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Hello and welcome to the August 2016 edition of the Bromsgrove and Redditch Pages. Well, after taking a well deserved holiday and being taught the basics of how to sail in sunny Spain it was back to it, although last weekend was spent catching up with the garden and hanging some splendid baskets but it’s been The magazine is looking great and we are making a few changes this month and some more next month and your feedback would be greatly appreciated, as this is what helps us provide what you (the reader) and our

and useful and don’t forget YOU can provide YOUR Wishing you all a great August and happy holidays

Magazine Editor - Lyndon Stokes Telephone: 01527 531382 or 07972 000843 Email: A Selection of Local Stories and Information: An interview with Lewis Hamilton 5 Cake and Bake 6 Finance - travelling abroad this year? 11 Do you struggle to park your car? 12 Local News and What’s On 14 & 34 A busy month at Broad Street DIY 17 Artrix - ‘Summer Nights’ Drive-in Cinema 24 & 25 Coughton Court - dates for your diary 32 Beauty and the Beach 36 Motoring Mini v’s Yeti 40 Cryptic Crossword 43 Whilst every care is taken to ensure accuracy, the publishers cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or omission caused by error in printing of the advert. Adverts are accepted on the understanding that descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. Bromsgrove and Redditch Pages does not endorse any advertising material included within this publication. All rights reserved. No part of this publicaion may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any form without the prior consent of the publisher.



By James Baggott

An Interview With Lewis Hamilton... Engine settings Hamilton had a tough time in Baku after his team put him in the wrong engine setting, and radio rules didn’t let the team He acknowledged having fast, technical racing that’s also

being so technical does cause a problem, with the engine switch settings allowing 508 possible combinations. He’s a British hero and an F1 champion and, at the launch of the new Mercedes-AMG GT R just after he won the British Grand Prix, here are Lewis Hamilton’s views on road cars, racing outside F1 and gaining an inch…

he drove in a time when people were dying often…I think it is important for us in the sport to always be considering [safety] and always be working on it, but I hope the danger’s always going to be there, because otherwise anyone could do it.”

He wouldn’t drive in any other series than F1 On the subject of racing in something like the Nurburgring 24-hour race, he said: “I like that I can take [the AMG GT R] around the Nurburgring and have a lot of fun, but I don’t really have any desire to race anything else. The problem is, once you come out of F1, everything else is a step down.”

Bikes beat cars His garage might be full of luxury motors, but he rarely drives them, preferring to keep the mileage low and the value appreciating. So, he usually rides his motorbike!

Danger is exciting He does say he’d like to have a go in MotoGP, because even riding his bike on the motorway is scary. On the subject of danger and improving safety, he says: “One of the exciting factors is when we get in that car and we know the danger factor is there. When I see Niki [Lauda], he’s just awesome, he’s a legend,

He thinks he’s matured For someone who has a reputation for speaking his mind, Hamilton portrays a calm aura and claims his years in racing have matured him. He said: “Age, I’m sure, has helped, but as you grow with the team…you realise your place in the team, you know, what I say to the camera is what the guys back at the factory hear me say, and you realise that you’re affecting all of those people with the things you say, so I’m conscious of those things.”

He does what he likes Hamilton has a reputation for enjoying a celebrity lifestyle, and has been seen having fun on jet skis on holiday. Does the team tell him to reign in his extra-curricular activities? “When I was at McLaren I said ‘these are the things I like to do, just so you’re aware’ and when I joined this team I already told them ‘these are the things I do, I’m not gonna stop!’ You know, I’m conscious, I never want to watch someone else drive my car, so I try to be as sensible as I can whilst having fun, which isn’t always the easiest balance.” He wants to be a development driver “I was talking to Tobias [Moers, AMG boss] and I was like ‘you’ve got all this Formula 1 technology and you have the Formula 1 world champion driving your car – utilise that!” He therefore wants to do a “limited edition series, which I can test, which I can set up and be hands-on with the design.”

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Holiday Reads For many of us, the best thing about a holiday is the opportunity to get lost in a book, without feeling guilty about unread emails, dirty dishes or the other 1001 daily chores that rudely interrupt our reading. If you’re looking for a novel to get lost in, we have plenty to recommend. Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet – H.P. Wood In 1904, the tavern beneath Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet has become a haven for the many ‘unusuals’ who call Coney Island their home. There’s Rosalind, who’s as likely to wear a suit as a dress, Zeph, who lost both his legs in a childhood accident, eight year old P-Ray, who never speaks other number of characters. solace at Magruder’s, but her peace may well be short-lived. Anarchy is in the air, and the plague is sweeping through the streets. These characters will stay with you long after your holiday is over. The Last of Us – Rob Ewing On a remote Scottish island, a pandemic has killed most of the population. There are no adults survive on the tinned food they There’s Rona, the narrator, along with little Alex and their leader, Elizabeth, who makes sure they brush their teeth and carry on with their school lessons. And then there’s Calum Ian and Duncan, who are starting to resent Elizabeth’s authority. A beautiful, heartwrenching story.

