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April / May 2019

Boldmere Pages DR Willard Wigan MBE

Reveals new work ahead of Sutton Coldfield exhibition

Tickets now on sale for Concerts in the Park 2019 Win a £50 voucher with Moo Boutique Our pick of the best local events  See page 24  Empire Cinema family ticket giveaway Childcare discount for Angels Nursery inside

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Dear neighbours,

Welcome to the April/May issue of The Boldmere Pages, packed full of local events and activities to keep all the family entertained.

This issue find out more about Moo Boutique Boldmere and win a £50 voucher to spend in store, see the new artwork by micro-sculptor Willard Wigan MBE ahead of his April exhibition at Sutton Town Hall, plus we have all the details you need for this year’s Concerts in the Park event.

Katie Hunt Editor 07985 230 188

Don’t forget to enter our competition to win a family ticket to Empire Sutton Coldfield and if you have any feedback or suggestions, we would love to hear from you.

Nick Moreton Designer 07515 381 235

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Features Win with Moo Boutique Boldmere 6 Empire Cinema giveaway 10 Willard Wigan reveals new work 12 Concerts in the Park is back 20 Street Food Fridays at The Deli 22 What’s On 24 Caramel and pear cake recipe 26

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February / March 2019

Boldmere Pages Win a family photo shoot at Little Pops Photography Get a taste for the Deli Collective What to do locally during half term Win a family ticket to Empire Cinema  Our pick of the best local events  See page 24  Discount for Angels Nursery inside

Hello to Moo! Moo Boutique opened on Boldmere Road in February and is the newest member of the Moo Boutique family, joining its four sister outlets in a growing operation around the country. Moo Boutique focuses on providing exceptional service to discerning women in the 30 to 60 age range. They carry over 30 brands including French Connection, Great Plains and Masai, alongside some amazing new up and coming Scandinavian brands that have received a huge following. Moo Boutique sources and sells ranges that are suitable for everything from Ibiza-inspired collections and festival ranges, to fashion forward Scandinavian styling. With their main focus being on the cut, quality and style of their clothes, they ensure their pieces are at the forefront of fashion with a very commercial edge. Moo Boutique Boldmere Manager, Nic Miller, was previously a midwife and told us that the reason she wanted to switch was due to the pressures and responsibilities of midwifery, plus she wanted a new challenge in life. With new stock arriving every week, it’s definitely worth popping into Moo Boutique to see what’s on the rails! Plus, be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram where regular competitions and promotions take place.

WIN A £50 VOUCHER! To celebrate the opening of Moo Boutique, enter our competition to win a £50 voucher to spend in store. Simply email your contact details to with the subject line ‘Moo Boutique Competition’. A winner will be drawn at random on 1st June.


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Boldmere Community Festival Returns This June! The Boldmere Community Festival, sponsored by Angels Day Nursery, is being held on Sunday 9th June 2-8pm. Once again Boldmere Road will be full of music, food, crafts and fun for the family! The music line-up features a great mix of styles and groups, including returning favourites Lobster, Ire-Ish and First Request. Alongside the music, make sure you check out the local traders who will be opening late as well as the visiting traders and local organisations who will be joining in the fun with market stalls. Keep up to date with all the news on


Time to say goodbye... After three years as Editor of the Boldmere Pages, I am sad to announce that this will be my last issue and the very capable Robin Gray will be taking over from June. This is not a decision I have made easily as I have loved being a part of the community and helping to promote the wonderful businesses we have on our doorstep. I have a young family and I feel like it is time to focus on them for a while. I know, however, that the magazine will be in very capable hands. Robin has plans to develop it further by making some exciting changes over the coming months. A well known member of the local community, Robin is experienced in all aspects of media and runs his own media company. He’s excited to bring the Boldmere Pages into the Gray Jones Media fold. Finally, I just want to say a big thank you to all the businesses and readers, who have helped make the Boldmere Pages a success, it really has been a pleasure.

