further details about membership please contact Sheila on 024 7641 5918. Stoneleigh WI We are members of the Warwickshire Federation of the Women's Institute and we meet at Stoneleigh Village Hall on the first Monday of each month. We have a selection of interesting speakers and demonstrations. We also have a thriving Craft Group who meet every Monday at 10am, this also includes an Art Group. Members have various skills which are shared with beginners. We also have a number of coach outings each year as well as local visits of interest. New members are always welcome, contact Chris on 024 7645 9664 for more details. Talisman Theatre We're run entirely by volunteers and are one of Warwickshire's finest community theatres. We put on several full-scale productions each year and always need help backstage and crewing productions

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as well as on-stage and in technical areas. If you're interested in being part of a team that has regularly produced award winning theatre for the last 15 years then come along. On the first Thursday of every month, from 10.30am – 1pm, "Tea at The Tali" is a chance to meet volunteers and get involved. Talisman Theatre, Barrow Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1EG. Tel: 01926 856548. The Mid-Warwickshire Antiques Society We meet at 7.30pm on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Waverley Centre in Kenilworth. New members and visitors are always very welcome at a cost of £3. On 28th June, Mark Lewis with ‘ART’. As this year marks our 50th Anniversary there will not be an evening meeting in July, instead we will meet at the Woodside on Sunday 22nd July for lunch and a talk by Simon Popman of Acme Whistles Ltd, a very entertaining speaker. For further information call Ray Sheppard on 01926 777367. Three Spires Harmony Sing Barbershop We are a male barbershop chorus and we meet at Kenilworth Sports and Social Club, Upper Rosemary Hill, Kenilworth, CV8 2PA every Tuesday at 7.30pm. Come and join us, no experience required! For more information email or just turn up! TWAM A charity collecting old tools, sewing and knitting machines for refurbishing by volunteers. We meet Tuesdays 1pm – 4pm, Wednesdays, 9.30am – 1.30pm and Saturdays 9.30am – 12pm in a portacabin behind St John’s Church, Kenilworth. The refurbished tools are made into kits and dispatched to Ipswich for sending to Africa to encourage livelihood creation. By providing a tool kit or a sewing or knitting machine kit, people are able to support their families to move away from poverty. We need volunteers to help with the refurbishment. Contact Terry Heath on 01926 855538 or visit to see more. Village Voices Warwick We are a friendly, mixed social choir singing for pleasure raising money for local charities. We rehearse on Thursdays at Chase Meadow Community Centre, Narrow Hall Meadow, Warwick, CV34 6BT from 8pm and 10pm. Our repertoire is light and varied and new members are welcome. There are no auditions and we provide digital music files to help you learn. For further details or to book us, call Anne on 07484 820650, or e-mail us at You can also visit

or Warwick. Viridian Homes for Living Are you over 60? Feeling a bit fed up or bored? Then come and join us at Servite House, John Nash Square, Kenilworth CV8 1RJ, Tel: 01926 854153. We would love you to join us for our activities Mondays 10am exercise class, Tuesdays 10.30am coffee morning, Fridays 2pm Bingo. Warwick Avon Rotary Club The club has been providing a service at local, national and international levels for over 30 years. We meet at the Holiday Inn, Kenilworth on Tuesday evenings at 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Details of our varied and interesting programme are available on our website For further information please contact Teresa Buckle on 01926 490691. Warwick Hockey Club We are an energetic and family orientated hockey club with thriving Men's, Women's and Junior's sections as well as social teams including Mixed and Veterans. Find out more about us on our website Warwick and Kenilworth Choral Society Have you ever thought of joining a choir but not sure if it is for you? Then why not try a Warwick and Kenilworth Choral Society ‘Taster Session’? We are a long-standing unauditioned community choir active in Warwick, Kenilworth and Leamington. We practise on term-time Mondays at Coton End Primary School, Warwick from 7.30pm - 9.30pm and perform five concerts each year. We sing a wide range of music from madrigals to Beethoven’s choral symphony. All voices welcome. For more information call Jane Brock, the choir secretary on 01926 854858 or visit Warwick Natural History Society Interested in the local natural environment? Our programme of evening talks are held on alternate Thursdays at the Friends’ Meeting House in Warwick throughout the winter, and can be found on or call 01926 484598 for more information. Visitors always welcome. Warwick Poetry Reading Group We meet every second month at the Friends Meeting House, High Street, Warwick at 7.45pm. New members are always welcome to join our small group. Over the years we have read and discussed a wide range of English language poets (and occasionally translations from other languages) from

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COMMUNITY GROUPS Chaucer to recently published poets. In a change from recent practice we are using several of our 2018 sessions to the study of major works by John Milton and Lord Byron. On Thursday 12th July, Byron: ‘Don Juan’ Session 2 – the later Cantos. For further details contact Norman Madden on 01926 511969. Warwickshire Industrial Archaeology Society The WIAS was formed in 1989 with the aim of promoting the study, recording and preservation of the industrial archaeology of Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull. We have regular monthly meetings with talks and visits to sites within Warwickshire and beyond. The Society has a thriving membership, from dedicated specialists to enthusiastic amateurs. New members are always very welcome or come along as a visitor. We meet at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of each month in the Pyne Room, Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick (September to June). Sales table and refreshments available. Visit or email Warwickshire Rock ‘n’ Rollers We are the friendliest Rock-n-Roll club in the Midlands. Jive lessons followed by social dancing, every Tuesday at 7.15pm at The Nelson Club, Charles Street, Warwick,

CV34 5LE. Ample free parking, large dance floor and a good bar. Come and make new friends, learn new moves and come out with us at weekends to see live bands and get fit as a bonus! No partner or previous dancing experience necessary. We welcome all ages from teenagers upwards. For more information call Brian on 07956 245711 or find us on Facebook - Warwickshire Rock & Rollers Members Only. 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 Western Front Association The WFA aims to further interest in the Great War 1914-1918, to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of those of all sides who served their countries, and to educate the public in the history of the War. Meetings are held at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of every month at the Warwick Arms Hotel, High Street, Warwick, CV34 4AT and are open to all for a donation of £3. On 13th

June, Spies on the Western Front. On 11th July, The Battle of Le Hamel July 1918. On 8th August, The French Army of 1918. For further information call Bob Bristow on 024 7641 5762. Westwood Heath Tai Chi Club We welcome you on Fridays from 1pm 2.30pm in gentle exercise for health and relaxation. Suitable for men or women of any age or level of ability. Beginners welcome any time during each term. £6/£5 concessions, pay per week (no joining fee). Sessions held at Xcel Leisure Centre, Mitchell Avenue, Canley, CV4 8DY. For more information please contact Louise on 07747 618298 or email The community listings are free to local non-profit making groups, clubs and societies. To place your listing please email your details to: The deadline for entries in our community pages for the August / September edition is 5th July 2018. All information correct to the best of our knowledge at time of printing. Checking accurate dates and times with the relevant event holder is advisable. You can also find more community listings by visiting the community page on our website at:

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Your Horoscopes For June and July 2018 by Astrologer Christine Chalklin

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


March 21-April 20

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


April 21-May 21

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

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


May 22-June 21

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


June 22-July 22

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

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


July 23-August 23

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


August 24-September 22

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

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


September 23-October 23

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


October 24-November 22

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

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


November 23-December 21

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


December 22-January 20

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

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


January 21-February 18

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


February 19-March 20

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

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