Dear Amy – Helen Callaghan When a newspaper agony aunt receives a letter claiming to be from a kidnapped girl, hoax. After all, Bethany Avery has been missing for years. But then more letters arrive, seemingly with information only the girl could know. Throw into the mix another recent abduction, and you have an enjoyable psychological thriller with plenty of twists and turns, a great storyline and appealing characters. Woman on the Edge of Time – Marge Piercy It’s been four decades since the release of this classic feminist dystopian novel, yet the writing still feels just as original and relevant. Wife and mother Connie Ramos has been branded as mentally unstable and now lives alone, ostracised by most of society. She starts escaping to a future, happier time – where equality is accepted as the norm. But Connie is also shown an alternative future, where women are little more than commodities. Which one becomes reality may be down to Connie herself. If you’ve never read it, or worse, were made to analyse it for an English Literature class, now

is the time to pick up the 40th anniversary edition. Fishbowl – Bradley Somer All of life’s highs and lows are played out in one apartment block by its many inhabitants. There’s ‘the Villain Connor Radley’, ‘the Evil Seductress Faye’, ‘Stoic Jimenez’ and agoraphobic ‘Clare the Shutin’, amongst others. And then who’s about to take a plunge In the four seconds it takes him to fall, he’ll discover more about the apartment’s inhabitants than perhaps they even know about themselves. Insightful, original and entertaining. Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All – Jonas Jonasson After three stints in prison for murder, Hitman Anders decides to go straight. Well, less crooked anyway. An unlikely alliance between the hitman, a lapsed priest and a hotel receptionist see the trio embark on a trek across Sweden, lying, cheating and swindling as they go. A great novel to escape into for fans of dark humour, it’s possibly best suited to villa holidays, or other locations where holidaymakers won’t get annoyed at your snorts of laughter.

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By Ann Haldon

Travelling Abroad This Year? What’s the best way to spend your money?

It used to be a simple choice between traveller’s cheques or cash, but now there’s a variety of cards that offer more convenience and security when spending money abroad. In fact there are so many, it can be a choose the right one. Traveller’s Cheques Good old-fashioned traveller’s cheques can be useful as a backup. Fee levels and exchange rates vary greatly according to the country you’re in, however, and also between individual banks. Pros Handy if you don’t want to carry large amounts of cash. Can be replaced within 24 hours if they’re lost or stolen. Cons widely, and are generally poor when compared with other payment methods. You pay a fee when you buy them, and also commission when they’re exchanged. PrePaid Cards Some of the newer prepaid cards offer very competitive exchange rates, as well as extra features such as a smartphone app. A word of warning though - there have been problems accessing money abroad using some prepaid cards, as it’s not

time you use the card, it has to be at a cash point. Pros They’re pre-loaded, so it’s easier to budget and you can lock in a good exchange rate. Convenient and easy to use, but check the rules carefully. Cons If the card is lost or stolen you may be charged for a replacement. Some providers charge high fees. CrediT Cards Still one of the most popular ways to spend money abroad, credit cards give you interestfree credit as well as valuable consumer protection. You also have the same fraud protection as in the UK, so if the card is lost or stolen you should be covered. Pros Some protection for goods over £100 via Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act. They’re safe and secure, but make sure payment is taken in front of you. Cons There’s a risk of fraud or ‘cloning’ if the card is taken out of sight when you pay. If you withdraw cash you’ll be charged daily interest. debiT Cards You can use a debit card to pay for goods or withdraw cash abroad, but you’ll probably have to pay a non-sterling transaction fee. There’s no daily interest on cash withdrawals, but you might be charged a cash machine transaction fee each time you use one. Pros Easily blocked if the card is

lost or stolen. Chip and pin protection. Cons No consumer protection as with credit cards. Charges can quickly add up if you withdraw cash regularly. Cash Although it’s not a good idea to carry lots of cash with you, you’ll need to pay for some smaller items this way, and organising it before you go will save money. Bear in mind though, that insurance policies only cover around £200 to £500 of cash on average. Pros You can shop around for a good exchange rate before you go. Can be used anywhere. Cons May not be fully covered by your insurance policy. Not as safe as carrying a plastic card. It’s a good idea to take some cash as backup for your plastic card(s) and traveller’s cheques, and buying it well before you leave means you can track down the best rates of exchange. https://www.moneyadvice http://www.moneysavingexpert. com/credit-cards/prepaid-travelcards http://blog.moneysavingexpert. com/2013/03/12/using-plasticoverseas-always-pay-in-euroseven-if-it-says-0-commission/

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Do you struggle to park your car? for businesses and short sessions available to everyone.”