Katie x


Five Films You Need To See Sponsored by Empire Cinemas

Avengers: Endgame


Released 25th April

Released 5th April


Detective Pikachu

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe.

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM! this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam.

In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.

An epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years, starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Released 10th May

Released 24th May

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A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Released 29th March


Win a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) to a film of your choice at Empire Sutton Coldfield simply by emailing with the subject ‘Empire Cinema Competition’ no later than Friday 31st May. 10

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Alice photo revealed ahead of micro art exhibition The world’s leading micro-sculptor, Dr Willard Wigan MBE, has released photos of his latest piece created for his forthcoming exhibition at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall. His microscopic Alice in Wonderland will be one of 25 pieces shown at the charity trust venue in April and over the Easter holidays. “I’ve given this Alice, made from kevlar, a cartoon appearance and she has a wide-eyed look of wonder. This was quite a task, considering each of her eyeballs are smaller than a blood cell…. so just imagine how small the dots of her eyes are! “To paint her dress blue - using a dalmatian hair glued onto an acupuncture needle - I had to keep rotating Alice carefully to stop the colour spreading. To avoid any shakes, which would ruin the piece, I slowed my heartbeat and worked between pulses. It drove me crazy to create, but I know it’s worth it to see people’s faces when completed. “I’m really proud of this piece, I created shoes out of fibre rather than painting them on, and she has perfect, tiny fingernails. A photograph cannot do it justice, people will have to see it through the microscope to make sense of it… and they still won’t believe their eyes!” ‘Willard Wigan Through The Looking Glass’ will run from 1st - 26th April (not 7th) and is a joint project between the Town Hall and the Birmingham based artist. Visitors can pay on the door, with tickets at £6 for adults and £4 concessions (under 16s, students and over 65s). School and large group bookings should contact the box office on 0121 296 9543. An Evening with Willard Wigan’, featuring a talk by the artist, Q&A and entry to the exhibition will take place on Thursday 11th April. Tickets are £12. For all exhibition times and details visit



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Concerts in the Park is back for 2019! Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council has announced this summer’s dates for Concerts in the Park. The event will once again take place in the beautiful surroundings of Sutton Park, on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June. This will be the third year the event has taken place, with 8,500 people enjoying last year’s programme. The world class City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will headline the Saturday night concert with a programme of popular classics, music from the movies and Prom favourites. The orchestra will be conducted by CBSO Associate Conductor Michael Seal and UK swing act The Jive Aces are confirmed as the support group. Further acts and the evening’s compere will be confirmed later in the spring.


Sunday’s family concert will see Alice in Wonderland themed family fun in Sutton Park, with the Madhatter and the Queen of Hearts joining audiences to play giant outdoor games, the popular craft marquee, plus story teller Gavin Young returning to the park. On the main stage the CBSO’s mini orchestra will perform some curious tunes, B’Opera will make beautiful music aimed at tiny ears, and Let’s All Dance will bring the famous tale to life in a magical ballet production for girls and boys. Organisers are once again looking for Sutton Coldfield choirs and performers to join the main stage programme, to showcase the town’s talent. To express your interest, please visit the Town Council’s Facebook page. Tickets will go on sale on Monday 8 April with residents able to purchase tickets exclusively for three weeks. This year tickets will only be available online via the Town Council website. Tickets for the Saturday event will be £25 for adults and £15 for children and those on benefits, with the gates open from 3.30pm and the first act on stage at 4pm. Tickets for the Sunday event will be £20 for a family ticket, £8 for adults, £4 for children and those on benefits. Gates will open at 11am. For more information and tickets visit

April/ May Competition Winners

Congratulations to Paul Long and Lee Solomon, winners of a family photo shoot with Little Pops Photography. 21

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Street Food Fridays Back at The Deli The hugely popular Street Food Fridays have restarted at The Deli in Boldmere. Go along and try out some amazing street food that changes every week. This year’s plan already sees a range of vendors including Pork Society, Little Urban BBQ, Grill Brazil, Seoul Food and so many more.. Visit with friends and family and enjoy a night on the high street with great food, cocktails and company. Street Food Fridays start from 6pm. Follow The Deli in Boldmere on Facebook to keep up to date with what’s happening week by week.


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What’s on Beatz Fitness

Prohibition Night

Easter Egg Hunt

British Heart Foundation Fundraiser with the Jam DRC

Where: The Deli Social When: 27th April Turn back the clock to Prohibition Era 1920s and come down to a blacked out Deli with its secret speak-easy! Enter through the secret entrance into a world of special cocktails, food and jazz. Tickets on sale soon, keep your eye on The Deli’s Facebook page.

Where: The Carpenter’s Arms When: Tuesdays, 8pm Dance your stresses away and lose weight with this fun fitness dance session. Classes to suit all abilities. £5 pay as you go, teenagers £3 when accompanied by a full paying adult.

Where: The Donkey Sanctuary When: 25th April, 1 – 3pm Search for Easter eggs hidden around the Donkey Sanctuary in Sutton Park and visit the donkeys too! Prize for the best Easter/spring costume. £3 per child on the door, booking essential. Tel: 0121 354 9444

Where: The Lounge at Boldmere When: 28th April, from 12 noon In association with scooter club City Slickers Birmingham, an afternoon of live music with Jam tribute band The Jam DRC and DJ Keefy, to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.


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The Gin Game

Where: Sutton Arts Theatre When: 25th April – 4th May Conversations and games of gin rummy between two friends, soon become a battleground, with each player exposing the other’s faliures, disappointments and insecurities.

Dead Man’s Hand

Where: Highbury Theatre When: 30th April – 11th May Seymour Matthews’ fast paced thriller about two couples lured to a remote Italian villa to be murdered one by one. Tickets priced from £9, call the Box Office to book on 0121 373 2761.

Sutton Vintage & Arts Fair

Where: Sutton Coldfield Town Hall When: 28th April, 11am – 3pm The finest vintage stalls the UK has to offer; vintage clothing, retro homeware & kitchenalia, reworked furniture, sweet treats, vintage hair salon, plus dancing, singing and much more!

Paella & Live Music Night

Where: Los Banditos When: 1st May Your choice of a vegetarian or chicken, chorizo and seafood paella for two plus bottle of wine for £29.95. Classical guitarist and singer all night. Booking essential, call 0121 355 0090.

Caramel and Pear Cake Ingredients: • • • • • • • •

300g sugar 300g margarine 300g self-raising flour 6 eggs 1 tin of pear quarters Few drops of caramel flavouring Can of condensed milk caramel sauce Chocolate sauce

• If there are any left over, you can chop these and place in the cake mixture • Pour the remaining mixture on top of the pears and then place in the oven • Bake at 170 degrees for approximately 30 / 40 mins • If after 30 mins it looks golden but still not set, turn the oven down to allow the centre to cook without burning the top • When the cake is cool, cover with the caramel sauce and smooth over

Method: • Place the margarine, sugar, flour and eggs in a bowl and mix together until smooth and light in colour • Add your flavouring and mix well • Line the bottom of a 8” round loose bottom tin with parchment paper then place a thin layer of mixture on the bottom of the tin • Drain the pears and if they are too chunky slice in half and layer in a circle

• Squeeze the chocolate sauce in a circle spiral like you are creating a spider’s web • Using a sharp point, draw alternating lines into the middle of the cake and then back out again to create the pattern

Note: You can alternatively make this a chocolate and pear cake by substituting 75g of flour with cocoa.

Try this cake and more at the Deli Social 60b-60c Boldmere Rd, Sutton Coldfield B73 5TJ Keep up to date with all the events at The Deli Social:

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