A unique opportunity for people who sometimes struggle to park their car easily. Morrisons Redditch has joined forces with Redditch & Bromsgrove Advanced Motorists (RBAM), official provider of iAM RoadSmart. On the 17th August between 3pm- 8pm, there will be an opportunity for the general public to take advantage of a FREE Manoeuvring at Parking activity, under the supervision of one of our professional Observers. This will take place in the car park at Morrisons Redditch. David Smith, Chair of RBAM, said “All areas of the Institute of Advanced Motorists have joined together under one trading name – iAM RoadSmart. We help all road users to be the best they can be and help develop the skills of all licence holders through our advanced courses, programmes

Graham Payne, co-ordinator, of the event thanked Morrisons Redditch for ʻgetting involvedʼ and providing the venue for the Skills Awareness Session. “Finding a venue that was accessible and big enough was the first task and we were delighted when Steffan Hall, HR Manager of Morrisons Redditch, agreed to put their car park at our disposal.” The FREE “Try Your Manoeuvring Skills at Parking” activity is open to anyone with a full driving licence using the personʼs own car. No prior experience is required. There will also be the opportunity of a FREE Driving Assessment of approximately 20 mins which again will be undertaken by one of our qualified Observers.

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By Alison Runham

Modern Technology: Don’t Let It Damage Your Health The problem: CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome)

Modern technology lets us access information and communicate more swiftly and easily than ever before. However, it’s not always good for our health. The problem: Poor Sleep Although light in general affects melatonin, our sleep-inducing hormone, the blue light emitted by many of our phones, tablets, a particular culprit. Sleep is just as essential to our health as good diet and exercise. Lack of sleep affects memory, mood, concentration, reaction times (increasing accident risk) and our immunity to infection. It can also stimulate our appetite, causing weight-gain. In long-term or severe cases, it may affect language processing, our sense of time and order, and even contribute to serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. The Answer: for an hour before bedtime and reduce screen brightness in the

condition caused by asking our eyes to cope with constant glare and focus readjustment as they

can strain our eye muscles and cause eye irritation, blurred or double vision, headaches and neck pain. The Answer: Install a dimmer switch in for your screen, and adjust your monitor’s brightness and contrast. Ensure your monitor is around 20-28 inches away. Follow the 20/20/20 rule: ensure that every 20 minutes or so, you look away from your screen for at least 20 seconds, ideally focussing on an object around 20 feet away. If that’s impossible, just look around the room. The problem: Prolonged Sitting Recent research has proved that sitting for prolonged periods can seriously damage our health, and shorten life exercise regularly. Not great news if we spend much of our time sitting at a computer, playing video games or

The Answer: Avoid prolonged sitting when possible, but if it’s unavoidable, break it up with walks, exercise or short stints of housework or gardening (or maybe lunchtime rounders or football with colleagues?). You could also try: on public transport or using the phone. Walking/ biking to the station or your workplace. If that’s not practical, could you get off the bus earlier or park further away? Investing in a standing desk or a treadmill desk. Convertible desks or equipment to convert your normal desk or treadmill are available too. Investing in a yoga ball; the small but constant muscular effort needed to stay balanced keeps you subtly active.

a substitute for getting up, but will stimulate your muscles your heels up and down several times; contracting your stomach muscles; raising and lowering your lower leg from knee height or your whole leg from hip using just your hips, while keeping your torso stationary; tense, stretch and bend your arms; roll your shoulders. Remember that constant standing isn’t ideal either. Aim for a 50/50 split.

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21. The problem: Aches, Pains and Poor Posture Hunching over laptops, typing computer mouse and working with equipment that’s not positioned correctly can cause a host of problems, including

syndrome (a tingling sensation, numbness or pain in the hand, compression of the median nerve). Don’t forget that if your work involves computer use, your employer has a legal duty to ensure they reduce these risks for you. The Answer: your desk. Keep the area underneath it clear so that you’re not twisting, and can stretch your legs.

Set your computer monitor at eye level. Place laptops on a desk whenever possible and connect them to a raised monitor (and ideally, a keyboard too). Laptops aren’t suitable for prolonged, regular use. Keep your hands and wrists warm, use ergonomic mats, and consider a wrist support. Check your posture regularly. Beware slouching, leaning forward or to one side, craning your neck or hunching. Ergonomic chairs are available, but always adjust your chair so that: o Your back meets the back of the chair. o Your knees are level with or slightly higher than

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Established in 1947, Singletons is a specialist, award-winning horticultural nursery, open to the public. With a strong local reputation, Singletons offers quality, home grown plants and professional advice on all aspects of growing and plant maintenance. Nursery Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday: 8.00am - 5.00pm Sunday: 10.00am - 4.00pm

Enjoy rustic charm and delicious food at The Potting Shed CafĂŠ and Restaurant, NOW OPEN at Singletons Nurseries.

For opening times & reservations call 0121 453 1562

The Potting Shed CafĂŠ and Restaurant

600 Birmingham Road, Lydiate Ash, Bromsgrove, B61 0HT

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‘A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.’ The Throckmorton family rose garden at Coughton Court is recognised as one of the finest in the world and received the Award of Garden Excellence from The World Federation of Rose Societies in 2006 – the first British garden to have done so.

Sat 22 – Sun 30 Oct on open days, 11am – 3.30pm Join us for fiendish fun and frights on our spooky outdoor trail with take-home activities and crafts. £2.50

The garden was designed by Christina Williams as a gift to her mother, Clare McLaren-Throckmorton, in 1996. It contains a breath taking number of rose varieties and the smells and sights of this beautiful garden during the summer months are not to be missed.

The gardens boast over 200 different varieties of roses - shrub, climbing and Sat 5 November, 6pm – rambling. These are found not just in the 11pm labyrinth but in many other areas as Exclusive black tie event with a champagne reception well. One feature of the labyrinth is that followed by a private tour of the roses are all under planted with herbaceous perennials unlike a traditional the house. A seven course evening meal served in the rose garden where there is a lot of bare Throckmorton family dining earth. One of the most spectacular, in season at the moment, is the foxgloves. room with an after dinner speaker. £150 per person 01789 400777 option 2

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EDWARDS Car Repairs Your Local Car Repair & Servicing Specialist We are a Family run Business which has been established since 1988 Repairs & Servicing MOT Work Welding to MOT standard All makes of Vehicles ALL WORK GUARANTEED

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Beauty Beauty and the Beach by Kate Duggan

Beauty buys to see you through those hazy summer days. When it comes to packing for holidays, I tend last millimetre of my case. So I do like products that save space and weight. Lush’s shampoo bars do both. Plus, as they’re solid bars, they can go in your hand luggage. There are a fair few to choose from, but my current favourite is Montalbano, £5.95, because of its fresh lemon scent.

nearly as evangelical as I should be about applying suntan lotion, but I am trying to do better. The fact that every year more than 14,000 people in the UK develop a malignant melanoma is a pretty good motivator. As an extra incentive, UVA rays also lead to premature wrinkles and age spots, and they can penetrate skin even when it’s cloudy. So this summer, I’m slapping on the suntan lotion. I tend

to use factor 25, but on days when I can get away with an SPF of 15, I usually reach for Green People’s Sun Lotion with Natural Tan Accelerator, £20. It’s a great choice if you have sensitive skin (which I do), as it’s very gentle, so unlikely to irritate. It’s also rich in seed oils, so leaves my skin feeling moisturised. The natural tan accelerator has been shown to increase tanning by up to 25% and can make a tan last much longer. I admit it can be a bit of a faff rubbing in suntan lotion, so I’m rather tempted by Colorescience Sunforgettable. With an SPF of 50 it gives great protection, but as it’s a loose mineral powder, you just brush it on. You can wear it on top of makeup and it’s available in three shades – fair, medium and tan. For me, the price is the downside. At £41.50, it’s certainly not wallet-friendly. But it is

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37. supposed to last for ages, and avoiding the scratchy, sticky sand/lotion mix might just make it worth the price, see www. beauty-product-online. A day in the sun can leave skin feeling dry and dehydrated. I tend to use cocoa butter for putting the moisture back, but I am looking forward to trying Vichy’s new Ideal Soleil After Sun, £13. Key ingredients include shea oil and blackcurrant seed oil, so it’s rich in omega fatty acids, which can

really help to boost hydration. What’s more, you can use it on dry skin or in the shower. I love treating my toenails to a professional gel polish, but if I don’t have time, I always have a few nail polishes at home to choose from. Crabtree and Eveyln’s Nail Lacquer in Wisteria, £6, is at the top of my shopping list. It’s just the right shade of blue to gives a good pop of colour, while being neutral enough to work with

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Taylor Made Services Midlands Ltd Gas / Central Heating Services 92 Edgewood Road Rednal Birmingham B45 8SG

Showers Shower screens Baths Basins Toilets Tiles Manufacturers supplied:

Tel : 0121 453 8514

Roca bathrooms Grohe brassware Vitra bathrooms Grespania ceramics Mira showers Ideal standard

Discounts and delivery available

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0121 794 9740 92 Edgewood Road, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 8SG

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For more information contact: Singleton Nurseries 0121 457 9977 600 Birmingham Road Lydiate Ash Bromsgrove Worcestershire B61 0HT Willowbrook Garden Centre 01527 835084 Stourbridge Road Catshill Bromsgrove B61 0BW

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By James Baggott

MINI Countryman vs Skoda Yeti model range, whilst almost all are compatible with every Countryman model. To compete with the Yeti’s off-road capabilities in the Yeti Outdoor and more expensive models, MINI offers the ‘All-4’ all-wheel drive system throughout the class. With a higher ride height and great grip on offer, the Countryman All-4 system will give you All MINIs have a distinctive and instantly recognisable look to them, and with the Countryman range, it carries a stockier frame to give you more space and practicality. The stylish bodywork helps to make the Countryman a tantalising option in the CUV sector and with great additions and features to match, it’s wouldn’t choose it. However, it has competition from Skoda’s Yeti, a CUV similar in size and price and both cars have their good elements. For starters, both models have had recent redesigns to create more space and alter their looks to be more modern and up-to-date. It has to be said that the Countryman certainly looks better than the Yeti, with the distinguishing features of the MINI range, such as the shape, the headlights and front grille, to make it truly stand out

on the road. The size of both models also make them very practical, with the smaller Countryman offering 350 litres of space in the boot with the seats up, whilst the Yeti has only 66 litres more in a car 20cm longer and 10cm taller. This means you can get more for your money space-wise in the Countryman, especially as the range starts off cheaper than the Skoda. Customisability has also been a recent appeal of the MINI market, and with the Countryman this is no exception. With MINI’s design to the whole range, you can personalise your Countryman as much as you wish. Also stereo system, leather trim and ‘Run-Flat’ tyres to your model; great options that can be added to any of the range. Good options aren’t as easy to come by on the Yeti, as the available further up the Yeti

off road, with only a small premium on top of the twowheel drive versions. with a 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine producing 110hp, whilst the 1.6-litre in the One produces just 98hp. This doesn’t compromise much in speed with only a marginal difference in acceleration. Overall, with a wider variety of vehicle and equipment options, value for money and great 4x4 system, the MINI Countryman is the better option of the two, and with the great looking bodywork to encase you, why wouldn’t you want to drive it? The MINI Countryman is available from £17,105 for the One Countryman, with the top of the range 218hp John Cooper Works All-4 starting at £28,985. For more information on the Countryman or any other models in the MINI range, contact your nearest Inchcape MINI dealership.

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Disability Sailing editorial page:August 2016



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Launching more disability sailing in the district

More people with disabilities can learn to sail after a special adapted boat was launched at a Bromsgrove District sailing and outdoor education centre. Bromsgrove District Council arranged the new accessible dinghy for Aztec Upton Warren in response to high demand for disability sailing. Improved disability sailing sessions will now be run there on Friday evenings in the summertime by a partnership of the centre, Upton Warren Sailing Club and the district council. District Council Sports Development officers secured Sport England funding for the boat to create more accessible sports opportunities.

The new boat, which is weighted to be more stable than an ordinary boat, was launched by Cllr Whittaker, council officers and staff and members of the sailing club on Friday July 15.

Cllr Peter Whittaker, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “When we did an initial session last year, lots of people took part and so the officers started to look at how we could provide more opportunities. Weʼre delighted to be able to help make that happen, and help cater for the high local demand for sailing thatʼs more accessible for people with disabilities.” To enquire about the new sessions contact the district councilʼs Sports Development team: 01527 881356

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Bromsgrove & Redditch Pages August 2016  

Your local community magazine bringing you interesting stories, news and events from around the area and featuring local business advertisin...

Bromsgrove & Redditch Pages August 2016  

Your local community magazine bringing you interesting stories, news and events from around the area and featuring local business advertisin...